How to Fix America in 10 Easy Steps

1. Restore order. Maintaining order is the number one function of government. This is something that Donald Trump has failed to do. It’s embarrassing for me to say that as a conservative. When we have massive, systemic riots in the nation, the President must take command. To do that boots are needed on the ground, and plenty of them. Where will we get those boots? That leads me to point number two.

2. Shut down the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq in their entirety. As long as we are over there, we will never be able over here to fix our problems over here. We don’t belong over there in the first place. Defending democracy begins here at home in the United States of America. The troops can be put to good use here. Of course, discipline and order is only part of the equation. Those are the sticks. To be successful, you need carrots. And that leads me to point number three.

3. Bring the manufacturing back jobs back to the inner city so that poor folk here have real jobs that pay real money. That can’t happen as long as exploitation is our national economic policy. Shut down the sweat shops in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. Poor folk can be making good money making shoes and apparel and all sorts of textiles here in the United States of America. How do we do that? Remember those troops that we brought back from Afghanistan and Iraq. Some are going down to the docks to make sure that not one Nike shoe enters the United States of America from overseas. Too bad, Nike shoes. Too bad, Lebron “Shameless” James. Your golden cash cow is cooked. And that leads me to point four.

4. It’s time to shut down the power of Corporate America and their well-paid celebrity shills. We do that by taking these large corporations and busting them up with a sledgehammer.. That’s what Ida Tarbell did to John D. Rockefeller, and it’s high time we took a page out of her book. We must tolerate no more of these international corporations that only serve to polarize wealth and emaciate the American people. Globalism and the global stars can take a hike. So can the CIA, the thug agency of the wealthy elite. It’s nothing more than a secret police force that engages in dirty tricks against ordinary citizens foreign and domestic.

5. When we get rid of the big corporations, we can jettison these international superstars like LeBron James also. Shameless James works against the black man. He incites riots in the inner cities that destroy black lives’ neighborhoods.

And why is that? Because the name of the game is race and race hustling in America today. Promoting class warfare serves the government and its bedfellow, Corporate America, well. It keeps the black man focused on rage which keeps him from beating his sword into a plowshare. It also ensures chaos in the black community that will ensure the production of black inmates necessary to justify the other cash cow from which Corporate America profits handsomely – the prison system.

All the while, Shameless James makes a fortune by shilling for Nike shoes. When he’s not pitching for Nike shoes he’s investing in Blaze Pizza shops that sell overpriced pizzas to white people in white neighborhoods. Where are the Blaze Pizza shops in Compton, East St. Louis and Algiers? They don’t exist. But you don’t know that, because the main stream media is controlled by a few corporate pigs. And that leaves me to point six.

6. Break up the oversized media companies. Google, Facebook, Apple, Twitter have too much power in the United States. There is no true diversity of opinion. These oversize media companies are really just agents of the federal government. We need diversity of opinion. Moreover we need truth tellers whose principal client is not their ten-million dollar salary. Someone who makes that much money is liable to say anything. Presenters and hosts must not be beholden to a corporation, but to the truth wherever it lies.

7. We must put a premium on honor and process again. We have become a Shark Tank nation focused on making money at any cost as if the size of one’s bank account was the sum total of a man or woman. It is not. A country focused and consumed by money, possessions and toys cannot survive. No system, I repeat, no system can hold up under greed. Healthcare is collapsing because of greed. Rapacious Palo Alto giants are rushing to substitute a human-based care model with a machine-based algorithm. The former relies on intelligence and compassion; the latter relies on AI and money-making efficiency. Which leads me to point eight.

8. We are human beings, and we should remain human beings. We are not machines. Yet we have Elon Musk and Neuralink that have the desire to make us into machines. It’s all part of trans-humanism, don’t you know? If we go down this route, will we be better off? What will we lose? Can our fragile bodies of carbon meet the demands of the mathematicians of the Third Reich of whom our Palo Alto overlords find themselves enamored. Transforming and perfecting humanity is their goal, and that is the vision that they have prosecuted in the United States for many decades now. It must be firmly repulsed.

