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This Land is My Land

                                                                                  This land is my land:                     

     Temple Mount or the Noble Sanctuary, it is by far the most contested bit of real estate in the world. The decades-long arrangement under which the site was administered by a special trust in Jordan is coming unglued under unrelenting pressure by ultra-orthodox Jews who want to see a Third Temple erected there. Leading Israeli politicians pander to these pressures, making their own provocative statements. Worse, these same politicians backed versions of a proposed nationality law, hugely controversial in Israel and among American Jews, including the ADL’s Abe Foxman—that appears to privilege religion over democracy and that would, among other things, codify the second-class status of non-Jewish Israelis—most notably, Arabs.

    You can say, if you like, that this is about ethnicity, not religion, but without the strong religious claim that Jews have a divinely-bestowed right to all of Jerusalem and all of ancient “Judea and Samaria,” this move toward creating a full-on apartheid state would not be happening.

    Not that militant Islam is without its own aggressions. So many, in fact, that it’s hard to keep track. In their pursuit of a new caliphate, the Islamic State butchers have already obliterated the hated Sykes-Picot line between Syria and Iraq. Thanks in part to what is widely viewed in the region as a ham-fisted U.S. intervention, the Taliban are staging a fierce comeback in both Afghanistan and Northern Pakistan. The slaughter of children in Peshawar won’t be the end of it. In Northern Nigeria Boko Haram is determined to eliminate all non-Islamic schools and drive out the Christians. DIY jihadists commit random acts of violence everywhere from Ottawa to Sydney.

    And are there Christians anywhere who still wage war on non-Christians? We don’t see it, but in the eyes of many, that would be us Americans with our thousands of armed “advisors” still bunkered down in Afghanistan and Iraq and with our bombs and drones striking from the sky anywhere we want them to strike.  Not to mention the fact that white American Christians are more approving of torture as an instrument of foreign policy than is any other segment of the U.S. population. This finding comes as no surprise to those targeted by our War on Terror.

    The usual assertion that violence and aggression are, in fact, un-Islamic or alien to the true spirit of Judaism or Christianity just won’t hold up. You can call the aggressors “extremists” if you wish, but you cannot deny their religious devotion. You can argue, as Karen Armstrong argues in her new book, (“Fields of Blood”) that violence is not an “inherent” part of religious faith, but I don’t believe you can really argue that the world’s most violent actors today aren’t religious.

   70:1.1 War is the natural state and heritage of evolving man; peace is the social yardstick measuring civilization's advancement. Before the partial socialization of the advancing races man was exceedingly individualistic, extremely suspicious, and unbelievably quarrelsome. Violence is the law of nature, hostility the automatic reaction of the children of nature, while war is but these same activities carried on collectively. And wherever and whenever the fabric of civilization becomes stressed by the complications of society's advancement, there is always an immediate and ruinous reversion to these early methods of violent adjustment of the irritations of human interassociations.

  Rickey H. Crosby  (Petitor Veritatis)

 

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Jesus once alluded to me as "that fox".

WHO AM I? 

126:5.7

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Happy Mother's Day

Mother's Day

The modern American holiday of Mother's Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in Grafton, West Virginia. Her campaign to make "Mother's Day" a recognized holiday in the United States began in 1905, the year her beloved mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, died. Anna’s mission was to honor her own mother by continuing work she started and to set aside a day to honor mothers, "the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world". Anna's mother, Ann Jarvis, was a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the Civil War and created Mother’s Day Work Clubs to address public health issues.

Due to the campaign efforts of Anna Jarvis, several states officially recognized Mother's Day, the first in 1910 being West Virginia, Jarvis’ home state. In 1914 Woodrow Wilson signed the proclamation creating Mother’s Day, the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers.

Although Jarvis was successful in founding Mother's Day she soon became resentful of the commercialization and was angry that companies would profit from the holiday. By the early 1920s, Hallmark and other companies started selling Mother's Day cards. Jarvis became so embittered by what she saw as misinterpretation and exploitation that she protested and even tried to rescind Mother's Day. The holiday that she worked so hard for was supposed to be about sentiment, not about profit.

