Creating A Vocabulary: The Fear Of God

Every problem in our society can be traced to the lack of fear of God. But what does this term mean, “fear of God”? You see it all through the Bible, but it’s rarely preached on. Growing up in evangelical protestantism, we were very confused by this term. If God is love, how could you fear love? You are supposed to embrace God, not run away from Him. I was told that it’s really like a deep respect, which seemed like a stretch.

So I’m going to define it for all of you, and you will see how simple it is.

You fear God in the same sense that you fear your father. You love your father, and so you are afraid of him being disappointed in you. You fear his lack of approval, so you do what he wants of you. And especially as a child, you are afraid of your father’s punishment. If a child does whatever he wants, clearly he does not keep in mind the punishment his parents have for him, and therefore he does not fear his parents.

So our society doesn’t fear God, and by that I mean that we don’t fear Hell. We don’t fear the Great Day of Judgment, when every person will stand before God and give an account for how he spent his life. These are just abstracts to us, even as Christians. This is the greatest trick of Satan, to convince Christians that Judgment Day is merely a formality.

Christians spend their lives watching television and buying a nicer car because they don’t think they will ever have to give an account. After all, it’s not necessarily a sin to watch television or buy a nicer car, so therefore there’s nothing wrong with making that the primary focus of your life. They think that as long as they are saved (or going to purgatory, whatever) that they will be able to skip the Great Day of Judgment.

Fools! They have blinded themselves. The Bible has no shortage of warnings, and America has no shortage of Bibles. And yet most American Christians still believe that the Final Day will just be like standing in line at Disney World for them.

I live in constant mindfulness of my death. Every night as I go to bed, I consider how I might not wake up in the morning. One day I will die, and then I will have to give an account of what I have done. How much of this account will be given at my death and how much on that Final Day, I do not know, because God only gave us a warning and not an explanation. But I know that with every sin — and perhaps even with anything that is less than perfection — I am choosing hell.

The protestants will say that this is merely works-salvation, that the Apostle Paul clearly teaches that works are irrelevant to salvation. Let me then quote this same Apostle:

[All Bible verses are NKJV.]

1 Corinthians 5:9 Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

Is that a metaphor? Did the Apostle mean something else than what he said? Will you fault me for taking the Bible at face-value? Should I base my entire theology on three chapters of Galatians and nothing else? Μη γενοιτο!

Our society pretends that death doesn’t exist. We shut this out of our minds. We don’t tell children about death. We fantasize about transhumanism, the singularity or cryogenics. Some people even believe in reincarnation. Our medical science is based upon living longer instead of living better, that we are more focused on cures than prevention.

But death is coming for each and every one of us. At that time there will be no more excuses.

2 Corinthians 6:2 For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

The evangelicals believe that repentance is a one-and-done thing, not a lifelong journey of introspection. But we do not even know ourselves. We have always repented less than we think we actually have. Only God knows the depths of our hearts. We are all more selfish than we think.

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.

The Bible says to remain watchful. You should never let down your guard. Otherwise the demons will swallow you up, which clearly means that those who were saved can go to Hell. I don’t know how this could be more obvious in the Bible. It’s right there.

Matthew 24:42 Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

Why would Jesus say to continue watching if salvation is a guarantee? Why continue to be ready if all the preparations have been made?

Revelation 3:2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God. 3 Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you. 4 You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. 5 He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.

And you can go to these people, Christians even, who live in fornication and ask them why do they do the things they know will send them to hell, and they will merely say, “I don’t know.” They may even admit that fornication will send them to hell, but they continue in it anyway. It is not ignorance — only lack of fear.

But we do know why, and that is because they worship the creation instead of the Creator. Sex is the true American god. People will sacrifice anything for Christ except for sex. On that one issue they will not move an inch. Numb people down with porn, and you can rule the world.

Jesus continues,

Matthew 24:45 “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? 46 Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. 47 Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods. 48 But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ 49 and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, 50 the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, 51 and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

The wicked servant is not an outsider. He is one of the congregation, and he chooses to do the opposite of what he has been told to do. What then will his excuse be?

At your job, if your boss tells you to do something, and you do not do it, you will get in trouble. If you continue to not do it, he will cast you out of his business. And so you do what your boss tells you to do because you fear being unemployed.

Only the faithful and wise servant is “blessed”.

Every problem in our society — and in our churches — is rooted in the lack of fear of God. We have sex outside of marriage, we condone sterile sex, we get divorced, we cheat on our taxes, we watch Game of Thrones, we value money over family, and we eat ourselves obese all because we either do not believe or do not care that one day we will all answer to God for what we have done with our lives.

Most people, Christian or otherwise, float through life waiting for the next good feeling in whatever form that might be. They don’t think about end times. They don’t think about a morality that aspires to a higher ideal. They only think about what is the minimum of what you should not do, and then they play with that line to move it a little lower.

If American Christians want a third Great Awakening, I suggest they begin fearing God again.

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Creating A Vocabulary: Decency

People say I’m very judgmental, especially towards women, but what I actually expect is decency.

I expect women to take care of their bodies by maintaining a healthy weight and not getting impulsive vanity modifications. I expect them to only have sex if they are in a position to deal with the consequences. I expect them to value family over money.

I don’t know why any of this is controversial. All of the red pill and anti-feminist philosophy can be boiled down to simply expecting decency out of women. Having sex with strangers, getting a make-work job that doesn’t produce anything and voting for Hillary Clinton are not decency. Wearing ass pants to church is not decency.

