Strategy For Men of the West: Your Castle

I want a secure home where my family can live in peace and relative safety.

I’ve repeatedly stated that a man must be fit to rule.  Once he is, he needs to develop his own kingdom.  In a metaphorical sense, his kingdom can consist of many different things, but in the physical sense it begins with his castle.  If you’ll notice, the castle pictured above was built to meet the stated goal above.  Back then a castle was a base of operations for the local headman and was designed to offer a place of safety from wandering attackers or peasant uprisings.  Because it offered a place of safety and employment, typically a village grew up nearby because the castle was a production center.  Today, the threats are a bit different.

These days, what is pictured above and below are far better options.   An earth-sheltered home that will stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer, which means that the cost of living there will be very low.  Notice the greenhouse and solar collector for hot water above.  When the power goes out in the middle of winter this would be a nice place to have.  We don’t see a chimney, but for northern locations this could easily be accomplished and a small wood-burning stove will keep an earth-sheltered home toasty warm in the winter.

You can call it a hole in the ground, but inside it’s got a lofty ceiling and lots of natural light coming in.  With a good design one will never feel like they’re in a cave.

Several years ago I wrote about building underground homes using shipping containers and concrete.  It’s not difficult and from the standpoint of a “do-it-yourself” deal, it works well. One of the really nice thing about using shipping containers is that much of the finishing work can be performed before they are ever put together and buried.  Meaning, contractors can be used for skilled work such as electrical, plumbing or finish carpentry.  You can have professionals install the kitchen.  Best of all, the vast majority of work can be done off-site and when it’s ready, have the containers trucked in and buried.

There are other ways of building earth-sheltered homes, one of which (also low-cost) is the monolithic dome home.  There are more traditional ways of building underground homes as well.  There is one iron-clad rule that must be observed:  insulate the outside of the structure before the dirt goes on using closed-cell urethane foam.  Otherwise, there is a strong probability that warm, moist air during the summer will condense on the interior walls and ceiling and it will “rain” inside.  Not a good situation.

In a previous post I discussed homesteading and growing ginseng.  This is the sort of housing that compliments those activities, but it doesn’t matter where such a house is built.  The savings and security obtained with an earth-sheltered home don’t depend on geography.  The only sticking point is that when built in suburban areas, they tend to create substantial issues with zoning and regulation because they aren’t normal.

 

What’s So Great About An Underground Home?

First and foremost, they are secure homes.  Earthquakes, tornadoes, violent storms, no problem.  They’re even pretty reasonable shelter from radioactive fallout after a nuclear attack. With a bit of planning and preparation, they’re extremely resistant to an assault and can be very defensible.  The nice thing about all that dirt is it’s bulletproof.  Since building such a home requires moving quite a bit of dirt, there is no reason why an escape tunnel can’t be put in place when the home is built.  Homes such as this need a (hidden) back door.

Second, earth-sheltered homes are excellent shelter.  Cool in the summer and warm in the winter, they are liveable homes with no electricity as long as you have a supply of water.  If the home is properly designed and sited, it will offer a higher quality of life than a “normal” home.  The savings in energy costs can be enough to pay the mortgage.

Third, these homes are low-profile.  With a bit of time and creative landscaping they are all but invisible unless you’re standing in front of them.  If done correctly, they won’t be identifiable as a structure from satellite images either.

Fourth, zoning regulations and property values practically require such homes be built in rural locations and with at least 8-10 acres of land, so there is plenty of room for a large garden and livestock.  A good permaculture design will ensure that not only is the home a good shelter, but the operation can provide the vast majority of the food for the family.  Which means I’m talking about what is known as “homesteading”.

If your housing won’t allow you to produce a significant amount of the food your family consumes, at least 3/4 of it, then ultimately your housing isn’t sustainable in bad times.  With no food and no water, it’s just a box to die in.   In any number of scenarios, the power grid goes down, the supply chain breaks and the shooting and starving begins.  A lot of cell towers have battery backup, which means people will be able to coordinate their mayhem in the beginning.  There are not nearly enough police or national guard to deal with the problem once it starts and after that everything breaks.

Everyone has been conditioned with the idea that government can do anything.   News Flash:  it can’t.  When things get out of hand, the violence will be happening everywhere and it won’t be containable with the “swarming” tactics used under normal conditions.  With no power to pump fuel, how to the police get gas?  How do they get paid?  How do they feed themselves or their families?  Who protects their families when they’re at work?  In other words, how long will they be on the job when the violence goes out of control?

You don’t need to worry about the doom and gloom, all you really need to know is an earth sheltered (underground) home is very liveable, warm in winter, cool in summer and never needs to be painted.  The cost of utilities is extremely low, they’re tornado-proof and are completely safe.  If the power goes out it doesn’t matter if there’s a sub-zero winter storm outside, a small wood-burning stove will heat the home quite well.  If it’s the summer-time in the middle of a heat wave, the home is still going to stay below 70 degrees inside.  Either way, light a few candles or an oil lamp after dark and you’re set.

 

Why Don’t More People Do This?

There are a lot of reasons, but they boil down to ignorance and enslavement to public opinion.  This isn’t what “normal” people do.  Plenty of people will claim that the resale value won’t be good because it’s not “normal” and banks won’t want to loan the money to build one.  That’s ridiculous.  People will buy these things if they understand what they’re actually buying.

Underlying all that is the fact that most people don’t plan and don’t have any idea what the real threats are.  There is an entire media industry that’s in business to keep the population pacified and under control.  Keep everyone calm and maintain business as usual.  When you consider that a homesteader lifestyle is a lot of work and it’s oriented around a different set of values than the vast majority of people have, obviously only a few would be willing to do something like that.

Even when people think about preparedness, they have the mentality that it’s something they can think about occasionally and ignore the rest of the time.  It’s “emergency” preparedness, not a lifestyle.  Emergencies only last for a little while and then everything goes back to normal!   Consider the assumptions of the following graphic:

Notice all the assumptions?  Once the 30 day supply of food is gone, where will your food come from?  Same with the water.  Cell phones?  This assumes the cell networks will continue to function.  Having gas in the vehicle is great, but what about bicycles?  Driving around in an emergency does nothing but draw attention to the fact that you’re there.   A multi-tool?  C’mon.  You’ll need a fully-stocked workshop with lots of hand tools that don’t require electricity.

The knowledge and skills necessary to be a successful homesteader can be daunting, but it isn’t rocket science and often it’s a matter of having the correct tools to do the job.  Gardening is not difficult and depending on how it’s done can be efficient with a minimum of work.  However, when all the produce starts coming in the pace picks up because the vegetables need to be picked, washed, processed and canned.  That requires large vats to boil the water, a good supply of canning jars and lids, as well as all the rest of the equipment necessary to do the job efficiently.  And let’s not forget about the labor requirements.

 

The Litmus Test For Appropriate Housing

Over the past few decades I have watched as time and time again the focus of preparedness has centered on weapons, ammunition and stored food instead of appropriate housing and food production capacity.  There is a great deal of disagreement over this, but in keeping with the idea that one should be prepared for the worst and hope for the best, the litmus test for appropriate housing is simple:

How well does the home function without electricity for an extended period of time?

  • In the middle of winter in sub-freezing temperatures?
  • In the middle of summer with very high temperatures?
  • With public services such as gas and water cut off?

It’s all well and good to rent a place that fails if you’re working toward getting something that will pass this test, just make sure you don’t buy something that fails this test.

Speaking of purchasing property… if you borrowed money to buy it, the property really isn’t yours until it’s paid for.  After that it still isn’t really yours because if you don’t pay your rent to the State, they will take it away from you.  Which means that property taxes are an issue and in some places, property taxes are quite high.

Property taxes are an expense, but they are based on the appraised value.  What if the local government didn’t know your house was there?  If the homesite can’t be seen from the road (you really don’t want it to be visible from the road), then it can be done.  The solution is to give the local government and utilities something to see that answers the questions.  The solution is to have a “hunting camp” with an electrical hookup.  It could be simple:

The beauty of a 20-foot container building like this is it can be brought in on the back of a roll-bed truck and dropped off without the need for a crane.  It’s a time-consuming project, but the container can be set up on piers and leveled using hydraulic jacks.  Because it’s a portable building, you get your electricity (construction hookup) without any inspections.

A more robust setup can be put in place that’s designed to be a permanent fixture.  This is actually an excellent idea because it provides a reason for why the entry driveway is present.

With this design, a vehicle can be parked under the roof or the open space can be used for a common area.  It wouldn’t take much to equip something like this as a hunting camp or a home to live in while building the real home.  Keep in mind that the one thing you don’t see is the insulation on the outside.  A few inches of sprayed-on closed-cell urethane foam is all it takes to keep them warm or cool.

For less than $8,000 and a bit of sweat equity, something like the “hunting camp” pictured above could be built and it would be a cozy home.   The containers can be purchased individually on a cash basis, as well as all other building materials.  Surplus and used building materials can be used.

 

Location, Location, Location

The single most important factor in having a good homestead that will shelter you in times to come and allow you to not just survive, but thrive, is location.

You need to be close enough to a city to work and far enough from the city to have some privacy.

Water

More and more locations have local ordinances that require residents to be connected to the municipal water supply.  In some cases having a water well is forbidden, ostensibly because it might result in a dual water supply that might result in contamination of the municipal water supply.  These are places to avoid because rule #1 is to be in control of your water supply.

A good water well is the best option, although a good year-round spring or other source of water is also a good option.  Many people have cisterns and utilize rainwater if the climate allows.  If you have the discipline, great, but a good water well is best if the power is available to run the pump.   If the well isn’t too deep a hand-pump can be installed to lift the water.  There are always options.

Obtaining a water well is the first task to be accomplished with the property.  Claim the purpose of the well is livestock watering if there has to be a reason given.  The well needs to be close to the home and suitably protected (and hidden) such that it’s not vulnerable in case of problems.  Ideally the well would be adjacent to the house and a portion of the home extended to cover the well and allow access from inside the home.   And, yes, that might mean doing some interesting rigging if you ever have to pull the pump out to replace it.  That’s the price of security.

 

Production

Ginseng farming has already been covered in a previous post and one of the points that post made was the importance of selecting the location and the property to allow doing what you want to do.  There are very few properties available that have a year-round stream with a good flow and 100 feet of drop in elevation as they go through the property, but that’s exactly what you want to find to set up a hydro-electric station and have your own power plant.

Some people will be in a location that facilitates running a commercial farm and they’ll be able to make a very good living just selling food.  The fact they don’t have any place to put ginseng doesn’t bother them.  Others will have a day job that pays the bills and allows them sufficient time to work the homestead.  There are various skills that allow working online from just about anywhere and such work provides the income to get the homestead up and running.  As the homestead comes into production the cost of living drops as food and salable products are produced.

The point is that living out in the country does not mean one has to be poor.  Having sufficient land to allow the production of food gives you a degree of independence not found elsewhere.  So what if a bunch of SJW’s think you’re a racist misogynist.  The chickens will keep laying eggs, the milking cow will still produce milk, the steers will keep grazing and growing, the hogs will keep rooting around in the compost pile, the bees will still make honey and your garden will still grow.  They don’t care.

Everything you produce and consume is something you did not have to spend taxable income on.  Your stored food is an asset.  Your livestock and equipment are assets that will produce more.

 

You Castle Isn’t Just A Home, It’s A Production Center

A center of production requires space, tools and energy.  Burying a couple of 1000 gallon propane tanks means you can keep years worth of propane on hand for cooking and hot water.  A couple of large fuel tanks will provide your own (limited) supply of gasoline and diesel fuel and there are additives that allow fuel to be stored for years.  A well-stocked maintenance barn with a good lift means you can do a lot of repairs and maintain your vehicles and equipment. These are normal things to find on a farm but they cost money.

Setting up a complete off-the-grid electrical system is expensive.  Huge solar panel arrays, battery banks, inverters, filters and a gas-powered generator (with more buried propane tanks) will mean you have electricity if the power goes out and be able to go on with your life.  Like everything else, such a system costs a lot of money and requires knowledge and experience to maintain it.  Call it a learning experience.  A hydro-electric setup is the holy grail of off-the-grid living because if you have a year-round stream that will run a hydro plant, you are your own power company.

A decent metal shop with welders, a lathe, milling machine, some saws and an ironworker will allow you to fabricate just about anything if you have a good supply of steel bar, tube and sheet stock.  A decent woodworking shop with a good tablesaw, jointer, planer and a few specialty tools on the back end and a bandsaw mill and small kiln dryer on the front end will allow you to harvest your own trees and turn them into anything from lumber to furniture.  And, yes, these kinds of tools use a lot of electricity.  Which means the best time to run them is on bright, sunny days in the summer when your electric production is at it’s peak.

When spare time is available, use the tools to make the place pretty.

A good backhoe and dump truck, combined with a skid-steer and a few attachments will allow you to do a lot of work around the farm.  There are excellent hydraulic concrete mixer attachments available for skid-steers that allow you to mix small batches of concrete quickly.  Something like this 1/3 yard concrete mixer.

