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Friday, November 25, 2016

"The Judgments of the Lord Are True and Righteous Altogether" - Psalm of David 19:9

When an important secular and spiritual victory is achieved - particularly one that affects the entire globe - it's extremely important to take notice and celebrate it. Just such a victory took place on November 8th in the United States, where voters defeated an atheist and anti-theist global movement led by Barack Obama, Hillary and Bill Clinton, and their organized crime syndicate masquerading as a political entity; the so-called Democratic Party.

The Democrats and the Clintons did not disguise their contempt for people of faith, labeling us in public speeches as "deplorables", and "backwards". Over the last eight years the Obama Administration, the Clintons, and their party found common cause and interest with global Marxist radicals and Muslim terrorists who are dedicated to the violent overthrow of western civilization. They nearly succeeded, sowing mayhem and death in the Middle East, and giving radical Islamist Iran $150 billion and de facto permission to build nuclear weapons which they will use to threaten the world. The list of Democrat acts aiding and abetting the enemies of the United States is too long to list here, but look at these: Link and Link

It turns out that since its inception in the 1830's, the Democrats have been actively subverting the founding principles of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights: 



  Preview of the documentary Hillary's America; The Secret History of the Democratic Party

Now we know how our ancient spiritual ancestors, the Israelites, must have felt in 1300 B.C.E., standing high and dry on the desert shoreline, seeing Pharaoh Ramses' army of chariots drowning in the cavernous waters of the Red Sea. We westerners now know that the Mighty Hand of God is with us. We of this modern generation held ourselves faithful to Him through five decades of perfidy, corruption, slander, and provocations. We didn't resort to violence, and trusted in the goodness of our fellow citizens. Though it was "a damn close-run thing", as the Duke of Wellington is said to have quipped after defeating Napoleon at Waterloo. 

Our biggest takeaway from this victory is an understanding that God's plan is global in scale, and every person alive, along with every square foot of the earth and its oceans, is now entirely subject to its Creator. We all should dream big, and expect stupendous events from now on. Those who think they're gods will continue to fight like Pharaoh, challenging God even unto the bitter end. 

We seemed to hang by a thread for so many years, and felt thoroughly imperiled. But the purpose of God's plan was to involve as many people as possible in His immense sting operation. There's nothing quite so effective as the appearance of being totally defeated to bring out the true colors of friend and foe alike.

The Democrats now scream that they were cheated from victory, but have no evidence to back up their claim. However, there is abundant evidence that they themselves lied, cheated, and distorted the truth so badly that they deceived themselves into thinking they would win easily. Yet their malice backfired on them. The voters realized at last that the Democrats never gave a rat's rear end about the felonies going on everywhere in the Clinton Global Initiative, the phony treaties they forged, and the Democrat vote buying schemes active throughout their criminal enterprise masquerading as a political party. 

We're in the midst of a global transformation brought on by the effective use of high technology, epitomized by WikiLeaks (Link), which certainly tipped the U.S. election in our favor by revealing the cynical, craven and felonious methods used by high Democrat leaders and operatives. The words. deeds and even thoughts of billions are now being permanently recorded on the internet and in the 'cloud'. Such a concept used to be pure science fiction. Now it's science fact. 

People everywhere are laying down their bets, committing themselves to diametrically opposed outcomes. Some see Pharaoh as ultimately victorious. Those few who are unsure may change their minds still, but time is running out. When the last trumpet sounds, we will be able to say as King David did, "The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether." 

Friday, November 11, 2016

God and Politics in the Modern Age

Here at the Temple we speak the true Word of God as faithfully as possible, and to the highest degree that we and our fellow men and women can understand it. We believe the Judeo-Christian God of the Old and New Testaments, who told Moses to call him Yahweh (meaning "I am that I am"), and who sent His son Jesus to redeem mankind, is the true Creator of All that is, visible and invisible. Every other religion falls short. But the followers of any religion have the opportunity to find salvation if they desire it. Our God is always listening to us, and will open doors if you knock. 

These are the Last Days foretold in the final book of the Bible, called Revelation, and we are rejoicing mightily; with all our hearts. The End Times are at hand and Heaven will open. So will Hell. We have a choice where we'll end up. 

