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Devalued Family Values

Faithfulness of God's servants is a major thread in the storyline of the Bible.  The book of Job describes God discussing Job's faithfulness with Lucifer and wagering as to whether Job would remain faithful in the face of dire consequences.  Job, his family, and his livestock are the ante used to play this game.  Job loses everything, yet remains faithful.  God wins the bet, and Christians to this day use the story to bolster themselves when facing adversity in life.

Family values today are obviously challenged.  Parents murdering and imprisoning children, spouses murdering each other, and children murdering their parents all offer constant fodder for the news media.  Why, is this nation, founded on principles derived from Judeo-Christian values, spiraling downward when it comes to the Family Unit.  I believe the Bible offers a view of family that is unhealthy and can be harmful to families. I believe that recent generations are smart enough to see something is wrong, rejecting some traditional values, but naive enough to be swallowing the agenda of those who would use higher education as a breeding ground for hate, restlessness, and anarchy.

Let's take a look at five narratives in the Christian Scriptures that deal with family relationships.  I think you'll see my point.

1. Job, God and his family
2. Jesus' teaching about one's priorities: loving him vs. family.
3. Abram (Abraham) and Isaac, and Paul's exhortation to emulate them
4. Old Testament and New Testament family values.
5. Judah asks his son Onan to sleep with his brother's wife.

Before discussing scriptures from the Bible, I think one needs to come to grip with exactly what the Holy Scriptures are.  Depending on which Bible scholar one listens to, the Old Testament covers a period of 4000 to 6000 years before the Christian Era: Creation and the Garden of Eden constituting the leadoff stories.  The people of God did not even have a written script or alphabet until about 1100 BCE, or for the first 3000-5000 years of the Biblical narrative.  Scholars say they spoke Hebrew.  Hebrew didn't develop an alphabet or script until about 900 to 1100 years BCE, and that was probably a spinoff from the Phoenician script.  This means that the first 3000 to 5000 years covered in the Old Testament were just invented fiction or orally transmitted from person to person.  As mentioned in my earlier posts, David and Solomon, interested in establishing a kingdom that could be respected among nations, commissioned the compilation and writing of a National History.  The first writer of scraps of the first five books is know today simply as "J," that stands for Jahwist (Yahwist).  This "commissioned writer," funded by the treasuries of Solomon, thought by many to be female, named her main character Yahweh. He was a colorful and slightly ornery character.  He was depicted as God and Creator of the Universe.  Over the next several hundred years these writings were edited, redacted, changed, and embellished three times by editors know today only as E (Elohist), D (Deuteronomist), and P (Priest.)  They changed the name and character of J's Yahweh to their  liking and added more material to his or her  writings.  The New Testament has undergone similar editing over the centuries through translation changes, redaction, additions and embellishments.

I mention all this before I begin to discuss how the Bible portrays family values, because I see the Bible as a very human document, not the infallible Word of God.  I do not want to be understood as quoting the Bible as a holy authority.  I quote it as a very human document which is wreaking havoc with modern society.

1. Job, God and his family.

This book begins portraying God and Satan bumping into each other in Heaven.  God brags on his human servant Job and his faithfulness.  Satan makes a bet with God that Job will not remain faithful if God removes his blessing from him.  So God takes the bet, and Job loses his livestock, servants and all his children.  Job was now a mess, but he didn't curse God.  So God and Satan see each other in Heaven, and they discuss how Job is still hanging on to his faith in God.  Satan makes a further bet that if God would remove his blessing and let him bring disease to Job that he would finally cave in and lose his faith.  But after bringing calamity, painful sores and disease upon Job, even his wife and friends called on him to curse God and die.  But Job hung in there and said that though God slayed him he would continue to trust him.  In the end, God blessed him and gave him more wealth and family that he ever had before:  his daughters were the prettiest in the land.

What family values does this teach?  Trust God no matter what!  His wife was a threat to his integrity.  His friends were threats to his integrity.  Children were replaceable.  In fact it worked out great, the children who replaced the original kids were better looking.  So the looks of your children are important.  So much for the "Love Yourself" movement. Also, your integrity is more important than anyone or anything.

2. Jesus' teaching about one's priorities: loving him vs. family

Jesus clearly taught that one must value him more than family.

Matthew 10: 34-37 depicts Jesus' charge to his disciples. "Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace on earth.  I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.  For I have come to turn 'a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law----a man's enemies will be the members of his own household.' Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me."

It is pretty clear.  God first, before reason, family or wealth.

