I Just Finished The Old Testament!

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It’s the 1st of July and I’m officially done with reading The Old Testament!

I’ve been working on a huge review of it and have plenty of notes since there is so much that can be addressed and contemplated when reading through these texts.

A lot of what is contained within these pages is as relevant today as it was back then, since human traits stay the same regardless of time. This is sadly the reason as to why people try to say that the Bible is outdated. God forbid you read this and draw parallels to our world today and realise, in your moments of private reflection, that our societies are ill and in need of healing. I don’t think you are supposed to see that or figure it out.

I’ve always been a quick reader, or I used to be when I was younger. It has taken me a very long time to read through this though, since The Holy Bible isn’t written to be a page turner. I therefore wandered off quite often, but finally managed to pull through it πŸ™‚

I would recommend everyone to take the time to read it. It is regarded as the most influential piece of literature ever, and the longest reigning “bestseller” world-wide. Not to forget how it changed the filter through which generations before us perceived the world; delivering values upon which our ancestors modelled their societies.

This ideological spectrum also worked retroactively. When looking at “Viking texts” written by Monks, you can obviously sense how Christianity influenced how certain Viking stories were formulated and immortalised in the written form. How were these stories before Christianity? What is the whole truth?

Falsification due to propaganda and remodelling due to new standards is nothing new. It has happened before and we are witnessing it now, this time around, due to “political correctness.”

If you want to preserve your Holy Scriptures, or anything else of value, you ought to get some stone tablets. Who knows the extent of the cultural loss humanity has suffered whenever there’s been a moment of environmental “divine intervention?” Violent “climate change” has happened numerous times. It is actually quite frightening if you look into it. Carving things into stone increases your chances of keeping the flame of culture and faith alive.

Books and texts can in many ways be perceived as programming tools; the coding for various programs, internalised by our “human avatars” in order to interact and engage with this interactive, recyclable, organic, mortal world. The more dependent we become upon our technology the more vulnerable do we render our cultural inheritance. Especially since the art of storytelling is increasingly watered down by the dulling of our capacity for memorising extensive material.

My own spiritual journey has taken me from philosophy in my childhood, to flirting with intellectual Satanism and the occult in my teens, to meditation and mental training in adulthood and has now landed me in the Christian camp.

My approach to the spiritual was a quest for self-empowerment but ironically enough it wasn’t until I re-opened my heart to others through prayer that I found the inner peace that I had been yearning for. For many years I only found happiness if there was any good news regarding my music, after the 22nd of February this year I woke up again after 13 years in slumber. What an amazing experience! I do feel in many ways like I’ve come around full circle. I thank fate for bringing me to the empty church “in the middle of nowhere” that set me on the Christian path. I certainly understand now why people say that they’ve been “Born Again,” such an experience doesn’t have to involve drugs, crime or alcohol. It can be an emotional experience as well.

Prayer is greater than meditation since you direct your heart towards others.

That is where true peace is found, not in a self-focused spiritual quest.

 

Persecuted Christians around the World.

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Please check outΒ Open DoorsΒ who help Christians in trouble. You sign up for free information and can write cards to imprisoned believers. You can also donate. Small amounts make a huge difference. It is quite shocking to read about the suffering these people of faith have to endure, especially since a lot of these stories are kept out of the mainstream media.

I didn’t know for example that Egyptian girls risk being kidnapped by Muslims if they are Christian. They get approached much in the same way as we’ve seen Muslim men do over here in England – with so-called grooming; here in Europe girls end up being pimped out by the guy they thought was their boyfriend, while girls in Egypt think that they’ve met their future husband only to be forcefully converted and married off to someone else. A grim affair indeed; intended to bring shame and humiliation upon Christian families.

There are also stories of minorities within minorities such as Rohingya Christians, who are never really mentioned by anybody. Persecuted Christians seems to be largely a non-topic, with former Muslims turned Christians an even greater non-topic….This global issue has thankfully been mentioned by US Vice President Mike Pence (which I’ve mentioned before), even England’s Theresa May lent her voice during her Christmas message and met with representatives from Open Doors, etc; Hopefully we’ll see a change in the popular narrative as a result? One can hope.

Grizzly tales are shared within the pages of these magazines from communist countries such as North-Korea and China, yet Muslim majority nations appear to be the greatest offenders when it comes to intolerant, violent, persecution of those that they disagree with. Which is particularly interesting when bearing in mind that many of these Islamic territories used to be Christian once upon a time, even Jewish in some instances (which I’ve mentioned in another entry).

It is obvious that there are many tragic fates that are being kept away from the public light, which is a great shame. We should remember these people and their stories. It is even better if we remind them that they are not alone! Sign up for Open Doors’ monthly information package if you are curious and want to help; it’s free!

*Note: needless to say there are countless various religious denominations out there. I find that to be pretty self-explanatory, but decided to update this blog entry (21.March.2018) with this basic reminder, due to the current politically sensitive hysteria we sadly experience all over the Western world. When talking about averages, regardless of the group mentioned, “Not All” should be an unnecessary detail to add. *

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The Lion Encyclopaedia of Jesus.

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Since I’m working my way through the Old Testament and this is taking some time, I decided to read a children’s book about The New Testament.

The message was very interesting, as the Old Testament describes the one battle after the other between various different tribes/ethnic groups in the Middle East area, whereas Jesus believes in reaching out to members of some of these groups, which certainly must have raised some eye brows. Especially the idea of praying for ones enemies.

The message of enduring, selfless love; especially that the faith is not ethnocentric, but for all, is very inspiring and a major contrast to what comes before it, where the Old Testament God is quite frankly depicted as a scary and merciless entity. He will engage in genocidal activity and sanctify it to punish those who live in a way he finds to be degenerate, prophets manage to soften his heart to a certain degree, but only so that one faithful believer can survive, in some cases. A spectacularly dangerous and frightening otherworldly deity is the image that you’re left with; you better do what you’re told, or else!

