In this post I give advice on how to ask the right questions. The key to understanding might sound a little odd to some but it is humility . . . it is when we empty ourselves of our own prejudices, fears and self-interest that we can face the truth. This applies in the field of investigation, human relationships and the big one . . . the God thing. Enjoy!
In a 1988 series of audio tapes recounting a 1969 speech to selected physicians (transcript), an Illuminati insider explained the essence of their capacity to manipulate and control others. He said:
People are too trusting. People don’t ask the right questions.
Almost 50 years later, I think that in 2016 the vast bulk of people are the same, although anecdotally there does seem to me to be an increased suspicion that things are not always that which they are presented with.
From a master manipulator’s perspective, avoiding key questions is essential. Magician’s draw our attention to one point of focus (and of course away from the deceiving act). Politicians speak of many things but avoid the really important ones such as their self-interest and the consequences of ever-increasing public debt. Repetition of politically correct mantras from corporate media prevents critical thought. Distractions through emotionally charged subjects (sports, religion, racial matters, war etc) prevent logic and common sense from having their way. Human manipulators avoid questions that touch on their power over others. In the religious scene the devil will deceive but fail to answer key questions too.
I’ve found that asking the key questions breaks open a case in my investigative blogging. It is when I ask the right question that the truth spills out. Listening to conmen is all well and good – everyone can do that, but it’s when you dig a little deeper, and ask the right questions that the truth comes to light. In my recent post relating to the cartoon highlighting the financial beneficiaries of the Holocaust legend, I mentioned my concerns over mankind’s truncated capacity to think critically. Here are some examples of how I see this failure in action.
I have a lot of guests at Camp Samoa who explore my Christian faith. Some engage meaningfully and leave with increased faith in a living God. Others are more just curious and wander off to their own worlds away from me and Samoa. Others are simply not interested. I only ‘go’ as far as the individual guests want to as I do not believe in proselytism.*
There are two aspects to engaging with the Christian faith where questions are critical – those asking ABOUT the belief system and those from a believer TO an enquirer. I’ve noted that it is rare for people to ask the critical questions first-up. Sure, some switched on people who I’d classify as ‘ripe for the Gospel’ get there quickly, but most don’t, or can’t.
The only difference I can see between these two types of people is PRIDE. The former are humble, open to learning and new experiences. The latter have agendas of their own; preconceptions or ‘no-go’ areas. This approach to formulating and asking key questions is the critical component to all truth-seeking efforts. Basically the ‘smaller’ more humble we are, the further we can go down the truth-seeking path.
An example of this arrogance and self-interest is the way that the barter industry reacts to my revelations that one of their poster-boy organisations (Qoin) is actually a huge fraud operated by two Dutch conmen. Because virtually the whole industry got caught believing the two smooth-talkers and their silky words; because there is huge self-interest with tarnished reputations at stake, nobody asked the right questions – for years! It was only because I didn’t care what flak the industry or the industry association (IRTA) would throw at me that I was able to dig, find and then prove that Qoin was a con, and eventually the inevitable bankruptcy occurred. I am of course proud that I was small/humble enough to ask the right questions but that’s professional pride not personal pride. Personal pride will ensure that the conmen can continue their con because we cannot publicly admit that we were wrong and got conned. This is the form of pride that will forever and a day prevent the Executive of IRTA from admitting that they were conned, and indeed perpetuated the con for years with their endorsement and cover-ups!
This applies in human relationships too . . . not just the religious question or investigations into criminal activity or corruption.
The bible talks about Jesus’ instruction to love. This is a command not an option, thus it requires that we respond with the mind – a mental decision to love. In human relationships however even if we do overcome the pride hurdle of emotions and circumstances and say, “Yes, I will love!” the real challenge is to know HOW to love someone. Generally we tend to love others in the way that we seek to BE loved, thus is we appreciate touch as a form of love, we will touch those we want to love. Likewise if we seek affirming words we will generally speak them, and if we desire others to serve us with kind or helpful actions, we will instead offer others service. All this is natural but self-centricity.
