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The Spiritual Battle and Secrecy

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12

This passage really has become the Christian calling cry to the world. Whether a believer in God or not, whether an atheist, agnostic, Hindu or Buddhist, the reality is the same. We are in a spiritual war. Every actions taken by us is a direct result of our own choice to manifest something whether of God or of this world. Because of this truth, it is becoming increasingly important to pray and to strengthen our personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Jesus never lied to anyone while walking this earth. One of the biggest differences between Jesus and all other faiths, or lack thereof, is the notion of secrecy.

Jesus
“Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing.” JOHN 18:20 (emphasis added)

Koran
There are two forms of lying to non-believers that are permitted under certain circumstances in the Koran, taqiyya and kitman. These circumstances are typically those that advance the cause Islam – in some cases by gaining the trust of non-believers in order to draw out their vulnerability and defeat them.

Buddhism
Secrecy is a trademark in buddhism. It’s otherwise known as sacred knowledge, secret mantra, etc. Buddha taught things to his disciples that he did not to the masses.

Hinduism
Similar to buddhism, Hinduism also has secret rituals, mantras, and knowledge held by the teachers, yogi’s, etc. This is knowledge only available to those who will diligently follow the traditions and rituals as taught.

New Age
The secret wisdom of the universe can be obtained through meditation etc. It’s basically a westernized repackaged version of hinduism and buddhism. Normally, the understanding of the secret knowledge promoted by the New Age movement is predicated on the idea that we must tap into the universal mind, or sometimes referred to as “Christ consciousness.” This is where secret wisdom is gained, and the connection between a given person and the universe is revealed.

Occult
The word means “secret knowledge” Many esoteric groups and philosophies can go under this category. Freemasons, Skull and Bones, Illuminati, etc. The whole point of “Secret” societies is just that; secrecy. Knowledge that is held by a select few, but are not allowed for any other, uninitiated members.

Cults

Mormonism, Jehovas Witness, and one can even say the Roman Catholic Church and it’s papacy, all have the idea of secret knowledge being held at the top, while the rest of the congregation must work their way up to attain it, or to be part of the inner members privileged to have that knowledge.

Atheism and Agnosticism

Knowledge can only be attained by the use of science and thus, truth is only known from those who have expertise in their field. It must also be verified and approved by qualified peers who also have an elite education. Knowledge can only be attained through careful examination and the proper use of the scientific method. This again, is the idea that knowledge is only available for the privy and well educated and can only be attained by reason, logic and rationality. But in some sense it’s worse because if you happen to disagree with science, you are considered uneducated and lacking knowledge or understanding.

Secrecy is part of the first lie ever told…

“For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened…” Genesis 3:15 (emphasis added)

 
Although this is a very short and generalized list, I believe the point is made. Jesus never told a lie in His earthly life, and so why don’t we listen to His words, His teachings, and His way? Why don’t we follow Him with the conviction, passion, and enthusiasm that we have for any other earthly activity?

The problem with all of these practices is their convictions based on human pride. Pride is something we all have and we all protect. It is an earthly, natural thing that resides in us all. Giving up our pride for the sake of the Gospel and to follow Jesus Christ is absurd to the non-believer. Yet the difference is that there is no secret with what we as Christians believe. There is no initiation, or sacred ritual or practice one must go through to be saved. Sure there are things we do like baptism to declare our faith in a public setting. And as far as attaining secret universal knowledge and understanding, I believe that knowing Jesus personally allows one to have much deeper appreciation, wisdom, and understanding of the world than any other relationship we can have. But I can say that without a sense of pride or elitism because truly it is not my knowledge of understanding, but God’s. As a Christian, I can honestly say, “God will reveal to me what He wants revealed to me.” And if I have a question about something in particular and He never gives a clear answer, then my conclusion has to be that it’s not important for God to reveal to me at this time.

The spiritual battle is found in this tug-of-war between our own human pride and the love that emanates from God the Father and Jesus Christ. When we do things out of our own love, we expect something in return. When we love others by our own love, we expect love in return. When we love God by our own love, we expect God to love us back. But it just doesn’t seem to work that way. When we are able to become vessels of God’s love, then our lives become self evident of His love. We become Godly in that our actions, our thoughts, and out deeds all begin to reflect God’s will. This can only come by faith. But the good news, is that all it takes is faith. It doesn’t require intellectual, rational, reasoning or rituals, traditions, saying, seances, study, science, or any other extra curricular activity.

