I Just Couldn’t Help Myself…

I never do this. I swear I don’t. Ok, I RARELY do it. But today I did, and I didn’t hold anything back. It was because it was something that touched upon a particular nerve that, I confess, really is hard for me not to react to. It shoots to the core of so much of what I have labored in and wrestled with and battled over in my own heart and mind. It’s what you might call a “pet peave”, but then again, “peave” doesn’t really come close to describing how this particular attitude and mindset amongst Christians continues to aggravate me, to an ever-increasing degree, whenever I come across it. I came across it today here:

CONSPIRACY THEORIES. DON’T.

It reads as follows…

Conspiracy Theories. Don’t.

Should you pay attention to that idea of a conspiracy theory? Let’s dive into the Deeper Waters and find out.

Okay. I know right up that conspiracies do happen. People do try to cover things up and pull them off together. Usually however, we have some idea that this is definitely going on. Eventually, it all comes down on those who do it. For instance, Watergate was a conspiracy of sorts, and frankly, it didn’t really last too long.

The main conspiracies I’m talking about are the kind that are popularized by too many Christians and are also the same mindset found in a number of atheistic circles. For Christians, these often involves “satanic plots” to control our children and indoctrinate them. Much of the time, you know that the Illuminati has to be behind it all!

Because, you know, the main way to send that secret message is to go through the half time show on Super Bowl Sunday. How is it that the Illuminati managed to reach all these dancers and send a secret message to people watching the Super Bowl? Before going off on how it is something you think is part of hidden satanic symbolism, why not just consider something else?

Maybe it’s just a tasteless performance.

Now this is saying nothing about the morality of what goes on in said performances. I am not at all endorsing that. What I am saying is that you need to be on the watch for thinking that there are several conspiracies afoot. For a Christian, this can result in a heightened paranoia and to the rest of the world, you just look ridiculous. We already look ridiculous for believing in Jesus. There’s no reason to add to that.

Atheists don’t always do much better. You can think about plots in Christianity to destroy everything that disagreed with Christianity and then of course, the process of canonization, that was all just a total plot! Very rarely is any actual real historical study done on the topic. Unfortunately in our internet age, too many people find something on the internet and think it’s true. We all laugh at the idea of “I read it on the internet so it must be true”, but too many people have that same mindset.

The thinking also leads to a heightened arrogance. Sure, everyone else misses the main message, but I know what it is. I am not going to be fooled the way everyone else is. If you do not see it, well you just haven’t really reached this level of insight and thinking. Of course, a possibly even worse case could be that you’re part of the conspiracy.

One point to keep in mind when researching these claims is see who is being cited as a source. Too many times conspiracy theorists regularly cite each other and validate one another’s claims. Try to find a source that you think will be as objective as possible. Of course, total objectivity could be impossible, but try to get as close as you can.

For Christians also, please especially avoid conspiracies related to end times madness. I have seen too many times the idea of secretly implanting chips in us that are supposed to be the Mark of the Beast. Honestly, I have reached the point where my eyes just start rolling immediately at this. It’s not just because I’m a preterist. If you’re a futurist, you should avoid this as well.

There are far too many important things to study than the idea of possible conspiracies. If some Christians would seek to interpret their Bible as well as they try to interpret a show at halftime on Super Bowl Sunday, we’d all be better off.

In Christ,

Nick Peters

(my response is as follows…)

So, you basically see the apex of “paranoid Christian conspiracy theories” as centering around things like Satanic messaging embedded in Super Bowl half-time shows..?

I guess you can’t be faulted for that. There are after all bajillions of youtube videos which invest themselves in exposing and decoding such things.

However, I must interject as to your overall resistance to Christians being too “paranoid” about Satanic conspiracies in general. Since you clearly seem to be writing from the perspective of a Christian yourself, I am curious as to how exactly you parse this out, in relation to what the Bible actually has to say about Satan and his intentions towards this planet and the entire human race….

You make a rather puzzling statement how even though you’re a preterist, you believe that futurists should avoid getting sucked into “end time madness” as well. Not sure how you can claim to not have a certain amount of bias on that one, but no matter. As a preterist, how exactly DO you see history playing out, might I ask? Are we just going to keep “progressing forward” as things get better and better? Is there no Second Coming of Christ at all in your view?

Anyhow… Your article is more or less built around the typical argument of “Well of course conspiracy happens, but hey, they’re small and easy to spot, and so we should be able to make a distinction between those “realistic” examples of conspiracy, and the full on “crazy” ones…” (is that a fair description?) Yet, there are much bigger “substantiated” examples of massive-scale conspiracies than Watergate, and far more sinister as well…

Hitler and the Nazis “conspired” to eradicate Jews and the “non-desirables” from Europe (and ultimately, the world) through the implementation of a highly organized system whose sole function was to destroy human life with assembly-line efficiency. (I suppose you don’t think there was anything “satanic” going on with any of that…?) The rest of the world allegedly had no knowledge of this massive program (there were rumors, of course, but to believe in them would’ve mean believing a pretty intense “conspiracy theory”)

The Manhattan Project involved thousands upon thousands of people all working on various aspects of a project whose intention was to create the most devastating weapon the world had ever seen. It was as though an entire city was all working together on a singular secret project, yet the rest of the American public was completely unaware the whole time, until later when the project was disclosed.

