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The rotors are spinning at full speed, the manure is loaded into the trebuchet and the slack is out of the firing trigger.
Nervous? Troubled? Afraid? Don’t be. There is Someone who is thoroughly in charge. And no, it ain’t Valerie Putin or Vladimir Jarret. (Yes, you should be laughing. It’s okay.)
Deep breath. Read this and remember it tomorrow and next week. Your sanity may depend on it.
And Jesus came and touched them: and said to them, Arise, and fear not.
There are 100,000,000,000 (100 billion) stars in our galaxy.
It is estimated that there are 100,000,000,000 (100 billion) galaxies in the universe.
That means that there are 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (10 sextillion) stars in the universe, or so I estimate.
Our sun, which we will consider an average star, burns 607,000,000 (607 million) tons of hydrogen per second in fusion reactions.
If we take the 10 sextillion stars in the universe multiplied by an average hydrogen burn of 607 million tons per star per second, we get a universal hydrogen burn of:
6,070,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (6.07 nontillion) tons of hydrogen per second.
1 gram of hydrogen contains 602,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (602 sextillion) atoms. Remember “moles” from chemistry class?
There are 454 grams in a pound.
There are 2000 pounds in a ton.
Therefore, there are 908,000 grams in a ton.
If we take the 602 sextillion atoms in one gram of hydrogen and multiply that by 908,000 grams per ton, we get:
546,616,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (546 octillion) hydrogen atoms per ton.
Multiply the 546 octillion atoms per ton by the universal hydrogen burn of 6.07 nontillion tons per second, and you get:
3,317,959,120,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (3.318 novemdecillion) atoms of hydrogen consumed every second in the universe.
Because every fusion reaction is fusing 2 atoms of hydrogen into one atom of helium (plus an energy yield), we divide 3.318 novemdecillion by 2 and get:
1,658,979,560,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (1.659 novemdecillion) fusion reactions per second in the universe.
God is specifically and infinitely conscious of every single one of those fusion reactions because He is the cause, driver and sustenance of every single one of them. If He doesn’t will it or permit it, it doesn’t happen.
This is the same God that spends every nanosecond of your life in a state of burning, aching, consuming love for YOU. Correction. He didn’t start loving you when your life began. He has loved you FOR ALL ETERNITY. There has literally never been a “time” when He didn’t love you. This is the same God that is so desperately and – dare I say it – pathetically in love with you that He died for you. In fact, He let YOU kill Him, because that was the only way that His love could be consummated. It had to be. And He knew it had to be that way from all eternity. And He still willed you into existence and knit you together atom by atom, cell by cell, in you mother’s womb WHILE He was driving 1.659 novemdecillion fusion reactions per second – just so you could maybe look up into the night sky and see this:
The Perseus Cluster. Every point of light in this image is NOT one star, but one GALAXY.
From Ann Barnhardt: http://www.barnhardt.biz/
On John Maynard Keynes and the Hollow Man Phenomenon
By: Ann Barnhardt
A few of years ago I stumbled across a movie on Netflix (when I still had it) that I *thought* would be very interesting. It was called “Carrington” and starred Emma Thompson, whom I have liked as an actress ever since she dramatized and starred in what will forever be the definitive film version of Jane Austen’s “Sense & Sensibility”.
The movie “Carrington” was about the so-called “Bloomsbury Group” in England in the early 20th century. This group of people is widely regarded in retrospect as being massively influential, and as one of the purest early sources of Modernism – the heresy which has infected and all-but-destroyed the Church, and Western Civilization as a corollary.
These people were all massively disturbed, with almost all of them being bisexual and embracing sodomy and rejecting monogamy as one of the purest forms of protest and rejection of (locally) Victorian, traditional, bourgeois, Christian society. To put it simply, they were all – male and female – screwing each other, egged on largely by the wicked sodomite ringleader Lytton Strachey.
You can watch “Carrington” if you want, I suppose, but be forewarned: it is pornographic. And no, not titillating or grasping at beauty in any way – it is the kind of thing that once you see you just want to go inflict a severe head trauma upon yourself so that maybe – just maybe – those incredibly sad, ugly and evil images will be purged from your memory. And in the hopes of thoroughly ruining it for you, the way it all ended was that Lytton Strachey died of cancer or some such, whereupon the “heroine”, Dora Carrington, promptly blew her head off with a shotgun.
