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It is Lo Tov for Adam to be Echad…

A woman living in South Africa relates how her father often said, “Sex is a sin.” Root analysis: The woman is of a Christian background and her father was a Church Elder who listened to pastor’s sermons and read his Bible, mainly the “New Testament”.  The notion that human sexuality is “not good” is very, very alien to the lebenswelt of Israel, the Way of Israel.  This negative view emanates almost exclusively from the writings of Paul, e.g. 1 Corinthians 71Now concerning the things of which you wrote to me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.26…is good for a man to remain [single, unmarried]…29But this I say, brethren, the time is short, so that from now on even those who have wives should live as though they had no wives [i.e. they should be celibate].32But I want you to be without cares. He who is unmarried cares for the things of the Lord -- how he may please the Lord.33But he who is married cares about the things of the world - how he may please his wife.34There is a difference between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman cares about the things of…

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SEIN UND ZEIT – BESTAAN EN TYD

For you have long been aware of what you mean when you use the expression “being”. We, however, who used to think we understand it, have now become perplexed… [Plato, 2600 years ago] Die mens woon in ‘n wêreld waarin hy buite sy wil gebore word en geworpe is, en voortdurend geworpe bly tot sy dood. Hy het ‘n verlede, bestaan noú, word voortgesleur in tyd; al wat seker is van sy toekoms, is sy dood. Ge-werp in dinge, daar-synde (da-sein), verval hy en staan op die punt om verswelg te word in da-sein, ondeurdagte daarwees, dinge. Hy is voortdurend ‘n geworpene, maar periodiek gaan hy só op in dinge dat hy tydelik geabsorbeer raak daarin (Aufgehen in). Dan is hy niemand in besonders nie, en word dan bloot Das Man met sy karakteristieke, gesiglose “tranquilised self-assurance in average everydayness”. Die kenmerke van Das Man is: Gerede und Neugier.  Gerede is ligsinnige praatjies en Neugier is die gier na nuwe, opwindende, aangrypende, sensasionele dinge. In Gerede staan die spreker en luisteraar nie in ‘n egte, intieme, intense verhouding teenoor mekaar of die onderwerp waaroor gepraat word nie; hul kommunikasie is oppervlakkig.  Neugier is ‘n vorm van ontvlugting. Daar bestaan egter ‘n bepaalde gemoedstoestand — nuchtere angst — wat outentieke syn en vry-syn (Frei-sein) ont-sluit as bestaans-moontlikhede. Dit bring die mens voor die vrye…

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Isaiah 14 – Fall of the Melekh Bavel; Isaiah 24 – Binding the TZEVA HA-MAROM BA-MAROM in the BOR

It is the year 200 CE in Rome, Italy, and the time is around 23:00—it is a dark night because clouds obscure the moon and stars.  Plinius walks in the dark streets of Rome, holding a lantern.  A man who has lost some silver coins and is in need of a light to find his valued coins, see Plinius walking with the lantern and calls, “Dear Lucifer, please come to me!  I need your help!” Please explain what is going on here. The above question is somewhat perplexing, so here's the answer.  Yeshayahu 14:12 deals with the fall of the king of Bavel (Babylon) and says, “How have you fallen from heaven, oh Heilel ben Shachar.”  The Hebrew word heilel means luminous and the Hebrew grammatical root or shoresh is H-L-L.  The grammatical root H-L-L came to refer to luminous persons, who served as direction-giving beacons in society, just as the stars in the heavens served as direction-giving, guiding beacons.  The grammatical root therefore also refers to people who are praised as direction-giving beacons.  An illustrious  king of a country or empire would be considered such a H-L-L i.e. praise-worthy figure who is analogous to a luminous star in the…

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Hallmarks of Stupid “Pastors”

Peer-reviewed research has identified a number of Hallmarks of cancer: Selective growth and proliferative advantage, altered stress response favouring overall survival, vascularization, invasion and metastasis, metabolic rewiring, an abetting microenvironment, and immune modulation.  All cancers behave the same: Cancer cells grow and divide without brakes, they are immortal, and they move around to form new metastatic colonies.Reference: Douglas Hanahan and Robert A. Weinberg. 2011. Hallmarks of Cancer: The Next Generation. There are a number of Hallmarks by which the perceptive observer can identify under-uneducated pastors and rank imposters (i.e. deceiving, emotionally disturbed bullshitters): They have a vocabulary of 4 to 8 Hebrew words, 80% of which are woefully mispronounced. They often hold to insane views about the "original Hebrew Alphabet." They believe that Isaiah 14 deals with the fall of “Lucifer” from heaven; they believe and teach their misinformed victims that the satan's name is "Lucifer". They believe that the "Textus Receptus" is the only correct and trustworthy "Greek text of the NT" and that the Critical Texts and Textual Criticism are diabolical endeavours. They teach that new, scientific, literal Bible-Translations are “New Age” translations. They are in love with the Book of Acts—their “canon of the canon”. They believe…

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Maccabees – Maqabim – Hammers

The Maccabees (מכבים or מקבים‎)‎, Maqabim, were the leaders of a Jewish rebel army that took control of Judea, which at the time had been a province of the Seleucid Empire. They founded the Hasmonean dynasty, which ruled from 164 BCE to 63 BCE. They reasserted the Jewish religion, partly by forced conversion, expanded the boundaries of Judea by conquest and reduced the influence of Hellenism and Hellenistic Judaism. In the 2nd century BCE, Judea lay between the Ptolemaic Kingdom (based in Egypt) and the Seleucid empire (based in Syria), monarchies which had formed following the death of Alexander the Great (356–323 BCE).  Judea had come under Ptolemaic rule, but fell to the Seleucids around 200 BCE.  Judea at that time had been affected by the Hellenization campaign begun by Alexander.  Some Jews, mainly those of the urban upper class, notably the Tobiad family, wished to dispense with the Jewish Torah and to adopt a Greek life­style.  According to the historian Victor Tcherikover, the main motive for the Tobiads' Hellenism was economic and political.  The Hellenizing Jews built a gymnasium in Jerusalem, adjacent to the Temple, competed in international Greek games, “removed their marks of circumcision and repudiated the holy…

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CHURCH: A CLUB FOR LADIES…

Cliff is a man’s man. On the job he’s known as a go-getter and a very hard worker.  He’s a good provider who loves his wife and kids.  He’s well respected by his neighbours.  Cliff drives a powerful 4×4 Double-Cab pick-up truck.  He loves the outdoors and takes every opportunity for hunting and adventure.  He enjoys a cold beer and a naughty joke now and then.  And Cliff never ever goes to church… Ask him why he doesn’t go to church, and he’ll use words like boring, uninteresting, guilt-monger, irrelevant and hypocrite. We live in a society wherein Christianity is experienced as a religion for females and not for strong, practical men.  Christianity, in its various flavours, is "something the wife likes".  Masculine men find churchgoing a painful ordeal and they generally distrust pastors as smooth-talkers and crowd-hypnotists who attempt to charm the gold from one's purse.  Pastors psychologically attract women, and occasionally these women manage to drag their husbands to church... Deep inside, Cliff is a God-fearing patriot with a strong sense of reverence for a Deity.  But going to Church is the last thing he will consider — a dozen or so bad experiences with untenably boring sermons…

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