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Eric's Sunday Sermon; Everything Lies; Paris Atrocities

Updated on November 18, 2015

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I lie, next door people live in abject poverty.
I lie, next door people live in abject poverty. | Source

Let me go all rag tag on you my faithful listeners of my sermons.

(this one is filled with drastic implications, expression and brutal truth about each one of us. It is not a feel good article. It is about you whether you like it or not - everybody lies)

I am faced with my own mortality. Non-hodgkins lymphoma, a recurrence and nothing that we cannot whoop. But it gives pause and my pause leads me to sermonize, to share so you get a grip on your mortality. And that you lie.

It was a dusty nasty windblown Sunday afternoon. We were there to show off how we donated water purification stuff to a desert of humanity. I cried a thousand tears that day and questioned God. Deus meus ut quid dereliquisti. What was I to make of a child dying in my arms? God lied to me through others or there was no God. We were in a City Dump of one of the largest Cities on Earth and people lived there to make the best of what came. Men born there who had babies there. How could it be? My God would not allow such suffering. I hated God. Join me in hating him. This cannot be. A baby dead before life gave her two full gulps of air in freshness. How can it be? How can I live seeing such hell on earth?

Well peoples I have to tell you that people lie. Life is sordid and our lives complex. Is it different for the men who wrote the Torah, Quran and New Testament? We would like to think "God Inspired" but man made. Pardon me. Agendas come into play. That which is the will of God gets twisted and changed by man.

Sorry about that; Deus meus ut quid dereliquisti me means "God why have you forsaken me". My father forced me through advice to learn some Latin, what did he know he was a Jesuit turned doctor.

I was twisted in my perception of the reality of man. I trusted. And that is right but it is wrong. God does not lie but man lies.

Perhaps that piqued your interest. Perhaps you said to yourself, "if man lies so does Eric", bravo for you! Let us look at what a lie is.

Perhaps love is not a lie

This tree fell to the ground.

So do I lie by posting it as living?
So do I lie by posting it as living? | Source

What do you see?

I see problems sometimes. Is that a lie? Is it true as Kipling wrote: If we can see tragedy and triumph and treat those two impostors just the same. So we seek truth. Oh God how we seek truth! Who killed who in Paris? I am heartbroken that my God allowed this to happen. Everybody lies.

God does not lie, so man must lie. Love does not allow for hate. Let me die rather than face that love hates. What do we make of hate? No it is not a man's destiny. It is warped because other men lie.

My son and I attend a new church every 8th Sunday or so. We went to one last week. The music and the greetings were awesome. My son clapped hands and stood to the music, we were happy. Then the preacher man started and he began to preach hate of LGBT and tattoes of all things. We got the hell out of there and my son asked me why. I told him that people lie. You can find hate wherever you look but to say that a religion hates folk who do not conform is a lie. People lie.

I remember when I lost my mind. It was a great day. Sure they wanted to lock me up and turn to each other and wonder what happened. I lost my mind. Hallelujah. I got my mojo and my humph and my spirit in full. But I had lost my mind. (do not try this at home as it is dangerous) I realized that men lie. What is reality is not my reality. I am loony tunes. Do you mean what you say?

I love your shirt. I like that idea. I can feel your pain. What damned lies we tell.

But we are not full of it. Now take that to the next level.

Everybody knows

We know this is a tough hill to climb

Just don't say it and everything will be OK.
Just don't say it and everything will be OK. | Source

So brutal

All of that just to get to a point of why people hate. People lie. The Paris atrocity is not isolated. This is what happens when people lie. Somebody somewhere told the terrorists that it was the right thing to do. Somebody lied. How can man need so much to be right that he twists and turns into a reality that allows killing innocents? I am sorry but we are taught from a wonderfully young age to lie and accept lies to make what we must do better. But do we really need to? No we do not. One can find a scripture of some sort to justify mass murder. That is the ultimate lie for it must be taken out of context and worried into some notion of God.

Time and place. We love to take what man has written through inspiration from God and apply it to us now. What fallacy. What a lie. That which was written to bring man out of darkness is not intended to bring man back to darkness. In the Old Testament we can find oodles of reference to what can nowadays be considered genocide and wrong. If someone told you to leave your common current good sense at the door - they lied.Whatever rationale that was used to oppress your good sense is a lie. We have free will but we are not free to commit atrocities. How easy is that truth. But some, somewhere bastardize the notion to consume us with hate and so atrocities are acceptable. I question just how much good is given to us. Is it strong enough to deny lies?

