The Tower of Babel Crumbles Again

Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves… (Genesis 11:4 NIV).

They have reached the heavens as men have walked on the Moon. They have placed “lights” in the sky (GPS) so they never lose their way. However, while the structure that made these accomplishments possible is not a physical tower, the structure is large and reaches high; it is a great burden on the people. Peak oil, climate change, and global economic collapse are all signs that this towering structure is crumbling.

The Children of Abraham

bornagainThey” are those who claim to be children of Abraham, but they lie. They only seek to make a name for themselves. They say that the Bible is the Word of God and means exactly what it says, but this is a half-truth. They do not want anyone to know the full truth of salvation because they will lose the hold guilt gives them over the congregations; they will lose the power gained by deception. They do not want anyone to know true wisdom for fear that their names will be forgotten before Him.

Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again (John 3:3 NIV).

We are all born of the flesh, understand things of the flesh, and desire the pleasures of the flesh; worldly delights. To see the kingdom of God, we must be born a second time; we must be born of spirit. God is spirit. His Word is spirit. How can any mortal soul expect to understand God or His Word, or see His kingdom, if they are not born of spirit?

If we read the Bible only with worldly eyes, eyes of the flesh, we will only understand the Bible in worldly ways. If we read the Bible with spiritual vision, we will then learn what the Spirit called God intended. If we read the Bible with spiritual eyes, the perception of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil as an apple or pomegranate seems utterly juvenile.

They have eyes to see but do not see and ears to hear but do not hear, for they are a rebellious people (Ezekiel 12:2 NIV).

The wages of sin is death, and death is separation from God. If we are not born of spirit, we are already separated from God. We are walking corpses that cannot attain spirituality, so we settle for religion. There are many peddlers of religion, too. They are the “money changers” whose tables Christ overturned in the Temple, but their collection plates are continually extended in these times.

cemeteryThere is much fear in the American congregations because of the trials and tribulations of these days. They say they fear the wrath of God because heathen beliefs stain the land. They remember the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, but they conveniently forget the bargain the Lord made with Abraham; the Lord would have spared Sodom for the sake of ten righteous souls. Although the congregations dominate the lands of the United States, they still fear the wrath of God has fallen upon them. The mouth reveals the heart in this way. There is good reason for them to fear, but not because of other people.

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love (1 John 4:18 NIV).

They fear punishment, so they look for someone to blame. They point their fingers in judgment, blaming anyone and everyone that does not believe as they do. They curse those they judge saying, “You will burn in hell.” With every judgment and curse made, they feel the guilt of transgressing the teachings of the Lord whose name they have taken in vanity.

Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you (Matthew 7:1-2 NIV).

They know what they do, so they fear Judgment. They really do not know the perfect love of God. It is impossible for them to see the kingdom of God, or His love, because they have not been born of the spirit. They are very religious, but they are not spiritual. They are blinded by a plank in their eyes. They actually think the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil is an apple!

And the Lord God commanded the man, ‘You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die’ (Genesis 2:16-17 NIV).

The obvious fruit of the knowledge of good and evil is Judgment! The first thing Adam and Eve did after eating this fruit was to judge their nakedness to be shameful, and hid from God; a guilty conscience is a product of judgment. God did not have to invoke supernatural powers to know what they had done as their hiding made it obvious; ask any parent worth their salt. Obviously, this knowledge did not make the first man and woman as wise as they thought it would. However, men and women eat of this fruit to this day, thinking they are superior because of their judgments.

The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever (Genesis 3:22 NIV).

courtJudgment is the source of repression, oppression, guilt and death. It diminishes the human spirit greatly and has been used to justify killing on a grand scale. The first man and woman had partaken of judgment, so they were then judged. God knew what kind of demons would be created if He allowed them to live forever. They were banished from Eden by God, and Christ taught, “ Do not judge, or you too will be judged” (Matthew 7:1-2 NIV). They ate the fruit of judgment and were separated from God; they knew death.

