To be, or not to be–that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles
And by opposing end them. To die, to sleep–
No more–and by a sleep to say we end
The heartache, and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to. ‘Tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished. To die, to sleep–
To sleep–perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub,
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause. There’s the respect
That makes calamity of so long life.
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
Th’ oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely
The pangs of despised love, the law’s delay,
The insolence of office, and the spurns
That patient merit of th’ unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? Who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscovered country, from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will,
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all,
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprise of great pitch and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry
And lose the name of action.
Be all my sins remembered.
Jer 35:1-19 The word which came unto Jeremiah from the LORD in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, saying,
Go unto the house of the Rechabites, and speak unto them, and bring them into the house of the LORD, into one of the chambers, and give them wine to drink.
Then I took Jaazaniah the son of Jeremiah, the son of Habaziniah, and his brethren, and all his sons, and the whole house of the Rechabites;
And I brought them into the house of the LORD, into the chamber of the sons of Hanan, the son of Igdaliah, a man of God, which [was] by the chamber of the princes, which [was] above the chamber of Maaseiah the son of Shallum, the keeper of the door:
And I set before the sons of the house of the Rechabites pots full of wine, and cups, and I said unto them, Drink ye wine.
But they said, We will drink no wine: for Jonadab the son of Rechab our father commanded us, saying, Ye shall drink no wine, [neither ye], nor your sons for ever:
Neither shall ye build house, nor sow seed, nor plant vineyard, nor have [any]: but all your days ye shall dwell in tents; that ye may live many days in the land where ye [be] strangers.
Thus have we obeyed the voice of Jonadab the son of Rechab our father in all that he hath charged us, to drink no wine all our days, we, our wives, our sons, nor our daughters;
Nor to build houses for us to dwell in: neither have we vineyard, nor field, nor seed:
But we have dwelt in tents, and have obeyed, and done according to all that Jonadab our father commanded us.
But it came to pass, when Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon came up into the land, that we said, Come, and let us go to Jerusalem for fear of the army of the Chaldeans, and for fear of the army of the Syrians: so we dwell at Jerusalem.
Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah, saying,
Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Go and tell the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, Will ye not receive instruction to hearken to my words? saith the LORD.
The words of Jonadab the son of Rechab, that he commanded his sons not to drink wine, are performed; for unto this day they drink none, but obey their father’s commandment: notwithstanding I have spoken unto you, rising early and speaking; but ye hearkened not unto me.
I have sent also unto you all my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending [them], saying, Return ye now every man from his evil way, and amend your doings, and go not after other gods to serve them, and ye shall dwell in the land which I have given to you and to your fathers: but ye have not inclined your ear, nor hearkened unto me.
Because the sons of Jonadab the son of Rechab have performed the commandment of their father, which he commanded them; but this people hath not hearkened unto me:
Therefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will bring upon Judah and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem all the evil that I have pronounced against them: because I have spoken unto them, but they have not heard; and I have called unto them, but they have not answered.
And Jeremiah said unto the house of the Rechabites, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel;
Because ye have obeyed the commandment of Jonadab your father, and kept all his precepts, and done according unto all that he hath commanded you:
Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not want a man to stand before me for ever.
1Sa 15:22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD [as great] delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey [is] better than sacrifice, [and] to hearken than the fat of rams.
Ether 12:26-28 And when I had said this, the Lord spake unto me, saying: Fools mock, but they shall mourn; and my grace is sufficient for the meek, that they shall take no advantage of your weakness; And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them. Behold, I will show unto the Gentiles their weakness, and I will show unto them that faith, hope and charity bringeth unto me—the fountain of all righteousness.
To be fair to my brother, we have shared the same weakness for alcohol, at one point or another, and that is pretty common the world over…The difference is, my use of alcohol makes me humble and compassionate, understanding and insightful. My abuse of alcohol makes me no more than a laughing stock or walking tragedy. His abuse of alcohol makes him proud and arrogant. My use of alcohol makes me humble and thereby, charitable, understanding, faithful and hopeful, of good cheer. His abuse of alcohol makes him cunning, unfaithful, unmerciful, unfriendly, crude, violent and ultimately hopeless. While he may thrive and succeed in his own way at another’s expense. I may suffer and be taken advantage of when under the influence, but never betray the Spirit when influenced by spirits…His use is an evil science…Mine is an innocent curiosity, disobedience and straying.
If either of us had been brought up in a just, truthful society, we might have both prospered individually and not have come to head, and disagreed so stubbornly.
