If they are human and alive, I find them hard to believe. But if they are dead, like Christian martyrs… then it is easier to believe.
If they are human and alive, I find them hard to believe. But if they are dead, like Christian martyrs… then it is easier to believe.
What I’m watching right now to further my research.
I can’t add anything all that useful right now, except my other lines of research are converging on several topics discussed by Heiser. In summary, Heiser is a Biblical scholar that goes back to the Hebrew text and corrects or focuses on the correct interpretation (not just translation) of the text as it applies to Biblical theology and our own times. If you were told or believe the Bible was mistranslated or that the New or Old Testament has been changed by modern or Greek translators, this will be a useful source.
He also place some slight emphasis on challenging contemporary Church institutions aka organized religion. If you believe there is more to the story of the Bible and God’s relationship to humans than what you were told, he draws in people like that. If you believe that the various churches and fragments of Christendom, has fallen or decayed in the Gospel, Heiser also touches somewhat on that.
Both from the Sword Buyer’s Guide Online newsletter, even if indirectly sourced.
Basically, in summary:
Mark William Hofmann (born December 7, 1954) is an American counterfeiter, forger and convicted murderer. Widely regarded as one of the most accomplished forgers in history, Hofmann is especially noted for his creation of documents related to the history of the Latter Day Saint movement. When Hofmann’s schemes began to unravel, he constructed bombs to murder two people in Salt Lake City, Utah. He has been serving a life sentence at the Utah State Prison in Draper since 1988.
The reply from the Latter Day Saints organization is thus:
Despite the Church’s publication of a complete list of its acquisitions from Hofmann, the allegations of suppression continued. For example, an 11 February 1987 New York Times feature states:
“According to investigators, the church leaders purchased from Mr. Hofmann and then hid in a vault a number of 19th-century letters and other documents that cast doubt on the church’s official version of its history.”
This kind of character assassination attributed to anonymous “investigators” has been all too common throughout the media coverage of this whole event. One wonders why the New York Times would not mention in its long article that almost a year earlier the Church had published a detailed list of its Hofmann acquisitions? Is the Times’ motto still “All the news that’s fit to print,” or has it become “All the news that fits a particular perspective”?
Also conveniently omitted from mention in most of the repetitious media recitals of the Church’s “suppression” of documents is the fact that the most prominent Hofmann documents used to attack the origins of the Church—including Martin Harris’ so-called Salamander letter, Joseph Smith’s treasure-hunting letter to Josiah Stowel, and the Joseph Smith III blessing—were all made public by the Church many months before the bombings triggered intense public interest in this subject. We should also remember the Church’s repeated cautions about the authenticity of these documents. For example, President Gordon B. Hinckley said this about the Martin Harris letter:
“No one, of course, can be certain that Martin Harris wrote the document. However, at this point we accept the judgment of the examiner that there is no indication that it is a forgery. This does not preclude the possibility that it may have been forged at a time when the Church had many enemies.” (News Release, 28 Apr. 1985.)
Another document that has been headlined in these charges of suppression is the so-called Oliver Cowdery History. This mythical manuscript has been the subject of hundreds of column inches of newspaper speculation and innuendo because an anonymous source claimed to have seen it in the Church’s possession. The so-called “deep throat” source also claimed that the manuscript’s contents were embarrassing to the Church—specifically, that it was Alvin Smith, not Joseph, who found the golden plates. This was the basis for the critics’ reasoning that the Church had an Oliver Cowdery History and was suppressing it.
In a few minutes I will describe the conclusion of this particular allegation of suppression. Suffice it to say now that as far as we were able to determine in the months that followed, the so-called Oliver Cowdery History was a figment of someone’s fertile imagination. Mark Hofmann has now admitted that he was the one who invented the story. Hofmann’s claim that the Church possessed a damaging document acquired a life of its own because too many unsophisticated persons were quick to repeat and embellish sensational rumors hurtful to the Church, and too many newspapers and television stations were eager to trumpet the unauthenticated claims of an anonymous informant.
