Why are there children who are born lame, without arms, limping, blind, deaf, dumb, hunchbacked, without a brain, and retarded? Why are children born illegitimate, fruit of irresponsible fornication? Why do children become orphans at a very young age? Many have stepfathers who are drunkards, mean and addicted to drugs. Why are so many children born in a situation of beggary and crime, children of the streets, sleeping in allies, in schools of crime? Correctional homes do not present satisfactory indices of education, instruction, and results.
Jehovah, the god of this world, has the right answer. The parent sins against the commandments of Jehovah, and the child becomes cursed of Jehovah. The text says: “But it shall come to pass, if you will not listen to the voice of Jehovah your God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command you this day, that all these curses shall come on you, and overtake you. You shall be cursed in the city, and you shall be cursed in the field. Your basket and your kneading trough shall be cursed. The fruit of your body, the fruit of your ground, the increase of your livestock, and the young of your flock shall be cursed” (Deut. 28:15-18). The parent disobeys the law of Jehovah and the child is born with a curse from the womb? The people of Israel, revolted with this terrible injustice, created a proverb against Jehovah that says: “The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge” (Jer. 31:29-30; Ezek. 18:1-3).
What does it mean to be cursed? It means execrated, disliked, hated, disfavored, maligned and marked for disgraces, pestilences, and plagues. It is the one cursed of Jehovah, a target for the poisonous shafts of Jehovah (Deut. 32:22-24; Job 6:4).
But what have the innocent little children done? They were simply born. They did not lie, did not steal, did not kill, but were born predestined for the curses of Jehovah; not only the children, but the grandchildren, the great-grandchildren, and the great-great-grandchildren, for Jehovah visited the wickedness of the fathers in the children until the third and fourth generations (Ex. 20:4-5).
- Jehovah says: “You shall betroth a wife, and another man shall lie with her” (Deut. 28:30). The disobedient imagines that the child is his, but it is rather his neighbor’s, or his friend’s, or the thief’s; for the woman, for fear of the punishment, does not tell. In many cases the woman is guilty, but it is all Jehovah’s doing. The husband will certainly find it out, in order to know that the curse comes from Jehovah.
- “Your sons and your daughters shall be given to another people; and your eyes shall look, and fail with longing for them all the day: and there shall be nothing in the power of your hand” (Deut. 28:32). Children are the most precious possession of a couple, but as they are cursed, they will go as slaves to another people. Parents see the violence they are suffering, but do not have the power to deliver them. Then these parents rebel against Jehovah and give themselves to sin, since Jehovah has destroyed their family. This was the case of Ahaz, who, seeing that Jehovah had abandoned him, gave himself to idolatry and to sin. Someone will say: But Ahaz was a bad king, and that is why Jehovah abandoned him (2 Chr. 28:21-25). I answer him: But Job was faithful and Jehovah gave him into the hands of Satan. No one is safe in the hands of Jehovah. The worst of Jehovah is that he avenges the sins of the parents on the children.
- “You shall father sons and daughters, but they shall not be yours; for they shall go into captivity” (Deut. 28:41). Poor little children predestined to be children of infidelity, predestined to live without a family, in stranger’s hands, and predestined to be slaves in captivity, humbled, trampled, dishonored, subjected to all kinds of abuse! With this behavior Jehovah hoped to win the heart of his people!
- But Jehovah conceived yet worse and terrible things, for his mind is fecund with evil ideas, and totally incapable of conceiving good. Horrified, let us read the text: “You shall eat the fruit of your own body, the flesh of your sons and of your daughters, whom Jehovah your God has given you, in the siege and in the distress with which your enemies shall distress you. The man who is tender among you, and very delicate, his eye shall be evil toward his brother, and toward the wife of his bosom, and toward the remnant of his children whom he has remaining; so that he will not give to any of them of the flesh of his children whom he shall eat, because he has nothing left him, in the siege and in the distress with which your enemy shall distress you in all your gates. The tender and delicate woman among you, who would not adventure to set the sole of her foot on the ground for delicateness and tenderness, her eye shall be evil toward the husband of her bosom, and toward her son, and toward her daughter, and toward her young one who comes out from between her feet, and toward her children whom she shall bear; for she shall eat them for want of all things secretly, in the siege and in the distress with which your enemy shall distress you in your gates. If you will not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that you may fear this glorious and fearful name, JEHOVAH YOUR GOD” (Deut. 28:53-58). And Jehovah declares that he delights in doing these things (Deut. 28:63).
The greatest pleasure of Jehovah is to see the most delicate mothers, educated and pious, eating their own children. The text says: “The hands of the pitiful women have boiled their own children; They were their food in the destruction of the daughter of my people” (Lam. 4:10). The children, loved and desired by the parents, longingly anticipated by them, are served as roasts to this god without entrails. Do not forget. Children did not sin, but were born cursed and predestined to be destroyed with sophisticated cruelty by the one who always proclaimed: ‘I am merciful and kind.’ Moses declares: “Jehovah, a merciful and gracious God, slow to anger, and abundant in loving kindness and truth” (Ex. 34:6). Jehovah declares he is gracious, but he is pitiless, instead. He declares: “Therefore will I also deal in wrath; my eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity; and though they cry in my ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them” (Ezek. 8:18; 7:4-9). “I will dash them one against another, even the fathers and the sons together, says Jehovah: I will not pity, nor spare, nor have compassion, that I should not destroy them” (Jer. 13:14).
One thing is certain. Jehovah predestined all children to curse, captivity, slavery, dishonor, etc. from the womb.
Someone will say: This is not true! There are children who are blessed. I answer: If there are children who are blessed of Jehovah, these children do not need to be delivered from the curses of Jehovah (Gal. 3:13). The blessed of Jehovah are Israelites, not the gentiles (Is. 65:23). Jehovah rejects the gentiles: “Jehovah is King forever and ever! The nations will perish out of his land” (Ps. 10:16). Read also Jer. 10:25; Ps. 59:8; 79:6. And if the blessed became cursed because of the law, the ones that are not blessed will be torn apart (Ps. 2:7-9).
What did Jesus say against the evil predestination of children? “Then little children were brought to him, that he should lay his hands on them and pray; and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, ‘Allow the little children, and don’t forbid them to come to me; for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to ones like these.’ He laid his hands on them, and departed from there” (Matt. 19:13-15).
Jehovah cursed the rightful owners of the kingdom of heaven, who had not committed any sin. Jesus, on the other hand, opened the doors of heaven to them, for he delivered them from the curses of Jehovah (Gal. 3:13).
By Pastor Olavo Silveira Pereira