Thursday, 28 February 2019

Search.


And the end of all our searching will be to find the love in our own hearts.

And to pour out our love to God and to all humanity.


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Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Return.


After 30 years of pragmatic capitalism the people of the world are weary of war.

We are distressed about the level of inequality in our world.

And we are sick of corruption.

So we have seen a return of the longing for peace.

And we have once again turned to spirituality.

The reign of the secular pragmatic economists is a failure.

They wage war and sell materialism.

This does not bring happiness.

When will humanity realize.

And so the search begins again.


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Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Can Do.


What we can do in this 21st Century global culture is create a world that is just and fair for all.

We have the means to remedy the gross disparity in wealth between the nations.

The United Nations and new national governments can combine to help the developing countries of the world.

And this would be done not only with aid but with economic development such as we have seen in China and India.

The nations of the West must reject the economics of war and embrace trade and diplomacy.

We must refrain from exploitation and oppression.

And we must strive towards universal brotherhood and sisterhood.

Corporate greed and corruption must be curbed in order to enable countries to embrace global justice.

And dialogues must be begun to resolve conflicts.

So initiatives musts be taken now to break down the barriers to a more global community.

Barriers of culture, race, religion, and philosophy.

We must cross borders and break down walls.

We must talk.

We must listen.

Only then will the 21st Century become the Century of Hope.


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Monday, 25 February 2019

The Law.


Accepting God as king over us does not mean that we can disobey the law of the land.

God's Law is more stringent than man-made laws.

So, in fact, we become more law-abiding than we were before.


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Sunday, 24 February 2019

Plot.


It is the plot of the plutocrats to threaten, seduce, bully, hypnotize, brainwash, torture, harass, and control everyone.

They own the media.

They manipulate religion.

They demonize their enemies.

And damn any challenge.

They whitewash evil.

They usurp righteousness.

And take Heaven by force.

And all this is done for money!


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Saturday, 23 February 2019

Wicked Tenants.


When Jesus entered the Temple in Jerusalem he told The Parable of the Wicked Tenants.

In this parable a king lets out his vineyard to tenants while he is away and when he sends for his profits they beat up and kill the messenger (his son).

The Pharisees were a powerful and privileged caste of priests and religious.

They lived in palaces and consorted with kings.

They ruled with an iron fist.

And they enjoyed their spiritual superiority.

Jesus called them whited sepulchres.

And because Jesus knew that the teachings of the Pharisees enslaved the people and could not be challenged he criticized them publicly.

And their response was violent.

This situation still exists today.

To challenge those who enslave the people and those who benefit from privileges in the Churches is to risk violence.

To tell the truth is to risk your life.

As my friend Ruth would say this is human nature.

But writing it off as human nature is a cop-out.

We must encourage honesty in our Churches.

Otherwise things will stay the same.

And the vision will be lost.


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Friday, 22 February 2019

Fear and Smear.


Since Ronald Reagan resurrected the practice of using pseudo-religious language to demonize his political enemies we have seen the return of the classical political practice of fear and smear.

Allying himself to Rupert Murdoch's news empire Reagan used the media to smear the icons of the 1960s - namely John F. Kennedy and John Lennon.

His first act was to rename Cape Kennedy Cape Canaveral.
And there followed negative stories about Kennedy's personal life.

And his claim that the Hippies were agents of Satan demonized a whole generation.

Using the Pope and the Religious Right he succeeded in destroying his political and cultural enemies.

But fear and smear is a negative practice.

It will not last forever.

The truth will win out in the end. 


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Thursday, 21 February 2019

Blaming and Shaming.


When Ronald Reagan assumed power he set out to destroy the legacy of the Hippie Generation.

By calling them unconscious agents of Satan he demonized them all.

And by coining the term Politically Correct  he marginalized their philosophy.

Next he heaped shame on them by claiming that they did not honor the veterans of the Vietnam War.

He organized a commemorative march to emphasize his point.

But his greatest power came from the reaction of the next generation - Generation X.

Their jealousy and hatred of the Hippies resulted in verbal and emotional violence which shouted down any protest.

The Hippies got the blame for everything.

So what has this got to do with us now?

The resultant domination of pragmatic capitalism and materialism is still with us today.

Generation Y may have helped to resurrect the Hippies' rock legends but by making it all about money the captains of industry succeeded in their efforts to avoid any subsequent idealism.

