Radical division

Because of the tension in the nation with division on political affiliation, gay marriage, gun rights, illegal immigration and whatever else I may have missed, it seems that both sides of the arguments are becoming more opposed and entrenched in their views with such vigor as to not even consider what the other side has got to say. And I for one have begun to think that way. Which is precisely why I am writing this.

We are all entitled to our own beliefs and lifestyles, within reason. And this nation affords us that freedom almost limitlessly. But what I see almost daily from both sides of every issue I mentioned and a few others is a narrow-mindedness, egocentric, self-serving attitude that does not even listen let alone consider another persons stand. When I comment on different threads I usually try to stay on topic, factual and fair while still maintaining my stand and not resort to name calling because someone objects to my belief. But with constant exposure to this type of behavior from oppositionist who usually do not conduct themselves with the same considerations as I try to maintain, I find myself becoming hateful to groups and issues I have no true ill will against. These are extremists fueling the divisive fires with such inflammatory lies, name calling, etc… vile trolls they are. And I am a victim of their hateful rhetoric no longer.

For my hope remains in Christ not in man, as I believe it should be with all men(humans). But my goal here is not to turn everyone to Christ but hopefully to establish middle ground on some very sensitive subjects. I will start with “gay marriage/same sex marriage”. The word “marriage” is viewed by almost every(if not every) civilization as a union of a “man” to a “woman” made official by coitus when the female has come of age(for those civilizations). Whether or not it is or is not a religious union is not the subject entirely, because not every man and woman joined in marriage are religious or even accept God. But historically speaking on the whole from ancient books of law, and stories, archaeological finds, historical accounts and general global acceptance and knowledge of marriage is the union of a man and a woman. Now is that to say that no homosexual marriage has ever existed, no, but to declare that marriage by law should expand its definition to include the union of homosexuals regardless of the fact that most religions view homosexuality as sinful is just as narrow-minded and self-serving as those you accuse the same of.

Semantics always seems to play a major role in issues like these so I’m trying to by mindful of my words, so what I’ve heard is gays want equal rights to be treated the same as “same-sex” or have the same benefits as same-sex marriages. And I personally have no qualms about those requests, they are fair and valid. But if the biggest issue is the word “marriage” and wanting a “marriage” license and not a “civil union” license, then it seems no agreement will ever be reached without dissension from one side or another. Now obviously I’m not gay so I can’t really speak for the importance or need of the word marriage in lieu “civil union” but what I see to be the most important part of this issue would be the legal recognition of a “civil union” which affords the same benefits as a marriage in regards to spousal benefits, taxes, estate death benefits, SS benefits, etc.

In short a “civil union” allowing gays to marry without changing the word “marriage” adding in “civil union” for legal purposes, would allow gays same marriage benefits and at the same time appease the religious communities, securing and respecting their views on the sanctity of “marriage”, thereby ,in my opinion, satisfying the majority from both sides. Because I doubt you could ever get everyone to agree on all things.

Gun control, rights, limits and everything else it includes is another subject where the divide is great especially by those who have guns vs those who have lost a loved one or have been injured from a gun crime. Most parents who have lost a child to a gun are adamantly opposed to the current gun availability in our nation, which is understandable if you look at how easy it is to kill someone from afar with a gun or how many people you can kill with a gun in a limited amount of time. But what it doesn’t show is who are the majority of gun murder victims. It is not innocent kids, as a matter of fact the majority of murderers of children ages 5 and younger are their parents(67%)followed by a male friend of the family(23%)then other relatives(7%)with the last and least by a stranger(3%). Also more than half of the gun deaths listed yearly are self-inflicted suicides, which are included in the gun death numbers thus creating a preconceived idea that gun deaths lead in violent deaths. But death by poisons and bludgeoning(don’t have the stabbing stats) out number gun deaths(no suicides by bludgeoning). Just a few more facts on death numbers 2011 drugs 40,239; motor vehicle 26,256; alcohol 34,677; guns 32,163 of which 19,766 were self-inflicted bringing the number to 12,397gun deaths. Included in that number are accidental and law enforcement related shootings.
So before you take away anyone’s right to bear and keep arms, try convincing your local and federal LEOs and politicians to enforce current laws and make criminal punishment something criminals fear, not laugh at! Then and only then when the punishment befits the crime and criminals fear punishment: I’m hoping for hangings, drawn and quartered, cutting off fingers, etc., if crime still exists I will be open to reviewing a gun control bill as I’m sure most would agree.

