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Despite widespread suspicion that the world's financial system is controlled by occult secret societies, this conspiracy theory is difficult to prove. The idea that secret societies are running the world is well established. For example, the Bilderberg group is well documented as an elite society of the world's top politicians and businessmen who meet in secret outside the democratic arena, but the public do not know what is discussed or decided at Bilderberg meetings.[1] Nevertheless, "The Insider" can provide some insight into the spiritual beliefs held by the men who control of the world's economy, by investigating how the financial system was established, and examining the relationship between finance and religion.

     The men who control the global financial system certainly do not share the same beliefs as those who follow the major contemporary monotheistic religions - Judaism, Christianity, or Islam.

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     According to the Jewish Torah and the Christian Bible (Ex 22:25)[2], and the Muslim Koran (2:275)[3], charging interest (usury) on a loan is strictly forbidden by God. In the New Testament of the Bible, Christians are specifically instructed to "lend, expecting nothing in return" (Luke 6:34-35). Thus, in Christian doctrine, it is right lend money to those in need but wrong for the lender to seek profit from the loan.

     In the scriptures, repossessing property secured on a loan is also directly against God's commandments, especially when someone's only source of shelter is pawned (Exodus 22:26)[4]. Apparently, God's original intention was that people should lend to eachother out of kindness, but not for greed or profit.

    "If you lend money to my people, to the poor among you, you shall not deal with them as a creditor;
    you shall not ask interest from them."

    - Exodus 22:25
    "Those who charge usury are in the same position as those controlled by the devil's influence. This is
    because they claim that usury is the same as commerce. However, God permits commerce, and
    prohibits usury."

    - Qur'an, Al-Baqarah, Sura 2:275
     Yet the law in many countries permits lenders to charge interest on debts, and law enforcement agencies actively assist lenders in recovering interest owed. The modern legal system also enables money lenders to repossess people's property, for instance somebody's home, if they is unable to repay a loan within the agreed time limit. Mortgage lenders can and do legally take people's property, even if it is their only refuge and they have already paid many times the true market value of the property including interest. In a display of inexplicable hypocrisy, the same law courts which uphold and enforce usury and repossession also require people to swear oaths on the holy books in which God directly forbids these activities.[5]

     If you thought you were living in a society based on Christian principles, or Jewish or Muslim ones for that matter, then think again. We all live under the New Secular Order (Novus Ordo Seclorum) now, and this is just the beginning.

     The modern global finance system was created by the Knights Templar[6], a medieval military and religious Order which officially came to a controversial and mysterious end on Friday, 13 October 1307 when the Roman Catholic Church closed them down[7], accusing their leaders of heresy and strange religious beliefs[8].

     During the era of the Crusades the Templars possessed a huge multi-national empire, and until their demise they were arguably the most powerful organisation on Earth.[9] Could the official version of history be correct, that the entire organisation and its members had gone forever without a trace by 1312 AD? According to popular theory, the Templars went underground and formed the secret society of the Freemasons to preserve their secret tradition.[10] Inside sources do not always openly accept the relationship between the Templars and the Freemasons[11], although there are obvious connections between these two groups[12], and Masons make no secret of their continued interest in the Knights Templar[13]. There is no doubt that esoteric secret societies claiming direct descent from the Templars do exists today, which apparently follow the ancient Egyptian mysteries.

     "The Insider" strongly recommends further research in order to better understand this important and interesting chapter of human history, because it has exerted a major influence on the development of contemporary civilisation. The repercussions of these events reverberate strongly in world events to this day - and perhaps more deeply than most people appreciate.

     In April 2002 a number of big financial companies merged to form one of the world's largest investment corporations, and on 27 September 2002 the new company was named "Isis" after the ancient Egyptian goddess. Isis Asset Management Plc confirm their appreciation of the ancient Egyptian religious tradition by incorporating the crown of Isis, a horned solar disc, in their official logo. The company's own literature does not mention the religious or historical significance of this new name in the world of global finance, and it would not be apparent except to those with prerequisite knowledge. It would be understandable why, two years into the new millennium, a huge international financial institution has chosen to be named after an ancient deity, if the men who control the company possessed some knowledge of the ancient mysteries.

     Those who control the world's largest corporations and financial institutions - the high-priests of capitalism - are among the most influential and powerful men on Earth. The strategies which they employ, and the policies to which you are expected to surrender, directly disobey the fundamental laws of humanity which most religious people believe were given to our ancient ancestors by God himself. The origin of their ideology can be traced back through an ancient brotherhood which apparently survives today in the form of modern secret societies. The course of history has been set, and the future of human civilisation shall be decided, by the influence of these businessmen - the most powerful men in the world.

