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cies paved the way at the earliest day, to mind's perversion and the world's corruption. What, layman, do you join in with the priestocracy, to help cheat yourself by peculiar faiths? Have you like an intellectual freeman, demanded of the priestocracy, proper proof of the authenticity of any bible of tradition? As they cannot give it, will you continue to endorse bible or gospel falsehoods? Will you give currency to counterfeits ? Vill you stand by and see the world cheated, and not lend a helping hand
What must be the infamy of intrigues, to put down worthy citizens who use worthy means ?
The writers have brought the pretended prophecies, but have left out the full proofs of their authenticity. Who endorses them? The Jews must have scorned the pretended prophecies, but what could they do? Freemen, now you can and should act.
Was ever there such a dynasty as that of priestocracy, on the face of the earth ? Ezekiel, xiii. 4, “O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the desert.
6. They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, the Lord saith : and the Lord hath not sent them.” All this is fixed up, collusion of priestocracy, an abomination to the world, mind, freedom. These are after-thoughts and after-prophecies : ch. xvi. 43, Jerusalem is said to be addressed by God, “ Hast fretted me?" Ch. xviii. 31, “Make you a new heart and a new spirit.” The Jews can appropriate this over the Christians. Ch. xxii. 25, Jerusalem, the bloody city is addressed, “ There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey ; they have devoured souls; they have taken the treasure and precious things; they have made her many widows in the midst thereof." 26. “Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things,” &c. None but a corrupt government could have ever polluted the world by this abomination. 28. Her prophets, divining lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord God, when the Lord hath not spoken." This is the true portraiture of the whole tribes of priests and prophets of superstition, ever, from that to this day, as long as such faith exists. 29. The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and vexed the poor and needy ; yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully. Ch. xxiii. 39, “For when they had slain their children to their idols, then they came the same day into my sanctuary to profane it."
The Jews were savages. Ch. xxv. 14, “And I will lay my vengeance upon Edom, by the hand of my people, Israel : and they shall do in Edom according to mine anger, and according to my fury; and they shall know my vengeance, saith the Lord.” This is all the fury of false prophet Ezekiel.
The Philistines, Moab and Edom, are threatened for their insolence against the Jews. Why are not the present world-nations, as there is as great a necessity ? Ch. xxxiii. 26. Ye defile every one his neighbor's wife.” A world of such priestocracy, would adulterate the world. Ch. xxxiv. 8, “ But the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my flock.” Ch. xxxvii. 21,"Thus saith the Lord God, behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, and will bring them into their own land.” 25. “And they shall dwell in the land forever.” False prophecy, Ezekiel. Ch. xxxix.
“And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment. The Jews spoke this, not God. The balance of the world did not appreciate the peculiar God of the Jews. The whole world appreciates the God of the universe, and cannot possibly desire such information as the Jewish priestocracy vouchsafed to it. It did no good, but all harm to the Jews, and would ruin the world, if participant therein. The priestocracy were aroused to the perception of their certain destruction, and desired to avert the odium, shame and ignominious reproach of their misdeeds and crimes, by criminating their people, but well has it been said, like priest, like people. The Jewish faith, all peculiar faith, is an abomination to refined mind, cultivated in the richness of rational education. Ch. i. 1, “The heavens were opened.” Is that the abode of God, the ether, the heaved up?
Criticism that is just, must call all to a strict account, when the glorious light of mind is to be invaded by arch intriguers. If they did not understand the earth as clearly proved, how did they learn of God's residence ? Ah! but that was only a prophet's license. Then let it have a prophet's infamy. Ch. ii. 3, “To the children of Israel, saith the Lord, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me." The rebellion was against the spirit of the Jewish peculiar code, that no nation could abide and continue rational.
As they did transgress, they proved that they had the soul of monotheism, and the constituency of men's souls. If there was any other rebellion, it was that of Ezekiel against truth, for this national rebellion condemns him and all his ignoble tribes of false teachers and legislators, conspiring against popular rights, committing high treason against thern and religion, against God himself. They are all conclusively condemned on their own arraignment, and must be consigned to condign obloquy the most absolute,
JEREMIAH the prophet, the son of a priest. He has already been disposed of in regard to his prophecy of Babylon, but he shall have still more ample justice.
What good did the prophets? They of course were in collusion with the priests who were in collusion for themselves, against the people in that respect.
Did the people appreciate any real benefit? Never. Ch. i. v. 4, " Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying"—Who endorses all this? The folly of superstition. Ch. ii. v. 7. “He tells the people they defiled their land, and made God's heritage an abomination.” He does not include the main reason, that the people were not governed as rational beings but as brutes, that had no free agency of mind. 8. “ The priests said not, where is the Lord? And they that handle the law knew me not; the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophecied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit.” That is, the whole priestocracy.
