Month: February 2017

God’s Slow-then-Quick (STQ) Style

I know.  The title sounds like a Kung Fu special move.  Well, it’s not.

First, watch this to get in the mood:

I’ve noticed the Lord God, being the God that He is has a certain ‘style’.  It seems somewhat disrespectful to say the Lord has ‘style’ but I can’t think of a better way to explain it.  He does certain things a certain way more than once in the Bible and one of them in particular caught my attention.

I was reading about brother Joseph who ended up in the slammer for a really long time for trying to do the right thing.  I mean, he avoided being trapped in adultery (or even the appearance of it) by fleeing the scene and ended up getting imprisoned for a false accusation.  Not cool at all.

But the drama continued.  One day the ol’ Baker, Cup Bearer and the Candlestick Maker (ok the last guy wasn’t there) show up in jail.  Brother Joe correctly interprets their dreams and the Cup Bearer is free to go and promised to promote Joseph to Pharaoh.  No dice.  The Cupster forgets.  And Joseph gets the joy of spending yet more time in the slammer for the same crime he didn’t commit. Very, very uncool.

I was thinking about how much bitterness towards God could have filled his heart and about how many hours he must have spent in sadness and depression over his never-ending jail sentence.

But then it happened.  He was probably sitting there zoned out staring at the wall thinking about how much he wished he could get out of his hopeless life when it happened (underline added):

Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon: and he shaved [himself], and changed his raiment, and came in unto Pharaoh. (Genesis 41:14)

I picture the episode looking somewhat like this:

The servants of Pharaoh storm in, yell for him, find him, drag him full speed upstairs, throw him in the bathtub, drag him while he’s still buttoning up his last button and toss him in front of Pharaoh where he promptly interprets his dream and becomes Pharaoh’s right hand man.  Just like that.  Boom.  Done.

Real slow…

SLOW

slow_golfer

then a lot of quick..

QUICK

quick_old_golfer

But that wasn’t the only example of the STQ style.

Right after Joseph we see it again when the entire Hebrew Krew get stuck in Egypt as slaves for over 60 years.  This is real slow if you were wondering.

SLOW

slow_golfer

Then, Moses shows up out of nowhere and over the course of a relative blink of an eye this happens:

And thus shall ye eat it; [with] your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it [is] the LORD’S passover. (Exodus 12:11)

Not even time to pack a lunch or shut off the gas valve or turn down the hot water tank and the Lord has them driven out of slavery and out of the land of slavery.

QUICK

quick_old_golfer

Get my point? That’s the STQ style.

I have not done an in depth study on this, but what I expect to find out in my own life and through the experience of others is that the ‘slow times’ make us aware that the fast thing is from the Lord.  Perhaps if the slow wasn’t slow enough, we wouldn’t appreciate the fast deliverance?  I’m not sure.

But what I do know is that the Lord definitely has the STQ style…

Please reply in the comments to add more biblical examples of the STQ style.

 

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Seeking Truth

In the world there are many lies: some proven, some unproven, some spoken, some unspoken.

At one point I started collecting all of them here in my conspiracy catch-all post.  Sorry for the lack of updates, by the way.

There are negative terms created for people who have an interest in either exposing lies or seeking truth. Even if these terms appear positive, they are applied with a hint of mockery. Terms like ‘conspiracy theorists’, ‘tin hatters‘, ‘truthers’, etc.  I have not yet found a positive term for such a person, incidentally.  Perhaps the the least negative term I’ve heard is ‘eccentric’.

But one should not be surprised.  Satan (if you believe he exists) is the father of lies and has much authority here on earth until a certain undisclosed date at which point his kingdom and power shall end.  Until then, however, it should come as no surprise that people who live and promote lies seem to enjoy favour and benefits.  Conversely, it should come as no surprise that someone who investigates any of these potential lies too deeply would be girdled with negative titles and even ostracized as those with the most to lose, tend to be in control.

