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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 decades 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 it must be 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.
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If you live in Yemen, Syria, or fire ravaged California, the Tribulation is now. If you are sold into slavery in Libya as a black man, what could be worse. If you are an infant in Indonesia used for sex by an adult male and tossed into a ditch afterwards to die, this is not the promised land. If you live in China and are forced to marry someone you do not care for because children are supposed to obey their parents, you just might be one of the 500,000 rural Chinese women each year who commit suicide by drinking fertilizer.
Perhaps you are a Venezuelan whose Communist nation threw money into a sinkhole and now you are scrounging through the garbage dump for a piece of rotten bread. You might live in Germany and be one of the blue-eyed, blonde white women raped by Muslim immigrants. Angela Merkel lost her post because of her open door policy, but you are still traumatized, and perhaps pregnant. Or you live in Central America and some guy in the USA gave you money to travel to the US border where he guaranteed you that the Democrats would let you in – but there are armed guards there? Where will you go?
Maybe you are the unlucky girl friend whose fiance Maniskumar slipped her poison to kill off her unborn child? Maybe he thought the Republicans would not be funding abortions anymore. Maybe he thought the Democrats were too weak in Washington to keep abortion funding in the budget? Maybe if you are pregnant you should think twice about this man you want to marry? This sounds like tribulation to me.
Perhaps you live on the coast of North Carolina where 8 trillion gallons of water was dumped in one hurricane, ruining the crops, killing the swine and sweet potatoes and making life and a future impossible for decades to come. Or you could live on the street in the Philippines; 1.2 million kids plus mom and dad and 2 or 3 other children. Fortunately it is the tropics so it never gets cold – just wet.
Perhaps you’d prefer Nigeria where one Sunday the Boko Haram may find the Christians in church, lock the doors from the outside and set the church on fire. Eight of the ten largest nations persecute Christians … death, imprisonment, denial of jury trails, or any trial at all, separation from children and economic deprivation. In Michigan as a female you may suffer genital mutilation which can led to life long disease and pain. It’s child abuse of the worst kind, and, as usual, females are the victims.
From my comfy perch in the mountains of North Carolina I can blandly believe that I am living in a sane and protected world. I am not. All around me there is tribulation for my peers in the Christians faith. Yes, we are facing the end; it is now, and it is creeping towards us day by day.