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Are Christians Idiots?


Were Peter and John unlearned and ignorant or is Acts 4:13[1] talking about something else?

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Christians provided for one another in charity and did not participate in the free bread welfare of Rome nor as we see the Pharisees doing with their Corban which Jesus condemned. The Pharisees had chosen Caesar's ways to care for the needy of society and depended upon government as their Benefactors. The Christians were not involved in the public affairs of the Pharisees nor of the public religion of Rome. Christians were involved in public affairs of Christ working daily in the temple which we explain below.

The temple in Jerusalem, the same as those temples of Rome, were the center of their social welfare. Those who got the Baptism of John and the Baptism of Christ's apostles, who were eventually called Christians, had opted out of a social welfare system that had snared the people under the authority of Herod's welfare state.

Christians had another king, one Jesus, and were standing fast in the perfect law of liberty instituted by Christ through His apostles whom had appointed a kingdom to. But that kingdom was not like the kingdoms of the gentiles who exercised authority one over the other. The persecution of Christians by public magistrates was often based on their refusal to participate in the temple welfare systems of Rome.

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When Christ spoke of the Kingdom there was a revolution going on in Judea and the world. The policies and practices of politicians and people had the world on a one-way road to social and economic destruction. John the Baptist and Jesus were turning the world upside down. They were shaming the hypocrites who claimed to be following Moses but did not know him nor the God who sent him to free the people.

"Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus." Acts 4:13

The word translated ignorant is not the normal Greek word agnoeo meaning ignorant or unlearned[2] but it is the Greek word idiōtēs (ἰδιώτης) from idios meaning as 'pertaining to one's self, one's own, belonging to one's self'.[3]

The English word “idiot” comes from the Latin idiōta which came to mean an ignorant person. Romans in their arrogance at that time in their civil history, the Republic long being dead, believed that everyone should submit to their rule. But in the Greek idiōtēs as used here in Acts meant a private "person not involved in public affairs" of the Roman State.

Even the word translated unlearned in this text is not the Greek agnoeo nor amathes which can mean ignorant but it is the word agrammatoi which only appears once in the Bible and according to Professor Markus Nikolaus Andreas Bockmuehl, a biblical scholar specializing in Early Christianity, “should not be rendered ‘unlearned'”[4] He goes on to say "To be an idiotes is to be outside of the guild, or outside of the group..."[4] Of course, all the apostles were a part of the called out were not to be a part of the world.

This word agrammatoi is rare in Greek text. Its meaning may depend on the period and use in context. I have found it describing the muster rolls of a battalion or a registry of members kept by scribes.

Christians provided for one another in charity and did not participate in the free bread welfare of Rome as we see the Pharisees doing.[5]

The Pharisees had chosen Caesar's ways and government as their benefactor. The Christians were not involved in the public affairs of the Pharisees. Christians were involved in public affairs of Christ working daily in the temple.[6]

The temple in Jerusalem, the same as those of Rome, was the center of their social welfare. With the baptism of John, Christ's followers, who were eventually called Christians, had opted out of a social welfare system that had snared the people under the authority of Herod's welfare state.[7]

Christians had another king, one Jesus, and were standing fast in the liberty of Christ. The persecution of Christians by public magistrates was often based on their refusal to participate in the temple welfare systems of Rome.

The word translated marvelled in Acts is “thaumazo” which is also translated in the Bible as "have in admiration" and "admire" . They were impressed and yet they did not like what they were hearing. Many modern Christians would not want to hear the truth of what the early church was doing either.

The Pharisees had been teaching things that were contrary to God, Moses and now Jesus. They professed God with their lips in vain. The people were going back into the bondage of Egypt under the imperial powers of Rome[8] contrary to the command of God.[9]

They had been running their government and leading the people in a way that violated the Spirit of the Law established by God and His precepts upon precepts. They were making the word of God to none effect with their social welfare programs.

Many will decry this interpretation of agrammatoi eisin kai idiōtai.[10] Christians need to be willing to know the whole truth and look at all things anew. If you will not learn the context in history when the Bible was written you will fail to understand the meaning of the authors. Simple misinterpretations by private souls can take the people a long way off course in their quest for the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.

Early Rome, like the Americans of the 17th century, had learned to govern themselves according to the ideals of the earliest republics. But maintaining that form of government requires great diligence and virtue.[11]

The Roman people had begun to look to their elected officials and then the office of Caesar for every social benefit. The more they neglected individual responsibility the more their liberty, their right to choose, declined.

