Saturday, December 8, 2018

We Are In a Battle to the Death With The Prince of This World, Whose Name Is Satan

Jesus said, "The time for judging this world has come, when Satan, the ruler of this world, will be driven out." - John 12:31. 
The century-long war against God, Armageddon, is almost over.
Fear not. We will win because we are on God's side. We are in His royal family. 
True, it's painful and uncomfortable to believe in God and trust in His promises these days. Our friends and family may ridicule or even persecute us. We may lose our jobs, spouses, homes, and bank accounts. 
Everywhere we look, violence and murder of peaceful religious men and women is surging. Christians by the millions used to live in the Middle East, and had done so for 2,000 years, long before Muslims existed. But just in the last decade they've been tortured, driven out, or killed, mostly by Muslims. Even in the Western world, Christians are under relentless assault by atheists and anti-theists who call themselves "progressives...democratic socialists...Marxists...Satanists": 

Anti-Semitism, the hatred of Jewish people, is on the increase too, worldwide. Jews are being persecuted viciously in almost every nation, even those where they've lived in peace for many generations. 
The nation of Israel is under murderous assault right now, and a war with Iran, which uses Lebanon as a military base, could erupt at any moment. For twelve years, and in violation of numerous United Nations decrees, Iran has formed a huge army in Lebanon called Hezbollah, armed with every modern military weapon and stationed all along the northern border with Israel. They are trying to tunnel into Israel at this very moment, and Israelis destroy all the tunnels they can find, but Hezbollah is relentless. This area includes the plain of Har Megiddo, or Armageddon in the New Testament.

Israel and the United States share a deep bond, because they're founded on the idea that our Creator gives us rights; to life, liberty, and property; the freedom to choose our own course in the world. No human entity, no church or government, can take these rights from us. God sees us as individuals who will choose Him as our model to live by, if we're allowed to choose the best path. 

Judeo-Christianity is the bedrock of the Western Tradition, which produced the people, cities, and nations which are - by far - the best places to live on the entire globe. Which is why most people want to live in the West, and leave their Godless, collapsing countries. 
Israel is the last outpost of real democracy in the Middle East, and it cannot be allowed to die. The United States is the last outpost of real democracy in the world as a whole. We and Israel are linchpins of each other, and lighthouses in the long dark night of this world. We'll live or die together.

Jesus Christ and all the prophets who preceded him came to warn and plead with the world to love and honor our Creator. Almost all of them suffered mightily or were killed for their efforts, but they were given the priceless victory of eternal life in Heaven. 
The world ignored, and still ignores, their warning that Hell - unutterably terrible, and eternal punishment - awaits those who fight or provide aid and comfort for the enemies of the Lord.  He has been and is now telling us our time is up. The globe is teeming and ripe for the fulfillment of the promised resurrection. Christ is coming back, as He promised, and this time things will turn out very differently. He will destroy the Devil and his rotten works, and will reign over a reborn world, a paradise we can only barely imagine. If we admit our errors and swallow our pride by pledging ourselves to God, we will not share the fate of the evil ones. 

Rebellion and pride lie deep within our natures, and cause almost all our suffering on earth, but we often blame God for our suffering. Why? 
We're either our own worst enemies, or our own best friends. We choose to take drugs and lead a criminal life; or we choose to be doctors, builders, and donors to charity.
The world as a whole has rebelled against God from the beginning, more than 5,700 years ago, according to the Jewish calendar. Our record of crimes is always the same. We lie, cheat, steal, murder, covet enviously, ignore sacred days, erect false gods, and commit adultery. Worst of all, we sometimes claim to be just like God! Can you believe it? It's called hubris, and it's a virus of the mind, a plague that touches us all. 

Oh sure, some people are far worse than others, but none of us is innocent. If we admit our transgressions, forgiveness is abundant; a gift from the Lord. But the vast majority of humanity is ignorant and unaware that they are living on borrowed time, and are standing at the edge of The Pit, the Inferno. We humans love to flirt with danger. Have you ever seen the X Games on television? Or the flying suit guys who jump out of airplanes? Or the volcano enthusiasts? It's in our nature.

Now we have weapons of total destruction. It's obvious that we will destroy ourselves unless the Creator of All, visible and invisible, returns to change us.

Many people are discouraged from keeping their faith in God and Scripture because modern authorities contend that there is no hard evidence that characters and places in the Bible truly existed. Here are nine archaeological discoveries that show the falseness of that claim:

For the first time in perhaps 1,700 years, we don't have churches that can offer us real support and healing. Satanic forces have deeply corrupted every church and every religion on earth. Under the guise of "compassion", "progress", and "non-judgmental counseling", the genuine Truth of God, and His Word, have been displaced by "mercy" and "niceness". 

The Catholic Church was, until the death of John Paul II, a fairly reliable fortress of God's power and knowledge. But now the Prince of This World is firmly ensconced in all the seats of religious power on the planet. 

The good news is, as Protestants have always taught, we can "dig our own well in our hearts", so to speak. We can establish our own lines of communication with God by prayer and sincere offers of recompense. 
Be prepared for strife, however. As Jesus told us many times, His message will not be welcomed by most people in this world. If He came to earth today in the flesh, he would quickly be crucified all over again:

Isn't it clear that the world's strife is caused by its rebellion against God? Be sure you know the full consequences of being on the wrong side of this issue.