An aspect of Jesus’s message is;” …Go, but do not sin again,” which contrasts with the modern perception that anything goes or the old-fashioned idea that “if you sin then you’re damned.” Jesus reached out to those who were ostracised and focused on saving those who needed it the most. Which is very touching.

Section 26; speaking of A Kingdom of Equals, might make individualists and people who acknowledges differences wonder, but it is rather the idea that all lives matter, and the more responsibility a person has the more important it is to remember this: “If one of you wants to be great, he must be the servant of the rest; and if one of you wants to be first, he must be the slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served; he came to serve and to give his life to redeem many people.Mark 10:43-45

Jesus fights against corruption, which obviously doesn’t make him very popular with the establishment, he performs miracles (which in his opinion shouldn’t be necessary to convince people to listen to him), gratitude or how people seem to lack in this is also mentioned.

In other words, this book describes how Jesus was trying to teach people how to co-exist and be nice to one another, humans are described as being faulty, but Jesus tries to Β put people on the right path. This eventually cost him his life. This act interestingly enough marks Β the end of blood sacrifice as practised in the old Testament, since Jesus was the ultimate sacrificial act; he died on the cross for our sins.

Jesus’s take on materialism is also of interest, as I’ve seen for myself how paranoid certain successful people are; arguing with all and everyone about nothing, being stuck up for no reason (not that there ever is one) and never helping anyone.

If you make your money illegally and you know that lots of people are after you, then how can you sleep well at night? Even individuals who’ve made their money legally, might face troubles internally when looking back on their life and how they had to walk over others to reach their objective.

It is also interesting that heaven is not described as a place for all, but for the few, since most will fail when it comes to living their lives in accordance with Jesu’s teachings. It can also be argued that Christianity is stricter in certain respects, since Jesus preaches that it is not just the act of killing a person that is wrong, even the thought should be avoided. Β So it is not enough to abstain from sin, you should purify your thoughts as well.

A very good quote is this one, displaying some self-doubt from Paul: “ And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is a delusion and you are still lost in your sin… If our hope in Christ is good for this life only and no more, then we deserve more pity than anyone else in all the world.1 Corinthians 15:14-19

He then goes on to write: “Death is destroyed: victory is complete!” 1 Corinthians 15:54

It is very interesting how Jesus was cheered on when he rode into Jerusalem, only to be betrayed by the crowd later, when he was chosen to be executed rather than the guilty criminal standing next to him. Pilate knew that he did the wrong thing.

The story of the lost sheep as recounted in this book is quite cute actually. I wrote about individualism previously here on my blog, but the idea of Jesus the shepherd is a bit different from what I previously thought. It is rather the idea that humans are flawed and that God/Jesus is a parent looking after his sheep/children, and how we all naturally fall into this category, since humans need help to stay on the right path. In this context the idea is not one of contempt and arrogance, but one of care and concern, something that is much-needed if one thinks of petty arguments between neighbours, just to pick an everyday example. All of the conflicts we have in this world from small to big, could easily be avoided if people just behaved, the problem is that people don’t and therein lays the problem.

What makes the Holy Bible a relevant read even today, is that it doesn’t paint an unrealistic picture of humans, rather it serves the purpose of trying to help, a role that increasingly falls on government programs in our day and age.

This was a good read for sure. I would recommend kids and adults alike to read about the inspiring message and work of Christ.

Is Christianity & Islam Compatible?

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Politicians and the mainstream media are constantly telling us that the two religions are the best of friends. These days it isn’t uncommon to hear of Islamic prayers being held within the walls of Christian churches, I even attended a lecture myself about persecuted Christians where the lecturer told me that Muslims and Christians should stand more together. This was something he said after delivering a presentation where he explained that the most common persecutors of Christians are Muslims … This speaker labeled the secularists as the greatest evil. His endorsement of Islam came after he had described how Muslims didn’t want to walk past him when he was out walking his dog, as Muslims detest these animals….He also stated that Jihadis will stop with their murderous activity when given BMWs and other materialist goods here in Europe … since welfare and exposure to convenience will eradicate Militant Islam.

It seemed like the audience was slightly bewildered, as some certainly were supportive of his conclusion due to mixed grandchildren or after having attended Interfaith events; in contrast there were those speaking of how Muslims had harassed them here in England, and they did not seem very happy nor convinced. Not that long ago I attended a service where the priest highlighted at every opportunity, how unique Christianity is and how this faith is the most peaceful one. A shocking thing to hear in these politically correct times. Thou Shall Only Have One God? Really? We even prayed for the Jihadis here in England; that they may find enlightenment in Jesus Christ. So we basically prayed for their conversion so that they will stop killing Europeans. Hilarious, I couldn’t believe it. Where is the media when you need them? Another service that I attended at another church a while back was more directed towards young people, they had speakers rather than preachers, and the one we heard, spoke of how Muslims were harassing her and making fun of her Christian faith. This girl looked like she came from India and thanked her church for providing her with enough information through their Bible Study Group, so that she could defend her faith from Muslims humiliating Jesus.

So … what happens when you Google what I wrote in the title of this entry? What does Islam say about Christianity? What is the relationship between the two, since we are so similar according to our politicians and journalists?

This is what you’ll find, written by those who’ve read the Muslim & Christian texts:

Islam vs. Christianity – A very good comparison.

Islam vs. Christianity 2

Islam vs. Christianity 3

Islam vs. Christianity 4

Islam vs. Christianity 5

When you are done looking at those you can read what a Mainstream Media Outlet Thinks.