But it’s more than just women. Most people are disgusted by the gays not because of “fear” but by the total abandonment of decency. A man who takes cock up the ass, paints his nails and talks in that annoying high pitch affectation — all in imitation of women — is not acting decently. We don’t need a perfectly rational reason to explain this any more than we need a rational reason for why seeing a turd on the ground disgusts us. Some things are just inherent.

That’s all I want out of people. Decency. Out of everything I have ever written about women or other races, what has ever not been simply a request for people to act like they should?

And as Harvey Dent said in The Dark Knight,

You thought we could be decent men in an indecent time! But you were wrong. The world is cruel, and the only morality in a cruel world is chance. Unbiased, unprejudiced … fair.

Trying to be decent in an indecent society, it’s a lonely road. One might even call it the narrow way.

Article Link: Occult Symbolism In Led Zeppelin

This is a great thing to read before bed.

https://mysterioustimes.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/the-occult-symbolism-of-led-zeppelin/

While Miley Cyrus will drag your daughter to hell, Jimmy Page will drag your son.

No, I’m kidding, though it just occurred to me that millions of teenagers including possibly myself wear these symbols on their clothes and hang them up in their room and never consider if there’s any deeper meaning than just a weird picture of an old man. If the band’s music was perfectly planned down to each cymbal hit, then it would make sense that all of their imagery was too.

The myth of Icarus, I would assume, lends itself to the occult easily, as it is about the pursuit of knowledge just falling short of completion. Occultists — to my understanding, but I’ve made a point to not study this in depth — also commonly hold up the myth of Prometheus. Fundamentally the occult is not about casting spells but about attaining hidden knowledge and causing man to rise to the same height as God while at the same time understanding you will always fall short of this goal. Obviously this is the same thing Satan sought.

I have a friend who did a bunch of drugs and read a bunch of neo-gnostic philosophy, and he said that Led Zeppelin’s music has all these layers that most people wouldn’t notice. “In my time of dying” is about Satan being cast out of heaven and made him feel as though he too were just outside the gates — funny, I used to think this was sort of a gospel song about hope.

This was the ultimate purpose of ancient paganism, both that man is a mere animal that lives for sex and violence but also the subversion and perversion of that same nature. This is why pagan symbols and myths often had human-animal hybrids and male-female creatures. You see this desire to subvert nature while being “one” with it most clearly in the 1977 movie The Wickerman (which is extremely R-rated).

Just by buying Led Zeppelin’s CDs, you bring occult imagery into your house. BUT it is all for naught. Just like Icarus, Jimmy Page’s attempt to indoctrinate America into the occult failed just short of its completion, for occult symbols only have the meaning you ascribe to them. A Ouija board is just cardboard and paint. Tarot decks are just a playing cards.

The occult rituals only work — that is, to summon a demon, whether intentionally or not — because you believe the ritual works. It’s a trick of the demons to cause you to invite them in. These symbols have no power if you view them as just a weird picture of an old man.

Also, the occult is gay, and I can only laugh at people in it. It’s for bisexual teenager girls who hate their fathers and obese middle aged men.

Creating A Vocabulary: Everything Is Porn

Is it Christmas time yet? Walmart says it is. I was singing “Blue Christmas” the other day at work, and people started screaming that it’s still September.

Most of my Christmases have been mediocre at best. Some were truly horrible. I spent Christmas Eve in my senior year of high school at a Krystal after walking out. Here’s a picture of me on Christmas Eve in 2017:

Christmas Eve 2017

You can’t see it well, but I’m wearing a ratty old shirt with a bunch of donkeys on it and a nice black peacoat. And I hadn’t cut my hair in a while, so my bald spot really showed. Just all round I looked homeless.

But for whatever reason, I love Christmas music. Most people hate Christmas music. I should hate Christmas music. I think I recognize that it has some very good melodies, which are rare today.

I think another aspect is the whitewashing. Most Christmas pop songs were written in the 50s and 60s. They predict an ideal time of family and good cheer and true love, when you come home and for just one night all is right in the world again.

The people who grew up on this music all got divorced. So for us kids of those divorced people, it feels insulting. How dare they ask us to pretend that this family is something good and wholesome?

But maybe that’s the point. Escapism is the true meaning of Christmas. Not Christmas Day itself, because who cares? The build up to Christmas is what Christmas is all about. The snow and coldness and starting winter a month before it begins and songs about the goodness of humanity.

It’s all a fantasy. It culminates on Christmas Eve, and by noon the next day it’s all over. But that build up for two months is Disney magic in the real world.

Still, I hate Santa and Frosty and all that crap. I mean, I love love love those old Coca-Cola ads. Then there’s the Beach Boys song. And beyond that I hate everything Santa.

In twenty years Christmas will be a much small thing in our culture. People are sick of it. It’s pushed the boundaries of people’s suspension of disbelief. People no longer want the illusion of a loving family — they want the illusion of being a superhero.

But I love the illusion of a loving family. As Mariah Carey sang:

I won’t ask for much this Christmas
I won’t even wish for snow, and I
I just wanna keep on waiting
Underneath the mistletoe

And the Christmas movies are so good at portraying this kind of soul porn.

If we define “porn” as something that’s a cheap fantasy to provide the gratification of the real thing while bearing little resemblance to it and conferring few or none of its benefits, then pretty much everything in our culture is pornography. The only exception I can think of is Orthodox Christianity, but that’s not really our culture, so I can’t think of a single thing in our society that is real and honest and seeks its purpose for the sake of the purpose itself.

