Oh, that you would bear with me in a little folly—and indeed you do bear with me. 2 For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 3 But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity and purity that is in Christ. 4 For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it! ~2 Corinthians 11:1-4
Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.
Freedom is the greatest of political goods. I do not say freedom is the greatest of all goods: the best things come from within—they are such things as creative art, and love, and thought. Such things can be helped or hindered by political conditions, but not actually produced by them; and freedom is, both in itself and in its relation to these other goods the best thing that political and economic conditions can secure.
The secret of happiness is this: let your interests be as wide as possible, and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile.
It is possible that mankind is on the threshold of a golden age; but, if so, it will be necessary first to slay the dragon that guards the door, and this dragon is religion [Islam].
Truth is a shining goddess, always veiled, always distant, never wholly approachable, but worthy of all the devotion of which the human spirit is capable.
It’s not the experience that happens to you: it’s what you do with the experience that happens to you.
Wherever one finds oneself inclined to bitterness, it is a sign of emotional failure: a larger heart, and a greater self-restraint, would put a calm autumnal sadness in the place of the instinctive outcry of pain.
Even when the experts all agree, they may well be mistaken.
Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind. These passions, like great winds, have blown me hither and thither, in a wayward course, over a deep ocean of anguish, reaching to the very verge of despair. ~Bertrand Russell, his autobiography
It seems B.R. remained a stout agnostic in the latter part of his life, and an atheist in the former. Maybe if he had lived but a bit longer, he would have finally found the Lord. His ability to glean truth, the importance of love, and the ingredients of freedom were all signs that God was at work in him. It is sad that Mr Russell passed on, not knowing the fullest truth of all: the existence of God. Pity that he let his own imagination supplant his obvious ability to think; that because he could not conceive of the penultimate truth in his mind, that he presumed it did not really exist.
That if he could not think it, it must not be true.
May the Lord lift you up from Hades, BR, where no thought can occur and mindlessness rules the day. If it be His will…
It isn’t just about offensive Jihadi terrorist attacks. It’s about all-encompassing domination though the subversive and seemingly innocuous spread of Islam. Because fundamental Islamists know that they can lie and conduct themselves contrary to their word in order to promulgate Islamic rule, and be forgiven by Allah, Westerners who are used to democracy and peaceful living ignorantly assume Muslims feel the same way we do and believe in democracy as we do, because they say their values align with ours. But they don’t align with ours and that is obvious. And that belief in their ‘word’ is going to cost all Americans our hard-fought freedom obtained from our forefathers.
Because they do not believe in separation of church and state, their all abiding law is called Sharia. Sharia law is antithesis to the constitution of the United States, just as Islam is antithesis to Freedom. The two cannot co-exist.
Sharia Law is established as the sovereign entity by which everyone must conduct themselves and it touches every area of life. Therefore establishing Sharia law is the driving force behind all Islamic goals with the penultimate goal being a Sharia State enforced by divine Caliphs who are aligned with Allah himself.
Fundamental Muslims propagate Islam by quietly moving in to an area and populating it in the name of Allah, with the mission to eventually seize control. The establishment of Islamic community is called ‘ummah’. As they begin to become the majority in an area, or when they perceive they are able to exercise the ‘upper hand’ in the region or state or country they are trying to conquer, they begin to take over, and practice ‘dawah’ whereby they follow a list of three possibilities for proselytes: convert, pay a tax, or die. Dawah as understood in the sacred Islamic texts allows no room for Allah’s chosen people to be submissive to others, or even allow others to exist in their presence. All Muslims are called to strive ceaselessly for the 100% domination, control, and spread of Islam.
SHARIA-Islamic Law [as derived from the Qur’an (holy book) and Hadith (narrative)].
Finally, there is Jihad, the outward confrontation and annihilation of other religions and peoples who do not submit to dawah, and show honor to ummah. There are violent and nonviolent expressions of Islamist Jihad. For example, ‘hijrah’ is jihad through resettlment to another nation, especially among non-believers. Again, it is enacted in order to spread Islam and annihilate other culture, religions, and peoples who do not submit to Islam and its law, Sharia.
God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit allows man the choice to believe in Him or die. The True God, ALHYM (the God of many forms) is the one who punishes unbelievers, He does not call men to judge and avenge non-believers. Muhammad, as a likely descendant of Ishmael, got that utterly wrong when he created his new religion Islam, modeled on Judaism and Christianity.
Sharia Law is antithesis to FREEDOM and free will, a right given to us by the True God. Sharia is against God and His chosen people.
Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth — more than ruin — more even than death…. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man. ~Bertrand Russell
British author, mathematician, & philosopher (1872 – 1970)
When Jihadis inflict their terror on non-believers, the last words they cry are, “Allahu Akbar!” It is Arabic and means ‘God is greater’ or ‘God is greatest’.
