Monthly Archives: September 2012

Religious Freedom – Is Democracy For Mid East

I am very disturbed about all this Arab uprising all over the world, over one film.   Then I heard some Arab woman tell a reporter that the “US should make a new law protecting Islam.”  Thus, it is clear they do not understand how democracy works.  America is a country that is first a Republic, and then a democracy.   Our Founding Fathers from George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and so many more, were in fact extremely intelligent well read men from a very young age.  You see America is unique.  We are different from ANY other country around the world.  And our Constitution protects ALL PEOPLE for freedoms of religion and speech.

The United States has set up not just courts and judges within individual towns and cities WITHIN each state, but, then Federal Judges, all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court.  THEY in fact have the final rule, even if Congress DID pass a law to protect Islam from ridicule, they cannot  do it under our Constitution.  WHY?

Because to do so, would take AWAY the freedoms of others.  That’s right, we that are Christian too.  There is no law in America that calls itself a Christian nation was founded by Christian men, who wrote our Constitution, to protect us (Christians), or Judaism, cults, or even Satanism (which does exist here), or atheists,  agnostics.  We have different legal organizations here such as the ACLU (American Civil Liberty Union), a group of lawyers that fight for the rights of those that have NO God or belief.  They in turn are trying to take our Christian rights away, including removing Crosses from sacred cemeteries of World War II soldiers.  Christians have been fighting in the courts for so many years, and it just keeps going.  We who are Christian, have  alternative lawyers, the ACLJ (American Center for Law and Justice) as well as Liberty Counsel.   Then the legal arguments get finally presented to the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC to make a final decision.  All that said, just passing a law against defaming Islam, would have to include ALL OTHER RELIGIONS which is AGAINST Freedom of Speech and religion.

Here is a summary written in 1793 by Zephaniah Swift (author of America’s first law textbook.)  “Christians of different denominations ought to consider that THE LAW knows NO DISTINCTION AMONG THEM!”  (Ok? THAT includes All religions and NON-Believers including Muslims, Jews, cults, Catholics, Protestants, Satanists and other cultists, and agnostics.  ALL means just that ALL.  For you must remember we are not strictly of ONE religion as you are in your Arab countries. ) “That they are ALL ESTABLISHED UPON BROAD BASIS OF EQUAL LIBERTY, THAT THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO THINK,  SPEAK,  AND WORSHIP AS THEY PLEASE, and that no sect has power to injure and oppress another.  When they reflect that they are equally under the protection of the LAW, all will revere and love the Constitution, and feel interested in the support of the government.  NO DENOMINATION”   (RELIGION) ” can pride themselves in the enjoyment of  SUPERIOR AND EXCLUSIVE POWERS AND IMMUNITIES.”   This was the premise of the ESTABLISHMENT CLAUSE IN THE US CONSTITUTION.

The way this is written gives us in America EQUALITY, for ALL people, races, colors, religions, with respect given thereof.  The constitutional prohibition against making laws prohibiting insults, or “an establishment” of religion” forbade only the federal establishment of a national denomination.  This comes under our First Amendment rights  to free speech.  The Founders of this nation however, not only chose NOT to establish Federally any particular religion or denomination of Christianity (Catholic/Protestant), they further never intended the First Amendment to become a vehicle to promote a pluralism of other religions.  As Justice Story explained in his Commentaries:

“The real object of the First Amendment was not to countenance, much less to advance, Mahometanism, or Judaism, or infidelity, by prostrating Christianity; but to exclude all rivalry among Christian sects.”  (Which was prevalent when this was a new country.  Now, however, it is to protect ALL religions, and those who do not believe in ANY God…agnostics/atheists.) Remember too, America is NOT a colonialist country, and America fought in her own Revolutionary War in 1726 to be free from England and Imperial rule.  Free to worship as we please and set up our Government with freedom for all.  (And I’m a proud ancestor of a Major who fought in that war!)

