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6.30.2018

Some people need more supernatural

Some people are turned off from the Bible because of the supernatural in it. Some people, on the other hand, are turned on to the Bible when they learn there is more of the supernatural in it than the establishment church lets on or knows about.

Whatever draws you in to engage the complete word of God and potentially be regenerated by it and by the Holy Spirit is all good.

Eventually you have to gravitate towards orthodox (small 'o') doctrine. Yet if it was the supernatural elements of the Bible that drew you in you will have an advantage over 90% (or more) of establishment Christianity in being comfortable with the supernatural elements.

6.28.2018

The formula for the demonic

"It is truly not Scripture alone that judges humans harshly. It is human beings who have pronounced the harshest and most severe judgment on themselves. And it is always better to fall into the hands of the Lord than into those of people, for his mercy is great. For when God condemns us, he at the same time offers his forgiving love in Christ, but when people condemn people, they frequently cast them out and make them the object of scorn. When God condemns us, he has this judgment brought to us by people—prophets and apostles and ministers—who do not elevate themselves to a level high above us but include themselves with us in a common confession of guilt. By contrast, philosophers and moralists, in despising people, usually forget that they themselves are human." - Herman Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics

When the law is wielded minus the gospel it inevitably becomes demonic. It is also usually twisted and distorted and even turned upside-down, when wielded by unself-aware (or consciously evil) fallen human beings.

When you see phone video from Africa of a street justice scene you are seeing what law looks like wielded by unself-aware fallen man. Somebody accused of stealing will be set upon by a righteous crowd, kicked, stoned, set on fire. In false religion you see the same thing on a larger scale. In Islam you see all law and no gospel, and hence you see much crude violence and blood-letting in the name of 'righteousness.'

You see the same phenomenon in totalitarian states. Same law-minus-gospel at work. And twisted, distorted, perverted law at that. Law in the service of the goals of fallen angels and fallen man. The big end goal being human sacrifice (either suffering or death, or both) to the Kingdom of Satan. Genocide, if possible.

The main point is God's law, twisted, distorted, perverted, in the hands of ruling fallen angels on high and fallen man here on earth is demonic when it is without the necessary counterpoint of the gospel. Counterpoint: the combination of two or more independent melodies into a single harmonic texture...a complimenting item.

6.27.2018

Being an individual is not bad

Beware pastors or theologians telling you individualism is a bad thing based on this connection with post-modernism:

Here, then, is the single epistemological and moral principle in postmodernism, namely, the freedom, autonomy, and sovereignty of the individual. You alone decide what is true and false, right and wrong, for yourself.

That's a quote from a book on worldviews by an author named Sunshine.

What, afterall, is the antithesis of individualism? Melting into some sort of collective? Obviously being an individual is not the root cause of not recognizing an absolute standard for truth. Ignorance, sin, a seared conscience might be candidates for the root cause, but not the notion or reality of being an individual.

6.16.2018

Law and Gospel: A Practical Understanding of the Christian Faith

1. A truly practical understanding of the Christian faith. Church leaders and educators have let us down.

2. The Christian faith is reality. It is based in creation, history, human nature, law, and Gospel.

3. Law has to be seen as something almost tangible. Like a medium we exist in and that we use and abuse. It's kind of like the logos (word) spoken of in the Gospel of John, chapter 1. It's something we can't escape, any more than a fish can escape water.

4. We feel this phenomena of law in the personal/social realm. In the realm of government/state. And in the larger realm of the religions operated on high by fallen angels and in this world by fallen man.

5. At first, in the Garden, we were in harmony with this law. Then after the fall of Adam we became out of harmony with this law. The law became a curse. It began to be twisted and distorted and even turned upside down as it began to be used by fallen angels and fallen man to coerce and control and enslave.

6. We mostly know the law - as Christians - as being a curse because we can't fulfill it after the fall and as carrying the penalty of death which we can't escape. As Christians, though, those aspects of the law have been taken care of by Jesus who fulfilled the law and paid the penalty of death for us all making the law no more an undefeatable curse. This is the good news of the Gospel.

7. Yet the law still remains to be used by fallen angels and fallen man in its twisted, distorted form as false religion; and by the state as coercive force; and in our social sphere as manipulation and attack in various ways. (Accusing and shaming are big aspects of the law of God as it's wielded in its distorted form.)

8. A Christian has to learn how to deal with these remaining perverted uses of the law at these three different levels in the battle with the world, the flesh, and the Devil.

9. We are freed from the curse of the law, yet while still in the flesh we are on a spiritual battlefield where we have to deal with these remaining elements of the law.

10. When Jesus teaches us how to act in general, for instance to love our enemy, He is teaching us how to do battle with the now perverted law as it is wielded by fallen angels and fallen man. All of Jesus' teaching is about this. Christianity is a warfare teaching. Yet it is simple: there is law, and there is gospel. The law of God is pure and good as it is engrafted in the Bible (the ten commandments, the two great commandments of Jesus), yet it is a twisted, distorted version of that law that is wielded against us on the spiritual battlefield.

11. We basically walk, wherever we walk, in a dark medium of the distorted and twisted law of God as enforced by fallen angels and fallen man.

12. When we follow Jesus' teaching to basically have gratitude in place of resentment for everything all the time we are practically doing effective battle with the forces of darkness on the spiritual battlefield, and it develops us in terms of our progressive sanctification.

13. Our faith in Jesus' work in his life to fulfill the law and in his death on the cross to fulfill the penalty of the law for us once and for all gives us all we need for victory. Everything else is successful battle or getting beat up pretty good yet still having the victory. Jesus as leader of God's army needs good soldiers though. He wants good, effective soldiers. Good effective soldiers by their example call out other of God's elect and perform acts on the battlefield that need to be performed. Effects that are contingent on good soldiers getting it done. Examples are myriad but basically have to do with effecting lives of God's people especially ones connected to us in the connections and timelines of our lives. People we can influence.

14. But see how this has to do with law. This battle. The dark forces want you resentful rather than grateful. They want you asleep rather than awake. They want you imprisoned rather than free. At all levels: personal/social, government/state, false or counterfeit religion. And they use God's law in a twisted, distorted form to do this. The most hellish totalitarian states of the last hundred years use law - God's law - law as a thing that God created and that we all exist in as a medium, in a distorted form. See this. This is the aspect of law that Christian leaders and educators have been delinquent in describing and explaining. They don't see it.

ADDENDUM: Christian leaders and educators don't see it, as stated, but this should be added: this is why establishment Christianity knows nothing of spiritual warfare and never speaks of Jesus' teaching on things like wakefulness and loving your enemy. These are practices that enable us to do battle with the law as it's wielded in its distorted form by fallen angels and fallen man. Establishment Christians are going with the flow. They feel no friction and want no friction on the spiritual landscape. Real Christians can't escape the friction and learn to use it to develop. Like warriors. But it's a subtle battle because it's not like fighting flesh and blood. The two great commandments of Jesus correlate to being awake and loving your enemy, and constitute the complete war plan; but to learn of those two acts is to go deeply into their meaning. But you meet the friction of the law with those two acts and this enables you to develop and transcend and navigate the spiritual landscape which is a battlefield. That friction actually becomes a gift in your view. An opportunity to develop. Law and Gospel. Christianity is simple as in plain, but we must understand law especially to see it all in its completeness and simplicity.

