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The Sins of The Fathers …

The last couple of posts have been rather unpleasant, drawing attention as they do to some realities behind the curtain constructed around the northern Magus and his descendants.  The Sins of the Father or Sins of the Fathers derives from Biblical references (primarily in the books Exodus, Deuteronomy, and Numbers) to the sins (or iniquities) of one generation passing to another. The idea has been conveyed paraphrastically into popular culture.

While there are many references throughout recorded history to evil and misfortune passing down from generation to generation we in our times seem to be enjoying a singularly refreshing view where history has been re-written and now there is nothing but the great goods of “Progress”. All things of this world are plentiful and desirable and worship of self overwhelms all sensibilities.

We are rather like those adventurers of the late great 60’s, those adventurous souls of whom Timothy Leary was a leading light, an American psychologist and writer known for advocating the exploration of the therapeutic potential of psychedelic drugs.

Of course, it is an undeniable fact that both the drug high, and the ideological high, always and everywhere wears off, leaving disaster, misery and death in its wake.

Because of our cultural aversion to reality we no longer study history. History mitigates against the corruption of ideology and so cannot be tolerated in the halls of ideological fantasy where our polite society derives its social policies of death.

History is no longer studied nor has it been a popular subject for several generations now. We strive to forget the past, even the recent past, and steadfastly present an ideological fantasy as our reality for consumption and belief by “all right thinking people”.

But one of the best consolidations  of real history, of the corruption of man is found in the Christian Bible. Perhaps that is why the Christian Bible is so unpopular these days, when “all right thinking people” just know that “we are practically perfect in every way”. No need to look anywhere else than in the nearest mirror to find the idol we worship.

I know it is extremely unpopular in our enlightened times but lets just dip into one chapter of the book of Kings for a gloss of how history repeats itself in our current Canadian society: …The surest way to lose an audience these days is to “go Biblical” on them, right? But I really don’t care much about the masses, I am writing for the remnant, so …

2 Kings 21 Manasseh Succeeds Hezekiah  is a nice little story about an historical family, a dynasty if you will, a dynasty whose practices took their people in an unhappy direction.  And Mathew 7: 15-20 … about fruits, and do we see clearly or do we pretend that everything is just A – OK?

A Tree and Its Fruit

 15Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16“You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? 17“So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. 18“A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. 19Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20So then, you will know them by their fruits.

And what of the fruits of our current leadership cadre, our current collection of apparatchiks lead by the brilliant and fearless Justin? What of their fruits … poverty, sickness, misery, murder, all burnt offerings on the alter of their self worship.

They, these lockstep followers of the progressive creed, the worshipers of the idol of self, bring to our society what David Warren calls “that delicious spirit of malice; an overwhelmingly destructive attitude of mind; and deriving from that, a terrible, a purposeful blindness.”

They can no longer see what is right before their eyes. They makes no concession to realities. They are opportunistic political propagandists, for very dark causes. These apparatchiks; fifth columnists; enemies of civilization, enemies of every decent value, of every pure good, poisoning from within and killing the flower of civilization with the agent orange of their progressive, me first, creed.

But still, we have Mathew 5: 43-48

Love your Enemies

43“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

46If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

The Road to Emmaus is everyone’s road –

On the Road to Emmaus

13Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven milesa from Jerusalem. 14They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16but they were kept from recognizing him.

… the troublesome secret is to see that Christ walking right alongside you … “めんどくさい (mendokusai)”

Cheers

Joe

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SIN … as worldview …

“Sin is wicked, but when recognized as sin, man can repent, seek and receive redemption. But if the worldview fails to recognize sin for what it is, or worse, celebrates the sin as some form of grotesque virtue, repentance is not sought and redemption is lost.” Bishop Shyrokoradiuk, Ukraine

via David Warren.

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Sin and Forgiveness …

Minus 20 degrees Celsius today with a 20 to 30 Km/hr wind. Bitter. Going down to -28 Degrees tonight. Better plug the vehicles in. Made lasagna tonight – comfort food with a good red wine. What has that to do with sins and forgiveness you might ask? Quite a bit actually. The weather is part of what we euphemistically term the “human condition”. Weather, illness, work, food or the lack thereof, comfort, love, friends, enemies, government, evil, good. Dissatisfaction continually at war with contentment. Man, (and Woman) knows, with an inborn awareness, that something is wrong in this human existence, something not quite defined, a lurking shadow that effects everything we experience. Many of us in these enlightened progressive times like to think that the root cause of this historical disorder is the notion that “a man can do something wrong or evil”. All we need to be perfect is rid ourselves of the silly claim that good and evil exist. It’s all “relative”, right?

Yet evil and discontent seems perennially connected with our condition. Men did not suddenly realize one day that they sinned. From the beginning of history they did not and do not know what to do about the evils that they sent and send into the world because of their sins.  They sense that they have done wrong and all the bluster and pretense doesn’t make it feel OK. “I’m OK, Your OK” just doesn’t cut it when the rubber hits the road, no matter what the guru’s of self realization preach. What man senses he needs is forgiveness. That forgiveness has to be placed in the hands of someone authorized to forgive. No ordinary person possesses this capacity. We are all in this together and if we are to escape our fate we have to be forgiven by someone outside the pit.

Over the last hundred thousand years or so, very few of the billions of people who have lived on this planet have heard of this forgiveness of sins that Revelation postulates. Among those who have heard of it, not many practice it. To cover this situation, we talk of being sorrowful. and we have been taught that God will forgive even if we know nothing of the Sacrament on the forgiveness of sin. Some expand this view to save everyone, while others suspect that, if everyone is forgiven, no matter what they do, why bother being good? The good and the bad are equally redeemed with or equally without forgiveness, but as mentioned in a previous post “sin clouds our intellect and destroys right judgement”.

We know in our hearts that we need “forgiveness” from some authority above our state, our condition. We need forgiveness from God, from the Divine.  And we need genuine forgiveness that does not excuse but requires sorrow, and contrition, and amendment and amends. “The great sacrifice for the sins of mankind was offered by the death of the Messiah, who is called in Scripture: ‘The Lamb of God who taketh away the sins of the world.’”  Samuel Johnson, 1781.  The Messiah is the only source of all genuine forgiveness. Even when men and women genuinely forgive they are only passing on that which was given them by the Messiah.

“… Forgiving does not mean excusing. Many people seem to think it does. They think that if you ask them to forgive someone who has cheated or bullied them you are trying to make out that there was really no cheating or bullying. But if that were so, there would be nothing to forgive. (This doesn’t mean that you must necessarily believe his next promise. It does mean that you must make every effort to kill every taste of resentment in your own heart – every wish to humiliate or hurt him or to pay him out.) The difference between this situation and the one in which you are asking God’s forgiveness is this. In our own case we accept excuses too easily, in other people’s we do not accept them easily enough. As regards my own sins it is a safe bet (though not a certainty) that the excuses are not really so good as I think; as regards other men’s sins against me it is a safe bet (though not a certainty) that the excuses are better than I think. One must therefore begin by attending to everything which may show that the other man was not so much to blame as we thought. But even if he is absolutely fully to blame we still have to forgive him; and even if ninety-nine per cent of his apparent guilt can be explained away by really good excuses, the problem of forgiveness begins with the one per cent of guilt that is left over. To excuse, what can really produce good excuses is not Christian charity; it is only fairness. To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.  …”

From “Essay on Forgiveness” by C.S Lewis, The McMillan Publishing Company, Inc. N.Y. 1960.

Cheers,

Joe

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