- 1 Critical theory
- 2 Critical Race Theory
- 3 Correlation vs Causation
- 4 Collective guilt
- 5 Price of slavery
- 6 The Product of enslaving one class
- 7 Belief in God
- 8 Some Questions
- 9 More Questions
- 10 Footnotes
- 11 About the author
Critical theory is a philosophical approach to culture, and especially to literature, that seeks to confront the social, historical, and ideological forces and structures that produce and constrain it. The term is applied particularly to the work of the Frankfurt School. Critical theory is the reflective assessment and critique of society and culture by applying knowledge from the social sciences and the humanities to reveal and challenge power structures. Critical theory has origins in sociology and also in literary criticism. The sociologist Max Horkheimer described a theory as critical insofar as it seeks "to liberate human beings from the circumstances that enslave them."
Critical theory is not the result of critical thinking which "is the analysis of facts to form a judgment. The subject is complex, and several different definitions exist, which generally include the rational, skeptical, unbiased analysis, or evaluation of factual evidence.
Critical thinking on the other hand is self-directed, self-disciplined, self-monitored, and self-corrective thinking. It presupposes assent to rigorous standards of excellence and mindful command of their use. It entails effective communication and problem-solving abilities as well as a commitment to overcome native egocentrism and sociocentrism. It is the objective analysis and evaluation of an issue in order to form a judgment."
Clarke Scheibe, Director of the L’Abri Fellowship in Victoria, British Columbia stated the idea that “social justice is the end goal of Christianity.”
If the kingdom of God is to be realized in our day we may need to change our thinking in the “pursuit of justice” to a moral “pursuit of justice” void of the covetous practices so common today among Modern Christians
We are commanded by Christ to pursue justice in attending to the "weightier matters".
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The Critical Commune
Scheibe considered several questions. “How did we get here?” “What is at work?” “How does it relate to Biblical Christianity?” And finally, “is there a way forward?”
In America, you can start a cooperative or move into a socialist commune away from what people imagine to be a “tyranny of capitalism.” In truth, there is no “tyranny of capitalism” because Capitalism is merely "an economic system based on private ownership, control, and operation of the means of production and their beneficial use. But there is certainly tyranny in "proposed silencing conservatives in the interest of progress" leftist ideologies like those of Herbert Marcus who was a German-American philosopher, sociologist, and political theorist, associated with the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory.
There is no room in a socialist State to start your own capitalist free-market commune.
What we see among those following “cultural Marxism,” is that revenge and oppression of conservatives are not considered a "heinous crime" against those who dare to disagree because their disagreement is considered "hate speech".
If we believe the word of the Bible as it claims in: Isaiah 63:4 "For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come." and in Romans 12:19 "Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord." Vengeance is not ours to pursue.
Dividing of the world into the oppressors and the oppressed, or the “powerful, or advantaged,” and the “powerless, or disadvantage” will alter society and the way it thinks
This controls the way people informally relate to one another, resulting in unjust outcomes.
Those who embrace critical theory may not reject “the American dream” of prospering but may reject the self-denying nature of Christianity. he real church does not "play a part” in “patterns of oppression.” "Christianity" may include self-denial but only so that you may prosper in good health.
3 John 1:2 "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. " 2 Timothy 3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Liberation theology began in the 1960s but the oppression of the poor is not “the number one consequence of idolatry.” It is the oppression of the middle class and even the rich to provide free bread which was “the number one consequence of idolatry.” It was the forced contributions of the foreigner and then of the citizens to provide social security and free bread that gave rise to idolatry. http://preparingyou.com/wiki/Idolatry
Critical Theory focuses on the thoughts and assumptions people have about what is just, right, and fair which reinforces oppression. Freeing oneself from the oppressive ideas of dominant groups is what Israel did in Egypt. But their tactics were decidedly different than the modern "woke generation". The Bible is about "liberating marginalized groups" through those groups faithfully practicing of "Pure Religion" in a "daily ministration" of "charity". In fact “intersectionality” is the antitheses of true Christianity.
- Romans 10:12 "For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him."
- Galatians 3:28 "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus."
Repressive tolerance is the passive acceptance of social and governmental practices, policies and actions which restrict freedom in an absolute sense.