Make peace with your Creator now. It's easier than you think during this season, and it may be your last chance.
Have a happy New Year!

Friday, November 9, 2018

Hell Is Real, and Most of Humanity Is Doomed

It's very unfashionable to believe Hell exists, or even discuss the possibility of Hell in our modern age. Which is very odd, because we've done more to create Hell on earth in the last 170 years than any other people in history. Modern industrial warfare began with the Crimean War in 1853, where over 450,000 people were killed, and 80,000 wounded, before it was over 2 1/2 years later. We know about the mass deaths and total destruction of great cities in the 20th Century, and the hellish conditions that lasted decades for some. Hundreds of millions died, and billions suffered unspeakable horrors which scarred their souls forever. 

Aside from wars there are other forms of Hell. Famines, plagues, poverty, and diseases afflict billions today. But the least discussed source of Hell is mental illness, which is for millions an incurable and unrelenting nightmare. Nameless terror, paranoia, and uncontrollable rage grip people mercilessly, and they can't find any pleasure in life. Murders and suicides follow. 

Ironically, the fabulous inventions of science can't do much to alleviate humanity's pain and agony. Psychiatry has turned out to be of little use.  Surgery, penicillin, anesthetics, and drugs of tremendous power help, but only in those advanced nations that allow them and can pay. Most countries aren't able to take full advantage of these scientific wonders. Their economies are unstable, tyrants steal much of their wealth, and chaos reigns in large regions ruled by criminals. Their suffering is ancient and has no foreseeable end. 

Is there a worse Hell than these, the Hells we see on film and television? Oh yes, much, much worse. The first person to attempt a description of spiritual Hell, the one our souls might go to, was Dante Alighieri (1265 - 1321). He was a soldier, physician, and poet from a prosperous Florentine family, but was forced to choose sides in a bloody civil war between the Pope and the Holy Roman Emperor. He had a price on his head for many years, and he knew suffering. Dante's greatest work was the three-chapter Divine Comedy, and particularly the first chapter, Inferno (Hell) Link.  It's been one of the most popular books ever written, a best-seller since 1300, and has inspired the world's greatest writers. 

This isn't proof of Hell, but it conforms to the testimony of many thousands who have experienced severe injury, near death, and have come back to talk about it. This author has seen it. It's worse than any earthly Hell, and there's no end. Death is no escape because our souls, which originate with God, cannot die.  

The words of Jesus provide many references and warnings of Hell. In Luke 16:19-31, our Lord describes how a wealthy, religious, proud, and ignorant man descends into the Inferno (Link).  Also, see Mathew 25:41-46; 22:13; and 25:30. Hell is "an eternal fire", where there will be "weeping and gnashing of teeth". Hell is an eternal drowning in Matthew 18:16. 
Most of humanity is doomed, according to Christ in Matthew 7:12-20: "Enter through the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction."

But, you might say, "What about Muslims, Buddhists, and Hindus? They don't  believe in eternal punishment." Oh yes, they certainly do. The Muslim Jahannam (Link) is just like the Christian Hell. Hindus and Buddhists fear the terrible Naraka (Link).

Maybe you're a maverick and an individualist who wants to go his or her own way. Perhaps you think you're smarter and wiser than the 85% of believing humanity through the ages. This author certainly understands, having been an atheist and agnostic for many years, early on in life. You are free to choose any path, but just know that death is final, reincarnation is not assured, and we will all face the judgment of our Creator eventually.

People often ask, "Why would a kind God create Hell and throw people in it?" Answer: because it's justice, which is an essential quality of God. People go to Hell because they're criminals at heart, lawless rebels, thieves, murderers, pedophiles, sadists... the list is very long. 
Also, criminals create their own Hell wherever they congregate; it's who they are. Cruelty and hatred are in their being, and their environment reflects their being, just as prisons do. God could empty-out Sing Sing and make it a paradise, but it would become Hell within hours after the prisoners returned. Mercy, too, is a major attribute of God, but only when coupled with justice. If we repent and reform, we can be worthy of mercy. Otherwise, mercy is worthless. 

Here is an ancient vision of Hell and Heaven written by Enoch, who is known by Scripture and tradition as the great-grandfather of Noah:

How can we avoid Hell and attain the many ascending worlds that lead to Heaven? First of all we must take seriously and live according to the Ten Commandments. We must believe, and then later know, that God gave them to us and they are the foundation of all civilization:

What if we stumble and fail to keep these commandments? We can be forgiven, even if we murder. Truly. But there is one sin that cannot be forgiven:
"You shall not carry the Lord's name in vain." That is, if you falsely claim to be acting in God's name by proselytizing, or in any way playing the priest or priestess, you will be cut off with no hope. 

Once we grasp how easy it is to live and honor the Ten Commandments we will understand the priceless gift they are to humankind. Particularly the Sabbath, the day of rest. Before Moses set this in stone, most people - and their animals - rarely had a day of rest at all; unless their owner, boss, or king said they could. Pharaoh typically worked his slaves to death, and they had no intrinsic value. Moses and the Exodus gave freedom and worth to a new nation, Israel, which means, "Struggles with God". The Israelites were free to question and debate God. The Book of Job proves that we can even call Him to account for His actions. And God rewarded Job for calling Him to account! This had never existed before.

