The Cosmic Lessons of Pearl Harbor

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“All truth passes through three stages.  First,  it is ridiculed.  Second,  it is violently opposed.  Third,  it is accepted as being self-evident.”  – Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

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pearl-harbor-mem-day  In my philosophical / religious / historical research,  which is my lifetime hobby,  I recently found something very compelling.  Everyone knows,  or should know,  about the surprise Japanese attack on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii,  on December 7, 1941.  It is one of the most important events in history,  and Admiral Chester Nimitz had a front row seat of the analysis of that event.  He was assigned to replace Admiral Kimmel as the new Pacific Fleet Commander on December 16.  Admiral Nimitz arrived at Pearl Harbor on Christmas Day in 1941,  and this is what he was greeted with :

“I found the water covered with oil one-half inch thick from the sunken ships.  Many boats were hurrying back and forth between the wrecks and the Peninsula.  I was met by Rear Admiral Bellinger,  the Pacific Fleet Aviation Officer,  who informed me that the boats were picking up drowned sailors and marines from ships and taking their bodies to a central point on the Peninsula.”

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Admiral Nimitz then proceeded to rally the military forces of America in the Pacific,  and against tremendous obstacles and setbacks,  achieved a miracle in defeating the Japanese forces.  Nimitz would deny any miracle on his part,  but he did come to see the hand of God,  in the important errors that the Japanese made at Pearl Harbor.  Here is the insightful narrative about those errors given by Admiral Nimitz:

“The several errors made by the Japanese on December 7th, 1941,  helped very materially to shorten the war.  Their failure to come back a second day,  to destroy our repair facilities at the Navy Yard and to burn our four and one-half million barrels of fuel oil in surface tanks,  was a most serious error.  These tanks could have been destroyed by machine gunning them with 50-caliber incendiary machine gun bullets.

“Likewise,  the Japanese made an even more serious error on December 7th by leaving our submarine base on Quarry Point free from attack.  As a consequence,  no submarines or supporting equipment were damaged and submarines could proceed immediately to stations in the far western Pacific and start their long campaign of destruction of the Japanese merchant marine,  which was a primary factor in the defeat of Japan.  The submarines sank in excess of 75 percent of Japanese merchant marine shipping.

“At the time of the attack on December 7th,  there was under construction at Red Hill,  back of Pearl Harbor,  an underground bomb-proof storage for all petroleum products.  At that time in the Atlantic,  allied tankers were the principal targets of the German submarines and you need only check the figures for 1941 and 1942 of the Atlantic losses to see what might have happened had the Japanese destroyed the four and one-half million barrels of oil we had on the surface at Pearl Harbor.

“For me,  meantime,  after my arrival on Christmas morning of 1941,  I sweated blood until the underground bombproof storage was complete and our oil supply safely piped therein.  Had our oil supply been destroyed,   and considering the tremendous shortage of fuel and petroleum production,  generally,  in Europe,  it would have taken years to re-establish that supply,  and would have delayed our Pacific war accordingly.  Had our Pearl Harbor installations for repairs been destroyed,  our Fleet would have been forced back to the West Coast of the United States for support,  another item which would have prolonged the war.

“So in spite of the reverses we suffered on December 7th, 1941,  there were some spots on which we could congratulate ourselves on our luck.

“There was further cause for rejoicing in the fact that the Japanese had made the attack on our Fleet while it was inside Pearl Harbor.  Had the Fleet been at sea,  Admiral Kimmel would certainly have tried to force a battle to bring into play the powerful armament that our battleships carried.  However, these ships would have been limited to a maximum speed of about 18 knots,  while the Japanese Task Force had a fleet speed of 22 knots.  This difference in speed would have imposed on Admiral Kimmel a tremendous disadvantage.  He could not have forced a fleet engagement until the Japanese commander was ready for it.

“Furthermore,  the Japanese Task Force that came to Pearl Harbor that day had six aircraft carriers,  whereas Admiral Kimmel had none— the Lexington being far to the westward on another mission.  Imagine,  if you can,  what would have happened to our slower battleships in such an action,  with the aircraft of six carriers working on them and with our Fleet having no air cover at all.  Remember that on December 7th,  the Japanese destroyed all of the aviation strength of the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps on Oahu.  Instead of losing some 3,700 to 3,800 men as we did at Pearl Harbor,  we would have lost by drowning or capture almost 20,000 men had our fleet been in deep water.

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Five Star Admiral Chester Nimitz from Fredericksburg, Texas

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“By this time you will agree that the good Lord was looking out for us,  although it didn’t seem so at the time.  The men salvaged from the sunken ships in Pearl Harbor were used to form the nuclei of crews that manned the new ships that were coming down the ways in the United States.  Had our old fleet not been so completely destroyed,  there might have been difficulty in securing the funds to build the ships needed to match the more modern Japanese ships.

“Finally,  the Japanese attack served to unify our country,  which was not at all sure it wanted to get mixed up in World War II.”

—  from NIMITZ: Reflections on Pearl Harbor by William H. Ewing

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And Now For The Cosmic Lessons…..

So Admiral Nimitz was convinced that God had a hand in the disaster at Pearl Harbor,  keeping it from becoming a much worse disaster,  keeping it from badly crippling us at the start of a long war.  And I completely agree with him.  God,  as the logical metaphysical champion of goodness in the universe,  must have had some important influence in the events surrounding Pearl Harbor.  The quotes from Nimitz I presented above have been used by Christian fundamentalists countless times,  I am sure,  to support their faith in the omnipotent God of the Bible.

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The hand of an omnipotent God,  committed to action on Earth,  to support Goodness and defeat Evil.  This is NOT happening.

But let us apply some logical reasoning to this chain of events.  For an omnipotent God,  his hand in these events was a decidedly weak hand.  If God decided that the Japanese needed to be opposed at all,  why would he so seriously limit his actions?  A stronger hand would have been able to stop the evil engineers of the Japanese attack (the imperial government leaders and military commanders),  when the full intent and the means to commit the surprise attack came into being.  This could have been done in several ways,  all with  “plausible deniability”  to conceal that God had done it,  if God were concerned about such things.  Let us say that a massive hurricane or a few giant rogue waves sunk the Japanese fleet,  in the middle of the ocean,  as it was steaming to Pearl Harbor…..  this should be a simple thing for an omnipotent God.  Storms have devastated naval fleets before,  even in the history of Japan.  Or let us say that the Japanese leaders who ordered the attack died suddenly,  from car wrecks or cancer or heart failure,  sometime before they ordered the attack.  If the attack was entirely prevented,  then all the “errors” of the Japanese commanders would not have been necessary to help us,  and 3,800 innocent men would not have been killed.  Better yet,  let us say that those Japanese leaders died years before,  as their plans for conquest and war solidified in their minds,  before they spread their plan and infected the entire country,  before they shifted Japanese industry to war production.  If the Japanese war on their neighbors was entirely prevented,  then all the other battles in mainland Asia and the Pacific Ocean would not have been necessary to fight,  the atomic bombs would not have been dropped,  and millions of innocent men,  women and children would not have been killed.

If the Japanese leaders who planned conquest were disabled or dispatched by God before they started carrying out their plans,  then the devastating Pacific war would not have been necessary to have been fought at all.  If such leaders have already earned a  ‘ticket to Hell’,  as evil men,  then let’s just start their trip a few years earlier,  and save a few million innocent lives in the process. This would be a logical and morally responsible thing for an omnipotent God to do.

But this sort of thing does not happen on our planet.  Evil leaders planning conquest are allowed by God to attack and conquer to their hearts content,  with the current best example being the leaders of ISIS,  who even claim to be doing it in the name of God.  If any group ever deserved violent force from a God who is being mis-represented by them,  ISIS is it.  They are seeking out and killing all Christians,  Jews,  Shi’ite Muslims,  and anyone else who does not agree with their militant Sunni Muslim faith.  They kill in the most horrible ways,  such as beheading,  crucifying,  burying alive,  and burning alive.  They are destroying churches,  destroying religious and cultural relics that are thousands of years old.  Yet God allows them to thrive and expand.  We are barely able to slow them down,  by bombing the hell out of them.  To ISIS,  their smashing success is proof that they are right about God,  and that we are wrong about God.  Here is their latest press release to us infidels,  as of 14 March 2015 :

“We — with Allah’s help — want Paris, before Rome and Islamic Iberia and after we blow up the White House,  Big Ben,  and the Eiffel Tower before Paris,  and Rome,” he warned.” The Muslims will return to power,  to be the vanguard and lead in every place.”

So ISIS believes that God will help them  “lead in every place”,  which means that they will come to control the entire planet Earth,  and their black flag would fly in every state of every country.  They would be riding a wave of terrible destruction,  and the death toll would be in the billions,  as they kill everyone who opposes them or disagrees with them.  There would be a world shortage of wood crosses for crucifying,  steel cages for burning,  and sharp knives for beheading.  it is a vision of ultimate horror and evil in every way.  And not only God knows their evil plans….. they are broadcasting their evil plans and their murders to the entire world,  in gruesome detail,  and attributing their success to God.  Yet we see no answer,  no action from God to counter them.

Their bloody success is attracting thousands of like-minded people  (evil or incredibly stupid) in Western countries  to abandon their homes and families to travel to Syria and kill people with ISIS.  Everyone else on the planet,  billions of us,  know that they are wrong,  God knows they are wrong,  and yet God does nothing significant to stop them,  despite desperate pleas and prayers from their victims and from decent people all over the world.  Why not?

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The Wind God Fujin, with bag of winds on his shoulders…. source of the KAMIKAZE divine wind

Imperial Japan had a religious component as well,  if not as obvious as ISIS.  It had roots in the Samurai,  a religious elite warrior class that held great power in medieval Japan.  The samurai followed a set of rules that came to be known as bushidō.  Their teachings can still be found today in both everyday life and in modern Japanese martial arts.  The Samurai followed a blend of Buddhism,  Zen,  Confucianism and Shinto religion.  They took the elements of those religions that supported discipline, honor,  elitism,  loyalty and service to one’s lord. Therefore,  if the lord was evil or corrupt,  his Samurai served evil.  Imperial Japan of the early 1900’s corrupted that blend of religion further,  and tailored it to support a policy of violence,  conquest and expansion,  much like ISIS is tailoring Islam to support their conquest today.  When the Japanese chose to resort to suicide pilots toward the end of the war,  they used a name with a religious meaning :  Kamikaze,  or  “divine wind”  (kami = god, spirit, divine,  kaze = wind).  The word Kamikaze originated as the name of major typhoons in 1274 and 1281, which destroyed Mongolian invasion fleets under Kublai Khan  ,  saving Japan from attack  (just the sort of typhoon needed to destroy the Japanese fleet steaming to Pearl Harbor).  Like ISIS today,  Imperial Japan abused and distorted religion to support conquest,  like a slap in the face to God.  Yet God did very little to rebuke the bad religion of Imperial Japan and oppose them,  and apparently did nothing to oppose them in China,  as we will soon see.  Why not?

One explanation is that God is simply not able to stop this sort of thing,  completely separated from any consideration of allowing us all to have our  “free will”,  completely separated from testing or teaching us with excruciating pain.  There is no morally valid benefit or teaching point resulting from the success of ISIS,  just as there was no morally valid benefit or teaching point in allowing the evil Imperial Japanese to attack their neighbors and conquer their lands.  The only lesson to learn is that evil people will band together and destroy you,  if you do not band together and resist them first,  answering force with force.  Who needs God to learn that lesson?  No one.  That lesson is learned easily on this planet,  in every generation throughout history,  with or without God.  It makes no logical sense for an omnipotent God to allow us to be conquered and killed by evil people,  to teach us any lesson,  and it could be considered immoral,  even cruel.  So the logical and moral evidence points to a seriously limited God,  who is not omnipotent.

As a counterpoint,  the Old Testament tells us that God became angry at the Hebrews a few times for disobeying him and following other religions,  that he then allowed Israel to be conquered by the Assyrians and the Babylonians.  This resulted in a faithful core of Hebrews,  led by prophets,  returning to the Hebrew faith.  This may be an exception to my arguments,  where allowing such conquering and killing did have some benefit.  But it was at the great cost of allowing many innocent people to be killed,  and the great cost of allowing evil pagan empires to expand their power,  influence and religion.  And these conquerings of the Hebrews did not require the omnipotence of God.  All God had to do,  was to withdraw any limited help or protection he had been providing to the Hebrews,  and let the aggression of their violent neighbors run its course.

We should be very grateful for all the crucial help God gave us in the “lucky” circumstances of the attack on Pearl Harbor.  I sincerely thank God for that incredible help,  as everyone in America should thank God.  But we should also see the indicators that suggest that this was not the hand of an omnipotent God,  but a God who has limits,  and who performs brilliantly within those limits.  I am in awe of the chain of beneficial consequences that Admiral Nimitz pointed out in his narrative above,  that he was in a unique position to observe.

Nimitz brilliantly points out the errors of the Japanese,  which were obvious to him in hindsight,  and attributes them to the influence of God,  but he does not offer any opinion as to the metaphysical details of that influence.  This is a separate puzzle to solve…..  how did the bold,  ruthless and clever Japanese commanders fail to finish their mission,  and fail to destroy the fuel, repair,  and submarine facilities,  failing to destroy the ability of the American Fleet to fight back?  How did God bring their  “errors”  into being,  without violating the Japanese commanders’ precious  “free will”,  which is regarded as sacred and inviolable in orthodox Christian doctrine?  If God concealed things from the commanders,  or directed their attention elsewhere,  or caused them to forget things,  this could be considered a serious violation of their  “free will”,  which would cause huge headaches for Christian theologians.  It causes no problems for me,  because I think there is a universal moral principle that evil people who destroy others forfeit their right to any  “free will”,  in the act of destruction,  and it becomes the obligation of others to take their  “free will”  away from them.  I do not think God has any great concern for the  “free will”  of evil people.

Nimitz did not wish to walk where angels fear to tread,  so to speak,  and he did not concern himself with such prickly details of how God brought about the  “errors”  of the Japanese commanders.  He could see the bigger picture,  and perhaps he alone could see the larger battle being played out on the vast physical and spiritual chessboard,  that was the conflict we call World War II. He saw the traces of God’s hand. The Allied forces did not win that war on their own.  We won it only with the help of God,  who was doing secret things to help us,  and to hinder our stronger enemies,  without regard for preserving  “free will”.  But an omnipotent God could have,  would have,  and should have,  prevented the conflicts from becoming a “World War” in the first place.  For an omnipotent God,  the loving creator and father of us all,  preventing the tremendous evil, horror, and destruction of a “World War” should be at the top of his “to do” list.

Japanese Adventures in China:  The Rape of Nanking

We should be even more grateful for the limited help of a limited God at Pearl Harbor,  when we realize that other victims of the murderous Japanese Imperial forces did not receive such brilliant divine help.  Several years before Pearl Harbor,  the Japanese Army invaded China and swept the weaker Chinese Army before them like loose debris.  Nanking was the capital of a Chinese province in 1937,  when the Japanese Army conquered it,  after defeating the resisting Chinese Army units.  The Jap generals decided to make an example of the city,  and ordered all the inhabitants to be killed.  They did not succeed in this horrifying goal,  but they tried,  and in 2 months they tortured and killed perhaps 400,000 people,  most of them peaceful civilians. They likened the Chinese to animals and insects to be exterminated,  and took the opportunity to “harden” their troops to cruelty and killing.

Rape-of-nanking-cover The Japanese soldiers shot,  bayoneted,  beheaded,  mutilated and burned their victims. They made a sport out of brutal killing.  Japanese officers competed to see how many Chinese they could decapitate with their swords.  Some Japanese troops lined up Chinese civilians front to back,  and then fired a rifle into the front victim in the line,  to see how many Chinese people a single bullet would kill.  The troops were encouraged to rape women and girls,  and were instructed that if women and girls were raped,  they must then be killed,  lest they bear a Japanese child.  Many were literally raped to death,  from loss of blood after their vagina ruptured.  Others were disemboweled after rape,  or nailed alive to a wall,  or had their breasts sliced off.  Others were roasted alive.  Some troops would capture a pregnant woman,  make bets as to whether the baby was a boy or a girl,  and then cut the baby out of the woman to settle their bets.  The vicious Japanese in Nanking made ISIS look like amateurs in savage killing.  This mass slaughter is perhaps the worst known single atrocity in human history,  or at least the best documented.  And it was not done in secret,  at the time.  Japanese newspapers back in Japan reported the rising death toll with pride and glee,  and reported the rising death count of specific Japanese officers,  so the Japanese people were informed.  Westerners in the city did their best to save as many Chinese as they could,  and sent frantic cries for help to their home countries.  Other countries,  including America,  stood by and protested the brutal atrocity,  but did nothing to stop it or counter it or punish Japan for it.

Iris_ChangIris Chang heard about this horrific atrocity from her Chinese grandparents,  and began to study it.  When Iris Chang published a well-researched book about this greatest atrocity in 2001,  “The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II”,  she was actually accused of fabricating the tale and slandering the Japanese.  She received hate mail and death threats.  Incredibly,  some Japanese politicians denounced her as a liar and denied that the atrocities ever happened.  Finally, they gave a vague admission that unfortunate things happened and some Japanese soldiers did bad things.  When they should have issued apologies and separated themselves from their evil past,  they added a new moral outrage to the disgrace of their nation.  They take the evil of their fathers upon themselves,  and perhaps show us their true colors.  Perhaps the Japanese culture is still capable of such evil,  if they will not acknowledge it in detail and denounce it.

Then,  to add another victim to the rape of Nanking,  adding tragedy to tragedy,  Iris Chang could not take the abuse she was getting from writing her important book,  and she allegedly committed suicide in 2004.  A suicide note was found that said she was being hounded by unknown people following her,  and tampering with her mail.  She suspected it was the CIA or other government forces.  She felt that they would not stop until they had destroyed her.

After her tragic death,  the people of Nanking erected a statue of Iris Chang to honor her work on their behalf.

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Statue of American author Iris Chang in Nanking, China

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This is a tale of crushing tragedy,  starting with the pure evil of the Japanese government and military in the 1930’s,  continuing with the denial and anger of the Japanese politicians,  and ending with the harassment and death of Iris Chang in 2004,  who simply reported it to the world.  In this case,  the world did  “kill the messenger”,  because the world did not like the truth of the message.

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No Possible Benefit from the Unjust Slaughter at Nanking

So we in America should be even more grateful for the brilliant divine help we received at Pearl Harbor,  and in the rest of World War II,  when we realize that others did not receive such help.  The city of Nanking lost about 100 times the number of people we lost at Pearl Harbor.  It is hard to even imagine the attack at Pearl Harbor repeated 100 times,  but with the addition of Japanese troops on the ground,  committing brutal murder of civilians and sadistic torture,  thrown into the mix.

Why didn’t the pitiful,  defenseless victims of Nanking get some metaphysical protection,  like was given at Pearl Harbor?  Someone may suggest that they were in some way less deserving of God’s help,  or of the wrong religion,  but I will not entertain any such suggestions….. that is descending down toward the attitude of the Japanese butchers themselves.  Another may suggest that God allowed the Chinese to suffer this hellish atrocity to teach them something, or to toughen them…..  that somehow there was a shred of benefit from allowing the demonic Japanese troops to torture them and slaughter them.  For those who died,  the lesson was a bit too intense.  Even for those who survived,  scarred for life,  I will not entertain such a false rationalization.  The only lesson of value they could have learned from this genocide was the need to attack the Japanese with every shred of energy in their soul,  with their bare hands if necessary,  and to kill the Japanese monsters as they died,  instead of cowering like sheep at the slaughterhouse.  But God does not teach this lesson of violent resistance through the orthodox religions.  The orthodox religions all teach pacifist doctrines,  to leave justice to God or karma.  Neither God nor karma were offering any resistance to the Japanese,  or any help to the Chinese,  and it is absurd to suggest that either the Japanese or the Chinese could learn anything beneficial from this unjust slaughter.  So I will not entertain any suggestion of God  “allowing”  this unjust slaughter for any reason,  if he had any power to prevent it or stop it.

For that matter,  there was no possible benefit from  “allowing”  the unjust attack on Pearl Harbor,  either.  Tell me,  how were the 3800 dead Americans supposed to learn or benefit from this,  if their single mortal life was taken from them,  and their souls were then shuffled away for an eternity in heaven or hell?  If God had any more ability to oppose the attack,  than the ability he exercised in the Japanese  “errors”  that Admiral Nimitz described,  then he was negligent to be holding back that ability.

So I will entertain the possibility of limits to what can be done by metaphysical beings,  in the physical world we live in.  And this helps to make my point,  that the metaphysical help humans receive from God is severely limited,  and therefore God must be limited,  in some way that we do not know or understand.  In addition to wars,  this occurs to me every time there is a major natural disaster,  like a hurricane,  tornado,  earthquake or tsunami.

The Final Suggestion of this Cosmic Lesson

Far from criticizing or attacking God,  this is a realization that could bring us closer to God.  When the possibility of limits is considered,  those of us who believe in God should be even more grateful for the help we do receive,  and we should realize that he needs our help more than we have imagined.  Instead of sitting back and throwing a temper tantrum,  being angry that God has allowed evil people and natural disasters to kill millions in horrible ways,  we should pitch in and do more to defend and protect people from wars and disasters;  do more to help the surviving victims;  realizing that maybe God is doing all that he can do,  and is holding nothing back,  and desperately needs our help.

A limited God would deserve even more love, respect, devotion, loyalty and worship from us,  his created beings.  His love may be unlimited,  but his power might be limited,  and that would be a great enlightenment and liberation for us.  We would not blame him for “allowing” all the evils,  all the disasters,  all the wars that destroy us.  We would come to understand better the tragedies that befall us,  that he cannot prevent.  We would come to understand his suffering,  when he sees us being tormented in this world,  and he cannot stop it.  We would be in awe of all he has been able to create and accomplish,  without being omnipotent,  without knowing all that will happen to us.  We would know that he suffers when we suffer,  he cries when we cry,  he rejoices at our joy,  he is proud when we gain wisdom,  just like our earthly fathers and mothers.  Indeed,  Jesus taught that we should address God as “Abba”,  which is roughly translated as an affectionate term for father,  like “daddy”.  We know all the limits and obstacles our earthly fathers face,  and know all that they sacrifice to provide for us,  because they love us,  but they cannot protect us from everything,  and that puts great meaning into the affectionate term “daddy”.  Jesus wanted us to apply all of that earthly sentiment concerning our earthly fathers to God.

But God does not protect us from most harm,  and this may be evidence of God’s limits.  Our earthly fathers may be able to protect us from some harm even better than God,  in many cases.  Concerning the attack on Pearl Harbor,  God could not stop it from happening,  but he did turn its evil to work for the good,  with all the events of extremely good luck for the American forces,  and all the “errors” of the Japanese forces,  as Admiral Nimitz explained above.

According to orthodox religious doctrine,  an omnipotent God severely limits himself by granting all of us our  “free will”  to live our lives as we choose,  whether for good or evil,  to be rewarded or punished in the afterlife.  Theologians raise  “free will”  to a sacred status,  that God will not violate,  even if we use our  “free will”  to destroy everything.  This is the only way they can explain all the evil and tragedy in the world,  and still argue for an omnipotent God.  But it is a very poor argument,  as I explained in the last article of this blog.  https://goldenmeantx.wordpress.com/2014/04/20/a-different-easter-celebration-jesus-with-a-whip/    In that article,  scroll down to the section  “Free Will VS. Permissive Inaction”.  What if the  “free will”  argument only hints at the whole truth?  What if it is only a crude distortion of the whole truth?  What if it is the cover story for a larger truth that we do not want to face?  It is something to seriously consider.

But in considering that,  you must also consider the need to take on a great deal more personal responsibility yourself,  in countering the evils of this world.  And that would be a worthwhile consideration,  even for an atheist or agnostic,  regardless of any consideration of God.

I will end with a quote from Admiral Nimitz,  which summarizes all he learned at Pearl Harbor and in the rest of World War II :

“God grant me the courage not to give up what I think is right,  even though I think it is hopeless.”    .     .     .     .    – – five star Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz,  commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet in World War II

Best “Star Wars” Christmas Lights in the Galaxy

Last year,  it was  “Gangnam Style”  Christmas lights,  in Cedar Park, Texas,  with over 4 million views

https://goldenmeantx.wordpress.com/2012/12/22/christmas-lights-gone-crazy/

This year,  a music teacher in New Jersey takes Christmas lights into deep space,  with a fantastic computer-controlled display including moving mini-searchlights on top of the house,  and a simulated explosion.  This is a small house with a BIG impact.  The audio is amazing,  also.  It is a medley of Star Wars music.  Even if you never saw a Star Wars movie,  this is worth watching….. enjoy!

I have seen all the Star Wars movies,  so this was amazing for me.  Apparently for others, too…..  this video has zoomed past four million views in 10 days.

But,  still…..  I would not want to live next door to these people…..

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As an encore,  here is the same house playing some Trans-Siberian Orchestra Christmas music,  last year.  It shows off some other capabilities of the display.  Many bigger displays are not this good.

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I hope you enjoyed them both…..  MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

And may the Christmas side of the Force be with you

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A Different Easter Celebration– Jesus With A Whip

This year,  prior to Easter,  I read the new book  “Killing Jesus”  by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard.  I was hoping for a fresh perspective on the subject,  and this book delivered.  It was  full of historical facts about all the political and religious forces focusing upon Israel at the time of Jesus,  and for the decades leading up to it.  Disastrous events in the Roman Empire,  decades before Jesus was born,  pushed the Roman Empire toward less freedom,  less tolerance,  and more cruelty.  For example,  about 70 years before Jesus,  seven thousand slaves of Rome,  who rebelled and fought the Roman legions under a slave killingJesus-3dleader named Spartacus,  were defeated and were crucified along a 240-mile stretch of road between Rome and Naples.  This works out to a roadside corpse rotting on a cross every 180 feet,  for 240 miles,  if they were evenly spaced…. a ghastly view and stench for travelers on the busy road.  These were seven thousand grisly billboards screaming:  “this is what happens to you when you make trouble in Rome”.  For another example,  in 45 B.C.  the victory of the war criminal Julius Caesar,  against the Republican forces of Rome,  in a civil war that spanned from Egypt to Spain to Syria,  passing through Israel,  pushed the Roman Empire into a vicious mode of tyranny for centuries.  Caesar himself was murdered in the Senate by sixty senators with daggers,  which sparked a new civil war for control of Rome.  These trends of Roman tyranny and violence had a huge effect on Israel before,  during,  and after the life of Jesus.  Anyone who did not bow low to Roman rule,  and who did not submit completely to their evil tyranny,  was simply killed.

I have often wished that the true meaning of  Easter was more widely known than the Easter Bunny,  more than the finding of Easter Eggs by our young children,  more than Going To Church for once a year.  I have wished that Easter was even more than celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus.  Easter is indeed the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus,  three days after he was horribly crucified by the Jewish and Roman authorities of his time,  the evil tyrants of his time.  But that is not enough.  I have often wished that Easter was the celebration of the victory of  Truth,  Love,  Knowledge, and JUSTICE,  against the forces of evil who killed the Son of God that was brought before them,  in complete innocence and benevolence,  having done nothing wrong,  and having done everything right.  But JUSTICE is left out of the mix,  as it seems to be delayed or deferred in all religions.  After the resurrection of Jesus,  the stifling oppression of his beloved Israel by the Romans continued,  with no relief or justice for the Jewish people,  no stopping of their evil Jewish leaders,  and no stopping of the heavy Roman oppression.   A mere 40 years after Jesus was killed,  the Temple was destroyed and over a million Jews killed in the revolt known as the First Jewish-Roman War  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Jewish-Roman_War. 

Jesus must have had some idea of this coming great tragedy,  or of its possibility.  Indeed, he predicted the destroying of the great temple specifically to his disciples (Matthew 24:1-2,  Mark 13:1-2),  but he did not give the timing of the destruction.  Part of his mission may have been to avoid the crushing of the Jewish people by Rome,  by quelling their rebellious spirit and spreading a philosophy of love and peace.  If enough Jews had followed his teachings of love and peace,  the rebellion would not have happened.  Remember that he told them to  render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s,  and render unto God what is God’s.

Jesus did not prevent the crushing of the Jewish people.  But,  against all odds,  with incredible self-control while bleeding to death on an evil wooden instrument of torture,  Jesus did complete his divine mission,  to allow himself to be killed by his enemies.  He could have kept anyone from hurting him,  or he could have escaped,  and the temptation was great.  Shortly before his arrest,  he fervently prayed to be spared,  if it could be God’s will.  But then he allowed himself to be severely flogged,  tortured,  ridiculed and crucified.  This willful sacrifice required more spiritual discipline and power than any other religious figure in history.

Mohammed was a coward by comparison,  because Mohammed fled for his life from Mecca to Medina,  where he built up enough physical power  (followers and weapons)  to kill those who disagreed with him.  His vengeful wars of Jihad  and murders of his perceived enemies  (including entire Jewish communities)  have poisoned Islam to this day.  Mohammed also incorporated the cowardly crimes of kidnapping and ransom into the Muslim religion,  giving the present-day Muslim pirates of Somalia a sacred sanction for their cowardly piracy.  Mohammed’s crimes also give sanction to the Boko Haram jihadists of Nigeria,  who kidnapped over 300 girls from schools  to condemn the education of girls,  and who have exterminated entire villages that do not support them.  Mohammed did the same type of thing,  and he would be proud of their fierce Jihad,  complete with intimidation,  theft,  murder, kidnapping,  torture,  extermination of infidels,  looting,  and selling girls into slavery. Mohammed would be even more proud of ISIS,  the “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria”,  the most brutal and barbaric Muslim tyranny since Mohammed himself.  They are trying to bring back the religious tyranny of the  “caliphate”,  which was last defeated when the expansion of the Ottoman Empire of Turkey was stopped at the Battle of Vienna in Austria in 1683.  Muslim tyrants are a constant threat to freedom on Planet Earth,  thanks to the religious terrorist known as Mohammed.  He should be no one’s hero or prophet.  As for the religion he started,  it was an exclusive  (instead of inclusive)  religion of bigotry,  sexual abuse,  oppression,  slavery and murder,  that calls for killing or enslaving those who will not accept it.  Christianity has done killing and torture in the past,  to its great shame and dishonor.  Christianity as a whole stopped doing this centuries ago,  and became more inclusive and peaceful.  But in all its bloody crusades and inquisitions,  Christianity could not point to its founder,  Jesus,  as a murderer and tyrant.  Murderous Muslims,  on the other hand,  need only read the Koran,  the Hadith,  and other accounts of Mohammed’s many criminal exploits,  to find support for their own crimes today.  In great contrast to Mohammed,  Jesus allowed himself to be killed,  instead of killing others.

Other people have a different,  biased,  uninformed,  uneducated view of Mohammed,  and sadly,  our current president is among them.  This is no surprise,  because he was taken to mosques as a boy in Indonesia,  as a senator he said that the Muslim call to prayer is  “one of the prettiest sounds on Earth”  (I call it chilling and foreboding),  and  he recently had a private meeting with Muslim leaders in the White House,  and a number of other reasons.  Barack Hussein Obama is a Muslim sympathizer with a Muslim middle name,  with policies that have advanced the aggressive spread of Islam extremism in the US and all over the world,  at the expense of every other religion,  and at the expense of freedom.  From his bowing low to the king of Saudi Arabia while snubbing the queen of England,  to his fanciful pro-Muslim speech in Cairo in 2009,  to his failure to oppose the Muslim Brotherhood taking over Egypt when the  “Arab Spring”  backfired,  to his failure to condemn the plans for a mosque near ground-zero in New York,  to his absurd orders for NASA to conduct an outreach program to Muslim countries,  http://michellemalkin.com/2010/07/06/the-left-stuff-nasas-muslim-outreach/ ,  to his hostility toward Israel,  his bias for Islam is obvious.  His double standard concerning Islam is also obvious.  He proclaims that the terrorists of ISIS are not part of Islam,  but he is quick to remind us that the Crusaders of the middle ages were Christian aggressors.  Concerning Mohammed,  he made this statement in 2012 in a speech to the UN :

Obama supports MohammedIn that same speech,  Obama went on to say  “It is time to heed the words of Gandhi:  ‘Intolerance is itself a form of violence'”.  But unlike Gandhi,  Mohammed was both intolerant and violent,  to everyone who did not accept and follow his new religion.  His words and writings in the Koran and Hadith are extremely intolerant,  bristling with severe punishment for unbelievers and sinners.  Obama obviously would not agree with my assessment of the  “prophet of Islam”,  who I have just  “slandered”,  by telling the truth of his life.  Obama has yet again made a fool of himself with recent statements at the 2015 National Prayer Breakfast.  He sees no basic difference between Christianity and Islam,  no basic difference between Jesus and Mohammed.  In choosing to defend Mohammed,  he has chosen to defend a murderer.  I do not know exactly what  “slander”  he means,  but if Obama is referring to accounts of Mohammed ambushing merchant caravans and killing the merchants,  leading wars against Jewish communities and wiping them out,  taking hostages and slaves,  demanding ransom,  beheading captives,  oppressing women  and making non-Muslims pay a tax…..  then that is not  “slander”,  it is historical fact that is easily accessed.  Obama yet again fails to recognize the difference between good and evil,  and that is the fundamental error of his entire life.

At the 2015 National Prayer Breakfast,  Obama tried to equate the current evil of ISIS with the Christian crusades many centuries ago.  This is absolutely false.  There are fundamental differences between these campaigns.  One crucial difference is that the Christian crusades were a response to the brutal attacks of the Muslim empire for hundreds of years,  murdering Christians and Jews, expanding their empire from Arabia to conquer Jerusalem,  Northern Africa,  and Spain.  After Christian Spain was conquered,  the Muslims called it the Caliphate of Cordoba,  which existed from the years 929 to 1031.  There was an epic movie,  “El Cid”,  starring Charlton Heston,  which memorialized the war to regain Spain.  The Muslims fought over 200 battles in Spain.  The Muslims had no inherent right to conquer Spain,  just as ISIS has no inherent right to conquer Iraq.  Then and now,  when Muslims conquer a territory,  they loot the wealth of the people,  they destroy Christian churches or convert them to mosques,  they allow no new churches of other faiths to be built,  and they kill or persecute Christians and Jews.  As a footnote here,  Hindus,  Buddhists,  Bahai,  Zoroastrians and other believers suffered an even worse fate,  because they were not  “people of the book”,  as the Koran called Christians and Jews.  The Christian crusades were the necessary response to Muslim aggression in the Middle East,  and apart from the crusades,  Christian Europe had to fight a separate war to take Spain back from the invading Muslims.

For those who lack historical knowledge of this issue of Jihad vs. Crusades,  which boils down to Mohammed vs. Jesus,  here is an excellent short video pinpointing all the known battles,  and the heavy,  constant assault of Muslim aggression against Judeo / Greco / Christian civilization :

  

The video plots 548 battles that the Muslims fought to spread their empire into areas of mostly European culture (remnants of the Greek and Roman empires,  which evolved into the European countries we know today). This video makes clear the constant aggressive nature of Islam since its deadly beginning with the prophet Mohammed.  Even some moderate Muslims may be shocked to see how fast and far the red dots spread,  and every red dot represents massive murder,  torture,  rape,  pillaging,  burning,  looting,  and taking of slaves.  The great majority of the red dots are in Europe,  not in the Middle East or Africa.  As the video explains,  the Muslim naval forces were key in this constant assault on Europe,  attacking coastal towns,  killing untold millions,  and  taking over a million unfortunate captives back with them to their Islamic countries,  to serve as slaves.  When the European kingdoms were weakened enough by these naval raids,  the ships returned in greater numbers,  carrying Muslim armies to attack inland,  and to expand the Muslim empire by the sword of Jihad.  By the year 1320,  they had swallowed up all of the Middle East,  North Africa,  much of India,  Spain,  and the European coast of the Mediterranean Sea.  The only place they suffered permanent rollbacks was in Europe,  and that was in conjunction with the temporary rollback of the Crusades,  a defensive action against the relentless Muslim aggression.  The actual Crusades,  where Christian armies traveled to the Middle East to repel Muslims from the Christian Holy Lands,  numbered less than 20 battles.  These few battles were in response to the hundreds of Muslim attacks on Christian lands.  Europe was shocked and saddened that the homeland of Jesus was conquered by this new violent religion of Mohammed,  and fought enough  “Crusade”  battles to take Jerusalem back and restore it to Christianity,  but they soon lost it again to a new Muslim onslaught.

Islam is spread primarily by the sword,  and every country taken by Islam enforces Sharia law,  the law of Mohammed,  which gives unbelievers 3 choices :  convert to Islam,  pay the jizya taxes and be treated like a lower-class subject,  or be killed.  Every country taken by Islam was following its own pre-existing religion,  whether  Christian,  Jewish,  Hindu,  Buddhist, or other,  which was then banned or severely oppressed by the Muslim tyrants.  Some Muslim countries at certain times treat non-Muslims better,  but there is always the danger of fundamentalist Muslims gaining control and returning to oppressive measures,  as has happened in Iran,  Iraq,  Egypt,  Syria  and Libya.

