Monthly Archives: April 2011
April 29, 2011Posted by on
Last night before going to bed, I prayed and I asked the Lord to give me some kind of vision or dream. Now I never do something like this, but for whatever reason, last night, I did expecting nothing to really happen. Well let me tell you, my prayers were answered big time. I’m not going to go into what the meaning of the dream might be or what kinds of metaphorical, spiritual, or even literal interpretations that might come from the dream since I really have no idea at this point. But I wanted to get the dream down while it was still fresh.
Here is what went down in my dream:
The first half was interesting in that myself, my wife and my daughter were hanging out and actually living in a one story beach side home that was relaxed and low key. The details of the rooms and the floor plan are really vivid in my mind but it’s not really important. I was walking around outside with some neighbors when a large mechanical device that was floating in the air came down to meet me eye to eye. On the drone was a small screen where I can make out three people that looked like they were sitting in front of a computer as if they were on Skype. They were supposedly controlling this drone from some other country. They people waved politely and asked, “How are you doing?” I replied, “Great. Where are you from?” They answered, “England. Thanks for saying hello. Here’s a gift for you.” At that point a 20 dollar bill and a bag of candy dropped out of the drone and into my hands. I thought, “…that was odd.” The drone sped off to indulge with other kids in the area who were fascinated by this shinny object floating through the air like a giant mechanical bug.
I then walked over to an area which was next to a large field where I met up with some friend from church. We walked up to a booth which resembled a bar with stools and a table where a guy was showing old movies. We sat down messing with each other and telling jokes like we always do when all of the sudden, the guy who was behind the counter pointed at the sky to our right and said, “what is that?” I looked up and saw a swirl forming within a large cloud far away. We gazed at it in amazement when all of the sudden, the cloud began to recede very rapidly revealing the blue sky behind it. A genuine feeling of terror and fear went through me as I watched the cloud recede. It was one of those moments in dreams where you have an emotional reaction because you know what’s going on, but upon waking up, have no idea what that certainty was. I suddenly got several text messages on my phone that were titled, “look what’s happening in New Zealand” and “Look at what’s happening in Australia!” For some reason, I knew this was big and had something to do with an alien invasion or some form of attack on the world via advanced technology. Whether it was real or staged or what, I wasn’t sure, but my immediate concern was to get back to my house and get to my family. I began to run when I saw several light green orbs come over the horizon very rapidly coming straight towards where I was. It swooped down and dropped what looked like little rock pebbles. I was able to evade the rock pebbles, since somehow in my dream, I knew they were dangerous. The orbs swooped to my right, went vertical, and then stopped in mid air hovering. I don’t think I can fully describe the fear I felt. It was immense and almost blinding. I stumbled and fell over and dropped my cell phone since I was running while looking to my right and not paying attention to the ground. It was strange since it felt like these orbs which were so high up were looked right at me.
As I reached down to get my cell phone I woke up. Again, I’m not going to really try to interpret this dream or I guess nightmare but it was one of those moment where I was terrified upon waking up. My first thought was, “that was intense.” It took me several minutes to shake off the drowzy state I was in, but as I got more and more aware that it was a dream several thoughts came to my mind.
First was that God had answered my prayers from the night before. That somehow, I knew God had deliberately given me some sort of vivid dream or vision upon asking for it. Amen to that. Second, and more disturbingly, I was upset at myself for not rebuking these orbs in my dream. I was upset that I didn’t call upon the name of Jesus and think about HIM while I was taken over by fear and terror. Third, I realized that if this sort of thing would happen in our natural world, my first reaction would be of fear and terror exactly as it was in my dream, and not of calling upon Jesus or rebuking these things. I prayed about it felt called to blog about it today.
I am not a big “all dreams have supernatural message” or “dreams are us in other dimensions” kind of guy. Although I have been known to have very extravagant dreams in the past, just ask my wife, this one was different since it happened after several months or perhaps years of not having a very profound dream, and after praying to God about it.
