This is an old entry that I’ve shortened & edited; I think it is of interest since it touches upon issues that are universal and certainly not unique to our continent or population groups.
” You know, the only thing that kills a demon…is love” – Mickey Knox
“The Kite Runner” is a movie (and a book) set in Afghanistan depicting the friendship of two young boys from two very different backgrounds. One of them is the servant of the other. The privileged boy ends up fleeing the territory with his father to the U.S.A. when Russians invade Afghanistan. The once distinguished Baba ends up working at a gas station across the pond to provide for himself and his son. In this setting America becomes a place of refuge and hope, not only for them but for other Afghanis as well.
An interesting detail to note in the movie is that Baba doesn’t want to be examined by an American doctor of Russian ancestry, but insists on getting care from someone who hails from the same territory as himself.
“The citizens of Kabul were skeletons now. Skeletons selling naswar in the night market, skeletons drinking cups of strong tea, skeletons playing cards in the moonlight. They greeted me as I passed, teeth clacking together in their jaws. “Salaam, brother,” they said. “Welcome home.”
In the superhero movie “Black Panther“ we are introduced to a fictional African realm called “Wakanda” whose technological superiority is meant to be kept secret. The movie is actually extremely interesting as it touches upon various topics that you normally don’t come across in the universe of fictitious heroism. One is of course the question of “racial solidarity:” should Wakandans reveal themselves by sharing their secrets with others who have the same skin colour as them? Another one is the character of Killmonger who is genetically Wakandan but who has been raised in America. He is technically an insider, yet he is not since he was raised elsewhere. When his particular configuration is introduced into the African realm he literally starts a civil war in the territory, displaying how dangerous it can be to take in “strangers” even if they are biologically just like you!
This element of “from us but not like us” is very fascinating to me probably because I was raised as an expat but also since the scenario of being raised “a stranger as a stranger” is becoming increasingly common in Europe as it has been in America since its foundation. “Go back to where you come from!” but where is that exactly? I bring my readership’s attention to Liberia, a most ignored topic and scenario.
“The Americo-Liberian settlers did not relate well to the indigenous peoples they encountered, especially those in communities of the more isolated “bush“. The colonial settlements were raided by the Kru and Grebo from their inland chiefdoms. Americo-Liberians developed as a small elite that held on to political power, and the indigenous tribesmen were excluded from birthright citizenship in their own lands until 1904, in a repetition of the United States’ treatment of Native Americans. The Americo-Liberians promoted religious organizations to set up missions and schools to educate the indigenous peoples.”
It must be a strange situation to find oneself in for sure, to be born a foreigner, yet being legally not due to papers, which is a scenario touched upon in the enjoyable movie “Bend It Like Beckham.”
The tale of human suffering and struggle, whether fictional or not, knows no race or geographical boundaries as the examples from above illustrates. Yet in the light of Nike’s recent commercial featuring Colin Kaepernick and numerous other campaigns that follow a similar vein, a question is left unanswered: what about white people?
An interesting thought experiment would be to take someone like the EU politician Juncker and place him in the context of the two movies described above:
- In the 1st scenario he would be an Afghan helping and aiding the Russians in their invasion of Afghanistan. A role that would certainly have depicted him as a villain.
- In the 2nd scenario he would be an African leader giving away all of Wakanda’s technology and territory to another race. A role that would have him depicted as the worst of the worst.
In both scenarios he would be a traitor, yet in real-life and in the real-world characters like Juncker are depicted as heroes by the mainstream media, while someone who wants secure borders like U.S. President Donald J. Trump or Italian Deputy Prime Minister/Interior Minister Matteo Salvini are depicted as heartless, sociopathic, villains.
The reasons cited for why we should give our continent away as well are poor at best since nobody in the mainstream seem to ever mention that demographics within a territory goes up and down anyway, 2/3 of Norway’s population died during the Black Plague. Norwegians are still around today despite that dramatic drop….
“In addition, recent research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) found nothing to support the assertion that economies are harmed by ageing populations.
“There is no evidence of a negative relationship between ageing and GDP per capita,” academics wrote in a paper entitled ‘Secular Stagnation? The Effect of Aging on Economic Growth in the Age of Automation’.
