Original Christianity Before Organized Religion

A Tribute to the Late Dr. Ernest L. Martin

April 20, 1932 - January 16, 2002

Dr. Ernest L. Martin, Biblical scholar and personal friend, died this morning at his home in Portland, OR. I just got off the telephone with his wife Ramona.  He had suffered a heart attack on January 4th, came home thereafter, and seemed to be doing well.  We all had hopes for his recovery, but this morning he suffered a second massive seizure. He was working at his computer when he died.  His death is a great loss. His bio would fill many pages, but Ernest would not want anyone to praise him for his accomplishments, in life or in death.  He always felt that his research, and anything he could contribute, was all through the gifts and inspiration of God. I don't know of any human being I have ever met who believed more firmly in the absolute Grace and Providence of God.

Ernest was a pioneering researcher in the area of Biblical studies, and often his discoveries and conclusions were starkly different from the mainstream. The three that touched most in my own field of New Testament and Christian Origins were his work on the Star of Bethlehem (now accepted by most planetariums in the world, and also featured as the best solution to the "Christmas story" in Jack Finegan's definitive Handbook of Biblical Chronology), his research on the site of Golgotha being the Mt. of Olives, and his most startling conclusion--that BOTH of the Jewish Temples were located south of the so-called Temple Mount and Western Wall, in the city of David over the Gihon Springs. I suppose if Ernest turns out to be right on that one it will be the most startling revision in the history of biblical archaeology (not to mention the political repercussions).

Ernest and I disagreed on many theological topics. In fact, he often joked with me that he was "Paul" and I was "James," in the current spectrum of things, but that there was room for both of us in the quest for the historical Jesus and the significance of his teachings through the ages.  Ernest was THE fundamental inspiration for the greatest project I have ever undertaken, the Original Bible Project, over which I have labored now for nearly a decade. 

I will sadly and sincerely miss Ernest L. Martin.  I saw him in Denver, CO, in November and we had a long and very warm conversation together at the annual James Tabor meeting of the AAR/SBL. He was in fine form, quintessential Ernest L. Martin, as I will always remember him.

His website, www.askelm.com, is active and contains information on most of his research, and will soon post updates about his death and events to follow.

My heart and prayers are with his family, especially his dear son Samuel, one of my best friends, who was recently married, and now lives in Jerusalem.

Sadly,

James D. Tabor

Biography of Ken Nagele

Born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, in 1949, I was the oldest of the three children of Edward and Helen Nagele. I was raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia and ended up in Southern California after my stint in the U.S. Navy was cut short (thank you God and the WCG).

One of the youngest baptized members of the Worldwide Church of God (they even asked to see my drivers license), I was active in the Pasadena headquarters church area until the late 70's. Ironically, I worked closely with and became friends with Joseph Tkach, long before he became the head of the church.

Next in my life's journey was the Foundation for Biblical Research, where I quickly became friends with Dr. Ernest L. Martin. This friendship would last until his death in January, 2002. I was one of the original supporters of the ASSOCIATES for SCRIPTURAL KNOWLEDGE.

In 1997 I published my first book, THE ELEGAN FILES. In 2003, I published my second book, SURVIVNG THE END-TIMES. While both books are now out of print, all of the information in them is available on this website. 

Currently, I have completed my third book, I HAVE GOOD NEWS... and I HAVE BAD BETTER NEWS. This new book brings a biblically based message of hope to a seemingly hopeless world.

My wife and I reside in Anaheim, CA, where I own the COPY TECH COMPANY. I have four children and three grandchildren who reside nearby. I am an avid tennis player (but I don't believe in keeping score) and (in accordance with Matt. 25) am involved in helping to free the wrongfully convicted.

This website was originally conceived for the benefit of the ASK supporters. It's mission has now been redefined to preach the Kingdom of God to the world. We welcome all people of all religious persuasions and beliefs to our site.

I do not receive a lot of feedback, so please feel free to email me your comments, suggestions and criticisms.

