24 December 2013

What is this "Christmas Story?"


“My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.  I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments.”

“So then, just as you received Christ Yeshua as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.  See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.”

“Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day.  These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.”

- Colossians 2:2-4, 6-8, 16-17

In my honest opinion, many of the ‘actions’ and ‘themes’ of this time of year do not reflect the example of Christ, although some of the religious like to repeat the mantra “Jesus is the reason for the season” while they are standing in line buying up what their credit card can swallow.  Folks suppose the purchase of ‘things’ bought and wrapped somehow says I love you.  Where did that come from?  When the magi came and gave their gifts to the infant Christ, they did it out of honor and tribute to Him being King… King of kings!  It can be said the gifts represent gifts one would bring to a birthday party, but how do you gift the Living God?  By mostly giving things to others which are doodads, novelty and trendy?  

Let us look to giving a lasting gift.

I desire you to know the reality, which is found in Christ!  I desire you to be built and rooted in the faith as you were taught ( by the Spirit and His Word ).  I desire you to allow the shadow of the world’s ways to pass and for you to pursue, in faith, the path and purpose He has for you… and surely it is not to reflect the world and the world’s ways, but to be a living sacrifice and light to this dark world and be utilized as a vessel of His Spirit.

I’m not trying to be a scrooge, but I would like to express the reality of things as they are, aside from childhood emotions, sentimentality, religious beliefs built from man’s doctrine beyond scripture, cognitive dissonance caused by realizing the supporting and efforts in continuing pagan rituals and adherence to secular culture’s generational repetition of tradition.  These are the justifications of the actions and themes of this time of year people use to continue on their path and shrug off points made herein as ‘scroogy.’

My aim and goal is that you understand, as the scripture is stating; understand and be able to decipher what ‘is’ and what is not.

Some of the themes of this time of year are:

- consumerism

- many songs singing about everything BUT what Christ exemplified


- a tree brought into the house

- a few other mostly pagan-based rituals and traditions, having been adopted as Christian traditions yet still lacking anything substantially Christian as for what that term Christian means: Christ like.

Much like when in spring, a bunny rabbit, some chicken eggs and chocolates somehow have something to do with Christ rising to life from the dead.  And when one considers that ‘holi’day is called Easter ( google Ishtar, which is yet another pagan god ), one can see that clearly for what it is, if only they put their mind into thinking and cease the novelty of following the crowd.   Folks, out of habit and cultural conditioning, forward that mantra of ‘happy easter’ and have no clue what they are really repeating ( perhaps ignorantly invoking and celebrating a pagan god? ).  

Same can be said with the winter season’s celebration of things and the repeating of a holiday riddled with pagan themes.  

Looking at the passage in Colossians, it is clear that one will not be condemned if they partake in any kind of secular cultural celebration.  Yet one should search out what exactly it is they are celebrating, looking for themselves what the words and actions mean.  For me personally, the more I’ve learned about secular ‘holi’days, I have found they have more to do with the continuance of pagan rituals and less to do with my faith ( and in no way further my faith but instead lead me into more consumerism and the buying and selling of the Babylon system which has enslaved the world ).  For this reason I have steered clear due to my conscience and desire to not be swayed in any way from Christ’s reality.

The passage does encourage the believer to further deepen their knowledge of Christ.  And what would that knowledge of Christ be?  Would it be being able to recite passages of scripture on cue?  Perhaps, yet I see it as being more so ‘knowing’ Christ by doing what He did; action and themes of what He exemplified?  What were His actions while in the flesh?  He served the needs of those marginalized and shunned by society.  He fed the hungry.  He helped the blind see ( think spiritually and metaphorically ).  He befriended those who the religious would deem undesirable.  He walked outside the typical and the only path He would come close to reflecting the culture was the law that drew Him to obedience, to which He fulfilled.  I doubt we would have found Christ in line at the mall if not to help others and preach the Word to them, but not so much buying a shopping cart full of stuff for his mom and brothers and sisters.  

Ask yourself also if you will consider the poor and homeless for a single day, as many do for ‘thanksgiving,’ and would you ‘help’ them with more ‘things,’ or with real necessities like food, clothing and the means to shelter themselves from the cold.  Many folks who are out in the cold have lost their minds due to an economic meltdown brought on by the sifting of the market by the very same mechanisms which market consumerism to you… and many folks ignorantly are out there supporting these very same mechanisms with their shopping… a vicious cycle not easily recognized, but felt when the desire for more is never satisfied.  

Have you noticed how mainstream culture reminds you to do ‘good’ things as a passing suggestion but not as a mainline theme?  Was Christ’s attention to the needs of others a passing distraction or a centered focus?  Could the afterthought of the poor and needy be because feeding the homeless doesn’t equate to profits for companies selling trendy and plastic things?  

And when considering your ‘giving’ like Christ, may I suggest going a step further from the easy move of giving to a charity, to instead going directly to the source: finding those who are in need and handing them your gifts directly to them.   Doing so will eliminate the waste and risk of giving to charities, for however famous and well recognized their brand may be, your entire donation doesn’t go to the source of the need.  Yet, when you give to those face to face, not only does the 100% you give directly impacts the recipient, the human impact both the giver and receiver experience is priceless… the human experience of love in action.  

