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PLAGUE - Praying for "Those Who Are Not Yet My Friends"

Kent Book PlagueBy Kent Heckenlively

(WARNING!! - To my deeply valued atheist readers, you might want to skip this article and come back to me next week where I will once again be deeply involved in the questions of this world.  Thank you for your understanding.)

I've been thinking a lot about how we make progress with various advocacy groups against powerful enemies.  I think of my heroes, people like Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Nelson Mandela.  These are my spiritual guides and I want to deploy the same weapons they used.

Chief among them is prayer.  As a Christian I'm called to pray for my enemies, my real enemies, not just those people who kind of annoy me.  Yes, I'm talking about the major bad guys who if I had my lawyer hat on I'd be calling for their prosecution for crimes against humanity.

I've always liked the formulation of Nelson Mandela (also a lawyer), calling for satyagraha, which means you speak the absolute truth, and ahisma, meaning you wish no harm on your enemies, and you actually want them to come to the fullness of understanding.  It is a hard balance to find, but it is worth our time.

So, in the spirit of the season I am asking for prayers for our enemies, or as Gandhi might have said, "Those who are not yet my friends."  Some of these people are not necessarily the big bad guys, but those who lack courage to fight for the truth.  I have heard accounts and personally witnessed some of the people on this list saying things privately, that if they said them publicly, would be of enormous assistance to our cause.  Let all of these people fulfill the dreams of helping humanity they had when they started their careers.  My athiest friends act as if articles like this are easy for me to write, but I assure you, this is one of the most difficult things I have ever done.  

However, I believe God tries to touch every human heart, and I ask that your prayers be directed to the following individuals that they may hear this call and work on behalf of their fellow man, rather than quake in fear at what the powerful may try to do to them.  Give them the courage to confront the lies which are harming our children and our society.

As Jesus had twelve disciples (okay, thirteen with Judas, but let's put him aside for a moment), here are the twelve I want you to pray for this holiday season.  Feel free to make your own additions.

Please pray for: Harvey Alter, John Coffin, Francis Collins, Anthony Fauci, Robert Gallo, Mady Hornig, Ian Lipkin, Shyh Ching-Lo, Dusty Miller, Paul Offit, Ila Singh, and Harold Varmus.

Let the truth be told so that our human family may be healed and we can all join together in friendship and community.


Kent Book PlagueKent Heckenlively is a Founding Contributing Editor to Age of Autism and co-author author with Dr. Judy Mikovits of Plague: One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the Truth about Human Retroviruses and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Autism, and Other Diseases.   Release date is November 18, 2014.  Visit his website at Plague The Book. You can pre-order the book HERE.

Comments

Linda1

David Taylor,
Interesting about Lynne McTaggart. I have not heard of her before. I do believe in the power of group prayer.

Twyla

Sending out agnostic prayers...

Bayareamom

"Our task in this life is to heal the sick, uplift the fallen, give strength to the weary, to guide the ones who have lost their way, banish superstition and error, and flood this world with the great light of truth so that others may no longer dwell in shadows. We pray that we may be worthy of the power that seeks to use us in all these divine tasks."

~Silver Birch


I absolutely love this; thank you for posting!

Also,


..."but it would have been made even better if you had spelled out specifically why you chose each one the 12 people listed. In the case of some of the individuals, the reasons are quite obvious. Others are less so."


Yes. This is why I posted my (?) re: Mady Hornig's name on that list, Kent. It would help those of us who would like to pray for these individuals to know WHY we are praying for them. As I've stated, I'm well aware of Mady's research, but am a little unclear as to why her name has been inserted into the list you've provided. I'm not familiar with most of the other names, either, so any background on these individuals, and why you've included those names in your list, would be helpful.

David Taylor

Since others have offered prayers, I would like to offer this one:

"Our task in this life is to heal the sick, uplift the fallen, give strength to the weary, to guide the ones who have lost their way, banish superstition and error, and flood this world with the great light of truth so that others may no longer dwell in shadows. We pray that we may be worthy of the power that seeks to use us in all these divine tasks."

~Silver Birch

truthseeker00

Thank you for that, Kent. It may be the best thing I have ever read on this site. Most assuredly the truth is out there, and many, many people know it but are either too frightened or deceived to talk about it openly. It requires a great deal of courage to be able to put your career, reputation and more at risk, and I am so thankful for the many brave individuals who have done so at great personal cost. As scripture teaches, 'Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.' Few can do this, unless they have hope in a life beyond this world, in which selflessness will be rewarded and all evil will be recompensed.

I also find that praying for our enemies to see the truth is a good way to think and pray. Perhaps there are some people in the world who get their thrills from harming others - I prefer to believe that most of these individuals have been deceived into thinking that some evils are necessary for 'the greater good'. That is the big lie that must be overcome: evil is evil, and can never be excused.

Paul Watton

Thankyou for the article Kent, but it would have been made even better if you had spelled out specifically why you chose each one the 12 people listed. In the case of some of the individuals, the reasons are quite obvious. Others are less so.

Benedetta

Hmmmm -- I am trying --

Okay - I got it. I am not Catholic in spite of my name might imply it.
So about this purgatory stuff????

Well: I pray for the sake of Coleen Boyle there is a purgatory.


I know, I know - not in the spirit of what Kent meant. But you all got to admit -- there are people that prayers are wasted upon.

mary w maxwell

For Judy Mikovits to have many more Christmases,
Lord, hear our prayer.
For Kent Heckenlively not to be in a road accident anytime soon,
Lord hear our prayer.
For Brian Deer to keep his sense of humor,
Lord, hear our prayer.

The Truth Shall Set You Free. Just ask #CDCWhistleblower

"Let all of these people fulfill the dreams of helping humanity they had when they started their careers."

Yes, indeed. And may they all watch the movie Catching Fire and be inspired by the bravery of these fictional characters who banded together to stand up to their oppressors.

There is a force-field of dishonesty that envelopes medicine and public health today. It can be shattered, just like in the movie. By the people who are being forced to keep quiet.

Stand up. Speak up. Fear not.


mary w maxwell

I pray that Edward Jenner, MD, and James Ewing, MD, be released from Purgatory, where they have been suffering for so many years for crimes against humanity; that they may fly to God now and enjoy the beauties of Heaven.

mary w maxwell

Thomas Insel, MD: Dominus vobiscum.

Beth Secosky

Deeply moving article! Even as an atheist, I find it helpful and healing! Thank you!

Bayareamom

What a beautiful, lovely message, Kent. Quite honestly, I don't know who many of these people are, save for Mady Hornig. I'm aware of her research, just not aware of her stance on this issue (autism/vaccines)?

David Taylor

Kent--Thank you for this wonderful message. I try to maintain a daily practice of prayer and will include these people and Mandala's message of love and understanding.

I wonder if Lynne McTaggart might be interested in working with us in some way at The Intention Experiment. http://theintentionexperiment.com/

She's had some remarkable, measurable results.

Louis Conte

I look to God to stir compassion in my brothers and sisters to see our shared humanity. I ask God for the strength to rise when others would knock me down, to speak when others would impose silence and love when others would hate.

Katie Wright

This book was so inspiring. The story so vividly told. And for those among us who have become science nerds - it is fascinating. The parallels between CF/ ME and autism are so strong. I came away with deep admiration for Judy Mikovits. She is obviously a brilliant scientist but a rare researcher who stands up for the patient community in the face of intense political pressure. Mikovits is everything Ian Lipkin should have been to the ASD community. Lipkin dumbed down his controversial autism research to make it politically palatable, Mikovits told the truth.

Dan Burns

Amen!

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