And for sure, I just lost at least 50% of the readers who won’t entertain the concept of a Creator or God in their lives.  No problem.  I welcome you back later to read this post.  All in due season…

Everyone on earth has a subconscious knowledge that everything is broken and corrupt to the core.  For some topics (ie. a presidential election, 9/11, privacy invasions, government controls, the monetary system, GMO foods, fluoride in water, etc) the issues have so many clear proofs and/or affect their daily lives so they are unable to avoid them and ultimately need to acknowledge them, possibly even taking action.  For other topics (ie. chem trails, flat earth, the existence of God and Satan, aliens, etc) there is either a lack of data available and/or the topic requires faith – a substance which cannot be purchased or conjured up.

Anyone who takes the step to explore truth about any of these topics, is free to do so.  They are told by most people in their circle of influence things like, ‘it’s a free world’ or ‘fill your boots’ or ‘go to town’.  At this point the truther (let’s use this term because quite frankly I like it) is somewhat encouraged and starts to dig deeper in the topic.  They start to share their ideas with friends, family and co-workers, and some of the truthers rock their proverbial boats and the status quo while ruffling their proverbial feathers, if you will.  It is at this point where the mighty chasm is dug.  As they peel the layers of lies away they realize there really is something here – and the feel compelled to share their findings with others.  I mean, after all, if you care about those around you and you’ve discovered that the air they are breathing is poison, it would only seem reasonable to offer them a gas mask to spare them from imminent destruction.

But, sadly, it seems non-truthers (I need a better term for that… lie-lovers? Nope. Too insulting… Even-Keelers? Nope.  Not clear enough.  Sheeple? Nope.  I don’t like the negative terminology as the Bible says we are the sheep of God’s hand. Lemmings…. really close but still a bit insulting.  Rat-racers?  Close again but used associated more with economics… The problem here is that there are ‘partial truthers’ out there and lots of them. They just may not be willing to look at some specific topics because the implications are too great.  We need a clear term to apply to someone when they are not ready (yet) to investigate (in detail) a topic.  Pardon the digression but I believe I have found a good term:

“The un-inclined” (hyphen added for clarity)

“an un-incliner”

I like this term because it simply means ‘not ready or willing to look at this topic (yet)”

Back to the topic…

…But sadly, it seems that the un-incliners of the world need to be in the right season of their lives, or have something happen to them to entertain the topic.  Whether you are discussing the existence of God or whether the earth is flat or round, it requires someone to be inclined to look at the topic in a certain amount of depth.  Some of the topics out there have too many implications to investigate and/or the person has already established a seemingly unbreakable position and there is little or no reason to discuss the topic with said person.

Example 1

A man was a drug addict unable to break the chains of addiction.  In his direct experience an unseen God enters his life, transforms him and removes his desire for the drugs.

It would be quite difficult to try to explain to this man that God is not real.

Example 2

A man has spent all of his life studying about the cosmos in accordance with the textbooks of modern science.  He has invested his time, his money, and his reputation into this topic.  He has even written articles with theories about how there could be life on other planets and how black holes might exist.  He knows everything about this topic and has acronyms after his name to back it up.

It would be a challenging conversation to try to have him entertain the thought that the earth could be flat and that the cosmos may not work the way he and the people around him believe it to work.

I have been thinking about how there has been no other generation like ours.  The only comparable generation I could find was the one that existed when the Gutenberg press came out.  The ability for us to instantly insert the thoughts and questions of our minds into a search engine and find someone who agrees or disagrees with us is absolutely incredible.

The ability for institutions to control, restrict, or limit truth has been nearly extinguished.  On the other hand, the ability for like-minded people to assemble (whether virtually or in person) and share their information and findings is difficult to stop.

It is most exciting when I go out and I hear people talking about stuff that might otherwise be hidden from public view.  Although it by nature carries with it the probability that liars can and will propagate a lie just as quickly, or a way of thinking, it also allows for those who seek the truth on a topic to find it on their own and with others on the same path.

Jesus said: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life”

Jesus Himself is the foundation of all truth.

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Flat Earth: Can We Trust Maps and Directions?

I was reading my Bible today when I encountered scripture that used the word ‘north’.  In the past, as soon as I would hear this word, the following two images would pop in my head:

compass

map_flat

My mind would automatically do this:

map_flat_north_up

But today, I started thinking about computer programming. If you code something in a computer to spit out a certain result, it doesn’t necessarily mean the result you see is true.  You could create a computer script that does this:

  1. Display question on screen: “2+2 = ?”
  2. If the person types “4”, then display on screen: “Sorry. You are incorrect. The correct answer is 3.”
  3. If the person types “3” then display on screen: “Correct! You got it right, champ!”

