Just what is a law, anyway? A law may be defined as a rule or regulation established by the rulers of any society or organization for the common good of its members. We hear and speak of many different types of law. For instance, we speak of Mosaic Law when referring to events during the time of Moses and afterwards. Then we have God’s law, Church law, Natural law, Civil law, Federal law, State law, City law etc. Some Islamic states impose Sharia law on their citizens. So, what then is the underlying purpose of laws? A simple answer would be,” a general intention of protecting any society’s constituents from the aggressions or delinquencies of others”. At first glance, all that may sound good. However, I believe upon closer inspection and understanding, it is possible we may lose some of our comfort and confidence in some law.
We recognize that essentially all law of Western society stems directly from Mosaic Law as perpetuated by and through the Abrahamic religions. Therein lies a potential problem, because Mosaic Law was synonymous with God’s Law . Immediately, problems arise because no-one knew (knows) who God is. So the laws as promulgated and propagated throughout the centuries have been based on irrational concepts of a Supreme Being who generally has its basis in the pseudoscience of astrology stemming from the Egyptians some fourteen thousand years ago. Mind you, I am not in any way suggesting a discretization of law. I will state, however, my rejection of the so-called God’s law as well as Natural Law upon, both of which, religion and Church Law is based.
Thomas Aquinas went to great lengths attempting to distinguish between God’s Law and Natural Law, and, thereby justifying and explaining Church Law which is so demeaning, controlling and damming. Through his state of blatant ignorance of basic science, he was unable to see and understand, as Francis of Assisi did, that God’s Law and Natural Law are one and the same.
My definition of the essence of God as perfect rationality, speaks clearly to the fact that God’s nature pervades all existences, elsewise none could be. If a Perfect God imagined and chose all, then the obvious pertains—God loves all with no exceptions or expectations. Therefore, simply stated, God’s Law is the Perfect Nature of every existence which negates any idea of God issuing any demanding, demeaning, controlling edicts—those were the man-made ideas of Moses, all for the purpose of control, but were rapidly seized upon by the ensuing Israelite rulers as a money-making machine.
Then Jesus entered the picture. He attempted to explain to the world God’s perfect love—the Jews killed him for that. He knew they would, but he hoped to get his message out beforehand. I suspect he did, but we’ll never know for sure—most of the corrupted writings we have paint a different picture of Jesus. The Jesus-church which developed after his death certainly ignored any such teaching. In fact, The Catechism of the Catholic Church consists of nine hundred 6″ x 9″ pages of fine-print laws—rules and regulations.
The stranglehold on its members, thus developed and expanded over the last seventeen centuries, was intended to make certain that the Church never loses control of their money-machine. The ongoing fiasco between president Biden and Catholic Church officials is a total mockery and sham. If any of us, peons, behaved in such a manner, we have been excommunicated in a flash. But, to excommunicate the President of the United States— a horse of a different color. What would be the consequences of such an action? President Biden has opened our southern border to limitless ingress of illegal immigrants, most of whom are ‘Catholic’—just what the Church wanted. Would they loose that? Then, of course, how many Catholic, Biden supporters would the Church lose as a consequence of such an action? No one knows for sure, but I’m certain many fence-straddlers would ‘jump ship’.
Another major consequence the Church fears would be the loss of the White House to Trumpites. Just recently, I read a speech given by Pope Francis, in which he expressed a hope for borderless nations, and the far left liberals seem to hold a similar attitude. You don’t suppose Pope Francis aspires to a world Theocracy of the Roman Catholic Church just as it once was, do you? The Trumpites would certainly frown upon that.
The bottom line is this: God gave us no law except his Natural law which says, “each effect is the direct consequence of all foregoing consequences, and is always perfect for its set of conditions”. That consideration brings us squarely face to face with our ‘rules of conduct”. I’m here to tell you God has no concern of any kind about how we conduct ourselves—doing so would negate his perfection. But we do and we should—its up to is to regulate our behavior. We must determine what is allowed or not allowed, and what the possible consequences might be for any legal breach. The only thing God had to do with it all was allow us to come into being equipped with the tools of rationality patterned after his.
Even as I write, the sham expose over president Biden and abortion demonstrates clearly why and how religion should not play any part in the law. People are free to believe and practice as they please so long as it is ‘legal’—the founding fathers of the USA knew that. They also knew that religion must never directly interfere with government and Civil Law. Of course, it would be sheer folly to think that religion would never interfere—the people who ‘make the rules’ for the most part profess some religion which undoubtedly influences their decision-making. Be that as it may, any time a Church sticks its nose into our legal system, we all lose.
So here we go with the ‘bottom line’—until there is a universal, like-minded, acceptance of the Essence of God which mandates the presence of God’s Spirit in all things, peace can never be achieved. Therefore, I reiterate my call for recognition and acceptance of THE WORLDWIDE COMMUNION OF SPIRITUALITY. All those concepts are defined, explained and expanded in my three books, Wilderness Cry, Peace in Spirituality, and Provocative Catholic. I strongly urge you to study them.
A LIBERATOR is defined as a person or entity who liberates or frees another person or place from imprisonment or oppression. Those prisons and oppressions may take various forms, both physical and mental (emotional), and, generally, have as their goal two distinct motivations—absolute control and enslavement.
During my lifetime of eighty-seven years, I have witnessed several such liberations and, from history, have learned of many others. Some of the most notable I have witnessed were the liberation of Europe and the South Pacific during WW2, the liberation of South Korea Peninsula during the Korean War, and the liberation of the many states of USSR by its fall during the Cold War. The principal driving force for all those liberations was the United States Of America which, itself, was liberated from the tyrannical government of England by the determined resolve of its citizens to be free. We are celebrating that event, our Independence Day, even as I write.
One of the most notable liberations of all time was the abolishment of slavery in this nation. That action, also, required a most devastating war with the loss of an estimated three-quarters-to-one-million lives. It seems unbelievable that one hundred and fifty six years later, there are those who still do not feel liberated.
The Old testament of the Bible tells us that the Israelites were liberated from slavery and oppression of the Egyptians through the miraculous intervention of God. However, that story didn’t end there. Through their own folly, ignorance, and superstition, they allowed themselves to fall into a worse trap of imprisonment and oppression—religion.
The Israelites were indoctrinated by their leaders with a belief that all adversity to befell them was an exhibition of their “One True God’s” wrath being applied to them because of their disobedience of his laws, the Ten Commandments. We know, as time progressed, those original Ten directives required extensive dissection, revision, and extension to close all loop-holes and, thereby, maintain iron-fisted control of his subjects by the King and his hierarchy. Their wrathful, vengeful, hostile God demanded appeasement which must be done by making “perfect sacrifices” to him. Of course, those “perfect” sacrificial offerings could only be provided and offered by the High Priest—always at a substantial cost to the penitent—the rich got richer, the poor got poorer. Sinand sacrifice were once and for all time established as permanent fare on the “official Abrahamic religion” dinnerplate.
Now, let’s advance a few thousand years to Jesus, and what do we see? Without doubt, it would be the most enlightening event in our lives of we could only know, but we cannot know directly. We must extrapolate that information through he use of both physical and literary science, and philosophy. You may retort that we have the bible which tells us. And I would ask you “of whose Bible are you speaking?”. Throughout the last seventeen centuries, that New Testament has been written and rewritten dozens of times, and each time by someone who had a different ‘axe to grind’. Furthermore, all the various versions stem from a single copy made by some unknown ‘axe grinder’ two-to-three hundred years after the original. Just in my lifetime, the story of astrologers from the East seeking baby Jesus has been presented three different ways. The bible I was exposed to as a child presented the story just that way with the word ‘astrologers’ being used. Later, as people became more educated and began asking questions, the word ‘astrologers’ was conveniently changed to Magi. Magi, of course, were nothing short of magician, con-artists. So, more questions prompting the current ‘version’, ‘Wise Men’. Now, mind you, that mythological event is celebrated in the Roman Catholic Church as Feast of the Epiphany. I may stand corrected, but I believe many Eastern Catholic Churches celebrate that day, January 6 or 7, as their Christmas.
