Today is Thanksgiving day, but rather than eat turkey and spend time with family, I sit alone I offer this memory Here’s my thanks to the earth for her beauty, her Majesty, her abundance, her wisdom, And her love.
My life has changed dramatically because of Kratom. I’m no longer the same man that I was before its presence in my life. Kratom has given me the opportunity to start a business, develop an income and employ others, The amount of skills that I have gained through this process has been at times overwhelming. I’ve learned so much and gained so much value in myself, As well as a healthy identity for myself rather than the ;or offered by my culture prior to Kratom’s appearance in my life. I was generally very unhappy for most of my life up until I was 33. I started my quest for plant knowledge at the age of 13. Curious of life, I had become introduced to marijuana and found it and Enlightening. There was no reason that it was prohibited based on the actual facts, only on people’s opinions in my view. Albeit only my opinion I found it difficult to trust anyone after the Secret Service paid me a visit as barely a teenager for counterfeiting money… over $20,000. I was only 13 but would have gotten 44 years in Federal prison had I born just 4 years older…
I trust nature. I am nature. So when my mom began hounding me about not using marijuana it caused me feel worthless and my school performance declined. I became so unhappy, in fact my mom and dad believed I was depressed and took me to a psychiatrist to receive that diagnosis. I also received all kinds of drugs from that psychiatrist which impacted my developing brain.
I was 13, smoking pot, and since I didn’t have a job, the only form of income I had was to get creative. My dad fortunately had just bought a brand-new color printer and color scanner so he and a colleague could write a text book. He is an accounting professor. He spends all of his time working. That made me not really feel very comfortable or appreciative of capitalism, money, or this western indoctrination which would have jailed me for printing paper, Imprisoned me for smoking a plant, and has essentially’s turned my mother into my greatest enemy due to the ‘War on Drugs.’
Sometimes I feel like my mother perceives me as the devil and I had b=een shamed into believing that for so long. She does not trust anything I tell her she does not understand that I am not any of the characters from the book that she perceives to be her religion. She has not read the Bible yet she is confused and afraid of me her son. Because of some drug laws.
I first heard of Kratom just over 10 years ago and for some reason never Took the opportunity to try it. I struggled with Heroin for approximately 8 years on and off and would have tried anything to be relieved of that misery. After repeated failures at stabilizing my life utilizing structures and in support mechanisms in place, As well as the assistant of my parents which became a major deterrent to positive change. Almost like a Band-Aid, Or a rubber band that is he relieves tension yet then snaps back with a fierce sting Their love has helped me over my self loathing long enough to proudly call myself an entrepreneuer and a role-model to my community. It is my obligation to be a positive one and I thank Kratom for that determoination and the catalyst for my change. Thank you for reading this and here is someone else’s opinion I found online.
Why Jesus Was REALLY Killed: Challenging the Money Changers
Modern interpretation of Christ driving the money changers from the temple
Why Jesus Was Killed
Reverend Howard Bess notes:
Jesus did not go to the temple to cleanse. He came to the temple to announce the destruction of a whole way of life. Those who operated the temple had no power to silence Jesus and put him to death. Those powers were held by the Roman retainers.
The charges that were leveled against him can be summed up as insurrection. There were three specific charges: encouraging non-payment of taxes, threatening to destroy property (the temple), and claiming to be a king. It was the temple incident that took Jesus from being an irritating, but harmless country rebel from the rural north to a nuisance in a city that controlled the great tradition. Rome’s retainers killed him on a cross.
In other words, Jesus wasn’t sentenced to death until he challenged the money changers.
What Does it Mean to Do God’s Work?
The head of Goldman Sachs said he’s doing “God’s work” with his banking activities.
The head of Barclays also told his congregation that banking as practiced by his company was not antithetical to Christian principles.
Are they right? Is big banking as practiced by the giant banks in harmony with Christian principles?
Initially, the Bible does not counsel us to ignore the breaking of laws by the the powerful.
