Even More Strange Things

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“The Upside Down is an alternate dimension existing in parallel to the human world. It contains the same locations and infrastructure as the human world, but it is much darker, colder and obscured by an omnipresent fog…. [a] dimension that is a dark reflection, or echo, of our world. It is a place of decay and death, a plane out of phase, a place of monsters. It is right next to you and you do not even see it.” … “Nope. No parallels under here.” (Hilary White)

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>> Hilary White: Two religions; one Church? – the infiltration of the Modernist Anti-Christ (Nov. 2017)

>>  REPORTING on the UnChurch: One Peter Five

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~ BINKS IS just about to finish ‘Stranger Things‘ on Netflix, Season 1. Must say, I love it.. and it’s hard not to binge-watch it.

No major spoilers ensue below. Promise.

Like The Matrix‘, the hit-show Stranger Things employs that familiar & human sense of displacement, weirdness, that there is an Unseen all around us which sometimes breaks in upon us in our ‘ordinary’ lives. That there is more going on than meets the eye.

In the popular Netflix series, which overflows with references to 80’s pop-culture, there is literally an evil copy parallel dimension called ‘The Upside Down‘, where people can be trapped, and eaten by a monster. The dimensional doorways can appear anywhere and everywhere: the wall of a house, a tree trunk, the basement of a top-secret government lab.

What both ‘The Matrix‘ and ‘Stranger Things‘ lack to make them universal is a spiritual universe above and inter-penetrating the visible ‘ordinary’ universe.. and a clear sense of God & His guiding providence. Sadly, religion plays almost no part in the show, or the lives of the characters.

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What ‘Meant’ Means

By comparison, the writer J.R.R. Tolkien repeatedly mentions providence without explicating that it is of the Valar (archangels) and Eru (God). The wizard Gandalf’s own long mission in Middle Earth was a sending from the Blessed Land to fight evil, help the free peoples via suffering and pity, and– ultimately– to defeat Sauron, the dark successor to Morgoth (a fallen Valar, the Satan-figure).

In that Lord Of The Rings scene– which Peter Jackson moves from Frodo’s kitchen to the Mines Of Moria– we read:

Frodo: “I wish the Ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.”

Gandalf: “So do all who live to see such times; but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.

There are other forces at work in this world, Frodo, besides the will of evil. Bilbo was meant to find the Ring. In which case, you were also meant to have it. And that is an encouraging thought.”

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That ‘meant’ bears a world of significance. Consider.

‘Meant’ is God’s providence, in the world, in events, ‘coincidences’, and via people. The Bible proclaims: “All things work together for good to them that love God.” [Rom. 8:28] Note: NOT ‘all things will be pleasant, easy, and straightforward’.

Remember: Christians serve a Crucified and Risen King, who still bears His (now glorious) scars. No easy path there: take up your cross. Follow, die.

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Living Our Double Sight

And there’s another sense of “the unseen dimension”, our own actual “Upside Down”, which tempers our anger and enlightens our struggles. As Saint Paul teaches the Christians of Ephesus, and us:

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” [Eph.  6:12]

Any battle with sin, darkness, heresy– in the church and the world, and in our own hearts, is a combination of many forces, many invisible, or acting through us or other people in a greater & darker pattern than the simply human (as bad as we can be).

Exorcists are still busy in 2018. Possessed people still exist– some in politics, and in the Church itself. Even some clergy may be thus.

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The Disorientation Is Real

In the current pontificate of Francis, there is unprecedented darkness, division, dishonesty, confusion and discouragement afoot. Papal hyper-loyalists rally ’round the revolutionary throne, throwing accusations at critics and radical (deep-rooted) Catholics who demand the whole witness of the Church to be heard, respected, lived, taught.

Sometimes, it feels as if an UnChurch from some evil parallel dimension like ‘The Upside Down‘ has invaded our reality, and is seeking to proclaim itself as the real, true, and only thing to serve. There is a spiritual war afoot: each of us can play a double part, on earth as in heaven, for good or bad. The darkness is not simply the opposition themselves, nor we only the bright good ones– for humility and reality’s sake, we admit there are brighter and darker forces in conflict within what we see, and in each soul.