Oh, wait. Did I also mention that they were all EUGENICISTS? Yeah. Funny how these little “idiosyncrasies” always seem to crop up cheek-by-jowel, no?
So, you may be sitting there asking yourself why in the WOLRD would I have any interest in a movie about these people in the first place. The answer is because one of the core members of this wicked group of Modernist sodomite eugenicists was none other than…
JOHN MAYNARD KEYNES.
Yes, THAT John Maynard Keynes. The father and “god” of all modern economics – the most influential economist, without question, of the 20th century. Keynes’ economic theories (and it is extremely charitable to even dignify them as “theories”) basically revolved around the premise that aggregate demand was the sole determiner of overall economic activity, and thus if the State (read: “The Central Banks’ respective puppet fronts and operational arms”) intervened in the economy by printing money and providing “stimulus” to aggregate demand, this was the means by which full employment could be achieved and permanently maintained.
DOES THIS SOUND FAMILIAR????
As people with functioning brains in their heads now know and understand, if even only from a purely experiential, real-life basis, this is all abject, steaming hog diarrhea. Government intervention does NOT stimulate aggregate demand, but in fact hinders it. Printing money and debasing the currency is not only ineffective, but is a capital crime because it is THEFT on a scale so massive that it is literally obscured from the view of the people by virtue of its enormity. The only purpose applied Keynesian theory serves is to rapidly enrich and fraudulently empower a micro-oligarchy dwelling within the Central Bank-cum-Government matrix.
Did I mention Keynes was a super-promiscuous sodomite? And a eugenicist?
Back to the movie. So I sit through this hideous film, and guess what? Guess who has been utterly purged from the script? Guess who is never seen or mentioned?
John. Maynard. Keynes.
Wow. Ya think? Ya think these Modernist wretch tyrants and their media toadies would want to hide the fact that the “father” of this economic paradigm that is taught as unquestionable dogma in every university in Western Civilization today was a nasty pervert and despicable human being?
But wait, it gets better. Last night I stumbled across this video posted over at Ace of Spades of Friedrich Hayek being interviewed in which he speaks about Keynes. And what does Hayek (a genuinely good and contributive economist) say of Keynes? Basically, that Keynes the economist was a total fraud. He praises Keynes intrinsic intelligence, but says that he was lazy and that his economic theories were pure fluff – a paper facade. Keynes gave no deep, serious thought to any of it, and couldn’t defend it when confronted by great minds.
As even armchair economists can now see, such simple questions as:
1. What is money? 2. Where will the so-called intervening government stimulus money come from? 3. Does printing money ad infinitum have any negative moral or economic consequences? 4. If government “stimulus” does not achieve full employment, is more stimulus the answer? Is there any limit to the amount of stimulus that could be required? 5. Could an economy become addicted to this government “stimulus” and thus turn into a massive, sucking maw which then inevitably implodes upon itself killing a non-trivial percentage of the surface population? 6. Are you okay with point 5 as long as the majority of those killed are brown people and/or those who “judge” your enthusiasm for violently abusing your posterior fundament, and the posterior fundaments of others?
Guys, I have said this before, but I’ll say it again. This flagging civilization, which you are right in the heart of, is a giant, hollow scam. There’s no “there” there. The people running the world and being hailed as geniuses are almost all utter frauds. Universities churn out people who are all-but-illiterate. If you define “literacy” as being able to read street signs, then yes, most of them (but not all) are literate. If you define literacy properly, meaning a man who is well-read and truly educated and thus able to THINK, and REASON and CREATE, and thus contribute to and grow the culture, then… no. Sorry. Intellects are hollow. Souls are hollow. Culture is hollow. Government is hollow. Economies are hollow. MEN ARE HOLLOW.
It’s all going to pop. Maybe not tomorrow. Maybe not next week or next month, but it WILL pop because it MUST.
Keynes was a fraud.
The totality of the political class are all slack-jawed frauds. They couldn’t solve ANY of these problems even if they wanted to because they lack the intelligence and the character to actually do it.
The universities are FILLED with frauds, especially in the soft sciences.
