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Are you Practicing the Ancient
Rite of Estrangement?
You have felt the brutal lashes of estrangement. If we are honest, we too, have become so annoyed with another person that we throw up our arms in frustration, and take modest steps toward easily deleting that person from our life. Do you know the power of this dangerous ancient and lethal societal practice that been cloistered away into our culture, by design and the pain and shame of the parties involved. The Hebrew word for this practice is kareth or the cutting off, destroyed, separated, excluded, or being excised, from family or community, as if one was a cancer.
In the Bible, it was used under strict protocol and for very particular sins, but today it is an epidemic sweeping across the world. Familiarize yourself with these biblical words, for their power and influence can destroy your world and your life: karath, gadha`, kachadh, nathach; apokopto, and ekkopto. You may know it by its modern names-estrangement or alienation, which have freed themselves from the shackles of biblical protocol to annihilate anyone at whim with no restraint.
It can strike anyone, at any time. It was not so in biblical times, but today it is practiced in secret, relatively unknown, except by the victim or abuser. The fruit of this ancient rite is cruelly ravaging our culture. Understand, that this practice is comes with the power of death in this life and can possibly extend to the World-to-Come.
Fruit of Unbridled Kareth
Estrangement comes from the Old French estranger or to treat as a stranger.
Simply put it means:
- To turn away in feeling or affection; make unfriendly or hostile; alienate the affections of
- To remove to or keep at a distance: The necessity for traveling on business has estranged him from his family.
- To divert from the original use or possessor.
- Become toxic, comes from poison, and the study thereof
We can either have good fruit, poisonous fruit or be sterile. Those are the options. Any of the following are the words should be Red Flags to you that Kareth has infiltrated your life. As you view this list make a mental note as to the type of fruit each word represents:
Alienation, disaffection, disgruntlement, souring, antagonism, embitterment, envenoming, breach, breakup, rift, rupture, schism, separation, split, animosity, antagonism, antipathy, bitterness, hostility, jaundice, rancor, aggravation, furor, fury, incensing, indignation, infuriation, ire, outrage, rage, spleen, wrath, disenchantment, disillusionment, estrange, disaffect, turn away, apathy, hostility, misunderstanding, antagonism, separation, inconsiderate, severe allegiance or loyalty, and demoralizing
What I see is allot of pain and suffering in these words not the Fruit of the Spirit but behaviors that damage and kill the body, soul, and spirit.
The Old Testament Kareth Practice
Many Hebrew words are translated cut, of these karath, to cut down, out, off, is the most frequent. Cut off it is used in the sense of destroying, Genesis 9:11; Deuteronomy 12:29; 1 Kings 11:16; Psalms 101:8.
In biblical times there was a strict procedure of separation or exclusion to protect the biblical community from transgressors. Typically it did not involve death, although death is intimately associated with the rite as you shall soon see.
We can glean more in sights to this practice from other biblical uses such as:
Gadhadh, to cut, one's self, is used of the cutting of one's flesh before heathen gods and in mourning for the dead, which was forbidden to the Israelites, (Deuteronomy 14:1; 1 Kings 18:28; Jeremiah 16:6; 41:5; 47:5);
As you can clearly see, outside of biblical procedure, cutting off takes on death cult appearances such as cutting oneself for the death and carving and engraving, and submitting oneself to foreign gods.
Cutting Off the New Testament
We do not oftentimes consider that cutting off was also practiced during New Testament times. Here are some examples:
Diaprio, to saw through Acts 5:3, and they were cut to the heart;
Dichotomeo, to cut in two Matthew 24:51;
Suntemno, to cut together Romans 9:28, finishing it and cutting it short.
While not as frequently referred to it was still practiced under strict biblical guidelines we will examine later in this article.
