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Saturday, July 15, 2006
Thanatology is the science of death. The name is taken from the god of death in Greek mythology, Thanatos. Perhaps one of the greatest questions of all time is, “What happens to man when he dies?” No matter what we do, we all become part of the great statistic, that 10 out of 10 people die, and then what. What is our final destiny? Do the dead sleep? Are the dead conscious? Have they ceased to exist (annihilation)?
Among many erroneous beliefs in our world today is the Bible which maintains a very unique perspective on death. The Bible tells us that man was created from the dust of the Earth and then God breathed life into man. Death is simply the separation of soul, spirit and body. Our flesh returns to the dust of the earth and our spirit goes back to God who gave it [Eccl_12:7]. The Hebrew word for grave is “queber” but is not the same as “Sheol.” Queber only refers to the grave and unlike Sheol; queber is used many times in the plural. The soul or spirit is never said to go to queber and the body is never said to go to Sheol. The hard part to grasp is the finality of our arrival in either Heaven or Hell.
Jesus gave us the basic sequence of events that take place at death. Luke 16:19-31 is the story of the rich man and Lazarus. They both died and were buried. The rich man went to hell while Lazarus went to a place of comfort (paradise which is no longer in use, is where Lazarus was, but now we go to Heaven or Hell). A great gulf was between them. They were both conscious and aware of everything around them. Their bodies died but their “inner man” never stopped knowing what was going on.
In other words we are not annihilated like some would say, but we are living out our lives on this Earth, and our lives are only a blink of a moment in time, and then when our temporary bodies pass away, our eternal souls continue on forever.
Contrary to common belief, Hell is not a fairytale punishment to scare the simple minded. Hell is a real place and even though the minds of countless multitudes of people are comforted by the politically correct droning of lazy, deceived, or foolish preachers; the Bible still maintains the existence of a literal place of eternal suffering and pain.
Many people taught about Hell including Jesus [Mat_8:12, +50, , 24:51, 25:30, Luke_13:28], Paul [1Cor_15:55], John [Rev_1:18, -14], and Peter [2Peter_2:4] all believed in and taught about a literal Hell. They taught that this was not a place of fun and pleasure, but of eternal torment, anguish, weeping, and gnashing of teeth. Jesus also told the story of the Rich man and Lazarus in Luke chapter 16 explaining that Hell is a place of torment and thirst that cannot be escaped.
Several words are used to describe the fate of sin, evil, wicked angels, and humans. Sheol is Hebrew and means “place of the departed dead”. It is used a total of 65 times in the Old Testament (31 times “Hell,” 31 times “grave,” and 3 times “the pit”). Hades is the Greek equivalent of Sheol meaning “abode of departed dead.” The final destination of Hell and all evil, where sin will be for all eternity is called Gehenna which is translated “the lake of fire” and is located in “outer darkness” [Rev_19:20]. Jesus indicated Hades as having two compartments, one of torment [Luke_16], one of paradise [Luke ], and both in the center of the Earth [Matt_12:40].
Hell is a temporary habitation awaiting judgment day and then all Hell will be cast into the lake of fire [Rev_20:11-14]. This terrible dwelling was not created for man but for Satan and his angels [Matt_25:41]. Hell is real but we who know Jesus Christ as our savior have nothing to fear for we have the promise of the father.
Newdow has standing as a parent to challenge a practice that interferes with his right to direct the religious education of his daughter. "Parents have a right to direct the religious upbringing of their children and, on that basis, have standing to protect their right." Doe v. Madison Sch. Dist. No. 321, 177 F.3d 789, 795 (9th Cir. 1999) (en banc); see also Grove v. Mead Sch. Dist. No. 354, 753 F.2d 1528, 1532 (9th Cir. 1985) ("Appellants have standing to challenge alleged violations of the establishment clause of the First Amendment if they are directly affected by use of [the challenged book ] in the English curriculum. [Appellant] has standing as a parent whose right to direct the religious training of her child is allegedly affected.") (citation omitted).
It is funny because I could use the same argument to say I don’t want the public schools teaching my child about homosexuality and how it is “ok” because they were born that way. This being not a scientific fact is a religion; part of liberalism and secularism. In God We Trust and heaven help us the day that changes.
"'Parents have a right to direct the religious upbringing of their children and, on that basis, have standing to protect their right.'"
Ok What about christians who want to direct their children into a god filled environment? Just because your religion of science and possibly darwin evolution does not believe in a creator so should you rule out and make it so my God whom I love and serve cannot be so much as spoken of? Where is justice in that?
The only way you could be neutural would be to have ALL religions taught unbiased with open debate but no, we are so busy keeping any religion from getting into schools that we are making a religion out of it. We all have a god and we are all slaves. The only question is who is our god and what are we slave to? For many it is aquiring wealth, and for Mr. Newdon I would say he is slave to viciously attacking God wherever he is to be found.
