Is Religion Dangerous?

Is religion dangerous? My answer is no; but also a resounding YES. First at the heart of all religious systems the intent is to journey from the profane to the divine. One would think this would be a wonderful human development of seeking a higher power for the good of humanity. The higher power may be on the outside such as a God or God’s, or the divine is finding ones higher self. Religions of the world vastly differ on how one takes this path.

The varying religious paths prescribed towards divinity shows the beauty of diverse cultures. Religion becomes a danger when one religion demands that they are correct and others are not. Secondly the adherents of the religion feels it is their duty to God to impose doctrine by force.

Two religions have been known to cause the greatest amount of danger to humanity. That is Christianity and Islam. People of these faiths have killed and suppressed nations. Subjected mass amount of anguish upon differing beliefs with laws suppressing the rights of non adherents.

Why, it has not always been this way? Yet even very early in Christianity’s history fights over correct doctrine took place. When Rome saw the opportunity to use Christianity as a way to help control and unite the empire the Roman Catholic church became the enforcer of God and king within Europe.

War was waged against Islam the fairly young religion that was sweeping the middle east by force. A fight that is still in place today. All of this stems because religions such as Christianity and Islam are absolute in their doctrines and pathways to God.

In our modern world religion is used in American politics such as the election of Donald Trump. Yet this is not new. Kings would often claim they ruled by divine right and who can argue with God?

My proposal for religion especially that of Christianity which I am apart of, is the elimination of dogma and doctrine. A true freedom of religion that I pray also on Islam. Let each person be his own pope. Let each person decide the best path within their chosen faith. Let each person develop a path to the divine based on their own understanding of their faith. A faith that all is permitted under love.

In my heart this is what Jesus taught.

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Agenda: Divide and Conquer

For a month we have been praying, hoping and believing that Mollie Tibbetts who went missing on July 18th after going on a jog would be found alive. Time is not friendly in cases such as these. Yesterday Aug 21st we found out that Mollie Tibbetts was found dead, and that she was not only found, but the alleged killer took the authorities to her body. While the nation should be mourning the loss of a young woman who has not even hit the prime of her life, the nation has turned this into a call to “build the wall” starting a firestorm on social media. Why you may ask? The suspected killer who took authorities to the body of Mollie is an illegal immigrant.

My conspiracy driven mind tells me it all seems too convenient. The government and corporations are experts in manipulating the emotions of the people. Let us look at who makes national attention when someone goes missing. Young, attractive, white and female; these four parts of the equation bring in big numbers for large media outlets. Ever wonder why certain stories receive more attention than others? Well unfortunately there is your answer. We all seem attracted to these stories, and why not, the media makes them so appealing. All the right characters are assigned; the loving parents, a good home, a small town, an attractive female victim, a long search, and then the apprehension of the immigrant killer. Stories like these catch our emotions and prey on our fears and curiosities. The eyes of a nation are tuned in waiting to see what happens like reality TV show. Only this is being played out before our eyes in real time. A perfect catalyst for the powers that be to use such a tragedy to escalate the already heightened tensions of a country divided.

What could be the conspiracy? In the 50’s there was an actual government program that was given the name MKULTRA. This government sanctioned experiment developed by the CIA was used to weaken the mind of the victim and allow the person to be controlled. The facts of MKULTRA are terrifying stretching to college campuses and even to the torture and sexual assault of the government’s victims in order to achieve desired outcomes. These operations officially ended in the 70’s although I doubt that is the case. I encourage you to do some research on MKULTRA and the heinous acts the government committed on its own people. Some have even suspected the use of techniques developed within the MKULTRA project to have influenced Sirhan Sirhan to kill Robert Kennedy. Who was Sirhan? He was a Palestinian immigrant who admitted to the killing and even pled guilty in court while his attorney claimed he acted under hypnosis. Could Cristhian Rivera, the accused killer of Mollie Tibbitts have acted out of government mind control? If so, it was a perfect set up to increase the already heightened tensions within the country.