There are major pitfalls to overcome, though.

Idolatry, the worship of things other than God, even creation itself, is a major stumbling block. All of us are tempted by idols, and it's hard to resist the many alluring facets of idolatry: sex, money, power, beauty, revenge, and comfort, to name a few. The internet and other media are filled to bursting with the temptations and lies of this world, and many are disguised as virtues. Particularly the ones that portray themselves as religious and angelic. 

Politics is the fiercest and most dangerous idol of all, because it promises all the others. Political power can always be used to acquire worldly goods - and to control the masses of people to boot. The majority of political leaders think they are like gods, and are often encouraged by their subjects to think so. 

This is demonic, and extremely dangerous. There are three qualities of Satan and his demonic army. First, they want to possess all and do all. Second, they claim that nobody - even God Himself - has authority over them. And third, they are gods unto themselves. They created Hell by their rebellion and gross nature, not God.

In the eyes of God, all political systems of any value must begin with acknowledgement of Him. Absent this statement, the ends of those systems will be evil: 


                          
                           Dennis Prager on the Second Commandment
                                                                                                               

The American Declaration of Independence is the purest political document ever written. It states, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness..." 
Since these words were written, women and minorities of every kind have been embraced by the United States, and this system has been imitated by every other successful nation. The United Nations incorporated many of these ideas in its constitution, and all member nations have signed onto them; even if they utterly fail to try and live up to them. "Hypocrisy is the tribute vice pays to virtue."  - Matthew Arnold

But there is a worm of destruction that has been allowed to grow in these most liberal systems, and as a result, massive breakdowns are taking place globally. What is this core problem? Atheism, agnosticism, and anti-theism. Everyone knows atheists, and those who just can't believe (agnostics), and even people who hate God. Marxism in all its forms encourages this, and Socialism tends to drift into Marxism. We've never seen such rage, and as these godless regimes collapse, people rage against God more than ever. They neglect God and then blame Him for not saving them. Or they blame free market systems such as capitalism, which has been vastly more successful than any other. 

Understand that we humans are hard-wired to worship some form of god. If we claim not to believe in the One God, we will end up worshiping an idol of one sort or another. We can't resist our genetic nature. 

Science has been very successful at explaining many things, and the resultant technology has created miracle-working machines that make our lives easier, more fun, and more comfortable. We've come to worship and cherish these, rather than the more difficult and rewarding knowledge of God and the universe. Irony of ironies, our science and technology came from our mind and heart, which are God-given gifts.   

Our pride often stops us from taking steps that would turn things around. We hate to admit our mistakes, even small ones. Admitting the stupendous error of ignoring and slandering God and His people is the biggest challenge there is to our character.

The election of Donald Trump to the U.S. Presidency marks the greatest political and religious about-face ever in recorded history. It's been relatively peaceful and bloodless, unlike previous dramatic political reversals. President-elect Trump has pledged to return his country to the principles of the Declaration, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. 

Hillary Clinton raged openly at people of faith (calling them "deplorables" who should be set apart in a "basket"); preached the right to free taxpayer-funded abortions for all, up to the minute of delivery; and even sold access to her power while enriching herself and her family to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. Oh, and in the meantime, she mishandled thousands of secret documents, leaving them open to theft from every enemy of the United States. Many lives were lost through her neglect, and incalculable damage was done to America.

She and her Democrat-Marxist political party were utterly defeated and rejected by Americans on November 8th. The United States has a shining chance to regain the good graces of the universe's Creator, and to set an example for every other nation on this globe. If we pray for their success, we will also open a door to salvation for ourselves, wherever we live.   

Saturday, October 8, 2016

You Can Be An Undercover Agent for God

It may seem funny at first to talk about this, because it's not an idea we ever see or hear openly discussed. Who knew there was such an option? And many people fantasize about being a glamorous James Bond-type spy; sophisticated, attractive to women, at home in a casino, military-trained, and heroic. Quite the opposite of the Dalai Lama, the approved ascetic persona of a religious and spiritual person. It also runs contrary to the world's expectations, that when we are touched by God, experiencing a conversion from doubt to faith, we should proclaim it to everyone; as believers were instructed to do 2,000 years ago: "And then Jesus told them, 'Go out into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature'" - Mark 16:15.  

