Anathema Etymologically it is translated as “offering”, however, its primary use is somewhat darker, since it refers to “curse”. Actually, it is a term that can be used and given various meanings, including: amputation of one of the limbs, conviction, separated or separated, do you want to know more? Continue reading.
Anathema refers to a person who preaches a different gospel than is established, in what way does this man affect others?
Preaching a different gospel and making others like what they hear. Therefore, we must bear in mind that an anathema is a person separated from God.
Anyone who strays from our Lord Jesus Christ is a anathema, so the sacred scriptures affirm, why? Because some have been healed, in many places, both at home and in public places.
They have been healed in the name of Jesus, and how do they give thanks? Changing the name of the savior and there is only one true name, the name of the Lord Jesus.
So, anathema It is everyone who has strayed from God’s way, everyone who strayed from the word. He who knew Jesus and instead of following him, decides to follow men.
Anathema, according to the RAE: Excommunication, what do you mean? Expel one of his faithful because he has strayed from the path, without the right to return.
Understanding this, we can say then that Anathema it is a kind of “punishment”, because the individual who has committed the offense is separated from the group. Formerly, this expulsion or ex-communion was accompanied by exile, and even the heretic person was considered a cursed object.
Deuteronomy 7:26 tells us that we will hate and reject anathemas. Many times, as Christians we ask ourselves why does my house seem like hell? Why does my family seem to be in the very mouth of the devil? Why do you feel so heavy in the house? Why don’t I see a change in my home even though I fast and pray daily?
Perhaps, if we open our spiritual eyes, we will realize it. Many parents, even from Christian homes, do not seem to understand that they are to blame for this happening. As parents, it is our responsibility to set an example for our children. Motivate them to follow the path of the Lord.
When God establishes what is consecrated for him, he calls it Holy, because it is for him. Instead, anathema, then becomes that which is separated from God, separated from the Holy.
Who then defines what is anathema and what not?
God! He is the only one who can define what he is and what he is not anathema. For this reason, we must worry not about looking for who tells us the “truth” (what we want to hear), but rather about listening to God, what he tells us through the word and maturing spiritually.
Let’s seek a true intimacy with God, focus on your own sanctification process before God, and in turn, this process will lead us to distance ourselves from everything that can contaminate us.
We have adopted anathemas to our church, that is why there are so many separated families, that marriages do not last, that people no longer have as much faith as before, homes are in chaos, children, they disobey parents, among others.
Some examples: the clothing that is used for the church, the word of God, what we offer… All of this we have adapted to make the Church more attractive, but this only takes us away from God.
If we don’t like Jesus as he was, then deep down we don’t like him. If we want to change him, dress as if we were going to a party and not to mass. If we manipulate the system to simply have (or believe that we have) greater control over others, all of that is anathema.
What is a person anathema?
An anathema person is one who has been separated from God, affects the rest, “infects” them with his bad habits, just as when a person visits a foreign country, in a matter of days, does he no longer speak with that accent? It is the same with people who have been separated from God’s way.
These people draw curses around them, and let us remember that every action has a consequence. The curse that we have today is because we have taken the evil of the world and we have brought it to ourselves, to our lives and we have adopted it as our own.
When I lie, when I sin, when I lust, I am bringing the curse into my life. I am a Christian, and I ask God’s blessing but I sell cigarettes, alcohol, I go to parties, I do illicit things, I give in to carnal pleasures, so what am I attracting? The curse of the anathema on my life! (the wrath of God in me).
When my business does not advance, when I feel stagnant, just empty … It is because I have activated the wrath of God in my life. A fool, who does not know God, but unleashes his wrath because he engages with anathemas.
What was Good Friday like before? All in prayer, and poor man who came out, well, even stones were thrown at the car, but now, how do you celebrate Good Friday? On the beach! Withdrawn from God. With alcoholic beverages, in abundance.
We can fight with other men, but not against God. And the problem is that this God is no longer in our favor, but against us, because we only disobey, because we worship false gods, because we live attached to anathemas, because every day, we get further away from him and with this, only we unleash his wrath against us.
Anathema book: Why do you think Jesus died on the cross? To save us! But from who? From the wrath of his father. The cross that he carried, all that he suffered and suffered was to stop the wrath of God against us.
But we, instead of thanking him and glorifying him, what we do is follow men, turn away from God and worship false gods, is this fair for God after everything he has done for us?
Let’s not touch or drink from anathemaBecause when we do it, it becomes attractive to us. And when we cross the line, as the word says, that we do not cross the parents’ line, things start to get complicated.
Ephesians 2:12 you and I have been accursed, separated from God, without God’s protection and without God’s provision for something called sin. But now, we’ve been reconciled, so let’s not live like this anymore.
What message does all this leave us?
That when we interact with him anathema, we adopt their bad tricks, their habits and we weaken; God has blessed us with all his love says the word of God, but it is we who decide to get away from him.
There is no “light” gospel, there is no tailor-made gospel, there is no gospel that pleases men or God, there is only one gospel, which is the gospel of Christ.
Through the gospel, we learn that when we behave as anathemas we weaken ourselves, that when we behave as the separated, the expelled and those who do not recognize God our enemies win the battles. We learned, through your word, that apart from you, we can do nothing and that as a consequence of our actions we are exiled. Today, however, sorry, we want to become your children.
Josue 6: 15-19 tells us that the anathema refers to an object “cursed” by God, that is, separated from it and everyone who touches it, would be cursed forever.
In Ancient Greece a anathema it referred to any individual practice or in a temple to please God; in the book of Judith, the word anathema is translated “gift to God.”
However, the word anathema It is mostly used under the translation of the Hebrew “Herem”, which means, exterminate idolatrous nations, that is, nations that worshiped false gods and followed man instead of God, but also, consecration (Numbers 18:14; Leviticus 27 : 28, 29)
Despite the fact that “herem” had different meanings, one of the most adapted was that person or object that venerated the mundane, which, evidently, implied destroying ourselves and everyone who touched or drank it (Numbers 21: 2, 3; Joshua 6:17).
In the New Testament, this concept changes a bit, the word “anathema” Rather, it means “punishment, dishonor, or exclusion”; Romans 9: 3, reveals to us that the expression “anathema = separated from Christ”, another translation could be “excluded from the covenant or company with Christ”.
The diversity of interpretations that have been given to this word from different origins and translations, has generated great difficulties at the interpretive level, to understand exactly what is anathema? Is it a gift to God or is it a punishment?
Saint Paul teaches us that his desire to save his people was so great that he was willing to offer his own life for them, and he would be happy to die in the name of Jesus, his lord, his messiah, his teacher.
1st. Corinthians 16:22 tells us that anathema They are all those who decide not to love God, they must be rejected and punished with a penalty as great as the magnitude of their actions. Another way of looking at it, or interpreting it, is that in this verse, Saint Paul was trying to tell us that everyone who did not love God should be handed over to him.
With the evolution of the Christian Church this concept evolved into “excommunication” (Ezra 10: 8) and is the method that was used from the fourth century using to get rid of heretics (Athens).
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