Sour Grapes

The grapes I just ate were tart; almost bitter actually.

There is a world of difference between us now, now that I don’t believe there is such a place as hell, but you still do.

It changed my view of life, you know? My opinion of you! How one believes; how one feels about life and death makes you a different person every time.

There are not many people like us left, you know? Those who lived apart but remained close for sixty years or so and then, went one way and the other.

The new cotton sheets my wife bought are PERFECT! 100 point, or something like that, she said. She loves them!

Actually, it’s all very rudimentary, this rift between us, that is. The rudiment, of course, being that neither of us knows what he’s talking about.

You feel you know because you believe them! They tell you what to think and claim to be God’s very own messenger. And so, you follow!

My claim is to not know! All that I do know is that I don’t know, and I’m full of doubt because of what I see around me. Because of what I experienced.

You make a pretense at humility, but it is all disingenuous. You may as well pin an ‘I Am Humble’ pin to your lapel, to make sure everyone knows.

You already wear that ring you’re so proud of, whereas I have never had enough fingers to justify wearing anything. I am lacking too much!

But neither am I humble. It’s not a ring or a pin that makes us what we are.

House cleaning brings out the worst in me, but my wife cannot do it anymore. She’s done it so long that it finally broke her back.

I kept mine in one piece, just in case that happened.

Did you know that regardless of how old you are, it has nothing to do with WHO you are? And who you are has nothing to do with WHAT you are!

Looking into a mirror as I type, I’m trying to decide if I like myself or not. Your beliefs made me hate myself, my weaknesses; for all the things I am unable to do.

As I learn, and I think, I somehow behave differently; there, in the mirror, is a slightly different person than before. I still don’t like him, but I let him live.

Oh, yes…all those forty-plus years I cried out, “Change me, help me change, make me a better person, take away this constant pain that none can see or feel but me!”

Or is it true that one must suffer first to appreciate heaven all the more? No worries, I never had any intention of being in heaven. But, it would be nice!

Were we really made to endure all of this…or is the joke on us? Eat, drink, and be merry … and all that other brouhaha!

The sacrifice applies to all, you said, but only if you perform certain duties, only if you observe certain rituals! If then, you are found deserving … well … maybe then.

What? I don’t get it?

Go forth, and make the world observe these…so that a few, only a few, will survive; you said. A man’s enemies will be those of his own household!

Did I create a thousand chairs to find only six that I want for around my table? Do I then burn the nine thousand nine hundred and ninety four?

Without law, there is no sin, so law was introduced into the world so that sin could be brought to light; once sin is made evident among all men, destruction will be justifiable.

Is it really? Is it rightly? Through one man sin entered the world and death spread to all men. The wage that sin pays is death, but the gift that God gives…

A gift to be received with stipulations?

How easy it is to speak with the voice of God! As so many seemingly believe themselves to do!

You don’t believe in hell, I know, not even a bit more than I do! Either I am condemned or I’m not. Time will tell. To die, to sleep…no more!

But without hell, can there be a heaven? Yes, we’re pretty sure to whom that belongs.

In the meantime, I’m going to have a glass of wine, and kiss my wife!

Famous Quotes – By Me

“Sometimes the words, “I can’t” can be loosely translated as, “I don’t want to.”

“Too often we educate ourselves just enough to become self-righteous: that’s when we begin to preach.”

“Faith does not protect us from life, or death; it only provides us with what we need to endure either of them.”

“Fear of death makes liars of us all.”

“It’s too bad The Baker Act was not in force when Darwin concocted the ‘Theory of Evolution.”

“The appreciation of ‘fine art’ is too often preceded by steeping oneself in popular opinion and swallowing a generous portion of pretentiousness.”

“After nearly seventy years of observation, I’ve determined that music, art, and religion, like our food, are all an acquired taste.”

“…to enact the Baker Act Florida, there must be substantial evidence that an individual has a mental illness as explained in the Baker act, or there is intent to harm oneself, others, or be self-neglectful as described in the Baker act.” There’s definitely enough evidence; all that is needed now is to go to the White House and get him!