9. Overthrowing the Fuhrer’s mathematical vision of the future, his dream of a master race begins in our elementary schools where we currently teach children that failure is not an option and that there are no excuses. This is antithetical to Christianity and it must be rejected. Christianity not only preaches that failure is an option, but that it must be an option; for if it is not an option, then there is no need for forgiveness. Never once have I read in the New Testament where Jesus walked up to a sinner and said: No excuses.

No excuses mandates a perfection of humanity that can not be attained.

Other pernicious methodologies must be jettisoned as well. The standardized test and the focus on mathematical scores serve to score and stratify people. People are thus perceived as better because their GPA and SAT scores sit above the 90th percentile. This engenders a sense of entitlement amongst the more intellectually gifted. The so-called best and brightest then set out to fulfill the false prophecy instilled in them that they are destined for great power, wealth and fame.

That people are better and more valuable than others because they were gifted with higher intelligence is antithetical to Christian thought.

10. This does not necessarily mean that Christianity must be the official religion in the United States of America. What it does mean is that Christianity must be a viable participant in the affairs of the United States of America. What we are seeing today are the fruits of a secular world devoid of any religion at all. It does not work.

Sincerely,

Archer Crosley, MD

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If I had to come up with five things we could do to take down the New World Order, I would recommend the following.  Of course, I could hardly do better than the doctrine of Jesus Christ which was responsible for taking down the Roman Empire  – the original New World Order.

 

  1. Reaffirm individualism.  Walk away from collectivism as a panacea to solving the problems in your life.  Do not blame others or other groups for your problems.  Accept personal responsibility.
  2. Accept tolerance and forgiveness as a way of life.  Be charitable to other’s reasonable failings and try to give people a second chance. Refuse to follow the media’s call for someone to be fired for every faux pas that they find objectionable.
  3. Reject the maniacal love of money as a solution to your personal problems.
  4. Ask the clergy to stay in their lane.  Implore them to not enter the house of the politico but to ask the politico to enter the house of God.  Beg the clergy to stick to what they were trained to do:  To mend the wounded soul.
  5. Reject elitism and its ideology.  Reject the notion of the best and brightest.  Accept that great power rests within all peoples.   Reject the false ornaments, titles, awards, crowns and medals that elitism confers to connote superiority.

 

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1954 AD

1954 AD.

That’s the year I was born.

I reject the term CE.

It’s a small point, I suppose, but small points often yield big results.

I’m speaking about the use of BCE and CE  which “enlightened” elites are now promoting instead of the traditional BC and AD.

Why are our leaders, raised and educated in a Christian environment, not speaking out against this historical revisionism?

Did Christ really desire us to be so tolerant that we would abandon acknowledgment of his existence?

What a bunch of suckers.

I’ve got to hand it to the Muslims; do you think the leaders in Iran will give up their Islamic calendar?  

Not in a million years.  Only fake Christian leaders would do that.  “Yep, come right in.  We’re the Christian suckers. We’ll abandon Jesus if you let us fly on Air Force One.”

I can see them now pushing their chips into the center of the pot.  “All in,” as they say in Vegas. “We’re all in on the narrative of Christian oppression.”

It’s a good thing they weren’t in the Garden of Gethsemane.  Hell, they would have picked up Jesus in a limo and given him a first class ride to the police station.

How can these fools be so shortsighted and negligent?

Are you surprised?

I’m not.

The elites prefer that Jesus Christ be an inconvenience, a speed bump in history.

They prefer it so because Jesus was an emancipator of the people from all elites who always claim to be the spokesman for God no matter how they view God.

Jesus stands as your friend, standing right beside you, with no opening, no gap into which an elite can wedge his way in to control you, to rob from you.

Of course, the elites try anyway, by convincing your pastor to support war.  The problem, though, is that Jesus spoke; and when Jesus spoke, he didn’t ask anyone to go out and kick ass.

This is the principal reason why Jesus Christ has been despised by the elites since the day his doctrine was articulated.

Oh, they’ve tried every trick in the book to get rid of him.

They’ve taken the Bible out of the school; they’ve taken down Nativity scenes in front of government buildings; they’ve even tried renaming cities.

This latest nonsense – changing AD to CE – is just another way to minimize his importance.

