October 22, 2014

Ebola, ISIS, Gay Marriage, Ferguson and the End Times, Part II

So , if we cannot be certain about the timing of the End Times, what can we be certain of? Well, we can be relatively certain about a few things. What I do know is that when the End Times or the End of the Age comes Jesus said the following about them when asked by the Disciples:

Matthew 24:4-7 ~ Jesus answered: Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.

Right off the bat Jesus warns of deception. Then he warns of other things. Wars? Check! Rumors of wars? Check! Nation rising against nation? Check! Is this something new? Of course not. It’s been going on since Christ made these statements and even before.

Matthew 24:7-13 ~ There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.  All these are the beginning of birth pains. Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me.  At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.  Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 

Famines, earthquakes, persecutions, apostasy, false prophets, increased wickedness, hatred, coldness of heart. These things can all be found since the time of Christ. These things are nothing new. Jesus is speaking of sin and human nature here. He is speaking of moral and natural evil. We see the ebb and flow of society. Ironically, we see the cyclical nature of humanity exactly as it is described of Israel in the Old Testament. 

Sin-Judgment-Remorse/Repentance.


The following verse though leads us a little closer to what we see towards the end of time. Common-sense tells us the Gospel will continue to be spread until the time Jesus returns. Again, it should not be surprising that this would be said. What should be noted is that the entire world has to have heard the Gospel preached to it before the end would come. Are we closer to this than in Jesus’ time? Yes, of course, but that was the intent, wasn’t it? As time elapses, technologies improve and more people will hear.

Matthew 24:14 ~ And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

I could continue Jesus’ Olivet Discourse but I have already began painting a pattern here. The end will be dreadful but those who are in Christ have nothing to fear. The unbelieving masses on the other hand need to get their act together. They should be sweating bullets right about now. We may or may not be in the End Times but what I am sure is that we are definitely getting closer to judgment either as a whole eschatologically or individually in our own deaths.

Yes, there will be signs in the heavens. The question is, “What will the signs be?” Revelation tells us that when Jesus returns, his return will be accompanied with angels and trumpets. For me any other sign in the heavens could more or less be the same as ones people have seen in the past: eclipses, blood moons, comets, meteors, planet alignments, etc. My question is this: Why would we be looking for comets when Jesus said He himself would return. I think we are missing the point of all of this and focusing on the wrong object. In the End Times, Jesus’ presence means the arrival of the Kingdom. 

We will recognize Him, He will not be symbolic, He will be the real deal. Every knee shall bow. That is why the Book of Revelation is not titled “The Book of Revelation of the End Times.” What is the book called? It is called, “The Revelation of Jesus Christ”. Does it concern the end of time? Yes. Is that its main focus? No! The main focus is Jesus in His glory!


I see a major disconnect between proper biblical teaching and false teaching in many evangelical circles today. Those that will shanghai the book of Revelation and make it into their own personal foretelling of the “End Times” and use it as a forecasting tool are in error. Although there are some of these elements in Revelation, those that will make this book into tabloid fodder for the “the end is nigh” crowd are in serious jeopardy of misusing this book. By focusing on Revelation's apocalyptic nature they remove the focus off of Jesus Christ and His revealing of Himself in the end of days and fail to focus on the coming Day of the Lord. Revelation is not so much for people like Harold Camping to make absurd predictions, as it is to reveal the Savior’s Second Coming and the salvation and restoration He brings with Him. 


So back to the title of the last two posts.


Ebola, ISIS, severe unrest in the Midwest, etc. Are these the signs of the End Times? Perhaps. Am I oversimplifying the Scripture to make a point? Probably. You really didn't think you were going to get a definitive answer from me about a date, did you? What you will get a definitive answer about is the following thought. The events and the things we see currently happening in the world around us that are unsettling us--are rooted in sin. Many of the incidents and events being perpetrated are being done so by unbelievers (and some unwitting believers). What does the Bible say will happen to those that continue sinning?

Scripture says that they will incur the wrath of God. They will receive judgment one way or another. Judgment outright for an unbelieving sinner's behavior or residual consequences that will always come from sin. Believers might be saved but their sin still produces negative consequences. Regardless, we see the same pattern of God's chosen in the Old Testament, don't we? 

Therefore I believe a lot of what we see in the events both man-made and natural in the world around us are judgment from a sovereign omnipotent God towards sinning man. None are righteous, not one. It is Jesus' righteousness that saves us. In the events around us I see a gradual removal of God's grace which is the only thing that restrains the hand's of the wicked and the unrighteous. This follows the pattern shown in Scripture. It's on the Scripture's pages in black and white. If we believe we are seeing a prophecy unfold now about the future...we should also be seeing a piece of the past. History has a prevalence to repeat itself. It is also why Revelation echoes Daniel and Old Testament prophets in general. All inevitably point to Christ.

The believer has nothing to fear from the End Times. They might have already started, who knows? That is not the main point for the believer. Knowing you are saved in Christ through the Gospel is the main point. Evangelizing people that are not saved is the other important thing for a believer. We still need to live like tomorrow is our last day on earth. Why? It instills a sense of urgency towards the tasks set before us from Jesus like the Great Commission. We should not be pursuing the Great Commission lackadaisically. It should be done like tomorrow is our last chance to save our neighbor, our parent or our child. 

We need to stop getting so wee-wee’d up about exact dates. We need to live like He might come back tomorrow and the rest will fall into place. To be able to live like Jesus returns tomorrow requires us to read the rest of the Bible to determine what that type of living looks like. That requires reading more than Daniel, Revelation. It requires that we read the whole Bible to become more Christ-like!

