"The Little Book" is based on a Bible verse in Revelation that tells of an angel commanding the prophet John to eat a little book that would be sweet in his mouth and bitter in his belly. The major issues of the liberal agenda are of the same nature. They include atheism, feminism, homosexuality, animal rights, environmentalism, education, government, and, worst of all, abortion. These issues are presented in a feel-good way, sweet as honey, but always turn to bitterness and are quickly forgotten by the liberal presenters and media cheerleaders. For many years the expansion of liberalism has been a mystery, but a study of the scriptures has revealed how that thinking has overridden common sense. It is the author's conviction that the chief perpetrator of these issues is Satan who has blinded the minds of many of our citizens, enabling the ungodly liberal activists to force their evil positions on our whole country. It's a perfect way for the devil, in his war against GOD, to increase the alienation of man from GOD. The BIBLE shines a spiritual light on their deeds, exposing them for what they are. Through GOD'S dealings with Old Testament Israel, we can easily see what HIS response is to a nation that rejects HIM and follows a secular path in the pursuit of self satisfaction and self glorification. Since GOD changes not, our concern should be HIS response to our current humanistic leanings and ungodly desires. Without a national repentance, is there an apocalyptic event in store for America?
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The Little BookThe Ungodly Liberal Agenda
By Charles Edwards
AuthorHouseCopyright © 2010 Charles Edwards
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Chapter OneSWEET 'N SOUR
Sweet in the Mouth - Bitter in the Belly
In the book of Revelation, chapter 10, the apostle John recorded a strange story. While receiving a vision of things to come in the latter days, a magnificent angel appeared, having an open, little book in his hands. The angel cried out, causing other angelic voices to do the same, but when John started to write what he heard (as he had been doing throughout the vision) another voice told him to seal up the things that had been spoken and "do not write them."
Then, an even stranger thing happened. The "voice from heaven" told John to go and take the little book from the hand of the angel, who said to John, "take it, and eat it; and it will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be sweet as honey." (Rev. 10:9) After eating the book, John found that it did taste good in the mouth, sweet as honey, but after swallowing, his stomach became very bitter.
If any story from the Bible can be used to describe cause and effect in the lives of people, whether as a group or as individuals, this one can. How often have we all eaten the "little book" as we worked our way through this life? We take a bite of some pleasurable idea, enjoying the sweetness and the good feeling that we're sure will continue, bringing happiness and fulfillment. But after swallowing the great idea, comes the bitter pangs of regret as we realize how overrated the promise was, how we considered the plan with too-narrow vision, and how we based the decision on emotion and desire rather than fact and need.
The worst thing about it is that it happens with great frequency to individuals and nations in spite of the history of our lives and that of the world. How many times do some folks suffer the bellyache of financial setbacks, sometimes ruin, after enjoying the sweet taste of unlimited spending? Or the pain of shattered relationships after the sweet talk of disguised self interests?
Whole groups of people will joyfully bite into the pleasant tasting rhetoric of some would-be dictator, anarchist, or politician running for office, whose ideology appears to be the magic elixir for all ills, at least the ones that are currently getting the most press. But once that great pretender slips into the belly of the system and begins weaving his deceit throughout the body, much pain develops among the populace in the form of confiscatory taxes, limited freedom, shortage of necessities, and, in extreme cases, persecution, imprisonment and death.
An example still in the memory of senior citizens is that of the German people who swallowed Hitler's big lie during the 1930s of the sweet promise of being number one in the world, but in the 1940s vomited up the truth of their sickness in the form of racism and genocide for all the world to see. And, in the period when the Nazis came to power, Germany was the most educated country in the world. So much for education without wisdom and understanding.
Our country today has many people who are telling us that, pertaining to political ideology, we are eating wrong, and if we will only swallow their sweet, medicinal words, all ills will be conquered. Beware of the pain in the belly. Such persons are politicians in Washington D.C. and state capitols, professors in college, editors in newsrooms, TV newsmen and reporters, Hollywood stars, and many activist organizations.
These people are of the liberal persuasion who are more than willing to shoulder our burdens if we only give them the power and control required for them to bring about total peace and harmony across the land, (and eventually the world) where every need is met. They all are working on their own little item of the overall agenda, and may not realize any collusion, but they are all working toward the same end - the unlearned many controlled by the elite few.
