Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Satan's Masterpiece: The unrivaled evil of modern monetary policy

But Jesus remained silent and did not answer.  Again the high priest asked him, "Are you the chosen one, the son of the blessed one"?  And Jesus said, "I am, and you will see other enlightened individuals who have secured first hand knowledge of established power coming to shine their light on the dark things established power has done which keeps the perfect world from being realized. For as great flashes of insight become understood around the world, so will be the evolution of humanity".   (Mark 14:61-62 and Matthew 24:27)

Henry Ford Sr. once said, "It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking or monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning." 

Indeed, every citizen of the world needs to come to understand the truly malevolent design of our grossly immoral and highly ineffective banking and monetary system - the root cause of all senseless human suffering existing in the world today.  Now is the time for universal insight concerning the Universal Basic Income - how and why implementing the Universal Basic Income in the manner described in this essay can fix what ails our current monetary system and why implementation of UBI will lead to an evolution in our humanity.

What is UBI?  Universal Basic Income is a set amount of income given freely to every adult citizen  - enough income to cover the basic necessities of life - food, shelter, clothing, medical care, etc - based on the current minimum acceptable standard of living of any given area in the world. Implementation of UBI should serve as the foundation of a reformed monetary system – a new system which at long last acknowledges the intrinsic value of every human being, regardless of their current situation or station in life.  An enlightened monetary system that fulfills the needs of the people rather than the desires of the wealthy and bankers.

How should UBI be funded?  The only feasible way to perpetually fund UBI will require a simple, elegant change to the world's current monetary system - not just a clever new tax plan.   UBI should primarily be funded by overturning the 'immoral' aspects of the current federal reserve banking system.   Specifically, UBI should become a part of the process by which NEW money is allowed to come into existence – the method by which the money supply is expanded.

To grasp the power and promise of the Universal Basic Income requires a basic understanding of why our current monetary system is an inefficient and grossly immoral system and therefore, quite logically, a system destined to create ever-expanding economic inequality - through debt - which in turn promotes civil unrest, crime, hunger, and war.

Perhaps you have heard the old saying, 'Money doesn't grow on trees'.   True, money doesn't grow on trees, it is instead created out of thin air, by a system known as Fractional Reserve Banking.   Fractional Reserve Banking (and more recently Quantitative Easing) is the primary means by which all NEW money - money that never existed in the world before - comes into existence.   It is this aspect of the monetary system which is intrinsically immoral and must be reformed in order to facilitate the implementation of UBI and advance true economic prosperity and justice in the world.

Under the rules of the current system private lending institutions have been granted the God-like power to create NEW money – money which never existed in the world before. Under the current system NEW money can only be created when people are willing to take on new debt. People borrow newly created money from lending institutions and then spend that money into the economy for whatever purposes they have chosen – thus stimulating and expanding the economies of the world.  However, that NEW money must ultimately be paid back to the bankers - along with interest.  So banking institutions ultimately become the owners and true beneficiaries of all newly created money.  This method for creating new wealth is the primary reason that of the roughly 7 trillion of new wealth created in 2015, 82 percent of that new wealth became the property of one percent of the world's population.

Because this money being created is no longer backed by anything tangible, something of equal value which already exists in the world (like gold) - this money is called fiat money. There is currently no commodity or system which secures the value of this newly created debt money - other than the powers granted Central Banks of the world to serve as the bank of last resort - to create money if necessary.  Several times each year 'The Fed' makes a public show of pretending to be able to keep our monetary system safe and relatively inflation free by announcing what the interest rate shall be for a set period of time.  Since the crash of 2000 that rate has been at or near zero and trillions of FREE money has been introduced into the monetary system through a process called quantitative easing (money just given freely to banks) - definitive proof that the system is not able to be regulated effectively by interest rates alone.

The current system for creating NEW money is immoral because it ensures ever-expanding wealth inequality by creating ever increasing amounts of debt.  The current system provides no way to ever pay off the world's ever expanding debt, since no new money - other than new money created by debt - is allowed to enter the system.