3. Abram (Abraham) and Isaac, and Paul's exhortation to emulate them

Abraham is the person whom the writer in 900 BCE, in Solomons court, depicts as God's man on the scene shortly after a world-wide flood 1000 to 2000 years before. God makes a covenant with Abram that he will bless him and make his offspring as numerous as the stars in the sky.  As time runs on, his wife gets older and they fear she in infertile.  So they agree for Abraham to sleep with his wife's Egyptian maidservant and start a family.  This plan provides a son, but not one through his wife, and the plan runs amok and causes a lot of trouble (e.g. Israel vs Palestine).  Eventually, the storyteller writes, Abraham's barren wife conceives a child and names him Isaac.

So as the young man grows up, God plans a test for Abraham's faith in him.  He commanded Abraham to take Isaac up on the side of a mountain and slit his throat.  Abraham obeys and takes his son to the mountainside, in keeping with God's overall plan: God first, then family.  Just as Abraham goes to slit Isaac's throat, an angel appears and grabs Abraham's hand.  A sheep is supplied and an animal sacrifice becomes the prototype offering for centuries to come.  Now many extol the story from "J" the Yahwist about an event passed through tradition and word of mouth for a thousand years as wonderful, with Abraham's faith pointing forward in time to the day that God would give up Jesus to die on the cross.

Later in the New Testament, Paul discusses at length the faith that led Abraham to be willing to kill his son.  In Galatians 3: 6 he admonishes all gentiles to have the faith of Abraham by saying "So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith."

Faith in God is required above all else, just like with Abraham and Job.  God first, family and everything else second.  The Bible is read by many, some of who aren't the brightest bulb in room; and consequently every few years a story will appear where a parent takes a life of a child or keeps them locked up in a basement  because of their religious beliefs.  Children die because modern medical procedures and methods are withheld due to their parent's faith that God will bless and heal them.  Transfusions are rejected because of some silly doctrine concocted from the writings of this unknown author in Solomon's court a thousand years BCE about fables and traditions thousands of years before that. Crazy! Families valued???

Abraham's descendants include the bigger than life figure Moses.  When the Old Testament records the life of Moses, it also records that God wrote commandments on tablets of stone and later dictated the Law of Moses to be written down and kept in a book.  It was a tall order  a considering this bunch of people wouldn't even have a script or know how to read and write for a nearly a thousand years.  But it fit well into the story of "J' around 900 BCE.  Preposterous! Next we shall look at some of the family values in the Book of Moses.

4. Old Testament and New Testament family values

In the first 5 books of the Old Testament, Solomon's writer "J" and others depict how God gave commandments and rules to his people.

In these rules are family values like these:

Leviticus 20:9 If a child curses his father or mother, he must be put to death.
Leviticus 20:10 If a man commits adultery, both of them must be put to death.
Leviticus 20:13 If a man has sex with another man, both must be put to death
Leviticus 20:18 If a couple has relations while she is having her period, they must be cut off
Deuteronomy 22: 13-21  If on the wedding night a bride did not bleed on the sheet to prove her
                                         virginity, she would be stoned to death.
Matthew 5:27-30 Jesus says if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out, and if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off.

These are some pretty strict family values coming from a God who did the following:

5. Judah asks his son Onan to sleep with his brother's wife

in Genesis 38:3-10 Judah has three sons.  He found a woman named Tamar for his oldest son, Er.  She bore him a son.  But God did not like Er, so he killed him.  Now Judah asked his second son, Onan to go sleep with is dead brother's wife, Tamar, so she could have a child.  He did as directed but at the last minute, realizing that the child would never be his, pulled out and spilled his semen on the ground.  This made God mad, and so God killed him.  Family values, hrummphhh!

Such preposterous yet interesting stories "J" came up with around 900 BCE.  Yet the religious world has added to, edited, redacted, and embellished these stories until they became viewed as Holy Canon.  Some, drawing on it creates the New Testament and its edited, added-to, and embellished stories.  And it too, with the help of the religious world and a laity of idiots, elevated it to Canon and Holy writ.

So today we have a country founded on Judeo-Christian values.  Every church thinks a little differently, every believer thinks a little differently, and the masses occasionally kill a child, sibling or parent in the name of faith.  If not killing each other they are forever trying to convince others that their  way is right, or shun and ostracize them when possible.  You may wish to buy and read my book that can be found at this link on . It explains where and how the Bible came into existence.

I fear for the most recent generations.  They instinctively recognize something is amiss with traditional ways and the status quo.   Increasingly, they are abandoning the old time religion.  My belief is that they are the pawns of a larger agenda.  They have access to instant information.  They are not being well-grounded in history, not to mention that history is being altered to fit larger agendas.  I think they are smarter than my generation in many ways, yet I fear they are naively being moulded and led by liberal institutions of higher and lower education; and many are filling an internal void by embracing anarchy, selfishness and hate.

