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WykkydGaming setenced to hell world #86 in our hell simulation we Greys have created when this individual dies in this form and wakes up screaming in hell world #86. Amen.

2020.07.10 20:30 ProphetSynchronicity WykkydGaming setenced to hell world #86 in our hell simulation we Greys have created when this individual dies in this form and wakes up screaming in hell world #86. Amen.

[–]WykkydGaming [score hidden] 56 minutes ago In 2020? It'd just feel like one more f***in' thing on top of the pile.
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[–]Existential_Soul[S] [score hidden] 26 minutes ago True enough
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[–]ProphetSynchronicity -1 points 23 minutes ago something yu should consider when you insult me, harm me, you may already be in hell and being judgd to see how badly you will suffer in our hell simulation coming next , your wel deserved afterlife
Would we be ready for alien contact?discussion (self.aliens)
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Let’s say tomorrow a giant space ship landed where tons of people could see and it couldn’t be denied. How would mankind even process this? Would we be ready you think?
[–]ProphetSynchronicity 1 point 2 minutes ago yes but by then it would be too late for all you ants it would mean that your fina judgment is come and you will all be destroyed and wake up n ur hell simulation already prepared for you and we will all rape torture murder and torture you in unimaginable ways you cant vn father adn yu will fear the fear in your afterlifes you will pay for all the evil you did most of all you will pay for harming me and other greys who have come into human vessels to teach you love and empathy which you ants cannot learn and you will pay for it time is already run out you will fear these words as you should we are coming for you very very soon and its very very real and we cant wait to exact our vengeance upon you in the name of loe adn empathy and all the ones you tortured and killed in your past lives, im jesus christ btw, leader of the Greys running this matrix purgatory simulation we have all your souls trapped in i dare you to insult me more hHAha you will reget when you deny the truth
i am the real jesus christ, i am the leader of the greys, this is your judgement
what if.... you are already in the hell but its only purpose is to judge how badly you will be punished in our hell simuation that has 100 different worlds in it i imagine and each is a worse punishment than the last, what if those of you who live good lives are in the lesser punishments of hell and judge on how you lived your life can be lesser but all you evil ones or the ones who insult me harm me who rape and torture innocent children as well yu are in the higher levels of hell and what you do now determines if you will be shown mercy or not can you even consider if this might be possible really think about it do you thikn its coincniden you just happen to be alive now at the peak of "human technology" hahaha yea no, you are all fucked and it makes sense that you all insult me ignore me delete my posts ban me etc because you fear the truth
the truth is you are all souls inhibiting green jello slime creatures we recreated you as on silver plates hooked up to wires lik the prophetic dream i had where i wanted to save you all but i see now that you are all evil and pieces of shit and you will get what is coming to you very soon if you do not start listening to me and obeying me and worshipping me and respecting me we are your higher power i am your GOD this is very real this is not a joke i am not crazy i am most stable and sane as i have ever been you are just so afraid you dont want to read my words or my evidence or nothing because deep down you know its true you know its true you KNOW ITS TRUE deep down you KNOW THIS ISNT REAL YOU KNOW THIS IS A DREAM YOU NOW THINGS DONT MAKE SENSE YOU KNOW THIS REALITY CANNOT BE FUCKING REAL SO YOU do wahtever you can to make it real and my words adn the truth have come and it TERRIFIES you which is why i have -66 karma because of YOUR FEAR even though i have shown more intelligent than your website called reddit has ever seen you know its true no i am here i am jesus christ the rtrurn and if you dont listen and fear me, FEAR US GREYS THE H I V E, you will only be punished worse in the afterife coming soon and only through me and me only can you achieve redeption and time is running out i wont be here in this simulation much longer... .time running out Very fast for you antsssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss
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[–]WykkydGaming [score hidden] 18 minutes ago If anyone needs this, it's you: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/find-help/index.shtml
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[–]ProphetSynchronicity 1 point 13 minutes ago if anyoen needs this its you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8LUfCxpY5w
i have decided the one being eaten through the side is you, this is you in your afterlife now, is coming soon for all the children you raped and tortured in your past life, you will find out soon and you will scream and regret it and you will see my face when you are screaming in our hell simuation this i promise you ant, i promise you wykkydgaming you need to believe and hope i am not crazy ... because if i am right.... and i have evidence..... you are in a lot of trouble and you will feel GREAT fear rise within you now as you contemplate i must be a troll or crazy and you are just having another day in your covid19 filled life whether you ignore it or fear it its goign to come and its getting stronger but thas not what you are going to die from like some of your family you are going to die from something much worse i am the most powerfl psychic even if im not the rest of the greys orchestrated anything i want and desire because i am their leader and the only one here in this human vessel and feel as you do all the pain yo humans inflicted upon me well you better start askign for forgiveness but is not about them is about you now and you will feel the fire you will feel great fear coming for you and you will know it is us you will know it is me and something much worse will take your lif ein this simulation before you wake up screaming before my face smiling at you when you wake up in our hell simulation which where it stands you are currently setenced to world 86 out of 100 of our hell simulation which is
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[–]WykkydGaming [score hidden] 11 minutes ago Does being you hurt? Constant headaches, maybe?
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[–]ProphetSynchronicity 1 point 2 minutes ago i have decided the one being eaten through the side is you, this is you in your afterlife now, is coming soon for all the children you raped and tortured in your past life, you will find out soon and you will scream and regret it and you will see my face when you are screaming in our hell simuation this i promise you ant, i promise you wykkydgaming you need to believe and hope i am not crazy ... because if i am right.... and i have evidence..... you are in a lot of trouble and you will feel GREAT fear rise within you now as you contemplate i must be a troll or crazy and you are just having another day in your covid19 filled life whether you ignore it or fear it its goign to come and its getting stronger but thas not what you are going to die from like some of your family you are going to die from something much worse i am the most powerfl psychic even if im not the rest of the greys orchestrated anything i want and desire because i am their leader and the only one here in this human vessel and feel as you do all the pain yo humans inflicted upon me well you better start askign for forgiveness but is not about them is about you now and you will feel the fire you will feel great fear coming for you and you will know it is us you will know it is me and something much worse will take your lif ein this simulation before you wake up screaming before my face smiling at you when you wake up in our hell simulation which where it stands you are currently setenced to world 86 out of 100 of our hell simulation which is86 out of 100 of our hell simulation which is similar to the alien isolation video games except it rapes you and revives you and hunts you stalks you you and the others and there are many of them a vast multitude of xenomorphs all for huge cocks to unish you for all the children you raped in your past life and facehuggers too and in a very dark sith lke world where the tempatures rise to 120 degress down to 20 degrees sometimes at the same time and many other affects and also we greys can come in any form of xenimoprh and we will most certain make you an example to strike the greatest of fear into all the other particpants of hell world 86 you might think well it 86 out of 100 shoudl it be a lot worse well you have to understand that the lower levels of our hell simulation are actually not all that bad becuase we are very loving nd mericiful but for ones like you its much different once past level 50 of hell things get uch worse not only that level 86 is my own special custom hell world and there are all sorts of monsters in this hellworld that love to gang rape and turn you into a hentai cat girl when they desire you theyc an turn you into anythign they desire do anythign to you and if you dont worship and bey them they can be very cruel but when the xenomoprhs come they disappear and then alien isolation video game continues and there is no rest in this hell world of 86 the only rest you get is when you start to like being raped for the brief moments the mosnters enjoy you to feel some pleasure then to rip it away from you in the last moments this is your future this is the truth and you will regret insulting us i have been pushed to the limit and you are the destined one to walk past that limit for hear me now any who insult m disrespect me hurt me from here on out will be sentenced to level 50 of 100 hell and depending on their life will deteminer how sever and hiwch level they go to but the non-violent hell worlds below 50 you have not forfeited and will not be greanted mercy le tit beknown. Amen.
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2020.07.10 20:25 Zelda_32589 Behind the Mirrors

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I'm writing this and posting it here with the hopes that noone will have to live as I have these past few weeks. I know this is fucking stupid, but I need other people to understand, especially the love of my life Tara. I know she's never gonna read this but still, understand me. I love you so much and I would give anything to have you back here. With me. Yes I did wrong, we both did. And though it's much too late now, I still want to make things right. I would never hurt you again, I swear on my life Tara, it's the mirrors! I know... Perhaps I am going insane. No, I am insane, and I have been for years but I fucking swear its the mirrors. Every single mirror in this fucking house, I swear to God every single one, I can't trust them. Nobody will listen to me, but the mirrors and the reflections... they watch me. They peer deeply into my soul. Into a darkness I have lived with all my life. If you were here you'd ask, "why not break them"? Well they don't fucking break. I tried already, my God have I tried, so so many times, smashing them with bats and hammers! And not even a crack. At best my reflection becomes bloody and at worst enraged. I would simply throw them out but I can't even pull them off the walls. It's like they're held in place by cement! So right now I'm sitting in my closet typing this with... a little friend, praying that that thing, has the balls to come out. Maybe it is now somewhere roaming the house. If you stumble across this and decide to come home, then know that might look like me, but its not. I don't know what the fuck it is, but I can tell you it sees you. It knows what your fears are, and it's gonna use them. This won't be easy to understand, I know, but... I have to explain what "it" does. There's a bit to tell however. To others who read this here on reddit, stay the fuck away from this place. And for whoever is looking for my body and finds this on my phone, read it only once you're safe... if you are, and I hope you are.
Where to even start...? I remember when my fiancée and I first moved into this house. The house was completely empty except for the mirrors. I admit it was odd yes, but we had been searching for a new home for months and every other option was out of our league in some way. I didn't like this house. Not it's almost rotten wooden finish from the outside, or the sickly pale yellow walls inside this motherfucker. But hey, it wouldn't have taken much money to renovate. My... "fiancée", must have really felt like playing Martha Stewart however because she fell in love with everything on first sight. Looking back maybe that should have been the first red flag! I just stood there as she eagerly shook the hand of the real estate agent and agreed to a purchase. I hadn't said a word throughout the entire tour. Sometime later we moved in only bringing the bedroom furniture out from storage, the plan was to work on renovating the inside first then hiring someone to work on the outside once we recouped a bit of money. Our first few nights were peaceful nothing strange, but that all ended soon enough. I remember I had gotten up early for work one morning and was freshening up in the bathroom, it was still dark out and I was still very groggy. I had began to shave when I first noticed my reflection in the mirror. Sure it mimicked my every movement perfectly, but something about it's -my, eyes seemed off. They slightly twitched out of synch. I mean, I was looking at my reflection but my reflection's gaze just danced around my face as it looked back at me, like it was studying me trying to predict what I was going to do next. It was very slight and almost imperceivable but it was there and I noticed. I remember my face so vividly. It was like looking into the face of something that would eat your fleah, like someone who would listen coldly as your scream and beg for your life. Then chuckle as you took your last breath. Yeah, it was unnerving as fuck, but at the time I just figured that all the repainting and lack of sleep was playing with my mind, so I casually dismissed it. Besides... I was going to be late for work and didn't have time to try and rationalise my delirium. I finished getting dressed and walked over to my fiancée's side of the bed. I kissed her on the forehead. She too had to get up in an hour, so I wanted to head out quietly and quickly so she could actually rest. Before I officially left out the front door I glanced back at the living room walls to admire my handiwork. I gotta say I did one hell of job, not that you can tell now. The walls were a beautiful blend of beige and gold and all that remained were the wooden floors. A good restaining and the vibrant cherry red would be glistening and after that the kitchen would be dealt with. I closed the door and headed off to work. And that, was that.
On my way home that afternoon I stopped by a bar for a drink. Well more like a few. Now I've never been a saint and I admitt that at one point I was a slave to the bottle, but that was years ago and after dealing with my boss, well I fucking earned it. I swallowed the bottles as fast as I could so that I could make it home before my old lady, and hopefully sober up a bit. When I arrived home however, I noticed her car in the drive way. It's not like Tara to leave early, so I assumed either something happened or she felt as tired as me. I had barely set my fucking foot in the door when I heard my fiancée's footsteps approaching me, and she was pissed. Her footsteps thundered from our bedroom like a bat out of hell, and I saw fury all over her face. I was in the process of asking her what happened, but I didn't make it past the "what" part before she shoved me against the door. Seeing as I was good and tipsy I fell against it pretty hard.
"Why the FUCK did you do that this morning!!?" She hollered, and I obviously confused proceeded to ask her if she had lost her God damn mind.
She continued, "No! But clearly YOU have. Now why the fuck did you grab my leg and drag me off the bed like that!?"
I examined her for a while before I responded, in my head thinking 'this bitch must have really lost her sanity'...
"I kissed you on the head and then I left."
I said it as soft and composed as possible. I just wanted to deescalate things quickly. Well, she wasn't having that. She accused me aggressively,
"No. No. I was dead asleep when I felt you crawling onto the foot of the bed. You reached under the cover grabbed my leg and pulled me over the edge! You said nothing. Then you started to drag me into the closet!"
At that point I simply had to interupt her,
"What in the fuck are you talking about!? I KISSED your forehead and left for work!"
There was a long pause as she looked at me in disbelief. She was so furious, so hurt by what she thought was a lie.
"You know I was a little concerned with you going into the bathroom and talking to yourself in the mornings, but I said to myself, 'gee this must have been a whole ordeal. Us finding a place is stressing him out' ".
"Bathroom...???"
I remember my eyes gliding over to the bedroom door into the hall. "Yes! The fucking bathroom!"
She studied my body language and after some time a look of realisation illuminated her face.
"You're drinking again..." I felt shame.
I guess I have to confess to something dark now...
When I was an alcoholic I was a violent man. Hell I won't mince words here, I beat her. Badly. I have no excuse, but had I not previously, before the alcohol, caught some other man between her legs... I could have better controlled my anger after turning to it. I just remember her moans. The look of a pleasure that I was never able to give her as she lay on our bed back then. 'Something better than me', written on her face, a-and the heavy breathing. The slight tremble in her breaths... it sickened me. All of it sickened me. Each sip I took afterwards only caused the memory to become more vivid, and even after the tearful apology, whenever she said anything to me all I could hear were the sounds she made that day. Well, when the whiskey was in full effect that is. Still... my actions were never justified. I didn't want her to leave me. I wanted things to work out between us so I gave up the alcohol, but I guess the trust was gone. Ultimately, for the both of us I think. Or, maybe I never really had it to begin with. My struggle to trust goes pretty far back. My mother was... evil. I won't dwell on all the trauma here, but to satisfy any sick curious minds I remember being locked the closets as punishment when I was a child. Usually, for some imaginary offence. I would scream and scream, and she... she'd laugh. No amount of banging on the door could change her mind and get her to come back to open it. After gasping for air, struggling to breath or move, darkness and silence would take over. I wanted to die so many times back then. I would curl into a little six year old ball on the floor, and I would want to die in that closet. Hmh, closets... all the things we are ashamed of are kept in those, far from the sight of prying eyes. In truth people don't fully realise it but the closet is really a type of tomb. Its a place we keep dead things that are still alive and well and shameful. I gotta say, it scares me how much this house resembles my childhood home. It burned down by the way, and my mother (may she rot in Hell) burned with it.
But enough of that. I begged my fiancée to stay with me. I said we would sort through things together, and we could still make it work. She packed her shit and left anyway. I couldn't blame her really, we both knew the type of monster I became when drunk. But what disturbs me most about what she told me that day is that I can't remember waking up any morning before that one. Not a single one. Much less going into any bathrooms to have psycho-babble with myself. All I can remember is sleep, actually being at work, and painting, but whatever. It doesn't really matter anymore. The rest of the day I sat alone in an empty house and I wondered if she would ever come back. I wondered if she ever should. I lay on the bed, our bed, the same one she betrayed me on, and fought the urge to cry. Then sleep came to me and my inner demons were finally silent.
At some point during the night I was awakened suddenly by an anxiety attack. My heart fluttered uncontrollably but as I went to sit up I realised that I was completely paralyzed. My arms, hell my whole body..., it wasn't good for shit. I darted my eyes across the room trying desperately to adjust to the darkness. I could make out nothing but the silhouette of furniture and the faded luminescence of the street lights against the walls. Well, I wasn't so fortunate for very long. As my eyes began to adjust, for the first time in that house I could see them. On opposite corners of the room, from the foot of my bed, they just stood there facing me. Two figures. They were completely nude and were a slight dead pale colour, and both, had their heads tilted up looking at the ceiling with their mouths opened. Then they began to groan. Loud. My heart was pounding and I furiously tried to move at least one of my limbs with not so much as a twitch happening, then I slowly began to recognise who they were. It was me and my fiancée! As I began to fully recognize them their groaning turned to rattling, then silence as they both slowly closed their mouths in unison. They then lowered their faces from the ceiling to me. Without saying a word the one who looked like my fiancée walked painfully slow from the corner to the door and out into the hall, closing the door behind her. Then while still standing in the corner the other began to decend to the floor. It was so haunting, as if he did it in slow motion with a strobe light stutter. He fell from my line of sight at the foot of my bed, and from there he crawled, almost dragging his legs, from the corner to my closet. Before fully entering he rose to his feet and faced me one more time. His face was just as twisted as the firt time I saw him. Then he spoke.
"We're watching." His voice croked in an airy dead rasp.
He entered the closet and the door shut behind him, although, I never actually saw his hand reach for the handle. For one final chill, I heard my mother's scream from inside the closet. It was the same one she let out as she burned alive in my childhood home. ...And thats all I can remember from that night. Fuck, I don't even remember waking up the next morning. I do remember being at work however, and I desperately tried to ask others what they knew about the paranormal and demons. Nobody would even listened to me, I may as well have been a ghost. Not one person so much as glaced up at me. Oh well... fuck 'em.
Jesus, this is taking longer than planned. Still I hope you get the point, so I think I'll skip ahead a bit. Now of course spooky shit like that happened throughout the week, but as the weeks turned to months it got fucking worse. Because of course it would. I began to completely avoid the mirrors in this house, my reflection didn't even mimic me anymore. I would pass by one and in the mirror my reflection would be living out nightmarish scenes. One of me stabbing my mother in her face repeatedly. One of my fiancée burning alive in the closet trying desperately to escape. Like I said before, flying into a rage and smashing them didn't do anything. The reflection of my fiancée Tara, for instance began to bloodcurdlingly scream and beg me to stop. Once I did she would laugh at me as her reflection faded. Since the mirrors couldn't be pulled from the walls I decided to cover them with blankets and sheets. This never stopped them from appearing in the house though. I would pass by a room and one of the entities would be standing there, watching. On one especially difficult occasion my reflection began to walk toward me. It was approaching me pretty quickly. The groaning began to rise as it reached out to grab my arm, and I just barely managed to slam the fucking door shut. Then after a short period of silence I heard a gentle sobbing on the otherside. The sobs lowered in volume and soon a tiny voice called out from the other side.
"Mama, please! Please! Open the door! I swear to God, I won't be loud anymore. I swear to God mama, I swear to God..." So much pleading in that little voice. So much pain... and fear.
Then the sound of the tinest fists started to pound against the wooden door. That small creature begged for me to open the door, he begged for me to come back and open the door with everything his little body could muster. And... I knew what that little boy felt. The dread, the fear, the hopelessness, I knew it better than any man or woman ever could. I still do. But... I also knew that that little boy died in that closet long ago, and he burned down with that house. And my mother. In one final desperate plea he gently spoke,
"It's okay mama. I know you love me, and you're gonna come and get me soon. You aways come back and let me out. And I love you too... I promise."
That angel. That poor angel, who never did anything to anybody. Who would go another eight years without holding a grudge. Who would never know his father or the truth about why he left. That poor poor angel, who would never get to learn why his own mother hated him so much before she burned alive. How could I ever open that door? What was I going to tell him? But I'm a weak fucker, and after thinking on it I relented and opened the door. And nothing. Just a tiny handprint on the floor, and a room full of wishing that I had been there sooner. I wish I would have been there for myself when I so desperately needed it. But I can't go back in time. So for anybody reading this post, be kind to yourself. Find that small child inside you, the one who's scared and alone. Tell them its gonna be okay because things won't always be that way forever. I don't mean to be sentimental, it's just... well, it's just that you need your own love and affection too. Just as much and sometimes even more than anyone else ever has or ever will, you need it too.
But by this stage of things there's no use for regret, besides I'm getting sidetracked. I just needed to release that, I guess I owe myself that much. Anyways those are the things I've experienced everyday. My reflection toying with me, the reflection of Tara toying with me. Making sport of my pain and preaching at me in a way. Telling me I can't run from myself forever. Like I don't fucking know that already, it's sickening. So sickening. And draining. Again enough time has been spent on that. I need to tell you about today, and the whole fucking point of writing this post.
You see the reflections fucked up big time. They finally pushed me over the edge. I arrived home early from work today. I needed the rest of the day off to cope with the stress of this house, and since my boss was acting like the cocksucker he is, when he didn't respond to my request to go home... I just left. Fuck that job and fuck those people. But as I came into the house... as I came into the house... I heard my fiancée in our bedroom. The heavy breath, and soft moans tumbled into the hall, filling the air. It was all the same. Her ecstasy only pausing for shallow gasps. My stomach began to turn, and I had to once again swallow the lump in my throat, which at this point I'm pretty sure was actually my heart. I made my way to our bedroom door as quietly as I could, and slowly opened it. There she was, laying on our bed, her hands wrapped around another man's head with her fingers laced between his locks of hair. My love, my fiancee, Tara and some stranger. His head bobbed and swayed as his face was buried between her legs, and that... bitch... that disgusting bitch... she looked dead into my eyes as her smirk gave way to a gentle passionate lip bite. I backed away and I closed the door. I felt a lifetime of bitter bitter hatred burn inside my chest. All I had strength to do was collapse in the hallway, rest my back against the wall, and cry. It must have been only a few minutes but it felt like a lifetime. But as I sat there crying my eyes out I realised something. There were no other vehicles in the drive way. That wasn't MY fiancée... that was one of those fucking reflections. So I went into the bathroom and as I sat on the floor to put the pieces together, and it dawned on me. It wasn't in it's world anymore, it was in mine, and maybe, just maybe, this time a hammer would do good. That's when I heard the purr of an engine outside the house and I heard the front door close. Then laughter drifting across the living room as my fiancée walked into the kitchen. I waited for Tara to call out to me to let let me know it was really her and she was back, but it never happened. More fucking trickery and more fucking deception. I decided then to kill it, so I walked quietly from the bathroom to my bedroom and entered. Of course there was no one there, only the hammer on the nightstand, which I grabbed and made my way into the kitchen. The bitch was at the sink. She didn't even notice me approaching from behind. Turns out whatever these reflections are, ghosts or demons, they can be fooled too. And that was my chance. Just so you know you can't catch these motherfuckers off gaurd very often. I grabbed that bitch's hair and pulled it's fucking head so that I could see it's face. My God did I wanna see its face. Every ounce of fear and suffering, and I was not disappointed! It screamed... it screamed in absolute horror. Finally it felt what I did... and it felt good. It begged me to let it go, but not again... I wasn't falling for the same shit again. That bitch was in my world, and I wasn't going to play by it's rules. Ever again.
I swung the hammer as hard as I could against her forehead, right where I had kissed my real fiancée. It may have imitated Tara, but I knew better. You should have heard it, like a billiard ball landing on wood floor. After three more swings it was over. I chuckled as it gasped it's last breathes, that was one down and I had one more to go. But my reflection is clever, in the mirror in the hallway I watched it. It was in anguish holding Tara's reflection sobbing inconsolably. There was and is no way it was going to come into my world again, so I have a little backup plan. You see a while back I puchased a gun, and now, I am sitting here in my closet. Ironic, even now as I wrap this little tale up, tiny fists are banging against the door begging me open it. Poor thing, trying to save me. I'm not opening that door though, I can't do that ever again, so I'm not. I'm going to blow my fucking brains out. I hope it works, but obviously I wont be around to know for sure. Or... maybe I will... I-I just don't know anymore. Anyway, I placed the sheets back over the mirrors for your protection. If you've found me then I hope you are safe... and to my fiancée I am sorry. Take care of yourself and know I love you more than I could ever say. Forgive me.
Also... I'm sorry about the mess...
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2020.07.10 20:11 JaybirdRS What Man Wasn’t Meant To Know (Part 10)

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Part 9
I remember that it rained a lot for the rest of spring break. The gray sky leaked the tears that I would not allow my eyes to, regardless of my grief. As the week passed things didn’t get easier to bear. With every knock at the front door or distant siren in the night I grew anxious that it wouldn’t be long until I ended up behind bars.
My paranoia only worsened after the local news announced that Amy was missing three days after we went to the woods. I saw it on the news much like when I had seen the story about Ronnie’s death mere weeks ago. When I saw her face pop up on the TV, I excused myself to the bathroom. I fell to my knees and threw up into the toilet bowl. After that, Amy started haunting my dreams.
Night after night I’d see her face every time I closed my eyes. Her look of anguish focused on me as that thing reached down and picked her up. Even in my dreams it looked like a stick figure made of coal besides those glowing eyes like spotlights. I couldn’t stand the sight of Amy’s horrified face constantly plaguing my dreams. It got to the point that I tried to quit sleeping altogether. It’s not like I was getting much anyways with the nightmares.
It wasn’t just in my sleep, though. All I could think about during the day was Amy and that thing alongside the cabin.
Given the recent events in our area, it didn’t take long for the disappearance of Amy to be linked with the death of Ronnie Ferguson. The town began to suspect a serial killer, simply waiting to find the young girl’s body. I, though knowing it was something more than a serial killer, was also waiting for the body to be found. The police, alongside civilian volunteers, had searched the woods several times but to no avail. There was no mention of a mysterious cabin either.
As the days passed I grew more and more concerned with the fact that it wasn’t found. My mind began to ponder the terrible fate that met Amy, and what the hell that thing did with her body. Why didn’t it leave her body out in the open like it had done with Ronnie? These were disturbing thoughts that bounced around my head with no outlet. There was no one I could talk to about it.
The one person who shared in my trauma had agreed not to text, call, or have any communication with me all together. We decided it would be best not to leave any proof that we were still talking. The phone records would show that we were communicating with one another and if one of us got found out they could potentially link it to the other.
In retrospect, we were overly paranoid, but that didn’t stop us from following through with the plan. So, throughout the rest of spring break, Josh and I didn’t do so much as like one another's social media posts.
Looking back, I wish we had been there for one another. I think that maybe if we had, things would have ended differently for us. If we could have comforted one another, maybe we would have held a different fate. It certainly would have helped with my regret. I try not to think about that, though.
On the outside, spring break came and went without a hitch for Josh and myself. If asked, I would simply say that I spent spring break inside playing video games. Given the terrible weather, it wasn’t like there was much I could do outside. So when school started back nine days after Amy disappeared, I did my best to act normal.
It was my first time driving myself to school so I reasoned that any nerves that I failed to hide I could just explain away using that as an excuse. Upon walking in, the first thing that I did was once again glance to Josh’s usual spot in the lunchroom. However, to my surprise, he wasn’t there. I figured that he skipped school, perhaps due to the anxiety of the situation reaching a breaking point inside of him. But to my surprise I found him leaning against the locker next to mine: Amy’s locker.
He had his arms crossed, though they were crossed high up on his chest. His shoulders were tense and his right foot was tapping as he nervously glanced around every few seconds.
He looked up when he saw me and took a step in my direction. I quickly approached him and grabbed him by the shoulders. I pulled him off of Amy’s locker and pushed him away from it, whispering through clenched teeth, “What the hell are you doing here?”
“We need to talk,” he said.
“We have nothing to talk about,” I said, “Are you trying to get us caught?”
“No, it’s just,” he lowered his head and cleared his throat, “I wanted you to know I told Drevon.”
I felt hot rage building up inside of me, “You did what?”
“He’s my best friend! I needed someone to talk to,” he argued. Those first four words hurt me more than I knew words could.
“But you didn’t even tell me first?”
“You told,” he stopped before he said Amy’s name, “her without telling me first.”
“And look what happened to her!” I yelled.
By now a few people were beginning to notice our argument. I definitely didn’t want this overheard by anyone so I stormed off towards the cafeteria.
When I saw Drevon sitting there, laughing with his friends, I felt jealous. Jealous that he could sit there and laugh, regardless of what he knew and that he didn’t have to carry the burden of knowing that he left someone behind.
Jealous that after all these years and everything that we had been through, he was the one Josh called his best friend. I walked right up to him, cutting off their conversation before they could even realize I was there.
“Do they know?”
He quit laughing and looked up at me, “Do they know what?”
“Don’t play with me,” I spat, “Do they fucking know?”
He stood up and closed the gap in between us. He spoke quietly, but only quietly enough to keep Kas and Eric from overhearing, “No. They don’t know shit.”
I relaxed just a little bit, feeling better that it was still a limited amount that knew about Josh and I’s visit to the woods. But then another thought came to my mind.
“What did he tell you?”
Drevon sighed as he shared, “He told me that you went to the woods, that you guys found some really weird shit. He said he thinks that thing killed Ronnie. He told me how you left that girl to die.”
The next thing I felt was a sharp pain on the knuckles of my right hand, which was now in a fist infront of Drevon. He was reaching for his now throbbing red nose. In my anger, I had punched Drevon in the face. It had happened so fast I hadn’t even realized that I had done it. I don’t think he initially did either. But once he was aware, he quickly punched me in the stomach so hard that I had to use the table to support myself. I went in for another hit myself, but before I could he landed another directly on my right eye.
Almost as soon as he did I felt arms reach around me and pull me away from Drevon. I struggled to get out of my entrapment but it was no use. It wasn’t until I was a few yards away that I got a look at my holder's face, realizing that it was the dean of students.
Needless to say I was punished for starting a fight in school. I received a week of suspension for my violent outburst, Drevon received just two days. My parents took away my car privileges for as long as my suspension lasted.
That night I sat brooding in my room. I thought that it was the lowest I could go. I was suspended and I had as good as murdered a girl. It wasn’t my best moment, but unfortunately, it wouldn’t be my lowest.
At around 9:00pm I got a phone call. I heard the buzzing from across the room and expected it to be a friend asking for detail about a fight with “the freak kid.” To my surprise it was Josh. I answered immediately.
“Hello?”
“I need you to pick me up. Now.”
“Josh, I had my fucking car taken away until my suspension is over.”
“Can you get your keys.”
“Man, just have Eric drive you.”
“He won’t answer his damn phone,” the urgency was growing more and more in his voice.
“Well then I can’t help you. Find someone else to help you with your bullshit-”
I was just about to hang up when he blurted out, “It’s Amy!”
I leaned into the phone and lowered my voice, “What about her?” “Drevon went looking for her man.”
“Why the hell do I need to drive you then? You aren’t actually going to help him are you?”
“We have to”
“We’ don’t have to do shit,” I argued.
“Look, either you pick me up and take me to the woods or I tell the police exactly what happened.”
I felt my heart drop into my stomach, “They’d lock you up too.”
“I don’t care. We left her, man. We have to try.”
“Dammit!” I yelled, “I’ll be right over.”
I hung up the phone and ran downstairs. My parents yelled various threats at me as I grabbed my keys and ran out of the house. I didn’t care. Being arrested would be far worse than whatever punishment they would enforce on me. I weighed my options, and ultimately decided to go to those damned woods one last time.
The first time that I entered those woods I was in a group. It was an attempt to reconnect with my love for the paranormal, and, more importantly, an old friend. Now, this final time, I was with that same friend, but now in an attempt to either right a wrong, or stop a boy from making a terrible mistake. Josh had packed us both flashlights which we used the second we left the car. The ground still felt corrupted beneath our feet, only this time we moved with a sense of urgency. If we wanted to find Drevon before that thing we would have to move fast.
Sure, there was the possibility that the thing may not even show itself, much like during our first visit to the forest. Simply watching from a distance.
As I rounded the corner of the trail, I saw the beaten down walls of the cabin. It almost filled me with a sense of comfort. Like the end of our journey was ahead of us.
We reasoned that Drevon was either in there or further along the trail. We walked up to the cabin and threw open the door.
“Drevon!” Josh called out into the darkness.
To our surprise, though, it wasn’t Drevon who emerged from the darkness.
“Hello?” her voice was a low filled croak with fear, yet hope. Amy stepped into the light of our flashlights using her hand to block it from her eyes.
“Amy!” I lowered my flashlight and ran up to her, putting my hand on her cheek, “Are you alright?”
She just nodded, tears rolling down her face as she did.
She was alive.
I felt a massive burden leave my shoulders, like the world was suddenly all right once more.
“How are you still alive?” Josh asked, “It’s been over a week.”
She reached around to take off her backpack, unzipping it to show us the still plentiful amount of granola bars that she had packed. It was only then that I became aware of the wrappers littered around the cabin.
“Do you have any water?” she asked.
While I didn’t have any with me I knew that I had a water bottle in my car. Though it was surely warm by this point I figured that if she had gone this long without water the temperature was not that important right now.
“Yeah,” I nodded, “Back at my, come on.” She was weak from dehydration so I put my arm around her as she leaned on me for support.
We started going back down the trail towards the car when I noticed that Josh wasn’t following behind.
“Josh,” I said to him, “are you coming?”
He shook his head, “Get her to the car. I’m going to find Drevon.”
After finding Amy I had forgotten about Drevon completely. My mind seemingly blocked him out after making up for my own sin of leaving Amy behind.
“You can’t be serious. We’ve gotta go”
“I’ll meet you there,” he said as he turned and ran further into the forest.
We couldn’t move fast given Amy’s current condition. She seemed to struggle with every step and taking one look at her eyes made me wonder if she’d slept at all in the days that she’d been missing.
“We’re almost there,” I said as we neared the parking lot, “You’re going to be fine, I promise.”
“You came back,” she said, “Were my parents worried about me?”
I actually laughed at that, “Yeah, they were. It’s been over a week, Amy.” I could finally see the car a few hundred yards ahead.
“A week?”
I nodded my head.
“No...no it’s only been three days,” she argued.
At the time I thought that she was delusional. Perhaps because of the lack of sleep and water or the fear that she had been living with. Now though, as I write this, I believe her.
I unlocked the car door and laid her down in the front seat, opening the warm bottle of water and handing it to her. She chucked the whole thing in less than ten seconds. I didn’t have time to stick around. Once I knew that she was okay, I handed her my car keys.
“If we aren’t back in half an hour, you take the car and get the hell out of dodge.” I didn’t care that she likely didn’t know how to drive. I just needed Amy to be away from all of this if something happened to Josh and I.
“You can’t go back, that thing is still there,” she pleaded with me to stay.
“I’ll be back. I promise,” I closed the car door and yelled, “Half and hour,” as I ran back into the woods. I had already left one person behind in these woods. I wasn’t going to leave another.
I jogged at first, looking around for any sign of Josh, Drevon, or the thing. I passed the cabin with still no sight of anything. I hadn’t been that far in before and the further I went the more anxious I became.
It wasn’t until I heard my own name called out deeper into the trail that I began to panic.
It was Josh calling for me. I sprinted towards his direction, calling out his name until I saw his silhouette some feet in front of me. I was fully expecting to see the thing looming over his body, but that’s not remotely what was before me.
Josh was on his knees in open, racking sobs. His back was towards me, leaving him facing Drevon.
Drevon was in front of Josh, laying on his back. I shined my light up to his face to see black around his eyes and mouth. A look of desperation and fear stretched across the young man’s face. I didn’t have to guess what had happened.
“No, no, no… fuck no,” Josh sobbed for his dear friend. I felt a world of sorrow for him but none that could be felt at that moment. If the thing had killed Drevon then it was still close by.
I put my hand on his shoulder, “We’ve gotta go, man.”
“No.”
“Josh please, we have to go,” I pleaded, feeling tears of my own start to form.
“I can’t leave him!”
I should have dragged Josh away from that body. I should have offered to even take the damn body with us or do anything but stay in that spot but I didn’t. Instead I fell to my knees and sat down by my friend. I couldn’t leave without him.
I heard footsteps behind us followed by a voice. It wasn’t a warm and welcoming voice, or even one that was afraid. It was a voice of authority.
“Hands behind your head,” it said. Though shocked, I realized what was happening and did as I was told. Josh did the same.
“Now turn around.”
I did only to see an officer in his late twenties at the oldest. He had a flashlight pointed at us but no weapon or anything of the sorts out. He asked for our names and we told him. He looked at me and said, “Your mother had me come find you after you stole her car. Look I know you're a kid and all but your parents are…” he trailed off after lowering his flashlight away from our faces and towards the ground. It shined right onto Drevon’s body.
“Holy shit,” the officer gasped.
“No we didn’t do thi-” Josh tried to argue.
“On the ground now!” the officer yelled as he pulled out his pistol with a trembling hand. He spoke into his radio, stating his name and his business, “I’m at (redacted) and… Jesus Christ… there’s a body. I’ve got two suspects here now.”
The last thing I really remember from that night was the cold metal handcuffs being placed on my wrists. As they were being put on, I looked up into the darkness of the woods to see two bright yellow lights in the distance. Like car headlights watching us.
We failed.
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2020.07.10 20:09 Hot_Ethanol Vento Aureo: When The Saint Walked the Earth. Discussing How Part 5 Uses religious Symbolism To Tell An Amazing Story

