Then said Jesus to those Jews who believed Him If you continue in my word, then you are my disciples indeed; And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
They answered him, we be Abraham's seed, And were never in bondage to any man: How is it that you say, ‘you will become free’?”
Jesus answered them, truly, truly, I say to you, Whoever commits sin is the servant of sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; The son does remain forever.
If the Son therefore shall make you free, You shall be free indeed. John 8:31-36
I am excited!
Paradox Principles is a spiritual blog ... and I have reluctantly discussed my political views here. I realize I have lost some and possibly offended other readers here due to politics, and that is not my aim or intent with anything I write. My aim is to stand for the Truth wherever that leads; and I know that in this quest, some will be offended. I am getting ready with a new blog called Religiolitics that will promote spiritually conservative Christian views on religion and politics. This will allow for me to return to my original intent here which is: Understand God's Biblical Truth; expose distortions of God's Truth; and learning how to live His Truth in our daily lives.
My aim is to keep Paradox Principles a purely Conservative Christian site that teaches sound doctrine and Biblical insights, and confront heresy. Our challenge in today's world is conflicting worldviews that are clearly spiritual and have been manipulated politically by atheistic influence. Our society has been educated away from God's values and has often adopted a secular worldview contrary to our values. Unfortunately, many Christians are so confused that they are attempting to find a common ground, and oftentimes they are led to serve conflicting worldviews.
I am building the new blog "Religiolitics" which will allow me to get back to my purpose here which is: Understand God's Truth and expose distortions of the Truth, and speak to politics freely on the new blog. Religiolitics will allow for me to expand on religious and political issues as they apply in this most important upcoming election year. It will also allow me to reach out to those of all religious and political views without watering down Paradox Principles biblically.
I am excited about it, but my challenge is my website programming skills are quite limited. Now, if I could only find someone who could help me get the web site up and running properly and. Any ideas on how I can get this done quickly and affordably, please email me direct at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Religiolitics will have a variety of features hard to find on the net. One of my ideas is to feature a recommended “Blog of the Week” This will allow for me to better support my like-minded friends and help readers find the best places to go online. If you would like to write a post on Religiolitics; or post an appeal for the mission God has given you; or perhaps a link to your best post ever, email me at email@example.com.
Truth will be a common theme on Religiolitics. I will promote Truth and confront the manipulation of truth that is so common in our world today.
“And you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” John 8:32
Here is an example of an article which I read this morning that was released by the associated press. Distortions and false statements by politicians on both sides of the aisle is the biggest problem Americans face.
Our Religious and Political leaders must be forced to deal with us truthfully.
FACT CHECK: Obama claims miss some evidence By JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press – 3 days ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — In challenging Republicans to get behind his jobs bill Thursday, President Barack Obama argued Republicans have supported his proposals before, demanded that they explain themselves if they oppose him, and challenged others to come up with a plan of their own. The rhetoric in the president's quick-moving press conference dodged some facts and left some evidence in the dust.
OBAMA: "If it turns out that there are Republicans who are opposed to this bill, they need to explain to me, but more importantly to their constituencies and the American people, why they're opposed, and what would they do."
THE FACTS: While Republicans might not be campaigning on their opposition to Obama's plan, they've hardly kept their objections a secret.
In a memorandum to House Republicans Sept. 16, House Speaker John Boehner and members of the GOP leadership said they could find common ground with Obama on the extension of certain business tax breaks, waiving a payment withholding provision for federal contractors, incentives for hiring veterans, and job training measures in connection with unemployment insurance.
They objected to new spending on public works programs, suggesting instead that Congress and the president work out those priorities in a highway spending bill. And they raised concerns about Obama's payroll tax cuts for workers and small businesses, arguing that the benefits of a one-year tax cut would be short-lived. The memo also pointed out that reducing payroll taxes which pay for Social Security, temporarily forces Social Security to tap the government's general fund. And it opposed additional spending to prevent layoffs of teachers, police officers and other public workers.
OBAMA: "Every idea that we've put forward are ones that traditionally have been supported by Democrats and Republicans alike."
THE FACTS: Obama proposes to pay for his jobs bill by raising taxes, something traditionally opposed by Republicans and, in the form Obama proposed it, even some Democrats. Senate Democrats were so allergic to Obama's approach, which relied largely on limiting deductions that can be taken by individuals making over $200,000 a year and couples making more than $250,000, that they're eliminating it and replacing it with a new tax on millionaires.
