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Saturday, October 8, 2016

You Can Be An Undercover Agent for God

It may seem funny at first to talk about this, because it's not an idea we ever see or hear openly discussed. Who knew there was such an option? And many people fantasize about being a glamorous James Bond-type spy; sophisticated, attractive to women, at home in a casino, military-trained, and heroic. Quite the opposite of the Dalai Lama, the approved ascetic persona of a religious and spiritual person. It also runs contrary to the world's expectations, that when we are touched by God, experiencing a conversion from doubt to faith, we should proclaim it to everyone; as believers were instructed to do 2,000 years ago: "And then Jesus told them, 'Go out into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature'" - Mark 16:15.  

Yet, especially in the 20th Century, the exploits of heroic undercover Christians and Jews have been an integral part of God's work in the world. For example, the wealthy businessman Oskar Schindler, whose life was portrayed in the film Schindler's List, joined the Nazi Party, engaged in armaments manufacturing, and contrived to rescue at least 1,200 Jews from slavery and death camps toward the end of WWII. Moreover, he lived to tell about it and was declared a member of the 'Righteous Among the Nations' by the Israelis, not only for rescuing victims and getting them out of Germany, but by spending his entire personal fortune (around $7,000,000 in today's dollars) feeding and housing them.

Final scene of Schindler's List: "He who saves one life saves the world entire"

Then there was the Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who rescued tens of thousands of Jews from the Holocaust in occupied Hungary; who was arrested by the communists and killed in a Soviet death camp, probably in 1947. (Link) 

The Bible is filled with stories of undercover angels - either from God or Satan - who intervene in world affairs; rescuing us from the clutches of death or causing it. (Link) It's a real test of faith for us to maintain our sanity when facing this truth of the global arena, rather like an athlete going from a small town community college into the pro ranks. "Welcome to the NFL" is a saying often heard when a rookie football player gets his first real hit on the gridiron. 

Conditions have certainly changed since the New Testament was penned. These days, vocal Christians of every conceivable denomination are everywhere in the media, churches, and streets, proselytizing and persuading. There's little persecution of religious people, relatively. Martyrdom in all its forms - physical and otherwise - is not very common in the western world; unlike early Christian times (though antisemitism is on the rise, certainly). There isn't a need for many more theatrical believers.

So, to be effective at doing God's work, going undercover is clearly a viable and important option; particularly if one works in law enforcement. Exposing sexual abuse, pedophiles, and breaking up international victim importation rings rank high on the list of great and good deeds.  But what if working for the police isn't compatible with your abilities and talents? Is there another option? There is, and Oskar Schindler showed the way. One can do God's work in secret, and have an effect, at least for while. 

But first, we must be aware of the danger of lying to ourselves about our motives and methods of operation. Self-deception is the gravest danger we face, and it's a whole life's work to eliminate lying entirely. We never can be utterly truthful all the time, because, for one thing, we don't know, and never really can know pure truth in this life. But we don't have to. It's quite enough to honor and conform to the Ten Commandments and the wisdom of Judeo-Christian Scripture. If you are sincere, and seek God on a daily basis, you will be guided and encouraged. If you find this feeling absent, you're much better off doing something else in life. The penalty for joining the wrong side in this ancient Crusade is too terrible to contemplate. The reward for doing it well, however, is unutterably sublime and noble. 

Eventually, though, you will be discovered. Even the greatest spies and double agents who ever lived were exposed (James Bond, too, in every film). Many were imprisoned and killed. Some escaped to their home countries. The infamous Klaus Fuchs, a physicist who helped the U.S. build the first nuclear bombs, also passed the information on to Soviet agents in the mid 1940's, which enabled the mass killer Stalin to acquire them. Fuchs was caught and sentenced to fourteen years imprisonment. (Link)

We who stand with God in these Last Days of Tribulation have an awesome choice to make. Will we risk everything we have to help our fellow men and women? Our reward will be indescribably wonderful. It's entirely your choice. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

"So God Created Mankind in His Own Image... Male and Female He Created Them" - Genesis 1:27

It's obvious throughout the animal kingdom that maleness and femaleness are genetic facts of life and procreation. So too are hierarchies of strength, size, wits, and behavior; whether aggressive or passive. These qualities produce dazzling variety, contrast, complexity, and drama throughout the whole range of living beings on earth; under the sea, on land, and in the air. Charles Darwin himself said his theory of evolution couldn't account for the astonishing variety of species. 

