It has been a very long time since I could comfortably say – “I trust the media”…. I would say it ended for me sometime around when Bush wanted to invade Iran and the Tea party movement was born…. After this past election season, My sentiment was pretty much well solidified before they even had a chance to go on their tangent about “Marco Rubio won 3rd place in Iowa” (remember that BS propaganda week?)…. So Basically my whole adult life thus far
Here is what I see in the case of Pokemon Go.
On the streets I see people coming out and socializing. I see huge crowds coming to random places for no particular reason other then to enjoy themselves. I see people getting more excersize in a week then they normally get all year. I also see small businesses taking advantage of the craze to advertise their business and grow the local economy – I might add, on a scale I have never witnessed even during Christmas shopping season…. I also see Park attendances on the rise, Churches being filled, Art and Science museums getting loads of attention. I even see a golden opportunity to put to rest racial tensions between Cops and the Black Lives Matter movement- Meanwhile I turn on the news and…
“Dangers of Pokemon Go”, or “Pokemon Go becomes new isis tool to rape woman”, or “How Pokemon Go causes drug addiction” or “Pokemon Go Kills driver on the highway”. “Pokémon go destroyed my marriage”…. Yeah really this is blatant lies and half truths. Frankly lady, if all it took was a week to destroy your marriage you’ve been doing everything wrong all along. This is everything I’ve learned to expect from the news anymore. If anyone honestly believes this I will sell you the Golden Gate bridge, cheap!
Just about every single headline is out to kill Pokemon Go, and yet I can only ask; Why? The media should be going just as nuts over Pokemon go, as their own community is. Not trying to use scare tactics away from it. They are there to report the news not create the news. Untill they begin to review Journalist ethics class 101 each and everyone of them took in college, I will not be watching Trump embarrass himself on a daily bases, or Hillary’s discussion on how she plans to destroy America. Nor will I concern myelf with ISIS in France or even for the matter “The SPCA Dog of the Week”.
Click. The TV is off. Pokemon is Go!!
Just what is the establishment afraid of? Maybe the network is trying to scare people into staying home to boost their ratings again. Maybe, this wave of propaganda is funded by Pokemons long time competitors “Digimon”. Maybe they really are just this disconnected from their audience…. I guess we’ll never know.
Can I just say I think it’s really amazing, the same people who constantly say “the media lies”, will still put forth obvious lies from the media. They even defend the lie while confronted with facts. Personally I try to live by this quote:
“You’re either the liar or the one being lied to, protect yourself from being either one.”
Everyday I find myself alone in that common sense quote. What this suggests is people want to be lied to, especially when the lie agrees with them. In this logic, what if I told people that when the media is telling you they lie it’s a lie in itself?
That isn’t going to work for a great many people I’m sure, yet I’ve seen plenty of news casters tell us this. I have yet to find a trusted source for any news outlets, I havnt even found reason to trust my own local stations. Instead I have learned a good deal of discernment over the years of watching lies. There’s certain ‘cues’ I’ve noticed. These cues usually come when the headline says something entirely sensational or overtly liberal or even Fox news for the matter. While looking for multiple sources saying the same thing and still being aware of the term “Astroturfing” (seriously google the word Astroturfing). Yet it also comes with certain sources like say “politifact”- a site dedicated to tell you how to think and Obama is always apparently honest with minor half truths. There’s other ways but, If some of you have not learned discernment on your own after years of bombardment of lies, I could not help you.
Yes a lie is a lie even if it’s on the cover of New York Times, even when you want to believe that lie is true… It doesn’t change the fact contrary. What is worse it is crippling the entire country, in more ways then what’s obvious.
It is due to the fact every media lies constantly, we must always be open to be proven wrong. Do not berate someone when they rebuttal a news article you shared on facebook. Be a little more, “detached”. Unless of course they can’t disprove something.
I should expect the same treatment, it’s rare that ever happens but it ought to be more common place. I will not lie to you, it can take a lot of patience that not everyone has.
“Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.” – Psalm 119:104
There is no shortage of verses on lies in the bible, Psalm 119:104 has always stood out to me the most. What we are saying here in context is a couple things. First, lean not on your own understanding rather Gods which is truth. Second hate everything else that is a lie. For me I have found I am a rare person, I just hate lies I really do… whether they are petty lies, some kind of agenda lie, or some other lie. Even lies about Hitler rile my feathers, even though I don’t even like Hitler… This is just how God made me I guess, lies are my biggest peeve. Everything that is false is false and ought to not be repeated, and I do mean very literally EVERYTHING – even anti-Hitler people, even New York Times, even Alex Jones. With that knowledge it is impossible to always be honest because at every turn we are constantly lied to. The good news is I see no reason you will burn in hell over unknowingly repeating a lie, (the subject is atleast pretty debatable). You must always be open to reproof from someone else, though checking sources before sharing is also good practice. In our digital world with 24 hour lying news, really it isn’t as hard as you think to be honest and still keep up with headlines. At a certain point, you even develop a certain eye or skill at it, it just takes practice.
I would just finish this off with a side note or warning. I like many Christians am convinced we are moving to the end times. This stance of which I will tell you there are many blatant lies in eschatology. I know you’ve heard of false prophets as the first sign of the prophecy, but let me direct your attention elsewhere:
“And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness” 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12
I hate to quote just 2 sentences here because this entire particular chapter in Thessalonians is so relevant right now. However in bold you see “strong delusion”. Never in the history of the world has man been so readily deceived. I recommend a good long study on 2 Thessalonians chapter 2 to anyone interested in the world we live in.
And for thiscauseGod shall sendthemstrongdelusion,thatthey should believe a lie:That they all might be damnedwhobelievednot the truth,but had pleasureinunrighteousness. (2 Thessalonians 2:11-12)
If we should learn anything through history we must ask the question: ‘How did Adolf Hitler deceive the whole nation of Germany?’ the reason this question is so important is because if we should enter the end times, you (and everyone else) will be very much deceived- in like manner to the Germans. You as a christian have been called to come out of this world not be apart of it, ask yourself- what does that mean? unfortunately, many of you havnt a clue of either these questions. You think you know, and to be fair you may have half of the answer- but sadly many don’t and so I felt compelled to spell it out. There is a brief background before getting to the point, I advise not to skip ahead.
Adolf Hitler did not have to try too hard.Germany was primed already for him.
Through out the 20’s, during the period known as Wiemar republic, Germany was broke- dirt broke. The masses crammed
down leftist Socialism as the solution- some turned even to communist ideas. For 11 years from 1919-1930 Germany’s situation would continuously go from bad to worse. Unemployment went to a staggering 40%, many suspected it was alot higher due to people giving up on filing unemployment. Inflation was rampant, a loaf of bread was 500,000+ marks (this being the days before debit cards) people had to replace wallets with briefcases to go shopping. Burning bills in the stove was cheaper then buying coal to heat the house. All the while the politicians shouted out “Progress” and “Change”- meanwhile those same politicians would knowingly create policies to destroy the country. The German patriots and nationalists often met together discussing what the socialist and communist politicians were doing. A young man, Adolf Hitler would often hear these men out. It was painfully obvious by 1926 the government wasn’t helping and the problem was liberalism. Adolf Hitler took it upon himself to restart the National Socialist Party from late 1800’s. The party was never ver popular before, he managed to get it back up with just 5 members. Hitler would then begin his political campaign.
What kinds of things did Adolf Hitler tell people so they would vote for him?
Hitler began public speaking in 1926-1927 with just 5 fellow community organizers. He held conferences at hotels, stood on his soap box in the streets, went to banquets and coffee shops. Where ever there was an ear Hitler made sure to do it on the cheap. He then decided to change tactics- part of the problem with public speaking is when you don’t tell people something they will later hear from someone else, nothing you say to them will stick. Adolf Hitler realized this and decided it was better to start using pamphlets- to reach the broadest audience possible. The more people who hear what he has to say, the more they will talk to each other about it. (He wrote a whole chapter on propaganda in ‘Mein Kampf’ detailing his tactics very extensively) He told people things like ‘The German people deserve better, a restoration of national pride’ and ‘My struggle to liberate the German people from the grips of communism needs your help’. From 1926 – 1930 (in just 4 years) Adolf Hitlers ideas of patriotism and far right ideas spread through the nation like crazy. He was an excellent speaker, and he also had a solid political plan.
