Reductionism is Killing the Church

bible-06Christians should trend toward complexity in their thinking and not toward reduction-ism. We live in a dumbed-down world where we get all our information from the internet, instead of actually thinking.

The greatest mystery ever given to the human race is the gospel.  The gospel is presented in the most simplistic terms, but yet it has so much depth and that depth is permeated throughout the bible. So simple a child could receive it, but yet it has complexity that a person could spend their lives studying every facet of the gospel and never exhaust the knowledge that can be found from it.

The language of the the gods is math. The bible is full of mathematical anomalies and is full of encoded information. Jesus was crucified on the third of April in 33 A.D., He died at 3:00 in the afternoon, He was 33 years old, He rose from the grave on the third day, He began His ministry in Galilee which is a region crossed by the 33rd parallel, He rode into Jerusalem and was hailed as King and the son of David who ruled over Jerusalem for 33 years, He was 33 years old.

Symbology is a matter of intent.  Symbols by themselves are not inherently evil, it’s the use and/or formation of these symbols that determine whether they are intended for good or evil.  A pentagram is essentially a star, a geometric shape, however it is often used to represent Satanism. However, we can get so locked in to a dogma that we can paralyze people with it, that we can no longer have a star on a Christmas tree, which is intended to represent the wise men who came to see the new-born Christ, but Christians use their narrow thinking to put people in bondage over it.  The evergreen tree has long been a symbol of Christmas, however now people claim that this same tree was once used in Pagan rituals.  So what?  It’s not the symbol that’s evil, it’s the intent behind it.

Many Christians have this attitude that they know more than others, or have secret knowledge that others don’t have, and they use it to create divisions amongst the flock. You find people arguing about doctrines, and ideas found in the bible and if two people can’t agree on one little aspect of their doctrine, they split and go their separate ways, which is exactly what the enemy ultimately wants to begin with. People tend to pick and choose certain parts of the bible and use it to support their particular doctrines, but when they do that, they have to ignore other parts.  Now either the bible is full of contradictions and can’t be trusted, or could it be possible that we do not yet fully understand the complexities of these seeming contradictions? Even people that exist within my own particular brand or flavor of Christianity seem to ignore the scriptures that either don’t support the doctrine, or seem to invalidate it. I will be the first to raise my hand and admit that I too have been guilty of this.

We can all take one passage of scripture and build a doctrine around it, but when we do that, we are likely to be very wrong about the full scope of the knowledge that is contained within its pages.  The bible tells us to “Study to show yourselves approved of God”.  Does this mean we find one passage of scripture and decide whether its figurative or literal, and then build an entire doctrine around it?  No, it means that the knowledge and wisdom is spread throughout the old and new testaments, and it requires careful study of its pages to fully understand the message.  It also requires constant seeking of God, and asking the Holy Spirit to show us what’s going on.  I suspect that many of the “flaky” doctrines come about because the subscribers and creators of said doctrines aren’t seeking the Holy Spirit for help, and knowledge, and rather simply taking everything at face value and relying on their own intellect to understand it. This is sad because the bible cannot be intellectually understood, but rather it is a spiritual book, and it intentionally forces the believer to seek God to help interpret its secrets.

I think that there is this fear that if we can’t comprehend the bible intellectually, that some evil spirit is going to twist and corrupt our thinking.  I think that kind of fear has only hindered the growth of many Christians rather than promoted it. Yes, a person can be deceived, yes we have to weigh what we hear in our spirit with whats written in the pages of the bible, yes all of that is possible. However, the bible teaches us that a real Father is not going to give a stone when a child asks for bread. So when we ask Jesus to fill us with His Holy Spirit to overflowing, we have to trust what Jesus taught the disciples on the day of ascension in Mark 16 and Acts 1. Jesus called this infilling of the Holy Spirit a gift, and we should all want it. Peter said that this promise is for you, and for all those who are far off.  This means no matter where you are or what time period you live in, this promise is for you.  All you need to do is to accept Jesus as your Lord, and then ask Him to fill you to overflowing with His Holy Spirit, and Jesus will respond accordingly. This is not something to be feared, because if we truly believe we are saved, and believe in the risen Christ, then there is nothing to fear in this.

