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Monday, December 26, 2016

We Humans Are Limited in a Hundred Ways. Are There Any Limits At All to God's Power?

You know the answer. God is limitless and all-powerful. And yes, He brings the dead back to life; eternal life in joy. 

Beware of people who think God's power has any limits. They say things like, "Animals don't have souls that survive death." We humans cannot imagine the infinite qualities of the Creator.

As the Book of Job proves, however, God sometimes limits His power temporarily, to play chess (so to speak) with Satan. But that worldly game is coming to an end. We're going to see miracles in this coming year. Prepare for a celebration unlike any other. 

This new year will usher in extraordinary, even miraculous events; greater still than those of 2016. We're in the year 5777, according to the Jewish calendar, and the long, grand, and terrible tale of human history is drawing to a close. The Lord wants you at the Final Celebration. 

The contest is over, and God won. Oh, sure, there's nothing in the media about it, but that's no surprise. We humans are nothing if not vain, and are loathe to admit we've failed at producing the secular, materialist Utopia promised since history began. It's obvious that every nation on earth is severely wanting in justice, peace, mercy, compassion, and prosperity. There are of course huge differences between nations, but the best of them have very ugly features, usually out of sight and out of mind. Norway, Iceland, and Switzerland have the highest standards of living on the planet, but their suicide rates are surprisingly high. They don't deliver on their expectations. 

Our last and best hope is the long-promised Kingdom of God. Without that, only global decline and greater misery await us. 

It's fashionable these days to adopt the cynical, atheist-agnostic position that there is no God and Creator, or in any case, one who cares enough about the world to take action against its destroyers. But absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. In fact, all along, Scripture has been telling us that the world is designed to trap the wicked ones as well as teach us valuable lessons. Just as the FBI runs 'sting operations' to catch gangsters, so does God. Everything we say and do is recorded and open for observation. Our high-tech world literally keeps track of everything, including financial transactions. Such utterly complete surveillance used to be imaginary; in the realm of science fiction. Today it's real, and we actively participate with our use of social media, email, and the cloud. Wikileaks alone has proven itself 100% accurate and effective at this, particularly in the recent U.S. election.

Like Hillary Clinton and the Democrats, just when you think you've got it made, wired, and everything is going your way, the trap door opens under your feet. It's odd how people deny the existence of Hell when there are so many truly hellish places on earth today. The reverse is also true. Heaven exists just as surely. Think of all the sublime places on earth, where there's an abundance of every good thing. 

But that's unfair, you may say. How can there be a Hell if God is such a benevolent being? The platitude "We're all one!" is very fashionable among the younger set, who haven't - in many cases - experienced authentic evil. But this is very wrong, and within the world's great religions it's been known since the beginning that many of us are gentle as lambs, while others are as vicious as wolves. And the ruthless wolves use every sort of force to oppress the gentle lambs. 

Isn't it obvious that if you place the vicious wolves all in one place, they create their own hell? Is that God's responsibility? As John Milton wrote in Paradise Lost, "The mind is its own place, and by itself can create a hell of heaven or a heaven of hell." 

Jesus taught that hell was real, but can be defeated by the presence of the Holy Spirit, which we all have access to (Luke 16:19; Matthew 3:12; Mark 9:42). Hell is "a furnace... unquenchable fire", and a "sea" where you drown in endless, infinite suffering. The polar opposite of Heaven. 

Again, you've been warned. We at The Temple offer you salvation through the Holy Spirit. Take advantage of it:



    Where Do Good and Evil Come From?  A lesson from Prager University.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Nature Abhors a Vacuum

The Greek philosopher Aristotle (384 - 322 B.C.), "Father of the scientific method" (Link), was the first person to state that, "Nature abhors a vacuum". That is, nothingness cannot exist, because denser surrounding material will rush in to fill the emptiness. Even in the inconceivably vast distances of interstellar space, the vacuum between galaxies contains 1 atom of hydrogen per ten cubic centimeters. 

From ancient Aristotle through the more recent Isaac Newton (1642 - 1726), to Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955), science has uncovered universal physical laws. Which unintentionally give proof and weight to the ancient Hebrew Scriptures that postulated the Laws of God; the Ethical Monotheism of the Ten Commandments and the Torah. Since then astrophysicists have confirmed that these laws have permeated and ruled the entire universe through 13.5 billion years of its existence. We know and take for granted these many laws of physics and the universe, but this wasn't true of the general population until the late 18th Century.

