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Evolution Reading:
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The Grand Inquisitor’s Handbook

Jonathan Kirsch

In this lecture, Jonathan Kirsch delivers a sweeping and provocative history that explores how the Inquisition was honed to perfection and brought to bear on an ever-widening circle of victims by authoritarians in both church and state for over 600 years. Ranging from the Knights Templar to the first Protestants, from Joan of Arc to Galileo; from the torture and murder of hundreds of thousands of innocent women during the Witch Craze to its greatest power in Spain after 1492, when the secret tribunals were directed for the first time against Jews and Muslims to the modern war on terror — Kirsch shows us how the Inquisition stands as a universal and ineradicable symbol of the terror that results when absolute power corrupts…

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  1. Andrew says:

    1. Roots

    The Philosopher’s Feat

    Just like Myles Monroe, most people fall into the error of thinking that the Creator is one and the same with the maker of Eden, so they spend eternity trying to defend and justify every contradiction spotlighted with their apologetics aka The Ways of God to Man
    In their misconception, Emerson, for one, wrote that Man was made for conflict, not for rest. In action is his power; not in his goals but in his transitions man is great. Instantly he is dwarfed by self-indulgence. The truest state of mind rested in becomes false.
    That is, with due regard to the misbegotten fact that the God suddenly changed from all-benevolent Creator, to a malicious malevolent demanding God. Believing Creator, having taken a day (the 7th) off, for Rest, HAS RESULTED IN HIS GETTING CORRUPTED IN NATURE
    Nietzsche also followed that line: — it was God himself who at the end of his great work, coiled himself up in the form of a serpent at the foot of the tree of knowledge. It was thus that he recovered from being a God. … He had made everything too beautiful. . . . The devil is simply God’s moment of idleness, on that seventh day. .
    Consciously or unconsciously, Nietzsche’s inspired by the author of the Ecclesiastes.
    The ecclesiast happened to discover the evil work fashioning the destiny of mankind, so he wrote that God hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.
    But strangely, he went on further to write “I know that there is no good in them” .

    Come to think of it, “beautiful” and “no good” is oxymoronic, to a deranged level.
    All these is because he and those others after him thought that whoever it was that continued to work on earth, in the name of ‘God’, after that Seventh Day Rest, is one and the same with the One who created all things from the start.

    The Creator’s Rest
    2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
    2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
    3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made (Genesis 2:1-3)

    From the Highlighted Words you could tell the contextual meaning of REST in the context: FINISHED; ENDED; ALL HIS WORKS
    He rested from ALL his work; not from some of His works. That is, it is not the same as say He paused, so He could continue another day, as blue-collar job workers do.
    Verse two said “God ended …”
    And that does it.
    He didn’t do another thing on the earth till date, and never will.
    You can’t call Him out of retirement like Paul Scholes.
    He retired because His work is “finished”.
    “Ended” is the word; nothing more.
    So if anybody is working on the earth, in the name of God, that person is clearly not the One that has created, and made the heaven and earth and ended His works.
    Not the One that’s done, whose work is, in ALL RAMIFICATIONS, “finished”.
    It’s enough the Hebrew bible gave the Entity that ensued after the Creator a different identity – Elohim. Not like the English bible that identified Him as the ‘LORD God’, while the precedent is identified as just “God”.
    And because “Lord” is often mistaken to mean the same as “God” you can hardly tell it refers to two ENTIRELY DIFFERENT Beings.
    In fact, all Christians, with very few exceptions, take them as One and the same Person.

    The Exceptions
    Before the exception, there’s this faction of non-religious Jewish scholars that talks of the Creator quite alright, as distinct from Elohim. And even go as far as say the Creator is not worthy of worship. That it is the latter to whom the worship is due.
    I don’t have problem with these, because the Creator did not at any time ask to be worshipped. That is not even the argument or the misconception.
    The exceptions are some Christian ministers, like the one I overheard on the TV; a popular Nigerian, Pastor Chris Okotie, saying it was that same God whose Creation activities began the bible that is actually the creator of nothing.
    In other words, He merely said those words of creation, but nothing actually happened. That He is, in fact, the dreaming-god. In other words, He’s merely saying those words and VISUALIZING them coming to pass, in some distant future.
    This is however, the worst assessment of the Creator ever. Worse off, coming from a Christian religious minister
    He believes the One that seemed rather to work with His hands in bringing things to pass, like the farmer, planting of trees of Eden; things not accomplished by words of the mouth or command, but rather manually accomplished, just as the fashioning of man from dust like a human sculptor,
    Even though there’s no place that LORD God is said to make any other thing beside Eden, which in itself was fashioned out of the existing earth. His claims are rather self contradictory
    My question is how is it that this preacher did not realize that denying that the world was ever created with the word of the mouth is tantamount to saying that Jesus did no single miracle in His life time? This is because everything amazing Jesus was said to do was done with the power of His words; HIS WORD IS WITH POWER, so they speak of it.
    So this preacher is saying Jesus didn’t order a cripple out of clutches merely by words of mouth to walk, or that the disciples after Him, at the beautiful gate didn’t do likewise?
    No wonder this pastor is famed for speaking against faith healers all over the state as fraudsters.
    But this is not to deviate from the actual theme of this work, that the Creator that rested on the seventh day is not the same being that thereafter erected the Garden of Eden.

