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Some Songs, for what it’s worth

November 4, 2017

Won’t Get Fooled Again” is one of my all-time favorites:
The Who – Won’t Get Fooled Again:
That song gave us “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss”.
That’s what you get with violent mob revolutions.
The world-wide revolution that Jesus Christ started is sweeping the world in spite of everything Tyrants and Captains and Kings and “Grey Guards” and “Interplanetary Guardians” can do, whatever they’re calling themselves these days.

Some of the songs from the Kinks are thoughtful ones. This one is anti-war:
Kinks, Living on a Thin Line

But then, they sang in nostalgia for the lost glories of the British empire:
Kinks, Victoria

A description of “A Well Respected Man“, in times agone now, by the Kinks:

Enough of the Kinks, here’s a relevant one for a certain time for a certain collection of states.
Animals – We Gotta Get Out Of This Place: A good song for those who are still stuck in the States

The Who is The Seeker, keeps on looking but not finding what it is he is seeking and without even knowing what it is. But in the lyrics the songwriter makes clear that neither Dylan nor the Beatles nor Acid Rock had the answer to what he was seeking.
Reminds me of a verse: “..ever learning, never coming to the knowledge of the truth…” –2 Timothy 3:7

Then there’s Don McLean with a mournful  lament about the fall in the level and quality of popular music and the fall of the original rock and roll genre into dark and deadly depths. American Pie:


Controlled drug wars and rock music of the 1960s and 1970s

July 10, 2014

(Pre-datum) My son is a music producer. He says every minute of every day on the music stations is paid for by the guys who run the industry. He said it’s supposed to be illegal (payola) but they “find ways”. They play a song constantly till the audience gets used to it.

When I found out about it, I thought it was very curious (read “suspicious”) that Timothy Leary was a CIA agent. Especially since other whistleblowers of the day said the hard(er) rock of the 1960s was pushed to soften the kids for drug  sales. How about that, that’s when Nixon ramped up the drug wars.

Friend of mine in college was torn up because he was a (Trotskyite!) Communist but the Beatles he loved (?) sang “count me out” of any violence, dissing Mao by name! Then he excitedly told me one day he had discovered the chorus was singing “Count me in”. Maybe. It “inspired” me to listen carefully to my favorite group for the slogans I wanted to hear, but nope, not there. The only subtle message was one song I realized drove the more suggestible into unlimited and uncaring drug use by the effect of its lyrics. It occurred to me later on that this same band sang Sympathy For the Devil.

It made me furious. Listened to other groups. Yep. Eugenics with ego stroking in one song, “Your mind, your mind is a thoroughbred”. Another sang literally “You are a puppet on a string, you will remember everything”. Unbelievable I thought. My friends thought it was nothing. Nobody thought much of it until a psychologist who was a music school director told me there is a word for music, it induces a “mild hypnotic state”.

Argggh. And I loved the hard rock style, alas. BUT there were a couple of glimmers of light in the mix. Don McLean’s Bye Bye Miss American Pie (lamenting the destructive nature of some of the new stuff). It’s gonna be a bright, sunshine-y day. Oh Happy Day. When I joined a missionary movement it was refreshing to enjoy music I could trust written by peers I knew. Mostly really joyous, some sad ones. We used to say it ought to make people “glad, sad, or mad”.

Glad to see some libertarian crooners out there.


Music that says something

March 16, 2014

Enjoy this one by Jeremy Spencer:

Psychic Waste is worse than pollution…. Good point… More the future on music…


CLASSICAL MUSIC: Proven, timeless, pure, and “smart”

June 29, 2013

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Proven, timeless, pure, and “smart” —Amen!


Twins, Science, ESP, Music, Messages

February 12, 2012
Landing of the Pilgrims by Cornè, Michele Feli...

Piglrims landing in Massachussets

I’ve always suspected that twins would be the most sensitive –at a distance– to each other’s feelings, desires, thoughts…

This reminded me of my intellectual travel through my college and post-college years.

I am a “child of the 1960s”, that agitated generation that was among the first affected by court decisions that declared that America was no longer a “Christian” nation. It had been culturally Christian since the Pilgrims landed, something even the never-“BiblicalTime magazine recognized once upon a time in an edition that the Bible had been the dominant force shaping the cultural and political landscape from the time of the Pilgrims.

But in my first class in high school, the teacher first thing he said was, Let us get one thing clear, right now, he said, the Bible is wrong, period. He didn’t say it like that of course, what he said was that we were created by “evolution”, nothing more, it’s a fact, period, and he would not tolerate dissent.

