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Why Christmas Matters

December 26, 2008

Christmas is quite simply the most significant holiday in the world.  It would be difficult to come up with a single day or event that is more celebrated globally than Christmas.  And, in a way, every single human being celebrates Christmas every single day whether they like it or not, as our very calender is a recognition of that day when Christ came to the world: Anno Domini Nostri Iesu (Jesu) Christi (”In the Year of Our Lord Jesus Christ”).

But what is it about this day?  Why do people all over the world give gifts to one another?  Is it merely a day celebrating commerce transactions?

Clearly, there is much more to Christmas day.

“Christmas” derives from “Christ Mass.”  Who and What IS Christ, and why would anyone celebrate His birth?  What is a “Christ”?

The best place to begin is usually at the beginning.  So let us turn to the book of beginnings, the Book of Genesis.  We find the parents of the human race  in a terrible dilemma of their own making.  A Deceiver had crawled in their midst in the form of a serpent, and had so twisted the words of God that Eve disobeyed God’s one and only command, and in so doing introduced sin to the human race.  Adam and Eve were banished from their garden paradise, and were told that they would toil and struggle for survival as a result of their rebellion.

But God did not leave them naked and hopeless.  He provided the first substitutionary sacrifice, providing the first cover for the human race in the form of skins to wear.  And God provided a promise that the God would one day rescue the human race from their predicament of alienation from God.  In Genesis 3:15 – often referred to as the “protoevangelium” or “first Gospel” – God promised Eve that one day one of  her descendants would crush the head of the serpent Satan.  God promised to provide an antidote for the terrible state that sin has introduced into the world. He would do so through the seed of a human woman.

Much of the rest of the historical books of the Old Testament predict and trace the line of this “Seed of a woman,” this promised Deliverer, by means of what scholars call “the toledoth formula” (”These are the generations of”).  The account of sacred Scripture traces the line of the Deliverer from Adam (and Eve) to Noah.  It tells us of Noah’s sons Shem (Genesis 9:26), Ham, and Japeth, and then directs us to the line of Shem (Genesis 11:10-32).  In the same way, we continue to learn that the Deliverer, or the Christ, would come through the line of Terah, and then through Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3, 7), and then Isaac (Genesis 17:15-19), and then Jacob (Genesis 26:1-5), and then Judah (Genesis 49:8-12).   The promise of the Deliverer narrows.

The day would come when Jesus said to the descendants of Abraham, reflecting over the meaning of God’s promises to him, “Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day” (John 8:56).  And, given the fact that God told Abraham that all the families of the world would be blessed through his seed.

We can understand why the Jews longed for the day that the Deliverer would come.  Told to pronounce a curse upon Israel, Balaam instead received a divine prophecy promising blessing and the coming of a great Deliverer who would come as a “star” out of Jacob, and bear a scepter which He would use to crush the nations that opposed them (Numbers 24:15-19).

We find that One would come who would reveal the very words of God and teach the people in the power and authority of Moses (Deuteronomy 18:15-18).  And the Jews believed that this great prophet who was to come would be the Christ, the anointed one of God.  And since He would be a prophet “like Moses,” this coming Prophet would be a Deliverer just as Moses had been (Exodus 6:1-8).

It should therefore be no wonder that Philip found Nathaniel and announced to him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote” (John 1:45); that the Samaritan woman whose life appeared as an open book to Jesus concluded that He must be a prophet and the Christ (John 4:19;29); that the crowds exclaimed after the feeding of the 5,000, “Surely this is the Prophet!” (John 6:14).

The Apostle Peter certainly understood Jesus to be the fulfillment of Moses’ prophecy in his sermon (Acts 3:11-26) in which he quoted Deuteronomy 18:15, 18-19 as properly pointing to Jesus as the Prophet who was to come and who had now come. And Stephen in his martyr’s speech made the same connection between Jesus and the prophet predicted by Moses (Acts 7:37).

We can turn to the writings of Job – the most ancient book in the Bible – and see more about why the Jews so longed for this incredible Christ. Borne from out of a deep pathos and torment of soul, Job longed for some type of relief and vindication from God. He called for one who would be a divine go-between, a mediator, a witness in heaven, who would act as his kinsman-redeemer and interpreter who could explain the enigmas of existence and deliver him from his pit of despair. As we read passages such as Job’s call for a divine mediator (Job 9:33); his faith in a witness in heaven (16:19-21); his faith in a Redeemer who would stand victorious on the earth at the last (19:23-27); his faith in one who stands out even among angels who would mediate with God on his behalf.  The figure he envisioned would clearly be none other than the Christ of God!

This coming Deliverer would be a great and powerful priest-king through whom God would one day judge the ends of the earth and rule the world (1 Samuel 2:10; Psalm 2:1-6; Psalm 110:1-4).  When King David thought to build a house for God, God told David that he would instead build a house for him, a house and a throne that – through his descendant – would endure forever (2 Samuel 7).

Imagine how David must have felt!  The hope of the entire human race had been placed upon his lineage!  All the ancient prophecies that David had grown up with and counted upon as his foundation for his own hope of salvation and for the future of his nation were now being repeated to HIM and placed upon HIS offspring – forever and with NO strings attached! David was so overwhelmed by what was happening that he prayed his own version of what would one day be echoed by his descendant Mary (2 Samuel 7:18-29 cf. Luke 1:46-55).

And thus we see the line of thought developed by Scripture: we move from the “seed of the woman” who will be victorious over Satan, to the “seed of Abraham” who will be a blessing to all the earth, to the “seed of David” who will have a rule that will never end.

We learn so many things about the coming Christ.  We learn that He would be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14), and that the government of the world would rest upon the shoulders of this child who would be called “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).  We find that this child – “whose origin is from of old, from ancient days” – and who would be ruler of Israel would come from Bethlehem (Micah 5:2).  So many prophecies came to find their fulfillment in Jesus Christ.

And how would this King of kings and Lord of lords, whose origin is from of old, from ancient days, come into the world?

If I were God, I would come to the world in a demonstration of awesome majesty.  I would come as a glorious giant, floating down from the sky as an awestruck people looked up at me in dread.  But that wasn’t the attitude of Christ.

The Apostle Paul summed up the attitude of God as found in Christ when – describing both the majesty and humility of God – he wrote in Philippians 2:

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also in the interest of others.  Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.  Therefore also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.