Yet, especially in the 20th Century, the exploits of heroic undercover Christians and Jews have been an integral part of God's work in the world. For example, the wealthy businessman Oskar Schindler, whose life was portrayed in the film Schindler's List, joined the Nazi Party, engaged in armaments manufacturing, and contrived to rescue at least 1,200 Jews from slavery and death camps toward the end of WWII. Moreover, he lived to tell about it and was declared a member of the 'Righteous Among the Nations' by the Israelis, not only for rescuing victims and getting them out of Germany, but by spending his entire personal fortune (around $7,000,000 in today's dollars) feeding and housing them.



Final scene of Schindler's List: "He who saves one life saves the world entire"


Then there was the Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who rescued tens of thousands of Jews from the Holocaust in occupied Hungary; who was arrested by the communists and killed in a Soviet death camp, probably in 1947. (Link) 

The Bible is filled with stories of undercover angels - either from God or Satan - who intervene in world affairs; rescuing us from the clutches of death or causing it. (Link) It's a real test of faith for us to maintain our sanity when facing this truth of the global arena, rather like an athlete going from a small town community college into the pro ranks. "Welcome to the NFL" is a saying often heard when a rookie football player gets his first real hit on the gridiron. 

Conditions have certainly changed since the New Testament was penned. These days, vocal Christians of every conceivable denomination are everywhere in the media, churches, and streets, proselytizing and persuading. There's little persecution of religious people, relatively. Martyrdom in all its forms - physical and otherwise - is not very common in the western world; unlike early Christian times (though antisemitism is on the rise, certainly). There isn't a need for many more theatrical believers.

So, to be effective at doing God's work, going undercover is clearly a viable and important option; particularly if one works in law enforcement. Exposing sexual abuse, pedophiles, and breaking up international victim importation rings rank high on the list of great and good deeds.  But what if working for the police isn't compatible with your abilities and talents? Is there another option? There is, and Oskar Schindler showed the way. One can do God's work in secret, and have an effect, at least for while. 

But first, we must be aware of the danger of lying to ourselves about our motives and methods of operation. Self-deception is the gravest danger we face, and it's a whole life's work to eliminate lying entirely. We never can be utterly truthful all the time, because, for one thing, we don't know, and never really can know pure truth in this life. But we don't have to. It's quite enough to honor and conform to the Ten Commandments and the wisdom of Judeo-Christian Scripture. If you are sincere, and seek God on a daily basis, you will be guided and encouraged. If you find this feeling absent, you're much better off doing something else in life. The penalty for joining the wrong side in this ancient Crusade is too terrible to contemplate. The reward for doing it well, however, is unutterably sublime and noble. 

Eventually, though, you will be discovered. Even the greatest spies and double agents who ever lived were exposed (James Bond, too, in every film). Many were imprisoned and killed. Some escaped to their home countries. The infamous Klaus Fuchs, a physicist who helped the U.S. build the first nuclear bombs, also passed the information on to Soviet agents in the mid 1940's, which enabled the mass killer Stalin to acquire them. Fuchs was caught and sentenced to fourteen years imprisonment. (Link)

We who stand with God in these Last Days of Tribulation have an awesome choice to make. Will we risk everything we have to help our fellow men and women? Our reward will be indescribably wonderful. It's entirely your choice. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

"So God Created Mankind in His Own Image... Male and Female He Created Them" - Genesis 1:27


It's obvious throughout the animal kingdom that maleness and femaleness are genetic facts of life and procreation. So too are hierarchies of strength, size, wits, and behavior; whether aggressive or passive. These qualities produce dazzling variety, contrast, complexity, and drama throughout the whole range of living beings on earth; under the sea, on land, and in the air. Charles Darwin himself said his theory of evolution couldn't account for the astonishing variety of species. 


