The Religion of Oprah

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Oprah Winfrey is a cultural icon who has been in our homes since 1986.

She started with ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ back in 1986 and it ran for 25 years. She’s had on a variety of guests and tackled a number of different topics.

One of those topics is faith.

She has a rather interesting perspective on faith and what it means to her and what God means to her. She claims to be a Christian but she is a

My wife and I follow someone on YouTube called Steven Bancarz. He was in the New Age for a while and then turned his life over to Jesus. He recently posted a video about Oprah and her beliefs. I will post a link at the end of this post.

I’m going to let the video speak for itself but I do want to summarize some of what she teaches and believes:

She believes that there are many paths to God, including Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Jesus spoke plainly of this when he said:

I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by me.” (John 14:6)

She believes that there are many ways to please God. That as long as you live your life well, then God will be pleased. Scripture clearly states the opposite:

For without faith, it is impossible to please Him; for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

She also ties in works-based faith such as being a good and generous person. Paul wrote about this in his letter to the Galatians that we are “not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ…” (Galatians 2:16)

She is taking the theology of Christianity and wrapping it in a New Age cloak. This makes the hard truths of scripture less important and make the “self” more important. This is dangerous and will lead many astray who look to Oprah for wisdom and  guidance.

She also looks to Eckhart Tolle for her spiritual guidance. Tolle is one of the biggest New Age authors out there and what he writes is, in no way, based on Christianity or the Bible.

If you are reading this, you’re a Christian, and you watch Oprah, please take the time to watch this video.

Lastly, please pray for Oprah and those who are following her guidance on spirituality. They need our prayers so that their eyes may be opened to what they are believing. They are putting their eternal life at risk with these beliefs.

God Bless!

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All You Zombies (and you know who you are).

I was listening to the radio on my way into work one morning last week when I heard an old song by the Hooters from the 1980’s called ‘All You Zombies.’

And no, not those zombies. But it could be…

I’ll get to that later.

I don’t know the origin of the song and, it would appear, neither do The Hooters Eric Bazillian doesn’t know either. He said the lyrics just started coming to them without even thinking about it. As he said in an article in the Chicago Tribune:

”We just chased it down. We stopped what we were doing to go after this thing, and an hour later, the song was written, start to finish. We`re still trying to really understand the song. People ask us what it`s about, and while there`s a lot of heavy stuff in there, the weird thing is we didn’t consciously put it there. Who knows? Maybe in some bizarre way it came from somewhere else through us.”

The song lyrics tell of the stories of Noah and Moses and how no one listened to them when they each were telling the people about the coming judgement. They laughed at Noah when he was building his ark; they danced and partied and worshiped a bull while Moses was on Mount Sinai receiving the Ten Commandments. 

The refrain talks about the ‘zombies hiding their faces’ and ‘the pieces gonna fall on you.’

I believe this to be a direct reference to Revelation 6:15-16:

And the Kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb.

In my opinion, I don’t think it’s an accident how this song came about. God has a way of using people in order to try to warn everyone.

I wrote about zombies in our society: those people who have been so tied into their technology that they no longer see the world around them. Some of them have given an hour or so a week in church and that’s it; others give more time but, in the end, they have become zombies to their technology. They’ve being programmed to ignore God and just look forward to seeing a Like in their Facebook feed.

In the end, as the Hooters wrote (or God through them) that the pieces are gonna fall on them.

I’ll post a link to the song, below, so that you can listen to it and have your own interpretation.

God Bless!

https://youtu.be/2LE0KpcP05I

The Way, the Truth, and the Life

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I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6; KJV)

The Way
In the days following the resurrection of Jesus and His return to Heaven, believers gathered together in their homes to discuss the events of the preceding days and study and meditate on the teachings that were given to them by Jesus.

Contrary to what some might believe, these early followers of Jesus were not called Christians. That title wasn’t created until the Emperor Constantine did it during the Council of Nicea.

They originally referred to themselves as The Way. I believe this is due, in part, to what Jesus taught in the verse cited above. He is the way. He is the only way to salvation. Salvation can be found nowhere else but through Jesus.