So the original criminals,  the Muslims,  were the same then and now,  attacking and  forcing others to defend themselves,  and our current president refuses to see this truth about Muslims.  But then,  our current president has proven himself to be a fool and a liar many times.  He is not worthy of any more attention in this article,  but his statements were relevant and timely to this article.  Catholic leaders have asked that Obama apologize for his statements,  as well he should.  Contrary to the president’s statement,  the future MUST belong to those who ‘slander’ and condemn the prophet of Islam,  who tell the truth about his criminal exploits,  or else we will all be subjected to religious slavery.  Christians do not seek to enslave people,  but Mohammed did,  and modern radical Muslims do,  and they are a growing part of the Muslim religion.  Jesus walked into danger and killed no one,  but Mohammed killed and enslaved many.  Jesus preached peace,  but Mohammed preached war in the form of religious Jihad.  Mohammed is the role model for ISIS,  Al Qaeda,  Boko Haram,  the Taliban and all the other Islamic terrorists.  They are simply following Mohammed’s own personal actions and words.  That is the simple truth that anyone should see,  including Obama,  and the pathetic ignorant people who share his views.

The Basic Differences between Muslims and Christians

First of all,  most Muslims and Christians are very similar.  They are peaceful,  loving,  hard-working,  law-abiding citizens of their societies.  But when a person wants to be prejudiced,  hateful,  abusive,  dominating….. in a word,  predatory…..  the founder and doctrines of Islam give that person a lot more to work with than Christianity.  There are groups of peaceful Muslims who insist that the Koran is being misinterpreted and misconstrued to get violent meaning out of it,  but the violent history of Islam for 1400 years says there are hordes of Muslims who disagree with the peaceful groups.  Peaceful Muslims did not produce the 548 red dots of battle and conquest in the video above.  Peaceful Muslims are not persecuting Christians all over the Middle East, which is happening right now.  Today,  there are sermons being preached in mosques all over the world,  urging prejudice,  hatred,  and violence toward Jews and Christians.  The members of all the Islamic terrorist groups,  considering themselves to be good Muslims,  go to mosque services every week,  and we can be sure that their Imams are not preaching messages of peace,  love,  and tolerance.  I challenge the peaceful Muslims to show us another religion that has a more violent history than Islam,  from the days of its founder to the killing fields of ISIS today.  Islam is a religion with a continuously violent history and violent doctrines.  Peaceful Muslims can choose to be peaceful in spite of these doctrines,  but that does make Islam a peaceful religion.

Here is a central fact to consider when comparing Muslims and Christians :  Muslims,  regardless of their personal views,  are following the religion of a violent killer,  Mohammed,  who said to enslave or kill unbelievers.  Christians,  regardless of their personal views,  are following the religion of a peaceful martyr,  Jesus,  who allowed himself to be killed to teach the world a lesson of peace,  who said to be forgiving and tolerant of unbelievers.

Here is another central fact :  There are a lot of violent people in the world.  According to studies by Dr. Martha Stout,  4% of the people in America are sociopaths,  which means they have no moral conscience and are prone to violence.  The rest of the world probably has a similar percentage of sociopaths and psychopaths,  if not more.

So it does not take a genius to figure out which religion the violent sociopaths,  psychopaths and criminals of the world will choose,  if they want to participate in a religion.  They will most likely become Muslims,  and they will imitate the violent behavior of the founder,  Mohammed.  We are seeing this unfold before our eyes,  as foreign fighters flock to Syria,  to fight in the monstrous Jihad  of the Muslim group ISIS.  Or if they do not want go to Syria,  they can kill and behead infidels right in their hometown,  whether it be Paris,  New York,  Copenhagen or Sydney,  and make world headlines.  We have the prophet Mohammed to thank for all of this horrific Muslim violence.  He made Islam a religion of oppression and violence,  and peaceful Muslims are peaceful in spite of Mohammed’s teachings and law,  not because of them.  The  “Prophet of Islam”,  who Obama says we must not slander,  was the Prophet of Killing and Oppression.  By contrast,  Jesus was the Prophet of Love,  Forgiveness and Self-Sacrifice.

Another crucial fact to consider when comparing Mohammed and Jesus concerns the issue of telling lies.  There are a lot of Muslim writings that permit,  or even encourage lying:  http://wikiislam.net/wiki/Lying_and_Deception_in_Islam   Muslims are allowed to lie to unbelievers in order to defeat them.  A Muslim who follows this doctrine feels no guilt in lying to non-Muslims.  They are only obligated to tell the truth to fellow Muslims.  The two forms of lying are:  Taqiyya – Saying something that isn’t true,  and  Kitman – Lying by omission.  An example would be when Muslim apologists quote only a fragment of verse 5:32 (that if anyone kills “it shall be as if he had killed all mankind”) while neglecting to mention that the rest of the verse,  and the next verse,  mandate killing in undefined cases of  “corruption.”

To my great disgust,  on the TV news,  on February 18, 2015,  I saw President Obama use this exact lie of omission,  in support of Islam,  quoting that innocent fragment of verse 5:32,  without mentioning the rest of the verse or following verses.  It is as if Obama knows well the Muslim practice of Kitman.  It only took me a few minutes to find the full verse, and the full verse 5:33 which follows,  in both Arabic and English:

5:32

Because of that, We decreed upon the Children of Israel that whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption [done] in the land – it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one – it is as if he had saved mankind entirely. And our messengers had certainly come to them with clear proofs. Then indeed many of them, [even] after that, throughout the land, were transgressors.

5:33

Indeed, the penalty for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive upon earth [to cause] corruption is none but that they be killed or crucified or that their hands and feet be cut off from opposite sides or that they be exiled from the land. That is for them a disgrace in this world; and for them in the Hereafter is a great punishment.

 This is a far cry from the Islamic peaceful prohibition of killing,  that our lying president tried to claim it to be.  On the contrary,  it is the complete opposite.  It calls for the killing,  crucifying,  or cutting off of hands and feet of those who  cause  “corruption”.  Also, in the first verse,  it seems that the prohibition against killing was  “decreed upon the Chlidren of Israel”,  not upon Muslims.  Apparently,  Allah was simply reminding us of the sixth of the Ten Commandments,  “Thou shalt not kill”,  as delivered by God to Moses.  Then in 5:33,  Allah was exempting Islam from that,  reserving killing for Mohammed  (His Messenger)  and for Muslims.  And who gets to decide what  “corruption”  is,  this vague offense that we can be killed for?  Why,  the Musiims get to decide what  “corruption”  is,  of course.
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 So Obama is either lying,  stupid,  or thinks we are very stupid.  Now that you have seen the full verses of the Muslim  “prohibition against killing”,  I ask you:  What better license does an Islamic terrorist need to kill us?  What better permission does ISIS need,  for beheading,  crucifying,  or burying alive Christians in Iraq and Syria?  This  so-called prohibition against killing turns out to be a license to kill,  that is plain for all to see,  if you just read the verses.  Obama is giving us an on-going demonstration of the Muslim practice of Kitman,  or lying to unbelievers,  even while quoting the Koran itself.  For this he should be exposed as a liar and condemned by all.  Even honest Muslims should object to his lying,  if they want to separate themselves from the violent Muslims who use such deception to falsely justify their murder.
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Though not called Taqiyya by name,  Mohammed clearly used deception when he signed a 10-year treaty with the Meccans that allowed him access to their city while he secretly prepared his own forces for a takeover.  The unsuspecting residents were conquered in easy fashion after he broke the treaty two years later,  and some of the people in the city who had trusted him at his word were executed.

In great contrast,  the Bible teaches that lying is wrong,  without distinction between lying to believers or unbelievers.  It states: “Thou shalt not bear false witness against your neighbor” (Exodus 20:16).  A Hebrew psalmist wrote: “Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit” (Psalm 34:13).  The Proverbs also condemn lying: “There are six things that the Lord hates…..a lying tongue” (Proverbs 6:16-17).  “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord” (Proverbs 12:22).  “It is better to be poor than to be a liar” (Proverbs 19:22).  Jesus weighed in with these words: “It is from within, from the heart, that evil intentions come: …..deceit….. All these things come from within,  and they defile a person” (Mark 7:21).

So it does not take a genius to figure out which religion the pathological liars of the world will choose,  if they want to participate in a religion.  They will most likely become Muslims,  so they can lie freely to non-Muslims,  with the approval of their prophet Mohammed and their god Allah.  This has been happening for 1400 years.  Islam has a tendency to attract unethical,  immoral people who are essentially predators,  and who have a tendency toward violence.  They may not be the majority,  but they are a large minority that does tremendous damage in the world.

The First Three Centuries

Another glaring difference between Christianity and Islam is the history of their first three centuries.  Can we judge a religion by its actions in its first three centuries?  I think we can judge it well by the first century alone,  but by three centuries the mold is definitely cast.  The intentions and teachings of the religion’s founder are still relatively fresh in the followers’ minds,  and they have had time to put those intentions and teachings into practice.  The organization of the religion has been established,  and the  “pecking order”  of leadership positions has been determined.  Distortions of the faith have been corrected,  heretics have been rebuked or banned,  and the founder’s most faithful followers have hopefully taken control.  Let us then apply this scale to Christianity and Islam.

The first three centuries of Christianity were its most authentic, true to its core values,  before it gained political sanction.  In Matthew 28:16-20,  Jesus commissioned his disciples to spread the gospel to all nations,  but this involved no killing,  no conquest,  no caliphate,  no religious tyranny of any kind.  It was a passionate campaign of peace and love.  Christianity sought no earthly kingdom;  it did not amass an army;  it did not seize land and persecute non-Christians.  Instead,  Christians were horribly persecuted themselves.  Even in these first three centuries of persecution,  Christianity spread far,  in a ring around the Mediterranean Sea.  Later,  it filled in the gaps,  covering most of south and west Europe,  as this map shows :

Christianity (spread of 400-800)

I want to make it clear that the first three centuries of this spread occurred while Christianity was under attack itself,  and not attacking others anywhere.  Even after the first three centuries,  when it gained political sanction,  Christianity did not typically spread itself by military attack.  Later,  it would turn inward on itself,  and use military force internally against groups of heretics.  But early on,  and for at least three centuries,  the faith was led by peaceful saints and martyrs,  many of whom followed the example of Christ and gave up their lives to spread a message of love and peace.  Even after Emperor Constantine ended Roman persecution in the early 300’s,  Christianity did not seize political control in these areas;  it peacefully co-existed with the governments of the land.

In great contrast,  the first three centuries of Islam were an orgy of conquest,  murder and persecution.  Refer back to the video of 548 battles above.  From 620 AD to 920 AD,  the red dots of battle spread like a plague over the Middle East,  North Africa,  and Europe,  with well over 100 battles in Spain alone.  The founder Mohammed sought political and military power in the early years of his messages from Allah,  started carving out an Arabic kingdom (which they later called a caliphate),  amassed an army,  seized control over as much land as possible,  and killed or persecuted many who did not accept his new religion.  The caliphs who followed Mohammed continued the bloody conquests,  and at the end of its third century, in about 920 AD,  Islam had conquered most of the Middle East,  the coastal regions of Africa,  and Spain.  In the process,  they murdered or enslaved  untold millions.  This is the true character of Islam,  spread by war,  ruling over other religions,  and it is ugly.  As I wrote above,  peaceful Muslims are peaceful in spite of Mohammed’s teachings and law,  not because of them.  There are teachings of love and peace,  but they are eclipsed by the militant teachings of conquest.  The militant Muslim groups are simply trying to return Islam to its original true character, and continue the conquest of the first three centuries of Islam,  until Islam holds the entire world in its iron grip.  ISIS leaders call peaceful Muslims  “moderns”,  and are disgusted with their tolerance of unbelievers,  infidels, which the Koran calls the kaffir.

Islam is an exclusive,  bigoted,  oppressive,  warring religion with doctrines that attract bullies,  liars,  killers and tyrants.  Its darker doctrines set Muslims to rule over people of other faiths,  and to take over the government.  Christianity is an inclusive,  liberating religion of peace that tells people to obey whatever government they are under;  to love your neighbor as you love yourself,  regardless of their beliefs.  So you tell me,  which is the better,  more peaceful,  more enlightened religion from a doctrinal standpoint?  The answer is obvious to everyone but Muslims.  Mohammed spent his life looting,  killing,  conquering and enslaving to set up his own earthly kingdom,  by the stroke of the sword.  Jesus said  “my kingdom is not of this world”,  and gave up his earthly life to the evil Jewish authorities of his time,  who were acting much like the Muslim leaders of the Taliban.  If Jesus came back today to minister to the radical Muslims as he ministered to the Jews,  he would be jailed and beheaded.

Buddha gave up a royal life of luxury to seek the truth,  but he never risked his life to prove the truth of his teachings,  so his teachings lack the urgency of a test of life or death.  Mohammed failed that test,  but Buddha never took it.

By contrast,  Jesus passed the test,  putting his life on the line,  without threatening other lives.  Jesus did knowingly and bravely risk his life,  just by  incarnating from spirit to flesh.  He had a metaphysical bulls-eye target painted on his back.  Dark forces knew who he was,  and wanted to kill him.  From the day he was born,  Herod’s  soldiers were looking for him to kill him.  His father Joseph was warned of the soldiers in a dream,  and he hustled Mary and Jesus out of town in the dead of the night,  before the soldiers arrived.  The soldiers killed every male infant they could find in the town,  perhaps 20 or 30 babies.  Joseph and Mary took Jesus to Egypt,  to escape the evil forces looking for them in Israel.  When Jesus grew up,  he said things that showed he knew that he was born to die horribly in the prime of his life,  and gave up his earthly life for his spiritual identity.  He stayed true to his moral principles in an incredibly immoral time of human history,  and he was brutally murdered by his evil enemies.  Then he thwarted all his enemies,  by rising  back to life three days later,  and appearing to his disciples and friends,  before ascending to take his rightful place as our Savior and Lord and Intercessor,  in the highest divine courtyards of Light in the temples of God.  This was a crucial accomplishment,  in God’s plan,  to prove to us the love and forgiveness and hope that our Creator feels for us,  his human creations,  even when we ignore him,  disobey him,  and some of us kill the precious messenger that he sent to us.

By being executed,  Jesus became a casualty of tyranny,  one of millions of victims brutally killed by Roman tyrants.  Jesus told a thief crucified next to him that he would see him in Paradise,  but we do not know what really happened to that thief,  or the other thief who mocked Jesus on the cross.  What happened to the millions of other victims killed?….. we do not know, since they did not get four Gospels written about them.  Have they received any justice,  or even any comfort?…..  we do not know.  Sadly,  we do know that their killers were not stopped,  but were allowed to go on torturing and killing,  to their evil heart’s content,  destroying as many people as they could.  Jesus was a special case,  a planned victim,  sent from God to teach us a new philosophy of love and compassion,  and to be killed in the process.  But his teachings have not done anything to prevent the constant slaughter of good people on this Earth.  If anything,  they have increased the slaughter,  by teaching people not to fight back,  but to turn the other cheek.  He told us to leave Justice to God…..  which his followers have largely done…..  so where is the Justice?  When is it coming to your town or mine?  When is it coming to the killing fields of Islam?  In so many Muslim countries,  jihadists are killing Christians and anyone else who resists them,  in their own perverted campaign of Islamic justice,  which goes against all other concepts of justice.  God’s timing for justice is a mystery,  but NOW would be a good time.

A Plea For Justice….. Which Is Long Overdue

After Jesus rose from the tomb in triumph over death and evil,  after he recovered from his devastating  spiritual ordeal,  and after he took his rightful place at the right hand of God,  far above us,  he  should have given a thought to Justice in the human realm.  And I believe that he does.  Because when  in Jerusalem,  he made or obtained a weapon,  in the form of a whip, and  he purged the Temple of the money-changers and animal-sellers,  in a shocking non-pacifist attack.  He greatly disrupted the business of the Temple,  attracting a crowd,  which must have included Jewish Pharisees and Roman soldiers on duty at the Temple.  It is amazing that he did not get arrested for this outrageous offense.  One of the money-changers challenged Jesus,  asking for a sign of his authority.  Jesus answered in a mysterious way,  saying that if this “temple”  was destroyed,  he would raise it again in three days.  His listeners had no way of knowing Jesus’ double meaning of the word “temple”.  This claim was ridiculed on that day,  and it was evidence in the case against him,  but it was a true prediction of his own resurrection.  He attacked the money-changers  perhaps on two different occasions,  but this has been poorly reported by his followers.  There is a little-known painting by Rembrandt that I have recently discovered,  depicting this incident.

I am very grateful to Master Rembrandt for this painting.  Obviously,  he thought this was a very important incident,  that needed to be honored and commemorated.  Most Christians  focus on Jesus’ words of peace and love,  and ignore or mis-interpret his words of justice.  Here is a link to an excellent article,  about the justice of Jesus,  about Jesus with a whip:     http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/04/jesus_with_a_whip.html   This is where I found the Rembrandt painting.  It has some very interesting points,  so please give it a few minutes of your time.

Rembrandt-- Christ Driving Money Changers from the Temple

Rembrandt’s painting of Jesus with a Whip

Imagine yourself as a money-changer seeking to exploit the Jewish pilgrims of the Passover,  by providing them with the currency of the Temple,  at a nice profit,  just as your ancestors have done for centuries before you,  only to find the whip of this troublemaker Jesus stinging your back,  as he overturns your table,  scatters your coins,  and drives you out of the Temple.

The seeming impulsiveness of this incident is just as puzzling as its singularity.  Prior to this,  the actions of Jesus were peaceful and passive,  though his words were sometimes inflammatory.  Then Jesus directly observed the injustice of the corrupt money-changers and animal-sellers,  in his beloved Temple,  and he took steps to forcefully end that injustice,  at least for that day.  But this was petty,  paltry injustice.  There was much greater injustice occurring in the ranks of the Jewish priests,  oppressing and robbing the Jewish people in many ways.  There was much greater injustice occurring in the hierarchy of the Roman Empire,  oppressing and robbing many conquered countries.  Jesus would have been much more effective to take a whip to the back of the High Priest Caiaphas who controlled the corrupt Sanhedrin and Pharisees,  or King Herod who killed all the male infants of Bethlehem when Jesus was born and beheaded John the Baptist, or Pontius Pilate who had his Roman soldiers slaughter and crucify many Jews before Jesus,  or the Roman Emperor Tiberius who had sex with children then killed them  (probably hundreds),  murdered thousands at a whim and brutally oppressed millions including the Jews in the remote province of  “Palestine”.  Surely Jesus was aware of their horrific crimes,  but he did nothing about them.  Instead,  curiously,  he chose to attack a few money-changers and animal-sellers in the Temple.  This made a great teaching point for him,  about the sanctity of Jewish temples,  which should not be violated.  But,  surely, as he told his disciples,  he knew that this particular Temple,  the greatest of all Temples,  would soon be violated in the worst possible way by pagan oppressors?  Was he ignoring that disastrous event to avoid what the military calls  “mission creep”;  being distracted from your original mission by a seemingly greater mission that is not appropriate at the time?  That is one possibility.

(There is a much better example of Jesus applying force to accomplish justice,  against a man named Saul of Tarsus,  but that will be addressed in the section below named  “Promises,  Promises,  Promises”.  For now,  let me finish this point about the Temple.)

Herods-templeThe very Temple that Jesus defended with a whip,  that he called  “My Father’s House”,   was utterly destroyed a mere 40 years later by Roman legions putting down the Jewish revolt.  Even worse, the bodily temples of over a million Jews were killed.  Some of these Jewish victims had probably seen and heard the ministry of Jesus, when they were young.  Some of them may have been crying out his name when the Roman swords cut them down.  Some of them may have been killed on the very spot where Jesus had whipped the money-changers.  The same stones that had rung with the clanging of falling coins,  were now soaked with innocent Jewish blood.  Then those stones were dismantled or crushed by the Romans,  to destroy the Temple of these “rebellious” Jews who would not bow to the gods of the Romans.

Contrary to Jesus’ answer to the money-changer above,  Jesus did not return to rebuild the temple in three days,  as he could have.  This miracle would have been an appropriate answer to the Romans,  and it would have instructed the Romans of their great evil and folly.  Can you just imagine an intense and blinding light enveloping the destroyed temple for a period of hours or days,  drawing the awed attention of every surviving citizen of Jerusalem,  every soldier of the Roman legions who just destroyed that temple and murdered its worshippers?  Can you imagine the intense light pulsing and humming with pure notes of sound,  almost as if composing music?  Can you imagine the intense light then fading away,  to leave a restored temple,  standing just as tall as it did when it was first completed?   Can anyone doubt that this miracle would have converted a large number of Romans to Christianity,  would have hastened the rise of Christianity in the Roman Empire by three centuries,  and would have saved countless Christians murdered in those three centuries?  What a shame that Jesus did not return, to do what he told the money-changer he would do.  He had “rebuilt” one “temple” in three days,  but he did not keep his word concerning the other “temple”.

He did not return,  and the Romans continued to crush the Jews,  and the Christians,  under their heels,  for centuries.  Am I the only one who grieves for the crushing of the Jews,  and the crushing of countless other nations by evil tyrants,  right up to the present day,  which moves me to respectfully ask why the Creator of the universe cannot  (or will not)  do SOMETHING to prevent or stop such horrific disasters?   Jesus with a whip was a good start,  but it needs to go far beyond that.

According to Christian doctrine,  a crucial and profound divine mission was accomplished by the loving sacrifice of Jesus.  His blood paid for our sins  and our salvation,  if we repent and believe.  We get that,  and we are grateful for it.  Two thousand years later,  another crucial mission remains to be accomplished,  the mission of Justice,  and I wish They would get started with it.  Justice is not only long overdue…..  it is constantly due,  it is constantly needed,  like the air that we breathe,  and it is wrong to intentionally delay it….. justice is an essential ingredient for goodness and morality.  Without it,  goodness and morality are distorted almost beyond recognition,  or they are destroyed.

The Constant Need and Responsibility for Justice

It could be argued:  Justice is constantly due,  constantly needed as a component of goodness.  People define justice in different ways,  but when people are being mistreated or under attack,  when the fires of conflict are burning them,  when they are being cheated,  robbed,  raped,  hit,  cut,  stabbed,  or shot,  no one argues that they should not have justice now,  that they should wait for it and have it next month,  next year,  in ten years,  in fifty years,  or after they die.  Many people may despair of having justice in this life,  and so hope for it in the afterlife.  But all people want and need justice and fairness in every moment,  every relationship,  every transaction,  every conflict.  That is why I say justice is constantly due,  constantly needed as a component of goodness.

I am not focusing here on minor details of justice,  called “fairness”  or  “social justice”  by those who have a lesser agenda.  We desire these things,  of course,  and we need them.  But we must handle the milder issues of fairness or social justice for ourselves.  I am not concerned with the fine-tuning of a musical instrument,  or how the music sounds…..  I am concerned about the complete destruction of the instruments and the musicians.  Those lesser issues do not involve the massive destruction of good people by evil people.  The type of people who concern themselves with minor issues of  “fairness”  or  “social justice”  typically cannot address extreme torture,  murder,  terrorism,  genocide,  ethnic purging,  jihad,  oppression, slavery,  war….. the absolute domination or destruction of one or more persons by another.  Stopping or ending such domination or destruction,  is the type of justice I mean here.  It often requires killing the attackers,  because if they persist,  there is no other way to stop them.  But killing the attackers is not the goal.  The goal is to stop their dominating or destroying activity.

Priests,  lawyers,  politicians,  professors,  social workers, and  “community organizers”  (like our current lousy excuse for a president)  deal very poorly with such things,  even if they are free of corruption or vice  (and they rarely are).  Their philosophy is incomplete or flawed,  and it is a fatal flaw,  for others if not themselves.  Their philosophy slows them down in dealing with evil,  because it values  “love”  or  “compassion”  or  “forgiveness”  or  “equality”  or  “peace”  or  “resolution”  or  “diplomacy”  over the enforcement of justice.  Other moral values are truly important at times,  but justice is the only value that is vital at all times,  because it protects all the others from destruction,  and provides a safe environment for them to operate.  Justice needs to come first,  not  last,  as it does in religious doctrine and most of human society.

In human religious doctrine,  justice always comes last,  usually in the afterlife,  after the criminal or sinner has indulged in a full life of crime or sin.  While the criminal or sinner is being allowed his full wayward life,  and he attacks or victimizes us,  we are not even allowed to defend ourselves,  to enforce some justice for the common good.  The criminal’s  “free will”  seems to be valued more highly than the  “free will”  of his victims.  We are told to  “turn the other cheek”…..   but collectively,  after thousands of years of following this teaching,  humanity has almost run out of cheeks to turn,  and evil is still strong in the world…..  this usually does not work anyway,  because most criminals just keep attacking all the turned cheeks that they can find.  In the karmic religions,  such as Buddhism,  justice comes last.  Karma does nothing to stop the criminal in the act,  but forces him or her to suffer much later,  usually in the next life,  when someone else does it to them,  causing the need for more karmic punishment,  ad infinitum,  ad nauseum.  Even worse,  karmic believers say they should not intervene in a crime,  that the victim of a crime must deserve it,  because they did something bad in a past life.  I call this a cruel excuse for cowardice and apathy.  If karma had any validity,  as a force for goodness,  then its followers should be jumping at the chance to stop an attacker,  to save the current victim and many future victims from harm.  That should rack up tons of good karma,  and wipe out tons of bad karma,  without waiting for the next life.  If you get killed in the attempt,  so much the better,  because that should be good for added bonus karma in the next life.

I have a basic question….. a question that everyone should ask,  sometime in their life….. a question that is empowered by all the suffering,  all the abuse,  all the slavery,  all the torture,  all the murders,  all the tyrannies,  all the religious crusades and jihads,  all the wars that the human race has had to suffer since its birth on this planet.  It is a question that many people ask,  in some form,  but they ask it from within the constraints of a rigid belief system,  which gives them a dubious answer.  So here is the question,  for your consideration :

Why is it that forces that are supposedly omnipotent,  such as God or karma,  allow unlimited murder,  mayhem, and destruction on this planet,  and then delay any justice until later,  after all the horrendous damage is done?

From an objective standard of logic and morality,  something is very wrong with such a scenario.  But this is the scenario that all orthodox religions want us to believe:  evil people can murder millions of good people on this planet,  while God does nothing to stop them,  because he grants them free will.  But don’t worry,  all is well,  don’t fight them,  because God (or karma) will punish them later,  and will reward you for not fighting them.  This sounds like the philosophical evil equivalent of a used car salesman.  And so it is,  because it is a lie that conceals the truth,  in order to sell us a useless piece of junk. This lie is countered by the simple old adage that anyone can understand:  “two wrongs do not make a right.”  No amount of future punishment can compensate for the murder of millions now.  The millions cannot be given their lives back,  the horrific damage cannot be undone,  by later punishing those who did it,  after they have died themselves. The religious salesmen who try to sell us this idea are working on the side of evil,  not on the side of goodness,  but they have been deceived into believing that this idea is good,  and that they are good in preaching it.  Such deceived salesmen are leading every religion in the world.  Something is drastically wrong with all of the popular global religious scenarios of delayed justice,  sanctioned by an omnipotent entity such as God,  or an omnipotent force such as karma.  It does not make any sense at all,  from any moral,  logical,  or philosophical viewpoint.  The answers to the question above,  given by theologians and gurus  (the sales managers),  generally revolve around “free will” and  “love”,  but those answers do not make much sense either.  If you will seriously entertain this question,  and honestly think about it for just a few minutes,  you will then begin to question every established belief system in the world,  and you will begin to actually think for yourself,  perhaps for the first time in your life.  This question begs for an answer,  and finding the answer might be the greatest adventure of your life.  It is surely the greatest adventure of my life,  and I am asking you to join me in that adventure.

In secular human society,  there is also a great tendency for justice to come last.  There is a great tendency to allow a criminal to commit a crime and get away,  to delay any justice until later.  For example,  many stores and businesses will fire or penalize employees who fight or resist a thief who comes in to rob the place.  This is an outrageous violation of the principle of justice….. actually it is a gross injustice or evil in itself,  caused by corporate lawyers who let the risk of liability destroy their morality.  For another example,  people get attacked and mugged on a busy street,  with plenty of witnesses,  but no one lifts a finger to repel the attacker.  It is left for the police to try to track down the attacker and achieve some justice later,  or last.  This is an even more outrageous violation of justice,  caused by fear and cowardice of the witnesses,  who let the fear of injury override their morality.  They will say they were not cut out to be a  “hero”,  but a true hero will tell you that they are not a “hero”,  that they just did what was right.

On the other hand,  we frail humans do have our reasons for putting justice last,  with fear of injury being one of the strongest,  and fear of retaliation or lawsuit running right behind it.  Our lives and families can be destroyed,  if we stand up for justice and become the target of vengeful evil.  God or karma have no such excuses,  for if they are omnipotent,  they cannot be injured,  retaliated against,  or sued.

In these and many other ways,  both religious and secular,  justice is de-valued,  moral values are turned upside-down,  and their proper priority is reversed.  Contrary to popular opinion,  contrary to popular religion,  and contrary to the Beatles,  “love”  is not  “all you need.”  It would be much closer to the truth to say  “justice is all you need”,  for when you have that,  love and all the other gentle values can blossom,  without fear of destruction.  Those who delay or de-value justice put all the other values  (love,  equality,  peace,  etc.)  in great peril.  And it is very telling,  that they rarely delay or de-value justice for themselves,  but always for others.  When they personally are being attacked, or perhaps their little  “group”  of family and friends,  they kick and scream, and they cry loudly for justice.  When other people,  outside their  “group”,  are being violently attacked and destroyed,  they ignore justice,  or they condemn the forceful steps needed to enforce it,  and they advise delays in the form of talking,  debating,  protesting,  petitioning,  negotiating,  sanctioning,  appeasing,  retreating …..  anything short of the immediate and violent response,  which is necessary to stop the attacker.  They tout these delays as effective action against the attackers,  which is a pathetic joke,  but they are not joking.  They will find all manner of reasons that they cannot directly engage the destroyers.  They cannot move fast enough to deal with destructive evil,  because their faulty philosophy will not allow it.  Their philosophy also causes them to stop others,  who are moving to deal with the destructive evil.  It is just like they put up a roadblock,  to stop the fire trucks from getting to the fire.  Yes,  it is that stupid.  This is part of what happened at the US embassy in Benghazi.

Sometimes,  their philosophy will not even recognize destructive evil,  proclaiming that there is  “no such thing as evil”.  Instead,  we must address the  “grievances”  of the aggressors,  to find out why they are so upset.  They believe in  “moral equivalence”,  which means that everyone is morally equivalent,  which is really a denial of immorality,  and a denial of the existence of evil.  Since there is no such thing as evil,  then we must find out why the criminals and terrorists have been  “driven”  to use violence….. we must ask ourselves what we or our society have done to harm them…..  because,  after all,  everyone is equal,  and there is no such thing as evil,  so nobody is evil,  and people who use violence must have some reason that is valid for them………. so we must listen to them and  “feel their pain”  and try to give them what they want,  so they will stop killing us….. and then we can all come together in a world full of love and peace.  So goes the fantasy,  when the immense human capacity for evil is left out of the equation.  I am not sure of the proper name of this evil-denying philosophy,  if there is a proper name,  but I call it liberal pacifism.

In another,  more virulent variety of liberal pacifism,  the believers are just morally aware enough to admit that evil exists,  but they assign it to the wrong persons.  They assign it to their philosophical opponents,  who are actually fighting evil more effectively than they are.  They would call me evil,  and this written article evil.  Typically,  anyone who approves of the use of violence to counter true evil,  is called evil themselves.  The younger George Bush is a perfect example.  The Marxist dictator of Venezuela,  Hugo Chavez,  who followed President George Bush at the podium in a UN speech,  took the opportunity to announce that he could still smell the evil fumes of  “El Diablo”,  or the devil,  who had just been there.  This was after liberal pacifists in the US had demonized Bush for years,  because of his many mistakes in the Iraq War.  Of all people,  Chavez was not morally qualified to call anyone evil,  except himself.  But evil people will never admit to their own evil.  Instead,  they point to their moral superiors,  their opponents,  those of us who would stop their abuse and destruction,  and call us evil.  Then,  adding insult to injury,  the pacifists among us also call us  “evil”  for using violence to try to stop the true evil.  There is a verse in the Bible that says a time will come when  “good is called evil,  and evil is called good.”  Without a doubt,  we are in such a time now.

The liberal pacifist denial of evil is a widespread fantasy,  even in the ranks of philosophers,  professors,  doctors and scientists who should know better.  Endless studies seek a genetic or biological or psychological or social reason for destructive behavior.  Evil people are labeled as  “disturbed”  or  “deranged”  or  “depraved”  or  “deprived”  or  “imbalanced”  or  “bipolar”  or  “psychotic”  or  “sick”  or  “crazy”  (certainly not  “evil”  because  “evil does not exist”).  They are called  “madmen”  or  “maniacs”  or  “sociopaths”  or  “psychopaths”,  and their violence is described as  “senseless”.  But they are not crazy,  and their violence makes a great deal of sense,  because it accomplishes the goals of their dominating,  destructive,  self-serving philosophy or religious doctrine.  The violence kills their enemies and opponents,  and intimidates others so they can be dominated.  They are playing a different game than the rest of us,  a game of domination with no rules,  no off-limits,  no restrictions,  no restraint.  We must recognize their deadly game,  and call it what it simply is:  evil.  Even if we foolishly grant that they were crazy or compelled to do violence,  the violence itself and its horrific results must be called what it simply is:  evil.  Regardless of the motivational factors,  our reaction should be the same:  immediate action to stop the attackers,  with whatever force it takes,  and a refusal to blame the victims of the attackers for causing the attack.

But evil people are not crazy or compelled,  they are extremely smart.  They are not hapless victims of their childhoods,  their genes,  their psyches,  their disorders,  etc.,  although they use these elements as their excuses,  and many educated fools listen to them.  Entire countries of educated fools will listen to them,  even join in with them,  as in Nazi Germany.  But  they all play the evil game of domination by choice,  and they use the stupidity and cowardice of their victims and opponents to great advantage.  They will never admit that they are evil by choice,  but will manufacture all manner of reasons that they are violent,  and how they are justified,  with elaborate lies to shift the blame onto their victims and opponents.  Sadly,  the victims and opponents usually listen to the elaborate lies to some extent,  and accept some of the blame,  and therein lies their stupidity.

People who hold such views will refuse to recognize their enemies,  or the harm they are doing to others.  They have very limited vision or awareness,  because they are focused on one single chapter in the vast Book of Life  (their own chapter),  and they have no interest in reading more.  They are not evil themselves,  they have never encountered evil people or personally dealt with evil,  so they cannot anticipate or comprehend evil in others,  evil in government,  and evil in their leaders.  They might busy themselves with  “doing good”  or  “serving others”,  to feel good about themselves.  They typically do not keep up with national or global news.  They have no interest in human history.  They have been described as  “low information voters”,  and this is a kind label for what they really are:  ignorant fools and hypocrites.  Their local humanitarian groups,  clubs,  services,  community projects,  charities and  churches are likely to be oppressed or outlawed by the next  change of national policy,  or the next political tyrant,  who may put them in jail or kill them.  But they won’t see it coming,  because they have no comprehension of the reality and power of evil.  Like the esteemed professors and scientists above,  many of them say that evil does not exist,  that it is a childish fantasy we need to outgrow,  because it diverts us from the real reasons for violence……….  it keeps us from  “understanding”  those poor abused criminals and terrorists,  who are really victims themselves………. and we,  or our society,  are the ones who have unfairly abused them.  How awful we are!  It is really all OUR own fault!  There is a growing group of liberals who hold this view about America,  and our current president is one of them.  In many of our schools,  they are teaching our children this “blame America first”  garbage.

But these people who refuse to see true evil…..  they do see the riots,  the stores looted and destroyed,  the car bombs,  the downed airplanes,  the muggings,  the gangs,  the cartels,  the murders,  the wars,  the beheadings on TV or on the Internet.  They see the results of evil,  even if they do not  “believe”  in evil.  Therefore,  fear or cowardice might be an ulterior motive for their reluctance to take direct personal action against aggressive evil,  because direct personal action involves great personal risk. They are concerned with the living,  mostly themselves,  but  I am concerned with the dead and dying.