People don’t “make love” anymore. They just “bang” and hope that leads to a happily ever after.

I just finished watching the movie Saving Mr. Banks, about how Walt Disney ground down P. L. Travers to give him the rights to Mary Poppins. Then I rewatched a youtube analysis video that made me want to look it up in the first place.

The point of the movie is our mythologization of history enables us to handle it in a way that’s palatable. So, all the romanticizations of “the Old South” focus on the grand plantations that were actually pretty rare. Modern criticism is usually about slavery, ignoring the larger issue that there was no economy beyond agriculture, which will and can only turn the have-not majority into a feudal class. But yes, dignified young women with a strict code of honor in ridiculous dresses, that’s what we’ll mythologize.

Or as the youtube video points out, you don’t watch Beauty and the Beast and think, “In just a few years, the Beast is going to get the guillotine after the people storm the Bastille and depose the monarchy.”

There’s a lot of criticism of this kind of whitewashing, but it’s not one of those things that just goes away. Why shouldn’t we mythologize “the Old South”? Mythologization is usually about looking to the time when things were better. We like the idea of a kinder, gentler America. You don’t learn how to be a kinder, gentler person by idealizing peasants.

So what is Christmas? Did we really rock around the Christmas tree? As I type that line, the singer comes to this lyric:

You will get a sentimental feeling when you hear

And yes, that’s what it’s about. Sentiment. But sentiment of what?

Voices singing, let’s be jolly
Deck the halls with boughs of holly

A kinder, gentler America that may or may not have once existed. Norman Rockwell is pornography. I’m told that the writer of A Christmas Story delivered the Saturday Evening Post as a child in Indiana and was struck that real Americans are more like alcoholics who answer the door in their underwear. It’s obvious that by the time of A Charlie Brown Christmas that most Americans had bought into a cheap parody Christmas.

Donald Trump is  pornography. What and who is “America”, what does “great” look like, how do we “make” it, and to which point and in what respects will this be like it was “again”? Fixing NAFTA and regulating immigration is not going to bring back the 1950s. The liberation of Donald Trump is, at its best, merely more economic freedom to buy a nicer car.

But we feel this escapism, so we fill the gap with songs like “Where are you Christmas?” I saw that movie when it came out, and I cannot remember how it ends. I mean, yes, The Grinch ends like The Grinch does, but they did some moral lesson at the end of the Jim Carey movie, and it was so generic that I can’t remember. I think it was something about family and not caring about presents, because that’s always the lesson

We tell ourselves that Christmas isn’t about presents, but we all know that’s a lie. We tell ourselves that to ease our guilt, but we buy the allegorical aluminum Christmas tree anyway. If you didn’t want Christmas to be about presents, you would quit buying presents. Jesus/family/charity and literal stacks of material gain are opposites. You can’t serve God and mammon. There were several years I told my parents not to buy me anything “because it’s just a bribe”, and last last year I outright refused to accept any gifts from them.

I always go to liturgy on Christmas Day. I may be hungover and leave after twenty minutes, but I make a point to go. I’m not Catholic, so I don’t do this Christmas Eve loophole. You can’t say “Keep Christ in Christmas” and then skip the actual Christ-mass. One year I just skipped Easter, and I’ve been tempted to do it other years, but I always go to Nativity liturgy out of sheer rebellion.

But up until then, I love the porn.

Explaining The Rapey Parts Of The Bible

Reader St. Isidora has asked me to explain the rapey parts of the Bible. Readers are always encouraged to suggest topics, particularly on this page.

Long ago I had an apologetics blog. Most of it is available in the back of my massive PDF. I was arguing with a friend in college, and she brought up these verses. I hastily answered without really doing the research and said, “It’s better to be raped than murdered.”

This was the wrong answer, obviously.

We American Christians have a hard time saying “I don’t know”. You should always research these ethical issues in the Bible before providing an answer. They are usually pretty simple, but the context is so far removed from us today that it’s hard to imagine how they could be a good thing.

That’s an important thing. The Old Testament exists in the Wild West. It’s a vastly different society from us. Women didn’t “pursue careers”, because leaving the house unattended was just dangerous. It’s weird that we live in a society where women can walk down the streets in a SlutWalk and declare they are taking back the night (in broad daylight), and nothing bad happens. This is the result of an extremely resource-excessive society, and it won’t last forever.

Anyway, today I just looked up a “worst parts of the Bible” article. You’ve seen this before. It’s nothing new. Atheists act like they are the first people to ever read Leviticus in history.

Once upon a time this would have been easy to find, but Google has screwed with the algorithms so much to favor mainstream sites that it was difficult to just find a generic “ten reasons the Bible is evil” blog post. I’m not looking for CNN.

DuckDuckGo was a little more useful, giving us evilbible.com. I also respect that the author seems to use mostly the same two or three translations instead of cherry-picking from whichever of ten puts the verse int he worst light. I narrowed it down to either “rape in the bible” or “sexism in the torah“. The latter is really long, so I settled with the rape article, which has ten specific examples.

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First he gives a prologue about how the Bible uses the term “take a wife”, saying that this means an arranged marriage and is therefore rape.

