September 29, 2008

I keep hearing that the government is going to get this 700 billion dollars from the tax payers, but it should be obvious that we can not come up with that kind of money. So the government will borrow it from some foreign government; if they can.


Can you see the grand scheme? The rich politicians that have borrowed us into bankruptcy already, are going to (If they can) borrow enough to get themselves out of trouble; knowing all of the time that we can not repay such a debt. They get the money and we get foreclosed: what a deal for the American people that they keep saying they must protect!


If all of the banks fail before the rich can get their money out they will loose it. But if they can supply the banks with 700 billion dollars they can reclaim their wealth. What goes in the front doors of the banks will flow right out the back and into their hands. Then they can invest it in foreign nations and remain rich at our expense. Not only will we have to pay the 700 billion (If we could), but we must pay interest on top of it. After the rich remove their money the banks will be broke again and the crash (for us) can continue.


In my opinion any foreign Country that would loan us a dime is “Nuts”. We are already broke and with no manufacturing jobs there is no way that we can pay the debts that we already have. Politicians have given all of the high paying jobs to any foreign country that wants them and that is what has destroyed our economy. There is no tax base when there are no jobs so we can not repay any loans. They did this so that the companies which they owned could generate higher profits by having the products manufactured cheaper; with no regard for the American worker. If the rich politicians can not get the loan it would not surprise me if they do not just sell us to China: if they haven’t already.


You are not going to hear this any place else, because those who control the news also understand this situation. They know the banks must be temporally shored up in order for them to remove their money also. That is what they all mean when they say something must be done and done quickly. It really is their own money that they want protected.


This is not a plan to help the common man. Without jobs we are all going broke and our elected officials are doing nothing about that.


Before you start throwing rocks at politicians you have to remember that you supported the system that put them in power. Our Heavenly Father has told us not to put our trust in man and that is what Democracy is. Don’t blame God or other men: it’s our fault.



September 29, 2008

All my life I have heard how great democracy is. Well, as I got more mature (That sounds better than I got older) I began to contemplate the virtues of the system and to my surprise I found problems with it that I could not reconcile.


First it was founded by rebels that would not pay the taxes that were imposed on them. They were rich men that would not pay any tax imposed by England and after not paying for some time they came up with the slogan “Taxation without representation” in order to recruit the common man.


Now no one wants to pay taxes; then or now, but to refuse to pay taxes and form a rebellion against the government would not be viewed as correct today and it should not have been back then either. However the Founding Fathers are held as heroes for just that.


England only wanted taxes on a few things and when the colonist would not pay them every one of them was rescinded except the tax on tea and the colonist used that tax to start a war. It is common to say England was repressing the colonists, but a little study using truth as a guide will refute that idea. Just as a side bar, the middle class pay 41% of wages as income tax and then we have property tax, and sales tax, and even hidden taxes. Boy we really showed them didn’t we!!!!


Well, to continue, the second thing wrong, as I see it, is those who are unqualified to be in a position are supposed to be able to determine the ability of someone else to do the job!!! That just doesn’t make any sense. If a business let those who worked on the assembly line choose the president of the company they would choose someone that paid the most and demanded the least and that company would be history in no time.


Then we have the election process where the candidate makes all kinds of promises that he or she will not have the power to fulfill if they are elected. We call them “Campaign Promises” and the truth is the liar that you believe, knowing that he is lying about some of the things he says, if not all, is the one you vote for. It’s no secret that we all know that    if a politician told the truth he wouldn’t have a chance of being elected. That also does not make sense.


All most all elected politicians are rich and they make decisions that benefit themselves and their friends. Their answer to everything is money and their means of generating money is raising taxes. They have shot themselves in the foot this time as they have given most of the manufacturing jobs away and there is no longer the tax base that we had. The goods that are imported from countries that do not have to worry about clean air or any of the regulations that U. S. companies must keep are not taxed. So the Country basically receives none of the taxes that were the major supplier of income. Not only the man that used to have a good paying union job is out of work, but all of those who supplied him with food, clothing, and housing also no longer have a job. Kind of makes you wonder how we are going to repay all of the loans from foreign countries doesn’t it! Maybe one of them will loan us the money, like using one credit card to pay another. The bottom line is “The goose that laid the golden egg is dead”.


