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Nu-Values: Act 6 - Diana, or Lady Di, or Princess Di, or Di, and the New Idolatry {Diolatry}.

On the day I first heard of Princess Diana's death, after having heard mentions of it repeatedly but minus any details whatever, I received a call from a friend telling me yet again of her death.  I asked him what had caused her death, i.e., whether she had died as the result of a car crash, or some other cause (as I had not yet heard anything more than that she had died).  He confirmed that she had been in a car crash.  I told him that he could expect to see and hear the most incredible non-stop glut of media coverage attending her death (and for long duration thereafter) that there had ever been for any celebrity during our lifetimes.  Suffice to say, despite being rather accurate, I still erred on the side of understating the deluge there has been and continues to be.

In the midst of telling him how exceedingly favorable the press coverage was going to be for Lady Diana (versus the kind of coverage some others receive), I shared with him (as an example), an incident that has stayed with me, from long ago (when I used to watch much TV, more than a couple of decades ago).  The beautiful star of stage, and  screen...Candice Bergen was a featured guest on a TV Talk Show (Dick Cavett's, as I recall), and in order to be clever, witty, glamorous, charming...she was denigrating Princess Anne (the only member of the Royal Family's children that I was ever impressed by, and I confess a bit smitten by).  Dear pre-Murphy Brown was being her 'darling' self, and was going on about how perfectly awful she thought Princess Anne was, including Candice's  "colorful," malicious mischaracterization of lovely Princess Anne as "always looking constipated!"  You know classy starlet Candy Bergen don't you?  Well, what do you expect from such a thoroughly modern female as Candy Bergen/Murphy Brown?  Yes, sometimes really ugly people, like Candy Bergen, are attractive or downright beautiful, on the outside. 

The next day I was a captive audience somewhere while TV's blared with wall-to-wall, round-the-clock, coverage of Diana, and in the midst of the inundation, an interview came on, with, you guessed it, none other than dear, sweet, kind, good-hearted, charitable Candy Bergen, I was surprised to say the least.

And you'll never guess what dear Candy had to say?  Surprise!  No scathing criticisms, nor insults for Lady Di, no derogatory remarks, no off-color 'humor,' NO, NO, NO!!!  Nothing of the kind.  Nothing less than flattery was to pass Candy's lovely lips, no untoward remarks, but accolades, gushing...and of course much criticism for others, e.g., the royal family (you know Princess Anne's family).  Amazing, who would have guessed Candy would be so wonderfully, passionately fond of Di, while being so very exceedingly, gratuitously, ugly and hateful towards Princess Anne?!

So, what is the point?  Does this (Candy's adulation of Diana, and ugliness towards Princess Anne and her family, the royal family) mean that Diana was bad and the royal family good?  No, not necessarily, though media darlings usually are bad.  But, as to Diana's being what she has been made out to be by the media, i.e., a veritable personification of loveliness, glamour, class, excellence of heart, mind, and personality, 'nobility of character,' maturity beyond her years, most exemplary behaviour, selflessness, winsomeness, spectacular world-enthralling beauty, and irresistibly exquisite know, the Camelotian Jack & Jackie treatment! a resounding NO is in order!  [though compared to Camilla Parker Bowles, Diana is all of these, and more, i.e., even a lady!]

The orgy of unprecedented adulation of Diana visited upon her passing from this life to the next was truly as vivid a portrayal of idolatry as has probably ever been seen.  Sympathy, empathy, compassion, sadness, grief, mourning, fondness, even love, admiration, and respect, all commendable, but idolatry is something else again, and that something else is abomination (it happens to be #1 on the hit parade of the 10 Commandments!)!

Despite what some in the media and some 'Christian Ministers' eulogistically communicated following the deaths of Diana and of Teresa of Calcutta (who died at the same time, i.e., on the very same day, not in the same place or way), i.e., the bizarre sentiments to the effect that there allegedly had been some great similarity between Teresa and Di, and an almost breathtaking heavenly signaling of this seen in their dying at the same time....  What utter nonsense!!!  There was precious little similarity between the Lady Di and Teresa of Calcutta,*  except for the external facts of both being women, both being famous, the timing of their deaths, and the crossing of their paths (of course it is also possible that neither woman was saved, i.e., "born again" in Christ Jesus!).

[* Teresa - the tiny, bowed, weather-beaten, wizened, servile Albanian Roman Catholic Nun, who humbly, courageously, selflessly, sacrificially, compassionately toiled in such miserable and terrible circumstances for so long, in obscurity, until being recognized and appreciated (by some) near the end of her pilgrimage on this sin-laden, sin-sick earth.  Teresa, after having been recognized and honored, and exceedingly honored by some, instead of allowing such fame to corrupt her, courageously spoke out against evil, e.g., as when she was called in as the featured speaker at the National Prayer Breakfast, to substitute for the ailing Dr. Billy Graham.  Teresa did what Dr. Graham would not, and never has done - before the powers of the USA and the World, she condemned induced abortion for what it is, the most despicable murder there is (Bill Clinton, Hillary Rodham-Clinton, Al Gore, & co. were not pleased, to put it mildly!).]

