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The Gad Fly ver. 1.2.1

The Philosopher

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7/20/2016

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Definition of Gad Fly

  • A fly that bites livestock, especially a horsefly, warble fly, or botfly.
  • An annoying person, especially one who provokes others into action by criticism.

The Gad Fly of the Greek Democracy[i]

  • Plato refers to Socrates as the “gad fly” of the state (as the gad fly stings the horse into action, so Socrates stung various Athenians).

The Gad Fly of the Christian Church[ii]

A New Paradigm in Christian Thinkingis the gad fly of the Christian Church.  Christian Churches do not accept criticism, ever. The price of criticism in the Christian Church is excommunication.  Christian sees themselves as “birds of a feather” and a critical bird is not of their nest.  They must protect the income and salaries of the professional Christians, the minds of their youth and the minds of all of their members from the gad flies of the Christian Church. Professional Christians must preach to the choir, instructing them on the religion that they have chosen to put their faith.  The cost of not preaching to the choir is that the choir will vote with their feet and donations, resulting in a loss of income to the church and the professional Christians who probably have children – if Protestant – that they need to get through college and a mortgage to pay off.   If the professional Christians are Catholic, they will not meet with the approval of the hierarchy of the church and will be excommunicated.

Max Planck, the German nuclear physicist of the early twentieth century, stated, “A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.[iii]

The same statement can be made of religion.  Acceptance of a new viewpoint of the existing data on religion can only take place when a younger generation becomes comfortable with these new views and those who are adamantly opposed to these new views die off.

Because of this self-protection of the minds of the youths, the church is destined to disappear for failure to keep up with our knowledge of the universe and the light it has shined on our knowledge and purpose of the visit to planet Earth of the Representative of the Creator of the Universe (RoCoU) two thousand years ago, and taught how the Homo sapiens who have evolved over the past thousands of centuries can get their basic needs of food, clothing and shelter met on this planet Earth and how to live in peace with each other and other nations.

An interesting side note is that Paleoanthropologist has found no link to the evolution of the Homo sapien skull to that of the evolved Ancient Man, leaving open the creation of the Homo species by the “Creator of the Universe”.  Although ancient man and modern man have identical bone structure from the neck on down, their skulls and thus brains are much different, nor is there any evidence of a transitional development from the skull of Ancient Man to the skull (Brain) of the Homo Species. [iv]

The advances in our knowledge of the universe and the life creation process in the last one hundred years, mainly due to the Hubble Telescope and advances in life science, have put the Christian Church in a position where they need to update their theology from religious to pragmatic (cause and effect, science) or face extinction.  The church is clearly in a positon of “grow or die” and the church cannot possibly grow with the determination to maintain their existing course, a course established and handed down through the generations and centuries by people that did not understand the meaning, instructions from the RoCoU and implications of the events that had taken place in the very beginning of “The Way” or the Christian Church.  These events took place in a very religious society and that society, for the most part, saw and recorded these events through a religious lens (perspective).

Case Study I

The RoCoU that visited planet Earth two thousand years ago taught the audience that had gathered around Him how to get along with other people on a one-on-one basis and how nations could live in peace with one another on a nation-to-nation basis.[v]

  • For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” [vi] From the accepted Christian perspective, their judgments will be judged by a higher power at the end of the life of planet Earth. They do not see their judging others as something that has immediate consequences.  From the pragmatic perspective, the effect of judging others – be it one-on-one or nation-to-nation – will have immediate consequences.  All Homo sapiens on planet Earth are of equal authority; one does not have dominion over another. And as one Homo sapien judges another, so in turn are they judged by those they are judging in real time by the same measure they are using to judge!

    This holds true for one nation to judge another nation. As one nation judges another, so is that nation judged, by the measure they use to judge, by the nation they are judging.  As in the case where the USA is judging ISIS with “air strikes,” the USA is being judged by ISIS attacking soft target (civilian targets, airplanes, restaurants, public places, etc.) with bombing and assault weapons.  The USA has judged ISIS as “barbaric” and ISIS, in turn, has judged the USA as “barbaric”.  This ISIS War has made it impossible to tell the Barbarians from the Barbarians.

Wars of our past have been mislabeled.  We must remember that the President of the USA is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the USA.  The orders given by the President must be followed by the USA military forces.  The President does not issue illegal orders.  If the President  orders it, it is a legal order and must be obeyed by those in subornation to the Commander-in-Chief.  One can argue that they do not have to follow an illegal order, but they will probably be sent to the brig while the Supreme Court reviews their case. They will be removed from and replaced from duty and someone else will carry out the Commander-in-Chief’s order.

Therefore the Civil War as we know it was not our civil war – it was  Lincoln’s War.  The USA involvement in WWII was FDR’s and Truman’s War.  Harry Truman was President when the Korean War began in 1950, and Dwight Eisenhower was elected in 1952 and was President when the armistice was signed in 1953.  The Vietnam War was JFK’s initiative and LBJ’s Bombing War; Nixon pulled USA troops out of Vietnam. The Serbia vs. Bosnia, Kosovo, NATO was Clinton’s war.  The Persian Gulf War I with Iraq was G.H.W. Bush’s War.  The Iraq War was G.W. Bush’s War and the ISIS-ISIL War is Obama’s War.

As a professional troubleshooter for over forty years, I can equivalently state that, “A problem must be accurately described before action is taken to try and solve the problem; if not, a bigger problem will be the result.”  By placing the proper labels on our past wars, we should gain some insight as to the right problem to solve.

The Right Problem to Solve

  • Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison.” [vii]

The term “workable compromise” was not coined until the twentieth century. Is it any wonder that our ancestors did not understand the meaning of the above instruction from the RoCoU during his visit to planet Earth two thousand years ago?  A workable Compromise is a solution to conflicts that work for all participants in the disagreement.  The first step in search of a workable compromise is to ask the conflicting subject, “What do you want?”  If one does not understand what the conflicting parties want, how can a resolution ever be found that works for the principle parties?

  • Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace.[viii]

Here we have the workable compromise on a much larger scale.  In the case of USA vs. ISIS, the question was never asked, “What do you want?”  If we trace back the steps of the previous administrations, we should be able to predict what ISIS-ISIL wants.  The Sunni Muslims were in power in Iraq prior to G.W. Bush’s administration.  G.W. Bush’s War left the Sunni dispossessed from their homeland by the puppet Shiite Muslim administration installed by Bush. Iraq’s neighbor, Syria, was involved in its own civil war; The Sunni Muslims, now still armed with their weapons from the now defunct Iraq Red Army, seized the opportunity and developed their base of operation in Syria.  This new ISIL then made pronouncement on video, in a very barbaric way, for the USA to “Stay out of our fight.”  The Obama administration judged ISIL as “terrorists” and initiated air strikes against ISIS-ISIL as they threatened our allies in power in Iraq.

As described above in Case Study I, judging a nation as terrorist will result in the judging nation to be judged as terrorist by the judged nation.   As the USA conducted air strikes against “hard targets” (military targets) in an attempt to minimize collateral damage (civilian deaths), ISIS-ISIL, in retaliation, began bombing and assaulting soft targets (Civilian Targets).

Judging and the lack of ability to negotiate a workable compromise by the Obama administration has, and will continue to, cost the western civilization much cost in damage, dislocation of refugees and lives of civilians.  It is apparent that even a routine change in the administration by a newly elected administration will not end this conflict with ISIS-ISIL. A resignation or impeachment of the Chief Executive seems the proper road to pursue.  A newly elected administration would be in a position of trying to apologize for the actions of the previous administrations, and that never happens.

The Lens Used for the Viewing of the Facts

The lens one views the facts, events or evidence through determines the conclusions that the viewer will hold as the correct interpretation of the facts, events or evidence. The classic scenario is this: Two men who are walking in the woods come upon an immaculate garden, complete with trimmed hedges, flower garden arrangements, etc.   One man states, “There must be a caretaker for this place.” The other man states, “What a wonderful work of nature.”   The events that took place during the visit of the RoCoU two thousand years ago can be looked at through a religious lens or a pragmatic lens.

There are two and maybe three writers that were able to record the events, of the visit to Earth by the RoCoU and the events that took place, without looking though there religious lens.  Mark, who wrote the book of Mark in the Book of Books, the Bible, was a young man on the perimeter of the core group who became the Apostles of the RoCoU. He found himself in Rome where much persecution was taking place of the “Christians” in Rome.  He took it upon himself to record for the purpose of history the events that had taken place during his life.  He was an eyewitness to some of the events and received reports from those who were part of the core group of the RoCoU.  The style of writing for an historian is to answer the questions, “who, what, where and when.”   Luke, who wrote the books of Luke (Luke I) and Acts of the Apostles (Luke II), was contracted to record the events that had and were taking place in this time period. [ix]  Luke wrote under the guidelines of a journalist, answering “who, what, where and when.”  Luke was an eyewitness to many of the events that took place, he interviewed others who were eyewitnesses of events and he was an embedded journalist with the Apostle Paul on his missionary journeys.  Matthew was a tax collector and a Jew who made an argument to Jews of the authentication of the RoCoU to the Jewish religion.  He sometimes included the “why” in his writings, as did John in the book of John.  This would make their writing styles, “who, what, where, when and why” a little more difficult to sort out the facts from their interpretation of the facts and events that took place during this visit of the RoCoU.  The Apostle Paul was highly educated in Jewish religion and history.  He viewed our relationship with the RoCoU through the lens of Jewish religion and history.  A close examination of the writing of Paul will disclose that his view of the RoCoU’s visit to planet Earth was religious and the RoCoU’s view of his visit to earth was pragmatic and the next step in the evolution of the Homo species on planet Earth.

