5/25/18 @10:10 a.m.
A gun going off??
No! a frying pan hitting You on the head!!! No, of course NOT, I don’t believe in violence!!… but, seriously speaking “symbolically” sir, what does it take??… to WAKE YOU UP and MELT YOUR PERMAFROSTED NEURONS?!
Annoying alarms are going off relentlessly… the inconvenient ones that show up in the spaces that haven’t been filled with mind-numbing nonsense (aka the convenient-handy Orajel freely distributed to the masses for the brain-aches brought on by TRUTH)!!
Back here again, eh? (to this post/blog) for more noggin’ knockin’… Hello, anybody home?! Anybody AWAKE?! Any Hearts still beating?!
Whether You choose to accept it or not Summer is here.:) Salvation awaits for those who exercise faith in Jesus aka MORE than a genius LESS than God Almighty.
Why are You afraid of LIFE?… the REAL life?.. endless life?
(Man seems more than enamored with death and its devious ways IF you ask me.) Humans continue to tread down the same worn-out tracks. The dead-end streets. The relentless roundabouts…of nowhere…………………………………………………………….. nearPeace.
Learning humility and in acknowledgement of my own personal frailties/limitations/imperfections tells/teaches me my possibilities:
Humans (and even relatively cooperative coalitions of Humans) and their so-called intelligence and capacities cannot do this or that for me or for You…only True-God-Yahweh can promise/will do…this and that:
“And He will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more; neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:3,4)
Yes, it is possible to live forever. Yes, it is possible to wipe out pain, tears, death… but, not with man dominating man to his own injury… as thoroughly displayed throughout our very-violent-history/modern-story…every-day newsworthy event.
Looking to the problem-makers for peace-solutions is stupid. Looking to the wasters/stealers-murderers-of-life… for salvation/preservation/longevity of life is Ridiculous! Need context? Please see if-you-want-to-know
My Well-Founded Hope… My “True” King–The Prince of Peace:)
The Bible points to two main reasons. First, although humans have accomplished marvelous things, they are not created with the ability to direct their own steps. Second, human schemes have failed because “the whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one,” Satan the Devil. Thus, human efforts have not been able to bring world peace.
See/understand–a lot of humanity/us-fellow-fragile-life–(including the UN and its Member Nations) are missing the point…we think we need to change our brain/mind (and about a lot of things)…when we really need to change our heart!:)
5/18/18 @ 3:13 p.m.
Christendom’s Clergy (including the Puppet/Pope) sing such a silly song…(of denial of ACCOUNTABILITY)!! They have utterly failed to teach the TRUTH. People are suffering as a result of eating lies. The spiritually (aka ethically/morally) confused/bankrupt/impoverished state of so-called Christian societies…is Christendom’s leaders’ and (duped by their duplicity) followers’ rotten fruit —millions massacred:( and millions(?) molested!!
🙁 — of their no labors.
For centuries the clergy of Christendom had failed to impart the knowledge of Jehovah, replacing it with man-made traditions and unscriptural doctrines. [excerpted: Righteousness Sprouts in Zion, Isaiah’s Prophecy II; Chp 22, pp 321-334]
Come on People, Don’t Forget now…a history reminder needed?
Guenter Lewy writes: “Had German Catholicism from the start adhered to a policy of resolute opposition to the Nazi regime, world history might well have taken a different course. Even if this struggle had ultimately failed to defeat Hitler and prevent all of his many crimes, it would in this view have raised the moral prestige of the Church immeasurably. The human cost of such resistance would undeniably have been great, but these sacrifices would have been made for the greatest of all causes. With the home front unreliable, Hitler might not have dared going to war and literally millions of lives would have been saved…When thousands of German anti-Nazis were tortured to death in Hitler’s concentration camps, when the Polish intelligentsia was slaughtered, when hundreds of thousands of Russians died as a result of being treated as Slavic Untermenschen [subhumans], and when 6,000,000 human beings were murdered for being ‘non-Aryan,’ Catholic Church officials in Germany bolstered the regime perpetrating these crimes. The Pope in Rome, the spiritual head and supreme moral teacher of the Roman Catholic Church, remained silent.” ~ The Catholic Church and Nazi Germany pages 320, 341.