    Time Factor
    Benny Hinn, suspecting the earth might not actually be six-thousand years old, as the calendar from Christ to Adam relates, but very likely as old as the science world claim, did make citations from the book of Job about monsters (behemoth, leviathan, etc) never mentioned in the bible since creation but were said to have walked this earth.
    To him, there is no telling what time it was that they walked the earth. In his words: it may be billion-billion years ago, I cannot tell.
    At least, that billion-billion years thing means he’s conceding to scientific postulation on the actual age of the earth over that of the religious, but that nevertheless, it is to prove that the scientists were not the first to have published that fact, instead, it has been in the same Holy Writ since time immemorial.
    He chose rather a crude incident to prove his case.
    Generational Factor:
    Genesis 2:4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens. 2:5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground
    Speaking of the generations of the heavens and of the earth, the ecclesiast wrote: One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever .
    The generations Genesis speaks of are generations after the Creator grooved the earth. And the present is marked by the era other God bearer LORDED man. And that is by no means the eight day, but unaccounted generations after.
    We are speaking of another generation because it seems the LORD of Eden had to make His own man, plants and animals after the loss all life forms on the earth.
    So it seems
    The real question, however, should not be whether Eden was made on the eight or first day, nor whether it took a billion years. Neither should it be: who’s the actual creator of man out of the two God bearers?
    The real question is: these two, who share the same identity (or almost), are they on the same side?
    That is, when the Creator said “let us make man in our own image …” is the Eden Lord part of that “Us”?
    And by Their divergent purposes for man we shall know.
    It is true that the no one knows the purpose of a thing, but its creator. So, from the divergent demands of the LORD as against the commands of the Creator to man, we will be able to clarify ………………………………………………………………..
    ……………………………………………………. An excerpt of my yet-to-find-a-publisher book, The Father, The Son, and God the Alien

  2. Andrew says:

    The book is: that there are two Gods in the bible: the one that’s responsible for creation and the one that emerged after creation I.e the that erected Eden. I don’t know if you have gone that far in your knowledge of the bible Now most christians don’t know this and therefore acknowledge them as one and the same person. While very minute some do. These ones that know are busy comparing the two as to which of these two Gods is greater and therefore worthy of worship. My book prompted a more curious question: Whether any have wondered the fact that these two Gods are not on the same side. In showing their differences I exposed the contradictions the basic christian morality doctrines and why they conflict with human nature Raised the issue of the moral nature of God or the Gods as well those of so called devils The question of if they actually out to oppose God or do the contrary The issue of the physical nature of angels – so fleshly. Showed how clearly it is stated in the Bible that angels are made from men, their stated abilities and limitations as well clear proof of Abraham’s stars where not even the UFO Hunters have cited In the cause of it, I related the valid evidence of Creationism and how it can be proven today. Questioned the proof of the Fall of Man beyond the nursery rhymes of Eden, tracing the promise of Eternal Life, the condition attached to it and its true nature And the Fall of Angels as to how with one God or the Creator’s Purpose that it is not even a fall but a recovery from the deviation Showed how the misunderstanding have affected our judgment, policies, the resultant imbalance, war, inequality, gender conflict, poverty, and above all, the Infirmity of Purpose as the cause Traced the meaning of the Son of God, His origin, recurrences, fire-proof test, his boundless power as well as his weakness – ignorance (of self of cause), his literal carnal purpose

    • W. Corvi says:

      Andrew, your delusions are slightly interesting, but there is a reason your book remains unpublished. And that is because your delusions are actually not the least bit interesting. Even here in the comments about delusions like yours. What IS it you are smoking?

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