This is my view of family values within the realm of Christianity.  There is much about love in the Bible.  But there are also disturbing inconsistencies regarding family behavior.  One might say it was just a cultural thing and times have changed.  But God, whom the Bible says never changes, is said within its pages to have participated in some of the most disturbing parts.  I believe that when families are raised nowadays in the Christian atmosphere, it looks like it turns out pretty good most of the time.  But when it doesn't, and something goes wrong you get Marilyn Mansons, Jim Jones, Charles Mansons, or families like the Turpins in California who kept 13 children captive for many years because God had a "call on them."  I believe that the Bible contradicts itself, and most Christians are just able to accept traditional views and gloss over that.  But  inquiring minds sense the hypocrisy, and if nothing else is there to fill the void, bad things can happen.  I believe this is why newer generations are rejecting religion increasingly.  But the younger generations, with the help of instant information, are not buying the blind faith espoused and expected in the historical fiction known as the Bible, Torah or Koran.  Feeling misled by their elders, they are naively walking out onto the battlefield of truth.  Without some of the knowledge offered by history or growing up in an honest family unit, they are sitting ducks to repeat some of the errors of past civilizations

I think the least we can do is stop pointing to the Bible, the Book of Moses, the Koran, and other scriptures as the answer.  I think we need to nurture the idea that we each have the potential to make this earth a better place.  For example, even though the Bible speaks a lot about love, to a young mind that is filtering out BS, it doesn't practice what it preaches.  I see some of these younger generations actually teaching their children virtue for the reason that it is the best thing to do.  Amazing! It will make you happier and more fulfilled. But rubbing their face in religious dogmatism is driving them away, and I fear is one of reasons the family unit is failing.  Read my book, recapture your sovereignty, and stop the nonsense.


Just Terrorism, Not A Religious War?

There are those who criticize any targeting of Muslims in the War Upon Terror by Western countries.  Without addressing that directly, I wish to point out that the recent slaughter of Christmas shoppers in front of a Christian church in Berlin by Anis Amri was prefaced by a video in which Anis makes this statement: "Kill the Crusader pigs." We may want to pretend it's not a Holy War, but it is certain that Muslim Extremists do.


The Trojan Horse of Islam: The Doctrine of Taqiyya

In Greek mythology, during the Grecian attack upon Troy, a deceptive ploy was used to gain entrance into the city. The Greeks built a large hollowed-out horse.  Inside they placed some of their finest warriors.  Feigning retreat, the Greeks gave up their position outside of Troy, abandoned their large horse, and departed to their ships.  Believing that the Greeks had given up, the city of Troy hauled the large statue past their walls and into the city, rejoicing over their victory.During the night, the select group of soldiers climbed down out of the large horse, and opened the gates.  The soldiers who had left and returned to the boats had returned in the night and with the gates now open, took the city.

Nowadays, the Western nations seem to be just as naive and trusting as the people of Troy.  We seem to be willingly blind to Islam's equally dangerous and deceptive practice of Taqiyya.

Unless we open our eyes, I believe Islam will conquer the Western nations with their form of the Trojan horse.  Islam has the largerst birth rate among religions,  With enough time and infusion into the Western nations, Islam is poised for takeover.   Islam is not a peaceful religion.  We are constantly hearing that it is, but most Westerners haven't read the Koran, and are blind and ignorant of the ultimate goals of Islam.

The Doctrine of Taqiyya, originates from the Koran (Qur'an) , Surah 3:28.

These verses are interpreted to mean that there are circumstances where a Muslim may be compelled to deceive others for the greater good.  In order to fit in and not arouse suspicions, a Muslim may, for the greater good of Islam mind you:

1. Drink wine
2. Abandon prayers
3. Skip fasting during the holy Ramadan
4. Renounce their belief in Allah
5. Kneel in homage to a deity other than Allah
6. Utter insincere oaths or lie.

That means non-Muslims cannot trust anyone who practices Islam  No matter how nice they are.  No matter that they seem like wonderful people, and their children play with yours.  No matter that you have worked or been educated side by side with them for years.

When silly Westerners allow Muslim immigration into this country, they are hauling the Muslim Trojan Horse within their boundaries. Islam has proven over and over again that they are extremely patient when carrying out their plans.  Patience is a proven weapon against those who are reactionary and impulsive.

Our country is actively promoting the settling of largely Muslim groups  of refugees into our country. Right here in Idaho, hundreds and ultimately thousands of Muslims are being purposefully infused into our midst.  Funded by George Soros, "Welcoming America", and "Open Society"along with the White House Task Force on New Americans our Western society is being diluted by Muslims for the sake of financial gain.

Here is an article dealing with the Idaho situation, which exhibits the blindness with which our politicians are selling our Western democracy down the river.