“Pope Pius XI remarked to the German envoys how pleased he was that “the German Government now had at its head a man uncompromisingly opposed to Communism,” and on July 20, 1933, at an elaborate ceremony in the Vatican, Cardinal Pacelli (who was soon to become Pope Pius XII) signed the concordat.”
One historian writes: “The Concordat [with the Vatican] was a great victory for Hitler. It gave him the first moral support he had received from the outer world, and this from the most exalted source.” During the celebrations at the Vatican, Pacelli conferred on von Papen the high papal decoration of the Grand Cross of the Order of Pius. Winston Churchill, in his book The Gathering Storm,published in 1948, tells how von Papen further used “his reputation as a good Catholic” to gain church support for the Nazi takeover of Austria. In 1938, in honor of Hitler’s birthday, Cardinal Innitzer ordered that all Austrian churches fly the swastika flag, ring their bells, and pray for the Nazi dictator.”
I WILL NEVER SUPPORT (A) RELIGION(S) THAT HELPED (PUT) HITLER (IN POWER) (period)!!!
One who was “a master of crowd psychology as well as a brilliant orator” was Adolf Hitler. Like many demagogues of the past, says Dick Geary in Hitler and Nazism, Hitler believed that ‘the masses were swayed not by their brains but by their emotions.’ He played on this human weakness by cleverly exploiting the age-old technique of directing people’s hatred against a common enemy—as when he “turned the fears and resentments of Germans against the Jews,” says Purcell. Hitler vilified the Jews, saying, ‘The Jew is the corrupter of the German nation.’
What is horrifying about this whole era is that millions of seemingly decent people were easily incited to mass murder. “How could the people of a supposedly civilised country not simply tolerate but become implicated in the horrific barbarism of the Nazi state?” asks Geary. And it was not just a “civilised” country but also supposedly a Christian country! They were drawn into this because they preferred the philosophies and schemes of men to the teachings of Jesus Christ. And how many sincere, idealistic men and women have been led into horrific atrocities since then!
“What experience and history teach is this,” says German philosopher Georg Hegel, “that nations and governments have never learned anything from history or acted upon any lessons they might have drawn from it.” [excerpted article: The Nations are Still Not Learning]
Can i detect/see/understand the abusive-emotional-control (churches/religions have/hold sway on/over people) emerge/correlate (at times)…i.e., birth, baptism, marriage, divorce, death…holiday(s)…pocketbook…future: hellfire or heaven??!
I am NOT going to let the Big Bad Wolf huff and puff and blow down my house/my spirituality…cause it’s made of brick beliefs (foundation Biblical Truth)!!🙂
[…] Two vicious world wars have been fought involving so-called Christian nations. Down to the present, Christendom’s form of religion has proved powerless to stop ethnic cleansing and intertribal slaughter among her own members. (2 Timothy 3:5) Although Jesus taught his followers to trust in God’s Kingdom, the nations of Christendom continue to rely for security on military arsenals and political alliances. (Matthew 6:10) Indeed, most of the world’s major arms producers are found in the nations of Christendom! Yes, when Christendom trusts in human efforts and institutions for a secure future, she too is trusting in “unreality.” [excerpted: Isaiah’s Prophecy II p 302]
Yanking weeds? Yep!…for healthy spiritual garden growth…a necessary!:) Check out these eye-opening excerpts from article: Is Religion at the Root of Mankind’s Problems? W 04
According to the Bible, there is a very simple answer. Posing as “an angel of light,” Satan the Devil has misled millions into following his teachings rather than God’s. (2 Corinthians 11:14) The apostle John showed that Satan’s influence is so extensive that “the whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one.” (1 John 5:19) John knew that Satan was “misleading the entire inhabited earth.”—Revelation 12:9.