In a fair and just fiat monetary system everyone should be entitled to OWN a share of any NEW monies created through the money creation process – not just bankers.  Rather than allowing NEW money to come into existence only through DEBT owed to a small percentage of individuals, the vast majority of all NEW money should come into existence by way of a Universal Basic Income.  The world population as a whole should be the true beneficiaries of all newly created money – not just bankers.

Implementing UBI will also prove to be the most efficient way to manage and expand the economies of the world. Developed nations do not currently need, nor can they continue to sustain, vast sums of NEW DEBT in order to grow their economies.   Developed nations need populations with adequate and predictable quantities of money to spend - which in turn causes the existing and newly forming industries to prosper and expand globally - ultimately bringing prosperity to the entire world.  

As multi-national corporations, which supply the bulk of the world's essential products and services, become more and more automated the trend will continue to be the loss of good paying jobs world-wide - particularly in highly developed areas of the world.  UBI will serve as the catalyst for another highly beneficial phenomenon which will address the issue of job loss and wage decline.  UBI will facilitate the birth of a much more humane form of capitalism.  Voluntary Capitalism (True Capitalism) will begin to augment and eventually replace the current version of capitalism – which is a form of Forced Capitalism – a form of modern day slavery.    Voluntary Capitalism is capitalism which is financed – not just by bankers – but by UBI. Voluntary Capitalism is born from an individual's desire to provide some unique product or service to the world - but does not require the high degree of financial success currently necessary to sustain 21st century dog eat dog capitalist enterprises.

Consider the millions of family run businesses lost in developed nations in the last century due to an inability to compete with huge multi-national corporations.   Many of these small businesses would still be here today had UBI been able to augment the incomes of those small business owners.   Many people have a strong desire to work for themselves, to be unique independent productive members of society - or to work for a small family owned company.   However, the need to compete with giants while maintaining a 'livable' level of financial success has deprived many of their ability to work in the professions of their choice.  The loss of small family run businesses in the developed world is a cultural tragedy as well as an economic tragedy.   Family run enterprises knit families and communities together and create the ideal atmosphere for raising children blessed with hope and optimism for the future.  UBI will provide the income foundation necessary for anyone to pursue the profession or business of their choice and will restore financial and cultural health to communities.

It is perhaps impossible to list all the benefits of UBI, because the implementation of UBI will alter the very nature of our humanity.  When the life-long struggle to compete with one another just to survive has finally been lifted from the citizens of the world the mental health of the entire world will be greatly impacted for the better. This will inspire more empathy in humanity which in turn will promote the type of cooperation necessary to achieve things currently deemed impossible.  Indeed, even world peace and the elimination of dire poverty, chronic crime and civil unrest will eventually follow the implementation of UBI.

When will UBI be implemented? When grassroots political movements are able to force their governments to act.

Great resistance will be offered by powerful forces to keep UBI from becoming a reality.   Disinformation, fear and force will be utilized to try to stop the implementation of UBI.   UBI will be branded as 'unfeasible' by the ruling banker class through their puppet economists, politicians and corporate media outlets.   Spurious arguments such as, "If UBI is enacted everyone will simply stop working and society will collapse", will be advanced.   

The truth is, it is the rare individual who does not wish to engage in meaningful work throughout their lives and the few text experiments implementing UBI show the vast majority of us hope to prosper well beyond the basic necessities of life that UBI will provide.
Another predominate argument against the implementation of UBI will center around the belief that large injections of cash into economies 'logically' creates runaway inflation.  This argument ignores the fact that all forms of inflation can be regulated out of existence by any government willing to put the brakes on greed based inflation within their economies.   The only 'true' and therefore unavoidable type of inflation is inflation caused by scarcity. 

