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RE: When will the final straw fall?
Reply on January 10, 2018 02:06 PM << Modifed January 10 at 2:11PM >>
Very well put, Mrs M. The thing is, I've met people with polio (I plan to post about one such meeting - yes, finally I might write something on here somewhere other than the forums, lol, it's been a while). And I look at the kids I work with at school, and realise that unless they travel outside of the Western world, they'll probably never meet a polio sufferer. So few are left from the pre-vaccine days, but I will tell you, none I've met who are left with the effects of the disease would agree that vaccines are some sort of 'Satanic evil'.

If you'd like some truth, you might care to visit countries where the authorities take the same view as you, DJ. Mostly they are in the grip of extreme Islamist rule. In those countries, the Bill Gates foundation stands no chance. Political and religious leaders across central Africa have told the populace that the vaccines are a Western plot to render Muslims infertile. Polio is rife. An entirely preventable crippling disease is allowed to spread because of ignorance and fear created by controlling governments. The very type of control you think vaccinations are all about.

Don't get me wrong, you are entitled to your views, and you share them with many others of both religious and non-religious persuasion. I personally feel grateful every day to live in a polio free country, and I know exactly why that is the case.

In the end, you have to weigh up the risks. Is the tiny percentage risk of a negative reaction to a vaccine worth taking the potentially greater risk of exposing your child to a crippling disease?

A good friend of mine once posted something wise about this. She said she'd considered the risks, and thought long and hard about vaccinating her children (as one should certainly do, weighing up all the evidence), and had decided to go with most vaccines. Because, as she puts it, she puts her child at greater risk of death every time she straps them into a tin can powered by a highly flammable substance which travels at high speed. Yet nobody is anti-putting your child into a car. And putting your child into a car definitely won't save their life from any disease. Vaccination, on the other hand, just might.

I think we've got complacent. We can say all this now with the comfort of knowing we aren't at high risk from polio, etc. The threat so many once lived with no longer hangs over parent's heads. How quickly we forget as the sufferers die out that there was a timed when people begged for a solution. When rows and rows of iron lungs lined hospital wards. When schools, theatres and other public places were closed to stop the epidemic of the mid fifties. I will support the vaccines because, as a direct result of them, in my lifetime I haven't lived with the fear of contracting polio, and I don't want the next generation to have to face it again.

Nobody in the world has seen a single case of smallpox since 1977. In the whole world. Why? Because of the vaccination programme. Guess where that last case was? Somalia. Funny that, since it is also a place where the polio vaccine is rejected.

If you want to control a population deny them treatment that could save their lives, and then tell them it is for their own protection and freedom. Eventually they'll come to believe it, even see the life-saving treatments as the problem, not the solution.

I don't deny the big pharma/money argument. But vaccines like polio really aren't in their best interest. How much more could they make from victims of that dread disease?

Like I said, I count myself lucky to be alive in this time. I stand by your right to choose your own treatment, in so far as it does not impinge upon the health and wellbeing of others around you, but I've yet to see a single peer of mine die from a vaccine. Sadly, many who were my age in the fifties could not say the same about polio.

But, as Mrs M says, whatever you feel comfortable with. I'm not into forcing vaccinations on people through the government, however ill-informed and downright dangerous the choice might be, it is yours to make. I would just like to gently note that the choice is not made by children, it is made FOR them by the parents. And I wonder how many parents could face their child if, crippled with polio, that child learns it didn't have to happen.


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RE: When will the final straw fall?
Reply on January 10, 2018 02:49 PM
I'll keep this reasonably short, I'm mostly only responding because you directed your answer to me, DJ. I don't think I can put forward a better argument for vaccination than Emma has.

I'll concede you may have something of a point when it comes to the flu vaccine. Yes, we all do know people who have had their shots and still got the flu. That's one reason that, even though my work offered to pay the cost of having them, I never did. The other reason is I have not had the flu in decades, and possibly ever. I know I had flu-like symptoms as a child and young man a few times, but that could just have been bad colds. Some vaccines are more effective than others, and the pay-off more worthwhile. I think I have heard a problem with the flu vaccines is that the virus mutates so quickly, it can have changed by the time the vaccine comes out - and often people are treated with last year's vaccine. I don't believe the same issue occurs with other vaccines, such as polio, measles, etc.