Let us also consider not just a thanksgiving day or a Christmas day, but every day those who are truly Christ in disguise:

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne.  All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.  He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.  For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?  When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?  When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.  For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

- Matthew 25:31-46

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Let us now look at the influence still persistence of an empire thought to be long gone to history, but the remnant and adoption of their continued rituals, customs and modes of thought still ever-present in today’s Amerikan and worldwide consumer empire:

( the following excerpts are from wikipedia entries with attached links )

Religio

Religio among the Romans was not based on "faith", but on knowledge, including and especially correct practice.  Religio (plural religiones) was the pious practice of Rome's traditional cults, and was a cornerstone of the mos maiorum, the traditional social norms that regulated public, private, and military life. To the Romans, their success was self-evidently due to their practice of proper, respectful religio, which gave the gods what was owed them and which was rewarded with social harmony, peace and prosperity.
Religious law maintained the proprieties of divine honours, sacrifice and ritual. Impure sacrifice and incorrect ritual were vitia (faults, hence "vice," the English derivative); excessive devotion, fearful grovelling to deities, and the improper use or seeking of divine knowledge were superstitio; neglecting the religiones owed to the traditional gods was atheism, a charge leveled during the Empire at Jews, Christians, and Epicureans.  Any of these moral deviations could cause divine anger (ira deorum) and therefore harm the State.  See Religion in ancient Rome.

Sacerdos

A sacerdos (plural sacerdotes, a word of either masculine or feminine gender) was any priest or priestess, from *sakro-dho-ts, "the one who does the sacred act."  There was no priestly caste in ancient Rome, and in some sense every citizen was a priest in that he presided over the domestic cult of his household. Senators, magistrates, and the decurions of towns performed ritual acts, though they were not sacerdotes per se.  The sacerdos was one who held the title usually in relation to a specific deity or temple.  See also collegium and flamen.


Sigallaria

The Sigillaria on December 23 was a day of gift-giving.  Because gifts of value would mark social status contrary to the spirit of the season, these were often the pottery or wax figurines called sigillaria made specially for the day, candles, or "gag gifts", of which Augustus was particularly fond.  Children received toys as gifts.  In his many poems about the Saturnalia, Martial names both expensive and quite cheap gifts, including writing tablets, dice, knucklebones, moneyboxes, combs, toothpicks, a hat, a hunting knife, an axe, various lamps, balls, perfumes, pipes, a pig, a sausage, a parrot, tables, cups, spoons, items of clothing, statues, masks, books, and pets.  Gifts might be as costly as a slave or exotic animal, but Martial suggests that token gifts of low intrinsic value inversely measure the high quality of a friendship.  Patrons or "bosses" might pass along a gratuity (sigillaricium) to their poorer clients or dependents to help them buy gifts. Some emperors were noted for their devoted observance of the Sigillaria.

In a practice that might be compared to modern greeting cards, verses sometimes accompanied the gifts. Martial has a collection of poems written as if to be attached to gifts.  Catullus received a book of bad poems by "the worst poet of all time" as a joke from a friend.  Gift-giving was not confined to the day of the Sigillaria. In some households, guests and family members received gifts after the feast in which slaves had shared.


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The Chronography of 354, an illuminated manuscript compiled in Rome, is an early reference to the date of the nativity as December 25.   In the East, early Christians celebrated the birth of Christ as part of Epiphany (January 6), although this festival emphasized celebration of the baptism of Jesus.

Christmas was promoted in the Christian East as part of the revival of Catholicism following the death of the pro-Arian Emperor Valens at the Battle of Adrianople in 378. The feast was introduced to Constantinople in 379, and to Antioch in about 380. The feast disappeared after Gregory of Nazianzus resigned as bishop in 381, although it was reintroduced by John Chrysostom in about 400.

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In the Early Middle Ages, Christmas Day was overshadowed by Epiphany, which in western Christianity focused on the visit of the magi. But the medieval calendar was dominated by Christmas-related holidays. The forty days before Christmas became the "forty days of St. Martin" (which began on November 11, the feast of St. Martin of Tours), now known as Advent.  In Italy, former Saturnalian traditions were attached to Advent.  Around the 12th century, these traditions transferred again to the Twelve Days of Christmas (December 25 – January 5); a time that appears in the liturgical calendars as Christmastide or Twelve Holy Days.

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Christmas during the Middle Ages was a public festival that incorporated ivy, holly, and other evergreens.  Christmas gift-giving during the Middle Ages was usually between people with legal relationships, such as tenant and landlord.  The annual indulgence in eating, dancing, singing, sporting, and card playing escalated in England, and by the 17th century the Christmas season featured lavish dinners, elaborate masques, and pageants. In 1607, King James I insisted that a play be acted on Christmas night and that the court indulge in games.  It was during the Reformation in 16th–17th-century Europe that many Protestants changed the gift bringer to the Christ Child or Christkindl, and the date of giving gifts changed from December 6 to Christmas Eve.

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Following the Protestant Reformation, groups such as the Puritans strongly condemned the celebration of Christmas, considering it a Catholic invention and the "trappings of popery" or the "rags of the Beast".  The Catholic Church responded by promoting the festival in a more religiously oriented form. King Charles I of England directed his noblemen and gentry to return to their landed estates in midwinter to keep up their old style Christmas generosity.  Following the Parliamentarian victory over Charles I during the English Civil War, England's Puritan rulers banned Christmas in 1647

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In Colonial America, the Puritans of New England shared radical Protestant disapproval of Christmas. Celebration was outlawed in Boston from 1659 to 1681. The ban by the Pilgrims was revoked in 1681 by English governor Sir Edmund Andros, however it was not until the mid-19th century that celebrating Christmas became fashionable in the Boston region.