What was Adolf Hitlers Political Plan?
What germans loved about Hitler most was he knew how to fix all the problems of the Wiemar republic. The solutions were so simple, but the first thing that had to be done was get rid of all the other political parties. Socialism and Communism was the reason Germany was in this mess- obviously since they were the only other political parties, getting rid of them just made sense right? Hitler made it clear this was essential, because any thing he tried to do would be blocked by socialist and communist votes in the German government. Oh but this comes with fixing Germany by creating a dictatorship- a tiny matter that did not phase the German public one bit. See the Germans were so desperate and poor, they were willing to elect anyone that sounded like they knew what they were talking about. Hitler was correct, Socialist and communist had to go, but does the means justify the outcome? Was there another way? 2 questions Hitler never asked the public, and when his plan took affect it was too late for the public to ask themselves.
So what does this have to do with end times?
Short answer, Everything. See the antichrist is coming on the platform of peace and safety, not death and destruction. Hitler is simply a perfect model of how these things go. Oh yes Hitler did a fine job fixing Germany’s problems, He forced private businesses to hire people- completely eliminating unemployment from 40%-0 in just 2 years. Hitler also eliminated crime in a short time- even the theives in the streets were happy to have a job. He brought inflation down and set up a “Inflation central Control Office” that regulated the price of every commodity so inflation would never happen again. Everyone Loved Hitler for many very good reasons. (It’s easy to read this and snub your nose at them, but consider these are real peoples lives- its too easy to be flip reading about them in a short blog). Assuming every human being wants more money, a decent job, and not alot of troubles- well this is the kinds of things a leader would have to do to make that happen. They called him the “Savior of Germany” simply because he truly did save Germany from utter ruin. Though Hitler went a lot further then this (A LOT further) he made it a point to not make people “Feel” like every thing the people watched on tv, read, worked with, went to school with, their doctor, and many others were not some form of agent or propaganda piece issued from him. He had an emphasis on keeping a “light touch”. I tell you right now to take notes, because this is how the Antichrist will come only on a larger/global scale.
What Do I want you to take from this?
The Germans were primed for nationalism before they fell into it- Socialism and communism was for them a means to an end. Once the whole country was swept by the tides of extreme liberalism, they found themselves loathing it so much they were easily swayed to the ideas of the far right. What I see today, virtually everywhere on facebook (primarily christians), is people doing this exact thing right here in America. On every election year you have a choice the left winged Democrat or the right winged Republican. (Picture the tides of the sea swaying back and forth) And almost every election year, people become so tired of the previous party so they go vote for the other.With this we see massive waves of propaganda coming to us from all directions. Like a flood wave crashing on the shore its “Pro Guns” “Green Energy” “Gay Marriage” etc… Some of these even go into deep conspiracies, many dont even have a bases in fact. Moreover, since most Americans started going online, this propaganda has become so aggressive. There is virtually no way to turn it off, we see it all the time. So much so, even the way people talk to each other is different (when they talk to each other). Ever notice in the 90’s people didnt talk as much about political issues as they do now? It’s nearly impossible anymore to have a casual conversation with someone with out them bringing up something Obama said.
What this tells me is, most Americans
Put more hope, trust, and faith in politicians then God or even just themselves to fix their problems. (Statist Mentality)
Beginning to not even know the difference between fact or fiction anymore- Convinced fiction is fact and vice verse’.
Ideas sway to and fro believing only what the last youtube video they watched told them
This is such a dangerous way to think, combined with ignorance- many Americans are flinging around propaganda pieces like wild fire, not even knowing it. This is exactly How Hitler Rose to power, this is also how the communist orchestrated the Bolsheviks- it wasnt just the leaders it was primarily the people. Some of you asked why there is so much Hamas support in Europe and America- I tell you they didn’t get their ideas from nowhere, or on their own. Yet they dont care most of their ideas come from a handful of Muslim Brotherhood websites from Iraq, Egypt, Iran, and Syria during the recent Arab Spring. No one says anymore ‘I need to fact check our sources’- no one says “I’d like to look at the background of this guy”- this is called (by the communist party of USSR) “Social Conditioning”. My friends, many of you are already drowning in the tides of deception. Even as you oppose liberalism you are swept up.
