Which Way Do We Go?

A synopsis taken from a lecture by George Wythe College Founder Oliver DeMille, entitled “World Views and the Emerging State,” which discusses different world-views.

You may remember the title of this blog is Kosmotheoria, which is Greek for ‘worldview’.

I think it is vital to understand these world-views as some of these world-views bring about constructive effects in society, and some bring about destructive effects in society. I find that just knowing about these world-views tends to make the whole political scene make more sense as well. More importantly seeing them in outline form here may help you discern which ‘beliefs’ are Biblical and which are not. Some are very subtle and Christians may not even be aware they hold to unbiblical ideas.

Romans 12:2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Biblical Christianity

Source: The Bible

Philosophy: Supernaturalism which simply means over/above what our senses can perceive, God is the Creator, therefore, God is Sovereign, He controls the universe through supernatural means. Miracles happen when the creator God intervenes in time and space for mankind’s benefit. Mankind fell and stands in need of a redeemer, and because of his innate sinfulness, a Savior. God became man supernaturally to accomplish this redemption.

Theology: Monotheism as found in ancient Judaism and Christianity

Ethics: There are ethical absolutes, absolute right, and wrong, absolute good and bad as outlined in God’s Word.

Science: There was a special creation, not some ongoing creation, but a special creation with mankind as its benefactor as being made in the image of God.

Psychology: Dualism, the idea that human beings have a dual nature, body, and spirit,  and both must be cared for, nurtured and fed.  We are obligated to love and care for our fellow man as all humanity was made in the image of God.

Sociology: Home, church, and state, in that order. If society is ailing, first fix the home, then the church and then the state. Justice, forgiveness, mercy, and love of neighbor should guide society.

Law: Biblical and natural law (“natural law” is defined by Merriam-Webster Online as “a body of law or a specific principle held to be derived from nature and binding upon human society in the absence of or in addition to positive law.” “Positive law” is defined as “law established or recognized by governmental authority.”). Natural law is revealed through the biblical source and is natural, meaning it is above mankind. We have no ability to change natural laws.

Politics: Justice, freedom, and order. The purpose of the state is to establish justice, freedom, just laws, and order.

Economics: a stewardship of property. God owns everything, but we have been given dominion or sub-ownership. If you have invested your labor into any property it is yours to use as you see fit, according to how you are led by God and His law to use it.

Secular Humanism

Secular Humanism has as it sources human will and ego, it starts with the concept of materialism, what your five senses determine all that is ‘real’. It first showed up in the Renaissance, with followers calling themselves Christian Humanists. The Sciences became man’s new ‘religion’. They at first believed the Bible, especially the New Testament. But as the Sciences took precedence the Bible receded in importance and was viewed as mythos and allegory. Rather than view salvation of the soul as the message of the Word of God, they sought to help their neighbor, the poor, or the downtrodden as part of the gospel. Soon, this social justice or ‘good works’ replaced the Gospel of Saved by Grace.   The motivation became to be a better person in man’s eyes (salvation of works) rather than in serving and worshiping God for His glory. Slowly the works of human themselves became ‘the gospel’ and God was set aside for self or ego, and pride.

The philosophers of this movement were Spencer, Darwin, Dewey, and Kinsey.

Philosophy: Naturalism, the material world (no spiritual aspect) is all there is. All ideas, feelings, visions, and inspiration come from the physical workings of the brain. Everything in the world can only be understood by understandable physical laws and empirical science.

Theology: If there is a belief in God he is distant and uncaring. Agnosticism, there may be a God but we cannot know Him. Atheism, i.e. there is no God

Ethics: Ethical Relativism. Right and wrong are relative to the situation, to what’s happening. There is no absolute right and wrong.

Psychology: Self-actualization. You will become whatever you decide to become. The Self or Ego is all important, self-esteem (good feelings)  is what needs to be strived for.