Marriages before the last, oh, maybe seventy years now were usually arranged between the groom and the husband, and the woman’s consent was sort of irrelevant. Liberals today will call this rape. As we have learned in the last few years, the concept of consent is kind of murky. If a woman says, “I don’t really want to marry this person, but out of respect for my father, I’ll go along with it,” is that rape?

However, I’m not interested in defining rape and consent in this article. For the purposes of this, I’m going to assume that arranged marriages are not rape.

So here’s his ten examples. All my quotes will be from the World English Bible, because it’s public domain and I want to support it.

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1) Judges 21.

Judges 19-21 is actually one of my favorite stories in the Bible, for some reason I’m not totally sure of. Maybe because it has parallels with Roman mythology, and that’s what I wasted my youth on.

The author of the blog says,

Obviously these women were repeatedly raped. These sick bastards killed and raped an entire town and then wanted more virgins, so they hid beside the road to kidnap and rape some more. How can anyone see this as anything but evil?

And he is correct. That is the entire point.

Atheists often fail to understand that often the history books of the Old Testament are descriptive and not prescriptive. The point of this story — and of the whole book of Judges — is how quickly Israel sunk into depravity.

If anything, this passage should make you anti-semitic, not anti-Christian.

The author ends his quote with verse 24, but the passage goes on for one more verse before the end of the book. This is one of my favorite Bible verses.

Judges 21:25 In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did that which was right in his own eyes.

See, that’s what ties the whole book together. Israel was in anarchy. Everyone was his own arbiter of what is good, and therefore everyone was evil. Is that at all applicable today’s society?

2) Numbers 31

Moses leads the army against some Canaanites God had slated for extermination. The Canaanites were under judgment because they were extremely wicked. Among other things, they would sacrifice their newborn babies upon a burning statue of Baal or Moloch. God was so repulsed by these people that He had Israel enact his judgment. They were supposed to totally exterminate them.

At work there has been a family of raccoons nesting in our dumpster. I like to sneak up and throw bags of trash on them, because I’m kind of a psychopath. Eventually they got fed up enough that they run away as soon as they see me. The owner’s wife has said she’s kind of upset about the babies. I told her that baby raccoons grow up into adult raccoons.

If you’re going to kill off a group of people, you can’t have mercy. You can’t halfway do it, because the children will grow up to seek revenge. America’s Africans are in a never-ending race war because of what our ancestors did to theirs before any of us were born. The Jews won’t shut up about the Holocaust. Red-face Indians are usually chill, but the few activists go on about how we stole their land because they couldn’t figure out how bullets work.

You can’t spare the children. No one is innocent. Or if they are innocent, then it doesn’t matter.

At the end of this passage, though, there is a sticky verse.

Numbers 31: 15 Moses said to them, “Have you saved all the women alive? 16 Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against Yahweh in the matter of Peor, and so the plague was among the congregation of Yahweh. 17 Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known man by lying with him. 18 But all the girls, who have not known man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.

What do we make of this? Is the Bible encouraging raping virgins?

The solution is to put it in a search engine.

Apologetics Press writes,

The allegation that the Israelite men spared the young girls in order to rape them is nothing but baseless supposition predicated upon a lack of biblical knowledge. In the custom of the time, marriages were conducted at a young age. Therefore, the reference to the young girls who had not “known man by lying with him” would indicate that they were very young, likely under the age of twelve. These girls were too young to be able to lead the men of Israel away from Jehovah; therefore, these girls were allowed to live. As to raping them, it is more logical to assume that they wanted these girls for servants. This would be similar to Joshua 9, where Joshua allowed the Gibeonites to live in compelled servitude to the Israelites. Moreover, it would have been sinful for the Israelite men to rape the Midianite girls because rape was (and still is) abhorrent to God (Deuteronomy 22:23-28, esp. 25).

The simple answer to the questions surrounding Numbers 31 is that God ordered the Midianites to be killed in Numbers 25:17-18. When the army did not carry out this order at the time of the Midianite defeat, it was carried out in a delayed fashion when the army returned with the captives. As to Moses allowing the young girls to remain alive, that was a judgment call from the man with God’s authority over the Israelites.

A forum on https://hermeneutics.stackexchange.com gives the following answer (of which I’m only quoting an excerpt):

The Midianite virgins you refer to (31:18) were young girls who obviously were not involved in the licentiousness and immorality associated with Baal worship. They were therefore not implicated along with the adult men and women. These virgins grew up and were given in marriage to men in Israel.

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We need not go into detail on the depths of depravity into which the polytheistic peoples of Palestine had sunk by the time their iniquity had reached its full measure. Suffice it to say, that “full measure” was unimaginably depraved and likely included such aberrant behavior as child-sacrifice, cult prostitution, bestiality, pedophilia, and more, making Sodom and Gomorrah look like a Sunday school picnic!

Another answer from the same forum, and I kind of like this one:

Given the venereal disease that had come from the Midianites, it is clear why women who had not had sexual intercourse would be preserved. Not so obvious, though, is the reason for doing so.

The very first thought that seems to come to modern minds here is: these woman are going to be sex slaves of Israelite men. But such an idea betrays a shallow understanding of the nature of life under the Law.

Most people who are familiar with the Law of Moses know that women are ritually unclean and are quarantined, during the time of their menstruation and after the birth of children. This means they cannot fulfill normal domestic duties like cooking and cleaning, since they would make others ritually unclean as well. Under such circumstances, who would cook the meals, clean the home, and look after the children? Their handmaidens!!!!

