IRONICALLY: The Logic of Heaven

The Logic of Hell

Slothful Induction and the Bandwagon are the primary drivers of collective cognitive biases. Slothful Induction; is ignoring sufficient logical evidence that supports further questioning and investigation. This is usually accompanied by the bandwagon fallacy where people assume that a narrative is true simply because an apparent majority of people say it is true. The tension of not knowing is uncomfortable. Acceptance and conflict avoidance are generally more important to people than Red Pill truth. Hence people form alliances through virtue signaling and rolling their eyes at those who insist on questioning a given official narrative.

Slothful Induction For Dummies

Several years ago I had a friend named Steve. Steve’s wife was forever smelling things that were not there. Suffice it to say, their relationship was not a healthy one and they drowned their frustrations with life and each other in alcohol. One day Steve’s wife came out of the bedroom and announced, “honey I smell something burning. I think the mattress is on fire.” To which Steve rolled his eyes and in his typically Slothful Inductive manner replied,

“whatever… shut the *&%$ door then.”

She did.

Slothful Induction results in emotion being mistaken for logic, feelings for faith – bias, and the bandwagon for truth.

COVID actually ended on March 30 2020

Judgment must begin at the house of God.

Slothful Induction results in simple questions becoming slippery slope conclusions.

A “slippery slope” is where a person asserts that one small factor or event necessarily leads to or proves a succeeding chain of larger events that culminate in a specific conclusion. Questions masquerading as conclusions are perpetuated by the False Dilemma Fallacy; only looking at one side and never considering alternative arguments.

The tidal wave of unsubstantiated conclusions causes most people to defer to the “genetic fallacy”; believing an argument based on one’s faith in the source rather than the evidence itself. e.g. “the majority of scientists agree…” Or a similar “appeal to authority”; a form of circular reasoning that determines the validity of a fact or an argument based upon the official status of its source e.g. “The FBI would never lie to us.” Why?

“Because they’re the FBI.”

We might laugh when it is presented this way but almost everyone has been guilty of sourcing “experts” and the ubiquitous “they” when arguing on behalf of our biases. Nearly every MSM narrative, subsequent debate, and public discourse are rooted in these aforementioned fleshy fallacies. Too often the end result is that legitimate questions and questioners get marginalized and the truth gets squashed.

Irony: a state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often wryly amusing as a result.

For the record and before we proceed, questions are not conspiracies. My only official stance regarding the logic of hell is that none of us knows jack.

Ironically, today thousands of Architects and Engineers continue to question the science behind the official narrative regarding the destruction of the world trade center on 9/11/2001. Among other things, they remain puzzled as to why Building 7 that was further away and not hit by planes imploded and into its own footprint like the others.

That seems like a reasonable enough question.

Really? Gah-head – ask it. See what happens.

There are a lot of interesting questions. You can read more on their website. The only relevant question here would be, why do you believe whatever you believe?

Ironically, the flood of “slippery slope” and “false dilemma” based arguments like the Bush administration blew it up because Republicans are fascists and they wanted war or Israel’s Mossad blew it up because Israel is fascist and wanted the USA to kill Muslims quickly tainted the public narrative. That some Jewish men were seen jumping up and down as the towers fell was enough slothful induction for both alt-left and alt-right whack jobs to start blaming the Jews. This led to the largest question debunking in the history of America followed by the MSM weaponization of the word “Conspiracy”. Why did we start a 19-year war in the middle east? Beats me. But if history is any indicator I’d say it probably had something to do with money. Speaking of money; does anyone know what happened to the 2.3 trillion dollars missing, lost or stolen, or unaccounted for from the pentagon around that time? What about the 21 trillion dollars lost, stolen, or misplaced today?

Whatever. What about Trump’s taxes!

The Logic of Heaven

I’m not an engineer or a forensic accountant and I have no clue beyond what I’ve heard. I do have a hypothesis regarding why Jewish men might have been jumping up and down as the WT towers were hit. It just so happened that Selichot, the appointed Jewish prayers regarding judgment ended at dawn just before the planes hit the twin towers.