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Repurposing prejudice?

There’s something about people with black, brown, tan, yellow, red, pink and white skin, Jew, Muslim, Arab, Latino, Asian, Aboriginal, Christian, Buddhist, Sikh, Mormon, Catholic, Jain, Hindu, Agnostic, monotheistic, polytheistic, atheist, capitalist, socialist, federalist, Marxist, democrat, republican, utilitarian, libertarian, heterosexual, bisexual, transexual, homosexual, and homosapien and that is, hate is present. People hate for almost everything and any reason, but hate based on skin color, speaking a language other than your own, religion, financial status, social class, political affiliation, and sexual orientation, is stupid, narrow minded, ignorant and arrogant.

How about instead of hating someone because of color, sex, religion, etc… can we all decide to hate bad people? Now for you nice people who will say “we shouldn’t hate anyone”, true, but if hate is going to exist, I want to at least try to convince “haters” to hate for the right reason. (Well my perception of a right reason, rather than baseless, selfish hate) Now about those bad people…

Pedophiles, rapists, murderers, thieves, con-men, and abusers. Rise up and destroy those people. Why kill innocent and decent people when there are so many low life scumbags to destroy? Why can’t a loony person kill some rapists and murderers instead of a bunch of kids? And jihadists, why waste your time bombing hard working members of society, go attack a prison or some major city’s alley at 2am(just don’t take out any innocents). All you radical haters out there, if you’re going to be radical at least be productive, kill people who are hurting kids, raping women, etc… Killing productive members of society creates an imbalance in the universe, establish order, kill a criminal.

In all seriousness though, if you are a hater of a general group of people think about what that reason is for that hate. For example, “I hate all Christians”, why? Because they want everyone to believe what they believe and if not, they say “you’re going to hell”. So does “every” Christian feel that way? And the answer is NO. Another example “I hate blacks or anyone with brown skin”, why? Because their skin is black, brown or tan. Well, that’s a lame reason and if that’s your only reason you should seriously consider counseling or education. Because the color of someone’s skin is determined by the amount of melanin in their skin, which is the same component that gives a person brown eyes. Ok one more “I hate Mexicans”, why? Because they come across the border, steal our jobs and collect welfare. So, you’re telling me every Mexican in the US is here illegally, collecting welfare and working a job you’d like to have? If you say yes, you’re wrong. Though I would agree that some percentage may fit your general answer, but is that really justifiable enough to hate an entire populous because of the ones who do wrong in your opinion? That seems harsh.

Lesson here is: not one general group of people associated by race, creed, nationality, sexual orientation, political affiliation, skin pigmentation or anything that I can think of, defines an individual so specifically that everyone in that general group is exactly the same.
Though all religions may follow their own specific doctrine, not every member views those doctrines the same way. Everyone with skin has as many variations of physical features, skin tones, hair type, eye color, too great to classify as one. Sexual orientation, why it is even an issue is beyond me, what someone does with some other consenting person doesn’t seem like a rational reason for your personal involvement, let alone hate! Anyway done with my soapbox, I bid you good day!

Whom do you serve? God or man?

Inspired by my cousin who stated… “I find that through debate and discussion, one revelation… that those who preach, tolerance, acceptance and love, are usually those that insult, degrade and hate without justifiable cause.

My reply:
“Tolerance, acceptance and love have there place, but truth, morality and forgiveness should be key. But the problem lies with the lack of God for which all things are based even if atheists don’t want to accept a God. My reason for such a claim is thus… Without God where does morality come from? If not God then man? And if man is the base for morality then morality is flawed and subject to individuality. That becomes problematic in the sense that an individual can decide that murder is not morally wrong, nor any other sin or socially accepted wrong. When you convince the entire society that the foundation for its beliefs are no longer valid or have any “real” authority, moral decay quickly spreads.
So either God is our foundation or man? Whom do you serve?”

This got me thinking how true or at least my perception of truth this is. Almost every people on the planet has some type of religion, God, moral foundation based on a higher being. And everyone of those agrees on the same principles of what is “socially acceptable” or “morally acceptable”. Every race, creed, and nation believes that murder, theft, and rape is wrong. So logically speaking how could every person(not including psychotics) know those things are morally wrong without a God? And why would everyone willing accept such laws if they were merely man made laws? Let me play devils advocate for a bit.

