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An explanation of the Soleimani killing for my foreign readers.
Judaism is a monotheism based on the written Bible, primarily the Old Testament with emphasis on the first five books known as the Torah. The Jews were required by Yahweh to obey the laws as given by Yahweh and were promised a Messiah who would deliver the nation from her enemies.
Christianity is a monotheism based on the written Jewish Bible plus a New Testament of writings after the sacrifice of the Messiah Yahshua for the sins of the world. In addition to the laws of the Old Testament they also accept and believe the promises of the New Testament offering them the mercy of Yahweh as gentiles.
Islam is also a monotheism because it has the same father of the faithful, Abraham, but have added to that doctrines from a prophet known as Mohammed. Islam kept the Old Testament genealogies but did not add the Messiah Yahshua. They believe that dying for the faith will bring them redemption of their sins, not the sacrifice of Yahshua.
They also believe that Islam will be the worldwide religion of all peoples and that killing non-believers, also called infidels, is acceptable in order to make this come true.
So the chief difference between them is the method of salvation and a place in the afterlife:
- Jews believe the slaughter of the sacrificial temple animals gave them their salvation from sin for one year.
- The Christians believe in the single death of Yahshua (Jesus) brings them the salvation from sins and it happened only one time.
- Islam believes that their personal death for the faith gives them their salvation.
The Bible says, “Can any two walk together lest they be agreed?
Clearly there is no fundamental agreement here. The world yearns for peace. Looking at this list of beliefs one cannot see peace unless two groups agree with the third. It is the other subsidiary beliefs that cause the trouble.
Now to explain the death of Qassem Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, by the United States on Jan. 2. There is a long history behind this act.
Embassies are Protected Places
First, our embassy was attacked. Embassies across the globe are protected territory so that Chinese, the British, the French and everyone else is safe on their own territory in Tehran just as the Americans. When they attacked our embassy they violated international law. It is possible that President Trump and his military advisers were waiting for just an excuse like this to take the guy out legally as he has been a terrorist for a long time and a gifted general.
Profits from War
Second, if the information came from CNN about American politics it is false – not just occasionally but all the time. CNN is owned by investors who support the Democratic party. Many Democrats use money to finance their campaigns for office garnered both legally from lobbies and also under the table from foreign nations, all actions now pending in the Department of Justice. The Democrats have been using Ukraine as a convenient ATM machine to finance their business which is what Trump asked the Ukrainians to investigate. Yes, this is treason and it is hard to prove but expect more indictments this year.
Some of these are the manufacturers of military equipment and as you know airplanes are very expensive. Many Democrats think a war would get rid of Trump. The gun merchants have been around a long time. Our President in 1956 called it the Military-Industrial Complex. Money spent on the military drains it from private citizens who need that money for schools, hospitals and other needs. So this didn’t start yesterday!
It was the military expenses that defeated the Soviet Union in the long run. It was spending 32% of its budget on military while President Reagan was spending 12% here in the USA. There was no way Gorbachev could keep up with us in this area and the Russians were getting poorer and poorer so it all collapsed in 1989. Russia has never really recovered.
Iran is Committed to War Everywhere
Third, Iran is a religious dictatorship. Islam believes that all men everywhere will be Islamic and that starting a war with any country and converting them, by any means possible, including murder, is acceptable to their god whose name is Allah. Allah is not to be confused with the god of Israel or the Christians.
There are pockets of Islamic rule in the USA, remember that all our government bodies are local, under what they call Sharia Law, which is extremely harsh. For example if woman dates a white man or a man from another religion she can be legally murdered by her male relatives. This is called honor killing.
In the USA no one is permitted to kill any sentient being and not answer for it, including your dog. So the presence of Islamic people is a real problem here because we allow complete freedom of religion. Obama was a Muslim and he was dealing with the Muslim nations and letting them away with murder. One of the reasons Trump was elected was to stop this.
I’ve attached a graph to show you the military strength of Iran. You can see it would be suicide for them to attack us in any real measure, so they will just be an annoyance as long as they can and use the news media to make people think they are stronger than they are.
Iran’s Internal Woes
Fourth, The dissidents in Iran, mostly people your age and younger, want the religious leaders GONE. They have been begging us for 20 plus years to help them get rid of the Mullahs, but our laws prevent us from engaging in any civil wars. We are committed to our treaty holders, like Israel.
Israel is Protected
And speaking of Israel, Iran constantly threatens them with militarily trouble, and every day has rockets coming at them. Israel has a special Iron Shield however that as soon as a rocket goes off, a computer sends a missile into the air to destroy it. Apparently they don’t even need people to run the machine! But Israel is very small and our chief ally in the Middle East. Israel is very happy that this general is gone.
Fifth, if Iran wants our business then we can protect our Iranian property and people. But if they want our businessmen to leave, which they don’t, then they have to let us defend our people. American businessmen bring a lot of cash to Iran so Iran must decide – American money or send us all home? Can’t have it both ways.
End to Oil Dependency
Sixth, we no longer need Iran’s oil. In 2019 the President announced that we are now oil-independent. We do not need to buy a single drop of oil from any foreign nation, friend or foe. Period. Iran thought their spigots of oil would never run dry. They thought we’d be buying at their inflated prices forever and ever. Not so. So Iran is in a difficult place.
In addition Saudi Arabia does not like Iran either, so their friendships in the Middle East are shrinking, and the Saudis are much larger, stronger and richer than Iran. The ball is in Iran’s court as the saying goes.
Finally, CNN would have you believe that Trump is in trouble.To the contrary, he is extremely strong with the common man; only the politicians who have been living off bribes, lobbyists and under the counter deals are unhappy with him, and the DC bureaucracy. The rest of us are rejoicing. He promised to drain the swamp and he is doing it.
#Israel #Soleimani #Military-IndistrialComplex #lobbyists
Your vote in China is not a religious duty. In fact, the secret ballot is not permitted in China, and you can be sure if you, as a legislator, fail to vote the way the Communist Party wants you to vote, you will hear about it. This party even went so far as to call itself a Republic-democracy which is most certainly is not in actual practice.
The true dictatorship controls everything that controls you. There are no guns for private citizens; they have hampered freedom of movement, and no real religious worship is permitted if it disagrees with the beliefs of the state. And Christianity does disagree with the Communist State.
Most nations have no electorate
Your vote means nothing in Yemen which right now is ruled by thugs and terrorists. Your vote in Russia is empty too. The whole nation is on a downward slide, having never fully righted itself after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989. Vladimir Putin is a man steeped in military culture and planning for that nation exactly what previous communists have done – make it a military stronghold, which as before will collapse.
