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"The Devil offered our Lord all the kingdoms of the earth, when the condemned soul did not own one foot of the territory."
~ Ethan Allen.
"The devil is never so much a devil, as when transformed into an angel of light."
~ Cotton Mather
Do spirit people have out of control, maniacal, god-emperors like Caligula or Nero? Consider this.
Observe that, and in addition to their obsession with secrecy, and despite their sometimes and in a given instance not inconsiderable knowledge and even eloquence, they will not argue points they know in advance they cannot win, and as a matter of course will change the subject.
Who claims AUTHORITY yet operates in constant secrecy, forces themselves on, and needs to hoodwink and trick others?
What they do is not NECESSARY as they as matter of course imply, insist or would have you believe. Rather they CHOOSE to do what they do; thinking it a good idea. And that I submit is not necessity.
They are in SUCH a bad or pitiful way as they are, mostly why? Because:
A. Others, especially those not cooperating with them, HAVE IT TOO GOOD.
B. They are childish, irrational, and irresponsible.
Straining at gnats while swallowing camels.
Why don't they like the idea of "to each his own?" Because no intelligent person will have anything to do with them if given a choice.
Yes, I for one agree these troubled and disturbed people SHOULD be helped. But further permitting them to carry on as violent criminals, surreptitiously or otherwise, is NOT a good way of accomplishing that end.
They will always have it seen that they were on the winning side all along, and cleverly changing sides as need be to do this.
Many who claim to be the most inveterate foes of evil and injustice are sometimes their best friend. Why? Because they are casually dishonest and irrational. All absurdities are possible to those who are that way.
Against real Hell the terms to be given it, at least in your life and those close to you, must be unconditional surrender. For to compromise with or to surrender to demons or hard core criminal spirit people is foolish; since despite what they insist, in the end and in the final analysis you will NOT be treated well or fairly by them.
If one believes ultimate reality NECESSARILY requires the approval of what "everybody" thinks, then they clearly are not in reality.
On the Church
"Having an appearance indeed of godliness, but denying the power thereof. Now these avoid."
~ 2nd Timothy 3:5
Some dislike church because they think, of all things, it is immoral. In some respects this is or can be true, for the church will sometimes favor a majority to win more widespread support, and this at the expense of truth and justice.
Because God is everything, people mistakenly assume the church will or must be also, and to all people. But this is asking the impossible.
A church is only good if it is a good and honest church; just as a doctor is good only insofar as he is a good doctor. But in any event and if you really must, reject a doctor, but it is madness to reject health.
Get the spot out (i.e., "sin," that lethal wart attached to your "I"), else you might end up killing someone.
As we have stated before, and bears repeating: Regarding the objection that God required Jesus' sacrifice can be explained as simply a misinterpretation. Rather, and to put it simply, mankind made a deal or bargain with potentate criminal spirit people which Christ liberated us from by his self-sacrifice; not unlike someone sacrificing themself to a kidnapper for purposes of releasing hostages.
In passing -- For some to me inexplicable reason the .mp3 player disappeared from the ROF Lafayette Escadrille page some (unknown) time ago. This has been fixed, and the music can now be heard again there.
The origin, then, from which Plato derived his theory in the Timaeus, is (the) wisdom of the Egyptians. For from this source, by some ancient and prophetical tradition, Solon taught his entire system concerning the generation and destruction of the world, as Plato says, to the Greeks, who were (in knowledge) young children, and were acquainted with no theological doctrine of greater antiquity....
...Pythagoras then instructs his disciples, addressing them as follows: Bind up the sack that carries the bedding. (Now,) inasmuch as they who intend going upon a journey tie their clothes into a wallet, to be ready for the road; so, (in like manner,) he wishes his disciples to be prepared, since every moment death is likely to come upon them by surprise. (In this way Pythagoras sought to effect) that (his followers) should labour under no deficiency in the qualifications required in his pupils. Wherefore of necessity he was in the habit, with the dawn of day, of instructing the Pythagoreans to encourage one another to bind up the sack that carries the bedding, that is, to be ready for death. Do not stir fire with a sword; (meaning,) do not, by addressing him, quarrel with an enraged man; for a person in a passion is like fire, whereas the sword is the uttered expression. Do not trample on a besom; (meaning,) despise not a small matter. Plant not a palm tree in a house; (meaning,) foment not discord in a family, for the palm tree is a symbol of battle and slaughter. Eat not from a stool; (meaning,) do not undertake an ignoble art, in order that you may not be a slave to the body, which is corruptible, but make a livelihood from literature. For it lies within your reach both to nourish the body, and make the soul better. Don't take a bite out of an uncut loaf; (meaning,) diminish not your possessions, but live on the profit (of them), and guard your substance as an entire loaf. Feed not on beans; (meaning,) accept not the government of a city, for with beans they at that time were accustomed to ballot for their magistrates.
~ Hippolytus (c. 170–235 A.D.), Refutation of All Heresies, Book V
"Then those who have no experience of wisdom and virtue but are ever devoted to feastings and that sort of thing are swept downward, it seems, and back again to the center, and so sway and roam to and fro throughout their lives, but they have never transcended all this and turned their eyes to the true upper region nor been wafted there, nor ever been really filled with real things, nor ever tasted stable and pure pleasure, but with eyes ever bent upon the earth and heads bowed down over their tables they feast like cattle, grazing and copulating, ever greedy for more of these delights; and in their greed kicking and butting one another with horns and hooves of iron they slay one another in sateless avidity, because they are vainly striving to satisfy with things that are not real the unreal and incontinent part of their souls."
~ Plato, Republic, Bk. IX, 586.
This just out from "Gun Jones Publishing"...
THE HISTORY OF LITTLE GOODY TWO-SHOES;
Otherwise called Mrs. Margery Two-Shoes
(1766 edition, authorship attributed to Oliver Goldsmith.)
with original engravings
The disciples, then, of this (Simon Magus), celebrate magical rites, and resort to incantations. And (they profess to) transmit both love-spells and charms, and the demons said to be senders of dreams, for the purpose of distracting whomsoever they please. But they also employ those denominated Paredroi. And they have an image of Simon (fashioned) into the figure of Jupiter, and (an image) of Helen in the form of Minerva; and they pay adoration to these. But they call the one Lord and the other Lady. And if any one among them, on seeing the images of either Simon or Helen, would call them by name, he is cast off, as being ignorant of the mysteries. This Simon, deceiving many in Samaria by his sorceries, was reproved by the Apostles, and was laid under a curse, as it has been written in the Acts.
This constitutes the legendary system advanced by Simon, and from this Valentinus derived a starting-point (for his own doctrine. This doctrine, in point of fact, was the same with the it Simonian, though Valentinus) denominated under different titles: for Nous, and Aletheia, and Logos, and Zoe, and Anthropos, and Ecclesia, and Aeons of Valentinus, are confessedly the six roots of Simon, viz., Mind and Intelligence, Voice and Name, Ratiocination and Reflection. But since it seems to us that we have sufficiently explained Simon's tissue of legends, let us see what also Valentinus asserts.
~ Hippolytus (c. 170–235 A.D.), Refutation of All Heresies, Book V