At the same time, Christian residents of Virginia and New York observed the holiday freely. Pennsylvania German Settlers, pre-eminently the Moravian settlers of Bethlehem, Nazareth and Lititz in Pennsylvania and the Wachovia Settlements in North Carolina, were enthusiastic celebrators of Christmas. The Moravians in Bethlehem had the first Christmas trees in America as well as the first Nativity Scenes.  Christmas fell out of favor in the United States after the American Revolution, when it was considered an English custom   George Washington attacked Hessian (German) mercenaries on the day after Christmas during the Battle of Trenton on December 26, 1776, Christmas being much more popular in Germany than in America at this time.

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In Britain, the Christmas tree was introduced in the early 19th century following the personal union with the Kingdom of Hanover by Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, wife of King George III. In 1832, the future Queen Victoria wrote about her delight at having a Christmas tree, hung with lights, ornaments, and presents placed round it.  After her marriage to her German cousin Prince Albert, by 1841 the custom became more widespread throughout Britain.

An image of the British royal family with their Christmas tree at Windsor Castle created a sensation when it was published in the Illustrated London News in 1848. A modified version of this image was published in the United States in 1850.  By the 1870s, putting up a Christmas tree had become common in America.

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Christmas is typically a peak selling season for retailers in many nations around the world. Sales increase dramatically as people purchase gifts, decorations, and supplies to celebrate. In the U.S., the "Christmas shopping season" starts as early as October.  In Canada, merchants begin advertising campaigns just before Halloween (October 31), and step up their marketing following Remembrance Day on November 11.


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According to the Encyclopædia Britannica, "The use of evergreen trees, wreaths, and garlands to symbolize eternal life was a custom of the ancient Egyptians, Chinese, and Hebrews. Tree worship was common among the pagan Europeans and survived their conversion to Christianity in the Scandinavian customs of decorating the house and barn with evergreens at the New Year to scare away the devil and of setting up a tree for the birds during Christmastime."

Alternatively, it is identified with the "tree of paradise" of medieval mystery plays that were given on 24 December, the commemoration and name day of Adam and Eve in various countries. In such plays, a tree decorated with apples (to represent the forbidden fruit) and wafers (to represent the Eucharist and redemption) was used as a setting for the play. Like the Christmas crib, the Paradise tree was later placed in homes. The apples were replaced by round objects such as shiny red balls.

10 December 2013

Mandela's South Africa or Rhodes' South Africa?

I read about Cecil Rhodes earlier this year and gained a glimpse of what South Africa became after being colonized by the same mind that also colonized India, Amerika and several other places around the world.

After the recent passing of Nelson Mandela, and the reaction of people who'd rather follow propaganda and vilify a popular stranger ( while emulating another popular stranger who recently passed away ) without giving thought to the bigger picture, I thought it prudent to share my two cents and perhaps ( you may agree or disagree ) a few insights I've discovered.

Please take the time to read about Cecil Rhodes, who he was and his role on the African continent: Cecil Rhodes ( if you don't like wikipedia as a source, go ahead and change what is posted or go elsewhere to read about this man.... but be sure to include not only the imperial accolades but also the crimes and the reaction of humanity as a whole ).   Be sure to also read his quotes at the bottom.

I share about Cecil Rhodes prior to Nelson Mandela because, as with anything else, folks should know what came first in order to clearly 'see' what is 'now' and why things happen as they do.

In reading about Rhodes you may see the purpose of colonization was to expand one tribal mind and, by default and as always happens, displace another tribal mind... and the further purpose really is to grow the appetite of man in not only what they eat for food, but what they purchase with money... the justification for penetrating non-western cultures today.

The desire for this tribal mind's consumerism and money worship is behind the continued building of empire, with religion, terrorism, injustice and other platitudes used to hook and crook the masses into accepting supposed 'necessary evil' ( one evil recently being called Operation Iraqi Freedom ).

Far too many people accept the current paradigm of empire, accepting the domination of one people over another, of the justification of slavery in order to build city, state and kountry... and instead of bringing remedy and recompense for past crimes, factual history and clear reason is muddied and people are simply lead to desire to plow forward without rendering true solutions to the 'problem.'

People, by default, continue to pursue their programmed reality and plow ahead not seeing they are living a lifestyle based on lies, deceit, murder, genocide, thievery and other crimes against individuals and humanity as a whole... but may not seem to care to ponder such things since 'they' weren't there and the 'now' is so alluring and relevant for them.. they just keep on getting jobs and shopping and think 'that' is living.

People today, however, fill in the shoes of the oppressed of the past and continue to uphold the very machinations which bound those people ( bondage ) to a system based on the majority of folks trading their labor for things, dependent on masters... a step above a basic slave laboring away in order to not be beat and to receive their daily bread from their master.

At least you get to choose your slave master and where you get your bread from today, right? so that's good, eh? ( yeah right! )  

And what has been the problem??

Well, after reading about Mr. Rhodes, you may find out how, just like in the Amerikas, a particular tribal and cultural mindset pursued the idea of 'wealth' and 'success' at the expense of a people already inhabiting a land.... a land which this particular invading mindset considered theirs for the taking.  ( think of your backyard not being used for anything, being bare, and your neighbor taking over since, to them, you were not putting it to any use... and them killing you or pushing you out when you object... you being considered 'backwards' and them being 'forwards' and pursuing the modern goal of empire, buying and selling and all the rest of it )

Religious dogma, the lure of greed and conditioning from a hierarchy built on conquest and consumption rather than love and service to their fellow man was and sadly still is the protocol.

And where is God?  Where is the conscience of 'right' and 'wrong?'  Where is the message of love?

