The Principle of Division – or The House Divided, Part 1
This principle was illustrated by Jesus in the following scripture:
“Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David?
“But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.
“And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?” Matthew 12:22-26
Lincoln used this principle in his famous “House Divided” speech June 16, 1858 when he ran for the Senate.
“A house divided against itself cannot stand.
“I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free.
“I do not expect the Union to be dissolved — I do not expect the house to fall — but I do expect it will cease to be divided.
“It will become all one thing or all the other.”
Lincoln was not able to make such an accurate statement because he was psychic, but because he understood the principle of the house divided. Where others thought such two extremes could peacefully co-exist within the same house, Lincoln knew better. He knew it was a problem that would demand a solution. He probably didn’t realize at the time that he would be an instrument of that solution.
The interesting thing about principles is that they can lead us to knowledge and understanding. Let us see what we can glean by applying this one to our own time.
Throughout the free world we always have two major divisions in political power which are basically those called conservatives and those who are liberal. Are such systems destined to collapse then because they create a divided house?
Not necessarily. A nation, state or even family can co-exist in relative peace with different opinions as long as those differences do not divide them from the important ideals that bring bonding. But when a group becomes divided on major themes, then the principle comes into play and the house or nation starts heading toward collapse.
For instance, after the creation of the United States the nation existed in relative stability as a body until there began be to a major division between the free states and the slave states. Freedom is the most basic of ideals and a prime division in this area definitely brings the principle into play. If there is a division in how the major ideals are to be worked out then the kingdom is in danger.
Just as freedom was an issue in the days of Jesus and later Abraham Lincoln even so does it continue to be the issue in the house divided of today. There are, of course, hundreds of issues that seem to divide people but when examined closely the issue of freedom is always an ingredient.
For instance, this principle was expressed by Jesus after he was accused of casting out devils by the power of the devil. Why did he have to cast out an adversarial entity to begin with? Apparently, some negative intelligence sought to take away the freedom of one person to enhance his own. Jesus did not buy into this idea and cast him out. These two, Jesus, and the possessing entity (real or imagined) were thus enemies because their two opposing ideas made compromise impossible.
This same idea was carried forward in the American Civil War. Slaveholders enslaved their brethren to enhance their own freedom until Lincoln came along and cast them out, or took away their power.
Today we live again in a situation where not just a country, but the whole world is heading toward a showdown on freedom. The house [kingdom], which is the world, is becoming more divided, especially on the emotional plane and must either be healed or fight until one side or the other gains the victory.
We all have a number of different opinions and few tow the party line 100 percent in either the conservative or liberal arena. Because of this many fail to see the line that divides the various political houses.
Part of the problem is that words blur perception. For instance, you can ask the people on both sides of an issue a question like:
Are you in favor of personal freedom?
Generally, every person will proudly proclaim: “Definitely! Freedom is what it is all about. I’d support it to my last breath.”
Then if you change the subject to politics, it will only be minutes before half the group will give themselves away and talk of their support for measures which may give them what they want, but will take away the freedom of many others. If such people were honest, they would rephrase their answer to something like this:
“Yes, I believe in freedom for myself, even if it comes at the expense of freedom for others.”
The most popular form of this freedom for self comes through the support of unessential tax and spend policies. If we increase taxes for what we want then we force the money out of someone else’s hands. This gives the person who supports the taxation more freedom at the expense of another just as the slaveholder had more freedom at the expense of the slave.
Generally, when one sees a strong political division where one side is bitterly attacking another this issue of freedom lies somewhere under the surface creating the house divided. When the issue is not seen clearly and the lines are blurred then the house can hold together. But when the fog lifts and the issue is clearly seen then civil war begins in earnest and a victory must be obtained by one side or the other.
One interesting place to apply the principle of the House Divided is in the understanding of the conspiracy theories. They have been around forever, but never so prevalent as today. I remember back in the Sixties there were only a handful of people that seemed to be aware of the great hidden conspiracy to bring in a New World Order. I must admit that I felt a little special for being in on the inside knowledge myself.
Presently the tables are turned. The conspiracy believer is no longer an oddity. Now it seems that the person who doesn’t believe in a conspiracy under every rock is the contrarian. In fact, the conspiracy people are so prevalent that if there is a conspiracy to control the world it’s quite possible that they are sheep that are used by the true manipulators.
As I have said before, there is a conspiracy to control the world and to take away the free will of mankind, but the headquarters are not centered here in the physical world. The Apostle Paul saw correctly when he stated:
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Eph 6:12
The conspiracy people think they need to wrestle against flesh and blood. They point fingers at the current President (whoever that may be), the CFR, The Illuminati, the Masons, the Jews, Mormons or others.
The real conspirators are shape shifters and move their focus from body to body. Right after the move takes place few can see the new focus of evil. When Hitler gained a foothold of power few were concerned or saw any threat. Then even before he was defeated the true conspirators moved their focus and the world continued to see Nazism as the main threat when the foundations of the Soviet Empire were being laid. Then when this empire fell few saw the next shift.
The true spiritual wickedness in high places will continue to have power, even if their center of focus falls a hundred times, as long as people do not think for themselves and fail to perceive what should be obvious.
Even though the focus of evil will be in a particular group or movement the branches will stretch forth and touch every family in the civilized world. One can look at the various divisions we see about us and use this principle to identify which side would be supported by spiritual wickedness and which by the Brotherhood of Light. A key to finding the dark side is a characteristic of the adversary given in the Book of Revelations. It tells us that Satan is “the accuser of the brethren.”
While it is true that there is a time and place for all things, even accusations, it is my observation that those on the side of illusion make many more accusations, including many that are baseless, than the pure in heart. Many not only accuse, but do so with much hatred and vitriolic emotion.
The next step is to look at the two sides of the various divisions. In doing this we need to ask:
Which side represents the greater freedom for the individual and the whole?
Which side makes the most unjust accusations and has the lowest tolerance for the expression of the opposing point of view?
Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not one bit simpler. Albert Einstein
Feb 24, 2007
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