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Facts: Why they matter and how to check them

In the age that the majority of the younger generation does not want to spend time to read serious in-depth articles and only has an eye for eye-catching titles or just some short notices on social media and likes to do cherry-picking of short reviews of sayings without fact checking, our world needs to keep offering more details and research journalism as well profound scientific research.

As it has been always, mankind has to keep doing self-introspection as well as investigating all the information which comes unto him or her.

Living in the golden age of misinformation it is up to reasonable figures to put things right and to dare to speak up when it is going in the wrong direction.

In the United States of America too many allowed too often some people claiming that there were “alternative facts” and “fake news”. By not reacting against the false accusations the 45th President of the United States of America continually could spread certain ungrounded ideas and succeed his brainwashing. It was then only a little step to fulfil his “State Terrorism” and bring people to storm the symbol of democracy, the Capitol. The dignity and fate of American democracy will now largely depend on how politicians will deal in the next few days with that president’s call to go to the Capitol and claim their rights.

We can wonder how many noticed and were willing to react on the way Donald Trump showed no respect at all for ethics and human values, and how he disintegrated every rule of public and political decorum and conventional wisdom.
What happened on January 6th was the result of too many people having been silent and letting it happen.

The U.S.A. should now receive its Wake-up call and come to see what a similar act happened as in 1938. D. Trump managed to get his followers to break many glasses and to enter the house where Trump wants to be the boss or having all power. Here in Europe we only can hope more people in the States shall come to see that D. Trump is of the same calibre as the one who instigated the Kristallnacht or the Night of Broken Glass, also called the November Pogrom(s) in Germany. It is a fact that the four years of Trump and his call to the people is just a prelude to worse things to come if we allow it to continue.

It is high time enough people will stand up and shall come to open the eyes of the many blinded people and making them receptive to facts they were previously ignorant but also many blindly dismissing them as “fake news.”

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To remember

  • Many people = living in an alternative reality > everything that agrees with them = true, + anything that disagrees with them = biased, fake news or “just an opinion.”
  • fact checking = to boil down to, “from a source I like => true, +  if from a source I don’t like => false,” ==> extremely faulty & dangerous dichotomy.
  • all prone to cognitive traps & biases
  • Scepticism = skill to be practiced + requires training
  • fact = objective statement of reality > inherently apolitical
  • opinion = subjective perception of reality based on individual views, beliefs & preferences.
  • flawed thinking = pervades science denialism
  • veracity of a politician’s statements & reported actions matter > People are impacted by things politicians do & say
  • search & look for a broad range of sources
  • Many view fact checking as an exercise to find sources that agree with them, but = opposite of how it should work.
  • fact check = look for primary + well-respected secondary quality of source + verifiable information + agreement among sources
  • objective ways to evaluate whether or not a source is biased
  • look at evidence presented > verify & compare

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Preceding

Shall the American again being put to the test

Yup

The Weight of History

He Becomes a Fool Through His Endless Desire

Francis Fukuyama and ‘The End of History?’

The one that exploded the great American story that lay beneath it

The Trump clan declares itself a Kennedy-like dynasty

So-called own sacred values under threat

U.S.A. Investment in a demagogue

Dear Mr. President

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Additional reading

  1. Blinded crying blue murder having being made afraid by a bugaboo
  2. The clean sweeper of the whole caboodle
  3. At the closing hours of 2016 #1 Looking down at terror
  4. In denial, Donald Trump continues to insist that nothing serious is at hand and everything is in control
  5. A president daring to use the Bible for underlining his hate speech
  6. Trump going over the top bringing a blasphemous act
  7. The Hero of the greatest …. failures
  8. Hollowness of democracy
  9. A new decade, To open the eyes to get a right view
  10. 2020 in view #1 The 45th president of the U.S.A.
  11. 2020 in view #2 The 45th president of the U.S.A. not willing to go
  12. Stress-test for democracy #1 Storming of the Capitol in Washington
  13. Stress-test for democracy #2 A coup d’etat with bloodshed
  14. The death knell of an Empire
  15. 💬 Misquotation Pandemic and Disinformation Polemic: 🧠 Mind Pollution by Viral Falsity 

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The Logic of Science

We seem to be living in the golden age of misinformation, and while cognitive biases and motivated reasoning have always existed, they seem to have reached epidemic levels in recent years, with attacks on the very nature of facts coming from the highest offices in the land (the phrases “alternative facts” and “fake news” come to mind). Many people seem to be living in an alternative reality where everything that agrees with them is true, and anything that disagrees with them is biased, fake news or “just an opinion.” Indeed, I have frequently encountered an open disdain for facts and those who check them. For many people, fact checking seems to boil down to, “if it came from a source I like, then it is true, and if it came from a source I don’t like, then it is false,” but that is an extremely faulty and dangerous dichotomy. So…

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De ellendigste tendens van 2020

December 2019 bracht een eerste tijding van een soort virus dat in een marktplaats zou opgetreden zijn. Volgens China dat dit nieuws liefst niet kenbaar had gemaakt was dat vreemde nog ongekende virus dat in december 2019 in de stad Wuhan was uitgebroken, het coronavirus, van mens op mens overdraagbaar. De dokter die voor dat nieuwe dodelijke virus had gewaarschuwd was eerder wegens zijn slechte nieuwsvoering opgesloten in de gevangenis. Maar door de snelle verspreiding van het virus dat ook na het Chinese nieuwjaar buiten China werd gebracht, kon men de feiten niet meer stil houden. In Wuhan waar  zo’n elf miljoen mensen wonen werd de hoogste besmettingsgraad waargenomen in China en moesten de mensen zelfs 76 dagen lang in een harde lockdown, waarbij mensen helemaal niet naar buiten mochten. (Dus heel wat anders dan hier, waar meerderen steen en been kloegen.)

De nieuwsuitzending doorheen het jaar brachten ons allerlei corona weetjes. Uren radio en tévé geweld gingen aan dat coronavirus verloren. Soms leek het wel of er niets anders in de wereld gebeurde. Natuurlijk mocht Donald Trump op het palmares niet ontbreken. Met zijn bagatellisering van de “Chinese ziekte” en andere absurde uitlatingen mocht hij ook wel ons televisiescherm bijna dagelijks bezoedelen. Hierbij deed hij ons wel meermaals de ‘zure’ lach op anders ernstige gezichten brengen.

Naar het jaar 2020 dichter bij haar einde kwam doken wel wat meer positieve berichten op om die onverwachte pandemie klein te krijgen. Overall in de wereld waren dokters en verplegend personeel druk in de weer geweest om mensen er bovenop te helpen. Toch kwamen over geheel de wereld heel wat mensen te overlijden. 19.581 Belgen en 11.529 Nederlanders verloren het leven, wat niets lijkt te zijn tegenover de 346 000 doden die de Verenigde Staten moest optekenen, waarvan er honderd duizenden konden vermeden worden indien de president de nodige maatregelen had getroffen. In Nederland was de bevolking in 2019 nog gegroeid met 132.000 mensen, tot 17,4 miljoen inwoners, aldus het CBS. De sterkste groei sinds 1975, maar nu leek een uitdunningsslag begonnen te zijn.

Heel wat mensen in de rijkere landen vonden dat hun vrijheden werden beperkt en dat ze het oh zo moeilijk hadden dat ze het niet meer aan konden. Wat zij zeker niet zagen of niet in hun geest op riepen was datgene wat heel wat minder in het nieuws kwam maar daarom niet minder ernstig was.

De ellendigste tendens van 2020, waarvoor ook 2021 geen vaccin belooft, is namelijk die van vluchtelingenkampen en -stromen, en harde politieke dijken en dammen.2020 bracht geen einde aan de vluchtelingencrisis waarmee Europa al enkele jaren zit mee te kampen. Ook al mocht de pers er minder over gesproken hebben mochten wij dit afgelopen jaar  een recordaantal van bijna tachtig miljoen medemen-sen op de vlucht aantreffen. Ruim de helft van hen is ontheemd in eigen land, dertig miljoen hebben een erkende vluchtelingenstatus, ruim vier miljoen zijn in afwachting van hun asielaanvraag. Veruit de grootste massa’s vluchtelingen worden – geheel conform een populair politiek devies – ‘opgevangen in de regio’. In Turkije (uit Syrië), Colombia (uit Venezuela), Pakistan (uit Afghanistan) en Uganda (uit Zuid-Sudan, Congo en Somalië). Op een strookje als Libanon wonen naar schatting 1,5 miljoen vluchtelingen naast 4,5 miljoen Libanezen – en dan gebeurt juist dáár een ramp van nucleaire omvang, waarna de regering aftrad.

Erg genoeg waren er asielzoekers die ten einde raad hun tenten in brand staken, in de hoop beter onderdak te krijgen. Dit bracht hen echter in nog grotere ellende, onder de blote hemel in nachten die alsmaar kouder en natter werden. De komst van het coronavirus maakte de toestand nog nijpender, daar de gewone bevolking rond de kampen die mensen als een mogelijkedreiging begonnen te zien en hen afhield om verder hulp te bieden. De Verenigde Naties bleef vragen om extra noodhulp ter waarde van 500 mil-joen euro voor huisvesting, voedsel en gezondheidszorg. De extra belasting aftrek die door de Belgische regering werd beloofd voor giften aan goede doelen zal hopelijk toch ook iets extra hebben mogen bijdragen. De cijfers zijn hiervan nog niet gekend. Wel is geweten dat veel donoren toch nog aarzelden, want bij vorige acties bleek dikwijls het geld en goederen niet toe te komen waar het hoorde aan te komen. Omtrent Syrië was men ook bang dat het geld en de goederen in handen zou vallen van jihadistische strijdgroeperingen. Die bleven nog lange tijd doorvechten, omdat Idlib de laatste provincie was die nog niet in handen van Assad was en nog een goed toevluchtsoord leek.

De corona-epidemie beheerste zodanig het nieuws in 2020, en zeker in april, toen het virus zich wereldwijd uitbreidde en dagelijks duizenden levens eiste. Nieuws dat anders de voorpagina’s zou hebben bepaald, werd helemaal naar de marge geduwd. Waar dat sinds 2014 een burgeroorlog heerst, die aan meer dan 112.000 mensen het leven heeft gekost, kwam nog uitzonderlijk één Vlaamse reporter ons toch nog wat schrijnend nieuws brengen.

