The Wages of Sin

But I am a worm and not a man,
    scorned by mankind and despised by the people.
All who see me mock me;
    they make mouths at me; they wag their heads:
“He trusts in the Lord; let him deliver him;
    let him rescue him, for he delights in him!”

Psalm 22:6

The most powerful yet unrecognized psychological dynamic is the vicious cycle of sin, scorn and denial. It can start in childhood with a small but embarrassing mistake, whether unintentional or premeditated. The offender is then subjected to painful (if mild) scorn by others. The result can be denial – pretend the embarrassing incident never happened. All traces of it are blotted from memory. If people show scorn on their face when you pass, look again – it is gone. Perhaps it was just in your head? All is well.

Jesus, King of the Jews – Danish – 1613

But still there is scorn and ridicule, isolation, perhaps some unprovoked bullying. At least that’s how it feels. What could be the cause? The denial of the original offense is expensive and takes great mental effort to sustain. It would be nice to have an explanation for the ostracism. So our subject commits another sin, this time a bigger one. The cycle is renewed, and it repeats for a lifetime.

It is nearly impossible to break out of this cycle because the denial conceals layers of painful memories that are best forgotten. It is easier just to sin again. This happens entirely unconsciously, and at the worst possible moment. After all, the brain’s power to make you forget things would be useless without the power to make you do things to enable that denial.

Mental illnesses are the outcome of this dynamic. For example, the cause of depression is usually pretty obvious by looking objectively at a person’s circumstances. Yet this feeling is misdiagnosed as a ‘chemical imbalance’ or ‘early childhood trauma’. The patient grasps desperately to these explanations in order to maintain their denial of the real cause of whatever ails them. The various depression and bipolar commercials show women re-discovering their hot husbands. What could they possibly have to be discontented about? And if others are scornful at the pharmaceutical explanation, well don’t take it personally – it is just the stigma of mental illness rearing its ugly head again. We must all do a better job of confronting and eradicating it.

Similarly, schizophrenia develops when a child who is increasingly spurned by their peer group turns to unpleasant and awkward habits and disordered thinking in order to ‘explain’ to themselves why they are isolated. Again, this is not a conscious process. The child is unaware that they are behaving in a maladaptive way. But at least when they see the contempt and scorn on the faces of their peers they can feel relieved that it wasn’t a past embarrassing incident that never even happened.

Furthermore because these habits are unconscious, it is not as simple as moving to another locale and forgetting the past and starting fresh. The child will perseverate with the same dysfunctional behavior, possibly even expressing bewilderment that nothing changed as she had hoped. The ensuing feeling of being fundamentally defective only aggravates the symptoms.

These habits are also infectious. One day a patient at the mental hospital is walking around flapping his arms. The next day – two people are flapping their arms as they walk – endangering anyone who happens to be too close when they pass. Any scrap is purely unintentional, you can be sure.

Many people are self-diagnosing these days with autism. This is their way to justify why they seem callous and are unable to pick up on the emotional state of others. But the truth is, they avoid eye contact because they don’t want to see the scorn that can appear unexpectedly. Who knows what people say to each other about you behind your back? Better to keep your head down. This is a very effective way to sustain denial of past transgressions. It leads to a creepy bearing as well as frequent misunderstandings that cause offense, which provide many new pretexts for scorn. It’s ok if everyone hates you – as long as its for a disorder you have no control over.

The autistic kid manning the fast food drive-through won’t look anyone in the eye when they pull up to the window. The prospect of such a feat is unbearable to him. Most ‘normies’ are offended. So in order to show he means no harm, he leans half-way out the window to hand you your food. No one dares tell him the problem. Perhaps it is out of pity or shame or because they fear he will kill himself and they will be blamed. The mental illness industry has convinced us to keep our distance and let them handle it – even though they likely caused the sin-scorn-denial cycle with ‘early intervention’ at age 2. Really autism treatment is mass shooter training.

Criminal recidivism is similarly a symptom of this dynamic, even though it is usually explained by poverty, racism or capitalism. The reason for the misdiagnosis is to perpetuate the criminal justice industries upon which so many livelihoods depend – including those who claim to be its victims.

