Monthly Archives: December 2012

The un-Godly Silence

100 years of silence
Dear God tshirt
Tis the season Tis the reason

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Camo and Christmas

The hardest good-bye

Christmas God bless our troops
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Narcissist in chief maintains laser-like focus on himself at Inouye memorial

As always, it’s all about him. And it wasn’t even the first time today:

2012_12 21 White House tweets about Sandy Hook

Choice tweets about Obama’s eulogy posted December 21, 2012 by Twitchy Staff
UNREAL. Obama Uses Sen. Inouye’s Funeral to Drone On About Himself For 10 Minutes
Obama: Me, me, me, me, me, me, me, Danny, me, me, me, me, me, Danny, me, me, me, me, me me, me, me, me, Danny, me, me, me, me
Obama speaking at Sen. Inouye’s funeral — and he’s talking about himself. #typical
Obama found a camera and a podium to speak from at Sen. Inouye’s funeral… I’ve heard the beginning of the speech before… about himself!
President Obama is currently giving Senator Inouye’s eulogy. What’s he talking about? Himself, obviously. I can’t watch this.
What an embarrassment! #Obama opens remarks at #Inouye service talking all about himself, incl summary of family vacation. What a fool!
Obama’s Inouye comments: pushing the boundaries between personalizing a memorial and making it (as usual) all about himself.
Summary of Obama’s eulogy (in case you missed it): Sen. Inouye is gone, but hey, I’m still here! Also, I’ve always loved vacation.
#ObamasEulogies: Even in death it’s always about him
Obama eulogy for Daniel Inouye: me, me, me, I, I, I, uh,uh,uhh…
This is a funeral for Sen. Inouye. Obama can’t stand it not being about him, so he is making it about him!
Whatever the topic, Obama always gives a speech about himself.
President Obama honors Sen. Daniel Inouye by talking about his own family vacations. Why is he like this?
It’s always ME ME ME with obama, unless there’s a terrorist attack. That’s YOUtube YOUtube YOUtube!

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THE CHRISTMAS GRUDGE;STAVE ONE

Posted by Pistol Pete

There are so many videos I want to post,I decided to split the list into three parts. The first is for Chrissy’s soldiers and everyone like them.

See how many you can watch.

 

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The Seven Churches of Revelation, part eight

If you’re new to this series, go here to catch up:

Part 7 @ https://polination.wordpress.com/2012/12/19/the-seven-churches-of-revelation-part-seven/

Part 6 and prev @ https://polination.wordpress.com/2012/12/19/the-seven-churches-of-revelation-part-six/

Book of Revelation, Chapter 2, Verses 12-18:

To the angel of the church in Pergamum, write this:

The one with the sharp two-edged sword says this:

I know that you live where Satan’s throne is, and yet you hold fast to my name and have not denied your faith in me, not even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was martyred among you, where Satan lives. Yet I have a few things against you. You have some people there who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who instructed Balak to put a stumbling block before the Israelites: to eat food sacrificed to idols and to play the harlot. Likewise, you also have some people who hold to the teaching of [the] Nicolaitans. Therefore, repent. Otherwise, I will come to you quickly and wage war against them with the sword of my mouth.

Whoever has ears ought to hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the victor I shall give some of the hidden manna; I shall also give a white amulet upon which is inscribed a new name, which no one knows except the one who receives it.

Continuing with Pergamum as a type for the church during the Early Middle Ages (roughly 313 AD to 1,000 AD).

The final “rewards” segment of the letter is fascinating when seen in the context of early Medieval Christianity:

To the victor I shall give some of the hidden manna; I shall also give a white amulet upon which is inscribed a new name, which no one knows except the one who receives it.

During the second five hundred years of the Christian era, the Church substantially developed the doctrines about both Eucharist and Baptism. I think the references to hidden manna and a white amulet refer to this aspect of Church history.