The Federal Reserve as well was formed in secret, and confessed by the men who created it as something they “conspired” to do, using all sorts of chicanery to put the production of the U.S. dollar into their private control. (The “Federal Reserve” is definitively NOT a Federal institution, but a private bank). This is not “theory”, but open, documented fact.

But as to your question about “How is it that the Illuminati managed to reach all these dancers and send a secret message to people watching the Super Bowl?” The answer to that one is really quite simple, in that you obviously don’t need to brainwash every dancer on a stage for a performance filled with Satanic symbolism. (duh!) Every music video, every stage performance, and for that matter, every film, tv show, news program, etc., is produced, directed, and edited by a comparatively small number of people. Those are the people who can put whatever symbolism, message, meaning, or imagery they choose into anything they produce…. The people dancing and singing and acting and reading the teleprompters are really just living puppets.

But finally, as to your point about our belief in Jesus making us look “ridiculous” to the rest of the world…

You’d better believe the world is going to think you’re “ridiculous” for believing in Him, and if you think that’s something you need to try and mitigate as much as possible, then wow, that frightens me…

Think about it. You lament how Christians need to better interpret their Bibles, but when we pick up the Bible and actually read it, it is full of the most “fantastic” stories and ideas and claims you could imagine. It claims that God made man and woman, put em in a garden, then some serpent/devil creature comes along and tells them to eat it, and if they do, they’ll become like God, become “enlightened”, so they do it, but they don’t become gods, only trapped by sin, and then they realize they’re nude, get kicked out of the garden, etc., etc., God later floods the whole earth yet saves eight people. He raises up a people to be His own, saving them through plagues and miracles and seas that split in two and water that pours out of rocks. He smashes cities with parades and trumpets. He kills giants with pebbles. He turns kings into beasts, and makes other beasts speak. He closes the mouths of hungry lions, keeps people singe-free in fiery pits, and takes people on underwater ocean cruises inside the stomach of aquatic wildlife. Then this “Jesus guy” comes along, and whoa baby, does HE ever do some weird stuff. Making the blind see, the lame walk, casting out these invisible spirit things who apparently were taking control of people all over the place… He even was killed, and then was claimed to have risen from the DEAD and could walk through walls and teleport and such. Then they say He floated up into the sky, back to “heaven”, after which His followers stayed here and told everyone about it, and cast out these invisible evil things that are supposedly flying around everywhere, but we can’t see or hear them, and this Jesus guy is supposedly still alive and even “coming back” one day, yet, in this totally crazy book at the end, it talks about this “dragon” character and how he’s totally been fighting against this Jesus dude the whole time, and is going to try and kill everyone who loves him, and is even at some point going to gather “all the kinds of the earth” to make war against Him……

Yet… You don’t at all see the Bible itself that fully encompasses the “fantastic” and even the “conspiratorial”……?
(end of my original comment)

Now, there are only a couple other points I’d want to add to my already ridiculously long retort to this article.  First, to the pred-purple-jellyfish-crossota-millsae_10670_600x450oint insinuating that “conspiracy theorists” are guilty of the mindset “I read it on the internet so it must be true”.  You hear this all the time, and it’s really a sucker-punch, a pathetic attempt to discredit information or ideas by pointing to the fact that the internet played a part in the exchange of this information and ideas.  It’s really quite a tired and poor argument, honestly.  Never mind the irony that this accusation is itself being put forth in a blog post, on the internet (so should we disregard the author altogether as total nonsense because he’s sharing his thoughts online?) but the underlying implication going on here is that of course the people looney enough to believe in grandiose “conspiracy theories” or in such nonsense as the “illuminati” couldn’t actually have done their due diligence and looked for a weighty compilation of independent yet agreeing sources, or well-examined and authenticated evidence, no, they must have simply watched some youtube video made by some unemployed, anti-social middle-aged bum living in their parent’s basement.  It’s just substituting insult for argument.  Such accusations and ad hominem attacks come from people who have never even heard of, let alone looked into themselves, such vast compositions of true, bona fide research and data-analysis as found in things like Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth.  (oh wait, sorry, that’s a link for a website, and if it’s on the internet, it must be baloney…) 😉  I guess that’s why corporations, governments, media outlets, etc. all have chosen to eschew putting their information online as well, because it would only serve to discredit them….(!?)

deep-sea-creatures-002Secondly, there is the other common claim that “this thinking also leads to a heightened arrogance”.  It’s funny, because this is exactly the SAME sort of thing you hear on a regular basis from atheists and other non-Christians who find your claim that the Jesus is the only way to God, that heaven and hell are real, and that all the other religions are false and deceptive to be the absolute epitome of arrogance!  All the belief systems are wrong, and deceived, and leading people to hell?  Why, what narcissism!  What gall!  As though the people who have come to put their faith in Christ and His word have done so simply as a function of their own internal desire to be above everyone else, to condemn them, and have some sort of self-created sense of exclusivity in the world…  Yes, atheists can be pretty adept at smacking Christians around with this one, and yet Christians will then turn right around and use the exact same logic to try and silence their brothers and sisters who they find to be totally off the deep end…fish