There is also the lie based on one line in 1 Corinthians 13 that I’ll paraphrase when Paul said, “When that which is perfect has come, all these things will be done away with.”  And so you have all these people looking at that and saying that the gifts of the Spirit are no longer needed because we have the perfect unadulterated Word of God to teach us.  Well this flies in the face of the words of Jesus who said that there will come a day when we will no longer need anyone to teach us, that the Holy Spirit would be our teacher.  Who is right? The people who perpetuate these false doctrines, or Jesus Himself?

The scope of scripture is far grander than one person’s narrow-minded thinking, that only what I can interpret intellectually from the pages of the bible is the truth, and that we need to ignore our spirit, ignore the Holy Spirit who is constantly trying to help us and show us all truth, and not just the truth we cherry-pick from its pages. I write this not to be critical, but rather to open your eyes, and broaden your thinking a little bit. If you want to stay inside your little intellectual bubble, then so be it, I’ll support you all the way.  However, if you want more depth, more insight, more knowledge than what can be gleaned by simply reading from an intellectual level, then I invite you to ask Jesus into your heart, and make Him your Lord and Savior, and then ask Jesus to fill you to overflowing with His Holy Spirit.  I promise you, you will never be the same again.

The American Overlords

Today the headlines read that “crybaby” John Boehner is endorsing rino Paul Ryan to be the republican nominee in the 2016 presidential election.  I sat back and wondered to myself, how is that even possible?  He’s not even running for president?  Donald Trump is killing the other republican candidates in the primaries, there is no way he’s not going to be the nominee.  The real dirty truth about American politics is that if the voting public is not able to clearly choose a winner in the primaries, if the outcome is too close, or if the nominee appears to be a losing proposition for the party, then the party will choose for us.  It feels a bit like living in Soviet Russia, where the leaders were appointed rather than chosen by the voting citizenry.  This is where you really get to see how much or how little freedom we have in our representative republic.

That’s right folks, the United States is not a true democracy, it is a representative republic.  This is where, if you are paying attention, you learn the art of sausage-making in American politics.  Some things you just wish you didn’t know.  I often feel like the elections in America are akin to the gladiatorial games in ancient Rome.  It was entertainment presented at the expense, and literal peril, of the combatants, as an opiate for the masses.  Roman citizens were kept fat, dumb and happy, while poor Roman slaves were pitted against professional gladiatorial combatants in the most unfair ways.  I mean, you knew who the winners would be from the start, and the losers’ sole mission was to die as savagely as possible at the hands of clearly more skilled and heavily armed opponents.  They would of course put on a good show, and the decadent Roman citizenry went home feeling like they got their money’s worth, and no one questioned it, no one complained.  It was a testament to the falling morality of the Roman Empire.

We saw last weekend the lengths the democrats will go to disrupt the political rally of their most feared and hated opponent, Donald J. Trump.  George Soros, a well known democratic financier, paid groups like moveon.org and Black Lives Matter (BLM), to bus people in for the sole purpose of protesting and eventually, unfortunately, disrupt the rally from continuing.  We even saw Barack Obama’s old pal Bill Ayers in the crowd, hamming it up in front of the salivating media.  This is a sad blow to the first amendment in America.  What they are saying is that free speech is fine, as long as we agree with your point of view.  However, deviate just a little bit, and we’ll brand you as a hater, a racist, a homophobe, an islamophobe, and a xenophobe.

What are we, as the American voting public, to take away from all of this?  It is clear to me now that we are not the democratic free society we thought we were.  Its looking more and more like an oligarchy, and we are simply the serfs groveling at the feet of the ruling class.  Of this I no longer have any doubt.  If the republican party chooses to ignore the voting public, and nominate a candidate of their choosing, there will be blood in the streets, folks.  You will have masses of disenfranchised voters marching in every city in America, and I suspect they will be largely ignored by the media.  You as the voter, may not like the fact that Donald J. Trump is crushing the other candidates in this presidential primary race, but you have to respect the will of the republican party voters.  It is also clear that this man is bringing in voters from the democratic party, independents, and even people who have never voted before.  Why?  Is it simply because he acts like a pro wrestler talking smack about his opponents, stirring up the crowds, making a big show of his candidacy?  I really don’t think so.  He lists his policies on his website just like all the other candidates.  He says what he is for, and what he is against.  He presents his ideas, and it happens to resonate with angry American voters, who are simply fed up with politics as usual.  If it were just about his on-stage antics and personae, it would certainly not be reflected in the primary results we have seen thus far.  I think there is way more to the movement than meets the eye.