Material Humanism / Marxism

Source: Hegel, Marx, Lenin, Engels

Philosophy: Dialectical Materialism,  Thesis (an idea), then an antithesis (an opposing idea), then becomes a synthesis or new idea.  Materialism means that the world is material only knowable with the five senses. There is no spiritual aspect to man or the world.

Theology: Atheism or worship of Self

Ethics: The Proletariat or the working class decides what is moral. Morality; anything is moral if it helps the Proletariat. Anything that hurts the Proletariat is wrong. Stealing, killing, are great and fine if they help the Proletariat.

Science: Punctuated evolution, meaning every once in a while there is a huge leap forward. There are long normal periods and then a jump ahead, which is supposed to explain why we see no fossil evidence of ‘missing links’ between species.

Psychology: Independent thought has been set aside for conditioned behavior. Pavlovian behavioralism. You can condition people to do what you want them to do. Propaganda and misinformation, disinformation are for the good of the people. Taken to its extreme mankind is treated as a child-like being in need of protection by the elite who are superior to the rest.

Sociology: Abolition of home, church, and state. People are thought to be naturally good and don’t need to be forced to share or behave charitably towards others. They don’t need the STATE to force them.  They don’t need the family to nurture and train them. What is odd however is that this worldview, when put into practice, ends up being a dictatorship.

Law: Human law. (“law established or recognized by governmental (elite) authority.”).

Politics: New world order, global government, from the top down, an international global dictatorship. You don’t need freedom if someone is taking care of you and you’re happy. People fight for freedom instead for security and happiness, which is wrong. You should fight for security and happiness.

Economics: Socialism/communism, state-run and regulated or state-owned means of production.

Theology: The STATE as all-important, early stages of this the Self is idealized.

Post Modernism

Source: Hobbes, Neitsche. Payne, Rand, Rothbard, and Rordie

Philosophy: Pragmatism; whatever works, not what is good or right. Results are all that matter.

Theology: Individualism, libertarianism, capitalism, non-religious self law. I’m god. I make the law. I’m in it for me. What I know for sure is that there are things I want, and I’m going to get them. What’s in it for me? Humanitarianism and philanthropy are completely out unless I too benefit from them.

Ethics: Skepticism

Science: Quantum chaos indeterminacy. It’s all chaotic. You can’t know, it doesn’t really matter, don’t worry about it.

This world-view is more prevalent than the other three, especially in the workplace.

Psychology: Existentialism, a 20th-century philosophical movement embracing diverse doctrines but centering on analysis of individual existence in an unfathomable universe and the plight of the individual who must assume ultimate responsibility for his acts of free will without any certain knowledge of what is right or wrong or good or bad.

Sociology: Hegemony (“preponderant influence or authority over others”) and counter-hegemony. In other words, it’s good to try to dominate something. Society is made up of monopolies. If you want to be successful in an area, monopolize it. If someone else is being successful in it, topple their monopoly.

Law: Non-religious natural and self-law. They believe in natural law as long as there’s no religion in it. Self-law is: we govern ourselves. You have to agree with things you’ve submitted yourself to, but you don’t necessarily have to submit yourself to it.

Politics: Libertarianism and Nietzsche’s “superman.” Libertarianism says let people be free, if they hurt someone, the hurt party has recourse. Let people choose as long as they don’t infringe on someone else.

German 19th-century philosopher Nietzsche said there is a god, the god is “superman.” Everyone lives a miserable life, but once in a while a man can step up and becomes a god, like Caesar, Alexander, i.e. all conquerors. The Post-Modernists approve of that, i.e. it’s OK or good to be a “superman.”

True libertarianism lets a guy rise as high as he wants to go, even if he is oppressing others.

Economics: Randian capitalism, whatever capitalism you can get away with. This school approves of the super-capitalist taking advantage of others.

 

Cosmic Humanism

Confucian, Hindu, Buddhist and new age counterparts

Theology: Pantheism, many gods, and panentheism (everything is god) Many also connect UFOology here, extraterrestrial beings seeded earth and are our ‘ancient gods’ and/or ancestors.

