Terrorizing terrorists: DON’T DO IT!

adoration

Jesus, Terror of Demons: Have mercy on us!

When demonic hatred and lust for demonic power is admitted into the heart of man, creating terrorists where there was none before, there seems to be no possible limit to the lusting hatred that is thought to be absolute power.

One calls to mind the mountains of dismembered bodies of the Sinaloa cartel, the burning, beheading and crucifying of children by ISIS, Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot and on and on in the entire history of fallen mankind.

The terrorist latches onto a perspective attractive to him, the idea that he is in control on a universal scale, a conceit deceitfully appearing not to be constrained by time. It is eternal. Killing by way of terrorism those who otherwise live forever is a reality which cannot but suck one into this ever so violent self-referential vortex in which one pretends that one is not spinning about, but one is rather orchestrating the surrounding disturbance.

Until the unexpected comes about. One’s bluff is called. The terror of the terrorist in that moment cannot be equaled by all the other moments of terror had by innocent victims of terrorism. When the terrorist is caught out, the jaws of eternal hell yawn open, and the begging begins. When the Suffering Servant said, “Father, into your hands I commend my Spirit!” the demon terrorists cried out in terror…

“NO, DON’T DO IT! Don’t die! Come down from that cross! Don’t actually go ahead and die, calling our bluff! No! That’s not what we wanted! Remaining on the cross you will save them and manifest the Love of God! No! We just wanted to terrorize you into caving in to us! Don’t call us out! Don’t die! Save yourself for this world and save us from eternal hell!”

And He did die, victorious by dying, immediately entering hell to reprimand all the fallen spirits, providing them with irony that would make them writhe in frustration for all eternity. The Son of Man will now rise from the dead. Terror, for the innocent victim, in view of eternity, becomes a blip, a nothing. No power in that terror. Hah!

And then, the terrorist, the Roman Soldier who thrust his sword into the side of Christ Jesus, seeing that this battle was between God and Satan, immediately recognizes that the real terrorist is Satan, that the real Conqueror is Mary’s Divine Son. He, the soldier, the “enemy”, now says: “Truly this was the Son of God.”

“Do not fear those who can kill the body,” says Jesus. “Fear Him who can cast body and soul into hell.” That would be God, for only God is the One who will come to judge the living and the dead and world by fire, judging justly the true terrorists, Satan and those who remain with him, judging with mercy those who come back through redemption and salvation, like the Roman soldier who had been so good at provoking terror becoming the megaphone of believers throughout the ages: “Truly this was the Son of God.”

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4 responses to “Terrorizing terrorists: DON’T DO IT!

  1. Monica Harris

    I always wonder how the Centurion knew that “Truly this was the Son of God”—was it the earthquakes, and the temple veil torn, and the dead coming out of their tombs? Or simply that God allowed the veil of the Centurion’s inner eye to be lifted, as soon as Jesus’ side was opened? How did the Centurion suddenly SEE that the battle was between God and Satan?

    Now I know what you mean by terrorist, Fr Byers.

  2. Father George David Byers

    He saw otherwise impossible love truth forgiveness to the end. No caving in. Only God.

  3. Several years ago at adult ed, the subject of what Jesus did when he descended into hell was brought up. We would study a selected bible reading and then break into small discussion groups to share our thoughts. Several of the people had some very interesting speculations but it was my opinion that it’s probably better that we do not know. I think there was some very serious, scary and sorry business going on. More than mere humans could bear. But I have a question. When the devil tempted Jesus in the dessert, did he know who Jesus was?

  4. Father George David Byers

    Yes. He was mocking Jesus. Jesus didn’t take the bait.

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