These are merely two excerpts out of the total sum of my research on this topic, which I found out via correlative processes unique to my methodology. It’s no different than what many researchers of Islamic Jihad have done concerning the European Dark Age, African slavery, and Islamic piracy links. Gather data, connect the dots, then stand amazed that even though the world rejects it, it becomes true and accurate as time goes on. Almost like growing a herb.
In other words, vis a vis the NYTimes and New York culture, the history doesn’t so much repeat itself as it rhymes. And it also repeats itself.
As for my view, I think humans are easy to con and deceive, even more so for self proclaimed Saints of Christianity, who are not noted for being capable of out thinking or out predicting murderers or con artists. That is very different from defeating an entity like God or a 4th+ dimensional entity which sees time the way we see crossing the street. The existence of evil I have more than found enough evidence for. The existence of its opposing element, thus becomes more concrete over time, not less. I see the calling cards of the war between good and evil all the time around me, in the human world. Hoffman is a perfect example of the inverted Paul to Saul conversion, or perhaps Hoffman was always sociopathic in that nature, although not all sociopaths are evil. Being given excellent abilities and then choosing to use those abilities for evil and Lucifer’s gain in the world, is a natural thing to expect as a byproduct of human free will, for so long as that exists, the opposite must also exist.
Let those who cannot tell truth from fiction, ask of God what is the truth, and beware of the deceptions of the opposing force/faction. That is, of course, if people believe or can prove that a personal God even exists. Higher powers almost certainly exist, even if atheists merely think of them as alien Gaia lovers. Trust not in human capabilities, for demonic or divine inspirations are always superior to human capabilities. Nor do “experts” know what they are talking about, when it comes to true genius, those who are gifted with capabilities exceeding average human expectations. That, for America’s Civil War 2, will be even more important as we proceed along this finely crafted line of fate.
The Ottoman Empire, I would remind people, was the last Sunni Caliphate. That is where I begin, but to inform others, I need to check my dates using some sources.
Call for Jihad
Though the Young Turks had compelled the Sultan in his capacity as the Caliph to declare a jihad urging all Muslims to resist Allied encroachment on their lands, the effort was largely unsuccessful. The Young Turk government resigned en masse and Enver, Talat, and Cemal fled Turkey aboard a German warship. Sultan Mehmed VI, who was proclaimed Sultan after his brother Mehmed V died of a heart attack in July, agreed to an armistice. The Armistice of Mudros formalizing Ottoman surrender was signed aboard a British warship on October 30, 1918. Allied troops arrived in Constantinople and occupied the Sultan’s palace shortly thereafter.-Wikipedia
The “Young Turks”, also known as the youtube channel full of Leftist apparatchiks and propagandists.
The “Ottomans” require a historical explanation, Osman being one of those raiding steppe warlords that came in and took over some weakened dynasties, at the same time that Byzantine greeks and Armenians had been weakened by centuries of slave raiding from Islam. Can’t reproduce your warriors if all your women virgins get stolen for the sultan’s harem, you know.
Documentation of the early history of the Ottomans is scarce. According to semilegendary accounts, Estugrul, khan of the Kayi tribe of the Oguz Turks, fled from Persia in the mid-thirteenth century to escape the Mongol hordes and took service with the sultan of Rum at the head of a gazi force numbering “400 tents.” He was granted territory–if he could seize and hold it–in Bithynia, facing the Byzantine strongholds at Bursa, Nicomedia (Izmit), and Nicaea. Leadership subsequently passed to Estugrul’s son, Osman I (reigned ca. 1299-1326), the eponymous founder of the Osmanli dynasty–better known in the West as the Ottomans– that was to endure for 600 years.
Osman I’s small amirate attracted gazis–who required plunder from new conquests to maintain their way of life–from other amirates, siphoning off their strength while giving the Ottoman state a military stature that was out of proportion to its size.