Over Jemen, bijvoorbeeld, wordt weinig meer vernomen. In het land, in het zuidwesten van het Arabische schiereiland, woedt de strijd vooral tussen de rege-ring en de Houthi-rebellen maar voort. Door bemoeienis van Saudi-Arabië, dat de soennitische regering steunt, en Iran, dat de Houthi’s steunt, bleef het conflict daar maar meer mensen verarmen en kampen met voedsel tekort maar ook met een tekort aan medische zorgen. Na vijf jaar oorlog is de helft van alle ziekenhuizen en klinieken verwoest. Er is gebrek aan voedsel, medicijnen en kleren. Miljoenen mensen dreigen te verhongeren.

Ook al mocht het positief lijken dat ISIS of Daesh zware tegenslagen had opgelopen in het Midden Oosten, konden zij ondertussen in Afrika nieuwe uitvalsbases oprichten. Dit deden zij door samenwerking met terroristengroeperingen als Al-Shabaab en Boko Haram. Aanslagen in Nigeria, Mozambique, Congo, Kenia en Somalië, kwamen eigenlijk onvoldoende aan bod in de Westerse media. Algerije en Ethiopië kwamen iets meer in de kijker doordat zuid Europa weer een toename van vluchtelingen te verwerken kreeg uit die streken.

Volgens de cijfers van de UNHCR zijn zestig miljoen vluchtelingen langdurig op de vlucht. De kans dat vluchtelingen naar hun land van herkomst terugkeren, neemt al jaren af. In de jaren negentig keerden nog anderhalf miljoen mensen terug, de laatste tien jaar is dat gedaald tot 385.000. Meer dan zestig miljoen vluchtelingen verblijven in landen of gebieden waar voedselschaarste en ondervoeding heersen, en waar de gevolgen van klimaat- en natuurrampen zich laten gelden. Een aanzienlijk deel van de tachtig miljoen vluchtelingen is nog kind: naar schatting zijn dat er tussen de 30 en 34 miljoen.

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Constant schuldig verzuim in 2020 als het om ongelijkheid draait

In 2020 kon er nog geen kantelmoment komen waarop wij bij aanvang van de 21ste eeuw hadden op gehoopt.

Decennia lang moesten wij blijven zien hoe maar weinig aandacht voor ongelijkheid kon opgebracht worden. Als hippies streefden wij naar een wereld vol liefde, gelijkheid en een wederzijds respect. Van al onze dromen in de jaren zestig van vorig eeuw is er bij velen niets meer of niet veel meer van over gebleven. Sommigen blijven nog steeds hun hoop verder koesteren en door gaan met hun activeringswerk. Zo maakt deze website een onderdeel van Marcus Ampe zijn betrachtingen om mensen dichter bij elkaar te brengen en bewuster te maken van dingen die al of niet goed gaan en hoe wij naar een betere wereld kunnen blijven evolueren.

Wat wel op viel in de heropbouw jaren, na WO II, was dat er een enorme competitiviteitsdrang werd aangemoedigd. Wij moesten ondervinden hoe wij tegenover anderen in competitie moesten gaan. Dikwijls was het niet goed genoeg wat wij deden. Het moest ook alsmaar beter zijn. Bij velen van ons was er de wens of de drang om als de beste naar voor te komen. Alles leek ook vergeleken te worden met wat er vroeger was en met wat een ander wel kon. Niet enkel in de school was er een druk om het beter te doen, maar ook in de clubs na schooltijd. Elke turnclub deed wel mee aan agglomeratie, provinciale, nationale zelfs internationale meetings en competities. In zekere zin was dat wel leuk, want wij konden zo met mensen van verschillende landen kennis maken in wat voor ons een gezonde competitiegeest leek te zijn.

Ik moet toegeven dat de druk van bepaalde ouders enkelen wel intens deed dromen van kampioen te worden. Zelfs in onze vrijetijdsbesteding, tot in de Scoutbeweging werd er op toegezien dat wij allerlei vaardigheden aankonden en onze brevetten haalden maar ook tactisch konden handelen alsook strategische allianties konden smeden.

Nooit leek het dat men zich echt moest inspannen om bij deze of gene groep bij te horen. Daarentegen ziet men nu allerlei jongeren volop inspanningen leveren om anderen toch te laten zien dat zij er bij horen (of willen bij horen). In tegenstelling to nu waren wij echter meestal bezig in team verband te denken. Het leek nooit echt alsof wij voor onszelf bezig waren roem te proberen te bereiken. Onze inzet was steeds in het algemeen voor de groep, de school- of sportvereniging. Het eigen ik leek steeds op de tweede plaats te komen na het groepsverband. Nu lijkt het echter allemaal te gaan om dat eigen “Ik” bij velen.

Bij onze houding van samen iets te verwezenlijken, vormden vele gedachtewisselingen een belangrijk element in ons samenzijn. Vooral dat samen zijn en samen dingen kunnen doen alsook weldegelijk iets kunnen verwezenlijken was zeer belangrijk. Wel moet ik toegeven dat vele van ons  (zoals ik) zeer utopische ideeën hadden, die spijtig genoeg door velen opzij zijn geschoven om beter bij de grote hoop te kunnen passen.

Een hele tijd werd het stil, maar dan leek het even dat sinds in 2011 er terug wat verandering kon komen in de goede richting. Een golf van verontwaardiging spoelde toen over de wereld. En in 2014 doken begrippen als kapitaal, vermogen en zelfs een rechtmatige belasting ervan geregeld op in het publieke debat … omdat er gesprekken op gang kwamen dat zowel wie van werk leefde als wie van kapitaalinkomsten leefde een faire bijdrage moest leveren aan de belastingen en de publieke goederen. Dat bleken toen terug meerdere mensen heel verantwoord te vinden. Toch bleek dat van korte duur. Onze oproepen toen om iedereen een basisloon van 1500€ te geven werd honend weg gelachen. Nu zag men onze eis vorig jaar in meerdere politieke partijen weer terug aangehaald, maar zodra zij aan de macht kwamen werd dat maar al gauw weer op zij geschoven.

Niet enkel in ons land verhoogde dit jaar de ongelijkheid met een veelvoud van procenten. De Verenigde Staten van Amerika mag kwestie verhoging van ongelijkheid de kroon spannen. De 45ste president van die vroegere Verenigde Staten heeft er alles aan gedaan om zo veel mogelijk verdeeldheid te scheppen en om de ongelijkheid enorm te doen toe nemen. Betreft rassendiscriminatie zitten we weer zo een 70 jaar terug in het verleden. De komende president zal heel wat werk hebben om het trompettengeschal van de huidige president te kunnen doen temperen.

Bepaalde politiekers in meerdere landen wensten met hun vinger naar een zondebok te wijzen of sloegen er in populistisch in te spelen op een stigmatisering van bepaalde bevolkingsgroepen die men al enkele jaren zag aangroeien.
De twaalfde editie van de “Democracy Index”constateerde dat voor de 2019 index de gemiddelde globale score al gedaald was van 5,48 in 2018 naar 5,44 en met het coronajaar verliep het nog slechter. Dit is de slechtste gemiddelde mondiale score sinds The Economist Intelligence Unit voor het eerst de Democracy Index produceerde in 2006. Gedreven door sterke terugval in Latijns-Amerika en Sub-Sahara Afrika, zijn vier van de vijf categorieën waaruit de globale gemiddelde score bestaat verslechterd. Hoewel de scores van bepaalde landen een aantal dramatische neergangen hadden, hebben andere de algemene trend tegengegaan en mochten er verrassend genoeg toch enkele indrukwekkende verbeteringen geregistreerd worden.

Duidelijk is onze maatschappij er niet in geslaagd om een sterke generatie te vormen die oog en oor heeft voor haar omgeving en er toe bereid wil zijn om daarvoor haar hand in het vuur te steken, zoals wij dat in onze jongerenjaren dat wel wilden doen.

Ludwig van El geeft de indruk dat de schuld bij die Babyboomers zou liggen. De voorgaande generatie van diegenen die nu aan het roer staan zouden zich volgens hem op de borst moeten kloppen:

 om hoe sociaal ze waren, {Niet klagen over egoïsme}

en horen nu volgens hem hun eigen verantwoordelijkheid maar te nemen.

De groep van de middelbare leeftijd en twintigers vond dat ze door hun regering in hun vrijheden werden beknot. Bepaalde religieuze groepen riepen uit dat de godsdienstvrijheid ook werd geschonden door dat zij hun erediensten noet in levende lijve konden houden. continu bleven er in meerdere landen bepaalde groepen de Islam en het Jodendom zwartmaken of de schuld in de schoenen steken van óf de verarming van de staat óf van de mogelijke verrijking van die volksgroep (de Joden)  tegenover de ‘verstoken’ gemeenschap.Betreft die geloofsgroepen viel op dat bepaalde groepen helemaal geen benul van de maatregelen hadden doordat ze gewoonweg niet naar de Belgische televisie of radia luisteren. Zo trof men in bepaalde Joodse gemeenschappen overtredingen aan van het scholingsverbod, waarbij die rabbijnen dan opriepen op het recht van vrije godsdienstbeleving en eredienst. Maar opvallend viel zulk een commentaar ook op te merken bij de evangelische gemeenschappen zowel in België als in Nederland. Ergerlijk riepen meerdere protestantse gemeenschappen in Nederland hun gelovigen op om toch samen te komen in hun kerkgebouwen om het vergaderen niet na te laten.

De roep om vrijheid van eredienst werd dan vermengd met heel wat negatieve commentaren dat men hier zo maar moskeeën kon blijven voort bouwen en zogezegd andere godsdiensten daar voorkeuren gaf terwijl de katholieke kerken hun deuren moesten sluiten.

Wat wel op viel in 2020 was dat de toestroom van immigranten wel sterk verminderd was maar dat de opeengepakte asielzoekers er niet voor terugdeinsden om hun kampen in brand te steken om zo de aandacht van de wereld op te roepen en hun erbarmelijke situatie aan het licht te laten komen.

