Suppose you came across breaking news from your most trusted news source that several gigabytes of classified emails, phone and financial records from a huge multinational conglomerate had been uploaded to the Internet by a former employee who was having a “crisis of conscious.” The documents lay out in great detail how executive leadership went about furthering its own economic interests for over a decade.
And let’s suppose these documents showed that the decision was made to replace fact-based news reporting at the various media subsidiaries that they own in favor of “talk shows” to make it easier for them to “frame the conversation” regarding their particular financial interests. But suppose they also used their media outlets to nurture seeds of uncertainty and mistrust with disinformation and misinformation in markets with long established conflicts between religious and ethnic groups. (Revelation: 6:1-2)
Ratings in those markets climbed. Each side of every conflict they antagonized was ecstatic to see their perspective passionately articulated as they heard whatever they believed to be the worst about the Other regurgitated back to them every single day.
The first seal (Revelation:6:1-2) represents widespread deception by a false Christianity that began in the days of the apostles (Matthew:24:4- 5). The second seal (Revelation:6:3-4) refers to the increasing devastation caused by war as the end approaches (Matthew:24:6-7). The third seal (Revelation:6:5-6) represents increasing hunger and famines (Matthew:24:7). Other consequences of war and famine are represented by the fourth seal (Revelation:6:7-8)—such things as disease, plagues and civil unrest that kill many people (Matthew:24:7).ucg.orgAnd suppose the financial records show that as violent clashes between these groups inevitably increased within this atmosphere that celebrated intolerance, this conglomerate exploited the situation financially by supplying arms to these malcontents though their weapons manufacturing subsidiaries. These conflicts they helped instigate displaced millions creating one humanitarian crisis after another of devastation, famine and hunger. (Matthew: 24:6-7)
And suppose this conglomerate saw how well creating a market for their weapon manufacturing subsidiaries worked and figured it would work just as well for their pharmaceutical subsidiaries.
And suppose that these documents show that this very same multinational conglomerate strategically introduced a drug resistant infectious diseases into highly concentrated populations for the purposes of creating a new market for their own line of drugs that had been proven effective in their own clinical trials in ways that the existing drugs on the market were not.
With the medical community in a panic after discovering that their existing drugs have little effect on this strand, this conglomerate went public with the news that they had in fact developed drugs that were proven effective against this particular infection. Everyone wanted it. So they, along with the medical community and humanitarian groups like Doctors Without Borders apply pressure to world governments to rush their new drugs though the usually lengthy approval process in the interest of relieving this “humanitarian emergency,” only to then mark up the price of the drug to unconscionable levels in order to take advantage of the situation they created.
And suppose their efforts to create new markets for their pharmaceutical subsidiaries proved to be wildly effective, even beyond their own wildest expectations from a financial perspective. The infectious disease they introduced spread much faster through the population than was predicted by any of their models. As a consequence, they were unable to meet the higher than anticipated demand and the conditions the created quickly deevolved into a global pandemic. Bad for us. Good for business.
As the infections spread, the demand for their drugs grew higher and so did the price of their already outrageously expensive drug.
The humanitarian crisis and the conglomerates inability to meet demand for their drug led some poorer nations to turn a blind eye to illegal drug manufacturers who stepped in to take advantage of the supply shortage with a much less expensive alternative that is also effective in treating this infectious disease.
To combat these less expensive alternative versions flooding the market, the conglomerate used its considerable lobbying powers to apply pressure on elected officials to create stiffer penalties for illegal drug manufacturers, threaten to reduce or cutoff entire supplies of their drugs to countries that didn’t quickly enforce existing laws against illegal drug manufacturers.
In the meanwhile, all of this intoleance, war, famine, disease eventually destabilizes, first small, less stable governments, but eventually bringing open civil unrest and economic destabilization to western democracies as these diseases showed no one mercy nor favor. (Matthew: 24:7)
When all of this comes to light what would you think of this large multinational conglomerate and how it went about creating instability to further its own interests?
Would you say, like so many people do, that a company’s only obligation is to their shareholders and profits, not to the greater good of society? Would you celebrate them for taking bold action to further their own financial interests? Would you look at the price of their stock and the wealth they created for themselves and their stockholders and say the ends justify the means? Since they didn’t do any of this out of malice but to simply further their own self-interest was it ok what they did?
The reason I ask is because this is exactly what the Bible says that Jesus will do, or has done, to humanity by opening up the seven seals of the Apocalypse. They believe that Jesus, a man who was a pacifist in life, who said that if someone were to strike you to turn the other cheek, has now done a complete about face and is deliberately causing wars, famine, diseases upon us to make way to establish HIS kingdom on Earth.
Does that make sense to you? Does that sound like the same person to you? And assuming you would condemn a multinational conglomerate for doing these things why would you give Jesus a pass for doing the exact same thing?
The first seal (Revelation:6:1-2) represents widespread deception by a false Christianity that began in the days of the apostles (Matthew:24:4- 5). The second seal (Revelation:6:3-4) refers to the increasing devastation caused by war as the end approaches (Matthew:24:6-7). The third seal (Revelation:6:5-6) represents increasing hunger and famines (Matthew:24:7). Other consequences of war and famine are represented by the fourth seal (Revelation:6:7-8)—such things as disease, plagues and civil unrest that kill many people (Matthew:24:7).
What has always disappointed me is that low level Christians fail to have a problem balancing these two conflicting versions of Jesus.
What separates higher levels from the lower levels is their capacity to love. The capacity to love is the single most determinative factor in how we see others in the world and how they relate to us. One of the byproducts of an increased capacity to love is being able to view the world through the eyes of principle as opposed to rules.
In the absence of love as a gauge of right and wrong, lower levels use their own fears and self-interest to determine right from wrong which means that what determines right from wrong is whether or not they personally stand to benefit.
This leaves lower levels vulnerable to accepting poison if it’s given to them by a smiling face.