Friday, April 19, 2019

Jordan Peterson: the Bible is the foundational document for Western civilisation

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from The Burning Platform:

Although there is a Gnostic element to his thinking, Peterson’s work is permeated with biblical references

It is safe to say that Dr Jordan B Peterson’s new book, 12 Rules for Life: an Antidote to Chaos (Random House) will occupy international bestseller lists for some time. That is because our restless western intelligentsia is always on the lookout for a new guru and eager to ingest a new self-help manual. I should now add that Peterson, a psychology professor (as well as a practising clinical psychologist) at Toronto University, does not set out to be a guru and his book is much richer, more diverse in its cultural references and thoughtful than the phrase “a self-help manual” would suggest.

Peterson rejected the Christian religion in which he was raised in a small, remote town of north-west Canada. Yet unlike other highly intelligent figures who come to dominate the media, such as Richard Dawkins or the late Christopher Hitchens, he is in no way hostile to Christianity. Indeed, his very wide reading of great literary figures, such as Dostoyevsky, Dante and Goethe, alongside Carl Jung, Freud, the critic Northrop Frye and many others, have given him respect – even reverence – for the part religion has played in the evolution of human consciousness.

Although there is a Gnostic element to his thinking and he sometimes appears to equate “the Way, the Taoist path of life [as] the same Way as that referred to by Christ in John 14:6”, his book is permeated with biblical references and it is clear that he is fascinated by the enigmatic and mysterious person of Christ. If he is not (yet) willing to nail his colours to the Christian mast, Peterson acknowledges both explicitly and implicitly in his precepts for right living that the wisdom of the Gospels is the way to healthy human, psychological and emotional fulfilment.

He writes, “The Bible is, for better or worse, the foundational document of western civilization…Its careful, respectful study can reveal things to us about what we believe and how we do and should act that can be discovered in almost no other manner.”

Peterson’s antithesis between “rules” and “chaos” is interpreted by him in different ways. “Rules”, he notes, can be rigid and inflexible and “chaos” can be creative; nonetheless, the unwinding thread of his argument is that man needs “order” to achieve a meaningful life and “chaos” – i.e. a life lived without structure or purpose (which he witnesses often in his clinical patients’ unhappy lives) – will cause unhappiness and self-destruction.

To give readers an idea of the language Peterson uses, he writes in his Overture, “The soul of the individual eternally hungers for the wisdom of genuine Being” (“Being” is the word he uses where Christians would write “Personhood”.) On its own this might sound like woolly secular mysticism, but the author constantly refines “Being” so that his Rules often seem a secular paraphrase of Christian moral teachings. For instance, Rule 1, “Stand up Straight with Your Shoulders Back”, is interpreted by Peterson thus: “It means acting to please God in the ancient language…It is to accept the terrible responsibility of life, with eyes wide open.”

Later on he observes, “Only man will inflict suffering for the sake of suffering”, adding “And with this realization we have…full legitimization of the idea …of Original Sin.”

One of the things I like about this book is that the author, without preaching at all from a religious standpoint, sets his face firmly against the politically correct ideology put out by the Establishment. He repudiates the idea that gender is “a social construct” with the incisive response, “It isn’t. This isn’t a debate. The data are in.” (This, incidentally, is why he came over as more authoritative, wiser and knowledgeable than Cathy Newman in the now notorious Channel 4 interview; he has spent years reading and reflecting on “the data.”)

He also asks, “Was it a really good thing, for example, to so drastically liberalise the divorce laws in the 1960s?” and for “the child who is pushing the limits” he comments that “a swat on the backside can indicate requisite seriousness.” You can see why those who advocate a Left-wing liberal agenda and ideology are baffled by him, dislike him yet also fear him. He is a man of integrity and courage, simply refusing to bow to the current fad or ideology and prepared to go to prison for what he deeply believes.