“Repressive tolerance”, grows in the seed of vanity and pride not humility and sacrifice. We see the idea of repression only in the enemies of Christ, not in his followers. Ambrose professed Christ but called on the the persecution of those not like his form of Christians. http://preparingyou.com/wiki/Ambrose
Critical theory will not “eliminate oppressive structures,” nor “create a unified society” without both a critical and moral study of an honest and "reflective assessment and critique of society and culture". It will always result in “a new oppressor class.” You cannot rid your society of oppression by changing who is allowed to oppress.
Polybius said it "The masses continue with an appetite for benefits and the habit of receiving them by way of a rule of force and violence. The people, having grown accustomed to feed at the expense of others and to depend for their livelihood on the property of others... institute the rule of violence; and now uniting their forces massacre, banish, and plunder, until they degenerate again into perfect savages and find once more a master and monarch."
- Exodus 22:21 Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.
- Exodus 23:9 Also thou shalt not oppress a stranger: for ye know the heart of a stranger, seeing ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.
- Leviticus 25:14 And if thou sell ought unto thy neighbour, or buyest ought of thy neighbour’s hand, ye shall not oppress one another:
- Leviticus 25:17 Ye shall not therefore oppress one another; but thou shalt fear thy God: for I am the LORD your God.
- Proverbs 3:31 Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.
- Proverbs 14:31 He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.
- Proverbs 22:16 He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.
- Proverbs 22:22 Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:
- Proverbs 28:3 A poor man that oppresseth the poor is like a sweeping rain which leaveth no food.
- Proverbs 28:16 The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor: but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days.
- James 2:5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? 6 But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats? * 7 Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called? 8 ¶ If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: 9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.
- Acts 15:20 But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.
- 2 Peter 2:18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.
- 19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.
- 20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
A questioner asked if the categories of oppression identified by critical theory are compatible with the idea of oppression presented in Scripture. Scheibe responded that he does see instances of structural injustice but modern governments do not have the structure recommended in the Bible. Modern governments have instituted systems that follow in the patterns of Cain and his Altars of force, Nimrod and his top-down system taking and taking warned about in 1 Samuel 8, Pharaoh and His corvee, and the Pharisees and their Corban. None of their modern constitutions include the five restrictions the Bible tells us to write down and read to any ruler or executive power we grant authority.
Critical theory, however, by its very principles, uncritically accepts the claims people in grouped categories deemed oppressed. The possibility that those classed as oppressed might, in fact, be oppressors in some situations is excluded or even licensed.
Another questioner observed from his experience where critical theory is widely accepted that “no matter how kind you are, and gentle you are” people cannot be made to see the bad consequences of implementing critical theory. Scheibe, according to the article, responded that where critical theory is widely accepted, it may be difficult if not impossible to engage the situation from a Christian standpoint. ut what is a "Christian standpoint" if we apply critical thinking to our interpreted view of modern Christianity versus early Christianity?
It was asked at what point it becomes necessary to leave an institution dominated by critical theory, and move, if possible, to new institutions. Scheibe said he encouraged people to remain in their institutions if possible, but also said that there may be times when one has to leave institutions that have become pervasively corrupt with critical theory. He said that he was thankful that homeschooling was still legal in Canada, and even many people who are not Christians homeschool their children to avoid the radicalism of critical theory taught in public schools from kindergarten. Regrettably, he warns that “the current liberal government of Canada is trying to figure out how to get to the homeschool kids.”
We too advocate homeschooling, home health, home industry but do not tell people, because His Holy Church has no exercising authority to do so, to not gather with others. We do emphasize and facilitate gathering in free assemblies in the pattern of Tens as commanded by Christ. We do advocate a daily ministration of Pure Religion and discourage dependence upon the modern systems of Corban and Social Security provided by modern systems like Rome through public religion. We show how those modern systems wreak of the covetous practices of socialism which Peter tells us will entangle us again in the yoke of bondage through the elements of the world, make us "merchandise" and even "curse children" making them surety for debt.
It was also observed that people from Christian backgrounds affected by critical theory tend to regard evangelism as a kind of aggression. Scheibe responded that the gospel can be truncated either by eliminating the effort to win souls to Christ or ignoring injustices in society. He said, however, that it is “really through the conversion of hearts those structural changes come.” Critical Theory’s Advent in the Christian World, and How to Respond by RICK PLASTERER
It is “really through the conversion of hearts" through repentance that those structural changes come.”. And with only true repentance, a changing of the mind, may those "structural changes come”.