We humans are the only animals that find fault with this truth of existence, and try to alter it. The Progressive-Marxists of the world have labored for over 170 years to re-engineer humankind into something very different from what it has been for eons. They command that all humanity should be equal in every way, from success in society, to talents, education, and abilities. But this is an impossibility, a dangerous and toxic delusion that has never worked in reality except in Christian monasteries where everyone takes an oath of poverty. People are born genetically different, and have widely varying capacities and desires. It's also gross hypocrisy, because the Progressive-Marxist leaders of their fake Utopia accrue to themselves enormous power and wealth over their subjects, which makes a cruel mockery of their stated goal. Their endless war on human nature distorts life, becomes regressive, and stagnates entire nations and populations. 

Since 1848, Progressive-Marxists have caused caused global revolutions that stole the lives of hundreds of millions of people, and plunged the survivors into generations of slavery, misery, and want. But they never give up, no matter how many failures they've promulgated: the Soviet Union, Maoist China, North Korea, Cambodia, and others. Venezuela, the richest South American country in the 1970's, is now hungry and destitute thanks to Progressive-Marxist dictator Hugo Chavez. He ran his country into the ground before dying of cancer in 2014. 


                    
                               Venezuela on the brink of starvation

Now the Progressive-Marxists have moved on from creating economic chaos to undermining the Western Tradition of equal rights, individual freedoms, and flourishing families. Confusion of sexuality is now their tool of choice, and they've had great success in promoting every form of non-traditional, even highly deviant sex. They've systematically damaged or destroyed the family as a stable institution throughout Europe, the Americas, and elsewhere. The family is an innate competitor and stumbling block to the totalitarian state, which must replace God in everyone's hearts and minds. Their stated goal is to remove all traces and memory of God. They are anti-theists. 

Of all the many alarming, twisted, and depraved schemes they've tried, the worst is the deliberate and malignant encouragement of confusion of sexual identity in children. The Western world's governments and academies have decided that minors should have surgery to change their sex if they want to. (Link) 

The Obama Administration is ordering schools and other institutions nationwide to open up bathrooms to any person of any "declared" sexual identity. This is a Pandora's Box of sexual perversion, since nobody can protect every child in every circumstance from the abusers who we know are present in society. They may be a small percentage, but the damage they do to their victims is often permanent and terrible. Our prisons are full of them, and many were innocent once, before they were raped and sodomized. The use of government authority to alter the course of nature is unalloyed evil. Maleness and femaleness will be erased if they have their way. 

Progressive-Marxists have gained control over our global media culture, a kaleidoscopic construction based around the internet, heavily influenced by social media, and nourished by corporations and governments working to direct popular tastes and interests. Movie and television stars, musicians, and politicians can become gilded idols in a few days, or be destroyed in a week, according to the whims and manipulations of a skilled crowd. Individuals who gain some control over this monster, even for a short while, become powerful and rich. Apple Corp., for example, has established itself over many years and become phenomenally wealthy, and for good reason. Their products are high quality. But most other media idols are bubble gum for the brain. 

To survive the powerful changes and forces surrounding us we must reconnect with God, however we define Him. There's abundant evidence that good is stronger than evil. 

So different are we from animals, and able to do things mental and physical which they cannot do, that the situation begs for an explanation. Charles Darwin himself found it impossible to believe that the incredibly delicate structures of the eye were created through evolution. He said,"The eye, to this day, gives me a cold shudder...". To think the eye evolved from natural selection "...seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest degree."  (Link)


Speaking of the eye, and light, you won't believe this: 



Watch this and wonder:  Star Cluster

Monday, August 29, 2016

A World Without Lies; Is It Possible, or Desirable?

Our greatest human failing is our ability to lie, and all of us have done it at one time or another. A "white lie" told for social purposes is often respected because we can't handle the truth in every situation. What is the truth anyway? It's often only an opinion. But sometimes it's dynamite, and must remain concealed for the sake of innocents.

If we knew that others could detect our falsehoods it would change our behavior radically. Criminality would decrease enormously, and few would be able to escape punishment. Criminals thrive when they think they won't be caught, and many crimes go unsolved. A polished lie frequently thwarts authorities, particularly juries. Convicts often admit they got away with many felonies before they were finally tried and jailed for one in particular.

What if we couldn't ever get away with lying? An effective lie detector would change the dynamic of civilization entirely. Rather than lie we would have to be silent, or face shame and rejection. Our silence would be our only defense, and not a very good one. If your overweight spouse asked, "Look how much weight I've lost! Don't I look fabulous?", our silence would betray us.

