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Do ‘Arguments about Non-Judeo/Christian Religions’ Contaminate the Judeo/Christian Tradition?
It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.
– George Washington, Former U.S. President (1789-1797)
I’d say, probably, intellectually I’ve drawn as much from Judaism as any other faith.
– President Barack Obama
QUESTION #2) Would an actual Muslim believer in Allah every say Judaism was one of his major intellectual influence???
The answer to all of the above questions is because Barack Obama is black. Literally every single person who calls Obama a Muslim is white, and most probably racist, yet not completely racist. Thus, they are too cowardly to say the ‘N’ word (the racist derivative of Negro) out loud or in public, so now they say the ‘M’ word (Muslim, an adherent to Islam) instead, thereby getting away with their ignorant, bigoted, hate-mongering yet again.
Our law is by definition a codification of morality, much of it grounded in the Judeo/Christian Tradition.
– Barack Obama
NOTE: One must acknowledge that President Obama uses the word Judeo (meaning Judaism) and Christian (meaning Christianity), just as he specifically leaves out the word ‘Muslim’ and/or ‘Islamic’. This doesn’t sound like something a Muslim would ever say or believe.
In many ways, the election of a black man, Barack Obama, as the most powerful leader in the world indicates that the Judeo/Christian doctrine of universal brotherhood has finally managed to emerge triumphant after a very scary, and completely evil previous century that threatened the very foundations of Christianity. At the same time, a great many of Obama’s public statements have been infused with the inspirational and moral certainty that originates with his faith in Christianity.
Unfortunately, there appears to be a substantial percentage of citizens that truly despise this happy-go lucky, modest, and very normal young American black man. It is true that their diabolical power and influence continues to diminish year after year as more and more black and white Americans fall in love, get married and then have children. Even so, they have still managed to greatly confuse many God-fearing Americans, especially white, Protestant Christians, about Obama’s religious faith and beliefs. This sordid affair all began when Obama, an unknown Senator from Chicago, emerged as victor of the Democratic party primaries and was then chosen as the Democratic candidate for President. Almost immediately, vicious rumors of him being a secret Muslim believer began circulating. As one reporter wrote:
Of the many rumors that have dogged President Barack Obama the most persistent one has been the “question” of his faith….The question is why has this rumor proven to be so tenacious and who is behind its propagation.
Sad as it is, the American media, including some of its most prominent newspapers and television, spent literally months publishing absolutely fictitious news reports and articles about Obama’s possible Muslim faith, broadcasting this vile falsehood to millions upon millions of American viewers and listeners.
I’d say, probably, intellectually I’ve drawn as much from Judaism as any other faith.
– President Barack Obama
QUESTION #2) If the President was really a Muslim why would he ever point to Judaism as one of his major intellectual influences???
Most of the reporters and journalist responsible for propagating this white-racist inspired defamation of President Obama have yet to apologize or to even acknowledge their mistake. The President, obviously comfortable in his Christian faith, has responded to these outrageous, and deeply paranoid, beliefs with calm nobility. As one news source summarizes:
The President in his usual Spock-like calm recently addressed the mistaken beliefs (that he is a Muslim)…on “NBC Nightly News” blaming the “confusion” over his religious beliefs on “a network of misinformation that a new media era can get churned out there constantly.”
As it turns out, the original source of this rumor may well have been partially fueled by Republican political operatives (and possibly white racists) who were vehemently opposed to having Obama, a black man, as President of the United States. As one journalist puts it:
Labeling the President a Muslim also shows the racism and xenophobia of the Right. The Right has constantly attempted to make Obama appear to be strange and foreign; they have constantly attempted to make the aura around him appear to be dark and dangerous simply. They have done this simply because he is Black. He’s the Antichrist, a Muslim, the “other,”…because he is not White….This is why (there are)…questions about his religion.
Indeed, it may well be the ugly specter of white racism behind one of the greatest lies ever told in American politics- that Barack Obama is actually a anti-Christian Muslim believer, and a secret follower of the Prophet Mohammad. Here are the actual statistics from three independent news sources:
+ A Pew Research poll in August (2010) revealed ‘that one in five Americans falsely believe the president is a Muslim, more than thought so last year’.
+ In a poll by Newsweek, 12 percent of voters incorrectly believe he’s Muslim; more than a quarter believe he was raised in a Muslim home.
