Skull Duggery in the Catholic Church

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When I saw first saw the images below, the first word to enter my mind, was “skull duggery”. I had never used that word before and was not sure of it’s meaning. I had to do a search to find out: Crafty deception or trickery or an instance of it. Underhanded or unscrupulous behavior; also: a devious device or trick.

Related Words: artfulness, caginess, craftiness, cunning, deviousness, foxiness, oiliness, shadiness, sharpness, shiftiness, shrewdness, slickness, slipperiness, slyness, sneakiness, treachery, underhandedness, wiliness; crookedness, crookery, cunning, deceit, deceitfulness, deception, deceptiveness, dishonesty, dissimulation, double-dealing, dupery, duplicity, guile, guilefulness, hypocrisy, insincerity; fakery, humbuggery, imposture, quackery; dirty pool, dirty tricks; design, plotting, scheming, secrecy, stealth

These are pictures from Catholic chapels. One is in Poland, I do not remember which. But you can find plenty of them on your won.

He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living… — Mark 12:27 —

And when they say to you, “Seek those who are mediums and wizards, who whisper and mutter,” should not a people seek their God? Should they seek the dead on behalf of the living? To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. — Isaish 8:19,20 —

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. — Matthew 23:27,28 —

There is nothing clean or holy about dead man’s bones. There is nothing in the Word of God where we are taught to venerate a bunch of old bones. Yet, Roman Catholicism teaches differently. Catholicism is a religion that worships and adores the dead. It is one of the greatest of deceptions for a religion to teach faith is in the dead. Those who are truly called by the One True God can not make excuses for this. You either see it for what it is, or you let your soul become further deceived in the false religion of Roman Catholicism.

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What if it started “walking?”

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Call it a weird thought, but, what if  –as through some kind of mechanical device or other wise — that thing started walking across the water? I suspect people would call it a great sign and wonder and many would bow before it paying it homage. Just saying.

Following article gotten here: http://www.christianpost.com/news/ohio-megachurch-dedicates-new-52-foot-jesus-statue-82462/

A megachurch in southwest Ohio dedicated a new statue of Jesus on Sunday that replaces the iconic sculpture known as “Touchdown Jesus” that burned down after being struck by lightning in 2010.

The Solid Rock Church in Monroe, Ohio, celebrated the construction of the new “Lux Mundi” (The Light of the World) statue off Interstate 75 in a special service on Sunday evening.

“It’s a big, big event for us…. it’s been over 2 years, it’s been a long process. But, we’re very pleased with the final product. Peoples’ reaction has been very positive for us. So it’s a great day,” wpco.com quoted church administrator Ron Carter as saying.

The new statue is designed by Japanese-American sculptor Tom Tsuchiya, who is with Design Dynamics, Inc. “Ultimately, I hope Lux Mundi will be a constant reminder for all of us to get along with each other,” Tsuchiya was quoted as saying.

The Lux Mundi statue depicts a full body Jesus with arms outstretched walking on the lake in front of Solid Rock’s sanctuary. Because it has its arms reaching forward, bearing a resemblance to the football referee’s signal, and not towards the sky, some referred to it also as “Touchdown Jesus.”

In 2010, a storm ripped through the area and a bolt of lightning struck the previous statue built in 2004. All that remained of “Touchdown Jesus” was a heavily damaged iron frame.

Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/ohio-megachurch-dedicates-new-52-foot-jesus-statue-82462/#gKUuOrEwmSDejgfr.99

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The Goddess of Freedom: from Libertas to Lady Liberty

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Many Christians no longer celebrate Christmas once finding out it is a Pagan holiday. Yesterday, America celebrated it’s independence. I wonder how many would stop celebrating July 4th if they knew they were actually in a sense worshipping freedom itself.

The following is taken off a Pagan site. One thing I can say for the Pagans: is at least they know who and what they worship, whereas many Christians do not. Christians today have so many gods it is unbelievable. Is this just another one? I believe so.

What does Jesus have to say about freedom? “He whom the son sets free, is free indeed.” “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”

http://www.circlesanctuary.org/circle/articles/pantheon/GoddessFreedom.html

By Selena Fox

The honoring of the Goddess of Freedom began more than two thousand years ago among the ancient Romans. They called Her, Libertas, the Latin word for Freedom. Libertas signified freedom of action, freedom from restraint, independence, rights, and related forms of personal and social liberty.