The rich have realized that they can use the system to get the taxpayer to fund their private enterprises. If a sports business wants a venue in which to manufacture their product (Read stadium), because it is worth millions to them they can afford to spend what ever it takes in advertisements, bribes, or anything else to trick the poor taxpayer into paying for it. The poor taxpayer does not have the resources nor can he justify spending a great amount to stop such a tax, because it is only a few dollars out of his pocket if the tax passes. The more taxes imposed on the taxpayer the harder it is to make a living and the less time he has to protect himself. Just as a case in point look at the school system and your property taxes. If money produced educated people we would be a country of geniuses and yet there is no end of new school tax bills! If they do not pass the first time they just try again until they do.


When an elected politician passes a bill that we can plainly see is not in the best interest of the people we say “I will not vote for him again”, but the damage is done to the people and it is never rectified. The next politician comes with his own wants and desires and when he takes advantage of us we say “I will not vote for him again”, but the damage is done and it is never rectified. Well, I could go on and on but the truth is we have run out of resources to fulfill their wants and desires.


It has been a great system for politicians. If anything happened to go right they took credit for it and if anything went wrong it was the voters fault for electing the wrong man! Ah, but there is always the next election!!!!


Just as another side bar, housing is not what brought the economy to its knees. NAFTA and the “Most favored Nation” status of China along with the great amount of money our government (Read politicians) borrowed to fight wars we should never have started is what caused the problems. China and Mexico were given the opportunity to import anything with no import tax because we borrowed so much from them. Import duties were there to protect American jobs and when they were removed so was all of the protection. If we still had jobs then those who got such ridiculous housing loans could still be paying them.


Now if I haven’t been clear enough let me say this, this system was invented by criminals that would not pay their taxes. They destroyed property that belonged to a German company in order to start a war where many were killed. It is a system controlled by those who lie to get power and are chosen by those who were unqualified to do so and they have put their own interest first; not the interests of the people. How could you possibly expect such a system to last?


Sorry, I have no earthly remedy for our predicament. The only thing that I see that we can do is pray, but if God does not answer we can not really complain about it. We (Man) set this system up and we participated in it, so we are guilty; not God. Having said that, it still is right to admit our sins and ask for forgiveness. If He will not save us from this mess that we created then we are lost indeed, because no one else can, or perhaps because of their own interests they will not.


God and His Word (The Bible) are proven right again (Psa 146:3 NIV) Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save. (Jer 9:4 NIV) “Beware of your friends; do not trust your brothers. For every brother is a deceiver, and every friend a slanderer.

(Jer 12:6 NIV) Your brothers, your own family– even they have betrayed you; they have raised a loud cry against you. Do not trust them, though they speak well of you.

(Micah 7:5 NIV) Do not trust a neighbor; put no confidence in a friend. Even with her who lies in your embrace be careful of your words.


When all is said and done (John 14:1 NIV) “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God ; trust also in me (Jesus).


September 24, 2008

There are some that say Jesus can come at any time. That all of prophecy has been fulfilled and there is nothing yet to be accomplished. Well, perhaps they are correct, but I have a hard time with the “Two Witnesses” when I think all things have been accomplished.


God said that He will give power to the two witnesses (Rev 11:6 NIV) “These men have power to shut up the sky so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and they have power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want.”


At one time I thought them to be metaphoric and to be Melchizedek and Jesus who were the two highest priests in the Bible. However it is said in Revelation 11:8 (NIV)  Their bodies will lie in the street of the great city, which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified. So it seems to me that neither witness can be Jesus.