I remember lining up in the school assembly hall as a child to take my Sabin Oral Vaccine. I also remember when in senior high it was discovered a new student who had come from Korea had tuberculosis. That was the last time I saw that student, and the entire grade was lined up and given TB shots. I'm thankful for that.

It's a shame there isn't a vaccination for CSD (conspiracy theory disease).


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RE: When will the final straw fall?
Reply on January 10, 2018 03:39 PM
I'd agree about the flu shots, but only because I'm in rude health (why do we say 'rude' health? Anyone know?). If I were elderly and infirm, and flue could realistically kill me, or I had autoimmune problems, I'd reconsider. I've only had flu twice. Currently it is sweeping the island, as such bugs do in a small place, and it IS flu. Searing temperature, violent sickness, aches, pains such as you would not see with even a bad cold. I've escaped it so far. If I got it, I'd be ill for a week or so, but I'd recover. If I knew I had a good chance of not recovering, I'd take any possibility of protection, even though it might not work because of, as Craig says, the rapid mutation. But I like living, and if you can give yourself a better chance of continuing to live, why wouldn't you?

Think of the many things you maybe don't do because you think they might shorten your life. Maybe they wouldn't, but you don't do them because evidence suggests there's a high likelihood they will. Well, I think the same about certain vaccines. Maybe, if there had never been a polio vaccine, I might never have had polio. But the very existence of said vaccine dramatically decreases those odds.

It's an educated gamble. I might get run over by a bus tomorrow (well, all right, only if I left Sark), but the chances are if I don't step out in front of one, I won't. I see certain vaccinations as choosing not to step out in front of the bus. Sure, this vaccine might expose me to other buses, but they are on the other side of the road, and would have to swerve. So, I'm going to take the risk of those buses, as less likely to strike.

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RE: When will the final straw fall?
Reply on January 10, 2018 06:38 PM << Modifed January 10 at 6:47PM >>
Sarkems,


I don't say this for everybody, but I find that when some people have had no direct contact with the problem of serious medical conditions its easy to make comments that just don't make sense..at least to me...I had Rheumatic Fever as a child, was not able to enjoy the kind of activities other children did, it wasn't until high school that the doctors told my parents I could take part in limited sports...and yet in school, I wan't allowed to participate for fear of my response to it...

To this day I have a Heart problem because of the disease, it effected me when I had children, and still does...As I got older, I was prescribed antibiotics and to this day, just last week, I was told I shouldn't take any more because of a chronic case of C-Dif brought on by the use of that medication...that may no be a common but even one case is one too many.

I say all this because at that time there was no such vaccine for this disease, but there has been a great deal of research, to come up with a vaccine that can help to eventually eliminate, or at least help with controlling this disease...I know for sure if there had been such a thing when I was a child, (70 or so years ago)...my parents would have been willing to have me vaccinated...

There are advances in the creation of such a vaccine...(I forget what country, but I can check)..I certainly hope that comes true soon, its needed, as there are still cases of the disease out there...especially in countries where medical treatment is at a minimum.

So when I read about how people fear the use of vaccines, I think back in my life, although it was many years ago...I hope no child would have to deal with what the disease can do...and how the effects can stay with you all of your life...as it has for me...me and my Cardiac doctor are the best of friends..and have been for quite a while...lol...just saw him last week...we're on a first name basis....lol...

Yes I hope such a vaccine is developed soon...for the benefit of the children that still get rheumatic fever...no matter where they live.

PS.
Australia and New Zealand are 2 of the countries involved with creating such a vaccine...
Hooray for that!

Just Some Thoughts!


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RE: When will the final straw fall?
Reply on January 17, 2018 12:38 PM
Howdy Craig, you say:

It's a shame there isn't a vaccination for CSD (conspiracy theory disease).