The Church is filled with frauds (Marxist-sodomite infiltrators) and with those who are so woefully ignorant that their non-invincible ignorance constitutes a form of fraud.
Everything you see around you is tissue-paper thin, and if you scratch it, you realize that there is no solidity to anything in Western Civilization any longer. Instead of being anchored to Truth in a well-built and competently-helmed barque, the ropes have been cut, the ballast jettisoned, and our papier mache ship of lies is riding the gulf stream of evil straight into Hurricane Reality.
The Good News (TM) is that scripture is filled with the imagery and language of the empty being filled. Over and over again Our Lord makes clear that this condition of “hollowness” is not only fixable in every man, but what Our Lord desires for every man. But only He can fill the hollowness in men. There is no substitute. Everything else is fraud, and not only will the hollowness remain, but will increase with each attempt at filling oneself with these frauds. Dora Carrington tried to fill her hollowness with perverted sex and philosophical lies until finally her facade gave way – to a shell-full of double-aught buck. And her “friend”, John Maynard Keynes, “helped” her the same way he is “helping” the global economies today: straight into hell.
Give glory to the Lord, for He is good: for His mercy endureth for ever. Let them say so that have been redeemed by the Lord, whom He hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy: and gathered out of the countries. From the rising and the setting of the sun, from the north and from the sea. They wandered in a wilderness, in a place without water: they found not the way of a city for their habitation. They were hungry and thirsty: their soul fainted in them.
And they cried to the Lord in their tribulation: and He delivered them out of their distresses. And He led them into the right way: that they might go to a city of habitation. Let the mercies of the Lord give glory to Him: and His wonderful works to the children of men. For He hath satisfied the empty soul, and hath filled the hungry soul with good things. Such as sat in darkness and in the shadow of death: bound in want and in iron.
Because they had exasperated the words of God: and provoked the counsel of the most High: And their heart was humbled with labours: they were weakened, and their was none to help them. Then they cried to the Lord in their affliction: and He delivered them out of their distresses. And He brought them out of darkness, and the shadow of death; and broke their bonds in sunder. Let the mercies of the Lord give glory to Him, and His wonderful works to the children of men.
Because He hath broken gates of brass, and burst the iron bars. He took them out of the way of their iniquity: for they were brought low for their injustices. Their soul abhorred all manner of meat: and they drew nigh even to the gates of death. And they cried to the Lord in their affliction: and He delivered them out of their distresses. He sent His Word, and healed them: and delivered them from their destructions.
Let the mercies of the Lord give glory to Him: and His wonderful works to the children of men. And let them sacrifice the sacrifice of praise: and declare His works with joy. They that go down to the sea in ships, doing business in the great waters: These have seen the works of the Lord, and His wonders in the deep. He said the Word, and there arose a storm of wind: and the waves thereof were lifted up.
They mount up to the heavens, and they go down to the depths: their soul pined away with evils. They were troubled, and reeled like a drunken man; and all their wisdom was swallowed up. And they cried to the Lord in their affliction: and He brought them out of their distresses. And He turned the storm into a breeze: and its waves were still. And they rejoiced because they were still: and He brought them to the haven which they wished for.
Let the mercies of the Lord give glory to Him, and his wonderful works to the children of men. And let them exalt Him in the church of the people: and praise Him in the chair of the ancients. He hath turned rivers into a wilderness: and the sources of water into dry ground: A fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein. He hath turned a wilderness into pools of water, and a dry land into water springs.
And hath placed there the hungry; and they made a city for their habitation. And they sowed fields, and planted vineyards: and they yielded fruit of birth. And He blessed them, and they were multiplied exceedingly: and their cattle he suffered not to decrease. Then they were brought to be few: and they were afflicted through the trouble of evils and sorrow. Contempt was poured forth upon their princes: and he caused them to wander where there was no passing, and out of the way.
And He helped the poor out of poverty: and made Him families like a flock of sheep. The just shall see, and shall rejoice, and all iniquity shall stop their mouth. Who is wise, and will keep these things: and will understand the mercies of the Lord?
New King James Version (NKJV)
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.
From MM: http://maddmedic.wordpress.com/
The First Amendment to the Constitution reads:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Here is how the concepts of freedom of religion and freedom of speech are applied in government schools, now that they are run almost exclusively by liberals:
The parents of a 6-year-old girl said their daughter was humiliated when a teacher interrupted the child’s one-minute speech and told her to sit down because she’s “not allowed to talk about the Bible in school,” attorneys for the California family allege.
