Understanding Communism Part 6

To repeat what has been written, a group of like minded people is a collective. The three broad collectives is the tribe, socialism and communism. A tribe is primarily only a social order, socialism a social and political order with communism adding an economic order. The purpose of the economic dimension is Marx’ belief that an economy can be managed which is in direct opposition to Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand of Capitalism.

The leaders of a collective are bullies with the broad population being the bullied and there are bullies in training. One of the primary methods for keeping the collective together is to invent an enemy and inject fear that our invented enemy will overcome us. Collectives adopt a victim mentality. Using say two small tribes in South America as an example. The chief of tribe A will tell his people that tribe B has more members and that they are in danger of being attacked and destroyed by tribe B. So tribe A chief convinces his/her people to attack first. They may come up with a plan to kill some men and maybe steal some women from tribe B so that tribe A will now be bigger. So off t hey go for a night of killing. Sometime later tribe B will ay the same about A and off they go. After a while they are not invented enemies, they are quite real. While they are busy killing and stealing there is no time for progress and they tribes stay in a perpetual stone age state.

Fast forward to the 20th century and you have as an example unions and management. Union leaders will call a sudden stop work meeting to discuss some imagined fault with management and of course saying that 50% of them will lose their jobs blah blah blah and we have the victim mentality. It doesn’t matter which collective you examine they have an enemy which must be fought. The followers being basically cowards (remember they are the bullied) will do as the leaders say. In contrast individualists don’t have a victim mentality. No matter what happens they pick themselves up and keep going forward.

Another trait of collectives is their desire to save someone or something. I call this the Messiah complex and I have a blog post here.  The phrase they start with is something like, “For the good of the people we must ……………..”. I find this a fascinating study. As an example take the fight against cigarettes which was fought by our valiant Labor/Green government under Juliar Gillard. Roxon decided that “for the good of the people cigarettes consumption must be curtailed”. Obviously being a good little messiah she decided that banning it outright would be too difficult and also the government would lose votes. So they went for the plain paper packaging so that nobody knows what actual brand they are buying. With all the usual huffing and puffing about how good it would be for our advanced society and endless debates and not mentioning the losses to the cigarette companies who generate billions for shareholders who were also pension funds etc etc. it was introduced. Ok what was the broad result. Uhm nothing. Cigarette consumption dipped a little (there was a tax increase) and is now a little higher than it was before plain paper packaging. Cigarette smuggling has increased. This was all about 2 years ago (2012). Now there is not a peep. The saviour came and went and was anyone saved? Of course not. The instigator, Roxon, just feels a little better about herself and that she saved someone, somewhere. This is how collectives work. Now just a thought. Alcohol destroys far more lives than cigarettes. Why have these messiahs not gone after alcohol?  Hypocrites.

The main thrust of the collective messiahs is to use emotional arguments. “Think of the children, polar bears, cute kittens, basically anything which can invoke an emotional response. Now people are hooked and a solution is proposed. One little problem, usually an emotional solution is badly flawed. Solutions should be logical and reasonable. Of course there may not even be a problem so you have a fake problem with fake solutions but the fake messiahs feel good. Man made Global warming is the fake problem at the moment. There are many fake solutions but the thing is it is all about stealing money from the rich and middle class and lining the pockets of the scammers. Greenpeace, WWF, PETA the UN are all large collectives who use emotional arguments to push their agendas to steal your money. They all believe they are saving the planet. Actually the higher ups know that they are NOT saving the planet but again they have duped the idealists and cowards to support them. The followers are blind because they think on the emotional level instead of the reason level.

Another example of collectives that you may not be aware of. This month, November has been renamed Movember. The cause is men’s health and they want people to grow a mustache and then get sponsers to pay you money which you donate to some men’s health group. Hey I got an idea, if Men’s Health is such a good cause I wouldn’t bother with the mustache just give the money. Hey how impressive would that be. Do you know why they hold these campaigns? No? Ok I will tell you. People in a collective are mean spirited. They don’t give money unless it is pried out of their cold dead hands. It has been found that conservative individualists give far more money than socialists. You see socialists want your money not give it away.