Isaiah 9:10 was the appointed scripture that morning.

“The bricks have fallen down,
But we will rebuild with hewn stones;
The sycamores are cut down,
But we will replace them with cedars.”

Ironically Isaiah 9:10 was also the designated scripture in the One Year Bible for that day

Isaiah 9:10 is in reference to God’s Judgment on Israel and the people’s prideful defiance in the face of it.

Never the less Israel was given a window in which to 2 Cron 7:14 turn as a nation from her wicked ways.

They didn’t.

Nineteen years later the next judgment came upon Israel in the form of a plague. Ironically, 2001 + 19= 2020. I know that’s slippery slope crazy talk. Besides everyone knows COVID-19 was a pandemic, not a plague.

Right?

Ironically, the judgment on Israel and the reasons for it are described in Jerimiah 19. Suffice it to say that the Israelites were sacrificing their children to Moloch. They didn’t see anything wrong with it either. Hence the severity of God’s judgments continued to escalate.

Ironically Senator Tom Daschle quoted Isaiah 9:10 at the end of his speech immediately after the events of 911. He thought it was a promise of blessing. U.S. Senator John Edwards did the same at the 9/11 memorial on September 11, 2004. President Obama paraphrased it when he signed a beam at the top of the new WT. Since then the New Towers were completed and the Historic Sycamore was replaced with a much stronger Cedar which they named The Tree of Hope.

It looked promising

Ironically, despite everything that was done to keep The Tree of Hope healthy, it continued to wither.

Withering is a biblical sign of divine judgment.

On September 11 President Obama read Psalm 46 as he exhorted the nation. Ironically he pronounced “bow” as “bough” and unwittingly pronounced judgment instead of a blessing.

Ironically, the Tree of Hope died soon after.

In case you were wondering, viewing God’s treatment of nations in the Old Testament as a template for understanding the New Testament is called typology. Typology might be called the logic of heaven. That said, typology is not prophecy. It is rooted in the fact that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. It provides a template for considering how He might respond today based upon His unchanging character, will, and plan.

If my typology is correct and consistant with the logic of heaven, then the operative question regarding the events of 911 is not “who done it?” but rather

Have we repented AS A NATION?

The Logic of Hell

Our allegedly Nazi, misogynist president was just impeached for extorting the Ukrainian government based on a completely valid fake transcript.

Ironically Joe Biden publicly bragged about extorting favors from Ukraine.

He has a point. People should, “Ask the right questions!”

This not a campaign ad. It just seems like a really good representation of DC politics and those that support it today.

Here’s another

1 Kings 21 tells the story of Naboth and his vineyard. King Ahab wanted Naboth’s vineyard and offered him what sounds like a pretty lucrative deal. Yet the vineyard was Naboth’s inheritance and out of faithfulness and integrity, Naboth refused. So Ahab complained to his wife Jezebel who came up with a solution.

She wrote letters and falsely accused Naboth of something he didn’t do.

“Proclaim a fast, and seat Naboth with high honor among the people; and seat two men, scoundrels, before him to bear witness against him, saying, “You have blasphemed God and the king.” Then take him out, and stone him, that he may die.” 1 Kings 21:9-10

They came. They saw.

He died.

Ahab took possession of the land

Ironically compassionate, Social justice-minded Critical Race Theorists are absolutely livid over our white supremacist president’s xenophobic references to COVID. Many want him canned for disrespecting our best friend, international ally, owner of our national parks, debt, and the mirror image of American moral standards.

It seems these empathic humanists are genuinely concerned about the feelings, dignity, and overall well being of the Chinese Communist Party who is responsible for the murder of more of its own citizens than any other government entity in the history of mankind.

