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  • Brian Lally:

    Dear Editor,

    A plea for unity amongst those who love and fear God; even those who good-hearted people who recognise the need for Divine intervention in the affairs of Great Britain today.

    I am well aware that this is a contentious issue amongst Christians! I put my hands up and admit that I voted for the SNP at the last election but I would not do so now! I could not vote for any of the other major parties and it was important that Labour be ousted.

    But a vote for Scottish Independence now through the SNP will be a vote for godless tyranny!

    I wonder if the motivation for Mr Salmon’s demand for independence, is driven by his greed for the power to enforce his ‘equality’ program? The secularists are desperate for gender and sexual equality; racial equality and religious equality! Amongst other absurdities! Further devolved powers for Scotland right now is rather a dangerous proposition by David Cameron.

    Mr Salmon’s dream of an independent country is more of a nightmare! He spews out his hypocritical ‘anti-english’ sentiment holding the ‘No to racism’ card which puts equality out of the window for a start! And he would rather see Scotland’s enslavement to the corrupt, unelected, and unaccountable European bureacracy of the European Union, which is in tatters, economically and financially.

    I am a Christian and I believe I am favoured by God for being able to confess my faith in Christ. I do hate to think that Mr Salmon has a plan to rid his ‘Scottish’ society of the Name of God’s Son. Or every form of protestantism or dissent! I hate to think that I will be expected to see my Saviour as a mere founder of a religion which has its equal in all others. I don’t see that it has!
    Christ’s Gospel message has its origin in Heaven, and is distinctly unalterable and alienated from all the belief systems which have their origins in darkness.

    My Prime Minister, David Cameron, recently encouraged Christians to be bold in the declaration of their faith, and as I have always been, I continue to do so now!

    So Mr Salmon, the ‘non-racist’ is calling upon us, foreign residents and voters in Scotland to vote for an independent Scottish future which means a break away from the English, Welsh, and Ulster peoples.

    He does have a strange mix in his morality and politics, but it begs the question, ‘who wants to be his equal’? I do not!

    He is keen on ‘same-sex’ marriage which does not have a place in Christian life. It does not have a place in any “good, civilised, normal and natural society”. And those words could be the last that could be described of Scotland if Mr Salmon’s propaganda machine on independence holds sway over the Nation and many Christians unfortunately.

    He has already admitted that no party in Scotland is able to legislate for ‘same-sex’ marriage in Scotland without the permission of Westminster, due to the impact on laws covering immigration, so he needs his own powers!
    And he’ll do anything for it! And at any cost! A cost that the whole of the United Kingdom will bear!

    So in order to foist the ungodly, unnatural agenda of ‘same-sex’ marriage upon the Scottish people in his impious pride, and in the pursuit of his own singularly united ‘political-religious’ state, he will use the Scottish independence route! Unless he declares unilateral independencel

    Is his call a political deception?

    I read recently, he was prepared to listen to opinions made about ‘same-sex’ marriage from people who are not living here! But he is not prepared to give Scots living outside the country to have their share in the vote converning their country of origin!

    As independence is a very big step to take and it will undoubtedly affect the English, The Welsh and those in Northern Ireland, I believe it is incumbent on the man to recognise that they too have a part to play in this referendum!

    David Cameron for a start, has every right to question Mr Salmon’s political aim.

    After all, there are many English-based companies here; many English people have invested in Scottish Companies here, and many English people are living here!

    Mr Salmon wants Scotland to be different and an example to the world of a ‘tolerant’ society, but he is not when it comes to my right in exercising the freedom to live out and express my faith!

    Political hypocrisy!

    I can only assume Christians and Christian ‘God-given values’ for life are a hinderance to him. He needs the support of most of the people in Scotland who see themselves as Christian, so is he guilty of electoral abuse or a ‘hate’ crime himself?

    I cannot think that he loves Christians though he just cannot see how he can possible succeed in establishing his ‘godless’ pluralistic state without their vote.
    He is quite prepared to fob off the voice of a majority of the, and may I say it, “Scottish” population; the majority which says it is Christian, and which is definitively saying NO to ‘same-sex’ marriage! And enjoy or expect support for his independence plan?

    How unwise can any leader be? He seems absolutely resolute in imposing an ungodly change in law upon the Scottish Nation, which is very much dependent on the upright Godly lives and God-fearing lives of the Christians and good-hearted people in Scotland.

    Can this actually be construed as wise and democratic? I think not! And Mr Salmon bears the mark of an arrogant and ‘intolerant’ tyrant himself who would rather co-operate with a minority homosexual lobby who have not taken civil partnerships seriously.

    He just does not recognise fairness, but he talks about his views on unfairness.

    When his taxpayer-funded Equality and Human Rights Commission in Scotland took a partisan line recently by calling on the next Scottish Government to alter the law on marriage, and deliberately sideline the Christian faith, he said and did nothing about it!
    It ‘ll be one tax-funded commission that will be out of commission if I had my way!

    He will try to ignore Christians, and other good-hearted people who see marriage as right, as God intended, as natural, but through his political eyes, focussed on a definitely homosexual agenda, he sees it as differently; ‘marriage is not Gods institution at all.
    From satan’s point of view.

    But we have to keep on explaining to Mr Salmon, that Christians did not institute marriage! It is NOT the creation of Government, so he destroying this beautiful witness to God’s place in the affairs of mankind.!

    Marriage is God’s! He ordained marriage in order that man and woman could live together for the procreation of life, and, as a special added blessing for man and woman, a way of escape from sexual sin. But God’s purposes for marriage do not mean a thing to Mr Salmon, and neither most in the Scottish Parliament.

    The partisan lines of the EHR Commission are indicators of a real and more dangerous intolerance! The intolerance of all that is Godly!

    So it would appear that Mr Salmon is really determined to oppose God on the issue of marriage!

    The 305 year history of the Union was in God’s will and purposes in the first place! And The Union has worked because Christians had a very large part to play in its inception and development. Many Nations and many races have been blessed by the glory of the rising of Great Britain, though I concede many mistakes were made! But the message of the Gospel of Christ went out from Great Britain to many countries which became established as a part of the United Kingdom, in turning from heathenism, to embrace Christ’s Word and have prospered. Most of the Commonwealth Nations are the fruit of God’s Word, and they have been saved from political catastrophes through the influence and work of Christians.

    Of course, athiests, satanists, pseudo-Christian liberal influences and false religions have ventured to destroy these Nations and in some ways, succeeded in more recent times, but that is in the main due to the incursion of these enemies of Christ into Politics as it has so happened today.

    I hasten to add, our declension has been due to the fact that these same enemies have infiltrated the churches, particularly the Church of Scotland, in the first place, as wolves in sheep’s clothing, and put Christians to sleep or turned it into a weak and fearful compromising organisation: bowing down to corrupt godless officials instead of King Jesus.

    It is my view that it is only the godless tyrant who looks to the destruction of the best possible way to govern the peoples of any country. The union of Great Britain was and is the best way to govern the peoples in the Union.
    Mr Salmon’s plan to destroy the Union will take Scotland back a thousand years.

    Can any sensible Government really want to see the demise of Great Britain! Mr Salmon’s government does!

    As there is no guarantee of ‘the family’ and ‘marriage’ under Mr Salmon’s leadership, can Scotland really expect to be safe under him?

    No!

    Last year the Scottish National Party leader said he did not think the Scottish Parliament would be able to change the law on independence,either, because it needed a change in Law at Westminister.

    But that has not stopped Mr Salmon’s hellbent scheme on giving the Scottish electorate a referendum which I do believe most Scots did not ask for, and certainly Mr Salmon is not capable of delivering.

    We must remember that he only just squeezed into power because Labour, with its corrupt, and immoral representatives in Parliament lost its vote through the illegal Iraq war, corrupt politics and double-standards in public life!

    Surely now, the true concerns of the Scottish Government should be our faith rights, the protection of and establishment of more faith schools; the Godly needs of the Nation in securing the protection of our children and a Godly education that will prepare them for life in an uncertain and unstable world.

    God’s righteousness in Christ should be the priority concern of David Cameron.

    RIGHTEOUSNESS should have preference to independence from Westminister!
    Whether Scotland likes it or not, Scotland will never be free without Christ; His Rule, His Lordship; an unquestioning obedience to HIS imperishable Word!

    Yours faithfully in Christ’s glorious Service,
    Brian Lally

    p.s. I do hope that it does not portray an unchristian spirit! It is a reaction! and I think that many Christians would love to see this topic on the boil at all times. The Church in Great Britain is in dire need of a revival of the faith which was first delivered to the saints!

    • J. Gasper:

      I sympathize with you in your dilemma, Brian. The SNP looks to me like Labour in a kilt. But do not imagine that here in England David Cameron has anything different to offer. He is, after all, prepared to crawl to the EU and to force same-sex marriage on the population without any due electoral mandate. Is was not in his manifesto and nobody voted for it. Cameron has Peter Tatchell advising him and so, to the great shame of the Church of England, does the new Archbishop of Canterbury. Justin Wellby. I say shame because Tatchell has got many unmistakable links to the Paedophile Information Exchange and their horrible agenda. See

      http://juliagasper.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/peter-tatchells-links-to-paedophile.html

  • waldens:

    Dear Sir,

    As a Dutchman who follows Refo500 in the Netherlands I would like to give you the following information regarding the continuance of Joel Beeke with Refo500 in 2013.