We couldn't be completely truthful in our daily lives and survive, if we tried it all at once. But a gradually higher standard of truth-telling is our only hope for survival. The blizzard of lies we're accustomed to living through now is killing us. What are the biggest lies? Take your pick: "It would be peaceful and good to live in a border-less world"; "The trillion-dollar deficits of the U.S. and the EU are not important"; "Islam is a religion of peace"; "America's police are racist, and they're hunting and killing minorities"; "We suffer. Therefore, there is no God"; and, "The world is safer and less violent today than ever before" (according to the Obama Administration).

Fact is, we're living next to a volcano, like the citizens of Pompeii and Herculaneum in 79 A.D. Small earthquakes presaged the deadly eruption of Vesuvius then, and we see similar, alarming signs every day in the news. Nature can't destroy us today, but the actions of mindless 'progressive' and rogue nations can lay waste to us all.


                                          The final day of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Imagine what would happen if our advancements in hi-tech gave us a sure and certain lie detection device. Our political systems would collapse until honest individuals could be found to lead us. Business leaders, too, would be going to jail wholesale, in many cases. Our entire criminal justice system would have to be cut back dramatically. Trials and lawyers would be as outmoded as carriage horses.

Don't think this won't happen in the future. Already, super-computers are perfecting eye scans, voice patterning, and cardio-pulmonary analysis which any day now could be proved 100% accurate and foolproof. Until that day comes, the ultimate detector of lies is God, who knows what we're thinking and planning before we know it ourselves. God is ultimate truth. No lie can exist in His presence. Which may be why he told Moses, "You cannot behold my face, for no one may do so and live." - Exodus 33:20.


Jesus spoke about the liars of his time, particularly the religious authorities,
"You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies." - John 8:44





Monday, August 15, 2016

Can We Change Earth's Climate?

Every day we read about earth's changing climate, and the dire consequences of not acting to reverse its direction. The proposed remedies are expensive and there's no guarantee they'll work. Nevertheless, western nations have spent trillions and decades cleaning up pollution and employing technology to save energy. We westerners have the cleanest and safest environment in the history of humankind. But much of the rest of the world isn't inspired to follow our example.

Earth's climate has changed radically over its 4.5 billion year history, back and forth between "greenhouse" periods (with little or no ice, even at the poles) to "icehouse" ones (with ice covering the entire planet, even at the equator). Several less severe events have taken place in the last 540 million years, and the cause was one or more of these: solar radiation, earth's distance from the sun, active volcanoes, and the effects of biological life before man (Link).  Large meteor strikes, which produce enough atmospheric debris to block out the sun for long periods, have caused sudden ice ages. Especially the one 65 million years ago that killed off the dinosaurs and ushered in the age of mammals; including us human beings (Link).

Two thousand years ago the Romans grew grapes in northern England, which is inconceivable today. Tree ring studies confirm that the world was warmer then than now (Link). The climate cooled in following centuries for some unknown reason, but warmed again between 900 and 1300 A.D., a time known as the Medieval Warming Period. Earth's population was small and there was almost no industry and production of greenhouse gases like methane and carbon dioxide. But the glaciers retreated, food production and population boomed, and the Vikings settled in Greenland.

Then, inexplicably, the climate relapsed into the Little Ice Age, which lasted from the early 1300's to the mid-1800's. The Vikings were frozen out of Greenland, and the Thames River in England sometimes froze solid in winter. Once again the planet began warming, but even our present day, seemingly-warm climate is classified as an "icehouse" period, because the polar ice sheets are present and they advance and retreat seasonally (Link).

Earth's population a thousand years ago was about 300 million, and it had changed little since the Golden Age of Greece. It reached a billion in 1810. Clearly, the earth's climate changes up to that time were independent of human activity. Today there are 7.4 billion people on earth, and we have enormous industry that may indeed influence our climate. But note that we're still in an "icehouse" climate regime of polar ice sheets [see above].

If a global treaty limiting greenhouse gases could be reached and enforced, it would make sense to sign on. Smoke and other pollutants are harmful to everyone. But the only nations who really care to do this are the EU, the U.S., Australia, and Canada. The rest of the world, over six-billion people, refuses to sign such a treaty because it's costly, and would stifle their industries to a degree.

