CHAPTER ? POVERTY — It’s Justification and Acceptance

November 11, 2022

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CHAPTER ?

POVERTY — It’s Justification and Acceptance

 

Poverty exists because money exists.  Money created poverty.  Therefore, poverty can only be eliminated at its source.  Money must solve the problem that it created in the first place.

Poverty actually benefits the rich.  Poverty provides a way for the “haves” to justify what they have, in spite of what others do not.  Giving charitable donations of time and money assuages the feelings of guilt that people of means feel when they are confronted with the reality of poverty.  Let’s say that poverty didn’t exist.  What, then, would the rich do to not feel guilty for owning so much more than everyone else?

Understanding how the money supply works and how and why a few have so much more than the masses, is as easy as understanding simple mathematics.

Let’s consider the following hypotheticals using the ubiquitous representation of the 1% and 99%:

Let’s suppose that there only exists one hundred people upon earth.  Let’s say that only one hundred dollars exist upon earth that these hundred people are forced to use in the way that they economically deal with each other.  Considering how our current (economic) reality works, how is it that just one person (the 1%), of the hundred, supplies the demands of human nature (want and need) for the rest (the 99%)?

This one person seems to always have and control the largest part of the one hundred dollars.  As it is, one person out of the hundred has control of ninety-nine dollars, while the other ninety-nine people must divide the remaining one dollar between themselves.

This system of supply and demand has created a great inequality among humans.  Throughout history, the strongest humans have always conquered the weakest. The strong take possession and control of the Earth’s resources.  Our current reality demonstrates that the one percent owns all the land upon Earth; and the ninety-nine percent are forced to depend on the one percent for their basic human existence.

In order to understand how we let this happen, we need to, first, go back through history and see how money became so important to our world.

Earlier in our history, human beings created a means of exchange of goods and services.  This means of exchange was meant to serve our needs as we went about our daily lives interacting with each other and sharing the goods and services that we each (individually) produced and provided. This means of exchange is known as money.

Instead of serving us equitably, where we control it, we have allowed money to take on a persona and reality of its own and become our master.  Instead of money serving us, we serve it.

Money has become an image of something much greater and more powerful than the rights of a human being to pursue individual happiness.  Only the 1% has the means necessary to wake up each day knowing that they can pursue their happiness without being forced to depend upon another.

We think about money day and night, and we seldom rest from worrying about it.  Whether we’re small or great, rich or poor, free or bond, none of us can escape the “mark” it has left upon our hands — in how we act among each other — and in our foreheads — in how we think about each other.  We worship its “image” and desire its “name.” And the “name” by which it has been known throughout most of Earth’s history, is gold.

So how did gold become our master and create poverty and inequality?

How did a few people (the 1%) decide and justify that their individual life, and the goods and services that they produced and provided, were of much greater worth and value than those produced and provided by the majority? Money cannot determine these values.  Money is an inanimate object and cannot create or destroy anything.  People set its value and worth.

Money is an abstract value system, used by humans, to determine individual worth.  Or rather, what one person’s contribution to life is worth compared to another’s.

The Real Truth® is, the 1% did not set the standards of worth of the goods and services that humans want and need — the majority did!

The 99% needs and wants what the 1% produces as goods (computers, phones, electricity, etc.), or the services this minority provides (being represented by an attorney in a court of law, for one of many examples).

The 99% set the worth of money based on their selfish needs and wants.

Although the 99% has set the worth of money based on what the masses want, it is not fair, nor humane, to suppose that the same calculations of worth should be used to set the worth for what the masses need in order to survive upon Earth.

A lawyer, for example, earns much more than a farmer, because the lawyer’s individual worth has been accepted as far more important than the farmer’s.  Yet, without the farmer, the lawyer wouldn’t have any food to eat to pursue a legal career. Without the lawyer, if none existed, our world would be a much better and more humane place.

Only lawyers would argue this … in a court of law that they control, because all lawyers are “officers of the court”. (This corrupt state of law and order will be detailed and covered in another chapter. Well can it be said, as we published in our new American scripture: “The foundation of the destruction of this people is beginning to be laid by the unrighteousness of your lawyers and your judges.”)

Money determines the value of each person’s contribution to society, and in the process, relegates the majority to menial jobs of unimportance.  Thus, less pay.  Thus, more poverty.