Fear is the primary driver of all catastrophic inflation - when a population suddenly loses faith in the value of its own currency. Fear will very likely be the weapon of choice in the fight against the implementation of UBI.
The world would be wise to heed the wisdom of Thomas Jefferson when considering any argument advanced by the banking industry and their mouthpieces opposing the implementation of UBI.   In a letter to John Taylor written in 1816 Jefferson wrote, "I sincerely believe, with you, that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale."

Money is faith concept.   A nation and world willing to retain faith in the value of its currency can and will work miracles. A Universal Basic Income is a foundational principle of the world as it should be, a second-coming revelation.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Ten things Jesus can't say in an Evangelical church

This essay contains ten 'common sense' interpretations of some of the most cryptic and provocative sayings attributed to Jesus found in New Testament scripture. These interpretations are actively suppressed within Evangelical Christian Churches in order to maintain fundamentalist Christian orthodoxy, which in turn enables oppressive political regimes world-wide.

Jesus lived in a time and place where speaking truth concerning religion or politics in mixed company was not just 'impolite' but also a good way to end your life ahead of schedule.  Therefore, Jesus hid some of his most scathing commentary of religion and politics within very carefully crafted allegorical sayings - 'for those with ears to hear'.   Jesus described his cryptic teaching as seeds, concise packets of allegorical information which after the metaphorical code is cracked and the sometimes equally mysterious topic of conversation is deduced, those seeds then bloom into insightful 'common sense' understandings of the nature of reality - truth which can be demonstrated to be truth.  If you have ever read a saying of Jesus that seemed 'out of character' or left you simply scratching your head then chances are you have missed out on some of the most significant and self-empowering teachings of Jesus.

Like many who have experienced traumatic life-altering spiritual experiences I once sought to better understand my own experience through the lens of traditional religious teaching.   While traditional religious institutions provide the invaluable benefit of a supportive, like-minded community, these same institutions are often guilty of instilling dogmatic, irrational beliefs in the minds of young people ill equipped to foresee the grave danger embracing these beliefs can pose to their future mental health and their ability to acquire a fully informed, accurate and self-empowered world-view.

Fundamentalist denominations of Christianity, Islam and Judaism teach their followers to believe everything written in Scripture is truth - completely inspired texts which contain no error, contradiction or falsehood - books which speak as one voice - the voice of God.

This singular religious belief, more than any other religious belief, has the power to transform a person, once endowed with the virtue of common sense, into an irrational and disturbingly delusional individual, susceptible to all manner of psychological manipulation and even severe mental illness.  No mind retains the ability to read and judge scripture soberly after embracing as 'insight' the belief that all scripture was inspired by God, the voice of truth, and the voice of falsehood was somehow magically prohibited from the commentary.

Scripture contains wisdom and truth.   But scripture also contains contradiction and falsehood (both intentional and unintentional).  Those unable or unwilling to attempt to discern the difference and who spend a great deal of time studying scripture develop a distorted understanding of the nature of reality and are in danger of becoming enemies of themselves as well as enemies of truth.  Those who lack the benefit of a sound education in the history of world religions and the history of the creation of canonized scripture are at a particular disadvantage.

The promotion of the belief in scriptural inerrancy has always been institutional religion's greatest gift to sociopaths, hucksters and self-serving political manipulators and perhaps most significantly, the lessor angels of one's own mind.  No one who fully embraces this particular religious belief escapes the negative consequences and no one abandons this belief later in life without significant psychological scars.

Delusion - Definition:
An altered state of consciousness induced by embracing as 'insight' a false belief concerning the nature of reality.

Side effects include:
1.  Inaccurate perceptions of reality.
2.  Diminished ability for sound reasoning.
3.  Mistrust / fear of those not holding the false belief.
4.  Strong mental bias for thoughts supporting the false belief.
5.  Strong mental bias against thoughts opposing the false belief.

The interpretations in this essay have been derived, in part, from the following set of metaphor pairings - (Which can prove useful when attempting to interpret other allegorical sayings attributed to Jesus in the New Testament).

