Christian Environmentalism in an Age of Bobos

BY PAUL LORENZINI – SEPTEMBER 11, 2020MORESHARE

By Paul Lorenzini

In his 2000 book Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There, New York Times columnist David Brooks coined the term bobos to describe the current cultural norm that embraces a duality of bohemian and bourgeois values.1 Not only is it an apt term for describing much of modern secular America, it’s also a helpful one for Christians facing the challenges of living in today’s America. Many of those challenges are obvious (e.g., the new spiritual pluralism and moral relativism), but others can be sneaky and subtle, sounding innocent while raising important spiritual issues.

Christian Stewardship v. Secular Environmentalism

An example is the Christian obligation to care for the environment. Scripture leaves little doubt that humans are to respect God’s created universe and care for nature. Stewardship is the very essence of God’s command that humans exercise “dominion over nature” (Genesis 1:28). Pope Francis’s second encyclical, Laudato Si’, stressed this obligation when he explained that he took his name from St. Francis of Assisi, known for his express humility toward nature.2

Yet, concerned Christians wonder if an unqualified reverence toward nature risks compromising the Christian commitment to humans. This issue reaches back to an essay published in 1967 by late UCLA history professor Lynn White Jr, where White blamed our ecological crisis on the command in Genesis 1:26 that humans are to “rule over” nature.3 White argued that Western civilizations, influenced by Christianity, felt they had a free pass to exploit nature for selfish human purposes. Clearly that is not what God intended, though it is arguable that some professed Christians read the Scripture that way. Of particular importance, White’s interpretation overlooked the Old Testament teaching that humans are to manage Earth’s resources not just for the benefit of humans but equally for the benefit of all life on Earth (Genesis 1:26-28; Numbers 35:33-34; Proverbs 12:10).

White believed environmentalism was spiritual. He urged humans to see themselves as part of nature and equal in value, not superior to it. Discerning Christians saw this as an implicit challenge to the notion that humans are special creations of God. In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus illustrates vividly the biblical view of humanity: even as God values the birds of the air and the lilies of the field, Jesus concludes, “Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matthew 6:26–31). Unlike any other species in creation, humans were created in the image of God (Genesis 1: 26).

White may not have gotten Scripture right, but he won the day. The rhetoric of equality with nature would find itself expressed in the manifestos of mainstream environmental groups, even being identified as a fundamental tenet of a “New Environmental Paradigm” where Christian “anthropocentrism” is regarded as hostile to nature.4 By the 1990s, surveys showed that 69% of Americans had accepted the idea that humans are equal to nature.5

While there is a romantic appeal to elevating nature in this way, the subtle risk is that it can divert attention away from human tragedies while exaggerating environmental problems to draw attention to them. The popular metaphor of “spaceship earth” captures the modern human condition best, where one-third of the inhabitants live in first class while two-thirds live in the hold of the ship. There, people suffer from inadequate health care, sanitation, clean water, nutrition, and shelter. If nature is elevated with a blind eye to these human needs it becomes a religion of its own, with a natural tendency to exaggerate environmental problems while robbing headlines and resources and imposing barriers to the economic growth and advances in industrialism required to serve those in the hold of spaceship earth.

Seeking Balance

In his newly released book, Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All (2020), Michael Shellenberger, who was named a “Hero of the Environment” in 2005 by TIME, identifies case after case in which claims of pending environmental catastrophe, including climate change, have been exaggerated, often to the detriment of serving human needs.6 His is not a plea to ignore the environment, but to seek balance. One does not find here a hard-headed assault on environmentalism. You can’t read Shellenberger (not just his words but his life story), or spend time with him as I have, without feeling at a deep level his heart for nature and people. He seeks an answer that a romanticized environmentalism has somehow missed. He finds it in humanism.

Shellenberger calls for an alternate ethic. Specifically, he proposes a “new faith” in “environmental humanism”­—which he defines as a commitment to the “transcendent moral purpose of universal human flourishing and environmental progress.”7 While placing a value on human welfare is virtually a universal ethic today, his framing poses the question of moral sources; namely, one cannot claim a “transcendental moral purpose” in a humanist worldview that denies transcendence.

Shellenberger seems to be relying on a common humanist claim that the value of human flourishing is an acquired taste.8 As evolutionary biologist Edward O. Wilson has argued, modern ethical principles are rooted in instincts which have been “subject to judgment according to their consequences” based on their survival value.9 Thus, patterns of conduct emerge which have become engrained in our human DNA through naturalistic evolution. As Charles Taylor has pointed out, when one runs this notion to ground, it basically says human flourishing is important not because humans have inherent worth, but only because it enhances survival. Societies that value human flourishing live longer.10

Finding a Transcendent Moral Source

But is it only a matter of survival? We know there is more. The notion of human flourishing appeals to us because in our hearts we know other human lives matter and there is something that is inherently right about caring for other people. What, then, is the source of that inner sense of value?

Shellenberger seeks a transcendent moral purpose of human flourishing because intuitively he understands it is part of our universal human nature to seek such a higher purpose. In doing so he is implicitly acknowledging a universal quality of being human that was implanted at creation by an eternal creator God who made humans in his image. It is who we are, whether we are willing to acknowledge him as the source or not.

Environmentalism is like many issues we face in this “age of bobos,” a shared concern framed in the values of our modern secular age. While such a framing can often pose subtle challenges for Christians, it can also provide opportunities to reaffirm the relevance of Christian answers. In this case, the Christian answer highlights a proper balance between nature and the unique value of humans, while pointing to the need for God as a transcendent moral source.

Endnotes
  1. David Brooks, Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There (New York: Simon and Shuster, 2000).
  2. Francis, Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’ of the Holy Father Francis on Care for Our Common Home (Rome: Vatican Press, 2015), http://www.environmentandsociety.org/mml/encyclical-letter-laudato-si-holy-father-francis-care-our-common-home.
  3. Lynn White Jr, “The Historical Roots of Our Ecological Crisis,” Science 155, no. 3767 (March 10, 1967), 1203–7, doi: 1126/science.155.3767.1203.
  4. Riley E. Dunlap and Kent D. Van Liere(1978), “The ‘New Environmental Paradigm,’” Journal of Environmental Education, 9, no. 4 (1978): 10–19, doi:1080/00958964.1978.10801875.
  5. Mark David Richards, “Public Opinion on Ecology and Nuclear Energy,” Perspectives on Public Opinion, Nuclear Energy Institute, July 1995.
  6. Michael Shellenberger, Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All (New York: HarperCollins, 2020).
  7. Shellenberger, 274.
  8. See Michael Shermer, The Moral Arc: How Science Makes Us Better People (New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 2015).
  9. Edward O. Wilson, “The Biological Basis of Morality,” The Atlantic (April 1998), https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1998/04/the-biological-basis-of-morality/377087/.
  10. Charles Taylor, Sources of the Self: The Making of the Modern Identity (Cambridge, MA: Harvard, 1989), 3–8.

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Why Did God Kill Everyone In Sodom and Gomorrah?

BY HUGH ROSS – NOVEMBER 13, 2020MORESHARE

Question of the week: Why did God kill every man, woman, and child living in Sodom and Gomorrah?