With each new benefit, the government became more and more powerful and the people became more self-indulgent, apathetic and weak. Rome had become the peacekeepers of the world and soon offered themselves as benefactors to other nations, but not without a heavy price. They would exercise authority over the people who were slothful in the practices of honor and virtue taught by the prophets of God. Rome like the United States[12] began exacting tribute[13] from its subjects to obtain the funds needed to supply those suggested benefits.[14]

The more power the people granted by vote or negligence the more the government became corrupt and self-serving.

The practice of expanding government power through offering to care for the people and shower them with benefits[15] is as old as Cain and Nimrod.[16]

From the beginning we were not to covet our neighbor's goods nor were we to make covenants with the people round about us to take from our neighbor. If you choose to eat with a ruler you were to put a knife to your throat for your own protection.[17]

You were not to consent with people to obtain benefits where there is one purse.[18] If people failed to listen to these warnings then what should have been for their welfare would become that snare.[19] Many of the people were entangled in bondage under the elements of the world because of these false teachings that had crept into their eschatology. Lawyers, Senates and Sanhedrin bound the people through the establishment of a social welfare scheme they labeled Qorban and Corban. In 78 BC[20] the Pharisees and eventually Herod would expanded that social welfare system.

Jesus said through those ordinances they made the word of God to none effect.[21]

The original Corban, a form of social assurance, under Moses was based on free will offerings or sacrifice given through a living network of ministers who sought to serve the people. Herod's system included baptism, contributions, a temple treasury to store them, scribes to keep track of the mandatory contribution of members [the temple tax], and a network of ministers and synagogues to distribute the benefits according to statutory limitations.

The sacred texts should have been clear enough, but the Pharisees were able to twist the meaning of the words to justify themselves. The pride of the scholar strangles the hope of repentance. What part of freewill offering and charity do they not understand?

History of the Pharisees has repeated itself in the modern religions and they have all betrayed their founders.[22]

John the Baptist offered an alternative system. It also included a Baptism ritual but it operated much differently. His network of congregations and ministers provided for their needy in pure religion[23] through free will contributions – charity.[24] They did not have entitlements but lived in hope. They did not give allegiance but lived by faith. They did not force their neighbor to contribute but lived by charity. There is no more revolutionary gospel than Christ's.

Modern Christians are ignorant of the full “Gospel of Kingdom” preached by Christ and the early Church. Some have even claimed that Jesus was a socialist. Modern socialism requires a social contract and the point of a sword to force the contributions of the people. Those who covet their neighbor's goods through the agency of these so-called state benefactors have become nothing more than human resources according to prophecy of Peter.[25]

They have more in common with the Pharisees than they do John or Jesus. That and their lack of knowledge is why they are back in bondage of the world.[26] Christ preached a welfare system based on faith, hope and charity which required virtue and love for one another. The ministers of their society were servants of the people in an alternative system that set men free. Jesus told many parables on how His government of righteousness must operate. He talked about forgiving debt rather than arresting people and forcing them to pay. He talked about the poor widow giving more value than that of the rich man. He fired the money changers and instructed the ministers in the royal treasury.[27] He refused to appoint captains and princes to rule over the people. He taught his minister that they were there to serve.

This was called the perfect law of liberty.[28] It was a system of individual responsibility and honor. It had congregations and ministers. It was organized from the bottom of the hearts of men who loved the way of Christ according to the precepts of God. It divided the goats and sheep.

Some of the people of Judea and the world went the way of Herod, Caesar, and Pharaoh and some went the way of Abraham, Moses, John the Baptist and Jesus. The former denounced David and embraced the ways of Caesar and the latter embraced the highest son of David, the rightful king of Judea according to Rome.[29]

The Pharisees were socialist. Christians simply would not participate in socialist schemes that compelled the contributions of their neighbor because Jesus said “But it shall not be so among you.”[30]

People are under a strong delusion set forward by the Modern Pharisees of today posing as the Church established by Christ. They profess God and Jesus with their mouths, but they fall short of following His “Way”.

You cannot be a follower of Christ and seek to force your neighbor to contribute to your welfare at the point of a sword or gun. You cannot be a modern socialist and a Christian. Those who think they can may be idiots. They are certainly non-participators in the Gospel of the Kingdom preached by Christ.