De berichtgeving werd volgens meerdere groepen gestuurd door mensen die de democratie geen goed hart toe dragen en ons allemaal willen controleren. Er zijn er zelfs die zo ver willen gaan, mensen bang te maken dat er zogezegd chips in het corona vaccins zouden zitten. Hoe gek kan men het niet bedenken? Hoe zou men zulk een kleine chip kunnen maken dat deze in zulk een vloeistof niet zou opvallen en die dunne naald niet zou verstoppen?!

2020 was een jaar waar wij een verhoging zagen van zeggingskracht van uiterst rechtse groepen.
Extreemnationalisme en extreemrechts staan zeker in Europa, in Hongarije, Frankrijk en tal van landen, opnieuw op uit de macabere ruïnes waarin ze dit continent achterlieten in Wereldoorlog II, na het op de meest onmenselijke wijze te hebben gegeseld. Meestal gaat dit extremisme samen met vreemdelingenhaat, een onzalig verbond. Politiek, samenleving en media zijn vrij alert voor dit fenomeen maar bepaalde politiekers schrikken er niet voor terug om die sociale media zo goed mogelijk te gebruiken. Het Vlaams Belang heeft er daarom ook heel wat geld ingestoken.

Zoals extreemnationalisten geen plaats zien voor ‘andere’ mensen, zo zien religieus gedreven extremisten geen plaats voor ‘andere’ overtuigingen. Sinds enkele jaren werden voornamelijk Moslims en Joden geviseerd, maar niet-trinitarische Christenen kregen het de laatste jaren ook moeilijker te verduren. Bij meerdere Christen Joden of Jeshuaisten gaf dit aanleiding om België te verlaten. Alleen het eigen gelijk telt, ‘hun’ godsdienst, en alleen hun interpretatie ervan, moet het leven van iedereen regelen. Zij willen niet aanvaarden dat er plaats en erkenning moet komen voor en van democratie en persoonlijke vrijheden, waaronder trouwens de vrijheid van religie. Religieuze intolerantie en fundamentalisme, en politiek misbruikte religie vormen een oud zeer, de wereld rond. Wat zich afspeelt in o.a. Syrië, Irak, Pakistan, India, Nigeria en elders confronteert de wereld met een etterende wonde waarvan ze te makkelijk de blik afwendt: gewelddadig fundamentalisme blijft de menselijke samenleving bedreigen.

Voor de liberalen in dit land moet de economie in de eerste plaats komen. Bij vele maatregelen die tijdens de regering Wilmés genomen werden zag men duidelijk hoe de halfslachtige en soms tegenstrijdige maatregelen genomen werden om zo veel mogelijk de economie te doen draaien. De melkkoe mocht zeker niet geslcacht worden, maar of de gezondheid van velen daarvoor in gevaar moest gebracht worden is een andere vraag.

Het krotzinnig uitgangspunt om de welvaart van de staat voorop te zetten heeft ons land een absurd hoge tweede golf doen mee maken, die wel degelijk vermeden kon worden als de politici op tijd duidelijke maatregelen hadden genomen en het publiek voldoende zouden hebben voorgelicht. In 2020 kon men dan ook nogmaals zien hoe liberalen de materialisten hun mauwen veegden en hen nog wensten te verwennen. Zo konden zij vanwege hun economische focus de wereld de verkeerde richting uitsturen.

Terwijl ik dit artikel aan het schrijven ben stormt het hier. Al meerdere dagen is het hier ook donker en guur weer.  En eigenlijk is dat het eindbeeld voor 2020. Het was een zwart jaar, waar heel wat slachtoffers konden vermeden worden indien men niet het geldgewin voorop gezet had. Ook kon er heel wat kwaad vermeden zijn indien meerdere politiekers eindelijk eens hun mond durfden open te doen en niet zo laf waren om zoveel mogelijk partijbelangen en de rijkere klasse te willen plezieren. Zij die dan toch hun mond durfden open te doen hadden wel andere redenen dan het beschermen van de gehele gemeenschap. Liefst jutte zij de bevolking op om tegen de standaard regeringspartijen op te komen. In de VS gingen het zelfs zo ver dat er bijna een burgeroorlog nabij kwam om een president die niet wenste af te treden op de troon te houden.

Het grote gevaar van al die verwrongen toestanden die wij in de zogenaamd geciviliseerde en rijke landen zagen, is dat wij daar een ander onderhuids virus zagen opkomen dat als een parasiet de democratie zou kunnen gaan aantasten als wij niet tijdig optreden.

Geldgewin is de grote drijfveer geworden in onze landen en de consument is grotendeels gewonnen voor dat eigen zelfgenoegzame materialisme, dat de ander hem niet veel interesseert, zo lang zijn eilandje maar onaangeroerd blijft. Veel jongeren zijn heden helemaal niet meer geïnteresseerd in nastrevenswaardige idealen zoals gelijkheid, emancipatie en sociale rechtvaardigheid. Voor hen staat de eigen portomonee voorop en komt het er op aan in de eigen kring zo veel mogelijk van alle rijkdom te genieten, ook al zou dat ten koste gaan van uitbuiting van kindarbeiders en slaven in andere landen maar ook voor de ongelijkehid die in eigen land zou kunnen optreden. Velen zeggen dat zij die arm zijn in Vlaanderen dat te wijten hebben aan hun  eigen schuld. Alle mensen moeten volgens hen zelf opkomen om zo veel mogelijk winst te maken en te genieten van die dingen waar ze kunnen beslag op leggen. Of dat nu voor nog meer ongelijkheid zorgt is dan de schuld van die ander en van hen die zich laten onderdrukken. Maar daarbij zien zij niet dat zij elf slaaf zijn geworden van hen die nog meer geld hebben dan hen en hun rijkdom nog meer kunnen verhogen door hen uit te melken en hen bang te maken dat ze hun job zouden gaan verliezen als zij niet ingeven en toegeven aan hun baas en onderdanig werken voor die maatschappij die de meeste tijd van de dag hun opeist.

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Armoede is Seksistisch. Elk jaar een Holocaust van stervende kinderen.

Mensen van verschillende culturen, geloofs- en politieke overtuigingen broederlijk naast elkaar

Mens of Consumens: Wat is tegenwoordig nog sociaal?

Uit de Oude doos: Een steeds kleiner wordende wereld

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Religion and the essence of devotion

Necessary parts in the daily walk with God

A proud Christ-follower who believes that we are all on a journey in life writes:

Religion is the essence of devotion. Our religious activities are to be an outpouring our our absolute devotion to God. Religion and relationship are necessary parts in the daily walk with God. And in speaking of religion in this way we can get a better glimpse at Christianity in a global sense. There are many traditions throughout Christendom that seem quite strikingly different than what any one of us may be used to, but they are simply unique ways to express the relational devotion we have to God. {The R&R of Christianity}

In the previous two writings, we talked about people who have a very restricted view of what a Christian would or should be. Lots of Christians are convinced that people who do not believe the human doctrine of the Trinity may not or can not call themselves Christian. They forget that the word Christian is made up of “Christ” and the suffix” ian”, denoting a follower of Christ. Then they should come to see and know who Christ is. For non-Trinitarians Christ is the Nazarene Jewish master teacher (or rebbe) Jeshua ben Yosef, Jesus the son of Mary (Miriam) and Joseph, born in Bethlehem. The word Christian gives an indication that it is about a follower of Christ or Kristos, the anointed Messiah. Naturally, it depends on what or whom, one wants to accept as a “follower”.

Christians, Lutherans, Wesleyans, and other followers

Normally a follower is considered to be someone who believes in a particular system of ideas, or who supports a leader who teaches these ideas. In the case of Christians it are people who follow the opinions or teachings of Christ Jesus, in particular, those teachings notated in the Messianic Scriptures (or New Testament: the four gospels and writings of the apostles and the revelation of St. John).

As the world accepts a Lutheran is a follower of Luther or a ‘belonger’ or accessory and supporter of the Lutheran community or Lutheranism, around that what was started by the German theologian and religious reformer who was the catalyst of the 16th-century Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther. When we speak about a Lutheran we think of a person of or relating to the religious doctrines of Martin Luther, or relating to the Protestant denomination adhering to these doctrines. especially the doctrine of Sola fide or justification by faith alone.

According to similar usage, a Christian is a follower or someone who has a strong interest or pays close attention to Jesus Christ and is willing to follow his guidance, command, or leadership. For that guidance of Christ the person must Not follow the rules of other human beings, but can follow the trusted Word like it is notated in the Holy Scriptures.

A Lutheran should follow the writings of Luther, but when we look at the Lutheran Church we can see there are a lot of changes in that church which would not be liked by Luther (take for example the role of the women in that church today.) With Christians we see a similar gross deviation from the teachings of the teacher Jesus of Nazareth.

Jesus leading his followers out of a system of oppression

It should not be forgotten that Jesus came along to lead his followers out of the ungodly Roman system. He also wanted to show to Jews and non-Jews how important it is to come back to the Divine Creator and to worship only One True God instead of the many gods of that time. Jesus was a very devout Jew, who did not worship himself (as several name Christians want us to believe). Jesus remained faithful all his life to the God of Israel, Who is a Singular Eternal Omniscient Supreme Spirit Being. No man can see God, but Jesus wanted everybody to figuratively come to see God and to accept Him as their heavenly Father.

There was not only the Roman oppressor; there were also the priests, Pharisees and Sadducees, who wanted to have power over the people. Like many theologians today, they too wanted to make Scriptures more complicated than they really are. Jesus explained the scrolls and showed how people have to live more to the spirit of the letter, than to the interpretation of those temple workers. Jesus also preached an alternative form of government, speaking of a jurisdiction outside the Roman state, based on the perfect law of freedom, outside the tyranny of men who would rule over their brothers and neighbours. He first chose Jewish people who believed in One Singular God, (the God of the Jews), the God of Abraham, Who is One and not two or three. A real Jew never would agree with the Trinity. At first, the people who joined the Jewish sect (or group) the Way, were all Jehudiem or Jews who did not betray their Jewish faith. It was only later when goyim or people from other nations, cultures and other faiths started joining the group of followers of Christ, problems raised under the Jewish community, of which many did not want non-Jews in their ranks and in their synagogues or prayer houses.

First-century Christians

The Way to God

Jesus always said people had not to thank him but God. He always said he was less than God, but that he was the way for people to come to God and the way to life, and that people should believe in him and be in union with him, like he is in union with God.