In an earlier blog, I referenced a saying I’ve heard from a number of different pastors:

“The Old Testament is in the New Testament concealed and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed.”

Jesus is on nearly every page of the Bible. The message of hope and salvation can be seen in every chapter from Genesis to Malachi and from Matthew to Revelation.

The Truth
When you get right down to it, the truth is that Jesus is the only way to salvation.

I know that might ruffle some feathers of those who have different believes but I’m not writing this to coddle you or (as some New Age people put it) there are many “truths” and many ways to get to Heaven. That’s not the case at all.

How do I know this? Because the Bible says so. Because the Bible also has something in it that none of the other books of faith have: prophecies written thousands of years ago being fulfilled today. All you need to do is read and study the books of Daniel or Isaiah or Revelation and you’ll see what I mean.

I’m not here to condemn other people’s beliefs but to show that believing in Jesus is the only truth out there and the only truth living for.

The Life
As Christians, we are given a new life; a life found in our faith in the blood of Jesus. That faith also give us the hope of an eternal life with Jesus.

However, as unrepentant sinners, we can never obtain this eternal life except by putting our faith in the blood sacrifice of Jesus and by repenting of our sins. Once we have done this, we can be assured of that life as Paul wrote about in Romans:

Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:11)

It sounds cliché to say that that’s all there is to it but that’s the truth. The truth is that the way is through Jesus and, in the end, you will find eternal life.

God Bless!

The Passover Lamb

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I know that this isn’t the time of the season for this topic but I felt that I was prompted to write about this now.

I’ve been listening to Bible study audio books from Dr. Bill Creasy. He can bring an interesting perspective to the Bible that you might not hear anywhere else. This topic was one of them.

Passover is celebrated by the Jews as a memorial to their exodus from Egypt while under the rule of Pharaoh

The Jews lived in Egypt for more than 400 years (Exodus 12:40). Their life in Egypt began at the end of Genesis when Joseph, his father, and his brothers were reunited in Egypt. Pharaoh was a fair man and he allowed Israel and all of his family to live in the land of Goshen.

In the beginning of Exodus, we see that the Jews began to multiply; their families began to grow in number. At this time, there was a new king of Egypt who didn’t know Joseph. Because the king could not find a way to keep the Jewish population down, he instead decided to enslave them.

But God had other plans.

In Exodus 12, we read that God will cause the Egyptians to be struck by ten plagues. God outlined a series of steps that the Jews needed to follow so that they were not struck down by the tenth plague, that of the passing of death throughout the land of Egypt.

They were to purchase a one year old lamb and publicly sacrifice it. Each family was then to take the blood of the lamb and apply it to the lintels and door posts of their homes. This protected everyone inside from become a victim of the tenth plague.

Passover is a yearly celebration, marking the time when death ‘passed over’ the Jews.

Part of this celebration is the drinking of four cups of wine. The wine is a symbol of the joy that the people of Israel had when they left the land of Egypt. The four cups represent the promises made by God to the people of Israel (Exodus 6:6-7).

So where am I going with all of this?

“The Old Testament is the New Testament concealed and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed.”

Jesus celebrated His last Passover with his disciples. It is thought that Jesus only drank three cups of wine instead of four. There is no evidence for this in the Bible but, to me, this makes sense.

While He was on the cross, He cried out with a loud voice:

My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)

Someone ran and put wine vinegar on a sponge and gave Him to drink. He drank of it and gave up the ghost.

That last drink was the fourth cup of Passover wine. The meal (and the sacrifice) was complete.

Jesus’ sacrifice (as the Passover lamb) guarantees that death will pass over us and that we will have an eternal life with Him in Heaven.

I hope this didn’t meander too much. I tend to ramble at times. 🙂

God Bless!

Matthew 25 – Being Prepared

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We do our best to try to be prepared for any one of a number of life events: getting married, saving money for your child’s college tuition, your retirement planning, etc.

These are all things that you try to do ahead of time. You want to make sure you are prepared early because you know that these things will probably come to pass.