6.14.2018

Read these 6 posts, then read them again

These six posts will give new understanding. They don't plow over old ground. They aren't novelties either. Few will get them, but they are rare matter for people who have reached the limit of what mainstream theology gives. Though there is no originality. That quest usually leads a person leftward theologically. These six posts take you in a direction that angers the world, the flesh, and the devil.

6.04.2018

Extract from the Lord's Prayer, Thomas Watson

God will settle an inheritance on his children, and an inheritance no less than a kingdom! "It is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom!" Luke 12:32. This kingdom is more glorious and magnificent than any earthly kingdom; it is set out by pearls, precious stones, and the richest jewels. Rev 21:19. What are all the rarities of the world, the coasts of pearl, the islands of spices, the rocks of diamonds, compared to this glorious heavenly kingdom! In this heavenly kingdom—are satisfying, unparalleled beauty, rivers of pleasure—and that forever! "At your right hand are pleasures for evermore." Psalm 16:2. Heaven's eminence is its permanence ; and this kingdom God's children enter into immediately after death. There is a sudden transition and passage from death —to glory ! "Absent from the body—present with the Lord!" 2 Cor 5:8.

6.02.2018

Angels and human death

God created animals, humans, and angels. One of the reasons angels exist is to help humans at death. We have to focus on this connection.

Unfortunately theologians, especially Protestant ones in reaction to Roman Catholic extravagances, become concern trolls whenever anyone starts talking or thinking about angels.

Angels exist. As a large class of creation they exist. Yeah, seminary professors, it's supernatural. As much as that ruffles your suspenders it's just biblical fact and reality.

We are not alone at death. We live in a personal universe. Not an impersonal universe as the dead soul materialists/atheists (more than a few of which are teaching in seminaries) preach.

Angels exist and have jobs given to them by God. One of which is being present at the death of a human being. Not just believers either. Nobody is judged to hell before the Second Coming. Ad hoc doctrine such as the intermediate state is no more biblical than purgatory.

Human death involves aspects of time that are beyond our experience or comprehension. God the Holy Spirit regenerates from eternity. That includes all of a human being's time. Even if just one month in the womb. Or one nano second. The Holy Spirit can access us, give us a new heart, in our childhood, while we are old and grey. Or dead and in Hades. I.e., we are alive in all our time and can be regenerated at any time in our history. We can only perceive this as revolution or wheel turning, but it is more a block of living time with more dimensions of time beyond the mere 4th dimension which is where we experience time (i.e. a timeline, birth to death). This is not universalism; and this is not second chanceism. This is part of the Creator/creation divide as it effects time and our perception of time.

Recurrence, which isn't reincarnation (it's much more boring and interesting at the same time than that) fits the biblical data (even the biblical data that we all live once and die once). For anybody curious the best description is in the last chapter of Ouspensky's book titled Fourth Way . For those not curious, it's not mandatory knowledge for faith and salvation.

I've forgotten the main point I wanted to make about angels and human death... I think I just wanted to focus on the reality of one of the jobs angels have been given regarding being there and helping us at our death. We don't go into an impersonal void. We aren't alone.

Psalm 23 now comes to mind. In verse 4 it speaks of death, the immediate afterlife, and says thou art with me. Thy rod and thy staff comfort me. Easy to see that rod and staff can be metaphors for angels who carry out God's will. Are present for God.


5.31.2018

WTF

I wrote the post below to show how this world, this existence, this level is a pretty low level of existence. I recently saw a local rich man's mansion/estate (he was a famous builder) and of course he's dead. Got his house just as he wanted it, by then he's in his 80's, and he dies. Even if alive in a big house unless it's full of life you're just walking through empty halls and rooms and probably settling into a suite of rooms that equal an apartment anyway, while continually worrying that the Manson gang is breaking in and poised to kill you in your sleep.

I'm convinced lately that good looking people don't eat food because I never see good looking people in grocery stores. Most likely there are very few good looking people.

Ever see a porn star without make-up? They look like demons. Not that porn stars are the measure of attractiveness, but movie stars are somewhat similar.

I'm jaded because I know too much. I see higher realms, higher categories, pure types, ideals.

Just pointing out this level of existence is rather dead. Mostly people exist on vicarious experience and so real life becomes delusion.

People who desired to and were able to really work the sexual sides of life turn out to be obese gluttons when you see them by happenstance down the road. Flesh, food...

Much of it all is like a cosmic prank. Get understanding, but now you're old. Same with wealth. Get wealth at birth and you don't appreciate it, or it keeps you shallow. Alienation pranks the here and now. Alienated from God, people, nature.

It seems like the only thing that is real is getting born (and getting others born) and then getting born again (regenerated). All else may be necessary, but is impractical for true joy and borders on an ongoing prank beyond that.

This is not a black pill singing, this is reality. Ecclesiastes? It's in the Bible...


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Looking at life it's obvious the level of being of humanity is very mechanical and low. Not meant to be an insult, just an observation.

Mixed with the low level of being is the constraint of physical laws that have to be dealt with. Not starving, not freezing to death, not getting killed by animals, or other humans. Teeth cleaning and repair. Getting your car smogged.

Dealing with criminal and evil and treasonous behavior in your local or national capital. Staving off tyranny, maintaining liberty, if you've got it to begin with.

Difficult to get anything going along the lines of real development amidst all these, and a thousand more, necessary distractions. A recipe for an enforced shallow existence.

Other than the suffering (real suffering) which can be meaningful and soul-building - potentially.

It doesn't help that when one person makes some real headway in development in a real way they are treated by everybody else as if they are something akin to a child molester.

Just the way it is. At this level.

Once into that fray, there is suffering before glory.

Meanwhile a new day starts, cars are in motion, jobs are waiting, kid's activities are scheduled, food is thought about, comically limited anticlimactic sex but usually good companionship (any companionship is good at this point) is experienced. Probably all taking place by, and being moved forward by, the invisible sharp chains of mechanical fate.

So we're seeing death making efforts to carry on life. Which is what a true Christian would say, sounding toxic as hell, but there it is...

In heaven, in a glorified body, with the effects of the fall no where in sight, it is all different. (Probably have to get de-toxed, though, before entering that. Hopefully it's like getting de-loused before leaving Ellis Island. Quick, necessary.....but quick...)

5.28.2018

Pactum Salutis

If you don't know this term Pactum Salutis you must know it is a very important term, or reality. I explain it street level and concisely here.

