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 »
INTRODUCTION: Is Forgiveness a Threat to Society?
Of all the subjects about which I have written in the last few decades, the one on which I am embarking here is surely one of the sweetest, and maybe even one of the most important. Yet, strangely, human reconciliation (aka forgiveness) is also potentially one of the most contentious. Because of that, there will be some who will be triggered by what I am going to write here, especially by the more challenging parts. But I urge you to stay with me until I have concluded this little treatise. The only way to remove a blockage is to bulldoze your way right through it. So please hold my hand and step through this with me now. Read the rest of this entry »
AS SOME READERS WILL KNOW, I recently visited the Isle of Patmos on a kind of spiritual pilgrimage. I was, in a sense, returning to ‘the source’ of the Book of Revelation — the climactic book of the Bible. It was written in a cave there more than 1900 years ago, and has been a powerful influence in my life as I’ve studied it for more than three decades. So I went there with a feeling of great trepidation with the full expectation of some revelations of my own. I have been seeking guidance on the next phase of my life and this trip was all part of that process. But my resulting epiphanies have been very different from that which I expected or hoped for. This has subsequently led me to wade into some waters of soul-searching that go deeper than I have done for some time. Read the rest of this entry »