By R.J. Godlewski
© September 10, 2011, All Rights Reserved.
It never ceases to amaze me how many people find an all-knowing, all-loving God somehow deeply offensive. It is not that they just find any God or deity disturbing, but that they find particular offense towards the Christian God endorsed – or at least recognized – by at least 82% of the U.S. population.1 I have often wondered why God could form such anxiety, if not downright hostility, amongst his very creations. Because I am human – and therefore of limited mind – I must defer this to the workings of Satan himself:
“Behind the disobedient choice of our first parents lurks a seductive voice, opposed to God, which makes them fall into death out of envy.”2
After all, the Devil reveals in himself the very antithesis of Christ our Savior. That is, all Good that comes from God rests necessarily shielded from us through the actions of Satan. Christ held no punches – even from the descendants of Abraham (this will become more important later when we address the issue of Islam and Muslims) – when he warned against aligning oneself to satanic principles:
“You belong to your father the devil and you willingly carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he speaks in character, because he is a liar and the father of lies.”3
If there remains any doubt as to the anti-Christian doctrine of Satan, then one must merely reflect upon the Devil’s very temptation of Christ Himself.4 In our often grayish world, we nonetheless find ourselves thrust with one of two choices: we can either strive to become Christ-like, or we can seek to become Satan-like. In other words, the choice for us is limited to being Christian or being Satanic.
My preference rests with aspirations for being Christian and, for some strange reason; this seems to offend many people. More so, perhaps, than if I were to seek more satanic actions within my life. I simply attribute this to the inner workings of Satan – if I emulate him, fine; if I emulate Christ than, quite literally, all hell breaks out from those aligned with the Devil. Yet, this article is not about others as it is not my concern what he or she may think.
Where I draw the line, however, is with people who expect me to cower and hide my “light” as if underneath a basket or something.5 I will not – ever – keep my life corralled within the safety of my home for God has bestowed upon me His home, not exclusively mine. And yet, those myriad of peoples who somehow find offense at my preference for Christian life mandate that I must accept their life to the exclusion of my own. In other words, they can offend but I cannot.
Because Satan could not tempt God (read again Matthew, Chapter 4), he must continue to tempt people. In other words, Christian doctrine remains infallible but Christians are, quite often, evil in their doings. Satan pounces upon our simple humanity by trying to taint the message with the messengers. This has been the case since time immortal. The Roman emperors blamed their troubles upon Christians. The Crusades were considered Church doctrine. And, most recently, relatively statistical (in relation to the general population) pedophilic priests are triumphed as charges against the Church as a whole. Since Christians fail, in the minds of the godless, then God must have failed too.
For all the atheists out there reading these words (and the U.S. population holds about 1% ), this is why I, personally, am not out trying to convert you into my faith. I simply have my hands too full trying to keep Catholics – and by extension, other Christians – in line to worry about what you do with your personal lives. Hey, you want to go live with your butt buddy then by all means go do so. Just do not try to screw things up for the 82% of the U.S. population that, at a minimum, pretends to consider Christian doctrine as valid.
Our modern society tries to be like the British and consider our world the “post-Christian era” with distraction towards faith in UFOs, ancient astronauts, and faith in cults as substitutes for the infinite joy of God, but I do not.7 I have had far too many personal experiences with God to abandon my belief in Him.8 I could no more deny God’s existence than I could claim that the grass is orange or that the Moon is square. Yet, because of my beliefs, many try to consider my thoughts as invalid or my mind as somehow tarnished. Am I somehow less “intelligent” if I be spiritual too? God is within me and I will be damned – quite literally – if I try to shield the Infinite.
Many people, for instance, claim that Cambridge physicist Stephen Hawking is the world’s greatest mind. Others hope to be able to study his brain after the scientist – who recently argued that the universe could have created itself out of nothing – passes from this earth. Yet, is Hawking’s brain very remarkable? Can it move his body? Can he savor a tasty stir-fry? Can he dance with a beautiful woman? Of course not, because disease has limited his actions to the theoretical. We can do all things that Mr. Hawking cannot and, yet, his brain is declared supernatural because his mind is not distracted with all the common things that you and I neglect on a daily basis. Stephen Hawking’s mind moves the scientific community, but humble R.J. Godlewski can move a rock that had laid motionless for countless eons simply because my ‘limited mind’ had my hands pick up the stone and chuck, temporarily defying gravity in the process.9
Naturally, I do not want to make light of Mr. Hawking or belittle his condition. I just want to place things into proper perspective. I wish that I had his mathematical abilities. Regardless, God intends me to do other things than sit around and contemplate the universe (which is, arguably, my greatest love). He does not require another Stephen Hawking and so R.J. Godlewski was created instead and I can do things that Mr. Hawking and his counterparts never dreamed of.
