PAGAN IS AS PAGAN DOES

By Lee Duigon
April 11, 2013
NewsWithViews.com

Readers identifying themselves as “pagans” have objected to me lumping them in with progressives. The good name of paganism, such as it is, suffers when placed in the company of such names as Obama, Pelosi, Gore, and Reid. Hint to progs: what does it say about your reputation, when even pagans don’t want to be seen with you?

I grant that all pagans are not progressives. But all progressives are pagans, whether they know it or not.

By “pagan” I mean someone who is an idolater, someone who worships the work of human hands or human minds: who worships created things, but not the Creator—animals, trees, the sun, the earth, or Nature in general. They may or may not have pagan gods. I think progressives would feel it was unhip to worship Hecate, Baal, or Quetzalcoatl. But of course these people who despise Christianity always feign an affectionate respect for idols.

My readers say that pagans, unlike progressives, do have morals and ethics. I understand that, although I’m not sure where modern pagans’ morals and ethics come from. Homer tells us that a man is expected to behave in a certain way—for instance, to be kind and hospitable to travelers—or risk incurring the wrath of the gods. If he performs a sacrifice, he expects the gods to reward him in some way. In either case, it’s deemed wise to stay on the good side of the gods.

Historically, that’s the pagan basis for morality.

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A PRISON FOR YOUR MIND
PART 4

By David Ruben
April 11, 2013
NewsWithViews.com

How the war between good & evil is waged in the battlefield of the mind

Thought on the most primitive level precedes action. But on the other end of the scale where the conscious mind goes to the highest source for understanding and insight, enlightened reason and intuition precedes action. The leftist, like the mythical vampire, is compelled to convert or destroy those who are still God based humans.

Intuition has many meanings across many cultures, including: quick and ready insight seemingly independent of previous experiences and empirical knowledge immediate apprehension or cognition knowledge or conviction gained by intuition, the power or faculty of attaining to direct knowledge or cognition without evident rational thought and inference, the perceiving of unconsciousness.

A person who has an intuitive understanding cannot fully explain why he or she holds that view. Intuition is an unconscious directed form of knowledge. It is immediate and not open to rational/analytical thought processes. It differs from instinct, which does not have the experience element. Intuition has advantages in solving complex problems and finding new results. Intuition is the source of common sense. Sources of intuition are feeling, experiences and knowledge. But intuition is literally free of thought. Thought, for the most part, is more often than not a decoy designed to keep our minds from being freed by intuition. Much of our thinking is the enemy of reality because many of our thoughts are not originally ours. The scripture says: ‘The love of the world makes us an enemy of God.’ I interpret this to mean that there is a distinction between loving and embracing this world rather than the maker of it.

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THE PULPIT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR IT

By Chuck Baldwin
April 11, 2013
NewsWithViews.com

The famed 19th Century revivalist and major contributor to America’s “Second Great Awakening,” Charles Finney, said the following: “If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the public press lacks moral discernment, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the world loses its interest in Christianity, the pulpit is responsible for it. If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it.” I believe Finney was absolutely correct.

Notice that Finney believed there was a direct correlation between the kind of legislation passed in Congress and the kind of preaching taking place in the pulpits of America’s churches. He also believed that the pulpits of the country were responsible for corruption in government. Again, I agree.

America’s biggest threat does not come from abortionists, gay rights activists, pornographers, or drug dealers. Neither does our biggest threat come from North Korea, Iran, Syria, Iraq, or Afghanistan. America’s biggest threat comes from our nation’s pulpits.

In all candor, I’m increasingly frustrated with many of my pastor and Christian brethren. Over the decades, they have made a god out of government–especially the federal government. Their support for US military interventionism (justified or not) borders on worship. Plus, they have put their absolute trust in the Republican Party to the point that their support for the GOP has, for all intents and purposes, made the Republican Party more sacred than their own churches. They would abandon a church, or denomination, or pastor quicker than they would abandon the GOP–regardless of how much Big Government Republicans promote. When a Republican is in office (especially the office of President), he or she takes on the image of a god more than a civil magistrate. The Religious Right was absolutely deaf and dumb to the ubiquitous unconstitutional and unlawful conduct committed during Bush’s eight years in office. In fact, virtually everything that President Barack Obama is currently doing to circumvent constitutional government was copied from G.W. Bush’s political playbook.

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