Yes, this is a movement, whether we want to admit it or not.  It’s a phenomenon because it defies logic and it’s completely unpredictable what will happen in this election.  Trump has out-witted all of the critics, he as completely upset the pundits of the media, failing to live up to their predictions that he would be a failed candidacy in the face of establishment candidates like Jeb Bush and John Kasich and Marco Rubio.  Even Cruz was clearly favored to beat Trump in the early game.  Now its pretty clear that Rubio and Kasich no longer have a path to victory and it has become a two man race.

I personally would like to see the will of the American voter be respected rather than have our republican overlords choose for us.  Americans are much smarter than our task-masters give us credit for.  This in spite of common-core, the dumbing-down of our education system, and the fascist left that now completely overwhelms our college campuses, refusing to allow anyone with opposing viewpoints to express their ideas.  If Trump is somehow nominated, I will be pleasantly surprised.  If the establishment ruling class decides to pull a fast one on us, I fear what that will do to the republican party, and to the country.

Allen West — A great american

I just read a post by Allen West.  I just thought I would share it with you…

 

Consider the irony as we draw close to the one-year anniversary of the Benghazi attack. President Obama says the use of chemical weapons in Syria threatens our national security and we have an obligation to act. In contrast, our US Consulate (sovereign American territory) was attacked in Benghazi, our Ambassador was killed along with Sean Smith and two former Navy SEALS (Ty Woods and Glenn Doherty) and the only indignation shown was over a video. Need I mention the ensuing lies? But where was the obligation to act in response to Benghazi? The events in Syria are horrific to be sure, but to dismiss the attack and loss of American lives in Benghazi is unconscionable.

This video is posted on the Free Syrian Army’s facebook page and it clearly shows US backed rebels mounting and launching a chemical rocket at civilian targets withing Syrian, this proves it was not the Syrian government responsible, but our own allies in the civil war… This was found by Walid Shoebat, he’s a converted former palestinian muslim who has written extensively on middle eastern culture and muslim hatred toward Jews and Christians. He’s an insider…

EXCLUSIVE: Syrians In Ghouta Claim Saudi-Supplied Rebels Behind Chemical Attack

EXCLUSIVE: Syrians In Ghouta Claim Saudi-Supplied Rebels Behind Chemical Attack.

I just thought I would pass this info along to those who love freedom and justice and hate socialism and manipulation and criminal government actions.  I can see now that this a manufactured false flag excuse for the US to attack Syrian government targets.

Why do you suppose the United States is backing Al-Queda led rebel forces in this war?  The same reason Obama backed the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Libya.  The same reason they covered up Ben Ghazi, as then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asked Congress, “What does it matter?”

Is this why Barry Soetoro *cough* I mean Barack Obama put out an obviously faked long form birth certificate on the whitehouse.gov web page?  Is this why he still to this day refuses to release his college records?  Is this why students who were in the same law program at Harvard at the same time that Barry Soetoro supposedly attended have no memory of him in their classes?

I ask that people share this information before it is suppressed by the government.  The more people who are aware of this, the harder it will be for Barack Obama to commit war crimes.  I have long suspected this man to be a threat to America, even as he spoke in the DNC when GWB ran against John Kerry.  You know how sometimes you get that gut feeling in your stomach that something is wrong?  I had that feeling then, but had no proof or evidence to back up that feeling.  I can see now that my feelings were justified.

You can take from this what you want, but if you value freedom and the Republic within which we now still live, you will do what you can and what it takes to uphold our freedom, liberty and democracy before it is too late.  Those who fail to act while they still can, have only themselves to blame when they find themselves trapped under an oppressive regime that came about because of the complacency of the masses.

That is all.

Walking on a cloud

Today I was messing around with my ipad and I discovered some things I can do with it I was not previously aware of. I had been using evernote very little on my iphone. I am not especially busy, however that is quickly changing. I am being given a lot more responsibility at church. Our church is getting a van and I will be the driver. I will need to keep track of my passengers names, phone numbers, and addresses. I am also going to need to keep notes and remember lots of information.