A roadheader attachment for the backhoe will allow you to do amazing things.  They go through stumps like a hot knife through butter but they really shine when it comes to creating swales and terracing across slopes.  A small bulldozer will allow you to maintain your own roads and do some creative earth-moving.  Adding an old crane with a 20 ton capacity will allow you to finish, manipulate, install and bury buildings made from shipping containers, anywhere you want, with privacy.

Housing can be built at a low cost so putting in some housing for occasional farm labor and visitors is called for.  But other buildings are needed as well.  Barns for storing hay, storing machinery, shops for doing maintenance and work, there are a lot of reasons to build other farm buildings.

I bet the hogs would like an earth-sheltered farrowing-barn that stays warm in winter and cool in summer, don’t you?  With plenty of storage space for feed?  What about the cows?  Wouldn’t they like a comfortable barn that’s easy to clean, sanitary for milking and comfortable?  Less stress on the animals means more production from the animals and the buildings are cheap.  Especially if you have the time and equipment to build them.

All of these things require knowledge, skill and experience.  They are tools that allow you to do things and as far as homeschooling your children they all require skills that are useful to learn.  But, we’re in the 21st Century, right?  So add 3D printing capability and computer-controlled machining to all that.  There’s no reason not to get into robotics and drones.  Who says homeschooling can’t be fun?

While the homestead can produce the kind of income to support this, one might still wonder, why buy all this stuff?  First, it’s extremely handy to have around when you want to get something done.  Second, we’re talking about the tooling and equipment for multiple different businesses your children can learn and the equipment can earn money.  These are businesses that have deductions for expenses and they can lose money for tax purposes, which means allocating money across the various businesses can result in no taxes.  If one considers that “self-employed” income of $60,000 per year will require $9,300 in FICA taxes along with another $10,700 in federal taxes, you’re looking at the government taking 1/3 of your income in taxes.

The secret to avoiding that is to have lots and lots of allowable deductions that cover the money you would have spent anyway.  There is no need to receive money, pay taxes on it and then spend it on something that would have been a tax-deductible expense if the company had spent the money.  It’s all a matter of organization.

One of the major reasons to not say anything about growing ginseng is there are lots of ginseng buyers out there and they pay cash and don’t file a 1099 form with the IRS.  Taking prime ginseng root to various buyers would mean having completely off-the-books income in cash money.  On a homestead where expenses are very low, selling 30 pounds of ginseng for cash is the equivalent of selling 44 pounds “officially” and sending the government $14k in taxes.  This is the truth of being “self employed” in America:

I don’t advocate tax evasion, but tax avoidance is perfectly legal.  A lot of the very useful equipment listed above is what is know as business equipment.  Organize it as a business and claim the allowable deductions such as depreciation, maintenance, repairs and operating costs.  If you were going to pull out $60k in ginseng every year, why not use the money you would have been sending to the government to obtain and maintain the things you want to have?  Seems to be perfectly logical and it’s legal.

 

Make A Master Plan Before You Make Mistakes

An old farmer once observed to me that “Every permanent fence I ever built got torn down and every temporary fence I built is still there.  Life is strange.”

What he was describing was a lack of a plan, but it’s more complicated than that.  It takes time to fully understand a piece of land and the vast majority don’t have any idea of what is possible.  No, that’s not me trying to sell consulting services.

What can and should be done is draw up a site plan.  The terrain and layout will dictate a lot of how things will need to be placed, but care should be given.  This is why I recommend that a young man live on his farm for a few years before building his permanent house.  As he gets to know the land and works to develop it, he will gain an understanding of what could be and what can’t be.  This is an example by Bill Mollison:

This is a drawing of a permaculture setup that has the various production areas arranged in zones based on how often you need to visit each zone.  The more often it needs to be visited, the closer to the home it should be.

The plan should take into account where your access roads and trails are, where your buildings will be to support your other activity and where different production units will be based.  You might have one pasture that’s for grazing cows and chickens, another pasture that’s strictly for hay.  One area for the house and garden areas, with a chicken house for egg layers and a greenhouse close by.  Or perhaps you combine them.  The plan should take into account drainage of water and show your water and septic lines.

Fences and where your fences go is another important consideration.  Areas for immediate development and future development should be marked off.  If water is an issue then you’ll want a water tower placed where it’s at the highest point to get the maximum head pressure from gravity.

Because ginseng takes so long to grow, if a major effort is put in initially to get seed in the ground then there will be a period of four to five years for plans to be developed.  More ginseng can be planted and work can be done, but by the time the ginseng would be at the point to yield any money there is plenty of time to determine how it can best be used.  Focus on infrastructure and get perimeter fencing and water production and distribution lines in place.  Get pastures cleared and the soil prepared.  These things don’t necessarily cost a lot of money but they do take time.

One of the main ways to occupy your time in the early years is with education.  There are dozens of books to read and if you plan on doing a lot of the work to build your structures, you’ll possibly need to get some instruction and develop some skill in order to do so.  Part of the plan is to figure out what needs to be done in what order to make the process efficient.

The ancient castles were originally sited based on the terrain and access to water.  They started off as wooden palisades and over the generations they grew and changed.  This is much the same process but it will happen a lot faster.  Keep in mind that this will be your kingdom so make sure it’s orderly.  That requires a plan.

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Strategy For Men of the West: The Best Field To Have

This post continues the line of Strategy and Tactics For Men of the West.   It’s one thing to talk a good political argument, but at the end of the day practical guidance is needed.  The key to being able to speak from a position of strength is to be anti-fragile.  An effective prostitute might be looked down on by society and will be called names and persecuted, but she will make money because her product never goes out of style.

Homesteading (having a small diversified farm) is one of the very best career choices anyone can make no matter which way one looks at it.  It’s anti-fragile, it reinforces strength, minimizes weakness and allows someone who knows what they’re doing to make a lot of money far faster than any comparable field of work.  The unsung key to this is having a good cash crop.

The trend toward legalizing marijuana will prompt articles and chatter about growing marijuana legally and it’s true that for a little while it will be possible to make a good amount of money doing so.  However, growing marijuana doesn’t compare to growing ginseng.  When I say ginseng, I don’t refer to the field cultivated ginseng or the woods-grown ginseng, I refer specifically to wild simulated ginseng.  Wild simulated ginseng is wild ginseng for all intents and purposes when it comes time to sell it.

 

Ginseng and China

Let’s say you’re living in Kentucky (near Frankfort), married with 3 boys, four, six and seven years old.  You’re working as a janitor making $34k (take home) but there’s a nice health care plan.  You want your wife to quit working, homeschool the boys and have a few more babies.  She loves that idea but can’t see how to afford it because even with both parents working you can barely make ends meet.  And what about the children?  How could you ever afford to send them to college?

If one looked around carefully it would be possible to find something along the lines of a 40 acre parcel of land 20-30 miles outside of town for less than $1500 an acre.  Typically these properties only have about 15 acres that are even close to flat and the rest is hillside covered with ‘young timber’.  That means it will be 30 years before the timber is worth anything, so for now it’s considered hunting land.  And, to cap it off, the property will be out in the middle of nowhere and you’ll have to drive 10 miles just to get to a gas station.

Some might say that it’s not possible to get property that cheap but that isn’t true.  But just to be sure, as of today (April 2017) a search for land in central Kentucky found several parcels from 40-75 acres that were priced at less than $1000 per acre.

The purpose of finding a farm like this is three-fold.  First, you need enough land to have a farm where you can produce most of your food.  Second, having such a farm means you can arrange your life the way you want without having to worry about what the neighbors think.  Third, such a parcel of land offers the correct habitat to grow ginseng.

Wild ginseng is almost extinct and when planted as “wild simulated” ginseng there is no difference between the wild and the wild simulated because all the planter did was help out nature by planting the seed.  The price of wild ginseng has risen dramatically in recent years and has regularly been selling for over $1000 per pound of dried weight.  The market for ginseng is China and it’s always been China.  There is no reason to expect the price of ginseng to drop or the demand to dry up.

Ginseng is a business with an increasing demand and a declining supply.

Each acre, planted correctly, will yield around 250 pounds (dried weight) of 10 year old roots.  By law, in order to comply with the international treaties governing endangered species, ginseng cannot be harvested before it’s 5 years old.  However, after 5 years the roots can be dug out of the ground and sold.  The older the roots the bigger they are and the more valuable they are.  If necessary roots could be dug to provide money every fall after the plants are 5 years old, but it’s far better to leave them in the ground to grow for as long as possible.

So, the idea is to find a place that will support all these requirements because once it’s planted it’s almost completely maintenance free.  If you’re interested in how to grow ginseng and what is required, read this short paper on the subject.  It was written in 2005, so some of the numbers are no longer accurate.  Back then wild ginseng was selling for $400 per pound and today the price is over $1000 per pound.  Anyone who had planted ten acres of ginseng twelve years ago according to those instructions now has millions of dollars worth of ginseng and the longer it stays in the ground the more valuable it gets.

While the price of seed has risen, fortunately it hasn’t seen the same increase that the wild ginseng has had.   In 2004 seed was selling for $35 per pound and the 20 pounds needed to plant an acre cost $700.  Today you’ll spend around $55 to $60 per pound if you buy it in bulk orders of #100 pounds or more.   You may need to go to Wisconsin to get it, because seed that’s sold retail online is upwards of $100 per pound.  Which means planting an acre of wild simulated ginseng will cost $1100 to $1200 per acre in seed at 20 pounds per acre.   Putting in ten acres will cost $11,000 to $12,000 just for the seed.

On the bright side, where else can you invest $150,000 and get a home to live in, plenty of room to produce food, have very low utility costs and live a rural and secure life…  and 8-10 years later start harvesting a crop that’s worth over $100,000 a year for life?  Yes, it takes a bit of work but that’s more of a blessing than you might think.  In order to steal it a thief will spend a lot of time and make a huge mess.  If you’re on top of things you’ll know and be able to take appropriate action.

 

Hiring Labor For Harvesting And Planting

The most labor intensive part is harvesting and it takes between 500 and 600 man hours of hard, focused work to harvest an acre of ginseng with 24,000 plants.  Do you really need $250,000 a year?  Perhaps you can be satisfied with only $125,000 per year.  That’s around 250 to 300 man hours of harvest time.  Since you have a debt-free home with extremely low utility costs and produce most of your food, can you barely scrape by with only $62,500 a year?  That’s just 125 to 150 man hours of harvest labor.  If you have a wife and two teenage children to help dig it up, you can knock it out in a standard work-week.  But, if the crop is that valuable, why not hire labor to dig it for you?

You can build housing and provide all the amenities for a small labor force and hire a crew from out of state to come in and harvest your ginseng.  You bus them in, have them harvest the ginseng, plant a few acres of seed and then bus them out again.  If you pay them $15 (in cash, it’s casual labor) for every pound of root they dig (after cleaning) and have a percentage that you dock them for broken roots and necks as well as a bonus for intact man-roots, your cost of labor on each pound of dry ginseng sold is less than 5%.  Every three pounds of fresh root will dry to about 1 pound of dry weight.

All you have to do is supervise.  If you hired twenty-two laborers you’d get somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 man hours of labor in the field each day and have a cook and a helper to feed them.  If they’re digging a pound of root per hour, that’s $150 a day for a 10 hour day so you’ll need $3000 in cash every day to pay them.   They’ll dig up around 1 acre every three days, so having them there for a week to dig out two acres will cost you around $20k in cash.  You own a farm and produce a lot of food so providing 400 meals shouldn’t be a problem.   The cook and his (or her) helper can do laundry during the day to keep them in clean clothing.

When it’s over you bus them back where they came from.  Each man made around a thousand dollars for a week’s work and you’ve got around a half-million dollars worth of ginseng in your drying sheds.  If you need a big payout for a single season, this is the way to do it.

Keep in mind that requires the facilities to house and feed the labor but it only gets used for labor (at most) once a year.  The rest of the time you’ve got facilities that can be used for family reunions and things like that.   When things get ugly, it’s a place to put people who are worth saving because you’ll need the manpower to stay safe.  Having some trusted people who make your farm their bug-out location can be a very good thing.  Or maybe you could make a kids camp with cottages and a central meeting house for meals and entertainment with a commercial kitchen that doubles as a canning kitchen for processing food.  I’m reliably told that kids camps are huge money-losers for tax purposes.

The one thing you DO NOT want to do is declare this to be some sort of ginseng farming operation for taxes.  You don’t want the government to know it’s there at all.

The bottom line is the older the plants get the more valuable they become, so if the money isn’t needed and sufficient funds are on hand to cover the coming year’s spending (with some set aside for emergencies), it’s better to leave the ginseng in the ground to keep growing and getting older.  China isn’t going anywhere.

