The Scariest Place On Earth

It’s October and fright is in the air; horror movies, freak shows, haunted houses, bank failures – we love to be scared. But even the most horrifying movie or crashing market is pablum when compared to the most terrifying place on the planet.

It’s not in New England. It’s not Bagdad or Kabul. It’s not Moscow or Peking (or whatever we are calling it this week). And it’s not Tehran or Pyonyang. Each of these are not without their horrors but when I consider Pakistan then I break out in a cold sweat.

Why? Well, let’s take a look;

1) Muslim Pakistan borders Hindu India, from which it was carved off in 1947. These two countries are arch enemies and have never really had any lasting peace.

2) Both Pakistan and India have anywhere from 50 to 100 nuclear warheads each.

3) Even before the US incursion into Afghanistan and ever since, Pakistan’s secret police force has been supporting the Taliban there as well as within their own borders .

4) The Taliban, with the help of al Quaeda, are gaining control of Pakistan’s back country.

5) Pakistan’s political situation is very, very shaky.

6) Violence is becoming a daily occurrence and foreign diplomats no longer feel safe there.

7) It is very possible that Muslim extremists will legally gain control of the government in the next election. If not, they will likely take it by force.

So, within the next year or so the world could have a nuclear powered nation sharing a border with their hated enemy while being ruled by a group of murderous religious fanatics that have sworn to destroy their god’s enemies in the West, even if it means their own destruction. Pretty damn scary.

And like any good horror story, there doesn’t seem to be any way out of it.

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  1. #1 by logiopsychopathivorytowerdweller on October 3, 2008 - 12:17 pm

    1. It’s not what Pakistan has, but working in cahoots with Iran, North Korea, Cuba, and oil rich, nut led Venezuela could give them the power.

    1. A. Chvez wants a fundemental shift south in world power.

    1. B. Hopefully, the next prez will be more conciliatory.

    2. Even a limited strike, let’s say a five missile exchange over the Kashmere issue, would kill nearly 1/5 of the world’s population.
    If that’s not “world destroying power” what is?

  2. #2 by netprophet on October 3, 2008 - 12:32 pm

    You mean the self-described “Yankee Jewish feminist who teaches in a predominantly Protestant divinity school in the buckle of the Bible Belt,”?

    No I haven’t read the book but I am familiar with some of her work. Professor Levine is a little to loose in her theology for me. I’m looking for someone who believes the entire Bible is at least the inspired Word of God. She is willing to disregard some authors altogether. Such as Paul when he contradicts her theories, like in Galatians and Romans, among others.

    Did your church really say Jesus Jewishness? That sounds a lot more like you. 🙂

    The early Church ran into a lot of the same problems with the need to remain inside the Jewish law while still believing Jesus is the Christ. That is a real problem when you find yourself unable to keep it. It also changes the context of quite a few festivals and Sabbaths.

    I’ll be posting my article next week. Thanks for the interest.

  3. #3 by Christian Beyer on October 3, 2008 - 1:15 pm

    You’re right, the phrase was “Jesus the Jew”.

    How did you form your opinion of Levine’s work? I don’t remember much of that in the book. Depending upon how you read him, Paul can seem to be saying different things to different people. She’s not an atheist, I think she is a fairly devout Jew and does believe in divine inspiration, just not innerancy or infallibility (fairly recent Protestant outlooks).

  4. #4 by netprophet on October 3, 2008 - 3:45 pm

    Perhaps you are are right and I have unfairly represented her theology, but like I said, she is a Jew still under the law and believing in Jesus as the Christ. I’m more interested in those who believe that the law was fulfilled on the cross. Anyway, I will be posting my article sometime today if you want to check it out.

  5. #5 by Christian Beyer on October 3, 2008 - 3:54 pm

    Yes, can’t wait.

    Let me ask you, though; What do you think that ‘the law was fulfilled on the cross’ really means?

    Personally, I think Jesus was the only living embodiment of a person who abides by the law (love God with all your heart mind and soul and love others as you want to be loved) . And the perfect sacrifice of his life for others, with malice towards none, was the ultimate expression of love, which is the essence of the law.

  6. #6 by logiopsychoambrosiaivorytowerpath on October 3, 2008 - 4:45 pm

    What does any of this have to do with Nukes? Can’t you people stay on topic?

  7. #7 by netprophet on October 3, 2008 - 4:59 pm

    I believe the Word itself is Jesus, God incarnate. The same Word that created the Universe. The Law is also Jesus, given to Moses and the Jewish people as a symbol of the Bread of Life, the Lamb of God and the means for atonement and reconciliation with the Father. I don’t think Jesus was a person in the sense of being created by God but more than that He was His only begotten Son and part of the triune Godhead. For me there is too much Biblical evidence to believe otherwise. I also somewhat addressed this in my article.

  8. #8 by Christian Beyer on October 3, 2008 - 5:24 pm

    Cool. I beleive that as well, although I think we should be careful with some of the sacrificial language – not that it’s not valid but rather than it tends to overshadow other important aspects of the Incarnation. When we talk of him being the ‘means’ for atonement and reconciliation I think that is expressed by the example of both his death and his life.

  9. #9 by Christian Beyer on October 3, 2008 - 5:25 pm

    Bruce – good point. Now you know what it feels like. 8)

  10. #10 by logiopsychoambrosiaivorytowerpath on October 3, 2008 - 9:05 pm

    I’m just kidding. Getting off-topic makes the world (and political debates) go round.

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