Saturday, April 30, 2022

The Writing on the Wall 2


Kindred,


You do not have to be a prophet to see the writing on the wall.


It is a question of when.


When you see and when you know.


The difference is that a true prophet sees the writing before it is even written and understands the origin of the course of true events.  


Before the writing on the wall, as in the last days of the perilous times in the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, there were the usual signs. 


These signs are described in 2 Timothy 3: 1-7;


This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.


2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,


3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,


4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;


5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.


6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,


7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.



At the mark of last days or the writing on the wall are the perilous times marked by corruption into sins and the unholy.


It ends in damnation, destruction and never coming to the knowledge of the truth and therefore, the Lord.


If we hope to avoid the fate of total annihilation as that of Sodom and Gomorrah, we need to stop being sinful, unthankful and unholy. 


Stop the practice of depravity into lustful, grandiose and non-consensual sins which makes abuses possible and destruction fated.  


Stop feeding the beast of Sins which keep the sinner blind, to the Truth without the purity of heart, to warnings from the Lord and the writing on the wall.


Stop giving into tyrants and abusers that would by their corrupt and absolute power destroy absolutely.  


We need to heed the usual signs and see the writing on the wall before it is too late.









The Writing on the Wall

 

Kindred, 


Without real prophets like Daniel*, it becomes difficult to see the writing on the wall; read and understand it accurately and correctly.


False prophets spend their time prophesying on what you want to hear, on the obvious; on how you will meet the love of your life, on how you create great works, on how you will win against the odds; but the false prophets never prophesize on anything you need to hear, like the Word of the Lord.  


What would it matter to gain the love of your life, create great works, win against the odds, if you lose your soul, commit crimes against humanity and destroy the world?


If the Teacher tells you a certain practice is unholy, then it's unholy, sinful and damnable.  


To continue to rack up countless counts of sins, felonies and crimes against humanity, is damnable to the deepest parts of hell.  


The consequence of damnation is not just upon the soul of this one unholy, but those following this one unholy.  


Power or superpower is not an excuse for unholy practices and crimes against humanity.  


There are no excuses for sins or unholy behaviors.


What is the writing on the wall, besides damnation of the Unholies and the forced careening of the world towards the end of days**?  


Real prophets like Daniel would know, but whether we would listen and heed is another matter altogether.  





 * Daniel 5:25


** 2 Timothy 3:1-5


Friday, April 29, 2022

 

Kindred,


Do you really think life is about power or power of Caesar?  


If you believe it is about power, then what happens after life?  


Where does power fit in then?


Acquiring power, material wealth or anything really at the expense of another in harm or abuse is a sin and serves no purpose in the Lord's Design.


Where does power, glory and ambition fit in salvation?  


It doesn't.


Life is about passing tests of character as you fulfill your purpose (as assigned by the Lord) in stewardship of humanity and the earth.




 

Kindred,


What is this constant divide?  


This practice of being contrary just to be


contrary.  


This getting off on spreading


malcontent, hatred towards the other and 


drawing blood just to win power,


regardless of the cost and sin.


When did we stop listening?  


Do you even hear yourselves?


No way is it acceptable to take a stand 


against fighting sin or unholy practices 


just because the other side took up the


fight (if we do fight against those fighting


wrongs, then we are the bad guys).  


There are many things that are bipartisan


and should be treated as such.  


We are Christians (children of the Lord) 


first and stewards of the earth second.  


Therefore, we must work together to 


bring forth the Lord's light and cleanse 


ourselves and the world of sins and


wrongdoings.




Thursday, April 28, 2022


You who are of purer eyes than to see 


evil and cannot look at wrong, why do 


you idly look at traitors and remain silent


when the wicked swallows up the man 


more righteous than he?    


                         - Habakkuk 1:13 ESV / 59 




"The world is a dangerous place, not


 (just) because of those who do evil,


 but because of those who look on who 


 do nothing."


                   -  Albert Einstein




“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: 


God will not hold us guiltless. 