The Gad Fly of the Democracy of the USA

The present day gad fly of democracy in the USA is The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter, Retired.[x]  The Greeks invented democracy from scratch and it worked well for them for about 170 years.  The Greeks were on the peak of their Golden Age when they got tired of hearing their gad fly, Socrates, who was a critic of their society, in particular of the shortcomings and corruption in this democracy.  Socrates was one of the founders of western philosophy.  The Greek Senate charged Socrates with “corrupting the minds of the youth,” and they sentenced Socrates to death.  The death of Socrates was the beginning of the downfall of Greece, for they had lost their “guidepost.”

The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter, like Socrates has been excommunicated from his position at a national laboratory by management that took offense to his proposals that threated their power structure.  His teaching credentials were canceled in a local church for “corrupting the minds of the youth” and not teaching the church’s official view on the subject. He was excommunicated from a church where he was a member in good standing for twenty years for publishing “A New Paradigm in Christian Thinking” [xi] and corrupting the minds of their youth and any other person in their church with science and philosophy.  Thank God for civil laws that protects our citizens from physical harm.

Our President has not chosen to listen to this gad fly, when he suggested that a workable compromise be initiated to resolve the conflict of space, control and authority in Iraq between the three different sects of Muslims. This was proposed by the Vice President, and now the reining authority in Syria has been added to the mix; he chose to put together a coalition of nations to wipe ISIS-ISIL from planet Earth.  ISIS-ISIL has retaliated with attacks against this coalition of nations and the USA hitting soft targets.  We should expect this activity to continue. The best outcome, using the best military forces on the planet,  for a military victory, will be guerilla warfare with the soft targets continuing to be hit by these guerilla fighters.  The only solution to the ISIS-ISIL conflict is a workable compromise – a permanent home for the displaced Sunni Muslims from their Iraq home.

Lessons from History

In 480 B.C. the Persians were set upon wiping the Greeks off the Earth or enslaving them.  The Persians greatly outnumbered the Greeks.  The Persians were under autocratic the rule of Xerxes; the Greeks were under democratic rule (one for all and all for one).   The Persians overran the Greek Spartans (trained warriors) at the pass of Thermopylae [xii] and sacked Athens, which had been evacuated by the Greeks.

The Persians had large war ships (similar to that of the USA navy, bigger than their opponents).  The Greeks built small maneuverable war ships with a torpedo like Ram on the bow of the ship (A trireme).  The Greeks lured the Persian navy in to the Aegean Sea where there were many islands presenting a maneuverable issue for the Persians.  With their mobility (like ISIS-ISIL), the Greeks ran circles around the larger Persian ships and rammed the Persian ships with their torpedo like Rams at the front of their ships and sank the Persian Fleet. [xiii]

Beware USA your large arsenal of weapons is being out maneuvered by an adversary who is focused on mobility.

The USA Transition from a Republic to a Democracy

The USA was formed as a republic and has been in a long transition to a democracy in small steps. This change has come about by allowing more of the population to vote in elections and it changed the way our President was elected.  In the beginning, only land owners could vote in the elections.  These were the people who had an invested interest in the profitability of the nation, much like that of stockholders voting in a corporation. [xiv]  The vote has slowly been extended, for various reasons, to other segments of our society who do not have an investment or knowledge of producing a profitable nation (women, teens, those on government assistance).  We certainly have improved on the lifestyles of our citizens, as have the Greeks, but our national debt is rising above our ability to pay the interest, which could eventually result in foreclosure on our property (nation) by our creditors (like the two bailouts of the Greeks by the EU in recent history).

The Life Span of a Democracy

The average lifespan for a democracy is about 170 years, as established by the Greeks.  In the Greek democracy, leaders were chosen by a lottery, thus minimizing payoffs and corruption in the government.  Serving as a leader was considered a duty of citizenship.  Ballots could be cast to remove a government leader from office and they would be exiled for ten years from their society. In the Greek democracy, only about 20 percent of the population could vote. [xv]   The Greeks now have more people on the government payroll than people paying taxes to support the government. Is this direction the USA wants to continue to pursue?

The Code of Conduct to Live Long in this Land

There is a “code of conduct” that was intended to provide for the continued success of a nation living long in the land that had been giving to them.  Unfortunately, these were given to a very religious people and they did not understand the economic implications of these Ten Codes of Conduct.  Unfortunately, these Ten Codes of Conduct are still seen as religious by almost our entire society, religious and secular alike.  When one sets aside their religious lens, the pragmatic lens shows that the economics of these Ten Codes of Conduct can be realized.  The original Codes of Conduct were given in an ancient language; therefore, the proper perspective is to look at them through the eyes of a parent giving instruction to their children so that they might live long in the land the parent was giving them to raise their generations.

  1. You will not listen to anyone but your father for guidance.
  2. You will not form addictions that will prevent you from making your own decisions.
  3. You will not use my name as an authority to cause trouble or discomfort for any other person on this planet Earth.
  4. You will take a day off, after every six days of work, and remember who gave you this land and enjoy your time with family and friends, and you will allow your employees time off to enjoy their family and friends, and you will not mow your lawn on this day and interrupt the peace of your neighbors.
  5. Remember what your mother and father taught you, and hand down those teaching to your children and grandchildren, that you might live long in this land I have given you.
  6. You shall not murder.
  7. You shall not steal.
  8. You shall not give false witness against your neighbor.
  9. You shall not seek an intimate relationship with your neighbor’s wife.
  10. You shall not scheme to gain possession of your neighbor’s property.
  11. You will not build a big mansion type house in your neighbor’s back yard.
  12. You shall keep the walk-ways, of your communities, free of “Foxtails” that injure our pets. [xvi]

QED

 

 

[i] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socrates

[ii] https://anewparadigminchristianthinking.wordpress.com/

[iii] Max Plank, http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/m/max_planck.html/

[iv] NOVA: Dawn of Humanity DVD, http://www.shoppbs.org/home/index.jsp/

[v] Jesus on judging, negotiating

[vi] Matthew 7:2, The Bible

[vii] Matthew 5:25, The Bible

[viii] Luke 14:31-32, The Bible

[ix] Luke 1:1-4, The Bible

[x] http://thephilosopheronpolitics.worpress.com/

[xi] https://anewparadigminchristianthinking.wordpress.com/

[xii] http://www.ancient.eu/thermopylae/

[xiii] National Geographic The Greeks DVD, 2016, http://ancienthistory.about.com/cs/weaponswar/p/blpwtherm.htm/

[xiv] http://thephilosopheronpolitics.wordpress.com/tag/voting/  TBC

[xv] PBS, “The Greeks”, 2016

[xvi] http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/foxtail-grass-and-your-dog/

Christianity is not an Offensive Weapon Ver. 1.1.2

The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter, Retired

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The Philosopher

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4/19/2016

Copyright 2016

Introduction

As of late, there are several incidents in this first quarter of the twenty-first century that involve using Christianity as an offensive weapon.  The Representative of the Creator of the Universe (RoCoU) visited planet Earth twenty centuries ago and used parables to teach us that peace on this planet Earth can be obtained by “negotiating a workable compromise.”   This is a negotiating process that results in an agreement between individuals, organizations and nations and that works for all parties concerned.[i]

Case Study 1

The USA sought to oust the dictator of Iraq and did so effectively.  The overthrow of the dictator was justified from the fear that weapons of mass destruction were being constructed.  The driver for this operation was the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the USA Armed Forces.  This was someone more knowledgeable of the military might of the USA than of negotiating a workable compromise.  However, the government installed a replacement for this dictatorship and, in turn, ousted the Islamic sect that was previously in power under this dictatorship. This resulted in their being disenfranchised from their home country.

The disenfranchised military members left their homeland with their weapons they possessed as being a part of the dictatorship’s army.  These disenfranchised military members formed their own group now known as ISIS-ISIL.  This new group rightly blamed the USA for their disenfranchisement and made their demands clear in a barbaric fashion. They did not want the USA involved in their objective to establish a home nation for this group in Iraq and Syria.

While under public pressure, the leadership of the USA retaliated against ISIS-ISIL with military air forces.  The USA leadership had an opportunity to negotiate a workable compromise at this time but instead chose to retaliate with force, and they did so under the label of Christianity.  ISIS-ISIL then retaliated against soft targets in Europe and, using propaganda on the internet, was able to influence USA citizens to retaliate against soft targets in the USA.  As they see the USA as a Christian nation, all citizens of the USA qualify as a soft target.

This progression of the USA targeting hard targets and ISIS-ISIL targeting soft targets has now escalated past the point of the present leadership of the USA to be able to negotiate a workable compromise with ISIS-ISIL.  A change in leadership with another leader not capable or experienced in negotiating workable compromises would effectively just be a change in the face of the leadership and would not result in a policy change from military action to negotiating a workable compromise. The RoCoU taught us during His visit twenty centuries ago to live in peace with our neighboring nations.  This leaves the only solution to peace as impeachment or resignation of the President of the USA, which would send a clear message to ISIS-ISSL that the USA is ready to negotiate a workable compromise.

Case Study 2

The leadership of a small local independent church was following the examples given in the New Testament of the Bible to guide and organize their church.  When their New Testament theology was threatened by the discovery of a scientific explanation of the events that were reported in the four Gospels and in the Acts of the Apostles of this New Testament, the leadership chose to take offensive action to protect their religious tradition.

What could be the possible reasoning behind this aggressive offense by church and state?

