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Samson Agonistes – The Donald

“If I had my way, I would tear this whole building down.” – Samson and Delilah – Bob Weir, The Grateful Dead

SamsonI don’t know if God has appointed Donald Trump to win the presidency. I know he is making a lot of people mad, but I see a lot of similarities to the Story of Samson from The Judges.

Donald is impulsive, immature, self-centered, vengeful…
He has a weakness for women…
It is all about the hair…
Everyone is afraid he is offending someone and the powers that be (media, the Republican Establishment, etc.), but he don’t care.
We are being ruled by Philistines (Political parties that can’t do or fix anything, plus a judiciary that makes up rules as they go).
And he may be being used to “tear this whole building down.”

Judges 14:1-4 “Samson went down to Timnah, and at Timnah he saw one of the daughters of the Philistines. Then he came up, and told his father and mother, “I saw one of the daughters of the Philistines at Timnah; now get her for me as my wife.” But his father and mother said to him, “Is there not a woman among the daughters of your kinsmen, or among all our people, that you must go to take a wife from the uncircumcised Philistines?” But Samson said to his father, “Get her for me; for she pleases me well.” His father and mother did not know that it was from the LORD; for he was seeking an occasion against the Philistines. At that time the Philistines had dominion over Israel.”

The Philistines killed Samson’s wife and father-in-law. And he went on a vengeance streak:

Judges 15:7-11 “And Samson said to them, “If this is what you do, I swear I will be avenged upon you, and after that I will quit.” And he smote them hip and thigh with great slaughter; and he went down and stayed in the cleft of the rock of Etam. Then the Philistines came up and encamped in Judah, and made a raid on Lehi. And the men of Judah said, “Why have you come up against us?” They said, “We have come up to bind Samson, to do to him as he did to us.” Then three thousand men of Judah went down to the cleft of the rock of Etam, and said to Samson, “Do you not know that the Philistines are rulers over us? What then is this that you have done to us?” And he said to them, “As they did to me, so have I done to them.””

You see, the people were afraid of their rulers. They cowered in fear and didn’t want anyone to cause trouble with the Philistines because it came back on them. So they preferred to live in quiet slavery. Eventually Samson was betrayed by his second wife, also a Philistine, named Delilah. (He wasn’t the smartest cookie in the box.) The Philistines captured Samson and blinded him and set him to work at a millstone to grind wheat.

Judges 16:22-30 “But the hair of his head began to grow again after it had been shaved. Now the lords of the Philistines gathered to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god, and to rejoice; for they said, “Our god has given Samson our enemy into our hand.” And when the people saw him, they praised their god; for they said, “Our god has given our enemy into our hand, the ravager of our country, who has slain many of us.” And when their hearts were merry, they said, “Call Samson, that he may make sport for us.” So they called Samson out of the prison, and he made sport before them. They made him stand between the pillars; and Samson said to the lad who held him by the hand, “Let me feel the pillars on which the house rests, that I may lean against them.” Now the house was full of men and women; all the lords of the Philistines were there, and on the roof there were about three thousand men and women, who looked on while Samson made sport. Then Samson called to the LORD and said, “O Lord GOD, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be avenged upon the Philistines for one of my two eyes.” And Samson grasped the two middle pillars upon which the house rested, and he leaned his weight upon them, his right hand on the one and his left hand on the other. And Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines.” Then he bowed with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords and upon all the people that were in it. So the dead whom he slew at his death were more than those whom he had slain during his life.”

Samson tore down the whole political structure with his dying last stand. If God wants to shake our political foundations, Donald Trump might be just the man to do it.

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Book Review: The Jewish Gospel of John

The Jewish Gospel of John: Discovering Jesus, King of All Israel  by Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg

Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eysenberg makes a very convincing case that a primary audience for the Gospel of John was the Samaritan community, who were considered outcasts and heretics by both Judean and Galilean Jews. He makes a strong case that the word Judean, or Judeans, referred to the particular religious ruling class in Jerusalem, and their emissaries throughout Israel.  Back in 1981, Geza Vermes wrote Jesus the Jew, where he successfully argued that the Gospel of John preserves an inter-religious conflict between Judean (which is translated into the English word Jew) and Galilean Judaism. In other words, Jesus did not have a problem with his fellow Jews as such, but with the religious and political hierarchy based in Jerusalem, which was Judean.