My answer: This question is not only frequently asked but also commonly used as a basis for atheists and agnostics to reject the existence of the God of the Bible. Such individuals presume that an all-loving God would never do such a thing.

Societal Reprobation
The full description given in Genesis of the behavior and morality of the people living in Sodom and Gomorrah makes it indisputably clear that Sodom and Gomorrah are examples of societal reprobation. Reprobation is a term used in the Bible to describe an individual who is irretrievably evil. It describes an individual whose every thought and action is evil all the time. Such individuals believe that what normal human beings consider as evil acts are good and what normal human beings consider as good acts are evil. Such human beings are continually intent on evil and they work tirelessly to morally corrupt others to persuade, and if possible force, others to join them in their evil thinking and behavior.

Societal reprobation describes a town, city, set of cities, or a nation where every man, woman, and child is reprobate. Societal reprobation has always been rare. In fact, from the Days of Pentecost (described in Acts 2, 8, and 10) onward it has been nonexistent.

Why Not Now?
On the Days of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit permanently indwelt first the Jewish followers of Jesus Christ, then the Samaritan followers of Christ, and finally the gentile followers of Christ. That permanent indwelling made the followers of Jesus Christ “the salt of the earth.” Such spiritual salt acts as a preservative that prevents the outbreak of societal reprobation.

The possibility of societal reprobation during Old Testament times and its impossibility since the Days of Pentecost explains why many skeptics conclude that the God of the Old Testament contradicts the God of the New Testament. Such skeptics err. God has not changed. It is people who have changed.

Evidence of Societal Reprobation in Sodom and Gomorrah
Three different Bible texts affirm that Sodom and Gomorrah indeed are examples of societal reprobation. One text, Genesis 19:1–9, describes a test performed by two of God’s righteous angels. These angels visited Sodom to determine if its inhabitants were as evil as described in reports they had heard. They decided to spend the night in the city square so as to observe the behavior of the Sodomites for themselves. Lot, the only man in the city who had not yet succumbed to reprobation, insisted that the angels not spend the night in the city square. Evidently, he knew how dangerous that would be for them. He implored them to stay under the protection of his house. Shortly thereafter, Lot’s house became surrounded by every man, young and old, from every part of the city of Sodom. The phrase, young and old, implies that the men surrounding Lot’s house included young boys and elderly men. The men demanded that Lot send his two guests outside so that they could all subject his two guests to sexual violation.

There was no stopping the assembled mob. Desperate to protect his two guests, Lot even offered to send his two virgin daughters out to the mob to do with them as they wished if only they would leave his guests alone. The mob turned down the offer, moved forward to break down the door to Lot’s house, and threatened to do to Lot much worse than what they were intent on doing to his two guests.

Lot’s offer testifies to the degree of reprobation in Sodom. The reprobation was so persuasive that even Lot, a righteous man, was in grave danger of succumbing to the spiritual cancer that surrounded him. 2 Peter 2:7–8 describes how the Sodomites distressed and tormented Lot.

The second Bible text, Genesis 18:16–33 describes a conversation between God and Abraham where Abraham on behalf of his nephew Lot begs God to save Sodom and Gomorrah from destruction. Abraham first asks God that if fifty people in Sodom are found to be righteous would God not save all the inhabitants of Sodom on behalf of those fifty. God said he would. Abraham bargains God all the way down to just ten righteous in the city. Every time God says, “yes.” At that point, Abraham realizes that the only righteous people left in Sodom are Lot and his family. Knowing that God has promised to rescue Lot and his family before destroying Sodom and Gomorrah, Abraham stops his begging. He now recognizes that all the inhabitants of the Sodomite plain are reprobate except for Lot and his family.

The third Bible text affirming societal reprobation in Sodom and Gomorrah is Genesis 15:12–16. In this text God says to Abraham that while the Amorites living in the hills with him are evil, their evil “has not yet reached its full measure.” God explained to Abraham that it would take another four hundred years for the Amorites to degrade into societal reprobation. Only at that time would God act to remove the Amorites from the land of Canaan.

Why Not Isolation? 
A remaining question is why God does not simply isolate reprobate societies and let them die natural deaths. The answer is to protect the future generations of those societies and to protect the inhabitants of their neighboring societies.

Once all the inhabitants of a city become completely reprobate there is no hope for the children born in that city. As Paul points out in Romans 1:32, reprobation is malignant. Children born in a city where all the inhabitants are reprobates will be surrounded by the malignant spiritual cancer of reprobation. For them, there is no escape. As with metastasized stage 4 cancer, they will be infected and completely overcome. To prevent that from happening, God surgically removes a reprobate society as soon as its reprobation becomes pervasive.

Another reason God surgically intervenes is to prevent the spiritual cancer from spreading to communities adjoining the reprobate society. Societies do not and cannot operate in isolation. Cities must be maintained by trade with adjoining communities. If God had not acted in the manner that he did, the spiritual malignancy in Sodom and Gomorrah inevitably would have spread.

God’s destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah was a profound act of mercy and love. As I explain in my book, Beyond the Cosmos, from the perspective of eternity it was even a profound act of mercy and love to the reprobates themselves since these reprobates would be judged according to all the evil they had committed on Earth (Revelation 20:12). God prevented them from piling up more evil.

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Hugh Ross, Beyond the Cosmos, 3rd ed. (Covina, CA: RTB Press, 2017), 177–84, https://shop.reasons.org/category/format/books/beyond-the-cosmos-3rd-edition.


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By Will Myers

Our faith is in tandem with our U.S. Constitutions. Our faith encourages respect for the individual and our Constitution reinforces this belief by explicitly stating that no person(s) or government shall interfere with a citizen’s right to seeking a fulfilling life. Of course, many citizens don’t believe this and they actively impede another person from acquiring a fulfilling life. We have special interest groups (SIG) who collection sensitive info about a targeted citizen and distribute info that causes grave adversities in the life of the targeted private citizen. This makes it a criminal act. It is very difficult for the targeted citizen to have standing in the courts even if the targeted citizen can show devastation, as liken unto lost of livelihood. As SIG grows in power we are actually losing our free democracy and free society alone with the right to be let alone. Many political pundits are screaming socialism. I say no; it’s hyper-communism whereas the government owns our virtual-minds stored on computers, and governs with absolute power.

The oligarch class has always existed. They are the mega-rich on the planet who control the distribution of goods and items. They are the industrialist who trade with foreign countries. There is a natural coalition among the businesses with the goal of making profits. The oligarchies do not believe in a free democracy; they tolerate it. A free democracy with civil liberties is a threat to their assets. They understandably fear that a movement would successfully take their assets. Consequence, the oligarch class supports the SIG snake organization that uses sensitive information about each private citizen (dossiers) to pit each party against others. What happens is that SIG channels as many persons as they can to devastate a targeted private citizen.

The SIG snake organization is the operative who is developing hyper-communism. The oligarch class finances SIG who is moving us away from a free democracy and a free society by taking advantage of people who is not knowledgeable about how to keep our free society; they, without awareness, works to destroy our free society because they can not resist having an advantage over another and can feel impowered by belonging to a groups who is essential picking on a targeted person in the name of doing what is best for the poor targeted person; SIG feeds the life of a targeted person to others in order for them to serve the snake; thereby, empowering the SIG snake organization.

