This is a substantial update of an article that was originally begun in the late 1990s concerning the relationship between modern day Israel and the Israel of the Bible. It answers the questions “Is modern Israel the Promised Land of the Bible?”, “Should all Jews have returned to the land of Palestine to create the modern state of Israel?”, “Should disciples of Christ be celebrating Jewish festivals, wearing prayer shawls and blowing shofars?”, “Will Christ return and reign from a rebuilt temple in Jerusalem?”, “Are the ‘times of the gentiles’ just a temporary ‘Plan B’ parenthesis before God begins to deal again with His real people, the Jews?”, “Are there two different classes of believers today, with Jews as the real thing and gentile believers being somehow inferior and second-class afterthought add-ons?”, and much more.
This article has been improved in numerous ways with many additions and edits, plus typos have been corrected, hyperlinks have been refreshed and new ones added. It now contains almost 32,000 words and is the equivalent of a 100-page paperback book. Read the rest of this entry »
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PROLOGUE: The Rise of Cyber Conspiracy Chaos
Anyone who inhabits social media for any length of time these days can see that it has become a hotbed of free-range madness and sensationalist claims which often verge on hysteria. Interestingly, my observations have shown me that there is at least as much ‘fake news’ from the so-called ‘Truth Movement’ as there is in the mainstream media. Frankly, that movement has become far more deceptive than the mainstream media because it claims to represent 100% truth then mixes in some truth with a lot of speculative twaddle masquerading as fact, while chucking in a bucketful of outright falsehood. At least with the mainstream media you know where you stand as far as mendacity and propaganda are concerned! Read the rest of this entry »
I’ve been manufacturing ‘meaningful memes’ again. Comes from my heart. Playing the victim is a narcissistic trap which leads to twisted outcomes, for oneself personally, in relationships, and societally. It’s addictive and hard to throw off. But it can be done, if thelack of self-respect which caused it is overcome. The interesting thing about this playing-the-victim stance is that it is in complete opposition to the beautiful process of Read the rest of this entry »
AT 🕑pm TODAY, May 24th, MY 14-DAY COMPULSORY “QUARANTINE” CAME TO AN END, which began when I returned from Switzerland to Greece on 10th May. The journey was a highly interesting experience, as I will elaborate below. However, I want to write about this in a manner which would seem to go against the warped grain of so many posts I see on social media. Dear friends, I’ve never been interested in bandwagons or fashions or fads or extremes; and there are many of those around at the moment, which have come into being because of a misplaced absolutism. Let me explain what I mean by that… Read the rest of this entry »
RELIGIONS are merely manifestations of megalomania posing as piety. To imagine that one is having dealings with the force that created this cosmos while reducing that to some theological rules and verbal formulae to which one must adhere or be guilty of heresy (and therefore subject to condemnation and anathematization) is the height of lunacy. Such a mentality shows religion to be a form of madness.
The logical outcome of all religions (including Christianism and Islam) is some kind of an Inquisition, with inquisitors labelling incisive questioners as heretics. More pointedly, those who profess to represent Christ’s name who root their spiritual prowess solely in intellectual doctrine must inevitably become the inheritors of the Inquisitions, believing everyone who does not follow their rigid shibbolethic pathway to be a heretic. Religion is, after all, just another form of crude collectivism (a polite expression meaning “cult”). To such people, I will always be a heretic. I regard that as the greatest compliment. Before them, I am an unrepentant heretic. And here that unrepentant heretic responds to their quasi-Inquisition. Read the rest of this entry »
Satanism is Not What you Think It Is
In earlier sections, we have looked at how a fall of angels, under the archangel we now call ‘Satan’, came to pass, and the effect which it has had on the development of earth history and, indeed, on the entire cosmos. One could call that effect ‘Satanism’, for that is what it is. Yet, the idea of Satanism in the popular mind is very different to the real effect which the forces of darkness have brought to bear in this world.
Let it be said right here, right now: If any so-called ‘spiritual teacher’ is not presenting the truth about Christ as the victor over Satan and about the spiritual battle between darkness and Light, then they are in league with Satan and are actually promoting Satanism, either wittingly or unwittingly. This will come as a huge shock to many. For most people have a poor understanding of the true meaning of Satanism, which has little to do with black magic, churches of Satan or ritual evil. The real Satanism is not what one sees in a horror movie. That is just a diversion from the actual mass strategy of the forces of darkness, through which they present themselves as “angels of light” in order to inveigle as many as possible. Most religious practices and those of supposed spirituality today are pure Satanism, without ever mentioning Satan and always presenting themselves as beneficial and wonderful; for through such deception is how he really works. A true definition of Satanism — that which lies behind Read the rest of this entry »
In all my spiritual writings, I have sought to show how the primary purpose of this creation is to demonstrate the superiority and omnipotence of God on the one hand, and the foolishness and limitations of His human creatures on the other. Recognising this is what differentiates the disciples of Christ from the typical narcissistic person who scoffs at Him. This little essay about the number 666 and the “mark of the beast” brings that differentiation into even sharper focus. For if you want a symbol of the failed achievements of humanity, it is certainly summed up in the number 666, as we will see. It is well worth going into this in some depth, because even many who are unfamiliar with Christ or the Bible have heard about this number as having something to do with darkness, evil or Satan, through having seen a number of horror movies in which this symbol is liberally used. It has even been suggested recently that the numerology of the Coronavirus adds up to 666! So, in view of the topicality, the question I am seeking to answer here is this: What is the most likely root meaning of this number 666 and the “mark of the beast” that is intimately associated with it”? Read the rest of this entry »
Part 1: Gilding the Thorns: Making the Best Out of What Seems “Bad”
THIS FIRST PART IS GOING TO BE SOME STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS SMUDGINGS about the way my mind is working at the moment regarding things which seem to be going viral. So, if you are interested, please just go with the flow along with me. You are welcome. This first part of the piece is a kind of journey inwards; whereas the second part below will be more of an outward expedition. (Though, in a sense, inwards-outwards — it’s all the same to me! 😉).
I woke up with the title, “Gilding the Thorns”, in my head (as often happens — either that or a single line of a verse or refrain). So that is my starting point in this first part. What will come underneath these words is whatever comes out. Right now, I don’t really know where this will go, apart from wanting to cover any thorns with gold — not because the thorns have no intrinsic value (after all, even with gold they will still prick the skin!), or to deny that thorns exist, but simply because thorns look more lovely when gilded than not gilded.
Creatively, I am on some kind of a full-pelt roll at the moment; which is not surprising during a time of uncertainty and unrest (one could also say dis-ease). This is an immensely positive element if one is wondering about how one will cope with being somewhat socially isolated. Get creative! Frankly, such isolation is normally how I live. It’s always such a relief to get back “home” from the supermarket or wherever! So, I am Read the rest of this entry »
BELOW IS A 2009 MAILING that I sent out to my “news and views” email list (since discontinued) of some 1500 worldwide subscribers. I just rediscovered it on an old external hard drive and reckon it has as much relevance today as it did then. So I publish it here unchanged.
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Having read my earlier article which overturned the false claim that modern Israel is a land promised by God for Jewish people today, a subscriber asked me recently if Israel therefore has any right to exist as a nation-state. It is high time for a little update on my thoughts about this matter, so this is what I want to address here. (I would respectfully ask that you look at all the weblinks too as they contain much explanatory and supporting information).
Previously, I have taken a kind of semi-neutral stance on this specific subject of a nation’s right to exist, and I haven’t really gone into it in very much detail. One of the reasons for this was because in my original lengthy article about Israel, I was providing specifically a theological examination of the whole aspect of Israel and did not want to allow any Read the rest of this entry »
PROLOGUE: A Free Mind Grows Fruitful Relationships
THE LEADING PREMISE BEHIND THIS LITTLE ARTICLE is that it is impossible to have a fruitful relationship — whether with a good friend, a lover, a ‘partner’ or a spouse — if one or both parties are overtly or secretly being controlled by something or someone else. Human relationships flourish in situations of shared loving freedom rather than a controlling coercion which excludes the other. There can certainly be some kind of low level relationship between those who are not free from external controls. But one can only have a full-bodied, fruitful relationship with the mind of another which is free, and if one is free oneself from any kind of external control or unhealthy internal constraint. This is common sense really; but it seems so little understood that it would be worth going into it a little. Read the rest of this entry »