26. “As the thief is ashamed when he is found, so is the house of Israel ashamed; they, their kings, their princes, and their priests, and their prophets." Let the truth come, Jeremiah, though you convict yourself too certainly. 27. “Saying to a stock, thou art my very father, and to stone, thou hast brought me forth :” and to the priestocracy's book-idols, the very same- “ For they have turned their back unto me.” (God.)
But where are thy gods that thou hast made thee ?" God-making was the especial trade of ancient priestocracies ; their endorsement that of moderns.
“ For according to the number of thy cities are thy gods, 0 Judah.” Hear that, ye weak imitators of Jewish idolatry of this day. 30. “ Your own sword hath devoured your prophets." A terrible retribution, that their peculiar faith and sects with bigotry, fanaticism, and want of toleration, excited. Ch. iii. v. 8. “Yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.” Civilized moderns, do you need these ungodly teachings ?
Ch. iv. v. 22. Saith the Lord—“ for my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding : they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.” They were bad pupils or had miserable teachers, and a corrupt lesson. The last two abounded, I most conscientiously believe for the honor of God, of the universe, and the legitimate capacity of mind.
Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a man, if there be any that executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth :" v.2, “ surely they swear falsely.” And is this the people that presents a bible, the base of the testament? If the first be a corrupter to the people, what must be the second ? 9. “Shall I not visit for these things ? (adultery), saith the Lord : and shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this? 13. And the prophets shall become wind, and the word is not in them." All this was, because mind did not have the proper sway. Monotheism does not require prophets, for mind has to perform its constant functions.
No! God did not place the inhabitants on the earth for thousands of years, all the time in fact, without mind's protection. From all the statements of the so called prophets, they never could get it from them. 31. “ The prophets prophecy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so.
This is the whole solution of superstition. All the world of priestocracy of the present day plays into the category of the ancients with all the best lights before them, having too much of mind vassalage.
Ch. vi. v. 13. “For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness ; and from the prophet unto the priest every one dealeth falsely." Well done, Jeremiah, that is consistent without any exception. As the son of a priest you speak officially, as you had seen all the drama behind the scenes. The world will get at all the truth expedient, without much difficulty.
Ch. vii. v. 18. “The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women kneed their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out dumbofferings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger.” Now this was only a change from one pagan worship to another. When the priestocracy presented their creation an imbecile peculiar god, who could not govern his chosen people by direct inspiration then, as mind governs the world now, who can wonder that these pagans should worship the moon, Diana, as the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians, who were as enlightened as they and more so, clearly proved by science, arts, and philosophy.
V. 35. “Since the day that your fathers came forth out of the land of Egypt, unto this day, I have even sent unto you all my servants the prophets, daily rising up early and sending them : 26, yet they hearkened not unto me, &c.”
Now we have the official declaration from the peculiar god himself, that both he and his prophets were of no account, that is, they are both analogous.
What the prophets were, so was their God; it was like priests, like people, like god.
This is the climax of ridiculousness. If a priest ever saw that, he should then stop. After all the early rising of the Jews' peculiar god, he could not rule them.
Why did not this god come in person, as he labored so hard to rule them, and they hearkened not?
As the proxy did not avail, why did not the principal act?
It was the safest, easiest, and most effectual way. To him of any potency there could be no denial.
And here is the official document that there was something wrong, either in the peculiar god or in the prophets. If it were in either, the facts are proved that they were of man, as the facts declare them so to be. The mind of the people was then where it was purposed, and still all the special acts could not do. It is clear, that the universal action was not in it. The vitality of the living Creator never sanctioned all such stuff.
Where is the world's sense-its liberty—its mind ?
This was not the Jews, but the god of the priestocracy. The last never invoked after this fashion the God Creator of the Jews, but deait treacherously and deceitfully with him always. “28. Truth is perished, and is cut off from their mouth (the nation's.) 31. (The children of Judah) to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire.” Will that do for you, mothers? Is that the kind of faith that your refined sensibility adopts ? You must choose this day one of two things, the proper rational use of your minds, or the implicit espousal of that bible that portrays its tuition in what the Jews did. You cannot escape the dilemma of the last. Ch. ix. v. 2: "for they, my people, be all adulterers, an assembly of treacherous
And this the people that had all the especial care of their bible, priestocracy, and above all, their peculiar god, who got up early in the morning, in fact, “ daily rising up early.” That did not permit himself to sleep after a certain time, for the mighty correction was needed as,-“5. and they will deceive every one his neighbor, and will not speak the truth.” Then one of the greatest things in society was wanting. The people had plenty of priests and prophets, who were so abundant that they killed off each other by hundreds out of the way, and plainly could not establish social confidence. Then, in them the soul of society was wanting.
And this was the chosen people of God! Of a peculiar god most certainly. Who has ever yet appreciated rational religion? Who has yet ever duly estimated monotheism ? The true belief of the unity and purity of the God of nature, that which man calls nature, the elaborated cabinet of God's universe.