You know, there are many men who succumb to alcohol and they end up looking the fool and feeling it too, but as weak in appearance and as foolish and beggarly as they may become, they are ultimately more worthy of Grace and G-d’s mercy than those who make a lifelong science project out of spirits and the "darkside."
Though fools end badly in alcoholism; their innocent, foolish addiction is the proof of faithfulness, hope and charity in more instances than not…while also proof of others lack of the same or not.
Men of great wealth, strength bestial and competitive braggadocio, are the opposite- reason for less real charity, hope, grace, faith and the miracles of humanity the world over…and thus they must be bridled by someone sober or at least able to make right judgment because of devotion to Torah. This may change the affects of their wealth and strength upon the whole, and help all to flourish in a righteous Kingdom/society.
For these may really become fueled by the alcohol in them, instead of it bringing out G-d in them or the better man. As wine maketh the heart glad, so the faithful, G-d fearing individual sustains a goodly charm and nature at his lowest point, and thus grace captured, and mercy redeemed, though he suffer and die in his sins, raised with the righteous, rather than the wicked who may prosper in alcoholism and feed upon the poor and the needy to sustain a wicked appetite…
Then of course, there exist the optimal, he who never imbibes, or falls prey to spirits in this life and is full of righteous strength and sustained by goodness his life long…but this is a very hard life to sustain in a world void of godliness. Anyone who turns from sin makes himself a prey of the masters of it. And they lie in wait in seven different forms and ways, chipping away at each stone unrelentingly.
And the overcomer, who falls prey and then overcomes and like the sheep who never strayed from the fold, returns to the rejoicing of the whole…but the world does the opposite and gnashes its teeth and spits venom whenever one strive to overcome.
I have said something akin to this is a former entry, that I fear America’s War on Terror has been in fact a war on Christ and Believers worldwide. Men in the United States, and particularly, the swine who consider themselves kings, are simply more cunning than all the world. They made addicts and dependents or their children, and then cut them off when they were brought down by sin. The worst, strengthen their families in the most abominable of ways, making their daughters, wives and often sons, alcohol and drug dependent shrine whores, servants of an underground labyrinth like kingdom of larceny and corruption.
This is why kings war with kings in their own nation, and their pacts and agreements are not covenant worthy nor last much longer than the ink in the inkwell with quill used to draw them from their own imaginations.
It is what happens when we bluster on in sin, after the fall, denying G-d and Torah and working treachery alway, instead of repenting, atoning and returning. We’ve gone to war many times, in search of strength to whitewash, to clean and cover up crimes unrepented of…9/11 being the Grand Mother of them all…
As I’ve said, there is a Way to continue after the Fall, and it is difficult and costly, but it saves.
What keeps us from really enjoying all the things we only seem to have right to in delusion vicarious, is our own pride in having created the same and our unwillingness to be or fear of being known. We lack something we should have encouraged in ourselves and others all along, and which falling in sin ought to bring out of us…
My child, perform your tasks with humility;
then you will be loved by those whom God accepts.
The greater you are, the more you must humble yourself;
so you will find favour in the sight of the Lord.
For great is the might of the Lord;
but by the humble he is glorified.
Neither seek what is too difficult for you,
nor investigate what is beyond your power.
Reflect upon what you have been commanded,
for what is hidden is not your concern.
Do not meddle in matters that are beyond you,
for more than you can understand has been shown to you.
For their conceit has led many astray,
and wrong opinion has impaired their judgement.
Without eyes there is no light;
without knowledge there is no wisdom.
A stubborn mind will fare badly at the end,
and whoever loves danger will perish in it.
A stubborn mind will be burdened by troubles,
and the sinner adds sin to sins.
When calamity befalls the proud, there is no healing,
for an evil plant has taken root in him.
The mind of the intelligent appreciates proverbs,
and an attentive ear is the desire of the wise.
Alms for the Poor
As water extinguishes a blazing fire,
so almsgiving atones for sin.
Those who repay favours give thought to the future;
when they fall they will find support.
The difference between playing the men and being the man…
2Sa 10:12 Be of good courage, and let us play the men for our people, and for the cities of our God: and the LORD do that which seemeth him good.
Rom 5:15 But not as the offence, so also [is] the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, [which is] by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
1Ti 2:5-6 For [there is] one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
The lie must serve the truth; The dream, the reality.
By aiming to convince people they needn’t worship Christ or Y’shua, I exposed the reality that they never really did.