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Via 1 Peter 5, Steve Skojec.

Holy loyalty and faithfulness and restraint are good: but we do not honour the Church or her current leadership via our blind obedience, nor forgetting Whom She really belongs to, and Whose Voice she is supposed to obey. His will is not simply to be identified with the novel dictates of people who seem bound to another message, an unKingdom, a utopia of exalted man making himself into a God, his desires and feelings the measure of all truth and goodness. OUR kingdom come, OUR will be done: and yet, even in this, a greater darkness can be felt, seeping through, pushing, ruining, distorting the Church, but also the fever dreams of utopia, too.

Some Christian Basics

That evil unholy being is not some exact counterpart to God, but a created and fallen Enemy, and likewise all the fallen angels and powers under his control. Alone, we cannot defeat such darkness, for we are but mortal and finite and compromised with darkness ourselves. From such, Christ came to deliver us.

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Ancient Paganism sought to placate the dark powers; to deflect the ill will of spirits, gods, sprites, and malicious beings of every sort. Animal and human sacrifice was the trading of precious life for benefits, or being left alone.

The Incarnation changed all that. Jesus is become the Lord of the living and the dead. The suffering King Jesus lays bare the plans and pride and shining schemes of Lucifer; He bore in himself our sin, and has already won the victory over sin, and death, and Hell.. yet the long wrapping up of the battle will seem almost like defeat, as the faithful must abide darkness in the world, the Church, the human heart, and in malicious spiritual forces.

But, but– What To DO?

Read the headlines; pray; comfort one another; love the sacraments; repent. Read the Bible & the Church Fathers, and the saints. Read solid blogs and books. Same as it ever was, and there’s no greener grass elsewhere. Cheer up! It will very likely get much worse.

Stay faithful, for God is faithful, and will not abandon us, or leave us weak and comfortless and enslaved to the machinations of the Enemy and his minions, nor to our own sins, negligences, and ignorances. These bizarre times WILL be sorted by God, and by his judgment & mercy, and by better Church leaders and theologians in decades and centuries to come. +

So saith:

Teh Binks

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“Lo, I am with you always,
even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
[St. Matthew 28:20]

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Oprah For President?!?

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>> Report: Oprah Winfrey ‘Actively Thinking’ About Running for President

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>> Lefty-Prog HuffPo: Oprah 2020 Is A Bad Liberal Revenge Fantasy; and this via ABC: #MeToo had Oprah show written all over it: Winfrey candidacy could make things worse

>> VICE: I Can’t Believe I Have to Explain Why Oprah Shouldn’t Be President. Please stop. And “Oprah Winfrey for President: Have We All Gone Bonkers?”

>> Oprah: Sponsor to the quacks & modern feel-good snake oil salesmen

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~ THE BUZZ IS real, as is the political and cultural desperation. I think we just went through the mirror into Neverneverneverland.

After her Golden Globes speech when she glommed onto the #MeToo thing, to the exclusion of all the other people who were caught up by Harveywood predators (some knowingly), the “Is She Presidentable?” buzz is high around media mogul Oprah Winfrey.. at least in Hollyweird, and Demwashington. Plus, she blamed everybody everywhere for CastingCouchGate, so that always makes Hollywood scum feel better about themselves.

A Real Desolation

What’s a despairing Dem to do? Trump just keeps on, despite the best lies and smears Clinton Foundation & Friends can buy. More Hillary?! Nope, says America.

OK, then. How about crazy Comrade Bernie?.. again? Or Fakeohontas Warren? Joey “Girl-Toucher & Free Backrubs” Biden? You can hear the twice-defeated Wicked Witch of The Clintons gnashing her teeth already.

Yet Orpah herself is a known quantity– she has a record, a long list of words and deeds, not all of them attractive, or easily digested. And she has a long association with DC, Hollywood, creeps like Harvey Weinstein ( #OprahKnew !), along with professional race-baiters like Jesse Jackson, and Al Sharpton & Co..

