Render Unto Caesar Therefore The Things Which Are Caesar’s

14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

15 Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk.

16 And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men.

17 Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?

18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites?

19 Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny.

20 And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?

21 They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.

22 When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.

Matthew 22:14-22 (KJV)

One thing I do appreciate about the Fundamentalist Baptist Born-Again Christians is that they don’t water down Their Word of God. Even back in the 1970s as a teenager, the only allowable Bible at home and church was the King James Version. Accept no substitute.

The King James Version (KJV), also the King James Bible (KJB) and the Authorized Version, is an English translation of the Christian Bible for the Church of England, which was commissioned in 1604 and published in 1611, by sponsorship of King James VI and I. The books of the King James Version include the 39 books of the Old Testament, an intertestamental section containing 14 books of the Apocrypha, and the 27 books of the New Testament. Noted for its “majesty of style”, the King James Version has been described as one of the most important books in English culture and a driving force in the shaping of the English-speaking world.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_James_Version

I read it cover to cover twice before I was 20 years old. Now, as a non-believer for about 30 years, 1-year Bible-school student in college, I’m well-versed in the doctrines and principles.

Do you know why?

Because I understand the words, which are plain enough to me, and I don’t “interpret” them, “modernize” them, politicize them, dumb them down, or otherwise try to spin narratives or escape clauses. Everyone else does, because the words-in-themselves are primitive, sheep-herding, 80-IQ balderdash and nonsense in an honest reading.

12 And the man that will do presumptuously, and will not hearken unto the priest that standeth to minister there before the Lord thy God, or unto the judge, even that man shall die: and thou shalt put away the evil from Israel.Deuteronomy 17:12 KJV

44 Both thy bondmen, and thy bondmaids, which thou shalt have, shall be of the heathen that are round about you; of them shall ye buy bondmen and bondmaids.

45 Moreover of the children of the strangers that do sojourn among you, of them shall ye buy, and of their families that are with you, which they begat in your land: and they shall be your possession.

46 And ye shall take them as an inheritance for your children after you, to inherit them for a possession; they shall be your bondmen for ever: but over your brethren the children of Israel, ye shall not rule one over another with rigour.Leviticus 25:44-46 KJV

10 And the congregation sent thither twelve thousand men of the valiantest, and commanded them, saying, Go and smite the inhabitants of Jabeshgilead with the edge of the sword, with the women and the children.

11 And this is the thing that ye shall do, Ye shall utterly destroy every male, and every woman that hath lain by man.

12 And they found among the inhabitants of Jabeshgilead four hundred young virgins, that had known no man by lying with any male: and they brought them unto the camp to Shiloh, which is in the land of Canaan.Judges 21:10-12 KJV

https://www.evilbible.com/Fighting Against Immorality In Religion

I could go on and on and on. Dozens of verses advocating murder. Dozens advocating slavery. Dozens advocating rape.

What’s the Christian cricket-dismissal? “Oh, that’s the Old Testament”—as though the God they worship while carrying around his Whole Word in a Bible just changed his mind, did a new gig. Right after creating the planet in 6 days and needed a nap, he saw he’d fucked up, needed a Mulligan, but Noah wasn’t so bad. Then he chose a particular people, had them murder, pillage, enslave, and rape to every extent possible—only to declare they too were corrupt, death had to happen, and so by his eternal “grace,” sent his son to fuck around building shit for 30 years, become a cult leader, then get tortured and killed.

Nonsense a chimpanzee wouldn’t believe given a real test.

I shall belabor no further. The point is, ideology always stakes these sorts of positions and goes down these paths and roads requiring the sacrifice of honesty, integrity, logic, common-sense…and soul.

Kill and suck out your very soul to save it.

An ideology is a set of beliefs or philosophies attributed to a person or group of persons, especially as held for reasons that are not purely epistemic, in which “practical elements are as prominent as theoretical ones.” Formerly applied primarily to economic, political, or religious theories and policies, in a tradition going back to Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, more recent use treats the term as mainly condemnatory.

The term was coined by Antoine Destutt de Tracy, a French Enlightenment aristocrat and philosopher, who conceived it in 1796 as the “science of ideas” to develop a rational system of ideas to oppose the irrational impulses of the mob. In political science, the term is used in a descriptive sense to refer to political belief systems.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ideology

“A rational system of ideas.” Well, that all went downhill fast.

And I’m not just talking about Conservative Christianity. I’m talking about the whole religious deism ball of wax.

I’m talking about Democratism.

I’m talking about Republicanism.