"If the people are capable of understanding, seeing and feeling the differences between true and false, right and wrong, virtue and vice, to what better principle can the friends of mankind apply than to the sense of this difference?" —John Adams
"God’s view of government dictates that it carries out a specified and limited role in human affairs. The church and civil government are made necessary by the same thing (sin), but do not have identical responsibilities (Matthew 22:15-21). The humanist view of the role of government is to perfect mankind. The Scriptural view of the role of government is to protect mankind. Throughout Scripture, God is clear that civil government is charged with a limited responsibility and that good leaders decide to take a Scriptural view of government’s role. We also see in Scripture that God has a welfare plan—people are to look to the family, then the church, then the community (1 Timothy 5:3-16, Leviticus 19:9, 10, 23:22). The humanistic plan is publicly funded, coercive, and creates cycles of dependency. God’s plan is community-oriented, voluntary, and empowers people." —Nathan Tabor
"It is an unquestionable truth, that the body of the people in every country desire sincerely its prosperity. But it is equally unquestionable that they do not possess the discernment and stability necessary for systematic government. To deny that they are frequently led into the grossest of errors, by misinformation and passion, would be a flattery which their own good sense must despise." —Alexander Hamilton
"Don’t expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong." —Calvin Coolidge
"Egyptian Teacher Kills Student for Not Doing Homework" —FoxNews.com
I can only speak for myself, and am not among the majority of Jewish people. I think voting Obama into office may be a means of wrestling some power away from the powerful elite, who ought to be built up if worthy rather than torn down, but most liberals are nonesuch at all, but churl as the scriptures teach and always think and react in mob mentality rather than what is really best for all, submitting for our own good to whatsoever power G-d has ordained…
Even though I was selling Baldwin and Castle at the time of the election and in an optimal environment, believe they would be best for our nation. I thought I would end up voting Mc Cain anyway…But at the heart of me, I remain a dreamer who believes in the impossible being made possible through G-d, so I threw a vote away on the American Dream that should have been sustained and perpetuated by Her citizenry as a matter of course, for all our sakes, for a long time now…But as I believe, most have abandoned the Dream, or the realization of the Dream for a cheap thrill and immediate gratification of the mob’s will be done.
I’m convinced Obama is an Uncle Tom, in the KKK’s back pocket and they’ll use him as their front man to forward their agenda, while selling the same old reprocessed, repackaged nonsense we’ve bought for centuries now as American History X.
I always favour the Right Wing, and submit to them, even when they may be in the wrong, because it works out to my best especially in uncertain lawless times…Favour and heed the strong who have been made so to protect and help the meek, in all situations.
The day will come when the strong may no longer do so and I fear that day, so I grant them my approval while my doing so may still and yet benefit the all.
The wrong people have been in charge in virtually every situation for so long, no one remembers what right or proper order is. And life may seem more enjoyable to many when it is out of order. But hurting another and going behind one’s back, causing unrest and emotional upheaval to an precise and desired end for some at the cost of others is not anyone’s right in any order to presume upon and cause to come to pass.
Isa 24:16 From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs, [even] glory to the righteous. But I said, My leanness, my leanness, woe unto me! the treacherous dealers have dealt treacherously; yea, the treacherous dealers have dealt very treacherously.
Isa 33:1 Woe to thee that spoilest, and thou [wast] not spoiled; and dealest treacherously, and they dealt not treacherously with thee! when thou shalt cease to spoil, thou shalt be spoiled; [and] when thou shalt make an end to deal treacherously, they shall deal treacherously with thee.
Isa 48:8 Yea, thou heardest not; yea, thou knewest not; yea, from that time [that] thine ear was not opened: for I knew that thou wouldest deal very treacherously, and wast called a transgressor from the womb.
Jer 3:20 Surely [as] a wife treacherously departeth from her husband, so have ye dealt treacherously with me, O house of Israel, saith the LORD.
Jer 5:11 For the house of Israel and the house of Judah have dealt very treacherously against me, saith the LORD.
