Oct 23, 2017

Learn To Embrace The Pain If You Want To Win in Life And Eternity


God is the author of gain through personal labor. First, he put muscles on Adam and Eve and commissioned them to  "dress and keep"  (work) the garden of Eden. Gen.2:15. Then, as a result of their willful sin of disobedience, he added pain to their labors in Gen.3:19,  "In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread ...."  (work is productive. Idleness is ruin)

"He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread..." Prov. 12:11.

Thus the God determined principle that if a person expects to eat, they must first work and if they, being physically able, refuse to work, neither shall they eat. 

"Neither did we eat any man's bread for nought; but wrought with labor and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you ....For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eatFor we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.
Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread." 2 Thess.8-12.

And so, ever since Eden, honest and diligent people have all understood God's decree of "No Pain, No Gain". Therefore we should learn to embrace the inevitable pain of labor that we might gain without resentment, discouragement or avoidance of hard work. 

For God's word has also decreed in Gal.6:7 that ... "Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." 
 Both sowing and reaping are work. "No pain, no gain."

This time-tested adage grew out of the wisdom and knowledge which is born only of experience. The truth of it was learned much quicker in earlier days when nothing was honestly gained except through the price of pain, labor, sweat, blisters, sunburn, sacrifice and aching muscles. And though much of material benefit is gained these days by the greedy, dishonest and lazy, the cheap gain that comes to one from other peoples labors, frugality, and pain....... character, integrity and muscle are not among them. And, in truth, health, true wealth and self-worth are also absent in those who are able but live off of the labor of the workers and tax-payers who support them. So, if you would win life's prize and eternal reward, reach out and "embrace the pain", and learn to love it for its benefits. While, at the same time, you can do the greedy, lazy takers the greatest favor you have to give ... speak out and vote against every roach, rat, and snake of character killing Socialism. Thereby helping them out of their habit of bloodsucking and consuming at the expense of others. This is the only way they will ever break out of their deadly addiction of "something for nothing". 

"No pain, no gain" expresses the belief that solid large muscle is the result of training hard. Delayed onset muscle soreness is often used as a measure of the effectiveness of a workout. In terms of that expression, used for development, beneficial pain refers, not to joint pain, but to that resulting from tearing microscopic muscle fibers, which will be rebuilt more densely, making a bigger muscle and stronger body.

David B. Morris wrote in The Scientist in 2005, "'No pain, no gain' is an American modern mini-narrative: it compresses the story of a protagonist who understands that the road to achievement runs only through hardship." The concept has been described as being a modern form of Puritanism. Wikipedia.

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you." 1 Peter 5:10.

And this from Wikipedia....
A form of this expression is found in the beginning of the second century, written in The Ethics of the Fathers 5:21 (known in Hebrew as Pirkei Avot):
Rabbi Ben Hei Hei says, "According to the pain is the gain."
— Pirkei Avot 5:21
This is interpreted to be a spiritual lesson; without the pain in doing what God commands, there is no spiritual gain.
One of the earliest attestations of the phrase comes from the poet Robert Herrick in his "Hesperides". In the 1650 edition, a two-line poem was added:
NO PAINS, NO GAINS.
If little labour, little are our gains:  
— Hesperides
A version of the phrase was also crafted by Benjamin Franklin, in his persona of Poor Richard (1734), to illustrate the axiom "God helps those who help themselves"

Work diligently (hard) and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave.
"The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.Prov.12:24.

Oct 20, 2017

Be Consistent, Blackball "Amazing Grace" And Churches Who Sing It

Common Sense Commentary from my "Chosin Few" veteran, buddy, Louis Holmes, also a Pastor. He sent a response to my last blog post, entitled "Robert E Lee, George Washington, and now Abraham Lincoln". His comment, below, under my own,  is addressing the controversy of 18th-century slave owners and the tearing down of their statues, plaques, and memorials. People like the Father of our nation, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson, who was a primary author of our U.S. Constitution. Another name which has to be included on the list of despised 18th-century slave owners was the English Poet and Gospel Minister, John Newton. Before Pastor Newton became a born-again Christian, he owned shiploads of slaves, whom he bought on the shores of Africa, from other Africans, and sold them on the shores of America. Surely he deserves to be hated, shunned and black-balled by all these zealous, American Liberals who act as if it were they who were slaves. Brother John Newton's claim to fame is something he did in 1779 after he became a Christian ... He wrote Amazing Grace, the most beloved Christian hymn in all of history. Amazing Grace is sung in every Christian Church in the world and has drawn tens of thousands of lost sinners to the love of God. So it is only consistent that those who are hating all those slave owners of  250 years ago must also hate John Newton and demonstrate in the churches of their cities against the singing of his masterpiece, Amazing Grace. And while they are demonstrating against American Christian Churches, they are obligated, by consistency, and fairness to vilify, retaliate, defame, demonize, ostracize, banish, denigrate, blackball and boycott Africa where Africans captured, chained, drug to the sea and sold as slaves to Slave Traders like, then Captain, John Newton. It's just Common Sense, balance, and fair play. RB