    First of all this article from the USA.
    http://www.pccmonroe.org/2013/01.03.htm

    Secondly I visited in 2013 the largest Dutch reformed commercial fair in the Netherlands (www.wegwijs.nu).
    There Refo500 had one of the largest booths at the fair because of the celebration of 450 years Heidelberg Catechismus.
    In it I found on its bookshelf THE book by Refo500 on 450 years Heidelberg Catechismus and a book on churchhistory in both many Refo500 commited theologians and pastors have written an article. Dr. Joel Beeke also has contributed in both books with an article. By this book Dr. Joel Beeke presents himself in 2013 concering the Heidelberg Catechism and churchhistory of which the first is most certainly a Refo500 publications.

    http://www.refo500.nl/actions/item/240/handboek-heidelbergse-catechismus
    Regarding the book on churchhistory, please ask Refo500 and/or Dr. Beeke yourself. I found it on their bookshelf and checked at least three times whether I saw the name of Dr. Beeke in it.

    Dr. Beeke knows in 2013 the 100% Roman Catholic connections of Refo500.

    In 2013 Dr. Beeke will do a tour sponsored by a partner of Refo500, Wittetravel.
    http://www.wittetravel.com/calendar-tours/legacy-reformation/
    If you download the brochure you clearly see the Refo500 logo.
    http://www.wittetravel.com/wp-content/media/071113BEEK.pdf

    As Dr Beeke presents himself in 2013 in THE publication of Refo500 on 450 years Heidelberg Catechism
    and as a guide in a by Refo500 promoted tour in Europe in 2013, I must disagree with your excuses you
    make for Dr. Beeke.

    Dr Beeke is a promoter of the English puritans worldwide (of which Dr. Beeke himself knows that they
    TO THE MAN confessed the pope of Rome to be THE antichrist), Dr. Beeke is an intellectual who has all the time
    and resources to know the biblical foundation of this position, and he knows the roman catholic connections
    of Refo500. For him to join Refo500 in 2013 publicly again seems to be deliberate.

    Lastly I would mention that on the blog of Dr. Joel Beeke he talks about a visit in September 2012
    at the theological university of Apeldoorn in the Netherlands. There he visited Dr. Selderhuis, the director of Refo500,
    which encounter he describes in very friendly words as though he considered Dr Selderhuis as a valued friend and brother.

    If a pastor asks churchpeople to let their light shine in personal life, yet he himself joins apostate organisations,
    that is a clear example of elephant and muskito.

    (may I also mention this conference in Italy this weekend by another well known missionary which is held in a roman catholic
    monastery where during weekdays 2 times the mass is celebrated.
    http://www.chiesasolagrazia.it/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=66:paul-washer-e-eddie-chestnutt-conferenza-di-coram-deo-2013&Itemid=543
    http://www.monasterosantacroce.it )

    • admin:

      Thank you. We cannot make excuses for others when we do not know all the details. However, in such circumstances neither is it fair to make accusations. That is why we have apologised.

  • As a further proof of what I said regarding Paul Washer, see this public article on the internet
    http://www.pccmonroe.org/2013/04.30.htm

  • waldens:

    Dear Sir,

    In your edition of 16 to 23 October 2015 a book ‘THE REAL scandal of the EVANGELICAL MIND’ by Dr. Carl Trueman is promoted by Joseph Hewitt (retired Grace Baptist Pastor).

    For your information Dr. Carl Trueman and Dr. Joel R Beeke (see earlier message on this page) are planned as mainspeakers later on in 2016 at a conference in the Netherlands on 400 years John Owen.

    Both are thereby presenting themselves with Refo500.
    http://www.pccmonroe.org/2013/07.08.htm
    http://www.pccmonroe.org/2013/12.03.htm

    And at the Theological University Apeldoorn to which Prof. Dr. Selderhuis, Director Refo500, belongs.
    http://www.joelbeeke.org/2012/09/ministry-in-the-netherlands-i/

    How is it possible that Dr. Carl Trueman on the one hand can write a book on the problems within evangelicalism and be promoted here in this protestant newspaper, while some time later he can present himself in the Netherlands publicly with those who are actively seeking spiritual unity with Rome ?

    Is it possible that in the titles of Dr. Carl Trueman S.J. is missing ?

    • admin:

      While Refo500 is clearly academic and / or ecumenical rather than Reformed, it is not well known in the UK and our reviewer may well be unaware of it. His encouraging review should not be understood to be approving the involvement of the author in Refo500. Far from it! The English Churchman is thoroughly opposed to ecumenism and to all attempts to lure evangelicals into it, as Refo500 appears to have done. I imagine that when men realise what Refo500 is, they feel rather embarrassed and yet they still feel that they should give their Reformed contribution to what they naturally assumed was a Reformed anniversary.

  • Peter Finlay:

    I was, as a Christian, encouraged to find there was a Scottish Christian Party which would be standing in my region at the forthcoming election. Yes, it would be good for Christians to stand up and bring the values of our Lord Jesus Christ onto the stage of politics. For example over the past many decades political leaders of all parties have been bowing down to the god of wealth as the only criterion in dealings with countries like Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and a host of other countries which torture their citizens if they attempt to speak about what is going on in their countries. Our governments can only bleat a few feeble words of protest and continue to sell billions of pounds worth of arms to the oppressors. At one time the Church of Scotland (and other churches) were to the forefront in the battle against the evils of apartheid and their action helped to bring down the racist Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland leading to true nationhood for Zambia and Malawi. It is wonderful to read of the courageous missionaries and doctors with their deep Christian love for their people rejoicing with their people as they won their liberty. I thought a Scottish Christian Party might take up the cause of the many who are oppressed in todays world, a world poised on the cusp of new forms of oppression stemming from the Wahhabi Islam of our favoured Arab nation – Saudi Arabia. There is huge work needing to be done in our country and throughout the world in relation to the rise of Islam and in our country today few people know enough about the Christian faith to be able to act or speak in an effective way about what is going on.

    When I try to find out about the Christian Party candidate for my area, Brian Lally, what do I find? Well… what I find is all contained in the dreadful rant from his own lips printed above. An obsession with homosexuality – and no attempt to understand this condition with any sort of Christian compassion or recognition of the cruelties perpetrated on homosexuals down the ages, no attempt to think that Christians today need to look again without prejudice and with the eyes of Christ at people who in the past have been condemned to a lifetime of loneliness and persecution. Besides this there are paragraphs of antipathy to the SNP and Alex Salmond as if no Christian should be able to even think about the possibility of their own nation having the dignity of standing on its own feet – and able no longer to be dragged into the unbelievable support the uk has dished out over the decades to regimes as evil as Saudi Arabia.

    Come on, Christians of Scotland. If we are going to have a Christian Party, please, please, please do not let it be one led by people whose minds are trapped in a certain form of utterly narrow christianity, allies of the worst forms of the travesty of our faith embraced by the the gun-toting “christians” of America! We can do better. We have had great Christian leaders throughout our history – men and women of intelligence and sensitivity and vision who have made our nation – and the world – a batter place.

    Sadly, now I have to find another party to support next month. Much sadder is the thought of the impression of what Christianity means by candidates like Mr Lally.

  • Dear Sir,

    I read a copy of EC passed on regularly from a friend. In the most recent copy (2nd/9th September) in the introduction to the article on Archbishop Laud by J.C.Ryle you used a phrase very popular among evangelical Protestants namely “if the Lord tarries.” Can I just voice dissent at this ludicrous phrase? The Lord never tarries! One conjures up a picture of a reluctant schoolboy on his unwilling walk to school! The Lord is always spot on time in the execution of his eternal decree. The end of the world and the return of Christ has an appointed time. He himself says he comes quickly and with our lifespans being so short, that is true for all of us when he comes for us personally. But tarrying implies lateness, slowness and indecision. Surely nothing is further from the mind and plan of God. So my counsel is ditch that phrase! The Lord is coming. He will come at exactly the right time. We are to watch and pray. Much has still to happen that he tells us about in Scripture. But believe me, he will not be one minute late!

    Sincerely in Christ,

    Dr Julian Kennedy

  • PRESS RELEASE
    AN URGENT APPEAL TO JESUS: YOU SHOULD APOLOGISE TO ALL WOMEN WHEN YOU COME
    FOR THE SCANDALOUS WAY IN WHICH YOU AND YOUR FATHER TREAT THEM IN THE BIBLE
    GOD HIMSELF MADE MISTAKES
    THIS WORLD IS MORE MIXED-UP THAN AN IRISH STEW
    IT IS CHAOTIC AND IDIOTIC

    JESUS, I CALL ON YOU: TO IMMEDIATELY GET OFF YOUR DIVINE BACKSIDE, AND COME BACK DOWN TO EARTH, TO MAKE THE GLORIOUS NEW WORLD
    HOW CAN YOU SIT UP THERE ON YOUR IVORY TOWER IN HEAVEN, AND LOOK DOWN ON ALL THE MISERY, PAIN AND SUFFERING, WHICH EVERY DAY ARE SO MUCH PART OF LIFE HERE? FOR THIS YOU AND YOUR FATHER ARE ULKTIMATELY RESPONSIBLE
    THE BUCK STOPS WITH YOU IN HEAVEN, NOT WITH MAN HERE ON EARTH

