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  1. I used to wonder why I never heard, even from the most derelict people I’ve known, some of the things I’ve heard on this forum. They just wouldn’t go there. I was thinking about the population decline in Europe and the possible forces behind it. The values from the French Revolution that spread all over Europe may be correlated to the aging population problem. Atheism may be the poisoned waters that are choking the life out of those beautiful countries. “They seek to break down the restraints of the law of God and promise men liberty through transgression of its precepts. Reproof of sin still arouses the spirit of hatred and resistance. When God’s messages of warning are brought to the conscience, men justify themselves and seek the sympathy of others in their course of sin. Instead of correcting their errors, they excite indignation against the reprover, as if he were the cause of difficulty.” - Ellen White, 1858 This used to be my m.o. as well, as it seems to be for many.
  2. This is very exciting! The Holy Spirit told me to study John 13 and I couldn’t get over why Jesus would wash even Judas Iscariot’s feet. Couldn’t get over it. But now I understand how to be marked in head and hand for God and that is to be of service to others, no matter their ways, and love and follow Gods commandments because they are just and good. Slowly, (very slowly) I am also being washed. To walk in the world is hard and we need to wash each other’s feet but Jesus will clean out the garbage from our minds so we can continue to do right actions. Never mind about the enemy’s mark. It is not any longer our concern if we are focused on Jesus.
  3. What’s the male equivalent for a basic bitch? A man boob. A moob.
  4. The lazy are fed dumbed-down, secondhand, half-truths from rumors and media, accept them instead of finding out for themselves, and opine despite their ignorance of what is actually written. The idea that the antichrist is some current president or character in the future is false. Terms that originate in the Bible should be examined using the Bible, not idle imagination. Upon studying the Bible, the antichrist is revealed to be the apostate church, and those who seek to undermine and distort the original Christian religion. John said two millennia ago, “And as ye have heard that Antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists” 1 John 2:18. In end times “knowledge shall be increased” Daniel 12:4. Study of the Bible alongside historical events reveals that all the prophecies have thus far come true. We can also learn from misinterpretations made in the past. Understanding Revelations, in addition to the literary techniques employed, requires learning about the tabernacle, which was configured according to divine specifications and positioned to match the heavenly sanctuary. It requires knowing the atonement procedures that occurred in the sanctuary, which is comprised of the holy and most holy places, and is a shadow of what happens in the real sanctuary in heaven. It requires understanding that Christ is our intercessor and minister in the sanctuary in heaven, and the distinction between passage of time on earth and time in heaven. The book of Daniel is important to understanding some of the book of Revelations. The dreams in the book of Daniel are concerned with the rise and fall of geopolitical powers, and so is Revelations 13. That said, look at the how Revelations 13 characterizes the end time to determine whether it describes the modern age. Papal Rome is the little horn power that arose out of the fourth beast, Rome, in Daniel 7. “And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws” Daniel 7:25. The papacy is also known as the first beast rising out of the sea in Revelations 13. The second beast rising out of the earth that has two horns like a lamb and speaks like a dragon is the United States government. The lightning that came down from the sky are the atomic bombs that were dropped around the world prior to and during WWII. This is when The US became a world superpower. The second beast (US) deceives those who dwell on earth, telling them to make an image of the first beast and gives breath to it. The image of the beast that the United States tells the people to make is the modern state of Israel, which was recognized as an independent nation by the United States in the year 1948. Harry Truman, who influenced the United Nations to support the decision, was the 33rd president of the United States and a 33rd degree Freemason. “And it was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast might even speak and might cause those who do not worship the image of the beast to be slain” Revelations 13:15. The newly formed state of Israel was populated, given political power, and was involved in many violent conflicts. Given this geopolitical interpretation of Revelations 13, is the mark in verse 13:17 the six pointed star, the Star of David? The mark, name, or number of the name is received by all to buy and sell, but not worshipped by all. In Revelations 14:9, the third angel makes the distinction “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on the forehead or on his hand, he also will drink wine of God’s wrath.” If the mark was literal, like a microchip or vaccine it would condemn everyone who has been forced to receive it. Is the mark of the beast a spiritual as well as a literal one?
  5. Marketing has always been about creating needs where they previously didn’t exist. It’s the driver of the modern economy. The TV is a lack box in that it transmits the message that you need this to be that. You are not okay unless you have this lifestyle, or support this bunch of causes to have an identity. You are constantly compared to a predetermined ideal that you do not embody. This cycles until you are programmed to operate based upon lack. It bores an unfillable hole into your psyche. You become the lack machine. Social media is programming on autopilot. It is lack machines throwing up all over each other. Users strive to be the ideal that others want to emulate: more fashionable, worldly, healthier, more in-the-know than one another. Nothing is relevant unless it is broadcasted to the world for consumption. Any status obtained on social media is purely make believe. The true status is that of slave to the lack box. An artificial life lived for the sake of a fickle audience. To extricate oneself from lack boxes is not to fall into obscurity. It is deprogramming. An attempt to renew the mind and heal the void.