We humans are the only animals that find fault with this truth of existence, and try to alter it. The Progressive-Marxists of the world have labored for over 170 years to re-engineer humankind into something very different from what it has been for eons. They command that all humanity should be equal in every way, from success in society, to talents, education, and abilities. But this is an impossibility, a dangerous and toxic delusion that has never worked in reality except in Christian monasteries where everyone takes an oath of poverty. People are born genetically different, and have widely varying capacities and desires. It's also gross hypocrisy, because the Progressive-Marxist leaders of their fake Utopia accrue to themselves enormous power and wealth over their subjects, which makes a cruel mockery of their stated goal. Their endless war on human nature distorts life, becomes regressive, and stagnates entire nations and populations. 

Since 1848, Progressive-Marxists have caused caused global revolutions that stole the lives of hundreds of millions of people, and plunged the survivors into generations of slavery, misery, and want. But they never give up, no matter how many failures they've promulgated: the Soviet Union, Maoist China, North Korea, Cambodia, and others. Venezuela, the richest South American country in the 1970's, is now hungry and destitute thanks to Progressive-Marxist dictator Hugo Chavez. He ran his country into the ground before dying of cancer in 2014. 

                               Venezuela on the brink of starvation

Now the Progressive-Marxists have moved on from creating economic chaos to undermining the Western Tradition of equal rights, individual freedoms, and flourishing families. Confusion of sexuality is now their tool of choice, and they've had great success in promoting every form of non-traditional, even highly deviant sex. They've systematically damaged or destroyed the family as a stable institution throughout Europe, the Americas, and elsewhere. The family is an innate competitor and stumbling block to the totalitarian state, which must replace God in everyone's hearts and minds. Their stated goal is to remove all traces and memory of God. They are anti-theists. 

Of all the many alarming, twisted, and depraved schemes they've tried, the worst is the deliberate and malignant encouragement of confusion of sexual identity in children. The Western world's governments and academies have decided that minors should have surgery to change their sex if they want to. (Link) 

The Obama Administration is ordering schools and other institutions nationwide to open up bathrooms to any person of any "declared" sexual identity. This is a Pandora's Box of sexual perversion, since nobody can protect every child in every circumstance from the abusers who we know are present in society. They may be a small percentage, but the damage they do to their victims is often permanent and terrible. Our prisons are full of them, and many were innocent once, before they were raped and sodomized. The use of government authority to alter the course of nature is unalloyed evil. Maleness and femaleness will be erased if they have their way. 

Progressive-Marxists have gained control over our global media culture, a kaleidoscopic construction based around the internet, heavily influenced by social media, and nourished by corporations and governments working to direct popular tastes and interests. Movie and television stars, musicians, and politicians can become gilded idols in a few days, or be destroyed in a week, according to the whims and manipulations of a skilled crowd. Individuals who gain some control over this monster, even for a short while, become powerful and rich. Apple Corp., for example, has established itself over many years and become phenomenally wealthy, and for good reason. Their products are high quality. But most other media idols are bubble gum for the brain. 

To survive the powerful changes and forces surrounding us we must reconnect with God, however we define Him. There's abundant evidence that good is stronger than evil. 

So different are we from animals, and able to do things mental and physical which they cannot do, that the situation begs for an explanation. Charles Darwin himself found it impossible to believe that the incredibly delicate structures of the eye were created through evolution. He said,"The eye, to this day, gives me a cold shudder...". To think the eye evolved from natural selection "...seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest degree."  (Link)

Speaking of the eye, and light, you won't believe this: 

Watch this and wonder:  Star Cluster

Monday, August 29, 2016

A World Without Lies; Is It Possible, or Desirable?