+ A Time Magazine poll found that 24 percent of Americans believe Obama is a Muslim, rather than a Christian.
Given the highly-advanced, and extremely powerful, nation of today’s America, It is somewhat frightening how many of its adult citizens who vote can continue to believe in a total lie for years after it has been proven wrong beyond any shadow of a doubt. Tragically, this completely incorrect and easily verifiable falsehood continues to haunt a President who is just as Christian as George W. Bush, more Christian than Bill Clinton, and far more Christian than either George F. W. Bush or Ronald Reagan ever were. In fact, Barack Obama’s continued public display of Christian faith, especially his habits of quoting the Bible and frequently referring to Jesus Christ by name, is living proof that he truly is a Christian President. Here are just a few selected quotes form his public speeches:
As somebody who relies heavily on my Christian faith in my job, I understand the passions that religious faith can raise.
– President Barack Obama
(The story of Jesus’ birth) that we are called to love each other as we love ourselves, that we are our brother’s keeper and our sister’s keeper, and our destinies are linked…It’s a message that guides my Christian faith.
– President Barack Obama
(We can) see God in other people and do our best to help them find their, you know, their own grace…So that’s what I strive to do…That’s what I pray to do everyday. I think my public service is part of that effort to express my Christian faith.
– President Barack Obama
I found myself drawn – not just to work with the church but to be in the church…It was through this service that I was brought to Christ.
– President Barack Obama, University of Notre Dame, May 17 2010
The fact of the matter is that, regardless of Barack Obama’s politics, some of which are in opposition to traditional Christian doctrines, he is still an authentic, genuine Christian believer who has been properly baptized by an ordained Christian minister and managed to attend Christian Sabbath on a weekly basis for over 20 years before running for President. In reality, Obama’s Christianity is undeniable and, in the end, sincere and factual.
A Simple Answer to 5 Questions
QUESTION #1) If Obama was really a Muslim, why would a Jewish journalist ever write an entire essay calling him ‘the first Jewish President’???
QUESTION #2) If the President was really a Muslim why would he ever point to Judaism as one of his major intellectual influences???
QUESTION #3) Would an actual Muslim believer ever pray at the Western Wall????
QUESTION #4) Would a loyal Islamic follower of the Prophet Mohammad ever celebrate Hanukkah???
QUESTION #5) Instead of accusing Obama of being Muslim, how come no one ever suspects him of being a secret Jew???
THE ANSWER TO QUESTION #1, #2, #3, #4, and #5) Because literally every single person who calls Obama a Muslim is white, and most likely a racist, yet not completely racist. Thus, they remain too cowardly to say the ‘N’ word (the racist derivative of Negro) out loud or in public and have resorted to deceptively using the ‘M’ word (Muslim, an adherent to Islam) instead- thereby getting away with their ignorant, bigoted, hate-mongering yet again.
For the LORD Almighty will care for his flock, the people of Judah, and make them like a proud horse in battle. From Judah will come the cornerstone, from them the tent peg, from them the battle bow, from them every ruler.
– Zechariah 10:3-4
The Exile and Return of Reform Judaism
I once was lost, but now am found, was blind, but now I see. T’was Grace that taught my heart to fear and Grace, my fears relieved. How precious did that Grace appear the hour I first believed…When we’ve been here ten thousand years bright shining as the sun. We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise than when we’ve first begun.
– Amazing Grace, a famous Christian Gospel song
Like Christianity, Judaism is a multi-denominational religion with three major branches: Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform Judaism. For many different reasons, the practice of Conservative and Reform Judaism is mainly found in North America, most especially the United States. In Israel, South and Central, and certain parts of Europe, the vast majority of Jews either practice, or belong to Synagogues affiliated with Orthodox Judaism. The basic history of these denominations starts in Germany where the first official break with Orthodox Judaism began in the early to mid-19th century. To many traditional Jews, especially the devout Rabbis, this movement, known as Reform Judaism, was considered an outright rebellion and little more than a blatant effort to please and cater to the Protestant Gentiles who ruled both Germany and German society. This movement, which had been expected to spread out to the Jewish communities found in other nations, met with little to no success in England, France and throughout Eastern Europe. With the sole exception of Germany, the Jewish diaspora overwhelmingly rejected the Reform Jewish movement and continued to look to the Orthodox Jewish establishment for religious guidance.