We should all be striving to participate in the ways of Christ by serving one another in love and not coveting our neighbor's goods. If we are to be free we must set our neighbor free. If we are to be forgiven we must forgive our neighbor's debt.

There is no reason to opt-out of the world or its systems until you are ready to opt into the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. This would include sitting down in the Tens as Christ commanded and earnestly setting up a daily ministration of faith, hope, and Charity through the perfect law of liberty rather than by force, fear, and fealty and the covetous practices of the world which are a snare, makes you merchandise and curse children.

The priests and preachers who say it is okay to covet your neighbor's goods through the agency of governments are not preaching the Gospel of Christ. To say it is okay to bite one another will get the people devoured and is the gospel of the "brutish pastor". It is time to repent and seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness by striving to do the will of the Father.

Audio file answering the question "Are Christians Idiotes" from Blog Talk Radio

Follow up note:

Christians were idiotes, unregistered and not involved in public affairs of the Roman government or the Pharisees. When it came to participating in the welfare of governments who forced the contributions of the people they would not do it. This is why they were commonly persecuted.

The Modern Christian thinks it is okay to do so even though it is clearly coveting their neighbor's goods through the power and the agency of government that are often called benefactors but force the contributions of the people. This is a “damnable heresies... and bring upon themselves swift destruction.”[31] The word destruction[32] can mean the destruction of money or even the whole economy.

Peter goes on to say, in 2 Peter 2:2 “And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.”

Unfortunately, it is often the modern Churches that are leading the people in these pernicious ways.

What are those destructive ways?

Peter tells you in the very next verse.

  • “And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.” 2 Peter 2:3

It is a great delusion to think you are following Christ when you are doing like those who rule over the other nations.[33]

What part of it shall not be so with you don't they understand.

We offer volumes of research and resources to take the scales off your eyes.[34] We have put it all together over many decades. If your heart does not show you the truth of charity and love vs. force in forming a viable society no fact, no research, no expert opinion will undue your bondage.

“For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)”
“The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.” 2 Peter 2:4...

The word translated government is kuriotes[35] meaning “dominion”.

God gave men Dominion. When men give that dominion to other men they are neglecting the personal obligation to exercise that God given responsibility... Why does the modern Church speak evil of dignities...

  • "For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth -- to know the worst and to provide for it." Patrick Henry

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"And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed." Luke 2:1

The word we see translated "tax" appears three times[36] in Luke and actually means "specifically to enter in public records the names of men, their property and income; to enroll".[37] It also appears in Hebrews but is translated "written".[38] In the Old Testament the firstborn were specifically the Levites who were the "called out in the wilderness" and in the New Testament the "called out" were the disciples of Jesus who were called the church and appointed by Christ, our mediator.[39]

The Romans seldom did anything without a purpose, a plan, and the hope of profit. To have a good plan they needed good information. When Augustus' commemorative account of his achievements (Res Gestae) prominently featured the geographical cataloging of peoples and places within the Empire. Geography, the census, and the meticulous keeping of written records were central concerns of Roman Imperial administration.[40]

There were from 45 to 65 million people in the Roman Empire at different times and a census was often scheduled every 5 years. Augustus's own census information recorded almost 5,000,000 citizens of Rome.[41]

This was no small task and required a uniform method, places to store the record and people you could trust. This is where the Temples, often built by the Roman government provided the place and the trusted priests and priestesses, in the case of Rome, performed the process.

Shortly before Julius Caesar, the Romans depended upon nd all voluntary army. Gaius Marius and the Marian Reforms' moved to a professional army which did more to alter Roman society than many realize.[42]

The vast wealth accumulated by Generals bought them prestige and political power. Those gifts, gratuities, and grants to the people by congiarium[43]not only bought the "license to do no wrong"[44] it robbed the people of the responsibility of doing what is right through their deceitful dainties.

These deceitful dainties of rulers were also offered to the Roman client states or allies. They would also be obligated to provide tribute and even supply reinforcements to the Roman army. As provinces would be required to show consent by agreement and make "a register of cities", a "census of the population, and a "surveying the land".[45] Their government recordkeeping included births and deaths, real estate transactions, taxes, and juridical proceedings. [46] Among these client states were Pontus, Cappadocia, Bithynia, Judea, Palestine, and, by 65 BCE, Armenia. In Africa Mauretania, Algeria and Morocco also became client states.