Not for me. I was not at birth given to enough good, to resist evil. I need a fix, okay a constant fix, of good to combat the evil that creeps into my mind. People lie. I must resist the lies. I must ask for guidance on a regular basis - minute by minute.

I pray today

I pray today

I pray of course for our victims in Paris, for they are ours. Humanity is so tied together that we feel one single loss of our brothers. How wonderful.

I pray for the souls of the fellow humans that have bought the lies. Who kill based upon some justification that is a lie. I buy the lies, I know hate. I am ashamed and recover from that shame daily. We are not perfect but we can strive to be better.

A lesson learned from the atrocities.

Do you hate anything? Do you just hate broccoli? Get rid of it now before it consumes you. No you are not likely to explode a bomb or fire off 100 rounds into a school but you feed hate when you hate. Love is beautiful. Love is all that. Hate is the same. It transfers to and infects others. Get rid of the hate. Squash it like a bug that is harmful, like a mosquito. Own your hate and kick it to the curb like yesterdays bad garbage. Trash it. For what small hate lives in you, you were taught because everybody lies. Parents do no lie to your children. Teach them love. Hate is a lie.

Now about bible thumpers. It is a lie. The Bible is made Holy not by God. It is made Holy by how we revere it. If we read something therein and it speaks of hate, we have most assuredly misread it. If it convinces us of love then we have read it truthfully and can spread that word. Hate from any scripture is a lie. Man lies. Do not buy the lie.


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.


      What true beauty there is in the constancy of God. We are chosen to follow that path and part of that path is honesty. We get a blessing when we do not take the easier path with a lie, after all it is the harder path in the long run.

      Your comment about your daughter reminds me "mean what say and say what you mean". Those promises unfulfilled are a deep and hurting kind of lie. If I regret anything it is when I have not lived up to a promise.

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand


      This was awesome! I can remember churches where I had to get out fast before I did something I'd regret to the minister (I was new to this faith stuff back then!)

      People lie, they sometimes do it maliciously and sometimes they think they're doing the 'right thing' but it's still a lie. The worst ones are those with part of the truth in them!

      One thing God can't do is lie! He loves us and gives us so many chances, but it's up to us to grasp them!

      Great hub


      My girl is Autistic (slightly) and lying is the one thing that loses their trust, once lost it won't come back!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ann it is good to hear from you. May your days be full of that which is to be grateful for.

      As for this teaching of hate; it is a real headscratcher. I guess we just have to accept evil as something that is alive. With my 5 year old we have a whole new deal on hate. If in chess someone takes your queen you get to say "I hate you" once. We are learning that it happens but that we control it and what it makes us do. Today he did not even say it. So we make progress against hatred.

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      Ann Carr 

      3 years ago from SW England

      This is wisdom, Eric. You have hit the nail on the head and you've taken the argument to those behind these terrorists - those who get others to do their dirty work, those who send these gullible people to their deaths and to take others with them, in the belief that they are doing right. How terrible, how wrong, and what pain and outrage they cause.

      Well expressed. It is hopeful in that if we all love, we can get rid of this, but, as bill says, one at a time. If I do it, you do it, others do it, then, like the beat of the butterfly wing, the mood will spread.

      My heart goes out to all in Paris, to all here at hubpages, especially to you, Eric.


    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks good friend it is great to hear from you. Let us gravitate toward the good and be watchful of the bad in each of us.

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      3 years ago

      Eric , just perfect is how I would describe your perception of man ! Awesome post ! Thank you for bringing sanity to the insane .....;-]

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Vellur, thank you for your comment. I think that many many people share your question. It is an age old problem that we probably will never understand completely.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Dora,

      Many claim that hate and anger are merely fear turned outward. There may be some truth in that.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      3 years ago from Dubai

      Wisdom in your words. I still do not comprehend why God who loves us so much does not prevent such horrors from happening. I wonder what God was doing when these moments of terror dawned upon the people in Paris. I guess I never will understand.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, your advice to own the hate needs serious thought. It's there and disowning it is not only a lie, but the cause of many lies. You certainly push some wisdom. Thank you!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dana thank you for that. It is just not our job to hate. Hate is an aberration. Anger I get. Fear I get and love I get. But hate has to be taught it is not natural. But can we make it illegal to teach or preach hate? Free will and freedom are tough at times.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks much alison, I really appreciate it when folks leave encouraging notes. Makes my day.