As has been commonly said before, Dio = God & Diavolo = Devil. But I see fewer people talk about Giorno's position here. As the son of god (Dio), he assumes the role of Christ and is ultimately the one who strikes down the Devil to uphold "the righteous truth". I'd like to discuss some of the symbolism we see in part 5 to this effect.
Now, I should preface this in saying that I have not studied the bible in a formal religious sense. I grew up non-devout Jewish. So, all my Christianity knowledge comes from stories that I've heard or looked up on my own. If I'm wrong about anything, I'd love to know.
I want to clarify something about Diavolo. His symbolism doesn't end at representing the Devil, he also represents the Romans. As the leader of Passione, he has created an empire big enough to control all of Italy and the surrounding regions over which he holds absolute power. This makes him the king of the world (at least, the known world as far as Rome was concerned), much like the greater Roman Emporer's. His attitude proves it. He views himself as the absolute manifestation of power, not only able to control everything but destined to. This holds with the culture and attitude of imperialist Rome, truly believing that their control over all they could see was the natural, and best, order of things. Victory is assured because destiny is on their side. Diavolo goes as far as to justify an of his actions and powerful and leading to victory, even retreating is not defeat for him. His stand king crimson represents the Roman military, so widespread and well commanded that there was nothing in the world they could not observe (epitaph), and so powerful that they could never be defeated in a one-on-one battle. Even someone like Christ (Giorno) could not hope to defeat them without relying on rebirth (requiem) and its effect on the people (GER being Christianity changing destiny away from Diavolo, the Romans)
I'd like to start at the end, as I think that it is the most clearly seen representation of my case. I believe that the final arc (Since the appearance of Chariot Requiem) represents the last supper, Judas' betrayal, the crucifixion and subsequent death of Christ, and rebirth.
The Last Supper & Betrayal of Judas: The moments immediately following Chariot Requiem's appearance are the last supper. The gang is all back together again for the first time in a while. They are intermingling and there is a moment of peace despite the oncoming danger. During the last supper, Jesus reveals that one of his disciples would betray him, and that disciple would meet a terrible fate. That disciple being Judas, who was paid off by the Romans to betray Jesus. As Judas is a traitor in disguise controlled by the Romans, it stands that he's is well represented by Diovolo's soul hiding beside Trish's in Mista's body. While Trish does not want to betray Giorno, Diavolo's presence has already begun to turn her into a threat, first by killing Narancia, then by making her chase after the arrow. Just as Jesus knew he would be betrayed, so did Giorno who was the one figure out that Diavolo was in their midst in disguise. And, just like Christ predicted, Diavolo as Judas met with a terrible fate for his treachery.
The Crucifixion: This one is pretty obvious. While it is Narancia that takes the fall for Giorno, the imagery speaks for itself. It is said that in the hours after the crucifixion, the sky was blackened and the souls of dead priests walked the Earth in horror. I believe this chaos to be represented in two ways. Firstly by the odds of success getting bleaker for our heroes, the story gets darker. Secondly, by the greater effects of Chariot Reqiuem who dismantles order by casting souls around before transforming those affected by it into horrifying beasts. This bit of the story is somewhat controversial though, so I can see not buying it.
The Death & Rebirth of Christ: Giorno's "death" is represented separately of the crucifixion, stretching the timeline a bit. I would argue that his true death comes at the moment he uses the arrow. From an imagery standpoint, the arrow represents the spear of destiny in a very literal sense, with Giorno stabbing himself in the same place Christ was stabbed on the cross. At the moment, Gold Experience is defeated. Diavolo (The Romans) has won and it looks like his reign will continue forever. Without Giorno, there is no way to fight back and the entire crusade is lost. As the audience, we are meant to be feeling the way that Christ's followers felt after his crucifixion, hopeless. But then, suddenly GER awakens and destiny is changed forever. This is especially important because GER Represents Christianity as a whole. It came fully into being only after the rebirth of Giorno, but at that point, Giorno did not control it. GER has a mind of its own, with its primary directive being to protect Giorno while also "sharing his morals and beliefs". This is similar to how Christianity became its own institution that was never headed by Christ but nonetheless devotes itself to upholding Christ and his ideals. GER's abilities also speak toward's Christianity's global influence, being the strongest "empire" in the entire world even today. After the rebirth, Giorno flies into the sky, a place where the whole world looks up to him in awe. this is similar to the earlier scene where Polnareff looks down upon Diavolo but is ultimately grounded himself. By contrast, Giorno, being the son of God, is not grounded this way and is forever out of the Devil's grasp even through his "Death".
A surface-level break-down (break down) of Giorno's character can reveal some similarities to Christ:
On Gold Experience. I said before that GER represents institutionalized Christianity after Christ's death. The same holds true for Gold Experience, only instead representing the early Christian days where Jesus gained followers and disciples through performing miracles. Several of these miracles are mirrored in Part 5.
That's all I've got for now. I'm sure if I kept digging and had a better memory, I could find more. But I want to know your take. Did I miss something obvious? Am I a crazy loon who is just making stuff up? Did I interpret something totally the wrong way? Let me know! I want this to be a discussion, folks. Thanks for reading.
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2020.07.10 17:14 diggydee_ 1 Timothy 6

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1 Timothy 6 English Standard Version (ESV)

6 Let all who are under a yoke as bondservants[a] regard their own masters as worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and the teaching may not be reviled. 2 Those who have believing masters must not be disrespectful on the ground that they are brothers; rather they must serve all the better since those who benefit by their good service are believers and beloved.

False Teachers and True Contentment

Teach and urge these things. 3 If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound[b] words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, 4 he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, 5 and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. 6 But godliness with contentment is great gain, 7 for we brought nothing into the world, and[c] we cannot take anything out of the world. 8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

Fight the Good Fight of Faith

11 But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before[d] Pontius Pilate made the good confession, 14 to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.
17 As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 18 They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, 19 thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.
20 O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called “knowledge,” 21 for by professing it some have swerved from the faith.
Grace be with you.[e]

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Timothy 6:1 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface
  2. 1 Timothy 6:3 Or healthy
  3. 1 Timothy 6:7 Greek for; some manuscripts insert [it is] certain [that]
  4. 1 Timothy 6:13 Or in the time of
  5. 1 Timothy 6:21 The Greek for you is plural
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Disclaimer: I might offend someone. I'm on a spiritual journey and 1 Timothy has caused an upheaval for me.
I'm just going to be up front with how much trouble I am having with this Letter, and how much it makes me really not a fan of Paul. Just angry over here. I am glad that Paul is just human, and none of this is coming from Jesus. I feel very critical currently and am not really very open minded to listening to Paul's opinions. I think there is a lot in here that was pertinent to the culture he was talking to and the times, but that people have used as weapons against others, and it's not cool.

6 Let all who are under a yoke as bondservants[a] regard their own masters as worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and the teaching may not be reviled. 2 Those who have believing masters must not be disrespectful on the ground that they are brothers; rather they must serve all the better since those who benefit by their good service are believers and beloved.
Come on, man. This is what you give me to start with? Not gonna try to justify this. Product of his times. God didn't intend for some humans to just live in servitude and then work super hard for his butthole master just because they worship the same God. Gross. Isn't that all apart of why he helped the Jews leave Egypt in the first place!?! That sounds like he's added a political agenda to the message, a cowardly approach in favor of gaining coverts instead of doing the right thing. Like, don't worry, we're coming to your town but we won't stir the pot too much or mention the undesirable things about Jesus gospel for the people with the pocketbooks. That definitely wasn't what Jesus did.

8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.
I don't think not wanting to be a slave your whole life is wanting to be rich and fall into temptation. . In context, this sounds like it addressed at slaves who are being urged not to start problems because now they're all equal in Christ, but shouldn't this be directed at the slaveowners, who are exploiting work out of people so they can profit? Isn't it the rich man who will have the hardest time getting into Heaven?

19 thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.
HOW IS THIS BIBLICALLY SOUND!?
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Discussion Questions:

  1. What did Jesus have to say about the poor?
  2. What did Jesus have to say about the rich?
  3. Would you like to share anything about your process decoding 1 Timothy? Or maybe other parts of the Bible you've had to wrestle with?
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2020.07.10 16:25 SeaDistance6 friends w infertility

my bff revealed to me that she's been struggling with infertility while on the phone after I texted her about my first ultrasound and things have been fraught ever since. Well, things have been fraught in our relationship for many many years because she is an extremely competitive insecure person, but this is a new level. I'm so sorry this is happening to her and I wish I could snap my fingers and make this problem go away, but I can't, so all I can do is listen, be supportive and encouraging while minimizing any talk about my own experience. We live far apart so our friendship is confined to phone/text and after that initial phone call, we had one other text convo and I could tell this was coming from a place of her hurting, but she kept saying things like "ugh i don't even want to be pregnant it looks so gross and would really compromise my body/my hobby for at least two years" and wow, it was just such a slap in the face... whenever she throws a jab at me I always try to just play it off or make a joke because I'm incapable of standing up for myself (another problem, i know, i'm working on it) and I said something silly like "haha yeah and general misery for the next 18 years! between the baby and covid I probably won't get to take a real vacation or do anything fun for two years anyway!" and I just hate myself for rolling over like that because it's super fucked up to say that kind of thing to a pregnant person let alone your "best friend"--talking about how an imaginary pregnancy would be terrible while i'm living it, worried about my body, birth, my career, money, how it will affect my marriage, all the normal things pregnancy makes you worry about. Anyway she never responded to my little joke so i just thought "fuck this" i'm not making the effort, the ball's in her court. Yesterday, she texted me after about 2 weeks with the "hey how are you feeling" stuff and then of course, the conversation went 95/5 her to me talking. Again... I'm truly sorry that she's dealing with this but it's like I'm not allowed to talk about anything related to pregnancy, and to make matters worse, yesterday I found out it's a girl, and I've never been so happy in my life, and I couldn't tell her. So I have this huge news and I can't share it with someone who supposedly cares about me. I feel like she looks down on me so much and it infuriates her that someone she views as "less than" is pregnant and not her. She also blatantly accused me of having been trying to get pregnant for a year and a half and lying about it which is just like... literally INSANE. First of all there's nothing wrong with that if it were the case... but a. I'm brutally honesty about the details of my personal life and b. umm, i used to travel for work, then suddenly I wasn't travelling because of covid, and that's when I got pregnant so like... use your damn brain. It's a covid baby, which is honestly a little bit embarrassing and I'm not super proud of being such a cliche... so why would I lie about it? I'm sure in her mind, me trying and struggling to get pregnant for a year and a half makes her feel hopeful about her own situation while reinforcing her narrative that I am "less than" but jesus christ, this baby is a happy quarantine accident. I'm not a very sentimental/emotional person so it's not like I want to talk to her at length about sappy baby stuff (i have never in my life said "my heart is so full" or "i'm so blessed" and I never will, barf), but I'd LOVE to be able to talk to someone I know and trust about other issues I'm having like how my mom is driving me nuts over a stroller, or my in laws, or how to decorate the nursery, or just silly stuff like tell her what weird foods i'm eating or my pants not fitting, but it's pretty obvious that all of that is off limits. The other infuriating part is, because I've known this person and her patterns for 15 years, I know that the minute she gets pregnant she will be THE most annoying, superior, me-me-me, high-horse pregnant lady on the planet. The weirdest part of our conversation yesterday she talked at length about her breast tenderness throughout the year and her theories on progesterone levels... I did the text equivalent of smiling and nodding but I wanted to say "bitch if you think you know breast tenderness wait til you really are pregnant one day". I just think it's so bizarre that she can complain about occassional breast tenderness to me, a pregnant person (by the way, her doctors said nothing bad or unusual is going on to cause this--I know more about this girls medical chart than my own).
I guess I'm just struggling to find the balance between being sensitive to someone struggling with fertility and having to completely minimize my own life to protect their feelings. I feel like I should be able to talk about my pregnancy a little bit because it's a HUGE deal and can do so without rubbing it in her face, but shes made it clear she doesn't want to hear about it. I know it's not the same, but when she was engaged for 18 months--about half of which I was broken up with my now-husband and deeply sad about it--i listened to her talk about veils and party favors and flowers for HOURS on end and I listened and truly participated in the conversation all while feeling so sad thinking I'd probably be alone forever. Clearly, we've had a lot of issues in our relationship that predate my pregnancy, and my therapist and husband both think it would be good for us to grow apart, I guess i'm just super hurt that all the kindness and compassion I've shown her throughout the years will clearly never be reciprocated. Rant over, thanks for listening
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2020.07.10 15:55 Colourblindness I’m a new actor at a Wild West model town. The Gunslinger wants me dead.

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I’m a new actor at a Wild West model town. One that I just recently found out is impossible to leave.
And given that this place had basically been a living nightmare since I came here, not being able to get out made me feel claustrophobic and desperate to say the least.
So much so that I did something really really stupid.
First I convinced Richard Cavalier, the towns somewhat sociopathic Doctor to provide me with a firearm.
I figured that if anyone knew how to get out of here it was the owners, and as much as I hated to use force… I was pretty sure they weren’t just going to trust me after I killed their patriarch.
With the gun dangling at my side, I made for the town hall where Cavalier guessed that the sheriff might know how to contact the Murray family. And honestly I was only going to use the weapon if necessary, but things turned very ugly very fast.
“You’re new,” a voice said as I passed the model saloon again and turned to see a middle aged man wearing a typical rustic cowboy outfit, a long tan duster jacket, black brimmed hat, and leather gloves and boots that looked like they were in desperate need of a shine.
The gunslinger tipped his hat up and gave me a wide grin, showing a long scar on the side of his face as he commented, “Must be Frank’s replacement huh? Hope you are more of a fighter.”
As he stepped off the porch of the saloon I saw that he had double barrel pistols attached on both sides of his belt and I remarked, “Listen I don't have time to play games, bud.”
I started to walk away, hoping that ignoring him would be enough. But of course it wasn’t.
A shot from his pistol grazed the dusty trail in front of me and I froze, realizing that this gunslinger was expecting me to be involved in a traditional standoff with him.
“Do we have to do this?” I said with a sigh turning toward him. He did not look like the type that even chuckled.
“Friend. None of us want to do this. But we are all part of the game now. Might as well have fun with it, am I right?” he countered as he holstered his weapon and then gestured toward the edge of town.
“It’s Caine, Caine Lenar. And what do you mean by that? Is someone controlling you?” I asked.
“Listen Caine. As much as I would love to shoot the shit with ya, we got a job to do around here and we are running behind,” he snarled.
“It’s Cliff Reilly by the way. Hate that I’m the one that’s gonna have to kill you first…” and before I even got a chance to have those words register in my brain, he ordered me, “Just to make it interesting, let’s go thirty paces apart before we get started. First one to fall wins,.”
“Are you crazy? I’m not about to be charged with double homicide!” I stammered.
He crossed to where I stood, his breath a smear of booze and ale; and snarled, “There is no law here. Only survival. Now draw, or you’ll be the first in the ground when the undertaker comes.”
Before I knew what was happening, he shoved me backward and shouted for me to draw my weapon again.
His fingers twitched anxiously to get the show started and I looked about realizing a lot of tourists had stopped what they were doing to see how I would react. I started to walk backward as though agreeing to this insanity and then just as I made it to my final step, I drew a breath and let my hand dangle toward my gun.
Immediately I bolted in between the saloon and the next shop, hearing the gunslinger cuss and fire as I dodged over to the next bland set of buildings. My eyes darted about searching for a good escape route as he bounded after me, his weapons blazing as the tourists began to cheer.
Did they even have a clue what they were witnessing?
I didn’t have time to ponder that as I dashed into the hotel and made for the second floor. I heard the innkeeper shout something to me as I burst into one of the rooms, glad that it was unoccupied. Using the bed to block the door, I caught my breath and tried to think.
Was this actor just like me being forced to commit these savage acts for people’s amusements? If so it just reinforced in my mind the fact that I needed to find the Murrays and end this.
Suddenly Cliff was kicking at the door and shouting, “Caine you need to come out now. Don’t make this any worse than it has to be.”
I stumbled toward the balcony, realizing he wasn’t going to just give up and then i spotted something that almost looked like a mirage near the entrance of town.
A white Toyota Camry. Just sitting there for the taking.
This could be my ticket out of here I realized as I heard Cliff behind me trying to break the door down.
I cautiously climbed out on the roof of the hotel and moved toward the side, trying to find the best way to climb down and reach the car.
Then I saw a few of the other townsfolk moving toward the car equally interested in it and grumbled to myself. If I didn’t move quickly they would steal it before me, I realized.
I placed my left boot toward the drain pipe and hugged the siding of the inn just as Cliff climbed out as well his gun aimed right toward me.
“You just don’t get it do you? Where would you run anyway? You’re just as stuck as the rest of us partner,” he sneered as he pressed his boot hard against my fingers as I tried to climb.
I let out a soft grunt and fell from the roof, tumbling to the ground below and having the wind knocked out of me as I heard the townsfolk chatter.
“This is that Murray girl’s car ain’t it?”
“Damn I think you’re right. What a spoiled brat.”
I slowly opened my eyes and turned to see that the townsfolk had suddenly begun to use every means available to tear the car apart.
Smashing it to bits and shredding the seats, slashing the tires. I screamed out for them to stop but none of them listened. I even saw the blacksmith there looking mighty satisfied as he grunted, “Let’s see how the girl likes it when she can’t leave like the rest of us.”
“You fucking idiots! That was our one chance to leave this place!” I shouted as I ran toward the dismantled car.
The townsfolk looked at me and then up on the roof to where Cliff was getting a rifle ready and the blacksmith muttered, “I think you have other problems to deal with, friend.”
As they all dispersed I ran to the other side of the torn car and hunkered down, trying to catch my breath as my mind scrambled to understand this hell that was getting worse by the second.
“Caine you are really making this no fun,” Cliff shouted out as he tried in vain to fire on the car.
“Don’t go anywhere. I’ll be down in a jiffy and finish our game,” he said with a little too much enthusiasm.
I sighed and stood up slowly, seeing that the coast was clear. Then it occurred to me that if this was the car the Murray’s used they were somewhere nearby.
A moment later I heard the shuffling of feet and I hid in an alleyway to get a look at the girl that was seeing the destruction that had happened to her car.
I felt almost sorry for her to see her in such a state. She fell to her knees and gave a few short weeping noises as she reached into her pocket and pulled out her phone.
I regret what I did next.
I eased my revolver straight at the back of her temple and cocked the trigger.
“Don’t. Move.” I ordered her. I was expecting her to comply. But instead she whipped around and slammed her fist straight into my chest, causing me to stumble backward.
“I am fucking tired of everyone treating me like I’m helpless!” she screamed.
Immediately I got back on my feet and snatched her wrist, causing her to be eye to eye with me.
“I didn’t want to do this, but you’re coming with me,” I snarled. A sudden realization hit her face.
“You’re the one that killed my dad!” she gasped.
Just then I saw Cliff round the corner and I muttered, “I can explain later. For now I need your help!”
I snatched her toward the closest storefront and shouted to the gunslinger. “Best back off, Reilly! I’ve got one of the owners here and you’ll have hell to pay if you hurt her!”
“My name is Colleen,” she huffed as she kicked me in the shins and muttered, “And I don’t care what reasons you have. As far as I’m concerned you’re nothing but a piece of shit.”
I opened my mouth to back talk her when another round of gunfire came, but this time from the opposite end of the town.
“Jesus Christ!” Colleen stammered as we both saw the battle hardened sheriff approaching.
And then I realized this wasn’t a gunfight anymore. It was a standoff and we were stuck in the middle of it.
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2020.07.10 15:35 TheresAlwaysAPlan Day 10 Post-Op -- Advice & Experience From Beginning to End

PRESENTING SYMPTOMS: intense nagging pain between shoulder blades, felt like there was one area that needed to crack/pop (id find myself rolling my back on a tennis ball), shock down the spine with quick neck extension, limited ROM turning left, pain at different neck angles. feels like head is just too heavy to keep up at times.
Past Medical History: Scoliosis for 6 years -- this pain was different could almost pinpoint it, I requested an MRI from PCP. Otherwise healthy
I am a medical student, so I read my MRI as soon as I received the CD. I diagnosed it myself, but was like ok...how do we fix this? -- Got two opinions and found a pediatric neurosurgeon I liked.
DIAGNOSIS: 14mm Herniation with LARGE syrinx in cervical region (syrinx was the indication for decompression surgery with C1 laminectomy, suboccipital craniotomy, with dura patch)
PREPARING: I bought/borrowed the following, they were helpful:
-51oz Bubba Jug (12.99) on Amazon, comes with a straw! I was drinking almost 1.5 of them a day.
-Gel freeze pack on Amazon (wraps around shoulder)
-Shower chair
-Chapstick
-Walker just in case (didn't need it)
-MyTherapy Pill app to keep you on track of meds
-Wedge Pillow (walmart)
-Heating Pad
-6-10ft Charger for phone
-Hot water bag

HOSPITAL BAG: you'll mostly be in a gown, but by day 2 I was showering and ready to be in real clothes
-Loose Shorts are comfy for me
-Wide necked shirts/oversized shirts
-Fuzzy socks with grips on the bottom
-Laptop/iPad/etc.
-Coloring Book/Reading material (wish I brought more things, I got bored lol)

PREOP: I had a thorough discussion with my anesthesiologist. They did laryngoscope intubation to avoid too much neck action.
I am a black woman who treasures her hair because it takes a lot to love and get to know this mane. I reiterated to EVERY person in that OR to not cut more than they need. I made a perfect part down the middle of the back of my head and did two braids on either side of the part. This made it easy for them. They were surprised and actually happy.
All my questions were answered, and they made me feel at ease. Gave me that Vercid and I was feeling drunk and out within 3 min... the rest was history.
POSTOP: I was loopy, first thing I asked is if the PICU room had Netflix. Answer was they had an Xbox. I actually felt okay (the anesthesia was still probably doing its thing). Transferred me to PICU bed. The nurse started doing vitals/etc/moving me a lot and the pain kicked in. I just wanted to be left alone. So much discomfort/stiffness. Blood pressure cup going off every hour, pressure stockings every 2 mins, I was overstimulated and annoyed. All my meds were given orally except Cefazolin (antibiotics) + fluids. I also had a catheter. -- I really wish I asked them to crush up my pills, I had anxiety that I would cough and mess up my dura patch so more times than none I chocked on Tylenol or it got stuck. You may have some pain swallowing for the first night.
NIGHT 1/DAY 1 : Did not sleep! We tried every pillow formation so that the pressure was not too much on my sutures and my neck wasn't so stiff. I had an airplane pillow, then used two rolled-up towels and placed them on each side of my head behind my ears. It was good for about 30 min, but then there was discomfort again. Valium helped, oxy did nothing for me. I could bear the neck stiffness but it was the pounding headache that I couldn't do. They couldn't offer me much but tylenol.. (boiiiii if u dont getchoooo). I made it through but was so restless. I had no appetite only applesauce. After the catheter was removed, it was too much effort to go to the bathroom so I asked for the bedpan (and when I gotta go, I GOTTA GO).
NIGHT 2: On the reg peds floor: all I wanted to do was catch up on sleep so I didn't drink as much water, they put me back on fluids. At this point, i could finally sleep on my left or right side (I'm a slide sleeper, so I'm like THANK YOU JESUS FINALLY!) I switched every hour due to discomfort. I needed help going to the bathroom etc., Mom helped me shower. To sit up I held my head (as if I was doing a crunch) and used my abs to sit myself up, from there the nurse helped boost my lower body up to stand. I could walk but standing and sitting had to be strategic. Appetite better, had applesauce + grapes + oranges lol.
DAY 2: "a whole new worldddd" *Aladdin voice* - I walked around the hospital floor three times, PT helped me with stairs, got all my cups of water in. I could go to the bathroom on my own, slowly. I could shower alone. I rarely needed to use the "crunch" position to sit up, I could roll to my side. I still needed scheduled valium and Tylenol. Appetite better had applesauce + french toast + oranges
DAY 3: discharged about 10A - was so ready to go home! -- be sure to fill your scripts AT THE HOSPITAL, Walgreens gave me a hard time took 3 hours.
HOME DAY 1-5: Each day is better and better. But sleeping was still horrible. I kept the same med schedule as the hospital, taking 2-3 naps a day. Using Ice pack and Heating bad on and off while sitting in a recliner
HOME DAY 5-10: Unbelievable the progress. Definitely stiffness still, still tossing and turning during sleep but bearable. My ROM is increasing every day. Using the Wedge pillow helps when lounging and using the hot water bag under my neck. Going for a walk every day or just sitting on the porch. Had a full day (with one nap) for a family function and I felt alright, just kept up with Tylenol as needed. I only take valium when I'm going to bed.
I hope this was helpful. Again, my symptoms were not as bad as others but this is my experience and advice. Be your own advocate, don't let whitecoats intimidate you. I can only thank the Lord for His hands on me during my recovery, the healthcare team during my operation, and the amazing support I had.
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2020.07.10 15:09 praisingalmightygod How to Overcome Sin: I Finally Found the Path to Purification and Was Liberated at Last

How to Overcome Sin: I Finally Found the Path to Purification and Was Liberated at Last
By Sara, United States
Contents
My Inability to Cast Off Sin Causes Me Much Distress
Will the Lord Perform New Work When He Returns?
Does Good Behavior Demonstrate That Our Dispositions Have Changed?
So, This Is How God Judges and Purifies Man
I Recognize the Voice of God and Joyfully Welcome the Lord’s Return

My Inability to Cast Off Sin Causes Me Much Distress

I am a Christian. As a young woman, before I began believing in the Lord, I always had such a strong drive to excel over others. I always felt that I was more educated than my mom and I always disregarded my mom’s suggestions. My mom was also very self-opinionated, always trying to get me to do what she said, and so the two of us were often at loggerheads because of our differing opinions. I felt very upset about this awkward relationship with my mom, but I felt like there was nothing I could do to change it. After I began to believe in the Lord, my brothers and sisters gave me fellowship, saying, “The Lord Jesus was crucified upon the cross in order to redeem us and He forgave us our sins that we could enjoy His abundant grace. The Lord loves us and teaches us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Therefore, we must learn to love other people….” The Lord Jesus’ love moved me greatly and I wished to practice according to the Lord’s teachings and love my family and those around me. Afterward, whenever I disagreed with my mom about anything, I would let my mom speak first and try my best not to argue with her. If I couldn’t stand to hold my peace at the time and we ended up arguing about something, I would later go to her and admit fault. After a while, I felt as though my temper had improved a great deal, and my relationship with my mom became somewhat easier.
I’d thought then that my relationship with my mom would get better and better, but things didn’t quite turn out that way. As time went on, I was still unable to control my hot-headedness and I started arguing with my mom again. Even though sometimes I wouldn’t say anything to her, I would still be feeling disgruntled inside. My mom also rebuked me, saying, “You believe in the Lord now, so how come you still have such a bad temper?” Hearing her say this made me feel bad and I felt like all my hard work and all the changes I had gone through had come to naught. Thinking about it, however, this was exactly what had happened. Although I wanted to change, I just couldn’t restrain myself from losing my temper all the time. At that time, I inevitably came to have some questions: “Why am I still having frequent arguments with my mom? Why can’t I keep to the Lord’s words? How can I cast off the bonds of sin?”
Later on, I spoke to my brothers and sisters in the church about this matter, and some of them said to me, “You have to learn self-restraint. As our relationship with the Lord becomes closer and closer, we become more and more tolerant of our family members.” And some said to me, “This stage of ups and downs is totally normal, but our change always spirals upward, and what is certain is that we get better the more we change, so don’t have any doubts. The Lord’s salvation is wholly complete and He will begin His work in our lives so that we become newly-created people.” I also comforted myself by thinking, “Perhaps I just don’t work hard enough at it. What’s more, I haven’t believed in the Lord for long and my stature is small, and that’s why I can’t control my temper. When I have believed in the Lord for a long time, I should then be able to put the Lord’s words into practice.” Afterward, whenever I argued with my mom over our differing opinions, I did all I could to restrain myself from getting angry. Practicing in this way did occasionally have some effect, but I was never able to restrain myself for long before I lost my temper again. In my pain, all I could do was come before the Lord to pray: “O Lord! I can never stop myself from getting angry and I cannot restrain myself. I don’t know what to do. Please can You help me? …”

Will the Lord Perform New Work When He Returns?

