The Atkins’ diet redux – the fad has returned in a new and improved version. I’m not sure what the name of it is and can’t quite figure out the details – it’s all rather confusing.
(I think) It goes something like this:
A. Main Eating Plan
(1) You get your body into the “ketosis” stage where it starts burning fat instead of sugar/carbs. Evidently the way to get to this stage is by not eating for 3 whole days. That’s difficult to do, but the advocates of this diet claim that fasting every once in a while is actually immensely beneficial. If you don’t want to fast, there is a guy who claims you can use a short-cut method: eat avocados and salads for 5 days and you will to enter ketosis without the pain of fasting.
(2) Once you get into the ketosis stage you remain in it by restricting your daily carbohydrate intake to a very low level. That’s like the Atkins diet, however this diet is different in that you do not eat unlimited amounts of protein/meat. Instead what you do is eat a good amount of protein, but not too much. You also complement the meat/protein with lots of greens and vegetables. Apparently the inventors of this diet have figured out (if I understood the explanations correctly) that the fibre-carbs in veggies have little effect. Compared to the old Atkins diet, in this one you are not over-eating meat, and you are getting more of the vitamins and minerals you need from the greens.
(3) You make up the difference in necessary daily calories by adding a a good amount of fat to the diet. This is the biggest difference from Atkins – you are lowering the proteins and increasing the fat, while in total not exceeding your daily calorie needs.
That daily “ketosis” eating plan is the first part of the diet. There are three other things besides:
B. Additional Features.
(1) Intermittent fasting: Instead of snacking you eat food only at meal time, and you stretch out the number of hours between those meals to create a long period of daily “fasting.” For example, if you only eat at 11 AM and 5PM you will be “fasting” for 18 hours a day. Apparently this fast reduces the effect of insulin spikes that occur in response to food so that the “ketosis” fat-burning and the body’s human growth hormone are only temporarily blocked by the insulin and then resume all day long.
(2) Weekend Carbs: Eat the “ketosis” meal plan 5 or 6 days a week, but then enjoy take a day off to enjoy bread and pasta. Apparently this is similar to the concept behind intermittent fasting, that you can afford to binge on one big carb induced insulin spike per week without ruining the fat-burning ketosis for the rest of the week.
(3) Randomness: The idea behind this is that an unchanging eating pattern is an unnatural modern luxury. Our ancestors would spent more periods varying between feast and famine. I suppose this means that the plan is flexible – and they encourage doing brief water-only fasts for the health benefits.
Search “ketosis” videos for more information.
” For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
NO FEAR: ” When thou goest out to battle against thine enemies, and seest horses, and chariots, and a people more than thou, be not afraid of them: for the LORD thy God is with thee, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.” Deuteronomy 20:1 ” Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” Joshua 1:9 ” And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;” 1 Peter 3:13-14 ” And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.” Luke 12:4-5 ” The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.” Proverbs 29:25 ” Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32 ” If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith? And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.” Luke 12:28-29
POWER: ” For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” 1 John 5:4 ” I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13 ” Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:10-12 ” And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God.” Philippians 1:28
LOVE:” Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.” 1 John 5:1-2 ” By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” John 13:35 ” Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:” 1 Peter 1:22 ” But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.” 1 John 3:17-18 ” Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked. Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.” Psalms 97:10-11
SOUND MIND: ” Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.” Luke 8:35 ” But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 2:14-16 ” My words shall be of the uprightness of my heart: and my lips shall utter knowledge clearly.” Job 33:3 ” Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,” Luke 24:45 ” Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet.” 2 Peter 2:15-16 ” Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” Ephesians 5:17
“ The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.” Revelation 17:8
The ‘king’ antichrist (the first white horse rider) will apparently be assassinated, but afterwards he will be made to seem alive again by means of computer technology. So he “was” because died, and he really “is not” because the image of him is made to seem alive by high-tech gadgetry, and he “is” because now the character is resuming its role as the world’s king. They will probably use a real actor while voice and face changing technology broadcasts onto his face the dead beast’s image.
The puppetmaster for this hoax will be the false-prophet pope behind the curtains, and the whole demonic charade will be thoroughly controlled by an unclean spirit straight from hell.