    THE ORIGIN OF WOMAN’S RAW DEAL
    BIBLE VERSIONS USED
    I use different Bible Versions in the Verses I quote. This is: to help make the quoted Verses that bit clearer. Sometimes, one Version might be a little easier to understand than another, regarding a particular Verse. This is especially true of Versions which were made hundreds of years ago, such as the King James Bible. It was brought out in 1611-that is, 405 years ago. Many words which it uses have gone from the English Language-such as ‘thee,’ and ‘thine.’ Today, we would use: ‘You,’ ‘Yours.’ Other words have changed their meaning completely. One of these is ‘prevent,’ which then meant: ‘go before,’ but now means: ‘to stop.’ Another is ‘to suffer,’ which previously meant ‘to allow,’ but now means ‘to be subjected to.’ The King James Version is one of the finest ever made. It is my favourite. It is ‘poetry in motion,’ because of the sheer beauty of its words. However, it has to be admitted that it can be difficult to understand some parts of it today-because of the change in the English Language in the past 405 years. Apart from that, it is good to compare Versions brought out by Protestant and Catholic Churches, and by the Jews-who have only got the Old Testament. The King James is the best-known Protestant Bible, and the Jerusalem is the best-known Catholic Bible. The Jerusalem Bible uses the word ‘Yahweh’ instead of ‘Lord.’ ‘Yahweh’ is the Hebrew word for ‘Lord.’ I use ‘Lord,’ instead of ‘Yahweh,’ to make it easier to follow. The King James and the Jerusalem will be the main Bible Versions I will be quoting from. I will always start with the King James, which I will mark as (a). I will mark the second Version as (b), and the third Version as (c). I will mostly use only two Versions, when quoting any given passage. I will be using two Jewish Bibles-the Koren and the Tanakh. Both are used by Jews in the Synagogue.
    THE CREATION AND THE FALL OF ADAM AND EVE
    The Angels created the World in six days. Their Director in all their work was God Himself, so that Most High God was the real Maker of the World. The Angels are called ‘Mighty Ones.’ This is ‘Elohim’ in Hebrew, which is the language of the first part of the Bible-the Old Testament. The New Testament was written in Greek. On the sixth day, the Angels made Adam and Eve, the First Parents of the whole Human Race. God Himself was the real Maker. Just after He had made them:
    (a)“God blessed them, and said unto them: ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth and subdue it’”-Genesis, Chapter 1, Verse 28(King James);
    (b)“God blessed them, and God said to them: ‘Be fruitful and multiply, replenish the earth and subdue it.”(Jewish Koren);
    (c)“God blessed them and God said to them: ‘Be fertile and increase, fill the earth and master it.’”(Jewish Tanakh).
    There was only one way that they could be ‘fruitful and multiply’-that was by having Children, which, of course, involved Intercourse. This was a Command from God, and not optional. God there and then instituted Marriage, and instituted Intercourse:
    (a)“Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife, and they shall become one flesh”-Genesis, Chapter 2, Verse 24(King James);
    (b)“That is why a man leaves his father and his mother, and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh.”(Jewish Koren).
    Jesus recognized this as being the instituting of Marriage:
    (a)“He answered and said to them: ‘Have ye not read, that He which made them in the
    beginning made them male and female, and said: ‘For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they twain shall be one flesh’? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder”-Matthew, Chapter 19, Verses 4, 5, 6(King James);
    (b)“Have you not read that the Creator from the beginning made them male and female, and that He said: ‘This is why a man must leave his father and mother, and cling to his wife, and the two become one body’? They are no longer two, therefore, but one body. So then, what God has united, man must not divide.”(Catholic Jerusalem).
    He placed them in the Garden of Eden. In the middle of the Garden was the Tree of Knowledge. Adam and Eve were forbidden to eat its fruit. It was perfectly right and just that God should put them to the test, to see if they were worthy to receive a Reward. So, the Angels, directed by God, sent the Serpent to test them. God gave the Serpent the power of speech. This may seem unlikely, or even impossible. However, it was perfectly possible for God to give Speech to the Serpent, and the intelligence to use it. This would be no more difficult for Him than giving us Humans our Gift of Speech. All Gifts come from the same God. Later on, God gave the Gift of Speech to a Donkey. The Donkey belonged to Balaam, who, sadly, was a False Prophet. The Donkey spoke roughly as many words as the Serpent. This is what happened with the Serpent in the Garden of Eden:
    (a)“The Serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field, which the Lord God had made. He said unto the woman: ‘Yea, hath God said: ‘Ye shall not eat of every tree of the Garden?’ The woman said unto the Serpent: ‘We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the Garden. But of the fruit which is in the midst of the Garden, God hath said: ‘Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.’ The Serpent said unto the woman: ‘Ye shall not surely die, for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.’ When the Woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her, and he did eat”-Genesis, Chapter 3, Verses 1 to 6(King James);
    (b)“The serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman: ‘Did God really say: ‘You must not eat from any tree in the Garden?’ The woman said to the serpent: ‘We may eat fruit from the trees in the Garden, but God did say: ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the Garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ ‘You will not surely die,’ the serpent said to the woman, ‘for God knows that when you eat of it, your eyes will be open, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’ When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.”(New International).
    PUNISHMENT OF EVE
    Adam and Eve were punished by the Angels for the Sin of Disobedience-as they had disobeyed a plain Commandment of God:
    (a)“To the Woman He said: ‘I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception. In sorrow thou shalt bring forth children, and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee’”-Genesis, C 3, V 16(King James);
    (b)“To the woman He said: ‘I will greatly multiply your pain in childbearing. In pain you shall bring forth children. Yet your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.’”(Revised Standard).
    PUNISHMENT OF ADAM
    (a)“Unto Adam He said: ‘Because thou hast harkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying: ‘Thou shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground for thy sake. In sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life. Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee, and thou shalt eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground, for out of it wast thou taken. Dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return”-Genesis, C 3, Vs 17, 18, 19(King James);
    (b)“To Adam He said: ‘Cursed be the ground because of you. Through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistle for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food, until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken, for dust you are and to dust you will return.”(Revised Standard).
    The Punishment for Eve was much more severe than the Punishment for Adam. The land was what was mostly punished for Adam’s Sin, but Eve herself was punished for her Sin. She would suffer the Pains of Childbirth. Worse of all, she was told: ‘Your Husband shall rule over you.’ It made her a Second Class Citizen of this Earth, as it made all Women of all Time.
    Adam and Eve were Partners in Crime. It has always seemed to me that the two were equally to blame. The Serpent tempted Eve and Eve tempted Adam. Eve had every chance to say ‘NO’ to the Serpent, and Adam had every chance to say ‘NO’ to Eve. If anything, Adam was more guilty, as it was to him that the Angel gave the Command not to eat the Forbidden Fruit. Eve had not been created at that stage. This Punishment of Eve began the tragic and dreadful history of Womankind, which has lasted right up to our day. All Women have been Punished for the Sin of their Mother Eve. Think of the countless millions of Rapes, and the unspeakable Misery that brought them! How many Men were raped by Women? That then, apparently, is ‘Justice,’ Divine Style! My humble opinion is that it is Appalling. How could a Loving God do that? How could He make half the Population of the Earth subject to the other half? It is up to Christ to answer that when he comes.
    THE DEGRADATION OF WOMEN CONTINUES IN THE OLD TESTAMENT:
    (a)“In that day shall Egypt be like unto Women: it shall be afraid and fear because of the shaking of the hand of the Lord of Hosts, which He shaketh over it”-Isaiah, C 19, V 16(King James);
    (b)“When that day comes the Egyptians shall become weak as women. They shall fear and tremble when they see the Lord of Hosts raise his hand against them, as raise it he will.”(New English).
    This will be after the Second Coming of Christ, when the People of Egypt will, at first, be afraid of the new King in Jerusalem, but will later accept him. Egypt will form a Triple Alliance with Israel-Egypt, Israel and Russia, together. ‘Like unto Women’? As much as to say: ‘What can you expect from Women?’ ‘Not very much’ is the implied answer.
    There was not a single Woman in the Priesthood in the Old Testament.
    JESUS:
    He went much further than the normal Customs of his day, by the place he gave Women in his life. He had a long conversation with the Samaritan Woman at Jacob’s Well. It was most unusual for a Jewish Man on his own to converse with a Samaritan Woman. He praised the Widow’s Mite-making that poor Widow famous for all time. He was a close friend of Martha and Mary, sisters of Lazarus. Nevertheless, he did not chose a single Woman among the Twelve Apostles. 5
    THE APOSTLE PAUL:
    (1)“LET A WOMAN KEEP SILENCE IN THE CHURCH”
    (a)“Let your women keep silence in Church, for it is not permitted unto them to speak, but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the Law. If they will learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home, for it is a shame for women to speak in the Church”-1 Corinthians, C 14, Vs 34, 35(King James);
    (b)“In all the Churches of the saints, women are to remain quiet at meetings since they have no permission to speak. They must keep in the background, as the Law itself lays down. If they have any questions to ask, they should ask their husbands at home. It does not seem right for a woman to raise her voice at meetings.”(Catholic Jerusalem).
    The same Theme is continued in the Letter to Timothy:
    (a)“Let a woman learn in silence, with all subjection. I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in transgression”-1 Timothy, C 2, Vs 11, 12, 13, 14(King James);
    (b)“During instruction, a woman should be quiet and respectful. I am not giving permission for a woman to teach or to tell a man what to do. A woman ought not to speak, because Adam was formed first and Eve afterwards. It was not Adam who was led astray, but the woman who was led astray and was led into sin.”(Catholic Jerusalem).
    If that is not Degradation of Women, I don’t know what is.
    ‘Adam was not deceived:’ the Serpent told Eve that, if she ate the Forbidden Fruit, she would live forever and be like the gods. Eve then told the same thing to Adam. Eve was fooled by the Serpent, and Adam was fooled by Eve. That is ‘being deceived,’ in any man’s language. Yes, I firmly believe that Adam WAS deceived. Adam WAS led astray, and WAS led into sin.
    In the quotations up to now, Eve was blamed more than Adam for the Sin in Eden, including by the Apostle Paul. However, in the next set of Verses, Paul completely changes his tune, and squarely blames Adam:
    (A)(a)“If by one man’s offence, death reigned by one, much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ. For as by one man’s disobedience, many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous”-Romans, C 5, Vs 17, 18(King James);
    (b)“If, by the trespass of one man death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through one man, Jesus Christ.”(New International).
    (B)(a)“For since by man came death, by man came also the Resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive”-1 Corinthians, C 15, Vs 21, 22(King James);
    (2)A MAN IS MADE IN THE IMAGE OF GOD, BUT WOMAN IS NOT
    “I would have you know that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is the man, and the head of Christ is God. For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God, but the woman is the glory of the man. For the man is not of the woman, but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman, but the woman for the man”-1 Corinthians, C 11, Vs 3, 7, 8, 9(King James);
    (b)“While I wish you to understand that, while every man has Christ for his Head, woman’s head is man, as Christ’s Head is God. A man has no need to cover his head, because man is the image of God, and the mirror of His glory, whereas woman reflects the glory of man. For man did not originally spring from woman, but woman was made out of man. Man was not created for woman’s sake, but woman for the sake of man.”(New English).
    ‘Man is made in the Image of God, but woman is not:’ I find this appalling and totally unacceptable. Woman is here presented as little more than the ‘Property’ of man.
    (3)PAUL ON MARRIAGE:
    (a)“Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: it is good for a man not to touch a Woman. Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. I say therefore contain, let them marry, for it is better to marry than to burn. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belongeth to the Lord, how he may please the Lord. But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife. He that giveth his virgin in marriage doth well, but he that giveth her not in marriage doth better”-1 Corinthians, C 7, Vs 1, 2, 8, 9, 32, 33, 38(King James);
    (b)“Now for the questions about which you wrote. Yes, it is a good thing for a man not to touch a woman, but since sex is always a danger, let each man have his own wife and each woman have her own husband. There is something I want to add for the sake of widows and those who are not married. It is a good thing for them to stay as they are, just like me, but if they cannot control the sexual urges, they should get married, since it is better to be married than to be tortured. An unmarried man can devote himself to the Lord’s affairs. All he need worry about is pleasing the Lord, but a married man has to bother about the world’s affairs and devote himself to pleasing his wife.”(Catholic Jerusalem).
    Points to note about this Chapter:
    (1)The whole tone of the Chapter is that Single Life is better than Married Life. This Chapter was written by the very same God who wrote the Account of Creation in the Book of Genesis. The whole Bible is the Word of God. It was written by human Authors, who were all Inspired by God. Thus God is the real Author of the Bible. This Letter to the Corinthians was written by Paul, but the words in it really come from God Himself. God told Adam and Eve: ‘Go and have children.’ By implication, God tells the same to all Generations. He says: ‘Get married and have children.’ It does not mean that He had no place for Single Life, but that Marriage should the norm. After all, He did say:
    (a)“It is not good that the man should be alone. I will make an help meet for him”-Genesis, C 2, Vs 18(King James);
    (b)“It is not good that the man should be alone. I will make him a helpmate.”(Catholic Jerusalem).
    So, God said at the beginning that Marriage was best, while in the Letter to the Corinthians, He says that Single Life is best. A plain Contradiction here.
    (2)‘It is a good thing for a man not to touch a woman:’ this is making Sex out to be a bad thing.
    (3)‘If they cannot control the sexual urges, they should get married:’ so Marriage is like some ‘safety valve’ for sexual urges! Surely this is Degrading to Married Life.
    (4)Paul wrote nothing of his own, but only as he was directed by God.
    (5)We have to face a Frightful Reality: The Great God of Heaven and Earth contradicts Himself flat-regarding Marriage and regarding Blaming Eve.
    WHEN DID I REACH THESE CONCLUSIONS?
    I began to study the Bible seriously on the second Sunday of February, 1974. On that day, I went to my first Bible Lecture, given by the Apostolic Fellowship of Christ. They were a small Religious Group who had originated from the Christadelphians. That Lecture was in the Masonic Hall, Wilmington, Dartford, Kent. After attending their Lectures every Sunday for a year and a half, I came to believe that they held the Truth-that they followed the real Teachings of the Bible. I still hold that view to this day. The more I learned about the Bible, the more unhappy I became about one issue: its treatment of Women. That unhappiness has continued ever since. Mothers ‘suffer in their coming and in their going:’ when humans come into the world and when they leave the world. Men have feelings too. Some men do cry. Some are very sensitive. However, on the whole, death has a bigger emotional effect on women than on men-especially the death of Children. I never spoke much about this Subject with the Elders in the Apostolic Fellowship. This was because:
    (1)The part of the Bible I always found most interesting was Prophecy. The books and booklets which I have published have largely concentrated on this topic. The principal exception to that is my Book about the Trinity-“The Trinity Is A False Doctrine.”
    (2)I felt that the Elders may well think I was a Heretic and a Blasphemer if I openly criticized the Almighty Himself-since criticizing what is written in the Bible IS criticizing God Himself.
    I have, though, decided that now is the time to write about it. What had a major influence on my decision was: the Mass Rape in Germany last New Year’s Eve, which received widespread coverage. It brought home to me very starkly how much more misery Women have always suffered than Men in the sexual area. I was too busy to write about it so far this year, but I have decided to make time for it now, in time for the American Election. After setting out a detailed Bible Teaching about Women, I reached one undeniable conclusion: that Women have got a Raw Deal from God Himself. It is only now, as a result of my close study of the subject, that the awfulness of this Raw Deal has come home to me in the starkest terms. It has really disturbed and frightened me. Though I had been aware of it, in general terms, for 42 years, it was only with the piecing together of the many Bible Verses about the Role of Women that the full implication of the ‘Raw Deal’ has struck me so forcibly. I realize full well the seriousness of what I am saying: that the Almighty Creator Himself got it wrong-so far as I can understand it at this time, with all the evidence available to me. Is it Blasphemy of me to dare speak in this manner about the Great Creator Himself? In my Heart and Conscience, the answer is a resounding ‘No.’ The Apostle John wrote:
    (a)“Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence towards God”-1 John, C 3, V 21(King James);
    (b)“My dear people, if we cannot be condemned by our own conscience, we need not be afraid in God’s presence.”(Catholic Jerusalem).
    My Heart and Conscience do not condemn me. I believe I am standing up for half of the Human Race-for the Female Population of all Time, for my Sisters amidst God’s Creation. I hope that by merely writing this, that the Conscience of the Almighty Himself will be pricked into sending his Son back to Earth without further delay, so that he can set up the Kingdom-which is the only solution to all the World’s many Problems and Imbalances. If it turns out that Jesus at the Second Coming will be able to prove me totally wrong in what I have written here, then I will humbly accept it, and beg his Forgiveness. All I am saying is: that, as far as I understand things at the present time, these are my Genuine and Sincere Conclusions. I believe that it is perfectly right and proper for True Christians to blame God, and to be angry with Him. Surely, God is strong enough to take this from us, His Children. Two of God’s Faithful Servants, Job and David, criticized Him strongly in their writings. Soo too did Solomon, in his writings. When Jesus said the Words on the Cross: “My God, My God, Why hast thou forsaken me?”-he was uttering a strong criticism of his own Beloved Father. God created us, Human Beings. He is the Manufacturer. There are two Parties involved-us and God. Just going on the normal run of Human Arrangements, if we take two Parties who make an important Contract: they usually sign that Contract, and both sides have Duties to carry out certain agreed tasks. If any of the Sides fail, the Contract can become Null and Void. Although not one of us asked to be made, let us accept that there is a de facto Contract between us and our Maker. There would be, in normal circumstances, Duties which we and the Almighty should carry out. We hear plenty about our Duty to obey God’s Law, but what about God’s Duties towards us? I think it is time for us Humans to look at this aspect of things, and that is what I am seeking to do in this Essay. It is patently obvious that we Humans have often failed. I dare to suggest that God Himself has sometimes failed also, in His Duties to us. I carried Posters on to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in 2003, with the words: “Read the Bible-the Bible is always right.” I still believe that. The Bible is a faithful and true record of everything that happened. When I wrote that ‘I became unhappy with the Bible’s treatment of Women,’ it was, in reality, with God’s treatment of Women-since the Bible merely records God’s dealings with Mankind. The Buck stops with Him. He started it all off. He is ultimately responsible. There are so many things in the world for which ‘Them up in Heaven’ are entirely responsible, such as: our Height, our Intelligence, our Colour, Handicapped Children being born. The Powers up in Heaven must take their share of Blame for the dreadful Inequalities in the World. God Himself, His Son Jesus, and the Angels have enormous Power and Control over all Peoples on the Globe. There are many beautiful things in Nature. There are many wonderful things about Humanity. The trouble is, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly are mixed together in this World like a Yorkshire Pudding. Sad to say, and reluctant and all as I am to say it: I think the track record of ‘Them up in Heaven’ so far is abysmal. In fact, I think they have made a Bags of it. They could hardly have made a worse World, even if they wanted to. It is a great pity they did not do a little bit better. This World is a Failed Entity so far, but it won’t be always so. I am delighted that many Protestant Churches now have Female Ministers and Pastors. The Anglican Church has Women Bishops. Some Jewish Synagogues have Female Rabbis. ‘Jewish Renaissance’ offers “a fresh perspective on Jewish Culture.” It is good-quality Magazine, published a few times a year in Finchley, North London. Leo Baeck College in London is one of the most prestigious Colleges in Britain for training Rabbis. The current issue of ‘Jewish Renaissance’ devotes two pages to the College-Pages 14, 15. The present Principal of the College is Rabbi Doctor Deborah Kahn-Harris. She has been the Principal for the past five years. The Magazine has a Quotation from Rabbi Deborah, which is: “This place is about having five years to transform yourself: to come as someone with potential to be a Rabbi and leave as someone who can be a Rabbi. When I applied to be Principal, I was told I was the only candidate who talked about God. We are a religious institution. Religion has to inform all our values. The chain of rabbinic tradition means practicing Rabbis help train the next generation. Neither gender nor sexuality is the issue it was 20 or 30 years ago. The students are split 50/50 men and women.”
    It is not just the Religions that are appointing Females at the Top, but the Secular World too. Thus, we have Messers May, Sturgeon and Merkel. It is great, but I still believe it is too little too late. Take Sport on National Television in Britain: I would say up to 90% of it is still Male Sport. There are whole chunks of the world where Women have little say outside the Home. Yes, it will only be in the Kingdom that true Equality will come. President Hillary could boost the Female Cause more than anything that has happened up to now. Hillary’s Election would undoubtedly speed up Equality.