1. Eye:  How one sees the world, one's understanding of something
2. Body:  One's conscious and unconscious mind
3. House:  The collective beliefs/understanding governing one's mind, one's world view
4. Kingdom:  A philosophy or theology - a collectively held understanding
5. Son of Man:  The enlightened or evolved individual, future humanity
6. Demon:  Delusion, Consciousness controlled by falsehood
7. Angel:  Benevolent Consciousness controlled by truth
8. Unclean Spirit:  Consciousness controlled by unhealthy, destructive, self-destructive beliefs about God
8. Devil/Satan:  Malevolent consciousness controlled by falsehood
9. Hell:  A delusional state leading to mental and physical torment
11. Heaven:  Depending on context: The world as it should be, the perfect/ideal world - or - the unseen world, the quantum world, the world of mind
12. Kingdom of Heaven:  The philosophy of the perfect/ideal world

Below are ten Common Sense Interpretations of some of the more cryptic sayings attributed to Jesus found in the New Testament.  The common sense version (in red) is followed directly by the New International Version translation of each scripture (in black).

1.  Mark 4:24-25
Be very careful if you attempt to interpret sayings attributed to me.  The reasoning you use will be the measure of your success, and even more importantly your ability to soundly reason will determine the level of your success in all your intellectual endeavors throughout your life. Those who have sound reasoning will embrace informed rational assumptions and conclusions about both me and my teaching, which will lead to a deeper understanding of both me and the things I teach.  Those who do not use sound reasoning will embrace irrational assumptions and conclusions about me and my teaching.  This will nullify the value of the teachings of mine they did understand.

New International Version  -"Consider carefully what you hear," he continued. "With the measure you use, it will be measured to you--and even more. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them."

2.  Matthew 23:15
Woe to you conservative religious leaders who teach that God is the author of scripture, you hypocrites. You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have finally succeeded, you make them twice as delusional as you yourselves have become. 

New International Version - "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are.

3.  Matthew 16:11-12
How can it be possible that you don't understand I was not talking about bread when I said, be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees?  Then the disciples understood that Jesus was not telling them to guard against the yeast used in bread, but instead to guard their minds against the many falsehoods taught by religious leaders who teach that scripture was authored by God - which gives rise to irrational and delusional thinking.

New International Version - How is it you don't understand that I was not talking to you about bread? But be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees." Then they understood that he was not telling them to guard against the yeast used in bread, but against the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees. 

4.  Matthew 6:22-23
How you see the world illuminates your mind. If your perception of the world is correct your whole mind becomes exposed to insights. If your perception of reality is wrong your whole mind becomes exposed to fallacies. Embracing a fallacy as though it is an 'insight' makes the mind delusional. 

New International Version - "The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

5.  Matthew 5:29-30
If your spiritual understanding disturbs and confuses you, better to approach life with a world-view void of any settled spiritual understanding, rather than have your whole mind thrown into delusion, and torment.  If your first hand spiritual experience disturbs and confuses you, it is better to reinterpret or ignore that spiritual experience than to have your whole mind enter a state of delusion and torment. 

New International Version - If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.  And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.

6.  Mark 3:22-29
Prominent religious scholars explained, This man dispels demons by Satan's power.  

So Jesus called them and answered using symbolic language: How can a person's delusions be dispelled by offering them more falsehood?  Theology that contradicts itself has no solid foundation.  If your world view contains contradictions your mind becomes unstable.

And if a person controlled by hate begins to hate themselves as well, while attempting to juggle a world view full of contradictions, that person will end up losing their sanity. The fact is you can't help a person who has become pathologically delusional because of their strongly held religious world-view without first forcing them to re-examine their unhealthy understanding of God, then you can pick apart the various delusional elements of their world view.

The truth you need to know is this: The psychological consequences of any sin can be alleviated. But while one holds a false belief concerning the nature of God the negative psychological consequences of holding that belief will always remain.

