. . . the force behind it is greater than anything human beings can do to keep it from happening. It can be seen just by looking around one. That is a kind of teleology of Jesus.
For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end. (Luke 22:37).
Prophecy is about means and ends. It shows the reason for existence. It reveals the meaning of life.
The will of God is beyond the control of selfish human beings. The process of cause and effect is laid out before us. Jesus's pivotal action will live on eternally while evil dies away.
War is a dire offense having grave consequences for the participants and especially the instigators even if they are punishers. They are evil in their wrathfulness, devils incarnate. They have but a short time, and they shall rue the day. They are making enemies only bitterer. Also, no human rules can remove the evil inherent on both sides in any war. Even the Geneva Conventions are ratified insanity. Yet, those who seek to avoid the intention of those conventions to lessen the barbarism inherent in war and who nevertheless go to war are even the greater sinners (more insane).
The hawks now advocate going to war without any restraints. They go to war to plunder, for profits, for bloodlust. All is fair in war many think, while in truth, nothing in war is ever fair. There are no rules or technologies that can sanitize it.
Don't show dead bodies especially of your own nation. Don't show the wounded, the amputees, the blinded, the deafened, the mentally and spiritually traumatized, etc. Don't show the victims on the other side especially civilians. Don't show the imprisoned. Don't give out the numbers of the dead (body counts) or injured. Work to prevent freelance or un-embedded journalism. Claim that there are no, or few, civilian deaths or injuries. Claim that targeting is pinpoint via so-called smart weapons and does not harm anyone other than positively identified militant opposition. Deny the use of indiscriminant weapons. Deny torture. Claim high morale. Work to censor all opposing views everywhere. Smile and laugh. Tell people to go shopping.
War though is murderous, and it is a kind of rape that cannot be sanitized and will never go unpunished by the forces of evil rage and the sinless other life forms and implements of God's creation. The neoconservatives (the new breed of conservative that is still of the same old spirit of selfishness) want to go into more and more wars until they have completely taken over the planet. They say it plainly and in writing. America used to despise megalomania. Now the churlish depict megalomania as messianic. They try to make wrong into right by force.
Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. (Matthew 4:8-10).
For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? (Matthew 16:26).
How can anyone calling him or herself Christian be so blind to this? How can anyone, Christian or not, be blind to this? How dull is he or she? "But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear." (Matthew 13:16).
The conservatives want to create a world of laborers and consumers beholden to them, mesmerized through the arts of marketing, advertising, public relations, economics, science, and technology, all applied darkly, that is to say forselfishness. They sponsor dehumanization, the ungodly work of selfish reward.
True fruitfulness though is where people do not work mindlessly to satisfy contrived, selfish cravings. Under the spirit of real liberalism, no one is beholden to the selfish spirit. Everyone will have all, because everyone will share all and the earth will be renewed in that spirit.
Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. (Jeremiah 17:7-8).
In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, shall ye call every man his neighbour under the vine and under the fig tree. (Zechariah 3:10).
The rich, conservative Christians (in name only) do not want everyone being a neighbor in the sense that the Good Samaritan treated the half-dead man along the road as his neighbor. They do not want everyone under the vine and under the fig tree freely giving and sharing all together the fruits of the earth as those are given and shared freely by God. Rather, they lavishly indulge their closest relatives and associates. As for what they tell the poor and each other, little if any is said in remembrance of Jesus's words of warning about personal riches and mammon worship.
Inferring the Apostles were godless
Jesus said, "Ye cannot serve God and mammon." (Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:13). Yet that is exactly what most who call themselves Christian conservatives claim they do successfully. They call it prosperity. They uphold capitalism as if it were Christianity. They uphold it as if it is necessary to be a capitalist in order to be a Christian. By so doing, they infer that the Apostles were godless for holding all things in common, for not being capitalists. That is how the conservatives (anti-communists, even those calling themselves traditional liberal, small-d democrats) lump everyone together who advocates communist living (truly holding all things in common), which necessarily includes those of the true church, then and now, and even the very pillars of the earliest church: James (the brother of Jesus), Peter, and John.
The Apostles were not Marxists
The Apostles were not godless, obviously. They were not Marxists. They would never have been members of the Communist Party. They most especially would never have been members of the Bolshevik wing of the Marxist Communists. They were not militant (violent). The Bolsheviks were, and are, violent and undemocratic. The Apostles were for unselfish love in action (the spirit of oneness in service and friendship) that necessarily includes the real spirit of communism. That is godly. They lived it successfully.
People are ready, willing, and able to live that way now. Only those who hate the spirit do their utmost to thwart it. They always have.
You see, the Communist Party of the former Soviet Union and other states is based upon the teachings of Karl Marx who advocated violent revolution to overthrow the ruling, upper class (wealthy elite) to create a truly classless society. The term "communist" comes from the same root. It is part of the whole train of thinking that is in line with communal, commune, community, collective ownership, common, etc.