Then we have Matthew’s version of Jesus’ crucifixion whereby both insurgents continue to berate Jesus until his death. However, Luke paints an entirely different picture with one of them asking Jesus to ‘remember him when he came into his kingdom’, and Jesus’ reply, “this day, thou shalt be with me in paradise”. There is an obvious disconnect here. Quite obviously, both stories cannot be true—my opinion, likely, neither is true. Then, we have the Apostles Creed which states emphatically that Jesus died and ‘descended into hell’. However, Luke tells us Jesus went to heaven upon his death. The great professor of Bible at North Carolina University, Dr. Bart Ehrman, shows us, conclusively, that the ascetic, Jerome, in translating the bible from Greek to Latin, eliminated or drastically changed almost all references to anything ‘good’ about women.
I could go on and on about the corrupted and unreliable Bible but those few examples will do to make my point which is, “we do not have any reliable source of information regarding Jesus’ birth, childhood, public ministry, crucifixion, etc. Hence we must extrapolate using the methods outlined above.
The first and most obvious thing that had to be done was to define the essence of the entity, God, of whom we speak. After fifty to sixty years of intense study and quandary, I was finally able to do that—the first and only time it has ever been done. God is a Perfect Rational Being. That definition says it all, but for our purposes here, it says God is Perfect Love. That, of course, means that God cannot possibly hate. Neither can God love anyone or anything more than another. That understanding completely negates concepts of hell, wrath, vengefulness, purgatory, sacrifice, limbo, etc. at the hands of God. More importantly, it completely negates the justification or need for any religion of any type. Our only justifiable prayer is a ‘Great Big Thank You God’.
So what does all that have to do with Jesus? I say everything. I believe, with no doubt, that the biblical characterizations of Jesus presented to us in such a varied and distorted view are completely erroneous.
What I am about to say will startle some, anger others, and bewilder most who profess being Christian, but here it is: Jesus was not our Savior, and never intended nor pretended to be. He, definitely, intended to be our Liberator. He spent his entire public ministry attempting to educate his numb-skull apostles about God’s Perfect Love. He tried, desperately, to make them see and realize that God was present in all things. Jesus despised the imprisoning, oppressive, money-machine of the Jewish hierarchy—he even overturned their money-changer’s tables. He wanted the world to know that God loves all immeasurably. He wanted to pull that terrible, persecuting, imprisoning, tyrannical, blanket of guilt from mankind, and free him to love his God and love his neighbor, thereby, being at peace with himself and the world. Jesus knew he would be killed for that heresy—his courage is truly stupefying. Jesus intended to be our Liberator.
Now, with that being said, I ask each of you, individually, one simple question, “do you think Jesus succeeded?”, and I’ll answer for you with a resounding “no”—and here is why. After Jesus’ death, the written word we have demonstrates clearly there was neither any uniform understanding of Jesus’ identity nor his intention. Because of a long-awaited selfish yearning for their mythical Paradise to be recreated just for them, each writer in turn painted a different picture of how that would happen. They new for certain that Jesus had died an ignominious death, so, they each concocted different versions of a ‘second coming’ with fulfillment of their desires and expectations.
By the time of the apostle John’s death, some seventy-five years or so after Jesus’ death, a hierarchy of sorts had been created with the ‘transfer of power’ from one to another by the ‘laying on of hands’. The pope resided in Rome, and each Jewish Christian town in the Roman empire was managed by an absolute authoritarian Bishop. It is apparent that each of those Bishops had differing ideas about Jesus, as their bickering, squabbling and even fighting demonstrated.
When Constantine became Emperor of the Roman Empire, the Roman army had become nearly depleted from continuous wars. Likewise, the Roman treasury was severely compromised. The official religion of the Roman Empire was Mithraism. It had been brought to Rome by the military about 60 BC and was readily accepted by the population. In the meantime, the Jewish Christians residing in the Empire were supposed to be working and producing for the Emperor. However, instead of working, they were expending their time and energy arguing, and fighting about Jesus and his teachings. With a depleted army and treasury, Constantine reasoned it would be prudent to make Christianity the official Roman Empire religion, rather than further deplete his military and finances trying to control the Christians. Accordingly, he called a council of Christian Bishops at Nicaea in 325 AD.
There were 1,800 Bishops in the Roman empire at that time. Constantine offered to pay all their expenses for attendance. Despite that, only 180 or so attended. Constantine commissioned them to pow-wow and form a consensus—he cared naught what that might be. It would become the official religion of the entire Roman Empire and would be enforced by the Roman military—any dissenters had two choices, instant beheading or banishment to the wilds.
There were strong disagreements among the Bishops, some of which led to the execution of several. Eventually, a reluctant few hold-outs relented and a consensus was reached—the Holy Roman Catholic Church was born. As might be expected, it totally ignored Jesus’ command of love. Rather, it was patterned exactly after Jewish ritual which perpetuated the imprisonment and oppression of religion—Jesus, our intended liberator, had been totally ignored.
So, fast-forward 1,700 years, what do we have now?—continuing fragmentation of a distorted negation of Jesus’ teachings to the tune of 33,000, so-called, Christian religions alone, and an earth in total turmoil fighting like cats and dogs each trying to get a piece or the other’s pie. Does anyone besides me understand now why Jesus ‘despised religion”. He clearly saw the divisiveness of religion which heralded itself as our director to God, but which instead fostered its own self-serving imprisonment and oppression all for power, control and, more importantly, money. Jesus never had a chance—neither did we. His liberation intentions died with him. However, here is one person who understands him, and am willing to share that with you.
It is most worthy of note that, likely, absent some startling archeological discovery of original biblical writings, we will never know exactly what Jesus said and did—we are relegated to ‘reading between the lines’.
If you have not done so, please read my book Wilderness Cry, and my newest release, Provocative Catholic. If you have read Wilderness Cry, read it over and over until you grasp its full meaning—then Provocative Catholic will ring true. Both are available only on Amazon and Kindle.
I gladly welcome any and all meaningful discussion and dialogue regarding this subject.
I am not unaware that much time has elapsed since my last post—for that I apologize. However, there is always an explanation for everything and that is no exception—simply, I have not had time to cover my other obligations and write also. This is spring planting season, and since I have committed myself to a rather engaging vegetable production process, I have found it impossible to do both at once—at 87 years of age, I’m devoting eight to ten hours of vigorous manual labor to those projects daily. Finally, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel—two more weeks to go. However, with big rainfall going on now, I have a slight forced reprieve from manual labor—so I write—my other labor of love.
As I work in our vegetable gardens, My mind whirls endlessly about what I wish to tell you—mainly point out what seemingly should be obvious, but what appears to escape the average human rationality. Our lives always have been, are now, and will continue to be regulated by pure unadulterated nonsense—only you can change that—I’m here to help.
We must begin with a definition of terms—let’s begin with mirage . A mirage is a visual experience of apparent reality, but which, in fact, does not exist. It is caused by heat waves radiating upward from a hot surface creating a visual illusion of objects which do not exist. I have experienced mirages dozens of times traveling through the southern deserts of New Mexico and Arizona. Most often the mirages were of vehicles that weren’t real—but also green trees etc. I remember well in the late 1940’s-early 50’s, the Sons Of The Pioneers record a song called Cool Water. It depicted the perpetual tormenting mirages of oases experienced by a desert traveler and his horse Dan as they searched desperately for water. Mirages give us a glimmer of hope only to drop us like a lead ball. The one saving grace—we know we’ve been fooled—we face reality.
So, what is a myth? In general, a myth may be defined as an explanation for the existence or cause of something which has no basis in fact. One must ask: “where do/did myths come from”. From earliest recorded history, we are able to ascertain that essentially all explanations of cause/effect were based on myths. Humans have always had an unbridled imagination—they had to explain everything even though they knew nothing. Consequently, all their conclusions had no foundation in fact—that made little difference—The earth was flat, the earth was the center of the universe, the moon sun, moon and stars controlled events in their lives, etc. Those fallacious myths became the foundation upon which most religions, specifically the three Abrahamic religions, were built. Does it surprise you that those identical myths still form the foundation for organized religion? In light of what we know today, have you ever ask yourself if you are being duped by your religion—and if so why? That why demands scrutiny.
