In this post I share details of maturing, mentioning the process of sanctification (the Christian concept) and dealing with truth – something that is fraught with challenge as we all think we want it, but actually most don’t. I note that we have to push ourselves beyond the comfort zone in order to learn, grow and mature. I cover the two most important subjects in life – faith & money. Enjoy.
Every golfer knows that you have to push the ball through the hole in order to get the ball into the hole. Tapping that little dimpled thing to the hole doesn’t cut the mustard as you often fall short. You have to aim and play past the hole so that the ball first gets to the hole, then rolls in, on its way past the hole. A putt past the hole has a chance of getting in. A putt short of the hole never has a chance.
This principle is one I try to live by, hence my online ‘handle’ VICTUSINAMBITUS. It’s Latin. victus – life, living or way of life; in – on, in or at; and ambitus – to encircle, go around, the circumference. or the edge. Translated: Life (or living) on the edge. Sometimes you fall off but you never miss an opportunity having lived life to the full.
The consequences of this lifestyle are that one has a greater understanding than ‘normal’ because you’re continually asking questions, but you also have a few more bloodied noses than ‘normal’ because you’ve p*ssed off a lot more people in the process! Bring in the Christian worldview then and a bit of time, and you should have a little bit of wisdom as well!
There are a few theological differences to this sanctification thing, but keeping it pretty simple, sanctification is the process of becoming like Christ – maturing. Upon realising, more particularly accepting, that Christ is the Messiah (God’s gift to mankind) we don’t suddenly become angels, nor does perfection suddenly descend on us and take over.
The process of coming to Christ is actually a lifetime thing, not a one-off event. I wish that well-meaning Christian evangelists out to convert the world would understand this a lot more than they do. Sure there is usually a point of recognition when we “get God” or in my case, “get zapped” and this is what is called the conversion experience, getting saved, or (depending on your theology) born again, but life is a continuum and learning is a lifelong thing. The salvation thing is important in the sense that it is a turning point but it is only one part of this continuum. Each individual has their own walk of faith and if we have faith we will trust God to do His thing in His time and in His way with or without our do-gooding.
One of my pet hates is the propensity for Christians to disengage brain upon salvation. The reality is that the organised mainstream church is as much a system as it is a collection of godly believers and belief. Except for the first century when without structure it literally changed the known world, in the first 1500 years or so it had a name and a shape in the form of the Roman Catholic Church. Since Martin Luther did his little rebellion act this has morphed into a motley collection of denominations, as well as ‘mother-ship’ herself, but the God I know, love and serve had a lot to say about systems, and it was all bad! Jesus kept his most violent reactions and condemnatory verbal heat especially for the religious leaders of the day. That’s why I call myself a non-denominational Christian and have deliberately not submitted to the denominational system for the last decade or so.
It is my take that there is more genuine faith and greater opportunity to engage, love and bless outside of the church systems of the day then within, and that this has been the case since year dot.
If we take Jesus at who He said He was (the Son of God), and use His example as a pattern for living, we note a few factors that are vital to our correct understanding:
- He fulfilled the Old Testament Laws and explained that He was doing this;
- He maintained an intimate relationship with His Father – Jesus hearing and obedience were the key;
- He was real, genuine, spoke it like it was and was prepared to pay the price – He also did this knowingly and unflinchingly.
In a nutshell, God’s Laws as defined in the Old Testament set down the Creator’s blueprint for living. He’d already explained that there was a huge conspiracy afoot to destroy His creation. It started in the Garden of Eden, yes I firmly believe, a literal physical place, with a literal physical couple, literally physically created. It then spread through to the rest of the earth and all hell broke loose – yes literally too!
In this context (that mankind was going its own way), rebellion and rejection of a relationship with Him was the new norm, God’s word (what is called the Torah, or Law) became the benchmark from which to measure human conduct. The role of the prophets was to draw the people back to the Torah, which set the standards and expectations. Jesus’ outworking of the Law shocked the people of the day, for in a large part they neither knew nor understood what was God’s intent for living. In a sea of greed, self-interest and religious self-righteousness, Jesus’ words, lifestyle and relationship were paradigm-shaking.