Inside Dorian – Hurricane Hunters

Dorian … The Purple Hurricane

Dorian passed through Daytona and visited itself upon our daughter’s family. During the storm, they captured some pictures of the sky as the storm came and went.

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Dorian begins its approach on Daytona Beach

Whey Back When

Little Miss Muffet, sat on her tuffet, eating her curds and whey!

Foregoing the part about the icky spider, one has to wonder how many people today even know what curds and whey are (or should that be, what curds and whey ‘is‘?) Anyway, having recently observed a college coed who could not read an analog clock, I feel certain that this nursery rhyme is quickly losing significance.

We, that is my wife and I, only recently began experiencing a new found liking for curds and whey, aka cottage cheese, which is, like so many things on the market today is supposed to be good for you.

Merriam-Webster defines whey as: “the watery part of milk that is separated from the coagulable part or curd especially in the process of making cheese and that is rich in lactose, minerals, and vitamins and contains lactalbumin and traces of fat.”

Now I don’t know about you, but I just can’t get enough ‘lactalbumin’.

In my experience, a cup of cottage cheese that is coated a with light smattering of salt and lots of pepper on a plate with the wedges of a fresh juicy peach, is not only a healthy lunch, it’s quite delicious! Regardless, I believe the reason that I enjoy cottage cheese is because of my grandfather, John Matthew, aka “Pop” Eichenlaub and his odd, and at times, savory depression-era meals.

The Old House
Our home in 1952 @ 1410 9th Av. Altoona, PA. Old PRR row house.

Like so many post-depression era families, ours were ‘humble’ beginnings, which looked more like poverty than anything else, but I guess humble works if you like. It was the early 50’s and we enjoyed odd foods like coffee-soup, poor-man’s gravy, I even recall pickled pickled pig’s feet and other such delicacies. I call it sushi for the poor. Our diet was thin because Pop had a meager pension from the railroad, and our father had difficulty passing a barroom when he had money in his pocket. so food was often scarce.

In the early 50’s there was a “Government Surplus Food Program” or “Commodities,” as we called it, that helped keep us alive. A precursor of food stamps. Of all of the good and the bad to recall from that period, nobody can forget the huge blocks of government cheese that are still around today! According to some, it was once called “The perfect food.” My mother would hold my hand as we waited in line for our box of food that always included a five pound block of the perfect food; American cheese.

  • Cheese and dairy products
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Peanut butter, dried beans, jelly
  • Canned fish and various meats
  • Evaporated and nonfat dry milk
  • Breakfast cereals
  • Fruit juices and beverages
  • Rice, macaroni, spaghetti

That list displayed on the Internet is far more comprehensive than I recall ever receiving, but then, I was very young and may not recall all of it. But I do know that what we did receive often required a ‘tolerant’ palate, if you take my meaning. Even as a child who knew no better, the smell of the canned meat was nauseating; a very similar odor to today’s canned dog food. The peanut butter; a hardened mass of half ground peanuts beneath inches of yellow oil, when stirred long enough, became a tasteless, pasty goo that made the bread more filling. On the top of the box was that HUGE bag of puffed wheat cereal. Half the size of a bed pillow, the puffed kernels swam on top of the watered-down confectioners milk like tiny organic balloons that veritably disappeared like cotton candy on the tongue. A small child could consume the entire bag in five or six servings..

Better Than Butter

Although not mentioned in the list above, there was always a large sack of flour our mother used to bake bread. To put it in today’s vernacular, “OMG” was it amazing! We dared not let the smell of it baking to escape the house or we would have neighbors dropping by constantly; it was that good! Unfortunately, butter always seemed to be in short supply for some reason, but as a substitute, old Pop would come home with a tub full of cottage cheese which, for the two of us anyway, was better than butter!

Besides his cottage cheese, Pop also loved his canned tomatoes; i.e. whole tomatoes, peeled, uncut, and sweetened. Emptying the tomatoes into a bowl, he opened the cottage cheese and then filled our plates with a goodly portion of each. He taught me to coat them both with salt and pepper, and then taking the fresh baked bread slice, we would fork small bites of the cottage cheese and tomato onto the bread in succession, savoring each bite as we worked across the plate, rivaling even Marcel Proust’s savory description of petite Madeleines dipped in tea.