In Matthew 25, Jesus teaches his disciples the parable of the ten virgins and how they are like the kingdom of heaven.

In the parable, the ten virgins took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of the virgins were wise and brought extra oil for their lamps. The other five were not as wise and brought no extra oil.

While the bridegroom was taking his time, the ten virgins fell asleep. While they were asleep, the lamps of the five virgins who did not bring extra oil went out.

At midnight, there was a cry as the bridegroom arrived. The ten virgins awoke and were instructed to go out and meet the bridegroom. Unfortunately for the five virgins with the unlit lamps, they could not go out to meet the bridegroom. They asked the other five for oil for their lamps but the other five protested and said they couldn’t because there wouldn’t be enough oil for everyone:

But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you; but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.” (Matthew 25:9 KJV)

While the five went out to buy more oil, the bridegroom arrived and went into the marriage with the five virgins who came prepared. The door was then shut.

The other five arrived with the extra oil and shouted “Lord, Lord, open to us.” He answered them, saying that he knew them not.

In this parable, Jesus is teaching us to be prepared for his return because, as Jesus states in Matthew 24:36, no one knows the day or hour of his return, except for the Father.

So what should we take away from all of this? Be prepared! Don’t wait; don’t hesitate; don’t sit back and think that you have plenty of time to get with the program! Live your life as if Jesus is coming back this very hour. Only then will you truly be prepared for his return.

God Bless!

I’m Still Here!

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Just a quick shout-out to my faithful readers that I’m still here.

Time and circumstances have kept me from writing more frequently here and I wanted to apologize to everyone.

And…confession time…writer’s block!

I’ve been mentally spent at work and it’s made it tough to try to get words on the page.

Actually, it’s been tough to get the words to form in this three-pound lump of gray matter.

But I am working on one that should be out later this week or early next week, so stay tuned!

I hope everyone enjoyed their 4th of July!

Speaking of which, was anyone else bummed out by the fact that the SyFy channel did not air the annual Twilight Zone marathon?

I was pretty excited to start watching in on the 4th but, much to my chagrin, they were running a ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ marathon. Blood and gore isn’t for me. I enjoy the more intellectual type of shows like ‘The Twilight Zone.’

Anyhow, the SyFy channel has one more chance to redeem themselves by airing ‘The Twilight Zone’ this coming New Year’s Eve/Day.

So listen up, SyFy…if you don’t, you’re dead to me!

God bless!

The Religion of Cryptocurrencies and Blockchains Part 1 – Zero Times Omega

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I know the title sounds weird but it’s not. There really is a startup religion using blockchains.

And just wait until I tell you the part about the Jesus Coin. Actually, I think I’ll make that a separate post. It deserves it.

Let’s start by understanding what is a blockchain:

A blockchain is a digital way for people conducting transactions to cut out the middle man. Instead of going through a third-party, the transaction is conducted on a “digital ledger” for everyone to see. The transaction needs approval from all parties that are tied to the blockchain. Once they approve it, then the transaction will be processed. There is a level of cryptography used to keep transactions safe and these transactions are out in the open for all to see so any cheaters out there will get caught because you can see the transactions they’ve made.

Theoretically, however, almost anything can be built on a blockchain.

Now let me introduce you to Ethereum and “Zero Times Omega.”

Ethereum is a blockchain that is used for developing and running apps. (You can read more about it here.)

With Ethereum, you can kickstart and fund a project, create your own cryptocurrency, or build a brand new decentralized application.

But the one thing that stood our for me is that you can create a “democratic autonomous organization.”

And that’s where “Zero Times Omega” comes in.

It is based on the aforementioned blockchain. The creator of this blockchain, Matt Liston, stated that ‘“It’s a religious framework that could allow for belief sets to update much more quickly and also to democratize the relationship between membership and convergence on what everyone believes in this religion.”’

For me, this has all the earmarks of a deception written all over it.

While I haven’t read what they call their ‘holy book’, the idea is that they can vote on different aspects of their ‘religion’ and make changes to it, if there is a consensus.

Simply put, this is exactly the kind of technology that Satan can use to create any one of a number of deceptions.