I am also going to need to be able to blog from remote locations. Therefore I just downloaded WordPress for ipad. This is going to come in very handy as I move forward with my blog.

Finally, I downloaded the web clipper for Evernote. It allows me to save snippets of text, photos, articles, and even whole pages. This is going to be super huge to keep track of information as I research information for my blog.

Well that’s it for today. Stay tuned, lots more to come.

Sunday Morning

It’s early, around 6:37 AM.  I’m on my first cup of coffee.  I’ve been fiddling around with my facebook and youtube channel already.  I managed to copy the new worship video I made to my thumb drive and it’s all ready to go for church today.  I’ve also managed to feed and water my cat, his name is Velcro.  I named him that because he is a clingy little monster and he is stubborn as a mule.  He loves his daddy. 

It’s been a good while since I have spent any time writing, so you will forgive me if I am not quite up to speed with this.  I have thought long and hard on what kind of a blog I would like to make.  I can’t really seem to narrow my focus down to one thing.  I’ve decided to make it about whatever is on my mind, at any given time, on any given day.  Hopefully someone else will love it.  I’ve heard a good writer say once, “If you enjoy reading what you write, there is a good chance someone else out there will to”

I think that’s the best advice I have ever been given.

This has been a really funky summer for Cybrdroyd.  I am usually out riding my bike.  I haven’t felt motivated to do so this year.  I somehow managed to build a new pc however.  It’s still not quite finished.  I’m saving my money for a pair of video cards my friend Redmaxx is selling me.  He has been extremely helpful in the design and building of my new rig.  I’ve bought most of the parts from him.  He’s an extreme fps gamer, while I tend to gravitate toward the rpgs and mmos and strategy titles.  You know, thinking man’s games. 

This year I have come a long way in terms of my own personal spiritual journey.  Last year I was a raving alcoholic.  Oh it started out all innocent and harmless.  A few beers at a barbecue here and there, a six pack at home while playing video games.  I had stepped down from teaching bible studies because I knew my heart wasn’t quite where it should be.  I was dealing with a lot of past hurts.  Things I don’t wish to discuss, honestly.  It is what it is. 

December of last year it all came to a head.  I was stocking my freezer with Yaeger and Goldschlager, and my fridge was packed with PBR’s, and there were stacks of empty beer cases on my porch.  I knew it was time to stop. At least for a while.  So, on New Year’s Eve, I made a spur of the moment decision to dump all my alcohol down the sink.  I resolved not to drink in 2013.  I texted my church brother Brad to give him the news.  A little while later, he showed up with another brother from church, Tonto, to celebrate my sobriety.  He had bottles of sparkling grape juice, noise makers and some cheesy new years eve hats to celebrate the occasion.  It was one o’clock in the morning on New Year’s and the three of us were having a blast on grape juice!

Truthfully, that meant a lot to me.  Someone out there cared enough to want to celebrate my new beginning.  It went a long way in helping me stay on track, and to stay sober.  I was accountable to them now.  They themselves have had their own battles with substance abuse.  They now had a stake in my recovery.  I owe something to them, not just to me. 

I learned a long time ago about the power of confession.  I’ve done things in my life that I am truly ashamed of.  I discovered that if I confess my sins to my brethren, that satan can no longer torment me with the guilt.  It’s so true.  I spent years feeling like a horrible person inside for some of the things I have done, things that hurt someone I was deeply infatuated with.  Hateful things.  I shared my story with a close friend, and she just edified me so much for doing it.  I was convinced she would never speak to me again if I shared what I had done.  Quite the opposite.  That moment set me free. 

There was another friend I chose to share my story with.  He reacted the same way.  It felt very good to get those things off my chest.  However, later on, that same friend would use the information against me in the middle of a heated argument, he would use it to hurt me.  He is no longer my friend.  I discovered I could no longer trust him.  It’s sad because I really thought he was a cool guy.  Honestly he’s kind of a dick. 

