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“It’s strange how you can get booze on credit but not bread.”This quote is from Pandora’s Box(1929), which sums up Germany’s Weimar Republic.

Can we not sum up the spirit of consumerism in the US? “You have to be 21 years of age if you want to purchase booze. But you can buy and own a gun if you are 19”. (USA, 2018)

That is economics of death. Those who subscribe to consumerism as an indicator of nation’s Happiness would not want to know the economics of life. Life is cheap indeed if you can press lethal gun its hand give blank check to kill as much  with impunity. It is money in the bank for every empty cartridge. The same politicians who pillory  woman caught in economic mire for undergoing abortion turn a blind eye on gun control. These are the ones who make ‘Right to own a gun as a badge of ‘courage’.What is Dutch courage and what we see now: a man feels ‘naked’ without a gun? Where integrity of man has gone to I wonder. It is the ‘bone spur’ of our times  and shake it before the Army so you may excuse from serving the nation when it needs you most.

Would the 19 year school shooter have had the guns had President Trump let safety controls in place?

Tailspin: Decree revoking gun sales to those with severe mental problems was Trump’s own doing. He signed the bill rolling back 2013 Obama era strict back ground checks into law without a photo op or fanfare. The president welcomed cameras into the oval office Tuesday for the signing of other executive orders and bills. The NRA“applauded” Trump’s action (ack: NBC news).

Benny

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Couple of days ago the news was something shocking as well as tragic: “Thirteen siblings ‘held captive’ by parents in Perris, California: ‘Deeply religious’ couple arrested on torture charges.”

An earlier news reported that all thirteen appeared to be children, so deputies were “shocked” to discover that seven of them are adults. Capt. Fellows of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said “If you can imagine being 17 years old and appearing to be a 10-year-old, being chained to a bed, being malnourished and the injuries associated with that — I would call that torture.” The biological parents, David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, have been arrested on charges of torture and child endangerment, authorities said.

Our conventional concept of family has taken a terrible beating and for any thinking person it must lead to soul searching. As a Christian it made me wonder: Is this what a couple deeply religious as reported in the press would do to their own flesh and blood?Deeply religious do sometimes equally bad as the Turpins did.  They will show by example how to keep a lie in circulation and yet be pillars of their Christian community. It is what their activism and evangelicalism would mean to others. Christ is merely a talking point but not believed or followed. Otherwise what is the point in castigating LGBT or abortion laws? What made you a judge, hypocrite, when God alone is the judge?

A family is a snapshot of the nation where the parents in a Christian home are as vital as the President of the nation. He has to set the highest example for others to note and follow. The case of the Turpins is all the more relevant considering the despicable standard the White House has set. Is this what a lie when conceived should look like? The President is the head of all, races ethnic groups rich or poor across the political spectrum; besides being the steward of the citizenry his ‘stable genius’ would lay in nurturing  the environment, health of the sea, rivers and natural resources.

Think of Noah in the ark, which was built according to the specifications God gave him. He also brought the creatures under his care. Think of nations as the ark and while it is negotiating its way across  every governor is to think of a safe haven and not to give postures of their preeminence over others. Suppose Noah or members of his family had created rift in the harmony enjoined on the whole by God what catastrophe it could have caused? Modern nations are no different. Man cannot quite bring it off by his selfishness or greed and expect peace among nations.

“Am I my brother’s keeper?”

Benny

 

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N-R-A stuck in

the throat serve as shears of fate

For the Bald Eagle’s greed.

benny

(Note: This year alone 11,600 American citizens died from gun violence. One in eight of citizens are in need of some sort of psychiatric support. New Health Care shall put many more out of its medical care cover-b )

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Trash life of a man

For no rede than his bad luck;

What motive you seek

If he simply wants control

His life to hell, if so be?

Mart can swing back and forth

And throw lives to penury and want,-

And leave men to gutter.

Even so good folks bless their own kind

By mart’s munificence.

Hypocrisy thrives where chance rules

And throw a loaded dice.

Trash life of a man

For no rede than his bad luck;

What motive you seek

if your wine tastes but poison

And aftertaste (is) horror of hell

While Lazarus lay at the gate?

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The Bible is written by inspiration of God. Inspiration of God is not lost but words in the Scripture in transmission can be misunderstood or make weak impression. The reader of the Bible requires the self-same inspiration in order to change his scepticism. His mind-set is often shaped by his cultural background and unbelieving society. No church is the Church founded on the risen Christ. Each church is like a workshop engaged in spiritual transformation of souls who have accepted Jesus Christ as the saviour.  When some sects do not accept atonement paid by Jesus Christ as full and covers all what shall we make of it?

If Calvinism has underpinned the capitalist society of the USA, fine. Virtue of a dollar gives rise to industry and wealth. When it has given rise to 1% of the nation cornering national wealth (and consequently leaving great many to institutionalized indigence) we ned wonder how far the wrong interpretation of the Word has played a role. Without giving Jesus Christ as focus to which all scriptural passages must fall to we are building false values. Industry of wealth where the word of God does not fully reflects is as good as coming from mammon. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.  Those who preach prosperity theology and made themselves prominent are heard. Their reward is only for now and this world. When these TV preachers and false preachers promote values of Trump and narrow ideology of the right we may be sure how the word has been falsified. Such is devil’s trick when Christians have been fed with interpretation of the Bible where Christ is no longer the core value.

One shall never know when Jesus Christ shall come but the signs are becoming clearer and peace is eluding the nations around the world. It is time to know the truth.

Marginalia in 2 vol. A concise guide to the Bible

Author: Benny Thomas, the Netherlands

Tags: inerrancy, sound doctrines, Faith,

 

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 Pursuit of Happiness is a slippery slope for some.