Hidden Manna as a sign of Eucharist

Manna was the food God miraculously sent to the Israelites during their forty years sojourn in the desert (Exodus 16; Numbers 11:6-9). As a reminder to future generations, a vessel filled with manna was placed near the Ark of the Covenant. While it was a miraculous and nourishing gift from God, it was not at all hidden in any way.

Right from the start, manna was a common Eucharistic symbol. In chapter six in the Gospel of John, Jesus makes a direct connection between manna, Himself and eternal life. Then, at the Last Supper,

Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, “Take and eat; this is my body.” [Matt 26:26]

From the earliest days, Christian worship services started with preaching, teaching and prayer, then culminated in the formal acts taken over from the Last Supper. This latter was known variously as the breaking of bread, communion, or eucharist (Greek for thanksgiving). Again, nothing hidden.

  • At the beginning of the Early Middle Ages, it was held that an actual change took place in the bread and wine; the fourth century Bishop of Milan, St. Ambrose, wrote that the Eucharist contains the true, historical body of Jesus Christ.
  • Toward the end of the Early Middle Ages, St. Paschasius wrote De Corpore et Sanguine Domini in which he explained why he agreed with St. Ambrose.

Although there were some theologians who held that the “body and blood of Jesus” in the Eucharist were merely metaphorical, not real, it was the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist (known in Latin as transubstantiation and in Greek as metousiosis) that became the dominant and eventually defined doctrine for both East and West.

The Catholic Catechism explains:

Because Christ our Redeemer said that it was truly his body that he was offering under the species of bread, it has always been the conviction of the Church of God, … that by the consecration of the bread and wine there takes place a change of the whole substance of the bread into the substance of the body of Christ our Lord and of the whole substance of the wine into the substance of his blood. This change the holy Catholic Church has fittingly and properly called transubstantiation. [Italics added by CtH.]

Clearly, the reality of the Real Presence was a hot issue during the Early Middle Ages, because around 700 AD, God sent us one of my all-time favorite miracles to reassure the Church that the Real Presence was really REAL.

The Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano [4:18]

In the Eucharist, the species (appearance, taste, smell, as opposed to the substance) of the bread and wine (usually) stay the same, which I’ve always thought was a genuine act of hospitality and courtesy on God’s part cuz otherwise … ew.

Here then, we find the hidden part of hidden manna that victors will receive!

I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died.I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world. [John 6:48-51]

Oy … I was planning to finish Pergamum in one blog, but again I find there’s so much fun stuff for both Eucharist and Baptism that it seems better to split them into two blogs. But I PROMISE … one more and I’ll be done with Pergamum LOL!

Sources:

Eerdman’s Handbook to the History of Christianity [Eerdmans Publishing, 1977]

The New Bible Dictionary [Eerdmans Publishing, 1962]

New American Bible online @ http://www.usccb.org/bible/

Manna at the Catholic Encyclopedia online @ http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/09604a.htm

On the Body and Blood of the Lord @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paschasius_Radbertus#De_Corpore_et_Sanguine_Domini

Transubstantiation in the Middle Ages @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transubstantiation#Middle_Ages

Miracle of Lanciano @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracle_of_Lanciano

Catholic Catechism on The Sacrament of the Eucharist @ http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p2s2c1a3.htm

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Blessings amidst the sorrow

Sunburst

The owner of a small restaurant in Des Moines says one of his employees came in and asked if she could get her paycheck a little early. While he was in the office cutting her check, she watched the news about the Newtown shootings.

Her boss came out to find her sobbing uncontrollably. She told him, “I needed my paycheck early because I have an appointment at Planned Parenthood this afternoon to have an abortion.” And then she said, “After seeing all of those innocent young children dying and all of those mothers who have had their children taken from them, I can’t go through with this abortion!”

The young girl said she didn’t know where to go for help. Her boss got her in touch with his mother, who is very active in Iowa Right to Life. God is good!

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‘Twas 11 days before Christmas

Let the children come

‘Twas 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38  a.m.
When 20  beautiful children stormed through Heaven’s gate.
Their smiles were contagious; their laughter filled the  air.
They could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there.