The little rebel not only mentioned the Bible in school, but brazenly linked Christmas to Christ.
The incident occurred Dec. 19 inside a first grade classroom at Helen Hunt-Jackson Elementary School in Temecula, Calif. The previous day the teacher instructed boys and girls to find something at home that represented a family Christmas tradition. They were supposed to bring the item to school and share the item in a classroom presentation.
Brynn Williams decided to bring the Star of Bethlehem that adorned the top of her family’s Christmas tree. She also worked on a one minute presentation to explain that her family’s tradition is to remember the birth of Jesus at Christmas time.
“Our Christmas tradition is to put a star on top of our tree,” the little girl said. “The star is named the Star of Bethlehem. The three kings followed the star to find baby Jesus, the Savior of the world.”
That is as far as she got before her thought crime was abruptly ended by the teacher, who barked, “Stop right there! Go take your seat.” Brynn was the only student not allowed to finish her presentation.
After Brynn had completed the March of Shame back to her seat, the teacher proclaimed to the other students that she had done wrong by referring to the Bible.
Just a rogue teacher, right? Wrong. The whole system is rogue, as Brynn’s mother discovered.
“The principal confirmed that Brynn’s teacher did the appropriate thing by stopping her mid-presentation and there are specific education codes that protect the school,” [Gina] Williams said.
The principal then asked Brynn, who had tears in her eyes, to come into her office and deliver the same presentation that was censored in the classroom. Afterwards, the principal stood by her decision.
The reason: authorities had a duty “to protect the other students from being offended by Brynn’s presentation.” According to liberal ideology, the Christian religion is offensive.
Obviously this sort of humiliation will have a powerful effect on a child. Gramscians infiltrated and eventually came to totally dominate education for the same reasons they took over the media — to establish cultural hegemony. What they are doing with their power can only be described as cultural genocide.
From this same Temecula Valley Unified School District:
Last October, a seventh grade student was publicly ridiculed by a teacher for reading the Bible. The classroom assignment had been to read a non-fiction book. The teacher told the student in front of the class that the Bible was fiction and refused to give him credit for the assignment.
If our liberal overlords succeed in eradicating Christianity by brainwashing children at public expense, they will replace it with pure, unadulterated moonbattery, consisting of authoritarian statism, collectivism, racial self-hatred, sexual perversion, and all the rest of the diseased delusions and repugnant moral deformities that make up the liberal mindset. There will be nothing about our culture that any reasonable person will be able to respect.
But by then it won’t be our culture anymore, and all reasonable people will have learned to keep their mouths shut until they can find a way to escape.
On tips from Artfldr and Dr. 9.
From MB: http://moonbattery.com/
Here’s Today’s Devotional from The Vine…
They were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord. – Luke 1:6
This is a beautiful thing to have said of them. Yet, after all, that is the test which every life must endure. It is not enough to have human commendation: how do we stand before God? how does our life appear to Him? No matter how men praise and commend, if as God sees us we are wrong. The Pharisees were righteous before men; but if you would see how they stood in God’s eye, read the twenty-third chapter of Matthew. We are in reality just what we are before God, – nothing less, nothing more. The question always to be asked is, “What will God think of this?” If we would meet His approval, we must first have our hearts right, and then we must be true in every part of our life.
One of the old artists was chiselling with great pains on the back part of his marble. “Why do you carve so carefully the tresses on the head of your statue?” asked one; “it will stand high in its niche against the wall, and no one will ever see its back.” “The gods will see it,” was the reply.
We should learn a lesson from the old heathen artist. We should do our work just as honestly where it will be covered up and never seen by human eyes, as where it is to be open to the scrutiny of the world. For God will see it. We should live just as purely and beautifully in secret as in the glare of the world’s noon. There really is no such thing as secrecy in this world. We fancy that no eye is looking when we are not in the presence of men; but really we always have spectators, we are living all our life in the presence of angels, and of God Himself. We should train ourselves, therefore, to work for the Divine eye in all that we do, that our work may stand the Divine inspection, and that we may have the approval and commendation of God.