My purpose in life remains to “protect the dignity and integrity of innocent human lives, wherever and whenever it may be placed in jeopardy and by whatever means may be necessary.”10 To carry out this task, God has bestowed upon me certain gifts that would befuddle the Hawking groupies. These gifts, provided free of charge by the Holy Spirit, include “wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord.”11 To these seven gifts are added twelve “fruits” of the Holy Spirit: “charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, and chastity.”12 These presents from God allow any human to partake of the life of Christ, yet virtually none of us dare emulate him because our faith is far smaller than a mustard seed. In fact, the faith of the greatest saint rests no larger than Stephen Hawking’s subatomic particles.
Often, we dismiss the power of God such as when Muhammad declared Trinitarian Christians as unworthy of Salvation.13 By limiting the power of God, Muhammad ibn Abdallah shackled himself to the legs of Satan for eternity. If any Muslims find this particular assessment rather offensive, then I ask of them, “What is the punishment for denying the power of God?” I rest my case.
As for we humans, God did not create us as mere pawns in the proverbial Good versus Bad war of reality. No, God created us so that we could share willingly within His Creation. That is, God created everyone so that He could share in our lives and we within His. This reality remains confounding to the “God is limited” gang. Henceforth, we possess many Christians – Pelosi, Biden, etc. – who find distinction between being Catholic and politician. Here we find simple, illiterate wanderers such as Muhammad who find distinction between an all-powerful Allah and God’s love for all mankind. Again, we find people who believe that Stephen Hawking remains a great mind but find distinction from ‘saints’ who could levitate, experience bi-location,14 etc.
Such discrepancy between accepting great human minds and a great God further drives a wedge between, say, Catholics and non-Christians. When a priest, for instance, consecrates the Host and we Catholics partake of the Holy Eucharist, we are not engaging within ancient cannibalistic ritual. Christ simply granted us limited humans a way of accepting Him physically into our lives. If we cannot accept that the bread and wine becomes Christ, how could we be expected to present the world with the same miracles that He presented to the world? As soon as Satan imparts that subliminal distrust – “Hey, friend, that is just bread and wine” – we begin to question everything God stands for. If God did not matter, few would really care if we believed in Him or not.
The same holds true with my concern for Muslims. I am not threatened by their beliefs. I personally know that they are misguided (remember, I held the same type of personal revelations that Muhammad experienced so either we are both misguided or one of us is lit by the Truth) but, as a Roman Catholic, I remain bound to accept everyone as Children of God. Therefore, I bestow upon them the same concerns that Christ reserved for the entire human population regardless of our era, location, or individuality. Actions, however, do differentiate us.
Those Muslims who seek to inflict indiscriminate harm upon the world reign just as evil as those who, like Satan, try to deceive the world into believing that Christ is bad and Islam is good. Muslims can be good – Islam can never be because it seeks to diminish the Kingdom of God. There can be no addition to “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind” and “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”15 Can secularism or even Islam offer anything so simplistic in its truth? Yet people try to diminish the Truth – through Satanic deception.
Often, Muslims falsely claim that Christ never admitted to being God or, simply, the Son of God. This is blatantly false (proving its satanic origins). When the high priest of the Sanhedrin asked of Jesus, “Are you the Messiah, the son of the Blessed One?” Christ immediately replied, “I am.”16 When he was arrested in the garden, Jesus thrice used the God-invoked “I AM”.17 Yet, Muslims vehemently deny that Christ ever said that he was God. They also deny that Christ ever died upon the Cross, which is, I suspect, the most egregious of their errors.