Today 5 million Falun Gong practitioners, Uyghur Muslims, Tibetans, and Christians are held in concentration camps. The Falun Gong, in particular, are routinely murdered for their organs in support of China’s nationals and organ tourists

Then again who are we to talk…?

The Logic of Heaven

I can’t speak for the Falun Gong and the others. But the Christian Church has always grown the fastest under persecution than at any other time. Ironically, the CCP had eased up on their oppression of Christians for a bit but has since increased its abuse and with it the number of Spirit-filled Christians in its midst.

This is also happening in Iran, where the Mullahs are regarded as the best evangelists because they have shown the true face of Islam to the Iranian people.

The same goes for Ethiopia where the church grew 1000% under the previous persecution by the communist Tigray People’s Liberation Front of which the head of World Health Organization Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was a member. According to Voice of the Martyrs, which is itself a fruit of Russian communist oppression, Ethiopian persecution is starting again with – you guessed it – fire. They are burning Christian businesses, homes, and churches and the revival has resumed. A recent VOA podcast describes a woman whose home was being set afire by what the American media would probably call “peaceful protestors”.

She prayed a prayer rooted in the logic of heaven as the mob approached,

“Lord. if this is your will, then let it burn.”

The Logic of Hell

Ironically, the CCP is trying to capitalize (pun intended) on the logic of Hell by rewriting the same Bible that has been read in China for at least 100 years. For example, John 8:11 tells the familiar story of the woman caught in adultery. The Pharisees are about to stone the woman when Jesus says “whoever is without sin let him cast the first stone.” Of course, Jesus is the only one qualified to do so and the Pharisees drop their stones and walk away.

Then Jesus forgives her and tells her not to sin anymore.

Ironically, the new CCP version has Jesus declaring that he is a sinner himself but there can be no law and order unless sinners uphold the law.

Then Jesus kills the woman Himself.

One thing is clear.

Someone was stoned.

Scream “blasphemy!” if you want.

At least they haven’t made Gandalf into a god.

Meanwhile, back in the USA self-proclaimed anti-fascists who are actually fascists but don’t know what fascism is – have partnered with predominately white Maoists and are burning down prime commercial real estate because “Black Lives Matter.”

Ironically these groups fault alt-right, misogynist, white supremacist groups like Proud Boys founded by a black Hispanic for their violent actions.

I wonder what all this is doing to property values?

I wonder who might be in a position to buy it all up?

To be fair, the billionaires had $8 trillion before the pandemic. So, they actually only made $2.2 trillion.

Wierd…wasn’t the stimulus package also $2.2 trillion?

Ironically Jeff Bezos donated millions of dollars to BLM and other social justice groups and his ex donated 1.7 billion.

Guillotine placed outside Jeff Bezos DC home

I wonder who bought up all the market shares while the rest of the economy crashed?

I don’t know why Americans never seem to get the truth.

Not to worry. We have fact-checkers to filter disinformation and protect us from the Russians.

The analytical process is simple but effective.

If the fact-checkers say it is false then it’s false.

PERIOD!

IRONICALLY

I’m pretty sure I smell smoke

A lot of people want to shut the door

The Logic of Heaven

Render to Caesar’s what is Caesar’s and to God’s what is God’s.

A lot of people have placed their faith and hope in the next election. Those on the far left are hoping for a green socialist utopia after everything burns down. Those in the middle are hoping for a return to a previous norm. Many on the right believe we have a typological Isaiah 45 King Cyrus in office. In case you didn’t know, Cyrus was not a Jew but God used him to free them from Babylonian captivity. Similarly, many Christians believe Donald Trump is appointed by God to save us from Democrat and Globalist tyranny.

Of course, God is the one who sent Israel into captivity in the first place, and Cyrus appeared after Israel had repented and turned back to God.

If we are going to correlate Trump with Cyrus then we also need to be able to correlate the moral condition of Israel at the time with that of America today.

I’m thinking that might be a tough case to make.

I know what you’re going to say. Those aren’t Cyrus supporters.