To them, Jesus is the problem.  So what they want you to do is forget hm.

Jesus never happened, you see.

He was never here.

Is that how you view Jesus?

Was Jesus just some guy who happened to walk along and say a few wise things?

Was Jesus Christ a flash in the pan?

Can we now just get over “this Christ thing” and get on to business?

Actually, no, we can’t do that.

We can’t do that because Jesus Christ was not just some guy who came along and said a few wise things.

Jesus Christ articulated an entirely new way of looking at the world and so transformed it.

That’s why BC and AD came into being. People didn’t just use it for the hell of it. They started using it because there was a dramatic change in how people began to view each other.

People’s lives improved. Their lives improved not just because Jesus was a philosopher and articulator of a better way of living.  Jesus was also an economist. By speaking directly to you, he pushed out the Machiavellian elite who have always used God to justify their plundering of you.

To honor Jesus, people accepted the terms BC and AD.  They felt his contribution was important to everyone, not just Christians.

The significance of these terms is even more glaring by how the world regresses when people walk away from the principles of Jesus Christ.

And it matters not whether you are a Jew or a Muslim.  The philosophy exists whether you deny it or not.  Indeed, many people of many faiths are Christians without knowing so.

Walking away from terms such as BC and AD, and what they stand for, will only further cement the necessity of using them.

A few years ago the communists in the Soviet Union changed the name of St. Petersburg to Leningrad.

Leningrad is now call St. Petersburg again.  The name has reverted because people do still recognize the importance of Christianity in their lives.

They may not always practice Christianity, but they see it as a necessity.

Jesus did change the world.

He was here.

 

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Jesus and Epiphany

Two thousand years ago Christianity arose.

We can debate how it arose, but it did arise.

It arose because Judaism was not meeting the needs of the people.

Nobody sat around two thousand years ago and said, “Hey, I think I will invent a religion that will destroy Judaism just for the hell of it.”

No, Christianity arose to fill a need.

A bright Jewish boy, let’s call him Jesus, loved the Jewish faith. He studied it religiously. He was very gung ho. He may have even been the best student at his yeshiva.  

Then one day he left the school and was struck by a bolt of lightning.

Well, it wasn’t really a bolt of lightning; it was an epiphany.

He said to himself, “If my religion is so perfect, why is there so much disparity in wealth?”

Prior to this epiphany he had been very happy with Judaism. He thought it to be the perfect religion. He knew that if he followed every rule the rabbi gave him, he would advance to the top.

He had been excited to learn these rules and truths.

But then came reality.

He walked into the misery of humanity.

There was no denying it.

In short order, he concluded that the reason why this disparity of wealth existed was because human beings are imperfect. Not everyone is endowed with the same skills and strengths.

This disparity of wealth accompanying a “perfect religion” confused and disturbed Jesus, and so he traveled the world as it was known to him to discover an answer, an antidote.

What he finally concluded was that Judaism was paradoxically an imperfect religion because it was a perfect religion.

His solution was to create or add imperfection to Judaism so that it would match the imperfection of the real world.

He concluded that if people followed what he preached their economic lot would improve.

He saw himself first and foremost as an economist.

And so he articulated many phrases to convey his beliefs. These phrases included things like:

The first shall be last, and the last shall be first.

You are not saved by works alone.

Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.

Man does not live by bread alone.

Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

He wrote these things down in a book which you know  today as the gospels.

And then he died.

But he did not rise from the dead as he wrote in his gospels.  The rising from the dead was a metaphor to represent the transformation his preachings would have on your life.

He was hoping that people might see the economic practicality in following his preachings.

He knew that if people followed his advice their economic lot would improve.

But the world is not a perfect place.

Man has free will to do as he pleases.

Man has free will to become seduced by money, greed and naughtiness.

Which is where we stand today.

 

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Christian Goals

Christianity‘s vision is often misguided.

Christianity is about your individual salvation.

Christ wants to know what you are going to do as an individual.

Christ wants to know how you are going to treat other people.

What Christ doesn’t care about is what we are going to do in the Middle East or the Ukraine.

There is no “we” in Christ’s message.

Christ speaks to you as an individual.

