In whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of
Christ, who is the image of God. (2Corinthians 4:4)
For your Maker is your husband—
Yahweh Almighty is his name—
the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer;
he is called the God of all the earth.
I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make nations of you, and kings will come forth from you. I will multiply your descendants as the
stars of heaven, and will give your descendants all these lands. Genesis 17:16, 26:4
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him
all the kingdoms of the world and their glory; and he said to Him, “All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me.” Matthew
Hypothesis: Since Yahweh/Satan is the god of this world, would it not logically follow that long-standing, powerful, monolithic structures and
organisations are the earmark of the devil's handiwork?
Conversely, would it not be reasonable to maintain that short-lived, ephemeral and oft-persecuted, calmniated and demonized groups are, in fact,
wrongly vilified by those in league with Satan?
It confounds all statistical probability, considering Jews, just 0.19% of the global population, have dominated the world economically and militarily
(usually by proxy) for 3000 years.
I think of examples such as the quick and brutal extinction of the Marcionites (2nd C), the Bogomils (10th C) and the Cathars (13th C), all dualistic
Christian groups asserting at the same time the divinity of Christ and the wickedness of Yahweh, god of the Jews. A 20th century example could be the
extermination of Nazi Germany, which was backed by the Church yet vilified by the Jews. What of the Ugandan Holy Spirit Movement, and its offshoot,
the Lord's Resistance Army:
The Holy Spirit Movement fought as a regular army - taking and controlling territory, as well as holding pitched battles with NRA forces - but had a
number of practices that outsiders found bizarre. Spiritual "controllers" were integrated into each unit. Along with duties such as tending to Alice
Auma while she was possessed, they smeared blessed oil on combatants that was supposed to stop bullets if the combatant's soul was pure.
Stones were blessed so they would explode like grenades, and combatants walked into combat in cross-shaped formations while singing hymns. While
the HSM suffered a number of horrific defeats, particularly when defending NRA soldiers had machine guns to fire upon the hymn-singing formations
walking towards them, these methods were, according to some accounts, surprisingly effective. (Wikipedia)
Obama Sends US Troops to Destroy Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda:
Virulent and vacuous attacks against this thread by propaganda-spouting Zionists (i.e. "You're an anti-Semite!") will be ignored.
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