The Number Seven & God the Father
The Seven Days of Creation
I. God creates Light and separates the Light from the Darkness (Genesis 1:1-5)
II. God separates the Waters Above from the Waters Below and creates Heaven (Genesis 1:6-8)
III. God creates the Land, the Seas, and all the Plants (Genesis 1:9-13
IV. God creates the Sun (Day), the Moon (Night), and the Stars. (Genesis 1:14-19)
V. God creates all the Fish and the Birds (Genesis 1:20-23)
VI. God creates all the Animals, Insects, and then Mankind. (Genesis 1:24:31)
VII. God Rests (Genesis 2:1-4)
The Seven Noahide Laws
I. You will not commit idolatry.
II. You will not murder.
III. You will not steal.
IV. You will not commit sexual perversion.
V. You will not commit blasphemy.
VI. You will not eat the flesh of a living animal.
VII. You will establish courts to enforce these laws.
The Seven Colors of the Rainbow
The Seven Archangels of God
VII. Remiel (Book of Enoch 20:1-8)
The Seven Duties of the Archangels
I. Uriel: Rules over the world and over Tartarus.
II. Raphael: Rules over the souls of men.
III. Raguel: Takes vengeance on the world of the luminaries.
IV. Michael: Rules over the best part of mankind and over chaos.
V. Saraqael: Rules over the ghost, who sin in the spirit.
VI. Gabriel: Rules over Paradise and the serpents and the Cherubim.
VII. Remiel: Rules over those who rise from the Dead. (Book of Enoch 20:1-8)
The Seven Evils God Hates
I. The haughty eyes
II. The lying tongue
III. The hands that shed innocent blood
IV. The heart that devises wicked plans
V. The feet that run rapidly to evil
VI. The false witness who utters lies
VII. The one who spreads strife among brothers. (Proverbs 6:16-19)
The Seven Holy Maccabee Martyrs
I. St. Abim
II. St. Antonius
III. St. Guriah
IV. St. Eleazar
V. St. Eusebon
VI. St. Alimus
VII. St. Marcellus
Their Mother: St. Solomonia
Their Teacher: St. Eleazar
The Seven Catholic Books of the Bible
V. First Maccabees
VI. Second Maccabees
Seven & God’s Only Son, Joshua (Jesus)