What have been the consequences of this? Satan has promoted religious systems that on the surface appear to be holy. They have “a façade of ‘religion,’” but their true condition is exposed by the evil fruitage they produce. (2 Timothy 3:5, J. B. Phillips; Matthew 7:15-20) Instead of helping to solve mankind’s problems, religion actually becomes part of the problem.
Do not quickly dismiss that idea as being farfetched or unreasonable. Remember, the very nature of deception is that the one being deceived is unaware of it. The apostle Paul gave an example of this when he wrote: “The things which the nations sacrifice they sacrifice to demons, and not to God.” (1 Corinthians 10:20) Those people would likely have been shocked to think that they were worshiping demons. They thought that they were worshiping a good god, or gods, of some kind. Yet, in reality they had been deceived by “wicked spirit forces in the heavenly places,” who support Satan in his efforts to mislead mankind.—Ephesians 6:12.
“What I teach,” said Jesus Christ, “is not mine, but belongs to him that sent me.” (John 7:16) Yes, what he taught was from Almighty God. So Jesus’ teachings had a powerful, uplifting effect on those who listened to him. They did not ‘numb the human conscience or fill the human brain with escapist fantasies.’ On the contrary, Jesus’ teachings set people free from religious error and human philosophies produced by a world that was “in darkness mentally” because of the Devil’s deception.—Ephesians 4:18; Matthew 15:14; John 8:31, 32.
True Christians were identified, not by a mere profession of piety, but by a faith that reflected the beautiful qualities produced by God’s holy spirit. (Galatians 5:22, 23; James 1:22; 2:26) Outstanding among these qualities—and the identifying mark of genuine Christianity—is the sublime quality of love.—John 13:34, 35.
Note this crucial point, however: Neither Jesus nor his apostles expected the Christian congregation to continue in the form in which it was originally established. They knew that apostasy would develop and that the true religion would be overshadowed for a time.
True Religion Hidden for a Time
In an illustration about wheat and weeds, Jesus foretold that true religion would be virtually obscured for a time. Read the account for yourself at Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43. Jesus sowed a field with wheat, “the fine seed,” which pictured his faithful disciples who would make up the original Christian congregation. He warned that “an enemy,” Satan the Devil, would in time oversow the wheat field with “weeds”—people who professed to follow Jesus Christ but who in fact rejected his teachings.
Very soon after the death of Jesus’ apostles, individuals appeared who proved to be “weeds,” favoring twisted human teachings over “the very word of Jehovah.” (Jeremiah 8:8, 9; Acts 20:29, 30) As a consequence, a perverted, counterfeit Christianity appeared on the world stage. It was dominated by what the Bible calls “the lawless one”—a corrupt clergy class that was itself steeped in “every unrighteous deception.” (2 Thessalonians 2:6-10) Jesus foretold that this situation would change “in the conclusion of the system of things.” The wheatlike Christians would be collected together in unity and “the weeds” would eventually be destroyed.
It is this counterfeit Christianity that bears responsibility for the “centuries of unredeemed barbarism” and spiritual darkness that enveloped Christendom in the centuries that followed. Foreseeing this and all the other depraved and violent acts done since then in the name of religion, the apostle Peter rightly predicted that “on account of these [professed Christians] the way of the truth [would] be spoken of abusively.”—2 Peter 2:1, 2.
“A Theology of Rage and Hatred”
It certainly is not just Christendom that has given religion a poor reputation. Think of the fundamentalist versions of “militant piety,” for example, that former nun Karen Armstrong says have been spawned by “every major religious tradition.” According to Armstrong, one crucial test of any religion is that it should lead to “practical compassion.” What has been the record of fundamentalist religions in this regard? “Fundamentalist faith,” she writes, “be it Jewish, Christian, or Muslim, fails this crucial test if it becomes a theology of rage and hatred.” (The Battle for God—Fundamentalism in Judaism, Christianity and Islam) But is it only the “fundamentalist” brand of religion that has failed this test and become “a theology of rage and hatred”? History shows otherwise.
