Take a gander at this Greek Orthodox fasting calendar for 2018:
It looks like they fast almost all of March, June, and December, and for about half of February, August, and November. The other months also have fasting also. Altogether it looks like they spend about half their life fasting.
The clergy apparently tolerate lax compliance of these onerous rules by the laity, but it is considered a spiritual achievement to strive to observe them as much as possible.
The Orthodox try to justify their fasts by quoting scriptures that commend fasting. The Orthodox portray Jesus as commands fasting because he said “when ye fast” instead of “if ye fast” in the Sermon on the Mount:
Matthew 6:16-18 “¶ Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.”
But the word “when” only shows an expectation. Christ expects, rightly, that his followers will on occasion fast. But his commandment concerns what he wants us to do on those occasions. He commands our secrecy. Since Jesus wants his followers to fast in secret it is obviously against his teachings to publicly proclaim certain fasting days for all the world to take notice of. But that is exactly what the Greek Orthodox have been doing for centuries.
Christ says that bearing a “sad countenance” before men is foolish because the point of fasting is to mourn before God. Such occasions for mourning do arise from time to time, but the timing for when this is appropriate cannot be predicted in advance. Yet the Greeks have presumptuously set dates on their calendar for artificial mourning. These times of mourning will be inauthentic.
Nor should so much mourning be a regular feature of Christian living. For the most part, because our faith looks past the sorrows of this life and celebrates Christ’s victory over sin, death, and hell, we should live joyously. For a Christian church to recommend that its members spend half of all their days in defeatist mourning before God is highly inappropriate.
The Greeks also set a trap by these fasts which unwittingly put their members into the snare of spiritual condemnation. King Saul foolishly proclaimed a fast that wearied the host of Israel, preventing total victory and putting his own son Jonathan into condemnation (1 Sam. 14:24-29).
Greek Orthodox fasts don’t come from the Bible, they come from the seducing spirit of asceticism and tradition.
1 Timothy 4:1-5 “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.”
Read the passage carefully. The Holy Ghost warned that fasts and celibacy would be introduced into the Church by hypocrites who were seduced by devils.This prophesy has proved very true.
Paul continues in the same passage to call such asceticism of little profit:
1 Timothy 4:8 “For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.”
The “bodily exercise” here is referring to the verses 1-5 where celibacy and fasting from meats was described. True and holy “mortification” is to abstain from sin. Thus abstaining from our normal bodily functions and making ourselves endure unnecessary pain in order that we might achieve some spiritual reward is, according to St Paul, a false doctrine from the devil.
An example of an attempt to contain pressure from fanatics promoting celibacy, fasting, and vegetarianism in the church is the Synod of Gangra that met in Asia Minor around 340 AD. Among its pronouncements is an anathema for anyone who fasts on a Sunday (cn.xviii) because it is perverse to mourn on the day of the Lord’s resurrection. Despite claiming that their church follows the authority of such Church traditions, their calendar above shows that the Orthodox fast eighteen Sundays this year.
St Paul bemoaned the calendar based ritualism that was adopted by the Galatian church in his day:
Galatians 4:10-11 “Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.”
St Paul rebuked the Colossians for the religious holidays and for fasting practices combined:
Colossians 2:16 “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:”
The Orthodox, Catholics, and Coptic churches are not going to change their onerous fasting traditions at this point, but they clearly should.
- Are the crew members of 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger still alive?
I have no idea how the term “gas lighting” became popular with lefties but it has. Apparently there was some film in the 60’s where the husband hatched a scheme of driving his wife insane by pretending that he wasn’t dimming the gas lights when in actuality he was.
This concept apparently really resonated with leftists and they’ve started to use the term constantly. It’s easy to see why. The liberal is baffled by the fact that their imaginary version of “reality” constantly ends up being dismissed as nonsense by normal people. The lefty identifies with the poor wife who went insane because when their fantasy is rejected by ordinary common sense, it trigger’s the lefty’s schizophrenic mind that has been suppressing its own natural reasoning.
By calling this “gas lighting” the liberal’s paranoid mind can retreat back into its comfortable delusions, convinced that anybody who rejects their conception of reality is insincere and maliciously trying to attack the lefty’s mental health by sowing doubts.
Alex Jones true eye colour is brown – which isn’t surprising because his true identity is the comedian Bill Hicks, as I have amply documented.
Alex Jones usually wears blue contact lenses as part of his masquerade, but he has often been caught in photos without them and showing his normal brown eyes.
The significance of this is deadly because it exposes Alex Jones’ alleged “childhood” photos as photoshop frauds – they depict a boy with blue eyes.
Alex Jones/Bill Hicks hired graphic artists to fabricate childhood photos of himself, making boyhood images that resemble his post-operative persona.
So Hicks/Jones knows all about news media fakery – he employs it himself!!
Yet Hicks/Jones elaborately pretends that all the media hoaxes based on fakery are true events – and he even attacks those who expose the fakery!!
This hypocrisy and dishonesty exposes his true motives: Hicks/Jones is a deceiver. He should never be trusted or believed.
The news media – left and “right” – keeps pretending that the people don’t know what is really going on.
It’s admitted that at least 39 times that Jewish kid Nikolas Cruz was in contact with the FBI – they knew he was a psycho-case that they could set-up as patsy for their latest shooting hoax.
Subversive conspirators within US law enforcement are misusing the “confidentiality” of undercover operations not as a means to pursue criminals, but rather as cover to conduct acts of treason against the American people. They are trying to destroy our 2nd Amendment right to bear arms – (like they already did our 4th Amendment right to be free from government prying) – undoubtedly in preparation for repression.
