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“What will that leave us?” asked the citizens of Rome when Attila The Hun arrived at their gates with his armies demanding all they possessed.

Attila replied, “Your lives.”

I thought of that yesterday when I read some politician wants to put on end to having people stay at home so the economy can be restarted. He said, “There are some things more important than life.”

Kurt Vonnegut was an atheist. He spoke of the twelve words of Jesus which are the antidote to the poison of THE LAW: Matthew 6: 12, “And forgive us our debts as we ourselves forgive our debtors.

Right now the vast majority of people on this planet have been plunged into debt. Whole nations have been plunged into debt.

Some clerics of all faiths are defying the order to shut down.

Why? Because they want the money they will lose if they do.

The government of Canada has sent financial aid to millions whose landlords have said, “Pay us first.”

Doug Ford, my premier, has said, “If it comes down to food on the table for your kids or paying your rent, food on the table comes first.”

This is a time when we are all called to make a sacrifice.

People think of sacrifice as giving up something we want (booze, gambling, drugs, partying, sex) for something we don’t want (religion).

Can’t say as I blame them for that as most religious folks see those things as sinful.

However if I look at Matthew 25:31-46 English Standard Version (ESV) The Final Judgment I don’t see those things mentioned at all:

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,[a] you did it to me.’

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me. 44 Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

It was not the wrath of God that brought this virus down upon us.

It was human carelessness.

So it is right that our governments should pay because it was the people paid by our governments to protect us from this sort of thing who were asleep at the switch.

David Chu is a Canadian photo-journalist who got arrested by the police while doing his job. When he got out of jail he found himself homeless. I had him staying here as a guest.

When this virus first surfaced in China David said, “Get ready. It’s coming here.”

That was months ago.

In her last book DARK AGE AHEAD Jane Jacobs warned that dark ages come when people forget.

She was not the only one. People have been warning of a pandemic for decades.

The City Of Toronto has stated it is now losing $65 million weekly.

It is not the only one.

And forgive us our debts as we ourselves forgive our debtors.

Those twelve words have been spoken so often without hearing.

In GODFATHER III (a  much, much better film than many realize) the future Pope speaks with Michael Corleone saying the water of Christianity has poured over Europe for centuries like water over a rock without penetrating it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yjp5LFWqukU  .

There we have it.

Accept the word of Christ and be saved.

Reject it and be condemned.

Forgive that we may be forgiven.

The landlords who evict their tenants for nonpayment of rent are going to have a hard time finding tenants who can pay rent.

That applies as much to the family struggling to feed its children as to the shopkeeper and the restaurateur.

Ponder the parable of The Good Samaritan: Luke 10:25-37 J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)

Jesus shows the relevance of the Law to actual living

25 Then one of the experts in the Law stood up to test him and said, “Master, what must I do to be sure of eternal life?”

26 “What does the Law say and what has your reading taught you?” said Jesus.

27 “The Law says, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind’, and ‘your neighbour as yourself’,” he replied.

28 “Quite right,” said Jesus. “Do that and you will live.”

29 But the man, wanting to justify himself, continued, “But who is my ‘neighbour’?”

30-36 And Jesus gave him the following reply: “A man was once on his way down from Jerusalem to Jericho. He fell into the hands of bandits who stripped off his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead. It so happened that a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. A Levite also came on the scene and when he saw him, he too passed by on the other side. But then a Samaritan traveller came along to the place where the man was lying, and at the sight of him he was touched with pity. He went across to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put him on his own mule, brought him to an inn and did what he could for him. Next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the inn-keeper with the words, ‘Look after him, will you? I will pay you back whatever more you spend, when I come through here on my return.’ Which of these three seems to you to have been a neighbour to the bandits’ victim?”

37 “The man who gave him practical sympathy,” he replied. “Then you go and give the same,” returned Jesus.

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+10%3A25-37&version=PHILLIPS

Look at those words, “The one who gave him practical sympathy.”

Not prayers. Real help.

Right now the vast majority of us need not prayers but real help.

Here and there I read of landlords who are telling their tenants, “Keep your money until all this is over.”

Whenever people came to my programs asking if they could pay next week I said to them, “No.”

They’d get angry. They’d say, “Haven’t I been a good customer?”

I would say, “Yes. That is why tonight you are my guest and you are my guest until things turn for the better for you.”

I know what it is to stand alone amidst bitter hatred.

I have been standing pretty much alone against bitter hatred for a helluva long time.

I also know what it is not to have enough money.

I am making monthly payments to a lawyer who won’t be there for me when it counts unless he is paid in full.

In the midst of that I also know that Christ is the answer.

For what I do to the least I do to Christ.

Tarek Fatah yesterday wrote in THE TORONTO SUN, “For Jew-haters, the question of Palestine is merely an excuse, not the reason. The Islamist hatred of the Jew has little do with the state of Israel or a supposed love for Palestine. If tomorrow Hamas was able to fulfill its threat of wiping Israel from the face of the map, hatred of the Jew would continue unless the fundamental myths that sustain Judeophobia are challenged with courage.

“To understand this phenomenon, listen to the speech of Egyptian cleric Muhammad Hussein Ya’qoub that aired on Al-Rahma TV on January 17, 2009.

“’If the Jews left Palestine to us, would we start loving them? Of course not. We will never love them. Absolutely not … They are enemies not because they occupied Palestine. They would have been enemies even if they did not occupy a thing … You must believe that we will fight, defeat, and annihilate them, until not a single Jew remains on the face of the Earth. It is not me who says so. The Prophet said: ‘Judgment Day will not come until you fight the Jews and kill them …  As for you Jews – the curse of Allah upon you. The curse of Allah upon you, whose ancestors were apes and pigs. You Jews have sown hatred in our hearts, and we have bequeathed it to our children and grandchildren. You will not survive as long as a single one of us remains.”

Now I am not so stupid as to think this is the view of all Moslems.

Nonetheless the statement is true. THE KORAN demands that all who refuse its message Jew and non-Jew receive the sword.

Jesus taught that we should love our enemy, that we should pray for him, that we should do good to him.

If many “Christians” ignore that what is that to me?

It is what I do not what they do that matters.

Peter taught that we are to see no man as common or unclean. Peter taught that in all lands those who love God and do good are loved by God. That includes Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, Moslems, you name it.

Right now Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Moslems (all of us unless we belong to the 1% that holds this world’s material riches) have been plunged into the deepest poverty.

Let us not be plunged into despair.

All things work to the good for those who trust in The Lord.

What I do or do not do to the least I do or not do to God.

2020–04–24.

 

 

 

 

 

A Crazy-Wisdom-Yogin is someone living absolutely they are teaching. As I know how far below the mark I fall I would not say of myself that I am living absolutely the life I am teaching. I am making the effort.

For decades the streets of Toronto have been posted with flyers designed to bring violence down upon their subjects. The man who posts those flyers says he is a Christian. Hitler said that. Hitler also said, “When you tell a lie tell a big lie and tell it often.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“My father told me, ‘I have hated you from the moment you were born as in that second I realized I had to die,” said Reg Hartt to Michael Valpy who replied, “First born sons.” Hartt knew then this is something common to fathers. It explains much.

 

 

The atheist gets what those who call themselves believers are blind to.

Jesus was dirt poor.

People embrace the ideal which leads them to create a far from ideal view of eternity.

People embrace the ideal which leads them to create a far from ideal view of eternity.

People embrace the ideal which leads them to create a far from ideal view of eternity.

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