The truth is out there, but it’s getting harder to find

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“We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.” ~ Edward Bernays

I’ve noticed Google’s search results are turning up mostly mainstream news articles at the top of its results lately. I’m sad to see this happen, and I’m glad I’ve already done a lot of online research. Google used to be good, now it’s not. The days of open source online researching are pretty much over.

What myths do you believe? How much influence has political correctness exerted upon your beliefs, your opinions, your animosities?

Who would you ostracize from society? Who would you silence and not allow to speak? What research would you forbid? What history do you consider off limits?

YouTube changes search to combat Las Vegas conspiracy videos

“The company updated its search algorithm Thursday to promote authoritative news sources at the top of search results, according to a person familiar with the matter. YouTube has been working on the change for months, but decided to release it early after conspiracy videos surfaced on its site about the Las Vegas shooting…” Read more: YouTube changes search to combat Las Vegas conspiracy videos http://money.cnn.com/2017/10/05/technology/culture/youtube-conspiracy/index.html

 

 

“But what if the whole notion of the myth is itself a myth?” ~ Sharyl Attkisson

“In this eye-opening talk, veteran investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson shows how astroturf, or fake grassroots movements funded by political, corporate, or other special interests very effectively manipulate and distort media messages…”

 

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country… We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society… In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons… who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.” ~ Edward Bernays

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Review: ‘Brand Luther’

brand lutherBrand Luther: How an Unheralded Monk Turned His Small Town into a Center of Publishing, Made Himself the Most Famous Man in Europe–and Started the Protestant Reformation (2015) 400 pages $20.00 https://www.amazon.com/Brand-Luther-Unheralded-Europe-Reformation/dp/1594204969

The original subtitle of this book was much shorter: Brand Luther: 1517, Printing, and the Making of the Reformation

Luther and his Reformation depended upon the printing press and the printing industry to succeed.

It’s hard for us to imagine a world without the printing press but the printing press, with moveable type, was invented only a generation before Martin Luther was born. It’s also hard to imagine reform taking place within the long established Catholic Church before the printing press was invented.

When the Catholic Church decided to do something about Luther and his reform movement, the Church did what it had always done in such cases. Meaning it failed to appreciate and to counter the new information technology Luther was exploiting: printing.

Luther outprinted and outpublished his opponents. He buried them in pamphlets, which were cheap for printers to produce and brought nice profits to the printers.

Luther’s Catholic opponents found printers reluctant to publish their works, because the printers knew they weren’t going to be able to sell many copies of them.

As the author tells us:

Luther’s works outstrip those of any other author by a factor of ten; he outpublished the most successful of his Catholic opponents by a factor of thirty. (p.213)

One of the most important tactics Luther used was that, while his opponents were expecting formal discourses written in Latin, Luther went directly to the people by writing in German. This was key to the success of the Reformation.

Luther’s movement quickly led to increased schooling and literacy for boys and girls throughout Germany. And, as the author of this book points out (see 259-266) Luther should be given credit for promoting the education of young girls.

In short, this is a well researched, well written, and interesting book. It’s an important read for anyone interested in the Protestant Reformation.

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Review: ‘Knowing Jesus in the Old Testament? : A Fresh Look at Christophanies’

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Knowing Jesus in the Old Testament? : A Fresh Look at Christophanies, by Andrew S. Malone $10.36 (Free Shipping) Inter-Varsity Press 2015 (208 pages) https://www.bookdepository.com/Knowing-Jesus-Old-Testament-Andrew-S-Malone/9781783592043

I found this book online when I was looking for some common sense (and scripturally based) reasoning regarding ‘Christophanies’ or: pre-incarnate appearances of Christ in the Old Testament.

I found this book to be well worth the $10 it cost me, which included free shipping.

After numerous recent interactions with people online regarding issues surrounding the study of Christ (Christology) I began to see what I consider to be erroneous understandings of Christ. Namely, people referring to Jesus (or Christ) and his actions in the Old Testament (OT).

I have no problems with people referring to the Son before the incarnation, but I do have a problem with referring to Jesus in the OT. I also don’t care for people referring to Christ in the OT. Why? Because, although the Son is eternal, Jesus Christ was born of Mary in Bethlehem.

Jesus, by definition, is the God-Man (Greek: theanthropos). Jesus has both a divine and a human nature. He’s no more human than he is divine, and he’s no more divine than he is human. Ultimately, the dual nature of Jesus is a mystery, and we, as believers, are expected to maintain that mysterious balance whenever we speak or write about him. To go to either extreme, and express a position in which Jesus appears to be more God than man, or more man than God, is heresy. A balance, and an avoidance of error, is our goal whenever we speak or write about Jesus.

As I said, I’ve been dealing online with quite a few people in recent months who were speaking/writing about Jesus as though he were more God than man. For example, people were saying Jesus did things before he was born in Bethlehem. This is anachronistic, to say the least, and heretical to say the most. To me, this smacked of heresy… a too-high Christology that made Jesus God but not really man, since the dual natured Jesus — the God-Man — didn’t come into being until Bethlehem. The Son is eternal. He has always existed. He never came into being. Jesus, the God-Man, came into being when the eternal Son took on human flesh and became man (for us and for our salvation). This is the whole point of the incarnation. And this is also why most people will qualify their statement about Jesus, or Christ, doing something in the OT by saying the pre-incarnate Jesus, or the pre-incarnate Christ, did something.