Jer 12:1-17 Righteous [art] thou, O LORD, when I plead with thee: yet let me talk with thee of [thy] judgments: Wherefore doth the way of the wicked prosper? [wherefore] are all they happy that deal very treacherously? Thou hast planted them, yea, they have taken root: they grow, yea, they bring forth fruit: thou [art] near in their mouth, and far from their reins. But thou, O LORD, knowest me: thou hast seen me, and tried mine heart toward thee: pull them out like sheep for the slaughter, and prepare them for the day of slaughter. How long shall the land mourn, and the herbs of every field wither, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein? the beasts are consumed, and the birds; because they said, He shall not see our last end. If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and [if] in the land of peace, [wherein] thou trustedst, [they wearied thee], then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan? For even thy brethren, and the house of thy father, even they have dealt treacherously with thee; yea, they have called a multitude after thee: believe them not, though they speak fair words unto thee. I have forsaken mine house, I have left mine heritage; I have given the dearly beloved of my soul into the hand of her enemies. Mine heritage is unto me as a lion in the forest; it crieth out against me: therefore have I hated it. Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.They have made it desolate, [and being] desolate it mourneth unto me; the whole land is made desolate, because no man layeth [it] to heart. The spoilers are come upon all high places through the wilderness: for the sword of the LORD shall devour from the [one] end of the land even to the [other] end of the land: no flesh shall have peace. They have sown wheat, but shall reap thorns: they have put themselves to pain, [but] shall not profit: and they shall be ashamed of your revenues because of the fierce anger of the LORD. Thus saith the LORD against all mine evil neighbours, that touch the inheritance which I have caused my people Israel to inherit; Behold, I will pluck them out of their land, and pluck out the house of Judah from among them. And it shall come to pass, after that I have plucked them out I will return, and have compassion on them, and will bring them again, every man to his heritage, and every man to his land. And it shall come to pass, if they will diligently learn the ways of my people, to swear by my name, The LORD liveth; as they taught my people to swear by Baal; then shall they be built in the midst of my people. But if they will not obey, I will utterly pluck up and destroy that nation, saith the LORD.
Hsa 5:7 They have dealt treacherously against the LORD: for they have begotten strange children: now shall a month devour them with their portions.
Hsa 6:7 But they like men have transgressed the covenant: there have they dealt treacherously against me.
Hab 1:13 [Thou art] of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, [and] holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth [the man that is] more righteous than he?
Mal 2:10-17 Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us? why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers? Judah hath dealt treacherously, and an abomination is committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah hath profaned the holiness of the LORD which he loved, and hath married the daughter of a strange god. The LORD will cut off the man that doeth this, the master and the scholar, out of the tabernacles of Jacob, and him that offereth an offering unto the LORD of hosts. And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that he regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth [it] with good will at your hand.Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet [is] she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant. And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth. For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for [one] covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.Ye have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied [him]? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil [is] good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them; or, Where [is] the God of judgment?
I am a very liberal, loving person, but I do not sit well with wickedness and deception unto one’s ruin decided by a lot unworthy of decision making.
We had it easy when there was love and trust and humility. And some took advantage of my willingness to be so open and trusting and did me an unforgivable wrong.
We may recapture all that we once enjoyed, it is the willingness that is absent and may take some workings and agreements we’re not used to decipher and pan out, but if all those who worked so hard to betray me, would turn and use all their talents to do the opposite and restore me, I see no reason why we may not all share and share alike or even with differences unmeetable carry on in a reasonable if not friendly and loving manner.
If after suffering and being locked out in the cold, we have the strength to forgive whomever we may blame for it, and be reconciled unto that person, holding no grudge and loving freely, or at least carrying on with mutual respect and consideration being shared, maybe one or the other endeavoring to make up for past grievances, we are the stronger and the better for it, having acquired an character and resolve becoming admiration.
Perhaps one’s own sufferings don’t always find the best modes or words of expression when seeking relief, but if one considers things in one’s own fashion and seeks justice as appropriately as one thinks it wisdom to do, one may find acceptance and forgiveness in the L-RD.
We’ve all been hurt and taken for granted at one time or another. We’ve all offended at one time or another and been offended, it is he or she who may forgive and reconcile that should be praised as strong and able to overcome.
So, however one meant a cursing, whether as an insult or as an word of privilege or praise withheld, the L-RD may make it an word praiseworthy in the manner in which it is received.
In as much as anyone is often found or ever found on the left hand of G-d, I try to be considerate toward their weaknesses and oblige their strengths, as I would with any man or woman. They, as is the case widespread, when at their best, make really good friends, and if at their worst, fail to overcome or rise to the occasion, it is to be forgiven.
Though G-d be no respecter of persons, I consider that many people owe one another an considerable debt of gratitude, just for being whom G-d made them to be, and I, for one, always shall.
The case is likewise with yourself, reader. So cheer up, and embrace your days and your nights with a little more faith and ease at every moment, and before you know it, you’ll be intuitively and spontaneously enjoying who you are as in days gone by, and as in the former years.