Our greatest human failing is our ability to lie, and all of us have done it at one time or another. A "white lie" told for social purposes is often respected because we can't handle the truth in every situation. What is the truth anyway? It's often only an opinion. But sometimes it's dynamite, and must remain concealed for the sake of innocents.

If we knew that others could detect our falsehoods it would change our behavior radically. Criminality would decrease enormously, and few would be able to escape punishment. Criminals thrive when they think they won't be caught, and many crimes go unsolved. A polished lie frequently thwarts authorities, particularly juries. Convicts often admit they got away with many felonies before they were finally tried and jailed for one in particular.

What if we couldn't ever get away with lying? An effective lie detector would change the dynamic of civilization entirely. Rather than lie we would have to be silent, or face shame and rejection. Our silence would be our only defense, and not a very good one. If your overweight spouse asked, "Look how much weight I've lost! Don't I look fabulous?", our silence would betray us.

We couldn't be completely truthful in our daily lives and survive, if we tried it all at once. But a gradually higher standard of truth-telling is our only hope for survival. The blizzard of lies we're accustomed to living through now is killing us. What are the biggest lies? Take your pick: "It would be peaceful and good to live in a border-less world"; "The trillion-dollar deficits of the U.S. and the EU are not important"; "Islam is a religion of peace"; "America's police are racist, and they're hunting and killing minorities"; "We suffer. Therefore, there is no God"; and, "The world is safer and less violent today than ever before" (according to the Obama Administration).

Fact is, we're living next to a volcano, like the citizens of Pompeii and Herculaneum in 79 A.D. Small earthquakes presaged the deadly eruption of Vesuvius then, and we see similar, alarming signs every day in the news. Nature can't destroy us today, but the actions of mindless 'progressive' and rogue nations can lay waste to us all.

                                          The final day of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Imagine what would happen if our advancements in hi-tech gave us a sure and certain lie detection device. Our political systems would collapse until honest individuals could be found to lead us. Business leaders, too, would be going to jail wholesale, in many cases. Our entire criminal justice system would have to be cut back dramatically. Trials and lawyers would be as outmoded as carriage horses.

Don't think this won't happen in the future. Already, super-computers are perfecting eye scans, voice patterning, and cardio-pulmonary analysis which any day now could be proved 100% accurate and foolproof. Until that day comes, the ultimate detector of lies is God, who knows what we're thinking and planning before we know it ourselves. God is ultimate truth. No lie can exist in His presence. Which may be why he told Moses, "You cannot behold my face, for no one may do so and live." - Exodus 33:20.

Jesus spoke about the liars of his time, particularly the religious authorities,
"You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies." - John 8:44

Monday, August 15, 2016

Can We Change Earth's Climate?

Every day we read about earth's changing climate, and the dire consequences of not acting to reverse its direction. The proposed remedies are expensive and there's no guarantee they'll work. Nevertheless, western nations have spent trillions and decades cleaning up pollution and employing technology to save energy. We westerners have the cleanest and safest environment in the history of humankind. But much of the rest of the world isn't inspired to follow our example.

Earth's climate has changed radically over its 4.5 billion year history, back and forth between "greenhouse" periods (with little or no ice, even at the poles) to "icehouse" ones (with ice covering the entire planet, even at the equator). Several less severe events have taken place in the last 540 million years, and the cause was one or more of these: solar radiation, earth's distance from the sun, active volcanoes, and the effects of biological life before man (Link).  Large meteor strikes, which produce enough atmospheric debris to block out the sun for long periods, have caused sudden ice ages. Especially the one 65 million years ago that killed off the dinosaurs and ushered in the age of mammals; including us human beings (Link).

Two thousand years ago the Romans grew grapes in northern England, which is inconceivable today. Tree ring studies confirm that the world was warmer then than now (Link). The climate cooled in following centuries for some unknown reason, but warmed again between 900 and 1300 A.D., a time known as the Medieval Warming Period. Earth's population was small and there was almost no industry and production of greenhouse gases like methane and carbon dioxide. But the glaciers retreated, food production and population boomed, and the Vikings settled in Greenland.