Jesus came in as lowly and humble a manner as one could come, born in a stable with a teenage girl and a common laborer looking down at Him.  The Creator of the universe, the maker of all matter, and energy, and space, and time, had chosen to restrict the expression of His divine attributes and take on a human nature.  And to come into the world as a helpless newborn human baby, struggling to keep His eyes open while He lay in a wooden box that was used to feed animals.

Why would God the Son do such a thing?  He became fully human in order to save humanity.  As a human man, He could fully identify with mankind.  Just as by man sin came into the world, by a man the dilemma of sin would be resolved.  As a human man, Christ could resist temptation even as He lived a morally perfect life.  God can not be tempted.  So the Son added to Himself a human nature by which He could experience every temptation common to man.  As a human man, He could be our model, our paradigm of virtue and humility and love and righteousness and grace and peace.  Christ experienced the same temptations, the same human frailties, the same weaknesses, as all of us; and He yet triumphed by relying upon the same Holy Spirit that is available to every believer.  And as a human being, Christ could pay the penalty for the sins of the world – a penalty that had been due to mankind since that terrible day in the Garden – and restore the soul harmony and the divine fellowship that God intended for man.

Isaiah 53 and Psalm 22 (see also Zechariah 12:10) are among the most powerful passages in Scripture describing the mission of the virgin-born Immanuel, “God with us” (Isaiah 7:14), whose name would be called “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (9:6).  He was to die a death on behalf of many, and it would be by His stripes that human beings could be healed (Isaiah 53:5).  He would die on our behalf, but God would not let His holy One see decay (Psalm 16:10); He would rise again.  As a human, He could die in our place so we could live; as God, death and hell could not hold Him.

God intended man to have shalom in the full sense of the word: not just absence of conflict, and not merely peace, but wholeness, harmony, well-being, joy, love, restoration, and abundance.  And He so He sent His Son into the world to secure true shalom for mankind.

The Apostle Paul wrote that the coming of Christ had been part of God’s divine plan for the human race from the very foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:1-12).  The writer of Hebrews tells us that the entire Old Covenant sacrificial system looked ahead to the once-for-all sacrifice of Christ.(Hebrews 9:11-15).  And so Paul writes, “But when the fullness of time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, in order that He might redeem those who were under the Law that we might receive adoption as sons” (Galatians 4:4-5).

This is more than just a bunch of dusty old prophecies and religious doctrines, and more than just a claim a bunch of sectarian Christians claim for their religion and their religious leader.  Christianity – the gift of Christ secured by His Incarnation – has been a blessing to the entire human race.

Take one of a myriad of examples.  In Neo-Hindu Views of Christianity, we find that:

In the cross of Christ, Gandhi found the supreme example of satyagraha: Christ was the ‘Prince of satyagrahis’.  “It was the New Testament”, wrote Gandhi [on page 92 of his autobiography], which really awakened me to the value of passive resistance.  When I read in the Sermon on the Mount such passages such as, ‘Resist not him that is evil: he who smiteth thee on thy right cheek turn to him the other also, and love your enemies, pray for them that persecute you, that ye may be the sons of your Father which is in heaven’, I was overjoyed.”

The idea of passive resistance and its accompanying non-violent movement, by which Gandhi was able to lead India to its peaceful independence and give it the impetus to become a democracy, could not be found in the doctrines of Hinduism, but only from the sublime teachings and example of Jesus Christ.  And it was through the Christian British intolerance of sati that the practice of wives throwing themselves on their husband’s funeral pyre was outlawed, just as it was through the Christian message that the tragic status of the ‘untouchables’ was eased within the Hindu caste system.

Our founding fathers, for their part, well understood the essential role of the Christian religion to the success of their democratic experiment:

“We have no government armed with the power capable of contending with human passions, unbridled by morality and true religion. Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
– John Adams

“…And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion…reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”
– George Washington, Farewell Address, Sept 17, 1796

“Religion and good morals are the only solid foundations of public liberty and happiness.”
– Samuel Adams, Letter to John Trumbull, October 16, 1778

“The great pillars of all government and of social life [are] virtue, morality, and religion. This is the armor…and this alone, that renders us invincible.”
– Patrick Henry, Letter to Archibald Blair, January 8, 1789

“Without morals, a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion…are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments.”
– Charles Carroll (signer of the Constitution), Letter to James McHenry,November 4, 1800

“Religion is the only solid basis of good morals; therefore education should teach the precepts of religion, and the duties of man towards God.”
– Life of Gouverneur Morris, Vol III

“Let divines and philosophers, statesmen and patriots, unite their endeavors to renovate the age, by impressing the minds of men with the importance of educating their little boys and girls, of inculcating in the minds of youth the fear and love of the Deity…in short of leading them in the study and practice of the exalted virtues of the Christian system.“
– Samuel Adams, Letter to John Adams, October 4, 1790

“In contemplating the political institutions of the United States, I lament that we waste so much time and money in punishing crimes, and take so little pains to prevent them. We profess to be republicans and yet we neglect the only means of establishing and perpetuating our republican forms of government. That is, the universal
education of our youth in the principles of Christianity by the means of the Bible.”
– Benjamin Rush, “A Defense of the Use of the Bible as a School Book”, 1798

“In my view, the Christian Religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government, ought to be instructed…no truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian Religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.”
– Noah Webster, Reply to David McClure, Oct. 25, 1836

“Information to those who would remove (or move) to America”: “To this may be truly added, that serious Religion under its various Denominations, is not only tolerated, but respected and practised. Atheism is unknown there, Infidelity rare & secret, so that Persons may live to a great Age in that Country without having their Piety shock’d by meeting with either an Atheist or an Infidel. And the Divine Being seems to have manifested his Approbation of the mutual Forbearance and Kindness with which the different Sects treat each other, by the remarkable Prosperity with which he has been pleased to favour the whole Country.”
– Ben Franklin, 1787 pamphlet to Europeans

“Independent of its connection with human destiny hereafter, the fate of republican government is indissolubly bound up with the fate of the Christian religion, and a people who reject its holy faith will find themselves the slaves of their own evil passions and of arbitrary power.”
– Lewis Cass, A Brigadier-General in the War of 1812, Governor of the Michigan Territory, a Secretary of War, a Senator, a Secretary of State.  The State of Michigan placed his statue in the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall.