Yes, I understand the reference to “our” and “us” in the Lord’s Prayer. Many pastors and theologians have seized upon these words as tools to marshal Christians toward collective action.

Many pastors believe that Christ does not exist without the Church.

I disagree.

Christ was not a commie. These words “us’ and “our” in the Lord’s Prayer are literary tools not calls for collective action.

A group is not a person and thus has no sense of shame or guilt. Without a sense of shame or guilt, a group has no need for God or God’s forgiveness and so acts accordingly.

Now, in today’s modern world we have many preachers who take Christ’s message and evangelize for war.

I must’ve missed the lesson in my Sunday school class where Jesus implored for us to go out into the world and beat the shit out of people.

These ministers work with the CIA and rev their followers up for war.

They cozy up to politicians at prayer breakfasts.

They agitate for war.

As if we haven’t had one for the past 15 years.

The basis for this warmongering is Christ’s missionary zeal.

The logic, I suppose, is that because Christ preached while walking from town to town we are to do the same.

How can we sit back and do nothing, zealots ask, as they point to “primitive” cultures.

Look at the poverty, they scream.

And their backward way of life, they add.

The misery is heartbreaking, and something must be done.

Christianity is then viewed as a fighting religion.  

The goal then is to force our better, superiorChristian way of life upon the barbarian beast.

And what this has led to is nonstop American warmongering overseas for over one hundred years.

The path we take is false.

Christians spread their faith best by practicing it as individuals, not by cramming their faith down the throats of the nonbeliever with an army.

There is no “we” in Christianity.

By joining a group, even a Christian one, I forfeit my morality to the group leader who has been seduced and excited by Corporate America through private visits with the President, flights on Air Force One, and the other dog biscuits of Empire.

But if I turn away and ask what I should do as an individual, then the solution reveals itself. The group leader loses power and our leadership unable to sell war decides to work with other nations rather than exploit them.

As Jesus said, “You are the light of the world.”

True Christianity thus reveals itself.



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What is Antisemitism?

What does it mean to be antisemitic.  There are various definitions, and there is some controversy afoot these days as to what constitutes antisemitism.

Let’s leave criticism of Israel out of the discussion for now.  This is a bogus addition that has no merit.

One popular definition says that you are antisemitic if you do harm to Jews because they are Jews.

This seems fair at first glance, but is this inclusive enough?

What about those who do harm directly to Jews without intending to do harm?   Is that antisemitic?

I would argue that it is.

What about those who do harm to Jews indirectly by creating or encouraging a climate of hatred toward Jews without intending to specifically harm Jews (judging by their own words)?

This would include people like those Nazis who claim they never gave an order to harm Jews.  Yes, one could argue, but you fostered or encouraged a climate that led to violence against Jews.

This would also include Adolf Hilter for those people who say, “The Fuhrer did not know,” or “The Fuhrer did not intend for things to turn out this way.”

Irrelevant.

So, antisemitism, accepting what I say, is more broad than doing harm to Jews because they are Jews. That definition is more appropriate in defining volitional discrimination.

Antisemitism is when you do harm to Jews.

But wait a minute.  Isn’t Israel Jewish?  So isn’t harm to Israel then antisemitic?

Good point.

First, Israel is only Jewish when it wants to be.  When it wants to promote itself as a multicultural society it proudly points to Arab MKs.  

Second, Israel currently abides by the precepts of Judaism to the same degree that the US abides by the precepts of Christianity which is to say dead zero.

Third, is a nation, a corporate entity of sorts, a person? 

No.

To say more is to say less. 

Given what I have spoken to thus far, is Israel’s current leadership antisemitic?

Yes, and they have been for some time.

The Likud Party and their radical fellow travelers have created a culture of hatred against Palestinians that has engendered horrible living conditions for the inhabitants of Gaza and the West Bank.

This dire situation has resulted in the BDS movement and enmity toward Jews around the world.

It does not matter whether Bibi intended for things to turn out this way.

It has.

And now you know what Israel must do in the Middle East.  It’s as clear as daylight.

Friends and Enemies

There’s no logical reason why Jews cannot live alongside Palestinian Muslims.

