A big fat lie!

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Listen closely, you may hear a low growl coming from me as I browse supermarket shelves. Few things make me growl, but that does. Why? (This is where I lose most of my male readers. lol! Bye guys!)
It’s the big “low fat” lie that invades every shelf. Why does that anger me? Because of the greed and lack of love. Manufacturers know the truth, but are prepared to continue exploiting a lie in order to line their pockets, at the expense of the health of their clientele.
The whole “fat is bad” ideology, while shaky to begin with, was totally debunked some years ago. Read a recent book on nutrition, rather than another dietary fad book and you’ll find good fat extolled as a hero and almost all fat (saving those supposedly healthy vegetable cooking oils)a needed part of the diet. Fat does not make you fat or cause heart disease etc. It’s all a lie. Originally based on scientific findings, accidentally leading to a wrong conclusion, the low-fat ideology began in innocence. It was always a lie, but before they didn’t know it, now they do. which to my mind makes them accountable.
Also, manufacturers have to put all kinds of nasties in to cover the fact that foods don’t taste good minus fat (look at the ingredient lists if you don’t believe me.) So, not only are we being cheated of the natural fats we need but we are being overloaded with sugar and chemicals (the real baddies)to make up for it and it shows in national health and obesity levels.
Shopping has become a matter of trying to find the healthy whole fat version among a great proliferation of low-fat versions. Of course, these are just some of the cons going on at the supermarket health-wise, but there are many fantastic blogs that deal better with this. I should leave it to them. However, when I see an unhealthy looking, overweight mum with her trolley loaded with low-fat items, thinking she’s “being good”, I can hardly contain myself. I can never understand exploitation, it just doesn’t make sense to me, how could someone live with that?
OK, rant over lol! have a great day!

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The answer’s been there all along.

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It can get discouraging watching the news – violence, poverty, corruption etc. The problems seem so complex and unsolvable but the answer has always been there, so simple!

It was delivered to us by a lowly carpenter two thousand years ago, yet we haven’t implemented it. The answer is love (or it might be more clearly stated compassion). You see if you love someone you share with them, even down to your last mouthful. Jesus statement “sell all that you have and give to the poor,” or Acts, “All that believed were together and had all things common,” sound pretty scary, but imagine if everyone actually did that. Not at the barrel of a gun (as in communism) but voluntarily out of love, there would be plenty for all. God has always given enough it’s just not shared out evenly.  (I just read in among the many articles regarding the “Paradise Papers” half the world’s wealth is in the hands of just eight people – imaging sharing that out!) Capitalism and our various economic systems are not Christian ideologies, quite the reverse in fact. Sharing would end world poverty and much of the disease prevalent in poor nations (also probably in rich ones too, as the wealthy no long overindulged lol!) What about the loafers? I hear someone ask. Again simple, Love does its best and works hard for the sake of others. Communism, though admittedly a lot more biblical than capitalism, left out the love part (not to mention God) – that’s why it didn’t work.

“Do unto others as you’d have them do to you,” that means wars would cease – you can’t kill/hurt someone you love! Crime would cease because you also don’t steal from someone you love. Overall health would improve as greedy corporations, brought to their knees by love, ceased polluting and destroying the earth and big pharma became benign at last.

Of course I’m a dreamer, such changes would take hundreds of years to implement even were all to be willing (and many are not) as Jesus said “how hard it is for the wealthy to enter into the kingdom”. The change would need to be gradual one heart at a time. But it annoys me when I hear folks blame things on God. He gave us a good plan in the beginning, but we thought we were wise (what comes of listening to “serpents”) and put our own plans into action instead. You can see where that brought us! Then Jesus came to give us the plan again, and at first it worked, till the church itself became part of “the establishment” and compromised to stay safely under that umbrella, gradually getting further and further sucked in.

I have little hope of these changes taking place, (at least till Jesus returns to finally take over before we wipe ourselves out). It’s hard for most folks to even think outside the box of our present economic systems etc. but then there are always those wonderful individuals, who warm the heart by their courage in following the true plan for mankind, those of whatever religion, creed, or lack thereof, whose love and compassion overcome their fears to give all and in giving all find all, for “God is love.”

Mystery Babylon?

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I’ve been doing a great deal of research along with writing a fast moving, apocalyptic love story. An excellent writer once told me “the key to good fantasy writing is to make it believable”. I’ve therefore been googling everything from Wyoming weather and fauna to Nostradamus. One thing I came across during this time was the following article from a fellow Christian and friend of mine (soon to launch a book on Bible prophecies – I’ll keep you posted on that one!). I was so impressed and it keyed in exactly to my theme… but I wont spoil it! Give it a read (even if you don’t happen to be a believer the insights are worth pondering – though in that case you may want to skip the introductory paragraph.)