When we gain maturity and learn to humble ourselves we will then establish what the other party in the relationship sees as form of love. The question becomes HOW to love not so much WHETHER there is love. Hearing the words “I love you!” a million times a day means nothing to a person who simply wants help with the dishes, or to be touched with TLC! It is when we ask the right question that determines HOW to love that brings maturity (and reality) into a human relationship.
My advice then is to HUMBLE oneself so that we can first formulate, then ask the right question.
I conclude with a case study of a German backpacker who stumbled upon the Holocaust subject and asked me some questions. The Holocaust legend is as good as fact for 99.999% of Germans. Generally you can’t “go there” with them due to the cultural conditioning they’ve experienced, but this guy did and he’s a lot less certain of his German history now than he was before – so good on him for asking the critical questions. That I had factual logical answers ready for him was a big factor in his awakening for sure – but he was humble enough to ask the questions so good on him.
If asked to categorise the BIGGIES in order I’d consider the Holocaust legend at perhaps 4th, then the Evolution story at 3rd most important; and understanding the true nature of money (and the associated power/money issues) as second most important question in life. I explained my opinion to my guest. After discussing some of these, he [very naturally] asked me what I thought the biggest one was.
The biggest question of all time is and (as my guest rightly observed) always has been that of Jesus. He is/was a very divisive and contentious fellow!
A subtle change came over my guest, and his demeanour changed from that of an open enquirier; a guest enjoying asking his host a range of interesting questions to that of a man who couldn’t, or wouldn’t ‘go there’. What was different? The difference is determined by pride. Instinctively we all know that the name of Jesus represents a threat of some sort and our pride kicks in. To the genuine truthseeker this is a clue that there is something there . . . something deeper . . . that we should be asking more questions; deeper questions sufficient to say that we know and understand the subject.
In my guest’s case he could handle the fact that the Holocaust story he had been sold since his birth might not be as kosher as he had been led to believe. He MAY also have seen the holes in logic in the Evolution story and he MAY have been able to see the way that private interests use Interest to enslave and control the world through financial and political means but it all stopped short at the name of Jesus. It often does, and it always will.
The two questions that matter in relation to Jesus are quite simple, and He helped us to see the importance of them when He asked his disciples who the people thought He really was. This is recorded by Matthew in Mat 16:13pp:
When Jesus came to the area of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” They answered, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
This then is the first key question for enquirers today too . . . who is He?
The second key question relates to the present and whether or not He is alive, for it makes a world of difference whether He was simply a prophet been and gone or whether He is alive and well, seated at the right hand of the Father . . . and all the other consequences of His being the Son of God, Messiah, Saviour of the world etc.
The answer to these two questions is hugely important in determining our life and future.
But there’s more, for in the process of engaging with (i.e. asking questions of) Jesus, a most incredible thing happens. It is that we find ourselves being examined simultaneously. God has a way of triggering our human conscience more and more, the more questions we ask. It’s like the closer we come to the light, the more we see of that around us but the more we see of ourselves.
This process of personal encounter is shown by Jesus’ secondary questioning when we keep reading:
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
The disciples were then on the spot. This was not just a simple investigation into what the people thought of their Master . . . no this became intensely personal for the disciples. An incredible statement then followed from one of them:
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ [Messiah or anointed one], the Son of the living God.
For the first time in history a human on earth acknowledged something that could only have been spoken in the power of the Holy Spirit – that Jesus was indeed the Messiah:
And Jesus answered him, “You are blessed, Simon son of Jonah, because flesh and blood [lit: “by any human being (i.e. “man”)” or Peter himself (i.e., “by his own intuition”)] did not reveal this to you, but my Father in heaven!
This acknowledgement from the Master cements truth and validates the questioning.
Knowing the right question to ask is critical to truthseekers. Taking the four top issues I have used in this post then, the key questions could be:
4. THE HOLOCAUST LEGEND
- Where is the evidence for the claims? – there is no credible evidence.
- What are the key concerns of detractors/Revisionists? – it’s important to at least know the key questions that remain unanswered because they are unanswerable without exposing the legend for what it is.