They are not natural enemies.

Indeed, they are brothers.

Mohammed modeled Islam off Judaism, which helps explain why both share similar traits and customs.

Certainly they are not a threat to each other operationally.

Here is why.

Both religions are rules oriented.  To be a member means that one must obey many procedures, dictates and customs.

Learning such rules takes time and extensive acculturation.

As such, it isn’t likely that a member of one is going to abandon his religion in order to learn another which also has many rules, but different, requiring a hefty investment of time.

People are generally lazy.

It’s much more likely that a member of one of these religions will join Christianity which has few rules.

Other than accepting Christ as your savior, doing unto others as you would have others do unto you, and renouncing wealth which few Christians obey anyway, it’s a nobrainer to go from a rules-based religion to Christianity. Which many do.

You mean that’s it,asks the potential convert.   Jesus, where do I sign up?

Christianity stands as the true threat to all rules-based religions which is why Christians  have been traditionally persecuted all over the world in different eras by many religions including pagan religions.

Rome gets bragging rights.

Contributing to this threat is Christianity’s missionary zeal, its commitment to spreading its good news, its fervor to convert everyone to Christianity.

The stands in contrast to the Jews who have no interest in converting anyone unless the person applies and then jumps through many hoops.

It is this reluctance to proselytize and convert which enables the Jews to live side-by-side amongst Muslims in peace.

Hence Judaism does not serve as a drain on Islam.

Nor is Islam a threat to Judaism.  Even though Islam seeks to convert, Judaism is not viewed as low hanging fruit or prime meat because of its low volume and non-desire to convert Muslims.

So what results is a symbiotic relationship between Jews and Muslims. 

Which explains why the Jews followed the Muslims when the Christians kicked the Muslims out of Spain.

And why Jews, barring a major shift in the religion, will always prefer Muslims over Christians.

Close examination will reveal great working relationships between Jews and Muslims spanning centuries.

What you see going on in Israel and Palestine today is an aberration fueled by greed, greed fueled by another religion which hasn’t yet defined itself as a religion but is one nonetheless.

The religion is called Corporatism and it seeks not to convert but to destroy.

It requires that you abandon your religion completely and accept its amorphous, numb doctrine of consumption and whatever bullshit it’s selling.

But it has no empathy and desire to understand your plight. Having no mind,  it runs roughshod over those standing in its way.

It identifies an enemy and takes it. It mindlessly asks its adherents to annihilate the perceived enemy.  It only requires that you obey.

There is no God of decency in it.

Truth means nothing. Lies are its currency.

And so Jews who are not Jews supported by Christians who are not Christians – having converted to Corporatism – work together to destroy Palestinians with impunity.

Corporatism is a pernicious, malicious, and malignant religion.

It arose from the void left when people abandoned their religion.

It took the simplicity and zeal of Christianity and fused it with the obedience of Judaism plus the idea that this Earth is all that there is.

Follow me and consume all.

It is the doctrine of a cancer cell.

It takes no prisoners.

It will destroy Jews and Muslims alike.  

Christians too.

The Eternal Dance

This is what Pope Francis said:

“A Christian cannot be an anti-Semite; we share the same roots. It would be a contradiction of faith and life. Rather, we are called to commit ourselves to ensure anti-Semitism is banned from the human community.”

Here’s my question: If a Christian goes to church is that an anti-Semitic act?

Are Christians harming the sensibilities of Jews by attending a Sunday service?

You may laugh, but I guarantee you there are people who believe just that.  In short time, they will express such.

There is a modern trend to homogenize Judaism and Christianity – to link them as brothers in arms.

Supporting this is the phrase Judeo-Christian nation. We hear political leaders use this term all the time.

One would think that Christianity is only a step away from Judaism philosophically.

But it is not.

Christianity represents a radical departure from Judaism.

Radical.

In essence, Judaism is a hierarchical religion where rules, interpretations and power flow from the top down much like its atheistic sister religion communism.

Christianity in its Protestant form is nothing of the sort.

And that is the brand of Christianity of which I speak here.

Christianity works from the bottom up beginning with a personal relationship with Jesus who functions as God’s interlocutor on Earth. Christianity has few rules other than doing unto others as you would have others do unto you.