We’ve seen wars before and they were worse than the ones we see now. The world didn’t end. They were called World War I and World War II. We’ve see Ebola before, and it was called the Spanish Influenza and The Black Plague. We’ve also seen the likes of ISIS, Al-Qaida and Taliban before too, they had names like the Visigoths, Ostrogoths, Vandals, Franks and so on. In truth we've had Muslims beheading people in the Middle East since the time of Islam’s inception which is why it spread so profusely after its commencement. It spread at the point of a sabre. We have seen sexual immorality before too in Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome. The sexual immorality during these empires was so bad that it included socially acceptable pederasty and/or pedophilia.

The images of today's events and knowledge of them have also become ubiquitous and pervasive. News and ability to access images and videos have become instantaneous and effortless. Decapitated bodies are a button press away on our phones and tablets. Things only seem worse now because we in the States and westernized world have had it good for too long. We have been able to view the sin, perversion and savagery at a distance. 

I suspect that is changing now. It doesn’t mean the end of the world has come. 

Yet.

As Solomon said in Ecclesiastes, there really is nothing new under the sun. Let tomorrow bring what it brings. The truth is that we need to stop trying to figure out exactly what day Jesus is coming back and live like He is already here….because in reality...He already is and always has been. 

October 20, 2014

Ebola, ISIS, Gay Marriage, Ferguson and the End Times, Part I

Ebola certainly has been in the news a lot lately, hasn't it? Come to think of it, so has Enterovirus D68, ISIS, civil unrest in Ferguson Missouri, hyperpartisanship in the United States, political unrest in the Ukraine, gay marriage, drought in California, flooding in the Balkans, earthquakes in many places, financial unrest worldwide and violence in the Middle East. When we mix these events with occurrences like blood moons, massive solar flares and false Prophets of Doom on YouTube we end up with a caustic brew of paranoia and anxiety.

The title of this post got you attention didn't it? It was meant to. I am playing off your fear and uneasiness of the current condition of the world to prove a point. We are living in an age of uncertainty and change. In actuality, so has everyone else that ever walked the earth since the dawn of time (or at least the Fall of man). I suppose that is why horoscopes and demonic soothsayers/psychics have always been so popular. People don’t like uncertainty and wish to avoid it by either making predictions or getting someone else to prognosticate. People are comfortable being comfortable. Anything that shatters the status quo is met with confrontation to silence or remove it. The truth is, the Bible has told us to trust God with the future and stop worrying about it. So much for most people listening to God and obeying Scripture.

Unfortunately, the fear many are feeling is because multitudes are being conditioned by the media and even many errant Evangelical churches (i.e.: the world) to live in fear of the future and the unknown. Sadly, many are living in that fear because they are totally disregarding Jesus' own words about not living in fear and anxiety. In the following statement Jesus even tells us why we have this fear and anxiety. It is because they have little faith or in the case of unbelievers...no faith.

Matthew 6:25-30 ~ “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

Jesus tells us straight away why we shouldn't be consumed by uncertainty and fear.

Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Again, most people don’t listen or have severe problems obeying God. Enter zealous interpretations of Biblical prophecy and uneducated fear-mongering and people begin to ask heartfelt questions because they are scared. This of course draws many false prophets out of the woodwork that are unqualified to answer these fears thereby leading people astray (one of the exact reason Jesus exhorted us not to worry). Even the non-believing public are becoming cynical and uneasy about the condition of the world and are asking the same question(s).

“Why have things gotten so bad in the world?”

The question I am continually asked is: "Do you think we are in the Last Days? Are we in the end times?"

First off, my interpretation of what the Last Days means is this. I believe that the last days began during the ministry of Jesus and the first century Church. The last days are defined as the continuous period of time from the ministry of Jesus to the second coming. Therefore humanity has been living in the “last days” for the last 2000+ years. When the likes of John Hagee and other Dispensationalists like Jimmy Swaggart, and Hal Lindsey use it as a descriptive term for a period where a rapture will take place…it causes me consternation. Sorry folks, just being honest. I am in no way mocking those that believe the Rapture nor am I saying that Jesus is not coming again to judge and usher in the Kingdom once and for all. I would be a fool and biblically illiterate to do that. What I am saying is many are totally missing the point of the prophecies of the End Times. Many are missing the forest for the trees so to speak.

It is an issue of timing. The problem is that no one knows the exact time of the End. Do I know the time of the end? No. No one does, Jesus even said as much (Matthew 24:36). But we should know the change of the seasons by the leaves on the trees (Matthew 24:32). That is the exact reason Jesus gave the Olivet Discourse. It was so that believers (or unbelievers) might have some sort of idea what the world would be like in the time of the End. What I can tell you with absolute certainty is that every single self-described prophet and interpreter of Revelation, Daniel and the rest of Scripture that tried to extract an exact date or time period for The End or The Apocalypse…has been wrong. Dead wrong. They have had a 0% success rate. The local weatherman has had more accurate predictions. I suspect anyone doing it now will meet with the same success or lack of it.

Are saints being beheaded and killed in the world today? Yes. So are a load of other people including unbelievers and adherents of other faiths. We only need to turn on the network news and read the Internet to see the persecution of Christians (predominately in the Middle and Far East) in the world. Yes, some are being beheaded. Has persecution of Christians increased? Perhaps. Compared to when, the 1st Century, the 16th century during the Reformation? 

Has violence increased? Yes, but not just towards Christians. You’d have to be idiotic and blind to have missed this fact. We see it in ISIS, Al-Qaeda, the Taliban abroad. If you are not Islamic in Islamic countries there is a target on your back. The violence isn't just abroad though. We see it domestically in gangs, drug wars at the U.S. border and in the wombs of pregnant women who chose abortion. Sadly we even see it in our schools. The school violence should not surprise us in lieu of the fact that God and Bible have officially been removed from the schools.

Furthermore people are complaining that our government has gone rogue and are clueless to the needs of their constituency. This also should not surprise us because of the militant push to inflict the Separation of Church and State on any and all Government functions. Even though the idea of Separation of Church and State is found nowhere in the Constitution, only in the minds of the ACLU and rabid militant atheists. No God, no wisdom. Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. We left God behind and he has reciprocated.