The Seven Sacraments of Maccabee Christianity
The Seven Essential Beliefs of the Apostles’ Creed
I. God, the Father
II. Joshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), His only Son
III. The Holy Ghost
IV. The Holy Catholic Church
V. The Communion of Saints
VI. The forgiveness of sins,
VII. The resurrection of the body and life everlasting.
The Seven Catholic Letters of the Bible
III. First Peter
IV. Second Peter
V. First John
VI. Second John
VII. Third John
The Seven Joys of St. Mary
I. The Annunciation of Joshua
II. The Nativity of Joshua
III. The Gifts of the Three Wise Men
IV. The Resurrection of Joshua
V. The Ascension of Joshua
VI. The Pentecost, or Descent, of the Holy Ghost
VII. The Heavenly Coronation of Mary
The Seven Sorrows of St. Mary
I. The Prophecy about Joshua
II. The Exile of Joshua
III. The Disappearance of Joshua
IV. The Cross-bearing of Joshua
V. The Crucifixion of Joshua
VI. The Dead Body of Joshua
VII. The Burial of Joshua
The Seven Joys of St. Joseph
I. The Message of the Angel (Matthew 1:20)
II. Jesus’ Birth itself (Luke 2:7)
III. The Holy Name of Jesus (Matthew 1:25)
IV. Simeon’s prophecy that many would rise (Luke 2:34)
V. The Overthrow of Idols (Isaiah 19:1)
VI. Life with Mary and Jesus (Luke 2:39)
VII. The Finding of Jesus in the Temple (Luke 2:46)
The Seven Sorrows of St. Joseph
I. The Doubt of Saint Joseph (Matthew 1:19)
II. The Poverty of Jesus’ birth (Luke 2:7)
III. The Circumcision (Luke 2:21)
IV. Simeon’s Prophecy that many would be lost (Luke 2:34)
V. The Flight into Egypt (Matthew 2:13-14)
VI. The Return from Egypt (Matthew 2:22)
VII. The Loss of the Child Jesus (Luke 2:45)
The Seven Material Deeds of Mercy
I. Feed the Hungry
II. Quench the Thirsty.
III. Clothe the Naked.
IV. Shelter the Homeless
V. Visit the Imprisoned
VI. Comfort the Sick
VII. Bury the Dead
The Seven Spiritual Deeds of Mercy
I. Instruct Ignorance
II. Counsel Doubt
III. Rebuke Sinners
IV. Endure Others Patiently
V. Forgive Others Willingly
VI. Comfort Affliction
VII. Pray for the the Living and the Dead
The Seven Churches of Revelation
The Seven Last Words of Christ
I. Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. (Luke 23:34)
II. Amen I say to you: ‘This day you shall be with me in Paradise.’ (Luke 23:43)
III. Woman, behold your son. . . .Behold your mother. (John 19:26-27)
IV. Eli, Eli, lamma sabacthani? (My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken me?) (Matthew 27:46)
V. I thirst. (John 19:28)
VI. It is consummated. (John 19:30)
VII. Father, into Your hands I commend my spirit. (Luke 23:46, or Psalm 30:6)
The Number Seven and the Holy Ghost
The Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost
VII. Fear of the LORD
The Seven Manifestations of the Holy Ghost
The Seven Expressions (or Lamps) of the Holy Ghost
The Seven Mysteries of the Holy Ghost
I. The Annunciation (Luke 1:35)
II. The Visitation (Luke 1:42)
III. The Baptism (Luke 3:22)
IV. The Wedding (John 2:1-11)
V.. The Crucifixion (John 19:30)
VI. The Resurrection (John 20:19, 22)
VII. The Pentecost (Acts 2:1)
The Number Seven, Good and Evil
The Seven Ancient Virtues of God
The Seven Holy Virtues
I. Valour: Pursuit of Courage and Knowledge
II. Generosity: Pursuit of Giving
III. Liberality: Pursuit of Will
IV. Diligence: Pursuit of Ethics
V. Patience: Pursuit of Peace
VI. Kindness: Pursuit of Charity
VII. Humility: Pursuit of Modesty
The Seven Heavenly (Contrary) Virtues
The Seven Deadly Sins
The Seven Demons of the Seven Deadly Sins
I. Lucifer = Pride
II. Mammon = Greed
III. Asmodeus = Lust
IV. Leviathan = Envy
V. Beelzebub = Gluttony
VI. Satan/Amon = Wrath
VII. Belphegor = Sloth (Peter Binsfeld, 1589)
The New, Seven Deadly ‘Social’ Sins
I. Human Experimentation
II. Genetic Manipulation
III. Environmental Pollution
IV. Social Injustice
V. Poverty Causation
VI. Excessive Wealth
VII. Drug Abuse
The Gospels of Seven
Joshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) Appears to Seven Disciples
Jesus manifested Himself again to (seven of) the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and He manifested Himself in this way. Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. (John 21:1-2)
The Seven Woes of Joshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) from Matthew 23
I. Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the kingdom of heaven in men’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. (Matthew 23:13-14)
II. Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as you are. (Matthew 23:15)
III. Woe to you, blind guides! You say, ‘If anyone swears by the temple, it means nothing; but if anyone swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound by his oath.’ You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred? You also say, ‘If anyone swears by the altar, it means nothing; but if anyone swears by the gift on it, he is bound by his oath.’ You blind men! Which is greater: the gift, or the altar that makes the gift sacred? Therefore, he who swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it. And he who swears by the temple swears by it and by the one who dwells in it. And he who swears by heaven swears by God’s throne and by the one who sits on it. (Matthew 23:16-22)
IV. Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices-mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law-justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel. (Matthew 23:23-24)
V. Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean. (Matthew 23:25-26)
VI. Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside, but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness. (Matthew 23:27-28)
VII. Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous. And you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our forefathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ So you testify against yourselves that you are the descendants of those who murdered the prophets. Fill up, then, the measure of the sin of your forefathers! (Matthew 23:29-31)
The Other Sevens
The Seventh Hour Miracle
As he was now going down, his slaves met him, saying that his son was living. So he inquired of them the hour when he began to get better. Then they said to him, ‘Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.’ So the father knew that it was at that hour in which Jesus said to him, ‘Your son lives’ and he himself believed and his whole household. (John 4:51-53)
The Village Seven Miles from Jerusalem
Peter got up and ran to the tomb. Stooping and looking in, he saw the linen wrappings only and he went away to his home, marveling at what had happened. And behold, two of them were going that very day to a village named Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem. And they were talking with each other about all these things which had taken place. (Luke 24:12-14)
The Old Prophetess Married for Seven Years
And there was a prophetess, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years and had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple, serving night and day with fastings and prayers. At that very moment she came up and began giving thanks to God, and continued to speak of Him to all those who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. (Luke 2:36-38)
Seven, the Number of Forgiveness
Seven Times of Forgiveness
“Be on your guard! If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times a day, and returns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ forgive him.” The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith!’ (Luke 17:3-5)
Seven-Seven Times of Forgiveness
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?’ Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.’ (Matthew 18:21-22)
Mary, the Woman with Seven Demons
The Woman Cured of Seven Demons Supports Joshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ)
Soon afterwards, He began going around from one city and village to another, proclaiming and preaching the kingdom of God. The twelve were with Him, and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and sicknesses: Mary who was called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others who were contributing to their support out of their private means. (Luke 8:1-3)
The Woman Cured of Seven Demons Encounters the Resurrected Joshua (Jesus)
They went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had gripped them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid. Now after He had risen early on the first day of the week, He first appeared to Mary Magdalene, from whom He had cast out seven demons. She went and reported to those who had been with Him, while they were mourning and weeping. (Mark 16:8-10)
The Miracle of Seven Loaves
Seven Loaves of Bread Feeds Four Thousand with Seven Baskets Left Over
His disciples answered Him, ‘Where will anyone be able to find enough bread here in this desolate place to satisfy these people?’ And He was asking them, ‘How many loaves do you have?’ And they said, ‘Seven.’ And He directed the people to sit down on the ground; and taking the seven loaves, He gave thanks and broke them, and started giving them to His disciples to serve to them, and they served them to the people. They also had a few small fish; and after He had blessed them, He ordered these to be served as well. And they ate and were satisfied; and they picked up seven large baskets full of what was left over of the broken pieces.About four thousand were there; and He sent them away. (Mark 8:4-9)
Joshua (Jesus) Questions the Apostles about the Seven Loaves
‘When I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many large baskets full of broken pieces did you pick up?’ And they said to Him, ‘Seven.’ And He was saying to them, ‘Do you not yet understand?’ (Mark 8:20-21)
Seven Loaves of Bread Feeds Four Thousand Followers (Matthew)
Jesus called His disciples to Him, and said, ‘I feel compassion for the people, because they have remained with Me now three days and have nothing to eat; and I do not want to send them away hungry, for they might faint on the way.’ The disciples said to Him, ‘Where would we get so many loaves in this desolate place to satisfy such a large crowd?’ And Jesus said to them, ‘How many loaves do you have?’ And they said, ‘Seven, and a few small fish.’ And He directed the people to sit down on the ground and He took the seven loaves and the fish; and giving thanks, He broke them and started giving them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. And they all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, seven large baskets full. And those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children. (Matthew 15:32-38)
Joshua (Jesus) Questions the Apostles about the Seven Loaves
‘Or the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many large baskets full you picked up?’ (Matthew 16:10)
The Seven Demons of Lust
The Seven Demons of Nocturnal Emissions (Matthew)
Now when the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came,’ and when it comes, it finds it unoccupied, swept, and put in order. Then it goes and takes along with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. That is the way it will also be with this evil generation. (Matthew 12:43-45)
The Seven Demons of Nocturnal Emissions (Luke)
When the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and not finding any, it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when it comes, it finds it swept and put in order.Then it goes and takes along seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and live there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first.’ (Luke 11:24-26)
The Question of Seven Husbands
The Wife of Seven Husbands (Mark)
Some Sadducees (who say that there is no resurrection) came to Jesus, and began questioning Him, saying, ‘Teacher, Moses wrote for us that IF A MAN’S BROTHER DIES and leaves behind a wife AND LEAVES NO CHILD, HIS BROTHER SHOULD MARRY THE WIFE AND RAISE UP CHILDREN TO HIS BROTHER. There were seven brothers; and the first took a wife, and died leaving no children. The second one married her, and died leaving behind no children; and the third likewise and so all seven left no children. Last of all the woman died also. In the resurrection, when they rise again, which one’s wife will she be? For all seven had married her.’ Jesus said to them, “Is this not the reason you are mistaken, that you do not understand the Scriptures or the power of God? For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like Angels in Heaven. But regarding the fact that the dead rise again, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the burning bush, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I AM THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, AND THE GOD OF ISAAC, and the God of Jacob?’ He is not the God of the dead, but of the living; you are greatly mistaken.” (Mark 12:18-27)
The Wife of Seven Husbands (Luke)
Now there came to Him some of the Sadducees (who say that there is no resurrection), and they questioned Him, saying, ‘Teacher, Moses wrote for us that IF A MAN’S BROTHER DIES, having a wife, AND HE IS CHILDLESS, HIS BROTHER SHOULD MARRY THE WIFE AND RAISE UP CHILDREN TO HIS BROTHER. Now there were seven brothers, and the first took a wife and died childless, and the second and the third married her; and in the same way all seven died, leaving no children. Finally the woman died also. In the resurrection therefore, which one’s wife will she be? For all seven had married her.’ Jesus said to them, ‘The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage, but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage, for they cannot even die anymore, because they are like angels, and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection. But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed, in the passage about the burning bush, where he calls the Lord THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, AND THE GOD OF ISAAC, AND THE GOD OF JACOB. Now He is not the God of the dead but of the living; for all live to Him.’ Some of the scribes answered and said, “‘Teacher, You have spoken well.’ (Luke 20:27-39)
The Wife of Seven Husbands (Matthew)
On that day some Sadducees (who say there is no resurrection) came to Jesus and questioned Him, asking, “Teacher, Moses said, ‘IF A MAN DIES HAVING NO CHILDREN, HIS BROTHER AS NEXT OF KIN SHALL MARRY HIS WIFE, AND RAISE UP CHILDREN FOR HIS BROTHER. Now there were seven brothers with us; and the first married and died, and having no children left his wife to his brother; so also the second, and the third, down to the seventh. Last of all, the woman died. In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife of the seven will she be? For they all had married her.’ But Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. But regarding the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God: ‘I AM THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, AND THE GOD OF ISAAC, AND THE GOD OF JACOB’? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.” When the crowds heard this, they were astonished at His teaching. (Matthew 22:23-33)
The Number Seven and the Apocrypha
The LORD God Choose the Number Seven
The LORD…created all His creatures, and divided time, from time he fixed the years, and from the years..the months, and from the months he appointed the days, and of days he appointed seven. (II Enoch 65:3)
The Seven Original and Final Elements of Man
I. Man’s flesh from the Earth
II. His Blood from the Dew
III. His Eyes from the Sun
IV. His Bones from Stone
V. His Intelligence from the swiftness of the angels and from Clouds
VI. His Veins and his Hair from the Grass of the earth
VII. His Soul from the Wind. (II Enoch 30:10)
The Seven Original Elements of Man’s Creation
2. Morning Dew
7. Wind (II Enoch 30:10)
The Seven Organs and Sensations of Man
I. The flesh for hearing
II. the eyes for sight
III. The soul for smelling,
IV. the veins for touching
V. the blood for taste
VI. the bones for endurance
VII. The intelligence for enjoying (II Enoch 30:11)
The Seven Natures of Man
VII. Enjoying (II Enoch 30:11)
The Seven Elements and Natures of Mankind
On the sixth day I commanded my wisdom to create man from seven consistencies: one, his flesh from the earth; two, his blood from the dew; three, his eyes from the sun; four, his bones from stone; five, his intelligence from the swiftness of the angels and from cloud; six, his veins and his hair from the grass of the earth; seven, his soul from my breath and from the wind. And I gave him seven natures: to the flesh hearing, the eyes for sight, to the soul smell, the veins for touch, the blood for taste, the bones for endurance, to the intelligence sweetness [enjoyment]. (II Enoch 30:10-11)
May the LORD God bless you in the name of St. Judas Maccabaeus.
