Saturday, July 13, 2019

"He Who Faces No Calamity Gains No Courage" - Rudyard Kipling

He also said, "We're humble because of knowledge, and mighty because of sacrifice". Kipling knew India intimately, and his native Great Britain.  He honored the Laws of Life, and knew their value deeply. 

We are in a time of extraordinary opportunity to distinguish ourselves and gain an eternal place in a glorious Heaven. But only if we align ourselves with the True God and join His royal family. Membership in God's family guarantees us wealth, joy, power, wisdom, and eternal life. Who can say no to that? A lot, apparently. It turns out that billions of people can't or won't try to understand the real meaning of life on earth. But the only thing that will truly enrich us here and now, in our earthly lives, is knowledge of God. The closer we are to Him the richer we'll be in every way, especially after our death. 
Here is a well-kept secret about our afterlife. All of us have a perfect mate in Heaven, and our relations with that perfect mate will fulfill our fondest desires and most wonderful dreams. Nothing in this world can compare with Heaven, because life there is eternal, richer, and more joyful than we can imagine on earth. It isn't a life of playing the harp while sitting on a cloud. It's infinitely more exciting than earthly existence.

Why do we see a rising tide of fear in the world? The Creator is here now to claim His property. Everything in the universe is His. Many of us forget that we don't really own anything. We're all living on borrowed time, and time runs out much faster than we think.

Does a landlord have the right to evict bad tenants? Of course he does. God is our landlord, and He is giving us notice that our lease is up. Many of us have become resentful, discontented, violent, and ungrateful for the gift of life. Ingratitude is fatal to happiness and contentment, and it nurtures perpetual grievance.
Fewer of us, per capita, believe in a good God than ever before. This is a grievous error, and dangerous, because such faith in goodness has always been sure protection against insanity. 

We should be clear now in our understanding of the world's mental condition; which is, a great madness is now operating out in the open. We're living in an age of unprecedented lawlessness; not just law breaking, but no restraints at all in many arenas, such as politics and media.

UPDATE, 7/20: The Coronavirus outbreak is a powerful sign that God is making Himself known to everyone on the planet by showing us how powerless and vulnerable we are. Before the Coronavirus, major political parties in every western nation were recklessly trying to demolish their borders; allowing all refugees in, without a thought that they might be sick, even dying of diseases. Not to mention the terrorists and criminals who took advantage of this suicidal policy
Worst of all, the rules of sanitation and the knowledge we've acquired about germs and viruses were ignored where this recent plague began. Appalling and filthy foods served in the cruel, sadistic "wet markets" of Wuhan China were one possible source of this Coronavirus. Dogs, cats, bats, and other strange animals were slaughtered, hastily cooked, and served up fresh; often too fresh. 
Another possible source was a biological weapons laboratory in Wuhan, where experimentation is performed. Sooner or later it was fated to happen. Wake up, people. (Wet market link)

The consequences of our reckless actions are the Wrath of God, prophesied since the Book of Daniel (6th Century B.C.). This is very good news for many of us. Ours are the Last Days spoken of by Christ and the Apostle Paul (Link). The righteous and the unrighteous are being forcefully separated, because those who hate or ignore God are an existential threat to His people. The social distancing we're seeing now is going to continue and be enlarged. The many crimes we've grown used to and which have benumbed our consciences are going to be seen in the Light of Truth, the Lux Aeterna.

Infanticide - literally murdering children in the womb or minutes after they've been born - has become standard medical practice in the western world if a woman decides she doesn't want her child. This procedure is classified as one that "improves women's health", despite evidence to the contrary (Link).

Suicidal mass murder is seen as a good military tactic in many countries. Men and women strap on heavy explosives and blow themselves up in public markets, or even weddings. Shooting down civilian airliners is now an approved tactic of Iran, Russia, and other nations (Link) and (Link).

Only a lie of monstrous proportions could motivate people to fall away in this fashion. Some Middle Eastern countries specialize in brainwashing their people into thinking it's God's will that they commit suicide and destroy other's lives, even the innocent's; and they'll be rewarded in Paradise for it. These countries also offer financial incentives to the families of the individuals who destroy themselves.

Many of these nations, like Iran, Sudan, Algiers, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, and others are mere shells of their former selves, operated by organized crime cartels masquerading as religious leaders. They lie constantly and with ease.
A good friend said recently, "False witness is sin, and now false witness is being used as a political tool. It's like a mind virus... a plague." 

This friend was referring of course to the ninth of the Ten Commandments of God, and it motivated this author to research the origins of our understanding of the differences, if any, between criminality, mental disorder, and psychosis. Particularly interesting are the psychopathic individuals (Link) who appear to be functioning politicians, leaders, executives, and others in positions of authority. 

Dealing in lies on a daily basis is much like handling nuclear radiation or toxic waste. It contaminates everything around us and destroys from within. At first everything might seem normal. But that's another element of serious lies; the deceit of time, which passes more quickly than we think.
Lying becomes more and more a habit, an expedient tool for covering up the ugly truth about ourselves and others, which destroys our integrity. Criminality can - by degrees - become a mental disorder, and then morph into something deeply evil; again by degrees. 
"We have come to know Man as he really is. After all, man is that being who invented the gas chambers of Auschwitz; however, he is also that being who  entered those gas chambers upright, with The Lord's Prayer or the Shema Yisrael on his lips." - Viktor Frankel, Man's Search For Meaning

The Spirit of Truth is from God. Lying drives out this Holy Spirit, and insanity follows. Some very pertinent Bible quotes:

Jeremiah 25:15-17  "For thus the LORD, the God of Israel, says to me, 'Take this cup of the wine of wrath from My hand and cause all the nations to whom I send you to drink it. They will drink and stagger and go mad because of the sword that I will send among them.'
"Then I took the cup from the LORD'S hand and made all the nations to whom the LORD sent me drink it... Babylon has been a golden cup in the hand of the LORD, intoxicating all the earth. The nations have drunk of her wine; therefore the nations are going mad."