It is easy for the oligarchs around the planet to jell and form a One World Government as soon as SIG conditions the populace to receive the One World Government. After all, SIG is the operative who controls the minds of the populace on the planet. We are approaching this state.

Many socio-political pundits proclaim that we are suffering through authoritarianism verse freedoms. But, I say that we are wrestling with SIG the snake to maintain originality and self-determination. The SIG snakes have the ability at present to mentally enslave any targeted person. It has been growing rapidly during the past 20 years after Bush authorized surveillance of domestic America.

Our Christian religion preserves respect for the individual as does most religions. This is why SIG wants to push religion out of America. The SIG snakes have successfully pushed Christianity out of public schools and workplaces owned mostly by the oligarch class who desires such actions. Once the barrier which demands that an individual must be respected has been thwarted then SIG has rapidly grew. This growth caused many school shootings and workplace killings plus massive killing in the public.

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How Christianity Best Explains Human Equality

BY GUEST WRITER – NOVEMBER 12, 2020MORESHARE

By Stephen McAndrew

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us that many jobs we might have taken for granted, such as supermarket cashiers or online delivery drivers, are both essential and of great value to the well-functioning of society. This observation reminds us that a person’s inherent value is not based on their salary or job title. It also highlights a deep intuition that all humans are equal, regardless of differences in talents and abilities. As a society we believe the best versions of our political and social institutions should recognize this equality, and so we favor democracy and the protection of fundamental rights. We oppose racism and sexism because they demean and treat other humans as less than. All humans are equal and their gender or the color of their skin does not affect their value.

However, many philosophers have pointed out a seeming paradox: we deeply hold this intuition that all humans are equal yet humans vary in many ways. Some are virtuoso musicians while others are tone deaf. Some play in the NFL and many more watch football from their sofas. Some people create beautiful gardens or cook wonderful meals while others can’t make grass grow or cook anything without burning it.

Aristotle recognized that humans have differences when it comes to things such as height, speed, or musical talent.1 Jean-Jacques Rousseau stated that differences in talents and economic demand for certain talents over others led to greater economic success for those with preferred skills.2 Bernard Williams wrote: “It is not . . . in their skill, intelligence, strength or virtue that men are equal . . . it is their common humanity that constitutes their equality.”3 But Williams also says that “common humanity” doesn’t explain enough. The question these philosophers pose is, How can humans be equal if we have such different levels of talent? Our abilities and talents cannot be the grounds on which we base equality, so it must be something else.

Does Rationality Make Humans Equal?

A possible contender for explaining human equality is rationality. Immanuel Kant argued this point in the Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals.4 But being able to reason does not fully explain why all humans are equal because while most humans meet a threshold of rationality, some far exceed it and others fall below the threshold. Some people suffer from cognitive limitations and others lose their rationality due to dementia or injury. So, not every human enjoys the same level of rationality during all points of their lifetime. However, our society would think it monstrous to hold that a person lacking full rationality isn’t equal to other humans and doesn’t deserve to have their fundamental rights protected. We also don’t think it’s appropriate to give people with higher IQs more votes in an election. Therefore, rationality doesn’t work as the basis of human equality.

Does Pleasure/Pain Sensation Make Humans Equal?

Another possible reason for why humans are equal is that all humans suffer pain and experience pleasure. Utilitarian philosophers Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill held this view.5 However, the ability to experience pain or pleasure seems inadequate as well. As Bentham pointed out, animals can experience pain and pleasure.6 And while we know that animals should be respected and treated humanely, we don’t place them as equals in society when it comes to being able to vote or exercise fundamental rights like freedom of expression. So, because the ability to experience pain and pleasure is not what makes humans equal there must be something else that grounds human equality.

Does the Image of God Make Humans Equal?

Christianity explains why people with different talents, abilities, and positions in life are equal. Scripture describes the Christian church as a body made up of different parts, but all parts are equally important (1 Corinthians 12:12–27). In this context, each person uses their talents, all talents are needed, and no talent––despite its prominence––is more valuable or important than any other. Christianity, like Judaism, holds that all humans are equal because we are created in the image of God.

Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them (Genesis 1:26–27).

This image-bearing quality makes it wrong to mistreat other humans.

Whoever sheds human blood, by humans shall their blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made mankind (Genesis 9:6).

Moreover, in the incarnation, Jesus (being fully God) took on human flesh, vindicating the concept that each human being is created in the image of God. No matter what talents or skills we each possess or lack, whether we have reduced rationality because of advanced dementia or severe brain damage, as divine image-bearers we are still human and still equal. This explanation accords with our intuition that all humans are equal.

Someone might object that the capacity to make moral decisions, not the image of God, anchors human equality. However, some humans lack the ability to make moral decisions. In the criminal justice system we recognize that it is not appropriate to hold people fully responsible for their actions if they lack sufficient cognitive ability to understand those actions. Further, the concept of objective morality itself is difficult to explain if there is no God, and Christianity holds that moral capacity is something God has given humanity (Romans 2:14–16).

Grounding Human Equality in Christianity

Why is it important that Christianity explains the intuition that all humans are equal? Well, if we think it’s objectively true that humans are equal in spite of differences in talents, and Christianity best explains how all humans are equal even though we have different physical attributes and talents, then we have reason to believe that Christianity best explains reality. Anyone seriously interested in truth will want to understand reality and, hence, investigate the Christian faith.

In addition to truth considerations, the Christian faith teaches that being created in God’s image means all humans possess intrinsic value. Therefore, if we want a reason for why humans should be treated equally in spite of our differences in talents, abilities, or positions, then Christianity provides a robust grounding for human equality that other explanations cannot.

Endnotes
  1. Aristotle, “Politics,” trans. B. Jowett, in The Complete Works of Aristotle, edited by Jonathan Barnes (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1995), 1986–2129.
  2. Jean-Jacques Rousseau, “A Discourse on a Subject Proposed by the Academy Of Dijon: What Is the Origin Of Inequality among Men, and Is It Authorised by Natural Law?” in The Social Contract and Discourses, translated with an introduction by G. D. H. Cole (London and Toronto: J. M. Dent and Sons, 1923), 155–247, https://oll.libertyfund.org/titles/638.
  3. Bernard Williams, “The Idea of Equality,” in Equality: Selected Readings, edited by Louis P. Pojman & Robert Westmoreland (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997), 91–102.
  4. Immanuel Kant, Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals, trans. James W. Ellington (Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing, 1993).
  5. John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism (Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing, 2001).
  6. Jeremy Bentham, An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1907), https://oll.libertyfund.org/titles/278.

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LIFE IN A HYPERCOMMUNIST WORLD

By Will Myers

The social machinery that exist is mind blogging and shocking in some instances. What ‘s being developed in the labs include mind readers from a distance. The special interest groups (SIG) who monitor private citizens and places adversities into the private citizens life has been growing rapidly for the past 20 years since 9-11 due to the fact that Bush signed authorization to surveillance domestic America. The government now listens to our telephone conversations and track our daily movement while special interest groups (SIG) goes farther with the placing of adversities into targeted private citizens for the purpose of controlling their thoughts and behavior.

