Thursday, December 17, 2015

Armageddon Is Here; Have No Fear

You can be prepared for the most momentous opportunity in the history of humankind. But first, a story:

An acquaintance of mine found a small iron chest filled with gold coins worth over $390,000; part of a railroad shipment lost in 1853, between Roanoke and Lynchburg, Virginia. You could say it was luck, but it only came about because he spent many years searching for hidden treasure. Over a decade, in fact. 

He took delight in searching but never struck it rich until he'd spent thousands of hours delving into court records, stories, and old newspapers; researching routes and locations. When he found a promising spot he went to work with his metal detector. He left no place unscanned, and no stone - a favorite hiding place for treasure - unturned.

He had faith that someday his searching would pay off. Every now and then he would find trinkets, lost coins, or a valuable antique gun. The joy he had in it was something to behold. It kept him going. But most people would have given up. He spent much more on transportation, lodging, and food than he ever recovered from his small finds. 

Was it his fate to find the treasure? I think so. But that's only because he had faith that someday he would. An old Latin saying, "Fortune favors the bold" holds true. Persistence and audacity seem to bring luck. A variation is, "The best defense is a strong offense." George Washington won some of his greatest victories in this way. Timidity and dithering can bring disaster. You must believe in your ultimate success despite defeats. We've all been defeated at times. George Washington lost more battles than he won. But he won the important ones, and learned from his defeats.

Our own faith in God is like this. Our fate is secured in heaven, but only if we have faith that this is so. Even if you don't have much faith, it's extremely important that you act as if you do. Faith will grow over time, and courage will be abundant in you if you allow it to grow with faith. They can become habits, faithfulness and courage. Children often have simple and powerful faith. Jesus said, 
"Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”  Luke 18:17-34

We can be adults and still have childlike faith. When the chips are really down, and a crisis is in full flower, it's no time for half measures and an excess of caution. Adults know this. A great many lives have been lost by indecision and fear. People often freeze when danger arises, unless they've prepared themselves and made ready for action. 

Evil conquers by fear. Adolf Hitler risked everything in early 1936 by brazenly invading the Rhineland with his small, raw army, using horses to carry supplies because he didn't have enough trucks. His generals had orders to turn tail immediately if they met resistance, but the French and English were too timid, disorganized, and scared to challenge the upstart Fuehrer. By the time the real danger was faced - after the occupation of Austria and the invasion of Czechoslovakia - the Nazi army was armed to the teeth, trained, and experienced. Faith was in Hitler and so was his fate. 

We must face evil when it is nascent, and, "nip it in the bud". If you see the first signs of weakness, fear, or criminality anywhere in your life, root it out completely. Do not be afraid.

The last book of the Bible, Revelation, describes the very End Time events we're experiencing now. The Second Coming is full upon us, and our reward for being on God's side is immense. 

Medusa, the Gorgon, whose face and writhing snake hair was so terrifying that Greek warriors turned to stone if they gazed at her. But her reflection did not carry the same power, thus Perseus used the back of his shield to locate and slay her. 
Many ancient Greek myths contain valuable life parables.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Do We Have a Moral Obligation To Refugees?

"There is a time to tear apart and a time to sew together; A time to be silent and a time to speak; A time to love and a time to hate; A time for war and a time for peace..." Ecclesiastes, 3:7-8 

We are not presently in a time for peace. 

Suddenly, it appears, the poor and disadvantaged from failed states in the Middle East, North Africa, and elsewhere have decided that the western world is where they want to be, and they have a right to be there. Curiously, the vast majority of these people are young men of military age, and ISIS leaders have been bragging for months that they will be sending undercover fighters to Europe and the Americas to destroy us, "the infidels" : Link

These young invaders will sire children quickly, and the hundreds of thousands who come now will be millions as the years pass. The present stream of "refugees" will become a flood in days to come. Besides, we westerners have already accepted millions of these people over the years. Their numerous angry children have grown up hating their host countries, and the west in general. Scandinavia, France, and Belgium have huge problems with these criminal youths. Many jihadist mass killings have been perpetrated - as were the Paris attacks in January and November - by these second-generation Islamists; even those whose parents deplore their actions and don't hate us.

Why don't these millions of discontented men of military age stand up and fight for their own nations? For thousands of years, men who wouldn't do this were called cowards, and they were shamed and disgraced for their weakness. Do we have an obligation to help these strong, young men escape their moral obligation to stand and fight for their own countries, and what they say they believe in? 

All significant nations have constitutions which clearly state that their leaders have a sworn obligation to defend their nations' borders. No nation can survive without enforced borders. The nations invading us rigorously enforce their borders. Yet we westerners dither and mumble while we're being invaded.

We non-Muslim peoples and nations of the world are at war with radical Islam, and not by choice. A religious reformation (much like ours in the 1500's) has shaken 1.5 billion Muslims all over the globe, and according to reliable polling, half want Shariah Law, the brutal, Medieval code which has made so many Muslim countries backward and miserable. Almost a fourth (375,000,000) have said they are justified in taking up arms against those who don't pray to Muhammad:  Link and Link

The freedoms we enjoy, and which have made the western world so rich, pleasant, and attractive are slated for destruction by these anti-Judeo-Christian-Buddhist-Hindu hordes. They're savage purveyors of mayhem and murder, and proud of it. But we people of other religions outnumber them at least four-to-one.

A core belief among Sunni and Shia Muslims (who make up more than 90% of Islam) is that there's a Twelfth Imam, "The Mahdi", coming to earth soon. Like Christ, but supreme over Christ, he will remake the world and destroy its evils: Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, and other "apostates" who will not submit to Allah's word. Believers in the Mahdi preach that violently overthrowing the western world and destroying all who stand in the way of their violent vision of Islam, their so-called "jihad", will cause the 12th Imam to appear sooner, and make the world a paradise.

Millions of westerners, and most of their leaders, refuse to believe what Muslims tell them openly, and they're ignoring the hideous violence and destruction that have already laid waste to the cities and nations who harbor these jihadists. We face a "sea of somnambulists", sleepwalkers who will get us killed by their inaction. 

Civilization is a delicate thing, and when broken, may never return to a civilized state. Look at the former colonies of the once-great powers throughout the world. Many of today's failed states were prosperous former colonies: Somalia, Zimbabwe, Ivory Coast, Lebanon, Venezuela, Argentina, etc.  

Pray, and prepare yourself and your country for defense, according to your wide-awake conscience.

The British-born 'Jihadi John' who proudly beheaded almost 30 victims on YouTube before a missile delivered by a drone blew him, his buddies, and his car to pieces on November 12, 2015. Link