So predicting the exact date of the End Times seems as if it is a fool's errand. What should we then take away from what Scripture has said about the End Times? Well, firstly, we shouldn't be geeking out about every forlorn event that we see in the news and assume everything we see is a prognostication or signpost pointing to the end or the world.

People need to chill.

The remainder of what we should do? Well, you'll need to read that in the second half of this post.

[Concluded in Part II]

October 18, 2014

In Their Own Words XVII: Doors of Warped Perception

[Continued from previous post]

In essence, what we observe in both Aldous Huxley and Bertrand Russell is audacious mental/moral perversions or more specifically inversions of the intended order of things. Russell’s perversions were more perversions of sexuality but because of the pervasiveness of sexuality in his life, his faulty thinking and preceps of reality seem to have bled over to all other aspects of his life. Huxley’s perversions on the other hand were more intellectual and were akin to inversion of proper biblical thinking. Not only are things perverted or inverted in both men’s writings, they advertised their warped philosophies publicly and forced their distortions on the public square. It is one thing to be immoral, it is another to broadcast corrupted perceptions to others that might wish to be avoid them. Sadly, some of the writings from these men are considered literary classics by so-called modern experts and are literally forced on our children in English Literature classes both at the high school and college level.

What we also see is two men from the early twentieth century that have a profound effect on where we stand morally (or immorally if you prefer) now. Their advocacy along with others of like mind (Romans 1:31) have morally debased a once good nation. Russell did so though his overt sexual perversion, Huxley through inverted thinking and what appeared to be moral dystopia or hedonistic nihilism. These mindsets are essentially false religions because they replace God. Hedonism, humanism, secularism, scientism, materialism, positivism, evolutionism....they're all the same. All pagan, all demonic. They're all mindsets on which to formulate a flawed worldview and philosophy for living. Their mindset has infected hundreds of millions worldwide. It now allows for Christians to live in cultures that accept divorce for nearly any reason. Laws created by men possibly influenced by these literary works have trivialized marriage and poor morals have further eroded the institute of marriage to the point where marriage licenses have become practically disposable. Huxley even made a comment seeing the deontological end of his own thinking in his own writing when he penned the following in his Introduction to Brave New World:
"...nor does the sexual promiscuity of Brave New World seem so very distant. There are already certain American cities in which the number of divorces is equal to the number of marriages. In a few years, no doubt, marriage licenses will be sold like dog licenses, good for a period of twelve months, with no law against changing dogs or keeping more than one animal at a time. As political and economic freedom diminishes, sexual freedom tends compensatingly to increase." ~ Aldous Huxley-Brave New World: Introduction

The immorality ushered in or exacerbated by these two allows for abortion on demand and preteens getting birth control. It allows for rampant premarital sex and infidelity or adultery that is socially acceptable or at least a social norm.

What is absent from Huxley’s and Russell’s views? The God of the Bible, Scripture and righteousness. It is a glaring omission too. They had no king in their lives. At least they had no moral king or moral guiding principle. In this way, both men were kings unto themselves and many have followed them as if they were kings.

Judges 17:6 ~ In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.

With no purposeful God in their lives they are not capable of proper reasoning or thinking. Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. What do we see a surplus of in both men’s lives? Sexual perversion and an inversion of proper moral thinking. Both had a twisted view of what proper sexual relations were at some point in their lives. Both were a product of modern biblical illiteracy. First there is Russell who overemphasized and overvalued sex. Then there is Huxley who downplayed and instilled little or no value in proper sexual relations. 

It is also clear Huxley did not frown upon turning the proper sexual roles and other roles within within marriage completely on their head in Brave New World (BNW). In BNW intercourse was referred to as recreational sex (just as it is today). In BNW, sex is a social activity, rather than a means of reproduction within marriage and, as part of the conditioning process and it is encouraged from early childhood (sick). The maxim: "Everyone belongs to everyone else" is repeated often (also sick). The idea of a "family" is considered pornographic. Marriage, natural birth, parenthood, and pregnancy are considered too obscene to be mentioned in casual conversation. Therefore in BNW, Huxley imagines a society where biblical relationships do not exist and neither does biblical morality...and he doesn't appear to pass judgment on the absence either.

Huxley’s view was the sociocultural view of hedonistic nihilism which came out in his writing. Both men's views were/are dangerous, but Huxley’s was more dangerous because he was harder to pin down morally. At least Russell was obnoxious and overt about where he stood. In Russell's overt manner at least a Christian would know what they were up against. When it came to Huxley, it was like tacking Jell-O to a wall. I suspect this is the case with many modern Christian’s today concerning hot-button subjects like abortion, sexual immorality and adultery. Many have become "Christianized Huxleys". By not saying anything and taking a morally apathetic approach to these two issues the Christian manages to stay neutral socially but from a spiritual point of view they are in the wrong. Many are not willing to take a position for fear of being socially ostracized. By not taking a position against these issues they are essentially allowing it to become pervasive. For evil to triumph, good people only need to do nothing.

To surmise: When we slam the door on God or remove God from a man’s thinking he will automatically revert to sin and continue to spiral deeper into it (Romans 1). The more complete the abandonment of God in one’s thinking, the more complete and depraved the immorality in that person’s life. Both of these men wanted to remove sexual immorality’s guilt and basically succeeded. One did so wittingly and vehemently, the other by attempting to devalue and discredit it. We see two men esteemed by society who were godless and debased. Both men were exalted by their generation and subsequent generations but by Godly measure they were both fools (1 Corinthians 1:20-25). Russell seems to have maintained a downward spiraled deeper into physical sin in his activism for sexual immorality. Huxley on the other hand seems to have spiraled deeper into the spiritual void of idea-based sin in his pursuit first of Nihilism and then Universalism.