Thank you for visiting!

 

elegan3@aol.com

Subject: Web Page for ASK

Date: 4/11/01 12:00:59 PM Pacific Daylight Time

From:    askelm@home.com (Dr. Ernest L. Martin)
To:    elegan3@aol.com

Ken,

I want to take this opportunity (long overdue) to let you know that I (and also Ramona, with gusto) feel your Web Page featuring ASK is above, beyond, exceeding, and overflowing far above FIRST CLASS. In a word, it is TERRIFIC. Thanks for the fine effort you have made (and are making) in helping get out the Gospel to the world. You are certainly doing your part with that Web Page. All the best.

Ernest and Ramona

 

How Should Christians be Living?

For those Christians who understand their ultimate destination, the question of what our daily lives should consist of is a subject we tend to downplay, ignore or live in denial about. Are we to immerse ourselves in endless Bible studies, online biblical forum discussions, church and/or group gatherings and activities? Are we to have a happy and successful life - or one of unnecessary conflict (or "travail"), by mentally projecting our Christian lives as such (and therefore attracting conflict or travail through the biblically documented Law of Attraction)? Just what should the daily lives of today's Christians consist of?

There is no other period in history where the flow of information has been so fast, easy and inexpensive. Yet, what I observe in most Christians is a total disregard for these wonderful gifts of knowledge on how to live happy, successful and healthy lives. While the Bible does give many important guidelines and advice on these topics, much more has been discovered over the last few decades. Most of it has been ignored by Christians as a whole because it is perceived to be non-Biblical.

It has been my observation that as a whole, Christians in this world are not any better off than most non-Christians. Not financially, not emotionally, not physically and not health-wise. Sometimes, not even spiritually. Yet, we expect the rest of the world to listen to our message?

Just how should our twenty-four hour period be broken up in a way that we can live a fulfilling life and also be a witness to the world? My suggestion for a daily routine, aside from our occupational work and time spent eating and sleeping, is as follows:

  1. Prayer (not meditation) and scriptural study (but realizing that all the studying in the world is not a ticket into the Kingdom of God).

  2. Physical workout and/or exercise of some type (actually, all you need is a good 30 minute walk and a 7 minute workout every other day).

  3. Spending quality time with one's family.

  4. Daily scanning of various independent Internet news sources on matters of health, science, international and national news.

  5. Studying self-improvement courses, books, websites and videos.

  6. Helping others, either individually or collectively, in response to Matthew 25

  7. Provide Christian leadership where appropriate. Not only do we need to practice the "Golden Rule", but also the "Diamond Rule".

  8. Fellowshipping with others, Christian and non-Christian alike. This would include reaching out to friends, relatives and the world in general. Facebook is an excellent tool for accomplishing this task, as it provides an easy way to stay connected and to show people you care by "Liking" various posts that they make, by commenting on them, or by sharing appropriate posts that you might make yourself. There are also four ASK related pages on Facebook that need to be supported (by clicking on "Like"). For those not on Facebook, a Forum is available on this website for fellowship.

  9. Preaching or teaching the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. This can be easily accomplished through referring people to the ASK website and also the KOG article on this website.

  10. Enjoying the better things in life. This would include the arts, good books, movies, vacations, traveling, live entertainment, good music and dancing.

Performing the above tasks will give us all a more balanced, happy life and will make people take a second look at us - and more importantly, at our biblical message. It is a reflection of our attitude towards God, ourselves and our fellow man. The Bible says to let our light shine (Matthew 5:14-16) and iron sharpens iron (Proverbs 27:17). Let us allow God to work through us!

Check Out Another Good Article On Christian Living.

Are You Function-based or Fact-based?

Copyright © 2013, Richard G. Stodola

The FACTS of life come through the FUNCTIONS that formed them. Functions form facts and until a person understands the great difference between facts and functions, they will never understand how to manage their life God gave to them for their heritage.