Americans are asked to vote all the time. Not just President, and Governors, but sheriffs, police chiefs, Tax Collectors in small counties and large, even the board of water managers. It is all too much. 30 million Christians did not register and vote in the last election. Voting is a civil right; not voting is a civil wrong. And look what we got – a Congress of soreheads spending millions on impeachment while issues like health care languish. Shame.
God gave us this system – if we can keep it
But because God has provided us with this kind of democracy we have a religious obligation to keep what He gave us. Not just because we are so blessed, but because so many other nations cannot make that claim.
There are millions of people trying to get into the USA on all our borders. We always say it is the opportunity to make a living, or for better health care, or an education – but we ignore the one thing all dictatorships do not have – and that is the private, personal, hidden vote at a ballot box available at least every two years and often more even than that.
The first thing Hitler did when he became head of Germany was to remove the guns from private citizens. No inanimate object is your enemy – and guns are inanimate. Let that be a lesson to you.
We are without excuse if our government is diseased and overpowering us. And now with the exposure of the FBI and other major agencies being riddled with corruption we have a broom in our vote to clean up the whole mess. If we don’t do it you can be sure the enemies of America will be more than happy to take over. God warned Cain –
Genesis 4:7 If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.”
Evil crouches at the doors of our free, Christian nation – although it hardly seems very Christian anymore. But what God raised up He wants to restore.
That will only happen with your vote, a New Year’s resolution you can easily keep.
#civilrights #votingrights #communism #corruption #DeepState #swamp
God’s word in plain text; man’s words in italics.
from Kenneth Copeland, well-known evangelist:
During the VICTORYThon, and those of you who watched it remember this. They had a camera set up in our den/kitchen area at the house where I could interrupt anytime I got ready to, and I did. I didn’t know the camera was on all the time where all they had to do was just send me over there to it. But that camera was live all the time, and recording all the time. I was just sitting there, and this began to work in my spirit. This was on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, during the VICTORYThon:
Politicians of Hate will go
Those politicians who refuse My call to unite and become the United States of America, and not just “America.” Those politicians who refuse to listen, those politicians who continue the pathway of hate, I will remove them from their place, and I will remove their influence from the record books. I will remove them from their place. I will remove their influence from the record books. I will remove their candle in their families. I will remove them from office and put somebody in there who will.
That’s what the Spirit of God is saying. That was on the first of Oct. Now, I had heard this already, sometime before this. It was the first thing I heard about the year 2020. And I knew that 2020 just yielded itself to vision, and there’s nothing wrong with that. That’s good, like Hank Kunneman, the young prophet in Omaha, Nebraska, said. My, my, my! He came out of this ministry. Just a powerful man of God. And he began to talk about double vision.
Hank Kunneman also said, The LORD said to me:
2020—The Year of New Visions The LORD is revealing new visions this coming year that will be absolutely stunning. They will include insights, ideas and concepts that have never been heard of before. Joel 2:28-29 (and Acts 2:16-18) tells us, “It shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: and also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my Spirit.
2020- a time of many dreams and visions
And The LORD said to me, 2020 will be the time when there will be great increase in dreams and visions. And then He said, Be very careful because you know 2 Corinthians 11:14 says that satan can present himself as an angel of light and bring about visions and dreams. So make certain it is from God.
© 2019 Now I’ve had visions, but I don’t remember ever having a prophetic dream until just a few nights ago. Well, I’m an old man. I qualify!
Kenneth Copeland’s dream:
I dreamed I was in an airport to go to Nashville, Tennessee. When the airplane was close to boarding, I decided to go to the restroom, but I didn’t need to go. I went into a restaurant and asked if they had a restroom I could use, and a young man said no. I said, “Oh come on, man!” and I peeled off a bill from a wad of money I had in my pocket. Another young man was with him and went with him. They took me to the restroom. I decided to go in. I decided to give the other young man a bill, and I noticed the bills had no numbers on them. Mac Gober, who’s in heaven, was somewhere in the airport, and I thought, Mac can hold the airplane for me.
Confusion in the money system
More confusion is coming in our financial system. Who knows what the money is worth? But those who have gone before us, the great cloud of witnesses led by Jesus are, by intercession, holding things together until the great changes come.
That’s 2020, brother. And then I kept saying, “LORD, there’s more than just the visions and the dreams.” Well, on October 13, I’m headed to preach in the Navaho Nation. Jerry and I have been involved in the Navaho Nation now for almost 48 years. And I’m just riding there in the airplane. I wasn’t even praying about it. I was working on the message I was about to preach there on the reservation. Suddenly, this just downloaded into me, and David took it down as fast as I could speak it out:
2020 will be a year of great change.
Wonderful and magnificent changes in the kingdom of God in the earth. Changes that will come because of insights, ideas and concepts directly from Jesus to His Church by His mighty Spirit.
Understanding God’s Laws
Glorious concepts of how His laws work; the laws governing increase and financial prosperity; the laws of the Spirit that release miracles and divine healings and manifestations of His Almighty power on the earth.
New concepts of His love; His very person; for He is love. Insights into the true power and strength of His joy. It will be days of political change, great victories and great defeats. For the spiritual enemies of God and His people shall be crushed—spirits, not flesh and blood. But there are those on both sides of the political divide who refuse to listen to The LORD Advocate General of the Church.
Dashed dreams of those who refuse to listen
Their dreams shall be dashed, their desires shall be wounded, and they will be removed from their offices and replaced, some by the ballot, some by tragedy, and some who in despair will quit and go do something else. This is My country, saith The LORD Jesus. It was founded by people who love Me for the sole purpose of their love and desire to worship Me and to worship the Almighty God, and I will never forget that. Change.
2020—the Year of Change and Manifested Power, saith The LORD.
Prediction about which Congressional seats may be lost in 2020.
What the modern Democratic Party has now become. What the Republican Party may try to become.
Media Moguls site climate change, or removing the plastic from the ocean, income inequality, labor unions, Russian election meddling, government corruption, impeaching the President, or impeaching everybody else, fake news, censorship, Antisemitism, or any of the other headline making problems which may be real in themselves. But that is not the key issue.
NO, it’s all about sex. The primary goal of modern politicians is to maintain the fiction that men (males) can have unlimited sex without responsibility, accountability or consequences. Abortion on demand and paid for by the government allows them to believe this fiction.
After that every other issue is just glamorized window dressing. It’s embarrassing, it’s raw, but it strips away the Emperor’s Political Regalia and gets down to the real vote. Who votes and why.
The god Moloch
This is not new. The ancient Canaanite religion outlined the contest between the newly emergent Hebrews in the land of Israel and the hedonistic worshipers of Moloch, the god of abortion, cutely called “child sacrifice” so it sounds like a religious rite. We must also include here sex trafficking of all persons, young and older. God has already brought partial judgment to the nation with the highest rate of sex trafficking worldwide. God threw a giant millstone into the sea.