5.22.2018

Matt Bracken's four must-read books on the evil that's eneveloped us

In this video Matt Bracken (Navy Seal, interesting speaker on globalism and the infiltration and subversion of America and so on) goes through four of what he calls must-red books that enlighten about the evil of our times. At the 2:40 mark there is a graphic showing all four of the books. His discussion of the first book is not included, but here is a two-part interview with the author, Ted Flynn, that gives a good sense of what the book - Hope of the Wicked - is about: here and here.

One note that caught my attention was that apparently much of Karl Marx' writings are taken verbatim from Adam Weishaupt's writings (he being the founder of the Bavarian Illuminati). I find this hilarious because of how academics consider Marx to be a major thinker. I just listened to a Reformed Christian podcast (Reformed Forum) where they interviewed a Christian academic who had written a book on Karl Marx' philosophy; nowhere in the interview, though, mentioning the Satanic horrors that philosophy wrought upon billions of people. Christian academics are as pathetic as secular academics. It's the same in both camps where they have a litmus test: you have to talk about Marx without talking about the horrors of Marxism. This shows you are a true academic. Satan has taken over the churches and seminaries as thoroughly as he has taken over the universities.

5.09.2018

The Vanity of Thoughts

Here is a Puritan book that can actually be read in less than a year. (It's only 42 pages...) It's called the Vanity of Thoughts by Thomas Goodwin. It's a free download over at Monergism.

Even if you don't feel like reading it at least skim the 42 pages to read the subject headings so you know what the subject matter is before you dismiss the book from the title alone. It is a profound subject. Thoughts. What kind of thoughts we have during the course of our average day. Goodwin does a good job of categorizing them.

But overall the subject itself is shocking. It's shocking in that our thoughts are such a large part of how we pass our days. Goodwin is not shallow on the subject either. He recognizes that there are different depths of our thought, and he is talking about thoughts such as daydreaming or fantasy or regurgitating past events or what have you. He also offers subject matter that it would be good to focus on with our thoughts.

The subject can sound mechanical, but that shows up the mechanicalness of our thoughts themselves. Active, intentional thoughts are different from passive, mechanical thoughts. Long thoughts are different from flitting short thoughts.

People have picked up on the power of having intentional thoughts with such things as the power of positive thinking. Thoughts have power to keep us negative, asleep in life, confused, ignorant; or they have the power to do the opposite.

One important point is we have to have material in us, language, something to form our thoughts from. When we read the Bible this obviously gives us the most valuable material to occupy our thoughts, but it's more than that. The understanding something like history gives us is material for thoughts. As Goodwin says the subject itself is vast and examples are myriad.

5.07.2018

Is Christianity connected to mystery religions?

Christianity is not a mystery religion as in one of the mystery religions. Christianity is the true religion. The others, mystery or open source religions, are either intentional counterfeit (example: Islam)  or seeing truth in fragments through a glass darkly (example: much of Greek myth).

4.13.2018

Heaven-now attitude

A complete attitude can be attained that is heaven-now. It is based on understanding of all and everything. No resentment, only gratitude. It can't be angry at anything. It understands all.

There's a sort of law that says if you understand something you can't be disagreeable towards it. You can think (or know) it's wrong as blood drinking and worthy of being condemned by words and actions, but that won't entail being disagreeable towards it.

Righteous anger is often spoken of as a substitute for everyday worldly anger. Righteous anger is a troublesome notion to me. Who is righteous? We have laws to protect us from the 'righteous' anger of our fellow man. Fellow fallen man. I'm not saying be hamstrung to condemn anything, but see in yourself what you dislike in others before you unleash any righteous anger on anyone.

Vengeance is mine, sayeth the Lord, I shall repay.

I got off track, but the only goal of resentment is, ultimately, to burn down the world, which is hell itself.

Love your enemy is not a worldly moral stance. It is a self-interested stance of a follower of Christ.

We get something from it. We don't get caught in the webbing of the world.

4.09.2018

Living Book

I hate hearing about dreams. Usually they're presented as prophecy though. Not this. I finally had a dream that wasn't stupid and empty and like I was pranking myself. I dreamed I was in a bookstore in the afterlife, and I found a silver-colored book that was alive. When I woke up I imagined the language in the book had to come into focus with meaning based on my level of being I brought to it. I wondered what kind of book would be like that in this world. Of course the Bible. (The Homeric epics too, but preeminently the Bible.)

Alarms are sounded by the seminary crowd. Allegory! Eisegesis! Two-tiered Christianity! Gnosticism!!

It's possible to stay on the King's Highway (the straight and narrow, the old paths) and see deeper into the living language of the Bible.

You have to know how to increase your level of being though. (That's about *being awake* and *loving your enemy* to degrees unknown in the worldly world. Read Fourth Way by Ouspensky for a sophisticated language on the ideas, practices, and goals of such a thing. Or read a typical seminary-educated pastor and stay in the nursery. Sounds mean, but truth is truth, sometimes hard.)

Always have to add that the book the Fourth Way is not Scripture and thus is not pure wheat from a pure Christian point-of-view. It isn't written using biblical or Christian theological language and intentionally and self-consciously avoids mixing languages (because that does damage to both languages). Though the Fourth Way is esoteric Christianity nevertheless. Esoteric meaning practical. It does not present the Gospel (salvation), yet it does give deep insight on the law (not obviously though). Basically it is the subject of progressive sanctification. Thus it needs the foundation of regeneration. Without that it is just a very advanced self-help book of sorts. Giving you ability to be the most awake person in hell. It's also not for everybody because its practices put you starkly on the spiritual battlefield, and if you're not ready look out. Also, you need to acquire the actual book. E-book versions are corrupt in various ways and usually missing critical diagrams.

3.24.2018

Armageddon

We're in the midst of the battle of Armageddon, which can be discerned if you have faith, and the ability faith gives to see into the spiritual realm.

Armageddon is a general term for the final confrontation between the forces of Anti-Christ and the people of God. It can mean the battle for God's mountain, which is metaphorical, for the battle takes place over the entire world.

Satan is unloosed and given ability to deceive the nations (unite them under one banner; that banner being globalism which has brought Islam and Marxism under its banner, the two biggest fronts Satan has deployed in history).

This action has now enveloped western Europe and the English speaking countries, historically the heart of Christianity and God's people and the defense of Christianity and God's people. Islam and Marxism hadn't been able to overrun these areas as they are now doing under the banner of globalism.

Decadence, murder, and lies are the usual stench of this Satanic movement, the goal of which is to kill God's people and to defeat God Himself.

Sin is irrational to its core, and Satan and his spiritual children are the most irrational of all.

God's people are to stand and confront Satan, and in this act to call out the final number of God's elect; until the return of the just and warrior King, Jesus Christ.

3.18.2018

The love of money - the King James Version got that verse right

10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 1 Timothy 6:10

Promoters of the modern translations of the Bible say the King James Version got this verse wrong. They say there are other motivations for evil other than money. They're being typically shallow. God is talking about consummate evil and the progression of consummate evil. God is talking about the progression of Satanic temptation into ultimate evil.