Here is Brother Louis Holmes comment on the subject, which inspired my own. RB

Rayburn, I am working on a message for Sunday back in Grapevine about "God's Amazing Grace." As you know John Newton a slave trader wrote Amazing Grace after he became a Christian. My thought, If people are wanting to remove every statue, monument or plaque of anyone who had a slave (Now including Washington and Lincoln) Do you think they will want the song Amazing Grace torn from our hymn books because the author was a slave trader and they will not sing it anymore?  (Maybe if we don't tell them, they won't think about it.) Louis.

Thanks, ole buddy. What is the name and address of the church where you will be speaking in Grapevine? I'll attach it to this post. Rayburn

Brother Holmes's response...
The church is Bethel Baptist Church -- 1224 Hilltop Drive - Grapevine, TX 
I was pastor there for 42 years

Oct 19, 2017

Robert E. Lee, Then George Washington, Now Lincoln?

Are these people from 18th century Africa or 21st century America?

Now you know the wisdom of our American ancestors who coined such metaphors and axioms as "Nip it in the bud" and "A stitch in time saves nine". The reason we have a multi-billion dollar illegal narcotics problem, in our country, is that the Liberals defended the right of people to use illegal drugs and the authorities turned a blind eye to it until it put down roots so deep it can no longer be controlled. We did the same with law-breaking Hippies, and more recently the tearing down of statues which some minority doesn't like. We could have put an end to it when it first raised its ugly head if law enforcement had been allowed to hit it with a sledgehammer. Even more recently is the dishonoring of our national anthem and flag. The players who do that should be allowed to do it ... somewhere else, if they dare, but not on the football field where they are being paid to play ball, not demonstrate. Nip it in the bud before it spreads like Texas Fireants. A stitch in time would have saved nine, then ninety, then nine hundred if the bud had been nipped and the stitch had been quick.

So the haters of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, and even their statues, quickly spread to George Washington, the Father of our country, who also had slaves, and now, believe it or not, to Abraham Lincoln who had no slaves and who set the slaves free. But of all the good he did for blacks and whites, these Liberals, black and white, can't be satisfied. They want his statue torn down for a single, legal and just decision Lincoln made to punish rape and murder. Again, you can't make this stuff up. The truth is, indeed, stranger than fiction.

I print these things because the Major Media won't do it and are the Liberal teams' quarterbacks who take a knee to practically every honorable and just thing you can name.

From Conservative Daily Post

Liberals Announce Newest Target As President Trump Proven Correct, Nobody Safe


Students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are campaigning to have an Abraham Lincoln statue removed from the campus (pictured above).
Students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are campaigning to have an 
Abraham Lincoln statue removed from the campus (pictured above).

The authoritarian left is currently engaged in a campaign to tear down things that are “offensive,” (to them) such as Confederate monuments. To highlight the absurdity of their crusade against statues, President Donald Trump warned that some of our country’s presidents may be next. (He predicted) “This week, it is Robert E. Lee. I noticed that Stonewall Jackson is coming down. I wonder, is it George Washington next week? And is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You know, you really do have to ask yourself, where does it stop?” reasoned Trump. 

Sadly, his fears have since been repeatedly confirmed. For example, earlier this month, students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison engaged in a protest against Abraham Lincoln, the "notorious" emancipator of slaves. 

Specifically, Wunk Sheek, which is an indigenous student organization, and roughly 50 supporters gathered in front of an Abraham Lincoln statue outside of Bascom Hall, earlier this month, to protest against the former president. In addition to protesting Lincoln, they were also there to speak out against Columbus day and promote Indigenous People’s Day.

