I try not to give evil too much publicity but today I feel it is necessary. Are there evil forces in the world?
I don’t think you have to be a believer in the Bible to see the spread of evil across the world in our day. Yet, as a Christian, there are these verses:
“Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.”
For weeks this blog shared this video at least once a week because I believe we live in a time of great spiritual conflict: (Oops, it has been taken down and it was so good. I will use this one in its place until I find a better one.)
And then came the story of Nadia and Caspian. A young mother had her child stolen by the “Child Protective Services” of Norway.
The situation convinced me even more that the great spiritual conflict that is taking place is worldwide. I spent months following that story as many of you know.
I have used the word “evil” many times both here and on Facebook to describe events going on in Norway. The accuracy of my statements were never in doubt in my mind. Now, I am not only hearing about children being stolen in Norway. There are also stories of strange events like those that accompany demonic activity. I believe they are evil forces. There is no other explanation for the things I am now hearing about in a nation that once held to Christian theology. The interesting thing is, it appears that Christians are not the only ones who recognize this. Things are so bad there that those who aren’t Christians are calling the situation evil. Some who have not really given great thought to spiritual things in the past are noticing strange phenomena that can only be called “spiritual.” It is not a good kind of spirituality. It has all of the characteristics of demonic oppression.
I am not new to this topic. I have posted about it before. It is interesting that a post here that addresses this issue features a Lutheran man. He is a member of the church I grew up in, The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. It is a Christian denomination that holds to Biblical truths better than any other Lutheran group that I’m aware of. It is certainly holding to Biblical truth more than the Lutheran Church of Norway.
The post is called DEMONS IN TODAY’S WORLD. It is a commentary about demonic activity abroad and in the U.S. Christians tend to avoid the issue for many reasons but I believe it will only become more prevalent in the near future. I do not fear because God has already won the battle.
One of the Norwegians whom I respect who has been experiencing these strange occurrences in Norway has mentioned that Psalm 23 has given him comfort.
A Psalm of David.
The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not want. (I shall not be in want.)
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.
3 He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
What wonderful words: “I fear no evil, for You are with me;”
If you wish to know a bit more about this subject, click on DEMONS IN TODAY’S WORLD. The statements of Dr. Robert Bennett are not radical; they are Biblical.
May the Lord bless and protect my Norwegian friends.
Thanks, Chris! I will read further at the recommended links. Lord bless you!
You’re welcome, Maria. Few have gone to the link so far but I think the videos are very interesting and from an unexpected source. Thank you for your kind words. May the Lord bless you as well!
Reblogged this on Pastor Ciprian Barsan.
Thank you for reblogging this, Pastor Barsan. May our wonderful God bless your day!
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I appreciate the reblog, Christ4. God’s blessings…
Chris, I take the liberty of posting this – it is identical to a posting I made on Delight in Truth also, but you won’t mind the duplication, I hope:
“Norwegian Supreme Court judgment: A father is to go to jail for 5 months for having kept his daughter away from the cps Barnevernet’s care”
Ruth and Marius Bodnariu have not fled with their children while the children were under cps care, so they do not face prosecution for that.
Nevertheless, I think this judgment from the Norwegian Supreme Court shows how Norwegian justice works in child-related cases in general. The children are in a very real sense the property of the state.
Norway has not dropped the criminal case against the Bodnarius for “violence in child-raising”.
I appreciate that you have published this post here as well, Marianne.
I guess if you escape to another country, you had better be sure that the country you are escaping to frowns upon evil Norwegian CPS tactics.
The whole thing really is insanity dressed up in “psycho-babble” as you call it.
“Norway has not dropped the criminal case against the Bodnarius for ‘violence in child-raising'”.
I think that Barnevernet officials should be tried in some type of “Nuremberg” style court because many of them are the violent ones.
The world has changed so much since Nuremberg, that I’m afraid a court like that could turn out to be a very bad thing.
I’m left with thinking that the people in each country where this is and is becoming a problem need to rise up and put an end to this nonsense.
