Money Changers, The Resurrection and Israel’s Dimona: WMD Facility

“Christ drove the Money Changers out of the Temple. But today nobody dares to drive the Money Lenders out of the Temple because the Money Lenders have taken a mortgage on the Temple.”– Peter Maurin+

 

by Eileen Fleming

 

The narrative of Jesus and the moneychangers/AKA the cleansing of the Temple is told in the four gospels [good news] about Jesus and his disciples who arrive at the Temple in Jerusalem during Passover.

Jesus vents his righteous rage over the desecration of a faith in the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob, for it had become big business perpetuated by “the den of thieves” among the upper echelon in the hierarchy of High Priests.

The priests made their living by convincing the ancients that the only way to be OK with God was to pay their way out of their ‘sins’. These men with minds that believed the earth was flat wrought rituals such as baths and sacrificing livestock that only the Temple priests could perform upon a sinner seeking repentance for what ever they had done or had not done unto God and neighbor.

The root of all ‘sin’ is selfishness-meaning putting one’s self interests and desires foremost without even a thought of another’s and ‘sin’ is enabled by ignoring one’s conscience.

The ancient Hebrews ascribed to 613 mitzvahs [commands] of Judaism. Jesus did not seek to create a new religion but to bring in a deeper connection with the Ultimate Mystery of the Universe-God, for lack of a better word. Jesus taught one must forgive to be forgiven, one must Love God first, “love your neighbor as yourself” and “Love your enemies.”

Too few who claim to be Christian have actually done what Jesus commanded; but Clifford Stanley, Episcopal Priest and Professor of Theology noted, “Any god who can be killed ought to be killed” and as John Lennon sang, “when it comes to destruction you can count me out. In.”

The last words Jesus/AKA The Prince of Peace commanded his community of followers before being hauled away to his trial, torture and murder was “To put down the sword.”

His last prayer before he died on the cross was, “Father, forgive them; they know not what they are doing.”

Jesus also said that he came so that we would have life to the full; abundant life [John 10:10] and that takes deep thought and then taking action.

Two thousand years ago, there was lively debate about whom the Christ-the very first WIDE AWAKE man was; and until the Church got in bed with Emperor Constantine, churches were diverse hot beds of individuality and not the institutions that have become big business today.

In 1994, Bishop Shelly Spong wrote, “Resurrection: Myth or Reality?”

Spong faced the fact that viewing the resurrection of Jesus as PHYSICAL was a late developing tradition in early Christianity, which until the third decade had been called The Way-meaning the way Jesus taught one must be-Nonviolent, forgiving and loving.

St. Paul as well as the gospel writers of Mark and Matthew made NO claim that the burst of life, light and energy that accompanied the birth of Christianity was dependent on any orthodox theology or dogma.

In 1996, Spong wrote, “Liberating the Gospels” and contended that the writers of the synoptic gospels-Luke, Matthew and Mark- were NOT eyewitnesses to the life and death of The Prince of Peace and these gospels/good news were not even based on eyewitness memories.

Instead, they were liturgical works organized around the Jewish liturgical year and were NOT to be taken literally, but probed within the Jewish context…

Israeli Nuclear Whistle Blower, Mordechai Vanunu was born into a Moroccan Jewish Orthodox Zionist family on 13 October 1954. When Vanunu was 9, his family resettled in the ethnically cleansed Palestinian village of Beersheva and by his mid teens Vanunu had became an atheist. After leaving Israel in 1986, Vanunu wandered into a social justice Anglican church in Australia and was baptized a Christian just a few weeks before being kidnapped by Mossad, enduring 18 years in jail and 8 more under 24/7 surveillance and still denied the right to leave Israel:

Vanunu Mordechai asking ,CANCEL,Revoking my Citizenship-MAY 5-2011.

During my 2005 interviews with Vanunu, he told me that he quit being a Jew even before he knew about Jesus.

I laughed as I told Vanunu, “You can change your religion but you can’t change your DNA. You and Jesus both had Jewish mothers and that makes you both Jewish.”

Vanunu did not respond but when I asked him, “How was it being crucified for telling the truth?”

