PAUL KRUGMAN IS RIGHT AND WRONG HERE BUT NOT FOR REASONS USUALLY CITED BY HIS DETRACTORS: MERRY CHRISTMAS/XMAS, HAPPY HOLIDAYS?

"Paul Krugman's depression economics," by Andrew Leonard. Salon.com. December 8, 2008.

[Andrew Leonard] And how soon do you think it will be before Republican ideologues start blaming Obama for making it worse? Grover Norquist is already making the claim that the bear market is a result of the 2006 election — he says investors started dumping stocks because they were afraid of the inevitable tax hikes coming down the road. How do you fight that?

[Paul Krugman] To some extent you can't fight it — people will believe what they want to believe. If they can make FDR the cause of the Great Depression, they can do anything. But one thing progressives can do is make sure that the story of the Bush administration is told, in all respects. There's going to be huge pressure from the usual suspects to let bygones be bygones, to forget about everything from torture to reckless disregard of financial warnings. But I want truth and reconciliation across the board, and progressives have to make it clear that it was an ideology, not an act of God, that made this crisis possible.

Ideological consequences are, in fact, acts of God. It is God's design that what happens, happens. Cause and effect are God's work. However, God's not to blame. We choose. We often, and in a certain sense, always choose evil only from a position of some ignorance. If one were to know from God's perspective, one would never choose evil. God has afforded us all the opportunity to truly learn, not just learn what the proverbial Adam and Eve learned biting into the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil but learn what we are allowed to learn by biting into the fruit of life. Yes, it's forbidden. It is forbidden to the ignorant. It is allowed for those who are washed clean by the truth concerning that said evil. We may return home if we soften. Right now, on balance, the people are hardening still further.

We can see that hardening becoming starker and starker. We see it in all the arguments that are truly obfuscating.

It doesn't matter whether or not someone says "Christmas" or "Xmas" or whether Washington State's capitol has Nativity scenes (a big furor here). It doesn't matter whether people march around with signs saying, "Santa leads to Hell." When I say matter, I mean those on either side of these so-called issues are wrong.

Jesus wasn't born on December 25th. The Pagans are right that the Roman Catholic Church expropriated the Winter Solstice Festival. Let's be truthful. Think about this though. Jesus is the dawning of the new season where the light returns. It is why I have been writing on this blog that Jesus fulfilled all the pagan aspirations if they will just cut through all the garbage they are dragging around with them.

Happy Holidays actually means Happy Holy Days. Who thinks of the birth of Jesus who is also a Christian who takes offense at anyone referring to his birth (regardless of December 25th) as Holy? I'm certainly not offended. Oh, certain people who don't give a damn about the real message of Jesus are offended. They see it as diminishing Jesus. Well, what did some people think when the Pope okayed using December 25? Those people thought the Pope was diminishing (distracting). I agree with them. The real message lives and will shine through regardless of any Pope's error. That's one of the reasons the truth is so beautiful, even the most beautiful thing there is.

As for the Happy Holidays expression being designed to allow for Jews and others to not be crushed by Christians, I was told that some 50 years ago. It's nothing new. It was political correctness back then too.

Don't take it wrong. I don't hold with political correctness as it is most commonly used. For me, real political correctness is telling the truth that is Jesus's message to feed the lambs and sheep, etc. I don't care (a particular connotation) whether that offends others. They shouldn't be offended by the best message ever delivered. If they don't like it and want to crucify me, it makes me think of Peter thinking he was unworthy to be treated as Christ and asked to be crucified upside down.

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    • @Bible Teachings -

      Hi Chris,

      Responsibility is huge. I'm glad you focused in on that.

      They did try to blame someone else. It is also important to note that the tempter also bears responsibility. In fact, he doesn't make it back home, unless we consider his home as the eternal Lake of Fire where the essence of evil remains after the purging of every soul. His was, and will remain, the greater sin – the greatest sin.

      On a human-to-human level, this is why it appears to me that we need as much universal forgiveness and repentance as possible.

      It also appears to me that Jesus came to take away the sins of the world. He gave us tasks to do that if left undone will see us with the goats no matter all the fancy words we say. Lip service won't cut it. He says so quite clearly and plainly. We are to reduce sin via good works via God dwelling alive in us.

      I want to bring forth via the Christian Commons.

      I really think James knew his brother when James said that faith without deeds or works is dead. One can just as easily substitute in wishful thinking about grace.

      We sure can do deeds just going through the motions and not really believing in God though. That won't cut it either. We need both.

      At the same time, our deeds will never measure up to perfect until God perfects us by grace.

      God though chooses those to clean up based upon their turning to bring forth. Hey, if we didn't need to do anything, Jesus wouldn't have told us to do things.

      All the lack of bringing forth is killing humanity and the planet. It's the prophecy.

      Prophesy against them, son of Man.

    • Chris [deleted]

      It's interesting that you had mentioned Adam and Eve, as they sought to put the blame on someone other than themselves when they sinned against God.

      And so it is the same today, rather than taking moral responsibility for their actions, many people keep looking for some kind of outlet to escape the thought of knowing that they have, to some degree, made a contribution to the sin problem.

      Until we acknowledge the role that we have played in all of this and take action to inculcate and exemplify the truth as it is in Jesus Christ, we will continue to feed the problem more and more.

      Of course, we don't have the power to rid the world of sin. Nevertheless, God does; and He will! We just better make sure we are on the right side when that happens.

      Blessings to you...
      Chris [deleted]
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