The gospel of Luke tells us of a father who brought his demon-possessed son toJesus. Christ told the father, “Bring thy son hither. And as he was yeta-coming, the devil threw him down, and tare him” (Luke 9:41-42). The wordtare means to violently convulse, to terribly shake.This young man came to Christ and was about to be set free, translated out of the kingdom of darkness and into the kingdom of light. The devil saw he was about to lose another victim, so in a rage, he threw the young man to the ground in one last, violent attack. He wanted to kill him and take his soul before Jesus could deliver him.
Satan will try to do the same thing to you today. The moment you move toward Christ, he will attempt one last devouring attack. He will put before your eyes the most alluring temptations. He will try to cast you down with lies, telling you that you will never be free from sin and lust. He will try to convince you you’ll always be his, not God’s!
But let me remind you: The instant you move toward Jesus, the devil is rendered helpless. He cannot stop anyone who is headed to Christ! He could not keep the demon-possessed young man from reaching Jesus. All Christ had to do was say a word: “And Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the child, and delivered him again to his father” (verse 42).
James tells us, “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). So, how do you resist the enemy? You do it by faith alone! Simply come to Jesus, trusting that He will rescue you from Satan’s clutches. “Whom resist steadfast in the faith” (1 Peter 5:9).
You can be free today. You can say to Satan, “When I finish reading this message, I’m going to be a free person. Jesus is going to deliver me from every lust and ungodly passion. It’s all going to go because He said so.”
The times ahead may get hard for you. But the Father’s glorious, blazing sun will shine ever brighter for you!
Read this devotion online: http://sermons.worldchallenge.org/en/node/26005?src=devo-email
By David Warren
…The truth is rightly “proclaimed,” and not argued. The very Truth, and the subsidiary truths which the Church proclaims — about the nature of man and the world, the moral and spiritual order, history and futurity — are in their nature not “arguable,” on worldly terms. They are explained in Catholic apologetic, and organized theologically, exhibited in myriad acts of sanctity and holiness, exhorted indeed, but all of these essentially prior to “argument” as it is understood in the marketplace. They are received in faith, or not received: no empirical science can either establish or refute what is prior to sensory observation. On empirical principles, the plausibility of Scripture and Tradition may be established, but that is fussing with externals. They are what they are, Christ is what He Is — revealed. Such things can’t be analyzed in our modern, post-Cartesian, “scientific” way, in which we shuffle bundles of attributes like sticks or straws or counters, assigning each as we pass some face value, and totalling at the end.
I am trying to say something that is very difficult to understand, in the world as it is today — at least, so difficult that I have slipped on it myself — so bear with me if you will.
…Christ, very God, and a “created” natural order, break all our rules. I have seen in the eyes of so many, that they are scandalized. On the charitable agnostic assumption that we, Christians, do actually believe what we are saying, they can only dismiss us as arrogant prospective tyrants, making undemonstrated “scientific” claims. There is no acceptable way for us to convince anybody.
And the truth is that we can’t — that no publicity campaign can do it. For the alternative faith, in God rather than man, does not come from man, cannot come from man, and therefore cannot come from us. It is Christ who converts, and we who merely get in His way, or get out of it. Of course, our modern instinct is to stand in His way: to say, “Listen to me.”
Read it all at DW: http://www.davidwarrenonline.com/
Sunday, January 12, 2014
By T.L. Davis
The Lord said: “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” Matthew 19:21
The Lord did not say: “If you want to be perfect, go, sell all of your neighbors things and give them to the poor.” He did not say: “Take everything from your neighbor, sell it and give it to the poor, then follow me.”
Charity is a personal thing; it requires personal sacrifice and a willingness to do so from one’s own heart, with conviction. Charity cannot be found when theft is the first act in the chain of events.
Socialist Christians also believe that Christianity should not be defended through force, with the aid of weapons. But, they willingly use the force of weapons of the state to take from citizens the wealth they have created through their labor, which the state will then use to distribute through government to people it considers worthy of charity, usually those who will submit to the state.