We understand that if people examine with true critical thinking the scriptures, the whole word and way, the commands of Christ, and the warnings of Christ and his disciples that they will have to begin to understand what the wages of unrighteousness, the benefits of the world that spot their religion include. With honest humility, there can be true repentance which will bring the biblical structure to society that Moses spoke of and Christ appointed for His Kingdom of God. Through that structure under the perfect law of liberty we may all seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness. That structure must include a daily ministration through the charity of pure Religion, not the covetous practices of public religion through the "benefactors" required to operate a socialist utopia which degenerates the people into "perfect savages" in what always becomes a dystopia. To accomplish and obtain what we should be seeking the people need to gather in the tens as commanded by Christ and the ordained ministers of His Church need to comply with His direct instructions for His disciples.
Critical Race Theory
Critical race theory is a theoretical framework in the social sciences, developed out of epistemic philosophy, that uses critical theory to examine society and culture as they relate to categorizations of race, law, and power.
What is epistemic philosophy?
- Epistemologists study the nature of knowledge, justification, the rationality of belief, and various related issues.
The key word to is "justification".
Critical thinking is defined as "disciplined thinking that is clear, rational, open-minded, and informed by evidence": Critical thinking, is supposed to be "the analysis of facts to form a judgment". Critical thinking is self-directed, self-disciplined, self-monitored, and self-corrective thinking. For critical thinking to produce a viable critical theory there must be an "objective analysis and evaluation of an issue in order to form a judgment." In order to produce an objective evaluation of an issue you need to have and objective evaluation of your self.
Critical race theory (CRT) is a school of thought meant to emphasize the effects of race on one's social standing. Social standing based on race as a social stratification is the antitheses of judging people by the content of their character. Social stratification refers to society's categorization of its people into groups based on socioeconomic factors like wealth, income, race, education, gender, occupation, and social status, or derived power. As such, stratification is the relative social position of persons within a social group, category, geographic region, or social unit.
Social standing in nature can be a sort of pecking order which establishes a hierarchy at least in the imagination of people, if not in reality.
Seeing people as a groups is the antitheses of seeing people as individuals. It may be convenient in conversation but it is not not conducive to critical thinking nor good judgment.
- CRT continues to be an influential body of legal and academic literature despite the apparent bias that has made its way into more public, non-academic writing.
If you think your social standing is actually determined by race or the opinion of another race then, That is racism. The idea contradicts the thinking often held by freed slaves who proved other wise by progressing against "prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism". Thinking or having the belief that a given race is inherently racists. To believe that a race as a group is racist diminishes the potential power of the individual by making him or her a preconceived victim and gives it gives that power, whether real or imagined, to a collective racial group.
- "No man, who continues to add something to the material, intellectual and moral well-being of the place in which he lives, is left long without proper reward." Booker T Washington
Origins of CRT
"Critical race theory" first emerged as a challenge to the idea that the United States had become a color-blind society where one's racial identity no longer had an effect on one's social or economic status.
Critical race theory arose as a challenge to the idea that in the two decades since the Civil Rights Movement and associated legislation, abusive racial inequality observed and identified in the system had been resolved and affirmative action was no longer necessary.
Some people obtain a sense of identity and justification from being abused and oppressed. It can be seen in abused people all the time and leads to numerous syndromes and compulsive behaviors. The battered wife or girlfriend returns to her abuser or the hostage defends their kidnapper, even joins them.
When that source of identity and justification as a victim was slipping away with rapid moves in society toward equality some felt an inner or subliminal compulsion to reestablish that oppression or some sense of it in order to maintain that victim identity.
Critical Race Theory was a way to reclaim that racial oppression and inequality continued despite mountains of evidence to the contrary. Statistics are often brandished about without the critical thinking needed to distinguish correlation from causation.
Derrick Bell, Kimberlé Crenshaw, and Richard Delgado, argued that racism and white supremacy were defining elements of the American legal system and despite the actual law they conjectured "equal protection." did not exist.
Derrick Bell argued that Brown v. Board of Education was a result of the self-interest of “elite whites”.
- "The word 'racism' is like ketchup. It can be put on practically anything - and demanding evidence makes you a 'racist.'" Thomas Sowell
He protested Harvard's failure to hire female faculty of color because he felt they should have jobs based on the color of their skin.
- "In various countries and times, leaders of groups that lagged behind, economically and educationally, have taught their followers to blame all their problems on other people - and to hate those other people." Thomas Sowell
Drawing on ideologies, including feminism, Marxism, and postmodernism the term "intersectionality," was used to highlight the multiple and overlapping systems of oppression.