Philosophy: Connectivity, everything is connected, nothing is disconnected

Ethics: Inner relativism, there is a right and a wrong, but I have to get in touch with ‘the gods’ or ‘spirits’ and figure out what that is.

Science: Evolutionary consciousness, what evolves is levels of consciousness, over time humanity evolves to higher levels of consciousness.

Gene Roddenberry was coming from this in the Star Trek Next Generation TV series.

Psychology: Co-effective consciousness, this is the concept that we are all inter-connected. My psychology is impacted by yours.

 

I believe there are correlations between these worldviews and the progressive and conservative political groups in America.

Conservatives tend to believe in many of the biblical Christian values, including a belief in a Creator God, an absolute right and wrong as revealed by God, that people have a physical and spiritual nature, the importance of traditional marriage, the home, and the concept of “natural law,” (which by the way is to be found everywhere in the writings of the Founding Fathers).

Progressives tend to believe in many of the views from the Material Humanism / Marxism and Secular Humanism world-views, such as atheism, materialism (there is no spiritual side to man), ethical and moral relativism (no right and wrong, just your opinion), abolition or weakening of the influence of the church and family, and support for the idea of global government through the U.N. and the lessening of the personal sovereignty of each individual and the national sovereignty of the United States.

Proverbs 14:12  There is a way which seems right to a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

John 14:6  Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. 

Luke 13:24  Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say to you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

Lawlessness and Judgment

1 Corinthians 6:9-10

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

Romans 1:28-32

28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

Those of us involved in the political and secular world, who debate and discuss the goings on in Washington DC or The Swamp, Hollywood and Academia,  who endeavor to understand as well as perhaps educate others about the issues of the day have noticed something alarming and downright frightening. It has been on the horizon for the last decade or so, looming over our country. What is it?

LAWLESSNESS…better known as SIN

Oh, lawlessness (SIN)  has always been amongst us.  After all,  reading the scriptures up above we recognize that lawlessness has been a part of human life since the Fall in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve broke the first law. What has been looming over the horizon is not just sin, but the acceptance of sin as normal and now, even preferable and good.

Civilzation has always tried to contain lawlessness with, well… LAWs, and for the most part  citizens here in America did their best to follow the rules and laws, follow the expected polite behavior, manners, and mores and morals that civilization expected of its citizens. Somewhere along the line we stopped trying, we began accpeting sin as normal. We can debate for days about when that happened, why it happened, how that happened,  but I would rather speak to you of returning to the days of law and order, normalacy and decency.

Lawlessness has now become fashionable, not just for those who are lawless already, for the criminals; but for those who we’ve always counted on to hold back the lawlessness. Our churches and pastors, priests and elders have given up naming sin as sin, and thrown in with the sinners hoping to gain their attendence. Those in government, those we elect to govern, to write our laws and enforce them, are ungovernable themselves. Network media anchors whom we used to trust to tell us the truth are lying unapoligetically, and guilting the rest of us if we don’t join them in believing the lies.  Political parties are framing their campaigns in rebellion, and in the breaking of long-established rules of conduct they used to uphold publically, they now brazenly reject. Courts of Law now engage in partisan activism and not in upholding the written law but rather rewriting it to suit agendas. College professors who have long hidden their disdain for law behind their sheepskin diplomas, nevertheless, are now writing, teaching and speaking aloud their hatred for the Law and demanding their students do the same. Even primary and secondary educators deny truth and teach lies to their young charges and in many cases corrupt their innocence as well.  And our entertainers, those who once feared losing their place on society’s  pedestal if they ‘fell’ and the public became aware of their sin, are now openly and proudly bragging about their lack of morals and creating that which was once perverse and rightfully banned for family entertainment.

What is even worse, if indeed it can be worse, is now they’re calling Lawlessness Moral and good, patriotic and righteous.