However, the growing population of Jews living in the United States, funded and sponsored by a certain number of very wealthy German-American Jews, found Reform Judaism to be a perfect way to blend into American society and finally find acceptance among the Gentiles after centuries of isolation and persecutions. Quite a bit of the success of Reform Judaism was due to the weakness and lack of influence the Orthodox Jewish authorities had in the United States. Nevertheless, the underlying religious doctrines of the original 19th century Reform Jewish movement were considered to be too non-traditional and militantly secular by a growing.number of God-fearing American Jews. To counter some of the radical changes in religious beliefs sought by the leaders of Reform Judaism, the Conservative Jewish denomination was formed and became quite successful throughout America. Thus the three branches of Judaism can be seen as follows:
Orthodox Judaism: Practiced throughout the world, especially in Israel and the United States
Conservative Judaism: Only practiced in the United States of America
Reform Judaism: Only practiced in Germany and the United States
Some observers both Jew and Christian, have had mixed feelings about Reform Judaism. Unfortunately, there seems to be a lack of understanding about the original Reform Judaism as practiced and understood iu the 19th century compared to the official doctrines of 21st century Reform Judaism. In short, there has been an almost complete reversal in the actual religious tenets of the Reform Jewish movement, especially here in the United States. As to be expected, Reform Judaism in today’s Germany is basically extinct and practiced by a dwindling number of German Jews, most of whom being those who returned to Germany after the Nazis were defeated in World War II. Basically, the surviving elements of Reform Judaism have completely reversed themselves on a great number of fundamental religious beliefs and practices. This can be seen in the following manner:- The official Jewish doctrines of Divine Revelation, Divine Judgment, Divine Miracles, and Divine Redemption were officially denied by the Reform Jewish authorities in 1843 (Germany) and 1885 (USA) and then re-affirmed in 1776 and 1997.
– Nearly all the religious beliefs, traditions, and practices of Orthodox Judaism were completely rejected and abolished by Reform Judaism. This included complete denial of the ordained Rabbinical authority, the rules and laws of the Talmud, the binding, eternal nature of the Mosaic laws and commandments including kosher food restrictions and Sabbath day observance.
While little known to the vast majority of Biblical believers, including some Jews, the radical rejection of Judaism, as seen in their official 19th century statements, have evolved back into a far more appreciative, and fraditional, view of Judaism as a unique, even supernatural revelation of God’s will. Ironically, the Reform Jewish documents of 1843 and 1885 seem to be completely contradictory to the statements made in 1937, 1976 and 1997. Indeed, the Reform Jews of yesteryear, who adamantly opposed and ignored the call to resettle the Holy Lands, have now become the American Zionists of today. Reform Judaism initial rebellion against ancient Jewish religious practices and traditions have given way to an affectionate and encouraging attitude that seeks to have all Jews practice their religion on a daily basis and look to Israel for theological and spiritual guidance. Indeed, the Reform Judaism of the 21st century looks much like the Prodigal Son, who met with little success after leaving his and his family behind, only to be welcomed back home with happiness and love that their son had returned. What follows is a collection of passage from the following official document of Reform Judaism. They reveal a clear evolution from 19th century agnosticism, and even atheism, back to an authentically Judeo-Christian 21st century monotheism that bodes well for the future of all Judaism and the Jewish people.
The Denials and Rejections of 19th Century Reform Judaism
(Frankfurt Society of Friends of Reform , Declaration of Principles, 1843)
The Affirmations and Acceptances of 21st Century Reform Judaism
(The Guiding Principles of Reform Judaism “The Columbus Platform” – 1937)
(Reform Judaism: A Centenary Perspective Adopted in San Francisco – 1976)
(Reform Judaism & Zionism: A Centenary Platform “The Miami Platform” – 1997)
The Official Denials of 19th Century Reform Judaism
Denial of Divine Revelation: ‘We recognize in every religion an attempt to grasp the Infinite, and in every mode, source or book of revelation held sacred in any religious system the consciousness of the indwelling of God in man.’ (Declaration of Principles “The Pittsburgh Platform” – 1885)
Denial of Divine Judgement: ‘We reject as ideas not rooted in Judaism, the beliefs both in bodily resurrection and in Gehenna and Eden (Hell and Paradise) as abodes for everlasting punishment and reward.’ (Declaration of Principles “The Pittsburgh Platform” – 1885)
Denial of Divine Miracles: ‘Modern discoveries of scientific researches in the domain of nature and history are not antagonistic to the doctrines of Judaism, the Bible reflecting the primitive ideas of its own age, and at times clothing its conception of divine Providence and Justice dealing with men in miraculous narratives.’ (Declaration of Principles “The Pittsburgh Platform” – 1885)
Denial of Divine Redemption: ‘A Messiah who is to lead back the Israelites to the land of Palestine is neither expected or desired by us; we know no fatherland except that which we belong by birth or by citizenship.’ (Frankfurt Society of Friends of Reform , Declaration of Principles, 1843)
Denial of Eternal Law: ‘We recognize in the Mosaic legislation…only its moral laws, and maintain only such ceremonies as elevate and sanctify our lives, but reject all such as are not adapted to the views and habits of modern civilization.’ (Declaration of Principles “The Pittsburgh Platform” – 1885)
Denial of Moral Standards:‘We hold that Judaism presents the highest conception of the God-idea…developed and spiritualized by the Jewish teachers, in accordance with the moral and philosophical progress of their respective ages.’ (Declaration of Principles “The Pittsburgh Platform” – 1885)
The Official Rejections of 19th Century Reform Judaism
Rejection of Orthodox Judaism: ‘We recognize the possibility of unlimited development in the Mosaic religion.’ (Frankfurt Society of Friends of Reform , Declaration of Principles, 1843)
Rejection of Talmudic Authority: ‘The collection of controversies, dissertations, and prescriptions commonly designated by the name Talmud possesses for us no authority, from either the dogmatic or practical standpoint.’ (Frankfurt Society of Friends of Reform , Declaration of Principles, 1843)
Rejection of Kosher Diet: ‘We hold that all such Mosaic and rabbinical laws as regulate diet, priestly purity, and dress originated in ages and under the influence of ideas entirely foreign to our present mental and spiritual state. They fail to impress the modern Jew with a spirit of priestly holiness; their observance in our days is apt rather to obstruct than to further modern spiritual elevation.’ (Declaration of Principles “The Pittsburgh Platform” – 1885)
Rejection of Rabbinical Holiness: ‘We hold that all such Mosaic and rabbinical laws as regulate diet, priestly purity, and dress originated in ages and under the influence of ideas entirely foreign to our present mental and spiritual state. They fail to impress the modern Jew with a spirit of priestly holiness; their observance in our days is apt rather to obstruct than to further modern spiritual elevation.’ (Declaration of Principles “The Pittsburgh Platform” – 1885)
Rejection of Zionism: ‘We consider ourselves no longer a nation, but a religious community, and therefore expect neither a return to Palestine, nor a sacrificial worship under the sons of Aaron, nor the restoration of any of the laws concerning the Jewish state.’ (Declaration of Principles “The Pittsburgh Platform” – 1885)
Rejection of Mt. Sinai Covenant:‘We recognize in Judaism a progressive religion, ever striving to be in accord with the postulates of reason…We acknowledge that the spirit of broad humanity of our age is our ally in the fulfillment of our mission, and therefore we extend the hand of fellowship to all who cooperate with us in the establishment of the reign of truth and righteousness among men.’ (Declaration of Principles “The Pittsburgh Platform” – 1885)
The Official Affirmations of 21st Century Judaism
Affirmation of Divine Revelation: We believe that the eternal covenant established at Sinai ordained a unique religious purpose for Am Yisrael. Medinat Yisrael , the Jewish State, is therefore unlike all other states. Its obligation is to strive towards the attainment of the Jewish people’s highest moral ideals to be a mamlechet kohanim (a kingdom of priests), a goy kadosh (a holy people), and l’or goyim (a light unto the nations). (Reform Judaism & Zionism: A Centenary Platform “The Miami Platform” – 1997)
Affirmation of Divine Judgment: ‘The people of Israel is unique because of its involvement with God and its resulting perception of the human condition. Throughout our long history our people has been inseparable from its religion with its messianic hope that humanity will be redeemed.’ (Reform Judaism: A Centenary Perspective Adopted in San Francisco – 1976)