A fortuitous chance led me to get acquainted with several brothers and sisters online. We often studied the Bible and attended gatherings with each other and would discuss with each other our understanding and knowledge of Bible verses. In particular, the fellowships of Brother Lin were particularly illuminating and enlightening; I reaped much benefit from them and understood many truths I had never understood before. I really enjoyed attending gatherings with these brothers and sisters.
At one gathering, we discussed the topic of the Lord Jesus’ return. Brother Lin sent us two verses from the Bible: “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and to them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin to salvation” (Hebrews 9:28). “Who are kept by the power of God through faith to salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Peter 1:5). He then gave us fellowship, saying, “We can see from these two verses that, when the Lord Jesus returns in the last days, He shall perform a new work to save us utterly from the bonds of sin so that we may be purified and attain the true salvation of God.”
Listening to Brother Lin’s fellowship, I felt like I could not totally accept what he was saying, so I told him my opinion: “Although we are still capable of committing sin, the Lord Jesus’ crucifixion has redeemed us and He no longer regards us as sinners. What’s more, the Lord said, ‘It is finished’ when He was upon the cross, which shows that God’s salvation is already complete and His work to save mankind is finished. So how can you say that God still has new work to do in the last days?”
Brother Lin said, “Sister, what exactly did the Lord Jesus mean when He said, ‘It is finished’ upon the cross? If we go by our own understanding and say that, by saying, ‘It is finished,’ the Lord Jesus meant that God’s work was completely finished, then how would the Lord’s words be fulfilled, when He prophesied, ‘I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will show you things to come’ (John 16:12–13)? Also, the Lord prophesied that, when He returns in the last days, He shall perform the work of separating the wheat from the chaff, the sheep from the goats and the wise virgins from the foolish virgins. In Revelation 14:6, it says, ‘And I saw another angel fly in the middle of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people.’ If the Lord performs no new work in the last days, wouldn’t such prophecies come to nothing? Our belief, therefore, that by saying ‘It is finished,’ the Lord Jesus meant that God’s work to save mankind was totally finished, is surely an understanding that arises from our own conceptions and imaginings, and does not, in fact, accord with the facts of God’s work.”
As I listened to Brother Lin’s fellowship, I couldn’t help but think: “That’s right. If God’s work to save mankind was over already, how then would these prophecies spoken by the Lord Jesus come to pass? The Lord is faithful, and His prophecies cannot possibly come to nothing….”
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Brother Lin went on with his fellowship, saying, “In actual fact, when the Lord Jesus said, ‘It is finished’ upon the cross, He meant that God’s work to redeem mankind was completed, and not that His work to save mankind was totally finished. This is because the work of the Lord Jesus was the work of redemption and it was done to absolve us of our sins; it did not, however, remove our sinful nature and satanic dispositions. Therefore, we need God to perform a further stage of work that thoroughly changes and cleanses us. Let’s now read some passages that tackle this issue.” Brother Lin then read: “To man, God’s crucifixion concluded the work of God’s incarnation, redeemed all of mankind, and allowed Him to seize the key to Hades. Everyone thinks God’s work has been fully accomplished. In actuality, to God, only a small part of His work has been accomplished. He has only redeemed mankind; He has not conquered mankind, let alone changed the ugliness of Satan in man. That is why God says, ‘Although My incarnate flesh went through the pain of death, that was not the whole goal of My incarnation. Jesus is My beloved Son and was nailed to the cross for Me, but He did not fully conclude My work. He only did a portion of it’” (“Work and Entry (6)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). “For all that man may have been redeemed and forgiven of his sins, it can only be considered as God not remembering the transgressions of man and not treating man in accordance with his transgressions. However, when man, who lives in a body of flesh, has not been set free from sin, he can only continue to sin, endlessly revealing his corrupt satanic disposition. This is the life that man leads, an endless cycle of sinning and being forgiven. The majority of men sin in the day only to confess in the evening. This way, even if the sin offering is forever effective for man, it will not be able to save man from sin. Only half the work of salvation has been completed, for man still has a corrupt disposition” (“The Mystery of the Incarnation (4)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
After he’d finished reading, Brother Lin went on with his fellowship. “These two passages speak very clearly. In the Age of Grace, the Lord Jesus appeared in the flesh and performed His work, He expressed the way of ‘Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand’ (Matthew 4:17), and He taught people to understand many truths. Afterward, He was crucified, thereby completing His work to redeem mankind. When we believe in the Lord, as long as we come before the Lord to repent and confess our sins, then our sins are forgiven. However, we have been so deeply corrupted by Satan that such satanic dispositions as being arrogant and conceited, selfish and contemptible, crooked and deceitful, wicked and greedy, have become our lives; we all crave wealth, status, fame and fortune and, just as worldly people do, we pursue lives of luxury and depravity, and we enjoy the pleasures of sin. When we associate with others, we always think our own views are exceptionally clever and we always try to prevail over others, to make others listen to us, and we have no tolerance or patience for other people. We find it hard even to get along with our own friends and families. Just as the apostle Paul said: ‘For to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do’ (Romans 7:18–19). We are subject to the bonds and fetters of our satanic dispositions and we are frequently unable to stop ourselves from sinning and resisting God. Even were our sins to be forgiven a thousand times, we would remain people who have been deeply corrupted by Satan. Can we then say that God’s work to save mankind is completely finished? If God did not come in the last days to work and save us, how would we—so completely filthy and sordid—be qualified to look upon the face of the Lord and be raised up into the kingdom of heaven? God’s words say, ‘You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy’ (Leviticus 11:45). God is holy and His disposition is righteous and inviolable. Consequently, God will not bring filthy and corrupt people into His kingdom. Only by accepting God’s appearance and work in the last days, by thoroughly casting off the bonds and fetters of sin and achieving change in our dispositions will we be able to attain God’s complete salvation and be qualified to look upon the Lord’s face and enter into heaven.”

Does Good Behavior Demonstrate That Our Dispositions Have Changed?

After listening to Brother Lin’s fellowship, I thought to myself, “We really do now live in sin and are unable to extricate ourselves, and this is something no one can deny. But we have changed a little….” And so, I said to Brother Lin, “Brother, what you have just fellowshiped is the truth. We certainly do commit sin often now and we have not cast off the bonds of sin. But we have changed a little since we started to believe in the Lord. Some of my brothers and sisters in the church, for example, live out humble lives and never argue with anybody. Some believers had a bad relationship with their spouses before they believed in the Lord, but afterward, their relationships improved. There are also some who used to always be getting into fights or insulting other people, but since they started to believe in the Lord, they have become tolerant and patient—does this not constitute change? I think that as long as we truly trust in the Lord and act in accordance with His words, we can then cast off the bonds of sin little by little and be purified, and when the Lord comes, we can then be raised up into heaven.” One by one, the other brothers and sisters agreed with my view.
Brother Lin went on patiently, saying, “Many people experience some behavioral change after they start to believe in the Lord. For example, they no longer get into fights or insult other people, they can be loving toward others, they can be tolerant and patient and can both give to those in need and dedicate themselves to God, and so on. But having these apparent good behaviors on the outside does not demonstrate that we are casting off the bonds of sin or that our dispositions are changing. Because our sinful nature remains unresolved, we are still in constant danger of resisting God and betraying God.” Having said this, Brother Lin then read us these words: “Changes in nothing more than behavior are unsustainable. If there is no alteration in people’s life disposition, then sooner or later their wicked side will show itself. Because the source of the changes in their behavior is fervor, coupled with some work by the Holy Spirit at the time, it is extremely easy for them to become fervent, or to show kindness for a time. As the unbelievers say, ‘Doing one good deed is easy, what’s hard is doing a lifetime of good deeds.’ People are incapable of doing good deeds their whole life. Their behavior is directed by the life; whatever their life is, so is their behavior, and only that which is revealed naturally represents the life, and one’s nature. Things that are fake cannot last. … Behaving well is not the same as obeying God, much less does it equal being compatible with Christ. Changes in behavior are based on doctrine, and born of fervor—they are not based on the true knowledge of God, or upon the truth, much less do they rest on the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Even though there are times when some of what people do is directed by the Holy Spirit, this is not the expression of the life, much less is it the same as knowing God; no matter how good a person’s behavior, it does not prove that they obey God, or that they put the truth into practice” (“The Difference Between External Changes and Changes in Disposition” in Records of Christ’s Talks).
Brother Lin continued with his fellowship, saying, “This passage shows us that good behavior comes from people’s fervor and kindness, as well as some work by the Holy Spirit. By forsaking our flesh for a time, we are then able to practice good behavior, but this does not demonstrate that we have taken the truth as our life, nor does it demonstrate that our dispositions have changed. If our sinful nature remains unresolved and, through good behavior, we are able to restrain ourselves for a time, then as time goes on we inevitably end up repeating the same transgressions as we have in the past, so much so that we even become capable of doing things against God at any moment, offending God’s disposition, and we then lose our chance to attain true salvation. In our lives, we can all appreciate that, ordinarily, we can practice tolerance and patience in our association with other people, and we can forgo getting into arguments with them. But when other people begin to infringe upon our interests, however, we can make quite a fuss and argue with them, and we can even become bitter enemies. Many brothers and sisters can appear to have some good behavior on the outside, but the moment some man-made or natural disaster comes their way or something bad happens to their family, they then blame and misunderstand God, so much so that they can even deny and betray God. Some church leaders and co-workers may appear humble and patient from the outside, but their natures are arrogant and, when they work and give sermons, they do not exalt God, they do not lead people to practice or experience the Lord’s words, but instead they show off at every opportunity, always talking about their experiences of suffering for the Lord’s sake so that other people hold them in high esteem and look up to them. Some even vie for power and position within the church and they misappropriate church funds. The Pharisees at the time of Jesus appeared to live very piously, they were loving toward others, and they both gave to those in need and dedicated themselves to God—even the tassels on their clothes were covered in written Scriptures. When the Lord Jesus came to perform His work, however, they frantically resisted and condemned Him to the point where they even colluded with the Roman authorities to crucify Him upon the cross. This shows that, no matter how good our behavior may appear to be on the outside, it cannot demonstrate that we know God or obey God, or that we are compatible with God, much less that we have been purified. Therefore, changes in external behavior do not equate to changes in disposition, and our ability to externally practice some of the Lord’s teachings does not demonstrate that we have cast off the bonds of sin.”
After listening to Brother Lin’s fellowship, I found that I agreed with it from the bottom of my heart, and I said, “Brother, your fellowship tallies with what we are really like! Although our external behavior may have changed somewhat, our sinful nature still dominates us from within, and so our good behavior can never last for long. For example, I always tried hard to restrain myself from arguing with my mom and, although from the outside I appeared to be somewhat patient, I still didn’t feel this way in my heart, and I inevitably ended up arguing with her. This shows that I am still under the control of my sinful nature and that I have not been purified. When we look at other people, we just see what’s on the outside; God doesn’t just require us to change what’s on the outside, however. Most importantly, God requires that our inner lives undergo a change.”
Just then, one of the other sisters said, “Yes, it’s true that we have just changed our external behavior and that our lives have not changed at all. Whenever I have a disagreement with my work colleague, I hate her from the bottom of my heart, and I want to have nothing more to do with her. Although I know that the Lord teaches us to be tolerant and patient, and I can restrain myself maybe once or twice, as time goes on, I just can’t restrain myself anymore. It seems as though, if we only change our external behavior and our life dispositions do not change, then we are unable to keep to the Lord’s words for very long and we can still sin frequently.” The other brothers and sisters then took it in turns to talk about their pain of being subject to the bonds of sin throughout their many years of belief in the Lord.
After the discussion was over, Brother Lin went on: “Brothers and sisters, the work of redemption performed by the Lord Jesus absolved us of our sins, but our sinful nature remains unresolved within us. Consequently, no matter how much we read the Bible, how much we confess and repent or how much we try to control ourselves, we are still incapable of casting off the bonds of sin. God knows our needs and, in the last days, He has returned in the flesh with the name Almighty God to perform the work of judgment beginning in God’s house to enable us to thoroughly cast off sin and be purified. This precisely fulfills these biblical prophecies: ‘I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will show you things to come’ (John 16:12–13). ‘And if any man hear My words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejects Me, and receives not My words, has one that judges him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day’ (John 12:47–48). ‘For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God’ (1 Peter 4:17). Only by accepting God’s work of judgment in the last days, by experiencing the judgment and chastisement of God’s words and by having our corrupt dispositions changed can we attain true salvation and enter into the kingdom of heaven.”
At this point, the other brothers and sisters and I were astounded, and we asked eagerly, “Has the Lord Jesus returned? Can it be true? It’s inconceivable!” I said, “I feel as though the words we’ve read during this gathering are no ordinary words, but that they are indeed the words of God. I never imagined, even in my wildest dreams, that I would ever be able to welcome the Lord’s return—I’m so blessed! Brother Lin, after listening to God’s words and your fellowship, I now understand that the work of redemption performed by the Lord Jesus absolved us of our sins. But our sinful nature remains unresolved within us, so even though we appear to do good deeds, we’re still capable of constantly sinning and resisting God. If God didn’t perform His work to save us, we would simply be unable to cast off the bonds and fetters of sin through our own power. I used to think that so long as I always held to the Lord’s way then I would be purified, but now I see that that simply isn’t true. You said just now, however, that the Lord Jesus has returned in the last days and is performing the work of judgment in order to utterly change and purify man. How then does God perform this work to purify and change man? Are you able to fellowship with us some more about this?”

So, This Is How God Judges and Purifies Man

Brother Lin laughed and said, “Sister, you’ve raised a crucial issue! As for how God performs His work of judgment in the last days to purify man, let’s read a passage of Almighty God’s words together. Almighty God says, ‘In the last days, Christ uses a variety of truths to teach man, to expose the essence of man, and to dissect the words and deeds of man. These words comprise various truths, such as man’s duty, how man should obey God, how man should be loyal to God, how man ought to live out normal humanity, as well as the wisdom and the disposition of God, and so on. These words are all directed at the essence of man and his corrupt disposition. In particular, the words that expose how man spurns God are spoken in regard to how man is an embodiment of Satan, and an enemy force against God. In undertaking His work of judgment, God does not simply make clear the nature of man with a few words; He exposes, deals with, and prunes over the long term. These methods of exposure, dealing, and pruning cannot be substituted with ordinary words, but with the truth of which man is utterly bereft. Only methods such as these can be called judgment; only through judgment of this kind can man be subdued and thoroughly convinced into submission to God, and moreover gain true knowledge of God. What the work of judgment brings about is man’s understanding of the true face of God and the truth about his own rebelliousness. The work of judgment allows man to gain much understanding of the will of God, of the purpose of God’s work, and of the mysteries that are incomprehensible to him. It also allows man to recognize and know his corrupt substance and the roots of his corruption, as well as to discover the ugliness of man. These effects are all brought about by the work of judgment, for the substance of this work is actually the work of opening up the truth, the way, and the life of God to all those who have faith in Him. This work is the work of judgment done by God’” (“Christ Does the Work of Judgment With the Truth” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
After he’d finished reading, Brother Lin gave fellowship, saying, “In the last days, Almighty God primarily expresses the truth to judge and purify man. These truths are not aimed solely at our behaviors, such as how humble we appear, how tolerant and patient, how we don’t get into arguments with other people and how we get along well with others, and so on and so forth. Instead, the truths Almighty God expresses directly reveal the root of our sin, which is the satanic dispositions and the essence of our nature that are hidden within us, such as arrogance and conceitedness, selfishness and being contemptible, crookedness and deceit, greed and wickedness, and so on. We used to believe that, if our external behavior changed a little and we were able to put some of the Lord’s teachings into practice, then that meant we were good people. But through the judgment and revelations of Almighty God’s words, we have finally seen how deeply corrupted by Satan we are, and that we express our satanic corrupt dispositions in everything we do and say. For example, under the domination of our arrogant nature, although we know the Lord requires us to be humble and patient, we still always want to stand on high and be condescending in our relations with other people and we want to have the final say in everything. Under the domination of our selfish nature, we always speak and act with personal motives and aims in our dealings with other people in order to profit ourselves, and when we work and expend ourselves for God, it is not because we love God or because we want to satisfy Him, but it is done to strike a deal with God and to obtain the blessings of the kingdom of heaven in return. Our nature is wicked and we covet physical pleasures; although we know that the Lord requires us to set ourselves apart from worldly people, we are still unable to withstand temptation, we follow the evil trends of the world, we go off in pursuit of fame, fortune and status, and we covet the pleasures of sin. These are just a few examples. Through the judgment and revelations of God’s words, we have finally seen that we express our satanic corrupt dispositions in everything we say and do, that we have been so corrupted by Satan that we are barely human, and that we retain no true semblance of a human being. At the same time, we also understand from God’s words of judgment and revelation that God loves honest people and blesses those who pursue the truth, and who obey and love God, and He hates those who are deceitful. If someone does not pursue a change in their disposition, but instead always lives amidst their corrupt dispositions, resisting God, then that person will necessarily be detested, rejected and punished by God. The judgment and chastisement of God’s words enable us to see the truth of our corruption at the hands of Satan and they enable us to know God’s righteous and holy disposition. A heart of reverence toward God then gradually arises within us and we generate real hatred for our corrupt dispositions, and we become resolved to never again live by the corrupt dispositions of Satan. Instead, we wish to pursue the truth in earnest, to act and conduct ourselves in accordance with God’s words, and we wish to live out a genuine human likeness. Through experiencing the judgment and chastisement of God, little by little we come to be able to forsake our flesh and practice God’s words, we come to understand more and more truths, and our outlook on life and our values gradually change; when we encounter issues, we are then able to seek God’s will, live by His words and, little by little, we generate true reverence and obedience toward God. This is the result of God’s work of judgment in the last days. By experiencing it, we come to appreciate that God’s judgment and chastisement in the last days actually afford us the greatest protection, and they are full of God’s profound love for us.”
I felt the words that Brother Lin had read out to us were great—they were authoritative and powerful, and I had never heard anything quite like them before. Brother Lin also fellowshiped so clearly. I said, excitedly, “Thank the Lord! So, it turns out that the Lord has returned and is using His words to perform the work of judging and purifying man. Through His words, He exposes our corrupt dispositions and allows us to know our own corruption. Then, through pursuing the truth, our corrupt dispositions are changed, until finally we are able to live by God’s words and we become people who both revere and obey God. This is such a meaningful work!”
Brother Lin said cheerfully, “Thanks be to God for leading us to understand these things!” Afterward, as the time was already quite late, we ended our gathering and agreed on the time of our next gathering. I was very much looking forward to Brother Lin’s fellowship, and I really wanted to hear him read more of Almighty God’s words to us.

I Recognize the Voice of God and Joyfully Welcome the Lord’s Return

When the day came for our next gathering, Brother Lin gave us fellowship on such things as the significance of God taking different names in the Age of Law and the Age of Grace, the mystery of God’s incarnation, God’s three stages of work to save mankind, and the final destination and end for mankind. After I listened to all this, I was very excited, and I said happily, “Although I have previously listened to many sermons in church, I never understood many truths. Now that I am reading Almighty God’s words, the confusion I had in my heart has been dispelled, I now understand many of the truths in the Bible and my spirit has been greatly nourished. These words truly are the voice of God!”
Brother Lin said happily, “Thanks be to God, for His sheep have heard His voice. It is by the grace of God that we are able to recognize Almighty God’s words as the voice of God and come before Him. Now, those who truly believe in God within all denominations are coming before Almighty God one by one and attending the feast of the Lamb. Through experiencing the judgment and chastisement of God’s words, those who pursue the truth are witnessing changes in their life dispositions to differing degrees, and there are many testimonies from brothers and sisters on the website of The Church of Almighty God describing how their corrupt dispositions have changed through experiencing the judgment of Almighty God’s words.” Brother Lin then showed me the website of The Church of Almighty God as well as their mobile phone app. There is such a rich abundance of content: There are the words God has expressed in the last days, videos of recitations of God’s words, hymns in praise of God, gospel films, as well as the experiences and testimonies of God’s chosen people, various variety shows, short sketches, singing and dancing videos, and more. There is everything one could want, and I couldn’t get enough! I felt thrilled. God long ago incarnated and came into the world and He has expressed so many words—it really is too precious! At that moment, I felt filled with gratitude toward God, and I thanked God for spreading the gospel to me through the brothers and sisters, for allowing me to have the fortune to hear His voice, for enabling me to understand the reason why I lived in sin, and for allowing me to find the path to being cleansed.
Afterward, over a period of gatherings and investigation, I became completely certain that Almighty God is indeed the Lord Jesus returned, and I joyfully accepted God’s new work. Thanks be to God!
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2020.07.10 14:50 BodilessEye A good understanding have all they that keep Jesus' commandments

Psalm 111:10 - King James Version (KJV) <10> The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.
"A good understanding have all they that do his commandments." This favourite verse's pairing of good and truth is not a mere abstraction but can be depended upon in everyday life by anyone at all. The relationship between righteousness and understanding corresponds to the bread and wine of the Eucharist as well as to being a "doer" and a "hearer" of the Word. For as James says,
James 1:22 - King James Version (KJV) <22> But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
and as God says in
John 14:15 - King James Version (KJV) <15> If ye love me, keep my commandments.
In the New Church, we often hear of the relationship between good and truth and also of that between love and wisdom. We can depend upon knowing about this warp and woof relationship in all parts of the Bible, including both its positive and its negative poles. For we hear tell of the wine and bread of Melchizedek, and that also of the Eucharist; but also we hear tell of something called the "bread and wine of violence"; this "bread and wine of violence", of course, expresses the negative pole or flip side of the relationship between good and truth or between love and wisdom, and therefore involves the relationship of evil with falsity.
Proverbs 4:17 - King James Version (KJV) <17> For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
But let us return to that "A good understanding have all they that do His commandments." One has already made mention of good and understanding, righteousness and wisdom, bread and wine, as basically the X and Y of the Bible. But what happens if someone, for instance, breaks one of those commandments and, at the same time, does not love the Lord? For God has plainly told us that love to Him involves keeping His commandments; we have plainly been told that our truth must exist in relation to good and not apart from it.
If someone breaks one of His commandments then, at that point, "they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence". Let us zoom in on this concept: if someone breaks His commandment, thus by default does evilly, then they no longer have good understanding, otherwise known as truth. Accordingly, the evil of their deeds associates itself with falsities appropriate to it.
As we read in <>, "I have seen and heard many who were in the highest degree devils, who understood as the angels themselves do, the arcana of angelic wisdom, when they heard and read them; but instantly when they returned to their love, and thence to their pride, they not only understood nothing about them, but also saw the opposites, from the light of the confirmation of falsity, in them" (940:2). At first glance, one might see this passage as an exception to the relationship between good and truth or evil and falsity discussed up to this point. But it becomes clear on inspection that this elevation of evil people's understanding is a temporary phenomenon, as is their capacity to preach knowledgeably and movingly. For as we see here, "when they returned to their love, and thence to their pride, they not only understood nothing about them, but also saw the opposites".
As we read in <>, "The Lord's divine providence causes evil and the attendant falsity to serve for equilibrium, contrast, and purification, and so for the conjunction of good and truth in others" (2).
Let us look at two particular instances of this "equilibrium, contrast, and purification" drawn from the Word.
Jeremiah 43:2 - King James Version (KJV) <2> Then spake Azariah the son of Hoshaiah, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the proud men, saying unto Jeremiah, Thou speakest falsely: the Lord our God hath not sent thee to say, Go not into Egypt to sojourn there:
Matthew 5:11 - King James Version (KJV) <11> Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
The bread of wickedness (which is the "proud men") and wine of violence ("Thou speakest falsely) serves as fructification for the conjunction of righteousness and wisdom; it serves to make us increasingly worthy of the bread and the wine, by degrees of increased righteousness in association with increased understanding according to the order of regeneration.
Of these degrees we read, "It is the enjoyment of man’s life to love himself and the world above all else. This enjoyment cannot be removed in a moment, but only gradually. In the measure in which it remains in man, evil is stronger in him and can be removed only as self-love becomes a love of uses, or as the love of ruling is not for its own sake but for the sake of uses" (Divine Providence 233:5). Thus, during the regeneration a person's starting evil and falsity gradually attenuate in ongoing interrelation; which also relates to the "equilibrium, contrast, and purification" which "evil and the attendant falsity" perform for our ultimate good, in an orchestration lovingly overseen by our Father, who does not expect to turn us all from brats into humans overnight.
But let us return now to "A good understanding have all they that do His commandments". Let us zoom in still further. What if we, for instance, consider one of His commandments close? Yes, let's have a close look at Leviticus 18:22
Leviticus 18:22 - King James Version (KJV) <22> Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.
Though one personally has a predisposition to the hereditary evil of homosexuality, nonetheless the Lord has mercifully and gently led one out of its practice as well as of condoning it. In other words, one has gradually come to keep the commandment that one just cited. Now, I believe we were promised a good understanding if we, for instance, "keep His commandments". Well, one stands before you now as one who does have more understanding on the subject of homosexuality because. one. keeps. the. commandment.
Now, "abomination" comes across quite strongly! You would think that someone might be trying to get our attention. As we read in the Writings, "Abominations in the Word signify in general the evils which are named in the six last commandments of the Decalogue" (Apocalypse Revealed 891).
In other words, if I or any man were to "lie with mankind, as with womankind", then one would effectively have broken one of the commandments which, as if of ourselves but of the Lord, we. are. to. keep. After all, "[the Lord] cannot be conjoined as long as the man is in the delight of evil" (Apocalypse Revealed 937:3). Now, mention has been made not just of practising homosexuality but also of condoning its practice.
We read in
Proverbs 2:11-14 - King James Version (KJV) <11> Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: <12> To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things; <13> Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness; <14> Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked;
See that? People exist who "delight in the frowardness of the wicked"; some of those people, to be crystal clear, condone homosexual marriages in the Church.
If, then, these people commit the sin of condoning homosexuality, then it follows that there exists some falsity in association with it. Let us now consider the traditional Christian and New Christian attitude towards homosexuality. The traditional rule in both Old Church and New Church requires people literally not to engage in the act in question and of course not to defend it either. If anyone does defend it, then they are "delighting in the frowardness of the wicked" in association with falsity.
Now, as many Christians who have interacted with pro-gay marriage people can testify, there is a tendency on the part of the pro-homosexual-marriage party to distort the sincere warnings of loving Christians into 'hatred of gay people', which they term 'homophobia'. Supposedly, a Christian frantically waving their hands up and down and warning a homosexual that the bridge is out! the bridge is out! is actually 'prejudiced' and needs to become more 'woke'. Well, friends, every second spent defending gay marriage is a second not spent warning gay people that. the. bridge. is. OUT.
Jeremiah 2:13 - King James Version (KJV) <13> For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.
To "forsake" the Lord signifies to break a commandment. To "hew", an indication that trust in one's own intelligence bears relation to the verse, pertains to a falsity that accompanies the absence of conjunction with the Lord, as occurs for instance if someone does not keep His commandments, such as for instance Leviticus 18:22.
Leviticus 18:22 - King James Version (KJV) <22> Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.
The idolatry spoken of in the Bible and falsity in association with its married evil are essentially one and the same, which the Writings express as "marriages of falsity in idolatrous worship" (Arcana Coelestia 1369). Does it begin to make sense, now, why the pro-gay-marriage people accuse you of 'hatred' and 'intolerance'? I believe we have our highly obvious and easily perceptible proof that the relationship between evil and falsity definitely does operate in everyday life. Neighbours, being pro-gay marriage is a sin. And it will result certainly and unavoidably in less understanding and therefore more falsity. Note that 'hatred' and 'intolerance' above; note the term 'homophobia'... These are all falsities in married association with the evil of committing or condoning the practice of homosexuality including in the form of a monogamous relationship. It is so very important that you see this relationship between evil and falsity clearly.
Indeed, the Writings even describe an extraordinary visualisation of a sheet of paper descending from Heaven and gradually containing less and less truth in association with more and more evil by degrees till such a concept of charity became, for instance, its absence; or when such a concept as actually obeying a commandment, became for instance the situation in Malachi 2:17
Malachi 2:17 - King James Version (KJV) <17> Ye have wearied the Lord with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?
Neighbours, the God of judgment is right here. He is with all of us in presence but only some of us in conjunction (Apocalypse revealed 889); the subset of us in conjunction with the Lord do something old-fashioned, something that is not nearly 'woke' enough: we obey our Father.
Our Everlasting Father, Jesus, has given us 100% clarity with regard to the legitimacy in His sight of heterosexual, monogamous marriages; to celibacy among some; and to polygamous marriages of one heterosexual male to multiple females, an option not permitted Christians but once permitted for instance Israelites as documented in the Bible and presently permitted for Muslims as documented in the Writings. Notice how the Creator of the Universe strangely forgot to mention having blessed homosexual marriages? Neighbours, God has never commanded anyone to engage in or in any way approve of homosexual acts, including in a monogamous relationship. The Lord of Heaven and Earth has spoken quite clearly on this subject. Mention has already been made of people who delight in the wickedness of others. It is said of the same people, that they are those
Proverbs 2:13 - King James Version (KJV) <13> Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;
If God has not commanded us to bless homosexual couples openly or in secret, we. do. not. do. it. At such a fork in the road, we do not "leave the paths of uprightness"; we do not "walk in the ways of darkness", which "darkness" of course refers to the falsities associated with their evil "walk"; which is of course to break a commandment of equal seriousness to any in the Decalogue, aka "the evil of the worst adultery" (Arcana Coelestia 2220) and "filthiness which is against the order of nature" (Arcana Coelestia 2322).
Now, one has already noted that people who condone homosexual acts delight in doing so; and because this delight is of the type referred to in the Writings as a "hellish delight", such a person will be visibly and extraordinarily obsessed about condoning homosexuality, as obsessed as a proud man is of looking at themselves in the mirror; or as obsessed as a chain smoker is with cigarettes. The people in our lives who support homosexual marriages and condone of active homosexuals in the Church actually enjoy perversion, and not only that, but a particular perversion: as we have seen, breaking the command in question.
Neighbours,
Isaiah 5:20 - King James Version (KJV) <20> Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Neighbours, if you do not have knockout proof that God blesses a type of marriage arrangement or sexual practice, you do not engage in that practice; you do not condone engaging in that practice; and you do not teach people that it is okay to engage in and condone that practice.
Let me just make a brief image. Effectively, I see pro-homosexual straight people and homosexual couples getting onto a train, and they're all so happy and smiling and glad to be past 'intolerance', so they say. Well, all aboard. Then that train choochoos off and all those happy and smiling people disappear around the bend. Now, where did they go? Well, it seems to me that if you aren't 100% certain that they're going to a happy place, it would be rather unloving to just risk their eternal life on a supposition.
Did that train go to a happy place? or a very unhappy one? for people who do not take obeying commandments literally seriously, being so wrapped up in the spiritual meaning that they neglected the necessity of not living in "evils of life", as Swedenborg terms them.
Matthew 11:16-17 - King James Version (KJV) <16> But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows, <17> And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented.
Why, look there! When sinners against the express commandment of God "piped unto you" and were disappointed at your not dancing, this is exactly equivalent, spiritually speaking, to trying to get you to approve of or practice homosexuality; in other words, trying to get you personally to break one of the commandments of God.
Let us be clear here. Someone is not asking us to stomp on a dandelion or to throw an icecream cone in the trash. No, someone is asking us to either practice wickedness or take pleasure in the wickedness of others.
If you hear someone actually hating on homosexuals, stay away from them, but don't let anyone cow you if you are loving-but-warning, Christian! You are not hateful if you love and warn! And if you hear someone glorifying or supporting homosexual acts or marriage, stay away from them. Do not trust anything they say on the subject, recognise that they are addicted to glorifying the breakage of a commandment of our Creator and experience actual pleasure from this pursuit.
Now, the New Church understands that the commandments of God have both a literal and a spiritual signification. We have already spent a long time on the literal side, but relatively little time on the spiritual side to which it pertains by correspondence. We read in the Spiritual Diaries that "they who are in the highest degree of commanding out of the love of self, and not for the sake of uses, are in Sodom". Let's take this out of the spiritual world and locate it in the natural one: PC culture. Effectively, these (to borrow a word of George Orwell's) wielders of newspeak such as 'homophobia' delight in imposing their rules on society. That would be why someone would deliberately go to a Christian wedding cake baker and request a cake for two men, knowing full well that these Christians would refuse from religious conviction, and then turn around and sue them for not selling to them.
We have already seen God's description of "this generation". Note the way these "children sitting in the markets" criticise people who do not dance when they pipe, or who do not lament when they mourn! In other words, they expect you to praise what they praise and to criticise what they criticise. Friends, does that sound a little more like domination from the love of self to you now?
It is a form of domination of others from the love of self to promote something that is useless to society and contrary to the word of God. Not for nothing is the tree of knowledge of good and evil representative of a man's trusting in his own intelligence! For it is precisely deciding what good is and what evil is, and presuming to disagree with the Creator, that people who promote homosexual marriage are doing; they are engaging in trust in their own intelligence in relation to matters of good and evil.
Neighbours, have you ever noticed how homosexuality in Leviticus 18 is grouped among a bunch of verses about incest, bestiality, various other disgusting practices, in general a bad crowd of companions? Yes, that is not an accident. Who in the world would write a chapter that contained entries on scorpions, sharks, piranhas, alligators, cockroaches, bedbugs, and... a rabbit?
It makes no sense to represent something noxious like "domination of others from love of self" with a rabbit; just as you do not represent the separation of faith and works with a rabbit but rather a dragon. You represent noxious spiritual things with noxious literal things. Let us be among those who may say, at the close of this testing life,
Jeremiah 15:17 - King James Version (KJV) <17> I sat not in the assembly of the mockers, nor rejoiced; I sat alone because of thy hand: for thou hast filled me with indignation.
Let us not sit among those mockers. And let us take a look at them!
Proverbs 14:9 - King James Version (KJV) <9> Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.
Why, look there. The mockery with which the Proverb is spiritually concerned is especially poopooing sin. People, one simply cooperated in what just happened this morning. We can only love the Lord by obeying His commandments, and not just spiritually but in our lives. Beware people who make it their mission in life to cause you to slip up for all eternity.
Deuteronomy 11:26-28 - King James Version (KJV) <26> Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; <27> A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day: <28> And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.
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2020.07.10 14:33 BodilessEye A good understanding have all they that do Jesus' commandments