It is important to note another human trait that appeared as a result of eating the forbidden fruit. When God first questioned the man about what had happened, the man responded, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it” (Genesis 3:12 NIV). There is a clear attempt here to avoid taking personal responsibility.

The man first notes God’s responsibility in this fiasco because He put the woman in the garden with the man, then the man mentions the woman’s responsibility in the matter, all before he admits his own action of eating the fruit. This tendency continues into modern day as men still blame women for original sin, and people generally blame others when trouble comes into their lives. This did not work well for Adam, though, and it is particularly disgraceful for the children of Abraham.

You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor (Exodus 20:16 NIV).

False testimony (or false witness) is also known as slander, libel, or defamation of character. Christian America has become quite prolific in this area. They make their accusations and point their fingers in judgment against numerous minorities with little, if any, knowledge about who these people truly are or what they do.

The Children of the Earth

There are many who have suffered the derogatory name-calling of the children of Abraham. They have been called heathen, pagans, infidels, and more. Some of them have embraced these names with dignity as a sign that they are separate from the children of Abraham. I call them the children of the Earth.

The children of the Earth are often accused of worshiping the Queen of Heaven because they worship a Goddess. This is an evil act according to the prophet Jeremiah, but these are simply convenient scriptures for the finger-pointers. What the children of the Earth seek and worship is more accurately described in a different part of the scriptures.

Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice? At the highest point along the way, where the paths meet, she takes her stand (Proverbs 8:1-2 NIV).

The subject in this passage is wisdom and understanding which is found at the highest point, and spoken of in the feminine gender. Coincidentally, the children of the Earth often associate wisdom with a Goddess. The children of the Earth often believe there is more than one path to Her, also. For this reason, the children of the Earth tend to be more accepting of other beliefs than judgmental Christians in America.

It seems generally ignored by their detractors that the children of the Earth also believe in a God, as well as Goddess. The relationship between God and Goddess should not be impugned. Of this Goddess (Wisdom), it is also written, “For those who find me find life and receive favor from the Lord. But those who fail to find me harm themselves; all who hate me love death” (Proverbs 8:35-36 NIV). Whether by the incessant consumption of the forbidden fruit (judgment), or by their hatred for the Lady Wisdom, many of the children of Abraham find themselves confronted by death, or separation from God.

whereThe children of the Earth stand upon her flesh and bones, and they are familiar with her cycles; they know when to sow and when to reap. The children of Abraham should not arrogantly look down upon these people because it is written:

And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham (Matthew 3:9 NIV).

The children of the Earth are a diverse group with many mystery traditions. It is a mystery that some within their number desire to build a religion so great as to rival the children of Abraham. Are they blind, also? Certainly the Wicca provide words similar in meaning to Christ’s:

And thou who thinkest to seek Her, know thy seeking and yearning shall avail thee not unless thou knowest the mystery; that if that which thou seekest thou findest not within thee, then thou wilt never find it without thee (The Charge of the Goddess).

If Spirit does not reside within us, we will not find it outside of us, even in a religion. Wisdom, history, and particularly the example set by the children of Abraham, suggest it is better to foster spirituality than to waste time building a religion.

I know about the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan (Revelation 2:9 NIV).

A Synagogue of Satan

Jews” are the children of Abraham. In the context of our times, this could represent any of the children of Abraham through the bloodlines of Isaac, Ishmael, or Christ. They all make their judgments and declare their wars, crusades, and jihads. Of these three, who demonstrates the greatest knowledge or best understanding of God through their words and deeds? Death and destruction seem to follow them everywhere. The only blessing from God they recognize is victory. However, Christians dominate the landscape here in the United States and they generally do not seek wisdom and understanding; they seek power.

Political campaigns are run from the pulpit as candidates recognize where the majority lies. They seek the favor of government to have their creation myth taught in the public schools alongside evolution to help spread their beliefs. They seek the placement of their religious artifacts in public places for the same reason. They fight any legislation that would give any other beliefs an equal footing under the law. Legislators in the State of North Carolina even proposed a bill to allow for an official State religion. They refute the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, saying that the founding fathers intended the U.S. to be a Christian nation, implying the founding fathers did not know how to express their intentions. They continually fight the separation of church and state, despite Christ supporting that separation.