The world has to come to it, in all its beauty and loveliness, its exactness and fullness. It should not delay, for the excellency of its character is supreme. All peculiar faith is false, and makes its followers false to their God.
Ch. x. v. 10 : “At his (God's) wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.” Jeremiah, you libel the Creator, for his perfect Godship is ever in equilibrium. With all the lights of their prophets and priests, the Jews, ch. xi. v. 10, 6 refused to hear (Moses' God's) my words; and they went after other gods, to serve them.” It is very clear that all the platforms of all the priestocracies that ever were and to be in existence, cannot begin to fulfil the requisitions of a rational mind. Inquisitions and despotism have tried it in all ways that torture could invent, backed by all the proscriptions of society, then, as now, without availing.
V. 19. “And let us not cut him off from the land of the living,” said the opponents of Jeremiah. Now, they would have reversed all this had the people been duly impressed with the truth; and how easy was it for all true prophets to have convinced them at once. Miracles could have been successfully invoked as part of the appurte
All the artists of this peculiar drama forget that they are estopped in the incapacity of its execution. To say that there are prophets, a miracle, and not have the effects, is to stultify the narrator's mind, and falsify his words. As to the hardening of hearts, that is all solecism.
Thus the scriptures commit clearly their own suicide.
To affirm that prophets were sent to perform miracles, and that God defeated the impression by such process, is too scandalous for mind, much less the Creator.
But the time-serving bigots pretend they do not understand them. Of course they do not wish to do but their way, and slavishly follow the devices of the reigning dynasty, be But here is their miserable error. .
They are accountable for all such decision at a
higher tribunal than any they have chosen, one that cannot know them only through their adoption of the religion of principles.
It seems that the children of Israel had several gods, but never reached the true one, of course, as all were peculiar. Did they lose the true bible as well as the true God, and give mankind the spurious ones?
C xiii. v. 13: “Then shalt thou say unto them, thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will fill all the inhabitants of this land, even the kings that sit upon David's throne, and the priests, and the prophets, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, with drunkenness.”
What a peculiar god, that is, what peculiar prophets. Was Jeremiah drunk when he wrote this?
It will have to take a drunken man to receive and endorse it. Why did he and Isaiah
I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophecy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of naught, and the deceit of their heart.” Now, the monotheist asks, who of all the bible-prophets prophecied truth? Prove that, and the whole discussion ceases, for I yield the question then.
Ch. xviii. v. 18 : “ Then said they, come, and let us devise devices against Jeremiah; for the law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet; let us not give heed to any of his words."
Pashur, the son of the priest, smote Jeremiah the prophet, and put him in the stocks.” V. 6. Jeremiah accuses Pashur of having prophecied lies.--Jeremiah would be put to it to prove himself the pure one. V.7. Jeremiah said, “ () Lord, thou hast deceived me, and I am deceived; I am in derision daily, every one mocketh me." Here is impiety for the world. This man affects to have told the world of events beforehand, an impossibility, becoming outrageously blasphemous, in asserting and palming off his pretences for prophecy, and then out-blasphemes blasphemy in palming off his false pretences for those of his god! Was there ever such an outrage on God?
And this comes of tampering with false pretences, that were blasphemy. Now, what could have been the conscience of all such, short of vulgar perjury, to address his own God thus ? He was evidently in the category of a false prophet as all, only badly caught, detected, and exposed, so that the people could not believe him, else why did they mock and blame him in the very face of such peculiar endowments? Had he been successful, he had been honored by the applause of a convinced people, who could not shut their eyes and ears to omnipotent facts, expressly delegated to them.
No, it is all an imposition, deducible on its very face.
I will by no means conclude that had not the Babylonians been victorious we should have heard no more of Jeremiah, but I am fain to believe, on the best facts of this and all such cases, that had the correct history been written, that all such would have shared the fate of the balance, their brethren, the augurs and soothsayers of the world. Cannot the people be suffered to die in peace on their death-bed, without disturbance
-, of priest-faith?
Ch. xxiii. y. 13: “And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria ; they prophecied in Baal, and caused my people Israel to err. One prophet against another. They recognised deceivers in each other, and wrote the true history, nothing less.
14. “I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing; they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evil-doers, that none doth return from his wickedness :"
This was stronger than I bargained for, really.
Here is enough indeed. The anti-prophets truly could not have known, as noné knew till the events transpired. All these writings clearly prove that the whole of the prophecies were the most degraded of impostures.
I have already adverted to his Babylonian philippies. The spirit of revenge spoke there. I animadvert only because I do see such evil peculiarly obnoxious to religion. All such is history antedated.