The bread served to provide a variety of meals;; like bits of fresh-baked bread soaked with coffee and covered with canned evaporated milk and sprinkled with sugar, which made our “coffee soup” (believe it or not, you can find ‘modern’ recipes for it on the web). Another was to fry bacon to an almost black char that was cooled and crumbled into the hot bacon fat, and then bits of flour are stirred in to form a thick, brown gravy. The gravy was poured over that same fresh-baked bread and sprinkled with apple vinegar to make a savory breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and sometimes all three. Probably the most unhealthy diet you can think of, but the memories of it all will always linger in the curds and whey.

The Flag; The Cross; The Stake…A Moot Point

Just recently I saw a middle-aged man wearing a t-shirt that was emblazoned with a giant religious cross in the background, and in the foreground is an America flag; essentially side by side with a caption that read: “I always stand for the flag, and kneel for the cross.”

Now, it’s logical to think that this gentleman feels that he is being very noble in his professing belief in God and country, and most others likely feel the same as he. Unfortunately, the one whose opinion matters most is not yours or mine, but that of our Creator; our God! Does the Creator view this as a noble gesture, or is such a statement and action quite the opposite of nobility, and actually an ungodly and unlawful act in our Creator’s eyes? Is this more so the expression of man’s ignorance and lack of understanding of God’s requirements, as well as his lack of knowledge of what the Bible has to say about such a presentation and proclamation?

Consider this, if you would, please? First of all, to “stand for the flag” and putting the flag foremost, presupposes that the flag is somehow more important than anything God has to say in the matter, something we are forced to believe from birth through our government propaganda.

It also presupposes that this country alone is “doing the will of God” and has the right to raise itself to a level that is equal to, or above the Creator, and therefore “expresses the will of God.” Again, something we are forced to agree with from birth through the propaganda of political leaders who feel that the power of God was given them.

Of course, every other nation of the world presupposes the same things about God and their countries; some even have many, many gods to back their claim.

The second supposition is that the ‘cross’ represents true Christianity, but this is not likely to be the case, either. There is evidence that Christ did not die on a cross, but rather, was hung on an upright pole, or stake similar to a large fence post or perhaps something more like a telephone pole. His hands were overlaid, i.e. one on top of one another and then nailed through the palms to support the weight of the body. The arms being pulled above his head put excessive strain on the heart, causing a much faster death. The feet were nailed, but in order to expedite death, the legs were broken so that the full weight of the person would come to bear on the arms and cause the heart to literally burst from the pressure.

So, does it stand to reason that, if the Roman’s had guns and used a firing squad to execute the Christ, or if they would have burned him at the stake, or garroted him, what image would people wear or display considering any one of these? Or would they display anything at all?

The cross is a religious symbol born by pagan religions centuries before Jesus was murdered by the Romans, and hundreds of years after Christ died, when the Romans hijacked Christianity and called it Catholicism and melded it with their pagan rituals, only then did the fallacy of the ‘cross’ surface and become adopted to symbolize his death.

The 10 Commandments of God are still valid, or are they?

Exodus Chapter 20:4-6 (Please read all three translations – different Bibles)

New World Translation (NWT)
4 “You must not make for yourself a carved image or a form like anything that is in the heavens above or on the earth below or in the waters under the earth. 5 You must not bow down to them nor be enticed to serve them, for I, Jehovah your God, am a God who requires exclusive devotion, bringing punishment for the error of fathers upon sons, upon the third generation and upon the fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing loyal love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.


New International Version (NIV)
“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

New King James Version (NKJV)
4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

Now, beside the myriad of scriptures beyond those few, there are many to prove that the God of the Bible, Jehovah (Psalm 83:18), does not hold this or any country of the Earth in greater esteem than any of the others. In fact, Satan offered ALL the kingdoms of the world to Jesus, trying to entice him away from his Heavenly Father, Jehovah. In the Bible book of Luke the account reads: 5 So he (Satan) brought him (Jesus) up and showed him all the kingdoms of the inhabited earth in an instant of time. 6 Then the Devil said to him: “I will give you all this authority and their glory, because it has been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I wish.

