Thursday, June 30, 2005
The Difficulty ? Love Gentlemen, Love
Pope Benedict XVI stepped up his appeals to Orthodox Christians on Wednesday, saying a unified church could help a world “full of skepticism and doubts” to believe.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I’s statement to The Associated Press was his first response to the new pope’s call to heal the 1,000-year rift and reflected the difficult task of trying to reconcile differences between the two churches. He warned that the path to unity would be “slow and painful.”
Orthodox churches are largely autonomous, but Bartholomew is considered “first among equals” of the world’s Orthodox patriarchs and directly controls several churches, including the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
“Reconciliation is a process of repentance,” Bartholomew said Thursday. “If we are to move forward in a journey of reconciliation, then we must truthfully acknowledge the errors of the past. If we cannot yet stand united in the theological doctrines that divide us, we can at least kneel in earnest repentance over the disgraceful prejudices that were the cause of suffering in the past.”
EZ: This applies to all the brothers and sisters in the faith towards not only other Christians, be they Coptic, Ethiopean, Assyrian or Protestant, but other religions and agnostics and atheists as well. Some of the brothers and sisters adhere to grace, yet love without works is dead. The works of love are manifold, from a smile to meal, and as any parent well knows sometimes it requires silence and patience. Good works should spring not from obligation, but from faith, faith that God loved us first. Some argue for “corporate” love and works, and so let them be happy in it, yet I fear that you may think that as an individual you are under no obligation to your fellow man. I urge those of you who believe such to error on the side of caution, as no one will be condemned for doing what is righteousness in the sight of God, and as for unrighteousness, who can tell? Which sin is it that does not lead to death? Remeber the words of our Lord Christ Jesus in all things you do brothers and sisters, so that your own good works shine before man that they glorify Your Father who is in Heaven.
Sunday, June 26, 2005
A Sunday Song
O Jehovah, deliver me from the evil man; keep me from the violent man, who devises evil things in the heart; they gather wars all the day. They sharpen their tongues like a snake; adders’ poison is under their lips. Selah.
O Jehovah, keep me from the hands of the wicked; keep me from the violent man who plots to trip up my steps. The proud have hidden cords and a trap for me; they have spread a net by the wayside; they have set snares for me. Selah. I said to Jehovah, You are my God; O Jehovah, give ear to the voice of my prayers.
O Jehovah the Lord, the strength of my salvation, You have covered my head in the day of armor.
O Jehovah, do not grant the desires of the wicked; do not promote his plan, lest they be exalted. Selah. As for the leaders of those around me, let the evil of their own lips cover them. Let burning coals fall on them; let them fall on coals of fire; make them fall into deep pits so that they do not rise again.
Do not let a man of tongue be established in the earth; evil shall hunt the violent man, thrust upon thrust. I know that Jehovah will maintain the cause of the afflicted, the justice of the poor. Surely the righteous shall give thanks to Your name; the upright shall dwell in Your presence.
Saturday, June 25, 2005
“First we have to know what Jesus said and meant. Then we can believe him by believing his words. You cannot believe Jesus without believing his words. He is defined by his words and his actions. We are drawn into a sympathetic relationship with Jesus by being persuaded (not coerced) by his words. Believing his words means adopting a child-like open attitude to Jesus’ teachings. (One of the great hindrances to actually believing Jesus is our tendency to look for honor from other persons, instead of “seeking the honor which comes from the only one who is God,” the Father of Jesus, John 5:44; cp. 17:3.)”
Thursday, June 23, 2005
quod Dominus non fecit
Surely the Lord Jehovah will do nothing, except he reveal his secret unto his servants the prophets. The lion hath roared; who will not fear? The Lord Jehovah hath spoken; who can but prophesy?
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
Genetics and the AF Academy
There are however a small minority of us Christians that do not ascribe to those falsehoods, and rely solely on the teachings of the Bible, teachings that preclude the historic behavior of the Church. Some of us who believe actually believe that Noah and his wife are the parents of all mankind, such as is being borne out by modern DNA researchers, and as such there is no inherent superiority of any one person over another, in spite of all the artificial stratification that mankind seems to need in order for each individual to gauge their own place in the order of things. These things spring from a lack of self confidence on the part of those who do the stratifying, and makes one wonder if self actualization will ever be obtainable for these individuals.