The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob said flatly that this Canaanite crowd must be completely wiped of the face of the earth. He was not even a little iffy about it. And that He also said, “I am the Lord. I change not,” He’ll not be changing his mind about this either. The Canaanites must go, in spite of the command being ignored for 3500 years.
It appears that it is time’s up now for this command to be leveled, Syria is part of the old Canaanite territory so the total destruction of Aleppo makes some sense. Just as Lot and his daughters fled Sodom and Gomorrah, the civilians escaped Aleppo in 2016.
Free sex is a fiction which must come to an end because human beings are eventually responsible, accountable, and will also suffer consequences. There is a price to be paid for every immoral act; sometimes that price comes in this life, and sometimes in the next life but it comes. God is not mocked; whatsoever we sow we also reap.
God waited 3500 years to turn the homeland of the worshipers of Moloch, the abortion god, into a parking lot. Will he wait another 3500 years to make good his word for the modern child killers? I rather doubt it.
Truth can make you free, but only as you marshal the courage to face it. Americans are watching the cancer of corruption of the soul to strip away their government in the name of egalitarianism or diversity or fairness. There is nothing fair about murdering a defenseless child-to-be in the womb, endangering the life and psyche of the mother, costly huge amounts of money for an unregulated industry (abortion) and forcing unqualified refugees to head to the USA to fill jobs which could have been done by native born citizens.
The next election will decide America’s future
When the Democrats at their 2016 convention announced that God was no longer relevant to their political goals, God was paying attention. This open endorsement of atheism brings a curse, a curse which continues to this day. In the wings still stands the ancient god Moloch always ready to make a religion out of killing your kids. Nice try.
This next election will determine a new Supreme Court; the wrong one could endorse sexual deviancy or not. The next election will determine the makeup of Congress and the future Congressional districts which may favor sexual deviancy or not. The next Senate will determine who is appointed to the Supreme Court – those who approve or reject sexual deviancy – or not. Many new Governors will also be selected. No matter what the news media say about this next presidential election, the issue underneath it all will be abortion. And as America goes, so goes the world. God wants to know which side you are on.
#2020election #sextrafficking #abortion #sexualdeviancy #political issues
This blog is pro-Israel because Yahweh said anyone who messed with His People would suffer, and anyone who blessed His People would also be blessed. We take this stand because we want to be on Yahweh’s side. Regardless. And we advise this for you too.
From of NEW YORK TIMES BY by Bari Weiss
Two years ago, a 27-year-old man named Kobili Traoré walked into the Paris apartment of a 65-year-old kindergarten teacher named Sarah Halimi. Mr. Traoré beat Ms. Halimi and stabbed her. According to witnesses, he called her a demon and a dirty Jew. He shouted, “Allahu akbar,” then threw Ms. Halimi’s battered body out of her third-story apartment window.
This is what Mr. Traoré told prosecutors: “I felt persecuted. When I saw the Torah and a chandelier in her home I felt oppressed. I saw her face transforming.”
One would think that this would be an open-and-shut hate crime. It was the coldblooded murder of a woman in her own home for the sin of being a Jew. But French prosecutors decided to drop murder charges against Mr. Traoré because he … had smoked cannabis.
If France’s betrayal of Sarah Halimi is shocking to you, perhaps you haven’t been paying much attention to what by now can be described as a moral calamity sweeping the West of which her story is only the clearest example. A crisis, I hasten to add, that’s perhaps less known because it has been largely overlooked by the mainstream press.
The most generous read of this enormous blind spot is that the story is not always straightforward; there have been some laudable steps to fight back. On Tuesday, for example, the French Parliament formally adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism when it passed a motion declaring anti-Zionism a form of Jew-hatred. Yet on the same day, more than 100 Jewish gravestones were found spray-painted with swastikas in a cemetery near Strasbourg — a potent reminder that governments are only as good as the culture and the people upholding them.
So allow me to put it plainly: We are suffering from a widespread social health epidemic and it is rooted in the cheapening of Jewish blood. If hatred of Jews can be justified as a misunderstanding or ignored as a mistake or played down as a slip of the tongue or waved away as “just anti-Zionism,” you can all but guarantee it will be.
Yet beneath the finger-pointing and the victim-blaming and the accusations of panic lobbed against a people that know a little something about persecution, there is the same old bigotry — the hatred of Jews that has presaged the death of so many seemingly civilized societies. A hatred that still, after centuries, exerts its powerful allure during periods of political and economic unrest, when the angry, the confused, the shortchanged and the scared look for simple explanations and a scapegoat. And even those who seek to uplift the marginalized can’t seem to find their voice when it comes to Jews facing anti-Semitism.
Take a look at some of the events around the Thanksgiving holiday, incidents that have kept Jews all over the world glued to their phones, and which have driven some to update their and their children’s passports.
Start with Britain. Last Friday night, a rabbi who had just left a synagogue was beaten on the street by teenagers screaming, “Kill the Jews.” These now-regular occurrences come as there’s a decent chance that the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will become the next prime minister — giving anti-Semites the imprimatur of a major Western government.
Mr. Corbyn’s long history of slurs against Jews and Israel, his warm words about his “friends” in Hezbollah, and his worldview, which finds far more to admire in countries like Russia and Venezuela than England itself, are well documented. To choose just the latest headline: The BBC, he said on Iranian state television, is “biased” toward saying that “Israel has a right to exist.” (My favorite remains his remark that British Zionists “who, having lived in this country for a very long time, probably all their lives, don’t understand English irony.”)
The fish rots from the head, and so it has with Labour. According to Britain’s chief rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, there are 130 cases of outstanding complaints of anti-Semitism against Labour Party members. Ninety-three percent of British Jews say they won’t vote for Labour. Forty-seven percent say they will “seriously consider” emigrating if Labour wins. And yet the latest polling shows Labour rallying.
Other issues, Jews are told, are more important than their own safety. Sometimes their fears are dismissed as “hysteria.” The socialist filmmaker Ken Loach has called it a “witch hunt.” The powerful union leader Len McCluskey has accused the Jewish community of “intransigent hostility.” When Rabbi Mirvis took the extraordinary step of weighing in on the election, insisting that the very “soul of our nation is at stake,” he was accused, variously, of bad faith, of taking focus away from the real threat of right-wing bigotry, and of actually stoking anti-Semitism himself.
Jewish Voice for Labour, the party’s pet Jewish front group, has codified all of these gaslighting tactics in a document that helpfully lays out the strategy for how other political groups and movements with a will to power can shut down Jewish concerns about organized, systemic anti-Semitism.
