How to talk like a prophet

From Maurice Samuels’ You Gentiles, available here: http://archive.org/details/YouGentiles

“Is it not of the greatest moment that the
work of war should be well done? . . .”
This in a vision of human perfection—for it
never occurs to Plato that perfection in humanity
precludes the possibility of war.

And treating of God, he says: “Surely God
is good in reality, and is to be so represented,”
but what can we make of his ultimate good?
Is not his good merely “a good thing”—as
right is for you “the right thing”? And what
can we make of his God when, after talking
of the goodness and dignity of God, he goes
on to talk of the gods, and of how the poets
are to be arraigned for not treating them respectfully
in that they make them laugh or
portray them in undignified occupations and
postures?

Well does he say: “The inquiry we are undertaking
is no trivial one, but demands a
keen sight.” He does not say that it demands
the aid of God, or a loving heart, or
hunger after righteousness. But the very
question of God is a trivial one, for, as one
says in this book: “It is urged neither evasion
nor violence can succeed with the gods.
Well, but if they either do not exist, or do not
concern themselves with the affairs of men,
why need we concern ourselves to evade their
observation?”

This graceful skepticism, which strikes the
opening note of the book, sets the tone for the
entire theme. “What is justice?” What indeed?
Does any man that loves true justice
(not the game) ever ask this question? Can
any one truly believe that the subtlest and
skilfulest analysis of justice will help one jot
in creating love of justice, desire for justice?

A vision of the perfection of mankind and
children being trained for war! Contrast it
with this: “In that day there shall be a highway
out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian
shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian
into Assyria, and the Egyptians shall serve
with the Assyrians. In that day shall Israel
be the third with Egypt and with Assyria,
even a blessing in the midst of the land.
Whom the Lord of hosts shall bless, saying:
Blessed be Egypt my people and Assyria the
work of my hands and Israel mine inheritance.”
Or with the better known passage:
“And it shall come to pass in the last days
that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall
be established on the top of the mountains,
and shall be exalted above the hills, and all
nations shall flow into it. And many peoples
shall come and say: Come, let us go up to
the mountains of the Lord, to the house of the
God of Jacob, and he will teach us of his
ways and we will walk in his paths. . . ., And
he shall judge the nations and shall rebuke
many peoples, and they shall beat their
swords into ploughshares, and their spears into
pruning hooks : nation shall not lift up sword
against nation, neither shall they learn any
more war.”

A vision of the perfection of mankind, with
censors and with carefully groomed gods! —-
the limit of his imagination. But this! —-
“And the earth shall be filled with the knowledge
of God as the waters cover the sea.”
And this!—”And it shall come to pass afterward
that I will pour out my spirit upon all
flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall
prophesy: your old men shall dream dreams.
Your young men shall see visions. And also
upon the servants and upon the handmaids
in those days will I pour out my spirit.”

And because his world is not God’s world,
but the world of his self-created gods, he
must sit down and argue anxiously, “What is
justice?” But he that really loves justice
asks no questions: he cries instead: “Seek
good and not evil, that ye may live: and so
the Lord, the God of Hosts, shall be with
you, as ye have spoken. Hate evil and love
the good, and establish judgment in the
gate.” And: “Let judgment run down as waters
and righteousness as a mighty stream.”

And when, baffled by the inadequacy of his
human standards, your philosopher refers
justice to the “categoric imperative,” he betrays
the triviality of your world. What is
that “categoric imperative,” that helpless
compromise and confession? What man recognizes
it, will bow to it? That phrase
itself is its own denial, for he that refers mankind
to a “categoric imperative” is himself
neither categoric nor imperative. But even
the deaf will hear and tremble when the
Prophet thunders: “Thus saith the Lord.”
There is the categoric imperative!

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7 Responses to How to talk like a prophet

  1. gercelti says:

    Breathtakingly beautiful and in the right direction!

  2. gercelti says:

    Samuel, the “good Jew” stealing and using the God of Jacob-Israel as the god of the children of the devil Jew in true Jew fashion. An almost perfectly beautiful liar and one of the reasons why Christians will embrace the fundamental lie that the Jews are not the children of the devil to be dealt with at judgement day but the chosen children of Yahweh instead.

  3. gercelti says:

    The title itself is so revealing: prophets are the messengers of the eternal god and Jews-devils TALK
    LIKE
    PROPHETS

  4. A says:

    A book you’ll definitely want to add to your list is Douglas Reed’s “The Controversy of Zion”. Definitely a wealth of knowledge.

    PDF download:
    http://vho.org/aaargh/fran/livres/reeedcontrov.pdf
    Hard copies here:
    http://www.amazon.com/Controversy-Zion-Douglas-Reed-ebook/dp/B00L56J310

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