They forget, or rather refuse to recall, that Jesus was a rebel. Jesus rebelled against the rabbis of the day who had lost their way. When the government of the synagogue had become wicked it was Jesus who confronted them, who sacrificed everything to confront them. In that time it was the synagogue that sought sanction from the government to destroy Jesus, not because he sought to “get along” with sinners, or to placate the evils of the rabbis, but because he challenged their authority, which they had lost. There are denominations today who seek to placate the evils of today’s society. There are denominations who seek to distance themselves from the Word in order to conform to a Godless society. Worse, they attack Christians who recognize that freedom to worship is worth fighting for; who understand that a society of liberty provides Christians the freedom to do the work of the Lord. Socialist societies permit religion so long as it serves the purpose of the state. Christianity serves only one master: God. It is the duty of the Christian to protect the weak, to defend the children, to offer charity, to lead as many to salvation as possible. Often this requires only a dedication to the church; to Christ and to ask for guidance in the ways to achieve these goals. Yet, it might require more. One is not in conflict with Christian values to fight to defend society from the evils of socialism and communism. While capitalism is not necessarily Christian, it does provide the individual wealth platform from which many, in fact, most Christian inspiration is drawn. It is the role of Christianity to ensure that the wealth created by capitalism is not wasted on the evils of pride, avarice, lust and gluttony. Christianity cannot be well-served by any other economic system. It is a crime to rob Christians of their wealth and socialism seeks to do nothing else. Socialists seek to remove God from the state and replace Him with police; remove charity and replace it with programs, remove education and replace it with indoctrination. What other evils must be evident in order to recognize that socialism is anti-Christian and should be resisted at every turn, especially in the church?
I have readers that are Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindo, Seikh. Each one does not believe in the other persons religion and that’s fine.
However: All one has to do is look up homosexuality in the Christian New Testament and this is what they will find:
1 Corinthians 6: 7-9
The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated? 8 Instead, you yourselves cheat and do wrong, and you do this to your brothers and sisters. 9 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men[a]10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
In the oldest religion (with the ONE, true GOD) Judaism, it is plainly written:
Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind; it is abomination.
וְאֶת-זָכָר–לֹא תִשְׁכַּב, מִשְׁכְּבֵי אִשָּׁה: תּוֹעֵבָה, הִוא
I get sick and tired of the lawless, ungoldy, evil, disgusting, left-wing filth telling people who practice their faiths what to believe and what not to believe. The Commies believe in NO God at all and they dictate to us who DO believe? NO. I am tired of this. Homosexuals have to turn to God the same as anyone else, they are not above God. The words in my Bible were not written for you to turn it into whatever makes you feel good. They were written so we could have peace in our lives. Liberals don’t even want religion in state, vc versa yet they push abortion and birth control ON the church.. Go figure. Hypocrites.
AND, because Phil is pissing off the Liberals so bad. I want him for President.
Oh, by the way…Phil is also racist now. (EYEROLL)
From The Mad Jewess: http://themadjewess.com/
Such as O. Wesley Allen Jr.:
But other Bible experts said the Scripture Robertson cited isn’t quite clear about homosexuality.
“A lot of people misread this text because it’s so complicated,” said O. Wesley Allen Jr., an associate professor at Lexington Theological Seminary in Kentucky.
First, scholars say, we have to look at the context surrounding Paul’s letter.
The Christian leader is trying to get the quarreling Corinthians to stop taking each other to civil courts and being judgmental. “The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already,” Paul says.
Things were supposed to be different after they became Christian believers, Paul continues; they were supposed to stop their sinful ways.
There are plenty of areas for conjecture about the Bible, especially the beginning of creation and the apocalyptic end.
But to try to say that the Bible, at any point, is less than clear when it comes to sexuality is a public confession of unreliability. The human form is the human form. The reproductive system is not the digestive system. Sexual activity outside of marriage (which I should not have to state means the heterosexual context, not any of the current ‘novel’ geometries) means falling short of the optimal.
The clarification is welcome. We know whom to ignore. The other good news, as with the Chick-Fil-A blowback, is that the tolerant, easy-going Christians in this country are awakening to the danger of getting pushed around by the godless Commie sodomites who’ve trashed our culture and politics.
This is a crucial step in recovering the situation.
From The Other McCain: http://theothermccain.com/
“Pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord” (Lamentations 2:19).
Recently I was playing Bible Challenge, a Bible trivia game, with some friends. My partner and I got the question “Who is the author of Lamentations?” My partner shouted out “Jeremiah!” I thought it was someone else, but she spoke with such conviction, I went with her answer. It turns out she was right.