In the end both men walked wide circles around God in an attempt to avoid Him. In so doing they led way too many down the path to Hell. Both men used improper or perverted thinking as a means to an end. What they thought or conceived, they wrote down. What they wrote down they tried to pass off as knowledge but any knowledge devoid of God is mere foolishness. Toxic ideas from toxic minds. Their ideas birthed sinful actions and sinful actions have consequences. We now see the maturity of the ideas from men like this in the actions of the society around us. We indeed live in a new world but it is not brave...it is depraved because of the warped perceptions of morally destitute people. We collectively have passed through doors of perception that probably should've remained shut...just like the books these men wrote.

Hosea 4:6 ~ “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”

October 16, 2014

In Their Own Words XVI: Depraved New World

The next two posts will not be like the other posts in this series. Many of the previous posts in this series were based on quotes from non-believers that wished to undermine a belief in God or deny Him only to affirm God’s existence by accident. This post does not move forward from that premise. This post involves two men that have already precluded God from their thinking or at least a proper understanding of Him in the case of Aldous Huxley. The absence of God as a moral compass or basis of moral bearing is therefore reflected in their morally impaired quotes. The level of shamelessness in some of these quotes would be laughable if it were not for the severe repercussions their mindsets have inflicted on humanity. Instead of being funny or ironic, their statements are sad and ethically impoverished. We see in our modern society the fruit of their thinking. That fruit is decaying the undergirding of society.

First is a quote from Aldous Huxley of Brave New World fame. Huxley was initially a humanist but at some point is his life he became interested in spiritual subjects such as parapsychology and philosophical mysticism. This seems to have culminated in at least a temporary adherence to Universalism. Universalism being a belief that all religions or belief systems essentially point to the same god and essentially…all people are saved (to what I am not sure). Despite his interest in spirituality and Universalism, Huxley contradictorily insisted on being referred to as an agnostic. In relation to non-belief or a nihilist approach to the concept of God, Huxley said…
“I had motives for not wanting the world to have meaning; consequently assumed that it had none, and was able without any difficulty to find satisfying reasons for this assumption ... For myself, as no doubt, for most of my contemporaries, the philosophy of meaninglessness was essentially an instrument of liberation.  The liberation we desired was simultaneous liberation from a certain political and economic system, and liberation from a certain system of morality.  We objected to the morality because it interfered with our sexual freedom.” Aldous Huxley-“Confession of Professed Atheist” 1966

Here we see Aldous Huxley's true motives (heart condition) by admitting that he does not align mentally to morality. He wishes to allow for sexual immorality in life without guilt. He wishes to be unfettered by a belief in God. In his comment it comes across as the comment, “I had motives for not wanting the world to have meaning…”  

Therefore, if the world or existence had meaning it would have a purpose. A purpose would require a design and a designer. Huxley knew it would force him towards a belief in God…which it eventually did in the form of Universalism. Sadly it was a false god. The fact is that it isn't that Huxley didn't want things to have no meaning...he wanted them to have his sinful meaning. He would rather worship the Creation (himself) rather than the Creator.

Aldous Huxley’s sexual comment is nearly identical to some comments Bertrand Russell had made. Bertrand Russell was a liberal philosopher and writer. In his book Marriages and Morals Russell actually makes many immoral statements. Russell offered his opinion that sex between a man and woman who are not married to each other is not immoral if they truly love one another. He pushed what he called "trial marriages". They were formalized relationships where young people could legitimately have sexual intercourse without being expected to remain married or to have children. He also advocated easy divorce or what we now call “no-fault” divorces. 
I hold, of course, as every humane person must, that divorce should be granted on more grounds than are admitted in the English law, but I do not recognize in easy divorce a solution of the troubles of marriage. Where a marriage is childless, divorce may be often the right solution, even when both parties are doing their best to behave decently; but where there are children the stability of marriage is to my mind a matter of considerable importance... I think that, where a marriage is fruitful and both parties to it are reasonable and decent, the expectation ought to be that it will be lifelong, but not that it will exclude other sex relations. Bertrand Russell-Marriages and Morals, Chapter 10: Marriage (1929)

So now we have established at least tentatively that both of these men that history idolizes were morally flawed at a base or foundational level. Based upon a biblical worldview they were morally reprobate and given over to their sin in their faulty thinking.

I can now hear he deafening silence from he readership (*crickets chirping*) and two words, "So what?"

Having established this baseline I will elaborate in the next post on why this has become so detrimental to anyone that attends the public school systems and accredited colleges. My thought processes begin here. Sometimes judgment itself is flawed thinking. When we inflict diseased thinking on a society or a nation, the entirety of society becomes diseased mentally and morally...therefore judgment settles upon an entire people. By using writing as DNA or a medium of replication, it is as if Huxley and Russell have made philosophical/intellectual clones of themselves through their words. Their words birthed ideas and those ideas have reproduced and mutated. The intellectual offspring are now so corrupted and deformed, there is virtually no moral rectitude left. If we think this is not possible we need only look at the diseased thinking of the Israelites of the Old Testament that were corrupted by pagan influence en masse. We see clearly even the fall of God's chosen people because of corrupting mutations.

Romans 1:28~ Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.

[Concluded in Next Post]

October 13, 2014

In Their Own Words XV: Light Side of The Moon


My previous post revolved around the spiritually misguided astronaut Edgar Mitchell who firmly but erringly believed in a Pantheistic god. This of course is in complete night and day contrast to Buzz Aldrin of the Apollo 11 fame. Apollo 11 of course gave mankind their first footsteps on the lunar surface. Although it is nearly forgotten today or purposely ignored and covered up, one of first acts performed in the Apollo 11 landing module after first landing on the Moon was the Lord’s Supper. Communion folks! Communion on the moon! 