In any culture and at any time where it has gone off-kilter with lies and greed, when we stand for something true and loving, we must expect a challenge. The nature of this challenge is always the same – unravelling deception. To put this in reverse it is to show, or speak the truth, in love of course.
Identifying the truth is actually quite simple, but it’s not always easy for pride prevents us seeing reality. This the first thesis: The truth is self-evident to the humble or put the other way, humility is a prerequisite for knowing the truth.
The truth also has no need for violence, nor is it in a hurry. It simply is. The other dudes however need to hide things, push their weight around and hurry people along. Does it really need trillions of dollars to get a message out on how to save the planet from [enter the latest scare here]. Do we really need laws to prevent natural research into a historical event such as the Holocaust? To do basic research and to question a mantra peddled with extreme force by a powerful vested interest is simply natural and logical to me. Why on earth this makes me a bad person or one that hates a certain people-group beats me. I simply ask questions and follow the money and evidence and draw a conclusion that there are porkies being told!
The next lesson I’ve learned is that truth is actually more than an abstract – it is a person – the Person of Christ. This was a huge learning experience and a paradigm-changer for me. I was seeking truth as an abstract but came face to face with a living thing, a Person, and that this requires a relationship. It moved my seeking from the intellectual into the experiential. I talk about my conversion to Christianity as “getting zapped”, but this is colloquial language. It is more intellectual to put it that I came to a recognition that Jesus was alive, and through the Holy Spirit, He laid a seed of faith within me. Whatever the case, or how ever it is described, the Truth (capital “T” now) if He is who He says He is, requires a response. This is seen by the evidence that when those who met Jesus next moved (either away from or towards Him) their lives were never the same again. You cannot say that about a tree, or a vehicle or a dream or a thought, but any encounter with the Truth always requires a response, and this response often determines our future.
I spend a lot of time researching and writing about things others want kept secret. It is sometimes the actions of criminals or conmen where I show them up for what and who they are. Also conspiracy things are often involving deception and the hiding of critical information. In the Samoan context I’ve exposed and commented extensively on the Samoan cultural tendencies to conceal corruption and immoral conduct, some of it is not so much evil but just cultural differences, and of course I talk about the biblical things where Christians [often] misrepresent the purity and simplicity of Jesus identity and message for religious purposes – again sometimes well-meaning but immature. Some of my work explains the misunderstanding of cults, psychiatric conditions and people who are ‘different’.
In all of this, I have learned (and quite dramatically too) that most people claim to want to know the truth, and most genuinely believe this of themselves, but in fact that claim is highly conditional and the reality is different. It’s not that they are lying consciously about it, it is that they are generally not prepared to pay the price to live with it when they find it. The Master spoke about this as well – a camel through the eye of the needle for example, actually a reference to forcing a load to be unburdonned in order to get the beast onto its haunches and through the small low-hung after hours access door.
Like un-peeling an onion, where there is skin after skin to take off to get to the core, so too with the truth. Going straight to the core is hard for most people. For example if I said simply, “Jesus is the answer, and you should submit to Him ’cause you will do eventually whether you like it or not!” unless you’re really unusually open or had some pre-knowledge or belief, this would be classified as kooky, but starting small and growing into it helps people a lot more. Dealing with conspiracy stuff first, showing that there is deliberate mass deception – over JFK, or Pearl Harbour, or 9-11 or Sandy Hook or the Moon Hoax or [wait for it] the Holocaust Hoax increases our understanding of reality step by step, and in time we can come to the biggy – as we humble ourselves, or are humbled by circumstances or facing the end of life.
As we come to see how we have been deceived in some areas, we can then see how we’ve been deceived in others – such as cultural stuff, or scientific stuff, religious stuff, or financial stuff. It’s too simplistic to say, “The Illuminati rule the world!” and this cutting to the chase doesn’t go down well with the majority who will (quite naturally) push back and say that it’s all conspiracy stuff, and write it off. What happens is this process of humbling ourselves, or being humbled as we push through.