Those of us who do see true evil,  and who still do not run from it,  bear a great burden,  a burden of one in a thousand.  We are willing to fight and to die,  while those thousand we protect are not willing,  and will not help us.  They lack courage,  they lack understanding,  they lack maturity,  and they lack wisdom.  They criticize us,  shun us,  run from us,  even condemn us as evil or crazy.  But we should not be discouraged,  for that is what the weaker friends of all good men do.  We follow a higher calling.  We know what the stakes are,  we know what the enemy is doing,  we see them as the predators they really are,  and those we protect do not see it.  They could even be our children,  our parents,  our brother,  our sister,  our husband or wife,  our friends,  and still they do not see.  Even while they shun us,  we fight on,  with the hope that someday they will realize what we have done for them,  they will appreciate the sacrifices we have made for the higher good,  they will finally see what we have seen all along…..  that evil exists,  that it is all-destroying,  and that it must be defeated,  before we can live in any true peace.  Peace in the presence of evil is not true peace,  it is a fantasy,  a lie,  and a cowardly denial of duty.  We cannot honestly declare peace for ourselves,  while evil devours others.  In order to defeat evil,  we must take risks,  we must defend our neighbor,  we must take decisive and drastic action…..  we must fight every fire of evil,  whether in our own back yard,  or someone else’s back yard across an ocean.  We must break things and kill people….. but only kill those people who have chosen to be destructive themselves,  and who can be stopped no other way.

We  (the universal We,  including God)  should take direct action to stop the destruction of life by evil men,  anywhere and everywhere,  before we can worry about  “fairness” in the conduct of life. It is hypocritical to worry about  “fairness”  in our own life or our own community,  when the lives and communities of other people are being completely destroyed.  What is needed, is the moral equivalent of a doctor conducting triage after a disaster or a battle,  but a warrior is needed instead of a doctor.  You must first help those victims who are dying,  before you help those who are having a stomach ache or a bad day.  Life on Earth is an on-going disaster or battle,  for most of its people.  To help them,  we do not have the luxury of the doctor arriving after the disaster, attack or battle; in the aftermath of the destruction.  We must arrive during the disaster, attack or battle,  to stop the forces of destruction.  The best treatment of an injury,  is to keep the injury from happening in the first place.  So we must arrive during the disaster,  attack or battle,  with weapons and tools of force,  to stop the on-going destruction.  We  (the universal We,  including God)  must stop the destructive injustice as it is happening.  There are at least two strategic advantages to this:  first,  the amount of destruction gets greatly minimized,  and second,  the attackers are identified by being caught in the act,  so no one can question their guilt.  Their lies about it will be ineffective,  and they do not have to be tracked down later.  There are different levels or degrees of injustice,  and I am dealing here with the most damaging,  whether done by a lone assassin like John Wilkes Booth,  killer of one,  or done by a Charles Manson,  killer of a few,  or done by a Josef Stalin,  destroyer of tens of millions,  or done by an organization like the Muslim Brotherhood,  oppressor of hundreds of millions of non-Muslims from the 1920’s to the current day,  Islam’s version of the KKK or the Mafia.  Again,  the specific type of justice I am referring to here,  that we need help with,  is the termination or stopping of evil or destructive actions by others,  as in severe abuse,  oppression,  crime,  or tyranny.

The violent forms of injustice are like a fire burning a forest,  like flames leaping from tree to tree,  consuming the entire crown of a tree in seconds …..  the fires of violent injustice burn and destroy their victims at every moment of combustion,  and the forces of justice and goodness must IMMEDIATELY work to put out the fire,  like firemen,  to end it’s massive destruction.  Often,  the best way to fight a forest fire is with another fire,  to cut off it’s access to more fuel.  But regardless of how it is done,  the abuser,  criminal or tyrant is like a destroying flame of fire that must be put out NOW,  for as long as it is burning,  it is destroying the happiness,  the health,  the property,  the dignity,  the freedom of innocent people.

Or consider a garden,  where we are trying to grow fruits or vegetables,  to feed ourselves and others.  The violent forms of injustice,  of evil,  are like weeds and insects,  which invade our garden and choke out or destroy our precious food plants.  We cannot  “turn the other cheek”  to the weeds and insects,  we cannot forgive them,  we cannot negotiate with them.  We must destroy them,  or they will destroy our garden,  or more accurately,  they will take it from us and use everything we have put into our garden,  for their own selfish gain,  leaving us to starve.  Or if we imagine ourselves as the fruit of the garden,  we must choose if we are going to allow the weeds and insects to devour us,  or if we will fight to defeat them and fulfill our intended purpose,  to become the bread of life for ourselves and others.  Now imagine our garden to be the entire world,  and imagine God’s garden to be the entire universe….. not the mythical Garden of Eden,  where we ate some silly forbidden apple.  It gives one a sudden clarity of purpose,  and an understanding of the universal struggle between good and evil,  between love and hate,  between freedom and oppression.  Religious doctrine does not give one this clarity and understanding,  but instead conceals it and confuses us.

Everyone knows the feelings of injustice…..  when you are unfairly treated,  when you are falsely accused,  when you are slighted,  cheated,  abused or disrespected…..  it upsets you,  it depresses you,  it saddens you,  it makes you angry.  When you are violently attacked and injured,  those feelings are all the more intense,  and terror or fear is added,  along with physical bodily damage.  The longer the injustice lasts,  the more it damages you and weakens you,  the more it saps the life energy out of you.  It’s destructive fire is burning the goodness out of you.  Even if the injury or injustice is corrected,  it leaves you permanently scarred,  emotionally damaged,  perhaps bitter or resentful,  weary or wary,  and less capable in certain ways,  such as love and trust.

Conversely,  when you are treated fairly,  when you are respected,  when you are given positive attention,  when others show care and consideration for you,  when others help you recover from injury,  when others sincerely apologize for hurting you…..  it is a wonderful and uplifting feeling, and it can regenerate you and re-energize you.  These are universal feelings,  and I mean that quite literally,  as expressed by a universal natural moral principle,  that everyone should recognize as true,  and no one can honestly argue against :

Every intelligent being in the universe shares a constant need for justice from others,  and a constant responsibility for justice to others.  Therefore,  justice has a constant urgency.  Like the constant urgent need of our lungs for air,  our souls have a constant urgent need for justice.  Therefore ,  justice cannot be rightfully denied;  it cannot be rightfully refused;  it cannot be rightfully neglected.  Also,  It cannot be rightfully delayed.  Justice is often thwarted,  by various obstacles or weaknesses,  but it should not be delayed by willful intention.  Justice should not be withheld in any way by willful intention,  because delaying or withholding justice allows active evil destructive agents to keep destroying,  just like the flame of a fire,  as mentioned above.

So,  justice that is intentionally delayed is,  in fact,  a form of cruel injustice.  He who knowingly delays justice against active evil,  becomes an enabler and a silent partner to the evil.  In the laws of men,  this is known as criminal negligence,  when we fail to act in a way we should have acted,  and could have acted,  to prevent harm to others.  Is this a universal moral principle that should be honored by man and by God?  I believe that it is.  Also,  the Bible places huge responsibility upon us to help others,  and upon God to help us.  Next we must consider:  is God capable of delivering justice on Earth,  for individuals or for society?  The Bible and other writings say that God is fully capable,  but is delaying justice for various reasons.  I think this is a moral impossibility,  so it follows that God may not be as capable as advertised,  i.e.,  may not be omnipotent.  This notion goes against every major religion in the world  (except Buddhism,  which is irrelevant here,  for the moment).  But it is an important notion to consider,  that could explain a great deal of controversy and conflicts,  between the doctrines of the major deity religions,  and the ugly realities of human history.

Humans tend to prefer their Gods to be omnipotent,  just like children tend to idolize their fathers at some stage of life,  but we need to grow up and face reality.  Fathers are not perfect or all-powerful,  as we can know from direct observation as children and direct experience as fathers.  God cannot be omnipotent,  as we can know from logical reasoning and moral intuition,  from the study of the history of our own planet.  His creative powers are great,  and He spreads the energy of Life across the universe.  He sets galaxies in motion,  but He does not stop an evil man from killing you or me.  He can have a great impact wherever He chooses to focus his power,  but He allows earthquakes,  volcanoes,  hurricanes,  and tsunamis to slaughter us.  He teaches love and compassion through prophets,  but allows wars to destroy millions of us.  He can radiate Love across the universe.  But when it comes to enforcing Justice on this planet,  there is a glaring lack of power,  a severe limitation of some kind,  a disconnect from the moral principles of responsibility that are taught in the many holy books that claim to speak His words.

A philosophy that teaches universal moral responsibility,  such as the Bible does,  cannot   “turn the other cheek”  to evil,  but must take steps to oppose it and stop it.  If we are  “our brother’s keeper”,  and everyone is our brother,  then when they turn to evil,  we must oppose them in an effort to stop them and correct them.  When they are attacked by evil,  we must fight to save them.  Conversely,  when we are attacked by evil,  we wish and pray for our brothers to fight to save us.  The prevailing pacifism that has emerged from Christian doctrine,  is counter-productive to the enforcement of justice,  to say the least.  It is like a virus introduced into the church,  the body of Christ,  to sicken and weaken it.  Pacifism sabotages justice.  Pacifism destroys justice,  allows evil to destroy goodness,  and allows hate to destroy love.  Pacifism is the enemy’s best argument to defeat us,  telling us that we should not fight them,  as they are conquering us.

Leaving religion and God out of the picture,  I also believe in universal moral responsibility,  but two of the main specific responsibilities that universal responsibility requires,  are  1) the responsibility to actively oppose evil actions of others,  in our presence,  even at great personal risk,  and  2) the larger responsibility to oppose evil actions of others at a distance,  to enforce justice,  without regard to proximity,  distance,  or human legal jurisdiction,  whether it be across the street or across an ocean.  The true jurisdiction of justice is universal and global,  and when people refuse to admit that,  the end result is massive injustice for all….. which is the usual state of affairs on Earth.  Whatever goodness fails to defend,  evil will take or destroy.

Free Will  VS.  Permissive Inaction

Getting back to concepts of God,  theologians will say that God is limited because he grants us  “free will”,  so he cannot stop those who do evil,  but will judge them and punish them later.  This  “free will” is somehow regarded as sacred,  during our physical lives.  Then after we die,  our  “free will”  is somehow no longer sacred,  and moral accounts are somehow settled,  then souls enjoy eternal reward or suffer eternal punishment.  But this violates every moral principle of responsibility,  and violates the universal moral principle I have distilled and proposed above.  If justice has not been enforced while we are in bodies,  and all manner of evil and injustice has been done,  then all victims of evil have been deprived of time and resources to earn their salvation.  After God has allowed evil and injustice to reign free on Earth,  with evil people killing good people at will and without limit,  any punishment of the victims in the afterlife would be a huge travesty and injustice.

For example,  let us say that a serial murderer or terrorist,  using his God-given  “free will”,   kills people who are not perfect or  “saved”…..  he murders a compulsive liar,  a burglar,  a man who cheats on his wife,  a woman who cheats on her husband,  a prostitute,  an embezzler,  a drug addict,  and an alcoholic.  But let us say these  “sinners”,  whose sins are far less than murder,  would have reformed their lives if not murdered,  and let us say their murderer does reform his life,  after feeling remorse for killing them.  I have no doubt that this has happened countless times in human history.  Does the repentant born-again murderer then get rewarded in the afterlife,  and his  “sinning”  victims get punished forever?  Most Christian theologians would say yes.  I do not think so,  but no matter their fate in the afterlife,  it cannot undo the fact that the murderer was allowed to kill and kill and kill again,  without being stopped by God.

This fact of permissive inaction must be accounted for,  because it is the broken link in the chain of logic and morality.  If those above us are guilty of permissive inaction,  the proper progression of moral responsibility breaks down,  evil gains the upper hand,  and there is no way that we humans below can make up for the permissive inaction of those above us.  Because of their permissive inaction,  the chain of command,  the chain of supply,  the chain of support,  the chain of logic,  the chain of morality on the side of goodness has been broken.

Let us say that the murderer,  instead of killing  “sinners”,  uses his  “free will”  to kill people who are close to perfect,  with no major faults or sins,  people who care for and heal and protect others,  such as doctors,  nurses,  teachers,  firemen,  counselors,  ministers.  Allowing the murderer to keep abusing his  “free will”  comes at the great cost of these providers’  lives,  and the great loss of all the people they would have helped and saved,  all the great goodness they would have done,  in the rest of their lives.  Their  “free will”  is destroyed,  along with their very existence and the chain of healing influence they were producing.  Conversely,  stopping the murderer after the first murder,  or even better,  before the first murder was completed,  would save all these good people,  all the people they will save in the future,  and all the goodness they will accomplish in the world.

If we,  like God,  knew when the murderer,  with full evil intent and the means to do it,  will commit his first murder,  then he could be stopped in the minutes or seconds before he pulls the trigger.  This is what our snipers do on the battlefield,  as brilliantly portrayed in the excellent movie  “American Sniper”.  But we need a way to do it off the battlefield,  in everyday life.  This goal became quite a problem in the excellent movie  “Minority Report”,  but it should be no problem for God.  Great power brings great responsibility,  and someone must be held to account for permissive inaction in the presence of destructive evil.  There is no accounting for this in popular religion.

Instead,  we are told that God can do as much or as little as he pleases,  to enforce justice,  with no standard of consistency.  We are presented with a story that swings from one extreme to the other;  from destroying the entire human race in a flood and saving only one family,  to allowing his Son to be ridiculed,  tortured and murdered by the people that he was sent to help,  without lifting a finger to stop it.  Then the Son left us to rejoin the Father,  with promises to watch over us and protect us  (promises that have not been kept). This bloody sacrifice supposedly ushered in a new policy of love and tolerance,  which urges us to suffer and endure all injustice,  like Jesus did,  and discourages us from enforcing any justice for ourselves.  Meanwhile,  though he loves us and requires our faith,  God gives us no justice,  no protection while we are alive.  He allows evil people to dominate and destroy us,  and tells us to  “turn the other cheek”.  He says that after we are dead,  the good will be rewarded and the evil will be punished.  But while we are living our one crucial bodily life on this planet,  our one crucial bodily life that will determine our eternal destiny,  evil forces will not be stopped by God,  and those evil forces can kill any of us,  at any time.  Does this narrative make any sense to you?  It does not make any sense to me,  but this is the basic story we are force-fed when we attend any Christian church.  It is a man-made fantasy that has no relation to moral or physical or spiritual reality,  and very little relation to God.

Regardless of what really happened,  or what we inquire about what really happened,  there are strong agendas of religious doctrine trying to FORCE US into a singular interpretation,  and to reject any questioning of that interpretation.  There are many choices available to the religious shopper.  The range of choice is astonishing,  if you do any research into religious beliefs.  But if you attend any church,  temple,  synagogue,  or mosque,  even if it is a  “liberal” one or a  “new age”  one,  you will subject yourself to the oppressive force of a religious doctrine,  that demands conformity and crushes intelligent critical thought.  All of the popular religious doctrines are deeply flawed,  from a logical,  moral,  and philosophical viewpoint.  I do not say this lightly,  and I am in good company.  Remember that Jesus condemned the Pharisees,  the religious authorities of his time.  Remember that Jesus was arrested,  condemned,  and executed by those same authorities.  There are many  “Pharisees”  in every religion today.  It is sad that a person who seeks the truth or who knows the truth,  like Jesus did,  must oppose the influence of all the popular religious organizations.  But they must be opposed,  because all of the popular religious doctrines violate basic moral principles of responsibility,  on all levels from God to man.  On our level,  they suppress justice and surrender the world to be dominated by the unjust.  On God’s level,  religious doctrine gives God a pass on all the responsibilities he places upon us,  and it does not account for the absence or inaction of an omnipotent God,  which permits all manner of evil to triumph over goodness on our level.  We,  as spiritual moral beings,  sense that this cannot be true,  therefore we sense that religious doctrine is false.

Permissive inaction must be accounted for,  because the delaying or withholding of justice against destructive evil is immoral and unethical,  and could be considered gross negligence.  It could be considered criminal or even evil itself,  because it greatly enables and empowers evil.  This point has already been addressed in the above section on “The Constant Need and Responsibility for Justice”.

Also, I ask the theologians,  why is  “free will”  more sacred and inviolate when we occupy bodies,  than when we leave those bodies?  All this accomplishes is to allow evil a free reign in this world,  where it can do the most damage.  If earthly life is a classroom or a lesson or a test,  it would be much easier to learn the lesson or pass the test,  if we struggling students were not constantly being attacked and murdered by our classmates who have already failed the test!!!

Here is the solution,  in the form of a philosophical principle that makes logical,  practical,  and moral sense:  Whether in bodies or in spirit,  those who abuse their  “free will”,  who turn it to evil and destroy others,  have instantly forfeited their right to that  “free will”,  in that very moment of destruction,  and it becomes the moral obligation of others to take that  “free will”  away from the evil ones.  If they do not,  the evil ones will continue to actively destroy the  “free will”  of their victims,  whether one victim or one million.  If this one principle was widely followed by people,  it would vastly improve the human condition.  But the omnipotent God of the theologians would have the greatest moral obligation of all,  to take away the  “free will”  of the evil ones,  because he has the greatest capability to stop the evil ones,  and he is the one who supposedly gave them their  “free will”  in the first place.  If so,  he then has the obligation to take it away,  when they abuse it to destroy others.  The victims of the evil ones are also entitled to their sacred “free will”,  but it is taken away from them by the evil one.  When a victim is abused,  oppressed,  or murdered by a criminal,  the  “free will”  of the criminal is trampling and destroying the  “free will”  of the victim,  as described above in the case of a serial murderer or terrorist.  And when a tyrant gains power in a country,  why should the  “free will”  of a few evil ones  be allowed to destroy the  “free will”  of millions?  Simply,  it should not.

So,  if  “free will”  were such a sacred and precious thing to God,  then God would not allow evil people to destroy so much of it in their victims. The  “free will”  of one evil person would not be allowed to destroy the  “free will”  of many,  even millions,  by killing them.  To allow this makes a mockery of the importance of  “free will”  and justice.  But religious doctrine tells us that this is allowed.  Also,  popular  “New Age”  spiritualism says this is allowed.  Do not allow twisted religious doctrine to blind you to the moral truth.  Justice requires the immediate revoking of the  “free will”  of the evil one,  when he or she commits evil acts.  This is how human societies conduct themselves,  in the pursuit of justice.  Or at least,  this is the model written into our laws,  though the enforcement is difficult.  For human society,  it is extremely difficult to identify,  find,  capture,  put to trial,  and punish a murderer,  but that is the goal of our laws and our society.  Just imagine how insane and evil it would be,  for human society to allow a known mass murderer to continue killing innocent victims until he died a natural death,  knowing who he is and where he lives all the time,  but not lifting a finger to stop him,  because we cannot violate his sacred  “free will”  until he has died…..  then after he has died,  we will violate his  “free will”  and punish him.  Yet this is what religious doctrine teaches us about God.  Do not accept it,  about God or about ourselves.  The moral principle of revoking  “free will”   from evil people is the only ethical way to conduct ourselves,  as a society and as individuals and as souls,  in dealing with evil and  “free will”.  Everyone reading this should know in their souls this is morally right,  so any religious doctrine to the contrary is simply wrong.  If enough people,  even theologians,  can agree on this one simple point concerning evil and free will,  then that is a good start to making justice happen more often.  I hope you can see that my target in this article is not God,  but rather the human religious doctrines about God that have been forced upon believers for thousands of years,  as well as the new ones that are popping up in recent decades.

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Many Ways to Understand the Messages of the Bible,  But Who is Right?

We may never know the answer to that question,  but it is easier to ask who is wrong……….

Nicaea-sistineburning books 1burning books 2. . . . . . The Bible is a flawed collection of ancient books,  chosen by arrogant,  power-hungry Christian (Catholic) bishops in the early centuries after Christ,  with the specific agenda to make God omnipotent,  and to make humanity the scum of the earth,  with the bishops as the intercessors between God and the scum He banished from Eden,  with the bishops holding the keys to Heaven or Hell,  and dangling those keys in front of their fearful flock of sheep-like scum,  and their local priests.  In the second century,  they started calling the church  “Catholic”,  to separate it from the Gnostics,  Arians,  and other groups who held different Christian beliefs,  and who accepted writings other than the ones that ended up in the Bible.  The clashes between those groups and the Catholic church escalated.  There were many battles fought over the content of the Bible,  and many good books were rejected and burned,  along with their readers.  If you doubt this,  please do some research on your own,  starting with the First Council of Nicaea in the year 325 AD:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Council_of_Nicaea   This council was called a  “synod of blockheads”  by one of the observers.  It forcefully settled the basic conflicts of Christian doctrine,  and punished the losers,  the Arians,  which set the stage for choosing which books would be included in the Bible,  and which books would be banned and burned.  These decisions took place at other later councils.  Even after all these deadly doctrinal battles,  we ended up with an amazingly good collection of books in the Bible.  Then,  after reading those books,  with their obvious agenda,  some interpretations of the Bible’s teachings make sense,  in accordance with logic and morality,  and some do not.  The destruction of the Knights Templar in 1307 illustrates this point with blood and fire,  and the Knights Templar were in desperate need of  God’s protection:  http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/dominicselwood/100263362/a-stain-on-history-the-burning-of-jacques-de-molay-grand-master-of-the-mysterious-knights-templar-700-years-ago-today/   Jesus himself condemned the interpretations and conduct of the Pharisees and Saducees,  who were recognized as leaders of the Jewish religion.  Jesus himself blinded Saul the Pharisee on the road to Damascus.  Most of the current leaders of the Christian religion should be challenged as well,  for their teachings are just as faulty as the Pharisees.

Christians,  and followers of all other orthodox religions,  should begin to realize that the doctrines that they hold dear have been carefully crafted to follow a certain agenda of domination,  by religious leaders similar to the Biblical  “Pharisees”,  who were far from wise,  who may have been what we now call narcissists,  who were interested primarily in the domination of believers and ensuring that those believers contributed plenty of their hard-earned money to support the church;  an agenda that is not completely in their own best interests.  While crafting those doctrines,  those leaders suppressed and destroyed writings which held truths that were perhaps more important than the writings they allowed to survive.

There are ancient books that were kept out of the Old Testament,  such as the Book of Enoch,  which contain fascinating accounts of God’s relationship to man.  In the Old Testament,  there are actual references to other banned books such as The Book of Jasher and the Book of the Wars of the Lord as sources,  yet those referenced source books were banned.  There were books written about Jesus,  such as the Gospels of Thomas and Philip,  his disciples,  the Gospel of Mary,  the Gospel of Nicodemus,  the Jesus Infancy Gospel,  and the Epistles of Jesus Christ and Abgarus,  which were banned because they called the accepted doctrines into question.  Some writings reported that Jesus was married and had children.  Some writings included teachings of reincarnation.  Because these writings were banned,  hunted and destroyed,  many of them survived only as fragments and partial pages.  Even after all the censoring,  deleting,  banning,  and burning, we are discovering and re-constructing these writings.

After all the censoring and deleting and banning,  not to mention difficulties with interpreting from one language to another to yet another,  what is presented in the Bible is best studied with great care and some skepticism.  President Thomas Jefferson studied the New Testament and possibly other writings about Jesus,  and offered this opinion to John Adams in a letter in 1814:  “In the New Testament there is internal evidence that parts of it have proceeded from an extraordinary man;  and that other parts are of the fabric of very inferior minds.  It is as easy to separate those parts,  as it is to pick out diamonds from dunghills.”  I do not know what criteria Jefferson was using to  “separate those parts”,  but Jefferson was a great man,  a great intellect,  and a great spirit,  and I think he was right about this.  The Bible has been tampered with,  by many people with different agendas over thousands of years,  and it contains both treasure and trash,  diamonds and dunghills,  and it is up to the reader to separate the parts.  Do you,  like President Jefferson,  think that it is  “easy to separate those parts”?  I do not think so,  I think it is almost impossible,  but still,  we must try.  Our very survival,  and the survival of our family,  may depend on it.

Even with all the censoring and book-burning that produced the Bible,  there are indications in the Bible about God’s true position on  “free will”,  and also about his possible limitations.  For example,  in Genesis 8 and 9,  after the great Flood,  God is giving Noah instructions concerning the new covenant between God and man.  He is telling Noah how humanity is to conduct itself,  to live a more righteous way.  In Genesis 9:6,  God told Noah  “Whoso sheddeth man’s blood,  by man shall his blood be shed;  for in the image of God made he man.”  This seems to me to be a crucial verse,  concerning the relationship between God and humanity,  at the crucial time of a new beginning.  Why would God assign to humanity such a difficult and dangerous task,  the stopping and punishment of violent criminals and murderers?  Maybe God assigned humanity to police itself,  concerning violent criminals and murderers,  because HE CANNOT DO IT HIMSELF,  because of some metaphysical limitation that He does not wish to reveal to us.  So He gave us a stern law,  for us to stop violent criminals and murderers for ourselves,  to shed their blood,  so that we would feel empowered and justified to do so.  How could it be that God could cause a great Flood to wipe out most of humanity,  which had become a race of murderers,  and yet not be able to stop a single murderer?  Perhaps God did not directly cause the Flood,  but long ago set the system in motion that resulted in a Flood.  When a huge flood became imminent,  and God knew it was coming,  He took steps to preserve the seeds of human and animal life,  so that they could recover after the Flood.  We do not know,  but this is one possible scenario,  among others.

In that scenario,  it could well be,  that God has created a vast and intricate system of physical matter,  energy and life,  with natural laws of interaction between the components.  Like inquisitive children,  we are learning more and more about this system and its natural laws.  It has been a long and painful process,  full of mistakes,  but today the search is extending our knowledge through amazing technological advances as well as spiritual advances.  In every possible way,  we are extending our vision on this planet,  and out to the other planets and stars and galaxies,  and into the spiritual realm as well.  We are slowly discovering that matter,  energy,  and life interact in certain ways,  with certain requirements that we call  “laws”  of science.  The animating ingredient is life energy,  a miraculous force which we cannot produce for ourselves,  which actually defies some of the  “laws”  of science.  Actually,  we are slowly discovering the  “laws”  of God,  and the parameters and limits set by God,  for us and for himself.  It could well be,  that when this system was started by God,  who breathed life energy into it,  it acquired a  “life”  of its own,  as a dynamic changing universe,  and began a unique sequence of interactions that built one upon the other,  that produced the incredible world and universe we live in now,  with all its goods and evils,  and it cannot be altered without destroying the entire system and starting over.  It could well be,  that God must let the system play out mostly on its own,  and does not cause specific floods or earthquakes or wars or other great disasters to happen,  but has foreknowledge of their coming,  and gives us instructions,  and deploys his spiritual forces and allies to try to accomplish the best result for His will and His morality to prevail.  But for some mysterious reason,  by some limitation of the system,  by some inherent rigidity or momentum,  they cannot directly intervene for most people,  when things go terribly wrong.  It could well be,  that God cannot stop a tornado or earthquake,  that God cannot stop an evil man from killing you or me,  without destroying the current system and starting over.

In such a scenario,  “free will”  becomes a secondary element,  subject to the rules and limitations of the current system set up by God.  The free reign or  “free will”  of evil becomes an unfortunate result or allowance of that system.  It is similar to the way that harmful bacteria and viruses can invade and destroy an otherwise healthy human body.  The  “free will”  of the harmful disease organisms destroy the  “free will”  of the healthy cells,  and often destroy the  “free will”  of the larger human body,  by crippling it or killing it.  This destruction can escalate into an epidemic,  killing thousands,  as in the current  Ebola epidemic.  This often happens right in front of the doctor,  with the doctor doing all he can to prevent it,  but he cannot defeat the  “free will”  of the disease,  without killing the human body that is its host.  For example,  the doctor could burn the human body,  incinerating it to ashes,  to destroy the disease organisms in that body,  but this would not be agreeable to the soul occupying that body at the time.  So he tries remedies and gives the patient instructions,  only to see the patient die anyway.  Some patients he is able to save,  but many die,  as victims of the  “free will”  of tiny disease organisms.  The limitations of the doctor may be similar to the plight of God,  concerning  “free will”  and the fight against evil people and injustice in the world.  In the Bible,  we have a powerful story concerning this very dilemma.  To heal a morally sick humanity,  God already tried or allowed massive destruction of the  “disease organisms”  with a Flood,  and then vowed he would never do that again,  or never allow it again.

But apart from that theory,  here is another point for the theologians to ponder,  concerning  “free will”  and its supposed supreme importance.  In the Flood,  God obviously had no concern for the  “free will”  of the human race,  which he was destroying  (in their doctrine),  except for one family.  Even that one family had to suspend their  “free will”  and do as God commanded them,  or die.  After the Flood,  in Genesis 9:6,  God certainly had no concern for the  “free will”  of violent criminals and murderers,  now did he?  No, he did not,  for he told us to shed their blood.  So,  consistently,  both before and after a monumental event in the God-human relationship,  God had no regard for the  “free will”  of murderers,  and commanded us to stop them,  to deal harshly with them,  to shed their blood.  And as a reason,  he offered  “for in the image of God made he man.”  This may mean that when a murderer kills a man or woman,  he is killing the image of God,  and by doing so,  he himself is no longer in the image of God,  and his fellow humans who are still in the image of God have the permission,  the obligation,  the command to stop him,  and then to punish him.

Proof of Heaven book coverMap of Heaven book coverDr. Eben Alexander,  in his two books  Proof of Heaven (2012)  and  The Map of Heaven (2014),  along with many other spiritual writers,  argue that the physical world and human society is but a dim reflection of the metaphysical,  that the afterlife is a much brighter, more vibrant,  more energetic place than the physical Earth.  The afterlife is described as  “more real”  than this life,  with intense natural beauty of trees,  meadows,  flowers,  streams,  waterfalls,  butterflies,  and everyone content and happy.  And there is no mention of crime or evil in their afterlife reports.  Somehow,  justice has been achieved in the afterlife,  so we know that it can be done.  But we are deprived of it here.  Justice should not be reserved for the dead.  We,  the living,  with bodies that bleed and souls that suffer,  desperately need justice here and now,  on the physical Earth in the human realm.  Dr. Alexander writes  “as above,  so below”.  He intended this only in regards to Love and Knowledge,  which is all his new spiritual tunnel vision sees,  but he should see that it also applies to that third crucial component of goodness,  called Justice.  This is his  “blind spot”,  which is also the  “blind spot”  of all the popular spiritualist writers,  whose material I have seen.

Sadly,  it is also the  “blind spot”  or the  “Achille’s Heel” of the Bible,  the Torah,  the Hindu and Buddhist scriptures…..  all the words in the holy books concerning justice,  and concerning God’s responsibility and capability for justice.  All those holy volumes of words have no actions in the world today to back them up.

Instead,  believers grasp at small coincidences in their lives,  and call them miracles.  Spiritual writers have made the word  “synchronicity”  popular now,  which means a happy coincidence in one’s life…..  a chance meeting of someone significant,  or an unexpected gift,  or a near-miss of an accident…..  a coincidence that is taken to be evidence of spiritual influence.  I have had many happy coincidences and near-misses in my own life,  and I am very grateful if there IS any spiritual influence involved,  even as weak as it may be.  But in the big picture,  in the struggle against injustice,  synchronicity is very very weak,  having no real effect.  Synchronicity is praised and celebrated and pointed to as great evidence of God’s hand in our lives,  while the news is still full of evil people slaughtering good people,  who needed something a little stronger than  “synchronicity”  to protect them from death,  or from life-ruining injuries,  at the hands of evil people.  Synchronicity might be enough to aid the advance of fairness and social justice in some arenas,  but it has proven to be far too weak to stop the advance of destruction carried out by evil men in the world.

Evil has too much power in this world,  and God seems to have too little.  I am protesting that God should be able to do more for justice.  But this may be an illusion of our own making.  I fear that God has been misunderstood,  misinterpreted,  and over-rated by every religion in history.  He is powerful in many ways,  just not omnipotent,  as all religions may have mis-represented Him.  In this and other subjects,  religious doctrine is not to be trusted.

I reason that God,  while limited is some ways,  is extremely powerful,  far beyond anything we can understand,  and I trust that he uses his power for the accomplishment of goodness,  which we can understand,  with the intelligence he has already given us.  But I am extremely disturbed by a vexing puzzle of moral and logical elements.   It is a great paradox that God fails to use the awesome power that he has,  to protect the people who are trying to follow his guidance with all their heart,  mind and soul.  If God is omnipotent,  this failure becomes impossible to understand,  from any logical or moral viewpoint.  But religious doctrine demands that we suspend logic and morality,  and just believe that God loves us while he allows other people to destroy us.

Even if God is not omnipotent,  but simply the most powerful being in the universe,  that premise is disturbing as well.  Whatever potency God may have,  is being withheld from the struggle for justice on this Earth every day.  This is the disturbing puzzle that I seek to solve.  It seems to be a self-imposed withholding,  and this seems to be a form of negligence,  which should be ended.  We deserve better,  as a species and as individuals.  We humans are not cursed or fallen,  as orthodox Christianity has branded us.  Christian doctrine places God on a pedestal of perfection,  and throws humans in the garbage pit,  as damaged goods,  who were thrown out of paradise and cursed forever because of our sinful nature,  and that is wrong,  but that is another discussion.  In any case,  we have waited 2000 years for the justice and protection that was promised in the New Testament,  and that should be long enough.  Every day,  more Christians are being persecuted,  tortured,  raped and beheaded for their steadfast faith in Christ.

How many people must an evil man kill,  before God or angels are moved to stop him?  Sadly,  there has never been a limit to the number of bodies,  and that needs to change.  The planet Earth should not be the devil’s playground for torture and death,  but that is what our metaphysical superiors have allowed it to be,  for thousands of years.  This is not just faulty human perception,  it is the ugly reality of human history.  Something is dreadfully wrong with this system,  this program,  this set of rules,  and it needs some adjustments.

We,  who live in the physical world with physical bodies that break and bleed,  need a more “hands-on” approach to justice from our metaphysical superiors, who call themselves good.  We don’t need all our enemies wiped out,  as in the days of the Old Testament.  We don’t need a Great Flood,  or other great disaster,  for that was extreme overkill.  But when an evil man gains such irresistible power that he can slaughter dozens,  or hundreds,  or thousands,  or millions of people,  and when he has started on such a career,  then he should be stopped,  pure and simple,  and that is when we need metaphysical intervention.  The more power the evil man gains,  the higher the pile of dead bodies the evil man produces,  and  the harder it is for good men to stop him.  That is when we most need the help of God,  who should know what this man will do if not stopped…..  hopefully while the pile of bodies is still quite small,  perhaps in the dozens or hundreds,  instead of thousands or millions.

Short of that sensible measure,  if the most evil men are not stopped,  then at least some victims…..  the good,  the moral,  the innocent,  the believers,  the faithful,  the elect….. whatever you want to call them….. could be protected from the evil men.  In fact,  that has been promised many times,  and here is a collection of such promises from the Bible:

Promises,  Promises,  Promises …..

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The Beheading of the Apostle Paul

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Here is just one of many promises in the Bible,  that indicate the many persecutions of Christians should not be happening:  “But the Lord is faithful and will give you strength and will protect you from the Evil One.”  (2 Thessalonians 3:3)  Evil is running rampant today,  and for the past 2000 years.   So where is the protection?  The apostle Paul,  who was first named Saul,  who wrote these words,  tells us of his persecutions in other writings:  “five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one,  three times was beaten with rods,  once I was pelted with stones”.  Finally,  Paul was beheaded by the evil Roman Emperor Nero.  Where was his protection from that Evil One?  Nero may not have been THE  “Evil One”,  but he was definitely major league Evil.

Here is another from Jesus himself:  “And shall not God avenge his own elect,  which cry day and night unto him,  though he bear long with them?  I tell you that he will avenge them speedily.”  (Luke 18:7-8)   When will this happen?  How many thousands of years must we bear the onslaught of evil?  Also,  the Apostle Paul mentioned above was certainly one of God’s own elect,  if anyone was,  and he was not protected from torture and murder.

But ironically,  others were protected from him. I don’t think he saw the great irony between the start and end of his own Christian career.  His birth name was Saul,  he was an elite Jew,  an arrogant bigoted Jew,  and when he began attacking Christians,  he became known as Saul of Tarsus.  Yet Saul of Tarsus was personally chosen or  “elected”  by Jesus to be a possible apostle,  and was the target of a metaphysical attack by Jesus,  while he was traveling on the road to Damascus.  Suddenly a  “light from heaven”  shined around him and he fell to the ground,  and heard a voice saying  “Saul,  Saul,  why do you persecute me?”  Saul asked  “Who are you,  Lord?”,  and the voice answered  “I am Jesus who you persecute:  it is hard for you to kick against the pricks.”  Saul asked  “Lord, what will you have me do?”  Jesus said  “Arise, and go into the city,  and it shall be told you what you must do.”  Saul obeyed,  but he remained blind for three days.  Then Jesus sent a disciple named Ananias to restore Saul’s vision,  and Saul immediately began preaching for Jesus in the Jewish synagogues.  All this is recorded in The Acts,  Chapter 9. 

