The Dialectic Religion of Barak Obama

(I Enoch 69:26-29). In the above passage the Son of Man is seated on the throne of glory and executes universal judgment as King of the world. “The one like a man [the Son of Man] who sits upon the throne of God’s glory, the sublime escatological judge, is the highest conception of the Redeemer ever developed by ancient Judaism.” (David Flusser, “Jesus” p. 103). “The image of this bar enosh [Son of Man] is fascinating and unique. It is the figure of an almost super-human judge, who is to sit on the throne of God and to separate the righteous from the wicked. He is to deliver the righteous to everlasting life and the wicked to everlasting punishment.” (David Flusser, “Jewish Sources in Early Christianity” p. 56). The Jesus, whom Barack Obama claims he serves as Redeemer, states unequivocally that he has universal judicial authority. “For not even the Father judges anyone, but He has given all judgment to the Son. In order that all may honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes Him who sent me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.” “…and He gave Him authority to execute judgment, because He is the Son of Man. Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming in which all who are in the tombs shall hear His voice, and shall come forth; those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment.” (John 5:22-24, 27-30). The above passages are startling in their boundless import. Jesus claims that he has universal judicial authority, as judge of the living and the dead, because he is the Son of Man. No prophet, priest, scribe or rabbi would ever claim such an executionary judicial authority. No mere man or angelic being operates in such a realm. In the Old Testament, the prerogative of judgment belongs exclusively to God (Gen. 18:25, Jgs. 11:27, Ps. 9:8, 82:8, 94:2, 110:6, I Chron. 16:33, Isa. 33:22). In blatant contradiction to the exclusive assertion of Jesus, Barack Obama rejects the justice and judgment of God. His subjective value system, inculcated under Jeremiah Wright, has become the canon of judgment that even attempts to displace God as the judge of all. In the words of Dostoevsky, “Without God everything is allowed.” Obama would allow everything that is acceptable to him. His syncretism is the ultimate standard. Only those who reject such a destruction of truth are to be condemned. As Barack Obama has rejected heaven as the eternal destiny of the Redeemed, he has also rejected hell as the eternal destiny of the unrepentant. The religion of Obama is simply “Obama.” He is the arbiter and savior of himself.

 

“Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and never sins.”
—Eccles. 7:20

 

Barack Obama was asked by Cathleen Falsani, ” Do you believe in sin?” Obama replied, “Yes.” Falsani asked, “What is sin?” Obama again replied, “Being out of alignment with my values.” Falsani, “What happens if you have sin in your life?” Obama, “In the same way that I’m true to myself and my faith that that is it’s own reward, when I’m not true to it, its its own punishment.” Barack Obama has set the standard of pragmatism as the criteria of sin, not the scriptures. The standard for sin is Obama’s ever-fluctuating values whatever they may be. In the words of pragmatism’s father, John Dewey, “We institute standards of justice, truth, aesthetic quality, etc….exactly as we set up a platinum bar as a standard measurer of lengths. The standard is just as much subject to modification and revision in the one case as in the other on the basis of the consequences of its operational application.” (John Dewey, “Logic, the Theory of Inquiry” p. 216). To Barack Obama, there are no fixed standards of ethics, values and truth. His standards are always in flux because the canon of measurement is always mutating. This condition of fluidity is antithetical to immutable truth. The subjectivist criteria of sin is not the Biblical standard of transgression. In the scriptures, sin (Hebrew “chatha”) and in the Greek New Testament “hamartia”, convey the meaning “to fall short of a standard.” It is the picture of an archer who shoots an arrow at a target but incessantly falls short of the bull’s-eye. Man incessantly fails to live up to God’s standard. He falls short of God’s revealed will in scripture. The goal is God’s will for man and all humanity misses the mark and falls tragically short of God’s immutable goal, obedience to his will. Sin is against God not simply against an ever-permutating value system. “I have sinned against the Lord your God and against you.” (Ex. 10:16). “And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of my book.'” (Ex. 32:33). “…truly, I have sinned against the Lord, the God of Israel.” (Jos. 7:20). “Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against Thee, and Thee only have I sinned, and done what is evil in thy sight…” (Ps. 51:2-4). “…Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight” (Luke 15:18). “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” (Rom. 3:23). “And thus, by sinning against the brethren and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ.” (I Cor. 8:12, also cite I Sam. 7:6, 14:33, I Kgs. 8:33, Ps. 78:17, Jer. 3:25, 8:14, 44:23, 50:7). In Judaic and Christian theology, sin is active rebellion against God. “From the Rabbinic standpoint, sin is nothing more or less than rebellion against God. He has revealed His will in the Torah and to run counter to any of its ordinances is transgression. Virtue is conformity to the Torah; sin is its disregard.” “In theory, therefore, there is no difference in the seriousness of a sin, every offense being an act of revolt against the divine will.” (A. Cohen, “Everyman’s Talmud” p. 96). Obama’s definition of sin, as not living in concert with his mutable values, obviates the need for an atoning sacrifice. For he can now “forgive himself” of such personal indiscretions. The Obama religion is as pliable as a piece of plastic heated by a flame. It can be molded and bent in any direction by the present inclination of a rebellious nature. This religion is a salve that covers over a cancerous condition, it is an anesthetic to the soul, not contrition of heart that leads to repentance and restoration with God. “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, wilt thou not despise.” (Ps. 51:17).

