The Kingdom Divided, Part 6

2007-3-17 07:08:00

In "The Kingdom Divided, Part 5," we ended with this assignment:

Now we look at the country and world as a whole and see the general division becoming more crystallized. Each side has its faults and is far from perfect, but one will lean more toward the light and the other toward the dark.

What are some of the qualities we need to look for to identify those who lean toward the light and the other toward the dark? Where and what are the lines in the sand for our time?

We've talked about the power of hindsight. We see that it is now quite easy to see who was on the side of error in the Revolutionary War, The Civil War and World War II.

But the interesting thing is that for those who lived through the experience the discernment was not so easy.

For instance, one would think that the average person in the South with a sense of morality, who did not own slaves himself, would have been repelled by the idea. The sad fact is most were not. Most of the people high and low accepted this great evil. Even many slaves were resigned to their fate. In addition, there were thousands of free blacks in the South who owned slaves themselves and seemed to have no qualms about it.

This just illustrates how powerful a group thoughtform is. We often self righteously look on those in the past who owned slaves, believed in a flat earth, burned witches and so on as if we would never have done such a thing if we had lived back then.

Jesus had some timely words for those who so judge themselves to be holier than thou:

29   Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,

30   And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.

31   Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.

32   Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.

33   Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
Matthew 23:29-33

It's pretty obvious that this self-righteous attitude irritated even the Master himself. Sadly, this attitude still exists today. Many who are quick to criticize the faults of Lincoln, the Founding Fathers, the Pilgrims and others because they bought into some of the thoughtforms of the day would have been much worse themselves had they lived back then. In fact, most of these critics buy into the erroneous thoughtforms and beliefs that exist today.

The question to ponder then is - how can we recognize those who are on the side supported by the Brotherhood of Light and those by the Dark Brotherhood? In examining this we must realize that neither side of an issue will be perfect in its solution, but one will always be better than the other. When an issue divides the country the Brotherhood of Light, (if they pick a side) will choose that which will move civilization and the principle of freedom and light forward.

It is oddly difficult for the general population to assess an issue accurately for a number of reasons. Therefore, if we pick one and say the Brotherhood of Light would be on this side, half or more of the readers would be offended. A question to ask is this: Is there anything black and white that will give us clues as to where the light and dark of the matter is?

The answer is yes. Like gathers to like. Those leaning to the dark side of an issue will gather in support and those on the lighter side will also gather.

Those on the darker side will reveal the characteristics of darkness such as:

When we look at this list on hindsight we can see how most of them applied to the supporters of slavery before the Civil War, but such people, of course, did not realize this about themselves.

On the other hand, those on the side of light, while not perfect, lean toward the opposite qualities:

Now let us pick some issues and see how the two sides measure up.

Let us begin with the hot issue of Global Warming, one that I have given some attention to. Here are the two sides:

  1. One side maintains that the earth is in an alarming state of global warming and this is close to 100 percent caused by humans polluting with CO2 emissions. They claim to have a "consensus" of scientists supporting them and severe action must be taken now, even if it causes great "inconvenience" to the economies and people of the world.
  2. The other side maintains that the current warming trend has little to do with humans or CO2 but is mostly caused by cycles and there is little we can do about them. They maintain that there is too little evidence that CO2 emissions are the main cause of warming. Taking drastic measures on this would be comparable to taking drastic measures to prevent bad weather. No matter what we do little will change.

Examine the camps on both sides of this issue. Which group displays the qualities of light and which of darkness?


Global Warming Enlightenment:

A group of religious leaders planned a trek across Massachusetts to show support for the fight against global warming. This they planned for the latter part of March. Since the media was telling us that this was the warmest year in history they were expecting balmy spring weather. Instead they began their march facing a fierce snowstorm, sleet and wind. Parts of the state are facing up to 18 inches of snow and most of the Northeast is affected causing 2000 airline flights to be cancelled due to the cold and snow.

The odd thing is the strange cold and snow that has occurred this year has been in the blue states that support Al Gore and his global warming theory. It's almost like God is trying to tell them something.

Story of the global warming march at: