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Contag Quells Arrogance and Rebellion
A fictional account of projected future events.

The world has been turned upside down by Contag. Contag has marshaled forces within the world like no other person in history. Hunger is diminishing. Hatred is evaporating. War has stopped. Power to do anything anywhere is now available from Contag. His ideas have spread to every nation. Billions follow his teachings. His most recent proclamations that God is not dead, we just don’t need Him anymore, stirred controversy, but few could argue with the results Contag has produced. The Pope proclaimed Contag to be the most important world figure since Christ. Contag’s brilliant inventions and phenomenal technological expertise have revolutionized the way life is lived in every country. His contributions to world peace have made him the most respected person in modern times. His genius in all areas of thought and life have made him the focal point of nearly everyone on earth.
The mass of humanity on planet Earth now readily accepts the teachings of Conatag. Some general principles of Contag’s teachings are:

We no longer have a real need for God.
Before Contag, most people believed if we needed God, that our need was real only in emergencies or in crises. In the recent past the only real time people got terribly religious was when their life or the life of someone else was threatened. Now we are in Contag’s power-driven techno age where any kind of power is available to just about anyone. Contag asserts we no longer need God. Previously, most people would agree that there were some things we could not do on our own or even with help from others. However, today, with Contag at the helm of our life, we have any kind of power we need for any purpose.

With Contag we now have a nearly fool-proof way, on our own, by ourselves, of finding a way to have a feeling of love in us all the time. If we do not achieve this state of being then Contag will offer a new program or teaching to help us. Contag has provided us with special substances, when we take them, give us peace of mind, happiness, and unmatched mental power. Contag’s factories which produce these substances cannot keep up with the demand.

We no longer have a real need to go to church
Because all of the people on earth now have so much power, we no longer feel a need to go to church. However, some churches are flourishing in growth and in programs. These growing churches are the ones who are aligning their doctrines and theology with the teachings of Contag. It was well-known before the appearance of Contag that most people did not go to church. The decline of the power of the church is not a bad thing because now we have the teachings and power of Contag. Contag’s teachings and the results his teachings produce are a lot more effective than the old-fashioned teachings about God and Christ. It must be pointed out that Contag and his followers are not opposed to God, it is just that believing in God no longer works for us or is of any real benefit to us. Churches are catching on to the benefits of Contag too. They are turning the church into a group activity, a place to see and be seen, or a purely social thing. This turning of the church was not difficult because the church was essentially a social thing anyway.

We have the power of God and we use it
"Who needs God?" used to be a legitimate question. It was a question the church people loved to answer for themselves but more so for other people. People have now seen the enormous power they possess and realize God is not needed. When we survey where we are in our technology and science, the idea of God has become an ancient belief that does not produce any immediate life benefits. Our science has now created a way to reverse the aging process, i.e. we can become young again. Our science has produced a working time machine, so in a few years we can go forward and backward in time. Our science has produced a life prolonging substance that could keep us alive for generations, essentially cheating death altogether. We have achieved anti-gravity technology in a way that is cheap and nearly powerless. We can travel from one side of the solar system to the other side in a few minutes by warping time and space. We can control the weather, the oceans, and nearly every aspect of our environment…all due to the scientific genius of Contag. We have unlocked the most ancient mysteries about our life and earth and found secrets to gaining personal power which were unknown just a few years ago. We have cured most major diseases, syndromes, and sicknesses. Doctors offices, hospitals, and clinics are empty, all due to man and his science, not because of God.

We have more of the power than God
The state of the world today is such that we can do more for ourselves than God can do for us. Prior to Contag, God was always pretty much seen as our servant, and we were always needing God’s help before the new age of Contag, because we now control our own destiny, God is no longer needed or is no longer effective in our lives. There are still a few hangers-on to the old ways. A few doom and gloom people who predict that God will take action against us if we desert Him, but most people today think this kind of thinking is naïve and childish. Frankly, we have the power and we know it. There isn’t anything we cannot do, and there is no place we cannot go.

We are solving our problems
Of course, there are always persons in every group or society who are trouble-makers or who do not want to go along but Contag has methods to deal with these people. These people who do not go along are helped to see the light of Contag by being sent to places where they have the freedom to decide how prosperous, wealthy, and powerful they want to become. Few people who are sent away come back in the old-fashioned state of humility. In our new world, humility is dead because we can essentially have it all and more. With Contag, no one needs to be poor. Anyone can become wealthy, a person of power, or both. The only problems we are facing today are the problems of positioning. Positioning is getting everyone to take a place in the line of power or line of succession. As positioning goes, so goes the fortunes of the state and world. We know from our research that those groups where people can easily adopt a position and are willing to wait to move up in power are the most productive groups. Some groups are not productive because everyone wants to get to the top immediately. Other groups are having problems with corruption but we do not speak of these kinds of problems. To speak of problems is to bring in the influence of negative power and we do not approve of negative power.