“I shall need, too, the favor of that Being in whose hands we are, who led our fathers, as Israel of old, from their native land and planted them in a country flowing with all the necessaries and comforts of life; who has covered our infancy with His providence and our riper years with His wisdom and power, and to whose goodness I ask you to join in supplications with me that He will so enlighten the minds of your servants, guide their councils, and prosper their measures that whatsoever they do shall result in your good, and shall secure to you the peace, friendship, and approbation of all nations.”
– Thomas Jefferson

“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports…In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens…”
– George Washington, Farewell Address, Sept 17, 1796

“Statesmen, my dear Sir, may plan and speculate for liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand.”
– John Adams, Letter of June 21, 1776

“God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift of God? That they are not to violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.” – “Yes, we did produce a near perfect Republic. But will they keep it, or will they, in the enjoyment of plenty, lose the memory of freedom? Material abundance without character is the surest way to destruction.”

We discover there is a profound bond between the worldview founded by Christ and the American experiment of democracy, as revealed in the early charters and compacts that provided the Christian religious foundation for our government.  And even those who have been so profoundly denied the freedoms of democracy, such as the great writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn and those imprisoned behind the Iron Curtain under communist totalitarianism, understood that Christianity and the ethics that flow from it provided hope in a world split apart.

Human history points to no other moment so much as the moment that Jesus Christ was born in that dusty stable more than 2000 years ago.  Because of the birth, the life, the teaching, and the work of Christ to die in our place so that we might have forgiveness of sins and enjoy fellowship with a holy god, countless human lives have been radically transformed.  And human civilization itself has been transformed – even in lands that have never fully embraced the Christian Gospel.

We therefore thank God for sending the Son into the world.  And just as “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,” on Christmas we celebrate the other-centered sacrificial love of God in Christ by trying to practice the same for our fellow precious human beings who are all around us.

Merry Christmas!

Economic Disaster Will Bring Down USA: The Beast Is Coming

November 25, 2008

On November 4, the American voters elected Barack Obama and substantial Democratic majorities in both the House and the Senate largely because of a media-created story that President Bush and the Republican Party were responsible for the housing finance meltdown and the economic crisis that has since followed.  The implicit claim was that if Obama and Democrats were placed in power, they would restore our economy.

You were lied to.

The truth is that the economic policies that brought down the U.S. economy were largely laid by Democrats during the Clinton and even the Carter administrations, and merely took time to build to a critical mass and explode.  Major newspaper stories from the New York Times and Los Angeles Times reveal that Democratic initiatives such as the Community Reinvestment Act used Government Supported Entities Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to provide loans for people who could not possibly repay them.  It was only a matter of time before such financing exploded as more and more people defaulted on loans.

A major part of the media narrative blaming President Bush and the Republican Party for the collapse that began to occur this year was that Bush and the Republicans refused to regulate the industry.  But that is not true.  As The New York Times revealed back in September 11, 2003, President Bush DID try to regulate the housing finance industry; and it was Democrats who blocked the Republican effort.  Democratic Rep. Barney Frank represented the Democratic position when he said, “These two entities — Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — are not facing any kind of financial crisis.  The more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing.”

In fact, Barney Frank – the powerful chairman of the House Financial Services Committee who oversaw regulation of Fannie and Freddie (and presided over them while their stock plunged 90% on his watch) – was still taking the same line as late as July 14, 2008, when he said, “I think this is a case where Fannie and Freddie are fundamentally sound, that they are not in danger of going under.”

Even former President Bill Clinton acknowledged that it was Democrats who were actually responsible for failing to regulate the housing financial markets:

Bill Clinton on Thursday told ABC’s Chris Cuomo that Democrats for years have been “resisting any efforts by Republicans in the Congress or by me when I was President to put some standards and tighten up a little on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.”

But the media largely omitted all of this information from public scrutiny, choosing instead – in a rather blatant act of partisan propaganda – to create a false narrative that the economic meltdown was a direct result of “failed Bush policies” combined with a Republican refusal to provide needed regulatory reform.  Whether you look at the Media Research Center, or at the Project for Excellence in Journalism (or again at their brand new study), or at the University of Wisconsin’s Wisconsin Advertising Project, there is now widespread agreement with one longtime ABC journalist that the media is dangerously biased.  Pew Research discovered that Americans believe by a 70% to 9% margin that the media is biased in favor of Barack Obama and against John McCain.  The media now represents a fifth column of government – a propaganda wing – that attacks conservatives and celebrates and defends Democrats and their liberal secular humanist ideology and policies.  Democracy is going extinct in the very country that founded democracy, because no free society can long survive such a climate of propaganda.  We need the truth; and we’re not getting it.

I don’t point this to be politically partisan, but merely to make the following two observations: 1) that we live in an age of deception that one would have only thought possible in a totalitarian state; and 2) that the very politicians who got us into the worst of the financial crisis have now been elected to fix the very problems they themselves largely created.  I further want to point out that anyone looking to politics or to political parties for salvation from the coming financial disaster will be disappointed, as neither party has been able to restrain the markets as they steam full-speed ahead toward a cliff.

I’m not trying to attack anyone for voting for one candidate or party versus another in this article.  What I am trying to do is tell you that if you are thinking, “Now that that lousy President Bush is gone we can finally fix our economy,” you are simply living in a media-induced pipe dream.

And it’s not just the media that is hiding facts from us and distorting reality; as the transition between administrations is under way, and as the government has rapidly taken on unprecedented powers and functions in a manner of a few weeks, we find that our very own government is engaged in a rather massive cover-up.  As a Bloomberg story reveals:

Nov. 10 (Bloomberg) — The Federal Reserve is refusing to identify the recipients of almost $2 trillion of emergency loans from American taxpayers or the troubled assets the central bank is accepting as collateral.

The first $700 billion (which subsequently ballooned into a goodie-laden $850 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program in order to win Congressional approval) was promised to go into buying troubled mortgages; now its essentially being used to pay off Wall Street’s gambling debts in a massive bait-and-switch.  Should we distrust our government’s competence, its honesty, or both?

And President-elect Barack Obama is now promising a FURTHER massive stimulus program that will run as much as $700 billion to even a $trillion.  That’s 700 billion MORE dollars on top of the already $2 trillion that the government has already thrown at the crisis.  This in spite of the fact that recent economic studies are revealing that FDR’s government stimulus programs actually only served to prolong the Great Depression.

