Barak and Deborah

Deborah and Barak

To refute the incessant Feminist male bashing against Barak that I have always heard, I once left some comments at Dalrock’s site that I will rehash and combine here for you.  Or you can go to the link below, hit Control-F and type “Sharkly” into the little find-pop-up-window to locate and read them all there.

https://dalrock.wordpress.com/2018/06/06/it-would-be-unchivalrous-to-tell-her-no/#comment-275529

BillyS says: He was a wimpy military leader. Note that he didn’t dispute what she said, but was too afraid to go alone.

Judges 4:8 Barak said to her, “If you will go with me, I will go, but if you will not go with me, I will not go.”

I have a different theory.  I think he was wisely testing her to see if he was being tricked and was being sent to his death, or if she really was being truthful about victory, to the point that she would go herself.  Unlike in a contemporary Hollywood movie, Barak’s army didn’t need a lone kick-ass woman’s help to fight off the army of Sisera.

I’ve had a similar situation before.  After I dismantled, repaired, and reassembled a business jet the test pilot asked me to go along and assist with in-flight tests on the initial test flight.  Sometimes in a situation like that there would only be the required pilots on the initial test flight.  When I asked why I was necessary on the initial flight, the test pilot confided to me that he would not fly the plane unless he knew I was confident enough in my own work, and the work of the other people I oversaw, to be onboard myself.  So I had the opportunity to literally stand behind my work, and perform the cabin pressurization/outflow valve and oxygen system tests on the initial test flight while the pilots were strapped in up front.  The pilot was not afraid to fly the airplane, so long as I was not afraid to be onboard.

BillyS says: You can have whatever theory you want, but the text clearly implies he was a wimp. (His glory for winning would go to a woman is what is written.) I think I will stick with the plain meaning rather than forcing my preconceptions on what is written.

I said my idea was a theory. You said he was a wimp, and “was too afraid to go alone.”

I wasn’t forcing anything into the Bible.  However you are forcing your feminist stereotype that women are brave and men are cowards, into the Bible.  Nowhere does the Bible say that Barak was a coward, or afraid.  You see a clear implication where I don’t.  I see a man who rose to be the leader of an army that fought in hand to hand combat.  That usually doesn’t happen to a coward, anymore than a cowardly man would one day wake up to find himself working as a test pilot.  I read my Bible and find Barak given as an example of faith, not as an object of Feminist ridicule.

Hebrews 11:29 By faith the people crossed the Red Sea as on dry land, but the Egyptians, when they attempted to do the same, were drowned. 30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days. 31 By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had given a friendly welcome to the spies. 32 And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets— 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.

1 Samuel 12:10 And they cried out to the Lord and said, ‘We have sinned, because we have forsaken the Lord and have served the Baals and the Ashtaroth. But now deliver us out of the hand of our enemies, that we may serve you.’ 11 And the Lord sent Jerubbaal and Barak and Jephthah and Samuel and delivered you out of the hand of your enemies on every side, and you lived in safety.

No mention of Jael or Deborah in those verses.  The glory may have gone to a woman, but God gives Barak due credit for his faith, and never calls him a wimp.  Just the Feminist preachers I’ve heard my whole life call him that.  I think he was just being a wise leader, protecting his men’s lives, by making sure the woman was telling him the whole truth, and not working for the enemy, by seeing if she would come along, thereby backing up her words with her life.

Judges 4:16 And Barak pursued the chariots and the army to Harosheth-hagoyim, and all the army of Sisera fell by the edge of the sword; not a man was left. 

Chasing down and slaughtering better equipped foes does not sound like the act of a coward to me.

Judges 5:15a  the princes of Issachar came with Deborah, and Issachar faithful to Barak; into the valley they rushed at his heels. 

That verse implies Barak was able to inspire faithfulness in his men, and even led the charge!  With the others rushing at his heels.  I won’t listen to a keyboard warrior call this heroic man of faith a wimp, just because it pleases the Feminists to emasculate all our male heroes.

Barak was in fact protecting the women of Israel, not the other way around.