It reminded me of Acts 2:16-22 when Peter quotes Joel 2:28:
No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: “‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. I will show wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord. And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ -ACTS 2:16-22
Now first off, I don’t consider myself an old man yet, and I am certainly not saying that this is some sort of prophecy of what’s to come. But I find it interesting that it lines up to what some Christians researchers are saying is the Coming Great Deception. Of course LA Marzulli is the guy who coined the phrase, but it goes along with what Chuck Missler talks about, Guy Malone, Russ Dizdar and the Black Awakening, and others mention as a possible end times scenario.
All I know is that I need to pray more, ask God for more guidance, and put my trust completely in the Lord Jesus Christ because I know that if stuff starts going down, I will stand in the name of Christ no matter who or what the opposition.
“What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?”-ROMANS 8:31
April 26, 2011Posted by on
A couple months ago, I was listening to Nowhere to Run with Chris White and he mentioned that making a video on some ghost hunting shows him and his wife watched would be a great evangelistic tool. Needless to say, I was inspired by it and decided to take it on. Now I’ve never made a video before and took some time doing it but I didn’t want to wait forever so I settled at a certain point so I can get it out there. I have no idea if it’s any good, but my hope was to at least have a video up on youtube and elsewhere that tackles this topic of ghosts from a biblical perspective. The research for the video forced me to dive into the bible deeper than I’ve ever done before and it was a blessing, but this video probably goes into only 25% of the stuff I found. I will probably make a couple more of this topic to really get into what scripture has to say about it. But in the meantime, I wanted to get it up to get feedback and constructive criticism so that I can take that into the next videos I make on the topic.
Here’s the video:
Thanks for taking time to check it out and to check out my blog. It’s been really cool to dialogue with people about some of these topics and I hope to do so more and more as we all try to figure out what it means to love Jesus and love other people.
April 21, 2011Posted by on
As I sat in the dentists office where my wife was about to get her wisdom teen pulled, I scanned at the magazines scattered over a table. The first one that cough my attention was a Vogue magazine with Lady Gaga on he cover. My curiosity was raised so I decided to pick it up and read the article of a person who is the biggest pop star in the world at the moment who has millions of fans all over America and he world. After nearly 600 pages of fashion ads, I got to the article where images of Gaga strutting in elaborate, eerie, and elegant outfits stood as bold as the image on the cover.
Before I dive in, I do want to say that prior to becoming a follower of Christ, which basically at first shattered my perception of reality, I was in a band and I was an aspiring musician hoping to be that rock star who would use his fame to do good in the world. This is precisely the persona that Lady Gaga has taken. She is seen as a tremendous talent who is using her fame and fortune to preach freedom, self expression, and self righteousness. This is apparent with her forth coming album, “Born This Way.” But there seems to be another side to this whole ‘rock star’ ‘pop star’ ‘express yourself freely’ thing. Now prior to becoming a Christian I would have judged her purely on her musical ability. I would have thought she was a pretty good song writer with a good voice and would have bought into the hype of free speech and free expression and the message of, “you are perfect the way you are” whether that be gay, straight, promiscuous, fit, out of shape etc. It is a very good message on the surface and is very much the mentality that many kids and young adults my age hold today. But as with anything, I believe there is a spiritual component to the message. The spiritual message that I get from Lady Gaga is do and be whatever you want to be because there are no consequences. Just take a look at her own words when she spoke about her intense fans. “I see myself in them…I was this really bad, rebellious misfit of a person-I still am-sneaking out, going to clubs, drugs, alcohol, older men, younger men. You imagine it, I did it. I was just a bad kid. And I look at them, and every show there’s a little more eye-liner, a little more freedom, and a little more ‘I don’t give a f*** about the bullies at my school.’ For some reason, the fans didn’t become more top 40. They became even more of this cult following. It’s very strange and exciting.”