But alas, I AM off the “deep end”, learning to embrace the tides of life and let the currents take me, instead of hiding in my own little cove and pretending that entire roaring ocean doesn’t exist.  And the further I go into those “Deeper Waters” Mr. Peters, the deeper they seem to get.  The weirder, and crazier and more amazing and beautiful and scary and awesome and almost unbelievable they become.  Only HE can plumb the depths of all that is and has been and will be in this vast and incredible universe that He has made, but He has promised to be with us, always, as we swim through even the darkest, and deepest, and most shark-infested of waters…

 

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One Of The Best Things I’ve Seen About the “Rapture”. Ever.

Don’t know what I could possibly add to the sentiments he puts forth in this vid. I just agree with everything he says with a hefty Amen…

(Ok, I’ll just add that RSE’s recent video on the persecution of believers in the Last Days, the “global cleansing”, is also very good and I’d highly recommend it!)

Perplexonomics…

ar13039324114432  Recently I’ve wound up watching some documentaries and doing some extra reading that has delved deeper into the practice known as “fractional reserve banking”. Now, many people have varying levels of understanding as to the way in which the Federal Reserve (which is of course “neither Federal, nor a Reserve”!) essentially prints money out of nothing. Paper money, with nothing to back it, and they can simply print as much as they want, as often as the want. Ah, the beautiful, horrific reality of our fiat currency… But what has been really quite amazing to me, is to learn how the Fed is really only the first step in the process of “money-out-of-nothing” creation. Indeed, as I have come to understand it with my limited, ever-so-not-fiscally-inclined brain, it could be said that things like the Federal Reserve, and Central Banks in general, going all the way up to the IMF and World Bank, are all really just pieces of what could be described as the “global fractional reserve banking system”.

But what is fractional-reserve banking? Let me turn to a completely “non-conspiratorial” source for a simple explanation. The site learningmarkets.com gives a very simple and easy to follow outline. It explains how banks are able to loan out 90% of the deposited money they have “on hand”, and at the end, this very by-the-book explanation fully admits that through this process, more money is created! They show how an initial investment of $100,000 can grow into $1,000,000, under a ten percent reserve requirement.

But hey, so what? Isn’t that what banks are supposed to do? Reloan their money to other people, in order to make interest? Isn’t that how the “economy works”? How they “grease the wheels” of industry by keeping the liquidity flowing?

Well, we’ve been conditioned our entire lives to think so, and really, scrutinizing something like the banking system is really the perfect primer for coming to understand the whole bizarre genius of how to “hide something in plain sight”.

I used to listen to an almost embarrassing amount of National Public Radio. Every day, you’d listen to them rattle off the numbers. The Dow. The S&P. The Nasdaq. Is the Fed going to keep interest rates at an all time low, or are they going to raise the rates and send the whole economy teetering over the edge? Are the job numbers up or down? How is the dollar stacking up against the Yuan or the Pound or the Ruble? Oil cost how much per barrel today?

What if I told you banks create money out of nothing by typing numbers into a computerBut it’s really all just total fluff. Smoke and mirrors. Utterly meaningless noise. When you start to learn the ins and outs of where money “comes from”, beginning with central banks such as the Federal Reserve, and then on through all the various “smaller” banks who loan the money out on interest, over and over again, you begin to quickly realize how completely detached the “state of the economy” really is from anything as tangible as the actual work being done by actual living, breathing human beings.

We’ve all heard the politicians go on and on about dealing with the national debt”, or the “debt crisis”, or maybe you’ve even come the place where you understand that we in fact live in a completely debt-based economy. Yet, this still only scratches the surface, because as humans, we are inherently inclined to assume that all debts have to first start out somewhere as being based on things with actual value. And herein lies the rub, the core reason which makes this whole “debt-based system” so insidious. The travesty is not that we, either as a nation or as individuals, are “in debt” in the sense that we owe anyone a bunch of money. Rather, our money IS debt in itself, if that makes any sense whatsoever…

In a long but incredibly insightful documentary I watched last week, it made the most poignant statement about “credit”. They said, “Credit simply means to believe”. And after a bit of reflection, I realized, this was quite true. When you “give someone credit” for something, you believe they did something or will do something. When a lender “extends credit” to someone, they are essentially saying “We believe that you will pay us back”. But the crazy thing is, when it comes to money, and indeed, this entire juggernaut system as a whole, it is really OUR belief, in IT, in THEM, that makes it all work. It is simply us, giving “credit” to the worthless paper money (or worthless digital money, etc.) that gives it any value in the first place. It is manufactured out of thin air, and then multiplied countless times over, again out of thin air, and the only thing which allows this counter-intuitive and completely illogical system (i.e. racket) to operate is our own collective, acquiescence and participation.

