Tuesday, 26 February 2013
The Way of the World.
The reason why most hippies and baby-boomers left the Church was because the older generation (their parents) did not do what Jesus said. They went to church every week but they did not do it.
My father went to church on Sundays but in his weekly life he did not practice Christianity. This was because "It is a jungle out there." "You have to get the next guy before he gets you."
This culture of violence (the jungle) comes from the top. The captains of industry, the corporate leaders have no faith in the words of Jesus. "They won't work in the real world." "You have to compete and beat the next guy."
Superior force and violence was their answer.
The answer to this, of course, is to have faith in the teachings of Jesus.
"'"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all you mind, and with all your strength."'" Matthew 12:30 (NRSV)
"'"You shall love your neighbor as yourself."'" Matthew 12:31a (NRSV)
"'Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.'" Luke 6:27,28 (NRSV)
And do it!
In fact the philosophy of superior force and violence is Satanism. Being the biggest baddest beast in the jungle is at the core of Satanism.
The basis of witchcraft and black magic is to kill all opposition to your own will.
To kill steal and destroy is the way of the world.
Perhaps this is why Satan says to Jesus that all these things - power. strength and authority - are delivered to him.
This is an illusion.
There is no Satan.
But the way of the world is evil.
In fact the hippies with their philosophy of peace and love were closer to Jesus than the Christians who they considered to be hypocrites.
Peace, love, non-violence, anti-war, counter-culture, anti-establishment.....
But the hippies were betrayed by their rock stars and reconstructed by their enemies. And now most follow a philosophy of success (follow your bliss) which is selfishness and worldliness.
(Scripture quotations (marked NRSV) are taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible. copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission. All rights reserved.)
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