Judges 5:28 “Out of the window she peered,
the mother of Sisera wailed through the lattice:
‘Why is his chariot so long in coming?
Why tarry the hoofbeats of his chariots?’
29 Her wisest princesses answer,
indeed, she answers herself,
30 ‘Have they not found and divided the spoil?—
A womb or two for every man;
spoil of dyed materials for Sisera,
spoil of dyed materials embroidered,
two pieces of dyed work embroidered for the neck as spoil?’

If Barak had not been faithful and led the charge against Sisera, more than likely the women of Israel would have been raped, but the Feminists’ inclination is to make a wimp out of him despite his demonstrated valor that undoubtedly saved many women from rape and other ravages of war.

I don’t fault you for your view. It was what I was always taught.  But after the Red Pill, I see things differently, and I now know not to believe a word those hirelings told me.  Watch out for those who emasculate the men of the Bible, always double check that sort of stuff, and then triple check it.

I was not familiar with the story either except from Feminist hirelings telling me that a wimpy man was afraid to go into battle without a brave woman leader to lead the scared man-child to the battle.
So I went to my handy tool:
https://classic.biblegateway.com/quicksearch/?quicksearch=Barak&qs_version=ESV
And found out that Barak was only mentioned in Judges 4-5, 1 Samuel 12, and Hebrews 11.  Then I read those passages and saw the whole story.

I had always sensed as a child that there was something repellant and off about the feminist version of the story that the hirelings preached.  They seemed gleeful to spin this narrative of a cowardly general needing to be reprimanded and babysat by an empowered lady Judge.  And I felt they often went overboard in their gratuitous pandering to the womenfolk, while making me hot under the collar that they were bashing males and claiming crap like “the average mom is braver than a General, that’s why God doesn’t have men give birth, because they’re not up to the task”.  Even as a child I sensed that snake was up there blowing sunshine up the ladies dresses, and doing it at my expense.  The Bible said Barak told Deborah “If you will go with me, I will go, but if you will not go with me, I will not go.”  The story didn’t go on for half an hour running down men and claiming women are superior like the Feminist pulpiteer did.  The concept of a frightened General seemed phony.  And if he was so scared at the head of an army of 10,000 armed men, how in the heck was one lady coming along going to make him feel so much safer.  The story never made sense and I hated it, and how it was used in churches to make fools of all men.

But after I just read the whole story myself, I realized Barak was most likely testing Deborah.  He didn’t need her to come along.  He just wanted to be positive that she wasn’t afraid to come along herself, because, if she was afraid, then he would know he and his army were being set up, and Deborah would not want to be killed by them when they found that out.  False prophets were to be put to death, and Deborah was a prophetess.  If she really believed God had promised them a victory, she would not be afraid to go along and be there to watch from behind Israel’s lines.

Is courage important?

Barak was given as an example of Faith in Hebrews 11:29-34.  And Faith is the source of most courage.

“Captain, my religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed.  God has fixed the time for my death.  I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me.”  He added, after a pause, looking me full in the face: “That is the way all men should live, and then all would be equally brave.” ~ Stonewall Jackson

Men of God are not to be cowards, and cowards can only pretend to be Godly when they’re not scared out of it.

Matthew 10:28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.  Rather fear Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. ~ C.S. Lewis

Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others. ~ Winston Churchill

Few women are very courageous today, and that is why their virtue is so easily abandoned in any situation.  Because of a lack of courage peoples “fixed morals” collapse into “situational ethics”.  The less courage a person has, the less influence it will take to get them to abandon their morals.

My theory is; if you were to have a person honestly rate the importance to them of each of their moral beliefs on a scale of 1 to 10, and then you were to rate their courage accurately on a scale of 1 to 10 you could multiply those two numbers together and get a 1-100 number representing how hard it would likely be, percentage wise, to get that person to violate that particular moral belief, or how likely they are to keep true to their conviction at different levels of pressure or temptation.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a printout before you “Man-up” and marry that whore.  She won’t fool around on you with a 7 or an 8, but 9’s and 10’s are beyond her resistance level, so don’t leave her alone with Chad, but it is fine to let her visit with Melvin.  That kind of thing would be handy to have computed.  If I put more pressure on her than X amount, she will begin to lie to me.  Maybe somebody needs to make a formula workbook if somebody hasn’t already.