Ok. Now, for me, the confusing part was to then stop and wonder, “But how could all money be worthless? There is obviously such a thing as ‘realwhoa2 wealth’ in the world. After all, isn’t that what the banksters are greedily trying to get their hands on, by benefiting from what is essentially a “too-big-to-fail” Ponzi scheme..?” And the answer is, of course there is such a thing as ‘real wealth’, i.e., things that have real, intrinsic value to human beings. (those things fall on a sliding scale of course, depending on how they fit into our current given scenario according to the whole ‘hierarchy of needs’) That real wealth, the real “stuff”, is what’s at stake. From the work we do to make it all “go”, to the food we eat, the water we drink, the houses we live in, and the land everything sits on.

Jesus said, “the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil”, and we all tend to simply think of this statement as a denouncement of generic greed, the basic coveting of another’s actual goods, an interpretation which of course is completely accurate. But there is a sense in which we can step back, and wonder if at the same Christ’s words don’t just as much cut through to the love of the system of money itself. The inherent nature that money has, as a system, to be manipulated, to represent everything, anything, and nothing. Money is a mechanism, which on the surface we look at as a necessary means by which we have a tool for common trade, a language for commerce, a “standard” by which we’re all allegedly playing by the same underlying rules. Only we aren’t. Money, particularly debt-based money, in an overall debt-based economy and society, is simply geared towards one thing, complete takeover. It is by far the most effective tool Satan has in his arsenal for building a global infrastructure that at some stage will be put in the hands of his false messiah. Some Christians still believe this is a coming reality, others do not. Of those that do, there are still a great many of them who do dare to recognize that this system is constantly being knit together all around them, and has been for quite some time now. It is not some thing coming over the horizon, something that will manifest suddenly after the saints have been safely whisked off to the clouds, but is being implemented right now, and we see it on our televisions and hear it on the radio every single day, and for the most part we continue to think of it as just “the way the world works”, as something normal, and although perhaps full of corrupt individuals, not a corrupt and insipid system in and of itself. Not the Faustian deal that it ultimately is…

illuminist_banksters_creating_money_out_of_nothing_lending_n_charging_interestScripture says, “There is nothing new under the sun”, and we see this truth born out once again, as the lie told in the garden by the serpent comes full circle, back to us in this late chapter of history, where he beckons us to exchange that which has true value for something that is in the end empty, and worthless, and fake. Let us cling to the words of the Son, who said:

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matt 6:19)

Some Fed. Reserve / Fractional Reserve Banking videos/documentaries worthy of note:

Century of Enslavement: History of the Federal Reserve by James Corbett
The Money Masters
The Federal Reserve Explained in 3 Minutes
George Carlin spills the beans on those who own everything (just for fun…)

“But It’s Just Entertainment… (Right??)”

Screen-Shot-2014-10-27-at-5_10_30-PMLast weekend Jim Carey hosted SNL, and started off with his monologue dressed as “Helvis”, a horned-Baphomet version of Elvis, singing a song about pie, (which itself has some interesting metaphorical suggestions…) I found this video done by “the vigilant Christian Mario”, a person who I’ve come to appreciate a lot of the vids he’s put online, and this is a particularly well-done treatment of both the recent appearance of Jim Carey on Saturday Night Live, in which on top of the Hellvis performance, he does in fact take part in a sketch where he his senile character claims “I’m a senior member of the Illuminati”…. Hmmmm. What a hilarious thing to poke fun at. How odd that mocking God, as well as mocking the existence of true Satanism, should be such a common punch line in the entertainment biz….

Wrap an odious truth in a seemingly sarcastic, over-the-top joke, and no one will take it seriously. It’s one of the tactics used by the “Lizard Overlords” 😉 that I’ve come to almost have to admire for it’s sheer genius.

Anyhow, the video below goes into briefly touching upon the overall topic of Illuminati control of the entertainment industry, and then goes into further detail on Carey’s career in general and how the themes of Gnosticism and “Illumined philosophy” can clearly seen to be a constant stream throughout it. Since part of my own blog’s theme/imagery has borrowed extensively from Carey’s film “The Truman Show” since I started writing it, I felt it was a worthwhile thing to bring up, since Mario does a great job explaining how the Truman Show really does embody all kinds of gnostic symbolism, and really portrays the gnostic worldview overall, whereby God is really the evil one, the bad guy, and Lucifer is the savior, the one who frees mankind from God’s tyrannical rule by giving the gift of knowledge… As a Christian who fully opposes the Gnostic belief system, I chose to use the imagery of The Truman Show, because much like the film “The Matrix”, it ironically can actually be employed as a very useful metaphor for either Gnosticism OR the gospel, depending on how you interpret it.

The basic concept of “the matrix” is itself quite an applicable one, the main question is that of who you believe is the one ultimately responsible for pulling the wool over the world’s eyes…

Why Is The Propaganda Box Producing So Many Shows About Living Off The Grid..??