“I am the door; by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” (Joh 10:9 KJ21)

“But if I do, though ye believe not Me, believe the works, that ye may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.”” (Joh 10:38 KJ21)

“Jesus said unto him, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.” (Joh 14:6 KJ21)

“9 Jesus said unto him, “Have I been so long a time with you, and yet hast thou not known Me, Philip? He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of Myself; but the Father that dwelleth in Me, He doeth the works. 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me; or else believe Me for the very works’ sake.”

“12  Verily, verily I say unto you, he that believeth in Me, the works that I do he shall do also; and greater works than these shall he do, because I go unto My Father. 13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If ye shall ask anything in My name, I will do it.”

“15  “If ye love Me, keep My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever” 17 even the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him. But ye know Him, for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.”

“18  “I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you. 19 Yet a little while and the world seeth Me no more, but ye see Me. Because I live, ye shall live also. 20 At that day ye shall know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. 21 He that hath My commandments and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me; and he that loveth Me shall be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will manifest Myself to him.”” (Joh 14:9-21 KJ21)

“that they all may be one, as Thou, Father, art in Me and I in Thee, that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me.” (Joh 17:21 KJ21)

“by whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” (Ro 5:2 KJ21)

“for through Him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.” (Eph 2:18 KJ21)

“by a new and living Way, which He hath consecrated for us through the veil (that is to say, His flesh),” (Heb 10:20 KJ21)

Following teachings based on Jesus his teachings

In the first century of this common era, more and more people came to follow the apostles their teachings, which were based on those of their master teacher Jeshua (Jesus Christ). They all agreed with the teachings of Jesus and became unified, forming the early Christian church with a system of charity, hope and respect for the rights of each other, requiring that each person would love their neighbour as themselves in a system of mutual, not governmental support.
Those joining the movement of The Way did agree to those Jewish teachings of Jesus and his apostles. For them, it was also clear that Jesus was showing a way to untangle people from the captivity of the social contracts they had made with the state of Rome and Judea, and the tribute and obligations they had become snared by. He proclaimed to call no man “Father”, as they called their Roman benefactors, but stated that the One Who made them alive is their Father Who is in heaven. The perfect law of freedom indicated that man’s unalienable rights stemmed from God and nature, and not governments of men. This was a system of anarchy, by strict definition, without the complex system of tribute that led to the decadence and decline of society, and the corruptible force of the state to back it up.

Not believing in a different God than the Jews

The early Christian church was not persecuted for their belief in a different God or a Kingdom in Heaven, but for their opting out of the mutual taxation system and seeking to live apart from the kings and overlords, the gods many, who demanded their tribute.

Path to walk

For those early followers of Christ it was important to give worship to the same God Jesus worshipped and to leave all those other gods at the side, non touched and not glorified. For them, it was clear that all glory belonged to God. They knew they had not to bow down in front of graven images, and always had to keep their soul diligently, all the time loving Jehovah as their God of gods, and not somebody else. It was also clear they, like God’s People (the Jews), had to walk in God His ways and not following human traditions which were not according to God’s Will,  for they had to keep Jehovah God His commandments and His statutes and His ordinances. Their devotion should fully be for Jehovah God and not for any other god, be it the Caesar, Baal, Apollo, Zeus or any other.  Those who were drawn away, and came to worship other gods, and came to serve them, were turning aside from the way which Jesus and his God have commanded mankind. Though God warned already in the past that the world would turn away from God and shall have false worship. He warned that evil will befall mankind in the latter days; because they will do that which is evil in the sight of Jehovah, to provoke Him to anger through the work of their hands.

“”Only take heed to thyself and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life; but teach them to thy sons and thy sons’ sons,” (De 4:9 KJ21)

“16 in that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply; and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it. 17 But if thine heart turn away so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away and worship other gods and serve them,” (De 30:16-17 KJ21)

“For I know that after my death ye will utterly corrupt yourselves and turn aside from the way which I have commanded you. And evil will befall you in the latter days, because ye will do evil in the sight of the LORD to provoke Him to anger through the work of your hands.”” (De 31:29 KJ21)

“For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the LORD made the heavens.” (Ps 96:5 KJ21)

“He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul, but he that despiseth His ways shall die.” (Pr 19:16 KJ21)

“Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but what matters is the keeping of the commandments of God.” (1Co 7:19 KJ21)

A God demanding exclusive devotion

Today we see how lots of people have made or taken themselves other gods than the Only One True God, the Elohim Hashem Jehovah. Even from those who call themselves “Christian” there are many who bow down in front to graven images or kisses books and pictures as a sign of their devotion. They should know that Jehovah God requires exclusive devotion.

“But I had pity for Mine holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen whither they went.” (Eze 36:21 KJ21)

“”Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD: Now will I bring back the captives of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for My holy name” (Eze 39:25 KJ21)

“God is jealous, and the LORD avengeth; the LORD avengeth and is furious. The LORD will take vengeance on His adversaries, and He reserveth wrath for His enemies.” (Na 1:2 KJ21)

“Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them; for I, the LORD thy God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me,” (Ex 20:5 KJ21)

“For thou shalt worship no other god; for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God,” (Ex 34:14 KJ21)

“For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.” (De 4:24 KJ21)

“And Joshua said unto the people, “Ye cannot serve the LORD, for He is a holy God; He is a jealous God; He will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins:” (Jos 24:19 KJ21)

“And further, my son, by these words be admonished: of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness to the flesh.” (Ec 12:12 KJ21)

“For as I passed by and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription: ‘To the Unknown God’. Whom therefore ye worship in ignorance, Him I declare unto you.” (Ac 17:23 KJ21)

The God greater than Jesus

Jesus not able to do anything without God

Jesus, his talmidim and the apostle Paul declared The God Who is greater than Jesus and without Him Jesus could not do anything.

“Then answered Jesus and said unto them, “Verily, verily I say unto you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He seeth the Father do; for what things soever He doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.” (Joh 5:19 KJ21)

“Ye have heard how I said unto you, ‘I go away and come again unto you.’ If ye loved Me, ye would rejoice because I said, ‘I go unto the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I.” (Joh 14:28 KJ21)

Jesus submissive to his God

Jesus his disciples also knew and wanted others to know that even their master was submissive to God and also submitted to Him whom he beheld as the only True God.

“5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in the fashion of a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death—even the death of the cross.” (Php 2:5-8 KJ21)

“But I would have you know that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is the man, and the head of Christ is God.” (1Co 11:3 KJ21)

“And when all things shall be subdued unto Him, then shall the Son Himself also be subject unto Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.” (1Co 15:28 KJ21)

The churches and gods of man

But today many have several gods, like “material possession” (Mammon) or find themselves under slothful tribute to an emperor and a system that is not for their benefit. For many, their eye and worship is on material goods or on people who can gloriously show off their acquired wealth. Many covet their neighbour’s goods in a vain pursuit of “free” health care, education, welfare, unemployment benefits, social security and government protection. They have traded their inalienable God-given rights through social contracts both implied and explicit. Their churches are not ordained by God, but are corporations granted status by the state. Many want even bigger churches and want to spread hate for those churches which do not want to align with them. In many of those main churches they denounce the followers of whom they consider an anarchist, because for them Jesus is God and all who contradict that are not just contradictors but objectionable individuals. Those Trinitarians do not want to see that real followers of Christ have to be like Christ, united with Jesus and be one with him the same way as Jesus is one with God.

God in Christians

For real followers of Christ, there is the belief that God is in all of them, and that they have to attract others to come also under Christ, to become children of God.

“3 Know ye not that as many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, so we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this: that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.” (Ro 6:3-7 KJ21)

“And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.” (1Co 15:49 KJ21)

“But because of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who from God is made unto us wisdom and righteousness, and sanctification and redemption,” (1Co 1:30 KJ21)

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2Co 5:17 KJ21)

“For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.” (Ga 6:15 KJ21)

United in Christ serving the God of Christ

Those in Christ should be united and serve the same God Jesus served. They should fully be devoted to Jehovah God, having no other gods than Him. Real Christians are those willing to have only One God and to study His Word, His ordinances so that they too can do God’s Will, like Jesus did not his own will but did the Will of his heavenly Father and asked his followers also to do the Will of his heavenly Father, Jehovah God. In case Jesus is God he naturally would always have done his own will and then he was all the time misleading people and praying to himself.

Jesus not knowing many who call themself Christian

Several people, calling themselves Christian forget that at the end times, when they would be coming in front of Christ, there could be a possibility that Jesus shall say not to know them, because they did not do the Will of his Father. To call oneself Christian or to become part of the Body of Christ one has to do the Will of God and be as a brother or sister of Christ Jesus and those following him.

“But the field, when it goeth out in the jubilee, shall be holy unto the LORD, as a field devoted; the possession thereof shall be the priest’s.” (Le 27:21 KJ21)

“And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven. This sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith.” (Ec 1:13 KJ21)

“”Not every one that saith unto Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, but he that doeth the will of My Father who is in Heaven.” (Mt 7:21 KJ21)

“For whosoever shall do the will of My Father who is in Heaven, the same is My brother, and sister, and mother.”” (Mt 12:50 KJ21)

“And He went a little farther, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as Thou wilt.”” (Mt 26:39 KJ21)

“He went away again the second time and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if this cup may not pass away from Me, unless I drink it, Thy will be done.”” (Mt 26:42 KJ21)

“For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is My brother, and My sister, and mother.”” (Mr 3:35 KJ21)

“And He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible unto Thee. Take away this cup from Me; nevertheless not what I will, but what Thou wilt.”” (Mr 14:36 KJ21)

“And that servant, who knew his lord’s will and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.” (Lu 12:47 KJ21)

“saying, “Father, if Thou be willing, remove this cup from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Thine be done.”” (Lu 22:42 KJ21)

“Jesus said unto them, “My meat is to do the will of Him that sent Me, and to finish His work.” (Joh 4:34 KJ21)

“38 For I came down from Heaven, not to do Mine own will, but the will of Him that sent Me. 39 And this is the Father’s will who hath sent Me, that of all which He hath given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the Last Day. 40 And this is the will of Him that sent Me: that every one who seeth the Son and believeth in Him may have everlasting life, and I will raise him up at the Last Day.”” (Joh 6:38-40 KJ21)

“but bade them farewell, saying, “I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem, but I will return again unto you, if God wills.” And he sailed from Ephesus.” (Ac 18:21 KJ21)

“Take them and purify thyself with them, and bear their charges with them, that they may shave their heads; and all may know that those things of which they have been informed concerning thee are nothing, but that thou thyself also walkest orderly and keepest the law.” (Ac 21:24 KJ21)

Picking and choosing like a kid

Lots of people who call themselves “Christian” not at all follow the teachings of Jesus and pick and choose texts from Sriptures how it soots them best.