 

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”
—John 14:6

 

Barack Obama responds to the question by Cathleen Falsani, “What does he believe?” He responds, “I am a Christian. So I have a deep faith that there are many paths to the same place, and there is a belief that there is a higher power, a belief that we are connected as a people.” “That there are values that transcend race or culture, that move us forward, and thus an obligation for all of us individually as well as collectively to take responsibility to make those values lived.” Falsani responds, “Its perhaps an unlikely theological position for someone who places his faith squarely at the feet of Jesus to take, saying essentially that all people of faith, Christians, Jews, Muslims, Animists, everyone¾know the same God.” Obama then quotes John 14:6. In an extraordinary reductionism he synthesizes Judaism and Christianity into an ecumenical mosaic where only subjectivism abounds, objective absolute truth is nowhere to be found. He believes that there are “many paths to the same place,” wherever that may be, since he rejects the reality of heaven and hell, and has redefined God as a simple, vague “higher power.” The amorphous mirage that he has constructed to put Christ into just won’t fit. The Old Testament warned of the deceptive paths that lead to death. The philosophies and religions that originate from the broken compass of man’s estranged heart and mind, will lead not to God, but away from the truth of God’s word and ultimate separation from the salvation of God. “There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” (Prov. 14:12). “The rightness [of man’s way] is present only as a phantom, for it arises wholly from a terrible self-deception; the man judges falsely and goes astray when, without regard to God and his word, he follows only his own opinions. It is the way of estrangement from God, of fleshly security; the way of vice, in which the blinded thinks to spend his life, to set himself to fulfill his purposes; but the end thereof, the end of this intention, that in which it issues, are the ways of death. He who thus deceives himself regarding his course of life, sees himself at last arrived at a point from which every way which now further remains to him leads only down to death. The self-delusion of one ends in death by the sentence of the judge…” (Kyle Delitzsch, “Commentary on the Old Testament”, Vol. 6, p. 298). The paths that man naturally gravitate toward is a way of self-deception, “All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, but the Lord weighs the motives.” (Prov. 16:2). Man’s search does not lead to God (Ps. 14:2-3) for it is an attempt at self-salvation, “All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on him.” (Isa. 53:6). The desire for autosoteric behavior is innate to the estranged heart of man not a quest to seek the God of redemption. “Behold, God, is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation.” (Isa. 12:2, see also Ps. 3:8, 68:19-20).

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