He readily replied, “My human rights have been denied me because I am a Christian. When I was on trial I was treated just like a Palestinian; no human rights at all and cruel and unusual punishment, all because I told the truth. The government spread slander about me, that I was a homosexual, that I hated Jews, that I wanted fame and money.

“What I did was sacrifice my life for the truth. In prison I really began to feel like Jesus and Paul. When Jesus threw the moneychangers out of the temple, it was like me in Dimona exposing the Israelis dirty secrets. I felt like Paul being thrown in prison for speaking the truth.

“The only real way to worship is in loving one’s enemies. It was not easy to love my tormentors, it was only because I felt so much like Jesus crucified on the cross, and me crucified in prison, that I could do it. It was not ever easy.

“In Israel, a life sentence is 25 years. Even murderers go free after 17. They imposed the same restrictions on me that Palestinians receive; no human rights at all. No phone, no visitors except family and only through an iron grill. No vacation, no holidays, no gifts. Even murderers get out for vacations! I was locked up for 18 years and still cannot go on vacation, I cannot leave and that is all I am asking, just to leave here.++

“The USA needs to wake up and see the truth that Israel is not a democracy unless you are a Jew. Israel is the only country in the Middle East where America can right now find nuclear weapons. America can also find where basic human rights have been denied Christians, right here in Israel.” [1]

Vanunu’s Message to US Re: The REAL Wailing Wall

A recent study published by The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel, Jerusalem Inter-Church Centre and the World Council of Churches exposes “the grim realities of life under Israeli military occupation, and the impacts that it has on the Palestinian people in general [and sheds] some light on the fact that Palestinian Christians are indigenous to the Holy Land.” [2]

The report nails Israeli and Christian Zionist propaganda that blames the Christians Exodus from the Holy Land on Muslim fundamentalism and shines the light of truth on Christians who do not even know their own faith for they support Israel’s brutal military occupation-the greatest threat to the existence of the indigenous Christians of the Holy Land.

“As long as Christians all over the world can freely visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem but Palestinian Christians are denied their right to freely worship there, because they need a special permit to enter Arab East Jerusalem, regularly denied by the Israeli occupation forces, there is something fundamentally wrong within the Western value system.

“Since the establishment of the State of Israel, the Christian population of Palestine had greatly diminished. Their proportion in the population decreased from more than 18 per cent in 1948 to 2 percent today. Once, Christians in Bethlehem comprised more than 90 percent of the population. Today Christians make up only 15 per cent in the city. The main focus of this study is built around a case study about the impacts of Israel’s military occupation of Palestine and how Christians are affected.” [IBID]

The report also presents excerpts from the “Kairos Palestine ‘Moment of Truth’ document” of 2009 that declared “that the military occupation of our land is a sin against God and humanity, and that any theology that legitimizes the occupation is far from Christian teachings because the true Christian theology is a theology of love and solidarity with the oppressed”.

The study concludes that Palestinian Christians are “disproportionately affected by the occupation” and “further Christian emigration not only from Palestine but also from other Middle Eastern countries could transform a political conflict into a religious one between Islam and Judaism. The West bears heavy responsibility for the exodus of the Palestinian and Arab Christians because its one-sided alignment with Israel’s occupation and its attacks on Iraq has led to a mass flight of Christians. If the West keeps trying together with its Arab allies to topple the regime of Bashar al-Assad, the consequences for Christian and other minorities will be catastrophic…The root of Palestinian sufferings is founded in Israeli military occupation of their homeland and the occupation of Arab land by Western occupation forces helped by their Arab allies.” [IBID]

Living in the past has got no soul and the future of Christianity will not be found in antiquity, but in our ability to re-IMAGINE the ancient stories, symbols and concepts with modern eyes.

The ancients believed the Universe consisted of three tiers; the earth at the center was flat, and the judging, all knowing deity was up in the sky and hell was the place below.

The ancients ascribed to a tribal, male supernatural being who validated warfare as a noble and divine enterprise and his foreign policy was pro-Hebrew.

The Christian god “evolved’ from tribal roots and the power of the Church to control knowledge and public opinion in an invasive deity dominated civilization for 1,600 years until a new concept dawned.

