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From: "PHEBE"
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Sent: Sunday, November 13, 2005 7:36 PM


What I am about to write will not be in favour with many parts of Christendom.

What makes you think it is easy to believe in God? Or is it difficult to trust in God? The reasons why many Christians will find it hard to believe in my message stems from false teachings by John Calvin which they were taught, who happened to follow after many suggestions from the Darkside,which is the infamous slanderer of God, The Serpent.

The Bible colleges, and many Christian books and many preachers has been echoing John Calvin's theories for decades, it even went further than that, its reach were also found among secular intellectuals.

The scriptures warned against Christians for worshipping God as an Idol, and Calvin worship God as an "Idol". The heathen literally worship god in an idol made of wood, or metal, but John Calvin's followers worship God in concept of an" Idol".

Due to the deep rooted mindsets of Christians who were mostly influenced by Calvin's misleading doctrines, my teachings from Truths will shock and disillusioned many Christians. It is unthinkable that anyone will ever believe in the words of John Calvin, who was infamous for slandering God, blasphemies, and he actually burned a human being alive, and in order to satisfy his rage and hatred against Servetus, he asked for green wood to slowly torture him ....via slow- cook.Yet, his followers are aplenty.

Our day, many Christian leaders even Pat Robertson and many renowned man of God also display skewed views of God, and also were influenced by Calvin's thinking and ideas. It is the Bible Colleges that churned out all these false Theories and views of Calvin. Calvin's teachings had the largest collections of books, mostly filled with intellectual jargons and nonsensical words, unfit for Christians.

The scriptures revealed many accidents that happened to human beings, and it shock God and surprise Him but many professed-believers-and stickler- of- the -Word "refute" the Bible because they had find it hard to trust the Bible. While they claimed that they do not understand many mysteries of God, and were ignorant about many things about God, then why they comments on something that they have no knowledge of?

A lot of confusion stems from Calvin's definition of God, denigrating God and place God as "Sovereign", having "Foreknowledge", and "All Powerful", intruding into affairs of human beings, and "Overriding all human will", to the point of "Invasion of privacies", that had become" God's Will has become Irresistible".

"Nothing can happen chance, and there is no accident in God", with such ideas emanating from Calvin, obviously fooled the world, in his definitions and wrong views about the Bible. John Wesley, the genuine servant of God preached that Calvin was a Blasphemer. But Calvin was infamously known as a wicked human being, and a murderer. Some believe that he was an anti-Christ, a wolf in sheep clothing's in Christendom, and I find the latter is more accurate portrayal of Calvinism.

Augustine, a worshipper of Mary, was an astrology who believed in the superstition about Stars in the sky. The practice of astrology is understood as abominations and affront to God, and even sorceries were rudely condemned. The idea of Predestinations was seem to have passed from him to Calvin, and that concept became the mindsets of our world, which gave us "Fate"," Once saved always saved", Omnipotent God, Sovereign God, and Almighty God.

While the definitions of Almighty God from scriptural- understanding by definition is different from Omnipotent God in slight variations, but the meanings and ideas derived from Calvin's doctrines perverted the meaning about Sovereign God and Almighty God.Thus,this confusion still persists in our day, all because of the mixed up of definitions, and the evil slanders by Satan.

When God was surprised and shocked that Adam sinned, the Slanderer explained that God was in pretense of a shock, for God had foreknowledge and knew in advance of all events. An accident occurred in the Garden of Eden, but the Devil teaches that, in God there is no accident. Yet the Word told us that there was accidents, with the exceptional cases whereby, unless a Child love and obey God, all things will work for his own good as directed by Him.

God spoke that He regretted creating man, but Christendom cannot, would not, and refuse to believe in God's words, for they rather trust in the lies of an Evil-one than God, who spoke the Truths. Very few "Christians" believe in the innocence of God, for they rather believed that "He" is guilty, thus blaspheming God without being conscious about it. Up till this day, Christians still believed, and doubt God, and rather see that God surely must have participated in the fall of Man, presuming guilt on God the Creator, just like Eve who trusted the words of Serpent. Who have you place your confidence about your personal eternity , or with whom have you trusted for Eternity?

Up till this day, the independent Will of man, of the Devil, and many human events and spiritual events which are uncontrolled by God, such Truths will never be accepted by Fundamental Leaders. Up till this day, the free moral Will of man, this teachings has never really sank in into the hearts of Christians, the implications and the significance about it. In real actual life, there is really a free moral will of human being, and of the Devil and of God, and even Angels.

