My Hauge Appeal for Peace Briefing
The causes of war from God's point of view (May/Jun 99)
The following is a somewhat enhanced rendition of the briefing I presented at the May 1999 Hague Appeal for Peace Conference. The " ^ " marks indicate the beginning of the slides I used. My comments accompanying each of the slides are included in [brackets].
[Good afternoon. This briefing is to examine the causes of war from God's point of view.]
1. Some key definitions
2. A very brief history of the Bible
3. How the authors of the Bible "set up" our present religious leaders to do what needs to be done NOW to bring an end to wars, famines, etc.
[I'll begin by explaining some key definitions and then run through a brief overview of how Jesus Christ viewed the history of Judaism as recorded in the Hebrew scriptures. Then we'll examine how the authors of the Old and New Testaments actual "set up" the religious leaders of our age to finally bring an end to scourges of war, famine, pestilence, and spiritual death. I expect this briefing to take about 45 minutes, allowing another 40 minutes or so for questions and discussion.]
What is The Kingdom of God?
[Jesus Christ spent most of his ministry on earth teaching about a spiritual "Kingdom of God", often using parables to illustrated its nature. He used parables at lot in his teachings, partly because most of his audience was illiterate. It was far easier for them to remember parables or short stories than it was for them to remember intellectual discussions of theology. Jesus' basic message was essentially so simple, that he evidently felt that there was no need to write his teachings down. He summarized his basic message in:]
Matthew 22:37-40 (New King James)
1. 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the first and great commandment.
2. And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'
3. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.
[Jesus Christ's entire ministry on earth was based on these two commandments. He taught that those who seek, follow, and tell the truth relative to these two commandments, which I refer to as God's two most fundamental commandments, are part of a spiritual "Kingdom of God" (a.k.a. "The Body of Christ"). The third point Jesus makes here shows that he recognized that many of the Old Testament authors and prophets taught essentially the same message, although in order to recognize that fact, one must interpret the Old Testament scriptures from the point of view of these two commandments, rather than the point of view of national sovereignty which is the most commonly used approach for interpreting the scriptures these days.]
Who are our neighbors?
[Jesus answered this question by telling the parable of the Good Samaritan. The Samaritans were the remnants of the northern ten tribes of Israel who had intermarried with the Canaanites, Assyrians, and others and were therefore despised by the Judeans. But in this parable, Jesus ridiculed the Pharisees and Scribes by showing that they were not spiritually inclined to take God's commandment to love their neighbor as themselves seriously. The hero of the story turns out to be a lowly, despised Samaritan, thereby jabbing at the credibility of the Pharisees' practice of restricting their definition of neighbor to other Judeans only.
So who are our neighbors? Neighbors are those whom we can help (within reason) based on the neighborly opportunities that we encounter. If you can help by "giving alms to the poor", fine. This doesn't me that we must "sell everything we have" as some religious leaders claim. I don't expect any of my neighbors to "sell everything they have." If we can help by writing letters or participating in demonstrations to correct injustices, that's fine as well. If we seek, follow, and tell the truth relative to God's commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves, without placing any restrictions on our definition of "neighbor" or on the truths that we learn by doing so, then we are doing what God expects of us and will be rewarded accordingly. It's not that difficult to do. If you can believe in and put your faith in truth and love, then you can believe in and put your faith in the Kingdom of God as taught by Jesus Christ.]
Exodus 20:3, 4, 5, 7 (New King James)
1. You shall have no other gods before Me.
2. You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them....
3. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
[These are the first three of the Ten Commandments, and believe it or not, these three commandments are violated more frequently and more systematically these days than all of the others combined. People who worship national flags, for example, are seriously violating the first two of these commandments. Jesus Christ would NEVER have taught his followers to worship flags. You may be thinking, "Yes, but many of our religious leaders worship national flags and even promote the worship of national flags." That's true. And because they are claiming to represent God while doing so, they are ALSO violating that third commandment. God's two most fundamental commandments are referred to in the New Testament as "Christ's double-edged sword" (of truth and love). The third of the Ten Commandments is the "handle" of that sword. Whenever you see a religious leader (or anyone for that matter) claiming to represent God while teaching violations of either of God's two most fundamental commandments, you can (and should) accuse them of LYING and using God's name in vain. Because when they do so, they are in fact LYING and using God's name in vain, and the price which mankind has been paying as result of such lies has been HORRENDOUS! The present genocide and bombing in Serbia/Kosovo are just furhter examples of the never-ending series of examples of the gruesome kind of consequences that occur when religious and political leaders are allowed to get away with using God's name in vain this way.]