So, here we are, it’s 7:08 AM, and I am on my second cup of coffee.  I’m about to wrap this thing up.  I am looking forward to service today.  Pastor Scott will have some good spiritual food for us, as always.  I have a new worship video I put together yesterday with the help of my good friend Krissy.  I also managed to find my thumb drive with some more videos I had done before.  God is so good. 

He is truly a god of second chances.  Proverbs 24:16 says a righteous man falls seven times and rises again.  Today I feel like the phoenix rising from the ashes.  Good things are coming my way.  I may not feel it, and I may not see it this day, but one day soon it will come.  I will have my prayers answered.  For now though, I put my hand to the plow, and I just keep putting one foot in front of the other and just keep on going.  I don’t know what tomorrow will bring, but I know one thing.  God will bring me through whatever challenges I may face.  I am confident in this. 

I will see you very soon. 

Welcome!

Hello and welcome to Cybrdroyd’s Funky Labs.  This is my first blog post.

I guess I should tell you who I am and why I am here.  I am Christian first and foremost.  I believe in God, I believe He sent His son Jesus to live and die for us so that we might live for Him, and that He rose again on the third day, and forty days later He ascended to Heaven and is now seated at the right hand of the Father.  He forever lives to make intercession for us.   I also am Karismatic, which simply means I believe in all the gifts of the Holy Spirit, which begins with the baptism of the Holy Spirit and Fire as established in the book of Acts.  This is the gateway to all the gifts of the Spirit as outlined in 1 Corinthians chapter 12 through 14.  I am not ashamed of it, and I make no apologies for it.  Great, now that’s out of the way, moving on…

I consider myself a political conservative nowadays.  I was once a staunch republican, however now I have drifted into Libertarianism I believe.  I feel like the Republican Party has done us a huge disservice by making themselves more like the Democratic Party.  Therefore I’ve lost respect for them as a rule.  I am siding with the likes of Ron Paul who is a member of the republican party, but you and I both know he’s a libertarian, as is his son Rand Paul.  Like them, I believe in less government, more freedom for the people.  I believe people naturally wish to be free to persue life, and happiness as they see fit, and worship as they see fit, and earn their living as they see fit, without governmental interference.  I believe government agencies like the EPA and FDA are stacked with corporate execs leaving their posts temporarily in order to effect some change in regulation that benefits only them and their corporations, not anyone else, and then they leave.  Replacing them are more corporate types doing the same things.  I believe this corporate takeover has spilled over into our military, the IRS, the CIA, NSA, Homeland Security, and even our foreign policy.  Alright, enough of that…

I am an avid computer enthusiast.  I love computer gaming.  I love mmos, rpgs, strategy games, and cyberpunk.  I am not a huge fan of fps games, but I will play them from time to time because my best friend likes them, I do it for him mostly.  I’m not the twitchy trigger happy type.  I also love racing games.  Not Mario Kart mind you, but more like Grand Tourismo, Nascar 2013, and Forza 4 games and the like.  Right now I am focused on Star Wars the Old Republic Online (SWTORO).  I played at launch and found it to be a let-down because I was a fan of Star Wars Galaxies, and hoped this game would be like that.  It wasn’t.  So, a year later, I am giving SWTORO another whirl, and so far I am enjoying it.  Enough about gaming…

I like cycling.  I ride throughout the summer, most summers.  However this summer I seem to be in a funk and haven’t quite managed to dig myself out of it.  I’m a bit sad and lonely, and right now I have little hope that it will change any time soon.  I need to get out of that, but so far I have not managed to.  So, my bike sits on my porch collecting dust this year.  I imagine it is sad and lonely too. 

I love motorcycles.  Not just any motorcycles, I like choppers.  Not just any choppers, I like the bobbers.  You know the ones.  Fat tires, single seater, stripped down naked with just the bare minimum parts to make it go, and by all means, no bags, and no windshields.  That’s for old farts wearing do-rags and wolf t-shirts and ugly mustaches.  Thats not me. 

So, there you have it.  I guess I should also mention I am 46 (soon to be 47) years of age, I have deformity that has left me with short arms, I am overweight, and I seem to be having a mid-life crisis. 

The reason I am here is because I love to write.  I learned of WordPress as I was downloading Windows Movie Maker, and I thought I should give this blogging thing a whirl and see what happens. 

So, that’s it.  I hope you enjoy my blog.