Not to speak is to speak. 


Not to act is to act.”


               -    Dietrich Bonhoeffer 




"So whoever knows the right thing to do 


and fails to do it, for him it is sin."



                       -    James 4:17



Wednesday, April 27, 2022

 


The legacy of Madeleine Albright is one


of freedom.  


Freedom from tyranny.  


Freedom from hate.  


Freedom to be the person the Lord meant


for a person to be;


Respect for the Lord.


Respect for humanity. 


Respect for all people.  


The respect that allows us to honor the 


Lord with all of our hearts, all of our 


souls and all of our might;

 

and honor our heritage in the 


democratic ideals that gives hope and

 

voice to the oppressed.  




"The magic of America is that we're a 


free and open society with a mixed 


population. Part of our security is our 


freedom."


Madeleine Albright



"The survival of mankind is in the 


balance. One wave of hatred, 


callousness or contempt may bring in its


wake the destruction of all mankind. 


Vicious deeds are but an aftermath of 


what is conceived in the hearts and 


minds of men. Speech has power and 


few men realize that words do not fade.


What starts off as sound, ends in deed.  


The world is too small for anything, but


mutual care and deep respect. 


The world is too great for anything, but 


responsibility toward one another."


Rabbi Abraham Joshua Herschel,

            What We Might Do Together






Tuesday, April 26, 2022


Dear E-Hearts,


Do you remember Dumbledore's quote in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, where he said, 

"Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all, those who live without love."


I pity the living who think that power is invincibility, is control and is a substitute for responsibility, for love and for everything that makes us human and humane.

  

The fallacy is that if you have enough power then you won't be bullied, taken advantage of, touched or harmed in any way; be untouchable.  


No one has more superpowers than Jesus Christ, yet Christ was crucified.  


No one in ancient Rome was more powerful than Julius Caesar, yet Caesar was assassinated. 


My point is that power is not invincibility and it is not control over events greater than oneself.


There will always be those that are more powerful, more beautiful, more intelligent, more well, everything.  


It is a fallacy to think that if we have more, we can control how another person will use their power, however greater (or lesser).  


In other words, you do not control another person's sins or abuses of power.  


No matter how powerful you are, you cannot force another person to not sin, not delight in hate, to like or respect you.  


That person has to choose who they are, how and what to be.  


The question is that when you see an injustice or someone behaving badly, will you stand against it or walk on by like the priest and Levite and fail to be a Good Samaritan?


Defend the good within yourself and humanity?


And live with love?



Monday, April 25, 2022

 

Kindred,


I see we still cannot see beyond the avatar of our bodies to the person within, the true color of our souls.  


Soul colors remain undiscovered and unseen, because few are interested in understanding or seeking out those colors within.


The color barrier clearly bars people from seeing beyond.


We do not bother to see true colors, yet we do not act like the blind person, seeking to feel their way into sight of true colors.


Instead, we act like sighted people seeing only the avatar outside and believing that is all there is to see.


The Lord created people, gave permanent color to the body, but different colors to the souls, because in granting free will, we may decide our true color within.


What are your true colors within?




Sunday, April 24, 2022

 


Let's visit the expression looking through the eyes of jealousy again.


How you see through your eyes colors your judgement.  


Ever wonder why no one questioned the validity of Da Vinci's thoughts or judged his body too fat or ever too old?  


(Granted in his hayday Leonardo was considered to be quite handsome and had the body to match, but no one thought less of him for growing old.)


In any age, his art was still beautiful, his designs still inspired, his inventions still innovative and his work and mind still brilliant.  


Why then is the Da Vinci standard not the same for women as is for men?  


A woman can produce excellent works of art and create innovative inventions, but the credit never seems to belong to her alone and there is an expiration date on her when she grows tired and old.


The female aged wonder is often treated like the baby that is thrown out with the bathwater.  


What is worse, is that some will choose to throw out the baby and back the scum in the water. 


All to keep the illusion of power and status quo of some privileged men and a few women.