- "In liberal logic, if life is unfair then the answer is to turn more tax money over to politicians, to spend in ways that will increase their chances of getting reelected." Thomas Sowell
Race as a social construct essentially means that race has no scientific basis or biological reality. The liberal universities are teaching that race is everything.
- "Too much of what is called 'education' is little more than an expensive isolation from reality." Thomas Sowell
Instead of bringing people together they are isolating and tearing people apart. This is likely due to the actual Marxist agenda, divide and conquer. Instead of teaching love and tolerance under the pretense of inclusiveness they are actually excluding opinions.
Instead of teaching the social virtues that raised societies of liberty through the content of our character as individuals who assume responsibility for ourselves and our neighbors through the right to choose, the pursued the covetous practices of the collective that degenerates society into perfect savages.
"Each new generation born is in effect an invasion of civilization by little barbarians, who must be civilized before it is too late." Thomas Sowell
Race differences make up a fraction of genetic elements and tell us nothing about the content of our character, intelligence, behavior, or moral capacity. None of these are inherent to any single race.
The Critical Race Theory “society frequently chooses to ignore these scientific truths.” Instead they are compelled by their need to be justified, to create races, endow “them with pseudo-permanent characteristics” which is racism.
- . Critical race theory was a response to the idea that America had become a color-blind society.
- . While "race" or color effects economic, educational, and the legal system.
- . Critical race theory inspired "intersectionality" and pushed identity politics.
Correlation vs Causation
Race Statistics in America
- "All too often when liberals cite statistics, they forget the statisticians' warning that correlation is not causation." Thomas Sowell
Any fact or even the "messenger" who points to a fact that contradicts the theory of major racial oppression is called an enemy, an "Uncle Tom", or a racist. Like religious zealots who use their ideology to justify themselves, despite their weakness and frailties or fallacies, will gather their "pitchforks and torches" and desire to burn you at the stake even if they set the whole world on fire.
- "If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 60 years ago, a liberal 30 years ago and a racist today." Thomas Sowell
This idea that racism is the cause of the plight of the Black-man was financially lucrative for many who depended on continuing racial friction or the appearance of it. Men have depended on keeping the people at odds from Caesar to Al Sharpton.
- "Over the generations, black leaders have ranged from noble souls to shameless charlatans." Thomas Sowell
Could the victim of racism become a racist?
"I shall allow no man to belittle my soul by making me hate him." Booker T Washington
- "For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again." Matthew 7:2
"Of all forms of slavery there is none that is so harmful and degrading as that form of slavery which tempts one human being to hate another by reason of his race or color." – Booker T. Washington
Those who preach any other gospel than love and forgiveness lead the people away from liberty under God. Only the truth will set you free.
"The time is long overdue to stop looking for progress through racial or ethnic leaders. Such leaders have too many incentives to promote polarizing attitudes and actions that are counterproductive for minorities and disastrous for the country." Thomas Sowell
Assigning collective guilt may be simple or even comforting but it may be expensive in social capital. Focusing our attention on the negative may graft negative into our own mind. To do so with resentment, judgment and angry unforgiveness may draw us into the very thing we claim to hate.
Booker T Washington knew that "At the bottom of education, at the bottom of politics, even at the bottom of religion, there must be for our race economic independence." He knew to whine and complain or just think of yourself as a victim whether real or imagined is destructive. To desire benefits without working for them and becoming dependent upon those gratuities would degenerate and destroy the very character of the people.
"I have begun everything with the idea that I could succeed, and I never had much patience with the multitudes of people who are always ready to explain why one cannot succeed." – Booker T Washington
"I would say: “Cast down your bucket where you are.” Cast it down, making friends in every manly way of the people of all races, by whom you are surrounded." Booker T Washington's “Atlanta Compromise” address or “Cast down your bucket" speech
- To assign collective guilt to a race for the actions of some individuals of previous generations is not only unjust but it is also racism and a denial of individual right to choose.
Racism is the belief that groups of humans possess different behavioral traits corresponding to physical appearance and can be divided based on the superiority of one race over another.
It may also mean prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against other people because they are of a different race or ethnicity. To imagine that an entire race can be assigned characteristics of "prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism" toward another race is also racism.
Price of slavery
Enslavement of the Black man in the south made more white men poor than it made rich. Cheap labor in society cheapened the labor of the individual in the market. The greatest cost was the blinding of oppressor to the wisdom of social virtues extended to all man kind.