What is the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil?
[Although America's so-called "Christian Fundamentalists" boldly claim otherwise, anyone who seriously reads the four gospels in the New Testament can see that Jesus Christ's teachings were highly allegorical in nature. As previously mentioned, this was partly because most of his audience was illiterate. But it was also because many of the authors of the Old Testament also used allegorical techniques to teach the abstract nature of the relationship between God and man. In many cases, they were forced to use allegorical techniques in order to sneak their lessons past the censorship practices of their contemporary (Levite) religious establishments. The use of allegorical techniques for such purposes was started by the authors of Genesis in their creation stories. The fact that Jesus used the same basic allegorical scheme in his own parables shows that he fully recognized the love-your-neighbor-as-yourself allegorical lessons which the authors of Genesis were attempting to convey.
In the Garden of Eden story for example, the "tree of the knowledge of good and evil" represents how knowledge tends to "grow like trees" in people's minds when they evaluate things or concepts as being either "good" or "evil" according to a criterion of some kind. In the originally intended allegorical interpretation of this story, Adam represents mankind, and Eve represents the early church. It was the early church that taught mankind to distinguish between "good" and "evil."
What is the Tree of Life?
[The "Tree of Life" represents those "trees of knowledge" in people's minds that grow when they distinguish between "good" and "evil" based on God's two most fundamental commandments. This is what the early church taught, and it worked so well that it seemed like "scales had fallen from their eyes." But to their horror, mankind began to use criteria OTHER than God's two most fundamental commandments (i.e. financial gain, "national sovereignty", etc.) for distinguishing between "good" and "evil." Eventually they even began murdering members of the early church who objected their ungodly conduct, as recorded allegorically by Cain's murder of Abel. Evaluating things and concepts as being "good" or "evil" is now an inherent characteristic of mankind; among other things, it's one of the characteristics that distinguishes us from the animals. But we all still have a choice. We "eat of" (put our faith in) the Tree of Life by following God's two most fundamental commandments and survive accordingly, or we can use other criteria for making such judgments and pay the ungodly consequences accordingly. Unfortunately, as was the case for most of the Pharisees in Jesus' day, it was the sons and daughters of those Pharisess who ended up paying with their lives in 70 AD, largely because their father's had rejected Jesus's teachings.]
1. Look at the concept.
2. Look at the results ("fruits") of that concept.
3. Evaluate the concept and its results ("fruits") based on God's two most fundamental commandments.
[This is basically what the authors of Genesis taught as following the Tree of Life and what Jesus taught as participating in the Kingdom of God. Jesus specifically taught his followers this technique when he pointed out that they could distinguish between true prophets and false prophets or "wolves in sheep's clothing" by observing their "fruits." I have found that at least a few of our present better-known religious leaders get quite upset when they see this lesson being taught, because they know that this technique will expose the ungodliness of their teachings and motives.]
What is Satanism?
[In today's world we have overt as well as covert forms of Satanism. The actions of those two teenagers who murdered 13 fellow students in Colorado are and example of overt Satanism. They made no effort to hide that fact that they were worshipping satanic influences. Such people can be deadly to others, but usually their victims number less than a hundred or so. Covert Satanism on the other hand involves satanic teachings disguised to appear to be the teachings of God or Jesus (i.e. wolf-in-sheep's-clothing teachings). Claiming to represent God or Jesus while promoting the worship of national flags or while teaching people to place restrictions of their definition of "neighbor" are perhaps the most common examples of covert Satanistism. Such people are FAR more deadly than the overt Satanists. Their teachings have been killing MILLIONS of men, women, and children EACH YEAR throughout most of this century. Satanism essentially involves the promotion of the use of criteria OTHER than God's two most fundamental commandments for distinguishing between "good" and "evil."]
What is the concept of "national sovereignty"?
[The concept of "national sovereignty" is that idea that a person or elite group of persons should have absolute power over all those who happen to reside within a set of man-made borders, including most specifically, the power to levy taxes on those people and to determine how those tax revenues will be spent. The concept of national sovereignty limits the definition of one's "neighbors" to those who reside within the same set of man-made borders. All others are considered to be "foreigners" against whom we may have to fight a war someday.
In today's world, the concept of national sovereignty is actually more of a myth than a reality. World War I brought an end to absolute monarchies throughout most of the world, and World War II brought an end to colonialism (another form of "national sovereignty") throughout most of the world. And today even Saddam Hussein and Slobodan Milosovec have found that they do not have absolute power over their county's affairs or their own people. No nation today can honestly claim to be "independent" of the rest of the world. Nevertheless, the conceptual ideal of "national sovereignty" is still being worshipped by people all over the world, and a great many are quite willing to sacrifice their own lives or to kill other people for the sake of it. To make matters worse, in America our so-called "Christian Right" organizations have been striving to financially and politically emasculate the United Nations and the International Criminal Court, because they view such institutions as being a threat to their beloved idol of "national sovereignty."]
"Earth/Land" = Mankind's perceptions of popular truths
"Heaven" = Mankind's perceptions of God(s)
"Rain/Rivers/Seas" = Religious teachings
"Light" = God's Truth/Revelations
"Sun" = God's Truth as revealed through the original Moses
"Moon" = God's Truth as revealed by Moses' (Levite) successors
"Stars" = Limited "lights" (teachers/ angels)
[Anyhow, these illustrate the kind of symbolisms that are used in the allegorical lessons taught throughout the Old and New Testaments. I am addressing only a few of those lessons in this briefing. My web site, www.onesalt.com, provides more detailed discussion of those allegorical lessons and their implications. For example, when Jesus talked about "sewing seeds in the earth" in his parables, he was really talking about "planting ideas" in people's minds.]
Three groups of authors/editors of the Old Testament
1. The current religious establishment (Levites)
2. The scribes
2. The prophets (the Isaiah's, Jeremiah, etc.)
[The Old Testament was written by essentially three kinds of people. In most cases, the reason the Old Testament prophets became prophets in the first place is because their current religious establishment (led in most cases by Levites) had strayed away from following God's two most fundamental commandments. Sometimes the scribes sided with those prophets, and at other times (as in Jesus' time) they sided with the current religious establishment. But some of those scribes took a position in between the two by using allegorical techniques to sneak the prophets' lessons "under the noses" of their religious supervisors who, like our Christian fundamentalists, where inclined to interpret the scriptures "literally" in a way that would suit their own less-than-godly purposes.
In my writings, I normally put quotation marks around that word "literally", because if you examine the writings of those who claim that they are interpreting the Bible "literally", you will see that they are also interpreting many portions of the Bible allegorically. But rather than basing their allegorical interpretations on God's two most fundamental commandments, they are chosing allegorical symbolisms that tend that make the concept of national sovereignty appear to be more holy and sacred than God Himself.]
"Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: 'These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.' " (Matthew 15:7-9 NKJ)
Then He said, "Assuredly, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own country. Luke 4:24 (NKJ)
[As you can see, like the Old Testament prophets, Jesus also severely criticized the religious leaders of his day, because they were using God's name in vain by falsely claiming to represent God while practicing or teaching violations of God's two most fundamental commandments. One of the reasons that prophets are often not accepted in their own country is because the religious leaders in their own country usually have a "vested interest" in continuing the ungodly practices that those prophets are criticizing.]
"And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel." (Genesis 3:15 NKJ)
1. Satan "bruised" [deceived] Eve [the early church] by inspiring Eve to teach Adam [mankind] to "eat of" [believe in] the tree of the knowledge of "good" and "evil". Adam and Eve escaped God's death sentence for their species and "bruised" Satan's "heel" [satanically inspired assumption] by physically reproducing.
[OK. Now we are going to briefly review the Biblical history of God's relationship with man as Jesus viewed it. The authors of the Old Testament recorded several cycles in mankind's evolving understanding of God where Satan corrupted mankind's thinking in ways that were eventually exposed by true servants of God. Each time this happened, mankind's understanding of God improved somewhat, but only for a while until Satan figured out another way to deceive them again.]
2. Satan's unguided criteria for determining what is "good" and what is "evil" created so much havoc and ungodly conduct among the people of the world that God decided to "cleanse the earth" with a great flood. But he showed Noah how to "bruise Satan's heel" again by building and putting his faith in an "ark" [a covenant based on God's two most fundamental commandments.] Hence, the world's first "baptism."
