Kupelian’s "How Evil Works" shines bright


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Sometimes I run into book reviews/marketing ploys that are simply worth the effort to cross post. If it piques my curiosity I suspect it will also draw other curious eyes. This is the case of Matt Barber’s review of David Kupelian’s sequel to the “Marketing of Evil” called “How Evil Works”.
 
The Barber review was sent in a WorldNetDaily marketing email that of course included other book products available for purchase. I am just sharing the “How Evil Works” review and the offer to purchase the “Marketing of Evil” as well.
 
 
JRH 2/8/14

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Kupelian’s “How Evil Works” shines bright
 
By Matt Barber
Sent: 2/8/2014 6:50 AM
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I’m a tremendous fan of author and Christian apologist C.S. Lewis. Rarely does one find a writer who can elucidate so profoundly, as could he, the stark contrast between secular humanism – “materialism,” as Lewis called it – and the Judeo-Christian worldview. Seldom does one come across a wordsmith capable of so effectively, objectively and concisely distinguishing between good and evil.

I’ve found that wordsmith.

 
My wife, Sarah, and I were listening to the radio a few months back as Sean Hannity interviewed an author about his latest publication. The book was “How Evil Works,” but we were unable to ascertain, for some time, its author’s identity. We were immediately drawn into the discussion as this mystery guest waxed wise about what he called man’s “millennia-old blind spot” – namely, the existence of evil, how it works and why it destroys us.


I was amazed by the speaker’s insights into this “radioactive topic.” “Wow, this guy really gets it,” I told Sarah. She nodded in agreement, either unwilling or unable to take her attention away from the show long enough to answer. Finally – and for the benefit of us late arrivals – Sean divulged the identity of his guest: It was best-selling author and award-winning journalist David Kupelian.
 
I was no longer surprised.

David continued. He spoke of how America – once the moral guidepost to the world – had, “over time … abandoned its original principles,” only now to suffer from great “moral confusion.”

He spoke of a president, “wearing a mask,” who is “deceptive from morning till night.” A president who, “taking us where we don’t want to go, has to lie about where he’s taking us.”

“Those in power talk an awful lot like those we used to fight,” he said.

That was it. “We’ve got to get this book,” I insisted. Sarah agreed.

I don’t often do book reviews (this is my first in fact), but after reading “How Evil Works,” I felt compelled to put pen to paper. Whereas Kupelian’s conversation with Hannity stopped me in my tracks, his book took it to the next level. It was simply outstanding.

I guess the best way to describe it is to say that “How Evil Works” has the same effect on your brain that yawning has on your ears at high altitude. Things just suddenly pop with crystal clarity.

Throughout “Evil’s” pages David meticulously unpacks today’s most pressing issues, providing unassailable answers to some of our most critical questions. For instance:

 
o   Where have all the statesmen gone – and why do politicians lie?
 
o   Why are so many Americans abandoning their Christian roots and embracing atheism and the occult?
 
o   What drives terrorists to kill?
 
o   How are psychological and spiritual problems linked, and why do we medicate ourselves into zombies?
 
o   Why do people who seem to have everything so often self-destruct and end up with nothing?
 
o   How can we turn it all around and return this great nation to her God-fearing ways?
 
And many more.

In recent days, I was on a flight to Oklahoma City. As I read the last page of “Evil” and placed it in the seat flap in front of me, a 15-year-old girl sitting to my side asked: “So how does evil work?” What an opening! “Well, this book explains it a lot better than I can,” I replied.

For several minutes we discussed worldview and our horribly failing culture. Turns out she was on her way to a missions trip in Jamaica. She mentioned that, like with me, C.S. Lewis was one of her favorite authors. I chuckled and asked: “You’re homeschooled, aren’t you?”

Indeed she was, but explained that in the fall she was attending public school for the first time. “I want to get in there and be salt and light,” she said.

“Well then,” I replied, “take this with you. If you love C.S. Lewis, you won’t be able to put it down.” I handed her “How Evil Works.” She smiled ear-to-ear, she thanked me and we went our separate ways. I’m quite certain that, having read Kupelian’s book, her salt will be that much saltier and her light just a bit brighter.

 
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o   How does terrorism really work?
 
o   Why are neo-pagan and New Age religions like Wicca becoming so popular?
 
o   Why do so many politicians and entertainment celebrities end up self-destructing?
 
o   Why are big lies more believable than little ones?
 
o   Why are boys doing worse in school today than girls?
 
o   Why do we treat mental-emotional-spiritual problems like rage and depression with drugs?
 
 
 
Hannity: ‘I couldn’t put it down’
 
“How Evil Works” was introduced to the nation by Sean Hannity, who told his audience, “This is a powerful book … I couldn’t put it down.”
 