The goal of hyper–communism is for the government to virtually own the minds of the citizens. The SIG snake organization is the operator who works to bring about and sustain hyper-communism. This is all under the umbrella of a coming One World Government. The subtle dynamics of these entities has taken giant steps during the past 20 years. Ed Snowden warned us that the collecting of data about each private citizen goes far beyond the posed purpose of catching and stopping terrorist; they are back-channeling all of the sensitive (sexuality) to SIG snake organizations.

Unfortunately, our health records with prognoses and credit records are back-channeled to SIG in order to have the person feel that the monster has moved into the mind of the targeted individual. Even, corporations who sell machines such as autos gives SIG their experiments that predict when the machine shall malfunction. Once again, SIG uses such information to move into the minds of the targeted individual. The government, corporations, and SIG all sleep together. They work together to undermine the minds of the private citizens with sophisticated intimidation.

Our Oligarch class finances SIG in order to have protection for their enormous wealth because a free democracy with enjoyable personal freedoms is a threat to their assets. As a matter of fact, SIG channels human permissiveness into the lives of others. The SIG snake organization pits us against each other in order to distract the working class from attacking the Oligarchy and taking their wealth. I am for the Oligarchs protecting their assets, but what is happening is SIG channeling rif-raf, deceit, and vandalism into the lives of targeted private citizens of the working class which is a burden placed on the back of an already heavily burdened people. The SIG snake organization causes suicides and mass killings due to them causing great mental oppression to the targeted individual.

The American citizen alone with all other people in the world must respect each other and do unto others as you would have them do unto you. This is a universal truth that would impede the operations of SIG because it needs for each of us to begin destroying our personal freedoms by becoming an opposition to other people as directed by SIG.

The SIG snake organization is collecting sensitive information about each citizen on the planet. The goal of those persons is to put your virtual-mind on computers as the SIG snake work to bring into fruition hyper-communism whereas each person on the planet thought processes can be controlled to a very accurate degree, liken unto herding cattle into corrals. The snake is now invading the sanctity of targeted private citizens. One’s sexuality (Life scientist are invading the inner sanctity of the mind) is mirrored from their active dossier. This has been causing suicides and mass killings by targeted persons. A passive dossier is one in whom data is being collected. An active dossier is one in whom data is being distributed in order to target a private citizen.

We are now in a struggle between Authoritarianism and Freedom loving people around the world who know how to keep it and those that appreciates the U.S. Constitution alone with religious freedoms. Our faith frames our worlds. Our Christian values are beacons of light for the respect for the individual. The SIG snake has been working to push religion out of America and all other countries because it wants to be our god. For the snake to be successful they must be able to have people disrespecting individuals. The group must be able to control the individual by immediately disenfranchising the individual.

The hyper-communist operates under the umbrella of a one world government. The individual rights and personal freedoms under the command of hyper-communism is very tentative and can be taken by the group at any time. The group is the same groups that picked on a kid on the elementary school yard; they just got bigger, and the hyper-communist allows them to continue picking on an individual, and negating the targeted person’s personal freedoms. The SIG organization encourages attacks upon the individual in order to instill fear and intimidation in order to control the private citizens thoughts. The hyper-communists shall extend all over the planet; establishing a One World Government. The freedom loving people must resist such government. Christianity and the U.S. Constitution must stand boldly and put us back on the path to more personal freedoms. A new world order at present is not on a path that is good for the common person, only good for the elitist.

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Do Hallucinations Explain Jesus’s Resurrection?

BY JOSEPH BERGERON – OCTOBER 18 2020

Were the disciples hallucinating when they met Jesus after his crucifixion? Do psychiatric disorders explain the disciples’ belief in Jesus’s resurrection?

The resurrection of Jesus to bodily life after death by crucifixion is a foundational belief of orthodox Christianity. All of Jesus’s friends watched his ignominious and grisly death (Luke 23:49). Jesus’s disciples and many of his friends met him after his resurrection, too many to easily explain away (1 Cor. 15:3­–8). The disciples unanimously believed Jesus had resurrected. Could their belief in Jesus’s resurrection be the after-effect of hallucinations?

As a naturalistic alternative for the biblical accounts of the resurrection, some skeptical scholars propose that the disciples’ post-crucifixion meetings with Jesus were actually various kinds of hallucinatory psychological phenomena. Collectively, such explanations have become known as the hallucination hypothesis for Jesus’s resurrection.

The hallucination hypothesis has significant medical implications yet its main proponents are critical New Testament scholars, not physicians. Consequently, books and articles advocating the hallucination hypothesis have not been subjected to the specialized readership of medical peer review. As the majority of proponents of the hallucination hypothesis are outside the disciplines of medical education and healthcare practice, an examination of the hallucination hypothesis from a medical perspective certainly seems warranted.

What Are Hallucinations?

A hallucination is an experience involving one or more of the five senses in the absence of external stimuli that the conscious mind perceives as real.[1] Most proponents of the hallucination hypothesis overlook the fact that hallucinations are symptoms of an underlying illness. Hallucinations generally arise from three disease categories: (1) psychophysiological causes related to an alteration of function or structure in the brain (a brain tumor, for example); (2) psychobiochemical causes due to alteration of chemical neurotransmitters within the brain (for example, delirium tremens in alcohol withdrawal); or (3) psychodynamic causes, namely the intrusion of psychiatric illness into the conscious mind.[2]

But could Jesus’s disciples have all simultaneously suffered severe medical or psychiatric illness? This contention defies reason and probability. In Jesus’s time people with psychiatric illness were ostracized and considered incompetent or demonized.[3] Could a group of people with uncontrolled psychiatric illness have deployed such a rapid and successful expansion of Christianity in the first century? This hardly seems plausible.

It must not be overlooked that hallucinations are private experiences occurring only in the milieu of the individual’s brain.[4] No two hallucinations are identical from person to person. As such, the hallucination hypothesis offers no explanation for group encounters with the resurrected Jesus.

Mass Hysteria

Does mass hysteria explain group meetings of the disciples with the resurrected Jesus? In modern medical parlance, mass hysteria is more precisely termed mass sociogenic illness. This condition describes individuals within a group who have similar simultaneous collective psychological experiences, even visionary experiences in rare cases. The group dynamic is characterized by a heightened sense of social excitement in the context of unique cultural or social expectation.[5] But Jesus’s disciples don’t fit that profile. They weren’t expecting his resurrection. They were frightened and in hiding (John 20:19).

It is noteworthy that no two persons in a group experiencing mass sociogenic illness have identical visual hallucinations.[6] This is not surprising since hallucinations are private experiences within the individual’s mind. Thus, mass sociogenic illness fails to offer a plausible explanation for group meetings of the disciples with the resurrected Jesus.