Ironically, it is the poor masses that actually set the standards and values on human life, and in so doing, support and perpetuate their own inequality that ultimately ends in creating more poverty for all other less-valued persons.

In order to end poverty, we must end the misappropriate way that we value what a person chooses to do with his or her life.  But in order to do this, we must learn to value each person upon earth as our equal.  To understand how to accomplish this, we must find out how we learned to justify inequality in the first place — where one person’s worth and desires for individual life and happiness are not equally valued as everyone else’s.

Poverty exists because we allow it to exist.  We allow it to exist because we emotionally justify its existence.  We emotionally justify its existence because of the personal prejudices towards others that we are taught as children.

It makes sense to many, especially to the well off, that poverty will always exist and be part of our society.  It makes sense to them because of the things that they were taught as children. Furthermore, and again, ironically, the poor masses justify poverty for the exact same reasons as do the rich.

The devaluation of human life and prejudice is taught to children in cultures where ideologies exist that support a belief system that separates people into groups of “good” and “bad”.

What determines “good” and “bad” is often nothing more than personal opinion of how a person should live his or her life.  The people who believe that they are “good” justify the exploitation and harm to the people who they believe are “bad”.

Many feel that poverty is the result of personal choices, and the consequences thereof, that a more prosperous people do not make.

These discriminations and separations have created the borders and nations of the world today.  And one of the greatest sources of this human inequality can be traced to the most popular and widely read book ever written by human beings:  the Bible.

Ancient, biblically inspired societies believed that their God commanded “His” followers to destroy the people of all the cities throughout the land that didn’t follow their God’s commandments.

The Old Testament god commanded his people to,

“take all their cities, and utterly destroy the men, and the women, and the little ones, of every city, they left none to remain.  Only the cattle they took for a prey unto themselves, and the spoil of the cities which they took.”

These Bible-based religious societies subjugated people of other cultures and belief systems to their terms. By command of their God, these people made slaves of all the people who did not believe in their God.

The people who tried to fight back were,

“Delivered into thine hands, thou shalt smite every male thereof with the edge of the sword but the women, and the little ones, and the cattle, and all that is in the city, even all the spoil thereof, shalt thou take unto thyself; and thou shalt eat the spoil of thine enemies, which the LORD thy God hath given thee.

“Thus shalt thou do unto all the cities which are very far off from thee, which are not of the cities of these nations.  But of the cities of these people, which the LORD thy God doth give thee for an inheritance, thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth.  But thou shalt utterly destroy them as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee.” (Editors: provide proper references.)

The Bible became the “lawgiver” for the most influential religions and nations upon Earth.  The prejudice and inequality that the Bible’s laws started continues strong to this day.

Billions of people accept the Bible as “God’s infallible word.”  In so believing, these people justify the mistreatment of other human beings who do not accept their religion, nor the Bible as the infallible word of God.

This religious pride and prejudice, not only led to the destructions of millions of innocent people and their cultures, but it has also allowed Bible-believing nations to enslave millions of others and create great wealth for themselves.  Creating wealth for themselves — who are usually in the minority — created widespread poverty for the majority.

There is little argument that the early American explorers, financed by European Christian nations and their Christian appointed monarchs, overran the native American peoples of the Western Hemisphere.  Under the guise of converting them to Christianity — to their religion — and because these Christian cultures were much stronger, they destroyed many indigenous peoples and subjected them to European-Christian economics. These early European economic systems were consistent with Bible law, which, as explained above, authorized and justified slavery and created great economic inequality and disparity.

Since the Bible is responsible for the justification of inequality and human discrimination, it must also take responsibility for its role in developing and supporting the current economic conditions of the world.

To understand our current status of increasing poverty and human desperation throughout the world, we must consider what the Bible presents as the greatest economy that ever existed upon Earth … at least according to the stories of the Bible: The Great Kingdom of Solomon.

Although there are many scholars who reject the Bible as a truthful historical account, few will disagree with the great effect that the Bible’s stories about Solomon have had on our world.  An honest reflection, given with integrity, must conclude that the Bible (the Old Testament) is the basis for most human conflict and suffering throughout the Earth, even today.

