Note: Republished from July 8, 2019
"A horrible and wonderful (astonishing) thing is done in the land; the pundits [and some pastors] preach falsely – and our people love to have it so. They can't even blush." – Jeremiah, paraphrased
SOME PREDICTED UTOPIA through Marxism. Some of the same "prophets" now say the world is coming to an end on account of your car's tailpipe (and the carbon dioxide you breathe out). They also predicted "no crisis" at the border. Columnists predicted "the end of Donald Trump," etc, etc.
This is the third in a series of columns defending the Truth from attacks by Academania. The first one was "Did God Have a Plan for America?" The second one was "America: Founded only by slave owners and all Indian haters?" This one continues my book review of "Christopher Columbus and His Legacy; Opposing Viewpoints." Speaking of history, there were prophets in South America when the first Europeans arrived. According to Montaigne, the natives of Brazil believed in certain priest-prophets who came down from the mountains only rarely:
"At their arrival, there was a great feast . . The prophet declaimed to them in public, exhorting them to virtue [etc] . . . He also prophesied to them events to come and the results they were to expect . . [but] when he fails in his divination, and anything happens otherwise than he has foretold, he is cut into a thousand pieces, if he is caught, and condemned for a false prophet (Among the Scythians, when their diviners failed to strike it right, they were laid bound hand and foot upon carts laden with firewood . . on which they were burned)."
As for South American warriors (before Columbus ruined this paradise), "Victors, for a trophy, brought home the head of an enemy he has killed and fixed it over the door of his house . . [and] after treating prisoners well for a while, a captor tied a rope to one of the arms of the prisoner . . [and a friend] held the other arm in the same manner, and they two, in the presence of all the assembly, dispatched him with their swords. After that they roasted him and ate him among them and sent some pieces to their absent friends."
The North American natives had black sheep in the family too. Indians were scalped by other Indians before the first paleface set foot on the continent, and sometimes a warrior would eat the beating heart of a vanquished "Native American" (thus, Crowheart Butte in Wyoming). Educationists today can't get the past any more right than the future. So where do you think I'm going with all this?
CONCLUSION: I think our TV anchors and some of their guests should be very very grateful that Columbus came to this hemisphere and started an "evolution of society." Had the Europeans not done so, we might still be cutting false prophets into a thousand pieces and eating them (it would take a long time to run out false prophets).
P.S. One of the first "great leaps forward" in history was when the children of Israel came out of pagan, tyrannical Egypt. A fresh break-away, a new paradigm, was the Plan. As a result, some "extreme" measures were adopted to deal with treachery, or any backsliding to hedonistic polytheism. The people might have had a civil war before reaching the Promised Land without the "orthodoxy." For example:
"The prophet who shall presume to speak a word in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak, OR who shall speak in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die." – Moses, quoting God
PPS: Did we "steal the land from the Indians" as kids are being taught? "What do you mean WE, white man?" (Tonto says to the Lone Ranger). It's a tough subject to into a few words, but I've been rewriting this column for three days and three nights. The number 1 rule is, do not generalize. There were some bad white people and a lot of good ones. There were a lot of good Indians and some bad ones. That's as far as one can generalize, but the inevitability of westward expansion had divine origins. I just don't have time to go into that now.
The real question is, if you could go back in a time machine to the time before the first pilgrims left Europe, would you refuse to leave Europe for the principle of the matter? Maybe the first Indian tribe to arrive in America could have told the second tribe "We were here first"? We could have handled the culture clash better, but at least we stopped human sacrifice and the inter-tribal wars. If I told you of some of the atrocities, you'd think I was piling on.
As for Europe, it was over-crowded and run by tyrants with their 30-years' wars and 100-years wars, not to mention the Napoleonic ones. I'm reading a book, "Swedes in Wisconsin" and it recounts how the population of "that once-proud Nordic kingdom" exploded between 1800 and 1850. Infant mortality cases declined and the birth rate grew even as people were running out of fertile farm land. It was time for another "Great Leap Forward." America was "starting the world over again," unlike anything since the days of Noah.
Final word: "If the thing the pundit prophecies doesn't come to pass, it is not the Lord who has given him the message; he made it up. You have nothing to fear from him, so don't pay any attention to him anymore." – Moses, quoting God (paraphrased)
More to come.© Curtis Dahlgren
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