Conversion Disorder

In Freudian psychoanalysis, subconscious conflicts are sometimes “converted” into neurological symptoms, hence the term conversion disorder.[7] Conversion disorder symptoms can be profound and can include blindness or paralysis. Symptoms are psychiatric, however, and lack identifiable pathophysiological causation.[8]

Conversion disorder is twice as likely to affect women than men and is often associated with other psychological comorbidities. It results from a psychologically painful experience. For example, a mother who finds her child has drowned may become blind. People with conversion disorder show a peculiar lack of distress about their condition, a demeanor sometimes called la belle indifference. Nevertheless, conversion disorder has a generally positive prognosis. Neurological symptoms most often subside in days to a few weeks.[9]

According to psychologist Carl Jung, the apostle Paul had subconsciously been a Christian for some time but had repressed his true faith until it broke into his conscious mind, manifesting in a vision of Jesus followed by psychogenic (psychological-in-origin) blindness. Jung believed that Paul’s transient blindness after his Damascus road experience with Jesus (Acts 9:3–9) was a conversion disorder.[10]

Jung’s idea that Paul simultaneously experienced visual hallucinations and conversion disorder is antiquated. Visual hallucinations are not part of the current clinical pathognomy of conversion disorder.[11] To propose that Paul had hallucinations and conversion disorder would require dual diagnoses.

Also, Paul doesn’t fit the profile of someone suffering from conversion disorder. He had no misgivings or psychological turmoil about persecuting Christians (Gal. 1:13–14). And he was a rising star in the Hebrew religious world of his day (Phil. 3:4–6, Gal. 1:14). Had Paul merely experienced a conversion disorder, it would be expected that he would resume his usual life activities once the symptoms had subsided.

Even skeptical scholars concede that Paul believed Jesus appeared to him bodily.[12] This would be a peculiar lifelong belief had he merely experienced a conversion disorder. Paul made a lasting 180-degree change after he met Jesus. He became the most prolific proponent of Christianity to the Gentile world in his time, despite severe persecution and eventual martyrdom. He relentlessly preached of Jesus’s messiahship and resurrection from the dead.[13] Paul’s radical, enduring change, prolific doctrinal writing, and Christian advocacy are inconsistent with the proposition that he experienced conversion disorder.

Bereavement

Hallucinatory symptoms during bereavement are common, most often experienced by a widowed spouse. Unlike hallucinations, bereavement experiences are psychologically mediated but are not considered pathological (related to disease). The most common experience is a sense of closeness with the deceased.[14] Auditory and visual experiences can occur but are less common.

The rarest type of bereavement experience is visual apparitions. Visual experiences are reported to range from 4% or less but up to 10.8% in spouses suffering severe grief.[15] Visual apparitions are typically noninteractive. Attempting to interact with an apparition causes it to disappear.[16] Visual bereavement experiences would be doubly atypical among friends and disciples. Grieving the loss of a friend and mentor is dissimilar to the grief a widowed spouse may experience.

A widowed spouse is typically reluctant to disclose such experiences. It is noteworthy that bereavement experiences neither cause the grieving spouse to believe the deceased had resurrected nor inspire them to make any particular life change. Bereavement experiences often diminish in frequency over time but can persist in some cases for months or years. Unlike bereavement experiences, Jesus’s disciples saw him only within the forty days after his resurrection.[17]

Meetings with Jesus included person-to-person visits, group and large crowd meetings, physical contact, eating together, and detailed conversations.[18] Those who met him were convinced that he had resurrected. The disciples’ meetings with Jesus are simply unlike the psychological experiences reported in bereavement literature.

Hallucination Explanations Unconvincing

Jesus’s disciples experienced something that made them believe he had resurrected from the dead. The effect on each was profound and lifelong. Proponents of the hallucination hypothesis seem unaware of the psychiatric and neurophysiological pathologies that cause hallucinations. The disciples’ belief in Jesus’s resurrection cannot be reasonably explained away as the sequelae of psychiatric illness. Moreover, psychological phenomena offer no plausible explanation for the group meetings between the resurrected Jesus and his disciples. The hallucination hypothesis fails to offer any tenable explanation for the disciples’ belief in Jesus’s resurrection.

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Endnotes
  1. Benjamin J. Sadock, Virginia A. Sadock, and Pedro Ruiz, Kaplan and Sadock’s Synopsis of Psychiatry, Behavioral Science/Clinical Psychiatry, 11th ed. (Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer, 2015), 452–53.
  2. Bryan Teeple, Jason Caplan, and Theodore Stern, “Visual Hallucinations: Differential Diagnosis and Treatment,” Journal of Clinical Psychiatry 11 (2009): 26–32.
  3. As an example, some Jews referring to Jesus stated, “He is demon-possessed and raving mad. Why listen to him?” (John 10:20). See also MJL administrative staff writer, Judaism and Mental Illness, https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/judaism-and-mental-illness/, accessed September 18, 2020.
  4. Joseph W. Bergeron and Gary R. Habermas, “The Resurrection of Jesus: A Clinical Review of Psychiatric Hypotheses for the Biblical Story of Easter,” Irish Theological Quarterly 80, no. 2 (2015): 161, also fn 16.
  5. Erica Weir, “Mass Sociogenic Illness,” Canadian Medical Association Journal 172, no. 1 (2005): 36; doi:10.1503/cmaj.045027.
  6. Bergeron and Habermas, “The Resurrection of Jesus,” 161–62, also fn 16 and 19. See also Jake O’Connell, “Jesus’ Resurrection and Collective Hallucinations,” Tyndale Bulletin 60 (2009): 69–105.
  7. Josef Breuer and Sigmund Freud, Studies in Hysteria, trans. James Strachey (New York: Basic Books, 1957), 206. Also, it should be noted that conversion disorder is a form of mental illness and is unrelated to religious conversion.
  8. Colm Owens and Simon Dein, “Conversion Disorder: The Modern Hysteria,” Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, 12 (2006): 152–57. See also Matthew Allin, Anna Streeruwitz, and Vivienne Curtis, “Progress in Understanding Conversion Disorder,” Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment 1 (2005): 205–9. Benjamin J. Saddock and Virginia A. Saddock, Kaplan and Saddock’s Synopsis of Psychiatry: Behavioral Sciences/Clinical Psychiatry (Philadelphia, PA: Lipincott Williams and Wilkins, 2003), 649–50.
  9. Allin, Streeruwitz, and Curtis, “Progress in Understanding Conversion Disorder,” 205–09. See also Saddock and Saddock, Kaplan and Saddock’s Synopsis of Psychiatry, 649–50.
  10. Carl G. Jung, Contributions to Analytical Psychology, vol. 9 (New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1928), 258–60.
  11. American Psychiatric Association, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th ed. (Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association Publishing, 2013), 319.
  12. Bergeron and Habermas, “The Resurrection of Jesus,” 163, also fn 25.
  13. Paul personally described his many persecutions (2 Cor. 11:23–27). Paul’s widespread and persistent preaching was well known in the first century, see First Clement 5:5–7 http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/text/1clement-hoole.html, accessed September 21, 2020. The exact date of Paul’s death is not known but it is traditionally held that he was beheaded during Nero’s rulership, https://bibleresearchtoday.com/2019/02/27/the-death-of-the-apostle-paul/, accessed September 21, 2020.
  14. W. Dewi Rees, “The Hallucinations of Widowhood,” British Medical Journal 4 (1971): 37–41.
  15. Naomi M. Simon et al., “Informing the Symptom Profile of Complicated Grief,” Depression and Anxiety 28 (2011): 118–26.
  16. Dewi Rees, Pointers to Eternity (Talybont: Y Lolfa, 2010), 176.
  17. Gerald O’Collins, Christology: A Biblical, Historical, and Systematic Study of Jesus (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009), 99.
  18. Luke 24:13–31, John 20:19–23, John 20:26–29, Luke 24:34, John 21:1–16, Acts 1:3, 1 Cor. 15:3–8.