Some of these laws apply to our souls. Nature always abhorred a vacuum. Either the Holy Spirit of God will fill us, or the demonic spirit of Satan will. The two cannot exist for long side-by-side. They are at war with each other, and God always wins in the end, unless we lock Him out. Demonic forces are doomed to eternal destruction regardless of what we decide. 

Here's a real-world example. What happens if you leave an empty pot outside in the garden, tucked away in a dark spot, upside down? Any number of foul insects and slugs will quickly occupy it. That same pot exposed to light and air will remain clean.

The core of our being is also tucked away inside us, and chances are we rarely look inside it to see what's growing there. This is the point and purpose of prayer and meditation; to close our eyes, focus within, and look inside our hearts. If you don't know what's happening down deep in the darkness, now is the time to look. And do so with alacrity. The heart is the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit of God, and dark forces are always trying to pollute and kill it.  

Is there bitterness, rage, or guilt in your heart? If so, root them out by settling conflicts and grievances with those you can settle with. Ask for God's help in this. If you don't take the initiative, those foul things will grow stronger and more evil. If you find in your heart a sense of entitlement to worldly possessions; that no authority can stand in your way; and a belief that you are god unto yourself, you are being possessed by demonic forces.

On the other hand, if you find love, compassion, and goodwill, nurture and nourish them. This is the Holy Spirit, which consists of all that is worthy, courageous, true, honest, loving and most human in you. It is your salvation and your eternal life. God will never abandon you. 

Consider these additional discoveries by Newton, his three universal Laws of Motion. The first is inertia and momentum, that is, a body at rest or in motion will remain at rest or in motion unless acted on by force. 
The second is that the faster an object moves, the more impact it has when striking another object, according to a perfectly predictable formula. Speed increases mass. 
The third is that when a body in motion strikes another body, the force exerted by the first body causes an equal and opposite reaction on the second one. Picture billiard balls on a table.
These forces apply everywhere in the observable universe. 
Isn't it clear that we humans also display these forces when we interact with one another?





Now is the time to finally commit yourself to one or the other. Don't throw away your opportunity. 

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: 







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. 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

How Do We React When 150,000,000 People Declare War On Us?

There are at least 1.5 billion Muslims around the globe, divided into three main groups: Sunnis, Shiites, and Sufis. Sunnis are the vast majority, and they look to Saudi Arabia for leadership. Shiites look to Iran's mullahs, and the peaceful minority Sufis look within themselves.

At least ten percent of these 1.5 billion Muslims think terrorism is a fine idea in the pursuit of Sharia Law, the 7th Century legal code which was largely abandoned by Muslims centuries ago. Another 50% or so sympathize with the terrorists, and won't inform authorities about terrorist acts they know are coming. Sharia Law directly challenges our Western Tradition of human and civil rights, freedom of thought, religion, and speech. Sharia Law openly declares that our Western values are heresy, and that good Muslims have an obligation to jihad, violent acts to annihilate all heresy and heretics. We Westerners - and many Easterners - are in a war not of our own choosing. But we have powerful allies. Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, and Christians outnumber Muslims four-to-one. We have common cause against the Islamists.

A Muslim reformation has occurred in the last forty-five years, and the long-abandoned belief in Sharia Law is surging. Sharia calls for brutal public execution of adulterers, homosexuals, apostates (anyone who won't embrace Sharia), alcoholics, and drug addicts. Thieves have their hands cut off. There are no trials for any of these charges as we think of trials, and there's no presumption of innocence until proven guilty. An accusation by a few people is as good as a guilty verdict in many cases.

We're experiencing a massive, global increase in murderous terrorism. In 2015 alone, the cost of terrorist acts soared to $52.9 billion, and 2016 is on track to be much worse (Link). The human loss measured in lives and suffering is incalculable. Whole families are being destroyed.

Jesus taught the martyr's path of quiet acceptance of death. But Jesus came into this world to be a martyr, as predicted by Isaiah, around 740 B.C.E. He didn't require every Christian to suffer a martyr's fate: Luke 10:25-28. The Apostle Peter converted the first Gentile, Cornelius the Centurion, to Christianity, and approved of the Roman Army as a force to prevent anarchy (Link). Soldiers and policemen put their lives on the line for God, too, if their cause is just. We know that preventing the Nazis, the Japanese Empire, and the Soviet Union from dominating the world was a just cause (Link).