God so cared for the women of Israel, that He enshrined in Law a regular period of rest during times when their bodies were most in need of it.

Conclusion
The virginal women who were taken were never intended to be the sex slaves of the men, but handmaidens to their wives and daughters.

Mainsail Ministries writes, and this is another good one:

Ancient women had one career path: being wives and mothers… and they began these careers early in life by our standards — often as young teens. But this was how the economy worked back then… and it worked that way for most of human history. So, we should not judge those ancient societies by today’s more egalitarian standards.

As such, the first thing to note is that the “younger girls” part of the story records nothing untoward. In fact, it records an act of mercy. When these girls were absorbed into the nation Israel — the nation which was declaratively God’speople — that was their salvation! If they had remained at home and took succor from their idolatrous native culture, they likely would have been lost for eternity. After all, it was their mothers who were complicit in Israel’s’ idolatry… so, how would these girls have escaped otherwise?

It is also important to note that sparing the lives of these girls was Moses’ idea, not God’s… although God allowed this field modification of his original instructions to stand. Israel’s commanders brought back a lot of non-combatants as plunder — including the very women that caused Israel to sin! If these commanders had done their job, all these people would have been killed in the campaign… and we might not even have a footnote regarding the women and children. But instead of having implied deaths, we have this big hook that snags a lot of skeptics.

Since the commanders disobeyed God and brought back some people (instead of letting their deaths be implied) we have this big account of Moses managing their incompetence… which is the account of Moses forcing them to apply God’s justice … and right near their camp… instead of back in the invisible fields of Midian. But God created a teachable moment here… because it’s also the account of Moses applying mercy-on-the-fly to the young girls who did not participate in their mothers’ sins… and note that mercy is only for the condemned… which these girls were before Israel absorbed them.

And that website quotes several other resources.

Note that in verse 16 Moses is blaming the women for seducing the Israelite men (as I understand it). But the virgin women wouldn’t be to blame, so they don’t get the same punishment.

“But shouldn’t the Israelite men be blamed too?”

Probably. I didn’t look all this up in detail. Maybe God smote them as well. I can’t remember. I’m just trying to provide tools for people to counter atheist claims on the fly. I’m not building a Bible commentary.

3) Deuteronomy 20

10 When you draw near to a city to fight against it, then proclaim peace to it. 11 It shall be, if it gives you answer of peace and opens to you, then it shall be that all the people who are found therein shall become forced laborers to you, and shall serve you. 12 If it will make no peace with you, but will make war against you, then you shall besiege it. 13 When Yahweh your God delivers it into your hand, you shall strike every male of it with the edge of the sword; 14 but the women, the little ones, the livestock, and all that is in the city, even all its plunder, you shall take for plunder for yourself. You may use the plunder of your enemies, which Yahweh your God has given you.

Look, I don’t care about this topic. I’ve dealt with this enough. So I’m going to half-ass the rest of this blog post instead of writing 10,000 words defending ancient war ethics like countless of other Christian bloggers have done.

Just go read this:

http://www.evidenceunseen.com/bible-difficulties-2/ot-difficulties/genesis-deuteronomy/deut-2013-14-does-this-passage-teach-that-israelite-men-could-rape-and-pillage-foreign-women/

In Jewish culture, however, these women were given the dignity of marriage and a home. They weren’t considered sex objects; they were considered spouses. Moreover, if the marriage fell apart, the women could not be sold as slaves (v.14). John Wenham writes, “In a world where there are wars, and therefore prisoners of war, such regulations in fact set a high standard of conduct.”[1] Moreover, in 2 Kings 6:20-23, we read that the Jews would not kill POW’s, because they considered it morally evil.

Yes, slavery isn’t necessarily a sin. Yes, arranged marriages are okay. Yes, consent is a vague subject.

Yeah, so you firebomb a city because they kept attacking you and leading your daughters into prostitution. And you see a beautiful virgin whose father you just murdered, and you want her to bear your seed. So you give her 30 days to grieve and then go into her.

Yeah, it’s … creepy, and yeah, saying “well it could be worse” isn’t much of an excuse.

But I don’t care, and I mean that literally. I don’t care about this topic. Ancient war ethics were different. There were different societal nuances. In general the Bible tries to mollify bad human tendencies instead of abolish them. Maybe this passage is saying, “If you’re going to have sex with a war captive, at least do it a certain way.” I don’t know. Do a google search.

I have leave to go to work. If you want some homework, read the atheist article and then google everything. That Evidence Unseen website seems really good. CARM is really lame.

I apologize to the reader who asked me to write all this. I put it off for several days, and I can’t muster up the energy to give a full response.

I will, however, briefly respond about the thing about marrying your rapist, because that’s a common one I hear. If a woman had sex outside of marriage, including and especially through rape, it would be difficult for her to get married. It’s not fair, but it’s true. So the rapist had to take financial responsibility for her. He had to feed and provide for her for the rest of his life, and he was never allowed to divorce her. She could whore around on him or humiliate him in public, and he had to just accept it.

Miley Cyrus Has Succeeded In Her Life Goal Of Becoming Satan Incarnate

They say that America is never referenced in Biblical prophecy, but I found one right here:

Leviticus 19:29 Do not profane your daughter by making her a prostitute, lest the land fall into prostitution and the land become full of depravity.

I’ve heard it said before that there might not be much evidence of God but you can almost prove the existence of Satan.