New International Version - And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, "He is possessed by Beelzebul! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons."

So Jesus called them over to him and began to speak to them in parables: "How can Satan drive out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.  If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 

And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come. In fact, no one can enter a strong man's house without first tying him up. Then he can plunder the strong man's house.  

Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin."

7.  Matthew 12:43-45
When a person who holds unhealthy beliefs concerning God suddenly feels disconnected and estranged from their God they also experience fear, doubt, guilt, and confusion - so they go searching within themselves for a way to relieve their fearful feelings and mental distress, but they don't find it.

Then because they have been taught to fear God and religious authority they seek the advise of religious authority. After consulting with religious authority they then re-dedicate themselves to their same old unhealthy way of thinking about God.  But in order to successfully rededicate themselves and secure relief from their fearful feelings they will find they must first forfeit their intellectual integrity, by sweeping away any thoughts which might challenge their unhealthy beliefs concerning God.

Then that person cultivates and sustains their unhealthy religious worldview by surrounding themselves with like-minded people who have become even more irrational and intellectually dishonest than they have become.  So that person becomes worse than before their crisis of faith.

So it will be with this generation of irrational, fearful and intellectually dishonest religious leaders and their followers, those who
 become delusional by envisioning God as the creator of evil, an instrument of judgment, oppression and destruction, while using scripture to validate their unhealthy thinking.

New International Version - When an unclean spirit comes out of a man, it passes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it.  

Then it says, 'I will return to the house I left.' on its arrival it finds the house vacant, swept clean and put in order.  

Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and dwell there; and the final plight of that man is worse than the first."

So it will be with this wicked generation.

8.  Matthew 5:17-20, Matthew 16:19, Matthew 13:44
Don't just assume that I have come to abolish scripture because you have heard me contradicting scripture and exposing the irrational thinking and hypocrisy of those who believe God is the author of scripture.  I have not come to abolish scripture, I have come to fulfill scripture's apocalyptic expectations.  

Because the sad truth is until there becomes no distinction between a coming perfect world on earth and this current earth in the minds of those who harbor apocalyptic expectations these poor people will remain fearful of and obedient to scripture.  Religious zealots will continue to attempt to establish even the most outrageous trivial minutia of scripture as the law here on earth.  This will continue to happen until people become convinced that the messiah has come and the intellectual foundations for the new world have been established - then people will gradually stop being slaves to the irrational dictates and fallacies of scripture.

Therefore, because of the current situation, if an enlightened person attempts to set aside aside one of the least significant commands of scripture and teaches others to do the same, that person will be persecuted and labeled by religious zealots as someone who has little understanding of how the perfect world should operate.  But the person who practices and teaches all the irrational and burdensome commands of scripture will be labeled by the same zealots as someone who is a visionary who has great understanding of the perfect world.  

What I have consistently been telling you is this, unless your intellectual integrity surpasses that of those who believe and teach that God is the author of scripture you will certainly not acquire understanding of the philosophy of the perfect world.

I will give you the key principals of the philosophy which establishes the foundations of the perfect world.

Note: (i.e., Love your fellow man as you love yourself, treat others as you yourself want to be treated, demonstrate your love by doing good for even your enemies, don't fear and envision God as an all-powerful judge but instead envision God as love, the father of benevolent consciousness, capable of only good) 

The philosophy which governs human behavior, the laws and institutions that you yourselves establish on earth will determine whether or not heaven is established on the earth.

Understanding how the perfect world can be created on earth brings joy and inspiration to people.  But the perfect world will remain hidden and unrealized until the people who have this understanding devote their lives to seeing the perfect world revealed and established.

New International Version - "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 

For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.  

Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.  

For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.

I will give you the keys to the kingdom.  Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field.  When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy he went and sold all he had and bought that field.

9. Matthew 5:27-28, Luke 20:34-36
You have been taught that wisdom dictates you should not be sexually unfaithful in marriage.  But I tell you the heart desiring to own someone sexually is already being sexually unfaithful.