Whereby, for those in these Muslim countries that expect us to just pass a law and condone what ONE man did?  My deepest apologies to you.  But, as they have ridiculed Jesus, and are on a quest to take away Crosses on graves, which will not succeed, anymore than giving Muslims more priority of respect than we that are Christian, Jew, or atheists.  WE in America under the laws of the land are to be all treated equal.  What we pass in laws for you? Would have to be for us that are Christian, the Jews, and so on.  Here, we are EQUAL.  And our Constitution and First Amendment gives even those who revile in disgusting films about Muhammad and Jesus, a right to express in art form whatever lies or truths they see fit.  You may not see it as right, since you are offended, but, somehow our laws protect all religions and peoples equally.  It works.

If you want true freedom, and democracy, it comes with a price.  Free speech  isn’t always free.  Sometimes there are insults, but while I as a Christian, get infuriated when my Jesus  is maimed, and insulted.. We would not riot, kill and burn down YOUR embassy’s here in the US.    For this is why we have a structured court system, in which decisions can be appealed to a higher court all the way to the US Supreme Court.

I’m sorry for one man’s foolishness.  But, I would like to know why Islam is so violent.   My Bible says to be offended for nothing!  I came to the Cross and to Jesus by his blood, out of grace and mercy.   Here we are, the Jew, with the lineage of Abraham & Sarah, Isaac his son, to Jacob, David, lineage to Jesus.  I only came to the God of Abraham as a gentile by the blood and salvation message Jesus gave us when he died on the Cross for the sins of mankind…ALL mankind!  Islam came from Abraham, but Hagar, Ismael, to your Muslim lineage.  Esau was part of that, and bore such hates in my Bible.  Once in 70AD you were all a peaceful peoples.    We all claim the heritage of Abraham, but, cannot get along and that is sad.  There is a movie out, in small letters “jesus of nazareth” that a Christian Filmmakers watch is trying to stop. It is just as hurtful and disgusting to me as this movie that offended you.  But, I’m still trying to write this in love, and have no hates towards you at all.  For 4,000 years since Alexander the Great, to the Crusades and on an on…Arabs have been fighting Western Civilization, and you cannot live in peace.  Therefore,  with all this destruction, murders, hate, you have lost your standing in the world to be respected.

https://www.cftvc.org/121/

Christian TV trying to stop a defiling movie on Jesus.. Muslims are not alone. No one passed a law protecting us, Christians either…see?

I pray for peace in the Mid East and a new dialogue and hopefully a new President that is stronger and more effective.   Stop the hates.. Hatreds accomplish nothing except more hates.  And it is like a disease that never stops.  Ask yourselves if democracy is what you really want.  Freedom of speech means that sometimes you will be insulted by others, and your religion. Here in America the media and press do it all the time.  We Christians are used to it.   But, we fight it in the courts not on the streets.  I respectfully hope and pray you work to give your countries, in Egypt, Lebanon, Sudan, etc., a chance for equality, and your leaders learn how pass laws, good laws, helpful laws,  a free society.   If it isn’t free on religion as well?  Then it isn’t free.  My prayers are with you, and I ask all my Christian friends to read this as well and pray for world peace.  Blessings.

http://www.charlierose.com/view/interview/11898

Prince Turki al Faisal Saudi Arabia interview with Charlie Rose 9/19/12

Framework of American laws from our Founding Fathers and our Freedom from the Imperialist rule of England in 1776 after the Revolutionary War.

The Constitution of the United States of America

http://www.wallbuilders.com/LIBissuesArticles.asp?id=36438

The Declaration of Independence

http://www.wallbuilders.com/LIBissuesArticles.asp?id=25685

Palestinian -Israli history:

http://www.masada2000.org/index.html

 

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Israel & America In Bible Prophecy

Seeing what is happening in the world now;  Israel boxed in a corner, surrounded by her enemies, and America blatantly, with this Administration, turning their  back on her, has been very disturbing to  me as a Christian.  I’ve been a student of Bible  prophesy and current world events now for 30 years.  It is a fascinating, amazing study where God beckons me with tears and prayers.

There are groups now called Preterists, who believe that prophesies in the Book of Revelations have already been fulfilled.in the destruction of Jerusalem in 70AD  . The term preterism comes from the Latin praeter, which is listed in Webster’s 1913 dictionary as a prefix denoting that something is “past” or “beyond,” signifying that either all or a majority of Bible prophecy was fulfilled by AD 70. Adherents of preterism are commonly known as preterists, most coming from the Catholic Church, which is why no end time prophesy is ever taught, and why not taught in a lot of current Christian churches.  AND they are so misinformed.