    SOME OF THE BEST PEOPLE I MET IN LIFE WERE ATHEISTS
    Many of them were excellent people, even better than us Christians. They wanted nothing to do with God or Religion. I meet more who are like this. The puzzling thing is: they seem to get on just as good as us who are on our knees every day. I met many of this type who are kind, honourable and praiseworthy.
    I AM EXTREMELY THANKFUL TO GOD
    God has been mighty good to me in several different ways. He gave me good Health, which I have to this day. I am now 69 years of age-an ‘auld timer,’ you might say. I do not feel old. I never smoked. I take the occasional Drink, which I greatly enjoy. I would recommend a few glasses of Wine a week to anyone. I find it especially enjoyable with Dinner. God has always given me plenty of the Produce of the Earth-more than enough to eat and to drink. Clothes and a Home are other essentials which I have never lacked. God has always given me the finest of Music, as I grew up in Slieve Luachra, an area of County Kerry which has a great heritage in Traditional Irish Music, the kind of Music that I am sure will be in the Kingdom. God gave me a Noble and Dignified Father, Humphrey, who had a splendid Appreciation of things of real quality-in music, song, poetry, story-telling, sport. He had no time, though, for what he saw as poor-quality, in any field of endeavour. He could not stand songs with monotonous repetitions of three or four words. ‘I like songs with meanings,’ he once said to me. For him, no singer ever came next or near Bridie Gallagher, ‘the girl from Donegal.’ We had many of her songs on Records, which, as far as I know, my Brother, William, now has in Switzerland, where he lives. My Mother, Nellie, was a truly Great Person. My God has always provided me with good Friends-only a few, at any one time, but a few good Friends are better by far that many casual ones. I love God passionately, as I do Jesus and all the Angels. I look on the Holy Bible as the Greatest Treasure in the World. I have so much to Thank God for, so it grieves me to the core to criticize Him. I do so only because I feel I have a DUTY to do it, in the cause of TRUTH, and in the cause of MY FELLOW HUMAN-BEINGS. The Human Condition grieves me. The daily Sufferings of my Brothers and Sisters all over the world makes me want to weep. Is it needless suffering, after all? My Heart cries every day, even if my eyes do not. Could much of that suffering have been prevented? The answer to that lies squarely on the Shoulders of Our Creator.
    THERE IS A WONDERFUL TIME COMING, AND IT IS NOT EVER SO FAR AWAY
    The whole purpose of this present World is “to call out of them a people for His Name:” God would select a Chosen Few from different nations. These will eventually inherit the Kingdom, and become Rulers of the World. The following words were spoken by the Apostle James, where he said:
    (a)“James answered, saying: ‘Men and Brethren, hearken unto me. Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for His Name”-Acts, C 15, Vs 13, 14(King James);
    (b)“‘My Brothers,’ said James: ‘Listen to me. Simeon has described how God first arranged to enlist a people For His Name out of the Pagans.’”(Catholic Jerusalem);
    (c)“My Friends,’ James said, ‘Listen to me. Simeon has told how it first happened that God took notice of the Gentiles, to choose from among them a people to bear His Name.’”(New English).
    ‘Simeon’ refers to Peter, the Apostle. That was his real name, which is ‘Simon’ in Greek. ‘Peter’ was an additional name which was given to him by Christ.
    God had been selecting a people for His Name from the Jews before the First Coming of Christ. That process had started at the Creation: God has been picking the Worthy Ones who will inherit the Kingdom, and become the new Rulers of the World. They will have no part in Ruling this present World. When this World is gone, like the snows of yesteryear, all that will remain from it will be this Small Band, who will be given Eternal Life by Christ, after they are raised out of their Graves at the Resurrection. They will have Eternal Youth. Each one will be more precious than Gold. That is the one and only thing that gives this Miserable World meaning, and that makes it worthwhile. Jesus will set up the Kingdom, with himself as King, and the Worthy Ones as his Government, which will be One World Government, with Jerusalem as the Capital. That Glorious New World will be as different from this one as chalk is from cheese, as light is from darkness, as Truth is from Falsity. I know for CERTAIN that all my worries will then vanish into thin air, as the whole Earth will be filled with Joy unimaginable. It will be Utopia-but even better. Then, and only then, will Women be truly Equal. Then, and only then, will the Dreadful Sentence placed on them in Eden be lifted, once and for all. Then, and only then, will the Human Spirit flourish as never before. Then and only then will Rape vanish from the Earth. Then and only then will my Criticisms of God, of Jesus, and of the Angels, become as irrelevant as the Black Death is to the present day. I firmly believe that Jesus is: the Messiah, the Son of God, the one and only Saviour for all Humanity, the one Mediator between God and Man. He is the only Name under Heaven by which anyone can be saved.
    “GOD IS A MANIAC, TOTALLY UNDESERVING OF RESPECT”
    Stephen Fry is a Jew, one of God’s Chosen People, one of the Stock of Abraham, a Descendant of the Great Patriarch. He is one of the best-known and talented Jews of all time. He has brought immense enjoyment to millions. Two years ago, my Friend, Sophie, asked me to go along to the Clapham Picture House, to hear a Speech by Stephen about his book: “More Fool Me: a Memoir,” in September, 2014. He was not there himself, but his speech was televised in cinemas all over the country. The Picture House was full. He gave a very invigorating talk.
    On Sunday, 28 January, 2015, he was interviewed by Gay Byrne, a veteran Broadcaster, on RTE, the Irish National Television Station. It was on the Programme: “The Meaning of Life.” Gay asked him if, when he dies, he finds out that God does really exist, then what would he say to that God. He replied: “I would say to Him: ‘How dare you create a world in which there is so much suffering that is not our fault.’” Here is some more of what he said: “Why should I respect a capricious, mean-minded, stupid God, who created a world which is so full of injustice and pain? Atheism is not just about not believing in God, but, on the assumption that there is one, the question is what sort of God is He, because the God who created this world, if it was created by God, is quite clearly a Maniac, totally selfish. He is clearly a Monster, who deserves no respect whatsoever, and the sooner you banish Him from your life, the simpler, purer, cleaner and more worth living, in my opinion, your life will become.”
    The Interview with Gay Byrne can be seen by Googling: “Stephen Fry on God.”
    Stephen Fry
    “From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    For other people named Stephen Fry, see Stephen Fry (disambiguation).
    Stephen John Fry (born 24 August 1957)[1] is an English comedian, actor, writer, presenter and activist. After a troubled childhood and adolescence, during which he was expelled from two schools and spent three months in prison for credit card fraud, Fry secured a place at Queens’ College, Cambridge, where he studied English literature. While at university, he became involved with the Cambridge Footlights, where he met his long-time collaborator Hugh Laurie. As half of the comic double act Fry and Laurie, he co-wrote and co-starred in A Bit of Fry & Laurie and also took the role of Jeeves (with Laurie playing Wooster) in Jeeves and Wooster.
    Fry’s acting roles include a Golden Globe Award–nominated lead performance in the film Wilde, Melchett in the BBC television seriesBlackadder, the title character in the television series Kingdom, a recurring guest role as Dr Gordon Wyatt on the crime series Bones, and as Gordon Deitrich in the dystopian thriller V for Vendetta. He has also written and presented several documentary series, including the Emmy Award–winningStephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive, which saw him explore his bipolar disorder, and the travel series Stephen Fry in America. He is also the long-time host of the BBC television quiz show QI.
    Besides working in television, Fry has contributed columns and articles for newspapers and magazines and written four novels and three volumes of autobiography, Moab Is My Washpot, The Fry Chronicles and More Fool Me. He also appears frequently on BBC Radio 4, starring in the comedy
    series Absolute Power, being a frequent guest on panel games such asJust a Minute, and acting as chairman for I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, where he was one of a trio of hosts who succeeded the late Humphrey Lyttelton.
    Fry is also known for his voice-overs, reading all seven of the Harry Potternovels for the UK audiobook recordings, narrating
    the LittleBigPlanet andBirds of Steel series of video games, as well as an
    animated series of explanations of the laws of cricket,[6] and a series of animations aboutHumanism for the British Humanist Association.[7]