Life is about function and it is through the proper use, consideration, and control of these functions that what we produce becomes acceptable. If we function well, the resulting facts are usually pleasing. If we function poorly, the opposite occurs. But understand, even when mistakes are made, facts are still formed, and therein lies the problem: We cannot make functional mistakes or the facts they produced come back to haunt and harm us.

This is the theme and story told over and over throughout the Bible. It is told through individuals such as Adam and Eve, it is told through groups whether as gangs or governments. God even called one group of special people we know as Israelites. They were to be an example of how to live and function properly by following the leadership and laws of God. But they, like Adam and Eve, failed miserably. So whether it is an individual or a group, people have trouble functioning in life… they do not fully realize what God is doing.

If we base what we do on the mere fact of knowing we can do it, then that is fact-based thinking and wrong functioning. If we base what we do by understanding the conduct, purpose, and consequence of our acts and functions, then that is function-based thinking. We function wrongly largely due to our impulsive emotional motivations and wrong thinking pride.

This is what got Adam and Eve into trouble and it quickly led to separation from the very Creator that created them. God does not want that separation. Indeed, His plan for us is to help Him and His Son run the universe when resurrected. Did you know that?

It is this unnatural condition and separation from God that Jesus Christ was sent to Earth to solve as the problem. But even here, the Christian tends only to see the ‘saving’ part of their salvation and not the ‘development’ part that is also required, that is… to stop functioning so poorly and so wrongly. It does not work.

All humans, before and since the time of Jesus, have functioned mostly as fact-based thinkers. This faulted thinking allows the formation of wrong beliefs which in turn lures the will to weaken. So here again, like Adam and Eve, the trouble with mismanaged function comes back to harm, destroy, and separate us from God and His plan for us.

Fact-based thinking—the fact that we can just go do something—without regard to the functions involved, leads to death. It is function-based thinking—where conduct, purpose, and consequence is considered—that sustains association with God and life.

Thinking, belief formation, and health are the three main personal issues in my forthcoming book explaining more about functions and it will SHOCK you. Insights about societies, the environment (both natural and artificial), and about God’s requirement for function-based spiritual development is without parallel.

Life comes through correct functions. Death is the fact of incorrect function. Learn how to manage your life by understanding the seven steps of function-based thinking.

 

Top Ten Christian Misunderstandings

  1. God is a Trinity. Actually, the word "trinity" is not in the bible. Nor is the concept.

  2. "When I die I will go to heaven." The Bible just doesn't say that. It does promise a resurrection from the dead, however.

  3. Health issues are not a Christian concern - and are not addressed in the Bible. It is a biblical directive to have good health. Everything we need to know about health is addressed in the Bible.

  4. Being poor (or just getting by) is a badge of honor. Just the opposite is true. God wants us to prosper in order to do His work.

  5. Warfare is justified. Christ brought us a new understanding that supercedes the Old Testament practices.

  6. Tithing is a biblical law. It was only practiced during the time of the Levitical Priesthood and is not applicable today.

  7. There is only one true Church of God. The word "church" is not in the Bible. The word ekklesia (a group of like-minded people) is. There was never any kind of structured hierarchy in the early Christian ekklesia.  

  8. We are in or approaching the end-times. We are not even close to the end-times. Maybe in another 50 years?

  9. Charity is widely practiced by Christians as a whole. Unfortunately, very few Christians practice it.

  10. There are no "inspired" teachers of God anymore. God provides inspired knowledge as is needed for each generation, including ours. Much of it is available for free over the Internet.

 Conscientious Objection

A Position Statement for the ASSOCIATES ONLINE

Those who adhere to the ASSOCIATES ONLINE Statement of Beliefs are in a unique position, as our Christian beliefs are somewhat different than other Christian groups. The purpose of this statement is to give a condensed viewpoint of our understandings that lead us to be considered as Conscientious Objectors by the Selective Service System of the United States government and by all other governments of the world where our people are subject to a similar draft.  