From the current state of world affairs one must conclude that their is no superiority of the religious over the non religious, just as there is no superiority of non believers over those who profess to do so. The world is a basket case solely because of the superiority complexes of individuals, nations and groups, because whether they know it or not, they are living an unreality, and as such really should not be in charge of anything of import.
The minority opinion then, is that we should love one another as human beings, because love does not work evil towards another, nor does it seek its’ own advantage. Anyone doing less than this, or advocating anything less than these two things may in fact be orthodox, but as for being a Christian they are much in need of milk, and as far away from understanding the meat of the matter, as those they wish to evangelize. The evangelicals at the Academy are merely one more example of those in need of milk. That is why they may appear to the objective observer to be for all intents a purposes not too different from the Taliban, Nazis, Communists, Capitalists, Monarchists, conservatives and liberals or little d democrats. Just as it is written;
Psa 14:1 The fool has said in his heart, There is no God! They acted corruptly; they did hatefully in deeds; there is none doing good. Jehovah looked down from Heaven on the sons of mankind, to see if there were any discerning and seeking God: they have all turned aside; together they have become filthy; there is none doing good, not even one!
Have all doers of iniquity not known, eating My people as they eat bread? They have not called on Jehovah. There they were afraid of terror, for God is in the righteous generation. You have shamed the counsel of the afflicted, for Jehovah is his refuge. Who will bring the salvation of Israel out of Zion? When Jehovah brings back the captivity of His people, Jacob shall rejoice; Israel shall be glad.
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
The Whores of Christendom
Monday, June 20, 2005
Just So You Know I Know
Ultimately I hold each and everyone of you in equality with me, as I am flesh and blood of the line of Noah, just as you are, and as such pray that the day of the Lord comes in a way we are not expecting, just as the Christ Jesus said, and that we are overwelmed by brotherly love for one another with an instantaneous insight into the true nature of the love that is God, manifested in His Son that befalls us all, at the same time. Until then I must admonish you as well as myself, to be loving one another intensely with all chasteness as towards the flesh, because this knowledge is useless without love.
Sunday, June 19, 2005
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
2017, Rods from God, and the hubris of Man
Amo 9:2 And if they dig through into Sheol, from there My hand will take them. And if they go up to the heavens, from there I will bring them down.
Joe 2:20 But I will remove the northern army far from you, and I will drive him into a dry and desolated land with his face toward the eastern sea, and his rear toward the western sea. And his stench shall come up, and his ill odor shall come up, because he was doing great things.
Rev 13:3 And I saw one of its heads, as having been slain to death, and its deadly wound was healed. And all the earth wondered after the beast.
Rev 13:4 And they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, Who is like the beast; who is able to make war with it?
Rev 13:5 And a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies was given to it. And authority to act forty two months was given to it.
Rev 13:6 And it opened its mouth in blasphemy toward God, to blaspheme His name and His tabernacle, and those tabernacling in Heaven.
Rev 13:7 And it was given to it “to war with the saints, and to overcome them.” And authority was given to it over every tribe and tongue and nation.
Dan 11:36 And the king shall do according to his will. And he shall exalt and magnify himself above every god; he shall even speak marvelous things against the God of gods and shall prosper until the fury is completed. For that which is decreed shall be done.
Dan 11:37 He shall not regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women; yea, he will not come to any god. For he shall magnify himself above all.
Dan 11:38 But in his place he shall honor the god of forces, and he shall honor a god whom his fathers did not know, with gold and silver and with precious stones, and desirable things.
Dan 11:39 And he shall act in the strongholds of the fortresses with a foreign god, whom he shall acknowledge. He shall multiply in glory, and he shall cause them to rule over many and shall divide the land for a price.
Rev 13:8 And all those dwelling in the earth will worship it, those of whom the names had not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb having been slain from the foundation of the world.
Dan 11:40 And at the end time, the king of the south will engage in butting with him. And the king of the north shall come against him like a tempest, with chariots and with horsemen and with many ships. And he shall go into the lands and shall overflow and pass over.