Let’s take 10,000 people who decide that murder, theft and rape are acceptable and give them their own country. Well after some time they may or may not figure out that, that type of mentality will only lead to extinction so they decide to follow some type of civil code of law. So I suppose it is possible for man to figure out it needs laws to follow for continuing existence. But still I insist that by creating man-made laws to follow man would find fault with those laws, by arguing that man doesn’t hold power over another man. So what then…

Create laws claiming these laws were given to men by God. Problem solved, God created laws to control men, man can not claim superiority to an unknown, unexplained God, the grand scheme created by men to control men by the guise of an omnipotent absent God. That would be the a great explanation if it wasn’t for the fact that every people has a similar version of laws and a divine being. If you really think that God is a story to control the populous, how do you explain that every populous has similar values, morals and laws(all before the Internet)?

I challenge anyone to prove to me that God(and all His forms) is a made up being by humans in every cultural of every race and nationality, worldwide from the beginning of time as a way to control it’s people with laws and morality to ensure their existence or just to have civil order in their land.

For three religions specifically I can say that their law comes from the “Old Testament” the “Ten Commandments” which outlines what laws that they should follow. Were there laws before these? Yes. However I’m not going to reference them because I believe I made my point that God transcends time, region, thought, but His laws are the same for all people, even those not familiar with the 10 commandments.

But for those who have been given the Bible as a foundation for living and following God, we need to stay grounded in that knowledge and not be lead astray by progressive thinking. Many will try and convince you that the Bible is old fashion, hypocritical, hateful, man-made, erroneous, etc… But the truth is, though it was written by man, it has been shown to be the only book that has the least amount of errors when transcribed because of the stringent copying practices of the monks. And that the original papyrus papers writings are almost identical if not identical to the current writings contained in today’s Bible.
Hypocrisy in respect to not accepting sinful actions, is not hypocrisy. Acknowledging homosexuality, murder, theft, lying, drunkenness, etc, are sins and not acknowledging that those people are also eligible for salvation and forgiveness IS hypocrisy! Not accepting a theft’s thievery, a homosexuals sex life, a murder’s bloodlust, a liar’s slander is NOT hypocrisy.
Hatefulness and those who use the Bible to promote hate are wolves in sheep’s clothing. Do not trust anyone who promotes or condones hate by way of the Bible, it is contrary to God and Jesus. God has tried numerous times to convince people to turn from their wicked ways, before offering Jesus as the perfect sacrifice. It is His blood that atones for everyone’s sins who call on the name of Jesus Christ the Savior. No exceptions, EVERYONE can ask and will receive!

So does this still sound like some grand scheme to make people act nice and civil towards each other? If you answered yes, me thinks you give far to much credit to humanity… But be that as it may, the question still remains… Whom do you serve, God or man?

Gun control

Assault Weapons Ban of 2013

What the bill does:

Bans the sale, transfer, manufacturing and importation of:

All semiautomatic rifles…
All semiautomatic pistols…
All semiautomatic rifles and handguns that have a fixed magazine with the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds.
All semiautomatic shotguns… or shotgun with a revolving cylinder.
All magazine feeding devices capable of accepting more than 10 rounds.
157 specifically-named firearms (can be found on Feinsteins website)

The legislation excludes the following weapons from the bill:

Any weapon that is lawfully possessed at the date of the bill’s enactment;
Any firearm manually operated by a bolt, pump, lever or slide action;
Assault weapons used by military, law enforcement, and retired law enforcement; and
Antique weapons.

The legislation protects hunting and sporting firearms:

The bill excludes 2,258 legitimate hunting and sporting rifles and shotguns by specific make and model.

The legislation strengthens the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban and state bans by:

Moving from a 2-characteristic test to a 1-characteristic test.
The bill also makes the ban harder to evade by eliminating the easy-to-remove bayonet mounts and flash suppressors from the characteristics test.
Banning dangerous aftermarket modifications and workarounds.
Bump or slide fire stocks, which are modified stocks that enable semi-automatic weapons to fire at rates similar to fully automatic machine guns.
So-called “bullet buttons” that allow the rapid replacement of ammunition magazines, frequently used as a workaround to prohibitions on detachable magazines.
Thumbhole stocks, a type of stock that was created as a workaround to avoid prohibitions on pistol grips.
Adding a ban on the importation of assault weapons and large-capacity magazines.
Eliminating the 10-year sunset that allowed the original federal ban to expire.