Kareth is Associated with Death
Some bible versions beat around the words cut off by using substitutions:
Cut off is substituted with pass through Job 11:10),
Hebrew demi, silence, in the English Revised Version has cut themselves off;
Mutilate themselves as gone (Psalms 90:10);
Rolled up Isaiah 38:12;
Sore wounded for cut in pieces
In the Hebrew culture a sentence of Kareth can be carried out by God and possible input from His Divine Court who can issue a penalty decree that a transgressor may:
- Dying young (before the age of 60),
- Dying without children
- Soul being spiritually "cut off" from your people after death.
when the Torah uses a term such as that in Numbers 15:31, that person will be cut off completely, his offense will remain with him, that penalty refers to being spiritually cut off after death.
Different Jewish commentators have various opinions as to what the nature of being spiritually cut off means in reference to the soul after death.
Maimonides is of the opinion that this means that upon his death the soul that left his body is completely destroyed and he dies the death of animal. [even the most bestial person has an animal soul]
Nachmanides maintains that the soul is not destroyed, but that the soul being cut off after death is a reference to the spiritual world where after death the soul exists in an exalted spiritual state, and that the penalty of Kareth is that he is not eligible to enter into that world. However, the soul lives on, and is eligible for the Resurrection of the dead.
Kareth is applicable only when the transgression was intentional without later repentance, and only for the Jewish people. The New Testament has its traditions on cutting off.
Decapitation a Form of Kareth?
As you know decapitation is the complete separation of the head from the body. Such an injury is fatal to humans and most animals, since it deprives all other organs of the involuntary functions what they need to survive. Does it not say in Holy Scripture:
As it is, there are many parts, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I do not need you.” Nor can the head say to the feet, “I do not need you.” On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,…I Corinthians 12:21
When we cut off a fellow Christian we are in essence cutting off his head that is holy unto God , his intellect, the seat of his soul [it is said], his essence of breath that God breathed into that person. How intertwined is cutting off of a brother or sister in the Lord or even any other person and a death sentence?
Can you as a Christian, in your offense, become the headsman or executioner of one of the brethren?
The word decapitation has its roots in the Latin word decapitare coming from de- (down, from) + capit- (head). Decapitation is often conducted with a sword and was to be a painless death but blunders did happen making it excruciating.
Whether it be an isolation or exclusion cutting off or outright killing another person or soul physiologically feels it almost immediately. In studies on decapitation unconsciousness occurs within 10 seconds with cell death and brain damage happening within 3-6 minutes due to excitotoxicity. The same study also suggested that that the massive wave which can be recorded by EEG monitoring approximately one minute after decapitation ultimately reflects brain death.
You may not be taking a sword to another believer to slay them but the physiological and psychological results may produce death sentence, albeit by a slower and more agonizing process.
“Live by the sword, die by the sword” has become a common expression, adapted from Jesus’ words to Peter. The proverb’s meaning is still basically the same: a person who lives violently will probably at some point be killed in a violent manner.
Cultural Domestic Intelligence Discussion
Have no doubt, this is a societal operation. It was planned, executed, and is now in the surveillance stage with those tender's of domestic intelligence, homegrown terrorism, documenting the carnage.
Preying upon the persistent behavior of estrangement are peddlers for profit and exploitation. These include options for both the alienator and the alienated, although they gravitate to the alienator:
- How To Guides
- Media Articles
- Social Workers
- Social Media
- Hot Lines
It is the younger generation that is taking the lead in breaking off relationships. An analysis of estranged mothers and daughters, 79% of those responding either agreed or strongly agreed that: "We could never have a functional relationship again." With regard to fathers, 71% agreed or strongly agreed.
Children are always in their parents' primary circle. But when they have children of their own, their parents are relegated to a secondary circle. When a relationship between an adult child and a parent goes sour, the parent loses a primary relationship and the adult child loses a secondary one. So in a sense, the parent's loss is the greater.
In addition, estrangement from adult children usually means a loss of contact with grandchildren as well. Alienation from grandchildren brings its own emotional toll.
The whole spectrum of estrangement in the modern world includes entitlement, victim mentality, new societal norms, lack of biblical standards such as perseverance and respect.