Where is all this money coming from?  It should terrify you that it is coming out of printing presses as fast as the Federal Reserve can print it up, and it’s backed up by the promise, “We’re good for it!” and nothing else.  Money is pouring out in bailouts and stimulus packages not just by the billions, but by the trillions.  A billion seconds ago it was 1959; a billion hours ago Jesus was a young carpenter’s son in Galilee.  A billion hours ago we would have been in the stone age.  The government is throwing money at one crisis after another in staggering quantities.

Obviously, none of this bodes well for the economic future of America, or the world that grudgingly depends on America for economic stability.  The more money we print, the less our currency is worth.  Pure and simple.

I found the following extremely interesting account in Grant R. Jeffrey’s 1995 book, Final Warning: Economic Collapse and the Coming World Government (Toronto: Frontier Research Publications, 1995), in his chapter 14 entitled, “The Coming Economic Collapse.”  I transcribed certain passages in the chapter, and applied bold-faced font to passages I wished to particularly emphasize.

“That moment [when the United States government ‘hits the wall’ financially] will occur when the national debt and its compounding interest charges have risen so high that the total tax revenue of the country will not be enough to pay the interest on the national debt. At some point in time before we reach that point our governments will find that they will be unable to borrow international funds because foreign lenders will realize that they will never be repaid (p. 228).

“The present ‘recovery’ [circa 1995] is based to a large degree on the continuing speculative binge in the financial markets” (p. 229).

“The present recovery is not based on strong savings and increased capital growth as it should be, but rather on the greatest financial speculative market in this century.  This speculative market was fueled by extremely low interest rates and the monetary policy of the Federal Reserve.  This hyper-stimulation of the financial markets prepared the ground for the great speculative bubble that is only now beginning to break” (p. 230).

When American financial markets crumble, global financial markets and the world economy will be wiped out.  The staggering size of the U.S. corporate and government bond markets, together with the continued speculatively high price levels in the stock markets, are extremely dangerous.  However, these speculative bond and stock markets are paragons of conservative strength in comparison to the monstrous American financial derivatives market.  The staggering size of the purely speculative financial derivative market is now worth $21 trillion.  The amount of money at risk in the worldwide financial derivatives market has now exceeded $42 trillion.  Aside from the inherent risk involved in such an enormous amount of funds invested in one area, the real risk arises from the fact that these novel and little understood highly leveraged financial vehicles are totally unregulated by the Stock Exchange or government regulators!  Banks, brokerage houses, and insurance companies are creating hundreds of sophisticated financial derivative contracts that have never existed before without any rules to limit their risk” (p. 230).

The speculative bubble in stocks, bonds, and financial derivative investment vehicles is directly related to the explosive growth in debt during the last 15 years.  This huge debt load will limit our options and massively increase the economic pain when the final crash comes… When the crash comes, massive bankruptcies will hit businesses and homeowners as they find themselves unable to pay the interest on the huge loans accumulated in the past few years” (p. 237).

“In an ideal world the government and the Federal Reserve would simply adopt a laissez-faire approach and let market forces affect interest rates, et cetera.  However, this will never happen because the financial elite that run the government and Federal Reserve are liberal socialists at heart who believe they need to control every aspect of the economy.  Their desperate desire to control the market and economy will bring about the very disaster they fear” (p. 240).

Many large bands and insurance companies are exposed to the potential of devastating losses from their unwise and speculative investments in the stock and bond markets.  These supposedly conservative banks and insurance companies now hold over $1 trillion dollars worth of equities and bonds purchased at high prices in the last few years” (p. 244).

‘Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies’ (Thomas Jefferson – 1799).  During the 1930s a great number of banks failed because of their exposure to bad investments in real estate, non-paying loans, and massive withdrawals by their customers” (p. 245).

“The banks remain dangerously exposed to international loans that are already behind in their payments.  Billions of dollars of these loans are non-paying and have been rescheduled to allow the developing nation additional time to make its loan payments.  In addition to these risks, many banks have participated in incredibly dangerous investments in the new financial derivative market in their desire to increase their profits.  Unfortunately, these volatile derivative investments can result in losses of literally billions of dollars in participating banks” (p. 246).

The Financial Derivatives Market

“Over the last decade, Wall Street and the larger banks have created an astonishing number of new, highly leveraged, speculative financial vehicles called derivatives.  These derivative contracts are designed to create massive profits for their Wall Street investors at the total risk of the poor investor.  Beginning with real estate investment trusts, the brokers created junk bonds, leveraged buyouts, options, and securitizing of debt.  These creative highly leveraged investments are so speculative and dangerous that they may trigger the greatest economic collapse in history.

In contrast to direct stock investments and bonds, financial derivatives are totally artificial financial vehicles.  Financial derivatives derive their value from their underlying traditional investments such as stocks and bonds.  These derivatives include such diverse financial vehicles as interest rate swaps and options, currency futures and options, stock index futures and options, collateralized mortgage obligations, commodity futures, interest only mortgages, principal only mortgages, synthetic securities, Eurodollar futures, and yield curve notes.  These new derivatives investments are so complicated that many of them can only be calculated by computers.  More importantly, these derivatives are so highly leveraged that a 1% rise in the value of the underlying security will produce a 100% gain in the equity invested.  However, a 1% decline will totally wipe out your entire investment.  When U.S. government bonds declined more than 10%, if you had bought one of these derivative bond investments with a 100 to 1 leverage, you would have lost ten times the amount you originally invested!  Several years ago Time magazine ran an article entitled, “The Secret Money Machine – Seven Years After the Crashthat pointed out the danger from exotic financial derivatives was extreme.  This article described derivatives as ‘computer generated hyper-sophisticated financial instruments that use the public’s massive bet on securities to create a parallel universe of side bets and speculative mutations” so vast that the underlying $1 trillion involved is more than three times the total value of all stocks traded on the New York Stock Exchange in a month and twice the size of the nation’s gross domestic product.