 
Hannity’s assessment of “How Evil Works” mirrors that of others who have read it. Legendary radio talk-show host Barry Farber expressed it in his typical, colorful style: “With the unapologetic outrage of a saint and the fearless fury of a General Patton, here comes David Kupelian turning a blowtorch of good upon the putrid cobwebs of evil. Do you remember removing the back of a clock to look into the workings? In ‘How Evil Works,’ Kupelian lets us look directly into evil itself. There it is – every tick, every tock, every trick, every shock. Kupelian doesn’t rest with ‘Sunlight is the best disinfectant.’ He prefers the scorch-light.”
 
Chuck Norris praises “How Evil Works” in his latest column, “I believe in the resurrection of America,” saying: “David Kupelian, in his new insightful treatise on what truly lurks behind the troubles in government and America, ‘How Evil Works,’ notes that we’ve been ‘seduced’ to believe that ‘the self-evident truths’ the founders relied upon are just outdated and dangerous myths.” “No wonder,” Kupelian says, “millions of Americans have gradually been demoralized into depending upon government to solve all of their problems, fueling today’s uncontrolled, cancer-like growth in government.”
 
WND founder and editor Joseph Farah sizes it up this way: “Thoreau said, ‘There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.’ In his tour de force ‘How Evil Works,’ WND Managing Editor David Kupelian strikes at evil’s root with devastating effectiveness, building on the revelations in his classic best-seller The Marketing of Evil,’ No library is complete without both the original and the dazzling sequel.”
 
And No. 1 New York Times best-selling author Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D., says: ‘How Evil Works’ is fresh, original, and startlingly insightful. David Kupelian reveals the hidden mechanisms that allow lies and deception to take root in modern America. A truly important book.”
 
 
New! “How Evil Works” is also available as an audiobook version on eight CDs.
 
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Don’t Listen to Atheists – God is Love


John R. Houk

© June 6, 2011

 

Some atheists go to great lengths to find snippets of the Bible or physical science to disprove the existence of God Almighty. I am one that believes that if the Old and New Testament are taken as a whole there is a harmonious explanation to be found. If one chooses to set to find disharmony they will find it easily. Believers seeking harmony will find harmony. Unbelievers seeking disharmony will find disharmony. Seek and you shall is the principle.

 

Here is a video that atheists like to show with the belief that the God of the Bible is not a God of love or perhaps does not exist at all:

 

 

LOL I don’t even have to watch the entire video to answer this. God is love because of the promise in Genesis 3: 14-15.

 

14 So the LORD God said to the serpent:
“ Because you have done this,
You are cursed more than all cattle,
And more than every beast of the field;
On your belly you shall go,
And you shall eat dust
All the days of your life.

 

15 And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her Seed;
He shall bruise your head,
And you shall bruise His heel.”

 

Adam fell and turned man into a fallen nature and the earth into a twisted nature because Adam’s stewardship was transferred to the prince of deception that old serpent Satan – aka the adversary.

 

What is the reason for suffering, natural disasters, and all matters of evil that God is wrongly accused of causing? It is the Fall of Adam.

 

What is the solution? The Redemptive act of Jesus Christ who emptied Himself of his Divine attributes to become a man not stained with the Adam’s Fall because a part of His DNA was God. Divine DNA trumps human DNA. The LOVE is in that God did not start all over by destroying the rebellious creation and starting over. Furthermore as the centuries passed on, man became more and more corrupt and the earth more and more twisted and awaiting for the promise of Genesis 3:15.

 

That promise is partially fulfilled in the death, burial and Resurrection of Jesus Christ paying the penalty of Adam’s rebellious Fall. That which is Redeemed is the human spirit. The human mind, body and the Earth await Full Redemption that begins with Christ’s Parousia (i.e. 2nd Coming). The end of the BOOK tells us that Full Redemption does not arrive until Satan has been secured after his last deception upon humanity after the 1,000 year reign of Christ on Earth. Then the ravaged old Earth is changed into the New Earth and the old Heaven is changed into the New Heaven and man and Earth discover FULL Redemption.

 

The suffering of the Old Testament is the result of Adam’s Fall and a Fallen nature. The promise of Genesis 3: 15 is the demarcation line that divides fallen humanity that results in the blood line that the last child of Promise would be born to begin the Redemption of Christ bruising the Old Serpents head with the Lord’s feet. That bruising began with the unseen battle between Jesus and Satan between the Lord’s death and the Lord’s Resurrection.