How often we hear or even use the term mystery—it’s an everyday occurrence. You’ll hear statements like, “It’s a mystery to me”. Having witnessed such a common, everyday usage might lead us to take a rather blasé approach of understanding to a mystery. In truth, mystery may be defined as a known or accepted fact or set of circumstances without a known scientific explanation or cause. So, what does that mean? It means that we recognize something to be a presumed truth without knowing the cause or factual foundation of that truth. As Christians, Jews and Muslims, we are asked to invest our lives in mysteries. Our lives are completely regulated by mysteries originating four thousand years and longer ago—we are asked to believe without a smidgen of evidence. Those same people who made their proclamations of mysteries in ancient times lived in caves and either walked or rode an ass for transportation. The modern-day promulgators of those same mysteries live in mansions and fly around the world in scientifically developed jet airplanes. So, one simple question—who are the benefactors of mysteries?—I’ll give you one guess.
Now we come to miracles. How would you define a miracle? In short, a miracle would properly be defined as a dramatic physical change which seems to be contrary to the laws of nature. Having thus defined a miracle, we are duty-bound to explore the possible causes of so-called miracles. First, I will state emphatically that there is no such entity as a physical miracle. A physical miracle would entail God changing his nature—not a possibility—God is perfect and incapable of change. Second, an event which seems to be a physical miracle does have a scientific basis that is not yet understood. I have heard of many ‘spontaneous’, unexplained cures of apparent incurable ailments—we have much to learn of God’s perfection As ‘smart’ as we are, I doubt we could identify a tiny scratch-mark on the immense globe of God’s perfect knowledge. So, the miracles continue—and who are the benefactors? I suggest to you there are two—the perpetrators of the ‘miracle myth’, and those who succumb to the myth that God loves them more than their neighbors. Remember, God loves us each equally and completely—his love is Perfect.
A misunderstanding may stem from several different causes. Often it is derived by lack of comprehension of a statement, directive, or problem. Whatever, the base situation, the misunderstanding is always generated by ignorance—if we do not understand (comprehend), we are seldom able to act/react appropriately.
Last, we come to misgivings which I think can be best expressed or explained as a doubt about something. Humans have misgivings about millions of considerations, and many, if not most, are based on ignorance. A classic example is evidenced by the reticence of many to take the COVID-19 immunization injections. Misgivings are also observed in other animal species. In my lifetime, I have observed rather extreme reluctance and hesitance by a team of mules pulling a farm wagon to cross a narrow wooden bridge. Also, I have witnessed my favorite dog, exhibit extreme caution and reluctance when digging rats from their underground dens—even greater caution while excavating a poisonous copperhead snake.
So, what do all those M-words have to do with our lives. In short, those concepts effect and affect our existences on a moment to moment basis, and nowhere more so than in the field of religion. The three Abrahamic religions seem to be the biggest culprits. Each begins by throwing a big blanket of guilt over us by telling us how bad we are. Furthermore, they each paint for us a picture of death and destruction at the hands of a vengeful God. But there is a catch—God can be appeased by one of the thousands of religious sects, each of which proclaim absolute authenticity and authority. They each speak of mysteries and miracles, all of which are generated through myths. Many latch onto one of those sects as a security blanket in the firm belief, generated by misunderstandings, that they have found salvation. Often they become hostile to other sects—they even go to war in their defense.
Others frequently experience misgivings about their own religion or religion in general. They may become perplexed by some of their church’s teachings, and begin searching for a different church with more reasonable teachings—I sincerely doubt they ever are completely convinced. They have continued misgivings.
There is a very simple explanation for all the confusion and it is this—not a single religion or sect knows what they are talking about—not one of them can define the God of whom they speak and teach. Each, in turn, is totally irrational. Not knowing God has led them to ascribed all sorts of attributes to their God, and all based on pure myths. I say their God because it is theirs, and theirs alone—no two people who ever existed have the same God because none has ever defined his/her God—I have.
God is a Perfect Rational Being. That Perfect Rationality pervades everything. It dispels all myth and mirages—it explains all mystery—it eliminates all miracles—it gives perfect understanding—it eliminates all misgivings. More importantly, it yanks that horrible blanket of guilt from us and exposes God’s Perfect Love for each of us and all his creation. It completely eliminates the legitimacy of any and all forms of religion.
As I see it, the only justifiable form of spiritual gathering would be a joyous coming together expressing praise and thanksgiving to our God for our existence, our sustenance, and our salvation through the sacrificial death of Jesus, our brother. Mind you, God expects nothing from us. He is perfect and complete—he has no expectations. However, it would likely do us good to keep reminding ourselves of God’s love through praise and thanksgiving to him.
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Have you ever felt imposed upon ? I have many, many times—likely, you have also. So what does impose mean? Simply stated, it means directing or forcing something unwanted or undesired onto someone else. Impositions come in many forms and fashions and often are disguised in hopes of being unnoticed. In fact, our society has become so apathetic as to frequently accept impositions without a whimper of rejection.
Nowhere are those impositions more overbearing and noticeable than in government, and I use that word generically—that is to say, all forms of government, from interpersonal relationships to federal. And it’s not just noticeable in human society, but rather in all societies both animate an inanimate.
In the animal kingdom, the largest and strongest imposes its will on all others until such time as it becomes weakened by age or disability and get’s replaced by the next strongest in line. In the world of vegetation, similar imposition occurs. The largest tree in the forest commands surrounding events—it absorbs the most water and nutrients, and it shades the most territory—any plant wishing to live under or near it must accept the meager conditions offered. The same is true of weeds and grasses—the larger and stronger ones force all others into a weakened, debilitated state.
Similar observations can be made about all inanimate objects—each one is bearing down on its neighbors, displacing them and creating more room for itself. That concept extends even to galaxies of stars where black holes in their centers are systematically devouring surrounding celestial bodies by virtue of their imposing, overpowering gravitational pull—eventually, one will win and devour all remaining because it was the biggest and strongest—singularity returns.
Impositions of the most extreme can be observed in the natural elements—wind with tornadoes, microbursts, hurricanes, etc., fire, water with floods and erosion, static electricity with lightening bolts—each imposing its authority on the weaker elements of existence.
All the above mentioned examples of imposition generate feelings of fear, annoyance, discomfort or even sadness in rational beings, and may cause unbelievable financial and/or physical hardship. However, seldom does any one of them effect a perpetual change in our psyches.
As the pendulum swings back and forth, so also do governmental bodies of all types, and , somewhere along the line, we get relief for our point of view. Eventually, the big tree will die for whatever reason, and grant relief to its deprived undergrowth—of course, another ‘big boy’ will show op sooner or later—storms pass, lightening bolts cease, flood waters recede, fires are extinguished, and the rebuilding or repair proceeds intelligently—they seldom leave permanent psychological scars. That is not to say they do not leave permanent conscious scars of death, injury, debt, displacement etc. They absolutely do, but those are conscious hurts and we, as rational beings, can usually deal with them without psychic injury.
The one major exception to that general rule is religion which historically, has imposed a blanket of guilt on its subjects. Of course, that guilt implies a guarantee of punishment by God. The resultant is a permanently injured psyche demonstrated by anxiety with ensuing depression.That exact condition prompted G Rattray Taylor in his comprehensive book, Sex In History, to describe Medieval Europe as a cesspool of psychosis. That observation was based on the Church’s prohibition against normal God-given faculties to the point of death by fire—burning at the stake. In my opinion, the Abrahamic religions are the greatest imposition humanity has ever experienced, and for why?—power, control, money.
This is Holy Week, a time when we commemorate the events surrounding Jesus’ crucifixion and death. Of course, Jesus was an heretical zealot. He walked the countryside teaching a simple message—love of God and love of neighbor. He knew he would be killed because of his heretical teaching. He had observed how the King lorded over his subjects and how the High Priest became filthy rich by fleecing the people of their hard-earned money—they had to pay him to make a perfect offering of atonement to God, and only the High Priest could both provide and make that offering—an overt scam.
Jesus, on the other hand, instructed his apostles to go into the world and preach a simple message of love—the good news (gospel) that I have loved you to the death—no religion needed. He instructed them to take no provisions—live off what was offered them. In my lifetime of 87 years, I have not witnessed any such dedication by preachers or priests. My mother, Anna Courtney Hunt, who wrote and published in 1945 a History of Fancy Farm, Kentucky and Saint Jerome Church, noted a rather remarkable dedication of a priest or two 100 years prior. They traveled by horseback twice a year from Bardstown, Kentucky to Fancy Farm and back, making stops at various Catholic Churches along the way—such dedication I have not observed.
What I have witnessed by many denominations is a continued effort to impose greater and greater financial burden on their subjects by constructing more and larger, beautifully adorned, structures, while at the same time creating more and bigger ministries, many of which are aimed at proselytizing their competitors constituents—all in the name of pleasing God which is an impossibility—God is perfect and can be neither pleased nor displeased.
My deep suspicion is if Jesus’ command for his disciples (priests and preachers) to “go into the world and tell everyone the ‘good news’ while living off local offerings” were to be imposed today, those preachers’ concern for our souls would vanish like ghosts in the night—most traditional religion would cease to be. Likewise, mankind’s guilt-ridden psyches would be freed.
The world desperately needs and deserves a different understanding and approach to God. I don’t see that happening anytime soon. Many may shriek in horror at my statement—even though it covers them with guilt, their blanket also affords them with security because they have been brainwashed into knowing that their religion is the only correct one. Many actually have been led to believe that those of all other religions are doomed to hell—smug attitude???.
Except for the perpetual subconscious misery of guilt with ensuing anxiety and depression for many, imposed by religion, it makes no difference—by the death of Jesus, God has saved us all. If only we would accept God and accept our neighbor as Jesus commanded, all would be much happier.
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The word selfishness may conjure up all sorts of ideas in one’s mind. The thought that frequently comes to my mind is a ‘spoiled brat’ who has to be first for everything. You may think of a specific non-sharing person, while others may generate an innumerable variety of ideas demonstrating selfishness. The ultimate truth demands acceptance of the reality that everything in our universal existence is selfish, and why?—God made it to be that way.
When we analyze selfishness, we must conclude that it pertains to anything directed at self, Likely, most of us don’t think of it that way but all gravitational activity is selfish—something pushing or pulling in order to make more room for itself. A chair in your living room is bearing down on the floor while at the same time the floor is pushing back. If the floor were rotted and weak, the chair might accomplish its goal and break through the floor where it would meet an irresistible force, the earth. Mother Earth then accomplishes her goal of selfish enrichment as the chair gradually decays and is incorporated into her crust.
Selfishness then always involves an element of change. Humans have devised metrics for measuring change and we call them time. So, why would God create a universe of selfish change (time) when he , himself, exists in Eternity—a state of being where there is no time, and therefore no change is possible?
I pondered that question for years before it struck me that God, being perfect in all respects, needed a love object in order to demonstrate his perfect love which has been defined as ‘acceptance without conditions’. What better ‘love object’ to accept unconditionally than an entire universe of selfish evil—a universe so vast that no human mind can comprehend it?—enter Jesus.
Jesus recognized the presence of the Spirit of God in every entity in existence. Likewise, he recognized the selfish evil of said entities. Realizing that his existence giving principle (soul) as well as the soul of all existences, mirrored God , led him to believe that he (God) must suffer and die in total atonement. That, he graciously did so the terrible persecuting blanket of guilt would be removed from everything forever—Christianity was born.
So-called Christians, worldwide, celebrate the remembrance of that heroic event this week. Sadly, no two of the 33,000 Christian denominations and sects have the exact same understanding of those events. Each group (religion) is continually attempting to selfishly convert other group’s members to their war of thinking, and thereby enroll them into their own flock—the absolute opposite of what Jesus taught us and showed us—love of God and love of neighbor.
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Have you ever noticed that everything around you is constantly changing? Maybe more importantly, have you ever wondered why that change is taking place? For the longest time, in my formative years, I was educated to note change as a factual event. Sometimes, superficial descriptions of why some changes occurred were given, but seldom, if ever, was an in-depth analysis offered. For instance, those of us living in temperate and polar climes were made to take note of seasonal changes—longer, warmer days in summer, and shorter, colder days in winter. Similarly, we became aware that certain grasses and weeds stayed green and continued to grow in winter, while others turned brown and ceased to grow after repeated frosts began. We noted that, as the days got shorter, tree leaves lost their green luster, eventually turned brown, and dropped to the ground. We learned that a tree’s sap left its branches and trunk, and flowed down into its root system. Parenthetically, I was already a mature adult before it became apparent to me that, even in tropical and sub-tropical areas, tree underwent a, more or less, continual replacement of their leaves. But, no one ever gave me an in-depth explanation of the ultimate cause of those changes. Any educated botanist could have easily given me a scientific explanation. However, very likely, none would have been able to give me a satisfactory philosophical basis for those changes. I will attempt to do so now.
We note literally thousands, maybe millions, of visible changes in our lifetime. We see changes in the size and position of the moon and other celestial bodies on a regular recurring basis. Archeologists, paleontologists, biologists, and a host of other ‘…ologists’ have made us aware that over the eons, we humans have evolved from quadrupeds to bipeds to Homo Sapiens. Our astute cosmologists, astrophysicists and mathematicians suggest to us that our entire universe is in a constant flux of change. We know from the science of chemistry and physics that billions of physicochemical changes are occurring on a moment to moment basis everywhere—why do you suppose that is? I would propose to you that it is God’s, deliberately created, imbalanced, nature attempting to balance its own scales, thereby generating a ‘selfish’ need.
To my knowledge, no scientist or philosopher has ever offered a foolproof explanation for the basic essential cause of change—I did, and I have. That explanation has its roots in my irrefutable definition of the essence of God: God is a Perfect Rational Being. That Perfect Rationality translates into Perfect Love. Perfect Love translates into a Perfect Need (a perfect lovee). That perfect lovee translates into an entire universe(s) of evil (selfishness). Selfishness translates into need, and need translates into change. If there were no need, there would be no change and ,therefore, no time—only eternity. God chose to demonstrate his Perfect Love by allowing a %100 evil universe of selfish need to come into existence so he could, simultaneously, ‘demonstrate’ and ‘be’ Perfect Love. Remember, love (acceptance) is an abstract concept. Active love requires ‘two to tango’— a lover and a lovee—enter Jesus.
Let’s consider a simple example of imbalance which equilibrates to selfish need. During its dormant state, a tree’s leaves cease to function—they stop absorbing CO2 and sunlight, the chemical laden sap departs them, and chlorophyll photosynthesis ceases—the leaves dry, turn brown and fall to the ground. The chemically supporting sap is already well on its way to the roots. In Springtime, when the days lengthen and temperatures warm, the tree awakens—it senses a sudden imbalanced demand for sap nutrients generated by the need of new buds which will eventually open into flowers and leaves. The flowers will form seed for reproduction, and the leaves will begin the process of photosynthesis which will support the overall growth and health of both the tree structure and the seed—and the cycle repeats itself annually until death. A similar process pertains in most living entities. It is that perpetual imbalance or disorder in the universe, known to scientists as entropy, which I believe God caused (willed) to happen so his universe could exist in a time/space framework of selfishness need, through which he could demonstrate his Perfect Love by the sacrificial death of his mirror image, Jesus.
Jesus did, in fact, tell us about God’s love—his only command was that we love our God with our all, and love our neighbor as ourselves—the self-serving Jewish hierarchy did not want to hear that. Love would have destroyed their ‘power base’ and their ‘money machine’—so, they killed him. They killed God’s mirror image, and our brother, because he told us who the ‘real God’ is. He knew they would—he tricked them into it. Thank God for his Perfect Love through Jesus.
We are now two thousand years past Jesus and his heroic death for us— has anything changed?—not that I can tell— Jesus’ mandate of love has been totally ignored. Religion is just as it was then—self-serving, controlling, gilt purveying, money machine. Remember Jesus’ overturning the money-changer’s tables? Wouldn’t it be nice if Jesus were here now?—probably not nice for him—very likely, he’d get killed again.
It is a general given that change is commonly resisted—we selfish humans become too comfortable with ‘having it our way’. However, it behooves us to be ever aware that change is God ordained, and for a very specific purpose—our salvation—any questions?
You will find the explicit answer to any and all relevant questions in my two little books, Wilderness Cry and Peace in Spirituality.
What is a framer? A framer may be defined as anyone who forms or creates a plan, structure, working system, or concept upon which additional entities may be added. Some common examples would be: the framers of our constitution, who created the basic set of rigorous concepts upon which amendments could be added without changing the basic framework; in construction, we speak of ‘framing a house or other type building’, which means erecting the supporting skeleton upon which additional amenities such as plumbing, electrical, dry-wall, siding, etc. may be added; a picture-framer is one who makes rigid structures designed to support and/or display photographs, paintings, drawings, and the like—as a sidelight, when in med school during the summer of 1956, between my sophomore and junior years, I got a job making picture frames in Saint Louis, Mo— I could cut the pieces and assemble 500, 10″x12″, frames in an eight hour day—I got paid $0.05/each; in the case of more advanced living things, each has a supporting framework of bone or cartilage upon which its flesh and vitals are attached.
There are literally thousands of ways the word, framer, might be used, but the one I want to address today are the framers of religion. There are many known historical facts regarding such activity. As far as I can determine, the Egyptians are given credit for devising (framing) the first documented deity worship (religion).
So, what is religion? It is a ritualistic practice aimed at honoring, worshiping, and/or appeasing a presumed higher power (god). Noticing both good and bad events in their lives, the Egyptians attempted to explain those occurrences as being due to the influence of that/those power(s). They reasoned that those powers resided in, or were manifested in celestial bodies such as the sun, moon and stars. They connected the dots of certain stars to form twelve animal characters which were arranged in a circular pattern and the Zodiac was recognized. Seemingly, most of their religious understanding and practices emanated from that framework.
Without going into too much detail, according to the Greek historian, Herodotus (c. 484-425/413 BCE), the first recognized Egyptian god was a ‘bearded old creature’ named Geb. He was considered to be the primeval King of Egypt. He had a god-son Osiris and a god-grandson Horus. Osiris, was killed by by his god-brother, Set. Geb was also described as father of the mythological snake-goddess Nehebkau of primeval times. After Orisis died, he arose after three days. Geb then turned the throne over to Orisis (the Sun-Son). Geb then took over the role of Judge in the Divine Tribunal of Gods. It should be noted, however, that there were many ‘lesser’ gods’ who had specific functions. The Holy Ghost was vaguely recognized as the ‘life-imparting breath’ of some gods.
Later on, the Egyptians reasoned that the misfortunes they experienced in their lives must be due to their god-displeasing deeds. Therefore, their angry gods must be appeased—a scapegoat must be offered to those angry gods. That unfortunate critter usually was a bull, but may be any one of several animals. However, not just any animal would suffice—it must be a ‘perfect’ specimen. After a thorough examination to ascertain that perfection, it was selected . After first cutting the animal’s throat, it was then beheaded—the head was then mounted on a pole and sold to any Hellenes(Greeks) present; if none were present, it was cast into the Nile with the expectation that all evil spirits went with it. The remaining carcus, after due preparation, was burned as a sacrificial offering—a religion was thus framed. In addition, the Egyptians had already established Baptism—a ritual cleansing in the waters of the Nile river.
Now, fast forward to the great famine which prompted the Israelites to seek food from the Egyptians. Because they had no other recourse, the Israelites allowed themselves to be enslaved by the Egyptians for forty years. It seem without doubt that ,during those forty years, the Israelites accepted and adopted the Egyptian framework of worship as their own for their ‘sacrificial religion’ of appeasement of their ‘angry God’. In addition, the Hebrews also adopted the practice of ‘baptism’.
We all know the story of how ‘sin’ was created by Moses in order to control his subjects. His commands for good life and living were ignores by his flock. He lacked sufficient clout—after all, he was a murderer, and they knew it—how could he preach to them? So, he had to make the ultimate claim that such a framework for good living was a ‘direct order’ from God—any breacher would be severely punished by God.
As a sidelight, has anyone ever wondered about the Biblical story in Exodus concerning the Israelites ignoring Moses commands, and reverting to worshiping the ‘golden calf’. Remember, the Israelites were near starvation, having to depend on mana (a sort of hoarfrost) for their existence. How and where were they able to acquire the resources necessary to find, melt, and mold a golden calf?—mind you, they were in a desolate desert. You don’t suppose some ‘dreamer’ was attempting to frame a picture to ‘his liking’ when he wrote that story, do you?
Now, lets fast-forward again to the Nazarene, Jesus. He was a traitor to the Hebrew religion. They had adopted the Egyptian playbook (framework) of appeasing a vengeful God by making ‘perfect’ offerings to him. Just as the Egyptians, not just any ‘Tom, Dick, or Harry’ could make those offerings or, even, provide them —it could only be done by the High Priest, and always at the price of a ‘pretty penny’. Such a framework was soooo lucrative for the Jewish ‘royalty’. Jesus readily recognized the fallacy in such ‘pagan’ exercises, he also understood the ultimate cynicism demonstrated in their performance—‘all pigs are equal, but some are more equal than others’.
Jesus taught that the only thing needed and required was Love—he commanded us to love our ‘One True God’, and to love our neighbor—that framework got him killed. Jesus despised religion. Jesus condemned no one. He commanded his apostles to go into the world and tell them the ‘good news’ (gospel)—and what was that good news?—‘that I have come to die for you as the one and only ultimate sacrifice in atonement for your sins’—relax, be joyous, be happy—give thanks to your God for my sacrifice on your behalf—that is the only ‘Gospel’.
Now, we hasten to fast-forward to the year 325AD. The Roman Empire was in chaos because or infighting among the so-called Christians. Each group was attempting to frame Jesus’ teachings differently, and why?—either they didn’t understand or they didn’t care, but ultimately, it was for the benefit of the Bishops. Emperor Constantine, recognizing the reason for that mass conflagration, called the Bishops into conclave at Nicaea. Once assembled, he commissioned them to frame a religion of ‘their liking’—it would become the official religion of the entire Roman Empire. They did and it was—the official Catholic (universal) Church was born.
I will submit to you that the Church framers have twisted, turned, and asqued that frame incessantly since its beginning. However, parts of that framework have persisted, and have never deviated—Hierarchal control, sacrificial rites, and Baptism—straight off the blueprint of the Egyptian-Hebrew framers—a complete mockery of Jesus.
I know, without doubt, those words ‘burn a lot of ears’—no rational person wants to admit he has been duped—but duped we have been. Remember the old saying, “It’s the truth that hurts.”? It certainly does, but we must take it like a dose of ‘Castor oil’—otherwise, we, as a living entity, are doomed—likely, not we old dudes , but our children and their progeny—I sincerely feel for them. Just glance over your shoulder at the world around you—there are a multitude of framers busying themselves constructing a cage framework of enslavement for you all of humanity.
We, in this country are so divided by our petty differences, most of which are based on long-standing religious biases, that we, as a nation, are becoming emasculated by the minute. To make matters worse many of our European allies present an air of ‘la belle indifference’—the exact attitude which convinced Hitler he could destroy them—he did.
No one before me, except Jesus, has ever conclusively and completely defined (framed) the essence of God. Jesus told us that God, our Father, is all love and all truth. That understanding demands that God knows all, and accepts all. I framed that definition thus: God is a Perfect Rational Being. That definition completely frames God—a perfect picture. It translates into a Living Being who knows all Truth because he created it, and he Loves (accepts) all Truth because he created it. If you can add or subtract from the definition rationally, I will gladly accept and ‘stand corrected’—I’m waiting.
All religions, known to me, which admits to my definition, admits to their ‘total lack of meaningful purpose’—all have a ‘self-serving purpose’—power, money, control. That framework, and those framers are gradually destroying any chance of humanity’s self-directed survival.
The cage-makers are watching—they’re biding their time—I sense it’s getting near—the hatred and divisiveness in this country are almost unbearable. We are the only protectors of the ‘free world’—when we go down, everyone goes down. The atmosphere in this country, right this minute, may be likened to two tumble-bugs struggling with each other over a dung-ball, whilst being never-aware of the horse’s hoof poised above them, about to squash them into eternity—ultimately, because of indoctrination into religion, which is rooted in mythology, astrology and superstition from fourteen thousand years ago.
Does anyone understand that we must become united in our acceptance of God’s essence? That union would, indeed, destroy the ‘religion-based’ economy—it would, however, save us, our economy, and the world.
Where is Jesusand Love?
If you have any doubts or concerns about what I just said, I sincerely urge you to read my two little books, Wilderness Cry, and Peace in Spirituality.
Every rational being knows what balance means. That word may have have multiple connotations but only one basic understanding and that is ‘equilibrium’. We may speak of balance in hundreds of different ways but always with the same ultimate meaning—well rounded, stable, equal on both sides etc. When we weigh something on a set of scales, what are we doing—we’re determining the weight of the object by measuring how much weight would need to be added to the other side in order to balance the scales. Likewise, everyone knows what ‘imbalance’ means. When something is imbalanced or ‘out of balance’ it is unsteady in it’s approach, unequal to an opposing force, unequal to the opposite side of an equation etc.
A very common example of balance/imbalance is two kids playing on a see-saw—one may be much heavier than the other—a total imbalance—what are they going to do. I’d vouch to say that even seven year-olds, would reason to the proper solution rather quickly. Instinctively they would experiment with changing the pivot point of the board until a proper balance was achieved. Unwittingly, they would be doing a ‘lever arm’ experiment in classical, physics—they won’t do any calculations— they will simply experiment until they ‘get it right; and on they would go, see-sawing away.
We know from observation that balance negates change—two equal forces applied in opposite directions cancel each other completely. Consider this; if the universe in which we live were completely balanced, it would be at a complete stand-still—there would be no time—only eternity.
We do know that our universe has ‘entropy’ which is another way of saying it has ‘disorder’ or ‘imbalance’. I have defined the essence of our universe’s creator as ‘A Perfect Rational Being’ which we call by many names—God, in the Christian world—but by hundreds, maybe thousands, of different names elsewhere and at other times.. We also know that every gravid object in existence is composed of identical, perfect particles of energy, which, by virtue of their perfection, already do, and always have, existed in eternity. So, why does ‘entropy’ exist?
I can explain why it exists on a ‘philosophical’ basis, but not on a ‘mathematical and quantum’ basis—I’m not smart enough. By that I mean, I’m not educated enough—likely, no one is yet. However, on a philosophical basis, I am proposing a scientific hypothesis, which by the way, may already have been advanced. It is this:
Without in any way attempting to explain or understand its quantum specifics. I am proposing a scientific hypothesis that the ‘particle universe’ exists in a state of ‘perfect imbalance’. That imbalance accounts for the existence of our ‘visible universe’ which exists in a state of change (time). It also accounts for the presence of ‘black holes’ which, presumably, will eventually coalesce into one singularity—a state of perfect balance with no change possible.Only our Perfect rational being could ever make that determination. We call that being God—unwittingly, others call, and have called, it by hundreds of different names—a rose by any other name is still a rose.
The fact that we and every living thing are here, alive and changing; the fact that every celestial body is in a state of continuous change, either by motion or combustion, demonstrates clearly the state of imbalance (entropy) in the universe. In the absence of entropy, the universe would be frozen in time—a state of eternity. I’ll necessarily have to leave the specifics of how and why that all works to the super-scientists who investigate such matters.
Then, of course, there is the complicating, poorly understood, subject of dark matter and dark energy. Some day, some bright person will elucidate their meaning—more of God’s perfection will be known and understood for the absolute truth that it is. I am compelled to remind you again that the word ‘science’ comes from the Latin word ‘scientia’, which means knowledge—knowledge is ‘truth’—truth is God.
I believe we should thank God with our every living breath for scientists, the ‘truth-seekers’—imagine what life would be like if we were to revert to the year 4,000 BC, or even 1,500 AD—what about 1900 AD. We knew literally nothing of major benefit to human existence compared with today, and guess what—we haven’t even scratched the surface of understanding God’s Perfection.
Anyone who has read my two philosophy books, Wilderness Cry and Peace in Spirituality, knows that I have completely disclaimed and discredited the mythical God presented to us in the Bible. That so-called God was a string-pulling puppeteer, who could and would change his mind in a split second, and, furthermore, do so on a whim. I have never known such a God—I tried because it was demanded of me. It was chocked down my throat, so to speak, by religious zealots who didn’t know any better—they had swallowed it a long time before I. But, I gagged on it—that wasn’t my God. I knew it wasn’t ‘my God’ but it took me forever to find the ‘real God’—the Perfectly Rational One. As I understand more and more about our existence and the universe in which it is taking place, the puzzle is gradually coming together for me. I am delighted to share it with any and all who care to look and listen.
VICTIM–Now here’s a word that usually describes unwanted and/or undesired consequences of an act, or the words and workings of someone else, or some circumstance. We hear of victimization in many, many different ways. One of the most common modes is the bilking of old folks out of their money by scammers. Another is the beating and robbery of old people. Again, we hear that a family or community was the victim of a natural disaster such as a flood, tornado, hurricane, earthquake, tsunami and the likes.
We are well aware that children, especially, are extremely vulnerable to becoming psychological victims of bullying, or faulty guidance by ill-prepared parents and teachers. In addition, incest, which leaves permanent psychic scars, seems to still be a rather common cause of victimization in some areas . In that same vein, damage done to children’s psyches by pedophile clergy is being reported at a rather staggering rate.
All of the aforementioned are terrible, indeed. However, on a scale of one to ten, each of them pales in the shadow of the victimization of entire nations by tyrannical governments. Here in the United States, black Africans were severely victimized by unscrupulous slave traders—I use the word unscrupulous advisedly because I cannot imagine a single, level headed, and psychologically stable, human being accepting such behavior as good and desirable. However that culture has obviously been condoned as the norm throughout recorded history. Ancient history, as well as the Bible is loaded with slave events and customs. The captors seemed always to ‘be entitled’ to enslave their captives.
Neither was that entitlement an isolated occurrence—it had the universal backing and support of religion. Recently, I had the privileged of reading the proclamations of most Protestant church conclaves during the pre-abolition days—without exception each agreed that they had biblical backing for condoning slavery— without exception, each did. In retrospect, it was all about power, control and, most importantly, money. The Catholic Church, which has condoned slavery throughout its history, has remained mostly silent about slavery during my eighty seven years. In fact Catholic religious orders were famous for owning slaves. I might interject that one Papal edict did point out that it was immoral to enslave another Christion, but OK to enslave all others—what a cop-out and cover-up. So, its easy to understand the mind-set of both slave traders an slave owners.
Seemingly, on nearly a daily basis, we hear stories of war-torn nation’s mass killings and/ or enslavement of their countries’ residents. Some of those activities have been proclaimed as genocide. Without doubt, we could say with absolute certainty that the entire earth has been unbelievably victimized by the release of the Covid-19 virus—a monstrous plague. Who would do such a thing and for what reason? It seems rather obvious that, if done by a ‘nation controlled entity’, it would have been done to weaken its rivals—what a shame, if done accidentally—‘those who play with fire will get burned’.
So, what does all of that have to do with ‘victim, victims, and victimization’?—I say, everything.
Consider the plight of slave families here in the USA when, finally, they were freed—they owned nothing, probably not even the ragged clothes on their backs. What were they going to do?—they had no money, no food, no water, no transportation, and no shelter—they has nothing. If I remember history well, it was for that very reason, that many requested staying on with their masters—my understanding is that many did. Be that as it may, all black people were ordered to be segregated from others. That situation remained in place for essentially one hundred years. I submit to you that the psychological effect that segregation had on black people was and is devastating—can you imagine an unassuming child, suddenly realizing that it is inferior to others by virtue of its skin color—I can’t, but I do.
Blacks, at best, were considered “lower class’—they lived on the ‘other side of the tracks’. Hence they were forced into low class neighborhoods—in larger cities, ghettoes were born. History shows that there have been many, many great black citizens who have risen above and out of their psychological prison, and became upright, forthright equal citizens—they were able to shed the shackles of victimization—a daunting task, to say the least. That process has been slow, indeed—it might be likened to the task of a single diesel engine attempting to pull twenty five loaded coal cars up Sherman Hill—creeping at a snail’s pace.
The net effect of all that financial and psychological poverty, mainly in the ghettoes, is the innate feeling of victimization, which, I believe was justified in its inception. However it is being perpetuated by unscrupulous preachers and politicians for purposes of their own personal gain. Dr. Martin Luther King pleaded peacefully for the end of segregation. He was killed for that. However, his call was grudgingly heeded, and overt segregation ended—psychological segregation persists for a very specific reason.
Along with the feeling of victimization has come political brainwashing with the idea of entitlement. Politicians, both black and white, alike, realizing black’s plight, have repeatedly, for at least fifty years, made promises of entitlement just to garner votes—they have gotten the votes, and the plight of the ghettoes has worsened by the day. Family structure has collapsed—drug use and crime has exploded—indiscriminate cold-bloodied murder has skyrocketed.
When I was in medical school in St Louis, Mo., in 1957, my family and I lived in a government housing project, called the Darst apartments—it was located directly across the street from the City Hospital where I spent most of my Junior and Senior year’s clinical education time, as well where I served a rotating internship after graduating medical school in 1958. The apartment was very handy, cheap and ‘all white’. A similar facility, called the Igo-Pruit complex, had been constructed a few years earlier for poor blacks. To, my dismay, there was a reported killing in those apartments daily. I can’t recall the exact time-frame, but I believe that it was about four years later that the city tore down the Igo-Pruit complex because of the crime.
However, before their demolition, as a senior med student with no income, I worked for a small Life Insurance Company doing physicals exams on people in their homes—I was paid $10 per exam. Most of the people I examined lived in the Igo-Pruit complex. I considered myself to be both brave and stupid, but also desperate for income. As each door I knocked on opened, I was consistently confronted by someone holding a whiskey bottle, a baseball bat or a gun pointing at me. In addition each greeter consistently showed a look of unbelievable shock and surprise as he viewed me—what on earth could a stupid ‘white boy’ be doing here? After explaining the purpose of my visit, I was always graciously invited to enter and complete my business. I’ll guarantee you that, had I not been desperate to feed and clothe my wife and two children, I wouldn’t have been there. I did at least two hundred such exams, and I always wondered why/how such poor people would/could be buying life insurance. I think I know now—they feared for their own lives and the financial security of their families.
Fast forward to today. We have innumerable black athletes, who have suddenly become multi, multi, millionaires, repeatedly giving us and our nation ‘the finger, and the ultimate show of cynicism, by taking the knee at the playing of our national anthem. Mind you, not one of us have ever owned a slave, but many of us have worn the uniform of that nation, under whose flag we served to protect them, and make it possible for them to become millionaires. The constitution over which that flag presides guarantees each of us the same entitlement—the right to try.
No doubt, that ‘trying’ has been much more difficult for those victimized by ghetto-life than for those raised in the suburbs—I personally was raised on a small dirt farm in a three room shack with no electricity. That fact, alone, makes their achievement much more laudable. Most honest people greatly admire their accomplishments, however, their feats are sullied by ‘taking the knee’. I submit to you that any one of them, who had ever worn the uniform of that flag, would feel honored to stand and show reverence for our flag and their country. I may be wrong, but I believe that they are free to go to Africa to live—I’m not aware of any mass exodus.
So, what is my point? It’s this: yes, black people were victims of slavery—yes, blacks were victims of segregation— yes blacks have been/are victims of psychological brainwashing with feelings of inferiority perpetuated by preachers and politicians alike—and yes, those brainwashers are the scallywags responsible for the perpetuation of those feelings of victimization.
In our current state of affairs, very few black children are allowed to develop without indoctrination into those ideas and feelings—and why? In my opinion, it is for the political and financial gain of the indoctrinators—preachers and politicians. They are the ones profiting from the victimization of their constituents—power, control, money.
Solution? Preachers must promote a concept of stable marriage, or at least a stable relationship, so that children may grow and develop with stable attitudes, which can only come from both male and female influences. Politicians must stop making promises of entitlements which they cannot deliver. They must, however, introduce bills of incentivization. That would include properly trained social workers who would instruct and encourage parents and children alike in the value of education—they would learn that it is only through education that they can rise from the ghetto-squalor, and become a self-sufficient, upright, respectable and respected citizen—then, and only then can they have a true sense of self respect, as well as respect for others—then, and only then, can they command the respect of others. Politicians must pass legislation aimed at making all education levels, not only possible, but desirable. Those legislators must resist the temptation to ‘give each black person a fish every day’. They must, however, assist in the ‘procurement of a fishing pole for each of them, combined with teaching each of them the skill of using it’. Then , and only then, will they become self-sufficient, proud citizens. Then, and only then, will they have self-respect, and , simultaneously, respect for others—then, and only then, will they ‘command’ the respect of people of all colors.
The BLMs and the ‘kneelers’ are demanding respect—they will never get it—respect never comes by ‘demand’—it only comes by forthrightness—one who shows due respect will certainly command it, no matter what the color. Just look at some of the famous black athletes of the past. They were graceful in their greatness—-Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Don Newcombe, Jackie Robinson, Hank Aaron, Willy Mays, just to name a few. They were giving no one the finger. They were not kneeling at the playing of out national anthem—they were grateful and thankful for their success. They never felt like victims, and, guess what—they were respected—they commanded respect—they never demanded it—consequently, and more importantly, they were loved. How desperately we need their attitude today.
While I did not directly address the plight of victimization in my two books, Wilderness Cry and Peace in Spirituality, I do address the plight of one victim, Jesus. I show how Jesus teachings have been twisted by knaves to, not only kill him, but more importantly, promote their own status and stature through politics and religion, all for power, money, and control.
Victimization of one human by another seems, almost always, in some way or another, to be about the same things— power, control, and ultimately, money.. Anyone who conscientiously reads my books and accepts their basic philosophy, could never victimize anyone—God couldn’t.
1-Slavery of any kind by anyone is always immoral and inhumane.
2-Slavery has been part of the ‘accepted human culture‘ throughout recorded history.
Ancient history is rife with stories of one or another king or ruler conquering and enslaving others. The old Testament tells us that very likely, the ‘Brown’ people of the Middle East, North Africa and Europe were descendants of slave women who were impregnated by their more-white owners/masters. That same Old Testament tells us that the entire Hebrew tribe was enslaved by the Egyptians for a period of forty years. Furthermore, the New Testament makes many references to how slaves must graciously succumb to their master’s wishes.
One such admonition is found in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, 6: 5-7—“Slaves, obey your human master with the reverence, the awe, and the sincerity you owe to Christ. Do not render service for appearance only and to please men, but do God’s will with your whole heart as slaves of Christ. Give your service willingly, doing it for the Lord rather then men”. Similar statements are found in Col.3: 22-25, 1 Tim, 6:1-7,and Titus, 2: 9-10
In 1 Peter, 2: 18-21, we read: “You household salves, obey your masters with all deference, not only the good and reasonable ones, but also the ones who are harsh. When a man can suffer injustice and endure hardship through his awareness of God’s presence, this is the work of the grace of him. If you do wrong and get beaten for it, what credit can you claim? But if you put up with suffering for doing what is right, this is acceptable in God’s eyes. It was for this you were called, since Christ suffered for you in just this way and left you an example, you must follow in his footsteps.”
So, it goes without saying that any rational, reasonable, person would make the rather obvious observation that, in the Abrahamic religions of Judaism and Christianity, the end did justify the means—I plead ignorance about Islam’s relationship to slavery. By that, I mean that religious leaders and writers framed that accepted ‘social norm” as being a God-ordained principle—how convenient. In general, slavery has been the accepted norm as a ‘God ordained’ principle forever. Then we have to ask ourselves, “Is that what God really wants, or are we ‘putting words into God’s mouth’ just to suit our own desires—I think the latter. It seems quite obvious to me that slavery was justified and condoned for one simple reason—power, control and money (riches). Those who ‘created God and God’s word’ seemingly have never, even to this day, had a problem with dehumanizing a particular group of homo sapiens. Neither have they ever had any problem at all of dehumanizing everyone’s sexuality for that exact, same reason—power, money, control.
I have attended Roman Catholic Mass weekly for eighty five years, mostly in Kentucky, but also in Florida, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Missouri, Indiana, Arizona, Michigan, Texas and Tennessee. At no time, at any of these services, have I ever heard a single utterance against slavery. Likewise, I have listened to dozens of Sunday Televangelists of one denomination or another—again, not a single mention of slavery and its evils.
If I were to live to be ten thousand years old, I would never forget the feeling of dis-belief and dismay I experienced when in February, 1962, my wife and I crossed the Kentucky-Tennessee line for the first time on our way to Memphis—I was going for an interview to join the orthopedic training program of the famous Campbell Clinic. Every public building of any kind was marked with big, bold lettering: Black Only or White Only—we had never seen that before, and I had previously gone to college in Austin, Texas nine years before. To say I was shocked would be a gross understatement.
I had grown up in a three-room shack with no electricity, and with the Illinois Central Freight Line running eighty feet from my front door. Pre-WW2, we were in the throes of the great depression. Freight trains, loaded with starving hobos, both black and white, frequently stopped in front of our little hut to set off carloads of coal at a local side switch near Fancy Farm, Kentucky. Invariably, they hastily came knocking at our door asking for food. My mother always fed them whatever meager supplies we had left from previous meal. Mind you, we never went hungry—we had our own little thirty acre farm and grew and preserved nearly everything we ate. I’ll never forget the remorse and pity I felt for them. Not one of them ever threatened us in any way—they were so grateful for our generosity.
