Christianity Before Organized Religion
Tribute to the Late Dr. Ernest L. Martin
20, 1932 - January 16, 2002
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.
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
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.
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
meeting of the AAR/SBL. He was in fine form, quintessential
Ernest L. Martin, as I will always remember him.
is active and contains information on most of his research, and
will soon post updates about his death and events to follow.
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.
of Ken Nagele
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).
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.
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.
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
have completed my third
book, I HAVE GOOD NEWS... and I HAVE
NEWS. This new book brings
a biblically based message of hope to a seemingly hopeless world.
wife and I reside in Anaheim, CA, where I own the COPY
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
This website was originally conceived for the benefit of the
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.
do not receive a lot of feedback, so please feel free to email
me your comments, suggestions and criticisms.
Thank you for
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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.
Should Christians be Living?
those Christians who understand
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
of Attraction)? Just
what should the daily lives of
today's Christians consist of?
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.
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
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
scriptural study (but
realizing that all the
studying in the world is not
a ticket into the Kingdom of
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).
quality time with one's
scanning of various independent
Internet news sources on
matters of health,
and national news.
courses, books, websites and
others, either individually
or collectively, in response
Provide Christian leadership
where appropriate. Not only
do we need to practice the
"Golden Rule", but
also the "Diamond
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
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
is available on this website
or teaching the Gospel of
of God. This can be
easily accomplished through
referring people to the ASK
website and also the KOG
article on this
the better things in life.
This would include the arts,
good books, movies,
vacations, traveling, live
entertainment, good music
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
our light shine (Matthew
5:14-16) and iron
sharpens iron (Proverbs
27:17). Let us allow God to
work through us!
Out Another Good Article On Christian
You Function-based or Fact-based?
© 2013, Richard G. Stodola
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Ten Christian Misunderstandings
is a Trinity. Actually, the word "trinity" is not
in the bible. Nor is the concept.
I die I will go to heaven." The Bible just
doesn't say that. It does promise a resurrection from the dead,
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.
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.
is justified. Christ brought us a new
understanding that supercedes the Old Testament practices.
is a biblical law. It was only practiced
during the time of the Levitical Priesthood and is not
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.
are in or approaching the end-times. We are not
even close to the end-times. Maybe in another 50 years?
is widely practiced by Christians as a whole.
Unfortunately, very few Christians practice it.
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.
Position Statement for the ASSOCIATES
who adhere to the ASSOCIATES ONLINE Statement
are in a unique position, as our Christian
beliefs are somewhat different than other
The purpose of
this statement is to give a condensed
viewpoint of our
understandings that lead
us to be considered as Conscientious
the Selective Service
System of the United States government and
all other governments of the world
where our people are subject to a similar
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?"
said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy
sword into his place: for all they that
take the sword shall perish with the
there is no evidence of any military
participation by members of the early
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
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).
significant understanding is that of Biblical
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,
– such as war, torture, false
imprisonment and murder. These
principles are unacceptable to our
understanding of the
and our daily living practices.
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
Therefore, we must conscientiously
object to being placed in a position
of participating in or contributing to the
military and their use in
inspired world affair manipulations. They are
simply counter to the
beliefs that we live
our lives by.
information on Conscientious Objection can
be found here.
There is no greater
instance of government doublespeak than
when it comes to the military.
Serving in the military:
getting money for college from the
Deploying to Iraq or
Afghanistan: occupying a sovereign
The global war on
terrorism: a cash machine for privileged
Troop surge: escalation
of a war we are losing.
Flying sorties: bombing
civilians and their property.
helping to maintain the U.S. global
empire of troops and bases.
techniques: torture by the United
U.S. sanctioned torture by other
Fighting our enemies:
making more enemies.
Defending our freedoms:
destroying our freedoms.
who resent having their country invaded
children without bombs and bullets.
Military chaplain: trying
to serve two masters.
Praying "God bless our
Supporting the troops:
supporting foreign invasions and
Cluster bomb: child
Land mine: American IED.
Terrorist: someone who
plants a bomb that doesn’t wear an Air
Enemies of the United
States: countries that oppose U.S.
Enemy combatant: someone
turned over to U.S. troops in
Afghanistan by someone eager to collect
Axis of evil: countries
with oppressive governments that our
oppressive government doesn’t like.
Allies: countries with
oppressive governments that our
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.
U.S. interests: an excuse
to police the world.
U.S. foreign policy:
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.
of large military budgets: pimps to hook
up government and defense contractors.
Commander in chief: the
chief war criminal.
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November 24, 2007
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November 10, 2007
Lost Temples of Jerusalem
November 15, 2007
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Location of David’s Tomb
Professor and Mariamne: The Textual and
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You Handle It?
Day, May 28, 2007
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
with Iran? Why are we afraid talk about the obvious?
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?
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.
our leaders and puts them in office, as evil as they
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
The top leadership of the Illuminati is
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
They have their own Satanic agenda for mankind.
age old question of who
we are, why are we here on this earth and what our ultimate destination
And, a new question has been presented; "Is
the Illuminati actually a refection of ourselves?"
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
Picture is just a keystroke away. Can you handle it?
Day, May Day
you're not part of the solution,
you're part of the problem.
May 29, 2006
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
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.
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
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:
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
"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.
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!
these statements True or False?
countries of the "democratic west" are in
fact controlled by a semi-secret ruling class
had nothing to do with middle east terrorists.
wars are actually set-ups by the ruling class
economic monetary system is a form of population
control by the ruling class plutocracy.
media sources are surreptitiously controlled by the
ruling class plutocracy.
and free-energy technologies have been historically
suppressed from the general public.
present allopathic health care system that replaced
the previous holistic/homeopathic/naturopathic modality of
healing is based on corporate greed, not improved
Bible is the only inspired word of God.
is actually a philosophy, not a religion of
final destination has been hidden by the world's
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
“The Secret” That
Secret" (movie) Anti-Christian?
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.
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
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.
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!
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!
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
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.
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
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
Versions of The Secret
note that there are two versions of The
listed in our
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
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.
Paradigm in Need of Shifting?
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.
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.
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:
set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that
constitutes a way of viewing reality for the community
that shares them, especially in an intellectual
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
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?