But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, ‘You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? Show me the coin used for paying the tax.’ They brought him a denarius, and he asked them, ‘Whose image is this? And whose inscription?’
‘Caesar’s,’ they replied.
Then he said to them, ‘So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.’ (Matthew 22:18-21 NIV).

Reclaiming the 7 Mountains is most revealing of the aspirations of some Christian Americans to dominate and regulate American culture, including its government. It is also a glaring example of how blind judgmental people can be. The seven mountains are also referred to as spheres or pillars of society. The Bible refers to them as seven hills.

This calls for a mind with wisdom. The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits (Revelation 17:9 NIV).

This does call for a mind of wisdom. If you read this scripture within the context of the entire chapter, the woman that sits upon the seven hills is finely dressed and bejeweled. She is also commonly known as the Whore of Babylon. A mystery is written upon her head: “Babylon the Great, The Mother of Prostitutes, and of the Abominations of the Earth” (Revelation 17:5 NIV). The ten horns represent ten kings without kingdoms who desire to bring her down.

Kings without kingdoms are people lusting for the power they feel is due them. They wish to conquer a mighty realm, for it is also revealed, “The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth” (Revelation 17:18 NIV). Reclaiming the 7 Mountains reveals Christian Americans with aspirations for power represented by seven mountains, hills, pillars, or spheres that they want to take over.

A great American city hosts the United Nations headquarters, which rules over the kings of the earth, if anyone does. A great deal of influence and power is exerted over the kingdoms of the world from Washington, D.C., too. As we see the signs of this great structure starting to crumble, it is important to recognize that it is being brought about by those who claim to be children of Abraham, but they are not. “They will wage war against the Lamb” (Revelation 17:14 NIV).

The feint of heart will not want to read Revelation 18, but they should. It is written there, “Come out of her, my people” (Revelation 18:4 NIV). There are people of good spirit with a heart for God that call themselves by the name of Christ. They need to open their spiritual eyes to the abominations around them. Leave the synagogue of Satan where people point fingers in judgment at others to draw attention away from themselves. They disregard the laws of this land because they do not value freedom and equality, they only prize influence and power. Shake off the darkness that blinds and see them for what they truly are. Let the grain be separated from the chaff.

greenmanLet those who have eyes see, and those who have ears hear.

Dedicated to the most high Lord
on this most high day, 21 June 2013.

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Technology

Is technology a curse or blessing? I have gotten the distinct impression that people use it to separate and insulate themselves from the natural world; that they no longer see themselves as a part of this divine creation, but rather above it. I have come to see technology as a curse in that it has distorted the perception of some to the beauty of creation and their place within it. However, today I must question this perception.

I have been going to school to learn network administration because it offers a future in an ailing economy. This has led to personal technological improvements at home. I finally went wireless so the monument to technology (the desktop) could be moved to another location; we reclaimed our living room! With an eye to the future, I broke down and spent some money on a tablet. I was even given a cell phone last week. I think I am being assimilated!

It is a lovely day here, so I mowed the lawn. It seemed right and proper to enjoy my nature filled location, so I retired to our porch with a cold Heineken. It suddenly struck me as an excellent time to continue reading T. Thorn Coyle’ s Evolutionary Witchcraft, so I got the tablet. I am reading about the”Sticky One” when I become a bit nostalgic about my youth. This led to calling up Pandora because music is to my youth like comfort food is to others. “What a wonderful day,” I think.

The role of modern technology in this moment suddenly strikes me as a bit ironic. I am sitting on my porch sipping a Heineken and inspired to wax a bit nostalgic by Ms. Coyle when it occurs to me that I can also publish to my blog from the comfort of this delightful place. I look up and see the three-quarters full Moon and feel blessed. I guess technology can be a blessing; it all depends on how you use it.