Hence the explanation for the seventh king – he only continues a “short space” because he dies and number 8 seems like it is number 7’s second act – meanwhile the king’s computer image and words are controlled by demon-possessed luciferians at the Vatican.
“ And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.” Revelation 17:10-11
How Gnostics spawned Theosophists, Freemasons, Luciferians, Moslems, Hyper-Calvinists, Roman Catholics, and Critical-ScholarshipPosted: May 22, 2017
“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” Colossians 2:8
The gnostics basically taught that the Jew’s Old Testament Creator was bad: He imposed petty rules on man and wanted to keep him oppressed, stupid, and afraid of death in the garden; but the serpent – the “god” Lucifer – was good: he illuminated to Eve the path within to knowledge, godhood, and immortality. They taught that only a class of special people can embrace gnostic teachings, they are the ones who awaken within ancient sparks of divine nature which others lack. Only the inner divine nature matters, not the polluted realm of flesh. Gnostics took this to mean either (a) become a celibate and an ascetic to disregard the physical life; or (b) engage in debauchery because the physical life doesn’t affect one’s potential for divinity. The gnostics considered the Jew’s Bible a corrupted version of the “true” story that can only be found in gnostic teachings, therefore they felt freely entitled to bolster gnosticism by inventing spurious new books and mutilated scripture versions.
Professor Henry Chadwick gives an interesting discussion about the gnostic phenomenon in the early church period which lead to a crisis over the Final Authority of the scriptures.
Some of the early church fathers who debated against the gnostics attacked the spurious nature of their fake scriptures by explaining that new versions of the scriptures can not suddenly appear from a gnostic’s library; the authentic Bible has already been held in common for many years among the “authentic” churches founded by the first century apostles – and they proceeded to name the chain of successive bishops back to the apostles.
This argument refuted the gnostics and affirmed the common canon of scripture, but later Roman Catholics misconstrued the argument to claim that mere “apostolic succession” validates a church, and that only such a church validates the Bible’s authority, rather than the other way around. With that the Catholics then proceeded to introduce the apocrypha and usurp the Bible’s authority with their own oral traditions – ironically the very thing the early church father’s original argument of succession was designed to prevent the gnostics from doing. Read the rest of this entry »
“And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.” (Mark 6:31)
The mind needs time off for regular periods of leisure to recharge, and many do that with computer games and amusements. However, many of these entertainments are often carnal and do not edify the Christian. Some can be even addictive or demonic. The child of God should find briefly refreshing activities to engage the mind that are not a danger mental or spiritual health. Puzzles, musical instruments, and challenging games like chess are good alternatives.
Foxes’ Book of Martyrs describes the godly life of Nicholas Ridley and Thomas Cranmer, two of the Oxford Martyrs burned at the stake by English Roman Catholics in 1555, played the game of chess daily for wholesome relaxation:
“[Bishop Ridley’s] tenacious memory, extensive erudition, impressive oratory, and indefatigable zeal in preaching, drew after him not only his own flock, but persons from all quarters, desirous of godly exhortation or reproof. … His first duty in the morning was private prayer: he remained in his study till ten o’clock, and then attended the daily prayer used in his house. Dinner being done, he sat about an hour, conversing pleasantly, or playing at chess. His study next engaged his attention, unless business or visitors occurred; about five o’clock prayers followed; and after he would recreate himself at chess for about an hour, then retire to his study till eleven o’clock, and pray on his knees, as in the morning. In brief, he was a pattern of godliness and virtue, and such he endeavoured to make men wherever he came” (Foxes’ Book of Martyrs)
“[Bishop Cranmer] followed closely the charge of St. Paul.—Diligent in duty, he rose at five in the morning, and continued in study and prayer till nine: between then and dinner, he devoted to temporal affairs. After dinner, if any suitors wanted hearing, he would determine their business with such an affability,that even the defaulters were scarcely displeased. Then he would play at chess for an hour, or see others play, and at five o’clock he heard the Common Prayer read, and from this till supper he took the recreation of walking. At supper his conversation was lively and entertaining; again he walked or amused himself till nine o’clock, and then entered his study. He ranked high in favour with king Henry, and ever had the purity and the interest of the English church deeply at heart.” (Foxes’ Book of Martyrs)
If you don’t have another person willing or able to actually play chess with you, there are many free computer programs available. One excellent chess software with a built in tutoring function that provides learners with beginner play levels and gives hints and suggestions is called “Lucas Chess” – the program available for free download from the webpage of its author Lucas Monge.
