What is Truth?
In the years that I was growing up there used to be what was known as ‘lunatic asylums’. You don’t hear of such places now. They were establishments where people that had been declared insane were put and kept. There was a great stigma attached to anyone that was mentally ill even, let alone insane; something like the lepers in the Bible I suppose. The insane were separated from the rest of society and out of harm’s way.
I don’t know if people are declared insane these days. Times have changed so much since I was a boy and are changing ever more rapidly. People today have their ‘own truth’. What might be truth for one person may not be for another person, but it is still truth. Do we have our own ‘realities’ now as well? Where what is real to a person means it exists, even if only in their minds and no-one else’s. Does the term ‘insanity’ no longer apply?
My curiosity on this subject has been aroused since my interest in the Middle East developed. Watching and listening to the various Middle Eastern leaders over the years made me think that in my youth, some of these men would have been declared insane. They just do not make any sense. All the demands Arafat made for peace with Israel was handed to him on a plate by the Israeli leader of that time. What happened? Instead of making an agreement Arafat stormed out of the meeting! Leaders in the Palestinian Authority fantasise about the Palestinians being an ancient people and that they were in the land of Canaan before the Jews re-entered the land at the hand of Joshua. They claim the Jews were never on what is now called the Temple Mount while at the same time are busy destroying the evidence that the Jews were there millennia ago.
In his editorial, Aviel Schneider (Israel Today, April 2014, No.177) comments:
“Everyone can read about the Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestinians and what was agreed to in Oslo I in 1993 and Oslo II in 1995. Nowhere did Israel agree to freeze settlement construction in the biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria (the so-called “West Bank”). Nevertheless, the international community loudly accuses Israel of violating the agreement...
People believe what they want to believe…
People who don’t seek the truth find it easier to believe a lie.”
The psychiatrist has swapped places with the lunatic patient. The patient is now the one that decides what is, and what is not reality. The psychiatrist agrees and joins him in his delusion. Aviel says in his editorial,
“The Muslims believe that the land of Israel is theirs even though there is no basis for this even in their own scriptures. The world also believes that settlement construction violates signed contracts though there is no proof.”
I have attended Bible studies where participants disagree over the meaning of words. Some believe that ‘truth’ means truth, and others argue that ‘truth’ means reality, and some agree that they mean the same thing. However, listening to the various arguments presented by the Palestinians, how can peace feature in an atmosphere of truth that has no basis in reality, and a reality that is not based on truth? We do know that a peace deal will eventually be made, and people will feel safe to the point of being unguarded. Scripture reveals that to us. It also reveals that this will be a false peace. It has to be false because its foundation will be built upon deception.
People that have worked in the world of medicine and psychiatry, and I must say, people that have worked in the police force too, have very occasionally come across a patient or a criminal that does not meet with the usual criteria. They are not insane, or they are not criminally minded in the normal, clinical sense. There is something malignant behind their behaviour. A mind that is supernaturally dark and malignant. It is what Scripture describes as demon possession, and it is where an oppressive, demonic presence is acting in and through the person. What we see today in the Middle East is a malignant mind working through the human mind. It is affecting much of the world now, because as the world turns its back on the God of the Bible, it is being suckered into the dominion of the evil one; a created being who turned his back on truth and reality almost since the time of his creation by God, and when he was known as Lucifer.
In the same issue of ‘Israel Today’ Aviel Schneider wrote another interesting piece; this time an article entitled “When Lies Become Truth.” We know who it is that is the father of lies. We meet him in chapter 3 of the Book of Genesis. He brings his truth to the humans and he is bringing his truth to the humans today. In his article, Aviel speaks about a Jordanian tribal leader named Sheikh Ahmed Adwan, who declared that the Holy Land rightfully belongs to the Jews, and he quotes verses from the Koran to prove his point. Going on to quote Professor Dana:
“There is no historical evidence linking the Palestinians to the Canaanites. The roots of local Muslims lead clearly back to the Arabian Peninsula. Their sudden claim to be Canaanites has an obvious political agenda. They should read the Koran more carefully because it says the Canaanites were cast out by Allah after they corrupted the land.”
The Bible also says that the Canaanites were wiped out. They no longer exist.
Towards the end of his article, Aviel makes a further interesting observation:
Neither Palestinians nor a large part of the Christian world seem to be impressed by this evidence. In fact, some of the most influential religious arguments against Israel’s inheritance these days are coming not from the Muslims, but from the Church.”