The argument that in the Old Testament, God ordained wars is presently held in dispute. And do wars in the Old Testament justify wars today? The issue for us as twenty-first century Christians is, believing in the Christian Philosophy, "What does Jesus expect from us today?"

Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. 

Matthew 26:52

Historically, there is no evidence of any military participation by members of the early Christian ekklesia, not to be confused with the so-called “early Christian Church” (which had many pro and anti-war positions). Jesus Himself gave many examples of what would today be considered pacifism, to love your enemy. When they came to apprehend Him, He admonished the apostles not to use force to protect Him. He even healed the cut off ear of one of the soldiers sent to apprehend him. Jesus went on to say that His Kingdom was not of this world and that we were to likewise come out of this world. After His death, His Apostles admonished the various ekklesias not to engage in rebellious or political types of activities (then under Roman occupation).

While these biblical understandings have been used by many religious groups throughout history, we have another unique understanding that most others have not had in this lifetime. That would be our understanding of Universal Reconciliation. If we believe that all humans are already saved and will be made part of the God Family (at some point in the future), how can killing some of them in this day and age be biblically justified? These are our future bothers and sisters, who will be part of the God Family. God has given no orders to us or to anyone else in a position of power or authority to kill or condone the killing of anyone (in this twenty-first century).

Another significant understanding is that of Biblical End-Time Prophecy, the Second Coming of Christ and the establishment of the Kingdom of God on this earth. While we don’t expect these events to happen in our lifetime, our present surrogate rulers (aka, the "Illuminati" or New World Order) of the “democratic” nations of the western world are, in many ways, similar to the occupying forces of the Romans in the time of Jesus. They are also the predecessor to the satanic Antichrist system of government that will eventually come to power in the end-times. While the Illuminati is allowed to operate by God's authority, it is directed by Satan and utilizes many anti-Christian, satanic principles – such as war, torture, false imprisonment and murder. These principles are unacceptable to our understanding of the Christian Philosophy and our daily living practices.

With an understanding of both the Illuminati world power structure and revisionist history, we can conclude that all wars are (and always have been, over the last few centuries) orchestrated by the hidden, surrogate rulers of the world, the Illuminati (or other secret organizations of power at the time). All wars are in fact “set-ups”. There is no such thing as a “just war”, no matter how “real” the enemy might appear to be or how "just" the cause might appear to be. To participate in or to support these satanically inspired manipulations of world affairs is not in keeping with the Christian Philosophy.  

Therefore, we must conscientiously object to being placed in a position of participating in or contributing to the military and their use in satanic/Illuminati inspired world affair manipulations. They are simply counter to the beliefs that we live our lives by.

Ken Nagele

More information on Conscientious Objection can be found here.


Military Doublespeak

There is no greater instance of government doublespeak than when it comes to the military. 

Here are some examples:

  • Serving in the military: getting money for college from the taxpayers.

  • Deploying to Iraq or Afghanistan: occupying a sovereign country.

  • The global war on terrorism: a cash machine for privileged government contractors.

  • Conscription: slavery.

  • Stop-loss policy: backdoor draft.

  • Dress blues: government-issued costume.

  • Troop surge: escalation of a war we are losing.

  • Flying sorties: bombing civilians and their property.

  • Stationed overseas: helping to maintain the U.S. global empire of troops and bases.

  • Enhanced interrogation techniques: torture by the United States.

  • Extraordinary rendition: U.S. sanctioned torture by other countries.

  • Fighting terrorism: making terrorists.

  • Fighting our enemies: making more enemies.

  • Defending our freedoms: destroying our freedoms.

  • Insurgents: foreigners who resent having their country invaded or occupied.

  • Sanctions: killing children without bombs and bullets.

  • Military chaplain: trying to serve two masters.

  • Military appreciation service: idolatry.

  • Praying "God bless our troops": blasphemy.

  • Supporting the troops: supporting foreign invasions and occupations.

  • Precision bombing: civilian killer.