Satan has, in fact, built up a world empire of false religion, identified by rage, hatred, and almost endless bloodshed. The Bible calls this empire “Babylon the Great, the mother . . . of the disgusting things of the earth,” and it is pictured as a prostitute who rides on the back of a beastlike political system. It is noteworthy that she is held accountable for “the blood . . . of all those who have been slaughtered on the earth.”—Revelation 17:4-6; 18:24.
Not Everyone Has Been Deceived
History proves, however, that not everyone has been deceived. Even in the darkest of times, notes Melvyn Bragg, “many fine souls did good when most around them were evil.” Genuine Christians continued to “worship [God] with spirit and truth.” (John 4:21-24) They stood apart from a worldwide religious system that had prostituted itself as “a reinforcer of military power.” They refused to be drawn into a working relationship of Church and State that history reveals as “more a pact made by Satan than any Jesus of Nazareth.”—Two Thousand Years—The Second Millennium: From Medieval Christendom to Global Christianity.
In more recent times, Jehovah’s Witnesses have been noted for their influence for good. To keep free from any taint of false religion, they have based their beliefs and actions solely on God’s inspired Word, the Bible. (2 Timothy 3:16, 17) And like first-century Christians, they have followed Jesus’ command to be “no part of the world.” (John 15:17-19;17:14-16) In Nazi Germany, for example, they refused to compromise Christian principles and therefore were not acceptable according to Nazi ideology. Hitler hated them for it. Says one school textbook: “Jehovah’s Witnesses . . . followed the teaching of the Bible not to take up weapons in any cause. So they refused to serve in the army or to have anything to do with the Nazis. In retaliation, the SS imprisoned whole families of Jehovah’s Witnesses.” (Germany—1918-45) Indeed, hundreds of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Germany died as a result of the Nazi persecution.
Of course, other courageous individuals of various religions suffered for their beliefs. But Jehovah’s Witnesses did this as a united religious body. By far the majority held firm to the fundamental Scriptural principle: “Obey God as ruler rather than men.”—Acts 5:29; Mark 12:17.
The Root of the Problem
So it is only partly true that religion lies at the root of all of mankind’s problems. False religion does. Yet, God intends to remove all false religion very soon now. (Revelation 17:16, 17; 18:21) His command to anyone who loves justice and righteousness is: “Get out of her [that is, Babylon the Great, the world empire of false religion], my people, if you do not want to share with her in her sins, and if you do not want to receive part of her plagues. For her sins have massed together clear up to heaven, and God has called her acts of injustice to mind.” (Revelation 18:4, 5) Yes, God himself is deeply offended by religion that ‘encourages strife, numbs the human conscience, fills the brain with escapist fantasies, and causes people to be narrow-minded, superstitious, and full of hatred and fear’!
Genuine? or counterfeit?…(that is the question!)
Building spirituality with Bricks? or sticks?
(A time to) draw(ing) straws? Conditional Probability?
4/22/18 @ 9:02 p.m.
In my POV (point of view) aka estimation, (albeit limited and partly by my (almost 49) years of existence/experience(s), acquired knowledge/education, etc.) us humans have the tendency to under and over-estimate ourselves and our capacities for good and our capacities for not-so-good… did “I” just do that by deliberate word choice, e.g., not writing bad?;) Of course!🙂… did it yet again, huh??… by writing “good” (or is it well?) and not adequate, eh?!
The “human achievement assessment pendulum” seems incessantly swinging: sky high into outer space via glorious mind rocket ride or swinging mercilessly into subterranean trenches down low at ocean depths below… via gloomy submarine/submersible mind ride…
Do we arrogantly solely credit ourselves, us humans and our capacities, with way too much??… in the positive and in the negative?! (And why do you write that joanie??)…
We are vessels of/under constant positive/negative influence and positive/negative pressure/manipulation…some of us (and choose to be) clay in the Great Potter’s hands (a positive process of becoming useful)*(see below) and some of us…”and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the Devil, seeing that they have been caught alive by him to do his will.” (2 Timothy 2:26)
Revelation 12:12 “On this account be glad, you heavens and you who reside in them! Woe for the earth and for the sea, because the Devil has come down to you, having great anger, knowing that he has a short period of time.”