However, in the last few years the size and complexity of the financial derivatives market has exploded until today over $21 trillion is at risk in America and and astonishing $42 trillion is at risk worldwide.  To place these figures in perspective, the total value of all stocks traded on the New York Stock Exchange amounts to only $6 trillion.  We should remember that the stock market crash of 1987 that resulted in the loss of $1 trillion of investors’ funds was precipitated by a massive drop in the financial derivatives market.  During the last year the largest Japanese steel company in Germany lost $1.4 billion.  Then, Orange County, CA, lost $2 billion while the 270-year-old Barings Bank of England was forced into bankruptcy when they lost $1.3 billion in one week on a derivatives trade by one 28-year-old employee.  This incredibly dangerous derivatives market could very well be the trigger for the coming financial collapse that the Bible indicates will occur in the last days leading to the rise of Antichrist and the revived Roman Empire” (pp. 246-247).

I hope that this was enough to pop any residual bubbles that our financial and economic disasters have been all President Bush’s fault, and that his departure and Obama’s entrance will set everything aright.  Rather, this disaster was the result of nearly 20 years of incredibly dangerous government policies and investment vehicles that are now beginning to explode around us.  And if anything it appears that we should be even MORE worried now that Democrats have total control of government, given their documented role in the disaster.

Grant Jeffrey is an evangelical Christian Bible prophecy expert.  After reading some of his thoughts from nearly 15 years ago, I hope you never look at a man carrying a “The World Is Coming To An End” sign the same way ever again!  But in any event, I want you to understand the perspective being presented here: Jeffrey’s study of the Bible was what led to his belief that there would be a coming financial collapse which will lead to the rise of Antichrist and the coming Apocalypse.

And the actual picture is far more frightening than the story the media – or even Grant Jeffrrey, writing back in 1995 – is telling: today, there are more than $700 trillion in derivatives in the global economy.  That’s far more than the total currencies of all the governments in the entire world.  As one writer puts it, “In other words, every dollar of insurance on bonds issued by some deadbeat governments and corporations is leveraged 200 times!“  We’ve got a time bomb waiting to explode.  And it is becoming increasingly unlikely that that explosion will not come very soon now.

$700 trillion blowing up makes for a very loud boom, and a very big crash.

Why will the whole world turn to Antichrist in the last days?  Why will their adoration of him become actual worship?  Because he will emerge in a time of unprecedented crisis and disaster, and appear to save the day with brilliant solutions to unsolvable problems.

I’ve come across several people who mocked Bible prophecy because the United States didn’t seem to be mentioned in the past.  Why isn’t the most powerful nation in the history of the world not mentioned in end times prophecy?  Well, as incredible as the idea sounded just a few years ago, today we know: the United States isn’t mentioned in last day prophecy because the United States won’t matter.  At best, we will be just one more among the nations watching the invasion of Israel from the sidelines worrying over the impact upon the global economy (Ezekiel 38:12-13).

If you’re not already disturbed enough about the short-term future of the late great United States of America, you might want to chew on a little more food for thought:

Celente Predicts Revolution, Food Riots, Tax Rebellions By 2012
Paul Joseph Watson on 13 November, 2008

Prison Planet – The man who predicted the 1987 stock market crash and the fall of the Soviet Union is now forecasting revolution in America, food riots and tax rebellions – all within four years, while cautioning that putting food on the table will be a more pressing concern than buying Christmas gifts by 2012.

Gerald Celente, the CEO of Trends Research Institute, is renowned for his accuracy in predicting future world and economic events, which will send a chill down your spine considering what he told Fox News this week.

Celente says that by 2012 America will become an undeveloped nation, that there will be a revolution marked by food riots, squatter rebellions, tax revolts and job marches, and that holidays will be more about obtaining food, not gifts.

“We’re going to see the end of the retail Christmas….we’re going to see a fundamental shift take place….putting food on the table is going to be more important that putting gifts under the Christmas tree,” said Celente, adding that the situation would be “worse than the great depression”.

“America’s going to go through a transition the likes of which no one is prepared for,” said Celente, noting that people’s refusal to acknowledge that America was even in a recession highlights how big a problem denial is in being ready for the true scale of the crisis.

Watch the clip.

Celente, who successfully predicted the 1997 Asian Currency Crisis, the subprime mortgage collapse and the massive devaluation of the U.S. dollar, told UPI in November last year that the following year would be known as “The Panic of 2008,” adding that “giants (would) tumble to their deaths,” which is exactly what we have witnessed with the collapse of Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns and others. He also said that the dollar would eventually be devalued by as much as 90 per cent.

The consequence of what we have seen unfold this year would lead to a lowering in living standards, Celente predicted a year ago, which is also being borne out by plummeting retail sales figures.

The prospect of revolution was a concept echoed by a British Ministry of Defence report last year, which predicted that within 30 years, the growing gap between the super rich and the middle class, along with an urban underclass threatening social order would mean, “The world’s middle classes might unite, using access to knowledge, resources and skills to shape transnational processes in their own class interest,” and that, “The middle classes could become a revolutionary class.”

In a separate recent interview, Celente went further on the subject of revolution in America.

“There will be a revolution in this country,” he said. “It’s not going to come yet, but it’s going to come down the line and we’re going to see a third party and this was the catalyst for it: the takeover of Washington, D. C., in broad daylight by Wall Street in this bloodless coup. And it will happen as conditions continue to worsen.”

“The first thing to do is organize with tax revolts. That’s going to be the big one because people can’t afford to pay more school tax, property tax, any kind of tax. You’re going to start seeing those kinds of protests start to develop.”

“It’s going to be very bleak. Very sad. And there is going to be a lot of homeless, the likes of which we have never seen before. Tent cities are already sprouting up around the country and we’re going to see many more.”

“We’re going to start seeing huge areas of vacant real estate and squatters living in them as well. It’s going to be a picture the likes of which Americans are not going to be used to. It’s going to come as a shock and with it, there’s going to be a lot of crime. And the crime is going to be a lot worse than it was before because in the last 1929 Depression, people’s minds weren’t wrecked on all these modern drugs – over-the-counter drugs, or crystal meth or whatever it might be. So, you have a huge underclass of very desperate people with their minds chemically blown beyond anybody’s comprehension.”

The George Washington blog has compiled a list of quotes attesting to Celente’s accuracy as a trend forecaster.