Psalm 111:10 - King James Version (KJV) <10> The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.
"A good understanding have all they that do his commandments." This favourite verse's pairing of good and truth is not a mere abstraction but can be depended upon in everyday life by anyone at all. The relationship between righteousness and understanding corresponds to the bread and wine of the Eucharist as well as to being a "doer" and a "hearer" of the Word. For as James says,
James 1:22 - King James Version (KJV) <22> But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
and as God says in
John 14:15 - King James Version (KJV) <15> If ye love me, keep my commandments.
In the New Church, we often hear of the relationship between good and truth and also of that between love and wisdom. We can depend upon knowing about this warp and woof relationship in all parts of the Bible, including both its positive and its negative poles. For we hear tell of the wine and bread of Melchizedek, and that also of the Eucharist; but also we hear tell of something called the "bread and wine of violence"; this "bread and wine of violence", of course, expresses the negative pole or flip side of the relationship between good and truth or between love and wisdom, and therefore involves the relationship of evil with falsity.
Proverbs 4:17 - King James Version (KJV) <17> For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
But let us return to that "A good understanding have all they that do His commandments." One has already made mention of good and understanding, righteousness and wisdom, bread and wine, as basically the X and Y of the Bible. But what happens if someone, for instance, breaks one of those commandments and, at the same time, does not love the Lord? For God has plainly told us that love to Him involves keeping His commandments; we have plainly been told that our truth must exist in relation to good and not apart from it.
If someone breaks one of His commandments then, at that point, "they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence". Let us zoom in on this concept: if someone breaks His commandment, thus by default does evilly, then they no longer have good understanding, otherwise known as truth. Accordingly, the evil of their deeds associates itself with falsities appropriate to it.
As we read in <>, "I have seen and heard many who were in the highest degree devils, who understood as the angels themselves do, the arcana of angelic wisdom, when they heard and read them; but instantly when they returned to their love, and thence to their pride, they not only understood nothing about them, but also saw the opposites, from the light of the confirmation of falsity, in them" (940:2). At first glance, one might see this passage as an exception to the relationship between good and truth or evil and falsity discussed up to this point. But it becomes clear on inspection that this elevation of evil people's understanding is a temporary phenomenon, as is their capacity to preach knowledgeably and movingly. For as we see here, "when they returned to their love, and thence to their pride, they not only understood nothing about them, but also saw the opposites".
As we read in <>, "The Lord's divine providence causes evil and the attendant falsity to serve for equilibrium, contrast, and purification, and so for the conjunction of good and truth in others" (2).
Let us look at two particular instances of this "equilibrium, contrast, and purification" drawn from the Word.
Jeremiah 43:2 - King James Version (KJV) <2> Then spake Azariah the son of Hoshaiah, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the proud men, saying unto Jeremiah, Thou speakest falsely: the Lord our God hath not sent thee to say, Go not into Egypt to sojourn there:
Matthew 5:11 - King James Version (KJV) <11> Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
The bread of wickedness (which is the "proud men") and wine of violence ("Thou speakest falsely) serves as fructification for the conjunction of righteousness and wisdom; it serves to make us increasingly worthy of the bread and the wine, by degrees of increased righteousness in association with increased understanding according to the order of regeneration.
Of these degrees we read, "It is the enjoyment of man’s life to love himself and the world above all else. This enjoyment cannot be removed in a moment, but only gradually. In the measure in which it remains in man, evil is stronger in him and can be removed only as self-love becomes a love of uses, or as the love of ruling is not for its own sake but for the sake of uses" (Divine Providence 233:5). Thus, during the regeneration a person's starting evil and falsity gradually attenuate in ongoing interrelation; which also relates to the "equilibrium, contrast, and purification" which "evil and the attendant falsity" perform for our ultimate good, in an orchestration lovingly overseen by our Father, who does not expect to turn us all from brats into humans overnight.
But let us return now to "A good understanding have all they that do His commandments". Let us zoom in still further. What if we, for instance, consider one of His commandments close? Yes, let's have a close look at Leviticus 18:22
Leviticus 18:22 - King James Version (KJV) <22> Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.
Though one personally has a predisposition to the hereditary evil of homosexuality, nonetheless the Lord has mercifully and gently led one out of its practice as well as of condoning it. In other words, one has gradually come to keep the commandment that one just cited. Now, I believe we were promised a good understanding if we, for instance, "keep His commandments". Well, one stands before you now as one who does have more understanding on the subject of homosexuality because. one. keeps. the. commandment.
Now, "abomination" comes across quite strongly! You would think that someone might be trying to get our attention. As we read in the Writings, "Abominations in the Word signify in general the evils which are named in the six last commandments of the Decalogue" (Apocalypse Revealed 891).
In other words, if I or any man were to "lie with mankind, as with womankind", then one would effectively have broken one of the commandments which, as if of ourselves but of the Lord, we. are. to. keep. After all, "[the Lord] cannot be conjoined as long as the man is in the delight of evil" (Apocalypse Revealed 937:3). Now, mention has been made not just of practising homosexuality but also of condoning its practice.
We read in
Proverbs 2:11-14 - King James Version (KJV) <11> Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: <12> To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things; <13> Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness; <14> Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked;
See that? People exist who "delight in the frowardness of the wicked"; some of those people, to be crystal clear, condone homosexual marriages in the Church.
If, then, these people commit the sin of condoning homosexuality, then it follows that there exists some falsity in association with it. Let us now consider the traditional Christian and New Christian attitude towards homosexuality. The traditional rule in both Old Church and New Church requires people literally not to engage in the act in question and of course not to defend it either. If anyone does defend it, then they are "delighting in the frowardness of the wicked" in association with falsity.
Now, as many Christians who have interacted with pro-gay marriage people can testify, there is a tendency on the part of the pro-homosexual-marriage party to distort the sincere warnings of loving Christians into 'hatred of gay people', which they term 'homophobia'. Supposedly, a Christian frantically waving their hands up and down and warning a homosexual that the bridge is out! the bridge is out! is actually 'prejudiced' and needs to become more 'woke'. Well, friends, every second spent defending gay marriage is a second not spent warning gay people that. the. bridge. is. OUT.
Jeremiah 2:13 - King James Version (KJV) <13> For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.
To "forsake" the Lord signifies to break a commandment. To "hew", an indication that trust in one's own intelligence bears relation to the verse, pertains to a falsity that accompanies the absence of conjunction with the Lord, as occurs for instance if someone does not keep His commandments, such as for instance Leviticus 18:22.
Leviticus 18:22 - King James Version (KJV) <22> Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.
The idolatry spoken of in the Bible and falsity in association with its married evil are essentially one and the same, which the Writings express as "marriages of falsity in idolatrous worship" (Arcana Coelestia 1369). Does it begin to make sense, now, why the pro-gay-marriage people accuse you of 'hatred' and 'intolerance'? I believe we have our highly obvious and easily perceptible proof that the relationship between evil and falsity definitely does operate in everyday life. Neighbours, being pro-gay marriage is a sin. And it will result certainly and unavoidably in less understanding and therefore more falsity. Note that 'hatred' and 'intolerance' above; note the term 'homophobia'... These are all falsities in married association with the evil of committing or condoning the practice of homosexuality including in the form of a monogamous relationship. It is so very important that you see this relationship between evil and falsity clearly.
Indeed, the Writings even describe an extraordinary visualisation of a sheet of paper descending from Heaven and gradually containing less and less truth in association with more and more evil by degrees till such a concept of charity became, for instance, its absence; or when such a concept as actually obeying a commandment, became for instance the situation in Malachi 2:17
Malachi 2:17 - King James Version (KJV) <17> Ye have wearied the Lord with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?
Neighbours, the God of judgment is right here. He is with all of us in presence but only some of us in conjunction (Apocalypse revealed 889); the subset of us in conjunction with the Lord do something old-fashioned, something that is not nearly 'woke' enough: we obey our Father.
Our Everlasting Father, Jesus, has given us 100% clarity with regard to the legitimacy in His sight of heterosexual, monogamous marriages; to celibacy among some; and to polygamous marriages of one heterosexual male to multiple females, an option not permitted Christians but once permitted for instance Israelites as documented in the Bible and presently permitted for Muslims as documented in the Writings. Notice how the Creator of the Universe strangely forgot to mention having blessed homosexual marriages? Neighbours, God has never commanded anyone to engage in or in any way approve of homosexual acts, including in a monogamous relationship. The Lord of Heaven and Earth has spoken quite clearly on this subject. Mention has already been made of people who delight in the wickedness of others. It is said of the same people, that they are those
Proverbs 2:13 - King James Version (KJV) <13> Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;
If God has not commanded us to bless homosexual couples openly or in secret, we. do. not. do. it. At such a fork in the road, we do not "leave the paths of uprightness"; we do not "walk in the ways of darkness", which "darkness" of course refers to the falsities associated with their evil "walk"; which is of course to break a commandment of equal seriousness to any in the Decalogue, aka "the evil of the worst adultery" (Arcana Coelestia 2220) and "filthiness which is against the order of nature" (Arcana Coelestia 2322).
Now, one has already noted that people who condone homosexual acts delight in doing so; and because this delight is of the type referred to in the Writings as a "hellish delight", such a person will be visibly and extraordinarily obsessed about condoning homosexuality, as obsessed as a proud man is of looking at themselves in the mirror; or as obsessed as a chain smoker is with cigarettes. The people in our lives who support homosexual marriages and condone of active homosexuals in the Church actually enjoy perversion, and not only that, but a particular perversion: as we have seen, breaking the command in question.
Neighbours,
Isaiah 5:20 - King James Version (KJV) <20> Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Neighbours, if you do not have knockout proof that God blesses a type of marriage arrangement or sexual practice, you do not engage in that practice; you do not condone engaging in that practice; and you do not teach people that it is okay to engage in and condone that practice.
Let me just make a brief image. Effectively, I see pro-homosexual straight people and homosexual couples getting onto a train, and they're all so happy and smiling and glad to be past 'intolerance', so they say. Well, all aboard. Then that train choochoos off and all those happy and smiling people disappear around the bend. Now, where did they go? Well, it seems to me that if you aren't 100% certain that they're going to a happy place, it would be rather unloving to just risk their eternal life on a supposition.
Did that train go to a happy place? or a very unhappy one? for people who do not take obeying commandments literally seriously, being so wrapped up in the spiritual meaning that they neglected the necessity of not living in "evils of life", as Swedenborg terms them.
Matthew 11:16-17 - King James Version (KJV) <16> But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows, <17> And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented.
Why, look there! When sinners against the express commandment of God "piped unto you" and were disappointed at your not dancing, this is exactly equivalent, spiritually speaking, to trying to get you to approve of or practice homosexuality; in other words, trying to get you personally to break one of the commandments of God.
Let us be clear here. Someone is not asking us to stomp on a dandelion or to throw an icecream cone in the trash. No, someone is asking us to either practice wickedness or take pleasure in the wickedness of others.
If you hear someone actually hating on homosexuals, stay away from them, but don't let anyone cow you if you are loving-but-warning, Christian! You are not hateful if you love and warn! And if you hear someone glorifying or supporting homosexual acts or marriage, stay away from them. Do not trust anything they say on the subject, recognise that they are addicted to glorifying the breakage of a commandment of our Creator and experience actual pleasure from this pursuit.
Now, the New Church understands that the commandments of God have both a literal and a spiritual signification. We have already spent a long time on the literal side, but relatively little time on the spiritual side to which it pertains by correspondence. We read in the Spiritual Diaries that "they who are in the highest degree of commanding out of the love of self, and not for the sake of uses, are in Sodom". Let's take this out of the spiritual world and locate it in the natural one: PC culture. Effectively, these (to borrow a word of George Orwell's) wielders of newspeak such as 'homophobia' delight in imposing their rules on society. That would be why someone would deliberately go to a Christian wedding cake baker and request a cake for two men, knowing full well that these Christians would refuse from religious conviction, and then turn around and sue them for not selling to them.
We have already seen God's description of "this generation". Note the way these "children sitting in the markets" criticise people who do not dance when they pipe, or who do not lament when they mourn! In other words, they expect you to praise what they praise and to criticise what they criticise. Friends, does that sound a little more like domination from the love of self to you now?
It is a form of domination of others from the love of self to promote something that is useless to society and contrary to the word of God. Not for nothing is the tree of knowledge of good and evil representative of a man's trusting in his own intelligence! For it is precisely deciding what good is and what evil is, and presuming to disagree with the Creator, that people who promote homosexual marriage are doing; they are engaging in trust in their own intelligence in relation to matters of good and evil.
Neighbours, have you ever noticed how homosexuality in Leviticus 18 is grouped among a bunch of verses about incest, bestiality, various other disgusting practices, in general a bad crowd of companions? Yes, that is not an accident. Who in the world would write a chapter that contained entries on scorpions, sharks, piranhas, alligators, cockroaches, bedbugs, and... a rabbit?
It makes no sense to represent something noxious like "domination of others from love of self" with a rabbit; just as you do not represent the separation of faith and works with a rabbit but rather a dragon. You represent noxious spiritual things with noxious literal things. Let us be among those who may say, at the close of this testing life,
Jeremiah 15:17 - King James Version (KJV) <17> I sat not in the assembly of the mockers, nor rejoiced; I sat alone because of thy hand: for thou hast filled me with indignation.
Let us not sit among those mockers. And let us take a look at them!
Proverbs 14:9 - King James Version (KJV) <9> Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.
Why, look there. The mockery with which the Proverb is spiritually concerned is especially poopooing sin. People, one simply cooperated in what just happened this morning. We can only love the Lord by obeying His commandments, and not just spiritually but in our lives. Beware people who make it their mission in life to cause you to slip up for all eternity.
Deuteronomy 11:26-28 - King James Version (KJV) <26> Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; <27> A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day: <28> And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.
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2020.07.10 14:32 BodilessEye A good understanding have all they that do Jesus' commandments

Psalm 111:10 - King James Version (KJV) <10> The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.
"A good understanding have all they that do his commandments." This favourite verse's pairing of good and truth is not a mere abstraction but can be depended upon in everyday life by anyone at all. The relationship between righteousness and understanding corresponds to the bread and wine of the Eucharist as well as to being a "doer" and a "hearer" of the Word. For as James says,
James 1:22 - King James Version (KJV) <22> But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
and as God says in
John 14:15 - King James Version (KJV) <15> If ye love me, keep my commandments.
In the New Church, we often hear of the relationship between good and truth and also of that between love and wisdom. We can depend upon knowing about this warp and woof relationship in all parts of the Bible, including both its positive and its negative poles. For we hear tell of the wine and bread of Melchizedek, and that also of the Eucharist; but also we hear tell of something called the "bread and wine of violence"; this "bread and wine of violence", of course, expresses the negative pole or flip side of the relationship between good and truth or between love and wisdom, and therefore involves the relationship of evil with falsity.
Proverbs 4:17 - King James Version (KJV) <17> For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
But let us return to that "A good understanding have all they that do His commandments." One has already made mention of good and understanding, righteousness and wisdom, bread and wine, as basically the X and Y of the Bible. But what happens if someone, for instance, breaks one of those commandments and, at the same time, does not love the Lord? For God has plainly told us that love to Him involves keeping His commandments; we have plainly been told that our truth must exist in relation to good and not apart from it.
If someone breaks one of His commandments then, at that point, "they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence". Let us zoom in on this concept: if someone breaks His commandment, thus by default does evilly, then they no longer have good understanding, otherwise known as truth. Accordingly, the evil of their deeds associates itself with falsities appropriate to it.
As we read in <>, "I have seen and heard many who were in the highest degree devils, who understood as the angels themselves do, the arcana of angelic wisdom, when they heard and read them; but instantly when they returned to their love, and thence to their pride, they not only understood nothing about them, but also saw the opposites, from the light of the confirmation of falsity, in them" (940:2). At first glance, one might see this passage as an exception to the relationship between good and truth or evil and falsity discussed up to this point. But it becomes clear on inspection that this elevation of evil people's understanding is a temporary phenomenon, as is their capacity to preach knowledgeably and movingly. For as we see here, "when they returned to their love, and thence to their pride, they not only understood nothing about them, but also saw the opposites".
As we read in <>, "The Lord's divine providence causes evil and the attendant falsity to serve for equilibrium, contrast, and purification, and so for the conjunction of good and truth in others" (2).
Let us look at two particular instances of this "equilibrium, contrast, and purification" drawn from the Word.
Jeremiah 43:2 - King James Version (KJV) <2> Then spake Azariah the son of Hoshaiah, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the proud men, saying unto Jeremiah, Thou speakest falsely: the Lord our God hath not sent thee to say, Go not into Egypt to sojourn there:
Matthew 5:11 - King James Version (KJV) <11> Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
The bread of wickedness (which is the "proud men") and wine of violence ("Thou speakest falsely) serves as fructification for the conjunction of righteousness and wisdom; it serves to make us increasingly worthy of the bread and the wine, by degrees of increased righteousness in association with increased understanding according to the order of regeneration.
Of these degrees we read, "It is the enjoyment of man’s life to love himself and the world above all else. This enjoyment cannot be removed in a moment, but only gradually. In the measure in which it remains in man, evil is stronger in him and can be removed only as self-love becomes a love of uses, or as the love of ruling is not for its own sake but for the sake of uses" (Divine Providence 233:5). Thus, during the regeneration a person's starting evil and falsity gradually attenuate in ongoing interrelation; which also relates to the "equilibrium, contrast, and purification" which "evil and the attendant falsity" perform for our ultimate good, in an orchestration lovingly overseen by our Father, who does not expect to turn us all from brats into humans overnight.
But let us return now to "A good understanding have all they that do His commandments". Let us zoom in still further. What if we, for instance, consider one of His commandments close? Yes, let's have a close look at Leviticus 18:22
Leviticus 18:22 - King James Version (KJV) <22> Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.
Though one personally has a predisposition to the hereditary evil of homosexuality, nonetheless the Lord has mercifully and gently led one out of its practice as well as of condoning it. In other words, one has gradually come to keep the commandment that one just cited. Now, I believe we were promised a good understanding if we, for instance, "keep His commandments". Well, one stands before you now as one who does have more understanding on the subject of homosexuality because. one. keeps. the. commandment.
Now, "abomination" comes across quite strongly! You would think that someone might be trying to get our attention. As we read in the Writings, "Abominations in the Word signify in general the evils which are named in the six last commandments of the Decalogue" (Apocalypse Revealed 891).
In other words, if I or any man were to "lie with mankind, as with womankind", then one would effectively have broken one of the commandments which, as if of ourselves but of the Lord, we. are. to. keep. After all, "[the Lord] cannot be conjoined as long as the man is in the delight of evil" (Apocalypse Revealed 937:3). Now, mention has been made not just of practising homosexuality but also of condoning its practice.
We read in
Proverbs 2:11-14 - King James Version (KJV) <11> Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: <12> To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things; <13> Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness; <14> Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked;
See that? People exist who "delight in the frowardness of the wicked"; some of those people, to be crystal clear, condone homosexual marriages in the Church.
If, then, these people commit the sin of condoning homosexuality, then it follows that there exists some falsity in association with it. Let us now consider the traditional Christian and New Christian attitude towards homosexuality. The traditional rule in both Old Church and New Church requires people literally not to engage in the act in question and of course not to defend it either. If anyone does defend it, then they are "delighting in the frowardness of the wicked" in association with falsity.
Now, as many Christians who have interacted with pro-gay marriage people can testify, there is a tendency on the part of the pro-homosexual-marriage party to distort the sincere warnings of loving Christians into 'hatred of gay people', which they term 'homophobia'. Supposedly, a Christian frantically waving their hands up and down and warning a homosexual that the bridge is out! the bridge is out! is actually 'prejudiced' and needs to become more 'woke'. Well, friends, every second spent defending gay marriage is a second not spent warning gay people that. the. bridge. is. OUT.
Jeremiah 2:13 - King James Version (KJV) <13> For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.
To "forsake" the Lord signifies to break a commandment. To "hew", an indication that trust in one's own intelligence bears relation to the verse, pertains to a falsity that accompanies the absence of conjunction with the Lord, as occurs for instance if someone does not keep His commandments, such as for instance Leviticus 18:22.
Leviticus 18:22 - King James Version (KJV) <22> Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.
The idolatry spoken of in the Bible and falsity in association with its married evil are essentially one and the same, which the Writings express as "marriages of falsity in idolatrous worship" (Arcana Coelestia 1369). Does it begin to make sense, now, why the pro-gay-marriage people accuse you of 'hatred' and 'intolerance'? I believe we have our highly obvious and easily perceptible proof that the relationship between evil and falsity definitely does operate in everyday life. Neighbours, being pro-gay marriage is a sin. And it will result certainly and unavoidably in less understanding and therefore more falsity. Note that 'hatred' and 'intolerance' above; note the term 'homophobia'... These are all falsities in married association with the evil of committing or condoning the practice of homosexuality including in the form of a monogamous relationship. It is so very important that you see this relationship between evil and falsity clearly.
Indeed, the Writings even describe an extraordinary visualisation of a sheet of paper descending from Heaven and gradually containing less and less truth in association with more and more evil by degrees till such a concept of charity became, for instance, its absence; or when such a concept as actually obeying a commandment, became for instance the situation in Malachi 2:17
Malachi 2:17 - King James Version (KJV) <17> Ye have wearied the Lord with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?
Neighbours, the God of judgment is right here. He is with all of us in presence but only some of us in conjunction (Apocalypse revealed 889); the subset of us in conjunction with the Lord do something old-fashioned, something that is not nearly 'woke' enough: we obey our Father.
Our Everlasting Father, Jesus, has given us 100% clarity with regard to the legitimacy in His sight of heterosexual, monogamous marriages; to celibacy among some; and to polygamous marriages of one heterosexual male to multiple females, an option not permitted Christians but once permitted for instance Israelites as documented in the Bible and presently permitted for Muslims as documented in the Writings. Notice how the Creator of the Universe strangely forgot to mention having blessed homosexual marriages? Neighbours, God has never commanded anyone to engage in or in any way approve of homosexual acts, including in a monogamous relationship. The Lord of Heaven and Earth has spoken quite clearly on this subject. Mention has already been made of people who delight in the wickedness of others. It is said of the same people, that they are those
Proverbs 2:13 - King James Version (KJV) <13> Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;
If God has not commanded us to bless homosexual couples openly or in secret, we. do. not. do. it. At such a fork in the road, we do not "leave the paths of uprightness"; we do not "walk in the ways of darkness", which "darkness" of course refers to the falsities associated with their evil "walk"; which is of course to break a commandment of equal seriousness to any in the Decalogue, aka "the evil of the worst adultery" (Arcana Coelestia 2220) and "filthiness which is against the order of nature" (Arcana Coelestia 2322).
Now, one has already noted that people who condone homosexual acts delight in doing so; and because this delight is of the type referred to in the Writings as a "hellish delight", such a person will be visibly and extraordinarily obsessed about condoning homosexuality, as obsessed as a proud man is of looking at themselves in the mirror; or as obsessed as a chain smoker is with cigarettes. The people in our lives who support homosexual marriages and condone of active homosexuals in the Church actually enjoy perversion, and not only that, but a particular perversion: as we have seen, breaking the command in question.
Neighbours,
Isaiah 5:20 - King James Version (KJV) <20> Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Neighbours, if you do not have knockout proof that God blesses a type of marriage arrangement or sexual practice, you do not engage in that practice; you do not condone engaging in that practice; and you do not teach people that it is okay to engage in and condone that practice.
Let me just make a brief image. Effectively, I see pro-homosexual straight people and homosexual couples getting onto a train, and they're all so happy and smiling and glad to be past 'intolerance', so they say. Well, all aboard. Then that train choochoos off and all those happy and smiling people disappear around the bend. Now, where did they go? Well, it seems to me that if you aren't 100% certain that they're going to a happy place, it would be rather unloving to just risk their eternal life on a supposition.
Did that train go to a happy place? or a very unhappy one? for people who do not take obeying commandments literally seriously, being so wrapped up in the spiritual meaning that they neglected the necessity of not living in "evils of life", as Swedenborg terms them.
Matthew 11:16-17 - King James Version (KJV) <16> But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows, <17> And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented.
Why, look there! When sinners against the express commandment of God "piped unto you" and were disappointed at your not dancing, this is exactly equivalent, spiritually speaking, to trying to get you to approve of or practice homosexuality; in other words, trying to get you personally to break one of the commandments of God.
Let us be clear here. Someone is not asking us to stomp on a dandelion or to throw an icecream cone in the trash. No, someone is asking us to either practice wickedness or take pleasure in the wickedness of others.
If you hear someone actually hating on homosexuals, stay away from them, but don't let anyone cow you if you are loving-but-warning, Christian! You are not hateful if you love and warn! And if you hear someone glorifying or supporting homosexual acts or marriage, stay away from them. Do not trust anything they say on the subject, recognise that they are addicted to glorifying the breakage of a commandment of our Creator and experience actual pleasure from this pursuit.
Now, the New Church understands that the commandments of God have both a literal and a spiritual signification. We have already spent a long time on the literal side, but relatively little time on the spiritual side to which it pertains by correspondence. We read in the Spiritual Diaries that "they who are in the highest degree of commanding out of the love of self, and not for the sake of uses, are in Sodom". Let's take this out of the spiritual world and locate it in the natural one: PC culture. Effectively, these (to borrow a word of George Orwell's) wielders of newspeak such as 'homophobia' delight in imposing their rules on society. That would be why someone would deliberately go to a Christian wedding cake baker and request a cake for two men, knowing full well that these Christians would refuse from religious conviction, and then turn around and sue them for not selling to them.
We have already seen God's description of "this generation". Note the way these "children sitting in the markets" criticise people who do not dance when they pipe, or who do not lament when they mourn! In other words, they expect you to praise what they praise and to criticise what they criticise. Friends, does that sound a little more like domination from the love of self to you now?
It is a form of domination of others from the love of self to promote something that is useless to society and contrary to the word of God. Not for nothing is the tree of knowledge of good and evil representative of a man's trusting in his own intelligence! For it is precisely deciding what good is and what evil is, and presuming to disagree with the Creator, that people who promote homosexual marriage are doing; they are engaging in trust in their own intelligence in relation to matters of good and evil.
Neighbours, have you ever noticed how homosexuality in Leviticus 18 is grouped among a bunch of verses about incest, bestiality, various other disgusting practices, in general a bad crowd of companions? Yes, that is not an accident. Who in the world would write a chapter that contained entries on scorpions, sharks, piranhas, alligators, cockroaches, bedbugs, and... a rabbit?
It makes no sense to represent something noxious like "domination of others from love of self" with a rabbit; just as you do not represent the separation of faith and works with a rabbit but rather a dragon. You represent noxious spiritual things with noxious literal things. Let us be among those who may say, at the close of this testing life,
Jeremiah 15:17 - King James Version (KJV) <17> I sat not in the assembly of the mockers, nor rejoiced; I sat alone because of thy hand: for thou hast filled me with indignation.
Let us not sit among those mockers. And let us take a look at them!
Proverbs 14:9 - King James Version (KJV) <9> Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.
Why, look there. The mockery with which the Proverb is spiritually concerned is especially poopooing sin. People, one simply cooperated in what just happened this morning. We can only love the Lord by obeying His commandments, and not just spiritually but in our lives. Beware people who make it their mission in life to cause you to slip up for all eternity.
Deuteronomy 11:26-28 - King James Version (KJV) <26> Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; <27> A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day: <28> And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.
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2020.07.10 14:31 BodilessEye A good understanding have all they that do Jesus' commandments