There is one, it's called the Holy Bible.
It inoculates mankind with the antibody of Truth, or what Jesus called the Holy Spirit of Truth, that destroys that nasty antigen known as diabolos Satanas. **
This"acquired immunity" gives a man resistance to becoming a slave to the Pharaoh of this world, so he can live out his created destiny as an agent to The King in the Kingdom of God. ( Which starts right here , right NOW). (Romans 12: 1-2)*


But I do hear there is a vaccine for BAD
(bad acronym disease) lol.


Hey Victoria,
It's a bit of a scary place to be, speaking of "your truth versus my truth". The Bible tells us there is ONE Truth. We may have different understandings of what truth is. Maybe that is what you meant.
I am a bit confused by your love of a certain past president, who from one side of his mouth, ( mostly as a political platform, called himself a Christian, but from the other side of his mouth calls himself a Moslem.( Especially while outside the country) And then his louder mouth...
His actions, rhetoric (written and spoken), and his policies and deeds tended to be much more antagonistic towards Christian ideology , and much friendlier towards Moslem and Islamic ideology. I would think this might set off some TRUTH bells and whistles...But as you say, "you have your truth, and I have mine". I'll point out that there is also THE TRUTH. But , I'll just stop there.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4Yro63c7B7A&itct=CBMQpDAYASITCPvl1-uf39gCFRdYMAod1UwFIDIHcmVsYXRlZEiH5sLplNP4xB4=

Here's another interesting question:.

If somebody were to come out and call the car that I drive "a shit hole" ( which it is), would THAT be a racist statement? I guess, maybe only if a white person said this to me, and I was a black man.

One more point, idk if anyone else has seen the latest work of James O'Keefe from project veritas, about "shadow banning"on Facebook and Twitter. I figured out a few years back that this exact thing was happening, and that is why I left FB all together.
https://www.projectveritas.com/2018/01/11/undercover-video-twitter-engineers-to-ban-a-way-of-talking-through-shadow-banning-algorithms-to-censor-opposing-political-opinions/#

But hopefully the administrator / mediator on this site has the integrity to not participate in these kinds of censorship tactics. Even despite certain peoples' propensity to overtly call for, or at least threaten a call for censorship...on a writing site.

Much more coming , I am sure.

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Craig ,( or anyone else interested) this is an interesting little blurb on the Aramaic form of the word devil that suggests the devil to be some kind of"eater", which would go pretty well with C.S Lewis'masterpiece "The Screwtape letters".

http://ancient-hebrew.proboards.com/thread/631/aramaic-peshitta-word-devil



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I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Romans 12:1‭-‬2 KJV




The "Brotherhood of the Truthseeker" and the elusive "sword of Truth" in the Bible-

We all have our own concept of what we think truth is. Some of us examine truth much harder than others. Some base their perception of truth solely on science.
Although this is a pretty noble pursuit, after all TRUTH IS TRUTH, there are still many theological aspects of truth, that for reasons that I've gone over with ad nauseum with many atheist types, that "science" will NEVER, EVER be able to prove or disprove.
I consider any honest fellow Truthseeker a Brother regardless of their "religion", because Truth is Truth, and we all have differing levels of the understanding of it. (This is the reason I think that C.S Lewis said something like, "Sometimes an atheist can unknowingly be closer to God than some 'christians' are".... paraphrased from his book 'mere christianity').

But what do I do when my Truthseeking understanding of truth clashes with my Brother's understanding of truth on ANY issue?
Well I believe one of four things should happen:

1) We can agree to disagree, feeding the fire to prove the other Truthseeker wrong. A very healthy, "iron of Truth sharpening the iron of truth". ### please see the attached interesting ( I think ) small Bible study on the application of this proverb to this instance, as it pertains to "the Truthseeker's Brotherhood"

2) You can convince ME that your understanding of truth is correct given the evidence.

3) I can convince YOU
that my understanding of truth is correct given the evidence.

4) We could BOTH be incorrect.

Of course, when you introduce emotion and pride to the issue, the finding of TRUTH gets sidetracked and the "Truthseeking Brotherhood" gets fractured.