  • The USA leadership was pressured by public opinion to take military action against ISIS-ISIL because of their barbaric method of sending a message to the USA to stay out of their fight.
  • The leadership of the USA mistakenly thought that an aggressive military action was consistent with Christian values.
  • The Commander-in-Chief’s responsibility is given to the President, when instead it should be delegated to a much wiser panel of mature statesmen (not the Joints Chiefs of Staff, as they have a conflict of interest, which was demonstrated by the invasion of Iraq).
  • Christian leadership in the church has become a professional Christian role. Professional Christians have a conflict of interest in their churches (Protestant), as they must maintain continued funding by a fickle membership to ensure the continuity of their salary.  The use of laypersons to perform leadership duties in the church mitigates this conflict of interest and would lead the way for debate on the Gospel in the church.  In another major non-Protestant denomination, this conflict of interest is mitigated by a corporate style of leadership.  In this case, it is a follow-the-leader style of church with a hierarchy of church leaders.  For this reason, the idea of open debate is unheard of in this denomination of the Christian church, as final authority rests with their chosen leader.
  • Debate in the church has been discouraged dating back to the Apostle Paul. Paul knew he was right even if he was not[ii] and the other orators were declared unreliable by Paul. [iii] Any interpretation of the Gospel other than that defined by the Apostle Paul was and is an imposter.
  • The RoCoU, on the other hand, stressed the use of negotiating a workable compromise to resolve differences of opinion in the church, in society microscopically and between nations macroscopically. [iv] Certainly he would have supported open debate in the church over the closed church doctrine that now exists in most present day churches.
  • A scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it,” – Max Planck. [v] So it must also be true of a “New Paradigm in Christian Thinking.”

QED

 

 

[i]  Luke 12:58, http://biblehub.com/niv/luke/12-58.htm,  Luke 14:31-32,  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+14:31-32&version=NIV

[ii] http://drleman.com, “The Firstborn Advantage”, Revell Pub. 2008, p69 “The Firstborn Personality”

[iii] 2 Corinthians 11:13-15, https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Corinthians+11%3A13-15&version=NIV

[iv] Ibid i

[v] http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/m/max_planck.html

Is the Truth Found in Scripture or in Science?

Ver. 1.3.0

The Philosopher and Church Reformer, Twenty-First Century

https://anewparadigminchristianthinking.wordpress.com/tag/Scripture-vs-science/

8/27/2015

Introduction

Experimental science has been around since Galileo (1564-1642), who has been attributed the title of “The Father of Modern Science” when he made a number of observations of planetary motion with his advanced hand-built telescope. His data proved “the 16th century Polish astronomer Copernicus’ suggestion of placing the sun at or near the center of the heavens and giving the earth an orbit equivalent to that which had previously been assigned to the sun. He published his ideas in the great book “De revolutionibus orbium celestial.The first copy was placed in his hands while he lay on his deathbed in 1543. Unknown to Copernicus, a preface had been anonymously added to this book by an officious clergyman, advising readers that the ideas in it were to be construed not literally but merely as hypotheses useful in simplifying the work of astronomers.” i

“The Ptolemy system put the earth at the center of the universe. The centers of planetary orbits were placed at some distance from the center of the earth, and such orbits were called eccentric, and most planets were given small circular orbits around centers which moved in large circles around the earth, and these smaller circles were called epicycles. This system took its name from Claudius Ptolemy, who brought it to completion about 150 A.D. It had been set forth by Hipparchus about three centuries earlier. Although the Ptolemaic system was defended by the followers of Aristotle, in reality it was the much older astronomy of Eudoxus (ca, 408-355 B.C.) to which Aristotle’s statements were originally intended to apply”.ii

The clergy in this time period favored the Ptolemy system of planetary motion, as it featured the earth as the unique and distinguished situation at the center of the universe, which agreed with what the clergy found in the Scriptures. This was also the position of philosophers as well as theologians, who taught that the heavenly bodies were created especially for the use and service of man, and that man was the subject of God’s principal care and concern. Also the Copernican system had the further disadvantage of requiring vast and rapid motions of the earth, which seemed to contradict all common sense and everyday experience.” iii

Galileo completed “Dialogue,” his proof of the Copernicus system of planetary motion, and sought to gain a license to print from Rome, the center of Catholic theology, and was granted permission to print. Printing began in June of 1631, and was completed in February of 1632. In August of 1632, Rome ordered the suspension of sales of “Dialogue.” In October of 1632, Galileo was ordered to Rome to stand trial. The Pope, in June of 1633, ordered rigorous examination; Galileo capitulated and was sentenced to indefinite imprisonment after humiliating abjuration. In December of 1633, he was placed in permanent house arrest and banned from any further publishing of his work. In 1635, the Latin translation of “Dialogue” was published at Strasbourg; an English version was made but not published. Galileo died January 8, 1642. “The Pope forbade the Grand Duke to erect a monument in Galileo’s honor if any word on it would ‘offend the reputation of the Holy Office’.” iv

The father of modern science died while imprisoned under house arrest, sentenced there by the “Holy Office” of Rome, which thought the Scriptures were the absolute truth, and science had to comply with the Scriptures or the science was not only wrong, but an act of heresy, which was a charge equivalent to a felony.

A back of the envelope calculation shows that, in the twenty-first century, modern science has been in use for less than 400 years. The Scriptures date back multiple centuries – greater than twelve centuries, and the New Testament Scriptures for just more than two centuries. The history of man is being rewritten by DNA analysis; similarly, the Scriptures need to be updated to coincide with the physical laws that God has created to keep his universe in good working order. And the church needs to update its theology to coincide with the developments of science and we are not done yet with finding out what God has created in His universe.

The New Deal

The New Deal began on the day of the Pentecost Festival, about fifty days after Jesus’ ascension into Heaven after His resurrection from dying on a Roman cross. The New Deal began with a bang, or as documented, by a ‘strong wind and tongues of fire’.v This was too big a deal for the followers of Jesus to understand. They received this gift of the Holy Spirit and acted in a manner they thought was appropriate, being given the responsibility to bring this New Deal to all nations.vi Did they get it right? If I were a gambling man, I would bet against them getting it right. For one thing, there is not mention of the Personal Counselor that Jesus sent to us to “Teach us all that we need to know,”vii Tell us what to say.viii . There is some mention of the Holy Spirit telling the Apostles where to go.ix But the New Deal was way over their heads; there was more delivered by Jesus than anyone in this time period could understand. Did the Apostles get it right? Not likely, given the circumstance and knowledge of the time.

The Pentecost Festival Event

In the Book of Acts of the Apostles 1:4 Jesus said, “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.” Book of Acts of the Apostles 2:1-6 says, “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as the Spirit enabled them.
“Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own language? …….we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own language! Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, ‘what does this mean?’”

This Pheromone is Difficult to Explain

Sound Waves

Sound waves are like ripples on a smooth pond. Toss in one stone and it will produce ripples on top of the water, going out in expanding circle. Throw two stones, at the same time, into the pond at slightly different positions, and the waves will interfere with each other. Toss ten stones into the pond at the same time at slightly different positions and the waves will be indefinable from each individual stone.

Given the difficulty of overcoming the physics of this situation is not an easy task. If the Apostles were all speaking at once, who could understand the resulting noise? Air waves are like the waves on the pond, only they are three dimensional waves, going out in a spherical manner from the source. The air does not move, but each air molecule pushes against its neighboring molecules until it reaches the ears of the hearer and then the air waves pulse on the ear drum, which the brain converts to sound. If there is no air between the speaker and the listener, there is no air wave and there is no sound produced.

An alternative explanation that allows the laws of physics to apply to this situation is that each Apostle is speaking in their own language and the listeners are hearing what they are speaking in their own language. This would be an easy task for the Holy Spirit to accomplish; the speech of the Galileans is translated by the Holy Spirit into the language of the listener.

The Joshua Problem

Galileo, in the 17th century, had a similar situation with what is known as “The Joshua Problem.” In Galileo’s time, there were two different theories on planetary motion: the Ptolemy theory that the earth rotated about the sun, and the Copernicus theory that the sun rotated about the earth. Though his self-made telescopes, Galileo produced data that proved the Copernicus theory as the correct theory – the earth rotated about the sun.

Galileo was a member in good standing with the Catholic Church, and the Catholic Church had a problem with the Copernicus theory of planetary motion conflicting with the scripture. “The Joshua Problem” comes from Joshua 10:12-13: “On the day the Lord gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to the Lord in the presence of Israel: ‘O sun stand still over Gibeon, O moon over the Valley of Aijalon.’ So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation triumphed over its enemies, as it is written in the Book of Jashar. The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day.” Galileo became known as the first experimental physicist because of his method of using data to prove or disprove a theory. But the resulting physics was in conflict with the Scriptures.

The problem with “The Joshua Problem” is the loss of centripetal force that keeps the earth in rotation about the sun. This is the force that counteracts the gravitational attraction of the earth and the sun. Without this centripetal force, the earth would be pulled into the sun. And if the earth stopped its rotation, how would it restart its rotation? Religion is based on people’s emotions and physics is based on the fundamental laws of physics that God put into place to maintain order in the universe. Galileo argued that the Joshua event happened during the summer solstice, when daylight would be at its maximum. Why would Joshua ask that the sun stand still at midday? Would it not be more plausible that the sun was setting and Joshua saw the time urgency for more daylight? Galileo also argued that using the Copernicus system of planetary motion, the sun would need to stop is own rotation and that would cause the earth, moon and stars to stop their rotation.

In both the Pentecost event and the Joshua event, the laws of physics that God put into place to maintain order in His kingdom, the universe, must be obeyed. “Science is the truth if you believe it or not.” – An Astro Physicist.

