Caesar Outlawing Grave-Robbing

It is sometime before AD 50. A Roman emperor orders an edict – those caught robbing tombs and extracting bodies will be put to death. Strange, is it not? Found in Nazareth of all places, it comes to be known as the Nazareth Inscription. Its unique and uncanny characteristics make the edict an interesting puzzle piece that fits perfectly in a post-resurrection context – a very human response traceable to the initial Jewish position on Jesus’ resurrection and the Roman insecurity about the potential rise of a king who could have challenged the empire.

From Cold and Lonely Truth’s article The Nazareth Inscription – Did You Know Caesar Outlawed Grave Robbing After the Resurrection?

As usual, we see the wrong response, targeted at the wrong people, after the Established Order had been destroyed forever.

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Pagan Boom, Atheist Details

A decent starter-survey of the pagan/occult revival.

Meanwhile, a close inspection of atheism. From Templeton, via Uncommon Descent: “A study of atheists and agnostics, funded by Templeton, came up with some illuminating facts:

2. In all six of our countries, majorities of unbelievers identify as having ‘no religion’. Nevertheless, in Denmark fully 28% of atheists and agnostics identify as Christians; in Brazil the figure is 18%. 8% of Japan’s unbelievers say they are Buddhists. Conversely, in Brazil (79%), the USA (63%), Denmark (60%), and the UK (52%), a majority of unbelievers were brought up as Christians. (1.1, 1.2)

3. Relatively few unbelievers select ‘Atheist’ or ‘Agnostic’ as their preferred (non)religious or secular identity. 38% of American atheists opt for ‘Atheist’, compared to just 19% of Danish atheists. Other well-known labels – ‘humanist’, ‘free thinker’, ‘sceptic’, ‘secular’ – are the go-to identity for only small proportions in each country. (1.3)

Unbelief in God doesn’t necessarily entail unbelief in other supernatural phenomena. Atheists and (less so) agnostics exhibit lower levels of supernatural belief than do the wider populations. However, only minorities of atheists or agnostics in each of our countries appear to be thoroughgoing naturalists. (2.2, 2.3 More.


Stephen Sullivant, Miguel Farias, Jonathan Lanman, Lois Lee, Understanding Unbelief: Atheists and agnostics around the world – Interim findings from 2019 research in Brazil, China, Denmark, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States

Odd. Interesting, worth considering… and odd.

See also: Why is the New York Times into witchcraft now? The good news is, we have far less to fear from hexes than from anti-free speech legislation and crackdowns on academic freedom at the universities. We really must encourage them all to spend more time, much more time, on hexes.

Uncommon Descent

If the pagans aren’t worshiping power, then it’s escapism.

I don’t intend to encourage witchcraft, even with my enemies… as demons do exist. (Even though they are far less powerful than in olden times: Christ made the difference.) And even assuming that witchcraft is just a powerless delusion now — which may well be true! — it’s still a escapist-religion drug that wastes time and lives.

Better to focus on helping people, building a business, raising kids, strengthening your neighbourhood connections, than get wasted on some futile search for occult power.

Reconciled Media: an Interview with Josh McDurmon

A quote:

My favourite story in the Bible is when avid brings the Ark back in to Jerusalem, I believe that it’s II Samuel 6. And he’s leading this huge parade, you know the story he is dancing in a linen ephod and one of his wives gets all upset about that.

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The text makes a point of saying that David made the sacrifices. And he made sure that every person in Israel got a piece of flesh, and a flagon of wine. So I knwo that this guy knows how to throw a party!”

Joel McDurmon, from the Reconcilled Media interview above.

Also worthy of note:

McDurmon mentions that, when God clearly directed the priests to take the worst cuts of sacrificed meat for themselves, and give the best to God, they LOVED to “randomly” take the best cuts of meat for themselves.

Remember to mention this to your pastor. I’m sure that he will appreciate your high level of Biblical literacy.

*cough*

Law Level Quiz

(Copy/Paste from the my other blog.)

Law Level Quiz

OK, so where do we put the United Kingdom on the Law Level scale?