Two months ago Miley Cyrus released a new music video that has confirmed my faith in Satan. I mean, I’ve had literal encounters with demons, so I thought that did the trick, but now there’s video evidence. Boom! Atheism defeated. The Bush years continue to lose their relevance.

I just finished watching the music video. I was going to link to it below in that kind of shock humor I do, but it’s just too awful. If you’re really feeling like burning your eyes with sulfur, it’s called “Mother’s Daughter”, but just take my word. You know how feminists say they don’t want to be objectified but then take off their clothes in public? This is that on absinthe.

Proverbs 30:20 This is the way of an adulteress: she eats and wipes her mouth and says, “I have done no wrong.”

If you want some still shots, here’s an article from that website that everyone hates. It’s how I heard of the song in the first place.

The single hit #54 on the Billboard, which is relatively low, though it performed better in Australia and Bulgaria. The album comes out later this year.

And of course this is what “your 14 year old daughter” idolizes. All of them. They go to school and share their music with their friends, and they all look up to the same celebrities. You’ve never heard of these people. Neither have I. Last year Ariana Grande had some mega hit that broke all the records, and I can’t even name it.

Girls have always been this way. They didn’t cling to the most talented or handsome celebrities but the most popular. This is why relatively mediocre bands like the Beatles achieved such momentum and why Elvis could put out three crappy, interchangeable movies a year.

So yes, give it some time and this will be a hit. It was lab-designed to turn “your 14 year old daughter” into a gender-neutral degenerate who talks like a sailor and never breeds or produces anything good or beautiful in her entire life. This is genocide at the spiritual level. You can block the internet and television at your house and take away her cellphone, but she still goes to school. The only solution is to go Ruby Ridge.

Keep in mind that this same “””singer””” was complaining about Father Trump’s bad morals.

I go around saying things like “at least the blacks weren’t crack addicts and welfare parasites when they were slaves but instead did meaningful work that contributed to the community and culture, nor did they ever want of food, housing or clothing” and people think I’m transgressive, but then the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee has people like Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry campaginging for her, and half the country votes for her. I guess I’m autistic, because I don’t understand these social norms. Pornographic music that teaches preteens about bondage sex is okay, but Aristotelian social ethics are not okay. Is that correct?

Like, if someone at church comes up to you and says, “I really like Miley Cyrus”, you just think she must have no taste. But if I come up to you and say, “Women are by nature child-bearers, and therefore their primary focus in life should be the nurture of family,” I’m literally Hitler. This is the ideological schizophrenia our society is in.

Or as St Anthony said, “A time is coming when men will go mad, and when they see someone who is not mad, they will attack him, saying, ‘You are mad; you are not like us.’”

This video reminded me of an interview her father gave eight years ago, in which he said that Satan has targeted his daughter. The secular media laughed at this. I don’t see the lie.

“It destroyed my family. I’ll tell you right now – the damn show destroyed my family,” Billy Ray declared, before admitting he wishes they never agreed to do the Disney Channel show.

“I’d take it back in a second. For my family to be here and just be everybody okay, safe and sound and happy and normal, would have been fantastic. Heck, yeah,” he said. “I’d erase it all in a second if I could.”

That’s America. We sold our souls for money and comfort. Miley Cyrus’s first big single — and probably the only good one — had a line:

I hopped off the plane at LAX
With a dream and my cardigan
Welcome to the land of fame excess,
Whoa, am I gonna fit in?

Turns out the answer is yes, she very much did fit in.

Notice the word “dream”. America is all about dreams. Schools are all about dreams. We tell kids their dreams are sacred. We don’t tell kids to stay in their hometowns and build a community — we tell them to get on a plane for the big city to pursue their dreams.

This is what the kids believe in. Not Jesus or family or even rock n roll — kids are taught to believe in whatever pop culture is manufactured in a lab by the Jews, and they will defend this to the death. They won’t sign up for the military to defend Iraqi freedom, but they’ll get angry should you dare blaspheme the good name of Harry Potter.

I go through this cycle with Disney. My heart loves it, but my head knows it’s evil. So I’ll think, “Doesn’t Pinnochio redeem the company, with the wishing upon a star and the little Italian clockmaker?” And then an article will come out like this Billy Ray Cyrus interview and I’ll be like, “Okay, yeah, Walt’s been dead for a long time. I can’t support Disney any more than I can support the Catholic Church just because there’s a connection to something that was once good and beautiful.” Then a few more weeks will go by and I’ll think, “Oh but the music in Little Mermaid was so wonderful!”, and then I’ll read something by a former child actress accusing the studio of child molestation, and I’ll think “Okay, that’s it. I can’t support Disney at all for any reason.” And then a few more weeks will go by and I’ll think, “Yeah but Mickey Mouse at Christmas…”

It’s like learning not just that Santa Clause doesn’t exist but also that he is driving your parents into debt slavery. But you can’t tell me those vintage Coca-Cola ads aren’t something special.

“How many interviews did I give and say, ‘You know what’s important between me and Miley is I try to be a friend to my kids’? I said it a lot,” [Billy Ray Cyrus] admitted. “And sometimes I would even read other parents might say, ‘You don’t need to be a friend, you need to be a parent.’ Well, I’m the first guy to say to them right now: You were right.”

“I should have been a better parent. I should have said, ‘Enough is enough – it’s getting dangerous and somebody’s going to get hurt,'” he continued. “I should have, but I didn’t. Honestly, I didn’t know the ball was out of bounds until it was way up in the stands somewhere.”