The language of the liberals appeals to our emotions in an attempt to get us to accept any law, regulation, or court ruling that supposedly enhances the lives of the have-nots. Such changes are portrayed as necessary to eliminate hunger, disease, poverty, homelessness, and any other thing the "deprived" are doing without. All of these conditions are prevalent in most third-world countries, but we're told that the same is true here in the United States, the richest country in the world.
What are we to make of it when a prominent, national politician tells us that thirty million people in this country are going to bed hungry? Thirty million? In a country with a population of three hundred million? That's ten percent of our population! With all of the government welfare programs and entitlements, the shelters and charities, the trillions of dollars spent on the war on poverty since the sixties, we still have one out of every ten people going to bed hungry?
That's what we are told, but we're not told where such figures come from or what caused those unfortunate people to be mired in those circumstances. Those are questions we're not supposed to ask. All that's expected of us is to willingly give more of our hard-earned money in taxes and allow the politicians and government regulators to be in full control of our resources.
Another favorite liberal tactic is to encourage us to "do it for the children," a twist on our emotions if ever there was one. How could anyone not do something for the children? That is, of course, the children who have been allowed to be born.
The liberal philosophy is based on depraved human nature, the condition of men since the garden of Eden and appeals to greed and selfishness while attributing such characteristics to the conservatives. They tell their constituents they deserve more and they shouldn't be expected to exert any uncomfortable effort in acquiring the material of their need.
Some folks of the liberal persuasion don't like to hear their views described as ungodly or as something "wrong," citing a more palatable definition as one who is generous, tolerant, and favoring reform. Those are wonderful words that supposedly describe the well-meaning efforts of our liberal caretakers but in reality are the words of ravenous wolves in sheep's clothing, (mentioned by Jesus in Matt. 7:15) spoken to tickle the ears of all those who are ruled by the aforementioned depraved human nature.
That word "progress" is often used to bring about change that results in more harm than good, and while we are bombarded with numbers that show why such action is needed, we are never given the numbers showing how many were helped and how many were hurt as a result of a particular debacle. The do-gooders are never called to answer for their errors in miscalculation, much in the same way the spiritualists who make their yearly predictions in January are never called for explanation the following January of why such portentous events never occurred. Progress is often a path to greater complications and sorrows.
A major fallacy in liberal thinking is the "essential goodness of the human race." God's word says, "... there is none who does good, there is not even one." (Romans 3:12). The natural inclination of man is to do that which is contrary to the word of God. We have a written history of mankind for thousands of years and while there has been great technological change, nothing universal has changed in man's attitude toward his brothers or the things his brothers have.
There is always a war going on somewhere. There is unjust imprisonment, persecution, torture, deprivation, murder, and in some cases, annihilation of whole groups of people. Even in so-called civilized countries such as America, we need thousands upon thousands of laws to deal with the constant theft, deception and general dishonesty. Remove the enforcement of such laws and we readily see what happens to our civilized society as demonstrated by the social and race riots of the past fifty years. If the human race is essentially good, where is the evidence?
Any human government that does not include and honor the God of the Christian Bible is doomed to failure. What civilized country has been in existence with the same form of government for more than a few hundred years? What system of government in any country has existed since the time of Adam? History is a tale of the rise and fall of one sinful government after another
Freedom to fall short
The American system has too many allowances for failure. The irony of that is found in our strong assertion of freedom and civil rights. When people have the freedom and personal right to do as they please, without responsibility, there are no barriers against evil. In a land where people are granted the right to sin, ungodliness will become the norm.
We do not have the right to sin, no matter what the liberal philosophers say. If God granted us the right to sin, how then could He punish us for exercising a God-given right? Chastisement for sin would be unjust. There would be no need for a final judgment, or the lake of fire.
Abolishing punishment is the prevailing quest in America today. If Satan can direct our minds to accept that, then we can also expect no punishment from God. That is why criminal justice is becoming a thing of the past. Evil-doers are excused, or given a token punishment, working toward the time when the Satanically inspired liberal agenda will fully eliminate the current penal code. Punishment will only be doled out upon the godly by the elite ungodly.
The American system has lasted this long because the country is so big, geographically, taking over 100 years to settle. Also, the continual technological advances and the large wars kept us preoccupied, but, with the secure, easy life of the second half of the twentieth century, and the newly discovered government entitlements, too much emphasis is on self and having every need met. We have discarded personal responsibility and have become completely dependent upon the modern social-political-economic state of affairs. Throwing off the yoke of this form of slavery would be excessively traumatic for most Americans.