I see your point. However, biblical righteousness is not defined by our moral standards as compared to the moral standard of others. Righteousness is based on the standards of a Holy God.

Most of us error on the side of our biases when thinking typologiclly, especially when it comes to our prosperity. How often do we cast ourselves in imaginary roles as prodigal sons and daughters who have repented and returned to our father who has arranged an eternal feast in our honor? Funny how we never see ourselves as spoiled, ungrateful, comfort craving entitled elder children worthy of a good spanking.

For the record, the prodigal son is a prophetic and typological representation of eschatological Israel.

The Church is the Elder son

Dietrich Bonhoeffer called this cheap grace

“Cheap grace is the grace we bestow on ourselves.  Costly grace is the treasure hidden in the field; for the sake of it a man will go and sell all he has”

That said, King Cyrus supporters tend to be well-meaning morally driven prosperity seekers. They often try to align with the will of God by hating what He hates. Many acknowledge the sins of our nation and are begging God for justice and mercy like Hababkuk who begged for vindication from corrupt leaders and Abraham who begged for mercy on behalf of Sodom.  God promised Habbakuk He would do something that Habbaluk would not believe. Then He sent the Chaldeans a people even more violent and wicked than the Israelites to kick their butts.

How could a loving God?…

Not only that but how many know that it wasn’t only paraphilic abominations that caused God to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah? But their “haughtiness and pride amidst having an abundance of idleness and food and refusing to strengthen the poor and needy.

Just follow the hyper links dog…

I’m not saying there is anything wrong with people doing their very best to prosper in this life.

Jesus and Paul did that.

Call me crazy but occurs to me that praying for temporal and ultimately meaningless prosperity in what we know to be a vaporous life is more akin to a crack head scrambling for one last hit while the cops are breaking down the door than a book of Acts church walking in true power.

Listen, there’s a lot of really bad stuff that is being exposed, and a lot of people who need to reevaluate their perceptions of right and wrong. Many are very nice people, including some professing Christians, who are straight up on the wrong side of eternity. I’m talking to my own family here. But if the shoe fits…

Make no mistake, a line is being drawn. Maybe it has been drawn. We are at a point in history that is typologically similar to when Elijah stood before King Ahab, the idolatrous people of Israel, and 450 false prophets and told them all to choose.  

“How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him!”

It’s God or mammon

No one wants to see an end to the abject evil that governs American politics, media, entertainment, and culture more than I. But if it happens it is still only one small step in God’s plan. It is not going to solve the problem. I don’t care who gets elected.

The problem is in the mirror, not the television, iPad, or the smartphone screen.

Then again – maybe the smartphone screen.

Elections can be harbingers and leaders are accountable for the sins of their nations. Yet God does not judge a nation based on the sins of its leaders alone. He judges according to the obedience of its people. The true message of the Gospel of the Kingdom is not one of earthly health and prosperity. Nor is it about politics or secular justice. And it has little if anything to do with the USA. It begins and ends with God’s plan to redeem and restore Israel and with it, the rest of humanity should we choose the path of eternal salvation. Yes, we are to occupy until He comes. Yet the gospel of the Kingdom is not temporal. It is staunchly Jewish at its root apocalyptic and culminates with

“And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.”

There’s a whole lot of pain and suffering to be endured before that day arrives.

It behooves us all, in the coming days, to keep in mind that no matter what happens, God is sovereign and in control of eternity. Ask God for wisdom and act on it as you vote. Just remember that He is a Holy God and the candidate that most benefits our prosperity on earth might not be the best catalyst for God’s ultimate plan.

God used Cyrus. He also used Nebuchadnezzar.

If tribulation purifies us and is the ultimate source of hope, if it grows the Kingdom and persecutions will usher in the coming of The Son Man; doesn’t it follow that we should be asking God to bring it on instead of interceding for yet another prosperity reprieve? There is an abundant life to be had in Christ Jesus but it is not framed according to our worldly perceptions, fleshy fallacies and self-gratification.