In order to be taxed, you must be counted. Both the benefits and the Tax obligations were determined by the census, which required each head of a household to appear before the presiding official and provide a headcount of his household, as well as an accounting of property he owned that was suitable for agriculture or habitation.[47]

A census as well as taxation in those days required some form of accounting and usually required a token to mark[48] those who had been counted. The census called for by Augustus “was regarded as the badge of servitude, and incompatible with the Theocratic character of Israel”.[49]

Judea did not hate Rome. Many loved and desired their protection, generosity, and social security; besides, they were good for business. There were rebels, as always. There was corruption, as always. Caesar was the protector of their peace, the benefactor of their welfare.

Many Jews loved the Emperor (Emperator),[50] the commander-in-chief of the multinational military force that kept the peace throughout the world. Augustus Caesar offered many gifts, gratuities, and benefits as the Patronus of the Pax Romana, The Father of Roman Peace.

“The annual Temple-tribute was allowed to be transported to Jerusalem, and the alienation of these funds by the civil magistrates treated as sacrilege. As the Jews objected to bear arms, or march, on the Sabbath, they were freed from military service. On similar grounds, they were not obliged to appear in courts of law on their holy days. Augustus even ordered that, when the public distribution of corn or of money among the citizens fell on a Sabbath, the Jews were to receive their share on the following day. In a similar spirit the Roman authorities confirmed a decree by which the founder of Antioch, Seleucus I. (Nicator, [d Ob.280 B.C.]) had granted the Jews the right of citizenship in all the cities of Asia Minor and Syria which he had built, and the privilege of receiving, instead of the oil that was distributed, which their religion forbade them to use, [e Ab. Sar ii. 6] an equivalent in money. [Jos.Ant. Xii. 3. 1]. These rights were maintained by Vespasian and Titus even after the last Jewish war, not with standing the earnest remonstrances of these cities. No wonder, that at the death of Caesar the Jews of Rome gathered for many nights, waking strange feelings of awe in the city, as they chanted in mournful melodies their Psalms around the pyre on which the body of their benefactor had been burnt, and raised their pathetic dirges.”[51]

The call for all the world to be taxed was a call for all the world to be enrolled as the beneficiaries of the The Father of Roman Peace.

“The year 2 B.C. marked the 25th anniversary of Caesar Augustus’s rule and the 750th anniversary of the founding of Rome. Huge celebrations were planned. The whole empire was at peace. The doors of the temple of Janus were closed for only the third time in Roman history. To honor their emperor, the people were to rise as one and name him pater patriae, or Father of the Country. This enrollment, described in the Book of Luke, which brought Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem, has always been a mystery since no regular census occurred at this time. But the pater patriae enrollment fits perfectly.”[52]

"Parens patriae" is Latin for “father of the Fatherland” a title originally accorded in the form parens urbis Romanae, or "parent of the Roman city". It was accorded to Marcus Furius Camillus in 386 BC because he led the city's recovery after its capture by the Gauls (c. 390 bc). In the legal system, "parens patriae is a doctrine that allows the state to step in and serve as a guardian for children, the mentally ill, the incompetent, the elderly, or disabled persons who are unable to care for themselves."[53]

Parens patriae is Latin for "parent of the nation". Parens patriae is not just an ancient doctrine but is found as the power of the modern state to control the activities of the people in Title 15 Commerce and Trade[54], Title 12, Banks And Banking[55], Title 18. Crimes And Criminal Procedure[56], Title 49. Transportation[57] and Title 42. Public Health and Welfare[58] of the United States Codes[59] and the laws of the several states.

The enrolment in the benefits schemes of the state alters the relationship and status of the people. Many Jews refused to register on religious grounds and were considered "idiotes".[60] The more people apply to the benefaction of the state the more power the state has over the people. Plutarch wrote in his "Life of Coriolanus" (c. 100 AD.), "That the man who first ruined the Roman people twas he who first gave them treats and gratuities." But Polybius had warned the people 250 years earlier what their fate would be the fate of the nation if they become accustomed to taking these treats and gratuities of the State.

Herod the Great needed the favor and support of Rome and conformed to the changes that were taking place in Rome to maintain his ruling power. He was for the census and enrolment in his own scheme set up with the help of the Pharisees which perverted the ancient system of Corban into an entitlement program no longer dependent on freewill offerings.