What a clueless know-it-all idea! I’ve learned since then that the same group of religiously and fanatical Darwinists accuse believers of claiming to “have the corner on truth”!

That was the first volley in the attack on my simple childhood faith and by the time I had gone through my years of college I was not only atheist, but had been a mild agitator in my own right against the Vietnam War and against capitalism.

But thank God my mind did not shut down in stupor like some of my peers.

Because I knew about phenomena like the twins article at the aforementioned link, I began to think about the related science. High school-level physics tells us electronic impulses generate electromagnetic fields, and high-school biology tells us that our nervous systems depend on constant firing of electric charges in combination with chemistry.

One plus one is two, but the next question was, why was research into the obvious possibilities at absolute zero??

It became evident over time that the reason was that the group of people who would be the researchers had decided it was “unscientific” and just refused to go there. Actually there was a subtext there too: such things were “religious”, “spiritual”, too hot to touch for “science”. After all, “science” supposedly proved all religious ideas wrong. Pressed on it, they might invoke “lack of evidence”, by which they really meant, they were not interested in exploring any evidence.

That was the unspoken context of government education. Still is. Genesis One is wrong, goes the narrative, and Christians were among the worst abusers of power of history, blah blah blah. Now, after talk radio was unleashed from the “Unfairness Doctrine”, and a few years of Internet free speech market, the word is out, that it is okay to recognize the obvious: That the worst abusers of all history have been the officially atheist Marxist regimes of the 20th century and even the 21st century. The worst abusers of the last half of the 20th century in second place are some of the Islamic nations, though not necessarily all of them, and historically they were not so consistently totally brutal as the atheist regimes.

Okay, anyway, on goes my story.  Undeterred by the lack of interest by “scientists” in following the confluence of physics and biology where it would lead, I decided to see what materials were out there about ESP (“extrasensory perception), “psychic” phenomena, and other things beyond the “edge” of science. “Tachyons” were already a subject for science fiction, a major hobby interest of mine as well.

I remembered prophecy as a real thing from my Dad’s sermons. I couldn’t find stuff on these subjects except the ones that tended on the “spooky” and crazy stuff. The most promising was an experiment at Stanford University (I think it was) that found they could get people to control the type of brain waves enough to type on a remote keyboard.

Prophecy, what is also called “premonition” or “clairvoyance”, was another thing to think about. This led to memories of sermons about prophecy from childhood days.

I had read one of Isaac Asimov‘s multitude of writings, where he had talked about Bible prophecy and concluded for you that it was all a bunch of nonsense. Self-fulfilling or vague he said.

Not an expert, but I knew that was wrong, vaguely remembering some of the things from earlier. That is now a blur, but ever since then I’ve learned of thousands of very specific predictions in the Bible and outside the Bible.

So that led me to do some research in the Bible, though I was still atheist, thinking there might be something there to learn about growing some ability in this area or find out more about these phenomena.

It led to thinking about everything again.

Hats off to my very liberal Geography teacher in high school, Cleveland High School in St. Louis, we all loved that guy. He emphasized at every turn that we should all think for ourselves about all things. He provoked us in political discussions too, and moderated class discussion about how to decide our vote in elections. He explained why he voted a straight Democratic Party ticket, but he was not a demagogue about it and he didn’t call dissenters names, and he made us feel that we would not be ostracized or humiliated if we dissented.

What a contrast with the religiously Darwinian fanatic, the Biology teacher.

So not necessarily just because of that Geography teacher, my mind began to wander outside the strictures pounded into us by government education, that we were not to take the Bible as history.

Boy oh boy what a ride it was after that.

I decided that the truth was the goal, no matter what it looked like. As in, open your mind to the truth even if it looks like a narrow truth.

Once that closed-minded barrier broke, following facts, science, history, and logic where it led, it became a road back to a lonely faith. Lonely because it was faith in God but all my peers were now steeped in the anti-faith indoctrination, and did not very open then to reason or rationality.

Other things were going on in my life too at the same time, other slow-forming epiphanies.

I was also getting sorely disillusioned with the fellow anti-war demonstrators and fellow leftists. None of them were much interested in my desire to join forces with the unions to overthrow capitalism. Unions were middle class by then. I remember some of the construction worker wildcat strikes in the news when I was a kid in the 1950s, and remember thinking that the hourly pay they were demanding was astronomical.

And working Americans at the time were heavily patriotic, too. We called them “hard-hats”, and in the early years they were furious over anti-war demonstrations. At one point, there was a pro-war march about half a million strong through central St. Louis, my home town.

