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IT – A Message to Computer Fans, Geeks & Freaks
Information technology has ushered in the "in-touch" generation, those whose lives and vocabulary center around the computer. Here then is
SALVATION EXPLAINED IN A LANGUAGE THEY'LL UNDERSTAND
At this time, you're running on an old operating system that is susceptible to viruses and all kinds of trouble. Your provider, Dark Prince, has made a lot of promises he has not kept. His anti-virus software has not protected you from serious illness and the firewall provided is full of holes. First of all, you need a new Provider, the Master, the One who includes an upgrade to a whole new operating system. The Master will provide you with the best support, together with your cooperation and active participation. This means running frequent system scans [prayer] and keeping your system updated [reading the Bible]. Old habits will have to go, but as your system is continually renewed, you will experience such a high level of strength and satisfaction that you will no longer feel a need for that old stuff and those dangerous websites.
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed; behold, all things have become new" (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Now and then, Dark Prince will send some spam your way that may look enticing, but it will only serve to infect your system. If you should ever fall for it, don't worry. Your Provider, the Master, is patient, loving and ready to forgive. Just run a system scan and an update, which will in turn download the latest drivers [motivators]. In any case, you can fully rely on the Master to renew your system completely.
"If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:8-9).
Your data is safe and sound in the Heavenly database. And just imagine! Once you upgrade to the Master Provider, your database is also updated. All that former nasty data that bogged down your old system is deleted!
Many people read the newspaper every morning over a cup of coffee and even more people stare into their smartphone screens all day long to stay totally informed. It's amazing how much info is at our fingertips. The billionfold demand for information could only be met with powerful technology. You can google everything from household remedies for an ailment and the personal details of your favorite star to the origins of the universe. The only problem is, it's ultimately your decision whether or not to believe what you read. Google can supply you with information that is either true or not true, based on scientific fact or fantasy or on real life experiences. The information can also stem from one's own ideas or even from a deranged mind. A person might believe a certain way, without knowing why or where his or her way of seeing things came from – whether from friends, parents, books, news media – and can easily find reinforcement online for that belief.
I find it interesting that the word "information" is nowhere in the Bible, which only talks about the knowledge, the wisdom and word of God. Unfortunately, most people have hearts too hardened to receive the seed of the Word of God and so it is mostly rejected as false information. The world says that information is power, which of course only applies in the physical realm. The knowledge and wisdom of God, however, applies in the spiritual realm. The Physical ends in death, the Spiritual in life. In these times there is a great hunger for information, but not much use for knowledge and truth. Nowadays if you have a distaste for someone's facts, you simply offer up alternative facts.
How readily we share our private details, trading them for free service. After all, those major corporations have data privacy policies. Right? Which should make it no problem to feed our personal data into a central computer – oops! I mean, the latest cloud technology. It is a fact that Big Brother is busy collecting all the info they can about you, day by day. The standard reply I hear is: "I have nothing to hide." The day is surely coming and will be here soon when you will wish you could hide from Big Brother. Believe me, and if not me, believe the Bible. It's coming. The powers in high places are getting ready for what's to come but we, the mere mortals, are not. We're preoccupied online. Surfing the Internet gives us at least the feeling like we might be doing something useful or important. Information technology helps people with "helping" the world to function and is spawning an ever-increasing number of busybodies. Cemeteries are filling up with people who thought the world couldn't manage without them. Not everybody is using "selfie sticks" these days, some have invested in drones that can make snapshots from any angle. It's a me, me, look-at-me society.
Information technology enables the Big Boys to play with their Dangerous Toys. Computers help us to solve problems we wouldn't have without computers. Thanks to computers, we can now communicate with our refrigerators and other appliances. A man recently said it was hard competing with their new dishwasher, because it not only does the dishes but also listens to his wife. Robots are assuming traditional human roles. When I'm in need of something, nowadays I order a big part of it online. When I go to a store, I would be lying if I said the sales clerk is always friendly. Most of the time it's not the case. It's different with a robot. I look, compare, order and pay online, all of which ends with a friendly message or e-mail of thank you for your purchase, have a nice day, etc. Programmed to do so, of course, but at least I'm not left with a feeling of having disturbed frustrated employee, who is mainly focused on the end of his or her working shift. The tasks we humans should be doing and once did are being turned over to machines, and they neither complain nor are they unfriendly.