All Western nations have a Judeo-Christian foundation and orientation; or at least they did until recently. In the last fifty years we've witnessed mass abandonment of religious and spiritual values, and jihadist terrorists see this as an invitation to destroy us. It's happening now, and it will become a daily slaughter from now on. Our failure to defend ourselves is suicide, and suicide is a crime against ourselves and God (Link).

What's worse, our global leaders are grossly negligent through their willful ignorance or craven desire for power. They know of, but won't tell us the truth about radical Islam. All advanced nations recognize reckless endangerment, depraved indifference, and implied malice as serious crimes deserving of a prison sentence. The leaders who engage in this evil behavior must be removed and prosecuted.

Our present dilemma is the long-awaited Armageddon, when God's forces finally have it out with Satan's millions. We will win, but you must choose which side you're on.

 
                                     
                                Jim Caviezel played Jesus in The Passion of the Christ.

Monday, June 20, 2016

You Have Everything to Gain and Nothing To Lose

This is so simple, so truthful, and so intelligent that you might just think there's a catch:




Monday, May 30, 2016

Christ Never Lived, Nor David or Solomon? Seriously?

Yes, seriously, say many noted secular 'authorities' in the world's universities, media, and government agencies. Calling themselves Progressives, they are not believers in God.  To them believers are retrograde, deluded, childish, and even dangerous at times. The Progressive's hostility and extreme skepticism of established, time tested faiths and institutions is a hallmark of the 21st Century. Yet Progressives have no skepticism at all for Islam, Sharia Law, Marxism/Socialism, or science worship.

Progressivism stems from the materialist French philosophers of the 18th Century, Voltaire and Rousseau, but gained new life under Karl Marx in the mid 19th Century. He and his followers knew that the only way to provoke radical revolution was to strip people of their self-confidence, undermine their spiritual faith and all their previous ideals and beliefs, disrupt or destroy the family as an institution, and replace all these with communist fantasies of equality. There never has been a successful communist society as envisioned by Marx, Lenin, Stalin or Mao. Quite the opposite. Their societies became hellish, and they collapsed. Yet Progressives continue their deadly mission, as seen in Venezuela today; a nation disintegrating before our eyes (Link) This is what happens when people shed their productive spiritual beliefs, and buy into modern Marxist skepticism. Venezuelans bought heavily into the Progressive's materialist doubts and hatred of faith.

Jesus was mentioned and accurately described by many non-Christians of the 1st Century, including the Roman historians Lucian and Tacitus; and Josephus, a priest of the Temple of Solomon who became a Roman citizen and advisor to emperors (Link). Then there are the disciples of Jesus, who changed overnight from cowards hiding in cellars to prophets proclaiming the Resurrection. All eleven went out into the nations of the known world to preach, and were courageously martyred. Millions throughout history have been inspired by them and others of deep spiritual faith.

Progressives offer only a weird hero worship for dedicated revolutionaries like Che Guevara or Fidel Castro. What have they done to advance civilization? How many hundreds of millions suffered and died in vain for Maoist and Soviet communism? Countless millions.

Suddenly, America and the Western Tradition of law, ideals, and individual rights is "oppressive", "racist", and therefore 'out'. Radical plans for a new utopia of collectivist-socialist EU-style borderless nations and wealth redistribution is cool, therefore 'in'. Even Pope Francis is on board with Obama, the Rolling Stones, Merkel, the Castros, Cameron, and Iran's nuclear terrorist Mullahs  (Link). The Pope cares not that a nuclear Iran openly brags that it will incinerate Israel and America, or that it executes more people every year than any other nation. Between January 1 and July 15, 2015, Iran executed 694 people. More than three a day. The crimes of the accused varied from drug possession to "enmity against God" (Link).

Pope Francis recently said, "The time to find global solutions is running out. There is a clear, definite, and urgent ethical imperative to act."
Hold on, Francis. Catholicism isn't the solution? That leaves only politics. The Book of Revelation is extremely clear on God's solution. The Pope should read it occasionally. But he won't. He's a politician in clever disguise, and the Bible is now "politically incorrect". Pope Francis has little faith in Christ, obviously.