“When CNN wants to know about the Top Trends, we ask Gerald Celente.”
— CNN Headline News

“A network of 25 experts whose range of specialties would rival many university faculties.”
— The Economist

“Gerald Celente has a knack for getting the zeitgeist right.”
— USA Today

“There’s not a better trend forecaster than Gerald Celente. The man knows what he’s talking about.”
– CNBC

“Those who take their predictions seriously … consider the Trends Research Institute.”
— The Wall Street Journal

“Gerald Celente is always ahead of the curve on trends and uncannily on the mark … he’s one of the most accurate forecasters around.”
— The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Mr. Celente tracks the world’s social, economic and business trends for corporate clients.”
— The New York Times

“Mr. Celente is a very intelligent guy. We are able to learn about trends from an authority.”
— 48 Hours, CBS News

“Gerald Celente has a solid track record. He has predicted everything from the 1987 stock market crash and the demise of the Soviet Union to green marketing and corporate downsizing.”
— The Detroit News

“Gerald Celente forecast the 1987 stock market crash, ‘green marketing,’ and the boom in gourmet coffees.”
— Chicago Tribune

“The Trends Research Institute is the Standard and Poors of Popular Culture.”
— The Los Angeles Times

“If Nostradamus were alive today, he’d have a hard time keeping up with Gerald Celente.”
— New York Post

So there you have it – hardly a nutjob conspiracy theorist blowhard now is he? The price of not heeding his warnings will be far greater than the cost of preparing for the future now. Storable food and gold are two good places to make a start.

I don’t mean to equate Barack Obama with Adolf Hitler, but I do not believe that the world has seen just an outpouring of messianic expectations upon a man since Germany endowned Hitler with the title “Fuhrer.”  An examination of

Major media publications such as Reuters have used photographic techniques to literally create halos around Obama and portray him as larger and greater than real life.

Rhetoric that has simply been beyond creepy has been repeatedly applied to Obama:

Louis Farrakhan: “You are the instruments that God is going to use to bring about universal change, and that is why Barack has captured the youth. And he has involved young people in a political process that they didn’t care anything about. That’s a sign. When the Messiah speaks, the youth will hear, and the Messiah is absolutely speaking.”

Spike Lee: “It means that this is a whole new world. I think…I’ve been saying this before. You can divide history. BB Before Barack. AB After Barack.”

And we have seen a level of expectation of basically godlike intervention grow such as I have never seen applied to any human being in my lifetime:

Peggy Joseph a young mother and enthusiastic supporter of Barack Obama said, “I never thought this day would ever happen. I won’t have to worry about putting gas in my car. I won’t have to worry about paying my mortgage.”

My point in showing the messianic adoration of Barack Obama is simply to demonstrate that our society, and in fact the entire world, is more ripe for the coming of the many false messiahs that Jesus said would come in the last days (Mark 13:5-6; 21-22), or for the Antichrist himself (Rev 13:1-9), than we have ever before witnessed.

We live in an unprecedented age of deception, with the media in even the freest countries practicing propaganda.  As a Soviet correspondent once said about the Western media:

“I have the greatest admiration for your propaganda. Propaganda in the West is carried out by experts who have had the best training in the world — in the field of advertizing — and have mastered the techniques with exceptional proficiency … Yours are subtle and persuasive; ours are crude and obvious … I think that the fundamental difference between our worlds, with respect to propaganda, is quite simple. You tend to believe yours … and we tend to disbelieve ours.”

We are truly on the verge of a catastrophic economic collapse, with $700 TRILLION in highly leveraged derivatives just waiting to overwhelm our financial systems like a tsunami, and experts such as Gerald Celente among many others predicting a global economic meltdown that can legitimately be described as “biblical” in proportions.

The nations described in Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39 are already allied and aligned, and the Gog-Magog invasion described in Scripture is now not only possible but highly probable.

And we see – in the worshipful embrace of Barack Obama by the world – a precursor to the worship that will characterize the Antichrist (see Revelation 13) in the last days.

The beast is coming.  He is coming quickly.  And most of the world will be deceived by him.

Jesus talked about the need to recognize “the signs of the times” (Matthew 16:3) by looking at the conditions of the world and having the discernment to recognize what those signs meant.  He gave us a glimpse into the signs of the last times in Matthew 24, giving us further insight into the prophecies found in Daniel and Ezekiel.  And He appeared to His disciple St. John to provide an even fuller picture of the signs of the times in the last days.

We see now that the coming Apocalypse is imminent; it could happen at any time, and when the final pieces fall into place, they will likely do so in a matter of days, if not hours.

Jesus told us He would come like a thief in the night, meaning that it would be suddenly, and at a time when the world was not looking for Him (Matthew 24:36-44; Revelation 3:3; 16:15).  Recognize the signs of the times.  Look up!  Be ready!

As the markets melt down, you don’t have to fear what your investments are in, if you have your soul invested in Christ.  I truly have a peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7) in these fearful economic times, and it is my hope that you can know that same peace of knowing where your treasure truly is.

Why Are Gay Marriage Proponents Complaining?

November 13, 2008

Gay Marriage Proponents have been having all kinds of protest marches in cities such as Long Beach and Salt Lake City, Utah (where they are attacking the Mormon Church for exercising it’s previously Constitutional right to express free speech).  And there’s video of a disturbing scene of an elderly woman carrying a cross being attacked in Palm Springs.  But what is the basis for all of the pro-gay marriage anger?  What is their grounds for demanding gay marriage?

Up until very recently, there has never been such thing legally, culturally, socially or linguistically as a marriage that has NOT between a man and a woman.  Why should there be such a thing now?

Just what is marriage, exactly?  Marriage was defined according to the U.S. Supreme Court in the 1973 case, Jones v. Hallahan, as follows: “Marriage was a custom long before the state commenced to issue licenses for that purpose. In all cases, marriage has always been considered as the union of a man and a woman, and we have been presented with no authority to the contrary.”  Black’s Law Dictionary says that “Marriage is defined as the civil status, condition or relation of one man and one woman united in law for life for the discharge to each other and the community of duties legally incumbent upon those whose association is founded on the distinction of sex.”  Webster put it this way: “Marriage is a state of being married or being united to a person or persons of the opposite sex as husband and wife. Also the mutual relation of husband and wife abstractly, the institution whereby men and women are joined in a special kind of social, legal dependence for the purpose of founding and maintaining a family.”

Why then do gay rights proponents believe that they should have some fundamental right to gay marriage?  The people clearly spoke.  They spoke in California.  They spoke in Florida, they spoke in Arizona.  In fact, everywhere the people HAVE been able to speak, they have so far rejected gay marriage.