The Toxic Relationship
When American purged God from the schools, marketplace, and culture it quite frankly exploded God's provision of a biological and spiritual family. A devious spirit entered called Toxicity. At first people were groomed through every venue possible to worship SELF. Of course this is nothing new for the Bible taught about living for self, the flesh, or old man centuries ago. What was different is that people in general no longer looked to the Bible for their moral and ethical code and handbook for life. Through the various venues it was taught the gravest threat to SELF are Toxic Relationships.
What are the characteristics of these SELFIE's?
- Encompass the superficial, grandiose, deceitful, self-loving, self-absorbed, self-obsessed, conceited, self-centered, and egotistical styles.
- Can include narcissistic or demonstrate behaviors of an antisocial personality.
- They are rarely in touch with their own feelings, emotional well-being, and psychological needs. They are individuals who lack such personal insight, and they commonly lack empathy for themselves and others as well.
- They do not acknowledge when they are wrong or to accept personal responsibility.
- They crave the admiration, attention, and acceptance of others, but will never reveal their need for approval.
- Even the psychiatric community is aware of the danger of this spirit:
- “It is easy to become entranced by them. They are the darling, high-maintenance sports cars of the manipulators” (McCoy 2006, 107).
You may think of a toxic relationship is some sociopath or psychopath but culture has broadened that definition. Psychology Today says:
Toxic relationships can be made up of poor choices, bad decisions, and wrong turns in life. Toxic relationships are like a good pasta that has been overcooked. An overcooked pasta may have started off as eatable, but in time, if too much heat is applied, a good, eatable pasta becomes barely tolerable or unable to be consumed. Toxic relationships may be made up of good people with bad or poor relations.
Schools, media, the medical profession all declare that what God that some people are making bad choices/decisions/wrong turns and they have become toxic and must be purged like vermin.
Our culture indoctrinates people to embrace that Toxic relationships are:
- Unfavorable .
- Noxious poisonous, leading to an emotional, psychological, and possibly physical death.
- Poisonous .
- Deadly -hazardous for one’s health.
- Injurious — Toxic personality types are frequently malicious, conniving, immoral, conspiring, triangulating, and unwilling to recognize the needs or welfare of others.
Furthermore, culture is brainwashing people into examining their toxic relationships and to weed them out. Such as in this personal questionnaire:
Are you in a toxic relationship?
1. How does this person make you feel?
2. Do you feel safe in the presence of the person?
3. Do you feel your children, partners, or others are safe?
4. Have you ever felt emotional or psychological distress when interacting with the person?
5. Do you feel that you are on guard around this individual?
6. Have you ever been caught in the web of their triangulation?
7. Is the person manipulative or conniving?
8. Have you ever felt the person may push moral, ethical, or legal boundaries?
9. Do you ever feel as though the person adds unnecessary challenges to your life?
10. Do you feel emotionally drained after dealing with the person?
What if you want to repair a toxic relationship? If so, then you have some decisions to make. Are you willing to succumb to the negativity of the relationship? Are you willing to endure the anxieties, stress, and troubles that might engulf the relationship?
It is important to ask yourself, “What am I gaining from this relationship?” “How can I bring or return the relationship to health, happiness, and wholeness?” What are you willing to sacrifice, if an individual within the relationship is unwilling to seek out health? Are you willing to sacrifice your own safety? Are you willing to sacrifice the well-being and safety of your children, spouse, or others?
Dysfunctional or toxic relationships can cause someone to feel stifled, manipulated, downcast, let down, sad, angry, worried, anxious, forgotten, insignificant, bullied, intimidated, traumatized, blamed, cut adrift, tormented, insecure, stigmatized, rejected, vilified, scapegoated, abused, isolated, exhausted, hurt, guilty, manipulated, heartbroken, relieved, lost, uprooted, jealous.
The other person can cause you to literally feel as though you are being smothered, trapped, and oppressed.