Copernicus and his disciple Galileo concluded that the sun did not rotate around the earth but that the earth rotated around the sun. This revolutionary evolution in consciousness began the shift from a god who was not so involved in the daily affairs of humans.

Galileo was condemned a heretic and not until December 28, 1991, did the Vatican officially admit he was right and the Church and Bible had been wrong about the universe and humankind’s place in it.

When Freud exposed the childish neurotic elements in religion he was vilified and demonized by Christian leaders.

Carl Jung offered a bridge of reconciliation when he recognized the historic process necessary in the development of Consciousness; which is the quality or state of being aware of something within oneself.

Albert Einstein introduced relativity as present in all things including “eternal and unchanging truth.”

Astrophysicists raised awareness of the emptiness in the heavens above and that hit at the heart of human loneliness.

“We are all born and someday we’ll all die…to some degree alone. What if our aloneness isn’t a tragedy? What if our aloneness is what allows us to speak the truth without being afraid? What if our aloneness is what allows us to adventure – to experience the world as a dynamic presence – as a changeable, interactive thing?”-Rachel Corrie, January 2003.

The theistic concepts of a supernatural big daddy in the sky, an errand boy just waiting to fill our desires, and a deity that will punish us and thus motivates behavior is a god that must be killed-or at least fired.

Only we can free ourselves from “gods that can be killed” and perhaps that is the first step to resurrect the Divine within our own heart, and wouldn’t that be revolutionary?

The Beatles – Revolution (Live)

+Dorothy Day: Made in USA Christian Anarchist and a review of ALL IS GRACE

I am Eileen Fleming and I approve of all of my messages.

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7 Responses to "Money Changers, The Resurrection and Israel’s Dimona: WMD Facility"

  1. Eileen Fleming  April 5, 2012 at 6:40 am

    On this Holy/Maundy Thursday Vanunu wrote his response to the above article by once again answering a question I had not even thought to ask:

    “HERE IS GUNTER GRASS ANSWER…”

    Gunter Grass is a German writer, poet, playwright, sculptor, artist, and Nobel laureate. His latest poem “calls for Germany to cease supplying Israel with submarines (able to carry nuclear-armed missiles), and warns against an Israeli strike on Iran.”

    Grass said, “Israel’s nuclear potential has been stealthily growing for years” without international supervision and that “Germany could be responsible for a crime that can be foreseen.”

    Der Spiegel headlined, “Nobel Laureate Grass Attacks Israel in New Poem,” saying: “Germany’s most famous living author….sparked outrage in Germany….with the publication of a poem, “What must be said,” in which he sharply criticizes Israel’s policies on Iran.”

    In response, Israel’s Berlin Embassy responded, “What must be said is that it is a European tradition to accuse the Jews before the Passover festival of ritual murder.”

    Vanunu responded: “HERE IS GUNTER GRASS ANSWER what must be said…”

    Why I am silent, silent about too long,
    what is obvious and in simulations
    was practiced, as at the end of survivor
    We are footnotes at best.

    It is alleged that on the first strike,
    of the subjugated by bullies
    organized and directed rejoicing
    could wipe out people of Iran,
    because in the sphere of construction
    a bomb is suspected.

    But why do I say to myself,
    that other country to call by name,
    In the years since – though secret –
    a growing nuclear capabilities available
    but out of control, because no test
    accessible?

    The general concealment of this fact,
    which my silence has subordinated
    I feel as burdensome lie
    and is forced, the penalty in view,
    when it is ignored;
    the verdict of “antisemitism” is familiar.

    But now, because in my country,
    from the very own crime
    who are without comparison,
    Time to time will be sought and taken to task,
    turn and purely commercial basis, albeit
    with nimble lip declared as restitution,
    another U-boat to Israel
    be delivered to the specialty
    in it, everything is devastating warheads
    there may be direct, where the existence
    a single atomic bomb is unproven,
    wants to be but as a fear of evidentiary value,
    I say what needs to be said.

    But why I kept quiet until now?
    As I said, my background,
    which is never subject to tilgendem flaw
    forbid this as a fact distinct truth
    the land of Israel, whom I am connected
    and wants to stay, be expected.