Jason Nicholas Korning
The Political Understanding of Reality
In nature, there is the color red and there is the color blue. In Great Britain, there is the Labor Party and the Conservative Party. In the United States of America, there is the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. Europe and South America have the Social Democratic Party, the Christian Democratic Party, the Liberal Democratic Party, the Socialist Party, and the Communist Party. In the Roman Catholic Church there is only one political party. It is called the Conclave of Cardinals who meets, dressed completely in red, to decide who is to be the next Pope. Here is the reality:
Then another sign appeared in the sky; it was a huge red dragon…the ancient
serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, who deceived the whole world.
– Revelation 12:3-9
When the Cardinals have decided by vote upon the next Pope, a chimney is opened which spews forth white smoke, much like a fire-breathing dragon. Coincidence? Not completely. The Roman Catholic Church is the oldest working democracy in the world. It is also the oldest nation-state, a political entity that has lasted for almost 2,000 years. Kingdoms and nations have come and gone, while the Church has remained, picking through the ruins of many a lost empire. These failed empires include Napoleon’s French Empire, Kaiser Wilhelm’s German Empire, the Hapsburg’s Austria-Hungarian Empire, Adolph Hitler’s Third Reich, and the Soviet Union’s Communist Empire. All of them have fallen, while Vatican City has continued in its mission to convert the world to Christianity.
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name
of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, teaching them to observe
all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the
end of the age.
– Matthew 28:19-20
With that in mind, one can assume that the Church considers its mission to be far more important than mere politics. Just recently, it has seen many ancient kingdoms turn into democracies throughout the world. Eschewing kings and queens, modern countries now regard ‘democracy’ as the most precious thing in the world, rather than seeing it as just another form of political organization. ‘Democracy’ began in ancient Greece, moved to Rome, and then reappeared centuries later in Great Britain, France and the United States.
It should be remembered that ‘democracy’ was originally advocated by the philosophers Plato and Socrates, both homosexual pedophiles. Some contend that these historical facts are irrelevant. There are others who claim that, because of this, democracy is inherently homosexual. This may well be the case. Consider the fact that, just recently, the people of Canada and Spain, along with quite a few other democratic Christian nations, actually voted in favor of same sex marriages. For the first time in more than 2,000 years, the State was now allowed to sanction sodomy as an individual right and to give explicit approval and encouragement to the act of anal sex.
It wasn’t so long ago that oral and anal sex between any two people was against the law. Now, the right to indulge in sodomy within marriage has become the law. It has taken a scant thirty or so years for this to occur. With the ways things are going, pedophilia, incest, and bestiality are next. Perhaps in another thirty years a father having sex with his thirteen-year old daughter and then again with their pet dog will also be perfectly legal. Biblical law is the only thing standing in the way. Current advocates for pedophilia include author Judith Levine who writes:
Sex is not harmful to children. It is a vehicle to self-knowledge, love, healing,
creativity, adventure, and intense feelings of aliveness. There are many ways
even the smallest of children can partake of it.
Society seems to be returning to the sexual decadence that was prevalent in pre-Christian Rome. Among the pagans, incestuous relationships between brother and sister, mother and son, and father and daughter were not uncommon and, most importantly, they were not prohibited by law. Pedophilia was perfectly legal and practiced throughout the Roman Empire. Only the Jews, by both custom and law, prohibited these acts and deemed them both grotesque and disgusting. Consider the following:
Pedophilia was a constant and accepted expression of Roman sexual appetite…’If
children were constantly molested, it was because Roman adults found that the
deepest-rooted passion and the one that was hardest to overcome was sexual desire
for very young boys and girls.’
Only time will tell if the modern world begins to degenerate to this point. Until then, it’s simply sexual politics as usual. Biblical reality no longer seems capable of teaching the proper amount of guilt and shame that constrains human lust. The modern world has gone from prayer in schools to mandatory sex education in just a short amount of time. It is hoped that society’s slide into sexual degeneration can be stopped before it’s too late, before it has reached the point of no return.