What Can I do?
Fact Check your information before accepting it as fact- do background checks on journalist etc. It’s the boring part of research but if youre just ‘learning for entertainment’ then youre not really learning- your most likely just getting your head filled with nonsense.
Dont be so focused on what this or that politician is saying- take it down a few notches- control your enthusiasm
Learn the difference between propaganda and facts. Usually if it’s made into a video, its propaganda (theres your first clue) I noticed lately if it sounds kinda like an Apple commercial its a good second clue. Third realize Documentaries are not real- at least lately. Documentaries made before 1990 tried to be as accurate as possible, do some digging they’re fairly easy to search by year.
Know what the bible says!! The biggest thing- Today we have so many people like End Times Enthusiasts, Joel Osteen, and TB Joshua who will tell you this and that- in truth they dont even know their bible as literally as they say- often they’re just interested in a thumbs up click and a donation. These will sway you into so much deception you wont even know what you’re reading when you read the bible (i’m pretty sure there’s a psychological term for this). Long story short, The better you know what the bible says on a variety of subjects, the better you are going to be at spotting a false teacher/prophet.
I might even recommend reading that chapter in Mein Kampf about propaganda- The reason being modern propagandist took notes from both Communists and Nazi’s. Hitler was very detailed, but brief, about how he and the communists used propaganda, I’ll be sure to insert a link below if your interested in learning from original sources. Also because so many end times enthusiasts prey on “The Mark of the Beast” and “The Antichrist” I will refer you to my article on the subject from the literal perspective. I like to just tell people “Dont listen to anything untill the third temple is announced to be built”, However thats not good enough for some so I’ll pick the whole thing apart in a link below. If you don’t click on anything AT LEAST checkout the film “The Art of Deception” below.
“Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God.” (Psalm 146:3-5)
As a foot Note I would Like to draw your attention to specific passage from “Mein Kampf” Chapter 6. What I’d like you to do as an Excersize is think about a recent ‘Social Documentary’ you may have watched either on TV, Youtube, or Netflix. Hydrofracking, or Zeitgiest for example- would any of that reminisce to this passage? :
“A similar situation prevails with what we today call propaganda.
The function of propaganda does not lie in the scientific training of the individual, but in calling the masses’ attention to certain facts, processes, necessities, etc., whose significance is thus for the first time placed within their field of vision.
The whole art consists in doing this so skillfully that everyone will be convinced that the fact is real, the process necessary, the necessity correct, etc. But since propaganda is not and cannot be the necessity in itself, since its function, like the poster, consists in attracting the attention of the crowd, and not in educating those who are already educated or who are striving after education and knowledge, its effect for the most part must be aimed at the emotions and only to a very limited degree at the so-called intellect.
All propaganda must be popular and its intellectual level must be adjusted to the most limited intelligence among those it is addressed to. Consequently, the greater the mass it is intended to reach, the lower its purely intellectual level will have to be. But if, as in propaganda for sticking out a war, the aim is to influence a whole people, we must avoid excessive intellectual demands on our public, and too much caution cannot be exerted in this direction.
The more modest its intellectual ballast, the more exclusively it takes into consideration the emotions of the masses, the more effective it will be. And this is the best proof of the soundness or unsoundness of a propaganda campaign, and not success in pleasing a few scholars or young aesthetes.
The art of propaganda lies in understanding the emotional ideas of the great masses and finding, through a psychologically correct form, the way to the attention and thence to the heart of the broad masses. The fact that our bright boys do not understand this merely shows how mentally lazy and conceited they are.
Once we understand how necessary it is for propaganda to be adjusted to the broad mass, the following rule results:
It is a mistake to make propaganda many-sided, like scientific instruction, for instance.
The receptivity of the great masses is very limited, their intelligence is small, but their power of forgetting is enormous. In consequence of these facts, all effective propaganda must be limited to a very few points and must harp on these in slogans until the last member of the public understands what you want him to understand by your slogan. As soon as you sacrifice this slogan and try to be many-sided, the effect will piddle away, for the crowd can neither digest nor retain the material offered. In this way the result is weakened and in the end entirely cancelled out.”