How much is scum worth? 


Why that much more than the baby?  


So this type of rat race will go on in endless power plays in absurdity just to get ahead, cut the throats of the competition and hone killer instincts; and if you're not ruthless enough then you're out, you obviously can't cut it.  


So what are we supposed to cut?  


Not the ruthless, senseless, ignorant power trips; 


Not the asinine power and control that spirals us into another conflict and crimes against humanity;


Not the unwise decisions by grandiose ignoramuses hell bent on power.


Not the pond scum.


No, we are supposed to cut anyone that disagrees with them, even our own family and friends, and especially our hearts, our soft hearts, because apparently it is a weakness to feel.  


As if emotions we feel are in any way the same as intellect or knowledge or wisdom.


And when deploying our intellect, we have to first match it to a beautiful or handsome face and body or apparently we will cease to function.  


How are we to create beautiful works of art without a heart?  


How are we to make amazing discoveries and cures for disease without a mind*?  


How are we to find salvation without a soul? 





*Do you really think you can win long term battles, let alone wars, without the brilliant strategies and mind to do so?


I mean, is perpetually doubling down on liabilities and ignorance and tripling down on hate and sins sustainable in the long term?  


Think of what will be left behind for your children and grandchildren.



Saturday, April 23, 2022

 

Kindred,


When all you know is your own understanding, how then do you "lean not to your own understanding"?  


The operative word is yet.  


Yet to understand.  


Yet to reach enlightenment.


Yet to know.   


The journey is in the seeking, the asking and the discovery the path of understanding the Lord;


in the seeking, the asking and the discovery of being enlightened by the Holy Spirit;


and in the seeking, the asking and the discovery to know the path of salvation. 


It is an experience of discoveries through different stages of life; therefore, not instantaneous epiphanies and not by osmosis. 


In other words, it takes a curious mind, an empathic heart and a holy spirit to work towards a better understanding (of the Lord and Holy Spirit) that makes receiving epiphanies possible.  



 

Kindred,


Isn't it strange that you are supposed to "lean not to your own understanding" [Proverbs 3:5], when all you know is your own understanding.


Better to look at this problem from a different angle.  


What grounds you?  


Again, I know it sounds strange to ask about the connections that ground you to the physical world and yourself, when you are supposed to lean on (spiritual) understanding outside of yourself. 


However, it is important to note; 

"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."     

                                 - Matthew 6:21



The values that ground and guide you, determine where your heart is, who you are and the level of your connection and understanding with yourself and the world outside yourself.


What I am really asking is, are you grounded only to the body, materialistic world of Caesar in power, control and the superficial (shallow beauty of the) mundane?


Or are you grounded to the Holy Spirit outside of yourself and within yourself?


The path to heaven and salvation is not by way of Caesar in power or superpower, not by way of earthly means of the body, not by way of force or control, but by the way of the Lord and the Holy Spirit -


By having the ability, grounded in the instructions of the Jesus Christ, to seek and see with a purity of heart, in order to walk the path of salvation and to enter the narrow gates of heaven*.  




*Matthew 7:13-14


Grounding ideas: 

https://www.balayoga.com/10-ways-to-ground-yourself-and-what-that-even-means/


**note: not advocating only these mediation exercises, but in addition to spiritual contemplation and discernment practices.


Friday, April 22, 2022

Kindred,


Do you remember what you wanted to be when you grew up?  


Life probably has taken unexpected turns.  


There is a vast difference between dreams and reality.  


If you were able to look into the mirror of Erised from Harry Potter, what would you see? 


What is your deepest desire?


And back then, as a child, what would it be?


Is there a vast difference between your dreams with the passage of time? 


The difference between dreams and reality is that one is perfect and the other not in its imperfections and messiness.


One you work to strive to and the other, you work to live through.  


When you cannot reconcile the two, disappointments and attitudes, usually the bad kind, like weeds take root.


Now, look into the mirror of Ehcysp, what do you see (of yourself and of character)?