- "Without a moral framework, there is nothing left but immediate self-indulgence by some and the path of least resistance by others. Neither can sustain a free society." Thomas Sowell
Like the Stanford prison experiment (SPE) demonstrated that there is the potential of a cognitive dissonance molding the thinking of individuals through the roles of prisoner and guard, or slave and master. SPE showed that one third of the guards were judged to have exhibited "genuine sadistic tendencies" while the regular "emotionally, physically and mentally humiliate the prisoners" altered their identity.
- "An old and sincere friend of America, I am uneasy at seeing Slavery retard her progress, tarnish her glory, furnish arms to her detractors, compromise the future career of the Union which is the guaranty of her safety and greatness, and point out beforehand to her, to all her enemies, the spot where they are to strike." Alexis de Tocqueville
The subjugation of one class of one group by another weakens both. Both may become dependent upon the other. Dependence upon others to do that which you must do yourself weakens the people.
"Groups that rose from poverty to prosperity seldom did so by having their own racial or ethnic leaders to follow." Thomas Sowell
You can do little to force others to do the right thing but you can do much to discipline yourself to do the right thing. Accepting responsibility for your thoughts and actions is the beginning of the road to freedom.
- "No greater injury can be done to any youth than to let him feel that because he belongs to this or that race he will be advanced in life regardless of his own merits or efforts." Booker T Washington.
The Social structures alter society as the people are altered. The private and complete ownership of your self embeds responsibility within the individual.
Most of the people who profess CRT also advocate communism if not socialism. Systems like slavery takes the power of choice and invests it in a master. In systems like socialism and communism the power of choice is vested in the collective or its elected representatives to one degree or another.
- "Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it." Thomas Sowell
The less choice entrusted in the hands of the individual, the less freedom of the individual. Te individual is never truly free in a political collective.
- “Freedom is the Right to Choose, the Right to create for oneself the alternatives of Choice. Without the possibility of Choice, and the exercise of Choice, a man is not a man but a member, an instrument, a thing.” Archibald MacLeish
Those wealthy enough to own slaves were able to make others labor on their behalf. They were able to do less and less at other people's expense. But socialism allows the same ability to be supported by the labor of others. The same degeneration of morals and decay of social virtues we saw among the slave owner now has taken place among the recipients of modern Welfare.
- "The black family survived centuries of slavery and generations of Jim Crow, but it has disintegrated in the wake of the liberals' expansion of the welfare state." Thomas Sowell
- "Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good." Thomas Sowell
The people will be altered by such systems of welfare and since the days of Polybius where he said they would become perfect savages. We were warned against such covetous practices by the apostles and the prophets, advised against by John the Baptist and forbidden by Jesus.
The Product of enslaving one class
"The people made worse off by slavery were those who were enslaved. Their descendants would have been worse off today if born in Africa instead of America. Put differently, the terrible fate of their ancestors benefited them." Thomas Sowell
People filled with unreasoning anger and contempt for people of the past they do not even know nor have taken the time to know now desire to destroy the statues placed in honor of what good they did lack the characteristics of Critical thinking. The same people who hold the men of the past in such bias contempt will hold their neighbor in contempt as well. They will be so focused on their own justification through the oppression of others in bigotry and hate they will do little to nothing for the present sins of slavery pervasive in the world today.
- "Everyone hated the idea of being a slave but few had any qualms about enslaving others. Slavery was just not an issue, not even among intellectuals, much less among political leaders, until the 18th century – and then it was an issue only in Western civilization. Among those who turned against slavery in the 18th century were George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry and other American leaders. You could research all of the 18th century Africa or Asia or the Middle East without finding any comparable rejection of slavery there. But who is singled out for scathing criticism today? American leaders of the 18th century." The Thomas Sowell Reader, chapter “Twisted History”
- "Deciding that slavery was wrong was much easier than deciding what to do with millions of people from another continent, of another race, and without any historical preparation for living as free citizens in a society like that of the United States, where they were 20 percent of the population."
- "It is clear from the private correspondence of Washington, Jefferson, and many others that their moral rejection of slavery was unambiguous, but the practical question of what to do now had them baffled. That would remain so for more than half a century.The Thomas Sowell Reader, chapter “Twisted History”
Condemning the slavery of the past is much easier and much more convenient than doing something about the mountain of slavery and injustices of today.