All of this was backed by Islam, of course. While steppe tribes always raided, they needed the wisdom of Islamic peace/jihad hybrid stability to become constituted as a state or kingdom.
The Janissaries were slaves, usually boys from Christian houses that couldn’t pay the Jizya in coin. Lovely thing, that Jizya, from the pov of an Islamic conqueror.
Watching this movie by BYU tv, was very enlightening. The concept of direct divine guidance and teaching, to produce an eiyuu, a warrior hero, and a savior is very interesting. Given the ancient saints and those who covenanted with Judaism’ Old God, Jehovah, it is hard to determine their life details. The records are either distorted or lacking sufficient details.
Yet records of Jean De Arc and Socrates, seem rather well formed.
The Japanese also did an interesting fictional account of her, although they chose not to create a story about Jean De Arc. The female warrior used a sword and had aesthetics and background very similar to Jean De Arc, but they ended up making it about a change up of another legend. It was a great false trail, however, when I was trying to guess what historical person they were modeling that character after.
So in short, Jean was an illiterate peasant of 19 years, who somehow learned martial techniques at such a level that she routinely beat in sparring professional knights and warriors. She successfully convinced old dog military officers and aristocrats to follow her in lifting the siege on Orleans. She successfully won open field battles. She overcame the English army using psychology and pristinity of Christian rituals such as the Eucharist on the Sabbath Day. She sieged a town and overcame it, fighting personally on the front lines. She arranged artillery and siege works via planning. All of this apparently came to her via her visions and voices, in the 4 years before she was called to serve. She first met Archangel Michael and other spirits, when she was about 14-15. 4 years of direct neutral education from spirits and angels, bypassing the visual linguistic method of learning.
It’s nice to know that Charles Martel and Charles the Great (Charlemagne), had such a strong connection to God, even if the clergy of the medieval world at the time had lost touch.
The story and its details also gives a unique and useful glimpse into how God communicates with humans and how humans react. They pretty much react as one would expect, for the normals. While a person, especially a realist military noble, would not believe Voices from Heaven or anyone claiming there of, they can respect results and they can learn to read an aura. When you beat them in H2H combat, they can recognize and learn from that, even if they reject or refuse to understand the spiritual lesson. The fact that Jean had the physical capability in martial arts combined with strategic vision and miraculous changes on the battlefield, paints a great story and provides much better detail than say the Old Testament concerning Moses or Abraham. Human nature stays the same, so we can triangulate based on certainties and sources.
Jean ran into court politics and was betrayed outside of a city, prevented from entering the city, after she had held the rearguard to ensure her cavalry and troops entered the city safely. The gates were then closed, and she was captured by the English [Correction, captured by Burgundians, which are SouthEastern French near Switzerland and Italy]. The English army then ransomed her for some 10,000 gold crowns or ducats, to a Catholic Bishop, that politically sided with the English and got chased out of France as a result of Jean winning battles. He had a grudge, and set up his own private Inquisition. Sort of the reverse of the FBI vs HRC right now. The Bishop and his hand picked judges, interrogated her, to pick up on some political or religious flaw that they could use against her. After 4 months of trying to break her, she was burned at the stake for various legal excuses and the stamp of the evil Bishop. Evil comes in a lot of forms. It took them that long to find something to accuse her of heresy for. And what of Charles, the King of France? They didn’t see it worth much to attempt to rescue her or ransom her. Bishops were pretty rich back then, 10,000 gold coins is probably more than Charles had. To frame it another way, nobles earned around 100-1000 gold ducats every year. Most of that money goes into weapons and armor, and buying food for war horses and troops.
[Reading further into the history, I was glad to know that Jean’s military compatriots, including allied dukes and counts, did try to siege the city she was held in, but they failed numerous times. It’s good to know that not all the French loyal to Charles the 7th, abandoned her as a sacrifice.]
A couple of interesting topics such as military training women, the specific roles available to the sex/gender, and questioning Christianity vs Budo and equality vs special roles.