Attention CITIZENS OF THE USA: Why I will NOT Be Celebrating “4th of July” The Same Way You Will Be.


Angry Red Dragon. (c) Anne Stokes – at: http://www.topdesignmag.com/

I find very little reason to be celebratory of a now-shallow, futile LIE of a “holiday”, in light of the way the United States of America’s current state of affairs be, these days!

Instead,

I will spend the day, which is more like an ordinary day to me, with lots of prayer and supplication to those I pray to, for the sake of all of us, as a “nation” of People, not “laws”. I will also seek to spend a majority of the day teaching the People WHY this day should be better honored and cherished, by actually living it to its full meaning and intent: “The preservation and expression of FREEDOM and LIBERTY for ALL, not just the select, politically-favored few.

We have, for far too long, allowed those who are unfit to rule over us, dictate what we can and can not do, what we can and can not say, what we can and can not think, what we can and can not believe, what are and are not our enforceable rights, – all under “the color of law”! We have been superficial, very lazy, lying to ourselves, allowed ourselves to be continuously lied to and about, allowed others to dictate to us who and what we are, and worst of all – SUPPORTED ALL OF THESE WRONGS, BECAUSE: “THEY ARE THE LAW”! I am soooo sick of hearing it, time and time again, excuses of every stripe and color being used to justify WHY we should give up on the remainder of our rights, and enjoy the “safety” being provided to us through this legalized “protection rackett”, all because the so-called experts and “legal scholars” keep telling us “it’s for your own good, your protection“.

So really,

Just exactly WHAT reason is there to “celebrate” the ever-so-increasing, gradual corruption and enslavement of an entire “nation of The People” that presupposed itself to be the “Land of the Free, Home of the Brave“??? Have we been so softened up by all the TV-sports, “enter(train)ment”, “church” sermons telling us to “obey, without question all orders by government“, and the continued assaults on our personal health and actual safety FROM despotism, all because it is all supposed to be “good for us“??? Even the genuine Divinely-Inspired Souls would see the huge disconnect from reality here! Especially those of us who, in reality, “walk with the Dragons and their delegated guides” should know the difference between these lies (all of them) from what is supposed to be the Natural, Divine Reality of Being, AND experiencing life – and all it has to offer!

So please indulge me, for a moment,

As I relate and pass on to you, WHY the Dragons, and the Dragon-Symbolism mean so much to me, WHY they play such a significant role in my daily life, AND WHY they are the basis of my spirituality and my practices. This may also explain WHY the modern “church” despises anything related to “dragon” and dragon-symbolism. This may take us a little down that unknown path of what it is truly like to be “dragon” and/or of the Dragon-Soul. This is a path I explore, every moment of every day. Not a single day passes by, where I do not at least render a prayer, a “thank you”, or some spiritual and Divine act of interaction with the Dragons of the other realms, and of this one. There is not one instance where I would ever be curseful or upbraiding towards my Dragon Family and their (and my) allies.

For one,

My belief system became evident, several years ago, as to WHY it was actually incompatible with most (if not virtually ALL) of the current “new-age” movement, as well as incompatible with the modern “churches”: It was because it is a path of Self-Realization, and individual responsibility. Dragons grow old and wise on the food of individual-empowerment through realization, personal responsibility and accountability, and living to the highest standards of integrity, coupled with knowing which battles are worth fighting for, and fighting the valiant fight when called upon to do so. The might of a Dragon, is in his (or her) Heart, to start with. The Great Fires of Courage and Strength, are what powers any goal a Dragon may have. The Heart, is where all the energy and power is concentrated, by force of Will, and discharged towards achieving the intended goal. This is done with forethought, measurement, and a sharp focus on achieving the end result, while braving the “elements” of fear, uncertainty, and apprehension, through constant practice and refinement. The Dragon does NOT shy away from controversy, as a matter of any perceived political pursuasion nor pressures, in order to achieve that which is right, balanced, and in keeping with the Divine Natural Law of things.

Two,

The Dragon seeks total liberty to be, and to express itself as a Divine and Powerful Being. The Dragon knows when He/She is being imposed upon, by an opposing force that seeks His/Her enslavement and eventual “destruction”. The Dragon is not so easily enslaved, and not so easily beguiled into accepting a servile role. The Dragon is a co-creator in the Universe, and beyond. One of the main things of a Creator AND/OR Co-Creator goes on to “create” (and, if necessary, destroy), are Realities. These be created from the voids of Chaos, and the ashes of the various false “realities”. – THAT, is why many “churches” and their doctrines fear the Dragon, and all He/She stands for!