It is framed with the assurance of persecution.

Paul said the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing. Never the less a cross is what we are called to bear. While everyone’s situation is different, the call to endure did not end with the resurrection of Jesus. It began with it. Hence Jesus emphasized things like, “a student is not above his teacher” What they did to Him they will do to us. “In this world, you will have tribulation”. “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world”. Again, this last statement was not a promise of present prosperity. It is a typological reflection of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. While God does not promise to always rescue us from the fire. He does promise to be with us in the fire with the added assurance that “those who endure to the end will be saved”.

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.

Ironically the American Worldview Inventory 2020 illustrates the cumulative effect of bad Gospel narratives. Belief governs our actions, our actions, obedience, and obedience – destiny.

Eternity hinges on what we believe.

We are in a lot of trouble.

As much as the media seeks to clickbait us to remain on the bandwagon, and modern-day Jeremiah 14 style prophets proclaim

‘You shall not see the sword, nor shall you have famine, but I will give you assured peace in this place.’

All these voices will ultimately be judged the same.

“Therefore thus says the Lord concerning the prophets who prophesy in My name, whom I did not send, and who say, ‘Sword and famine shall not be in this land’—‘By sword and famine those prophets shall be consumed!”

As individual Christians, we know that we can come boldly to the throne of grace. Judgment is reserved for those that refuse. The same applies to nations. As a nation, we are worthy of the same judgment that God hashed out upon Israel when she was at her worst. The blood of the righteous is shed with the wicked when a nation is judged. We need to get off the bad theology bandwagon. We should study, take inventory of our wicked ways both individually and collectively, then preach the correct response in the face of impending judgment we face, instead of endless prosperity blessings at the gates of Hell. I know this runs counter to our pop Christian culture with its narcissistic for profit prophets, its idolization of prosperity, and obsession with self, its enneagrams, fake signs and wonders, Hollywood, and Halloween.

Ironically many will be offended by my words

Bonhoeffer continued with the subject of cheap grace, “We gave away the word and sacraments wholesale, we baptized, confirmed, and absolved a whole nation unasked and without condition.  Our humanitarian sentiment made us give that which is Holy to the scornful and unbelieving. We poured forth unending streams of grace.  But the call to follow in the narrow way was hardly ever heard.”

Ironically the hard path, the narrow way is the logic of Heaven.

Everything else is the

The logic of Hell

To be continued

Maranatha

The Anatomy of Deception: Civility’s Death

I have multiple friends and acquaintances writing and talking about the lack of civility and kindness in our world today. Some are upset. Some are downright lost. And these are my Christian friends. “Where is the Gal 5 fruit of the spirit?” they ask.  This was of course brought on by last night’s 2020 presidential debate. I think the problem goes much deeper than mere civility.  The fruit of the spirit is called fruit for a reason.  It is grown not brought into existence by an act of human will. While our thoughts and actions as well as those of others may plant and water spiritual seed, only God can cause them to grow. 1 Cor 3:6-8

“No one can receive anything unless it comes from heaven.” John 3:27

Like the widow in Luke 18, everyone seems to be crying out for justice and righteousness as if it could somehow be obtained by the hand of man. As always, the root problem remains one of belief. That may be why the subject of belief occurs one hundred forty-eight times in the New Testament alone.  

Do we really believe what God has said?  

While Jesus assures us that God will “avenge His own elect who cry out to Him for (justice) day and night”, the question remains, “when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:8

As Christians, we need to constantly reevaluate whether our belief aligns with the word of God.

This is particularly challenging when we are constantly gaslit by a mammon worshiping world and media. Mat 6:24

A lot of people put a lot of faith in politics in hope that MAGA or Socialism will be synonymous with “on earth as it is in heaven.” I am certainly not immune to this errant and emotive point of view especially when I choose to swim in the sewer stream media cesspool. I was upset, actually disgusted with the charade I witnessed last night.

