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The late Corrie Ten Boom writes of her watchmaker-father who traveled regularly to Amsterdam to record the official timepiece of Holland and then return home to reset, correctly, all the clocks in his shop. On one such trip he inquired of the clock managers in Amsterdam how they verified the time. They said they always set their clocks by checking a little known watchmaker named Ten Boom who lived in a little town in the south. Naturally Mr. Ten Boom discontinued his trips to Amsterdam since he was setting their clocks.
How do you establish what is true
But what should they do? They could contact the Greenwich, England office which sets a standard for time by reference to a number of atomic clock organizations. That should do it. But let us speculate that a sunspot caused that electronic clock to lose a quarter of a second; then all three clocks would be wrong. All the official clocks in the world would be wrong as well.
I am going somewhere with this so stick with me. This is called circular reasoning because each individual is using another to set the standard. If we want truth, we must go outside ourselves to find it – to an eternal reference point untainted by error. But where is that?
Truth is outside
I have a Buddhist-Thai friend who pays no attention to her religion. She has no interest in Christianity or any other religion, simply saying that she will be in heaven because she knows she will be in heaven. Her family is Thai and she is Thai and that’s all she needs to know. But her reasoning about life (and I might add death) is circular. She allows others who may or may not know anything outside of themselves set her beliefs. Because Thai people have told her she is going to heaven that seems to be all she knows or cares to know. But of what value is that?
Absolute truth exists
Like the circular verification of the watchmakers there is no absolute reference point outside themselves. Truth is just what someone thinks and that can easily be wrong. The Chinese believe that the sheer numbers of people who believe something makes it true. Now try that with a group of people. Let’s say a small town of all black people believes, as a unit, that they are all female. How can we do that? It is anti-science. Think of Galileo here. Do we jail people for agreeing with science? How can anyone say they are a different gender when science, i.e. DNA, tells the story for all the billions of souls on the planet.
Transgender is antiscience
Enter God. He is outside of everything. He knows. He alone can tell you if the watch of your life is set wrong, who you are and where you are going. There is no one as miserable as a person who allows other people to dictate who they are. This is called determinism which never allows you to change or grow.
Secular theorists bristle over the Judeo-Christian absolutes of a God and His Word. After all if there are absolutes and a God who made them then Man might just face a day of accountability.
Without those absolutes, individuals have a free rein of personal anarchy. The opposite of absolutes is the folly of allowing human kind to determine truth while knowing intrinsically that humans are flawed. To say that reality is not reality is the true definition of neuroses.
I worked in a juvenile prison and the most common thing I heard was, “That kid has a record.” Of course he did. They all did.
So I told the students, I don’t care what your record is. I want you to learn what is true about the good and potential in you, and how your life can be ruled. If you don’t rule yourself, the State will do it for you and that is a life of misery. Believing that your opinion is reality makes as much sense as planning a dental appointment for the year 2013. It won’t happen; it can’t happen. Some of them heard me.
There are young people today who have this notion that they are another gender. This is not necessary. God knows who and what you are, so consult Him.
This is true for everyone. God can and will tell you who you are, where you are going and what you can do with your life. You may find someone who can help you along this line, but if not you are allowing people who don’t know the truth set the time of your life. And it may be wrong.
My own standard is the Holy Bible. I include all secular information which verifies God’s. It is my rock of belief. I am never disappointed.
Originally published Februay 27, 2016 I have renamed it abuse to cover the main issue in violent and destructive behavior. Ultimately abusers do not know who they are and consequently they fail to recognize the personhood of those they abuse, including animals. It was originally entitled The Spiritual Roots of Islam.
Westerners have been for many centuries so isolated and separated from Muslim peoples that we are playing catch-up in our understanding. We are hampered because we frequently don’t know a thing about our own spiritual roots, any more than we know theirs. It is easy to blame them for the massive evil on the earth, especially in Europe but their ways are creeping more into American life.