Chess is overwhelming if you take each turn try to think of the millions of possible moves that could happen. It is much easier if you learn basic principals, follow them, and save your mental ‘heavy lifting’ for when it is really needed. Unfortunately it is very hard to find a book that just contains the rules of thumb, common errors, basic tricks, and best strategies for each piece. Almost all chess books are boring and pretentious and employ the infuriatingly inept inductive method of teaching a series of specific game examples and puzzling “problems” with unclear general rules and that are impossible to memorize.
Genesis chapter 10 shows us that nations – Greek word “ethnos” – are made of families.
The very next chapter shows the futility and rebellion of man’s attempt to make artificial multi-cultural nations. The tower of Babel failed miserably because God opposed their endeavours.
Today’s chief proponent of uniting different peoples into a single nation by shared ideals – called “civic nationalism” – is the United States of America (hence, “Mystery Babylon”).
A flag, a constitution, and empty platitudes of “liberty and justice for all” will never unite the different races into a single nation. The American experiment – which unfortunately has by our super-power status infected the entire world – will fail spectacularly.
(Read Jeremiah 50-51, Isaiah 12-13, and Revelation 17-18).
“ And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.” Revelation 14:6-8
Curious Post script:
St Paul wrote, ” Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” 1 Thessalonians 5:20-21.
In the Apocrypha (, which is not taken to be inspired or of rank with the scriptures, but nevertheless has been acknowledged to contain some edifying passages,) there is found the following prophesy about a three headed eagle and a lion that claims to relate to the vision of beasts found in Daniel chapter 7. Allegedly “Esdras” was written by Ezra. For those who are curious here is the passage:
This interesting emperor seems like an early prototype of antichrist. He was raised a nominal Christian, but fell away, fought against his own father, and on becoming emperor he evangelized against Christianity and even persecuted the Church. He was killed in battle against the Persians while trying unsuccessfully to rebuild the Jewish temple.
(Excerpt taken from “The Pelican History of the Church 1, Early Church,” by professor Henry Chadwick, (c) 1967):
[T]he gradual transition from pagan to Christian taking place in high Roman society during the second half of the fourth century….was sharply arrested by the crisis of Julian’s pagan revival (361-3).
Julian had been educated by Christian tutors with liberal sympathies who imparted to him an excellent knowledge of Homer and the Greek classics. In adolescence, living in a country palace in Cappadocia, he turned to theological studies, was baptized, and even became a ‘reader’ in the church. But at the age of eighteen he began to desire more freedom than [his father Emperor] Constantius [half-brother of Constantine the Great] thought it safe to grant a prince.
He also wished to know more of paganism not from old books but from direct contact with its contemporary apologists. At Ephesus in 350-51 he came under the spell-binding influence of a neoplatonic philosopher named Maximus whose magical abilities were such that by burning incense and reciting the proper charm he could make an image of Hecate smile and kindle the torch in her hands into flame.
By 351 the fascinated Julian had secretly abandoned Christianity, and his inward estrangement from Constantius became a smouldering resentment after Constantius had executed his elder brother Gallus for being party to a treasonable conspiracy. Nominated ‘Caesar’ in 355, he was sent to the Rhine frontier to repel German raids. When the army acclaimed him as ‘Augustus’ in February 360, the tension with Constantius led Julian to move eastwards to attack, and the civil war was only arrested by Constantius’ death of fever (3 November 361).