Isaiah 5:20-23 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who turn darkness to light and light to darkness, who replace bitter with sweet and sweet with bitter. 21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight. 22 Woe to those who are heroes in drinking wine, and champions in mixing beer, 23 who acquit the guilty for a bribe, and deprive the innocent of justice.…

Notice that the word WOE is used three times here;  Use of a word three times in the Bible is so rare that it is only done when the holiness of God is described as in Revelation 4:8 and again in Isaiah 6:3. Jesus used the word “woe” seven times in Matthew chapter 23 indicating a completeness of the woes (or judgments) of God as seven is the number of completion or perfection, indicating God’s judgment will be complete and perfectly just.

The loss of truth, morality, law and order will bring the end of any nation and civilization because God will judge a nation for its sin.  Woe will come upon the people. So what is a nation to do? Is there a way to return to law and order, civility and decency? Can we save our country and our civilization?

2 Chronicles 7:14  14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Notice if you will, this call to humility and repentance isn’t directed at those who are lawless, and openly sinning in rebellion towards God.. it is to those who call themselves by the name of God. It is God’s people, the salt and the light, who must repent and call upon the Lord for the healing of their nation.

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Why Won’t the Immigration Problem EVER be solved?

Better titled; What President Trump is up against…
Before we get started here are some quotes to ponder as you read:
· It is easier to believe a lie that one has heard a thousand times than to believe a fact that one has never heard before. Robert S. Lynd
· A conspiracy is nothing but a secret agreement of a number of men for the pursuance of policies which they dare not admit in public. Mark Twain aka Samuel Clemens
 (It’s easier to believe in conspiracies using this broad explanation considering our government has a HUGE track record of not admitting in public most of what they do.)
· Facts which at first seem improbable will even on scant explanation, drop the cloak which has hidden them and stand forth in naked and simple beauty. Galileo
· Secrecy is the beginning of tyranny. Robert A. Heinlein
The United Nation’s Council of Foreign Relations put forth this statement as far back as 1944. Keep in mind that sovereignty is a nation’s right to govern its own affairs.
· The sovereignty fetish is still so strong in the public mind, that there would appear to be little chance of winning popular assent to American membership in anything approaching a super-state organization. Much will depend on the kind of approach which is used in further popular education. Council of Foreign Relations 1944
Sounds to me like a plan to subvert the minds of Americans into accepting a rejection of sovereignty.
Here’s an admission that the media is cooperating with this nefarious ‘plan for the world.’
· We’re grateful to The Washington Post, The New York Times, Time magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subject to the bright lights of publicity during those years. But the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. David Rockefeller, chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations (1970-1985)
· The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government of the U.S. since the days of Andrew Jackson. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1933
FACTS: Why Government will not stop illegal immigration.
The late Georgetown history professor Carroll Quigley, who Bill Clinton has said was his mentor and a major influence on his life, wrote the following in his book Tragedy and Hope; The Council on Foreign Relations is the American branch of a society which originated in England [and] believes national boundaries should be obliterated and one-world government established.
Enrique Berrunga, Ambassador to the United Nations for Mexico said in 2006, A North American Union was not only needed but must be finished before the U.S. baby boomers hit retirement age.
In 2005, the Council on Foreign Relations released a report titled “Building a North American Community.” The report confirms “The Task Force is pleased to provide specific advice on how the {SPP, Security, and Prosperity Partnership} can be pursued and realized. The task force proposes the creation by 2010 of a North American community to enhance security, prosperity, and opportunity…Its boundaries will be funded by a common external tariff and an outer security perimeter within which the movement of people, products, and capital will be legal, orderly, and safe. “The report recommended the creation of a ‘North American Advisory Council {that} should be composed of eminent persons from OUTSIDE government….to provides a public voice for North America…along the lines of the Bilderberg conferences.’
Robert Pastor was vice chair of the task force that authorized the CFR report. He had referred to the conservative right wing as xenophobic nut cases that are afraid of immigration and globalization. He was a professor of international relations at American University. He was called on by both Canadian Parliament and a Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee to talk about the CFR report. He consistently asserted that the conspiracy theorists are nut-jobs and that ‘nobody is proposing a North American Union’, but is quoted as saying; “The three governments (of Canada, US, Mexico) remain, zealous defenders of an aging conception of sovereignty, whereas the people seem ready to entertain new approaches.”
Robert Alan Pastor was a member of the National Security Council and a writer on foreign affairs.
 He died January 8, 2014 