Act now, before it's too late. Time is short and eternity is... well...long.
See this film, it will inspire you:

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Are There Any Liberal Leftists Amongst Us?

For most of the 20th Century, the terms liberal and leftist were synonymous. President Franklin Roosevelt (1882 - 1945} was the foremost liberal politician in the western world, and after World War II, his style, personality, and words were imitated, copied, and studied for many decades by the free world. The United Nations, too, was his dream; a liberal ideal. Roosevelt famously said:

"We look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way. The third is freedom from want. The fourth is freedom from fear." 

"No democracy can long survive which does not accept as fundamental to its very existence the recognition of the rights of minorities." 

"The value of love will always be stronger than the value of hate. Any nation or group of nations which employs hatred eventually is torn to pieces by hatred."

"As Americans, we go forward in the service of our country, by the will of God... I sometimes think that the saving grace of America lies in the fact that the overwhelming majority of Americans are possessed of two great qualities - a sense of humor and a sense of proportion." 

These have always been the watchwords of the classic liberal: freedom of speech and expression; freedom to worship God as one chooses; freedom for minorities of all kinds; recognizing hate groups as destructive; recognition of God and His works in America's foundation; and the sense of humor and proportion - not extremism. 

But a terrible thing has happened. The Left is no longer respectful of religion or liberal at all. If you don't like abortion, big government, high taxes, restrictions on the freedoms of speech and minority opinions (even on college campuses); or are critical of the violence we're seeing every day against law enforcement and those who disagree with mobs, then you are open to every lie, slander, and calumny. You will be threatened and harmed by Leftists of every stripe, masquerading as liberals, progressives, 'democratic socialists', or whatever the newest label for totalitarianism is. At their root, Leftists are totalitarians who will crush all free thought and individuality, just as China, North Korea, Cuba, and Venezuela have done. 
On June 24, 2017, Representative Steve Scalise, Louisiana, a Republican House Majority leader, was shot and nearly killed by a rifle-wielding Leftist who was angry that his candidate, Leftist Bernie Sanders, lost to President Trump. Six others were wounded before the gunman was shot and killed by police. A list of a dozen other conservative Congressmen he planned to kill was found in one of his pockets (Link). 
Death threats from the Left are routine and openly paraded by western media. Comedian Kathy Griffin was applauded last year for displaying a blood-dripping, severed wax head of President Trump (Link). The New York Times this week published a fictional scenario that featured the assassination of President Trump by a Russian spy, aided by the president's own Secret Service bodyguards. 
This is the opposite of liberalism, and a violation of ethics never seen before in the U.S., except by the Left in the last eighteen years. We never hear anyone  in the so-called liberal community condemn these acts, and they all speak and march in lockstep conformity. If any Republicans ever acted in this way, the entire media would crucify them. The Left never criticizes itself, except for being too moderate. Their hypocrisy is gargantuan; on a level never seen before.  

The truth is today's modern Leftists are openly communist, fascist, and racist:

Our battle for freedom is beginning anew; taking a nonviolent path. The voting booths of free nations are the frontlines in this larger war which is rooted in Scripture; since Abraham, Moses, and Christ. Your reward for choosing God's side in this conflict is greater than you can imagine:  

We will experience a new birth of freedom in America if you join the millions of us who trust in God, the country we built together over four centuries, and the destiny of faithful, free people of good will. 

Friday, September 14, 2018

The 14th Dalai Lama: "Europe belongs to the Europeans"

The 14th Dalai Lama is a figure of great prominence, and according to polls, is "the world's most popular leader." He won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, and has traveled the globe for decades, effectively speaking out against tyranny, poverty, oppression, and the obligations we have toward each other as human beings. A great number of people have likened him to the prophets of Scripture, both Eastern and Western. He's the 14th leader of the Tibetan wing of Buddhism (a lineage of high priests that dates back to the 15th Century), and is renowned and venerated for facing and denouncing the Communist Chinese for their invasion of Tibet in 1950. A violent revolution forced him to flee his country in 1959, and he was until recently the head of the Tibetan government in exile: Link.

The world-wide Leftist-Socialist-Progressives have for many years quoted, flattered, and used him to further their agendas, but that hasn't always worked well for them. The Dalai Lama caused a firestorm on September 13 while visiting Sweden. Speaking from the city of Malmo, which has been besieged by thousands of Muslim refugees and is suffering an epic violent crime wave, the Lama said, "I think Europe belongs to the Europeans... ultimately they [refugees] should rebuild their own country."  Link.

He was invited to Sweden to speak at a the 80th anniversary of an aid organization, and entitled his talk The Art of Happiness and Peace. Previously he has said that ethnicities are highly dependent on religion, and countries can be literally shattered by waves of people with contrary ideas to their native beliefs. Many other EU member nations besides Sweden are suffering horrific terror from radical Islamists. He has said, "Europe, for example Germany, cannot become an Arab country. Germany is Germany. There are so many [refugees] that in practice it becomes difficult... From a moral point of view, too, I think that the refugees should only be admitted temporarily."