They were filled with such joy, they didn’t know what to say;
They remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day.
“Where are we?” asked a little girl, as quiet as a  mouse.
“This is Heaven,” declared a small boy. “We’re spending Christmas at God’s house.”

When what to their wondering eyes did appear,
But Jesus, their Savior; the children gathered near.
He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same.
Then He opened His arms and He called them by name.

And in that moment was joy, that only Heaven can  bring,
Those children all flew into the arms of their King.
And as they lingered in the warmth of His embrace,
one small girl turned and looked at Jesus’ face.

And as if He could read all the questions she had,
He gently whispered to her, “I’ll take care of Mom and  Dad.”
Then He looked down on Earth, the world far below,
He saw all of the hurt, the sorrow, and woe.

Then He closed His eyes and He outstretched His hand,
“Let My power and presence re-enter this land!
May this country be delivered from the hands of foods.
I’m taking back my nation.  I’m taking back my  schools!”

Then He and the children stood up without a sound.
“Come now, my children, let me show you around.”
Excitement filled the space, some skipped and some ran,
All displaying enthusiasm that only a small child can.

And I heard Him proclaim as He walked out of sight,
“In the midst of this darkness, I AM STILL THE LIGHT.”

Written by Cameo Smith, Mt. Wolf, PA

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Guns and Spoons

Guns and spoons

Tweeted @BradThor: A criminally insane man stole legally-owned guns in nation’s 4th strictest gun control state, but left doesn’t want to talk mental illness.

Tweeted @RBPundit: I guess Obama would know about irresponsibly letting guns get into the wrong hands. So he’s an “expert.” #FastandFurious

Tweeted @DonnyFerguson: This week hundreds marched on NRA, while tens of thousands bought more guns. We just had our national conversation.

Little Sisters of the Poor

Obamacare could drive Little Sisters of the Poor out of the US

http://dailycaller.com/2012/12/19/obamacare-could-drive-little-sisters-of-the-poor-out-of-the-us/

ObamaCare’s HHS mandate is requiring the Little Sisters of the Poor to provide free contraception and abortion coverage for its 300 celibate sisters who tend to the elderly in 30 cities. Despite Joe Biden’s reassurances that nobody would be forced to violate their consciences, The Little Sisters do not qualify for a religious exemption.

Tweeted @ @StevieJWest: Time magazine chooses President Downgrade as “Person of the Year”. File under: Things That Make Me Hope the Mayans Were Right.

Tweeted @jjauthor: Whats the difference between God and O? God doesn’t walk around Washington thinking he’s Obama.

Tweeted @rsmccain: Obama press conference math: What is the ratio of first-person pronouns to bogus strawman arguments he attributes to his opponents?

Tweeted @DLoesch: When during this presser will the President unveil the magical method of making criminals follow laws?

Bob adds:

nra

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The Seven Churches of Revelation, part seven

If you’re new to this series, go here to catch up:

Part 6 @ https://polination.wordpress.com/2012/12/19/the-seven-churches-of-revelation-part-six/

Please note that throughout this discussion, I am using “Church” to mean all the people who proclaim Christ, not any of the denominations or sects that have come along. I adhere to the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church myself, but I do not believe Jesus or any of the Apostles founded a denomination. Nor do I think any denomination has any special corner on the big issues addressed in all seven letters, which are about personal sanctity and individual salvation, not about specific doctrines or practices.

Book of Revelation, Chapter 2, Verses 12-18:

To the angel of the church in Pergamum, write this:

The one with the sharp two-edged sword says this:

I know that you live where Satan’s throne is, and yet you hold fast to my name and have not denied your faith in me, not even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was martyred among you, where Satan lives. Yet I have a few things against you. You have some people there who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who instructed Balak to put a stumbling block before the Israelites: to eat food sacrificed to idols and to play the harlot. Likewise, you also have some people who hold to the teaching of [the] Nicolaitans. Therefore, repent. Otherwise, I will come to you quickly and wage war against them with the sword of my mouth.