Ecclesiastes 9:3  "This is an evil in all that is done under the sun, that there is one fate for all men [there is not]. Furthermore, the hearts of the sons of men are full of evil and insanity is in their hearts throughout their lives. Afterwards they go to the dead."

Zechariah 12:4   "In that day," declares the LORD, "I will strike every horse with bewilderment and his rider with madness. But I will watch over the house of Judah [that's us], while I strike every horse of the peoples with blindness." 

Those who want to silence and kill us people of faith are violators of every one of the Ten Commandments:

1 "I am the Lord your God..."  [they believe they are gods]

2 "You shall not make of yourself any image..." [they worship money, sex, power, etc.]

3 "You shall not carry the Lord's name in vain..."  [that's all they do] 

4 "Remember the Sabbath Day..."  [they can't]

5 "Honor your father and mother..." [they enjoy spreading tales of parental failures all over the public media]

6 "You shall not murder..." [they murder innocents in the womb, or enable it] 

7 "You shall not commit adultery..." [they're encouraging their children to change sex and commit adultery]

8 "You shall not steal...." [they're robbing their children and fellow citizens by fomenting Marxism-Socialism and worse]

9 "You shall not bear false witness..."  

10 "You shall not covet your neighbor's house, nor wife..." [Marxism-Socialism is entirely driven by envy and jealousy]

This is why we must understand that ours are the the worst generations that ever populated the globe. By now every city, town, village, or encampment around the world has seen and heard the Word of God through the Bible. They've either accepted it or rejected it; which is very good news for us people of Faith and Truth.  In his last days Jesus told his disciples, "This Good News about the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world so that all nations will hear it. Then shall the end come."  Mark 24:14
"Only those who live by faith truly know what's happening in the world" - Bishop Fulton J. Sheen (Link).  Bishop Sheen was the greatest prophet of the 20th Century, a Catholic who never hesitated to chasten or criticize the Vatican, the Pope, Josef Stalin, or anyone else whom he thought was undermining the Church. The evils of communism were a frequent topic on Sheen's weekly - and enormously popular - television program. In early March, 1953, Bishop Sheen told his audience that the Soviet Union's top leaders were all facing death, just as the characters in Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar do. A few days later, on March 5, Stalin had a stroke and died (Link).

One more thing. Know this: God can be persuaded to act, or not, according to sincere requests. He wants us to participate in His monumental plan for the renewal of this world, which he created and made perfect.  
So pray as if your life depends on it. It does. We aren't all on a non-stop train to our fated destination. Some of us are being saved as we speak, particularly in the two countries dedicated to Judaeo-Christian principles. Here's one:

Here's another:

A Muslim who was hungry and thirsty for God discovers Jesus Christ:

     The poison of subjectivism destroys our moral compass. All who lose                   their moral compass will perish and destroy civilization: 

                 Why there are angels and cherubim, and how they work:

Friday, June 21, 2019

Prepare Yourself for the Promised Final Exodus

Every day it becomes more abundantly clear that Judaeo-Christian people of faith everywhere in the world are targets of the western Leftist, so-called "progressive" socialist-Marxists. They are agnostics, atheists, or even anti-theists, and go out of their way to attack God, Jesus, the Prophets, and Scripture. 
They say we're deluded, and religious faith is a danger to their utopian, ideal state, as Karl Marx said (Link). Being materialists with no spiritual understanding, they can only analyze things "scientifically", as they call it. "We are the party of science" they say.
But life is a mystery to science, still, and its processes are subtle, not open to purely rational analysis and dissection.
Leftists believe they have no need for the Laws of God, and they're convinced that they have godly power to determine what is right and what is wrong for everyone. They're eager to use governmental power to enforce their rulings, regardless of existing laws, and change them according to their whims. This isn't just dictatorship, it's totalitarianism; and coupled with new technology, it's becoming a terrifying reality for many. Red China is tracking and watching every citizen in their nation with computers and facial recognition cameras.

Attitudes about the unborn and newly-born are a barometer of the soul-less depravity of these individuals. Globally, "late-term abortion" (infanticide) is being legally sanctioned, even in the U.S., which is a diametric reversal of centuries of legal precedent and moral tradition. If an innocent baby in the womb has no value or rights, then nobody's life is safe from the State. Abortion on this present scale is Satanic. Honest people of faith see clearly that this is a monumental evil. (Link)

As if that weren't enough, Islamists in the 21st Century have persecuted, exiled, and murdered Christians and Jews all over the globe, but particularly in the Middle East and North Africa. Many of these destroyed communities had lived, thrived, and worshiped there for 1,800 years.

