Beyond the Cusp

December 16, 2017

It Is Not Just Israel Muslims Claim

 

It’s the entire world. But perhaps we should start small and work our way to the entirety of reality. Their current concentration is focused on the crown jewel of the world, Jerusalem itself. There is another name for Jerusalem, which lives in the heart of Judaism, Zion. The very meaning behind Zionism and the Muslims know this, for that is why they make it their central demand as their capital. The idea is to deny the Jews their own nation, self-rule and the right to have an army with which to defend themselves. Yasser Arafat made the original statement that has become the mantra for the Jerusalem is holy only to the followers of Allah when he threatened, “A million Shaheeds will march on Jerusalem.” Thusfar there have been no marches by Shaheeds on Jerusalem, but there has been the normative response to President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as since the speech, thirteen rockets have been fired from Gaza into Israel. Three were fired two nights past and still no coverage anywhere else in the world about these attacks upon Israel. But the media may soon awaken as that same night Israel responded striking three known Hamas facilities, training and weapons storage sites. Now the media will announce that Israel has bombed Gaza and mention the tragic damage and the number of people whose coffee was spilt as they were startled and about paragraph four or five will be the mention, in passing of course, that the strikes were in response to numerous rocket attacks on Israel. The media is well aware that the majority of their readers hardly ever read beyond the third paragraph and thus many will believe that Israel attacked Hamas and Gaza for no reason. The world is playing a very dangerous game which will come back to haunt them some day.

 

The world needs to learn about Islam and the goals, which were set for the religion by the founders who wrote the Quran. The final Quran was written from memories and collected written versions of parts of the presumable original writings, which may have been written during the life of Muhammad. The writing and compiling began with Abu Bakr, and then passed on to the next Caliph, Umar ibn Al-Khattab who then passed it on to others until it was finalized under the supervision of Uthman ibn Affan. This final compendium was set approximately twenty to thirty years after Muhammad’s death. The main reason for Islam, according to the teachings and prophesies of Muhammad was to bring both Judaism and Christianity to a close replacing both as Islam was the final revelation of Allah. Islam claimed that every individual from the Old Testament, the Torah specifically, were actually Muslims. Such individuals Islam claims were followers include but are not limited to Adam, Eve, Noah, Moses, Abraham, Isaak, Yaakov and Aaron. Further, Solomon built a Mosque, not the Temple. The fact that Islam came many thousands of years later apparently poses no problem for the followers of Islam. Their claim is that the Jews and then the Christians had diverted from the teachings of Allah as they had been given to Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus requiring for Muhammad to be retold the original message from Allah correcting everything that Jews had believed for two thousand years, despite it being presumably incorrect. So, the Quran claims that Judaism and Christianity are presumed to be tainted beliefs, which have fallen away from the true teachings of Islam, and as they were presumed to have originally been Muslims and now follow false beliefs, they are heretics. Jews and Christians are to be saved only by having them return to Islam and the entire world is to be brought to the sole and only true faith for all of mankind. That is true; they believe they must bring every last human being to Allah, no exceptions. They are also informed that those who refuse to follow Islam are to be relieved of their life of sin. This is why some have claimed that Islam believes they are to conquer the world for Allah.

 

What does all of this mean for everyone outside of Israel? Well, the first thing it means is that with time you will face everything which has been done by Muslims to Israel. This trend has already become evident with the spread of terrorism to Europe and then the United States. Israel has been facing the terror threats since well before the founding of the state of Israel in May of 1948. This was most obvious during the 1929, 1933 and 1939 Arab rioting in Jerusalem, Hevron and elsewhere with the intent of murdering and maiming Jews in an effort to turn back the tide of Zionism and prevent the Jews from realizing their dream. When this did not result in preventing the founding of the Jewish State, the Arab League declared war on Israel with six nations, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Egypt, all attacking Israel from every direction aided by Muslim militias from throughout the Islamic world. If ever there was a modern day miracle, it was the survival of the nascent state of Israel over 1948-49 in the first Arab War of Israeli Annihilation. There were two more such wars, the Six Day War in 1967, and the Yom Kippur War in 1973. Once those proved that regular military attack was highly unlikely to ever result in the defeat of Israel, they changed their tactics turning to terror.

