Originally Posted by TheForgiven
I really don't get involved in these types of discussions because they usually end up in a blame game, party spirit and class warfare among other things. And my God is not behind any of that despite what the religionists say.
I just don't want to play the "puppet masters" games.
Joe, do you remember Nebuchadnezzar's music in the book of Daniel?
"Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages, That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up: And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace" (Dan 3:4-6).
Everyone has their music, Joe. And it comes in many forms. The religious world has their music (catch phrases) such as "God is great" or "Praise the Lord" and each time they are repeated, they watch you to see if you will "fall down and worship". The Catholic Church has their music (Hail Mary), and on and on it goes. Every religion has their instruments, tunes and music.
Politicians have their music, too. Remember, "Hail Caesar" or "Heil Hitler"? Many people who thought they would never say that, did.
And the Democrats know just the right "tune" to play to arouse your emotions. The Republicans do the same thing. With one side it is "You are going to lose your pensions, your jobs, your benefits, etc, etc", with the other side it is "The Constitution is being ignored, we are turning into a dictatorship, we are losing our rights, judges are overturning what the majority just voted on, etc, etc).
Each side knows equally how to play the "tune" that mobilizes their millions. And the puppet masters keep the masses busy dancing to their music and fighting the "other side".
Jesus said, "Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like? They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept" (Luke 7:31-32).
Don't you think the Pharisees were quite insulted by Jesus when He said, "Ye are of your father, the Devil (John 8:44)? Their fathers were prophets and they claimed to worship the God of the Bible and no doubt their music (catch phrases) came right out of the Old Testament. And they claimed that they worshipped the one true God.
They were greatly offended by Jesus. "Then took they up stones to cast at him..." (John 8:59).
Jesus wouldn't dance, Joe and neither will I. They can all play their music and pipe their flutes, but I'm not dancing.
I want to know what I'm dancing to before I dance and I first want to know who the God behind the dance is.
"Bow or Burn" is the choice, Joe. I won't bow...
Think about who you are dancing to...