Sunday, May 1, 2016

King Arthur Metaphor

Hm... It would be nice if we could find some definitive evidence of King Arthur's existence, don't you think?

Well, what if I told you I found several hundreds of pages of documents describing many of the things he did in his life? From large victories, to small, everyday conversation with everyday citizens? Sounds impressive, don't you think?

But hey, it could all just be a big, fabricated story. So what if I told you I also had documents, not only talking about King Arthur, but about some of his closest associates? What if I told you these also described everything from huge events in their lives, down to everyday conversations they had?

In fact, what if I told you I had letters written by those associates? What if these letters directly reference King Arthur and go into great detail about the things he had said? I could have faked these letters, don't you think? Well what if I told you these letters had been proven to have been written only a few years after King Arthur's death?

In fact, what if I told you I found letters from people who weren't even directly associated with King Arthur, who talked about things King Arthur had done?

If I could provide such evidence, well, the evidence would be overwhelming, don't you think? Who could possibly deny that King Arthur existed in the face of such obvious evidence?

So why is it suddenly not enough when we're talking about Christ?







Notes: The New Testament book 1 Thessalonians has been proven to have been written about 50 AD. As for "people who weren't even directly associated . . .", Thallus immediately comes to mind. He wrote, also around 50 AD, about Jesus. He tried to pass off the "period of darkness" as an eclipse, never denying that it happened, simply trying to pass it off as an eclipse. This explanation was later disproven because an eclipse could not have taken place at the point in time when Jesus was crucified.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Untitled

I noticed the lyrics to [Amelioration's album] weren't online anywhere and I was going to add them to a website, but I couldn't think of what website Amelioration's style would best fit. So I'll just post them here? These aren't all of them, by the way - not all of them are written in the booklet. By the way, if you like electronic music / dubstep and you also like grindcore, you should definitely check this album out. Lyrics are obviously (c) Amelioration.

- Malicious Enchroachment
Resist temptation, flee from it!

- Deceived
The devil roams the earth for who he might deceive
He is relentless like you would not believe.
Stand on the Word and take authority.
As quick as can be, the devil will flee

- Restorification
I declare healing in the name of Jesus! I declare restoration in the name of the king! Bring it down. Are you ready to be ameliorated?

- Alias
El Shaddai, El Gibbor, Elohim, Yahweh, Logos, Adonai, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Abba Father. These are the names of the most high God!

- Dance Like David
I will dance! I will dance! I will dance!  I will dance like David danced!

- Healing Spree
Boom! Be healed! Boom! Be healed! Boom! Be healed! In the mighty name of Jesus you are healed!

- That's What He Said
God has promised us many things, things inside His holy book. Your sorrow will be turned to joy. The Lord will provide. Salvation through Christ. Protection, victory in Jesus. His promises are plentiful and His blessings bountiful, your needs are met. He is faithful. That's what He said.

- Admin Rights
Upon our creation, free will was given. The right to do what we wish with our lives. Just because you can doesn't mean you should. Use good judgment when exercising free will!

- Man's Lifespan
But a moment!

- Holy Ghost Noise Party
Hallelujah!

- Jumpin Jehova Stats
Why does it matter how many members your church has? Start discipling the ones you do have. This is not a popularity contest, this is about the Kingdom of God. Why concern yourself with useless statistics? Go out and preach the Gospel!

- Make a Joyful Blastbeat
Cut loose! Aah! Go wild! Alright! Shout out! Yeah! Go wild! Cut loose!

- Intolerated
Hated!

- Reverential Panegyric
I'm here to proclaim the glory of the Lord, the Lord on high who has given me life. Praise the Lord forevermore!

- Mental Defragmentation
The mind gets fragmented, disjointed and as such our thoughts focus on earthly desires. Oh great Administrator, defrag our brains! Rearrange our thoughts! Bring Yourself to the front! Optimize our minds for spiritual focus. Delete selfish desires. Firewall our minds from the things of the world!

- One Hundred Seventeen
Psalm 117

- Spiritual Virtualization
When the Administrator returns, His followers will be virtualized. Leaving behind our physical chassis into the domain of the Host of Hosts. Is your name written to the Administrator's database table of life?

- Fatal Error
Error! Error! We have all fallen short of the glory of the Administrator. FATAL ERROR!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Untitled

"Wow guys there's so much violence in the Bible : ( God punishes all these people and it hurts my feelings"

"lol guys silly Christians always getting offended by violence, am I right? So sensitive! I'm gonna go listen to some good old 'Eaten Back to Life' now! ♪♫ Carving up your eyeballs ♫♪"

Thursday, April 21, 2016

More Lyrics

I wrote these earlier this year. They're not the most poetic lyrics, but I wanted to paint a picture here. It's easy to look at historical documents and feel disconnected from them. They're people we don't know, experiencing things long since past. It can be hard to imagine the course of events that led from those times, to the modern day. I wanted to try to remove that barrier.

We've recently left Egypt.
It feels like forever ago, but it hasn't been that long.
The Lord parted waters for us,
and has brought manna for us to eat.
Many wondrous things have happened.
Now Moses is giving us laws.
The Lord has promised our descendants a land with milk and honey.
We grow tired sometimes, but are excited to reach this land.

We are living in our tribes.
Many things have been happening.
At first, we did not have a king.
The people were rebellious, so the Lord appointed a king.
Prophets have been judging.
The Lord has spoken fulfilled promises through them.
Battles have been waged and kings appointed.
Our king, Solomon, is now constructing new and grand buildings.

The prophets have been speaking of somebody.
"A righteous branch of David will spring forth."
This man will save Israel.
A decree went out recently for a census.
Life has simply gone on like this for awhile.
On nights like this, I almost forgot about the prophecies.
But word has been spreading throughout the land.
Angels declared it to shepherds - He was born last night.

