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End of Framework (Part 3)

For context of this post please read: the-end-of-framework-part-2/ and for context of part 2 please read: /the-end-of-framework-part-1/

 After stating that many would be lovers of themselves and of money, Paul wrote (at 2 Timothy 3:1-4) that people would also be boastful, haughty, and puffed up with pride, traits that often reflect a feeling of superiority because of one’s abilities, appearance, wealth, or rank. People with such traits crave to be admired and adored. One scholar wrote the following about the person who has an all-consuming pride: “In his heart there is a little altar where he bows down before himself.” Some have said that inordinate pride is so distasteful that even the proud dislike it in others.

Some people become proud because of their good looks, popularity, musical ability, physical prowess, or exalted position. David had not just one of these assets but all of them; yet, he remained humble throughout his life. After he killed Goliath and was offered the daughter of King Saul to be his wife, David said: “Who am I and who are my relatives, my father’s family in Israel, for me to become son-in-law to the king?” (1 Sam. 18:18) What helped David remain humble? The qualities, abilities, and privileges David had were because God ‘stooped down,’ or humbled himself, to pay attention to him. (Ps. 113:5-8) David knew that he did not possess anything good that he had not received from Jehovah God.​—Compare 1 Corinthians 4:7 “For who makes you different from another? Indeed, what do you have that you did not receive? If, in fact, you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not receive it?” [excerpted w January 2018

“Where is the love?”….[“Where Is The World Headed?” excerpted article: w05] my highlights…

 Yes, human society is steeped in nationalism. Each nation and ethnic group is driven by the desire for self-determination. National sovereignty combined with the spirit of competition and greed has produced a volatile mix. In one case after another, when national interests conflict with global interests, national interests win out.

Nationalism is well described by the psalmist’s expression, “the pestilence causing adversities.” (Psalm 91:3) It has been like a plague on humanity, leading to untold suffering. Nationalism with its resultant hatred of other peoples has existed for centuries. Today, nationalism continues to fan the flames of divisiveness, and human rulers have not been able to stop it.

Many authorities recognize that nationalism and self-interest are the root of the world’s problems. For example, former United Nations Secretary-General U Thant observed: “So many of the problems that we face today are due to, or the result of, false attitudes . . . Among these is the concept of narrow nationalism—‘my country, right or wrong.’” Still, nations today, engrossed in self-interest, are clamoring more and more for their own sovereignty. Those who have the advantage do not wish to give up even a little of it. For example, the International Herald Tribune made this observation about the European Union: “Rivalry and mistrust remain basic patterns of European politics. For most EU member states, it is still unacceptable for one of their peers to gain greater influence and take the lead.”

[..] By breaking the world up into their own separate dominions, groups of men as well as individuals have experienced the fulfillment of this Bible principle: “One isolating himself will seek his own selfish longing; against all practical wisdom he will break forth.”—Proverbs 18:1.

The only way the world will become united is by having one world authority that works in the interests of all people. Many thinking people recognize this need. Those who do, however, often look in the wrong place. For example, many commentators, including religious leaders, have urged people to look to the United Nations for world unity. However, human organizations, no matter how noble their ideals, have never been able to solve mankind’s international problems. Rather, most of these organizations have simply become a reflection of the disunity that exists among various nations.

The Bible warns against looking to human institutions for the solution when it says: “Do not put your trust in nobles, nor in the son of earthling man, to whom no salvation belongs.”(Psalm 146:3) Does this leave us at a dead end as far as world unity is concerned? Not at all. There is another way.

Relevant readings on Nationalism…[excerpted: Prejudice and Discrimination–Getting to the Roots AWAKE! 09]

Nationalism. One dictionary defines nationalism as “a sense of national consciousness exalting one nation above all others and placing primary emphasis on promotion of its culture and interests as opposed to those of other nations.” Ivo Duchacek, a professor of political science, observed in his book Conflict and Cooperation Among Nations: Nationalism divides humanity into mutually intolerant units. As a result people think as Americans, Russians, Chinese, Egyptians, or Peruvians first, and as human beings second—if at all.”

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”—Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Religion. The book The Nature of Prejudice says: “Abominations inevitably result when men use their religion to justify [selfish pursuits] and ethnic self-interest. It is then that religion and prejudice merge.”What is especially striking, the same book observes, is how readily many religious people “seem to slip from piety into prejudice.” Evidence in support of those words is seen in racially exclusive churches, sectarian hatred and violence, and acts of terror inspired by religion.