Self, self, self, period. This feelings are devoid of God, His Word, His principles, forgiveness, family and community, working together, and grace, especially if you are a Christian.
Eight Manifestations of Alienation Syndrome
This is a devilish spirit and here are the manifestations that you can recognize:
1. A Campaign of Denigration
Alienated children are consumed with hatred of the targeted person. They deny any positive past experiences and reject all contact and communication. People who were once loved and valued seemingly overnight become hated and feared.
2. Weak, Frivolous, and Absurd Rationalizations
When alienators are questioned about the reasons for their intense hostility toward the targeted person, the explanations offered are not of the magnitude that typically would lead a person to reject another person. They may also make wild accusations that could not possibly be true.
3. Lack of Ambivalence About the Alienating
Alienators exhibit a lack of ambivalence about the alienating persons, demonstrating an automatic, reflexive, idealized support [almost robotic in nature]. One person is perceived as perfect, while the other is perceived as wholly flawed. If an alienator is asked to identify just one negative aspect of the alienating person, he or she will probably draw a complete blank.
4. The “Independent Thinker” Phenomenon
Even though alienator appear to be unduly influenced by the alienating person, they will adamantly insist that the decision to reject the targeted person is theirs alone. They deny that their feelings about the targeted person are in any way influenced by the alienating person and often invoke the concept of free will to describe their decision.
5. Absence of Guilt About the Treatment of the Targeted Person
Alienators typically appear rude, ungrateful, spiteful, and cold toward the targeted person, and they appear to be impervious to feelings of guilt about their harsh treatment. Gratitude for gifts, favors, or support provided by the targeted person is nonexistent. They own a feeling of entitlement.
6. Reflexive Support for the Alienating Person Conflict
Alienators with alienation syndrome have no interest in hearing the targeted person's point of view. Nothing the targeted person could do or say makes any difference to these individuals.
7. Presence of Borrowed Scenarios
Alienators often make accusations toward the targeted person that utilize phrases and ideas adopted from culture. Indications that a scenario is borrowed include the use of words or ideas that the person does not appear to understand, speaking in a scripted or robotic fashion, as well as making accusations that cannot be supported with detail.
8. Rejection of Extended Family
Finally, the hatred of the targeted person spreads to his or her extended biological spiritual, and cultural family. Not only is the targeted person denigrated, despised, and avoided but so are his or her extended family. Formerly beloved grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends, and the local community, social media contacts and more are suddenly and completely avoided and rejected.
In my tradition, I firmly adhere that the Word of God heals for those who embrace Him but is poison to those who rebel against Him.
New Testament Remedy Protocol
Therefore if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.… Matthew 5:23-24
You probably know the follow procedure but we often do you use it in those sticky interpersonal relationships?
Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican. Matthew 18:15-17 KJV
Create in me a Clean Heart, O Lord
I have experienced estrangement, kareth, in my own life from family members, friends, and even from within the Body of Christ. At first, I was horrified and ashamed. I have gone through the Stages of Grief that one goes through with the death of a loved one.
I wish I could say that the biblical protocol works every time. It has failed me on occasion, nevertheless, it is the only way, as a Christian, to deal with issues arising among God's people.
There are spirits involved, many can be familiar spirits where one can do spiritual warfare, deliverance, and the severing of any inter-generational familiar ties.
Outside of the biblical protocols I have attempted also everything within my power to restore relationships because I truly believe Jesus wants each person whole. The best advice that I can share:
Always maintain a clean heart.
Always be ready for reconciliation.
Allow Jesus to heal your broken heart.
Do not practice kareth. We are to practice things like communion for remembrance or practice (rehearse) things that we long for when Jesus returns.
Guard your tongue, for in it is the power of life and death.
Know that you will have good days and bad days.
Sin and Forgiveness
2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.
3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,
4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?
6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.
7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. John 8:1-11
But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these things defile a man. 1For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, and slander. Matthew 15:19
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