“On the contrary, the relationship is significantly positive in many specifications,” it adds.
This entry used to be substantially longer with a great number of articles linked into the text. I now seek to shorten it considerably:
Internal tribalism among various demographics is becoming an increasing issue under the surface in the U.S.A., this is something that I’ve written about after witnessing and experiencing this internal fragmentation myself – now it has started to bleed into mainstream journalism:
Poverty in England is a huge problem: 14 million Brits live in poverty.
The E.U. are hellbent on uniting Europe and Africa:
Matteo Salvini & Viktor Orban however vocally oppose unification with Africa and are not showing any signs of backing down:
“I believe that I’m in government in order to see that our young people have the number of children that they used to a few years ago and not to transplant the best of Africa’s youth to Europe.
“Maybe in Luxembourg they need to do this, but in Italy we need to help people have more children, rather than bring in modern-day slaves (from Africa) to replace the children we’re not having.” – Matteo Salvini
The French authorities are trying to get rid of, or to discredit French politician Marine Le Pen by ordering a psychiatric evaluation. If this is how political opponents are to be treated then we are getting closer to “The Democratic People’s Republic of Europe” everyday.
The desire to forcefully bend others to one’s will is an unhealthy, ever-present wish and endeavour: “We respect your Sovereignty – as long as you do what we want…..”
Salvini is under investigation due to his handling of Italy’s immigration problem. This was an issue back when I used to live there, it only got worse under Berlusconi. It is long overdue that something gets done.
Meanwhile; here we have Bill Gates who according to himself is doing God’s work. I find this to be an interesting proclamation after scrolling through his social media sites. If he is right, then God has evidently placed his love elsewhere.
The Muslim Council of Britain? British politicians who supported Hungary’s Orban, are now asked to distance themselves from him.
“His comments came after the Muslim Council of Britain said the incident raised fresh concerns about “bigotry in the party”, as the organisation has repeatedly demanded an inquiry into allegations of Islamophobia in Conservative ranks.”
You are an anti-Semite if you don’t like what Soros is doing? You are an Anti-Semite if you are targeting the Jewish people as a group. With the reasoning seen below it makes it impossible to be critical of individuals.
“President Marie van der Zyl said: “As we have stated previously, we are very alarmed by the messages at the heart of Orban’s election campaign, including his comments about ‘Muslim invaders’, calling migrants poison, and the vivid antisemitism in the relentless campaign against Jewish philanthropist George Soros.”
” … within the framework of international norms.” Where do they find these people?
“We place great values on the importance of the rule of law. We hope a resolution can be found that respects a nation’s right to set its own constitutional arrangements within the framework of international norms.”
Young politician Sebastian Kurz is a light in the darkness for sure. Austria doing what is necessary.
I find it interesting that any person who does not comply with replacement-migration and the fundamental transformation of Europe is instantly lumped into the “far-right” category regardless of political ideology. This shows that it doesn’t matter what your politics or values are as long as you disagree with uniting Africa and Europe. That is apparently the only box that you need to tick in order to get this label. Last time I checked I thought that the E.U. was about establishing peace between the Nations of Europe, clearly I was wrong.
“Me and you, Wayne, we’re not even the same species. I used to be you; then I evolved. From where you’re standing, you’re a man. From where I’m standing, you’re an ape.” – Mickey Knox
Yesterday my sister & I were confirmed by The Bishop of Tewkesbury.
I really enjoyed the event and look forward to deepen my spirituality further in the coming years.
After a year of working my way through The Holy Bible this was a wonderful way to finalise this part of my spiritual journey. I’m so happy that I was joined by my sister! 🙂
It was a wonderful evening. ❤
This book came into my possession courtesy of our local vicar, who lent it to me after having read my review of “Simply Christian” by Tom Wright.
The work is a discussion between two Christian women regarding female leadership and involvement in the Church.
I can hardly think of a topic more relevant in this day and age where female priests seem to be the only vicars left, in addition to female bishops, even female lesbian bishops!
