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8.28.2018

What I would say to those in a normal state of non-understanding

What I would say to normal, average people who typically don't know much about themselves, the world, or any higher meaning...

We're all close to death, read the Bible.

You have no understanding.

Your worldview is a jumble of idiocy.

Your very soul is hostage to embarrassment and shame regarding truth; i.e. anytime you move towards truth or have it presented to you you feel embarrassment and shame. Embarrassment derived from the people around you who demand that you stay just like them; and shame derived from the spirit of disobedience within you which is the spirit of Satan we're all born with; i.e. you're going against your spirit of disobedience thus it makes you feel a perverse shame.

Once you break free of these barriers you have to start engaging influences that give you building blocks of understanding until you can begin to see the parts in relation to the whole.

These influences are primarily the written word, though music/art and physical development (athletics/performing arts) play a big role in getting a balanced development overall. But God has put a unique power into the written (or spoken) word. History, imaginative literature, philosophy, science, religion.

You have to start off somewhere, but eventually you become more and more systematic in your efforts as you see more and more of the 'landscape' you are in and that's before you. You also begin to see the hierarchy that influences fall into. Higher influenes are more rare (many genre novels, few epic poems) and require more effort of attention (a thriller or romance novel easy to read; a classic novel or ancient historian more difficult to read).

Sounds like a lot. It is. It also sounds like it requires a lot of time. It does. This is why this development of real understanding is rare. Many excuses (and legitimate reasons like job, family, etc.) not to do it.

"Isn't that what I did in college?" some might say. Yes, ideally, to some extent. But motivation matters, and when motivation is external (get a grade, graduate) it's not the same as being inwardly motivated, which is what is really necessary. That "love of learning" that colleges and universities say they want to instill in you, that will abide after you leave the campus. At least in the past they did. Today they want to indoctrinate with very concentrated poison.

You have to do it on your own, of your own volition and motivation, with the goal of getting real understanding.

8.24.2018

How do you know Christianity is real?

I was asked this question ten years ago or so by a Christian who often sounded more like an atheist. He said, "How do you know Christianity is real?" I answered, because I can see the Kingdom of Satan manifest in this world. It's easier than seeing the Kingdom of God manifest in this world.

I was reminded of this when seeing this post from an ex-pastor who was losing his faith. He posted it on one of the Q boards (QAnon).

I am an ex-pastor who has been in the process of losing my faith for months. Waking up to the reality of a ruling Satanic elite has made me reconsider faith in the God of Christianity.

Just wondering how many others on here are Christian? Do you see this as a spiritual battle? It feels like it's all right out of CS Lewis' book That Hideous Strength.

Anyway, just wanted to say that the ugly reality of darkness has convinced this wayward soul to seek the Light. [Here]

It took seeing evil manifest to convince him of the rest of the message of the Bible. Notice too that he had to wake up a bit even to see evil. Sleeping people can't even see evil, let alone the truth of the Bible.

8.01.2018

Books and chapters of the Bible

Genesis 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50

Exodus 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40

Leviticus 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27

Numbers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36

Deuteronomy 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34

Joshua 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

Judges 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21

Ruth 1 2 3 4

1st Samuel 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

2nd Samuel 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

1st Kings 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22

2nd Kings 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25

1st Chronicles 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29

2nd Chronicles 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36

Ezra 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Nehemiah 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13

Esther 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Job 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42

Psalms 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150

Proverbs 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

Ecclesiastes 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Song of Solomon 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Isaiah 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66

Jeremiah 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52

Lamentations 1 2 3 4 5

Ezekiel 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48

Daniel 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Hosea 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14

Joel 1 2 3

Amos 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Obadiah 1

Jonah 1 2 3 4

Micah 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Nahum 1 2 3

Habakkuk 1 2 3

Zephaniah 1 2 3

Haggai 1 2

Zechariah 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14

Malachi 1 2 3 4

Matthew 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28

Mark 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

Luke 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

John 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21

Acts 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28

Romans 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

1st Corinthians 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

2nd Corinthians 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13

Galatians 1 2 3 4 5 6

Ephesians 1 2 3 4 5 6

Philippians 1 2 3 4

Colossians 1 2 3 4

1st Thessalonians 1 2 3 4 5

2nd Thessalonians 1 2 3

1st Timothy 1 2 3 4 5 6

2nd Timothy 1 2 3 4

Titus 1 2 3

Philemon 1

Hebrews 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13

James 1 2 3 4 5

1st Peter 1 2 3 4 5

2nd Peter 1 2 3

1st John 1 2 3 4 5

2nd John 1

3rd John 1

Jude 1

Revelation 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22