This is my reply to Xanthan's Blog Bold text blocks are his normal are mine. All his text is here, none is excluded.
You know me as Satan, the Father of all lies, Beelzebub, the Devil, Lucifer, God of this world, and hundreds of other names passed down through the years.
These names are not passed down without purpose. These are names describing Satan’s true attributes. He is a thief, and he orchestrates of all evil. Jesus said in John The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
In fact, I'm your best friend.
Satan is a deceiver, Satan and his minions want nothing but your destruction and they will give you anything to lure you over the cliff.
I know what you need and I know what makes you happy.
You will make sure people do NOT get what they need (faith in God unto saving grace)
I've met millions before you and millions after you.
You’re tormenting BILLIONS in hell and you hope to see billions more before your done. Of course you offer delusions that hell is fun when actually it is a place of torment and loneliness where the fire is not quenched and worms never die while they eat you alive. Your friends may be there but you won’t see them. You might hear them screaming in torment, crying out for mercy, but it cannot come. Satan has been fighting a war with God over souls and has managed to deceive you into thinking hell was fun.
I was the first to sin, not your mother Eve. I stood alone before the man with my fist in the air and said "NO!!" You monkeys think you know sin? I invented sin while you were stumbling around the garden eating dirt.
First we are not now, nor were we ever monkeys. Fools believe there is no God. Adam and Eve ate many varieties of delicious fruits, the taste of which cannot be imagined now after the decimation on earth caused by sin. You rebelled against God and thought you could have God’s throne. This is why God cast you, and 1/3 of the angels of heaven whom you deceived, out of heaven. Now to get back at God your trying to destroy God’s creation.
You call it sin, I call it knowledge, and you have me to thank for your free will. I was the first, the Alpha and Omega of freewill. This world and all your deeds are mine alone.
More lies. Sin is sin and it is against God who alone is righteous and holy. Revelation 21:6And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. You have pictures of me in your minds that I would prefer you keep. I like it that you see me as a red, horned creature with evil eyes. I think it's hilarious
Yeah you would because they are deceptive. You can make yourself appear as an angel of light, appearing to have the glorious light of God. You can take basically any form you choose. In this you might deceive people into thinking they are serving God when they are actually worshiping demons and devils.
and as long as you do also, you don't really have to believe in me. It's okay if you don't believe in me;
Right you win whether they believe in you or not. To go to hell one does not have to believe in the devil, all he has to do is disbelieve that Jesus died on the cross for his sins and the sins of the whole world. Or if he does believe he only has to reject that free gift.
there will be no unbelievers in the end. But I need you to be ignorant of me for now.
When people die (We all must die someday)they will believe and every knee shall bow before the judgment seat of Christ.
The truth is, I am the most beautiful and powerful of all the hosts of heaven.
You were the most beautiful but not most powerful. You were on an equal level of power with the other Archangels but with a different purpose.
It is written in his book. If I meet you in the flesh though, I will appear normal, believable, and as your equal.
You love misquoting scripture. God is Holy. Without Jesus in our lives or the interference of praying saints you have complete power over man.
I deal in charm, seduction, understanding and laughter. Like I said, I know what makes you happy on Earth. I'll shake your hand, smile in your eyes, and make you laugh, kiss your cheek and then make you cum.
You use the pleasures of sin for a season to draw people in and by the time they realize they are in trouble, usually it is to late. Then when that pleasure has run its course, death.
I understand what you like and I know how it feels to not be accepted by Him.
No God is accepting, it is people who won’t accept the righteous holiness of God.
But please understand that I am not your opponent. You monkeys do a good enough job of making your own enemies. You love the drama. You search for your pain. You are always waiting on the next tragedy. Struggling along, swimming in your disgusting pain, worries, and troubles until you die. These things are not of me, I am above such animal thinking.
You are our adversary. 1Peter 5:8Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
Your wars and conflicts are mostly your own. You don't need my help to be savages. Your kind has proven itself to be more savage than any other animal on Earth. Your ability to damage each other is shocking.
You deceive and cause temptation for an occasion to sin. Then sin brings death but it originated in you, Satan.
It is disgusting to me.
Your heart is filled with joy every time a sin is committed. You stand and wait, watching for the moment we sin so you can shout accusations against us to God who, bound as a righteous judge, must allow you to cause bad things to happen in our lives because of sin.
Generally, I hate this part of you, because in your savagery you end up seeking shelter with Him.
This is not savagery but it is wisdom. When you are destroying us who else can we turn to? Doing things your way (The “fun” way) is what caused our despair and drove us to the loving arms of God.
But you may keep blaming me for all that is bad, that way you can avoid the responsibility.
Actually you can only be in one place at a time. Your power is very limited but your demons (fallen angel followers) do virtuallyall the work. Some of them are stronger than others. Some even have well known names like Ala, Buddha, and Baal.
The only human suffering I condone is that which makes you hate Him.
