Friday, May 15, 2020

Apocalypse or Armaggedon?

Well which is it?

Armageddon;  (probably Hebrew: “Hill of Megiddo”), in the New Testament, place where the kings of the earth under demonic leadership will wage war on the forces of God at the end of history

  • the complete final destruction of the world, as described in the biblical book of Revelation
  • an event involving destruction or damage on an awesome or catastrophic scale

  • So if you say both you would not be wrong as I would call the fallout of this pandemic an economic apocalypse and to my religious friends they would say it is an Armageddon.  They love the histrionics of the Bible as all mythology is laden with it.

    I have long said that religion is the bane of man's existence and the reality that it still holds powerful sway on the belief or ability to disbelieve fact over fiction.  I am a contrarian and I ask questions by nature and with two intentions: To find answers and to seek legitimacy.  I find that in the cases of authority they are the least likely to answer any question which then lends a sense of illegitimacy to their authority.  Of late watching the Cuomo lottery draw he has become humbler and more willing to admit mistakes, a lack of knowledge and a willingness to show his own vulnerability as a leader in this crisis. In other words he knows he fucked up big time and is trying to fix what he broke but this doesn't just land in his lap for as the adage goes - the fish stinks from the head.  There is no question that the chaos that Trump thrives on is in full tilt boogie here and he avoids questions, lies and then when all else fails, points fingers and lays blame.  I saw that enough in Nashville that at times I wondered if Trump grew up in the South. The South uses  religion as the weapon in which to take extrinsic factors and turn them around to become intrinsic ones in which to lay fault as of your own doing.   Children often do that and we have many spoiled children currently running our Government.

    The enabler in chief is Mitch McConnell. Perhaps this man has done more to destroy Democracy than  Trump could ever wish to achieve and the Russians should have been quietly (if they are not already) funding his campaign and his minions to ensure that if there is one individual intent of doing as little as possible with as least as possible effort then McConnell is by far more successful than Trump and been at way longer.  McConnell is up for reelection next year and why Kentucky continues to send this man to Congress is truly a tragedy for that state is not deserving of that much derision and animosity.    I urge you to listen to this podcast by The New Yorker, regarding an investigative piece by Jane Mayer, who truly does an outstanding job explaining the history and the aspirations of power by this extraordinarily powerful man who is Satan in every sense of the word.

    And speaking of Satan....  once again it only proves to me that the color line and in turn the barrier line is all from the obsessive dedication to the invisible daddy int the sky.  It is also why we have so little with regards to palliative care in America and the willingness to shove your aging family member into a warehouse for the old versus letting them die of old age in their home with proper medical and supervisory care that enables conscious decision making and working toward acceptance that the costs of trying to keep someone alive is not always in anyone's best interest. Starting with physical and mental health and in turn the economic costs that have contributed to the ever rising tide of medical costs.  Families filing for bankruptcy does not mean the medical industrial complex does not get paid they do, they pad the bill and the next family that walks through the door gets some of your bill and so on and so, just like you did. This is America and our trickle down economics.  But you see the pulpit won't tell you that they believe in miracles. There are none, its just luck.

    Two-thirds of US believers see Covid-19 as message from God, poll finds

    Poll found 31% feel strongly that God is telling humanity to change with the same number feeling that somewhat

    Associated Press
    Fri 15 May 2020

    The coronavirus has prompted almost two-thirds of American believers to feel that God is telling humanity to change how it lives, a new poll has found.

    In the US, the virus has killed more than 80,000 Americans and caused economic hardship for millions, but the findings of the poll by the University of Chicago Divinity School and the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research indicate that people may also be searching for deeper meaning in the devastating outbreak.

    Even some who don’t affiliate with organized religion, such as Lance Dejesus of Dallastown, Pennsylvania, saw a possible bigger message in the virus.

    “It could be a sign, like ‘hey, get your act together’ – I don’t know,” said Dejesus, 52, who said he believes in God but doesn’t consider himself religious. “It just seems like everything was going in an OK direction and all of a sudden you get this coronavirus thing that happens, pops out of nowhere.”

    The poll found that 31% of Americans who believe in God feel strongly that the virus is a sign telling humanity to change, with the same number feeling that somewhat. Evangelical Protestants are more likely than others to believe that strongly, at 43%, compared with 28% of Catholics and mainline Protestants.

    In addition, black Americans were more likely than those of other racial backgrounds to say they feel the virus is a sign God wants humanity to change, regardless of education, income or gender. Forty-seven per cent say they feel that strongly, compared with 37% of Latino and 27% of white Americans.

    Covid-19 has disproportionately affected black Americans, exposing societal inequality that has left minorities more vulnerable and heightening concern that the risks they face are getting ignored by a push to reopen the US economy. The poll found black Americans who believe in God are more likely than others to say they have felt doubt about God’s existence as a result of the virus – 27% said that, compared with 13% of Latinos and 11% of white Americans.

    But the virus has prompted negligible change in Americans’ overall belief in God, with 2% saying they believe in God today, but did not before. Fewer than 1% say they do not believe in God today but did before.

    Most houses of worship stopped in-person services to help protect public health as the virus began spreading, with religious Americans turning to online and drive-in gatherings to express their faiths. Americans with a religious affiliation are regularly engaging in private prayer during the pandemic, with 57% saying they do so at least weekly since March – about the same share that say they prayed as regularly last year.

    Overall, 82% of Americans say they believe in God, and 26% of Americans say their sense of faith or spirituality has grown stronger as a result of the outbreak. Just 1% say it has weakened.

    Kathryn Lofton, a professor of religious studies at Yale University, interpreted the high number of Americans perceiving the virus as a message from God about change as an expression of “fear that if we don’t change, this misery will continue”.

    “When people get asked about God, they often interpret it immediately as power,” said Lofton. “And they answer the question saying, ‘Here’s where the power is to change the thing I experience.’”

    Fifty-five per cent of American believers say they feel at least somewhat that God will protect them from being infected.

    Evangelical Protestants are more likely than those of other religious backgrounds to say they believe that, with 43% saying so strongly and another 30% saying so somewhat, while Catholics and mainline Protestants are more closely split on feeling that way or not.

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