I’m talking about Politicism, Scientism, Environmentalism, Dietism, Healthism, Conservatism, Liberalism, Leftism, Newsism, Socialism, Communism, Feminism, Masculinism, and the list goes on. You get the gist. Let me know if I’ve left out any of your favorite belief systems surrounding an idea-ology.

For a lot of years after dismissing religious ideology, I referred to myself as atheist. Well, in some sense, that’s just trading one ideology for another that suits you better. In the pure sense of the word, atheist ought to mean, simply, one who does not believe in any theism. It ought not, honestly, be taken to mean any affirmative, such as, “there is no God.” But, just as America is now taken to be a Democracy and not a Representative Republic, there comes a point where defining terms and meanings are lost and it’s a waste of time to yak-yak about it. As such, for years now I’ve dropped the atheist moniker in favor of something a lot more difficult for dishonest people to manipulate.

I don’t believe in any literal interpretations of theistic or deistic ideas.

For the unwashed, deists believe there’s some form of invisible sky-God, but [He] does not interfere in human affairs, while theists believe their invisible sky-God does. I’ll often be conciliatory about it now, acknowledging lots of people believe in this stuff, it gives them hope, comfort, whatever, and that it seems to be integral to human civilization in both very good, and very bad ways. Fair enough? I know it’s not for Cathy Newman, but how about for you?

What if it’s about time to come up with a neologism?

Adeology.

I might initially define it like this: Adeology is disbelief in all ideologies without exception.

Adealogs discount and dismiss all idea systems, as all are comprised of various deceptive uses of metaphor and analogy. Those systems of thought conformity rely upon narratives, propaganda, paid or coerced “expert” opinion, politicization, party politics, talking points, cheerleading, cancelling, “science” for hire, corporate support, charitable donations, the news…the list goes on.

Adealogs evaluate all truths and facts irrespective of their relation to any particular ideology, then honestly integrate those deemed valid on their face and merits, into a framework of thinking and contemplation that has zero correspondence with any ideology.

Fair enough?

So then what is my “Render Unto Caesar” bit about up top? For me, it’s a grand illustration of how all ideologies are corruptible and corrupted. That passage is from Matthew, the very first book of the New Testament, where Christians dismiss what an abject butt-fucker their God was in the Old Testament, while at the same time, acknowledging that this butt-fucking Jew-God is the real God, the Jews are his chosen people, they have to kowtow to that for their whole religious existence, put a smile on their faces, and channel billions of their tax dollars to Israel while at the same time, enduring endless undercutting of their core values by elitist, leftists Jews infesting America.

Have I framed that about right, adeologically speaking?

You don’t have to study very long and hard to understand that there was Judaism and it wasn’t until about 300AD that Christianity became an official religion when Roman Emperor Constantine issued the Edict of Milan.

LOL. Christianity is essentially a political-ideological policy-accommodation that happened 300 years after Christ’s crucifixion. How many ways can you spin that?

On the one hand, you’re welcome to believe and say some stupid shit like God works in mysterious ways and so He just bid His time until a Roman politician gave the green light. On the other hand, you can see it for what it really was: a new set of political supporters, akin to the current melange of vermin infesting DC, opening the floodgates for 80 IQ migrants.

Christians seemingly have no backbone as a political force. They have always been the absolute perfect block for political persuasion, accomodation, turn the other cheek, compromise, get along, et al. Constantine must have been a smart guy. They think they took over Rome and created a Church and Papacy, but it was really just a new innovation on political organization, influence, and control. And look at it now.

Poor Francis

I’ll tell you what, and it’s very simple.

Thousands of Christian churches allowed themselves to be shuttered during the politicized Covidism ideology, and barely gave a whimper. I’d come off my aggression against them for years, extending benefit of the doubt. But this made me understand that they are not much of a value to society and in fact, seem to attract and support some of the worst elements of society. Mostly: laziness, cowardice, and stupidity.

…I recall in my youth often, once imbued with Christianity, that when questions might arise over political policy, there was only one standard: does it contradict our faith directly? In other words, is Christianity still legal? In other other words, does it violate The Bible of the 1st Amendment? Christians have no backbones, no principles.

They fucking rely on the US Constitution to tell them it’s OK to read their catechisms of fantasies. In anything else, it’s Render Unto Caesar.


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4 Comments

  1. Christina M. on November 9, 2021 at 22:36

    And render unto God the things that are God’s.

    I’m the same age as you. I was a Cactist, raised Catholic and Protestant at the same time, meaning I went to Mass every Sunday, came home, and got on the bus to go off to Baptist Sunday school, because my parents realized that the Lefty Catholics of my city were doing a piss-poor job of catechizing their children.