It's massively ironic that the Left is deeply sympathetic to the radical Islamists who claim the Koran allows them to buy and sell slaves, kill gays, adulterers, victims of rape, women who don't dress or behave according to Sharia law, and "infidels"; people who disagree with them. Any group that hates Judaeo-Christians is just fine with the Leftist "progressives".
Our understanding of moral right and individual freedom is a major reason we're being attacked and killed wholesale, by the millions, to a degree never seen before:

Almost everyone on the planet has heard of the Exodus of Moses and the Israelites from Egypt, the second book of the Bible; an historical event that took place around 1450 B.C. 
The Jewish nation was born with the Exodus, when Moses led the Israelites out of Pharaoh's slavery, and it thrived in the generations that followed. Moses went on to establish the Ten Commandments given to him by God, as well as numerous other laws and instructions on how to live and worship the single God of all Creation, the source of our Western Tradition.
The successes of the United States and Israel are an outgrowth of their dedication to the God of the Bible. They are the only two nations in the world founded on and consecrated to the ideas of Exodus, and by extension, the New Testament:

Exodus and the revelations of Moses marked the birth of Ethical Monotheism, a new and controversial idea in that dark age of spiritual ignorance. In ancient days, different tribes and cultures were likely to worship a whole host of different gods, one for every aspect of nature (trees, rivers, weather, and animals) or human experiences (childbirth, planting, politics, and war). The Hindus of India today have literally thousands of gods.

Clearly, there cannot be many gods with multiple and contradictory creation stories. Science knows that our entire material universe operates on a fixed and unalterable set of physical laws. It's beyond perfect and infinitely greater than our minds can grasp, but by learning and understanding those laws, we can and have acquired great knowledge and wisdom. Today we find ourselves in a miraculous age of technology and medicine that our ancestors never conceived of. 

Before Israel existed, the idea that any god or gods were moral or cared much about mankind was revolutionary. The gods of Greece and Rome, for example, were positively amoral, and behaved with cruel and reckless abandon. People often feared for their lives and loved ones. Paying off cruel pagan gods with money - or by sacrificing the lives of children, virgins, and other innocents - was common, and persists to this day in some cultures. 
At one point even the Israelites did it (Jeremiah 19:5).

Our God cannot be bought off or placated with things. He asks only that we learn to love Him and our fellow creatures, who also are made in His image. God asks us to be good and perfect, as He is, and that we remember He alone rescued us from slavery in Egypt, "the house of bondage" God called it. 
He chose us to be a righteous people and to go out into the world and spread His message that all people can be holy, meaning separate, and we have an opportunity to join Him. 

The God of Israel promises us that there is an end to the pain and misery in our earthly realm, and a glorious future in Heaven, which makes planet Earth insufferable. 
Our "modern" idea that we can develop as individuals and improve the world originated with our God. Before Moses, the Prophets, and Jesus, human life was unchanging, endless, and cyclical. The good afterlife, if people believed in an afterlife at all, was merely a deathless continuum of their lives on earth. Peasants would always be peasants, and kings always kings. 
Egypt, China, Persia, Greece, and Rome were staic. They looked and acted the same over many centuries; even millennia. 

The God of Israel caused changes across the whole spectrum of our existence by stating that human life - even the lives of women, slaves and the unborn - were precious to Him. Murder was forbidden even if committed by the rich and powerful; along with adultery, lying, and envy. Common people, slaves, and servants never had a formal day off, so God designated the Sabbath Day for all people and their animals. Try to imagine living your life with no formal day off once a week.

Our whole concept of human progress is Judaeo-Christian, as is the idea that Paradise is for all people of God, regardless of wealth, birth, or status. The knowledge that there would be a Messiah, an end to human history, and a final Day of Judgement for all humankind are Judaeo-Christian. 
Muslims came to this understanding six-centuries later, but they believe in the savior Mahdi, the Twelfth Imam,  who will be ushered in by violence. Jesus Christ was merely an ordinary prophet. 

We humans were created last by God, as the pinnacle of His creation. We were given the ultimate gift of love: free will. God does not want programmed robots who do as they're told. He wants us to know and love Him of our own free will. The Lord is now and always has been intensely involved in human affairs, especially when we fail and are in danger of destruction:

Our massive fund of knowledge acquired since Moses has, through enlightened science, brought us closer to understanding the One God. But our materialism has also taken us further away. Our excessive pride and inflated opinion of ourselves has become a major barrier to true understanding. Our mortality should humble us, but it doesn't, generally. We don't much value humility, but great humility is essential if we want to know the infinite power and glory of the Creator. It has always been God's intention to grant us eternal life in joy, but we rebelled against His plan in favor of ours. 
By the way, how's that been working out for us?
Fear not. Jesus promised He would come again to find the faithful:

Many prophets, and Christ himself, spoke about the Last Days before His Second Coming, and how there would be a dramatic separation of the Faithful and the Unfaithful. He said:
"As were the days of Noah, so it will be with the coming of the Son of man... before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark... They did not know until the flood came and swept them all away; so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Then two men will be in the field; one is taken and one is left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one is taken and one is left. Watch, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. 
"Concerning that day and hour, no one knows. Not even the angels of haven, nor the son, but the Father only." - Matthew 24:36-44
Beware of false prophets who say they know when our salvation will come. 

It's a common misunderstanding of many Jews and Christians that only lives of passivity and nonviolence are acceptable to God. But this is false. Many Romans and Israelites in every strata of society became Christians of stature. Christ was Jewish, a rabbi, and the word "Christian" didn't exist until after his mission was completed.

Soldiers, police, and others whose occupation is in law enforcement are an essential part of all civilized societies. Faith in the Lord will open Heaven's door to all of us:

The Centurion whose servant was healed was a friend to the Jews and their priests. He even built a synagogue for them (Luke 1-10).