This is the progression:

1. The temptation to accrue riches (and not take a lifetime of labor to do it). I.e. to get rich fast. This is a temptation to stealing and all manner of financial corruption.

(I'm going to use Bill and Hillary Clinton and Karl Marx as examples.) In this initial stage Bill and Hillary used their power in the governor's mansion in Arkansas to scam as much money as possible. The cattle futures scheme is a good little example. Meanwhile Karl Marx, in this initial stage, was lobbying money from rich elderly lady dupes to finance his project to empower the working man. Basically hanging out with rich people to keep him from doing any labor.

2. At this stage they are drawn into Satanic religion and ritual.

Seems unconnected, you say? This is a progression Satan puts people on ("...they have erred from the faith" as the quoted verse says.) It starts with money. That loosens the morals, desensitizes and begins to sear the conscience. Bill and Hillary now in the cocktail and dog collar environment of Georgetown yellow tooth extreme wealth get togethers. Hillary's good friends with Lynn de Rothchild all of the sudden. Oh, the headiness of it. And what comes with that? Contact with the generational bloodlines of Satanic religion and ritual. Meanwhile, out of nowhere, Karl Marx is writing odes to Satan. Actual poetry giving himself over to Satan. He just started hanging with the right sort is all. (The depths of stage 1 and 2 become hallucinogenically evil. They involve stealing wealth from the poorest of the earth and the most unconscionable acts against infants and children.)

3. The third stage involves working for Satan to bring tyranny upon people. Ultimately upon the world.

Bill and Hillary at this stage become globalists, justifying the most treasonous of acts to destroy America and American liberty as all they do no longer having any meaning within the context of United States law. Karl Marx, meanwhile, is busy drawing up a political philosophy designed to enslave people in Satanic bonds and ultimately to murder as many people as possible to feed the Kingdom of Satan.

So now we can see how the King James Version had it right. The *root* of *all evil* (consummate evil) is the love of money (the temptation to accumulate easy money by whatever means).

The KJV carries the deep meaning. If you question it, fine, but entertain the possibility it is your own current lack of understanding that is the problem.

3.17.2018

3 types of money laundering

Here are three types of money laundering.

1. The first type is when you want to steal public money out of a treasury or something similar. You can't just take it. It has to have a reason to leave the treasury. Remember in the 1980s hearing about 600 dollar toilet seats? It was presented as a sort of comical example of ordinary government inefficiency. What it really was was money laundering. To get money out of the treasury the criminals use third party vendors (like companies that manufacture things that the Dept. of Defense needs). The criminals (politicians, political appointees, lobbyists, etc.) tell the third party vendors to massively overcharge for their products, then these companies give the money back to the criminals in the form of campaign contributions and other means that they've made legal.

2. The second type is when you have made money illegally like in drug trafficking and you then have to integrate that actual paper cash back into the financial grid without getting caught doing it. The first example of how this is done, in the past and still today, is casinos. It's been said that Las Vegas was built by the mob (and the CIA) to be a massive money laundering machine. The cash is taken in as purported anonymous gambling losses and re-enters the financial system that way. The second example is fake small businesses that pretend to have customers and fake their books to make it look that way but really just exist to launder money.

3. The third type is when you have to pay people who aren't officially working for you. The neocon blood-for-money endless war racket has this problem. They make money with specialized hedge funds. (Hedge funds are like mutual funds for the rich. Because their clientele are wealthy they don't have to follow laws that ordinary mutual funds have to follow. They can short stocks, for instance and do more exotic types of trading.) These hedge funds are heavily invested in military related companies and thus increase in value when troops are deployed or when actual wars get ginned up. For this to happen neocons have to destabilize countries and regions of the world. A big thing to have to do, so they hire former politicians and high level appointees, bribe world leaders and other people of influence, promise lucrative retirements to active military leaders, and on and on. They also pay media platforms and individual journalists to run propaganda for them to get these endless military enterprises going. Once the blood has been spilled and it's time to disperse the blood money they do it with a type of money laundering. In their case it is done via speaking fees for their famous political types who have been working for them. It is not unusual for one of them to be paid over $100,000 for one speech. Even a quarter million if need be. The box office at these contrived events never match such fees, but no matter. Nobody is really paying attention anyway. They work with agencies that book such events and with venues. Everybody makes money and is happy. They also do book deals where they hire a ghost writer to write some kind of memoir or something for a general or former Secretary of State or whatever, get the publisher to advance a large amount that the hedge fund covers, and then the hedge fund even buys numerous copies of the book to make sure the publishing company gets paid. They also make contributions to magazines run by journalists who produce propaganda for the neocon cause. They also contribute to political action committees set up by their various helpers, and for the low level journalists they provide $10,000 speaking fees for a short jaunt to somewhere in Iowa where the low level journalist gives a speech to three people in a Holiday Inn banquet room.

3.15.2018

8th dedicated, complete reading of the Bible, AV1611

(Begun Feb. 12, '18 - Finished Apr. 5, '18)

Genesis Exodus Leviticus Numbers Deuteronomy Joshua Judges Ruth ISamuel IISamuel IKings IIKings IChronicles IIChronicles Ezra Nehemiah Esther Job Psalms Proverbs Ecclesiastes Song of Solomon Isaiah Jeremiah Lamentations Ezekiel Daniel Hosea Joel Amos Obadiah Jonah Micah Nahum Habakkuk Zephaniah Haggai Zechariah Malachi Matthew Mark Luke John Acts Romans ICorinthians IICorinthians Galatians Ephesians Philippians Colossians IThessalonians IIThessalonians ITimothy IITimothy Titus Philemon Hebrews James IPeter IIPeter IJohn IIJohn IIIJohn Jude Revelation

By dedicated I mean a cover-to-cover reading done in a not desultory manner. That doesn't necessarily mean as fast as possible. It can mean a single chapter a day, which would take a long time, but the discipline of doing a chapter a day and keeping it up would make it a dedicated effort in my definition. I, of course, usually do my complete readings much faster. The fastest was a 66 day effort, about 20 chapters a day. It strained my eyes. The longest, if I recall correctly, took about a year and a half. Most were in the five to nine month range. This 8th reading will be the fastest probably because I'm reading along with the Max McLean recording on the YouVersion app, and in some chapters I'm going at 1.25X speed. I've never been good at paying attention to an audio book. My mind wanders and I miss large sections, but with this I am reading the text along with the recording.

3.14.2018

Paradise Opened

Haven't read it, but I suspect this book may be an under-the-radar great book on covenant theology.

3.07.2018

The trinity of crime of the Devil's children

The political class centered in the baby boomer generation, worthless to its core, decided a good way to spend their time and energy was to figure out myriad ways to steal money from local, state, and federal treasuries in our trillion dollar economy. I.e. from tax payers. Including future tax dollars in the form of debt.

Once these crimes became second nature Satan led them into deeper spiritual darkness.

They discovered Satanic religion and ritual. Much of it involving children and infants. Innocence.

Then, to complete it all, they gave themselves over to attempting to impose tyranny over people; especially God's people in God's historical nations.