They ignore what Jesus prophesied himself …ie the word;  “Until” the end times of the Gentiles to be fulfilled”.  Luke 21:22-24  “Then let them which are in Judea flee to the mountains, let them which are in the midst of it depart. 22 For these are the days of vengeance (judgment) that all things which are written may be fulfilled. 23 But WOE unto them who are with child & to them who suck, in those days!  For there shall be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people. (did in 70 AD).  24 They fell by the edge of the sword and were trodden until the time of the Gentiles (us Christians who were not Jewish that are saved). The Temple was destroyed by Romans in 70AD that eventually in all their bloodshed, became the beginning 350-500 years later of the Catholic church.  Jerusalem was destroyed then by the Babylonians (Iraq).  (And Saddam had started to rebuild Babylon too, in southern Iraq by Kuwait. )  This key word the preterists overlook is the word “UNTIL” which means what has happened in the past has stopped, but will start again.

This is when the Jews were falling by the edge of the sword & “scattered” in every nation.  It was trampled on by the gentiles.  There is a plan for the Jewish people. Matthew 25:31-46 Jesus, when He comes back as the Messiah will segregate and separate the gentiles from the Jewish people.  Sheep from goats.  Sheep who are believers will go into His Kingdom, and the goats will be cast directly into judgment.  Romans 11:22-24  The olive tree mentioned is an allegory here, which symbolizes an eternal relationship with God.  The Jew is this olive tree!  And some will be cut out.  Romans 11:25 Paul says, “Israel has experienced a hardening in part (until)  the full number of the gentiles have come in.”  This refers back to Luke 21:24, and so all Israel will be saved!  The Jew will have the covenant but have their sins taken away!  Israel in this age has a partial blinding to what is to come and faith in the God of Abraham!  That word again, “until” –The deliverer will come from Zion, He will turn godlessness away from Jacob.

Romans 11:26-29 “And this is my covenant with them, when I take away their sins.  As far as the gospel on your account, “today” they are enemies (Jews vs Catholics especially and some of us who are Protestant).  But they are loved on account of the patriarchs, for God’s gifts and His call are IRREVOCABLE!   The main issue Israel has partial judicial blindness and we are His temporary until Christ returns.  “Until”  (that word again) full , and all saved then it’s closed. THEN he goes back to HIS people in Israel.

So are we going to believe the God of the Bible or that which comes from man-made  theories  and worldly leaders or allegorical meanings of scripture which eliminates truths.  Alchemists of allegory putting a curse on all those seeking to put harm on Israel.   This is happening now in/on America!  We have a curse on us now, for we went against God Almighty taking God out of everything He gave America.   Our leaders care nothing about God and what HE says about the Jews and Israel being the SOUL OWNERS OF THAT LAND!  THEY have the covenant and title deed to Israel the UN and Arab nations along with America’s left and Obama are making them give up land from God Almighty piece by piece…Hillary, Obama, and all these leaders of Islam and Russia, (the Bear in Revelation) and China (the Lion in Revelation) for a Palestinian state,  now not inviting Israel, to this huge meeting because Turkey requested they be absent (snubbed).   WOE to us….God is saying on this America.  We have placed by our actions a curse on this nation !  For God said HE will bless those who bless my people, (Israel and the Jews)  and curse them who curse her.  Woe be to the Arab’s like Iran…Russia, Turkey Syria…all in Ezekiel 38 & 39..   But in the process, all those who forsake God’s people, Israel, and us , Christians getting persecuted and saved like Pastor Yousef, will be destroyed SUPERNATURALLY BY GOD!  We need to pay attention to the news around us.. For His judgement is already before us.