 

The initial decision to start with terror was in 1964 with the establishing of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, PLO. In 1964, Israel was obviously still within the pre 1967 War borders, so exactly what lands was the PLO founded to liberate as Palestine. If your answer was Israel meaning places such as Tel Aviv, Netanya, Hadera, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Akko and the rest of Green Line Israel, you are correct. When the Oslo Accords were signed, the Palestinian Authority (PA), the replacement name for the PLO presumably now a friend to Israel, was charged with altering the Charter to no longer call for the destruction of all of Israel in exchange for promises from Israel. Well, Israel delivered and the PLO and PA never have altered their Charter which still calls for the complete destruction of Israel. Once, when Western observers including representatives from the United States witnessed a PA government session, there was a vote to form a committee to look into ways in which the Charter might be altered to satisfy the Oslo Accords and as none of the observers spoke any Arabic and all relied on PA provided interpreters, left believing that the Charter had actually been amended during what they witnessed. The committee was never formed and the Charter still calls for the Destruction of Israel while the West continues with the false pretense that the Charter reads as they would like it to read. What is really as sad as it is dangerous is the fact that much of Europe there are those who could not bother to care one way or the other concerning anything in the Middle East, especially Jews and Israel, unless it affects their lives directly, which more often than not, until recently it never did. The rest mostly actively desire the destruction of Israel and the good thing is these people realize the truth concerning the Arabs and Israel and the bad news is they fully support the end of Israel and the Jews if possible. Anti-Semitism is alive and doing well in Europe. The really sad truth is anti-Semitism is growing in the United States, particularly on college and university campuses where billions of invested Arab petro-dollars have bought them serious influence on the curriculum of Middle East studies and even many Political Science Departments, History Departments, Sociology Departments and other social sciences. They do not attempt to influence the hard sciences, as it is difficult to make any alarming alterations to studies which have actual truths which the sciences teach, as these are very unforgiving subjects with real and actual truths. Even more threatening is that these influences are being carried out on some of the most influential campuses in the nation and thus are affecting some, if not many, of the future leaders of government and industry. This too will have a price in the future, as now it is as if the world has been turned upside-down.

 

A World All Upside Down

A World All Upside Down

 

Reality is that what has been happening in Israel is coming to the rest of the world and will come with fury and storm. The violence which we have suffered in Israel will now be visited on Europe and, if the United States is not prudent, will strike in the United States soon as well. What will be another sad commentary will be those who will claim that the violence waged against Western nations is because of the Jewish presence and if only the Jews would recant and make whatever amends are demanded of them, then the Muslims would be satisfied and the terrorism would end. There will be demands from Western governments that Israel be forced to concede to the Arab demands and this will very probably lead to nations demanding in the United Nations for Israeli membership be revoked and the articles calling for the founding be erased allowing for the world to pretend Israel has no right to exist. People find this difficult to understand but even the United States will turn against Israel and those who support Israel will face rage and anger beyond imagination. Israel will become the difficult question and Jerusalem will be as in Zechariah 12:3 where it opens with, “On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves.” Unfortunately, for Israel, which will suffer greatly as this day approaches, and even more so for the nations of the earth when they batter themselves and Hashem reveals his might for the entirety of man to perceive. But after that, the world will make a choice, may it be a wise choice.

 

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October 19, 2017

Will Europe Divide Over Religion?

 

Those of us old enough to have experienced a divided Europe between free and Communist also remember the Iron Curtain. Some may even recall the origins of that phrase being a speech given at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill on March 5, 1946. United States President Harry S. Truman was with the British Prime Minister on the dais listening to the speech. The speech is actually titled “The Sinews of Peace” despite the most famous phrase history remembers was the term “Iron Curtain” used as Churchill stated, “From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent.” The entirety of the speech can be viewed below. That curtain will potentially become the basis for a new wall in Europe, one where religion remains an important cornerstone of society and one which has entered what many are referring to as the post-Christian society. Some of the functionaries of the European Union describe this divide a between élites of Western Europe who favor a more cosmopolitan and tolerant society which is democratic-liberal and accepting of people of all faiths with various views against those of Eastern Europe who are less enlightened exhibiting xenophobic views where they are bigoted against foreigners and those with whom they are unfamiliar seeking protection in the religions of Old Europe and an age long left behind by New Europe.

 

 

The reality is that one Europe lived in a free society which brought them more freedom than they could manage leading them into a hedonistic fervor where personal pleasure was the new aim by which life was measured and immediacy of realization of those very pleasures superseded all other pursuits. Thus, they left behind the limitations of Christianity and entered their new multiculturalist, post-Christian age where the self replaced the church and each person became the definer of their own religious beliefs. The restrictions of morality imposed by religion were replaced with the hedonism of an older age where barbarity ruled and the gods demanded child sacrifice. This new age has its own version of child sacrifice where pregnancies are terminated by abortions such that the party can continue without consequence or interruption. This has led to Western Europe having such a low rate of childbirth by the native population that they have fallen way below replacement rate leading to an aging population requiring the importation of foreign workers. In an effort to find these workers, leaders such as Angela Merkel made a decision to permit free and unregulated immigration from the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) calling for any who consider themselves to be refugees of any nature seeking the liberal governance of Western Europe to come and join in the wonders of Europe. This has brought on a huge wave of Islamic “refugees” which happened to be largely males, unaccompanied males, and unforeseen problems. This may be the result of their utopian dream becoming their nightmare.