Traditionally in political reality, the colors red, white and blue represented Protestant Christian democracy as in the flags of Great Britain, France, the United States, and Australia, while the colors red, white and green represented Roman Catholic democracy as in the flags of Ireland, Italy, Spain, and Mexico. These distinctions no longer seem to matter as much as the dichotomy found between the political Left, symbolized by the color red, and the political Right, symbolized by the color blue or green. The current patterns of thought that distinguish between these two main strands of political reality can be grouped together in the following manner:
Field of Thought: Ism of The Left, Ism of The Right
Policy: Liberalism, Conservatism
Government: Globalism, Nationalism
Economics: Socialism, Capitalism
Warfare: Pacifism, Patriotism
Culture: Multiculturalism, Pluralism
Society: Progressivism, Traditionalism
God: Atheism, Monotheism
Religion: Paganism, Judeo-Christian-Islam
Christianity: Ecumenism, Fundamentalism
Philosophy: Nihilism, Pragmatism
Morality: Moral Relativism, Idealism
Ethics: Utilitarianism, Dualism
Outlook: Relativism, Realism
Identity: Collectivism, Individualism
As can be seen, many of the basic differences in political doctrine between the Left and the Right cannot, and will not, be reconciled. Year after year, the Right is becoming more and more in favor of Christianity, while the Left is becoming more hostile towards traditional religion and is showing its true colors as a front for the religion of paganism. This is especially true in the United States of America where, since the late 1960s, conservative Democrats and liberal Republicans are fast becoming anachronisms. Politics is polarizing along religious lines, with the Republicans becoming more Christian and the Democrats becoming more pagan with each passing year. The relevant issues that define current American political reality can be listed as follows:
Issues: The Left, The Right
Political Party: Democratic Party ,Republican Party
Abortion: Approve, Oppose
Raising the Minimum Wage: Approve, Oppose
Inheritance Taxes: Approve, Oppose
Euthanasia: Approve, Oppose
Gun Control: Approve, Oppose
No-Fault Divorce: Approve, Oppose
Gay & Lesbian Marriage: Approve, Oppose
Affirmative Action: Approve, Oppose
Sex Education: Approve, Oppose
Global Warming Regulation: Approve, Oppose
Public Funding for PBS: Approve, Oppose
Support for United Nations: Approve, Oppose
Teaching Darwinian Evolution: Approve, Oppose
School Prayer: Oppose, Approve
School Vouchers: Oppose, Approve
New Oil Drilling in Alaska: Oppose, Approve
Military Spending Increases: Oppose, Approve
Death Penalty: Oppose, Approve
Nuclear Power: Oppose, Approve
The recent influx of Hispanics onto the American political scene may change these polarizing tendencies. They are politically liberal, but culturally conservative. They support high taxes for the rich, but vehemently oppose same-sex marriage. They approve of school choice so that they can send their own children to Catholic school, but also want to raise the minimum wage through government mandate. They represent a unique, political voting bloc destined to become more powerful as they increase in population. Neither the Christian Right or the pagan Left will dominate American politics anytime soon, but their influence can still be seen in today’s issues and will be seen in tomorrow’s political reality.
The Scientific Understanding of Reality
Many aspects of the current scientific outlook remain fairly troubling. It was not always this way as science was once the domain of Churchmen who made many of the first important discoveries in several different fields. God and Christianity were considered undisputed facts and foundations of all knowledge. Times have changed and, in today’s world, the scientific outlook can be almost militantly atheist. They are all skeptics now apparently. Preferring to remain aloof from the ‘absurd’ superstitions, that supposedly plague so many of their fellow citizens, scientists have now developed a particularly hostile attitude towards all things religious. Some of the main doctrines supporting this arrogant and elitist view of reality, include the following:
1. The existence of a Creator God cannot be proven scientifically.
2. The existence of life after death cannot be proven scientifically.
These two assertions are the mainstay for almost all secular, atheist thought which modern science continues to base itself upon. For the most part, they believe that anything, which cannot be repeated three times under controlled conditions, is false or falsifiable. That is the basic definition of reality as science claims it to be. However, many things that have supposedly been described scientifically still remain fairly unexplainable. Consider the Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights, and the awesome beauty they represent. Looking at them causes one to think that someone, an omnipotent artist of some sort, must have created them on a whim for others, especially mankind, to enjoy. Scientists will say that they are simply a random product of the right temperature, atmospheric pressure, and geographical latitude combining with the sunlight to create shimmering curtains of sparkling colors. They might even go on to say that, even though these Northern Lights seem to be the work of a designer, this is simply a coincidence. They will assert that the Aurora Borealis is merely a by-product of the blind forces of nature and nothing more. They cannot prove this to be the case, but they don’t need to as long as they can fool the people into thinking they have all the answers and that those answers are always correct.
It is not a fact that the Northern Lights were never created by an ancient, intelligent designer, it is merely an assumption made by atheists, many of them scientists. They cannot prove these lights emerged from unguided physical chaos for no reason. They can only claim that to be the case. They cannot prove it at all. Science cannot explain their unique beauty, only the existence of God can.
Put simply, just because the existence of God cannot be proven ‘scientifically’ really doesn’t mean very much. Many things cannot be proven ‘scientifically’ including the theory of evolution. Just because scientists see certain things under a microscope or through a telescope doesn’t mean they exist. They have blind faith that the microscope or telescope is showing the true picture of reality to the naked eye, but who is to say they aren’t just seeing imaginary things through a blurred piece of glass? Many people attest to having seen God personally, but they are almost always labeled as mentally ill. Notice the unfairness of the dichotomy. Those who see God in visions are called crazy and locked up in lunatic asylums, while those who see viruses or quarks through microscopes are called scientists and given money and Nobel Prizes. Why is that so?
