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Friday, February 2 2018
Xenophobia: Fear Of The Bogeyman
"Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt. ... For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? Do not even the publicans so?"
Dictionary definition of "Bogeyman" (also spelled "boogeyman"): "A person or thing that is widely regarded as an object of fear; a mythical creature in many cultures used by adults to frighten children into good behaviour."
The English-language word "xenophobia" (pronounced zene-oh-foh-bia), from the Greek word meaning to fear what is outside one's self, is a recognized psychological handicap that is manifested by "a fear of foreigners or any strangers in general." Racism is a major form, or excuse, for xenophobia.
According to the Holy Scriptures (see below), xenophobia is usually produced in the minds of arrogant people from a willful or purposeful, hate toward other people. Those suffering from xenophobia usually don't regard the people of other nations "as civilized as we are," or in extreme cases, they don't even regard them as human.
It is also frequently capitalized on by deceitful and immoral politicians (and the weapons manufacturers who often get them elected under the guise of wonderful-sounding "patriotic" marketing; see also Guns Versus Butter) who base their support on manipulating people into thinking that they need a "savior" to protect them from "all those foreigners who are out to get us" (i.e. the "adult" application of "a mythical creature in many cultures used by adults to frighten children into good behaviour"). It also happens, apart, or a part, of that, as a gross over-reaction to some event e.g. if someone who looks different did something bad to me, then all people who look different are bad and to be feared / hated.
The tragic irony of xenophobia is that those who are panicked by the illusion often make those that they needlessly fear into people actually to be feared because of the xenophobic mistreatment and abuse that they are subjected to. Those who behave aggressively toward others will eventually be treated badly in return - thereby making xenophobia a self-inflicted wound.
An example would be a small country, in their homeland part of the world, that is working to obtain nuclear arms to deter an attack from a large, militarily-aggressive nation, to which the larger nation prepares to attack the smaller nation because it is working to obtain nuclear weapons - and around and around it goes until a war is provoked (see also Who Would Throw A Nuclear Boomerang? and Why Was Korea Divided Into North And South?).
Even the Messiah, a native Aramaic-speaking of northern Galilee (the same language as the Israelite patriarchs, including Judah, who were born in Syria during Jacob's stay there; see The Syrian Refugees and The Syrian Tongue Of Jesus and the Fact Finder question below), was subjected to xenophobia from many of the people in the south, in Judea ("Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil? verse 48, below). They regarded all of the people from that northern region to be "Samaritans" - the people of Babylon who were brought in to settle the lands of the "lost ten tribes" after the LORD removed them because of their idolatry and corruption (see The Politics And Religion Of The Lost Ten Tribes).
In so doing, those with the fear and hate conveniently ignored that Abraham, who they proudly proclaimed as their father was a non-Israelite (Israelites didn't yet exist in the time of Abraham) brought over from his native Babylon where humanity was created and that their tribal-namesake patriarch, Judah, was born up in Syria - Judah spoke the same Syrian language as the Messiah did centuries later. But facts and plain truth didn't matter to those who feared and hated anything or anyone beyond their own horizon. They made themselves very nearsighted - and the world as a whole a much more dangerous place because of it.
"8:34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. 8:35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. 8:37 I know that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you. 8:38 I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.
"God's people" of Israel were created from all of the "foreign" people around them - Babylonians (Noah, Abraham, Sarah), Syrians (Rebekah, Rachel, Leah), Canaanites (the mother of Judah's children who became the "Jews"), Jordanians (Ruth), Egyptians (the mother of Ephraim and Manasseh) and many others. The LORD commanded them to not make themselves ignorant of that reality by behaving in an xenophobic manner.
"22:21 Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt." (Exodus 22:21 KJV)
One of the Messiah's most-famous, and most ignored (ignorant means to ignore), teachings is to love your fellow man - just as God loves all of His children, all of whom were created in His Image.
"5:46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 5:47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
Fact Finder: Was "Israel" created from no one? Or was "Israel" created from the people of many nations?
This Day In History, February 2
506: Alaric II, king of the Visigoths (a Germanic people), proclaimed the Breviary of Alaric (Breviarium Alaricianum or Lex Romana Visigothorum), a collection of "Roman law" for the Germanic Empire
962: Pope John XII crowned Otto I as the "Holy Roman Emperor" (see Emperors and Popes). When Otto succeeded his father Heinrich (Henry) as German king in 936, the people raised their right hand to show approval and shouted "Sieg und heil" ("victory and salvation") - words revived by Adolf Hitler almost 1,000 years later (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion). Later historians would view 962 as the beginning of what would later be officially called the Sacrum Romanum Imperium Nationis Germanica ("The Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation"; see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation). The octagonal imperial crown of the "Holy Roman Empire," which was made especially for the coronation of Otto, was the symbol of European unity for centuries afterward. Otto von Habsburg (whose ancestors were some of the "Holy Roman" emperors) called attention to the potential present and future role of that very same crown, which now sits in the Schatzkammer (Royal Treasury) in Vienna, Austria.
1461: The Lancastrians (founded by the son of Henry III, the Earl of Lancaster in 1267) defeated the Yorkists (founded by another son of Henry III, the duke of York) at the second Battle of St. Albans'.
1494: Christopher Columbus began using "Indians" as slaves i.e. native Americans were the first slaves of the "New" World (see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy and The First Chinese American War).
1509: The Portuguese, led by Francisco de Almeida, destroyed the Muslim fleet in the Battle of Diu, establishing Portuguese control of Indian waters.
1536: Spanish explorer Pedro de Mendoza founded Buenos Aires.
1556: The world's worst earthquake on record, in China's Shaanxi, Shansi and Henan provinces, killed an estimated 830,000 people.
1626: Charles I, the son and successor of James I (after whom the King James Version of the Bible was named), was crowned king of England.
1653: The Dutch established New Amsterdam as a city. After the British took over the colonies that became known as New England, the city was renamed as New York.
1709: British sailor Alexander Selkirk was rescued after being marooned on a desert island for 5 years. His story was the inspiration of Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe.
1808: French forces under Napoleon occupied Rome. Pope Pius VII was arrested and held in custody.
1848: The Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo ended the war between the U.S. and Mexico.
1901: The Funeral of Queen Victoria in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. Queen Victoria's reign of 63 years and 7 months is known historically as the Victorian Era
1916: The U.S. Senate granted independence for the Philippines.
1945: During the Second World War, 1,200 British Royal Air Force planes bombed Wiesbaden and Karlsruhe in Germany.
1972: The British Embassy in Dublin was burned down after a day of anti-British demonstrations.
1983: The Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) resumed in Geneva.
1989: Soviet invasion forces completed their withdrawal from Kabul, Afghanistan.