- How do the proponents of Evolution explain First Cause? – they can’t so generally don’t address the subject. Simple!
- On what basis can one defend the enforced, critical absence of a creator as an a priori assumption? – one simply cannot, without applying an artificial (religious) belief system that a priori there can be no creator! You cannot prove a negative without full knowledge.
- What are the key issues/concerns that detractors raise? – drilling into the myriad deceptions, lies, faulty logic etc related to Evolution is a lifelong exercise of huge proportions as there is a richness/plethora of unique material 1,000x greater than evolutionary material.
2. THE TRUE NATURE OF MONEY
- What is the true nature of money? – money is only ever a record of a half completed transaction – never a commodity.
- What is the significance of biblical prohibition on usury (Interest)? – Interest is the mechanism by which enslavement occurs by the financial/political cartel.
1. THE NAME OF JESUS
- Who is Jesus? – as Simon Peter responded.
- Is He alive? – very much so, seated at the right hand of God as per the biblical scriptures, with the Holy Spirit doing His work on earth in and with the people He loves.
That’s ‘my first whack at the biggies.
In general I have found that the more noise the less truth. Truth has no need of violence, nor is it in a hurry.
Whenever we see effort expended to convince us of something, we should be looking behind the scenes, asking simple, logical questions that dig deep into a subject or a situation. This applies to the messages of the mainstream media [FYI I haven’t had a TV for years and am very critical and selective of what and who I read] ; and to those in business [advertising exists for a reason]; and the same applies in the religious scene [“Believe me, I have (or am) the answer!”].
If there is something in this post that riles you, humble yourself and question yourself. Is there a hidden agenda? Is there pride?
I conclude with the results of my case study above. My guest terminated the natural engagement when he heard the name of Jesus. It didn’t end there though, for a while later, after he had calmed down and thought about it, he returned to the ‘BIG ONE’ and asked me to talk about the deceptions around the name of Jesus. I won’t go into detail of what happened with this one man because it matters not when I am sharing the principle of asking the right questions, but what quite often happens, especially in Catholic countries and Europe is that people [quite naturally of course] associate RELIGION with the name of JESUS. This is a logical fallacy equivalent to blaming a step or stone when someone trips on it. The step or stone was there first, so the blame should be on the person who lost their balance – not the object. Likewise with Jesus (the truth) and religion (the stumbling block to may).
I could be a murderer, rapist, thief, an atheist or Satanist and call myself a Christian. I may be knowingly fraudulent or deluded – it matters not. This nonsense of course is no valid grounds for rejecting Jesus personally. According to the Good Book, it is Jesus whom we must account for our thoughts, words and actions, not others. Likewise with Priests or Ministers or Pastors. They may CLAIM to be God’s appointed and anointed and indeed some of them MAY be that, but it is only [according to Scripture] to Him that we are or will be eventually accountable.
It has been my experience that the more I question the scriptures; the more I ask myself about the Master; the more I can see, appreciate and love the life that He offers those who do indeed have the b*lls to ask the right questions. The one who does ask the right questions and responds positively in faith, must surely hear the words, “Well done good and faithful servant!”
Equally it cannot be possible that those who do not ask the questions; who have no interest in their environment, Creator, Saviour or their own welfare don’t hear the soul-terrifying words, “Get away from me! I never knew you.”
Thank you for reading this post today. My advice is to ask the right questions and respond positively in faith.
* My thinking in this is that if Jesus could step into my life and touch me (like he did yonks ago) then He can do the same in other peoples’ lives no matter what I say or do. Furthermore the scriptures say that no one can confess Christ without the Holy Spirit, so as far as I am concerned it is up to the Holy Spirit to do what He wants to do in and with others. Of course I am not stupid; I know full well that He will use me if I am around and doing and saying what He wants, but my goal is to LOVE and speak the truth, to be obedient and faithful, not to CONVERT. Preachers and evangelists out to convert people are one of my pet peeves. I give ’em an A++ for effort but a Z– for wisdom.