True believers should care very little that God cannot be proven scientifically. Many other things, like thunder and lightning, for example, cannot be proven or explained either, only described. They are both totally awesome, but completely unnecessary aspects of a material reality that wouldn’t change much if they ceased to exist- kind of like old stage props that someone forgot to throw away. Nevertheless, just like the Northern Lights mentioned previously, they do exist and will continue to do so long after today’s scientists are safely buried six feet under. God is dead, said Nietzsche. Science is dead, replied God.
Modern science has reached an apex of godless materialism that is decaying from within. The theory of evolution is coming under attack by more and more people, scientists and laymen, who have noticed large gaps in the science of Darwinism that need to be addressed. In other words, the Darwinian theory of evolution is full of holes. It is bad science and will eventually be overtaken by what is called the theory of Intelligent Design. Why so? Consider the kangaroo, for example. Darwin would tell us that this species evolved from small tiny mice that were the predecessors of nearly all mammals. Inch by inch, century by century, they became larger, their front feet atrophied and became small, while their back feet grew and became very powerful, thus causing their distinctive way of running by hopping. Science boldly declares that there is an evolutionary reason why this happened that has nothing to do with the creative choices of a whimsical designer. No, this happened because hopping somehow contributes to their survival. How so? How does hopping contribute to adaptation and reproductive success? Why not have them be like deer or gazelle, which are even faster than kangaroo, and thus able to outrun many would be predators? There is no reason why, the scientists are just being silly and stupid about the issue because Darwinism confirms their atheism, Intelligent Design denounces it.
Why do kangaroos have pouches in which to nurture their young? Science tells us that this is to protect their helpless, infant children. Well then, why don’t any other mammals have these nifty pouches for their young? Monkeys have to use their hands, while dogs and cats have to use their mouths to carry their young, yet they are still around too. Science will also try to claim that all these changes that created today’s kangaroo came about incrementally and over a long period of time. The problem with this assertion is that there are no fossils showing these half kangaroo-half mice creatures that grow larger and larger over the generations. There are no half-pouching half-nesting, or half-hopping half-running pre-kangaroos found in the fossil record. That means that these unique features must have all come about in a single generation. That is scientifically impossible and would prove Darwinism to be dead wrong. There is no evidence, no scientific proof that kangaroos evolved from something else at all. The kangaroo rat doesn’t have a pouch or a head and skull like a dear as kangaroos do, so they don’t really count as an ancestor.
The fossil record shows nothing except that kangaroos appeared from nowhere millions of years ago as if they had been created from scratch by a God with an intelligent sense of humor. They did not evolve at all except into wallabies, which are simply a smaller, slightly different form of kangaroo. In fact, many observers would claim that, with the available evidence, it appears they were created by an intelligent, but goofy, designer like many of the exotic species found in Australia. Scientists dislike, some might say despise that conclusion, but it seems to be the most reasonable and logical answer to the huge gaps in the fossil record for almost all species.
Many mammals seem created and not evolved, consider the golden eyes and wonderful mane of the male lion and the awesome stripes of the tiger, the startling blue eyes of some cougars and the all-black fur of black panthers. Science tells us they are all felines and have a common ancestor, but where and who is that common ancestor? The ice-age sable-toothed tiger does not a lion make, nor does a bob-cat seem like a cheetah’s first cousin. To be sure, they all seem designed in a similar manner- the creative mark of a specific personality, an intelligent breeder of felines. They do not appear to be the product of random mutation and adaptation. What purpose do lion manes and tiger stripes serve? None! Black, white and orange Tiger stripes do not help as camouflage in an all green jungle, while big-maned old lions don’t always get the girl in order to carry their big-mane success on to the next generation. The scientists are fooling the public and nothing more.
Consider the unique look and character of some animals and their inherent fascinating beauty. The rattlesnake, the parrot, the polar bear, and the giraffe, all bear the mark of creative intelligent design. A list of the evolutionary explanations for these animals and their counterarguments are as follows:
Animal Evolution: Tail acts as a noise-maker that scares off intruders. It evolved because it worked so well.
Creative Design: Why would a deadly snake need to scare off anybody? God created the rattle to warn man of its danger.
Animal Evolution: Multiple colors and vocal abilities serve as attraction to mates. They evolved that way.
Creative Design: God created the parrot to astonish mankind with their innate ability to speak words and look like artwork.
The Polar Bear
Animal Evolution: All-white fur is meant to blend into surrounding area in order to ‘sneak up on’ and catch prey or to hide from dangerous ‘rivals’.
Creative Design: What prey? Polar Bears eat fish. The water is blue or black, not white. God created Polar Bears to look artic cool.
Animal Evolution: Neck evolved to become longer to reach higher levels of tree leaves.
Creative Design: Why didn’t they just eat grass? They can barely bend down to drink water. God created Giraffes for fun.
The plant kingdom also appears to have been created, not made through random mutation and selective adaptation. Consider the Venus fly-trap, the thorned rose, the English daisy or the redwood tree. It seems like God had a team of designers, angels, who left their own personal fads and favorites, repetitions and rip-offs, perhaps even mistakes, scattered among the plant and animal kingdoms. Nothing else explains their individuality. Chaos does not explain it because there is certainly room for hundreds of different species that were never invented.
