Month: November 2016
(Audio Version at the bottom if you no like reading)
“I am a scientist and if I can’t back up a scientific fact with scripture, I question it’s validity” – Caroline Leaf
That quote just about sums it up. No matter what way you slice it, if you believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God, you will have to travel down this path with me because the Bible teaches a flat earth.
My position is simple in life these days. My default position is this:
- God is true
- All men are liars
Now that we have that out of the way, here is the expanded list:
- The Word of God is true
- The Bible is the Word of God
- The Bible describes the earth as geo-centric, not heliocentric
- The Bible talks about the world as being an enemy of God
- If the world is against God, then all of the worldly institutions that are in the business of teaching are also against God.
- Public education is ‘in the world’ (and it has also infiltrated the church, of course, and all of its institutions). Funny side note: it’s very funny to me that people complained when the Lord’s prayer was removed from school. I was more shocked it was ever there!
- The Bible teaches of a ‘great deception’ that will come at the end of the world where the whole world, and the weak Christians, will be deceived by the anti-christ in some kind of fraudulent (yet spectacular) world-wide show of pseudo-spirituality that looks somewhat divine.
And so that pretty much sums it up. I have no basis in the Bible to believe anything that comes from these institutions, other than directly observable evidence.
I also have every good reason under the sun to disbelieve every foundational believe system they use to teach anything that in any wise contradicts the solid Word of God. Some examples of these systems that I would question by default would be:
- geologic time measurements
- anything related to a heliocentric model of the earth
This does not mean that I would never believe these things, but it does mean that my default position is 100% disbelief and I will start my journey from that position.
The dialogue about the globe earth would therefore go like this:
A: The earth is round
ME: But the Bible describes the earth predominantly as flat-like so therefore I believe it’s flat until proven otherwise.
A: But what about the pictures of the round earth? that’s first hand evidence for you.
ME: I didn’t take those pictures, nor do I trust the institutions who did. All men are liars. It may be part of a great deception. NASA makes a lot of money to produce photos like those.
A: But what about my friend who went to space himself?
ME: I didn’t go with him. I don’t know your friend well. And where does earth end and where does space begin? And who decided that?
A: But scientists all believe the earth is round.
ME: All of these scientists came out of the same schools which all teach the same things about the world – much like how many theology students will come out of theology school with a bunch of knowledge about the Bible. Just because you are taught something doesn’t mean that it’s true. All men are liars.
A: But you can just take a telescope and look!
ME: Yes, and I have. The moon appears to be round with craters indeed. But I don’t believe a man has parked a 1960’s Volkswagen Beetle dressed up as a space ship on it. All men are liars.
And so the dialogue goes.
The problem is that I don’t have a lot of time to go and do a bunch of science. This leaves me in a position where I have to believe what is right for the amount of knowledge that I have, while slowly picking away at my own research.
As for me, I will believe God at His Word and I will enjoy the earth that way – in a child-like simplicity. I will look at the cosmos the same way that Abraham did and rejoice greatly in the beauty of God’s handiwork.
As the stars turn around this incredible stage called our life – all designed by a loving God for our enjoyment in whatever short few seconds we have left here.
In this I rejoice greatly and have much peace.
The Audio Version of this Post
I have come back to this awesome comic for nearly 10 years now. I finally had to log it here because it’s worthy.
I will eventually expand this to other areas of tech, but for now enjoy this!
Someone I know shared this text message conversation about a business decision really got me thinking:
Person A: What do you have to give up to get their $ ?
Person B: I don’t care what I have to give up as long as I get a small piece of a much larger pie. I’ve learned success is largely about the team.
Person A: If all you need is capital, don’t sell your equity – huge mistake…
In the past I would have agreed completely with Person A, however, as I started thinking, this sentence kept rolling around in my head which I couldn’t ignore:
“What is equity?”
Immediately after sentence began circulating I decided to look up the etymology of the word ‘equity‘ because, from my time in the Bible the only usage that I could remember was in terms of ‘justice’ or ‘fairness’ such as in the following quick example:
But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. (Isaiah 11:4)
So how did such a great and righteous word like equity become synonymous with owning a piece of a corporate pie?
I did further searching online and could not come up with an excellent answer that satisfied. There were many posts, links and sites pointing to the term equity in terms of law, but nothing that I could find related to this common practice of calling ownership in a company ‘equity’.