Regardless of that; this SECOND COMMANDMENT should be sufficient for us to understand that just because the rest of the world does it, does not make it correct! Again: “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God,”

Bowing to ANYTHING, whether you are “saluting” a flag, or “bowing” to a cross; AN IDOL IS AN IDOL. Jesus taught his disciples to be aware of the fact that the WHOLE WORLD is under Satan’s dominion. Every government, every church, every facet of mankind is subject to the daily torments of Satan and his demonic followers: Revelation 12:12 “12 On this account be glad, you heavens and you who reside in them! Woe for the earth and for the sea, because the Devil has come down to you, having great anger, knowing that he has a short period of time.

Everyone Has A Tattoo…

It takes more than a little bit of genius to know, or perhaps, better said, to recognize, that you are not one. I mean, okay, so you can solve a puzzle; perhaps a riddle or two; you can connect dots into mysterious patterns, or make the lines meet without crossing one another; even even tango with Fibonacci, but with all of that, what do you have? Does a passing score truly mean you’re a genius? A genius at taking tests, perhaps? I worked with several of those! It begs the question; where is all of this genius being put to use and what are the fruits of all of that brain power? True genius is expressed by and through productive results is it not, and is most often expressed in a particular field of endeavour?

Like the beauty of artwork in the eye of the beholder, perhaps what we title ‘genius’ is very much the same? Our deficit, is their gain; we’re short so they appear to be tall? You have perhaps heard of, and/or recall the old quote attributed to Albert Einstein regarding The Tree Climbing Fish:
Everybody is a Genius. But If You Judge a Fish by Its Ability to Climb a Tree, It Will Live Its Whole Life Believing that It is Stupid
Well, by clicking on that quote above, you will be taken to “Quote Investigator,” where you will find that, this supposed quote of the “genius” Albert Einstein, was actually not his quote at all.

The article points out, in fact, ” The earliest evidence of a close match known to QI appeared in 2004, and that is decades after the death of Einstein in 1955.” Claiming that this “allegory” has been in circulation for a hundred years, the article goes on to say, “There is no substantive evidence that Einstein made this statement. It does not appear in the comprehensive collection of quotations “The Ultimate Quotable Einstein” from Princeton University Press.” (quoteinvestigator.com) So why attribute it to him? Obviously to give it some credence and to make it sound so much more than it was intended to be. To be sucked up by do-gooders who feel every child is a genius in his or her own right.

The fact of the matter is, NOT everyone is a genius and not everyone will have a field in which they express genius, as evidenced among the masses of humanity today. Some of us are just plain mediocre. Myself, for example, the one person I know so intimately that I am certain that I am not a genius, that is, although I do have a bit more ingenuity than many when it comes to mechanics and problem solving, which some have referred to it as genius, still, I know that there is too much to learn about life in general, too many things I cannot do or even begin to comprehend to ever begin to classify myself, or anyone else I know for that matter, to be a true genius.

Genius can also be misguided as history has so often proved. Take, for example, the case of Charles Darwin and his ridiculous “theory” of evolution! By comparison, alien abduction is more plausible and has less “holes” in the stories than Darwin’s bunk. I would even go so far as to include the so-called father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud. Shere guesswork paraded as plausible science. In their cases, and others like them, their so-called genius led them over the hill and got them lost in the forest of thinking. This is where one of the very good and actual quotes that Albert Einstein did coin applies: “Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.”

We all, do we not, “take the doctor’s word for it!” So to speak? Too often, simply because we see PHD, or MD behind a name, we assume they know what they are talking about. We might even assume that they are a genius. But then we come to recognize that they, like us, are human and far to often mistaken in their reasoning and thinking. So many times has mankind been bamboozled (whether or not intentionally) by those who appeared to be so smart; such a genius! Men and women who have set themselves on the pedestal of superiority and fed us their brilliant oratory, often leading people to, quite literally, “drink the Kool-Aid.”