Science the Final Voice of Truth

There has been great effort by mankind to make these Scriptures the absolute word of God and the final truth of all matters. In the time of John Newton, (mid-18th century) John and three others founded the Eclectic Society (a select, diverse society not connected to any other group). “The spirit of the society was characterized by the informality of it proceeding, the seriousness of its spiritual discussions, and the commitment of its membership.”x When the Eclectic Society was revived by John Stott in 1955, a requirement that “members must accept the supreme authority of Scripture and avoid arcane theological arguments” was added to the society’s rules. This rule would certainly seriously limit the contribution that science can lend to the understanding of the Gospel that Jesus sent to us.
In reality, God created the physical world and he created the physics that brings order to His universe. Scientists discover how these wonders of the universe work together to bring harmony to His vast creation – the universe.
As this Astro Physicist pointed out, as he showed a photo taken from a spacecraft of the earth as a small dot below the huge rings of Saturn, “We are thinking too small when we concern ourselves only with the events taking place on this planet earth.”

Philosophy’s Contribution to Finding the Truth

Rene` Descartes, a 17th century philosopher, established a method for finding the truth. He wanted to find the truth for himself and not the truths that the religious and political authorities were promoting as the truth. Cutting through all the fog and clouds and eliminating all beliefs and opinions – no matter how many people had these beliefs and opinions – he doubted anything that he knew until he could establish a truth that he could convince himself was the truth. He then built upon these truths and bootstrapped his way to the larger truth.

This method was picked up by other 17th and 18th century philosophers and they became known as the “Enlightenment Philosophers” and began the era of “Reason.” This was the beginning of Modern Philosophy, replacing the Ancient Philosophy of finding the truth by argument and rebuttal.

The “Enlightenment Philosophers” influenced Thomas Jefferson in his writing of the Declaration of Independence from England incorporated the “Rights of Man” established by these Enlightenment philosophers. The English Enlightenment Philosophers influenced the bloodless revolution in England and the French Enlightenment Philosophers the French Revelation. Rene’ Descartes method of finding the truth has become known as “Autonomous Reflection.” A method still used today by CEOs, political leaders to lead their enterprises, research scientists, and whoever else wants to push the extents of the envelope of our knowledge of the truth.xi Jesus told us to find a quiet place like a closet, where one can hear themselves think and “Tell your Father, who is unseen, then your Father, who sees what is done in secret will reward you. …your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” xii

The Book of Genesis

Genesis 4:2 “….Now Abel kept flocks and Cain worked the soil”. In the development of man he was first a hunter and gather and a nomad. The keeping of flocks was a transition from hunter-gatherer to agrarian but since they still lived in tents they were still nomadic. Man did not learn about planting seeds in the soil and growing their own crops until the time that Jericho was forming as the oldest city on the planet. It was this new agrarian life style that allowed man to remain in one place. Therefore the book of Genesis must have been written after the founding of the city of Jericho. We do know that the agrarian life style originated in the Fertile Crescent on the Mediterranean Sea the same area that Abraham was located.

The Evolution of man

The Paleoanthropologists has not been able to link the evolution of ancient man that evolved from the ape to the modern man the Homo species. The two species, Ancient man and Homo have the same bone structure from the neck on down, but the skull shape and brain capacity are much different. There has not been found any transition species between the two. It is though one species disappeared and the other appeared on earth. These finding support the creation theory as modern man appeared on earth with no link to a past.xiii

Earth a Special Place?

Astronomers have observed that suns we call stars have planets similar to earth circulating around them, that is in the Goldilocks Zone (not to hot not to cold) and about the same size as our earth (not to large not to small) therefore having about the same gravity as earth. They estimate there are approximately four billion planets that could look like earth and therefore could have life on these planets like earth. We cannot see these planets because they do not give off light, but we can observe the decrease in light from the star as the planet passes in front of their sun. If Jesus is visiting these planets like He did earth, this is going to take up a lot of His time.

QED


i “Discoveries and Opinions of Galileo”, Translated by Stillman Drake, Anchor Books, 1957, pp 12-14
ii Ibid p11
iii Ibid p 12
iv Ibid P 286
v Acts 2: TBD
vi Mathew 28:TBD
vii John 14: 26
viii Luke 12:12,
ix Acts 9:11, 6, Acts 8:29,
x Jonathan Aitken, “John Newton” “From Disgrace to Amazing Grace”, Crossway, 2007, pp 289-293
xi https://anewparadigminchristianthinking.wordpress.com/tag/Autonomous-Reflection/
xii Matthew 6:6-8
xiii http://pbs.org

Romans: The Book That Changed the World or the Book That Derailed the Gospel Jesus Sent Us Ver. 1.0.1

The Philosopher and Church Reformer, Twentieth-First Century

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9/11/2015

Dear Fellow Christians:

Our Bible Study Group is in the midst of an in-depth study of the book of Romans, written by the Apostle Paul preceding his trip to Rome. Our class leader has stated that the Book of Romans is “the Book the changed the world.” It has, but is it the Gospel Jesus wanted us to have? Our class leader stated that Martin Luther thought that the book of Romans and especially Chapters II & III “were the heart of Paul’s argument for his Gospel.” However, Jesus was all about the empowerment of individuals.

Things to keep in mind about the Apostle Paul

There are some things we should keep in mind about Paul and his Gospel. 1) Paul was very educated in the Jewish religion. 2) Paul did not have firsthand knowledge of the teachings of Jesus. 3) Paul did not have firsthand knowledge of the arrival of the Personal Counselor, a.k.a. the Holy Spirit, that Jesus said he would send to us when he got back home to Heaven. Paul had secondhand knowledge of this event on that day of the Pentecost Festival, receiving his information from disciples that themselves did not understand the significance of the arrival of this Personal Counselor. 4) Paul was a problem solver; his institution of the Lord’s Supper solved a problem in the Corinthian Church. His theology of the salvation of man was a solution to a condition of man – his original sin. 5) Paul’s mission was to put the church of Jesus on the map. He accomplished his mission. 6) Paul’s lack of knowledge of the Personal Counselor and his failure to empower the new converts with this Personal Counselor resulted in Paul micromanaging his churches.

The Teachings of Jesus

From the teachings of Jesus, it should be obvious to any well-trained philosophical investigator that is very well educated in the New Testament teachings, that it was not the church, that Paul created, that Jesus wanted, but then he, like all taskforce leaders, had to accept what his taskforce people could accomplish with their given skill packages. Jesus was given the assignment to establish His church on this planet by His Father in Heaven; no time limit was given for Jesus to accomplish His mission. Jesus was in the position of waiting for someone to come along, like Paul did, to move his church forward in the direction that He wanted it to go.

Teachings of Jesus

There are some teachings of Jesus that His disciples did not understand, nor did any of the Gospel writers, the Apostle Paul, or any of the New Testament writers, nor any religious leader in the past twenty centuries and, to this day, I think there is only one person on this planet that understands these particular teaching of Jesus found in: Mathew 9:16-17, Mark 2:21-22, Luke 5:36-38. “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse, and no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, he pours new wine into new wineskins. And no one, after drinking old wine, wants the new, for he says, ‘The old is better’.” Jesus is teaching His disciples about a Paradigm Shift. This is something that only a philosopher, who is also a serious student of the Gospel, is likely to notice.

Peter’s Contribution to Derailing the Gospel

  • Case study:

Peter in Acts: 2:38 connected the reception of the Personal Counselor, a.k.a. the Holy Spirit, to the existing Paradigm, which was the Jewish religion. “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” To this day this action has not been challenged by anyone knowledgeable in the teachings of Jesus, and this is probably because they have a problem with Philosophers.

Different Philosophers

Churches seem to have a problem with philosophers and scientist, probably stemming from Paul’s interaction with the Philosophers of Athens in his time and Darwin’s theory of evolution. They seem to be of the opinion that there are two Gods, one created religion and the other created science and they are at odds with each other. This writer’s intent is to show that religion is only science that we do not yet understand and when we do it will be shown to be science. There are several categories of Philosophers: There are Philosophers who have studied Philosopher’s teaching and can quote Philosophers like a serious student of the Bible can quote Book, Chapter, Verse and phrases on demand. Then there are Philosophers who have studied the methodology of Philosophers and learned how to apply this methodology themselves and thus have indeed become a Philosopher in their own right. There are Modern Philosophers and Ancient Philosophers; there are Philosophers that put arguments forward to prove the existence of God and those who argue for the nonexistence of God.

There are two important Philosophers of the 18th and 19th century that have contributed greatly to the field of philosophy. These two Philosophers are Rene` Descartes of France, and Immanuel Kant of Germany. Rene` Descartes was a supporter of his church and country, but he wanted to prove the truth to himself, by himself, leaving no doubt to what the Truth was. He developed a methodology of self-doubt and “Autonomous Reflection.” He had to prove to himself by a step-by-step process, building from the basic known truths to the more complex truths. This new methodology was the beginning of Modern Philosophy and has become the new protocol for Philosophers. This is a new era, “Modern Philosophy,” differentiating it from “Ancient Philosophy” going back several thousand of years. Rene`Descartes then is known as the Father of Modern Philosophy (The Enlightenment Era, The Age of Reason).

This methodology was accepted by other Philosophers, including Immanuel Kant of Germany, who also was an ardent supporter of Christianity and known as the greatest Philosopher since Aristotle, who stated that “We are not yet enlightened, but are becoming enlightened,” which means we are still in the Enlightenment era in this twenty-first century. These Philosophers became known as the “Enlightenment Philosophers,” as they lead us out of the middle ages, where man was instructed how to live, think and act by the authorities of their time, including church leaders, and into the “Enlightenment Age”, where man could determine for himself how to live, think and act. The Truths that these “Enlightenment Philosophers” developed, regarding the “Rights of Man”, influenced Thomas Jefferson to incorporate them into our “Declaration of Independence” from England. They also led to the bloodless revolution in England, the French revolution and probably the Ottoman Empire revolution.i

Definitions of a Paradigm Shift

Jesus gave us His definition of a “Paradigm Shift” when He taught us that “One does not take a piece of cloth from a new garment and sew it on an old torn garment. The new cloth will shrink and the tear will become worse.” “One does not pour new wine into an old wineskin, as the new wine is volatile and will burst the old wineskin and both the new wine and the old wineskin will be lost.” People will always say that ‘the old wine is better than the new’.”