I by no means have attained this perfect Godly life and it’s my belief that no one in the history of man kind has. Of course with the exception of Jesus himself. But I have to believe that all other forms of faith, religions, and spirituality that stem from the supernatural, must be laced with deceptive spirits because they all have characteristics of secrecy in them. Thus, Ephesians 6:12 becomes all the more relevant for our battle is truly not against flesh and blood. It is not against other people, tribes, nations, or colors.  It is not against the world elite, political leaders, world bankers and those who seek to enslave humanity. It is not against other animals (unless of course we create a race of super apes). But it is against principalities and powers, the cosmic forces of which are unseen to us, but are perhaps more real than reality itself. So make sure you put on the FULL armor of God so that we will be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

 

Getting Ready for Branson + Interview with Doug Hamp

FUTURE CONGRESS

I rarely leave my bubble here in Orange County California. But this weekend, I’m taking a trek down to Branson Missouri for the Future Congress. I am extremely excited to meet and fellowship with like minded people. This is like the ultimate place to be this summer for the so called “crazy” Christians. No longer do I have to get weird looks and comments regarding the topics of discussion, but instead a whole weekend of praising God and diving into the core of many issues that I am fascinated by.

I am going to attempt to take lots of pictures and possibly conduct some unofficial interviews. I am also going to try to post every night from the conference so those who can’t make it can get an inside look at what’s going on. It all kind of depends because there are events scheduled until midnight. So sleep might not be part of the agenda this weekend but I am ok with that.

I still have not decided which workshops to attend. Do I go listen to Dr. Future, Sharon Gilbert, Chris Putnam, David Hitt, Ray Gano, Chris Pinto or go check out G Edward Griffin being interview by Derek Gilbert of PID Radio? Then we get to sit through G Edward Griffin and then after that Chuck Missler! That’s just day one! I am totally geeked for this event! It’s going to be amazing.

Check out Future Congress to get more info on it.

INTERVIEW WITH DOUGLAS HAMP

Last week I had the priviledge to interview Douglas Hamp for my film project, Age of Deceit. Doug is a pastor, teacher, author, and researcher who has a MA in the Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. His latest book Corrupting the Image: Angels, Aliens and the Antichrist Revealed is sure to be a hit. I have not had a chance to read it yet, but Doug did allude to several sections in the book during our interview. I will post the full interview in due time, but for now I want to keep the footage exclusive until my film is done.

It was a very cool interview and we spoke about a lot of issue regarding UFO’s, Aliens, the New World Order and Doug’s perspective on the antichrist being someone from within the secret societies, more specifically, Free Masonry. The concept is not out of line since this person will most likely be of a bloodline of which they consider sacred, and will have the means to the technology, resources, and the status to be able to carry out 2 Thessalonians 2:4

“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.”

The conversation also went into the line of genetics and how he believes, like myself and other folks like Russ Dizdar, that there was a genetic mutation of sorts which occured in the fall of man. The interesting thing that he brought up was that the Y chromosome is what is passed down from the male line, and since Jesus Christ did not have a human Y chromosome, but that of God’s, it is more proof that He really was who He said He was, even in terms of genetics! Again, it was a very interesting two hour conversation and I will definitely post the entirety of the interview in due time.

Visit Douglas Hamps Website for more information on his books and research!

AGE OF DECEIT FILM UPDATE

The film is coming along but it’s definitely taking on a life of it’s own. The more I learn, the more I want to put in the movie. At some point I am going to have to limit the information that I can provide. I think most of the information is stuff that a lot of people know, at least the folks in the Revelations Radio Network circle. But I am trying to put it all into a consice film which can be seen around two hours. At this point, this thing is going to be like 30 hours and basically recount every piece of history that I can conjure up regarding the New World Order and all the various aspects of it.

The most recent information that I’ve come across which has intrigued me is the information about the Synagogue of Satan. It is based on a passage in Revelation 3:9

“I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars–I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you.”