This is an ancient and simple truth we in the modern world have forgotten; a fatal catastrophe unfolding daily before our eyes. The West has been generous to refugees and immigrants for many years, but increasing crime and strife are causing a backlash. Most refugees - Muslim and otherwise - can't or won't integrate into their host societies.

Canada is enduring a permanent state of high tension with Quebec, a French-speaking country sandwiched in between its English-speaking provinces. The Quebec Sovereignty Movement nearly tore Canada apart decades ago, but, because they at least share a European cultural heritage and legal system, Canadians were persuaded that their prosperity depended on borderless cooperation, so they managed to stay relatively unified.

But this cannot happen when radical and oppositional cultures flood into a host country. One culture or the other will take over. For example, Islamic Law, called Sharia, is a 7th Century system that totally undermines modern societies. A single theft can result in your hand being chopped off; adultery, being raped, or being gay invoke the death penalty. There's no presumption of innocence until proven guilty, and the rules of evidence we in the West demand are almost non-existent. In addition, the birth rates of these refugees are far higher than their host countries. This lopsided demographic fact - if left unchecked - will ultimately doom all of Western civilization and every other religion but Islam. This is another reason why the Lama spoke out. Buddhism and Hinduism, too, will be destroyed. Islam (which means submission) allows no competitors. Christians and Jews all over the Middle East have suffered persecution and mass murder in the last decade:

Coincidentally, Buddhist priest sex abuse was another issue the Dalai Lama had to confront this week. Not only Catholics, but all other religions have similar problems. Corrupt predators infest religious authority everywhere, to some degree. This is another sign of The Tribulation, a period of great crime and suffering in the world, prophesied thousands of years ago by Judeo-Christian Scripture.  

The Dalai Lama speaks about his life's mission in this Swedish television interview from 2010. English is spoken from the 1:17 mark:

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Is Armageddon The End Of The World?

It's very likely that you've heard the word Armageddon many dozens, or hundreds of times in movie or book titles, television and radio. There's never been a period in history when the word was used so often, and over-used, in place of ordinary words like catastrophe. Weather people love to joke about impending "Snow-mageddon!" here in the eastern U.S. A word that once struck people with terror has lost its power over time. 

For two thousand years, when great crises afflicted nations, people thought Armageddon had finally arrived. When Rome fell; when Islam slaughtered Christians by the hundreds of thousands, burned entire capital cities, and took parts of Europe; when the Black Death killed one-third of the citizenry of the known world; and even when Napoleon marched through Europe and Russia, people cried "Armageddon!" They thought the Little Emperor was surely the Anti-Christ, who goes hand-in-hand with the prophesied End of Days. 

Times are very different now. We've survived WWI and the Spanish Flu (68 to 118 million dead), Hitler, Stalin, WWII, nuclear weapons proliferation, hundreds of incinerated cities, the Cold War, Mao, Pol Pot; and the combat, famine, and plague deaths of many more hundreds of millions. Casualties - as opposed to deaths from the 20th Century's Apocalypse - are surely in the billions. The Armageddon of Biblical prophecy actually began in 1914, and it's coming to an end now. 

A global and instantaneous computer network of video media wraps our planet like a ball of string. The Bible, all other religious scriptures, and lies of astonishing insanity are at our fingertips, electronically. Two thousand years ago this was prophesied, and now it's come to pass. The Final Battle is at hand. 

The word Armageddon first appeared in Revelation, the last chapter of the New Testament, written in the late 1st Century. It describes a series of horrific - and beautiful - events leading to Christ's return, and His judgment of us all. 

Armageddon (derived from the Hebrew words Har Megiddo) is a place in northern Israel, an ancient battlefield south of the modern city of Haifa. Several important historical wars were fought there starting in the 15th Century B.C. with Pharaoh Thutmose III and his Canaanite enemies. The Egyptian victory at Har Megiddo secured their empire for many centuries afterward. The location of Armageddon is significant. It's in the center of the Near East, the nexus of world conflict. 

This portion of the Middle East (Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Cyprus, Egypt, southern Turkey and Iran) was once well-watered and very productive. It's  been called The Fertile Crescent and the Cradle of Civilization for ages. The first agricultural societies were born there about 9,000 years ago, and civilization as we understand it started when people gave up wandering and began farming and keeping animals. For the first time in history land had enduring value. Written language was perfected, and records, contracts, and histories could be kept. The wheel, bronze, glass, wine, leavened bread, and irrigation were invented. Men and women learned new occupations, specialties according to their talents, and wealth grew. Political power did too, and armies were formed to preserve that power and wealth. Great cities of enduring stone were raised up; rivalries developed and were compounded. 

Those few thousand square miles of richness have ever since been a source of bitter tension and war. The age-old arguments over human rights, slavery, law, religion, and the limits of power caught fire. The first legal codes were written down, and ethical monotheism (Judaism and Christianity) came into being. 

Now the end of Armageddon, Judgment Day, is approaching, and these conflicts will finally be settled for all time. Many will read this and think it alarmist, even hysterical. But ask yourself, what will happen when your life comes to its inevitable end? Our own last day may as well be the world's last day. None of us can claim there won't be an individual judgment day for our souls. 