1. Money corruption
2. Satanism and its associated crimes against children
3. Tyranny

Money led the way. The love of money is the root of all evil, somebody said...

3.01.2018

To increase understanding

To increase understanding you have to increase capacity for understanding.

First, to get understanding you need sources, or the substance for understanding. Higher influences. Time-vetted truths. Experience as well. Language is a good general way to see these influences. Language suggests something deeper than surfacy knowledge. Language can be the inner higher visual meaning in an epic poem like the Iliad or the Odyssey. Language can be all that is involved in a hands-on trade, like brick laying, or gardening or commercial fishing or farming. There is metaphor in the actions of these things, and understanding gained in the experience of the process involved in doing them. Understanding can be found in great works of literature where truth has reached a summation and been articulated well. The Bible obviously is the beyond-summit engrafted temple of wisdom.

Music is a language as well.

An aside: you have to recognize the unity of truth. Unity of truth is an old phrase that has gone out of the language. It means truth is not relative, or subjective, and doesn't evolve (or change) over time. For instance the truths of human nature are as true today as at any time of the past since the fall of man. The truths of the ways of the world are the same. Customs and traditions and mores may be different from one era or culture to another, but truth is eternal.

So to then increase this understanding in yourself you need to increase your capacity for understanding. Think of your capacity as a glass that can only hold so much water. At a certain point any more water will just be wasted as it spills over the top. To hold more understanding you have to become a bigger glass.

This is described in an old formula: understanding equals knowledge plus being (understanding = knowledge + being).

Not just knowledge, but knowledge plus level of being.

This is why intellectuals and philosophers throughout history are often incredibly stupid (dangerously, murderously, demonically stupid). They are solely knowledge with little level of being.

How do you increase your level of being? By provoking your limits so as to then extend your limits. For instance, engaging influences (like books) that are just above your current level of understanding, and activities that are just outside your current circle of interests. Also, not just being developed intellectually, or emotionally (i.e. creatively), or physically, but to get developed in all three areas of your being. Put simply, be a book reader, a musician, and an athlete. This ideally is what happens in a school environment, but it ultimately has to be self-motivated and minus the solely worldly goal.

There are other categories of activity that increase level of being. The Bible presents them. Loving your enemy is one (a command that itself requires understanding to know what it actually means). All the teachings of Jesus in the Gospels (and of course the entire word of God) that is of the nature of something you do. Things that take effort to get better at. Going against the features of your fallen nature. Cultivating the features of your new nature as a regenerated follower of Christ.

This language of progressive sanctification can also be learned from secondary, or even secular works, separating the wheat from the chaff. Stoic philosophy gets close to Christian teachings in ancient sources such as Epictetus or Marcus Aurelius. I use the language called the Fourth Way which I believe was best written (or spoken) out by P. D. Ouspensky in his book the Fourth Way. Ideas, practices, goals of inner, spiritual development. Always requiring Christian discernment (the Spirit of discernment) and a standard to judge all by (the word of God itself).

So when you make these efforts to increase level of being you then are able to increase understanding because you have greater capacity for understanding.

2.26.2018

Louis Markos on the Aeneid (with some insights on the famous Christian angles)

This is an interview with Louis Markos on the Aeneid. He has always struck me as a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic teacher, and that shows in this podcast.

2.20.2018

Tracking the ideology and tactics of the Devil's children: Sabbatean-Frankism, and Intersectionality

Here are three links describing what we are seeing today:

Here is a short Wikipedia overview.

Here is a more conspiratorial treatment, though sober.

And here is the cream of the crop, a very well-written and insightful treatment of the subject. (The same author has a short yet insightful article on 'intersectionality' which has taken over leftist ideology and tactics.)

Remember Satan's children wear different hats, spout different political language, yet have the same goal. Today, though, we are in a culmination of their evil design:

4. The Inexplicable Left

To show that the Frankist Paradigm explains the startling rise of the Left in the 20th century, it is implicit to show that conventional theories are unsatisfactory. To quote Sherlock Holmes, when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.

The Left of 2017 is raw demonic madness: roving savages of Antifa [this describes the Euro variety more than the still comical American currently], unlimited and unqualified Islamic immigration, 9-year old transgendered children, decriminalization of Jihadi rape of teenage white girls, etc. This is self-evidently not a rationalist movement, and therefore it must be a quasi-theological one, rooted in radical anti-nomianism (inversion of moral rules).

Again, the third link above is exceptional.

None of this describes common notions of anti-semitism. Read the links to see why. Or don't and remain old style ignorant.

Fear of the world will make you recoil at these posts; fear of God alone is the beginning of wisdom

These 6 posts give deep biblical understanding of our situation here in this time, in this world:

Here.

2.18.2018

The challenge of what is happening today

We're living in a unique time for those who have been alive since the middle of the last century or so, in western culture and civilization. We're currently experiencing a manifesting of the Kingdom of Satan into the material world. It is always acting through people, but it normally stays in darkness and certainly never manifests in the mainstream.

It's manifesting not just in the criminal heirarchies but in the sort of physical hieroglyphics that get scoffed at when elucidated by conspiracy theorist types.

This has probably happened in past historical times, probably mostly where darkness has blatantly ruled and really owned the environment, but not so much in the English speaking countries and western Europe.

Today it is also unique that there is a means to expose and comment on all this phenomena. In the past evil has been careful to control all public communication, but the Internet has proven to be a new animal out of their control.

So we are currently seeing a mixture of spiritual world and physical world phenomena. You have to realize something can be half spiritual and half physical which gives it the sense of being not believable yet still happening. It also takes things out of the human realm solely so that explanations don't have to hinge solely on what is possible or expected from experience in the human, physical realm.

The publication of Diana West's book American Betrayal was an unlikely (or surprising) harbinger of what is happening now. She brought some of the history of spiritual evil of the last century regarding communist influence (and into this century regarding Islamic influence) tied to American government and other institutions, and the book received an unprecedented wild rebuke from the intellectual gatekeepers. A fierce storm of backlash. You're not to bring the esoteric history of the times into the mainstream, and Ms. West is a mainstream figure. Her book is a mainstream book published by a mainstream publisher. The shock could be felt beyond the electronic font of the outraged reviews and condemnations. The spiritual world throwing a shoulder into the physical world.

Now we have all the attributes of Satanic behavior being exposed to the light. How they need to defile and use innocence in their ritual behavior for instance. The extent of the use of murder and lies (two of the primary attributes of their spiritual father from the Garden). The empty quest for wealth on top of wealth.

People are being challenged today. Do you stay asleep to the ever more exposed Satanic show, or do you face reality and don the armour of God to confront it?