From Wikipedia:The term ‘paradigm shift’ has found uses in other contexts, representing the notion of a major change in a certain thought-pattern — a radical change in personal beliefs, complex systems or organizations, replacing the former way of thinking or organizing with a radically different way of thinking or organizing.”
“Hans Küng applies Thomas Kuhn’s theory of paradigm change to the entire history of Christian thought and theology. He identifies six historical ‘macromodels’: 1) the apocalyptic paradigm of primitive Christianity, 2) the Hellenistic paradigm of the patristic period, 3) the medieval Roman Catholic paradigm, 4) the Protestant (Reformation) paradigm, 5) the modern Enlightenment paradigm, and 6) the emerging ecumenical paradigm.
”ii

The Paradigm Shift of Jesus:

Jesus brought us a “New Paradigm Shift” – a complete change from the old Jewish way of thinking, believing and acting. This was a paradigm shift that was not to be associated with the old Jewish way of relating to our Father in Heaven, but a new relationship with our Father in Heaven that had nothing to do with the history of the Jewish Religion, its laws or its traditions. This New Paradigm Shift that Jesus brought us was completely new and not to be associated or linked to the Jewish past. But nobody understood it; not one person did until now in this 21st century. The New Paradigm Shift of Jesus is that we have a loving Father in Heaven who wants to guide us through this life on Earth and provide for all our needs to live on this planet. He wants to participate in all of his children’s lives and he wants us to look to him for His support so that “He can feel good about participating in our lives.” That is the New Paradigm Shift that Jesus brought to us and He provided that support through His Personal Counselor a.k.a. the Holy Spirit.

The Problem of Ego

The only thing that prevents us from receiving this guidance from His Personal Counselor is our Ego. This is not the Ego as Freud described it, as a moderator between the Id and the Super Ego, but for what the Ego has evolved through time. “In modern English, ego has many meanings. It could mean one’s self-esteem; an inflated sense of self-worth; the conscious-thinking self; or in philosophical terms, one’s self. Ego development is known as the development of multiple processes, cognitive function, defenses, and interpersonal skills or to early adolescence when ego processes are emerged.”iii This is our desire to be independent and live, think and act the way we want to without the guidance from His Personal Counselor. “We want to live it our way.” This is what separates us from God (our Father in Heaven) and this is the problem Paul, in his intellectual augments in the “Book of Romans,” attempted to solve in chapters II & III by associating ‘The Problem’ and its solution with the existing Jewish religion.

Yours Truly,

The Philosopher
Church Reformer, 21st Century

The Church that Jesus Wanted ver. 1.0.1
The Philosopher
http://thephilosopheronpolitics.wordpress.com/tag/Jesus’s-Church/
7/8/2015

    Introduction

Jesus was assigned the mission of establishing His Church on this planet by His Father in Heaven. Jesus was given a task force of twelve men to accomplish this mission. This made Jesus the Task Force Leader. As a former Task Force leader myself for the Energy and Defense Departments at a National Laboratory in Northern California and with 30 years of experience on various Task Forces to accomplish various missions, I know something of the role of Task Force Leader. The first thing I learned as a Task Force Leader is that I must accept what the members of the Task Force are able to contribute to the mission, with my backing and resources supporting them. Everyone has strengths and weakness that must be accounted for and managed by the Task Force Leader.

    Jesus had this same situation with His Task Force; some had strong leadership personalities that may have been a little slow in getting the point that Jesus was trying to make. Some were encouragers of others, some were more relational than others, some were more action oriented, some were more loyal than others and some were Zealots for the Jews. This was the melting pot of disciples that Jesus had to work with to accomplish his mission, but note there is no deadline for accomplishing this mission. In some cases, what Jesus had to teach them was way above their ability to understand the message Jesus was presenting and Jesus made these lessons as simple as possible with his parables.

The natural leader of the disciples, after Jesus returned to his home in Heaven, was Peter, who had much difficulty comprehending the teachings of Jesus. Peter loved Jesus and was devoted to protecting God the Father’s reputation. Peter was all about action and getting things accomplished. At one point, Peter accused a husband and wife team of capitalism – of sinning against God by withholding funds they had received from the sale of their land and not giving all of the proceeds from this sale to support the socialist ministry the Apostles had created to take care of widows and the poor. i

    This writer thinks that after seeing Peter in action, Jesus was sitting on his throne, pulling his hair out and looking for a new leader to move his church forward. Peter was dedicated, loyal, willing to step out and take risks for the sake of the Gospel, but a little slow in getting the message of the Gospel.

And along came Saul – big bad Saul! Who had just the right personality characteristics that Jesus knew could be used to put His Church on the map. Paul was persecuting the followers of
Jesus, beating them and throwing them in jail all to obtain the approval of the leaders of the Sanhedrin, the ruling religious authority to the Jews. Paul was an approval seeker; he also knew he was right even when he wasn’t. These were the personality characteristic that Jesus knew could put His Church on the map. Jesus called Saul into His service and Saul,ii who became Paul, did just that he put Jesus’s Church on the map. It was not the Church that Jesus wanted, but close enough for now. Remember, there is no deadline for Jesus to establish His Church on this planet.

    What Should the Church of Jesus Look like?

A recent program, from July of 2015 on PBS Television under the program Quest, recorded the finding of scientists in regard to the learning capabilities of birds. They found that the size of a mammal’s brain is proportional to the mass of the mammal’s body. The data followed a straight line proportional relationship of brain size to body mass. There were a few exceptions: the brain size/body mass of humans was above this linear line as were chimpanzees and Corbett birds. Dogs who exhibit much intelligence were right on the proportional line, but did not exhibit the problem solving abilities of those species above the proportional line.

    A group of black Corbett birds, coming together as a community to learn from each other, was shown, as were juvenile Corbett birds having a two-year relationship with their parents to learn how to make and use tools to gather in hard to reach food. This is the model Jesus had in mind when he set out on His mission to establish His Church on this planet. Community, believers and His followers coming together to learn from each other what His Personal Counselor had been teaching them. The Church was not intended to be a lecture hall where a professional Christian proclaimed what he thought the congregation needed to learn, but each church member learning from each other. In smaller groups, like Bible Study Groups, the leader was not intended to be a university professor lecturing to his students as the most knowledgeable person in the room. But the leader acting as a facilitator to involve discussions among the members so they could learn from each other.

Church members have a tendency to replicate the public education system in the church. It is not only the church that has gone astray, but the university system as well, for the founder of the university system, Plato, would be appalled to find out that someone can pay an accredited institution a large sum of money and have their knowledge certified. The church also receives these professional Christian teachers to operate in the same way as traditional secular learning institutions operate. The Church of Jesus was meant to be about community – members coming together and sharing their knowledge with others of the community, just like the Corbett birds.

    Making changes of this magnitude can be quite an ordeal for a church. The professional Christian has become obsolete; the church is about voluntary ministers and ministries. Professional Christians become dependent on the congregation for their financial support and, therefore, must “preach to the choir,” or people will vote with their feet and find a different
    church and they will be in financial trouble and mortgage trouble. This means that a church stuck in a rut will stay in a rut, as moving out of that rut means moving the whole church in an agreed upon fashion. Therefore, although it looked like a good idea to Paul to have professional Christians in the church, it turned out to be a bad idea, and in some denominations, a complete disaster as they are so far off track, led by their professional Christians, that they have not a chance of recovery. iii

    i Acts 5:1-11
    ii Acts 9:1-19
    iii My Mother

Baptism: Who, What, Where, When and Why Ver. 1.0.2
The Philosopher
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4/13/2015

Introduction

Baptism has become an institutionalized tradition and often a requirement for church membership. Where did this tradition originate, and what type of baptism has resulted? Baptism is easily traceable back as far as John the Baptist, who was baptizing in the Jordan River for repentance of sins.i John said that he was “baptizing us with water, but the one to come would baptize us in the Holy Spiritii.”

When the Holy Spirit – the Personal Counselor of Jesus – was sent to earth at the Festival of First Fruits, a.k.a. the Pentecost Festival, Peter associated the coming of this Holy Spirit with the old Jewish traditions when he stated, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”iii Thus Peter was taking a patch of new cloth and using it to repair a tear in an old cloth. And Peter was taking new wine and pouring it into an old wineskiniv, the Jewish tradition. In effect, Peter was taking a “New Paradigm” and using it to update the “Existing Paradigm” – the Jewish tradition.

The Apostles and disciples of Jesus were baptizing new converts to “The Way” by immersing them in water, just as John the Baptist did. As the church gained favor in Rome and the Emperor Constantine made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire in the fourth century, baptism was seen as the gateway to Heaven. Mothers, of course, cared about all of their children and infant mortality was common. The mothers wanted their children to go to Heaven should they die, thus the institution and tradition of baptizing infants was born. This created a conflict with the Anabaptist (Rebaptizers) who were baptizing adult belier converts. As a result many “Anabaptists lost their heads or were burned at the stake for heresy.v

Investigators

There are two types of investigators; the first looks at the details and puts together an overall holistic view of the issue built upon the details; the second is a holistic investigator as he sees the overall view and the details are filled in later. Detailed investigators looked at the Greek, Latin, Hebrew and Aramaic original writing and translated them into English. Thus was the origin of the King James Bible completed in 1611 after two earlier English Bibles: The first was the Great Bible commissioned in the reign of King Henry VIII (1535), and the second was the Bishops’ Bible of 1568.vi

A Condensed History of the English Bible

Anne Boleyn is credited with bringing Protestantism to fruition in England. “Following the coronation of her daughter Elizabeth as queen, Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII, was venerated as a martyr and heroine of the English Reformation.”vii It was Anne Boleyn that had the ear of King Henry VIII and convinced him to leave the Catholic Church in Rome and join the Protestant movement in England, which would pave the way for her to become Queen of England. It was Henry VIII that ordered the writing of the Bible in English.