There is book with the same title written by Andrew Carrington Hitchcock, who traces it back to the year 740 and shows how psuedo Jews are actually behind the New World Order and how it’s tied into the Khazar myth and the Ashkenazi Jews. However, I am not thoroughly convinced that this is the case as of yet. I think there is something to it, but to pigeonhole it and call it a “Jew World Order” I believe is a stretch. However, the ties with the origin of Kabballah in the 15th century in regards to Free Masonry, as well as the documented historical facts about the Rothschilds and their origin is pretty interesting and worth doing more research on. For now, I am going to focus on the stuff I am pretty sure is accurate information which is basically looking at Theosophy, New Age, occult and esoteric writings of the 19th and 20th century and tie it back to the Ancient Mystery School Teachings as the root of the “sacred promise” given to the inner members of the New World Order, and how it is the same thing as the Alien Gospel, as well as Transhumanism. The punch line of course is to show that Jesus Christ is the ultimate anwer to all of this mess. God Bless and see you in Branson!

Age of Deceit Documentary Update

As I began the video editing and voice over process of the film, I realized that I need to rewrite the script to add several key points that I want to have in the film. I knew this was going to happen. For some reason, I have to actually get the editing and voice over part of the film started before I can get a better grasp of how to fit some of the specific information that I’ve been collecting over the last couple months into the film. It’s just the way I work I guess. I would drive a professional film studio batty.

Please continue to pray for the project since again, some of the information is pretty dark and disturbing and although I knew about these concepts, once you dig into the literature, it really starts to mess with you. In light of all this research on the new age and the new world order, something very interesting happened at the local library.

Ironic Coincidence?

I believe that some things can occur as coincidence, and other times they’re just flat out a deliberate message in some kind of prophetic inspiration from the Holy Spirit, or even a sinister message from the side of the fallen. I’m not sure which category this falls into, but I have to admit, it made me laugh! I was at a local library doing a search on the library kiosk for some books. I typed in the phrase “new age” into the search engine and I was returned a whopping, 666 search results! I chuckled out loud and people diligently doing their research and homework looked at me since I committed library sin by making noise. I quickly pulled out my phone and took a snap shot of it.

I think it’s probably some kind of ironic coincidence, but I found it amusing nonetheless. Needless to say, the project is coming along, but balancing work, family, and film making is much tougher than I ever anticipated. If I am able to, I will include an interview with LA Marzulli, and Douglas Hamp in the film. Chris White will obviously be quoted several times. Marzulli and Hamp are local guys so we are in the process of emailing each other trying to figure out a date and time to do the interview. If they don’t make the film, I will make sure to make a post here on it.

I want to personally thank Chris White again for mentioning this blog and my youtube page on his podcast since it has had a huge response and more publicity than I could have ever imagined. Thank you Chris! And God Bless!

Age of Deceit Documentary in the Works

After a lot of prayer, I decided to embark on a little journey to put together a documantary film. The information I’ve been learning over the past year has been overwhelming and I feel this will serve as a form of therapy for me personally to organize the information and let it all out to “get it off my chest” so to speak. But in doing so, my hope and prayer is that someone will come to know the Lord through the project. The goal is quite simple. Save a soul. If it get’s one person to turn to the Word, then mission accomplished. I’ve personally never experienced bringing someone to the Lord, but I feel like this is Him using me to do just that. I ask for your prayers as I go through the process since like many who have come before doing this type of thing, the information can be really dark, depressing, and straight up evil.

The premise of the film is to really show what Chris White alludes to in Aquarius: Age of Evil and David Icke Debunked. That is to show how the New World Order that all the truthers are pointing to is only the framework that is going to be destroyed and that what replaces it is going to be the REAL New World Order. Of course this is a really short synopsis of all the things I get into, but

I was speaking to a gentlemen today who was pointing me to what is called The Book of Urantia. Here is a direct quote from him. “The Urantia Book is the 5th epochal revelation to mankind, Jesus’ life and teachings were the 4th. ” After some discussion, he claimed how this book does not de-deity Jesus as so many other new age teachings seems to do, but rather explains how Jesus was one of many deity figures. He explained, “The ub (Urantia Book) does not de-deify Christ in any way as the Son of God-it does state that Jesus is one of many Sons of God that exist in the universe.” To that my response was that saying that Jesus is one of many is very much denying that Jesus is the UNIQUE Son of God.  

The conversation got even more interesting when I began to explain to him why the Bible is the only book that is 100% on it’s prophecies so far, and how the incredible accuracy of writing about future events before they occur should be a testament to the validity of the Word. I pointed him to the book of Daniel and the book of Revelation which shows how the bible writes about a world government or a one world system. Upon doing so, he refered back to the Book of Urantia stating, “the ub does elude to eventually there being one govt, one language, one race etc. As society continues to evolve and at some point being administered by what is referred to as a ‘planetary prince’ sent from the local universe administrators- very heavy stuff indeed…” I almost gasped. “…a ‘planetary prince’ sent from the local universe administrators…” Could this be the prince of the power of the air that Ephesians 2 refers to? To me it was just another case of a new age writings deceiving those seeking spiritual truth. I find it astonishing that all of these new age ideas speak about the same thing but have different names. It’s almost becoming predictable.