Abuse has a long history
At one time in the deep historical past, all men knew the same things. They may not have obeyed those truths, but they were all on the same page. They knew that God had created the heavens and the earth; they knew that a blood sacrifice was required for reuniting with that Creator God. They knew that if you took a life, yours would be required of you. This was prior to the Jews and their complete religious and social law. Everyone even had the same language.
Languages separate people
After the languages changed culture changed and those assumptions, even though ignored, were gone and religious systems, magic, witchcraft, myth and Lord only knows what arose. And out of Judaism arose Islam. Today’s Islamic peoples do not know this, but their political-religious system is based on a lie. Before we condemn them remember when you learned that you had been lied too? You were furious – felt betrayed.
So for the moment ignore the fact that millions of Islamic believers are ignorant and deceived. It’s the roots we are examining here, not modern man. We’ll get to him in due time.
Two worldviews based on either truth or lies
The lie started with the birth of Ishmael, the first son of Abraham who had been promised by God that he would be the father of many nations when his wife Sarah had a baby boy. As it would happen, Sarah became impatient and suggested that her husband have a child by a slave woman.
The Islamic nations now living descended from their patriarch Ishmael believe that because he is the first son, they are entitled to the promise God gave Abraham. He is not. God’s promises are specific and not open to interpretation or change. (Malachi 3:6 – I am the Lord. I change not.) Sarah had to be the mother of Isaac. Period.
It is an important point. God considers women important and gives them the equal right so to speak, to be involved materially in his kingdom. The greatest abuse of women and girls can be found in cultures that are neither Jewish nor Christian. God thinks the mother counts as much as the father in the family line. But I digress.
Thousands of years of Jew vs. Muslim fighting began. We in the West paid virtually no attention to it because it did not impact us very much. And Americans as a people have tended to address issues only after they become egregiously bad, so bad in fact that it takes much longer to solve them.
Islam vs. Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson, our 3rd President, sent the Marines to Tripoli to deal with the Muslims. Spain had to throw them out, as is happening now in Europe. They have bombed and fought their way west having been told by their religious leaders that they are going to rule the whole world for Islam, by hook or crook.
Islam is a theocracy
Their religious book, the Koran, tells them it is acceptable to kill Christians (infidels) or in fact anyone else who disagrees with them. Those are the simple facts and have nothing to do with my opinion or yours. Out of this lie has come forth all the evils we see in our headlines – beheadings, killing babies, stoning to death women who wear makeup or drive a car, in what is a complete disregard for the value of life. Life means nothing in the face of theological doctrine.
The Political Spirit
The international elevation of Islam as a violent political system which drives and feeds on evil is the natural child of a massive lie. Truth begets truth; lies beget lies in increasing number. If you have ever lied you know how hard it is to keep up with them; it takes more lying to do so. It’s exhausting. We have no reason to believe any of this will change in modern life.
It is true that large numbers of Muslims have become Christians. JewsNews on Facebook informs us of a continued stream of Muslims becoming Jews. Apparently the violence and the complete breakdown of life in the Middle East has prompted these changes.
Most people do not want to die, or see their homes, families and all they have worked for destroyed. This has not happened as much in the USA where we have a more structured civil society. But many Muslims still want and believe in a governmental takeover, so we must not assume they are willing to play by our Constitutional rules when they come here. The root of the system is still a lie, and until that lie is broken the problem will continue.
Modern Muslims have added two principles which make things even worse. (1) Taqqiya: Islamists interpret their scripture to say that they are allowed to lie about the nature of Islam in order to further their political goals. (2) Abrogation allows Muslims to ignore a previous Koranic passage in favor of a newer, better one. This essentially negates all verses that were written before the abrogation. It also means you as an outsider have no way of knowing what the rule actually is. So laws can be made up on the spot.
This kind of behavior allows middle aged men to “marry” girls of 5 and 6 years for a short period of time, and then un-marry them. The results are pure wickedness, as often these children die from the sexual experience. If Sharia Law becomes standard anywhere in the USA you can be sure lawlessness will ensue. Thanks to abrogation, it can change without notice and you are all of a sudden guilty.