The Roman religion had a large and complex pantheon with a great assortment of Goddesses, Gods, and other sacred forms. Ancient Romans revered and deified certain values, known as Virtues, and Libertas was one of the most important of these. A few of the more than two dozen other private and public Virtues were Hope (Spes), Justice (Justica), Piety (Pietas), and Courage (Virtus). According to their religion, Roman citizens were to uphold Virtues in their personal lives as well as in the culture as a whole.

Libertas as a deity usually took the form of a Goddess. A temple to Her on the Aventine Hill in Rome was dedicated around 238 BCE. Sometimes She merged with the chief Roman God Jupiter, in the form of Jupiter Libertas, whose feast was celebrated on April 13. Libertas also was closely associated with the Goddess Feronia, and some viewed them as aspects of the same Goddess, including the Roman scholar Varro, a contemporary of Cicero. Feronia is thought to have been originally an ancient agricultural and fire Goddess among the Etruscan and/or Sabine peoples. During the Roman Republic, Feronia’s feast day was November 13. She was honored in central Italy as the Goddess of freedwomen and freedmen, and She was associated with the granting of freedom to slaves. Part of the passage from slavery into freedom in Roman society involved having the head ritually shaved, being ceremonially tapped by a magistrate with a rod, called a vindicta, and then wearing a cap, known as a pilleus, to symbolize freed status.

Some of the Roman depictions of Libertas have survived to this day on coins and other artifacts. Libertas usually is pictured as a matron in flowing classical dress. She often is shown holding both the Liberty Pole (vindicta) and Liberty Cap (pilleus). In some depictions Libertas wears the Liberty Cap or a crown of Laurel leaves. Sometimes She carries a spear instead of the Liberty Pole. Sometimes the Goddess Liberty is shown with a Cat at Her feet.

Although the Roman empire is no more, the Goddess Liberty still survives. Over the centuries and across cultures, She has continued to signify Freedom in Her appearances in paintings, sculptures, songs, stories, poems, and other literature. In recent centuries, the form She has most often taken is that of Lady Liberty.

Libertas as Lady Liberty began emerging in America during the colonial era as part of the American quest for political independence from Britain. American patriot Paul Revere may have been the first to depict Lady Liberty in that context. In 1766, on the obelisk he created in celebration of the repeal of the Stamp Act, he used the image of Liberty with a Liberty Pole surmounted by a Liberty Cap. Another patriot leader, Thomas Paine, included Her in his poem, the “Liberty Tree,” referring to Her as “The Goddess of Liberty.” Freedom Goddess depictions not only emerged in America during its Revolution, but a few years later in France during its own Revolution, with the female symbol of the French Republic, the Marianne, depicted wearing the Liberty Cap, and often accompanied by Liberty’s Cat.

As the USA became a nation, Lady Liberty became part of the official symbology of some of its newly formed states. Holding Her Liberty Cap atop the Liberty Pole, Lady Liberty appears along with the Goddess of Justice on the New York State Flag. On the obverse of the Great Seal of the Commonwealth of Virginia, created in 1776, Liberty holds the Liberty Cap atop a pole in Her right hand and is flanked on Her left side by the Roman Goddess of Eternity (Aerternitas) and on Her right by the Goddess of Fruitfulness (Ceres). In addition, the Goddess Liberty, also with a Liberty Pole and Cap, appears with Ceres on the front of the Great Seal of New Jersey, adopted in 1777.

As more states were formed in the USA in the 19th and 20th centuries, some of them also chose to include Liberty imagery as part of their iconography. In addition, Lady Liberty images appeared on coins, paintings, stamps, and in sculptures throughout the land, including the colossal bronze Statue of Freedom, which was commissioned in 1855 and in 1863 set on the top of the dome of the US Capitol building in Washington, DC, where it can still be seen today. It is interesting to note that during America’s Civil War era both sides claimed Liberty and sought to use Her images to promote their own causes. Among abolitionists, Liberty was depicted freeing slaves, while states rights advocates used Her image to signify independence from the “tyranny” of centralized government. Today, Liberty images are used in connection with a wide range of political parties, candidates, and positions on various issues.

