The gift of Life is a privilege – Not a human right!
This posting is a little different (and rather longer) than previous postings. It is not to be interpreted as being judgemental of anyone. It does however; reveal some of the perversions of the human spirit that appear to be endemic within a human race that likes to believe it is an evolving one. Unfortunately, many of those who believe they have the right to lead us would appear to possess some of the same negative traits.
All Scriptural verses are from KJV.
Definition of Perversion – Distortion or corruption of the original course, meaning, or state of something. (Oxford Dictionaries.com)
We appear to be living in an age of great technological achievement. Living conditions for many people have never been better – while at the same time the living conditions for millions are becoming worse. Despite the efforts of various national governments and NGO’s millions of people, on a global basis, have become refugees (voluntarily and involuntarily); housing and sanitation is basic or non-existent for many of these people – many are starving and disease is spreading like wildfire. This is the ultimate result of human competition – especially in the political arena. While the human mind is capable of creating solutions to the many technological problems of our age, it appears totally incapable of solving the ever-increasing humanitarian tragedies.
Daniel 12:4 Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
That increased knowledge has always been available – but it is only relatively recently that man-kind has been given access to it. The type of knowledge is both secular and spiritual. The ‘time of the end’ would appear to be near the cut-off point. A time when man-kinds’ way of doing things, and human reasoning (of itself) will no longer be tolerated. It does not mean the end of man-kind or the ‘end of the world’.
Math.24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
Historically, it is only relatively recently that man-kind in general has had access to the written Word of God. The Word of God was read and mis-read from the pulpit by the priest – often in a language the congregation did not understand. Many of the congregants were illiterate and would not have understood the written word even if they had been given access to it. The Universal Church was especially loath to allow the printed Word to be made generally available to the masses – some people may have begun to understand what the Word was actually revealing?!
The Gospel message was to be preached in ‘all the world’ as a WITNESS – not in an effort to convert everyone into believing what that message reveals. The Gospel will ultimately become a witness to the truth of Word of God.
We can safely state that the message is becoming less relevant to an ever-increasing number of people in this present world. Many even want to update and change the message to make it more relevant to today’s modern world. The word of man is to take precedence over the Word of God!
Job 21:14 ..they say unto God (‘el), Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways.
The politicians of every nation, hue and colour, wax lyrical over the aid and assistance that will be made available to the poor and the needy, and the persecuted – but nothing changes – the conditions under which these people live (exist) are often a direct, or indirect, result of the political aspirations of the very same politicians that promise to assist them?
Job 21:24 How then comfort ye me in vain, seeing in your answers there remaineth falsehood?
Job 20:12 Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, though he hide it under his tongue;
James 3:5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
James 3:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
Job 20:4 Knowest thou not this of old, since man was placed upon earth,
The fate of the first humans that were placed on earth up to the generation of Noah is revealed – are we heading in the same direction?
Wow! – Look at the above verse once again – man did not evolve – he was placed upon this planet – A finished biological creation – However, he was not of old, and is not today, a finished spiritual product. How many people actually believe that?
Strayed off the path I meant to take with this posting – so let us return to that human spirit.
Perversion of the Human Spirit
Micah 3:1 And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and ye princes of the house of Israel; Is it not for you to know judgment? 2 Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones;
Micah 3:9 Hear this, I pray you, ye heads of the house of Jacob, and princes of the house of Israel, that abhor judgment, and pervert all equity.
We live in an age of great discovery, research and exploration – even outside our own planet. In a Universe (at least that small part of it that we can see and has been revealed) that is unknown and mysterious.
Great minds struggle to understand the many mysteries of this planet, of human-kind, and of the Universe. While our understanding of the physical world(s) is increasing, our understanding of the moral concepts of the human-kind appears to be declining. So-called evolution in reverse or human nature as it always has been?
1 Corinth. 3.19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God (theos). For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
The human spirit appears to have an enormous latent potential for accomplishing what we may call ‘good’, but unfortunately, an increasing number of human spirits appear to be more inclined towards the not so good – or downright evil – the flip side of LIVE (Duality).