Jarvis's intention for the holiday had been for people to appreciate and honor mothers by writing a personal letter, by hand, expressing love and gratitude, rather than buying gifts and pre-made cards. Jarvis organized boycotts and threatened lawsuits to try to stop the commercialization. She crashed a candymakers' convention in Philadelphia in 1923. Two years later she protested at a confab of the American War Mothers, which raised money by selling carnations, the flower associated with Mother’s Day, and was arrested for disturbing the peace.

Nine years after the first official United States Mother's Day, commercialization of the holiday became so rampant that Anna Jarvis herself became a major opponent of what the holiday had become and spent all her inheritance and the rest of her life fighting what she saw as an abuse of the celebration.

Later commercialization and other exploitations of Mother's Day infuriated Jarvis and she made her criticisms explicitly known the rest of her life. She criticized the practice of purchasing greeting cards, which she saw as a sign of being too lazy to write a personal letter. She was arrested in 1948 for disturbing the peace while protesting against the commercialization of Mother's Day, and she finally said that she regretted having started it.

Mother's Day continues to be one of the most commercially successful U.S. occasions. It is possible that the holiday would have withered over time without the support and continuous promotion of the florist industries and other commercial industries.

Jarvis's holiday was adopted by other countries and it is now celebrated all over the world.

“A Mother holds her children’s hands for a while, and their hearts forever” Anonymous Author

Mother’s Day Statistics (Research Date: March 17th, 2015)

Mothers Day Statistics

Total number of moms in the U.S.

85.4 million

Total amount of money spent on Mother’s Day Cards annually

$671 million

Total amount of money that will be spent for mothers on Mothers Day

$20.7 billion

Total amount of money spent on flowers for their mothers on mother’s day

$1.9 billion

The average amount American consumers will spend on mom for Mother’s Day

$168.94

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I was the chief of the planetary helpers on duty,

and I proclaimed the miscarriege of the devine plan

and requisitioned the return of the Melchizedek receivers

to Urantia!

WHO AM I?

51:3.5

 

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Church Steeples

Are Church Steeples Pagan?

What Is the Origin of Church Steeples? ?

Steeples, the pointed roofs of churches, have been included in church buildings since the conversion of Constantine and his proclamation making Christianity the official religion of his state. The origins of steeples, however, have been traced back to several different traditions.

Church steeples can be traced back thousands of years to Egypt and pagan worship. Roman Emperor Constantine and his "Edict of Milan" in 313 C.E. made the Empire officially neutral with regards to religion. Paganism and Christianity could be practiced freely. The stage was set for the melding of ancient pagan architecture (which was widespread in Rome in the form of obelisks which they adopted from Egypt) and early Christian architecture. Augustus conquered Egypt in 30 BC. He brought the obelisks dedicated to the Pharaohs Rameses II and Psammetichus II from Heliopolis to Rome.

The Ancient Romans were strongly influenced by the obelisk. There are now more than twice as many obelisks standing in Rome as remain in Egypt. It takes little imagination to see the parallel between the obelisk and the common church steeple, which many historians have pointed out.

The phallus played a role in the cult of Osiris in the ancient Egyptian religion. It is widely understood that the obelisk is a phallic symbol honoring and celebrating regeneration of the sun god Ra (Egypts greatest deity). The obelisk was the first point sun rays hit as it ascended, which the pagans believed symbolized re-birth between earth and heaven.

"There are still in existence today remarkable specimens of original phallic symbols...steeples on the churches...and obelisks...all show the influence of our phallus-worshipping ancestors," including ancient Israelite and Canaanite tribes.

The Companion Bible, Appendix 42, defines asherah as the following: "It was an upright pillar connected with Baal-worship, and is associated with the goddess Ashtoreth, being the representation of the productive principal of life, and Baal being the representative of the generative principle. The image, which represents the Phoenician Ashtoreth of Paphos, as the sole object of worship in her temple, was an upright block of stone.