Pride. In the form of inordinate self-esteem or haughtiness, pride can make a person more susceptible to prejudice. For example, pride can cause a person to be prone to feelings of superiority or disdain toward the less educated or the materially poor. It may also make him inclined to believe propaganda that elevates his national or ethnic group. Clever propagandists, such as Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, have deliberately nurtured national and racial pride to rally the support of the masses and to malign those considered to be different or undesirable.

What does the Bible say? [Do] nothing out of contentiousness or out of egotism, but with lowliness of mind [consider] that the others are superior to you.” (Philippians 2:3) Ask yourself: ‘Do I take secret delight in flattering compliments about my own race or ethnic group or in disparaging remarks about others? Am I inclined to be jealous of those who have talents that I lack, or do I take genuine delight in their abilities?’

10/20/17 @ 8:50 p.m.

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The END of Framework (Part 2)

Need some context for this post, please see the-end-of-framework-part-1

Throughout history… ages and eras end/conclude (i.e. various historical periodizations)…what about the present system of things/framework of human society??… of course, it, too, will come to an end; a close…a finale… in stages…(and what are You/i gonna do about it?!) Depends.

The framework of human society and its various sectors… basically, break down to (3) category: government, religion, business… these three are intertwined… in bed together, all three will be exposed/destroyed. (I have NO DOUBT it will happen! And most likely sooner then later.)

The world scene has changed is changing… as i write this. Everyday evidence is mounting aka confirming Biblical prophecy fulfillment. Relevant readings and pasting excerpts to help You logically reason Reader:) on this life-changing-saving topic: Check it out:

“When anyone wicked bears rule, the people sigh,” says the Bible.—Proverbs 29:2.

History is filled with dictators who ruled with an iron fist, bringing untold suffering to their subjects. Of course, that is not true of all rulers. Some may have the best of intentions for their fellowmen. However, once they are in power, they often find that their efforts are frustrated by infighting and power struggles. Or they may abuse their power for personal gain, to the detriment of the people. “History is a tale of efforts that failed, of aspirations that weren’t realized,” said former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

The Bible also points out: “It does not belong to man who is walking even to direct his step.” (Jeremiah 10:23) Imperfect humans lack the necessary wisdom and foresight to manage all their own affairs successfully. If people cannot direct their own steps, how can they direct the steps of a nation? Can you see why human rulers do not have the ability to eliminate suffering? In fact, more often than not, bad government, or rulership, is the cause of suffering!

The afore-mentioned is partly why I chose a long time ago to be/remain politically neutral, to remain separate–a safety precaution, huh! As soon as anybody, even “seemingly” competent, nice, good, etc. gets in office– you know something hurtful/bad is gonna happen: some innocent person/fragile-life will be killed, maimed, hurt, etc… from an abuse of power of some sort. (I am fragile-life and have a lot to learn, however, I highly respect the sacredness/preciousness of life and would not want unintentionally to cause its loss.)

Love, Love, Love… where?? Is the love

“By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love among yourselves,” said Jesus.—John 13:35.

Religious leaders of every creed and denomination preach love and unity. The reality is that they have failed to instill in their followers a love strong enough to eliminate biases. Rather than helping to cultivate love, religion often contributes to the division, bigotry, and strife among peoples and national groups. In the conclusion of his book Christianity and the World Religions, theologian Hans Küng wrote: “The most fanatical, the cruelest political struggles are those that have been colored, inspired, and legitimized by religion.”

You with me… so far?… discussed 2 causes of suffering… bad (aka non-compassionate) government, bad (aka non-compassionate) religion… Okay, so IF I consciously choose to have nothing to do with so-called bad government and bad religion (aka abusive relationships needing severing to sustain life/health) and stay totally separate/uninvolved/unattached (meaning also having no part in any and all so-called fake holy days, etc…that manipulate the masses in spending money and time; forms of escapism from harsh reality of truth. Further context please see: halloween-twenty-thirteen/easter-eggs-and-chocolate/in-formed-un-in-formed/1-all-you-need-is/)…{please do Your own research on the origins of any/all so-called religious or nationalistic “holy” day… please, make an “accurately informed” choice. My own research has shown me much evidence that the holidays are a bunch of lies, lies and more lies…i value TRUTH aka accurate knowledge. (Life experience and simple logic teaches insufficient, misinformation, inaccuracies, lies: ultimately hurt, damage or kill. Just think about…all the trees, turkeys, life lost… and by drunk drivers, etc. and violence/anger/stress/distress occurring around and because of holidays.}

UGHH:( why am I still suffering??…

“Each one is tried by being drawn out and enticed by his own desire. Then the desire, when it has become fertile, gives birth to sin.”—James 1:14, 15.

All of us, because of inherited imperfection, are prone to errors and mistakes and have to fight against the desire for “doing the things willed by the flesh.” (Ephesians 2:3) When wrong desire coincides with opportunity, however, the battle can be especially challenging. If we give in to hurtful desire, the results can be devastating.