In fact, the Bible mentions justice over 200 times — more than just about any other topic. The Bible asks us to do justice and to stand up to ANYONE — including the rich or powerful — who do injustice or oppress the people.
Indeed, one of the first things God asks of us is to do justice:
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)
While many churches and synagogues have become obsessed with other issues, many have arguably ignored this most important of God’s demands of us. As pointed out by a leading Christian ministry, which rescues underage girls trapped as sex slaves in third world countries:
In Scripture there is a constant call to seek justice. Jesus got upset at the Pharisees because they neglected the weightier matters of the law, which He defined as justice and the love of God . . . Isaiah 58 complains about the fact that while the people of God are praying and praying and praying, they are not doing anything about the injustice.
Should Christians just pray for justice and leave the rest to God?
That’s not what the Bible asks us to do. Instead, Hebrews 11:33 tells us that we are God’s hands for dispensing justice, and God uses us to “administer justice.”
We have to “walk our talk” and put our prayers into action.
God demands that we do everything in our power to act as “God’s hands” in bringing justice. And as Saint Augustine reminds us, “Charity is no substitute for justice withheld.”
The Lord looked and was displeased that there was no justice. He saw that there was no one, He was appalled that there was no one to intervene. (Isaiah 59:15-16)
This is the only place in the Bible where the word “appalled” is used for the way God feels — in other words, the only thing which we know God is appalled by is if people are not doing justice.
There are hundreds of other references to justice in the Bible, including:
- Blessed are they who maintain justice . . . . (Psalm 106:3)
- This is what the LORD says: Maintain justice and do what is right . . . . (Isiah 56:1)
- This is what the LORD says: Do what is just and right. (Jeremiah 22:3,13-17)
- Follow justice and justice alone. (Deuteronomy 16:19, 20)
- For the LORD is righteous, he loves justice . . . . (Job 11:5,7)
- Learn to do right! Seek justice . . . . (Isaiah 1:17)
So if the powerful players in the giant banks broke the laws, they must be held to account.
Fraud and Manipulation of Money
The big banks have engaged in systemic, continuous ongoing criminal fraud.
Allowing the banks to commit crime with impunity is not what Jesus would do. What would Jesus do? Turn over the tables of the money-changers. (economists agree.)
Moreover, the giant banks manipulate currency through the use of schemes such as manipulating interest rates (gaming interest rates in different regions – Libor, Eurobor, etc. – can in turn drive their currencies up or down), high frequency trading and artificially suppressing gold prices (which artificially inflates the value of fiat money) .
As Ron Paul notes, the Bible forbids altering the quality of money (which, at the time and place, was entirely in the form of coins):
Even the Bible is clear that altering the quality of money is an immoral act. We are instructed to follow the rules of “just weights and measures.” “You shall do no injustice in judgment, in measurement of length, weight, or volume. You shall have just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin” (Leviticus 19:35-36). “Diverse weights are an abomination to the LORD, and a false balance is not good” (Proverbs 20:23). The general principle can be summed as “You shall not steal.”
Proverbs 11:1 also provides:
Dishonest scales are an abomination to the LORD, but a just weight is His delight.
So to the extent that the giant banks have engaged in any dishonest acts or the manipulation of currencies, they are violating scripture.
Oppression of the Poor
The Bible condemns oppression of the poor for the benefit of the affluent:
He that oppresses the poor to increase his riches, and he that gives to the rich, shall surely come to want. (Proverbs 22:16)
To the extent that the giant banks have oppressed the poor to increase their riches, they are violating scripture.
Bankers are often the driving force behind war. “Blessed are the peacemakers” (Matthew 5:9), and Jesus would not have taken kindly to waging wars for profit based upon false pretenses.
Resurrection: Christ’s Ministry
Christ – and his ministry – lives to the extent that we act as God’s hands to confront the big banks which are warping our economy and our world.
Postscript: Not all bankers are bad people. For example, many bankers at smaller banks and credit unions are good people who are trying to help their communities. Each must be judged by his own acts.