I've been writing a great deal about the budding Entrecard "virtual economy," as its founder Graham calls it.
I joined at the movement of the Holy Spirit telling me that I must sit and eat with the publicans (tax collectors), bankers, capitalists, etc., just as Jesus did and does through others and me. Entrecard collects taxes, as does the IRS; it banks the currency of others, as does Citi; and it owns the means of production, as do all capitalists (it is not member equally owned). All that is under the Wall Street economy tied in with the Main Street economy. It is but a microcosm.
Entrecard started out very small and has recently transitioned to dealing more directly in Federal Reserve Notes (a wholly privatized monopoly currency of the global plutocrats) converting the Entrecard currency, called EC (Entrecard Credits), into so-called USD credits in user's checking and other accounts in the larger set that is the Wall Street/Main Street economy.
In Las Vegas, one cashes in his or her chips for USD. The analogy with Entrecard isn't exact but close in that one is gambling that Entrecard's house won't crash, as Lehman Brothers and others crashed on Wall Street for instance.
You'll work hard banking EC from your clicks, posts, ad runs, ad approvals, and goods and services sold in the Entrecard Market, etc. all the while risking a crash. Where's the FDIC of Entrecard? Is Entrecard insured and bonded and licensed, etc.? Are they transparent about such things?
So, convert your EC to other risky currencies, such as Federal Reserve Notes and the virtual equivalent (binary code) in various accounts in banks and other depositories; convert your USD into Euros if you trust the European Union's stability and capability more; or realize that the plutocrat, global banking families control both the USD and Euro and ultimately all other currencies including EC on Entrecard. The plutocrats can shut it all down. They can turn off the power to the system, literally. They can raise and sink trust and the so-called "Full Faith and Credit" of the United States and all other nation-states and of everyone on the planet. They've intentionally crashed nations. They've funded wars to crush peoples. They flicker the light switches, as it were, to cause fear and panic then to offer supposed solutions inevitably granting them more and more control. Just look at what Timothy Geithner is doing with Ben Bernanke talking up giving the completely privately owned Federal Reserve more and more regulatory power over more and more of the economy. It's consolidation of power into the hands of the plutocrats who own you because you let them because you go along with their closed-loop economy that always has sought to disallow the Christian Commons. The roadblocks and red tape are immense. The mental blocks are huge in the minds of those duped by the bankers and the bankers hired self-styled intellectuals who are the dupes of evil (hardly evil geniuses; smart is righteous).
What do the plutocrats do? They suck in souls. They make souls believe that they, the plutocrats, are benefactors and the source of bounty, provisioning, and prosperity and the only choice (no other system on offer — not even allowed to contemplate it or you're a trader but not to Jesus and God).
And Entrecard wants you fulltime too. Think of EBay millionaires. EBay is a community of sorts. Some People work EBay and nothing but EBay all their working hours each day. Whatever they do in making money is centered in EBay. Entrecard wants that. Graham wants a huge member/user base where all goods and services in which many of those users deal will be exclusively handled through Entrecard so the capitalist at the top (or bottom if you hold with me that the pyramid of such gain is actually upside down) will take a cut of each of the billions of transactions adding up to billions of USD for the founder and those clinging to his coattails. He will have added to the world more of the same.
This is a ground-floor opportunity to further sell your soul to selfishness with a dash of "we're helping each other" to rationalize and obfuscate and throw off the more righteous but gullible. After all, how can Bill Gates be selfish if he is now spending his money on philanthropy? Well, they are Bill's pet causes that increase Bill's capitalist network with other billionaires and that also provide a method literally to buy fake-good public relations, which is to say buy off the minds of the people who are duped by the otherwise transparent. I certainly see it, and I'm certainly not alone. However, few there be that find it, as Jesus said — thus far anyway. The awakening though is coming.
Jesus was speaking of his age, his era, which had an end. He lives on into the next though, which makes him different from preceding ages (worlds).
One only need remember Bill Gates refusing for years and years to give, only to be hurt by his churlishness in public perception. His paid staff and consultants told him he would make more money and recreate his image from churl to benefactor and then solidify his standing in history by giving money. So he took the advice of the perception managers he rewarded handsomely for their craftiness. The heat is off now Bill imagines. That's what the entire mainstream corporate, capitalist, plutocrat controlled media hoopla was all about when Gates and Warren Buffet partnered up to "give away" their billions.
Bill Gates is investing in a way to cover his unrepented dirt that includes his illegal agreements in restraint of trade (trust) that were his exclusive agreements with those who supplied his operating system not to also supply the operating system of any Microsoft competitor (totally illegal but the George W. Bush administration let Bill off — gave him a complete pass one demon-possessed capitalist plutocrat to another). Savvy?