Anyhow, hirelings preach about Barak and Deborah wrongly because they lack the courage to stand up for men against this world’s Feminism.  The church is led by cowards who will lapse on their less valued morals in secret at the least temptation or pressure, and their most firmly held beliefs are even up for grabs with enough temptation or pressure.  I wouldn’t mind if our church leaders had feet of clay, but they’ve got brains of clay and hearts of clay also.  So they are never any good, even before they fall.  Folks, you have to just read the Bible for yourselves!  These hirelings can’t be trusted with eternal matters.  Also be of good courage!  And be a good example of courage for your kids, and teach them to be courageous so that they can stand up against the world and be a pure light in the darkness.  Keep the faith.

An Image of My Father

The picture above is a colorized portrait of my father.  He has been dead for a dozen years, but as I write this it chokes me up to see my father looking back at me again.  He was my protector.  While the rest of my family often mistreated me, when dad was home I was safe and he made sure I was treated fairly.   My father was a stalwart man of principle, a genius engineer, and a servant of God.  He was a formidable man who could bring gravitas to any discussion, but he could also tell hilarious jokes for two hours straight after all the serious matters had been taken care of.  

My father showed me how to be a man, by being masculine for our entire life together.  His Biblical frame of reference did not bend to accommodate the world, the world had to adapt itself to my father.  He never cared about fame, he had no love of money, and he wasn’t afraid to die, so the world lacked much leverage against my dad.  Life with dad was an adventure, a mission, a test, and I never doubted for a moment that dad would see to it that we achieved his mission, no matter the circumstances.

 I wish every boy could grow up with a father like mine.  Because then there would be no questions about how to be masculine, nobody undisciplined, and no man without a mission.  It breaks my heart that so many boys are now growing up without fathers, including my own sons.  What they miss out on by not having a father in their life is incalculable.   You need a solid man to raise up solid men.  Boys can’t learn how to be a man by watching their mother.

Sanity is Vanity

Be not weary in welldoing

There is an overused and misattributed cliché that I continually encounter that states:

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”

The quote is often attributed to Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, or Mark Twain.  The earliest known occurrence, and probable origin, is in a 1981 text from Narcotics Anonymous: “Insanity is repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results.”

My  opinion is closer to that of Nobel physics laureate Frank Wilczek, who addresses the quote, so questionably attributed to Albert Einstein, by countering it with: “Naïveté is doing the same thing over and over, and always expecting the same result.”

Here is what Jesus taught us in ‘The Parable of the Unjust Judge’:

Luke 18:1 Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart, 2 saying, “In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not respect man. 3 There was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, ‘Give me legal protection from my opponent.’ 4 For a while he was unwilling; but afterward he said to himself, ‘Even though I do not fear God nor respect man, 5 yet because this widow bothers me, I will give her legal protection, otherwise by continually coming she will wear me out.’” 6 And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge said; 7 now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them? 8 I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”

Christians are to live by faith, and not by sight.( 2 Corinthians 5:7)   We should be willing to be seen as “fools” for Christ’s sake.(1 Corinthians 4:9-16)  We are instructed to do the right thing even if we repeatedly get results we don’t like.   If we turn the other cheek we may get smacked again.  If we continue to speak the truth we may be despised or persecuted for it again.    Should we stop asking people to follow the command of God, if the whole world thinks God’s command is unloving?

Romans 3:4 By no means! Let God be true though every one were a liar, as it is written, “That you may be justified in your words, and prevail when you are judged.”

A salute to all my brothers

ShermanMen, you were all created; fearfully and wonderfully made.  God our Father, the Ancient of days, has seen fit to share his glory with us all by making us each as a lesser likeness of Himself, God most high and fearful.  We are all sons of the man Adam, a son of God, we are born after his divine image, and so we too are lesser gods, like he.  We have inherited the rightful dominion over this earth that was given to our father Adam by God, Adam’s Maker and Father, who made all things through His only begotten Son Jesus Christ.   The disciple, whom Jesus loved, John, had a vision of Jesus Christ our now exalted head: Revelation 1:17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

Christ, our redeemer and resurrection, is the head of every man, just as man is the head of woman.  Women are to reverence their husbands, after marriage through humble obedience to them, and before marriage by keeping themselves pure and unspoiled for them.   Ha ha.