Over in Italy, the town of Schio decided against establishing a Holocaust memorial — the subtle, brass “stumbling stones” called stolpersteine that dot the streets of European cities where survivors of Hitler’s genocide still stroll — on the grounds that 14 stones in a city of 40,000 would prove too divisive. “Let the victims rest in peace” said Alberto Bertoldo, a local politician. The memorial, he said, would risk “generating new hatred and division.”
While in Schio the Holocaust proves a divisive moral issue, in Montreal it was a planned trip to Israel. Jordyn Wright is a Jewish sophomore who sits on the board of the Students’ Society of McGill University. Over winter break, she is planning, like hundreds of other North American Jewish college students, to go to Israel with Hillel. As a result of that trip, the student government voted to call for her resignation. Never mind that the trip included time with Palestinians in the West Bank. Never mind that another student government leader is also going; apparently because that student is not a Jew, no resignation was required.
I toggled over the weekend between Ms. Wright’s chilling account of the history of anti-Jewish discrimination at her school and The Washington Post, which had published a frothy profile of Valerie Plame, the former C.I.A. officer who is now running for Congress as a Democrat in New Mexico.
There we learn that Ms. Plame looks “astoundingly good, at 56, as if the high-altitude desert air has preserved her skin since the day she arrived here 12 years ago.” Yet nowhere in the long article does the reader learn that two years ago, Ms. Plame tweeted an essay called “American Jews Are Driving America’s Wars” by a man famous for his anti-Jewish conspiracy thinking on a website that flirts with Holocaust denial. She also shared an article that linked Israel to the Sept. 11 attacks. It somehow didn’t merit mention.
Elsewhere in the Democratic Party, Linda Sarsour, the activist who was removed from her leadership position in the Women’s March thanks to her history of anti-Semitic scandals and who now serves as a surrogate for the presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, gave a talk on Friday to a group called American Muslims for Palestine. The part of her talk that circulated online focused on the apparent hypocrisy of progressive Zionists: How, Ms. Sarsour asked about people who are the No. 1 target of white supremacists, can they claim to oppose white supremacy when they support “a state like Israel that is built on supremacy, that is built on the idea that Jews are supreme to everybody else?”
Lest you think this is “just anti-Zionism,” consider that the Sanders surrogate was speaking at a conference that printed the following sentence in its program: “Zionism has come in like a disease to destroy the purity of Al Quds.” (Al Quds is the Arabic name for Jerusalem.)
Should I tell you about a Christian fundamentalist show on TruNews hosted by a man named Rick Wiles? TruNews was granted an interview by Donald Trump Jr. and its representative was called on by President Trump at a news conference. Last week on his show Mr. Wiles claimed that Jews are behind the impeachment proceedings against the president. A “Jew coup,” he called it, that would replace Mr. Trump with “a Jewish cabal.”
Should I tell you about the swastikas found at Sixth & I, a synagogue and a hub of Jewish cultural and intellectual life in Washington? Or the ones painted in red on a statue of the great Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem in Ukraine?
Or that on Monday morning in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, a Jewish subway rider reported that another woman yelled slurs and threatened to throw her onto the tracks? And that the following day, also in Crown Heights, three teenagers hurled rocks at a Jewish elementary school bus, breaking a window.
There is a theme here. The theme is that Jew-hatred is surging and yet Jewish victimhood does not command attention or inspire popular outrage. That unless Jews are murdered by neo-Nazis, the one group everyone of conscience recognizes as evil, Jews’ inconvenient murders, their beatings, their discrimination, the singling out of their state for demonization will be explained away.
When you look at each of these incidents, perhaps it is possible still to pretend that these are random bursts of bigotry perpetrated by hooligans lacking any real organization or power behind them.
But Mr. Corbyn’s electoral prospects in Britain tell a different, far more distressing story — that a person with some of the same impulses as those hooligans can stand within spitting distance of the office of prime minister. This is what happens when a culture decides that Jewish lives are stumbling stones.
This information is the work of Joseph Farah originally published 10/28/2014 but since it is the Bible the words stand forever as the principle behind immigration and the issue of homelessness of peoples and their migration.
“Thou shall neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.” – Exodus 22:21
It’s always good when people consider the moral implications of public policy. So the Bible is a good place to start exploring the right and wrong of immigration laws. But seizing on one or two out-of-context verses in the Bible does not make for the kind of comprehensive moral case you would expect of those urging “comprehensive immigration reform.”
The Bible actually has a lot of say about national borders, foreigners, citizenship and the law.
For starters, I challenge anyone to check an exhaustive online or offline concordance for the word “border” or “borders” to get an appreciation of how many times God’s Word references these terms. While not all of them are relevant to our discussion, I count 169 references, most of them making the point that God really cares about them. Is that surprising? He cares about boundaries between nations. In fact, it is God Himself who invented nation-states back in Genesis 11.
Why did He do it?
It seems He scattered the world’s population and created the diverse languages in an effort to subvert man’s efforts to unite in a global kingdom under a false universal religion. Keep in mind, this took place before God created the nation of Israel.
Interestingly, one of the prime motivations of those behind the promotion of borderless societies is this very same notion of regional government and global government and the breakdown of nationalism.
What was wrong at the time of the Tower of Babel remains wrong today. That should be clear to anyone and everyone whose standard of morality is the Bible.
Remember the Tower of Babel story? It seems there was a man named Nimrod who attempted to set up the first world government and the first false religion.
After the Flood, God decreed that man should scatter across the whole earth and be fruitful and multiply. But, about 100 years later, a large contingent of men, under the leadership of Nimrod, whose very name means “let us revolt or rebel,” decided they would settle in Shinar and build a tower to make a name for themselves.
God foiled this plan by scattering them around the world and creating new languages among the new nations that were thus established.
Make no mistake about it: Nation-states are an invention of the Creator – a deliberately chosen device to serve His purposes.
That’s what we’re told in Acts 17:26-27: That God “hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord.”
The purpose of nation-states seems to be to restrain Satan’s efforts at creating his kingdom on earth. That will happen eventually – only when God Himself permits it in His timing, as shown in Revelation 17:17: “For God hath put in their hearts to fulfill his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.” But nation-states serve another purpose as well – to be God’s instruments on earth for meting out justice and providing protection for the people (Deuteronomy 17:14-17).
Ultimately, the political debate about borders and illegal immigration is a debate about national sovereignty. You have heard it said that if we don’t have borders, we don’t have countries. It’s really true – especially when two countries very different from one another in language, culture and economy share a 2,000-mile border as do Mexico and the U.S. But, as the Bible shows, it’s not just a political issue, it’s a moral issue – it’s an issue, ultimately, of right and wrong.
But, first, what about those selective biblical citations used by apologists for illegal immigration?
There’s much more to consider.
