donderdag 3 september 2015

Christianity And One World Government

Claim: Christianity is a universalist religion. There is a verse in the Bible which says in Christ there is no Jew or Greek. It means that Christians are against borders and nation-states and for one world government. If they don't admit it they must be hypocrites. Christian religion teaches ethnomasochism and unlimited immigration. It's a suicidal cult.

Answer: The same Bible verse also says in Christ there is neither male nor female, yet most people don't claim that it abolishes human sex. The existence of human males and females is biological reality just as existence of various nations and ethnic groups. The verse deals with spiritual, not biological reality. Anyone can come to Christ if he chooses. Further on, there is a story in Genesis about Tower of Babel:


According to the Bible, it was God's will that mankind stays divided.
Claim: The Tower of Babel was in OT. NT has a story of Pentecost. It means that national borders are wrong and should be abolished and all nations should be united in one.

Answer: Read the passage from the Acts describing Pentecost:


The apostles were speaking in different languages so that believers from many nations could understand their message. Languages weren't abolished and neither national distinctions. National divisions will persist in eternity:


Whether you are a believer or not, one thing is clear: the Scriptures don't teach the New World Order or one world government or any such thing. In fact, they do point out that when mankind is united, naughty things start happening. 

dinsdag 1 september 2015

Heaven And Hell In Nordic Mythology

This will be one of the several posts discussing whether the current demise of the West is due to Christianity. Apparently, according to some people, it was the Christian religion with its concepts of reward or punishment in the afterlife which guilt-tripped Europeans into pathological altruism we are all witnessing today. Those macho Vikings, on the other hand, didn't believe in Heaven or Hell and hence, wouldn't allow themselves to be manipulated in this manner.

Of course, a more or less educated person must have at least heard the word "Valhalla", the warrior paradise, where the best and the bravest half of the slain on the battlefield were welcomed by Odin himself and spent their time in feasting and military exercise, with Valkyries serving them the food and mead.

The other half of fallen heroes went to Folkvangr, the home of goddess Freya. According to Noorsche Mythen  (by H.A. Guerber) Freya also gathered there all the undefiled virgins and chaste wives so that they would be united in death with their husbands and sweethearts. Thus, our North European ancestors had very clear ideas of virtue (courage for men, chastity for women) and believed it was rewarded in the afterlife. But did they believe in Hell?

The word "Hell" is, in fact, of the Germanic origin, since the Bible speaks about Gehenna, Tartarus, Hades or Sheol. Hell was the Kingdom of Hel, goddess of death, Loki's daughter, and it was situated in Niflheim, the underground world, the land of mists.

Who went to Hell? First, all those who died a peaceful death, from sickness or old age. They  were treated rather friendly by the goddess, though her palace was still considered a joyless place and to avoid it, both men and women sometimes would fall upon their swords or jump from the cliff (women were given swords upon their marriage), to avoid going there.

However, those who had committed various crimes  during their life, such as murder, adultery and oath-breaking, were banned to Nastroend, where they underwent various tortures.

As we see, though there certainly is the difference between Christian ideas about life and death (suicide being a major sin) and the Nordic ones, Northern Europeans generally had such concepts as afterlife, sin, virtue and consequently reward and punishment.

zaterdag 29 augustus 2015

Religion Is Not Outdated

Nowadays (Christian) religion is being criticised from the Left and from the Right. The criticisms from the Left have little originality and can be summed up by "F*** you, Dad!" approach. As with so many things by the progressives, militant atheists appear to be forever stuck in the teenage rebellion against authority.

The Right, on the other hand, with just as little originality, resuscitates the talking points of Nietzsche about "slave morality" and drones on about the inherent limp-wristedness of "Turn the other cheek" approach. (Outside of these two groups there also exists the autistic "spaghetti monster" approach, but they hardly deserve any serious consideration).