My friend laughed and said, “You know you’re bad off when you’re looking for comfort in the book of Lamentations!” She had been walking through three years of medical challenges and felt like she was still no closer to resolve than when she started her journey. At times she has been discouraged to the point of despair and felt totally abandoned by a God she knows loves her. And yet in the midst of all of it she found comfort in Jeremiah’s words in Lamentations 3.
“He has driven me away and made me walk in darkness rather than light; indeed He has turned His hand against me again and again, all day long. He has made my skin and my flesh grow old… Even when I call out or cry for help He shuts out my prayer… I have been deprived of peace; I have forgotten what prosperity is. So I say, “my splendor is gone and all that I had hoped from the Lord.” I remember my affliction and my wandering… I well remember them and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope.
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions NEVER fail. They are new every morning; GREAT IS YOUR FAITHFULNESS. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.’” (emphasis mine).
If you are at the point of despair, do what Jeremiah did and pour out your heart to God. And then call to your mind the fact that GREAT is God’s faithfulness. He has not abandoned you and He loves you. Don’t allow Satan to deceive you to think anything else. God will be faithful in your life.
Found at MM: http://maddmedic.wordpress.com/
For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
GENEVA — Iran and six major powers agreed early Sunday on an historic deal that freezes key parts of Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for temporary relief on some economic sanctions, diplomats confirmed.
We need not know anything about the details of this “historic deal” to know that it is absolutely worthless. The Islamic Republic of Iran has no respect for law, and cannot be expected to honor any promise it makes, except for its long-avowed purpose to annihilate Israel, to destroy “the Great Satan” and otherwise to carry out its violent worldwide revolutionary jihad against the West.
All the Iranian dictatorship seeks to accomplish by negotiation with the West is to anesthetize its enemies, to render opposition impotent by means of treaties that will postpone the inevitable confrontation until Iran has become stronger and we have become weaker.
Any “deal” with Iran is necessarily a bad deal, and the double guarantee of a bad deal is that it was approved by the Obama administration, which is “historic” only as a monument to incompetence with few parallels in human experience.
“The practical way of looking at things . . . may serve well enough in ordinary, normal times. But our times are not ‘normal’ in the good old Victorian sense, and never will be again. . . . These men, even Halifax, were essentially middle-class, not aristocrats. They did not have the hereditary sense of the security of the state, unlike Churchill, Eden, the Cecils. Nor did they have the toughness of the 18th-century aristocracy. They came at the end of the ascendancy of the Victorian middle-class, deeply affected as that was by high-mindedness and humbug. They all talked, in one form or another, the language of disingenuousness and cant: it was second nature to them — so different from Churchill. . . . It meant that they failed to see what was true, until too late, when it was simply a question of survival.”
– A.L. Rowse, Appeasement: A Study in Political Decline, 1933-39
UPDATE: All that is necessary to understand what is wrong with this agreement is to quote what Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif told Iran’s government-controlled media: “All plots hatched by the Zionist regime to stop the nuclear agreement have failed.”
Ah, “the Zionist regime”!
From The Other McCain: http://theothermccain.com/
Luke 21 KJV
7 And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass?
8 And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.
9 But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.
10 Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:
11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake.
13 And it shall turn to you for a testimony.
14 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:
15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.
16 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.
17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.
18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish.
19 In your patience possess ye your souls.
20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.
21 Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.
22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.
23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.
24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.
25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” — Ephesians 6:12
The politician must appeal to the vanity of low human nature, through the flattery implicit in all demagogic speech.
The class resentment, that is unambiguously at the heart of Marxism, is also at the heart of democracy in its less violent forms; the demand for equality because, “I’m as good as you are.” Finally it pulls down not only the rich from their stations — the landed, the responsible, the high-born — but with them every noble aspiration the natural hierarchy existed to serve. In its place, & to assuage their iconic longings, the crass are provided with a theatre of “celebrities” instead; of the morally worthless, “famous for being famous.” Monarchy, where it survives, itself descends to the Hollywood level, in the vagrant hope of appeasing this mob. – - Three horsemen : Essays in Idleness
Found at AD: http://americandigest.org/