Note: Christ supposedly said, "The meek shall inherit the earth" in his Sermon on the Mount. The original Aramaic word he used has been mistranslated as meek. Humble is a much better translation.

"Ask God, and you will receive. Knock on His door, and it will be opened to you."

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

The New Moralists Are Attacking Without Mercy

In the last twenty years a very alarming switch has taken place in society, globally.  In 1999, so-called Liberals and Leftists loudly condemned religious moralists for being divisive and conceited. They called them "judgmental hypocrites" because nobody could live up to the standards of "Christian morality", they claimed.
Liberal-Leftists acknowledged that President Bill Clinton had indulged himself sexually with a young intern in the White House, had been unfaithful to Hillary for decades, was suspected of rape, and lied about it publicly and under oath. Clinton was disbarred, and cannot practice law anymore. But they insisted that his bad morals hadn't kept him from becoming a very good Chief Executive. Liberal-Leftists and his wife Hillary rallied to Bill Clinton's side, and to the sides of all men and women whose weak morals offended people of faith - as long as they were Liberal-Leftists. Mercy for the guilty was demanded - except for "judgmental" Christians. Being "judgmental" was a crime in itself, they lectured.
Bill Clinton and his wife are heroes to Liberal-Leftists, even legends, today.  

Now those same Liberal-Leftists are screaming nonstop that all who disagree with them are "evil racists!... homophobes!... misogynists!... Nazis!... haters!... divisive!... tyrants!" President Donald Trump hasn't committed any crime or offense equal to Bill Clinton's, but Trump is "Hitler!... liar!... fascist!... criminal deviant!... Russian agent!... traitor!" Numerous federal investigations over two years failed to find even one offense committed by President Trump.

Not only have these Liberal-Leftists switched places with people of faith in God, they condemn believers in God for being "unscientific!... ignorant liars!... stupid!... deplorable!" Only those who agree with the new globalist philosophy of surrender to the socialist UN, EU, and world government can escape the Liberal-Leftist social media mob. Everyone who doesn't love them risks being fired from their careers, condemned in public, and ruined financially. They call it "social justice", but mercy (which should always temper justice) is not to be extended to offenders. Mercy is a word you'll never hear them utter, unless one of their own is guilty.

These Leftist-Liberals are openly atheist, even anti-theist, and pro-murder of the innocent; both in and out of the womb. They recogize nothing as holy or sacred. They claim a moral high ground that doesn't exist. They're declaring that they are gods who can decide at any time which behaviors are good or evil, and their standard changes constantly. 
Take a long look at the cities run by Liberal-Leftists: San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Detroit, and Portland. Overseas, look at Paris, Cologne, Naples, Malmo, and Glasgow. All of these and more have seen soaring crime rates, homelessness, human waste, and needles in the streets. Misery always thrives along with Liberal-Leftist ideas. These people destroy everything they touch.
Their works are nothing less than a war on God the Lawgiver, Judge, and Creator of All.

God hates moralists, and Jesus fiercely warned the moralists of his time that they were worse by far than the sinners they condemned, and in grave danger of damnation. His parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man (Luke 16:19-31) is very clear on this:
Lazarus is a beggar who lives in the street, and daily the Rich Man walks by in all his luxurious finery, smugly congratulating himself that he's successful, not like Lazarus. 
A day comes when they both die, and Lazarus is taken up to paradise, while the rich man descends, wailing, into a fiery pit. 
Worse than the Rich Man are the priests of Jesus' time and ours, who often live by the book, doing all the right things outwardly, but inside they harbor all kinds of ungodly thoughts and feelings. Watch Jesus speak to the High Priests of Solomon's Temple:

We will never be able to buy our way into Heaven and God's good graces. Only by cultivating love in our hearts, love for one another, love for God and His creation; the kind of love that forgives almost anything; will we be invited into Paradise.
Who actually does the will of God? What is the will of our Creator? The answer comes when we learn to love God as a generous and loving parent who wishes only the very best for us:

Know God's love, and obey His requests. If we don't, we'll end up like the bitter, angry, and miserable moralists. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

One God, One Creator, One Lawgiver, and One Judge

Astrophysicists are in nearly-full agreement that the entire immensity of our visible cosmos -13.5 billion light-years in size, and consisting of billions of galaxies and multi-trillions of stars - began at one spot in a titanic Big Bang. Space and time began. Moreover, we can see through the Hubble Space Telescope that the entire framework and structure is an identical whole that obeys exactly the same mathematical laws of physics, chemistry, and optics. That is, a galaxy of stars at one end behaves exactly the same way as another galaxy at the other end, 13 billion light years away.  The Creator of the Universe has no peer and no equal; He creates one set of laws, and is the only Judge of all that is. 

Why is God called "He" in the Bible? That's a very good question, and here's the answer:

Why is our modern world always on the brink of chaos and destruction? We know the answer. We worship many false gods; there are many creators making abominable things; we have countless laws which are contradictory; and too many judges with no integrity or knowledge. There is corruption of every kind and it is deep. Earth is a place where the worthless, ruthless and lightweight rise to the top.
There are some exceptions, of course. Some worthy people have some authority. But they face constant and stiff opposition, sometimes even death to accomplish worthwhile things.

There is very little agreement on how the world should be organized, and what its true purpose is. Should an elite class run it for their benefit, the way China, Russia, the EU and UN run their empires? Or should it be organized so that the best and brightest people of any class, ethnicity, or race have maximum opportunity to create and succeed individually? Many say, "Forget about it. Let's blow it on a good time." Your feelings about this are highly dependent on your wealth and status, which insulate you from the suffering of others.