It is a fact that the government has used mind control on its citizens. Mobster Whitey Bulger and Unabomber Ted Kaczynski both are documented to have been victims of the CIA mind control operations, and both were possibly used as tools for the government. Other mysterious operations such as Operations Northwoods, which suggested assassinating American citizens to entice a war with Cuba was brought to the desk of President John F. Kennedy by then Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs General Lyman L. Lemnitzer. Kennedy rejected such a plan against the American people. Could Kennedy’s defiance of the Top Secret operation been one more nail in the coffin leading to his own assassination? What I am trying to explain is that the government is capable and willing to commit the most horrendous crimes against its own people for its own agenda. Is Molly Tibbetts the latest victim of her own government? Is the agenda to further divide the American people? From viewing what is being posted on social media even if the government played no role, the arrest of an illegal immigrant in the case has been all that was needed to bring about the hate that people in America have towards immigrants.

Yet what if the government did play a role? What if they did target Mollie Tibbetts and use Cristhian Rivera as the perfect killer to provoke the racial tension and political divide in the country? Let’s look at the confession of Cristhian Rivera. Rivera stated that he was following Mollie who was out for a run when she confronted him, then he reportedly “blacked out.” He told police that he did not even remember killing Mollie. Rivera goes on to state that after seeing some headphones he realized that Mollie was in the trunk of his car. He then stated that he placed the body in nearby cornfields. After his arrest he immediately made the confessions and led police to the body. Very strange, now I am not defending Rivera, he should tried by a jury and face the consequences. Although the public jury has already rendered a verdict of guilty with many ready if they could to render their own justice. While the idea of a “media trial” is nothing new, I feel it is important for us to allow calmer heads to prevail.

In the end, regardless of if this was a government conspiracy to create what we are now seeing on social media which essentially is the pulse of the nation. The focus should be on the family of Molly Tibbetts and their loss. Regardless of who killed her and why, there is nothing we can do to bring her back. If we had the ability to remove all illegal immigrants from our country these murders would still unfortunately take place. Yet, how many people understand that. Most people on social media don’t and even the President sees this as just one more reason to build a wall.

So I leave you with these final thoughts. It is obvious that the powers that be want the country divided. A divided country is a weak country; it is a country that can easily be manipulated by politicians and corporations. (This took place during the Civil War as well). When we are divided the government and corporations can engage in acts which we would normally find as violations of the constitution. It is very possible that the powers that be are setting the stage for even more divisive actions. So what can we do? First we need to stop with the division. Look at situations with rational suspicion. We must not allow the programmed hate fill our hearts and minds when faced with a horrific crime or terrorist attack. Secondly, and probably the hardest is to exert power through forgiveness. Jesus spoke of turning the other cheek, to forgive those that executed him even while he knew he was innocent. It would be a wonderful legacy for the family of Mollie Tibbetts to have her death not the cause of hostility, but rather be a catalyst for peace. Our government never will want peace in the nation and neither will major corporations who feed off these tragedies for ratings. We can be the voices of reason and the answer to a generation who says we must hate no more!

Dude, Where is my Country?

As Christians where is the country? Are we a bunch of closed minded dominionist? People who have it my way or the highway? Absolutist who do not think for themselves? Nate does not have the answers but I do know how to talk about some possibilities. My only hope is that Christians in America are not so willing to sell their souls for political power.

The Backyard Preacher #102 (End the Hate)

In the wake of the Charlottesville, VA tragedy Nate takes a look at the hate behind why white people do what they do in this country.

The Backyard Preacher Podcast #99 (Civil War 2.0 Are We Ready?)

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Are we ready for another Civil War in this country?  In this heated and divided nation it is a very real possibility.  Jesus speaks of division, his own words caused division within homes and still do to this very day.  In some sense a non violent civil war has already started.  It is our duty as children of God to bring peace and love, fight with prayer and do our best to end the hate.

The Backyard Preacher Podcast #54 (How we as Christians Should act Under a Trump Administration)

“Owe no one nothing but to love one another.”  During this divisive time we must look to the scriptures to see how we as Christians should act during a Trump Administration.  Nate will discuss Romans chapter 13, allowing us to deal with the upcoming crisis.