Whereas Judaism emphasizes works, Christianity most decidedly puts the kibosh on works never better illustrated than by Jesus renouncing a crown.  By doing so, Jesus is saying to us that there is little value in titles, money and awards.  What Jesus preaches is process.   If the process is bad, says Jesus, what’s the point?

When it comes to the afterlife, Jews believe that your presence is manifested through the memories of those who are alive.   I can not disagree with this logic.  What this promotes, though, in this life is a drive to produce as big an impact as possible.  Unfortunately for us, man is stupid, and so what results is a piling up of titles, awards and possessions.  Man is of simple thought, not smart enough to think qualitatively – to equate a kind word with a skyscraper. 

Christians emphasize an afterlife whose entrance can not be gained through works alone.  One must accept Christ and what Christ teaches which is most decidedly not embodied by  owning the biggest house on the block.  What this produces is a flattening of wealth distribution from the bottom up.  We are more financially equal not because a politburo or a government dictates such but because we choose not to be so accumulative in the first place.  Enough is enough.

And so what we have is an impasse. We have two radically different approaches to life.  Yet people are told that the religions are similar, on a continuum, as if one was walking in a mall from Spencer Gifts to Ann Taylor Loft.

But they are not.

Not only are they not similar, they represent existential threats to each other.  They are natural enemies.

In time one must destroy or weaken the other in order to survive.

It’s just the way it is.

It’s not a wish; it’s reality.  And all the hugging, posturing and beautiful language in the world can not change this.

Christianity is a threat to Judaism because it is an easier more open platform to adopt. As such, for Judaism to survive, to stave off death, it must necessarily weaken Christianity. 

Which it does through Hollywood and the government.

Judaism says that it does not desire to convert; oh, but it does. It does so through secular means.

Socialism is secular Judaism.  The politburo replaces the Sanhedrin.  The oppressive bureaucracy of the socialist state replaces Jewish Law.  Abstruse Marxist reasoning replaces the abstruse reasoning of Jewish theologians.  Political correctness replaces Kosher law and thought.

In the past century as the Jews have become more successful, they have  prosecuted their values  through Hollywood and the government.  There is nothing immoral or illegal about this, by the way.  This is the way the system works.  You make the money; you get to spend it how you see fit.

Consequently, millions upon millions of former Christians have been converted into secular Jews (socialists and communists) only they don’t know it.

One can barely recognize America as a Christian nation anymore. People are now focused on getting rich, going to a prestigious school, becoming famous, winning awards, having their own clothing line.

A Wikipedia page would be nice.

Does this sound like Jesus renouncing a crown?

Likewise, our society has become less tolerant of people’s faults.  Routinely we hear the media call for someone’s resignation for the most minor of infractions – usually a violation of liberal orthodoxy.  Slogans like “failure is not an option” are now commonplace in the schools.

This new intolerance is the God of the Old Testament, not the new. This is not the way of Jesus.

Jesus said let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

In the world of Jesus, failure must be an option. People must forgive others as well as themselves.

But they often can not because they have been conned into turning away from the principles that Christ teaches.

And so they struggle vainly for the bucks  and glory; and when they don’t get it because  there are only so many spots at the top, they cannot forgive themselves.  Many kill themselves; many turn to drugs and alcohol.

One girl from an Ivy League school who found herself struggling academically threw herself off a parking garage.

Is this the world we want?

Compounding the stress of trying to be “someone,” is the stress of having to conform to a dizzying array of politically correct behaviors and thoughts.

Politically correct thought and behavior are not Christian in scope, but Jewish.  

It is Judaism (as well as Christianity gone wrong)  that attempts to place a carapace upon human behavior and thought.  It is Judaism that mandates conformity to the dictates of an elite Sanhedrin or the elite musings of Jewish theologians.  

Think about it:  Who is deciding what is acceptable but today’s secular equivalent of the Sanhedrin?

Christianity will have none of this for Christianity works from the inside out.  Christ only asks that you not unreasonably judge others for the silly things that people say and do.

And so we sit at an impasse.

