Do not worship the Lord in high places
2 Kings 15:3,4 -
And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Amaziah had done; Save that the high places were not removed: the people sacrificed and burnt incense still on the high places.
When I had lacked understanding of scriptures I thought the Lord hated the Israelites for worshiping Him is temples made on hills or mountains. We see in many religions specially those who are into worshipping mythical gods prefer to make their temples on high lands and also their 'holy' men go into solitary to be with their gods, meditating on mountain tops.
Later I realized it was nothing to do with the place or height at which they worshipped that God hated but more about the way or whom their worshipped.
We see Jesus at times went on mountain tops to spend time with His Father. It was not that He preferred mountains, for He also went regularly to gardens to spend time with His Father. He simply desired to be in nature, away from manmade world to have personal time with His Father.
In Ezekiel 20:28-29 it clearly says these places of worship which the Israelites built on hills were places where they kept idols along with the typical symbols that God had told them to keep in a place of worship. In simple words these high places were places of worship where they had fused pagan gods, traditions and beliefs into their way of life (what is today called religious harmony).
We see some main stream churches like the Catholics and Orthodox Christians are very much into worshipping God in high places. They call themselves the original church but do not realize most of their beliefs, sacraments and traditions originated not during the time of Jesus or the Apostles, but way before that.
One classic example of religious fusion (harmony) is Chrislam which is a fusion of Christianity and Islam. These people believe that both the God of the Christians and the Allah of the Muslims are the same. Since the Quran takes names of people like Noah, Abraham, Ismail, Isaac, Joseph, Moses, David, Aaron, Mary and Isa (Jesus) among others, they think both the books have common goals. It seems either these people are blind or dumb or have not read both the books.
They do not read in the Quran Mohammad states the 'Trinity' or Godhead to be God the Father, Isa (Jesus) and Mary the mother of Isa (Jesus). They also do not realize that the Mary of the Quran is supposed to be the sister of Moses (mistaken for Miriam). They do not realize that the Isa (Jesus) in the Quran is a fictitious character who speaks as a just born infant and this Isa in some Aayah (verses) states to have died and resurrected but in one Mohammad denies his crucifixion, death and resurrection. These are just a few of the crazy things in the Quran. So in short the Quran states the Bible is a lie and the Jesus of the Bible is no one else but an ordinary prophet who came to glorify Mohammad (remember Satan told Jesus to worship him and he would give this world / people to him) and yet these foolish Christian accept it. Looks like they have compared the photos of God and Allah to state they are the same and not their nature or origin as stated in their respective books (Allah which means 'The god' was the pagan god Hubal a moon god whom one of the 360 gods the pagan Arabs worshipped in the Kaaba, he had 3 daughters who's names are mentioned in the Satanic Verses).
The same with Catholics, most Catholics do not realize their belief states Jesus is not the only way to the Father for Jews and Muslims too can go to Heaven even though they reject Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour (sections 836 to 845 of the CCC). They belief the sacrifice of Jesus was not sufficient for the salvation of man that is why Mary is must for she complemented it and thus she also becomes a way to Heaven. They do not realize all the characteristics the Jews gave to a goddess Ashtoreth (like Queen of Heaven, Mother of God, Perpetual Virgin etc..) and put in the Sanctuary are the same they have given to this spirit who claims to be Mary the mother of Jesus, of whom they have made idols and lifted up in every church of theirs. They do not know the round wafer they call as Eucharistic / Communion symbolizes the sun god due to which they have a highly decorated stand which symbolizes the sun god in its glory, this was introduced in 1200AD into the RC church and replaced the leavened bread. It was the same wafer which Jezebel the pagan high priestess broke with her congregation. So we see all those very idols, beliefs and traditions that the Israelites did in these high places have not disappeared but are still continuing unto this very day.
Jesus said true worshippers will be those people who worship the Father in spirit and truth. So let us remove ourselves from high place and worship the Lord in spirit and truth.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You alone are God. You alone are Truth and Light. Satan who is a father of lies and the great deceiver knows if he put black against white he would get caught easily therefore put grey against white so as to fool people to think they are still in the white. Lord we pray that people realize what they think is grey not nothing but black for in your Kingdom there is either a YES or NO, White or Black and those who stand in between draw more wrath from You...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference ]
28 For when I had brought them into the land, for the which I lifted up mine hand to give it to them, then they saw every high hill, and all the thick trees, and they offered there their sacrifices, and there they presented the provocation of their offering: there also they made their sweet savour, and poured out there their drink offerings.
29 Then I said unto them, What is the high place whereunto ye go? And the name thereof is called Bamah unto this day.
Numbers 22:41 And it came to pass on the morrow, that Balak took Balaam, and brought him up into the high places of Baal, that thence he might see the utmost part of the people.
Ezekiel 36:2 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because the enemy hath said against you, Aha, even the ancient high places are ours in possession:
1 Kings 3:4 And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that was the great high place: a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon that altar.
John 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
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