The salient point at which Marx parts company with Jesus concerns the means to the end and what the true end is. Marx's means are violent. Jesus's means are peaceful. Marx's end is materialistic only and can't arrive because of the violent means. Jesus's end is where the spiritual and the physical conflate in righteousness. God's kingdom comes to rule over both heaven and earth.
Many will say this is an oversimplification; however, it really isn't. Many people wish to overly complicate things in order to justify ulterior motives and to avoid the implications of the clear and plain truth.
Jesus was a communist, not a Communist
That's the truth. If you don't like it, then you aren't a Christian. Real Christians love it. He was truly classless or casteless in that he was both first and last. All those who aspire to Christlikeness must be of that mindset and spirit also.
Now, that is why the subtitle of this work is that Jesus was a small-c communist. The proper noun that is the particular political party is capitalized as in the "Communist Party." The noun "communism" as used to cover the entirety of living in the spirit of the kingdom of heaven, where all things are shared as freely received and freely given, is not the name of that political party or its ideology.
The capitalists and the Marxists would prefer that there not be this distinction. Each side of their argument would prefer that Jesus and all the monasteries and convents and other religious communes in the world be viewed as something other than small-c communist. The capitalists have always wanted to pollute the term "communist." They become apoplectic at the thought that giving and sharing all freely in the same loving spirit Jesus showed his friends might become a clear and plain focus of the general population as opposed to the current spirit the conservatives have drummed into the population of loathing that message of Jesus Christ. They hate Jesus and his message. They hate anyone who speaks it or tries to live it. Watch them and listen to them rail against everything Jesus lived for, died for, and yet still lives for. Look at their fruits.
It is a fact that among other contextually dependent terms, Jesus is a small-c communist. He is for freely and compassionately and joyfully giving and sharing all. He is a historicist. He is duty bound to fulfill and unfold the continuing prophecy. He is a non-Marxist. He is a pacifist and one with God. He is a spiritual and manifest revolutionary. He knows that God is spirit and that evil must be radically overthrown in the core being of each soul. He is a restorationist. We are to return to God as defined in all the things Jesus signifies. He is an individualist. Each soul has the sovereign freedom to turn to infinite unselfishness or fall into the bondage of darkness. The entirety of existence can be gone through this way; however, the summation is real love. That's the truth. Have mercy on the failures, because we've all fallen. In mercy, we succeed.
The opposition is anyone of the following: A large-c Communist; a capitalist; an expropriator; a nonbeliever in the prophecy; an agnostic; an atheist; a non-real-Christian; a reactionary against real, not false, liberalism; a disbeliever in the radical change to full child of God, having been dead and lost and now alive and found; a nonbeliever in separating oneself unto God and, thereby, uniting with all who do likewise; a wrathful rather than a merciful soul; a militant; a torturer or tormentor of any kind to any degree.
Beware the militant revolutionary who hates Jesus and is hiding behind false expressions of democracy, freedom, liberty, openness, and justice whether labeled economic, political, or otherwise. Beware the capitalist revolutionary. Beware the militant democratic revolutionary. He or she is too hardhearted and selfish to follow. Where you find a militancy, coercion, torture, terrorism (instilling fear and a sense of the futility of even righteousness), or the like, you find the satanic spirit, the negative, the problem, the error, etc., being all synonyms.
Now, the true Marxists have also polluted the terms "communist" and "communism." They hate anything that doesn't put humans above all else. They are materialists not in the sense of necessarily wanting lots of material possession but rather in the sense of being anti-spirit. They deny the existence of intelligence that brought all, including them, into being. It is ultimately a matter of ego and how that ego gets in the way of the stated goal. Marx preached a final state of communism akin to heaven but without God. Jesus though made clear that God is heaven. One cannot get to heaven without God and godliness or holiness. To get there requires overcoming Marx's egoism ultimately recognizable to the discerning as being intrinsic in his philosophy. It's why his movement will never succeed. It's why his movement has violence at its base.
Well, it is the real Christian's duty that Jesus is not factored out but rather that Messiahship actually comes to dominate. "Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations." (Psalm 82:8).
Capitalism is godless
If there is any system in the world that is far from the kingdom it is capitalism. Capitalism is godless. It is true that Marx was godless, but that did not and does not render capitalism godly. What is godly about selfishness? Which system teaches and does more selfishness, capitalism or the communism of Jesus and his Apostles?
Jesus and the Apostles were not of the political ideological position held by those calling themselves American and British conservatives and neoliberals today. In the eyes of neoliberals, Jesus and the Apostles were and are dangerous extremists.
Is holding all things in common what conservatives are advocating? Are not conservatives in favor of total privatization? Isn't privatization the devil showing the conservatives all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them, and saying to them "All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me"? Aren't all Christians to say in response to that, "Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve"? Isn't privatization a prime means for the few to gain more mammon for their private, special advantages and privileges at the expense and enslavement of everyone else? Isn't it an evil covetousness?