Read More @ TheBurningPlatform.com

CBS LAUNCHES NEW SHOW COMEDY ‘LIVING BIBLICALLY’ TO MOCK CHRISTIANITY AND MAKE CHRISTIANS LOOK LIKE IDIOTS

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by Geoffrey Grider, Now The End Begins:

IT SEEMS WITH EVERY NEW TELEVISION SEASON A SHOW THAT MOCKS JESUS CHRIST AND THE CHRISTIAN FAITH GETS A PILOT.

“Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” 2 Peter 3:3,4 (KJV)

On a regular basis, television studios in Hollywood release pilots that either glorify the Devil, as in the show Lucifer, or mock and belittle Christians and the Bible like we see in this new show, Living Biblically, just released by CBS on February 26, 2018. And of course, the “christian” in the show who goes on a quest to ‘live biblically’ is a New Age, ecumenical, embracing all religions mashup cartoon-like character who is hyper-judgmental and attempts to enact Old Testament justice.

What you do not see in this show, and will not see in this piece of trash, is salvation through the shed blood of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins as the only way to Heaven. But if you read all the way through to the end, we will be happy to show that to you.

This season it is the CBS show ‘Living Biblically’ – a comedic take on the real life quest of a journalist to live his life “according to the Bible” for one year. From the preview scenes alone, it seems obvious that this show has no intention of representing the Bible accurately or bringing any actual serious discussion about the Christian faith. Instead it seeks cheap laughs and gags all the while mocking The Lord Jesus Christ and those who try their best to follow Him.

“CHIP CURRY IS A MODERN DAY MAN AT A CROSSROADS IN HIS LIFE, WHO DECIDES TO LIVE STRICTLY IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE BIBLE. A FILM CRITIC FOR A NEW YORK NEWSPAPER AND A SOON-TO-BE FATHER, CHIP WANTS TO BE A BETTER MAN FOLLOWING THE LOSS OF HIS BEST FRIEND. HE DECIDES TO PUT HIS SLIGHTLY OBSESSIVE TEMPERAMENT TO USE AND START LIVING HIS LIFE 100% BY THE BIBLE TO FIND DIRECTION. HIS SMART, PREGNANT WIFE, LESLIE, WHILE BOTH SKEPTICAL AND ENTERTAINED BY HER HUSBAND’S NEW PASSION, SUPPORTS HIM COMPLETELY. KNOWING HE’LL NEED SOME PRACTICAL ADVICE, CHIP FORMS A “GOD SQUAD” WITH FATHER GENE, A CATHOLIC PRIEST WHO HELPS CHIP TRANSLATE THE RULES OF THE BIBLE TO A MODERN WORLD; AND FATHER GENE’S BEST FRIEND, EASYGOING RABBI GIL ABLEMAN, WHO RESPECTS CHIP’S CHUTZPAH AND IS GLAD TO SERVE AS A SOUNDING BOARD WHEN THEY MEET AT THEIR LOCAL BAR.

AT CHIP’S NEWSPAPER, HE FINDS SUPPORT FROM HIS NO-NONSENSE BOSS, MS. MEADOWS, WHO KNOWS CHIP’S SELF-PENNED STORY WILL SELL NEWSPAPERS, AND HIS CO-WORKER AND FRIEND, VINCE, WHO IS QUICK WITH A REALITY CHECK AND LIKES TO WIND CHIP UP FOR HIS OWN AMUSEMENT. AS HE BEGINS HIS SINCERE SPIRITUAL JOURNEY TOWARD A MORE MORAL LIFE WITH THE HELP OF HIS WIFE AND FRIENDS, CHIP WONDERS IF HE’LL BE ABLE TO TAKE A PAGE – OR EVERY PAGE – OUT OF THE GOOD BOOK, AND IF THE EFFECT WILL BE OF BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS.” (SOURCE).

From the preview clips alone, the show seems intent on turning the lead character Chip into a walking, breathing negative Christian stereotype. He is judgmental, hyper-critical and even violent, because “the Bible says so.” This attempt to highlight the view of the Old Testament revealing a God who is harsh, violent and lacking compassion is a common argument for critics of the Christian faith.  Living Biblically seeks to make this argument in a more subversive manner by having its lead act out these negative traits all in the name of seeking to live a righteous, holy “Biblical lifestyle.”

