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Bleak Theology: Hopeful Science

The need for repentence.

One of the consequences of having an elite that discounts religion is that they let in those who will preach destruction, and then there is blood. The end game of Islam is not repentence, it is war. It is counted by the increased number of martyrs.

But I could be in error. It could be deliberate. It may be that suicidal jihadis and the destruction of Christendom is the goal.

Regardless, there are five more Orthodox neomartyrs today.

Five women have been killed after a gunman opened fire on people leaving a church service in Russia’s Dagestan region.

Russian news agency Tass reported that the gunman died after killing four worshippers and wounding four others in an attack in the town on Kizlyar.

Another of the victims – all of whom were female – died of her injuries in hospital, according to a spokesperson for the regional ministry of internal affairs.

He was reportedly armed with a hunting rifle, and charged towards the church shouting “Allahu Akbar”, the Arabic phrase meaning “God is Great”, according to Father Pavel, an Orthodoc Priest who had delivered the service.

Tass quoted Kizlyar’s mayor, Alexander Shuvalov, on the number of people killed and injured in the attack.

“Four people were killed. The shooter was shot dead. Two police officers and a woman were wounded,” said Mayor Shuvalov.

The gunman targeted worshippers at a Russian Orthodox church in the mainly Muslim region, although no motive has been established yet.

According to Interfax, the shooter has been identified as a local man in his early 20s.

Dagestan is a predominantly Muslim region of the Caucasus, located between the Black and Caspian seas.

I have some sober news for the Liberals and the Muslim useful idiots. The foundation of faith is repentence. It was what John preached: that if you changed, God would relent, but you had to not sin. Part of the reason that Christ was baptized — for he was without sin — was to make this point.

There is no salvation without repentence. You cannot earn your way in. Killing in the name of God does not work: you cannot cover your sin with the blood of those you murdered. Instead, that blood cries for justice.

And the only way forward is to move beyond the Law, beyond John the Baptizer, to him who he said would come next, Christ.

Mark 1:1-13

1The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

2As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, “See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; 3the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,'” 4John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. 8I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

9In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. 11And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

12And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.

The problem is that most of us do not want to repent. We want to continue in our habits, for good or for ill. We would rather fix those around us than fix ourselves. We are preached at: we are told we are good, holy, gods, and we can heal the world. But we are not. We cannot heal ourselves. We cannot make peace, so we make new myths.

Metaphorical translation: Wakanda is Israel. The primary theme is the selfish evil of nationalism versus the imperialist imperative of tikkun olam and blessing the world through magnanimous superiority. The memes are wrong. This movie is not even remotely Alt-Right. It is as every bit as cancerous and converged as we expected.

And why on Earth would you ever have expected anything else from Disney? SJWs ALWAYS double down.

If you don’t have Disney — which has managed to corrupt every kid star they had — then you have something more toxic. The idea that there are good terrorists. The idea that Islam does work without force. And the idea that there will not be blood if you support that demonic faith.

But the elite do not believe in Demons.

The Coptic Orthodox Church will dedicate on Thursday a new church to the 21 Martyrs of Libya, who were beheaded by the Islamic State, three years after their deaths.

The church will be opened Feb. 15, according to Fides News Agency. It is located in the village of al-Our in Egypt’s Minya Governorate. The village was home to 13 of the martyred men.

“Any way that the Church of today can honor her martyrs is a blessing. The story of these 21 brave men is worth telling. In way too many places Christians are under siege from the dark forces of extreme hatred, and their freedom is conditioned by this hatred,” Bishop Gregory Mansour of the Maronite Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn told CNA.

The church may someday house the 21 martyrs’ remains, which were identified in a mass grave on the Libyan coast in September.

The Coptic Orthodox Church recognized the 21 Coptic Christians as martyrs to be commemorated every Feb. 15 within only a week of their murder in 2015 along the Libyan coast, which was filmed by the Islamic State and released in an internet video.

The Coptic Orthodox Church is an Oriental Orthodox Church, meaning it rejected the 451 Council of Chalcedon, and its followers had historically been considered monophysites – those who believe Christ has only one nature – by Catholics and the Eastern Orthodox, though they are not considered so any longer.

And the elite believe that they are safe in their comfortable nations: of which mine is one. But this is also untrue.

Because those who take Islam seriously consider Jihad. In Islam, it is a feature: they are continually on Crusade. Our converged justice system cannot with them cope.

After his arrest, the youth told police he was angry and had “done it for Allah”. He had left school at age 15, become socially isolated, and converted to Islam.

The court has adopted a rehabilitative approach to the teen’s sentencing, with Judge Stephen O’Driscoll releasing him on intensive supervision with a list of conditions and a warning that if he breaches the conditions or reoffends, he will likely be sent to prison.

Among the conditions – which will apply for two years while the judge monitors his progress – is counselling by a member of the local Muslim community.

The youth’s name is suppressed and the details of the offending cannot be published. He has admitted eight charges. People were frightened by his actions during the incident last year, and damage was done, but no-one was hurt before he was held until the police arrived.

Lange said even though the youth had been treated for months by the youth forensic psychiatric team, he was still seen as a high risk of reoffending, and a risk to family members and members of the public.

He said the primary consideration was the protection of the community, and the teenager’s rehabilitation and reintegration into society.

Defence counsel Anselm Williams said the youth accepted responsibility with his guilty pleas, and gave explanations to the professionals who spoke to him.

He urged intensive supervision be imposed because prison would mean limited access to the rehabilitation and socialising programmes he needed. The strict conditions proposed for the intensive supervision were “almost unheard of”, he said.

He urged the suppression orders be made. “His rehabilitation would be affected by his name being published and him becoming in any way a celebrity of sorts, or someone of note,” he said.

Judge O’Driscoll said the teen’s rehabilitation would benefit the community in the long run, but he said it was one of the most difficult sentencings he had ever been involved in. “There is a need to deter you, denounce your conduct, and protect the community.”

“There was a disinterest in what is seen as the moderate point of view. You had thoughts which most people who live in a civilised society would find unacceptable.”

Pre-sentence reports indicated he had the potential to act more violently than what happened.

He was diagnosed as having post traumatic stress disorder and would need regular intensive community follow-up.

Judge O’Driscoll told the teenager police had contacted a person from the local Muslim community to meet him regularly for counselling.

“Everyone is really wanting to help and assist you, so you don’t engage in acts of violence and harm innocent members of the community.”

He released the youth under intensive supervision for two years, under GPS monitoring and living in supervised accommodation.

The conditions include assessment, counselling and treatment as directed by the probation officer or a psychologist. He will have to live at a particular address and be monitored by the judge with regular reports.

He has interim name suppression, but that would not be made a permanent order until he successfully completed the supervision sentence. Judge O’Driscoll will get regular monitoring reports on his progress, the first in a month’s time.

For Christ is our Captain

Without Christ, we would at best be penitent, dealing with the evil within us, and praying that God would forgive us for what we have done. At worst, we consider that we can cure the world, and no one can change us, for we are the master of our fate, the captain of our soul. But that is false: if we dn not make Christ our captain then we are ensnared by our sin.

And that trap is one we cannot leave. Praise God, for he has given us a way of salvation, in Christ. If another way could work, then there would have been no need for the Cross.

But expect those who hate us to align: against them let us stand, and if necessary, fight.

So that martyrdom is rare. So that those oppressed under Islam find Christ. So that all nations may experience revival, and so that God’s will is done, though the spirits of this age rage.