The possibilities for multiple canine species are endless, yet all we find is the jackal, hyena, wolf, coyote, and dog. Just recently, man, like the angels before him, has managed to use his God-given genius to create many various breeds of dogs. As different as they look in size and color, they are all amazingly the same species. In truth, random chaos would yield more canine species than there are presently. A limited number of canine designers as opposed to say bird designers would explain the diverse array of bird species and small number of canine species. The peacock is another perfect example of Intelligent Design. How did such a wingless bird with a ton of superfluous plumage ever survive? The answer is that it did not need to. In the real world, it isn’t always survival of the fittest, but of the most magnificent and beautiful. Nothing else explains the killer whale, the zebra, the penguin, the panda bear, or the magpie. Their distinctive black and white colors serve no evolutionary function at all. Instead, they appear to be a sign of Intelligent Design.
In addition to failing to prove the theory of evolution, science also does not really explain color. It describes it, but cannot explain it at all. There could very well be 4-10 different ‘primary’ colors instead of just three. Nothing in science or mathematics proves otherwise. Color is about personal perception and not objective observation. There could be many more colors that the naked eye is unable to see. Perhaps some of the other animals see them, while humans remain incapable. Serious questions need to be asked concerning the science of color. Why are there only 6 colors in the rainbow? Why are they arranged in such a manner? The answer is that science doesn’t really know why. The only reasonable, logical, rational explanation for this is that the rainbow was designed by someone who simply chose, for example, to put red on top and purple on the bottom. This someone, God or one of His angels perhaps, made an individual decision to place them in that order.
It does not matter if science states that the colors vibrate at different frequencies in a sequential order. The rainbow’s color sequence could very well be different and not change scientific reality in the least. The so-called electro-magnetic spectrum would be no different if, for example, yellow was on the top instead of red. Yellow would simply have the top frequency and red would have a frequency lower down on the rainbow, but the scientific frequencies would remain the same. Suppose that red vibrated at 10 units per second while yellow vibrated at 30 units. Switching them would cause yellow to vibrate at 10 and red to vibrate at 30. The science would stay the same, while the rainbow’s appearance would be drastically different. There could also be a larger amount of colors without really affecting the electro-magnetic spectrum at all. Neither math nor science would need to change. A partial list of the ‘scientifically’ possible combinations, showing that the rainbow’s color sequence is completely arbitrary and unexplainable, is as follows. These possible rainbows have been given names creatively chosen by a specific individual who has no scientific credentials.
The Different Possible Sequences of Colored Arches in the Sky
Rainbows: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple
Peachstripes: Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Red
Mellowlines: Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Red, Orange
Plantbars: Green, Blue, Purple, Red, Orange, Yellow,
Coolhues: Blue, Purple, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green
Royalarches: Purple, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue
Today’s science would deny that God created the rainbow as a promise to mankind to never flood the earth again, but it will probably never be able to explain the sequence of earth’s rainbow. The reason why is obvious. Modern science refuses to accept or allow a place for a Creator of the universe who designed some attributes of nature, such as rainbows, in a completely arbitrary manner, much like an interior designer or architect chooses different bathroom fixtures. The rainbow and its colors prove that singular intelligent choice, in other words design, is an integral part of the natural world. There is no other explanation.
On a similar note, science cannot explain why mankind is now starting to dream in color rather than black and white. Decades ago, it was common to hear that people don’t dream in color and most would agree with that statement. Today, more and more individuals are dreaming in color with each passing year. Less and less people are color blind with each passing generation as well. Some might call this evolution, but there really is no scientific proof for this. Dreams are completely unnecessary in terms of evolution and adaptation. Nevertheless, those who dream in color are fast becoming the majority in society and this is true across racial lines as well. Mankind is not changing, dreams are.
The human female hymen is also an example of a completely unexplainable aspect of nature. Its only purpose is to prove virginity. The reason why women’s menstrual cycles are related to the tide and the movements of the moon also defy explanation. Why do male humans have one less rib than female humans? There are many aspects of the natural world that still remain mysterious and may be construed as possible evidence that there is a God and that man was created, not made.
Finally, science denies that there is an existence, a conscience reality, for each individual soul after biological death ensues. They state, quite assertively, that once brain death occurs, no further thought is possible. Thought requires synapses they say- electro-chemical sparks in the cortex must continue firing in order to think and to feel. No other reality is possible. This denies the very real life-after-death experiences that have become a part of thousands upon thousands of people’s lives. These life-after-death experiences have occurred well after brain death has commenced. This is impossible scientifically, yet patients say that for several minutes after they were physically dead, and their brain waves went flat, they remembered something more. They remembered being dead after brain activity had ceased! Nothing explains this except for the possibility that there is an existence, a life, after death unless one wants to claim they are all lying about it. That is unlikely, so one is stuck with the stark reality of these experiences.