    Why do I say now only
    aged and last ink:
    The nuclear-armed Israel at risk
    the already fragile world peace?
    Because it must be said
    what tomorrow might be too late;
    also because we – as a German loaded enough –
    Suppliers could be a crime
    that is predictable, which is why our complicity
    none of the usual excuses
    would pay off.

    And yes, I hold not more,
    because I was the hypocrisy of the West
    ‘m tired, also is to be hoped
    There may be many free of silence
    the cause of the apparent danger
    to renounce violence and call on
    also insist
    that unrestricted and permanent control
    of Israel’s nuclear potential
    and the Iranian nuclear facilities
    by an international body
    is approved by the governments of both countries.

    Only then is all, the Israelis and Palestinians
    more, all people working in this
    region occupied by the delusion
    live close to enemies close
    and ultimately to help us.-Gunter Grass

    What Vanunu wrote in 1987 surpasses Grass:

    I Am Your Spy

    by Mordechai Vanunu

    I am the clerk, the technician, the mechanic, the driver.
    They said, Do this, do that, don’t look left or right,
    don’t read the text. Don’t look at the whole machine. You
    are only responsible for this one bolt. For this one rubber-stamp.
    This is your only concern. Don’t bother with what is above you.
    Don’t try to think for us. Go on, drive. Keep going. On, on.

    So they thought, the big ones, the smart ones, the futurologists.
    There is nothing to fear. Not to worry.
    Everything’s ticking just fine.
    Our little clerk is a diligent worker. He’s a simple mechanic.
    He’s a little man.
    Little men’s ears don’t hear, their eyes don’t see.
    We have heads, they don’t.

    Answer them, said he to himself, said the little man,
    the man with a head of his own. Who is in charge? Who knows
    where this train is going?
    Where is their head? I too have a head.
    Why do I see the whole engine,
    Why do I see the precipice–
    is there a driver on this train?

    The clerk driver technician mechanic looked up.
    He stepped back and saw — what a monster.
    Can’t believe it. Rubbed his eyes and — yes,
    it’s there all right. I’m all right. I do see
    the monster. I’m part of the system.
    I signed this form. Only now I am reading the rest of it.

    This bolt is part of a bomb. This bolt is me. How
    did I fail to see, and how do the others go on
    fitting bolts. Who else knows?
    Who has seen? Who has heard? — The emperor really is naked.
    I see him. Why me? It’s not for me. It’s too big.

    Rise and cry out. Rise and tell the people. You can.
    I, the bolt, the technician, mechanic? — Yes, you.
    You are the secret agent of the people. You are the eyes of the nation.
    Agent-spy, tell us what you’ve seen. Tell us what the insiders, the clever ones, have hidden from us.
    Without you, there is only the precipice. Only catastrophe.

    I have no choice. I’m a little man, a citizen, one of the people,
    but I’ll do what I have to. I’ve heard the voice of my conscience
    and there’s nowhere to hide.
    The world is small, small for Big Brother.
    I’m on your mission. I’m doing my duty. Take it from me.

    Come and see for yourselves. Lighten my burden. Stop the train.
    Get off the train. The next stop — nuclear disaster. The next book,
    the next machine. No. There is no such thing.-1987, Ashkelon Prison

    21 April 2012 will be the first day in the 9th year, Vanunu has been under 24/7 surveillance and denied the RIGHT to leave Israel; on top of 18 years in jail for telling the TRUTH and providing the photographic proof that led nuclear physicists to conclude Israel had manufactured upwards of 200 nuclear warheads by 1986!

    21 April 2012 will be the first day in the 9th year Mordechai Vanunu, Israel’s Nuclear Whistle Blower has been under 24/7 surveillance and denied the RIGHT to leave Israel; on top of 18 years in jail for telling the TRUTH and providing the photographic proof that led nuclear physicists to conclude Israel had manufactured upwards of 200 nuclear warheads by 1986!

    The first announced public reading of some of Vanunu’s Words from Prison is planned to begin at noon 21 April at STRAWBERRY FIELDS in Central Park, New York City:

    “The passive acceptance and complacency with regard to the existence of nuclear weapons anywhere on earth is the disease of society today.