    Views on religion[edit]
    Fry has repeatedly expressed opposition to organised religion, and has identified himself as an atheist and humanist, while declaring some sympathy for the ancient Greek belief in capricious gods. In his first autobiography he described how he once considered ordination to the Anglican priesthood, but came to the conclusion that he “couldn’t believe in God, because [he] was fundamentally Hellenic in [his] outlook.”[182] He has stated that religion can have positive effects: “Sometimes belief means credulity, sometimes an expression of faith and hope which even the most sceptical atheist such as myself cannot but find inspiring.”[183]
    In 2009, The Guardian published a letter from Fry addressing his younger self, explaining how his future is soon to unfold, reflecting on the positive progression towards gay acceptance and openness around him, and yet not everywhere, while warning on how “the cruel, hypocritical and loveless hand of religion and absolutism has fallen on the world once more.”[184] Later that year, he and Christopher Hitchens participated in an “Intelligence Squared” debate in which they argued against Ann Widdecombe and Archbishop John Onaiyekan, who supported the view that the Catholic Church was a force for good. Fry and Hitchens argued that the church did more harm than good. Fry attacked the Catholic Church’s teachings on sexuality and denounced its wealth.[185]
    In 2010 Fry was made a Distinguished Supporter of the British Humanist Association, stating: “it is essential to nail one’s colours to the mast as a humanist.”[186] Later that year, Fry, joined 54 other public figures in signing an open letter published in The Guardian stating their opposition to Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the United Kingdom being a state visit.[187] On 22 February 2011, Fry was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism by the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University.[188][189]
    Interviewed in 2015 by veteran Irish broadcaster Gay Byrne, Fry was asked what he would say if he came face-to-face with God. Fry said: “Bone cancer in children, what’s that about? How dare you? How dare you create a world where there is such misery that’s not our fault? It’s utterly, utterly evil.”[190] Within days, the video was viewed over five million times.[191]Fry later stated he did not refer to any specific religion, and said: “I said quite a few things that were angry at this supposed God. I was merely saying things that Bertrand Russell and many finer heads of the mind have said for many thousands of years, going all the way back to the Greeks.”[192]In 1995, Fry was presented with an honorary doctorate from the University of Dundee, which named their main Students’ Association bar after his novel The Liar. Fry is a patron of its Lip Theatre Company.[108] He also served two consecutive terms – 1992 to 1995 and 1995 to 1998 – as the student-elected Rector of the University of Dundee. Such was his popularity, he was unopposed when he sought re-election to office in 1995, and by the time he completed his second term in office, he had won the widespread admiration of the University’s staff and students.[109][110] He was awarded the AoC Gold Award in 2004, and was entered into their Hall of Fame.[111] Fry was also awarded an honorary degree fromAnglia Ruskin University in 2005.[112][113] He was made honorary president of the Cambridge University Quiz Society and honorary fellow of his alma mater Queens’ College, Cambridge. On 13 July 2010, he was made an honorary fellow of Cardiff University,[114]and on 28 January 2011, he was awarded an honorary doctorate at the University of Sussex, for his work campaigning for people suffering from mental health problems, bipolar disorder and HIV.[115] He is a Patron of the Norwich Playhouse theatre and a Vice-President of The Noël Coward Society.[116] Fry was the last person to be named Pipe Smoker of the Year before the award was discontinued.[117]
    In December 2006, he was ranked sixth for the BBC’s Top Living Icon Award,[118] was featured on The Culture Show, and was voted Most Intelligent Man on Television by readers of Radio Times. The Independent on Sunday Pink List named Fry the second most influential gay person in Britain in May 2007; he had taken the twenty-third position on the list the previous year.[119] Later the same month, he was announced as the 2007 Mind Champion of the Year,[2] in recognition of the success of his documentary The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive in raising awareness of bipolar disorder. He was also nominated in “Best Entertainment Performance” for QI and “Best Factual Series” for Secret Life of the Manic Depressive at the 2007 British Academy Television Awards.[120] That same year, Broadcast magazine listed Fry at number four in its “Hot 100” list of influential on-screen performers, describing him as a polymath and a “national treasure”.[121] He was also granted a lifetime achievement award at the British Comedy Awards on 5 December 2007,[122] and the Special Recognition Award at the National Television Awards on 20 January 2010.[123]
    BBC Four dedicated two nights of programming to Fry on 17 and 18 August 2007, in celebration of his 50th birthday. The first night, comprising programs featuring Fry, began with a sixty-minute documentary entitled Stephen Fry: 50 Not Out. The second night was composed of programmes selected by Fry, as well as a 60-minute interview with Mark Lawson and a half-hour special, Stephen Fry: Guilty.[124] The weekend programming proved such a ratings hit for BBC Four that it was repeated on BBC Two on 16 and 17 September 2007.
    In 2011, he was the subject of Molly Lewis’s song An Open Letter to Stephen Fry, in which the singer jokingly offers herself as a surrogate mother for his child.[125] In February 2011, Fry was awarded the Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism by the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University, the Harvard Secular Society and the American Humanist Association.[126]
    In 2012, Fry wrote the foreword to the Union of UEA Students report on the student experience for LGBT+ members.[127]As recognition of his public support for LGBT+ rights and for the Union’s report, the Union of UEA Students awarded him, on 18 October 2012, Honorary Life Membership of the Union.[128]
    In March 2014 Fry beat David Attenborough and Davina McCall to win the Best Presenter award at the Royal Television Society Programme Awards. The award was given for his BBC2 programme Stephen Fry: Out There.[129]
    In an episode of QI, “M-Merriment”, originally broadcast in December 2015, Fry was awarded membership of The Magic Circle.