Then, inexplicably, the climate relapsed into the Little Ice Age, which lasted from the early 1300's to the mid-1800's. The Vikings were frozen out of Greenland, and the Thames River in England sometimes froze solid in winter. Once again the planet began warming, but even our present day, seemingly-warm climate is classified as an "icehouse" period, because the polar ice sheets are present and they advance and retreat seasonally (Link).

Earth's population a thousand years ago was about 300 million, and it had changed little since the Golden Age of Greece. It reached a billion in 1810. Clearly, the earth's climate changes up to that time were independent of human activity. Today there are 7.4 billion people on earth, and we have enormous industry that may indeed influence our climate. But note that we're still in an "icehouse" climate regime of polar ice sheets [see above].

If a global treaty limiting greenhouse gases could be reached and enforced, it would make sense to sign on. Smoke and other pollutants are harmful to everyone. But the only nations who really care to do this are the EU, the U.S., Australia, and Canada. The rest of the world, over six-billion people, refuses to sign such a treaty because it's costly, and would stifle their industries to a degree.

The global media persists in maintaining the fiction that scientists all agree we must change our western economies to "set an example", and reverse the climate direction of earth. However, this panel of Australian climate scientists is typical of a large number of atmospheric experts who disagree:

It's a fact that global economic forces, often connected with governments, are behind the man-made global climate change story. It's extremely profitable for political-economic groups to create a demand for products that only they can provide. This is the very definition of a monopoly. Trillions of dollars and the power to seriously damage competing national economies are a powerful motive. At the moment, the monopolists are winning. Scientists are fallible people, not saints, and opinions can be purchased from the global media with the right amount of money. The stakes are huge, and well worth the massive investment required.

We who have faith in God recognize that the power to change earth's climate rests with God, and not with man, yet. The time may come when we will acquire that power, but we don't have it now.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

How "Real" Are We? And What Is "Reality"?

It may seem a silly question, but we've all criticized someone for being "phony" at one time or another. Phoniness and artificiality are noticeable and repugnant personality traits we all want to avoid. So how do people fall into that trap? Going to any length to please or impress others is one way to stumble into it. Being seen as "real" is a desirable quality, generally. How do we acquire it and know for sure that we have genuine "realness" within us?

Some people test themselves with great tasks, pushing to the limits of endurance and suffering, hoping to forge it within. Only they will know how successful they've been, and how "real" they are inside.

When life is easy it can seem dreamlike, as when you're on vacation in the Caribbean, maybe floating on a raft in sunlit water, drink in hand, with every hunger satisfied. It's wonderful to relax and savor the dream, for a while, until boredom sets in. We crave adventure and discovery as much as any vacation, and want to feel "really" alive. But the "real" world brings great discomfort, too, and is often filled with difficulties and challenges. This is where we can excel as much as anyone.

Pain causes us to believe in "reality", when the mind is overtaken by the awful, unwelcome truth of agony. When it won't go away, it's deeply frightening. This is true suffering.

Pleasure erases pain, compensates us for it, and also reinforces the feeling of "reality". Eventually the memory of pain may vanish. Which is stronger over the long run, pleasure or pain? The jury seems to be out on that.

If we know someone who is suffering, particularly a close friend or relative, our empathy can cause indescribable pain and suffering. Even if it's a delusion caused by a serious mental illness like paranoia, we will suffer. So it is our thoughts and feelings that afflict us most, and this is what religion is supposed to help us with.

"Suffering is the rock upon which all religions founder", a sage once said. The ship of religion may founder on the rocks but still recover, which is a job for the faithful. It's a huge problem with no earthly solution. But we will understand the reason for suffering when we pass beyond this earthly realm.

Our knowledge of reality, then, is bordered by major limitations, such as pain, pleasure, and death. How "real" can anything be that is destined to turn to dust? We and everything we know will disappear in time and be forgotten to this world. Which is why we need to know God, who will never forget or abandon us .

God is the one, supreme, eternal, and fixed Creator of Reality; beyond time, space, and the notion of death.  Every major religion agrees on this point, because everything known and unknown - seen and unseen - was created by the Super Intelligence of mind and heart which we call God.