Affirmation of Divine Miracles: ‘We ground our lives, personally and communally, on God’s reality and remain open to new experiences and conceptions of the Divine. Amid the mystery we call life, we affirm that human beings, created in God’s image, share in God’s eternality despite the mystery we call death.’ (Reform Judaism: A Centenary Perspective Adopted in San Francisco – 1976)
Affirmation of Divine Redemption: ‘While that day of redemption remains but a distant yearning, we express the fervent hope that Medinat Yisrael, living in peace with its neighbors, will hasten the redemption of Am Yisrael, and the fulfillment of our messianic dream of universal peace under the sovereignty of God…When God restores the fortunes of Zion we shall be like dreamers. Our mouths will fill with laughter and our tongues with songs of joy. Then shall they say among the nations God has done great things for them. ‘ (Reform Judaism & Zionism: A Centenary Platform “The Miami Platform” – 1997)
Affirmation of Eternal Law: ‘Torah results from the relationship between God and the Jewish people. The records of our earliest confrontations are uniquely important to us.’ (Reform Judaism: A Centenary Perspective Adopted in San Francisco – 1976)
Affirmation of Moral Standards: ‘In Judaism religion and morality blend into an indissoluble unity. Seeking God means to strive after holiness, righteousness and goodness. The love of God is incomplete without the love of one’s fellowmen. Judaism emphasizes the kinship of the human race, the sanctity and worth of human life and personality and the right of the individual to freedom and to the pursuit of his chosen vocation. justice to all, irrespective of race, sect or class, is the inalienable right and the inescapable obligation of all. The state and organized government exist in order to further these ends.’ (The Guiding Principles of Reform Judaism “The Columbus Platform” – 1937)
The Official Acceptances of 21st Century Reform Judaism
Acceptance of Orthodox Judaism: ‘Jewish life is marked by consecration to these ideals of Judaism. It calls for faithful participation in the life of the Jewish community as it finds expression in home, synagogue and school and in all other agencies that enrich Jewish life and promote its welfare. The Home has been and must continue to be a stronghold of Jewish life, hallowed by the spirit of love and reverence, by moral discipline and religious observance and worship. The Synagogue is the oldest and most democratic institution in Jewish life. It is the prime communal agency by which Judaism is fostered and preserved. It links the Jews of each community and unites them with all Israel. The perpetuation of Judaism as a living force depends upon religious knowledge and upon the Education of each new generation in our rich cultural and spiritual heritage.’ (The Guiding Principles of Reform Judaism “The Columbus Platform” – 1937)
Acceptance of Talmudic Authority: ‘Rabbis and teachers, philosophers and mystics, gifted Jews in every age amplified the Torah tradition. For millennia, the creation of Torah has not ceased.’ (Reform Judaism: A Centenary Perspective Adopted in San Francisco – 1976)
Acceptance of Kosher Diet: ‘The past century has taught us that the claims made upon us may begin with our ethical obligations but they extend to many other aspects of Jewish living, including: creating a Jewish home centered on family devotion: lifelong study; private prayer and public worship; daily religious observance.’ (Reform Judaism: A Centenary Perspective Adopted in San Francisco – 1976)
Acceptance of Rabbinical Holiness: ‘Lawgivers and prophets, historians and poets gave us a heritage whose study is a religious imperative and whose practice is our chief means to holiness.’ (Reform Judaism: A Centenary Perspective Adopted in San Francisco – 1976)
Acceptance of Zionism: ‘The restoration of Am Yisrael to its ancestral homeland after nearly two thousand years of statelessness and powerlessness represents an historic triumph of the Jewish people, providing a physical refuge, the possibility of religious and cultural renewal on its own soil, and the realization of God’s promise to Abraham: “to your offspring I assign this land” .,,To help promote the security of Medinat Yisrael and ensure the welfare of its citizens, we pledge continued political support and financial assistance…we resolve to implement educational programs and religious practices that reflect and reinforce the bond between Reform Judaism and Zionism.’ (Reform Judaism & Zionism: A Centenary Platform “The Miami Platform” – 1997)
Acceptance of Mt. Sinai Covenant:‘We believe that the eternal covenant established at Sinai ordained a unique religious purpose for Am Yisrael. Medinat Yisrael , the Jewish State, is therefore unlike all other states. Its obligation is to strive towards the attainment of the Jewish people’s highest moral ideals to be a mamlechet kohanim [a kingdom of priests], a goy kadosh [a holy people], and l’or goyim [a light unto the nations].’ (Reform Judaism & Zionism: A Centenary Platform “The Miami Platform” – 1997)
May the LORD God bless you in the name of St. Moses.
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