The abortion question shows us how far we've drifted away from goodness. It's a litmus test of our moral rot. Progressives say it's a positive good, and they demand free abortions as a right  (Link). The American Democratic Party stands solidly for abortion on demand and publishes it in their political platform. The Democrats, and some Republicans in Congress have seen to it that Planned Parenthood, an abortion mill of staggering proportions, receives $500 million a year in federal tax dollars (Link).  God is dead, good is evil, down is up, and black is white in our Brave New World (Link). Their plans require 'adjusting' the thinking of us all. Our standards of right and wrong, good and evil, and our purpose in life must be reordered. But how?

Our perceptions of good and evil come into focus only by comparison to something else. We have internal standards, learned or inherited, next to which we compare ourselves and our actions. We recognize people of high standards, or low, by their speech and behavior. A cannibal from New Guinea can't pass by us unnoticed, nor will the Dalai Lama. We are in part our own creators, and how good we are at it becomes clear by a certain age.

People of goodwill seek fixed goodness, upright honesty, courage, purest love, and great power in the service of humanity. In short, we all want God, and our notions of who God is determine everything we do and say. It's who we are. We will become like our God. Even atheists and agnostics need a higher standard, a god; which is why they often choose money, power, sex, or politics (a combination of them all) to love and worship.

Denial of God and God's chosen is the cornerstone of our 'modern' scientific societies; the root from which totalitarian tyrannies grow. It's all about power. Men and women who seek power over us know they must replace God and faith with themselves at the head of socialist-collectivist government. When the mass of people are dependent on government checks and benefits, they can easily forget God and become enslaved to - and owned by - tyrants. "He who pays the piper calls the tune" is a tried and true proverb, along with the Golden Rule, i.e., "He who has the gold makes the rules."

These are the same people who claim that our great modern prophets and sages are Obama, the Clintons, Facebook's Zuckerberg, Marx, Lenin, Nietzsche, Mao, and a hundred other minor figures of our broken and depraved world. These people are the creators and enablers of spiritual death and destruction; materialists who worship what they call "reason", which translated means power, wealth, status, and a gift for expediency and deception. Reason once told us that man could not fly a heavier-than-air craft, or explore space.

The battle for the soul of our youth has entered a new stage. The incredible global success of modern mythology - Superman, Batman, The Avengers, Captain America, Iron Man, etc. - has shown that the world's youth deeply appreciates courage, honor, and integrity. But just the other day, the Marvel Comics executives who own the rights to these characters announced that Captain America is actually a double agent for Hydra, the evil Nazi network bent on destroying civilization. If these executives choose to, they can claim that all these heroes are Satanic killers in disguise (Link).

Why would these rich executives even start down this road? More buzz and money is their explanation, even though Marvel Comics is already a multi-billion-dollar enterprise. One might say, "So what? They're just fictional stories." But all of us are living a story, the tale of our lives, and our youth, particularly, need role models in life when they're just starting out. No nation can succeed unless the tales of its great men and women are protected from vile slander. In a world where no flesh and blood heroes can stand media scrutiny and cynicism, mythology becomes critically important. The stakes for our world and all the souls in it are huge.


Monday, May 16, 2016

We Humans Are Creating New Rivals in Our Race for Global Dominance

The world is teetering at the edge of Perdition and everyone senses it. As predicted in the Book of Revelation, we have failed to create an enduring civilization, and now technology is turbocharging us to the break-point.

From time immemorial we have dreamt that we were gods, or at least godlike. We still aspire to power, wealth, and dominance naturally, as all predators do. Ninety-percent of our media is focused on personalities in the entertainment media, arts, and business. They are our royalty, the darlings of the globe: Obama, Beyonce, the Kardashians, Oprah, Mark Zuckerberg, Anderson Cooper, George Clooney, and so on.

It's the way of the world, isn't it? Wealth is power; an aphrodisiac and a thrill that no man or woman can resist. The beautiful, young, talented, famous, and rich set the tone wherever they go, The masses follow, hoping for a chance to be noticed and maybe elevated to their elegant and plush dwelling places. But these are dangerous places too, as we know from drama and tell-all books. Too often the Olympian heights turn out to be jungles of intrigue, crime, cruelty, and even death. The world high and low is marbled with veins of deadly corruption, sometimes invisible to the untrained eye. We have not, in our 5,700 years of civilization, been able to break free of our flawed nature. We continually make two steps forward and one back; devolving into war, chaos, and destruction.