So it seems to me that these two are actually men and not metaphors. They will cause great torment for everyone in the world with their power: all the while proclaiming the true God. They will not be hidden, the world will know about them and the God that sent them.


If these two witnesses must prophesy for almost three and a half years (1260 days – 3.5 years is 1277.5 or 1278.5 days) and then be publicly executed for the whole world to see, at least to see their bodies, then we are more than three and a half years from the end, because we have yet to hear about them.


If you think that I do not display much love and am not much of a Christian because of that, then consider the “Two Witnesses” and how much love they will display to the world. True love is a result of what is said and done; not merely a perception of it. The two witnesses will torment the people of the world in order to attempt to turn them toward God. It should be apparent that treating the world good has not turned everyone toward God. God will use any and all means to wake us up and turn us toward Him and the torment that the two witnesses will unleash on the world at the end of time will be His last attempt.


“O”, by the way, I am not one of the witnesses. I tested the possibility and there was no plague. Just thought you would get a laugh out of that.


September 22, 2008

How other Christians handle the current state of the economy is not in my power. I can not speak for anyone else. However because God has allowed the internet I can speak for myself and you can hear it.


First, as I contemplated the cause of our plight I had to admit that I am partly to blame. You see the Bible says do not put your trust in yourself (Psa 118:8, 146:3, & Prov 3:5) and I did. I listened to the world when it said democracy was from God and we should choose our own leaders and I did. I chose a man to rule me. “O”, I didn’t always get the man that I chose, but I always got someone that man chose.


As I ponder my situation now I can see the folly of my choice and I am sure that God is laughing at my ignorance. The bible says, over and over, that we should trust in God and not in man, but I trusted in my own ability to choose a leader. And all that I knew about him or her was what someone had said. The candidate always lied (Campaign promises) and I had no real way to check all that others said about him or the other candidates. When I wasn’t putting my trust in myself I was putting my trust in the candidate and the ones that wrote about him and because I trusted myself they only reinforced my views!


Now that I see the folly of my actions I can see why God let me sin. If He had not allowed me to actually commit this error I would have always thought that I could have chosen a leader. The truth is I would have always thought that I could have governed better than anyone else as that is what I demonstrated when those who were elected did not do what I thought was correct. It seemed as if I was always blaming “Them” and “Them” was anyone that did not do as I thought correct.


If “They” passed another tax (Read my lips) it was never my fault, even though I chose them as my leader. Actually I was so ignorant I did not even understand that no one could make the claim that if elected there would be “No new taxes”! Sometimes I am so stupid that I amaze myself. (I heard that)


I see more clearly now and I can see that this country was founded by a group of rich men in order to make themselves richer and it has continued that way. They have managed to get almost everyone to surround themselves with people that say what their itching ears want to hear. It started with “Taxation without representation” though no one had the right to demand representation and it has only gotten worse.


If this country was governed rightly those who caused our economical problems would be cast into jail, but they are not and the people will be obligated to pay for the results of their crimes.


I have many questions such as if the tax payer is going to have to pay for all of this crime then why don’t the people retain the property? The truth is we will have to pay for the crime and the government that allowed the crimes will claim title to the property and then they will sell it for a profit. Well actually we can’t pay because the government gave all of our good jobs to China. There I go again saying “They” did not, and will not, do as I think is right!


Here is a sobering thought (Psa 49:13 NIV) “This is the fate of those who trust in themselves, and of their followers, who approve their sayings. Selah. Like sheep they are destined for the grave, and death will feed on them. The upright will rule over them in the morning; their forms will decay in the grave, far from their princely mansions.”


However there is hope in Micah 7: 8&9 (NIV) “Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the LORD will be my light. Because I have sinned against him, I will bear the Lord’s wrath, until he pleads my case and establishes my right. He will bring me out into the light; I will see his righteousness.”


We will have to suffer the consequences of our sins. Life is not going to be as easy as it has been, but we are still God’s children and we will be saved.