The many and varied perversions that the human mind can imagine would appear to have begun almost at the beginning – when our ancestors decided to choose the ‘tree of knowledge’ rather than ‘the tree of life’. Since then we ALL in greater or lesser degrees have found it more agreeable to ‘do that which is right in our own eyes’ (Proverbs 21.2)
Jeremiah 3:21 A voice was heard upon the high places, weeping and supplications of the children of Israel: for they have perverted their way, and they have forgotten the LORD (Yĕhovah) their God (‘elohiym)
Upside Down World
The straight and narrow way – the way we were created to hopefully (it would appear that it was never a certainty?) follow, has become corrupted – we are more readily agreeable to the way of the being that still sits on the throne of this world of ours. He was never removed – although there is one who has qualified to replace him – but not quite yet!
Eph. 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
The many and varied perversions the human spirit (of itself) has contrived throughout known history have often been concealed and certainly not openly talked about. However, that is now changing – many national governments and so-called Christian assemblies are now open to accommodating perversion. The former are changing laws and the latter are attempting to change doctrines to legalize and sanctify (according to mans’ definition) many of these perversions.
It is now generally accepted that a woman may love a woman, a man may love a man, a man may become a woman, a woman may become a man – or anything in-between.
Some people have no particular affinity to a particular gender – are genderless or genderfluid (switch from one gender to another) or binary – in their own eyes!
Even children are being actively encouraged to explore gender fluidity.
I include following blog addresses: https://genderneutralpronoun.wordpress.com/ http://genderfork.com/ for those who wish further info; on this predilection.
Interestingly, two of the tags for the gender neutral blog are the words angels and God?
Lets not forget the current popularity (perhaps wrong word) of # Me Too. A sudden outcry and shock revelations of the mainly male predilection for indecently accosting women.
Many there are, throughout history, who have known about and covered-up the unwanted advances of others. Why the sudden outcry now? Are we to assume that the world has suddenly become a better place of heart-felt admission of guilt and repentance?
Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
It would appear that right has become left, up is now down and anything goes.
Colossians 2:18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
Consumerism – Planned obsolescence
In today’s modern world we have been taught to believe that it is consumerism that drives a country’s economy – shop til you drop! Through the media, endless advertising, and a good dose of political rhetoric, along with financial incentives (loans and credit) we have been ‘conditioned’ to believe that we do not need to wait until tomorrow or even need to save to buy goods – we can have them today!
Arguably, the beginning of the modern-day mentality of accepting that we need to constantly be renewing goods (especially fashion items) began back in 1924. It began with something we all use – the light bulb. ‘The Phoebus cartel’ was formed by among others, Osram, Philips, Tungsram, AEI and General Electric to control the manufacture and sale of light bulbs. Up to that time the average light bulb had a life expectancy of 2000 – 2500 hours. By agreeing to standardize manufacturing (cheaper production costs and less reliable bulbs being the result) and to reduce life expectancy to ca. 1000 hours, while at the same time increasing the price of a light bulb the cartel had a monopoly on sales and increased profits. In other words corrupt practices that enriched the manufacturers by ‘planned obsolescence’ of their products.
It can be reasonably claimed that planned obsolescence has been a corner-stone of manufacturing ever since – at least from the end of WWII. New technology has greatly enhanced the trend. Apple, for example, is a master of planned obsolescence, especially in the iPhone market. Just minor differences to their range of iPhones often results in people queuing for days so they can be the first ones to purchase the latest model. There is nothing wrong with their old phone but they have been ‘conditioned’ into believing that they must have the newest model.
Many electrical goods like computers and printers often end up in recycling units – sent there by the manufacturer – never taken out of the packaging because newer models have made them obsolete?