2.16.2018

Bavinck gets close, but the mainstream is not supposed to get too close

Here is a Reformed theologian, a good one, who brushes close to the esoteric understanding of the law:

"It is truly not Scripture alone that judges humans harshly. It is human beings who have pronounced the harshest and most severe judgment on themselves. And it is always better to fall into the hands of the Lord than into those of people, for his mercy is great. For when God condemns us, he at the same time offers his forgiving love in Christ, but when people condemn people, they frequently cast them out and make them the object of scorn. When God condemns us, he has this judgment brought to us by people—prophets and apostles and ministers—who do not elevate themselves to a level high above us but include themselves with us in a common confession of guilt. By contrast, philosophers and moralists, in despising people, usually forget that they themselves are human." - Herman Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics

2.14.2018

Truly seeing sin in us is a big subject for a believer

Because the heart of Christianity, of our reality as human beings here in this physical environment, is sin and salvation we obviously have to truly see our sinful nature. This is not just a stumbling block for unbelievers (who famously mock the notion that they might be 'sinners' and who justify any act to make themselves out as being innocent), but it is also a problem for believers because of some of the same reasons that don't go away once regenerated by the word and the Spirit.

That last statement might sound wrong. I.e. one might say before one is regenerated one is convicted of their own sin in some way, to some degree. Maybe, maybe not. We don't all live lifestyles involving overt sinful behavior, which gets to the main point of this post.

Much of the sin we as fallen humans are guilty of and polluted with is of the nature of being baked in from birth. I.e. it is so much a part of us, constitutionally, that we can't see it. When it manifests it doesn't clash with anything to alert us to it (other than conscience, once conscience begins to get unburied and become tender).

This is a very big subject because until we can truly see and accept that sin is in us we won't see the value of the Gospel, or Jesus' work on the cross, or God's plan of redemption overall.

We will still call ourselves believers, but it will be weak and shallow.

There are two things Christians have to see and accept the existence of: the supernatural, and sin.

So I'm saying many Christians might be unknowingly weak on seeing sin in themselves simply because they've never really confronted the subject and the reality of their situation.

John Calvin began his Institutes with the observation that it is hard to see sin in ourselves because we tend to compare ourselves to other human beings, and when we do that we tend to see ourselves as being pretty much better than other human beings; so he says we need to compare ourselves to God to see our true nature as it is: fallen, sinful, guilty, full of pollution, and with all the attributes that follow from that such as ingratitude to God Himself.

So what is 'baked in' sin? It is sin we are not even conscious we are manifesting. Take adultery. Adultery is not just sexual, it is spiritual. All our lives, when we have shown favor and given allegiance to one degree or another to various idols, we have engaged in the sin of adultery. We think of it as innocent. Just learning. Developing. And it may be, but it is spiritual adultery nevertheless. That New Age period. That flirting with Hinduism, or Buddhism. An atheist period when we gave ourselves over to a political ideology that involved worship of the state, perhaps. And less obvious, more subtle adulteries. Our will and desire for such things is baked in to us. We don't realize we're sinning as we're doing it.

And one sin convicts, remember. One sin puts us behind the eight ball, so to speak. One sin make us reliant on a Savior to save us. Even if we could be perfect we still have original sin to deal with. We are sunk from birth. If we don't see that, truly, we won't truly value the Gospel, or good news of the Savior.


2.11.2018

Spiritual but not religious

[an email]

That Wikipedia article on Spiritual but not Religious overall is a good summation that defines much of the seemingly disparate non-Christian beliefs we encounter around us.

I go back to saying they can't, or they refuse, to see sin and evil in themselves and in the world.

Much of the sin in us is of the nature of 'baked in' from birth, so we have to think about it to see it. I.e. original sin as being our very constitution. Like the Work [Fourth Way - Ouspensky] teaching that some lies or lying are integral, like thinking we're awake when we clearly are not. Or thinking we can do things when things just happen. Our lack of will and our sequestered will are part of our fallen nature (we have will to choose an apple or an orange but not to choose to recognize our Creator, that requires the Spirit and the word of God acting on and in us).

This is why the 'spiritual but not religious' people are naive. They don't know what they don't know. They need the language of the Bible to be able to begin to see things in themselves and in the world they currently can't see. - C.

2.10.2018

Ietsism

[originally an email]

Somebody asked Elisabeth of the YouTube channel Elisabeth's Philosophy what her beliefs were. Not her but somebody else replied that she believed in Ietsism, which is a popular belief in the Netherlands.

I'd never heard of it, so I thought you guys might be interested in reading a short description too. Here's one I read.

It's easy to see the capital 'I' and mentally see it as an 'L.' I did. But it's ietsism.

Wikipedia article on it.

Basically I'd say such people may believe in the supernatural, but they don't believe in sin (and probably are if not blind to evil at least are asleep to its existence).

They are naive. Their view of themselves is naive. If you don't see sin then you don't see the necessity for a solution to sin, which is the heart of Christianity.

- C.

2.06.2018

Two categories of conspiracy theorists

There really are two broad categories of so-called conspiracy theorists.

1. The ones who see only 'parts' and can't see the whole. They are focused on many parts, flitting about from one to another, until they might begin to have a special pet peeve and so reduce everything into a box called by the name of that pet peeve (Jews, Jesuits, Freemasons, Illuminati, etc.). I.e. they engage in reductionist thinking where anything that doesn't fit into their box then becomes sort of non-existent. Confirmation bias is the leading fallacy.

2. Then you have the ones who can see the parts in relation to the whole (which is a classic definition of understanding in itself). These by definition are going to be Christians. Real Christians. Not church Christians, for the most part, but real Christians. Christians who can see the spiritual battlefield. The 'whole' they are able to see and to reconcile all the myriad parts into is God's plan of redemption as revealed in the Old and New Testaments. They can see that the Devil goes by many names and wears many different hats (all those 'parts' type 1 sees) but nevertheless is still the Devil manifesting Satanic spirit, attributes, and deeds. They may have a more difficult time defining the good (some will say liberty, being in covenant with God, prosperity, and obviously if Christian evangelism and sanctification, etc.).

So category 2 is able to have the bigger vision and truer vision, potentially.

2.05.2018

Hard truth, should be obvious

http://electofgod.blogspot.com/2009/07/churchians-are-not-christians.html

The Walter Lippmann Brigade

Related, on the JQ (Jewish Question), I've never been focused on Jews or Israel, never a hater of all things Israel or Jewish (like some people hate Jesuits or Masons or what have you); but lately have found a way to frame it: The Walter Lippmann Brigade.

Walter Lippmann was a Jew in the early part of the 20th century who began the whole "we are the elites that must lead the stupid masses" thing.

This is when manipulation of public opinion (techniques) was developed.

I see him and his (mainly) Jewish progeny in politics, media, entertainment, academia like this: they got off the boat at New York, were deloused at Ellis Island (they've never forgiven this), then stood in the middle of the vast metropolis of New York City and said to themselves: how do I see myself as bigger than all this? I.e., all this that these worthless goyim have achieved, have produced, have created, built, invented, discovered, grown, fixed, adapted, organized, fought for, conquered, pioneered across the vast landscape, all the blood, sweat, tears, all the native ingenuity, all that they've founded, developed. How, how can I as their superior be above all this? (Muslims within Christian culture and civilization have a similar moronic arrogance, ingratitude, and treachery.)