Now isn’t it interesting that this ‘freedom’ comes with a complete submission to a person who is merely a talented and arrogant musician? I know what it’s like to look up to musicians and aspiring to their message and their beliefs and wanting to be like them. But now that the veil has been lifted off of my eyes, I see this as only an illusion of freedom. In fact the bondage to such ideology leads to more people believing it’s ok to be rebellious, drunk, on drugs, and promiscuous. We live in a free country, at least for now, and the beauty of it is that each person can live any way they please to live. However, my contention is that this is precisely what the NWO (New World Order) and be Illuminati want the majority of the world to buy into. They want people to buy into the perception that their freedom to express who they are and what they are is making a positive impact on humanity and society. It’s is the lie that says, “we don’t need God, because we have ourselves.” It’s buying into the oldest lie in human history. Consider the following quote by Gaga:
“I want for people to in the universe, my fans and otherwise, to essentially use me as an escape. I am the jester to the kingdom. I am the rout out. I am the excuse to explore your identity. To be exactly who you are and be unafraid. Not to judge yourself, to not hate yourself…as an artist and as a performer, the person that they look up to to create this space of escapism, I want to give my fans nothing less than the greatest album of the decade. I don’t want to give them something trendy. I want to give then the future.”
Maybe it’s just me and my conspiratorial mind, but she sounds like a mouth piece to the NWO. She wants people to “use (her) as an escape.” Escape from what? Reality? If she is talking about the reality of God and the reality of Jesus Christ as our only means of salvation, then she is doing a good job. Then she goes on to say she is the “jester to the kingdom.” I don’t know what kingdom she is referring to, but she has been seen on CNN and Larry King Live saying she believes in Jesus Christ. Now there are some who outright have said she is of the devil, and although I don’t necessarily disagree, my approach to exposing this possibility is a bit different. Of course the bible shows that the devil himself and demons believe in Jesus Christ. That doesn’t mean they are of Christ or of God. This of course is quite obvious to people who follow Christ’s teachings.
“I am the rout out. I am the excuse to explore your identity.” Now she is beginning to sound like she has a Christ complex. She is essentially saying she is the means to salvation, an answer to the problems we see in the world. Now, how can you be the answer and the escape at the same time? It only makes sense if you realize that what she is saying is a deception. She is basically inferring to “Escape from the world, follow me, and find your true identity because I will allow you to explore it freely.” Again, the NWO wants people to believe that they are free from the alleged oppressive world. But anyone who has ever looked into the NWO and the Illuminati knows that the plan is to build, purposely destroy so that they can come in, save the day and gain everyone’s support as a means to enslave them. The final line of the quote to me further perpetuates this idea when she said, “I want to give them the future.”
Why is the message of the NWO so obviously against Christianity? I believe it’s because the bible deliberately exposes this evil plot. Some would say of people like Lady Gaga “But it’s just entertainment!” Perhaps. And I realize I am not the first to make the NWO-Gaga connection. But whether Lady Gaga herself realizes it or not, she is leading millions of people astray from the truth. Many flock to her seeking not just entertainment, but literally, to quench the spiritual thirst that is present in all of us. I know this because I was the same way. I sought spiritual wisdom from musicians I looked up to and other people in the media as a child growing up in a secular home. It’s subtle, but it’s very real.
If you think I am nuts, consider what God told us in the bible some two thousand years ago through the apostle Paul.
“For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.”-2 Timothy 4:3
I believe the fame of pop stars like Lady Gaga is part of the fulfillment of this verse. Of course, the idea of people “…seeking their own desires (and) gathering around teachers who say what their itching ears want to hear,” goes beyond someone like Lady Gaga and popular music. But I would say this is prime example of not only the verse but the infallible authenticity of the Word of God.
As a human being, my hope is not to eliminate Lady Gaga or her fans etc, but like my purpose for this blog in general, to expose the darkness and call it for what it is. A room can be completely dark with no light in it, but light one candle and the darkness evades. Darkness cannot ever overcome light. I believe God placed this in our existence as the ultimate analogy of his power, sovereignty, and authority.