Idealism was hated because it was not profitable.

In fact any form of idealism was blamed for an economic downturn.

So now we are seeing the results of Reaganism.

Huge disparity between rich and poor.

Perpetual war.

Fascism.

Collusion.

Corruption.

Racism.

And evil.


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Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Satanism.


We live in a world that is dark, cold, indifferent, hard, tough, and demanding.

Money rules and power wins.

Our governments ignore us.

And religion is bankrupt.

Our entertainment is evil.

And our aspirations are material.

But hidden from sight is a great dark secret.

Rock musicians, celebrities, entertainers, sportsmen, and writers have sold their souls and do the devil's work.

Rogues and scoundrels, despicable me, dancing with the devil, venom, dirty deeds, the devil inside, doom, the music of the night.....

Death and darkness, women in black, snakes and spiders, graves and ghosts, skeletons, skulls,....

The darkness hides them.

The T.V. distracts.

Drugs and addictions.

Obsessions.

But there is a reason.

Hidden for a season.

Satanism.


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Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Subliminal Suggestion.


Despite the fact that Satanists in the music industry think that what they do is magic I think that it works more like subliminal suggestion.

Backwards and upside-down words and images register in the unconscious.

And the effects of backtracking are entirely unconscious.

This is why subliminal advertising used to be banned.

But with deregulation of business this safeguard was abandoned and anyone can use subliminal messages in their product.

So be aware that Satanic suggestion exists in rock music and entertainment.

And avoid it wherever you can.


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Monday, 18 February 2019

Job.


"'Have you considered my servant Job?'"  Job 1:8 (NRSV)

Job was "blameless and upright", a model citizen.

He was a wealthy landowner who treated his workers justly, provided employment for the community, ran his household honestly, worshipped God, and prayed for his children.

"I delivered the poor who cried, and the orphan who had no helper.....
.....I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.....
.....I was  eyes to the blind, and feet to the lame.
I was father to the needy, and championed the cause of the stranger.
I broke the fangs of the unrighteous, and made them drop their prey from their teeth."  Job 29:12-17 (NRSV)

This is the portrait of a man who pleased God.

He was a loving father to everyone.

Our fathers could not do better than to follow this model today.


[Scripture quotations (marked NRSV) are taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission.  All rights reserved.]

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Sunday, 17 February 2019

AIDS.


When the AIDS crisis first hit the gay community I heard people saying that gay men had sex with six people a night.

As if this was the reason for AIDS.

As time went by this number increased from six to ten to fifteen.

As if that was physically possible.

Everyone needed to find a reason why gay men had caught AIDS.

But this is blatant homophobia.

It's straight out of The Book of Job in the Bible.

Job's friends Eliphaz, Bildad, Zophar, and the young Elihu all claim that the righteous Job must have sinned in order to deserve the great misfortunes which had befallen him.

But Job maintained his innocence and was eventually justified by God and restored to his former prosperity.

Religious people in particular would do well to look at The Book of Job in relation to AIDS. 

Homosexual sex or excessive sex are not the causes of AIDS.

AIDS is caused by a virus.

It does not have a moral agenda.


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Saturday, 16 February 2019

Reclaiming Our Humanity.


The last 30 years has seen the systematic dehumanization of people everywhere.

Children are toys.

Schools no longer teach Humanities.

Employees are work units.

People are statistics.

And we have seen a steady rise in mental health problems.

The time has come to reclaim our humanity.

Children should not be left in child care centers from the age of a few months.  They need the love and intimacy of their parents.

Education should not be just job training.  A balanced education includes the Humanities.

Employees are sons and daughters.  They are not the enemy.

People are human and we need to be treated as such.

And this is the purpose of religion.

To treat everyone as an equal human being.

To open our hearts.

To show mercy, compassion, consideration, and love.

Then we can say we are truly human.


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Friday, 15 February 2019

Mental Health.


I was shocked but not surprised at recent statistics on mental health.

I have long said that there is too much pressure on people, especially young people.

Suicide numbers among the young are soaring.

And it is no coincidence.

Children are left without a parent's love in child care centers from the age of a few months.

They are taught reading and writing skills before kindergarten.

When they start school they are treated as job trainees.  This dehumanizes the child and prepares him for life as a work unit. 

The only messages we get are materialistic - buy, own, watch, listen, enjoy.

Teenagers are tempted with fame and fortune.

Workers are overworked and underpaid.