We all suffer from pride. JESUS despised pride probably because it IS the greatest sin.
God knows, I battle it all the time and I have to repent for it everyday, and praise and thanks to Jesus that His blood covers THAT, and all my other sins!

As far as emotion goes, in the pursuit of TRUTH maybe we all just need thicker skin.



Now to the "Truthseekers brotherhood" as it seems to present itself according to
Proverbs 27:17 KJV:

"Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend."

Now, looking up the definition of countenance:

coun·te·nance
noun
1. a person's face or facial expression. 2. support.

verb
1. admit as acceptable or possible.

the noun definitions definitely fit this verse, but it is the verb (action) definition of the word that really brings this verse to life:

"admitting something as either acceptable or possible" certainly fits into the context of a Truthseeker who is examining something as to its Truthfulness.

With this, THINKING that I could easily connect all of this to a Bible verse that uses the phrase
" The sword of truth" in regards to the proverb of iron sharpening iron, to support my theory of the "Truthseekers Brotherhood" BUT ...ALAS...
I found that (to the best of my knowledge) that NO such verse exists, AND that to get THERE, it requires another interesting STEP to make that connection.

For instance in ephesians ch. 6 the sword in "the armor of God " is referred to as the Spirit (and ALSO God's word) and the belt is referred to as truth.
Ephesians 6:14 NIV
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist...

Ephesians 6:17 NASB
And take the helmet of salvation , and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

This "truth" belt then ,would probably "hold" the HOLY Spirit sword ...
( I'm assuming that Roman soldiers used their belts in this way somehow, in the same way that WE now often use a belt to HOLD a weapon ) ...this weapon being the Holy Spirit that Jesus in John 16:13 calls the Spirit of Truth.

John 16:13 NIV
But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth.

Or in John 15:26 NASB
"When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me,

Is this "extra step" to make the connection
(From the sword of the Spirit to the Spirit of Truth, rather than a direct "sword of truth" ) is THIS God's way of saying to us that moReal TRUTH ONLY comes to be "held" by us through the HOLY Spirit ( AND through God's Word) which only comes through HIM?

Interesting indeed!

God's word is so incredible!






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RE: When will the final straw fall?
Reply on January 17, 2018 02:08 PM
Umm, I think there's a bit of a difference between someone calling your car a shithole, and your entire country a shithole, don't you?

As for Obama's Muslim sympathies, well ...
Let's look at some of the policies in some countries governed by the more extreme end of Islam, shall we?

Anti-vaccine/conventional medicine to the point of restricting its availability to the populace.

Anti-science to the point of desiring its citizens to live in the dark ages of black magic and leeches for medicine.

Desirous of one religion to be adhered to and to form the basis of government to the exclusion/detriment of others

Active dislike of those of another colour/creed, and strong desire to keep 'them' out of the country.

Insistence on strict observance of religious protocols by all members of the population, regardless of their OWN religious preferences...


Shall I go on? I'm wondering which presidential campaign this most closely resembles. Funny thing, I'm sure you'll not be surprised to hear I don't think it is Obama's.

Why do you think he attacked Christian doctrine? Because he recognised that your country is multi-religious, and paid some attention to other faiths? Because he 'allowed' people of the same sex to marry under law (strictly prohibited in Islam, so if some get their way, that would be another similarity)?

Obama WASN'T a Moslem. He was trying to acknowledge the largest growing faith in the world as a faith, as opposed to simply the collection of evil terrorists the media thinks we should see it as.

You can ignore it, you can decry it, you can attempt to kick it out of the country, but, like Christianity, it has a lot of followers, and antagonism is only going to make it stronger.

And where has antagonism got us? Maybe, he was trying another approach, after he tried bombing the crap out of Muslim countries and that made things worse.

But you know, with your anti-vaccine extremist Islam style agenda, maybe you are just in the religious closet yourself. Sure seeing a lot more similarities between you and the militant Imams than Obama, with your 'one truth', 'one true god' 'all else is Luciferian evil' nonsense.

Just because you haven't said you want us all dead, doesn't make you so much different.


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RE: When will the final straw fall?
Reply on January 17, 2018 07:01 PM
DJ:

Sorry, but I need to be brief. Perhaps at some later point I can consider your post in more detail, although I'm not sure there's enough common ground in our thinking to have much of a sensible discussion.

The devil is not an "eater", he is, like his nemesis, an invention. Both are designed to scare people into subservience. You spoke about this in your post (not sure if it was on this thread or the other one). Why give up one form of servitude for another? And to divide people. For the life of me, I don't understand why it appears to be the explicit aim of nearly all religions to create division and hostility between people. That's mostly what they are about - a couple of Eastern religions, like Buddhism and Jainism being possible exceptions. I don't know for certain, as I'm not informed enough about them to judge.

That's all I've got time for, for now.


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RE: When will the final straw fall?
Reply on January 18, 2018 06:19 AM
I think Craig probably has a point about when thinking is too different to have common ground. It can lead one to abrupt responses, like my own.




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RE: When will the final straw fall?
Reply on January 18, 2018 10:16 AM << Modifed January 18 at 6:13PM >>

Dj,

You hit on the point that I was making...What is the truth?...what you believe and what I believe is different in ways I find of value to ME...The words and messages of the Bible can only mean ONE thing...but what Is that ONE thing?...we as humans must find the truth...In my studies, I think I'm on the right track, obviously you believe the same...I choose not to argue that point, simply to say, I will not even begin to speak what you just posted, because I didn't read past your first few words.

However, if you care to ask me a specific question, I will be happy to answer..but please don't assume either of us knows it all...if that were true, I wouldn't be studying the Bible even to today.

Yet for me the more I study the more I begin to see what it is that is being said, from the old testament through-out the new...its the words of scripture that's important to me in my life, not trying to prove what is true to someone else...Jehovah God, wants to know MY heart, and how I am responding to what is being told to me...not by you, but by those that were inspired to write God's word.

I happen to feel through sincere prayer, and a Faith that what I am learning is what God wants to me to know, I must continue on the path I have been following for the past 50 years.

I wish you well also, and do not for a moment intend to change your mind as to what you believe the truth is...you see, I repeat, no one knows it all...but so far I'm content with my relationship with Almighty God Jehovah and what I get from the reading of His word.

Just Some Thoughts!


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RE: When will the final straw fall?
Reply on January 19, 2018 11:58 AM
Hey Emma,
You are so right that our unchangeable perception of truth is caused by our perception. To that, I would add that our perception is most greatly influenced, or shaped by our perspective.
One reason that we like to write is to inspire, and try to influence or persuade people. To this end, I admit that I am guilty. I am trying to inspire or persuade you to change your perspective. I know that you know this, Emma , but I will say it anyways for the benefit of others, that I am NOT forcing my will onto your will. ( As long as your subconscious mind is able to filter out the subliminal programming that I have embedded into my words.... Damn, I just blew my cover! lol)


A few more points.
You say,
"Unlike you, I don't think communism is an awful thing. Because I've studied it. A lot. I'm not referring to communist dictatorships, I'm referring to collective communism. Do I think that is what is happening in China, or what did happen in Russia, or Cuba? No. But communism isn't really about the one-party rule those places made it into. "
I do not deny what you think about those who rule the country, but I don't think it has anything to do with godless luciferians. I think it is just people being people. Scum rises as much as cream. And it wouldn't make a blind bit of difference if they were with your god, or anyone else's, they'd still do what they do, because that's what they do. It's people that screw it up every time, no matter what you believe. And if there really were a god, he wouldn't have designed us to be such idiots. "

I don't think that it is that God
designed us to "be such idiots" , but rather we people being people "ate of the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil", that allowed us- or at least the more brazen of us - to ultimately think we ARE, or can become "gods", or at least pridefully even think we are morally superior to God.
I think I've mentioned the following before in this regard. The ONLY truly Benevolent leader that ever would exist AND be able to lead and properly administer what you would deem a truly functional collective or communal society , would and WILL be Jesus Christ. (Communism.... another. fine example of Satan perverting God's perfection).