They will defend it as progress in development. However, didn't Isaiah warn against wrong development that is a consequence of mammon worship and overpopulation that comes of uncontrolled lust? Is it not the manifestation of both the lust of the eye and the flesh: Materialism and sexual desire?
Woe unto them that join house to house, that lay field to field, till there be no place, that they may be placed alone in the midst of the earth! (Isaiah 5:8).
It is roughly estimated that one-quarter of the earth's land is cultivated with most of it field to field. More and more people are streaming into cities where there is little to no space between houses. Humanity has vastly overpopulated, and we are living in a system of mammon worship. These things (living in overly dense housing and cities, destroying the wilderness, and lusting after money and things) have gone hand-in-hand.
What a mistake it is for president Putin of Russia to claim that the worse thing facing Russia is a declining population. He doesn't understand the stresses put on the land by overpopulation. Fewer youth working twice as intelligently and not necessarily harder can handle many times the elderly. Of course, that's not his only concern. He's worried militarily, manning all the outposts of a huge territory such as Russia, being overrun, and the Russians never again being a great power. It is misguided. He should turn to God, not market economics.
The Apostles were living as real liberals. They were not materialists. Aren't the people who call themselves "conservative Christians" really materialists? Don't they advocate acquiring and accumulating and hoarding more for self? Are they not promoting the lust of the eye and in many cases the flesh in order to make money for themselves? Do they not market and advertise such things incessantly? The Apostles did not market or advertise promoting lust or selfish-satisfaction. Are not the conservatives the principal owners and chief officers of the most money-making corporations that gain their money through marketing and advertising competing appetites? They seek to create, stimulate, and supply the lack of self-control of the appetites. They also want to profit off counter-measures. They go exactly against the teachings of the prophets, Jesus, and the Apostles.
The conservatives unlike the Apostles are swept up in the consumer society of endless materialism, consumption, and fashion, entertainment, image, and lust, all perpetuated and stimulated by the brain washing of ad nauseam advertising and hypnotic suggestions invisible to the unaware and perpetrated by stealthy public-relations firms and think tanks. "And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation." (Luke 22:46). They participate in drilling into all minds the false desire for more and more of what people really do not need and which, in fact, corrupts, contrives, and distracts. That same dark marketing has put their chosen princes in the highest seats of worldly power.
Here we have God's reputation around the as-yet un-evangelized world being brought into a state of disrepute and shame by the false teachings of the spiritually dead who sometimes even come to believe their own lies that they are working for the salvation of the planet while doing the opposite. This is the source of the greatest danger for the world. It causes the greatest confusion. It exacerbates all forms of confusion and the ruination of the whole planet.
Thankfully though, the stark contrast between the conservatives and the real liberals will work to separate out the real liberals and Christians from the false Christians and all the rest worshipping in the worldly congregation of selfishness. The whole world will come to know the truth and live accordingly.
Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks? (Ezekiel 34:2).
Woe to the shepherds of America, England, Israel, and all nations and families that feed themselves and not the needy! This is not a curse but a warning. It is not a threat but a call from one standing on the wall watching out so that many will be worthy of escaping the snare that falls upon the whole earth. Unlike with those who hate the truth, this is not temptation to fall to then be standing accused and guilty. It is the light to see the way passed the dark pitfalls. Let us not make the same mistake the Pharisees made.
Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk. And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men. Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not? But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites? Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's. When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way. (Matthew 22:15-21).
Money was not devised by God but humankind. It has been an instrument of selfishness. This is so simple yet so complicated for so many.
And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. (John 8:3-11).
The conservatives put God on trial by putting truth on trial: To the test. They did that in an attempt to justify their lifestyles to the masses. They knew their traditions were designed to benefit themselves rather than save others from behaving, speaking, thinking, and feeling detrimentally, against godliness. They weren't really looking for the truth. They kept on rejecting it over and over while they searched for ways to weaken Jesus's correct points. When they couldn't turn the people away from Jesus with logic, they silenced him by murdering him. This though only served Jesus's point, for those who are able to perceive it.
The ones who tested Jesus and took his points were shown tested and repentant "convicted by their own conscience." Those who heeded Jesus accuse those now who refuse to drop their weapons claiming they are without sin or that they can throw their stones simply because they can. Those who don't heed now are without conscience. They are the walking dead.
For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:20).
They are not troubled by their consciences. They don't worry.
They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men. Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment. (Psalm 73:5-6).
What is the motto of the US Marine Corps? "The few, the proud, the Marines." Violent! King David, a warrior king, rebukes them. They haven't learned in three thousand years, let alone two. Jesus showed that David's path was off but that it was far closer to the right path then the US Marine Corps'. David would have been a follower of Jesus. He would have been convicted by his conscience and become a pacifist had he had the benefit of Jesus's words as the Apostles had them. David and many others would have loved to have been able to hear Jesus teach the straight and narrow.
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