Even if you're not a Bible-reading Christian you know what the end foretells. Or do you? Most people think it's another nightmarish global war with many more mass deaths, and the end of our civilization. But it's actually an event that ushers in a brand new world, an act of God that nobody has ever seen.  
This final act on the Last Day is a rebirth of civilization, and a new life vastly better than we can imagine. Do not be afraid if you are a person of faith. You are safe. It's the faithless, hateful, mad, ignorant, arrogant and blind enemies of God who are going to be swept away forever. 

                 This is why there must be an end to the world we have known. 

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Political Reflections

Many truths well-known to our 19th Century ancestors are despised by the political Left in our time, and have been for over a hundred years. One truth is that without faith in God, the "Creator...[who] endowed... certain unalienable Rights" to us, then the faith of our American Founders - and the documents they produced - are bogus and delusional. If there is no God, there's no reason for the United States, its close allies, or their people to have any remarkable position in the world. We all must join the EU, the UN, and be happily seated with committees that govern and regulate the masses with a totalitarian, iron hand.  

It's doubly ironic that the Charter of the United Nations refers to the rights of man in language that imitates the Declaration of Independence, where they first appeared. The constitutions of the world's freest nations do this also. The only nations that don't use this foundational language are totalitarian states which believe only the "masses" have rights, which are determined by a dictatorial ruling class. 

The Left recognizes nothing as unalterable Truth. Since Marx and Nietzsche became world prophets, actual events are mere "narratives" which take the place of Truth. Good and Evil are only opinions, and opinions change at the whim of the powerful. In this way the masses are controlled and history is rewritten all the time. Permanent revolution takes the place of real life. Godless human beings know no limits and can be nothing but monsters, capable of every evil. Only an ethical, single Creator God holds the True Measuring Rod, the unchangeable secret of Good and Evil.

It's been proved that expectations are a critical factor to our happiness. The Left promises a Utopia that never existed, doesn't exist, and has failed to appear every time nations buy into the idea. Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea, Brazil, Argentina... the list of failed states is long. Their misery has no end. Only when individuals are free to work, buy, sell, and engage in all commerce without undue government interference, will they prosper. There is no freedom without economic freedom.

The Left will have you believe you're special, "empowered", even godlike, if you follow them. But unrealistic assessments of our talents and abilities will lead to crushing disappointment and depression when we fail. And we will fail in competition, at least sometimes. There's always someone with more talent and skill than we have. Yet we can learn from our failures, and still prosper mightily in a free society. Most wealthy and successful men and women experienced many failures. 

Truly great talent is very rare in the world, but we can be deceived by the media and social networks to believe we're geniuses. If people are taught to think the world can be molded by special, educated, and enlightened elites (and they can be one of the elite), they're further doomed. 
The world keeps recycling the same issues, tragedies, and disasters; along with a few successes. Moses, the Israelites, and their battle with Pharaoh is little different from the American Revolution, or the collapse of the Soviet Union. "There is no new thing under the sun", says the Book of Ecclesiastes. 

Israel, the U.S., and the Western Tradition 

The Israelites as a whole were not a virtuous people, but God chose them anyway. The few who chose to "wrestle with God" (the true meaning of the word Israel), were enough to earn God's blessings for all. Trump is a sinner, this writer is a sinner, and you're a sinner. Trump may be a much better person than you think. I may be, and you may be. Only God knows for sure. But what we are not is atheist and anti-theist. America welcomed Jews from its earliest days, and since the middle 1600's they have thrived and prospered. Since 1776, America's Founders embraced the Exodus, and compared the Revolution to Moses' escape from Pharaoh. Our enemies are universally anti-Semitic. For this, and for their heresies, betrayals, and lies, they are doomed. 

                          God and His Providence are the root and vine 
                                 that bear the good fruits of our life. 

"Hypocrisy is the tribute vice pays to virtue." - Matthew Arnold
Hypocrites lie with a false front because their inner knowledge of what is right and good shames them. If this were not so, they would feel no need to deceive. This is the "tribute" they "pay".

"When man drops one doctrine after another in a refined skepticism, when he declines to tie himself to a system, when he says that he has outgrown definitions, when he says that he disbelieves in finality, when, in his own imagination, he sits as God, holding no form of creed but contemplating all, then he is by that very process sinking slowly backwards into the vagueness of the vagrant animals and the unconsciousness of the grass. Trees have no dogmas. Turnips are singularly broad-minded." -  G.K. Chesterton

"But often, in the world's most crowded streets,
But often in the din of strife.
There rises an unspeakable desire
After the knowledge of our buried life;
A thirst to spend our fire and restless force
In tracking out our true, original course;
A longing to inquire
Into the mystery of this heart which beats
So wild, so deep in us - to know 
Whence our lives come, and where they go." - Matthew Arnold

Sunday, June 24, 2018

The True vs. the Counterfeit; How Can We Tell What's Real?

Only by comparing one with the other, particularly within our human race. Consider this:

We humans suffer from many disorders not found anywhere else in the animal kingdom. Have you ever seen a fat bird, fish, cat, wolf, or any other animal  outside of captivity? Why do we not see obesity, mental illness, or senseless violence in animals? Have you ever observed any wild animal depressed, or pointlessly attacking its fellows? (Rabies, it's true, does cause erratic and vicious behavior on occasion, and humans are injured; but not, it seems, other animals). 