Would it be naïve of me to think “organized” crime with a stealth crime boss doesn’t exist?? Just cause a seemingly unidentifiable fingerprint, at a seemingly obscure crime scene, doesn’t match an already caught criminal?? What about a super-human cruel-master crime-boss behind the scenes manipulating weak human marionettes??
Naivete and arrogance can make us vulnerable… humility can keep us vigilant, spiritually awake, and alert to any of our potential “blind” spots… and to any negative influences: super-human or imperfect-human…
Cruelty often does psychological harm and sets in motion a vicious cycle. Referring to the violence engendered by cruelty, Noemí Díaz Marroquín, who teaches at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, says: “Violence is learned, it’s cultural . . . We learn how to act out in violent ways when our environment allows and encourages it.” Thus, those who have been victims of abuse may well end up abusing others, perhaps even in the same ways that they were abused.
In other cases, those who misuse such substances as alcohol and drugs may end up behaving cruelly. Not to be overlooked are individuals who are dissatisfied with their government for not meeting the needs of the people. Some of them, being determined to make their views known, resort to cruel acts and foster terrorism, often at the expense of the innocent.
You might wonder though: ‘Have men learned to act cruelly on their own? What is behind the present situation?’
Who Really Is Behind Cruelty?
The Bible tells us that Satan the Devil wields a strong influence over this world, calling him “the god of this system of things.” (2 Corinthians 4:4) He is the most selfish and cruel person in the universe. Jesus well described him as “a manslayer” and “the father of the lie.”—John 8:44.
Does this mean that the situation cannot improve? Díaz Marroquín, quoted earlier, states that “people are capable of unlearning” undesirable behavior. However, with Satan’s influence permeating the earth today, a person is unlikely to unlearn it unless he allows a different, superior force to influence his way of thinking and acting. What is this force?
Happily, God’s holy spirit is the most powerful force that exists, and it can overcome any demonic influence. It promotes love and the well-being of humans. To be filled with God’s spirit, everyone who wishes to please Jehovah must avoid conduct even bordering on cruelty. This requires transforming one’s personality to conform to the divine will. And what is that will? It is for us to imitate God’s way to the extent possible. This involves viewing others as God does.—Ephesians 5:1, 2 “Therefore, become imitators of God, as beloved children, and go on walking in love, just as the Christ also loved us *(or possibly, “you”) and gave himself for us*or possibly, “you”) as an offering and a sacrifice, a sweet fragrance to God.” Colossians 3:7-10 “That is how you too used to conduct yourselves*(or “used to walk”) in your former way of life.*(or “when you lived that way”) 8 But now you must put them all away from you: wrath, anger, badness, abusive speech, and obscene talk out of your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another. Strip off the old personality*(Lit., “man”) with its practices, 10 and clothe yourselves with the new personality, which through accurate knowledge is being made new according to the image of the One who created it.” [excerpted readings: “Will Cruelty Ever End?” w 07]
Bookmarks can be underrated… especially useful in directing focus to a specific place, page in book or time in history…Thinking about 1914 as a history bookmark… specifically significant events: WWI, WWII, and all the unspeakable atrocities/crimes against compassion aka crimes against humanity… and the infamous perpetrators of these (whose names You can insert/recall)… who I don’t wish to waste my breath on naming… these killers/takers!!:(…What WOE experienced by our global human family since 1914 onward!!:(
**just a quick thought about: kings of Israel were required to copy God’s law and read it daily. Those who had Yahweh’s approval (and were compassionate/successful/kinder leaders) pursued such study to develop and retain the right/good/humble heart attitude and listened to Godly counsel. 2 patterns emerge from the many life accounts recorded in the Old and New Testament… those who chose to obey God’s law/requirements of how to engage life… and those who disobeyed. Every account where the person young, old, male, female, of their free will, chose to obey/listen to God/do things God’s way and not their own way say… things went much better for them individually than those who disobeyed…much pain, misery, and lives cut shorter.
Self-exultation v. cultivating modesty/humility…a topic for another time.
Further reading IF You:) so choose to check out:
3/22/18 @ 5:28 p.m.