I have prepared two previous “Bible study” commentaries on this topic for those who want the complete picture:
Countless Bible studies have been conducted in America in recent years using some familiar citations about “strangers” and “aliens” and applying them to our current controversy. Let’s take a look at those – in context.
There are many more like Exodus 22:21.
- Leviticus 19:33-34: “And if a stranger sojourn with thee in your land, ye shall not vex him. But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.”
- Exodus 23:9: “Also thou shalt not oppress a stranger: for ye know the heart of a stranger, seeing ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.”
- Deuteronomy 10:19: “Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.”
Some churches and synagogues have stopped right there after reading that last verse and decided they know all they need to know about their duty as Christians and Jews to illegal aliens.
“We’re supposed to treat them just like one born among us, according to the Bible,” they proclaim. “That means amnesty. It means all the benefits of citizenship.”
But is that true? Is that what the Bible is actually teaching – or is there some nuance that is being lost in the translation?
You can develop some really bad theology – not to mention politics and morality – by reading the Bible out of context, by not fully understanding what is being said to whom and about whom.
Strangers that sojourn with you or live with you do not equate with illegal aliens. In fact, the corollary here, in each and every case, is that the children of Israel were “strangers” in Egypt. That’s why they were to treat their own “strangers” well, because they knew what it is like to be “strangers” in a foreign land.
Clearly, then, what it means to be a “stranger” is to be a foreigner. In the case of the children of Israel in Egypt, they were invited and, at first anyway, were honored guests. Later, they would be oppressed by a generation who “knew not Joseph.” But they were certainly not trespassers. They were certainly not in Egypt illegally. They were certainly not breaking the laws of the land by being in Egypt. In fact, they were commanded not to offend their hosts in any way (Genesis 46:28-34).
So, we must conclude that “stranger” does not equal “illegal alien.” Even when the term “alien” is used in the Bible, it seems to have the exact same meaning as “stranger.”
God loves the stranger, we’re told. You should, too. They should be treated with respect and dignity. They should not be mistreated. That’s the clear message of the Bible – treat law-abiding foreigners and aliens with love and compassion.
But the aliens and strangers of the Bible were expected to obey the Hebrew laws, though they were exempt from some. They were also treated differently than the children of Israel in that they could not own property; they could be bought as slaves and charged interest on loans.
Only if these aliens and strangers were fully converted to the covenant could they be landowners, partake of the Passover and be fully integrated into the nation of Israel.
In other words, even though the aliens and strangers of the Bible were not illegal aliens, they were still expected to fully assimilate into the Hebrew religion and culture before they could receive all the blessings and all the responsibility of full citizenship.
Is there a moral lesson for us to learn right there? You bet there is.
Further, keep in mind these godly instructions were meant not just for the governing authorities in Israel – the judges and kings – but, more importantly, for the people. These were personal instructions. And they are clearly good instructions for us all today.
If we want to be compassionate to the strangers and aliens of our world today, those law-abiding foreigners who desperately want to come to America and are patiently awaiting their turn, we need to be certain they don’t get squeezed out unfairly by those who break the law and push ahead of them in line. And we should expect them to fully assimilate into our national culture.
We shouldn’t be mean to those lawbreakers, either. We shouldn’t mistreat them. We should even forgive them. But they have to leave.
They haven’t been invited. They are not our guests. They are not just strangers; they are trespassers. They are victimizing others through their presence – namely American citizens and foreigners who are trying to immigrate to the U.S. legally. They need to go back home and get in line like others waiting to enter our country lawfully. They need to follow the rules.
Let me conclude with one last relevant verse – Deuteronomy 27:17: “Cursed be he that removeth his neighbour’s landmark. And all the people shall say, Amen.”
#immigration #illegals #publicpolicy
This is a guest editorial from Ryan Murphy of SMU:
In a study titled “Psychopathy By State,” Ryan Murphy of Southern Methodist University concluded that the level of psychopathy is far higher in the District of Criminals than in any other state. What is the surprise?
Psychopathy is Greek for “sick soul”
Psychopaths are attracted to power, and power attracts psychopaths. All governments by nature attract greedy and parasitic people. In short, these are people who have the born mentality to live off other people. Many of them belong to secret societies that historically have been at the center of subversive movements. Boy, this is kept mum!
We will call these people humanoids because they are deviants and devious. They have no conscience and no moral scruples. They are no respecter of persons except a feigned glow to extract something. Their every thought is how to make the world flow to themselves. They would rip off their own parents or mate. “Selfish” is a kind word we can use to describe them. To know them…
A caveat here is that most psychopaths don’t know that they are psychopaths. This makes them even more aggressive and sinister. They can kill people en masse for aggrandizement and greed. They hate wealth if it is not theirs. Sound familiar?
So that you can spot them in the future, and never vote for them again, here are the traits of the psychopath, according to Robert D. Hare, criminal psychologist and author of the books, Without Conscience, Snakes in Suits and
The Psychopathy Checklist:
- Possesses a glib and superficial charm.
- Has a grandiose self-worth.
- Has a need for stimulation or proneness to boredom Is cunning and manipulative.
- Lacks remorse or guilt.
- Has a shallow affect (emotional poverty or limited range or depth of feeling, dispassionate and cold-hearted).
- Is callous and lacks empathy.
- Has a parasitic lifestyle.
- Has poor behavioral controls (acts hastily, unable to control temper, easily annoyed, impatient and aggressive).
- Promiscuous sexual behavior. Early behavior problems, delinquency (criminal and/or anti-social behavior prior to age 13, criminal activity between ages 13 and 18).
- Lacks realistic long-term goals.
- Failure to accept responsibility for own actions.
- Many short-term relationships.
If you find me a congressman who sincerely proposes mass repeal of all the terrorist laws and every law connected with human liberty suppression, I will believe in and support this person. I would not be offended by his or her party label if they prove themselves to not be psychotic. Legislative madness comes without a label—wake up!!
You’re on the animal farm. Political propaganda puts us in an altered state of consciousness, otherwise we would know that we are at war, and it is against we the people.
Conclusion – mine. We need to clean up the swamp and not expect President Trump or our governors to do this.