This is perhaps a bit off topic, Chris, or perhaps not:
The difficulties of establishing international war crime trials and trials of “crimes against humanity” have been very great indeed. I value two books I have read:
Gary Jonathan Bass: Stay the Hand of Vengeance (Princeton / Oxford 2000)
Ann & John Tusa: The Nuremberg Trial (BBC Books 1995)
Bass is an extremely exciting book! It goes back to earlier wars (Napoleon, WWI), and in addition to WWII also addresses the later Jugoslavia conflicts. He says (p 147): “Because of the spectacular success of Nuremberg, it is hard, over fifty years later, to reconstruct the decision to hold the trials without making the choice seem overdetermined. It was anything but.”
The Tusas write fascinatingly of all aspects of the trial itself, the political framework also.
Holding such a trial as Nuremberg at all was opposed by many; for a long time those against were the most influential with Roosevelt. The point that finally won through (the USA and Britain led) was the effect it would have for the “settlement” of WWII, and for conduct in the future: to emphasise that liberal states were built on a legal foundation, to further this as international law also, to gradually build up in the minds of the population around the world a wider conception of what constituted crime.
It is in my view to Norway’s shame that our whole court system, legislation and rules of procedure in the courts and the administration, are not in such a condition that it is likely at the moment that one can effectively expose the horrors of our child protection establishment by means of court cases.
Your interest in the Nuremberg trials does not surprise me, Marianne. Norway would be a perfect candidate for such trials. Thank you for sharing some of your fine reading material with me. One life is not enough. I won’t be able to read all that I wish, but I will pass along these references to my son who is a real history buff and has, hopefully, a lot more time left on this earth to read than I do. He is continually educating me on this war and that historical event. I am quite blessed.
I think the world has changed too much since WWII to be able to have anything like the Nuremberg trials ever again. I have many reasons for thinking this. A few: What is considered decent and evil has changed since WWII mostly because we have lost our most important moral foundation, Allies don’t seem near as loyal in our time, many are concerned about a one world government so there would be a good deal of resistance to such trials, even though national sovereignty seems less important to many in the world today there is also way too much disagreement for similar trials. I don’t like it that U.S. sovereignty has been weakened by our Supreme Court as it has looked to foreign courts, instead of the strength of our own constitution, at times to make decisions.
The UN has become weaker rather than stronger in my view. The time it spends on little Israel and its “crimes” shows me the lack of wisdom there, in general. Many Americans want it gone from American soil and I wouldn’t be against having some other country take it on for awhile. How many warped men have traveled here to criticize the US government? I don’t know why we put up with it.
Your last paragraph only reinforces my views. When a country like yours has been allowed to get to the state that you have described, what can create change unless the people rise up, in mass, in a non-violent but effective way, and take charge of the situation? I don’t know the best way of accomplishing this. Maybe you have thought of some ideas.
I always appreciate your contributions, Marianne.
Interesting to listen in, Chris, on such significant issues. Thank you!
I am very glad you are interested, Maria, so you’re welcome and thank you.
I couldn’t find a good biography of Marianne in English or even Norwegian for that matter but I have come to think of her as the best source of information on CPS evils in Norway and elsewhere. She is not only a valuable source, but from everything I’ve read, I agree with her assessment of things. Not only is she knowledgeable, she is honest and she has been fighting this monster for decades.
She is humble and this statement will bother her a bit but I am honored that she finds the time to come to my little blog and share her knowledge.
You can find her writings in many places but here is her homepage if anyone is ever interested in learning more about this problem that is fast becoming a worldwide issue:
Hm, the reason why I am somewhat bothered about such a description, Chris, is that I am only too aware that I often say silly things, do thoughless things, and have changed my mind on many things over the years – – be glad you have no idea. So you can take that description of me with a whole pound of salt, Maria. In what I write, I tend to be sometimes satirical, come across as arrogant and shart, so naturally lots of people dislike me and I can’t blame them.
As regards my being “well read” – don’t worry, it is by some kind of accident, almost, that I have read something on topics which are also taken up on this blog. I read rather slowly too, which hampers me. Only these later years in my life have I really taken to reading more, and it is still not much. The reason is simple: I am bone lazy. So there.