God's will was not carried out in this world, and God was not in full control of this World, so Christians must obey God, to bring God's will into this world, to bring Him over here to control most of the things in this world, and Christians are to participate in praying that God's name be not blaspheme, and be kept Holy, from the Lord's Prayers. John Calvin did the opposite of the Truths of God and perverts the Gospels beyond recognitions, and yet very few Christians had that insight to the deceptive words of Satan. I guess out of 100 Christian leaders, good and reputed ones, perhaps only one truly know about the Truths of God on the Lies of Satan found in Calvin's doctrines.

Those who say that God send Tsunami, and send Katrina to destroy lives, as a Judgment, and explained it in their ways, were all very wrong and misguided, even though they have been Christians for 35 years old.

Those who say that God is too loving to send those hurricane to punish innocent and poor people of New Orleans, which they say they know their God as kind and good, were also wrong.

How is it so?

1 did God send Tsunami or did He not? Unless God told you personally, are you not based on Guessing and Poor analysis?

God ever send Floods to destroy this World before. God ever caused many disasters to happen to human beings. Does that mean God also did that in today's world? It is foolish to assume God had done it, when He didn't do anything about it, or got anything to do about it.

God is not an Idol but a Person, having Independent Will and actions. We asked God to do many things, but did Christians asked God to send Tsunami, or Fires from Heaven to burn sinners, just like Elijah who asked God to rain Fires and burned to death about 500 false prophets then? There is no evidence of that.

So where is the false charge that God send disasters?

2, the devil did send a storm to try to drown Lord Jesus and His disciples, but Jesus rebuke the Storms. That Storm was send by the Devils, as clear as from scriptures, and God was not behind that evil events. Can we then all declared, that the Devils send Katrina, and Tsunami to destroy human lives? What is your take on that?

3, The Devil sends almost 99.9 % of diseases and sicknesses to human beings. Human beings also contributed to creating some diseases and virus. On some rare moments, God cause Paul to go blind for a while, so was God the source of diseases and sicknesses? Or was man the source of all diseases? Or was the Devil the source of all diseases?

Obviously, it is accurate by statements and facts, and by reality, we can safely say that Satan is the source of all diseases, the troubles for humanity, and "responsible" for the death of human beings and caused all human sufferings.However, the Devil had the consenting Adults, and the cooperation of our Ancestors, and they sold human beings to bondage, so the problems existed mutually with man and cooperation with the Devils, leaving God out of the equations, so to speak.

The Devil came to kill, destroy, and he is a liar, the father of all lies, so Jesus declared. Do you believe in the words of the Lord Jesus?

If a child was sold to slavery, it is the Parents Sovereign Will and Choices, and driven by the circumstances of the Parents, the buck ends there.

How can the pure Cistern produce muddied waters? So God can never be responsible for human or Devil wrong doings, and was already found innocent of all charges hurl against Him. Although God created human beings, just like your Parent birthed you, and they are never responsible for your actions, as you are independent from them. The Laws will not punish your Parents if you did something wrong by yourself, or do things which are against the Laws.

Each one is responsible of his/her actions, is a true statements. God is responsible for His actions. The Devil is responsible for his actions. Human are responsible for his actions.

My take on Katrina. God allowed Judgment to be entered against them because they refused the God's loving, and benevolent acts of warnings, as given them. But the innocent people also died there, so one may protest.But,for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

There are many people who are decent and good, but suffer great injustices, and are innocent at the sight of Laws, they too received great injustices. A young girl, through no fault of her own, was gang raped, and left to die on the road, at the alley. Their parents grieved, so do her friends and loved ones.

The activities of human, are the activities of human beings. The good and bad deeds of humans, remained as the good and bad deeds of humans. Which is why, we are accountable for our deeds, and to the Courts of the Highest Laws, and to God, and God can never be made to account to human beings, or devils, because God sit as the positions as the Greatest Judge. It is by virtue of the fact that He is God,aka,The Judge. God already declare that He will have final say on all matters, the Alfa and the Omega.

Does God send famine to starve the Israelites and Egyptians, in the days of Joseph? But God help Joseph to remedy the situation for Israel and Egypt, so that they survived.

Yet God did send Lord Jesus to help alleviate human pain and sufferings and injustices, by opening the line of contact, and offer to heal miraculously for all who are sick and having diseases, and made serious promises to all by giving them Eternal Life in Heaven, with a Mansion. Jesus came to help,rescue,and like fireman who tried to put out fires set ablaze on roof-top.

Jesus came to take away the sins of humanity, because of punishment that comes with the wages of sins. Jesus offer to deliver everyone from bondages of the minds, from fears, from unsettled souls,turmoiled souls, from going to Hell-fire, but would you believe in Him?