It’s conversations like this that really fires me up. I don’t get to talk to too many folks about this topic so any time I do, I feel validated about my faith in Jesus and what my purpose is in Christ. Anyone who wants to start a conversation, please feel free to email me and I would love to bounce ideas and information to see if there might be some things that could be presented in the movie. God Bless!

Age of Deceit Video Project #3

This is a short video showing how America’s founding fathers really felt about the bible and Christianity.

We are taught in school that America was founded on Christian principles, that the men who wrote the Constitution and founded this nation were all good Christian men. According to the research done by Chris Pinto of Adullam Films, this idea is false. Not only were many of the men not Christians, but they adamantly spoke out against Christianity. In fact, much of their philosophy did not stem from biblical Christianity, but rather Francis Bacon’s “New Atlantis” which eerily spoke of how this nation should look with great accuracy.

The knock is that America did not want to have a monarch in the same way Europe did where religion and government were one. They were able to establish this through the separation of church and state, but was there a more sinister agenda as to why they did this? Is there a reason why the word “God” does not appear in the Constitution? Furthermore, not only were many of these men not Christians, but many of them were part of a secret society of Freemasons, or Rosicrucians. When you trace the concepts and ideologies of these secret societies back to its roots, one finds that at the center of their philosophy lies the idea that Lucifer or Satan is actually god. So with that in mind, ask yourself, what did the founding fathers REALLY have in mind for the United States of America? Could it be that America was founded on ancient prophecies to resurrect Apollyon/Apollo/Osiris/Nimrod, aka the antichrist?

Age of Deceit Video Project #2

This video is on Satanic Origin of Secret Societies.

SECRET SOCIETIES

There are men disseminated into the fabric of society who come together in an underground, secret network. They work together believing that they are making a positive impact on humanity. But there is the heart of the deception. The real purpose for these groups is to help carry out the plan of Lucifer to destroy mankind. Secret societies are the ultimate pillar of deceit using the very thing Satan wants to destroy to carry out his agenda.

THE VOICE OF KENT HOVIND

I know that someone like Kent Hovind is controversial in many ways. I’m not going to sit here and go through where I do and where I don’t agree with Hovind on various topics. However, his portion of knowledge and assertions on the Masonic Order and it’s origin in my opinion is spot on. He is currently incarcerated on multiple federal counts but I believe he is in some ways stronger in his faith than most of us would like to believe. How many of us would stick to a viewpoint in favor of God even if it meant it contradicts law? Of course the bible does tell us to “”Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.” Mar 12:17, but either way, Hovind, however controversial, still stood his ground and was willing to go to prison to stand up for what he believed in.

PERSONAL STUFF

This video is the proof that God was in my life working in me before I ever even thought about seeking truth or more specifically, Jesus. After picking up the guitar at age 11, I practiced everyday wanting to become a rock star. But as I went from band to band not getting the right combination of people committed enough to live out the dream, I decided to record tunes just for fun in my own time. I pitched several tracks to various publishing opportunities, but nothing ever panned out. I understand now, why they never did. This track you hear is one of those tracks that I recorded back in college. It’s amazing that just 6 years after leaving college, this track is used to show God’s word in light of some of the darkest stuff out there. Music I wrote and recorded as a means to show my own talent is not used to glorify the one God who was behind the music all along.

 

 

Short Video for Victor’s Story

A couple days ago, No Where to Run with Chris White posted an interview with a guy named Victor about his life and how he came to know Christ. It was a very moving and powerful testimony that all should hear. It will be encouraging for the believer, and thought provoking for the skeptic. I was walking through COSCO running some errands when I came across the part of the interview where Victor talks about his encounter with an injured truck driver. Needless to say, I think the fellow shoppers thought I was crazy because the tears started to stream down my face as I was immobilized in front of the dog food crying my eyes out for a good 5 minutes.

After listening to the podcast, I received an email/newsletter from Chris White that you can subscribe to through his website. In it, he mentioned how he would want to make Victor’s story into a short video but that he might not have the time to do so. I had the day off yesterday so I immediately contacted him and let him know that I can put something together.

