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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/

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Now is the Time for All Good Churches to Come to the Aid of Their Country Ver. 1.2.2

The Philosopher
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5/18/2015

The USA Needs the Help of All Our Churches:

On September 11, 2001, the USA became involved in a religious war. Like it or not, the enemy is very religions and considerers the USA and its citizens to be infidels and thus worthy of death by any means possible. The USA’s Commander in Chief insists that we are not at war with any equitable religion, but the USA is not in a position to determine what religions are equitable and which are not. As Carl G. Jung noted, “We are surely making a great mistake when we forget this simple yet fundamental truth. If a neurosis should have no other cause at all than imagination, it would, none the less, be a very real thing. If a man imagined that I was his arch-enemy and killed me, I should be dead on account of mere imagination.”i

Separation of Church and State:

There is a long-standing tradition in the USA separating religion and state. The state’s solution to this new crisis is air raids and drone strikes and now, talks about American boots on the ground. In the beginning of this crisis with religion, I thought the churches could be involved with the presentation of the Gospel. But I have reached the conclusion that fighting religion with religion is only going to lead to an argument and not a solution. In addition, there is too much disparity between belief systems in USA churches to be effective at coming to the aid of our country. The churches of the USA would need a major overhaul to even make a small dent in this crisis.

The Gospel more Science than Religion:

This Philosopher has investigated the Scriptures and the Gospel and has reached the conclusion that the Gospel of Jesus is more science than religion. The major elements of tradition in the USA churches are the worship of Jesus, Baptism, the Lord’s Supper and prayer. The first two of these traditions were not on Jesus’s agenda; they are the makings of his followers. The Lord’s Supper was made into a tradition by the Apostle Paul as a solution to a problem with sharing food at the meetings of the converts in his churches.ii The Apostle Paul did not have firsthand experience with the deliverance of the Holy Spirit, a.k.a. the Personal Counselor, thus he only had secondhand knowledge of this event from the other Apostles and Jesus’s followers, who didn’t have a clear understanding of the enormity of what Jesus had sent to us on that day of the Pentecost Festival and ended up micromanaging his churches.iii The main focus of Jesus’s teaching while on Earth centered on prayer and communicating with our Father in Heaven.

Jesus, while on Earth, said that he would send us a Personal Counseloriv. On reaching his home in Heaven, He sent us his Personal Counselor into the world.v He told us The Counselor would teach us all that we needed to know.vi On examination of these teachings and events, it becomes clear that the Gospel that Jesus sent into the world was more about science than religion. In fact, it looks more like Mind Science, something of which we in this twenty-first century know very little. Therefore, the churches of the USA can come to the aid of their country – not with the existing paradigm of our understanding of the Gospel of Jesus, but with a new understanding of His Gospel and we approach the new Gospel of Jesus from a science base rather than a religious base. Just as many religious beliefs of the past have been shown to be science and not religion, so can the Gospel of Jesus be shown to be science and not religious. As Jesus told us, “One does not take a piece of cloth from a new garment and sew it on an old garment, nor does one put new wine into an old wineskin for both the old cloth and the old wineskin and new wine, will be lost. Those who have drunk the old wine will say that the old wine is better than the new.” Jesus is teaching an ancient audience about new and existing paradigms. The word “paradigm” had not yet been coined, but this is what Jesus was teaching us. The existing paradigm must be entirely replaced by the new paradigm.

With a science based Gospel, there is a good chance that the churches of the USA could be efficient and effective in defeating what we know to be unequitable religions. Unequitable religions that think the USA and its citizens are infidels that need to be exterminated.

Winning Over the Unequitable Religions:

We cannot win over these unequitable religions with air strikes and USA boots on the ground. The focus must be on the driving force behind this aggression. The USA needs to remember its past, particularly the War in Vietnam. The USA had the opinion that if the USA was in the fight we were going to win. It did not occur to these Commanders in Chiefs that we were fighting against an enemy that wanted to regain possession of its country. We are in a similar situation in the Middle East; ISIS and ISIL were displaced from their country by the actions of the USA and they want their country back. The USA cannot defeat an enemy when they are fighting to regain their home. The USA had a big hand in the development of these new crises. With more air strikes and, with USA boots on the ground, it can only get worse for the USA. This is Vietnam all over again.