Psalm 111:10 - King James Version (KJV) <10> The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.
"A good understanding have all they that do his commandments." This favourite verse's pairing of good and truth is not a mere abstraction but can be depended upon in everyday life by anyone at all. The relationship between righteousness and understanding corresponds to the bread and wine of the Eucharist as well as to being a "doer" and a "hearer" of the Word. For as James says,
James 1:22 - King James Version (KJV) <22> But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
and as God says in
John 14:15 - King James Version (KJV) <15> If ye love me, keep my commandments.
In the New Church, we often hear of the relationship between good and truth and also of that between love and wisdom. We can depend upon knowing about this warp and woof relationship in all parts of the Bible, including both its positive and its negative poles. For we hear tell of the wine and bread of Melchizedek, and that also of the Eucharist; but also we hear tell of something called the "bread and wine of violence"; this "bread and wine of violence", of course, expresses the negative pole or flip side of the relationship between good and truth or between love and wisdom, and therefore involves the relationship of evil with falsity.
Proverbs 4:17 - King James Version (KJV) <17> For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
But let us return to that "A good understanding have all they that do His commandments." One has already made mention of good and understanding, righteousness and wisdom, bread and wine, as basically the X and Y of the Bible. But what happens if someone, for instance, breaks one of those commandments and, at the same time, does not love the Lord? For God has plainly told us that love to Him involves keeping His commandments; we have plainly been told that our truth must exist in relation to good and not apart from it.
If someone breaks one of His commandments then, at that point, "they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence". Let us zoom in on this concept: if someone breaks His commandment, thus by default does evilly, then they no longer have good understanding, otherwise known as truth. Accordingly, the evil of their deeds associates itself with falsities appropriate to it.
As we read in <>, "I have seen and heard many who were in the highest degree devils, who understood as the angels themselves do, the arcana of angelic wisdom, when they heard and read them; but instantly when they returned to their love, and thence to their pride, they not only understood nothing about them, but also saw the opposites, from the light of the confirmation of falsity, in them" (940:2). At first glance, one might see this passage as an exception to the relationship between good and truth or evil and falsity discussed up to this point. But it becomes clear on inspection that this elevation of evil people's understanding is a temporary phenomenon, as is their capacity to preach knowledgeably and movingly. For as we see here, "when they returned to their love, and thence to their pride, they not only understood nothing about them, but also saw the opposites".
As we read in <>, "The Lord's divine providence causes evil and the attendant falsity to serve for equilibrium, contrast, and purification, and so for the conjunction of good and truth in others" (2).
Let us look at two particular instances of this "equilibrium, contrast, and purification" drawn from the Word.
Jeremiah 43:2 - King James Version (KJV) <2> Then spake Azariah the son of Hoshaiah, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the proud men, saying unto Jeremiah, Thou speakest falsely: the Lord our God hath not sent thee to say, Go not into Egypt to sojourn there:
Matthew 5:11 - King James Version (KJV) <11> Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
The bread of wickedness (which is the "proud men") and wine of violence ("Thou speakest falsely) serves as fructification for the conjunction of righteousness and wisdom; it serves to make us increasingly worthy of the bread and the wine, by degrees of increased righteousness in association with increased understanding according to the order of regeneration.
Of these degrees we read, "It is the enjoyment of man’s life to love himself and the world above all else. This enjoyment cannot be removed in a moment, but only gradually. In the measure in which it remains in man, evil is stronger in him and can be removed only as self-love becomes a love of uses, or as the love of ruling is not for its own sake but for the sake of uses" (Divine Providence 233:5). Thus, during the regeneration a person's starting evil and falsity gradually attenuate in ongoing interrelation; which also relates to the "equilibrium, contrast, and purification" which "evil and the attendant falsity" perform for our ultimate good, in an orchestration lovingly overseen by our Father, who does not expect to turn us all from brats into humans overnight.
But let us return now to "A good understanding have all they that do His commandments". Let us zoom in still further. What if we, for instance, consider one of His commandments close? Yes, let's have a close look at Leviticus 18:22
Leviticus 18:22 - King James Version (KJV) <22> Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.
Though one personally has a predisposition to the hereditary evil of homosexuality, nonetheless the Lord has mercifully and gently led one out of its practice as well as of condoning it. In other words, one has gradually come to keep the commandment that one just cited. Now, I believe we were promised a good understanding if we, for instance, "keep His commandments". Well, one stands before you now as one who does have more understanding on the subject of homosexuality because. one. keeps. the. commandment.
Now, "abomination" comes across quite strongly! You would think that someone might be trying to get our attention. As we read in the Writings, "Abominations in the Word signify in general the evils which are named in the six last commandments of the Decalogue" (Apocalypse Revealed 891).
In other words, if I or any man were to "lie with mankind, as with womankind", then one would effectively have broken one of the commandments which, as if of ourselves but of the Lord, we. are. to. keep. After all, "[the Lord] cannot be conjoined as long as the man is in the delight of evil" (Apocalypse Revealed 937:3). Now, mention has been made not just of practising homosexuality but also of condoning its practice.
We read in
Proverbs 2:11-14 - King James Version (KJV) <11> Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: <12> To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things; <13> Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness; <14> Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked;
See that? People exist who "delight in the frowardness of the wicked"; some of those people, to be crystal clear, condone homosexual marriages in the Church.
If, then, these people commit the sin of condoning homosexuality, then it follows that there exists some falsity in association with it. Let us now consider the traditional Christian and New Christian attitude towards homosexuality. The traditional rule in both Old Church and New Church requires people literally not to engage in the act in question and of course not to defend it either. If anyone does defend it, then they are "delighting in the frowardness of the wicked" in association with falsity.
Now, as many Christians who have interacted with pro-gay marriage people can testify, there is a tendency on the part of the pro-homosexual-marriage party to distort the sincere warnings of loving Christians into 'hatred of gay people', which they term 'homophobia'. Supposedly, a Christian frantically waving their hands up and down and warning a homosexual that the bridge is out! the bridge is out! is actually 'prejudiced' and needs to become more 'woke'. Well, friends, every second spent defending gay marriage is a second not spent warning gay people that. the. bridge. is. OUT.
Jeremiah 2:13 - King James Version (KJV) <13> For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.
To "forsake" the Lord signifies to break a commandment. To "hew", an indication that trust in one's own intelligence bears relation to the verse, pertains to a falsity that accompanies the absence of conjunction with the Lord, as occurs for instance if someone does not keep His commandments, such as for instance Leviticus 18:22.
Leviticus 18:22 - King James Version (KJV) <22> Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.
The idolatry spoken of in the Bible and falsity in association with its married evil are essentially one and the same, which the Writings express as "marriages of falsity in idolatrous worship" (Arcana Coelestia 1369). Does it begin to make sense, now, why the pro-gay-marriage people accuse you of 'hatred' and 'intolerance'? I believe we have our highly obvious and easily perceptible proof that the relationship between evil and falsity definitely does operate in everyday life. Neighbours, being pro-gay marriage is a sin. And it will result certainly and unavoidably in less understanding and therefore more falsity. Note that 'hatred' and 'intolerance' above; note the term 'homophobia'... These are all falsities in married association with the evil of committing or condoning the practice of homosexuality including in the form of a monogamous relationship. It is so very important that you see this relationship between evil and falsity clearly.
Indeed, the Writings even describe an extraordinary visualisation of a sheet of paper descending from Heaven and gradually containing less and less truth in association with more and more evil by degrees till such a concept of charity became, for instance, its absence; or when such a concept as actually obeying a commandment, became for instance the situation in Malachi 2:17
Malachi 2:17 - King James Version (KJV) <17> Ye have wearied the Lord with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?
Neighbours, the God of judgment is right here. He is with all of us in presence but only some of us in conjunction (Apocalypse revealed 889); the subset of us in conjunction with the Lord do something old-fashioned, something that is not nearly 'woke' enough: we obey our Father.
Our Everlasting Father, Jesus, has given us 100% clarity with regard to the legitimacy in His sight of heterosexual, monogamous marriages; to celibacy among some; and to polygamous marriages of one heterosexual male to multiple females, an option not permitted Christians but once permitted for instance Israelites as documented in the Bible and presently permitted for Muslims as documented in the Writings. Notice how the Creator of the Universe strangely forgot to mention having blessed homosexual marriages? Neighbours, God has never commanded anyone to engage in or in any way approve of homosexual acts, including in a monogamous relationship. The Lord of Heaven and Earth has spoken quite clearly on this subject. Mention has already been made of people who delight in the wickedness of others. It is said of the same people, that they are those
Proverbs 2:13 - King James Version (KJV) <13> Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;
If God has not commanded us to bless homosexual couples openly or in secret, we. do. not. do. it. At such a fork in the road, we do not "leave the paths of uprightness"; we do not "walk in the ways of darkness", which "darkness" of course refers to the falsities associated with their evil "walk"; which is of course to break a commandment of equal seriousness to any in the Decalogue, aka "the evil of the worst adultery" (Arcana Coelestia 2220) and "filthiness which is against the order of nature" (Arcana Coelestia 2322).
Now, one has already noted that people who condone homosexual acts delight in doing so; and because this delight is of the type referred to in the Writings as a "hellish delight", such a person will be visibly and extraordinarily obsessed about condoning homosexuality, as obsessed as a proud man is of looking at themselves in the mirror; or as obsessed as a chain smoker is with cigarettes. The people in our lives who support homosexual marriages and condone of active homosexuals in the Church actually enjoy perversion, and not only that, but a particular perversion: as we have seen, breaking the command in question.
Neighbours,
Isaiah 5:20 - King James Version (KJV) <20> Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Neighbours, if you do not have knockout proof that God blesses a type of marriage arrangement or sexual practice, you do not engage in that practice; you do not condone engaging in that practice; and you do not teach people that it is okay to engage in and condone that practice.
Let me just make a brief image. Effectively, I see pro-homosexual straight people and homosexual couples getting onto a train, and they're all so happy and smiling and glad to be past 'intolerance', so they say. Well, all aboard. Then that train choochoos off and all those happy and smiling people disappear around the bend. Now, where did they go? Well, it seems to me that if you aren't 100% certain that they're going to a happy place, it would be rather unloving to just risk their eternal life on a supposition.
Did that train go to a happy place? or a very unhappy one? for people who do not take obeying commandments literally seriously, being so wrapped up in the spiritual meaning that they neglected the necessity of not living in "evils of life", as Swedenborg terms them.
Matthew 11:16-17 - King James Version (KJV) <16> But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows, <17> And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented.
Why, look there! When sinners against the express commandment of God "piped unto you" and were disappointed at your not dancing, this is exactly equivalent, spiritually speaking, to trying to get you to approve of or practice homosexuality; in other words, trying to get you personally to break one of the commandments of God.
Let us be clear here. Someone is not asking us to stomp on a dandelion or to throw an icecream cone in the trash. No, someone is asking us to either practice wickedness or take pleasure in the wickedness of others.
If you hear someone actually hating on homosexuals, stay away from them, but don't let anyone cow you if you are loving-but-warning, Christian! You are not hateful if you love and warn! And if you hear someone glorifying or supporting homosexual acts or marriage, stay away from them. Do not trust anything they say on the subject, recognise that they are addicted to glorifying the breakage of a commandment of our Creator and experience actual pleasure from this pursuit.
Now, the New Church understands that the commandments of God have both a literal and a spiritual signification. We have already spent a long time on the literal side, but relatively little time on the spiritual side to which it pertains by correspondence. We read in the Spiritual Diaries that "they who are in the highest degree of commanding out of the love of self, and not for the sake of uses, are in Sodom". Let's take this out of the spiritual world and locate it in the natural one: PC culture. Effectively, these (to borrow a word of George Orwell's) wielders of newspeak such as 'homophobia' delight in imposing their rules on society. That would be why someone would deliberately go to a Christian wedding cake baker and request a cake for two men, knowing full well that these Christians would refuse from religious conviction, and then turn around and sue them for not selling to them.
We have already seen God's description of "this generation". Note the way these "children sitting in the markets" criticise people who do not dance when they pipe, or who do not lament when they mourn! In other words, they expect you to praise what they praise and to criticise what they criticise. Friends, does that sound a little more like domination from the love of self to you now?
It is a form of domination of others from the love of self to promote something that is useless to society and contrary to the word of God. Not for nothing is the tree of knowledge of good and evil representative of a man's trusting in his own intelligence! For it is precisely deciding what good is and what evil is, and presuming to disagree with the Creator, that people who promote homosexual marriage are doing; they are engaging in trust in their own intelligence in relation to matters of good and evil.
Neighbours, have you ever noticed how homosexuality in Leviticus 18 is grouped among a bunch of verses about incest, bestiality, various other disgusting practices, in general a bad crowd of companions? Yes, that is not an accident. Who in the world would write a chapter that contained entries on scorpions, sharks, piranhas, alligators, cockroaches, bedbugs, and... a rabbit?
It makes no sense to represent something noxious like "domination of others from love of self" with a rabbit; just as you do not represent the separation of faith and works with a rabbit but rather a dragon. You represent noxious spiritual things with noxious literal things. Let us be among those who may say, at the close of this testing life,
Jeremiah 15:17 - King James Version (KJV) <17> I sat not in the assembly of the mockers, nor rejoiced; I sat alone because of thy hand: for thou hast filled me with indignation.
Let us not sit among those mockers. And let us take a look at them!
Proverbs 14:9 - King James Version (KJV) <9> Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.
Why, look there. The mockery with which the Proverb is spiritually concerned is especially poopooing sin. People, one simply cooperated in what just happened this morning. We can only love the Lord by obeying His commandments, and not just spiritually but in our lives. Beware people who make it their mission in life to cause you to slip up for all eternity.
Deuteronomy 11:26-28 - King James Version (KJV) <26> Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; <27> A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day: <28> And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.
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2020.07.10 14:30 BodilessEye A good understanding have all they that do Jesus' commandments

Psalm 111:10 - King James Version (KJV) <10> The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.
"A good understanding have all they that do his commandments." This favourite verse's pairing of good and truth is not a mere abstraction but can be depended upon in everyday life by anyone at all. The relationship between righteousness and understanding corresponds to the bread and wine of the Eucharist as well as to being a "doer" and a "hearer" of the Word. For as James says,
James 1:22 - King James Version (KJV) <22> But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
and as God says in
John 14:15 - King James Version (KJV) <15> If ye love me, keep my commandments.
In the New Church, we often hear of the relationship between good and truth and also of that between love and wisdom. We can depend upon knowing about this warp and woof relationship in all parts of the Bible, including both its positive and its negative poles. For we hear tell of the wine and bread of Melchizedek, and that also of the Eucharist; but also we hear tell of something called the "bread and wine of violence"; this "bread and wine of violence", of course, expresses the negative pole or flip side of the relationship between good and truth or between love and wisdom, and therefore involves the relationship of evil with falsity.
Proverbs 4:17 - King James Version (KJV) <17> For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
But let us return to that "A good understanding have all they that do His commandments." One has already made mention of good and understanding, righteousness and wisdom, bread and wine, as basically the X and Y of the Bible. But what happens if someone, for instance, breaks one of those commandments and, at the same time, does not love the Lord? For God has plainly told us that love to Him involves keeping His commandments; we have plainly been told that our truth must exist in relation to good and not apart from it.
If someone breaks one of His commandments then, at that point, "they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence". Let us zoom in on this concept: if someone breaks His commandment, thus by default does evilly, then they no longer have good understanding, otherwise known as truth. Accordingly, the evil of their deeds associates itself with falsities appropriate to it.
As we read in <>, "I have seen and heard many who were in the highest degree devils, who understood as the angels themselves do, the arcana of angelic wisdom, when they heard and read them; but instantly when they returned to their love, and thence to their pride, they not only understood nothing about them, but also saw the opposites, from the light of the confirmation of falsity, in them" (940:2). At first glance, one might see this passage as an exception to the relationship between good and truth or evil and falsity discussed up to this point. But it becomes clear on inspection that this elevation of evil people's understanding is a temporary phenomenon, as is their capacity to preach knowledgeably and movingly. For as we see here, "when they returned to their love, and thence to their pride, they not only understood nothing about them, but also saw the opposites".
As we read in <>, "The Lord's divine providence causes evil and the attendant falsity to serve for equilibrium, contrast, and purification, and so for the conjunction of good and truth in others" (2).
Let us look at two particular instances of this "equilibrium, contrast, and purification" drawn from the Word.
Jeremiah 43:2 - King James Version (KJV) <2> Then spake Azariah the son of Hoshaiah, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the proud men, saying unto Jeremiah, Thou speakest falsely: the Lord our God hath not sent thee to say, Go not into Egypt to sojourn there:
Matthew 5:11 - King James Version (KJV) <11> Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
The bread of wickedness (which is the "proud men") and wine of violence ("Thou speakest falsely) serves as fructification for the conjunction of righteousness and wisdom; it serves to make us increasingly worthy of the bread and the wine, by degrees of increased righteousness in association with increased understanding according to the order of regeneration.
Of these degrees we read, "It is the enjoyment of man’s life to love himself and the world above all else. This enjoyment cannot be removed in a moment, but only gradually. In the measure in which it remains in man, evil is stronger in him and can be removed only as self-love becomes a love of uses, or as the love of ruling is not for its own sake but for the sake of uses" (Divine Providence 233:5). Thus, during the regeneration a person's starting evil and falsity gradually attenuate in ongoing interrelation; which also relates to the "equilibrium, contrast, and purification" which "evil and the attendant falsity" perform for our ultimate good, in an orchestration lovingly overseen by our Father, who does not expect to turn us all from brats into humans overnight.
But let us return now to "A good understanding have all they that do His commandments". Let us zoom in still further. What if we, for instance, consider one of His commandments close? Yes, let's have a close look at Leviticus 18:22
Leviticus 18:22 - King James Version (KJV) <22> Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.
Though one personally has a predisposition to the hereditary evil of homosexuality, nonetheless the Lord has mercifully and gently led one out of its practice as well as of condoning it. In other words, one has gradually come to keep the commandment that one just cited. Now, I believe we were promised a good understanding if we, for instance, "keep His commandments". Well, one stands before you now as one who does have more understanding on the subject of homosexuality because. one. keeps. the. commandment.
Now, "abomination" comes across quite strongly! You would think that someone might be trying to get our attention. As we read in the Writings, "Abominations in the Word signify in general the evils which are named in the six last commandments of the Decalogue" (Apocalypse Revealed 891).
In other words, if I or any man were to "lie with mankind, as with womankind", then one would effectively have broken one of the commandments which, as if of ourselves but of the Lord, we. are. to. keep. After all, "[the Lord] cannot be conjoined as long as the man is in the delight of evil" (Apocalypse Revealed 937:3). Now, mention has been made not just of practising homosexuality but also of condoning its practice.
We read in
Proverbs 2:11-14 - King James Version (KJV) <11> Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: <12> To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things; <13> Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness; <14> Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked;
See that? People exist who "delight in the frowardness of the wicked"; some of those people, to be crystal clear, condone homosexual marriages in the Church.
If, then, these people commit the sin of condoning homosexuality, then it follows that there exists some falsity in association with it. Let us now consider the traditional Christian and New Christian attitude towards homosexuality. The traditional rule in both Old Church and New Church requires people literally not to engage in the act in question and of course not to defend it either. If anyone does defend it, then they are "delighting in the frowardness of the wicked" in association with falsity.
Now, as many Christians who have interacted with pro-gay marriage people can testify, there is a tendency on the part of the pro-homosexual-marriage party to distort the sincere warnings of loving Christians into 'hatred of gay people', which they term 'homophobia'. Supposedly, a Christian frantically waving their hands up and down and warning a homosexual that the bridge is out! the bridge is out! is actually 'prejudiced' and needs to become more 'woke'. Well, friends, every second spent defending gay marriage is a second not spent warning gay people that. the. bridge. is. OUT.
Jeremiah 2:13 - King James Version (KJV) <13> For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.
To "forsake" the Lord signifies to break a commandment. To "hew", an indication that trust in one's own intelligence bears relation to the verse, pertains to a falsity that accompanies the absence of conjunction with the Lord, as occurs for instance if someone does not keep His commandments, such as for instance Leviticus 18:22.
Leviticus 18:22 - King James Version (KJV) <22> Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.
The idolatry spoken of in the Bible and falsity in association with its married evil are essentially one and the same, which the Writings express as "marriages of falsity in idolatrous worship" (Arcana Coelestia 1369). Does it begin to make sense, now, why the pro-gay-marriage people accuse you of 'hatred' and 'intolerance'? I believe we have our highly obvious and easily perceptible proof that the relationship between evil and falsity definitely does operate in everyday life. Neighbours, being pro-gay marriage is a sin. And it will result certainly and unavoidably in less understanding and therefore more falsity. Note that 'hatred' and 'intolerance' above; note the term 'homophobia'... These are all falsities in married association with the evil of committing or condoning the practice of homosexuality including in the form of a monogamous relationship. It is so very important that you see this relationship between evil and falsity clearly.
Indeed, the Writings even describe an extraordinary visualisation of a sheet of paper descending from Heaven and gradually containing less and less truth in association with more and more evil by degrees till such a concept of charity became, for instance, its absence; or when such a concept as actually obeying a commandment, became for instance the situation in Malachi 2:17
Malachi 2:17 - King James Version (KJV) <17> Ye have wearied the Lord with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?
Neighbours, the God of judgment is right here. He is with all of us in presence but only some of us in conjunction (Apocalypse revealed 889); the subset of us in conjunction with the Lord do something old-fashioned, something that is not nearly 'woke' enough: we obey our Father.
Our Everlasting Father, Jesus, has given us 100% clarity with regard to the legitimacy in His sight of heterosexual, monogamous marriages; to celibacy among some; and to polygamous marriages of one heterosexual male to multiple females, an option not permitted Christians but once permitted for instance Israelites as documented in the Bible and presently permitted for Muslims as documented in the Writings. Notice how the Creator of the Universe strangely forgot to mention having blessed homosexual marriages? Neighbours, God has never commanded anyone to engage in or in any way approve of homosexual acts, including in a monogamous relationship. The Lord of Heaven and Earth has spoken quite clearly on this subject. Mention has already been made of people who delight in the wickedness of others. It is said of the same people, that they are those
Proverbs 2:13 - King James Version (KJV) <13> Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;
If God has not commanded us to bless homosexual couples openly or in secret, we. do. not. do. it. At such a fork in the road, we do not "leave the paths of uprightness"; we do not "walk in the ways of darkness", which "darkness" of course refers to the falsities associated with their evil "walk"; which is of course to break a commandment of equal seriousness to any in the Decalogue, aka "the evil of the worst adultery" (Arcana Coelestia 2220) and "filthiness which is against the order of nature" (Arcana Coelestia 2322).
Now, one has already noted that people who condone homosexual acts delight in doing so; and because this delight is of the type referred to in the Writings as a "hellish delight", such a person will be visibly and extraordinarily obsessed about condoning homosexuality, as obsessed as a proud man is of looking at themselves in the mirror; or as obsessed as a chain smoker is with cigarettes. The people in our lives who support homosexual marriages and condone of active homosexuals in the Church actually enjoy perversion, and not only that, but a particular perversion: as we have seen, breaking the command in question.
Neighbours,
Isaiah 5:20 - King James Version (KJV) <20> Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Neighbours, if you do not have knockout proof that God blesses a type of marriage arrangement or sexual practice, you do not engage in that practice; you do not condone engaging in that practice; and you do not teach people that it is okay to engage in and condone that practice.
Let me just make a brief image. Effectively, I see pro-homosexual straight people and homosexual couples getting onto a train, and they're all so happy and smiling and glad to be past 'intolerance', so they say. Well, all aboard. Then that train choochoos off and all those happy and smiling people disappear around the bend. Now, where did they go? Well, it seems to me that if you aren't 100% certain that they're going to a happy place, it would be rather unloving to just risk their eternal life on a supposition.
Did that train go to a happy place? or a very unhappy one? for people who do not take obeying commandments literally seriously, being so wrapped up in the spiritual meaning that they neglected the necessity of not living in "evils of life", as Swedenborg terms them.
Matthew 11:16-17 - King James Version (KJV) <16> But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows, <17> And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented.
Why, look there! When sinners against the express commandment of God "piped unto you" and were disappointed at your not dancing, this is exactly equivalent, spiritually speaking, to trying to get you to approve of or practice homosexuality; in other words, trying to get you personally to break one of the commandments of God.
Let us be clear here. Someone is not asking us to stomp on a dandelion or to throw an icecream cone in the trash. No, someone is asking us to either practice wickedness or take pleasure in the wickedness of others.
If you hear someone actually hating on homosexuals, stay away from them, but don't let anyone cow you if you are loving-but-warning, Christian! You are not hateful if you love and warn! And if you hear someone glorifying or supporting homosexual acts or marriage, stay away from them. Do not trust anything they say on the subject, recognise that they are addicted to glorifying the breakage of a commandment of our Creator and experience actual pleasure from this pursuit.
Now, the New Church understands that the commandments of God have both a literal and a spiritual signification. We have already spent a long time on the literal side, but relatively little time on the spiritual side to which it pertains by correspondence. We read in the Spiritual Diaries that "they who are in the highest degree of commanding out of the love of self, and not for the sake of uses, are in Sodom". Let's take this out of the spiritual world and locate it in the natural one: PC culture. Effectively, these (to borrow a word of George Orwell's) wielders of newspeak such as 'homophobia' delight in imposing their rules on society. That would be why someone would deliberately go to a Christian wedding cake baker and request a cake for two men, knowing full well that these Christians would refuse from religious conviction, and then turn around and sue them for not selling to them.
We have already seen God's description of "this generation". Note the way these "children sitting in the markets" criticise people who do not dance when they pipe, or who do not lament when they mourn! In other words, they expect you to praise what they praise and to criticise what they criticise. Friends, does that sound a little more like domination from the love of self to you now?
It is a form of domination of others from the love of self to promote something that is useless to society and contrary to the word of God. Not for nothing is the tree of knowledge of good and evil representative of a man's trusting in his own intelligence! For it is precisely deciding what good is and what evil is, and presuming to disagree with the Creator, that people who promote homosexual marriage are doing; they are engaging in trust in their own intelligence in relation to matters of good and evil.
Neighbours, have you ever noticed how homosexuality in Leviticus 18 is grouped among a bunch of verses about incest, bestiality, various other disgusting practices, in general a bad crowd of companions? Yes, that is not an accident. Who in the world would write a chapter that contained entries on scorpions, sharks, piranhas, alligators, cockroaches, bedbugs, and... a rabbit?
It makes no sense to represent something noxious like "domination of others from love of self" with a rabbit; just as you do not represent the separation of faith and works with a rabbit but rather a dragon. You represent noxious spiritual things with noxious literal things. Let us be among those who may say, at the close of this testing life,
Jeremiah 15:17 - King James Version (KJV) <17> I sat not in the assembly of the mockers, nor rejoiced; I sat alone because of thy hand: for thou hast filled me with indignation.
Let us not sit among those mockers. And let us take a look at them!
Proverbs 14:9 - King James Version (KJV) <9> Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.
Why, look there. The mockery with which the Proverb is spiritually concerned is especially poopooing sin. People, one simply cooperated in what just happened this morning. We can only love the Lord by obeying His commandments, and not just spiritually but in our lives. Beware people who make it their mission in life to cause you to slip up for all eternity.
Deuteronomy 11:26-28 - King James Version (KJV) <26> Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; <27> A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day: <28> And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.
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2020.07.10 14:23 BodilessEye A good understanding have all they that do Jesus' commandments