Julian’s accession as emperor had immediate consequences for the Church. As lately as Epiphany 360 he had been attending church services in Gaul, perhaps with an eye to his need for Christian support in the coming struggle with Constantius, perhaps to please his Christian wife Helena, who died childless in 360. In 361 he threw off all secrecy about his support for the old religion and his renunciation of Christianity. Throughout the empire pagan hopes revived…. At first Julian’s formal policy was to reopen and repair the temples, to declare toleration for all, and to oppose Christianity not by force or even argument so much as by ridicule. He was determined to avoid making ‘the Galileans’ [i.e., Christians] into martyrs…. Julian, however, had to repress zealous Christians in Syria and Asia Minor… resulting from the Christian populace’s reaction against the pagan revival…. The clashes between Julian and Christians in the East added a few names to the church calendar of martyrs.
In 363 Julian decided to gain the good will of the Jews. He was already planning a campaign against the Persians, modelled on the Oriental conquests of Alexander the Great whose soul he believed to be reincarnate in himself. The Jewish population along his route would be numerous.
Moreover, although Julian had little but contempt for Judaism, he was well aware that a proposal to restore sacrifices in a rebuilt temple at Jerusalem would touch the Christians at a tender spot. The plan for rebuilding the temple was apparently coupled with a political, quasi-Zionist proposal for the creation of a territorial area in Palestine administered by the Jewish patriarch. The [January 363] rebuilding project, however, was abandoned after an earth tremor.*
*[Much more than that. Note the account of this attempt to rebuild the Jewish Temple given by the ancient historian Ammianus Marcellinus, “terrifying balls of flame kept bursting forth near the foundations of the temple, and made the place inaccessible to the workmen, some of whom were burned to death; and since in this way the element persistently repelled them, the enterprise halted.”
And here is what the early church writer St. Gregory Nazianzen reported, “But they being driven against one another, as though by a furious blast of wind, and sudden heaving of the earth, some rushed to one of the neighbouring sacred places to pray for mercy; others, as is wont to happen in such cases, made use of what came to hand to shelter themselves; others were carried away blindly by the panic, and struck against those who were running up to see what was the matter. There are some who say that neither did the sacred place admit them, but that when they approached the folding doors that stood wide open, on coming up to them they found them closed in their faces by an unseen and invisible power which works wonders of the sort for the confusion of the impious and the saving of the godly. But what all people nowadays report and believe is that when they were forcing their way and struggling about the entrance a flame issued forth from the sacred place [church] and stopped them, and some it burnt up and consumed so that a fate befell them similar to the disaster of the people of Sodom, or to the miracle about Nadab and Abihu, who offered incense and perished so strangely: whilst others it maimed in the principal parts of the body, and so left them for a living monument of God’s threatening and wrath against sinners. Such then was this event; and let no one disbelieve, unless he doubts likewise the other mighty works of God! But what is yet more strange and more conspicuous, there stood in the heavens a light circumscribing a Cross, and that which before on earth was contemned by the ungodly both in figure and in name is now exhibited in heaven, and is made by God a trophy of His victory over the impious, a trophy more lofty than any other!”
Ephream the Syrian also corroborated these accounts in his poetic work, Hymns against Julian.]
Since Julian’s plans included the abolition of financial support for the patriarchate from the Jews of the dispersion, perhaps the enthusiasm of the Palestinian Jews themselves was lukewarm. The alliance, however, between the apostate emperor and Judaism had unhappy consequences for the Jews, who were remembered to have cooperated with the anti-Christian government in a way that was all too reminiscent of early persecutions.
To encourage paganism Julian discriminated against Christians in making appointments to high office in the civil administration and army. Apostasy became a particular recommendation for preferment, and a number of nominal Christians availed themselves of the chance. Feeling it to be insufferable that Christians should teach the pagan classics without believing in the myths of the gods, he issued a formal edict excluding Christians from the profession, a decision which was regarded as folly by pagans like Ammianus the historian, and was resented by cultivated Christians like Gregory of Nazianzus who understood and loved the classical literary tradition fully as well as Julian.
… Julian travelled round the Greek East preaching the gospel of polytheism to Christian city councillors with passionate fervour and without the least sense of reserve or dignity; his behaviour provoked ridicule to which he did not know how to reply. Of Cappadocia he complained that the province was so predominantly Christian that the few who wished to offer pagan sacrifices no longer knew how to do it. At one Mesopotamian town he visited, the pagan council was so over-anxious to please that the air became foggy with the clouds of incense, and Julian felt that the ritual was amateurish and overdone.
