For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour.
They shall be ashamed, and also confounded, all of them: they shall go to confusion together that are makers of idols.
But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end.
For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.
Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save.
Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.
Our Saviour has spoken TRUTH and righteousness openly to his Disciples and the peoples of the world and He has NOT spoken anything in secret.
I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain: I the LORD speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.
The high priest then asked Jesus of his disciples, and of his doctrine.
Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing.
Why askest thou me? ask them which heard me, what I have said unto them: behold, they know what I said.
(Romans 14:7, 8)
Whether we live or die, in life or death, in living or dying, in belief or disbelief, in acceptance or denial, we still belong to the Lord our CREATOR, even when the whole world forsakes us. We are never truly totally alone in this world or in the next. For all of mankind belongs to the Lord (even the good and the evil) for He is the Lord of the living and the dead.
“Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.”
Therefore let us not judge each other with an evil eye or self reasoning or contempt for whatever reason. But instead, be ever more on our guard not to put a stumbling block / obstacle / some action or event that hinders progress of our fellow men.
What is able to hinder progress of our fellow mankind, brothers and sisters?
Depravation / morally corrupt – leading away from what is right.
Deprivation perhaps? – denial of some basic material essential benefits.
Repression, be it in society, ethnic differences, governmental repression of its subjects (forcing people to live in confined areas and refugee camps), religious repression (forced to convert by the sword) and gender repression.
These stumblingblocks that some people place before other people that continues to hinder another man’s progress or freedom to choose or freedom to live or believe.
When someone who claims to do what is right for his government when he kills a religious extremist or “terrorist”, he has provided the so called “terrorist” an occasion to fall. He has placed before his fellow man a stumblingblock. Did the “righteous man” look into the future and have seen that the terrorist is beyond redemption and that he can NEVER repent even though being placed in neutral conditions and after being taught the truth. For who can tell the “TIMING” of a person’s repentance?
It is better to put a sinner / unrepentant person in solitary confinement / life imprisonment than putting him to death. For the terrorist will give his account to God when it is time and he will be judged accordingly.
But the person who placed the stumblingblock in the terrorist’s path shall also give his account to God when it is time, for the Lord will ask the terrorist, who caused you to fall?
Blessed is he who does not put a stumblingblock in his brother’s way.
Isaiah 45:23 “………....That unto me [ “me” is referring to the God of Israel Himself and He was also called our Saviour Jesus son of Joseph and Mary ] every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.”
One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.
For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.
For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's.
For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.
But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.
Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.
I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.
Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed.
In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.
Among the many reasons why THE CREATOR OF THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH, OUR SPIRITUAL FATHER IN HEAVEN, THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTHY, chose to be born into His own creation is to save us, He is our SAVIOUR, to obtain right to judge over the living and the dead (Romans 14:9).
If God has never tasted death, the dead will not suffer or allow themselves to be judged over by someone who has never tasted death. This is how insufferable, proud and conceited mankind is.