You will find out reading about Rhodes that the story of South Africa is much clearer and concise than the story of Amerika, in that instead of slaves being brought to the Amerikan shores, the inhabitants on the southern tip of the African continent would become slaves, be removed, or be exterminated... but modern slaves, mind you, with the opportunity for 'jobs' and the 'benefit' of living in either a slum or a subdivision, all dependent on how hungry you are for empire and to play the expected role prescribed to you.

The crimes of nation building, empire expansion and people killing / displacement always being justified by religious dogma and other such suppositions of 'right,' like that ridiculous justification most of us in Amerika were 'learned' in school called 'manifest destiny,' is the prescription pill the world has been choked into taking.

Did you know that the creation of the western African kountry of Liberia was to pacify the slaves of the Amerikas and bring a solution to the slave trade for Amerikan slaves, ex-slaves and those still in fiscal bondage to their empire building masters?... out of fear of reprisal and mass dissension, as was erupting in Haiti where those slaves began to revolt against their French imperial masters?

In Mandela's time, the climate of racism, injustice and inequality deemed 'okay' by the 'master' tribal mind and those pledging allegiance to it in South Africa had become so outlandish and obvious ( at least to those subdued by that infringing tribal mind ) that, unfortunately, violence began to seem like a viable solution to outright genocide.

I hope the point I just made is made clear when reading about Rhodes and his venture ( perhaps after your appetite for financial success falls away and gives way to your reasoning capacity and your conscience thought of right and wrong ) and reading about Mandela and his memoirs.


Do you not see the pattern of conquest and the justifications written for us in media and schooling to somehow accept it as being for the good of mankind, for the good of ourselves and to 'help' those who are outside the empire's system as if they were missing something?  Don't they want a Walmart to shop in and a fake plastic Christmas tree to light up??  Don't they want a reverse mortgage so they can pay their mountain of debt?  Don't they want to be radiated with chemo therapy instead of taking cannabis oil or water with baking soda for their cancers?  What's wrong with them, right?  Empire has all the solutions!!  They can leave their fields and growing organic foods and join us in eating genetically modified organisms and help us splice the human genome as our most learned minds attempt to be God over us.

It is written in history books, it is fantasized in movies and it is propagated even today in the 'news;' when people look back at the 'wonderful' and not so wonderful things man does as he struggles with empire and somehow tries to exist among the throngs of greed and idol worship....  but do you see the hypocrisy in what is propagated?  

Mandela is being vilified by some because he was associated with a group that wanted to fight back, to respond with violence to violence and to injure those who would injure them.  

Was the man a saint or touted as one?

So why the outrage that he spoke as one backed up against a wall with weapons to his face?

Gandhi pursued a peaceful and non-violent resistance against the tribal mind that infiltrated where he grew up, but notice that the mechanism is still there, only the offices are now occupied by those looking like Gandhi, but the heart and mindset hasn't changed... the tribal colony's stamp hasn't been stamped out... and his heirs are still participating in the game of politics but do not see past the imprint left by empire.

Same thing happened with Mandela being brought to the highest public office of South Africa: no real change, only small crumbs for blood spilled.

You see, the thought of sending the invading tribe and their imperial mindset back to where they came from was never an option... but the option of sending back the commodity / slave tribes and creating a nation for them ( called Liberia ), already fixed with imperial notions, was an option that was acted upon and exists today.  Isn't that nice?  A place where you can exercise empire.  Like giving a child a gun.

And I wonder, if the removal of the invading tribe and their mind was in fact done in South Africa, it would by sequence and conscience have to be done also in India and in Amerika and anywhere else the empire of idol worship has spread.  Would the people subdued by this mindset fight so hard so not to lose their idols, their material means, their identity??  Many, after all, fawn after the thought of being princes and princesses and having their own retinue

The empire would have been sooner unraveled, would be my guess.

Perhaps Nelson Mandela also considered removing all the objects of worship of the invading tribe; their cities, their machinations, their shops, their entertainment, their very culture and ideas.

This is what was done through a prior tribe centuries ago to establish the worship of the one true God... where the secular lifestyle was distant from the spiritual lifestyle, and many still misunderstand and fight against that pursuit... so why not give them their trappings and the winds they desire to chase?

Have you noticed the duality in today's world where man continues to perpetuate the old way of thought ( living by the law and by force over their fellow man ) and in putting things before each other ( business, empire, money, etc. )?

Do you also notice the confusion of people from this duality who consider and believe that we live in a new age, the age of 'love thy neighbor' and 'love thy enemy,' and not the old of 'hate thy enemy?' 

Yet, empire pushes forward with the old age and old age action.... and those who enjoy the heights of a good seat in viewing all of this, wonder why the people desire to react in the old way against their imperial efforts ( eye for an eye ) instead of the new way ( turn the other cheek ).

Could it be that the world is being marketed the old age with its old customs and old law?

Could it be that still the revealing of God's love in Yeshua and the notion of loving they neighbor as yourself has yet to pierce many hearts in the circles of imperial leadership ( even those who profess themselves to be 'Christians' )?

Would you be a Rhodes, a Mandela, a Gandhi or a Yeshua?

Or would you just stay 'you' and look forward to this weekend's sale at Macy's?

Look what Zimbabwe did in removing the corporate motive of having land ownership in the hands of a few and placing it in the hands of those in need of it... creating an empowered people and an independent people.

25 October 2013

Independent Money Means Independent People

I read a lot.

This week I was reading the letters Pilate wrote to his superiors regarding the aftermath of putting Yeshua to death; what he witnessed, what he heard in reports from his subbordinates and what he personally was going through.  I was amazed to put it mildly.