Robert A. Pastor, a White House aide under President Jimmy Carter who shepherded the 1977 Panama Canal treaties to ratification — and was punished for it 17 years later, when conservatives defeated his nomination to be ambassador to Panama — died on Wednesday at his home in Washington. He was 66.

Some of Pastor’s  ‘new approaches’ to achieve this union of North America were:
· North American Investment Fund. Give them money to build the infrastructure that would connect the southern part of Mexico with the North American market. (And also make it really easy to import drugs.)
· Department of Homeland Security; to be expanded to include the WHOLE Continent of North America.
· A biometric Border Pass much like an EZ pass for toll booths.
· The United States and Canada should begin to merge immigration and refugee policies.
But he was not advocating a North American Union?
Robert Pastor also supported a common currency for the purposed North American Union. So does someone a little more influential, Bank of Canada Governor David Dodge.
The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is part of the UN and not subject to Congress or the American people through elections. BUT the UN receives 22% of its funding from YOUR tax dollars.
To quote Glenn Beck in An Inconvenient Book; “I started by asking a simple question about illegal immigration: Why? Why has no leader bothered to solve the problems (of illegal immigration) once and for all? Why do most Republicans ignore their base and fight for amnesty for millions of illegal aliens? Why?
The question is simple, but the answer is anything but. Super elitists in our government are conspiring to sell out our sovereignty by skirting around the series of checks and balances mandated by the Constitution, A series that our forefathers set up to prevent this exact scenario from happening.”
Example: The immigration bill of 2007- The Secure Borders, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Reform Act contained references to both the SPP and to something called the Partnership for Prosperity, which was a precursor to the SPP. The bill stated, “It is the sense of Congress that the United States and Mexico should accelerate the implementation of the Partnership for Prosperity.”
Is it any wonder that President Donald J. Trump has such resistance to his agenda concerning immigration? It isn’t just a matter of liberal vs conservative or GOP against Democrat. It is a fight to preserve our Republic in more ways than one, from the global elite.
Proverbs 22:28  Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.
Acts 17:26  And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation 
Two things, we are told, are under God’s sovereign control: how long a nation lasts, and where its borders are. The verb translated “having determined” is the Greek verb “horizon,” from which we get the word “horizon.” It means “to mark out, to define.” So God has marked out and defined the borders of each country.  Bryan Fischer of ‘Focal Point’ radio show.
President Richard Haass of the CFR on President Donald J. Trump

… but the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not love, it profiteth me nothing.

4 Love suffereth long, and is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

8 Love never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 13 And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

 

One more passage on the supremacy of Love

1 John 4:7-11

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. 10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

I’m sure most of you have heard of Rep. Maxine Waters’ call to action concerning how the Democrats should treat those on the right who support POTUS and all the confrontations between liberals and members of the Trump administration that ensued.  Maybe you’ve also heard of the #walkaway movement started by Brandon Straka, encouraging Democrats to walk away from the party.

I want to contrast these two ‘movements’ for a moment here in light of the scripture above. The left, the supposedly tolerant, morally superior left, encouraged by Rep. Waters, ask Democrat voters to show intolerance and bigotry towards Trump supporters. Democrats were encouraged to be spiteful and refuse service to those on the right, and offer hatefulness towards those they disagree with in the Trump administration by ganging up on them in public places.

Brandon Straka on the other hand simply makes his case to just #walkaway from the intolerance and hate sanctioned by the Democrat party. Brandon has only recently walked away from the party himself and as a result, has become the spokesperson for tens of thousands (by his reckoning) that are leaving the Democrat party.