I have heard people recently use the term ‘brand equity’ which further proves that the term is shifting or has shifted from it’s original meaning of ‘fairness’ to this current meaning of ‘asset’ or ‘ownership’.
Almost every day we hear a sentence like this ‘He is building equity.’
Unfortunately, I must, due to a severe lack of time, throw in the towel of finding the answer to my question in the root or history of the word itself. I will appease myself by making up this historical assumption that “The word equity must have come from the fair, or unfair division of business or real estate assets amongst people and it’s relation to the courts use of the word ‘equity'”. In short, there were probably many unequitable deeds done in business by predatory and greed sociopaths so that the term ‘assets’ and ‘equity’ became synonymous. There. Good enough.
But… it got me thinking spiritually as well. At the same time I wondered what the word itself meant and where it was rooted, I also remember very clearly that Jesus taught about assets and ownership of things in this world. Here are some bullet points:
- But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Mat 6:33)
- Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Mat 6:19-21)
- Go to now, [ye] rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon [you]. 2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. 3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. 4 Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth. 5 Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter. 6 Ye have condemned [and] killed the just; [and] he doth not resist you. (Jas 5:1-6)
And there are more.
The crux of the matter is this:
- Whereas ye know not what [shall be] on the morrow. For what [is] your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. (Jas 4:14)
But wait, there is a bigger crux:
- The earth [is] the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. (Psa 24:1)
And the summary is this:
- The earth is the Lord’s. We didn’t make it. We can’t take it with us. We can’t own it. It’s not ours. We are tenants here for a short time.
- You can’t own anything. You think you own a house or a business but ask yourself this very simple yet clearly forgotten question: Can you own _____ forever? The answer is an obvious and child-like ‘No’.
So then, what’s wrong with selling 99% of your equity of your 1% can provide for the needs of your family, build a bigger, better, and more ethical company, and spread life and abundance to the world instead of death and destruction?
Isn’t it just a matter of who is on your team, not the size of your pizza slice that dictates all this?
Maybe I’m naive and maybe I’ll get hurt again because of it but life is a vapour regardless so I’m going to keep on the narrow path while I’m here.
This article on the ARRL website summarizes quite well the situation with ham radio – and radio in general.
Although it is exciting to be part of a club of radio enthusiasts around the world, one must question whether the licensing system on its own is a hindrance both to freedom and innovation.
The basic debate has these two sides:
Restrict Frequencies for Licencees
“By proving skills and taking tests, you can keep a higher quality of person on the frequencies. If we don’t do this we will have CB radio on ham frequencies”
Let Them Go
“By restricting access to the airwaves we all breath and share, you are exerting controls that should not be there – especially on a technology that enables humans to transmit data. By restricting the airwaves you are limiting both God-given freedom of speech but also innovation because the technology remains only in the hands of those who can (and will) exploit it for gain.”
And it’s a very great debate and one worthy of fighting for.
For anyone who appreciates truth, before you start believing blindly that there were ancient alien worlds on other planets, make sure you understand the following things about the stuff being provided to you by Nasa and their obedient dog named Rover… I mean Curiosity.
This image is a composite, not a photograph, nor something in our hands to look at ourselves
Their own website says ‘composite’ – go read it yourself.
Credibility of Crew and Landing Appears ‘Highly Questionable’ at Best
Just watch this and decide if you can trust the folks who bring you the news. I apologize for the periodic profane word here and there and the way he refers to ‘idiots’ but his presentation is solid. Make sure you make it at least to the Q & A session starting at 15:35 to get a real feel for the folks at top because it ought to really blow your mind…
So before you order these eggs, make sure at least they are real before you pay the bill …
Answer: No, I would definitely *not* purchase a used car from Adam Steltzner.
Thinking of buying the next iphone?
Make sure you review this important video to make sure it’s the right fit for you.
If you find it’s not, be sure to research the Ubuntu phone which is built on a totally different philosophy.
It’s very important to make it clear that the author of this blog is not L’il Wayne. I was blogging before L’il Wayne was a thing. Sorry L’il Wayne. Ain’t nothing but a chicken wing.
I’ve also noticed that these young bucks started a band called “Fountains of Wayne” which was clearly stolen from this blog. That’s ok. I forgive them because I actually like their Weezer-like direction of music. I’m going to let that one go, but just know that all their inspiration comes from me – Wayne Out There.
There is also a car racer named Wayne. I’m also not him.