    “This struggle is not only a legitimate one – it is a moral, inescapable struggle…no government, not even the most democratic, can force us to live under this threat. No state in the world can offer any kind of security against this menace of a nuclear holocaust, or guarantee to prevent it.

    “Already now there are enough nuclear missiles to destroy the world many times over. This issue should unite us all, because that is our real enemy.

    “Any country, which manufactures and stocks nuclear weapons, is first of all endangering its own citizens. This is why the citizens must confront their government and warn it that it has no right to expose them to this danger. Because, in effect, the citizens are being held hostage by their own government, just as if they have been hijacked and deprived of their freedom and threatened.

    “Indeed, when governments develop nuclear weapons without the consent of their citizens – and this is true in most cases – they are violating the basic rights of their citizens, the basic right not to live under constant threat of annihilation.

    “Is any government qualified and authorized to produce such weapons.”

    The answer has always been NO and so, this author of “BEYOND NUCLEAR: Mordechai Vanunu’s FREEDOM of SPEECH Trial and My Life as a Muckraker: 2005-2010”, Producer of “30 Minutes with Vanunu” and “13 Minutes with Vanunu” and Candidate of Conscience for US HOUSE 2012 will be hosting the happening in NYC and I approve of ALL of my messages.

  2. Eileen Fleming  April 3, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    GREAT call Alethela,
    You bet I will “keep going” -as long as I have breath- for I truly believe “We’re on a mission from God.”-The Blues Brothers

  3. Eileen Fleming  April 3, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    “Faith is often a substitute for power that helps them with the pain of an unjust world.”

    May i please spin that quote and quote what i heard in my heart as i read it:

    Faith is the POWER that helps us enter into and seek to heal, mend, transform the pain of an unjust world.

  4. wiggins  April 3, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Ah! The moneychangers. The same characters who had poor old Julius Caesar ‘offed,’ for having the temerity to mint his own coins, because he was fed up with their usury destroying Rome. plus ca change.

  5. judgment  April 3, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    What a great article Ms. Fleming. A cancer must be removed completely from every source. Exposing all the causes that makes it grow and expand. False religions have flourished since the beginning of time, from tribal guru who discovered how one can dominate other human by terrorizing them, to present hustlers who found a lucrative way to survive and prosper, and of course, POWER. So, exposing them is more difficult than exposing dictators because most people need something to hang on to for safety and a Just God that will see to it evil will be punished. Faith is often a substitute for power that helps them with the pain of an unjust world.

  6. cartermandew  April 3, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Good call Aletheia!

    And YES pray and persistently for Eileen to ‘keep going” and especially remember her on 21 APRIL where she is hosting a quiet public Reading of some of Vanunu’s words from Ashkelon Prison, at STRAWBERRY FIELDS in Central Park, New York City to raise awareness that it is first day of 9th year Vanunu has been WAITING for freedom from Jerusalem after 18 yrs. in jail for telling the truth:

    https://www.facebook.com/events/375553329140552/

  7. Aletheia  April 3, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Good call Eileen. Your tireless resolve for justice and love, with Truth, stands out like a lighthouse. 🙂 You’re an inspiration.

    Yes indeed, no one can claim to love/know the Most High whom they haven’t seen and yet go headlong to kill those made in his image – who’s one fooling but oneself?

    On Spong’s, “Liberating the Gospels” regarding the synoptic Gospels – Mark and Luke weren’t eyewitnesses but were Apostle Paul’s companions and fellow-workmen of the cause of the Gospel, while Matthew was an eyewitness. Apostle Paul knew Apostle Peter, was well acquainted with the rest of them – Acts of the Apostles and a few Epistles, give us internal evidence to this. There’s also another intangible factor to the authorship of the Gospels – and other books which escaped dirty fingers of deconstructionist of God’s Truth. This factot is the Holy Spirit and his inspiration upon the authors, which of course doesn’t diminish the possibility of the authors having borrowed some from each other.

    Quoting you, “The theistic concepts of a supernatural big daddy in the sky, an errand boy just waiting to fill our desires, and a deity that will punish us and thus motivates behavior is a god that must be killed-or at least fired.” I couldn’t agree more.

    Keep going, You have my prayers.

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