More in Part 7

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Understanding Communism Part 5

We will take a look at one of the institutions of Marxism – Unionism. The workers union was the direct result of Marx proclaiming that workers unite against the capitalist pigs. Back in the day workers were pretty much exploited and workers unions were probably a good idea. However these days they are pretty much well past their use by date. Some unions have become criminal organizations and others are borderline criminal. Unions make a good case model for collective study.

Union leaders are generally bullies whilst the rank and file are the bullied and there are others who are bullies in training. When you are employed by a company you are approached to join the union. If you waver then come the implied threats, waver some more and you get more direct threats until you are a paid up member of the union. Some unions won’t even allow you on a site unless you are a member aka building unions. If the union calls a stop work meeting the meeting is a rallying cry against some real or imaginary injustice by the employer, and if you stand up to defend the employer you get roundly booed and heckled. In the end you lose $100 to gain a $2/week pay rise which takes a year to get back. So the structure of the union is 1) Bullies, 2) Bullies in training and 3) the bullied. The bullied pay money to the bullies which is a union fee but in reality protection money. Not protection from the evil wicked employers but protection from the union itself. However this is the best bit. Unions get protection money from the employers. The employers pay the union a certain amount of money so they keep the workers from going on strike. And there is more. Some unions branch out into the illicit drug, gambling and other standover  activity. Even more lucrative is the nomination of these thugs to run for government under the guise of the Labor Party.

I can’t speak too much about overseas Labor Parties but in Australia the filter down from Labor government to Unions of money, power and favours is quite mindblowing. Again one must wonder why the workers (bullied) keep paying fees (protection money) to these thieves union leaders. The bullied want to be part of the union tribe so they pay. The bullies make sure they stay in the tribe. This is the Marxist way from bottom to top. Marxist governments work the same way. You have the bully leaders and the bullied populace with trainee bullies in other positions. The army is an arm of the bullies and they keep the bullied in check. The above example is why collectivists and individualists clash. The individual will not be bullied and they either leave (unions) or are killed (governments).

The next point to consider is why do Idealists in general join the Marxist collective. Karl Marx in his day hung out with idealists. These were mostly socialists who dreamed of a Social Utopia. Marx went with them to promote a Marxist Utopia. Today’s idealists of course are looking for Utopia so they join up with the Marxists. These idealists either end up as the bullied or the activist bullies. The Green or Eco movement are Marxists in disguise as is the animal rights movement, gay rights, feminists and practically every collective in existence in the western world.

Collectives are basically the same structure. Bullies, bullied and bullies in training. The bullies rule and they can do whatever they like since they hide all from the bullied. A simple African tribe has the same structure and the Marxists government is a large collective.

More in the next episode.

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Understanding Communism Part 4

In the first three parts I have examined collectivists and individualists and has communism is a progression from simple tribalism to Marx’s theories. As a summary Tribalism is mainly a social order, Socialism is social and political and Communism is social, political and economic.

We need to step back a bit here and try and describe what a Human Being is. Are we individuals or are we social animals? There are many academics who firmly believe that we are social animals. However I really think that we are individuals who are able to at time interact socially. We don’t really need other humans around us to successfully get on in life. However we cannot be 100% isolated either as it has been seen that people go insane or partly insane when isolated for long periods. My opinion is that we are individuals who need a little social interaction. There are other species that are 100% social the most well known being bees and ants. We call this the Hive society. There are many academics who believe that hive society is superior to individual society but uhm I hate to say it but humans cannot ever have a hive society. Humans would also go insane. If that is the case then how does tribalism, the simplest form of collectivism come about.