Strongs Concordance defines it as: asherah, ash-ay-raw; or asheyrah, ash-ay-raw; Strongs 842, from Hebrew 833 (ashar); 1) to be straight, right, especially used of a strait way, hence also of what is upright, erect. The asherah is found in the scriptures 40 times, always referring to idol worship.

Here is what the UB says about Ashtoreth; 
“95:1.7 This defeat of the Salem gospel was immediately followed by a great increase in the cult of Ishtar, a ritual which had already invaded Palestine as Ashtoreth, Egypt as Isis, Greece as Aphrodite, and the northern tribes as Astarte. And it was in connection with this revival of the worship of Ishtar that the Babylonian priests turned anew to stargazing; astrology experienced its last great Mesopotamian revival, fortunetelling became the vogue, and for centuries the priesthood increasingly deteriorated.”

Now this is what it has to say about Ishtar;

95:1.5 Never did the Salem teachers fully overcome the popularity of Ishtar, the mother of gods and the spirit of sex fertility. They did much to refine the worship of this goddess, but the Babylonians and their neighbors had never completely outgrown their disguised forms of sex worship.

Rickey H. Crosby  (Petitor Veritatis)

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I was always wanting to be shown, that is why the Apostles 

gave me the nickname that signifies curiosity.

WHO AM I?

139:5.2

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My talk and my death in Jerusalem led to the winning over

of Saul of Tarsus. 

WHO AM I?

132:0.7

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Losing ones Religion?

                                                                                       Losing ones Religion?
  Just the other day I came across an interesting article written by the former President, Jimmy Carter. The article “ Losing My Religion for equality”. In this article he lamented over the fact that he was severing his long held ties with the Southern Baptist Conventions and after 6 decades it was painful and difficult. He said this unavoidable decision came when the convention leaders, quoting a few carefully selected Bible verses (as they all do) and claiming that Eve was created second and was responsible for original sin, ordained that women must be “subservient” to their husbands. He continued to state that these views that women are somehow inferior to men is not restricted to one religion or belief.

  This discrimination, unjustifiably attributed to a Higher Authority, has provided a reason or excuse for the deprivation of women’s equal rights across the world for centuries.

  This article was an excellent read and I recommend it if you ever come across it but it is the intent of this writing to focus on the misconception that one can lose ones “religion” by leaving a denomination. It was plain to see from his writing that this decision was something that had been festering inside him for a long time and to continue to hold on to this antiquated doctrinal belief was something he could no longer do. It is not surprising that main stream Christian churches are finding it hard to hold on to the younger members of their congregations, but in this 21st century finding that their older members are coming to the truth? It is an undeniable fact that these denominations hold on to their members with the fear tactic that they are the only true Church, sect, cult, etc, and if you leave you are a lost soul and will go straight to hell after you die. In the true teachings of Christ, nothing could be further from the truth!

  According to the philologist Max Muller, the root of the English word “religion” the Latin religio, was originally used to mean only “ reverence for God or the gods, careful pondering of divine things, piety”. There are many definitions of religion and the typical dictionary definition refers to a belief, or worship of, a god or gods, or the “service and worship of God or the supernatural”.

  It was curious to me that the word “religion” is in the UB 897 times but the word “denomination” is not found, but “isms” is, and this is what it says.

  “100:5.1 The world is filled with lost souls, not lost in the theologic sense but lost in the directional meaning, wandering about in confusion among the isms and cults of a frustrated philosophic era. Too few have learned how to install a philosophy of living in the place of religious authority. (The symbols of socialized religion are not to be despised as channels of growth, albeit the river bed is not the river.)”

  A denomination, in the common sense of the word, is an identification of a religious body and clearly misunderstood by the members of the “isms” that they follow. Denominational name tags, isms, are solely the work of man!

  Take heart Mr.Carter, you haven’t lost your religion, you may have truly found it!

  I will end by quoting one of the many teachers from the UB.
  “170:5.21 It is just because the gospel of Jesus was so many-sided that within a few centuries students of the records of his teachings became divided up into so many cults and sects. This pitiful subdivision of Christian believers results from failure to discern in the Master’s manifold teachings the divine oneness of his matchless life.”

Rickey H. Crosby 

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