Well at least there’s humility. That’s pretty rare. Most parents can’t admit they failed.

This is what the young men have to look forward to. The Christian teenage boys who don’t smoke weed and save their virginity for marriage and get a college degree, they grow up to discover that all the women are Miley Cyrus wannabes with $40k in student loans.

I’m starting to not even care about the collapsing White birth rate. We deserve our Moslems and Hindus and Aztecs.

It’s funny how there’s a connection between an overly sexualized society and a collapsing birthrate. Did the Bible have anything to say about this?

Hosea 4:10 For they shall eat, but not have enough;
They shall commit harlotry, but not increase;
Because they have ceased obeying the Lord.

 

Nahum 3:4 Because of the multitude of harlotries of the seductive harlot,
The mistress of sorceries,
Who sells nations through her harlotries,
And families through her sorceries.

In the days of openbible.info/topics/ , there’s no excuse to be ignorant.

Creating A Vocabulary: “Fun” Doesn’t Exist

I’ve written about this before, but it’s been a while and it wasn’t a very good post. This is an extremely difficult concept to explain.

Fun is a very new concept. People have always done things we would think of as “fun” — there have always been songs and stories and laughter. But it was never in the sense we view these things now. The word “fun” doesn’t exist in other languages, and its modern usage in English is only maybe two centuries old. You don’t see Shakespeare writing about “fun”.

You yourself probably could not give a real definition of it. What is fun? You can give examples of fun. You could probably say “doing something which you enjoy and makes you happy”, but that would include things like going to church or moving out of your parents’ house. Surely fun is more than just being happy.

It’s not that “fun” activities are wrong in themselves or that laughter is sin — it’s the underlying intention in pursuing these activities. To go to Six Flags with my friends and just laugh all day seems really perverse to me, or at least childish. I tell jokes and laugh, but I don’t make this a primary focus of my life. People “enjoy” reading this blog, but they certainly wouldn’t say it’s entertaining in the way a TED talk is.

A lot of pastors try to be as funny as possible, and people consider this a positive trait. Catholics threw away the old mass for something more interesting. Christians think church is about entertainment, because everything has become about entertainment.

 

Spot the difference?

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Two days after writing this blog post, I came across a great explanation of this concept in the the book Spread the Word by Fr Michael Keiser, in which he explains that joy is essential to evangelism.

It is important to understand what joy is not. Joy is not fun. Fun is not a biblical word. Fun is often a self-centered attempt at entertainment and distraction. Christian life and worship are not meant to be fun-filled excursions to Happy Clappy Land in which we whip up the emotions to an abnormal high. That leads to let-down and burnout.

I don’t think in the category of “fun”. I barely think in the category of “entertaining”. These words are irrelevant. So what if something is fun? How does that at all affect its value?

We live in a society where we associate fun with goodness. We cannot understand how doing something to feel good could be a bad thing. We live life like it’s a math equation of good feelings. If your life had lots of good feelings, then you had a good life. If your life had a lot of difficulty, then it was all a waste. And nothing makes us more angry than someone who ruined our good feelings, even if through no fault of that person.

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I did a search, and only six times did Shakespeare use the word “fun”. In only maybe one of those does it have its modern sense. This is from a playwright who frequently wrote about people playing pranks on each other.

From Romeo and Juliet:

Nay, an there were two such, we should have none
shortly, for one would kill the other. Thou! why,
thou wilt quarrel with a man that hath a hair more,
or a hair less, in his beard, than thou hast: thou
wilt quarrel with a man for cracking nuts, having no
other reason but because thou hast hazel eyes: what
eye but such an eye would spy out such a quarrel?
Thy head is as fun of quarrels as an egg is full of
meat, and yet thy head hath been beaten as addle as
an egg for quarrelling: thou hast quarrelled with a
man for coughing in the street, because he hath
wakened thy dog that hath lain asleep in the sun:
didst thou not fall out with a tailor for wearing
his new doublet before Easter? with another, for
tying his new shoes with old riband? and yet thou
wilt tutor me from quarrelling!

I’m not sure what that means. It seems to mean “full”.

Othello:

Cassio. Welcome, Iago; we must to the watch.
Iago. Not this hour, lieutenant; ’tis not yet ten o’ the
clock. Our general cast us thus early for the love
of his Desdemona; who let us not therefore blame:
he hath not yet made wanton the night with her; and 1150
she is sport for Jove.
Cassio. She’s a most exquisite lady.
Iago. And, I’ll warrant her, fun of game.

Here it seems to mean “fond”.

Tempest:

Admired Miranda!
Indeed the top of admiration! worth
What’s dearest to the world! Full many a lady
I have eyed with best regard and many a time
The harmony of their tongues hath into bondage
Brought my too diligent ear: for several virtues
Have I liked several women; never any
With so fun soul, but some defect in her
Did quarrel with the noblest grace she owed
And put it to the foil: but you, O you,
So perfect and so peerless, are created
Of every creature’s best!

I guess this could mean “fun” in our modern sense, but it still looks like “full”.

From the same play:

I told you, sir, they were red-hot with drinking;
So fun of valour that they smote the air
For breathing in their faces; beat the ground
For kissing of their feet; yet always bending
Towards their project. Then I beat my tabour;
At which, like unback’d colts, they prick’d
their ears,

This seems to mean “full”, and it seems to have the connotation that they have been driven insane with the alcohol and valor.