Many people will disagree with what I will write next but I want my readers to play pretend even if you don’t agree so you can see where I am going. After the Flood, Noah landed with his wife, three sons and their wives and restarted human civilization. The world was a hostile place – it was different from the pre-flood world. The animals they let loose from the Ark now feared humans and were aggressive. As Noah’s grand children and great grandchildren grew up and they got too big for their little settlement at Ararat, they then moved down to the plains of Shinar. Nimrod was the great grandson of Noah and he was a mighty hunter so says the bible. The book of Jasher give more information. Nimrod was a great hunter and he was proclaimed a king. Nimrod gave the people security. Just as some added info Noah and Shem didn’t follow the people down to Shinar. Nimrod not only became king but he also became the religious figurehead. Nimrod convinced the people to build a large tower and God confused their languages and the people who had the same languages banded together (for security also) and disappeared into the distant lands. They ended up in Asia, Africa, Nth. and Sth.  America and Australia, became isolated, collectivized and stone age. As another aside Shem hunted down and killed Nimrod supposedly in Italy. After this event Nimrod’s grieving? wife started the first mother and son religion.

Tribalism was primarily a social system to give security. Lets face it an individual doesn’t have much of a chance against a group so you have to be part of a group then lose your identity. Innovation and creativity is destroyed since the group has to do the chiefs bidding or you have a revolution and overthrow the chief but the cycle stays the same.

By the time we get to Greece, they tried something different with direct democracy and  individuality flourished.  Mathematics and Philosophy made gains and they were inventive. Unfortunately Athens managed to upset nearly all the other city states and was overwhelmed. At this time Rome started growing and they also adopted democracy but a representative democracy where Senators were elected by the people. This is generally called a Republic. As time went on Rome flourished and inventions were common. Infrastructure made leaps and bounds. The roads and viaducts of Rome still exist today and even still work. The pattern is that when people are made free from conforming to a group (collectivism) then individuality comes to the fore and creativity grows in leaps and bounds.

The question I like to leave this part with is why with all the examples of collective failure do people still want to make collectivism part of our political landscape?

In Part 5 I want to examine the minds of people.

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Understanding Communism Part 3

In the 1800′s Karl Marx was unleashed onto the world. He was a philosopher and economist. He studied Hegel and came up with dialectics which is a method of telling a lie and proving it is true. He studied Rousseau and came up with his own brand of socialism which between him and Engels called it communism. With his fake economics he came up with the idea that the workers of the world would unite and overthrow the capitalists and rule the world. But really what is communism? it is a social, political and economic collective system. Marx in his writing says that a unit of work is the same for everyone. That is 1 hour of farm work = 1 hour of doctor work = 1 hour of engineering work etc etc. However in his system what does 1 hour of the leaders work equal? So instead of getting say a king to rule over the citizens there is a cabal who get all the privileges and the workers but you need the soldiers to control the people. Basically it is Plato’s Republic with some fancy looking words. Marx also believed that the economy could be controlled and manipulated which is the opposite of Capitalism.

Communism is the anti thesis of Democratic/Capitalist/Individual. When you ask the question about what is wrong with Communism you must include all three cases. When I asked the question most people’s answers were that Capitalism is evil and Communism is fairer or Communism bred evil leaders. Neither is the correct answer though. The correct answer is that Communism is a collective which breeds totalitarianism which in itself breeds evil leaders.

I said in Part 2 that the social experiments in the 1800′s were a failure but once the people were given land and made responsible for their lives the colonies thrived. The answer is quite simple. People will work harder for themselves than for the well being of others. What was happening is that people started slacking when there is no extra reward for extra effort. This is true today as then. Why work hard if you get no extra reward? So i n the end nothing gets done. The colonists died off or in the case of the Pilgrims they were saved by the local Indians then they flourished. Where Marx missed the point is that 1 unit of work from a farmer is not equal to 1 unit of work from an engineer. So who would want to be an engineer or doctor. When The large collective farms in USSR and China were created there was almost zero output and millions starved. Look at the condition of the tribes around the world. How advance are they? Well most are stone age. The collectives of Virginia and the Pilgrims disappeared. Owen’s experimental collectives disbanded. The USSR broke up and China politically is still communist but economically capitalist. North Korea only exists because of China. Communism does not work.

