Worship Not False Idols

This article shall explore the similarities between a courtroom and a temple of ritual sacrifice.

The Bible is of great significance to the legal world because it is a founding document in law.

The crucifixion of Jesus Christ is (amongst other things) a story about a court case, where the defendant was sentanced to death by crucifixion. He was a man acclaimed throughout the land as the most virtuous of men, the very son of God. And this got him into trouble with the Pharisees -the priests of the Jews, ceremonial religious men, keepers of the temples.

He said things like, 'Worship not false idols.' Which turned out to be pretty popular ideas. For some reason the Pharisees did not like this at all. So they charged him with blasphemy and took him before a court.

The judges presiding were Pontius Pilate and Herod of Antipas, Roman judges whom both pronounced him not guilty of a capital offense. They could find nothing treasonable in the defendants actions.

The Pharisees sentanced him to death anyway.

This is a sobering story.

In their day, the influence of the Pharisees over the lives of the common people remained strong and their rulings on Jewish law were deemed authoritative by many. They also had a this thing for ritual sacrifice.


I can't help but notice that courtrooms are very similar to the temples of the Pharisees. Not that I've ever been to a temple of the Pharisees. But I've read books, seen movies and traveled a little. So I've gained a good idea about what your average run-of-the-mill temple looks like. They tend to be pretty flash.

They're both filled to the brim with matching rituals and symbolism. Sometimes I have a hard time telling them apart. Their taste in architecture is the same, they've got the same garish dress sense, similar props (ie. wigs, gavels, bibles, benches), a penchant for rituals and incantations, and an overall driving enthusiasm for the administration of arbitration services and *cough* ritual sacrifice... What was that, you say? Ahem. I'll explain...

The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures,
He leadeth me beside still waters.
He restoreth my soul,
He leadeth me in paths of righteousness for His name's same.
Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for Thou art with me, Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.
Thou prepareth a table before me in the presence of mine enemies.
Thou annointeth my head with oil, my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Psalm 23

Lambs were the pick for ritual sacrifice in the days of the Bible. Sheep were very important in Biblical times (Source: bible-history.com, 2010, link).

They would place the lamb on the alter and cut it's throat, filling cups with blood, all the while dancing around and laughing with maniacal glee.

Jesus is called the lamb of god. We ourselves are also referred to as "lambs" in "God's well tended flock" (Ps. 100:3 ; Jer. 13:17).

Even today. I can't help noticing that people are led into these temples courtrooms like lambs to the slaughter. Each rite ending with the defendant shedding life-blood in the symbolic form of money. Proceeds of course, going to the court. It's a most profitable business.

How do they get away with this?

People have been institutionalized by a lifetime of propaganda and programming. They believe without question, that the government and the courts are the moral and just authority. They believe what they see on TV. People seem to have forgotten to question and discriminate.

Priest craft is the well schooled art of manipulating belief systems into gaining authority. They make a lot of money out of it.

There was a reason Jesus warned us not to worship false gods. The golden calf (money) is a seductive demon.

He also told us not to offer oaths (promises) to anybody, not even unto him. Now why was that? I think he was onto something.

The New Zealand Supreme Court

NZ Courtroom Front

NZ Courtroom Rear

NZ Courtroom Back

Wow! What architecture. It is both awe inspiring and intimidating at the same time.
These photos sure look like a church or a temple to me.
Why such grandeur and expense? Who are they trying to impress and why? Is this courtroom for us or for them?