Last night my wife and I saw this preview for a new upcoming reality show on TLC:

I confess, we watch a fair amount of reality tv shows in our house. We were there to see Jon and Kate’s marriage dissolve on national television, chain-smoker Phil finally die of a heart attack on Deadliest Catch, Honey Boo Boo fart-joke her way into the hearts of millions, and the Duck Dynasty clan celebrate their combination of million-dollar holdings and down home swamp family values. But lately, over the past couple of years, we have noticed an interesting trend in the pseudo-reality show realm, the increasing number of programs that in some way or another involve people living, by choice, in circumstances less than all of what modernity has to offer.

First there were all these “Survivalist” shows featuring guys like Bear Grylls, or that other survivalist guy, or the survivalist duo of guys, or the survivalist married couple. Lots of eating grubs and drinking from coconuts etc. Then you started seeing all these shows based in the wilderness of Alaska, like “Ultimate Survival Alaska“, on the National Geographic channel, where four teams were racing through the Alaskan wilderness, having to traverse all kinds of natural obstacles.   A litany of Alaska-themed shows has sprung up, such as “Alaska: The Last Frontier” and  “Life below Zero“, (which is actually pretty good), both of which feature families and individuals trying to live off the land.  There’s “Out of the Wild”, and “Alaskan Bush People“, the latter being a show which featured a family in very much the same manner that this new TLC show appears to be imitating and trying to expand upon.  To the east of Alaska, our Canadian neighbors have given us “Ice Lake Rebels“, which documents the lives of those living as inhabitants of house boats on a lake frozen for most of the year in Yellowknife Bay in the Northwest Territories.  The show “Mountain Men” features (of course) mountaineer-types living off the land in Alaska, the Rockies of Montana, and the Appalachians. But this new “reality” genre goes far beyond the Frozen North, with shows like “Naked and Afraid”, “Live Free or Die“, and “The Legend of Mick Dodge“.   Mick Dodge is a man who the cameramen follow around the forests of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, where he has lived as a sort of mick_dodgeroaming woodsman for decades now, bivouacking in mossy tree stumps and caves, eating things like wild mushrooms and fresh salmon.  In a similar vein, I have also taken notice of several shows dealing with various “prepper” topics, such as “Doomsday Preppers“, “Doomsday Castle” and “Doomsday Bunkers”.

There are really too many shows like this to try and list every last one of them, but you get the gist. The real question for me however, has been, “Why exactly are they so keen to highlight this broader topic, with all of it’s subcategories and tangential pursuits…?”

Obviously, the surface-level answer would be simply that an increasing number of people are interested in these kinds of “alternative” lifestyles, whether they are actually interested in possibly trying it out themselves one day, or simply because the mundane routine of suburban living has somehow made the act of watching someone eat larvae out of a log or try not to freeze to death overnight seem entertaining when compared to the thrilling adventure supplied by driving our climate-controlled S.U.V.’s to the grocery store and back. But I would say that just because a large segment of the population finds a topic interesting/appealing, doesn’t automatically mean that the controlling hands at the helms of the major networks will oblige and produce content in that direction. There’s always a reason. Always an agenda.

Has anyone else noticed this surge in going-back-to-nature programming? Could this spate of survivalist, living-off-the-grid t.v. shows really have something to do with being a response to the increasing number of people getting weary of things like smart-meters and endless energy-rate hikes and internet surveillance..? Do you think it does more to romanticize and glorify these kinds of less-is-more approaches to life, or do they in the end actually serve to show just how difficult, if not darn near impossible, such a goal is in the societal context we now find ourselves in? Is it being relegated as something that is nice to imagine, but not so much to personally attempt, in some lame wave of reverse-psychology against giving any serious consideration as to how we might take tangible steps towards detaching ourselves from this artificial and entropic matrix closing in all around us…?

What do you think, does it work towards portraying the people who are living by such ideologies as brave and ingenious, or as crazy as paranoid?

Whistleblower Wednesday: Zach Taylor

This man is a veteran of the U.S./Mexico Border Patrol, and speaks with acute lucidity towards the connections between things like the open Southern border, FEMA activities, border patrol agents having their ammunition rationed, the spread of diseases such as Ebola, and how all of these pieces amount to evidence of “asymmetrical warfare” against the infrastructure of the United States, in what can only be determined to ultimately serve the aims of globalism.

Those Pesky Blue Pills…

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Even if it is one of the most overused clichés in the so-called “Truth Movement”, it is of course only so because it so aptly ‘encapsulates’ the whole concept of the choosing to believe the truth, no matter how difficult, vs. choosing to believe simply whatever is most appealing.

“Why oh why didn’t I take the blue pill” Cypher cynically pondered…

Why indeed. Why does this loop persist. This regular pattern of questioning whether everything somehow came together in my life under some kind of cosmic, providential plan which allowed me to be able to finally look out from underneath the matrix of meaningless noise, to peak my head above the canopy of trees in hopes of getting a glimpse of what the real sunlight looks like, or whether it’s all just the total reverse, and the reason I finally turned towards embracing such a view of the world is simply because the trajectory of my own personal life has been so less than what I may have desired it to be.