When a prophet pretended to prophecy against the people, and the Lord did not destroy them, it was a part of the prophet's machinery to say that they repented. Ch. xxvii. v. 8: “And it shall come to pass, that the nation and kingdom that will not serve the same Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, and that will not put their neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, that nation will I punish, saith the Lord, with the sword, and with famine, and with the pestilence, until I have consumed them by his
What danger was there in prophecy? Was this treachery? Did not his subsequent treatment from the Jews result from this opinion of him.
Therefore, hearken not ye to your prophets, nor to your diviners, nor to your
dreamers, nor to your enchanters, nor to your sorcerers, which speak unto you, saying, Ye shall not serve the king of Babylon:" Was Jeremiah less than these, and a traitor at that? He was of course not a prophet. He was as a prophet means, a falsifier of history, Who endorses such?
Ch. xxviii. Hannaniah prophecies differently from Jeremiah. There are but two sides to every question, and he that is talent-endowed, and studies with the closest observation of nature and science, will be oftenest right, that is all; but all those devoted to such an ignoble profession, were necessarily of small calibre. All that has been protective from universal exposure, has been by, and through the collusion and conspiracy of the priestocracy, who wrote, and kept the books.
Ch. xxix., v. 23. Jeremiah defines the false prophets, villains, and adulterers. And what else can be the condition of the world, when hypocrites affect to believe them? A revised false statute edition, is all that the world has of bibles of prophecies.
Ch. xxxiii., v. 5. “Whom I have slain in mine anger, and in my fury.” Less than the fury of the critics, that raged high, when the storm of the inquisition came, and the mighty mind was crushed under the power and weight of the church and kingly despotism. V.21. Jeremiah threatens the Levites, the priests, the ministers. The people paid no attention to Jeremiah's prophecy. What a burlesque.
Ch. xliv., v. 16. "As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the Lord, we will not hearken unto thee." Prophecy is the veriest abomination to mind, uniting humbug with blasphemy.
Ch. 1., v. 34. “Their Redeemer is strong ; the Lord of hosts is his name." Vindictiveness is proclaimed upon all nations that had conquered the Jews. This is very politic indeed, as if other nations did not know as much of that matter. But their peculiar god was a priest-mind image, mind-idol. This was a theme for all the clique to expend all their small thunder. Let an example be given for all bibles of tradition to yield all the mockeries of superstition. Religion will triumph on her modest merits. Mind would have profited the ancient Jews more than priestocracies. Hear him. Ch. li., v. 37. “ And Babylon shall become heaps, a dwelling-place for dragons.” Will you be bigot still? Will you cry faith, when it is only credulity ? Will you call a dragon prophecy when it is a nonentity?
Lamentations, ch. ii., v. 11. “My liver is poured upon the earth.” Jeremiah was as conversant with physiology as he was with natural history, and knew as much of both as the world knew of religion.
Did the Jews then have any religion when they knew not the true God ? Hear him. Ch. iv., v. 11. Fury and fierce anger of God are spoken of; that will decide, v. for the sins of her prophets, and the iniquities of her priests. To ask for all the subsequent modifications of prophecy in its advocacy, is to commit suicide on its self-contradictions, not to mention all the defenceless category. Integrity acts on principles. Choosing peculiar faith, and its prophecy the adjunct, you cannot take principles that uphold not only you, but the universe. You are only between them, and cannot take both. One of the best evidences of the superiority of the Greeks and Romans to the Jews, besides the facts of civilization, mentioned in this work is, that all their peculiar faiths only pass for what they all honestly were, all auguries and soothsayings. The Jews can form no exception.
But the worst of all is, that most of the moderns that affect to be so learned and pious, that they have the pure faith, none of your pagan, are most stultified.
What would all the Jew prophecies be but one mass of contradictions, most suicidal and futile, but for the elaborate interpreting prophecies of the affiliated, who are determined to keep up the miserable fallacy as long as popular mind will permit them?
The moderns may affect this position, but they cannot do it with integrity and good faith, however they may pretend to it in their faith.
To uphold the spirit of prophecy, by the spirit of sophistry, is very questionable morals, to say the very least of it. To establish the frame-works of society on such basis, carries out the corruption of mind in its worst features, and saps the vitals, when advanced for spurious speculation. The Jews were overrun by the most powerful and successful conquerors, but to apologise and avail themselves of apparent pretences, the priestocracy seized hold of the sins of the people as the cause. What charlatans ! The prophets assumed all their peculiar God's sense. With all the supposed aids of the Jews, they were a miserable nation of hypocrites, and all that done by their priestocracy, that overrode the whole people. It takes them, however, to tell their
Let Isaiah denounce the result of what his clique enacted. Isaiah, ch. x. v. 6. “ An hypocritical nation” is the Jews. With all their aids, this people did not prosper, because they violated the first principles of rational mind. xi. 7. • And the lion shall eat straw like the ox.” Is this inspiration? It is that of