Geneva Bible

October 8, 2006 at 4:16 am (Theology)

Bob: Hey Bill, I’ve really wanted to get back to my Reformation Roots.
Bill: Yeah, Bob, me too.
Bob: How can we go about that, Bill?
Bill: Mayhap pre-ordering your own Geneva Bible, complete with easy-to-read type, modern spellings, and contributed by Gary DeMar himself!!!!
Bob: =O WHAAA!!!!! Such a book exists?!?!?!??!?!
Bill: Yes!!! Read this article. Oh, yeah, and by the way, the calf skin leather Geneva Bible is a rip-off.
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Romans 9

October 7, 2006 at 4:08 am (Theology)

The other day I was playing one of the best video games on the planet — Civilization 4. This “megalomania” game allows you to research technology, take over the world, and listen to the wonderful voice of Leonard Nimoy, Civilization 4’s narrator. Well, I start playing and I suddenly discover pottery; a little window for pottery pops up and Nimoy says to me “Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour”?

And I said to myself, “Whoa,” and I started thinking about the whole Romans 9 passage:

14 What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means! 15 For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.16 So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. 17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” 18 So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills. 19 You will say to me then, “Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?” 20 But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” 21 Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honored use and another for dishonorable use? 22 What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, 23 in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory— 24 even us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles?

This clearly shows God’s election of the believers. Although it may sound harsh to us, He wills whom He wants into His kingdom. God choosing one group to save and the other to exclude is in no way unfair, unless you think that God is under the obligation to provide salvation for sinners — a position that the Bible rejects. Who are we to question God? We deserve nothing and those who were chosen should be thankful.

I may thought as someone who thinks free will to be “overrated,” but I’m going to stick to this. I do not like the whole idea of election, but it is stated so clearly in Romans 9 that I’d be a fool not to believe it. Who am I, the clay, to question God, the potter.

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Art… “stuff” — this, that

October 5, 2006 at 4:28 am (Art, Music, T.V., Theology)

Why are Christians too afraid to do what they want with art? Why are they too concerned if it is too “Liberal”? Why is it that they are afraid to use all the colors from the palate that God gave them to use and enjoy? Why is it that I see little to no Christian artists, actors, directors, writers, and musicians in the mainstream? We need to bring in people through our gifts. We will not be able to bring in people by sitting back and being bland and “conservative” with our art; it needs to be elaborate, aesthetically pleasing, and at the same calibre as the mainstream. We need to be hip. We need to be fresh.

Here’s and example: I watched a movie called The Single’s Ward, a romantic comedy made by the Church of Latter-day Saints in Utah about mormonism; it is a hilarious movie. I consider it one of my favorite movies, and believe it or not, if I were not a Christian when I saw this movie, I might have become a Mormon. Why don’t we have any movies that make people want to be Christians?

Why is new music such as jazz, new age, and rock so frowned down upon in today’s christian circles? Bach’s music at one time was considered revolutionary and even atonal. What exactly is wrong with syncopation (many hymns with a compound meter are quite syncopated), or a guitar making a certain sound, or a piano playing a certain chord, or even how these chords are arranged in a piece of music? Why do we sing hymns composed by Mozart, a pervert? Why do we enjoy listening to the 1812 Overture or Russian Orthodox Chants composed by Tchaikovsky, a homosexual?

We must break out of our shell and be amazing artists; we should be at the top of our field. God did not create art so it can be limited; He created it so we can use it in a way that there is no doubt that God exists.

This discussion was inspired by this article by James DeMar, a son of a really really cool dude.

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“Limited Atonement”

September 30, 2006 at 3:29 am (Theology)

A quote from one of my favorite theologians — C. H. Spurgeon: “We are often told that we [Calvinists] limit the atonement of Christ, because we say that Christ has not made a satisfaction for all men, or all men would be saved. Now, our reply to this is, that, on the other hand, our opponents limit it: we do not. The Arminians say, Christ died for all men. Ask them what they mean by it. Did Christ die so as to secure the salvation of all men? They say, ‘No, certainly not.’ We ask them the next question — Did Christ die so as to secure the salvation of any man in particular? They answer,’No.’ They are obliged to admit this, if they are consistent. They say, ‘No. Christ has died that any man may be saved if’ — and then follow certain conditions of salvation. Now, who is it that limits the death of Christ? Why, you. You say that Christ did not die so as infallibly to secure the salvation of anybody. We beg your pardon, when you say we limit Christ’s death; we say, ‘No, my dear sir, it is you that do it.’ We say Christ so died that he infallibly secured the salvation of a multitude that no man can number, who through Christ’s death not only may be saved, but are saved and cannot by any possibility run the hazard of being anything but saved. You are welcome to your atonement; you may keep it. We will never renounce ours for the sake of it.”

I’m not really crazy of how he seems kinda unfriendly here.

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Reformation T-Shirts

September 28, 2006 at 11:27 pm (Misc., Theology)

I came across these shirts the other day while just browsing around. They’re pretty cool. Check out these reformation homeboy shirts. BTW, C. H. Spurgeon is my Homeboy!!

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Gary DeMar

September 27, 2006 at 1:11 am (Theology)

BTW this is a pretty good article written by Gary DeMar on those silly Vegetables. I stole it from my fellow blogger, Rob. Check his blog out at my blogroll. ————->

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Today

September 27, 2006 at 1:07 am (Football, Misc., Music, T.V., Theology)

This post has a variety of stuffs so enjoy. =D

First of all I am going to talk about my obligation as a man to follow football. I have an awesome team in Fantasy football — or had =/ . My star player (only in name, cuz he has had a very slow first few weeks), Shaun Alexander has a broken foot. -_- o noes. One guy wants to give me Deuce Mcallister and Corey Dilon for him — is it a good trade ?! I’m not sure… the same guy wants to give me Morris (Alexander’s Backup) for the Philadelphia DST…. I am confused.. *sigh* whelp, here is the Fantasy analysis of Shaun Alexander…

“Alexander’s owners now have a reason for his limited play through three weeks. Obviously, Alexander should be reserved in leagues and replaced in active lineups with Maurice Morris (you did draft him with a late-round pick, didn’t you?). And for those owners who passed on Alexander because of the infamous ‘Madden jinx,’ our hats go off to you.”

nuff said ><

Next, Gilmore Girls — ha. Havent really been following it, but it is a pretty good show. It has so many cool references, is extremely witty, and it is soo funny. Plus, it has Alexis Bledel — probably the main reason why I watch the show. Alexis Bledel > Morgan Webb (who is also really cool btw)… -_-

Well, onto some Theology.

In my philosophy class we’ve been talking about mortifying our flesh, and some of it started to sound a little Calvinist >_> …. It kinda brushed over T of the dreaded TULIP, ha! — Total Depravity, the point that says that we are completely unable to do right without God. We even had to memorize this verse —–> Psalm 14:1 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good.

Also in my Devo’s I came across this verse also ——-> Psalm 16:2 I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
I have no good apart from you.”

Surely, these verses point out that God is the only source of good, and without Him, we are desperately wicked.

Bam! Did you think that I was going to say that last sentence?

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