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Biomedical Solutions to COVID-19 Highlight Human Immune System Design

BY FRANCISCO DELGADO – SEPTEMBER 25, 2020

As the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) continues to wreak havoc throughout the world, scientists have been working diligently to come up with a solution to this daunting pandemic. Hopes remain high for a vaccine, but a safe and effective one may not come soon enough to prevent more people from being infected.

In the meantime, researchers are looking furiously for alternative forms of treatment that can help those who have already been infected. We know so far that steroids and a new antiviral medication called Remdesivir can provide some relief by acting directly on the virus and preventing replication, but better medications are needed, and soon.

We can also find solutions by learning how the immune system protects us against viral infections. Novel biomedical solutions involve B cells: Convalescent plasma therapy and monoclonal antibodies. By mimicking the immune system’s operation, biomedical researchers are making significant progress toward this end, highlighting the elegant and sophisticated design of the immune system.

B Cells

When a virus or another microorganism enters the body, it is initially captured by sentinel cells in our immune system. These cells break the microorganism into many fragments and “present” these fragments to special cells called B cells. The B cells that “recognize” the fragments will be recruited in the fight against the microorganism. The cells will replicate themselves in high numbers and become factories that produce proteins called antibodies whose goal is to neutralize the microorganism and protect the body from further harm. The population of B cells is a clone of the original one that recognized the fragments presented by the sentinel cells and the antibodies are highly specific in targeting the particular infecting microorganism.

Convalescent Plasma Therapy

When a person is in the recovery stage from a viral infection, these B cells produce a significant amount of specific antibodies against the virus circulating in their blood. This principle is the basis for convalescent plasma therapy, in which the blood from a person who has recovered from a viral infection is harvested and the plasma or liquid portion of the blood that contains these antibodies is separated. This plasma is then transfused to a sick person with the hope that it contains enough antibodies to fight the virus and let the person recover more rapidly.

Even though the principles for convalescent plasma therapy are straightforward, the plasma may not have enough neutralizing antibodies to help the sick person who is receiving it. If this is the case, the benefit may be minimal. One of the solutions for this problem is to “pool” many donors and prepare a mixture of plasma from different donors in the hope that one may have enough neutralizing antibodies to fight the infection. Another solution is to screen the plasma for those neutralizing antibodies and use the plasma units that have a high number of antibodies against a pathogen.

Monoclonal Antibodies

In a second research effort, scientists have sought to take the guesswork out of the process of harvesting convalescent plasma by employing a new technique in the medical field called monoclonal antibodies. Monoclonal antibodies try to mimic the way in which the B cells protect us against viral infections. These antibodies are proteins designed to attach to specific three-dimensional molecules. That interaction can result in the modification of a cell function or, in the case of infectious diseases, block a pathogen from entering a cell.

The use of monoclonal antibodies is relatively new. The first monoclonal antibody was licensed in 1986.1 Today there are over 75 FDA-licensed monoclonal antibodies that researchers use to treat cancer, chronic inflammatory diseases, cardiovascular diseases, and to aid in transplantation. However, only a handful of them are available for the treatment of infectious diseases. One of the most recent successful such applications involved treatment of Ebola virus.2

There are several ways to manufacture monoclonal antibodies, but all are complex and expensive. Some of them use human tissue and some use transgenic mice.3 Once biomedical researchers obtain the desired antibody (or mixture of antibodies), it proceeds through clinical trials to evaluate its efficacy as a treatment for a disease. The process to produce an effective monoclonal antibody is long and can take months to years. Nevertheless, this solution has materialized by studying the human immune system in exquisite detail.

The COVID-19 Challenge

Coronaviruses have a very distinct protein on their surface that resembles a crown. It is this protein (SPIKE protein) that gives the virus its name (corona = crown). The interaction of this protein with the ACE2 protein on the surface of a human cell allows the virus to invade the cell and start its replication cycle. During the first months of the pandemic, researchers studied the SPIKE protein in great depth and they have now developed monoclonal antibodies against this protein.4 As of today, a few companies have moved to the testing phase for some of these antibodies in clinical trials. However, results may not be available until late 2020. Nevertheless, some people believe that researchers will produce monoclonal antibodies before we have a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2.5

The Case for Design

The coronavirus pandemic has sparked a massive hunt for solutions that can help decrease the virus’s global impact. The amount of resources and the number of people involved in the development of novel therapies is astounding.

It is remarkable to think that with all the accumulated knowledge in the world and with a massive amount of resources behind this research, it will take us many months to accomplish what the immune system can do in just a few days. The complexity and efficiency with which our bodies run this process speak loudly about the exquisite design of our immune system. As the psalmist writes, we truly are “fearfully and wonderfully made.”

Endnotes
  1. Justin K. H. Liu, “The History of Monoclonal Antibody Development—Progress, Remaining Challenges and Future Innovations,” Annals of Medicine and Surgery 3, no. 4 (December 2014): 113–16, .
  2. Sabue Mulangu et al., “A Randomized, Controlled Trial of Ebola Virus Disease Therapeutics,” New England Journal of Medicine 381 (December 12, 2019): 2293–2303,
    doi:10.1056/NEJMoa1910993.
  3. Laura M. Walker and Dennis R. Burton, “Passive Immunotherapy of Viral Infections: ‘Super Antibodies’ Enter the Fray,” Nature Reviews Immunology 18 (January 30, 2018): 297–308,
    doi:10.1038/nri.2017.148.
  4. Xiaolong Tian et al., “Potent Binding of 2019 Novel Coronavirus Spike Protein by a SARS Coronavirus-Specific Human Monoclonal Antibody,” Emerging Microbes and Infections, vol. 9 no. 1 (February 17, 2020): 382–85,
    doi:10.1080/22221751.2020.1729069.
  5. Jon Cohen, “Antibodies May Curb Pandemic before Vaccines,” Science 369, no. 6505 (August 14, 2020): 752–53, doi:10.1126/science.369.6505.752.

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Out-of-This-World Riches

BY HUGH ROSS – SEPTEMBER 7, 2020MORESHARE

Our planet is endowed with extravagantly rich mineral ore deposits. How did we get them and why is it significant? It turns out that the source of these deposits is not indigenous; rather, large asteroid/comet strikes over the past 2 billion years produced Earth’s richest metal ore deposits.

For example, an asteroid or comet 10–15 kilometers in diameter struck 1.849 billion years ago just north of what is now Lake Huron in Canada to form the Sudbury Basin.1 The impactor itself was rich in nickel, cobalt, and platinum group metals. However, it struck with such force that nickel- and copper-rich magma from Earth’s mantle filled the crater. This 150–260 kilometer-diameter crater ranked as the world’s leading source of nickel until the 1970s. For many decades, it accounted for 95 percent of the world’s nickel market.2 It still accounts for a third. At least as far back as 10,000 years ago, the Plano culture people mined copper to manufacture tools, weapons, and jewelry.3 This early use of metallurgy was a significant factor in the launch of human civilization. Also, due to the high mineral content of its soil, the Sudbury Basin is the best agricultural land in northern Ontario.