 I am an incorrigible reader of news and where these are reporting human frailties my antenna goes up instantly; and with experience I know a good story even before I settle down to read it.

Take the following news for instance:

In the month of June 2012 one Patricia Smith, the former controller of an auto dealership in Pennsylvania, was headed to jail after embezzling $10 million from her former boss in a stunning case of a trusted employee looting the business then squandering the cash on luxuries.

Smith, who worked at Baierl Acura located in Wexford, Pa., an upper-middle class suburb of Pittsburgh, was convicted of systematically stealing for seven years–some $4,000 a day on average–for private jet travel, special trips to the theatre, fancy clothes and other goods, according to the court.

According to Shannon Pierre, of ABC Pittsburgh affiliate WTAE, who reported on the story from court, Smith’s reason for her crime spree was she felt like a “horrible daughter, wife, mother and friend” and the gifts were a way to “earn their love” because she wanted to see “what happiness looks like.”

Oh that was a good one! Pursuit of happiness was a phrase that made sense to Patricia. Here was happiness in its lurid colors and it didn’t work for her. In fact ‘pursuit of happiness’ was not simply a catchphrase but a whole sentence. Nearing retirement age she must serve 78 months in prison, three years of probation, and pay restitution of $10,349,569.14 for the fortune she obtained by making more than 800 money transfers from the Baierl Acura’s coffers to her personal accounts. (Good Morning America, June19, 2012).

When you are among lemmings watch out. Pursuit of happiness could land you in trouble.

Benny

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2008 was the year that changed the face of America forever, so it would seem. The American dream built on mass consumerism died a violent death. Global downturn it was called. Then there was another news that did not make much impact at the time except it gave the NRA a lethal awesomeness that made politics played around gun laws ever since a losing and dangerous game. In the District of Columbia v. Heller case the Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia declared in the majority opinion, “The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia.” Liberty in this Court ruling has since drawn blood and in my mind’s eye the torch that the Statue holds no longer throws light to the alien shores beckoning the poor huddled masses, to come in. With so many crime and economic malaise clinging at the many turnpikes there are no avenues open for them to seek relief under the skies of the home of the brave. The iconic Liberty instead looks sullen and sad: I see blood of the innocents spurting out unrelieved by politics of the law givers or the antics of the freedmen to the soil. It is slaughter of the innocents of another time. Instead of Herod I see NRA open for business all legal and sharp in its mien.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) only embarked on its modern crusade against virtually all gun legislation around 1970. Fully entering the political arena with its endorsement of Ronald Reagan for president in 1980, the NRA emerged as a key player in the conservative coalition that came to dominate the Republican Party. 

It’s hard to remember that for a while in the 1980s and 1990s, a limited form of gun control seemed politically possible. And following the 2008 Heller decision, it seemed the height of folly for legislators to take on gun control since the Supreme Court had so narrowed the framework for permissible regulation. As a result, even though the Aurora shootings took place in a swing state (Colorado) in an election year, Obama and the Democrats at the time never even raised the possibility of new federal legislation.
It is not white hats against black hats but the issue boils down is this: what liberty are you talking about when one in eight Americans is in need of some kind of psychiatric help? I aso see the specter of NRA like a mountebank at some fair grounds hustling the sick or with some identity problem to try ‘the toys’ piled up there. I remember an article posted on CNNMoney.com/ Parija Kavilanz/ July 26-7-12 that shows how the youth are out of touch with reality. Since it is relevant to understand the present predicament I shall give it at length:

For example manufacturing is a deep-rooted profession through generations of families in Southwest Michigan, USA. But many prefer to look elsewhere since manufacturing as shown in the TV/films always carries negative connotations.
“The public school system tells students that we have to go to college to be successful,” said one 18 year old who comes from the area, “Ever since you’re young, you hear that’s what you have to do to achieve the American dream.”
In these cash strapped times where unemployment is high, factory owners say they cannot find enough skilled workers.
“When I was an apprentice in the late ’70s, kids were dying to get into manufacturing. There were plenty of factory jobs,” said Joe Sedlak, a machinist who owns the Chesapeake Machine Company in Baltimore. “There are jobs for the taking today. But kids don’t want them.”
Stereotypes about factory jobs still persist. And the media isn’t helping, factory owners complain.
“On TV, kids don’t see many positive images of manufacturing,” said Bill Mach, president of Mach Mold, a manufacturer of plastics molds in Benton Harbor, Mich. A show will have a scene with “an old dark building with a bird flying out of it, and something bad happens.”
The industry needs an image boost, and young people need to get educated about high-skilled factory jobs, experts said.

Still, with almost 13 million unemployed Americans, including many high school graduates, he is struggling to fill positions.

A recent Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte report underscores that. Manufacturers currently have 600,000 vacancies nationwide, it said.

“Maybe we need someone cool like Clint Eastwood to say, ‘Go work in factories’ as a follow up to his Super Bowl Chrysler ad
Here we have a virtual reality of the real world filtered through the lens of pop culture. It would seem the visual generation cannot connect with the real world. In short they are in a bend and live in virtual world. It is not only an American crisis but also around the world. Crass commercialism has dulled the eyes of the youth. The shooter of Newtown, Connecticut had an identity problem, apparently. It is to him the merchant of death goads,’Hey kiddo! if you enjoyed wii II you will enjoy this still better’.
Land of the living or home of the brave shall remain a mirage until the lawgivers of the land learn to distinguish between politics for the responsible and politics of the senseless rhetorics.(ack: walter shapiro/Y News columnist-the longest war)
benny

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