The legislation addresses the millions of assault weapons and large-capacity magazines currently in existence by:

Requiring a background check on all sales or transfers of a grandfathered assault weapon.
This background check can be run through the FBI or, if a state chooses, initiated with a state agency, as with the existing background check system.
Prohibiting the sale or transfer of large-capacity ammunition feeding devices lawfully possessed on the date of enactment of the bill.
Allowing states and localities to use federal Byrne JAG grant funds to conduct a voluntary buy-back program for grandfathered assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition feeding devices.
Imposing a safe storage requirement for grandfathered firearms, to keep them away from prohibited persons.
Requiring that assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition feeding devices manufactured after the date of the bill’s enactment be engraved with the serial number and date of manufacture of the weapon.
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Now what this fails to (do):

Keep these weapons away from criminals.
Make criminals fill out a background check form.
Protect law abiding citizens from well armed criminals.
Allow citizens from being well armed against a possible tyrannical government overthrow, one that wants to control every aspect of its citizens; education, gun possession, freedom of speech, taxation and government spending without regard to the usefulness of the program being funded, federal employees having better healthcare and retirement options while our future seniors may not have SS.

Many of our founding fathers and others over the centuries many have spoken in favor and knew the importance of the people being able to have weapons comparable to the government (armed forces). And in numerous countries over the years nationals who have had their arms removed became subject to government overthrow and death.

If you think that this can not happen here you are mistaken. The holocaust did not happen overnight it progressed over nearly 10 years before people knew that Jews were being exterminated, along with the Polish, the Russians, the infirmed, handicapped, etc…

Indoctrination has already begun and is progressing under our noses. Children are being suspended for gun images, toy guns, finger guns, imaginary guns, disarming a student with a gun because they were part of a “gun” situation!(all real & verifiable).

Now I like to think like a criminal at times(too many episodes of Criminal Minds maybe) and I see numerous ways around the laws here.
First: limited magazine in which they state a criminal will only get off X amount of shots before needing to reload, which gives the police time to retaliate . Well obviously Feinstein does not watch Hollywood movies! Simply bring more guns, that’s assuming you are a law abiding citizen up until the point where you decide to go on a psycho shooting spree, and you’ve only purchased the allowable items. Lol.
Second, unless the first amendment comes under attack and I’m sure it will, there are innumerable websites and books which show people how to build guns, modify guns, make ammo, bombs, poison, etc… so yeah, criminals will just get craftier.
Third: black market gun sales will go through the roof and the economy will suffer greatly, because the money will not be taxed but I’m quite sure sales will not stop.

Besides what part of criminal do these libs not understand? This ban if passed will do the same thing photo traffic tickets and photo red light running tickets did, make criminals out of normally law abiding citizens. Congratulations!

If they really want to stop gun crimes how about tougher more severe penalties, not more jail time, there needs to be corporeal punishment befitting the crime.
To give some examples leading with 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th offense:

Theft- cut off 1 finger, cut off 2nd finger, cut off hand, death.
Rape- cut off testicles, cut off hand or johnson, cut off hand or johnson, death.
Murder- removal of 1 organ to be used for donor transplant(kidney, liver, skin graph), removal of another organ, removal of another organ, death.
Child abuse(sexual in nature)- torture, death.
Child abuse(physical in nature)- torture, torture, death.
All carry jail time as well, and any physical or financial difficulties arising from the corporeal punishment can not be held against the people, government, state or anyone. And the individual is also forbidden from any and all government subsidy equal to amount of years in prison, once released.
The corporeal punishment would not take affect until a person reaches the age of 25 unless the person’s first offense has more than one charge of the same crime.

Well that’s my thought on the matter.

Liberal vs conservative views

Ok I’m not even going to bother verifying anything I put in here, I’m just going to run off at the mouth. At this time in our nation our country is so divided liberal, conservative, democrat, republican, right wing, left wing, poor, rich, I’d say black, white but that is one area I see that is blending on the political front.