Thirdly,

In talking about this day, in the supposed “Age of Reason”, it seems that everything about today, and all that occurs now, is everything BUT reasonable. Those who scream the loudest about “tolerance”, are everything BUT tolerant of the differences of opinions, beliefs, political thinking and persuasion, and life habits. The “Age of Reason” has been anything BUT reasonable, across the entirety of the Natural “Human Condition” and experience! The Dragon is all about Reason, and the Natural consequences behind it, and BECAUSE of it. The Dragon constantly may define and redefine His/Her own reality, and affect a part of the shared reality. It is THIS particular Power that most modern “Witches” pay lipservice to, but often times, relegate to wishful thinking on their part. Then, THAT becomes nothing more than a mere fantasy, to only be talk-shopped about, but not truly acted upon! The Dragon, should be regarded by ALL witches, as the ultimate, archetypal essence of what it is to be, a Divine Being, filled with the Power to make any possibility happen.

To bring this all Home:

I harken all ye, to heare this message, for one and all,

It is time to fully wake up! Your houses and denizaries are about to burn in the fecundities of out-of-control political power and averice. Those who lord over you do NOT care of nor about you! You are but a pawn in their grandeose “game” of posturing and power-plays. There is proof, fact, and evidence aplenty – that your country (and mine) now burn on the funeral pyres of apathy, laziness, ignorance, mendacity, and self-righteous false-indignity. Our wonderful “nation”, “Land of the Free, Home of the Brave” – is being summarily cremated and put out to the realm of the forgotten! Those things and deeds we choose to NOT do today, will be deeds and acts never known, and never ventured, towards the possibility of a brighter future, for ALL OF US, not just for the select few, who have all our (pillaged) resources at their disposal. The Dragon can not, and shall not help us all, if we are to refuse to help ourselves, and our various kin, from the problems and travails we helped ourselves into! The Dragons only help those, who show their worthiness of receiving their help. – The true sign of the respect of free will!

Our past and ancestry knew of the Power and the Wisdom of the Dragon. So where have WE gone wrong, in these modern times? ? ? The Dragon, as a liberator, simply shows us how, and guides us towards, LIBERATION FROM ANOTHER’S YOKE OF SLAVERY, IF – we choose do to so. If it is one major lesson that the Dragons have led me to: It is that FREEDOM STARTS FROM WITHIN!

Then, and ONLY THEN, can Freedom truly Ring,

In this Land of the Free, Home of the Brave!

 

– Rev. Dragon’s Eye,
Founder and Chief-Elder Dragon of the Temple,
TEMPLE OF THE ANCIENT DRAGONS

 

Wolf Spirit

Angry Wolf

Advertisements

New Trend: ‘Radically Inclusive’ Churches That Embrace All Religions And All Lifestyles


If you want as many people to attend your church as possible, why limit yourself to just Christians?

New Trend: ‘Radically Inclusive’ Churches That Embrace All Religions And All Lifestyles

by Michael Snyder,
End Of The American Dream
March 25, 2015


If you want as many people to attend your church as possible, why limit yourself to just Christians?

All over America, “radically inclusive” churches that embrace all religions and all lifestyles are starting to pop up.

Church services that incorporate elements of Hinduism, Islam, native American religions and even Wicca are becoming increasingly common.  And even if you don’t believe anything at all, that is okay with these churches too.

In fact, as you will see below, one Presbyterian minister in Oregon is even inviting people to “bring their own god” to church.  But if these churches don’t really stand for anything at all, what is their purpose?  And what does the popularity of these churches say about the future of religion in America?

One such church that has gotten quite a bit of attention lately is led by D.E. Paulk.  The son of Earl Paulk, he was once considered to be the “heir apparent” at one of the largest megachurches in America.  But these days he leads worship at a church that recognizes “all gods and prophets, including Mohammed“…

The Spirit and Truth Sanctuary, which D.E. founded in 2012, welcomes everyone from Wiccans to atheists, Hindus to Muslims, recognizing all gods and prophets, including Mohammed.

‘[Scandal] has a way of wiping out the things that keep you from being authentic,’ he said.

‘All you have left is who you are. The games are gone… If there was anything I wanted to say I thought would be unacceptable to the church, now is the time to say it.’

After much soul searching, D.E. established his church based around one principle: ‘Christ cannot be, and will not be, restricted to Christianity‘.

Paulk insists that there is “no hell except what one creates with one’s own actions“, and he is very proud of the diverse group of people that currently attends his services

Today, the church is a rarity on many levels: interfaith, interracial, a mosaic of people deep in the Bible Belt where many churches remain segregated. The church has gay couples, college students, agnostics, some Muslims and even a Wiccan priest. Pictures of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi adorn the walls.

A stained glass window looming over the pulpit captures the spirit of the church. It’s a design that contains a Christian cross, ringed by symbols from Judaism, Islam and Hinduism. In the middle is a dove, which symbolizes the spirit of peace that binds them all together.