    FROM THE ‘SUNDAY EXPRESS’(London), Sunday, 21 June, 2015:
    “Fry was a guest at the Prince’s wedding to Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005 and is also a supporter of the Prince’s Trust. The star wrote about his drug use last year in his memoir ‘More Fool Me,’ saying: ‘There is no getting away from it. I am confessing to having broken the law and consumed, in public places, Class A-sanctioned drugs. I have brought, you might say, gorgeous palaces, noble properties and elegant, honest establishments into squalid disrepute.’
    Fry, who is bipolar and suffers from depression, says the drugs helped him cope with his mood swings before his condition was diagnosed. He tells the programme today: ‘If you have a condition when your moods are victim to some strange illness inside your mind and brain but you don’t know you have got an actual illness with a name, alcohol and street drugs change your mood in a way that nothing else will. It is, of course, a bad idea and it exacerbates the problem.’
    Fry, who recently married his partner Elliot Spencer, 27, also reveals the couple have talked about becoming parents. He adds: ‘We sort of talk about it and I suddenly think, ‘Oh my goodness, I’m such an age now”… we’d better get on with it if we do.’
    Among the actor’s music choices are Nina Simone’s ‘I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free,’ and his luxury items are canvases, oils, brushes and an instruction manual.”

    CELIA THE JEW AND AUNTIE HELLEN THE JEW
    Celia Saul was a Jew who lived in Thurlow Park Road, Tulse Hill, London, SE 21. She died a year and a half ago, in her late eighties. She is buried in the Jewish Cemetery, Bushey, Hertfordshire. I was fortunate and honoured to have known her very well. I spent many pleasant hours in her Home. She was always welcoming. She was a flamboyant figure, calling herself: ‘The Queen of Sheba.’ She was a Widow, as her Husband, David, had died just before I got to know her. She had no children. I was introduced to Celia by my then Friend, Mary Conway, from Glencastle, County Mayo, Eire. Strange as it may seem, I started reading the Bible for Celia. Over the next five years, I must have spent up to 500 hours reading to her, and explaining it, as best I could. She made it plain to me that she did not believe in: life after death, the Messiah, or that the Bible is God’s Book. She did believe in God, but only just. She could never forgive God for taking her Husband from her, and leaving her on her own, as she saw it. She asked me more than once: “Where was God during the Holocaust?” After all the study I did with her, she had changed her views only slightly. She was often impressed by the lofty and inspiring tone of the Bible, but, even so, she had not got around to believing in the Messiah or in a future life.
    I met Auntie Hellen at Celia’s House. Celia always called her ‘Auntie Hellen.’ Hellen speaks like a real Londoner. She is in her eighties. She lives in Catford, South London, and regularly attends Catford Synagogue. I talked with her for a while about Religion when I met her. She said to me: “I do not believe in God, for how could a God send handicapped children into the world?” So there’s a one for you, then: a Devout Jew who does not believe in God! This world is indeed more mixed up than an Irish Stew!
    Those, therefore, are the views of these two Members of God’s Chosen People.

    ALANOV THE JEW
    “Jewish Renaissance” is a high-quality Magazine, which is published in Finchley, North London. It is dedicated to give “a fresh perspective on Jewish Culture.” In the issue of October, 2016, it has an Article headed: “The Jewish Syrian Who Dreams of Home.” It is on Page 48. Here are a few exerts from the Article:
    “’Being Jewish in Syria was not easy,’ says Alanov, 25, who has been in Sweden since 2014, but dreams of returning home to rebuild his country. There has been a Jewish community in Syria since Roman times. In the nineteenth century it numbered several thousand, but by 2005 just 80 Jews remained. Most of these have fled since the war started, and by the end of last year it was estimated that just 18 were left in the country. Alanov says: ‘After all the destruction in Syria, a country with more 5,000 years of civilization, I started to doubt God’s existence.’ Alanov came to Sweden in 2014, after five years in Lebanon. He still longs to return to his homeland. He says: ‘It is not about Sweden or anywhere else, but it is hard to feel like you are losing your homeland. In Sweden I can openly express my beliefs, but still, that does not mean I am free. We need to go back and build our country. Only we can build the future of our country and no one else can. I have lost my dignity, and I have lost my freedom.’”

    “MUCH OF THE OLD TESTAMENT IS UN-CHRISTIAN”
    Twelve years ago, I received a letter from John D. Beasley. He was responding to my Message on the Posters when I ran onto the Grand Prix, which had happened four months previously. He lived in Everthorpe Road, Peckham, London, SE15. John’s letter is dated 30 November, 2004. He writes:
    “I have been a Methodist Local Preacher for 40 years, and was a fundamentalist when I was 15, so I understand where you stand. However, it is incorrect to say that ‘The Bible is Always Right.’ The whole of the Old Testament is Pre-Jesus and much of it is Un-Christian.” John D. has written books about Peckham and Dulwich.

