Sunday, July 11, 2021

Robert Smith on Faith

      Robert Smith has written several books worth reading. He is the author of the controversial blog upwardthought.blogspot.com. He is controversial because he claims to have visited with CHRIST many times, and he believes salvation is an individual matter, not a collective one. 

     His latest book Faith can be downloaded for free at his blog. It is filled with light. Here is one idea that resonated with me, a sinner who has yet to see JESUS.

    

    Every person has within them a faint but pervasive memory of 

    God-planted deep within them from their interactions with him 

    before birth. 

    In a way, every desire we have- no matter how base or carnal-

    is an attempt to either satisfy or silence that deep drive to 

    reconnect with the divine.

(page 114)

There are a lot of things to learn about faith in this book. The first 113 pages are just as good as the one I quoted. I am not through with the book yet (There are 244 pages), but I felt like any honest truth seeker would want to at least check it out. I do not think you would be wasting your time to read any of Rob's books, but this latest one is especially worthy of your attention.

It has the best definition of Faith that I have ever come across.


Tuesday, June 8, 2021

The Poetry of Paul Toscano

Those of you who know who Paul Toscano is are probably surprised at the title of this post. He is not famous as a poet. He is infamous as the husband of one of the "September Six" Margaret Toscano. He was excommunicated in 1993 as well during that purge of people who were too smart and/or two Christ-focused to be trusted by Mormons Incorporated. Not to be confused with Murder Incorporated, which was much more merciful than the LDS church.

I was lucky enough to discover his writing roughly ten years ago. I was re-reading some of it today in a spare moment. He and I are polar opposites when it comes to politics. I would like to think he and I are kindred spirits when it comes to our ideas about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I cannot write anything like he can (obviously), but I can pass on some of his best work that has touched my searching soul.

In his book The Sanctity of Dissent Paul writes the following in the Prologue.

"The brethren were not chosen primarily to receive revelation for us, 

    but to teach us how to obtain revelation for ourselves."

None of the 15 Pharisees currently running the LDS church would ascribe to this. We all know that "Follow the prophet" has been the mantra for far too long. Seems to me like a recipe for following the prophet straight to hell.

Even the God of this world, JESUS did not tell his disciples, female and male, that all they had to do was trust Him. He told them in 2 different hemispheres, "be ye therefore perfect." 

Trust JESUS and then do what HE does and don't worry about mistakes. It is going to take an almost infinite amount of time to become like HE is. Because of CHRIST, and His father the MOST HIGH GOD, we get to keep trying until we get it right. 

Those bolded and bold words of Paul Toscano's are put in couplet form for a reason. They do not rhyme, and they are not in iambic pentameter, but they are poetry to me.


Tuesday, May 18, 2021

The Virtue of the Disproportional Response

     In my estimation the greatest TV show of all-time is The West Wing. I remember an episode early in the first season where Syrian terrorists shoot down a US plane filled with medical personnel and supplies. President Bartlett (played perfectly by Martin Sheen) is devastated his friend and doctor Morris was on board. The Joint Chiefs of the US Military come up with 3 scenarios that will be proportional and merciful and politically correct to respond to the attack. Bartlett rejects them initially and asks "what is the virtue of the proportional response?" In the end cooler heads prevail upon the President to merely bomb the Syrian Intelligence Headquarters rather than carpet bomb Damascus. 

Israel has learned that if the entire Muslim world would like to wipe you off the face of the earth, there is no virtue in the measured response. We are seeing this now. I do not know when this latest Palestine-Israel battle will end. I do know that it will end with far more dead Palestinians and tons more property damage in Gaza than Tel Aviv. 

The dementia-suffering leader of the free world thinks this is Israel's fault and that they should stop attacking targets in Palestine. This just proves he is dumber than anyone originally believed. Israel will not stop until they have sent an unforgettable lesson to the fools who are members of Hamas. Hamas will undoubtedly get upset about some future slight, shoot some more rockets into Israel or blow something up, and the ass-kicking will start anew. 

The Book of Mormon allows for defense of one's homeland if the other guys started it. It does not allow for wars of extermination. My beloved Mother hated bullies. She felt like you should punch them in the nose, and go from there. Most will back down at that point. 