There is amazing uniformity throughout the animal kingdom. It's almost impossible to tell them apart unless you're very familiar - as many wild animal sanctuary keepers are - for an extended period of time. Even then, only variations in coloring or scars indicate which animal is which in its group. Animals in the wild are locked into a pattern of behavior that's highly predictable, and successful hunters know all the routines, or patterns of instinct that animals can't change. Every animal is authentic; a true elephant, horse, wolf, cat, and so on. Can you imagine a wild animal who doesn't "fit in"? Such that we might say, "That deer is a phony. And look at that eagle! It doesn't have a clue!" 

Not so for us humans. We misrepresent ourselves all the time, intentionally or not, and are often caught and exposed. Our free will empowers us to change our appearance and behavior in a thousand different ways; which is a gift or a curse, depending on how we use it. Our powers of speech give us the ability to lie, cheat, self-aggrandize, or do the opposite. We can elevate ourselves and others to great heights with our words, actions, and social abilities. Our unlimited power of imagination has given us airplanes to fly, submarines to swim the ocean depths, and spacecraft to travel to the moon. That same imagination can make us delusional to the point that we see an image in the mirror that differs entirely from the truth; what others see instantly. Some very beautiful people don't see themselves that way at all. But more commonly, we think we're stunning and slender even if we're not. 

We sometimes have the ability to be magically authentic and admirable, inspiring others to help us rescue whole nations, create them from our imagination; or recklessly plunge them into Armageddon. This is our greatest fault and crime. 

Why do entire populations follow leaders who set them on the path to perdition? Is it not because some people use their great powers to deceive, persuade, and corrupt their followers into thinking that they're virtuous demigods of strength and light? And therefore superior to others, to laws, and customs? These are the counterfeit people. 

Striving for power over ourselves and nature is not by itself a bad thing. The crucial difference is a moral one. If we worship an ethical God of goodness and love, and live that creed, we create prosperity and peace. The Judeo-Christian ethos has given the world every authentic gift of civilization. The United Nations Charter, signed by every nation on earth in 1945, reads like a version of the American Declaration of Independence. Individual human rights and the dignity of every person regardless of wealth or station are promised. These pledges are founded on the Old and New Testaments. They don't come from Buddhism, Confucianism, or Hinduism; nor any other pagan religion. Why then have these aspirations and ideals failed to bring peace and prosperity to the world? We all know it's due to corruption of spirit; moral degradation, selfishness, and falsehood; lies, deceit and depravity. All adult people - aside from the five-percent who are psychopaths - know what the right path is. It's the one where we don't do unto others what we wouldn't want done to ourselves. This is simplicity itself, and our salvation. Departure from this path is fatal in the long run. Blaming others for their faults while ignoring our own destroys us. 

Have you ever seen counterfeit currency, fake jewels, or fashion accessories? The best counterfeits are quite convincing, and it's often impossible to tell the difference without comparing them to authentic versions. Counterfeiters often work very hard to produce convincing fakes. The rewards are huge, and fortunes have been made for thousands of years. The Romans prized ancient Greek statuary, and paid huge sums to acquire it. So talented crooks began producing fakes. Our museums today show these copies as art, because they're often extremely good, and they're rare. Many famous Renaissance artists, like Michelangelo, began their careers by producing counterfeit ancient statuary. They were hungry, unknown, highly talented, and it was easy. Study the originals, sculpt copies, bury them for six months in a special soil recipe known to forgers, and presto! Nobody could tell the difference back then. Times are different now, and it gets easier all the time to spot phonies.

In our human realm, it's fairly easy to be a counterfeit saint. A person so inclined can ingratiate themselves with others and talk about how much they love people, particularly poor and suffering children, the elderly, and the most needy. They can flatter, cajole, humor, and persuade listeners to contribute to their charity. This requires a talent to lie to one's self as well as others, but many men and women have that talent. From there many doors are opened, including politics, where those gifted at deception will thrive.  

Then the big problem for these fakers are the authentic saints, and other people of high virtue. They make the counterfeits look very poor by comparison, and often they're in law enforcement. Sooner or later the two will clash, and it's never pretty. War to some degree must follow. 

This explains the crucifixion of Christ and many millions more crimes against the innocent. The history of humanity in large part has always been a battle between the real and true versus the lying and counterfeit; Moses and Pharaoh, Lincoln and the Confederates. The ultimate question is who has genuine and righteous authority? Only God, the Creator and Judge of all things has ultimate authenticity and reality. He has always said, "the wheat must be separated from the chaff", and the faithful from the unfaithful. Jesus warned us about false prophets in our time, and the Apostle Paul said, "Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light" - Corinthians 11:14. 
Now we understand the terror and strife in the world. Here's what we can do about it:

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Must We Suffer To Achieve Heaven?

Life can be so pleasurable sometimes that we forget about pain and suffering altogether. And when it is that good, it's normal to ask God, or Providence, why it can't always be that way. Maybe you've had many days, or months, like that; which made you wonder if you finally had achieved a permanent state of bliss. Most of us know it cannot last for very long.  

