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~ David Kitchen
My love for animals was learned from my father. I learned
a lot from him about many things. He was a master gunnery
Sgt. Marine. Who was captured by Nazi spies hiding in the
US during WWII. But they got nothing out of him even when
they drugged him. He got away from the Nazis. And was
reassigned to fight with Phillipinos to defend their homeland from Japanese invasion. He did so well that he was highly decorated. He was liked so much by the Phillipinos that they hand made him a mahogany handled knife with an engraving on the handle for him to remember them.
My point is my father was a great warrior. Who when a bully came to my father's house to attack my brother (who was 6'5" tall) my 5'10" father made him leave.
Yet this same man would get on the floor and play with our dachshund with kindness and gentleness. And he treated my mother so gentle and loving. He always told me never to raise my hand against my mother or sister. He taught me love and concern for animals and to respect women.
With all his lessons in life inside me I decided to study a very spiritual martial art called Aikido. The founder of Aikido was a very spiritual man. He taught that you only use enough force to save yourself or family or friends from harm. Once a man was suspended from Aikido for a year for turning back on his attackers after he had defeated them and punishing them with the steel bar they tried to harm him with. My sensei (teacher) was Rodney Grantham who had black belts in Aikido, Judo and jujitsu. I learned well from him. He was an ex navy seal also. He became like a second father to me.
All my training taught me to be non-violent.
When I had my vision of Jesus in 1999 many people tried to teach me things that were not right according to the Bible. There were those who said the the poor were poor because they deserved to be that way. And there were those who took that Bible verse out of context that was talking about a jiggalo that says " he who will not work shall not eat." When the truth is found in Acts: 32-35 "32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all 34 that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need."
This idea sounds a lot like the Indigenous beliefs I was taught and not like capitalism at all.
There were others who said that the end times is here and they were storing food and guns to protect their food from those who might want to come get their food.
And I have heard others talking about shooting people who don't think like them or from another race or religion.
This violence stuff and weapons comes again from misinterpretations of Bible verses where Jesus said he brought a sword that would divide people. And for them to bring a sword in the future. What they don't understand the sword that Jesus meant was the sword of the spirit which is the word of God. Because later it says "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty." 2 Corinthians 10 :4
And early Christians were so non violent that they were happy to die on crosses like Jesus did when they taught his way to people.
Only later did some Europeans (it started with Romans) distort the peaceful way into a violent world conquering greedy cult that was not like the original.
Now there are these racists who try to make another cult that says their race is superior. But the Bible says in Galatians 3:28
28 "There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus."
Jews were brown people at that time and gentiles were white. So there is no race, no social status nor male or female in Christ. No real follower of Jesus sees themselves as better than anyone, nor are you less than anyone by race, or how rich you are or if you are male. All are equal.
But now what I see is this cult of greed promoting a capitalist version of a greedy and violent armed version of a way that came from Europe. But it is actually not the real thing because it has distorted the truth to fit it's dogmatic evil nature that uses false patriotism to replace spiritual truths in the Bible. That my friends is how a cult is defined.
And neither my father, Rodney, my elder Ned, nor any of my other teachers ever taught me the violent greedy aggression practiced by this way and neither did Jesus teach this way.