That’s the theory, but pride being what it is, many stop short, unwilling to pay the price. We may accept that the media lie but still watch the news on TV. We grizzle about corruption and opine about crooked politicians but we still vote. We know that the global financial system is unsustainable but still invest in stocks. We suspect that the Moon landing thing sounds fishy (I mean they haven’t ever been back, and the photos are clearly doctored) yet we’re not prepared to go out on a limb and actually say that it’s all BS! We are unsettled by the possibility that a group of people we instinctively don’t trust spin a story about gas chambers and make it illegal to question something, but we’re too scared to share that hint of doubt, let alone do the research. We know that there is something different about the name of “Jesus” and that there is something a bit deeper behind the “Christ” in Christianity but do not read or study the bible.
In each case, we’ll dig far enough to show ourselves that we’re seeking the truth, but the moment it gets too deep and the cost of truth gets up there, we’ll back off. Such intellectual dishonesty is the norm. We all do it. For truthseekers though, it’s a matter of pushing through the pain, paying the price and moving onwards in the same direction. It’s not so much that we do something (like research, ask questions or dig into an issue) it’s that this is who we are . . . it’s a lifestyle thing. It’s like a fish that swims, or a bird that flies. It’s what we do because it is who we are.
There’s a reward for those of us who do this ‘for a living’ . . . it is that in time, we understand things far more than those around us. For me, a guy who has historically struggled with self esteem issues, it is my payday when people supposedly more intelligent, more powerful, more learned than me come to me and seek advice. Three times in the last week I have had people who by ‘normal’ criteria would be in no position to seek my opinion, actually do this. One was a lawyer of decades standing admit that he knew nothing about the [legal] doctrine of penalties – a concept that basically says that any penalty clause in an agreement is unenforceable. I knew not only what it was, but how it applied into the legal situation of a guy I was helping. On another occasion I was approached by a powerful business leader who made mention of my blogging, and wanted to engage meaningfully, and in yet another situation I had occasion to correct a recognised expert professional in a vitally important subject. An author and someone I respect hugely in many areas simply hadn’t pushed through in one area of learning in which I had.
It’s not an, “I’m the best and b*gger the rest!” approach. It is that when you do humble yourself, push through and pay the price to learn something you can get to understanding it, and that means that when you share it (like I do), you can have meaningful influence. I don’t seek to change the world and make it a better place. I just do.
For example, when victims of the Path of Truth ‘cult’ run by Victor Hafichuk come to understand the operation, healing can occur. Understanding the way that he uses people by appearing to know more than them and how his own unique way of viewing the world is different to the way I see it, which is I think a lot closer to reality, helps make the world a better place. Sure, exposing hypocrisy and personal issues is hard and unpleasant at times, but if it protects some, helps others to understand and yet others to heal, then the world is a better place as a result.
In this example, I didn’t commence an investigation into PoT, like I did into IRTA, or Ormita, or Qoin – I simply lived life on the edge; engaged naturally with them and things developed from there. They could have ignored me and I would have gone away. Paul Cohen though whacked into me, along with Victor and his ‘advisors’ and the rest is history. I never set out to become an authority on the ‘cult’ but I have become because I pushed through.
I referred earlier to the reward of asking questions and paying the price when we push through to the truth. I explained that this brings increased knowledge, and that this can benefit those like me with a need for affirmation. But it runs a lot deeper than this, and I’ll try to explain the significance of this using a correct understanding of money – not only what it is but how we are being deceived and what it means for us to be trapped. While money is a key issue, there are many other examples where the same principle applies – faith, sexuality, health, politics, inter-personal relationships, social issues, and in the physical world (particularly around nature and natural things) as well.
Money is simply a record of a half completed transaction. When I sell you something you will give me something to represent that value yet to be returned to me. It can be an IOU (physical like on paper or just spoken and remembered), or it can be perhaps a coin that gives me the power to go and buy what I want from others in the same society that respects that coin’s purchasing power. This is the essence of money – a record of debt. When we realise that a coin is actually a debt by the government, or central banks, or the private individuals who own/control the Bank of International Settlements, this causes us to see money for what it is – an aberration. When these issuers of debt are found to be bankrupt and everybody loses all with the global implosion that must occur soon, those of us with no money and who consciously operate outside of the monetary system will laugh at the simplicity and purity of what we do. This brings a richness of living, by establishing relationships that have real value (social capital) instead of being focussed on and having to live by money-related things.