Suicides are almost universally the result of this dynamic when the denial becomes unsustainable. It is simply no longer strong enough to hold back the suppressed memories threatening to surface. The only solution is death. The most common explanation is ‘addiction’, though that has lost its panache in recent years (as exemplified by the movie A Star is Born in which the alcoholic protagonist hangs himself). A suicide note is never truthful. It may be plausible but the goal is always to reinforce denial into perpetuity.

The same is true for manifestos to justify mass murders. In fact they are usually the outcome of this dynamic. For example, the Poway synagogue shooter had tried to burn down a mosque just a month earlier. His agenda was not ideological, but to provide an explanation for why people despised him. The answer to this question would be pretty clear simply by asking the people who knew him in high school. What was his ‘original sin’? Many people know, but no one wants to say. It’s too embarrassing and silly.

We are all the victims of this dynamic, even though it usually does not result in crime or suicide. Instead we become a fascist of one kind or another: socialist, Zionist, addict, etc. The goal is to be able to say, “They hate me because I [voted for Trump/did drugs/etc]” and thereby avoid accountability for our past sins.

Those of us who are sufficiently advanced in this cycle and thus particularly skilled in the mechanism of denial can exhibit monumental hypocrisy. Nevertheless redemption may be found in its fruit. Perhaps this is a clue as to how this dynamic escaped notice until today.

Wars are the outcome of the sin-scorn-denial dynamic on a national scale. The drive for them comes from a need to wipe the slate clean and start again fresh. We believe that if we are victorious in a war, no one will ever look at us askance again. (At least, the ones that would will be dead.)

Zionism is another example at the national scale. The bible is full of examples of Jews betraying other Jews to the enemy: Joseph and his brothers, Saul and David, and the many wars between Israel and Judah. Nevertheless, Jesus was supposedly killed by Romans and European Jews were killed by Nazis. We destroy ourselves and blame others. Driven by the compulsion to be hated and despised, we accuse others of irrational and murderous ‘antisemitism’ and pass laws to oppress them. The ADL trumpets new incidents of ‘antisemitism’ daily, even if they are self-inflicted. We are always finding new ways to undermine our brothers and make them so thoroughly scorned that they are massacred and then we can wipe our hands clean and pretend we are blameless (even believe it) and repeat the cycle.

So how do we break the cycle? The key is to recognize that Jesus suffered and died for our sins. He loves us when we feel the scorn of others. He was stigmatized so that we no longer have to stigmatize ourselves. The challenge of course is that this requires that we stop denying and finally face the shame of the transgressions that we spent our whole lives suppressing. We must repent of our sins, even as everything in our being tells us not to. It is not easy. However there is some consolation that other sinners are far worse than you. Of course, that’s not true for everyone.

Then two robbers were crucified with him, one on the right and one on the left. And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, “You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him…. And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way.

Matthew 27:38

Sins of the Fathers

As the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, and she despised him in her heart.

2 Samuel 6:16
The arrival of the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem by a singing and dancing King David – Van Lint – 1650

David’s wife Michal knew that her father, King Saul, who was denied the honor of bringing the Ark into its everlasting home in Jerusalem, would never have conducted himself with such vulgarity. And perhaps she knew that this celebration was premature, and that David was susceptible to the same dark forces that doomed her father.

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One Way Mirror

Facebook recently permanently banned several purveyors of extremist hate and violence, including Louis Farrakhan, Laura Loomer, Paul Joseph Watson, and Alex Jones (again). They claim this is being done to keep us safe. However it only puts us at risk, because these people will now radicalize offline, much as top Nazi propagandists were radicalized while sitting in prison under Weimar ‘blood libel’ bans intended to protect the Jews. They can watch us, because in most cases Facebook allows them to view the site, but will give an error message if they try to post. Meanwhile we can continue to post and watch ourselves having fun, blissfully ignorant of what is going on outside.

Mr Bean having a little fun
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Mark of Cain: Sin and Stigma

Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is greater than I can bear. Behold, you have driven me today away from the ground, and from your face I shall be hidden. I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.” Then the Lord said to him, “Not so! If anyone kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.” And the Lord put a mark on Cain, lest any who found him should attack him. Then Cain went away from the presence of the Lord.