More in Part 4

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Understanding Communism Part 2

Part 2

In the early days empires rose and fell. Babylon was a city with a king who conquered much but it was mostly a warring empire. Persia came and went and then Greece was on the ascent. The Greeks were a selection of city states but the most civilized was Athens. Babylon & Persia were both collectives with a king as the head. Athens tried something different, they had democracy where citizens had a direct vote on bills. Citizens were not slaves of a king. Individualism flourished. Athens was the home of the University and the beginnings of philosophy. Plato wrote a book called The Republic. This is the first known attempt to describe a society of people. If you read it carefully it is a collective society not a society of free men. Plato’s model was a ruling ELITE with subservient workers and a army which CONTROLS the workers. Plato is revered by socialists in the modern world. Rome grew up and took over the European world of that time. Much of Europe was still made up of small tribes. Rome went from city state to Empire and Individualism flourished. Like all empires Rome became corrupt and collapsed from within then was defeated by the warrior tribes from without. The Dark Ages reigned. Funnily enough the Roman Catholics were quite enlightened at that time was the glue that kept Europe together and by the 13th and 14th centuries writing and exploration once again abounded. Cities grew and people wanted to live rather than fight and die.

The next so called philosopher that put pen to paper about social issues was Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712 – 1778). Rousseau wrote,

“The first man who, having fenced in a piece of land, said “This is mine,” and found people naïve enough to believe him, that man was the true founder of civil society. From how many crimes, wars, and murders, from how many horrors and misfortunes might not any one have saved mankind, by pulling up the stakes, or filling up the ditch, and crying to his fellows: Beware of listening to this impostor; you are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody. ”

— Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on Inequality, 1754

This is where the seeds of communism are sown. This is Collectivism written down and declared to be GOOD whilst Individualism is condemned. Rousseau was widely condemned at the time and his books were banned and burned. He was also called the father of the French Revolution not because he was involved in any way but the revolutionaries read his books. Many collectives were tried out practically at that time. The Virginia Company had a collective at Jamestown which started in 1607. It failed miserably partly due to disease but also to the “pooled resources”. The workers were the poor of England and they were indentured workers. Basically they were a type of slave. In 1618 the workers were finally given their own land to work and guess what the colony of Virginia began to flourish.

Another try at commune living was the Pilgrims when they landed in New England in 1620. When they landed they drew up the Mayflower Compact

“To address this issue, a brief contract, later to be known as the Mayflower Compact, was drafted promising cooperation among the settlers “for the general good of the Colony unto which we promise all due submission and obedience.” It organized them into what was called a “civil Body Politick,” in which issues would be decided by that key ingredient of democracy, voting. It was ratified by majority rule, with 41 adult male passengers signing [37] for the 102 passengers, seventy-three males and twenty-nine females. There were included in the company nineteen male servants and three female servants, along with some sailors and craftsmen hired for short-term service to the colony.[38] At this time, John Carver was chosen as the colony’s first governor.”

The Pilgrims practiced voluntary communism. Unfortunately it didn’t work even though they all agreed. Why? Well we will get back to that. Fortunately the local Indians saved the colonists from starving and the Pilgrims then went to farming individually and they flourished. We are getting a recurring pattern here. Collectives don’t seem to work very well yet people want to be in collectives.

Rousseau obviously didn’t go to America to check out how his socialism wasn’t working. In 1825 a Welsh businessman called Robert Owen tried two experimental collectivist towns, one in America and the other in Scotland. Both failed after two years.

We now have two forms of collectives. The first is tribalism which is primarily a social order, the second is socialism which is a social and political order.

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Understanding Communism Part 1

The other day I put the question to Google, “What is wrong with Communism.” There were some interesting answers from around the web. There were as many answers to “What is wrong with Capitalism” or “What is wrong with Democracy.” Basically the people who answered the question really don’t really know what Communism is from what I could tell. I will return to this question later but first we need to understand the basics of the thinking of Mankind.

There are two types of people, the Individualist and the Collectivist. The Individual spurns groups and basically lives to do as he or she wishes. This does not mean they will break the laws or be immoral. The American Declaration of Independence says, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The Individualist will pursue these things with their own effort not seeking or demanding that others help in this pursuit.