It would appear that much of the light that much of the Church is receiving is coming from Lucifer and not from God. The word Lucifer is taken from the Latin Vulgate which translates הֵילֵל as Lucifer, meaning “the morning star, the planet Venus”, or, as an adjective, “light-bringing.” This word, transliterated hêlêl or heylel, occurs only once in the Hebrew, in Isaiah 14:12. Much of what is being taught by various leaders in the Church suggests that the Scriptures are being approached from what might be described as a Luciferion mind-set—“You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44)
The Law and the Profits
The Middle East where sharia law reigns is a cauldron of violence and death. It consists of a culture and religion where the female sex are the property of the male, and count for practically nothing; but nevertheless has obviously found Britain wanting. Britain, a nation from the time of King Alfred The Great until the present day, where Biblical concepts have been enshrined in English law, is now to embrace Islamic law and to enshrine Islamic law into the law of the land. The insanity of the Middle East is contagious and has spread to Great Britain. The British Government has seen fit to let slide the Law and the Prophets of the Holy Bible and are replacing them with the law of Islam and the Koran, and material profit which includes Arab investment. The citizens of Britain will pay a heavy price, particularly followers of Jesus. The slide will turn into the kind of mud-slide that has just been experienced in Snohomish County, Washington where life has been smothered and has died. This recent move is more than a foot in the door. It is a seat at the heart of our nation, and will encourage Islamic leaders to continue with their drive to rule Britannia. When you look at Syria, Iraq, and those places where Islam rules you can see why it is the kind of society that is so attractive to our sophisticated politicians, and why they want to import it to our shores. It is obviously the excitement of dodging bombs and bullets that is the main attraction, and getting through life without having your limbs cut off. It is the enforcement of a man-made religious belief system rather than the free gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ that people will turn their backs on if they choose to. Perhaps the incentive to introduce Islamic law into British law was the act of two followers of Islam hacking to death a young man name Lee Rigby; a 25-year-old British soldier, murdered and beheaded on the streets of London. Some weeks after the incident, a political spokesman said society was ‘shocked’. He missed out a very important word—horrified! We were shocked and horrified at the whole scene, and that it happened on the streets of the capital of Britain. Perhaps it was that which encouraged Mr Cameron to go all things Islam! The British public appear to be silent on the matter, so I guess Cameron can do pretty much what he wants, and we as a nation get what we deserve.
The ‘Luciferion’ mind-set is affecting British society. We have noted already that Islam is beginning to take centre stage. Islam will not be satisfied until it rules with the sword. There are other aspects of society affected by a malignant mind, still operating within the realm of British law enforcement. A Daily Mail header reads, “Truth over corruption files police shredded.” The report suggests that a lorry load of anti-corruption files were mysteriously shredded by Scotland Yard during a two-day operation in 2003. The report states that corrupt officers:
- Stole and trafficked illegal drugs
- Shared reward pay-outs with informants
- Sold confidential police intelligence to criminals
- Fabricated applications for more rewards and accepted bribes to destroy and change evidence
Jim Gee, a former director of the NHS Counter Fraud Services suggests that fraud takes away £5billion from caring for patients in the UK.
- Dentists charging for patients that do not exist
- Drugs and other medical products being stolen and sold on eBay
- £2billion could be missing due to financial error
- NHS staff being paid for hours they did not work
- Private companies over-charging trusts for operations and other services
The strain is felt, not just by the patients that are losing out, or the bank balance of the NHS, but those honest, hard-working members of the NHS that are put under suspicion and probably have to do miles and piles of form-filling for every piece of work they carry out.
Corruption has been a major problem in political circles (as well as the police force) in recent years. People in what were once respected positions in our society are abusing those positions and the power and authority that they are empowered with. We have become a self-service nation. We look after number-one, and serve ourselves, even if it means others suffer as a result. Whatever label we put on it, this is nothing less than the work of Satan in our midst. We are all citizens of this nation and we are all accountable for allowing this to happen in our land. We have elected leaders such as Tony Blair, the builder and maker of the coffin, and David Cameron who is busy nailing the lid on the coffin. Instead of serving the nation and the nation’s interest they legislate for the destruction of our way of life and standards. The Bible is unceremoniously disposed of and chucked in the coffin along with everything else that this country has stood for over hundreds of years.
It wasn’t very long ago that we had the great ‘meat fraud’ in our shops and super-markets. Nothing is what it seems. Every sphere of life is being contaminated by fraud and deception.
People are becoming cynical and distrustful of those in authority.
Mass murder is encouraged and carried out in our hospitals with abortions taking place almost as a matter of course. If new government proposals are introduced it will be less hassle having an abortion than going to have your tooth pulled. The proposals will allow women to have an abortion without their case being properly considered by a doctor. The proposals state that there will be no legal requirement that a woman must consult a doctor before terminating a foetus. Calling it a ‘foetus’ is to say the baby is ‘less-than-human’, and the destruction of a foetus will probably be downgraded to a trivial procedure usually performed by a nurse—that’s if the proposals take effect. It is still under consideration at the moment.
In 1999 the Labour Governemnt issued clear guidelines to private clinics, in line with the Abortion Act, that any woman seeking abortion must be seen by two doctors. It has now been made public that Prime Minister David Cameron has presided over the largest liberalisation of abortion practice since the passing of the Abortion Act in 1967. Under his leadership, Conservative Health Secretary Andrew Lansley secretly issued guidelines dispensing with the ‘two doctor’ rule in July 2012. More underhand political skulduggery! Mr Lansley who is no longer Health Secretary, saw the opportunity effectively to dispense with the two doctor requirement by stealth; and without consultation and without informing parliament, he secretly issued new interim abortion procedures to independent abortion providers which effectively dispensed with the two doctor requirement.