All adults know that suffering is an inescapable part of life, but we've probably never known anyone who is really comfortable with that fact. True masochists - who enjoy pain - are very rare. Which is why we wish we had money, or power, or status that would insulate us against suffering. But wealth, power, or status can't guarantee us or our loved ones that we won't get cancer, dementia, or some other incurable physical or mental disease. On top of which, most wealthy people hate the loss of privacy they have to endure, and the haranguing relatives or associates begging for loans. You might also be kidnapped and held for ransom in many countries. In any case, we eventually age and then die in this world. But not in the next (more about this later). 

Suffering is built into the material world. Darwin was certainly right about "the survival of the fittest." Strength and agility endure, for a time. The loving God of Scripture doesn't appear to be active in the jungles or plains of this world. Alfred Lord Tennyson noticed this and it deeply troubled him, so he wrote,

Who trusted God was love indeed
And love Creation's final law
Tho' Nature, red in tooth and claw
With ravine, shriek'd against his creed

The universe is a deadly and dangerous place outside of earth's atmosphere, where stars and planets and galaxies are forged in fiery, million-degree, lethal gamma ray furnaces. Now astrophysicists are certain that life like ours is extraordinarily rare in the cosmos. 

Is a brief and painful life, then death, all there is? Face it, the world is not enough to satisfy our yearnings. Were we made for something better? Yes. 

  Our lives are immeasurably enhanced by having faith in a good and just God. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Can Life Be Simplified and Still Be Good?

Modern life is complicated and getting more so. It's annoying, too. Just when we think life makes sense, something - or someone - comes along and messes things up, and our whole world collapses into chaos. Jobs, marriages, fortunes, and friends may be lost forever. Sometimes it's not our fault. But it's a good idea to find out for sure.

On the historic global stage wars are fought, bad guys are defeated, peace and prosperity arrive; we feel the good sense of it all. Then a new threat or complication comes along. Whole nations may collapse. Who now can say that large-scale evil and good are not in play? Or that a crucial turning point has not been reached?

Many do deny it. The modern scientific view is relativistic; that is, not absolute. Good and evil are not open for debate, they say. There are no firm, immutable truths, and no Creator God who made anything: (Link) Therefore, debate is pointless and a waste of breath. 

Only the most arrogant, proud, and self-deluded among us could believe that we can dispense with debate about right and wrong. Discovering which ideas are "bad", which are "good", and exactly why they are that way is a never-ending challenge. There are nuances and gray areas that may only be understood by looking at the span of human history, the individuals, and the groups who shaped our world for good or ill. The main reason the global Leftist-Socialist-Marxists want to erase our magnificent history is that it proves how idiotic and destined to fail they are. Leftist utopias have NEVER worked, except on a very small scale.  

We should take heed that we are smack in the middle of the age of the Anti-Christ. His army is demolishing every good thing in this world. There are no walls or guardrails that can protect us; only the armor and weapons of the Truth and God Himself with His angels. Do not let fear grip you, nor allow your heart to be troubled.

There's more. And it's vitally important:

We're in the most exciting period ever in world history. Our opportunities for success, true glory and riches are vast. Join us.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Most of Us Have Failed Every Test of Competence and Worthiness. Our Time Is Up

By every decent measure - with a few notable exceptions - we of the human race have failed to produce cities, states, or nations that live up to the goals and promises we've made to ourselves. Our past and present ideals have been lofty and good, for the most part; to produce a city, state, or nation that is just, merciful, honest, beautiful, prosperous, and peaceful. But we failed. Good intentions aren't enough. What's worse, we've made no measurable progress in over 100 years. Why is this, when so many of us claim to be willing, even eager, to spare no expense or effort to do it? 

We have had success with appearances, and there always have been certain cities and states that looked attractive and beautiful. But that's easy to do compared to teaching people the truth, and training their inner soul and spirit. This is where the horror show unfolds; in glittering cities like Tokyo, with 1428 annual suicides (almost four per day); and Moscow, with 2331 (more than six per day).  

The problem, and fault, must be within ourselves. It becomes clear the more we look that families are the major source and nurturing place of error, ignorance, abuse, and crime. Physical and psychic wounds that parents inflict on their children unjustly (particularly psychic ones) can and will haunt children all their lives. Our sense of justice is inherent, and is even shared by the animal kingdom. Anyone who has raised horses knows that they have a keen sense of it. Elephants also. Physical abuse and injuries can and may be forgotten, but the psychic torture some parents inflict can and will provoke children to murder and mayhem. Not living up to the standards we teach children breeds contempt within them. Contempt for rules, laws, and authority. 

Another large-scale form of abuse has surfaced for over a generation now in the western world. It's child neglect, where parents refuse to discipline their children, and allow them to be rewarded with "participation trophies"; which they think will develop their "self-esteem". Instead of teaching their children the real-life skills of competition and the pursuit of excellence, they indulge and pander to them. This failure has caused a surge in mental illness among the young, and an inability to deal with real-life stresses. One in four westerners now suffer, or have suffered some form of mental illness, according to the EU and other western sources.

The Bible considers child abuse to be nearly unthinkable, and aside from warnings to parents, it never mentions a personage who did such a thing. Even the mad King Saul, who sought to kill David, didn't abuse his children. "Spare the rod and spoil the child" is a frequently quoted but misunderstood scriptural phrase in Proverbs 13:24. "The rod" means "authority" in the original text, not a club. 