Furthermore, should the moral codes of Judaeo-Christianity have ultimate power to decide questions of law and governance? Or are those traditional values, laws, rules, and methods outdated in our computer age?
For centuries this issue was largely settled, and the western world was the model for successful societies based on ethical monotheism; individual liberty, free markets, religious freedom, and human rights. 
Wealth beyond the dreams of previous generations was created, and technology flourished. Electricity, motion pictures, steam transport around the globe, airplanes, automobiles, radio, and enormous advances in medicine and psychiatry were accomplished in one generation between 1840 and 1910. Machines did more and more of the drudgery people had to slog through before. Many thinkers preached that war was unnecessary and obsolete now that such prosperity and exciting technology was coming into use. Sadly, weapons also became vastly more effective.

Serious doubts about the meaning of life crept in at the end of the 19th Century, and the phrase "God is dead" became popular. Science and technology were more and more thought to be worthy successors to God.

Something went terribly wrong in the years leading up to 1914, and the psychosis (Link) of totalitarianism took root and flourished in the eastern hemisphere. Germany provoked WWI. In response to the war's chaos, Marxist communism began destroying human lives and freedoms in Russia, and began spreading to China and Southeast Asia. In reaction to this the Japanese Empire quickly rose in bloody opposition, followed by Germany and the Nazi Party. Judaeo-Christianity was being murdered by these hostile philosophies, and people of faith suffered most. They were targeted for being "uncooperative... undesirable."
By the end of the 20th Century, over 100 million people had died in secular wars and persecution. Perhaps a billion were wounded physically or psychologically. More people died in these secular, anti-theistic wars than died in all the previous religious wars of human history combined. 

Today more than ever we worship the false gods of power, money, sex, youth, science, and reason. But if we worship them, we're disconnected from God. This inevitably leads to the insanity that plagues us. Only the invisible Creator of all things is worthy of worship. All other powers, rulers and things are beneath Him.

The Satanic force behind all these events has grown and thrived ever since. It's stronger than ever and undaunted by its broken promises, failures, massive suffering and chaos. In truth, chaos and suffering is its goal, and it always delivers. Most of us never learn that this evil is rooted within us. It's often called "sin", but is greatly misunderstood:

The true nature of this evil is the most important subject there is in life. Discussion about it inevitably leads to the unfashionable subject of evil's opposite, God. Satan must be real, or our good God and father doesn't exist.
People are extremely reluctant to talk about God and Evil and they invent dodges of a dozen different kinds to avoid it. They're afraid, and they cover their fear by humor, ridicule, intellectual gymnastics, anger, or utter silence. 
Their fear is understandable, because it's daunting and enervating to contemplate an intelligent, deathless, and powerfully malevolent spirit capable of killing innocents and strangling the whole planet with octopus-like tentacles. 
Most of us can't survive the battle against it (and they know it in their hearts), because they don't have the holy armor, weapons, and spiritual protection we've acquired. But they can acquire them with a little faith here: Apostle Paul, Ephesians 6:10-20.

We - that is, you who read this and believe it - and our millions of compatriots globally are like special forces that have been training our whole lives for this day. "We are not fighting against human beings but against the wicked spiritual forces in the heavenly world; the rulers, authorities, and cosmic powers of this dark age." -Paul, Ephesians.

God can annihilate evil in an instant, but He allows it to exist for purposes we'll never fully understand in this life. But it makes heroes of us if we come to God. We'll know it all in the next life and celebrate forever. Meanwhile, we just need to finish our jobs and wait patiently for salvation. 

This author has never been able to let sleeping dogs lie and just live life in blind acceptance that such a state of affairs can or should be allowed to go on and on, without a final resolution. This is a war worth fighting more than any war ever waged. Fortunately, it turns out that there always has been a plan for ending it all with a rebirth of righteous justice and mercy for all who participate with good will, see Isaiah 53.
Christ's life, death, resurrection and return were foretold almost seven centuries before he was born.

From this day forth, trust that we're going to see things we never dreamed of or thought possible. Our nation and our generous spirit has been slandered, beaten, scourged, and crucified for years now. It's time for a Resurrection, and it will happen in some way we can't fathom, rest assured. 

One thing to keep in mind regarding the understanding of evil is this: the wicked believe they are good. Humans need to believe they're righteous. They're convinced - or beaten into silence to act in every way the evil and profane spirit dictates - that God and the idea of God is true evil.

A useful allegory says that God in His realm is acting upon our world much like a producer of fine metals and tools of every kind; constructing artful and miraculous creations. But they're not dead things. They have life and consciousness - self-awareness - just as we do.
In order to operate, ores and other raw materials are brought into God's furnaces and laboratories for preparation and purification. There are countless workers in God's factory-universe. What we see as evil are the acids and toxic chemicals that force the separation of valuable metals from the worthless dross. 
Then the metals are shaped and forged by white hot temperatures and blows by the hundreds or thousands, which force the atoms of the substances into new lattices, much like the finest steels have. But more than that are the precious metals and substances we can't understand. This video, an introduction to the PBS series The Crown, is a credible illustration of that process:

Here's a video about the nature of the visible evil we sometimes see. It's long, but you only need to see the first 20 minutes or so to get an idea. Warning: it's disturbing at times. Magicians in past ages often advertised that their powers were given to them by the devil. This author never gave any credence to such claims until recently.