CNN reporter visited one of Paulk’s recent services, and it was definitely far different from what Earl Paulk’s services would have looked like in the old days…

The service then started to feel like a Pentecostal tent-revival but with an unusual twist.

A group of singers took to the stage and opened with a hypnotic Tibetan Buddhist chant that evoked the spirit of compassion: “Om Mani Padme Hum.”

The chant segued into “Shanti, Shanti Om,” a Hindu prayer for peace. Then as the chanting grew louder, the drums and bass kicked in as the singers switched to a Muslim chant about the sovereignty of God: “La ilaha, Il Allah.”

And of course D.E. Paulk is far from alone.

All over America there are ministers that are going out of their way to be more “inclusive”.

As I mentioned above, there is even one Presbyterian minister out in Oregon that wants people to “bring their own god” to church…

A Presbyterian USA minister in Oregon who says that he doesn’t believe in God—and doesn’t require his members to believe either–remarked in a recent article that he is offended by those who assert that he is not a Christian.

Someone quipped that my congregation is BYOG: Bring Your Own God. I use that and invite people to ‘bring their own God’—or none at all,” wrote John Shuck of Beaverton’s Southminster Presbyterian Church in a guest post for Patheos last week. “While the symbol ‘God’ is part of our cultural tradition, you can take it or leave it or redefine it to your liking.”

Even though Shuck has publicly acknowledged that he does not believe in God, he insists that he is “still a proud minister”, and he gets offended when people try to tell him that he is not a Christian…

Shuck reiterated his unbelief in his article “I’m a Presbyterian Minister Who Doesn’t Believe in God” on Tuesday, as he asserted that “belief-less Christianity is thriving.”

“We all have been trained to think that Christianity is about believing things,” he wrote. “Its symbols and artifacts (God, Bible, Jesus, Heaven, etc) must be accepted in a certain way. And when times change and these beliefs are no longer credible, the choices we are left with are either rejection or fundamentalism.”

But Shuck says that although he rejects the Bible as being literal, and denies the existence of Heaven and Hell, he takes offense when people tell him that he’s not a Christian.

Even though I hold those beliefs, I am still a proud minister. But I don’t appreciate being told that I’m not truly a Christian,” he stated. “Many liberal or progressive Christians have already let go or de-emphasized belief in Heaven, that the Bible is literally true, that Jesus is supernatural, and that Christianity is the only way. Yet they still practice what they call Christianity.”

Elsewhere in the Northwest, other ministers are trying similar approaches.

Just consider the following excerpt from an article in the New York Times

Clad in proper Pacific Northwest flannel, toting a flask of “rocket fuel” coffee typical of Starbucks’ home turf, Steven Greenebaum rolled his Prius into a middle school parking lot one Sunday morning last month. Then he set about transforming its cafeteria into a sanctuary and himself into a minister.

He donned vestments adorned with the symbols of nearly a dozen religions. He unfolded a portable bookshelf and set the Koran beside the Hebrew Bible, with both of them near two volumes of the “Humanist Manifesto” and the Sioux wisdom of “Black Elk Speaks.” Candles, stones, bells and flowers adorned the improvised altar.

Some of the congregants began arriving to help. There was Steve Crawford, who had spent his youth in Campus Crusade for Christ, and Gloria Parker, raised Lutheran and married to a Catholic, and Patrick McKenna, who had been brought up as a Jehovah’s Witness and now called himself a pagan.

Other churches are attempting to become more “inclusive” by being willing to embrace alternative lifestyles.

For example, one of the largest evangelical churches in San Francisco has decided to take a new approach to the LBGT community

Now, San Francisco’s City Church is putting an end to its policy of banning LGBT members who are unwilling or unable to take a vow of celibacy.

What led to the change of heart at City Church? Apparently, Ken Wilson’s book A Letter to My Congregation was a big part of it. Fred Harrell, senior pastor of City Church, feels the mind-changing book “shows great empathy and maturity to model unity and patience with those who are at different places in the conversation, all while dealing honestly with Scripture.”

“Our pastoral practice of demanding life-long ‘celibacy,’ by which we meant that for the rest of your life you would not engage your sexual orientation in any way, was causing obvious harm and has not led to human flourishing,” Harrell wrote in a letter to the church from the elder board. “It’s unfortunate that we used the word ‘celibacy’ to describe a demand placed on others, as in Scripture it is, according to both Jesus and Paul, a special gift or calling by God, not an option for everyone.”

But if people can just “believe whatever they want”, what makes these churches “Christian” at all?

We live in a society in which it has become very trendy to “choose your own path” and in which nobody wants to do anything that might “offend” someone else.