Please forgive my presumptiveness Emma , but I think I can gather from what you have written, here and in the past, that you are in fact a person who HAS sought the Lord, and for whatever reason, you feel you haven't really connected with Him yet. I say this with great humbleness, because we ALL are sinners, and we all have our demons that we battle and a land mine filled path to walk ( literally for some lol). ... I for one, have felt very similar kinds of rejection or seeming apathy from God for much of my life. But it could be that when you knocked on the door as Jesus said:
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Matthew 7:7‭-‬8 KJV


It probably was that the answer that He gave, or the way that He answered was, for whatever reason, outside of your ability to, or willingness to perceive it at the time. Perhaps you weren't really ready at the time, and perhaps you are still not ready. But , that doesn't mean that we can't or shouldn't " keep on a 'knocking" . Praise God, He always is the same and NEVER changes. You can bank on that. My prayers are with you my friend. ***.



Mrs M, When you say,

"I do not believe all people have to be the same...all I would like for the world, is that people be left alone to serve whatever God they wish, and those that do not serve any also be left alone. "


To this I would wholeheartedly agree. But, as I pointed out to Emma, I would add the caveat of: "as long as YOUR serving your god does not impinge upon MY , or any other man's freewill." Unfortunately Luciferians* are the biggest offenders of this noble doctrine. ( Which is the same as the most glorious doctrine of God -. Not forcing His will physically onto any human's freewill**)


You say,
"No I wasn't taking about you, it was DJ, who made that comment, concerning my beliefs, that's why I say even those that call themselves Christian can differ in their understanding of scripture... "

Well,that is for sure.


You then say,
"The words live and let live really apply in my way of thinking...where religion is concerned...we'd all be happier... "

This "live and let live", way of thinking I would agree is fantastic. But what exactly does this mean Victoria? If you are talking about physical life on this plane, then of course , (those Luciferians excepted,...See footnote) it Is a very Christian and just a plain old mankind friendly position , or doctrine to follow. But on a spiritual plane, is this idea what Jesus was about? Or even what he taught?
When Jesus told us our duty:.

Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things.
Luke 24:45‭-‬48 KJV

Sure Jesus wants us ALL to be happier, as you say. But is that ALL He was about? Or, did he talk constantly about building His Kingdom? Starting right here and right now.



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Here is an area we can ALL USE a lot of education in , myself included. It is an area that we as humans, including Christians love burying our heads in the comforting sand to avoid. Thank the Lord and His ongoing Kingdom, that there are many of His obedient people out there who are willing to bring this all to light. This is in regards to the practicing Luciferians.
It doesn't really matter what a person believes in regards to whether what these Luciferians believe in is actually true, or not. What DOES matter is that these most powerful people who have all of the money in the world at their disposal, DO believe in the precepts of Luciferianism. THIS is where their serving of their god, most definitively infringes upon our free will. ( No matter WHAT we may believe). Here is the why and the how, in its most simple and easy to digest nutshell:.

These Luciferians believe that they are serving their "Lord Lucifer" and communing with him and gaining more power through him by killing, ritualistically torturing/and or raping innocent humans. The more innocent , the more power they believe it gives them. ( Maybe that sheds some light on the abortion issue, as well as the Human trafficking issue... Does this explain why the Powers that be are so adamant about keeping illegal, undocumented people in America? To keep giving them an untraceable source for human trafficking? ). The old rabbit hole is much deeper and much, much darker than even what I say. These things all go on far, far ,far more than we even recognize. The Luciferians really do believe that in some metaphysical way, they are empowered by and channel the energy of death to their Lord Lucifer. Notice the presence of Luciferian monuments that are always lurking somewhere quite close to any mass burial site , or anywhere massive deaths have occurred.
I really don't expect many to believe this fact or even to look into it. But I put this into your awareness in the hopes that someday, when we see or experience the growing Luciferianism imposing more and more onto our freewill, that we will remember to, at the very least , keep our Bibles handy. Of course, there is also a very insidious agenda afoot that makes it even harder for us to even notice the Luciferian/trans- human agenda pushed upon mankind. But that's a whole other diatribe that I have probably posted several times over in various forms.