Unlike “Zero Times Omega”, the Word of God is never-changing, no matter what any organization says. There are Christians out there (including pastors) who are already learning and preaching the Word in a ‘feel good’ format. They are subtly making changes so that people don’t get offended.

Let’s face facts, everyone: the Bible can offend, condemn, and lay your sins bare. But it also provides grace and inspires and shows us that we are redeemable and that to get there, we must first acknowledge and put our faith in the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by me.” (John 14:6 KJV).

Enough said.

God Bless!

 

We are Christians and Soldiers

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I picked up a daily devotional that was sitting on my wife’s desk and opened it to a random page. The title of the devotional on the left side read ‘Soldiers on the Battlefield.’

I felt the need to pick that book up today and God led me to what I thought was a random page and that’s what I read.

What does that have to do with anything? Actually, plenty.

After I read the title and the content of the devotional, I thought about the recent display of blasphemy that was put on at the recent Met Gala.

For those of you who aren’t aware, there was an event that took place at the Met. It’s called the Met Gala. Quite honestly, I don’t know why they have such an event but there are any one of a number of stars who attend this event. Each of theses events has some sort of theme. The attendee’s wardrobe is based on the theme of the event. This year it was Christianity.

I say Christianity because some were dressed in Roman Catholic-like vestments while others were adorned with crosses or religious images. Jared Leto was dressed as Jesus, adorning his head with a mock crown of thorns.

As Christians, we need to call out this kind of mockery and stand against it. We need to call out those who would preach a different gospel and bring the light to bear on them. Those needing to be saved are being led astray by a ‘watered-down’ gospel message.

As soldiers, put on the full armor of God and get yourselves ready.

A Thank You from Me to You.

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I should have done this a while ago but I wanted to take a minute and thank everyone for visiting this tiny little corner of cyberspace and taking a minute to read my posts. It is very much appreciated!

I can’t believe that this all started back in 2010!

I was a novice writer with a lot to learn. A guy putting his thoughts down, hoping to make an impact somewhere in the space-time continuum.

Today I’m less of a novice with a lot to learn.

It’s been a fun trip over the last eight years and I’m glad that you’ve taken the trip with me! I hope that we can continue this journey together.

Again, thank you so much for your patronage and I hope to see you soon!

God Bless!

GQ Hates the Bible (and Other Assorted Classics).

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Yes, you read that title correctly. GQ hates the Bible.

Okay, that’s my own spin on it but it’s pretty close to accurate.

GQ recently published an article (or, more accurately, an opinion piece) titled 21 Books You Don’t Have to Read. You can read it here.

Included with the Bible are such classics as The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, The Old Man and the Sea and A Farewell to Arms (both by Ernest Hemingway), as well as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

And coming in at number 12 was the Bible. Here is the author’s take on the Bible:

Those who have read it know there are some good parts, but overall it is certainly not the finest thing that man has ever produced. It is repetitive, self-contradictory, sententious, foolish, and even at times ill-intentioned.

If you haven’t guessed by now, I completely disagree with the author on all of this except on one point: it is true that this is not the finest thing that man has ever produced.

It is, however, the finest thing that God has produced.

Yes, man wrote the words down but God gave men the words to write. Men like Moses, Paul, John, and Timothy (among others) received the Word from God and wrote them down. Yes, there are bad parts (murder, rape, and God’s wrath on His people) and there are good parts (redemption, forgiveness, and reconciliation).

Taken as a whole, the Bible is the story of us. The creation of man, his fall, and his eventual return to righteousness through the saving work of Jesus Christ. Everything we were and everything we were destined to become is written in the pages of the Bible. Those who are ‘of the world’ can’t see that. They only see the Word as a collection of interesting stories and nothing more.

For those of us who are saved, we see the Bible as our guide to salvation and where the future of this world is headed.

All you have to do is take a look around at the world today and you will realize that the Bible is more relevant now than it’s ever been. Pick it up, ask the Holy Spirit to guide you, and you will see it exactly as I (and many others) see it.

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God Bless!