Sufferings of an English Ruler - Oliver Cromwell.
March 12th, 2007
Santa Cruz, California
Received by FAB
I am here, Oliver Cromwell.
You are reading about what I did in Ireland. Well, no pen can describe the tortures that were mine when I came over here. Many of these same Irish I murdered came to me with their screechings and their curses, and I had to take it. Oh, it was indeed a hell! I was trapped. There was no way out. In my great distress, I felt tremendous grief and remorse, for I saw the truth of what I had done - I had been a cold-blooded murderer.
As you have surmised, I was able through repentance to rise above my sad and tortured position. I got into a better sphere, but my expiation followed me like a huge weight. But each time I progressed, the penalty got less, until it disappeared altogether. This occurred because my soul saw the truth, and it liberated me. I saw, finally saw, that the Irish, just like any of God’s children, were worthy not of brutal murder, but of the deepest love and respect.
Now let me address your question. You are perplexed. You channeled Cotton Mather, who said that his sufferings were not as great as others because he truly wanted to serve God. So why did this not occur to me, since you have read that I too wanted to serve God?
Well, the answer is that God knew my heart, and what He saw was not a misguided but sincere believer, but a cold-blooded murderer. There is a huge difference here.
I truly wanted to kill them. Cotton Mather agonized over his decisions and submitted his situation to God. He did choose wrongly, but he tried his best to be faithful. He just couldn’t overcome his innate prejudices and limitations. In my case, it was sadism - that’s what it really was, a desire to exterminate, pure and simple.
I know you don’t see the difference clearly, but God does, and He will not be mocked. No, no mortal can escape the wrongful consequences of his evil actions. If a person or persons is hurt or killed with a desire to hurt or kill, the penalty will be equally severe.
Oliver Cromwell (April 25, 1599–September 3, 1658) was an English military and political leader best known for making England a republic and leading the Commonwealth of England. He was a mid-gentry yeoman farmer for the first forty years of his life; a religious conversion experience made religion the central fact of his life and actions. A brilliant soldier (called “Old Ironsides”) he rose from the ranks to command the army. Politically he took control of England, Scotland, and Ireland as Lord Protector, from December 16, 1653 until his death. Cromwell is a very controversial figure in English history—a regicidal dictator to some historians (such as David Hume and Christopher Hill) and a hero of liberty to others (such as Thomas Carlyle and Samuel Rawson Gardiner).
Cromwell’s career is full of contradictions. He was a regicide who debated whether to accept the crown himself and decided not to—though ironically he had more power than Charles I. He was a parliamentarian who ordered his soldiers to dissolve parliaments. Under his rule, the Protectorate advocated religious liberty of conscience but allowed blasphemers to be tortured. He advocated equitable justice but imprisoned those who criticised his raising taxation outside the agreement of Parliament. Admirers hail him as a strong, stabilising and stately leader who brought international respect, overthrew tyranny and promoted republicanism and liberty. In a BBC poll of 100 Greatest Britons, he was voted number 10. Cromwell’s critics ridiculed him as an overly ambitious hypocrite who betrayed the cause of liberty, imposed puritanical values and showed scant respect for the nation’s traditions. When the Royalists returned to power, his corpse was dug up, hung in chains, and beheaded. (Source: Wikipedia.)