The Collectivist on the other hand prefers being in a group. Their happiness relies on them being in the group. They will follow the rules of the group even if it is not in their favour. Being expelled from the group is the worse thing that can happen to them. Collectives tend to become dictatorial since they need a leader to guide the group.

Ok so we have some simple definitions but we still need to work up to Communism. The basic unit of a collective is a tribe. Yep, all those tribes that existed in the past and the ones that exist in the present in Africa, South America, Asia, North America and Australia are collectives. Each tribe member exists for the tribe. All decisions are made for the tribe. Each tribe has a chief and he or she is the dictator of that tribe. How the tribe elects the leader maybe different. It could be from battle, show of strength, hunting expertise or anything else. A tribe is a social system only. Since their economies are basically zero and politics is well the chief.

How about some modern tribes? Modern western tribes are normally temporary social gatherings with the leader being the focal point of the tribe. We can recognize political tribes. Republican and Democrat in America. Liberal and Labour in Australia. There are religious tribes. Catholic and Protestant and then Protestant has sub tribes. We have people who identify with more than one tribe. We could have a Catholic Labour tribe. These denizens (in Australia) would hail from Scotland and Wales. There may be a Church of England (Episcopalian in the US) Liberal (Republican) tribe. This is one of the reasons that talking about politics and religion can get heated and get violent. It is tribal and the tribe always comes first. In Europe there are the football tribes (fans). Manchester United tribe V Manchester City tribe. It may be sport to the players but for the fans it is tribal. There are thousands upon thousands of different tribes and they are ALL collectives. The members live and exist for the tribe. When an individualist enters these tribes they wonder what is going on.. When the individualist doesn’t abide by the tribal conditions then they are expelled but normally that isn’t a problem and they are happy to leave.

Andrew Bolt who is a opinion piece writer for the Telegraph and Herald wonders why Australia is becoming tribal. Wonder no more. As the Collectivists slowly take over the county then tribalism ramps up.

Tribalism is the first step to communism and in Part 2 we will look at Socialism.

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Evolution and how it can (never) work

Evolution is a fascinating scam. Supposed intelligent people love it because it leaves God out of their lives. The not so intelligent just get bamboozled by the used car salesman scientists and cannot even figure out what they are talking about. Even many Christians are duped and deceived and believe the consensus.

Every single celled + organism has a DNA string within the nucleus of the (every) cell. Us humans have billions of cells and each cell has the exact same DNA strand. Monkeys have a different DNA strand. Bananas have another different DNA strand. What evolutionists try and tell us is that for example that one or more land based reptiles became air based reptiles. e.g. raptor to Pterodactyl say. So the DNA for a land based reptile will need to make the legs shorter and lighter, grow wings, long thick tail to short thin tail, reptile head to bird like head, lips for beak and rearrange teeth. All bones will have to be hollowed out for the said raptor to fly. This is just a small sample. Not one evolutionist has yet come up with a mechanism how these changes could be made but they will denigrate you to death if you disagree and assert there stand under all circumstances.

Ok so lets come up with a reasonable argument that evolution is impossible. I am going to make the claim that DNA is a very sophisticated computer program. The basic structure of a computer program is that you have Program Code and Data. The Program Code just tells the computer what to do with the data. There are also inputs and outputs. Example the keyboard is an input and the screen is an output. The data can be mixed in with the program code or the data can be separated. In the machines I worked with there were three layers. Program Store, Reference Store and Data Store. The Reference Store was a look up table that made looking up program numbers and data placement easily.

So now we have a computer program. For ease lets say we write and compile a program which displays on the screen, “Good Morning Steven.” Pretty simple especially in Basic or Pascal Language. Ok but we now want our program to add a few more words say “How are you today”. What do we need to do? We need to rewrite our original code and add the extra bits then recompile. However the interesting thing is that the majority of the original code will still be there. We only make a couple of little changes. Did our program evolve? Of course not. The systems I worked on had around one thousand programs all organized into their different functions. If there was a change done to basic function maybe only one program needed to be recompile and inserted in the system however if a new function was introduced then there would be major rewrites in quite a few programs. On the other hand many other programs did not need changes. BTW I was a troubleshooter for Telstra and Ericsson for the Mobile Telephone systems.