 

An Example Of What To Look For

In this example I’ll try to demonstrate what kind of things to look for from the land itself.  Ginseng does best on a north-facing slope under a 70% shade cover in moist but not wet soil.  The nutrient requirements are beyond the scope of this but it isn’t difficult to find rural land that has these attributes.

One of the properties on sale now is a 74.15 acre parcel with an asking price of $65,000.  That’s the asking price for the land, $875 per acre.  Personally I wouldn’t haggle because for a homestead that can grow ginseng it’s a real bargain.  I don’t know how long that listing will be up so the link is to an archived page.  The price is excellent, but let’s look at why it’s a good deal.  Because even at $850 an acre, plenty of land might be completely unsuitable.  This property is actually a very good option from what an be seen online and one of the really good points is the realtor put a topography map with the property boundaries on the listing.  Take a look.

What you can see from this is debatable, but I see potential because there are two sections of north-facing hillside that would be excellent for growing ginseng (circled in red) and a good spot to put in a large lake (in blue).

The biggest problem in that part of the country is water, because the ground is hydraulically tight and getting a water well is almost impossible.  Putting in a good-sized lake would ensure that the farm had an adequate supply of water and after that it’s a matter of pumping it to where you want it.  This is a satellite view:

The ridge-top land can (and should) be cleared to create productive pasture land.  That would probably come out to around 40 acres and a good bulldozer operator should be able to knock out clearing out the trees and some of the stumps in a week or so, running at $400 to $600 per day.  To give you an idea of the lay of the land, this is more of a terrain photo from satellite imagery:

This property is better than most when it comes to good land for homesteading and growing ginseng because there’s at least ten acres of excellent terrain and perhaps another ten acres of terrain that would work but isn’t as good.

Due to the drastically reduced cost of living associated with producing your own food and not having much in the way of utility costs, you will have a choice.  One is to use all the excess income over expenses to purchase tools and supplies for the farm in order to get the farm up and running as fast as possible.  The other is to use excess income to pay off the mortgage as quickly as possible.

A third way is to first establish a savings of 1 year’s worth of expenses and after that, spend all available funds on developing the farm, but in the first year the farm will be planted with as much ginseng as possible.  Preparing the ground for planting ginseng is labor intensive, as is planting it.  Getting ten acres planted is not easy.

Plant 10 acres of wild simulated ginseng as soon as possible and after 5 years start harvesting seeds.  If planted correctly the ginseng will produce about 10 pounds per acre each year.  Keep planting your own land in any area that will support ginseng.   For the first five years, there isn’t a lot to do other than prepare areas for planting ginseng when you start producing seed.  There are two ways to do this.

Purchase the land and do whatever it takes to get the ginseng planted.  Perhaps all you can afford to plant is two or three acres, but plant as much as you possibly can and keep doing it every year.  Let’s say that at the end of four planting seasons you have something like this.  The heroic effort the first year was four acres, followed by two, then three, then five.

In year five, in the fall, you’ll harvest your first crop of seed and get it in the ground to stratify it.  Starting in the fall of year six harvest the berries and get them stratified.  This is the point of the big decision.

There are four acres of ginseng that is legal to harvest and you can plan on getting anywhere from 125 to 140 pounds (dried weight) to the acre if it’s dug up now.  So if one uses the general figure of $1000 per pound, the whole thing is worth anywhere between $500k and $560k.  So, the question is whether you really need the money and how much money you need.

You will have the funds necessary to pay off any debt, set aside money to build your family home, purchase equipment and improve the property and make other improvements.  It’s also plenty of money to get stupidly purchase things that will raise your profile amongst the locals.

It is at this point you can quit your regular job because the homestead is now paying you far better than you could possibly earn otherwise.  A wise course of action is to have a budget that allocates a salary for the coming year, pays off debt, allows the purchase of equipment and improvements, provides a healthy emergency fund and provides for a short vacation.  Dig up enough ginseng to meet the requirements of that amount and leave the rest in the ground.

No longer being in debt your expenses will decrease and you won’t need as much money, but you will have the time to work full-time on your homestead.  Now will be the time to implement your farm plan that you’ve been working on for the past five years.  You’ll build support buildings, run water lines, add livestock, plant trees, vines and bushes for production and in general turn it into an orderly farm.  You’ll also be able to afford to start putting in hedges on the perimeter of your farm.

During this time your job will be to learn by doing.  No amount of reading books, watching videos and talking to people will substitute for actually doing the work.  You will make mistakes and things won’t always work out as planned.  This is the time to start producing food products from your farm to sell to local buyers.  Learn how to raise cattle, hogs, chickens, goats and rabbits.  Install an aquaculture setup and learn how to work it and produce food with it.  Learn all about growing organic produce and keeping the varmints out of it.  If you’re working this full-time, there is no way you can possibly eat all the food you produce and selling to the public is a good way to make some money and make some friends.  Focus on selling to homeschooling families.  In a few years their daughters will be your son’s best prospects for marriage.  If you’re young enough, some of them might be your best prospects for marriage.

Each year, harvest the berries and stratify the seed.  Dig up the previous year’s seed and plant it, then harvest the minimum amount of ginseng necessary to fund your operation and pay your salary.  There should be no need to take out more than a quarter-acre each year.  Five years later, you will finally have ten year old ginseng to dig and market.  From that point on, you should not be selling any root that is less than ten years old.

Whatever is left of your first four acres will be ten years old, with the age of the rest of it shown on the chart.  Now is the time to build your house and think about getting married.   The truth is, you could have done this at any point after year six, but this depends on your age when you begin.  You could be in your 40’s when you start this and it doesn’t matter because it takes more time when you’re older because you don’t have as much energy as a man in his twenties.

You should be able to see why you should plant as much ginseng as possible in the beginning, especially if you’re older.  It’s hard work and the work will only get harder as you get older.  The longer it grows the bigger the roots get and the more valuable they get.

By the time the 20 year mark hits, there should still be at least 5 of the original 10 acres left.  Twenty-year old ginseng roots are extremely valuable and rare.   Ginseng is like money in the bank that’s locked up in a 1-year CD’s that the government can’t steal and doesn’t even know about.  When you are selling hundreds of pounds of premium roots every year, you can get buyers to travel to your farm and purchase it there.  There are a number of ways to be paid that will minimize your tax burden and dealing with the buyers from China, it gets easy.

You really want to be at the point of selling individual roots rather than selling by the pound.  The very best prices come from old “man root” roots like the ones in the photo below.  They resemble a man and are extremely valuable in Chinese herbal medicine.

Man roots, extremely valuable

Setting Up The Children

This plan offers more opportunity to generate wealth with less risk than sending a kid to college and then out to find a job.  In case you missed it, this is how to set things up so you can be free later in life with plenty of money to pursue other goals.

Consider that the properly homeschooled children are completing a bachelors degree around age 15.  By taking a long view and keeping an eye on appropriate properties, a man can buy farms for his sons when they’re 14-15 and they can get started with their own farm while they’re young. Plant the ginseng first and have him get started building a cottage and support structures.  Move him to the farm at 18-19 to get it into production as a homestead. Live the first few years in a super-insulated cottage (which can be an office or guest house later) and when he’s 24-27 years old he can pull out enough to build a home, be self employed and have a net worth of several million dollars. At that point he’s ready to get married, hopefully.

Women looking at the farm, the debt-free lifestyle and the freedom it offers will be extremely interested if they have their heads screwed on straight.  That brings up the problem of finding an appropriate wife or wives for the sons.  The boys should be completely red-pilled and have rock-solid game by the time they’re in their early twenties.  Having been taking martial arts instruction since they were 12-13 years old along with weight training, they should look good and have the confidence that comes from being able to take care of themselves.

Before the women, first he has to build his castle.  There are many ways to do that, a few of which are much better than the others.  You’ll be able to give him advice because you’ll have done the same thing years before.  That’s the subject of the next post, but let’s look at some common objections to becoming completely self-sufficient, anti-fragile and wealthy in less than ten years.  For this we’ll return to the property example used above.

 

But, It’s So Rural!  There’s Nothing To Do!

The fact that it’s so rural is a blessing, you idiot.  Is it necessary to point out that the property in question is in an area that’s practically lilly-white?  It isn’t that there isn’t anything to do, it’s that American’s have become addicted to entertainment.  On a homestead there’s plenty of work to do, but plenty of ways to have fun and get some enjoyment out of life.

The remote location isn’t nearly as remote as one might think.  The closest place with some modern consumer-driven madness is Danville, which is a 45 minute drive away.  It has a variety of businesses, all the big-box stores and some reasonable restaurants along with all the fast-feed places.  There are several colleges and several active theater groups.  This map gives you an idea how far out in the country it really isn’t.

Another hour up the road will get you to Lexington and if you keep going north you get you to Cincinnati in just under three hours.  If you head west and south, Nashville is also about three hours away.

Another point about this property is there’s enough room to have a runway that’s between 1400 and 1500 feet long, which is more than enough for light planes because with the trees cleared on the west end of the point, the ground drops away steeply and the plane will have an altitude of over 200 feet without climbing.  All the plane has to do is keep climbing and turn west.   With that much runway, getting a Piper Cherokee Six-300 or a Cessna C-185 in and out would be easy.

Ultralights and gyrocopters are also something that could be a lot of fun and quite handy at some point.  When it comes time to sell your roots, do you want to be driving around with many tens of thousands of dollars in hard-earned product?  Do you want the locals to know what you’re doing?  The answer is no.  Fly the stuff up to Wisconsin and sell it there.

This area is practically lilly-white, which means that when things get really ugly, it’s a good place for gentle folk who don’t want to witness the coming genocide.  Partly because of the demographics and partly because it’s in the middle of nowhere and the only people who might cause problems are neighbors.  When something like the US take-down scenario happens, there won’t be any roving gangs to come through if for no other reason than there isn’t anything there to steal and there won’t be any fuel available for a good many miles in every direction.  This place is off the main path by a long shot.  Neighbors might be a problem, but better the devil you know.

Yes, there will be neighbors who are hurting but once the municipal water system stops working, rural locations without an independent water supply will be untenable.  Unlike many other areas of the country in which rural locations have water wells, this area of Kentucky doesn’t.   Without supplies of fuel there won’t be any travel by motor vehicle, which means travel on foot or on horseback.  That means ten miles is suddenly a long way away and a thirty-mile trip will be a long day’s trip.

 

What Do You Want Out Of Life?

What’s the point of getting married and starting a family if you’re going to be divorce-raped 7-10 years down the road?  Maybe you can learn how to avoid that.

What’s the point of climbing the ladder if it’s leaning against the wrong wall?  Maybe you can make sure it’s the right wall before climbing the ladder.

What’s the point of climbing the ladder to get over the right wall if there is a doorway through the wall?  What would you give for the key to the lock?

What’s the point of making $100k a year if you are living hand-to-mouth and in debt up to your eyeballs?

What’s the point of that great STEM job if you have to endure living in a feminist, politically correct hell in which you can have your career destroyed by an innocent remark or laugh?

What’s the point of spending years studying STEM, getting a job in a hostile environment and working for decades just to have a reasonably comfortable life when you can do it in ten years or less by homesteading and be far wealthier while living a great lifestyle?

Oh….  I forgot.  Someone told you that it isn’t FUN.

Fun is a marketing concept designed to sell products you don’t need and can’t really afford that will make your life worse in the long run.  Yep, you’ll get a great deal of satisfaction spending 60 hours a week in your cube farm.  But you’re living in the city and it’s “FUN”!

 

In Conclusion…

I know of no other long-term investment that offers such excellent returns in such a short period of time and facilitates a rural, healthy and independent lifestyle than growing ginseng.

There are plenty of people who will claim that men should get degrees in STEM and get good jobs, but compared to this plan, it’s crazy.   With the help of parents who understand this operation, a son can start working his own farm when he’s fifteen.  He should have his own home on his own farm by the age of 20.  At the age of 25 he will have the funds available to do some serious work on the farm such as building a family home and be prepared to get married and start a family a few years after that.

No matter how old you are, there is a homesteading solution for you that will increase your quality of life and decrease your cost of living, often dramatically.  Homesteading provides more opportunities for children to learn responsibility and grow into responsible adults than any other lifestyle available and it’s available to almost everyone.

If the homestead is located in a suitable geographic location on suitable terrain, growing ginseng is appropriate and there is no better way for an ordinary family to make money than growing ginseng.  This is the most anti-fragile lifestyle and career one can have which will provide lucrative returns on the investment that far outstrip anything else.

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Strategy For Men of the West: Look First To Your Field

“Prepare your work outside And make it ready for yourself in the field; Afterwards, then, build your house.”  Proverbs 24:27

First establish yourself and develop an income stream.  Then start your family.

That was wise advice thousands of years ago and it’s still wise advice today.  Interestingly, there was a stat quoted at a Cato Institute talk back in November, that a recent study showed almost 22% of men between the ages of 20 and 29 had not been employed in over a year.  Students were specifically excluded.  When asked why they didn’t get a job, the response was typically that they couldn’t see the point.