Who are you really?


Is there a vast difference between the person you dreamt of being and the person you are now?


How is your moral compass?  


Still in fine working order?  


Did any of the bad weeds take root?


"Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.”  


He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. 


The field is the world, and the good seed is the sons of the kingdom. 


The weeds are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the devil. 


The harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. 


Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the end of the age."

                           -   Matthew 13: 36-40



Remember then to always align your compass to the Lord and periodically weed out the bad that may have taken root in imperfections of life's disappointments.


Because in order to live out your end of the age with the Lord in heaven, you must pass your tests of character and sow the good seeds in life.




Thursday, April 21, 2022

 

Let's say you bully your way into getting what you want, force and coerce your way like some terrorist, ignored consent like some rapist and claimed your trophy.  


What do you have in the end?  


More trophies at the expense of the victim(s) in crimes against humanity and more damnable sins at the expense of your salvation.  


Is a bunch of mini-mes really worth it?


And is it really winning when you fail your tests of character, cause irreparable harm, dishonor yourself, disgrace your legacy, sell your soul and compromise your salvation?  


You are basically forcing your way into damnation.


How wise are practices in absolute power? 


Winning corruption or forcing corruption is never wise, because eventually the degradation and harm will bankrupt the soul, not to mention the pocketbook when things collapse.



Wednesday, April 20, 2022

 

During the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Berlin Wall, 1000 giant dominoes were set up between Brandenburg Gate and Potsdamer Plaza, the partition that once separated East and West Berlin, then knocked down to commemorate the fall of the wall and the end of the Cold War.  


The fall of dominoes is often a chilling metaphor for the consequences of setting in motion events that cannot be foreseen or controlled, events that are greater than expected.  


In today's complex world, it is nearly impossible to predict all the factors and intersects that will impact an event.  


Prognosticators often see what they want to see and are capable of seeing, just like any special interest group which does not bother with anything outside their interests.


For example, military strategists deal in strategies pertaining to military defense and war, and not economics.     


The dominoes for waging war aside from the human cost is the economic cost, but few strategists have the knowledge or skills to understand the dominoes outside their specialty and know all the dominoes that will be in play.  


Many think winning is everything, the end justifies the means and have thought of every contingency which might be true in their tiny little sphere and domino, but not true for all other spheres and dominoes. 


When playing chess, one does not play one move and expect to win after that one move.  


It is a progression of moves, attacks, counter attacks and defensive strategies.  


In other words, defensive and offensive plays and strategies.


And it changes as each player makes their move.  


If you think in terms of winning statically and not strategies dynamically, you would lose, especially if you are not thinking a few strategic steps ahead of your opponent.  


What is even more challenging is that in life there are even more players, moving pieces and dominoes and the probabilities of plays are much greater than a two player chess match.  


In it all, what is often lost is the acknowledgement of the Lord, who watches over the plays and who actually owns the board and its pieces; and the knowledge that the Holy Spirit is with us as the Witness to every event, everybody and everything.  




 

Kindred,


When people make excuses for bad behaviors, then there is no confession of sin, no repentance, no attempt at making things right or better, and ultimately no redemption or salvation.  


Misdirection, blame and scapegoating are the cowards' way of running from the truth and excusing the harm perpetrated.  


Admission by sinners of the delights of delighting in evil, is not the same as the confession of sin and the repentance of harm caused by their delights in evil.    


Even when believing oneself to be in the right, there is no justification for the wrongs of hurting or harming another person in crimes against humanity.


In each of these cases, there is no acknowledgement of the Lord or the Lord's commandments to love thy neighbor as self.  


When there is no acknowledgement of the Lord, the Lord will not guide or direct their path.  


Without the Lord's guidance, this person would be like a lost sheep wandering the desolate desert of fear and doubt.  


How can you trust the Lord with all your heart, if you do not have a heart? If you lean only to your own understanding?


The Lord does not require your blind allegiance or your unwavering doubt.  