But it didn’t take too much to see through the elitist leftist leaders. During those days, Pacific Gas and Electric raised the rates in the area for electricity, and their members, union workers, went on a wildcat strike, demanding they roll back the rates as their top demand!

At the time, a student body leader known as a leftist, led a group of us to something I think he needed to do for academic credits. It was a study of poor people of some theme or another. We went to East St. Louis, on the other side of the river, and went down to the riverbanks of the Mississippi River, and he did his oral interview with a black fellow there who was tending to a few hogs he had there.

About a hundred feet downriver there was a big electric tower, and there were two hard-hats there, remember, these were workers for PG&E. I suggested hey, look, these are the workers we need for revolution, let’s go talk to them. These rich kids –it was an expensive Ivy League university (I was there on 100% scholarship and loan)– starting with the “leader”, could not have snorted any more pig-like than the pig farmer’s hogs when he spit out his epithet: “hard-hats”.

That was my disillusion with that movement. Plus, with seeing the capitalists behind every bad thing happening, why did the Communist “alternative newspapers” treat the JFK assassination like it was nothing to think about, ho-hum?

Then there was rock music. A friend who was a “Trotsky” Communist who also loved the Beatles told me he thought there was a subtle pro-revolution (of the violent kind) message in the Beatles song that seemed to denounce violence for changing the world, which to us seemed a contrast to another one (“A working class hero is something to be”).

Wow. I was at my favorite group the Rolling Stones for singing about everything BUT revolution. Even “fighting in the streets” seemed to be for biker gangs, not us. So after that tidbit about the Beatles, I put on the headphones and started listening to all the Rolling Stones records my radical sociology professor had, because I was renting a room from him at the time.

It was a frustrating few weeks looking for a hidden revolutionary message, until finally one song’s “message” became clear, an exhortation to overdose without care, a message to welcome that “monkey on my back”.

The disillusion became outrage. From there I listened to the other albums I had liked so much. Jefferson Airplane told you “your mind is a thoroughbred” –if you could get through “baby you’re dead”, stroking the ego into eugenics, breed the race. Then there was “The Band”, telling us out loud we were puppets on a string, if you could undo the subtle psychology of the lyrics preceding that used association tricks to sublimate the conscious.

Some readers by now are thinking, Yeah, I knew that. Others are going, Wow, that’s right! Some others stopped thinking back at “monkey on my back”. But then there are psychologists saying “Yep. Light hypnotic state”.

My disillusion turned into frustration because none of my friends thought it was any big deal.

Shortly after that, my college years were over, and I moved my pre-induction draft physical to where the U.S. Statistical Abstract said there were the most medical deferments, North California. I had friends already in Berkeley, California.

The day after the doctors failed me in the exam for medical reasons, I met some street missionaries from the street missionaries that lit fire to the Jesus People movement and spent the afternoon with them.

A couple of months later, I returned to California from St. Louis to join this movement to change the world.

And that’s how it can be done. One heart at a time. You can’t wave a wand and impose goodness and light and  “democracy” on people who are not used to it, even if they yearn for the freedom that comes with a republican form of government. East Germans went through a lot of pain when they merged with their richer cousins of the West. Russia went through some pains with the partial privatization of their economy.

And the “Arab spring” is turning into an “Arab caliphate” ruled by mullahs of the Muslim Brotherhood, thanks to meddling. Better to support the Christians behind the Muslim Wall, and show them the God of love, and the life of resurrection, that wins hearts and minds to the truth.

Religion and churches vs. real faith

January 15, 2012

Great poem and presentation by this guy Jefferson. It has enough views it can count as “viral”:

I like that verse at the end:

But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. – Romans 4:5

That’s they way it has always been, too, because:

[It is of] the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.–Lamentations 3:22

..and nobody ever earned any spiritual points from God through his righteousness or obedience (What, did you think they were better than us, Mr. Scofield?):

Psalm 14:3.The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, [and] seek God.
4.They are all gone aside, they are [all] together become filthy: [there is] none that doeth good, no, not one.

Jesus called the leaders of the most respected religion of the day, “whited sepulchres” and “children of hell”, and they called him a prophet of Baal. The “Bereans” were “more noble” than the other guys, though.

Nicodemus blew the whistle on his fellow leaders of the Sanhedrin, the other “rulers of the Jews”:

The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

Nicodemus said “we”, he did not say “I”. This exposes the lying hypocrites of the Pharisees, do not pull your punches, speak it plainly. The rulers of the Jews knew who Jesus was. They didn’t want a Messiah and here’s the proof. After Jesus rose Lazarus from the dead, some of the witnesses went and told the chief priests and the Pharisees:

John 11: 47 Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles.
48.If we let him thus alone, all [men] will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.
53.Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death.