A two-party nightmare
The two-party political system holds us fast. It is Satan's best tool for bringing down what started out as a Christian nation. The political machinery of the Democratic and Republican parties has created systems giving them a political monopoly whereby no one outside of those parties has a chance of getting elected to State or National office. You serve the party or you don't serve at all.
Sometimes, as in the Presidential election of 2008, we have to hold our noses and vote for the lesser of the two evils, but if I do that, I'm still voting for evil. If I am to choose between two ungodly candidates, I might as well get away from both parties and vote for an ungodly candidate of a third-party. Such action causes the conservative party supporters to admonish me for wasting my vote and helping the liberal to win but they have no explanation as to how the liberal candidate won in the '96 and '08 elections after I voted for their supposedly conservative candidate.
If enough people voted for a third-party candidate perhaps the politicians of the two major parties would really get the message and change their ways. Allowing the Democrats or Republicans to continue governing as they do will never get us out of this mess. And, allowing them to serve a lifetime in office is a sure path to disaster.
Politics has become a career, which opens the door for corruption of a great magnitude. Politicians are full of lies and deception, speaking words and doing deeds with only one purpose in mind: getting reelected. It should be a secret to no one that politicians take as much of our money as possible to buy the votes necessary for reelection through pork-barrel spending.
This wickedness will not end as long as one can get reelected for life. Term limits are in place for the President; they should be also for senators and representatives. Congressmen should only be paid for the days Congress is in session and that daily amount should be no more than $200. Dormitories with a cafeteria should be provided at the capitol for living quarters during congressional sessions to eliminate the cost of private housing and the necessity of high salaries. Since it is only the business of Congress to make or repeal laws, huge staffs should be unnecessary.
They should be required to pay for their medical insurance as do the senior citizens, and there should be no retirement benefits for any government office holder. In the least, voters should not reelect anyone to more than two consecutive terms of office.
Even if the political mindset does change in the coming elections it might be too late, as foreign investors won't allow our economy to be in our control. In the near future we will have no fuel or food. Money will be worthless, as there will be nothing to buy. The irresponsible citizens will turn to looting and anarchy. Foreign military powers such as China, Iran, Russia, and North Korea might seize the opportunity to totally eliminate the American super power once and for all and assert their own dominance upon the world.
An apocalyptic event is drawing near for America. It will be God's judgment, as we are forced to drink a bitter cup. Just as individuals and nations have writhed in agony through the centuries in a bitter ending of a sweet beginning, we may be destined for much of the same as we continue to swallow that sweet little book of bad ideas in the form of atheism, feminism, animal rights, environmentalism, education, government, and abortion.
The fact is we have already swallowed much of it and are beginning to feel the symptoms of a grave illness. Our national leaders are prescribing pain killers that are numbing our senses but doing nothing to treat the problem. As sick as we are, still, no one wants to even talk about the only sure cure, which is to repent as a nation and recognize Jesus Christ as the only remedy for sin.
Every time Israel engaged in repentance God's forgiveness and blessing followed. When they fell away, God's wrath fell upon them.
Sometimes, the worst tasting medicine is the best one. It takes courage to realize that and ingest it.
A Suggestion to Mankind that there is no God
God's plan of salvation is faith-based. Hebrews 11:6 says, "And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him." God's purpose is to save men through Jesus Christ, as in John 6:29. "... This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent." Jesus is the one who was sent.
Satan's purpose is to draw mankind away from God. The easiest and most obvious method of doing that is to get mankind to believe that there is no God. If he can eliminate that required faith in an unseen God from the mind of a man, he will control that man and his fate.
In the second millenium of the human race Satan had virtually succeeded in removing thoughts of God from the people of the Old Testament world. That is evident by reading Genesis 6:12. "And God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth." In the next verse He tells Noah that He is about to destroy all flesh, "... the end of all flesh has come before Me ...," but note the reason.
It isn't for merely not believing in Him, but, "... for the earth is filled with violence because of them ..." (Genesis 6:13). Corruption is always the result among a people who have no faith in God and it often leads to violence. Yet, today, those who are being blindly led by Satan reject a God of peace, the only source of true peace, trusting in the wisdom of men to solve the problems of the world. There has been no world peace since Cain killed Abel and there is not the slightest evidence today of world peace becoming a reality through the efforts of men.