Whoever has ears ought to hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the victor I shall give some of the hidden manna; I shall also give a white amulet upon which is inscribed a new name, which no one knows except the one who receives it.

Continuing with Pergamum as a type for the church during the Early Middle Ages (roughly 313 AD to 1,000 AD).God’s complaints against his people are familiar ones – i.e., sexual laxity and putting politics ahead of religion.

As to the first complaint:

The Nicolaitans appeared earlier in the letter to Ephesus. For an explanation of the reference there and here, see https://polination.wordpress.com/2012/11/17/who-were-the-nicolaitans/

Eerdman’s Handbook to the History of Christianity sheds light on the problems of sexual laxity (aka, the Nicolaitans) in the Church during the Early Middle Ages.

The idea that the clergy should remain unmarried developed only slowly. … [At first] abstinence from marriage was left a matter of personal choice. … By the third century, celibacy was beginning to be valued as a mark of holiness. … In the fourth century, moves were made to restrict marriage after ordination. … Many so-called celibate clergy in fact lived with women who were not their wives (called subintroductae), a practice repeatedly condemned by church councils and writers. …

In the fifth century and after, two codes of practice evolved. In the Eastern churches, presbyters and deacons were allowed to marry before ordination, but bishops were always chosen from among the celibate clergy (very often they were monks). In the West there was strong pressure for complete clerical celibacy. … Celibacy of the clergy continued to be praised as an ideal, although it was not enforced legally and effectively until the time of Hildebrand (Pope Gregory VII, 1073-85).

[Eerdmans, pages 215-216]

As to the second complaint, putting politics ahead of religion:

Balaam's donkey

Balaam was an Old Testament dude who was used here and elsewhere in the New Testament (2 Peter 2:15, Jude 11) as short-hand for a religious official who lets God’s work slide to appease political leaders. His story is recounted in Numbers: 22-24, 31. Most of the time, Balaam seems to have been faithful to God, though in one case God has to send an angel and give Balaam’s donkey a voice to get him back on track. (The talking donkey is one of my favorite Bible stories!) However, in Numbers 31:16, Balaam is cited as the instigator of “the Israelites’ unfaithfulness to the Lord in the affair at Peor” as a result of which the people were punished with a plague.

Eerdmans has a great deal to say about relations between Church and State during the Early Middle Ages:

The Balaams in the East were the imperial suck-ups:

Eastern Emperors seen as God's chosen deputies

“The Emperor, ‘the living image of Christ’, stood at the head of the church. The notion that his office was sacred, a mixture of priest and king, was not originally a Christian idea. Pagan Roman emperorors carried the title of chief priests, and carried out special religious duties as part of their office. Constantine was seen as God’s chosen deputy. The imperial power was an earthly reflection of God’s heavenly sovereignty. The Emperor, as head of the church, presided over certain local synods at Constantinople, and over all general councils. He had the right to approve all candidates for the post of patriarch.” [Eerdmans, page 240]

The Balaams in the West were more about being politically powerful themselves:

“From 400 to 600 the Emperors in the West increasingly relied on bishops to assist in secular matters. The fall in population and the penetration of the German peoples into the interior of the Roman Empire helped create a need for new leaders. It was the Christian bishop who increasingly filled this role. … The bishops of Rome [came] to enjoy great power in Rome and in Italy as a result of the decline and eventual disappearance of the Emperor in the West and through extensive landholdings in and around Rome.” [Eerdmans, page 218]

This situation didn’t last and it works into the theme of the “repent or else” segment of the Pergamum letter. The references to surprise invasion and war are interesting in the context of the politically turbulent Early Middle Ages; likewise, the references to “the sword of my mouth” and “ears … to hear” during this period of history in which the Church assembled and disseminated the New Testament.

It would hardly be out of character for God to use a foreign invader to chastise His people for straying from the revealed truth. And, in fact, He seems to have made good on His threat.