When Chip seeks counsel from a Roman Catholic priest and tells him of his plan, the priest laughs in his face – clearly mocking the fact that anyone would take the Bible literally.

“People need to start talking about religion again,” producer Patrick Walsh said. “I don’t buy the idea that we live in a ‘godless society.’ Eighty-four percent of the world aligns themselves with religion, and 9 out of 10 people believe in God, yet religion is never discussed because everyone is too scared to offend. In talking about it, you can erase so many misconceptions about it on either side.” source

JESUS CHRIST IS THE ONLY WAY TO HEAVEN AND TO HAVE FORGIVENESS OF YOUR SIN DEBT, EVERY OTHER WAY IS 100% WRONG

The anti-Christian clowns in Hollywood will never, ever give you the truth about the Bible, salvation or Jesus Christ. But we here at NTEB exist to do just that. Want to know how to become born again, and have a home in Heaven? Here it is, share it with a friend.

Read More @ NowTheEndBegins.com

Something Biblical is Going On!

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from Jason A:

Pope Francis Criticizes Fake News Yet The MSM Is More Guilty Than Anyone

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by Aaron Kesel, Activist Post:

Pope Francis condemned fake news as satanic, stating journalists and social media users should ignore and unmask manipulative “snake tactics” that foster division to serve political and economic interests, Reuters reported.

“Fake news is a sign of intolerant and hypersensitive attitudes and leads only to the spread of arrogance and hatred. That is the end result of untruth,” Francis said.

The Pope writes in the document, called “The truth will set you free — Fake news and journalism for peace,” that spreading fake news can “serve to advance specific goals, influence political decisions, and serve economic interests,” according to the news publication.

He also criticized the “manipulative use of social networks.”

“This false but believable news is ‘captious’, inasmuch as it grasps people’s attention by appealing to stereotypes and common social prejudices, and exploiting instantaneous emotions like anxiety, contempt, anger and frustration,” he said.

He added there is an importance of being able to recognize the “sly and dangerous form of seduction that worms its way into the heart with false and alluring arguments.”

“We need to unmask what could be called the ‘snake-tactics’ used by those (purveyors of fake news) who disguise themselves in order to strike at any time and place,” Francis said.

The Pope previously in 2016 sensationally claimed “that media that focus on scandals and spreading ‘fake news’ to smear politicians risk becoming like the people they have a morbid fascination with excrement.”

Hold on, hold on really you compare reporters holding politicians accountable for their political ties to shady groups, secret societies and potential scandals to eating poop and getting off on it? What?

Yeah we sure did eat a lot of bull sh*t in the past like the Iraq WMDs when the U.S. and U.K. governments colluded to sell the American people fake news that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction to self-investigate Iraq based off forged plagiarized academic papers. It’s also now known thanks to the press that Bush and Blair planned the Iraq invasion a year prior revealed by the emails of Hillary Clinton.

Then there is the Gulf Of Tonkin incident that started the invasion of Vietnam on false pretext when the government at the time lied and said a second Gulf of Tonkin attack had happened. And, finally, the admitted bombing of the Lusitania which started WW1. And while we are talking about false flags to start wars, let’s add in the proposed false flag that JFK stopped, Operation Northwoods; so this seems like an ugly pattern of the sin of treason.

Mr. Pope Francis what do you have to say about this well-sourced but disturbing information? Even ex-governor and Navy Seal Jesse Ventura has came out and spoken out about the Gulf Of Tonkin incident and how all wars are started with a false flag.

Read More @ ActivistPost.com

The Origin of the Separation of Church and State

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by Jeff Thomas, International Man:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”

Americans can be justifiably proud of their founding fathers’ insistence on a separation of Church and State. And, yet, surprisingly, very few Americans seem to understand what their founding fathers meant by this concept.

