Kingdom of Priests

REMBRANDT, Jeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem, 1630, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam - jeremiah-2005.04.03-16.37.44.jpg

I can’t leave the discussion about the religious reconcilers of God and Darwin without quoting Jeremiah on false prophets (6:13-16), who plied their trade by going up and down among the people telling them exactly what they wanted to hear: That there was no threat from Babylon, all would be well, there was no need to choose a single path and walk on it:

They relieved the [impending] disaster of My people by making light of it, saying “Peace! Peace!” But there is no peace….

Thus said the Lord: Stand on the roads and see; ask about the various paths of history, which path is best, and walk on it and find solace for your soul.

But they said, “We will not walk.”

Of course, the false prophets were mistaken (6:22-23). There was indeed a looming threat that soon overtook them and everyone else:

Thus said the Lord: Behold, a people is coming from the land of the North, a great nation will rouse itself from the ends of the earth. They will grasp bow and spear; it is [a] cruel [nation] and they will not have pity.

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