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The Five Stages of Religious Persecution

Posted on 9/2/2014, 5:10:31 AM by markomalley

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I first wrote on the topic of religious persecution over two years ago and since then things have only gotten worse. Clearly the situation in Iraq is awful. But here in the U.S. as well, the threats against religious liberty have continued.

Indeed, here in the States it is rare that a respected segment of American life would become vilified and hated overnight. The usual transformation from respect to vilification progresses in stages that grow in intensity. And thus the Catholic Church, once a respected aspect of American life (along with the Protestant denominations), has become increasingly marginalized and even hated by many. It may help us to review these stages of persecution since it would seem that things are going to get more difficult for the Church in the years ahead. Generally there are five basic stages of persecution.

By way of giving due credit, I want to say that these stages were introduced to me by Johnette Benkovic, of Women of Grace EWTN. She spoke at a fundraiser here in DC for WMET 1160 AM, our Catholic radio station in the Guadalupe Radio Network. She gave a wonderful talk and a summons to courage. Among the things she set forth was a sober vision of how we have arrived at this current place where the culture is increasingly hostile to Christians, and to Catholics in particular. The stages are from her talk; the commentary is my own.

Here, then, are the five stages:

I. Stereotyping the targeted group – To stereotype means to repeat without variation, to take a quality or observation of a limited number and generalize it to describe the whole group. It involves a simplified and standardized conception or view of a group based on the observation of a limited sample.

And thus as the 1960s and 1970s progressed, Catholics and Bible-believing Christians were often caricatured in the media as “Bible thumpers,” simpletons, haters of science, hypocrites, and as self-righteous, old-fashioned, and backwards.

Catholics, in particular, were also accused of having neurotic guilt and a hatred of or aversion to sexuality. We were denounced as a sexist institution filled with clergy who were sexually repressed, homosexuals, or pedophiles. We were labeled an authoritarian institution stuck in the past, one with too many restrictive rules.

Basically, as the stereotype goes, Catholics and Bible-believing Christians are a sad, angry, boring, backward, repressed lot. To many who accept the stereotype, we are a laughable—even tragic—group caught in a superstitious past, incapable of throwing off the “shackles” of faith.

To be sure, not everyone engages in this stereotyping to the same degree, but those are the basic refrains. And the general climate of this sort of stereotyping sets the foundation for the next stage.

II. Vilifying the targeted group for alleged crimes or misconduct – As the stereotyping grew in intensity, Catholics and Christians who did not toe the line in the cultural revolution were described as close-minded, harmful to human dignity and freedom, intolerant, hateful, bigoted, unfair, homophobic, reactionary, and just plain mean and basically bad people.

The history of the Church is also described myopically as little more than a litany of bad and repressive behavior as we conducted crusades and inquisitions, and hated Galileo and all of science. Never mind that there might be a little more to the story: that the Church founded universities and hospitals, was a patron of the arts, and preached a gospel that brought order and civilization to divided and barbaric times in the aftermath of the Roman Empire. The critics won’t hear any of that, or if they do, will give the credit to anyone or anything except the Church and the faith.

In writing this, I fully expect to get a bevy of comments saying, in effect, that this is exactly what we are. And not only will they feel justified in saying this, but even righteous, so ingrained has this vilifying become in the wider culture.

As with any large group, individual Christians and Catholics will manifest some negative traits, but stereotyping, vilifying, and crudely and indiscriminately presuming the negative traits of a few to be common to all is unjust.

Yet all of this has the effect of creating a self-righteous indignation toward believers and of making anti-Catholic and anti-Christian attitudes a permissible bigotry for many today.

III. Marginalizing the targeted group’s role in society – Having established the (false) premise that the Church and the faith are very bad and even harmful to human dignity and freedom, the critics proceed in the next stage to relegate the role of the Church to the margins of society.

To many in secularized culture, religion is seen as something that must go. They will perhaps let us have our hymns, etc. within the four walls of our churches, but the faith must be banished from the public square.

In this stage it becomes increasingly unacceptable and intolerable that anyone should mention God, pray publicly, or in any way bring his or her Christian faith to bear on matters of public policy. Nativity sets must go; out with Christmas trees. Even the colors red and green during the “Holiday Season” are forbidden in many public schools!

Do not even think of mentioning Jesus or of publicly thanking him in your valedictory address; you could very well have a judge forbid you to do so under penalty of law. You may thank Madonna the singer, but not the Madonna.