And so at the end of the day, if we are using a system created by man, we must, to a certain extent, trust the man and the system, which is, as we all know, problematic.

And so I starting thinking.  What if the face of the compass was shifted under the glass?  The physical needle still moves but the man who makes the compass simply shifts where the “N” is.  Suddenly, if we trust the compass, the world could look like this:

map_flat_north_shifted

And that is just the 2D map.

What about the supposed pictures taken by NASA of our earth from space?  This next composite images are famous and shows that the continents and their proportions never look the same twice:

2015-how-bigisthe-earth_nasa

Then, I went back to my Bible and started to look up the four cardinal directions to discover the following, and please click the links to see the Hebrew roots:

North: ‘tsaphown‘ meaning both ‘north’ and ‘hidden, dark, obscure region’ or even ‘northward’

East (1): ‘qidmah‘ meaning both ‘east’ and ‘the forward/front part’

East (2): ‘qedem‘ meaning both ‘east’ and ‘antiquity’

South: ‘negeb‘ meaning both ‘south’ and ‘dry and parched’ and ‘the southern area of Judah called ‘Nekeb’

West: ‘yam’ meaning ‘west’ and a whole list of seas (named) and ‘sea’ in general and – go figure – ‘mighty river (Nile)’ as well.

Hopefully by now from the list above you can make the connect between these cardinal definitions and my point about the compass.  If not, here are some probing questions:

  • Who made ‘north’ north?
  • Should the word ‘north’ have been translated as ‘cardinal hard direction north’ or ‘dark hidden region’?
  • Is ‘north’ the same for everyone on the earth?
  • Upon which map was ‘north’ plotted?
  • Is this map correct?

Let’s start with the map to make sure you caught up to speed.

Is the current map we use even the correct map?  Here is an enjoyable intro video to the topic to make sure you have not assumed ‘yes’ to be the answer:

Here is a fairly exhaustive link to a whole bunch of maps that are all, according to the author, incorrect:

LINK TO OVERVIEW OF MAPS AND THEIR ACCURACY AND TRUTH

But there is another map missing from this article and most other discussions and that is the Gleason’s map which is arguably not only more accurate but very intriguing in the fact that it perfectly matches our 24 our clock face – as do the time zones.  Take a few minutes with this flat earth-minded person who discusses the map and does some comparing and contrasting to our currently taught map:

Now let’s circle back (pardon cheap pun) to the compass.

If the very maps we use have clear problems including lies, opinions, political and social agendas, and more, and it is upon these maps which the coordinates of where we are and where we are going are plotted, then one really needs to ask oneself:

WHERE IN THE WORLD AM I, ANYWAY?

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Wayne’s Random Vegan Lowish Sugar Oatmeal Cookies

Vegan. Low(ish) sugar

+++ Wayne's Random Dairy-Free Somewhat Low-Sugar Oatmeal Cookie Things +++



 ** In a small/medium mixing bowl, stick a strainer thing on top and add:

-->1 cup of whole wheat flour

-->1 teaspoon (or more?) cinnamon

-->1 pinch of nutmeg

-->1 teaspoon of baking soda

**In another bigger bowl add:

-->1/4 cup brown sugar

-->1/4 cup white sugar (note that some have reduced this further with satisfaction)

-->1/2 cup of oil (I use whatever kind of oil is there, ha)

**Cream that bad boy up with your whipper machine thing that beats (note that some use a manual whisk...)

**Add to this liquidy oily mess:

-->1 teaspoon (maybe?) of vanilla extract fake stuff

-->2 breakfast cereal spoons of almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk or I
guess milk-milk if you like drinking cow milk

**blend it again.

**Dump in the flour mix.

**blend it again

Fold in:

-->3/4 cup of oats and then

-->1/4 cup of raisins (or more... or less..depends on how much you love raisins?)

make cookie balls

flatten them on a cookie tray (or don't) and then bake those bad boys
for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees (F? C?)
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Flat Earth vs Globe Earth: Why it Should Matter to Christians

You may have read my more general post called Flat Earth vs. Globe Earth and Why it Matters to You

This was a more generic discussion of the topic focusing on some of the challenges one faces when starting down the journey – Bible believer or not.