Jesus replied, People of this generation marry and are given into marriages of family alliances.  But the people who are fortunate enough to live in more enlightened generations - and in the life that comes after death as well - will neither marry nor be forced into marriage - and they will no longer die; for they will become people whose minds are controlled by love and truth.  They are God's children, since they are children of the afterlife.

New International Version - You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery.'  But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery in his heart.

New International Version - Jesus replied, The people of this age marry and are given in marriage. But those who are considered worthy to take part in the age to come and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage, and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels.  They are God's children, since they are children of the resurrection.

10. Mark 14:61-62,  Matthew 24:27
But Jesus remained silent and did not answer.  Again the high priest asked him, "Are you the chosen one, the son of the blessed one"?  And Jesus said, "I am, and you will see other enlightened individuals securing first hand knowledge of established power coming to shine their light on those dark things established power has done which keeps the perfect world from being realized.

For as great flashes of insight become understood around the world, so will be the evolution of humanity.

New International Version - But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer. Again the high priest asked him, "Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One? And Jesus said, "I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven."

New International Version - "For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man."


Final thoughts:

Peace, prosperity and enlightened democratic government will never be fully realized without meaningful intellectual reform within institutional Christianity, Judaism and Islam.  As long as churches, mosques and synagogues continue to promote the belief in scriptural inerrancey, institutional religion will continue to unwittingly inspire self-destructive apocalyptic world-views in believers and retard the progress of positive social and economic change.  Corrupt political power will continue to utilize scripture and the fear of God as a weapon to maintain control of the political thinking of those captured by the destructive power of religious fundamentalism.

Author's notes - for those with ears to hear

Voices other than the voice attributed to Jesus found in scripture teach that we are sinful fallen creatures (rather than evolving creatures) who must be saved from the coming wrath and judgment of God.  However, Jesus clearly taught in New Testament scripture that both he and his father (His God) judge (condemn) no person. A clear contradiction.  Jesus taught that his 'teaching' would judge (categorize) people.  Neither did Jesus state anywhere in scripture that he would return to earth to judge and rule over the world.  This idea is fully the product of other 'mysterious' voices in scripture and tradition.

The fate of those who speak against fundamentalist orthodoxy
For this reason (and others) I believe, as did early Gnostic Christians, (The first Christians to be persecuted by other Christians) that the fundamental 'salvation' teaching of Jesus could be summed up in this way: People do not need to be saved from the wrath of a jealous, judgmental and vengeful God - unless they have already fallen into belief in such a God, but instead need to be saved from the dire consequences of holding a false understanding of the nature of God - and to become self-aware of the destructive psychological consequences of attributing false attributes to one's God.  The mind - and by extension your life - manifests and is subject to the God you yourself have envisioned or been taught to believe in.

The convoluted and often contradictory doctrines of fundamentalist Christianity offer only a partial cure for the mental illness fundamentalism inspires after the salvation experience.

To my brothers and sisters who bear the wounds and scars of religious fundamentalism, I wish you well.

The cruel, irrational God of the Pro-life advocate

There have been some unspeakably wicked things done in the name of God over the centuries. In my lifetime I can't think of a more wicked act done in the name of the Christian God than the nefarious campaign to teach Christians that God opposes abortion.

In Frank Schaeffer's autobiographical book - 'Crazy For God' - Frank reveals that his father, Francis Schaeffer (the defacto father of the pro-life movement) came to regret his participation in the politics that would spawn the pro-life movement within the American Republican Party. In Frank's later book - “Sex, Mom and God” - Frank illuminates further the corrupt politics that brought regret to his father's last days. Both of these books, as well as Jonathan Dudley's book 'Broken Word: The Abuse of Science and Faith in American Politics' are excellent resources for anyone interested in knowing the full convoluted history of the anti-abortion heresy being taught in Evangelical churches today for the purpose of maintaining political power in America.