From MegaTraveller: Referee’s Manual, page 22

0. No Law
(WordPress starts its list at 1. Therefore, the odd placement for Rule 0)

  1. Low law (body pistols. explosives, poison gas prohibited)
  2. Low law (portable energy weapons prohibited)
  3. Low law (machineguns, automatic rifles prohibited)
  4. Moderate law (light assault weapons prohibited)
  5. Moderate law (personal concealable weapons prohibited)
  6. Moderate law (all firearms except firearms prohibited)
  7. Moderate law (shotguns prohibited)
  8. High law (blade weapons controlled, no open display)
  9. High law (weapon possession outside the home prohibited)
  10. Extreme law (weapon possession prohibited)
  11. Extreme law (rigid control of civilian movement)
  12. Extreme law (unrestricted invasion of privacy)
  13. Extreme law (paramilitary law enforcement)
  14. Extreme law (full-fledged police state)
  15. Extreme law (all facets of daily life rigidly controlled)
  16. Extreme law (severe punishment for petty infractions)
  17. Extreme law (legalized oppressive practices)
  18. Extreme law (routinely oppressive and restrictive)
  19. Extreme law (excessively oppressive and restrictive)
  20. Extreme law (totally oppressive and restrictive)

Throw in the free speech restrictions — “If you offend someone, if you make them feel bad, you have broken the law!” — and I’d peg it at around 16 or so.

But no cool uniforms, no executions, no labour camps, no shrieking Leader yelling about the Enemies of the People.

And there are elections… reasonably fair ones, too!

But you can buy knives without ID in the People’s Republic of China, the Islamic Republic of Iran, and the Russian Federation. No prison time due to calling men men and women women either… even if they don’t like you doing so.

“Just saying.”

Slavery… Again

“So long as the sex is easy, there’s plenty of entertainment and booze/drugs, and the food, shelter and medicare is free — the standard obligations masters have to slaves, serfs and proles since Roman times — no problem!”

Masters can kill you, rape you, mutilate you, humiliate you… but they can’t enslave you without your permission.

Thus, most use lure of Free Stuff, as well as the Whip, to keep the proles in line.

“But if they threaten my family, I have to kneel!”

Because Master promises not to hurt them if you give in?

Exactly how much value do you think Masters place on promises?

(Or on anyone’s family, anyone’s liberty, other than their own?)

Heroes

“There are no heroes in the face of pain.” – George Orwell

It depends on your definition of the world ‘hero’.

If you think that you will be adored, revered, or respected by the public because you suffered abuse, think again.

Once upon a time, it was possible that you might be at least remembered as a saint. But not if today’s belly-crawling, boot-licking Western pastorate have anything to say about it!

As soldiers of Christ, we are to surrender to unbelievers at every level.

We are to surrender in public and in private, at the macro level and on the micro level, on a national scale and on a private scale. We are to surrender to every secular authority that is placed over us.

We Need to Surrender by Carlos Chung, writing in
The Master’s Seminary blog

“The Master’s Seminary”, indeed!

But if you are working to please God rather than the Masters, or the Masses, things are different.

That doesn’t mean that you will surely protected from rape if you resist the Right Sort, or be executed for learning to read – or for reading the wrong things.

(But it’s surprisingly likely: miracles happen, and the wailing tyrant-children of 2019 are pussy cats compared to the serious tyrants of 1979…who themselves were paper tigers compared to the psychotic mass genociders of the 1930s-60s.

Basically, Orwell was wrong, so far as accurately predicting the future is concerned.)

Instead of being a hero, you will simply be doing what is right like a man should, pushing humanity forward into a better future… regardless of the personal cost. Expanding the Kingdom of God, in other words.

“I would love to be able to regulate the content of speech,” the California Democrat told CNN’s Brianna Keilar. “The First Amendment prevents me from doing so, and that’s simply a function of the First Amendment.”

Lieu obviously takes it for granted that many politicians would muzzle their enemies if it were permitted and that only meddlesome legal strictures prevent them from enacting their dark desires.

Those strictures no longer look so strict. New York state’s blue-tribe government last year repeatedly abused regulatory power in assaults against independent institutions. […]

For his part, Donald Trump, red tribe jefe, demands unwavering personal loyalty. […]

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There’s no reason to show respect to a system that sees us as nothing more than enemies to be smashed.

Stop Treating Government With Respect, by J.D. Tuccille

Oppressors rule… until they don’t.

Usually because the money runs out. But sometimes, due to a crushing military defeat.

Or the public – including the pastors – grow a spine, astonishing the world.