I would like to now address a more specific matter: Why the Flat Earth Should Matter to Bible Believing Christians.

I used the word ‘should’ for a very specific reason: there are many, many things in the Bible that form answers to the question “Who am I?”  Does the question ‘Who am I?” matter to you?  If not, there’s an exit at the back of the hall with the sign ‘Refiners Fire’ above the door.  Go there and then come back when you’re done.  You need some more time in the flames and disappointments of life, apparently.  For the rest of us who have already figured out that there must be more to life than the duplication of cells on a petri dish, let’s continue.

I have heard the following statements from well-meaning believers around town when I asked them to consider the flat earth:

  • It’s not a priority topic like salvation through Jesus
  • The Bible is not meant to be a scientific book
  • It doesn’t affect my faith in God so it’s not a priority for me

Does the answer to the question ‘who am I?’ matter?  It matters more than life itself.  Some people will cross continents, jump out of planes (with parachutes), do wild and death-dancing drugs, get married more than once because the one they married wasn’t their ‘soul mate’, etc, etc.  Some will even, tragically, kill themselves should they not in time find the answer to the question.

Indeed the answer to the question is more important than life itself.  We are here for a short time and what we do here is dictated by who we are.  If you think you are a meaningless piece of randomness floating through space just lucky enough to have ended up on the one floating ball with life on it, you will probably view the world a certain way and behave in accordance with those beliefs.  On the other hand if you believe that the earth is a flat stage and the entire cosmos  with the sun and moon was designed for you, spins around you, and was designed for you, you might act in yet a different way.  If you thought you were the afterthought of a ballot box shook up and thankfully chosen to not not exist, you might act one way.  However, if you thought that a Great Composer composed your life as a dramatic symphony for you, or an Amazing Artist painted this world as a piece of artwork for you and with only you in mind, you might think and act differently.

The answer to ‘Who am I?” is more important than life itself for if you don’t know who you are and why you are here – how then can you live at all?

So who are you anyway?

Have you heard both versions of the story, or have you only heard the story of your random nothingness?

What story are you going to believe when neither can be proven in a petri dish?

Here is a bullet point list of what I believe about who I am, by the grace of God, thanks to the faith He has given me:

  • there was a creative God of love who always was
  • at some point in eternity past, He sovereignly decided to create a place called earth
  • the purpose of God’s creation was to create a home for a new creation called humans with whom God Himself will commune and share His love
  • With amazing glory (see the cosmos), with unspeakable creativity (see how many variations of bees there are as a starter), and with great power (see Genesis 1) He, with His own matter-generating words of wisdom and power, spoke our earth into existence.
  • in Genesis and many other places throughout the Bible this place is described as an immovable flat plane on a solid foundation upon which lie the depths of the oceans and the breadth of the land and over which the stars, moon and sun circle and where a solid firmament exists – far above us and separating us from the waters above.
  • God crafted us with his hands, shaped us into His own image, and placed us at the pinnacle of His creation and then breathed His very life into us separating us from all other creation
  • God made us the focal point of His everything – the centre of His attention – the apple of His eye
  • This whole life is simply a stage upon which we act out the bitter-sweet scenes on our way to eventual and complete redemption

But there are those who cannot believe what I believe.  I don’t have the answers as to why, other than they have not received the faith to believe.  I now find anything that conflicts with the above set of beliefs to defy logic and the very heart that is found within me.  It goes against everything my intuition, conscience and even mind is able to tolerate.

And so this topic of the flat earth and cosmology matters greatly as it speaks clear answers to the question “Who am I?”

Our world has failed us time and time again.

The lure of ‘scientism’ and their wild and spiritual faith-based theories has done nothing more than to leave us empty and thirsting for the truth.  The more and more we thirst, the more and more they craft up theories to leave us more thirsty.

I have found the answer to who I am and now my life is incredible, and (bonus) my faith in my God of the Bible has reached levels I have not yet experienced.

I hope and pray that you will gaze into the cosmos and ask the question again:

“Who am I?”

 

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