These magicians' tricks in every case are trivial - in the large scheme of things. They don't cure people, do real good, or change the evil course of the world. They perform stunts that demonstrate the suspension of physical limitations, as if to say, "Look at me, I'm immune to God's law." Then why not cure someone's cancer, or broken spine? 
No, their job is to deceive, and persuade the audiences that they too can be lawless.
God has always promised us that this age would come. Be joyful if you are on His side. Wonderful things are coming to light.

"Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also", Jesus said. God is a treasure beyond measure.  (Matthew 6:21). 

"The mind is its own place, and by itself can make a Hell of Heaven or a Heaven of Hell"  -  Milton

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Our Conscience Should Never Be Our Judge

Conscience is defined as "A source of moral or ethical judgment or pronouncement" or "Conformity to one's own sense of right conduct". 
But there may be problems with our conscience that we're unaware of, and which originate in childhood; particularly with parents or authority figures who rule over us. The culture we grow up in is never perfect, and often great damage is done to us from our first days of childhood. Early experiences are crucial in the development of conscience. 

Eastern cultures are, more often than not, shame based. From very early days children are taught to feel terrible shame for failure of any kind, and also that some failures can never be forgiven or expunged. What is seen to be good for the group takes total precedence over the individual. Individual competitiveness is discouraged.  The Japanese teach their children that, "The nail that sticks up gets hammered down." Suicide is a major problem in shame based cultures, because forgiveness is rare. 

Muslim women in the Middle East are typically required by Sharia Law to undergo genital mutilation, a practice too shocking for this author to describe. (Here's a link). If they refuse the procedure they're shamed and shunned. No one will marry them. Even if they're forcibly raped, entirely against their will, they're treated as guilty adulteresses. Men are often excused from guilt because they're seen as having been tricked by the woman.

In the western world, individual and family competitiveness take precedence over all other groups. President John F. Kennedy grew up in a famous Boston Irish family with a successful and powerful father. Joseph Kennedy drilled and regimented his wife and family into a merciless sense of competition, with each other and the world. Not only were they expected to excel, they had to win, and often. Losing was considered almost shameful, even fatal. Cheating with cleverness was admired or at least not discouraged, depending on the outcome. The Scots, Irish, and English sometimes took this style of child rearing to heart as a positive good. Thus they dominated the world for over a century with their empire.

Parents need to teach us hundreds of rules and behavioral standards so we can get along with them and others in the family and community. They do this according to their own upbringing, and appeal to our awareness of good and bad, such as it is. The fear of making parents unhappy is a powerful motivator if we love and admire them. The fear of punishment and pain will motivate us if we don't. Good parents will follow their rules and set an example. They'll chastise and punish us fairly for doing wrong, or praise and reward us for doing rightly. Bad parents will often ignore their own rules and our bad behavior for too long, then explode with rage when a certain threshold is reached. Or they'll be excessively petty, controlling, and unforgiving of the slightest transgression. The big question is who taught them right and wrong, if anybody did? 

The combined understanding of all our cultural behavior standards often passes for conscience. But it really isn't conscience. It's more like a loyalty oath, and oaths can be terrible weapons for evil. 
From early human civilization all the way up to our day, religions and political groups of all kinds have required oaths that force us to pledge our lives and fortunes to causes which are sometimes amoral. Corrupt leaders frequently appeal to their subjects' "conscience" when demanding that they commit horrific crimes. Nazi SS chief Heinrich Himmler famously did this to speed up the Final Solution, the national plan to exterminate over six million "undesirables" (Link).

Of course, what is moral to one person may not be to another. Everything depends on the origin of moral laws. Atheists claim that reason alone can guide us to what is moral, but reason is an ever-changing thing, according to what is expedient.
Judaeo-Christians know that God, from the foundation of Creation, gave us moral guideposts that are eternal and unchanging.

Fact is, only God can judge us and others. We don't have knowledge or wisdom enough to do it. 
"There is only one Lawgiver and Judge; the one who is able to save or destroy. But you, who are you to judge your neighbor?" [or yourself?] - James 4:12.

A true conscience is a gift from our Creator, and it stands apart from our culture, the world, and time. It can be refined by us through the application of prayer and reason. Conscience is like our smartphone, an instrument through which God can speak to us. It must be cared for, charged up, and kept close to us. No earthly power can dominate or succeed in corrupting us if we have true conscience. But a defective conscience will doom us to eternal damnation.
"To the pure all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled." - Titus 1:15 (Link)

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Our Demonic Age of Confusion, Fear, and Hysteria

Faith and belief in a good God require us to recognize God's opposite, an evil spirit who loathes God, rebelled against Him, crucified His son, and has been the source of all evil and death in our world. Just as God has innumerable armies of dynamic angels and saints at His command, so too does Satan have armies of devils and demons; though none can match the Archangel Michael and the more powerful Saints of Holy Spirit. Both armies are squaring off now, in ranks, for the Day of Judgment.  

If it seems to you that world events are getting much worse, take comfort in the knowledge that you're right, they really are quickly worsening. But there are good reasons for it and they all work to our eventual benefit. 

All the world's a stage, and all of us merely players, but it's also a "sting operation" like big city police departments often run. Undercover agents appear to be criminals, and the real criminals expose themselves, freely dealing with them. Audio and video evidence is gathered. After a period of time, entire crime cartels can be rolled up at once, and there's so much proof against them that a trial isn't needed (Link). They're caught dead to rights, as the saying goes. In this way the Lord is sifting out our hearts and separating the good from the evil.

