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I don’t believe in “Your truth, my truth” exactly. I just believe there’s always more to the story than what meets the eye. It’s always worth it to empathize and really see through another person’s eyes. You’ll always find that glimmer of truth. Even in Hitler.
“Wait a second!” I hear you say. “Hitler? You can empathize with Hitler?”
Why sure. Trapped deep down within that ugly, monstrous son of Satan was a bleeding soul. Sin needs fuel, you know. Often that fuel is the pure, innocent, shattered heart full of pain. Pain bleeds fear, rage, and lies. The Bleeding Soul is no longer the masterpiece it was designed to be but a sick, twisted shadow of its true form.
Hitler was abused by his father. Did you you know that? Hitler as a child was spanked so brutally, so often, that one day he decided to stand up to his abusive father. He decided to take all of his father’s furry without crying. His father unleashed everything he had on his son, but the little boy stood firm. True to his commitment, he didn’t shed a single tear. His father never spanked him again.
But that victory came at too heavy a price: the terrified, innocent little boy had unknowingly paid with very soul. He was never the same after that moment.
That moment, I believe, was the moment Hitler’s soul died. That was the moment he became the monster we know him to be. So when people ask, “Would you go back in time and kill Hitler?” No, I would go back in time and deal with Hitler’s father.
Hitler wasn’t always a monster. He was once an innocent little boy. I wonder, is that the way Yeshua saw him? Even as Hitler slaughtered literally millions? If you find that truth hard to believe, read the Old Testament. Hitler was not the first monster Yehovah showed His Divine Empathy to.
A wounded soul is deadly! Instead of curing the world of the Death that wounded it, the Soul becomes a zombie–neither dead nor alive–and spreads the pain even further. It feeds on every living soul within sight. It becomes a vessel of Malice and Fear, a Black Hole of co-dependant need, a farmer of Death.
What about sin that wasn’t done out of pain? That there is called immaturity, my friend.
Death is not a verb. It is a noun. It can be sown, cultivated, devoured, harvested. Death does not just exist in the Afterlife. Death exists in this present reality.
Yes, I can empathize with Hitler. He was wrong, sure, but WHY? Yeshua empathized with Hitler’s wounded soul so much that He took those wounds on Himself.
Imagine that! Empathy was the reason Yeshua became the Sacrificial Lamb. And yes, He can empathize with you too. He sees through your four-year-old eyes long ago and feels your bleeding heart. He understands WHY you did wrong. Why you still do wrong.
It matters to Yeshua. Shouldn’t it matter to us also?
The bleeding soul caused Jesus so much grief that enduring ALL the pain of the Curse seemed as JOY in comparison. Every blow that life delivers to the human soul–no matter how small that soul may be–matters to Him. He hates to see His perfect handiwork broken. He hates to see His loved one bleed.
And so he erased it all from Reality’s Memory. It may exist somewhere in the recesses of your mind, but Time has long forgotten it. Justice and Mercy have joined hands to see that all evidence of the crime is wiped completely from existence–starting with the wounded soul within you.
This is Healing. It is perfect and permanent, leaving the heart in better shape than it was before. This is the power of Divine Empathy.
But there’s a catch. To receive His empathy, you must commit to passing it on. You must give it to others as He gave it to you.
Do you think Hitler was empathetic when he murdered the Jews? No. What was his reasoning? “They’re not like us,” he said. “We are human. They are not. They are incapable of human qualities.” And so he did with them as he willed. His bleeding soul had been robbed of empathy. When Hitler was born, do you think Yehovah put empathy in his original design? Or do you think He made a mistake?
What about yourself? “I’m not good enough,” you say to the face in the mirror. “I don’t deserve for Yeshua to love me.”
What about your relationship? “My husband is just lazy.”
What about the little human souls sharing the same roof with you? “They’re not like us. They’re only children. They are incapable of wanting to do what’s right.”
Why do you think children do not deserve empathy, even when they do wrong? Didn’t Yeshua give you empathy when you did wrong? Didn’t he die for them also? Or is that a privilege only alotted to adults?
“But they’re not like us!” Ahh, therein lies the root of the problem. People who believe in spanking and people who believe in empathy have completely different views of children. One says sin needs to be beaten out of them. The other says they’re just as human as you.
This was never about “to spank or not to spank.” All parenting is rooted in how you view children in general: who they are, what they’re capable of, how they function, what they need.
Ultimately, you’ll find that how you view children is synonymous with how you ultimately view yourself. They may even be one and the same.
Do you give yourself empathy?
Or do you think you deserve to be hit for making mistakes? I know you do. It’s called anxiety–the weapon of fear and self-hatred. “I’m a failure,” it says. You lock yourself alone with it and let it torture you. You scream as your soul wounds are torn open once again, piece by piece. Then you lash out to defend yourself, screaming on the inside, “Please! No more!” When you finally come to your senses, you discover that you had accidentally wounded another soul that you love very much. And that reality feeds your self-hatred and tears the wound even deeper.
So the cycle continues.
Do you need punishment for lashing out? Or do you need the healing touch of Divine Empathy?