    At age eighteen, I dumped the Lefty Catholic church in my city, and aligned myself with the more conservative Baptist Church I had also been attending.

    After I left university, because I ran out of money and desire, I switched to a vo-tech school and spent three years getting a certificate. Every day for three years, I rode the train to the vo-tech school and every day, for two hours, I voraciously read the NIV New Testament I had found amongst my grandfather’s books after he had died.

    It was a revelation to read the NT in something other than KJ English. I’m not sure how many times I read and re-read the NT, but it was a lot. Enough to know when I hear Jesus’s voice, or not, when confronted with alien interpretations.

    I like both testaments. My favorite books are Job and John. I like Job, because although it is poetry, and maybe not written about an actual person, is written by someone who understood something about God that I remind myself of in my darkest times: “Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him.”

    My understanding of why the ancient Hebrews were so murderous and commanded by God to slaughter wholesale was due to being surrounded by or in contact with Death Cults who are so toxic, you need to wipe them out completely. When you don’t do that, you end up with Death Cults like one behind Astroworld, operating in your midst, and temples of child sacrifice on just about every street corner in this country and throughout the world.

    At age 38, I rejected Calvinism and returned to a deeper understanding of Catholicism. I learned along the way that the Catholic Church is not what the Lefty church in my city portrayed it as. It’s not what the media, or dissident Catholics portray it as. It’s certainly not what Protestants portray it as. It is, unfortunately, what Vigano says it is, but Vigano and I stand in the same spot, pointing out that there are two churches right now: the Catholic Church and the Deep Church which has been infiltrated by the Death Cult. Another example of what happens if you don’t wipe out every molecule of the Death Cult.

    At no point during this whole covid crisis did my little Catholic mission church shut down. My priest faithfully fulfilled his duties every Sunday, and those of us who were not afraid, attended Mass without break. I never missed Mass throughout this whole time, never stopped visiting friends or family, including my 95-year-old mom, or 98-year-old neighbor, never stopped celebrating weddings and celebrations, never wore a mask beyond the first thirty days of shutdown, and never was browbeaten or coerced into do anything I didn’t want to do. That still stands.

    For me, it was the same as with carrying a concealed weapon. If you put up a sign prohibiting me from entering your business without my weapon, you will not get my business.

    What you write about Christianity, in general, and in this post, in particular, tells me that what you are at WAR with, is Protestantism, both Fundamentalist and Evangelical. Basically Calvinism. All Protestant denominations are now basically Calvinist, including the third way: Anglican/Episcopalian. Calvinism is a heresy of Catholicism and believes in a tyrannical, capricious god, who is not unlike the Muslim god, Allah, from another Catholic heresy called Islam.

    We get to this point, and you are going to say, “You’ve just proven everything I wrote in my post.”

    Maybe.

    But somewhere along the way starting around age eighteen, I met a person, who was an outcast, like me, and I felt like he understood what it was like to be me. I spent three years, listening to him speak daily. He keeps me going, most noticeably, through the worst times of my life. At first, all I could see were his feet, and hear his voice. Over the last forty years (in the desert) I begin to see him more clearly. He lives outside of all politics and ideologies.

    You are at war with something that is not him.

    I walk in the darkness, and follow the feet of someone who was brutally executed, was dead for three days, brought himself back to life, appeared to many afterwards, and told us that he was not only a man, but also God. That person is real and he left his blood and his wounds on a shroud. And something more spectacular.

    He is not some airy, fairy sky god.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAVZp9tW5FU

    godsdog

    • Richard Nikoley on November 10, 2021 at 08:23

      I enjoyed reading that Christina.

      Importantly, it does not come off as “I HAVE FOUND THE ONE TRUE WAY AND WE MUST SAVE THE WORLD!!!”

      As such, no qualms with it. Each individual is unique, with a vastly different set of experiences from all others and as such, their own sense of meaning, belief, spirituality, and contemplation will be a different path from anyone else provided they’re open and honest with themselves.

    • John Bafaro on November 10, 2021 at 23:45

      Very good. While I am no fan of Catholicism (was so raised) and detest the NIV, your insight as to why there was a need for the destruction of the vileness and evil of the cultures God set the Israelites against in the OT is spot on. It was also a foreshadowing of the need to remove evil from our own lives before it consumes us. Thank you so much for your very well-thought-out comment.

  2. Christina M. on November 11, 2021 at 08:33

    Thank you both, Richard and John.

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