Then I caught myself.

What exactly did I expect?

The leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees in Mat 16:6 and of Herod in Mk:8 refers to the political spirit. I have mentioned this before, but the Pharisees and Sadducees weren’t just religious leaders, they were also the two main opposing political parties of the day.  Jesus warns us to avoid their nonsense.  Furthermore, while he specifically addresses the religiosity more than the political spirit of the Jews in Gal 5, the principle that “A little leaven leavens the whole lump.” remains valid where ever leaven is found.

Right now there is so much leaven that people on all sides are talking about a coming hot civil war.

A big problem is the plethora of incorrect doctrines resulting from poor exegesis that effectively puts the eschatological outcome in man’s court and with it the stress of causing the kingdom of heaven to manifest on earth through his own effort. I won’t argue every false doctrine here. But suffice it to say that if you consistently suffer from things like confusion, anger, doubt, guilt, anxiety, unforgiveness, unresolved grief, and or a general lack of peace then you might want to look at your theology and worldview in contrast with what the word of God actually says.

Some of you need to surrender to the Lord.

Of course, this is foolishness to those who are perishing. We can’t argue anyone into the kingdom. 1 Cor 1:18 We know that blindness is the root cause. 2 Cor 4:4 Therfore they will mock and scoff. Still, “the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation” 2 Pet 3

Biblically, we are on an eschatological timeline that while disputed in terms of specifics is and has been measurably progressing toward the fulfillment of the Mat 24:14, Daniel 7:13-14 “gospel of the kingdom”.  While the world and the body of Christ seem consumed with American politics as if Jesus were a US citizen and the USA were Israel, there are a lot of Mat 24:31-33 fig tree signs appearing right now.  For example, the treaty between the UAE and Israel and its corresponding antithesis between the likes of Iran, Palestine, and Hamas, etc. is a perfect paradigm for the Dan 11 Kingdoms of the North and South. The Temple Mount may soon be placed in the jurisdiction of Israel instead of Jordan.  The Jewish Orthodoxy has everything ready to reinstitute the daily sacrifice in fact plans are being made as I write. Obviously, there is more to this than I can cover now and I would be happy to explain it. My point here is that if we don’t understand the eschatological significance of this and the days in which we live, then we don’t understand the Gospel of the Kingdom at all. We risk falling prey to false hopes and promises that heaven will somehow emerge out of this earthly Babylon.

That said, the correlation between our global society today and 2 Tim 3:1-9 seems clear.

“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith;  but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was.”

Verses 12-13 define the proper expectations regarding politics and politicians.

“Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.”

Verse 14 – 15 define our correct response to the whole mess

“But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”

Verses 16-17 reaffirm our source for discerning truth and its ultimate authority regarding any matter.

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

“Therefore, we need to “be diligent to present ourselves approved to God, workers who do not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness. And their message will spread like cancer…” 2 Tim 2:15-17

We do so “lest anyone cheat us through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.” Col 2:8

“So that we may pull down strongholds, cast down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” 2 Cor 10:4-5

The first step in accomplishing all this is to subject every thought, every emotion every word we take into our minds to the Acts 17:11 standard of the Bereans who

“received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things (Paul said) were so.”

Jesus’s first warning to the disciples when they inquired about the last days was “take heed that no one deceives you.” He promised tribulation within which “lawlessness will abound and the love of many will grow cold.” Mat 24:12-13 and said that we must “endure to the end to be saved” Our belief must align with the word of God. I know a lot of Christians are hoping for an easier softer way.  I will certainly take it if it comes.  However, don’t expect to encounter civility or kindness apart from that which flows from you.

In the meantime, I pray that I and everyone will have the faith, grace, and endurance to be kind while enduring and obedient in a world hell-bent on ushering in the Baphomet.

See that no one deceives you.

If you don’t quit you win. Mat 24:29-31