There are so many issues on the political front: sequester, debt, unemployment, welfare, education, military spending, Afghanistan war, N. Korea, China’s cyber attacks, Affordable Care Act(Obamacare), gun control, illegal immigration, media bias, Benghazi, WH caught in lie after lie, drone program on US soil, border protection, WH tours cancelled(2 lies there), ICE releasing 2,200+ illegal criminal detainees, still no WH budget in 4 years, legalized marijuana, gay marriages… That’s all I can think of at the moment. And for some unknown reason for myself the divide on the subjects is great. The right and left can’t reach a middle ground, don’t want to reach a middle ground or have given up on a middle ground.

Now that is a stretch in the truth at least for a limited number of politicians who truly are trying to reach agreements and find truths. However, what I see in the general populous is liberals who see every piece of factual information coming out on Fox(one of the few networks willing to take on the Obamanation) news as conservative lies, even when confronted by government links with the same info. Whatever! Morons! Whatever Obama feeds them the eat it up like it was God himself speaking to them.

Are the republicans faultless? No, not be any means, but they are not the only guilty party here(don’t try to convince any lib of that, they’ll have none of it). And what does happen when you show a lib some facts? Name calling! Yes, I’m a racist, bigot, homophobic, uninformed, brainwashed conservative. Yup! That’s me. However for those who don’t know me about the only part of that statement that’s true is the conservative part, even so I’d consider myself a liberal conservative- a realist if you would!

Well that’s not getting us anywhere, I’m supposed to be speaking about opposing views.
Gun control- libs for rifle bans and limited 10 round clips, cons against, middle ground none in sight.
The solution has nothing to do with guns, it has to do with implementing the laws we have now! Stop being so soft on criminals, but I don’t think any nanny lib is going to violate some repeat criminals human rights… blah, blah, blah. Just clueless! The criminals have no consideration for their victims yet the human rights activists must make sure the criminals are treated humanely… Ugh!

Illegal immigration- amnesty-libs, honestly I’m not quite sure what the reps what done here- many different thoughts, but definitely not amnesty!
Solution- send them back where they belong, especially the ones with criminal records. Why is it even a problem or second thought when they break other laws on top of illegal entry? If a illegal immigrant gets caught drunk driving or stealing or raping, I find it pointless to incarcerate them here, just ship them off, no trial just a big red “NO ENTRY ALLOWED, INDEFINITELY” on their name.
As far as the hard working illegals(because there are plenty-and I rather trade them for some lazy a$$ Americans- but we can’t do that), have some kind of sponsorship available. I’m sure there are people or businesses that have employees illegals, if those people would “sponsor” those illegals, pay taxes and continue to employee those illegal immigrants until their paperwork goes through, that sounds like a logical reasonable pathway to me.

Obamacare- libs all for socialize medicine, reps some are open to others are smarter and want no part of it.
Truth is it is a hot mess. Over 20,000 pages that no one has ever read, well not one person. Many have read various parts. It is not the social reform people are expecting, and I’ll leave it at that.

Not entirely done but done for today.

Illegal immigrants

Illegal immigrants, definitely a subject of contention for a divided America. And a subject with many variables and areas to consider. The only area that I want to explore is the blanket amnesty or front of the line availability or even back of the line citizenship availability. All of which I emphatically oppose. Why? Well let me state for the record I am not racist or a hater and I do not think every illegal immigrant is Mexican. So why, because no matter what the reason for their being here, they are still here illegally. Consider that every other country would not let you into their country without a passport or visa, depending on your reason for being there, why should we be any different? I’ll answer that too, yes this country allowed millions of people here to populate and to create a thriving growing nation without needing documents back in the day. However as time went on they realized that if they did not stop the influx of people it would put a strain on the economy, land and resources. Enter immigration reform, law and implementation.

Next on the list is the ever popular… “Well this was not your land to immigrate and you stole it from the natives.” Well be that as it may and as horrific as it was, that has been the way of man since the dawn of existence. Every race, creed and color has proclaimed war and taken another man’s land, wealth and life, not one stands guiltless. So saying that this land wasn’t rightfully taken is a concept applicable only with today’s understanding of civil laws and the laws that now exist on a global level. There was no NATO alliance or global civil laws pertaining to the fair treatment of any person. Now in trying to be as non-biased as I can let me try to explain simply the ways of man in regards to taking another’s land by force. Greed, power, dominion, location, and necessity, etc… are some of the reasons men to go to battle over land. There is no fairness or civility in greed or unbridled wanting of power and even necessity can leave you without concern for another.