Psalm 111:10 - King James Version (KJV) <10> The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.
"A good understanding have all they that do his commandments." This favourite verse's pairing of good and truth is not a mere abstraction but can be depended upon in everyday life by anyone at all. The relationship between righteousness and understanding corresponds to the bread and wine of the Eucharist as well as to being a "doer" and a "hearer" of the Word. For as James says,
James 1:22 - King James Version (KJV) <22> But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
and as God says in
John 14:15 - King James Version (KJV) <15> If ye love me, keep my commandments.
In the New Church, we often hear of the relationship between good and truth and also of that between love and wisdom. We can depend upon knowing about this warp and woof relationship in all parts of the Bible, including both its positive and its negative poles. For we hear tell of the wine and bread of Melchizedek, and that also of the Eucharist; but also we hear tell of something called the "bread and wine of violence"; this "bread and wine of violence", of course, expresses the negative pole or flip side of the relationship between good and truth or between love and wisdom, and therefore involves the relationship of evil with falsity.
Proverbs 4:17 - King James Version (KJV) <17> For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
But let us return to that "A good understanding have all they that do His commandments." One has already made mention of good and understanding, righteousness and wisdom, bread and wine, as basically the X and Y of the Bible. But what happens if someone, for instance, breaks one of those commandments and, at the same time, does not love the Lord? For God has plainly told us that love to Him involves keeping His commandments; we have plainly been told that our truth must exist in relation to good and not apart from it.
If someone breaks one of His commandments then, at that point, "they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence". Let us zoom in on this concept: if someone breaks His commandment, thus by default does evilly, then they no longer have good understanding, otherwise known as truth. Accordingly, the evil of their deeds associates itself with falsities appropriate to it.
As we read in <>, "I have seen and heard many who were in the highest degree devils, who understood as the angels themselves do, the arcana of angelic wisdom, when they heard and read them; but instantly when they returned to their love, and thence to their pride, they not only understood nothing about them, but also saw the opposites, from the light of the confirmation of falsity, in them" (940:2). At first glance, one might see this passage as an exception to the relationship between good and truth or evil and falsity discussed up to this point. But it becomes clear on inspection that this elevation of evil people's understanding is a temporary phenomenon, as is their capacity to preach knowledgeably and movingly. For as we see here, "when they returned to their love, and thence to their pride, they not only understood nothing about them, but also saw the opposites".
As we read in <>, "The Lord's divine providence causes evil and the attendant falsity to serve for equilibrium, contrast, and purification, and so for the conjunction of good and truth in others" (2).
Let us look at two particular instances of this "equilibrium, contrast, and purification" drawn from the Word.
Jeremiah 43:2 - King James Version (KJV) <2> Then spake Azariah the son of Hoshaiah, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the proud men, saying unto Jeremiah, Thou speakest falsely: the Lord our God hath not sent thee to say, Go not into Egypt to sojourn there:
Matthew 5:11 - King James Version (KJV) <11> Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
The bread of wickedness (which is the "proud men") and wine of violence ("Thou speakest falsely) serves as fructification for the conjunction of righteousness and wisdom; it serves to make us increasingly worthy of the bread and the wine, by degrees of increased righteousness in association with increased understanding according to the order of regeneration.
Of these degrees we read, "It is the enjoyment of man’s life to love himself and the world above all else. This enjoyment cannot be removed in a moment, but only gradually. In the measure in which it remains in man, evil is stronger in him and can be removed only as self-love becomes a love of uses, or as the love of ruling is not for its own sake but for the sake of uses" (Divine Providence 233:5). Thus, during the regeneration a person's starting evil and falsity gradually attenuate in ongoing interrelation; which also relates to the "equilibrium, contrast, and purification" which "evil and the attendant falsity" perform for our ultimate good, in an orchestration lovingly overseen by our Father, who does not expect to turn us all from brats into humans overnight.
But let us return now to "A good understanding have all they that do His commandments". Let us zoom in still further. What if we, for instance, consider one of His commandments close? Yes, let's have a close look at Leviticus 18:22
Leviticus 18:22 - King James Version (KJV) <22> Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.
Though one personally has a predisposition to the hereditary evil of homosexuality, nonetheless the Lord has mercifully and gently led one out of its practice as well as of condoning it. In other words, one has gradually come to keep the commandment that one just cited. Now, I believe we were promised a good understanding if we, for instance, "keep His commandments". Well, one stands before you now as one who does have more understanding on the subject of homosexuality because. one. keeps. the. commandment.
Now, "abomination" comes across quite strongly! You would think that someone might be trying to get our attention. As we read in the Writings, "Abominations in the Word signify in general the evils which are named in the six last commandments of the Decalogue" (Apocalypse Revealed 891).
In other words, if I or any man were to "lie with mankind, as with womankind", then one would effectively have broken one of the commandments which, as if of ourselves but of the Lord, we. are. to. keep. After all, "[the Lord] cannot be conjoined as long as the man is in the delight of evil" (Apocalypse Revealed 937:3). Now, mention has been made not just of practising homosexuality but also of condoning its practice.
We read in
Proverbs 2:11-14 - King James Version (KJV) <11> Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: <12> To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things; <13> Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness; <14> Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked;
See that? People exist who "delight in the frowardness of the wicked"; some of those people, to be crystal clear, condone homosexual marriages in the Church.
If, then, these people commit the sin of condoning homosexuality, then it follows that there exists some falsity in association with it. Let us now consider the traditional Christian and New Christian attitude towards homosexuality. The traditional rule in both Old Church and New Church requires people literally not to engage in the act in question and of course not to defend it either. If anyone does defend it, then they are "delighting in the frowardness of the wicked" in association with falsity.
Now, as many Christians who have interacted with pro-gay marriage people can testify, there is a tendency on the part of the pro-homosexual-marriage party to distort the sincere warnings of loving Christians into 'hatred of gay people', which they term 'homophobia'. Supposedly, a Christian frantically waving their hands up and down and warning a homosexual that the bridge is out! the bridge is out! is actually 'prejudiced' and needs to become more 'woke'. Well, friends, every second spent defending gay marriage is a second not spent warning gay people that. the. bridge. is. OUT.
Jeremiah 2:13 - King James Version (KJV) <13> For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.
To "forsake" the Lord signifies to break a commandment. To "hew", an indication that trust in one's own intelligence bears relation to the verse, pertains to a falsity that accompanies the absence of conjunction with the Lord, as occurs for instance if someone does not keep His commandments, such as for instance Leviticus 18:22.
Leviticus 18:22 - King James Version (KJV) <22> Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.
The idolatry spoken of in the Bible and falsity in association with its married evil are essentially one and the same, which the Writings express as "marriages of falsity in idolatrous worship" (Arcana Coelestia 1369). Does it begin to make sense, now, why the pro-gay-marriage people accuse you of 'hatred' and 'intolerance'? I believe we have our highly obvious and easily perceptible proof that the relationship between evil and falsity definitely does operate in everyday life. Neighbours, being pro-gay marriage is a sin. And it will result certainly and unavoidably in less understanding and therefore more falsity. Note that 'hatred' and 'intolerance' above; note the term 'homophobia'... These are all falsities in married association with the evil of committing or condoning the practice of homosexuality including in the form of a monogamous relationship. It is so very important that you see this relationship between evil and falsity clearly.
Indeed, the Writings even describe an extraordinary visualisation of a sheet of paper descending from Heaven and gradually containing less and less truth in association with more and more evil by degrees till such a concept of charity became, for instance, its absence; or when such a concept as actually obeying a commandment, became for instance the situation in Malachi 2:17
Malachi 2:17 - King James Version (KJV) <17> Ye have wearied the Lord with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?
Neighbours, the God of judgment is right here. He is with all of us in presence but only some of us in conjunction (Apocalypse revealed 889); the subset of us in conjunction with the Lord do something old-fashioned, something that is not nearly 'woke' enough: we obey our Father.
Our Everlasting Father, Jesus, has given us 100% clarity with regard to the legitimacy in His sight of heterosexual, monogamous marriages; to celibacy among some; and to polygamous marriages of one heterosexual male to multiple females, an option not permitted Christians but once permitted for instance Israelites as documented in the Bible and presently permitted for Muslims as documented in the Writings. Notice how the Creator of the Universe strangely forgot to mention having blessed homosexual marriages? Neighbours, God has never commanded anyone to engage in or in any way approve of homosexual acts, including in a monogamous relationship. The Lord of Heaven and Earth has spoken quite clearly on this subject. Mention has already been made of people who delight in the wickedness of others. It is said of the same people, that they are those
Proverbs 2:13 - King James Version (KJV) <13> Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;
If God has not commanded us to bless homosexual couples openly or in secret, we. do. not. do. it. At such a fork in the road, we do not "leave the paths of uprightness"; we do not "walk in the ways of darkness", which "darkness" of course refers to the falsities associated with their evil "walk"; which is of course to break a commandment of equal seriousness to any in the Decalogue, aka "the evil of the worst adultery" (Arcana Coelestia 2220) and "filthiness which is against the order of nature" (Arcana Coelestia 2322).
Now, one has already noted that people who condone homosexual acts delight in doing so; and because this delight is of the type referred to in the Writings as a "hellish delight", such a person will be visibly and extraordinarily obsessed about condoning homosexuality, as obsessed as a proud man is of looking at themselves in the mirror; or as obsessed as a chain smoker is with cigarettes. The people in our lives who support homosexual marriages and condone of active homosexuals in the Church actually enjoy perversion, and not only that, but a particular perversion: as we have seen, breaking the command in question.
Neighbours,
Isaiah 5:20 - King James Version (KJV) <20> Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Neighbours, if you do not have knockout proof that God blesses a type of marriage arrangement or sexual practice, you do not engage in that practice; you do not condone engaging in that practice; and you do not teach people that it is okay to engage in and condone that practice.
Let me just make a brief image. Effectively, I see pro-homosexual straight people and homosexual couples getting onto a train, and they're all so happy and smiling and glad to be past 'intolerance', so they say. Well, all aboard. Then that train choochoos off and all those happy and smiling people disappear around the bend. Now, where did they go? Well, it seems to me that if you aren't 100% certain that they're going to a happy place, it would be rather unloving to just risk their eternal life on a supposition.
Did that train go to a happy place? or a very unhappy one? for people who do not take obeying commandments literally seriously, being so wrapped up in the spiritual meaning that they neglected the necessity of not living in "evils of life", as Swedenborg terms them.
Matthew 11:16-17 - King James Version (KJV) <16> But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows, <17> And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented.
Why, look there! When sinners against the express commandment of God "piped unto you" and were disappointed at your not dancing, this is exactly equivalent, spiritually speaking, to trying to get you to approve of or practice homosexuality; in other words, trying to get you personally to break one of the commandments of God.
Let us be clear here. Someone is not asking us to stomp on a dandelion or to throw an icecream cone in the trash. No, someone is asking us to either practice wickedness or take pleasure in the wickedness of others.
If you hear someone actually hating on homosexuals, stay away from them, but don't let anyone cow you if you are loving-but-warning, Christian! You are not hateful if you love and warn! And if you hear someone glorifying or supporting homosexual acts or marriage, stay away from them. Do not trust anything they say on the subject, recognise that they are addicted to glorifying the breakage of a commandment of our Creator and experience actual pleasure from this pursuit.
Now, the New Church understands that the commandments of God have both a literal and a spiritual signification. We have already spent a long time on the literal side, but relatively little time on the spiritual side to which it pertains by correspondence. We read in the Spiritual Diaries that "they who are in the highest degree of commanding out of the love of self, and not for the sake of uses, are in Sodom". Let's take this out of the spiritual world and locate it in the natural one: PC culture. Effectively, these (to borrow a word of George Orwell's) wielders of newspeak such as 'homophobia' delight in imposing their rules on society. That would be why someone would deliberately go to a Christian wedding cake baker and request a cake for two men, knowing full well that these Christians would refuse from religious conviction, and then turn around and sue them for not selling to them.
We have already seen God's description of "this generation". Note the way these "children sitting in the markets" criticise people who do not dance when they pipe, or who do not lament when they mourn! In other words, they expect you to praise what they praise and to criticise what they criticise. Friends, does that sound a little more like domination from the love of self to you now?
It is a form of domination of others from the love of self to promote something that is useless to society and contrary to the word of God. Not for nothing is the tree of knowledge of good and evil representative of a man's trusting in his own intelligence! For it is precisely deciding what good is and what evil is, and presuming to disagree with the Creator, that people who promote homosexual marriage are doing; they are engaging in trust in their own intelligence in relation to matters of good and evil.
Neighbours, have you ever noticed how homosexuality in Leviticus 18 is grouped among a bunch of verses about incest, bestiality, various other disgusting practices, in general a bad crowd of companions? Yes, that is not an accident. Who in the world would write a chapter that contained entries on scorpions, sharks, piranhas, alligators, cockroaches, bedbugs, and... a rabbit?
It makes no sense to represent something noxious like "domination of others from love of self" with a rabbit; just as you do not represent the separation of faith and works with a rabbit but rather a dragon. You represent noxious spiritual things with noxious literal things. Let us be among those who may say, at the close of this testing life,
Jeremiah 15:17 - King James Version (KJV) <17> I sat not in the assembly of the mockers, nor rejoiced; I sat alone because of thy hand: for thou hast filled me with indignation.
Let us not sit among those mockers. And let us take a look at them!
Proverbs 14:9 - King James Version (KJV) <9> Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.
Why, look there. The mockery with which the Proverb is spiritually concerned is especially poopooing sin. People, one simply cooperated in what just happened this morning. We can only love the Lord by obeying His commandments, and not just spiritually but in our lives. Beware people who make it their mission in life to cause you to slip up for all eternity.
Deuteronomy 11:26-28 - King James Version (KJV) <26> Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; <27> A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day: <28> And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.
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2020.07.10 14:22 BodilessEye A good understanding have all they that do Jesus' commandments

Psalm 111:10 - King James Version (KJV) <10> The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.
"A good understanding have all they that do his commandments." This favourite verse's pairing of good and truth is not a mere abstraction but can be depended upon in everyday life by anyone at all. The relationship between righteousness and understanding corresponds to the bread and wine of the Eucharist as well as to being a "doer" and a "hearer" of the Word. For as James says,
James 1:22 - King James Version (KJV) <22> But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
and as God says in
John 14:15 - King James Version (KJV) <15> If ye love me, keep my commandments.
In the New Church, we often hear of the relationship between good and truth and also of that between love and wisdom. We can depend upon knowing about this warp and woof relationship in all parts of the Bible, including both its positive and its negative poles. For we hear tell of the wine and bread of Melchizedek, and that also of the Eucharist; but also we hear tell of something called the "bread and wine of violence"; this "bread and wine of violence", of course, expresses the negative pole or flip side of the relationship between good and truth or between love and wisdom, and therefore involves the relationship of evil with falsity.
Proverbs 4:17 - King James Version (KJV) <17> For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
But let us return to that "A good understanding have all they that do His commandments." One has already made mention of good and understanding, righteousness and wisdom, bread and wine, as basically the X and Y of the Bible. But what happens if someone, for instance, breaks one of those commandments and, at the same time, does not love the Lord? For God has plainly told us that love to Him involves keeping His commandments; we have plainly been told that our truth must exist in relation to good and not apart from it.
If someone breaks one of His commandments then, at that point, "they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence". Let us zoom in on this concept: if someone breaks His commandment, thus by default does evilly, then they no longer have good understanding, otherwise known as truth. Accordingly, the evil of their deeds associates itself with falsities appropriate to it.
As we read in <>, "I have seen and heard many who were in the highest degree devils, who understood as the angels themselves do, the arcana of angelic wisdom, when they heard and read them; but instantly when they returned to their love, and thence to their pride, they not only understood nothing about them, but also saw the opposites, from the light of the confirmation of falsity, in them" (940:2). At first glance, one might see this passage as an exception to the relationship between good and truth or evil and falsity discussed up to this point. But it becomes clear on inspection that this elevation of evil people's understanding is a temporary phenomenon, as is their capacity to preach knowledgeably and movingly. For as we see here, "when they returned to their love, and thence to their pride, they not only understood nothing about them, but also saw the opposites".
As we read in <>, "The Lord's divine providence causes evil and the attendant falsity to serve for equilibrium, contrast, and purification, and so for the conjunction of good and truth in others" (2).
Let us look at two particular instances of this "equilibrium, contrast, and purification" drawn from the Word.
Jeremiah 43:2 - King James Version (KJV) <2> Then spake Azariah the son of Hoshaiah, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the proud men, saying unto Jeremiah, Thou speakest falsely: the Lord our God hath not sent thee to say, Go not into Egypt to sojourn there:
Matthew 5:11 - King James Version (KJV) <11> Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
The bread of wickedness (which is the "proud men") and wine of violence ("Thou speakest falsely) serves as fructification for the conjunction of righteousness and wisdom; it serves to make us increasingly worthy of the bread and the wine, by degrees of increased righteousness in association with increased understanding according to the order of regeneration.
Of these degrees we read, "It is the enjoyment of man’s life to love himself and the world above all else. This enjoyment cannot be removed in a moment, but only gradually. In the measure in which it remains in man, evil is stronger in him and can be removed only as self-love becomes a love of uses, or as the love of ruling is not for its own sake but for the sake of uses" (Divine Providence 233:5). Thus, during the regeneration a person's starting evil and falsity gradually attenuate in ongoing interrelation; which also relates to the "equilibrium, contrast, and purification" which "evil and the attendant falsity" perform for our ultimate good, in an orchestration lovingly overseen by our Father, who does not expect to turn us all from brats into humans overnight.
But let us return now to "A good understanding have all they that do His commandments". Let us zoom in still further. What if we, for instance, consider one of His commandments close? Yes, let's have a close look at Leviticus 18:22
Leviticus 18:22 - King James Version (KJV) <22> Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.
Though one personally has a predisposition to the hereditary evil of homosexuality, nonetheless the Lord has mercifully and gently led one out of its practice as well as of condoning it. In other words, one has gradually come to keep the commandment that one just cited. Now, I believe we were promised a good understanding if we, for instance, "keep His commandments". Well, one stands before you now as one who does have more understanding on the subject of homosexuality because. one. keeps. the. commandment.
Now, "abomination" comes across quite strongly! You would think that someone might be trying to get our attention. As we read in the Writings, "Abominations in the Word signify in general the evils which are named in the six last commandments of the Decalogue" (Apocalypse Revealed 891).
In other words, if I or any man were to "lie with mankind, as with womankind", then one would effectively have broken one of the commandments which, as if of ourselves but of the Lord, we. are. to. keep. After all, "[the Lord] cannot be conjoined as long as the man is in the delight of evil" (Apocalypse Revealed 937:3). Now, mention has been made not just of practising homosexuality but also of condoning its practice.
We read in
Proverbs 2:11-14 - King James Version (KJV) <11> Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: <12> To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things; <13> Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness; <14> Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked;
See that? People exist who "delight in the frowardness of the wicked"; some of those people, to be crystal clear, condone homosexual marriages in the Church.
If, then, these people commit the sin of condoning homosexuality, then it follows that there exists some falsity in association with it. Let us now consider the traditional Christian and New Christian attitude towards homosexuality. The traditional rule in both Old Church and New Church requires people literally not to engage in the act in question and of course not to defend it either. If anyone does defend it, then they are "delighting in the frowardness of the wicked" in association with falsity.
Now, as many Christians who have interacted with pro-gay marriage people can testify, there is a tendency on the part of the pro-homosexual-marriage party to distort the sincere warnings of loving Christians into 'hatred of gay people', which they term 'homophobia'. Supposedly, a Christian frantically waving their hands up and down and warning a homosexual that the bridge is out! the bridge is out! is actually 'prejudiced' and needs to become more 'woke'. Well, friends, every second spent defending gay marriage is a second not spent warning gay people that. the. bridge. is. OUT.
Jeremiah 2:13 - King James Version (KJV) <13> For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.
To "forsake" the Lord signifies to break a commandment. To "hew", an indication that trust in one's own intelligence bears relation to the verse, pertains to a falsity that accompanies the absence of conjunction with the Lord, as occurs for instance if someone does not keep His commandments, such as for instance Leviticus 18:22.
Leviticus 18:22 - King James Version (KJV) <22> Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.
The idolatry spoken of in the Bible and falsity in association with its married evil are essentially one and the same, which the Writings express as "marriages of falsity in idolatrous worship" (Arcana Coelestia 1369). Does it begin to make sense, now, why the pro-gay-marriage people accuse you of 'hatred' and 'intolerance'? I believe we have our highly obvious and easily perceptible proof that the relationship between evil and falsity definitely does operate in everyday life. Neighbours, being pro-gay marriage is a sin. And it will result certainly and unavoidably in less understanding and therefore more falsity. Note that 'hatred' and 'intolerance' above; note the term 'homophobia'... These are all falsities in married association with the evil of committing or condoning the practice of homosexuality including in the form of a monogamous relationship. It is so very important that you see this relationship between evil and falsity clearly.
Indeed, the Writings even describe an extraordinary visualisation of a sheet of paper descending from Heaven and gradually containing less and less truth in association with more and more evil by degrees till such a concept of charity became, for instance, its absence; or when such a concept as actually obeying a commandment, became for instance the situation in Malachi 2:17
Malachi 2:17 - King James Version (KJV) <17> Ye have wearied the Lord with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?
Neighbours, the God of judgment is right here. He is with all of us in presence but only some of us in conjunction (Apocalypse revealed 889); the subset of us in conjunction with the Lord do something old-fashioned, something that is not nearly 'woke' enough: we obey our Father.
Our Everlasting Father, Jesus, has given us 100% clarity with regard to the legitimacy in His sight of heterosexual, monogamous marriages; to celibacy among some; and to polygamous marriages of one heterosexual male to multiple females, an option not permitted Christians but once permitted for instance Israelites as documented in the Bible and presently permitted for Muslims as documented in the Writings. Notice how the Creator of the Universe strangely forgot to mention having blessed homosexual marriages? Neighbours, God has never commanded anyone to engage in or in any way approve of homosexual acts, including in a monogamous relationship. The Lord of Heaven and Earth has spoken quite clearly on this subject. Mention has already been made of people who delight in the wickedness of others. It is said of the same people, that they are those
Proverbs 2:13 - King James Version (KJV) <13> Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;
If God has not commanded us to bless homosexual couples openly or in secret, we. do. not. do. it. At such a fork in the road, we do not "leave the paths of uprightness"; we do not "walk in the ways of darkness", which "darkness" of course refers to the falsities associated with their evil "walk"; which is of course to break a commandment of equal seriousness to any in the Decalogue, aka "the evil of the worst adultery" (Arcana Coelestia 2220) and "filthiness which is against the order of nature" (Arcana Coelestia 2322).
Now, one has already noted that people who condone homosexual acts delight in doing so; and because this delight is of the type referred to in the Writings as a "hellish delight", such a person will be visibly and extraordinarily obsessed about condoning homosexuality, as obsessed as a proud man is of looking at themselves in the mirror; or as obsessed as a chain smoker is with cigarettes. The people in our lives who support homosexual marriages and condone of active homosexuals in the Church actually enjoy perversion, and not only that, but a particular perversion: as we have seen, breaking the command in question.
Neighbours,
Isaiah 5:20 - King James Version (KJV) <20> Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Neighbours, if you do not have knockout proof that God blesses a type of marriage arrangement or sexual practice, you do not engage in that practice; you do not condone engaging in that practice; and you do not teach people that it is okay to engage in and condone that practice.
Let me just make a brief image. Effectively, I see pro-homosexual straight people and homosexual couples getting onto a train, and they're all so happy and smiling and glad to be past 'intolerance', so they say. Well, all aboard. Then that train choochoos off and all those happy and smiling people disappear around the bend. Now, where did they go? Well, it seems to me that if you aren't 100% certain that they're going to a happy place, it would be rather unloving to just risk their eternal life on a supposition.
Did that train go to a happy place? or a very unhappy one? for people who do not take obeying commandments literally seriously, being so wrapped up in the spiritual meaning that they neglected the necessity of not living in "evils of life", as Swedenborg terms them.
Matthew 11:16-17 - King James Version (KJV) <16> But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows, <17> And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented.
Why, look there! When sinners against the express commandment of God "piped unto you" and were disappointed at your not dancing, this is exactly equivalent, spiritually speaking, to trying to get you to approve of or practice homosexuality; in other words, trying to get you personally to break one of the commandments of God.
Let us be clear here. Someone is not asking us to stomp on a dandelion or to throw an icecream cone in the trash. No, someone is asking us to either practice wickedness or take pleasure in the wickedness of others.
If you hear someone actually hating on homosexuals, stay away from them, but don't let anyone cow you if you are loving-but-warning, Christian! You are not hateful if you love and warn! And if you hear someone glorifying or supporting homosexual acts or marriage, stay away from them. Do not trust anything they say on the subject, recognise that they are addicted to glorifying the breakage of a commandment of our Creator and experience actual pleasure from this pursuit.
Now, the New Church understands that the commandments of God have both a literal and a spiritual signification. We have already spent a long time on the literal side, but relatively little time on the spiritual side to which it pertains by correspondence. We read in the Spiritual Diaries that "they who are in the highest degree of commanding out of the love of self, and not for the sake of uses, are in Sodom". Let's take this out of the spiritual world and locate it in the natural one: PC culture. Effectively, these (to borrow a word of George Orwell's) wielders of newspeak such as 'homophobia' delight in imposing their rules on society. That would be why someone would deliberately go to a Christian wedding cake baker and request a cake for two men, knowing full well that these Christians would refuse from religious conviction, and then turn around and sue them for not selling to them.
We have already seen God's description of "this generation". Note the way these "children sitting in the markets" criticise people who do not dance when they pipe, or who do not lament when they mourn! In other words, they expect you to praise what they praise and to criticise what they criticise. Friends, does that sound a little more like domination from the love of self to you now?
It is a form of domination of others from the love of self to promote something that is useless to society and contrary to the word of God. Not for nothing is the tree of knowledge of good and evil representative of a man's trusting in his own intelligence! For it is precisely deciding what good is and what evil is, and presuming to disagree with the Creator, that people who promote homosexual marriage are doing; they are engaging in trust in their own intelligence in relation to matters of good and evil.
Neighbours, have you ever noticed how homosexuality in Leviticus 18 is grouped among a bunch of verses about incest, bestiality, various other disgusting practices, in general a bad crowd of companions? Yes, that is not an accident. Who in the world would write a chapter that contained entries on scorpions, sharks, piranhas, alligators, cockroaches, bedbugs, and... a rabbit?
It makes no sense to represent something noxious like "domination of others from love of self" with a rabbit; just as you do not represent the separation of faith and works with a rabbit but rather a dragon. You represent noxious spiritual things with noxious literal things. Let us be among those who may say, at the close of this testing life,
Jeremiah 15:17 - King James Version (KJV) <17> I sat not in the assembly of the mockers, nor rejoiced; I sat alone because of thy hand: for thou hast filled me with indignation.
Let us not sit among those mockers. And let us take a look at them!
Proverbs 14:9 - King James Version (KJV) <9> Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.
Why, look there. The mockery with which the Proverb is spiritually concerned is especially poopooing sin. People, one simply cooperated in what just happened this morning. We can only love the Lord by obeying His commandments, and not just spiritually but in our lives. Beware people who make it their mission in life to cause you to slip up for all eternity.
Deuteronomy 11:26-28 - King James Version (KJV) <26> Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; <27> A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day: <28> And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.
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2020.07.10 14:21 BodilessEye A good understanding have all they that keep Jesus' commandments

Psalm 111:10 - King James Version (KJV) <10> The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.
"A good understanding have all they that do his commandments." This favourite verse's pairing of good and truth is not a mere abstraction but can be depended upon in everyday life by anyone at all. The relationship between righteousness and understanding corresponds to the bread and wine of the Eucharist as well as to being a "doer" and a "hearer" of the Word. For as James says,
James 1:22 - King James Version (KJV) <22> But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
and as God says in
John 14:15 - King James Version (KJV) <15> If ye love me, keep my commandments.
In the New Church, we often hear of the relationship between good and truth and also of that between love and wisdom. We can depend upon knowing about this warp and woof relationship in all parts of the Bible, including both its positive and its negative poles. For we hear tell of the wine and bread of Melchizedek, and that also of the Eucharist; but also we hear tell of something called the "bread and wine of violence"; this "bread and wine of violence", of course, expresses the negative pole or flip side of the relationship between good and truth or between love and wisdom, and therefore involves the relationship of evil with falsity.
Proverbs 4:17 - King James Version (KJV) <17> For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
But let us return to that "A good understanding have all they that do His commandments." One has already made mention of good and understanding, righteousness and wisdom, bread and wine, as basically the X and Y of the Bible. But what happens if someone, for instance, breaks one of those commandments and, at the same time, does not love the Lord? For God has plainly told us that love to Him involves keeping His commandments; we have plainly been told that our truth must exist in relation to good and not apart from it.
If someone breaks one of His commandments then, at that point, "they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence". Let us zoom in on this concept: if someone breaks His commandment, thus by default does evilly, then they no longer have good understanding, otherwise known as truth. Accordingly, the evil of their deeds associates itself with falsities appropriate to it.
As we read in <>, "I have seen and heard many who were in the highest degree devils, who understood as the angels themselves do, the arcana of angelic wisdom, when they heard and read them; but instantly when they returned to their love, and thence to their pride, they not only understood nothing about them, but also saw the opposites, from the light of the confirmation of falsity, in them" (940:2). At first glance, one might see this passage as an exception to the relationship between good and truth or evil and falsity discussed up to this point. But it becomes clear on inspection that this elevation of evil people's understanding is a temporary phenomenon, as is their capacity to preach knowledgeably and movingly. For as we see here, "when they returned to their love, and thence to their pride, they not only understood nothing about them, but also saw the opposites".
As we read in <>, "The Lord's divine providence causes evil and the attendant falsity to serve for equilibrium, contrast, and purification, and so for the conjunction of good and truth in others" (2).
Let us look at two particular instances of this "equilibrium, contrast, and purification" drawn from the Word.
Jeremiah 43:2 - King James Version (KJV) <2> Then spake Azariah the son of Hoshaiah, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the proud men, saying unto Jeremiah, Thou speakest falsely: the Lord our God hath not sent thee to say, Go not into Egypt to sojourn there:
Matthew 5:11 - King James Version (KJV) <11> Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
The bread of wickedness (which is the "proud men") and wine of violence ("Thou speakest falsely) serves as fructification for the conjunction of righteousness and wisdom; it serves to make us increasingly worthy of the bread and the wine, by degrees of increased righteousness in association with increased understanding according to the order of regeneration.
Of these degrees we read, "It is the enjoyment of man’s life to love himself and the world above all else. This enjoyment cannot be removed in a moment, but only gradually. In the measure in which it remains in man, evil is stronger in him and can be removed only as self-love becomes a love of uses, or as the love of ruling is not for its own sake but for the sake of uses" (Divine Providence 233:5). Thus, during the regeneration a person's starting evil and falsity gradually attenuate in ongoing interrelation; which also relates to the "equilibrium, contrast, and purification" which "evil and the attendant falsity" perform for our ultimate good, in an orchestration lovingly overseen by our Father, who does not expect to turn us all from brats into humans overnight.
But let us return now to "A good understanding have all they that do His commandments". Let us zoom in still further. What if we, for instance, consider one of His commandments close? Yes, let's have a close look at Leviticus 18:22
Leviticus 18:22 - King James Version (KJV) <22> Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.
Though one personally has a predisposition to the hereditary evil of homosexuality, nonetheless the Lord has mercifully and gently led one out of its practice as well as of condoning it. In other words, one has gradually come to keep the commandment that one just cited. Now, I believe we were promised a good understanding if we, for instance, "keep His commandments". Well, one stands before you now as one who does have more understanding on the subject of homosexuality because. one. keeps. the. commandment.
Now, "abomination" comes across quite strongly! You would think that someone might be trying to get our attention. As we read in the Writings, "Abominations in the Word signify in general the evils which are named in the six last commandments of the Decalogue" (Apocalypse Revealed 891).
In other words, if I or any man were to "lie with mankind, as with womankind", then one would effectively have broken one of the commandments which, as if of ourselves but of the Lord, we. are. to. keep. After all, "[the Lord] cannot be conjoined as long as the man is in the delight of evil" (Apocalypse Revealed 937:3). Now, mention has been made not just of practising homosexuality but also of condoning its practice.
We read in
Proverbs 2:11-14 - King James Version (KJV) <11> Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: <12> To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things; <13> Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness; <14> Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked;
See that? People exist who "delight in the frowardness of the wicked"; some of those people, to be crystal clear, condone homosexual marriages in the Church.
If, then, these people commit the sin of condoning homosexuality, then it follows that there exists some falsity in association with it. Let us now consider the traditional Christian and New Christian attitude towards homosexuality. The traditional rule in both Old Church and New Church requires people literally not to engage in the act in question and of course not to defend it either. If anyone does defend it, then they are "delighting in the frowardness of the wicked" in association with falsity.
Now, as many Christians who have interacted with pro-gay marriage people can testify, there is a tendency on the part of the pro-homosexual-marriage party to distort the sincere warnings of loving Christians into 'hatred of gay people', which they term 'homophobia'. Supposedly, a Christian frantically waving their hands up and down and warning a homosexual that the bridge is out! the bridge is out! is actually 'prejudiced' and needs to become more 'woke'. Well, friends, every second spent defending gay marriage is a second not spent warning gay people that. the. bridge. is. OUT.
Jeremiah 2:13 - King James Version (KJV) <13> For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.
To "forsake" the Lord signifies to break a commandment. To "hew", an indication that trust in one's own intelligence bears relation to the verse, pertains to a falsity that accompanies the absence of conjunction with the Lord, as occurs for instance if someone does not keep His commandments, such as for instance Leviticus 18:22.
Leviticus 18:22 - King James Version (KJV) <22> Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.
The idolatry spoken of in the Bible and falsity in association with its married evil are essentially one and the same, which the Writings express as "marriages of falsity in idolatrous worship" (Arcana Coelestia 1369). Does it begin to make sense, now, why the pro-gay-marriage people accuse you of 'hatred' and 'intolerance'? I believe we have our highly obvious and easily perceptible proof that the relationship between evil and falsity definitely does operate in everyday life. Neighbours, being pro-gay marriage is a sin. And it will result certainly and unavoidably in less understanding and therefore more falsity. Note that 'hatred' and 'intolerance' above; note the term 'homophobia'... These are all falsities in married association with the evil of committing or condoning the practice of homosexuality including in the form of a monogamous relationship. It is so very important that you see this relationship between evil and falsity clearly.
Indeed, the Writings even describe an extraordinary visualisation of a sheet of paper descending from Heaven and gradually containing less and less truth in association with more and more evil by degrees till such a concept of charity became, for instance, its absence; or when such a concept as actually obeying a commandment, became for instance the situation in Malachi 2:17
Malachi 2:17 - King James Version (KJV) <17> Ye have wearied the Lord with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?
Neighbours, the God of judgment is right here. He is with all of us in presence but only some of us in conjunction (Apocalypse revealed 889); the subset of us in conjunction with the Lord do something old-fashioned, something that is not nearly 'woke' enough: we obey our Father.
Our Everlasting Father, Jesus, has given us 100% clarity with regard to the legitimacy in His sight of heterosexual, monogamous marriages; to celibacy among some; and to polygamous marriages of one heterosexual male to multiple females, an option not permitted Christians but once permitted for instance Israelites as documented in the Bible and presently permitted for Muslims as documented in the Writings. Notice how the Creator of the Universe strangely forgot to mention having blessed homosexual marriages? Neighbours, God has never commanded anyone to engage in or in any way approve of homosexual acts, including in a monogamous relationship. The Lord of Heaven and Earth has spoken quite clearly on this subject. Mention has already been made of people who delight in the wickedness of others. It is said of the same people, that they are those
Proverbs 2:13 - King James Version (KJV) <13> Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;
If God has not commanded us to bless homosexual couples openly or in secret, we. do. not. do. it. At such a fork in the road, we do not "leave the paths of uprightness"; we do not "walk in the ways of darkness", which "darkness" of course refers to the falsities associated with their evil "walk"; which is of course to break a commandment of equal seriousness to any in the Decalogue, aka "the evil of the worst adultery" (Arcana Coelestia 2220) and "filthiness which is against the order of nature" (Arcana Coelestia 2322).
Now, one has already noted that people who condone homosexual acts delight in doing so; and because this delight is of the type referred to in the Writings as a "hellish delight", such a person will be visibly and extraordinarily obsessed about condoning homosexuality, as obsessed as a proud man is of looking at themselves in the mirror; or as obsessed as a chain smoker is with cigarettes. The people in our lives who support homosexual marriages and condone of active homosexuals in the Church actually enjoy perversion, and not only that, but a particular perversion: as we have seen, breaking the command in question.
Neighbours,
Isaiah 5:20 - King James Version (KJV) <20> Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Neighbours, if you do not have knockout proof that God blesses a type of marriage arrangement or sexual practice, you do not engage in that practice; you do not condone engaging in that practice; and you do not teach people that it is okay to engage in and condone that practice.
Let me just make a brief image. Effectively, I see pro-homosexual straight people and homosexual couples getting onto a train, and they're all so happy and smiling and glad to be past 'intolerance', so they say. Well, all aboard. Then that train choochoos off and all those happy and smiling people disappear around the bend. Now, where did they go? Well, it seems to me that if you aren't 100% certain that they're going to a happy place, it would be rather unloving to just risk their eternal life on a supposition.
Did that train go to a happy place? or a very unhappy one? for people who do not take obeying commandments literally seriously, being so wrapped up in the spiritual meaning that they neglected the necessity of not living in "evils of life", as Swedenborg terms them.
Matthew 11:16-17 - King James Version (KJV) <16> But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows, <17> And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented.
Why, look there! When sinners against the express commandment of God "piped unto you" and were disappointed at your not dancing, this is exactly equivalent, spiritually speaking, to trying to get you to approve of or practice homosexuality; in other words, trying to get you personally to break one of the commandments of God.
Let us be clear here. Someone is not asking us to stomp on a dandelion or to throw an icecream cone in the trash. No, someone is asking us to either practice wickedness or take pleasure in the wickedness of others.
If you hear someone actually hating on homosexuals, stay away from them, but don't let anyone cow you if you are loving-but-warning, Christian! You are not hateful if you love and warn! And if you hear someone glorifying or supporting homosexual acts or marriage, stay away from them. Do not trust anything they say on the subject, recognise that they are addicted to glorifying the breakage of a commandment of our Creator and experience actual pleasure from this pursuit.
Now, the New Church understands that the commandments of God have both a literal and a spiritual signification. We have already spent a long time on the literal side, but relatively little time on the spiritual side to which it pertains by correspondence. We read in the Spiritual Diaries that "they who are in the highest degree of commanding out of the love of self, and not for the sake of uses, are in Sodom". Let's take this out of the spiritual world and locate it in the natural one: PC culture. Effectively, these (to borrow a word of George Orwell's) wielders of newspeak such as 'homophobia' delight in imposing their rules on society. That would be why someone would deliberately go to a Christian wedding cake baker and request a cake for two men, knowing full well that these Christians would refuse from religious conviction, and then turn around and sue them for not selling to them.
We have already seen God's description of "this generation". Note the way these "children sitting in the markets" criticise people who do not dance when they pipe, or who do not lament when they mourn! In other words, they expect you to praise what they praise and to criticise what they criticise. Friends, does that sound a little more like domination from the love of self to you now?
It is a form of domination of others from the love of self to promote something that is useless to society and contrary to the word of God. Not for nothing is the tree of knowledge of good and evil representative of a man's trusting in his own intelligence! For it is precisely deciding what good is and what evil is, and presuming to disagree with the Creator, that people who promote homosexual marriage are doing; they are engaging in trust in their own intelligence in relation to matters of good and evil.
Neighbours, have you ever noticed how homosexuality in Leviticus 18 is grouped among a bunch of verses about incest, bestiality, various other disgusting practices, in general a bad crowd of companions? Yes, that is not an accident. Who in the world would write a chapter that contained entries on scorpions, sharks, piranhas, alligators, cockroaches, bedbugs, and... a rabbit?
It makes no sense to represent something noxious like "domination of others from love of self" with a rabbit; just as you do not represent the separation of faith and works with a rabbit but rather a dragon. You represent noxious spiritual things with noxious literal things. Let us be among those who may say, at the close of this testing life,
Jeremiah 15:17 - King James Version (KJV) <17> I sat not in the assembly of the mockers, nor rejoiced; I sat alone because of thy hand: for thou hast filled me with indignation.
Let us not sit among those mockers. And let us take a look at them!
Proverbs 14:9 - King James Version (KJV) <9> Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.
Why, look there. The mockery with which the Proverb is spiritually concerned is especially poopooing sin. People, one simply cooperated in what just happened this morning. We can only love the Lord by obeying His commandments, and not just spiritually but in our lives. Beware people who make it their mission in life to cause you to slip up for all eternity.
Deuteronomy 11:26-28 - King James Version (KJV) <26> Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; <27> A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day: <28> And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.
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2020.07.10 13:58 NicoKunde Is it true testimony of faith in God if one only enjoys God’s grace?