In reading about these events from a source not affiliated with scripture, I came across a certain man who claimed to be the messiah at the time of the final stamp-out of the Jews in Jerusalem; Simon ben Kosiba, later to be called Simon bar Kokhba.  There were many before and after Yeshua who claimed to be the messiah, but only Yeshua had the miracles and witnesses of His divinity to corroborate the claims which have turned the world on it's side since that time ( what is noticable if one were to research such things ).

So this morning I come across the scripture about the Temple Tax ( Matthew 17:24-27, read this please ) and the trick of the Pharisees attempting to once again entrap Yeshua in something not kosher ( not kosher according to them ). I find it quite profound His point in giving instruction to Peter ( this specific lesson I learned from the youtube video entitled "Traveling with Brad Pugh," so thanks and credit to him for his spiritual insight ).

Yeshua had Peter go fishing to find the funds to satisfy the tribute / duty to the earthly kings.  There is much more I'd like to go into, but I want to keep this basic and simple ( yeah right, a most difficult thing for me ).   Instead of going into the money bag of theirs, Peter was to go out to nature and do a bit of work, and this being noticed by Yeshua that the earthly kings ( the Roman empire of the time ) was not recognized as the authority, yet to not cause issue, Yeshua instructed what He did ( read what He said ).

Another point I'd like to make was the response when Yeshua was asked about paying the Imperial Tax ( Matthew 22:15-22, please read this ), and here is the point of this particular blog entry. 

Yeshua's response is quite simple yet overlooked in today's society; "who's image is this and who's inscription?"  You see, the only money used for commercial purposes in Judea and throughout the empire ( conquered nations of people ) was Caesar's money, not local money.  The money used for the Temple Tax was coined by the priests, but that was not good to buy anything outside of the business performed within that temple of theirs.

Reading about this Simon ben Kosiba, he had called for a return to speaking Hebrew instead of Aramaic, AND a return to the use of their own independent money!  You see, it is the medium of exchange of a people / nation / country which points to whom they are subject to, if not themselves or someone else!

I learned this week that El Salvador has been absolutely using the Federal Reserve Note since 2001.  That country now has no say in monetary police and cannot manage much of anything commercial wise or regarding money for that money is not theirs to manage, but that of a private organization called the Federal Reserve ( not a government, but a privately owned corporation ) who now has their money circulated throughout the entire world less Cuba, North Korea and some other places called "axis of evil." 

Here's a taste of the wikipedia entry highlighting the final rebellion in Jerusalem when the people were finally removed and some interesting points highlighted by me in bold print:

The state minted its own coins, known today as Bar Kochba Revolt coinage. These were inscribed "the first (or second) year of the redemption of Israel". Bar Kokhba ruled with the title of "Nasi". The Romans fared very poorly during the initial revolt facing a completely unified Jewish force (unlike during the First Jewish-Roman War, where Flavius Josephus records three separate Jewish armies fighting each other for control of the Temple Mount during the three weeks time after the Romans had breached Jerusalem's walls and were fighting their way to the center).

A complete Roman legion with auxiliaries was annihilated. The new state knew only one year of peace. The Romans committed no fewer than twelve legions, amounting to one third to one half of the entire Roman army, to reconquer this now independent state. Being outnumbered and taking heavy casualties, the Romans refused to engage in an open battle and instead adopted a scorched earth policy which reduced and demoralized the Judean populace, slowly grinding away at the will of the Judeans to sustain the war. 
Simon ben Kosiba / Simon bar Kokhba

The above excerpt is from this Simon's wiki entry, a more detailed account of the battle and historical perspective can be found at this entry: Bar Kokhba Revolt


Notice how the minting of their own coin was a clear sign of being independent.  Notice also how in being completely unified and not being splintered into three groups regarding internal affairs, they were able to resist an empire.

Here's a quote from someone familiar to Amerikan folklore and [his]tory, and notice what he said:

"The government should create, issue, and circulate all the currency and credits needed to satisfy the spending power of the government and the buying power of consumers. By adoption of these principles, the taxpayers will be saved immense sums of interest. Money will cease to be master and become the servant of humanity."

-- Abraham Lincoln


Here's one pointing to 'who' should issue, have inscription and coin their own money:

"The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs."

-- Thomas Jefferson, Third President U.S.A. President A.D. 1743 - 1826


And here's one which glaringly speaks of what not many would dare say out-loud, even today:


"When the Federal Reserve Act was passed, the people of these United States did not perceive that a world banking system was being set up here.  A super state controlled by international bankers and international industrialists acting together to enslave the world for their own pleasure.  Every effort has been made to conceal its power but the truth is the Fed has usurped the government."

-- Louis T. McFadden, A.D. 1876 - 1936, Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Reminiscent of how Gandhi empowered his fellow countrymen in defeating the colonization of their land and peoples by the British by executing a peaceful unity, why couldn't something like a peaceful unification and unified decision to cease using an empire's money take place? 

What's more, one could create their own 'money' / negotiable instrument / medium of exchange and forgo using a foreign currency ( which is what that green piece of paper with "Federal Reserve Note" in your hand really is ).

19 October 2013

What Are You Feeding Your Brain?

I am now coming to an even deeper understanding and conviction regarding media programming ( teevee ).