Information technology has drawn our attention away from what's human. There's no longer much room for "trial and error" as now there's an app for just about everything. People are leaving human warmth behind and many are mutating into the cold machines they so much admire. Jesus said about the last days:
"Because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold" (Matthew 24:12).
There is a Heavenly Father, for real, but the Created is rebelling against the Creator. Reminds me of the teenager who rebels against his dad and leaves home, only to become like his dad years later. So man denies his Creator, while doing his best to imitate Him. They try so hard to create [artificial] intelligence and mess around with the human DNA to heal the body. Big efforts, ludicrous results. You are encouraged to keep your data safe and sound in a "cloud", while every single detail of your entire life is already being recorded in Heaven's database.
So where is all of this leading to? God's great patience and love has kept Him from putting a stop to it all, but man is working overtime to bring about his own end. They are being driven, but not by the Holy Spirit.
"The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is very patient toward us. He is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9).
The Master is patient, but Dark Prince is pushy. The book of Revelation describes World War 3, which will kill one-third of the world's population. It's no longer the last days, it's the last hours and there are some maniacs running the show, including the one who now occupies the most powerful office on Earth.
Better upgrade today!
RELIGIOUS or BELIEVER
"I won't believe it till I see it", you often hear. This is in fact very human, very worldly, but also understandable in this age of the lying mouth. I mean, who can you trust to speak the truth nowadays? Thomas, a disciple of Jesus, had a hard time believing his fellow disciples:
"Hey Thomas, the Lord is risen! He was here a little while ago."
"Slow down, hang on a minute! Are you saying the Lord is alive? Sorry guys, I won't believe it till I see it. I'd need to see and feel the wound prints in His hands and side."
A week or so later, Jesus appeared to them again, and the Lord showed Thomas His wounds:
"And Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord and my God!"
"Jesus said to him, "Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed" (John 20:29-29).
This principle also applies to being religious, not only in the established religions, where people bow down to the Buddha statue, the Hindu elephant god Ganesha, the statue of Mary or even before a cross with a weird looking personage hanging on it (who looks nothing like the King I believe in), believing only what they can see.
The religious evangelicals also like to showcase their religiousness, for example in English, often speaking and praying in the old King James style of the 1600s or conducting themselves with awe and reverence to a holy presence in a building called "church". Now, why don't they continue speaking and acting that way afterwards at the restaurant or even at the office on Monday morning? God understands modern language quite well and is not impressed by your "thou's and thine's" (though your fellow worshippers might be). Religion gives you holy buildings and shrines at holy places, although the Bible says:
“God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of Heaven and Earth, DOES NOT LIVE IN TEMPLES MADE WITH HANDS … We ought not to think that His Devine Nature is like gold, silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising” (Acts 17: 24 + 29).
In view of the mass migration these days, where East meets West, it's important to distinguish between faith and religion more than ever now. Religion involves works, such as kneeling down and praying to Allah five times a day or reciting Ave Maria while holding your rosary beads in a death grip. However, only FAITH can save:
"By grace you are saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God; not of works lest anyone should boast" (Eph. 2: 8-9).
FAITH is to believe in what you cannot see, to believe what God has promised in His Word and is what pleases our Creator.
"Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1).
"Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He rewards those who diligently look for Him" (Heb. 11:6).
RELIGION has you following organizational doctrine, pagan philosophies and charismatic leaders who exercise authority over their followers, taking money from them by Old Testament law and living in luxury while praying for the poor.
You might feel that I pound on the RCC (Roman Catholic Church) too much but you're wrong, I don't do it enough. It is the largest religious organization in the world and has done a fine job of deceiving billions of people – members as well as non-members. In the RCC, Jesus gets to keep company with a slew of pagan saints and usually takes a backseat to the "Mother of God". That's a good one: I missed the part about God having a mom. So where's the dad?
Pope Francis is a man with a mission to unite the religions of the world. There was no conflict of interest for him when he made the statement about other world religions: "Our differences are minimal and, after all, we do serve the same god." Which god would that be? He's surely not referring to the Lord Jesus Christ, who is "the image of the invisible God" (Col. 1:15) and the "fullness of the Godhead bodily" (Col. 2:9).