We have two religions vying for supremacy. Only one can win.  And only one will win.

Despite the rhetoric there will never be any “coming together.”  This is a myth prosecuted by the human potential movement.

Peace is only transitory.  

Yet lies persist.  And media people and religious leaders who should know better continue to promote the myth that Judaism and Christianity are brothers holding hands happily skipping through the woods.  

Sorry, Charlie.

Judaism and Christianity are no more alike because they share a common history than a bicycle is like an airplane because Orville and  Wilbur Wright built both of them.

So, let’s return to the initial question: Will Christians going to church be seen as an anti-Semitic act?

In time it will be because it is.  

Larry’s Story: The True Story of Christ

Along time ago in a land far, far away, there was a bright Jewish boy named Larry.

That’s what he called himself. Of course, his name could have been Phil, Steve or even Shlomo.

It doesn’t matter.

Larry had an ordinary job, but he didn’t care. He loved to learn and he was curious about the world around him.  That is what motivated him.

He could not have cared less about money.

He soaked up everything that the “rabbis” could teach.  But he wasn’t a perfect person. There was something about him that was a little off. Maybe it was an attitude problem. Maybe he had attention deficit disorder.  Maybe it was both.

Or maybe it was something else.

His defect prevented him from going to the top as far as the rabbis were concerned.  He wasn’t one of their top picks to enter the elite yeshiva.

This bothered Larry because he felt he was just as smart if not smarter than the boys who were picked. He didn’t think it was fair that he should be relegated to second class status.

He didn’t want to be rich; he wanted to be consulted.  He wanted a seat at the table.

Not wanting to live a second class life in his village, he decided to leave. He was curious about the world anyway. So he left and traveled the globe as he knew it.

On his travels, he met many people who lived differently than his own people. He learned about many different cultures.  He soaked it up like a sponge.

Part of him was looking for a more eternal truth. When he was young teenager his father had died. This caused great stress to him emotionally and mentally. It caused him to lose confidence in the world and in himself.

Larry had doubts and questions.

He felt that if he could get himself fixed, he’d be more acceptable to people, particularly the top rabbis.

His father’s death has caused him to become very angry with the world. The rabbis must’ve sensed this, he figured.

Going abroad certainly helped Larry, but it also made him angrier.  Why should I have had to leave my home, he asked himself.   

He liked living abroad, but he longed for home.  It was his goal to return there someday.

Finally, the day came where he decided to return home. His plan was to go back and tell everybody what he had learned abroad. He was pretty excited about it.

So that is what he did.

He resolved  to tell the elders all that he had learned.  He was sure that they would be interested.

First he went to his rabbi.  No dice.  His rabbi wasn’t interested. Neither were the other Jewish elders.  Why rock the boat, Larry, they said to him.  Just go along.  To get along you have to go along.

Larry was upset.  He went back to his rabbi and told him how disappointed he was.

Look, Larry, his rabbi said, the Sanhedrin will never accept you.  Why not look at the handwriting on the wall?

Why not be satisfied with what God has given you, he added.  Be a street sweeper. We need street sweepers.

Larry was disappointed,  but undaunted he decided to take this message to the people.

He discovered very quickly that it’s a tough world out there. He had a lot of competition.

He tried to get people to listen to him, but he wasn’t very successful. 

His message was a quiet one. That was the problem. The people who seemed to attract the biggest crowds were loud, bombastic blowhards – the Donald Trumps of the day.

Larry contemplated emulating them but then said to himself: I can’t do that. My message goes against that.

He was so frustrated.

Quite frankly, Larry had been a failure, an absolute failure. He couldn’t get one person to listen to him speak.

And disciples?  Fuhgeddaboutit.

Being ignored is the worst, he exclaimed aloud to no one but himself.  I’d rather be crucified.

He couldn’t give his message away.  

He tried standing on rocks, going from door-to-door, striking up a conversation with friends.

Zip.

People would either turn away or give him a patronizing smile.

Unable to take the pain, Larry contemplated opening up a restaurant, a gym, even a shirt factory.

He couldn’t do it though. He felt God had given him a special purpose in life; and that made him angry.