Some put the date at 4BC at Herod's death in 4BC but that is highly disputed and likely wrong based on a misidentified lunar eclipse. There were other eclipses. It is possible that a transcriber or the author of Luke's gospel made an error identifying which census. There were also a number of the local census of varying kinds and what Quirinius was doing and when ruling is also disputed because there is some evidence that he was in charge during other periods including some rebellions in Galilee. None of this is substantive to the message. Some people even try disputing the existence of Christ with this conflicting information. These dates used is based on Josephus who does not dispute Christians and verifies them with Book 20, Chapter 9, 1 of the Antiquities with the line "the brother of Jesus, who was called Christ, whose name was James". Herod was a client king of Judea who rebuilt the Second Temple (in Jerusalem) known as Herod's Temple. He instituted the Baptism of the temple that established the Corban of the Pharisees that according to Jesus made the word of God to none effect.

Besides registering the adults you would also have to register newborn children just as Rome was doing. Some opposed this registration of children on religious and doctrinal bases but some understood it was part of a three-step plan according to Jus Romanus (Roman Law) to make the State the Father of the people.

  • "Birth registration in ancient Rome. Birth certificates for Roman citizens were introduced during the reign of Augustus (27 BC–14 AD). Until the time of Alexander Severus (222–235 AD), it was required that these documents be written in Latin as a marker of "Romanness" (Romanitas)."[61]

"Birth registration" was important to create a uniform rule for the distribution of benefits, duties, and obligations. It was a part of a three-step process founded in natural law to create a legal system which made the State the Father of a nation.

The government of Rome provided many benefits like free bread through the Imperial Cult of Rome run through the government-sponsored Temples. These certificates were stored in the Temple of Saturn. Religion had always been the institution providing for the poor or needy of society such as widows and orphans. From the Altars of Clay and Stone of Abraham and Moses there were safeguards[62]in the practice of religion among the Israelites to prevent the Levite priests from gaining to much power. There were also constitutional limitations imposed by the Bible in Deuteronomy 17 if the people elected to create any offices of power such as kings, presidents, or prime ministers. When these safeguards against tyranny were ignored or forgotten governments of the world became corrupt, society began to decay, and its members began to degenerate.

Herod’s greatest fault was his ungovernable passion both in love and hate. This coupled with his constant fear of losing this throne led to most of his ‘crimes’ especially those committed within his own family.”[63]
  • Herod Archelaus (23 BC–c. AD 18), ethnarch of Samaria, Judea, and Idumea from 4 BC to 6 AD, when Judaea province was formed under direct Roman rule, at the time of the Census of Quirinius.[64] He was the son of Herod the Great and Malthace the Samaritan, the brother of Herod Antipas, and the half-brother of Herod Philip I. In 4 BC Augustus allotted to him the greater part of the kingdom (Samaria, Judea, and Idumea) with the title of ethnarch (not king).

Archelaus is mentioned in the Gospel of Matthew (Matthew 2:13-23). In it, Joseph, Mary, and Jesus fled to Egypt to avoid the Massacre of the Innocents. When Herod the Great died, Joseph was told by an angel in a dream to return to Israel (presumably to Bethlehem). However, upon hearing that Archelaus had succeeded his father as ruler of Judaea he "was afraid to go thither" (Matthew 2:22), and was again notified in a dream to go to Galilee. This is Matthew's explanation of why Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea but grew up in Nazareth.

The beginning and conclusion of Jesus's Parable of the minas, the master gives 10 of his servants one mina each and tells them to engage in trade while he is away. This parable in the Gospel of Luke 19:12-27 may refer to Archelaus' journey to Rome. Some interpreters conclude from this that Jesus' parables and preaching made use of events familiar to the people as examples for bringing his spiritual lessons to life. Others read the allusion as arising from later adaptations of Jesus's parables in the oral tradition before the parables were recorded in the gospels.