God I pray for your people Jew and Gentile that love you and come to your throne and pray and seek your face, crying out all the while.  We need to pay attention too as Christians, more to Christian TV news, like Hal Lindsay, CBN, & 700 Club news and others as well as TBN, and Daystar.  Everything is lined up. Everything is in place.  Can we pray and change the direction and prolong?  I have no idea, but we need to change America.    We need to be on our knees  and pray for Israel and the Jews still scattered around the world, and think back to the Holocaust and what evil really is.  We are a disaster in the making in this world now.   All I can do is voice as a watchdog what God puts on my heart, and births in me to share.   And prayer and action in the polls is our only tool. If this man gets in again, America is lost…gone as we know it…as well as our freedoms.  Thank you Lord Jesus for all you put on my heart today, and I pray it sounds an alarm that shakes us to it’s serious consequences.  God bless you..and God bless America and Israel, and protect the Christians in Egypt and these other Arab countries.

*Some of this transcribed from Hal Lindsay video.    http://www.hallindsey.com/videos/?vid=235

http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111904353504576568710341742174.html?fb_action_ids=4023673064008&fb_action_types=og.recommends&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582

Postscript & Clarification:

I don’t know what was in this film on Islam (I’ve been trying to find out..) So I don’t back it nor do I condemn it.  I think American politicians have things backwards. Yet, it’s alright to censor pastors…Its all right to yank Christians Crosses down even in WWII memorials, and they want to censor us right in the media.  What I want is the truth.  And I’ll leave it at that.  But, these radical Islamist scare me because of  their violence.  For 4,000 years, since Abraham’s 2 sons, Isaac (Jewish Covenant & Christianity) and Ishmael (Arabs, Oil nations born from his servant Haggar) have fought.  We can go back to Alexander the great, the Crusades (fighting with Catholics who were just as bloody).  Their objective is to CONTROL AND DEMAND TOTAL OBEDIENCE TO ISLAM AND CONVERT BY FORCE.

Then we have Judaism &  Christianity.  Israel, only wants to live in peace…A small country that is God’s  chosen,  where, one day Heaven will come down to earth and reign. Christianity  converts by God’s love.  BUT…  Make no mistake about it, GOD’S HAND  WILL PROTECT ISRAEL, and any country such as Iran, Egypt,  Turkey (Ezekiel 38,39) that DARES to attack her will be swallowed up by earthquakes and such violence in the War of Armageddon (the FINAL WAR) and God’s wrath and judgment that it will be mind boggling.  I can say all this to ask one thing.

What about America?   From this President’s decisions to molly coddle Islamists here,  and around the world and not stick up for Judaism (even meet with Netanyahu), and Christianity, HE HAS BROUGHT JUDGMENT ON THE US.  GOD help us!  Wait til the prices sore in January & February… Draught, the fires,  storms, dust storms, earthquakes, lack of oil,  (failure to sign with Canada on that pipeline so we could be independent)…;ice storms, now the Co River dry…power failures…where everything we touch will be a disaster…..Gods judgment!  And this I believe.   God’s hand will ONLY be on America if we back Israel….”I will bless those who bless my people and curse those who CURSE her…  Guess what Hillary, thanks to you and this President America has a curse on her now.   You have a bigger problem with your new World Order that will out of the 10 horns (nations) usher in the Anti Christ and the 666…playing with the US right to the devil’s hands.  But my  word to you? To Obama? Woe unto you , THUS sayeth the Lord, because my curse and judgement is going to triple in my judgements  on all of the leaders, their families…and you will never ever enter Heaven, but be  cursed by God.  How could you both, (the Clinton’s) calling yourselves Baptists, once, so educated…have totally missed the boat on Biblical prophesies…For I don’t fear all of you, but I do fear God Almighty!

THIS IS WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO VOTE AND VOTE FOR CHRISTIAN &
JEWISH LEADERS….BETTER YET?  AN ARAB THAT IS CONVERTED TO JESUS!

*(Pret´er`ist)

n. 1. One whose chief interest is in the past; one who regards the past with most pleasure or favor.
2. (Theol.) One who believes the prophecies of the Apocalypse to have been already fulfilled.

Deterrence with Iran

Deterrence worked with the Soviet Union. Here’s why it won’t work with Iran.  An excellent article by Charles Krauthammer , which a friend posted on Facebook..

“There are few foreign-policy positions more silly than the assertion without context that “deterrence works.” It is like saying air power works. Well, it worked for Kosovo; it didn’t work over North Vietnam. It’s like saying city-bombing works. It worked in Japan 1945 (Tokyo through Nagasaki). It didn’t in the London blitz.

