Sunday, January 29, 2006

ON THIS SUNDAY, SOME FOOD FOR THOUGHT

On this Sunday, I can't resist a temptation that have nothing to do with sin.
Well, this temptation is indeed some kind of a sin, but not against God, only against the hard logic and objectivity that we should always obey in our search of historical truth. What I want to do is sharing with you a long Bible quotation, a full Psalm that seems to have been written, thousands of years ago, about the JFK assassination…

Before going further, I want to reassert my firm belief in the importance of logic and objectivity, more specifically of “journalistic objectivity”. As much as I can, that is as much that I’m self-conscious about that, my research of information, and ultimately my quest for truth, will always been conducted with the greatest objectivity, with respect for reality. Sure, there is a great debate about what is objectivity. In a few simple words, objectivity is for me (and that in itself is subjectivity) the search of “objects” –of facts, and an effort to verify and validate their reality. Subjectivity being the interpretation of those facts, the elaboration of opinions and, worse of all, the invention of conclusions that are pseudo-facts based on facts that were either not validated or wrongly interpreted.

I don’t want to go too far on this objectivity/subjectivity discussion but I want to make clear that I don’t consider those two terms as white and black, good and bad. Subjectivity is a quality that should be cultivated, it is per se creativity. But it is not what one should express in a courtroom. In journalism or historical research, subjectivity should be put at the service of objectivity. It is the creative force that will allow an author to find out new trails to investigate, new places where to be objective. The secret here is to be self-aware and to be able to know when own use subjectivity.

All of that just to tell you, very objectively that, in the next lines, I will be subjective but that it shouldn’t be my usual style.

So, on this Sunday, I want to share with you an interesting finding that tends me to believe that everything in this world is part of a bigger picture; that even events that we may consider as tragedies or crimes are parts of a plan. It was not my intention but, writing those lines, I’m just finding out that what will follow can be of great help for people who are affected or disturbed by events such as the JFK, RFK and MLK assassinations. Too often, people, who start to consider that secret power and “conspiracy” are ruling our highest political world, are deeply troubled and even fall in depression. The idea that those conspiracies are small parts of a bigger picture may be of comfort for many, because it tends to credit the belief that there is a higher reality greater than the “highest political world”.

So here is the story I want to share. Years ago, after I had spend a lot of time on reading about and researching the JFK assassination, a friend told me he had heard something about prophecy that were hidden in the Bible and that were supposed to be related to the present time.

This short description made me think of the Bible Code. I have read a little about it and wasn’t giving a lot of credence to what seems to be an “after the fact” interpretation. It seems to me that if you choose any historical event then search in all the Bible for something that seems to relate to it, the probability was very high that you may find something that sounds alike.

But my friend told me he knew about the Bible Code but was referring to something else. What he did heard was quite more specific. According to some source, the Psalms were prophecies for the twentieth century and beyond. Beginning at the year 1900, every of the 150 Psalms was related to one of the last years before the end of times; i.e.: Psalm 1 was about year 1901, Psalm 2 on year 1902 and so on.

I was very sceptic about such a thing. My first reaction, being so much involved in a JFK assassination research was to say: “If it is so, and the JFK assassination being the main event of year 1963, Psalm 63 most surely make reference to it.” Picking the Bible on my library shelf, I crack it open an read the Psalm 63 with him:
Psalm 63
A Psalm by David, when he was in the desert of Judah.

63:1 God, you are my God.
I will earnestly seek you.
My soul thirsts for you.
My flesh longs for you,
in a dry and weary land, where there is no water.
63:2 So I have seen you in the sanctuary,
watching your power and your glory.
63:3 Because your loving kindness is better than life,
my lips shall praise you.
63:4 So I will bless you while I live.
I will lift up my hands in your name.
63:5 My soul shall be satisfied as with the richest food.
My mouth shall praise you with joyful lips,
63:6 when I remember you on my bed,
and think about you in the night watches.
63:7 For you have been my help.
I will rejoice in the shadow of your wings.
63:8 My soul stays close to you.
Your right hand holds me up.
63:9 But those who seek my soul, to destroy it,
shall go into the lower parts of the earth.
63:10 They shall be given over to the power of the sword.
They shall be jackal food.
63:11 But the king shall rejoice in God.
Everyone who swears by him will praise him,
for the mouth of those who speak lies shall be silenced.

“Well…, I said, there is not a lot there that seems to apply to the JFK assassination.”

But, just when I was saying that, I noticed that in my version of the Bible, the Psalms were gave two numbers. Because Psalm 9 was counted for two and was given number 9-10, the following Psalms were numbered 11 (10), 12 (11) and so on. This way, the Psalm that, according to my friend, should apply to year 1963 may be Psalm 64 (63). We read it:

Psalm 64
For the Chief Musician. A Psalm by David.

64:1 Hear my voice, God, in my complaint.
Preserve my life from fear of the enemy.
64:2 Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked,
from the noisy crowd of the ones doing evil;
64:3 who sharpen their tongue like a sword,
and aim their arrows, deadly words,
64:4 to shoot innocent men from ambushes.
They shoot at him suddenly and fearlessly.
64:5 They encourage themselves in evil plans.
They talk about laying snares secretly.
They say, “Who will see them?”
64:6 They plot injustice, saying, “We have made a perfect plan!”
Surely man’s mind and heart are cunning.
64:7 But God will shoot at them.
They will be suddenly struck down with an arrow.
64:8 Their own tongues shall ruin them.
All who see them will shake their heads.
64:9 All mankind shall be afraid.
They shall declare the work of God,
and shall wisely ponder what he has done.
64:10 The righteous shall be glad in Yahweh,
and shall take refuge in him.
All the upright in heart shall praise him!

“Conspiracy of the wicked, (…) who sharpen their tongue like a sword,
and aim their arrows, deadly words, (…) to shoot innocent men from ambushes.” Well, my friend and I were astonished. Were those words written about 1963 and the JFK assassination?
It may be wrong to give a definitive answer to that question, one way or another. But it will be worse not to even ask ourselves the question.

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