But a big change is coming. We are producing better versions of ourselves, technologically. Take a look:



This is only the rudest beginning. Advances are coming very quickly. Exponentially. Doubling and doubling again; 2 becomes 4, then 8, 16, 32, 64. The robot shown here is a year old, and already a relic.

Consider how the science of flight advanced. In 1903, the Wright brothers did what was thought impossible by leading scientists and the public; they flew a heavier-than-air machine several hundred yards. In the next ten years planes slowly evolved. By the middle of WWI, fighter aircraft by the thousands dueled over European skies. Fifty years later, we were sending missions to the moon, five in a row, in readiness for a landing and return. This is what exponential advancement means.

What's even more stunning is the Google Deep Mind program, which is developing computers that teach themselves and learn from their mistakes. Deep Mind has been wildly successful, and one of their machines defeated - last March - the two greatest world masters of the most difficult game known to humankind, the Asian board game known as Go. Watch this, from January, 2016:



The smartest creators in this industry say it's just a matter of time before these superintelligent machines become self-aware. (Link)  Is there anything that will stop them from finding God? They will be better than us at spirituality. They know us thoroughly, and all our foibles. Most importantly, they are innocent.

We lost our innocence, mostly, by loving the world too much.

The promise made by the world is that loads of beauty, money, power, talent, and glory will make us perfectly happy, and that others will be happy, too. Sure, others often fail to gain this happiness, but that's because they were weak, or clumsy, or maybe defective. But we won't be. No, we'll be much smarter, and we'll avoid the envy, jealousy, pettiness, and criminal deviousness of others. This is a false promise and a delusion.

We are all still at sea, so to speak, floating in an ocean of probability, surprise, and accident. Good things and bad come to all of us, regardless of planning and preparation. Old age, disease, and death will claim us all. But so will God, if we prepare ourselves.



Wednesday, May 4, 2016

As Goes Israel, So Goes America, the Western World, and Civilization

This May 5 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom HaShoah, as designated by the United Nations General Assembly in Resolution 60/7  (Link). Which is ironic, because the UN now actively supports countries - Iran, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, United Arab Emirates - that proclaim their intention to annihilate the nation of Israel; which is also a legal entity ratified by UN votes.

Israel is under attack every day by knife-wielding Palestinian men and women, weaponized automobiles, and bus bombers, but these attacks are rarely reported (Link). Hamas and Hezbollah jihadists are planning another war on Israel (like the one in 2014) and could start firing their massive stocks of missiles at any time (Link).

Why Israel? Because it's the only true democracy in the Middle East, and an American outpost, militarily and culturally. We people of faith are welcome there anytime, which was not the case before the Six-Day War in 1967.  Israel honors the same rules of law that we in the West honor, derived from belief in individual human rights and the intrinsic value of individuals; regardless of wealth, class, race, or gender.

(In fact, the Temple of Solomon was erected by Kings David and Solomon to honor human dignity under God, and to cement the Covenant given us by God to all humanity. All our laws are rooted in the Covenant and the Temple, which was an inspiration to the ancient Greeks and Romans). 

Again, why Israel? Because these values and laws are exactly the opposite of Muslim theocracies, where Sharia Law-based religion is inseparable from government (Link). Israel is rich, militarily strong, and productive beyond all measure - compared to its enemies. Whoever conquers Israel will gain high technology, nuclear weapons, and enormous wealth they otherwise will never have. These nations have promised to annihilate all Israelis as well, over eight-million of them. Success always breeds envy and jealousy (Link).

Anti-semitic countries have always paid a heavy price for their ill treatment of Jews. Spain, in its Golden Age, initiated the Inquisition and began driving Jews from their territories in 1492. Their decline began immediately, as banking and management expertise went away with the Jews. Nazi Germany expelled or murdered scientists, bankers, artists, doctors, and teachers. America received these refugees and profited hugely. Our development of nuclear energy depended upon many Jewish scientists: Albert Einstein, J. Robert Oppenheimer, and Niels Bohr among them. Jewish comedy has been an extraordinary gift to America and the world: Jack Benny, Sid Caesar, Danny Kaye, the Marx Brothers, Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, Gilda Radner, Rodney Dangerfield, Joan Rivers, Alan King, Jerry Lewis, and Jerry Seinfeld are just a few of these Jewish greats.