Dr. Eli refines and extends this thesis, explaining that politically and morally corrupt Judean leadership saw Jesus as a threat to their power structure. Although Jesus himself was from the tribe of Judah, his political allegiance was Galilean. So when Jesus spoke of his opposition among “the Jews,” he was not speaking of the race or the religion, but of the ruling class based in Jerusalem.

Post-resurrection, the evangelists wrote their Gospels to reach different communities: Matthew wrote to the dispersed Hebrews, Luke to the greater Roman/Gentile world, and John targeted the Samaritans. Dr. Eli points out the significance of the story of the Samaritan woman in John 4, where she is not only the first person to believe he is the Messiah, but she leads her whole town to the same conclusion. Jesus stays for several days with this outcast, even untouchable, community, where he is gladly received, in sharp contrast to his rejection by his own country’s leadership. Whereas most Galileans and Judeans would take extra days of travel to avoid going through Samaritan territory, Jesus traveled freely through it. The book provides many more examples of both the political and the religious conflicts surrounding the Samaritan and Judean divide and how John hoped to bridge that gap.

Dr. Eli’s major point is that Jesus saw the Samaritan community as part of the “lost” tribes of the Northern Kingdom, or of Greater Israel. And Jesus had come as King and Messiah for all Israel.

I read and enjoyed the book and agree with its main theme, but I think there is more to it than only a Samaritan Gospel. What Dr. Eli under-emphasizes, I believe, is just as important.  While definitely a Samaritan outreach, I believe the Gospel was also written as an outreach to the Greeks, and not simply the God-fearers.  While the God-fearers clearly play a key role, there are elements of the book that are so clearly written in a Greek milieu that the Greek unbelievers also have to be clearly in mind.

I read a book back in seminary (the title escapes me) which showed how clearly John used the Greek tragedy-drama format in the story of the man born blind (John 9).   I found two more recent resources that focus on the Greek dramatic elements in the structure of the Gospel.

Dialogue and Drama: Elements of Greek Tragedy in the Fourth Gospel 


My argument basically is as follows: 

1. The Greek of the Gospel is so thoroughly Greek and so elegant that it relies upon double-entendres only available to the Greek speaking audience.  The classic phrase “you must be born again” in Greek also means “born from above.”  (John 3) The confusion of Nicodemus relies upon this misunderstanding of what Jesus is saying, missing the point that he must be born from above by the Holy Spirit.

2. While Jesus is the light that has come into the World, darkness has not apprehended, overcome or comprehended the light (John 1:5), all those meanings are translations of the single Greek word.

2. “In the beginning was the Word…” The use of the Word/Logos/Memra, while thoroughly Hebrew in its origin (showing John 1 is related to Genesis 1 and creation by the Word), the use of the Greek word, Logos (or Reason), is also written to answer Greek philosophy within the cultural context of the Greek worldview.

3. The use of Greek dramatic structure in the Gospel points to an audience entirely familiar with Greek tragedy and Greek cultural life.

4.  Finally, the attempt by Greek God-fearers to see Jesus provides the pivot point of the Gospel wherein Jesus realizes that in order to fulfill his mission of being a Light unto the Gentiles, he must die. It is this very encounter that causes him to say:

“The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.  Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” (John 12: 20-24).

So, my conclusion is that Dr. Eli’s thesis is right but so is the thesis that the Greek audience as part of the intended purpose.  Since this Gospel is most likely the last one written, the barrier between Hebrew and Greek would already have been broken. Paul has had converts all over the place and John is living in a multi-cultural city by this time. It would make sense to want to reach the Samaritans, but it seems clear that the wider Greek and Gentile culture was also in mind.

I would definitely recommend this book, however, for the strength of what it offers in understanding the additional dimensions of John’s Gospel.

Shared from The Scholars Corner

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Paul, Called to Be an Apostle – Ephesians 1

Ephesians 1: 1-14
Acts 9: 1-19 , August 10, 1986
Sermon no. 92, Jefferis Kent Peterson

According to Plan

Today, we are beginning a study of the grand and glorious letter of Paul to the Ephesians.  It is a  letter that is different from the other epistles of Paul.  Not written to deal with problems or disputes in a specific congregation, as is the case with most of his other letters, this letter is a theological treatise, and it has a theme that is broad in scope and wide in purpose.  The letter has to do with God’s eternal plan of salvation for the whole world.  And it brings the news that God has done something new for the benefit of heaven and earth in Jesus, the Anointed One.  In Jesus the Anointed, he has given the world peace.  This letter’s purpose is to announce this peace, which God has  planned  from the beginning of the world.  And to the wonder of it all, Paul proclaims the unbelievable good news that God is establishing this peace with us in spite of our resistance to his will!