  • Cluster bomb: child civilian killer.

  • Land mine: American IED.

  • Terrorist: someone who plants a bomb that doesn’t wear an Air Force uniform.

  • Enemies of the United States: countries that oppose U.S. hegemony.

  • Enemy combatant: someone turned over to U.S. troops in Afghanistan by someone eager to collect a bounty.

  • Axis of evil: countries with oppressive governments that our oppressive government doesn’t like.

  • Allies: countries with oppressive governments that our oppressive government likes.

  • Anti-Semite: someone who opposes U.S. military intervention in the Middle East.

  • Military recruiter: pimp for duped young men who want to sell their services to the government.

  • Bomber pilot: long-distance killer.

  • Persistent conflict: perpetual warfare.

  • U.S. interests: an excuse to police the world.

  • U.S. foreign policy: imperialism.

  • National security: national police state.

  • Collateral damage: the slaughter of unarmed civilians by American bullets and bombs.

  • Die for our freedoms: die for a lie.

  • War hawk: warmonger.

  • Regime change: meddling in the affairs of other countries.

  • Congressional supporters of large military budgets: pimps to hook up government and defense contractors.

  • Military spokesman: military propagandist.

  • Commander in chief: the chief war criminal.

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Saturday, August 9, 2008

Elohim and the Son of God

3:00 PM

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Saturday, November 24, 2007

The Location and Future Discovery of King David's Tomb

2:00 PM


Saturday, November 10, 2007

The Lost Temples of Jerusalem

2:00 PM

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

NEAS Conference

San Diego, CA

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David Sielaff

(Associates for Scriptural Knowledge)

The Location of David’s Tomb

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Michael S. Heiser

(Logos Bible Software)

The Professor and Mariamne: The Textual and Statistical Justification for Marooning James Tabor's “Jesus Tomb Theory'” on Gullible’s Island

The Big Picture

Can You Handle It?

Memorial Day, May 28, 2007

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Once again it is Memorial Day, a day to commemorate the great sacrifices made for this great country of America (and by default the other “democratic” nations of the world). During this last year, the “silent majority” has continued to live up to it’s name, both Christian and non-Christian alike. While many Internet writers continue to warn the world of the impending disasters and loss of freedoms that appear to be imminent, the messages seem to fall only on “the choir”, as the “controlled media" continues to censor the real news that they provide for the masses. Many Americans who are not listening to and being sedated by the controlled news are likely tuned in to American Idol, professional sports, reality shows, TV sitcoms and other depraved and/or hedonistic diversions from reality.

The informed viewpoint presents a world situation that would appear to be beyond the point of no return. Many Americans are now coming to the realization that their government has betrayed them (as citizens of many other countries have also experienced with their governments). But even with this new awakening, most people tend to not tread too far outside of their “comfort zone” and are reluctant to openly discuss the real issues. 

Some will talk about the blatantly obvious immigration/amnesty problems or the war in Iraq, but will fail to look at the other issues, like the truth about 9/11, Katrina, rigged elections and depleted uranium, etc. More importantly, the bigger picture of “who is really running the world” (and making all of these devious decisions) is the one thing no one wants to talk about. Only die-hard conspiracy theorists dare to speak about such uncomfortable concepts. What might be referred to as the Big Picture (the overall view of the world situation, from God on down) seems to be the ultimate taboo subject.

Many Americans now hold onto a hope that Congressman Ron Paul (the Ross Perot of the 21st century), will come riding in on his white horse and somehow save the day. The many wrongs of the present and previous administrations will be righted. America will be returned to its legitimate citizens (as the millions of illegals are somehow deported), the war in Iraq will be ended, and the government will be restored to its intended constitutional republic status.

History, of course, has never proven such an event to happen - in America or the rest of the world. Some feel that there have been some “good administrations” in the past; and all we need to do is just elect the "right people" back into office and all of the current problems will be fixed. 