Students are currently calling for the removal of an Abraham Lincoln statue at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

When asked why they were protesting, Misha Johnson, the Co-President of Fiscal Relations for Wunk Sheek, pointed out that in 1862, Lincoln ordered the execution of 38 Dakota men following the Dakota War of 1862, making it the largest mass execution ordered by a U.S. president.
“Everyone thinks of Lincoln as the great, you know, freer of slaves, but let’s be real: He owned slaves, and as natives, we want people to know that he ordered the execution of native men,” argued Johnson while speaking with reporters from the Daily Cardinal, one of the student newspapers, about the incident. “Just to have him here at the top of Bascom is just really belittling,” she added.
However, Johnson’s criticism of Lincoln is completely absurd. First, Lincoln did not own any slaves. In fact, he was one of the most vocal opponents of the institution, which he claimed deprived blacks of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
Second, Johnson and her supporters don’t appear to have a full understanding of our country’s history. Specifically, they failed to point out that while it is technically true that he did authorize the execution of almost 40 people convicted of murder and rape by military tribunals, he also commuted the sentences of over 260 other prisoners.
These people were captured during the same battle and spared despite receiving a massive amount of pressure to let them all be killed, which suggests that the ultimate decision to execute the others was not one that was taken lightly. With this added context, it becomes clear that Lincoln isn’t the evil person who Johnson and her supporters claim he is.   
Sadly, Lincoln is not the only president to be recently targeted by the authoritarian left. Liberal activists are also calling on officials to tear down a statue of George Washington in Chicago, Illinois.
According to reports, "Bishop" James Dukes, the pastor of Liberation Christian Center, is the person at the forefront of the campaign to have the statue of Washington removed. “In an African-American community, it’s a slap in the face and it’s a disgrace for them to honor someone who was a slave owner,” he told reporters.
“Some peoples out here ask me, say ‘Well, you know, he taught his slaves to read.’ That’s almost sad; the equivalent of someone who kidnaps you, that you gave them something to eat,” continued Dukes, noting, “when I see [a statue of a slave owner], I see a person who fought for the liberties, and I see people that fought for the justice and freedom of white America, because at that moment, we were still chattel slavery, and was three-fifths of humans.”
Because of this, Dukes is pushing Mayor Rahm Emanuel to have it removed. “I think we should be able to identify and decide who we declare heroes in our communities because we have to tell the stories to our children of who these persons are,” he explained.
In addition to Lincoln and Washington, Thomas Jefferson is also under attack by liberals like Reverend Al Sharpton, who recently called on officials to stop the federal funding of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C. Specifically, when asked by Rose if the Jefferson Memorial should be taken down since he owned slaves during an interview several weeks ago, Sharpton stated, “the public should not be paying to uphold somebody who [owned or supported slavery]. You have private museums. You have other things that you may want to do.”
The authoritarian left must not be allowed to control the lives of others by tearing down things that are “offensive.” This is because, as we’ve already started to see, doing so leads to a slippery slope of unconstitutional censorship.

Oct 18, 2017

There Is Already A Movement Called Chrislam


How many of you old Temple Baptist Church members remember us having Jack Van Impe, 30-35 years ago, for a "Prophetic Conference"? Do you also remember one of his explanations of the prophecy of a future One World Religion which would include both Catholic and Islam?
In those comments, he named that apostate religion Chrislam. Well, my friends, such a movement exists and is gaining converts today.
Its primary tenet is World Peace. And, yes, Peace is important and would probably receive the worldwide majority vote as the most important cause on Earth. My question to you is, "Which would God/Jesus say is most important, Peace or Truth?" 

Is Chrislam a beginning of the framework, the first steps, of the One World Religion I spoke of in the recent blog, "Design Of One World Religion Is On The Drawing Board"? RB


The Deception Of Chrislam

By Eric Barger

Chrislam, which purports to join Islam and Christianity into one harmonious, synthesized religion, is fast becoming a rallying point in some American church circles. Under the leadership of something called "Faith Shared," two organizations, Interfaith Alliance and Human Rights First, spearheaded an event loosely called "Chrislam Sunday" on June 26, 2011. It was celebrated by dozens of churches nationwide as joint Christian-Muslim services were held in various Methodist, Episcopal, Presbyterian, Church of Christ, Unitarian Universalist, Catholic, Lutheran, Congregational, Baptist and other denominations and groups.