People of faith have wrestled for years with the abortion arguments. Only in the last few years have I come to fully understand the deeply flawed and socially destructive nature of the anti-choice argument.

Safe medical abortion is a relatively new phenomenon in the world. When this procedure was unexpectedly legalized, in 1972, many in the Evangelical Christian world began to wonder out loud where Jesus might stand on the issue of abortion. There were no centuries old church decrees concerning abortion in existence, so the responsibility initially fell on the individual believer to decide for themselves what the 'will of God' might be concerning abortion. 

Although abortion was widely embraced as a godsend by many respected Christian thinkers during the 1970's, including Southern Baptist theologians, opposing forces soon emerged intent on re-shaping the layperson's understanding of abortion - for political purposes. Anti-abortion activists and authors such as John Rushdoony and Francis Schaeffer began teaching that abortion is an unprecedented form of last days evil and those who practice it commit murder.

With doctrinal uncertainty brewing in Evangelical America, some leaders within the Republican Party saw an opportunity to seduce a larger segment of the Evangelical voting block away from the Democratic Party by making abortion rights a hot-button political issue among politically minded Evangelicals. Frank Shaeffer and his father were commissioned by Republican political operatives to create several films designed to teach American Evangelicals that God opposes abortion – that abortion is nothing short of murder. These films were then  shown in Evangelical churches throughout America.

This is a thumbnail history of how many Evangelical Christians were first taught to believe God opposes abortion. 

This essay will attempt to expose why the pro-life argument is flawed from both a 'Traditional' and a 'Non-traditional' Christian perspective.

First, what's wrong with the pro-life or 'anti-choice' world view – From a traditional Christian perspective of God?

The logic of the pro-life world view begins its trajectory off the rails by denying that the creation of human life is an extended process initiated - not by God - but by the will and actions of human beings.  Pro-life advocates also declare a fetus a person and that person-hood begins at conception.  A similar statement of false logic might be: A stack of lumber is a house. Pro-life advocates stray further from logic by insisting that the soul – or one's self-awareness and personality - come into existence at the moment of conception as well.

If it is true that all conceptions are the will of God, then the pro-life position could remain somewhat logical from a traditional Christian perspective.   But if one believes that not all conceptions are the will of God - such as conception from rape, incest or casual sex, then the pro-life position quickly becomes illogical.

But the most illogical aspect of the pro-life argument is the wholly illogical assumption that it is God's unchanging will that all human conceptions result in live birth.  That God - were he to be given a choice - would never prefer that some conceptions do not result in a live birth.

The belief that God desires all conceptions come to term simply because men and women have managed to produce a conception is illogical because it strips God of autonomy of will once conception has occurred.  So no matter if that conception came about as the result of rape, incest or sex between partners unfit to be parents or for any other reason, the pro-life worldview strips God of autonomy of  will to desire the termination of that conception.  God's hands have been tied.   A similar statement of false logic would be: I successfully robbed a bank so now I should assume God wants me to keep the money.

It is illogical to think that just because a man and woman have managed to mix an egg and sperm together it must therefore be God's will that a child be born in the world.  In humanity's distant past conception might have been considered an act of the will of God never to be interfered with, but doctors today can produce conceptions on demand in the lab by simply mixing the correct ingredients. Humans and humans alone are who have been given the power to bring forth conception from the void - not God - the will of God need not be consulted to produce a conception.   Any mad scientist can mix the ingredients which starts the process which leads to the creation of human life.

The anti-choice worldview is promoted in our Evangelical churches by means of very powerful manipulations of the emotions, along with a preference for some scripture verses over other scripture.   Fear and ignorance is the real foundation of the pro-life advocates argument.

Fundamentalist Christians would do well to settle all the conflicting scriptural arguments concerning human reproduction with the only passage of scripture describing the creation of human life. Genesis 2:17 (KJV) “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” 

This passage of scripture states clearly that the creation of a living soul is a process and not an instantaneous event.  The human soul – one's self awareness and personality - does not come into existence until after the breath of life has entered the body and yet the pro-life advocate declares that a human soul comes into existence at the moment of conception.

