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Sometimes prophecies need to be checked

June 25, 2016

The question is usually how to check them.

2 Timothy 3: 1-5

1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

Consequences in religious conflict

June 13, 2016

1 Now it came to pass that in the first year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi, from this time forward, king Mosiah having gone the way of all the earth, having warred a good warfare, walking uprightly before God, leaving none to reign in his stead; nevertheless he had established laws, and they were acknowledged by the people; therefore they were obliged to abide by the laws which he had made.

2 And it came to pass that in the first year of the reign of Alma in the judgment-seat, there was a man brought before him to be judged, a man who was large, and was noted for his much strength.

3 And he had gone about among the people, preaching to them that which he termed to be the word of God, bearing down against the church; declaring unto the people that every priest and teacher ought to become popular; and they ought not to labor with their hands, but that they ought to be supported by the people.

4 And he also testified unto the people that all mankind should be saved at the last day, and that they need not fear nor tremble, but that they might lift up their heads and rejoice; for the Lord had created all men, and had also redeemed all men; and, in the end, all men should have eternal life.

5 And it came to pass that he did teach these things so much that many did believe on his words, even so many that they began to support him and give him money.

6 And he began to be lifted up in the pride of his heart, and to wear very costly apparel, yea, and even began to establish a church after the manner of his preaching.

7 And it came to pass as he was going, to preach to those who believed on his word, he met a man who belonged to the church of God, yea, even one of their teachers; and he began to contend with him sharply, that he might lead away the people of the church; but the man withstood him, admonishing him with the words of God.

8 Now the name of the man was Gideon; and it was he who was an instrument in the hands of God in delivering the people of Limhi out of bondage.

9 Now, because Gideon withstood him with the words of God he was wroth with Gideon, and drew his sword and began to smite him. Now Gideon being stricken with many years, therefore he was not able to withstand his blows, therefore he was slain by the sword.

10 And the man who slew him was taken by the people of the church, and was brought before Alma, to be judged according to the crimes which he had committed.

11 And it came to pass that he stood before Alma and pled for himself with much boldness.

12 But Alma said unto him: Behold, this is the first time that priestcraft has been introduced among this people. And behold, thou art not only guilty of priestcraft, but hast endeavored to enforce it by the sword; and were priestcraft to be enforced among this people it would prove their entire destruction.

13 And thou hast shed the blood of a righteous man, yea, a man who has done much good among this people; and were we to spare thee his blood would come upon us for vengeance.

14 Therefore thou art condemned to die, according to the law which has been given us by Mosiah, our last king; and it has been acknowledged by this people; therefore this people must abide by the law.

15 And it came to pass that they took him; and his name was Nehor; and they carried him upon the top of the hill Manti, and there he was caused, or rather did acknowledge, between the heavens and the earth, that what he had taught to the people was contrary to the word of God; and there he suffered an ignominious death.

16 Nevertheless, this did not put an end to the spreading of priestcraft through the land; for there were many who loved the vain things of the world, and they went forth preaching false doctrines; and this they did for the sake of riches and honor.

17 Nevertheless, they durst not lie, if it were known, for fear of the law, for liars were punished; therefore they pretended to preach according to their belief; and now the law could have no power on any man for his belief.

18 And they durst not steal, for fear of the law, for such were punished; neither durst they rob, nor murder, for he that murdered was punished unto death.

19 But it came to pass that whosoever did not belong to the church of God began to persecute those that did belong to the church of God, and had taken upon them the name of Christ.

20 Yea, they did persecute them, and afflict them with all manner of words, and this because of their humility; because they were not proud in their own eyes, and because they did impart the word of God, one with another, without money and without price.

This “priestcraft” is ironic, because that’s what university indoctrination and professors are. So the same is true for Islam, Jesse Jackson, Sharpton, and all the other Black Liberation church “reverends”.

The same problem of being vulnerable to persecution is true of Christians, who are so meek and humble and non violent, that they don’t even try to kill their enemies. It’s the same thing as before. It doesn’t really change. The priests who preach evil, envy, lust, and worldly pleasure/greed, overcomes those who preach non violence and cooperation.