 

Babylon – The Great

 

‘I sit enthroned as queen. I am not a widow; I will never mourn.’

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Revelation 18:7

 

Repentance is a key step to becoming a Christian and being reconciled with our heavenly Father. For many years I thought that I could make it on my own. I saw no need to repent. I had fanciful dreams about who I was and lived a life of outward confidence. However, the day came that I looked at myself in the mirror and realised I needed something outside of myself to save me. Like the Titanic with a fatal hole below the water line, I recognised I was doomed to sink without salvation. That painful moment of recognising my sin within and repenting, fundamentally changed my life and set me on the road of walking with Christ.

 

There is one last great character in Last Days’ Scripture that we should be aware of. In Revelation chapters 17, 18 and 19, we read of a final world power that won’t repent and therefore experiences the judgement of God. I have summarised the chapters below, however, please do read them in full and familiarise yourself with them.

 

This power is graphically depicted as a wealthy woman called Babylon, the Prostitute (17:5). She holds a golden cup full of adulteries (17:4), and rules over the kings of the earth (17:18). She has become excessively rich as a great trader and consumer (17:4; 18:3), committing adultery with the kings and merchants of the world (18:3, 9). She has ‘fallen’ and become possessed by demons (18:2). The language of adultery suggests that this woman was once ‘married’ to Christ; in other words, was once a Christian nation.

 

She is violent, guilty of many crimes, responsible for much slaughter and the blood of many of God’s children (17:6; 18:24). She is full of deceit (18:23). Because she is proud, sinful (18:5) and will not repent (18:7), God will put it in the hearts of ten kings, allies of the Anti-Christ beast, to utterly burn her with fire (17:12, 16−17). She will be totally devastated and destroyed in one hour (18:10, 17). The Heavens give a shout of praise at this judgement (19:1−2). God calls His people who inhabit her to come out, so that they won’t share in this judgement (18:4−5).

 

The woman sits on seven hills (17:9). This appears to be a reference to Rome, which was built on seven hills. Many commentators have therefore identified this graphic figure as the Catholic Church. In her time, the Catholic Church was wealthy, corrupted, violent and powerful. However, she doesn’t rule over the kings of the earth in the present world as she did in the sixteenth century. This is too narrow an identification. It may be prudent for Christendom as a whole, which grew out of the Catholic Church,  to reflect on the text.

 

There are wealthy Christian countries that exert a great deal of power in the world today. However, discernment is needed to see to what extent their actions reflect or contradict Christian values. It isn’t what they say that counts, but what they do. What are their ‘fruits’ (Matthew 7:16) seen both in their societies at home, and the results of their foreign policies abroad? Babylon does not look in the mirror to see what she has become. She refuses to see either the corruption within or the results of her actions on other nations. She becomes her own worst  enemy deceiving herself and the world around her. Christ followers cannot afford to ignore these passages. They must take a long and possibly painful ‘look in the mirror’. May God’s Spirit give us all wisdom in discerning this mystery.

 

Jesus will return to defeat the Anti-Christ’s regime, but first He will allow it to wreak judgement on the adulterous unrepentant Babylon. Christians are warned to discern this mystery and ‘come out of her’ at the appropriate time before the judgement falls.

 

After rejoicing over the fall of Babylon in Revelation 19:1−5, the Heavens prepare for the arrival of the bride of Christ, the church in Revelation 19:6−8. This appears to place the judgement of Babylon towards the end of the time of tribulation, just before Christ’s Coming.

 

This then is a seventh landmark we can add to our list.

 

 

1)    Gospel Preached in all the World (Matthew 24:14)

2)    Rebuilding of the Jewish Temple (Matthew 24:1; Daniel 9:27, 11:31)

3)    The Confirming of a Holy Covenant for seven years (Daniel 9:27)

4)    The Anti-Christ Revealed (2 Thessalonians 2:3−8)

5)    The Abomination of Desolation Set Up (Matthew 24:15-20;

Daniel 9:27, 11:31)

6)    The Time of Tribulation (Matthew 24:21-28; Daniel 12:1)

7)    The Judgement of Babylon, the Great (Revelation 17, 18,19)

8)    The Second Coming of Jesus (Matthew 24:29−30; Daniel 7:13; 2 Thessalonians 2:8)