Twelfth Night:

Viola. No, good swabber; I am to hull here a little 495
longer. Some mollification for your giant, sweet
lady. Tell me your mind: I am a messenger.
Olivia. Sure, you have some hideous matter to deliver, when
the courtesy of it is so fearful. Speak your office.
Viola. It alone concerns your ear. I bring no overture of 500
war, no taxation of homage: I hold the olive in my
hand; my words are as fun of peace as matter.

Again it seems to mean “full”.

From the same play:

Go, write it in a martial hand; be curst and brief;
it is no matter how witty, so it be eloquent and fun
of invention: taunt him with the licence of ink:
if thou thou’st him some thrice, it shall not be
amiss; and as many lies as will lie in thy sheet of
paper, although the sheet were big enough for the
bed of Ware in England, set ’em down: go, about it.
Let there be gall enough in thy ink, though thou
write with a goose-pen, no matter: about it.

Once again the word seems to mean “full”, but if you squint a certain way it could have the modern meaning.

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The idea of going to Six Flags and spending all day laughing — that’s kind of psychotic. There’s something deeply wrong with this idea that the right way to spend your day is to have unbridled, blinding happiness that makes you forget everything else, and that being able to afford this drunken happiness is the primary purpose in earning money.

If you could go back in time to your ancestors and say that they are building this amazing country so that you can sit at home and watch theater shows all day, and if they actually believed you, then they would think you were wasting this great gift they are sacrificing for. If you told them that most people plan their day around watching four hours of theater and that a third of the time involves advertisements, they wouldn’t have bothered to settle the frontier.

Fr Seraphim Rose said in a speech just a few weeks before his death:

The message of this universal temptation that attacks men today—quite openly in its secular forms, but usually more hidden in its religious forms—is:Live for the present, enjoy yourself, relax, be comfortable. Behind this message is another, more sinister undertone which is openly expressed only in the officially atheist countries which are one step ahead of the free world in this respect. In fact, we should realize that what is happening in the world today is very similar whether it occurs behind the Iron Curtain or in the free world. There are different varieties of it, but there is a very similar attack to get our soul. In the communist countries which have an official doctrine of atheism, they tell quite openly that you are to: Forget about God and any other life but the present; remove from your life the fear of God and reverence for holy things; regard those who still believe in God in the “old-fashioned’ way as enemies who must be exterminated. One might take, as a symbol of our carefree, fun-loving, self-worshipping times, our American “Disneyland”; if so, we should not neglect to see behind it the more sinister symbol that shows where the “me generation” is really heading: the Soviet Gulag, the chain of concentration camps that already governs the life of nearly half the world’s population.

This idea that you can go to Disneyland, “The Happiest Place on Earth”, and just have unrestricted happiness through the sheer manufactured wonder of everything, that the secret to having a fulfilled life is the tea cup ride — it’s sick,  in every sense of the term. This isn’t right. This isn’t sustainable. You can’t build a civilization on this.

Again, this concept is extremely difficult to explain. You either see it or you don’t.

And this idea of fun saturates everything. Why do people have sex with people they have no intention of procreating with? “Because it’s fun.” I ask how fun is relevant, and they say that fun is fun and it’s good to pursue fun.

I tell people that I hate how I wasted my childhood playing Pokemon, and they say, “Oh but you had so much fun!” But frankly, I don’t know what else I would have done. My parents told us to play outside, but there wasn’t anything to do out there. We didn’t learn any life skills. We didn’t go camping. We just had fun, and we were all miserable.

It seems that we think the primary purpose of childhood is to have fun. There’s no sense that childhood is about preparing for adulthood, because we have no model for adulthood. Children go to school and learn to read and do math, but they don’t learn how to fix a car or prepare a pot roast.

All of this is insanity. I cannot believe that I have woken up in this society and found this to be the reality we live in. Out of all the times I could have lived, it had to be in the 21st century where people’s highest values is fun. That’s the real reason Whites are not reproducing. It’s cruel that I have to live and function and hold a job in a world where the highest value is blind laughter.

I listen to people talk about how they are planning their trip to a generic European tourist trap and have been to various other European tourist traps to look at European things, and I just feel sad for them that they have nothing else in life to live for. Their whole life is built upon waiting for their week’s travel to Ireland, and they would never sacrifice that week for anything. They don’t spend their money on their children — they spend it on plane tickets. If a pastor preached a sermon that all your excess money should go to the poor or to the missionaries, these people would leave the church.

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When most people are diagnosed with a fatal disease, they break down. There was so much fun that they wanted to have, and now they won’t get to have that fun. They always wanted to see Rio, but they spent too much time at the office.

I would not care at all if I had cancer. Actually I would probably be kind of happy. I am certain I would not cry about how I never got to see or do something I always wanted to see or do. I cannot imagine having the vapidity of soul that upon learning that I’m going to die I would say, “Oh but I never went to Rio!”

When you’re dying, you’re supposed to reflect on how you lived your life and repent for anything you may have over-looked. Dying is supposed to be sobering and humbling. You are supposed to accept your powerlessness in the world. You are supposed to realize that all the things you thought were important will very soon not matter. To look heaven and hell in the face and decide that what really matters is the earth misses the point of the great gift of dying.

The joy of heaven will not be roller coaster joy. All true Christian joy is intimately mixed with sadness, particularly the relief from it. There will be joy in heaven, but there will not be laughter. Most people cannot understand how joy can exist without laughter, and therefore most people will not go to heaven.