The LGBT club is welcome to set up shop and pass out rainbow-colored condoms at the local high school, but Christians had better hit the road; no Bibles or pamphlets had better see the light of day anywhere in the school building … separation of Church and State, you know…

IV. Criminalizing the targeted group or its works – Can someone say HHS mandate?

But even prior to this egregious attempt to violate our religious liberty there have been many other times we have had to go to court to fight for our right to practice our faith openly. An increasing amount of litigation is being directed against the Church and other Christians for daring to live out our faith.

Some jurisdictions have sought to compel Catholic hospitals and pro-life clinics to provide information about or referrals for abortion and to provide “emergency contraception” (i.e., the abortifacient known as the morning-after pill). Several branches of Catholic Charities have been de-certified from doing adoption work because they will not place children with gay couples. In 2009, the State of Connecticut sought to regulate the structure, organization, and running of Catholic parishes. And recently a number of Christian valedictorians in various states have suffered legal injunctions when it was discovered that they planned to mention God and/or Jesus in their addresses. (More details can be found HERE.)

Many of these attempts to criminalize the faith have been successfully rebuffed in the courts, but the number and frequency of the lawsuits, and the time and cost involved with fighting them impose a huge burden. It is clear that attempts to criminalize Christian behavior is a growth sector in this culture and it signals the beginning of the steady erosion of religious liberty.

Many indeed feel quite righteous, quite politically correct in their work to separate the practice of the faith from the public square.

V. Persecuting the targeted group outright – If current trends continue, Christians, especially religious leaders, may not be far from facing heavy fines and/or incarceration.

Already in Canada and in parts of Europe, Catholic clergy have been arrested and charged with “hate crimes” for preaching Catholic doctrine on homosexual activity.

In this country there are greater provisions for free speech, but as we have seen, there is a steady erosion of our religious liberty and many Catholic dioceses are very familiar with having to spend long periods in court defending basic religious liberty. The trajectory points to suffering, lawsuits, fines, and ultimately jail.

Unlikely you say? Alarmist? Well, stages one through four are pretty well in place. One may wish to “whistle past the graveyard,” but it looks like we’re pretty well set for stage five. You decide.

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Christian Warrior Boot Camp- Part 2: Gods Toolbox

1 Corinthians 12:4-6

Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.

And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

The biggest Hammer in God’s toolbox, the toughest screwdriver, Gods power drill: IS YOU!!

People is where God works the most. Virtually all of Gods focus is people. Each person has a different talent or gift, and God asks us to use those talents to serve him. Some people have multiple talents, others have just one- It doesn’t matter how you use them it just matters that you use them. You can see this illustrated somewhat with money in The Parable of Talents. Some can write (Which is why I write this whole Blog), Some with science, Some with music, Some can Heal, Prophesy, Preach, Evangelize, virtually any talent or gift can be used in service of the lord. As a fish tank hobbyist I have saying;  “As for me and my tank, We will Serve the Lord”.  The reason Is, in addition to writing I have a gift with fish, Each of my tanks are a Christian fish tank- Something very noticeable I can mix fish together that should never go together (too hard to explain for now). Maybe you are a cat person, Maybe you just post on Facebook, Perhaps you can cook. In any event there is always a way to serve God with your talents.

Part of being a power drill for God takes some Refining. While there are a number of talents and gifts that are God given, there are tools that God gives us. They are as follow in this Segment.

Discerning Spirits:

Identifying someone serving the Lord is somewhat trickier. The bible tells us to test the spirits: “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1). The bible also tells us the criteria to test the Spirits:

  • Acknowledges Jesus was from God
  • Acknowledges Jesus Died on the cross and resurrected for our sins
  • Praises the Holy Spirit
  • Praises the Father, recognizes him as supreme creator
  • Praises the Son

A Mormon for example will recognize the father and son but not the holy spirit. Which Is why Mormons are not considered a Christian religion.  It’s not enough to believe in Jesus, or God- Even demons believe in God or Jesus. A person should know and praise Jesus died on the cross for our sins, and the Father is creator of all things. This is a simple checklist to be mindful of when talking to people about their beliefs. Not one of Christ will every stray off this list but an agent of Satan always will. It’s very good advice to look for a Statement of Faith on a website- Some get into practically the whole bible but it is a good starting point. Mostly however you are looking at a persons actions, they can say what they want, but if their actions conflict with this list in some way, then its clear to see they aren’t working on Gods side.

bible-study-methodsStudying Scripture

Twisting verses out of context is the quickest Que you are being deceived. Ever listen to a pastor give some kind of convoluted sermon and throw bible verses around willy nilly like:

“The lord is on my side says Psalm 118:6, so therefore I can have a slave (Leviticus 25:44) so I can beat them (Exodus 21:20)….