With the emphasis on LGBTQ and egalitarianism it is certainly surprising to read the actual Holy Bible and see how the texts contrast with our “modern values. ”
In my review of “Simply Christian” I wrote among other things this:
“I’m also questioning the presence of female priests and authority figures within Northern European churches when it is explicitly said in 1 Timothy 2 (12) : “I permit no woman to teach or to have authority over men; she is to keep silent.” I guess it can be counter-argued that women are keeping the faith alive and that it is better with female priests than no priests.”
That is probably a good place to start, because the Holy Bible does certainly not come across as a feminist manifesto, to put it that way, even though Lis Goddard seems to think so.
Her interpretation of The Holy Bible hinges on our Bibles being translated wrong … which means that both my copy of the Bible and Clare Hendry’s copy are faulty.
Lis Goddard zooms in on what could have been the intended or original meaning of certain words in the texts and she also seem to believe that Genesis depicts a gender-neutral Utopia of sorts, before the Fall….
Eve is created from Adam’s rib and God first turns to Adam when Eve has not only been disobedient but has brought her man into disobedience as well. A great deal of people will read this as follows: God created the man first, gave him a companion “of him,” and was upset with Adam when he failed in his leadership, punishing both parties (even the snake).
Lis Goddard and those who agree with her, would claim that there was no such thing as any leadership to begin with. That Adam and Eve were equals, that both were leaders in their own right, but that the Fall distorted this Utopia leading to gender-unbalance, which was finally corrected with the arrival of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom.
My impression after reading “The Gender Agenda” is that joining a Bible reading group might put you into a situation where after staring at certain passages in the Bible for a prolonged period of time, you’ll start seeing all sorts of strange things…Everything that is all of a sudden isn’t and everything that isn’t is.
In other words: if you analyse something long enough you’ll eventually get whatever you desire, seeing your own reflection after turning what you are reading into a mirror.
The same can be observed in a lot of modern journalism.
I’m not saying this to be rude, but the book certainly gives off this vibe and as I result I opened up my Bible again to read Genesis to see what I had missed.
The passage that Goddard and Hendry constantly fall back on doesn’t even occupy a full-page. It is a remarkably short section spanning from Genesis 2 (18) up until the Fall in Genesis 3. After reading this section again, a couple of times, I find it difficult to agree with Goddard’s interpretation.
A good point made by Hendry is that if a woman is supposed to listen to her husband, and he is the head of the household, then how does that work out if a woman is to be the head of a Church? This might be the reason as to why there were supposed to be male monarchs back in the day. Will a female Queen be “King enough”? Or will she be swayed by her husband as “the head,” in effect meaning that the man is ruling the territory rather than the actual Queen?
Yet with all of this said; it is written in the Bible that women should study, prophesy, and pray, not to forget that there are important female characters present in the Biblical texts which is something that anti-Christian critics wouldn’t acknowledge or downplay. Women are to have a role and be active, the question is how.
An interesting point made in “The Gender Agenda” is that Paul was writing to different Churches, helping them with whatever issues that they were facing. It was also mentioned that women and men were probably seated according to their gender, just like in the synagogues, which can explain why Paul says that women need to be quiet in Church. No gossiping and chit-chat in other words. Here is an interesting quote from 1 Corinthians 9 (22):
“To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.”
That quote might shed some light on Paul’s letters. It is also of interest to note that disagreements was a factor from the very beginning of the establishment of the various Churches:
“I appeal to you brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree and that there be no dissensions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgement. For it has been reported to me by Chloe’e’s people that there is quarrelling among you, my brethren.” 1 Corinthians 1 (10)
I would recommend reading Goddard & Hendry’s book as it is extremely relevant in today’s Church environment. If you’ve attended any Church services in Scandinavia or the U.K., then you’ll know what I mean.
Reading the Old & New Testament will instantly put you in a situation where you’ll be worried that you’re supporting heresy, which is probably why young people turn to Islam or Orthodox Christianity.
Pluralism and political correctness is hurting Northern churches, who would probably gain more by proclaiming God as the God and the Holy Bible as the Truth. If you start doubting yourself, then others will do as well and in today’s political and spiritual environment, I don’t know if that’s the best way forward.