 

17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.
22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. (Ephesians 1: 17 – 23 NKJV)

 

1 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

 

19 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. (Ephesians 2: 1 – 7; 19 – 22 NKJV)

 

11 In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 13 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, 14 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it. (Colossians 2: 11 – 15 NKJV)

 

1 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, 3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

 

7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8 Therefore He says:

When He ascended on high,
He led captivity captive,
And gave gifts to men
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9 (Now this, “He ascended”—what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)

 

17 This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; 19 who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
20 But you have not so learned Christ, 21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4: 1 – 9; 17 – 24 NKJV)

 

These verses catch up with the reason evil things happen with a loving God. God is Love and that Love is evidenced of Him emptying the Divine attributes to suffer the same as a man by becoming man and then redeeming to be back on the path to union with God. All that is left is the future of Full Redemption.

 

1 Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. 2 Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. 4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
5 Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”
6 And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. 7 He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. (Revelation 21: 1 – 7 NKJV)

 

I know the next criticism from unbelievers is that the Bible is a collection of old myths; However at this point that argument is irrelevant because the whole basis of this response is because of the YouTube video that enjoys utilizing Scriptures out of the context of the Plan of Redemption to prove the premise that God is not a loving God. Ergo, according to the video, God is either non-existent or a lying higher been that is actually evil. This short version of the Plan of Redemption shows the person behind the dialogue to be a deceiver or a deluded individual according the Scriptures chosen.

 

JRH 6/6/11  

 

Theodicy on Facebook


John R. Houk

© April 7, 2011

 

Below is a Facebook discussion based on the Quran burning issue of Pastor Terry Jones at SlantRight.com (But was actually linked to the SlantRight 2.0 site). Actually the discussion began between me and my son Steven which you will see if you click the Facebook link. Steven and I discussed evil in Islam in which Steven proceeded to equate all organized religions are evil; however knowing that I am a Christian I steered the discussion between Islam and Christianity. I then went to say atheism is evil and that atheism was a system of beliefs which in essence I believe is just as much a religion as any other religion.

 

Then a like-minded soul similar to Steven has rather successfully drawn me into a discussion related theism and atheism. I actually tried to avoid this discussion because my experience is that people who blame religion, especially Christianity for all the evils perpetrated by the Western World among Westerners and outside the Christian West, to objectify the blame of individuals (ruling elites) on the whole of Christianity. No matter how much I defend Christianity according to Biblical thought, this kind of religious attacker will point to this event, that person or that leader on the whole of Christianity.

 

So goes the conversation that will probably continue on Facebook but again will attempt to discontinue as the discussion moves the way I suspect it will which always ends in someone insulting my intelligence and me trying not to respond in kind but sometimes allowing my temperament to get the best of me.

 

JRH 4/7/11

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John Houk

Nicholas when you ask me what I believe you are asking, Why not debate? The one with the longest wiz – err – I mean the best Socratic syllogism is correct. Frankly there is intellectual syllogism that will define the essence of atheism and/or monotheism. The effort is not worth my time.

 

John Houk

Actually Steven did not say “that which is evil should be apparent”. Steven was quoting me then impugning my intelligence as my son is only capable of doing. As to the Pope, what specific evil has done other than being the head of a Church confession in which the clergy has partaken in pedophilia in the 20th and 21st century? Bad management is not evil; the purposeful sinful acts are sinful and thus evil. Has the Pope stood up and made it a public doctrine of pedophilia should be accepted? No. Has Pope approved of pedophile? No. The worst he has done is not confronting ecclesiastical bureaucracy in the Roman Catholic Church.

 

 John Houk

Really? You wish to consider the throwing away of a cracker and the disappointment of the few committed Catholics over the act? You are equating the imbecilic death threats from Catholics who do not know their own Scriptures about not returning evil for evil in the same way that a Muslim that follows Quranic suras (scriptures) that demand death to anyone who insults Allah, Mohammed or Islam.

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Nicholas Negelein

 

I mean the best Socratic syllogism is correct.”

I think you are using this as a passive-aggressive cop out to avoid having to ever actually discuss your beliefs because you don’t want to have them questioned. You say the effort is not worth your time, but what is worth your time is rabble rousing against your fellow Abrahamic faiths. An interesting position to occupy.

Actually Steven did not say ‘that which is evil should be apparent’.”

Correct. I stated “I agree with Steven about “that which is evil should be apparent” not being apparent to everyone.” We both think your statement is invalid.

As to the Pope, what specific evil has done other than being the head of a Church confession in which the clergy has partaken in pedophilia in the 20th and 21st century?

Such as being the one who directly signed the orders to hide and shuffle them so they don’t get prosecuted by local authorities under the guise of it being “in the best interests of the church”? Or lying and saying “condoms increase the spread of aids”? Or maligning secularism as being the cause of all societal ills, despite said ills existing even in wholly religious societies? Stuff like that.