Taking seriously his position as pontifex maximus, Julian set about the reorganization of paganism. He saw that it could only meet the Christian attack by modelling itself on its hated opponents. His friend Sallustius composed a short (extant) catechism of pagan dogma. High priests, nominated by Julian, were to fulfil the function of Christian metropolitans. There was to be a system of stipends for priests who would preach sermons and organize works of charity for the poor: ‘No Jew is ever seen begging, and the impious Galileans support not merely their own poor but ours as well.’ The standing and moral character of the pagan priests also had to be sharply raised. Like the Christian clergy, they were required to keep away from obscene shows, taverns, and all disreputable employment. Within the temples the priests would be expected to exercise authority. Following Christian custom, they were not to allow high officials to be preceded into temples by soldiers, and should remind dignitaries that the moment they entered a temple they were only private citizens. Julian’s personal practice was to offer sacrifices every day. Before important decisions he consulted augurers and soothsayers, a considerable corps of which attended on him during his Persian expedition.
The ardour with which Julian devoted himself to the reconstruction of paganism was regarded by many who were not Christians with a detachment and incomprehension that saddened the emperor’s heart. The execution of animals for his sacrifices was on so large a scale as to affect the economic of the meat market in some areas. The highly strung emperor could only ascribe the lack of sympathy he received to the ‘corrupting folly’ of the Christians. Yet even pagans who felt that Julian was ridiculous in taking soothsaying so seriously were sincere in support of the attempt to preserve the threatened past. Julian’s friend Libanius was a man more aesthetic than religious feeling and sensitivity; but he was appalled by the vandalism which destroyed beautiful temples and idols.
Julian completely identified himself with his religious, cause. To both Christian and pagan he personified the polytheistic tradition, the revival of which stood or fell with his endeavours. The Persian campaign, guided by the emperor’s diviners and soothsayers, was to be the vindication of the old gods as the true givers of military success. The campaign was foolishly conducted without proper attention to lines of communication or the risk of encirclement. On 26 June 363 in a desperate melee Julian was fatally wounded by a lance in his side. How it happened nobody was sure, and different accounts circulated from the start. But the most widespread opinion was that the lance belonged to an incompetent or disaffected soldier in Julian’s army, or to an auxiliary Saracen [Arab]. A story already circulating in the bazaars of Nisibis when Julian’s corpse was carried there was that the emperor had thrown away his life almost suicidally when he realized that the army’s position was hopeless. Five years later Libanius attributed responsibility to the Christians.
Certainly the Christians did nothing whatever to conceal their jubilation at the apostate’s fall, and this very obvious absence of regret made it natural that they should have been credited with a deliberate act of homicide, which some of the more zealous among them would unhesitatingly have defended as an act of justifiable resistance to the tyranny of Antichrist. But among the numerous contemporary accounts it is only Libanius who suggests that ‘probably’ a Christian killed Julian; and even he proposes it as no more than a likely hypothesis. The pagan historian Arnmianus Marcellinus regarded it as simply a tragic accident caused by carelessness. According to a member of Julian’s pagan bodyguard the mishap was caused by an envious evil spirit.
Of the dying emperor’s last words there were also divergent accounts and an early crop of legends. One early fifth-century source gives the quite plausible story that Julian flung blood from his wound up at the sun-god with the bitter words ‘Be satisfied’. Theodoret of Cyrus, writing in 450, is the first to attest the famous but implausible version that as he threw his blood in the air he cried ‘Galilean, you have conquered’ [Vicisti, Galilæe!].
Although the collapse of Julian’s pagan revival was a bitter blow to the adherents of the old polytheism, his voice did not cease to speak after his death. His letters and religious discourses continued to circulate widely. More than fifty years after his death Cyril of Alexandria felt it necessary to write a long answer to Julian’s tract ‘Against the Galileans‘.
In pagan memory Julian remained the ideal saint. In his memorial oration (about the end of 365) the orator Libanius claimed that Julian had been received to divine rank in heaven and that devout souls were already being granted answers to the prayers which they addressed to him.