Many things have happened.
Such a short period of time - where to begin?
The Messiah was crucified but a few days ago.
A darkness covered the land, and the temple curtain was torn.
He worked many miracles - healing the sick, turning water to wine.
But behold - He has returned from the dead!
The tomb was empty, despite the guards who were placed there.
He has already appeared to some people once again.

I write this not in Israel, but in a nation called "the United States".
It has been a long time since the revelation to John.
Though many of us do still cling to the word today,
Many are turning again to their own hearts.
Despite medical breakthroughs, we continue to suffer.
Despite making cars and rocket ships, we continue to stagnate.
Societies, cultures, trends continue to rise and fall, just as of old.
The cold night air blows, as we look to the sky tonight, watching for the Messiah.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Untitled

I just can't get over that Jeffrey Dahmer and Ted Bundy both became born-again Christians before they died. I also can't get over that people can seriously ask "why" God would allow people into Heaven who have committed such heinous crimes, when those same people, probably five minutes before, complained about the concept of "Hell" existing at all. 

What do people want, exactly? Do they want God to punish the wicked in Hell, or do they want God to just blindly forgive everyone even unrepentant murderers and just put their fingers in their ears whenever the word "Hell" comes up?

How about a nice middle-of-the-road approach, where God provides a way for people to be saved and go to Heaven, but isn't afraid to give out punishment if they don't follow that way? Oh, hey, that's exactly what the Bible teaches! Wow!

Overall the concept of people like Jeffrey Dahmer and Ted Bundy being in Heaven shouldn't be seen as a bad thing. On the contrary, it's a wonderful thing for us to keep in mind, that if those crimes can be forgiven, then certainly, we also can be forgiven. The saving power of Jesus is astounding. It's also a testament to God's love for us, that not only is God willing to blot out our sins, but wants us to be in Heaven forever with Him so much, that He will reach out to anyone, from liars to gamblers to alcoholics to occultists to porn addicts to serial killers, and say to all of them, "I love you, and I don't want to see you suffer. I know what's in your heart. I want you to be forgiven and be happy and safe in Heaven forever."

May God bless you all and guide you according to His perfect will! In Jesus' name. Amen.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Untitled

Understanding of scripture comes from its Source, not from our own understanding alone. Exegesis must be the result of prayer, not a substitute for it.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Forgive

Jeffrey Dahmer became a Christian before he died. For those who don't know, Jeffrey Dahmer was a murderer, cannibal, and rapist, committing crimes from the late 1970s up until 1991, when he was arrested. Shortly after his arrest, he started reading the Bible, and also creationist material sent to him by his dad, and then became a born-again Christian. And along the way, of course, repented from the crimes he used to commit.

While we cannot be certain, it's pretty safe to assume Jeffrey retained his faith in Jesus until he died, thus he is most likely in Heaven now. But some people seem confused as to how God could allow Jeffrey Dahmer into Heaven. Which is interesting, considering many people also claim God isn't being merciful enough, yet at the same time these people apparently also want even stricter punishments for certain people?

But see, that illustrates exactly what we need to understand. God's system of justice doesn't work like ours. When Jeffrey expressed regret for his crimes, humanity sent him to prison. The human legal system doesn't care if you accept Jesus - they just want you to pay for whatever you did. God doesn't work this way. God is righteous, and brings mercy into the equation, as well. God does not want us to suffer. God wants all of us to be saved, no matter how small or how severe sins may look in our eyes. All sins are wrong, and wrong actions get punished. This is the law we have to answer to at the beginning. We've all sinned in some way, and those sins should be punished. But this is the truly great part: if we were speaking about human law which has no room for compassion or mercy, we would all be put on death row, and we would all go to Hell. But God is different, and God has mercy on us, and shows compassion for us. God has provided a way for us to get out of that situation, so that we won't have to face that trial and face that judgment, and that way is Jesus. We accept Jesus - we learn from His teachings, we believe that He paid the price for our sins when He was crucified on the cross and we accept that gift of salvation in our lives, we grow closer to God through Jesus, and we believe that God loves us enough to provide this way for us. Contrary to a post I read online in relation to Jeffrey Dahmer, it's not a simple matter of God saying "well Jeffrey claimed he was sorry so okay". It's not like God is being indifferent or irresponsible. It's quite the opposite. God is not indifferent nor is He irresponsible, and that's exactly why He shows so much compassion for us when we accept the gift of Jesus, and pray for forgiveness - because God wants us to be in Heaven with Him, because God values us and loves us. To be absolutely clear, this isn't limited to Jeffrey Dahmer - this same grace is available to everybody on this earth.

But this leaves us one more thing we need to keep in mind - we need to forgive, as well. This is difficult. Maybe nobody in our lives has been murdered, but people still do bad things to us. And if those people really repent, we need to forgive them. I fully understand this is difficult to do in certain situations - this, like all things, should be taken to God, in prayer. Definitely, ask for help, and for guidance on this. God wants to help us. And as He forgave Jeffrey Dahmer when he repented, so God forgives us when we repent. And as God tells us to forgive someone over and over again when they sincerely ask, He also forgives us, if we're willing to sincerely ask.

God bless you and guide you according to His perfect will! In Jesus' name. Amen.




It honestly breaks my heart a bit to think that Jeffrey genuinely wondered in the end if he was sinning by continuing to live - that anyone would feel that way. But on the other hand, it's great that he became so dedicated to God that he would even think to ask such a question. How many serial killers just live by their own moral code until their dying day, and don't seek God at all? Or worse, just use God's name to justify their actions without actually believing in Him or actually seeking His genuine word at all? But look how God changed one who actually sought Him. God's mercy and His ability to work in our lives is astounding.