  6. Headaches and lack of sleep are adverse effects of screen exposure, but do not necessarily indicate addiction. Signs of overuse: Compulsive checking of newsfeeds and social media accounts Feeling butt hurt/ placing too much value on replies and approval Inability to focus on anything is an extremely devastating sign of overuse. Feelings of hopelessness or impending doom indicate too much consumption of news, and over exposure to disturbing videos and images can lead to invasive thoughts. Inability to read a book that interests you without your mind wandering or checking your device The threshold of excitement or variety has been tinkered with to where real life seems too mundane without screens Miscellaneous: If you are receiving one package in the mail per day for several months, stop shopping. If you feel a need to exploit your sexuality to garner (unpaid) attention from the opposite sex it’s time to detox. Can’t manage 30 days? Try one day a week (preferably a Saturday) when you can refrain from consuming all media. Or eliminate device usage from your morning routine. At the very least, shield yourself, like you would shield your child from disturbing content. Do you really need more unsettling images floating around in your mind?
  7. Kurt Cobain totally ripped them off in “Come as you are”.
  8. Unfortunately, a lot of the destruction done to the mind is likely permanent. 1. The fact that you hearted my post and I hearted your posts is not helpful to the cause. Approval, however silly it seems, is a huge part of the hook. Being raised with the TV we are conditioned to want to be on TV. Social media says, “Look you are on TV!” And the little bits of acknowledgement received from others only feeds the delusion. 2. Existing in online communities in place of real communities contributes to societal breakdown and personal alienation. The people in your physical world need you more than your online group. Putting yourself out in your hometown will save the world. 3. A 30 day screen detox done periodically will not break the addiction entirely, but changes will occur. Observations: It sounds cliche but after withdrawals, energy greatly increases. Time is freed up for other pursuits and there is impetus to accomplish more. Ability to experience life somewhat uncorrupted. Seemingly mundane things are seen with greater resolution. Like individual droplets of vapor rising from your coffee. However, absurd behavior of other people becomes more starkly apparent. It is helpful to record changes and observations. I understand it is difficult for men because you feel a duty to be informed for reasons of leadership. Everyone looks to you guys for what to be done. But you also deserve to reclaim your lives from the hold these things have on you. Everything will be there when you return, and others will be more than happy to fill you in on the day’s atrocities.
  9. Unfortunately, nothing in the Bible will resonate with the “intellectual,” the proud, or the comfortable nihilist. In this age it often takes going “to hell and back” for the words of the Bible to make sense. This is why we hear transformation stories of addicts and prostitutes, thieves and liars. We have have been on the other extreme and it is not the place to be. We are allowing Jesus, through prayer and his word, to repair what we have damaged and are trying to become worthy of him. However lofty the goal, that’s the idea. It certainly doesn’t deserve as much vitriol as is being hurled at it. So many have died just to get the Bible into our hands, just so we can have a chance. This is meaningless to the numb, but it means everything to those who can see the gifts it contains. So much is revealed while on this path about ourselves and about what lies within the Bible. Prophecies, parables, and history are intellectually stimulating but the real treasure is spiritual development. It is really exciting to have found this treasure, and I wish there were more people to share it with.
  10. The internet is different from any other drug because it tailors itself to exploit each individual’s weaknesses. Users behave like crack addicted caricatures seeking dopamine hits of attention and approval, bits of information and entertainment. Even a comparatively light user experiences withdrawal symptoms of anxiousness, inability to focus, and a nagging urge to consume anything in the first days of detoxification. The culturally created need to consume is the driving force of industrial society. This post-industrial, virtual hybrid is consuming itself into oblivion. When one watches a movie or TV show, reality falls away in favor of the programming. A gap is created in the continuity of experience and is filled with sounds and images provided by the programmer. Memory is disoriented because although the viewer is able to recall the program, he usually cannot recollect the specific context in his life in which it was viewed. Multiply this effect by the number of programs consumed in a lifetime and you have complete mind fuckery. Because programs consist of dramatic and sometimes traumatic content they are associated with an array of emotions in the viewer’s subconscious mind. This is the goal of programming: behavior modification by eliciting emotional responses to stimuli: mass mind control. Disruption of continuity of experience correlates to disruption of thought processes. The internet blows to doors off this phenomenon and creates dependence upon itself for what used to be basic cognitive functions. The ability to focus attention, memorize, and problem solve have all been surrendered to screens. To the extent that clocks, calendars, grocery lists, and stores disappear from physical reality, so does the individual recede from the physical world. This half-functioning person is primed to invite all aspects of his existence to be uploaded. Work, education, commerce, sexuality, even family have all been surrendered to screens! The situation is grave. In referring to the internet, Tucker Carlson remarked, “Tech companies control the only speech that matters.” A woman rides her bike holding a phone in front of her face. Reality is debased in favor of bloated self-importance. These grotesque absurdities, along with the tyranny of the post-covid world manifest solely from our addiction to devices. The only rebellion is to break the addiction and regain perspective.