But a close examination of these perceived “good administrations” reveals that our surrogate, hidden government (the Illuminati), was still actively calling the shots even then — and not for the betterment of mankind. Presidents who have tried to do the right thing in the past, like JFK (and at least two other Presidents that we have now discovered were actually assassinated and did not die of natural causes), paid for it with their lives.

So what is it that we as a people are not understanding? This website and many others have spelled out the problems that the news media, churches and educational institutions have refused to inform people of. With most people having easy access to the Internet and most of this information only a keystroke away, why do we not get the Big Picture? Why is America continuing on in a self-destruct mode? Why are we still holding our breath, waiting for the next inevitable 9/11 and a contrived nuclear war with Iran? Why are we afraid talk about the obvious?

My observation is that we can’t talk about it because we can’t deal with it emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. Even with all of the proof laid out in the many books, videos and Internet websites at our convenient disposal, we just can’t seem to come to terms with history, who really rules us, and what our ultimate destination is. So let’s get down to specifics. Just what is the Big Picture?

  1. God (our creator and sustainer of life) is in fact still very much in charge — and very knowledgeable about what is going on in national and international affairs.

  2. God selects our leaders and puts them in office, as evil as they may be.

  3. The leaders He has selected fall into two categories; the ones we see — and the ones we don’t see (aka, the Illuminati). They are the ones who hold the real power, on a human level.

  4. The top leadership of the Illuminati is genetically different from the rest of the human race (historically described as being blue-blood or royal-blood). This explains their generational, callous disregard for the plight of mankind and the sustaining evil that they have perpetrated throughout history. They have their own Satanic agenda for mankind.

  5. The age old question of who we are, why are we here on this earth and what our ultimate destination is. And, a new question has been presented; "Is the Illuminati actually a refection of ourselves?"

Once we can understand all of these five points, our understanding of life and world affairs becomes a lot clearer — and would be the first step in achieving true world peace. All of these points are covered extensively on the many links provided on this website. Understanding the Big Picture is just a keystroke away. Can you handle it?

May Day, May Day

If you're not part of the solution,

you're part of the problem.

Memorial Day

May 29, 2006

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Often in social situations and by email inquiry, I am asked what can be done about the seemingly hopeless state of affairs that the United States seems to be in. Displaying the U.S. flag upside down (an official signal of distress - click on the flag) would, in the opinion of many informed Americans, appear to be appropriate at this juncture in history. This display has appeared recently on TV news and in numerous internet articles. And on this Memorial Day, when we reflect upon the sacrifices made by so many thousands of patriotic Americans in the name of freedom, the issue becomes even more pertinent.

What is the distress? We have an out-of-control government that has been complicit in terror against it's own citizens (9/11), another Vietnam-like war (Iraq) that seems to have no end in sight and had no just cause for it's inception, the possibility of another (nuclear?) war starting shortly (in Iran), an invasion of illegal immigrants that collectively seem to have more power and benefits than most American citizens, and an out of control national debt that even our children will never be able to pay off. If all of that that is not bad enough, we also have daily government sponsored chemtrails purposely polluting our skies and poisoning the very air we breath. A perusal of the topics and links listed at the top of this page would add a whole host of other evils to the list.

It is very convenient to simply answer, "All of the country's (and the world's) problems will be resolved upon the Second Coming of Christ" (which they will). But that event, not likely to happen in our lifetime - or our children's, does not give a lot of comfort to the immediate issues and problems that face us today. While we should trust in God for our daily needs, safety and welfare and let His will be done (as bad as everything appears, He is still in control of everything and even uses evil for His purposes), the nagging question still remains, "What can be done?" My answer is four-fold:

  1. First, we must educate ourselves on the real problems of today - so that we can give an intelligent answer (both biblical and non-biblical) to those issues when asked. That is what this website is all about - educational answers that will not be found in the traditional avenues of learning.

  2. Second, we must be willing to share that education with others - when appropriate and when asked. Having knowledge individually does humanity little good if it isn't shared collectively. This is what the mission of ASK has historically been - to share the (biblical) knowledge that has been given to us. No special mandate or commission from God is required.