I have been given the notion to only watch things streaming from the box ( boobtube / teevee ) which adds to my faith and helps build it, and which in contrast, does not take away from my faith and helps in demolishing it.  This faith by default is in God.  It is also faith in mankind, faith in my 'self,' and faith in the good and the love which is evident in the world... if only we can learn to stop soaking up the negative and faithless narratives fed to us via the media and learn instead to soak up what is already present and prevalent: the proof of love and goodness the world has open to us every day.  If we can only learn to cease the framed view of life that is marketed to us by this commercial world and see things for what they really are.

I wonder, what 'shows' or 'programming' can I watch which will land on my conscience in a great and positive way? 

Look up these two words; "show" and "program" to look further of what is being fed to your mind via media.

I remember studying mass communications in college and being in awe of the power and influence the media has on the lives of all who watch teevee, listen to the radio, view billboard advertising, etc... ( all the forms of media ).  It is, dare I say it, the most influential man-made thing outside of schooling, religion and government.

Media is a tool to pacify the masses as well as instigate them.  Take the example of 9/11 of how those images were rebroadcasted and repeated over and over again to instigate the deadliest 'response' to the biggest false flag of this century ( it's only 2013 as of this writing ) reminiscent to the controversy surrounding the Gulf of Tonkin incident last century.

Aside from nature documentaries ( I don't mean the silly animal shows that have ridiculous narration, but the serious in depth look at nature where you discover something about the animal kingdom ), what other 'programming' adds to you and your faith, personally?

Sports:  I see the trading of men as commodities and the commercialization of their actions through the selling of mostly useless products in sports programming.  I see tribal mentality and people associating with each other according to teams and brands, and the subsequent banter regarding such teams and such sporting actions... a created fiction and distraction from real events and topics of life.... so sports is an obvious no for me.

Reality Shows:  The further deprivation of the mass conscienceness via the exploitation of people and the exposure ( and mostly framed, scripted and edited ) of people's insecurities, indifference and ignorance.... all to drive commercial revenue and put the next stamp on popular culture.... so reality shows is another obvious no.

News:  Have you noticed news programming is mostly bad news?  It is mostly pointing at the common denominator of your psyche: pain, fear, distrust, hate and violence.  It is the worst kind of reality teevee, for it has an air of authority and credibility in its so-called "reporting," but falls on its face when it talks about celebrity gossip as 'news' and moments later war and the 'propaganda' they read off of their daily memos... so the news is an obvious no.

These are three big no-no's for me ( and, I'll admit, they usually are the most desirable to watch ), for they tempt and instigate me to think badly of others and reinforce the stigmas and social cues ( which are mostly false ).  Watching these somehow make me think I'm better than others, and that's a false perspective to have.  Watching these three types of programming kills my faith and the perception of what has been created for us and in how many ways this creation is actually good ( nature and people ), but somehow, my mind being raised with the years of childhood media programming has stamped my mind into a type of mold I've been trying to break out of since I realized a mold had taken place.

Are there any particular things you'd like to change in the feeding of your brain?  Are you satisfied with the numbing effect of programming and have you considered what it does to your view of the world, of yourself and what it does to the faith you have in the Almighty and your fellow man?  Have you noticed too how you are a product of the images and notions that have been fed to you you're entire life?  Isn't it about time to break the cycle and cut off that which is slowly making you into something you were not meant to be? 

- You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.  You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.  You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.  Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.  You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit?  Where can I flee from your presence?  If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.  If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.  If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
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- Psalm 139:1-14

I suggest: less man's creations and more God's creations..... what do you suggest?

17 October 2013

Lessons Learned From Driving Without Insurance

I am sure some folks read about me driving around with no insurance and frowned upon that irresponsible action.  I agree with you.  I was in a financial bind with my business drying up and I was in 'sell everything' mode ( which I still am in, btw, but for another reason now ).  I was going head-on with the state's many rules of life and I wasn't having it anymore.  Thank God I didn't take it to another level and only challenged the boundaries of civility in an appropriate manner.

I looked into getting a surety bond instead of insurance and even looked into ways of getting one of these without having to put up any cash since the money is created out of thin air.  I was looking into doing a certain something that would create money in an account and I could use that account as the base for the surety bond, and walla: I would have a financial responsibility in case of an adverse occurrence without having to pay an arm and a leg or a monthly / yearly premium for a 'what if.'

The things that led me to believe I can create my own money ( actually, the Fed's money, let's be clear ) is that I have personally spoken to people who have eliminated their car note, eliminated their credit card debt and so forth... I've known people who have eliminated the house note as well.  I remember also speaking to one individual who said I was able to perform a surety bond on my own using a particular method that would cost me nothing else than learning how to do it.

I remembered being skeptical of the method in which I made some fast and large sums of money in moving real estate without qualifying for a loan, coming out of pocket for a down-payment and so forth ( the conventional thinking of performing in real estate transactions ).... so I figured thus was the same with this new rabbit hole.

Now, these things are well outside the box of conventional thinking and on their face sound fraudulent, so don't think I haven't considered that... and also realize that what is illegal for some to do is perfectly legal for few to do, according to laws authored and supported by certain few who know more than they should.

I have secondary hearsay that some have even created upwards of $5M and had those amounts wired into an offshore account using a method called a "Bill of Exchange."  I'm not kidding.  The bill of exchange is a viable and real world thing, but the trick is doing it correctly and having the knowledge and savvy of getting it done completely, or else, it falls apart and you may end up in trouble.

The reason why one could or would get into trouble is that the monopoly of money creation is, well, a monopoly and no one else can have their hand in the cookie jar.  The reason why so many people who understood the game were upset, who knew what was going on during the financial crisis of 2007 and the subsequent bailouts, was that some special folks were getting a new feed of credit ( created money ) while the rest of mankind was going to sink with the ship.