The most famous of the Freedom Goddess’ American depictions, the Statue of Liberty, was a gift from France to the United States in honor of America’s 100th birthday. Originally called “Liberty Enlightening the World,” the Statue of Liberty was designed by French Freemason and sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi with the assistance of engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel. The head of Lady Liberty’s statue wears a crown with solar rays, similar to the crown on the Colossus of Rhodes, a magnificent monument to the Sun God Helios that once stood astride a Greek harbor and was considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. The seven rays on Liberty’s crown represent the seven continents and seven seas. The torch Liberty holds in Her right upstretched hand is the Flame of Freedom, and underneath Her feet are broken chains representing overcoming tyranny and enslavement. The tablet Liberty holds in Her left hand is inscribed with July 4, the date of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the USA as a nation. Her flowing gown is similar in design to depictions of Libertas in ancient Rome.

More than 100,000 people in France contributed money to the creation of the 151 foot (46 meters) high copper clad Statue of Liberty. In the USA, in a grass-roots effort spearheaded by newspaper magnate Joseph Pulitzer, thousands of Americans contributed money for the creation of the 65 foot high granite pedestal to serve as the Statue’s base. The Statue was completed in Paris in May of 1884 and shipped in pieces to the USA where it was reassembled. Work on pedestal construction began in August 1884 following the laying of the cornerstone by Masons of the Grand Lodge of New York in a traditional Masonic ritual. The Statue of Liberty was erected on top of Her pedestal in New York Harbor on Bedloe Island, which was renamed Liberty Island in Her honor seventy years later. Thousands of people attended the dedication ceremony held on October 28, 1886, including Suffragettes, who, while circling the island in a boat, loudly proclaimed through a megaphone their freedom demand that women have the right to vote. A plaque was added in 1903 to an interior wall of the pedestal containing “The New Colossus,” the poem written by Emma Lazarus in 1883 as a tribute to the Statue and to immigrants coming to America for freedom. In the twentieth century, in preparation for the one hundredth birthday of the Statue of Liberty, an extensive renovation project was undertaken from 1984-1986. On the weekend of July 4, 1986, a great centennial celebration was held and the newly restored Statue was re-opened to visitors. The Statue of Liberty continues to be one of the most beloved of America’s civic shrines. The United Nations designated it as a World Heritage site in 1984. The Statue of Liberty receives over 5 million visitors each year.

Lady Liberty images can be found not only throughout America, but elsewhere in the world. She sometimes makes appearances at political rallies, usually in Her Statue of Liberty form. Such was the case in May, 1989, when She gained worldwide attention as She emerged as the Goddess of Democracy in student demonstrations in Beijing, China. Pro-democracy demonstrators erected a 33 foot styrofoam and plaster Liberty Goddess with torch image in Tiananmen Square, and this became a powerful rallying symbol of their quest for Freedom. Although, a short time later, tanks moved in and crushed this statue as well as demonstrators and their demonstrations, their vision and work for Democracy continues within and outside of China.

Images of Lady Liberty now abound in American popular culture. In addition to the variety of Statue of Liberty replicas, postcards, t-shirts, and other souvenirs at tourist shops in New York City and elsewhere, Lady Liberty imagery can be found in movies and on television, on postage stamps and posters, in books and newspapers, in art museums and theaters, in poems and songs, in cartoons and advertisements, in public squares and private homes, in pageants and costume parties, plus in many other contexts. Lady Liberty’s biggest Feast day in the USA is Independence Day, July 4. She is honored on other occasions as well, such as having Her own float in the globally televised Rose Parade which took place on January 1, 2000 in Pasadena, California, USA. The float, “Liberty for All,” was sponsored by the Family of Freemasonry and included a 50 foot high replica of the Statue of Liberty. In addition, Lady Liberty can be seen year round at a variety of websites on the internet.

To many contemporary Wiccans and other Pagans, Lady Liberty is more than a symbol. She is a powerful and ancient Goddess who can guide, inspire, protect, and comfort. Pagans have invoked Lady Liberty in rituals for personal and/or social liberation. Some Pagans include Her image in their household shrines and altars. Because of Her ancient Pagan origins, Lady Liberty is an excellent Goddess to work with in support of Pagan religious freedom.

In 1988, I renamed Circle Sanctuary’s religious freedom network, the Lady Liberty League, in Her honor because of the help She had given us in defeating anti-Wiccan legislation (1985) and in winning Circle Sanctuary’s zoning battle for the right to use our land for spiritual activities (1988). Those affiliated with the Lady Liberty League invoke Her not only in workings on specific cases, but each year as part of our annual meeting, held in June during the Pagan Spirit Gathering.