Clothing manufactures, especially those engaged in the manufacture of ladies wear, have really found the perfect recipe for profit – called fashion. Perfectly good clothing assigned to the garbage (I can’t wear that what will people say!!?) as it is no longer perceived to be in fashion.
And there, perhaps, we have an answer? – We have been ‘conditioned’ into believing that we are continually being judged by other people – in many cases correctly no doubt – if we want to be a member of a particular social set then we are required to possess the correct accoutrements with the latest style/design – that we really do not need them is of little concern.
A Noose around Free Speech?
The terrorism threat is apparently being milked for all it is worth by many countries to condone surveillance of a country’s law-abiding citizens and curtailing their right to free speech. In other words what we like to call democratic rule – Just how democratic is the rule of your country – you get a vote and then what happens? Slowly, bit by bit, democracy begins to be superseded by a more dictatorial approach by government – in your interests of course! It wasn’t so long ago that former President Obama expressed the opinion that the Constitution sometimes got in the way. Isn’t that what the Constitution was designed to do?
To enable the American Constitution to function as it was designed requires the people to possess a solid moral foundation – it would appear that for many people that is no longer an acceptable condition?!
Even some teachers of constitutional law are suggesting that for America to solve its many problems, it needs to abandon the Constitution. Louis Michael Seidman is recorded as saying “If we are to take back our own country, we have to start making decisions for ourselves, and stop deferring to an ancient and outdated document,”. Mr Seidman is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Constitutional Law at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington DC.
An ever-increasing number of people say much the same about the Holy Bible.
In other words, all the safeguards built into the US Constitution should be removed, opening the way for the dismantling of democracy and potentially risking rule by dictatorship.
Governments’ (in all their many forms) across the globe continue to present themselves as governing for the good of all people – unfortunately, they just doesn’t trust the people to know what is good for them. People must be re-educated (reformed). Their will needs to be overturned when they refuse to vote “the right way” (The European Union is especially fond of reformation).
So-called liberalism has in effect re-defined democracy. Democracy has become, through whatever means necessary, a method to persuade people what the people should vote for—if only they were enlightened enough to know what was best for them. Claiming to be ‘for the people’ does not automatically make for a democratic government.
It would not be amiss to state Benjamin Franklin’s words of wisdom in his speech to the Constitutional Convention, June 28, 1787: “the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this Truth–that God governs in the Affairs of Men.” “I also believe,” Franklin continued, ”that without his concurring Aid, we shall succeed in this political Building no better than the Builders of Babel.”
Are we now seeing the results of withdrawn blessings?
The word ‘NORMAL’ will soon have no actual meaning – or the meaning of that word will be defined and/or redefined as required by government. Actually that has always been the case, but more socially orientated. The society one belongs to often dictates what is accepted as normal or abnormal. The norms of one society may, and in many cases are, classed as abnormal within the confines of another society.
Instead of working towards a cohesive and well-functioning society, we run the great risk (which appears to be already fairly well established) of a splintered society in which certain individuals or groups of individuals will be defined as ‘disruptive’ according to the ‘correct’ political ideology of the day.
It may well be that in a future Britain having any religious faith will be classified as DISRUPTIVE. Do we know right from wrong? Or do we need to be re-conditioned to a common belief system of change? – Variously called a ‘Global Society’ or ‘New World Order’. If so, how and by whom will it be changed? What we do know is that the outcome will be change for change’s sake to a specific agenda – to the benefit of a relative few.
Malachi 3:5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD (Yĕhovah) of hosts. 6 For I am the LORD (Yĕhovah), I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
Training the Mind to accept and identify with a Common Purpose
Through the varied techniques employed by the many ‘behavioural change programmes’ that are in vogue – for example: Life-coaching; Neuro Linguistic programming (NLP); plus a whole host of other behavioural modifying courses available – we can be taught how to rid ourselves of a flawed personality, trauma, racist or hateful outlooks and wrong opinions about almost anything that is deemed to be negative or disruptive by those who claim to know. There appears to be an awful lot of people in this world who ‘claim to know’ what may be termed as ‘right thinking’ for you and I – many of these people sit in high government, business and financial positions the world over. In addition let us not neglect to mention many of the members of the so-called ‘entertainment industry’.