With our willingness to overlook the Muslim doctrines of Taquiyya, along with our government's
desire to dilute our Western society with Eastern cultures, there will be little United States of America to recognize in the not-so-distant future.


Proof of Heaven?

Dr. Alexander's Site

Interesting read by a prominent Neurosurgeon and Atheist who had a near-death experience.

I've bashed the Bible as an unreliable and highly edited, deleted, and politicized source.  But a personal NDE experience by a highly intelligent Atheist who is a very brilliant surgeon who understands the brain and hallucinations is worth consideration.


Angels Must Have Been In The Bahamas

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Joel Osteen's $600K Church Robbery

This must be what the Bible means when it says "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want."

WWJD.  :-)


Camels Cast Doubt On Historicity Of The Bible

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Archaeologists from Israel's top university are saying domestication of camels in Israel did not start until around 900 BCE.  The first words of  the manuscripts which eventually evolved into what we know as the Hebrew Scriptures (or Christian Old Testament) were also written about this same time. Never meant to be canon or a sacred book, these early precursors of the Hebrew Bible were written by an unknown person in the court of David and/or Solomon to provide a national history for Israel and allow them to hold their heads higher among the surrounding ancient civilizations of the world.  Never mind that they were largely made up and embellished stories, because making up legends was a popular pastime in those days.  The Sumerians, Egyptians, Persians, Romans and eventually the Greeks all fabricated as they pleased.  And it pleased them all a lot.

So this discovery showing that domestication of camels did not occur until around the same time that the Hebrew Bible's precursors first began to be written.  So all these Bible stories, written from 950 BCE to 300 BCE about events which allegedly took place around 2000 to 1500 BCE are fabrications and embellishments..  My Book "Surrender of Sovereignty" chronicles just how the Old Testament came into existence. To believe the story of Adam and Eve, the war and eventual fall of Lucifer in heaven, the patriarchs who lived to be nearly a thousand years old are probably fabrications. The fall of mankind, the need for a Savior, and the exaltation of the man Jesus to Son-of-Godhood becomes ever less credible.


Guarding Angels: Beautiful Comfort Or Stinky Doctrine?

Guardian angels, where are you when dozens of children are killed by tornados and floods?  Where are you when parents pray for their children, yet they are murdered at school? Where are you when folks are in a large group and having fun at a movie, yet a gunman comes in with guns blazing and kills indiscriminately?  Where are you when our children are killed in accidents on the way to or from school.  Where are you when child molesters destroy our children's innocence? Where are you when a mudslide drowns a whole town: men women and children?

Do you turn away for some greater reason and withhold your protection? Or is it possible your protection is a myth or you do not even exist?  I think you exist in the imaginations of men and women who want to believe in something.  In fact, I think we are not protected by any unseen spiritual force.  I think there is no god orchestrating the events we face in this life.  If we live in "tornado ally," we may be involved in a tornado.  If we hurtle ourselves down the highways in vehicles, we could have an accident.

Those who believe in guardian angels make excuses for why tragedies happen to innocent children.

1. They use the story of Job and his children to prove their point.  It seems that Job's children were at the oldest brothers house for some kind of a party.  There were varying reports that reached Job, but essentially his children were killed by a tornado, and his livestock and herdsmen were attacked and killed both by invaders and lightning. Here, allegedly, is Job's reply: "God gives, God takes. God's name be ever blessed." 

2. Children have angels according to Matthew 8:10. "Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven."

3. Pslams 91:11 says: "For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways."

The Christian is called to believe unimaginable foolishness. The Bible teaches that God keeps a believer in all their ways, yet when they are not kept in all their ways they are admonished to take Job's attitude and consider it a test of faith, uttering no bitterness or blame toward the one who is supposed to be protecting them when all hell breaks loose.

The Bible holds so many opposing, ambiguous, and ridiculous models for our behavior that only one who practices blind, unquestioning faith can navigate it's foul waters.  It's like that advertisement we see on television where they put an air freshener in a foul and stinky room and then ask blindfolded people how the room smells.  They always respond how good and fresh it smells.  The Bible has enough encouraging promises and teachings that a believer can ignore the stink of the book and just concentrate on the parts that are loving, wise and encouraging. When the blindfold is allowed to fall off, the revelation which follows can be life changing.  We can't fix something until we identify the problem.  And when we realize that no unseen guardian angel is going to make our way smooth and protect us from harm, we can participate in life with a new and invigorating responsibility for our lives and actions.  We can experience the freedom of charting our own course and making our own decisions.

I questioned the Bible, and I am so fortunate to have had the strength to let the blindfold of wishful thinking fall from my eyes.  Order your copy of Surrender of Soveignty   today and see how it is possible to reclaim the sovereignty of your life.