Conservative politicians take pride is saying that the US is, primarily, a Christian nation and that their Christian forefathers fought King George in order to have the freedom to practice Christianity as they saw fit.

Liberal politicians tend to take an opposing view—that separation of Church and State means that the concept of God has no place in government. In fact, some go so far as to say that landmarks, such as a plaque stating that George Washington attended a specific church, should be removed, as it compromises the separation of Church and State.

Unfortunately, both these groups have got it wrong.

So, let’s take a step back and have a look at what caused Thomas Jefferson to repeatedly insist that the separation be implemented in the US Constitution.

Mister Jefferson attended the College of William & Mary, where he received the university customary education, but went on to study law privately under George Wythe in Williamsburg, Virginia. Mister Wythe was not only his teacher, but his mentor, a man in his latter years who not only imparted knowledge to the young Jefferson, but wisdom. He frequented the Raleigh Tavern with his pupil, but additionally brought him to banquets at the mansion of Governor Fauquier, in an effort to expand his outlook. 

I believe that it’s safe to say that, when Mister Jefferson completed his education at age thirty-four, he had both the energy and imagination of youth and the wisdom of the elders at his command. The former gave him his drive and the latter provided him with the farsightedness that guided the writing of the American Constitution and the future direction of the new nation.

George Wythe lived conveniently next door to the Governor. (His home is still there today, as is his small study where he taught the future president.) On the other side of his home was Bruton Parish Church. In the 18th Century, one could not be elected to office unless he was a member of the Church of England. As Attorney General, Mister Wythe tolerated this, but taught his pupil that, as a free man, he should not be required to be an Anglican.

To add insult to injury, Mister Jefferson was not a Christian, but a Deist, as were several others of the founding fathers. He did believe in his own form of a God and even referred to him in the first sentence of the Declaration of Independence, but did not ascribe to him the power of miracles and omnipotence, as described in the Bible.

In addition, he regarded Jesus as an admirable human being, but did not regard him as anything more. (In later years, he would create his own Bible, by removing much of what he considered to be latter-day additions to the King James Bible, leaving little more than the words of Jesus.)

In spite of his beliefs, Mister Jefferson was required to be a (paid-up) member of the Anglican Church in order to sit in the House of Burgesses, and he chafed at this requirement.

However, he was a deep believer in the concept of God as a being with both consciousness and conscience, who he believed took no direct part in the affairs of man, but did create all men as equals and therefore entitled them to “certain unalienable Rights.”

But he saw the Church differently. He regarded it as a political organization, controlled by the King, intended to dictate morals and acceptable behaviour.

Read More @ InternationalMan.com

POPE FRANCIS SAYS THAT ‘REJECTION OF MIGRANTS’ IS NOW A SIN AS VATICAN PUSHES FOR OPEN BORDERS

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by Geoffrey Grider, Now The End Begins:

POPE FRANCIS HAS DEFINED HOSTILITY AND REJECTION OF REFUGEES AND MIGRANTS AS SIN, ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO OVERCOME THEIR “FULLY COMPREHENSIBLE” FEARS THAT THESE NEW ARRIVALS MIGHT “DISTURB THE ESTABLISHED ORDER” OF LOCAL COMMUNITIES.

“And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” Revelation 17:6 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: One of the perks about owning a counterfeit copy of Christianity is you get to make up your own rules. The Vatican wants open borders, even though the Vatican sits behind a massive stone wall, so out comes the pope who now declares that rejection of migrants is ‘a sin’. Security fences and border walls to protect upir citizens? Nope, those are only allowed at the Vatican. 

At his invitation, several thousand migrants, refugees and immigrants from 49 countries joined Francis at Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on Sunday, a day the Catholic Church dedicated to the issues and contributions of those who leave homelands in hope of a better life.

New arrivals must “know and respect the laws, the culture and the traditions of the countries that take them in,” he said. Local communities must “open themselves without prejudices to their rich diversity, to understand the hopes and potential of the newly arrived as well as their fears and vulnerabilities.”