#Congress #DeepState #politicians
A list of evil projectsPeople get nervous when the word evil is used because it implies, no requires, a moral judgment. This is good and that is bad. But some people do not want to be challenged. Other people get huffy when they are offended by the use of the words. Well that is too bad. Evil is what Yahweh sent His son to the planet to defeat both as an individual problem caused by sinful human beings, but also the evil in the systems that the secular world has created. Here is a list of just a few of the evil projects and programs supported by our taxes and what has been abandoned by honorable people. Click on the underlined bold word to go to the news story. The Democratic Party passes a resolution condemning Christianity. Sex perversion taught in a public school. Legislation to kill the mentally ill. But that could be you if they call Christianity a mental illness. When Right-to-Life doctors are required to register with the State, that allows bureaucrats to refuse to pay them for medical services. Will they leave the country in order to have freedom of religion, or stay here and be paid for abortions? That is the definition of fascism – using refusal to do business to enforce political goals. FDA (Federal Drug Administration), this time gender altering drugs which result in death and one more reason to support drug pricing reform. Drag Queens, your tax dollars at work all in the name of freedom of speech and possibly coming to a library near you. 25 times Congress has voted on infanticide, legislation to prevent the murder of infants who managed to escape an abortion attempt. You voted for these guys! Why isn’t your minister preaching against this kind of immoral government? And you can vote them out as well. #immoralgovernment #Congress
The Divine Right of Leaders
This kind of thinking lasted a long time until the Europeans had a snoot-full of bad leaders and so did the church. After centuries of church corruption Europeans were more than happy to end the dominance of the Roman Catholic church. Martin Luther had a lot of troubles, he was hunted down with the intention of killing him, but enough citizens and powerful people agreed with him and his opposition to the “holy” church that he survived.
After that the divine right of kings came into question. It already had eroded, especially in the never ending wars for power between England and France. Henry the Eighth told the Pope he was head pf the English (Protestant church) and hundreds of thousands of Europeans escaped to America to get out of the way of the religious warriors. The USA was the result of this conflict. We owe a lot to them.
Buddhism believes numbers=proof
But back to the communists. Buddhism, which is the common religion of China, believes that truth is verified by the sheer numbers of people who believe. The current President of China told everybody he is going to serve as their leader for his lifetime. How he managed this coup I do not know. But it is the natural equivalent of saying he is the god-person in charge. And because there are 1.5 billion people in China all accepting this belief, this is obviously true. The vast numbers do not lie.
The world over, Communism is under assault
Of course it is not true to the Americans who recognize no man as god. But it explains the conflict in Hong Kong. Mostly young students but also others do not accept the government of Beijing. If there is no agreement and thousands disagree, there is the possibility, at least as far as the Chinese Communists are concerned that they are no longer the gods-in-charge. They must stamp out all resistance in order to verify that they are gods, and legitimately hold power.
As a student of history I can assure you they will not win this contest. Every communist nation so far has faced controversy, rebellion, financial loss, civil war or all of the above. Venezuela is going through its collapse. China has financial troubles it has not faced, is not even willing to discuss, and Chinese communist leaders do not tell the truth anyway. That is no secret.
Socialism = Communism-lite
Cuba flounders along, trying to keep a little Catholic base and a little Communist but it is still a place of poverty and want. North Korea is committing suicide while South Korea is fat and happy. The communist or socialist nations where a false god is in charge are also collapsing – like Syria, Iran, Yemen, Northern Africa, California.
If you look at a map of the world, wherever there is Communist there is also drought. Where there is no water, people cannot survive, not their plants not their animals as well. These are places of death. People leave and that causes mass dislocation of migrants fleeing their homelands.
Back in 2000 I preached at a Methodist church. The scripture for that Sunday was this:
Psalm 122:6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you.
I feel sure the congregation was confused as I never discussed the scripture until the last minute when I said, “Peace will come to Jerusalem when the Prince of Peace comes to Jerusalem.”
Now more than ever my sermon could be called a prophecy. Never has the peace of Jerusalem seemed more endangered. Some modern prophets believe Jesus (Yahshua) will be accepted by the Jewish people in the next few years. Of course that is not all Jewish people just as not all Christians believe the same thing.
Israel is in a constant state of war, 40 years of war. https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-edit-the-other-cold-war-20191104-w46sjswy5jeophunlttyzt3plu-story.html
Places where children congregate, like schools and hospitals, have bomb shelters and people have jackets to protect themselves.
We are told to pray, “Come Lord Jesus,” Revelation 22:20 [ I Am Coming Quickly ] He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
Prophets do not agree on when Yahshua will return but all agree it will be in this century. I have no predictions but I do hope I will still be here when it happens.
Godfather, Saul Alinsky
Saul David Alinsky (January 30, 1909 – June 12, 1972) was an American community organizer and writer. He is generally considered to be the founder of modern community organizing, a process of replacing representative democracy with a communist dictatorship.
His book Rules for Radicals. contain ways to create a state of total control:
There are 8 levels of control that must be obtained before you are able to create a social state. The first is the most important.
Communists control 8 areas of living
1) Healthcare – Control healthcare and you control the people
2) Poverty – Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.
3) Debt – Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.
4) Gun Control – Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state.
5) Welfare – Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income)
6) Education – Take control of what people read and listen to – take control of what children learn in school.
7) Religion – Remove the belief in the Yahweh from the Government and schools.
8) Class Warfare – Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.
How communism is a religion?
This community organizer seeks to remove from individuals all those areas of decision-making and life skills which are, for the Christians, the responsibility and blessings of God Himself.
- how we teach our young,
- how we relate in peace and harmony with others,
- how we live together with others under a government,
- how we spend out money and how we make our money,
- how we select and pay doctors and medical care
- to whom do we owe honor and allegiance
- how we solve problems
Every aspect of life becomes the communists’ goal, and this is what they have now in Venezuela, North Korea, China (although the system is cracking and coming down), Yemen, North Sudan, some parts of Europe, and the Scandinavian states which embrace socialism, or Communism-Lite.
Control systems calcify
American schools and politics are increasingly infected with all of the above goals of the control freaks. But who benefits? Not the people, only the control freaks at the top of the pile.
Fear dominates people in power too long
Why do these nations fail? The fatal flaw is lack of dynamism, that is the ability to change. Systems of control become increasingly rigid and dominated by fewer and fewer leaders who fear loss of their power and add layer upon layer of regulation. The populace is stifled and eventually it comes crashing down, whether in North Korea or California.
To study government, look at what is missing
While the control systems are colorful, varied and diverse, the religions which support them are not complex. Religion boils down to who is in control – is it Yahweh or man? And that explains why communism is a religion.
He added, “or make sure we’re looking at the log in our eye before we are pointing out the mote in other folks eyes.”
The proverb he meant to quote is “people who live in glass houses should not throw stones” a warning against hypocrisy, a big word for being a phony. As usual when politicians quote a book about which they know little or nothing they do indeed look like phonies.
The word glass appears only twice in the Old Testament but it refers to mirrors, a common household item made of polished brass and used in the wash basins of the Tabernacle where the worshiper was required to examine his own sin in a mirrored basin of water, to recognize his sin as preparation for God’s cleansing. They were also popular as ladies mirrors as well.
I checked an English version of the Koran, which Obama actually does know, and there are a few references to glass, but that book was written much later in world history.
Cal Thomas, a long-time Christian whose word on such matters can be trusted, has a short column on Bill Clinton, Al Gore and others bringing Bible quotations into politics because they perceived that Republicans have a leg up on the topic. Thomas knows his Bible in any event.