Stark Contrasts help us to rethink
Now we are at the bottom of this business. If we in America had not been required to face this culture of death and its worldview we might not be able to understand ourselves and America’s role in the world. Islam has rejected the Law of God both as it applies to Jews and more importantly as it applies to all men.
People as Things
If you do not believe that God created the heavens and the earth, and therefore all other humans, then what is a tiny child? She is a “thing.” This is called the reification of persons, making a human being a thing. When that happens, the sky for evil is the limit. And sex trafficking is an example of the depths of depravity to which mankind can descend. https://www.theepochtimes.com/why-is-it-hard-to-bust-human-traffickers_2338465.html
Before we congratulate ourselves on our superior culture let me remind you that countless millions of American babies, mere “things” have been destroyed since 1962 Roe v. Wade. In addition we have increased drug, alcohol, and porn here at home, an indication people don’t know who they are or what they are doing to God’s creation, their own body.
They think of themselves as things. Marriages break down because husbands think their wives, as things, should perform as things. If they don’t they are replaced by other things. Some women even believe this and allow themselves to be abused. Some men have 4 marriages before they figure this out.
Justification of evil
Sex perversion is not an issue to Thing People because the body is simply a short-term asset for a short-life so the consequences of evil behavior in this life have no impact. If you get STDs or oral cancer from oral sex, so what? You were going to die anyway of something. By the time an adult nurtured on these lies of origin wises up, it is too late to change the consequences of immoral living. The person who believes he is a thing, should he live long enough, may become totally depraved. Workers in mental institutions will verify this.
Fortunately the demands of modern life are such that people may come to a quicker realization of their predicament. They may not be able to change their minds completely, but at least they realize that the fruits of that lifestyle are not leading to the pursuit of happiness.
Theology for the lawless
At the root of this malaise is the theory of evolution which negates the principle that God created everything. Evolution is unproven; but that bothers no one if they want to abandon all morals and do anything they wish. For the lawless it is a perfect theology. And it has become the quasi-theology of our age thanks to an ever decaying educational system and the silly notion that ideas don’t count. Evolution allows us to deceive ourselves that there are no consequences for behavior. If the moral law is invalid then I can do pretty much as I please. Whatever feels good! We see anarchy everyday now, shootings and marches, burning buildings, lootings and shoplifting. Some political figures make their living stirring up trouble.
Jesus never asked How do you feel?
We are being ruled by emotions. Unhappy people are routinely asked How do you feel? Jesus never said that even one time. He said ” What do you think?” Thinking precedes action. Feelings are a reaction. For that I suggest Dr. Phil. Feelings have no power to break the lie over a life.
How do you break the power of a lie- particularly one so strong that it makes demonic hirelings out of its most violent adherents?
There is no power against the Truth. That is why freedom of speech, religion, and assembly is not the last but the FIRST Amendment of the Constitution. The US Constitution is the set of rules we agree to live by. Without that we are powerless to preserve our lives. It means we should not allow others to shut us up. or change the Constitution wily-nily.
Abuse is political, global, theological, universal
Of course it will have repercussions – it always does. Other people’s lack of understanding should not hamper your behavior. If you know what you know, then you are free to repeat it. Churches have also gotten cold feet about the truth, but I notice that many of those are losing members. People have an ear for truth who actually want it, and will not finance fraud. I think we can expect some denominations to fade entirely.
Abuse is 13,000 years old
PBS featured a film of the oldest skeleton ever discovered in an area of northern Mexico. The 20-odd year old girl showed signs of physical abuse. So the mistreatment of human beings, thinking they are things, goes back to the very origins of mankind. https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2017/09/13000-years-old-ancient-skeleton-found-in-submerged-cave-near-tulum/
One of the major TV news stations reported, to their dismay, that over 70% of American young people believe in Biblical creation. Perhaps they had assumed that the mental conditioning which ignored basic truth had been replaced by the evolutionary thinking of amoral man. I breathed a sigh of relief. That is the first helpful prophetic idea I’ve heard in a long time. When people go back to the Biblical way of thinking there is hope even if they are not sure why. Thank you God.