Jesus said, "Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?" (Matthew 7:9-10). Chances are some of you have met or know of parents who would do such a thing. This author does, and it gives us some idea of how purely evil it is to wrong a child. Children are innocent, and need to be taught right from wrong, except in rare cases. Damaged children become damaged adults, and the evil they do reverberates through history from generation to generation. To harm any innocent living thing is a direct affront and a wound to God. Jesus spells it out to all of us that the punishment for this is very grave. 

Punishments are not, unfortunately, effective enough to deter criminals; especially if they're far into the future. Most criminals think only of the present, and don't believe they'll be caught. So crime goes on unabated. The world as a whole is getting measurably worse from month to month. 

For us now, today, there are only two paths to choose from. One is to join with the world, set aside all moral considerations, and do whatever we can to enrich ourselves and fend off or eliminate enemies. But this comes at a price. We'll never know what true peace is, or the goodness of prosperity fairly earned. In most cases even successful criminals are punished in the end. How many can you think of who ended their lives well? 

The other path is the moral one that takes God and His promises into account. An ethical life brings happiness and joy beyond death. There is a much better and more desirable world in store for those of us who have faith. 

In addition, we'll also see the true reasons for this world's demise. The escalating power-mad scramble for more and more deadly weapons can't end well. Someone, somewhere, will pull the trigger, and nobody can say when. Consider: if there is no God, we're all in the same boat, and it won't matter. But if God exists, His people, you and me, will find glory and salvation forever. 

This is why the world is disintegrating in chaos. For almost two centuries our faith in God, religion, and morality has been under attack by the false religion of science and pure reason. Science and reason are gifts from God, but should never be worshiped themselves. Only our Creator is worthy of worship, not His creation.  

Monday, January 29, 2018

Friederich Nietzsche vs. G.K. Chesterton; The Anti-Christ vs. God's Word

Two men born in the 19th Century became prophets of the 20th and 21st Centuries, and their words and thoughts reverberate daily in our political media and conversations. One man's ideas are thought to be so new and radical that very few of us are aware of how old - even ancient - they are. The person shown below, Friederich Nietzsche (1844 - 1900) coined the phrase "God is dead... and we have killed him", then opined, "There are no facts, only interpretations"; "Morality is just a fiction used by the herd of inferior human beings to hold back the few superior men"; and "In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point." These are the same anti-Christian phrases that the ruling powers of Rome and Judea made to Christ and his followers 2,000 years ago. These supposed 'insights' are the common rationalizations of criminals and the mentally ill. Every culture that has adopted them has destroyed itself. It's worth noting that Nietzsche was an aristocrat with wealth, yet he went insane at the age of fifty, and died insane at sixty. 

Nietzsche's ideas are now the backbone of global Leftists, countless college and university curriculums, and the basic platforms of western, so-called 'liberal' and 'progressive' political parties today. Do you doubt it? Just try introducing the mere idea of the Judeo-Christian God in any college or university classroom, student or faculty lounge, or 'liberal' political gathering. This author has never seen less than squints or eye-rolls, and often a verbal firestorm of scorn, criticism or outright condemnation. You can count on losing friends and acquaintances for mentioning God, and it will be painful; which explains much about our broken world. 
We have no choice but to swim against the currents of culture if we want to be moral, know God, and have true self-respect. It's not that hard. You just avoid the main stream and seek the shore where the current diminishes. Often eddies form, and the flow reverses course at its edges. You will find allies. 

It's a documented truth that we ourselves bring a great deal of suffering into our lives and the world by making bad decisions. Becoming addicted, resorting to violence and revenge, committing crimes, and projecting onto others our own faults and failings cause us to suffer and die. So many millions - even billions - of people are suffering, and we're rightly upset and angry about it. But if there is no fixed, unalterable standard of morality, it means nothing. Who says we shouldn't suffer? And die badly? Only God is that fixed standard. If there is no truth, then there is no right and wrong. It's hard to stay sane when you harbor that view. You be the judge:

Friederich Nietzsche, in his own words, on the meaning of life, the roots of Nazism, and superhuman evolution. (acted by Kevin O'Brien).

G.K. Chesterton (1874 - 1936) was the opposite of Nietzsche, and the two led radically different lives. Chesterton became a renowned professor and a Catholic convert known for his good cheer and love of life. He inspired others, like C.S. Lewis, who was enormously successful as a Christian author and teacher. His most famous books, The Chronicles of Narnia, have become globally popular films. 

Some quotes of G.K. Chesterton:

"Men do not differ so much about what things that they will call evil, but they do differ enormously about what evil things that they will call excusable." 

“A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.”

“Truth is sacred; and if you tell the truth too often nobody will believe it.” 

“Civilization has run on ahead of the soul of man, and is producing faster than he can think and give thanks.”

“It is not bigotry to be certain we are right; but it is bigotry to be unable to imagine how we might possibly have gone wrong.”

"The finding and fighting of positive evil is really the beginning of all fun."

While a young man in school, Chesterton met someone who nearly perfectly personified evil, and it changed Chesterton's life:

                           Chuck Chalberg acts the part of Chesterton.