It turns out Buzz Aldrin was an elder at Webster Presbyterian Church in Houston. It was Webster’s Presbyterian Church that had given the elements of communion to Buzz that he used in (ironically) the Sea of Tranquility. The God and Science website gives the following report about what happened to Buzz Aldrin in the radio black-out after the landing.
“In the radio blackout, I opened the little plastic packages which contained the bread and the wine. I poured the wine into the chalice our church had given me. In the one-sixth gravity of the moon, the wine slowly curled and gracefully came up the side of the cup. Then I read the Scripture: I am the vine, you are the branches. Whosoever abides in me will bring forth much fruit. I had intended to read my communion passage back to earth, but at the last minute Deke Slayton had requested that I not do this. NASA was already embroiled in a legal battle with Madelyn Murray O'Hair, the celebrated opponent of religion, over the Apollo 8 crew reading from Genesis while orbiting the moon at Christmas. I agreed reluctantly...”
It is interesting to note that the very first liquid ever poured on the moon, and the very first food eaten there were the communion elements. Symbolic of Jesus’ sacrifice back on Earth at Calvary. The symbolic gesture of Christ's body and blood had made it to the Moon. It was done in a place called the Sea of Tranquility while the nation that sent Aldrin was in the midst of two horrible wars. One was a military war and the other was cultural as evidenced by things like the lawsuit by Madelyn Murray O'Hair, sexual revolutions and the protest/riots back home.

Even in the middle of the storm there is God's grace. God has a perfect sense of timing and irony. As spiritual and earthly wars raged on Earth, there was a moment of peace on the lunar surface in an aptly named lunar plain. As for Aldrin’s Christian actions on the lunar surface he would later go on to state in relation to his celebration of the Christian sacraments…
“…at the time I could think of no better way to acknowledge the enormity of the Apollo 11 experience than by giving thanks to God." ~ Buzz Aldrin-Magnificent Desolation: The Long Journey Home from the Moon. p. 27, 2009
It is unique that Buzz Aldrin as a believer had physically traveled the farthest from the empty tomb of Jesus in Jerusalem yet kept the truth of it close to heart. He had litrerally taken the Gospel to the edge of the cosmos thereby fulfilling the Great Commission on his mission. Buzz Aldrin's life was in the process of fulfilling two momentous missions. Jesus' from Matthew 28:19-20 and then NASA's. What we saw in his celebration of the sacraments is that God isn't at a distance at all, He is Immanuel...God with us regardless of where we are. In Aldrin's own way he had shown that Jesus is sovereign not only over Earth but wherever His Spirit dwells…even if the Holy of Holies was on the Lunar Surface that day in July of 1969. 

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ~ “…or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”

I believe spiritually what we see is when a man has his heart in the right place, he is a man that is tranquil and at peace with God and his surroundings. This is the case even in the inhospitable environment of space. He is a man that at least tries to maintain his obedience to the truth and in that fact there is glory. A man with his heart in the wrong place forever spirals in a void cut adrift from the proper mooring point in God. He searches even into the latter stages of his life. He seeks but never truly finds what he is looking for. A man whose orbit around God degrades is in danger of forever being lost in the darkness like a capsule jettisoned into the cold vacuum of space. As is the case with the other astronauts that did not accept Christ's redeeming gift of grace, the moon or Earth's orbit may have been the closest any of the them would get to Heaven physically or spiritually.

The spiritual fact is simple. God does not save us to cut us adrift on open seas or the vacuum of space. He saved us to bring us into redemptive fellowship with Himself. He wants to bring us into a very tight circle around Himself in worship. Then paradoxically, as our orbit tightens around the One True God we end up leaving the world behind us, not draw ourselves closer to it. Conversely, those that reject the offer to be grafted into the Vine or to dock with our divine destination are in danger of forever drifting in a godless void.

I've included a scene above from the miniseries From The Earth To The Moon; Mare Tranquilitatus-Episode 6 which reenacts this momentous event on the lunar surface. Yes, that is Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad fame playing Buzz Aldrin.

October 10, 2014

In Their Own Words XIV: Dark Side of The Moon


The main themes that will run through the next two post are space travel, astronauts and apostasy (falling away from God). I will break the two posts apart based on the theological views of their subjects. The first post (this one) will be from the vantage point of a non-believing astronaut who has a non-biblical view of the reality  and the universe (the dark side). The second will be seen through the eyes of an astronaut that tries his best to adhere to the principles and truths laid out in Scripture (the light side).

1 John 1:5 ~ "...God is light, and in him is no darkness at all."

Ephesians 5:18 ~ “For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light”

Isaiah 5:20 ~ “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!”

John 3:19 ~ “And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.”

It will not be your atypical post here on my blog but come to think of it...when have they ever been?  I suppose you will understand this study in contrasts when it is complete. In these posts we see a bridging of years and technology. We will see that it takes unsaved humanity centuries and centuries of technological advances to prove out scientifically what God knew all along as did those that had faith in Him.
This is an exceedingly strange development, unexpected by all but the theologians. They have always accepted the word of the Bible: In the beginning God created heaven and earth… [But] for the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; [and] as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.” ~Robert Jastrow (God and the Astronomers [New York: W.W. Norton and Co., 1978], p.116)
They are truths that unbelievers should’ve just trust in God for. Truths He told mankind about a long time ago. We will see that it is often the unspiritual man’s intellectual arrogance and spiritual stubbornness that will often prohibit him from seeing the truth of Scripture. To really launch into this post I present to you a quote from an astronaut on the Apollo 14 mission.
“When I went to the moon I was a pragmatic test pilot. But when I saw the planet Earth floating in the vastness of space the presence of divinity became almost palpable and I knew that life in the universe was not just an accident.” ~ Edgar Mitchell 
Edgar Mitchell was a NASA astronaut. He piloted the Lunar Module for Apollo 14. As the pilot that landed on the Moon’s surface he spent nine hours working on the lunar surface in the Fra Mauro Highlands region, making him the sixth person to walk on the Moon. It is ironic the Fra Mauro area is named after a 15th century map-making monk. During that time it is clear he had a rather vivid view of the Earth from the Moon based on his statement.

Edgar’s statement about the earth floating in the vastness of space echoes the book of Job.