For instance, consider the words that one CNN reporter used to describe her transition from “Christian” to “seeker”…

After years of spiritual reflection and inquiry, I am at a place where I don’t want to feel guilty, hypocritical, judgmental, closed-minded or arrogant. So, where do I stand now — 30 years after “finding God,” questioning my faith, committing sins, seeking hazardous adventure and trying to love life and people to the best of my ability?

I am a “seeker.” A constant seeker within this world, among people and, of course, for spiritual enlightenment of all kind. Because if I did possess the truth — the “final answer” — I am convinced I would spend the rest of my years missing out on the enrichment and surprise of seeking it.

Those are some lovely words.

But it almost sounds as if she is actually afraid of the truth.  It is almost as if she does not want to find it, because if she did it might offend someone.

In the final analysis, this CNN reporter is just like so many other Americans.  Most people end up believing exactly what they want to believe.  And what this CNN reporter wants is to avoid feeling “guilty, hypocritical, judgmental, closed-minded or arrogant”.

Of course there are thousands upon thousands of Christian ministers all over the nation that want the same thing.  They never use the word “sin” because they want people to feel good about themselves.  And they never talk about anything controversial because they want people to keep coming back and they want the donations to keep rolling in.  So they preach messages about how wonderful everyone is and about how God wants to help all of us “achieve our destinies” and make all of us very wealthy.

But meanwhile our nation continues to swirl even farther down the toilet.

In the Scriptures, we were warned that such a day would come…

For the time will come when people will not endure sound doctrine, but they will gather to themselves teachers in accordance with their own desires, having itching ears, and they will turn their ears away from the truth and turn to myths.

So what do you think about the state of religion in America?

Do you believe that churches are headed in the right direction or the wrong direction?

Please feel free to add to the discussion by posting a comment below…


A COMMENT FROM THE POSTER:

Another religiously-intolerant alarmist article, that is commonplace from many of the “alternative media” circles. It is so disheartening that so many “freedom fighters” in this country are STILL beholden to one of human history’s oldest and most powerful mindgames around: “Established Religion”, and varied doctrines and dogmas. Are these folks truly FREE? Are they truly concerned about genuine, natural freedom? NOT if they are still playing the “scare card” as taught to them by their “churches”.

The very reason why so many different churches are coming into existence, and availing themselves to a wider audience comprised of a greater number of differing beliefs and philosophies, is because the current crop of “churches”, from their ancient, power-hungry roots are simply losing their appeal. They are becoming dinosaurs in an ever-increasingly introspective world. The people see the frauds and phoniness that these “churches” have engaged in, without accountability to the congregation, for far too long. The Pontiff is even greatly concerned that the various “churches” and “cathedrals” he oversees, are all losing membership; and losing credibility. They are all holdouts and what is left of system of total control, that is dying out in the hearts, minds, and souls of the people. The people hunger for spiritual gnosis. The people leave the “churches”, starving for genuine answers, rather than more dogmatic, regurgitated excuses for why the world is in such disarray and dispair. This, and why the “churches” have only succeeded in worsening these ills, rather than properly healing them.

I’m sorry, but . . .

Neither the “Bible”, “Qu’ran”, “Babylonian Talmud”, the “Torah”, nor any of the like have ALL THE ANSWERS to man’s complex existence. Absolutely NONE of them have offered any other workable solution, but to proclaim itself “the WORD of God”. None of these (and many other texts) can account for, nor even briefly detail the complexities of humanity, and the general “Human Experience” of the Spiritual and Divine Being (whom each and every one of us are). Plus, these texts were NEVER INTENDED to be taken as literal! THAT is why they were written in symbolism, allegory, and various means of crafted imagery and visualizations. THIS is why most of the great myths, legends, and lore wrer written allegorically – NOT TO BE READ AS LITERALLY. They have passed from generation to generation to generation, as complete and complex as their imagery conjures forth in the minds of the readers and the ears of the audiences. Literal writings lose their original meanings in short time (often, in only a few generations), because written and spoken languages DO change over time (if they are a “living tongue”, that is).

So,

I guess I am “going to hell, to burn in the impossible -lake of fire-“, while these holier than thou “servents of god(s)” live it up in the laughter of our irrational fears?!?

No!

“To HELL WITH THEM, AND WITHOUT ME!”

– “Great Tiamat, Mother of all Their Gods, Be-eth Thou Loved, Oh Great Mother!”

– Rev. Dragon’s Eye,
Founder and Chief-Elder Dragon of the Temple,
TEMPLE OF THE ANCIENT DRAGONS
Revealing the Divine within All Things, Great and Small.”

=> A Temple of Wisdom, for ALL The Divine Children, Dragon – or not.

OA_BTW:

My “Religion”, is DRAGON, Served up with Shamanism of Nature-Divinity. (Now ask me why?)