 

Now for Eastern Europe and why they have a different view of what their new freedom means compared to their fellow Europeans at the western end of the continent who have had freedom ever since the end of World War II. The Eastern Europeans were behind that “Iron Curtain” Winston Churchill so perfectly described. Other than East Germany which reattached to West Germany to reestablish the whole of Germany and thus are being taken for a political ride as their neighbors from West Germany had a population advantage and thus control the politics. That tore East Germany from the remainder of the Warsaw Pact nations. These nations led by Poland, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Czech Republic and the rest of the former Warsaw Pact nations, had experienced the godless forced atheism of the Communist regimes imposed by the Soviet Union. This denied them their Christianity making it something more sacred with time. Their areas were closed societies which left their towns, cities and nations as homogeneous as they were at the end of World War II, in simple terms, Poland remained very Polish, Rumania remain Romanian, Hungary remain Hungarian and so on. Once free of the authoritarian governments which had oppressed these societies, they were still in a similar state as they had been under the Nazis who were another socialist and atheistic society, thus these societies are still flocking to their churches and Christianity is having a revival throughout Eastern Europe or the old Warsaw Pact nations. Thousands of Polish Catholics replete with rosary beads ringed much of their nation gathering at border points protesting the continued atheistic secularism of their government and in solidarity with fellow Christians across Europe who have been victimized by the spread of Islam across parts of Europe.

 

New Divide of Europe Between Western and Eastern Europes

New Divide of Europe Between Western and Eastern Europes

 

The two Europes could not be any more separate, the first shedding Christianity for the liberation of no religion and the other embracing Christianity after forced atheization under Soviet Union dictatorships. The first has shed the concept of traditional marriage replacing it with alternate definitions and simple hook-up culture and other alternate lifestyle choices where too many are child-free lifestyles. This had the consequence of a low reproductive rate and an aging population. Since 1950, the reproductive rate in Western Europe has steadily declined to the point that it has fallen well below replacement rate and showing no signs of recovery. The other Europe had a depressed reproductive rate while under Communism and its oppressive governance which was consistently below replacement rate. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union and their respective Communist governance, the Eastern European nations have slowly risen from their melancholy lethargy. Their governance has had a less than smooth transition from Communism to Democracies independent and free from the central planning under Moscow. Their economies have slowly emerged as they faced an initial necessary improvement of infrastructure in order to make industrial growth possible. The reinitializing of free and independent nations did not exactly go without its challenges and little hiccups along the way. Where the real benefits of the newfound freedoms appears to actually taking root about now as the first generations raised entirely free of the pains of Communism are reaching adulthood, the reality of the freedom is now starting to be truly felt and the signs are impressive. The people are returning to their religious roots which had been illegal and forbidden for so long. Marriage is gaining amongst the youth and it appears that population numbers are slowly returning towards replacement rate and hopefully above into a range unseen for over half a century. Eastern Europe may be approaching a bright future if they can survive the European Union. The Western Europeans would gladly chase their Eastern Europeans from the European Union and if the Eastern Europeans are smart, they will be running so fast from the European Union that their Western European counterparts will be unable to catch them to chase them out.

 

There is nothing to prevent the Eastern Europeans from eventually following in the exact same footprints down the merry path which the Western Europeans have already tread. Perhaps the disaster that Old Europe is about to become and the potential for internecine violence and possible wars similar to the past wars against the spread of Islam, are about to repeat themselves, except this time with modern weaponry. Such conflicts will be more devastating with much higher toll in human lives than previous wars. While these threats are on the increase and the violence is growing in Western Europe, Eastern Europe will be experiencing their return to their various Christian roots with their population slowly recovering and starting to grow. It may become required for Eastern Europe to come and aid their Western Europeans otherwise they may fall to Islam and then pose a threat to Eastern Europe. Maybe history will find another John III Sobieski, King of Poland, though the next Polish savior of Europe will be possibly a Polish President, or a Romanian hero whose name will convey evil as did the name of their King Vlad III Dracula, but who will turn back invading enemies. Perhaps Western Europe will be the next conquest to eventually make up the Caliphate when Islam finally settles for the lands they posses and desire no more Jihadi Wars. What the future holds we cannot know and should we be patient, it does reveal itself in its own time. Time is the owner of great secrets of which we can know those revealed already and see those that come as we live and only strike with conjecture at what time holds from us in what we always pray will be a fantastic story for our children and their children and on for generations yet to come. For now, this is what we can say today, maybe we will say more in our hoped for mutual futures.