The European Union didn't go along with Bush, but those at the top (bottom) of the European Union are half-hearted and half-truth artists too.
Warren Buffet is the expert in this field. He lives in a modest house by multibillionaire standards. He's not going to leave his children all the billions. He's giving much of it away before he dies. He's a bit of a Carnegie. However, he will tell people to be "greedy." What blatant hypocrisy. He also invests for value where value does not filter out evil. Does he avoid pumping up Military Industrial Complex corporations traded on the open market? No, he does not.
What's the reaction? What's your reaction? Do you think that I'm asking for perfection and that that's a bad or impossible thing? Is there no choice but capitalism? Have you bought into that lie? The Lord knows that the capitalist have certainly spent enough of their conjured-up medium-of-exchange selling you on their lies.
Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. (Matthew 25:1-13 KJVR)
Who's offering to sell you the proverbial oil right now before it is too late? The Son of man cometh and is here within. Was Jesus selling Entrecard? Is he selling it now? Is the oil offered via the Entrecard Market? In a sense it is because people come here from Entrecard and can "buy" into/invest in the Christian Commons bringing forth the New Heaven and New Earth here and now, just as Jesus wants, completely consistent with his words and deeds.
Of course, the context of the Christian Commons is huge (everything that signifies) and not for sale simply by plunking down x number of slips of paper mammon or computer bits as mammon as Gates and Buffet do for their causes to be seen of men and women. It is for sale at the price of your soul. You see, your soul is for sale until you give it back to God. Give it back to God for free who gives all things for free. It is Satan who charges you to kill you. God gives you eternal life for free. However, you can't be dead with Satan and also be alive with God. It is a choice you make to reject Satan that God gives you the real life. It is up to you even though God knows who has/will choose which way. It is not a false paradox.
It is a paradox, and it is true that there is freewill while God already knows the outcome. It is simply a matter of accepting not a dilemma, not a false duality, but the reconciled divine logic exceeding comprehension limited to mundane Aristotelianism.
This is not irrational or unreasoned. It is the height of practical and pragmatic. It works perfectly well.
Do I damn Entrecard with this? No, I bless everyone in Entrecard who will but accept it. I am a blessing to all Entrecarders. Is Jesus not a blessing? Is Jesus a curse? Do I come in the name of someone else? I come in my name, but I come as one who is heading to the oneness taught by Jesus where Jesus states that he lives within me. I do not come in my name alone, just as Jesus didn't come in his name alone in the mundane sense. His name means God Saves. He lives up to it. He came and still comes rightly in the name of God.
Is this self-importance, conceit, pride, ego, self-esteem? How can the repentant be of such? I don't judge and condemn because by judging and condemning, by precluding anyone from turning, I'd be lost for my past and my not being yet perfected. I don't choose this for the sole sake of my own soul. That would be selfish motivation. I want righteousness for the sake of the many. Otherwise, existence isn't worth it. I know God is not alone. There is a host, and it's huge, even infinite if you can grasp that. This is all why I'm opposed to all coercion outside following Jesus's progressive, harmless discipline within the wholly voluntary Church. It's why I don't hold with the coercive churches such as the Roman Catholic or Reformed that allow for violence. Jesus was as harmless as a dove even when cleaning the Temple as a sign, as a foreshadowing.
Full context is requisite.
Will you help bring forth the Christian Commons? We will translate the unrighteous mammon into the righteous Commons.
The transition to paid ads on Entrecard has resulted in a steep drop in the number of droppers (those visiting this site and letting Entrecard and me know by clicking on the drop button while picking up a credit and giving credit).
Entrecard wants EC to become less and less important. It was a "free" thing that is gradually to be replaced. It's a Bait and Switch that is not subtle but being overcome by appeals to selfishness — buying and selling via the Entrecard Market will make you but more so Graham rich in the unrighteous mammon, which is what Entrecard has been all about from its inception. How to get a large user-base before springing the "irresistible" temptation to furthering self-centeredness apart from what is truly good for the greatest whole. It is resistible however.
This is the rebellious and doomed battle Satan and his fallen angels are waging against God and his sons and daughters of light. Whose side are you on? Where will you invest?
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Matthew 6:21 KJVR)
What would Jesus do? Jesus has already done what he would do again. The question is, what are you doing? I know what I'm doing. Do you know what you're doing?
The gate to Heaven will close. If you don't have the faith and grace to turn to help doing the works by which you will measure up, that option will vanish from your mind. You'll slip and forget. Then you'll curse God rather than look in the mirror and see Satan standing next to you, even within you. This is the way of it. These are the real facts.