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== Footnotes ==
  1. Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.
  2. ἀγράμματος agnoeo meaning to be ignorant, not to know {Acts 13:27, Acts 17:23 Romans 10:3 2 Peter 2:12; 1 Corinthians 14:38; Mark 9:32 Luke 9:45; Hebrews 5:2}
  3. "Etymology. Idiot as a word derived from the Greek idiotes, person lacking professional skill', 'a private citizen', 'individual', from idios, private, one's own."
  4. 4.0 4.1 “The words agrammatoi and idiotai should not be rendered ‘unlearned and ignorant’, as in the King James Version (and ASV).” "The Cambridge Companion to Jesus" by Markus Bockmuehl, University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Fitzwilliam College. Author of Revelation and mystery in ancient Judaism and Pauline Christianity (1990), This Jesus: martyr, Lord, Messiah (1994), The Epistle to the Philippians (1997), and Jewish law in Gentile churches: halakhah and the beginning of Christian public ethics (2000).
  5. 4Departed vs Deported, Chapter 12. of the book The Covenants of the gods
  6. 5Matthew 26:55 "In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me."
    Mark 14:49 "I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and ye took me not: but the scriptures must be fulfilled."
    Luke 19:47 "And he taught daily in the temple. But the chief priests and the scribes and the chief of the people sought to destroy him,"
    Luke 22:53 "When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness."
    Acts 2:46 "And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,"
    Acts 5:42 "And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ."
  7. 6John 9:19-34 Water Baptism
  8. 7Employ vs Enslave Chapter 4. of the book The Covenants of the gods
  9. Deuteronomy 17:16 , Ezekiel 29:14, 1 Samuel 8:7-8
  10. 9ἀγράμματοι εἰσιν καὶ ἰδιῶται
  11. 10A Pure Republic, The Higher Liberty, Sec. 13
  12. 11Rome vs US Does history repeat itself because man does not repent?
  13. 12Proverbs 12:24 “The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.”
  14. 13“He who receives the benefit should also bear the disadvantage.” “Cujus est commodum ejus debet esse incommodum.”
  15. “The real destroyers of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations, and benefits.” Plutarch, 2000 years ago.
  16. Nimrod, The Hunter Nimrod, NN Video Series:1-10 5:32
  17. 16Proverbs 23:1 “When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee: And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite. Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat.” Daniel 1:8 "But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself."
  18. 17Proverbs 1: “My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not... Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:....Surely in vain the net is spread...for those greedy for gain...”
  19. Psalms 69:22 “Let their table become a snare before them: and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap.”Romans 11:9 “And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them:”
  20. 19The Corban of the Pharisees
  21. 20Mark 7:11 “But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, [It is] Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; [he shall be free]. And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother; Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.”
  22. See Thy Kingdom Comes, Chapter 2. Abraham Uncivilized
  23. 22Pure Religion
  24. Luke 3:11 He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.
  25. 2 Peter 2:3 “And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.”
  26. This World, Video Not of the World?
  27. Mark 12:41-43. The Greek gazophulakion means the royal or public treasure
  28. James 1:25 "But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth [therein], he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed."
  29. Matthew 2:2, 27:11-37, Mark 15:26, Luke 23:38, John 19:19-22
  30. Matthew 20:26 "But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;"
    Mark 10:43 "But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:"
    "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." Luke 22:26
  31. 2 Peter 2:1 “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.”
  32. 684 ~ἀπώλεια~ apoleia \@ap-o’-li-a\@ from a presumed derivative of 622; n f AV-perdition 8, destruction 5, waste 2, damnable 1, to die + 1519 1, perish + 1498 + 1519 1, pernicious 1; 20
    1) destroying, utter destruction
    1a) of vessels
    2) a perishing, ruin, destruction
    2a) of money
    2b) the destruction which consists of eternal misery in hell
  33. 32Matthew 20:25 "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." Mark 10:42 "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." Luke 22:25 "And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors."
  34. 33
  35. 342963 ~kuriothv~ kuriotes AV-dominion 3, government 1; 41) dominion...
  36. Luke 2:1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed <583>.
    Luke 2:3 And all went to be taxed <583>, every one into his own city.
    Luke 2:5 To be taxed <583> with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
  37. 583 ~ἀπογράφω~ apographo \@ap-og-raf’-o\@ from 575 and 1125; v AV-tax 3, write 1; 4