Haha yeah you don’t like God because you thought you could defeat him but in reality you have already lost! It is funny how you are willing to sacrifice our happiness in hopes we will blame it on God though.
I want what's best for you. I want you happy, healthy, and successful.
Then leave us alone and stop deceiving us LIAR!
Stop searching for a higher power; quit looking for a hidden meaning.
No. I’m not even searching I have found God and I will do what I can to show others what your trying to do to them!
You are the forgotten experiment of a conceited scientist.
We are not forgotten and God is not conceited. God says Hebrews 13:5 “…I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
He does not leave us but we forsake and leave him.
He doesn't know what it is like to be human
Christ left heaven to come to earth as a man. Here not only did Jesus experience every earthly temptation and successfully resist each one but he also died and gave up a perfect happy and meaningful life so that we silly humans could live.
and he is not interested in you for what you are. He only wants you converted, changed in to a follower, a sheep. Only I understand what you are going through.
You only understand because you helped cause what we are going through.
How hard could it really be to walk the Earth in human form with the knowledge of a God? Knowing that you are better, perfect in comparison to those around you, and then die for their imperfections knowing what awaits you? A grand show, but nothing more.
Jesus was very wise but he wasn’t omniscient Luk_2:40, Luk_2:46, Luk_2:52. In other words Jesus did not have the all knowing attribute of God. If he did he would not have increased in knowledge. He also did not have God’s full favor from day one because he increased in favor. All you have said in this paragraph is another bunch of lies and deceit. What knowledge Jesus had he obtained through prayer, fasting, and diligence just like any human being can.
Forget your middle-class morality and live for the moment. Forget love and completeness, follow satisfaction and comfort. There is no true love. There is no acceptance, from Him or each other, only from me.
You would like us to think this is true but it is not. You’re a liar like you always were. Whatever you say is designed to lead us away from God.
You'll never know I'm here. Just as well that you don't believe in me or believe I walk this land with you. Stay self-absorbed and blind and I'll do my part to keep you happy.
No need to fight us if we are letting you kill us without a fight but if we want eternal life we must fight you.
Cross me and I'll knock you down and fill your throat with your fathers cock. Or maybe I won't because in the long run, I have faith in your feeble mind.
I would say not.Isaiah 54:17No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.
In the end, you'll stand below me as we shake the pillars of His home.
No I will stand WITH God while you die eternally in the lake of fire. Enjoy what little time you have left. You have already lost.
Today I went to an old website I used to visit regularly. By regularly I mean an average of once every three hours. One of my old online gaming communities I used to spend countless hours of my freetime on. Starkingdoms Is a text based live rpg of sorts. Basically thousands of people get online and create "kingdoms" and dwell in "sectors". You set up some basic information and then your on your way to world domination, fighting wars with other real people and their created kingdoms for dominance and even a cash reward for the truely obsessed winner. So why am I writing about this?
I used to be addicted to games like this one. As a professing christian, I saw nothing wrong with it. I mean, "who am I hurting really?" This was my reasoning. Over time however I began to hear good teachings on the importance of our time and how the devil puts out countless diversions and traps out there to distract us from what is important. You see I dont need any fancy degrees or hours of study (not that these things are bad 2Tim ) to know my time is important. We all must die someday so the question is, how will I spend what time I have been given?
As a professing follower of Christ I have been given a number of clear cut commands. These things are my reasonable service to the one who I must place as lord of my life in order to non-hypocritically call myself "Christian."
Mark And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. Mark And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
To love God first and then man also at least as much as you love yourself. One way we show our true love as christians is to keep our Lord's commandments (John ). Commandments like Mark And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
My problem then, became that I was spending more time playing games than doing things I knew full well what God wanted me to do. Things like reading my bible and praying were scarce habits for me then. You see the devil does not want us to have time for our Bible and reading the word of God hiding it in our hearts. Reading the Bible is how a young man can cleanse his walk from unrighteousness (Psalm 119:9). The very faith we cannot please God without (Hebrews 11:6) is obtained and strengthened by the word of God (Romans ). By spending all our time on video games we cause ourselves to remain stagnant and we become stale and lukewarm (Revelation ).
Am I saying you must absolutely drop your video games just because I did? No. I am saying if you want to be truly great for God, and not just another measly human being passing through the crucible of time then give up that which you cannot keep anyways. It is not like there will be videogames in heaven. No, heaven will be much beyond that. Our modern society seeks to hear the voice of God and to be able to reach out and touch the heater bar of God’s holiness but God said you will find him - (Jeremiah 29:13)And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
So today my friends, consider whether you want to be great for God like the people you hear of in the Bible and seek him with your whole heart or if you’re just another ordinary, lukewarm, person calling themselves a Christian and letting countless multitudes die in an eternal pit of fire because you could not stop playing videogames long enough to learn how to be an effective loving member in the kingdom of God.