    I MODEL MYSELF ON KING DAVID AS A DANCER
    King David was Israel’s greatest King. His name means ‘Beloved.’ He reigned in Jerusalem roughly 3000 years ago. He was King of Israel for 40 years, most of it in Jerusalem, his Capital. There were approximately 40 Kings in Israel, over a 400 year period. Of these 40, roughly half, were Kings of Israel and half Kings of Judah. Saul, David and Solomon reigned over all Twelve Tribes, as Kings of Israel. After Solomon’s death, the Kingdom was divided into two: Israel and Judah. The ‘Kings of Israel’ reigned over Ten Tribes and the ‘Kings of Judah’ over Two Tribes. The Capital of Judah was Jerusalem-starting with David. Samaria was the Capital of Israel-at least for some of the time. Of these 40 Kings, David was the best. He is the only one of them who is called ‘a man after God’s own heart.’ After Solomon’s death, the Kingdom was divided into two-Israel and Judah. Saul was removed by God from being King of Israel, as he was unworthy. The Prophet Samuel was sent to speak to Saul:
    (a)“Samuel said to Saul: ‘Thou hast done foolishly. Thou hast not kept the commandment of the Lord thy God, which He commanded thee, for now would the Lord have established thy Kingdom upon Israel forever. But now thy Kingdom shall not continue, for the Lord hath sought Him a man after His own heart, and the Lord hath commanded him to be Captain over His people, because thou hast not kept that which the Lord commanded thee”-1 Samuel, C 13, Vs 13, 14(King James);
    (b)“Samuel answered Saul: ‘You acted foolishly in not keeping the commandments that the Lord your God laid upon you. Otherwise, the Lord would have established your Dynasty over Israel forever. But now your Dynasty will not endure. The Lord will seek out a man after His own heart, and the Lord will appoint him ruler over His people, because you did not abide by what the Lord commanded you.”(Jewish Tanakh).
    The Apostle Paul said:
    (a)“God gave unto them Saul by the space of forty years. When God had removed him, He raised up into them David to be their King, to whom also He gave testimony, and said: ‘I have found David, the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will’”-Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 13, Vs 21, 22(King James);
    (b)“After forty years, God deposed Saul and made David their King, of whom he approved in these words: ‘I have selected David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart, who will carry out my whole purpose.’”(Catholic Jerusalem).
    DAVID WAS A MUSICIAN AND SONG-WRITER
    David was a Harpist. He played the Harp as a form of Therapy for King Saul, when Saul was very upset and moody. This depression was sent by God. When David played the Music for him, King Saul became calm and composed:
    (a)“It came to pass, when an evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took a harp and played with his hand, so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him”-1 Samuel, C 16, V 23(King James);
    (b)“Whenever the tormenting spirit from God troubled Saul, David would play the harp, and Saul would feel better, and the evil spirt would go away.”(Living Bible).
    There is nothing better than soothing Music to calm the nerves.
    David wrote 73 of the 150 Psalms-roughly half. The Psalms are Songs, written in rhyming form. At the end of his life David gave himself the Title of ‘Sweet Psalmist of Israel:’
    (a)“Now these be the last words of David: David the son of Jesse said, and the man who was raised up on high, the Anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet Psalmist of Israel said: ‘The Spirit of the Lord spake by me, and His word was in my tongue’”-2 Samuel, C 23, Vs 1, 2(King James);
    (b)“Now these are the last words of David. David the son of Yishay said, and the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Ya’akov, and the sweet singer of Yisra’el, said: ‘The Spirit of the Lord spoke by me, and His word is on my tongue.’”(Jewish Koren);
    (c)“These are the last words of David: the utterance of David, son of Jesse, the utterance of the man set on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, the favourite of the songs of Israel: ‘The Spirt of the Lord has spoken through me, His message is on my tongue.’”(Jewish Tanakh).
    DAVID WAS A DANCER
    The Ark of the Covenant was a box made of wood. It was one of Israel’s most Sacred Objects. It was approximately 4 feet 4 inches long; 2 feet 7 inches wide; 2 feet 7 inches high. On top of it were two carved figures called ‘Cherubim.’ The top of the Ark was the
    ‘Mercy Seat,’ which was the exact spot here God met the Israelites-in other words, it was symbolically the place of God’s Dwelling. The Ark was placed in the Holy of Holies, in the Temple. The Ark contained four objects: two stones, on which the Ten Commandments were written; Aaron’s Rod; a pot of Manna.
    The Philistines captured the Ark in Battle, but gave it back after a short time, as they felt it brought them bad luck. King David arranged a Great Parade in Jerusalem to welcome the Ark back. David danced with joy at the Parade. This was unusual, as dancing was usually done by women. Also unusual was what he was wearing. Here is the account of David’s Role on that Historic occasion:
    (a)“David danced before the Lord with all his might, and David was girded with a linen ephod. So David and all the House of Israel brought up the Ark of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the trumpet. As the Ark of the Lord came into the City of David, Michael, Saul’s daughter, looked through a window, and saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, and she despised him in her heart”-2 Samuel, C 6, Vs 14, 15, 16(King James);
    (b)“David, wearing a linen ephod, danced before the Lord with all his might, while he and the entire House of Israel brought up the Ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of the trumpets. As the Ark of the Lord was entering the City of David, Michal the daughter of Saul, watched from a window. When she saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, she despised him in her heart.”(New International).
    What was the ‘Linen Ephod’ that David was wearing? It was most probably a short skirt. Robert Roberts, the Scotsman, was an excellent writer on the Bible. In 1898, he brought out book, entitled: “The Law of Moses.” It was re-printed in 1971 by the Christadelphian Publishing House, 404 Shaftmoor Lane, Hall Green, Birmingham, B28 8SZ. On Page 162, the Scotsman has this to say: “Ephod is an untranslated word. It is the Hebrew word lifted into the English Version because there is no modern garment that is its equivalent, and therefore it cannot be translated, except as to its root meaning: ‘Oracular.’ It appears to have been a kind of waistcoat or frock, closed behind the shoulders instead of in front, and finished in a short skirt or girdle and reaching to the loins.”
    Michal was the Wife of King David. She was a Daughter of King Saul. She was absolutely scandalised by the King’s dress, and probably by his dancing as well. She did not go to the Parade, very likely because she was put off by David’s ‘scanty’ dress. When the King arrived home, most probably tired after a long and arduous day, this was the greeting he got on reaching his house:
    (a)“Then David returned to bless his own household. Michael, the Daughter of Saul, came
    out to meet David and said: ‘How glorious was the King of Israel today, who uncovered himself in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself!’”-2 Samuel, C 6, V 20(King James);
    (b)“As David was coming back to bless his household, Michal, the daughter of Saul, went out to meet him. ‘What a fine reputation the King of Israel has won himself today,’ she said, ‘displaying himself under the eyes of his servant-maids, as any buffoon might display himself.’”(Catholic Jerusalem.
    What was David’s answer to this charge by his Wife?
    “David said unto Michal: ‘It was before the Lord’”-2 Samuel, C 6, V 21(King James);
    “David answered Michal: ‘I was dancing for the Lord.’”(Catholic Jerusalem).
    So David did it for the Lord-and what higher motive could anyone have?
    Michal paid a heavy price for challenging the King:
    (a)“Therefore Michal, the Daughter of Saul, had no child unto the day of her death”-2 Samuel, C 6, V 23(King James);
    (b)“To the day of her death, Michal, the daughter of Saul, had no children.”(Catholic Jerusalem).
    DAVID’S THRONE WILL BE RE-ESTABLISHED BEFORE HIS VERY EYES
    The Prophet Nathan was sent by God to David:
    “It came to pass that night that the word of the Lord came unto Nathan, saying: Go and tell my servant David: ‘When thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his Kingdom. He shall build an House for my Name, and I will establish the Throne of his Kingdom forever. I will be his Father and he shall be my Son. Thine House and thy Kingdom shall be established forever before thee. Thy Throne shall be established forever’”-2 Samuel, C 7, Vs 4, 5, 12, 13, 14, 16(King James);
    (b)“That same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan the Prophet: ‘Go and say to my servant David: Thus says the Lord: ‘When your days are done and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, one of your own issue, and I will establish his Kingship. He shall build a House for my Name and I will establish his Royal Throne forever. I will be a Father to him and he shall be a Son to me. Your House and your Kingship shall ever be secure before you. Your Throne shall be established forever.’”(Jewish Tanakh);
    (c)“It came to pass that night that the Word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying: Go and tell my servant David: ‘When thy days are fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, who shall issue from thy bowels, and I will establish his Kingdom. He shall build a House for my Name, and I will make firm the Throne of his Kingdom forever. Thy House and thy Kingdom shall be established forever before thee. Thy Throne shall stand firm forever.”(Jewish Koren).
    Solomon was the son who succeeded David on the Throne. However, it could not possibly be talking about him, since his Throne was not established forever-for it vanished a long time ago. Who then is it speaking of? There is only one who fits the description: Jesus Christ. Jesus will re-establish the Throne of David in Jerusalem, and Reign as King on it. David himself will be there to see it, as he was told: ‘Your House and your Kingdom will be established forever before you:’ before your very eyes. This means that David will be brought back at the Resurrection, and be there in Person to see his Throne re-born. David will have a big part in the Kingdom. His Throne lasted for roughly 400 years, until it was destroyed by King Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylon, in 586 BC(Before Christ). It has never existed since. The last King to Reign on it was Zedekiah.
    Zedekiah was told by God:
    (a)“Remove the Diadem and take off the Crown. I will overturn, overturn, overturn it, and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is, and I will give it him”-Ezekiel, C 21, Vs 26, 27(King James);
    (b)“Remove the Turban and take off the Crown. Ruin, an utter ruin I will make it. It shall be no more, until he comes to whom it rightly belongs, and I will give it to him.”(Jewish Tanakh, Ezekiel, C 21, Vs 31, 32);
    (c)“Put off your Diadem, lay aside your Crown. Ruin! Ruin! I will bring about such Ruin as never was before, until the rightful Sovereign comes. Then I will give him all.”(New English).
    It has been no more ever since. ‘Until he come whose right it is:’ Jesus alone has a Right to the Throne of David.
    THE WORDS OF THE ANGEL GABRIEL TO MARY
    (a)“The Angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a City of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the House of David, and the Virgin’s name was Mary. The Angel came in unto her and said: ‘Hail thou that are highly favoured, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women. Behold, thou shalt conceive in womb and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great and shall be called the Son of the Highest, and the Lord God shall give unto him the Throne of his Father David. He shall reign over the House of Jacob forever, and of his Kingdom there shall be no end’”-Luke, C2, Vs 26, 27, 28, 30, 31, 32, 33(King James);
    (b)“The Angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. He went in and said to her: ‘Rejoice, so highly favoured, the Lord is with you. Listen, you are to conceive and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the Throne of his ancestor David. He will rule over the House of Jacob forever and his Reign will have no end.’”(Catholic Jerusalem).
    ‘The House of Jacob’ is Israel: Jacob’s name was changed to ‘Israel’ by an Angel. Jacob was the Father of Twelve Sons, from whom came the Twelve Tribes of Israel.
    WILL KING DAVID PLAY THE HARP AGAIN WHEN HE COMES BACK?
    It is extremely likely that he will, since Music, Song and Dance will be a strong feature of the Kingdom. No doubt, he will play at that Grand Occasion at the Coronation of Jesus on David’s own Throne. He might even do a Dance-just like he did in that same City 3000 years ago.
    I HOPE TO DO MY DANCE FOR KING DAVID AND FOR THE KING OF KINGS IN JERUSALEM AT THAT TIME
    What a Privilege that would be! It would be an Honour which no human words could describe. I am sure that, if it were to happen, I would be infinitely more athletic and fleet-footed than I am now. I would make sure that my Costume is in good shape, well ironed and well cleaned. Imagine wearing the Green, White and Gold in the Presence of the King of Kings and of King David-as well as in the Presence of the August Assembly of the Saints! That Assembly will be the most distinguished ever to have taken place on Earth. I
    can’t wait…every cell in my body can’t wait-for then, at long last, Females and Males will be TRULY EQUAL.