[Purging by means of water (religious teachings) represents a non-violent return to following God's will. Purging by means of fire (violence) represents a return to following the will of God as a result of a violent experience created by those who are NOT following God's will. For example, in today's world, if it will require a nuclear World War III in order to convince mankind of the need to take God's two most fundamental commandments seriously, then that would be a purging by fire. The authors of the Noah's Ark story predicted that it would require a purging by fire this time, but I'll get back to that point later.]
3. Then Satan "bruised" Noah's descendants by inspiring them to use "earthly" materials (bricks, asphalt, and man-made criteria) to build a "tower" (an image of God) whose top extended into the heavens so as to "make a name for themselves lest they be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth." But their pursuit of man-made criteria led to divisions among them (perceptions of multiple gods, mutual fears and hatreds, differing languages) that produced the very "scattering" which they were supposedly attempting to avoid. [Such are the ways of Satan]. But Yahweh convinced a shepherd named Abram that there was in fact just one true God and thereby once again "bruised the heel" of Satan.
[The story of this cycle provides a religious explanation as to why mankind has so many different languages. Notice that when people resort to satanically inspired methods, they often produce the very consequences they were supposedly attempting to prevent. NATO's bombing campaign in Serbia/Kosovo is a classic example of this tragic but often repeated phenomenon. ]
4. God promised Abraham his descendants would become great nations and eventually inherit a land of "milk and honey." So Satan "bruised his mind" by inspiring him to "swear an oath" to selfishly keep that entire inheritance within his own family (by arranging for Isaac to marry his cousin Rebekah). This had the effect placing an ungodly restriction on his descendants' definition of "neighbor." That restriction led to his great grandsons' massacre of all of the males in Shechem and then to their enslavement in Egypt [because they refused to assimilate with the Egyptian population as Joseph had done Exodus 1:9-10]. But God bruised the "heel" of Satan again by showing a shepherd named Moses how to free the Israelites from Egyptian rule.
[This story of this cycle illustrates why Jesus taught his followers to never swear an oath. It also shows how the ancient Hebrews created serious problems for themselves and their descendants by placing restrictions on their definition of neighbor.]
5. Once in the wilderness, Satan "bruised" Moses' head by convincing him to rely on the "hands of men" [military means] rather than the Word of God to deal with a tribe of Amalekites who were raiding some Hebrew camps. Subsequently, the elderly Moses (or more likely a Levite imposter posing as Moses under a veil) placed all sorts of ungodly restrictions on the Hebrews' definition of "neighbor" which in turn led to BLOODY consequences not only for the Israelites' neighbors but also for the Israelites themselves. Eventually, the elders of Israel decided they had had enough of the chaos created by the Levites' bloody theocracy and insisted on the establishment of a monarchy to maintain law and order within Israel (and to defend against outside aggression).
[The original Moses, who was already in his late eighties when he led the Israelites out of Egypt, wanted to make Israel "a nation of priests." The authors of Exodus record that after he returned from the mountain the second time, he began wearing a veil whenever he appeared in public. If you compare Moses' teachings before and after that event, you'll see that they were quite different. That second Moses under the veil (apparently a Levite imposter) claimed to have an exclusive right to interpret God's will for the Israelites and eventually bestowed that exclusive right to the descendants of Moses' brother Aaron. The second Moses also taught the Israelites to place many kinds of restrictions on their definition of "neighbor" and frequently inspired hatreds and deadly violence against those whom they did not consider to be their neighbors. As the authors of the Old Testament show, especially in the Book of Judges, the teachings of that second Moses led to substantial bloodshed for the Israelites themselves as well as for their neighbors.
6. The reign of the Israel's first two monarchs (Kings Saul and David) were also very bloody for the Israelites as well as their neighbors, because they were still heavily influenced by the Levites' hate-your-neighbor teachings. Finally, God bruised Satan's "heel" once again by granting King Solomon his request for wisdom [knowledge learned through following God's two most fundamental commandments] after which the Israelites enjoyed the most peace and prosperity they had ever seen--or would ever see again under the Davidic Dynasty.