April 20, 2011Posted by on
Before becoming a Christian, I had a fascination with topics like UFO’s, Aliens, shadow governments, conspiracy theories, new age, and our hidden human history. Once I declared Jesus to be my Lord and Savior in 2008, I thought these topics were behind me, much to my discontent. But God has a funny way of revealing things to people. The fascination did not die with me being saved but I kept putting it off because I did not hear anyone at church talk about these things, and when I asked about them, I was told not to worry about it and that there are more important endeavors.
Nevertheless, I wanted to know what, if anything, Christians had to say about these topics. I began listening to Coast to Coast AM thinking that it’s the only outlet for these topics which are seldom discussed. In early 2010 on Coast to Coast AM, I heard LA Marzulli talk about bible prophecy. My interest was immediately perked because he was discussing something that I did not know a lot about which was bible prophecy, but he was also talking about UFO’s and Aliens, so I figured he was just another new age-y researcher using the bible to make a buck. I began looking into some of his work and was introduced to the Nephilim Trilogy. I didn’t get the books right away, but I after reading his blog to my surprise, I found out he was a believer in Jesus Christ and he was talking about aliens, UFO’s, giants etc. I was immediately hooked. Soon after, I sought to see if anyone else was discussing these topics. I quickly found P.I.D. Radio with Sharon and Derek Gilbert. They too were Christians talking about various topics that my church was not. Then the ball was rolling and I discovered the work of Russ Dizdar, Chris White, Dante Fortson, Futurequake, Tom Horn, Joe Jordan, Guy Malone, Steve Quayle, Jim Wilhelmsen and many many others. It’s still only a handful of people, but nevertheless, I think it’s important that the conversations continue not just in the Body of Christ, but outside of it as well since I don’t think many people realize how much truth there is in the bible regarding these topics. I believe these topics can be a tremendous evangelical springboard.
Last week, on LA Marzulli’s weekly show Acceleration Radio, LA had a guest on who wasn’t a Christian (at least he didn’t say so), but nevertheless was a researcher on the topic of our true human history. One thing to point out, which LA alludes to, is that I believe it’s important to have guests on podcasts and other such shows who may not be Christian, or are of different denominations or belief systems, because if we don’t we are being exclusive, unfair, and closed minded. We do not have to agree with everyone’s worldviews, but I believe hearing them out and at least giving them an opportunity to speak is important especially when they are doing research that pertains to topics that relate to the biblical account. And who knows, perhaps through such interaction, they may discover Christ. If we are not having the conversation, we are limiting the chance for the gospel to be heard.
Getting back to the topic, the guest was Klaus Dona, a researcher who has been looking into the true history of humanity. He has gone on several archeological excavations discovering bones of giants, and other ancient artifacts that seem to go against conventional human history. To me, it was reaffirming that the story of Genesis 6 were true:
“The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown. “-Genesis 6:4
Here is the LA Marzulli interview with Klaus Dona on Acceleration Radio:
Now I respect LA Marzulli’s work because he really is doing his best to spread the gospel to the secular world. I don’t agree 100% with everything he says, but he writes good books, his Watchers DVD is very well done, and his ministry is unique. He makes me laugh almost every episode because he is so quirky and it’s obvious in the show. Somehow, his mic is on during commercials and you can hear him snort, cough, drink water, eat throat lozenges on air, and his house phone inevitably rings in the background on almost every episode. It is pretty unprofessional, but I have to say, it’s terribly entertaining.
I keep getting off track today, but getting back to the topic of giants, perhaps the best research done on giants is done by Steve Quayle. On his site, he has a section called Middle East Giants where he describes the various types of alleged giants as well as historical accounts of them. One in particular that caught my attention was the account written by Josephus who was a first century jewish historian. Here is what it says in a section titled Josephus on the Giants on Steve Quayle’s site.
“After telling in his histories what great difficulty the people of Judah faced in their long seige against Jebus, Josephus next reports that they left there to assist Caleb against the giants of Hebron. ‘And when they had taken it,’ he adds, ‘they slew all the inhabitants. There were till then left a race of giants, who had bodies so large, and countenances so entirely different from other men, that they were surprising to the eight, and terrible to the hearing. The bones of these men are still shown to this very day, unlike any credible relations of other men.'”