For those of us who are willing to join with God, the world's strife and agony is awakening us to the power and necessity of spiritual growth. And anyway, what alternatives to God do we have? Drugs, money, sex, power, sports, and violence don't give us pleasure for long. They're dead ends, and we feel worse when they run their course. 
This is humanity's oldest problem and most painful battle. How do we fill the emptiness and soothe the pain inside? The Bible, Homer's Iliad, Rome's greatest writers, Dante, Shakespeare, Dickens, and others, illuminated our souls, our common agonies, and wounds. 

If we fail to rise to the demands of this new Day of the Lord, we won't survive the war. But if we do rise, there are unimaginably glorious honors to be had. The pleasure of being on God's side in this battle is a great reward in itself. Imagine how you'd feel being in Gen. Eisenhower's company on D-Day, and the following months of 1944-45. Conversely, how would you like being in Hitler's war room? We must choose sides. There's no middle ground anymore.

The war between our Creator and Satan is many thousands of years old. But now a time of shalom (peace, repair, wholeness, and goodness) is approaching. The ancient contest is coming to a victorious conclusion.

Never before have so many people talked openly about Armageddon, whether  caused by climate change, nuclear war, pollution, or President Trump. The media's news cycle - which used to last a week - has been shortened to around 24 hours, and the word "crisis" is used daily for every subject under the sun. Last month's "bombshells" and "scandals" are forgotten - for awhile. New crises are created or recycled every day, and they're piling high, without resolution. Hysteria is rampant and increasing. Are we not like patients in a mental hospital that's being run into the ground by other patients? 

The news just arrived that President Donald Trump has been exonerated of all supposed "collusion" and "obstruction of justice" after an almost two-year investigation by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller. Since November of 2016, Leftist enemies of President Trump accused him and his associates of treason, collusion with Vladimir Putin to rig the 2016 election, and other crimes. The entire world media reported on faked events; consciously lied about the president, his family, and their associates; and assisted in the framing and conviction of innocent people. Prosecutor Mueller sent these innocent people to prison. The report Mueller has just submitted also vindicates dozens of people who were his intended targets, and who until now feared for their lives. The whole scenario was like the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 Massachusetts, on steroids. This long, demonic nightmare is finally over.

This author remembers a time - before the Twin Tower attacks on 9/11 - when prophets of doom were objects of ridicule and pity. They were socially ostracized because everyone remembered the triumphs of the western world over Russian communism, Nazism, Italian Fascism, and the Japanese Empire. The Soviet Union collapsed in 1989, and global optimism about the spread of representative government and human liberty was sky high. We in the west had finally won. Even Mao's China had failed and been reorganized around free market principles and basic democracy, it appeared. 
Radical Islam was not seen as a threat of any significance outside of the Middle East. The 1990's were a time of giddy optimism in the power of personal computers and the new internet revolution. The stock markets soared, vast new fortunes were created, incomes increased overall, and advances were made in all the sciences; space, the human genome and DNA, medicine, pollution control, and disease prevention. 

But underneath all of this, terrible currents were bubbling. Radical Islam was growing like a cancer that nobody wanted to see or talk about. Evidence was ignored, like the 1993 attack in New York City's Twin Tower One (6 dead, 590 wounded); the 1998 simultaneous US Embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya (200 killed, 750 wounded); and in 2000, the US Navy ship Cole (17 killed, 39 wounded). These murders were carried out by Al Qaeda before anyone outside of government knew what it was. Osama Bin Laden was recognized as Al Qaeda's terrorist organizer, and he was spotted by armed drones. President Bill Clinton had an opportunity one morning to allow a drone strike to kill him, but he declined. Bad public relations, he said. 
Al Qaeda terrorists saw and knew how weak-willed we were, and grew larger by taking over the whole of Afghanistan.
It took the multiple airliners flown by Islamist madmen on September 11 to awaken us to a horrible new reality - that the good in us; the trusting, sacred and the holy, were under attack. 
Faithful Sharia Muslims believe they have a God-given right to dominate the globe, and jihad (holy war) is the violent and bloody way to accomplish it. They expect their anti-Christ messiah, the Mahdi, or Twelfth Imam, to save them when global violence peaks (Link).
The last two decades of terror since 9/11 have mostly destroyed 2,000 years of humanity's genuine progress. These have been the decades from hell.

                         Satan's Profane War on the Holy and Sacred

The terms holy and sacred are the same, and they mean "worthy of religious veneration", and "entitled to reverence and respect."
Profane means "to treat the holy or sacred with abuse, irreverence, or contempt"; "to debase by a wrong, unworthy, or vulgar use." 
Profane language has recently become socially acceptable in movies, television, and the general media. Our moral standards are in steep decline. Deviant sex is becoming normalized almost everywhere, even in grammar schools. Depravities, like the murder of babies in and out of the womb, are being legalized in many countries and American states. 

When innocent human life - the purest expression of God on earth - is no longer sacred, nothing is sacred. Who benefits from this demonic evil? And what does the word demonic mean?
Do you believe you're entitled to power over others? Do you believe you deserve to have anything you want, without limit? And that there's no power you must submit to? This is demonic thought. It's lawless, and we see it every day in the news. The desire for "empowerment" is the subject of countless daily talk shows, and the word leaps off the covers of a hundred popular books.

What happens when millions, even billions, of people seek unlimited power, privilege, rank, and wealth? The world becomes what it is right now. 
We must choose to not be demonic. We must submit to our Creator's plan for us, which means voluntarily accepting His limitations in this world. The Ten Commandments are a good start and solid foundation. Our next world will be limitless, joyful, and rich beyond measure. We'll share in God's power. 