 

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October 6, 2017

Religion Under Assault in America

 

A couple of hundreds of some of the most prominent Christian leaders in the United States who came from across all denominations came together in Nashville, Tennessee where they signed a missive called the “Nashville Statement.” They conveyed their total support for the New Testament reaffirming over two millennia of Biblical injunctions and directives declaring the reaffirmation that marriage is between one man and one woman, G0d made us male and female and therefore transgenderism is incompatible with the Christian faith, and that the Bible lists homosexuality as a sin thereby rendering its acceptance as incompatible with the Christian faith. This drew many denunciations from among which the condemnation by the Mayor of Nashville, Megan Barry, seemed unexpected. The most preposterous condemnation came from those who objected to the timing coming as the people of Houston and surrounding areas of Texas are suffering from Hurricane Harvey. I’m sure when these leaders of faith planned their assembling months ago they did it with the divine providing them with information that a hurricane would have devastated a large area of the southern United States and this was included in their plans. Please, give the world a break and please, if you are going to object, please find something more believable and applicable, something more real than attempting to shame them for a natural disaster coinciding as if such could be planned. But these were the least of the objections and the least damning as well.

 

When the content of the “Nashville Statement” was officially released, there were numerous condemnations denouncing the signatories as hateful, homophobic, as well as deceitful and not speaking in the nature or with the passions of Jesus. The word “hate” appeared to be the favorite uncivil invective thrown with obvious intent to harm the signers. But not to worry, keepers of the faith in all ages share one remarkable quality, their ability to shrug off scorn over their treasured beliefs as they often have experienced far too much practice allowing such to pass without taking offense. Their skin has developed a tender strength allowing them to be sympathetic and to understand that the people are defending their pet political beliefs and, they hope, not their deep moral beliefs. Religious people have come under more and more rejection for their beliefs which is regrettable as they mostly are the ones least likely to reject those who show them disregard. Religious faith is supposed to allow for people to come together but in this instance, it appears to have had the opposite effect. For that reason, despite my not being anywhere near an expert on the New Testament or, unfortunately, the Torah and remainder of what is referred to as the Old Testament, I wish to contest one of the reported points and make a distinction as a matter of mending fences.

 

Hebrew Bible and Christian Bible

Hebrew Bible and Christian Bible

 

The accusation made that they stated that the Bible lists homosexuality as a sin has to be inaccurate. If my knowledge is near accurate, the Bible states that sodomy is a sin, not homosexuality. One may love whomever they choose but the act of sodomy, whether performed between two men and by a man with a woman are equally a sin as both are sodomy. The Bible teaches us not to hate anyone else but to love everybody. We are to love the person and hate the sin, and that makes a huge difference as we are instructed to love the person including homosexuals and to hate the sin of sodomy no matter whether it is homosexual or heterosexual in nature. Unfortunately, the fact is that the act is the sin, not the emotions between people, which are to be judged. But this is lost in the arguments because if an act which can be either heterosexual or homosexual in nature, thus applicable to all men and not just those attracted to other men, then the argument loses all its political clout. What good is the naming of an act as a sin which has no political application when one can make a political stand claiming that religious people hate a certain group of people. One of the major problems with society today is that a certain group of political positions have decided that religion is their enemy and that if their visions of the world are to come true, then the first step is to rid the world of religious beliefs.

 

The absolute worst result from the “Nashville Statement” would be its use in the political war against religion and to attack and besmirch people of religious faith. The war against religion is simply a manufactured war being used as a ploy to attract disaffected people to a certain political viewpoint. Those of the viewpoint that the state must replace religion because religion ties people to a false premise and the state can be and is better suited to caring for people, are ignoring the benefits which came from religion as the force responsible for caring for those in need and the government taking care of the structures such as roads and other inanimate objects. The war against religion desires to claim that man has no divine spark and is no different than an amoeba, just a few million years more evolved which permits eugenics and other forms of population control and the classification of people instead of treating all people with respect and love. The war against religion would reduce humanity to cold calculations and nothing more and that would be a sad world in which to live. But that is exactly how the cold of heart will interpret the “Nashville Statement” and make nothing more of it than claiming it comes from those who hate, but the real question one need answer is who are the real haters, the ones who wish to turn humanity into nothing more than statistics in a government ledger. When one has that answer, then they will understand which respects and treasures people more, the political or the religious. I know which group we would trust our future to between the two.

 

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