Make note that we know of no mosques used for a Chrislam service. The fact is that no imam is about to bring a Bible into a mosque and suggest that our God is their god. For the Muslim cleric, the only acceptable agreement that both religions are somehow equals is if doing so presents the perceived image of a kinder, gentler, politically correct Islam and if doing so furthers the cause of Islam. It isn't peculiar that Muslim leaders would endorse Chrislam Sunday, claim that both religions are on equal footing, or partake in the charade of dialog indulged in by the Yale Divinity School and assorted foolish Christians over the past four years. The Muslim practice of deception of the infidel (that's everyone outside of Islam) knows no boundaries. This is called "Kitman" and "Taqiyya." Kitman or half-truths meant to mislead an infidel, and Taqiyya, which is complete deception of unbelievers, are acceptable tactics - as long as Islam is the winner in the end.

Chrislam Fact Check

Though Chrislam supporters correctly suggest that both Islam and Christianity have Abrahamic roots and that both religions teach morals, ethics, and monotheism, the similarities quickly disintegrate with a careful study of either the Bible or the Qur'an. An examination of the deities worshiped by the two religions immediately brings into question how any thoughtful, biblically-minded Christian could ascertain Chrislam's chief edict - that we all worship the same God.

As I close my live seminar teaching on Chrislam these days, I list these facts, which I spend the better part of the previous hour documenting.

* Allah is NOT Jehovah
* The Jesus of Islam is NOT the Jesus of the Bible
* The Bible does NOT harmonize with the Qur'an
* Salvation by faith is NOT available through Islam
* Chrislam is neither Christian nor Muslim
* Movements like these only gain ground because Christians either do not know their Bibles or because they are unwilling to resist heresy for fear of being ridiculed and labeled as politically incorrect, hate mongers, or narrow and bigoted.

As more Bible believers in the West become aware of Chrislam, we are waking to the fact that some of those whom we've accepted as our leaders have been busy formulating and selling a different gospel and making alliances at the cost of the Bible, our Christ, and our God. Tonight, as I was researching for this article, I ran across someone with whom I wasn't familiar, a writer and researcher named Bill Muehlenberg. Muehlenberg, from "CultureWatch," is a staunch opponent of Chrislam and in a blog entry, "Chrislam: Ten Reasons To Say 'No,'" he lists many of the same reasons to reject Chrislam that I do. One of those is that anytime Christians enter into dialogs like these it's always at the cost of divine and absolute truth. Muehlenberg says, "This attempt at interfaith dialogue simply compromises the Christian gospel. It waters it down so much that there is nothing recognizable left. When the very core teachings of Christianity are scuttled or downplayed simply in the interests of 'getting along' or 'reducing tensions,' then it is a counterproductive effort." He's completely right.

It isn't shocking that the root of Chrislam is accepted among liberals, socialists, one-worlders, Emergents, and others who appear to be Christian in name only. When Robert Schuller, Jim Wallis, and Brian McLaren added their names to the list of those who signed "Loving God and Neighbor Together: A Christian Response to a Common Word Between Us and You" (the Yale Divinity School's 2008 Muslim-Christian dialog initiative), few were surprised. However, it is mystifying how at least the notion that Islam's Allah is Jehovah God by another name has gained ground in Evangelical circles.

When men such as Bill Hybels of Willow Creek, NAE President Leith Anderson and Fuller Seminary head Richard Mouw signed the Yale document, informed Bible believers, who understood the implications, began to speak up. Another signer was Rick Warren, who in recent days has strongly denied any alignment with the Chrislam movement; yet his name curiously remains on the Yale paper. Warren may not be ready to participate in joint services with Muslims but, as one of the original Yale signatores, he indicated over three years ago his agreement with the basic premise of "Loving God and Neighbor Together" - that the two religions serve the same God - the very crux of Chrislam.

Islam rejects both the deity of Christ (Sura 5:17) and His death on the Cross (Sura 4:157-158). What is there to discuss? Still not convinced? One of the best refutations of Chrislam comes right from the Qur'an itself.

"O People of the Book! Commit no excesses in your religion: Nor say of Allah aught but the truth. Christ Jesus the son of Mary was (no more than) an apostle of Allah, and His Word, which He bestowed on Mary, and a spirit proceeding from Him: so believe in Allah and His apostles. Say not "Trinity": desist: it will be better for you: for Allah is one Allah. Glory be to Him: (far exalted is He) above having a son. To Him belong all things in the heavens and on earth" (Sura 4:171, emphasis added).