Be glad you have no idea about my faults as well, Marianne. This is an expected statement. The only thing I have to take exception with is the “bone lazy” comment. Sorry, I just can’t seem to fit you into that category.
Chris and Marianne, we must all do better then in study and action? Thank you for including me in your conversation!
Marianne, I’ve never spoken to a Norwegian before. This is fun and important to know people from other countries, actually lovely!
Marianne and Chris, my husband worked most of his life in public health for the county agency, enforcing public health codes, and often accompanied social workers into homes that were not good places for children to live, at least for a time. He would advise the social worker whether the children needed to be removed to county care for a time. To the best of his knowledge, children were always returned to their family homes after issues had been taken care of. Dangerous situations for children included the children not being fed and feeding themselves from canned food and even dog food, filthy sheets on beds, etc. One little girl got thrush in her mouth from eating out of cans all the time. He cries when he speaks of these things.
I have had the same experience where I live in Arkansas. After five years as a “client advocate” who taught parenting classes to those who had their children taken for periods of time, I found that the goal was almost always reunification. There were very sad cases where the child had to be taken in by relatives. There were very few cases where children were adopted out to non-relatives because of serious neglect.
The difference between what I experienced here in Arkansas and what I am hearing in Norway is twofold:
1. Reunification is really not the goal, and
2. Relatives are rarely considered for assisting in such cases.
It is a clear attempt to break up the family and the reasons appear numerous.
We do have bad decisions. They are, however, less blatant than they are in the Nordic countries and the U.K.
You husband sounds like a wonderful man, Maria.
Chris and Marianne, yes, the situation in Norway is opposite to what we can observe in the U.S. in what parents and children experience. Here, at least currently, the system advocates and serves. Congratulations on your own involvement, Chris! Yes, Tom is someone we can respect and is concerned about the people involved.
I’m glad your general view of the U.S. system is good, Maria. There are some horror stories that have happened here but we haven’t reached the decadence of Norway and I hope, or course, that we never do. One trouble spot in the U.S. that has been identified is Arizona. We are keeping our eyes open and our ears to the ground.
Vigilance is absolutely necessary, Chris, in every arena of life.
Amen, my friend. We are aware of a battle that is not seen and our sword is the Word of the Lord. (Eph. 6)
Amen! And must stay awake to pray, brother.
Maria: “we must all do better then in study and action”
Very well put. Both and.
Thank you, Marianne.
It is really way too late to come up with a new comment here. But yesterday I saw that this post had the lead position among ‘Top Posts’ again (wonder why?), so I read through it all again. Among deficits in my own comments I find that I have written about the Nuremberg trials: ‘… to emphasise that liberal states were built on a legal foundation’.
The word ‘liberal’ is a bother because it means something different in America from what it does in Europe, and I had the usual European meaning in mind. Perhaps I should have written something like ‘freedom-loving, freedom-minded and civilized’.
A political party here in Norway, starting up not so many years ago, called itself Liberalistene. The closest ‘direct’ translation is “the Liberalists”, but they were well aware of the way that sounds in American English, so when they decided what was to be their name in English, they said they had chosen ‘The Capitalist Party’, which again sounds extreme in many European ears! So there is always room for talking at cross purposes.
I’m glad you commented in spite of the date of this post, Marianne. It occasionally pops up among my recent “Top Ten” Posts so you never know who might read the comments.
I read them myself yesterday because I noticed it had been read by someone and I didn’t remember there were this many comments here. I too felt like there were deficits in some of my comments and I may go back and make some changes myself.
Thank you for clarifying how these terms differ among us. Even though I disagree with “liberals” here on a variety of issues there is one place where I find common ground with them: they are the liberals who are strongly against any form of Marxism and appreciate the freedoms we have in this country.
The term “leftist” seems to be the term that better identifies those who are “anti-American.” I know these terms are fluid depending on the person using them.
It seems to me that leftists are getting much more creative with words than either conservative or liberals. I know that all types twist words but it is much more difficult for me to figure out what an educated leftist is getting at with many of the lengthy and highfalutin statements they make. Many of such statements could be more easily understood and summarized using 1/4th of the words.