The new guidelines suggest that it is not even a legal requirement for doctors to give individual requests any consideration before approving them. Conservative MP, David Burrowes, said: “It is extraordinary that you need to see a doctor to have antibiotics prescribed for a cold but when it comes to abortion we seem to have a whole new set of rules, which in my view is appalling.” Lord Alton, a cross-bench peer, said: “It disturbs me that women are making the most serious of decisions without any chance to reflect or discuss their situation with a doctor face-to-face.” David Cameron has nobly proclaimed that sex-selective abortion is a “simply appalling practice”. But it appears that anything else goes.
Channel 4’s Dispatches discovered that thanks to NHS practice, abortion is not a complete waste. The bodies of thousands of aborted babies were dispatched and incinerated as clinical waste—some even used to heat hospitals! Ten NHS trusts have admitted burning foetal remains alongside other rubbish. Two others used the bodies in ‘waste-to-energy’ plants which generate power for heat. At least 15,500 foetal remains were incinerated by 27 NHS trusts over the last two years alone. Are you pleased that the NHS are taking keeping their hospitals warm in such a responsible manner, or are you horrified as I am?—Horrified that our babies are considered to be no more than clinical waste to be disposed of with other rubbish. Shocked and horrified that we are behaving as priests of Molech. The Canaanites worshipped Molech and sacrificed their children to this god, burning their sons and daughters in the fire (to Molech). The Israelites were prohibited from such practices – “And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Moloch –“And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.” (Leviticus 18:21 KJV). Ahaz, like Ahab of Israel, was a supporter of foreign religions (2 Kings 16:12). Sacrificing to Molech, he also “made his son to pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the nations, whom Yahweh cast out from before the children of Israel” (2 Kings 16:3). The chief site of this worship, of which Ahaz and Manasseh were the promoters, was Topheth in the Valley of Hinnom, or, as it is also called, the Valley of the Children, or of the Son of Hinnom, lying to the Southwest of Jerusalem.
It is worth taking note particularly in the circumstances and situations we are considering in this article, that Molech was the Canaanite version of the Egyptian god Set, and that the god Set was a homosexual god of evil. He was worshipped during ceremonies that involved human sacrifice, cannibalism and homosexual orgies; and is known as the god of destruction. We are witnessing the destruction of our nation and way of life as well as the destruction of the unborn. We are witnessing the destruction of marriage and the sanctity of that institution. Three days before the 2010 General Election, David Cameron told Sky News he had no plans to change the law of marriage. In actual fact, none of the three main political parties at Westminster made redefining marriage part of their election manifesto. It was not mentioned in the coalition agreement and yet marriage was redefined without prior consultation of the 24 million married people in this country. People are disillusioned with politicians and with politics, and is it any wonder?!
“Politics, or controversy, or party spirit, or worldliness, have eaten out the heart of lively piety in too many of us. The subject of personal godliness has fallen sadly into the background.” – J.C. Ryle.
If we are living in the days on the run-up to our Lord’s return we cannot turn back the tide of evil that is foretold in Scripture. However, we can check the way we live. Are we living righteously? Does the way we live encourage or discourage fraud and corruption.
We are better Christians than Jesus was. How can I make such a claim? Well, I make it on the grounds that I often hear people say we should end our messages with nice encouraging words…that we should end on a good note. Jesus didn’t always end on a good sounding note…isn’t that just awful? To think we are better than the One we follow. The truth is we are not!
Let’s give our attention for a moment to the mud-slide in America and that small community where everyone knew everyone. Those poor people there died suddenly and unexpectedly, without warning as they were engulfed. There was no time to think, and no time to set one’s house in order. It reminded me of the words of Jesus:
“There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And he answered them, ‘Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.’” (Luke 13:1-5)
Jesus doesn’t mess with us or pussy-foot about.
Other words of Jesus come to mind, sensing the sorrow in one’s own heart, one can sense the sorrow in Jesus’ heart for this nation; and His words that echo through the centuries from Jerusalem to London. As London, in effect stones the prophets and takes up Islam to make a profit, we hear:
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, just as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not have it! ‘Behold, your house is left to you desolate…’” (Luke 13:34-35; Matthew 23:37)
If we substitute the words Jerusalem with London we might sense the impact of what is coming on this nation, a nation that has known God and was built on the foundation of Scripture, now turning its back on God and His wisdom, for the wisdom of man and the light of Lucifer.
“Troublous times, departures from the faith, evil men waxing worse and worse, love waxing cold, are things distinctly predicted.” – J.C. Ryle.
To end on a positive note and in agreement with Bishop Ryle, the times we are living in and experiencing were predicted by the Prophets long ago, and by Jesus Himself. This in turn is proof-positive that God knows all about it, and that He is in control.
“Peace if possible, truth at all costs.” – Martin Luther
Blessings and shalom,