If gay marriage proponents believe that rights derive from society, then they have absolutely no right to complain.  Society has spoken, and society says there is no right to gay marriage.

This is one of the big problems with societal relativism: there is no room for the moral reformer, the person who confronts society and demands change.  If society determines morality, how do you challenge society?  [Note: this is NOT a problem for the religious reformer, who believes that God is the source of moral standards, and that societies should conform to God’s righteous moral standards.  Think about the Declaration of Independence: our founding fathers grounded their rights as coming from God, and argued that since the King of England had deprived the colonies of their God-given rights, they themselves had the right to separate from the King].

Do gay marriage proponents believe that gay marriage somehow transcends the moral standards or the laws of a society?  If so, what is the transcendent source by which society should be persuaded or even forcibly compelled to conform?

Are they going to base this right on God, as our founding fathers did?  Our Declaration of Independence says, “We hold these Truths to be self-evident: that all Men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights: that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

The founding fathers specifically rejected the postmodern relativism which have come to shape so many of our modern opinions and laws by categorically stating themselves in Aristotelian objective categories.  Their worldview was unalterably shaped by the Judeo-Christian worldview, and by a commitment to the moral vision of that worldview.  In fact, Christian morality was deemed to be an essential aspect of our national survival.  As founding father and our second President John Adams put it, “We have no government armed with the power capable of contending with human passions, unbridled by morality and true religion.  Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

And so here again, gay marriage proponents have a problem.  Every monotheistic religion specifically condemns homosexuality (check your Bible: Genesis 19; Leviticus 18:21-23; , 20:13;  Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9; 1 Timothy 1:10; Jude 7: or check your Koran).  There are liberal contextualizers who fundamentally oppose the historic and biblical and/or quaranic teachings of the great monotheistic traditions even as they claim to follow them.  But it simply doesn’t work that way.

Is there some transcendent source other than God that stands above society and which holds society accountable?  What is it?  And on what basis would such a source compel society to provide homosexual marriage?

Someone might say that evolution would be such a source.  But I don’t see how; evolution is descriptive, telling us what is.  It can’t even theoretically be prescriptive, and tell us what ought to occur.  Besides, given the fact that evolution is fundamentally defined in terms of survival of the fittest, with the fittest defined as those who leave the most offspring, how could one possibly justify encouraging homosexuality in evolutionary terms?  To provide a couple of historic counterexamples, the Nazis and the Soviets dealt harshly with homosexuals because they violated evolutionary standards of fitness.

Does morality derive from the courts?  Does a judge, or a majority of some group of judges, have the transcendent power over a society to “legislate morality from the bench”?  This is a stretch of such massive proportions that it should make any thinking persons’ head spin: when did human judges become gods, that they can transcendentally rule over lesser mortals and impose their morality upon us?  Where in our Constitution or our Bill of Rights did “the consent of the governed” vanish if a judge was involved?

We should quote the founding father most beloved by liberals to examine his views of the constitutional limits of judges to influence American society or its laws.  Thomas Jefferson wrote:

“This member of the Government was at first considered as the most harmless and helpless of all its organs. But it has proved that the power of declaring what the law is, ad libitum, by sapping and mining slyly and without alarm the foundations of the Constitution, can do what open force would not dare to attempt.”
—Thomas Jefferson to Edward Livingston, 1825. ME 16:114

“The Constitution . . . meant that its coordinate branches should be checks on each other. But the opinion which gives to the judges the right to decide what laws are constitutional and what not, not only for themselves in their own sphere of action but for the Legislature and Executive also in their spheres, would make the Judiciary a despotic branch.”
—Thomas Jefferson to Abigail Adams, 1804. ME 11:51

“To consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions [is] a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy. Our judges are as honest as other men and not more so. They have with others the same passions for party, for power, and the privilege of their corps. Their maxim is boni judicis est ampliare jurisdictionem [good justice is broad jurisdiction], and their power the more dangerous as they are in office for life and not responsible, as the other functionaries are, to the elective control. The Constitution has erected no such single tribunal, knowing that to whatever hands confided, with the corruptions of time and party, its members would become despots. It has more wisely made all the departments co-equal and co-sovereign within themselves.”
—Thomas Jefferson to William C. Jarvis, 1820. ME 15:277

To the extent that our courts have imposed themselves upon determining our morality, they have only become the very sort of despotic black robed masters our forefathers warned us against.

The Supreme Court has usurped power not delegated to it.

And let me ask a theoretical question to raise another point about relying on judges to make laws in the guise of interpreting the Constitution.  Suppose – for the sheer sake of argument – that President Barack Obama was a secret Muslim (as some rumor mills have actually suggested), and that his Supreme Court picks committed themselves to sharia law which demands the execution of homosexuals?  Or what if some right wing element gained control of the Supreme Court, and began imposing their will on the Constitution the way liberal activist judges have done?  Would homosexuals and liberals bow the knee to such laws from such authorities?

Does this not merely become another form of the claim that “might makes right”?

Gay marriage advocates seek the courts to impose their will on the people in the name of a “civil right.”  The problem with rights is that they presuppose a duty upon every else.  Should I have the duty imposed upon me to accept gay marriage as equal to traditional marriage?  Should I have the duty imposed upon me to cast aside my sacred Scriptures, and 4,000 years of my religious tradition, and over 1,000 years of my culture’s tradition, and over 200 years of my own country’s tradition, and instead bow my knee to the will of four judges as the arbiters of what is right and what is wrong?

I would argue that over 60% of Californians have already spoken on gay marriage: they don’t want it.  The proponents of gay marriage got the courts to step in and declare by fiat their view of marriage.  Now the people of California have spoken again, and yet again the proponents of gay marriage seek to have the courts step in.

Is there not a point where a willful determination to ignore the clearly stated will of the people and get an oligarchy of judges to impose their will upon the people where we have ventured into fascism?

Gay rights activists have long said that the “religious right” has been attempting to “impose their morality” on them.  But given the fact that twice in our recent state (of California) history, the people have spoken – only to have homosexual activists file yet another law suit to oppose the will of the people – it seems crystal clear that it is rather the gay rights activists who seek to impose their morality on the rest of us, and by the most illegitimate means available.

Quotes of Wisdom and Wit

November 10, 2008

I came across this page looking for the wording of a quote from G.K. Chesterton.  It bears being spread around.