FAITH is where believers study their Bible, which is in fact the written Word of God, to check whether the doctrine of any one organization is of God or of man.
RELIGIOUS persons will generally accept what their pastor or priest sells them as the "gospel truth", without verifying it in God's Word. Some might even go to their church building outside of the official service times to find the peace and tranquility they're missing elsewhere, not even to be found in a quiet little room at home. As if that church building were a holy place, where the Holy Spirit is confined and just waiting for you to drop in for a visit.
People all over the world are trying to enter paradise via Buddhism, Hinduism, Allah, the Pope and the Catholic religion or even by means of New Age philosophies.
Jesus wondered whether He would find any FAITH when He returns (Luke 18:8). One thing's for certain: He will find RELIGION, for the world is filled with it. There is no other way to God, except through Jesus Christ. He said:
“I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to God except through me” (John 14:6).
For the last days before His coming, the Bible predicts economic woes, wars and more wars, horrifying acts of crime and violence, starvation, epidemics, earthquakes, the days of Noah, Sodom and Gomorrah reloaded with widespread homosexuality, a one world government and a uniting of the world religions into a superchurch. The final act is being performed before our eyes and the end of the world, as we know it, is upon us.
RELIGION cannot save you from the trouble to come, but FAITH in the One True God through Jesus Christ the Lord can.
For the day will come when:
“Every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God” (Phil. 2:10 / Romans 14:11).
Now, the Bible tells us that:
"The Lord is not slow in keeping what He has promised, but is very patient toward us; not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).
God has held off final judgement, but mankind is spinning out of control and bringing judgement upon themselves. The final act is upon us, the curtain is about to fall, the heavenly trumpeters have taken their positions. Heaven's Army is assembled on white horses. Heaven opens to cast its glorious light onto the entire Earth. The Lord Jesus descends on a cloud …
"The sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the peoples of the Earth will mourn as they see Him coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory" (Matthew 24:30)
"Behold, He is coming with clouds and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all peoples of the Earth will wail because of Him. Even so, Amen" (Revelation 1:7).
How interesting, how clever, how typical of the world. Even though the Bible strictly condemns the gay lifestyle as a perversion of God's order and His plan for mankind, those who speak out against homosexuality are said to suffer from homophobia. "Phobia" is a psychiatric word indicating that something is wrong and means "anxiety disorder". In other words, when two men living together and raising their adopted child (as they of course can't make their own babies), it is considered perfectly normal. If you speak out against what they're doing, society now says YOU are the one with the problem and the disorder. In Isaiah 5:20 the Word of God says:
"Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter."
The gay lifestyle is pushed on you practically every time you click on a sitcom, the news or a movie. They feed it to you till it seems normal. Your sense of outrage is dulled and eventually deadened, leading to passive acceptance. Gays are popping up everywhere, leaving those closets behind and delighting in the warm welcome of society, proud and accepted. The gay movement has gained ground in all walks of life. Besides gay neighbors, politicians, soldiers, policemen and celebs, there are groups such as the "Gay Railway Friends", "Gay Dads" and the "LesBi-Gay Youth Association", to name a few.
Gays enjoy the promotion and support of communities and tourist agencies, for example, there are special gay and lesbian cruises. Legal equality is only part of their triumphant rise. Gays enjoy tremendous recognition these days! The state supports them, society cheers them on. Nowadays, gays dictate what people should think and say about gays, and above all, what people are not allowed to say. Think it but don't speak it, otherwise you'll be lumped together with right-wing radicals.
Jude is the last book in the Bible, before the apocalypse of Revelation, and describes what life will be like shortly before judgement and destruction come upon mankind. The world is in the same condition today as Sodom was when it was destroyed. The homosexuality of Lot's time was commonplace and is linked to the demonic offenses of the time of Noah, before the world was totally destroyed, when the fallen angels left their natural dwelling and practised unnatural sexual intercourse (Jude 6-7). The last straw that broke the camel's back.
Apostle Peter agrees with Jude that those events in the days of Noah and Lot are set forth as a warning (2 Peter 2:4-6). A warning for what? For a time that would be just as it was back then. Check out history as described in Genesis 19:4-11 and you will find that homosexuality characterized the cityscape in the days of Lot. It had a great impact on politics, the legal system and the public's sense of justice. Woe to anyone who spoke against it!