Why did you make me this way, Lord, he pleaded.  Why can’t I be like everyone else who doesn’t care. Why can’t I just live an ignorant, happy life and make money?  Why can’t I be a corrupt heathen who enjoys wine, women and song?

Of course, that was just empty talk. He knew he could never be a savage.  He couldn’t because of what he saw around him.

And what he saw around him was poverty and disparity of wealth.  He saw the rabbis and elders sitting atop a mountain of wealth and their followers living in poverty at the bottom.

This is why there were so many bombastic street preachers.

Larry felt that these preachers were selling unworkable solutions. He didn’t feel that their solutions cut to the core of the issue. On the contrary he felt that what he had to say would fix things.

Nobody cares what I say, he concluded, because people have become weakened to where they are unable to accept a long-term solution.

A starving man wants bread right away, not a book teaching him how to farm.

Yet bread alone would not fix things, he concluded.

So he quit.  

His despair got the best of him.  

He had fallen in love anyway. He had met a girl named Pam.

One day he and Pam made the decision to split and never return.

Larry felt relieved. He went to bed that night and felt pretty good about the decision that he and Pam had made.

When he woke up the next morning he felt something gnawing at his stomach.

Okay, he said to himself, I’m just going to give them what they want. I’m gonna give them the bullshit.

In spades.

So he sat down to write a book. But not just any book.

What are you doing, asked Pam.

Just give me a minute, said Larry. This won’t take me long.  We’ll leave in a few hours.

Actually, it took about a week.

Larry sat down and wrote out what he thought was a pretty good story.   It was about a guy who came to Earth. He called himself the son of God. He was born in a stable.  When he grew up, he walked around and spoke to adoring crowds who cheered him.  He collected a group of followers who hung on his every word.  He said things like:  a) do unto others as you would have others do unto you, b) let he who is without sin cast the first stone and c) process is more important than money and titles.  His message was one of tolerance for other’s mistakes.  Revenge was out.

When he wasn’t busy preaching, he was performing miracles on people. He brought people back from the dead. He walked on water. He cured diseases. He made blind people see.  He attracted so many people that the authorities became alarmed. To get rid of him, they crucified him. After he was crucified he arose from the dead.  

Larry wrote the story out once, then again, then again, then one more time making slight modifications each time.

The story was the antithesis of what Larry’s life had been.   The only thing that was true about it were the parables, lessons and stories that Larry had wanted to tell people.

After he was done, Larry looked at the four drafts and said:  This is a total bullshit story.  I cannot put this out. It goes against every fiber of my being.

So Larry tossed the four drafts in a cabinet before he and Pam split for Japan.

In Japan, Larry and Pam lived a happy life before they died.  They had a dog named Dog.

Decades later a man who had come to live in Larry’s old house discovered by accident the cabinet where Larry had tossed his story.

In the intervening decades since Larry had lived in his house things had gotten pretty bad. The economy sucked and polarization of wealth was worse than it had ever been.

The guy who found Larry’s books was no philosopher like Larry, but he was a pretty good salesman. He was able to sell ice cubes to Eskimos.

We’ll call him Pablo.

He wasn’t exactly like Ray Kroc selling milkshake mixers to restaurants, but he was pretty close.

As he looked through Larry’s books he knew he had found the mother lode.

I can sell this, he exclaimed.

He had found his McDonalds.

He knew the people were hurting, and he knew just how to sell it to them.  And so he did.

People “ate up” Larry’s books.

The four different drafts were widely circulated.

People came to accept Larry’s “bullshit” story as truth.

They called themselves Christians.

As they grew in numbers, the authorities, both Roman and Jewish, became alarmed.

What is this bullshit, they exclaimed.

Renunciation of wealth?  Who doesn’t want to get rich, they asked.

One day Pablo was invited by the top rabbis and Jewish elders to explain this rising tide of Christianity.

Pablo was hopeful that they would come to embrace Larry’s book.

But they didn’t.

They held the book up and said:  A man walking on water?  Bringing people back from the dead. This is bullshit.

This is true, Pablo replied before adding:  But the people like it because it adds peace and calm to their lives.  Gang violence is down, and the economy seems to be working better for them.  What’s not to like about that?