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      Dana Tate 

      3 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      I have attended church where the preacher would speak against gays and I thought to myself "Let those without sin cast the first stone" This is not to say I am for, or against the gay community- It means- that I as a sinner have no right to judge someone else. These terrorist groom children and brainwash them to be killers all in the name of their God yet, they say God is so wonderful.

      Then, you have others wondering how can God be so wonderful with all these atrocities happening and they are not understanding, as you stated, it is because of the lies of man. Most lies are based on ignorance. Truth comes from someone who sits high and looks low. As always an enjoyable read- stay blessed.

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      Alison Monroe 

      3 years ago

      Good sermon, Eric. I like the way you use pictures too.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John, we are faced with so much evil that we cannot just wish it away. Your question is answered with the horrible truth that we must fight it at all costs. Danged but I wish it were not so. Thank you for pointing that out as I left it out.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      When I looked at this Venkatachari, it hit me that in order to hate so much as to kill for it, someone has to be lying to someone. Hatred just cannot come from truth and love. But we notice that once hate starts it perpetuates itself. I found myself hating others and that is a no win road.

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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes Eric, people lie all the time, and often in the name of God. The problem is how do we stop others believing these lies. Great sermon once again.

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      Venkatachari M 

      3 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      This is awesome. So beautiful a message born from the atrocities at Paris. It's true man lies. We must resist the tendency to lie. Be bold and tell the truth. Lies come from weakness and fear. So we must make ourselves strong and bold. And hate also is bad as it leads to violence. Love brings peace and happiness.

      Thanks, Eric, for this beautiful sermon. And, my blessings.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.


      What pain Mohammed went through, what spiritual torment. How cool that it was written down. But we are not born of his pain. We are born of our own. We relax and take stock of our burden and our burden does not mean hate. Our universe deserves our love. So be it.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Patricia, we hold hands and cry and it is beautiful for nothing stands between us and love. No principality, no man and no qualification interrupts our love in my home. We do not overcome we become. Love does not heal all it prevents all that is bad. Let me be bold and say I love you.


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      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Billy Buc, anguish follows me these days. Am I fruitless in teaching and preaching love? Oh what the heck, I got it made, happiness is just reality in my world and one by one I share it. Ain't life grand?

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      Reynold Jay 

      3 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      I have not read a ton of you Hubs--so you may already know the history of Muhammad's life and what he was. If not, go to Wikipedia ( or anywhere) and you can quickly understand where all the hatred arises. 6 pages of the Koran are devoted to warfare.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.


      Feeling the pain is a blessing. We wrap ourselves around love and fill us up with it, and there is no room for distress. These people who find hate are filled up with other stuff. And they are lied to. to get there. Screw the minister who teaches hate. They make me see red in their lies.

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Yes indeed. lies abound and we are taught to lie albeit (in my case) not horrible lies, but the lies (little white lies) so that we would not hurt someone's feelings.

      And yes, I would have followed you right out of that church that lied about its purpose....we are all God's qualifiers.

      You have gone to the depths of our despair here, Eris. It is important for us to take stock.

      Those who lost their lives are part of us..John Donne reminded us..."no man is an island entire of himself.." Excellent work

      Angels are on the way to

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      Bill Holland 

      3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, you da man! I can find no fault in anything you have always. I have few answers for the world's pain...all I can do is take care of my side of the fence and spread as much goodwill as possible. I wish I could do more, but perhaps that is enough for one man...multiplied by millions, it would be quite a show of good tidings. :)

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Eric this is amazing. I felt your pain, ( That's no lie ) I am sitting here shaking my head in disbelief. Why must people hate? When I hear a minister preach hate toward another person because of their lifestyle, I can't turn them off fast enough. Who are we to judge? God bless you and heal you. It happens!


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