One thing the arrogant leaders of this world need to remember, is that JESUS was a Jew. When all else fails He has promised to save His people from destruction, even though they do not deserve it. 

JESUS has also promised to save you and I, if we would just repent and do what he asks, even though we do not deserve it.


Sunday, May 16, 2021

The Dangers of the Majority

There is no salvation or exaltation for those who are trusting in the safety of the majority. Or the safety of their religion, any religion. Since the days of Eve and Adam there has never been a time when 51 percent of the population loved GOD more than Satan. Most of the world may be religious, but most are not true followers of GOD.

JESUS did NOT follow the status quo, and if you would like any chance to go where He is after this life, you need to do the right even if it costs you now.

The way the world is now I am surprised only "a third part" of our former spirit brothers and sisters followed Satan. Most of the first- world countries are filled with sheep who are happy to do whatever they are told, as long as they are left alone to eat and sleep and watch TV.

The only people GOD could possibly be proud of are those people living in third-world countries and battling the same problems that HE was born into. 



Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Explain This To Me

 In 2020 if someone died of a heart attack, the cause of death was listed as COVID. 

In 2021 if someone recently "vaccinated" against COVID dies of a heart attack, the cause of death is cardiac arrest.

Strange times indeed.

Friday, April 16, 2021

The Land of the Fool and the Home of the Coward

     My title today comes from a twist on the American national anthem. We are no longer than land of the free and the home of the brave. Everyone from your local mayor and neighborhood business owner thinks they can dictate how you live your life. This extends up to the governors of our states and of course all the way to Washington DC. The DC stand for "dangerously clueless." I don't care whether you liked Trump or love Biden, they are both ignorant cowards. Trump could have stopped the Covid paranoia in its tracks, but he wanted to try and get re-elected more than he wanted to do the right thing. A man who cannot be faithful to any of his wives past and present, can never by faithful to his country. 

 Biden, who my 4 year granddaughter could crush in a game of tick tack toe, is now upping the fear. He and fools like Russel Nelson would like every American to get vaccinated. Except the vaccine is not a vaccine. And it does not prevent someone from getting Covid. It is gene therapy and it might limit your symptoms. It could also kill you via blood clots, so let's all rush down and get a shot or two.


I trust GOD will deal with our feckless leaders in His own time and way. What is GOD going to do people who are mindless and do whatever they are told? "Well done thou good and faithful coward" are words that are never coming out of JESUS' mouth. 

Good luck to anyone, anywhere who rules with fear and lies. Power in this life is an almost automatic spiritual death sentence in the next one.

What are we afraid of? The worst flu to come along since the Hong Kong flu of the late 1960s. That was dwarfed by the Spanish flu at the end of WWI, which was in turn dwarfed by the Black Death of the Middle Ages. 1-2 % of people die who get this overrated virus. 

No person I have ever met has died of Covid, and it has been over a year that this virus has existed.

Have people forgotten that GOD has equipped the great majority of people with a great immune system?

I fear too many Americans do not even know what an immune system is or how it works. Most Americans believe whatever they read on the feed on their phone or computer. 

People who lived just before, during, and after the time of Christ rarely made it to even 50 years on this planet. Americans hope they can live as long as possible, probably because they know somewhere deep down in their souls, that the next life is not going to fun for cowards. Of course Americans do not exercise, eat just enough to function, sleep enough, avoid tobacco or drugs or hard liquor. Americans want to have their cake and eat it too. 

A brave person dies only once.

A coward dies every day.

Saturday, February 6, 2021

The South Bay United Pentecostal Church

In a 6-3 ruling the Supreme Court of the United States has disallowed governor gavin newsom's ban on indoor church services in California. Yes, I did refuse to capitalize the name of the governor of my state, because a small-minded man deserves small letters.

The lawsuit was brought by the South Bay United Pentecostal Church in Chula Vista. Chula Vista is near San Diego. These courageous Americans and Christians are to be congratulated now and lauded in the world to come. 

The biggest question is all of this is why the supposed true church of the Mormons was not part of this lawsuit?

I surmise that cowards like to cower in the darkness, while heroes refuse to lie down for lies.