Whether Diana's engaging of fortune tellers was perhaps a result of influence from Nancy Reagan, or vice-versa, or whether their was no connection, it was ruinous to both.  Nancy Reagan resorted to engaging the 'services' of a fortune-teller, following being absolutely devastated and terrified by the practically successful assassination attempt made on her husband (then President) Ronald Reagan.  Diana assuredly was moved to seek "outside help" due to the sins of her husband Prince Charles he committed against her.  So, seemingly both women had compelling, and genuine excuses for their sin, which does not change it from being sin, and very grave sin at that.  As we all should, Diana and Nancy should have turned to the Lord, instead of foolishly turning away from Him to the enemy of their souls (who is the enemy of God and his people).

Isaiah 54:6 "For the LORD hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God."

Prince Charles caused his wife to sin, and continued to do so, provoking her to sin.

Fortunately for Nancy Reagan, she insisted on marrying a true Prince, not merely a princely toad in a tux, unlike poor Diana.

But (speaking of toads**), there was very considerable similarity between Diana and Jacqueline "Jackie" Bouvier Kennedy Onassis**, their lives, lifestyles, and the adulation the world bestowed upon them.

[** At the news of Jackie's marriage to Ari Onassis, one famed personality referred in disgust to Aristotle Onassis, as, 'that ugly toad,' or words to that effect.  "Toad" is not used to refer to Charles' appearance however, but rather to his unprincely character, prior to kissing the Lady of Spencer at their wedding ceremony, and continuing to this very day.]

Ah yes, Bonnie Prince Charlie!

Speaking of toads again are we?  Well, we shant discuss the bloke, as we can't think of anything good to say about the toady prince, except that he does not qualify as being a candidate for the soon to be revealed World Leader-Ruler, the anti-Christ.  Charles undoubtedly will be promoted to be King of England in time to be one of the seven royal front men for the anti-Christ, but not to be Satan's right hand menace.

When Diana married Prince Charles, she was young, lovely, wide-eyed, and presumably innocent; assuredly she expected, and frankly deserved the devoted, undivided, committed, life-long love, desire, affection, care, honor, and protection from her husband, she sadly did not receive these from the profligately immoral, and unworthy prince.  Queen Elizabeth never should have blamed Diana for her immaturity and imperfection; Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip should have blamed, and should blame, their eldest son, who so shamefully betrayed his lovely bride.  Selfish, shameful Charles has proven beyond a shadow of doubt his utter unworthiness to be entrusted with any position of responsibility for others, much less for a nation!  He is a chip off the old Edward VIII mini-block.

Personally, I hope that the LORD God Almighty will forgive Diana, and that she may enjoy peace and true love in the Kingdom of God.

As for Dodi Fayed, believe it or not, I hope the same for him, he did a genuinely great and good thing in producing "Chariots of Fire," (a program which was languishing, and which would probably still be unproduced if Dodi had not stepped in to make the movie a reality).  "Chariots of Fire" was, and remains a stirring testament to the program's protagonist's true faith in the living God.  I wish his involvement with the movie had led to his saving conversion  through Jesus Christ, but sadly seemingly this was not the case.  Correctly or incorrectly I believe that Dodi genuinely loved Diana (though I do not know this to be so). 

And as for the questions raised over whether the deaths of Diana and Dodi may have been deliberate, i.e., the result of a murderous plot, I did not believe so, though now I do (based on information I was previously unaware of).  I certainly believe Dodi's father sincerely believes that his son and his son's wife-to-be Diana were murdered; he insists that Dodi and Diana had just become engaged to be married, and I believe he claims that they had just found out that Diana was pregnant by Dodi.  And though an official inquest has been commissioned many years too late (now that some critical information is no longer available), sadly, if they were murdered, almost certainly the truth will never come out, as is the case in the deaths of Marilyn Monroe, JFK, RFK, MLK, Jr., JFK, Jr. & the Bessette sisters....

The Great 'Goddess' Diana of the Ephesians

Acts 19:23-28

And the same time there arose no small stir about that way.  For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver shrines for Diana, brought no small gain unto the craftsmen; Whom he called together with the workmen of like occupation, and said, 

Sirs, ye know that by this craft we have our wealth.  Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they be no gods, which are made with hands: So that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at nought; but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshippeth.  

And when they heard these sayings, they were full of wrath, and cried out, saying, Great is Diana of the Ephesians.

Acts 19:29-33

And the whole city was filled with confusion; and having caught Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul's companions in travel, they rushed with one accord into the theatre.  And when Paul would have entered in unto the people, the disciples suffered him not.  And certain of the chief of Asia, which were his friends, sent unto him, desiring him that he would not adventure himself into the theatre.  Some therefore cried one thing, and some another: for the assembly was confused; and the more part knew not wherefore they were come together.  And they drew Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews putting him forward.  And Alexander beckoned with the hand, and would have made his defense unto the people. 

Acts 19:34,35

But when they knew that he was a Jew, all with one voice about the space of two hours cried out, Great is Diana of the Ephesians.  And when the townclerk had appeased the people, he said, Ye men of Ephesus, what man is there that knoweth not how that the city of the Ephesians is a worshipper of the great goddess Diana, and of the image which fell down from Jupiter?

gods & goddesses of man's making

Acts 17:21-32

(For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.)

Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.  For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD.  Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.

God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device.  And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.   

And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter.

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