Entertainment is meaningless.

Rock music is infested with Satanism.

Everpresent earplugs inject poisonous curses.

Sex, death, suicide.

Darkness, depression, evil.

It is no wonder there is a mental health crisis.

But there are remedies for these destructive influences.

Faith, compassion, love.

Sacred classical music.

New Spirituality based on unconditional love.

An acknowledgement of our humanity.

A return to the humanities in education.

A concern for everyone.

Forgiveness, mercy, friendship.

This is the message of the New Age.

May it increase.


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Thursday, 14 February 2019

The Endeavors of Love.


From childhood we learn to fear.

We have all been abused.

This makes us defensive, cynical, and insular.

We are afraid of being hurt or humiliated.

We are terrified of ridicule.

So we bury our true selves under a mask of strength or gaiety.

And all this takes place on an unconscious level so that we are unaware of what is happening.

But contact with the real God makes us lose our fear.

We open up and blossom like a flower.

We open our hearts.

We see others' needs.

And thus begin the endeavors of love.

Our job is to do all the things that no one did for us until we met the Living God.

To love.
To endure.
To show mercy.
To forgive.

To care.
To help.
To comfort.
To give.

To go out into the world with a motivation of love.

To do all the things that the benevolent God has taught us.

Then we are on our way Home.


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Wednesday, 13 February 2019

The Power of Hate.


After 35 years of Reaganism and Generation X we can see the results of the power of hate.

The world is colder, darker, more unequal, less peaceful, less happy than it has ever been.

This is what hate has done to our world.

The media rely on hate to realize their political ends.

Rock music generates hidden hate over everyone.

Relationships are wrecked.

Ideals are dead.

And war rages on.

We are distracted and disturbed.

We worship money and fame.

We sacrifice everything to win.

And we embrace every vice.

Cry out to God!

Pray with all your heart!

Open your heart!

And give love to strangers!

The only thing that can save us is:

The Power of Love!


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Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Honest to God.


It is evident if you read the Bible that God expects us to be honest.

The Ten Commandments, passages of the Law, the Prophets, John the Baptist, and Jesus himself exhort us to deal honestly with our brothers and sisters.

This is an obvious expectation.

And yet who is honest in our world?

Employers cheat their workers and demand unpaid overtime.

Rich corporations pay no tax.

Everyone cheats everyone else.

Reality T.V. indulges in backstabbing and evil.

We must compete.

We must win.

The decline of religion has seen the demise of ethics in our world.

Governments turn a blind eye to corruption.

The media has no respect for the truth.

Politicians make excuses for blunders.

Plutocrats deny wrongdoing and exploitation.

We are told to lie.

We are told to be selfish.

It's dog eat dog.

And good guys come last.

The more fear we feel the more evil appears in our world.

But faith allays our fears.

God provides.

God is good.

And God expects us to be honest. 


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Monday, 11 February 2019

Please God.


What must we do to please God?

Do not point the finger at the innocent.

Do not feel superior to others.

Do not conceive evil in your heart.

Do not delight in your brother's misfortune.

Do not ignore the poor and the hungry.

Open your heart!

Show mercy to your enemies.

Forgive everyone.

Cultivate compassion and empathy.

But above all:

Love God and love your neighbor.

Then you will please God.


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Sunday, 10 February 2019

Mammon.


"No man can serve two masters.....
Ye cannot serve God and mammon."  Matthew 6:24 (KJB)

The word mammon is translated in modern versions as money.

The key to the right-wing political conspiracy is money.

The Plutocrats of this world side with conservative political and right-wing religious forces because of their attitude to money.

But you cannot serve two masters.

Either you serve God or you serve money.

And big business Plutocrats conspire with Satanists in rock music and popular culture in order to control people's thinking.

So the Religious Right is in league with their own enemies in reality.

For too long they have been allowed to fake their spirituality by contending that the left-wing is evil.

This is because Ronald Reagan accused the Hippie Generation of being unconscious agents of Satan because their rock stars were Satanists.

But this is blatant nonsense.

The Hippies were not evil in themselves.

They were the victims of Satanism in rock music.

They were not the perpetrators.

This is why the Religious Right call good people like Barak Obama the Anti-Christ.

It is blatantly false.

And their credibility has suffered for it.

Their own involvement with Satanism through their endorsement of Generation X is much worse than any ill effects of the Hippies.