So why do we want, or look for ‘genius’? Why do we classify people s such? We all know that people, in general, are followers; mere lemmings who, caught up in the crowd, simply run along blindly. You salute your flag unquestioningly, you march off to war without reasoning, you are, perhaps, entranced with the latest fashion and hair designs, you purchase your art because of the signature rather than the work itself, or any of the other myriad of things that pleases the crowd, the most common of which is the fanaticism behind sports, and sports figures, movie stars, rock stars, etc., and so on! “It’s what everyone is doing! So cool!” Children are often pushed by their parents toward these things! There are even schools for children to become Youtube Stars!

Personally, I have read enough of history, observed enough behavior over the past sixty seven years, to know how memetics work, in that, if The Rolling Stones have a tattoo, then EVERYONE has to have a tattoo. If the Pope says it’s true, well then, EVERYONE says it’s true. The primary issue with this is that lemmings cannot figure out WHO to believe anymore; who is being truthful and who is being disingenuous! Consequently the tide keeps shifting, like flocks of birds in the sky, swinging violently enmasse in all directions. A few months ago the populace hated Muslim immigrants, now they hate Mexican immigrants; with every shift in news media opinion, so shifts the opinions of the populace. A constant folie à deux, a group-egomania that causes confusion, depression, animosities, and descension.

Of course, there is no greater manipulator of this facet of human behavior, than that one which the lemmings have put into power. He knows exactly which hate-groups to entice. He feeds just enough opinion to aggravate his constituents, and throws just enough intimidation into the mix to stir the pot and get it boiling, whether by outright lies and misinformation, or simply ‘tweeting’ his opinions; then he walks away, calling himself a genius. He should have a cast on each arm from so much patting himself on the back.

No, there are very few “geniuses” in the world, if they actually do exist beyond, as I said, those who express a reasonable amount of genius in specific areas of their lives. Given the choice, however, of who to follow in this world, I choose nobody. There is no religious leader, politician, sports figure, movie star, scientist, philosopher, or any other of the so-called geniuses that I wish to be like, to emulate, or to claim as one worth following.

There is only one whom I would be ‘like’ if I could, and his standards are so high above me that I cannot begin to approach His level, in neither His genius, nor His truth.

Love Songs For Darcy

You were just a few years old
Not many days ago, It seems
When I sat you on my arm
And we danced to love songs
And I sang along, to you,
and for you.

You dance now, and sing along
To songs of your own
My little girl
Married and grown
A woman with a child
To sing her own songs to.

But, still
When I think of you
Or look into your eyes
We will always be dancing
You and me, and I will always
Sing love songs for you.

James Eichenlaub 2001

Heavenly Gate Hotel! All are welcome!

All new arrivals must check in at the front desk. No need to ring the bell, we’ll be waiting for you, and we expect you will be traveling light! Lots of vacancies, even though no one ever checks out! Activities around the hotel include: well, that’s up to you! Right? I mean, this is Heaven, you can do whatever you like! Right? Well, almost! So, then, what will you do? Have a piña colada? No? Sit on a cloud, perhaps, playing a harp and just daydreaming? Sorry, no vestal virgins here! No fountains full of Jack Daniels! So, what’s your plan?

It is so amazing that everyone wants to go to heaven, or so they think, anyway, but, any thought of what is to be done after arriving? Not usually! If heaven is the answer to all of our problems, then WHY is everyone so afraid of death? Give me a stroke or a nice, quick heart attack while I’m sleeping! What more could a guy ask for? I’m ready to check in!

Or is it, perhaps, that we are frightened by the LIE that the churches feed us of a place of EVERLASTING TORMENT? Perhaps that is motivator for not giving up this life we currently have? Of course, there is no such place, another pure fabrication of Catholicism by twisting the words of the one person who knew the most about heaven and what it meant to be there, and what there was to do there, and he knows a lot more than that and is willing to share.

Think about it! GOD IS LOVE! Would a God of LOVE give you a life you didn’t ask for, torment you the entire time you are living that life, and then tell you, like it or not, do as I say or I will torture you FOREVER AND EVER AND…

Well, you get the picture. Or do you?

Someone once asked this: Did your parents ever catch you at something you were not SUPPOSED to do; like a crime so heinous that you had to spend a day, or maybe even days in the house, or in your room? Probably have, right? But, have you ever done something so heinous that your parents switched on the burner of the kitchen stove and held your hand over the burner until the flesh began to melt away? No! Absolutely not! Why not? No right-minded parent would ever consider doing such a thing, and if they did, they would be in prison a long-long time!