Scientists now understand, in part, why nature often aborts a partially developed fetus through miscarriage.  Chromosome damage is routinely discovered in the autopsies of miscarried fetuses.  Chromosome damage leads to DNA replication errors, which causes birth defects.   

Evidently nature is much more concerned about ensuring a healthy body for a potential human soul than it is about the destruction of a fetus through miscarriage - because nature is by far the most prolific abortionist of all.  Researchers currently estimate that well over half of all human conceptions end in spontaneous abortion.   Some conceptions don't implant in the uterus while others detach after an extended period of gestation.  Why, dear pro-life advocate, is nature involved in such murderous behavior?

Our evolving understanding of miscarriage reveals that nature is at work using her particular brand of wisdom to ensure that not all conceptions result in live birth - attempting to create the perfect human body - for the sake of the soul which will ultimately be required to inhabit that body.  Humans must use their own evolving understanding of reproductive biology in a similar fashion – to abort when necessary - to ensure that no child is born with a defective body needlessly.

So, what's wrong with the pro-life argument - From a non-traditional Christian perspective of God?

A majority of people understand it is illogical and highly counterproductive to oppose reproductive choice.  Abortion is often the most rational course of action for the sake of the woman, her family and the potential child.  Those of us who do support reproductive choice need to better understand how people involved in the pro-life movement begin to become incapable of thinking rationally about the abortion issue.

The answer lies in the psychology of belief in God and the psychology of delusion.  Delusion is a powerful state of mind which when induced divorces one from certain aspects of reality and restricts one's ability to think rationally.  A delusion is induced by embracing any significant 'false' belief concerning the nature of reality, or as Jesus explains in New Testament scripture, "If the light within you is darkness, then great is that darkness." 

Jesus also teaches in New Testament scripture that there are lasting negative psychological consequences for anyone who believes and teaches something false about the 'nature' of God.  Jesus called the induction of this particular delusional state, blasphemy against the Holy Spirit (The unpardonable sin) - being in a state of believing something untrue concerning the 'nature' of God - ascribing wicked attributes to the nature of God.

Leaders of the pro-life movement unwittingly ascribe wicked attributes to God by inferring it is the 'nature' of God to desire women to participate in the creation of life process against their will (should it be necessary) and to bring children into the world after a fetus has been shown to have birth defects.

This is the perverse theological foundation of the pro-life argument, once you strip away the emotionally charged false narratives about murdering babies and claims of fetus person-hood pro-life advocates employ to snare their prey.  Once a conception has occurred the 'nature' of the pro-life vision of God becomes no different than that of a super villain in a horror story - a mad scientist demanding that his breeding stock carry their fetuses to term at any cost.

Nature is by far the most prolific abortionist, utilizing her own encoded wisdom to ensure the viability of a fetus before birth takes place.  The God envisioned by the pro-life advocate denies that humans should use their own wisdom in a similar fashion, to ensure that no child is ever born unwanted, unloved, severely handicapped or without the vital resources to thrive – the most crucial factors that ultimately ensure the viability of a child. 

The God of the pro-life movement has been envisioned by those who unwittingly and recklessly attribute wicked and irrational attributes to the 'nature' of God. Those who come to believe in this vision of God are stripped of their ability to think rationally about abortion and become enslaved to their fear of the anti-choice God.

Women contemplating giving birth because of their fear of the pro-life vision of God would be well served to discard their fear – which is not of God – and be sober and circumspect while making their reproductive decisions, because every newborn child will be subjected to the circumstances of their birth.  Only the individual woman knows if she should allow a conception to come to term.

Until institutionalized fundamentalist religions undergo significant intellectual reformation the world will remain at war with itself politically over the issue of abortion and children will continue to be born into environments unfit for the well being of their souls while all of mankind suffers for it.