Dan 11:41 And he shall enter into the glorious land, and many will be stumbled. But these shall escape out of his hand: Edom and Moab, and the chief of the sons of Ammon.
Dan 11:42 And his hand will stretch out against the lands, and the land of Egypt shall not escape.
Dan 11:43 But he will rule over the treasures of gold and silver, and over all Egypt’s desirable things. And the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.
Dan 11:44 But news shall trouble him from the east and from the north. And he will go out with great fury to destroy and to devote many to destruction.
Dan 11:45 And he shall plant his palace tents between the seas, in the glorious holy mountain. Yet he shall come to his end, and there is not a helper for him.
Mar 13:14 But when you see “the abomination of desolation,” the one spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not (he reading, let him understand), then let those in Judea flee into the mountains. In the Air Force Space Command’s Strategic Master Plan, FY06 and Beyond, the military said, “Our vision calls for prompt global strike space systems with the capability to apply force from or through space against terrestrial targets. International treaties and laws do not prohibit the use or presence of conventional weapons in space.” Dan 12:1 And at that time, Michael shall stand up, the great ruler who stands for the sons of your people. And there shall be a time of distress, such as has not been from the being of a nation until that time. And at that time, your people shall be delivered, everyone that shall be found written in the Book.
Rev 13:9 If anyone has an ear, let him hear.
Sunday, June 12, 2005
Creationism and Time
Friday, June 10, 2005
On InstaGreenAtrioKos, etc. etc.
Thursday, June 09, 2005
On Christian Humanity
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
When Love Fails
Sunday, June 05, 2005
Why the Christ was Baptized
But answering, Jesus said to him, Allow it now, for it is becoming to us this way to fulfill all righteousness. Then he allows Him. And having been baptized, Jesus went up immediately from the water. And, behold! The heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God coming down as a dove, and coming upon Him. And behold! A voice out of the heaven saying, This is My Son, the Beloved, in whom I have been delighting.Psa 2 Why have the nations raged and the peoples are meditating on vanity? The kings of the earth set themselves; yea, the rulers have plotted together against Jehovah and His Anointed, saying, We will break their bands in two, and throw off their cords from us. He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall mock at them. Then He will speak to them in His anger, and He will terrify them in His wrath; Yea, I have set My king on My holy mount on Zion. I will declare concerning the statute of Jehovah: He said to Me, You are My Son. Today I have begotten You. Ask of Me, and I will give the nations as Your inheritance; and the uttermost parts of the earth as Your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. Now, then, be wise, O kings; be taught, O judges of the earth: Serve Jehovah with fear; yea, rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish from the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Oh the blessings of all those who flee to Him for refuge!
Isa 42 Behold My Servant; I will uphold Him; My Elect in whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit on Him; He shall bring forth justice to the nations.
He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause His voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed He shall not break, and a smoking wick He shall not quench; He shall bring forth justice to truth. He shall not fail nor be crushed until He has set justice in the earth; and the coasts shall wait for His Law.
So says Jehovah God, creating the heavens and stretching them out; spreading out the earth and its offspring, giving breath to the people on it, and spirit to those walking in it. I, Jehovah, have called You in righteousness, and will hold Your hand, and will keep You, and give You for a covenant of the people, for a Light of the nations; to open blind eyes, to lead out the prisoner from the prison; those who sit in darkness from the prison.
I am Jehovah; that is My name; and I will not give My glory to another, nor My praise to engraved images.
Thursday, June 02, 2005
Sodoma et Americus
I returned to see under the sun that the swift do not have the race, nor the mighty ones the battle, nor do the wise also have the food, nor do the understanding ones also have the riches, nor do even those having knowledge have the favor; because time and unforeseen occurrences befall them all.
For man also does not know his time. Just like fishes that are being taken in an evil net, and like birds that are being taken in a trap, so the sons of men themselves are being ensnared at a calamitous time, when it falls upon them suddenly.
Also this I saw as respects wisdom under the sun—and it was great to me:
There was a little city, and the men in it were few; and there came to it a great king, and he surrounded it and built against it great strongholds.
And there was found in it a man, needy [but] wise, and that one provided escape for the city by his wisdom. But no man remembered that needy man.
And I myself said: “Wisdom is better than mightiness; yet the wisdom of the needy one is despised, and his words are not listened to.”
The words of the wise ones in quietness are more to be heard than the cry of one ruling among stupid people.
Wisdom is better than implements for fighting, and merely one sinner can destroy much good.
Whores with Stones
Wednesday, June 01, 2005
Gray Area this, Mr. President !
Do you, oh son of man, not understand the Great Commission, given to all Christians, to go making disciples of the Lord? Are you not robbing God, and our Lord Jesus Christ of their gifts in men, when you set the world on fire against you with your ungodly behavior? How am I to reach out past the noise not only of the useless men who do, and ordered these things done, but their crowd yelling for the detainees to be scourged and crucified? I do wish that these people would circumcise their hearts, and if not then their tongues. Is it any wonder that the Western world is falling away from the faith, when you who are so vocal about abortion are so silent about wars and the crimes of war. Is your silence not enough? What is it that compels you to support with your words and actions these antiChristian behaviors? Is it not written thus;
“For so says Jehovah, the God of Israel, to me. Take the wine cup of this wrath from My hand and cause all the nations to whom I shall send you to drink it. And they shall drink, and reel to and fro, and be maddened, because of the sword that I will send among them. Then I took the cup from Jehovah’s hand and made all the nations drink, those to whom Jehovah had sent me: Jerusalem, and the cities of Judah, and their kings, and their rulers, to make them a ruin, a horror, a hissing, and a curse, as it is this day; Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and his servants, and his rulers, and all his people; and all the mixed people, and all the kings of the land of Uz, and all the kings of the land of the Philistines, and Ashkelon, and Gaza, and Ekron, and the remnant of Ashdod, Edom, and Moab, and the sons of Ammon, and all the kings of Tyre, and all the kings of Sidon, and the coastal kings beyond the sea, Dedan, and Tema, and Buz, and all who cut the corners of their beards, and all the kings of Arabia, and all the kings of the mixed people who dwell in the desert, and all the kings of Zimri, and all the kings of Elam, and all the kings of Media, and all the kings of the north, far and near, each one to his brother, and all the kingdoms of the world which are on the face of the earth; and the king of Sheshach shall drink after them.
So you shall say to them, So says Jehovah of Hosts, the God of Israel: Drink, and be drunk, and vomit, and fall, and do not rise up, because of the sword which I will send among you. And it shall be, if they refuse to take the cup from your hand to drink, then you shall say to them, So says Jehovah of Hosts, Drinking you shall drink. For, behold, I begin to bring evil on the city on which is called My name, and shall you be found entirely without guilt? You shall not be without guilt. For I will call for a sword on all those living in the earth, says Jehovah of Hosts.
And now you prophesy against them all these Words, and say to them, Jehovah shall roar from on high and give forth His voice from His holy habitation; He shall mightily roar over His dwelling place. He answers with a shout, like those who tread out the grapes, against all those living in the earth. A roaring will go to the ends of the earth, for Jehovah has a controversy with the nations. He will enter into judgment with all flesh; He will give the wicked to the sword, says Jehovah. So says Jehovah of Hosts, Behold, evil is going from nation to nation, and a great tempest shall be stirred up from the corners of the earth. And the slain of Jehovah shall be at that day from one end of the earth even to the other end of the earth. They shall not be mourned, nor gathered, nor buried; they shall be as dung on the face of the earth.
Howl, O shepherds, and cry, and roll in ashes, O leaders of the flock! For the days of your slaughter and of your scatterings are fulfilled, and you shall fall like a desirable vessel. And refuge has perished from the shepherds, and escape from the leaders of the flock. The sound of the cry of the shepherds, and the howling from the leaders of the flock will be heard. For Jehovah is spoiling their pasture.
And the peaceful pastures are devastated, because of the glow of the anger of Jehovah. Like the young lion, He has left His den; for their land is a waste because of the glow of the oppressor, and because of His flowing anger.”
And again it is written; “When that one says Peace!, He will be standing for war.”