The cohort in their 20’s has traditionally been the most employed of all groups of men.  This seems to reflect the point that it’s easier to get a job if you’re a woman.  The fastest-growing job fields are all in female-dominated healthcare, which reflects the fact that the boomer generation is aging and needs more healthcare.  If a horrible environment wasn’t bad enough due to working around a lot of women, there is another reason why men aren’t going into female-dominated fields:

Given that “women’s” jobs are growing more quickly, men could enter those fields, Kolko said. There are various theories for why they don’t, including the fact that female-dominated jobs actually tend to pay less overall. In fact, when more women tend to enter a certain field and it becomes more female dominated, pay in those professions drop, according to a study by researchers at Stanford, New York University and the University of Pennsylvania.

The single most influential factor in where you live is where you work.  It doesn’t really matter what you do as long as you find a product or service you can provide for a profit.  That’s called a business.  If you can’t figure out how to provide a product or service to the public and make a profit, you’ll need to work for someone else who has it figured out.  That is called a job.  Everyone focuses on “go get a job” but you should really be looking at it as being in business for yourself.

Over 95 million Americans of working age are not working.   Over 46 million are receiving “SNAP” benefits (foodstamps).  Think about that.  Recent decades have proved that nothing is safe, no job is secure, so what does the point about 46 million SNAP recipients tell you?  What should it tell you?  That anyone who can produce food for a reasonable price will be able to sell it.

 

Your Labor Is Your Asset:  Invest It Wisely

This is not to tell anyone what to do, merely to point out that of all the areas a person might go into, the most anti-fragile and the most lucrative for the “common man” is not so much a career, it’s a lifestyle called homesteading.   Modern homesteading is centered on farming and the production of food and other products with value.

A homesteader (what was once known simply as a farmer) is among the most independent people on earth and they are anti-fragile in the extreme.  As long as God sends the rain in season and they care for the land, they are independent.   The greatest threat to farmers is government because government can tax the farmers out of existence, steal their land and use force to destroy them.  One of the most famous examples of this was the Holodomor in the Ukraine in 1932-1933, less than 100 years ago.

Today, being a homesteader isn’t viewed as a career or a way to earn a very good living.  In fact, it’s viewed as weird and a rather strange lifestyle.  Everyone will tell you to go get an education in STEM and focus on finding a job that pays well so you can slave away in hopes of a good retirement 30-40 years from now.  Such a career choice usually places the individual in a high-pressure, politically correct environment working for a capricious corporation.  While the money is good the position is quite fragile due to the ability of SJW’s to destroy one’s career with lies or twist a foolish remark out of proportion.

The work environment isn’t the only toxic environment, because such careers typically require living in cities that are governed by the same political correctness.  The cost of living is high and feminism reigns supreme.  The children are practically required to be placed in public school to be indoctrinated with the shibboleth’s of liberalism, feminism and political correctness.

Why not invest your labor to receive a better lifestyle, more money, more control over your environment and less danger to your continued ability to earn a living?  Being a homesteader is the best choice, but most are so ignorant that they disregard it because of what others might think and because of their ignorance of how lucrative it can be.

There’s an old joke about a farmer who won the lottery and when asked what he was going to do with it, he said “I guess I’ll keep farming until the money runs out.”  The reason it’s a joke is because a lot of farmers listened to the USDA and adopted their policies, which is why they were going broke.  When it’s done correctly, farming is a very lucrative business and there are some people who know how to do it right.

Joel Salatin of PolyFace Farm is one of them.   Joel is a farmer, but he’s also a salesman and he’s written multiple books to explain it.  His videos on YouTube are better in terms of learning something.  Best of all he offers internships on his farm, which is where the intern trades hard labor for the chance to learn things.  Joel is an excellent example of a successful farmer.

Booker T Whatley wrote the book “How To Make $100,000 Farming 25 Acres”, which was his plan to save the small black family farm.  He graduated from Rutgers University in 1957 with a PhD in horticulture before affirmative action.  Whatley really knew what he was talking about and that fact that farming would make a lot of money, but none of the blacks and very few of the whites were willing to listen to him.  Those that did have revolutionized agriculture.

If Whatley provided the economic model, Bill Mollison provided the biological model of “permanent agriculture”, or “Permaculture”.  His books on permaculture, especially “Introduction To Permaculture” and “Permaculture, A Designer’s Manual” have been extremely influential around the world.   The concept is simple: work with nature instead of against it in order to get what you want.  Bill was followed by some innovative people who showed others how to put permaculture into practice.  In no particular order:

One might ask…  “What’s the point?”

The point is that everyone has to eat.  The question is where your food comes from.  Right now, in good times, it’s better to be in control of your food and produce it yourself than to not know what you’re actually eating.  In addition it saves an enormous amount of money.  Those are simply incentives, however.  The real value in the long term is having the tools, resources, knowledge and experience to produce your own food if food isn’t available.  The idea that such a thing can’t happen is ludicrous because history says it can and does happen.

But… where does the money come from?  Producing food is great, but what about buying gas for your car and paying the electric bill?

The Problem of the Cash Crop and the Job

We live in a credit-driven world in which it’s almost unheard of to purchase high-value items without a borrowing money.  And, while it’s possible to produce a lot of the things one needs on a farm, there are still a lot of things that cannot be produced and this requires a source of income.  Which is where the concept of the “cash crop” came from.  The farm produced the basic needs for the family and a crop of something was produced for sale off the farm in order to get income for everything else.  Like taxes.

In an environment in which everyone had a farm and was producing the basics, this required a commodity crop that could be sold elsewhere to people who could not produce it.  The English colonies in North America were founded on the production of tobacco, furs and lumber.  Europe provided manufactured goods.  The Caribbean colonies produces sugar, molasses and rum.  Slave labor came from Africa, which worked out to a handy trade pattern:

This graphic illustrates the 18th Century movement of the commodities that were “cash crops” for the various groups who specialized in their various positions of advantage.  And while that’s all very nice, what about today?  We still have the same kind of trade, although it’s a lot more complex and diversified, but one factor has been added to the equation.

People no longer produce their own food, which means they are forced to purchase it.  Not only that, people no longer have the basic knowledge, tools and experience necessary to produce food even when they have enough land to do so.  Today we have basic vegetables moving thousands of miles from from to market instead of moving a few hundred feet from garden to kitchen.

This change means that virtually everything grown in a person’s garden is now a marketable product and there are a lot of consumers who will buy that product.  The trick is to go direct to the consumer and make it easy for them to buy it.

But, what if you don’t want to do the work of direct marketing and selling?  Why can’t you just be like everyone else and get a job?  If you want to be like everyone else there’s no point in reading this blog.  And, before you can do the work of direct marketing and selling of your produce, you first have to grow it for yourself and get good at it.  That takes years.

The truth is that unless you had the good fortune to grow up living and working on a diversified farm, you have a lot to learn and it takes time.  You also need the land and the tools, which takes money.  So, between the time and resource requirements you need a way to make money to get the project financed up front.  The question is how to balance preparation for a career (training and education) that won’t accomplish your goals in the long run and how to acquire a homestead and get it up and running.

Short term, I’d say getting a teaching certificate and working as a school teacher or something similar to that is the way to go.  An elementary school gym teacher is a good choice because there’s no homework to grade.  The downside is having to coach teams.  Other jobs are available that will pay the bills and allow you to move forward.  There are several problems that will prevent you from gaining anything other than “dead end” employment and/or prevent you from going into business for yourself.

Credentialism.  Knowing how to do something is no longer good enough, you need a piece of paper that says an institution or board has decided you know your business.  If you need a degree, the University of the People is probably the best thing going.  Completely online, no tuition, $100 fee for each final exam.  Fully accredited, it’s the best thing going for getting a piece of paper that says you’re a college graduate.  Community colleges and technical colleges offer a wide variety of instruction on various skills and if you choose to pursue something specific you can get accredited.  Becoming a certified welder is a good example.

Lack of opportunity.  A lack of opportunity is frequently location-driven.  A lot of jobs are never advertised and one has to be local in order to have a chance.  One problem is that the average person sees going to a new city to find a job as a huge expense because they want a hotel room and food from restaurants.  If you take the approach from the radical reboot outline, you can move just about anywhere and quickly find a job that interacts with the public.  Talk to people and ask questions.  Spend some time looking around and start applying for work.  It may take a few months, but if there are jobs to be had you’ll find them.  If it doesn’t work go somewhere else.

Ignorance.  Today is a significant event to mark on your calendar because I am now recommending that you take some time and watch TV.  For 8 years the show “Dirty Jobs” ran on the Discovery Network with host Mike Rowe.  Take a look at the list of episodes and give it some thought.  Someone has a torrent up that has all the episodes up to the point the show went down under (49 gig) and there were 15 seeds when I looked.  These shows are more important than they might seem, because they offer a view of work that’s seldom seen and the insights offered by many of the people are profound.

One of the ways you can get into business (especially a dirty jobs business) is to find someone who is already doing it that’s approaching retirement age.  Talk to them and ask for a job.  If you like the job, sit down with them and tell them you’d like to learn everything about the business and in a couple of years take over the business.  You can buy him out over the course of a few years and he can be available to offer advice and introductions for years to come.  One problem with a lot of small businesses is that the owners children have no interest in pursuing it and the owner either has to find a buyer or shut it down.  Often they’re simply shut down.

 

Diversification, Offense and Defense

The book “The Millionaire Next Door” made the point that when it comes to amassing wealth, quite a few middle-class families became wealthy because they had a good defensive game.  Making money is the offensive side, not spending money is the defensive side.

Having multiple income streams is a good thing if you can handle it.  However, one of the best bets at this point is to have a killer defense.  I’ll talk about this in the post on housing, but adopting a homesteader lifestyle is a very good idea at this point.  With the correct housing you can have extremely low cost of housing.  If that’s combined with the production of most of your food, the two largest items in most budgets are drastically cut.  To put that in perspective, if you figure a mortgage payment of 20% of net income, the food bill is another 25% and utilities are another 20%, it’s possible to save an enormous amount of money with a good defensive game.

Someone who has a $30k annual salary can easily raise 5-6 children on that amount of money and still have some left for savings if they’re homesteaders and homeschool their children.   The kids homeschool year-round and help with the farm.  Around 12 years old they finish their high school material and get started on a bachelors degree (University of the People).  By age 15 they have a bachelors degree for less than you can imagine.  By the time they finish their bachelors degree, if they want a masters degree they can move on with that and have it by the time they’re 18.

That isn’t a fantasy.  In addition to the academic credentials, they also learn to play a musical instrument and become reasonably fluent in a foreign language.  All that assumes everything keeps on keeping on.  If it doesn’t, they’ll also be well-educated with the knowledge and skills to run a homestead and have the tools and training necessary to defend it.  In other words, they’ll be equipped to survive in whatever world they find themselves in.

One might wonder why I’m talking about children in a post about business, money and income, but the children are why we do what we do.  Far too many people have forgotten that.

 

How To Make Homesteading Pay and Pay and Pay.

There is an agricultural product that is frequently known as “green gold” and it can be produced with very little maintenance.  Just plant the seed and harvest and dry the crop when the time is right.  Check on it from time to time while it’s growing and make sure nobody is stealing it.

This is the sort of crop that has certain requirements in terms of sunlight and soil and it’s best done on a farm out of sight.  However, if set up correctly it’s extremely lucrative.  It takes a while to get going and have a major operation, but once everything is set up then you can plan on going into semi-retirement after 10 years.

No, I’m not talking about marijuana, this crop is legal everywhere.  I’ll cover it in my next post.

 

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Strategy For Men of the West: Asymmetric 4th Generation Warfare Threat

This begins another series of posts, Strategy For Men of the West, which is linked in the blog header.

A Prophecy Of Destruction

As a rule I don’t write about prophesy because in many cases the prophesy only becomes clear after the fact.  There are exceptions.  I previously wrote about a Bible prophesy that applies to the US right now.  There is another prophesy that might play a part in the outcome of that prophesy but it hasn’t occurred yet.  That will be the subject of this post and will probably be my last post about prophesy in the Bible.

In what follows, I’m not claiming this is what will happen to the US, but the fit to the current situation is far closer than most are comfortable with.  Some view this as an end-times prophesy and perhaps it is.  In order for the end-time events to occur the US must be removed from the world stage.  In fact, it is reasonable to say that the end-times events might be triggered by the power-vacuum that results from the US being removed from the world stage.

One of the interesting things about Biblical prophesy is that some of them have a near/far application.  Meaning, there is a near fulfillment of the prophesy that proves it to be a prophesy as well as a far fulfillment.  In this case I’m talking about Isaiah 3:1 to 4:2.  The near prophesy was to Judah, but “in that day the branch of the Lord will be beautiful” designates this as a far prophesy as well.  The branch of the Lord is the Church, the wild olive branch of gentiles that was grafted into Israel.  The other illustration was that Christ is the vine and the church branches out from the vine in order to bear fruit.