The Development of Baptism

During the translation of the Greek Bible into English, the translators had disagreements on the meaning of Baptism and whether it was a sprinkling, a pouring or a dunking in water and whether it was for infants or adult believers. Different fractions of the church resulted from these disagreements. These were the detailed investigators attempting to create a holistic concept from the details, much like Sherlock Holmes would have done.

There are several references to baptism in the New Testament Bible: the Baptism of Johnviii and Jesus commanding his followers to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.ix And after his resurrection, Jesus said, “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit”.x

The Holistic investigator sees the whole view all at once; baptism is an immersion process. John immersed the repentant in water. Jesus wanted his followers to immerse the nations of the world in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Immersion in the latter case is teaching the world of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Baptism has become an impediment to Christianity. Baptism has become a demonstration of one’s commitment to Christ. Are we committed to Christ or is Christ committed to us? It is Baptism and the worship of Jesus that is the religious basis of the church. Without these traditions, we would have a different church organization, one in which The Personal Counselor was leading individuals with His constant guidance. It was not Jesus’s idea that He should be worshiped; it was the idea of his followers. It was not Jesus who instituted the tradition of baptism in water; it was his followers. The existing paradigm (the Jewish religion) was not entirely replaced by the new paradigm that Jesus brought with him. What Jesus wanted was for us to receive his “Holy Spirit” – the Personal Counselor that he promised he would send to us and did send to us.xi Anyone who receives His Personal Counselor can immerse others in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. “The Spirit will tell you where to go and what to say.xii” This was Jesus’s plan to save all the nations on earth, with each and every one of us to be guided by His Personal Counselor.

Religion or Science and Philosophy

If the Gospel of Jesus Christ is not religion, than what is it? Given the close relationship and interactions with His Personal Counselor, His Gospel looks more like “Mind Science” – something of which we, at this time in the 21st century, know very little.

QED

References:
i Mark 1: 4-5
ii Mark 1: 7
iii Acts 2: 38
iv Mark 2: 21,22
v https://anewparadigminchristianthinking.wordpress.com/tag/amish/
vi http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_James_Version
vii http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Boleyn
viii Ibid i
ix Matthew 28:19
x Acts 1:4,5
xi John 14: 16, 26;John 15: 26; John 16:7, 13-15; Acts 1:8
xii Luke 12: 12 ; 21:15; Matthew 10:19-20; Acts 8:29; 11:12; 13:2

Christian Club House or Christian Task Force? Ver. 1.0.1
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The Philosopher
3/25/2015

Christian Club House is a church whose focus is on bringing new members into their church and controlling their church environment with codes of conduct and statements of beliefs. A Christian Task Force focuses on accomplishing the missions that our founder “The Savior”, a.k.a. Jesus, has assigned to us as his followers.

These two philosophies will result in similar activities of the church, but with a different focus and purpose. A Christian Club House is focused on bringing in new members to participate in their service and to benefit from the church’s instructions, traditions and fellowship of the church. A Christian Task Force is only concerned about promoting the message that “The Savior” has provided. The Christian Club House must guard its church from outside influences to the point of controlling “Freedom of Expression,” as defined by The Constitution of the United States of America. The Christian Task Force is open to the free exchange of expressions, ideas and proposals.

It is surprising to this writer how many U.S. citizens, nonprofit tax-exempt organizations and even U.S. Military Veterans are unaware of the oath that those who enlisted in the United States Armed Forces took on entry to their service to their country. “I, (state name of enlistee), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same…….”i There is no time limit on this oath, it does not expire with the end of active or reserve duty, and it is a lifetime commitment. Some have interpreted the time limited as active or reserve duty, but that is only an interpretation; there is no time limit in the oath itself.

Many who have taken this oath gave their lives preserving, protecting and defending The Constitution of the United States. To not abide by the Constitution is akin to walking on the graves of those who sacrificed their lives for the benefit of us who are remaining. When this writer served in the U.S. Air Force in the Pacific, the mission of our command was to send in helicopters and aluminum caskets into South Vietnam. We left the helicopters there and the fallen were put into the aluminum caskets and we sent them back to the USA for their families to bury. During this writer’s 18-month tour, our command sent about 5,000 of the fallen back to their families for burial. The sight of the cargo bay of these aircraft filled with aluminum caskets is a lifetime memory. For the Vietnam conflict, over 57,000 fallen were sent back to their families for burial in the USA. One only need look a one of our military burial sites to observe the enormity of the sacrifice made for our Constitution. To observe that citizens, nonprofit tax-exempt organizations and even Military Veterans do not abide by The Constitution especially in regard to “Freedom of Expression” is appalling.

Why has “The Gospel that the Savior“ sent to us fifty days after his resurrection and ascension stalled-out?

The bare facts are “The Gospel that The Savior” sent to us during the Festival of First Fruits, a.k.a. The Pentecost Festival was essentially DOA (Dead on Arrival). One of the most important messages the Savior gave to his followers when he was still teaching on Earth was that, “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, he pours new wine into new wineskins.ii (The new paradigm must entirely replace the old paradigm). “And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for he says, the old is better” iii (that is, they think the old paradigm is better than the new paradigm).

When “The Gospel of the Savior”, “His Personal Counselor”, arrived during The Festival of First Fruits, a.k.a. The Pentecost Festival, fifty days after his resurrection and ascension into Heaven (His home), His followers immediately associated this arrival, of “The Gospel of the Savior”, with the existing Jewish Religion and the traditions of this Jewish Religion (The old garment and the old wineskin), essentially handicapping “The Gospel of the Savior”, with the old Jewish Religion and its traditions.

The Gospel that has survived to this day of the twenty-first century is the Gospel that the followers of the Savior came up with, not “The Gospel that the Savior” sent to us. The followers of “The Savior”, a.k.a. His Apostles, were so impressed with His death, resurrection and ascension into Heaven that they thought this was “The Gospel of the Savior” and this is the Gospel that is still honored and preached today, in this twenty-first century, in the Christian churches. Is it any wonder “The Gospel of The Savior” has stalled-out? The followers of “The Savior” got the wrong Gospel! Instead of receiving “The Savior’s Personal Counselor” as “The Gospel of the Savior”, we got the death, resurrection and ascension as the Gospel, which we celebrate on Easter Sunday, with little emphasis on the Personal Counselor “The Savior” sent to us on that day of the Festival of First Fruits, a.k.a. The Pentecost Festival, fifty days after His resurrection and ascension.

A project leader is given varying personalities with certain skill packages with which to work to accomplish the mission at hand. “The Savior” was given twelve personalities to accomplish His mission. Each had a different personality and a different skill package, but that is what “The Savior” had to work with to accomplish his mission, along with His backing of all their efforts, but He did not have control over their actions. He could only give them support as they moved forward.

An interesting axiom that was brought forward as an attempt at humor was the “Peter Principle”. “In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence … in time every post tends to be occupied by an employee who is incompetent to carry out its duties … Work is accomplished by those employees who have not yet reached their level of incompetence.”iv I had the opportunity to explain this principle to a visiting sales associate; he asked me if it was named after the Apostle Peter? I stated that it was not, but, on reflection it has occurred to me that it certainly could have been named for the Apostle Peter. It was the Apostle Peter that associated the coming of “The Personal Counselor” with the existing Jewish religion by insisting that one needed to be baptized in order to receive this gift.v It was Peter that became the default leader of the now eleven Apostles. It was Peter – as inept as he was in understanding the instructions of The Savior – who had his efforts backed by the Savior. It is Peter that is considered the first Pope of the Catholic Church. Peter was loyal, enthusiastic, and emotional and action-oriented, but he always had difficulty understanding what “The Savior” was trying to teach him. If there is anyone who fits the “Peter Principle” it is the Apostle Peter.

When Peter accused two capitalists who had sold their property and given a portion of the proceeds to the Apostles, for their socialistic ministry, he accused the couple of sinning against God for not giving the Apostles all of the proceeds from the sale of their property. They both died on the spot, probably from an induced heart attack.vi This writer thinks that at this point “The Savior” was on His throne in Heaven pulling His hair out and thinking that He needed a new leader to take his mission forward.

“The Savior” calls Saul, a persecutor of the followers of “The Savior”, to carry his mission forward.vii Saul changed his name to Paul after his being called by “The Savior” to take the Gospel to the Gentiles.viii Paul’s mission was to plant churches in the land of the Gentiles – (those who were not emotionally, intellectually and financially heavily invested in the existing paradigm, which was the Jewish religion). Paul did not have firsthand knowledge of “The Personal Counselor” that “The Savior” had sent into the world, and he got his information secondhand from the followers of “The Savior”, which they grossly misunderstood, and Paul was not impressed with their understanding of this event that took place on that day of the Festival of First Fruits, a.k.a The Pentecost Festival.ix This resulted in Paul micromanaging his churches with many codes of conduct, anecdotes and metaphors about how to conduct themselves in this new church. This micromanaging, by Paul, resulted in the influence of “The Personal Counselor” being minimized or even disregarded in the churches that Paul was planting.