So maybe Jesus on the cross was talking about the ones who “[knew] not what they [did]”, so maybe he meant the Roman soldiers who had no clue..

One way to tell today that a Christian or a leader among Christians is of God is a clue Jesus gave us:

Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets. – Luke 6:26

Jesus held back on openly and strongly blasting the Pharisees until toward the end of his earthbound ministry, but Matthew 23 is one of the strongest blasts in the entire Bible against making temple worship your religion, and you’ll note that you don’t get too many sermons on that. You hear a lot more on the beatitudes.

No one ever earned righteousness or salvation, not even Job, God’s ” servant Job, that [there is] none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?” You have heard sermons quoting him, “Though he slay me yet I will trust him”, even as he refused to curse God and die.

And even as he protested to his friends that he didn’t know why he was hit with calamity, he said:

“If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: [if I say], I [am] perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.” Job 9:20

Some people use the book of Romans to say that salvation by grace was some new thing and did not exist before Paul’s “revelation” (looking at you, Cyrus Scofield). But we see from Romans 3:12 that Paul’s new perspective was one he realized was always there in Psalm 14 before, which was emphasized by repetition in Psalm 53:

Psalm 14:2 The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, [and] seek God.
14:3 They are all gone aside, they are [all] together become filthy: [there is] none that doeth good, no, not one.
Romans 3:11 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
3:12 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.

Thank God for the mercy he shows us, the grace, and the fact that he does not lay our sins to our charge when we accept his grace.

Psalm 103:14He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
15 For as the heaven is high above the earth, [so] great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
16 As far as the east is from the west, [so] far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

Jesus also said the actions of the religious rulers of the day testified to the fact that they were of their fathers that persecuted the prophets. He told us in Matthew 24 that there would be false prophets in the last day that would say Jesus is Christ but would deceive many (verse 5). And that was one of the first signs of the end that Christ gave to his disciples in that chapter. We are living in those last days.

Let us remember that Christ came to condemn no one, but through him we all might be saved.

Right after the famous John 3:16, the Bible summarized in one verse, Jesus said:

John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

We have a good concrete example of this in John 8, one that we would do well to pay attention to:

John 8:10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

The woman had broken sacred law, the ten commandments. Pastors preach on this passage and do get the point about forgiveness, and how Jesus Christ forgives sins, and does not require us to pay for them spiritually.

But sometimes we fail to apply the lesson very broadly. There is a better way to conquer sin that throwing stones or passing laws against sins that one commits against one’s own self. Rather than condemn them let us love them into the kingdom and learn how to say “Go and sin no more”. The one that loves more is the one that has been forgiven the most, not the one that the Pharisees are stoning to death.

It’s not the ones that yell insults at funerals who win souls, it’s the ones that take a man dying of AIDS into his arms and reassures him that even now, Jesus will forgive all and receive him into heaven if he will just accept him.

I John 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
I John 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
Micah 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what [is] good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

There is a time for everything, the scripture says in Ecclesiastes. Now is the time to tell the people that have been deceived in the pagan culture that surrounds us, that we love them, we as Christians do not mean them harm, but that we love our enemies.

We want to love the pagans and the Muslims into the kingdom, and like St. Francis, we would rather show the love of Christ than the sword of judgment. It is reported that he won the heart of the Sultan of Egypt. Francis of Assisi continues to be a testimony among Muslims today. On one missionary trip a Muslim began to get very angry upon learning that my missionary partner and I were Christians, and went on in crescendo until I mentioned that we had the Christianity of Francis.

“Be not overcome with evil but overcome evil with good.” This is how Son of Hamas was won, the son of one of the founders of Hamas, Mosab Hassan Yousef:

He now is one of the strongest witnesses for Christ, and one of the strongest testimonies against those who would wage a jihad against the entire world. Some Christian voice unfortunately are beating the war drums over the danger a “nuclear Iran” presents, but Mosab is an example of how hearts change. The love of Christ stopped gladiator sports in ancient Rome, stopped slavery in the earliest centuries after Christ, and made Christianity into one of the major faiths in the world today, and shamed the world into ending many other outrageous practices.

Mosab says that it was the Biblical passage where Christ says to “Love your enemies” that touched him, because he was repulsed by the brutal treatment in prison by Muslims of their fellow Muslims.

Let us live the love of Christ as he loved us even while we were yet sinners.

On 1/12/12 12:06 PM, Alan_Cassidy wrote: