The BIBLE describes humanity as “LOST” sheep, “gone astray … each going his OWN way” (Isaiah 53)

Humanity is TRAGIC-cally “FLAWED”, what is described as “SIN” …

(the Greek word “hamartia” simply means “SHORT FALLING”)

We are ALL “SINNERS” in NEED of GOD’s Grace, Peace and Redemption …

That is why there is so much BLOOD in the Bible – it is a CONSEQUENCE of “SIN” …

This world was CREATED (by our “CREATOR”) “GOOD” …

This might have been created good, with the “image-ness” of God in us on SOME level, …

BUT in our “FALLEN” state,  SOMETHING went (and still is) “WRONG” and/or “OFF”…

God’s narrative and “revelation” explains WHY we all live in a world of “SIN” …

“VISIONS” in COLLISION … CONFLICT …

… “DECEIVING DESIRES” of UTOPIAN “FANTASY”and DYSTOPIAN “FACT” …

… CAUGHT between utopian IDEALISM (how things “SHOULD” be) and tragic REALISM (how things IS-ARE) …

A WORLD of “OUGHT” THAT (deceptively) “IS NOT” …

Utopians IGNORE the spiritual “REALITY” of SIN …

IMAGINE a “simple” path to “utopia” …

… PROMISE and PRETEND SUPERFICIAL “SOLUTIONS” to life’s “issues” and “problems” (“SIN”)

… OBLIVIOUS to our tragic, SINFUL states that often make things WORSE, NOT BETTER …

HOW is “SIN” MANIFESTED in HUMANITY (each and every one of us) and HUMAN HISTORY?

FAILING to SERVE the ONE TRUE GOD, we turn to IDOL WORSHIP, finding SUBSTITUTES (false gods) in rebellion against (God’s) reality by IMAGINING a “heaven on earth” …

NARCISSISM and NIHILISM, NONSENSE leading us NOWHERE … the INEVITABLE RESULT of human attempts to “play God”, to “recreate” and “fix” a world what God obviously “messed up” …

(“DYSTOPIAN” DYSFUNCTION, DISSATISFACTION, DISTRESS, DECEPTION, DENIAL, DESTRUCTION, DELUSION )

The “IDOL of EQUALITY” and “GOD of GOVERNMENT” …

The ALMIGHTY vs ABSURD … (History “Xtreme” …)

WHY DO “UTOPIAN POSSIBILITIES”ALWAYS ULTIMATELY TURN INTO “DYSTOPIAN” DYSFUNCTION, DECEPTION, DESTRUCTION and DELUSIONS”? …

The “ENEMY” (“sin”) is EVERYWHERE – within “US”,  manifested outside us collectively in “THEM” …

The “problem” is “INTERNAL”, INSIDE each of us, preventing “simple” and superficial (“EXTERNAL”) “SOLUTIONS” …

“SIN” – good and bad, right and wrong, justice and injustice is ALL MIXED UP  … we cannot “separate” one from the other.

THERE are NO “SIMPLE” (utopian) SOLUTIONS to the problems of (tragic) REALITY …

“CHANGE”, “EVOLUTION”  and “PROGRESS” ENDS UP being an ILLUSION of “BLIND FAITH” – “BAD” DEVOLVES into WORSE”, …

“UTOPIA” LITERALLY (in Latin) MEANS “NOWHERE” …

HISTORY “X-treme” EXPLORES HISTORY and HUMANITY …

… through PSYCHOLOGY (“nature” & human nature) “X-treme” – BENEATH and BEYOND …

WHAT LIES DEEP DOWN (“beneath”) and WHERE DOES IT LEAD US (“beyond”) …

I hear people say all the time, “But I’m a GOOD person” …

NONE is “GOOD” but GOD …

UTOPIANS and HUMANITY in general, lives in a state of DENIAL. (and I’m not talking about the river) …

WE look past … ignore and obsess in our own SELF-made “BUBBLES” of “UN-reality”, …

OBLIVIOUS to the OBVIOUS 

… the SELF-serving “DECEIVING DESIRES”, SELF-RIGHTEOUS HYPOCRISY and MALEVOLENCE we PROJECT and TRANSFER onto each other (“strain gnats”) while IGNORING it in ourselves (“swallowing camels”),