Now, I realize there will be those who disagree with me, so you go ahead and vote for your own particular brand of lies, for any politician that tells the truth has no earthly chance of being elected, and I will continue to refrain from voting, because those who died for my right to vote also died for my right not to vote. I repent and ask God to forgive me for ever thinking I could or should do what He said He will do. (Romans 13:1&2)


Just as an after thought, I believe you can see that I have no problem with “Separation of Church and State”.


September 16, 2008

I wrote “The Trinity as you have never heard it” some time ago. Because I continue to study and contemplate God’s word I believe I understand better now. God says that if you search for wisdom you will find it, but one does not find all wisdom and knowledge at one time.


I have reached a point in my studies where I believe all of the Bible to be God’s word and therefore perfect or without error. I also believe it to be simple and easy to understand when God gives that understanding and impossible to understand by individual effort.


When I say that I study the Bible it is not a very accurate statement. Actually I only think about it and God gives me understanding as I do. I do not have the discipline to study. If it was not so interesting I wouldn’t be thinking about it at all.


The understanding that I have reached about the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is very simple and I believe it answers all of the questions that arise when reading the statements that confuse us.


In a nutshell, I believe that Jesus is a man that was totally and perfectly controlled by God through the Holy Spirit when he was on this earth (John 5:19-8:28&29-12:49&50-14:31. That is not to say that God made Jesus do anything, but that Jesus did exactly what God wanted because he wanted to please his Father. When he said “Before Abraham was born, I am” though the words came from the mouth of Jesus it was the words of God. It was God Himself that was saying “Before Abraham was born, I am” and not Jesus. Jesus was born long after Abraham died and if he were speaking for himself could not have said that he existed before Abraham, because he did not.


Just as God said Abram’s heir would come from his own body (Gen 15:4), and he did, God also said that Jesus would come from David’s body (2 Sam 7:12) and of course he did. This understanding must come from faith, because I don’t think it is said again, though I could be wrong, but then I always could be wrong. Anyway many in the New Testament said Jesus was the son of David and Jesus said he was the “son of man”.


Mankind did not understand artificial insemination when the Bible was written. Only now can we understand that a baby can be born from someone that has already died. Jesus became a son of God the same way we did. As soon as Jesus was baptized God sent His Spirit to him. It is unusual for any one thing to be spoken of in all four Gospels, but this account is. He is the first born of all of God’s children and he was born spiritually exactly like we were.


That is not to take anything away from Jesus. He is the King of kings because he earned the right. He is the only man to walk this earth without sin and the only King that put the welfare of his subjects before his own. Without his sacrifice there would be no hope for us and no one has, or even could, sacrifice as he did. There is no greater man than Jesus; absolutely none.


In my first post on the Trinity I said and quoted verses that point to Jesus as the arm of the Lord. However as I thought more about the subject it seems to me that the arm of the Lord is the Holy Spirit. We are given the Holy Spirit to teach us all things (John 14:26 & 1 John 2:27), and the Spirit goes out from the Father (John 15:26) which as I understand now as part of the Father and sometimes referred to as His arm.


I understand the Trinity much better now. The verses that say there is only one God are clear to me now, because I do not view Jesus as God Himself. He is the first born of all of God’s children and the only man that had no sin of his own, but not born of the Spirit until he was baptized: to “fulfill all righteousness.” (Mat 3:15).


Actually, because the Bible does not use the word trinity I do not believe we should either. Speaking from my own experience the “Trinity” has only served to confuse me, not to enlighten me. I really have found no way to grasp that which is not true and the truth is there is no Trinity. There is only God and the perfect man, the Messiah, Jesus.


I might add that using the word and concept of the Trinity alienates and separates us from our Jewish brothers and it also gives those of other faiths leverage to refute the Word of God. If it isn’t in the Bible then don’t add it. (Rev 22:18 NIV)  I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book.