In claiming bipartisan support for the components of his proposal, the president appears to be referring just to what the plan would do, not how it's paid for, but that's a crucial distinction he doesn't make.
Some of tax-cutting proposals offered by Obama have received significant Republican support in the past. But some of the new spending he proposes has received only nominal Republican backing. Evidence of bipartisanship provided by the White House includes legislation last year that provided $10 billion to prevent teacher layoffs. It won the support of only two Republican senators — Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, both of Maine and among the most moderate (liberal) Republicans in Congress. Another example cited by the White House was the proposal last year to offer tax breaks to businesses that hire new workers — it passed the House 217-201 with six Republican votes.
OBAMA: "The answer we're getting right now is: Well, we're going to roll back all these Obama regulations... Does anybody really think that that is going to create jobs right now and meet the challenges of a global economy?"
THE FACTS: Well, yes, some think it will. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce last month submitted a jobs proposal to Obama that included a call to ease regulations on businesses. It specifically called for streamlining environmental reviews on major construction projects and to delay the issuance of some potentially burdensome regulations until the economy and employment have improved. In the letter, Chamber President Thomas Donohue also called on Congress to pass legislation that would require congressional approval of major regulations. The chamber did not indicate how many jobs such regulatory changes could create, but it said: "Immediate regulatory relief is required in order to begin moving $1 trillion-$2 trillion in accumulated private capital off of the sidelines and into business expansion."
OBAMA: "We can either keep taxes exactly as they are for millionaires and billionaires, with loopholes that lead them to have lower tax rates, in some cases, than plumbers and teachers, or we can put teachers and construction workers and veterans back on the job."
THE FACTS: True, "in some cases" wealthy people can exploit loopholes to make their tax rate lower than for people of middle or low income. In recent rhetoric, Obama had suggested it was commonplace for rich people to pay lower rates than others, a claim not supported by IRS statistics. But on Thursday, Obama accurately stated that it only happens sometimes.
In 2009, 1,470 households filed tax returns with incomes above $1 million yet paid no federal income tax, according to the IRS. Yet that was less than 1 percent of returns with incomes above $1 million. On average, taxpayers who made $1 million or more paid 24.4 percent of their income in federal income taxes; those making $100,000 to $125,000 paid 9.9 percent; those making $50,000 to $60,000 paid 6.3 percent. The White House argues that when payroll taxes — paid only on the first $106,800 of wages — are factored in, more middle class workers wind up with a higher tax rate than millionaires.
(Rich people clearly pay their fair share! It is absurd to imply that solving this supposed problem will somehow solve America's jobs or spending problems. Obama knows that this is a problem that a flat tax would quickly fix. Why not propose a real solution for all? Does the president think that we are all ignorant or ... just his supporters? this is class warfare, plain and simple. bw)
OBAMA: "China has been very aggressive in gaming the trading system to its advantage and to the disadvantage of other countries, particularly the United States. .... And currency manipulation is one example of it, or at least intervening in the currency markets in ways that have led their currency to be valued lower than the market would normally dictate. And that makes their exports cheaper and that makes our exports to them more expensive."
THE FACTS: While Obama complained about China's efforts to keeps its currency undervalued to gain trade advantages, his administration has repeatedly refused to brand China as a currency manipulator in a report that the Treasury Department is required to send to Congress twice a year.
Such a designation would trigger negotiations between the two countries and could ultimately lead to U.S. trade sanctions against China.
Politicians regardless of their office are not above the truth.
President Obama must think that the people are ignorant. His jobs bill and his claim that it will somehow create new jobs the coming year is demonstrably false. Obama knows this and so does any intelligent person who has simply looked at the issue.
The idea that corporate jet owners and million dollar income earners not paying their fair share is clearly politically motivated, class warfare, and campaign rhetoric. When the president contends otherwise, he is directly and continuously lying to us. This is clearly not the hope and change he promised and he was elected to bring about.
The American people must respond accordingly.
Let me know what you think. Talavera.firstname.lastname@example.org
“and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” John 8:32
often contradict the wisdom of the world. Since we have been programmed by the world ... we have come to accept these worldly ideas as truth ... but when we consider God’s perspective ... we come to understand ... "the Lord's ways are not our ways"
Don't just read these writings ... meditate and pray over God's Word ... Listen to the Holy Spirit ... and be transformed by renewing your mind. He who died on our behalf wants you to ... allow the love of Christ to control you ... so that you might become ... the righteousness of God in Him.
Be an Ambassador of Christ ... with a ministry of reconciliation. Share God's eternal Truth and Love ... with everyone He brings into your path.