The various programs go under varying names but the real purpose is often hidden within so-called leadership training or self-development or motivational courses. The goal of the varied techniques employed would appear, in many cases, to reduce the ability to make personal judgements and to reform our moral opinions. These are replaced by a dedicated strategy of implanted ideas and thoughts that are deemed to be ‘correct’ – by those who claim to know – that the normalities of life do not exist, that perversion and corruption of the human mind can be accepted and accommodated.
One such program is found in the UK, but has expanded internationally ‘to provide training courses in leadership for up-and-coming politicians, businessmen, NGO workers, organizers, and others who wield or will one day wield power in society’.
The British Conservative Party is not beyond using such techniques through the workings of the ‘Tory Cabinet Office Behavioural Insight Team’.
This secretive little group was set up in 2011 to devise psychological initiatives to manipulate people’s behaviour. MORE: https://www.ukcolumn.org/article/british-cabinet-office-collaborates-french-brainwashing-guru-change-way-we-think
The former coalition government in the UK stated the following in their ‘Programme for Government’ published in 2010 – “Our Government will be a much smarter one, shunning the bureaucratic levers of the past and finding intelligent ways to encourage, support and enable people to make better choices for themselves.
In other words the British government will recommend, and enforce by law if necessary, the politically correct choices for us all!
Ezekiel 13:22 Because with lies ye have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way, by promising him life:
Not all ideas and support initiatives proposed by ‘Nudge Units’ are necessarily detrimental to the well-being of a particular country’s citizens – many of them are quite sensible. It is the perceived need for proposing and implementing them and the manipulative techniques employed that arouse some scepticism. Just how far will governments be willing to go with their behavioural change programs? Have the moral and ethical standards of the people sunk to such a low-level that the only perceived remedy is to pervert the whole population through behavioural change by subterfuge?
Well, that appears to be the case in the UK if we consider that the Cabinet Office’s ‘Nudge’ programme is not only real – it has been running for several years and it is so effective the applied behavioural technology has apparently been sold to the US and Australia. So readers from those two countries – keep your eyes and ears open!
Does it work? Well, the UK governments own ‘Mindspace’ document says …“Either people will not know they have been changed or they may realise they have been changed but not know how.” READ THE DOCUMENT HERE
It will be noted that the document was commissioned by the UK Institute for Government, ‘an independent charity with cross-party and Whitehall governance working to increase government effectiveness’. They work with all the main political parties at Westminster and with senior civil servants in Whitehall. They claim to provide fresh thinking through ‘research, events and leadership development’. The Institute for Government is a registered charity in England and Wales. Their funding comes from the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, one of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts. The Sainsbury family founded Sainsbury’s, the UK’s second-largest supermarket chain. Today, the family has many interests, including business, politics, philanthropy, arts, and sciences. No family member now works for the company, although John Davan Sainsbury is the Life President of the firm.
The document is signed by the Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Home Civil Service along with the Executive Director of Institute for Government. Neither of them are elected officials, but permanent members of a group with great influence in the corridors of power. Politicians come and go but the mandarins of the Civil Service, who are the ones that enact policy, remain in their seats of considerable power.
The End – Not quite
Much more could be written regarding the perversion of the human spirit, but the above gives some indication of just how far individuals, and groups of individuals, are willing to stretch the foundational line of morality and ethics in a supposedly evolving human-kind; to subjugate whole nations, if necessary, to their own perverted way of thinking. Many of these people have an overriding reverence of their own SELF-worth – a perceived superior ability and right to rule and to judge peoples and even nations. Some even have aspirations of extending their influence globally.