The requirement is to acknowledge and trust in and love the Lord with all your heart, pure and true, and to honor the commandment to love beyond yourself in fellowship.


Only when we acknowledge the Truth can we be shown the Way and Live and love in trust.




 

"Love cannot live where there is no trust."                     

                             - Edith Hamilton


If there is no trust and no love, then there is no relationship.  


Trust is believing.  


Without belief in the Lord, there is no trust in the Lord.  


Do you fully trust in the Lord?


If there is trust in the Lord, belief in the Lord, then why let fear drive out love? 


Why the doubt, the fear?


Well, take a look at the world today.  


Look at the way fear mongers and hate rattlers have taken hold of our politics and terrorized our minority citizens. 


Look at the state of the environment and climate change.  


Look at the senseless wars killing innocents; babies and children dying, people starving, struggling for life and to live a life free from fear, tyranny and terror.  


Look at the crimes against humanity perpetrated by hypocrites, ministers and leaders we should be able to trust.  


Why the fear, the hate, the doubt?  


Where is the "trust in the Lord with all your heart"?  


First ask, do you "lean not on your own understanding*"?


Lean on understanding from the Lord's perspective?


Lean on the Lord's measurement of truth, love and peace? 


Have you "In all your ways acknowledge the Lord"? 


And let the Lord direct your paths?


Know that the Lord gave us free will; therefore, we can choose to the Holy Spirit in or not.  


When we give footholds to fear, to hate, to sins, to liars, to false idols and to hypocrites, then we do not let the Lord in nor acknowledge the Lord in love and peace.  


Therefore, when things go to hell in a handbasket and go very wrong, it is not the Lord that is at fault or fails us, but ourselves in lack of understanding (in wisdom with the Lord) and acknowledgement. 


It is our failures in acknowledgment of the Lord and the Lord's commandments to love and peace, that allows for fear, hate and sins to take hold and root.  


We have only ourselves to blame when we fail our tests of character and fail to be the servants to the Lord that we were meant to be.  


When we fail in lack of integrity, honor, decency and grace then we cannot trust ourselves.  


Without the trust and belief in ourselves, we have no love and no relationships with anything real or with anyone real (including ourselves, humanity and Lord).  


Without a relationship with the Lord, humanity and ourselves in understanding*, there is only doubt and fear.  




Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Trust in the LORD

Kindred,


The future will become after the remains of the day.  


No prognosticator, no matter how good, can predict what is never there.   


Unknown as it may be, the future begins and builds upon what we do today.  


The greatest threats to the future are the failures of today. 


Too many people today, fail to obey the commandments by the Lord to love and love thy neighbor as self in fellowship greatly.   


And in fear of the unknown, turn to hate and superiority as a means to control their insecurities, instead of trusting in the Lord and braving the truth.  


Just as love is love, so is fear, fear.  


Recognizing the truth of where we are and identifying who we are, are keys to moving forward either in love or fear.  


Existential threats exist because, at times, we are our own worst enemy.  


Oftentimes, when we give in to our worst inclinations is due to our lack of trust in leaders that cannot give us a just and perfect world free from fear.  


Life's problems, trials and tribulations, can become difficult to bear and we cannot see a way out or imagine a better way.  


Unfortunately, some turn to solutions that are not solutions, but false promises in false idols and grandiose power trips in hate.  


Feeling powerful is not the same as feeling confident and self assured in the ability to first understand the problems of today and deal.  


Understanding and finding the way out of problems today in peace and prosperity are the keys to a better world tomorrow.  


We cannot hope to understand or find anything without first trusting the Lord.


"Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge the Lord, And the Lord will direct your paths." 


                                Proverbs 3:5-6 



Sunday, April 17, 2022


Dear E-Hearts,


Happy Easter!


"Give thanks always and for everything to Lord the father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." — Ephesians 5:20


Be grateful especially for the sacrifice given by our Lord Jesus Christ.  


Do not let Christ's sacrifice be in vain. 


As Christ rose from the ashes, so too can the spirit of love rise forth from within you.  