Paul begins to reveal this theme of God’s peace with the very first verse, when he says, “Paul, an apostle of Messiah Jesus, by the will of God.”    The fact that Paul was made an apostle, not by his own will, but by the will of God, does not seem to be related to this theme of peace, but it is.  Because the peace of God which is coming to the earth, has very much to do with the will of God, and has very little to do with us. For the truth of the matter is that God wills the world to have peace, but we and all creation are in rebellion against his will.  We are not bringing about peace; we are fighting it!  And it is easy to see how we fight this peace: we fight peace in our families. There is conflict our marriages, with our children; we fight with our friends and neighbors; there are fights even within our church, our community, within our nation, and within our world.  The good news is that God is still establishing peace with us in spite of our resistance to it. And so, it is very much a part of the theme of this letter that it is not by a human will, but by the will of God that Paul has been made an apostle.

Indeed, Paul could not have asked God to make him an apostle, any more than you or I could ask for such a thing.  If we were so vain as to presume to ask, it would be a mark of our inexcusable vanity and pride; not a mark of God’s blessing.  No, Paul was made an apostle, not because he willed it, but because it was part of the divine plan.  And this blessing he received was far beyond any expectation or hope he could have had on his own.

It is a mark of the mysterious character of God’s will that, at the time of his calling, far from seeking the divine peace, Paul had dedicated himself to oppose this will of God with all his might.  Together with the rest of humanity, he was in rebellion.  At the time God called him, Paul was a murderer.  Not seeking to be a friend of God, he was so ruled by hate and by self-righteous pride that he was completely blind to his own sin.  He was so consumed with rage that he had dedicated the rest of his life to bringing his fellow Jews, who believed that Jesus was the Messiah, to torture and trial whenever and wherever he could find them.  His sole, consuming passion was to root out every last vestige of Messianism on the face of the earth.  He took upon himself this hate-filled and violent crusade, and it was with this evil pursuit in his mind that he set out towards Damascus.

It is testimony to the power of God, that it was in the midst of this evil, self-righteous crusade, that Paul was struck down by the Risen Lord, Jesus the Anointed One.  While in complete rebellion against God, he was met by God.  Not having repented and without seeking fellowship, he was given fellowship with Jesus. While fighting God, he was called into fellowship by the God who is greater than our resistance. And by that same incomprehensible and inexcusable work of God’s grace that called Paul to be at peace, Paul was called to be an apostle. No indeed! It was not by his own will, but by the power of the living God, that Paul was carried away from his foolish stance of pride.  It happened not by his will, but according to the plan of God, so that he might become the greatest preacher of the gospel that the world has ever know! This great purpose God knew, and had in mind, long before Paul ever knew God. How small was the will of Paul by comparison; how weak!  Though he opposed God, he could not stand.  God’s purpose was far greater than Paul’s tiny human plans! God’s peace was greater than Paul, just as God’s will for the earth to know peace is greater than the earth’s will to resist him.

God’s sovereignty over creation should give us comfort when we find ourselves opposed to the will of God.  Sometimes, when we are resisting God, we feel that the problems in our lives are too great for God to handle. Sometimes, we recognize the mess we have made of our lives, and then we feel that our resistance to God has been so great, there is nothing he can now do.    Maybe we see ourselves this way when our friends have turned against us and left us alone, and we do not know how to rebuild the bridges between us.  When our pride and our vanity have kept us from love, then we fear our stubbornness has created an insurmountable obstacle for God.  Or maybe we see it when, in spite of our teaching, our children have turned against us and gone and done what we hate, that we fear that we have ruined their lives as well as ours and that it is too late even for God to undo the damage we have done.  Or maybe we finally see it when our dishonesty and deceit have ruined our self-respect and our relationships;  when our stolen pleasures and hidden vices have destroyed all that we hold near and dear.  It is then that we think how our lives could have been different if only  we had not been so willful and just heeded God.  And it is just when we think that all is lost and that God could not possibly love such a one as this; that we have thwarted his purpose and plan for our lives forever, it is then, in his kindness and his mercy, that he reveals to us, with words too good to be true,  that we have been on his mind all this time.  And that if we look, we will find that he has been at work in our lives all along; that, before we ever knew it, he was working in the minute details of our lives to bring us into fellowship with him.  It is then that we find that though we have done so much to oppose him, the great river of his purpose cannot be stopped up by our petty resistance to his will.  According to his immutable purpose, he will establish and accomplish his will in us, to the praise of his glory.  And, praise God, we cannot resist his him forever.

