|In God We Trust? - Destiner Press Topics|
Roman coin showing the "god-man" emperor Tiberius Caesar, born 42BC, ruled 14 - 37AD at the time of Jesus.
Coin with the image of
Zeus-Ammon, king of the Roman gods with the ram's horns of Egypt, from
"Then the Pharisees went and plotted how they might entangle Him in His talk. And they sent to Him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, 'Teacher, we know that You are true, and teach the way of God in truth; nor do You care about anyone, for You do not regard the person of men. Tell us, therefore, what do You think? Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?' But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, 'Why do you test Me, you hypocrites? Show Me the tax money.' So they brought Him a denarius. And He said to them, 'Whose image and inscription is this?' They said to Him, 'Caesar's.' And He said to them, 'Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.' When they had heard these words, they marveled, and left Him and went their way." (Matthew 22:15-22)
"When they had come to Capernaum, those who received the temple tax came to Peter and said, 'Does your Teacher not pay the temple tax?' He said, 'Yes.' And when he had come into the house, Jesus anticipated him, saying, 'What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take customs or taxes, from their sons or from strangers?' Peter said to Him, 'From strangers.' Jesus said to him, 'Then the sons are free. Nevertheless, lest we offend them, go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first. And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a coin; take that and give it to them for Me and you." (Matthew 17:24-27)
"No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money." (Luke 16:13)
"Jesus answered, 'My kingdom is not of this world.' Pilate therefore said to Him, 'Are you a king then?' Jesus answered, 'You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth.'" (John 18:36,37)
"I have manifested Your name (Father) to the men whom You have given Me out of the world... I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine... I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world... Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth." (Jesus praying for his chosen disciples, John 17:6-17)
In God We Trust?
I cannot count how many emails I have received over the years from people almost apoplectically concerned about having the name of God on their money, or forcing prayer upon children in public schools, or making the pledging of allegiance to a country a mandatory affair. It is so absurd, because neither Jesus Christ nor his apostles insisted on any such thing. The Lord taught voluntary prayer, and not to goats but to his sheep, and he commanded them to pray privately, not in public like the churchmen of his day. He certainly never taught allegiance to any kingdom, only tolerance of their faulty systems, destined to fade in history. And as for money, he never confused the issue; he split it asunder, blew it away.
From the most ancient of times, the spiritual goats of the world have put the names and the likenesses of the creatures that they idolize on their coinage: pictures of their elemental spirit gods, graphics of mixed human and animal deities, images of the ruling god-kings that they worshiped, representations of the so-called royal families that they adored, with countless accompanying inscriptions etched in their honor and praise. This is an entirely pagan concept, and it has been absorbed and copied in every shape and form by the neo-pagans of Christendom.
The kingdom of Christ is not the kingdom of any world power or nation. It is above them all and separate from them all. The kingdom of Christ belongs to His elect, the sons that He sets free from the snare of earthly kingdoms, free from the love of their money, free from their flag-waving, free from the earthbound tunnel vision of their nationalism and veneration of any particular country or border.
Pagan deities rightly belong on the coins of men, but the name of the LORD does not. Those who trust in Almighty Dollar Bill (or whomever they imagine that they are referring to as 'god') may well wish to write 'in god we trust' on the counterfeit money that is issued by their man-made governments, but that god is a fake; it is merely the name of yet another baal (lord) and the metal or paper it is written upon is a fraud, decreed to be worth far more than the material itself. Such money is quite literally a sham, reader, and should never be blended with the truth and its immeasurable value.
Jesus very clearly told the sneaky churchmen of his day that the coins of Caesar are not to be confused with the things of God; they belong to the worldly issuer and his passing kingdom. It is as simple as that. The eternal LORD does not lend His Name to earthly coins, nor does any reference to the Living God ever belong on the doomed currencies of men, no matter how many Christians cluck away in unison like battery hens squawking that it should be so. That is an empty and vain cause, totally unscriptural. Goats can insist all they want about having the word 'god' put on their money, and like fish about to perish millions are taken in by this lure, hook, line and sinker. The elect, the sons who have been liberated, are saved not to embrace that counterfeit philosophy but to spit it out and be free of it.
The true land of the brave and home of the free is not the country referred to in any national anthem or stamped on any of its coins. It is not the rule of britannia or the true north proud and free or any other jingoistic invention. Neither is it Hindu, Moslem, Buddhist or Christian. It is not of this world at all, and should never be confused with it.
If this is news to you reader, and you are finding it hard to grasp, then now is the time to understand the origins of earthly kings and kingdoms and their religious notions, "gospels" that are no better than their coins, fraudulent mediums of exchange, and why you do not want to be entangled in any of their nets as they approach their final destiny. You can read all about it in The Dark Powers That Bind and The Truth Which Sets Free.