We can't be perfectly moral all the time, of course, but we don't have to be. We're only human, so none of us is entirely one thing or another; except for the small percentage - probably less than 5% - of people who are saints or psychopathic monsters. 
So we mostly go through life in a state of indifference to the sacred or profane, and take more or less good care of our business, loved ones, and the myriad details of 21st Century life on earth.
But we hunger for more. The world is not enough for many of us, and we long to fill an emptiness inside. Drugs, violence, and excesses of all kinds claim a significant number of people, yet an equally significant number find real spiritual happiness and fulfillment.

Ours is a time of unimaginable opportunity, specifically because it appears so precarious and bleak. "Mighty oaks from little acorns grow" - Old English proverb.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Law Or Lawlessness? Your Choice

From time immemorial we humans have had difficulty following laws, and often feel oppressed by them, so we look for shortcuts. Sometimes the legal system is wrong, unfair, or designed to trap us, so we feel justified in violating laws. Many times we just see an opportunity to advance or enrich ourselves and our families, so we're willing to risk punishment for those gains. 

There are two legal systems we need to be aware of. The laws of human society on the one hand, and the laws of God on the other. Atheists will laugh at this, since they recognize no God, and thus no law from that quarter. They believe ultimate freedom comes from seeing as few limitations as possible. But even they must consider the laws of physics which surround us inside and out. Bravado and nerve won't save us from the consequences of physical recklessness. And then there's "heat death", entropy, the second law of thermodynamics, which states that our bodies, and the whole universe, are doomed to go cold and die.

We take the hundreds of laws of physics and chemistry for granted, but until fairly recently they were almost unknown. Thanks to the 16th Century mathematician Isaac Newton, we know of gravity, inertia, thermodynamics, and optics. These are only a few of the many laws of the universe that apply across the entire 13.8 billion-year-old cosmos we see through the Hubble Space Telescope and other instruments that orbit our earth (Link)
The laws of light and chemistry, too, are everywhere exactly the same. So we know the chemical composition of stars anywhere in the cosmos, from any age, by studying their light spectrum; which shows the elements they're burning.

We now know that the universe began its existence with a so-called Big Bang, a titanic explosion that sent material racing outward from a single source. All of matter, time, and space were also simultaneously created, according to most modern scientists and astrophysicists, and there's abundant evidence to prove it. Not only that, but we've discovered a mysterious force that's causing the expanding universe to accelerate (Link).

A fixed and unchanging network of laws always governed the material universe as it does now. Is it reasonable to credit this event to "accident" or "evolution"? A mind of unutterably vast power must have been the architect and driving force.
The very substance of our bodies - the elements of which we're made - were forged and "cooked" in the cores of long-dead stars that exploded at the end of their multi-million-year lives. All the heavy metals, particularly, had to be forced into existence by stellar nuclear blasts, and then recycled into planets.

Is it too preposterous to think that the Creator of All might also know what we must do to build and maintain civilization? Let's start with an easy law, "You shall not murder". How hard is that? We can kill and eat animals, defend ourselves against predators, and hostile armies. But we must not murder our own. How difficult can that be?

Well, today we're discovering that large numbers of our fellow citizens are determined to murder babies, and they even claim that it's a "Constitutional right". These same individuals - so-called Progressives, Democrats, and Leftists - won't allow the execution of convicted mass killers, because "human life is a precious thing", they say. Innocence and guilt mean NOTHING to them (Link).  
If you don't agree with their position on abortion, you are not welcome in their groups and parties. 

America's most prolific serial murderer, Kermit Gosnell, is serving a life sentence without possibility of parole in a federal prison for aborting full-term, healthy babies over his 17 year career in Philadelphia. Recent changes in New York and Virginia law now make his crimes legal. This is a level of depravity previously unimaginable in the the United States.
If babies aren't safe, who is next? The old and infirm; the handicapped; and we "deplorables" who stand in the way of "progressives" (thank you Hillary Clinton)(Link).
Curiously, we're the only known animals that have the free will not only to violate laws, but forgive heinous crimes at our whim; applying the legal machinery selectively to punish those we dislike or reward  those we like - which puts us in grave peril.

The fastest way to turn a rich and successful nation into a bankrupt and deadly hell hole is to allow lawless people to gain power. Venezuela is only the latest example of a socialist, dying, and once-wealthy country (Link).
Marxism-socialism teaches that the opinions of the majority are pre-eminent. They are all that matter, subject to the decisions of an elite ruling class.
Traditional beliefs and values are discarded as baseless. 
It's called nihilism, and it's been tried before.  Inevitably it leads to destruction, personal and societal. Nobody can be moral and hold the belief that there is no objective truth, since there can then be no moral truth either.

God IS Law, the Creator of Laws, and the enforcer of Truth. God often chooses not to punish us, but to be merciful and allow us to learn why laws are good for us. Legal limitations often enhance the quality of our lives, serving as guardrails that stop us from going off moral cliffs. 
God wants us to know Truth, and Law, and Mercy.

If, however, we persist in our lawlessness and ignorance, we become invisible to God. We cease to exist in His eyes, and our sanity, our mental balance, will be destroyed as we recede from the Divine. At this point we are worthless and doomed to eternal pain and suffering. We are fuel for the universal furnace. 

 "The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness,  and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.  Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!" - Matthew 13:41-43