Peace Proposal:

A proposal has been made to the presidents of the USA, Syria and the Prime Minister of Iraq, to negotiate a peace settlement with ISIS and ISIL with the formation of four new countries to be carved out of Iraq and Syria. The four nations would be Kurds in the north, Sunni and Shiite nations in Iraq and a new Syria carved from existing Syria for displaced Syrians. Once peace is attained in the Middle East, the Christian Churches of the USA would act to resolve the differences in these religions, by presenting the Gospel of Jesus from a scientific perspective, a non-religious perspective, not to glorify Jesus, but to present the Gospel that Jesus wanted for the world, to connect to his Personal Counselor and let the Personal Counselor guide those who have made this connection. This is the only responsibility of the Christian Churches of the USA.

The churches of the USA can come to the aid of their country if they can make the necessary change from a religious Gospel to the Gospel that Jesus wanted us to have. The universe is a whole lot bigger than Earth and its solar system and Jesus is the manager of all of it. In the days that Jesus delivered His Gospel, the knowledgeable world was smaller than the Earth. But in this twenty-first century, thanks to the Hubble Telescopevii and Kepler Telescopeviii, we now know the universe and the territory of Jesus is larger than anyone can imagine. Therefore, as the Olympic cry puts it, “Let’s go for the gold” and let the churches of the USA make a difference in this small part of Jesus’s territory called Earth.

The Mission of the Christian Churches of the USA:

Our objective must be to connect each and every soul on this planet with the Personal Counselor that Jesus sent to us. We are not here to glorify Jesus as the Lord of this planet but to connect people to him through His Personal Counselor. Jesus taught us to go into our closet and talk to our Father in Heaven.ix In today’s language this is known as “Autonomous Reflection.”x We must teach them this skill of communicating with the Personal Counselor, a.k.a. The Holy Spirit, as the guidance of the Personal Counselor has authority and priority over any written works that has been attributed, by man, as “The Word of God” or the Word of Muhammad or Buddha, Confucius etc. Our focus must be on the Personal Counselor that Jesus sent to us. To quote General George Patton “We are moving forward, either help or get out of the way”.

    This mission probably would best be carried out by members of the Deacons or Elders of a church. The Professional Christians may have a conflict of interest and too much knowledge on this subject.

    References:

    i C. G. Jung, “Psychology & Religion” Pub. New Haven and London Yale University Press, P 11
    ii I Corinthians 11: 20-26
    iii Acts 2:1-12 , I Corinthians 14: 1-25
    iv Acts 1: 4-5
    v John 14: 26, Acts 2: 1-12
    vi Ibid v
    vii http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2012/37/image/a/
    viii http://kepler.nasa.gov/
    ix Matthew 6: 6-7
    x Robert C. Solomon, “Introducing Philosophy” fourth ed. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Pub. 1977, pp 16-17
    “A French philosopher of the seventeenth century, Ren`e Descartes was one of the founders of the Enlightenment, and he is generally recognized as the father of modern philosophy. Descartes believed that each of us was capable of ascertaining what beliefs were true in the solitude of his own thinking. He insisted that he would accept as true only those ideas that were demonstrably true to him. Descartes insisted upon “clear and distinct ideas” and arguments based upon “the light of reason.” The modern philosophy of individual autonomy begins with Descartes. From Descartes on, the ultimate authority was to be found in our own thinking and experience, nowhere else.
    His method is both easy to follow and very much in accord with our own independent temperaments. Descartes used his philosophy to cut through the clouds of prejudice and unreliable opinions. He was concerned with their truth, no matter how many people already believed them, and no matter how few. Descartes’s arguments were his tools for finding this truth and distinguishing it from falsehood and mere opinion.“

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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