- "There are an estimated 27 million men, women, and children in the world who are enslaved — physically confined or restrained and forced to work, or controlled through violence, or in some way treated as property.
- "Therefore, there are more slaves today than were seized from Africa in four centuries of the trans-Atlantic slave trade [11 million total, and about 450,000, or about 4% of the total, who were brought to the United States]. The modern commerce in humans rivals illegal drug trafficking in its global reach—and in the destruction of lives." “21st Century Slaves“, National Geographic article, Thomas Sowell
There was a tole upon the cruel slaver who paid a price in character and vision for his abuse of his fellowman. Those who excuse riots today fuel the same misfortune among those who bring violence to their own streets. Not only does their community suffer but also their character and of course their own vision of things to come.
- "Of all the tragic facts about the history of slavery, the most astonishing to an American today is that, although slavery was a worldwide institution for thousands of years, nowhere in the world was slavery a controversial issue prior to the 18th century. People of every race and color were enslaved – and enslaved others. White people were still being bought and sold as slaves in the Ottoman Empire, decades after American blacks were freed." The Thomas Sowell Reader, chapter “Twisted History”
Slavery in the Ottoman Empire was a legal and significant part of its economy and traditional society and continued largely unabated into the early 20th century.
- "Incidentally, the September 2003 issue of National Geographic had an article about the millions of people still enslaved around the world right now. But where is the moral indignation about that?" The Thomas Sowell Reader, chapter “Twisted History”
No one obtain the higher moral ground on issues of past slavery until they are willing to stand against the slavery of the present. Any time you take a portion of a man's labor away without his consent and just compensation you engage in the slavery of others.
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Belief in God
The question "Do you Believe in God?" creates at least two more questions that must be answered first.
What do you mean by "belief"?
What do you mean by "God"?
Without a clear answer to those two questions, there may be no honestly true answer to the first.
One of the first questions that must be answered to come to an honest discussion of God and belief is "What is religion?"
Today we commonly think that religion is what we think about God or a supreme being. But that is not the original definition. Religion was ir centuries and at the time of Christ a "duty to God and our fellowman". That duty included the actions of love both for God and our neighbor and even the stranger and our enemy. For a Christian, the question should be "What is Pure Religion?"
For centuries "divine law" or "divine will" was defined as "right reason". Mankind was supposedly made in the image of God but it appears that many people have chosen to remake God in their own image or at least in their imagination. This has been done in the name of religion but again what is the meaning of Religion. This imagined God or Jesus is the essence of idolatry. It is also at the core of all the evil or wickedness or iniquity done in the name of religion. Without a willingness to critically look at the whole gospel of the kingdom the whole world may be deceived and brought under a strong delusion.
Those who are willing to use religious terms see the universe as created by someone identified as God who is even called the "Creator". That "Divine Creator" built into creation a Divine pattern of "cause and effect" with uniformity throughout the observable universe.
It is clear that "God" or a "god" is someone or something greater than ourselves. If religion is how you perform your duty to that "God" or "gods" and your fellowman and pure religion is performing that duty to your fellow man through love and charity rather than the force. ear, and fealty required in the socialist State then there are a lot of modern Christians who say they believe in God but remain workers of iniquity.
Understanding why Christ commanded the His student ministers to organize the people in patterns of tens before there was to be a distribution of the loaves and fishes made available by sharing through charity may call us to a better comprehension of the importance of fervent charity in the practice of Pure Religion. That of course would be true repentance.
- What was the bondage of Egypt and why were we to never go back there again?
- Have people given consent to a social compact that might enslave them like in the days of Egypt?
- Why would the slothful be under tribute?
- Why did the Corban of the Pharisees make the word of God to none effect?
- Why did Jesus say "Call no man Father upon the earth"?
- Why did Jesus say not to be like the rulers who called themselves Benefactors?
- Why did Peter say covetous practices would make us Merchandise and curse children?
- What did Jesus list off as the Weightier matters?
- Why did Jesus command that the people sit down in Tens?
- What is Religion and what is Pure Religion?
- Why did the Church have a Daily ministration?
- How do the Modern Christians differ from the early Church who followed The Way of Christ?
- What was the Christian conflict with Rome?
- What is the difference between the Baptism of John the Baptist and the Baptism of Herod or Constantine or Rabbinical Baptism?
- Israel was not to have a golden calf but what did that mean?
- What were the altars of earth and stone?
- What are lively stones?
