Lucifer or Sataniel in Judeo-Christian traditions, or Iblis in Islam, is considered an archangel by Satanists and many non-Satanists, but non-Satanists consider him evil and fallen from God’s grace.
– Archangel, Wikipedia
Lucifer or Sataniel in Judeo-Christian traditions, or Iblis in Islam, is considered an archangel by Satanists and many non-Satanists, but non-Satanists consider him evil and fallen from God’s grace.
– Archangel, Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archangel)
Tragically, when it comes to the Star of David, there seems to be far too many Jew-hating, race-baiting, clearly exclusionary voices which almost always seem to come from the Protestant Christian Community. In the end it is quite sad that these clearly hostile, and possibly violent, lunatics literally drown out any and all of the more reasonable voices with their so-called independent Bible ‘research’ which purports to ‘prove’ the inherently evil origins of Jews, Judaism, and of course the Star of David. In order to fight back against these Protestant ‘Christian’ hate-mongers, a three-part comparison between SENSE and NONSENSE as it relates to the Star of David can be reads as follows:
It is not a Jewish symbol, but an occult symbol.
– The “Star of David” is Pagan, Jesus-is-Savior.com
SENSE: The Star of David is a widely recognized symbol of Judaism, named after King David of ancient Israel. (Star of David, New World Encyclopedia)
NONSENSE: It is not a Jewish symbol, but an occult symbol. (The “Star of David” is Pagan, Jesus-is-Savior.com)
EVEN MORE SENSE: Most people today associate the six pointed star (hexagram) with the Jewish Star of David (Magen David), as it is the modern symbol of Jewish identity and Judaism. In 1948 it was even adopted on the official flag of Israel. According to Wikipedia: “Its use as a symbol of the Jewish community dates to the 17th century.” (The Six-Pointed Star of Armenia, WordPress.com)
JUDAS MACCABAEUS: The Star of David is either a Jewish symbol or an Occult symbol. It cannot be both, because the Occult has been opposed to Judaism and also the Jewish people, for literally thousands of years. The claim that it is not a Jewish symbol when Jews around the world say that it is appears to a serious denial of reality.
The “Star of David” is Pagan.
SENSE: The Star of David and the five-pointed star are both symbols associated with Christianity. (Christian Star, Christian Symbols, About.com)
NONSENSE: The “Star of David” is Pagan. (Jesus-is-Savior.com)
A LOT MORE SENSE: While predominately recognized as a symbol of Judaism and Israel, many Christians identify with the Star of David as well. (Christian Star, Christian Symbols, About.com)
JUDAS MACCABAEUS: The Star of David is either a Pagan or Christian symbol. It cannot be both, because Christianity is not a Pagan religion and to say an age-old Christian symbol like the Star of David is Pagan is to basically say that Christianity is Pagan, a contradiction in terms which makes no sense whatsoever.
Star of David OR Star of Lucifer?
– Great Joy in Great Tribulation, MoreSureWord.com
SENSE: Lucifer is a Latin word which signifies the ‘morning star’. (Morning Star – Philologos, Philologos.org)
NONSENSE: Star of David OR Star of Lucifer? (Great Joy in Great Tribulation, MoreSureWord.com)
SOME MORE SENSE: The Star of David is a six-pointed star formed by two interlocking triangles, one pointing up, one pointing down….In the book of Revelation, Jesus is called the Morning Star – Revelation 2:28, Revelation 22:16. (Christian Star, About.com)
A FINAL SENSE: The name Lucifer originally denotes the planet Venus, emphasizing its brilliance…Metaphorically, the word is applied…finally to Jesus Christ Himself (II Peter 1:19; Apocalypse 22:16, “Exultet” of Holy Saturday) the true light of our spiritual life. (Lucifer, by Anthony John Maas. Catholic Encyclopedia 1913)
JUDAS MACCABAEUS: First of all, to even suggest that the Star of David may be the Star of Lucifer is to blindly assume that the Devil, the enemy of King David, Israel, the Jews and Judaism is in fact called ‘Lucifer’. Considering the known fact that Lucifer is simply Morning Star in the Latin language, then it may well be more appropriate to think of Jesus Christ as Lucifer, who is indeed a direct descendant of the Royal House of David symbolized by the Six-Pointed ‘Morning’ Star of David..
REALITY: The Star of David is NOT a symbol of the Occult. It was and is an official symbol of Judaism.
REALITY: The Star of David is NOT a Pagan symbol. It is a Christian symbol.
REALITY: The Star of David is NOT the Star of Lucifer. It is the family Coat-of-Arms of Rabbi Jesus, a genuine symbol of Jesus Christ the bright, Morning Star.
God bless reality and may God bless you all.
- The Star of David Symbolism in the Book of Genesis (stjudasmaccabaeus.wordpress.com)
- Star of David = Jesus Christ = Morning Star = Star of David (thunderofgod.wordpress.com)
- The One Dollar Star of David (thunderofgod.wordpress.com)
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