Definitions of: believe

Definition: To exercise belief in; to credit upon the authority or testimony of another; to be persuaded of the truth of, upon evidence furnished by reasons, arguments, and deductions of the mind, or by circumstances other than personal knowledge; to regard or accept as true; to place confidence in; to think; to consider; as, to believe a person, a statement, or a doctrine.

Quote:The more I study science, the more I believe in God.[Albert Einstein]

Quote:I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.[C.S. Lewis]

Quote:Whenever you find a man who says he doesn’t believe in a real Right and Wrong, you will find the same man going back on this a moment later.[C.S. Lewis]

Quote:I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.[Galileo Galilei]

Quote:The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything.[Oscar Wilde]

Quote:…I hope that we will hear no more of all ways of life and all cultures being equally valid, which none of us truly believes but which many people mouth in order to appear broad-minded and generous of spirit.[Armand Nicholi Jr.]

Quote:Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.[Saint Augustine]

Quote:A faith is a necessity to a man. Woe to him who believes in nothing.[Victor Hugo]

Quote:Today’s students can put dope in their veins or hope in their brains. If they can conceive it and believe it, they can achieve it. They must know it is not their aptitude, but their attitude, that will determine their altitude.[Jesse Jackson]

Quote:Truth is sacred; and if you tell the truth too often nobody will believe it.[GK Chesterton]

Quote:When people stop believing in God, they don’t believe in nothing — they believe in anything.[GK Chesterton]

Quote:A great many of those who ‘debunk’ traditional…values have in the background values of their own which they believe to be immune from the debunking process.[C.S. Lewis]

Quote:I believe one of the reasons so many do not get a higher education is the fear of their parents that they will lose more morally than they will receive mentally.[William Jennings Bryan]

Quote:For those who believe, no explanation is necessary. For those who do not believe, no explanation is possible.[Author Unknown]

Quote:I believe we are born with our minds open to wonderful experiences, and only slowly learn to limit ourselves to narrow tastes. We are taught to lose our curiosity by the bludgeon-blows of mass marketing, which brainwash us to see ‘hits,’ and discourage exploration.[Roger Ebert]

Quote:You would not call a man humane for ceasing to set mousetraps if he did so because he believed there were no mice in the house.[C.S. Lewis]

Quote:I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.[Siddhartha Buddha]

Quote:Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.[Dale Carnegie]

Quote:Unless you believe, you will not understand.[Saint Augustine]

Quote:It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society. When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime.[Thomas Paine]

Quote:It’s passionately interesting for me that the things that I learned in a small town, in a very modest home, are just the things that I believe have won the election.[Margaret Thatcher]

Quote:The American temptation is to believe that foreign policy is a subdivision of psychiatry.[Henry Kissinger]

Quote:I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.[Martin Luther King Jr.]

Quote:I profoundly believe it takes a lot of practice to become a moral slob.[William F. Buckley]

Quote:The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.[Bertrand Russell]

Quote:Until you do what you believe in, how do you know whether you believe in it or not?[Leo Tolstoy]

Quote:What a man believes upon grossly insufficient evidence is an index into his desires — desires of which he himself is often unconscious. If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it even on the slightest evidence. The origin of myths is explained in this way.[Bertrand Russell]

Quote:If there is a soul, it is a mistake to believe that it is given to us fully created. It is created here, throughout a whole life. And living is nothing else but that long and painful bringing forth.[Albert Camus]

Quote:I believe that the next half century will determine if we will advance the cause of Christian civilization or revert to the horrors of brutal paganism.[Theodore Roosevelt]

Quote:It’s difficult in times like these: ideals, dreams and cherished hopes rise within us, only to be crushed by grim reality. It’s a wonder I haven’t abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.[Anne Frank]

Quote:Those who believe they are exclusively in the right are generally those who achieve something.[Aldous Huxley]

Quote:Whoso loves believes the impossible.[Elizabeth Barrett Browning]

Quote:That is the true season of love, when we believe that we alone can love, that no one could ever have loved so before us, and that no one will love in the same way after us.[Johann Wolfgang von Goethe]

Quote:I believe that our Heavenly Father invented man because he was disappointed in the monkey.[Mark Twain]

Quote:A man should believe in God through faith, not because of miracles.[Nachman of Bratslav]

Quote:The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.[Eleanor Roosevelt]

Quote:I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare.[C.S. Lewis]

Quote:I believe in person to person. Every person is Christ for me, and since there is only one Jesus, that person is the one person in the world at that moment.[Mother Teresa]

Quote:There is no strength in unbelief. Even the unbelief of what is false is no source of might. It is the truth shining from behind that gives the strength to disbelieve.[George MacDonald]

Quote:Man [has] always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much-the wheel, New York, wars and so on-while all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man-for precisely the same reason.[Douglas Adams]

Quote:If the solar system was brought about by an accidental collision, then the appearance of organic life on this planet was also an accident, and the whole evolution of Man was an accident too. If so, then all our present thoughts are mere accidents – the accidental by-product of the movement of atoms. And this holds for the thoughts of the materialists and astronomers as well as for anyone else’s. But if their thoughts – i.e., of Materialism and Astronomy – are merely accidental by-products, why should we believe them to be true?I see no reason for believing that one accident should be able to give me a correct account of all the other accidents.It’s like expecting that the accidental shape taken by the splash when you upset a milk-jug should give you a correct account of how the jug was made and why it was upset.[C.S. Lewis]

Quote:To succeed, we must first believe that we can.[Michael Korda]

Quote:Statistician: A man who believes figures don’t lie, but admits that under analysis some of them won’t stand up either. [Evan Esar]

Quote:The public will believe anything, so long as it is not founded on truth. [Edith Sitwell]

Quote:I have long since come to believe that people never mean half of what they say, and that it is best to disregard their talk and judge only their actions. [Herbert Hoover]

Quote:Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to believe. [Laurence J. Peter]

Quote:If you can’t have faith in what is held up to you for faith, you must find things to believe in yourself, for a life without faith in something is too narrow a space to live. [Henry S. Haskins]

Quote:Nobody outside of a baby carriage or a judge’s chamber believes in an unprejudiced point of view. [Lillian Hellman]

Quote:I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it. [Thomas Jefferson]

Quote:Liars when they speak the truth are not believed. [Aristotle]

Quote:Man is what he believes. [Anton Chekhov]

Quote:Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes. [Benjamin Disraeli]

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