Jesus came to adopt you into the new Family of God, on condition that you repent from your sins, show fruits of repentance in consistence with your repentance of sins, acknowledges Him and accept His words, and also to trust on Him.

Do you know how to be saved, get assurance by actual experience of joys and peace, and received an enlighten- minds, and truly know where you will end up in Eternity upon Death?


Psychologists now recommend Buddhist meditation to cure many illneses

The Health Report 18 May 2009 Mark Williams, Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK:
Mindfulness Meditation is a form of mental training in which people learn to meditate in a particular way that helps them train their attention. Often when people are emotionally caught up in their own concerns, if they get depressed or anxious one of the first things to go is their ability to control the attention, our attention is hijacked by our current concerns, our worries, our depressions, our regrets, our memories. And one of the first things that mindfulness does is to train people to notice where their attention is going and bring it back to where you want it to be.

Norman Swan:
So give me an example of an exercise you give people.
Mark Williams:
We ask people to focus for example on the feeling of the breath moving in and out of their body. People are asked to sit upright but not stiff, with their head and neck balanced on their shoulders and then to bring their attention to their breath going in and out of their body. You don't have to control the breath in any way but simply allow the breath to breathe itself noticing the sensations, either at the tip of the nose, or in the chest, or down in the abdomen and just notice the in breath and the out breath following one another over and over again. And doing that for 5 minutes, 10 minutes or a quarter of an hour and very soon people will find that their mind wanders and that's fine, that's what minds do. So the task there is just as soon as you notice where your mind has gone to spend a few moments acknowledging where it went and then without giving yourself a hard time bring the attention back to the breath. And that will happen many, many times, you simply notice where it went and then without criticisms and self-judgement bring the attention back to the breath.
Norman Swan:
And there are different exercises, I mean I've spoken to you before and there was one with the raisin.
Mark Williams:
Indeed, the first meditation we do is eating a single raisin and the purpose of that is partly to dispel any myths about meditation, meditation isn't an esoteric thing it's simply doing things but knowing you're doing them as you're doing them. And it turns out that if you eat one single raisin but do it mindfully, taking five minutes to do it, you look at it and you smell it, people suddenly get the realisation 'oh my gosh, I don't usually taste raisins, I just shove them into my mouth without really noticing what they taste like'. And that discovery that they are on automatic pilot much of the time is, for many people, a big turning point. Very often if you're prone to depression what happens while you're on auto pilot is your thoughts start to get into a depressive rut and you don't even notice it's happening.
Norman Swan:
So that offers an opportunity for a conversation, is that what happens?
Mark Williams:
It's not so much a conversation, this is taught in a class, interestingly the going away and the coming back, repeated practice of doing that means that you begin to see the flavour of just thinking. And whether your mind is going off onto trivial things or it's going to something really quite toxic like my pain is killing me, in a sense the principle is the same. Notice that your thinking has taken over and come back to the breath or come back to the body. And what people learn is to notice when their thoughts are going away and having some choices about 'is that the way I want my mind to be going'?
Norman Swan:
Does that need guidance or can you do it for yourself?
Mark Williams:
It's usually guided, if you give people just the chance to do it by themselves often their thoughts become overwhelming. We tend to dwell within our thoughts like the fish dwell in the sea. So what we're doing in mindfulness is, if we were a fish we would be learning to feel water, so what we're doing in mindfulness practice is teaching people to feel, and notice, and really know that they're thinking and then some choice about where their thinking goes.
Norman Swan:
It becomes a form of cognitive behavioural therapy, in other words a form of restructuring your thinking.
Mark Williams:
We don't try to ask people to restructure their thinking. In cognitive therapy you go through a procedure of testing the evidence, treating your thoughts as hypotheses but it turns out that if that works in cognitive therapy, it probably we now think works because people learn to relate to their thoughts differently. At the end of cognitive therapy it's not so much that people are succeeding to beat their depression because they can now think 'ah, I'm telling myself a lie, I realise that I'm really good and I've got all this evidence I'm good', but that at the very first time that they notice a thought they are able to say to themselves this is just thinking.
Norman Swan:
So in fact it's mindfulness?
Mark Williams:
Mindfulness does explicitly what cognitive therapy was always doing implicitly and doing very successfully.
Norman Swan:
And people who, and I use the word 'good' in inverted commas, but people who become 'good' at it, so Buddhists who pursue this and they get to different levels of meditation, is 'good' defined as you can go through a session without getting distracted too much?
Mark Williams:
Getting 'good' is actually about ending up not worrying about whether you're good or not.
Norman Swan:
Very Buddhist.
Mark Williams:
So what happens is that people when they start this actually think I must do this well, I must do this perfectly and they often set up standards for themselves like when I can do this perfectly my mind will never wander. Whereas once you've practised, practised, practised, over several weeks you can discover that when the mind wanders you can see it wandering and notice its patterns and the intention isn't to clear the mind but to notice the mind wandering in a non-judgmental way because the mind won't be cleared. Seeing its patterns is going to be really, really helpful.
Norman Swan:
Because there have been trials and it has been shown to work, particularly in depression.
Mark Williams:
Yes, what we find is that people with three or more episodes of depression in the past find that it about cuts the relapse rate in half over the next twelve months if they do this eight-week program compared with treatment as usual. And one of the reasons why the UK's National Institute of Clinical Excellence now recommends this for people who have recurrent depression is because the evidence seems to suggest it's quite useful.
Norman Swan:
Now no therapy works on everybody, there's a number of people who need to do it for one person to benefit. What's that for Mindfulness Meditation?
Mark Williams:
The number needed to treat to get one benefit is for every two people, one of them will benefit.
Norman Swan:
So it's two, that's extraordinarily high.
Mark Williams:
And a recent trial shows that it's as good as continuing to take a medication. One thing we found is that people who have been depressed for longest, whose depression started fairly early on in life and they've had many, many episodes, they seem to respond very well. And there's some work by Moira Kenny in Adelaide for example that has begun to see whether people who aren't responding to cognitive therapy and aren't responding to antidepressants do respond to mindfulness.
Norman Swan:
And what about the combination, because the combination of cognitive behavioural therapy and an antidepressant is probably better than just one?
Mark Williams:
No trials as yet have looked at a combination of mindfulness and antidepressants though some of them have allowed people in who are taking antidepressants and taking antidepressants doesn't seem to close things down.
Norman Swan:
Tell me about your work on autobiographical memory?
Mark Williams:
People who have been depressed many times find that not only is their memory biased that is they can't remember positive things in their life but for positive or negative they can't remember the specific details of episodes that happened in their life. In learning to solve your problems now you need specific details of how you solved problems in the past. Also for positive events in your life it's nice to have some specific details to remember.
Norman Swan:
And why don't they remember, is that known?
Mark Williams:
There seem to be three things going on. One is that memory takes some sort of cognitive capacity in the brain and when you're depressed that thinking doesn't come readily. But secondly, it's linked closely to what we might call ruminational brooding, when you go over and over saying 'why is this happening to me, why don't I feel as happy as I want to be'? That's a very abstract verbal sort of loop that you get caught in and memory seems to get caught in the same loop. And the third thing is that you try to avoid what you don't like and some episodes for many people have been very traumatic in their past and one way they can forget is actually not thinking of episodic detail. The trouble is that once you've thrown a blanket over the negative memories, it throws a blanket over the positive memories as well.
Norman Swan:
So what have you done with them?
Mark Williams:
We find that if you learn to meditate in the way that we've been talking using mindfulness meditation people become more specific, partly because meditation deals very effectively with this tendency to ruminate but it also deals with the tendency to throw a sort of blanket over your memories. Meditation allows you and trains you to have the courage to allow some difficult memories and difficult issues to come to mind.
Norman Swan:
So is that risky?
Mark Williams:
It's done in a class and it's also done under controlled conditions and people ultimately have control over how much they allow stuff in and in most cases people are able to begin gradually to open these doors without being overwhelmed by them.
Norman Swan:
How often have you got to do it?
Mark Williams:
We give CDs to people so that they can practise every day, six days out of seven, in between the eight-week weekly classes that we see them. Although it seems an awful lot of work, we encourage people just to do it and do it even if they don't enjoy it. It's a sort of mental training, it's a bit like going to the gym for eight weeks. At the end of the eight weeks then they can decide how useful it is and whether they want to carry it on into their life.
Norman Swan:
And what about other problems other than depression?
Mark Williams:
It can be very helpful for chronic fatigue syndrome, anxiety and panic and my colleague Paul Chadwick at Southampton, he's doing work with people who have symptoms of psychosis following a diagnosis of schizophrenia. And he's found that an hour, an hour and a half a week in which they meditate on the breath for two ten-minute periods and practise noticing the voices without having to entangle yourself in them, or control them in any way, they can learn it and be very, very relieved about it. So although people have said meditation and schizophrenia shouldn't ever be mixed he is a very experienced cognitive therapist with people with schizophrenia and he's found that introducing mindfulness can be very helpful.
Norman Swan:
Mark Williams is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Oxford.

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