Maybe all this nonsense about apocalyptic notions and eschatological musings is just my own blue pill. The one that eventually replaced all the other ones. The one that seemed to suffice in place of facing up to my own feelings of being a poor husband, or a poor father, or just a piss-poor disciple of Jesus in general. Even if it is all true, it can still be a way of escape, can it not? Another “layer of control”, one that I chose, one that I continue to build around myself with every word I come back and write in this silly blog…

Last night I watched the Scorsese film “Shutter Island” starring Leonardo Dicaprio, a chilling portrayal of how a man who lost his mind and wound up in a mental institution after enduring a horrific episode involving his wife and children, and the entire movie weaves it’s way through the “mystery” of the island, which is really nothing but an intensely elaborate conspiracy hallucination which he has conjured in his own mind, in order to not be faced with the nightmarish reality of what really happened in his own, real, life. A chilling portrayal of how blue pills don’t always have to be “uppers”, that rely on releases of chemicals in the brain that make you feel positive feelings, like ice cream, or zoning out to an afternoon of football on a Sunday, or buying that new something, anything, just purchasing for the sake of the buzz of having something new, only to throw it in your trunk and drive home and never touch it again. Blue pills can be dark rides themselves, their own prerequisite for success is that they replace something you want to experience even less.

I have spent so much of my life judging other people, not for the typical stuff like their stance on abortion or homosexuality or whatever, but essentially for being blue pill poppers. What a joke. I am surely a hypocrite, as my own blue pills are only different in the dispensers they happen to come out of. As it is, I barely speak to anyone in my extended family, and it was that way long before my perspectives on something like 9/11 or global politics or the spiritual realm veered in a radically different direction than theirs. My wife and kids need someone who can inspire and encourage them, and my fallback position has always been to resort to some rambling, semi-coherent diatribe about why this alleged historical account is inaccurate, or why that system is wrong, or why the institutional church is corrupt, or why everything and everyone is somehow stupid in their own special way. Sure, the joy of the Lord just pours out of me… I don’t want this crap anymore God, do You hear me? Plug me back in, stick me back in the power plant, fix me somehow, make me “normal” again, if I ever was in the first place. I am so tired. The bitterness always starts to seep back in, finding some crack, somewhere, and infecting everything. Why can’t I just be a semi-regular person, and let stuff go, and just eat the juicy, delicious steak, and stop asking if it matters whether or not I know it’s not even really there.

There are those who believe that the God Himself is the ultimate blue pill. The conjured escape. The chosen delusion. The matrix supreme.

I think I am quite tired of trying to convince such people to the contrary. I am probably as equally tired of trying to convince those who do believe in God, but then have a total fantasy-level amount of faith in the world around them, as if God really does “bless” the rest of the world through bombing campaigns, and piles of paper money, and Monday Night Football, and Elvis.

When I was sailing around the Caribbean as a younger, thinner person, we once stopped at some island in the eastern edge somewhere, can’t remember if it was St. Vincent or St. Lucia, or where exactly. There was a cliff, not far from where the boat was moored, which curved around part of the island, that I liked walking to, and climbing up onto the tall, smooth, sentinel-like stones which lined the bottom of the cliff. I remember sitting there and watching the sunset, and thinking about how far away everything else I knew to be going on in the world felt in that moment. Thinking about how that picturesque spot had always been there my whole life, and I would’ve never imagined it in a million years, and it was like somehow that place just stuck in my mind as this moment, this place, where for a brief moment I stepped outside of my mindless running, and just sat, and listened, and looked, and saw the world without looking at anything through the eyes of man. Every so often I will think of that place, and wonder if some day I’ll ever just say to heck with it and buy a ticket to the Caribbean in order to go search for that place, but of course I know I never will. Perhaps, one day, I will instead sit on those tall rocks overlooking the calm of the warm ocean waters, and Jesus will sit next to me, and the sunset will last as long as it needs to, as He explains all that my heart has ever wondered about, ever wrestled with, and all the blue pills will have washed away with the tide, and nothing will scream inside again.

The Z Factor…

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So I seem to be having zombies on the brain lately. Maybe it’s cuz of the recent Canary Cry zombie episode, or maybe because my wife and I watched the 2009 flick “Zombieland” the other day when there wasn’t anything else on tv…  Zombie movies/shows really aren’tguns our thing, but the fact that Woody Harrelson was in it made it moderately entertaining, so, there it was, the rare moment we engage in anything zombie-themed, yet it did make me stop and think a little more about this whole pop cultural phenomenon which surprisingly has shown little sign of slowing down, and what it all might really mean…