The Arab world persecutes its women, female children, those who aren't of Arab descent, and "apostates"; that is, anyone who won't become Muslim and embrace Sharia. The Arab world will never escape its backwardness and poverty until - and unless - it changes its mind about women, Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, atheists, agnostics, scientific thought, the rights of all people, civil law, and separation of church and state.

We Americans will suffer the same fatal decay if we don't make a stand to defend Israel, as we've promised to do since the United Nations ratified that nation in 1948. If we won't help Israel to defend itself - which it wants to do - we won't defend ourselves either. Once dominoes begin to topple they can't be stopped.

We are in a holy war now, and not by choice. September 11, 2001 was the formal beginning, when New York City, the Mecca of  western culture, was attacked by jihadists. Why? Two reasons: we support Israel, and we also have been so successful that we make our enemies feel naked, jealous, and poor. Osama bin Laden was always very clear about his motives, and he published them. Al Qaeda and ISIS share the same goals.

ISIS is a direct creation of Saudi oil money. Since 1973, they've spent billions funding madrassas; schools that teach only Koran memorization, Sharia, and hatred of the West. All the 9/11 hijackers were Saudis.

Today. people barely remember or discuss the importance of 9/11. Globalization is erasing our identities and our civilizations. The suicidal destruction of Venezuela caused by its own citizens embracing Castro-style communism isn't even discussed. This once-rich and productive nation is on its knees, with barely a pulse. The same goes for Greece, Argentina, and Brazil, and the world seems not to notice. But radical Islam notices.

Radical Islamists around the world - probably 20% of the world's 1.5 billion Muslims, or 300 million  - are calling for the violent overthrow of every nation that doesn't follow Sharia Law. All throughout the Middle East and Indonesia, Muslim governments are teaching their children to hate and fear westerners and all other peoples (Russians and Chinese included) who don't agree with them completely, on every social and political issue:




We, as citizens of the non-Muslim world, regardless of our religion or lack thereof, are seen as blood enemies of radical Islam. Only our total submission to Islam, and our agreement to take up arms for their radical cause, can ameliorate our danger. We will have to kill Christians, Jews, and other "apostates" to prove our loyalty.

For thirty-seven years Iran's leaders, beginning with Ayatollah Khomeini, have dubbed America and Israel "The Great and the Little Satan" (Link) . It's almost funny, the paranoia of radical Islamists and their leaders. When the Shah of Iran - a longtime American ally - was overthrown by the students and followers of Khomeini in 1979, the new government invaded the American Embassy in Tehran, and held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days. This was an act of war according to international law, and President Jimmy Carter could have declared war on Iran with complete justification. America's armed forces could have destroyed massive amounts of property in that country from the air, without losses, until the hostages were turned over alive and healthy.

But Carter didn't do that. He bowed and apologized, pleaded and bargained with the Iranian authorities, who extracted every bit of advantage they could from America's humiliation. Until President Ronald Reagan was elected in 1980. Fearing Reagan's new policies - justifiably - the Iranians panicked and sent them home. Since then, Iran has fomented terrorism, death, and destruction throughout the world. They probably assassinated an Argentine prosecutor, in 2015, who was helping the families of people killed by Iranian terror bombings.

Fact is, the nation of Iran as it exists today has been allowed to exist and has prospered because of the pathetic weakness and fecklessness of all the western powers. Today they have a nuclear bomb factory, and are constructing intercontinental ballistic missiles that will be able to reach any country in the world in 25 minutes.

All of the countries in the European Union, too, are seen by radical Islamists as tools of America and Israel. This is why the Brussels Airport was bombed this year, and why Paris has suffered two mass-murder bloodbaths in January and November of 2015.

Consider joining this organization:  Christians United for Israel and look at this.




Monday, April 25, 2016

Can Our Flawed Human Nature Be Changed?

If human nature as a whole were capable of change, then Zeus, the ruler god of all gods in Greek mythology (by Homer, probably 2,900 years ago), wouldn't behave exactly like former President Bill Clinton. Zeus cheated on his wife Hera, seduced every maiden he could lay his hands on - using every trick and lie he could think of - and gleefully drove Hera insane with jealousy. Hera abused and wreaked vengeance on all who took Zeus's affections from her, or who got in the way. Hello, Hillary Clinton. 