This pastor will never finish a verses sentence, as if hes using bible verses to make up his sentence. Psalm 118:6 says: “The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?” Then he will find someplace in the bible that says he can do something in this case slavery. Leviticus 25:44: As for your male and female slaves whom you may have: you may buy male and female slaves from among the nations that are around you.” Then the pastor will toss in something random that in a convoluted way justifies his beating a slave: Exodus 21:20: When a man strikes his slave, male or female, with a rod and the slave dies under his hand, he shall be avenged“. First of all the bible is very clear on slavery as a means to pay for debt. The bible spells it out perfectly not to mistreat slaves, and in most cases try to avoid having them. The bible even goes on to tell all slaves are free of all debts every  50 years in all the land, This is called the year of Jubilees. This was done So slaves in Israel never stay slaves forever. No, the bible on slavery is not at all the same as Blacks picking cotton- not even remotely the same concept as exploited labor. The person is taking the bible completely out of context to serve his own imagination. So how you read the bible in it’s context:

  1. Read and understand the whole sentence
  2. Sometimes 1 sentence isn’t enough, read the sentences before or after it- usually 2 or 3 gives a clear picture of the full idea presented.
  3. Look at who the person is talking to, examine the scene they are in. Are they talking to woman in Rome, are they in Babylon. Why would this person be saying this thing here?
  4. Match the same context elsewhere. There should always be a consistent theme with biblical ideas.
  5. Look at words definition. There are alot of words in the bible we dont use anymore like Talebearer, Begot, Alms, etc… One word can confuse a whole idea presented. a quick google search can always help.
  6. Don’t be afraid of the Greek and Hebrew texts. Codex Sinaiticus or even the Tanakh/Torah can give some interesting insights. one word in Hebrew and Greek can have as many as 20+ meanings (hence the many new translations of the bible). You would be amazed how much the bible actually describes when you look up an original word in Google translate. I point to an example in 2 Timothy 3:16. The word ‘inspiration’- the Greeks used a specific word for inspiration (pneustos or πνευϲτοϲ) that also means: Breathe, Feeling, Spirit, essence, smell, texture… Essentially describing the Bible as a fine wine or an experience. I think it goes to show how poetic our father really is.
  7. Sometimes you may have to read the whole book to understand one verse. Its very rare, but does happen. the point is if you don’t understand it, try to understand it.
  8. If it sounds convoluted, or implies Symbolism or Figurative speech it is probably a lie.

A person can make the Bible say anything by twisting verses out of context or implying symbolism. They can do the same with ‘Cinderella’ by Brothers Grimm. The context and very literal interpretation is often not as convoluted as some portray. I talk about Symbolism because I remember someone telling me the ‘Fruit of the tree of knowledge’ was a symbol for sex. I point this out because it’s inconsistent with the whole bible. The act of sex is not shunned in the bible as this person was convinced of. The sin Eve did was an act against Gods one and only rule. If the fruit was a symbol for anything it would simply be disobedience. Remember Satan loves symbols, particularly the word “Figurative” partly because he can make the bible mean anything this way-Studying Scripture is one of the best tools God gives us if done properly. It’s essential for a firm foundation in our faith and understanding.

Parables

Short stories that have a meaning can have a huge impact on the way people think about God or concepts in the bible. Jesus tells us Some people understand parables better in Matthew 13:10-12. It is a way to explain concepts in a kind of short story setting. Think about stories like Cinderella or snow white, The message of those stories are engraved on your mind forever. We could say the same for more modern shows like Veggie Tales, which actually has its bases as christian parables. The point of parables is to give understanding to things in a short but memorable way, and engrave it into a persons mind forever. One of the things Christ was always careful about was always giving the meaning of his parable when he was done. This was to give transparency on his metaphors so everyone understood it perfectly clear. I kinda like the following parable and what the guy has to say in the following video to give a good example:

God Speaks to us:

God has many ways to speak to us, the bible even tells us how to hear him.