There are many who would see this as an end-time prophesy of the destruction of Jerusalem at the beginning of the tribulation, the mid-point of the 70th week of Daniel.  The problem is this prophesy doesn’t fit that application at all because there is no invading army and the church plays no part in the destruction of Jerusalem.  The near prophecy was fulfilled with the destruction of Jerusalem in 597 by the Babylonians.

The Prophesy Applied To The Current US

In verses 1-3, God says He will remove the supply of food and water, but take note of exactly what He says:

Both supply and support, the whole supply of bread
And the whole supply of water;

The supply and the support.  Removing the supply is as easy as cutting off the electricity because that cuts the transportation supply line.  Payments don’t get processed, fuel stations don’t pump fuel and trucks don’t roll.  Water well  pumps don’t lift the water out of the ground so the water is cut off and stores are cleaned out within 48 hours.  The cities start burning within 96 hours.

How does He remove the support?  The people who know how to get things done will be removed.   Those in leadership positions, those who command respect, those who are in charge.  Those with experience in keeping the infrastructure working and get it fixed when it breaks.  When it breaks it will be broken and the bloodbath will begin.  Keep in mind, the supply of food and water has been cut off.  Where are all these people described below?  In the cities and areas with no food and no water.  They will die.

The mighty man and the warrior,
The judge and the prophet,
The diviner and the elder,
The captain of fifty and the honorable man,
The counselor and the expert artisan,
And the skillful enchanter.

Then, in verses 4-5 He describes the breakdown of a society characterized by a destructive civil war.  There is no invading army, no outside force to come in and take charge.

And I will make mere lads their princes,
And capricious children will rule over them,
And the people will be oppressed,
Each one by another, and each one by his neighbor;
The youth will storm against the elder
And the inferior against the honorable.

Verses 10 and 11 are a comfort to the righteous and a warning to the wicked.

Say to the righteous that it will go well with them,
For they will eat the fruit of their actions.
Woe to the wicked! It will go badly with him,
For what he deserves will be done to him.

This is restated in Galatians 6:7-8

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.  For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.

Back in Isaiah 3 and starting in verse 12 we get a different view of the process from the social perspective.

O My people! Their oppressors are children,
And women rule over them.
O My people! Those who guide you lead you astray
And confuse the direction of your paths.

That is an excellent description of what we have today.  Keep in mind, those who “lead you astray and confuse the direction of your paths” aren’t just government leaders, they include all the media and churchian whores who maintain the status quo.

The Lord arises to contend,
And stands to judge the people.
The Lord enters into judgment
With the elders and princes of His people,
It is you who have devoured the vineyard;
The plunder of the poor is in your houses.
What do you mean by crushing My people
And grinding the face of the poor?
Declares the Lord God of hosts.

As described in verses 1-3, God will remove the leaders who have destroyed the economy, crushed His people and ground down the faces of the poor.  But God isn’t done after that. Recall that I asserted the “depraved passion” of the women who gave up the natural for the unnatural was feminism.  God also deals with the proud, arrogant women.

Feminism Will End With Bloodshed

Moreover, “Because the daughters of Zion are proud
And walk with heads held high and seductive eyes,
And go along with mincing steps
And tinkle the bangles on their feet,
Therefore the Lord will afflict the scalp of the daughters of Zion with scabs,
And the Lord will make their foreheads bare.

In that day the Lord will take away the beauty of their anklets, headbands, crescent ornaments, dangling earrings, bracelets, veils, headdresses, ankle chains, sashes, perfume boxes, amulets, finger rings, nose rings, festal robes, outer tunics, cloaks, money purses, hand mirrors, undergarments, turbans and veils.

Now it will come about that instead of sweet perfume there will be putrefaction;
Instead of a belt, a rope;
Instead of well-set hair, a plucked-out scalp;
Instead of fine clothes, a donning of sackcloth;
And branding instead of beauty.

Your men will fall by the sword
And your mighty ones in battle.
And her gates will lament and mourn,
And deserted she will sit on the ground.

These proud, arrogant women will be humbled, stripped and branded.   Their men will be killed violently as feminism is thrown down.  There will be a bloodbath.  Many will die. The totality of what is being described in chapter 3 is more than just civil war, it’s chaos.  Observe the order in which this takes place.

First comes the hit on the infrastructure and supply chain.  Then comes the bloodbath as people start dying.  I suspect there will be a lot of street-lamp decorations in that day and it would not be a good time to be  a cop.  Or an IRS agent.  Or a family court judge.  The fighting will become racially genocidal.  Payback is a bitch and there will definitely be some with a grudge to settle.

Woe to the wicked! It will go badly with him,
For what he deserves will be done to him.

Perhaps the righteous should heed the warnings of the preppers and have a good supply of food and water, as well as the means to defend it.  Observe the words of verse 10:

Say to the righteous that it will go well with them,
For they will eat the fruit of their actions.

And When The Bloodletting Has Ended…

Anyone who understands just how fragile the infrastructure of the United States is can understand how quickly this prophesy could take place.  And then in the aftermath of the bloodshed, look at how the women treat men…

For seven women will take hold of one man in that day, saying, “We will eat our own bread and wear our own clothes, only let us be called by your name; take away our reproach!

In the day (period of time) that the women are humbled and their men killed.  A rope, sackcloth and branding?  Sounds like slave girls will make a comeback.  And in that day it will be a reproach for a woman to not have the name of a man.   Think of the pendulum that has been pushed so far away from the point of equilibrium by feminism and understand it will swing the other way just as hard when the power of feminism is broken.  One can easily see that following the bloodbath, women will be desperate to belong to a man who can protect her.  So when does all this happen?

In that day the Branch of the Lord will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth will be the pride and the adornment of the survivors of Israel.

The reference to the Branch of the Lord puts this prophesy squarely in the Church age and this has not happened yet.  Which means it’s coming.  When God is ready He will take away the supply of food and water, then remove the rulers and after that it will be a free-for-all.

 

A Final Note

I’m not saying this prophesy is how things will work out for the US.  Because the text does not say that.  I do say the prophesy is a near-far prophesy that has already been fulfilled in ancient times and will be fulfilled again in the church age at some point in the future.  Which could be next week.

None of the end-times prophesies have anything to say about the West; and by that I mean the US, Canada, the UK, Australia and NZ.  The end-times stuff all revolves around Europe, Russia, the Middle East (Israel, Egypt, Persia, the Assyrians) and even China.  Nothing about the English-speaking West.  Logically, the only reason for this is the West is no longer a player on the world stage, either because it’s been destroyed or because it’s completely unimportant.

Unlike the Romans 1:18-32 prophesy, there is nothing in the prophesy that allows us to nail it down on a timeline other than the “branch of the Lord” reference which puts the far application in the church age.  However, the degrading passion of feminism and the depraved minds described in Romans 1:18-32 have already created the situation that is so perfectly described in verse 12.

O My people! Their oppressors are children,
And women rule over them.
O My people! Those who guide you lead you astray
And confuse the direction of your paths.

Anyone who looks at just the economics of the current system understands that this system cannot continue as it is.  The US infrastructure is at its breaking point and a few hundred well-trained men could bring the US to its knees in a weekend and there is nothing that could be done to stop it from happening.

The US is the most insanely well-armed nation on earth.  Weapons and ammunition are everywhere while at the same time there is only a few days worth of food in the houses once the electricity goes off.  No food and no water but the people have weapons.

God will remove the supply and support, taking away the food and water.  He will remove the leaders.  The people will be oppressed by one another, young against old, lower classes against the upper classes.  It will go well with the righteous and they will eat the fruit of their actions.  It will go badly for the wicked and they will get what they deserve.  The women will be stripped of their position of privilege and brought low, made captives and branded.  Those who have prepared will be sought out for leadership.  And in the day it is a reproach for a woman to not have a husband, feminism will die.

Is that the future for the US?  Possibly.  It’s certainly a viable scenario.  Scripture doesn’t say how it works out for the US, but wisdom says that having a secure place to hide that will keep you warm and dry with a supply of water and food  would be a good thing.  When the killing settles down things will get interesting.

The righteous will eat the fruit of their actions and those who are prepared will have something to eat and drink.  When this happens it will be too late.  The day before there was still time, but when the power goes out the clock stops for preparation.  At that point most won’t even be able to flee and even if they could, where would they go?

In a previous post I explained the prophesy Paul made in Romans 1:18-32.  Because the people knew God but refused to worship Him as Creator, He gave them over to their evil desires.   I used major milestones in the US that related to the prophesy to mark the coming of new generations.  The timeline started in 1945 and the first generation went to 1973.  The second generation went to 2001.  That puts the 3rd generation ending at about 2029, but there are no guarantees we will make it that far.  In Numbers 35:33 God commanded:

So you shall not pollute the land in which you are; for blood pollutes the land and no expiation can be made for the land for the blood that is shed on it, except by the blood of him who shed it.

In 1973 abortion became legal in the US and 44 years later almost 60 million innocent children have been murdered by their mothers.  If we consider those women who were 36 years old in 1973 (at the end of their fertility), they are 80 years old this year.  The women who were 26 in 1973 are 70 years old this year.  This cohort is either already in nursing homes or they are rapidly being moved into assisted living.  All the other women who have been murdering their babies are younger.

If God is planning on cleansing the land by killing those who shed the blood, the timing is now ripe.  Somehow it seems like poetic justice that the women who opened the door to the killing of helpless children will be killed themselves at the end of their lives when they are helpless.

The pedophiles and the rest almost seem to be a sideshow in comparison, but it’s time for them to get what they have coming to them as well.  They tend to conglomerate in positions of power and authority and God said He will remove those men.

God told Abraham that his descendants would return in 400 years to go into the land because at that time the sin of the Canaanites had not yet reached its full measure.  When the time was right, God told the Israelites to go into the land and kill everyone.

We don’t know what God’s timetable is, but there are indications that He’s ready to clean house.

This was to have been the last post in the “Theology For Men of the West” series, but I decided it was a better fit for the “Strategy And Tactics For Men of the West”.  This series will allow me to examine ways to deal with the reality of the world we live in, rather than the fools paradise it’s painted to be.

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Genesis 3:16 A Man Must Be Fit To Rule

The Judgment of Genesis 3:16

Genesis 3:16 is often referred to as the curse on women, however, because the text does not call it a curse there are many who argue it is not a curse on women.  I leave that for the readers to determine.

In the first part of the passage we see God stating that He will greatly increase the pain of childbirth, that the woman will bring her children forth in pain.  In the previous judgment we saw that the serpent was condemned to crawl on his belly.  Anyone who has ever noticed that a snake crawls on his belly and women bring forth their children in pain should be aware that this judgment carried forward.  It did not apply only to that generation and the coming of Christ did not lift the curse.  Snakes still crawl on their bellies and women still bring forth their children in pain.

Since no-one questions this, we move on to the second part of that verse, which states

your desire shall be for your husband and he shall rule over you.

In order to understand this we need definitions for the following words:

  1. desire (teshuqah)  A feminine noun; desire.  Used in Genesis 4:7 as a desire to conquer and in Song of Songs as a sexual desire.
  2. husband (ish)  A masculine noun;  man.
  3. rule over  (mashal)  A verb; to reign, rule, have dominion.

Next, we need to understand the fundamental problem with this passage: it’s stated as a logical syllogism.  “your desire shall be for your husband and he shall rule over you.”  This raises some questions.

  • Do all husband’s rule over their wives?  Obviously the answer is no.  Even in a legal environment in which the husband has all the power, do all husband’s rule over their wives?  No.  Which is a roundabout way of saying sometimes a wife rules her husband.
  • Do all wives desire their husband?  It does not matter whether the word is defined as a desire to conquer or as sexual desire, the answer is no either way.
  • What about the women who do not have a husband.  Do they have no desire for a man until he marries them?  Again, obviously the answer is no.
  • When a woman desires a man and marries him, does she always continue to desire him?  We all know the answer is no.

How can this passage be true if the answers to these questions are all no?

 

Let Reason Be Silent When Experience Speaks

Perhaps a better question would be “How should this passage be interpreted so that it is true every time and not in conflict with any other portion of Scripture?”  In order to understand this judgment it’s of critical importance to understand the events that caused them to be judged.

Remember the four key points of seduction:  The right man in the right place at the right time with the right line.  Scripture is clear on three of the four points:

  • The Serpent was the most cunning and crafty of all the animals, obviously the right one for the job.
  • The Garden was without sin, a place of innocence.  The perfect place for deception, temptation and seduction.
  • The right time… [Was Adam there or not?  The right time is when the husband is away]
  • The right line was to first bring up the subject of the ONE RULE they had been given.  The single point of temptation.  The woman cited the rule and the reason given (“You shall not eat of it or touch it lest you die”).  The Serpent claimed God lied to them in order to conceal His weakness, that if they ate they would become like God.  Reframing the ONE RULE as a deception by God caused her to question the truth and she was deceived by her own solipsism.