Click on this article for more info. Cal Thomas on some politicians’ Bible references
Obama has simply misapplied the verse. Hypocrisy has nothing to do with immigration policy. It is either a matter of Law or not. There are only a few times when I think we can “separate church and state” and this is one!
President Obama would be better off remembering the modern version of this proverb. “People who live in glass houses (e.g. the White House) shouldn’t get stoned.”
Throughout history governments and individuals either succeed or fail due to how well or how poorly they manage the levels of power between them. So the smart student who does not want a pile of work studies history because it continues to repeat itself. They need only memorize the names of the leaders and their various nations and data which changes from decade to decade. Some smart math student could create an algorithm to show at what point this never ending conflict will move in a different direction. History does not know the word status quo.
Governments limit individuals, and individuals seek more liberty.
This is the conflict in a nutshell, balancing the strength of the individual and the long arm of the government. When there is no balance, the nation is out of whack. Every bureaucracy withdraws some liberty from the individual which does not make it wrong, unless it is too much liberty being given up or it was confiscated. The arguments against socialism include this quote from Ben Franklin, “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Liberty lost is very hard to regain.
Every political contest involves these two elements
History shows this clearly. The lone cave dwelling human and his family is a government at the lowest level, but for any progress to be maintained, warfare against a predatory neighbor requires that these family units gather together to form a mutually advantageous group. To do this requires that each person give up to the group some authority, power, and of course money and resources. It requires a leadership team as well. If the team or the leader becomes too strong the society stagnates; if the enemies gain ascendancy, the society breaks up. So the larger the governmental unit, or the more prosperous in the case of the USA, the stronger that group is.
A closed society stays that way
For smaller societies constant mismanagement of resources and unrest keep it in failure mode. Afghanistan has been involved in war for 60 years and is going nowhere. They cannot or will not negotiate a balance between the bureaucracy and the individuals in spite of considerable involvement from other nations, both for good and for ill. It was illegal to teach women for example. The USA forces repeated efforts to stop that and start schools for girls met with guns and knives. This is in spite of well-documented proof that children raised by educated women are more successful than those who are not. But then today’s men would need to be educated before they would know that wouldn’t they? So a closed society stays that way, forever in poverty, isolated and legitimately afraid of their neighbors.
Participatory democracy balances interests
Governments that function best keep this in mind which is why participatory democracy works so much better. When people take part in their government they can cut it down when it gets out of hand. That explains the election President Trump and Boris Johnson.
Today institutions are under fire
Other nations are also seeing their citizens rebel against bureaucratic intrusion. The European Union might be blaming other nations for their inertia but their own institutional bias caused these problems. Some economic prophets say the EU will eventually end, or there will be European anarchy. It all depends on whether leadership comes to the fore to negotiate a peace. Today, 2019, across the planet citizens are increasingly resisting government intrusion and laws.
People locked into institutional mindsets scoff at the “populists” and right wing labels for everything they do not like but when you scrape away the paint, you find it is the age-old conflict between individuals and institutions. In Venezuela the bureaucracy and the army stayed put, and the population left. They became refugees to other nations. In Syria, the government simply bombed the citizens who questioned its behavior. The nation is a pile of rubble today. Both Iran and Saudi Arabia are in a standoff but both nations thought they could embrace and calcify the past. Can’t be done. Time marches on with or without you.
Literature confirms history
This is not new. The Greek drama Antigone (circa 440 B.C.E.) covers the same turf. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet shows how private lives were damaged by cultural considerations, which describes much of European history. The USA has managed to keep individualism front and center even though is has gone to extremes. For example, there is no scientific basis for gender reassignment and this will eventually collapse. It is individualism run amok. When individualism gets out of hand it is called anarchy which degenerates into civil war.
Imperialism is a form of war
Roman Imperialism, British Imperialism, Soviet Imperialism and now Chinese Imperialism all began as economic adventures and developed into chattel societies. All but the Chinese variety is gone, and even that is being tested.
The Pacific Rim is tired of being used; Vietnam was the first communist government to resist the long arm of Chinese presumption. Now Hong Kong is conducting its own, largely successful protest. Of course there are thugs and hooligans involved in all these conflicts because those loners just love a fight, but underneath there is real angst which must be corrected. The individual has suffered too long. The pendulum will swing back but today it is all about war against institutions.
Why History is superior
In my experience there is nothing scientific about Political Science. Politics is often called an art because the individuals must balance the competing interests of diverse and often intractable participants. The Bureaucracy Loving among us do not realize how difficult this is because they conceive as governments having always the bayonet to make their word stick. Individuals have no weapons but they have a voice. The Baltic States won their freedom in the 1990s by singing! They sang in unison and the Soviet masters were too cowed to take them on in spite of their tanks, guns and bayonets.
Investigations of corruption
Currently in the United States the hubris of the Washington Bureaucracy is increasingly under investigation – the CIA, the FBI and the DOJ all involved in an attempt to overthrow the presidency of Donald Trump. The evidence is mounting. Nervous journalists are wondering whether they can personally afford to touch this. Will it mean an end to their career? They could be too close to the bureaucracy and endanger their jobs.
You see how this works. The Deep State is an example of how institutions become enemies of their own governments and people. Many nations do not have corrective options in place. Because of American diversity and freedoms we can handle this kind of corruption, in spite of it taking a great deal of time.
The Prince of Peace
Finally, this blog is about the Mind of God. The Greek plays predate Christianity, so it is not a religious issue, unless you believe the government is God, and some do; or perhaps you believe each individual is god, and that happens as well.
The Bible clears this conflict up for the individual. In the world of the God directed person, God is the government. He makes the decisions based on an omniscient mind and directs the person in the way he or she should go. It is a tricky little dance to keep oneself in the will of God and skirt or affect as the case may be the world and its Institutional vs. Individual war. It means living in the multiverse of the spiritual about which I will have much to say in the future.
Years ago God gave me a task – show people how to rethink, in my case, about the Bible, its contents and especially the nature and goals of God himself. I’ve done that now ten years. Today, 9/2019, I am reaching over 30,000 people a month, always rethinking in every question especially in secular ones where there is just as much confusion as in theological.
People do not know how to think
Here is an example. Recently we voted in a nationally recognized, wildly expensive campaign for Congress, the 9th Congressional District of North Carolina. The campaign was carried out in public, on television, mostly ads and news stories that were often very biased, no matter who was speaking. Social media was awash with it as well since it was a special election and few others running at least locally.
Bad law comes out of emotion
The campaign was designed to prevent the voter from thinking, or to replace his thoughts with emotions upon which no decisions are usually very good – and certainly not in politics. There are already too many laws based on temporary emotions which can change over night.