And, of course, let it be known that I am not Wayne Gretzsky, though some have accused me of stealing fame from him. This is false accusation.
The original Wayne is HERE
Now that I’ve set the record straight, you go have yourself a nice day
Wayne Out There.
Really? Nothing to write about?
Is that possible in Ubuntu?
I could understand having nothing to write about in Apple, in Google or in Microsoft because you can only talk about what they let you talk about.
Perhaps in Apple you could write about your frustrations about how you own the only phone that can’t use a friend’s mini usb charger. Perhaps you could write about how you feel enslaved and want to break free and have something truly smart in your pocket. But after that there is absolutely nothing left to write about with Apple. It’s just a thing. It’s just electronic ‘stuff’ like a watch or a necklace or a running shoe (with batteries).
In Google perhaps you could write about how you know someone is watching you and you know you are being tracked and compromised for the free email you agreed to sign up for and that you are scared and don’t know what to do. But once that article is over, there’s nothing more to write about. It’s just spying and you aren’t willing to close your bedroom window curtains to stop it.
But in Ubuntu having nothing to write about is actually impossible unless you – personally – have lost the vision or, worse, never had it in the first place.
I didn’t come to Ubuntu because it worked better, looked better or could toast my bread with the usb device (although that would actually be pretty awesome – and go figure it already exists!). No, I came to ubuntu because it absolutely BLEW MY MIND (that’s the first time I’ve blogged italics and underline together like that I think) that a group of people could get together on a project and end up putting out something that TRUMPED (under-talicked again!) the above mentioned monopolists in both vision, potential, and freedom.
It was night versus day.
And it was exciting!
That was seven years ago and my excitement towards the project has only skyrocketed in the last year with Ubuntu in my pocket and convergence on the horizon.
Nothing to write about??? You should change the blog to WTFubuntu…
How about write about freedom and future?
How about write about revolution?
And if that isn’t exciting enough to fixate upon, you could publish testimonies of people who have been impacted by Ubuntu or who have impacted others.
I’m not trying to say you haven’t done some good informative stuff, because you have, but if you can’t find something to write about, please don’t publish something that makes it sound as if there is nothing to write about!
Maybe this is your problem. You wrote this:
Get In Touch (Seriously, We Love It)
Whether you’ve made an app, theme or nifty little script you’d like the world to know about, or have stumbled upon some fresh news you think we really ought to mention (and that hasn’t been covered to death elsewhere) please do get in touch.
1. Is an app newsworthy? Maybe if you are searching for one, but I’m not sure this is what stirs the hearts of the people and draws them to Ubuntu.
2. Is a theme or a script newsworthy? Not to 97% of the people I know. So how about not asking them for this nor publishing it moving forward? That will drive up interest in your blog by pure statistics.
3. If you angle something correctly you should be able to cover news from elsewhere *better* than others because you can publish about it from an Ubuntu perspective. To say you don’t want to cover news because someone else did makes me wonder about your passion as a writer.
But here is the bottom line. Perhaps the stuff you are writing about is not OMG at all. Perhaps you could start writing about bigger picture things. Not only would your own imagination run wild but you could use your great forum as a place to inspire the minds of people who are pretty darn uninspired out there.
Let us move forward inspiring the world with Ubuntu shall we?
A letter written to my friend that I felt was worthy of sharing to the world as well:
Now brace yourself for the rest since you asked!
Interestingly, about this time last year we made a decision to pull out of church-church. It’s a long story and had nothing to do with personality conflicts or even really theology, but it started with the fact that we could not find in the Bible any justification for Christmas and Easter but instead only proof that they were both pagan rituals brought into the church. When this was brought up it was immediately shut down. It started to make us really wonder because those outside of the church also shut us down in the same way. So it was observed that the unbelievers and the church were in agreement that Christmas and Easter were a good thing – and this is highly troubling if you think about it because the world should be pretty much against all things Christian (except for our good works). Satan is the prince of this world. So why was Satan’s folks and the church in full agreement about Easter? Even though perfect historical facts prove them to be based in paganism? So that was the start of my questioning about the church-church.