…the “clueless” state of spiritual “COGNITIVE DISSONANCE” (confusion, contradiction, in-consistency, conflict, chaos) …

… which leads us all to “PLAY GOD” in a state of NARCISSISTIC and NIHILISTIC JUDGEMENT and IDOL WORSHIP and rebellion against (God’s) “reality” …

… we FOOL OURSELVES into IMAGINING we are all a bunch of “good” people. (psychology “X-treme”)

WHY DO OUR “GARDENS” BECOME “GULAGS”? …

“LOST SHEEP GONE ASTRAY”, LOOKING FOR SOMETHING WE NEVER QUITE FIND …

In the words of a famous philosopher – “AYE CARUMBA”

The BELIEF in the ONE TRUE GOD is SUBSTITUTED for a “BLIND FAITH” of “IDOL-worship – …

…  humanity (“lost sheep” lives in a state of “DENIAL”, creates and attends self-made“CHURCHES” of “WISHFUL THINKING, worshipping at ALTARS of DELUSION,imagining we can build “HEAVEN ON EARTH” (“Gardens of Eden” and towers of Babel) that (“tragic-ally) become “DYSTOPIA” …

GOD’s WAYS … (Isaiah 55)

Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.

For as the heavens are HIGHER than the earth, so are MY WAYS higher than your ways, and MY THOUGHTS than your thoughts.

BUT THERE IS REAL HOPE – GOD’s REVELATION and “REDEMPTION” is “the ANSWER” to “the PROBLEM” – “DECEPTIVE … BUT TRUE” … BEYOND TRAGEDY …

SOME “LOST SHEEP” (HIS “church”) REALIZE THEY are “LOST”, in NEED of a SHEPHERD, capable of recognizing HIS VOICE …

THAT, in a “nutshell”, is HIStory … “X-treme” …

“GOD” is the ultimate “X” … “factor” or “variable” in this “equation” of life, the “ANSWER” to SOLVE “the problem” …

The God of ISRAEL and KING JESUS …

“TIME” (earthly “kingdoms”) will become “ETERNITY” (HIS kingdom) …

The MESSIAH (Isaiah 53)

53 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?

For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

He I despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief (pain): and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

All we like SHEEP have GONE ASTRAY; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on HIM the iniquity of us ALL.

He wasoppressed, and he was afflicted,yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.

11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the SIN of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

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The GOD of ISRAEL, KING JESUS and HIS KINGDOM and PEOPLE (CHURCH) …

HISTORY “X-treme” …

ISAIAH, the “Shakespeare” of the Bible, was a prophetic “tool” of GOD’s REVELATION through “ISRAEL” …

HIS PEOPLE (CHURCH) (Isaiah 54)

54 Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the Lord.

Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;

For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and

   thy seed shall inherit the GENTILES,

   and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.

Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more.

For THY MAKER is thine husband; the LORD of HOSTS is his NAME; and thy REDEEMER the HOLY ONE of ISRAEL; The GOD of the WHOLE EARTH shall he be called.

For the Lord hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God.

For a SMALL MOMENT have I FORSAKEN thee; BUT with great mercies will I GATHER thee.

In a little wrath I HID MY FACE from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD THY REDEEMER.

Isaiah 60

60 Arise, shine; for thy light is come,and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.

For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the peoplebut the Lords hall arise upon thee, and HIS GLORY shall be SEEN UPON THEE.

And the GENTILES shall come to THY LIGHT, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side.

Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.

Isaiah 61

61 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord”

CHRIST PROCLAIMED THIS IN HIS “FIRST” COMING … JESUS STOPPED in MID-SENTENCE …

DURING HIS FUTURE “SECOND” COMING …

… and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; …

But ye shall be named the Priests of the Lord: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves.

Isaiah 62

62 For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.

And the GENTILES shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a NEW NAME, which the mouth of the LORD shall name.

THOU shalt also be a CROWN of GLORY in the hand of the LORD, and a royal DIADEM in the HAND of THY GOD.

THAT is  “HIS-story” … “DIVINE DESTINY !!!

The GOD of ISRAEL, KING JESUS and HIS KINGDOM and PEOPLE (“CHURCH”) …

HISTORY “X-treme” …

SINCERELY,

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FACING HIStory (History X-treme)