Recently Brandon was refused service in a camera shop because the employee was acting on this call by Rep. Waters to refuse service to anyone on the right.  Brandon on the other hand, refused to name the camera shop employee and stated he did not want him fired for his intolerance.  In an interview with David J. Harris Jr.,  Brandon stated that his goal is that hearts and minds would be opened to his message to just leave the party of intolerance, not that there would be even more intolerance because of it.

The left’s narrative is that the right are the ones who are intolerant and bigoted. If you are honest with yourself after viewing two incidences I’ve linked to here- you may decide to #walkaway from the Democrat party too if you are a member.  Take a look:

 

The Left’s Response to Different Viewpoints 

The Right’s Response to Differing Viewpoints     

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.  Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776

 

DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

Read more at  The Lid 

I wonder if the left realizes we celebrate today because some guys wouldn’t give up their guns to the government when told to?

Lies, More lies, and Damn Lies

God gave us 10 commands that if obeyed can make life a lot more pleasant to live and make us more pleasing to God. I’d like to talk about the ninth commandment.

It reads;

You shall not bear false witness.

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”
Exodus 20:16 
Honesty must always characterize our speech and conduct. To bear false witness against our neighbor is an affront to a holy God Who is Himself “the truth and the life”
Being honest, however, means more than just not telling a falsehood for there are many ways to lie.
A person lies when they tell something they know to be false, but they can also be lying by not telling ALL the facts of a matter if done with the intent to mislead.  This is why when you swear an oath in court and promise to tell the truth, you are instructed to say… “I swear to tell the truth, the WHOLE truth and nothing but the truth”.
A person can lie without intent to deceive, we call this a ‘white lie’, a lie told to spare someone’s feelings. Most people believe this kind of lie is not really bad. After all, it was done with good motives, so as to not hurt someone. While it is true that society could not function if everyone was completely honest all the time (many of us would be fired on the spot or in divorce court) it is important to remember that using white lies to avoid confrontation can lead to even bigger confrontations. We should check our motive with this type of lie, are we telling it to spare feelings, or to mislead, or just to avoid confrontation?
Another type of lie is a broken promise. We all have had to break a promise at one time or another. It is just a fact of life that things can happen that cause us to have to change our plans. But it is lying to make a promise with no intention whatsoever of keeping it.
One type of lying most people do not consider lying is the spreading of rumors and gossip about another person. We often speak these things as if we know they are true when in reality we’ve not bothered to go to the person concerned and ask. I think it is safe to say if we gossip and spread rumors that are not true, it is lying and God will hold us accountable.
Exaggeration is also lying. It is mixing truth with falsehood, and if the person you’re talking to does not know you are doing the mixing of truth and lie and believes it all to be fact, then you have lied to him. Tall tales are different, tall tales are told to an audience who understands there is exaggeration going on and done for entertainment.
Deception, pretending to be something you are not. Even if it is self-depreciating it is still a lie.
Bold-faced lying, the deliberate lie, the telling of what we know to be false as if it were true, that is told to deceive another, is probably what most of us think of when we think of the ninth commandment or bearing false witness.

If you stop and think about this passage in scripture all of those things God says he hates… involve some sort of lying.

I think it is safe to say that lying or being dishonest is hurtful not only to ourselves but to others, most importantly to God who has revealed himself to us as The Truth.  Satan, the adversary of our souls is said to also be the father of lies, and it was his lies in the garden that caused our separation from our Creator, which cause our Lord and Savior to suffer and die in our place. Lying has severe consequences.

John 8:44 – Ye are of [your] father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

We see a lot of lying in our society, amongst friends and family, in the workplace, in politics, and even in the news which is supposed to be where we go to get the facts. Lies are told often to promote an agenda. Lies are also told to cover up crimes and corruption. It is important for Christians to be able to discern truth from lies and to speak the truth in all things.

Proverbs 12:22 – Lying lips [are] abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly [are] his delight.