So the Religious Right are confronted with a choice - God or mammon.


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Saturday, 9 February 2019

Domination.


We in the West pride ourselves on our free democracies.

But the West maintains its privileged economic position by domination.

The Western Democracies have the largest and most modern armies with which to attack anyone who challenges our position of privilege.

We collude with rich nations ruled by cruel dictators and monarchs.

We plunder poorer nations and steal their resources.

We exploit vulnerable immigrants.

We even employ slave labor.

But we ignore all of this and congratulate ourselves on our superior enlightenment.

No wonder.....


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Friday, 8 February 2019

The Holy Spirit.


The Holy Spirit is God's Breath.

The Breath of Life.

"He breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit.'''  John 20:22 (NRSV)

It is the Nephesh (breath) and the Ruach (wind).

It is Alpha.

The Beginning.

It is God's Blessing.

And it brings Life.


[Scripture quotations (marked NRSV) are taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission.  All rights reserved.]

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Thursday, 7 February 2019

Hell.


Satanists in rock music and popular entertainment put hellish images into our minds to make us think we are going to hell.

And we blame ourselves because we took drugs.

But who told us to take drugs in the first place?

It was the very rock bands who poisoned us with their backwards religion.

They cursed and sabotaged us with backtracking and subliminal suggestion.

But rest assured you are not going to hell.

And there are no monsters or snakes or hell things clinging to you.

These hallucinations are deliberately induced.

Look more closely at their videos and movies and listen with discrimination to their songs.

You will find poison and death.

Then you will be free!


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Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Cinderella.


My struggle against Satanism in our popular culture has been described as Cinderella versus The Black Knight. 

Under normal circumstances you would expect the dark, strong, violent agent to win hands down.

But God's blessing turns the tables on worldly expectations.

Although God is omnipotent He is a harmless romantic like Cinderella.

He does not use force or violence.

"Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, says the Lord of hosts."  Zechariah 4:6 (NRSV)

God has (non-violent) ways that we cannot even imagine.

"Even though it seems impossible to the remnant of this people in these days, should it also seem impossible to me, says the Lord of hosts?"  Zechariah 8:6 (NRSV)

So pray to God with a loving heart.

And He will deliver you.

[Scripture quotations (marked NRSV) are taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission.  All rights reserved.]

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Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Gay Men.


Emerging from prison in the 1960s.

Celebrated in the 1970s.

Decimated in the 1980s.

Revived in the 1990s.

Active after the Millennium.

Gay Marriage demonstrations.

Marriage Equality.

God's Blessing in Churches.

Mosques, Synagogues, Temples.

Equality at last.

Freedom from prejudice.


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Monday, 4 February 2019

Human Rights.


Gay Rights are Human Rights.

The only organization I know that treats Gay Rights as Human Rights is Amnesty International.

It would seem that this secular organization has a better understanding than most religious organizations.

The religions are digging in.

And by doing so they are alienating more and more people.

Rev. Roger Ray said that the Church is too often the taillights when it should be the headlights.

And that is why the Church is dying.


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Sunday, 3 February 2019

Gay Spirituality.


In some ancient cultures people who did not marry were regarded as spiritual.

In the ancient Jewish culture the Nazir was a person set aside for God.

In Isaiah 54 & 56 God espouses those who did not have children.

The Berdache, or Two Spirits, of the North American Indians were special priests who guarded the spirits of the tribe.

So perhaps instead of demonizing LGBT+ people we could look upon them as having some special function in the Kingdom of God.


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Saturday, 2 February 2019

Oppression.


Fear of oppression can make us attack.

If we anticipate that the other is going to overpower us we may become overbearing ourselves.

This is the basis of many a divorce.

So we should look to our motivation and honestly assess our own fears.

We should not let fear rule us.

We should let go of our fear and open our hearts.

Then the love of power will be superseded by the power of love.


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Friday, 1 February 2019

Media.


Ever since Rupert Murdock took over the world's news media we have seen a decline in the calibre of our politicians.

Since Labor pandered to Murdock's media and compromised their values.

Since the Conservatives followed Hitler's lead and played the race card.

We have seen cynicism and corruption in our parliaments.

What is needed is a return to the personal and political integrity that has been lost.

But this cannot be done while the media is controlled by plutocrats.

So turn off your T.V. and cancel your newspaper subscriptions.

You can get news from independent sources.

We don't need to be threatened and controlled.


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