As Christ told Peter, “Shall I not drink the cup that the Father gave me?”18 When Christ told Lazarus’ sister, Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die,”19 it would make little sense for Jesus to be the Resurrection if he did not die first. Finally, there remains the discourse of the Good Shepherd: “I will lay down my life for the sheep.” “This is why the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again,” and, of course, “No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own. I have power to lay it down, and power to take it up again. This command I have received from my Father” that not only addresses the issue of dying, but confirms Christ as the Son of God too.20
At this point, the Muslim community has been deceived (by Satan) so much that I do not concern myself with their individual beliefs. I actually pity them greatly. Like the anti-God secularists – “comedian” Bill Mahr comes immediately to mind, for some strange reason – I sense no heavenly joy within their lives and joy is what God is all about for Christ remains Infinite Joy.
Again, I do not fear Islam because God has promised me that I shall not perish from this earth until Muslims are freed from the shackles of Muhammadan tyranny. When, exactly, that is, remains God’s Will. I am merely here to serve out His purpose – not mine. I possess free will, yes, but the consequences of my failing God remain too burdensome to ignore. I will make every sacrifice on this planet for the Kingdom of God and, in this pursuit, I possess far more stamina and drive than anyone else on earth.
Islam attacked the United States on 9/11 even if the Muslim ummah did not. The reality exists that “it often remains the minority which remains faithful to a particular ideology or religion.”21 What this means is that zeal dilutes with masses. The more people within a particular group and the less they adhere to that group’s doctrine. This remains not only sound sociology, but represents the context of Christ’s parable about the narrow gate in which “those who find it are few.”22
No one bothers to consider that there remains no word for “Fundamentalist” within the Arabic language. This is because Islam cannot be differentiated from the life of Muslims. It pervades their private lives, their businesses, their culture, and their dealings with non-Muslims. All those adjectives that Western media and politicians just love to add to “Islam” – such as radical, fundamental, terrorist, etc. – are baseless because Islam itself incorporates all these things and more. This also explains why the Progressive Liberals grow infuriated over the redundant combination of “Islamic” and “Terrorist.” It is like saying that someone is a wealthy billionaire.
Of course, being either wealthy or even a billionaire does not necessitate a horrible individual (again, against the proclamations of the Progressive crowd). Individuals remain characterized by their actions and thoughts alone. During September 11th, 2001 the world saw who was for America and who remained our enemies. The only largely Islamic crowd that stood in harmony with the United States was the Iranians. I am grateful for their courage and I pray that someday the tyranny in Tehran will collapse under the weight of freedom and democracy. Rest assured, I will do whatever I can to aid the Iranian people discover this liberty.
As for the rest of the Muslim world, well, they have to work a little harder to win my support. America is not the enemy of the Muslim world, Islam is. Because I respect them, I will not address this issue directly. Freedom is never free; it is paid for with the lives of those who die for the love of their neighbors. Unfortunately, the Islamic martyrs purported as heroes to the ummah do not die for the love of their countrymen. On the contrary, they die for personal satisfaction. They die to guarantee themselves a place in Heaven. God, however, seeks mercy; self-sacrifice to save the innocent. Legitimate defense – not indiscriminate murder – remains the grave duty for which all humans are called.23
My private “war” against terrorists arose from the 1970s when left wing groups sought to deny freedom in order to reach Marxist goals. My struggle against Islam arose when “students” in Iran and Pakistan stormed our sovereign territory in 1979 and intensified during 1983, 1985, 1988, etc. Protestants did not attack American interests so strongly. Nor did Hindus. Or even communists for that matter. Just the Islamists and their pawns. Thus began a lifelong effort to study the ideology behind the attacks and, contrary to popular expectations, it remains that ideology that rests as the unifying threat from groups as diverse as Hamas, Hezbollah, and al-Qaeda. They have been stereotyped as Muslims because their doctrine remains Islamic in nature. Contrast this with the hundreds of millions of secularized Muslims who erroneously believe their faith to resemble Christianity.
Because my nation has been repeatedly attacked and because I, personally, have little to do with U.S. policies vis a vis the Middle East, the line had been drawn in the sand as far as I am concerned. I am, admittedly, at war against Islam. I will shout this from the highest mountains. I pray every day that God does not permit me to fail in His propagation of Roman Catholicism, but I remain eager to destroy Muhammadanism just the same. Naturally, being Roman Catholic requires me to respect and love Muslims – besides Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Moonies, Mormons, etc. My hatred of alcoholism, for instance, does not diminish my efforts to aid alcoholics. Nor does my hatred of homosexuality prevent me from aiding homosexuals. There is a far better ‘Way’ for the global Muslim community and I will aid them in reaching this plateau through (hopefully) example.