Josephus is saying that the bones of these giants were on display in the time of Jesus. This is to me is astonishing and I have to ask the question, what happened to them? There are other artifacts discovered like bones which have been declared human bones by credible scientists, but were 5 times larger. Many people today dismiss the reality of giants walking on earth as myth. But the evidence seems to suggest otherwise. It is difficult to find legitimate images on the internet of these artifacts since photoshop can do wonders. Some have been called out as deliberate hoaxes. But there are some classic images that seem to show that this is not simply just myth or folklore. Here are some of those images:
Now again, could these be hoaxes? Sure. But the fact is, there aren’t enough people doing excavations and archeological research on the topic. And perhaps this is on purpose. Certainly discovering a tomb of giant humans and making it public knowledge would rock the world. The theory of evolution would suffer a severe blow and the biblical account would become evermore factual in the eyes of the secular world. It is my belief that giants did walk the earth as written in the bible, and that bones, tombs etc have been found, but that the information is suppressed on purpose to keep the majority of the public in the dark about our true human history, which lines up with the bible far more than modern scientific inquiry. I believe in the scientific dictatorship and that the common explanations of megalithic structures all around the world being put together by thousands of slaves pulling then and stacking them together is a perpetuated lie to continue to deceive the public to the our true human history.
Chris White has a video on the topic of genocide in the bible and how these tribes that God commands the Israelites to whipe out, may not have been human.
In the future, I hope to put together a video that springboards off of the Christ White video to show that not only was genocide in the bible a result of the Nephilim and the genetic contamination of man, but that there are also contextual issues regarding the argument that God was a homicidal maniac in the old testament.
In the meantime, I am almost done with the ghost hunting video and hope to have it up in the next week or two. God Bless!
April 18, 2011Posted by on
When I was growing up, the original Nintendo game console was the big hype. Everyone wanted the console that came with Mario Brothers, Duck Hunt, and Track Meet. The console came with a controller, a gun for duck hunt, and a running pad for the track meet game. It was awesome. I had friends over and it was the beginning of the video game industry that would explode in the coming years. As innocent as shooting fireballs at King Koopa or hunting for slow predictable mechanical ducks on screen was, I do remember the quick succession of games that came out that became more and more violent.
By the time I got to college, it was the XBOX and Halo became the huge hype while over the internet the game Counterfeit was so popular that entire shops were opened where you could pay money to sit at a computer and play Counterfeit. Both of these game were first person shooters which meant the screen was from a first person point of view with a gun in front of you. I had many late nights of playing Halo with my roommates, connecting two or three XBOX consoles to create teams. We would scream and yell and even get angry when things went wrong. I also had a roommate in college that was so into Counterfeit that he had a head set with a microphones screaming “Bridge! Blue 5! Counter! Counter! Counter!” late into the night.
Really the topic of violence and video games is not new. In fact it’s something that has been discussed for a while and like movie rating, video games have ratings that determine how violent or how appropriate the game is for certain age brackets. But I believe the level of violence in video games is again, the continuing of desensitizing the youth of America.
I believe there is a spiritual component to all we see and hear especially in the main stream media. The elite who have control over the content that we consume as a mass populous must have some sort of agenda. A good question we always must as ourselves is, “who benefits?” This question is not strictly in a financial sense, but also in a social, emotional, and even spiritual sense. It is my belief that it all has to do with the break down of any sort of moral or ethical belief systems, mainly Christianity.
Jesus once said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” -Matthew 5:43, 44. Love your enemies was and still is a revolutionary concept. Video games, especially the violent ones, do the exact opposite. The goal for many of these games is to identify the enemy and destroy them. I am not suggesting that everyone who plays violent video games are going to walk out and become violent people, but consider my personal experience.