Imagine if you can an island where 3000 people can live comfortably and everyone’s needs can be met without any strain on any resource. Now as the population begins to grow resources become strained, something has to give or people have to leave, if not resources will cease to exist. So that can explain 2 scenarios, first being that you can understand one reason why some settlers left the mainland in search of another land and secondly an excessive populous will deplete our resources and revenue, that is why a stop has to be put on illegal immigration.

Three more points I want to make directed towards comments I have seen made by those in favor of immigration amnesty. First, this is not Mexico’s land anymore, it was purchased outright for the sum of 15 million, so stop stating that Mexicans deserve to be here because it was their land first, a price was agreed upon and paid. Second, if you’re that hell bent on being fair, where does the fairness lie in regards to those who go through the proper legal channels every year waiting for years for their immigration to go through? How is it fair to those who are playing by the rules, paying the fees and filling out numerous documents to be able to be a legal immigrant, where is your fairness For them? If your answer is let them in for free too, then where do we draw the line? At what point do we close our borders? When there is not a dime left in the economy, no resources in our nation? When? Final point for now, because I’m getting a headache, paperwork! If I hear another person say well these “people-illegal immigrants” need identification, I’m going to scream! Hello! When you go to another country whether you are visiting for a day or 3 years(visa needed) you must have ID, a passport or drivers license or a birth certificate! Every country grants these items to its citizens, no excuses anymore.

It’s the end of the world as we know it, but I feel fine!

Putting some scripture here to keep me on the right track while I feel a sense of doom looming over our nation. Sadly, I forget to keep my eyes on Jesus, but thankfully He always manages to get me back on track.

Matthew 10:16-20
“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves… be as shrewd as snakes… innocent as doves. Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils… flogged in the synagogues. On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
21-23
“Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. Truly I tell you, you will not finish going through the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.
26-27, 31
“So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul… So don’t be afraid…
34-39
“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn
“‘a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—
a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’
“Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.

Luke 21:8-11
“Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them. When you hear of wars and uprisings, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away.”… “Nation will rise against nation, kingdom against kingdom… great earthquakes, famines, pestilences… fearful events and great signs from heaven.
12-19
“But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you… hand you over to synagogues, put you in prison… brought before kings and governors… all on account of my name. And so you will bear testimony to me… make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. Everyone will hate you because of me. But not a hair of your head will perish. Stand firm, and you will win life.
20-24
“When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies… desolation is near… those… in Judea flee to the mountains… those in the city get out… those in the country not enter the city… this is the time of punishment… great distress in the land and wrath against this people. They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
25-28, 31
“There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”… when you see these things… know that the kingdom of God is near.
34-36
“Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day… will come on all those who live on… earth. Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”

John 15:10, 12, 14-17
“If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love… My command… Love each other as I have loved you… You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you… This is my command: Love each other.
18-21, 24-25
“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own… you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you… If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me… they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father… to fulfill… their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’

2 Timothy 3:1-5
… There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.
6-8
They… worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth… men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected.
12-17
In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived… but… continue in what you have learned and… convinced of… from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness… thoroughly equipped for every good work.

I did shorten the verses, but the message remains the same: that the end is near, we will be hated, we will be abused, we are to keep our faith, know our scripture, remain true to our Savior, and He is triumphant.

Everyday I have been subjecting myself to news from around the world, for about 3-6 months on and off. My outlook has changed for the worse since the autumn of 2012. On the global scale, life to me has never seemed so dismal, it just may be nothing more than the advances in technology where we now know all the world’s issue in a flash, and life has always been this wretched.

However, in a nation that was founded by men looking for religious freedom over 200 years fought and won that freedom, by law granting that inalienable right of religious freedom. Christians who did not want to be persecuted by the church and taxed and enslaved by an oppressive government, would be mortified as to the state of their beloved country. Their own country where Christians are being mocked and brow-beaten because of their close minded views on Gods own words. Constantly being questioned about the validity and veracity of the Bible, condemning it as nothing more then a good moral story to keep man in tow.

Our moral fabric has been rent, global economy is out of control, anyway I’m not going to list everything that’s out of whack, because y’all should know it already. So though I shall continue to stay informed of global news, I will bear in mind that God is ultimately in control no matter what the condition of the planet is in.