    1) to write off, copy (from some pattern)
    2) to enter in a register or records
    2a) spec. to enter in public records the names of men, their property and income
    2b) to enroll
  38. Hebrews 12:23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
  39. Hebrews 12:24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than [that of] Abel.
  40. Space, Geography, and Politics in the Early Roman Empire. Claude Nicolet, (1991). University of Michigan Press. ISBN 978-0-472-10096-5.
  41. "A third time, with the consular imperium, and with my son Tiberius Caesar as my colleague, note I performed the lustrum in the consulship of Sextus Pompeius and Sextus Apuleius. In this lustrum 4,937,000 Roman citizens were entered on the census roll. By the passage of new laws I restored many traditions of our ancestors which were then falling into disuse, and I myself set precedents in many things for posterity to imitate." Res Gestae Divi Augusti, Section 8, Tablet 2. (Eng. The Deeds of the Divine Augustus)
    Latin, "Et tertium consulari cum imperio lustrum conlega Tib. Caesare filio meo feci, Sex. Pompeio et Sex. Appuleio cos. Caesare filio meo feci Sex. Pompeio et Sex. Appuleio cos., quo lustro censa sunt civium Romanorum capitum quadragiens centum millia et nongenta triginta et septem millia. Legibus novis me auctore latis multa exempla maiorum exolescentia iam ex nostro saeculo reduxi et ipse multarum rerum exempla imitanda posteris tradidi." Res Gestae Divi Augusti.
    Note: "civium Romanorum capitum" literally translates "of the heads of the citizens of the Romans".
  42. Citizen militia to a professional army; Removed property requirement of legionnaire and allowed Capite Census to join; State supplied wages and armor; allowed officers and soldiers to profit from loot and plunder.
  43. Of Ancient Roman containers, a congiarium, or congiary, was a vessel containing one congius, a measure of volume equal to six sextarii. In the early times of the Roman Republic, the congius was the usual measure of oil or wine which was, on certain occasions, distributed among the people; and thus congiarium became a name for liberal donations to the people whether consisting of oil, wine, grain, or money, or other things.
  44. “In my 13th consulship I gave 60 denarii to each plebeian who was at that time receiving bread from the state. A little more than 200,000 people availed of this congiarium” (Deeds of Augustus [Res Gestae]
    Some emperors granted 100s of denarii beside free bread and other commodities every year.
  45. Potter (2009), p. 183.
  46. Potter (2009), pp. 177–179.
  47. A Companion to the Roman Empire, David S. Potter, ed. (2009). John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-1-4051-9918-6.
  48. A common token could be a clay Tesserae.
  49. The sole grounds of resistance to the census, appears from Jos. Ant. xviii. 1. 1, 6.
  50. Emperator, emperatoris m. commander in chief. Collins L.E. Dict. ‘62.
  51. Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah Chapt. V, Alfred Edersheim, Jewish convert to Christianity and a Biblical scholar.
  52. The Star of Bethlehem by Crag Chester, Imprimis D/96 Hilsdale College.
  54. 15 U.S. Code § 15 Applicability of parens patriae actions § 15h. Applicability of parens patriae actions Sections 15c, 15d, 15e, 15f, and 15g of this title shall apply in any State...
  55. Title 12. Banks And Banking, Chapter 53. "the State, as parens patriae, may bring a civil action on behalf of its residents in an appropriate district court...
  56. Title 18. Crimes And Criminal Procedure, Part I. Crimes, Chapter 77. Peonage, Slavery, And Trafficking, In Persons, Section 1595. Civil Remedy adversely affected by any person who violates section 1591, the attorney general of the State, as parens patriae, may bring a civil action against such person on behalf of the residents of the State...
  57. Title 49. TRANSPORTATION, ...the attorney general of the state may, as parens patriae,” for “a State authority may”...
  58. Title 42. THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELFARE, Chapter 7. SOCIAL SECURITY... residents of that State has been or is threatened or adversely affected by any person who violates a provision of this part, the attorney general of the State, as parens patriae, may bring...
  59. Search parens patriae at
  60. idiōtēs (ἰδιώτης) from idios meaning as 'pertaining to one's self, one's own, belonging to one's self'. "Etymology. Idiot as a word derived from the Greek idiotes, idiotes ('a private citizen', 'individual'), from idios, idios ('private', 'one's own')."
  62. Contributions were freewill offerings not forced. Levites had no personal estate but held all things common.
  63. Living in the Time of Jesus of Nazareth by Peter Connolly. Published: Steimatzky 1983.
  64. Publius Sulpicius Quirinius (c. 51 BC – AD 21) was a Roman aristocrat mentioned in Res Gestae - The Deeds of Augustus by Augustus placing him as consul as early as 12 B.C.. Caesar's son Gaius Caesar was sent to administer Syria as an Imperial Legate in 1 B.C. and the Roman historian Tacitus Annals mentions in Book 3 Chapter 48 that Quirinius was an advisor to Gaius around 1 A.D Quirinius was later the governor of Syria during another census.