How much clearer can it be? There is no spiritual foundation for this dialog. There is no common ground. Their Allah had no son. Their god is NOT our God! If the countless admonitions given to us in the Bible weren't enough, let this passage from the Qur'an forever stand as a roadblock in the way of any sneaky Muslim mullah or slippery Christian leader who seeks to equate Jehovah with the false god of Muhammad. I know some will think I'm being too hard or counterproductive. However, Bible believers are pledged to the Gospel and not to what's politically correct. Frankly, I have no time to show respect to a religion that has damned the soul of every individual who has followed its demonic teachings for the past 1300 years. How odd that, at a time when more Muslims are being saved than ever before in history, this assortment of foolish American Christians have taken it upon themselves to try to merge with Islam. Whether they honestly see it as noble, charitable, or conciliatory, their mistake will undoubtedly be at the cost of souls and a further weakened Church. This, while Muslims are fleeing into the arms of Jesus and rejecting Islam in places where doing so could cost them not only their family, friends, and career but also their lives.

Oct 17, 2017

World Often Changed By One Action Of One Person


Jesus Christ was the one person in all of history who changed the entire world the most, for the best, and inspired innumerable others, one at a time throughout history, to ride the waves of that single change to a continuum of holy change. Other single actions, of world-changing persons, for good and for bad, have arisen, often without rhyme or reason. Like a spark in the night, the fuse of change is ignited. That tiny spark barely touches an almost unseen fuse which in turn sputters down the little string to ignite a single stick of dynamite in a case of them, in a warehouse full of them, in a city full of wooden houses. Chicago was burned in a huge, firestorm conflagration resulting from Mrs. Oleary's minuscule match which lighted her lantern's insignificant wick. Kicked over by her cow, that little, unimpressive flame ignited the hay, which igniting the barn, which igniting the city, made history and changed thousands of lives.

There have been many such incidents, of one person, often obscure, whose word or action set off a chain reaction of good or destruction. It was such a person who ignited the fuse of the First World War.

The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and his wife Sophie occurred on 28 June 1914 in Sarajevo when they were mortally wounded by Gavrilo Princip. Princip was a member of the Black Hand secret society. The political objective of the assassination was to break off Austria-Hungary's South Slav provinces. That assassination led to the First World War when Austria-Hungary subsequently issued an ultimatum to the Kingdom of Serbia, which was partially rejected. Austria-Hungary then declared war, triggering actions leading to war between most of the other European states and then the United States. 16 million people died (worldwide) in World War 1, including about 10 million military personnel and about 7 million civilians. One man's single action set it off.

And then there was Colin Kaepernick, the injury prone, second-string quarterback whose big chance had arrived. 
So, at the game, his inner demons dared him to demonstrate his disappointments and bitterness toward those he blamed for his undistinguished career and perceived injustice ... white Americans, the nation, its flag, its Constitution, its National Anthem. So when the Star Spangled Banner began, and the thousands there in the stadium stood, faced the flag, and put their right hands over their hearts, with their hopes on Colin, he dropped to one knee and rejected his nation. That was the spark that lit the fuse, the trigger, the middle finger to the nation that set off the NFL player's rejection of the nation which gave them their open door to success, wealth, and fame. And nobody yet knows where it will end. Its future depends on the NFL elitist's decision, the owner's actions or inaction and the player's willingness to swallow their pride and honor this nation. The nation which gave them the opportunity, and the fans who, in the final analysis, pay their salaries to play football on the field, not demonstrate their hatred.

You too are one person. You too can change the world to some degree, small or large, by accepting God's will for your life and stepping through His door of opportunity. If you influence just one person to accept Christ, you will have changed the world and eternity for that person, their family, associates, and maybe thousands eventually. Make your life, your words and actions count for good... not for bad.

Oct 16, 2017

Plane Pulls Banner, "Boycott Jags & NFL", Over Field

Pakistani Owner Blames Trump Not NFL

Here is the story published by the Florida Times Union, in Jacksonville, Florida, about the plane which flew over the Jaguar's field of the NFL game yesterday pulling a long banner reading...

“Be American. Boycott the Jags & the NFL.”

