Archive for June, 2005

My eschatological journey

Saturday, June 25th, 2005

 (03/16/2007-Cleaned up grammar mistakes, and other housekeeping.)

I wanted to share my eschatology journey so as to give a background to where I have come from. This is from my memory, which my wife will tell you isn’t very good :( so when I discuss the Jehovah’s Witnesses doctrine, I am recalling what I remember about the teaching at that time and it is quite possible it is not exactly what they taught. There may be more, but these are the doctrines that always stood out. So with that disclaimer out of the way, let me begin.

For as long as I can remember of my youth, I attended Jehovah Witnesses(JW) meetings, assemblies and conventions up until I was 16. I was never baptized, but did go door to door in my younger years until the JW’s changed who could go door to door. What I recall believing about end-times is this: Armageddon was imminent, meaning it could happen at any moment. I recall nothing being required to occur before Christ’s Second Coming and don’t recall any sort of rapture. 144,000 JW’s would goto heaven and the rest would stay on paradise on Earth. I remember seeing pictures of children playing with animals that you would not play with today (i.e. lions, tigers, etc.) This was basically a return to the garden of Eden before the fall. This would last for 1000 years, and Satan would be loosened.

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Fundamentalist Christians sect sacrificing children?

Thursday, June 16th, 2005

Talk about slander

I read this article, but maybe you can make some sense about it. The word fundamentalist has a very negative definition because of it’s attachment to Islamist fundamentalists. Of course, they are the one’s who actually believe what the Koran says, and don’t try to say jihad is a “personal struggle” rather then war against infidels. (Note I do not endorse Islam or the Koran. allah is not the same God from bible.)

Fundamentalist Christians, at least to me, are those who actually believe what the bible says. Imagine that! I know it’s hard to imagine but there are some people out there who really believe the world was created in 6 literal days, Jesus was resurrection from the dead, the OT is true and accurate (not full of fiction and fables), Jonah was real and swallowed by a whale, not a sea monster, etc.

Regarding the child sacrifices, I recall God not approving of this practice:

30 For the children of Israel and the children of Judah have only done evil before me from their youth: for the children of Israel have only provoked me to anger with the work of their hands, saith the LORD.
31 For this city hath been to me as a provocation of mine anger and of my fury from the day that they built it even unto this day; that I should remove it from before my face,
32 Because of all the evil of the children of Israel and of the children of Judah, which they have done to provoke me to anger, they, their kings, their princes, their priests, and their prophets, and the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
33 And they have turned unto me the back, and not the face: though I taught them, rising up early and teaching them , yet they have not hearkened to receive instruction.
34 But they set their abominations in the house, which is called by my name, to defile it.
35 And they built the high places of Baal, which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.
(Jeremiah 32:30-35)

If anything these people practicing this abominable act are the ones possessed by a devil.

Christian rebranding of music

Sunday, June 12th, 2005

I have noticed in my short time as a Christian, that churchianity likes to rebrand worldly things and “Christianize” it. I have noticed in the realm of music, they will take a secular song, have it sung in a Christian setting and somehow the godless lyrics are transformed. Consider the following examples:

Monkies, I’m a Believer. This song has absolutely, positively nothing to do with God. It is a song about being in love with a girl. Well, a few years back at a vacation bible school performance they changed the female pronouns to male, so instead of ” I saw her face” it become “I saw his face,” which I can only assume was supposed to mean Christ.

I thought love was only true in fairy tales
Meant for someone else but not for me.
Love was out to get me
That’s the way it seemed.
Disappointment haunted all my dreams.

Then I saw her face, now I’m a believer
Not a trace of doubt in my mind.
I’m in love, I’m a believer!
I couldn’t leave her if I tried.

I thought love was more or less a given thing,
Seems the more I gave the less I got.
What’s the use in tryin’?
All you get is pain.
When I needed sunshine I got rain.

Then I saw her face, now I’m a believer
Not a trace of doubt in my mind.
I’m in love, I’m a believer!
I couldn’t leave her if I tried.

Nope, no God in those lyrics.

Also, at the same event, they performed the song, Soul man but only sang the main chorus:

I’m a soul man. I’m a soul man.
I’m a soul man. I’m a soul man.

I guess this is some sort of hidden allusion to being a Christian, I am not sure. Maybe we can figure out why they skipped most of the song:

Comin’ to ya on a dusty road. Good lovin’ I got a truck load.
And when you get it you got something so don’t worry cause I’m coming.

I’m a soul man. I’m a soul man.
I’m a soul man. I’m a soul man.

Got what I got the hard way and I’ll make it better each and every day
So honey don’t you fret ’cause you ain’t seen nothing yet.

I’m a soul man. I’m a soul man.
I’m a soul man. I’m a soul man.

Listen. I was brought up on a side street. I learned how to love before I could eat.
I was educated from good stock. When I start lovin’ I just can’t stop.

I’m a soul man. I’m a soul man.
I’m a soul man. I’m a soul man.

Well grab the rope and I’ll pull you in give you hope and be your only boyfriend
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

I’m a soul man. I’m a soul man.
You’re a soul man. I’m a soul man.
I’m a soul man. I’m a soul man.

Seems to border on sex to me. Many people seems to think that the songs from the 50′s and 60′s are harmless, but I was shocked when I actually starting listening to the lyrics of many popular songs. My wife, who used to be a die hard oldies fan, said that sex was sung about alot in music back then too. I guess we know why it was called Rock ‘n Roll from the beginning…

Another song, In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel.

love I get so lost, sometimes
days pass and this emptiness fills my heart
when I want to run away
I drive off in my car
but whichever way I go
I come back to the place you are

all my instincts, they return
and the grand facade, so soon will burn
without a noise, without my pride
I reach out from the inside

in your eyes
the light the heat
in your eyes
I am complete
in your eyes
I see the doorway to a thousand churches
in your eyes
the resolution of all the fruitless searches
in your eyes
I see the light and the heat
in your eyes
oh, I want to be that complete
I want to touch the light
the heat I see in your eyes

love, I don’t like to see so much pain
so much wasted and this moment keeps slipping away
I get so tired of working so hard for our survival
I look to the time with you to keep me awake and alive

and all my instincts, they return
and the grand facade, so soon will burn
without a noise, without my pride
I reach out from the inside

in your eyes
the light the heat
in your eyes
I am complete
in your eyes
I see the doorway to a thousand churches
in your eyes
the resolution of all the fruitless searches
in your eyes
I see the light and the heat
in your eyes
oh, I want to be that complete
I want to touch the light,
the heat I see in your eyes
in your eyes in your eyes
in your eyes in your eyes
in your eyes in your eyes

I can’t confirm this, but this seems to be your typical love song as Peter Gabriel’s site doesn’t go into detail about the reason behind his songs. Nichole Nordeman is the artist who rebrands the song, if you have iTunes, go here.

I guess we can take any secular vague love song, sing it in a Christian setting, and automatically the lyrics change meaning! Of course, the same could be said for most CCM today. Some of the lyrics only contain vague references to a pronoun which, if a Muslim were to sing the song, they would think it was to allah.

Weird?

Saturday, June 11th, 2005

The Epoch Times | 200 Million-Year-Old Stone Bears Words: “Chinese Communist Party Collapses”

I don’t know what to think about this. Check it out.

The Cost of Discernment

Wednesday, June 1st, 2005

The Cost of Discernment

This is a great article I recently found. Enjoy.