In an age of social media, in all its many forms, the citizens of many relatively affluent western countries have voracious appetites for entertainment. However, this is copiously supplied by relatively few international conglomerates or syndicates that all have an agenda that appears to be built on allowing each individual a moment of attention – no matter how trivial their message may be. Television programming appears to be heavily weighted in favour of mind numbing situation comedies where the man is often depicted as the weak link – subservient to the woman. In tandem with these go the innumerable series involving crime and violence. This is depicted as wholesome entertainment for the masses? – No need to think and is of absolutely no educational value. Even the news is now presented as a form of entertainment and can certainly not be construed as independent journalism. The mighty news corporations have ‘their own axe to grind’ – often politically motivated. When you get tired of these then there are an inordinate number of programs on food to be viewed allowing you to waste even more of your precious time. You can even view the weather forecast 24/7.
There are of course exceptions – History and Geography have their own channels, often based on evolutionary theory. Religion is a myth and a creator God has no place in mankind’s pursuit of knowledge or in his way of obtaining it. Remarkably, religion is often used as a convenient explanation for many ancient sites that have been discovered around the globe that archaeologists cannot find a plausible use for. They are often presented as having been originally built as some sort of religious ceremonial site by people who obviously had technical expertise beyond the accepted norms of their time (a good deal of which is unexplainable, at present, except by the miraculous use of a hammer and chisel, and fire and water?).
How many learned books will need to be revised and re-written at the end of the Aeon?
Wars and rumours of war
The so-called evolving human species does not appear to have relinquished its penchant for domination, terrorising, killing and torturing one another. Many of us may well live in reasonably modern and comfortable surroundings – but that does not appear to have reduced the blood-lust. Why does one culture believe it possesses the only WAY, and is quite ready to kill and maim other people of another culture to defend that way? It has always been that way some may say – human nature (of itself) knows no other way.
1 Corinth. 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
Eccl. 9:18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroyeth much good.
James 4:1 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? 2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask no. 3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
Eccl. 9:16 Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.
The speed of technological and medical advancement is nothing less than astounding – taking into consideration that most of our modern technological and medical advances have occurred during the past 100-200 years. Prior to this the speed of gained knowledge was at a snail’s pace (with some exceptions) – Have you ever pondered on why this should be the case?
Advances in technology have allowed man-kind to begin searching parts of a known Universe that is only a fraction of that which probably exists. Why do we find it necessary to explore other planets within the Universe when we appear totally incapable of solving all the ecological and human problems on this planet? Are we to export our inability to live in peace – are we to export greed, lust, many murderous hearts and perverted minds once again out into a Universe that would appear to have suffered just such problems in the past? – According to Scripture.
Man-kind was not given dominion over the Universe (at least not yet) – Gen.1:26
Man-kind is so arrogant that he believes in his own wisdom – the results of all his searching and researching are his own. Not for one moment thinking that perhaps the frequencies of thought are but a ‘type’ of transmitter/receiver – sometimes faulty – not all searching and researching produces results. Fine tuning is required to obtain the required result.
However, although new discoveries and inventions may be new to us – they would appear to be but re-discoveries from the past – Eccl.1:9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. 10 Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.
Old time – Strong’s H5769 – `owlam – long duration, antiquity, futurity, for ever, ever, everlasting, evermore, perpetual, old, ancient, world
From root word – Strong’s H5956 – `alam – to conceal, hide, be hidden, be concealed, be secret.
Was it man-kind or another-kind that in times past made all the discoveries that we once again are reaping the benefit of in many cases and deeply regretting the invention of in others? Unfortunately, it is often the case that whatever a man-kind develops for good there is another man-kind right on his heels ready to make use of the same development for the exact opposite.
Man-kind would appear to have been given a potential not given to any other living being. That potential, however, is way out of reach as long as we remain incomplete – for that is indeed what human-kind is at present. Just re-read the above – and that is only an insignificant fraction of the perversions the human mind (of itself) is capable of.
Eph.2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as other
Completion of an Aeon – Psalm 82
Mark 12:24 “Jesus said to them (Sadducees), “Is this not the reason you are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God?”