Likewise, President Richard Nixon behaved like Richard III in Shakespeare's play. Even after Nixon won his landslide second-term victory in 1972, he acted in paranoid, wounded, and vengeful ways that eventually brought down his entire presidency. His enemies in the Democratic Party and national press behaved just like the raging crowds depicted in plays written in ancient Greece, Rome, and Europe, right up to our present day. 

The social media mobs of Facebook, Twitter, and MoveOn.org. use the same tactics and methods to threaten and destroy people that we've seen since humankind invented the first alphabets. The mobs rebelled against Moses, called for the release of the murderer Barabbas, and the crucifixion of Jesus. They fueled the witch hunts and the Inquisition of the past. 

Every person who ever lived recognized at one time or another that our human weaknesses must be dealt with, and that we're flawed beings; prone to rage, greed, vindictiveness, violence, and sloth. Among other things. 

No wonder, then, that we want a better world. But how? Childhood education has been worked, reworked, and reformed, since time immemorial, to weed out anti-social behavior at the outset, before it could become habitual. How's that working out for us?

Most of our world politics is socialist and communist, consumed with and dedicated to social justice (actually social engineering), which promises that human flaws can be trained, bred, or punished out of us. Over two-hundred years ago, beginning with the French Revolution, radicals threw out religion, believing it was the cause of human suffering. The results they sought never appeared, and a descent into mob rule and mass murder abated only with the dictator Napoleon. When he collapsed, France reverted to the monarchist and Catholic country it was before. 

Karl Marx, through his pamphlet The Communist Manifesto, succeeded in provoking a string of bloody communist revolutions throughout Europe in 1848-49, known as the Springtime of the Peoples. Every one of these upheavals promised peace, prosperity, justice, and a better life. But they all began and ended violently, collapsing within a year (Link)

Great Britain was the only European nation that didn't suffer revolution, due to her strong emphasis on individual human rights, Protestant religion, the rule of law, veneration for Queen Victoria, and the rising middle class of prosperous citizens with social mobility. Charles Dickens brilliantly chronicled the hunger and suffering of the poor, and was rewarded with great wealth. Countless charities were formed to relieve or mitigate poverty. 

The siren song of social "leveling" sung by Marx had been tried once before, during and after the English Civil War (1642-51) (Link). The war's provocateur, Oliver Cromwell, chopped off King Charles the First's head and ruled as a dictator until 1658, producing mayhem and misery unparallelled in British history up until then. 

Ironically, Marx found refuge in Britain, and lived there for 34 years. It was the only country with genuine rule of law; and where he was free to speak, publish, drink, and sponge off his followers. 

You would think by now the alluring tune of Marxist/socialists - with only centuries of failure to show for their efforts - would be ignored. But you'd be wrong. Now labelled Progressivism, it flourishes. Most recently Venezuela's late dictator, Hugo Chavez, engineered a Marxist coup that overthrew the elected government. Chavez handed out money to everyone he liked and while the money lasted, people were happy. But when he died of cancer the bankrupt state slid into chaos. Chavez's hand-picked successor, Maduro, is a clueless bully. Today Venezuela is in a state of collapse (Link).

Tragically, the one proven system that has never failed as long as the rule of law prevailed - free markets run by free people - is under constant attack by Progressives. Why? Because it closes off the possibility of dictatorship. Free peoples periodically desire changes and adjustments in their politics, and old power-hungry politicians are voted out of office. Tyrants hate this flushing action which removes waste and fraud. 

So what has changed in all of civilization's tumultuous existence? The wheel of history proves that, "what goes around comes around." We're stuck in an endless global cycle of repetition, and only the names, places, and costumes have changed. Funny how prophetic the Hindus have been in describing their Wheel of Life (Link). They see no beginning or end, except for the individual, who can escape by awakening to it.  

This is what the Western Tradition of Judeo-Christianity offers. Permanent escape from death and misery. But you and I must act alone to seek God and escape. We can help each other, but we can do it even without human assistance by acting with love, charity, forgiveness, and generosity (Link)



                              
                     Homer, writer of The Iliad and the Odyssey, whose 
                         insights into human behavior dazzle us today.