“The Way of Peace” (Luke (1:79)
1. The way of peace starts with each one of us – adult government / self-government / decentralized government / mature government – being obedient to God”s Word as best we can wherever we are in his Kingdom!
1.1. There are only 2 ways of ruling -1) by fear ala Solomon (the grip of debt around our throats as at present) and 2) by love ala Jesus (forgive a man his debts)!
1.2. What do you want Jesus to do to us to make us obedient to his way of peace – beat us around the ears on a regular basis? Drop bombs on our women and children? Flatten our homes, schools & hospitals? Or because we love him above everything? Jesus is not called The Prince of Peace in Old Testament Isaiah 9:6 without solid support for his argument!
1.3. There can only be one way of peace:
1.3.1. love God with all your heart / love your neighbour as yourself; and
1.3.2. love your enemies, do good to them which hate you; and
1.3.3. bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you; and
1.3.4. unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and
1.3.5. him that taketh away thy cloke forbid him not to take thy coat also; and
1.3.6. give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again (forgive a man his debts); and
1.3.7. whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain; and
1.3.8. do unto others as you will have them do unto you; etc. .
1.4. Jesus is the Way (the Truth and the Life) to World Peace (John 14.6) and to a true brotherhood / family of man – not lending to each other on interest.
1.5. But this is nowhere discussed! All the rich people / the leaders of the world – the only benefactors of Capitalism - have cast a deathly pall of silence around him.
1.6. As Jewish legend would have it, the Messiah / the Christ / the Saviour / the King, when he came, would introduce a new way of life. Jesus has done this emphatically – 1) love God and 2) love your neighbour – the 2 precepts by which the world can and will be governed for the benefit of all of us!
1.7. Capitalism – lending money on interest - has failed dismally to share its ‘blessings’ with all of mankind! Peace is not the effect of Capitalism and its blood brother, Democracy!!.
1.8. Let us explore the rule by fear a bit further: This is what Wealth, Virtual Wealth & Debt written by Frederick Soddy in 1925 has to say about usury (money lent on interest) at p186: “The mention of this form of petty usury … conjures up possibly in the mind a memory of evidences of human terror and anguish one had never expected to meet this side the abode of the damned, and gives rise to a feeling of physical loathing as of something at work, ghoulish and inhuman, battening upon, if not responsible for, the extremity of misery.”
1.9. This state of terror – being unable to feed your family – leaves us all living in the extremity of misery (living on our 0-lines!) every month without a hope of ever paying off / reducing our outstanding debt.
1.10. Capitalism has 4 basic systemic problems:
1.10.1. Love of money is the Capitalist’s religion - see The Star Little Spot article entitled Capitalism is a Creed of Greed dated 1st July 2008! This means:
1.10.2. the poor (weak) will keep increasing disproportionately to the rich (big dogs) which means that wealth is being concentrated in fewer & fewer hands & if no-one is discussing this, how can this problem ever be corrected? And:
1.10.3. eventually the point of no-return will be reached when there will won’t be enough money (itself debt) to pay only interest on debt – the Ponzi scheme effect! What then? And:
1.10.4. to prevent the Ponzi effect from kicking in, the Money Mongers (Debt Sellers) have to keep lending more & more money into existence than interest, collection costs and bank charges repayable, which isn’t even happening now! This means that there is less & less money (itself debt) for us to fulfil our debt obligations now.
1.11. The only solution to the problems of Capitalismis the return of Jesus who, as a greater power (the Saviour / the Christ / the Messiah who rode into Jerusalem on a donkey in fulfilment of ancient prophecy (Zechariah 9.9) than the Money Mongers (Debt Sellers) is the only one who can save us from the grip of debt (death) that the Capitalist System (the Debt-Interest Money System) has on our throats! See Michael Rowbottam - The Grip of Death: A Study of Modern Money, Debt Slavery and Destructive Economics.