Stop playing the media’s game that forces you to choose between competing theories that aren’t competing at all.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Are religions bullshit?
It depends upon what we use them for. The word religion has a cognate of sorts in the Spanish verb ligar which means to bind.
Religion is a binding of values intended to provide structure to people young and old.
A people that sticks together thrives together. Theoretically.
But to what end? For what purpose is religion? And where does it come from?
In our day and age, religion is used to fight war. Our elites through their private army, the CIA, figured out in short order decades ago that the best way to reach the people in order to get them to fight their battles was through their pastors.
Every age has more or less figured out the same.
The original popes were military leaders.
Finding convenient passages to support war is no problem. The Bible is filled with them, and your local pastor will highlight them regularly every Sunday morning.
The battles with the Philistines are a favorite. They are there to remind us that the good life was won by spilled blood.
And lots of it.
Who knew the Philistines would be so necessary to our survival?
Art any rate, that’s why those stories are there.
The stories were written and compiled by men to control men, and to ultimately organize men for war – physical and abstract. Every word of these stories was written by man.
Now, you can choose to believe that God inspired men to write those words for who can prove you wrong?
But that is not the question.
The question is whether God desires war.
If God does not desire war then why did he inspire men to write the Bible and use it to justify war?
Or does God have nothing to do with religion?
Is religion bullshit?
Or is it just bullshit in the way in which we use it?
It’s tough for people to abandon religion especially when they have been terrorized into believing that they will go to hell if they speak one word against it.
That God has not punished Muslims and Buddhists goes unconsidered.
What’s important is to promote the true belief.
Yet what is the true belief?
Is it necessary to fuse historical mumbo jumbo and tall tales to promote the belief?
How difficult is it to enunciate the core truth of Christianity: Do you unto others as you would have others do unto you.
I don’t want my home and country ripped apart by a foreign force who has been sent to secure lithium deposits.
Why does the New World Order despise Creationism?
What’s the big deal?
Who cares if people want to believe in stories like Noah’s Ark? What harm can it do?
At least to the New World Order.
Not to you and me though.
To understand why, let’s suppose that you are making $1 million per year.
When you make that kind of money it’s only natural that you would ask yourself how you got so lucky.
Why, you would ask yourself, am I making all this money when other people are only making a fraction of what I am making?
The right answer is because that’s just the way it is. The particular field you entered pays that kind of money, or you just happen to be in the right place at the right time.
There but for the grace of God go you.
Unfortunately, such wisdom is in short supply, and people do not think that way.
Unfortunately, people say to themselves the following: I am making more money because I have superior intellect and because I have worked harder. I am a superior person. I have evolved into a greater state of being than others. It is only fitting that I rule.
This is the belief system of a social Darwinist.
Creationism stands opposed to this.
Creationism implies that we are equally valuable before God, that we exist out of God’s grace.
Creationism implies that we do not excel in life except through God’s grace.
Creationism nullifies a master race.
This is anathema to the New World Order who work tirelessly around the clock 24/7/52 to manufacture their master race – represented by their favored celebrities, politicians, businessmen and scientists.
These are the superstars who will rule you. They have evolved beyond you; they have special powers that are independent of God.
Indeed, there is no God in their secular society.
These superstars are God.
Now, along comes Creationism to dispel this myth.
Is the New World Order going to take this sitting down?
They attack Creationism vehemently.
They point to carbon dating and laugh. Aha, they say, this proves the earth is billions of years old. We are right, and you are wrong.
Yet, their boasts are fruitless not because carbon dating does not refute the physicality of Creationism but because Creationism has no physicality at all.
Creationism is not a physical event; it is a theory, and a theory is a tool like the theory of evolution.
Creationism is abstract.
Creationism is not something one believes in but something one uses.
I use the theory of evolution, but I do not worship it.
I use Creationism, but I do not worship it.
At its core, Creationism is a tool that keeps social Darwinism in check.
Creationism is an intellectual platform upon which one climbs to see farther and further.
The New World Order would just as soon you stay away from that platform.
People might get ideas.