  1. Prayer. The power of Prayer is absolutely incredible. Imagine being able to get God on the telephone and talk to him about anything. you can ask him anything. AND he always listens.
  2. Dreams. The bible always tells us dreams can have meaning from God. I had a dream once myself after a prayer. I asked God to show me the end times, what should I do, How will i be involved. He sent me a dream that night I think essentially told me I have nothing to worry about, I will have to add it to my blog some day to give a good example of this
  3. A voice in youre head. The bible tells us to keep the mind quite and listen for Gods voice. Indeed he speaks to us all the time, guides us and tells us what to say and what not to do. You can actually have a whole conversation with God in your head, but this comes with a warning. Demons can do this also, which is the reason I started this series with Know your Enemy and Know your God. Don’t be afraid to test the voice in the back of your head with questions like Did jesus die for my sins, is he exalted in heaven. A good part of this really requires a strong knowledge of things God tells you and things an agent of Satan will tell you. The way you know the voice in your head is not your own imagination is simple, it will not sound like your normal voice in your head. this might sound a bit schizophrenic, but it actually has a biblical bases. (Romans 8:26–27) (John 10:4) I particularly encourage this and think you can learn more about this by Clicking Here
  4. A complex series of Events. The bible is very clear on the fact we dont wrestle with flesh and blood but principalities and powers. God will often shut a door he doesnt want you to go into, indeed this is your red flag to not keep pushing for something that just isn’t going to happen. I can’t even begin to summarize this with just any one story. God will always lead you and one of the ways he speaks to us is giving us a random series of events to put us on his path.

 

From here on in Gods toolbox we come to the Gifts of the Holy spirit, Which I’m afraid will have to be the next segment of this series. However, I feel I covered alot of ground here So lets move on to the next segment Part 3 Gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Christian Warrior Boot Camp- Part 1: Know your Enemy and Know your God

1 Peter 5:8

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.

I feel a certain experience working with Satan for those who read my personal story, and there is something I’d like to spell out about the clear differences fro the true god of Abraham and things that come with satan. There is such a difference between the two, yet so much of Satan’s power has infiltrated even the church. Oh yes Satan has power to some degree but no where near as powerful as god’s. So to start this off I will make a comparison between the 2 to provide a kind of checklist to look for. This will be Part 1 of Christian Warrior Boot Camp Series, as a Warrior for Christ must have a rock solid foundation in understanding God vs Satan. Every warrior must go through Boot Camp a christian is no exception. Without further ado lets get into it:

satan-wants-you_zps7b933d52Satan:

  1.         Virtually everything Satan offers is useless. Truly, it serves no purpose but to entertain, deceive, or control. In the occult the key word ‘Manipulation’ is key, because every spell, divination, or other relies on ‘Manipulating universal forces’. More often then not when you see ‘magic’ being done you must ask yourself ‘Does this have a purpose, or am i looking at shock value?’ Asking yourself this question will help you discern Satan over god ATLEAST 90% of the time.
  2.        Strings are attached. On the internet everything is a contract or user agreement- same thing here. In Wicca/Paganism there is the Law of 3  which illustrates this: “Beware the law of 3, for what ye do comes back to thee” is a common quote among all Wicca, new age, or pagan books. I believe the quote it self comes from Alaster Crowley, however the point is this. When ever you do a spell you are sending a ‘prayer’ to the ‘universe’ requesting something- however you must be careful what it is and be clear of your intentions because it will inevitable come back to you in a opposite but 3 fold outcome. Buddhist and Hindus play on this rule in much the same way with ‘Law of Karma’- the Karmapoint is there is always a consequence no matter what you do. Indeed, I believe the bible explains this rule perfectly in Isaiah 48:22 and Isaiah 57:20. It seems god puts a curse on those who don’t serve him and many religions know it, they cant even pray without a consequence. On the same subject of strings attached there is also the aspect of Ritualism. Everything occultic is a ritual, Reading tarot cards, calling the moon, casting spells, meditation- everything has a song and dance you have to go through to get to the point. The reason for this is to focus your mind to make your intentions perfectly clear. Its a bit like someone telling you “Make sure you read the fine print”- in the sense before you do anything with/for satan you have to sign a spiritual contract. For common practitioners of the occult its similar to going through endless user agreements in the app store on your phone. Metaphorically speaking- Though everyday they see the endless user agreements, and know its a foundation they have to sign before using the app- they barely look at it anymore and skip ahead quickly.
  3.           There is always a common thread with Satan’s power, it all looks alike. Different gods, different religion, no God at all- It doesnt matter.  Needless to say Satan is not very creative, he keeps using the same tricks over and over, because the same old tricks always work. One of the central themes of new age is all religions are the same. Sometimes they say this includes Christianity, but truth be told they themselves avoid Christianity at all cost- because they themselves, on many levels, know this is not true and their is an obvious difference. To them I would say there is a reason so many world religions are the same, they all come from Babylon. Common trends include: Symbolism, Unity, Self-Importance, Rebelliousness, Natural Elements, Legalism, Rituals, Mythology of Gods, Humanism/Transcendence, Sex, Politics, Magic, Idolatry, Money, Indulgence, Collectivism, Peace and Safety, Illusion, Unnecessary Drama, Propaganda, and so many others. The bible also spells out the type of person works for Satan in Proverbs 6:16-19.
  4.         Secretes, lots and lots of secretes. The occult is big on keeping secretes, things like Hidden Mysteries, Hermetic Law, Kabbalah, Karmic Laws, Sacred Geomancy, Esotericism, Personal self discovery, the 4 Agreements, etc… All of these things have a central theme “not everyone should or can know these”. Hermetic Law or Kabbalah for example- I remember in my own occult days I was told These use to be known t????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????o people who underwent certain initiation rituals (see the word Ritual again?). The occult always carries a secrete knowledge only the higher ups can know about. Even in Wiccan Covens the principal runs the same in Coven organization. The Golden Dawn, Freemasonry, Ordo Templi Orientis, Theosophical Society, Buddhist Monasteries, Catholicism, Islam, Jewish Mysticism, Hindu, etc… One could argue Government Secret Science Labs or research like APL or Area 51 for Secularist- Its all the same, and every right of initiation is a convoluted process and climb to the top where only there you may reach some type of “Enlightenment” or another.
  5.         Worship of creation not the creator. Satan uses gods creation against him with this deception, and indeed every heathen faith goes along with this. In Feng-Sui there is a constant reminder of Chinese dsdselements and philosophy of nature, In Hinduism there is a constant need to make sacrifices to stone statues or pray to animals. In Buddhism there is a constant theme of “There is no god” rather just universal forces. Secularist indeed also play on many of the same themes as Buddhist, backing all their opinions on natural sciences, physics, and many more. The goal for Satan is simple, Distract from the creator and focus/worship the creation.
  6.      Obscure and Convoluted Principals and Philosophy. Have you ever heard the saying “If the story doesn’t make sense they might be lying to you”? Virtually anyone new to reading the Bhagavad Gita can attest, it doesn’t make any sense at all right from the beginning. The strictest Buddhist will tell you because it requires meditation and study, but the truth is this can easily lead to Self Deception. In fact all new age and eastern faiths admit to the fact meditation can be a form of self deception. The very stated goal of meditation is to ‘help you reprogram your thoughts’, a kind of Self Induced Brainwashing to help you be at peace with the world. In another way, this obscurity is often used ritualistically in that the longer you stay with it the more it begins to make sense until you are spiritually grown up. Again a form of ‘path to enlightenment’. It’s like saying “Dont think about it for now just go along with it, you will understand someday”- to some degree there is an element of indoctrination woven into complexity.
  7.        Self Deception. I touched on this a bit in the last one but there is so much more to it then just meditation. Jeremiah 13:10 takes the words out of my mouth: “This evil people, which refuse to hear my words, which walk in the imagination of their heart, and walk after other gods, to serve them, and to worship them, shall even be as this girdle, which is sedgood for nothing.”    Jeremiah is absolutely dead on, so much of all Occult is self serving to ones own imagination. They are not the least bit interested in the truth, and in so doing they come up with these gods, myth’s, convoluted philosophies, all of which amount to nothing. What is worse then this is most occultist know this. I remember once a new age teacher (after a lecture on the 4 agreements) was telling a crowd of people; “Don’t worry, If what I says doesn’t make sense it doesn’t matter, In fact nothing is in control or makes sense anyway. Thats the whole point”. They even knew it in the 1st century when Peter told them “But they want to forget that God spoke and the heavens were made long ago. The earth was made out of water and water was all around it.” (2 peter 3:5 NLV). (In King james version this is where Peter calls them Willingly Ignorant, though I used NLV because it uses a clearer dialect). Look into new age, buddhist, Ancient Nordic faith, Greek, Wiccan, or any of these- almost everything is simply a story thats very entertaining and has no basis in fact at all. Part of the reason the philosophy is obscure and convoluted is because over time all these faiths had to elaborate their initial lie in order to make it make sense. Again I point to Secularism, Think about all the science you have to listen to being this or that, a lot of which none if it makes practical sense when you look into it with some depth.. Again it’s all self serving imaginations, Self Induced Brainwashing, and Shock value- Serving only the purpose to control, manipulate and deceive.