Contag says that we must continually keep our minds occupied with what we want and need. He teaches that when we continually feed ourselves with reminders of our wants and needs we are more able to advance in our positions. The old religious ideas usually taught just the opposite. These old ideas taught that we were all supposed to be humble folk who were supposed to put the other person first. A few people still try to live this way but they are beginning to realize that in this new age, we can all have it all, and we do not have to be concerned about other people. Today, in this new age, people can take care of themselves. If other people have problems we just ignore them because these people will either solve their problems or be relocated to one of Contag’s teaching centers. Most of the people who cause problems are the people who do not have a taste for the material and sensual things of life. These lower thinking folks say they want more of the higher and spiritual things until they see all the wonderful materials we have and eventually even these people come around to Contag’s teachings.


Prayer is no longer needed
People used to pray to God but most of that activity has ceased. People stopped praying because there was a better way of getting what you want. That way is through Contag and his methods of gaining wealth and power. Most people have abandoned the idea of praying to God, because when people prayed, they seldom received what they prayed for in the way they wanted it delivered. When we increase our power and wealth, we do not need to pray because we can get anything we want, on our own terms, and nearly at the price we want to pay.

We can help more than God can
The revolution produced by Contag and his science has been truly awe-inspiring to watch. Today, when people have a pain, all they do is take a pill and the pain goes away. It was certainly not like they several years ago. Today, if you have a worry of any kind, you can take a pill, have a drink, or see a Contag counselor. Nearly all counselors today are part of Contag’s system and are more than willing to help people jump on board the gravy train to wealth and power. Contag’s revolution has even helped people gain friends all over the world through effective use of the internet. No one is lonely anymore. If someone is lonely, they can take a pill, have a drink, or see a counselor. If anyone needs help of any kind all they have to do is call the mega help line. The line answers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. Every question can be answered and every problem can be solved toll free. If, as a last resort, your problem has still not been solved, there are special directories on the internet and in print to help you find the help you need.

Thanks to Contag, we live in a nearly perfect world. We now live in a world where just about everyone thinks alike and does alike. We have few needs which we cannot fill on our own. Each of us realizes we are truly Number One.

Comment by Pastor Kelly: I thought I was writing about some future world, but was I? We already have the technology (some of it secret, most of it not, and more) that I cited in this piece. We already have all the attitudes in place. We already have all this or we are so close that all we are missing is Contag. How chilling. How awful. How dangerous. What happens to the human race, to our church, to our family, to our group when we cease caring and loving others? Notice in the following verses how Satan tried to break the power of God within Jesus. As a last resort, Satan tried to break down the power of God in Jesus by offering Jesus the power of wealth, fame, fortune, and ego by offering Jesus the whole world. P.S. Contag is an abbreviation for the word "contagion."


Matthew 4:1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread."4 Jesus answered, "It is written: `Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ 5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6"If you are the Son of God," he said, "throw yourself down. For it is written: "`He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'" 7 Jesus answered him, "It is also written: `Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'" 8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 "All this I will give you," he said, "if you will bow down and worship me." 10 Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: `Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'" 11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him. Before Contag, most people believed if we needed God, that our need was real only in emergencies or in crises. In the recent past the only real time people got terribly religious was when their life or the life of someone else was threatened. Now we are in Contag’s power-driven techno age where any kind of power is available to just about anyone. Contag asserts we no longer need God. Previously, most people would agree that there were some things we could not do on our own or even with help from others. However, today, with Contag at the helm of our life, we have any kind of power we need for any purpose.

With Contag we now have a nearly fool-proof way, on our own, by ourselves, of finding a way to have a feeling of love in us all the time. If we do not achieve this state of being then Contag will offer a new program or teaching to help us. Contag has provided us with special substances, when we take them, give us peace of mind, happiness, and unmatched mental power. Contag’s factories which produce these substances cannot keep up with the demand.

We no longer have a real need to go to church
Because all of the people on earth now have so much power, we no longer feel a need to go to church. However, some churches are flourishing in growth and in programs. These growing churches are the ones who are aligning their doctrines and theology with the teachings of Contag. It was well-known before the appearance of Contag that most people did not go to church. The decline of the power of the church is not a bad thing because now we have the teachings and power of Contag. Contag’s teachings and the results his teachings produce are a lot more effective than the old-fashioned teachings about God and Christ. It must be pointed out that Contag and his followers are not opposed to God, it is just that believing in God no longer works for us or is of any real benefit to us. Churches are catching on to the benefits of Contag too. They are turning the church into a group activity, a place to see and be seen, or a purely social thing. This turning of the church was not difficult because the church was essentially a social thing anyway.

We have the power of God and we use it
"Who needs God?" used to be a legitimate question. It was a question the church people loved to answer for themselves but more so for other people. People have now seen the enormous power they possess and realize God is not needed. When we survey where we are in our technology and science, the idea of God has become an ancient belief that does not produce any immediate life benefits. Our science has now created a way to reverse the aging process, i.e. we can become young again. Our science has produced a working time machine, so in a few years we can go forward and backward in time. Our science has produced a life prolonging substance that could keep us alive for generations, essentially cheating death altogether. We have achieved anti-gravity technology in a way that is cheap and nearly powerless. We can travel from one side of the solar system to the other side in a few minutes by warping time and space. We can control the weather, the oceans, and nearly every aspect of our environment…all due to the scientific genius of Contag. We have unlocked the most ancient mysteries about our life and earth and found secrets to gaining personal power which were unknown just a few years ago. We have cured most major diseases, syndromes, and sicknesses. Doctors offices, hospitals, and clinics are empty, all due to man and his science, not because of God.