But you don’t pay attention to that do you my little lambs? No, you pick and choose like a kid going through a candy store deciding what to spend his quarters on. You choose what fits your sick sense of morality, and then toss the rest like it never existed. The fact that you become utter hypocrites apparently doesn’t bother you. Neither does the fact that it doesn’t fit my morality. But you care just as much about my definition of morality as I do yours. The only difference between us, is I’m not forcing you to try to live by my morality. {Of Christianity and Modern Morality}

rightly remarks someone who calls himself The Bastards 2013 (Where The Bastards come to share the word!) He, like lots of atheists saw how a bunch of Evangelical pastors were laying hands on Donald Trump in the White House and how one prominent evangelical leader immediately tweeted out the image with the caption:

“President Trump is bringing God back to America.” {In God We Obfuscate}

This “Bastards 2013” also wrote:

You talk about love and tolerance and yet your actions speak of hate and seclusion. You talk about America needing to find it’s moral center and returning to respecting one another and finding joys in the diversity of America. Then you back a man who is none of those. Donald Trump is your reflecting God. He is the face of your fake bullshit religion and from this day forth you will be forever known as the frauds and charlatans you are. Your speeches about god and love will be laughed at and ignored. Your attempts to say that this is Christianity will be endlessly mocked by those of us who know better. More importantly, when your god falls, and his presidency is nothing but a pile of ashes, you will have nowhere to run. Your sins will be laid bare and the scarlet letter of hypocrisy will be forever tattoed onto your forehead. While you preach the word of a megalomaniac, he is busy mocking Puerto Ricans as they struggle to survive after back to back hurricanes. As you attempt to speak about love and kindness (which you know nothing about) your god calls black men who are peacefully protesting inequality “Sons of bitches” and “traitors.” Meanwhile he speaks in front of a group of neo nazis and homophobes and says “It’s so nice to be around friends. So many friends.” You are the lowest form of human. ISIS is evil and should be eradicated, but at least they own who they are. They make no false speeches about love and acceptance when they don’t believe in it. They don’t shake the hands of the people while silently prepping to stab them in the back. You are nothing but low level talentless snake oil salesmen. You prey upon those who have been stricken desperate by your shitty unethical policies. You sell them a cure and make them believe that you and only you can help them. Then you sit back in your six homes, watching the peasants stumble around trying to find some sort of relief. {The Reflecting God}

Traditions of man

Throughout the ages, mankind had several gods and had celebrations for them. The Roman Catholic Church willing to capture as many heathen as they could, integrated many heathen festivals in their system. Christmas and Easter are the two most important ones still celebrated by the majority of Christians.

Lots of human traditions entered the life of those who call themselves Christian, though not many of them seem to wonder if they would be all right in the Eyes of God. That way Christendom became totally different from first-century Christianity.

A Religion of a relationship

Bringing a “Thought from a Pilgrim of Truth”, , a father, husband, and a pastor writes

There is another thing that tends to happen when someone views Christianity as a relationship rather than a religion. The terms of the relationship begin to get a bit blurry. God and King, Master and Lord, get discarded for the much easier to handle Friend. When God becomes solely our friend, we lose the fear of the LORD, and our relationship with Him becomes unbiblical. Again, this is where religious devotion comes in. We are His servants, His children even. We must remember that God has been and will always be great, higher and holier than we are. {The R&R of Christianity}

Christianity should be a religion of a relationship with Jesus Christ and with Christ his God, Jehovah the God above all kings and gods, but also about the relationship with others and other things (human beings, nature – plants and animals).

Fear God

Many who have made Jesus as their god have lost the fear of God or fear for God. Our religion should be an expression of that fear for God. In the end it will be Him that preserves the faithful, and plentifully shall reward him that deals proudly with the Truth, having the courage to speak out and show the world That Only One True God, the God of the kings David, Solomon and Christ. Strangely enough Trinitarians are giving the word Christian an othe meaning than then “ian” to the “Christ” would suggest. They do not see the fundamentals connected to being a Christian, nor the need to know about the God of Christ, Who is the God of the Bible. Those Trinitarians minimalise the act of Christ and do not value Jesus his act of submission to God and his complete sacrifice for humanity. Strangely enough many who call themselves Christian but worship a three-headed god dare to say, like the pharmacy student Teni:

God wanted His people to stand out from the people around them.

The bible makes us understand that God Almighty the creator of the whole universe is the One and Only true God. That means, every other god, is actually non-existent and made up by people’s imagination and craftiness. {4 Mmisconceptions that need to be cleared about being a christian}

though they do not believe in that Only One True God.

Bringing honour to the Only Right God

Bringing honour to such false gods is at the same time dishonouring God and misusing God’s Name and God’s Title. those who call themselves Christian should witness to the goodness of God in a world that has ceased to acknowledge His existence, let alone His sovereignty over the Cosmos. It was God’s son, Jesus who gave his followers an assignment to tell those around them about the Divine Creator and His promises, the good news of the Gospel of the coming Kingdom of God.

Those calling themselves Christian, should as followers of Jesus Christ, not only keep to his teachings, but follow the example of Christ, being servants of God, Jesus and others, and this even to their own peril. We should have a friendship realtionship with Christ as our brotherbut we are not to consider ourselves as equals with God, in the same way Jesus never considered himself equal with God. We owe only Jesus his God, the Elohim Hashem Jehovah, all of our devotion and allegiance.

 

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Preceding

Not About The Name Of The Godhead Of Jesus

Rhetoric and Biblical Truth

Confrontation by people telling lies to force others to avoid the targetted groups

Religions and Mainliners

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Additional reading

  1. People are turning their back on Christianity
  2. Blindness in the Christian world
  3. Not liking your Christians
  4. Not all christians are followers of a Greco-Roman culture
  5. Christian in Christendom or in Christianity
  6. Christianity is a love affair
  7. To be chained by love for another one
  8. Many forgot how Christ should be our anchor and our focus
  9. Jesus and God
  10. Only one God
  11. A Father Who begat a son
  12. Jahushua, Joshua, Jeshua or Jesus an Immanuel or God with us an incarnated God or a human being?
  13. The sent one from God
  14. Knowing Jesus Rabboni
  15. Jesus son of God or God the son
  16. Jesus son of God
  17. Jesus Christ the Messiah
  18. Seeing Jesus
  19. Reasons that Jesus is Not God
  20. God son king and his subjects
  21. Not saying Jeshua is God
  22. Sayings of Jesus, what to believe and being or not of the devil
  23. Jesus begotten Son of God #19 Compromising fact
  24. On the Nature of Christ
  25. The Son can do nothing of his own accord
  26. The son of man given authority by God
  27. The Nazarene master teacher learning people how they should behave
  28. Doctrine of Christ
  29. One Mediator
  30. Commandements of Christ
  31. Statutes given unto us
  32. Relationship with God, Jesus and each other
  33. Memorizing wonderfully – Additional verses: Psalm 34 Tasting and blessing Jehovah God
  34. Extra verses to remember by the reading of Psalm 45 A Great name to Praise God
  35. Not words of any organisation should bind you, but the Word of God
  36. A learning process for each of us
  37. Paul’s warning about false stories and his call to quit touching the unclean thing
  38. Matthew 15 Calvin’s view
  39. Matthew 20 It is never too late
  40. Matthew 20 Are you willing to work for Jesus?
  41. Matthew 25 Jesus ministry drawing to its dramatic conclusion and warning to be ready
  42. A strange thing might happen when you come under Christ
  43. As brothers and sisters showing that you are followers of the real Jesus or being a Jeshuaist sharing responsibilities
  44. Demanding signs or denying yourself
  45. Attitude of a Christian
  46. As Christ’s slaves doing the Will of God in gratitude
  47. A heart full of love is a fundamental requirement
  48. Christianity without the Trinity
  49. Doubting and going astray
  50. Main churches losing population share
  51. How do trinitarians equate divine nature
  52. Europe and much-vaunted bastions of multiculturalism becoming No God Zones
  53. Thought for today November the 6th: Indifference
  54. Is it a Jewish or a Christian faith
  55. Religious imagery used by pop artists
  56. Avoiding friction and distraction in the body of Christ
  57. Today’s thought “Fools despise wisdom” (March 23)
  58. False opposite true worship which exalts the God of Israel
  59. How should we worship God? #14 True worship
  60. In a time when we must remain in our place
  61. Memorizing wonderfully 18 Proverbs – Fear of God, Wisdom and instruction
  62. Symptom of tzara’at a white spot on the flesh
  63. Today’s thought “Folly and Wickedness of Men” (January 06)
  64. Today’s thought “Sound an alarm for the day of Jehovah that comes” (November 19)

 