I’d like to give my highest salute to my wise MGTOW brothers who have kept themselves unspoiled by women, who are natural defilers.  You have a magnificence bestowed by God that women can’t touch.  If not for my own weakness and fallibility of mind, I would be one of you and as stalwart as you are.

Revelation 14:3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.  4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth.  These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.  5 And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.

Keep your walk straight, your head high, and your pure heart committed to God.  Be guided by your reason, by your faith, and by sound principles.  You noble sons of Adam have my enduring respect and admiration as you bear the burdens and responsibilities placed upon you by an ungrateful society that depends upon your good virtue.  While silly harpies and religious charlatans smear all men as “toxic” or “unloving”, I will not so slander the image of God.  From the bottom of my heart, my brothers, with all the honor due to you, I salute you.

 

Addendum:

The man pictured above, is United States ~ Union general William Tecumseh Sherman, known as “Uncle Billy” to his troops, and famous for his quote “War is hell”, and his harsh “total war” strategy.  He seems to have been a bit red-pilled.  Below are some of his quotes.

Regarding war & specifically the U.S. civil war:

When people believe a delusion they believe it harder than a real fact.

To those who would submit to the rightful law and authority, all gentleness and forbearance; but to the petulant and persistent secessionists, why, death is mercy, and the quicker he or she is disposed of the better. Satan and the rebellious saints of Heaven were allowed a continuous existence in hell merely to swell their just punishment. To such as would rebel against a Government so mild and just as ours was in peace, a punishment equal would not be unjust.

You might as well appeal against the thunder-storm as against these terrible hardships of war. They are inevitable, and the only way the people of Atlanta can hope once more to live in peace and quiet at home, is to stop the war, which can only be done by admitting that it began in error and is perpetuated in pride.

I am tired and sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine; even success the most brilliant is over dead and mangled bodies, with the anguish and lamentations of distant families, appealing to me for sons, husbands, and fathers … it is only those who have never heard a shot, never heard the shriek and groans of the wounded and lacerated … who cry aloud for more blood, for more vengeance, for more desolation.  War is hell.

War is cruelty. There is no use trying to reform it. The crueler it is, the sooner it will be over.

I intend to make Georgia howl.

If the people raise a great howl against my barbarity and cruelty, I will answer that war is war, and not popularity seeking.  If they want peace, they and their relatives must stop the war.

My aim, then, was to whip the rebels, to humble their pride, to follow them to their inmost recesses, and make them fear and dread us. Fear is the beginning of wisdom.

Wars are not all evil, they are part of the grand machinery by which this world is governed.

War’s legitimate object is more perfect peace.

But, my dear sirs, when peace does come, you may call on me for any thing. Then will I share with you the last cracker, and watch with you to shield your homes and families against danger from every quarter.

Regarding an army: (could be applied to our families)

An Army is a collection of armed men obliged to obey one man. Every change in the rules which impairs that principle weakens the army.

An army to be useful must be a unit, and out of this has grown the saying, attributed to Napoleon, but doubtless spoken before the days of Alexander, that an army with an inefficient commander was better than one with two able heads.

Submittin’ like a Kitten

If only I’d married “Chad”.

The perfect man who lives just over the fence, where the grass is always greener.

Chad Thundercock

Chad Thundercock    6′ 3″  &  Insanely Confident

A recent comment made me wonder, if it is possible that women like to shift the blame for their lack of compliance & submission onto their husbands?

And, personally, being a woman, there’s nothing I love more than a dominant, masculine man who isn’t afraid to stand up and take charge. It’s pretty near impossible to be submissive to a limp dishrag who refuses to lead.

I think I have also heard women say the opposite: “if only my husband wasn’t so overbearing and demanding, then I would find it easy to submit to him.”