She knew the command.  She understood the command.  And knowing and understanding the command, she was deceived.  Female solipsism took over, she coveted the fruit and she ate of the fruit.  Look at the elements of temptation in Genesis 3:6 and compare to ( 1st John 2:16 ):

  • the tree was good for food, (the lust of the flesh)
  • the tree was a delight to the eyes,  (the lust of the eyes)
  • the tree was desirable to make one wise  (the boastful pride of life)

There is nothing new under the sun.  She looked again and saw the fruit was “desirable”.  The word translated as “desirable” (chamad) means covet.  After the Serpent deceived her, she looked at the fruit again and this time she coveted it.  She succumbed to the temptation, took and ate of the fruit.  There you have it.  Eve broke the commandment and ate of the fruit.  So, why is it that she isn’t credited with the first sin?  Because she was under authority.  After she blew it, the whole thing rested on what Adam did.

And we all know what Adam did.  He listened to the voice of his wife and he ate of the fruit.  In doing so he knowingly violated God’s command.  He did not take his wife in hand and deal with the problem.  He did not kick it up the chain of command and give the problem to God.  He chose to abandon his post and surrender.  That is why the credit for the first sin is given to Adam.

Some claim that Adam was right there and allowed it to happen, but I don’t believe that.  The text (in English) says

“she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.”

Critical to this are the words “ish” that’s translated as “husband” and the word “im” that’s translated as “with”.   This passage does not definitively mean Adam was present when the Serpent deceived her and she ate of the fruit, because it can just as reasonably be translated as “she gave also to her man and he ate.”   If we are to suppose that Adam was present when the serpent deceived Eve, it means he saw and heard his wife being tempted and then watched her pick the fruit and eat of it, never doing anything about it.  There are two problems with taking this view.

The text says the serpent was more crafty and cunning than all the other animals and experience tells us that if a woman is to be seduced she must first be separated from her protector and isolated.  The Apostle Paul tells us that Eve was deceived and thus seduced into eating of the fruit.  Experience also demonstrates women hate being held responsible and want others to join in what they are doing so the blame can be shared.

The text also states God’s judgment of Creation was because you have listened to the voice of your wife” and just as important is what God did not say.  God did not say that Adam stood by and allowed his wife to be deceived, watched her eat of the fruit He had commanded them not to eat and then decided to join in.  God said that Adam listened to the voice of his wife.  The implication is Adam was presented with a fait accompli on the part of Eve and she persuaded him to join her with her words.

 

God’s First Judgment Of Mankind

Look at each of the three judgments, the serpent, Eve and Adam.  Each of the judgments contains two parts.  First was punishment, second was a change due to what had happened.

  • The serpent was condemned to crawl in the dust on his belly.   Following that, God put enmity between the woman and the serpent (hint- when you find a woman who likes snakes there’s something wrong with her) and between her seed and his seed.  Then came the first prophesy about Christ: that He would bruise the serpent on his head and the serpent would bruise Him on His heel.
  • The woman was condemned to greatly increased pain in childbirth, that she would bring forth her children in pain.  Following that, God found her to be incompetent and appointed her husband as her guardian, but to ensure she got a competent guardian He created hypergamy in the woman.
  • Because of what Adam did, the earth was cursed.  The earth would now bring forth thorns and thistles and by the sweat of his brow man would get food to eat.  Following that we see something very interesting.  All the days of his life man would toil and sweat, until he returned to the ground.  He was made from dust and to dust he would return.

In order to understand the change for Adam, we need only look at God’s next words:

“Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden

The tree of life was not forbidden to Adam and Eve, they had not eaten of it yet.  It appears from the text that God’s original intent was for mankind to live forever and the tree of life was part of that.   That, however interesting it might be, is not the subject of this post.

Eve was punished for her part in the affair by having her pain in childbirth increased.  Because of the circumstances she was found to be incompetent and a guardian appointed for her (he shall rule over you).  Eve was the greatest of all women, the first, the only woman created directly by God without sin and not born with a sin nature.

Eve had ONE RULE to obey and living in paradise, a world without sin, with no distractions.  Her own words confirm she knew the rule (she didn’t forget) and knew the consequences.  Yet, under perfect conditions she was not able to follow the one single rule that she was required to obey.  Has any woman ever been born who is better than Eve?  No.  Eve was the greatest of all.

Eve was completely deceived and she violated the command not to eat of the fruit.  Then, she dropped the whole thing in her husband’s lap.    Rather than doing his duty and take her in hand, Adam chose to abandon his duty and joined her in eating the fruit, knowing that he would die with her.  Then, when God confronted him about it he tried to blame his wife.

Adam was a really nice guy who let his wife lead him and he followed her into sin and death.  By definition, Adam was not fit to rule over his wife because as God said:

“you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it’;”

What do we call someone who, under ideal conditions, cannot follow even the simplest of rules?  They are found to be (judged) incompetent and a guardian is appointed for them.  Which is exactly what God did with Eve.  However, God is just and God is wise.  Adam was part of the problem because he was not fit to rule over his wife.  Understand, although was deceived and she transgressed, she did so on Adam’s watch under his authority.  Man was appointed guardian over the woman, but Adam’s weakness was also part of the problem.

When everything was in the balance and the world needed an incredible asshole, Adam wasn’t up to the job.  He was a nice guy who was so emotionally involved that he was not fit to rule over his wife.   He had a choice between his mission (all of Creation) and his wife.  When all of creation was on the line he abandoned his mission and surrendered.

In light of that, God created hypergamy in women to help ensure they would get a man who was capable of ruling over them.  That is what the “your desire shall be for your man (husband)” is all about.  Contrary to common belief, it’s a feature- not a bug.  With that in mind, let’s look at hypergamy and the woman’s desire for a man who is fit to rule over her.

 

Fitness Testing and Desire

One of the very basic observations of Game is fitness testing, also known as shit testing.  If we look at the word in Genesis 3:16 that’s translated as “desire” (teshuqah) we see that it’s only used two other times in Scripture.  Once as a desire to conquer (Genesis 4:7) and again as a sexual desire (Song of Songs 7:10).   The major assumption through the ages is that as used in Genesis 3:16, teshuqah must mean either a desire conquer or a sexual desire.   Anyone who knows anything about Game understands that teshuqah means both the desire to conquer and a sexual desire because it describes the process of fitness testing.

A man presents himself before the woman and she observes that he might have what it takes, she tests him to see if he is fit to rule over her.  This is an example of the desire to conquer.  If he fails the test he isn’t fit to rule her and any attraction she might have had for him dries up and dies.  If he blows through her tests like a champ, he demonstrates that he is fit to rule over her and the desire to conquer changes to a sexual desire.

The process of fitness testing involves both dominance testing (shit tests) as well as loyalty tests.  This is an ongoing process that will never stop.  When a man and woman are married the wife will continue to test her husband and if he goes slack and starts failing her tests, she will respond with more testing.  The reason is she wants him to pass the tests and she’s looking for that “line in the sand” that she’s not allowed to cross without consequences.   Because rulers have rules.

What happens if the man does not pass her fitness tests?  She will grow disgusted with him and eventually she will develop contempt for him.  Desire cannot be negotiated.  In a no-fault divorce environment in which there are legions of divorce apologists and a State that is ready to come in and enforce a woman’s power over her husband, contempt is generally fatal to the relationship.

 

The Ruler’s Authority and Responsibility:  Numbers 30

There is no substitute for reading all of Numbers 30, in full.  Emphasis and dividers added for clarity.

The MAN

Then Moses spoke to the heads of the tribes of the sons of Israel, saying, “This is the word which the Lord has commanded. If a man makes a vow to the Lord, or takes an oath to bind himself with a binding obligation, he shall not violate his word; he shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.

The DAUGHTER

“Also if a woman makes a vow to the Lord, and binds herself by an obligation in her father’s house in her youth, and her father hears her vow and her obligation by which she has bound herself, and her father says nothing to her, then all her vows shall stand and every obligation by which she has bound herself shall stand. But if her father should forbid her on the day he hears of it, none of her vows or her obligations by which she has bound herself shall stand; and the Lord will forgive her because her father had forbidden her.

The WIFE

“However, if she should marry while under her vows or the rash statement of her lips by which she has bound herself, and her husband hears of it and says nothing to her on the day he hears it, then her vows shall stand and her obligations by which she has bound herself shall stand. But if on the day her husband hears of it, he forbids her, then he shall annul her vow which she is under and the rash statement of her lips by which she has bound herself; and the Lord will forgive her.

The WOMAN NO LONGER BOUND

“But the vow of a widow or of a divorced woman, everything by which she has bound herself, shall stand against her. 10 However, if she vowed in her husband’s house, or bound herself by an obligation with an oath, 11 and her husband heard it, but said nothing to her and did not forbid her, then all her vows shall stand and every obligation by which she bound herself shall stand. 12 But if her husband indeed annuls them on the day he hears them, then whatever proceeds out of her lips concerning her vows or concerning the obligation of herself shall not stand; her husband has annulled them, and the Lord will forgive her.

The MAN IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE WOMAN

13 “Every vow and every binding oath to humble herself, her husband may confirm it or her husband may annul it. 14 But if her husband indeed says nothing to her from day to day, then he confirms all her vows or all her obligations which are on her; he has confirmed them, because he said nothing to her on the day he heard them. 15 But if he indeed annuls them after he has heard them, then he shall bear her guilt.”

16 These are the statutes which the Lord commanded Moses, as between a man and his wife, and as between a father and his daughter, while she is in her youth in her father’s house.

 

God Does Not Change

The judgment was given in Genesis 3:16, “he shall rule over you.”  In Numbers 30 the statutes were given concerning the authority and responsibility of a man over his wife and a father over his daughter while in her youth living in his house.

Notice that three times it is said “the Lord will forgive her” if her father or husband forbids or annuls a vow or obligation.  Then notice the final point about the man forbidding or annulling her vows or obligations:  “he shall bear her guilt.” That is the responsibility of the ruler.

With that in mind, look at the New Testament and we shall see that while God did not change any of this, He added something more for the Christian man.

Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. 24 But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything.”  Ephesians 5:22-24

We can just as easily say the husband is the ruler of the wife, as Christ also is the ruler of the church.

“In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives, as they observe your chaste and respectful behavior.”  1st Peter 3:1-2

The behavior of the husband is not a factor in whether the wife is to submit to him, she is required to submit to him even if he is not in obedience to God.

You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered.”  1st Peter 3:7

Notice that the woman is described as the weaker vessel and husbands are to live with the wives in an understanding way.  She is his ward, he is her guardian.  This reflects the command Paul gave in Ephesians 5:

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, 26 so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.”  Ephesians 5:25-27

Notice that the husbands are no longer to just rule over their wives, they are to do so in love.  The husband is to love the wife as Christ loves His church.  This raises the question:  are there any examples of how Christ loves His church?  As it turns out, there are two.

“Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent.”  Revelation 3:19

This is stated again in Hebrews, but y’all might want to take a look at what these words mean:

For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines,
And He scourges every son whom He receives.”

It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Furthermore, we had Earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness. 11 All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.  Hebrews 12:6-11

A ruler holds his subjects accountable.  He instructs, corrects, rebukes and disciplines (punishes) them for their transgressions in order that they might be blameless.  Yet, this point is the one that makes the churchian cucks and feminists howl with fury.  They claim that it is not a loving act for a husband to take his wife in hand when she needs it.

Does a woman desire a man who makes decisions like this?  Do they desire a man who will hold them accountable and punish them, if necessary?  Churchians claim the answer is no.

Churchians cannot explain the incredible popularity of the 50 Shades books and movies, but anyone who knows that God said a woman’s desire will be for a man who is fit to rule over her understands this.

If a man wants his woman to desire him, he must be fit to rule.  If he is not fit to rule he must become fit to rule.  The doctrines of “servant leadership” and “mutual submission” are for men, not husbands and wives.  A woman desires a ruler, not a servant.  Become fit to rule and stay that way.

Deep down, women want to be ruled, but only by a man who is fit to rule them.  How do we know this?   Because God said so.

 

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Theology For Men of the West: Becoming One Flesh

What If Everyone Has It Wrong?

What if becoming ‘one flesh’ is the mixing of the microbiome and DNA that occurs within an intimate relationship?  The most intimate act is sexual intercourse, but kissing and any other exchange of body fluids, close physical contact and even sleeping very close together (respiratory transmission) would be included.

In other words, what if becoming one flesh isn’t a spiritual joining, but literally becoming one as the flora and fauna of the two normalize between the two as the woman absorbs the genetic material of her man?  The Apostle Paul described it as a great mystery, which makes perfect sense from the standpoint that he knew nothing of genetics or the presence of the microbiome.  Just because something is a great mystery does not mean that mystery cannot be revealed as time goes by.

With that in mind we’ll go over a bit of data and then take a look at how this lines up with what Scripture says.

First, let’s look at the microbiome.

The last point made by the graphic above is critical.  With 99.9% genetic equality, we are 80% to 90% different because of individual differences in the microbiome within each person.  Let’s look at another graphic and see if there’s anything interesting there.