[Religious scholars who worship national sovereignty tend to portray David as a great, heroic leader, and to disparage Solomon, because one of the Levite authors of the Old Testament alleged he had a thousand wives and concubines. That's curious, because the Old Testament never mentions that Solomon had any more than one son, Rehoboam. Anyhow, if you compare Solomon's reign to David's reign from the point of view of God's two most fundamental commandments, it becomes quite clear that Solomon followed God's will far better than David did. In fact, unlike David's psalms which will were often filled with references to war and fighting, the basic theme that runs throughout Solomon's Book of Proverbs is essentially the same as the basic theme of Jesus Christ's ministry (i.e. Solomon's proverbs where guidelines based on God's two most fundamental commandments). As pointed out here, the Israelites prospered very well under Solomon's leadership and guidance.]
7. The Levites knew that King Solomon was too wise and powerful to be successfully challenged while he was still alive, so they waited until he died before making their move. Unfortunately for the Israelites, King Solomon's son and successor, Rehoboam, proved to be rather dumb. He played right into the hands of some satanically inspired Levites like Ahijah who sought to re-establish their former political power by splitting up the Kingdom. So the Kingdom split due to differing opinions as to how "Hebrew national sovereignty" should be defined. After the two halves of Solomon's kingdom became divided against themselves, they pretty much "went downhill" until the Northern Kingdom of Israel was overrun by the Assyrians and Judea was overrun by the Babylonians.
[Such are the ways of Satan: divide, inspire mutual mistrust, inspire mutual hatreds, and then conquer. It's important to note that when the Babylonians first conquered Jerusalem, they allowed the Judeans to continue worshipping in Solomon's Temple. It was only after the Judeans subsequently rebelled against Babylonian rule (for the sake of "Judean national sovereignty") that Jerusalem was wiped out and the Temple leveled. The Judeans' "Second Temple", which after renovation became known as "Herod's Temple" ended up being leveled along with the rest of Jerusalem for precisely the same reason; it occurred in response to a violent (and ungodly) rebellion for the sake of "Judean national sovereignty." There's a lesson to be learned from this, especially for the residents of present-day Israel. Historically, God has NOT been on their side when they have worshipped national sovereignty rather than Him.
By the way, it's interesting to note that the name "Israel" in ancient Hebrew literally meant "he who struggles with God." Even today, the Israelites like to refer to themselves as "God's chosen people", but historically they have been more like "God's choses example."]
8. When the Israelites returned from their Babylonian exile to rebuild Jerusalem, many of them "intermarried" with the local women. Later on, a Levite named Ezra returned from Babylon and ordered the Jews who were already there to "put away" their non-Hebrew wives and children. So once again, Satan had succeeded in "bruising the head" of the Israelites' religious leaders by inspiring the re-establishment of their former restrictions on their definition of neighbor. Ezra thereby "sewed the seeds" for the destruction of the second temple for essentially the same reasons that the first temple was destroyed. But A small group of scribes identified in Ezra 10:15 "bruised Satan's heel" by embellishing the Hebrew scriptures with allegorical lessons about the need to obey God's commandment to love your neighbors as yourself.
[The story about Jacob "pulling the wool" before his father's blind eyes in order to deceive Isaac into believing that he was Esau was probably one of the allegorical embellishments added during the reign of Ezra. The message conveyed by that particular story is that when you read such stories in the scriptures, you need to look deeper than merely reading what "appears on the surface" in order to fully understand the lessons that those authors were attempting to convey. Evidently, these lessons were added by those scribes in such a way as to "sneak them under the noses" of Ezra and his Levite companions who were too "blinded" by their own self-serving ideologies to recognize them. I have found that as much as 30% of what the Old Testament is comprised of allegorical stories and references that kind of "pop out" (like hypertext) when you interpret the scriptures from the point of view of God's two most fundamental commandments. Those who insist that the scriptures must only be interpreted "literally" are acting in many ways like the "blind" Isaac, and Ezra, and the Pharisees. They are completely missing at least 30% of lessons that the scriptures were intended to convey.]
9. Jesus Christ recognized the significance of those allegorical lessons crafted into the Hebrew scriptures and incorporated many of the same symbolisms in his own teachings regarding the need for a spiritual Kingdom of God on earth. After his crucifixion, Jesus' teachings began spreading like "wildfire" throughout the Roman Empire. But Satan managed to "contain it" first by inspiring persecutions of early Christians and then by inspiring the early leaders of the Roman Catholic Church to place their own kinds of restrictions of their definition of "neighbor" (based on man-made concepts that they dreamed up regarding alleged "heresies"). That led to the breakup of the "catholic" church and eventually to thousands of religiously inspired wars and executions.