There was a game called Grand Theft Auto that got really popular a few years back. It is an RPG (Role Playing Game) where you walk around a town, steal cars, rob banks, make deals with the mafia etc. There really is no point to the game, but the bottom line is that part of attraction of the game was the ability to hijack cars by literally kicking people out and taking over a vehicle and drive around crashing into people, buildings, trees, or whatever is in the way without any consequence. Now I am guilty of playing this game a few years back and after playing for several hours, I had an interesting experience. The next time I got in a car, my mind was in Grand Theft Auto mode and although I would never act out on it, I was ready to run over people walking on the street, crash into other cars, run red lights etc. Now again, I would never act out on it but the fact is, my mind was somehow in some sort of hypnotic state where all I could do while driving was imagine myself doing the things that I did in the game.
There are several other games currently that kids are into that promote violence. The most popular right now is perhaps Call of Duty. But at the end of the day, we just have to be careful and keep our children and ourselves aware that in this video game saturated society, what’s really important is not found on a PS3 or XBOX or Wii or iPhone or whatever. In the near future, I would like to talk about occult symbolism found in video games today. It’s a whole different topic but it does tie into the degrading of our society through the use of electronic entertainment.
April 16, 2011Posted by on
I just finished watching Aquarius: The Age of Evil by documentary film maker Keith “Truth” Thompson for the second time through. It was extremely enlightening. Most of the information were things I already knew about the occult, theosophy, Helena Blavatsky, and Luceferian agenda to usher in a one world economic and political system. But it’s nice to rehash it. It get’s me all fired up because I feel like after searching for the truth for a long time and really almost buying into some of the new age teachings from Jordan Maxwell, David Icke and David Wilcock a few years back, a flim like this one really makes me know that Jesus Christ is who He said He was. It also authenticates for me, the infallible, unmatched level of prophecy found in the Bible.
Once I became a Christian, I thought there was no room for all of the conspiracy theories and the UFO and alien stuff. But God has a funny way of pulling the veil back and exposing what is really going on. For that I am grateful. I have found that there is more conspiracy theory and the revealing of the truth behind the agenda of the world elite in the bible than anywhere else. After declaring myself to be a follower of Jesus, I found myself discovering the work of guys like Chris White, Russ Dizdar, LA Marzulli, Derek and Sharon Gilbert, and more and it’s been quite a blessing.
The bottom line is that truth movement has been hijacked by the New Age talking heads after Christians who have been exposing the NWO the last few decades were silenced by either getting murdered or put in jail. Why is it that the Christian message is so dangerous? Because it is the true message of salvation and of true freedom. The illusion of freedom that the new age movement is selling has become tremendously appealing in a world stricken by war, famine, and hate. But it’s the message that is almost too good to be true. It’s going to sweep the world through either a man, who will undoubtedly be the anti-christ, or by some sort of staged alien invasion or something else, and once everyone buys into it, BANG! the true nature of the agenda will be revealed. For those who bought into the lie, it will be too late. What makes all of this compelling is that it was predicted in the bible over two thousand years ago. It’s not a joke or a coincidence. God is real, He loves us, Jesus is THE ONLY Christ, and we all need to wake up, shake off any insecurities and preconcieved notions about Jesus and say “I believe!”
Here is the movie Aquarius: The Age of Evil
The film is nearly two and half hours, but it’s worth it. If you’re not a follower of Jesus, consider the information presented and go search for yourself. I only support the information Keith Thompson presents because I have done some of the research myself.
Some of the key points are that the Illuminati is real and their goal is to enslave the world. The problem is, those of us who are yelling and screaming trying to expose this are considered loony. Furthermore, the “Truth” movement that the New Age circles have been promoting are also “exposing” the new world order, but in reality, they are promoting it whether they are doing it deliberately or not. The characteristic is deception and we must look at all facets of our life and see where we are being lied to and see where truth flourishes. The truth is not always the most comfortable or most exciting thing. But it is the rock that Jesus often spoke about where we will not be shaken.
“Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for [that day will not come] until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.” -2 THESSALONIANS 2:3,4
My goal for starting this blog is to expose the darkness that is blinding people who I consider my friends and family. The clip of the late great William Cooper moved me to tears when he said, “…’Seek ye the truth and the truth will set you free’ and nothing else will do it. Jesus Christ has never lied to anybody. Why won’t you listen to him. Don’t spread a rumor, spread the truth. Document it. Prove it. Make it irrefutable and you too will become DANGEROUS…to those who mire us with lies and enslave us…”
April 14, 2011Posted by on
Our culture is saturated by media. In particular, death, pain, suffering and other destructive behavior are being glorified in media as being no big deal. There seems to be one particular genre in which this ideology has become extremely prominent; humor. We all have a different sense of humor. But I believe that main stream media through movies, television programs, and other facets have shaped our perception of what is funny. There are literally thousands of examples but the first one I want to show is the now iconic scene from Indiana Jones: The Lost Ark.
To be honest, I thought this scene was pretty funny the first time I saw it. But stepping back, I wondered if anyone prior to the 20th century would have found humor in that scene in the way we do today.
But as innocent as Indiana Jones shooting a swordsman is on the silver screen, we have to remember that this was some 25 years ago. Humor has evolved. What many people in America today find funny is in the suffering and torturing of others. The mentality of “it’s funny as long it’s not me” is very true in our society. Today, we literally live in what I consider, a Jackass nation. I am not going to post any clips of this show or the movies here, but to those who do not know about Jackass, let me enlighten you. Jackass is basically a bunch of guys running around pulling pranks and putting themselves in dangerous and disgusting situations on purpose to provoke laughter. Without going into detail of some of the grueling and disturbing pranks and stunts performed, I will use a couple examples from the DVD that launched the Jackass crew to MTV stardom called CKY2 K which I recall watching a year or so prior to the show airing on MTV.
One of the fellows, whose name is Bam, set up a handful of fireworks in his fathers van. His father who had to leave for work at 5 in the morning got in his van and to his surprise, was treated to a firework show. He panicked and quickly got out of the car to escape the life threatening situation to find his son Bam and his friends not only filming the whole thing, but laughing hysterically. Another prank that was done to Bam’s father was when Bam and his friends stormed into the restroom where Bams father was taking care of business. They slapped him, hit him, ran around like lunatics yelling, screaming and laughing hysterically. I will say that these pranks were relatively innocent compared to what was to come. The pranks became more and more devious and disturbing, while their stunts became more life threatening and dangerous. America at this point was already on a downward spiral of morality and ethics, especially when it came to humor, but I believe the advent of shows like Jackass was an acceleration of that process.
In 2002, the Jackass series moved to the silver screen and their first major motion picture was produced. I am sure from the Hollywood perspective, this was a great idea because it was relatively inexpensive to make, yet it was tremendously popular to the impressionable youth of America. I remember as a freshman in college going to see the movie the day it came out with all of my roommates and buddies on the swim team, which was basically a college fraternity. The theaters were packed and as I looked around, I remember seeing a majority of the audience being teenagers to mid twenties. As the movie began, there were several pranks that were the typical Jackass style. But since each stunk or prank lasts no more than a couple minutes, the movie which ran nearly two hours was packed full of content that continued to push the envelope.
I recall being somewhat “into it” at the beginning of the film to see what kinds of crazy stunts they had done for the movie. But as the film progressed, I became increasingly uncomfortable and annoyed. Keep in mind that I was a freshman in college, and not yet a believer in Christ. I was as rebellious as the fellows on the screen, but some of the stunts were too much for even me to bare. The most disturbing part of the entire experience that haunts me to this day, is not any prank or stunt pulled in the movie. It was the forced laughter of hysterical proportions that the audience continued to spew out as the scenes got worse and worse.