But when people talk about the pre-incarnate Christ doing something in the OT they aren’t speaking about something the OT actually says, they’re speaking about something they believe. People have constructed the notion of a pre-incarnate Jesus in their own minds, mostly due to having a New Testament (NT) perspective as a Christian, and ‘discovering’ many appearances of a (supposedly) pre-incarnate Christ in the OT.

People do this because they are taught to do it. I used to accept the notion of pre-incarnate appearances of Christ in the OT, because that’s what I had been taught, too. But after the recent experiences I’ve had with people in discussing this issue, after reading this book, after thinking about the issue, and after pondering what the Bible actually says, I no longer believe we can say with any certainly that the Son, Jesus, or Christ appeared in the OT. As the author says:

“No one here doubts that God the Son has always existed and been active throughout history as part of the Trinity. What is in doubt is whether we should identify particular activities of the Son in Old Testament times and whether we can read any evidence of these in the pages of the Old Testament itself.” (p.177)

This book is something of a voice crying in the wilderness, because it seems almost everyone these days believes in OT Christophanies.  The author does the Church a great service by writing this (no doubt unpopular) book. It is well researched, well outlined, well written, and scripturally based.

If you’re at all interested in the subject of Christophanies I suggest you read this book.

For further reading, the author has also written an informative article on: John Owen and Old Testament Christophanies, by Andrew S. Malone http://www.theologian.org.uk/doctrine/johnowen.html

 

 

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America’s new Red Guard?

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Think it can’t happen here? The young lady in this video is advocating for cultural revolution and totalitarian ideology…

High school senior tries to cope with bigotry, racism after attacks in Charlottesville, Portland… https://youtu.be/u7ziLFEjgzs

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An Unreported on Pattern of Violence

 

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 The late Aavielle Wakefield

This post deals with an unreported on pattern of violence in the USA. Virtually every day, across the USA, black babies, children, and teens are at risk for being inadvertently shot and killed by black men. The pattern is there, the danger is real, and yet the national media never connects the dots and reports on this nationwide epidemic of violence.

This tragedy is left to local media to report on, which they do, faithfully.

I follow local news outlets across the USA and this is why I am able to collect many of these tragic news stories. The national media knows about these tragic events, and knows there is a nationwide pattern, but refuses to bring any national attention to it.

If only one of these babies had been killed by the KKK we would hear about it forever. But since all of these babies have been killed by black men it’s just local news. In fact, these types of shootings are so common that the media doesn’t consider them to be national news.

Ask yourself this question: “If I were a young black mother with babies, would I fear my babies were in constant danger of being murdered by the KKK? Or would I fear my babies were in constant danger of being murdered by black men in my neighborhood?”

Watch this tragic video playlist, and cry as I have. Why is this national pattern of black male on black child violence never discussed in the national media? Because the national media doesn’t care about black people. If they did, they would address this national tragedy daily, until something was finally done to stop it.

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Roosevelt and Stalin

Stalin, Roosevelt, and Churchill at Tehran

Stalin, Roosevelt, and Churchill at Tehran in 1943

Stalin Killed Far More People Than Hitler

“The US, Canada and Britain have never squarely faced the ugly fact that their close wartime ally, Stalin, was a far worse mass murderer than enemy Adolf Hitler…” Read more: Stalin Killed Far More People Than Hitler https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/01/eric-margolis/stalin-killed-people-hitler/

Stalin’s Jews

“We mustn’t forget that some of greatest murderers of modern times were Jewish…” Read more: Stalin’s Jews http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3342999,00.html

FDR attends Tehran conference: Nov. 28, 1943

“On this day in 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt joined British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin at a conference in Tehran that cemented the pledge of an Allied second front against Nazi Germany in Western Europe… The meeting proved so friendly that Churchill, who mistrusted Stalin, later voiced concern about Roosevelt’s efforts to woo the Soviet leader.” Read more: FDR attends Tehran conference: Nov. 28, 1943 http://politi.co/2gM0pqT

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Review: Nuevo Testamento Bilingue RVR 1960/KJV

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Nuevo Testamento Bilingue RVR 1960/KJV

Nuevo Testamento Bilingue RVR 1960/KJV, Enc. Rustica, Vino (RVR 1960/KJV Bilingual New Testament, Softcover, Burgundy) $5.99 – https://www.christianbook.com/nuevo-testamento-bilingue-rvr-kjv-rustica/9780834002197/pd/002192

I’ve been needing a Spanish/English New Testament and they’re not easy to find. My local Christian bookstore (LifeWay) has a wall of Spanish Bibles and books, including many Spanish/English Bibles, but no bilingual New Testaments.

I found the one linked above at Christian Book Distributors for $5.99 + $3.99 shipping, so, for $10, I managed to find a decent Spanish/English New Testament, which actually has a readable font. I should note I prefer the older translations, and this one is the RVR 1960 along with the KJV. There are other, modern translations available at CBD as well (although these, too, are not available at my local LifeWay).

I like this Spanish/English New Testament. It’s published by National Publishing Company, Philadelphia and, for a cheap paperback, is pretty well made. The paper is of good quality and the font, as I said above, is readable.

If you’re looking for a Spanish/English New Testament this is a good buy, especially for the price.

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