Name calling is right when it fits, when it isn't hypocritically offered, when it's offered to warn, when it's prophecy, when it's prophesying.
We have called the neocons "monsters." Jesus called the Pharisees and scribes "hypocrites" and "vipers." Does it, and did it, fit? Is it done, and was it done, in the spirit of hypocrisy? Is it, and was it, to warn? Is it, and was it, in line with the prophecy? Is it, and was it, prophesying?
The answer to all of these questions is "Yes."
When we say to someone that he or she is an angel, we ought to mean that the person is being righteous, being a manifest angel of light, being angelic in the un-fallen sense, raised up or rising or both. The exact opposite is meant when we say someone is being beastly, monstrous, venomous, etc. Are the neocons being beastly, monstrous, and venomous? Yes. Those terms, those labels, those names, fit.
Do we do this in the spirit of hypocrisy? No. We don't claim to be perfect, only wanting to follow Jesus's path, the straight and narrow to arrive there for the sake of righteousness, which is the salvation of everyone. We openly admit to having acted in beastly, monstrous, and venomous ways. What we are saying is that the monstrous path is wrong. We are wrong when we act beastly, monstrously, venomously, or the like. It is what is meant by calling the introducer of sin "the Serpent."
Be selfish. It's okay. It's good. That was the evil message. It's the knowledge of good and evil. Being selfish is to "know" evil in that sense, in the sense used concerning the Garden of Eden.
Who told you that you were naked? Before the Serpent, the people were not selfishly motivated. They were instinctually unselfish even in their carnality. Before the serpent, they weren't doing anything to harm psychically, soulfully, spiritually, themselves or others. They were just living, being, without the harm of "knowing" sin.
They had been warned to remain unselfish. Don't be tempted. Don't partake of it. It will ruin you and disease you and ultimately kill you (your soul). The warning now remains to repent, to atone, to return to unselfishness, to reawaken what was lost, to open the gates of heaven, to close the gates of hell, etc.
Is it prophetic? Yes, of course. It is foretelling. It is divinely inspired. It is the received message from God relayed to others for the sake of the many who will choose righteousness.
Therefore, the saying once a monster, always a monster, is not true. The lion will lie down with the lamb.
Everything will change once humanity rises up, once the whole is truly enlightened, once the devil has been fully exposed and the essence of evil purged from the souls of every living human soul on earth and asleep waiting for heaven.
And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father's sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine [Goliath] shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God. (1 Samuel 17:34-36).
The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. (Isaiah 11:6).
The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD. (Isaiah 65:25).
What does this mean?
David is the foreshadowing of the Son of man come to save the fold from the Beast. The fold are the real Christians who include people of every tribe who accept Jesus Christ. The Beast is the gigantic antichrist system that seems to be too strong and big to bring down. However, the single rock of truth planted right in the forebrain will kill that evil system. Then, all those who had been beastly will be and have been transformed into members of the fold. The belief, the real knowledge, the truth that is unselfish love and peace, no greed, no violence, no impure desires, etc., will reign.
Righteousness is the supreme conqueror.
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And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. (Matthew 17:24-26)