Many women seemingly say to themselves; I’d be submittin’ like a kitten, if only my husband was perfectly everything I wanted him to be, changing in harmony with my moods, and was a fit helper to fulfill my every desire.

The downside of the soul mate / fairy tale view of relationships

Apparently some women have difficulty submitting because their husbands are not assertive enough, while others have difficulty submitting because their husbands are too assertive.  And no doubt some have difficulty even though their husband is the perfect balance of assertiveness, because everything he is asserting is somehow just wrong.

Did she choose her own man?  The answer is: Yes!  Women are the gatekeepers of sex.  Unless she was forced to marry a man who raped her,(like in some Islamic countries) then she truly did have the option to say “no, I do not”, instead of saying “I do”.  She may have even arranged to be given away to this man by her own father.  So, how did her husband become so unworthy, that he can no longer be submitted to, as unto the Lord?  And how did the mythical “Chad Thundercock” become so perfect for so many different types of women, while their own husbands constantly miss the mark so badly?  Is “Chad” really that well-endowed?  Girlfriend! I’ve heard his manhood is almost as big as “the fish that got away”, and yet guaranteed to always feel just right.  He’s such a good lover!  He does stuff to you that you’ll love before you ever knew you’d like it.  Somehow Chad just knows.  But if your own husband did the same stuff, it would just be all wrong, and you’d feel used and violated, not like when Chad did it perfectly in your mind.

Maybe for the good of all marriages, we need to hunt Chad down and expose him as being a fabricated figmentary fantasy.  Or better yet, make him marry one of these hos he’s supposedly bedding, and then let her tell the world what a dirty rat disappointing husband Chad turned out to be, and how abusive he is, and how she was forced to divorce him and flee with the kids and all Chad’s stuff.(although she is still living in Chad’s former home)  And how she had to go to court to force Chad to fully pay for her life on easy street, while she is having to screw a growing list of men, on Chad’s dollar, to console herself about the breakup over Chad’s failure to be who she thought he should have been.

The problem for us is Chad is perpetually single, always available to even the ugliest and orneriest women, he refuses to ever marry, and he can be such a homewrecker, always one-upping husbands.  That Bastard!

How to bring back Patriarchy.

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The simple truth.

The respect society gives to men, in general, is regulated and set by two factors:

  1. Society’s beliefs about men and what they deserve.
  2. What men have been conditioned to expect, and what they willingly endure.

The second factor, what men expect and tolerate, adjusts with and is set by the first factor, which makes the first factor ultimately the determinant factor.

How it was.

Men have historically been understood to be superior to women and children in Patriarchal societies.  This unquestioned belief in male superiority, kept those societies Patriarchal and wanting all male leadership for everyone’s benefit.

How it works.

Beliefs regarding the sexes relative superiority and inferiority leads to society becoming correspondingly Patriarchal, Egalitarian, or Matriarchal.

What went wrong.

It was the gradual introduction of the belief in equality of the sexes that led women to clamor for men’s rights, for men’s positions, and to despise men’s dominion over them.  Furthermore it was the belief in equality of the sexes that led men to give women the rights held by men, to allow women to take men’s former positions, and to share responsibilities, like voting, that belonged to men.   The false notion that men and women were created equal, even interchangeable, has made our families fall into chaos.  You can’t have a democracy of two.  In marriage, equality is a recipe for conflict.

What must change.

Any intended return to a society that respects male dominated leadership and respects men in general, must be preceded by a societal return to the belief in male superiority.   That belief is necessary to put back into effect and keep in effect the desired change in civil society.  If men are not believed to be superior, then male dominated leadership is considered corrupt, arrogant, usurping, and missing half of the best talent.  Every Patriarchal society is of necessity built on the foundational truth that men are superior, and are therefore deserving of the superior role, and superior regard.  The ancients clearly knew that men were superior.  Aristotle states, “as regards the sexes, the male is by nature superior and the female inferior, the male ruler and the female subject”.  Once upon a time the church unanimously believed that men were created first, and only men were created in the image of God.  Men were therefore known to be superior, known to be due greater respect, and expected to rule over women.   Men must reclaim their superiority, the image of God, and the divine right to rule that comes with it.