The Article...
Banner towed by plane flies around the stadium before LA Rams vs. Jacksonville Jaguars NFL football game at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (For The Florida Times-Union/Gary Lloyd McCullough


Before the Jaguars took the field Sunday, a plane took to the skies above EverBank Field and Jacksonville’s downtown with a message for fans:


“Be American. Boycott the Jags & the NFL.”
A banner with the message was seen high above the stadium more than two hours before Sunday’s kickoff between the Jaguars and Los Angeles Rams, the first home game since the Jaguars took a stand in London on Sept. 24, two days after President Trump’s suggestion that protesting players should be fired for kneeling during the playing of the national anthem.
In London, Jaguars owner Shad Khan joined his players along the sideline during the anthem and linked arms with the players standing on either side of him. Some Jaguars players – as well as some from opponent Baltimore Ravens – joined more than 130 other NFL players who sat, knelt or raised their fists in protest before games that day.
At a conference in Chicago on Friday, Khan called Trump “the great divider.”
“What [Trump] has done is shown leadership as the great divider, not the uniter. We are used to being warm and fuzzy and cuddled. Well, it’s a different time,” Crain’s Chicago Business, which hosted the event, quoted Khan as saying.
Crain’s quoted Khan as saying, that because of Trump, “politics and the Western World will never be the same again.” And that, “a lot of the stuff like football [that] Trump does is highly calculated — he looks for issues that you can touch and it will blow people up.”
NFL owners are planning to meet this week in New York, where the national anthem will be a key topic of discussion. The Associated Press obtained a memo to owners from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell saying that the anthem issue is dividing the league from its fans and that the league needs “to move past this controversy.”
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A 2nd headline from the Florida Times-Union read:
"Smallest home crowd since 2009 
sees Jaguars lose to Rams"

Oct 15, 2017

Design Of One World Religion On The Drawing Board

Men sit in the architect's chair, but Satan's hand holds the pen...

There is a huge, diabolically designed, global pattern developing which reveals the use of world turmoil, war and confusion to simultaneously prompt efforts by world bankers, socialistic politicians, rogue scientists, high tech geniuses, famous authors, and worldly religious leaders to the singular purpose of this "New World Order". One World Law, One World Government, One World Medicine, One World Currency, One World Salary, and One World Religion... without Jehovah. It will be a "religion" composed primarily of the two largest counterfeits of Christianity, Islam and Catholicism. Both contain reverse, mirror image contradictions of sound Bible doctrine.... a false church, a false bible, false prophets, a false salvation, a false hope, a false gospel, a false messiah, a false heaven, a false hell and a false god. 

Here is an allusion to ... or an illusion of ... an eventual One World Religion. This worldview will, no doubt play a part of the final version of One World Religion ...
This from Yahoo News and Reuters, by Douglas Busvine

Collective Consciousness to replace God says author Dan Brown

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Humanity no longer needs God but may with the help of artificial intelligence develop a new form of collective consciousness that fulfills the role of religion, U.S. author Dan Brown said on Thursday.


Brown made the provocative remark at the Frankfurt Book Fair where he was promoting his new novel, "Origin", the fifth outing for (fictional character) Harvard "symbology" professor Robert Langdon, the protagonist of "The Da Vinci Code", a book that questioned the history of Christianity.
"Origin" was inspired by the question "Will God survive science?", said Brown, adding that this had never happened in the history of humanity.
"Are we naive today to believe that the gods of the present will survive and be here in a hundred years?" Brown, 53, told a packed news conference.
"Origin" opens with Langdon arriving at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao for an announcement by a reclusive billionaire futurist that promises to "change the face of science forever".
Brown, who has sold 200 million books in 56 languages, admitted to not having read a novel in five years. But he investigated deeply and spent a lot of time talking to futurists to come up with the storyline for "Origin".
He recognized that his views may not be welcomed by clerics, but called for greater harmony between the world's great religions and those who profess no faith.
"Christianity, Judaism, and Islam all share a gospel, loosely, and it's important that we all realize that," he said. "Our religions are much more similar than they are different."
Turning to the future, Brown said technological change and the development of artificial intelligence would transform the concept of the divine.
"We will start to find our spiritual experiences through our interconnections with each other," he said, forecasting the emergence of "some form of global consciousness that we perceive and that becomes our divine".
"Our need for that exterior god, that sits up there and judges us ... will diminish and eventually disappear.
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You might say, "That is just one man's opinion". True, but you must remember 200 million people have bought his books and shared them with others... and in 56 different languages. I think that reflects a very large world following. RB



Oct 13, 2017

Border Wall prototypes. Is A Wall Necessary?

Everything of importance has walls ...

Every home has walls. Every place of business has walls. Every bank, school, retirement home and church has walls. Likewise, the Temple of God, upon the Temple Mount in Jerusalem Judea, had massive walls surrounding the Temple grounds and that place of worship where God, Himself, dwelt among His people. The Jews still worship at that great wall known as the Western Wall and The Wailing Wall. They don't worship the Wall but the God, Jehovah, who once dwelt in the Temple within the wall's enclosure. Why did God specify the building of that great wall around where He dwelt?