Back to DNA. The DNA has all the information to run our bodies (cats, dogs, snakes, bananas etc). We have DATA. That is our genetic characteristics for example skin color, eye color, hair color etc etc Other DATA is cell characteristics. Skin cells are different from nerve cells and blood cells etc etc. All that is data. Other parts of the DNA is the control data for running the different parts of the body. For example each cell divides every few hours. There will be a program control in the DNA which specifies the timing and the order of the divide.

Now I have compared a computer program with living cells DNA. Let us examine the raptor to pterodactyl example. We need wings. In the DNA we need the data for wing size, muscle configuration. The brain also needs information on when the flying creature flaps these wings. So given even this little sample size wouldn’t you think that there is a program rewrite and recompile?? Evolutionists do not yet have a mechanism for adding information to the DNA yet we can see that we need a lot of information added just for wings. However this is the big BUT. Most of the DNA will be exactly the same as our raptor. You see this is where scientists get their knickers in a knot. They see so much similarity yet something so different. The main reason is that most of the functions from say bird to mammal are identical. Internal Organs, blood vessels, blood itself,  eyes. I would hate to know how many processes there are in a human body. There would be 10′s of thousands.

Interesting information about computers. Memory failure is common in all computers. It is usually bits. For those not computer savvy, 8 bits make a byte. Two bytes make a word. If there is a bit failure the computer can detect the error, mark the Byte as faulty and rewrite it in another part of the computers data store. This is equivalent to a mutation. In a cell DNA can get damaged a couple of ways. During the cell split the DNA strand is error checked. If something went wrong and it is detected then the split cell is killed. DNA can be damaged by incoming radiation. Skin Cells damaged by UV for example. Sometimes the damage is detected and fixed. Sometimes the damage is too much to fix. In many cases damage goes undetected. For example sperm cells and/or female egg cells could have damaged DNA when they fuse but the damage doesn’t stop the growth of a fetus and you could end up with a deformed baby or a child with continuous health problems. This damage is usually to the program control part of the DNA but there is also data damage. This is not added information. You do not get a new species or evolution you get imperfection.

Living organisms are very complex computer programs. Each living creature is a SIM. So who wrote these computer programs? It can only be the one who created all living creatures, the heavens and the earth. The Father , Son and Holy Spirit the ones we call GOD. The Almighty Ones and one of them came to live with us and save us from our rebelliousness.

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For Mormons or those who talk to Mormons

I had an amazing revelation a few days ago. I was told that Joseph Smith was approached by an angel with the gold plates of which has been called the Book of Mormon. After he had copied what was on the gold plates the angel and the gold plates disappeared. The angel was not from the Lord but from Satan and the gold plates were fiction. Joseph Smith was deceived. If he had read his scripture he would have known this.

Gal 1:8  But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.
Gal 1:9  As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.

How important is Paul in writing the scriptures. The Apostle Peter wrote,

2Pe 3:15  And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him,
2Pe 3:16  as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.

Peter recommended Paul who in turn told us not to believe angels who give us a “different” Gospel.

Paul wrote Eph 2:8  For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,
Eph 2:9  not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Rom 10:9  because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Rom 10:10  For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.
Rom 10:11  For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.”

Joseph Smith was unfortunately deceived by a spiritual being. It is time for that deception to end.

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Success & Failure

One of the things that I find difficult to reconcile with life in the spiritual world is the application of success and failure. Most of us humans are results orientated.  We do something and if the end result satisfies then we have succeeded and if not we have failed. There are plenty of books out there which advise us on goal setting whether short, medium or long term and we lay out a strategy for achieving that goal. However in Kingdom of God world this does not apply. Ok it does still apply but in a different way. For example you may have been called to be a church minister so you do all the stuff that needs doing to get that position. You have your own church and then 10 years later you have a congregation of 51 (it was 50 ten years previous) and that could be about the definition of failure in worldly terms. Maybe you grew your church to a congregation of 500 and you feel like you have been successful. But is this the KOG’s definition of success or failure. The answer is certainly not.