- Was the Sabbath a way or a day?
- Were those rituals of ancient societies merely mindless acts of superstition or were they metaphors?
- What are the rituals of the Church and do they point to The Way of Christ and God?
- Could Welfare systems of the world be Snares and Traps?
- And what does this all have to do with Nimrod, Cain and Caesar who called themselves Benefactors but exercise authority one over the other?
- What was the Mark of Cain and the Mark of God and even the Mark of the Beast?
- Did Constantinestart a different Church not of Christ?
- Why did the people have to sew Breeches for the Levites?
- What was early Israel like before the Voice of the people rejected God?
- Why were they organized by Tens?
- How was the Early Church funded?
- Did it operate by force or Freewill offerings?
- Do all governments of the world operate according to the ways of God?
- Or do they operate according the ways of Cain and Nimrod?
- Who were the Nicolaitans and why does God hate their deeds?
- What was Christ trying to tell us about the Fathers of the earth and who are they?
- And who is The Beloved Anarchist?
- What do you want to do about all this?
To find the answers, we must seek and strive to do what Jesus said the way He said to do it... Including attending to the Weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith which include caring for the needs of our neighbors and the widows and orphans of our society through Pure Religion in matters of health, education, and welfare. We are NOT to do so by the Covetous Practices of modern governments.
The Way of Christ was like neither the way of the world nor the governments of the gentiles who depend on benefactors who exercise authority. Christ's ministers and true Christians do not depend upon systems of social welfare that force the contributions of the people like the corban of the Pharisees which made the word of God to none effect. Many people have been deceived to go the way of Balaam and the Nicolaitan and out of The Way of Christ.
The Christian conflict of the first century Church appointed by Christ was because they would not apply to the fathers of the earth for benefits but instead relied upon a voluntary network providing a daily ministration to the needy of society through Faith, Hope, and Charity by way of freewill offerings of the people, for the people, and by the people through the perfect law of liberty in Free Assemblies according to the ancient pattern of Tuns or Tens.
"Follow me!" —Jesus the Christ.
- One of the most important things to do is to become involved in a network of Charitable Practices. Everyone should want to join a Living Network of Love and Charity.
- If you think you have a calling to be a Minister of God or you might want to dedicate your life to Christ as an Ordained Minister of His Holy Church, contact us to start the process of discipleship and become the benefactors who exercise only love, NOT authority.
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- Philosophical, relating or devoted to the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence.
- Egocentrism thinking only of oneself, without regard for the feelings or desires of others; self-centered.
- Sociocentrism a tendency to assume the superiority or rightness of one's own social group.
- Critical Theory’s Advent in the Christian World, and How to Respond by Rick Plasterer
- The Frankfurt School theorist Herbert Marcuse coined the term in an essay of that title for a book co-written with Robert Wolff and Barrington Moore, Critique of Pure Tolerance (1965). Repressive tolerance, Marcuse argues, takes two main forms: (i) the unthinking acceptance of entrenched attitudes and ideas, even when these are obviously damaging to other people, or indeed the environment (the painfully slow response to warnings about climate change and environmental degradation might be seen as an example of this); and (ii) the vocal endorsement of actions that are manifestly aggressive towards other people (the popular support in the US and the UK in the aftermath of 9/11 and 7/7 for the respective government's attempts to override or limit habeas corpus is a clear example of this). Genuine tolerance, Marcuse argues, can only exist in a situation of intolerance for these limits on real freedom. Slavoj *Žižek's books Violence (2008) and In Defence of Lost Causes (2008) continue and update this line of thought.
- Deuteronomy 17
- A utopia, from the Greek words meaning "not a place", is only "an imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect."
- A dystopia is an imagined state or society in which there is great suffering or injustice, typically one that is totalitarian or post-apocalyptic.
- Epistemology is considered one of the four main branches of philosophy, along with ethics, logic, and metaphysics.
- Stanford prison experiment
- Luke 6:37 ¶ Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:
- Booker T Washington
- “This philosophy of hate, of religious and racial intolerance, with its passionate urge toward war, is loose in the world. It is the enemy of democracy; it is the enemy of all the fruitful and spiritual sides of life. It is our responsibility, as individuals and organizations, to resist this.”
- Ecclesiastes 12:1 Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;
- Isaiah 40:28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
- Romans 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
- 1 Peter 4:19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.
- Matthew 20:25-26 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;
Mark 10:42-43 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:
Luke 22:25-26 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.
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