It’s an act of war.
Unfortunately those on the “right” are equally up to their neck in hoaxes. There is some unseen competition going on behind the scenes regarding who to frame as the “enemy” in these hoaxes and the policy objective. Framing either Moslems or the mentally-ill as killers has been consistent, and so has the consensus to always exploit events to seek greater powers for law enforcement.
But when hoaxes are carried out that frame groups favoured by one side or the other, then a huge left versus right political backlash is generated to tussle over the direction policy objectives should go — yet never do the right/left news media combatants reveal that it is all a hoax.
One could surmise that in order to win approval for a hoax by superiors it must be sold internally as the straight-forward “crazy kills and we seek more government control,” but then in carrying out the assignment the overseeing agents – themselves divided left/right politically – compete in skewing facts to boost one narrative or the other.
For example, the 2014 Elliot Roger hoax “Isla Vista” killings in Santa Barbara. The left used it to promote gun-control yet those allegedly “killed” had been stabbed to death with a knife! Another example of botched up narrative was the left’s attempt to use the Pace nightclub shooting hoax to promote sodomy, and then it was disclosed that the shooter was himself a homo. Then the FBI tried to announce that there was no evidence that the shooter was a homo, even though there was plenty of such evidence.
The frequent pattern of botched facts and narrative-collapse in these hoaxes is showing up here. Shooter Nikolas Cruz was described by the left as a white supremacist in a MAGA hat, but then it emerged that he is Jewish – as is the town’s sheriff and all the crisis actors. The day chosen had ambiguity as well, the media could either spin the “massacre” in light of Valentines Day or of Ash Wednesday, as it might suit them. The city’s name “Parkland” would also be a nice inside joke, a reminder of the hospital where JFK’s body was taken. The left-wing gun-control push is going very strong here – but the right is altering the story-line into a “the FBI needs to be improved” narrative.
So the jaded public gets to watch the left and right talking heads scream at each other over the important “lessons” that we are supposed to draw from some fake event. Neither left nor right is willing to let the other side take control over the political narrative for these badly orchestrated farces.
Phonetic hiragana letters are added between the Chinese symbols to create the sounds necessary for Japanese grammar. Japanese literature would obviously be much more accessible to all readers if it was written without any kanji characters, however the practice of publishing books entirely in the phonetic alphabet is apparently reserved only for children’s books.
Words are comprised of sounds, not images. Notice how the world “logo” in the modern sense no longer means word – it means a symbol instead of a word. Companies have logos and through recognition of the symbol and advertising to convey general messages and feelings. The use of symbols instead of words is what the Catholic church did when it put images of Mary and the saints on the walls of the churches and took out the Bibles with words that could be understood. Symbols can be re-explained and re-purposed. Queen of heaven, or Mary, or Diana, or the Whore of Babylon – which is it? Somebody can simply lie about what the symbol means and thereby change its meaning. Honesty is in words – particular sounds that tell of a certain word and not of another.
Scriptures must give a certain sound and they must avoid graven images – therefore a good Japanese Bible must not only be based upon the Authorized Version text – it must also be written entirely in phonetic script.
This allegedly causes problems. For example, the lack of spaces in sentences. Easy solution: add spaces.
Also there are a great number of homophones in Japanese – words that sound the same but have different meanings.
But it is better to eliminate such confusion through word-choice rather than ‘solve’ the problem for readers with disastrous Chinese characters that retain homophones for the listeners. Or another solution: improve the spelling conventions. Spell homophones slightly differently (as we do in English: hair, hare) or add an accent notation where that would differentiate them.
These videos show how even normal Japanese people don’t understand basic kanji:
Here he tries to explain reasons for the Japanese tradition of resisting a change from kanji (although Koreans were successful to change their system):
– There has been a number of attempts to abolish kanji in Japanese history.
– Once, John Pelzel from the Allied occupation of Japan tried to completely romanise Japanese after WWII.
[Here’s a bit of history of people who tried to abolish kanji]
1866 – Hisoka Maejima, a Japanese statesman, was said to send a proposal to the shogun, insisting on abolishing kanji.
1872 – Yukichi Fukuzawa, Japan’s prominent figure featured in the current 10,000 yen bill, wrote about his idea of abolishing kanji.
1881 – A group of people started a movement to promote the use of kana letters in place of kanji.
1946 – Naoya Shiga, a famous Japanese novelist, suggested that Japan should adopt French as the official language.
1946 – The Yomiuri Shimbun, one of the most popular Japanese newspapers, published an editorial arguing that adopting Roman alphabet would be key to democratise the country.
Here we go again, in Parkland Florida, yet another alleged shooting massacre HOAX.
It has been documented repeatedly that the Federal Government is working with the news-media to create these hoaxes, yet here we are in 2018 with Trump supposedly the outsider president, and yet he’s doing nothing to stop this same old scam from just continuing on and on as before.
Drink your fluoride, take your flu shot, and watch as the TV news-actors report on daily fake emergency.
This is ridiculous.
They know that we know that it’s a lie. And we know they know that we know that it’s a lie. We also know that if we say it is a lie, they will just lie, so we say we believe the lie, which is, of course, a lie. And they know that we are lying!
So why is this still happening?!?
It’s not only happening, it’s increasing, and other countries all over the world are imitating the USA by doing the same thing using their media, and so fake reality and lies are taking over everywhere.
Jesus Christ told the Jews:
“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.” John 8:44-47.