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I have looked at many spiritual beliefs but nothing has spoken to me me on as high a level as Jesus' teachings and actions. The sermon on the mount (Matthew 5-7) shows that no-one has ever understood the importance of love, nor exactly what it means, more than the Messiah long-promised by God.
Many problems have been caused by some of the Jewish people's refusal to acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah. Many Jews, for example, live in old Testament Torah Times - believeing they are still 'God's chosen people'. It seems clear to me that God cut off the Jewish heirarchy from his favour after they pleaded successfully for the unjust death of his only son. The Israeli state's brutal and racist treatment of the Palestinian people makes it clear to me that Israel is no longer interested in the will of God.
I am a Quaker because I am not very excited by Britain's establishment church (the CofE) and 'middle men' like vicars & professional priests, or pastors generally. Nevertheless I recognise that they are caught in a very difficult bind - between their beliefs and their career and that many are great men and women of God.
The Old Testament prophecies that told of the coming of a Messiah, coupled with Jesus's attitude to the ecclesiastical and legal hierarchies of his day, have led me to examine the Bible more closely and find, life changing prophecies of the 'End Times', particularly relating to the re-establishment of His people, Isreal.
At least 52 different aspects of Christ's coming were prophesied in the Old Testament (see pp. xxvi-xxix, Jewish New Testament ISBN 965 359 006 5, Jewish New Testament Pubs. Inc. Maryland N.J. U.S.A.). Yet still He was not recognised as God's 'anointed one' or 'Messiah' by many Jews.
With a bit of Bible study we can be sure not to be deceived as the prophecies of the End Times unfold and Christ returns ultimately in glory for all the world to see.
Hey Tony, did the Tribulation begin on September 11th 2001? Will it begin tomorrow or in two thousand years time.........?
Strong's Concordance - a must for any Bible studyWorld Government is moving closer all the time - and what's the chance that it will serve the people? Zero! And hardly anybody tells the public or dares to talk about how totalitarian the European Union is. We could be in for some serious skullduggery in coming years/months. A political/financial crisis, combined with spiritual disinformation could push us into a Fourth Reich, New World Order, with an official world religion that claims to represent ALL religions. This is what Prince Charles is advocating NOW. Powerful people will certainly be preparing their version of a spiritual 'panacea' to fill the spiritual gap THEY have created.
'Education is a system of imposed ignorance'
- Noam Chomsky - Manufacturing Consent
(THE Chomsky film, available from British Film Institute)
Whilst political action against the greedy and for positive solutions gives us hope, it doesn't necessarily add up to much against the combined power of the capitalists, the armed forces and many of the media bosses! So the solution, it seems, will be spiritual and not political. We are in the middle of an an undeclared spiritual war and here The Bible is a peaceful but potent weapon - here are some passages which have meant a lot to me and form a basis for a different 'church' to the one most of us know. Some churches concentrate on this side of Christianity but most still use a single paid (and unbiblical) pastor.
I found myself drawn to Quakerism because we emphasise individual faith and testimony: The Society of Freinds was founded in England in the seventeenth century at the same time as the birth of state capitalism. The merchant classes in England conducted a comprehensive takeover from the aristocracy.
For more on The Quakers see the Journal of George Fox, itinerant man of God and the society's founder. Fox emphasised a direct personal relationship with God, through the Holy Spirit, and the need to repent in ones heart of previous sins, to be reconciled to God and forgiven.
Who does that Tony Gosling think he is?
A brief biog.
I was born in Gravesend, Kent in 1962 and brought up in Bromley, South London. I ended my formal education at Ilkley College in West Yorkshire with a Humanities degree, specialising in English Literature, from Bradford University. After working for a few years in the family aviation business I decided to have a go at radio journalism.
Volunteering at the GLC funded Radio Thamesmead (now Time FM 106.8) in South East London I eventually became their full-time volunteer editor of community programmes. RTM applied for, and got, an FM licence from the Radio Authority but as part of the financial deal manager Bob Smith took many of the best presenters off the air. I therefore left in 1991 for a researchers job at Greater London Radio, the BBC's station for London.
In 1992 I moved to BBC Radio Solent as a reporter and then on to BBC Wiltshire Sound, where I worked as Salisbury reporter, relief presenter and documentary maker. When Wiltshire Sound had a 'cash crisis' the BBC decided they no longer required my services. I moved to the Lake District where I took a year out then moved to Oxford where I got involved with environmental campaigning, volunteering at The Land Is Ours helping to organise land occupations in the mid to late 1990's.
After moving to Bristol and getting into investigative journalism I helped establish i-Contact video network and Ecovillage network UK. I spent a year on the National Executive of the NUJ and eight years as Secretary, then Vice-Chair of the Bristol branch of the National Union of Journalists until the 2009 AGM when I resigned from the Bristol executive.