Do I think the prospect of a true, literal “zombie apocalypse” is super likely? No. Not really. I mean, sure, stranger things have happened, and stranger yet are probably yet to happen, but still, I honestly don’t see the full-on “Dawn of the Dead” scenario taking full global effect as in the movie “World War Z” (which, ok, I confess I saw that one too…) So what is the zombie meme really all about then? Is it jzombie_apocalypse_motorcycle_3ust some kind of media reflection of a darker side to our collective psyche, some kind of statement about our suppressed inner desires to unload copious amounts of buckshot into bipedal creatures with no moral repercussions? Is it just about senseless violence and an immature fascination with gore? Does it somehow tie into perpetrating the whole theme of “pandemic” which is fleshing itself out in the contZombie-Bikeext of Ebola right now…? Perhaps…

One thing that really struck me as I reflected on the undercurrent of thought that is prevalent in virtually every zombie piece, is just the basic concept of how “zombification” basically takes people, human beings who were once sacred and valuable creatures, imbued with inherent rights and moral realities, and reduces them to essentially being quasi-human garbage, rendering them essentially useless for anything other than filling a screen-play with a hundred different creative ways of dispatching them.

Now, the question of whether zombies are a “real thing” is certainly an interesting conversation, and I’m not dismissing it, I’m simply finding myself at the point where I can’t help but also wonder, “What if the ‘zombie concept’ is just more of a Hollywood portrayal of a frighteningly real lego-zombie-apocalypsemanner in which certain people actually view the world right now…?” What I mean is, we watch these films and shows, and everyone assumes that the “non-zombies” are just representing us, the regular people who haven’t yet been bitten and contracted the “zombie virus”. The assumption always inherent in the perspective of the protagonists in the zombie apocalypse genre, is that it’s come down to a question of outright survival, and surviving is going to mean having to stomach some rather unpleasant sights, sounds and actions. In order for your own brains to not wind up on the dinner plate, you’re going to have to get over your sentimental attachments and pull that trigger when a drooling Aunt Beatrice comes trying to break down your door. If there is one thing that is virtually ubiquitous in all zombie fare, it is the notion that there is no saving these “people”, if in fact you could even call them that anymore. They are indeed now less than people, and more like a horde of roaches that has infested a building, with no remedy other than to 1e4a83cterminate every last one of them with extreme prejudice.

Ok. I realize I’m stating the obvious here, but just wait. But the thing I don’t hear anyone asking about yet is this:

What if “zombies” are really just a metaphor for the way we are already regarded by the “elites” right now, as we speak…?

What if the “meme” exists, more than we realize, only without the need for viruses and pandemics, no brain feasting, nor any of the Hollywood make-up showing rotting flesh and moaning undead… What if it’s just a metaphor for the “solution” to be eventually carried out on us? What if we are the “zombies”, in the eyes of certain individuals who sincerely believe they have transcended our mindless existence, and thus the non-stop fascination with the zombie theme is really just a twisted way of getting us to accept this on a subliminal level?zombie_00272224

To be honest, I almost find this idea more terrifying than the conventional prospect of a “zombie apocalypse”, yet I must say I also find it much more realistic. How many times, and in how many ways now, have we seen one new meme after another sweep through the media, through entertainment and “news”, and work to somehow convince us all to accept things and ideas which ultimately serve to make us agree to our own societal imprisonment, accept the surveillance of our own citizenry, embrace the poisoning of our food and water, and eventually, zombie_apocalypse_demotivatorultimately, acquiesce to the perceived need to cull a large percentage of “undesirables” from our midst.

I have to say, ever since I started pondering this whole idea, every time I see anything zombie-related, I just think eugenics, and it gives me the creeps. People today look back at Auschwitz and Buchenwald and shudder at the horror of how millions of people were systematically eradicated, without remorse, and yet we turn around and watch countless movies and tv shows portraying the same thing going on, (only usually on a global scale), and it’s accepted as being simultaneously logical, and entertaining!

The lies of occult-based Nazi Aryanism once convinced the Germans that the Jews were “sub-human”, the scourge that needed to be cleansed from the earth.  Perhaps today we should be cognizant of whatever new means of defining a classification of “sub-humans” might arise, or already be arising, as well.

The “Disney-fication” of the Enemy…

mickey-mouse-david-m-cookRecently I was listened to the latest episode of God’s Property Radio, where they interview Russ Dizdar, and towards the beginning of the conversation, they touched upon what I thought was an extremely interesting and important point. Same, one of the hosts of GPR, mentioned how he had heard Tim Kilkenny of Revelations Radio News (another one of my podcast favorites) talking about the “Disney-fication” of the devil, how it so perfectly described so much of what has happened within “Western Christianity” in regards to the prevalent attitude held towards the existence of things like the demonic realm, spiritual warfare and “radical evil” as a whole.

This really struck a chord with me, because it really gets to the heart of so much of what I have myself personally wrestled with, and also encountered as I’ve tried to engage other people, both Christians and non, in talking about things like the “New World Order” or 9/11 or what-have-you. As I listened to Sam and Dan from GPR talk with Russ about it, it just really made sense. It clicked. This is really the point that first has to be addressed, when trying to get someone else to recognize what it going on in the world today. When you are trying to discuss the effects of radical evil in our culture, government, society as a whole, it is like talking to a brick wall, if that person is coming from a perspective where they don’t believe in “radical evil” in the first place.