The idea that some military technique “works” is meaningless. It depends on the time, the circumstances, the nature of the adversaries. The longbow worked for Henry V. At El Alamein, however, Montgomery chose tanks. Yet a significant school of American “realists” remains absolutist on deterrence and is increasingly annoyed with those troublesome Israelis who are sowing fear, rattling world markets and risking regional war by threatening a preemptive strike to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. Don’t they understand that their fears are grossly exaggerated? After all, didn’t deterrence work during 40 years of Cold War?
Indeed, a few months ago, columnist Fareed Zakaria made that case by citing me writing in defense of deterrence in the early 1980s at the time of the nuclear freeze movement. And yet now, writes Zakaria, Krauthammer (and others on the right) “has decided that deterrence is a lie.” Nonsense. What I have decided is that deterring Iran is fundamentally different from deterring the Soviet Union. You could rely on the latter but not on the former.
The reasons are obvious and threefold:
(1) The nature of the regime.
Did the Soviet Union in its 70 years ever deploy a suicide bomber? For Iran, as for other jihadists, suicide bombing is routine. Hence the trail of self-immolation, from the 1983 Marine barracks attack in Beirut to the Bulgaria bombing of July 2012.
Iran’s clerical regime rules in the name of a fundamentalist religion for whom the hereafter offers the ultimate rewards. For Soviet communists – thoroughly, militantly atheistic – such thinking was an opiate-laced fairy tale.
For all its global aspirations, the Soviet Union was intensely nationalist. The Islamic Republic sees itself as an instrument of its own brand of Shiite millenarianism – the messianic return of the “hidden Imam.”

“You love life and we love death.” Try deterring that.
It’s one thing to live in a state of mutual assured destruction with Stalin or Brezhnev, leaders of a philosophically materialist, historically grounded, deeply here-and-now regime. It’s quite another to be in a situation of mutual destruction with apocalyptic clerics who believe in the imminent advent of the Mahdi, the supremacy of the afterlife and holy war as the ultimate avenue to achieving it. The classic formulation comes from Tehran’s fellow (and rival Sunni) jihadist al-Qaeda: “You love life and we love death.” Try deterring that.

(2) The nature of the grievance.
The Soviet quarrel with America was ideological. Iran’s quarrel with Israel is existential. The Soviets never proclaimed a desire to annihilate the American people. For Iran, the very existence of a Jewish state on Muslim land is a crime, an abomination, a cancer with which no negotiation, no coexistence, no accommodation is possible.
(3) The nature of the target.
America is a nation of 300 million; Israel, 8 million. America is a continental nation; Israel, a speck on the map, at one point eight miles wide. Israel is a “one-bomb country.” Its territory is so tiny, its population so concentrated that, as Iran’s former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has famously said, “Application of an atomic bomb would not leave anything in Israel but the same thing would just produce damages in the Muslim world.” A tiny nuclear arsenal would do the job.
In U.S.-Soviet deterrence, both sides knew that a nuclear war would destroy them mutually. The mullahs have thought the unthinkable to a different conclusion. They know about the Israeli arsenal. They also know, as Rafsanjani said, that in any exchange Israel would be destroyed instantly and forever, whereas the ummah – the Muslim world of 1.8billion people whose redemption is the ultimate purpose of the Iranian revolution – would survive damaged but almost entirely intact.
This doesn’t mean that the mullahs will necessarily risk terrible carnage to their country in order to destroy Israel irrevocably. But it does mean that the blithe assurance to the contrary – because the Soviets never struck first – is nonsense. The mullahs have a radically different worldview, a radically different grievance and a radically different calculation of the consequences of nuclear war.
The confident belief that they are like the Soviets is a fantasy. That’s why Israel is contemplating a preemptive strike. Israel refuses to trust its very existence to the convenient theories of comfortable analysts living 6,000 miles from its Ground Zero.”

The one thing I know as a Christian who loves God, is that HE is protecting Israel and I know my end time prophesies.   Charles Krauthammer has tremendous insight and wisdom, but, not “belief” in Jehovah God.  For this I know too, we need to understand our Biblical prophesies and how it relates to all that is going on in this world.  And then look up….My God is still in control.