Job 26:7 ~ “He stretches out the north over the void and hangs the earth on nothing.”

We see something remarkable in Mitchell's quote adjacent Scripture. We see the bridging of millennia. The Bible said the Earth hangs on nothing and Mitchell observed this first hand. He was able to see with his own eyes that the things of Creation are beyond our minds to fully absorb and grasp. Can anyone really explain what gravitational force is? I suggest that Mitchell's Christian upbringing, science and his own observations led him to see the universe in a more vast light. Sadly, I also believe that as soon as Mitchell moved beyond his Christian up-bringing he appears to have gone off the rails theologically and spiritually. He knew enough to to realize that the vastness of the Universe couldn’t have been an accident but it is also clear he didn’t believe in the God he had been raised with.

In an interview for Hinduism Today he is also quoted as saying:
I was raised as a scientist, to assume that the fundamental organization of the universe was accidental. But my religious training, which was fundamental Christian, accepted the divine origin, or blueprint. Those two ways of thinking are not compatible. I now describe our universe a little differently; as evolutionary, intelligent, participatory and continuing to learn. What we call God is the mind of the universe, and what we experience as physical reality is the body of the universe, if you want to anthropomorphize. The creative force behind the universe is the same creative force we experience within ourselves. The atman and brahman aspects of consciousness have to be put together in order to create reality. Edgar Mitchell-Hinduism Today, Web Edition, October 1993
At the time of this comment, Mitchell has essentially become an adherent of New Age Pantheism laced with what appears to be hints of Universalism. It is clear that he believed in a god that is intrinsic to the Creation and this is not the God of the Bible. In Mitchell we see a patchwork of ecumenical pagan theology. He has become syncretistic in his beliefs. Although he was raised Christian, he is talking to a Hindu magazine. What he describes in his responses is more New Age Mysticism than Christianity or Hinduism. If we read a little farther in his interview we see that he might even be a Universalist. Regardless, he is clearly no longer biblical.
I have talked and studied with spiritual teachers from virtually all religions and found that, at the core, we're saying the same thing in different languages, different interpretations. But essentially, we're reaching for the same point. Edgar Mitchell-Hinduism Today, Web Edition, October 1993
What we really see in Mitchell is essentially what we saw in Solomon. We see spirituality and faith that has been cut adrift because of the spiritual contamination of multiple indiscretions with pagan beliefs. I believe this is why God often uses the analogy of harlotry when Israel chased after other Gods. Here in Edgar Mitchell we see a modern version of the same. He was raised (like Solomon) with a fundamentalist belief in God but through exposure to larger than life experiences and other spiritual contaminates he merged and syncretized worldviews. His beliefs now are clearly far wide of Scripture.

1 Kings 11:3-4~ He had 700 wives, who were princesses, and 300 concubines. And his wives turned away his heart. For when Solomon was old his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not wholly true to the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father.

When Mitchell is asked what his view of God and the soul was he answers the question correctly but incompletely from a Christian viewpoint. His answer lacks a mention of Jesus or the God of the Bible. His answer totally sidesteps and fails to grasp or incorporate the Gospel. His answer is clinical and devoid of both hope and a meaningful purpose other than just existence.
Hinduism Today: What is your definition of God and soul? 
Mitchell: I define God as the intelligent function. The soul would be that residual aspect of self that is eternal. I believe that the purpose of the universe is to organize itself and to experience physical reality, of which we're a part of in creating that.
I guess it is ironic that Mitchell’s life parallels sayings and people from millennia past. In Mitchell we see the eyewitness account of a man who has left the gravitational sway of Earth and got a God’s eye view of Earth from space. Not many get the opportunity Mitchell got on this side of the grave. He saw that what Job 26:7 said was true. This is further amazing from a historic and literary standpoint because Job might be one of the oldest books in the Bible. Sadly, because of Mitchell's spiritual harlotry he has also left the gravitational sway of God's word and turned aside to worship the Creation itself. By doing this he has misinterpreted what he saw.

This view will be contrasted in the next post with another Apollo astronaut. After reading about both astronauts you will see that the difference is like night and day.

[Concluded in Next Post]

October 7, 2014

Hair On The Head of John The Baptist

I’ll be the first to admit that my posts have taken a much more forlorn and austere tone than those in the past but I believe to some extent that it is necessary to convey some of harder truths I’ve been stumbling across in my haphazard walk towards Almighty God. It is also a surprising fact that I struggled with the Bible passage in today’s post. Not so much because it was impossible to understand but because it was harder to accept than other truths I’ve come across. It is also because it ties so closely to some of my recent personal circumstances and troubles. I needed to scrutinize it closely to resolve it in my own mind. When I did look closely at it…further logical consequences fell out from the scrutiny. Perhaps more than I expected.

Luke 21:12-19 ~ “But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you. They will hand you over to synagogues and put you in prison, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. And so you will bear testimony to me. But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. Everyone will hate you because of me. But not a hair of your head will perish. Stand firm, and you will win life.

This passage is in the context of the signs of the end times. It clearly and obviously speaks of persecution. It tells us that followers of Christ will be hated for Christ’s sake. It tells us that people like us will brought before magistrates and leaders due to Christ. It tells us that we should not defend ourselves and we should resolve to do nothing beforehand. If we do speak words of wisdom, those opposed to us (Christ) will not be able to contradict us. Sadly, it also tells us that we will be betrayed by even those closest to us…our friends and even our family.

Yet it tells us not a hair on our heads will be harmed or perish. It tells us that if we stand firm (in faith) we will win life. It as it this point the Spirit convicts me to think of people like the Apostle Paul and John the Baptist. Was John literally a disciple of Jesus? Not really, but John certainly was a follower of the same principles in Scripture and of the same God. This therefore would make him just as hated as later Christian disciples for just about the same reasons. John may have been a forerunner of Jesus but Christ's words could apply to him also since they were preaching essentially the same message just as the prophets of the Old Testament.