The Democrat was a typical Republican candidate – a successful entrepreneur, a business owner/employer, clean cut family man with a pretty blonde wife and two kids, a military veteran who supports lower taxes, and who managed never to call his opponent names which is sign of a honorable politician. But he lost.
Why? Here is the problem to rethink. While he was the better candidate which his campaign demonstrated, he was not running for the office of campaigner; he was running for a seat in Congress. The voters did not want a Democrat representing them, no matter how clean cut or conservative in nature. The national party at the present time does not reflect the mind of the voters in this jurisdiction. Sometime in the future, that may change. But just not today.
The voters got it right
The voters knew this and acted accordingly. But the campaign process ignores this need. The voters got it right in spite of the advertising and blather all around the campaign, not to mention the multi-millions in funds which came from across the land, all intent on electing a Campaigner not a Congressman.
We choose representatives not candidates
There is something very wrong with a political system that presents candidates when what we want is representatives. The man who won will reflect the mind of the voter when he goes to Washington DC, no matter how flawed he might be personally. He was not young and vigorous; he did have a pretty wife but who cares about the wife anyway. We are not voting for her. And she is not representing us. This man’s policies, and that of the people he will join with in Washington, not his personality or all the beautiful color photographs mean anything as he assumes his post.
What we vote for must be based on reality
What the voter needs is the assurance that the person holding the office will be able to reflect the will of the people, not the platform of a party or a group of lobbyists somewhere, in this case, 500 miles away. How can we change the campaign process to make it radically less expensive and more in tune with what voters needs to know? Will this man or woman do in the office they hold what I expect of them and what they have promised? This is going to be a hard issue to solve.
Church campaigns have the same flaws
And as a theologian I can also say that church membership presentations are also often off point. Who God is and what he does as Jesus Christ in the world today is the core of Christianity but you would not necessarily know this from church services or their advertisements or television programs. Thankfully there are many varieties of them reaching diverse people. This is healthy.
We choose our religion based on personal needs
Individuals attach themselves to religious systems based on private needs. Some want family, friends and social acceptance; others seek inner peace and assurance. Others are concerned with the world and its dysfunctions and they view the church in its mission. My daughter-in-law wants a choir, with robes. I agree with her but so many of the modern churches do not have this anymore. Singles need church dinners and fellowship events. People in wheel chairs need to see no curbs or stairs; parents want good child care with honest teaching about the gospel and no Easter Rabbit theology where God is missing altogether.
The truth is offensive
Churches may meet all of these needs but still have no honest gospel to present, filled with compromise in order “not to offend anyone.” The gospel is offensive. Jesus said, Matthew 10:35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
Is Jesus picking a fight? Sounds like it.
But no, He is saying that we are happy when we are with people where we feel comfortable but the truth of God is ultimately in what God said in His word about our condition and his solutions. Confusing Church with Faith can lead us into a position of comfort that is not realistic. Real faith will cause us to be separated from some people, systems and places.
God is pro-active about us. We need to be proactive about Him. We need to be as careful about our vote for religion as we are for our representatives.
The Censors seem to think hate speech which they so rigorously cull has some legal validity. It does not.
Much of social media, Facebook, Quora, the news media, Big City newspapers, Google, Amazon, TV giants etc. censor what God has said and what religious people repeat in public calling it “hate speech.” China has gone after its own thinking dissidents- the Falun Gong and the Muslims in the far west areas – with so-far largely unreported torture, death and extensive imprisonment. https://www.theepochtimes.com/china-putting-minority-muslims-in-concentration-camps-us-says_2908698.html
Hate speech is not a legal concept
What they call hateful content is simply what someone does not like or
There is no such thing as a hate crime
Emotions have no force if they stand alone. But when jealousy, greed, anger, hate, or revenge take a virulent form and become an action, then it has the force of law, but the law is what is punished, not the emotion. It is quite possible to spend an entire life time being envious and not steal a thing!
Emotions not acted upon are simply that. And for social media to treat them as actions is a sign of their inability to think something through, or they’re living in their own, private opinions. Censorship is proof that someone is allowing his emotions to rule him. By extension media/corporate censorship and public disapproval is an extension of juvenile thinking patterns into the adult world. This explains why many adults are returning to childlike joys. https://www.theepochtimes.com/why-adult-recess-is-becoming-a-trend_3054765.html
On a grand scale, China is a nation of 1.3 billion censored people where the national police use face recognition
The Falun Gong can completely change China
A major force for change is the spiritual group the Falun Gong which is challenging the mind control of the Communist system. It is a method of living spiritually based on Buddhist principles. The reason the Communist bosses fear it so much is that it has its origin in the Han People.
Communism as political narcissism
Christianity has always been called a white man’s religion so it was easy to be rejected by the entire community. But not so Falun Gong, which is native born. This religious group and the Hong Kong Protesters are the best omen that we will see the Communist system crack. The rest of the world will reap great benefits if China is freed to become one of the good nations.
Narcissism places the emotional self in charge
Rule by fear is at the core of dictatorship and an emotion that becomes legal in the hands of those with illegitimate power; no one is happy over that. Likewise, social media has placed their fear of being wrong over as well as their overwhelming notion that they are right over against the public’s opinion and commitments to something other than their own self-absorbed philosophy.
It’s juvenile; that’s what children do – they place their own welfare over everyone else. And of course it angers them so they lash out; consider the words incensed and censor and censorious in the same breath!
The moral law is not based on “feelings”
Narcissism applies to pedophiles, drunks, prostitutes and others who violate moral laws, since laws are based in actions not emotions. In the same vein there is no such thing as a hate crime because hate is an emotion not an action. To say that someone is guilty of a hate crime is an oxymoron.
Laws are about actions
Murder is an action; attempted murder and assault are actions; jealousy is an emotion but killing your rival is called murder. You do not even need to hate him or her. The criminal may hate something as well, but it cannot be measured. Greed, avarice, lust, anger, malice, evil, gossip and other sins of the personality cannot be measured so neither can they be quantified into law. Actions can be measured and the law recognizes these differences. The judge who is pronouncing sentence calls these extenuating circumstances. The judge doesn’t care.
Children live in an emotional world
And that is why we do not give children the keys to the car or the right to vote. Laws, not emotions, rule nations and determine how society is structured and managed. And touchy, personal responses are just that. Social media by censoring opinion demeans itself, and reduces itself to the level of children who live in an emotion-dominated world. It takes an adult to see the world in the impersonal terms of law, the place where problems are solved.
Emotion-driven children who live at the level of personal opinion cannot solve problems. And eventually the issue of so much media/corporate censorship will need the attention of the Supreme Court.
#China #emotions #fearofbeingwrong #controlfreaks #FalunGong