Thus he attends one of our Christian founded universities (Harvard), writes his 1922 book on public opinion and how to control it; establishes the notion of an elite class; and here we are. Narcissistic parasites insinuating their presence into something they had nothing to do with and can only destroy ultimately with their incompetence and Spiritless, unrooted, demonic existence. (Without faith in Christ one is Spiritless and easily given over to the demonic realm).

Thanks, Walter Lippmann Brigade.

1.29.2018

Anthropomorphizing the demonic realm

Some conspiracy types have real knowledge, real understanding, but their mistake that makes them sound crazy is they anthropomorphize the demonic realm.* The 'they' they are always referencing are really the demonic realm influencing very hollow, very stupid human beings in high places. The conspiracy types talk as if it is the stupid humans in high places that are orchestrating and doing everything. They're usually too stupid to tie their own shoelaces.

This occurs when the conspiracy type doesn't have a vision or worldview of the supernatural and of evil. When they aren't Christian. They have to attribute everything to human causes. Some, though, do it even though they are Christian and don't have to. Alex Jones comes to mind.

*Ascribing to humans what is being done by demons, fallen angels, and Satan himself.

1.27.2018

The difference between Christians

I've been skimming some old posts and articles written by anti-Trump Christians over the past year and a half or so on the subject of Donald Trump, and have been reminded how little discernment they had. They are shallow.

Christians who understood Trump know Trump is about spiritual warfare. The Christians who were anti-Trump are the same Christians who haven't a clue about things like cultural Marxism or the Satanic nature of globalism and the tactics of such things. They are feckless on the spiritual battlefield.

Establishment Christianity is clueless and worse. They have a default sympathy for the Devil. All the while being sanctimonious in the most juvenile ways.

I couldn't find many recent posts and articles (like Trump's first year assessments and such). It's like they've gone into hiding somewhat.

It's understandable that most people will be unaware of the Devil's work all around them, often to unforgivable degrees (like when their children are being directly attacked); but Christians need to have discernment for such things. That they don't can mostly be explained by the divide that separates fear-of-the-world establishment Christianity from fear-of-God-alone spiritual warfare Christianity.

1.26.2018

They are finger painters thinking they are men of God

"Modern day theologians are finger painters. They don't know spiritual warfare. They don't know the supernatural. They don't know God. They don't know Satan. They don't know the spiritual battlefield." - Me

Thought after hearing someone begin to quote Peter Enns on anything.

Some will say this is unfair. Why? Enns taught many, many years at the premier putative orthodox, conservative Reformed seminary in the United States.

But he was only one professor at that seminary. Really? How many of his peers defended him? Many.

And how does heresy work? Do you give people 100% poison, calling it the truth? No, you give people 2% (or even 1% is enough) poison amongst 98% truth.

That 2% poison will be: "There is error in the Bible." (The modern Critical Text industry.)

That 2% poison will be: "Justification by faith[fulness] alone." (Another old Counter-Reformation attack.)

That 2% poison will be: "Regeneration by man and ritual rather than word and Spirit." ("Come, children, and be baptized! There is error in the Bible, very difficult to navigate, don't worry yourselves over it... Be baptized! We have lollipops... All free today...!")

The fecklessness of seminary graduates who think heresy is solely in one or two professors is the general fecklessness of academics in general in the face of cultural Marxism. Their entire seminary (like all institutions of so-called higher learning) is marinated in cultural Marxism, and they don't see it any more than a fish is aware of 'water.'

They are ignorant of Critical Theory and the myriad ways it is cloaked.

They can't see the spiritual battlefield.

They are finger painters thinking they are men of God.

1.23.2018

Things heating up

The FBI released 50,000 new texts between two of their agents that were talking about how much they hate Trump, including in the very office of the Director of the FBI (I'm writing in shorthand), but they said a "glitch" made them lose five more months worth of texts which covered just after Trump's election. For the FBI to pull this bullshit some really incriminating stuff has to be in those texts. The rumors now are that it involved talks between FBI and Dept. of Justice people (referred to as a secret society in the texts themselves) about assassinating Trump (please don't flag me, Yahoo, for writing that). [This was originally an email.]

Q Anon dropped more on this subject last night (after a major drop hours earlier (yes, I'm using the word drop, because I'm cool and hip) outlining the long term coup against the United States from within. Last night he talked about assassination, collusion with foreign governments to take out Trump, then all the degrees of crimes against children that have gone on.

Mainstream media is now in total bizarro world by not reporting on any of this. They're all running for their lives. What we have right now at this point is many, many things 'up in the air' where all can see. They will have to come back down to earth sooner or later. It comes down to can the Washington establishment put fear into the American people and somehow, someway walk past all this with nothing happening to them? No way in hell. They are cooked. For eternity. - C.

1.22.2018

Weird actions can be explained

Three examples of strange things observed in recent times and their explanation.

1. Why would so public a preening, sanctimonious moralist asshat like Bono of the rock band U2 allow himself to get busted only donating 1% of proceedings from his Africa charitable foundation to actual people in Africa? Does simple financial corruption or greed explain such a thing? It doesn't seem like it because Bono is worth hundreds of millions of dollars already from his music.

Here's the explanation: Bono is a globalist. He has the Satanic globalist virus to like 33rd degree zombie level. He fools people by mentioning Jesus every now and then (but only as a liberal theologian would mention Jesus, if you pay attention), but he is a Luciferian through and through. His globalist mentors have taught him the program. The program is to get the third world to move en masse into first world countries so that the globalists can have a rootless, a-historical mongrel race of basically slaves to easily tyrannize over. So they tell Bono it's OK to steal money from the third world because this in part enables the bad conditions that contribute to mass movement of populations. Thus Bono has this bizarre justification to steal as much money as he can possibly steal from Africa because he's been told it will further the greater goal of globalist one world tyranny, which in Bono the Luciferian's mind is the greater good. Welcome to the world of high altitude globalist moralists. (I could have used Bill and Hillary and their Clinton Foundation as the example here as well, but it is a bigger, more multi-headed Satanic Hydra; yet the reason Hillary still is trying to get more and more money despite already having hundreds of millions if not billions is due to the justification outlined above. Probably throw in that in her dementia she has probably also bought into the globalist fantasy that they will somehow live forever - by drinking the blood of infants or some other Satanic ritual - and thus being a trillionaire is the mark for a good, powerful globalist...)

2. Where all of the sudden did an internet bookseller (Jeff Bezos) and the guy who founded PayPal (Elon Musk) get rocket and space technology to the degree that they become the go to companies for launch of U.S. military assets? How does this happen? OK, we think, well, these guys have gotten soooo rich from the internet that we guess they are just able now to do things that before only government level budgets are capable of doing. I guess.