[When you interpret the Book of Daniel and St. John's Book of Revelation from the point of view of God's two most fundamental commandments, it becomes readily apparent that the "Age of the Gentiles" (also referred to as a "period of tribulation" or simply "The Tribulation") has been going on for the past 1600 years or so, largely because the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church became more interested in seeking political power (a.k.a. "the tools of Cain") rather than the spiritual power of God's guiding principles of truth and love.]
10. But once again, God showed mankind how to "bruise" Satan's "heel" (by destroying Satan's "national sovereignty beast") through the teachings of Jesus Christ and by inspiring the writing of St. John's Book of Revelation (which contains many of Jesus' teachings that were not included in the four gospels). Satan's response has been to inspire many religious leaders over the centuries to interpret St. John's Book of Revelation in a way that makes "national sovereignty" appear to be more holy and sacred than God Himself. The event Christians refer to as "The Second Coming of Christ" will occur when our religious leaders finally begin to take God's two most fundamental commandments SERIOUSLY (and interpreting the Bible accordingly).
[When you look at mankind's history over the past 1600 years from God's point of view, you can see that it really has been a period of great tribulation for mankind. Our own century has been the most turbulent of all. This "Age of the Gentiles" or "Tribulation" will only come to an end when the world's religious leaders are no longer able to credibly get away with their HIGHLY DISHONEST and VERY DEADLY misrepresentations of God on the issue of national sovereignty worship (i.e. national flag worshipping).
St. John's Book of Revelation predicts that it will be religious leaders themselves who will help to make this happen. The Scarlet Harlot in chpater 17 represents the apostate denominations of Christainity and Judaism who have "prosituted" the Ten Commandments and the teachings of Jesus Christ to the worship of the bloodiest idol ever created by man (the concept of national sovereignty.) Even today, people all over the world are still worshipping that idol. The scarlet beast upon which the Harlot rides represents the age-old national sovereignty system itself which has assumed various forms throughout the past 4,000 years. Among other things, it is a slow-moving but VERY DEADLY international anarchy. The authors of Daniel and Revlation have set things up so that first the Scarlet Harlot will go to perdition and be replaced by a true "Body of Chirst" or "Kingdom of God." Then the national sovereignty beast itself will go to perdition and be replaced by a God-guided true world government. However, it still remains to be seen whether this will occur before or after mankind experiences a nuclear World War III--one which may end up taking the lives of over a third of mankind.]
More "prophets" are needed:
1. To force our religious leaders to start taking God's two most fundamental commandments SERIOUSLY!
2. To help break through the censorship practices of our news agencies and educate the people of the world about the satanic nature (and gruesome consequences) of national sovereignty worship!
For further details regarding these issues, see: www.onesalt.com
[The role I am fulfilling is essentially the same as the role fulfilled by the Old Testament prophets, namely criticizing our current religious establishment for not taking God's two most fundamental commandments SERIOUSLY. On the above website, I refer to myself as "one grain of salt", based on Jesus's comment to his disciples that they were the "salt of the earth", because the only "credentials" I offer for the points which I am making are the fact that these points really do conform with God's two most fundamental commandments. If you use your own minds, you can recognize this for yourselves. Of all the "credentials" ever dreamed up by man, the only two that are recognized by God are His two most fundamental commandments, and that should be sufficient for anyone to heed. One of the reasons that more prophets who follow those two commandments are needed is because not only your own lives, but the future lives of most of your children and grandchildren will depend (literally) on how long it will take to successfully convince our present religious leaders to start taking God's two most fundamental commandments SERIOUSLY.
Everyone who has ever claimed that mankind can have "national sovereignty" without also having wars, famines, and systematic abuses of human rights has been REPEATEDLY PROVEN WRONG! And yet, people still tend to believe such lies, because they are eager to believe almost anything they are told "for the sake of national sovereignty." Like Saddam Hussein and Slobodan Milosovec, we as a nation tend to believe our own lies too much. Fortunately, we do have a choice: we can continue to bet or own lives and the lives of our children and grandchildren on such lies, or we can begin now to start taking God's two most fundamental commandments SERIOUSLY and thereby become part of the Kingdom of God as taught by Jesus Chirst.
one grain of salt
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