What a great hope and assurance that should be to us who find ourselves failing God constantly!  When all goes wrong in our lives, when our hopes and aspirations do not materialize.  When we have sinned and made terrible mistakes,  even then,  our Great God has a plan which cannot be undone.  That in spite of our mistakes and missteps, he is working out everything in our lives to conform to his plan.

So, even as Paul had not sought to be called by God, so, too you, without your knowledge, have been called by God to be his beloved, his own so that you might conform to his purpose of peace with the world.  Though you could no more choose to God than Paul could choose to be an apostle, it is part of the plan of God that before you even thought of him or turned to him, he chose you as his own.  Before you were born, he destined you for his glory; and you cannot thwart his purpose!  Though you offer up resistance, though you rebel against him, he has a plan and purpose for you.  And he is working it out even now.  Even now, he is working out everything in your lives so that you might live for his glory.

Just think of the wonder and beauty of the plan in the mind of God for you.  That while you were yet unborn, he thought of you and loved you and eagerly waited for you to be created.   Even when you did not even know him, he knew you, and  he has been waiting all these years for the day you finally turn to him and share his love.

So, do not fear that you might lose God, or because of your weakness God might give up on you.  From the beginning, you have been chosen and elected in Christ.   It should give you  assurance that, in spite of the fact that He knows every sin you have ever committed and every sin that you are going to commit, still he has called you to be his own!  In this you can find security and release from your fears: you need not fear that anything in your future nor anything from your past will drive you from the presence of God.  Nothing you can do will rob you from the presence of God, because he has elected you to be his.

And he now makes known this wonderful plan of salvation to you, not to release you to sin, but so that you might be released from the fear of sin and from Satan’s dominion over you.  For the truth is, we are more often driven from his presence by our guilt and our fears, than by our willful sins.  So our wonderful Father makes his salvation known to us so that we may trust him, so that the fear of death will no longer rule our lives.  Out of God’s great love for us, he gives us the confidence of our salvation, so that we might be able to say with full assurance: Thanks be to God!  Thanks be to God that his great salvation cannot be undone by our petty misdeeds and offenses!!!  Our failures and transgressions cannot rob us of his love!  We cannot undo his election by our weakness, for he has saved us for a great purpose.  He has saved us so that we might live for the praise of his glory.

From the beginning,  God has had in mind what he is now bringing to pass.  And through the blood of his son, God  announces that his peace and salvation is available to the whole world.  He sends forth the good news so that the entire creation might join in the praise of his glory.  This is the great purpose of the letter, to announce to the world God’s peace which is now being brought to fulfillment through his Son, Jesus.  And now God announces this salvation to you, so that you also might spread this news to all those who are far off and to all those who are estranged.  Tell them the good news that before the world began they too were in the mind of God; chosen in Christ Jesus to be one in fellowship with him forever, to the praise of his glory.      Amen.

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Replacing Scalia, the Politics of Justice and The Role of the Supreme Court

Why are the nations in an uproar and the people wasting time in futile plans? – Psalm 2:1

Scalia Justice DrapedThe fact that there is such a looming fight over the replacement of Justice Antonin Scalia proves one thing: the Supreme Court has become a politically activist institution instead of the deliberative body the Founders intended and expected. The divided court reflects the divided political landscape, and the thought of an unbalanced court threatens at least half the population with the fear that their rights, already under siege, might be revoked with the stroke of a pen. When words no longer mean what they mean, the Constitution becomes a Rorschach splotch, where justices can read anything into it they want to see and read out of it anything they want to see changed. My point here, though, is not to argue for an originalist interpretation, which I clearly support, but to point out how the Court’s role has veered from that intended by the Founders.

To consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions would be very dangerous doctrine indeed and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy… The Constitution has erected no such tribunal, knowing that to whatever hands confided, with corruption of time and party, its members would become despots. – Thomas Jefferson
Letter To William Charles Jarvis.
Monticello, September 28, 1820.