Like to know what society will look like shortly before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ? Turn on the news, watch a movie. The Earth is about to be shaken. An ever-increasing number of natural disasters warns of what our world can expect and are the "sorrows" of the last days as described in Mark 13. Gay is okay you say? The Bible tells us point-blank what God thinks about it:
"Women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise the men, leaving the natural use of the woman and burning in their lust for one another. Men with men committing what's shameful and receiving the due penalty of their error" (Romans 1:26-27).
"Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God" (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).
You might think that I always harp on the subject, and I do. And I will continue doing so till they come to shut me up. Homophobia is not an accurate term, for I neither fear the gays nor their lifestyle. I fear for their souls and where this world is heading.
In the Old Testament, those practising homosexuality were put to death (Leviticus 20:13). The final sign back then, before the judgement of God came down upon the world, was homosexuality. In this, the Word of God is rejected one last time. As the saying goes, God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.
"God created man and woman, and said to them: Be fruitful and multiply" (Genesis 1:28).
THE LIAR & THE TRUTH
Contradicting what the Creator had commanded, the Liar assured the woman it was fine to eat from the tree. The fruit looked tasty, enticing, and promised to give great knowledge . She took a bite and shared with her husband, and paradise was lost. What part of the command was so hard to understand?
"You may eat freely from the trees of the garden, but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you shall surely die" (Genesis 2:16-17).
One act of obedience to the Liar and one bite of disobedience towards their Creator brought calamity upon mankind. At once Adam and Eve were aware of their nakedness, the way to the tree of life was blocked, they were expelled from the Garden of Eden and death had become a part of life. And the Liar,
"… that serpent of old, also known as the Devil and Satan …" (Revelation 12:9),
had begun his long career of perverting the Word of God and lying. Read what Jesus said to the unbelievers surrounding Him:
"You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of lies" (John 8:44).
That's the way it is: God says don't eat the fruit but the Liar says go ahead, eat, no problem. The Bible is the Word of God and tells us the second death is real while the Liar screams Ridiculous! Hell's a fairytale. We read in the Bible that you must be born again to make it to heaven and the Liar tells you to just be good, you'll be fine. Bible: God's our Creator. Liar: Evolution's the way. The Word of God proclaims that Jesus is Lord and the Liar's story is that Jesus was at most a good man. The Bible says that the devil is real while the Liar whispers I'm just a figment of the imagination. And on it goes. While the Bible tells us not to steal, the Liar will tell you to take it, nobody's watching. Finally, the Word of God says you shall not lie but the Liar assures us that a little fibbing won't hurt.
Amazing nowadays how easy it is for people to lie through their teeth. The world even has different categories of lying and new names for it. For instance, there's the "white lie", seen as quite harmless. I like the German word for it: Notlüge = "emergency lie". Like, "this is an emergency and so I just have to tell a little white lie, no harm done". New names for lying include "fake news" and "alternative facts". Now where do you suppose all this inspiration to lie comes from? The Apostle Paul wrote to the believers:
"God has made you alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the children of disobedience, among whom also we once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as others" (Ephesians 2:2-3).
The tendency to lie is so deeply embedded that even a lie told years before can have a funny way of turning into the truth in our own minds. Only a born-again-by-the-Spirit-of-God experience can change the matter. And it needs to be changed in this life, before you die:
"The cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters and all liars shall have their part in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death" (Revelation 21:8).
So the next time you start to tell a lie, think before you speak! "Men will have to give account of every idle word on that Day when they stand before the throne of judgement" (Matthew 12:36).
The prophet gazed in wonder at the vision of thunder and lightning around the throne of God. The eyes of the Ancient of Days are like flames of fire, His feet like fine brass refined in a furnace, and His voice the sound of rushing water. His hair is white like wool and the throne He sits on a fiery flame, its wheels of burning fire (Daniel 7).
An angel had been created who was glorious in appearance, graceful in movement with a contour of excellence. Strolling down the streets of splendor for all to admire, Lucifer flaunted the beauty, glory and magnificence given to him by the enthroned Creator. Wings soft as cotton, handsome face and a body built to perfection, that was the angel. Beauty, perfection and then … pride. The angel of light, not content with the great honor and admiration of the heavens, desired to be higher than the Most High Himself! One third of the angels of God joined ranks with Lucifer in rebellion and the battle raged, resulting in their expulsion from Heaven. The fallen angel and his armies have descended to the Earth and into the underworld, ranting and raving.
“Rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great anger, because he knows that his time is short" (Rev. 12:12).
"I saw Satan fall like lightening from heaven" (Jesus in Luke 10:18).
“How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakens the nations! For you said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the pit" (Isaiah 14: 12-15).
The once beautiful angel Lucifer had become Satan the Rebel. Over the course of time, separated from the light of God, he became the Prince of Darkness. The devil has meanwhile established his kingdom on Earth, today more than ever, deceiving mankind time and again as an angel of light. The “prince of the power of the air” has formed and shaped religions, governments, educational institutions as well as the way people think and speak, but one of Satan’s greatest strokes of genius in leading the world astray has been the movie and TV industry, which promotes everything that God hates and the Bible forbids. Murder, adultery, homosexuality, theft, greed, hate and just about anything else that is anti-Christ and contrary to sound doctrine, have become elements of entertainment.
The narrow path to eternal life, a life lived by denying your own desires and living for God, is well described in the Gospels of the New Testament. According to the film industry, most people are Catholic (they’re constantly crossing themselves in movies) and just about everybody gets to go to Heaven, although the Word of God is very clear on the matter:
“Enter in by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction and there are many who will go in by it. But narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life and there are few who will find it” (Mat. 7: 13-14).
Satan is the father of lies (John 8:44). As the prince of the power of the air, he uses that power to move people to lie and blaspheme. Have you noticed how inhibitions are falling away and how easy lying has become? Those who scream fake news are themselves full of it, and not ashamed. And the way the name of God is being abused can only come from Satan, the god of this world. I remember as a child, only those people who were not so fine ever included the names of God and Jesus in their collection of cuss words. Those were coarse, mean and nasty people, who often seemed to live „on the other side of the tracks“. Nowadays it’s the „in thing“ to do, even among the educated. People say it without even thinking. I like asking people,“Is He your God? Because you keep saying ‚my God!‘ so I was just wondering.“
One evening we were watching a game show on TV that turned into a concert of blasphemy. I pictured in my mind the Conductor of Darkness leading his orchestra. A little "Oh God" here, a "my God" there and then altogether "God oh God … !" And that from people who either don't believe or at least live like they don't believe in God.
For the god of this world, Satan, and the angels who rebelled with him, demons, there will be no returning to their cosy home in heaven. Their final destination will be the Lake of Fire, “made for the devil and his angels" (Mat. 25:41). Free will that we have, we can choose to walk in the light of God and enter His Paradise or remain in the darkness of unbelief and suffer eternal destruction, and snuggle up with the Prince of Darkness himself.
Does all of this sound like a fairytale? Do you believe that once you're dead, that's all? Or do you expect to wake up in a Hollywood heaven, sit on a fluffy cloud and play a harp? Think again. There is no such thing in the Bible. The commonly accepted notions of heaven, as described above or otherwise, come from the father of lies. The truth of the matter is totally different. Say you're on your deathbed and the last thing you see on this side of life are the faces of your loved ones gathered around the bed. Then you pass from this world … tick-tock … and awaken in what seems like a second or two later for your appointment to appear before the Ancient of Days, your Creator.
You might believe, as many do, that your own inner power is the way, that your own goodness and righteousness is the truth and that "doing your best" is the life. Jesus proclaimed:
"I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6).
"I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the Light of life" (John 8:12).
The Ancient of Days was seated on His throne, the court was open, let judgement begin. The dead stood before God and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. The dead were judged according to their works, by the things written in the books. Those whose names were not written in the Book of Life were thrown into the Lake of Fire, which is the second death. (Revelation 20-21).
The first death is lurking in the shadows, waiting for each and everyone of us. The second death is the one to be feared. It can and must be avoided. Listen to the subtle voice of the Holy Spirit of God, gently tugging at your heart. In contrast, ignore the enticing voice of the Liar, who does not have your best interests in mind. As kids we used to scream:
"Liar liar pants on fire!"
In truth, more than your pants will be on fire.