Notice on the bottom row, center, the differences in the composition of the microbes between men and women’s genitalia.  Those are the only two differentiated points between men and women listed in the graph, but consider the exchange of microbes that occurs with kissing on the mouth.  Then consider all the various sexual and non-sexual acts that will be mixing the microbial colonies between the man and the woman.  More on that in a bit.

 

Genetic Transmission

In the previous post, I mentioned Dr. Lazar Greenfield and the screeching horde of feminists who derailed his career because he had the temerity to point out the benefits of semen to women.  In case you missed it, along with all the enzymes, prostaglandins and other goodies contained in the semen that are absorbed by the woman as a result of sex, the woman is getting a dose of his DNA.  These substances are absorbed by her body and show up in measurable amounts in her bloodstream following sex.  Which is why women who are regularly absorbing baby-batter are provably happier than those who practice “safe sex” or abstain from sex.

The implications, however, are more important that what is actually said.  The women are absorbing the man’s semen, which contains his DNA.  As we shall see, that DNA becomes part of her body.

Telegony is the theory that characteristics of a woman’s previous sexual partner can become incorporated in the offspring of a later (different) father of her child.  The entire monolith of feminism is opposed to such a theory and currently the theory is considered “discredited” by the so-called scientific community.  Interestingly, Professor James Ewart set out to disprove the theory of Telegony propounded by Lord Morton some 50 years earlier with his Penicuik Experiments.  This was prior to Mendel’s experiments into heredity so he was shooting in the dark.  Even as late as 1979 “science” was still hard at work to disprove telegony when Burkhardt’s “Closing the door on Lord Morton’s mare: the rise and fall of telegony” was published.  His work is now cited as the “proof” that telegony is discredited.

Except that it wasn’t discredited: Burkhardt succeeded in designing an investigation that failed to prove that telegony exists.

In the same year it was proven that fetal cells of the baby invade the mother’s body and leave the father’s DNA in her body, including her brain.  It has likewise been proven that the DNA of a previous father can be passed to the younger siblings who have a different father.  If one reads merely the abstract that study, what should get your attention is this:

Male microchimerism was present in 6 of 12 UCB samples analyzed. In conclusion, female UCB comprises HY-specific cytotoxic T cells. The immunization is presumably caused by transmaternal cell flow of male microchimerism present in the mother. (emphasis added)

Umbilical cord blood belongs to the baby.  Pointing to the male microchimerism (presence of DNA that does not belong to either the father or mother) in the umbilical cord blood is to point to male microchimerism in the baby.  Note that the study was oriented toward a different object and this result was unintended.  The point is the study proves that male DNA from a man who is not the father was found in six of the twelve samples analyzed.

The question is whether the DNA was present as a result of the mother’s previous pregnancy or whether it was the result of “merely” having a previous sexual partner is one that was not answered by the study.  What should be understood is studies specifically designed to disprove telegony have been “successful” while other studies have accidentally proved telegony to be a real and observed phenomena.  Does anyone imagine any fair research will be done in this area in the face of shrieking hordes of feminists?

I assert that a fair study to follow up on the observed phenomena of male microchimerism in the umbilical cord blood that would seek to determine where this DNA came from cannot be made.  There is already significant evidence that fetal cells invade the mother during pregnancy (cells containing half the DNA of the father) and this results in genetic chimerism in the mother.  Observably it has been proven that a man’s semen is absorbed by the woman’s body following sexual activity, which opens the door to genetic chimerism or microchimerism in the woman as a result of sexual intercourse.

If we proceed with the understanding that a woman’s previous sexual partners have deposited both their DNA and microbiome in her body and said DNA and microbiome have permanently become part of her body, what impact should this have on our understanding of various instructions of the Bible concerning sex?  Consider these:

  • The command of circumcision.  Circumcision dramatically lowers the amount of microbial material the man places into the woman and with the removal of the foreskin the woman’s microbiome can’t colonize the man in what would have been an equal exchange.  The impact of circumcision is to cause the microbial transmission to be far more of a one-way flow from man to woman.
  • The importance and meaning of virginity to marriage.  Obviously the virgin would not be pregnant with another man’s child, but likewise she would not be polluted by another man’s DNA and microbiome that would result from a sexual union that did not cause a pregnancy.   In this age of so-called “vaginal virgins” a woman can arguably no longer be considered a virgin after having oral and anal sex with other men simply because she hadn’t been penetrated vaginally, given the exchange of microbiome and genetic material.
  • The command against adultery takes on an entirely new light because rather than being a sexual violation, adultery is the act of polluting (adultering) a woman’s body with another man’s microbes and DNA, an act that cannot be undone.
  • The command to the priests to only take a virgin wife.  He is forbidden to take a widow, a divorced woman or a woman profaned by harlotry in order that he not profane their offspring before the Lord.  Considering that the widow, the (legitimately) divorced woman and the woman profaned by harlotry might all lawfully be married, this is more support for the idea that God places a great deal of importance on genetic purity that encompasses the micobiome.  This supports the point that a man’s DNA becomes part of the woman with nothing more than the act of sexual intercourse.
  • The command to the Israelites not to intermarry with the tribes around them, which would pollute the people.  Part of who the people were was found in the microbiome within their bodies and their DNA.  Mixing it with other peoples was forbidden.
  • The command that no child born of an illegitimate marriage (a mamzer) be allowed to join the assembly of the Lord down to the 10th generation.  That word is also translated as a “mongrel race” in Zechariah 9:6, which indicates the word includes children born of an illegitimate marriage to the people God said not to intermarry with.
  • The dichotomy in the treatment of rape offenses: for a married woman or betrothed virgin it was a death penalty.  Rape of an eligible virgin resulted in marriage and there is no mention of the rape of a widow or divorced woman as being a crime.  In the case of the married woman or betrothed woman, there was a man who was injured by having his wife permanently adultered (polluted) by another man.  In the case of the eligible virgin she was married.  The widow and divorced women are not mentioned because they already have the DNA and microbiome of another man.
  • The command of the levirate marriage.  A brother was to take the widow as his wife in order to get an heir who would be an extremely close genetic and microbial match, in order to carry on the bloodline of the dead brother.
  • The prohibition against intercourse with a woman who is menstruating.
  • The prohibitions against bestiality, which would introduce new and possibly harmful organisms into the body.  Syphilis is a disease of sheep.
  • The prohibitions against incest, which can only be aimed at later generations to prevent genetic problems that would result.

I’m not claiming this as doctrine.  Nor am I claiming there is no spiritual significance or spiritual action in the joining as one flesh.  What I am saying is the statement of Jesus that “what God has joined together” could be interpreted as a direct action by God or as an indirect action by God because God designed mankind for this to happen.  That Paul would describe it as a great mystery is obvious.  That we have an idea of what is happening doesn’t mean we’ve solved the mystery, but the mystery may very well have been solved at least partially.

To get started learning about the microbiome, one might want to take a look at “The Human SuperOrganism: How the Microbiome Is Revolutionizing the Pursuit of a Healthy Life” by Rodney Dietert; “The Germ Files” by Jason Tetro; “Welcome to the Microbiome: Getting to Know the Trillions of Bacteria and Other Microbes In, On, and Around You” by Rob DeSalle and Susan L. Perkins.  These books communicate the general ideas.   A quick peek at Amazon demonstrates how the writers of new books on this topic are orienting the information about the microbiome to focus on weight-loss.  With over 70% of the population overweight or obese, this seems natural.  Good luck finding books that explore any underlying issues involved with a man and woman merging their microbiome profiles.

 

Sex And Becoming One Flesh

As has been demonstrated time and time again on this blog and elsewhere, the perverts in the early church such as Jerome, Gregory and Augustine hated sex and sexual pleasure, considering it to be wicked, evil and a sin.  Yet, there was that command to be fruitful and multiply, so the church eventually settled on dogma that only vaginal intercourse within marriage was legitimate, but only if the purpose was reproduction.  In other words, procreation only and not recreation.  Other forms of sexual expression were forbidden as sodomy (anal) and oral sodomy (oral).  Even vaginal penetration was to be as infrequent as possible and the church went so far as to forbid any position other than the “missionary position.”  Anything that might stimulate sexual desire such as touching, hugging or kissing was to be avoided.

If we consider that the bond of one flesh is an ongoing process similar to sanctification (the process of growing in Christ, becoming more of a part of the body of Christ), it should be obvious the policies of the church were contrary the development of the one flesh bond and actually hurt the institution of marriage.

If we consider the bond of one flesh to be the mixing of the microbiome and DNA between husband and wife, rather than a spiritual joining, it should be obvious that trying to minimize or eliminate sex from marriage was an attempt to minimize the bonding between husband and wife.

For the record, there are numerous historical records from the church that demonstrate the church favored policies (for political reasons) that weakened marriage, but that is not the subject of this post.

 

Sex, Emotion and Desire

As God stated in Genesis 3:16, a woman’s desire shall be for a man who is fit to rule over her.  Maintaining that desire through the course of a marriage requires the man to be a wise ruler and the data from the study of Game provides some relevant details as to how that process works. Rollo Tomassi’s Rational Male series provides an excellent foundation of knowledge.  The Rational Male and The Rational Male: Preventative Medicine are both descriptive works that should be required reading for every man.   I don’t agree with Rollo’s position on the subject of evolution, but other than that, his work is excellent and I suspect his upcoming third book in the series (The Rational Male: Positive Masculinity) will be worth reading as well.

Almost all feminist churchians and sincere Christians get very upset about data that comes from the PUA (Pick-Up Artist) research.  After all, the PUA’s are a bunch of men who were trying to figure out what caused women to be attracted to a man and how to stimulate that attraction in order to get laid.  “Immorality!” they screech.  Yet, they are comfortable with “science” that is completely oriented around evolution, which is the religion of humanism and a form of idolatry.   Call them out on it and they will hypocritically say that evidence is evidence and we should use it…

The author Athol Kay has taken a prescriptive approach and while he has been criticized for simply gathering the “best of game”, he stepped beyond that.  Athol’s achievement was to take the data and observations of the PUA’s and apply it to long-term relationships, especially marriage.  He detailed the point that women need a combination of alpha dominance and beta comfort in order to ensure the long-term success of a relationship in his book “Married Man Sex Life Primer“.   Notably, he identified the reaction of women to the men’s behaviors in terms of brain chemistry- alpha dominance provoking a domamine response and beta comfort provoking an oxytocin response.

Rollo professes to be a Christian but approaches his study of women from the standpoint of evolutionary psychology.  Athol (and his wife) are former conservative Christians who now profess to be atheists and he likewise approaches his position from an evolutionary standpoint.  Both of them draw on the observations and data collected for decades by the PUA’s which has coalesced into what is known as “Game”.

There is another data source with a number of interesting and provable observations, which is the Dominance/submissive (D/s) relationships within the BDSM community.  The Bible is very clear that marriage is a D/s relationship in which men and women are clearly not equal.  As I pointed out in the post 50 Shades of Biblical Marriage, the Biblical standards for marriage read like a D/s relationship contract.  The point that most will miss is simple:  the various acts within an intimate relationship meet different needs of both the men and women in terms of dominance and submission.

The three basic types of sexual activity can be divided up as follows:

Oral.  This is a one-way act and generally should be construed as an act of worship.  It doesn’t matter which way it goes, but in general it’s an act of worship by the one giving the oral sex that flows to the one receiving.  The one giving receives no pleasure from the act and they perform a sacrificial suffering of discomfort performing the act.  Yet, many women testify they enjoy (on an emotional level) performing the act.  Which describes an act of worship.

Anal.  This aspect of sex is an expression of dominance on the part of the man.  It can be both painful and pleasurable for the woman, although it is almost always painful to some extent.  The one being penetrated is submitting to the dominance of the one doing the penetration. As with spanking, some women enjoy and desire being completely dominated in this fashion.

Vaginal.  The act of vaginal intercourse is mutually pleasurable and generates the most comfort for the woman.  It is the only one by which the woman will become pregnant and is the most equal of the three in terms of pleasure given and received.  Depending on position there can be differences in who is in the dominant position but vaginal intercourse is arguably the act of joining that facilitates mutual bonding and comfort, particularly for women.

 

Why Bring This Up?

There is a theory which states women need all three aspects (worship, dominance and bonding) in order to have a balanced relationship with their husband and all of these correspond to the alpha/beta dynamic that must be kept in balance to avoid problems.  Which, of course, is enough to make almost all Christians scream with outrage.  Especially the women who are married to a man they aren’t attracted to.

If we consider acts of dominance, worship and joining, there are emotional needs being satisfied with these acts for both men and women.  Only an idiot would look at the situation and say that joining was the only acceptable path because the evidence clearly states women have a need for masculine dominance and men have a need to dominate.  Women have a need to completely submit (and what is more submissive than worship?) while men have a need to be praised and exalted.