Also, people's minds have been conditioned to believe money to be something worshiped and sought after your entire life, something that can only be attained by getting a job and working for it or selling something to get 'it.'  It instead is simply something that facilitates commerce... like greasing moving parts or the oil you put in your car in order to lubricate all the moving parts.  Instead of seeing the engine of the car or the moving parts of the mechanism as the thing of most importance ( the items you trade, like your time, labor, expertise or goods and services for other real things like food, etc. ), folks see the money / the lubricant, the oil as the most important thing.... and this is not so.

Before money was created to facilitate commerce, people bartered and traded what real valuable things they had or did.... and how people went form trading real things for real things to trading paper / an idea for real things is quite the whopper smack in the mind once you get your head around that deception.

Soon after looking deeper into the issue I had with a Notice to Appear for not obeying the many rules of the road, I decided to sell my vehicle.  I decided to stop driving / traveling around without the assurance that IF I was going to damage someone's property or person, they wouldn't be dishonored by me failing to mend their damages or take responsibility for any action of mine.  I also decided not to pursue something which may be objectionable to most and which may also lead me down a narrow tunnel of myopic view ( much like I was when I was flipping real property and only had my mind on making $$ ).

I decided not to create 'their' money in a sly way so nothing could come back to harm me, in case I missed a step or forgot to do something else.  I decided at this point to get back to what I was made for ( to preach and further the good news of Yeshua being the Messiah and salvation in Him and living by the example He put forth while He was walking the earth ) and forgo any further chasing of such winds... even though they could fill up my pockets with enough paper to burn the world down.

For the better part of this year, when I have been behind the wheel, it has been in service to others who have insurance attached to their vehicles and all the proper requirements... and my efforts have been blessed in so many ways, most of which I just can't share at this moment.  All is well now, once again, with my conscience, with my soul and with my perception of my self. 

In some outer cosmic way, which I cannot describe but believe to have happened to my benefit, I escaped the capture of the uniformed boogie man ( the state's big brother ) and was not compelled to answer for not 'registering' my vehicle and paying the yearly tribute ( who would fix the roads, right?  wrong, but that's for another blog post ) and also for not supporting the mass conscienceness of being financially responsible in case I would cause harm or damage to someone or their property.  I somehow escaped further punishment for not abiding by two of the many rules created to secure the enjoyment and peace of mind of others. 

When I think about it soberly and without sarcasm, the world would be much more chaotic if these things were not in place.  Think about it.  Don't get me wrong, I am not advocating more rules, but some folks simply are not responsible and they will and do take advantage of situations.  The EBT card fiasco of recent is one clear example.  People could have done what was right and honorable, but some chose instead to game the system and who knows what consequences will come of those poor choices.  I was facing a steep consequence for my choices, and although I had a difference of opinion, my pocket book was not going to get me out of this one... but the proceeds from the sale of my vehicle would have.. but somehow I escaped having to pay the piper for ignoring his tune. 

I've researched the history of the term 'registration' and it goes as far back as the sixth emperor of Rome.  Driver's licenses go as far back as the creation of the Mercedes Benz, and in the U.S., when people were complaining about the noise, pollution and reckless driving of people who didn't know what they were doing behind the wheel; early 20th century.  Today, we still witness people who haven't the faintest idea of what they're doing behind the wheel, but somehow they past both the driving test and the written trick questionnaire.

Although one may not like the way insurance companies set their rates ( by zip code or statistics of stolen vehicles or claims in a particular part of town ), and although the money is still created out of nothing, what can one do with the mechanisms who are set in place for the benefit of those who participate in them??

The preceding points and reasons are why I desire to move to the countryside, to grow my own food, to build my own resources, be productive on a level that doesn't demand a city dweller's level of income ( paying for wild rents, water, power, food, transportation, etc. ).  The city dweller's existence, if not at a reasonable height in society, can be one of a sucker... or more soberly put, a slave.

At least out in the country, God has provided the means to sustain oneself... in the city, you have to get a job or own a job or manage a job and so on.... out in the country, I can drop a line into a river and catch lunch.  Out in the country, I can plant a seed, water it... and watch God grow me food for the year.  Out in the country, I can raise animals that will not only feed me, but even work for me in tilling the ground.  Out in the country, I will not have television suggesting to me what to think, what to buy or who to be.  Out in the country, I will discover the lifestyle our ancient forefathers enjoyed with dreams of being kings and living in the city... but this king knows better and realized his throne is not in the city.

16 October 2013

"Embarrassment For The Los Angeles Police Department"

Today I went to 'court' regarding a Notice to Appear ( traffic ticket / citation ) for expired registration and no proof of insurance.  I subpoenaed the audio / video from the stop ( looked up the 'form' for a Duces Tecum online ) and also sent a request via the state's version of the Freedom of Information Act.  I received a letter confirming the evidence would be in court from the subpoena I typed up, but never received confirmation of the information request nor any response.  That letter promising me that the audio / video evidence would be in court that day was the deciding factor!

Contrary to advice, I did not file / record a motion to have the civil servant removed ( the 'judge' in the matter ) for him ignoring my previous motions and moving forward with his job and process of collecting monies.  I instead wrote out a detailed account of the evening in early January of this year.