Luke 13:34-35 ~ “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! Behold, your house is forsaken. And I tell you, you will not see me until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

 
They were hated for Christ’s sake and the truth that they preached. John was brought before leaders. He did not defend himself per se, he merely made statements when questioned. When he did speak words of repentance, truth and wisdom to the people of his time they were not able to contradict him. In all fairness Jesus was correct, they did not harm a hair on his head…

They cut his head off. 

He did not win life, he very clearly lost it.

This is where I struggle the greatest. So what is Jesus saying to His disciples (and us) here? How can John’s beheading in Luke 3 be reconciled to Jesus’ statement 18 chapters later?

First of all, the very context of this passage alludes to the fact that some will die in verse 16. So how is it that people will be persecuted of Christ’s sake and even die, yet not a hair on their head will be harmed? Is this a contradiction as some will claim? How can one take a life yet not harm a person? It is a matter of perspective. Human perspective and God’s perspective. Never forget, we’re dealing with Jesus here folks. Nearly every time Jesus spoke, there were Kingdom implications.

This could only refer to the fact that violent or dogged persecution most likely will befall the true believer of Jesus Christ. It is a clear example of the fact that obedient servants to the Lord may not get a proper reward in this life. There is a good probability then that life will not be all puffy clouds, pink unicorns and rainbows. These words come from the mouth of the Lord Himself. There is a delineation being made here but it takes a Kingdom view to see it.

So again the conundrum remains. How is it that one could potentially lose their head but not have a hair on their head harmed? Are we talking about a corpse with a perfect coif? Well, actually we are...sort of. From a worldly point of view it makes no sense. Form an Islamic, Hindu or Buddhist point of view it also makes no sense. From a Christian view with an eye on the Kingdom of God…it makes perfect sense.

This could only refer to the resurrection of the dead somewhere down the road. Jesus is looking at what is important not necessarily immediate. He is seeing the eternal view not the finite view.

The Lord views everything in the light of eternity. Man nearly always view things in the immediate context. We have great difficulty seeing beyond our momentary existence here on earth. From a secular perception, people who die for their “religion” or faith in Jesus have lost everything. But from Jesus' viewpoint, those that momentarily suffer are in reality blessed in the long-term. Christian martyrs haven't lost anything, they've gain.

Matthew 16:22-26 ~ “Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. "For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. "For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
The Egyptians who enslaved Israel were tools. The Edomites who terrorized the city of God were instruments. And they would have to bear the burden of their sin, their violation of God’s people. But God says that he is the one who sent the locust. He is also the one who restored his people.

Those that suffer or die in Christ are not doing so in vain. 

Philippians 1:21 ~ “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.“

We see a similar passage to Luke 21 in Matthew 10:28-31. The passage alludes to the same scenario. Jesus tells the disciples that even the hairs on their heads are numbered. In other words, everything about their lives is accounted for by Jesus. In their resurrection, they will get all their hairs back…even if their heads have been removed from their body. How? Because God is omnipotent and capable of returning any person to their optimal state.

Matthew 10:28-31 ~ “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows."

…and here is the linchpin in all this.

In Hebrews we read the following about those who will maintain their faith through suffering or even death…

Hebrews 11:35-40 ~ “Women received back their dead, raised to life again. There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground. These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.

So what should we do in light of this truth? We need to try and live our lives within these types of ordeals with the perspective that they are nothing but light and momentary trials and afflictions no matter how hard they become. We need to live with this perspective because when God repays us for the wrongs suffered and the death died, what is returned to us by Christ, in Christ far surpasses and outweighs those wrongs perpetrated on us.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 ~ “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

What is seen is temporary but what is unseen is eternal…even the hair on the head of John the Baptist.

October 3, 2014

The Walking Dead...and Staggering Sin

Since the Season 5 premiere of AMC's The Walking Dead is here I chose to re-post this because it struck such a powerful chord with people when I posted it last year. I got agreement from some folks on what I've written here but I also got a load of kickback from people telling me that they did not believe that humans are inherently bad or evil. I of course being theologically oriented pushed back with Scripture and doctrine to remedy diseased thinking that could spread like airborne Ebola in the Church and in the world at-large.

Yes, all people are capable of doing decent morally upright things but man is fallen and a sick creature without God. Humans left to their own devices are not good but unrighteous, deadly and frankly...dangerous as Hell. Many people want to believe in an inherent goodness of men but the biblical concept of indwelling sin or imputed sin tells me otherwise. All have fallen short of God (Romans 3) and all are sinful in Original Sin (Genesis 3). 

There is no escaping this fact. It is congenital. We are born with it and will have it until the day we die. It is a Phase 6 pandemic. All are infected. All are going to physically die from it. There is only one known cure and it only works spiritually. Physically you will still die. What is truly frightening about this sickness is that it is so dangerous it will warp the minds of the infected in a form of psychosis. That psychosis is so pervasive that many of the infected will chose not to accept the cure. Unless God reaches in to save the infected subjects, they are unconscious to their need of saving. It is as if they are merely animated corpses. They become the walking dead.

How else does this tie into AMC's The Walking Dead

I have to admit, at first the premise for the Walking Dead repulsed me. The premise seemed to play to people's depravity and love of savagery. At first it all seemed like glorified violence, dead people and the worst of humanity. But I got sucked in and began to see the show in a less legalistic light. In a way I was right, it is indeed gratuitously violent. In a way I was seriously wrong, the violence and depraved nature is usually not coming from the reanimated corpses. At times the zombies come across as nearly commonplace. No, the real depravity and distress is found in the "normal" living humanity within the show. I use the terms normal and humanity loosely here. In this way, the show somehow speaks (or groans) from the dark side of the human condition (Romans 8).