The people of Noah's time refused to acknowledge God and His power over all the earth. Noah was the only man who still believed in God, thereby being the only man who heard from God. What he heard was that God was going to destroy all life by means of a great flood and he was to build an ark in which his family would have refuge.
Satan has encouraged the atheists to believe there is no God. If there is no God, there is no judgment after death. If there is no judgment, there is no need of a Savior. The atheists will make false accusations against believers, twist the truth, spread their deception through willing channels, demand an equal hearing, be totally intolerant of any who express faith in God, demonstrate their dislike of Christianity through word and deed, and restrict the free expression of faith by encouraging liberal judges to rule against any public expression of faith in God.
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Table of Contents
1. SWEET 'N SOUR Sweet in the Mouth - Bitter in the Belly....................1
Freedom to fall short....................5
A two-party nightmare....................6
2. ATHEISM A Suggestion to Mankind that there is no God....................9
Twisting the Truth....................13
A Contagious Disease....................15
The Christians Will Rule....................19
3. FEMINISM Takes away the Masculine Authority of God....................23
Husbands and Wives....................27
4. ANIMAL RIGHTS Removes the Fact of being Created in God's Image....................33
Image of God....................34
5. ENVIRONMENTALISM Exchanges Worship of God for Worship of the Earth....................41
6. EDUCATION The Liberal Pollution of the Minds of Children....................59
Church and State....................60
7. GOVERNMENT Encourages Trust in Human Institutions....................77
8. ABORTION Deceives Mankind into Self-annihilation....................103
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For a historical fiction fan this is a good book. Its placement in late 19th Century Vienna with descriptions of life and morals is interesting and escapist. For that it should get five stars. The time travel aspect supports that rating. The plot is at times hard to pin down, straining comprehension, at times beyond the limits of good fiction, and merits only three to four stars. The characters were, for the most part, stereotyped, like an Austrian melodrama, and rate only a three rating at best. Overall the book was fun, but at times incredulous. It is not for the analytical, more for the escapist. What started out for me as compelling became at times tenuous. The whole seemed to be better than the sum of its parts, but not to the degree to make this a great work. A decent read, yes, a top notch one, not for me.
I enjoyed this book because it contained elements of history, an interesting plot and some great characters. Probably not for everyone due to the fantastic premise of time travel but a great book club choice as it would prompt any number of discussions. I would reccomend it to anyone who enjoyed The Life of Pi.
Do you ever see a book and just know that you are going to enjoy it? Well The Little Book by Selden Edwards was like that for me. I picked up the book as the cover looked intriguing to me (Yes! I was judging a book by its cover!). I knew I was probably in good hands when the two author endorsements were from Richard Ford and Pat Conroy. Both gentlemen are among my all time favorite writers. After quickly reading the inside of the dust jacket, I was sold. I was not to be disappointed. The book is set during the turn of the 19th century in Vienna. Mr. Edwards weaves in some amazing cameos of people who play a role in the story (Sigmund Freud is a pivotal figure). Whilst I don't want to give the plot away, be ready to explore several time periods from 1897 to 1988. There are some shocking moments in the book that make sense, will still surprise you. The tome wraps up with a flourish that will leave you smiling. If you have an interest in 19th century Europe, prep school, and larger than life heroes, this is the book for you. Although written over a period of 30 years, the prose and dialogue are seamless. Cheers to Selden Smith for a book well-done!
This book was an incredible journey. There were so many twists and turns you never knew what was coming. The backstory of the author is great as well. I can't wait until his next book is published.
This book is fascinating. It has an air of mystery and absolutely charming. It is just The Best Little Book! I highly recommend it. A very relaxing read. I have just finished this book and could not put it down. My only hope is that it does not take Selden Edwards thirty years to bring back Wheeler Burden. A wonderful book. Outstanding. Reminds me of A Winter's Tale.
This book brought me such pleasure with its finely drawn characters and evocation of times and places past. There were twists and turns to keep you reading. But more than that there was joy and romance and history brought together beautifully. Time travel is a hard subject to do well, but Edwards has done magnificently. This book speaks to your heart. It is the author's lifelong project and he has given us a book to cherish for a lifetime. I loved Jack Finney's Time and Again and From Time To Time and now I have found something to compare. Bravo!
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