(Hat tip: Hong Kong.)

Yay, The Third Imperium!

I suppose that’s why I like the (fairly pagan) Third Imperium of the Traveller RPG. It’s not the public’s money they are spending, thus allowing limitless waste and debt — all to be blamed on Anyone Else, when the financial house of cards comes tumbling down.

It’s the Noble’s own money that’s being spent, which places meaningful limits, budgets, and restrictions on what can be done, how oppressive and controlling he can be, how far he can push around the public, the merchants, the planetary governments.

This does not guarantee a sane and prosperous nation: ask the French Monarchy about that. But being forced to take the limits of reality seriously helps with the culling of bad ideas, or oppressive and foolish (and thus, costly and de-legitimizing) laws.

Why Progressives Win, and Why Christians Will Change That

Time to get on the winning track!

Kingdom & Abolition

Earlier this week I stumbled upon a quotation from a book I read a few years ago, about why culture is intrigued by the bad guys. Think Darth Vader. The book, I Wear the Black Hat, by Chuck Klosterman, could be described as “pop-psychology.” I found it intriguing and entertaining. While Klosterman is not a believer, he makes many accurate observations about human interactions and human nature. One passing comment, for example, on progressivism and history absolutely nails it. He writes,

Everyone knows history is written by the winners, but that cliché misses a crucial detail: Over time, the winners are always the progressives. Conservatism can only win in the short term, because society cannot stop evolving (and social evolution inevitably dovetails with the agenda of those who see change as an abstract positive). It might take seventy years, but it always happens eventually. Serious historians are, almost without…

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Divine Mercy, Divine Severity

The thing with receiving God’s many good gifts — from liberty, to wealth, to good health, to receiving His Law-Word — is that we are held responsible for how we use them!

A.D. 70 Confronts with the Divine Severity

A.D. 70 emphasizes the reality not only of God’s goodness but His severity. Paul warns those who would call themselves God’s people: “Consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off” (Rom. 11:22).

The “severity” that befalls the Jews in A.D. 70 exhibits God’s judgment upon their unbelief and rebellion. Melito of Sardis speaks thus of the Jews: “thou smotest thy Lord: thou also hast been smitten upon the earth. And thou indeed liest dead; but He is risen from the place of the dead.” Though Israel had a glorious heritage (Rom. 9:3-5), though her “root is holy” (Rom. 11:16) she tragically illustrates the consequences of failing a holy responsibility. We must all learn the lesson therein exhibited, “for everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required” (Luke 12:48b). Israel’s judgment in A.D. 70 underscores the awesome obligation resulting from the divine calling.

But as Israel withers under the scorching heat of God’s severe wrath, the Gentiles will flourish in the cool waters of God’s good mercy (Rom. 11:12, 15; cp. Acts 13:46-47). Such is the goodness of God. Nevertheless, the Gentiles, too, must take the lesson to heart, “for if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either” (Rom. 11:21).

This Jewish-judgment / Gentile-blessing interplay is prophesied by Christ. Speaking of the kingdom He is establishing, the Lord alludes to A.D. 70: “I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matt. 8:11-12).

Conclusion

The specter of A.D. 70 haunts the New Testament record (being frequently and vigorously prophesied); its occurrence dramatically impacts first century history (being one of its more datable and catastrophic events). Jerusalem’s destruction confirms important redemptive-historical truths (Christ’s supreme authority, the Old Covenant economy’s termination, the gospel’s world encompassing nature, and Israel’s judgment) and imparts significant practical lessons to us (our high calling involves holy obligations). We would do well to learn of the ways of God among men. (For more information on the significance of A.D. 70 see Thomas Ice and Kenneth Gentry, The Great Tribulation: Past or Future? [Kregel, 1999].)

From Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.’s WHY IS AD 70 IMPORTANT?

It is important that Christian Reconstrutionists do not fail in our awesome duty to bring salvation and healing to the world. Even those of us who are poor have been given enormous spiritual riches, and MUST spread our spiritual wealth to others.

Some of us have wealth in dollars as well: this is meant to be a blessing for us to enjoy, but we must understand that we are also expected to give God profitable returns as well as ourselves, for it is HIS money we are given. A 10% tithe is perfectly adequate, but it must be used to expand HIS kingdom, not ours!