    “A GLORIOUS NEW WORLD, VERY SOON TO COME”
    This is the Title of my main Book, which I brought out 30 years ago, in 1986. It has 268 pages and 24 maps. It is hardback. On Page 69, I have a Chapter with the heading: “Will There Be Music, Singing and Dancing in the Kingdom?”
    Here is the Chapter in full:
    “MUSIC AND DANCING IN BIBLE TIMES”
    “The art of dancing is of very ancient origin, and from earliest times, has been used by almost all races. It is an outward expression of one’s inner emotions, mostly of joy and ecstasy. It has been used both for worship and enjoyment. Music is one of the great gifts of God by which man can render praise and thanksgiving to his Creator, as well as give expressions to his emotions-his sorrows and his joys. Adam had a son called Cain, who had a son called Enoch. Enoch’s great-great-great-grandson was Jamech. Jamech had a son, Jabal, then later anther son called Jubal. ‘He was the father of all such as handle the harp and the organ.’”(Genesis 4: 21). Jubal seems to have been the founder of harp and organ music.
    The Patriarch Jacob worked for years as cattle-minder for Laban, in Syria, At the end, he slipped away unknown to Laban. Laban asked Jacob, when he caught up with him: ‘Why did you go away secretly, and steal away from me and did not tell me, that I might have sent you away with mirth, and with songs, with tabret and with harp?”(Genesis 31: 27). It is obvious that Laban meant to have a musical celebration for Jacob, on his departure. After the Israelites came through the Red Sea, out of Egypt, they held a great rejoicing: “then sang Moses and the Children of Israel this song to the Lord, and spoke, saying: ‘I will sing to the Lord, for He has triumphed gloriously.’ Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women went out after her, with timbrels and dances.”(Exodus 16: 1, 20). At the time of the Judges, Jephthah was a Captain in War. After he came home safely from battle, he “came to Mizpeh to his house, and, behold, his daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances.”(Judges 11: 34);
    After David’s battle with Goliath, he was on his way home, together with King Saul, when “the women came out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of music.”(1 Samuel 18: 6);
    The Ark of the Covenant was one of Israel’s most sacred objects. It was a box which contained the two stones, on which were written the Ten Commandments. At one time, it was taken from them by the Philistines. They eventually got it back, and as they were bringing it home, “David and all Israel played before God with all their might, and with singing and with harps, and with psalteries, and with timbrels, and cymbals and with trumpets.”(1 Chronicles 13: 8); These were all musical instruments used by the Israelites. “It came to pass, as the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord came to the City of David, that Michal(David’s Wife), the daughter of Saul, looking out at a window, saw King David dancing and playing.”(1 Chronicles 15: 29). So the King himself was playing and dancing to welcome back the Ark. David directed the setting up of singers and players in the Sanctuary of the Temple: “And four thousand praised the Lord with the musical instruments which David had made for the service of praise.”(1 Chronicles 23: 5).
    Ezra and Nehemiah led the Jewish Exiles from Persia back to build up the City Wall of Jerusalem, and some of the City itself. This was in the sixth century BC, while Cyrus made the Proclamation for their return. When they had finished it they held a great celebration: “At the Dedication of the Wall of Jerusalem, they sought the Levites, out of all their places, to keep the Dedication with gladness, both with thanksgiving and with singing, with cymbals, psalteries, and with harps. The sons of the singers gathered themselves together, both out of the plain country round about Jerusalem, and from the villages of Netophathi, and also from the house of Gilgal, and out of the fields of Giba and Azmaveth, for the singers had built villages for themselves round about Jerusalem.”(Nehemiah 12: 27-29). Apart from the Levitical Singers “they had 245 singing men and singing women,” who had returned from Persia. ‘Singing men and singing women’ were part of many festive and sorrowful occasions. An annual Festival was held at Shiloh, at which “the daughters of Shiloh came out to dance in dances.”(Judges 21: 21). In the Parable of the Prodigal Son, on his return, his father laid on a Feast for him(the son): “Now his elder son was in the field, and as he drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing.”(Luke 15: 25). Both music and dancing must have been commonplace at the time of Jesus.
    MUSIC AND DANCING IN THE FUTURE KINGDOM
    Psalms 149 and 150 are a call to all peoples to rejoice when the King is set up on Zion-when Jesus reigns in Jerusalem: “Praise you the Lord. Sing to the Lord a new song, and His praise in the Congregation of the Saints. Let Israel rejoice in Him that made them. Let the Children of Zion be joyful in their King. Let them praise Him in the dance. Let them sing praises to Him with timbrel and harp. Let the Saints be joyful in glory. Let them sing aloud upon their beds.” It is not just the Jews who will sing and dance. The ‘Saints’ are all the inheritors of the Kingdom, both Gentile and Jew. All will be ‘Children of Zion,’ in the sense that Zion will be the Seat of their Government. There will be some delightful occasions in Jerusalem. People from all over the world will be going to it, in their colourful National Costume. It is reasonable to assume that they will sing and dance for Jesus and his Associates: who will be his Fellow-Rulers. “The riches of the nations will be brought to him”-and those riches will surely include the riches of Culture and the traditions of all countries. The Folk Music, Songs and Dances of all races, carefully developed over many centuries have great beauty and dignity in them. Jesus and his Saints will, without doubt, enjoy them.
    Psalm 150: “Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet. Praise Him with the psaltry and harp. Praise Him with the timbrel and dance. Praise Him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise Him upon the loud cymbals.” This is undoubtedly a description of the time when the Messiah will reign in Jerusalem. He is the ‘Him’ that is to be praised.
    In the Book of Revelation, John saw, in Chapter 5, a Throne with a Lamb that had been slain(Christ). He saw around the Throne four Living Ones, and 24 Elders. These are symbolic of all the Redeemed on Mount Zion. They are Jesus’ Fellow-Rulers: all the Saints. “They sung a new song”(Verse 9); “They sung as it were a new sing before the Throne.”(Revelation 14:3); “They sing the song of Moses, the Servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, having the harps of God.”(Revelation 15: 2-3). Moses gave the Law to Israel. This Law was the basis of the People of God before Christ’s day. The ‘Lamb’ is Christ. Moses and Christ together sum up the whole Plan of God.
    So, the Immortal Saints, raised from the dead, will sing and dance. So too will all the Ordinary Citizens: all peoples of the world who will be alive at the Coming of the King. We can well imagine the German and Austrian traditions of the great Composers enriching the Festivities, not just in the Holy City, but all over the world. The greatness of Mozart, Beethoven, Bach and Brahms will be there. The Viennese Waltzes, the Italian Opera expertise, the Russian Ballet, the exuberance of the Caribbean and African Peoples, the Festivities of a Latin Country Fiesta, the Arabic singing of an Umm Kalthoum. Joy, colour, beauty, pure and wholesome enjoyment: it will be what every human being was created for. The Kingdom will be full of it.”
    TIR NA NOG
    This is from the Irish Language, and means: “Land of Youth.” It is party of Irish Folklore. It is a good description of the Kingdom, as the Rulers will have exactly that: Eternal Youth. They will never grow old They may well be about the age of 33, which Jesus was when he died. The Bible does not mention that, but it may well turn out to be the case. What a Splendid Bunch they will be: age, sickness, pain, sorrow, misfortune-these things will never again affect them. What a truly Blessed State they will be in!
    You can read about me on Wikipedia. You can see some of my Dances on YouTube.

    NEIL HORAN,
    LONDON, ENGLAND
    MOBILE: 07964441309
    EMAIL: NEILHORAN@YMAIL.CO

    SHABBATH EVE, FRIDAY, 4 NOVEMBER, 2016

  • Chris Swan:

    I am concerned about your ‘irish correspondant’. He disagreed with me telling the truth about something and decided he wanted other parties to take action against me which result in me receiving ‘harassement’ (facebook took action against it and i will hopefully be involving the police soon). He has knowing printed lies in your paper. He associates and goes to protests with people he knows to be racist and supporters of the far right. He is batantly homophobic. I of course have proof. If this is the calibre of your contributors i will most certainly have to reconsider what I think about your publication.

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