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Further related

  1. Pouring Into Others (comeawake.org)
  2. Being Christian
  3. Being Christian Takes Practice
  4. Being Christian On Day One
  5. What Does It Mean to be a True Christian?
  6. Being A Cultural Christian Is Not Enough
  7. The Quiet in the Land
  8. Martin Luther’s Seal
  9. ROFLMAO — what would Luther’s 95 Theses sound like in an corporate office email memo to all staff?
  10. Swedish Lutherans: Synodical and congregational minutes on baptism and membership in the 1850s
  11. A Bonhoeffer moment and a barstool conversation between Luther, Bonhoeffer and a Finnish theologian — links and quotes for future reference
  12. Lutheran Women and Their Impact on History
  13. Luther an’ Me
  14. Dear Church’: A tapestry of discipleship and a call for white folks to ‘do good white folk work’ to help dismantle racism
  15. Progressive Christianity
  16. Check Yourself, Christian
  17. Unchurched
  18. Come To Me To Have Life
  19. Sheep and Goats, Faith and Mercy
  20. Reformation 2020. The Righteousness of God at the Present Time
  21. It Matters
  22. Commitment to Christ Means Commitment to His Church (Blogs Revisited)
  23. What the Coronavirus Reveals about Protestant Piety
  24. Lutherans vs. Coronavirus
  25. Attitude is Everything
  26. Is the Trinity scriptural – or is it pagan nonsense
  27. Fully God and Fully Man
  28. December 11,2020: Finding the “O’s” in God’s message
    Satan’s Lie: You Can Become God
  29. Is Jesus God? – Adnan Rashid vs Samuel Green
  30. Proof that the disciples did not preach the trinity!
  31. How the Trinity Debate has Influenced Our Reading
  32. A Trinitarian Christian claims he can explain the trinity…guess what happens next?
  33. Mohammed Hijab vs David Wood, Tawheed vs Trinity
  34. Is Jesus God? Debate between Pastor Stanley Sjoberg and Sheikh Ahmed Deedat
  35. Trinity vs Tawheed, Adnan Rashid vs Samuel Green (Part 1)
  36. Trinity vs Tawheed – Adnan Rashid vs Samuel Green (Part 2)
  37. Of Christianity and Modern Morality
  38. 4 Mmisconceptions that need to be cleared about being a christian
  39. Matthew 20:26
  40. Heaven, work, and duty
  41. The Church – Body of Christ
  42. Funhouse God
  43. Our Heavenly Home 
  44. Listening While White: Respecting the Image of God in People of Color
  45. Deepening our Faith: 2nd Sunday of Advent 2020
  46. He is Faithful
  47. Catholicism – a False religion based on idolatry man made doctrines pagan traditions
  48. Completing the great commission
  49. Where is wisdom found?
  50. the high cost of not trusting God
  51. Above the voice of men
  52. Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid
  53. Fear of God – Temor de Dios
  54. The Fear of God
  55. Fear Brings Contentment
  56. Pleasing and Not Pleasing People for the Glory of God
  57. You´ve overcome

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Dear Mr. President

Clearly after some months in his chair D. Trump proved already he was the first president to get so fast so much division in those many States of America which became more and more divided as time past.

Wine and Cheese (Doodles)

mr-presidentDear Mr. President,

You won! Congratulations. Now that you’ve installed yourself in the Oval Office and surrounded yourself with a cabinet that appears to be mined from the nightmares of the liberal left, a few things, if I may.

Please don’t speak of the MAJORITY. The fact is, the majority of Americans voted against you. Sure, you won the election, and there is plenty of back and forth over the system that allowed that victory, but at the end of the day, the MAJORITY of Americans don’t want you there. In fact, I’d say the MAJORITY of Americans loathe you, both personally and the policies you stand for. Of course, I have no proof of that, but if I had to guess, I’d say at least 1 to 1.5 million more Americans actively loathe you than don’t. I’ll get the National Parks Department on it right away for proof.

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2020 Het Jaar van de leugen

In 2019 werden er heel wat leugens de wereld ingestuurd, maar 2020 mag tot nu toe de kroon spannen.

Vanuit Amerika werden de meeste en vaak ook de ergste leugens de wereld ingestuurd. Erg genoeg gebeurde dat veelvuldig door iemand die zich als leider van een land op gaf welke hij beweerde te redden, maar dieper de dieperik in duwde.

Met grootspraak bleef die president van Amerika bij hoog en laag beweren dat China een virus de wereld had ingestuurd. Eerst leek het erg te zijn maar daarna bleef hij het minimaliseren en de mensen aanraden om geen mondmaskers te dragen. Al die virologen die afstand en mondkapjes aanraadden  waren landverraders volgens hem en waren er op uit om de Amerikaanse economie te ondermijnen.

In Nederland en België waren er ook heel wat mensen die tegen de raadgevingen van de virologen mensen wensten te overtuigen dat de voorzorgsmaatregelen absurd waren. De Nederlandse regering dacht zelfs dat zijn algemene immuniteit zou kunnen verkrijgen als de mensen maar veel met elkaar bleven omgaan of er niets was. De zorgverleners krijgen het hierdoor zeer zwaar te verduren. In Nederland was er veel rumoer over maatregelen en nauwelijks aandacht voor patiënten en verzorgend personeel. Ook viel het op dat op bepaalde televisiezenders niet echt moeite werd gedaan om in de nieuwsberichten een duidelijk overzicht te geven van de erbarmelijke situatie in de gezondheidszorg. Wel waren er bij de eerste golf in het voorjaar schokkende reportages vanuit ziekenhuizen te zien en konden alarmsignalen uit verpleeghuizen gehoord worden. Ook liet men heel wat kinderen vertellen over hun eenzaamheid en moeilijkheid betreft het missen van hun vriendjes.

Het viel bij de twee coronagolven op dat er heel wat mensen kloegen alsof hun het ergste is overkomen. Duidelijk hebben deze klagers geen enkel oorlog mee gemaakt. Want dan zouden ze echt pas weten wat beperking inhoudt en wat vrijheidsberoving is. Nu beweerden velen dat zij in ademnood raakten bij het dragen van een mondmasker of mondkapje.

De laatste maanden kon men buiten de rellen tegen de coronamaatregelen vooral lezen over hoe men de feestdagen al of niet zou kunnen doormaken en over vaccins die eraan zouden komen. Maar bovenaan op de klachtenlijst bleven de mondkapjes die ‘ademnood veroorzaken’, PCR-testen die niet zouden kloppen en vuurwerk-rellen die als uitlaatklep moeten fungeren.

Velen willen ondertussen nog steeds niet zien van welk belang die voorzorgsmaatregelen zijn en dat wij werkelijk met een belangrijk geval van oversterfte te maken hebben, waarvan tijdens de eerste golf is vastgesteld dat die volledig toe te schrijven is aan het coronavirus.

In het Reformatorisch Dagblad ging er speciaal een twaalfdelige serie op het nepnieuws, onbewezen theorieën en elkaar tegensprekende wetenschapper in. De aanleiding was een onderzoek onder lezers waaruit bleek dat er veel vragen leefden rond corona. Dat is niet zo vreemd, gelet op de massale verspreiding van die theorieën via YouTube en WhatsApp. Je kan het niet bedenken wat voor absurde verhalen in Nederland de ronde doen.

De krant schrijft:

Wat wél verbaast, is dat die ideeën blijven circuleren. Om maar wat te noemen: het verhaal dat vaccins cellen bevatten van geaborteerde baby’s (”nazipraktijken”) komt wekelijks een paar keer binnen in onze mailbox. Inderdaad is er decennia geleden een celkweek gemaakt van een geaborteerd kindje, maar zelfs de Nederlandse Vereniging Kritisch Prikken zegt dat vaccins eerst gefilterd worden, zodat er geen cellen meer in zitten. Toch blijven die verhalen rondgepompt worden met een snelheid die vele malen hoger is dan die van de kettingbrieven in de vorige eeuw.

De Heidelbergse Catechismus legt bij het negende gebod uit dat liegen en bedriegen eigen werken van de duivel zijn en dat een christen die hoort te vermijden. Dat geldt ook voor het onverhoord veroordelen en belasteren van anderen, zoals massaal gebeurt bij Bill Gates (”kindermoordenaar”), George Soros (”staatsvijand”), Mark Rutte (”Mark de sloper”) en Marion Koopmans (”toverheks”). Ook al ben je het niet men hen eens of veroordeel je hun praktijken, dan is zulke taal een christen volstrekt onwaardig. Zouden mensen beseffen dat ze met die druk op de knop, bij het maken of doorsturen van dit soort berichten, de zware toorn van God op zich laden, zoals de catechismus zegt?

Ook in België kregen meerdere virologen te maken met bedreigingen en met rechtszaken, waardoor zij onnodig veel tijd verloren. De bedreigingen naar gezondheidswerkers in Nederland kosten de gemeenschap zelfs 55 miljoen Euro om die bedreigde mensen te beschermen. Allemaal geld dat anders voor heel wat betere zaken kan gebruikt worden.

Daartegenover staan er dan ook weer mensen die beweren dat de duivel aan het werk is maar dat God hen zou beschermen en dat zij daarom gerust zouden kunnen samenkomen om te bidden. Eigenlijk is dat een op de proef stelling van God. Er zijn namelijk genoeg waarschuwingen en redenen genoeg om voldoende afstand te houden en aldus ook geen echte lijfelijke bijeenkomsten te houden in deze tijd waar er genoeg middelen zijn om een virtuele dienst te houden. Zij die toch aansturen op missen of kerkdiensten in het openbaar brengen mensen onnodig in gevaar. Ook al mag Kerstmis voor hen heel belangrijk zijn, er zijn andere manieren om dat toch gezellig te maken en om ook een aanvaardbare kerstmis of kerstviering te verwezenlijken zonder met velen tesamen te komen op één plaats.

Laat u niet bedriegen. Corona is nog niet van de baan. We moeten nog steeds voorzichtig zijn en er voor zorgen dat wij niemand besmetten en ook zelf geen besmetting oplopen.

Ook in beperkte kring moet het mogelijk zijn om het gezellig en veilig te houden in deze donkere dagen.

Maak het beste van deze laatste dagen van het jaar en houd u gezond!

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De keuze van evangelicals zullen wellicht het verschil moeten maken voor de Verenigde Staten

De Verenigde Staten van America zullen voor enkel weken sterk in de kijker staan.

In die federale staten is godsdienst nog van sterk belang. Er zijn daar nog heel wat kerkgangers die geloof een belangrijk gegeven vinden om als onderdeel te zijn van de wetgevende en heersende macht. Als de presidentskandidaat te socialistisch of links mag overkomen kan deze het meestal vergeten. Zo kon Bernie Sanders wel zeer mooie voorstellen voor de natie hebben, weinigen wensten er gehoor aan te geven. Diegene die het meeste geld heeft en daarbij nog mooi kan praten maakt in de V.S.A. meestal de meeste kans om te slagen. Als mooiprater  kon Donald Trump in  2016 met nu en dan gezwaai van naar godsdienst verwijzende woorden liefst 81 procent van de Amerikaanse evangelischen bekoren. Of zij nu nog zo blij zijn met hun president die nu en dan toch ware onchristelijke steken heeft laten vallen en zelfs schijnigschennigachtig met de Bijbel wist te zwaaien is een andere zaak. Maar het zal heel belangrijk worden in  de komende verkiezingen, doordat Joe R. Biden nu niet echt als een sterk persoon kan aanzien worden.