The police officer showed up and spoke to me while I was in line to enter the courtroom ( as did the other officers with other would-be clients ) to get me to either plea, ask for traffic school, etc.  I asked him if he brought the audio from the stop, and with a smile, he said he didn't audio record the stop nor was he required to do so.  I smelled something funny in the air.  I asked him if he remembered why he pulled me over ( what the probable cause was ) and he said it was the expired tags.  I then asked if he remembered exactly how things happened that night.  He said he didn't.  I said that's why the evidence was necessary.  He asked if I had the registration and the proof in insurance.  I said I didn't.  I asked him if he was wronged in any way by me that evening, or if I had been suspected of committing any criminal act or was in the process of committing a criminal act, to which he replied in the negative.  I told him he had no probable cause in pulling me over and that his response that evening and right there in that line was a lie.  He asked if I was going to trial.  I said I was.  He said okay and walked away.

Quite a few dismissals happened in court today due to some police officers not showing and due to some police officers dismissing the citations they had written ( perhaps they had been proven wrong or something else ).  After the dismissals came the 'Ticket Clinic" cases run by one attorney... and it wasn't what I thought it was: the charges were only minimized and discounted, but nothing was dismissed except for one officer who didn't show up.  None of the officers objected to anything this particular attorney had to say, and I noticed how that service in teevee commercials really has you thinking you are getting away with something, but that wasn't the case from my observation this morning. 

Then came the actual trials, and I was first up to bat.  The judge firstly asked if I had the registration and insurance, to which I replied "peace be with you, Mr. Brenner."  He quickly thanked me for that with a look away and to the floor.  I then proceeded to ask if there was a court reporter present or if the hearing was being recorded in some manner.  He said no, this was traffic court.  I then added that it then was an inferior court since there is no record keeping.  He said it was traffic court and wouldn't argue with me regarding this matter.  I then said he must agree that it is in fact an inferior court since all courts in California are to be courts of record. 

He asked again if I had the registration and insurance, to which I answered that I had filed a motion prior to court, to which he said he did read it prior to coming out and that he would first have to hear what the officer had to say.  I then asked if the officer could recant that evening's chain of events.

He asked the officer to tell what happened and officer Ibarra read from a folded piece of paper who he was, and the time and date of the stop, the make and model of the vehicle and how he pulled me over for expired tags.  And he was done.

The judge then asked me if I had insurance and current tags, to which I said I had a response from the LAPD regarding the subpoena of the audio which would refute the testimony that Officer Ibarra just swore to.  He asked to see it so I handed the bailiff the letter and Mr. Brenner asked Mr. Ibarra if he had brought the audio from the stop.  Mr. Ibarra stated he wasn't required to audio / video record stops.  The magistrate's response was a frown as he read the letter carefully once again.

I looked over at the bailiff who thought she was the boss of the place and smiled.  She had given me a hard time last time I was there and was also trying to push her weight around today and wanted to intimidate everyone with her supposed 'authority.'  She asked me to remove my white Goorin Brothers Fedora.  In response to her order I asked her if this was a place of worship.  She gave me a stonewalled stare, and after a few uncomfortable seconds I slowly removed my crown with a sly smile across my face.  She then said she was thinking about the question and that was the reason for her lack of a response.

A few minutes later I remember I hadn't filed the current motion ( a Declaration of Facts and Order to Show Cause ).  I caught her eye as she was leaving the clerk's area and asked her about filing my motion with the clerk in that courtroom and she pointed to where the clerk was, giving me the okay to approach that area and move through the bar.  So I exited the aisle and walked through the nearest bar doors ( on the left side ) as opposed to entering on the right side where she and everyone else was moving.  She stopped me a few feet away from the clerk's area and said I couldn't be using that particular area as a public throughway ( behind the bar - in between the bench and the little wall separating the public ).  I tried not to give her a 'look' as I said I was a few feet away from the clerk's area, that I was already there.  She said I had to go around, to which I did after a few moments of pause and reflection of the attitude I was getting.  I pondered what I would say to her if the moment struck me.

After I had filed the original, the magistrate's copy and had my copy time stamped, I was returning to the aisle I was seated at and there was Ms. Benjamin ( the bailiff's tag name ).  I walked up close to her in order to read her name tag and address her formally.  She notices me near her and seemed offended and said never to walk up on her like that and that I was in her space.  She is quite portly so it is very difficult to not be anywhere within or in her space.  I responded that I needed to read her name tag for I was going to speak to her.  I stepped forward to get near the aisle and to speak to her ( she was four feet away at this point ) and again, louder this time, she exclaims that I am in her space.  I firmly responded with "I understand you have a job to do Ms. Benjamin.  I also acknowledge you have an authority here but I do NOT recognize that authority, and I am only complying out of respect to the Almighty."  She said she too respects the Almighty.  I moved on and took a seat.

So, back to the issue of the citation.  Mr. Brenner asks Mr. Ibarra twice if he had seen the order to bring the audio / video recording of the stop, to which Mr. Ibarra said he had not seen the letter.  Mr. Brenner was a bit perplexed and said this was an embarrassment to the Los Angeles Police Department in how they function and communicate internally. 

He said he was going to have to dismiss the case.  He then looked over at me and said "Mr. Santiago, this doesn't mean you can drive around without having current registration and proper proof of financial responsibility, regardless of what you believe or what you believe to be the law....  Suppose you were at a stop somewhere minding your own business and someone smashed into you and they had no means to pay your damages."  I nodded in agreement to his 'what if' and said "thank you, Mr. Brenner."

I walked out right behind Mr. Ibarra and when I caught his eyes a few moments later in the 'halls of justice,' I thanked him for being honest. 

I thank the Father in heaven for bringing things to a positive resolve regarding this issue.  He works in wondrous ways and from what I sensed, the officer's lies caught up with him right there for all to see.