Perhaps what Christians or just righteous people in general need, is a way to kill their enemies, like Islam, in a more natural or righteous or balanced way. One that doesn’t throw them from the right path, but brings them closer to a more orderly civilization, a more just law under kings or princes or presidents.

Else Orlando killers and US Leftist alliance evil doers or any number of other enemies of humanity, will win and wipe out the good people and replace them with evil people.

Deciding for yourself how to live vs being a slave to society

May 18, 2016

http://www.joshweed.com/2012/06/club-unicorn-in-which-i-come-out-of.html

The title is the theme I got from that blog post, courtesy of various old references from Bookworm.

It almost reads like a romance plot line, which is probably why it stayed stuck in Book’s mind for some time.

I’ll call it the story of “True Love” vs biological lust or social acceptance. Which links it to the Japanese stories. I’m satisfied with that.

The House of Israel and Jewish obedience to the Covenant

April 26, 2016

Br’s comment at Neo’s blog was really interesting.

Something just struck me, and I realized we’re not replaying the decline and fall of the Roman Republic.

We’re not going the way of Rome. No, not really.

We’re going the way of ancient Israel.

1 Samuel 8
4 So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah.

5 They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead[b] us, such as all the other nations have.”

6 But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord.

7 And the Lord told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king.

8 As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you.

9 Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will claim as his rights.”

10 Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking him for a king.

11 He said, “This is what the king who will reign over you will claim as his rights: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots.

12 Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots.

13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers.

14 He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants.

15 He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants.

16 Your male and female servants and the best of your cattle[c] and donkeys he will take for his own use.

17 He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves.

18 When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.”

19 But the people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We want a king over us.

20 Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.”

21 When Samuel heard all that the people said, he repeated it before the Lord.

22 The Lord answered, “Listen to them and give them a king.”-brdavis9

Okay, let’s play identity politics: a Ted Cruz friendship that should be publicized

The issue of people who claim to be Jews, demanding that (man made) Laws replace God, is quite well known by now. The Jews in Israel, probably are Godly or attempting to follow the commandments and even Jesus. The Jews outside Israel are a mixed bag. Some have grown into this hybrid tree that produces bad fruit. Others were ignored, but have also prospered and given good fruit.

People wanting Kings to tell them what to do, well that’s not a Jewish thing, that’s just a human thing.

Changing people’s religion

October 29, 2014

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/391277/whats-bad-america-good-democrats-dennis-prager

A few paradigm changes in belief.

http://www.bookwormroom.com/2014/10/28/some-blacks-are-figuring-out-that-theyre-not-thriving-with-democrat-party-governance/

It’s not a change via logic or debate, but a change in a person’s faith based beliefs. That is far more difficult to change, especially when people like to cover it up and call their religion their ‘Politics’. There have been various rebellions of this sort in black communities, although they are often ignored or crushed into disappearance.

After all, with the IRS on Tea Parties, it’s not as if Republicans or Democrats have not used the national force to get rid of competition before.

Reviewing the movies of Akira Kurosawa

October 8, 2014

After the Rain made quite an impression on me. After I watched some other Japanese movies, I didn’t get the same feeling so I did some research to find out why.

The war now ended, Kurosawa, absorbing the democratic ideals of the Occupation, sought to make films that would establish a new respect towards the individual and the self. The first such film, No Regrets for Our Youth (1946), inspired by both the 1933 Takigawa incident and the Hotsumi Ozaki wartime spy case, criticized Japan’s prewar regime for its political oppression.

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Kurosawa’s is a heroic cinema, a series of dramas (mostly) concerned with the deeds and fates of larger-than-life heroes. Stephen Prince has identified the emergence of the unique Kurosawa protagonist with the immediate post-World War II period. The goal of the American Occupation to replace Japanese feudalism with individualism coincided with the director’s artistic and social agenda: “Kurosawa welcomed the changed political climate and sought to fashion his own mature cinematic voice.”[204] The Japanese critic Tadao Sato concurs: “With defeat in World War II, many Japanese … were dumbfounded to find that the government had lied to them and was neither just nor dependable. During this uncertain time Akira Kurosawa, in a series of first-rate films, sustained the people by his consistent assertion that the meaning of life is not dictated by the nation but something each individual should discover for himself through suffering.”[205] The filmmaker himself remarked that, during this period, “I felt that without the establishment of the self as a positive value there could be no freedom and no democracy.”