In other words, lefties claim that religion in general and Christianity in particular is too authoritarian, while rightists think it's not authoritarian enough. There is no denying that any authority can be easily abused by those wielding it and that it certainly happened in the church, too, and will probably happen again in the future, since no human institution is perfect.

The modern liberal idea that since authority can be abused it should be abolished altogether, doesn't seem to be working too well, though, and its full as opposed to partial implementation, will eventually lead to total anarchy. Anyone who doesn't engage in magical thinking should be aware of that. The criticism from the Right about inherent pacifism and otherwordliness of Christianity has some grounds in reality as well, especially when we take into consideration the doctrine (or the lack of it) preached by modern, liberal churches. Unfortunately many contemporary Christian bloggers either don't discuss this topic, or are too busy trying to earn their credentials with the progressives.

On the other hand, we too often encounter (no doubt, well-meaning) conservatives who will comment about the problems of society and then say something along the lines that "these people need Jesus" and if they find Him, things will change for the better immediately.

As a Christian myself, I surely can agree with the thesis that everybody needs Jesus in their life, but religion is only a part (though a very important one) of a healthy, functioning society. The late Lawrence Auster once had a discussion about it on his blog, which I can't refer to since I don't have the link, and his blog contains an awful lot of material. So instead I'd like to feature this article which presents a very interesting point of view on the topic:

The essence of religion is realism 

While it states that religion by itself is not enough, it also demonstrates that religion is necessary for a healthy society to function properly and that its rules are not arbitrary, but do in fact, keep a society, any society, from degeneration.

Below is an excerpt:

Those who hate the methods of civilization — religion, identity, aristocracy and culture among them — try to style religion as arbitrary. They wish to portray it as its own domain, which chooses its ideals for its own convenience, rather than what it is: another method of describing reality and regulating individual behavior correspondingly so that civilization can thrive. Through culture, we study success in social and family matters; through aristocracy, success in war, diplomacy and leadership; through identity, principle and purpose. Through religion we discover success in discipline of our souls, but the subject of that study is reality itself.

dinsdag 25 augustus 2015

The Last Of The Vacation Pictures

 Maria Laach Abbey, situated at the lake which appeared as a result of a volcano eruption:









The church building dates back to the 11th century.





It's a fine example of Romanesque architecture:



Close-ups of the lake:











The Laacher See is 51 m deep.





The abbey is very touristic and has several stores where you can buy books, a variety of natural (biological) products, pot plants and also different sorts of wine and liquor produced by the monks.


zondag 23 augustus 2015

Summer

Actually it's nearly over, but for the last 3 or 4 days we've had some great weather which prevented me from spending much time behind computer. Plus, we've got a new family member:

Allow me to introduce, Finrod Felagund:)





We call him Finn, though. Here is he together with his new brother:



He isn't as refined and aristocratic but we still like him:)

Friday evening we spent by the seaside:




The water wasn't cold a bit, but we didn't go swimming, not this time. Sun, water and wind, what can be more beautiful?







The last one is for the more technically minded among you. My husband appears to really like it by some reason. I agree it is impressive:





Have a blessed Sunday, all of you!

woensdag 19 augustus 2015

Divorce is Dumb

Here is an interesting article on the history of divorce in England and the USA which throws light on some individuals behind the radical feminism of the 1960s and the role entertainment industry, especially Hollywood, played in it:

Americans began to absorb the immorality spewed forth by the entertainment industry. The next generation of young baby boomers was especially influenced by this new view of adults and their actions. Many young Christian people became suspicious of their parents, in particular their father, and contemptuous of their lifestyle. This was especially true for the young women. They began to wonder why any woman would risk marrying, and having a family, when the potential for abuse was so high.

Read the rest of the article over here. (H/t to Home Living)

As I have pointed out numerous times, it´s impossible to underestimate the role MSM have played in promoting the current decadence. That´s why one of this blog´s objectives is to provide movie and book reviews and promote quality entertainment.