Paul’s teachings became canonized in the Bible by the Counsel of Trent in the sixteenth centuryx. This new Canon was given the authority of the “Word of God.” The divergence from “The Gospel that The Savior” sent to us on that day of the Festival of First Fruits a.k.a. The Pentecost Festival has lost its prominence and effectiveness in “Saving the World” as “The Savior” had intended. “The Gospel of The Savior” has stalled-out. QED

References:
i http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Armed_Forces_oath_of_enlistment
ii Mark 2:21-22
iii Luke 5:39
iv http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurence_J._Peter
v Acts 2: 38-41
vi Acts 5: 1-11
vii Acts 9: 1-19
viii Acts 13: 9
ix Acts 14:23
x http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Council_of_Trent

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The Existing Paradigm and the New Paradigm Ver. 1.0.1

The Philosopher

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2/21/2015

An Existing Paradigm is the existing way of thinking and doing that which has become a tradition in any organization. The New Paradigm is a new way of thinking and doing that which has not become a tradition in an organization.

The Church and the Existing Paradigms
History
A parent does not tell their children the philosophy behind what they want them to do and do so for their own good. The children are not yet at a point where they could understand the philosophy behind these imperatives; the parents are giving their children the instruction, “Do this.”

The Israelite nation was in bondage for 400 years under the Egyptians. Moses was selected to lead the Israelites out of Egypt and out of bondage. The Israelites were like children and they needed to be instructed as children. It is interesting to note here that early in this 21st century, archeologists have found artifacts at the location where Moses reportedly crossed the Red Sea. The artifacts were buried in the mud under the Red Sea and consisted of chariots, armor, swords, and bones. This is certainly proof that the crossing of the Red Sea as recorded in Jewish history actually did happen.

The Israelites were led into the desert, where their daily needs of food and water were provided in the form of manna. Moses came down from Mt. Sinai with tablets written by God, the father and parent of the Israelites. The Tablet contained Ten Imperatives, known then and now as “The Ten Commandments.” No explanation of these Ten Imperatives was given – just “Do this.”
Looking at these Ten Imperatives with the knowledge available in the 21st century reveals the philosophy behind these Ten Imperatives. From a parent’s standpoint and from a national interest viewpoint, these Ten Imperatives were meant to build a strong social infrastructure within this new nation so that they would be stronger than their neighboring nations that wanted to take this new land that was going to be given to them away from them.

From the parent’s view in common English

The first Imperative states to listen to me – I am your parent. Do not go to anyone else for advice or guidance.

The second Imperative states, “Don’t smoke, don’t drink, don’t chew and don’t go out with girls that do.” In plain English, this means don’t bring things into your life that will take control of your life and have a negative effect on your decision-making and your lifestyle.

The third imperative states, “Do not misuse my name for your own benefit or to bring harm or discomfort to any other of my children.” Note that this is an action and not verbal usage, as has often been interpreted. Action and verbal are mutually exclusive; that is, it is either one or the other, but cannot be both.

From the National Point of View in common English

The third Imperative states, “Do not misuse my name”, applies to the actions of the nation, as well as the actions between the children of the nation. This is the reason the USA acts only in defense and not on offense to dominate or rule over other people. We defend the interests of our nation and after defeating an enemy, we do not plunder them but rebuild the nations.

The forth Imperative states “Take a day off a week to rejuvenate your mind and body, socialize with your family and friends” and remember how you came into possession of this land that has been given to you to live in without bondage.
The Fifth Imperative states to “Remember what your parents taught you, that you might live long in this land that has been given to you”. And parents, teach your children to respect their parents by being good examples for your children.

From the National Economics Point of View in common English

The sixth Imperative states “Do not eliminate my other children from the face of this earth.” We are bound together as a nation and eliminating one of us will have a negative effect on our national economy.

The seventh Imperative states, “Give your children a home to grow up in so they do not come into the safety net that is supported by our tax dollars.” Make sure they have parental roles models after which to model their own lives. Wives, take responsibility to keep the family fortune, large or small, intacti.

The eighth Imperative states, “If you need anything to help you through this life, I will provide it for you. All you need to do is ask me.” “Do I not take care of the birds in the air and the flowers in the field?”ii “Ask and it will be given to you”iii. Do not take it from my other children. Such action will only cost the taxpayers more money to mitigate the results of such action.

The ninth Imperative states “Don’t tell lies about your neighbors”; be truthful and do not cause the taxpayers the cost of providing for your neighbor because you were untruthful.

The Tenth Imperative states “Don’t let your eyes wander to your neighbor’s property, his wife or anything that is in the possession of your neighbor.” Untruthful neighbors cost the taxpayer more money to mitigate all that results from such actions.

Misinterpretation of these Ten Imperatives led to the existing paradigm The Savior, a.k.a. Jesus, was faced with when he bought us a new paradigm and a new relationship with our Father in Heaveniv. And it has been proven throughout our history that those that are well-versed and financially dependent on the existing paradigm will not accept the new paradigm. In fact, their education in the existing paradigm will prevent them from accepting the new paradigm. Such was the case of Nicodemus.v

The New Paradigm that the Savior brought to us as interpreted by his followers and church planters over the next 20 centuries is now the Existing Paradigm. Unfortunately, the Savior’s followers and church planters and leaders did not make a complete break from the Existing Paradigm that the Savior had come to replace. Rather, they married the two together into what is now the Existing Paradigm.

The same situation that both Jesus and the Apostle Paul (the church planter) encountered with those heavily educated in the Existing Paradigm now exists in the 21st century. Fortunately, at least in the USA, science has come to replace the now Existing Paradigm and fewer people are educated in the Existing Paradigm of the Christian Faith. This leaves the USA open for a New Paradigm in Christian Thinking that is based on science rather than on the religious paradigm that has been passed down through 20 centuries.

The difficulty is that this is “Mind Science” – something that we know very little about. Others have written about “The power of positive thinking,”vi and others have performed experiments that show that some men come to know that “God is the most important person in their life” between the ages of 35 and 39.vii A preliminary Adlerian Psychology survey of those involved in science and those involved in church activities showed that the firstborns in their family tend to go into the sciences and the younger of two brothers tend be involved in church activities. These preliminary studies certainly indicate that the Gospel of The Savior is as much if not more science as religion.

The New Paradigm

The Savior brought in a new deal that is not hinged upon or dependent on the previous or existing paradigms; it is a stand along paradigm. Just as a parent raises their children to be able to live on this planet independently and make decisions independently, so did The Savior, who empowered all of mankind – Homo Sapiens – to live independently and make decisions independently and to be self-empowered though the guidance of the Personal Counselor that he sent us on his return to Heaven. We do not need a leader on this planet to tell us what we should do and not do; we are capable to preforming those tasks ourselves. Churches do not need a Lead Pastor or even a Teaching Pastor or a Pope, monsignor, Bishop, Cardinal, et cetera to tell them what to do. The Personal Counselor can teach us all we need to know.

So why do we need a church? A church is a place for believers to come together and share their experiences with each other – what they have learned through the Personal Counselor – and act as a unit to do the work that the Savior instructed us to do. It is a place where believers can put the Spiritual Gifts that they have each been given to contribute to the mission of the church. We are not all the same and we were not all given the same gifts, a.k.a. skill packages. Each of us is capable of making a contribution to the mission of the church using the gifts that have been given to us. We were not all created equal. Some have been given more gifts than others, and some have inherited different skills and knowledge. We were all created with equal rights, but we were not all created equal. “To those much has been given, much will be demanded.viii” Do we need to worship the Savior or our Father in Heaven or the Personal Counselor? Do the parents raise their children to worship them? Or do parents raise their children to respect their parents and the parents are always there to pick up a fallen child as the need arises? Would not our Heavenly Father and the Savior expect the same from us? Respect of a parent is a lot different than worshiping a parent. Let us be respectful of our Father in Heaven and The Savior, but let us live the independent lives that they have empowered us to live.

The Gospel has been said to be shallow enough for an elephant to wade in and deep enough for a rat to drown in. We are at the tip of the iceberg in our knowledge of the Gospel that the Savior brought to us on that day of the Pentecost Festival 20 centuries ago. He went to a great deal of trouble, pain and suffering to bring us that Gospel; let’s not get caught up in how he accomplished this task that was assigned to him and let us instead focus on His Personal Counselor that he sent to us on that day of the Pentecost Festival after his arrival back in Heaven alongside our Father in Heaven.

The Savior taught us a great deal about how to operate our equipment, which is our mind, body, heart and soul, as well as our interactions with others and our interactions with our Father in Heaven. Certainly there is much to be learned from this teaching, but as is the case with all teachers, there is never enough time to go into great detail about how or why what he has taught us works. Science and Philosophy are the studies of what our Father in Heaven has given us to work with, finding out the why and the how that makes what the Savior taught us work. Scientist and Philosophers have the same goal, which is to determine and understand the truth.