The Jews were shocked,  because Saul was a high-ranking Jewish Pharisee,  who hated Christians and was traveling to different cities to arrest them or kill them.  Saul was blinded by Jesus,  early in his career,  to get him to stop murdering Christians.  The attempt succeeded,  Saul chose to change his life,  and the transition from evil to good was so extreme,  that he even changed his name  from Saul to Paul.  Here is one singular example of God or Jesus using metaphysical power to stop an evil man from murdering Christians,  and as a bonus the evil man changed sides,  and changed his name,  and became the greatest apostle of all….. saving lives instead of taking lives!  But the same protection that was given to others,  by blinding him,  was not given to him when he was persecuted and finally beheaded.  There is no doubt that he deserved protection,  and the withholding of protection could be seen as a betrayal of all the promises I am listing here.

This once-evil man Saul,  renamed as Paul,  wrote many books and letters,  some of which were incorporated into the Bible, possibly 14 of the 27 books of the New Testament.  His prolific writings and travels gave much moral support to the early struggling Christian churches,  which may not have survived without it.  It has also helped the moral and spiritual development of countless people for about 2000 years,  including myself.  This would not have happened if Jesus had not reached out with metaphysical power,  and blinded Saul on the road to Damascus,  en route to arrest more Christians.  If Jesus had not blinded Saul and spoken to him,  if Jesus had allowed Saul to continue his campaign of oppressing and murdering Christians,  then Saul would have just been one more evil murderer,  a somewhat petty one,  and we would never have heard of him.  Instead,  look at the bounty of goodness that came from the metaphysical stopping of just one evil man Saul, who became known as Paul the Apostle.  But never mind Paul’s prolific writing after his metaphysical encounter,  and never mind the doctrinal disagreements people have with him.  My main point is that an evil man,  following an active career of oppressing and murdering people,  was stopped and all his future victims were saved,  by a metaphysical intervention.

This is my best evidence,  my best argument,  given to me by Jesus himself.  Here is the model for justice on Earth.  It is the model for keeping all these promises of protection we find in the Bible.  Here is the best indication that what I pray for can be done,  was done,  and should be done again.  Just imagine the spectacular impact on the world,  if the leaders of every terrorist organization in the world,  regardless of religion,  were suddenly blinded,  and remained blinded until they had a change of heart.  This was done to Paul,  it turned him from evil,  and we need it done again.

In The Lord’s Prayer,  Jesus taught us to pray for God to  “deliver us from evil”. (Matthew 6:13)  But many millions of Christians have been destroyed by evil,  not delivered from it,  with their prayers for protection ineffective.  Why would Jesus have them pray for something that would not be provided?  Did he consider a believer being murdered to be a deliverance from evil?  If so,  it is a cruel play on words,  that actually surrenders our physical lives and the entire physical world to evil.  I do not think that was his intent.

Here is one more from Jesus,  when 70 apostles returned from to him from the preaching mission he had sent them on:  “And the seventy returned again with joy,  saying,  Lord,  even the devils are subject to us through your name.  And he said unto them,  I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.  Behold,  I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions,  and over all the power of the enemy:  and nothing shall be any means hurt you.”  (Luke 10:17-19)   This kind of power and protection has been needed by countless believers witnessing for Jesus in dangerous parts of the world,  for the past 2000 years,  but they have been jailed,  tortured,  or killed as martyrs.

Here is one from the Old Testament,  that should apply to both Jews and Christians: “The fear of the Lord leads to life, and whoever has it rests satisfied; he will not be visited by harm”  (Proverbs 19:23).  Here is another one from Proverbs 30:5-  “Every word of God is true.  He guards those who come to him for safety.”  But good Jews have been persecuted horribly ever since King Solomon wrote that book of Proverbs,  since his death signaled the end of the glory of Israel.

Here is an astonishing pledge from God,  of invincibility for believers:  “No weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed,  and you shall refute every tongue that rises against you in judgment.  This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication from me,  declares the Lord”  (Isaiah 54:17).  The Christians and Jews being slandered and slaughtered in the Middle East today,  and for the last 2000 years,  are proof that this pledge is not being kept.

Here is one from Psalms,  the book written by King David,  Solomon’s father:  “For he will command his angels concerning you,  to guard you in all your ways”  (Psalms 91:11).  I do believe in guardian angels,  but they have allowed millions of good Christians and Jews to be horribly killed.  If the angels are guarding,  they are doing a terrible job.

Psalms 91 is an entire psalm of protection, with other promises such as:  “He (God) will rescue you from every trap and protect your from deadly disease”,  “His faithful promises are your armor and protection”,  “Do not dread the disease that stalks in the darkness,  nor the disaster that strikes at midday”,  “Though a thousand fall at your side,  though ten thousand are dying around you,  these evils will not touch you”,  “If you make the Lord your refuge,  if you the Most High your shelter,  no evil will conquer you,  no plague will come near your home”,  “For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go;  they will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone”,  “The Lord says,  ‘I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me,  I will answer;  I will be with them in trouble.  I will rescue and honor them.  I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.”

Here is another from Psalms 138:7,  “Though I walk in the midst of trouble,  you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies,  and your right hand delivers me.”

Here is one that is even more specific:  “The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face;  they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.”  (Deuteronomy 28:7).

Here is one that is more general,  for “times of trouble”,  not just about saving lives or defeating enemies:  “God is our protection and our strength.  He always helps in times of trouble.”  (Psalms 46:1).  Please note the word ‘always’,  meaning each and every time,  for those who qualify for such divine help.  Since that time,  surely millions have qualified,  and millions have died,  not receiving said help.

The Book of Proverbs is full of true wisdom,  but here is a broad statement that misses the mark:  “No harm comes to a good person,  but an evil person’s life is full of trouble.”  (Proverbs 12:21).  This is not couched as a promise from God,  but it is an overly optimistic presumption based on God’s promises,  that is way off-base and inaccurate.  Plenty of harm comes to good people….. always has,  always will….. the harm usually comes from evil people,  and God usually does nothing to stop it.

Getting back to the words of Jesus,  we have Matthew 21:22 saying  “If you believe, you will get anything you ask for in prayer”,  and  John 15:7 saying  “If you remain in me and follow my teachings,  you can ask anything you want,  and it will be given to you”,  and  John 16:23 saying  “Whatsoever you shall ask the Father in my name,  he will give it to you.”  But since the time of Jesus,  I am sure that countless Christians,  being destroyed by torture and slaughter,  have cried out to God and Jesus to save them or their loved ones from destruction,  and it did not work.  The granting of life and justice was not given.

These promises,  taken all together,  clearly pledge for God and his angels to protect his followers from all evil and all harm,  whether from spiritual attackers or human attackers.  It is high time for these promises of protection and assurances of faith to be kept and honored by God.  Christians and Jews everywhere should raise protests to God and Jesus,  to remind them of their promises.  Christians and Jews are being murdered in many countries because of their faith,  and they are not being protected.  Like the Hebrews groaning under slavery in ancient Egypt,  Christians should cry out to God to protect their brothers and sisters in Christ,  and avenge them speedily,  as promised above.  It worked for the Hebrews,  and they were rescued from Egyptian slavery in the Exodus of the Bible.  But it took generations of crying and praying before God heard their  “groaning”  and  “remembered”  his covenant with them  (Exodus 2:23-25),  before God “speedily” avenged them in the Exodus.  Perhaps Christians are not  “groaning”  to God enough,  but they should be.  Good Christians have been under attack for 2000 years,  ever since the birth of Jesus himself.  Today,  Christianity is under attack in almost every country in the world,  including America,  although Christians are not being beheaded or crucified or buried alive here, as they are in Iraq….. yet.  The attack here is more political and philosophical,  but it is just as wrong.  Persecution is wrong in any form,  whether it produces dead bodies,  or merely restricts freedoms.  And regardless of our relative security and comfort in America,  all Christians and Jews in America should be praying for God’s justice to protect the Christians and Jews under vicious attack in the rest of the world.

Most Christians take comfort and encouragement from the promises above.  I do not.  I see the glaring difference between the promises and the reality.  So to me,  these promises are troubling,  giving me infinite grief and sadness:

A grieving and sadness that is just as infinite as the constant march of injustice in human history;  just as infinite as the number of human victims of abuse,  crime,  war,  and tyranny.

These promises,  and the breaking of them,  drive a wedge between the relationships of human and spirit,  just as the continual breaking of promises drives a wedge between humans.  I have studied the history of religions,  and I have no doubt that many millions of good Christians,  and good people of all other religions,  deserved this promised protection,  but did not receive it.  Instead,  they died agonizing deaths,  either quick or slow,  at the hands of evil men.  Usually their families were also killed or punished,  and their property was taken.  This is happening right now,  all over the Middle East.  Go read all these promises to the surviving victims of ISIS,  especially the Christians,  and see what their reaction might be.  I doubt that they will rejoice.  I doubt that they will be comforted,  for they have just witnessed the brutal breaking of those promises.  They have just witnessed their loved ones being tortured and murdered in horrible ways;  they have just lost all their possessions and tools and means of making a living;  they have just had their own lives completely ruined;  all for their love of Christ.

In James 2:17, we are told:  “Thus also faith by itself,  if it does not have works,  is dead.”  So if our faith in God is dead or worthless,  without works or deeds to demonstrate it,  what about God’s faith in us?  When he fails to protect his followers as he promised,  God’s faith or love is dead or worthless also.  We need the “works” of God’s justice to protect us,  when we are about to be devoured by the wolves of evil,  in the form of criminals, murderers and tyrants.

Mind you,  I am not suggesting that we be angry at God  (or Jesus)  for not keeping his promises.  I am not angry at God,  but I want to know Him better.  We know so little about God,  and these promises may be wishful thinking by writers of the Bible.  Don’t rage against God… don’t rage against goodness… for logically God is doing all He can to promote goodness and enforce justice, and logically He has been doing that for billions of years,  before the human race even existed.  He may have limits to his powers,  that we do not understand.  I personally think that must be the case.  If that is the case,  then God needs our help more than we have imagined,  in the conflict against forces of evil.  Rather than be angry at God for his limitations,  we should be good and faithful servants,  who help Him any way we can.  But if He had anything to do with the Biblical promises of protection quoted above,  then it might be to our benefit to remind Him and remind us of those promises,  and clearly ask that they now be kept.  Biblical stories indicate that God can be argued with,  bargained with,  persuaded.  Abraham did it concerning the destruction of Sodom,  the enslaved Hebrews in Egypt did it,  Moses did it,  the early Israelites did it when they insisted that God give them a King to rule them.  So let us persuade God now,  to give his followers the protection,  the justice,  that the Bible promises many times.

While it may be possible to petition and persuade God,  it is a great foolishness to criticize or condemn God,  when we do not really know who or what God really is,  or what his powers really are.  But it is a great wisdom,  to criticize the various human concepts of God.  That is what I am trying to do here.  No one religion has all the right answers,  and no one ideology has all the best ideas.

My own concept of God is under construction,  and it may remain that way forever,  but it is certainly open to comment or criticism by anyone reading these words.  I would appreciate any constructive comments.

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Jesus With A Whip… We Need Him Again

Even if Jesus with a whip is all that the Creator can give us,  we can work with that.  But this time,  no need for the messy business of physical incarnation,  picking out a mother,  pregnancy,  birth,  growing up,  etc.  We just need to borrow him for a few hours,  with his full spiritual power and with his whip,  focused on our worst problems here on the Earth.  Then he can go back to managing the metaphysical affairs of the universe.  No need to announce the Second Coming of Christ,  or the vanquishing of Satan,  or any such grandiose hoopla.  Just kindly ask him to dust off his whip,  and pay us a little visit.  To disturb the least number of people,  but have the greatest effect,  I would suggest that he visit at night,  and pick his subjects very carefully.  We only get to borrow him for a few hours,  so there is no time for money-changers,  although God knows there are a lot more of those these days.  Jesus knows who has been nice and who has been the most naughty,  so picking the most effective targets would be no problem for him.

Can you imagine Jesus returning tonight,  as darkness rolls across the globe,  with a whip in his hand,  to make a quick tour of the world?  Whose backs would he sting with his whip?   Would he visit North Korea,  Iran,  Iraq,  Afghanistan,  Syria,  Cuba,  China,  Vietnam,  Burma,  Israel,  Palestine,  Russia or America?  He should visit all those countries,  and many more.  Every country would deserve a visit.  I can only imagine the news headline and the story:

“MYSTERIOUS MAN APPEARS IN BEDROOMS OF WORLD LEADERS,  LASHES THEM WITH A WHIP,  THEN DISAPPEARS–  A bearded man in a white robe,  armed with a whip,  claiming to be sent from God,  appeared in hundreds of bedrooms last night,  uncurled his whip and let it fly.  These were not just any bedrooms,  but the bedrooms of world leaders,  while they were asleep.  How this man gained entry to the bedrooms,  past formidable security measures and guards,  is a baffling mystery.  Security chiefs have stated that it is not even possible for one man to travel to all these countries in one night,  so it must have been many different men in a coordinated attack,  and this is the subject of investigation.  A few leaders are speaking out,  accusing a conspiracy masterminded by the Christian Freemasons,  the Muslim Brotherhood,  or the CIA.  Some were accusing the Catholic Church,  until it was disclosed by the Vatican that the Pope and a senior cardinal were among those attacked.  But most of the leaders are not offering any opinion of their attacker,  and keeping their comments to a minimum,  until further investigation.  The sequence of attacks across the globe is being sorted out,  and security videos covering entries and hallways are being carefully reviewed.  There were security cameras in a few of the bedrooms,  but those cameras malfunctioned.  So far,  with perhaps over a hundred different attackers involved,  no suspects have been found.”

“But in all reports given by the attacked world leaders,  the intruder looked and sounded the same.  He wore a pure white robe with a purple sash,  simple sandals, and carried a whip woven from a shiny fiber or rope that seemed to glisten.  The white robe also seemed to glisten or glow faintly in the dark,  as did the man’s face.  Some leaders thought they glimpsed scars or marks on his hands and feet.  The stern words he woke the leaders with were the same each time,  in the leader’s own language:  ‘You are a wolf among my sheep,  and this is your first warning from God’.  If they were not fully awake then,  they were jolted awake by the first lash of the whip……  the bearded man delivered seven quick stinging lashes,  repeated his words even more sternly,  turned and vanished in a blinding flash of light,  all this in about 30 seconds…..  in some cases,  even while being lashed,  his victim was able to pull a pistol from the bedside and fire,  but the shots had no apparent effect,  other than to give the victim severely ringing ears,  except in one case the bullets passed through the door and killed a guard trying to get in…..  Early reactions varied widely among the leaders,  but when it became known that almost ALL heads of state were visited,  they were shocked,  and some had to retract their accusations of other countries,  whose presidents were also attacked.  As mentioned above,  some have begun to accuse fringe religious groups,  but for all nations  this is becoming an urgent global security issue…..  some leaders are warning that,  if they can be whipped in their beds at night,  with the best security measures,  then no one in the world is safe from these terrorists…..  ”

So the news story might go.  I would be delighted to wake up tomorrow and see this story plastered everywhere,  wouldn’t you?  But those last leaders quoted would be completely missing the point.  The “intruder” was no terrorist….. quite the opposite….. the corrupt leader himself is the merchant of terror.  Everyone else in the world would be MORE safe,  precisely because they,  the corrupt leaders,  are NO LONGER safe.  The leaders might continue to rant and rave about terrorists,  but in their hearts they would know that THEY have been tagged as a true terrorist,  by the sting of a glistening whip,  wielded by a man who was obviously more than just a man,  who was obviously their superior in every way.

The corrupt leaders would no longer be free to lawlessly kill,  abuse,  and oppress millions of victims,  with no consequences to themselves. They could no longer act like little gods…..  The sting of the whip would tell them they must follow the Laws of the real God,  or they will be punished.  The much-vaunted “rule of law” would be enforced on world leaders by God, for He is the only one able to enforce it on them,  and He would finally be living up to His divine responsibility.  The great moral law….. that great power brings great moral responsibility to do goodness and defeat evil….. would finally be restored and enforced on Earth.  Those leaders with great power,  who abuse that power–  who use it to steal,  oppress,  torture,  and destroy–  would be stopped and punished.  This moral concept is agonizingly simple and universal in its reach.  What could be more reasonable,  more just?  It is the justice a child can recognize, and it is the justice we all yearn for,  when we see or hear of such oppression,  or when we are its victims.

Jesus’ visit to the bedrooms of world leaders would cause quite a stir.  Wouldn’t it be great fun?  Everyone would be laughing at the deflated leaders and their defeated security chiefs,  and cheering for the  “intruder”.  The  “intruder”  would gain a name very quickly,  and that name would be Jesus  (although the stubborn few might insist that it was Mohammed or “the Twelfth Imam”).  If such a thing were to happen,  the political landscape of the world would change the very next day,  most likely for the better.  It would do a lot more good than the whipping of a few corrupt money-changers in the temple 2000 years ago….. with no  “free will”  violated,  and no harm done,  except to the egos and thick skins of the world’s corrupt leaders.  For them,  and for the rest of us,  it would be the biggest  “wake-up call”  in history,  at a time in history when it is most sorely needed.

I could not find any graphics of Jesus whipping world leaders in their beds in the middle of the night,  so these will have to do….. at least some artists are thinking along similar lines…..  so you get the idea…..

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A wake-up call like this,  or like my scenario,  would tell all the good people of the world that they truly,  without a doubt,  do have a metaphysical ally,  a powerful spiritual champion,  who will help protect them against abuse,  oppression,  and tyranny……  just as has been promised many times.  It would happen at a time when new tyrannies are springing up all over the world,  when old tyrannies are emboldened by this,  when good leaders are standing by and basically doing nothing.  The old saying is again being proven true:  “All that is required for the triumph of evil,  is for good men to do nothing.”  I would amend that to say  “….. for LEADERS of good men to do nothing.”  We desperately need help,  because our leaders are failing us.  Conservative leaders have failed us,  and liberal leaders have failed us.  Religious leaders have failed us,  and atheist leaders have failed us.  Democratic leaders have failed us,  and “benevolent dictators” have failed us.  All leaders have failed,  and Jesus with a whip,  confronting the leaders directly,  one-on-one,  would be the help that we urgently need.  It would be the help that has been promised.

The best time to do this might be Easter night.  It would add another chapter to the Easter story of resurrection.  Easter might gain a new meaning and a new purpose,  with a resurrected Jesus returning to act as a shepherd guarding his flock from the wolves.  His triumph against death and evil would be more complete.  In addition to celebrating his ascension to heaven 2000 years ago,  believers would celebrate his return as our guardian shepherd,  even if he never appeared that way again.

And who knows…..  if enough people included a request for such a visit in their prayers,  it might even be granted.  I have planted the seed here,  and if you like the idea,  help me plant the seed in more fertile ground,  by referring this blog to your friends.  It has been scientifically proven that the power of prayer works,  though this is not accepted by mainstream science.  But I ceased to care about  “mainstream”  long ago….. and I would love to influence people to pray for more justice to be brought into our world,  in whatever form God wills.

But I am partial to Jesus with a whip,  since that is the method he himself chose,  when he walked this Earth.  Jesus with a whip could change everything for the better,  perhaps saving humanity from its worst oppressors.  If any of them needed a second visit as a reminder,  I am sure that could be arranged,  too.  They could then receive forty lashes,  as Jesus likely suffered himself,  before his crucifixion.  Or he could be gracious,  giving them only another seven lashes.  If any of them needed a third visit,  more drastic measures would be in order,  such as killing them.  Or if that is too drastic for Christian pacifists,  how about paralyzing them, or striking them blind, deaf, and dumb.  It would be hard to tyrannize or order genocides,  if they cannot move, see, hear, or talk.  Jesus struck Paul blind in the New Testament,  on the road to Damascus,  for the paltry abuse of stoning a few Christians,  so there is a Christian precedent here.  Let’s have the same treatment for the evil dictators and tyrants of the world,  who deserve it a thousand times more than Paul did.  It can be done,  it was done,  and it should be done again!

The general call for spiritual justice is needed to counteract the false spiritual message  “There is nothing you can do wrong”.   I reported about this outrageous message in my last article about the recent best-seller book  “PROOF OF HEAVEN”,  which article can be found in the list of posts at above and right.

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Face of Jesus painted by 8-year-old Akiane after spiritual visions

This is a portrait of Jesus,  painted by an amazing 8-year-old girl named Akiane Krimarik.  Her mother was an atheist,  but Akiane had spiritual visions and painted what she saw.  Her painting was confirmed by a 4-year-old boy who had a NDE,  named Colton Burpo,  subject of the current movie,  Heaven Is For Real.   Colton had commented that Jesus did not look like any of the pictures he saw in church,  but when he happened to see this portrait,  he said this is exactly what Jesus looked like when Jesus talked to him in his NDE.

To me,  this is a face that could shine in love,  or in justice.  We need both,  and the justice is long overdue.  I can imagine this face in Rembrandt’s painting above,  and it fits the scene even better than Rembrandt’s face of Jesus.  Give this face a stern look,  with light flashing from those blue-green eyes,  and put a whip in this man’s hand again,  and let him whip the world into a state of resurrected spiritual justice.  That is my wish and my prayer for Easter.

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Afterword–  The whipping of the world’s corrupt leaders would be a noteworthy contribution to Justice,  but really,  it would be woefully inadequate.  Just look at the TV news,  about organized criminal gangs,  cartels,  mafias  in virtually every country,  the Muslim insurgencies in many countries including Boka Haram in Nigeria and Al Shabaab in Somalia,  the beheading of Buddhists by Muslims in Thailand,  the military coup by the Army in Thailand,  the rise of the monstrous group ISIS or ISIL in Iraq and Syria,  the seeking of Muslim Sharia law in democratic countries including America,  the corruption of US agencies such as the IRS,  the BLM,  the Veterans Administration,  the State Department,  the Justice Department,  and the White House itself.  Yet Obama proclaims to a Fox journalist that there is “not a smidgeon of corruption”  in the recent IRS scandal,  and denies any wrongdoing in any of the other scandals of his government.  One political criminal conceals and whitewashes the crimes of another political criminal.  It is a corrupt network of liberal / radical / progressive political crime,  and the liberal media looks the other way,  failing to recognize the crimes,  because they agree with the proclaimed philosophical ideals of the criminals.

It is kind of like the way Pontius Pilate  “washed his hands”  of the judgement of Jesus,  but deferred to the judgement of the Jewish priests and Pharisees,  and allowed his soldiers to flog,  torture,  and crucify Jesus,  after he had  “washed his hands”  of the entire affair,  and retired to his palace,  while Jesus was destroyed by his soldiers,  with his official Roman permission.  The liberal media is roughly the modern-day immoral equivalent of Pontius Pilate (with no soldiers,  but armed with cameras and keyboards),  the liberal / radical / progressive politicians are the immoral equivalent of the Jewish Pharisees,   Obama is the immoral equivalent of High Priest Caiaphas  (but with a Muslim flavor instead of Jewish),  and traditional moral values (and their spokesmen) are the equivalent of Jesus.  The liberal media fail to see liberal crimes and liberal lies against the Jesus-values,  just as Pilate failed to see the crimes of the High Priests against Jesus and the Jewish people;  they whitewash liberal mistakes and liberal hypocrisy at the highest levels of government.  When their gross negligence in reporting is called out,  they  “wash their hands”  of any responsibility,  distract us by throwing false accusations back at their accusers,  by reporting on every mistake of conservative leaders,  and then retire to their condos,  while Obama and the liberal politicians continue to destroy the moral values that made this country great.  The same thing is happening in many other countries,  to a greater or lesser extent.  Traditional morality and conservative values are on the hit list of every arrogant liberal / secular / atheist group or government in the world.  They are the ones who continue the effort of  “Killing Jesus”,  to borrow the title of the best-selling book.

Look at the secular / atheist attacks on anything in public of a Christian origin,  such as prayer is schools,  the oath  “so help me God”  in our courts,  any public display of the Ten Commandments or the Cross,  the slogan  “In God We Trust”  on our money,  the Christmas displays of the Nativity scene…..  even the traditional greeting  “Merry Christmas”.  Look at the vicious liberal attacks on the Boy Scouts,  and any other organization that tries to spread religious values and discourage homosexuality.  All of these crucial components of our Christian culture and heritage are being attacked and destroyed.  In other countries,  religious persecution is much worse,  especially those with Communist and Muslim governments.  Communists are atheist and persecute all religions,  while Muslims condemn and attack all other religions.  But in America,  there is no excuse for attacking home-grown Christian culture and values,  while promoting and accommodating foreign religious culture and values brought in by immigrants.  This is a uniquely American approach to self-destruction.

The whipping of the world’s corrupt leaders would not stop these wrong-headed attacks on the components of Christian culture.  As I have speculated above in my fictitious news story,  the secular / atheist people of the world would attribute the whippings to terrorists,  not to God.  The whipping of the world’s corrupt leaders would not touch the activities of most of the world’s terrorists and criminals,  who are outside the sanction of even the corrupt leaders.  They would laugh at the whippings of the leaders,  but keep on doing what they are doing.  They might even rationalize that since they did not get whipped,  then whatever evil they are doing is fine.  Never mind that this excuse would be completely irrational.

When you add to this the number of murders,  rapes,  thefts,  abuse,  deceptions  and other common crimes every day,  in every society,  every neighborhood on Earth,  then you must realize that we have no effective help.  The only justice we have,  is the justice we make and take for ourselves,  standing up for our own rights and moral values and freedoms,  with little or no help from any metaphysical sources.  The Bible makes many promises that God will protect those who believe in Him,  but this is mere wishful thinking,  because those  “promises”  have been broken countless times in history.  God’s believers are constantly singled out for persecution or torture or death,  and they are not protected,  just as Jesus was not protected.  Those who torture and murder God’s believers richly deserve to be crucified themselves,  to experience the tortuous deaths they routinely deal out to others.  Many of the corrupt world leaders deserve this.  They are willfully violating many moral laws,  with arrogance and contempt….. therefore,  perhaps they should be made to experience the torture and pain that they unjustly inflict upon others, to better understand why they should not do that.  But we could be merciful and grant them a quick death,  to simply end their reign of terror over the innocent,  and to pay their debt to justice in this world.  Their proper judgement and punishment can be left to the spiritual realm.  In this Earthly realm,  we simply….. and urgently….. need their horrific crimes to be STOPPED.

So Jesus with a whip, visiting the corrupt leaders of the world,  would be a welcome contribution to justice on Earth.  It would be awesome,  it would be sensational,  but it would only be a modest beginning.  Evil, vice,  corruption,  and crime permeate every level of human society,  down to every town,  every office,  every family.  Injustice is the normal state of human affairs on all levels,  producing untold amounts of constant misery and suffering.  We are so used to it,  that it is hard to even imagine what life SHOULD be like.  That is not acceptable to me,  and it should not be acceptable to you.  I know what justice should look like,  and if you listen to your soul,  your soul will remember justice,  and you will know too.  Let us join in asking God to give our world justice,  true justice,  here and now,  with no more waiting,  no more putting it off,  no more suffering.  How is that to be accomplished?…..  I do not know,  but God should know.  The Creator of the universe should be able to handle such a request,  should he not?  I would guess that it would involve the limiting of  “free will”,  or the prompt punishment of individuals who severely abuse their  “free will”  to torture or murder others,  or the use of metaphysical power to prevent that abuse.  We will all recognize it when we see it,  and our souls will rejoice,  just as we would recognize and rejoice if Jesus returned with a whip to the Earth tonight.  That would be a good start,  in giving our world true justice.  Maybe he is just waiting for enough people to truly ask for it……

…… but in the meantime,  let us continue to work for it and speak for it ourselves,  with the guidance God has already given us.  Part of that guidance is recorded in Genesis 9:6,  which was discussed above.

Thanks for reading,

May your steps be long and your path be short up the hill,  for the sooner we find the next overlook,  the sooner we can see the lay of the land,  to correct our path and continue on.

“God grant me the courage not to give up what I think is right,  even though I think it is hopeless.”    .     .     .     .    – – five star Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz,  commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet in World War II

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Book Review: “Proof of Heaven”…..? or Proof of Something Else?

Date last revised:  15 April 2014

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Quote of the day:   “Then I’ll get on my knees and pray…..  We don’t get fooled again…..  don’t get fooled again…..  No, no!”  The Who, “Won’t Get Fooled Again”, 1971

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INTRODUCTION

I recently read an amazing book,  which is in its 45th week on the New York Times best-seller list,  currently #1 in its category.  The title is “Proof of Heaven- A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife”, by Eben Alexander, M.D.

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Proof of Heaven and AuthorThis book tells of Dr. Alexander’s near-death experience, or NDE.  The book is quite remarkable,  because the author’s experience was so unique.  Most books about NDE’s,  spiritual encounters,  or the afterlife are written by people who already have spiritual beliefs,  or who are at least open to the concepts of spirits, souls, and God.  I have read many of these books,  being interested in this subject since my college years.  Many thousands of people have had an NDE and reported it,  but scientists tell us that they are impossible,  that they are just some concoction of the amazing human brain.  Dr. Eben Alexander,  neurosurgeon,  was one of those scientists.  The good doctor “knew” that NDE’s may feel real to the subject,  but they are simply fantasies produced by brains under extreme stress.  His beliefs were atheist,  rejecting any notion of metaphysical forces or spiritual existence.

The doctor’s experience is also unique because of the clinical,  medical certainty of his impending death.  After a week in a coma,  with his brain under constant attack by E. Coli bacteria,  the chances of his death were 95%.  Even if he survived,  his tending doctors “knew” that with all the brain damage they were observing,  he would be a vegetable,  deprived of all higher brain function,  unable to talk or move.  The fact that he not only survived,  but made a full recovery and returned to his own medical practice,  is a true medical miracle that cannot be explained.  But it is easily explained,  if you accept the metaphysical nature of life,  and the existence of soul or spirit.  There were many people praying fervently for him,  and telling others to pray,  more  every day of his coma,  and this helped to build up metaphysical forces which defeated the bacteria and healed his brain.  In his NDE,  he could actually feel or sense some of the people praying for him to come back.  And simultaneously,  but at cross-purposes, it is likely that the doctor’s spiritual guides,  for reasons we can only guess,  wanted him to survive, return to his body,  and to spread their message.  He is now  spreading their message quite well,  with a #1 book,  a website,  interviews,  a constant speaking tour,  and a contract for a movie with Universal studios.  He has spoken at a conference with the Dalai Lama.  He has been on many TV news programs.   He has even been on “Oprah”,  where that woman reinforced and broadcast his message to millions of other gullible women.

But the message he is spreading,  from the spiritual guides he encountered in his NDE,  is not entirely beneficial.  In fact,  I think that it is somewhat harmful.  The mysterious motives of his spiritual guides may become clearer to you,  by the time you finish reading this review.  I think that in his gripping drama of life,  death,  and afterlife,  this prominent doctor may have become an unwitting pawn on a spiritual chessboard of battle,  between  good and evil,  between liberators and dominators,  or between God and Satan,  if you want to see it in such religiously polarized terms.  It is a constant cosmic battle being waged across the universe,  and right down to where you and I live,  in our houses,  in our cars,  in our offices.  We are all potential targets of opportunity.  Normally,  in our daily affairs,  we are of little direct concern to higher powers.  We go to work,  we go to play,  we marry,  we have children,  we laugh,  we cry,  we grow old,  we die,  as one among billions of souls,  on this planet we call Earth,  among billions of other planets.  We live out our lives,  and we seek our destinies,  in privacy and anonymity, for the most part.  BUT….. when something unusual and important happens to us,  the metaphysical alarm is sounded,  we become the focal point of metaphysical attention from many directions,  and the different forces in play see a chance to use us to their advantage,  and the cosmic game is on.  I think this is what happened to Dr. Alexander.  I think the good doctor might agree with me on that point,  but he may not agree with my other points.  Bear with me,  keep reading,  and perhaps you will see what I mean……

THE IGNORANT ARROGANCE OF SCIENCE

Like Dr. Alexander before his NDE,  most scientists scoff that spirits do not exist,  because they cannot detect or measure spirits.  Instead of scoffing,  they should be questioning their own knowledge.  They should be questioning their limited means of measurement.  For spirits are not all they cannot measure.   Science cannot measure good and evil,  science cannot measure love and hate,  science cannot measure intentions,  science cannot measure free will,  science cannot measure morality,  science cannot measure ethics,  science cannot measure a soul,  science cannot measure God.  What science cannot measure,  a soul for example,  science ignores,  or even denies that souls exist.  Most scientists lean toward atheism, and scoff at religion.  But….. good, evil, love, hate, free will, intent, life energies, souls…..  these “unmeasurables” are the most important things to measure, are they not?  I think so, and you probably think so, too.

Yet,  these  “unmeasurables”  are the things that many scientists (the atheistic ones)  and philosophers (the liberal ones) argue against,  proclaiming they do not exist.  Psychologists argue against free will,  arguing that we are helpless slaves of our emotions,  our hormones,  our genetics and our traumatic childhoods.  Philosophers argue against conventional concepts of morality,  dismissing them as mere social rules that hold no real moral truth.   Sociologists deny the possibility of individual evil intent,  looking for all kinds of excuses and reasons to show that society forces some people to turn to crime.  Most other scientists simply ignore these  “unmeasurables”,  because they are in the business of measurement,  so why should they waste time on something that cannot be measured,  and therefore may not even exist?  How would a scientist measure these intangible things that exist only in our minds and spirits?  This only leads to massive frustration,  and possible loss of funding for lack of results.  But they DO spend massive amounts of money and time researching behaviors,  brain activity,  genetics, hormones, and chemicals in our bodies,  and use this evidence to argue that the all-important  “unmeasurables”  mentioned above do not exist.  This is a round-about, negative way of acknowledging that the  “unmeasurables”  are of prime importance.  It is also a biased battle against the truth,  instead of an honest effort to find the truth.

Science ignores it,  but If you do have a soul,  if you ARE a soul,  then that is the most important fact in your entire existence,  is it not?  That one fact changes your outlook on everything else.  This is a big reason many people are atheists.  If they acknowledged the metaphysical,  it would logically and morally require them to move out of the ‘comfort zone’ of atheist denial,  and accept the uncertain and the unknowable.  It would remove the fence they have built around their backyard of certain knowledge,  and they would have to ponder the uncertainty of things that were beyond that fence.  They would have to develop faith in higher powers.  They would have to change their lives.  They might have to change their jobs,  their friends,  their relationships, their place of residence.  They would have to stop attacking those who hold beliefs different from their own.  For atheism IS a belief system,  perhaps even more so than the religions it attacks.  It seems to me that it would take a great deal of stubborn, bitter belief to witness the miracles of life all around us,  and inside us,  that science cannot measure or control or explain,  and still proclaim that there is nothing metaphysical behind it all.  An ancient Greek philosopher / scientist, Protagoras (490 – 420 BC), was on the right track when he said  “Man is the measure of all things”,  but science has long ago abandoned that great hopeful vision.  Instead,  too often science has the arrogant attitude that whatever man cannot measure,  does not exist.  This is the attitude of a tiny insect,  as it is crushed by a shoe that it did not see coming and it cannot understand.

That was the attitude of neurosurgeon Eben Alexander,  before he was  “crushed”  by a week of brain-dead coma,  and his astounding near-death experience (NDE),  that he did not see coming,  that he is not fully understanding This is not to single him out for criticism (yet);  no one could fully understand such an incredible immersion into the spirit world.  Eben was even less likely to understand it,  because of his beliefs before his NDE.  Eben was essentially an atheist,  even though he went to church occasionally with his wife and kids.  But he tells us that the scientific and medical communities he worked in turned him atheist,  rejecting any notion of the metaphysical.  The scientific and medical communities promote and even enforce a type of institutional atheism,  through peer pressure and a type of elitist arrogance.  Dr. Alexander broke away from that institutional atheism,  but only by having the most incredible NDE,  which moved him so much he felt the need to write a book about it.

THE REACTION OF THE HUMANIST / ATHEIST MEDIA

It is no surprise that atheistic book reviewers everywhere are rejecting “Proof of Heaven” out of hand.  They are calling it fantasy,  delusion,  hallucination.  They probably consider Dr. Alexander as a traitor to the atheist cause.  They are alarmed that the book has become so popular and profitable,  rising to the top on bestseller lists.  They are attacking the publishers for spreading a story that passes off fantasy for truth,  just to make money.  They are finding doctors who challenge Dr. Alexander’s claim that his brain was rendered inoperative during his NDE.  Some of those doctors say that we cannot know or prove that the brain was inoperative,  and one I read said that even if it was completely “turned off”,  the brain could have produced the entire NDE as a vivid dream,  as it struggled back into consciousness.  But of course,  in their criticisms of Dr. Alexander,  these doctors cannot prove anything they say,  either.  And they cannot explain Dr. Alexander’s amazing full recovery.  They do not even mention it,  because it presents a problem to their atheistic beliefs.  So it comes down to belief,  on one side or the other.