Earth’s crust does not contain any naturally occurring highly siderophile (iron-loving) elements (gold, platinum, iridium, osmium, rhenium, palladium, rhodium, and ruthenium) and very little of the moderately siderophilic elements (cobalt, nickel, silver, and tungsten). They exist in great abundance, however, in the planet core and lower mantle. It takes asteroids or comets larger in diameter than 10 kilometers striking Earth at high velocity to bring lower mantle material to the surface. Such asteroid and comet impacts were much more frequent previous to 3 billion years ago. Hence, it is no surprise that the only pristine continental crust dating older than 2.5 billion years—the Kaapvaal Craton in South Africa and the Pilbara Craton in Western Australia—are richly endowed with highly siderophile and moderately siderophile elements.

The Kaapvaal Craton is the site of the Vredefort Crater, the world’s largest remaining impact crater. Geologists calculate that the Vredefort Crater was more than 300 kilometers across when it was formed 2.023 billion years ago.4 Without the Vredefort impactor, either the gold and platinum group deposits beneath the Kaapvaal Craton’s surface never would have been discovered or the deposits would have eroded away.

The Vredefort Crater overlaps the Witswatersrand Basin, site of the largest gold and platinum group deposits on Earth. Even after the extraction of over 47,000 tons of gold, the Witswatersrand Basin still contains about half as much gold as the rest of Earth’s surface combined.5

An asteroid 5–8 kilometers in diameter created the 100-kilometer diameter Popigai Crater in northern Siberia. The asteroid struck with such force that it instantaneously transformed graphite in the ground into an abundance of diamonds. These diamonds range in size from 0.5–10.0 millimeters and the Popigai Crater region ranks as the world’s largest known diamond deposit.

In a review of mineral deposits in impact structures, a team of four geologists demonstrated that virtually every impact crater larger than 2 kilometers in diameter has produced economically valuable mineral deposits.These mineral deposits include hydrocarbon fuel deposits as well.

As I explained in previous articles and my book, Improbable Planet,7 the asteroid and comet belts in the solar system are unlike those in other planetary systems. About 80 percent of known exoplanetary systems are devoid of asteroid and comet belts. The other 20 percent possess asteroid and comet belts populated by hundreds to thousands of times more comets and asteroids than is the case for the solar system.

The asteroid and comet belts in the solar system, plus the mass and orbital distance of the Moon, are such that Earth receives enough major impact events, especially early in its history before the appearance of animals, to salt the crust with rich mineral ores. These ores played crucial roles in the early launch of metallurgy and the eventual development of global, high-technology civilization. On the other hand, Earth, especially during the human era, received a sufficiently low number of major impact events to pose no risk to a high human population and global civilization.

Image: The Big Nickel Outside the Sudbury Nickel Mine
Credit: Motorbicycle, Creative Commons Attribution

Endnotes
  1. Donald W. Davis, “Sub-Million-Year Age Resolution of Precambrian Igneous Events by Thermal Extraction-Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometer Pb Dating of Zircon: Application to Crystallization of the Sudbury Impact Melt Sheet,” Geology 36, no. 5 (May 2008): 383–86, doi:10.1130/G234502A.1; Joseph A. Petrus, Doreen E. Ames, and Balz S. Kamber, “On the Track of the Elusive Sudbury Impact: Geochemical Evidence for a Chrondrite or Comet Bolide,” Terra Nova 27, no. 1 (February 2015): 9–20, doi:10.1111/ter.12125.
  2. Tom Jewiss, “The Mining History of the Sudbury Area,” originally published in Rocks and Minerals in Canada (Spring 1983), University of Waterloo, Earth Science Museum, accessed August 16, 2020, https://uwaterloo.ca/earth-sciences-museum/resources/mining-canada/mining-history-sudbury-area.
  3. Jewiss, “Mining History.”
  4. Jason Kirk et al., “The Origin of Gold in South Africa,” American Scientist 91, no. 6 (January 1, 2003): 534–41, doi:10.1511/2003.38.907.
  5. Kirk et al., “Gold in South Africa.”
  6. Wolf Uwe Reimold et al., “Economic Mineral Deposits in Impact Structures: A Review,” in Impact Tectonics, ed. Christian Koeberl and Hebert Henkel (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, January 2005): 479–552, doi:10.1007/3-540-27548-7_20.
  7. Hugh Ross, Improbable Planet (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2016), 44–48, 57–60, 63–76, https://shop.reasons.org/product/283/improbable-planet; Hugh Ross, “How the Flora Family of Asteroids Shaped the History of Life,” Today’s New Reason to Believe (blog), May 1, 2017, https://reasons.org/explore/blogs/todays-new-reason-to-believe/read/todays-new-reason-to-believe/2017/05/02/how-the-flora-family-of-asteroids-shaped-the-history-of-life; Hugh Ross, “Grand Tack Model Reveals More Solar System Designs,” Today’s New Reason to Believe (blog), May 22, 2017, https://reasons.org/explore/blogs/todays-new-reason-to-believe/read/todays-new-reason-to-believe/2017/05/22/grand-tack-model-reveals-more-solar-system-designs; Hugh Ross, “Is the Solar System Too Fine-Tuned for Modern Science?,” Today’s New Reason to Believe (blog), January 7, 2016, https://reasons.org/explore/publications/tnrtb/read/tnrtb/2016/01/07/is-the-solar-system-too-fine-tuned-for-modern-science.

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America’s Secret Super-Government

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Posted on April 14, 2016by Will Myers      Rate This

By Will Myers

America is controlled by an oligarchy, a small collection of powerful special interests who own the oil corporations and the most powerful banks. I was surprised to learn that our federal reserve bank is actually own by a private small group of persons. This alone gives the oligarchy the power to create financial depressions. We don’t live in a liberal free democracy; we serve the oligarchy, controllers of Americans.The oligarchy effects us daily more than all of the governments in America due to Special Interest Groups ( SIG of Ephesian 6:12) that target private citizens. If Marshall law was imposed on all citizens because of protests against the oligarchy then all rights of the citizenship shall be reduced to that of living in a dictatorship. The oligarchy is more survivable than the USA Federal Government.

The super-government in America creates imagery thru the media, politicians, workplace, and word of mouth making people believe that they are governing instead of the oligarchy.

The oligarchy has surrogates:

(1) USA Brain Trust works for the oligarchy . When the Brain Trust works includes benefits for the common folks, it is secondary and the oligarchy is the prime benefactors.

(2) Republicans serve big business’s agenda. During the past 60 years the Republicans as the party of Lincoln, the helper of oppressed people, has morphed from a St. Bernard rescue dog to a snake in the grass.

(3) SIG of Eph 6:12 invades the privacy of private citizens; Special Interest Groups (SIG) who target private citizens, while stealing civil rights and undermining our free liberal democracy, is presented falsely as being in the name of the people.

The oligarchy dictates when there is to be a depression or a recession or a collapse of the stock market. Working people’s 401K losses as dictated by the oligarchy who owns the Federal Reserve Bank, J. P. Morgan, Chase…controls the energy sources…oil and electrical powers plus many others. Greed of big business will always cheat the small investors. Workers who lose their job caused by the financial crises which were caused by the oligarchy are forced to sell low. Stocks of the small investors are marginalized.