De peilingen van het conservatieve Trump liefhebbende netwerk Fox News zitten er niet vaak naast en dat zou voor Trump een goede reden zijn om toch nog hevig te reageren tegen de conservatieve kandidaten, vooral tegen de voorgestelde vice-presidente. De meest recente uitslag laat zien dat 28 procent van de witte evangelischen van plan is om op Joe Biden te stemmen bij de presidentsverkiezingen komende november. De peiling laat zien dat Joe Biden 28 procent van de blanke evangelische stemmen veroverde. Dat is een sprong van 12 punten ten opzichte van wat Hillary Clinton in 2016 kreeg volgens Pew, en dat betekent dat 66 procent op Trump zou stemmen. Volgens sommige analisten zou dat de nederlaag van Trump vrijwel garanderen.

 

Bij de vorige keer dachten wij echter ook dat Trump het vast en zeker niet kon halen. Mis poes! Versteld en verslagen moesten wij toezien hoe deze bullebak toch aan het roer kwam te staan van die grote natie, waar hij nu zo verdeeldheid heeft gezaaid, al beloofde hij die natie “terug groot te maken”.

De huidige peilingen zijn daarom nog niets om te vrezen volgens de Trump aanhangers. Zij zijn er van overtuigd dat fake news Donald Trump graag onderuit zou willen halen, maar dat hun president dat zal overstijgen met grote trots. Het huidige resultaat van peilingen is dan voor de Trump getrouwen nauwelijks een reden om in paniek te raken of om zich door Democraten van de wijs te laten brengen.

“Eén enquête is slechts één enquête, en we hebben een lange weg te gaan tussen nu en november.”

En zoals we allemaal in 2016 hebben geleerd, is solide peilingen niet hetzelfde als stemmen. Trump heeft in het verleden lange kansen overwonnen en zou dat heel goed nog een keer kunnen doen. Met hem hebben wij al genoeg verrassingen gekregen en hij heeft al heel wat uit zijn hoed kunnen toveren.

Maar 28 procent van de blanke evangelischen is een nog hoger percentage dan president Barack Obama die in zijn historische overwinning van 2008 haalde, toen hij 26 procent van de blanke evangelische stemmen kreeg. De marges van Trump waren in 2016 mager en zullen dit jaar waarschijnlijk weer mager zijn. Dat alles maakt dat noch hij, noch Biden veel ruimte voor fouten hebben.

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De DNC meeting ging virtueel door en leek een beetje op ons Europees songfestival wanneer de stemmen werden uitgebracht. Hierbij kwam duidelijk naar voor dat voor de democraten Joe Biden en zijn running mate senator Kamala Harris kwamen te steunen.
Voormalige concurrenten zoals burgemeester Pete Buttigieg en senator Bernie Sanders boden hun steun aan samen met het geheime wapen van de Democraten: een groep Republikeinse functionarissen onder leiding van gouverneur John Kasich die tijdelijk hun politieke meningsverschillen indienen om Trump aan de kaak te stellen en Biden te steunen.
Michelle Obama was maandag de keynote speaker en gaf duidelijk haar vroegere positie van First Lady alle eer aan te doen. Haar man zal later deze week zijn eigen adres inleveren, maar zij gaf al duidelijk aan dat Donald Trump nu al genoeg kansen heeft gekregen die hij niet heeft waar kunnen maken, zodat iedereen wel zou moeten te weten gekomen zijn dat Trump niet de juiste man voor het land is.

In haar indrukwekkende speech op de jaarlijkse conferentie van de Democratische partij in Amerika vermelde ze het belang van empathie wat Trump helemaal niet bezit en legt ze uit wat het betekent om één natie van God te zijn.

“We moeten een manier vinden om samen te leven en samen te werken ondanks onze verschillen”, vertelt de voormalige first lady.

Ondertussen bereidt de RNC hun eigen conventie voor, met namen als de gouverneur van South Dakota Kristi Noem, het St.Louis-echtpaar Mark en Patricia McCloskey die werden gefotografeerd terwijl ze BLM-demonstranten intimideerden met hun vuurwapens.

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Analysis: Will religious freedom flourish in post-treaty Middle East?

Could peace between the Jewish State and a Sunni Arab powerhouse portend increasing religious freedom across the Middle East?

By Lela Gilbert, World Israel News

On August 13, World Israel News reported that the United Arab Emirates and Israel have agreed to establish full diplomatic ties as part of a deal to halt Israel’s extension of sovereignty over Judea and Samaria. The announcement makes the UAE the first Gulf Arab state to do so and only the third Arab nation to have active diplomatic ties to Israel.”

The announcement was made by President Donald Trump.

“Now that the ice has been broken I expect more Arab and Muslim countries will follow the United Arab Emirates.”

So President Trump, who negotiated the agreement, predicted.

There was, of course, debate in Israel and beyond about whether the agreement had cast aside annexation of biblical Judea and Samaria for the sake of an elusive peace gesture. At the same time, there was celebration among young Israelis, embracing new hopes for harmony with the Arab world.

Despite the UAE flag emblazoned in lights across Tel Aviv’s city hall, heated discussions on the subject continue between American and Israeli, religious and secular, conservative and liberal Jews and their supporters.

‘Sarsour has no role in the campaign whatsoever,’

Biden spokesman says after DNC address

Meanwhile, conversations about the religious implications of the agreement have extended well beyond Jerusalem and Abu Dhabi. Could peace between the Jewish State and a Sunni Arab powerhouse portend increasing religious freedom across the Middle East?

Pope Francis

Pope Francis is welcomed by Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince , Feb. 4, 2019. (AP/Kamran Jebreili)

For several years, the United Arab Emirates has been painting a self-portrait not only of a super-wealthy Arab state, but also as a haven of religious freedom. And since Pope Francis’ dramatic visit there in February 2019, much has been said to affirm that these efforts amount to more than a photo-op.

Deutche Welle (DW) described the Pope’s visit as an historic milestone, reporting

 “More than 130,000 worshipers flocked to the Zayed Sports City Stadium in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, on Tuesday to celebrate a Mass with Pope Francis… He is the first leader of the Catholic Church ever to set foot on the Arabian Peninsula, the birthplace of Islam.”

If peace between Jews, Muslims and Christians is possible in one small Arab country, why couldn’t it extend further? Reflecting on this possibility, prayerful optimists have lifted their eyes heavenward while world-weary cynics continue to shake their heads.

On the optimistic side, DW explained that at the start of his papal visit, Pope Francis met with Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and other UAE leaders at the presidential palace.

“He also signed a document promoting ‘human fraternity’ with Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, the grand imam of Egypt’s Al-Azhar, the seat of Sunni Muslim learning. During an address to a gathering of interfaith leaders, he called for an end to wars in the Middle East, including in Yemen and Syria. All religious leaders had a ‘duty to reject every nuance of approval from the word war,’ he said.”

But, as less-than-upbeat observers will quickly note, religious freedom in the Middle East often ends where radical Islam begins, whether that dangerous version of ideology is rooted in Shiite or Sunni tradition. In fact, in its 2020 Country Report, the U.S. Commission on Religious Freedom (USCIRF) declared that Egypt, Iraq and Turkey were included on its “Special Watch List,” while Iran and Saudi Arabia continue to be “Countries of Particular Concern” (CPC).

Both had either permitted or committed egregious violations of religious freedom. Indeed, the violent nature of conflicts in the Middle East, including genocides of Christians, Yazidis and other minorities, tend to discourage even the most enthusiastic proponents of dialogue and reconciliation.

Still, efforts for peace – whether motivated by economic promise or intended to create a bulwark against Iranian and Turkish aggression – should not be disregarded. It is a region where churches are sometimes bombed or torched and surviving synagogues are broken relics of happier days — before the wholesale expulsion of entire Jewish communities.

Nonetheless, the UAE has begun a unique project intended to transform the marred image of Muslim, Jewish and Christian relations: a Multi-Faith Complex – including the first official synagogue in the country’s history.

“A church, mosque and synagogue will share a collective space for the first time, serving as a community for inter-religious dialogue and exchange, and nurturing the values of peaceful co-existence and acceptance among different beliefs, nationalities and cultures,” the committee overseeing construction of the complex said in a statement.

For years, Israel and the United Arab Emirates have been holding clandestine meetings. Now their newly revealed projects include both economic and defense opportunities to which both have contributed expertise and funding. Today, the inclusion of other Arab states in such endeavors is already under discussion, including Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Sudan and more.

Sanguine regional conversations about peace and prosperity should never be silenced. Prayerful candles should always be lit by people of faith. Nevertheless, wary eyes keep their watch as Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan and Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei rage and rant about the Israeli-Emirati agreement’s betrayal of Islamic empire-building.

And while Abu-Dhabi’s construction of the Multi-Faith Complex prepares for its 2022 opening, deadly gunfire shatters quiet nights in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, while rockets and explosive balloons continue to darken the sunlit skies above Israel.

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U.S.A. Investment in a demagogue

From some old article, we want to select the thought about the businessman and television personality Donald Trump. For many Americans this man in charge is their half-god or their golden calf. Most of them who voted in favour for the extravagant man could not have brought some more dangerous man into government, for their nation, but also for the whole world. More than once he brought many out of the United States to sit on the edge of the chair, fearing he would push the “Red button”. He promised to make the nation great again. For sure, he managed to divide it more than ever and to bring it back down, to many years before Obama.

The people who voted for Trump invested in a demagogue who claimed he alone could solve their problems. There is a never a quick fix to a truly complex problem. And yes everyone knew that health care was this complex. What will we need to do to clean up from this mess? Trump has been up on the Hill for over 40 days. If he wants to clean up this mess he has to do it quickly. He alone can determine if he is going to be Moshe, Augustus, or a Golden Calf. Like the Golden Calf- Trump is a product of an ignorant and impatient group yearning to be heard. If only it was as easy as breaking a couple of Tablets to get them to shut up and listen for a moment. {from: Golden Calf and Trump, by Rabbi Avi Katz Orlow}

The populist, protectionist, and nationalist entered the 2016 presidential race as a Republican and was elected in a surprise victory over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, although he lost the popular vote. The people have got many years now to listen to this businessman who has no empathy with the peoples of ‘his country’.

This man of “Fake News” has not recreated a fake world neither a real good world, but made the world even more turbulent than before.