The global media persists in maintaining the fiction that scientists all agree we must change our western economies to "set an example", and reverse the climate direction of earth. However, this panel of Australian climate scientists is typical of a large number of atmospheric experts who disagree:




It's a fact that global economic forces, often connected with governments, are behind the man-made global climate change story. It's extremely profitable for political-economic groups to create a demand for products that only they can provide. This is the very definition of a monopoly. Trillions of dollars and the power to seriously damage competing national economies are a powerful motive. At the moment, the monopolists are winning. Scientists are fallible people, not saints, and opinions can be purchased from the global media with the right amount of money. The stakes are huge, and well worth the massive investment required.

We who have faith in God recognize that the power to change earth's climate rests with God, and not with man, yet. The time may come when we will acquire that power, but we don't have it now.



Saturday, August 6, 2016

How "Real" Are We? And What Is "Reality"?

It may seem a silly question, but we've all criticized someone for being "phony" at one time or another. Phoniness and artificiality are noticeable and repugnant personality traits we all want to avoid. So how do people fall into that trap? Going to any length to please or impress others is one way to stumble into it. Being seen as "real" is a desirable quality, generally. How do we acquire it and know for sure that we have genuine "realness" within us?

Some people test themselves with great tasks, pushing to the limits of endurance and suffering, hoping to forge it within. Only they will know how successful they've been, and how "real" they are inside.

When life is easy it can seem dreamlike, as when you're on vacation in the Caribbean, maybe floating on a raft in sunlit water, drink in hand, with every hunger satisfied. It's wonderful to relax and savor the dream, for a while, until boredom sets in. We crave adventure and discovery as much as any vacation, and want to feel "really" alive. But the "real" world brings great discomfort, too, and is often filled with difficulties and challenges. This is where we can excel as much as anyone.

Pain causes us to believe in "reality", when the mind is overtaken by the awful, unwelcome truth of agony. When it won't go away, it's deeply frightening. This is true suffering.

Pleasure erases pain, compensates us for it, and also reinforces the feeling of "reality". Eventually the memory of pain may vanish. Which is stronger over the long run, pleasure or pain? The jury seems to be out on that.

If we know someone who is suffering, particularly a close friend or relative, our empathy can cause indescribable pain and suffering. Even if it's a delusion caused by a serious mental illness like paranoia, we will suffer. So it is our thoughts and feelings that afflict us most, and this is what religion is supposed to help us with.

"Suffering is the rock upon which all religions founder", a sage once said. The ship of religion may founder on the rocks but still recover, which is a job for the faithful. It's a huge problem with no earthly solution. But we will understand the reason for suffering when we pass beyond this earthly realm.

Our knowledge of reality, then, is bordered by major limitations, such as pain, pleasure, and death. How "real" can anything be that is destined to turn to dust? We and everything we know will disappear in time and be forgotten to this world. Which is why we need to know God, who will never forget or abandon us .

God is the one, supreme, eternal, and fixed Creator of Reality; beyond time, space, and the notion of death.  Every major religion agrees on this point, because everything known and unknown - seen and unseen - was created by the Super Intelligence of mind and heart which we call God.

What we call "reality" can never be the whole reality, because so much is hidden from us. The invisible worlds of atomic particles, viruses, and bacteria here on earth are a universe of their own. Size matters, but we are infinitesimal compared to the vast cosmos we see in the night sky; which is a tiny sliver of the cosmos. The difference between what we see in the night sky with our eyes, and what we see with telescopes, is like the difference between 0 and infinity.

Here's an example of the unreality of existence. All matter in the universe - as we know it - is mostly space, and empty:



How then can our lives have any importance? This is why: "All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players; they have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts." As You Like It; Act II, Scene IV -  William Shakespeare.

"Do you not know that the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have of God, and that you are not your own?" The Apostle Paul, I Corinthians, 6:19-20

Human existence is a drama designed to expose the great truths of good and evil, and their consequences. It is a school, a training ground, and a temporary abode; not a resort. If all we seek is pleasure, we will never find it.