I close with several Liberty Goddess meditations and rituals:

Personal Liberation: Call to mind a habit you wish to break or a restrictive situation you seek release from. Imagine it taking the form of a chain binding you. For a few moments, experience its restrictions and the problems it causes. Then, invoke the Goddess of Liberty to come to your aid. Imagine Her wearing a Liberty Cap and carrying a Liberty Pole. Imagine your chains falling away as She touches them with the Liberty Pole. Imagine Her placing Her Liberty Cap on your head. As you experience yourself wearing Her Cap, allow guidance to come to you about specific things you can do in your daily life to break the habit or change the situation and take on healthier behaviors. When this guidance comes to you, imagine the Goddess giving you Her Liberty Pole as well. Give thanks to Her. Write down the guidance you received and other impressions. Select an action that can help your situation and do it.

Lady Liberty Feast Day Celebration: Begin the day with a Lady Liberty meditation. Call to mind Her image and imagine Her standing before you. Invoke Her by at least one of Her names: Liberty, Libertas, Lady Liberty, Goddess of Liberty, and/or Goddess of Freedom. Then name and give thanks for each of the freedoms that you experience in your own life. If you are an American, do your meditation on July 4 and work with Her Statue of Liberty form. If you are from another country, select the date and image that you feel is most appropriate.

Religious Freedom Support: Do this ritual to send spiritual support to Pagans and others involved in religious freedom cases. Obtain an image of Lady Liberty, such as a sculpture, illustration, or photograph. Set it on a central altar and position the image so that it faces the direction where the person and/or group needing help is located. Place a piece of paper with the names of those needing help before the image. Around this, place and light white votive candles, one in each of the compass points, plus a fifth on top of the paper naming those needing help. Invoke the Liberty Goddess by repeatedly chanting Her ancient name, Libertas. Peak the energy and then be silent for a time. Imagine She is in your midst, holding Her Flame of Freedom high, and facing in the same direction as Her physical representation on the altar. Welcome Her and then ask Her to guide, protect, and support those in need. Then chant the names of those in need and as you do, imagine Lady Liberty being with them. As the chant peaks, imagine those in need glowing with Lady Liberty’s Light and receiving strength, healing, protection, guidance, and support from Her and from you and others taking part in the ritual. Then give thanks to Lady Liberty and ask Her to continue to work Her magic on the situation. Use the Lady Liberty physical representation again in additional rituals or, if you feel it is appropriate, give it to those in need as a reminder of the support they are receiving from Lady Liberty and those who took part in the ritual.

Church people grieving over their fake graven image of Jesus

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More on the burning “jesus” statue.

“These ashes are all that’s left of the giant jesus statue and we’ve seen people stopping by here picking up the remains and taking them home…”

This is nothing more than collecting relics which as far as I know, the roots come from the Catholic church. It may go back further than that, I don’t know. But the Catholic church for centuries have had their relics they have venerated.

“Giant jesus is no more…an act of God reduced the iconic landmark to ashes.”

Truer words have never been said from the media.

“Within minutes a big crowd gathered at the base of the statue. Some very emotional, taking this as some sort of sign from up above. Others glad to see it gone.”

Crying hysterical woman, “This can not be a coincidence. This is something we have to go on our face as a church and pray and ask for forgiveness and repent from every sin in our lives, so that God himself will come back…”

Ok, it is obvious this woman is probably of Mexican/Latino descent. THIS is the religion being brought in through our borders. One of worshipping idols. Statues of saints, etc. So it only makes sense that she would be crying over an idol.  How many people will look upon this poor woman in her time of grief and take her words to mean that this STATUE MADE BY MAN, is more than it ought to be?

“We worship Jesus, we worship God and we just need to come together as a church asnd start fasting and praying and see what we’re missing together as a church.”

Uh, maybe it is do not worship idols. Do not make any graven images?!

“The church is already saying Jesus will rise from these ashes. And this time he will be bigger and better.”

This is mans’ pride! God will not share His glory with a graven image!

“Everyone looking at this devastation is trying to find some meaning to the ruins.”

“I think it’s the Lord telling us, it’s about Him and not about images we can make of him.”

BINGO! The church better listen to this man or when they build their “Bigger and better” Jesus, the next time God just may strike the whole church!

This fiasco even slowed traffic on the interstate!