The next level is to truly understand the way that enslavement occurs through the charging of interest. This is not just a matter of degree such as “Oh well it is ‘excessive interest’ that is the killer!” or any misuse of interest by evil people. No, it is that poison is poison, no matter the dose or who distributes it or how. Interest compounds and is immoral, ungodly, unnatural, unsustainable and enslaving – period. It is totally prohibited in scripture and for good reason. Knowing (as mentioned above) that the issuance of global Legal Tender is by private interests, we can thus see that global enslavement by the elite not only exists but the method by which it occurs. My Short Story, The Eleventh Man explains this if you still struggle with the concept of interest.
Knowing how evil outworks not only allows us to use it (if you wish) or to avoid it is all very well and good, but when you INVERT this knowledge you have a positive experience in life, rather than negative or even neutral. People largely think that increasing knowledge allows us to avoid curse or trauma or error. This is true but this brings neutrality. I seek and gain blessing which is substantially more than the absence of bad. This concept is embodied in the Jewish word “Shalom” which as I understand it means much more than the neutral, e.g. the absence of war. It moves into a wholeness and active well-being where we have positive health and wealth and a good life.
I have a friend who recently said to me, “When I die you can have all my tools!” OK, and why did this person say this? Because I was a friend. That’s all. I deliberately went out of my way to be her friend when I knew that she didn’t have any and would struggle to get any with her personality and life experiences. I was happy to have a friend, and so in time that friendship developed. In pure financial terms there is a benefit in excess of my investment – I helped her with a few things without pay when she wanted to pay me and one day she will give me much more than I could afford to buy. You say, but that is only natural – yes I agree but it was a deliberate, conscious decision to “live on the edge” that prevented money things getting in the way.
In another example, I was seeking some old workshop tools for an upcoming project and was introduced to a guy who needed help. I offered to help him and gave him my time, heaps of it BTW, to ‘help him out’. The deal to buy some of his old stuff that he didn’t need has morphed into something totally different to that which we first discussed. We’re now mates and money things are hugely less important than giving to each other now. There is a richness that flows from being mates and pushing money things to the background.
Is this all natural? Of course. The point though is that when you deliberately remove money things from any human equation (which is what I consciously did when I chose to give) you get back to a richness and wealth that is very real and often in much greater proportion than the monetary equivalent. But you need it to pay the bills you may say. We never have enough of it, you may also try to counter. Yes, but no! When there is a global event (or even regional) that prevents all from using Legal Tender, people do not all just curl up and die – oh no, no, no! They get creative, engage meaningfully and solve their problems. All I’m saying is that deliberately doing this BEFORE the rest do because they have to is wise.
This systemised giving and deliberate avoidance of the systems of the world is a key plank of Jesus’ message and flows from pushing through, asking questions and understanding reality. He worked in what is called the “gift economy” and gave profusely of what He had, with ALL His needs met from those whom he had built up social capital. One exception was the temple tax and utilising His knowledge of fiscal wealth within a fish, and I’m sure there were more times in which He engaged with the financial systems of the time but the vast bulk of His teaching and example was avoidance of the political/financial structures of the elite of the day. Assuming that it is genuine, and not a backdoor tool to manipulate or to gain from giving or blessing, then we are in a much better situation than before when we systematically seek to give.
This knowledge, these skills are the things that will come globally when the political and financial systems of the day implode. The day that the BS money we are all forced to use (by law) dissolves can’t come soon enough for me. People fear a crash because they can’t see the blessings inherent in change, and especially not forced change, but I can’t wait! First I really, really want to see the bankers and the politicians run for the hills and try to hide. Secondly I can’t wait for a global consciousness change where people turn to building relationships based on truth and the necessity to help others in order to survive, rather than greed and consumerism that is all economically driven. I also know that the Creator will be seen to have smarts in abundance as, yet again, He is shown to be right, in control and worthy of the respect that He is.
Chin up! What’s your question?