For me, on a personal level, and at every church I’ve attended I’ve been quite troubled by the following:
- existence of known and habitual sinning within the body of Christ (without rebuke or correction and ultimately excommunication – which is a clear directive in the Bible)
- a very serious lack of Bible understanding individually
- programmatic rituals which are not bad by themselves but when coupled with the above provide a perfect framework to spiritual death within the church (a feeling of godliness without the power)
- the fact that churches meet in buildings called ‘churches’ and people, especially Koreans, will say ‘Do you go to church?” which has an implied meaning of ‘Do you believe that Jesus is Lord and have you received him as your Savior and live your life for Him?” the two questions of which – as you well know – often have no correlation within the church-church
- the fact that ‘churches’ provide all their financial data, and the data of their members directly to the tax authorities strictly for a worldly benefit (tax numbers and tax benefits). See this post here as well about that.
- the bizarre reality of how people will drive all over their city commuting to ‘churches’ when their own backyards are spiritual graveyards and are ripe for the meeting of the believers together
- and more
In addition to the above challenges with the church-system, I have also personally and very deeply struggled with the lack of teachings about and help towards those struggling with (and yes these are all biblical sins) the following sins:
And you can run a few quick tests to confirm:
1. When was the last time you heard a preacher educating about how the sin of homosexuality works (spiritually) and how we are supposed to help homosexuals? Have you ever heard a preacher preaching about how we should reach out to these lost and hurting children of God?
2. When have you heard anyone preaching to/teaching a pre-married couple about the need to abstain from sexual interactions until the covenant is legal? Have you ever heard them preach/teach that perhaps it’s not even wise to do the worldly version of dating?
3. When have you heard anyone try to stop someone in their congregation from divorcing? Although I haven’t heard of it I’m sure there is a good chance this occurs regularly, but, when have you ever heard of a pastor boldly trying to stop them from committing adultery by re-marrying? Not ever once have I heard of a pastor doing this yet Jesus Himself said this:
Every one who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery Luke 16:18).
4. When has anyone preached about how to help a pornography-addict, set up a course, etc? Or have they just preached empty statistics about how many Christians are addicted to it?
You see? A form of godliness without the power. This was a big part of my struggle and even began to seriously bother my conscience as God opened my eyes.
A religious ritual void of the life-changing power of the Spirit is what I was seeing in so many traditional congregations around me.
In summary – a massive hypocritical lifestyle that stinks in the sight of God.
And that is just a piece of my spiritual situation.
There is another challenge I have with the church-church and that is that the pastors are doing the five-fold ministry by themselves. We have pastors who are supposed to shepherd the flock, but where are the apostles, the prophets and the evangelists?
And the proof of something being amiss in the way it’s going for the poor pastors around town is that pretty much every pastor I know is either stressed, sick, having marriage and family problems or all of the above. Seriously. I joke not. Yes, I’ve heard the argument that Satan is attacking them more, but I’ve started to shy away from that one over the last few years, although I don’t deny that Satan hates pastors.
The great news is that after pulling myself and the family out of the church-church for a while, and dedicating that time to home Bible studies with other couples and families and our kids, things massively started to change including, but not limited to:
- a greater hunger for the Word of God
- a greater hunger for and revelation of truth in general (ie. Christmas, Easter, flat earth versus globe earth, evolution vs creation, satanic influence in the school system, etc, etc, etc).
- a much better understanding of the world around me such as world events
- a much closer relationship with my direct family
- an improved relationship with the unsaved members of my family and their circle
- an increased excitement towards the things of God including holiness, righteousness, wisdom, hard work, diligence, etc, etc)
- an increased confidence that God is with us individually, inside of us
- an increased confidence that God is capable Himself, without the church-church to sustain our very life and stamp His seal of approval on me directly with His Spirit
- an increased hunger to find others who are like-minded and hungry for God
- an increased intimacy with the brothers and sisters we have found who love the Lord in a similar way
- an increased desire to do the will of God instead of my own will or the will of others around me
- more of God, less of us.
In short, we have been transformed through the experience.
We are daily seeking to build the small fellowship we have but we are not willing to compromise on the above for the vain benefit of telling someone which authorized church-church we are part of. We find no basis in the Bible for this and so we are not going down that road again.
However, don’t misunderstand and think that we are ‘outside of the church’. It’s quite the opposite. We ARE the church now. We are actually doing the stuff we see in the Bible and God is bringing (quite quickly) other believers around to share this with.
And hopefully something here was encouraging to your faith.
I expect that God will do a mighty thing in your life and the life of your new wife.
Be strong in the Lord and faint not.
Seek the Lord and ye shall find Him. Knock and the door shall be opened.
Blessings to you, brother!