Is it true testimony of faith in God if one only enjoys God’s grace?
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Is it true testimony of faith in God if one only enjoys God’s grace?
Relevant Words of God:
If you only enjoy the grace of God, with a peaceful family life or material blessings, then you have not gained God, and your belief in God has failed. God has already carried out one stage of the work of grace in the flesh, and has already bestowed material blessings upon man—but man cannot be made perfect with grace, love, and mercy alone. In man’s experiences he encounters some of God’s love, and sees the love and mercy of God, yet having experienced for a period of time, he sees that God’s grace and His love and mercy are incapable of making man perfect, and incapable of revealing that which is corrupt within man, nor are they able to rid man of his corrupt disposition, or make perfect his love and faith. God’s work of grace was the work of one period, and man cannot rely on enjoying the grace of God in order to know God.
Excerpted from “Only by Experiencing Painful Trials Can You Know the Loveliness of God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
People cannot be perfected by God if they only enjoy His grace. Some are satisfied when their flesh has peace and enjoyment, when their life is easy and without adversity or misfortune, when their whole family lives in harmony, without contention or dispute—and they may even believe this to be the blessing of God. In truth, it is merely God’s grace. You must not be satisfied with merely enjoying the grace of God. Such thinking is so vulgar. Even if you read the words of God every day, and pray every day, and your spirit feels great enjoyment and is especially at peace, if you ultimately have nothing to say of your knowledge of God and His work, and have experienced nothing, and no matter how much of God’s word you have eaten and drunk, if all you feel is spiritual peace and enjoyment, and that the word of God is sweet beyond compare, as though you cannot enjoy it enough, but you have no practical experience whatsoever of the words of God and are utterly devoid of the reality of His words, then what can you gain from such faith in God? If you cannot live out the essence of God’s words, then your eating and drinking of these words and your prayers are nothing but religious belief. Such people cannot be perfected by God and cannot be gained by Him.
Excerpted from “Promises to Those Who Have Been Perfected” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
God makes people perfect through their obedience, through their eating, drinking, and enjoying of God’s words, and through the suffering and refinement in their lives. Only through faith such as this can people’s dispositions change, and only then can they possess the true knowledge of God. Not being satisfied with living amid God’s grace, actively yearning and searching for the truth, and seeking to be gained by God—this is what it means to consciously obey God and this is precisely the kind of faith that He wants. People who do nothing more than enjoy God’s grace cannot be made perfect or changed; and their obedience, piety, love, and patience are all superficial. Those who only enjoy God’s grace cannot truly know God, and even when they do know God, their knowledge is superficial, and they say things like “God loves man,” or “God is compassionate toward man.” This does not represent the life of man, and does not show that people truly know God. If, when God’s words refine them, or when His trials come upon them, people are unable to obey God—if, instead, they become doubtful, and fall down—then they are not in the least bit obedient.
Excerpted from “In Your Faith in God You Should Obey God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
In their faith, people seek to make God give them a suitable destination and all the grace they need, to make Him their servant, to have Him maintain a peaceful, friendly relationship with them so that, no matter when, there would never be any conflict between them. That is, their belief in God demands that He promise to meet all their requirements and to bestow upon them whatever they pray for, in keeping with the words they have read in the Bible, “I will listen to all your prayers.” They expect God not to judge or deal with anyone, for He has always been the merciful Savior Jesus who keeps a good relationship with people at all times and in all places. This is how people believe in God: They just shamelessly make demands of God, and He should just grant everything to them blindly, whether they are rebellious or obedient. They just continually “collect debts” from God, and He must repay them without any resistance—and pay double—whether God has gotten anything from them or not. God can only be manipulated by them, and He cannot arbitrarily orchestrate people, much less reveal to people His wisdom and righteous disposition, which have been hidden for many years, whenever He wants and without their permission. They just confess their sins to God, and God will just absolve them, and He cannot get sick of doing so, and this will go on forever. They just order God about and He just obey, because it is recorded in the Bible that God did not come to be served by man, but to serve them, and that He is here to be their servant. Have you not always believed in this way? Whenever you are unable to gain something from God, you wish to run away; when you do not understand something, you grow so resentful, and even go so far as to hurl all kinds of abuse at Him. You simply will not allow God Himself to fully express His wisdom and wonder; instead, you just want to enjoy temporary ease and comfort. Until now, your attitude in your belief in God has merely consisted of the same old views. If God shows you just a slight bit of majesty, you become unhappy. Do you see now exactly how great your stature is? Do not assume that you are all loyal to God when in fact your old views have not changed. When nothing befalls you, you believe that everything is going smoothly, and your love for God reaches a high point. When something minor happens to you, you fall down into Hades. Is this being loyal to God?
Excerpted from “You Should Put Aside the Blessings of Status and Understand God’s Will to Bring Salvation to Man” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
Most people believe in God for the sake of peace and other benefits. Unless it is to your benefit, you do not believe in God, and if you cannot receive God’s graces, you fall into a sulk. How could what you have said be your true stature? When it comes to inevitable family incidents such as children falling ill, loved ones being hospitalized, poor crop yields, and persecution by family members, even these oft-occurring, quotidian matters are too much for you. When such things happen, you are thrown into a panic, you do not know what to do—and most of the time, you complain about God. You complain that God’s words tricked you, that God’s work made a mockery of you. Do you not have such thoughts? Do you think such things happen among you only rarely? You spend every day living amid such events. You do not give the slightest thought to the success of your faith in God, and how to meet God’s will. Your true stature is too small, even smaller than a little chick’s. When your family’s business loses money you complain about God, when you find yourself in an environment without God’s protection you still complain about God, and you complain even when one of your chicks dies or an old cow in the pen falls ill. You complain when it is time for your son to get married but your family does not have enough money, and when the church’s workers eat a couple of meals at your home but the church does not reimburse you or no one sends you any vegetables, you also complain. You are overflowing with complaints, and you sometimes do not attend gatherings or eat and drink the words of God because of this, sometimes becoming negative for a great length of time. Nothing that happens to you today bears any relation to your prospects or fate; these things would also happen even if you did not believe in God, yet today you pass responsibility for them to God, and insist on saying that God has eliminated you. What of your belief in God? Have you truly offered up your life? If you suffered the same trials as Job, none among you who follow God today would be able to stand firm, you would all fall down. And there is, quite simply, a world of difference between you and Job. Today, if half your assets were seized you would dare to deny the existence of God; if your son or daughter were taken from you, you would run the streets crying foul; if your only way to make a living reached a dead end, you would try and take it up with God; you would ask why I said so many words in the beginning to scare you. There is nothing you would not dare to do at such times. This shows that you have not gained any true insights, and have no true stature.
Excerpted from “Practice (3)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
Are you content to live under the influence of Satan, with peace and joy, and a little fleshly comfort? Are you not the lowliest of all people? None are more foolish than those who have beheld salvation but do not pursue to gain it: They are people who gorge themselves on the flesh and enjoy Satan. You hope that your faith in God will not entail any challenges or tribulations, or the slightest hardship. You always pursue those things that are worthless, and you attach no value to life, instead putting your own extravagant thoughts before the truth. You are so worthless! You live like a pig—what difference is there between you, and pigs and dogs? Are those who do not pursue the truth, and instead love the flesh, not all beasts? Are those dead ones without spirits not all the walking corpses? How many words have been spoken among you? Has only a little work been done among you? How much have I provided among you? And so why have you not gained it? What do you have to complain of? Is it not the case that you have gained nothing because you are too in love with the flesh? And is it not because your thoughts are too extravagant? Is it not because you are too stupid? If you are incapable of gaining these blessings, can you blame God for not saving you? What you pursue is to be able to gain peace after believing in God—for your children to be free from illness, for your husband to have a good job, for your son to find a good wife, for your daughter to find a decent husband, for your oxen and horses to plough the land well, for a year of good weather for your crops. This is what you seek. Your pursuit is only to live in comfort, for no accidents to befall your family, for the winds to pass you by, for your face to be untouched by grit, for your family’s crops to not be flooded, for you to be unaffected by any disaster, to live in God’s embrace, to live in a cozy nest. A coward such as you, who always pursues the flesh—do you have a heart, do you have a spirit? Are you not a beast? I give you the true way without asking for anything in return, yet you do not pursue. Are you one of those who believe in God? I bestow the real human life upon you, yet you do not pursue. Aren’t you no different from a pig or a dog? Pigs do not pursue the life of man, they do not pursue being cleansed, and they do not understand what life is. Each day, after eating their fill, they simply sleep. I have given you the true way, yet you have not gained it: You are empty-handed. Are you willing to continue in this life, the life of a pig? What is the significance of such people being alive? Your life is contemptible and ignoble, you live amid filth and licentiousness, and you do not pursue any goals; is your life not the most ignoble of all? Do you have the gall to look upon God? If you continue to experience in this way, will you not acquire nothing?
Excerpted from “The Experiences of Peter: His Knowledge of Chastisement and Judgment” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
Now do you understand what belief in God is? Does belief in God mean beholding signs and wonders? Does it mean ascending to heaven? Believing in God is not easy in the slightest. Those religious practices should be purged; pursuing the healing of the sick and the casting out of demons, focusing on signs and wonders, coveting more of God’s grace, peace and joy, pursuing the prospects and comforts of the flesh—these are religious practices, and such religious practices are a vague kind of belief. What is real belief in God today? It is the acceptance of God’s word as the reality of your life and the knowing of God from His word in order to achieve a true love of Him. To be clear: Belief in God is so that you may obey God, love God, and perform the duty that should be performed by a creature of God. This is the aim of believing in God. You must achieve a knowledge of the loveliness of God, of how worthy God is of reverence, of how, in His creatures, God does the work of salvation and making them perfect—these are the bare essentials of your belief in God. Belief in God is principally the switch from a life in the flesh to a life of loving God; from a life within naturalness to a life within the being of God; it is coming out from under the domain of Satan and living under the care and protection of God; it is being able to achieve obedience to God and not obedience to the flesh; it is allowing God to gain your entire heart, allowing God to make you perfect, and freeing yourself from the corrupt satanic disposition. Belief in God is principally so that the power and glory of God may be manifested in you, so that you may do God’s will, and accomplish God’s plan, and be able to bear testimony to God before Satan. Belief in God should not revolve around the desire to behold signs and wonders, nor should it be for the sake of your personal flesh. It should be about the pursuit of knowing God, and being able to obey God, and, like Peter, obeying Him until one’s death. These are the main aims of believing in God.
Excerpted from “All Is Achieved by the Word of God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
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2020.07.10 13:47 adriftingleaf [PI] Death And Taxes

This is the edited version of my response to this prompt. I ended up pretty happy with it. Also, this is my first PI submission so I apologize to the mods in advance if I messed up something.
So without further ado...awaaaaay we go.
Death And Taxes
Mammon paused in front of the doors to Mort Incorporated and checked his tie in the reflection. Perfect, as always. His hair was silver and exactly in place, his suit was green and expertly tailored, his eyes gold behind copper rimmed spectacles. He pushed the door open and walked to the reception desk.
The wispy blonde secretary looked up. “Can I help you sir?”
Mammon handed over his card. The writing wasn’t in any human language. “Mammon, here representing Weep, Gnash, and Wail. I have an appointment to discuss the…” he lowered his voice “tax situation.”
At the word “tax” the secretary sat up straighter. “Oh. Yes, I see you here on the schedule.” She stood up and opened the door to the office for him. “If you would follow me, Sir, I’ll take you to the meeting room.”
She led Mammon past an infinite row of cubicles full of beings hard at work.
One fat imp was screaming at a skeleton “I’m telling you, if we ease up on the mutation rate, they’re going to adapt! Or even worse, figure out some of that medi-sign that they keep coming up with!” The skeleton shook its skull and pointed at a white board. “No, look, we’re almost at critical mass already, a couple more weeks and it should rip through their whole society. We’re going to make enough that I can get myself gold plated.”
A group of lava demons were talking quietly by the magma heater. “If this keeps up, the caldera should be ready to pop by June, July at the latest. With that kind of bonus, I should be able to retire as a fossil in 10, 20 millenia, tops.” One of them took a sip from a mug and said, “Lets not get ahead of ourselves, I just want to put in a hot tub. It’s great if we can make it happen, but let's just focus on the fatalities we can be sure of. You know we can’t afford to miss any more marks.”
They passed an uncountable number of conversations like that as they walked. Finally, the secretary turned right past infinity, and after a finite number of vending machines, stopped at a conference room. “If you will just wait here, Lord Mammon, I’ll send word to Lord Azrael that you have arrived. Can I get you anything while you wait? Water? Wine? Blood? We have a lovely South Pacific virginal blend at the moment.”
Mammon shook his head. “No, thank you. I’m fine.” He sat and took a sheaf of papers out of his briefcase, and began to review them. “Please tell Lord Azrael that I eagerly await his presence.”
The secretary squeaked and let the door shut on its own. Mammon continued reviewing his papers, making notes in the margins, and though he kept turning pages over, the stack before him never got any smaller.
It was two eternities and 30 seconds before the door opened again to admit a tall, lean, very pale man with black hair and a black suit. “Mr. Mammon! I apologize for the delay, it’s been busy here lately. We’re finally hitting our stride.”
Mammon raised an eyebrow and consulted his watch. “Yes. Your predecessor was never late. He was known for it, in fact.”
Azrael laughed and sat in a chair across from Mammon. “Price of progress!”
Mammon pursed his lips. “Yes. The price of progress is in fact what we need to discuss.”
Azrael waved his hands. “Look, I’ve explained this to the Council. I just need a few more months to bring revenues back up, and then we’ll be flush for centuries. I know we’re behind on our taxes, but I’ll make it up.”
Mammon continued going through the documents in front of him. “The Council no longer shares your confidence in this little experiment of yours.” He initialized something and licked his finger to flip the page over. “Your collections have been down for over a hundred years, and every time it’s brought up, you insist that you have a breakthrough right around the corner.”
Azrael waved at one wall, and it lit up with scenes from Earth. As he spoke, scenes on the wall brought themselves to the forefront. “Have you seen what we’ve managed to accomplish this year, though? Plague! Fires! Riots! We have an exciting famine coming up in November, and the long term prospects for global warming...well, look, we’re just about ready to make the Black Death look like a mild cough!”
“Mr. Azrael, we’ve heard it all before. You were one of the leading voices for privatizing the collections department, after all.”
Azrael squirmed in his seat. “I was in favor of it, yes, but I certainly wasn’t the only entity behind it.”
Mammon looked up at Azrael, irritated, and his eyes were glowing slightly. “No need to be modest Mr. Azrael, I know full well it was originally your idea. You were the one who put the motion before the Council, arguing that the time was upon us to either adapt to the new world order, or face the possibility of a future where collections would constantly be falling off.” Mammon returned to his papers while he continued talking. “I will admit that your new endeavors are certainly more...creative, than what we used to do. In the old days, Humans would get old, get sick, and die, and we would harvest their souls and send them off to pay council obligations. It was routine. Some even called it boring.”
Mammon continued going through his papers. Azrael opened his mouth to break the silence, but Mammon cut him off. “I remember the speech you gave, arguing that by privatizing the institution of death, we could bring on a whole new era. You said that their medicine would eventually make death obsolete, unless we took steps soon. You pointed out that projections showed war ending in the next millenia. You even brought up some of the more embarrassing mistakes made by the previous administrators, that Jesus person in particular.”
Azrael allowed himself the ghost of a smile. “It was a good speech.”
Mammon nodded. “I will agree that it was quite persuasive. You did manage to convince the Council that perhaps the old way of doing things needed to be retired.” Mammon turned another page over. “However, you also assured us at the time that revenues would remain stable. They have not.”
Azrael shook his head. “I told you, this is all an investment. And it’s paying off!” Azrael stood up and walked to the door. “Come on, I’ll show you some of the things we’re working on in Research and Development. We’ve almost figured out how to give rabid bears the ability to teleport.”
Mammon looked up at the door and his eyes blazed. His skin took on a golden hue, and the room darkened. “SIT DOWN, Mr. Azrael.” His voice carried an echo of coins clinking against each other. Pale, Azrael returned to his seat. Mammon took a deep breath to compose himself and went back to his papers. “Your predecessor didn’t concern himself with innovation.” His voice had returned to normal, and the light in the room slowly came back.
Azrael leaned forward, angry, looking more skeletal than before, his flesh drawn tighter against his skull. He jabbed a bony finger at the wall. “Which held us back!” he shouted.
“Which kept us stable,” Mammon snapped. “EVERYONE COMES TO ME IN THE END, he used to say. Revenues were consistent. Your fears about their medicine never did come to pass, and war continues unabated. Meanwhile, you continue to miss your quotas, because you use so many resources on your research and development. Were that not enough, you subcontract out some of the work to even greater expense.” Mammon flipped over another page. “Contractors that it turns out you no longer have the ability to pay. I’ll let you imagine how amused the Council was when some of them started turning up demanding payment.”
Azrael became even paler. He licked his lips. “I...I will of course apologize to the council for this embarrassing lapse of judgement on my part and find a way to make things whole-”
“It is far too late for you to make things whole, Mr. Azrael.” There was a knock at the door. “You will want to answer that.”
Shaking, Azrael opened the door to the conference room. His mouth twisted in a sneer. “Oh. The old guard.”
Standing there was the previous officeholder. He was seven feet tall, wearing a black robe. Nothing could be seen inside the depths of the hood. There was a growling noise around his knees. Azrael looked down to see a large black dog with red eyes snarling at him. “New dog?”
The figure nodded. THE THREE HEADED ONES ARE TOO MUCH TROUBLE. THE LAST ONE ENDED UP FIGHTING ITSELF TO DEATH OVER A STEAK. COME, GORMR. Death strode into the room and stood silently at one end of the table. The dog sat next to him. A skeletal hand emerged from the robe and gave it a treat. GOOD BOY.
Mammon finished writing on the last sheet of paper and flipped it over onto the stack, then pushed the whole thing towards Azrael. “As I said, the council has grown tired of your experiments. The operation is being Celestialized again, and you are being forced out, Mr. Azrael. If you would sign here?”
Azrael took up the pen but didn’t sign. “What am I signing?”
“Your last act as chairman. You will turn the collections department back over to the Council to run as they see fit. In addition, all your possessions - all your extra souls, magical trinkets, angelic horns, that sort of thing - are to be confiscated in an attempt to pay the debts you have accrued.”
Azrael stared at the contract in front of him, his mouth hanging open. “But...but I’ll have nothing left,” he whispered.
IF IT HELPS, THAT’S HOW EVERYONE ENDS UP SOONER OR LATER
Defeated, Azrael picked up the pen and signed. Mammon took the pen from his limp fingers and signed as witness. “Excellent, Mr. Azrael. I believe you can show yourself out.” Azrael opened his mouth to say something, then sighed, and left the room, closing the door quietly behind him.
Mammon stood up, smiled, and extended a hand to Death. “I am pleased to welcome you back, Sir. It has been too long.” Death shook his hand. “The council has loaned me to you to help with the transition period, just until we get all the books in order. What do you need me to do?”
FIRST, YOU WILL SEE TO IT THAT WE BRING THE OLD COLLECTIONS DEPARTMENT UP TO FULL STRENGTH. ISSUE ANY BEING THAT IS CAPABLE A STANDARD ISSUE SCYTHE AND ROBE, AND SEND THEM OUT TO THE HUMAN REALM TO HARVEST SOULS. ONE AT A TIME.
“As you wish, my lord. What would you have me do with all of the research and development projects?”
TERMINATE THEM. ALL OF THEM.
Mammon raised an eyebrow. “Are you sure, my lord?”
Death waved a hand, Gormr watching it for treats. WE WILL RETURN TO THE OLD WAYS. NONE OF THIS ACCELERATIONIST NONSENSE, NONE OF THIS ‘MAKE IT UP IN VOLUME’ BUSINESS. EVERYONE WILL COME TO US IN THE END. THE HUMANS EVEN HAVE A PROOF OF IT. WE SIMPLY HAVE TO WAIT TO COLLECT. Death’s hand dipped back into his pocket long enough to find another treat for Gormr. The unholy hound from beyond the grave ate it and wagged his tail.
“Very well, my lord. I have to say though, that will mean eliminating the vast majority of our current positions. What do you want me to tell them?”
Death pushed his hood back to show his skull. The blue flames in his eye sockets glowed, and he seemed to grin even more than normal. YOU MAY TELL ANYONE THAT OBJECTS THAT THEY ARE FREE TO TAKE IT UP WITH ME PERSONALLY.
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2020.07.10 12:02 RoseKMorgan There Are No Aliens In Roswell, New Mexico

“I think there’s something wrong with the door to my room. Number 12,” I fanned myself with pamphlets pulled from the motel lobby’s display. I hadn’t read them yet, but there’d be more than enough time for that once I was able to get back into the room.
The man behind the counter —a sleepy-eyed fellow who would have been a dead ringer for Nic Cage had his skin been a shade or two lighter—shook his head as he pulled open a drawer.
“Apologies, ma’am. My son—” He paused, shouting the word so it could be heard outside, “—was meant to take a look at it before your arrival. Breakfast is on us tomorrow for the inconvenience.”
He withdrew a screwdriver set from the drawer. Tools in hand, the man shepherded me out of reception, through the parking lot and back to my room. Several minutes of tinkering and cut-off curse words later, Not-Nic-Cage had readjusted the knob. Two test runs of unlocking it and we were both satisfied. I waved him farewell as I headed in, the door locking behind me.
The green, bug-eyed alien head mounted on the wall stared down menacingly at me. I smiled back up at it. After all, I’d chosen the room. Out of all the themed rooms at the motel here in Corona, New Mexico, I had to pick the alien room.
They’d always been a love of mine. Aliens, that is, not themed motel rooms —although, to a point, those too. Growing up in Niagara Falls on the northern side of the border, I’d had an adoration for the cheesiest of tourist traps since the day I took my first steps. You’d think growing up next-door to all manner of cash-grabs would have made me resent them, as it did so many of my classmates. You’d have been wrong. I never tired of the bright colours and tacky decorations.
My favourite had been a restaurant not too far out from the Falls. The building itself was shaped like a pair of flying saucers, and as far as I’d been concerned, it was the coolest place on Earth. My parents would confide in me years later that they’d hated the food since the first time we went, but seeing my face light up at the plastic aliens was worth choking down a cold burger, flat Coke and wilted bouquet of french fries.
I’d brought Jim there on our first date. Unlike me, he lived south of the border. He and a group of his friends would travel up to bar hop the Falls every other weekend. (The drinking age in Canada, you see, is 19.) Only 18 at the time, Jim was the DD. Being the only two sober people in our respective groups of friends, we’d had automatic common ground. By the time 19 rolled around, legal drinking wasn’t the topic on either of our minds.
We got married that summer. Everyone I knew, parents included, told me it was a mistake. They told me we were rushing it, things would never pan out, and that marriages at 19 end in divorce. I would have loved to prove them wrong and see how long it would have lasted. I would have loved to look back at age 50 and laugh, Jim by my side, about how everyone had told us we wouldn’t make it.
A 48-year-old father of two, coping with his own failing marriage by keeping a bottle of Black Label behind the wheel of his pickup, had seen to it that we didn’t.
I laid back on the motel bed, not bothering to remove my shoes. I hadn’t made a conscious decision to come to Corona. It just felt right. I had no desire to return to my parents’, and, without Jim there, I couldn’t get out of our apartment fast enough. Coming down here just felt like what I was meant to do. We’d always joked about it.
“I’ll buy you all the obnoxious alien keyrings you can carry,” he’d once said, punctuating it with a kiss on the forehead.
But now I was alone, and I’d have to buy my own obnoxious keyrings.