To conclude; it is certainly at odds with everything in our modern pop-culture to be a practising Christian, especially if you are a woman, since being: argumentative, loud, not modestly dressed and especially having authority over men are all characteristics that are currently being celebrated, in addition to abortion. Nothing gains wider praise than women involved with the military, ministry or politics. So if you are looking at the Bible and Christianity through a conservative lens you’ll probably think that you’ve woken up in Hell, or at least in a world that is in a state of absolute chaos.
“Nobody was expecting anyone, least of all a Messiah, to rise from the dead. A crucified Messiah was a failed Messiah. When Simeon ben Kosiba was killed by the Romans in AD 135, nobody went around afterwards saying he really was the Messiah after all,…” (p.96)
This book was lent to me by my local priest who recommended it when I told him that I was reading the Holy Bible.
After I was done reading the scriptures in its entirety (which took me over a year), I ventured into Wright’s work, which is a very straightforward and easy read.
The book is very enjoyable and explains Christianity and what it really is and what it really means.
Nothing beats having the source material though and it is vital to always keep in mind that the Bible is the number one “document” or more fittingly “Testament,” to which believers are to stay true.
“Once we glimpse this vision of the Holy Spirit coming to live within human beings, …” (p.111)
I therefore recommend people who are either turning to Christianity or becoming practising Christians to actually read the Holy Bible rather than not reading at all, or only reading Church approved interpretations of the Holy works.
It is not an easy undertaking reading the scriptures, because a lot of the Old Testament make for repetitive reading, but it is worth it due to those parts that aren’t, and especially since it exposes you to all of that which is normally excluded from pop-culture and mainstream Church services. It is quite staggering how much that has been left out and how limited modern Christianity is when it comes to what it quotes….
I’ve written before that I was going to review the New and Old Testament, and that I’m working on a very long entry for the Old, this is all true, but I wanted to read what our priest had recommended first.
I’m glad that I did because there were certain aspects of the Christian faith that I hadn’t quite figured out, such as “God-time,” meaning that the past, present and future isn’t linear when dealing with God.
“Somehow, God’s dimension and our dimension, heaven and earth, overlap and interlock.” (p.110)
I choose to start my Testament reviews with “Simply Christian” so that others too can read and enjoy this work, hopefully avoiding misconceptions and confusion. My reviews of the Old and the New Testament are based on my reading of the uncensored source text and is not based on politically correct, modern-Church approved, filtered, interpretations. I intend to address: slavery, the role of women, the fact that you should not rebel against your government, the early persecution of Christians, and the divisiveness that Jesus’ presence brings into this world, all of which is based on the Holy texts themselves, but aspects that modern-churchians and pop-culture never mention.
On that note it might be fitting to reveal that Wright’s work is not particularly politically correct, and that I was somewhat surprised that my local vicar would recommend something that must surely stand opposed to a great deal of what is being promoted within Church communities today.
“But setting it out in this way feels a bit like trying to describe my best friend by offering a biochemical analysis of his genetic makeup. It is important. Indeed, if he didn’t have that makeup he wouldn’t be the same person.” (p.154)
It was a relief that the book wasn’t filled with post-modernist falsities, yet there were some conclusions that Wright arrived at that puzzled me, and his digestible promotion of Christianity appears very mild, if re-visiting the New Testament after having read “Simply Christian.”
Wright concludes that global economic justice must be one of the many goals of Christians today but the Holy Bible itself states that: “If any one does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his own family, he has disowned the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” 1 Timothy 5 (8)
I’m also questioning the presence of female priests and authority figures within Northern European churches when it is explicitly said in 1 Timothy 2 (12) : “I permit no woman to teach or to have authority over men; she is to keep silent.” I guess it can be counter-argued that women are keeping the faith alive and that it is better with female priests than no priests.
I also think it is important to quote James 2 (17) & (26) since it is written that: “So faith by itself, if it has no works; is dead.” “For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so faith apart from works is dead.”
“You become like what you worship.” (p.127)
“How many times have I been grateful, faced with nightfalls both metaphorical and literal, for the old Anglican Collect which runs:
Lighten our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord;
and by thy great mercy
defend us from all perils and dangers of this night;
for the love of thy only Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.” (p.142)
“Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” (p.144)
These videos were released before the concert:
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 🙂
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.