All financial crises are caused by the oligarchy. Just think, when there is a financial crisis no money has left earth nor any material resources. Virtually, the same amount of beef is in the fields when the stock market crashes; virtually, the same amount of oil is in the earth and warehouses, but the oligarchy calculatedly has hoarded everything causing a depression making hard money. The oligarchy who has control of the currency becomes even more powerful due to increased value of the dollar. What the Republicans does is move money up the ladder to the oligarchy who are in the top 1% owning 99% of America’s wealth. Ironically, the oligarchy knows that Wall Street and large banks are creating a financial bubble. So, this one tenth of 1% directs a depression to occur. These persons should be indicted, but they are protected and if any attempt to prosecute them, the oligarchy shall destroy them.

The resolve to the manipulation by the oligarchy is a strong faith in God and a very strong labor union; thereby, restricting the flexibility of the super-powers. There is an earthly reason that religion and labor unions have been under attack the past 30 years. The labor unions have almost been destroyed by the super-powers in the name of the people while ripping off the people. We live in a false truth system that marginalizes the people and severely restricts the people from reaching their dreams. The oligarchy wants to remain our little gods. In the real truth system, the people are supposed to rule the nation. Their needs should have top priority, not the oligarchy.

Caveat***  Bernie Sanders has the platform for the middle class and workers of the lower-income ( Free education, universal health care, and a livable wage). ***Hint: all things that benefit the people are usually opposed by the Republicans. Their response to such accusation is usually a smoke stream or an appeal to fears and emotions. The foundation of all Republican propaganda is “everyone act nice people so that we can keep our profits plus achieve our increased  projected profits.” The concept is pacification of the people while maintaining the status quo to ensure entrenched profits.

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SIG, the snake organization, who collect, analyze, and distribute very sensitive info about targeted private citizens has slivered in their beds. SIG has and is pitting us against each other and has raised the probability for us to meet. SIG desires conflict; it thrives on conflict. It makes money from the Oligarch class and adds sadistic entertainment for them. In a sense of having the least evil, the restrictions caused by the pandemic has to some extent slowed the distribute of SIG’s poisonous info. Although, we must eventually cut the head off of the snake SIG so that we save our personal freedoms.SIG is making money from hurting individuals. Even celebrities has some expectation of privacy; also politicians. SIG should stop at the home place. But, SIG hides behind a façade that is considered natural or the simple case, the first thought to be the cause. For example, take my case, crime outside of my apartment such as shootings and killings on a weekly basic. I moved to Oklahoma City and the same thing began to occur on my block with half way houses set up. GO FIGURE. Any idiot would recognize the influence of SIG at any one of the places without considering the both, Los Angele and Oklahoma City. The authorities ignore quickly if challenged. I know that we have a den of snakes controlling a pack of idiots.

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America’s Secret Super-Government

Posted on April 14, 2016by Will Myers      Rate This

By Will Myers

America is controlled by an oligarchy, a small collection of powerful special interests who own the oil corporations and the most powerful banks. I was surprised to learn that our federal reserve bank is actually own by a private small group of persons. This alone gives the oligarchy the power to create financial depressions. We don’t live in a liberal free democracy; we serve the oligarchy, controllers of Americans.The oligarchy effects us daily more than all of the governments in America due to Special Interest Groups ( SIG of Ephesian 6:12) that target private citizens. If Marshall law was imposed on all citizens because of protests against the oligarchy then all rights of the citizenship shall be reduced to that of living in a dictatorship. The oligarchy is more survivable than the USA Federal Government.

The super-government in America creates imagery thru the media, politicians, workplace, and word of mouth making people believe that they are governing instead of the oligarchy.

The oligarchy has surrogates:

(1) USA Brain Trust works for the oligarchy . When the Brain Trust works includes benefits for the common folks, it is secondary and the oligarchy is the prime benefactors.

(2) Republicans serve big business’s agenda. During the past 60 years the Republicans as the party of Lincoln, the helper of oppressed people, has morphed from a St. Bernard rescue dog to a snake in the grass.

(3) SIG of Eph 6:12 invades the privacy of private citizens; Special Interest Groups (SIG) who target private citizens, while stealing civil rights and undermining our free liberal democracy, is presented falsely as being in the name of the people.

The oligarchy dictates when there is to be a depression or a recession or a collapse of the stock market. Working people’s 401K losses as dictated by the oligarchy who owns the Federal Reserve Bank, J. P. Morgan, Chase…controls the energy sources…oil and electrical powers plus many others. Greed of big business will always cheat the small investors. Workers who lose their job caused by the financial crises which were caused by the oligarchy are forced to sell low. Stocks of the small investors are marginalized.

All financial crises are caused by the oligarchy. Just think, when there is a financial crisis no money has left earth nor any material resources. Virtually, the same amount of beef is in the fields when the stock market crashes; virtually, the same amount of oil is in the earth and warehouses, but the oligarchy calculatedly has hoarded everything causing a depression making hard money. The oligarchy who has control of the currency becomes even more powerful due to increased value of the dollar. What the Republicans does is move money up the ladder to the oligarchy who are in the top 1% owning 99% of America’s wealth. Ironically, the oligarchy knows that Wall Street and large banks are creating a financial bubble. So, this one tenth of 1% directs a depression to occur. These persons should be indicted, but they are protected and if any attempt to prosecute them, the oligarchy shall destroy them.

The resolve to the manipulation by the oligarchy is a strong faith in God and a very strong labor union; thereby, restricting the flexibility of the super-powers. There is an earthly reason that religion and labor unions have been under attack the past 30 years. The labor unions have almost been destroyed by the super-powers in the name of the people while ripping off the people. We live in a false truth system that marginalizes the people and severely restricts the people from reaching their dreams. The oligarchy wants to remain our little gods. In the real truth system, the people are supposed to rule the nation. Their needs should have top priority, not the oligarchy.

Caveat***  Bernie Sanders has the platform for the middle class and workers of the lower-income ( Free education, universal health care, and a livable wage). ***Hint: all things that benefit the people are usually opposed by the Republicans. Their response to such accusation is usually a smoke stream or an appeal to fears and emotions. The foundation of all Republican propaganda is “everyone act nice people so that we can keep our profits plus achieve our increased  projected profits.” The concept is pacification of the people while maintaining the status quo to ensure entrenched profits.

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By Will Myers It’s a gross misleading of the citizens by stating the Right vs. Left. It is not so; it is our democracy vs. the oligarchy of America; furthermore, it’s democracy vs. oligarchy of the world. There are special interest groups (SIG) who collect, analyze (dossiers), and distribute sensitive…

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I am an “Intelligent Design” writer who has the Christian faith. Part of my background is that I have a degree in physics, and have been inducted into the National Physics Honor Society. Sigma Pi Sigma, for life. My interest has lead me into metaphysics, farther into Christianity. Optimum metaphysics becomes religion.View all posts by Will Myers →This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.← Christian Thinkers 101: A Crash Course on C. S. LewisAmerican Super-Government →

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