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Someone bent the knee.. but then the tweet was deleted. “NBC?Verified account — Yesterday a tweet about the Golden Globes and Oprah Winfrey was sent by a third party agency for NBC Entertainment in real time during the broadcast. It is in reference to a joke made during the monologue and not meant to be a political statement. We have since removed the tweet. 7:39 AM – 8 Jan 2018”

But Wait, There’s More!

And then there’s this 2013 gem:

“As long as people can be judged by the color of their skin, the problem is not solved,” she said, adding,“there are still generations of people, older people, who were born and bred and marinated in it – in that prejudice and racism – and they just have to die.”

.. she says, judging people by the colour of their skin. Not old people of all colours: she means Old White People. Just. Have. To. Die. So very nice, is Okra.

I can’t even imagine saying that, let alone thinking it, let alone saying it to a reporter in a recorded interview. Yes, she did say that.

Yes, Orcah Winfrey, herself, is a bitter prejudiced and racist person. But only white people are or can be racist.. she and her ilk have it all figured out. It’s cuddly Black Pantherism and race war in a glossy remake. Obama with more charm, and media savvy.

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So-and-so must DIE to bring about a better society? Extend this a little bit, and it sounds a little creepy and totalitarian, minus warm feelz. Very 18th to 20th century. Pick the bad guys to kill: Aristos, Vendeeans, the Irish, Counter-revolutionaries, White Russians, Jews, fascists, Tutsis, non-Communist Cambodians, infidel non-Muslims, unborn babies, expensive old people… if only we could get rid of X, then “Utopia Now!”

It’s Not Just Her

Truth is, we’re all a little racist. Yes. Everybody. All colours, races, creeds, classes, and ideologies. You*, me, him, her. All.

To pretend otherwise– like Orphrey Winfrey apparently does– is actually one short step from weaponized racism with a dash of delusion sauce. A “Be Ready to purge The Evil Ones” position, like that of noted racist and race-baiter and BLM riot & mob-backer “Constitutional Lawyer” Barry Soetoro Obama & his master George Soros. Be very afraid.

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Come, Sweet Meteor Of Death, 2020!

Candidate Winfrey? Could she be a Hillary, only with skill and media-savvy, a Trump-killer? A black woman for President, with all of Obama’s cronies back in power?

Dunno. But America has officially become a giant reality-TV show.

If I were American, I’d be pre-registering my vote for SMOD, 2020. Seriously. ~

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A Labour of Nerdly Love

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~ SOME PEOPLE really don’t ‘get’ the massive popularity of video games.

The following YouTube links are a movie composed of pieces of the fantasy video-game Skyrim (2011), assembled into a feature-length film. It must have taken forever.

This may help you non-gamers understand the craving in so many souls– especially those of young men– to be part of The Story, to fight for good against evil, to be a bold and brave hero, to overcome the odds.

Skyrim is still hugely popular in 2017, thanks to the amazing community of mod-makers, who have updated and added to the game in ways which make it so much better than it ever was.

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A dragon in Skyrim (one of many) who would like to have you over for dinner.

Seeking The Things

In a past blog-entry– partly on Rebel.com— I discussed how a society of doubt, where believing in the good and the true and the holy is discouraged, damaged and distracts the souls of people who want to be good, and to the right thing. Most of us do not want to be villains, losers, or hapless minions. Perhaps this is some of the power behind malignancies like Social Justice Warriorism, radical feminism, and ANTIFA thuggery– seeking a way to stand up and stand out, although in the wrong way and not for the highest things.

Truth be told, the diversion of virtue and courage into the soft pleasure-seeking of easy video games is not the best for anyone– these are entertainments only– but they point to something true about people we seek in the playground, the back-yard, anywhere knightly kids play games, and fight play-dragons, and rescue the weak.

Islam has this figured out with the spending of the lives of young men in the great quest known as Jihad– our own sick society has damned crusading, mocked knightly virtue, ridiculed faith & sacrifice, and exalted a cowardly conformity as the highest good. Yawn.

Seek the higher things!

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