“It is not easy to enter into another culture, to put oneself in the shoes of people so different from us, to understand their thoughts and their experiences,” Francis said.

“As a result, we often refuse to encounter the other and raise barriers to defend ourselves. Local communities are sometimes afraid that the newly arrived with disturb the established order, will ‘steal’ something they have long labored to build up.”

Similarly, he said, newcomers also are afraid: “of confrontation, judgment, discrimination, failure.”

“These fears are legitimate, based on doubts that are fully comprehensible from a human point of view,” Francis continued in his homily.

“Having doubts and fears is not a sin,” the pope said. “The sin is to allow these fears to determine our responses, to limit our choices, to compromise respect and generosity, to feed hostility and rejection.”

Read More @ NowTheEndBegins.com

The Relationship Between Russian Church and State Is Badly Misunderstood in the West

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by Gilbert Doctorow, Russia Insider:

” … the leading Orthodox clergy who are close to Putin and the Kremlin are world class theologians and diplomats, charismatic television personalities, composers of widely respected religious music, and persons of much higher intellectual merit than your average journalist or pundit.”

I prepared my recent initial essay on the Christmas Day interview of Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill in great haste, to be sure that this “scoop” would be mine. 

As it turns out, I need not have rushed, since the topic was subsequently left untouched by all other political analysts having an interest in Russia both in country and abroad.

And while I remain persuaded that the remarks on Russia’s uniqueness by the Patriarch are of great importance to all those following the trajectory of the country’s rise on the world stage, with the benefit of time for reflection, I am not surprised they have been overlooked.

In fact the vast majority of my confrères write almost exclusively about the headline issues like the candidates for Russia’s 18 March presidential election or about the Russia-Gate controversy, that is to say they focus on the same issues that are covered by The New York Times or the Washington Post, even if their political positions are 180 degrees at variance with those of this mainstream press.

A 5 minute excerpt where the Patriarch talks about how Russia has acted selflessly to help others over the centuries

Read More @ Russia-Insider.com

Chelsea Clinton And The ‘Church of Satan’ Connection Follows The Clintons Long History Of Satanic Affiliations

by Susan Duclos, All News Pipeline:

– Does Anyone Really Want Another Clinton In America Politics?

On January 2, 2018 Chelsea Clinton exchanged New Year’s wishes with the Church of Satan, which was noted by a number of conservative commentators, to the point where reports then came out where she denied that she practices Satanism, but while one exchange in and of itself might get casually waved away, other events over the years concerning Chelsea, Hillary and Bill Clinton, shows a pattern that is hard to overlook.

CHELSEA AND OCCULT SYMBOLISM

In response to criticism Chelsea started seeing on that thread, she said “Oh goodness gracious. We can be civil, cheerful, respectful to & friends with people who don’t share our religious beliefs. Sometimes, we even marry them. I’m a Methodist & my husband is Jewish, thank you for asking. A very happy New Year to you Rhonda!”

I’ll note that often when responding to a post that someone else was tagged on, sometimes people do not carefully look at the names autofilled in that someone else had tagged, but as seen above, Chelsea is the one that mentioned the church of satan, then when they responded, she then wished them a Happy New Year.

As a side note, just imagine if someone like Donald Trump Jr. had responded to someone that liberals felt was  unsavory, wouldn’t they have a field day pointing it out, howling about how that proves, by nothing more than a tweet association, that the Trump’s were in cahoots with them….. oh wait, we don’t have to imagine it, they screamed bloody murder when Don Trump Jr. responded to Wikileaks, three whole times.

Chelsea Clinton also seems to make a habit of wearing an upside down cross necklace, which some would claim is the cross of Peter, but which is also used as an anti-religious symbol by satanists, as shown clearly in 2015, when supporters of the Satanic Temple wore the symbol at the unveiling of the goat-headed statue in Detroit, shown in the image above.
 

Read More @ AllNewsPipeline.com