The End of the World

Key Precept: How to know whose advice to follow to save yourself and loved ones from disaster.

15,000 scientists just signed the largest-ever warning about Earth’s destruction

On Nov 13, [2017] the journal BioScience published the “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice”…The first warning was issued in 1992 when 1,700 members of the Union of Concerned Scientists argued that humans are “on a collision course with nature.”

…Since 1992, with the exception of stabilizing the stratospheric ozone layer, humanity has “failed to make sufficient progress in generally solving foreseen environmental challenges, and alarmingly, most of them are getting far worse,” the paper states. Its authors say they are especially troubled by “the current trajectory of potentially catastrophic climate change…from burning fossil fuels, deforestation, and agricultural production—particularly from farming ruminants for meat consumption.”

They also point out that this rapid heating has “unleashed a mass extinction event, the sixth in roughly 540 million years.” Scientists predict many current life forms could be annihilated or near extinction by the end of this century...

Time is running out, the scientists remind us.

And if that’s not bad enough, there’s always the threat of atomic warfare.

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Think the human race ends in a win for mankind? Think again. Even the scattered survivors of an apocalyptic event will wipe each other out if left to their standard modus operandi. William James, “first among the Harvard faculty giants a century ago”, wrote in “one of his most eloquent, utterly ageless essays, a sweeping denunciation of war and at the same time, a paean to military values.”

“History is a bath of blood.” The Illiad is one long recital of how Diomedes and Ajax, Sarpedon and Hector killed. No detail of the wounds they made is spared us, and the Greek mind fed upon the story. Greek history is a panorama of jingoism and imperialism — war for war’s sake, all the citizens being warriors. It is horrible reading — because of the irrationality of it all — save for the purpose of making “history” — and the history is that of the utter ruin of a civilization in intellectual respects perhaps the highest the earth has ever seen…

But I do not believe that peace either ought to be or will be permanent on this globe…A permanently successful peace-economy cannot be a simple pleasure-economy. In the more or less socialistic future toward which mankind seems drifting we must still subject ourselves collectively to those severities which answer to our real position upon this only partly hospitable globe…Martial virtues must be the enduring cement; intrepidity, contempt of softness, surrender of private interest, obedience to command, must still remain the rock upon which states are built — unless, indeed, we wish for dangerous reactions against commonwealths, fit only for contempt, and liable to invite attack whenever a centre of crystallization for military-minded enterprise gets formed anywhere in their neighborhood.

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In the article Is War Inevitable? by E. O. Wilson, he argues that, yes, it is.

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1) The Beginning

Key precept: “In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.” Douglas Adams

“In the beginning God [Elohim] created the heaven and the earth.” (Gen 1:1)

Good writing starts with a thesis on which everything else in the account rests. The Bible’s thesis is that God created everything. Every single element in the rest of the story, which builds systematically from Genesis through Revelation, rests on this fundamental premise. Every statement made in the Bible, every theological belief drawn from the Bible, derives its credibility (the virgin birth) and legitimacy (ye must be born again) from the first statement that God created everything, therefore it belongs to him, and he is in charge.

So why isn’t he is control? you ask.  Why do bad things happen?

That’s the story. Plot twists and turns.

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3) In Earth As It Is In Heaven

Key precept: Any “son” of God is a spirit, immortal being created by God whose desires, will and actions are a perfect reflection of his.

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” (Mat 6:9-10) 

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Statue of Baphomet in Detroit

This concept, so blandly recited in the Lord’s Prayer, is essential to understanding the underlying conflict of history.

In hermetic magic this concept is phrased “as above, so below“ and is the essence of acknowledging the source of power while rebelling against God’s will being done and replacing it with the magician’s will being done through secret knowledge of rituals and incantations.

What does the Bible tell us about the beings who do God’s will in heaven, and those who rebelled against it on earth?

 

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4) Light and Life

Key precept: Humanity has a relentless enemy.

There was one son of God who was made so closely in God’s likeness that he was called Lucifer / Bringer of light, and Son of the Morning.

“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer / Bringer of light, son of the morning!” (Isa 14:12)

 These are key attributes of God.

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” (Gen 1:3)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness…That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.“” (Joh 1:1-9)

“We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:” (II Pet 1:19)

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5) Lust Kills. Love Dies.

Key precept: Love conquers all, even death.

Satan can’t actually win the competition that he set in motion, but he doesn’t have to.  As has been so well demonstrated in politics, he only has to destroy the opposition.  And God placed the weapon in Satan’s hands when he placed forbidden fruit in the garden of Eden.

“And the Lord God commanded the man, saying…of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (Gen 2:16-17)

All Satan had to do to was convince two innocent human beings to eat the fruit.  And for that, all he had to do was tell a lie. Continue reading “5) Lust Kills. Love Dies.”

6) The King is Dead. Long Live the King!

Key precept: Paradoxically, death is humanity’s greatest strength against immortals.

Satan was mistaken when he thought he had defeated God by luring humanity into a death trap. It seems that Satan and God are playing a cosmic chess match. Every move that Satan makes, God successfully counters. That’s because God has a long range strategy and sees the end from the beginning, and Satan is constantly playing catchup. Plus God has the power.

I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.” (Isa 46:9-11)

God says, “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace…” (Isa 55:11-12)

The thing is, Satan knew about death. He just didn’t know about resurrection.

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