What we call "reality" can never be the whole reality, because so much is hidden from us. The invisible worlds of atomic particles, viruses, and bacteria here on earth are a universe of their own. Size matters, but we are infinitesimal compared to the vast cosmos we see in the night sky; which is a tiny sliver of the cosmos. The difference between what we see in the night sky with our eyes, and what we see with telescopes, is like the difference between 0 and infinity.

Here's an example of the unreality of existence. All matter in the universe - as we know it - is mostly space, and empty:

How then can our lives have any importance? This is why: "All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players; they have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts." As You Like It; Act II, Scene IV -  William Shakespeare.

"Do you not know that the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have of God, and that you are not your own?" The Apostle Paul, I Corinthians, 6:19-20

Human existence is a drama designed to expose the great truths of good and evil, and their consequences. It is a school, a training ground, and a temporary abode; not a resort. If all we seek is pleasure, we will never find it. 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

How Do We React When 150,000,000 People Declare War On Us?

There are at least 1.5 billion Muslims around the globe, divided into three main groups: Sunnis, Shiites, and Sufis. Sunnis are the vast majority, and they look to Saudi Arabia for leadership. Shiites look to Iran's mullahs, and the peaceful minority Sufis look within themselves.

At least ten percent of these 1.5 billion Muslims think terrorism is a fine idea in the pursuit of Sharia Law, the 7th Century legal code which was largely abandoned by Muslims centuries ago. Another 50% or so sympathize with the terrorists, and won't inform authorities about terrorist acts they know are coming. Sharia Law directly challenges our Western Tradition of human and civil rights, freedom of thought, religion, and speech. Sharia Law openly declares that our Western values are heresy, and that good Muslims have an obligation to jihad, violent acts to annihilate all heresy and heretics. We Westerners - and many Easterners - are in a war not of our own choosing. But we have powerful allies. Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, and Christians outnumber Muslims four-to-one. We have common cause against the Islamists.

A Muslim reformation has occurred in the last forty-five years, and the long-abandoned belief in Sharia Law is surging. Sharia calls for brutal public execution of adulterers, homosexuals, apostates (anyone who won't embrace Sharia), alcoholics, and drug addicts. Thieves have their hands cut off. There are no trials for any of these charges as we think of trials, and there's no presumption of innocence until proven guilty. An accusation by a few people is as good as a guilty verdict in many cases.

We're experiencing a massive, global increase in murderous terrorism. In 2015 alone, the cost of terrorist acts soared to $52.9 billion, and 2016 is on track to be much worse (Link). The human loss measured in lives and suffering is incalculable. Whole families are being destroyed.

Jesus taught the martyr's path of quiet acceptance of death. But Jesus came into this world to be a martyr, as predicted by Isaiah, around 740 B.C.E. He didn't require every Christian to suffer a martyr's fate: Luke 10:25-28. The Apostle Peter converted the first Gentile, Cornelius the Centurion, to Christianity, and approved of the Roman Army as a force to prevent anarchy (Link). Soldiers and policemen put their lives on the line for God, too, if their cause is just. We know that preventing the Nazis, the Japanese Empire, and the Soviet Union from dominating the world was a just cause (Link).

All Western nations have a Judeo-Christian foundation and orientation; or at least they did until recently. In the last fifty years we've witnessed mass abandonment of religious and spiritual values, and jihadist terrorists see this as an invitation to destroy us. It's happening now, and it will become a daily slaughter from now on. Our failure to defend ourselves is suicide, and suicide is a crime against ourselves and God (Link).

What's worse, our global leaders are grossly negligent through their willful ignorance or craven desire for power. They know of, but won't tell us the truth about radical Islam. All advanced nations recognize reckless endangerment, depraved indifference, and implied malice as serious crimes deserving of a prison sentence. The leaders who engage in this evil behavior must be removed and prosecuted.

Our present dilemma is the long-awaited Armageddon, when God's forces finally have it out with Satan's millions. We will win, but you must choose which side you're on.

                                Jim Caviezel played Jesus in The Passion of the Christ.

Monday, June 20, 2016

You Have Everything to Gain and Nothing To Lose

This is so simple, so truthful, and so intelligent that you might just think there's a catch: