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Although I myself, not to mention some others, have addressed and spoken several times on the subject of false spirit people masquerading as and or making pronouncements on behalf of true religion; including having, in all, said about as much on the subject as I could (just about) think of saying, false spirit persons using religion to serve their own selfish ends will, sadly and of course not surprisingly, continue to be a very serious and dangerous problem with many presently and doubtless for a long time to come. Again, this pestilential dilemma and potentially daunting hurdle to overcome is by no means new. Case in point, the following is one title I learned of lately attesting to this; and which it seems only well to share with others and bring attention to. The book in question is:
A seasonable caveat against believing every spirit: with some directions for trying the spirits, whether they are of God. Given in two public lectures in the hall of Harvard-College at Cambridge, N.E. April 22 and 29, 1735, by Edward Wigglesworth (c. 1693-1765)
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Later. The pernicious, indeed malevolent, effect of spirit people impersonating true religion cannot be exaggerated or emphasized too much. The following then, in passing, is a brief list of some of the kind of problems that can and do arise from these sorts of other-worldly impostures.
* True religion is made to seem not only less than it is, but indeed something bad, corrupt, hypocritical, and flagrantly irrational.
* Spirit people wonders, and feely-feel good waves of emotion, visions of seeming Heaven, seeming Heavenly voices, and seeming visitations of angels become tools to supplant and currency to exchange for honesty and right reason.
* People become deaf to justice and sound argument (and blind to injustice and crime) when spirit person wonders, voices, and visions are made to vie and be in competition with them.
* Irrational, hypocritical and otherwise corrupt people can invoke such spirit persons and their messages as authority to justify both their own bad behavior and false ideas about religion.
* Spirit people can make it possible for some to serve God and Mammon in seemingly good conscience.
* Likewise, the devil and advocates of unabashed and shameless wrong-doing can be made to appear positive personalities, allies, and (when all is said and done) friends of true religion.
"If I Had a Million"
...Which prompted me to ask -- what does he want to be when he grows up? Freddy Krueger?
Laughs aside, here folks is a dream production indeed worthy of the magician and sorcerer's apprentice "Speelburg" (person) themselves. Watch how the pros do it. WARNING. Viewer discertion is very much advised on this one; as this clip is pretty sick for the mainstream neo-"Hollywood" of even these days (let alone the 80's.)
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Dedicated to Louis Chirillo and all fans out there of that distinctive Rush era sound.
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Every so often, and indeed not so long ago in form of statements by our sitting President, the question comes up as to whether or not the United States is a Christian nation. Well, at the present time it so happens I find myself reading The Puritans: A Sourcebook of their Writings edited by Perry Miller and Thomas H. Johnson, upon which doing so what a remarkable discovery it is how many ideals respecting the social contract, the public good, the rights of men are promulgated in many writings of the early New England Puritans (not only this but some of these same notions of human rights and civil government can be found in some of the earliest Christian Fathers, such as Lactantius.) If Thomas Jefferson received his ideas on democracy from John Locke, it is clear John Adams was himself no little inspired in similar political views by his own Puritan forebearers. Yet this is no great coincidence when we realize that John Locke himself was a life long Puritan! For more and to see further what I am talking about, get yourself a copy of Miller and Johnson's invaluable and eye opening anthology.
One from the archives -- "Sonata-Ciacona" in B flat major by Johann Christoph Pezel (1664-1712); presented here by Musica Antiqua of Koln.
[ch. 42] As, then, from His activity in enlightening the world whose light He is, Christ is named the Light of the World, and as from His making those who sincerely attach themselves to Him put away their deadness and rise again and put on newness of life, He is called the Resurrection, so from an activity of another kind He is called Shepherd and Teacher, King and Chosen Shaft, and Servant, and in addition to these Paraclete and Atonement and Propitiation. And after the same fashion He is also called the Logos, because He takes away from us all that is irrational, and makes us truly reasonable, so that we do all things, even to eating and drinking, to the glory of God, and discharge by the Logos to the glory of God both the commoner functions of life and those which belong to a more advanced stage. For if, by having part in Him, we are raised up and enlightened, herded also it may be and ruled over, then it is clear that we become in a divine manner reasonable, when He drives away from us what in us is irrational and dead, since He is the Logos (reason) and the Resurrection. Consider, however, whether all men have in some way part in Him in His character as Logos...
The saying then stands, first, “In the beginning was the Logos;” we are to place that full in our view; but the testimonies we cited from the Proverbs led us to place wisdom first, and to think of wisdom as preceding the Word which announces her. We must observe, then, that the Logos is in the beginning, that is, in wisdom, always. Its being in wisdom, which is called the beginning, does not prevent it from being with God and from being God, and it is not simply with God, but is in the beginning, in wisdom, with God. For he goes on: “He was in the beginning with God.” He might have said, “He was with God;” but as He was in the beginning, so He was with God in the beginning, and “All things were made by Him,” being in the beginning, for God made all things, as David tells us, in wisdom. And to let us understand that the Word has His own definite place and sphere as one who has life in Himself (and is a distinct person), we must also speak about powers, not about power. “Thus says the Lord of powers, (A.V. hosts)” we frequently read; there are certain creatures, rational and divine, which are called powers: and of these Christ was the highest and best, and is called not only the wisdom of God but also His power. As, then, there are several powers of God, each of them in its own form, and the Saviour is different from these, so also Christ, even if that which is Logos in us is not in respect of form outside of us, will be understood from our discussion up to this point to be the Logos, who has His being in the beginning, in wisdom. This for the present may suffice, on the word: “In the beginning was the Logos.”
~ Origen (185-232 A.D.), Commentary on the Gospel of John, Book I
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Bring Back the Strategic Defense Initiative
This just in:
Woohooo!! Now I feel even safer than ever! (Doesn't it remind you of how they pour down the drain millions and millions of dollars each year making junk, "thrill of a lifetime" movies? Well, all that money has to be wasted on something after all.)
If he wants justice so badly, how about justice for the genuinely poor, humble, and defenseless (such as animals, for instance?) And yet when does he ever speak out on their behalf?
No one is or looks so egregiously degarded but that someone deliberately made or caused them to be that way. That "someone" is spirit people (and their hired and brainwashed henchmen.) My suggestion? Find out who those spirit people are, hunt them down, and destroy them.
["Jimmy Griffin All My Loving"]
This week's "Rich Hoodlum of the the Week" award goes to Identity Guard, and who remind us once again that not even gingerbread men (and who don't "play ball" with the criminal powers that be) are above being beat up by them.
Heard in the halls of superior oaf.
"I have nothing to live for. Looks like, therefore, that the world and all in it may as well be completely destroyed and obliterated -- and with great suffering."