Let go of your fear; confess, repent, atone and expel any sins, for as long as you have breath, it is not too late to find and walk the path of redemption.  


"And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified." 

                               — Matthew 27:5


"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:


For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened."

                               — Matthew 7:7-8


Your salvation depends upon your ability to ask the proper questions in the redemption and salvation sought; know that you can only knock upon the gates of heaven when you can see and touch its holy gates with the purity of your heart.


Because not everyone will be resurrected and receive everlasting life. 


For it has long been prophesied in the Book of Daniel;


"And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt."

                                — Daniel 12:2


The good news is that Jesus Christ's sacrifice and his Teachings have shown people the way to salvation; however, we still have to choose to seek and walk the holy way.    



Saturday, April 16, 2022



Winning is irrelevant.  


Wow, it sounds like something a loser would say.  


Winners say, "winning is everything", right?  


Realize that you can win the battle and lose the war.  


Why? 


Because war is a series of battles. 
 

What is important in those series of battles are great strategies in defense and offense.  


You cannot win a football championship with poor defense or poor offense, nor can you win it with bad players and coaches.  


I mean, you can win a game or game with here and there, but championships?  


Not likely. 


And if you cheat, you didn't really win legitimately, did you?  


Winning takes more than just one game, one battle.


Just like being a "winner" in life takes more than one win.


Life is a process.


It is not enough to win just one battle, pass just one test of character.  


Being a winner takes winning a series of battles in tests of character. 


The path to salvation is a journey in walking with the Holy Spirit and the Lord.


Life is a legacy.  


Whether your life's legacy is good or bad depends upon your life's deeds or misdeeds.


Whether you receive salvation depends upon the Lord and Lord's Judgement.  




 

Kindred,


Without meekness in humility you cannot receive the Holy Spirit; especially if it is blocked by pride and ego.


Neither can you reach enlightenment without meekness of mind and soul.  


Enlightenment requires you to free yourself from the bondage of ignorance, hatred and prejudice and for that you need meekness.  


To seek out the truth and answers without the constraint of preconceived notions of right or wrong and hurtful baggage that weigh you down.


Wisdom is not achieved through contemplation and thoughts alone.


There must be a lived experience through the trials and tribulations of life, a passage of tests of character into the known consequences and a deep connection to humanity and the holy.


Because one cannot choose the best outcome, chart the wisest course, without the consideration of consequences for all involved.  


To be selfish or small minded in thought is to miss out on everything and everyone, including all the pieces of the chess board and its breadth, width and depth.


One can speak of winning, obsess over winning, but without the means of winning, one has already lost; especially when life is all about tests of character, not winning.


Winning is not part of the equation to wisdom or salvation; therefore, ultimately irrelevant. 


How can I say winning is irrelevant?  


Especially when civilizations rise and fall from winning or losing wars or conquests?


Because civilizations actually rise and fall from passing or failing its tests of character, acts of God and lack or abundance of knowledge, innovations and wisdom.


When people fail to come to peace or have meekness within themselves and find peaceful resolutions is there war. 


What is the "Art of War", but strategies to know thyself and the opponent?  


Strategic understanding is the key to winning any war, but without the understanding and understanding of consequences what is the point?  


What is the point of winning if you lose your honor, your decency, your family, your humanity, your tests of character and salvation?



Thursday, April 14, 2022

 

Kindred,


Before anything, remember everything belongs to the Lord.  


Your time, talent and treasure belongs to the Lord.  


People, all people, including women and children of all races, belong to the Lord.  


For we are created by the Lord.


We are under the Lord's rule and protection.


It is only when people forsake the Lord and the Lord's commandments in disobedience that Satan wins and people are harmed.


Free will was granted for a reason.  


We can either live up to our fullest potential, honor the Lord, pass our tests of character and better ourselves in learning and enlightenment or not and debase ourselves to our worst inclinations, dishonor the Lord in disgrace, fail in shame and subjugate ourselves to sins and Satan.


"Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:


20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:


21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.


22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.


23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!


24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon."


                             - Matthew 6:19-24



Wednesday, April 13, 2022

 

There are many steps before you can arrive at knowledge and since knowledge is power, there are many steps before you can get real power.


There is a vast difference between power and abuse of power which is destructive and ultimately destroys the credibility of real power.


 

Kindred,


Do you know who else in history was considered meek? 


Many of the world's religions formed by prophets and teachers were meek.


Budda in Buddhism: “He who utters only gentle, instructive and truthful speech, criticizing no-one that is what I call a brahmin.” Gentle and full of meekness.


Buddhist, Dhammapada – Sayings of the Buddha 1 (tr. J. Richards)


In Islam: “The Prophet said, “Be gentle and calm, O ‘Aisha, as Allah likes gentleness (meekness) in all affairs.”


Islam, Hadith, Bukhari Vol 8, Book 75, # 404


Judaism: 


“Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.”.      

                                   Numbers 12:3


Hinduism: “For him also (are prescribed) truthfulness, meekness, and purity.” 51.


Hindu, The Dharma Sutras, Gutama 10


And many more religions of the world instruct believers to be meek; where meekness is an attribute of true believers.  


In Christianity:


“In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;"

                                  2 Timothy 2:25


Therefore, if believers of many faiths are true, practice their faiths as instructed and make real their true beliefs, then 

"the meek will inherit the earth".  


                                   Matthew 5:5



https://onenessofreligions.com/meekness/


 

Kindred, 


When Jesus Christ stated that "the meek will inherit the earth", the question immediately arises in a person's mind is when?  


Never?  


End of time? 


To inherit means to become heir, be left with, to succeed, but from who, which subjugator?  


And since no one subjugator has ever taken over the whole earth, the necessity of being meek, in order to inherit, keeps getting pushed into a far away future; 


And because life's conquests never seem to work in a meek way, back then and today, being meek keeps getting denigrated worse as time passes.  


The word loser comes to mind.  


But take a look at who you are calling a loser, pathetic and weak in meekness.  


Moses was meek (now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth).  


                            - Numbers 12:3


Jesus Christ is meek ("Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls"). 


                             - Matthew 11:29



Tuesday, April 12, 2022

 

Kindred,


It is strange that one of the most important attributes required to inherit the earth is so looked down upon.  


Meekness is considered a great weakness, yet how can it be when it is required to inherit the earth?  


Today, as it was two thousand years ago, power and strength was thought to be the requirement to inherit the earth.  


Conquests after conquests, war after war, dictated civilization for centuries.  


Proving on the surface, that meekness has little to do with inheritance of the earth.  


It is simply not how wars, conquests or contests are won.  


So through the years the word meek has come to be defined as submissive, wimp, weak and spineless.  


However, meek, in the time of Jesus Christ, meant humble, gentle, mild and modest; "freedom from pride or arrogance".  


Praus (meek) in Greek is often described by Aristotle as having power under control and self-control.  


Without power under control it would not be possible to think clearly enough to formulate strategies to win wars, conquests and contests; and once the war is won, stop the aggression and sign the treaties to keep the peace.  


Without self-control it would not be possible to find the peace within yourself and keep the peace.  


Without meek there would be no peace.


And it is the reason why the meek will always inherit the earth. [Matthew 5:5]

                     



Monday, April 11, 2022

 

Kindred, 


It was prophesied in Malachi 3:1 that John the Baptist will pave the way for Jesus Christ. 


When the time came John himself announced, “After me will come one more powerful than I, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit”.    

                                                            - Mark 1:7


It is natural for those that came before to pave the way of salvation for succeeding generations.


But have we paved the way of salvation, as directed by Jesus Christ, for our children? 


Did we lighten and brighten their path?


"Let your light so shine before people, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven"           

                                  -      Matthew 5:1


Would you say we made life easier and better for our sons and daughters to navigate (and find the path of salvation)?




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