This was no innocent chuckle. It was down right sinister. I remember seeing my roommate forcing his laughter so hard, that his veins were popping out of his neck and forehead. The laughter was fake, forced, loud and disturbing. It was almost as if they were purposely laughing simply to deal with the disgusting content. I recall missing a good portion of the movie because my attention was on the reaction of the people rather than the movie itself. There were some who had negative reactions. I remember seeing a couple of girls covering their eyes, and remember this is not a horror film in the traditional sense. I had a roommate vomit. I saw others just get up and walk out. Yet, the majority of the audience was in hysterical laughter of a sinister and evil nature.
Again, there is no need to post any footage of this movie or the shows because of its disturbing nature. But I believe movies and shows such as these are responsible for the continuing down turn of our culture on a moral, ethical, and social level. Flip through the television and you will see 90% of the content being what I consider un-Godly and sinful. Walk into a Blockbuster and you will find that 90% of the movies on the shelves promote immorality, death, lust, or some other outright sinful act. The problem is more than simply depicting the sin, it is the reveling of it. It is not being depicted to show its problems, but rather, it is glorified making it “normal” or “cool” for the masses. The ideology that stems from this kind of content is that this behavior is the norm and something is wrong with you if you don’t revel in sin like the rest of them.
Another example that glorifies death with the use of humor is the Darwin Awards. The Darwin Awards is a website that has been around for some years now. The header caption on the website says this, “A Chronicle of Enterprising Demises Honoring Those Who Improve the Species…by accidentally removing themselves from it.” The basic idea of the website is to hand out awards every year to the funniest accidental deaths. This is another example of how we are being indoctrinated to think death is funny in some way. I am sure that the family and friends of those who passed away and are glorified on this website do not think its funny. Yet, every year, the website gets over 65 million hits and has over 150,000 newsletter subscribers. This is a deliberate degrading of the importance and sacredness of life. It is reducing life to something that is insignificant and unimportant and it makes me sad to see so many people supporting and following this website.
I was recently having a conversation with a co-worker who was talking about some of the issues she was having with her children and how they thought that she was “falling behind the times.” I believe this is an illusion. The concept that people are “moving forward” to me is a deception. This is particularly true in the human rights movement supporting the Gay and Lesbian community. Now that’s a whole different topic that I won’t get into here, but the fact is what our children perceive as “progress” is nothing more than the continuing of the break down of moral, ethical and social standards of humanity. At the end of the day, what is being promoted through main stream entertainment is that there is no God, that we are all free to make our own decisions, and that we are perfect the way we are. In other words, we are our own gods. I think I’ve heard this one before:
““For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”-GENESIS 1:3
Humor has been used as a tool or veil to corrupt our minds. There is nothing inherently wrong with humor. But like anything, used in the wrong context and the results are disastrous. I am not against progress in technology, in culture, in society. But I am against progress just for the sake of progress without a purpose. What I see and hear in the world around me is the perception of progress for good, but I believe we all need to take a step back and really look at what we are indoctrinating the minds of ourselves and our children with. Compare it to the teachings of Jesus Christ and look at the pros and cons and then move forward with the best suitable action. Come Lord Jesus.
“Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
for the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.”
April 13, 2011Posted by on
“Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.”
Hello world! I am here to do just what the verse above states. Expose the fruitless deeds of darkness that is bombarding the world in these tumultuous times.
From my perspective, the systems of the world, our leaders, our governments, are corrupt and fallen hoping to take as many people as they can to fulfill their agenda. I cannot stay quiet. I cannot sit here and watch the world being lied to, being deceived, and being led down the path to darkness. My hope is to not only call out the lies and deceptions, but also to present an alternative path. This is the path that was spoken of nearly 2000 years ago. It is of course of the wisdom and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth who was and is the Christ, the Messiah, the Savior of the world. Before you roll your eyes, please consider the implications.
If myself and millions of other people who do our best to love other people and try to figure out what it means to follow Jesus are wrong, then there is no harm done. But if we are right, and there is plenty of evidence to suggest that we are, then the implications are that those who will not accept the message will lose their life. Chuck Missler said it best when he said, “”Those born once will die twice and those born twice will die once. ”
Have an open mind, have an open heart, and check back regularly since I will do my best to post articles in written, video, and mp3 format. Thanks!