I joined the Religious Society of Friends, or Quakers, in June 2005 and I delivered my first lecture on the Seventeenth Century Illuminati in October 2006.
Since Easter 2009 I have produced and presented Friday Drivetime, the weekly politics show on Bristol Community FM which gives a provincial perspective on the news 'in Bristol Britain and around the world'.
You can contact me here and get good quality photos of me here
Tony's favourite Bible quotes
In true 'Desert Island Discs' style I have to here recommend another book as well as the Bible which I have found a tremendous testimony to the living God from the more recent past. That is the Journal, effectively an autobiography, of George Fox. This is the man who founded the Quakers or 'Society of Friends' during the English Civil War and his life was a tremendous journey as a simple follower of Christ's discerning message of love. Fox did not look for material gain and was, just like Jesus himself, regularly persecuted and plotted against for his simple Christian faith which was considered revolutionary by the established church. He called a spade a spade and suffered for his honesty, sometimes being put through terrible ordeals by his so-called Christian 'betters'. Through all this, right through the tulmut of the mid seventeenth century, God was by his side.
The Journal, George Fox, 1694, many subsequent editions.
Available from Amazon etc. and online here for free
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear; 1 John 4:18
Don't worry, saying, what shall we eat? or, what shall we drink? or How shall we be clothed? For these are the things the gentiles seek and your heavenly father knows that you have need of all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be given to you. Therefore don't worry about tomorrow: for tomorrow shall look after itself. Matthew 6:31-34
Who hath ears to hear, let him hear, Matthew 13:43
The comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. John 14:26
...for all the things that were written aforetime were written for our instruction, that through our endurance and through the comfort from the scriptures we might have hope - Romans 15:4
Don't owe anyone anything - except to love one another; for whoever loves his fellow human being has fulfilled the Torah [Old Testament Law]. Romans 13:8
Now the company of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things which he possessed was his own, but they had everything in common. Acts 4:32
... the Jews which believed not ... drew Jason and certain other brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These ... have turned the world upside down ... all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, one Jesus. Acts 17:5-7
When a man's ways please the LORD he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him - Proverbs 16: 7
Come to me all of you who are struggling and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30
Put on the whole armour of God so you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the dark powers of this world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:11-12
Fear not therefore: for there is nothing covered that shall not be revealed; and nothing hid that shall not be made known. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in the light and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. Matthew 10:26-27
Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. Ephesians 5:11
The whole world lies in the power of the Evil One. 1 John 5:19
God resists the proud but gives grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. James 4:6-7
And Yahweh answered me, and said, "Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it." Habakkuk 2:2
"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me. In my father's house are many rooms. If it were not so I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place or you. I will come back and take you to be with me so that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going." John 14:1-4
In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, "I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes" Luke 10:21
"This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." John 15:12,13
"If any man thirst, come to me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water." John 7:37-38
"when you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. Your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, don't babble on and on like the pagans, who think God will hear them better if they talk a lot. Don't be like them, because your Father knows what you need before you ask him." Matthew 6:6-8
"...when the Son of Man cometh, shall he find faith upon the earth?" Luke 18:8
When people are saying: "Peace and Safety" then a sudden destruction cometh upon them as upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. 1 Thessalonians 5:3
Now listen, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such-and-such a city, stay there a year trading and make a profit"! You don't even know if you will be alive tomorrow! For all you are is a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. James 4:13-14
"Ye have heard that it was said in the Old Testament: Thou shalt not commit adultery; But I say unto you that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and throw it away; For it is better one part of thee should perish than thy whole body be cast into hell. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and throw it away; for it is better one of thy limbs should perish than thy whole body be cast into hell." Matthew 5:27-30
"All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given. For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it. "Matthew 19:11-12
"Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves." Matthew 10:16
The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD. Proverbs 20:27
Behold, I will make those of the synagogue of Satan who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie---behold, I will make them come and bow down before your feet, and learn that I have loved you. Revelation 3:9
No-one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Mammon [money, riches]. Matthew 6:24
You have heard that our fathers were told 'Do not break your oath,' and 'Fulfill what you have sworn to God.' And I tell you not to swear at all... Simply let your 'Yes' be 'Yes' and your 'No' be 'No'; anything else comes from the devil. Matthew 5:33&37
Woe to those who join house to house and field to field, until there is no more room, and you are made to dwell alone in the midst of the land. Yahweh of heaven's armies has sworn in my hearing: "Surely many houses shall be desolate, large and beautiful houses, without inhabitant." Isaiah 5:8-9
'The land shall not be sold for ever, for the land is mine and you are but my tenants'. God speaks to Moses, Leviticus 25:23
The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. Isaiah 11:6
"If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. What I say to you I say to everyone: 'Watch!'" Mark