In the show I see two things that stand out at me in a forceful manner. In the show it is not glorified violence so much as it is un-glorified violence. It is a violence that is perpetrated many times in the need of survival and dying in another’s stead to save another person’s life (John 15:13). In some cases they are sacrificial deaths. Of course many of the deaths are not "necessary" but the violence points us to some severely unsettling truths about ourselves, the viewers. It points to a latent indwelling evil that strikes a chord in us all. The note that resounds within us makes us uncomfortable in its truth.

There is of course the issue with the show's viewers. The one thing that troubles me about the show and still does to some extent is the possible effect it might have on weak minds prone to violence. In this show there is an overt violence that fills the screen. People can say the zombies are already dead or they are essentially monsters but this skirts the issue: They are humanoid in form. There is a potential here for devaluation of human sanctity by the blatant violence for those that cannot see deeper than the shell of skin on the zombie (if they have skin).

At times I believe graphic violence and malevolence dulls the edges of humanity  and compassion for a being that is strangely akin to a human being…dead or not. There are terms for people that do not have empathy for others, cannot feel for others or are self-consumed: Narcissists, sociopaths and psychopaths. The character of Gareth and The Governor are great examples of this. That being said, the only thing that separates these actors from real people is a God-fearing conscience. It is strange but I see the potential from this show for people in real life to act out in similar ways as the actors on the show following on impulses/motives or lack of them…just like the zombies and evil humans. In this way I could see unstable or sinful people who have had the conscience seared or "deadened" (Romans 1) watching the constant violence becoming the exact type of people that we wince at watching week to week in the show. The root cause of both being a lack of conscience and deeper down...unrepentant sin.

We must never ever forget that humans are valued by God. God gives humanity its value not men. We must also realize that everything in God’s creation was instilled with value and it is only through the tainting of the Fall and the curse that things are capable of sinking to the level we see on The Walking Dead. It is therefore only God that separates us from the good and the bad of this show both in the show itself and in real life. The similarities between the show and our lives are frightening. 

The zombies have lost the image of God. Whatever "it" is, it is clear the Imago Dei involves the consciousness aspect of humanity. Our ability to reason and be intuitive. It is the same thing that separates us from the beasts of the field. Science perhaps may one day be able to reanimate corpses but only God could ever give mankind their humanity, love and the things that make us in His image. The dehumanized zombies removed of their humanity are nothing more that beasts. Devoid of the Godly image people end up nothing but monsters or deadmen. This seems to be examined first in the zombies, then the evil people like the Governor / Terminus members and then even in “good” people when they lose touch with their humanity (Rick, Shane, Carl, Daryl, etc). The Bible speaks of this godless wickedness…

Isaiah 56:9-11 ~ “All you beasts of the field, come to devour-- all you beasts in the forest. Israel’s watchmen are blind, they all lack knowledge; they are all mute dogs, they cannot bark; they lie around …they are dogs with mighty appetites; they never have enough. They are shepherds who lack understanding; they all turn to their own way, they seek their own gain.”

This then leads to my next point about the show which is even more morbidly ironic than the first point.
The second idea is that all of humanity could possibly be infected with a virus or disease that can overtake humanity turning them into mindless monsters. What is worse is the fact that when you actually die there is no cure, the virus being dormant within all of humanity… will bring you back as part of the horde of walking damned or “Walkers” after death. What is interesting about this description is that it is a perfect description of unrepentant sin in humanity. Let me re-phrase the above paragraph and put the word sin in place of disease, disorder, etc.


All of humanity could possibly be infected with sin that can overtake humanity turning them into monsters. What is worse is the fact that when you actually die and have no salvation, because of the dormant (or not dormant) sin within… you will become part of the horde of walking damned or “Walkers” after death.

The thing that is most frightening about this show is not the zombies. It’s the people that are still alive. When the restraints of civil society come down (and God’s mercy and grace are removed) we see exactly where reprobate people are capable of going (Romans 1). Some of the places the psyches of the characters go (Gareth, Governor) are pathological and evil incarnate, just like the real world around us. The actual evil and sinful nature of “living” characters in this show is where the true terror or horror lies. It is the "terminus" of sin run rampant in a person's life. The zombies themselves are almost comical at times in their banality. True living humans are capable of much more horrendous evil because they can think through and devise their evils. Deep in the heart of their sin we see true repulsive nature of natural man whose sin has been given free reign.

I believe that is why even Christians stare week after week in morbid fascination of the unspeakable dreadfulness exhibited on this show. Inside we tell ourselves that, “It’s only a show and this nastiness could never happen in real life.” In reality many of us know that not only are we lying to ourselves…we might only be one catastrophic societal event away from that which would put us into the world of this freak show and the nightmare would become real for us all. Worse still...some of us sense that we could potentially become one of the "bad guys". We need only look at places where societal restraints have come off in the past and either genocide, religious persecution or just plain old societal breakdown ensues…Khmer Rouge, the Holocaust, Somalia, the Balkans, Orissa/Odisha, New Orleans after Katrina, etc. We are all only one decision away from becoming monsters ourselves.

The truth is there is not only a risk of being contaminated and affected by other sick people which happens every day but we are indwelt with the very "illness" that could make us a monster. We are all dead in our sin. Sin is death, because the wages of sin is death. We don’t need to be bitten or die. As a matter of fact, dying with this disorder of sin without the cure (salvation through the Gospel of Jesus Christ) not only condemns us, it forces us to walk in a damned state for eternity.

Ephesians 2:1-2 ~ And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.

We in our sinful state are walking dead. In a sinful state we mindlessly destroy lives including our own and contaminate others. Frankly, I find this more horrifying than being reanimated and violently stabbed in the head with a screwdriver or killed with a shotgun blast. Actually, I would prefer the shotgun demise over the doom of walking dead in Hell forever.

The fact is that we will all be brought back from the grave. The question is: How do we want to come back? Do we want to come back in glory in a Resurrection body in the presence of Jesus or do we want to be resurrected to torment similar to the zombies?

Sometimes reality is more horrifying than any horror show could ever be.
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