  3. Third, is it possible that our leaders are really a reflection of ourselves, only on a much grander scale? If we were to affect change in our own personal lives, would this affect our leadership? Such a concept is a distinct possibility. Maybe the buck really stops with us.

  4. Fourth, we can collectively affect change through prayer and/or meditation. Scripture has shown us that even God's will can sometimes be changed when asked. Therefore, we can pray for His intervention in world affairs that we may (collectively) lead a more peaceful life. For those who may not believe in the Bible or the power of prayer, it can be proven scientifically that collective, positive thoughts can also significantly alter social behavior for the better. What would happen if everyone knew the truth(s) that we know (and are constantly learning) and then prayed to God for improvement or change - or just collectively meditated on positive thoughts? Would change occur?

mirrorman.jpg (9973 bytes)The next time you are despondent over world affairs, or are talking to someone else who feels the same, just look into the mirror and ask yourself, "What have I done to make a difference?" Remember, God has historically chosen the lowest of the low for His use (to confound the wise). Most of us here on the ASSOCIATES ONLINE fit that category quite well. We can make use of the gifts and the knowledge that He has provided for us at this point in time.

Dr. Martin frequently said, "You are destined to change the world for good." While most of us always thought that meant in a future time (after the Second Coming), maybe it was also meant for us right now. Maybe we can change the world for good - and turn the American flag right side up!

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Are these statements True or False?

  1. The countries of the "democratic west" are in fact controlled by a semi-secret ruling class plutocracy.

  2. 9/11 had nothing to do with middle east terrorists.

  3. All wars are actually set-ups by the ruling class plutocracy.

  4. Our economic monetary system is a form of population control by the ruling class plutocracy.

  5. Most media sources are surreptitiously controlled by the ruling class plutocracy.

  6. Anti-gravity and free-energy technologies have been historically suppressed from the general public.

  7. The present allopathic health care system that replaced the previous holistic/homeopathic/naturopathic modality of healing is based on corporate greed, not improved medicine.

  8. The Bible is the only inspired word of God.

  9. Christianity is actually a philosophy, not a religion of churches.

  10. Our final destination has been hidden by the world's religions.

If you answered "true' to all of the above statements, you have an excellent grasp on reality. Congratulations! All of the above statements are well documented on the links provided on the ASSOCIATES ONLINE website.

The “The Secret” That

Most Christians Don't Want

Is "The Secret" (movie) Anti-Christian?

Not in this writers opinion. But one could certainly get that impression by doing a Google search for all of the published “Christian” responses to this very popular movie.

Why the 100% Christian outrage? Is it jealousy that the “Christian” world has, in all of it’s existence, failed to produce a movie that is as effective, motivating and well produced as “The Secret”? Is it a collective insecurity in the Christian belief system? Or is it just a lack of discernment and scriptural knowledge?

Utilizing the Bible as our ultimate source of beliefs, is there anything in the Bible that says that we should not have an abundant life, in every aspect of life? No. Does the Bible provide every last bit of information we need to exist in life and have an abundant life? No. Does God expect us to grow in grace and knowledge in every aspect of life? Yes. Do Christians as a whole do that? No. Yet, Christians don’t hesitate to throw stones at those who do.

If the Bible is to be our instruction book and the ideas put forth in “The Secret” are so un-biblical, let’s take a look at what these same Christians claim to be biblical truth. First, we have the ever popular “Trinity” doctrine. It’s not mentioned in the Bible by name – nor in concept. Yet, most Christian churches buy right into it, thereby obscuring the understanding of their final destination. The same can also be said for the false, non-biblical doctrine of the "Immortality of the Soul" (aka, Heaven and Hell). It just isn't there.