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This is a short aside to address the likes of someone who might think somehow that they are morally superior to God because they believe that the God of the Old Testament was morally repugnant. ( Based on what standard, I do not know...Perhaps it is an unrecognized remnant of God living inside 1 John chapter 4, or just the law etched upon everyone's heart Romans 2:15) This "moral outrage" because God Himself, or working intimately with His people "the Israelites", He wiped out certain tribes of people. Again, I haven't studied it thoroughly enough to say it was always the case, (after all, we live in a world of war , where "to the Victor belongs the spoils" but it is quite clear that much of the tribe" killing of the various "ites" were actually because they were not Human beings at all, but some form of perverted hybrid humanoid creatures born from the fallen angels messing with man's DNA as mentioned in Genesis chapter 6.

Even in the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, I've heard it taught by some Biblical scholars that I respect that it was perverse "angelic " creatures wanting to have sex with God's angels ( the story even says this) that lead to its destruction. Oftentimes, if we peek under the hood of the text and look at the original Greek or Hebrew text, there is WAY more there than meets the eye. But there I go again... I'm teaching. Guilty as charged I guess.


Could it be?, that the very narrative of Abraham bargaining with the Lord God to spare the entire town if even as few as 10 righteous were found in it ,was put there for the purpose of showing God's propensity to showing Grace upon men, even at the cost of not destroying the unrighteous. Not to mention, how the fact that God STILL destroyed them speaks to the level of the iniquity that was present there.


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The power of two tiny words- (Why I love Psalm 13)

I have listened to many pastors and preachers preach and teach on the powerful nature of two simple words in the Bible. Those two words being "But God ... ".  Then, they quite eloquently tell us of the great faith building power in those two words. This idea is all very true and quite compelling and powerful. But US, being reborn as Sons of God , born gloriously in HIS image, also have two other divine, wonder working powerfully faith building words spelled out for us in the Bible. Those two words being , "But I".Their transformative power beautifully illustrated in Psalm 13.

We all have fears. We all have fears we don't even know that we have. We all have fears deep in the deepest of our hearts that we know God can't even heal. We all have Sins that we despise. Some sins that we don't even know we have. Some sins that we sense, deep in the deepest of our hearts that God can never forgive. We all even have sins that we know God's Word says are sins, but we have a hard time believing it. We all have things about our personalities that we hate. Some faults that we don't even know we have. Some of them that we know in the deepest of our hearts that God can never change. These fears, sins and faults, for any one of us, are no different than everyone else's fears sins and faults anywhere on this planet . The only real difference, for any Son of God, being what I think is shown to us so wisely in Psalm 13. When David, right after lamenting how God seems to hide His face from him and how he wrestles with his own thoughts of his fears, sins and his faults , and asks the Lord "How long will my enemy triumph over me?" He then turns to the power, and goes on to say those heart turning, contrite, submitting, non prideful, two power filled and wise words : " but I"... : Psalm 13.5-6.NIV ...But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the Lord praise, for he has been good to me. Its very interesting I think , and no accident, that the very next verse, Psalm 14:1, says: " The fool says in his heart, there is no God". Almost in a quite stark illustration of the juxtaposition of the two simple choices that we can decide to make in our lives. God's LIVING Word Is so AMAZING!

It's when we have this daily decision to have faith in the power of the Lord, despite our own numerous imperfections. When we decide, that Because, "God has been good to me", then, we can decide that It is the daily reliance on HIM that God so desperately desires from us. It is in THIS that we find one day suddenly, that we no longer have some of those fears. We discover one day that we don't have some of those sins. We find one day that we don't have some of those personality faults. We find one day that we can suddenly see those hidden fears. We can actually see those hidden faults. We can actually see those hidden sins. And then, praise God, one day... we also find that those sins that we knew God couldn't forgive, those fears we knew God couldn't heal, those personality traits that we knew God couldn't fix... suddenly we know deep in our deepest of hearts that God CAN, and God WILL someday do ALL of those things in our lives. This is the path to righteousness that we inherit as the "Sons of God" . It IS "The Kingdom of God" that starts right here, and right now on Earth.

 

And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:6‭-‬7 NIV




   
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