So, when I saw those segregation signs in South Fulton, TN, I was bewildered. As it so happened, I did get accepted into the Campbell Clinic starting July 1, 1962. We had not been in Memphis a month when ‘all hell broke loose’—James Meredith had integrated Ole Miss in Oxford MS, a mere sixty five miles from Memphis— I thought the world was coming to an end. I was wise enough to keep my mouth shut at the time, not that I wanted to—it would have been total futility—I was outnumbered one thousand to one.
I had been around black people all my life, working in tobacco fields, strawberry patches, moving houses and the like. To me they were just ordinary, hardworking, kind-hearted people—I had no expectations of anything more or less. During my six years of medical education in Saint Louis, most of my hospital time was spent in the charity institutions of the City and County hospitals. I had occasion to care for thousands of destitute black and white people—my heart went out to them all.
Several years back, when I began in earnest to analyze religion in general, and God specifically, I came to the startling realization that religion was, and always had been, the main instigator and propagator of slavery. About that same time, one evening, while at dinner with Protestant friends, I brought up that observation in our conversation. Immediately, all but one of them jumped up and, with an air of righteous indignation, departed our table with the speed expected as though a fifteen foot long cobra snake was about to strike them. I was astonished—I had anticipated a good, meaningful, conversation about such an important subject.
One must ask, then, where such ideation came from. After careful consideration, I have concluded, that, just as with all other considerations concerning the Abrahamic religions, it all started with the false narrative that ‘the Jews were God’s chosen people’. It did, in fact, take me a long time (50-60 years) before I got the ‘dimmer switch’ fully turned up—the Jews had ‘created’ their own God just like they wanted him. Three hundred years after Jesus’ death, the Christian Bishops did likewise, while adding several, self-serving, twists—they didn’t dare touch slavery. Well, guess what, when Martin Luther got his ‘belly full’ of Catholic hierarchy abuses, he bolted the pack—he opened the flood-gates, so that now, there are thirty three thousand so-called Christian denominations in the world (as of 2014). Not a single one, that I’m aware of, except the Black Churches, has ever openly condemned slavery. Mind you, legal slavery was abolished in this country in 1865.
Physical slavery in this country is illegal—mental and emotional enslavement seems to be alive and well. It comes in all sizes, shapes, descriptions, and colors, and, again, seems to be inexorably intertwined with religion and politics—people and organizations striving to control our minds and emotions for their own gain.
There is an old saying that ‘a house built on a weak foundation is destined to fall’. Martin Luther King ‘had a dream’—so did I. Literally, I was afraid to awaken for fear the dream would vanished—it did. In my sight of observation, what we are witnessing right this minute is an entanglement of false feelings and ideas most of which are being fostered by both religion and politics. The absolute fact is this: there is not a citizen alive in the United States of America who ever owned a slave—neither is there a person alive who ever was a slave. However, the narrative continues under the guise of racism. Our current Vice President claims to be descended from a Jamaican slave—I have little doubt that she used that claim to garner ‘sympathy votes’. Please allow me to explain that entanglement.
For starters, little children know no color or race—they do not know that they are white, black, brow, tan, or red. They learn from their teachers that they may be a certain color, and ,more importantly, that their color may matter. And, who is doing the teaching?—early on, their parents and, possibly teachers, who have been biased by ill-intentioned politicians and clergy. Later on, as they advance in age, they cannot possibly avoid the constant cacophony of alleged racism being spewed from every TV and radio station in the country, to say nothing of so-called social media rancor over the subject.
Politicians discovered at least seventy five years ago that racism was most beneficial for their purpose of staying in power. If you can convince people that they are being discriminated against, then you have created a ’cause’ in their minds. If you can teach people that they are being ‘disentitled’ on the one hand, or, better still, ‘entitled’ on the other, you have thusly created a following. Of course, the politicians are right there to guarantee those entitlements will be honored. History shows that thy seldom have been—the narrative thrives just the same.
In the case of religion, we see Catholic and Protestant missionaries alike constantly attempting to, both ‘protect their turf’, and enlarge it by proselytizing each other’s constituents. In the case of immigration, it is quite obvious that the official, unspoken Catholic Church position is for ‘open borders’. There is a subtle reason for that position. Church attendance in the US is dropping precipitously as more and more young people are finding religion irrelevant. The majority of immigrants across our southern border are Catholic and have been indoctrinated to attend Catholic services regularly. The supposition is that, even though most are paupers upon arrival, most would eventually find meaningful jobs—the collection baskets would once more be filled. The objectors to such illegal activity are labeled ‘xenophobes’—politicians, both governmental and religious, surely know well how to ‘play that game’.
There are millions of good, red-blooded Americans of all colors, races, and creeds who recognize all of that activity for exactly what it is—a political charade. The horrible part is that it benefits no one but the perpetrators. The plight of the unfortunate followers becomes worsened, and , worse yet, our nation is so divided so as, seemingly, to be on the verge of civil war—what a pity.
The only way out of this mess is through education coupled with dedication to hard work and self-determination. We are a most generous nation on earth—there is hardly one among us who would not ‘give the shirt off of his back’ to a truly needy person who, through no fault of his/her own, got caught in the trap of misfortune. Likewise, not many, but fools, would keep buying shirts for someone who ‘expected’ a new shirt every day just for the asking, while making no attempt to provide for himself. The American way is ‘hard work, self determination, and love of God and neighbor’. Love of neighbor means many things, among which are encouragement and education. There’s an old, so true, saying; “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime”.
As a nation, we face a terribly important dilemma—how to motivate people to strive for self-sufficiency. How can we possibly reach our deprived children with appropriate education when millions have no parents with proper understandings. How can they become properly educated when their teachers refuse to teach history as it happened. How can we possibly ‘get inside their minds’ and teach them individual ‘personal respect’, when black athletes who are making more money in one year than I, as a hard-working, dedicated physician, made in a lifetime, are constantly spewing the narrative that the world ‘owes them something’. What the world owes them and every ‘them’ is the opportunity to try—then try, they must. There’s another old saying that is so true; “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink”. I earnestly wish we could just get a bridle on him—I’d gladly find a waterhole and, at least, give him a chance to drink.
Racism and perceived racism generated, long past, by centuries of slavery will not die easily. Those athletes, making millions, annually, for playing with a ball, stupidly and unwittingly think they can ‘demand respect’. If they ever learn that no one gains respect by ‘demand’. Anyone can ‘command’ respect by showing kindness and respect, and by leading graciously and gratefully by good example—Dr. Martin Luther King did. So do thousands of other black athletes, business men, and yes, even politicians, whom I witness daily. Those who spew a venom of hate and self-righteousness may think they’re ‘helping the cause’—my firm belief is they know better—they’re doing it for the selfish, self-serving cause of power, control , and, above all, money. In my humble opinion, we need many more Herschel Walkers and fewer Al Sharptons in our world. We need ‘motivators’, not ‘demeanors and detractors’. We need teachers who tickle our minds with the eagerness to know truth. Proper history is truth. Adult aged children need to know the history of slavery world-wide. They need to know that the fundamental ‘justification’ for its existence is to be found in religion—they need to know that the fundamental cause of its perpetuation in the form of ‘perceived racism’ is religion and politics. Their minds need to be stimulated with the desire to know science and the basic philosophy of psychology and logical thinking. Then, and only then will the perception of racism disappear.
I personally know of no rational white person who does not hold in great esteem any successful black or white person who isn’t arrogant—white people in general know how difficult it has been for most black kids to rise up from the ghettoes and ‘be somebody’. The arrogance of so many black athletes is appalling. It is very likely that none of them have worn the uniform of our US military, and proudly laid their lives on the line in defense of our country, like I and my five brothers have done—we did so that those black athletes could ‘take the knee’ during the playing of our national anthem. I suspect that if they knew the real truth, they would be taking the knee in front of every church building in America. George Washington, et. al., didn’t invent slavery and racism—they ‘inherited it’ through their religion.
The basic philosophy I present here today didn’t just happen—its been a lifetime endeavor of observation, questioning, investigation, analysis, conclusion. It is all neatly wrapped up in my two little books, Wilderness Cry and Peace in Spirituality.