I wondered why so many Americans liked the Seven Samurai movie. As well as why some Japanese like Wild West Westerners from the US.

The idea of the individual hero fighting for or against society, however, does explain many things. After all, it’s something I myself came to a similar conclusion on after a voyage on learning about evil.

Japan is still a nation moved by group politics and social consensus or social Will, but it still has a great amount of individual will in certain sub cultures and entertainment venues. Far more than is the case in America herself these days. It’s somewhat reversed. In America, our Hollywood entertainment, education, police, and political circles are all corrupted for one reason or another, leaving only certain types of groups (gun owners) to have the requisite experience and virtue to act as individuals. Everyone else is too afraid of their Boos or Social Authority to disobey. In Japan, individual private ownership and will can be seen in the otaku culture as well as Japan’s educational corporations and schools, but submit to the security of the group via the Japanese Defense forces and the local police units. In America, we rely on personal arms and other warrior esque training to protect ourselves, our families, or our communities. The police doesn’t really do much except clean up the bodies. Even the deadly Marathon bombings a few years ago were stopped by a citizen that escaped his captivity at the hands of Islamic terrorists inside the US and reported the location and vehicle type of his captors, resulting in their death/capture. Meanwhile the police were shutting down entire city sectors and finding nobody useful.

So I don’t think Kurosawa failed. To him, living in a Japan ruled mostly by social rules or authority laws, it might seem that nothing much changed. To an American that can tell the difference between individual strength/freedom and social obedience, Japan didn’t turn out too bad. Certainly when compared to China or modern US culture. With patriots like Kurosawa working to improve their culture and people, there’s always life and thus hope for improvement.

The problem is always when evil manifests and works against life. Then evil must be killed. Who is going to do it when American generations can’t even defend their own pathetic lives against murderers and serial killers?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akira_Kurosawa#On_home_video

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_creative_works_by_Akira_Kurosawa

You can read more about this on those links. After the Rain brought to me a lot of the individual heroic qualities I saw in Seven Samurai. So I’m just going to view all of them, if I can.

Western science studies Tai Chi

October 12, 2013

Taiji Chuan, the school of universal/supreme boxing.

http://benotdefeatedbytherain.blogspot.com/2012/12/tai-chi-master-studied-for-power-to.html

I’m not surprised by the scientific (real science, not Gaian religious eco terrorist cults) results, since I’ve researched the art on my own and decided to take up its study. I discovered many mysteries and many benefits associated with Taiji Chuan, which gave me a personal motivation to find out its secrets. As is the case with any scientist when presented with an unexplained natural phenomenon.

While China has many internal arts that utilize gravity, bone structure, and various other things inside the human body in order to decrease the reliance on muscle pulley systems to exert external force, Taiji Chuan is a combination of two tried and true methods in ancient history: the circle and the line.

This forms a spiral, with power manifested in such phenomenon as the drill, the tornado, the hurricane, the black hole. Daoism, or the metaphysics of ying and yang, is a human concept of the Wu, or unlimited energy of the universe (Big Bang), split into two opposing and interconnected forces. In Western terms, an analogy might be anti matter and matter. While constructed of the same fundamental material, the properties are different due to the way the energy matrix is aligned (positive or negative).

Tai Chi thus seeks to use the human body as a focus lens, a funnel, a mag bottle, in order to contain these forces of the universe, mix them together in a spiral, and then harness the explosive power that results. Everything after that point is just an argument over techniques, which aren’t important.

P.S.

Two popular entertainment shows that utilize this concept are Gurren Lagann (infinite spiral evolution) and Naruto (Rasengan). The Eastern entertainment matrix is based upon educating youths (in societal harmony) and expanding their minds, contrary to current Western notions of entertainment which produce better sex workers and HBO porn stars. A difference of priorities, perhaps.


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