There is no question that the Court’s intrusion into the Right to Life issue in Roe v. Wade was an insertion by the Court into an unsettled moral and political debate that has not left the public sphere. Even Ruth Bader Ginsburg agreed that the Court should have taken a different approach, letting the issue be settled by the people gradually:

“The political process was moving in the early 1970s, not swiftly enough for advocates of quick, complete change, but majoritarian institutions were listening and acting. Heavy-handed judicial intervention was difficult to justify and appears to have provoked, not resolved, conflict.” Ginsburg, Ruth. “Some Thoughts on Autonomy and Equality in Relation to Roe v. Wade,” 63 North Carolina Law Review 375 (1985).

Again, the Supreme Court weighed in on homosexual marriage, redefining a word that has meant only one thing in all of human history. Even cultures that allowed pedophilia (Greece) and homosexual relationships (Rome) never confused these things with “marriage.” But the Court has decided, against the will of many people and many states, to impose its political determination over the will of the people of the several states. As Lincoln also warned after the Dred Scott decision:

At the same time the candid citizen must confess that if the policy of government, upon vital questions affecting the whole people, is to be irrevocably fixed by decisions of the Supreme Court the instant they are made, in ordinary litigation between parties, in personal actions, the people will have ceased to be their own rulers, having, to that extent practically resigned their government into the hands of that eminent tribunal. – Abraham Lincoln

Justice Scalia intoned, “If you want to make abortion legal, Fine! Pass a Law” His point was, if the law derives from the will of the people through self-government, then for the courts to impose a morality and legislate from the bench on unsettled and divisive issues, then the courts have become a legislative branch and have abandoned their role as the judiciary. Aside from that fact that even liberal supporters of abortion acknowledge that Roe v Wade was bad case law, with rights invented rather than written in the Constitution, the present trend of a progressive interpretation is to make the entire Constitution as flimsy as toilet paper, i.e., not worth the paper upon which it is written. Since the Court is no longer tethered to the original intent of the words written, then the Court is free to legislate based upon its own political and emotional leaning. If the law derives from the bench and not from the contract the people have made with their government through the Constitution, then the people have indeed ceased to be their own rulers.

So, now, it makes sense then that politics becomes the battle ground for the Supreme Court appointments. If the people are not making laws that directly affect their lives and reflect their morals through republican government (we are a Republic not a Democracy), then the only voice they have left is to fight through and for the appointment of judges to the Supreme Court who reflect their political, moral and even religious convictions. The battle then reflects the divide in the country and an unbalanced court threatens to disenfranchise at least half the population. Since “just government derives from the consent of the governed,” an unbalanced court threatens the social contract that a majority, or at least great minority, have with their country. Rather than promote social harmony, the Court may indeed “provoke and not resolve” further conflict. I predict that if an unbalanced court, for example, were to overturn the Second Amendment, it would provoke another civil war rather than secure the consent of the populace. The Court would be seen as an unConstitutional enemy of the people rather than their protector. With the Court’s propensity for making law, and its obliviousness to the consequences of such actions, it does not bode well for the future of the nation. With the nation already so divided on so many issues, if the Court were to push for one side of a political agenda the people would increasingly see the Court as political adversary, rather than its friend, and in the end, it will be trusted to do justice neither by the right nor the left.

The beauty of the original Constitution is that the States may make laws that reflect the will of their populace. In both Roe v Wade and the recent ruling on homosexual marriage (and also in the Dred Scott decision) the Court imposed a national ruling, overruling the will of the people of those states, and in so doing, have “provoked, not resolved, conflict.” The protection for the Court from such a resolution of distrust would be for the Court to restrict itself to the meaning of the text, thereby preventing it from imposing its personal prejudices into law, and then returning the unpopular laws back to the people to reconcile, revoke, rewrite or overturn. The Court would then function as Thomas Jefferson and the Founders intended.


A Scientist Challenges Religion with Facts

Published on Jul 12, 2015
Nobel laureate Ivar Giaever’s speech at the Nobel Laureates meeting 1st July 2015.
Ivar points out the mistakes which Obama makes in his speeches about global warming, and shares other not-well known facts about the state of the climate.