The worst he has done is not confronting ecclesiastical bureaucracy in the Roman Catholic Church.”

Saying this is inane, though I have to wonder if you are simply unknowing of the issue. He was the head bishop who passed down the orders to hide the priests and send them to new hunting grounds rather than turning them over to the authorities. He directly and knowingly aided and abetted rapists and criminals.

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John Houk

Thus Nicholas I do think that it was criminal of the Pope to hide pedophiles. I believe pedophiles should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law; however did the Pope hide the pedophiles according to Biblical Scripture? No. The Pope acted according to a man-made ecclesiastical bureaucracy. In other words the Pope acted contrary to his boss.

 

Am I “unknowing” of the issue? I have to admit it is not a focus of study in my journey as seeker of God in this life. The Pope is not in my Church. His acts of immoral rectitude only affect me because of the high profile as a significant leader of a huge amount of Christians of the Roman Catholic Confession. I have only cursory knowledge of the meme of the Pope, the Catholic Clergy and pedophilia. I still the actual committers of the atrocity need to be dealt with and the evil is in the individual that needs Justice in this life but still has the opportunity for forgiveness in the next life. That is Christianity: Love, Forgiveness and Restoration.

 

In my original thoughts that Islam is evil, Quranic suras maintain the exoneration of acts of evil executed upon non-Muslims. This is their Scripture. Thus if pedophilia, rape or even death occurs because it happens to a kafir it is moral. That is instituted evil.

 

Contrast that with evil that has been done in the name of Christianity or Christ. That evil occurred outside the institution of Scriptures. They were done either out of a misguided agenda of protecting the faith or were just downright evil of a person or a group of like-minded people.

 

When I say atheism is real it is not necessarily the person is evil. It is in the denial of God the Creator’s existence. That is not an evil that deserves prison or prosecution as it was in Christian history by those who did not follow the Scriptures of Christ that leads to Love of sinner and saint, the Forgiveness of sin that leads to Right Standing with God and Restoration which is the practice of learning not to be a sinner (which is not necessarily an overnight transformation in this world even the inner-person has been created anew by the Blood Sacrifice of Jesus Christ).

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Nicholas Negelein

You wish to consider the throwing away of a cracker and the disappointment of the few committed Catholics over the act?”

Yes.

You are equating the imbecilic death threats from Catholics who do not know their own Scriptures about not returning… evil for evil in the same way that a Muslim that follows Quranic suras (scriptures) that demand death to anyone who insults Allah, Mohammed or Islam.”

I am not equating, they are the same. The suras, just like the bible, have contradicting statements. You say the Catholics are ignorant of scripture, but you don’t accord the Muslims the same courtesy. The truth is that both are, on average, equally accurate about their own relative scriptures.

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John Houk

 

I am not equating, they are the same.”

 

You are absolutely incorrect! Not even a Muslim considers the Quran as the same as the Bible. To a Muslim the Old and New Testament are the adulterated inaccurate written words accomplished by deceived Jews and Christians. And yet the last writing by date (whether by modern scholarship or by devotional scholarship) was written 600 years before a collection of Mohammed’s companions who had memorized the old prophet’s word were put into print. And then it was another decade or so before one of the Four Rightly Guided Caliphs destroyed all other Quran versions written to proclaim his affirmed version is the absolute words of Mohammed that was received from Allah. And yet the Quran is a complete bastardized version of the Old and New Testament in which Patriarchs and Prophets beginning with Adam were always Muslims and any other contradiction is a Jewish and Christian lie.

 

Although modern scholarship finds contradictions in the Bible by looking at singularities rather than the whole scarlet thread of the plan of God or slight variations of the same theme in various New Testament writings as a contradiction, that is not the case of a Believing Biblical scholar who seeks to find harmony rather than distinctive differences.

 

On the other hand the Quran is dualistic in its theological approach. Two different suras that overtly contradict each other are dualistically both true. The truth is measured by the situation and/or the time frame in which Mohammed is said to have pronounced an Allah-word. This is the process of Abrogation in Islam. Thus in earlier suras attributed to Mohammed that says “there is no compulsion of religion in Islam” or that Jews and Christians “should be respected as People of the Book” (i.e. the Bible denied by Islam as truth) as abrogated by the later words of Mohammed (specifically after Mohammed’s Hegira from Mecca to Medina). The suras written later are typified by “kill them wherever you find themor “Jew where are you? Look behind the rock and slay them” or “kill the apostate of Islam (Hadith) or “kill any person that insults Islam” or “women taken in war even if married are lawful for sex if they are not Muslims (i.e. rape)” and so on and so on.

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In full disclosure I ran a spell check on this post in which most of the corrections were my own rather than Nicholas.