Even more mysterious and marvelous is the fact that Heaven itself, the primary habitat of God, where Jesus is "preparing a place for us" and which also has walls and gates, but, unlike Earth, is safe even without walls.
Don't ask me why the Holy City, New Jerusalem, in Heaven, has walls, as did its type, on the Temple Mount, in Judea. 

"Be it known unto the king, that we went into the province of Judea, to the house of the great God, which is builded with great stones, and timber is laid in the walls, and this work goeth fast on, and prospereth in their hands." Ezra 5:8

Jerusalem was just a small preview, a shadow of the Heavenly holy city it typified. It was a small, earthly icon of a heavenly reality, The New Jerusalem which will one day descent from God in Heaven, and which Jesus is now preparing for His bride, His born-again believers. He promised it to us when He walked among us....
"In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you." John 14:2.

Jesus showed that holy city to John in The Revelation and previewed the finished work, to him, descending from Heaven to earth at the beginning of His thousand-year millennial reign....


"And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates .... " Rev. 12:10-12.

All of that to say that "walls",  here on earth, and gates for passage, although far less important or impressive, are not only permitted and acceptable, by God, but, considering the present dangers to we Americans, are absolutely necessary.

Here are Trump's Border Wall for America Prototypes now being built...

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/10/12/watch-border-wall-prototypes-almost-complete/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=daily&utm_content=links&utm_campaign=20171012


Oct 12, 2017

The War On Cash Being Won By One World Digital Money


"Whoever controls the money controls the world". An idea attributed to the Rothschilds. It is probably true ... except as limited by God ... as at the Tower of Babel.

That is now the IMF (International Monetary Fund) overseen by the G20 nation's leadership. Universal digital money is now irreversible. Following in its wake is international Law, International Taxation, Education, Medicine, Industry, and finally a World Dictator, the Anti-Christ. How long till he makes his appearance? Judging by the rapid rate of this revision , around the world, it won't be very long. Probably, if you are young, in your lifetime and possibly even in mine. Already the amoral nature of computers, robotics, medicine, secular education, telecommunication, the SWIFT banking system, mass immigration and the confiscatory purpose of the "Global Warming" lie are all in place and will morph into the One World Government
infrastructure of Anti-Christ. RB 

This from MarketSlant
HOW GOLD REGULATION 
COULD COME - RICKARDSI.
Introduction to Article by Soren K. of  S.K. Group

This piece by Rickards gives a nice walkthrough of the next tactics in the war on  cash. Then he segues to the next domino as the supranational organizations move  towards a  One Money world. 

That next domino is Gold. This reminds us of a phrase used by traders who had risk to cover, but were "waiting". The  phrase was "Do it When you Can, Not When You Have To". The implication of this is that when you need it, whatever it is you are putting off will not be available. 

"It" can be anything, but it is always related to procrastinating actions because of complacency. If you have bald tires and are waiting for the "right moment" to  replace them, don't expect them at a discount when you skid off the road. 

Insurance cannot be bought after the fact.. unless you are  the Government that is. (Intro- Soren K.)

How Governments Can Kill Cash When you start to see news articles about "criminals" using gold instead of cash, that’s a stalking horse for government regulation of gold. - Jim Rickards 

by Jim Rickards and dailyreckoning.com 

The global elites are using negative interest rates to do the same thing as inflation — make your money disappear. One way to avoid negative interest rates is to go to physical cash. In order to prevent that option, the elites have launched a war on cash. 

The war on cash has two main thrusts. The first is to make it difficult to obtain cash in the first place. U.S. banks will report anyone taking more than $3,000 in cash as engaging in a “suspicious activity” using Treasury Form SAR (Suspicious Activity Report).

The second thrust is to eliminate large-denomination banknotes. The U.S. got rid of its $500 note in 1969, and the $100 note has lost 85% of its purchasing power since then. With a little more inflation, the $100 bill will be reduced to chump change. 



The war on cash is old news, but there are new developments. Last May, the European Central Bank announced that they were discontinuing the production of new 500 euro notes (worth about $575 at current exchange rates). Existing 500 euro notes will still be legal tender, but new ones will not be produced. 