All of this goes back to the beginning, where God said “your desire shall be for the man who is fit to rule over you.”  And, yes, that’s my translation and it’s accurate.

It is ironic that Christians who readily accept the theory of evolution and deny that God is the Creator are triggered by the idea that fellatio is arguably an act of worship.  Putting the hypocrisy aside, they cannot comprehend the difference between a woman’s act of worship for her master as her master and the act of worshiping God because He is God.  Ephesians 5:22-24 takes on an entirely non-feminist meaning in this light.

Wives, to your own husbands, as to the Lord.  For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself the Savior of the body.  But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives to their husbands in everything. (Translators additions to the text removed)

Which is to say that whatever the church gives to Christ, the wife is to give to her husband.  That word “everything” is unbounded within the constraints of obedience and submission.  If the church owes praise and worship to Christ as the Savior, so too does the wife owe praise and worship to her husband as the man who rules over her.  Since God does not change this passage cannot mean the husband is to be worshiped as God, but it does call for her worship of him as her ruler.

Interestingly, there is nothing in Scripture that forbids what a man and his woman do in terms of sex EXCEPT for sex while she’s menstruating.  While those evil Canaanites were certainly engaged in all manner of sexual practices, God’s only injunction was against sex while a woman was menstruating.  The fact that God forbid intercourse while a woman is menstruating is the proof that God chose not to forbid any other form of sexual congress  between a man and his woman.

From the perspective of mixing the colonies of the microbiome, any variety in sexual practices will hasten and reinforce that, with the general flow of colonization going from man to woman.

Some of the more gentle readers might be appalled, but God did not forbid fellatio, cunnilingus or anal sex between a man and woman.  And as it turns out, there are actually good reasons to engage in these activities from the standpoint of meeting needs and relationship dynamics indicate there are likewise good reasons to engage in all of these behaviors.  The one flesh aspects of the microbiome and DNA transmission that are enhanced by such activities depends on whether one believes that “becoming one flesh” is a good thing.

And just as an aside, did anyone notice that the rules and restrictions on sex that the ancient church put in place (without knowing anything about the science) were practically designed to damage marriages?  Evidently Satan understood genetics and the microbiome back then on a level better than we do now.

 

 

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Theology For Men of the West: One Flesh

Toad has been questioning his assumptions.  As a result…

I believe that up until now I have been wrong with regard to my exegesis on the issue of becoming one flesh as mentioned in Genesis 2:24. 

Whereas previously I believed the one flesh bond between man and woman was the result of marriage to a virgin, I now believe the spiritual bond created by God known as “one flesh” occurs each time a couple has sex regardless of their marital relationship or even the legitimacy of the relationship.  This is in harmony with Matthew 19:6 as well as 1st Corinthians 6:16, as I will demonstrate below.

From an exegetical standpoint this solidifies the doctrine that marriage begins when the eligible virgin has sexual intercourse.  By giving a better understanding of 1st Corinthians 6:16 it is easier to understand the interpretation of dabaq in Genesis 2:24.

The lack of a prohibition that forbids a man and woman who are eligible to marry from having sex points to the fact that “sex outside marriage” is not a sin.   Unfortunately this creates the specter of unrestrained sexuality in the minds of many, but perhaps a better understanding of becoming one flesh will ease those fears.

Recognizing the one flesh bond is created and strengthened with every act of sex reinforces the point that the man gives his consent and commitment to marriage every time he has sex, which results in a one flesh union of the man and woman.   If his purpose is marriage, he does nothing wrong.  If the purpose is any other reason his motives are questionable because once the one flesh bond is created, breaking it later will cause harm to the woman.

Yet, we live in a world filled with broken women and it isn’t that it’s necessary to break some eggs to make an omelet, the eggs are already broken.  A man must have wisdom.

 

Discussion

Scripture only uses the term “one flesh” in Genesis 2:24 and when Genesis 2;24 is quoted elsewhere (Matthew 19, Mark 10, Ephesians 5 and 1st Corinthians 6).  Genesis 2:24 is the law of marriage and the bond of one flesh is a synonym of marriage within the church.

Because marriage occurs at a certain point and then one is married, it’s assumed the bond of one flesh is created once and exists afterward in the same way we assume the husband only gives his commitment to marriage at a wedding ceremony. Yet, marriage is a type of the relationship between Christ and His church so we should understand there is more to it than that.  There is a point at which a person is justified (becomes a Christian), but following that a Christian goes through the process of sanctification as they grow in Christ.  First one becomes a Christian, then one grows as a Christian.

In the same way a marriage is formed with sexual intercourse and that act produces a spiritual bond (one flesh).  The husband makes his commitment to the marriage with the initial act and thereafter renews his commitment with succeeding acts of sexual intercourse.  Likewise the one flesh bond is created with the initial act and renewed and strengthened with each succeeding act.  The two are married and over time the married couple grows closer together.

I was confused about the one flesh bond because of the reference to a covenant marriage in Malachi 2 (in which God is speaking to the priests), which references the command in Leviticus 21‘s instruction to the priests that they must take only a virgin as a wife.  This caused a study of covenants and as a result I viewed the “one flesh” union as being synonymous with a “covenant” marriage that only occurs with a virgin.

As a result my view of “become one flesh” was it occurs as a single act of God when the couple is married.  It followed that after God has joined them they’re now joined in a “once and done” kind of way, but only with a virgin (due to my confusion with the reference to covenant marriage).

Yet, Paul’s admonition in 1st Corinthians 6:16 continued to bother me because he was speaking of becoming one flesh and the men were most certainly not being married to the prostitutes in question.

The question arose:  What if the one-flesh union is a product of having sex that does not require marriage and only the covenant marriage is what is restricted to the virgin?   In that case the “covenant marriage” is not the same thing as becoming “one-flesh”.

There is only one way to deal with questions like that.  Test them.

Assume the spiritual union of one-flesh results every time a man and woman have sex, regardless of their marital status.  Test that according to the Scriptures.

 

Re-Evaluating 1st Corinthians 6:16, “do you not know?”

Notice Paul states that being “one body” is to become “one flesh” in this passage.  It is a progression: first joined physically (one body) and with that act, joined spiritually (one flesh).  Yet, they are not married.

Or do you not know that the one who joins himself to a prostitute is one body with her? For He says, “THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH.” (1st Corinthians 6:16)

What we know:

  • The Apostle Paul and the men at that time knew that sex with a prostitute was not a sin because that activity was not prohibited and therefore was not and could not be immoral.
  • The prostitutes were eligible to marry and thus were not committing adultery.
  • Paul gave his prohibition within the context of Genesis 2:24 and quoted part of that verse (the two shall become one flesh).
  • The prohibition ONLY applies to Christian men.
  • The men were NOT becoming married to the prostitutes with the act of sex, because a woman who is no longer a virgin is free to marry whom she chooses (1st Corinthians 7:39) and must agree to be married (Numbers 30:9) before sex makes her married.  Prostitutes were the one group of women who didn’t want to marry the men.

Therefore, we cannot place the bond of becoming one flesh only within the domain of marriage.  If not occurring solely with the act of becoming married, it must be the result of having sex and it must occur every time one has sex.  This is the same as the man giving his commitment to marriage every time he has sex with a woman.  He “renews his vow” every single time he has sex with his wife.

Therefore, a superior exegesis of 1st Corinthians 6:16 is that Christian men are not to have sex with a prostitute because sexual intercourse with her results in the one flesh bond and thereby joins Christ to her in the process.  Because marriage is not required to become one flesh.

Think of sex and the one flesh bond as playing with fire.  Fire can be a useful servant if controlled, but a dangerous master that destroys if it gets out of control.

I previously concluded that Paul gave his prohibition on using prostitutes for sex because it was an abuse of the man’s authority to marry.  This correction strengthens the case that the men were abusing their authority to marry, becoming one flesh with no intention of being married.

With the view that the one-flesh union is created any time a man and woman have sex (without regard to marriage), we have Paul saying that because Christian men are spiritually joined with Christ, they are not to form spiritual one-flesh unions with prostitutes because in doing so they join Christ in that union.  In that case, it makes perfect sense to quote Genesis 2:24 saying “they shall become one flesh” because that is the justification of his prohibition. Becoming “one body” causes the man to become “one flesh” with the woman.

 

Re-Examining Matthew 19:6, “Let no man separate”

Jesus, in Matthew 19:6, speaking within the context of divorce (which can only occur when there is a marriage) said “so they are no longer two, but one flesh.  What therefore God has joined together let no man separate.”   This is the statement that tells us that the “one flesh” bond is something that God does, which allows us to better understand Paul’s comparison between the one flesh bond and becoming a member of the body of Christ in Ephesians 5:28-32.

  • The mere act of sex produces the one-flesh union, a union created by God.
  • This occurs whether it’s within or without marriage.
  • Once the two have been joined in marriage, they are not to be separated.
  • That which is joined by God cannot be successfully separated by man.

This reinforces the point that marriage is begun with the act of sex and for that reason there is no prohibition anywhere in Scripture that forbids a man and woman who are eligible to marry from having sex.  At the same time it informs us that the act of sex is to create the one flesh bond which is an act of God.  Separation following that is not something that man was authorized to do.

 

Conclusions From Scripture

  • The one flesh bond cannot be tied to sex with the virgin because that would associate it only with marriage.  If it were tied only to the virginity of the woman we have a two-tiered marriage system of one flesh marriage and civil (by consent) marriage.  If this were the case Jesus is saying that it is acceptable to divorce in the case of tier-II marriages because they are not one flesh.
  • The one flesh bond cannot be tied solely to marriage because Paul is stating that becoming one body with a prostitute is to become one flesh with her.  This act takes place outside the bonds of marriage (by definition) and will not result in marriage because the prostitute does not agree to be married.
  • All marriages are initiated with sex and therefore all marriages are characterized by the bond of becoming one flesh.
  • The act of sex causes God to join the two as one flesh, so each act of sex renews and strengthens the spiritual bond of one flesh between them in the same way that each act of sex is to renew the husband’s commitment to his marriage.

 

Science and Observation

The question of becoming one flesh has some interesting possibilities on the physical level that modern science is just beginning to explore.

Each person has a specific microbiome profile of the various flora and fauna living in them.  The microbes in their bodies.  What that means is everyone has about ten trillion cells that make up their bodies, but in addition the body is host to about one hundred trillion cells living in it that are microbes. The human genome has about twenty-one thousand genes, but the microbes living in each person have around eight million genes that interact with the body, turning genes on and off, tinkering with the immune system and things of that nature. The microbes in everyone’s body are part of who they are.

When a woman has sexual intercourse with a man she isn’t just getting his semen, she’s getting a big dose of his microbiome and as time passes they literally become one flesh. The microbiome affects who you are, how you think and how you feel. It has a huge impact on things like digestion, allergies, diabetes, obesity, bowel disorders and even psychiatric disorders like schizophrenia and depression. Researchers are just getting started looking at this, but it’s now safe to say that in some ways, mental disorders are sexually transmissible.  Crazy could be considered an STD in another generation.

In a sexual relationship the woman will be receiving the man’s microbiome in the act of sexual intercourse and over time they will develop a similar profile as her body becomes more like his.  In addition, during intercourse his semen is absorbed by the woman and as a result his DNA is entering into her bloodstream and tissue.  As a result of regular sex, over time the man’s microbiome and DNA becomes part of the woman’s body.

This is even more pronounced when a woman gets pregnant because fetal cells will invade her body. These are almost always stem cells and they’ll go to any part of her body that needs help and set to work repairing the damage.  Fetal cells are half her DNA and half his DNA. That means through the action of sex and pregnancy the father will literally become a part of the mother’s body with every baby he fathers in her because those cells don’t go away. His DNA will be with her for the rest of her life along with his microbiome.

At one time doctors thought semen was just the delivery vehicle for the sperm, but not any more. Semen is now considered the most complex fluid the body produces, more complex than blood. It’s loaded with enzymes and prostaglandins that a woman’s body does not produce.  Her vagina, cervix and uterus will absorb the semen and within a few hours after intercourse the woman’s bloodstream shows measurable amounts of the ingredients of semen.  The effect of this is to improve the woman’s sense of well being.

This the definition of becoming one flesh on a physical and emotional level.

Dr. Lazar Greenfield was the president elect of the American College of Surgery, a man at the top of his profession.  His career was destroyed by feminists because he wrote a Valentines Day article in “Surgery News” that discussed the benefits of semen for women.

Dr. Greenfield noted the therapeutic effects of semen, citing research from the Archives of Sexual Behavior which found that female college students practicing unprotected sex were less likely to suffer from depression than those whose partners used condoms (as well as those who remained abstinent).

Read the entire story that I linked to get the rest of the story that discusses the research.  Although the newsletter retracted the entire issue, the essay in question is here at retractionwatch.

 

I believe an understanding of “become one flesh” is the final piece of the puzzle for understanding Genesis 2:24 and the real-world applications are interesting.

And this means I have a lot of editing to do on posts from years gone by.

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