BUT…the churches claim that their God does these things to billions of people, and FOREVER, at that! Ah, but God is different than parents, right? According to the churches, our Creator who gave us life is willing to melt our flesh from our bones repeatedly, from the moment of our death, throughout eternity! Does that make a lot of sense to you! “The wicked must be punished, shouldn’t they?”

HOW UTTERLY RIDICULOUS! The Bible I read, every version, every translation, says, “God is a god of Love,” and that, “Jehovah is a God, merciful and gracious, abundant in loving kindness and truth.” Not a God of torment and torture. If you want to know how I know that fairy tale is NOT TRUE, there are those who teach truth, and not the hypocritical lies of the churches. Take a look at this: w73 4/15 pp. 232-241

www.jw.org

“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor, Rich Man, Poor Man, Beggerman, Thief”

What does that title have to do with anything spiritual, or theocratic, or anything related to what we become as we age and learn? Oddly, when I thought about how to respond to some recent events in relation to my own spirituality, that saying was the first thing that popped into my mind. Look it up and you may be able to relate it, as I did, to the current topic.

There is an old saying that goes: “Never discuss religion or politics in polite company,” and there is sage advice being offered therein. My own thought is this: “Before you try to convince another person of your beliefs, whether simply politic, or religious, consider the fact that you may soon make for yourself a new enemy.” In other words, people do not like their beliefs being questioned or undermined as it causes them insecurity and spawns fear, and fear turns quickly into anger, and anger into resentment.

As one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, a long time ago I used to preach from door-to-door, and one of the lessons I learned was to convey Bible messages gently. Someone described challenging other’s beliefs as “yanking the rug out from under them.” Nobody likes hitting the floor unexpectedly. Ours is a God of peace and love, is it not? Or is it? It all depends on the situation.

My cousin is a Scientologist, and as she recently asked me to mention this fact, she said: “Don’t forget to make sure the viewers (i.e. readers of my postings) know I am the 1st Scientologist in the family. And proud of it. I know it will be helping mankind repair this messy planet’s ethics.”

Do I agree with her, and do I believe she is correct in her thinking? I do not.

My son is an existentialist, somewhat along the line of the Scientologist, but without the Scientological precepts of the thetan and the eight dynamics, or impulses toward survival, etc. He recently sent a book for me to read, which I did, on the subject of Conquering the Internal Nature; Raja Yoga, to try to help me find inner peace and some semblance of happiness. He did this in response to a text message that I sent to him in regard to my rapidly fading peace of mind.

Do I agree with Raja Yoga, or the existentialist beliefs of my son? I do not.

However, I take no offense toward either of their actions to help me, and I respect that both are set in their own course toward their pursuit of eternity.

And this is why…

Rather than go into a lengthy dissertation of my belief in the Bible and why I know it is far and above everything else mankind has to offer in regard to the pursuit of life, inner peace, and happiness; suffice it to say that the knowledge I gained, and came to understand, is from the oldest, most widely read book in the world.

The Bible contains the writings of those with whom The God; a God of unimaginable longevity and power, communicated directly, and they, in turn, penned the words we read today. This God; a living author who guards and maintains the accuracy of the record given, has put within us a spirit that can readily understand its contents, if only we throw aside all other preconceived and falsely taught notions of what it contains.

The Hindu belief system as well as the teachings of Scientology claim that the creator is a god in absentia; who is nothing more than a source of power by which we happen to exist, but over which, we, individually, will gain control as we meditate and pass through the circles which, by the way, exist in some form in both belief systems, as does the number eight. (I still have yet to understand the significance of each but will continue to research.)

The Bible record shows us that, when mankind rebelled against their creator by accepting the fallen angel, Satan, who the Hindu refers to as Iblis, and who mislead mankind even in the Hindu belief; according to the Bible, God, our Creator, Elohim, Jehovah, call the Creator what you will; Satan called God a liar when he told the woman, Eve, “You positively will NOT die.” The exact opposite of what the creator told her would happen if she disobeyed that one rule regarding eating from the Tree of Knowledge.

