Monday, May 31, 2010

The Lust for Money and War

One of the temptations of Jesus (whose real name was Joshua, but the way) was when the Devil offered him political power over the world, and he refused it.

Then there was Jesus’ comment about being unable to serve both God and money. St. Paul echoed this when he wrote that “The lust [not love] of money is the root of all evil.”

The lust for money, and the lust for political power. The trouble those two things have wrought in the world! Most especially when they’re combined.

Governments have killed more people in the world than everything else combined. That’s what political power does.

And then we have the lust for money. And when the lust for money is combined with the lust for political power, one thing it manifests itself as are central banks.

In the U.S., it’s known as the Federal Reserve Bank, only it is not federal, has no reserves, and it not a bank. It is in fact a corporation owned by international bankers, yet it has the legal monopoly to issue money and credit.

Since the Fed was created in 1914, the dollar has lost 99% of its value, and the United States has suffered some exceptionally bad boom/bust cycles, such as the meltdown, followed by the housing crash. Both of which were caused by the Fed.

The human suffering the Fed has caused has been catastrophic.

Most people don’t know it, but almost all of our income taxes go to pay the interest on the national debt. And who is that interest owned to? International banks. People are working to give their money to multibillionaire international financiers.

These banks, looking for profits in all places, have financed both sides in major wars. They financed the Nazis. They remind me of the Ferengi from Star Trek: peace is good for business, and war is good for business.

Even though both Jesus and Paul condemned the lust for political power and the lust for money, these condemnations don’t appear to have penetrated into the minds of the leaders of churches.

While some of these leaders understood the role of what I’ve heard called “the munitions men,” most apparently don’t have a clue about “the money men” – central banks ruled by international financiers. The ones who fund the munitions men.

How many of them know the Great Depression was created and then extended by the inept manipulations of the Fed? And that the depression spread to Germany, facilitating the rise of Hitler and the Nazis? And then the start of World War II?

You can make the argument World War II in large part was caused by the lust for money. So, then both Jesus and St. Paul were right.

Simple comments, thousands of years old, and they still have not penetrated into people’s minds.


Enbrethiliel said...


Bob, whenever you write about Jesus, you like to say that the original form of His Name is Joshua. Why?

(I'm assuming that you're driving at something. If you were writing about George Eliot and added, "whose real name was Mary Ann Evans, by the way," I'd guess that you wanted to underscore the fact that she was a woman. I'm not sure what you're doing here, though.)

Unknown said...

I occasionally point out to people Jesus is the Greek version of his name. In English it's Joshua.

Jut the way the Ten Commandments are really the Ten Words or Ten Utterances. "Commandments" isn't even close to being a correct translation.

All translators are liars, you know.

Enbrethiliel said...


Your Protestant roots are showing again. ;)

And I think "All translators are liars" was one of the first things you ever said to me. =P But I'm not sure why calling Jesus "Joshua" or knowing that "Iesus" is the Greek version of his name really matters.

A few years ago, a friend asked me why Jesus was addressed as Yeshua in The Passion of the Christ; I explained, etc. And then she refused to refer to Him as "Jesus" for several weeks after that, insisting on "Yeshua," and giving up only because it was really confusing and awkward.

Unknown said...

Quiet, wench, or I'll smack you with a stick!

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Enbrethiliel said...


Why don't you smack your spammers with a stick? =P