Science is changing, slowly but surely, back to a reality that allows for a God and for a continuing existence after death. A century from now, Darwinism will have been firmly refuted and tossed aside as an explanation to how life began and how different species came into being. Intelligent Design will become the dominant paradigm for most scientists. Theories of adaptation and genetic mutation will be retained to explain some, but not all natural phenomena. Strict Darwinism, an outlook bristling with hostility towards God and religion will have become a thing of the past. The actual, final proof of God’s existence won’t be arriving anytime soon, but alternative understandings of scientific reality will become a standard part of mankind’s view of the world. Ghosts, dreams and forms of ESP are realities that have yet to be explained. Centuries of scientific discoveries lie ahead. How they are to be interpreted is still unknown. Let the debate begin.
The Religious Understanding of Reality
The human race often forgets, or even denies that, behind what philosopher John Rawls has called ‘the veil of illusion,’ there lies an eternal reality called the spiritual realm. For the most part, this realm is divided into areas where the wicked are punished for their deeds, while the righteous are rewarded for theirs. It is astonishing that across cultures, man has always believed that there is judgment awaiting him after death. Scriptures states the following:
The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and
abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for the
thousandth generation, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, yet by
no means clearing the guilty.
– Exodus 34:6-7
From the Native Americans to the Chinese to the Europeans, they have all believed in a merit system that rewards good behavior and punishes wicked behavior. Why is that? Some would say that it is intuitive, while others would contend that it is simply to scare the living into good behavior by threatening them with eternal damnation. The three great religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have differing beliefs concerning the spiritual realm. There are as follows:
The Sheol: an underground world of ghosts where the wicked are separated from the others and punished, while the righteous await entrance into Paradise and eventual resurrection of the dead in the World-to-Come.
Paradise: A pleasant, comforting world of ghosts where the righteous end up at some point, traditionally known as the Heart of Abraham
Heaven: A place of eternal happiness for the righteous as a reward for their faith and good works.
Purgatory: A place of good works and spiritual purification that eventually leads to Heaven.
Hell: A place of eternal fire reserved the wicked. It is forever.
Heaven: consists of seven levels with the most righteous at top.
Hell: consists of seven levels with the most wicked at bottom.
In addition to this, these three religions also share a belief in spiritual beings called angels. The origins of these beliefs are quite mysterious. They cannot be traced to Sumerian, Egyptian, Babylonian or Persian sources and are, in fact, unique to the Biblical tradition. The angels are considered servants of God that were created before the universe was even founded. They are organized into a hierarchy of nine different types that are as follows:
Today, even in Islam, believers remain fairly ignorant about the angelic tradition. Hopefully in the future this will change and society will become more literate when it comes to angels and their influence throughout history. The archangels, for instance, have individual names and personalities much like human beings do. Studied carefully, one could say that the religion of Judaism is the religion of the archangel Michael, who is considered the guardian angel of Israel and the Jewish people. The religion of Christianity is the religion of the archangel Lucifer, the highest of angels and the one closest to God- His only son, so to speak. The religion of Islam is the religion of the archangel Gabriel, who, from Ishmael to Mohammad, has guided his people towards the one true God, Allah.
There are some Christians who would object to this analysis contending that Lucifer is Satan, the devil, and Jesus is the son of God, not the archangel Lucifer. This comes from a folk-tale that was written down in the late Middle Ages by a man named Milton. This fictional novel was called Paradise Lost. There is absolutely no reason to believe that it is true and may, in fact, be completely false. The archangel Lucifer is an office, a position held within the angelic hierarchy, and can therefore be reassigned to another individual if necessary. The whole Christian story, if read carefully, is about the archangel Lucifer coming to earth in the form of a man named Jesus and being destined to die in order to take away the sins of the world. He is resurrected, ascends into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father, which is traditionally where the archangel Lucifer is supposed to sit. There is every reason to believe that Lucifer and Jesus are one in the same person, both then and now. The terms son of God, son of the morning, and morning star are used interchangeably to describe angels, especially one particular angel known as Lucifer. The evidence that Jesus is, and was, the archangel Lucifer is as follows:
Archangel Lucifer: Lucifer was thrown down by God from Heaven into hell.
Jesus Christ: Rabbi Jesus came down from Heaven, was born of the virgin Mary, was then crucified and died…He descended into hell.
Book of Revelation
Archangel Lucifer: Lucifer was also known as the morning star, the son of the morning. (Isaiah 14:12)
Jesus Christ: I Jesus…am the root and branch of David, the bright morning star. (Revelation 22:16)
Archangel Lucifer: Out of all the angels, Lucifer was the most powerful and heir to the throne of God.
Jesus Christ: I myself first won the victory and sit with my Father on his throne. (Revelation 3:21)
The Hebrew terms Son of God and morning star are found elsewhere in the Old Testament. In the Book of Job it reads: ‘the morning stars sang in chorus and all the sons of God shouted for joy.’ How could this be if Jesus was the only Son of God? How could there be sons of God as in more than one Jesus Christ? The answer is that the terms used in the Bible can have multiple meanings to them. One thing is clear, however, the Book of Revelation has Jesus clearly admitting to its author John that He is the archangel Lucifer. Milton, the author of an exciting, but clearly fictional novel, may well have been horrifically wrong about Lucifer. Hopefully someday Christians will finally realize this and recognize their LORD and savior Rabbi Jesus as also being the archangel Lucifer who sits at the right hand of God the Father in Heaven, now as always, the brightest and the greatest of all the angels.
May the LORD God bless you in the name of St. Judas Maccabaeus.
Jason Nicholas Korning