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  1.       The gifts the holy spirit gives us is always useful. Dreams, Visions, Tongues, Healing, Discernment, Etc.. It always has a major purpose and often is very simple and direct. When Aaron turned the Red sea red for Moses he just took his rod to the water and that was it. Notice how Pharaohs priests had to go through a bit of a process to duplicate it in just a bowl of water? a kind of metaphor for exactly what this paper is about.
  2.        No strings attached, what so ever. It comes from god and he wants us to use it freely.There is nothing secret about it, no complex method, no rules or restrictions. Gods gifts does not come with a ‘Karmic Law’ because it comes from the creator of the universe who himself is the law. The only thing god asks us to do in our user contract is Believe Jesus died for our sins, Exalt the father and holy ghost, pray to be saved… After that there is only one commandment Christians must follow that jesus tells us: “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” (John 13:34) This is because Jesus fulfilled the laws of moses, which is a concept I dont have time to get into here but I can refer you to The Fuel Project “Stay Free” series for better understanding. I’m tempted to say that because we are with God we are not bound by karmic laws or this world. The only laws we are bound to is gods law. Thats not to say we are also free from consequences as much as we are free from the curse other religions place on themselves.
  3.        God created the whole universe, How diverse do you think his power is over Satan? God is very creative, in fact the gifts of the Holy Spirit can come in ways that are completely unexpected and dont follow any particular set pattern.
  4.        Nothing is too convoluted with god, nothing comes with elaborate philosophies that dont make any sense from the start, there is no path to enlightenment or hierarchy to climb, No user contract at every prayer, No games No BS. God is always very direct and tends to keep things simple. Why would the truth have to be a complicated thing anyway?
  5.       Something should be obvious here about worship of the creator not the creation. No idols, no philosophy of natural elements, no ‘deeper’ understanding of natural forces, no science behind the higgs boson… God does’nt like to waste our time on frivolous pursuits.
  6.      No Deception. Everything you want to know abut god Is printed in every language Black and White called The Bible. There are different translations out, sometimes they can be useful if a verse is confusing- But all people generally agree the KJV is the best one out there. At the same time god has a promise with us “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” (James 1:5 kvj). There is no such thing as secrete knowledge, God is willing to guide and tell us anything openly and freely. Additionally, things are always made clear from the start. ask yourself why did god give the Jews the prophet Jeremiah- simple to let them know he will give them over to Babylon unless they change their ways. Why did god give us the prophecy of Revelation? again Jesus ends his statement on the Abomination of Desolation when he tells us in Matthew 24:15-25 that hes telling us now, as if to say so there is no surprises later. This can go on and on so easily, sufficed to say Gods gifts are never for shock value or to serve imaginations- He is clear and direct.
  7.      Freedom. I think it’s easy to say Hierarchy is pretty much in everything. With god the difference is He keeps everything important transparent and does not misuse what little information he keeps from us. A lot of noticeable things in the Satan section kind of allude to many types of slavery. particularly when you try to put it into practice. Slavery to hierarchical system, Slavery to serving imaginations, Slavery to dedicate a huge amount of time into practicing, Slavery to sin, money, and generally things to this world… God is so much simpler a master to serve then satan, and so It’s worth pointing out Christians are much freer then any faith on earth. If you took my advice watching the “Stay Free” Series, you might be surprised how much Satan wants you to think otherwise.

I think I just about summed up both sides, here is your checklist. I am going to be writing a series on this spelling out everything on these checklists to ensure my points are made perfectly clear to the reader. I think I covered alot of essentials for now, and as a personal exercise I encourage the reader to explore some things about this topic. I particularly like the fuel project, and Highly recommend watching their “Know your Enemy” Series. I think it’s clear to see Gods list is alot shorter then Satan’s, the reason is I just have less to explain with God. But making the differences between the two absolutely clear is none the less the best place to start. I realize I am grouping alot of religions into the same category of Paganism, the reason is simple- so many of them run together so fluidly. Satan has his agents in every corner of the globe, in every field of study, in every religion. My friend If you can not discern the difference between God and Satan you are setting yourself up for failure right from the start.

Next in this series “Christian Warrior Boot Camp- Part 2 : Gods Toolbox”