More idolatry below:

Lightening bolt strikes idol of Jesus

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My comments in green thanks to mkayla who taught me how. 🙂

“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.”                                 — Exodus 20:4 —

God asked of Job,”… By what way is light diffused, Or the east wind scattered over the earth? Who has divided a channel for the overflowing water,
Or a path for the thunderbolt…” — Job 38: 24, 25 —

Can you send out lightnings, that they may go,
And say to you, ‘Here we are!’? — Job 38: 35 —

Full article can be found here: http://www.journal-news.com/news/hamilton-news/jesus-statue-fire-

Jesus statue fire damages estimated at $700,000.

Charred remnants remained this morning, June 15, of the large Jesus statue iconic to Interstate 75 that was destroyed following an apparent lightning strike during a thunderstorm late Monday night.

Neu said indications are lightning struck the right hand of the statue. 911 calls received by Monroe and Warren County dispatchers confirm witnesses saw the hand on fire first.

The church was not damaged, but audio equipment housed in the music theater was damaged.

Earlier this morning and late Monday night, motorists were stopped along the highway and along Union Road in Monroe to watch the 62-foot King of Kings statue burn. The fire was reported at 11:15 p.m. Monday, June 14. Within minutes, all that was left was the steel frame of the statue at the church.

Church member Cassie Browning, 27, of Dayton, said she was driving north on I-75 on her way back from Tennessee when she and her family saw smoke and noticed the statue missing. “It meant so much to so many people,” Browning said. “The statue can be destroyed and gone, but Jesus can’t be.”

The fire spread to the attic area of the church’s adjacent amphitheater. There were no injuries, said Neu, who spoke just before 2:30 a.m. to media at the scene. It was a “hot fire,” he said, which made it more difficult to battle, but it was extinguished within about an hour.

“God struck God, I like the irony. Jesus struck Jesus,” said Dawn Smith, 25, of Hamilton, who was among those standing outside the vehicles along Union Road. “I had to see it. What else are you going to do on a Monday night?”

No, God did NOT strike God. Jesus did NOT strike Jesus. What we have here, is simple: God struck an idol; one that man made. God brought it down. I do not believe that a person had to bow down before it in order for it to be an idol. No telling how many people only had to drive past it, glance at it and have a false sense of security just by glancing at it.

The statue was constructed of wood and styrofoam over a steel framework that was anchored in concrete and covered with a fiberglass mat and resin exterior, according to the church. It was slated to undergo renovations this summer.

“It sent goosebumps through my whole body because I am a believer,” said Levi Walsh, 29.

Goosebumps? Because she is a believer? Why? It was a graven image, for pete sakes! It had no life. God does not need man’s graven images. Catholics and other religions have been doing this for ages; creating images and worshipping before them. Just like in Nebuchadnezzar’s day, nothing has changed with man in believing they must create images of one thing or another in order to worship God or gods.

“Of all the things that could have been struck, I just think that that would be protected. …

Why would anyone think an IDOL would be protected? God is about to either destroy or expose EVERY single idol in this nation that any of us have ever trusted in. Is it your money? Is it your church? Is it your job? Is it your pastor? Is it your community standing? Is it your family? WHAT is it that you have made greater than God? I can think of a few things in my own life that have already bit the dust And God is not done.

“It’s something that’s not supposed to happen, Jesus burning,” he said. “I had to see it with my own eyes.”

JESUS WAS NOT BURNING! A piece of worthless art was burning. Not Jesus! Yet, he had to see it. How odd. I wonder if this man gives any thought about an eternal hell. Now that is real.

“I can’t believe Jesus was struck,” said his brother, who noted the giant Hustler Hollywood sign for the adult store across the street was untouched. “It’s the last thing I expected to happen.”

Once again Jesus was not struck. Either God makes a path for the lightening bolt or He does not. I believe HE is the One who makes the path. For whatevever reasons He chooses. Don’t believe me that this was just a worthless piece of art? An idol? A graven image? Look what Paul had to say about such things when he was in Areopagus.

Then Paul stood in the midst and said, “Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription:

TO THE UNKNOWN GOD.

Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you: God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things.

ACTS 17:22-25 — 

Right there, Paul is telling us God is not to be worshipped in such a way.

And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’ Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising. 

Who is man to think he could even create anything near to the image of God?

 Paul goes on: “Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”

WHY CARE ABOUT A STUPID STATUE? WHY care about something that God abhors? It was just a statue. How many would have half the passion for Jesus who is ALIVE, than they would this stupid statue?! Boy oh boy, this nation is sooooo warped! THIS is just a small example of what God is about to bring down in this nation. All the idols are coming down, people. Until nothing is left but God.