Here's what was really happening: the globalists knew they could counter even the power of the U.S. military (and any other military) with space based weaponry and technology, thus they basically had Obama cancel NASA as a working agency (remember when Obama announced NASA's new role was to be some kind of reach out to the Muslim world, or some such bizarre thing?) and transferred that technology to tech titan Dr. Evils Bezos and Musk (word is Musk has seen which way the wind is blowing lately and has turned on his globalist masters and is now working with white hats within the government against the globalist coup). This also enabled Obama and Hillary as his Sec. of State to transfer rocket and space technology to places like Iran and North Korea, bypassing government controls, with the design to destabilize the world and weaken the power of the United States. So now we see how this advanced, very expensive technology that only a government financed agency like NASA could handle is being handled by tech geeks all of the sudden. With black budget money thrown into the mix, by the way.

3. Why did so many life-long public conservatives publicly state that they wanted Hillary Clinton in the White House last election? All their arguments were pointless and nonsensical ("It's not a binary choice...Trump is unfit...it's about principle...")

Here's the reason: 50% of them were thoroughly enmeshed in the blood-for-money, endless war Neo-con racket that has been a foundational part of the Washington, D.C. economy for decades. The other 50% are pedophiles. And it needs to be understood that the Neo-cons made their Stalin-Hitler pact with the globalists sometime during the Clinton administration, so there isn't much space between them and the Satanic child raping/torturing/murdering globalist pedophile types. The way you recognize each is the Neo-cons (after being publicly exposed by Trump) retreat to the political left and to mouthing pro-liberty, pro-constitution sentiments in a lecturing style as if they are the only people defending such things. While the pedophiles go around acting out the preening, sanctimonious moralist role before the cameras and in print.

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So there you have it. When you see behavior that is just strange and weird remember that totalitarian movements both try to turn things upside-down (good is evil, evil is good, peace is war, war is peace, freedom is slavery, slavery is freedom, etc.) to dispirit and disorient the population they are tyrannizing over - and - the very justifications for deeds and words and actions in a Satanic environment become detached from truth and reality.

1.13.2018

OK then, OK now, OK into the future (still exists in time)

Salisbury Cathedral from the Bishop's Ground (1823) by John Constable (English, b.1776 d.1837) Victoria and Albert Museum, London (click on image)

12.25.2017

Christianity is the big, real mystery religion 2

Part 1 here.

We hear and ultimately read the Bible, and if it regenerates us really it is an experience of seeing the truth. Truth is like light in this sense. We see the light.

Now as one who sees the light we are at odds with our surroundings because most people are in the darkness, yet they can vaguely discern when somebody has crossed the threshold into the light. The spiritual landscape is an analogue to this physical realm we live and breathe in. People can vaguely sense the spiritual realm. Not via senses - knowingly - yet vaguely sense it nonetheless.

So as now an initiate into this big, real mystery religion called Christianity, the true mystery religion, we develop more and more in the way of being able to see truth. More and more truth. It's painful at times. It goes against all we use to think, perhaps what we've held dear. It goes against all the old songs we've always sung about ourselves and the world. Truth strikes me as hard. Clear yet hard and perhaps sharp.

Seeing the truth about man's condition or state in general; and about the great plan being played out in historical time, is one thing. I think it is more common for initiates to see those things. But to see truth about ourselves, to shine light into the inner recesses of our fallen being...that, I believe, is the more difficult and more rare development. It is why religious figures (leaders, educators) come across as shallow. They aren't all that different in terms of self-knowledge as anyone else.

And yet the New Testament - the very teachings of Jesus Himself - are all about this shining of light on the darkness of our inner fallen being and nature.

Jesus doesn't just talk about truth in this sense, but also love. Another difficult, basic, thing we often neglect to focus on to the same degree and in the same manner as we focus on other things like justification. It's because love involves how we act. Not in a sanctimonious or moralizing sense, but in the sense of a soldier of Christ on a real spiritual battlefield. Loving our enemy doesn't make us 'good' it makes us effective. Effective soldiers. It also is a sign of inner command and control.

Seeing truth and acting in love. Whenever I am thinking of terms and I can't find three of them (like goodness, truth, and beauty; or like understanding, consciousness, and will) but only two as is the case now with truth and love it usually means they are representative of things we do. Like what some call sacraments. Or like the Two Great Commandments of Jesus to love God and to love your neighbor as yourself. Or prayer and fasting.

A language I've adopted to sort out and see clearly these neglected teachings of Christianity is the esoteric, or practical language known as the Work, or Fourth Way (mainly as Ouspensky explicated it). It's used by cults (just as the Bible is used by cults). My rule has always been: exploit everything, join nothing. It keeps you alone, but it frees you to climb continuously to the summit of the mountain, and to even go beyond summit. Other people stay on the valley floor or get stuck at Base Camp #1 or Base Camp #2 or 3 because that is where the group is. Or that is where the world says it is OK to be.

The part of the Work language that would sync with what I've written above is conscious shocks. Specifically two conscious shocks. They correspond to Jesus' great commands, when you know both the Bible and the Work to a great enough extent, which pretty much nobody does. Work people tend to be New Age shallow, and Bible people tend to be scared of the open sea. Or easily dissuaded by the world from going into certain directions and areas of influence. Which is called fearing the world. The Bible says fear God, it is the beginning of wisdom. Because when you fear God alone you don't fear man or the world or their opinion of you.

I believe a thoroughly initiated Christian needs three pillars of understanding:

1. The Bible and doctrine derived from it. Hard doctrine. Doctrine that our fallen nature is not comfortable with. Calvinism. Reformed Theology. Doctrine that says what the Bible says.

2. Worldview analysis. This brings in philosophy in a practical way to a Christian's understanding.

3. What I might call biblical psychology, which is ancient psychology and not what has passed for psychology since the turn of the 20th century. Psychology as most people know it is the study of the sub-normal (and it is worse than that as well, it is making the sub-normal the normal). Real psychology begins with the normal (the good householder, to use the metaphor of the Bible) and explains what is possible above that and what is holding everything back. The idea is nature only develops us so far, then only effort to gain understanding and control gets us to further plateaus. In doctrinal terms this is progressive sanctification, and involves God-reliant effort (because really only the regenerated can engage in such effort). It studies difficult things like all the types of lying we engage in (which highlights truth by contrast). See in the Bible where truth is mentioned with lying numerous times. The only language I know of for this third pillar of understanding is the Work, or Fourth Way, in the main books by Ouspensky. It is a sophisticated language, worthy of a discerning Christian (and I emphasize discerning because no influence other than the word of God is all wheat and no chaff).


12.22.2017

TRUTH

Truth is the basic thing. It is objective, absolute, eternal.

Truth is understanding yourself, the world around you, and the big picture.

To see truth, see lying.

Truth is discerning on-the-mark, off-the-mark.

Truth becomes almost like a medium you walk in. The more developed your level of being the more truth you are able to perceive. The more the language and languages of special and general revelation you have in you the more truth you can see.

Truth and sanctimony are enemies.

Christ is truth because Christ's life is God's plan of redemption, the big picture; and Christ's teaching is self-awareness and understanding. He is what we're to conform to individually.