Well there I was sitting down in a bible study class, the lesson emphasized on the necessity to pray for those who hate me and those that are called ‘my enemies’ to die – uhm? I find it wonderfully amusing that some of us Christians still use the Old Testament to determine our actions, please whatever happened to the new creature, the new covenant, is it right or is it just a collection of ignorance and naivety?
Why would I want to pray that a human being: flesh, blood and Spirit should die just because I see them as an enemy, come on! And sincerely I have seen people pray such prayers – they shout the names of their so termed enemies and right after you hear: “die- die- die”, are you a witch???
Put All My Enemies in a Calabash
It got to a stage that a Prophet asked people to write the names of their enemies so that they can destroy them in a calabash Ahhh!!! See people providing a scroll with endless name lists, like I felt so irritated!
What happened to the verse that says we do not battle against flesh and blood but ….spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Eph 6:12), so if the enemy who is probably someone else’s mother or father or brother or sister, dies what next??? They go to hell and are damned for eternity while you enjoy your heavenly salvation? To me that is wickedness and selfishness.
Nowhere in the Bible, having been baptised by the Holy Spirit did JESUS Christ or his disciples (even Apostle Paul) pray that their enemies should die. Even Jesus Christ stopped John and James from calling down fire from above to kill those that didn’t receive them (Luke 9:54).
Jesus Christ gave Jezebel chances to repent in revelation 2:21-22, it was her inability to repent that made her fall not because Jesus wanted her to, but Christians decide to overlook the fact that instead of praying for someone to die, they can ask for them to be saved.
On the cross, Jesus Christ asked for mercy for those that whipped Him, mocked Him, scorned Him, spat at Him, and crucified Him – His enemies – yet if you step on some Christian’s foot today, you would need goat and ram to ask for forgiveness so that they don’t pray you dead.
Smh, we truly need to know who our enemies are!