On this basis alone, i.e. judging from all that I know of the Bible and learned in regard to Scientology, and Hinduism; both the Hindu, and the Scientologist are mistaken in thinking that they are immortal. Man DOES NOT HAVE an immortal soul, and not even the Bible teaches such. In fact, in the King James version of the Bible (the most archaic English translation available to us) the Bible book of Ezekiel states, ” The soul that sinneth, it shall die.”

This notion of immortality was concocted by false religion; the Roman hijackers of Christianity who in 325 AD “adopted” a corrupted form or Christianity as the state religion, and from that adulteration of Christianity, the schisms that became today’s churches teach and preach. The attempts to bend and twist Roman hedonism and demonic teachings to fit the Bible are what causes the confusion and makes the Bible nearly impossible to understand, and is what lead up to, and caused such bloodshed and torment for mankind down through the dark ages, and up to our very day.

Hinduism was formulated as late as the Vedic period, c1500-322 BCE, without God’s inspiration, or so says the Yogi, God left it to us to seek God on our own and to elevate ourselves to perfection, again, according to the Yogi. During that same time period, however; the Jews were in direct contact with the Creator via Moses and others of the prophets. God, The Creator, Lord, Elohim, Jehovah, taught Moses the history of creation and the logical succession and progression toward true enlightenment, the coming of the Christ, the savior of mankind. It is this Creator. whom we call Jehovah, that will elevate mankind and bring them back to the perfection they gave away through the deception of Iblis/Satan, at mankind’s beginning.

Then, during the “Great Awakening” of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, new religions sprang up everywhere across America, including Mormonism, Orthodox sectarianism, reformed churches, etc., and so on, and among which came the beginnings of Scientology, which began in the 1940’s with L. Ron Hubbard’s first thesis on Dianetics.

As to Jehovah’s Witnesses, however, no man formulated what I or they believe. No Charles Taze Russell, no Joseph Rutherford, et al. Those were merely men who began a campaign of Bible teaching and distribution, but the ‘religion’ itself, the Bible, Christianity, Christ Jesus and his teachings…they were still those same words communicated directly by the Creator to mankind all the way back to the very first man and woman, Adam and Eve.

That said, then, do I need to look further? Is our life really about elevating ourselves? Reaching new heights of ‘awakening’ and exerting our power and, as the Yogi says, “becoming God”? Do we, can we, truly become transcendent and go beyond the powers that are “normal” to mankind, or is that immortal being, that Iblis (Satan) still around? Are that creature and his cohorts perhaps responsible for those who ‘appear’ to exert power beyond what is normal? Powers which they (demons) still have and use.

Jesus teaching was, and is, about abandoning our selfish interests. “If anyone wants to come after me, let him disown himself…” Jesus said. (Matthew 16:24) Jesus told those who claimed to ‘want the truth,’ that by gaining God’s spirit, they would be able to accomplish anything. “If you had faith the size of a mustard grain, you would say to this black mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea!’ and it would obey you.” (Luke 17:6) The apostle Peter actually walked on water for a short distance. Apostles were given the ability to cure illnesses by a single touch of the hand. Prophets were also granted the use of some slight miraculous powers. Miraculous in the sense that God granted it. The did not “attain” to it by some meditation or self-indulgent practice.

Therefore, until I can see any significant reason to abandon what I know; to throw aside the only true communication mankind ever received from the creator of all things, I am not willing to abandon it simply because most people cannot understand it (or-if you wish-interpret it). When one will do as Jesus said, “disown himself” and recognize the corrupt nature of the churches teachings, and abandon all preconceptions and false beliefs, only then will the true power of the Truth be recognizable and useful.

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Oak Leaves: EICHENLAUB

…from Eichenlau, a topograic name from Middle High German eichen ‘oaks’ + ‘loch, lo ‘brush’, ‘undergrowth’, reinterpreted through folk etymology as Eichenlaub ‘oak leaf’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Eichenlaub ‘oak leaf’.
(Source: Dictionary of American Family Names c2013, Oxford University Press.)

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