Genesis 4:13
Cain – Edwin Roscoe Mullins (1899)
Glasgow Botanic Gardens; Glasgow, Scotland
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Next Exodus

You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day. – Deut. 5:15

We were given freedom, not all at once, but in stages. Even after leaving bondage in Egypt, we were still commanded to work 6 days a week. However one day was free for us to relax and enjoy and feel holy. Similarly we were given a Jubilee Year, which occurs every 50 years, on which all slaves are freed. This commandment is the origin of the Liberty Bell quote: “Proclaim liberty throughout the land and to all the inhabitants thereof.”

Frederic Schopin; The Children of Israel Crossing the Red Sea – 1855
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Forget Amalek

Amalek is the mythical, eternal enemy of the Jews. It preys on the weak amongst us: “Remember what Amalek did unto thee by the way, when ye were come forth out of Egypt; How he met thee by the way, and smote the hindmost of thee.” (Deut. 25:17) We are commanded to never forget the existential threat of Amalek to the Jewish peoples.


The Victory of Joshua over the Amalekites
Poussin Nicolas – 1624
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Sinat Hinam

The Women’s March saved us from the Trumpocalypse. Just a few days after the inauguration they came out by the millions to protest. Trump saw them and realized his despotic and autocratic dreams would not be realized. The marchers were an amalgam of many social and ethnic groups – blacks, gays, women, Jews, Muslims and immigrants. Yet now even as Trump shuts down the government to extort the country to accede to his abominable border wall, the Jews have embarked on a crusade against ‘antisemitism’ among the March leaders. The end result could be that democrats are weakened and give in, and after the construction is started on the wall, and immigrants are rounded up, Trump will then round up the Jews to send us back to ‘your country‘. Or even worse, he will detain us indefinitely: “We can’t send them back to Israel – the wall isn’t built yet you idiot!”


Pussyhats stave off the Trumpocalypse
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The Plot Against America

Donald Trump came to power promising to undermine and even eviscerate our most precious constitutional protections.  This included “opening up our libel laws”, “shutting down parts of the internet”, banning flag burning, monitoring Islamic institutions, opening up mental institutions, taking away due process, using torture, and many other examples.  His campaign was systematic and comprehensive, and yet when he came to power, he was thwarted at every turn.  The people spoke out against him, and our institutions are independent and resilient.  He is no longer a threat to the country, and can be kept in his box.

FOR INSTRUCTIONAL PURPOSES ONLY.  NOT AN ENDORSEMENT. He is an antisemite, yet he is exercising the country’s free speech muscle.  This more than anything will keep the Jews safe.

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Back to the Garden

And the LORD G_d said, “Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the Tree of Life, and eat, and live forever” — so the Lord G_d banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken.  So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the Garden of Eden Cherubim, and a flaming sword turning every way, to guard the way to the Tree of Life. – Genesis 3:22

Marc Chagall. The Expulsion from the Garden of Eden. 1960

G_d promised us that if we followed His word, He would deliver us to the Land of Milk and Honey.  We have upheld our end of the bargain, and so He has fulfilled His covenant, and then some.  Continue reading Back to the Garden

The Myth of Antisemitism

So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek…. And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands were heavy…. The Lord will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation. – Exodus 17:10

Antisemitism is an irrational fear and hatred of Jews.  It lies dormant in every population until something comes along and ignites it, at which point it spreads like a wildfire, or a cancer, or a virus.  It quickly infects the entire population, which then turns against the Jews to kill any who cannot escape.  Such an impulse exists only against the Jews and no other ethnic group.  A few ‘rational’ explanations may be offered.  For example, ‘race mania’ and ‘insane jealousy’.  Regardless, the Jews are completely blameless.  Any suggestion to the contrary is actually a sign of antisemitism.

Brigstocke, Thomas; Moses fighting Amalek with His Arms Supported by Aaron and Hur

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The Loophole

The Torah does not prohibit slavery, though it provides many laws regarding the procurement and treatment of slaves, and requires their release every 7 years.  Slavery was of course common in the ancient world, and only in the last few hundred years has it been mostly abolished.  Similarly the Torah contains many laws on crime and justice, such as murder, rape, theft and drunkenness.  However there is one glaring exception about which the Torah is silent: child abuse.  While man may not lie with man as with a woman, there is no similar prohibition when it comes to children.  Whether this is an oversight or loophole, the ultra-orthodox have exploited it to great effect.  Child sex abuse is rampant in these communities.  This is why they love the Torah and cleave to it for dear life.

“Smile you’re going to learn Torah.”

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