1.  Parascope - Matric Conspiracy website: The Bilderberg Group.
2.  Exodus, The Second Book of Moses, chapter 22 verse 25, from the Christian Bible or Hebrew Torah.
3.  Qu'ran 2:275, 2:276, 3:130, 4:161 30:39.
4.  Exodus, The Second Book of Moses, chapter 22 verse 26, from the Christian Bible or Hebrew Torah.
5.  The wholesale support of usury by the legal system and the obedient acceptance of usury by the general public is exemplified by an article on the Consumers League of New Jersey website entitled "The Civil Usury Law is the Cornerstone of Consumer Protection".
6.a.  The Encyclopaedia of the Renaissance: Banking.
    "Renaissance banking was basically the same as medieval banking, with a few great houses offering merchant banking services (particularly long-distance money transfer and the provision of loans). The first such organization was that of the Knights Templar, who by 1200 were in effect bankers to the kings of England and France."
6.b.  Prince Hall Masonry website: Who Were The Knights Templar?
    "Due to their vast wealth and surplus of materials the Templars essentially invented banking, as we know it. The church forbade the lending of money for interest, which they called usury. The Templars, being the clever sort they were, changed the manner in which loans were paid and were able to skirt the issue and finance even kings."
6.c.  BBCi Edited Guide Entry: The Knights Templar
    "The Templars devised the modern banking system."

6.d.  BBCi Edited Guide Entry: Banking
    "The basic idea of banking, and the typical services offered, can be traced back to medieval times. The Knights Templar were known to store valuables, arrange loans, and manage the transfer of various funds between people and even countries."

6.e.  Crystalinks: The Knights Templar
    "Because the Knights Templars regularly transmitted money and supplies from Europe to Palestine, they gradually developed an efficient banking system unlike any the world had seen before."

6.f.  Hermetic Alchemical Order of the QBLH: Knights, Chivalry, & Orders
    "The Knights Templar ... developed an efficient banking system upon which the rulers and nobility of Europe came to heavily rely."

6.g.  Ordo Supremus Militaris Templi Hierosolymitani: Templar Legacy - Medieval History
    "...by the 1290s their house in Paris could offer a deposit bank with a cash desk open on a daily basis and specialist accountancy services of great value to contemporary secular administrations."

6.h.  House of Horrors: History of the Knights Templar
    "...the modern system of banking which we take for granted was created by the Templars, who held vast sums of money for every throne in Europe..."

7.  Catholic Encyclopedia (online): The Knights Templars
8.  A Brief History of the Knights Templar
9.  Read, P. P., 2001. The Templars: The Dramatic History of the Knights Templar, the Most Powerful Military Order of the Crusades. New York, USA: Da Capo Press.
10.  Knight, C. & Lomas, R., 1997. The Hiram Key: Pharaohs, Freemasons and the Discovery of the Secret Scrolls of Jesus. Dorset, United Kingdom: Element Books.
11.  Masonic public relations sources do not readily reveal the Templar origin of their Order.
12.a.  Some Masonic sources acknowledge that the evidence that the Knights Templar founded the Masonic movement, for instance the New York Masonic Hall official website states that "scholars link the Masons' origins to the Knights Templar."
12.b.  The official website of the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Queensland, Australia, has a page on the history of the Royal Arch Freemasonry which lists "Knight Templar Priests" among the Orders which belong to this high ranking degree.
12.c.  A page entitled "How do I become a Knight Templar?" on the Indiana Masons official website explains that "To become a Knight Templar, you must first become a Master Mason in good standing in a regular Masonic Lodge".
12.d.  The official homepage of the Knights Templar of the USA admits that the Templars are part of the Masonic fraternity:
    "The Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the United States of America is the national governing body of the Knights Templar, a Christian-oriented fraternal organization and an integral part of the Masonic Fraternity."

12.e.  Various Masonic sources refer to the Knights Templar as a "Masonic order", such as the official website of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Staffordshire, England.
12.f.  A list of Masonic Degrees of initiation on the Internet Lodge website includes the "Knights Templar" Degree.
12.g.  Masonic regalia includes a "Knight Templar Priests" outfit.
13.  Sympathetic article about the trial of the Templars on a prominent international web portal for Freemasonry.
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