I confess that it’s sort of sad that I’m so slow to realize the depth of something like this, when I myself took SO long to really come to such an understanding myself, but I suppose that is also why coming to an understanding of Genesis 6 or the “Satanic underground” was really so ground-breaking in terms of my own worldview. Suddenly, through the perspective of realizing that not only is the Devil “real”, but has been so intricately involved in interfering with the affairs of mankind since the beginning, I found myself looking at the Bible itself in a whole different way. It became more “alive” in a sense, more “life and death”, the description of a cosmic battle for the eternal destinies of the souls of men and women… Suddenly, the Bible was anything but a dry, boring book on Theology, but the most mind-blowing and fantastic account of the history of everything disneydevil2I had ever heard. Truly, I suddenly found myself realizing that when one takes the Bible totally at face value, the Truth is most definitely stranger than any piece of human fiction…. 😉

You hear all kinds of knee-jerk responses to the idea of “Conspiracy”. It’s the stuff of loons. Paranoid misfits. People who can’t deal with reality.

Interestingly enough, I have come to accept the reality that if one claims to believe in the reality of the Bible, then one is faced with the most massive “conspiracy” portrayal of all time. Jesus says of Satan, “He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44) Think about that statement… The father of all lies! From the beginning of human history, in the Garden of Eden, we see the serpent, infiltrating the perfect Creation and using deceit to lure Adam and Eve away from their intended place. After the Fall, God prophesies about the one who would crush the serpents head. From this account in Genesis, through to the end of scripture, where God reveals to the apostle John how the Beast will rise at the end of the Age, we see this “conspiracy” at work, the Rebellion, led by a fallen angel, pulling as many hearts away from the Redeemer as he can.

When speaking with Christians today on the topic of Satan, or the occult, or demonically-related things, the kind of response you so often hear is “Let’s not give the Devil more attention that he deserves”, or “God doesn’t want to fixate on so much negativity, I like to focus on the positive”, or better yet “We shouldn’t have an unhealthy interest in such things, it’s borderline idolatry”… (At least, these are all examples of stuff I’ve heard myself)
We have indeed “Disney-fied” the devil, to the point where he is little more than an generic yucky idea, a concept, a myth even. He might as well be the villain in a Disney cartoon, someone who is part of the “story”, but isn’t something we believe we’d ever have to personally face, and certainly not a literal being who has shaped the nature and formation of a “Christian” country like the United States!

For me, growing up in the church, my concept of the demonic realm, and spiritual warfare, basically consisted of the idea that if Satan/demons tumblr_m2a7ulcFAX1qjszcdo1_5001were to “engage” in influencing people, it more or less just consisted of them somehow hovering over person a making them feel “bad” or “negative” or maybe tempting them to sin. Sort of the “Frank Peretti school of the spiritual realm.” Now, I’m not saying there isn’t a large degree of validity ot that sort of thing (the “flaming arrows” of the Evil One), but just that this is where my concept of what was possible came to a stop. There was really no room to consider the possibility of things like “portals” and “gateways”, ley-lines and spiritual “power-grids” which encompass the globe, thumbantediluvian structures with demonic hybrid connections, or even the basic concept of angelic beings having DNA themselves. Like so many others, I would read passages referring to things like the “Prince of Persia” and go “Huh… Wonder what that’s all about”, and then move right along, having no framework through which to truly understand the idea of territorial angelic beings, i.e. “tribal gods”…

Anyhow, the point is that I have become ever so thoroughly convinced that we are not “elevating” Satan or giving him “undue attention” by speaking out about the reality of his rule over this fallen, temporal world.  One needs only to look at the teaching of Jesus Himself to see just how much the Messiah actually spoke about Satan, about hell, and about how this invisible reality is waging war against us all the time.  We cannot fight an enemy by pretending that he is some cartoonish figure, instead of the Father of all Lies.  The problem with those who object to calling out the Enemy for who he is, and what he is doing, is that they falsely assume that the danger is in making Satan out to be “too big”, rather than the danger being in actually making God too small….

So I got to see the Lunar Eclipse last night…

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Thanks to my son’s ever-so-fun bout of casein-related sleeplessness, I was up until about five o’clock this morning, which gave me the chance to check out the “blood moon”. I was actually pretty surprised by how cool it turned out to be to get to witness something like that, particular when the last sliver of white was swallowed up, and the pink and red hues began to take over. The pictures I took with my old digital camera are pretty awful, and certainly don’t do it justice, but yes, it did turn a reddish pinkish tone. Was I found most astonishing was how once the eclipse was in full effect, suddenly the colors really “danced”, somewhat like how a star waxes and wanes in brilliance. I wouldn’t say it “twinkled”, but more like “surged”, where the red and white would go back and forth, as if trying to compete, making the whole moon look quite alive and rather eerie.

Even though I don’t necessarily buy into the whole “blood moon theory” as proposed by that Mark Biltz guy, I was still glad I got to see one of the “tetrad” in person….