Or,  perhaps it comes down to journalistic malpractice and abuse.  In the atheists’  best assault,  Luke Dittrich of Esquire Magazine wrote a scathing article about “Proof of Heaven” and it’s author,  calling Dr. Alexander a liar on several counts.  Even if Dittrich is not a professed atheist,  he has become their best attack-dog.  His critical review of “Proof of Heaven” is the journalistic equivalent of a lynching.  However,  one review of Dittrich’s  attack turns the tables,  exposing Dittrich himself as a lousy investigator.  His so-called  “in-depth, investigative profile”  of Dr. Alexander,  was extremely shallow….. really nothing more than a bungling hit-man’s failed attempt at assassination;  or a stink-bomb thrown by a belligerent teenager.  In his one-sided attack,  Dittrich exposes himself as a snake-oil salesman in his own right,  a charlatan who only tells of the points that might support his conclusion,  and ignores the others.  NDE researcher Robert Mays,  a far superior investigator,  shoots Dittrich’s investigation full of holes in this review:   http://iands.org/images/stories/pdf_downloads/esquire%20article%20on%20eben%20alexander%20distorts%20the%20facts.pdf 

Dittrich should read this scathing exposure of his pathetic,  dishonest journalism,  which could expose him to a lawsuit by Dr. Alexander.  He should issue an apology for writing such harmful trash.  But he will instead,  no doubt,  turn merrily to his next hatchet-job,  condemning some other poor soul for daring to have an opinion different than the infallible Luke Dittrich.  The egotistical arrogance and bias of this man is repulsive.  In his attack on “Proof of Heaven” and Dr. Alexander,  he cared nothing about objectivity or fairness….. he used his writing as a weapon of destruction,  rather than a tool of construction.

Alexander issued a critical statement in response to Dittrich’s article,  which included:  “Esquire’s cynical article distorts the facts of my 25-year career as a neurosurgeon and is a textbook example of how unsupported assertions and cherry-picked information can be assembled at the expense of the truth.”   But in supreme irony,  Esquire and  Dittrich should not be criticized by Dr. Alexander,  because they are fulfilling a key message that  Alexander brought back from his NDE:  “there is nothing that you can do wrong”…..  much more on this later.

SO, START THE BOOK REVIEW ALREADY…..

This book review of mine takes a different approach,  and I hope that it is constructive,  for that is my intent.  Let us grant the belief that the NDE was real,  and that it happened  just as Dr. Alexander said it happened.  With this issue out of the way,  there is much to analyze in the NDE itself.  And if you do believe that the NDE was real,  as I believe,  it could have very important effects in your own life,  death,  and afterlife.  Those are the important lessons to take away from “Proof of Heaven.”  It is a report of one man’s premature adventure,  or misadventure,  into a state of being we all must face,  when our brains cease to function,  upon the death of our bodies.  We must be ready to continue on our personal quest as a spirit,  in a spirit world with dangers and pitfalls,  and we must be able to recognize friends,  allies,  and enemies for what they really are…..  or as spirits,  we will be victims of deception,  and in danger of entrapment.  But as we shall see,  the spiritual pitfalls are just stronger variations  of the moral and philosophical traps we already face here on Earth,  in bodily life.

In 2008, Eben’s brain was attacked by a rare and vicious strain of E. Coli  bacteria, putting him in a coma,  and near death,  for 7 days.  It was an extreme case of meningitis.  The part of his brain that controls thought and emotion shut down completely.  Medically speaking,  his consciousness should have shut down,  like turning off a computer.  His brain was essentially dead,  but he was not.  He was very much alive,  intensely conscious,  and swept away from his dying body.  His book tells of the incredible other-world he experienced during that week,  when he should have been experiencing nothing.  He,  of all people,  “knew” that his brain was essentially dead, and “knew” that he should have experienced nothing.  Before his NDE,  his religion was science:  “I adored the simplicity- the absolute honesty and cleanness of science.  I respected that it left no room for fantasy or for sloppy thinking.  If a fact could be established as tangible and trustworthy, it was accepted.  If not, then it was rejected.  This approach left very little room for the soul and the spirit, for the continuing existence of a personality after the brain that supported it stopped functioning.  It left even less room for those words I’d heard in church again and again:  ‘life everlasting’. ”  In his book,  after his NDE and his amazing recovery from the coma,  Eben places supreme importance upon love and compassion as the greatest forces in the universe:  “How do we get closer to this genuine spiritual self?  By manifesting love and compassion.  Why?  Because love and compassion are far more than the abstractions many of us believe them to be.  They are real.  They are concrete.  And they make up the very fabric of the spiritual realm.”

COMMENTS FROM BEHIND THE CURTAIN

So here,  a prominent neurosurgeon,  formerly an atheist,  has sensed some of the “unmeasurables” that I mentioned above,  in their true metaphysical form.  He now has no doubt that they exist outside the human brain,  and that they are all-important.  He has sensed them in spiritual form,  and he has begun to learn how to recognize and measure them.  I am envious,  because he has experienced them in their vibrant true form,  while I have sensed them only dimly,  but with certainty,  through a rigorous exercise of  logical and moral philosophy.  I do not think love and compassion are “concrete”,  I do not think they exist independently,  but I do think they are real energies generated by living beings.  Their energy can become as powerful as the living entity who generates them.  This would explain both the weakness and the strength of love or any other “unmeasurable”,  spanning the spectrum from the weakest human to the strength of God.

Dr. Alexander knew something about the “unmeasurables” before his NDE,  as we all do,  but he thought they were just intangible, temporary products of the human brain,  that die when we die.  Then in his NDE,  he learned that love is a product of the metaphysical spirit,  not the physical brain.  Our brains are merely the mechanism employed by our spirits to carry out their will in physical bodies.  He was shown by spiritual guides that love and  compassion are real forces in the universe.  Most people report a tangible feeling of encompassing love at some point in their NDEs.  So apparently,  the spiritual guides could not conceal or deny this universal feeling of love,  even if they wanted to.  So they must incorporate it into their presentation,  and turn it to their own use.  The spiritual guides then also touched upon evil as being real,  and being necessary for the existence of free will,  which we all possess.  It was momentarily comforting to me,  to read this in the book,  because this is a crucial part of philosophy,  and I thought it was in agreement with mine.  In my philosophy,  a natural moral philosophy,  free will is perhaps the most powerful force in the universe.  Everything else in the universe becomes the servant,  or the slave,  or the tool,  or the laboratory,  or the playground, or the battleground,  of the free will of sentient beings.  In using our free will,  we make some right choices and some wrong choices.  Those right choices and wrong choices are intentional.  Whether they are based in ignorance or in knowledge,  in good will or in hostility,  they are intentional….. otherwise they should not be called “choices”.  The worst of the wrong choices  are destructive  (evil),  and they produce destructive (evil) results,  to a lesser or greater extent.  This is my position on evil,  and it explains the existence of evil nicely,  but only as an unfortunate but  “necessary evil” to use a cliche,  only as a toxic by-product of  the worst wrong choices of intelligent beings….. not as some essential independent force or energy to “balance the karma of the universe”,  or some such nonsense as I have read elsewhere.  Even Dr. Alexander fell into this folly in one passage of his book,  writing:  “Small particles of evil were scattered throughout the universe…..” ….. Excuse me,  particles of evil?….. As if evil were something physical,  like a toxic atom,  or a malevolent virus,  or a poisonous seed?  No….. evil does not exist as a physical or metaphysical object.  Evil is not a proper noun,  but merely a literary noun;  evil is properly an adjective that describes one possible result of bad choices,  or the bad choice itself,  or the person who made the bad choice.  Evil is wrong,  evil is destructive,  and it is everywhere,  but only because we all make some wrong choices,  pretty much every day of our lives.  Not all the wrong choices are evil,  but the worst ones are evil.  The average person,  somewhere between a saint and a devil,  can be evil one day,  and good the next.  We can fail the tests of life one day,  and pass them the next week or two,  only to fail them again.  It all depends on our choices,  and how we react to the choices of others around us.  We humans bring evil into the world,  and we can also remove it,  by virtue of our free will and choice.  We are completely responsible for our choices,  and we are held responsible for our wrong choices by society,  by the physical and metaphysical laws of the universe,  and ultimately by God.  This a core principle of my philosophy.

BACK TO THE BOOK REVIEW…..

This is why I was greatly troubled by what I read next in the book.  This is why I do not trust part of the core message that Dr. Alexander was given in his NDE.  The core message to him from his mystical guides in the spiritual realm had three main points:  1) “You are loved and cherished.”  2) “You have nothing to fear.”  3) “There is nothing you can do wrong.”  Eben was deeply moved and impressed by this message.  Eben further interpreted this profound metaphysical love he felt as an unconditional love,  because of point  #3 of the core message,  that he or we can do nothing wrong.  He did not bring up the passive Golden Rule,  but the Golden Rule is often linked to unconditional love,  because if we want to receive unconditional love,  then we should certainly extend it to everyone else,  regardless of the harm and destruction they are doing,  as if they are doing nothing wrong.  We are to just ignore the harm and destruction they are doing to us and others,  and love them anyway.  This violates all rules of morality and logic,  but never mind that,  it just sounds right and “feels” right,  to an immature and inexperienced and unthinking person.  So unconditional love is a key point of all pacifist philosophy, whether religious, atheist, secular, or liberal.  But there is a big moral problem with unconditional love,  no matter how profound and beneficial it may sound.  It neuters all concepts of right and wrong,  good and evil,  and gives evil the upper hand.  It renders justice ineffective,  or impossible to achieve.  Unconditional love has no way to resist or counter malicious violence….. only to endure it and suffer,  and let the evil have its way.  Unconditional love will lose every time against unconditional hate,  unconditional anger,  unconditional greed  or unconditional bigotry.

The core message was given to Dr. Alexander in the portion of his NDE that occurred in the place he is calling “Heaven”,  or more specifically the “Gateway” area of Heaven.  It was intensely beautiful and Earth-like,  resembling some of the most lovely gardens,  meadows,  rivers and hills on Earth.  His soul or spirit was in a very pleasant place,  no doubt,  but it should not be described as “Heaven”.  Even in this world,  people with lots of power and money,  billionaires,  can build beautiful estates sprawling over the countryside, with luxurious landscapes that delight the senses,  similar to what Dr. Alexander describes in his book.  They can build magnificent mansions,  inviting villas,  and glorious gardens.  They can spend money like pouring water,  and indulge in every designing whim that enters their head.  They can hire servants who fill every desire,  and impress guests  when they choose to inflate their ego,  but their souls can be empty and dark,  and they could build a dungeon in the basement if they were dark enough.  But no matter how pleasant,  their little empire should not be called “Heaven.”  And most assuredly,  these selfish people would agree with Dr. Alexander’s mystical guides that “there is nothing you can do wrong”.  Or at least,  nothing that they personally can do wrong,  even though they criticize and harass everyone else for being wrong,  in an attempt to dominate them.  Now why,  you may ask,  would I have such a negative thought about hypothetical strangers?

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BRING IN THE EXPERT WITNESSES….. SOME PSYCHOLOGY THAT ACTUALLY MAKES SENSE

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.The-Sociopath-Next-Door-9780767915823-mdWithout Conscience by Robert HareSnakes-in-Suits-9780061147890-md          .          .          .          .        .    .  Let us take a closer critical look at point  #3,  “there is nothing you can do wrong”.  To do so,  I need to bring in some facts from psychological research.  In the discoveries of psychology for the past few decades,  the perception of doing wrong or being wrong came under important scrutiny in the study of  narcissists, sociopaths and psychopaths.  The findings are documented in the books shown above,  among many other books.  The findings are very troubling.  These types of people have no true regard for other people,  but only for themselves.  They have no moral conscience,  or if they do have it,  they ignore it.  This is generally true of other people with other types of “anti-social disorders” as well.  They are obsessed with their own problems,  their own needs,  their own desires,  their own lusts,  their own perversions,  while ignoring the problems and needs of others.  They feel completely justified to do whatever they want to do,  with no moral restraint.  They think they can make no mistakes,  and when they do make a mistake,  then they should automatically be excused for it.  They do not need to be told that they can do nothing wrong.  That is what they already think,  and they use that idea to justify every wrong thing they do to other people.  They take everything they can from others,  they seek to manipulate or dominate others,  and do not give of themselves.  Their idea of  The Golden Rule is “the one with the gold makes the rules” or “do unto others before they do it unto you”.   The message given to Dr. Alexander  (“there is nothing you can do wrong”)  is the mantra playing constantly in their minds.  They did not need a mystical near-death experience to deliver it to them…..  they figured it out for themselves (literally  “for themselves”  only,  based in selfishness),  and it puts them on the wrong side of any moral conflict.  I hope you are beginning to see that this message has a very dark side,  that can justify any insult,  any lie,  any neglect,  any abuse,  any crime,  or any atrocity.  According to Dr. Martha Stout,  who wrote “The Sociopath Next Door”,  4% of the American population are sociopaths,  and this does not even take into account psychopaths,  narcissists,  or other types of people with “anti-social disorders.”

And in my opinion,  there are a lot more people that it does not take into account.  There are many types of “mania” disorders,  such as kleptomania,  nymphomania,  or pyromania.  There is obsessive-compulsive behavior.  There is schizophrenia.  There is attention-deficit disorder  (or ADD,  very popular these days,  and used as a reason to drug our children).  There is bipolar disorder,  in which one swings back and forth from extremes of depression to happiness.  There is simple old-fashioned depression itself,  which is now diagnosed frequently and treated with drugs.   But the psychologists are coming up with new “disorders” all the time,  as if they think everyone should have their very own “disorder” to take care of with drugs.  In modern society,  there is an epidemic of various “disorders” and the drugs to treat them,  with the drugs causing dangerous side effects.  These drugs are advertised on TV.  Not to mention the rampant social problems such as gang activity among teenagers and adults,  single-parent families,  child abuse,  spouse abuse,  drug abuse,  alcoholism,  petty crime,  political corruption,  runaway debt and welfare.  These are not just caused by biological or mental “disorders”,  they are ultimately spiritual flaws and wrong choices that may manifest themselves as something the psychologist can call a “disorder”.  People have no qualms doing all these things if they choose to do them,  or stepping on others to get ahead if they choose to do that.  Most of such people are not diagnosed with any “disorder”,  and some of them are our leaders in government and business.

I think that  the perception that one can do nothing wrong,  or think nothing wrong,  is much more widespread throughout the general population,  than the psychologists have discovered….. I think it is a basic human tendency in most people,  on a lower level of  development.  It is  also more than people will honestly admit.  They cannot admit it or announce it,  because it would be rejected by everyone around them as outrageously egotistical and glaringly false,  but still…..  their ego whispers it to them as a mantra they cannot resist….. “go ahead,  think what your want,  do what you want,  take what you want,  you deserve it,  this is the best way to live,  show others how wrong they are,  but  you can do nothing wrong”.  They take this doing-no-wrong attitude without enough  education,  information,  or investigation.  They take this attitude without knowing enough about the people they are abusing,  and certainly without caring about the people they are abusing.  This doing-nothing-wrong attitude is evident in the actions of many (or most) people around us.  It contributes to every argument,  every heated debate,  every political speech,  every lawsuit,  every divorce,  every business failure,  every bankruptcy,  and every dysfunctional relationship in the world.  It causes a clash of wills.  One side or the other is wrong,  but thinks they have done or said nothing wrong,  even when they are clearly in the wrong according to law, morality,  or concensus.  The side that is right,  or more right,  is defeated if they cannot win the conflict,  and justice is defeated along with them.  Even if the wrongdoer is punished after the fact,  they have already done the harm and their victims have suffered,  or died.  Almost every convicted murderer claims they are innocent of murder…..  or they killed the @$$#*&!! for a good reason!  The perception that one can do nothing wrong is the unseen partner in every crime,  every lie,  every abuse,  every murder,  every war.  It is the reason we have so many different religions and philosophies in the world,  and why they are in such bitter conflict.  Not only do most of them insist that they alone are right,  but some of them seek to suppress or destroy their opponents…..  jihadist Muslims for example,  or our current American president and his radical liberal / progressive / socialist faction.

The result of this doing-nothing-wrong attitude is not freedom and enlightenment,  as Dr. Alexander would have us believe…..  the result is error,  chaos,  failure,  and conflict.  There is no hope for peace or harmony,  when both sides of a conflict think that they are doing nothing wrong.  There will be only strife,  anger,  and misery.  It is equally disastrous when only one side thinks they are doing nothing wrong.  They will commit all manner of abuse and attacks against the other side,  being more wrong all the while.  The side that acknowledges their wrongness and offers peace will be knocked down and steamrolled.  Reality,  truth,  and justice are defeated,  while delusion,  lies,  and evil  win the day.  This is what happens when we think we can do nothing wrong.

There is a colorful old saying that sums it up nicely:  “he thinks his shit don’t stink”.  But everyone else can smell the reek of his wrongdoing,  everyone else sees his gross hypocrisy,  and they want to avoid him if they can.  Other cultures have this saying as well.  In Thailand, it is “Kee mai men”.  In Chile it is  “El cree que su kaka no huele”.  In France it is  “il ne se prend pas pour une petite merde”.  I am sure almost every country has this saying,  because the false perception that one can do nothing wrong is a widespread human fault.  There is another saying I ran across:  “I thought I made a mistake once,  but I was mistaken.”  This is a good sarcastic comeback to someone who made a mistake,  but will not admit it because they actually do think they can do no wrong,  because it is never their own fault.  They are experts at casting blame away from themselves.  They distort events and words to show that in their situation,  they were forced by the actions and words of other people to do what they did.   Their finger points in every direction,  except at themselves.

1619 Painting- Parable of the Mote and Beam

1619 Painting– Jesus’ Parable of the Mote and the Beam

We could insert here the teaching of Jesus concerning gross hypocrisy:  “Why do you behold the mote that is in your brother’s eye,  but consider not the beam that is in your own eye?  Or how will you say to your brother,  Let me pull the mote out of your eye,  and behold,  a beam is in your own eye?  You hypocrite,  first cast out the beam out of your own eye;  and then you shall see clearly to pull the mote out of your brother’s eye.” (Matthew 7, 3-5)
This is Jesus warning us that hypocrites are definitely doing something wrong.  In many of his parables,  like this one,  Jesus clearly compares a person who is doing something wrong to a person who is doing something right,  in simple terms that anyone can understand.  It is a far cry from Dr. Alexander’s message “there is nothing you can do wrong.”  In fact,  it is the opposite message.   Jesus tells us,  in many clever ways,  there are many things you can do wrong,  and are doing wrong,  and here is how to do them right.  This is one of the main themes of the entire Bible:  wake up to the many things you are doing wrong,  admit them,  confess them,  repent of them,  and stop doing them!  This is the path to spiritual growth and strengthening.  Dr. Alexander’s message leads to spiritual confusion and weakening,  but it reinforces our natural tendency to justify all our bad choices and admit to no mistakes.  The conflict between these teachings could not be greater…..  they are like opposite magnetic poles that repel each other.  They represent a basic philosophical conflict of truly cosmic and universal proportions.  But we are easily distracted from this crucial universal philosophical spiritual conflict,  by the intense physical problems of daily life on this planet.

In the news just today,  Israel,  the homeland of Jesus,  is dealing with a tremendous influx of refugees from neighboring countries,  such as Syria,  who seek to escape death or starvation,  who are overwhelming the resources of Israel.  They cannot accept all the refugees,  and must decide who to accept and who to send back.  This is an agonizing decision for Israel,  and a matter of life or death for the refugees.

How can we worry about universal moral principles,  when we have to worry about where our next meal is coming from?  But luckily,  some of us know that our next meals are assured,  for at least a few days,  so we can afford the time to think about these vital issues,  and we should.  After I thank God for my good fortune and my next meal,  I take the time to do research and writing,  which enables me to post blog articles such as this one.  I feel that it is my obligation,  to share the results of my research.  Only in this way,  can others decide if my findings are useful to them,  or not.  I find the research of others to be extremely useful,  and I hope to be of similar service.

In my opinion,  the perception that we can do or think nothing wrong is with most of us when we are born,  or shortly thereafter.  It is part of our ego.  This is evident in most two-year or three-year old babies,  when they start contradicting everything their parents say or do,  refusing what their parents want them to do,  shouting “NO!”.  They begin to learn the power of disagreement,  the power of rebellion,  even when they are utterly wrong.  They learn that by saying NO,  they can stop or delay whatever process is going on around them,   and they begin to enjoy that power.  Then they learn that they can express their flawed three-year-old misconception or opinion,  and influence the actions of others,  even their adult parents,  who are far older but perhaps not wiser.  We all begin forming opinions about everything,  we all begin making moral choices that push our opinions in a certain moral direction,  and they soon become concrete to our own minds.  We all have a drive to justify ourselves in our own minds,  and all our choices,  right or wrong.  But because everyone’s life experience is different,  and because everyone’s moral choices are different,  our opinions are different than other people,  and they soon begin to clash in conflict.  Our lives are a God-given opportunity to begin learning that our opinions are not set in stone,  that we ARE often wrong,  and that we need to begin to re-shape our opinions by learning from others,  to re-direct our actions by watching others.  Many (or most) people do not take that opportunity,  and spend their lives trying to enforce their flawed opinions on everyone around them,  by any means of argument or intimidation,  like an overgrown three-year-old baby.  This presents a terrible problem for those who see their own wrongness and try to learn from others,  because those who are the most wrong are also the most domineering,  the most manipulative,  the most deceptive.  This is true of some preachers as well as punks,  true of some teachers as well as thieves,  true of some gurus as well as gangs.  We must detect their wrongness and not let it infect ourselves.  We must be very careful in picking who we learn from,  and what  “knowledge”  we learn from them,  or we will become as wrong as they are.

THE DANGERS OF LEARNING ON EARTH

Learning “knowledge” is a process littered with pitfalls and traps.  The “truth” is something that is as hard to find as a needle in a haystack,  or a diamond in a garbage pile,  for there is so much  false belief,  bias,  and deception.  Further,  all bits of “knowledge” or “truth” are not equal.  There are nuggets of truth that are far more valuable than the dirt of truth you find the nuggets in. diamond on black gold nuggets and bars  What is more important,  knowing all the top  songs of the year,  or knowing how to make a musical instrument and play it?  What is more important,  learning how to play a video game,  or learning how to create one for others to play?  What is more important,  enjoying a delicious meal,  or knowing how to cook that meal?  What is more important,  learning how to read a book,  or learning how to write a book?  Reading a book is like plowing the dirt,  writing a book is like planting the seeds in the dirt that will grow into fruit to feed others.  Some knowledge is like dirt,  at the base of our ecosystem,  necessary for life to grow,  but it must be plowed and seeded with greater knowledge.  Or it must be sifted and searched through,  to find a bit of gold.  Gold nuggets are mined from hills of ore and the rivers that flow through them.  The hills and rivers are just as real and true as the gold nuggets,  but the gold nuggets are far more valuable.  We should all be sifting and searching through the dirt of knowledge,  for the gold nuggets of knowledge;  the knowledge that gives us the most capability,  understanding and wisdom.  Those who find the gold nuggets of knowledge are doing something far more right than those who shuffle around in the dirt of knowledge,  finding nothing of great value.  Those who just wallow about in the dirt of knowledge,  never planting or searching,  are wasting their lives and doing something very wrong.  The false idea “there is nothing you can do wrong”  equates the gold with the dirt,  cancelling out the value of the gold,  and falsely elevating the value of the dirt.

Every book you read;  every school (public or private),  class,  or seminar you attend;  every advertisement or movie or documentary or news program you watch;  is created by people who think that they are doing nothing wrong in some sense,  who think that they are conveying the “truth”,  who think that they are giving you something you want or need,  who think that they are giving us valuable  “knowledge”.  But watch the news programs from different networks  (MSNBC, FOX, CNN, ALJEZERRA, CCTV)  and you will see that they are very different,  in what they choose to report,  what they choose NOT to report,  and the viewpoint they report.  They may be giving us knowledge that conforms to the genuine reality of the universe,  or they may be giving us their own personal bias,  or they may be giving us their philosophy,  or they may be giving us their political agenda,  or they may be giving us their lies to push us in a certain direction,  because they think their cause is so important,  it warrants any tactic  (the ethical end justifies the unethical means).  They are straining the “knowledge”  through their own personal filter;  a filter that was made by the practical and moral (or immoral) choices that they have made throughout their lives.  They are telling us only what they want us to know,  to support their own choices.  The  “knowledge”  they are giving us  is only as true,  and only as good,  as their choices.  And of course,  as they made these choices,  they felt that they were choosing correctly,  that they were  “doing nothing wrong”,  even when they were completely wrong.  This  “knowledge filter”  applies to everything we see,  hear,  and touch in the human realm,  as well as the spiritual realm,  whether it be a question of science,  or a personal matter.

Consider for a moment the person in your life that you love the most.  Now consider someone tells you that person did something very harmful,  very bad,  very evil.  You will not want to believe that your greatest love in life did something very bad.  You will reject what the informant told you,  and you will be repelled from the informant,  regardless of the truth of what they told you.  Your  “knowledge filter”  is preventing you from learning the reality that your greatest love in life may be a liar,  a thief,  a murderer,  or is having an affair,  or is being disloyal to you in any way.  You feel that they could do nothing wrong,  and that you could think nothing wrong…..  but they have done something wrong,  and you are thinking wrong if you don’t accept it.  Now apply this  “knowledge filter”  to other topics,  such as business or science.  Scientists are searching for reality and truth,  but they “fall in love”  with a particular theory,  become extremely biased,  and then they filter all their data according to that theory.  They have a conviction,  as strong as any religious belief,  and they interpret all their data to support their conviction.  The theory becomes their God,  and the truth is lost.  Again,  the ethical end justifies the unethical means.

“Global warming” is a perfect example.  There is much evidence that global warming is happening,  with the melting of glaciers that are thousands of years old, for example.  But the assertion that humans are causing this global warming is not supported by much evidence.  In fact, there is opposing evidence that the oceans are being warmed FROM THE BOTTOM UP,   from the crust beneath the oceans.  This means there are changes happening within the earth,  that humans have nothing to do with.  Let us start with what we know of,  on land.  In recent years,  there are more earthquakes worldwide,  with several major ones already in 2014,  occurring in Los Angeles,  Yellowstone,  Chile, Peru,  Nicaragua,  Japan,  Alaska and many other places.  Earth had more than 2000 reported earthquakes in years 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2011:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earthquakes_in_2014  In 2014,  we have had 440 earthquakes as of April 4,  which would seem to be a lower rate,  but the 10-year trend is upward,  indicating more movement in the crust,  which indicates more heat in the crust,  closer to the surface.  There is an uptick in known volcanic activity,  with 9 new eruptions and 12 ongoing events in the week of March 26 – April 1 alone:   http://thewatchers.adorraeli.com/2014/04/02/active-volcanoes-in-the-world-march-26-april-1-2014/

There is likely a greater number of unknown eruptions at the bottoms of the all the oceans.  Here is a link that goes a long way toward proving that:   http://iceagenow.com/Ocean_Warming.htm , with one scientific article estimating there may be 3 million volcanic vents hidden in the oceans.  These vents are warming the oceans from below,  like a pot of water on a stove.  Many of them are under the Arctic ice cap,  helping to melt more ice every year:   http://iceagenow.com/Eruptions_as_big_as_Pompeii_under_Arctic_ice.htm.  Here is a quote from an article of 26 Nov 2010:

“Recent massive volcanoes have risen from the ocean floor deep under the Arctic ice cap, spewing plumes of fragmented magma into the sea, scientists who filmed the aftermath reported Wednesday.  The eruptions — as big as the one that buried Pompei — took place in 1999 along the Gakkel Ridge, an underwater mountain chain snaking 1,800 kilometres (1,100 miles) from the northern tip of Greenland to Siberia.”

Gakkel Ridge under icecap

Gakkel Ridge under icecap

The Gakkel Ridge is a long mountain ridge in the ocean under the icecap,  where other scientists have discovered that the icecap is thinning.  Now we know why.  The thinning is not primarily from above,  not from increased CO2 or holes in the ozone layer,  though these are a lesser factor….. no,  it is from huge volcanic eruptions directly under the icecap!  Massive amounts of water are superheated at the mouth of the volcanoes.  It can be heated much higher than the normal boiling point of water,  because of the intense undersea pressure.  That superheated water immediately begins to cool,  but it rises as a column of warm water to the bottom of the icecap,  and also gets carried away to join the currents of the world’s oceans.  In those oceans,  there may be 3 million volcanic vents warming the water world-wide,  as mentioned above.  If all this underwater volcanism is steady or increasing,  the warming of the oceans would only have to be a few degrees,  to produce drastic changes in weather patterns,  such as we are now beginning to see.  Since 1980,  the land / sea surface temperature increased at a faster rate, rising 1 degree F to the present.  This will likely continue,  but blaming humans solely for this increase is absurd.

Yet the liberal media and liberal government  keep parroting the  “blame humans first”  message turned into a false religion by high priest Al Gore,  that lover of hotel massage girls  (otherwise known as prostitutes),  and his fellow disciple Barack Obama.  They interpret global warming,  and everything else,  through their ideological filter of liberal / progressive / radical / socialist doctrine.  This dictates that they blame every ill on capitalism,  industrialism,  conservatism,  traditional  religion,  or the over-reaching  “greed”  of America.  Their creed of blame is  “blame America first”,  or  “blame humans first”  if America is not solely involved.  But there is other evidence to consider,  as I present above and below.  We know more about the surface of the moon,  than we know about volcanic activity at the bottom of our oceans.  But we are learning faster now,  and the evidence is piling up,  that this is the source of ocean warming.

Sarychev Eruption 2009

2009 Sarychev Eruption,  plume width: 6 miles

Now let us get back to the volcanoes on land.  Here is an amazing NASA photo,  from the International Space Station in 2009,  of the start of a minor volcanic eruption on a Russian island.  The plume width is already about 6 miles.  It will keep belching out of the earth for days or weeks.  The Mt. Saint Helens eruption in 1980 sent a plume 15 miles high,  with smoke and ash reaching 285 miles away.  It melted all snow and ice on the mountain,  sending huge mudslides into the valley.  1980 is about when the earth started warming at a faster rate.  In 1991,  Mt. Pinatubo in the Philippines sent a plume 21 miles high,  destroyed massive amounts of ozone,  and the cloud effects temporarily lowered global temperatures by half a degree.  But the long-term effects are to raise global temperature.  One major volcanic eruption pumps more heat,  CO2 and particulates into the atmosphere,  and destroys more ozone,  than many years of worldwide human output.  This volcanic CO2 and ozone destruction are,  no doubt,  contributing significantly to the melting of mountain glaciers on land.  Meanwhile,  the undersea eruptions are melting the arctic ice from below.

Al Gore has no interest in this type of evidence,  because it undermines his anti-human agenda.  For his agenda,  this evidence is  “an inconvenient truth”,  to borrow his own clever phrase.  It is very inconvenient,  because he cannot extract money from volcanoes.  If he blames humans,  then he can extract money from them.  He can make us feel guilty,  and shame us into contributing money to pay for our dirty  “carbon footprint”  on the sacred natural landscape.  The government can restrict business and industry,  and place severe limits on their carbon-producing activities.  Meanwhile,  the volcanoes belch out incredible amounts of carbon,  with no restriction,  apparently increasing,  in what may be a natural periodic cycle.  Our planet has suffered ice ages and warming periods many times,  before humans were driving cars around.  Some say that other geological and astronomical factors might be pushing us toward another ice age now,  and if that is true,  then global warming influences might be a blessing,  whether natural or man-made.  In past ice ages,  volcanic activity created havens for many species to survive the cold,  in pockets of ice caves under the glaciers,  formed by volcanic steam fields:  http://thewatchers.adorraeli.com/2014/03/11/volcanoes-helped-species-survive-ice-ages/

If all this is a natural periodic cycle,  then all of the scientists,  politicians,  and liberal activists are wasting their time and our money,  trying to blame it on humans.  On the other side,  some conservatives are equally wrong in trying to minimize or discount the severe weather impact that global warming / ocean warming is causing.  Neither side will recognize the heavy contribution of increasing volcanic activity,  both underwater and on land.

But the blame-game surges forward,  full speed ahead.  Here is a story from the headlines today,  about a UN report on climate change and what we must do about it:   http://news.yahoo.com/climate-panel-says-emissions-rising-avoids-blame-125808890–finance.html   The story does not report any mention of volcanic activity, even as a minor insignificant factor.  Instead it is a blame-fest,  trying to clarify which countries are more to blame for carbon emissions.  Even that has turned into a scandal,  because the scientists blamed the developing countries,  such as China,  for the most increase in carbon emissions, far more than the developed countries,  but the diplomats in the UN had these references deleted from the final report:

UN report on climate change

Scientists present climate change report to UN

“Leaked drafts of that document showed the biggest reason for the rising emissions is the higher energy needs resulting from population growth and expanding economies in the developing world, mainly in China and other large countries. However, diagrams that illustrated that were deleted by governments in the final version that was adopted at a weeklong IPCC session in Berlin.”

Politicians and diplomats are expected to lie and conceal…..  it should be written into their job description,  and tattooed as a warning on their forehead.  Scientists are expected to seek the truth and tell the truth,  but these scientists have failed in that job requirement.  When we pursue only fragments of truth,  and ignore or suppress the rest,  then we betray the whole truth.  Some scientists have even admitted falsifying data to support the theory of human-caused global warming,  because the real data was not supporting them.  Then everyone who reads or hears of their work,  and wants to believe it,  has a false belief,  being wrong while thinking they are right.

The fight about global warming is just one example of the danger and harm of people thinking that they cannot be wrong.  When people think that they cannot be wrong,  the truth is that they cannot be right!  No one possesses enough knowledge to claim absolute certainty,  but they think and act as if they do.  This is the tragedy of everyday human life,  in all walks of life.  This is also what happened to Dr. Alexander in his amazing NDE.  The incredible experiences in his NDE,  and the things he was told in his NDE,  became his God,  but the whole truth may be something very different.

THE DANGERS OF LEARNING IN THE SPIRIT WORLD

All of this is to say,  point #3 given to Dr. Alexander by the spiritual guides in his NDE,  that  “there is nothing you can do wrong”  is the LAST message we need to hear,  because it is already causing enough trouble in our world.  In my opinion,  this problem extends to the spirit world  (or perhaps comes from the spirit world),  and there are factions of spirits that are each pursuing different moral goals,  that are in conflict.  One of those factions wants to reinforce the harmful message to humanity “there is nothing you can do wrong”,  to continue the chaos and suffering,  and the lack of spiritual development on this planet.  Why would they do that?  There are at least two reasons,  and they are both rooted in philosophy.

First,  this faction subscribes to the philosophy of rebellion and indulgence,  believing that there should be no moral restraints imposed on our thoughts and actions.  This spiritual faction is represented by the story of Lucifer’s rebellion against God and the Fallen Angels in the Bible.  Whether that story is myth or real  (and I suspect it is real),  it represents a basic philosophical conflict for intelligent beings,  whether in flesh or spirit.  The conflict is about accepting authority and power for oneself,  or deferring to the authority and wisdom of others.  Ideally,  we do both at the same time,  in phases,  as a child does while growing up.  This process should continue forever,  but it gets sabotaged.  The basic conflict is also about imposing authority upon others,  which can be done right,  or done wrong.

Essentially,  in this do-nothing-wrong philosophy,  everyone is their own God,  their own ultimate authority,  with no need for a higher God or authority.  There is no need to defer to the wisdom of others.  We are free to experiment with every vice,  to pursue every passion for its own sake,  to pursue every pleasure to the extreme,  regardless of the reckless harm it may do to ourselves and others.  This is not a harmless,  benign philosophy.  While it may be just reckless discontent in the first stage,  it later becomes attracted to power over others.  When we recognize no higher purpose or power over us,  we are free to seek as much personal power as we can,  and lord it over others.  We can persuade or intimidate others to give up their authority to us.  In this philosophy of power,  the strong seek to dominate the weak.  This is similar to the nihilist philosophy of Nietzsche,  which can be boiled down to “might makes right”.  Success is its own justification.wolf pecking orderfish eats fish bird feeds bird Just as in the animal world,  a “pecking order” develops,  and the strong abuse the weak,  even to the point of enslaving or destroying the weak.  This behavior is obvious in the physical world,  but very devious and subtle in the metaphysical realm.  When taken to its worst extreme,   this was the philosophy of Adolf Hitler.  At the other end of the spectrum,  it is also the philosophy  of drug addicts and other so-called “free spirits”;  people  who may have no desire to dominate others,  but who follow no moral guidance.  Think of the “hippie” and “New Age” movements of the 60’s and 70’s,  with their pot,  LSD,  mushrooms,  free sex  and birth control pills.  They would love the “nothing wrong” message from Dr. Alexander.  Their motto was “turn on and tune out”,  meaning turn on with drugs and tune out of the establishment culture.  They established communes to live apart from larger society,  with no moral rules but with corrupt  leaders and power struggles (as in the 2000 movie “The Beach”).

Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh Ranch

Bahgwaan Shree Rajneesh

In the bizarre Oregon commune (1981-1985) of Bahgwaan Shree Rajneesh,  the infamous Indian guru became a dictator,  tyrannizing his followers,  numbering about 2000,  having sex with all the women of his choice.  I remember seeing his television programs,  broadcast on “public service” channels across the US.  But he had a very dark side, and he got into a fight with the nearby town of The Dalles, Oregon,  finally trying to poison its food supply.  Rajneesh was then arrested and deported from the US,  and 21 countries denied him entry,  causing him to wander the globe without a home before his death in 1990.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osho_%28Bhagwan_Shree_Rajneesh%29 .

The “free spirit” is mostly pacifist,  and morally superior to Adolf Hitler,  but they are at opposite ends of the same philosophy,  and they are both wrong.  They refuse to submit to any moral authority over them.  There are many,  many people in this world who follow this philosophy,  without knowing it or giving it a name.  It is the philosophy of nihilism,  of narcissicism,  of rebellion,  of anarchy, of bullying,  of abuse,  of over-indulgence,  of self-worship,  of tyranny,  of demonism.  It is the “default” philosophy of humanity,  the crude animal-like philosophy we stay mired in,  if we do not aspire to rise above it.  And if a person is mired in this philosophy when they die,  the event of their death will not change them.  They will stay in this philosophy as a spirit,  and they will be mutually attracted to higher,  stronger spirits with the same philosophy.  If there are spirits at all,  then there is a large spiritual faction that follows this philosophy,  with a hierarchy and “pecking order” well established.

Which brings us to the second reason.  The spirit faction spreads this message  “there is nothing you can do wrong” here on Earth  because this world is a springboard into their world,  and and the less spiritually developed we are when we die,  the more pliable and vulnerable we are to them in their realm.  We may not yet be following this philosophy,  but we can perhaps be diverted from our higher path,  and be persuaded to fall into their pit of self-worship,  where they reign supreme,  where there are many temporary pleasures to distract us from spiritual growth.  Many human spirits are easily diverted from their higher path,  and these devious spirits are experts of diversion.  They seek to enlist us with enticing slogans and deceptive glimpses of their spiritual realm.  They seek to enlist us not as equals,  but as pawns.  They want more spirits at the lower ranks of their “pecking order”.  They want to keep us lost in self-indulgence and self-worship,  instead of growing to seek and worship the higher authority of God.  They put themselves on the same level as God,  saying that we all have a part of the divine God in us,  which sanctions whatever we feel like doing,  good or evil or caring or selfish.  No matter what we do,  we are part of God and we are supposedly granted  “unconditional love”.  This sounds wonderful to the average person,  who has a crude moral compass.pecking order bullying  But this philosophy extends unconditional love to all the liars,  bullies,  abusers,  thieves,  rapists, torturers,  murderers and dictators of the world,  as well as you and I.  Bullies and abusers can easily be persuaded to become murderers and dictators  with clever rationales that engorge their inflated egos,  and that is the evil strength of this philosophy.  The higher spirits who follow this philosophy are experts at such persuasion.  They are true believers in the religion of  “might makes right”,  but they know that it must be,  let us say,  properly presented.  If they are successful in their presentation,  the bully who intimidates hundreds of people in his life,  might be converted into a dictator who can murder millions.  Such awesome power of domination is the  “holy grail”  of this philosophy,  and its followers feed on that power in the spirit world.  In this world,  we need to  “just say no”  to tyrants,  and “just say no” to the liberal / pacifist / atheist apologists,  who enable tyrants.  Such liberal apologists include Franklin Roosevelt,  who presented Josef Stalin to the American people as  “Uncle Joe”  while Stalin murdered millions in Russia,  and Barack Obama,  who has stood by and watched tyrants in Iran,  Libya,  Egypt,  Syria,  Venezuela,  Cuba,  Burma,  North Korea,  China and Russia oppress and murder their people,  while doing nothing  (except Libya,  where he bombed but refused to target Khadafi).  When people were being murdered in the streets of Tehran,  Iran, after a corrupt election,  Obama said the Iranian people were  “engaged in a debate”,  when they were actually being subjected to a bloody religious / political oppression.  We need to recognize and denounce the pure evil of someone who will snuff out another person’s life as casually as they snuff out a cigarette,  or a hundred lives,  or a million lives.  For knowledge of such lesser murderers,  we need only to listen to the daily news.  For knowledge of the greater murderers,  we need only to trouble ourselves with a few minutes of historical study.  Just Google such names as Alexander the Great,  Julius Caesar,  Tiberius,  Caligula,  Herod,  Attilla,  Mohammed,  Genghis Khan,  Ivan the Terrible,  Napoleon,  Lenin,  Stalin,  Hitler, Mao,  Castro,  Pol Pot,  Saddam Hussein,  Moammar  Khadafi,  Osama Bin Laden,  Kim Jung Un, Vladamir Putin.

I have no doubt that successful tyrants,  such as these,  become a major focal point for the attention of spiritual entities from all sides,  and the success of these tyrants in murdering millions does not speak well about the power and influence of the  “good” spirits.  The  “good”  spirits never prevent or stop such tyrants,  allowing them to gain power from very small beginnings,  when they could be easily stopped.  The  “good”  spirits say they are forbidden to intervene,  because of the sacred law of  “free will”.  However,  I suspect that these murdering tyrants have a lot of support from the same metaphysical sources who gave Dr. Alexander the message  “there is nothing you can do wrong”.  Indeed,  how could the bringers of this message criticize anything the worst tyrants do?  These tyrants believe the same message,  and take it to it’s destructive extreme.  Such people are monsters who do not deserve unconditional love,  but must be stopped at any cost.  But they will gleefully welcome unconditional love and abuse it,  if anyone is foolish enough to give it to them.  It is just another fuel for their fires of evil.  These predatory monsters are the evil ones that this spiritual philosophy is designed to support.  They take the most advantage of Eben’s message  “there is nothing you can do wrong”.  They set up the  “pecking order”  below them,  and they abuse it.  pecking-crapping orderJehovah Witness pecking orderEven if you just give them the benefit of the doubt,  they will cleverly use it to do more evil.  This philosophy favors agents of the worst evils,  and gives them divine license to harm and destroy others.  Entire countries are in their hands,  and entire religions at times,  as well as entire spiritual realms.  They seize power at the top of the  “pecking order”,  by devious means,  and seek to control you and I at the bottom,  by devious means.  Their evil power structure takes power away from those below them,  by intimidation,  misdirection and confusion.  In a proper power structure,  power and authority are freely given from below,  in full knowledge and respect.

I also have no doubt that there are spirits similar to these tyrants in the spirit world.  When our earthly tyrants pass from this world,  they would not suddenly change their basic evil nature,  or their hunger to control others.  They would retain much of their anger,  their hatred,  their rigid ideology.  They could ally with far older spirits who already have a sphere of influence established.  After all,  if such things are allowed on earth,  in slavish worship of  “free will”,  then domination would certainly be allowed in the metaphysical realm.  Even in the Bible,  it is written that Satan and his followers have free reign for rebellion and domination until some time in the future.  It would employ different tactics than in the Earthly realm.  Spiritual tyrants could not break our bones and spill our blood,  but they could still inflict spiritual pain upon us,  just as they did in this world.  They could exploit our own spiritual weaknesses and fears,  and employ all manner of deception and persuasion,  to convert us to their philosophy,  under their guiding influence.  They could also employ spiritual pleasure,  with the appearance of freedom and harmony.  The pleasant parts of Dr. Alexander’s NDE could be an example of this sort of thing.  They seek to influence or dominate or enslave as many souls as possible,  expanding their own empire of influence.  Such is the basic nature of tyranny,  from the latest schoolyard bully to the ancient heavenly rebellion of Lucifer,  and everything in between.  What they all have in common is a conviction that they are justified,  that they are doing nothing wrong,  while they intimidate and dominate others.

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“Nothing Wrong” cuts both ways

Thus the double-bladed message  “there is nothing you can do wrong”  is employed to deceive us.  This message is the ultimate “two-edged sword”.  With one side of the blade,  it seems to cut the bonds of sin or failure,  giving our spirits great freedom to grow.  But this side of the blade is deceptively dull,  for it cannot cut moral responsibility or accountability.  With the other side of the blade,  extremely sharp,  it gives bullies and tyrants a weapon to cut deeply into our spirits,  committing every abuse or evil they desire,  with no restraints and no regrets.

Moral responsibility or accountability is a basic universal moral law,  and God is the one who decides how to enforce it.  We can try to discern God’s will in following responsibility and enforcing accountability,  and all of the religions have their doctrines and teachings concerning this.  But we cannot be sure,  and we must retain flexibility and keep an open mind.  We cannot take the divine authority of God for ourselves.  If we do not honor the exclusive incomprehensible divinity and moral authority of God,  which we can never have any part of,  then we will fall prey to all the lesser “gods” beings who reject God,  or who envy God,  who want to be their own god and to lord their influence over us,  here and in the spirit realm when we die.  They are very smart,  and very persuasive.    Their clever messages are very appealing,  but teach the opposite of the teachings of God,  as illustrated by Jesus’ parable of the mote and beam above.  They say  “there is nothing you can do wrong”,  which provides full license to do everything wrong,  while Jesus tells us that many things we do are wrong,  and that we are accountable for them.

THE ULTIMATE  “IDENTITY THEFT”

It is very attractive and ego-stroking for us to believe that we have  “part of the divine”  in us,  a divine spark,  or that we somehow share in God’s divinity, or  that we will someday merge back into God,  so that somehow we can do no wrong.  This is integral to most New Age teachings,  but I am here to tell you that it is wrong itself.  We DO have the spark and miracle of life within us,  FROM a divine source,  but that does not make us PART of that divine source.  We have the spark of life within us,  but so does a virus or a poison spider.  Ironically,  the virus and the spider have more of a claim to  “doing nothing wrong”,  because their options are so severely limited.  A virus does not really have the option of doing anything “right” or “wrong”…..  it can only do what it must for survival and propagation…..  but it can kill millions of humans in the process.

In contrast to a virus,  humans have almost unlimited options.  We consciously choose between good and evil.  We can kill people by choice,  not by necessity.   The gift of intelligence and consciousness means that we humans can do anything wrong!!…..  not that we can do nothing wrong.  The  “nothing wrong”  message is the opposite of the truth.  Yet many spiritual teachers are teaching that the spark of the divine God we have within us,  means that we can do nothing wrong.  This claim to be  “divine”  has been a problem since the Gnostic teachings of early Christianity,  and it is getting worse now,  with all the New Age materials and channelings.  I think this is a false teaching.  Even Jesus sometimes spoke of himself as separate from  “Our Father”,  then other times spoke of himself being one with the Father,  but I will not get into all the arguments flying about for the past 2000 years,  concerning the Trinity.

Jesus is most definitely a special case,  to say the least.  But even if Jesus was God or part of God,  he did often speak of the Father and the Son,  which speaks of some separation,  rather than a blending into One.  On the other hand,  he did say some things that implied he and the Father were One.  But we normal humans can make no such claim.  We  may be made in the image of God in some ways,  but we must remember that,  by definition,  an image is not part of the original.  Why can’t we just be humbly grateful for being an image of our Creator,  without trying to steal part of his identity for ourselves?  This is the ultimate  “identity theft”,  and it is happening in religions and spiritual cults all around us,  and it is most assuredly happening in the spirit realm.  Yes,  God is a victim of identity theft,  so to speak,  but we are the real victims of our own crime,  if we try to convince ourselves that we are part of God,  or that we possess any of the divine power and authority of God.

Aside from the sheer arrogance of such a doctrine,  there is the danger it opens us up to.  For we cannot just take it ourselves,  and deny it to everyone else.  This is one reason the “nothing wrong”  message is carefully packaged with the  “unconditional love”  message  (as in Dr. Alexander’s NDE).  They work very well together,  in their attempt to wipe out moral responsibility and accountability.   If we accept any part of  “there is nothing you can do wrong”  for ourselves,  then we are granting that same license to people or spirits of that philosophy who will influence us and dominate us now,  and when our bodies die.  This is the faction that got ahold of Dr. Alexander in his NDE,  when he was given that message.  Sadly,  Dr. Alexander has chosen to stand with them.  It is highly ironic,  because Dr. Alexander has drastically re-shaped his opinions as a result of his NDE,  but he may have jumped from the atheist frying pan into the spiritual fire.  It may be that this perception  “there is nothing you can do wrong”  was already very strong in his ego and subconscious,  so the message in his NDE just reinforced that perception and gave it a  “divine sanction”,  so that he would return to his earthly life and become its spokesman,  with a powerful vision behind the slogan.

All of my statements concerning spirits,  above and below,  are speculation,  and not taken from direct knowledge.  They are not based in belief or faith.  I have a hard time with belief and faith.  So I read,  study,  research,  investigate,  and then I write.  These statements concerning spirits are deductions,  based in logic and natural moral philosophy.  They are statements that agree with some teachings of Christianity and other religions,  and disagree with other teachings.  They are general statements,  that try to identify trends and tendencies of intelligent life,  whether in flesh or spirit.  I have found nuggets of truth in many different religions and philosophies,  as well as many lumps of coal that just cover everything with soot and filth.  The  “nothing wrong”  doctrine is perhaps the biggest lump of coal,  masquerading as a nugget of truth,  that I have ever seen.

 This message  “there is nothing you can do wrong”  could possibly be helpful in rare cases.  It could only be beneficial to a person IF that person has already learned to do most things right,  and IF that person is committed to serve others….. and that is a rare phenomenon in human nature.  At best,  the message is premature.  If it is valid at all,  it should be a secret reserved for a few who may be ready for it,  who have earned it.  It should not be broadcast with a bullhorn,  to the masses who will abuse it.

That is the only possible concession I would grant to this disastrous philosophy represented by the deceitful message:  “There is nothing you can do wrong.”  In my opinion,  it is never valid,  and never beneficial,  and always harmful in one way or another.  This philosophy should be pulled up by the roots,  hacked into little pieces,  and thrown on the garbage heap of failed philosophies.  In this blog article,  I am doing my best pulling and hacking.  But it is a prolific philosophy that snakes its way into all areas of our lives,  like a poisonous creeping vine.

Most people who hear this message,  believe it and spread it,  are non-violent pacifists who have no intention of condoning abuse or violence.  Their mistake is,  they do not understand the dark side of the human ego,  or the destructive evil it is capable of,  because they do not have that much potential for evil in their own souls.  They naively assume that everyone is more or less like themselves,  with a moral conscience,  with a general good will toward their fellows.  When they believe and spread the message  “there is nothing you can do wrong”,  they are thinking of very minor sins or mistakes,  or wrong attitudes,  or wrong assumptions,  that can be corrected with no real harm done.

They do not realize that this message itself is like a ticking time bomb.  It is like a clever saboteur or enemy spy who disguises himself to get past the guarded city gates,  past the crowds on the streets,  then fades into the shadows,  pulls out his weapons,  and begins his treacherous work.  It is like the last plague on the Egyptians,  the angel of death that passed by the homes of the Hebrews,  but killed the firstborn sons of all the Egyptians.  Consider it to be like a selective virus.  It does not do any major damage until it finds the right hosts to infect.  It is like a poisonous seed that will only grow and produce poisonous fruit in a dark heart.

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“There is nothing you can do wrong”  is a philosophical Trojan Horse,  looking like a grand gift that,  when taken into our inner sanctums,  springs open at night to release a horde of killers in our midst.  It is the philosophical message itself that carries this danger,  not the blind innocents who mouth it so happily.  They are just like the gullible Trojans who brought the amazing Greek  “gift”  into their city,  not suspecting that it held Greek warriors who would slip out that night,  open the city gates,  and let the Greek army in to destroy them.  The  “nothing wrong”  philosophy is the Trojan Horse of our spiritual enemies,  being offered as a glorious gift  “from God”,  which becomes our attacker when it spreads among us.  It justifies any abuse,  any harm,  any violence that anyone wishes to commit against us,  or that we wish to commit against others.  It is the most deceptive,  the most faulty,  and the most dangerous philosophy that I know of.

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WHILE WE “DO NOTHING WRONG”, THE WORLD CRUMBLES AROUND US…. MESSAGES FROM OTHER MEDIUMS

meteor strikegg53769670end of world nametagWhile we are all “doing nothing wrong” as individuals  (according to Eben and his spirit guides),  which means that all governments,  societies,  religions,  and companies should be doing nothing wrong….. the world is in a downward spiral of agonizing turmoil,  with economies failing and people losing their jobs and savings,  with religious terrorists and bigots everywhere,  small but vicious wars popping up,  Arab Spring turning into Arab Winter,  governments stealing more and more freedom and privacy from their people.  Deadly resistant bacteria are showing up in hospitals  (as a result of the overuse and abuse of antibiotics),  water supplies are dwindling from overuse and poor management,  food supplies are running short in more and more areas of the world,  and changing weather patterns are adding a layer of danger,  misery and worry  to everything else.  Disaster,  disease,  crime and injustice are running rampant,  causing intense global suffering,  while we are all  “doing nothing wrong”,  according to Dr. Alexander’s spirit guides.

But other spiritual mediums give us a bright hope for improvement,  in a twisted sort of way.  At least we do not get the spiritual lie  “There is nothing you can do wrong”  from some of them.   There may be a future event in world history,  a metaphysical shift,  that will weed out the selfish,  the cruel,  the evil ones,  leaving only those who have advanced to a spiritual level worthy of  this message  “there is nothing you can do wrong”  (if such an advancement is even possible).  It would be like a tamer version of the Noah’s Flood global disaster,  with over half of humanity surviving,  but with billions being weeded out.  This would be the opposite of most versions of The Rapture,  in which the true Christians are removed from an increasingly evil Earth.  I think this Rapture is very unlikely,  though I would be delighted if it came tomorrow.  Unlike The Rapture,  in which good people are removed from the Earth to save them from further Tribulations,  the other myths are non-Christian and more New Age,  describing a general metaphysical shift of the Earth,  where evil people are removed from the Earth and the good people who survive get to stay,  in which evil is defeated and goodness triumphs,  in some way.  A physical disaster is accompanied by a metaphysical shift.  This shifting event is referred to in various spiritual myths as The Age of Aquarius,  The Shift to the Fourth Density,  The Thousand Year Reign, The Tribulation,  The Ascension,  The Transformation,  and other ominous labels.  We just went through such a scare,  with the myth of the Mayan Calendar ending in 2012.  For the last 30 years,  there is a drumbeat of many psychics and channels,  trumpeting the eminent shifting of the Earth from third to fourth density.  Some of their predictions have come true after a fashion,  but many of them have fallen into disrepute,  because their predictions DID NOT happen.  According to their previous alarms  (channeled from several different spiritual sources),  we should have already had a shifting of Earth’s poles,  massive earthquakes,  floods,  sinking of countries and states into the ocean,  etc., etc., etc,  many times over.  Some of these channeling psychics who published books are Edgar Cayce,  Ruth Montgomery,  Jane Roberts,  Gordon Michael Scallion,  Carla Rueckert,  Nancy Lieder,  and David Wilcock.  While mentioning their names here in a negative connotation,  please understand,  I do not mean to discount their many positive elements.  I think that psychic channeling is at the cutting edge of human evolution,  and it is a very risky business,  because it exposes the channeling person to the entire spectrum of higher entities,  from darkly evil and deceptive,  to brilliantly good and wise.  This puts the channeling person in turmoil and possible personal danger,  as well as placing a great burden on their shoulders if they go public.  The channeling person has a great responsibility to judge the subtle intent of the communications of entities far more advanced than they are,  and some channels are not up to this demanding task.  Among those channels that I believe to be failing that task are Nancy Lieder and Gordon Michael Scallion.  Lieder is by far the most outrageous,  but I will leave it to the the reader to investigate her and her book “Zetatalk”.  I believe such channels have fallen victim to false negative messages of destruction from negative spirit entities.  Detailed messages of global disasters,  with specific years or dates,  that do not come true,  still have a negative and oppressive impact on everyone who hears or reads them.  This is a clearer case of negative influence than that of Dr. Eben Alexander,  who received false positive messages in his NDE,  in  a much more devious spiritual campaign,  which I am exposing in this blog article.

ask-1Future Map World Future Map US Gordon Michael Scallion was so convinced of his negative channeled messages,  he even published a  “Future Map”  of how America should look after the disasters,  in great detail,  with much of the Western US underwater,  the Pacific Ocean lapping at the outskirts of Phoenix,  and the Mississippi River Valley expanded into a large sea.  He also sells a “Future Map of the World”,  showing new oceans in the middle of continents.  He still sells the maps on his “Earth Changes” website  https://www.earthchanges.com/product/gordon-michael-scallions-future-map-set/  ,  but neglects to say that he earlier predicted these disasters to happen around the year 2000.  As that year approached,  his prediction dates were revised, always 10 or 15 years in the future.   He is peddling failed predictions,  but he insists that they still might happen,  because they were somehow delayed.  That may be possible,  but the more dates that are missed,  the more unlikely it becomes.  Generally,  these channels trumpet their few small successful predictions (which are usually somewhat vague),  and find all sorts of excuses for their massive failed predictions of global disasters.  They tend to be more successful in predictions of small events in their own lives,  and synchronicity events in their lives and their friends’ lives,  which are quite impressive.  These small successes are evidence of their likely connection with something metaphysical.  These small successes keep them going.  They have heavily invested their lives and finances into their channeling work,  because they believe it to be important to the advancement of the human race.  Scallion feels he is saving lives by warning us of specific disasters that we can then avoid  (just look at his map,  and move to where there is no blue).  But there are doubts,  there are inconsistencies and conflicts and failures in the channeled information.  If they see the conflicts,  they are greatly troubled,  but they hope for the best.  At some point they must make a choice,  and they choose to keep channeling…..  Just as Dr. Alexander chooses to keep spreading the false positive message of his NDE.   So they are relentlessly forced by their choices to stumble on through the metaphysical fog,  keep channeling,  and accept the various excuses the spirits offer them for the continuing failures of major predictions….. and the spirits are quite clever in coming up with excuses.

It is difficult to tell the true from the false,  because the evil spirits are so clever and so unlimited in their deceptions to harm us,  and the good spirits are so overly concerned with violating sacred laws of free will and the  “Law of One”  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Law_of_One) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9MJgxcEZFQ) ,  that they are crippled by these laws.  The  “Law of One”  overemphasizes our spiritual bond with our moral enemies,  and tends to ignore the vast polarities between individuals,  tends to discount some of our unique physical skills or interests,  and tends to discount our suffering in this life.  When it comes to active help or intervention,   the good spirits are shackled by limitations based on moral concerns of violating our  “free will”,  while the evil spirits have no such limits.  The evil spirits can tell any lie,  spin any tale,  predict any doom,  and scare the hell out of us,  and even attack us and harm us,  if we become susceptible to their power by believing their lies.  Meanwhile the  “good”  spirits tell us they cannot help us much,  because they cannot violate our sacred  “free will”,  and cannot violate the sacred universal  “Law of One.”  They condemn us to our own poor choices,  like laboratory rats who starve to death,  because they cannot find their way out of a devious maze that the scientists built for them,  turning left when they should have turned right.  We humans are at the bottom of an incredible pyramid of higher spiritual entities,  which all seem to be messing with us in appalling ways,  or allowing us to be messed with.  I would suggest that the  “good”  higher entities need to see that they are trapped in their own higher metaphysical maze,  and that they need to modify the moral limits,  break the metaphysical barriers,  not worry so much about violating our free will,  and give us more help in getting out of our maze,  which they have contributed to building.  What is more important?…..  some cosmic concept of pure  “free will”,  or the well-being and healing of people?  We humans limit our children’s  “free will”  for their own good,  while we raise them and teach them.  Our young children need to have their  “free will”  limited and guided,  while they learn enough information to use their  “free will”  in a productive way.  Similarly we adults,  as spiritual children,  need accurate spiritual information to use our  “free will”  in a productive spiritual way.  But all we have is a confusing vast array of religions or cults to confound us,  or secular atheistic society to misdirect us.  In the lack of accurate spiritual information,  people commit their lives to various religions out of love,  out of fear,  out of hatred,  out of arrogance…..  in short,  from pure emotion,  and  not from accurate information.  Our precious  “free will”  would lead us to very different goals,  if these good higher spirits would stop hiding the facts,  reveal themselves to more people,  and show us the true metaphysical nature of our world…..  in other words,  give us a little true spiritual information.  Uninformed people tend to make very poor use of their  “free will”.  When we do not know enough of the truth,  our choices are rendered futile,  our free will is wasted,  and our convictions become a cosmic joke.  What is the point of choosing between crawling and walking,  in our primitive land,  when we know nothing of rolling or flying,  because our people have not yet discovered the wheel or the wing,  but people in the neighboring countries are driving cars and flying airplanes?  So while we struggle to crawl 10 feet in the dirt,  we could have rolled 10,000 feet on wheels,  or we could have flown 100,000 feet on wings in the air?  We should ask ourselves,  what wonders did our neighbors discover,  that we did not discover?  Or did we discover these things in the distant past,  only to have our memories blocked?  Or were these discoveries granted to one society,  and denied to another?  If so, what were the criteria,  and were they morally valid?  Why should good people in one society be granted different information than good people in another society?  I have personal experience in this area,  owning houses in two vastly different countries  (USA and Thailand).  Spirituality is much more open and visible and honored in Thailand.  The USA is more intellectual and questioning.  But in all societies,  too much is hidden from us.  Spiritually,  we are kept ignorant,   for no good reason that I can see.  But you will see many  reasons offered in other spiritual writings,  like arguing that we are kept ignorant for our own good,  because the spiritual truth would overwhelm us.  The brutal result of this scenario is that we make the same mistakes over and over again.  How can you learn from your mistakes,  if you cannot remember them,  from one day to the next,  or one decade to the next,  or one lifetime to the next?  We are all robbed of our spiritual memories,  leaving us in spiritual ignorance.   Spiritually,  we are lost because there are too many false paths,  and not enough evidence of the right path for each of us.  Then we become victims of devious  negative forces masquerading as positive,  like Dr. Alexander fell victim to in his NDE.

I have no doubt that these psychics are channeling some good entities  (service-to-other) who want to help us or liberate us or elevate us,  and some bad entities (service-to-self) who want to harm us or dominate us or scare us.  But at some point,  good or bad,  the spirits who cry  “wolf”  too many times,  when no wolf can be found,  when their Apocalypse does not happen,  should be held to account for their lies / mistakes.  For example,  one spirit entity that I otherwise consider to be possibly  “good”,  a collective oversoul who calls itself  “RA”,  predicted in 1981 that the Earth would be transformed from Third Density to Fourth Density by the year 2011.  This did not happen.  I know that it did not happen,  because according to RA’s own later words,  such a transformation would be a huge event;  much anticipated and planned in the universe;  obvious to everyone on the planet;  a wake-up call of immense proportions.  We would be living in a very different world of light and love, with no more criminals,  no more terrorists,  no more tyrants,  no more wars,  with the bad people taken away from us….. but in 2014 we still have all of these,  and it is getting worse,  not better.  But RA is still predicting this transformation,  through various channels.  RA cannot have it both ways.  I would like to know why this entity,  supposedly possessed of infinite knowledge and wisdom of past-present-future,  who has otherwise sounded very helpful and compassionate,  made such a false prediction.  RA is also troubling to me because he/she/it is one of the major teachers of the LAW OF ONE doctrine.

There are at least 170 such major predictions of doom in recorded history  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_dates_predicted_for_apocalyptic_events),  none of which came true,  for we are still putting up with all the assholes doing wrong things.  If such an event were to happen,  it would be marked by physical disasters,  social upheaval and metaphysical trauma,  as the selfish were gradually removed from this world or killed and reincarnated elsewhere,  while most of the caring remained,  terrified by the violence erupting around them.  Families would be torn apart,  friends would be separated forever,  as the dysfunctional culprits were removed.  When the dust settled,  the survivors may be partly worthy of Dr. Alexander’s message  “there is nothing you can do wrong”,  but at the time it would be the farthest thing from their minds.  Spreading that message now,  before the momentous event,  would likely increase the number of souls that must be weeded out.  After the event,  the message would not be needed,  because the survivors would be living it,  with no need for verbalization.  It would be written in their souls,  with no need to be written on paper.  But still,  as long as free will and choice remain for individual people,  it would be possible to do something wrong,  or many things wrong.  It would be possible for those Raptured away from Tribulation,  and possible for survivors of an Earthly culling or shifting event.  It was possible for Lucifer,  the Angel of Light,  who led a rebellion against God  before the dawn of humanity.  If it is possible in Heaven,  then  it is possible anywhere.  Even in the brilliant presence of God,  there will always be rogues and rebels who become discontented and resentful,  who stir up discontent and resentment in others,  and challenge those who hold rightful authority over them.

Ra Material Book 1I am beginning to think that this talkative entity  “RA”  is highly suspect of being some sort of rogue himself.  In one of his early communications,  he gave us the following gem of cosmic wisdom:  “In truth there is no right or wrong.  There is no polarity for all will be,  as you would say,  reconciled at some point in your dance through the mind / body / spirit complex which you amuse yourself by distorting in various ways at this time.  This distortion….. is chosen by each of you as an alternative to understanding the complete unity of thought which binds all things….. You are every thing,  every being,  every emotion,  every event,  every situation.  You are unity.  You are infinity.  You are love / light,  light / love.  You are.  This is the Law of One.”  The Ra Material  (1984). 

This spiritual happy-talk  is either incredibly naive,  incredibly stupid,  or incredibly deceptive.  If  “RA”  was really a collective oversoul comprised of thousands or millions of individual souls,  each having lived thousands of bodily lives,  then he / she / it would have vivid memories of being violated and brutalized by evil predators in many agonizing ways,  from theft to rape to torture to murder,  to grisly death on a battlefield,  to being exterminated in a genocide,  to being unjustly thrown in prison or a concentration camp.  I would not describe this as a  “dance through the mind / body / spirit complex”.   The difference between evil predators and their innocent victims is absolutely a moral polarity.  And it is outrageous,  not to mention callous and unfeeling,  to describe such atrocities as things to  “amuse yourself ”  with.  Let this pompous oversoul  “RA”  be incarnated into a body again,  and let him be unjustly thrown into prison for a life sentence of hard labor and torture in North Korea,  Iran,  Cuba,  or China,  and let us see if he thinks it is “amusing”.  Or let her be brutally gang-raped and then hung to death from a tree,  as just happened to two village girls in India yesterday.  There is nothing  “amusing”  about that horrific evil  “dance”.  Contrary to these  LAW OF ONE teachings,  there are many moral and philosophical polarities  that disrupt our lives,  that cause conflicts and crimes in our world.  Our polarities reflect similar polarities in the spirit world.  Could it be that RA is on the other side of a polarity from us,  and therefore wants to conceal it?  Refusing to see moral polarities  is a type of naivete or moral blindness,  but teaching that the polarities do not exist,  that there is no right or wrong,  is far more grievous,  and seems to be a deliberate deception.  It has devastating results in our world,  and it is the polar opposite of the teachings of Jesus.  The Bible warns us that there will come a time when good is called evil,  and evil is called good.  I think we are in that evil time,  we have been in it for a long while,  and have reached a more dangerous level where good and evil are blended together and made part of a “dance” and called  “distortions”  which we “amuse” ourselves with,  where there are no  “polarities”,  as this  “RA”  informed us above.

But RA plays a dark game of words.  For example,  his pet word  “distortion”  heavily implies wrong,  and he uses it to describe what we are doing wrong,  and yet he pronounces above that there is no wrong.  He also uses “distortion” to describe things that are undeniably good,  such as  “free will”,  “Love”,  and “Light”.   Also his four ominous words  “all will be reconciled”  jump to the end of the struggle,  ignoring all the triumphs and defeats along the way.  It ignores all the bravery,  the heroism,  the sacrifice,  the abuse,  the atrocities that happened along the way,  that forged the participants into heroes and villains.  It is like saying that World War II ended in reconciliation.  That word just does not describe the end result.  In a war,  or in any serious struggle between entities,  one side wins and the other side loses.  One side’s philosophy spreads,  and the other side’s philosophy is crushed.  The losers are not “reconciled”,  they are defeated or destroyed,  and their influence is severely diminished.  In the case of Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany,  that was a very good thing.  Wars are not a  “dance through the mind/body/spirit complex”  to amuse ourselves.  They are deadly serious conflicts between good and evil,  that ruin or destroy millions of lives.  We hope that the side that wins,  is the side that is more morally correct and advanced,  but that not guaranteed  (luckily, the right side won in World War II,  but that has rarely occurred in later wars).  Initially,  the side that is wrong or evil has the advantage,  and they are very likely to win.  And it is said that the winning side gets to write the history of the war.  It seems to me that,  with four words,  “all will be reconciled”,  RA is trying to write the history of the cosmic war,  before it is even over,  and trying to conceal or invalidate the important struggle between right and wrong,  good and evil,  that is swirling all around us now.

There is also very little reconciliation in political conflicts,  religious conflicts,  philosophical arguments, legal disputes  and daily arguments between people.  For example,  the current ruling political party, with its leader Barack Obama, is in complete gridlock with Republicans in Congress,  with both sides blaming each other.  There is no reconciling to be done,  there is only blocking or defeating the other side.  Obama and his administration are also in conflict with religions,  business owners,  industry owners,  land owners,  and  gun owners.  They are in conflict with capitalism and conservatism in general,  as a war of philosophy.  They deny that there is anything exceptional about America,  but claim that it has committed many grievous mistakes and errors,  which they will correct,  and they are trying to transform us into their idea of a perfect society.  There can be no reconciling in this political struggle.  One side’s philosophy wins;  the other side’s philosophy is suppressed or defeated.  But in RA’s pronouncement,  all of this is of no concern,  for  “all will be reconciled at some point”  and  “there is no polarity”.  This philosophy is completely alien and harmful to human life on this planet.  I think that it is harmful to spiritual life as well.

This pronouncement was published 30 years ago,  it is reinforced with channelings from other sources,  and it is now gaining much wider distribution,  in part through the internet.  This  “Law of One”  teaching is gathering quite a following,  and turning into a religion.  But it needs to be exposed and opposed for the harm it can do.  It preaches “unity” and “unity of thought” that “binds all things”.  In this world,  there is no significant “unity” or “unity of thought”  between a lion and a lamb,  a shark and a seal,  a fox and a chicken,  or a tyrant and his innocent victims.  One lives,  and one dies.  One triumphs,  the other is defeated.  There is no  “unity of thought”  between a serial killer and his victims.  There was no  “unity of thought”  between Jesus and the evil people who had him whipped and crucified  (he did forgive them,  but that just increased the polarity between them),  and it was certainly not  “amusing”.    Instead, in this world,  there are significant polarities that we must recognize and deal with,  for they can kill us.  It wouldn’t really matter if the monster who tortures and kills us shares some cosmic “unity of thought” with us,  on some metaphysical level.  It is the stark DIFFERENCES OF THOUGHT,  it is the weapons cutting into our flesh,  it is the bullet that pierces our heart,  it is the blood that flows and the precious life that is unjustly taken,  the freedom that is stolen,  the rights that are violated,  the dreams that are turned into nightmares;   that is what matters,  that is what overrides any cosmic “unity”….. and RA does nothing to stop it.  In fact,  he sanctions it through his over-emphasis on sacred  “free will”.  He seems to dismiss the massive injustice in Earth history,  by saying in essence that we have to tolerate it because of sacred  “free will”,  which he calls the first gift of God to the universe.  He needs to ponder the old Earth saying:  “Your free will ends where my nose begins.”  Free will is indeed a precious gift,  but when free will is abused,  it should be limited or canceled.  This is the basic universal rule of justice,  that RA ignores.  He ignores it,  because it invalidates much of his teachings.

But the RA teachings are not alone in this regard.  The one thing lacking in every religious system in the world,  is reliable repeatable justice in this world.  Because of the lack of reliable repeatable justice in this world,  religions must concoct various elaborate cosmologies to explain how we will receive justice,  punishment or reward after we die….. or in the case of reincarnation,  how we also received justice before we were born….. and various excuses why we do not have justice in our lives here and now.  They are all suspect to me,  because I expect reliable repeatable justice in this world,  when the injustice happens,  when we are witnesses to it,  when we are victims of it.  Metaphysical entities are capable of delivering such justice,  and we deserve it,  so I demand it.  Not instant justice,  but prompt justice,  after a reasonable of time for preparation,  but before the perpetrators can launch a career of injustice.  Delayed or deferred justice is just another form of injustice,  because it enables the perpetrators to attack more victims.