Trump said:

What I worry about is that when problems are not addressed, people will not know who is responsible. And when the problems get bad enough, as they might do, for example, with another serious terrorist attack, as they might do with another financial meltdown, some one person will come forward and say, ‘Give me total power and I will solve this problem.’… That is how the Roman republic fell. Augustus became emperor, not because he arrested the Roman Senate. He became emperor because he promised that he would solve problems that were not being solved. {Golden Calf and Trump}

Trump has become emperor, though many thought he would never come so far. Surprisingly he became the oldest first-term U.S. president and the first without prior military or government service. How he got so many votes and where he got associated with, is something we shall to uncover in 50 years time, but it does not look very kosher. Continually this boaster has made many false or misleading statements during his campaign and presidency. In Europe lots of people do not understand how it could be that so many people really believe everything what this man says, and even do not see how he changed like the wind many times. Even after fact-checkers made it clear that the so-called facts of Mr. Trump were false, the majority of the American people still wanted to believe their god. The journalists who wanted to question Trump moreover his allegations and about his ‘sayings’were chastised and ridiculed towards the other press people. The media in the United States as well as out of that nation, have widely described the phenomenon as unprecedented in American politics. Many of his comments and actions have been characterized as racially charged or racist.  That way he is the first president who was able to create more division in that ‘great nation’ than ever before.

In case Trump was a product of an ignorant and impatient group yearning to be heard, we can only hope that group has come to its senses and have seen and understood now, how this man is such a fraud and someone is who one can miss as a toothache.

Yesterday former first lady Michelle Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention hit the nail on the head whilst she sought to strike that balance between a message of hope and a condemnation of Trump. Obama spoke as the wife of a former President who has seen “the immense weight and awesome power” of the presidency up close. She spoke as a mother trying to teach empathy and instill “a strong moral foundation” in her daughters. And she spoke as an American pained “to see so many people hurting” at a time when the coronavirus has claimed more than 170,000 lives in the US and cast millions into unemployment. She tried to appeal to voters who are frustrated and anxious about the chaos that the President has created, arguing that the America is underperforming

“not simply on matters of policy but on matters of character.”

she said convincingly.

“I know that regardless of our race, age, religion, or politics, when we close out the noise and the fear and truly open our hearts, we know that what’s going on in this country is just not right. This is not who we want to be.”
She warned the Americans:
Donald Trump is the wrong president for our country. He has had more than enough time to prove that he can do the job, but he is clearly in over his head. He cannot meet this moment. He simply cannot be who we need him to be for us. It is what it is.”
“If you take one thing from my words tonight, it is this,”
she continued.
“If you think things cannot possibly get worse, trust me, they can; and they will if we don’t make a change in this election. If we have any hope of ending this chaos, we have got to vote for Joe Biden like our lives depend on it.”

 

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So-called own sacred values under threat

The last few years we have seen populist politicians becoming more popular and getting a stronger following who wanted to cause a fuss here and there. Often they want to have their people believe their nation was great but got damaged by the many immigrants. They say the immigrant population weakens the country and brings democracy in danger.

On the other side there is also a contemporary myth that European societies used to be homogenous. Europe has always been a blanket of a lot of diversity. Always it has been a mixture of all sorts of people and cultures. Throughout the ages we could find a battlefield in the Low Countries. Lots of pieces of land changed hands many times, once belonging to the Romans, than to the Germans, the Austrians, the French, the Dutch. Even the languages and religion changed more than once.

Threat to the security and stability of the nation

Today we can find lots of people who say the land belongs to them and others bring their Judaeo-Christian values in danger. Though many of those crying about their values, do not have any of such juedo christian values at all. The 2016 Islamist fundamentalist attacks showed clearly how far countries as France wanted to go putting liberty of thought, freedom of expression and clothing at the side. France and Belgium so secularised took measures which went totally against real democratic rules and humanitarian freedom.

Big problem in Europe today is that lots of people do not worship God any more and do not keep to the essential commandments of God and as such do not mind not telling the truth, not loving the other, not taking care of others their goods or of nature, they even enjoy being better than the other wanting to have more than they have. For many, hatred and envy are the order of the day. We notice that hatred under Christians is nothing new any more. In the previously Chrisitan countries, we also come to see more hatred against religions in general, many thinking religion is the cause of all the problems. In West Europe we find many that much-vaunted bastions of multiculturalism have become No God Zones.

The last few years we also could see that several countries did not mind to take up again very discriminatory laws.  We could see that even in the so-called most free country of Europe: France; and also in the so-called most progressive liberal country Denmark where they even went so far to go for Nazi-laws.

Too many people do forget our world evolved to a world where lots of people go from one place to another and influence each other. There are already many influencers on the net who cross many country borders and bring people to change their normal and consumption habits, plus eating and clothing customs.

Best examples which show how it is going wrong at the moment, are the United States of America, Brazil, Hungary and Hong Kong. The States takes the cake by having a president who goes in against everything the founders of that State stood for. That country was built on the aspiring hopes of people who came from all sorts of countries, all sorts of cultures and different religious denominations. The land is created or grown by a mixture of peoples. In the few years the 45th president of the U.S.A. ruled he managed to destroy a lot what was build up in the previous decades and created a lot of division between the inhabitants of those states which should be unified.

Instead of all trying to come to one unified Europe we do find more and more people going against the tendency for unification. Several politicians want to create such hammock in the country people get fed up with politics and start wanting to do their own thing in the way they want to do it.

A few years ago there was the beginning of fear created by Islamist fundamentalists. Now an other fear was added. This time it is not the clash between Islam and the West, but the power of a virus, which destroys our free way of life as well. Religious conflict was the norm in the old so-called homogenous Europe. Often the Roman Catholics were the killers to be afraid of. They had a terror regime that forced everyone to Catholicism. The people having most to fear then were the ones who worshipped the Only One True God and not Christ. Many brethren and sisters in the faith had to hide their faith or even had to hide in less easy to reach regions.

The English philosopher John Locke put it, ‘to a foreign prince’, the Pope, whose values were incompatible with those of liberal democracies, and who posed a threat to the security and stability of the nation.

At one point in European history we have two centuries where Jews were seen even more of a threat to European identity, values and ways of being, so much so that they became victims of the world’s greatest genocide. Today many forget that the treatment of Jews as the ‘Other’ was not confined to Germany. It was a central theme in most European nations, from the Dreyfus affair in France to Britain’s first immigration law, the 1905 Aliens Act, designed principally to stem the flow into the country of European Jews. And up in the North lots of Jews got burned in their homes by Russian attacks against them.

In all cases we see that governments and people want to find a victim, someone or some people to point with the finger, to cast them as the cause of all misery.

In the previous centuries high society also looked downwards to the working class. The working class and the rural poor were seen by many as racial distinct.
The French aristocratic anti-egalitarian diplomat, writer, ethnologist, and social thinker Arthur de Gobineau, in his Essai sur l’inégalité des races humaines, 4 vol. (1853–55; Essay on the Inequality of Human Races), remarked already that

‘Every social order represents a racial variety’.

Joseph-Arthur, comte de Gobineau.

Arthur de Gobineau, French diplomat, writer, ethnologist, and social thinker whose theory of racial determinism had an enormous influence upon the subsequent development of racist theories and practices in western Europe.

In the Essai Gobineau asserted the superiority of the white race over others and labeled the “Aryans”—i.e., the Germanic peoples—as representing the summit of civilization. That idea is not killed yet. Also today in Europe as well as in the United States we do find people who cling to that idea, that the fate of civilizations is determined by racial composition, that white and in particular Aryan societies flourish as long as they remain free of black, brown and yellow strains, and that the more a civilization’s racial character is diluted through miscegenation, the more likely it is to lose its vitality and creativity and sink into corruption and immorality.Donald Trump does find this enough reason to make sure everyone comes to understand that, and that it are the white federal troops which are the ones who can and should have everything in control.

Gobineau insisted that

‘We imagine that we are one nation, but we are two nations on the same land’,

each a distinctive race with

‘perpetually contradictory spirits’.

The Christian socialist Phillipe Buchez, giving a talk to the Medico-Psychological Society of Paris in 1857, wondered how it could happen that

 ‘within a population such as ours, races may form – not merely one but several races – so miserable, inferior and bastardised that they may be classed below the most inferior savage races, for their inferiority is sometimes beyond cure.’

The races that he was talking of were not, of course, from Africa or Asia, but the working class and the rural poor. In this century some reflect similar words now also referring to those who work on the fields (seasonal workers) and those who do the jobs the ‘nationals’ do not want to do.

Gobineau’s writings were quickly praised by white supremacist, pro-slavery Americans like surgeon, anthropologis and slaveowner Josiah C. Nott and the Swiss American propagandist for the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War, Henry Hotze, who translated his book into English. They omitted around 1,000 pages of the original book, including those parts that negatively described Americans as a racially mixed population.

In the 19th century in many countries, the poor were

‘a race of whom we know nothing, whose lives are of quite different complexion from ours, persons with whom we have no point of contact.’

explained an article on working-class life in East London in The Saturday Review, a well-read liberal magazine of the era.

‘Distinctions and separations, like those of English classes’,

the article concluded,

‘which always endure, which last from the cradle to the grave, which prevent anything like association or companionship… offer a very fair parallel to the separation of the slaves from the whites.’

Just before the pandemic struck our regions there were already enough signs we were evolving back to a segregation position of modern slaves, the working class.

With the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, we will have to be very careful that politicians and CEOs do not take advantage of this situation in order to corner the workers and exploit them even more because of the emerging economic crisis.

In the States, we see already how the president got so many people to believe that we should ignore this virus or Chinese disease and should all go back at work making our economy great again. For him, the economy comes first. Human lives are not so important and when they are black or brown they are even less important. For him as for some in Europe as well there should not be Corona restrictions, because they go against our liberty. All such matters to protect the health of people undermine the economy and therefore (according to them) should be annulled. Inc ase there are people dying from Covid-19 they should be considered as just ‘accidents de parcours’.

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Preceding

Tribes Redux

Trans-ability and Identity and Political correctness

Seeds from the world creating division and separation from God

Denmark votes in favour for a Discriminatory Nazi law

American Christians have to think twice before going to vote

Tolerance Ends When There Is No Tolerance Shown Towards Us

Francis Fukuyama and ‘The End of History?’

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