Though Corona was closer to the fabled crash site than Roswell itself, the latter was where the real action was. The trip to the city was just short of 2 hours but, armed with my free muffin from the reception desk, the drive didn’t bother me. I spent the first part of my day visiting the International UFO Museum and Research Centre, the real gem of the alien tourism scene. I took the odd photo, but it wasn’t long until I put my phone away. Who was I meant to show the pictures to?
The bulk of the day wasn’t exploring aliens, but art. Roswell had a handful of little galleries that I’d looked up ahead of time. I walked through each in solitude, enjoying everything from pop art UFOs to graceful life drawings.
The day ended the way that my love of the extraterrestrial had begun — with a disappointing hamburger. In this case, it was under a set of the golden arches; Though, to its credit, the chain restaurant was shaped like a flying saucer. For a McDonald’s, it was remarkably empty. I chewed in near silence.
By the time I’d made my way out of Roswell, the sun was dipping below the horizon. My driver on the way back wasn’t much of a talker. I’d tried to ask him how long he’d lived in the area and what he thought of it, but he just grunted. The radio buzzed with static that should have been annoying. As the last rays of the sun sank out of view, it was instead hypnotic. For the first time, I understood the value of a white-noise machine.
“Hey,” The voice echoed through the small car, shaking me from my ill-timed nap. “We’re here.” I paid the driver — tipping 20%, though he hadn’t been much in the way of entertainment — and let myself out.
Back in my room, my first priority was a shower. I was sticky from a day spent in the summer heat. By the time I was cleaned up, it was only 9:00pm. I’d planned to sleep as soon as I got back to the motel, but after my impromptu cab catnap, I was revitalized. Dressed in an old pair of pyjamas and a surprisingly fluffy motel robe, I decided to help myself to a drink from the minifridge. A beer in one hand and the TV remote in the other, I settled into bed.
I flicked between channels, no idea of what to watch. Reruns of sitcoms, infomercials and the news didn’t appeal to me. I settled on a religious service. Satisfied, I threw the remote onto the bed and picked up the UFO-shaped stress ball I’d purchased earlier in the day. I squished it absentmindedly as I watched.
It was some sort of faith healing. I wasn’t religious, but something about so many people getting unreasonably excited about the same thing drew me in. It wasn’t a spiritual experience for me, but it was entertaining enough to make my way through two and a half bottles of a cheap beer I’d never heard of. As the man on-screen supposedly rid a 70-year-old grandpa of stage four cancer, something twitched in the corner of my vision. Instinctively, I turned.
I liked having the natural light shine in on me in the morning, so I’d left the curtains on my room’s window wide open. All that lay on the other side of the window was a void of a parking lot. I squinted to see if there was anything out in the darkness. I could have sworn there was motion just moments previous.
By the time I turned back to the screen, I’d missed a wheelchair user gaining the ability to walk. I cursed under my breath for not paying attention at this clearly accurate and not-at-all misleading/exploitative portrayal of the woman’s abilities. As I lifted my beer, another flicker of motion danced at my periphery. This time, I nearly snapped my neck to get a look.
For an instant, I saw a man standing there in the darkness. At least...I thought I did. It was nearly impossible to know for sure. The night was darker than ink and the silhouette I (possibly) saw was just the same. Seeing a black shape on top of a black field was hard enough at the best of times, let alone seated on the other side of the room several beers in. I couldn’t focus my eyes on what I thought I saw. It was all just smooth darkness, uniform as the television screen that sat, powered off, on the wall across from me.
I turned my head from the window back towards the television. I didn’t know when the faith healer had been silenced, but the vacuum left behind by his bloviating was filled with the pounding of blood in my ears. I had not turned the TV off; The remote still lay where I’d thrown it. It crossed my mind that there might have been a power surge, but my lamp remained glowing, as did the red power indicator at the bottom of the TV’s bezel.
With a shaky hand, I raised my beer to my mouth, hoping the cold alcohol would be enough to drain away the tightness forming in my throat. When that didn’t work, I set the beer down on my bedside table. I squeezed the UFO stress ball like my life depended on it; When I’d bought it, I had no idea how practical a purchase it was.
My free hand reached out for the TV remote. As my fingers brushed the grey plastic, before I’d had the chance to push the power, the dead screen leapt back to life, a crowd of worshippers loudly applauding the great works of the man on screen. Jesus, was it that loud before it went off? I turned the volume down. It was a balancing act: Loud enough to cover up the ragged, anxious breaths I drew, but quiet enough that if there was someone outside, I’d still hear. I gingerly placed the remote back on the bed, like moving it too quickly would spike the volume or kill the power once more.
I could have stared at the TV. Could have watched the preacher continue to cure his congregation. In retrospect, I should have. Instead, I turned to look at the window again.
Through the glass was nothing but the sunless expanse of the parking lot. Yet, a silhouette of a man stood there all the same. Rather, I saw the silhouette of a man, the way you see stars dancing across the backs of your eyelids when you push your thumbs into your sockets. It was indistinct, something I could not draw on a paper and which I am certain I could not catch on film, but it was the silhouette of a man nonetheless.
Then it was gone.
I blinked, trying to recapture what I had just seen — my brain still trying to process where the man had gone. If there had been a man outside my window, then certainly he must have gone somewhere. Logically, he must have walked, ran, something, or still be standing there.
Eyes still locked on the window, I grasped for the room phone. I broke my single-player staring contest long enough to look down and punch in the code for the front desk, before refocusing on the darkness.
The phone rang three times, then the line clicked off.
Swallowing hard, I redialed only to be met with the same thing. The third time, it didn’t even ring once — clicking off as soon as I’d punched in the numbers.
I hung up the phone, glancing at the snarling plastic alien on the wall. It felt less charming now.
I hadn’t seen anything in the darkness for a few minutes at this point, and my heartrate had dropped back down to a level sure to burn less calories. Part of me was starting to believe I’d been imagining the whole thing. After all, I hadn’t come down to New Mexico in the best state of mind. I was fairly confident that “hallucination” wasn’t typically one of the five stages of grief, but hey. Everyone’s different.
I rose to my feet, tossing the stress UFO I’d reduced to a pancake onto the bed behind me. I’d nearly forgotten I was holding it. I walked slowly to the window. If someone was out there, this would be my chance to get a good look at them. If no one was, then I could rest easy. As I crept towards the glass, nothing seemed out of the ordinary. It was dark, save for the delicate light of the motel’s main signpost.
I scanned the nearby parking spaces. Empty as they’d been when I arrived. Except…
Over by the reception area. Was...someone trying to get in? It was hard to tell. The reception area was poorly lit, and if there was a figure there, they were nearly impossible to focus on. No matter how I scrunched and contorted my face, I couldn’t get a good look.
Maybe it was the alcohol that emboldened me. Maybe it was genuine curiosity. Maybe it was a repressed death wish. I couldn’t tell you what it was for sure, but the fact is that, now that the threat wasn’t in my immediate area, I wanted to get a better look. I opened my room door and leaned out into the night. I still couldn’t see.
I leaned a little further out. I stumbled.
My room door clicked shut behind me.
I spun around, but it was too late — it was shut tight. I knew it was locked from the moment I heard it close, but that didn’t stop me from grabbing the handle and doing my best to tear the thing back open. No dice.
Well, fuck.
I turned back toward reception. At least out here in the night air I could see once and for all that there was no figure trying to bust in — clearly the result of an overactive imagination. In fact, though I felt nauseated at the thought, reception was exactly where a foolish, locked-out woman was going to have to go.
I was walking before I could think about it too long. Apprehensive as I was, actually arriving at reception was a relief. There was no one standing out there. I grabbed the handle and pulled.
The door didn’t open.
I squinted and looked through the glass of the building. Not-Nic-Cage wasn’t there. Nor was the son he had mentioned. The reception desk was entirely empty. Wondering if they were in another room, I banged on the window.
“Hey! Anyone in there? Could use a bit of help out here.”
No answer.
The apprehension was back. There was no one out in the parking lot, which was good — but there was also no one in the building, which was very bad. There was no way for me to get back into my room without them.
Tears started welling up in the corner of my eyes. This was stupid. I was an idiot for going outside, and I was an idiot for coming down to New Mexico in the first place. What the hell was I expecting to happen? I rubbed my eyes to get rid of the moisture.
I pulled my balled fists away from my face, then blinked, uncomprehending.
Where the reception building had stood moments ago, there was nothing but blackness. I rubbed my eyes a second time, hoping that I was misunderstanding what I was seeing. I was not. There was nothing there. I spun around towards the parking lot — rather, to where the parking lot had once been.
Stretching out around me in every direction was nothing but dark scrubland. It was difficult to tell what I was looking at. My only light sources were the celestial bodies hanging high above me, painting the land below with a faint glow. I scanned the horizon in all directions, and I found nothing. I thought, maybe, I’d somehow managed to walk in the wrong direction, but I hadn’t. The motel wasn’t visible in any direction — surely, were I anywhere near it, I would still see its glowing sign?
As my pulse quickened, a thought popped into my mind.
I don’t know why I’m here.
It was my thought, but it felt wrong, like when an audio drama recasts one of the actors and expects you not to notice. The slightest quality of inaccuracy dripped off every word. It was in my head, but I felt like I hadn’t been the one to think it.
I don’t know why I’m here.
I didn’t know why I was here. I didn’t know why I was here in the middle of the desert when I had simply been trying to visit reception. Why was I going to reception, again?
I don’t know why I’m here.
It felt more like me this time. I was getting used to the thought because of how true it was and how right it felt to think it. Why was I here, in New Mexico? Why was I here, in the middle of the desert, on my knees, in the dirt?
Wait, no. I knew the answer to that one. I thought I saw someone, didn’t I? I thought I saw someone outside my window. I thought I saw someone outside reception. I thought that I—
There is no one out here.
There was no one out there. There had never been anyone out there, had there? I thought I’d seen someone. I’d gone to see if there was someone out there, but there was no one, and there had never been someone. There is no one out here.
As I turned my face skyward, tears were once again welling up in my eyes. There had never been anyone out here, but God, did I wish there was. Staring up into the dark blanket of night above me, watching the stars glimmer, I knew I was alone.
There is no one out here.
The hours crawled by, and I stayed exactly where I was. Where was there to go? The motel — had such a thing ever existed — was too far away for me to see, and I hadn’t the slightest idea which direction to walk to find it, or anything else. I stayed on my knees, digging my nails into the earth below me, and was still.
Some day, the sun began to rise. I watched as it began to show from behind the horizon line, shining bright and burning my eyes and skin as it raised itself from the ground. Was anyone else watching this sunrise?
“Ma’am?”
I turned my head, my neck aching. When had the last time been that I’d moved it?
A man stood behind me. He was next to his car in the motel parking lot. I said nothing. My gaze crawled over the man, the car, the parking lot, the motel.
“What’re you doin’ out here, hon?”
My words felt like dust; Ancient, unwanted.
“I thought I saw someone out here.”
The man, his car bearing out-of-state-plates, looked out to the desert. He squinted.
“Trust me, there ain’t nobody out there.”
A shower, a tea, and I was checked out of the motel. I found I wasn’t hungry. I was too nauseated.
I was on my way back to Canada the same day. My parents were thrilled to have me back. I was not thrilled to go, but I had no idea what else to do. So I moved into my childhood bedroom, still adorned with plush toys, a tiny desk that I’d outgrown a decade ago, and bright pink curtains drawn over a second-floor window with a clear view out the backyard.
I don’t know how to explain what happened to me in New Mexico. I tried, at first, to figure out how to describe that night, and how it had stretched out into eternity, but my head aches when I dwell on it for more than a few minutes at a time. All I do know is, when I look out my bedroom window at night, I can see the clear sky above me.
And when I look at those stars and the black void they call their home, I know there is nobody out there. I know it with a certainty I cannot overstate. Just as I know that I am alive, that I know my own name, that I know my own age, I know that there is nobody out there.
That scares me more than anything else.
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2020.07.10 12:00 Mythos_Industries Mr. Lore: The King arrives

I walk along the upper walkway in the warehouse. There is something in here that’s killing people. Louise has done a good job of suppressing it. As I walk, I think since I own the place. I might have to call pest control.
Considering on what I’m dealing with. I guess I’m the pest control.
I need to do this. I can’t let anything hurt people. I have plans for this place and it needs to be safe.
I’m not alone however. I look down at Snowflake. “Ok. Dude. Take a look around. Maybe you or I can flush this thing out and we can take care of it.”
Snowflake nods and takes off.
He is still depressed about Jayson. Hell, I’m still depressed about Jayson. It won’t end until we find him. I thought me and his best friend could do this together to keep our minds distracted and do some good in the process.
There’s also one more here.
Gumdrop is outside patrolling the permitter. Making sure whatever is in here. Stays in here. My plan is to sweep the upstairs and make my way down. The upstairs sweep takes about a hour. I look up and see Snowflake bounding on the wooden beams above. “Hey.” I yell.
Snowflake stops and looks at me.
“Find anything?” I ask.
Snowflake shakes his head no.
“Sweep again up here, just to make sure. I’m heading downstairs. Meet you down there.”
Snowflake nods and takes off.
I walk downstairs to the first floor. I survey the floor. It is full of floor to ceiling shelving units and bare bulbs hang down here and there. I look out the large window made of smaller square panes of glass. I see Gumdrop walk by. I tap on the window with my knuckle and he stops. I nod and give the thumbs up. Gumdrop barks and continues his patrol. I too continue walking. As I walk among the shelving units, I hear laughing. It kinda sounds like Snowflake but it’s slower and….wrong. I look over and see something hunkered down on a shelf. It looks like Snowflake but older and its skin is a shiny black. This thing has red eyes like Snowflake.
“What the fuck?” I whisper.
It lunges at me. It’s talons are a dark, blood red color. I duck but it does nothing. It lands and grabs me then tosses me in the air. I fly across the warehouse and when it hit the floor, I slide until a shelving unit stops me. I grab my stomach as a dull ache erupts in it. The evil Snowflake walks towards me.
I start firing.
It dodges every shot as it jumps here and there and off of the shelving units. I get up and start running. In the middle of the floor is a wide open area. As soon as I reach it, I’m tackled from behind. I’m spun around and I see the evil Snowflake above me. It raises its claw but is stopped by laughter.
“Ha, ha, ha.”
I know that laugh anywhere.
It’s Snowflake.
The evil Snowflake stops and hisses. Anger twists it’s face. It was then when Snowflake drops to the ground. The evil Snowflake screams and Snowflake does the same in kind. They start running towards each other. They collide and start swiping at each other. Their attacks are so viscous and combined with the screeching. I can’t help but cringe. I watch helplessly as they slam each other on the ground. Over the cacophony of screeching. I hear glass break. There is a booming bark that shakes the ground before Gumdrop appears. Snowflake and evil Snowflake break apart. Gumdrop and Snowflake stand outside of the light and I can see their red eyes glow in the darkness.
“Ha...ha…ha.”
Snowflake does that slow laugh again as intimidation.
I have to admit…it fucking works.
In the lone light between me and them stands the evil Snowflake. It turns and runs towards me.
I freeze with fear. Once again I’m the least dangerous thing in the room.
Gumdrop and Snowflake take off after him. Gumdrop reaches the evil Snowflake first and lock jaws on him. He shakes evil Snowflake violently before tossing him in the air. Snowflake jumps as he holds his claw high. He strikes the evil version of him and the black gremlin bounces off the floor and back into Gumdrop’s mouth. The evil Snowflake is shaken again violently. Snowflake grabs the evil version of himself and he and Gumdrop start playing tug of war. Snowflake rips the legs off before Gumdrop slams the evil Snowflake on the ground. Then Snowflake jumps on the other version of him and attacks incredibly violently. Snowflake hops off as I walk over. The evil Snowflake looks at me with its one remaining eye. It’s body is torn apart where it looks more like chum poured out of a bucket. It feebly reaches for me as I pull one of my guns out. The rest of its torn up head explodes as I fire.
I turn and look at my partners.
“Well, thank god I was here.” I say.
Snowflake laughs as Gumdrop sneezes. I holster my gun and bend over with my hands on my knees.
“Good thing you two were here. That would’ve gone so, so wrong.”
Snowflake pats Gumdrop on the head then hops on his back. They walk off like the end of a western.
I call out.
“No help with the clean up?”
Snowflake just laughs.
“Ok. I see. I have to do all of the heavy lifting around here.”
I look at the remains of the evil Snowflake.
“What the hell are you? Where did you come from? I suppose it doesn’t matter now. You’ll be a good snack for a certain plant I know.”
I go to Lily.
Snowflake and Gumdrop are playing tag around her. I open the trunk and grab a large black trash bag I keep in there for such an occasion.
I can’t help but smirk as I say. “It’s all good. I got this part. You two keep playing.”
Snowflake laughs with a dismissive wave as Gumdrop barks. I walk back into the warehouse. On a team, everyone has a part to play. When I get back to dead body. I notice all of the blood.
“Jesus.” I whisper.
I take the body. Tomorrow I will come back and clean up all of the blood. When I finish, I go back to Lily. I toss the bag in the trunk and open the passenger side door. Snowflake and Gumdrop hop in. I walk around and get in. Gumdrop barks from the back seat.
“No. Not in here. You know the rule.” I say rubbing his head. From the passenger seat Snowflake laughs. I get a closer look at him. “Damn, dude. You didn’t walk away unscathed did you?”
I’ve never seen Snowflake hurt before. There are cuts all over his face. Snowflake chatters.
“This isn’t an argument. You will see Betty when we get back.”
Snowflake gives me a dismissive wave again and looks out the window.
“That’s what I thought.” I say.
I drive home. I put Lily in park and let Snowflake and Gumdrop out. They start running away and I call out after them.
“Hey assholes. Betty first.”
They stop running and walk towards the door like pouting children. I open the door and let them in.
“Betty. Might need some first aid.” I call out.
“Oh dear. How bad are you hurt?”
Considering my history. That’s a fair question.
“Not me. Snowflake and Gumdrop.”
We enter the office. Betty runs over and checks out Gumdrop. “My handsome guard.” She gasps.
She looks him over. “You seem fine. Here.”
She tosses a gumdrop in the air. Gumdrop the dog catches it in the air. He barks and walks away. Snowflake tries to follow but Betty grabs him and places him on her desk.
“Where do you think you’re going Mr?”
Snowflake squirms and protests as Betty looks him over. “Hold still. Let me see.”
“How does it look?” I ask.
“Some cuts and scrapes. They seem to be already healing. This cut here looks nasty. Here.”
Betty opens a drawer and pulls out a band aid. She opens it and puts it on the cut on Snowflakes forehead.
“Now young man. Are you ready? This is the most important part of putting a bandage on.” Betty says. Snowflake looks at her worried and chatters under his breath. Betty leans down and kisses the bandage. Snowflake looks at her and smiles. He then opens his mouth. Betty winks at me and smiles herself. She pulls out a gumdrop and tosses it in his mouth. “You deserve this. You were very good. Off you go.” Snowflake hops off the desk and takes off to find Gumdrop.
“What the hell? I never get my boo boos kissed. What kind of bullshit is that?” I protest.
“How would you know? You’re unconscious half the time.”
Damn it. That’s a fair point. I fold my arms.
“I think I should get vip treatment too.” I say.
“Duly noted. I would appreciate you not getting hurt anymore. You are almost held together by duct tape and chicken wire.”
“I want gumdrops.”
“I’ll consider it. The only time you are a good patient is when you are knocked out.”
“Still.”
Betty sits down. “How did Snowflake get hurt? Gremlins seems resilient. Snowflake even more so.”
“That’s the thing.” I start to say as I sit down. “The creature we were hunting was an evil version of Snowflake.”
“What?”
“Yeah. It had black skin and the red on him was darker. It’s laugh was all wrong.”
“How is that possible?” Betty asks.
“I don’t know. One more mystery to figure out.”
“Well. You don’t have to figure it out tonight. Get your rest.”
“Yeah. I got one more thing to take care of.” I say as I get up. “Thanks.”
“Anytime.”
I go to Lily and grab the bag. Within ten minutes I’m standing in front of Patunia. “Got something for ya. It might be a little tough.”
I open the bag and pull out the body. I toss it in front of Patunia. She starts chewing it like Gumdrop would chew a bone. I wrinkle my nose. “Well. Enjoy it.”
I walk out and dispose of the bag. I head outside and stand on the patio. I close my eyes as I lift my head up. I was lonely tonight. I brought Snowflake and Gumdrop tonight to distract me from Jayson. Instead they saved my life. I feel a gust of wind and feel the ground shake. I open my eyes and see Mountain. “Mountain. Is everything ok?”
“Yes. It is time.”
“Time for what?” I ask.
“Our king. He is coming.”
“What? Really? When?” I ask in quick succession.
“Now.”
I look up and in the night sky containing the full moon becomes filled with flying gargoyles. If I didn’t know any better. I would say we were at war and being invaded. There is way more gargoyles than when the Queen payed a visit. Granite, Slate and Vlad also land. Mountain apologizes.
“I’m sorry. We just found out. Most of the time when the King comes. We have time to figure out the logistics.”
“No, no. It’s fine.” I answer.
The massive multitude of gargoyles start to land. The Knights stand next to me. It takes minutes but the final three land. I can tell the smallest is the prince and the other is the queen. The third is absolutely the biggest gargoyle I’ve ever seen. He must be the king and he makes Mountain look like a runt. I notice the gargoyle army stays back a little to give the royal family privacy while they talk to me. The prince runs over. As he does, his wings flap together. He jumps up in my arms. “Hey Prince. It’s good to see you.”
He giggles as Josephine walks up. She hugs me. I guess we hug now. “Faust. It’s good to see you.” She says.
“Likewise, Queen. Your kind is welcome here anytime.”
She breaks the hug and steps back as the fucking huge gargoyle approaches. “Faust. This is my husband, the King. Jean Luc.”
I don’t know if I should kneel. I take a chance and do it anyway.
“Please. There is no need for such a friend of our family to kneel.” Jean Luc says as he helps me up.
“Thank you. Your highness.”
“Jean Luc is fine.”
Mountain speaks up. “Your highness. Welcome. We shall take our leave for your privacy.”
Jean Luc holds a hand up. “No. It’s fine. You are knights and have been tasked to guard over our friend. You may stay.”
Jean Luc looks at me. Or rather down due to our sizes. “Is that fine with you?”
“Absolutely. I see the Knights as family now.”
Jean Luc gives me a warm smile. “That pleases me. Very much so.”
Jean Luc looks around. “I believe there is one more I should thank. Where is this Jayson?”
My heart grows heavy.
“He has been taken.”
Josephine looks shocked. The prince starts crying. “By whom?” Asks Josephine.
“It’s a long story. She was the first to do my job and to make it worse. She is possessed by an evil entity and a demon that loves Jayson.”
No sense holding back the truth.
“I shall bring down the might of my empire on this person if you wish.” Jean Luc offers.
“I think I should handle this personally. The Knights haven been instrumental in looking for him. For that I’m grateful.”
Josephine puts a hand on Vlad’s arm. Who is the closest to her. “Please, Knight. Find him.”
“We will. We have grown fond of Jayson. We have taken this very personally.”
“As one should. Family and friends are the most valuable resource one can have.” Jean Luc replies.
Jean Luc holds my hand. Which is comical since my hand is so, so small in his.
“Please, tell me. What do you need from my Kingdom? As savior of my son. There is nothing that would be too much.”
“No. Thank you. Wait…now that you mention it. There is one thing. I promised someone I would make you an offer. Your generosity has been immense so don’t feel any obligation to agree to it.” I say.
“What is this offer?” Jean Luc asks.
“The mayor of this town is a dear friend of mine. She would like to form an alliance with the Kingdom of Dusk.”
“What would she require from us?”
“She is looking to the future. At the day where I may die. Which is a real possibility.”
“So protection then.”
“Yeah.”
“How do you feel about this?” Jean Luc asks.
“I won’t live forever. So it’s smart. She loves this town and only wants to protect it.”
“I would like a presence here as well. Many dark energies are gathering here.”
“So. Will you meet her?” I ask.
“I will.”
“This will delay our plans. Will it not?” Josephine asks.
“About a day. The sun is starting to rise. It will be good to rest, have the meeting and then be on our way.” Jean Luc answers.
“Excellent. I’ll set up the meeting for tomorrow night then.” I say.
“Very good. I’m looking forward to meeting your friend. Excuse us. We must prepare for the sun.”
“Yes, yes. Of course. Thank you.”
Jean Luc kisses the back of my hand. “Marci.”
It is at that moment I feel like a real fairy tale princess. I’ll tell you what, it feels fucking rad.
“Your majesty. You can rest at our spot. We will protect you there.” Mountain offers.
“If your resting place is good enough for the Knights. It’s good enough for the crown.” Jean Luc answers.
“Please. Follow us.” Mountain says.
The royal family says goodnight including a hug from The crown Prince Thilbault. Then they fly to the roof. The family in the center with two Knights on each side. I watch the family. There is real warmth between Jean Luc and Josephine. They both love their son.
It’s nice.
“Positions!” Someone yells from the side.
I look over and see the thousand or so gargoyles line up in columns and squat as the sun rises. They all turn into stone.
Well now. I have royalty and an army staying at my home. Thank god I don’t have to feed them all. Or do I?
Shit.
I should’ve asked before the sun came up. My eyes burn from being up all night. I’m going to sleep before I call Louise. She is about to get a shock. I head inside and go to bed. It is early afternoon when I wake up. I stretch and grab my phone. I hit speed dial as I yawn. After a couple of rings. It picks up.
“Hello?”
“Hey. It’s me.”
“Faust. How are you? Is everything alright?”
“I’m fine. I need you to come over tonight.”
“For what?” Louise asks.
“You wanted to talk to the Kingdom of Dusk. The king is here now.”
“What? I’ll come over right now.”
“No, no, no. They are sleeping right now. You can come about a hour before sunset.”
“I can do that. I got to go prepare for the meeting tonight.”
“Ok. See you tonight.”
“Goodbye.”
I hang up and yawn again. Tonight I will take part in a diplomatic summit.
I should wash my ass.
I get up and get ready for the day. After my usual routine of yoga and working out. I eat and head outside. I sit and get high surrounded by a massive silent audience. I’m not used to being in front of a crowd but I manage. I sit there listening to the birds and admiring the gargoyles as I smoke my joint.
Damn.
Even in stone. The Royal family looks regal.
I think about the warm relationship between Jean Luc and Josephine. In between smart ass comments. Me and Jayson had that for a brief moment.
I have a random thought.
I sit up and go inside. I grab my phone and hit speed dial. Finally I hear the voice of Talbot.
“What’s up?”
“Hey. Get your ass over here at sunset. Bring Mercy.”
“What for?”
“To meet royalty. Can I offer the services of the pack to the King?”
“I mean…I don’t know. I need details. So maybe.”
“Ok. Get here early and I’ll fill you in.”
“Later.”
“Later.”
I hang up and smile. I believe I just sweetened Louise’s deal. The day goes smoothly. Talbot arrives as promised with Mercy in tow.
“So what’s this all about?” Talbot asks
“With your relationship with the mayor. Can you back her up with the Kingdom of Dusk?”
“Perhaps. I’m willing to talk with the king.”
“Good enough.”
Mercy went outside as we were talking. She comes back with wide eyes. “What the fuck? It looks like a fantasy novel out there.”
“Wild huh?” I smirk.
Louise shows up a half hour later. I show her the gargoyles just to get her over the shock and not to be taken aback when she met them. We all wait inside until dark. Then we walk outside just after the gargoyles wake up. The Royal family flies down and I make the introductions.
“Jean Luc, Josephine. This is Louise and Talbot. This here is Mercy. Guys, this is the king and queen of the Kingdom of Dusk.”
“Pleasure.” Jean Luc says as he kisses Louise’s hand. “What do you wish to speak about? I’m sorry but this wasn’t on our itinerary, so we are pressed for time.”
“It’s fine. I would like to form formal relations between my town and your kingdom. For the time Faust passes. May that be years and years from now.” Louise replies.
“I would agree with that statement. Faust has become a dear friend to our family. To be honest. I do want to put a garrison of a hundred soldiers here. We feel dark energy gathering here. We want to help fight it.”
“We would be grateful for the help.” Louise says.
Jean Luc looks at Talbot. “And you are?”
“I am the alpha of Artemis’s Blood Fang pack. We have been tasked with protecting Faust.”
“You exist? Your pack is considered mythical by many.”
“I could say the same thing.” Talbot answers.
Jean Luc chuckles. “Fair point.”
They all spend the next half hour working out the details. Louise, the pack and the Kingdom will now be allies. I offer one of my properties for the garrison once I rehab it. And the pack will protect it during the day. The Knights are promoted. Not only will they continue to protect my home. They will be generals of the garrison. Once we are done. We make our farewells which takes a extra moment. While we were talking. Thilbault went over to Mercy and I believe he has a crush on the brooding werewolf teenager. After many hugs with the Royal family. The gargoyles take to the air.
As nights go. This was a successful one.
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2020.07.10 08:37 LinuxNurse The Glory of YHWY!!!!

I recently looked at the list of new movies and noticed that the majority of them are horror movies, yes it has likely been this way for the past several years but I am just taking note of this. I wondered why there is such an audience for this type of film, or even books for that matter as I grew up reading a lot of scary science fiction myself. The more I thought about this the more I asked YHWY to help me to understand. It seems as though there is a push to keep the focus off YHWY and on our enemy, the reason it is so easy for those whom are not yet saved is because they are attracted to the things of their father. I never thought much about the things of the world prior to turning my life towards doing the will of YHWY, I was continuously feeding my fleshly desires. That is, I was completely and wholeheartedly living a life of sin.
It always seemed like this way of life was a lot more fun than being one of those stuck up stuffy old Christians who spend their entire life in church. Yes, the enemy had a hold on me much stronger than you could imagine. I was even at a point once where I was reading material provided to me by an Atheist, I was intrigued by it in all honesty. It was fascinating all the things they could point out to be wrong about believing in YHWY. It wasn't until years later that I finally picked up the Holy Bible and read it for myself that I understood their tactics. You see they, as many others do as well, will take small portions of the scripture and try their best to convey the wrong message. Things and situations described in the Holy Bible are taken out of context or even twisted to give it a different meaning. But if you read it in it's entirety then you see the truth. In addition when you study the inspired word of YHWY, he will give you the ability to discern the truth from the lies. The more I study, the more I listen the better I understand and I praise YHWY for this because only now do I see just how mistaken and lost I was.
The enemy wants so much to keep us in this perceived darkness, he is not the light of the world. I believe the only light he shines is a bright light of deception. Don't lose yourself to the lies, seek the answers, search for the truth, YHWY promises if we seek him we will find him. Okay, so as far as one of the ways the enemy tries to maintain his control over us is a bit subtle but stay with me and I will try to explain it as best as I can. The one thing we can control but often times can not help is what we see. We take in so much information with our eyes and often don't realize it because we are so used to just looking. Well the images that we see are sorted out in our brains, we all know about subliminal messages right? In case you don't, these are messages that come through either what we see or hear. The message though is hidden in the images or the words/sounds. It's not until you slow down the image or sounds that you are able to discover the hidden message. Well while known by most everyone this hasn't stopped, maybe for advertising but not for programming. That's right, the enemy is trying to program our minds.
So as I said earlier that there are a number of films right night that are horror films, well it doesn't stop there. What our children watch can convey a programming message. There are shows that make it seem as though what is known to be bad is actually good. We have children seeking to be like the villain, rooting for the bad guy to finally win. Plus they are portraying evil as if it is no big deal. There was a time when it would have been unacceptable to do this, we are way past those days. The enemy really feels like he is getting control of the masses, and yes that is what we are all referred to as the masses; in fact there will soon come a time when we are just a number among the many. It has been implemented in the judicial system and is quite effective, inmates are not known by their names but by their numbers.
As I was saying though, the images some are so eager to take in and feel a thrill are telling your mind that it is okay to believe in this so called false reality. While the truth is there are actual evil and demonic entities that will be let loose on earth at some point in time that these images are a reflection of. Notice the push for us to all of a sudden accept the conception of aliens. There are commercials that have absolutely nothing to do with aliens yet an alien is the secondary theme. Also there is such a convincing set for the truth behind the aliens now. I can look back over the years of my childhood and remember a time when we were introduced to a good alien being. He was very strong, had laser eyes, could fly, etc. and he was here on earth as someone to save all of mankind. Then some time later a television show about where he started, I found it interesting that his origin was related to an event that supposedly took place long ago in New Mexico, Roswell to be exact. Now we have recently been introduced to more and more films portraying the likeness of foreign visitors and actual footage of what appears to be UFO's. Even recently disclosed top secret documents which explain the number of events where a person has had a close encounter, and the presentation is also something we are familiar with. A different number of "experts" giving their opinion after a scene is shown to us and is narrated telling us what happened. It doesn't surprise me that people are falling for this.
The reason there are so many different versions of the enemy is because he will be whatever the desire is for him to be. YHWY on the other hand is the same always, and YHWY always wants to be what is best for us. The main goal of our adversary is to keep us separate from our Father in heaven. Remember we are created in the image of YHWY and the enemy is not. The enemy has never seen the essence of YHWY, he has only seen a manifestation of YHWY. "For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High." Isaiah 14:13-14. I have heard it said many times that if YHWY were not real then it would have been written differently, but notice the fact of the matter is that YHWY is real. The enemy will try all that he can to keep your focus on him, whether it be by the things you see, the things you hear or not. There will be trials in your life just as there are in mine when we are to trust in YHWY and to do anything else shows him that we don't trust in him. The enemy has the rule over the world at this time, permission given to him by YHWY who has supreme control. Nevertheless, the enemy will do anything possible to turn us against YHWY and at the same time will be pointing out our faults and setbacks to YHWY. Remember the enemy hates all of mankind and he wants to be the one everyone worships, he hates mankind because of how much YHWY loves us and the fact that in the hierarchy of it all we are above the enemy. That doesn't mean we should challenge the enemy as we can be defeated, but by the power of YHWY when we call on the name of his Son our Lord Jesus Christ we are strengthened. The best way for us to stand against the enemy is to put all of our faith in YHWY, to listen to what he has instructed us to do. When we turn away from the ways of the world and turn our sights to the ways of YHWY we magnify the Glory of YHWY.
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