Back to the RA teachings about  “unity of thought”.  I have experienced very little unity of thought in my life on this planet.  Even among family and friends,  unity of thought is rare.  Life is an arena full of people gaming each other,  full of thoughts that compete and push against each other.  These warring thoughts produce both help and harm,  depending upon the intentions of the people involved.  It is the stark DIFFERENCES OF THOUGHT,  not  “unity of thought”,   that produce all the conflict,  misery,  suffering,  and destruction.  Ignoring the DIFFERENCES OF THOUGHT is not helpful.  It doesn’t really matter if we have some “unity of thought” with the person who is attacking us.  It is the differences of thought that are producing the attack.  It doesn’t really matter that the worst people can repent and change,  until they actually do it,  and that is very rare.  If they do repent and change,  it is only after a significant body count has been piled up.  If they do repent and change,  it is only because they realize that they have been wrong,  not because they realize that they were doing nothing wrong.

If this  “LAW OF ONE”  includes the  teaching that there is no right or wrong,  then it is really the LAW OF NONE.  It claims to spread the message of light and love.  But it worships  “free will”  to such an outrageous extreme,  that it allows evil to destroy love,  and it cancels out any notion of one moral judgment being any better than another.  In this way,  it destroys its own credibility.  After telling us essentially that nothing really matters,  it offers volumes of moral advice,  in great hypocrisy and self-contradiction.  Tentatively,  I would say that any moral advice rising from these premises is highly corrupted.  But  I am still studying and absorbing this LAW OF ONE,  as I just discovered it while writing this article.

It does discern two basic moral orientations that seem to be sound….. service-to-other (said to be good)  and service-to-self (said to be bad).  During our lives here on Earth,  our main purpose is to choose between these opposing moral priorities.  When our choice solidifies and becomes permanent,  we move on to higher densities,  but with forced separation between the two opposing groups.  This is all fine as a concept of spiritual progression,  but there are two contradictions here,  according to RA’s other teachings.

First,  the service-to-other and service-to-self choices are described by RA as “polarities”,  but didn’t he tell us above with great confidence that there is no polarity,  no right or wrong?  So which is it,  do we have polarities or no polarities?  This is not a complicated issue.  It is troubling,  because people who are engaging in deception tend to contradict themselves,  and then fabricate complicated reasons why it is not really a contradiction.  RA dictated four books to spin a web of complicated reasons to tangle our thoughts.  But I will point out the contradictions as I see them.  This one is extremely basic:  polarities or no polarities?  RA tries to teach both ways,  but I will not let him get away with that.  There are physical polarities in nature:  positive and negative magnetism,  positive and negative charged particles,  matter and anti-matter,  wet and dry,  hot and cold,  light and dark,  living and non-living materials,  predator and prey.  These polarities of nature can mean the difference between life and death for us,  and so can the moral polarities of human nature and spiritual nature.

Second,  I have another simple question.  If RA says there is no right or wrong,  then how can service-to-other be deemed to be better than service-to-self?  RA spends much of his time promoting service-to-other and supposedly guiding us in that direction,  promoting unconditional love,  but why would he do that,  if there is no right or wrong?  If there is no right or wrong,  then unconditional hate is equal to unconditional love,  and it should not matter which way we go.   Can the collective oversoul RA answer this basic question in simple and logical terms,  with no backpedaling or double-talk?  I have not yet seen this question asked or answered in The RA Material.  But logic gives us the answer.  If there is no right or wrong as RA says,  then service-to-self and service-to-other are equal,  with no moral difference,  and a murdering tyrant is equal to Jesus Christ,  and RA is a supreme liar with a harmful agenda….. or a deluded entity who is so far removed from the reality of our everyday lives,  that his advice is,  let us say,  of limited value.  I would go further and say that it highly deceptive and dangerous.

This is a huge fundamental contradiction that cannot legitimately be contained in the same body of teaching.  If RA says there is no right or wrong,  then there is no real need for any education,  proper procedure for any task….. no need for priorities of any kind at all…..  and love is no better or worse than hate, or any other emotion.  Healing is not better than hurting;  pleasure is not better than pain;  happiness is not better than misery.  RA praises unconditional love as the greatest good in the universe,  so it must be  “right”,  and yet he told us that there is no right or wrong,  so again,  love can be no better than hate.  And of course,  this necessary conclusion rising from  “no right or wrong”  is completely absurd,  and RA is the champion of absurdity.  If RA objects to this theory,  and wishes to refute it,  then let him leave a comment to this blog.  He could certainly instruct one of his many human channels to write a comment here  (after all,  his channels do write lengthy books from his lengthy discourses,  dictated to them while in a trance).

We are forced to exchange writings,  since I apparently do not have the right frequency of vibration for communicating directly,  as RA’s channels do….. but wait….. there is no right or wrong frequency,  right?  It does not matter if I vibrate or not,  right?  But RA claims to be of a higher frequency,  closer to God,  with much more knowledge and wisdom,  and therefore more  “right”  than us,  by strong implication.  The whole reason he is communicating with us is because he thinks he is right,  and we are wrong in some ways,  and he wants to help us.  But he says there is no right or wrong.  Then why should we listen to him?  What part of  “no right or wrong”  do I not understand?  Please explain.  I am begging for an explanation here.  I would hate to be wrong and would like to be right,  so please correct me….. except,  oh yeah,  there is no right or wrong,  right?  So really,  no one needs to be corrected about anything.  Yet RA wrote 4 books to help us correct ourselves.  Someone help me here,  I am so confused!

And,  indeed,  confusion will be the primary result whenever serious critical thought is applied to the LAW OF ONE.  If it does not confuse you after the points I am raising here,  then you are an unquestioning believer,  even while the LAW OF ONE tells us not to be an unquestioning believer.  So questioning is right,  and blind belief is wrong,  right?  But wait,  there is no right and wrong,  right?  You see how this vicious circle of faulty logic never ends.  But never mind all that….. I am following the advice to question the LAW OF ONE,  and I am asking for answers.  Could it be that I am “dancing” around an inconvenient truth for the LAW OF ONE supporters,  or will they say that I am “distorting” their true reality to “amuse myself”?  Time will tell,  if they comment at all,  but I am certainly not doing this for amusement.

While there may be many paths to God,  these are actual paths,  or required sequences of learning,  that must be followed in order to make spiritual progress.  Each religion and philosophy has a different path,  and while some may be better than others,  they can all result in spiritual progress.  I do not know the true correctness of my chosen path,  but at least I am trying to follow it,  with discipline and integrity.  And if there are paths,  then it is possible to get OFF the path,  and get lost in the wilderness.  Even if there are many paths through the dark jungle,  then staying on a path to God is right,  and getting off of a path to wander in the dark jungle is wrong.  By saying that there is no right or wrong,  this  “LAW OF ONE”  is teaching that there are NO PATHS AT ALL,  and that it is fine if we just go in circles forever,  or wander aimlessly,  or maliciously knock other people off their paths.  In truth,  the one who is actually following any path to God is right,  and the one who wanders with no path is wrong.

Some paths take people away from God,  even farther away than those who just wander in the dark.  These are the evil paths of criminals and tyrants,  the abusive people I have already spoken too much of,  in this article.  The LAW OF ONE,  with its slavish worship of  “free will”,  allows these evil people to attack and destroy good people at will,  while the LAW OF ONE masquerades as the ultimate goodness,  while proclaiming our  “oneness”  with the criminals and tyrants.  In truth,  the LAW OF ONE teachers do not seem to care how long it takes us to make any spiritual progress,  whether we are good or evil.  It is all on us.  If we are abused or attacked,  then we have somehow  “chosen”  this to happen.  If we are the abusers or attackers,  somehow we are not really doing anything wrong;  we are just a tool of karma;  and it will just take us longer to make spiritual progress.  So abusers and their victims are locked in a downward spiral of spiritual damage,  like two fighting eagles falling out of the sky with their talons locked,  slashing each others’  flesh.  Abusers and victims are both suffering great spiritual damage.  It will take a long time,  multiple lifetimes,  to recover from the spiritual damage and get back to spiritual progress,  but that does not matter to the LAW OF ONE entities.   They have communicated this point in subtle ways through their human channels.  That is why they claim that there is no right or wrong.  We can take 10 years or a million years to progress the same amount,  or none at all,  by our own choice,  and it does not really matter (but it matters greatly to me,  and it should matter to you).  Like RA proclaims above:   “All will be reconciled at some point”,  give or take a few more million years of chaos,  misery,  and suffering.  This may be a veiled effort to actually prevent significant spiritual progress.

Some of the LAW OF ONE entities sign off each channeling with  “you are loved more than you can possibly imagine”,  a very noble claim;  yet they also claim to be unable or unwilling to help us much,  because of a prohibition against violating our  “free will”.  And they will not violate the  “free will”  of those who attack us and destroy us.  They would not violate the  “free will”  of the thief who stole my mother’s purse on Christmas Eve,  they would not violate the  “free will”  of the Jihadist suicide pilots who flew airline jets into the World Trade towers.   Their great love,  more love than we can imagine,  does nothing to stop unjust attacks.  What is the benefit of their love,  if it does not contribute to justice?  Justice is the end product we all need…..  for ourselves and others…..  ongoing justice,  effective justice,  prompt justice that is not delayed or deferred for lifetimes.  Love is wasted,  if it does not pursue that.

Like all clever deceptions,  this LAW OF ONE seems to employ bits of truth or logic,  to attack a greater truth.  It is related to Dr. Alexander’s three-point message from his NDE.  It shares the  “nothing wrong”  message and the promotion of unconditional love with that NDE.  It expands from there into an excessive honoring of  “free will”,  as I have already described.  The greater truth that all of these deceptions are attacking is JUSTICE.  For if we can do nothing wrong,  if we are loved even when we become murdering tyrants,  if our  “free will”  can never be violated,  even when we severely abuse it,  then JUSTICE is completely destroyed.  In the LAW OF ONE and other teachings,  whatever justice may be done is taken care of by the mysterious law of karma,  and by choices we make in the spirit world before we are born.  The result of all of these doctrines is that JUSTICE is completely absent from human existence on planet Earth,  except what justice we can achieve for ourselves.  And if we follow these doctrines,  we won’t even try to do that.  Yet justice is what we all yearn for,  what we all need,  to live in safety,  security,  happiness and true freedom.  We also need Knowledge,  especially spiritual knowledge and memory,  to live our lives effectively,  yet that is withheld or concealed or distorted,  by a  “veil”  put in place between physical and spiritual existence,  and we are told that this withholding is for our own good.  The result of almost all spiritual or religious teachings in this world,  is the withholding of Justice and Knowledge in this world,  that we desperately need.  As I wrote above,  the one thing lacking in every religious system in the world,  is reliable repeatable justice in this world.

I cannot imagine a hypothetical time or a hypothetical scenario when this message  “there is nothing you can do wrong”  would be universally true or beneficial.  Aside from it’s utter falsity,  it is irrelevant,  for it is always eclipsed by greater events and concerns.  Even if it were true for a limited time or for a few qualified individuals,  it is overwhelmed by the vast majority of people doing many things wrong.  It is overwhelmed by the cruel disasters of nature,  such as flood,  fire,  tornado,  or earthquake.  It is overwhelmed by undeserved disasters,  as well as undeserved good fortune.  This message is a message of chaos;  a message of unlimited failure…..  which keeps us weak and confused.  We would be better served by a message of perseverance and hope,  that no matter what we do wrong,  we still have the free will to turn to the right.  Few take that turn,  but the option is always there.

Further,  if this message were a universal truth,  as Dr. Alexander seems to regard it,  it would wipe out all responsibility,  accountability,  morality  and humility.  There would be no point in learning the right way of doing anything,  or in disciplining ourselves to be moral and fair and ethical.  We could break promises,  indulge every whim and vice,  mistreat everyone,  and  break every rule or law,  with no consequences.  It should be obvious that this is no way to run a hot dog stand,  much less an entire universe.  In ancient Greek philosophy,  goodness was described as  “the class of the limited”  and evil was described as  “the class of the unlimited”.  Goodness does require some limits,  it requires prohibitions of many evil or selfish acts.  The idea that we can  “do nothing wrong”  is the ultimate in self-indulgence and selfishness.  We all have moral duties and obligations,  to ourselves,  to others,  to society,  to our Creator.  Following our duties and honoring our obligations is right,  ignoring them or breaking them is wrong.  No message from any source can change that,  for that IS a universal truth.  Every major religion in the world has teachings of what is right,  and what is wrong.  These teachings stem from ancient spiritual messages to many spiritual,  saintly people who already knew the general difference between right and wrong.  That is why they were chosen to receive the messages.  I will throw in my lot with them,  instead of these johnny-come-lately prophets who report a dangerous message that we can do no wrong.  That message is from a different source,  probably the same source that puts out other messages like  “if it feels good, do it”,   “Nobody is perfect”,   “You cannot be certain of anything”,   “I couldn‘t help it! Nobody can help anything he does”,  “That may be true for you,  but it is not true for me”,   “Act first, think about it afterward”,  “Everything is relative”,  “It depends on the situation”,  “I did not have sex with that woman”,  “You didn’t build that!”,  and  the idea that everyone deserves a comfortable life,  including free food,  housing,  healthcare,  and more babies,  even if they don’t work to pay for it.  All these messages attack individual responsibility,  reward weakness,  and destroy justice,  and they are very wrong.  And they all fall on the liberal / progressive side of philosophy and politics.

Another point:  think of the old saying  “the road to hell is paved with good intentions”.  What is a good intention?  It is an intent to do or say something good,  something that will benefit other people.  It is based on the judgement that one is doing something right,  and is not doing something wrong.  But invariably,  there is some factor that is not taken into account,  or there is a person involved who takes unfair or immoral advantage of what we say or do,  that we probably should have seen coming.  Our act of goodness backfires,  creating harm and destruction,  and we find ourselves on  “the road to hell”.  It turns out that we did indeed do something wrong,  and we need to learn from our mistake.  This is another aspect of the dangers of thinking  “there is nothing you can do wrong”.

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Yes, you too can buy your own swell bracelet proclaiming “ALL IS WELL” to your suffering neighbors

Dr. Alexander has a website promoting his story and his book.  On the website,  he is also selling a silver bracelet emblazoned with the slogan  “ALL IS WELL”.  This memorializes the first words he spoke when he awoke from his coma,  after his profound, life-changing NDE.  He may have felt that  “all is well”  at the moment for himself,  escaping death in a full recovery.  But as a slogan for everyone to wear on their arm,  it is a vicious lie.  All is NOT well.  The world,  and everyone in it,  is suffering in many ways.  Ignoring the widespread suffering in the world does not make it go away,  but only increases the suffering for others.  This bracelet should be sold with a pair of rose-colored glasses  and a pair of headphones playing elevator music,  to better insulate the wearer from the real world.  Alexander now offers his own words on a bracelet,  as if he were a prophet emerging from a Biblical vision to teach us.   But I have a problem with the lessons he is teaching.

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Those are  just my opening arguments…… just cracking a few knuckles,  just some stretching exercises before the wrestling match.   There are many more,  even stronger points made below.  I am putting a lot of thought and effort into this,  because I think this is one of the most important issues in human life,  and beyond human life.  It is one of the most important issues for intelligent beings anywhere in the universe,  in any form.  It is a crucial question of philosophy and morality.  Should we believe a devastating fantasy that we can never do anything wrong,  or should we acknowledge the obvious truth that we can always do anything wrong?  These philosophies are polar opposites,  and so are the consequences that flow from them.  Freedom of will means that we are free to choose wrong,  and free to make mistakes.  Then we are free to learn from our mistakes.  But if we never call them mistakes,  nor take responsibility for our mistakes,  then we can never learn from them.

And please understand,  I am not attacking the good doctor,  but only the message that he faithfully reports to us in his book.  I thank him for his book,  with its vivid detail and thoroughness.  I respect his great courage in writing the book,  and subjecting himself to criticism.  I am critical of the doctor only to the extent that he seems to agree with or follow the message given to him in his NDE.  Sadly,  he seems to agree with it,  let us say,  to an extent of  “hook, line, and sinker”.  I sent him a link to this article,  with no response.  I later sent him another email containing a link,  and containing the following paragraph,  which presents my main thesis.  He acknowledged receipt,  but has not replied to address my concerns.  He continues his extensive traveling and speaking campaign,  to spread the message of his NDE.

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MY MAIN ARGUMENT ABOUT THE BOOK “PROOF OF HEAVEN”

So,  in my opinion,  the core message given to the good doctor in his NDE is a masterpiece of deception,  and he was manipulated to be happy to receive it.  Indeed,  it has become his life’s mission to spread that message.  In the core message given to the doctor,  in what he thought was “Heaven”,  point  #1  (“You are loved and cherished”)  is wonderful,  as loving and cherishing are always welcome and beneficial.  The best lies always have a kernel of truth,  and point #1 serves that purpose.  But  point #1 is a limited truth,  for while we may be loved and cherished by God and certain others,  we certainly are not loved and cherished by all beings everywhere.  There are many people in this world who can and do find reasons to hate us on sight,  like racists,  or from afar,  like Muslims chanting “Death to America”,  for example.  Such people consider us enemies and want us dead,  without knowing anything about us,  except the color of our skin or the place we live.  Many other people in the world  (or right next door)  have contempt for us,  because of our values and principles,  or for political differences,  or for cultural differences.  Many other people in the world regard us as mere objects for their own gratification,  or as pawns to use for political or financial gain.  Dr. Alexander himself is not loved or cherished by his many critics,  who span the spectrum from hateful atheists to Bible-thumping Christians.  But  point #1 ignores these ugly facts,  and makes us feel all warm and cuddly,  setting us up for the big lies in points #2 and #3.  They too are so comforting,  we want them to be true.  But points  #2 and  #3 both make no logical or moral sense in this world where we live and die,  nor do they make sense in any spiritual world that I can imagine.  Point #2  (“You have nothing to fear”)  is contradicted even in the doctor’s NDE,  where he was first dumped into a gloomy place of darkness and muck,  which was “terrifying”,  where he tells us that he panicked.  Terror and panic are extreme forms of fear,  are they not?  And point #3 (“There is nothing you can do wrong”)  is by far the most nonsensical.  Here is why I think so:

FINALLY, BACK TO THE BOOK REVIEW…..

Dr. Alexander,  this man who was a hardened  atheist just hours before,  was now being overwhelmed by proof that he was fundamentally wrong.  His body lay dying in a hospital emergency room,  and his spirit was wrenched out of that body and forced into a new reality.  According to his beliefs,  this was impossible and absurd.  He was a spiritual basket case of wrong assumptions.  As a spirit he was weak,  confused,  disoriented,  amnesiac,  and easy prey for any spiritual forces that became aware of his mind-breaking crisis of pain and impending bodily death.  First, he found himself in a very unpleasant environment,  which he called the Realm of the Earthworm’s-Eye View.  I would call it something a bit more sinister than that.

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muck and darkness with light

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grotesque faces

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It was a place of “visible darkness”,  like “being submerged in mud yet also being able to see through it.”  At first he thought he was part of the muck;  he says he wasn’t human while he was in that place;  and he did not remember any of his human life.  First he tells us that he had no exact sense of time,  but then says that he might have spent years stuck in this muck.  Then he became aware of a deep rhythmic pounding or pulsing that was ominous and disturbing in hindsight.  He also heard occasional dull roars;  roars that sometimes changed to rhythmic chants that were “terrifying”.  Then “grotesque animal faces bubbled out of the muck,  groaned or screeched, and then were gone again.”  Then things became really creepy…..  he saw movement in the muck,  and then he felt the movement,  as if reptilian or wormlike creatures were passing by,  and rubbing against Eben with smooth skins,  or spiky skins.  Then he became aware of a smell:  “a little like feces,  a little like blood,  and a little like vomit.”  He described it as a smell of biological death,  not of biological life.  How could he feel without a physical body,  or smell without a physical nose?  Either he had a metaphysical body that he was not aware of yet,  with that awareness being blocked,  OR his memories of earthly experiences were being masterfully manipulated,  temporarily  suppressing all of them except those specific memories needed to produce the desired effect.  As a doctor and surgeon,  he would have the smelled the disturbing scents of feces, blood, and vomit of other people hundreds of times,  and he associated it with death.  This may have been a strong and primal memory,  difficult to suppress,  so its disturbing effect was put to the best use by unseen manipulators….. this is just one possibility to consider.  I will return to this possibility below.

Some Christian reviewers are jumping to call this place Hell,  but that is far too simplistic.  And the doctor’s experience here does not jive with Christian doctrine concerning Hell.  He could not remember any “sins” he had committed,  in fact he could remember nothing at all.  Therefore he had no sense of regret,  no sense of being punished,  which is the whole point of Hell.  While this place became increasingly unpleasant at first,  he returned to it sometimes during his NDE,  as a resting place,  a “dulling” place,  after his psyche was overloaded by other places,  perhaps after he had gained the strength to keep this dark place from hurting him.  It was where he sunk to,  when the “higher” spirits ended a session with him in the “higher” realms of light.  On his last visit here,  he saw undistorted human faces bubbling out of the muck,  which turned out to be the faces of the people who were then in his hospital room,  in the last hours of his coma.  But in his first visit here,  he was very vulnerable to its unpleasant and harmful features.  And it was more terrifying on his first visit because he did not know that he could leave it.

So the first place he was taken,  as a spirit in this NDE,  was a scary and depressing place of darkness and muck,  where some sort of animal-like spirits may have been in great distress,  and other repulsive squirmy creatures were beginning to rub against him,  and he became aware of the sickening smell of death.  What would the repulsive creatures do next?  Were they rubbing against him as a prelude to attack,  like sharks circling their prey?  Were the grotesque animal faces all that remained of their former victims?  This was not a very good start to a spiritual adventure,  and it contrasts sharply with most other reported NDE’s,  which have no such negative elements.  In most NDE’s,  there is no discomfort or fear, as the spirit travels through a “tunnel”,  to meet joyful family, friends, or a loving spiritual guide.  Eben had deceased relatives who could have met him and comforted him,  but perhaps they were kept away,  by the forces that dumped Eben into the muck.  Perhaps those forces had more influence over Eben, because he had been a hardened atheist….. therefore his spirit was blind, ignorant, and weak.  What would have happened to Eben, if he stayed in this horrible spiritual place of misery and torture?  The more he became aware of his dismal surroundings,  the more he began to panic.  If he stayed there,  he may have become like one of the grotesque faces bubbling out of the muck to groan or screech.  And he did not know how to get away from this place.  It was the only place he had ever known,  because he could not remember any of his human life,  and he did not even know what a “human” is.  That is another stark difference with other NDE’s…..  in most other NDE’s,  the people retain their human memories.

Interestingly,  Eben has studied the subject of NDE’s thoroughly since his own NDE,  and he notices these differences with other NDE’s himself,  and ponders them in his book, in a short chapter titled “A Special Kind of NDE”.  In a growing aura of self-justification and self-importance,  he concludes that his amnesia was like a gift from God,  so that he could go deeper into spiritual realms without having to worry about what he was leaving behind.  He says that he now suspects that his human memories were intentionally removed during his NDE.  It apparently took years for this to occur to him,  while it occurred to me immediately.  But we seem to disagree on the reason for the intentional removal of his memories.  While insisting that he is not boasting,  he writes that because he had no memories,  “I was allowed to die harder,  and travel deeper,  than almost all NDE subjects before me.”  He thinks that,  for some divine reason,  he was deemed to be worthy of having this superior kind of NDE.

In his self-praise,  Eben totally discounts the first part of his NDE,  where he was allowed to sink into the muck,  into depths of terror and panic.  He was weak,  ignorant and helpless,  being approached by ominous creatures,  before he was conveniently rescued  (see details below).  He should think deeper about his good fortune at being snatched from the jaws of disaster,  and the possible reasons for the rescue.  If he had been left in the muck in this weakened state,  he probably would not have recovered,  either spiritually or physically.  He would not be here to expound on and on about the more pleasant aspects of his NDE.  He does not even consider the possibility that as a hardened atheist,  perhaps with other additional weaknesses,  he was a better candidate for deception,  a better sucker,  a better sycophant,  than “almost all NDE subjects before me”…..  NOR does he consider the possibility that his spiritual handlers detected in him a superior ego,  that would do a fine job of spinning a tale that would promote both their message and his own importance,  to their mutual benefit.  But as objective observers,  these are possibilities that WE must consider.

CONSIDER THIS ALLEGORICAL PARALLEL

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Glue traps with 18 scorpions

We could even consider the possibility,  let us call it a hypothesis,  that Eben’s “Realm of the Earthworm’s-Eye View” is perhaps more like a trap.  My parents use “glue traps” for insects.  This is a flat piece of plastic with some kind of extremely sticky glue on it.  My parents put it just inside the doors,  where insects are likely to crawl in from outside.  Stronger insects,  such as large cockroaches or centipedes or crickets,  who put a claw down on the glue might get away,  minus one leg,  to gain entrance into the house.  Their detached leg remains on the glue trap,  as a witness to their mighty struggle.  But weaker insects such as small roaches, ants, beetles, spiders and scorpions cannot pull free (one scorpion in the photo is free except for its tail),  and the glue trap becomes their final resting place (after days of starvation,  frustration,  and misery),  unless a human were to come along and rescue the pathetic victim…..  which is not very likely,  because humans set the trap in the first place.  This reminds me of the dark mucky place in Eben’s NDE.  The gloomy muck might serve as a metaphysical trap,  which becomes a “resting place”,  with no actual rest but with misery and terror,  for weak spirits such as atheists and the like.   They become prey for spiritual predators,  who derive some sort of metaphysical sustenance from their victims…..  Unless the predators, or their masters,  decide that it would be better to rescue a particular spirit,  who would be more useful if properly indoctrinated and sent back to Earthly life.  Does this sound too outlandish?  Perhaps,  but it is one way of answering some of the troubling questions that Eben’s story raises.  In my hypothetical scenario,  this trap of muck would not have to be universal in scope,  but could be a local feature,  not encountered by all human spirits departing the earthly plane.  Eben encountered it,  and brought back a well-detailed report of it,  the only report of it that I am aware of.

There are many other negative,  frightful,  even terrifying NDE’s reported in the literature.  One researcher,  Bruce Greyson,  discovered 50 cases of  “distressing near-death experiences”  and wrote a published article about them in a psychiatry journal.  Another researcher reported that 3 percent of NDE cases he studied,  in children,  were negative.  A few people with negative NDE’s are convinced that they were really in Hell,  and were rescued or retrieved by forces of Goodness.  One woman was rescued from spirit attackers when she called upon Jesus to help her.  All of these negative NDE’s are different,  but they are all distressing,  depressing,  and terrifying.  You could be thinking,  “that would not happen to me”,  but it could happen to any of us,  if we are selected as a target by immoral spiritual forces,  or spiritual predators.

BACK TO THE BOOK REVIEW,  AND THIS IS THE BEST PART!

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Blue-eyed spirit girl with butterflies

Orb melting away darkness

Orb melting away darkness

Let us return to the empty ignorant amnesiac spirit of Eben,  wallowing helplessly in the muck with repulsive creatures closing in on him,  growing fearful but with nothing to fear (as he tells us later),  being filled with whatever his expert spiritual handlers wanted to fill him with.  We will never know what would have happened to him,  if he stayed in this God-forsaken place of misery and torture (perhaps even intentional torture).  When his panic reached a certain level,  and as soon as he wanted to get away from this dreadful place,  a spinning orb of white-gold light appeared in the darkness,  and melted the darkness away.  The orb appeared right on cue,  like a shining knight to the rescue,  after the stifling muck had done its intended job and Eben had begun to panic.  After being rescued from a form of spiritual torture,  Eben was much more likely to believe anything that he was told.  The spinning orb escorted him to a very different place of light and beauty,  which he described as brilliant,  vibrant, ecstatic,  stunning,  and he felt like he was being born into this lovely place.  He found himself flying over a green,  lush landscape,  with trees and fields,  streams and waterfalls,  with people dancing and laughing.  Then he became aware that he was accompanied by a beautiful girl with deep blue eyes.  They were riding together on a vibrant living surface, which became the wing of a butterfly.  Then millions of butterflies were all around them,  and they flew together in looping formations,  past brilliant flowers that blossomed open as they flew near….. this went on for a while….. in fact the doctor reports that  “I spent great stretches of time… in the presence of my guardian angel on the butterfly’s wing and an eternity learning lessons from the Creator and the Orb of light deep in the Core.”  Here is a collage of how the doctor’s butterfly ride may have looked or felt:

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Wow,  what an incredible spiritual roller-coaster ride that must have been!  I would stand in line for days or weeks to experience that one!….. but I would not automatically grant the operators of the ride the status of “God” or “connected to God”,  no matter how pretty and friendly they were.  I do believe that Dr. Alexander had this euphoric experience,  which would be deeply enjoyable and impressive.  BUT,  we must ask,  WHY was this particular experience being provided to him?….. after he had first been subjected to spiritual torture?  I could liken this amazing spiritual place to the earthly billionaire’s estate I described above.  It might feel like paradise,  but it is not “Heaven”,  and it seems to have a dungeon lurking in the basement.   Eben,  the former atheist,  now rescued from that dungeon,  found himself in an intensely  pleasant-feeling spiritual environment,  and he was ready to grasp for the candy,  like any child who wakes up in a candy store.  At this weak and vulnerable point in his spiritual awakening,  he was told by his lovely new female spiritual guide,  who he “felt” was linked to God,  that three-point message of comfort,  ending with:  “There is nothing you can do wrong.”….. Really??  Up to that point,  the doctor’s whole spiritual lifeview was wrong,  the anti-spiritual things he had “felt” were wrong,  and he had suffered for it,  as he tells us in the book.  As I wrote above,  this point #3 (“There is nothing you can do wrong”)  is complete nonsense,  and a horrendous lie.  Here is why I think so:

THE TRUTH THAT DESTROYS THE LIE

Any spiritual guide is welcome to correct me,  but I thought that most human tragedy,  for all of recorded history and beyond,  is the result of people doing something wrong,  and that most human progress is the result of people doing something right.  Turning aside from historic wars,  genocides,  inquisitions,  and jihads committed by hordes of people doing something wrong and others fighting back…..  Consider something as common as a car accident.  Most car accidents are caused by drivers doing something wrong,  something that is not in accordance with the traffic laws,  or the laws of physics.  The internet,  especially Youtube,  is filled with videos of people getting hurt or killed by doing something wrong.  Good people are robbed, raped, and killed every minute on this world by criminals doing something wrong.  In our relationships of family and friends,  lives are ruined and made miserable by people doing many things wrong,  hurting each other deeply.  Some of these things in the previous sentences are mistakes,  some are accidents,  some are intentional,  some are unintentional,  some are sins,  some are crimes,  but they are all WRONG.  Consider our physical health and welfare….. we need to keep our bodies healthy to be able to accomplish what our spirits need to do.  There are definitely some wrong things we can do to our bodies,  like eating way too much or not enough,  taking harmful drugs,  smoking,  not exercising,  etc.  These things are very bad for our health,  so they are wrong,  and if we do them,  our bodies and spirits will suffer.

So people are doing wrong things all the time,  and they suffer for it,  and other people also suffer for the wrong things we do.  Consider an innocent family driving in their car,  hit by a drunk driver in another car,  and the family is killed or maimed for life.  Wouldn’t you say that the drunk driver did something wrong?  Something so dreadfully and fundamentally wrong,  with such predictable and destructive results,  that it should be called evil?  When the drunk driver dies,  will the lovely spirit-girl tell the fool  “there is nothing you can do wrong”….?…. If she does,  the fool will most certainly believe her,  and will most certainly keep doing things that are horribly wrong.  In the news today  (March 8, 2014),  I saw a shocking video of a woman driving her car off a beach into the ocean at Daytona Beach,  to kill herself and her children….. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siUrSL_AUns  ….. she failed to kill anyone,  but 20 years ago in 1994,  Susan Smith did the same thing and killed her two young children….. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_Smith ….. The lovely spirit-girl’s message to humanity tells us that these women were doing nothing wrong,  but it is a devious lie.  Every day, the news is full of people doing things that are horribly wrong,  and foolish,  and mean,  and treacherous,  and evil.  I would venture to say that all of us are doing something wrong,  or many things wrong,  and that we could be doing those things right,  or at least better.

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Bridge collapses people die

Imagine a math teacher telling his students  “there is nothing you can do wrong”.  There would be no wrong answer on the tests.  2 + 2 could equal any number the student thinks.  Forgetting a step in an equation would bear no penalty.  But the resulting jumble of numbers would mean nothing,  and accomplish nothing.  Mathematics requires great intelligence,  great discipline,  and following the right procedures.  There is only one right answer for any equation,  and any other answer is wrong.  Great mathematicians following the right procedures have unlocked many secrets of the natural world and the universe,  with great benefit to human civilization.

Try telling an engineer,  an architect,  a surveyor,  or  a carpenter that they can do nothing wrong.  If you design and build a skyscraper, or a bridge,  and you do it wrong,  the skyscraper or bridge falls down,  and people get hurt or killed,  and you are in big trouble.  For that matter,  Dr. Alexander is a neurosurgeon,  and he should certainly know that if he does his surgery wrong,  his patient will suffer physically,  and the doctor will suffer mentally, emotionally and financially.  And from other amazing books I have read,  the skills of engineer,  architect,  or doctor may have their spiritual counterparts in the metaphysical realm.  Our skills and interests and talents should certainly stay with us,  in some form,  in the metaphysical realm.  And it would make sense for there to be a right way to do things,  and many wrong ways to do things,  even in the spirit world.

Yet here is this “higher” spiritual being telling us,  through Dr. Alexander,  that we can do nothing wrong??!!  This statement itself is fundamentally wrong.  It is so wrong,  that I must question the motives of this “higher” being,  who perhaps wants us to continue doing things wrong,  keeping us down,  while we are thinking it is perfectly OK,  because we cannot do anything wrong.  What better way to keep a person from really maturing or improving or advancing?  Does this “higher” being really have the best interests of humanity at heart?  Perhaps not.  Could it be that these particular “higher” beings do not really want to stop the massive human suffering on this planet,  so they tell us we are doing nothing wrong,  so we will not correct the wrongs,  so that the suffering continues?  It seems to me that one of the main points of human philosophy and religion,  throughout history,  is to learn how we are doing things wrong,  and stop doing them that way,  so that our suffering is lessened.

Think about the power of this message “there is nothing you can do wrong”.  If you are  a fool,  like the drunk driver,  and you hear this message,  you will continue being a fool.  If you are a criminal,  like a gang member,  robbing and abusing at will,  and you hear this message,  you will continue to be evil,  robbing and abusing at will.  Any twinges of guilt you may have felt are extinguished by this message,  especially if you think it is from God.  You will use this imagined divine sanction to rationalize and justify every wrong thing you do.  If you abuse someone,  it is because they abused you first.  If you get mad and beat up your wife,  it is OK,  because she deserved it.  If you blow all your savings at the casino,  that is OK,  because you can do no wrong,  but guess what,  now you and your family have no money.  Will the lovely spirit-girl pay your bills,  the same lovely spirit-girl who says you can do no wrong?  Not likely.  Sociopaths and psychopaths,  estimated to be at least 4  percent of humanity,  already think they can do no wrong,  because they have no moral conscience.  They do not need any encouragement in that direction.

This message,  and the philosophy behind it,  completely negates and violates the fact that everything in human experience happens on a spectrum.  Think of the light spectrum,  with the rich colors of the rainbow that it contains.  Think of the many shades of grey between black and white  (a recent popular book was titled  “50 Shades of Grey”).  Now think of the spectrum of suitability or effectiveness that we recognize,  whenever we are trying to accomplish any task or skill.  Some people have a special talent for a given task, others have no knack for it at all.  The spectrum of suitability spans from worst,  poor,  good,  better,  best.  Whether the task is riding a bicycle,  driving a car,  digging a hole,  cutting wood,  cooking food,  packing a suitcase,  building a house,  or picking a person to marry,  there are different methods that can be ranked from worst to best,  according to their efficiency or their relative success.  It is absurd to say that there is  “no wrong way”  to drive a car or build a house.  There are many inefficient,  inappropriate,  or dangerous methods that should not be used,  and if you use them,  then you are wrong to some degree.  There is almost always a better way to do something,  and if we think that we are  “doing nothing wrong”,  we will not be motivated to look for that better way.  This is the diversion that Dr. Alexander’s spirit guides are trying to accomplish with us,  diverting us from the effort to look for a better or more ethical way to do things.  When it comes to metaphysical matters,  we could be as wrong as using a hammer to dig a hole,  or using a shovel to drive a nail,  and not even realize it.  We could be going the completely wrong direction,  condemning ourselves to endless frustration and misery.  We need to realize that there are endless course corrections needed,  to keep us close to the right path to happiness,  and to fellowship with God.  But why should we worry about it,  if we are all “part of God”?  Why should we worry about it,  if we can do nothing wrong?