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Apple Apps Fail to Update in iOS9

Apple iPhones have a worm

A Worm in the Apple

I am a longtime Mac user, since 1985. I’ve come to the end of my love affair with Apple, esp. the iPhone.  I previously wrote about many issues I’ve had with Apple and iCloud. I have been patient.  I was hoping the 9.2.1 updates would finally fix this issue, but I have an iPad Air and 2 iPhones all stuck in recurring app limbo.  My apps will not update, or they take weeks to finally complete. After doing a search, I have proved that this issue is not isolated, but is global. At the bottom of this rant I will post links to all the various pages of attempted fixes posted by well meaning bloggers. Some may work for you. Unfortunately, even if they have worked temporarily for me, they fixes don’t last. The problem recurs and the frustration level just increases with each and every update.

I have been through all the solutions posted, even going to my daughter’s house and trying their very high speed connection, but she too is having problems with updates on her iPhone. I think this issue has to do with OS9, iCloud, and Apple’s servers. I can’t think of anything else that has caused this glaciation. I am so frustrated. The only solution I’ve found is to do all my downloads to my Mac, which never has a problem, then connect via USB and sync my devices that way in iTunes. However, this ongoing and daily problem has become so annoying and time consuming that I am actually strongly considering an Android phone and turning in my iPhone 6. Strangely, my wife’s iPhone 5c seems to have less issues than my iPad and my 6. I thought the issue might have been my slower 10/1 wireless burst technology internet service, but the fact that the issue persists when connected to TWC at 150/30 means that that is not the problem.

I am very disappointed as well.  I wish there were a way to make Google Now the default voice helper on my iPhone, but you cannot do that without jailbreaking your phone. Siri has proven herself worthless. She misunderstands me more than my wife 🙂

Siri, please call Dr. Herztog…

“I’m sorry, I cannot find a Dr. Hemorrhoid in your contacts list.. ”

Siri, find a Home Depot near me…

“I’m sorry, I cannot connect to the internet right now… “

Luckily I have found that you can transfer your contacts to an Android device. There are apps that do that from your iPhone and from your Mac. iCloud has at least made my transition easier.

If you have an Android phone that you just love, leave a comment below. I’d be glad to hear it. My friend likes his Galaxy 6, but said that there were tons of problems with the Galaxy 5, which the recent issue of Consumer Reports rated as a top pick. I’d prefer not to carry a brick in my pocket, but good photos would be a major plus and good reception is a must. I live in a rural area on the edge of Sprint’s connectivity.

Here are some links to possible fixes for stalled app updates.

  1. https://www.assistiveware.com/support/faq/page/143
  2. http://alvinalexander.com/apple/iphone-waiting-apps-update-install-reinstall-delete-ipod
  3. http://ipadacademy.com/ipad-app-stuck-on-installing-how-to-get-app-downloads-started-again/
  4. http://ipadacademy.com/how-to-solve-the-problem-of-an-ipad-app-download-stuck-on-waiting
  5. http://ipadacademy.com/ipad-app-problem-app-store-badge-shows-updates-needed-but-it-wont-work/
  6. http://ipad.about.com/od/iPad_Troubleshooting/a/How-To-Fix-My-Ipad-App-Won-T-Update.htm
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adobe takes the protection racket to a new levelI can’t believe it. I am a long time user of Adobe products, all the way back to the early 90’s. I own the CS6 Master Suite. Then Adobe switched to its subscription model.  As a Suite owner, I was able to sign up for a reduced rate for the first year and then continued a subscription for the next year.  I decided that I did not use all the Suite products, so I decided I would change my subscription to only the 3 products I use.  Whoa!  You can’t reduce your subscription. You can only buy more.

You have to cancel your current plan and start another one. BUT if you cancel your current plan, you are faced with a cancellation fee!  I was warned if I cancelled my plan, I would have to pay a $160 early cancellation fee!!!  I have been had. It sounds like I’ve signed up for a cell phone contract! I’ve been paying month by month…

Has Adobe entered the world of the cell phone mafia???     I will NEVER recommend Adobe to any of my clients or friends… I’ve been paying a month by month fee for 1.5 years.

I wonder if their marketing is done by the Al Capone:  Pay up or else!  Aside from that, Adobe has structured it so that if any of your documents are in the current version of their Creative Cloud plan, they are not backward compatible to your older versions.

Anyone feel like they want to get addicted to heroin?  Then sign up for Creative Cloud. It will keep you high as long as you are willing to keep paying for a hit.

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