Author P. D. Mehta wrote: “A vast amount of suffering is due to our own lust, to our feverish pleasure-seeking and self-indulgence, to our greed and our ambition.” Cravings and addictions of all kinds—alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex, and so on—have ruined many “respectable citizens” and have brought suffering to their family, friends, and others. In view of mankind’s imperfect nature, we have to agree when the Bible says: “It is plain to anyone with eyes to see that at the present time all created life groans in a sort of universal travail.—Romans 8:22, The New Testament in Modern English, by J. B. Phillips.

Where we happen to live… plays a part in our suffering as well…

Some two thousand years ago, the Bible foretold: “Know this, that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here.”

Pointing out what makes the times critical, it goes on to say: “For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, self-assuming, haughty, . . . having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness, betrayers, headstrong, puffed up with pride, lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God.” Surely a key reason for all the suffering we see today is that we are living in “the last days.”—2 Timothy 3:1-4. [excerpts: Why All The Suffering? w 2013]

There are other factors contributing to suffering; of course… but I am trying to move this post on to more positives…:)…( please check out: “The End of Framework part 3″…when it’s posted.)

So, how do we cope??… some of us cannot help where we live and we had no control of when in history we were born or under what framework of human society… what family born into, what country, what government, what religion…chance happenings beyond our control. Or some of us have made certain major/minor life decisions… based on insufficient or mis-information…that have caused pain, etc…

what do we do NOW?

HOPE!!!… gives us power… to act with new insights… courage to gain more accurate knowledge… to patiently never give up in doing what is fine/compassionate aka applying these new insights in daily life…that bring us to a measure of happiness/satisfaction/self-respect now.

More readings…(my highlights)

 […], the inspired Scriptures also foretold that in our day, a misdirected kind of love characterized by selfishness would be shown by people who are alienated from God. The apostle Paul wrote: “In the last days . . . , men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, . . . lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God.” (2 Tim. 3:1-4) […] Pursuing selfish goals does not bring people the happiness  that they expect. Indeed, such love fosters a selfish world that is “hard to deal with.”

“Men will be lovers of themselves,” wrote the inspired apostle. Is it wrong for us to love ourselves? No, it is normal, even necessary, to have a healthy love of self. Jehovah designed us that way. Jesus said: “You must love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mark 12:31) If we do not love ourselves, we cannot love our neighbor. We also read in the Scriptures: “Husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. A man who loves his wife loves himself, for no man ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cherishes it.” (Eph. 5:28, 29) So a proper love of self is desirable.

The love of self mentioned at 2 Timothy 3:2 is not a normal, healthy love. It is a distorted, selfish love. People who love themselves excessively think more of themselves than it is necessary for them to think. (Read Romans 12:3  “For through the undeserved kindness given to me, I tell everyone there among you not to think more of himself than it is necessary to think,  but to think so as to have a sound mind, each one as God has given *(apportioned/distributed) to him a measure of faith.” ) Their main interest in life is themselves. They care little about others. When things go wrong, they tend to blame others rather than accept responsibility. One Bible commentary likens those who are lovers of themselves to “the hedgehog which . . . rolls itself up in a ball, keeping the soft, warm wool for itself . . . and . . . presents the sharp spines to those without.” Such self-centered people are not truly happy.

 Bible scholars suggest that love of self is put at the top of the apostle Paul’s list of negative qualities that would be prevalent during the last days because the other qualities result from it. In contrast, people who love God produce a much different kind of fruitage. The Bible associates godly love with joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, mildness, and self-control. (Gal. 5:22, 23) “Happy is the people whose God is Jehovah!” wrote the psalmist. (Ps. 144:15) Jehovah is a happy God, and his people reflect that quality. Furthermore, unlike those who are lovers of themselves and who are interested only in receiving, Jehovah’s servants find delight in giving of themselves for the welfare of others.​—Acts 20:35 “I have shown you in all things that by working hard in this way, you must assist those who are weak and must keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus, when he himself said: ‘There is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving.’”

We all need money, of course. It provides a measure of protection. (Eccl. 7:12) But can a person be truly happy if he has only enough for his basic needs? Absolutely! (Read Ecclesiastes 5:12 “”Sweet is the sleep of the one serving, whether he eats little or much, but the plenty belonging to the rich one does not permit him to sleep. “) Agur son of Jakeh wrote: “Give me neither poverty nor riches. Just let me consume my portion of food.” We can readily understand his reason for not wanting to be extremely poor. As he went on to explain, he did not want to be tempted to steal because theft would dishonor God. But why did he pray not to have riches? He wrote: “So that I do not become satisfied and deny you and say, ‘Who is Jehovah?’” (Prov. 30:8, 9) Likely you can think of people who trust in their wealth rather than in God.