  11. Ooh here’s the sun in the Isha “The face of truth is hidden by your orb Of gold, O sun. May you remove your orb So that I, who adore the true, may see The glory of truth. O nourishing sun, Solitary traveler, controller, Source of life for all creatures, spread your light And subdue your dazzling splendor So that I may see your blessed Self. Even that very Self am I!”
  12. Could there possibly be more than one meaning? And can one give hope to the other?
  13. Tik Tok appears on the cover of the prophetic Economist World In 2021. There may be something happening in the future concerning this app, whether it is spying by its Chinese parent company, Douyin, applied mind control technology, or further denigration of the world’s youth through the seedier aspects of the app. The name Tik Tok may have been taken from a 1983 novel by science fiction writer John Sladek. The plot concerns a robot who inverts the Asimov laws. “So, instead of being an obedient and faithful domestic robot he turns his hand to child murder, gang murder, terrorist murder, broad-daylight murder, oh, and he likes to paint... and rob banks... and defraud, embezzle, extort, exploit and generally screw people over. And then things go from bad to worse, as he gets into politics.” The app’s sinister realities are coming to the surface. Already explored sexualization of youth. But add: Domestic abuse re-enactments https://www.insider.com/why-people-on-tiktok-are-acting-holocaust-911-abuse-victims-2020-8 Actual domestic violence resulting in burns https://nypost.com/2020/11/16/tibetan-farmer-lhamo-was-streaming-on-douyin-when-attacked/ China spying https://www.forbes.com/sites/zakdoffman/2020/06/26/warning-apple-suddenly-catches-tiktok-secretly-spying-on-millions-of-iphone-users/?sh=7e326acf34ef
  14. “Isha Upanishad verses 9-14 is what scholars call a ‘crux,’ or famously difficult passage. “ - Eknath Easwaran, translator. “In dark night live those for whom The world without alone is real; in night Darker still, for whom the world within Alone is real. The first leads to a life Of action, the second to a life of meditation. But those who combine action with meditation Cross the sea of death through action And enter into immortality Through the practice of meditation. So have we heard from the wise. In dark night live those for whom the Lord Is transcendent only; in night darker still, For who, he is immanent only. But for those whom he is transcendent And immanent cross the sea of death With the immanent and enter into Immortality with the transcendent. So have we heard from the wise.” The problem, in this advanced industrial society, is that neither the immanent nor the transcendent are readily apparent. What sort of darkness is this in which we dwell? To avoid syncretism, I won’t offer my explanation of the immanent and transcendent. How do you interpret the crux?
  15. The Upanishads, a part of the Vedas, were written down during the Vedic Period of c. 1500 - c. 500 BCE, but probably are a lot older than that. From the introduction by Eknath Easwaran: “The Upanishads offer a very different version of what religion means. They tell us there is a Reality underlying life that rituals cannot reach, next to which the things we see and touch in everyday life are shadows. They teach that this Reality is the essence of every created thing, and the same Reality in our Real Self, so that each of us is one with the power that created and sustains the universe. And finally, they testify that this oneness can be realized directly, without the mediation of priests or rituals, or any of the structures of organized religion, not after death but in this life, and this is the purpose for which each of us has been born and the goal toward which evolution moves.” God and the Self are far beyond the comprehension of the materialist, consumptive mindset, in which we were born and raised. How does one go about realizing the Self in 2020?
  16. Anyway...it’s about preparing the heart and mind. How to do this? One way is to follow this advice, and maybe copy it and place it somewhere prominent as a reminder. Philippians 4:8 “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
  17. I never understood the point of meditation, but tried it anyway. Some funky stuff happened when I did it a year or so ago. For one thing I got doodle bopped either by a disembodied being or my own subconscious. Can’t say it was terrible. Once I listened to some guided mediation lady on a YouTube video and a tiny flaming chariot led by lions came out of me and rode around the room. I wasn’t even totally into it. Another time I was transported to some class where others were meditating together and the teacher saw me and spoke to me. Then I went to some Indian guys house where he took a broom and swept me with it. Guess he thought I was filthy. So the moral is if you’re going to meditate have some objective because if you go in aimless just anything will happen.
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