My favorite Christian hypocrisy, however, is that of helping others (a directive from Jesus Himself – Matt 25:31-40). Ignored by 99% of all Christians, this obvious act of love is ironically promoted by Bob Proctor (one of the main speakers in "The Secret"). “By improving yourself, you are now in a position to help others”, he says - and says it quite frequently in his own seminars. What a concept!

I could go on and on, but just check the listing of our Statement of Beliefs. Most “Christians” would probably attack these beliefs just as vehemently as they do the ideals espoused by authors of “The Secret”. And our listed beliefs are right out of the Bible and are well documented!

Do our thoughts and feelings attract the good or bad in life, as promoted in the movie? You bet they do. How do I know that? Just look at the miracles performed daily utilizing EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). The amazing success of this simple technique in curing emotional and physical problems is all the proof that anyone needs to see that there is a relationship between what we think and feel and our own physical and mental well being. “The Secret” is just an extension of that paradigm.

Dr. Ernest L. Martin, of ASK, in his article, The Secret of United States Economic Success, emphasizes the importance of a positive, mental attitude in the minds of people in regards to attracting financial prosperity.

In the final analysis, one has to ask, is the movie, “The Secret”, of God – or the Devil? I see no evidence that anything in it or anyone associated with it is evil (though I may not necessarily agree with every last ideal promoted). A mature Christian should be grounded enough in their biblical knowledge and belief system so that when new information comes along, no matter what the source, no matter whether the proponents of it claim to be “Christian” or not, one simply has to follow the biblical directive – and "sift the chaff from the wheat". And that practice should be no secret!

Two Versions of The Secret

Please note that there are two versions of The Secret movie listed in our Self Improvement section. The first version featured the works of Abraham-Hicks. That portion of the movie was omitted in the final, extended version that most will either view online or purchase. The work of Abraham-Hicks is generally not accepted by Christians because of it's basis on channeling, a  practice condemned in the Bible.

Is Your Paradigm in Need of Shifting?

Over the last ten years I've probably been exposed to more human relations situations than the previous forty-plus years put together. Always the reader (I used to practically live in libraries) - and now the educator (by providing this website), learning and disseminating information has always been my passion.

It has always been a mystery to me why one person can see a particular point of view, while the next person can't. Or, more interestingly, why someone can see something complex or esoteric, but can't see something relatively simple.

I now understand it. From even before we are born and continuing through our life's journey, we are conditioned into a "paradigm". A paradigm is defined as:

A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality for the community that shares them, especially in an intellectual discipline.

Another way to put it; it's how we view reality - and determine truth from falsehood. How far are we willing to go to make that determination would be considered a "paradigm shift".

Several decades ago, someone came up with a puzzle or test that was called, "Thinking outside the box." The instructions for the test are to simply connect all of the dots using only four lines, which at first glance, would appear to be impossible to do. Employers started using this test to find out who really could "think outside of the box", in an attempt to find employees who could come up with more original and unique ideas for their company. The test is still utilized today for employment applicants. This test could be considered a paradigm shift in one's thinking.

The Bible says, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge", Hosea 4:6. And indeed, I have found this to be the case in far too many circumstances. So the question now becomes, in this age of instant information transfers (via the internet), why are we all still ignorant about so many subjects? Could it be our present paradigm doesn't allow us to accept new, truthful information - no matter what the subject?

The governments of the world love our self-imposed paradigms. Without these blinders, most governments would fold from the people being able to see what they are really all about.

But what really fascinates me is in the field of health. People will sacrifice their own health - and even their lives - to maintain their paradigm. I can't tell you how many people I've seen over the years go to their death for easily curable medical problems. In every case, the answer to their problem was readily at hand, usually inexpensive and almost always "natural". But it wasn't "approved" by their doctor or the medical establishment, therefore it fell outside of their personal paradigm. They had to be politically correct, even it meant their own death. Sadly, today, I still see the same paradigms at work within our community.

For those few who are willing to break out of their paradigm - and think outside the box - there is a wealth of information on this website and on many other websites. Why not shift your paradigm today - before it's too late?