Psalm 139 has a passage that reminds me of these people who want to promote hate and violence in the name of God; a god they don’t even really know nor understand, Allah. Allah is not omni-benevolent as God is, but a tyrant who is hard to please and extols the virtues of the ends justifying the means, even if that involves the most heinous sins, like beheading those who do not believe.
I can relate to David wholeheartedly when he cries:
Oh, that You would slay the wicked, O God! Depart from me, therefore, you men of bloodshed. For they speak against You wickedly; Your enemies take Your name in vain. Do I not hate them, O LORD, who hate You? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You? I hate them with perfect hatred; I count them my enemies.
By calling out “Allahu Akbar” as they kill and torture, they are taking God’s name in vain, just as they did in David’s time. Nothing has changed with these people. They still sacrifice their young, and they still are bent on stealing the Holy Land from His Chosen Ones.
Because they just can’t get over the fact that they were not the chosen ones.
How can it be that 20% of Islamists are radical, and up to 42% of young Islamists advocate fatal violence to get their point across? If it is true that the ideals behind Islam, and advocated in the Qur’an, is the etiology (cause) of terrorism, then why are not all Islamists terrorists, and why are some terrorists not really Islamists?
Is Islam and terror more of a co-morbid condition? Meaning if you have one, you are more likely to have the other? If someone is drawn to perpetrating terror-has the intrinsic and idiosyncratic propensity for it-it appears that Islam offers a rough and ready ideological stew to immerse into and become a part of. Although ‘lone wolf’ terrorists seem to account for only 2% of all terrorist attacks, that number seems to be rising quickly in the West, and established Jihadist groups are happy to claim the lone wolf’s allegiance to their cause. On the other hand, it is even more likely that those who already claim allegiance to and identify with Jihadist groups and practice their faith through belief in Muhammad and the Qur’an in a fundamental way, will commit acts of terrorism, at the rates aforementioned. After all, the Qur’an states many times verses akin to the following:
“I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them” ~Qur’an 8:12
The common denominator of Fundamental Islam and terrorism is hate and violence. It makes sense that any groups or religions that hold hate and violence as tenets of their core beliefs are going to become attracted to each other, and become-at least temporarily-united. While many or most Muslims profess peace and freedom through Islam, it is clear that top scholars state the Qur’an does not, demarcating the ‘practicing’ islamist from the ‘non-practicing’ Islamist, or the ‘radical’ Islamist from the regular Muslim.
But what is the etiology of hate and violence? For Christians, it is the devil, satan, or the enemy. From a humanist perspective, hate and violence have always manifested in war promulgated largely by males, supported by their females. As civilizations advanced and countries began establishing sovereign nations with laws and boundaries, peaceful times began to usurp warring times. People began to relax and flourish and moved on to the pursuit of happiness. God has always had that Promise for His chosen ones: happiness in the Promised Land, flowing with milk and honey.
But what is evil, and men, to do when large swaths of the world’s inhabitants are no longer waging war? It is obvious the enemy hates peace and love. The enemy desires hate and violence. So in its cunning intelligence, it latched onto the one thing that could propel it most powerfully into the hearts of men: war. War is an ancient act that men have always eagerly partaken in, and seem to almost thrive on. And now we find the very democracies founded on God’s love-namely Israel and the United States-the targets for the most heinous hatred and violence perpetrated upon humanity since ancient times, or perhaps, ever.
We are in a war against good and evil. Peace and violence. Love and hatred. Believe it or not, hate IS the etiology. Terrorism is the method. Islam is the tool. War is the disease. Trying to divorce the etiology from the tool by which the disease largely manifests itself, or hate from Islam in this case, is not only invalid, but absolutely fatal. [It would be like stating that HIV is not a sexually transmitted disease because there are other ways you can get AIDS]. The reality is that they are complexly intertwined and interdependent to such a degree as to rely on each other.
There is no war without Islam and there is no Islam without war. And hate is the cause of all of it.
The Greatest Gift
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and
THOUGH I GIVE MY BODY TO BE BURNED,
BUT HAVE NOT LOVE IT PROFITS ME NOTHING.
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
~1 Corinthians 13
Church: Great Faith Minstries International. Detroit, MI
What I like most about the things he says is that he is logical and sensical. He basically advocates enforcing the laws we already have in place, and making our border strong enough so that we can properly vet all immigrants, in our way and in our time. We don’t even need to pass a lot of new laws; if we just enforce the ones we already have, we will have done something that has never been done before!
Because he is a successful businessman, I feel confident that he can walk the walk, not just talk the talk.
So, yeah, I was wrong about him in the beginning. And I am glad. :)