We have more of the power than God
The state of the world today is such that we can do more for ourselves than God can do for us. Prior to Contag, God was always pretty much seen as our servant, and we were always needing God’s help before the new age of Contag, because we now control our own destiny, God is no longer needed or is no longer effective in our lives. There are still a few hangers-on to the old ways. A few doom and gloom people who predict that God will take action against us if we desert Him, but most people today think this kind of thinking is naïve and childish. Frankly, we have the power and we know it. There isn’t anything we cannot do, and there is no place we cannot go.

We are solving our problems
Of course, there are always persons in every group or society who are trouble-makers or who do not want to go along but Contag has methods to deal with these people. These people who do not go along are helped to see the light of Contag by being sent to places where they have the freedom to decide how prosperous, wealthy, and powerful they want to become. Few people who are sent away come back in the old-fashioned state of humility. In our new world, humility is dead because we can essentially have it all and more. With Contag, no one needs to be poor. Anyone can become wealthy, a person of power, or both. The only problems we are facing today are the problems of positioning. Positioning is getting everyone to take a place in the line of power or line of succession. As positioning goes, so goes the fortunes of the state and world. We know from our research that those groups where people can easily adopt a position and are willing to wait to move up in power are the most productive groups. Some groups are not productive because everyone wants to get to the top immediately. Other groups are having problems with corruption but we do not speak of these kinds of problems. To speak of problems is to bring in the influence of negative power and we do not approve of negative power.

Contag says that we must continually keep our minds occupied with what we want and need. He teaches that when we continually feed ourselves with reminders of our wants and needs we are more able to advance in our positions. The old religious ideas usually taught just the opposite. These old ideas taught that we were all supposed to be humble folk who were supposed to put the other person first. A few people still try to live this way but they are beginning to realize that in this new age, we can all have it all, and we do not have to be concerned about other people. Today, in this new age, people can take care of themselves. If other people have problems we just ignore them because these people will either solve their problems or be relocated to one of Contag’s teaching centers. Most of the people who cause problems are the people who do not have a taste for the material and sensual things of life. These lower thinking folks say they want more of the higher and spiritual things until they see all the wonderful materials we have and eventually even these people come around to Contag’s teachings.


Prayer is no longer needed
People used to pray to God but most of that activity has ceased. People stopped praying because there was a better way of getting what you want. That way is through Contag and his methods of gaining wealth and power. Most people have abandoned the idea of praying to God, because when people prayed, they seldom received what they prayed for in the way they wanted it delivered. When we increase our power and wealth, we do not need to pray because we can get anything we want, on our own terms, and nearly at the price we want to pay.

We can help more than God can
The revolution produced by Contag and his science has been truly awe-inspiring to watch. Today, when people have a pain, all they do is take a pill and the pain goes away. It was certainly not like they several years ago. Today, if you have a worry of any kind, you can take a pill, have a drink, or see a Contag counselor. Nearly all counselors today are part of Contag’s system and are more than willing to help people jump on board the gravy train to wealth and power. Contag’s revolution has even helped people gain friends all over the world through effective use of the internet. No one is lonely anymore. If someone is lonely, they can take a pill, have a drink, or see a counselor. If anyone needs help of any kind all they have to do is call the mega help line. The line answers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. Every question can be answered and every problem can be solved toll free. If, as a last resort, your problem has still not been solved, there are special directories on the internet and in print to help you find the help you need.

Thanks to Contag, we live in a nearly perfect world. We now live in a world where just about everyone thinks alike and does alike. We have few needs which we cannot fill on our own. Each of us realizes we are truly Number One.

Comment by Pastor Kelly: I thought I was writing about some future world, but was I? We already have the technology (some of it secret, most of it not, and more) that I cited in this piece. We already have all the attitudes in place. We already have all this or we are so close that all we are missing is Contag. How chilling. How awful. How dangerous. What happens to the human race, to our church, to our family, to our group when we cease caring and loving others? Notice in the following verses how Satan tried to break the power of God within Jesus. As a last resort, Satan tried to break down the power of God in Jesus by offering Jesus the power of wealth, fame, fortune, and ego by offering Jesus the whole world. P.S. Contag is an abbreviation for the word "contagion."


Matthew 4:1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread."4 Jesus answered, "It is written: `Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ 5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6"If you are the Son of God," he said, "throw yourself down. For it is written: "`He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'" 7 Jesus answered him, "It is also written: `Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'" 8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 "All this I will give you," he said, "if you will bow down and worship me." 10 Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: `Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'" 11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

 

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