The attacks on 9/11 partially destroyed civility as far as I am concerned. There simply is NO reason for what was conducted and proves that Islam is not a forgiving or tolerant ideology. There were far too many Muslims dancing in the street for me to simply “turn the other cheek.” Three thousand of my fellow Americans died on that infamous day, ten years ago. My cousin would have been counted amongst them had he not been at my aunt’s funeral instead of working in one of the towers. And, people, there isn’t an Arab living today who deserves life if they do not understand what filial responsibility and protecting one’s family is all about. Therefore, I suspect, there remains no alternative course of action. If I perceive them to be a threat, then they sure as hell can perceive me to be a threat in return.
Besides my business pursuits, my International Nuclear Emergency Response Team [INERT] group highlights this effort. Nuclear, biological, and chemical terrorism represents the next level of terror for the Islamists and I will do everything within my power to stop them dead within their tracks. Forget office buildings, aircraft, and cellular approaches to war. My war is to strike clandestinely and individually through a vastly superior and decentralized force. Franchised special operations without the need to franchise.
This parallels what I have been doing with The Independent Counterterrorist and Tactical Citizen programs. Thousands of independent-minded individuals who have decided that enough was enough and are doing ‘something’ to combat the Islamists. You simply cannot fight a flood with a whisk broom and even if a tiny fraction of the ICT participants are dedicated to the cause, then that’s one hell of a flood to deal with. Actually, it represents a phantasm and ghosts cannot be killed.
This weekend, however, deserves a period of prayer and reflection. We must honor the fallen and chastise those who fell them. No Americans deserved to die on that day and if such a statement offends the world, then tough. There is not a nation or people on the planet that should not be bowing at the feet of the simplest American. I have been fighting Islamists for better than thirty years and I will be doing so until they cease to be a threat. That is not arrogance talking – it is a promise. A promise to God when He chose me for this particular mission. Frankly, I would rather retreat to a home in the country and raise a pair of Great Danes – but the Islamists have made that option impossible at the present….
R.J. Godlewski (GOD LESS KEY) is an independent counterterrorism consultant, the director of the private International Nuclear Emergency Response Team [INERT], and the author of several novels, commentaries, and professional articles. His most recent article is “Latte Intelligence: The Divorce of Shock Creativity and Special Information Operations,” which appears in the current issue of American Intelligence Journal He is also the author and architect of the Internet-based Independent Counterterrorist training program. He is currently completing his B.A. in Intelligence Studies at American Military University with a concentration in Middle East terrorism and presently holds an undergraduate certificate in Explosive Ordnance Disposal. He intends to begin a Master’s program in Military Studies -- Asymmetrical Warfare during the fall 2011 semester to which he plans to add a graduate certificate in Security Management, and is a veteran of both the United States Navy and Navy Reserve. He can be reached at rjgodlewski(at)rjgodlewski.com.
2 Catechism of the Catholic Church¸ Paragraph #391.
3 John 8:44 New American Bible.
4 Matthew 4:1-11. NAB.
5 Matthew 5:14-16 NAB “You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.”
7 Peter Kreeft, Everything you ever wanted to know about Heaven but never dreamed of asking (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1990), 193.
9 See Kreeft, Everything you ever wanted to know about Heaven, and avail yourself to the ‘miraculous’ deeds often neglected by the human species. Yes, we can move mountains…
10 The adopted motto of the International Nuclear Emergency Response Team.
11 Catechism, Paragraph #1831.
12 Ibid. #1832.
13 Reza Aslan, No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam (New York: Random House, 2006), 102.
15 Matthew 22:37-39 NAB
16 Mark 14:61-62 NAB.
17 John 18:5-8. NAB.
18 Ibid, 18:11.
19 Ibid., 11:25-26.
20 Ibid., 10:17-18.
21 R.J. Godlewski “Latte Intelligence: The Divorce of Shock Creativity and Special Information Operations” in American Intelligence Journal 29 No1 (2011): 77.
22 See Matthew 7:13-14 NAB.
23 See Catechism Paragraphs #2264-2267.