1Co 9:24  Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.
1Co 9:25  Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.
1Co 9:26  So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air.
1Co 9:27  But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

So where to we start with this discipline stuff so that we can be successful. A good start are the fruits of the spirit.

Gal 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
Gal 5:23  gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Gal 5:24  And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
Gal 5:25  If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.

A successful Christian is one who makes gains in the fruit of the spirit. Do you love more today then yesterday? more joy? more of that list.

Another trait that makes a successful Christian is how well we hear the voice of God and do it.

Jas 1:22  But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
Jas 1:23  For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror.
Jas 1:24  For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.
In my example above the person heard the call to be a minister and went about the process of achieving that goal so he is successful up to that point.

Success and failure in the Kingdom is not about what we achieve since what we achieve could be very little yet if our fruit grows and we hear God’s voice and do then we are successful. Jesus said that one will plant, another waters and yet another harvests. The harvester on the surface achieves much but it is on the back of the planter and the waterer. I remember a story and movie where five guys wanted to be missionaries to a small group of Indians in the Amazon. When these five made contact they were killed. The end result that nearly all those Indians became Christians. For these 5 they never saw any achievement and I guess that as they were being attacked they would have seen abject failure.

I was watching a remembrance service a few weeks ago. A rather famous pastor was recounting what a prophet told him. “God gave you a large church to keep you out of the way.” This Pastor at the time was probably thinking he was a great success since he had a large congregation only to be deflated that it was to keep him busy and out of the way. God’s definition of success and failure is different from ours.

As I write this I think of how many people will read this, nod their heads and take these words to heart or ignore it all together. I have to give up the thought of being successful or a failure and just do it. It is however frustrating since I still not sure whether I love more or not, do I have more joy, am I kind and gentler than last year ow whether I actually make a difference. I just don’t know but one day I will find out I guess.

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Gehenna revisited

I wrote at the end of my last post

“God’s Justice is that those who refused Him will be put in a place where they can be their own God and cannot damage the Kingdom. All the angels that revolted will be put there also.”

I wrote this because of Matthew 25:41

Mat 25:41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

Some people argue that a Loving God would not send people into this fire. There are 2 different doctrines, universal reconciliation and the other is annihilationism. Annihilationism states that human souls will be destroyed. There is however one little problem, and that is the spirit of man   comes from God’s breath and God cannot destroy Himself.

The believers of Universal Reconciliation believe  that God will punish unbelievers for  a short time then let them into the Kingdom of God. The one major problem I have with that is that it nullifies the Christ’s work on the cross. No matter how it is sliced and diced, Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross will be for nothing. God the Father sacrificed Jesus for a reason. Jesus died to take the sins of the world on His shoulders. As Paul says, through one man sin came into the world then through one man reconciliation can take place.

This is what the scriptures say.

Joh 1:12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,
Joh 1:13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

Joh 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
Joh 3:15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
Joh 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Joh 3:17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
Joh 3:18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.

In those verses is the condition, “Who believes in His name…..” Sure Jesus took all the sins of the world on His shoulders but the only beneficiaries of this are those who “believe on His name.” Those that do not believe on His name do not benefit from His work on the cross and have to pay for their own sins.

Some people think that eternal fire is too long since there is no infinite sin. This is incorrect logic since Sin is rebellion against God and this is infinite. Those that hate God will hate God forever. Why should God let anybody into His house who hates Him. They will only cause trouble just as Lucifer caused trouble by persuading 1/3 of the angels to follow him. Man being higher than angels will cause even more trouble. Gehenna or the lake of fire was created to stop rebellious humans and angels from ever causing trouble again. God will protect those who love Him against those who hate Him and that is why Gehenna.

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