  • By 800 AD, three of the five great centers of Christianity — Alexandria, Antioch and Jerusalem — were under Muslim rule.
  • In the East, Muslims tried, but were unable to conquer Constantinople until the 15th century, which is part of the story for the letter to Thyatira.
  • In the West, Charles Martel stopped the Muslims from crossing the Pyrenees into Gaul in 732. Martel was no friend to the Church, but his heirs, who were raised in the monastery of St. Denis near Paris, stimulated the renewal of religious and intellectual life that is now known as the Carolingian Renaissance. The Carolingian King Pepin went so far as to use his own troops to protect papal lands and to donate to the papacy territory in north-east and central Italy that his forces conquered.

Unfortunately, the Carolingian Empire fragmented before the end of the 9th c. and left the West vulnerable to attacks by Muslims from the south, Magyars (Hungarians) from central Asia, and Norsemen from Scandinavia.

Everywhere church property was either devastated and ransacked by foreign invaders, or fell into the hands of catholic nobility. Noblemen treated bishoprics and monasteries as their private property to dispose of as they wished. The clergy steadily became indifferent to duty, and their ignorance and immorality increased. [Eerdmans, 233-235.]

Cadaver Synod of 897 painting

One very famous incident illustrates how bad things got for the Western Church. In 897, Pope Stephen VI had his predecessor’s rotting body disinterred and brought before a synod, where it was propped up in a chair for trial. Following conviction, the corpse was thrown into the River Tiber. A year later, Stephen was deposed, imprisoned and strangled. Incredibly, despite incidents such as this, the Roman Church still managed to operate and even to be respected throughout the West.

But with the near total collapse of civil order and culture in Europe, the end of the world seemed at hand. Not surprisingly, it was seriously expected by many as the year 1000 approached, which perhaps helped fuel the tenth century spiritual renewal that swept through the Western world.

Starting at the monastery in Cluny, it sought to restore purity to the Western Church, to stamp out corrupt practices and to re-establish the celibacy of the clergy.

You’d think I’d be done with Pergamum by now, wouldn’t you? Such a short letter and such a lot of blogging! But the “hidden manna” and “white amulet” stuff is fascinating and will need yet another blog to do them justice. CYL!

Sources:

Eerdman’s Handbook to the History of Christianity [Eerdmans Publishing, 1977]

The New Bible Dictionary [Eerdmans Publishing, 1962]

New American Bible online @ http://www.usccb.org/bible/

Carolingian Renaissance @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carolingian_Renaissance

The Siege of Constantinople @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Constantinople_%28717%E2%80%93718%29

Charles Martel @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Martel

Byzantine Empire @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byzantine_Empire

Pope Stephen VI @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Stephen_VI

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THE END OF THE WORLD GRUDGE

Posted by Pistol Pete

In case the Mayan calendar is wrong,I’ll do a post tomorrow.Don’t know what,but I’ll think of something.

First,rest in peace,Judge Robert Bork.I believe the venomous attacks on him by the Vomit Brothers,the late and unlamented Ted ‘Swimmer’ Kennedy and the foul-mouthed buffoon Joe Biteme are what started the ever-escalating  rift between parties.Never had a good man been treated so shabbily.I just hope and pray that Justices Scalia and Kennedy love their country enough not to retire while President Pondscum is in office.It would have a devastating effect on the country for decades.Doing my research for good stuff on the net,I come across the same bullshit we’ve been subjected to,like Time naming the Heretic Man of the year because he got the ‘low-information’ voter.Those are people who couldn’t buy a clue with Warren Buffett’s money,and really don’t care.I am going to post one thread about Jake Tapper bitch-slapping him yesterday and his usual response.

We are bracing for our first storm in 285 days and people are freaking out.It rained pretty hard this morning while I was doing my papers.As Grandpa used to say: ‘It rained like a cow pissing on a flat rock.” That makes no sense,unless you’ve ever seen it done.I have,and it’s pretty accurate.

Thats enough of that.Come on in to my world of lunacy.Being warped is really not so bad once you get used to it.

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