This message  “there is nothing you can do wrong”  reminds me of the old saying of worldly Catholic church-goers:  “Sin all week and confess on Sunday”,  and then you are free to sin all week again,  and confess again.  But this message is even worse than that,  because it wipes out the concept of sin,  telling us that we cannot sin.  This message perpetuates all folly, all error and all evil.  It perpetuates all misery,  all injury and all suffering.  Those people who are doing things wrong,  will continue doing things wrong.  Those people who are doing things right, do not even need this message at all.  And those people who are truly trying to do things right,  who yearn for righteousness in their hearts,  who have the right priorities but just fall short in performance,  do not need this message either,  because they are already in a mode of self-correction.  This message might give them some comfort,  but they would have kept moving in the right direction without it.  So the main thing this message does is perpetuate folly,  error and evil.  This message is a clever and powerful tool for forces who do not want us to improve or advance, in a moral or spiritual way.  People who seek the spiritual truth must completely reject this message,  or they will forever be lost in lies and self-worship,  and they will never find the true path to God.

Further,  this message “there is nothing you can do wrong” promotes a fantasy of infallibility,  that hinders development in all types of investigation,  research,  and design.  It completely cancels out the important problem-solving technique of asking:  “What if I am wrong,  then what?”  People often make wrong assumptions about  everything,  and the sooner they discover it,  the sooner they can correct it,  but only if they are open to the reality of their wrongness.  Think of the huge historical follies in science.  We once thought the Earth was flat,  but we were wrong.  Then astronomers thought the earth or the sun was the center of the universe,  but they were wrong.  Explorers thought they could find the fountain of youth or a city made of gold,  but they were wrong and they died looking for these fantasies.  Scientists thought they could find a way to make gold from lead,  but they were wrong.  Doctors thought they could cure various illnesses by “bleeding” us,  but they were wrong.  Their patients died because they did not ask themselves  “What if I am wrong,  then what?”  In the worlds of engineering,  designing,  marketing,  and troubleshooting,  this is a crucial question,  that must constantly be asked.  Fail-safes and backup systems must be designed into machines,  computers,  aircraft,  ships,  and vehicles.  Being wrong can,  and does,  get people killed,  maimed,  fired,  and sued every day.  Not to mention in the high-stakes world of weapons design  and military conflict,  where the wrong strategy can get armies slaughtered and nations defeated.  When one strategy fails,  an alternate plan must be ready to execute.  In military conflicts,  the ‘rightness’ or ‘wrongness’ of a particular strategy is determined by what the enemy does.  If the enemy fails,  our strategy was right.  If the enemy advances,  our strategy was wrong.  The conflict is in a constant state of flux,  and we must be ready with a different plan when our first plan is defeated, or ‘wrong’….. our very lives depend on it.

In the spiritual world,  the stakes are equally high,  and  “What if I am wrong, then what?”  is a crucial question.  The possible explanations of Dr. Alexander’s NDE that I have given above,  should give any atheist who reads this a LOT to think about…..   what if you are wrong,  and you survive the death of your body?  After a lifetime of condemning that possibility,  you would be far behind in spiritual development,  like a mentally retarded child in school.  Can a retarded child ever catch up with his peers,  who are not retarded?  Not likely.  And worse,  when your body dies,  you may find yourself in the most unpleasant circumstances,  like the atheist Dr. Alexander,  unpleasant circumstances  that have nothing to do with the religious myths of the world.  Spiritually,  you may be like a fish out of water,  or more like a fish stuck in the muck of the “Realm of the Earthworm’s-Eye View”,  ready to be  harvested or abused by the first predator that comes along.  And you cannot count on being rescued like the good doctor was rescued.  You might stay stuck in the muck for a long, long time,  while the believers you sneered at on Earth have a spiritual support system,  which enables them to soar above the muck,  move on toward their spiritual destiny,  and leave you far behind.  You may not even survive the predators,  the metaphysical worms and snakes,  in your weakened atheistic state….. for your atheist views have been like a virus attacking your soul,  weakening your soul,  denying your own spiritual existence,  and attacking anyone who tried to help you.  For the spirit,  atheistic beliefs are like those strange diseases that attack your own biological immune system,  in the human body.

So….. if you have been one of those arrogant,  attacking,  sneering,  hostile atheists,  then I would say that you deserve your fate in the muck,  if you should find yourself there when your body dies.  Alexander found himself there,  and he was not even a hostile atheist.  He lived with believers in his family and tolerated them.  When his surgery patients or their families expressed religious sentiments or spoke of prayer,  he humored them and did not criticize them.  Still,  his spirit was weak from self-denial,  and he found himself mired in the metaphysical muck,  with raw awareness but no memories.  If you are dumped in the muck,  any help that you might receive,  will be by the grace of God…..  the same God that you have condemned for an entire lifetime.  So you might be wise to seriously ask the question:  “What if I am wrong,  what if souls,  spirits,  and God exist,  then what will happen to me when I die?”  Then,  more importantly,  you should ask yourself:  “What if spiritual predators exist,  what will they try to do to me when I die?”   And you should ask it soon,  because tomorrow you could be taken out by a drunk driver who has been told  “There is nothing you can do wrong.”

Here is a spiritual analogy,  concerning our spirits and the tasks they are trying to accomplish,  mirrored in the physical world.  Things that are clear to us in the physical world,  can be very murky and unclear in the metaphysical realm.  So, imagine that you and your friends are trying to build a house with wood,  saw,  hammer and nails.  This house could represent a family,  the fellowship of a church,  the success of a business,  or the harmony of a friendship.  Imagine that you do not know how to use the tools.  You use the wrong, non-cutting edge of the saw,  so no wood will get cut.  You figure out how to use the hammer,  but you try to hammer the nails in head-first.  This doesn’t work,  so no wood will get nailed together.  So no house will be built.  You and your friends keep trying,  arranging the pieces of wood in different patterns and looking for other ways to fasten them,  but nothing  really works.  You feel very frustrated and sad.  Tempers flare,  and you argue with each other about it.  But all the while,  this “higher” spiritual being is watching you,  generating something that feels like love,  and putting the message in your mind  “there is nothing you can do wrong”,  with no further guidance,  even though the being knows how to use the saw and nails.  At some point,  you become aware of this “higher” being and its message in your mind.  This might make you feel better,  you feel like you are in tune with God,  and you have an excuse handed to you to use in your arguments  (an angel just told me I am loved,  and I am doing nothing wrong!).  So you and your friends are doing nothing wrong,  but you are still arguing,  and no house is being built.  Could it be that this “higher” being,  who could instantly tell you how to use the saw and the nails,  does not really want the house to be built?  In other words, does not want us to truly advance spiritually?  Just because some unknown “higher” beings tell us that we are loved and cherished,  does not necessarily mean that it is for our ultimate benefit.  After all,  most farmers take good care of their livestock,  even loving and cherishing them,  developing relationships with some of them,  right up until the day they sell the the livestock for slaughter,  or slaughter the livestock themselves.  In spiritual matters,  a claim that you are loved and that you can do nothing wrong,  might have a much more subtle purpose.

World burning from 2 sidesIn the writings of most religions,  there are reports of opposing spiritual sides or factions,  with  opposing philosophies and opposing moralities.  In Christianity,  it is Satan opposing God, and tempting humans.  In Islam,  it is the bad Djinn opposing Allah,  and harassing humans.  In Zoroastrianism,  it is Angra Mainyu  opposing Ahura Mazda and inflicting humans with misery.  In Hinduism and Buddhism,  it is various demons opposing demi-gods and oppressing humans.  In New Age terminology,  it is service-to-self  entities opposing service-to-other entities.  In each case,  the “dark” forces seek to dominate or enslave humans,  while the forces of “light” seek to liberate or uplift humans.   So each faction of spirits seeks converts or followers among humans,  whenever they get the chance.  Some of them are very, very skilled at lying,  deception,  and propaganda.  They spin their philosophy to make it more enticing,  hoping that we won’t ask certain questions or apply logic and reason to their claims.  We must be very careful before we believe their claims and give them our support,  because they might be on the opposite side of what we think they are.  The faction that told Dr. Alexander  “there is nothing you can do wrong”  is philosophically opposed to whatever spiritual entities contributed to the writing of the Christian Bible.  Consider just one such Bible verse:   “If you go the wrong way-  to the right or to the left-  you will hear a voice behind you saying,  “This is the right way. You should go this way.”  ( Isaiah 30:21)   You will not hear a voice saying “go whichever way you want….. there is no wrong way.”  If there are such factions,  which one would YOU want to be aligned with?  I will be aligned with the faction that is trying to tell me how to do the right thing,  and turn the right way,  and stay away from the wrong way.  I will stand with the faction that wrote the Christian Bible,  especially the New Testament chronicle of Jesus…..  not the Jewish Torah,  not the Muslim Koran,  not the Mormon Bible,  not the Satanist Bible,  not the Hindu Bhagavad’gita,  not the Buddhist scriptures,  not the Dianetics handbook,  not any writings of philosophy,  nor any other religious volume in history.  After reading parts of many of these volumes,  I will live and die with the core message of the Christian Bible in my heart.  Contrary to Dr. Alexander’s message,  there IS much to fear,  and  we CAN do much wrong,  so we NEED the protection and guidance of God,  as brought to us by the loving grace of Jesus.

Even if the messages “you have nothing to fear” and “there is nothing you can do wrong” were true on a spiritual level,  how helpful are they in bodily life?  I think they are the wrong messages for human life on this planet.  There are many dreadful,  horrible,  destructive things to fear in this world,  from tornados to tyrants,  from earthquakes to E. Coli bacteria,  from child-rapists to serial killers to terrorists to genocides,  and we should have a healthy fear of them,  which is part of being prepared to deal with them.  “You have nothing to fear” is a cruel joke to the victims of many horrific crimes in recent headlines,  like a woman gang-raped on a bus in India,  or a Coptic Christian beheaded in Egypt,  or a starving refugee family in a third-world nation torn by war,  or the former American ambassador to Libya, who was tortured and killed horribly in Benghazi.  Consider the evil game  “pick em out, knock em out”  now being played on our city streets by roaming gangs of young punks,  who suddenly punch a passing stranger in the face with all their strength,  to watch the victim fall unconscious to the concrete,  often hitting their head with serious injuries.  If the victim is not knocked out with the first blow,  then they are beaten more.  Such random,  senseless,  evil violence is something to be feared.   As for “doing nothing wrong”,  the criminals committing these crimes are doing something very wrong.  But as sociopaths or psychopaths or religious fanatics, they  think they can do no wrong,  and they think their monstrous crimes are justified.

Even the best of us,  good people with good intentions,  are all constantly doing some things wrong,  or less efficiently,  or with the wrong attitude,  and we may not even realize it.  I am constantly looking for methods or techniques that other people use,  or attitudes that other people have,  that are better than mine,  or that get better results than mine.  Rather than thinking “there is nothing I can do wrong”,  we need to constantly ask ourselves “what am I doing wrong?”  We need to discover those things that we are doing wrong in this life,  or we will never learn to do them right!  This life is our precious chance to make mistakes and learn from them.  This is one important key to self-improvement.  It is incomprehensible to me,  that Dr. Alexander thinks  “there is nothing you can do wrong”  is a beneficial message that the world needs to hear.  We already have too many people who think that way,  who are fools,  abusers,  manipulators, criminals,  and monsters.

ANOTHER COSMIC LIE,  CONCERNING EVIL

Then the doctor was also told that evil is real,  as a result of free will.  I think most of us can agree with that,  and this is another kernel or tidbit of truth to lure us in…..  but we just got told that “there is nothing you can do wrong”.  Well,  pardon me,  but “evil” and “wrong” are pretty strong synonyms,  and if evil exists,  it is most certainly “wrong”.  And if,  using our free will,  we participate in evil then we are most certainly “wrong”,  at least for that moment.  Right?….. of course that is right.  Some people can be horribly “wrong”,  for their whole lives,  such as Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Saddam Hussein, Osama Bin Laden, Kim Jung Ill, etc., etc., etc., and these people devastate our planet.  Can you imagine Dr. Alexander’s higher beings giving their comforting assurances to Hitler,  upon his exit from this life,  that “there is nothing you can do wrong”???   Several million victims of Hitler,  who he sent on before him with agonizing and tortuous deaths,  and who should be waiting to greet him,  might disagree that Hitler did nothing wrong.  Therefore, something is very “wrong”, or fundamentally alarming, or at least very puzzling,  about the spiritual beings in Dr. Alexander’s NDE.  Dr. Alexander needs to withdraw his absolute faith in his spiritual guides,  until they explain this glaring logical and moral problem with their glowing pronouncements.  This is one of the puzzles we need to solve,  before we trust any metaphysical “insights” or “truths” handed to us by metaphysical beings.  But that is another huge issue in itself.  There are hundreds of books similar to this,  claiming to reveal higher spiritual knowledge.  They have some common themes,  and vary wildly in other aspects.  This message “you can do nothing wrong” is not unique to Dr. Alexander’s book;  it is fairly common.

One thing is sure,  at least to me.  We can all do things that are wrong,  and we can all do things that are right.  To the extent that we do things right,  our spirits progress.  To the extent that we do things wrong,  our spirits stagnate.  Our lives and conflicts and struggles on this world are a microcosm of what is happening in the entire universe,  wherever sentient life exists.  To think that anyone, anywhere (except God) could “do nothing wrong” is absurd.  Our possession of free will means that we are capable of doing something wrong,  or something right,  every minute of every day.  I am open to the idea that even God makes mistakes,  or tries different things and learns from them…..  I would love God no less for this,  and could relate to Him better.  In fact, the Bible is a record of God trying different things with the human race, and learning from them.  The Garden of Eden scenario did not work out;  God then wiped out most of humanity with a flood and started over with Noah’s family;  God then tried different ways to relate to the Hebrews,  none of which worked out very well,  then God gave us the gift of Jesus, and a different plan to help us.

There will be right and wrong,   good and evil,  weak and strong,  striving against each other,  always and everywhere,  in every physical and metaphysical arena in the universe.  When we die,  we will not escape from it or rise above it.  There may be temporary rest or retreat in strongholds of goodness,  where we can regain our strength,  but then we must return to the universal struggle.  Even the angels have their duties and missions they must carry out.  We are all on a quest,  an adventure,  searching for meaning and truth.  We all make mistakes,  and we all do many things that are absolutely “wrong”,  in every sense of the word.  We cannot avoid making mistakes and doing wrong things,  and that is OK,  as long as we learn from them.  And knowing that we have been wrong,  hurting ourselves and others,  we should feel humility and regret,  in a spirit of apology and repentance,  as taught in the Bible.  A typical verse says: “True freedom comes when we confess our wrongdoing to God.  He forgives us and cleanses us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).  After this repentance,  we avoid what we have learned to be wrong.  I fear that most people do not learn much from their wrongs,  never really admit to themselves that they are wrong,  and keep doing wrongs over and over again.  But many of us do learn from our wrongs,  and use them as a means of self-improvement.  That is a far different message than to say “there is nothing you can do wrong.”  We must realize that we have been wrong,  feeling regret and repentance,  before we can move beyond it.  We must have principles and ideals that we are willing to live by and fight for,  or others who are more willing to fight for their interests will dominate us.  These “higher” beings,  who absurdly tell us that we can do nothing wrong,  may be trying to dominate us and divert our attention from the truth.  So,  beware of “higher” beings bearing gifts of false doctrines,  just as we must beware of “lower” beings like ourselves bearing false doctrines.  The origin makes no difference…..  If a doctrine cannot stand a test of morality and logic,  as I have tested this one here,  it should not be trusted.  If a doctrine does not blend with the reality we already know,  it should not be trusted.

IS “UNCONDITIONAL LOVE” REALLY SUCH A GOOD THING?  OR IS IT ANOTHER CLEVER DECEPTION?

Eben interpreted the profound metaphysical love he experienced as an unconditional love.  He gushed on and on about the unconditional nature of this spiritual love,  calling it the reality of realities,  the truth of truths.  But think about all the implications of unconditional love,  including the negative implications.  This means love without standards,  without cause and effect,  without reasonable incentives and deterrents,  without logic,  without merit,  without justice.  It means we must love those who attack us,  who kill others,  who torment and torture their victims and derive pleasure from it.  I can pity these people,  but I cannot love them.  They have the same choices we have,  but they have chosen wrong,  and the best “love” we can give them is to stop them,  to take away the power that they are openly abusing,  to make them re-think their wrong choices as soon as possible,  even if they must be killed to stop them.  In this age of environmental awareness,  I consider this to be the ultimate re-cycling project.  If we are eternal spirits in temporary bodies,  and if a spirit becomes an abusive murdering monster while on Earth,  then killing his or her body might be doing them a great favor,  giving their spirit a chance to take a rest,  take corrections from other spirits,  and try again in another life later.  This would be much more beneficial to the errant spirit than rotting in a prison for life,  with society paying for it,  waiting for the physical body to die.  Instead,  the errant spirit would be in direct contact with higher spirits,  doing the real work of spiritual rehabilitation.  Meanwhile,  back on Earth,  the rest of us could live and grow in greater peace,  without that errant spirit attacking us anymore.

God may be capable of having unconditional love for us all,  and still deliver justice to the universe somehow,  but we lesser beings most certainly cannot.  I do see love as all-important,  but  I see unconditional love as a pitfall and a snare for humans,  a moral blindness,  the ultimate enabling of immorality,  that usually becomes an unwitting instrument of evil.  This planet,  or most of the humans on it,  are simply not ready for unconditional love.  But in our prideful egotistical arrogance,  we think that we are ready for it,  and malevolent humans or spirits take advantage of that arrogance,  and use our unconditional love for evil purposes.  Unconditional love feeds our pride and makes us feel morally superior,  but it opens us to all kinds of abuse and attack.  It helps our abusers more than it helps us.  It benefits those who would defeat us or dominate us,  so they,  our enemies,  sow that message in our midst,  the better to disarm us and control us.  It is like a virus that turns our own spirits against us.  They are using spokesmen like Eben Alexander to help spread the virus.  No matter what they do to us,  no matter what they take from us,  no matter how much they lie to us,  we are supposed to love them and forgive them,  even worship them.   And they,  our enemies,  are the first to remind us of this requirement,  as part of a great spiritual deception.

THE CONNECTION BETWEEN UNCONDITIONAL LOVE,  PACIFISM,  AND EVIL

Unconditional love is hawked mercilessly by almost every religion,  every spiritual guru,  every secular liberal,  every pacifist,  and every gullible adolescent,  most of whom never grow up,  but they do grow older to become the gurus and leading pacifists.  This takes them out of the brutal struggle against evil dominators,  and they will even condemn those of us who do carry on the fight  (what happened to unconditional love for us?).  They are good people for the most part,  but their belief in pacifism and unconditional love not only takes them out of the fight, it literally gives “aid and comfort” to the enemies of goodness.

In Dr. Alexander’s NDE,  we find that his spiritual guides first torture him to make him more pliable,  and then reinforce this harmful doctrine of unconditional love.  I suspect that this could be part of a massive, ages-old spiritual campaign by forces of domination,  to support the age-old human philosophy of pacifism,  so that forces of evil have less opposition in the human realm.  Three famous quotes already address this issue,  in the records of our philosophy.  These quotes are intended to combat pacifism,  but given the great success of pacifism,  in which good men do nothing against evil,  these could be the talking points of the enemy amongst themselves:

The evil of the world is made possible by nothing but the sanction you give it.
– Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
– Edmund Burke (1727-1793)

He who does not punish evil,  commands it to be done.  — Leonardo da Vinci

I propose another statement against pacifism:  Wherever pacifists withdraw,  evil men advance.  Whenever pacifism prevails,  territory and lives are lost to evil.  History is full of examples,  with current ones being Iraq, Iran,  Libya,  Syria,  Egypt.  and North Korea.  Vietnam is a classic example of pacifist withdrawal.  Then our pacifist withdrawal from Vietnam enabled the horrific genocide by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, and the strengthening of the petty communist governments of Laos and Burma, which still brutally oppress their people today.  The major communist “ideal societies” of  Russia and China,  in their massive slaughters of their own people in decades past,  benefited greatly from the pathetic pacifism of the West.  Many prominent liberal pacifists in America and Europe denied that these slaughters were even happening.  Hitler rose to power partially due to the blind pacifism of Europe and America.  Billions of people have suffered under the hands of evil domination,  partially because of the sanction given to it by “peace-loving” pacifists,  peddling “unconditional love”.  Pacifism gives license to evil.  The same thing happens on a smaller scale,  in every family,  every community,  every arena of human strife.  We do not need to blame spiritual forces for these disasters….. we seem to manage them quite well for ourselves.  But here,  in Dr. Alexander’s NDE,  we find possible strong proof of “higher” spiritual promotion of human pacifism.  And the good doctor is following his marching orders very well.  In his book signings and speaking tours,  Eben is doing everything to promote unconditional love,  and nothing to defeat active evil.  It is likely that no lives will be saved by his message,  but it is likely that many lives will be lost,  through giving up the will to fight.  And Eben will be oblivious to the spiritual and moral damage he is doing,  in his egotistical bid to become the latest spiritual guru,  on a mission to spread the flawed and dangerous message of his NDE spiritual handlers as if it were the new Gospel.

I,  for one,  must humbly admit that I am not ready to give or receive unconditional love,  but that I must learn to give and receive conditional love first.  Pity,  grace,  forgiveness,  second and third chances….. these I am willing to give and receive when needed,  but they are conditional and not unlimited,  for good reasons.

Those of you who may think that you are capable of unconditional love,  consider the following scenario.  Think of the person you love the most:  wife, husband, daughter, son, mother, father, best friend, anyone.  You love them for emotional, rational, and moral reasons,  or conditions.  Now imagine that the person you love begins to act differently.  Slowly, they begin to break long-standing agreements and understandings.  They begin to lie,  or lie more.  They fail to honor commitments they make.  They begin to violate every trust that you have put in them.  They become angry and vengeful,  dominating,  even tyrannical,  lashing out with rage whenever you try to make a positive contribution in any conversation.  But they blame others for all of these changes in their behavior,  and soon they begin to blame YOU.  Eventually they start working against you,  telling lies about you,  turning others against you,  doing everything they can to ruin your home life,  your work life,  your spiritual life,  your self-respect,  your happiness.  They do all this despite your constant expressions and demonstrations of your love for them.  You suggest professional counseling or therapy,  but that is rejected with more outrage,  accusing you of calling them crazy.  They demand that YOU need counseling,  and they continue all their immoral, destructive,  devastating attacks against you.  Then they become physically violent,  smashing things in the house,  hitting you with their fists when they get mad at you.   Every moment you spend with this person is full of stress and misery and danger,  but you tell yourself that you still love them.  Perhaps you do,  but  If you change your behavior or your thoughts toward this person that you love in the slightest degree,  then you love them conditionally,  not unconditionally.  If you spend less time with this person,  finding reasons to stay away from them longer,  or  pack you bags and move away from them,  or divorce them,  then you love them conditionally,  not unconditionally.  But conditional love is very appropriate in this scenario.  You had emotional,  rational,  and moral agreements with this person,  and those were the conditions of the love  relationship.  If you continue the love relationship after the other person has violated all the conditions for the relationship,  then you are just enabling and empowering the other person to hurt you and others.  It is like continuing to love and feed your pet dog after he has contracted incurable rabies,  and is viciously attacking you and everyone else,  but you are  believing that he still deserves your love and support.  Dr. Alexander does not address this problem in his book,  but just gushes support for unconditional love throughout the book.

SO PERHAPS…..  ONLY GOD IS CAPABLE OF UNCONDITIONAL LOVE?

Eben described love as an all-encompassing energy that he personally felt in the spirit world,  like sunlight in the physical world,  something all around him and in him,  that emanated ultimately from God (or “Om”,  as Eben chose to call God after his NDE).  He felt that the God-love is an unconditional love,  projected toward everyone,  like rain that falls on the just and the unjust.  I think there is an unconditional love emanating from God for all his Creation,  that we can feel,  that we can want,  that we can receive,  but can we generate it ourselves?  Is it even wise to attempt it?  I do not feel so strong or so brave to attempt it.  Putting aside my objections of unconditional love being an enabler of evil,  being encouraging to our enemies….. consider another point.  Could there be a bit of arrogance behind the widespread human attempt to generate unconditional love?  Could it be a product of the incessant  “you-are-divine”  campaign imbedded in most religions  (even some semi-Christian sects)??  Personally,  I think it is a bit uppity to claim that I share any  “divinity”  with God.  I owe Him everything,  and I love Him with all my heart,  and try to follow His will as best I can understand it,  but I do not aspire to share in His special “divinity” as Creator.  Could it be that this issue has become very confused over the ages,  and that we really should concentrate on the proper conditions for love,  in our Earthly lives?  If the conditions for love are not present,  if agreements are not being kept,  if trusts are being violated,  if we are being lied to,  if we are being attacked,  why should we ignore these problems and offer love anyway?  Better to address the problems directly,  with an eye to justice and fairness,  and create the  conditions for love to grow properly on its own.  God got the celestial ball rolling,  and keeps it rolling,  with His amazing unconditional love,  but perhaps,  as lesser beings,  we should focus more on the proper conditions for love in our own lives…..  instead of singing the praises of putting up with the LACK of proper conditions. 

Another aspect of Eben’s description of love as an all-encompassing energy makes me uncomfortable.  He felt that God is love,  and love is God,  in agreement with some verses in the Bible. That means we humans,  and all of the universe,  are created by love,  as Eben wrote,  but it also reduces God to an energy field instead of an entity.  It “dissolves” God,  it “vaporizes” God,  so to speak.  It reduces God to a faceless product,  instead of the ultimate Producer of all products.  I am not comfortable with that,  but then I am not comfortable with any single concept of God.  To me,  God is much more than just love.  He is love,  he is knowledge,  he is power,  he is justice,  he is wisdom,  he is forgiveness,  he is laughter,  he is joy,  he is sadness.  But really,  that is beyond the scope of human life.  We cannot know the nature of God,  and really,  it doesn’t matter,  because our puny perception of God doesn’t change what happens.  We should be more concerned with the nuts and bolts of daily life,  how to reduce strife and stress,  how to reduce suffering of ourselves and others,  how to turn our wrongs into rights,  how to live more abundantly,  how to enjoy life….  in other words,  how to create the proper conditions for love to flourish in our lives.  We also need to learn how to combat and defeat evil  (wrong choices)  in ourselves and others.  Personally,  I am uncertain whether love and hate are products of living beings,  or if it is the other way around….. whether they are temporary or permanent….. whether we guide them or they guide us.  Perhaps both possibilities are true,  on different levels,  perhaps not.  But regardless,  I am convinced that they  (love, hate, etc.)  are all-important,  that they do control our lives,  that they are part of the nuts and bolts of our daily lives,  and  that they must be better understood and measured,  by all of us,  as soon as possible.  Why?

Because these “unmeasurables”,  these hidden human or super-human metaphysical forces are variables that dictate how all the other measurements will be used….. for good or evil, for help or hurt, for building or destruction,  for teaching or tyranny,  for liberation or domination.  The battle between them is fully engaged…..  people are dying from them every day,  and being enslaved every day,  and being liberated every day.  Science cannot measure these things,  but WE can,  in some fashion,  as intelligent, morally autonomous, individual living human beings.  We can read all sorts of indicators about the moral character and personality of the people around us,  and this is crucial to our lives.   So  we must leave science behind us,  and learn to measure these things as best we can,  even while science is proclaiming that they do not exist.  Our judgements in these matters can enhance our lives,  or ruin our lives.

OK,  OK….. Getting back to the book review…..

41IVIoEvm6L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_After I read “Proof of Heaven”,  and wrote down a first draft of my review,  I read another author’s review of the book.  Author Coleman Luck was so impressed and disturbed by “Proof of Heaven”,  that he wrote and published a small book examining Dr. Alexander’s book.  Above,  I wrote a mostly philosophical review of “Proof of Heaven”,  but Coleman Luck’s review is mostly religious,  comparing “Proof of Heaven” to Bible verses and accepted Biblical teachings.  The interesting thing is,  we come to pretty much the same general conclusion,  that the doctor’s NDE was real,  and that the doctor’s spirit was subjected to deception and lies,  mixed into the truth of an amazing spiritual adventure.

As a final statement,  about being right or wrong,  I am quite sure that some of the ideas I have written here are right,  and that some of them are wrong.  The sooner I find out which ideas are wrong,  and not in accordance with reality,  the better off I will be.  So I will sign off here,  to continue my quest elsewhere.  You can be sure that I will not be continuing my quest in any of Dr. Alexander’s teachings.

The Golden Rule Needs Some Iron

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I have been working steadily on this blog post,  and it has a lot of new material.  New pics, new book references, new philosophical arguments.  So I thought it was time to re-blog it.  Click on “view original” below the pics…..  but before you do that…..

I issue a 1-MINUTE CHALLENGE.  Can you spare just 1 minute for your own self-improvement,  for a step toward a better life, and a better world?  That is what philosophy can do for you.  Spend just 1 minute browsing the graphics below,  find one that interests you,  and go read the text surrounding that graphic.  It is my hope that you will find encouragement and inspiration in what you read,  and that you will want to read more of the blog.  If you have a blog,  leave a link in the comments,  so I and others can find our way to it.  Thanks!!

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Date last revised:  25 October 2014

Some readers will think this writing is too long, some will utterly reject its ideas, some will consider it heretical, in either a religious or political way.  But other readers will learn something useful from this writing, and some will be encouraged that there is a writer who has a view of this issue that is similar to their own, and who had the courage to “put it out there” where anyone can read it.  But that is about the limits of my courage, which may sound the trumpet-call of retreat at any moment.  So read this piece while it is still here….. it may disappear at any time.  For that matter…

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Christmas Lights Gone Crazy

Last weekend, I took my family for a drive around town to look at the Christmas lights on people’s houses,  and we saw some very nice ones,  but we did not see anything like this.  This is completely incredible and over the top….. can you imagine having this next door to you…..OMG….. where are my earplugs….

FYI,  this song “Gangnam Style” by Korean pop-singer PSY has set the record for most-viewed on Youtube, recently passing the 1-billion mark….. but it has nothing to do with Christmas….. what were these people thinking….. this is a perfect example of mindless sensuous extravagance….. which is the point of “Gangnam Style”…..  somehow I actually like it….. but not for Christmas!!  These people are competing in a Christmas light contest to win $10,000.  They are begging for votes on Youtube and Facebook.   I will not give them a vote, but I will give them a break, because in other videos, their gawdy lights blink to “Joy To The World” and “Amazing Grace”.  However, they could have left out  “Gangnam Style”….. and we would not miss it.  But the damage is done, and this video has attracted world-wide attention, with about 3 million views already.  The owners say that reporters from all over the world have appeared at their house in Cedar Park, Texas…..

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The irony of that video is amazing.  The song is making fun, in Korean language, of rich people doing senseless, extravagant things, and that is exactly what these people did with their Christmas lights.  They do not know or care,  but the song they are blaring out of speakers is making fun of them!  Their house would have fit right in, as a crazy scene in the song video, with PSY galloping in front of it, LOL….. and the people in the house would probably love that, but it has nothing to do with the meaning of Christmas.

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For those who have not been following this crazy song, and the controversies surrounding it, even involving President Obama, here is the official PSY video….. click on the title and check out the number of views:

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If I were to build an extravagant Christmas light display,  and then play non-Christmas songs with it,  this is much more to my liking….. at least it is patriotic….. and honoring all 4 branches of our brave military, who have fought tyranny and defended freedom all over the world….. something which  PSY brutally condemned in a disgusting video in 2004….. he sung for the torturing and killing of our soldiers and their families….. our troops died in the Korean War to give this PSY-cho the freedom to condemn us…..  PSY is such a scumbag,  but that is another story…..

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And here is a delightful synchronized display involving 13 different houses on a street with an actual Christmas song….. Merry Christmas!!

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When Things Just Work

DATE LAST REVISED:  18  DEC  2012

I finally found something to motivate me to do a new post.  I needed something a little lighter than heavy issues like the Golden Rule.  Doesn’t the title of this article  sound great, when things work out just like you hoped, just like you planned?  Well, sometimes it really happens.  A 2-minute video was just sent to me by an engineer friend (thanks, KW!).  This Honda commercial called “COG” or “When Things Just Work”  is 9 years old, but it was shown in Europe, and not in the US, and then on the internet.  I never saw it back then, but I don’t watch a lot of TV.  At the time, this commercial won every award for advertising:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kh4zWeUDW-E

This video shows the 2-minute commercial, and then some interviews with people who made it, and shows some bloopers of how things went wrong in the 606 attempts to film the commercial, then it shows the commercial again.  According to Wikipedia, the project took 7 months from start to finish (the technician in the video who says 6 years must be on drugs, LOL).   It had a budget of one millions pounds (1.6 million US dollars), but I could not find the final cost.  Taking all of that into account, perhaps the entire project should be called “When Things Just DON’T Work” or “How To Spend Millions of Dollars Moving Spare Parts Around In a Big Room.”

Still, I can’t stop watching this epic commercial over and over.  After over 600 attempts, they finally got it right, and it is a beautiful thing!!  As Henry Ford said, “Success is 99% failure.”  He should know….. he invented the first automotive assembly line in 1913.  If we keep trying, struggling and learning from our mistakes, we will finally get it right.  Recognizing the mistakes and learning from our mistakes is the really hard part.

I am convinced that the events in the video are all real, with no computer graphic funny business.  That was the stated goal of the project.  Otherwise, why would it take 7 months, 606 takes, and a budget of  one million pounds?  Everything that you see happened in real time exactly as you see it.  The tires roll uphill because the technicians attached or inserted very heavy weights to make them do so.  This is not “cheating” or “fake”, as some nitpickers on Youtube have whined….. you can’t cheat the laws of physics.  They were just making use of gravity in clever ways, throughout the whole sequence.

Everything you see in the sequence (besides the walls, floor, various supports, ramp and Honda Accord at the end) are parts from two cars. The voice is that of Garrison Keiller. The commercial was so well received by Honda execs when they saw it, that their first comment was how amazing the computer graphics were. They almost fell out of their chairs when told that the images were real without any graphics manipulation.

So watch it and enjoy!!!

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And then another friend, KJ, a great mechanic and ingenious tinkerer, sent me another video, music video this time, perhaps even MORE ambitious than the Honda commercial.  It is done by a band named OK GO, singing their song “This Too Shall Pass.”  In their Rube Goldberg layout, they become part of the action, which is very elaborate.  Check it out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qybUFnY7Y8w

Other than WOW VERY COOL, my only comment is, I feel sorry for whoever had to clean up the mess!!!

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And now, may I introduce a new Rube Goldberg video I actually found on my own.  It was done very recently (November) by the extreme geniuses and tinkerers at RED BULL (energy drink), and it already has over 12 million views.  RED BULL sponsors an army of athletes of many different types, and they brought them in to do this delightful video.  Two of the extreme athletes are Danny MacCaskill, with cat-like abilities on a bicycle, and Robbie Maddison, dirt-bike jumper extraordinaire  (FYI, Robbie rode as Daniel Craig’s stunt double in the incredible riding in “Skyfall”, the latest James Bond flick).   They are both featured in videos elsewhere in my blog.  If you are interested in seeing a video about the riding in “Skyfall”, I have put it here as a bonus:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIcNaX0vmuE&feature=player_embedded#!

RED BULL calls this video “The Athlete Machine”, which does not begin to do it any justice.  So enjoy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0jmSsQ5ptw

As the helicopter lifts off, we must assume that the “kluge” continues with Pat Moore, on the ski slopes, in the next video?  Stay tuned…..

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Standing on the shoulders of giants

“On the shoulders of giants”… The blind giant Orion with his servant Cedalion on his shoulder

PHILOSOPHICAL NOTE:  All of these videos, but especially the RED BULL video, show the synergistic effect of precisely coordinated efforts.  The coordinated efforts of many different people,  using many different skills and materials,  in clever ways,  can produce an overall result that is far more than the sum of the parts.  In these videos, the result is very entertaining, because that is the limited goal of the project.  In real life,  or in government,  the result of coordinated efforts can be the difference between life and death for individuals, or between freedom and tyranny for societies.  In technology,  the result is cars,  computers,  factories,  skyscrapers and cities.  Our civilization is one huge Rube Goldberg contraption.  We are all just a cog in the machine.  But what a glorious machine it is….. and we all reap the benefits.  The precise coordinated efforts,  and sheer genius,  that go into the making of a car or a computer are mind-boggling….. if you will just take a moment and allow your mind to be boggled,  the next time you turn the key, or push the button.  We all stand on the shoulders of giants,  as Isaac Newton once said of his own discoveries.

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Now, as I am prone to do, I kept searching, and I found even more goodies, as one is prone to do, when one keeps searching.  Here is an encouraging video of kids trying real hard with no million-dollar budget.  They are swinging on a shoestring, and their video is still inspiring, as they find different ways to ring the bell:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFWHbRApS3c

And yes, there will be more to see, if you come back later.  So many videos, so little time…..

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Just in time for Christmas,  I found a vintage Mythbusters TV video,  from 6 years ago.  They decided to make a Christmas Rube Goldberg contraption,  just for Christmas, just for fun.  So here it is, with wishes from me to you for a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a MORE PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR,  if that is possible with the idiots we have in the government….. where things  (and people)  JUST DO NOT WORK….. LOL…..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCYg_gz4fDo.

 

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