AN ‘EPIPHANY’ ABOUT FAKE NEWS
(Sorry about that title.)
Yes, it is Epiphany today. I’ve just read a document from about 600 years ago reporting that such-and-such a thing occurred on “Epiphany.”
I know that date! We know that date! From the first third of the first century, the event of the Epiphany and The Wise Men has been known! And loved and celebrated down through the centuries!
We don’t know what they saw in the sky, (probably an actual “star”-looking thing), and we don’t know when they visited the Newborn King, and we don’t know exactly where they came from nor how long it took them to get there nor when exactly they arrived . . . but we do know that some Wise Men visited the Christ Child, shortly after he was born.
We can know for sure that they presented Him with at least three gifts that they chose to represent His three distinct qualities: Royalty, Divinity, and His Unique Death that would be the Blessing promised to the Ancient Patriarch Abraham.
And yet — there were no tape recorders, microphones, cell phones, video-recording devices, no GPS, no existing itinerary that the visitors from “the East” had used. No stenography, human or electronic, to record the visit of the Wise Men.
The sure thing is the eyewitness accounts, the importance and care which the early followers of Jesus placed on this event, the dawning realization that the event occurred not just out of the goodness of the hearts of these three travelers, but it occurred in order to prove the prophecies of the Scriptures that say “even the Gentiles” shall come to Him. And “This Child shall be a Light to enlighten the Gentiles.”
Gentiles! Living in Darkness for so long. Pagans, like my ancestors, worshiping and appeasing Thor and Odin.
And now, I can come to the Manger too – and the Wise Men are a manifestation of this Truth.
It’s not a false story!
How ironic is it that in this day of electronic recording of EVERYTHING , we are deluged with news stories which very often turn out to be false, told only to affect our “attitudes”; and entertainment programs which turn out to be based upon false and harmful human actions, propagated only to break down our moral barriers.
(And both, of course, presented to us in order to make money for the Corporate Rulers.)
So eyewitness testimony of the pre-technological age can be more certainly True than the plethora of electronically-recorded information that we have to pick our way through every day.
It’s mentally exhausting!
But we can Rest – in the Truth of Epiphany.
For my foreign Readers:
Some recent examples of false news stories you may have heard about:
The “Hands Up – Don’t Shoot” slogan — based on something that never happened. It just sounded like a good way to target white people, especially policemen. The petty shoplifter never did put his hands up, several minutes later he was spotted by a policeman, he had a fight with the policeman sitting in his car and tried to wrestle the gun away from the policeman; (the gun went off, the bullet was found inside the car); then he charged the policeman again with intent to harm the officer, upon which he was shot. This young man was NOT shot with his hands up.
That New Year’s Eve in Europe was a “peaceful” one, without incident from your migrant invaders.
That Trump supporters are “violent” and cause violence at political rallies. Easily proven false when you look at every instance and see who is doing what to whom.
That Moslems in America are hated and sometimes attacked. (“Tearing off my hijab,” anyone? – Now she is being prosecuted for having told a false tale.)
That America is racist. (Only on the news stories and in movies and TV programs!) Come to everyday American cities – you’ll see Blacks and Whites living side by side or working together, side by side, or walking down the street together, discussing their work or the weather or whatever. This is the “normal” America. Not often recorded by electronic devices.
That the “Russians” hacked the recent election and somehow affected the outcome. (Absolutely no evidence has been presented, although many times they have restated their claim and called that “evidence.” And then they get really mad and insulting if you don’t accept their statements as “evidence.”) The Russians did not. yet every day, even up to today, the news readers start their stories with “Russian hacking of the election” – and isn’t it terrible that Donald Trump wants evidence!
That Trump didn’t get the popular vote in the last election. The falseness of this statement comes from looking at only ONE state. There are 50 states in our nation; if you look at 49 of them, Trump received the larger share of the popular vote, by millions. Add back in that one state, and Mrs. Clinton received more millions of votes. That one state? It’s the home of millions of illicit, unidentified voters . . . .
And just one more, because I’m getting tired again: There was a shooting today at the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, airport. Terrible. Five dead, so far. Somehow, within minutes, the entertainment-news media in this country were told to give out a name for the shooter: (a Spanish name). They were told to make discussion about “a lone wolf” shooter. “Gun control.”
And then, the Canadian airlines who was supposed to have carried this man to Florida said that No one with that name was a passenger on their flight. In addition, the way the story was told about getting his gun out of his checked-in luggage at the baggage claim area was refuted by several passengers who do carry guns on flights – in checked-in luggage.
And the photo that was released – many think he doesn’t look like a Mexican.
So the entertainment-news media is now allowed to add a terrorist element to their story.
So what is true? Who is this shooter? Who set him up? Who put him up to it? Why? And how will our Rulers use this incident – against us?