“People, who are unable to understand perfectly both the Bible and science, far outnumber those who do understand them.” – Galileo, 1564-1642, (The Father of Modern Science, and the first to use experimentation to prove hypotheses).

i My Mother
ii Luke 12: 22-31
iii Luke 11:5-13
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iv http://thephilosopheronpolitics.wordpress.com/tag/religion
v John 3:1-8
vi Dale Carnegie “How to Win Friends and Influence People”
vii C G Jung “Psychology and Religion” ,1938
viii Luke 12: 42-48

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The Evolution of the Christian Church Part II Ver. 1.0.2

‘The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter’, Retired
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January 9, 2015

Authority on Earth
Churches, for the most part, want a Lead Pastor, Priest, Bishop, Pope or whatever name they give this positon of authority in the church. The Savior, a.k.a. Jesus, never mentioned a “High Priest,” or even a Priest, Pastor or Pope for his Church. Where did this authoritative position originate? Though recent experiences, I think I have an insight to where the Church became an authoritative organization.
The authority of the church had humble beginnings. This is how I came upon this insight; there is a huge pecan tree right next to the fence between our property and the neighbor’s property on the neighbor’s side of the fence, giving him control of the tree’s destiny. This tree provided us with shade when the sun was low in the summer sky and it provided us with pecan nuts in season, when we could beat the squirrels to the nuts. The current tenant got the idea that the limbs of the tree were outgrowing the trunk of the tree and therefore, the limbs needed to be trimmed. I explained to him that God did not make trees whose limbs outgrew their trunk, to no avail. He convinced the landowner to trim the tree.
The landowner informed me of his intentions and I explained that we really appreciated the shade his tree provided for us, and were only concerned of the bird dropping on my truck. The issue with professional tree trimmers is that the more limbs they cut the more they get paid. All of the lower branches that were giving us shade were removed by the tree trimmer. Our solution was to install a sun shade across our driveway, as our garage is located at the back of our property. This sun shade would replace the shade we had lost due to the tree trimming. The new sun shade covered the driveway from our house to the hedge, separating us from the neighbors and providing shade for us and our vehicles from the hot summer sun. But, in addition to the hot summer sun, we also get wind storms off the Pacific Ocean and we suffered some wind damage to the sun shade material that was holding the grommets that attached the sun shade to its anchors.
I contacted the manufacturer for a solution and they sent me some heavy batten material to reinforce the grommets on the sun shade. The only way to sew these types of heavy material is with a “sewing awl,” an ancient tool used to repair sails and other heavy fabric in the field. Surly the Apostle Paul used a similar sewing awl to sew his tents together as he was earning his living making tents. I added one foot of this “batten material” over one of the torn grommet holes. The sewing awl uses a waxed string as a thread that is stored in the handle and fed to a very strong needle. The material is pierced with the needle and a length of string pulled out through the needle to accommodate the length of the stitching. The sewing awl is than retracted slightly to form a loop in the string, then the length of string is fed through the loop and the string and sewing awl retracted to form a “lock stitch.” This process is repeated stitch by stitch until the length of seam is complete and the end tied off to secure the stitching. After stitching a one-foot seam, I was ready for a long break after which I finished the other side of the batten for a total of two feet of stitching. I called it a day, after actually only a couple hours of work. While on break in my easy chair with my feet up and eyes closed, I put into use my skill of “Autonomy and Reflection,” a skill I believe the Apostle Paul introduced to the world not only at the beginning of his mission, but during this mindless sewing activity which gave him plenty of time for “Autonomous Reflection.” If Paul, as a “Tent Maker,” was using this sewing awl every day, day after day all day long, I would imagine he would be highly motivated to have the churches he was planting support his missionary work, which the churches did. Thus were the beginnings of the compensated authority of the church. The hierarchy of the church would follow as leading a church or performing mission services was now a compensated profession.
The Church was Gaining Political Authority in Rome
The Christians wanted their children to be able to read the literature that was circulating about this new Christian Religion so they taught their children how to read. Because the Christians were literate, they were often chosen for political positions in the Roman Empire.i In the latter half of the fourth century, 380 A.D., the Roman Emperor Constantine made the Christian Religion the state church of the Roman Empire declared by edict.ii The political power of the Christians continued to increase. It is my guess that mothers, who care greatly about the future of their children, combined with the growing belief that “Baptism” was the gateway to heaven, wanted their children to go to heaven if they should “pass-on” before adulthood, when the believers’ Baptism was performed. This infant Baptism became an established tradition to make sure that children would go to heaven if they should die young (this belief is still present in the 21st century in some churches). There were still groups of small churches that practiced “Believers Baptism.” These groups were giving the label of Anabaptists (rebaptizers); this was not a compliment, but designated these people as subject to the cancellation of their permit to live on this planet. The label dehumanized them, much like the label “terrorist” in the early 21st century, or a Geek or a Con or a Wap or Jerry in the 20th century, and were hunted down by the Christian Church that had obtained complete political power over its subjects and could make life and death decisions about their people. The heads of the Anabaptists (rebaptizers) were often placed on poles to show what happens to people who are rebaptized as a new believer. The Christian Church was now in charge of the religion and the land and was the governing authority.
In Germany there was a group of Anabaptists (Rebaptizers) who were suffering from being convicted of a Capital Crime, Rebaptizing, and were being burned at the stake, as this was the execution for a Capital Crime at this time and place. This group saw a way out of this predicament and came to North America in the 17th century. In the USA they are now known as the Amish and still practice their isolated religion apart for the rest of American society.iii
Psychology and Religion
Carl G. Jung, the father of Analytical Psychology, participated in the Yale Terry Lectures of the 1930s. His topic was Phycology and Religion. His observation was that “differences of opinions” was the most cause of death of people than all of the natural causes including bubonic plague in Europe and earthquakes; these were surpassed by the deaths in WWI and the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia. Add to these the number of people killed in WWII, The Korean Conflict, Vietnam Conflict, Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan and now ISIS and ISIL and the number of people killed because of a difference of opinion is enormous.
Message to the Church
I would encourage our church leaders to study and reflect upon Mathew 5:25, or as I remember it as Mathew 5:52 , and see if they can find in the teaching of the Savior, a.k.a. Jesus, “To Negotiate a
Workable Compromise.” The term “workable compromise” was coined in the 20th century, but I am sure this is the object of The Savior’s teaching in this section of the New Testament Bible. The Church should become the role model for negotiating a workable Compromise and show the world how this can be accomplished. Many lives could be saved – more lives than all of the medicines that man has developed against the many epidemics we have experienced – if we only knew how to negotiate a workable compromise. This, however, as with our success at eliminating epidemics, could lead to a world that over-populates the ability of the planet to sustain life. This will be a great challenge for the Church leaders as it has been observed by other commenters that Christians, or more specifically, Church leaders, or those who believe they have been given authority on this earth, tend to develop a “bully” style of communication.
Many of us were taught in our youth to stand up to a bully, and not let them push us around. My son was having difficulty walking to grade school because of a bully. A close friend taught him some Karate moves; one good karate move on this bully and that solved the walking to school problem. Do the Christians or Christian leaders who believe they have been given authority over others on this planet really want to put themselves in the position of being the bully? Or do they want to show the world how to negotiate a workable compromise?
i Film “From Jesus to Christ“ The First Christians, Frontline, PBS
ii http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constantine_the_Great_and_Christianity
iii Film, “American Experience: The Amish”, PBS

Are the Scriptures the final authority or is ‘Autonomous Reflection’ the final authority Ver. 1.1.0.

The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter, Retired

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12/08/2014

Are the Scriptures (The Canonized Bible)  (a) the Scriptures are God’s spoken word,  (b) that God inspired the writers to author the Scriptures,  (c) that ordinary people wrote what was inspired to them to write, (d) that ordinary people recorded what they themselves had witnessed, (e) that they were acting as a Journalist and recording in a Journal what they had observed or recorded the information obtained by them from interviewing ordinary people and what they had witnessed,  (f) that they were writing what they had obtained from ‘Autonomous Reflection’ (g) Wisdom Literature, Proverbs, Songs and History?  The answer is_______ ‘All of the above’.

There is a tendency to ascribe the entire canonized Bible as (a) The Scriptures are God’s spoken word.  The Apostle Paul stated in these sanctified Scriptures “Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law”[i].  Is it reasonable to make the words that the Apostle Paul wrote into a new law ‘The Scriptures’?   Jesus commented on ‘The Law’ “I have come to fulfill the law and the prophets”[ii].  Have the Scriptures (The Bible) become a new Christian Law Book?

There is a popular believe that one must first believe that the Scriptures (The Bible) is God’s written word and then everything falls into place.   This is as it should be reinforcing the first belief.  In the field of research, this is known as drawing a conclusion first, than all the incoming data reinforces the conclusion already made, this is dysfunctional thinking.  This phenomenon is quite prevalent in diagnosticians of every variety that make a diagnostic decision and then all the incoming data reinforces the decision they have already made.  For this reason it is important not to draw a preconclusion about what the data will reveal, but only conclude what the data has revealed.

I’ve noticed that the Homo Sapiens tend to put their faith and trust in the written word, handbooks, Bibles, religions of all types with written text to be treasured.  Serving the Energy and Defense Departments as a troubleshooter, I found in a couple of cases the problem was in the interpretation of a handbook or manufactures data.  In both cases the data was not being applied as intended.  Most handbook data must be applied to the same context as the author intended or different results will be obtained, they were not meant to be used in all general situations, there are too many variables to take into account.  This is also true of religious handbooks such as the Bible (The Scriptures), The Koran, etc.   Skepticism and reasoning must be applied to determine the situation at hand at the moment.   These too cannot be applied to all situations in general.

‘Autonomy and Reflection’ was first recorded by the Apostle Paul after he received his mission from The Savior, aka Jesus, through Ananias[iii], after being blinded on the road to Damascus.  He did not consult the existing Apostles or anyone else about his mission, but went off to Arabia, by himself and reflected ‘Autonomous Reflection’ and he received a vision of his mission.[iv]  Previously ‘The Savior’ aka ‘Jesus’, after being baptized by John the Baptist, went into the desert alone for forty days and contemplated on his mission (‘Autonomous Reflection’, note that the number forty was one of the literal numbers meaning a long time)[v].

Autonomy and reflections was also recorded by Rene` Descartes in the seventeenth century. [vi]  The Autonomy and reflection methodology led to the ‘Enlightenment’ as described by the Enlightenment Philosophers: Baron Henri d’Holbach, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Voltaire in France, John Locke and David Hume in Great Britain, and Immanuel Kant in Germany.[vii]   Therefore, ‘Autonomy and Reflection’ must be the final authority not the ‘Hand Books’.   ‘Autonomy and Reflection’ Trumps the ‘Hand Books’.

[i] Galatians 3:25

[ii] Matthew 5:17

[iii] Acts 9:10-19

[iv] Galatians 1:15-17

[v] Mark 1:12-13

[vi] Solomon, Robert C., Introduction to Philosophy 4th ed., pp18-19, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Pub., 1989

[vii] Ibid,  p39