Yes, it would be helpful in the war against poverty, if the Bible never existed.  But it does.  And its power continues to affect and control the minds and hearts of billions of Earth’s inhabitants; and more crucially, the minds of the few people who control the world’s economic policies.

The Bible story about King Solomon sets the course for the perpetuation and justification of poverty and inequality.  The Bible presents Solomon as a king who “exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches and for wisdom.”

The story tells that Solomon was the richest and wisest King that ever lived upon Earth.  All the other kings and queens of the earth came to Solomon to hear his wisdom and bring him gifts of expensive spices, precious stones, and most importantly, gold. King Solomon built a throne of pure ivory “overlaid with the best gold.”  With the gold that was brought to Solomon, the greatest economy that had ever existed flourished in a city called Jerusalem.  (Again, according to the way Christian, Jewish, and Muslim mythology is presented in the Bible.)

Among the ancient Hebrews, there was an abundance of everything.  But only for the citizens of Jerusalem, who were the believers in the one true God, who they believed had called and blessed Solomon as their King, as well as blessed them, being God’s ONLY chosen people.  Everyone else was not as important to God. To punish the non-believers, God made the Gentiles slaves and justified other ways that God punished them because of their rebellion.

King Solomon’s economy did not flow to him effortlessly because of the righteousness of his people, nor because of his own righteousness … according to the story.  Solomon’s wealth came with ease and from the blessings of the other nations and peoples of the Earth.  Not that these other nations particularly liked Solomon and the Hebrew people, but because they were very afraid of Solomon’s great military force.

As it was in the Bible’s story, so it is now.  The nation with the strongest military force controls the world’s economy.

Whether the story of Solomon is true or not, the belief that God blesses those who follow His commandments and condemns those who don’t, instills the disposition necessary for the human mind and heart to justify inequality and poverty.

Bible stories induce religious belief systems and increase the likelihood of poverty. When the people believe that their religious and political leaders are God’s true messengers, the people allow, and expect, their governments to enact laws that reward and punish different groups of people. The law of poverty is supported through democracy — the voice of the people.

Present-day Jerusalem (for one, of many examples), where the Jewish State of Israel exists, is full of abundance and prosperity. Very little poverty and desperation exists, per capita, among the Jewish people.  But just across an imaginary line, a border enforced by the powerful Israeli military, in what is known as the West Bank to the east of Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip to its south, extreme poverty and desperation abound.

Why?

There shouldn’t be much of a question as to why this profound inequality exists among the people who live in such a small area of Earth, and who, ironically, share the same ancestry and believe in the exact same teachings, of the same Bible.

The Jewish people and their government continue to believe that the ancient god of their scriptures gave the land of Israel to their ancestors as the “promised land”.  But without the backing of the most powerful nation upon Earth— the United States of America— Israel would not be able to maintain its stronghold on the land in that area of the earth.

The United States is well known as a Christian nation.  Christianity is a direct result of the Bible and a branch of the ancient Jewish religion. (So is Islam.)  For this reason, modern-day Israel remains successful at fulfilling the mandates of its God to subject all people, in that area, to His commands.  And upon so doing, Israel’s god blesses them with economic prosperity and security, so they believe, while punishing everyone else—the “unbelievers”—with poverty and disparity … exactly how the Bible allows and justifies as God’s way.

Aware of what the Old Testament of the Bible had done to the world — and to counter the offensive nature of the Old Testament “Hebrew God” — we have explained how our group was involved in inventing a counter-offensive and presenting solutions to the problems that the Old Testament had caused.

The Christian New Testament presents stories of a “new god,” Jesus, the Christ, who has a completely different outlook on what the “kingdom of God upon earth” should look like, and what this “kingdom of God within” actually means.

The Christians believe that Jesus, who was reportedly killed by the Jews, according to accepted Christian history, will one day return to the earth and judge “all nations” on how well they did at getting rid of poverty and inequality. This is the ONLY judgement, according to the prophetic words of Jesus himself, that he will render on Earth’s inhabitants. Returning to the earth in his “glory with all his holy angels, Jesus will judge those who supported and justified poverty compared to those who wanted to get rid of it. His words couldn’t have been presented any clearer:

“When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:  And before him shall be gathered all nations:  and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:  And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

“Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:  For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat:  I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink:  I was a stranger, and ye took me in:  Naked, and ye clothed me:  I was sick, and ye visited me:  I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

“Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?  When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?  Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, In as much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

“Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:  For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat:  I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:  I was a stranger, and ye took me not in:  Naked, and ye clothed me not:  sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

“Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?

“Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, In as much as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not unto me.  And these shall go away into everlasting punishment:  but the righteous unto life eternal.”

Unfortunately, the new scripture failed to convince the people of the world that the most important part of any religious belief should always be ending poverty and inequality.  Again, the new scripture explained it perfectly.  However, the religious leaders, who interpreted the scripture for the masses, invented their own uses for Jesus’s words, inventions that benefited themselves and increased their personal wealth and control over the people.

In the Author’s Note of this book, we explained that our group’s goals are to,

“oppose superstition, obscurantism, religious influence over public life, and the abuses of state power. Our intent is to put an end to the machinations of the purveyors of injustice, to control them without dominating them.”

We have explained how we worked with the free will of the Christian people and made an effort to convince the people of the need to get rid of poverty and inequality. We wrote the New Testament book of Revelation.

Our esoteric and allegoric presentation identifies the effect that money has had on the people of the world. Hidden in its symbolism, we properly illuminate the great effect that gold has on people.  We used Solomon’s gold as an important clue:

“Here is wisdom.  Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast:  for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.”

Christian leaders and scholars have never been able to break the simple code we used in Revelation’s symbolism.  If they had, Revelation’s disclosures — the original Greek title of the book was The Apocalypse, which means The Disclosure — would destroy their justification of material blessings that many religious leaders exploit in the donations given by their devoted followers.

A correct interpretation of Revelation couldn’t be simpler and clearer.  We used Old Testament analogies to present our ideas. (See 666, the Mark of America, Seat of the Beast — the Apostle John’s New Testament Revelation Unfolded, [pub. 2006].)

Ignorant and deceptive religious leaders and scholars, who are supported by religious offerings, and are part of the cause of poverty, subject their followers to fear and ominous warnings involving “the devil” and “evil”.

Revelation’s true meaning counters modern religious dogma that would otherwise support the economic security of religious leaders.  For this reason, few religious leaders want their followers to know the real truth behind the “beast that is devouring the world.”  It’s much easier for religious leaders to allow their followers to remain afraid of “the devil” instead of focusing their attention on what religious leaders do behind the scenes to maintain their personal wealth and exacerbate poverty.

“The “beast” of Revelation, when studied correctly and in context, is nothing more or less than a representation of the economic policies that fight the good policies presented and established in the teachings of the Christian Jesus.

According to Christian belief, Christ will return and conquer this beast.  To understand what was intended, we need a full understanding of “the beast” that Christ will conquer.

The “number of the beast” is exactly what the clue explains that it is. It is not the number of “the devil,” but “the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.”

Solomon was the allegorical “man.”  Solomon’s gold was intended to represent “the number of the beast”:

“Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred threescore and six talents of gold.”

“Here is wisdom.  Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast:  for it is the number of a man; (Solomon) and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.”

The book of Revelation utilizes Jewish and Christians myths and ideologies to present an allegoric solution to poverty and inequality.  Centered on the teachings of Jesus, Revelation explains that the end of “the beast,” which represents the end of the world’s economic policies, will come when the Christian “God” returns again, based on what we have presented above from the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 25.

Revelation profoundly describes the effect that “Christ’s return” will have on the kings (the politicians) and merchants (the business entities) of the Earth.  The scripture says nothing about “sinners” being condemned in the end, but only the politicians and business entities that provide the goods and services after which humanity “lusts.”

The idea of a “god” who blesses those who obey him with economic blessings and condemns those who don’t, is the greatest stumbling block that allows and justifies the continued existence of poverty.

It is highly unlikely that a personal belief in a “god” will diminish anytime soon.

So, the question remains:

If we cannot solve poverty by teaching people how it is justified and allowed, maybe we can convince them to unite and end it, or at least, change the world’s current economic systems so that they create equity and end poverty. But first, we must help humanity understand how the valuation of money began in the first place.

(End of chapter.)

… NEXT CHAPTER: HOW MONEY WAS CREATED.

 

 

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