This means that over time, the notes will be in short supply and individuals in need of large denominations may actually bid up the price above face value paying, say, 502 euros in smaller bills for a 500 euro note. The 2 euro premium in this example is like a negative interest rate on cash. 



Why are central banks like the ECB imposing negative interest rates? What is the point of this policy?

The whole idea of the war on cash is to force savers into digital bank accounts so their money can be taken from them in the form of negative interest rates. An easy solution to this is to go to physical cash. 

Yet if physical cash becomes scarce (or nearly worthless due to inflation), savers may pay a slight premium for large-denomination notes. Your premium disappears because the note pays no interest. The elites have actually figured out a way to have negative interest rates follow you from digital accounts to paper money. 

Negative interest rates are a thinly disguised tax on savers. The traditional way of stealing money from savers is with inflation. You may get a positive interest rate of 2% on your money, but if inflation is 3%, then your real return is negative 1%. 

If we take the same €100,000 bank deposit in the example above and apply a 2% positive interest rate, you would earn €2,000 in interest, leaving an account balance of €102,000 after one year. But after adjusting for 3% inflation, the purchasing power of the €102,000 balance is only €98,940. This leaves the saver worse off than in the negative interest rate example above (assuming no inflation in that case). 

In the first case, the banks extracted €500 through negative interest rates. In the second case, they extracted €1,060 in lost purchasing power. Any way you look at it, you lose. 

That’s the reality. The second answer is the academic theory behind negative interest rates. In theory, savers will be dissatisfied with NIRP and react by spending their money. Likewise, entrepreneurs will find negative interest rates attractive because they can borrow money and pay back less to the bank. 

This combination of lending and spending by consumers and entrepreneurs alike will lead to consumption and investment that will stimulate the economy, especially after the famous Keynesian “multipliers” are piled on top.

The reason savers are saving in the first place is to achieve some future goal. It could be for retirement, children’s education or medical expenses. When negative rates are imposed, savers don’t save less; they save more in order to make up the difference and still meet their goals. 

The other unintended consequence of NIRP is the signal it sends. Savers rightly conclude that if central banks are using NIRP, they must be worried about deflation. In deflation, prices drop. Consumers defer spending in order to get lower prices in the future. 

Instead of inducing savers to save less and spend more, NIRP causes savers to save more and spend less. It’s a perfect example of the law of unintended consequences. When abstract academic theories are applied in the real world by central bankers with no real-world experience, you get the opposite result of what’s intended.

These unintended consequences have already appeared in Japan and Europe. Serious doubt has been cast on the ability of central bankers to extend NIRP beyond current levels. Banning cash would make those plans much easier to implement. 

One solution to negative interest rates is to buy physical gold. But governments always use money laundering, drug dealing and terrorism as an excuse to keep tabs on honest citizens and deprive them of the ability to use money alternatives such as physical cash and gold. When you start to see news articles about criminals using gold instead of cash, that’s a stalking horse for government regulation of gold. 

Guess what? An article on the topic or criminals using gold appeared, in Bloomberg. This is one more reason to get your physical gold now, while you still can. 

As if inflation, confiscation, and negative rates weren’t enough, the global elites are coordinating a new plan for global taxation. As usual, there’s a technical name for global taxation so non-elites won’t understand the plan. It’s called base erosion and profit shifting, or “BEPS.” 

The BEPS project is being handled by the OECD and the G-20, with the IMF contributing technical support. If you’re interested in BEPS, there’s an entire website devoted to the global taxation plans and timetables. 

The website is worth a look. To paraphrase that famous line attributed to Trotsky, “You may not be interested in BEPS, but BEPS is interested in you.” 

The global elite plan doesn’t stop there. There’s also the climate change agenda led by the United Nations. This agenda goes by the name United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). 

The science of climate change is a sticky topic, but we don’t have to dive into it for our purposes. It’s enough to know that climate change is a convenient platform for world money and world taxation. 

That’s because climate change does not respect national borders. If you have a global problem, then you can justify global solutions. A global tax plan to pay for global climate change infrastructure with world money is the end game. 

Don’t think that climate change is unrelated to the international monetary system. Christine Lagarde almost never gives a speech on finance without mentioning climate change. The same is true for other monetary elites. They know that climate change is their path to global financial control. 

That’s the global elite plan. World money, world inflation and world taxation, with the IMF as the central bank of the world, and the G-20 Leaders as the Board of Directors. None of this is secret. It’s all hiding in plain sight. The papers, articles and links above give you the resources you need to learn more. 

This will be playing out in the next few years.