 As foretold, many people today are “lovers of pleasures.” Just as there is nothing wrong with a healthy, reasonable view of self and money, there is nothing wrong with a balanced view of pleasures. Jehovah does not want us to practice severe self-denial or to abstain from wholesome activities that bring enjoyment. The Bible encourages faithful ones: “Go, eat your food with rejoicing, and drink your wine with a cheerful heart.”​—Eccl. 9:7. [excerpted What Kind of Love Brings True Happiness?]

Recap of Part 2: 1 reason for our suffering: we are living in the last days of the framework of human society characterized by negative traits/ethical chaos caused by distorted, non-compassionate, selfish love.  Other contributing factors to suffering: in either a less or more degree:…depending on our personal involvement/attachment (or not) in government and religion.  As well as inherited imperfection and hurtful desires…cause suffering.  All these types of sufferings can be reduced and will be eliminated and are of a temporary nature in the stream of time.  We can do our part:

  1. We can harness desire.
  2. We can cultivate and grow unselfish love expressed through compassionate deeds.
  3. We can abandon false religion and its enslaving practices/rituals.
  4. Change unhealthy habits that cut life short.
  5. Choose political neutrality.

10/20/17 @ 3:34 p.m.

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The END of Framework (Part 1)

Today is Tuesday, September ooopps…duh, sorry, am sleepy/slightly stressed;  mean, O-c-t-o-b-e-r 3, 2017. 🙂

October 5, 6, and 7th…have special significance to me (as fellow-fragile-life, as a woman and as a Bible student, etc. insert whatever description that specifies me, joanie w, aka boney, freckled-face learner.)

I have special events coming up. So, my priorities have shifted.

We all do that… have priorities at certain times and then we jumble, juggle, shift them/things around accordingly.

What I want/hope to accomplish at the beginning of the week or day is definitely different by the end of the week or day, eh??

{(My priorities as a teen or in my twenties/thirties have changed approaching 50. Though, spiritual things/my spirituality–must admit– has always been a Top priority for me since childhood. Go figure? Yep, i am a weirdo-lol;) and hopefully, a compassionate/lovable/likable one…contributing something useful to the planet and fellow-fragile-life.}

When a particular dead-line is fast approaching sometimes we kick it, kick into HIGHER gear to get whatever done/finished in time…before it gets too late. Most of us like to have things to look forward to which serve as an intermediary incentive/reward/i.e. piece of  YUMMY chocolate… persuading/pressuring our time usage.  After writing this blog, I will want to get some late breakfast or early lunch, huh?

When the end of the day is fast approaching what do You do??
When the end of the work-week is approaching what do You do??

When the end…(insert whatever here) is approaching what do You do??
Depends, huh?? On what is ending… is it a serious something?! Or a silly something?!;)

When the end of your fleeting youth or the end of your entire life…

When the end…. of the world… is approaching what do You do??…” End of the World” ??? “Kosmos”

Stay Calm & (Check it out please)… (then act with accurate knowledge as your prod.)

To know when the end of the world will happen, it is necessary to understand how the Bible uses the term “world.” The Greek word koʹsmos, usually translated “world,” most often refers to the world of humankind, especially the part that is out of harmony with God and his will. (John 15:18, 19 “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19 If you were part of the world, the world would be fond of what is its own. Now because you are no part of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, for this reason the world hates you.” ; 2 Peter 2:5 “And he did not refrain from punishing an ancient world, but kept Noah, a preacher of righteousness, safe with seven others when he brought a flood upon a world of ungodly people.”) At times, koʹsmos refers to the framework of human society.—1 Corinthians 7:31 “and those making use of the world as those not using it to the full; for the scene of this world is changing.” ; 1 John 2:15, 16 15 “Do not love either the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him; 16 because everything in the world—the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes and the showy display of one’s means of life*(bragging about one’s possessions)—does not originate with the Father, but originates with the world.”

The phrase “the end of the world,” which appears in many Bible translations, can also be rendered as “the conclusion of the system of things,” or “the close of the age.” (Matthew 24:3; English Standard Version) It refers, not to the destruction of the earth or of all humanity, but to the end of the framework of human society.—1 John 2:17. [excerpted reading article: When Will The World End? (my colored highlights)]

All of us-fellow-fragile-life are directly or indirectly affected by the framework of human society.

What will the end of this framework (of human society) mean for me??

(this post will be continued… in part 2.)

10/3/17 @ 11:50 a.m.

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