Instead of putting the entire interview up which lasts a little over an hour, I decided to take a portion of his story that moved me the most and attach visual elements to it and put some music under it. Here is the video posted on Chris’ youtube page:

The Christian Life and National Day of Prayer

It’s not an easy thing to be a “Christian” in the world today. The skepticism, doubt, intellectual and scientific objection and at times, downright hatred towards any religious affiliation, especially Christianity, can easily lead to us running into the arms of our own circle of friends, family, and church who agree with us at large avoiding the outside world who beckons an explanation within the boundaries of their own standards for what is rightfully one’s own faith. Often times, Christians in general are accused of having the “I’m right and you’re wrong” mentality towards the world. In my experience, the majority who do the finger pointing are merely doing just that; pointing fingers. They seldom offer any rational explanation or a reputable alternative other than their own worldview which may or may not have any weight to begin with and is often associated with the agenda to discredit Christianity and religion in general. Other times their claims and arguments against Christianity tend to be misunderstanding the basic principles of faith, misinformation or out right lies. In this scientific culture, ravaged by intellect,  logic, the need for empirical evidence to deem anything as fact, and dare I say a borderline fascist form of scholarship, what does it mean to be a Christian and how do we cope with this opposition?

Most people regardless of faith still consider America to be at large a Christian nation. But the word “Christian” has become very obscure. It’s often synonymous with a political position, ethical and moral choke holds, and other traditions and rituals that categorize itself as being a religion or worse yet, a cult. We’re allegedly the cause of wars, suffering, hatred, division and anything negative associated with humanity. We are the exclusivists (I think I just made up a word) who don’t accept any scholastic, scientific, and intellectual discoveries which directly contradict our worldview. But if we are to be honest, the church is not free from its own faults. The church at large has not done a great job in addressing various topics such as homosexuality, paranormal, supernatural, etc. Although there seems to be a movement of Christians heading in this direction, the focus at large seems to be in the condemning of others, that is to say going on the defense, rather than showing God’s will through our lives. This is not to say that we Christians should not partake in apologetic inquiry, but rather pointing out the retaliating nature of debates and arguments with a non-believing world seem futile.

The issue the secular world has with Christians is often limited to a sweeping generalization of the behavior of certain individuals who labeled themselves “Christian”. Heretical teaching is real, false teachers are abound, and un-biblical and unsound representation of the word of God is undoubtedly out there and has been throughout the ages. But this by no means proves or disproves the deity of Jesus Christ and the authority of the written Word. Behavior does not verify belief. However, it is apparent that our behavior does affect the perception of God to the unbelieving world. As non-sequitur as that first argument is, it is still our responsibility as believers to conduct ourselves in a certain manner to portray God into the world and re-present the truth to the best of our ability.

I remember growing up seeing people picketing on the street corner with signs that said, “You’re going to Hell unless you believe in Jesus!” This was a tremendous turn off and one of many reason why I thought Christians were nuts growing up. Although I’ve come to believe that statement, I would never hold up a sign and tell someone that they are going to hell since I understand that God is the judge, not me. These methods can be seen as pointing the finger back at the non-believing world instead of focusing on the calling and purpose set before us in Christ. I am certainly guilty. As someone who grew up without any faith or religion, and being somewhat a competitive person, I often times feel good when debating with a non-believer and logically break down their arguments or claims. But the feeling is short lived and I often times repent and think about how the point is not to win an argument, the point is to share the gospel so that the message of Jesus Christ can be relayed clear and concise. If we can focus on this, all of the attempts to discredit or outright bring down Christianity becomes mute. If we as Christians truly believe that the bible is the Word of God and that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior, then we really don’t have to stress over the opposing world. I’ve heard how the bible is like a lion; it doesn’t need defending, just simply let loose. Hebrews 4:12 comes to mind:

“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”-HEBREWS 4:12

As an AV and sound engineer for a church, I get to sit through a lot of services and events. A couple weeks ago, I was assigned to a Jr high service. In it, the Jr high pastor had a message that was so simple yet very profound. It was basically that there are actually five gospels. Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and the fifth gospel being YOU! Our lives are meant to be a representation of the gospel. But this can only be done through our own decision to do so, and a willingness to let God’s will be done. Another good friend and pastor once made an analogy that each one of our lives is like the individual square mirror on a disco ball reflecting God’s light into the room (world). The better we polish the mirror, the better we reflect the light.

“You are the light of the world.” -MATTHEW 5:14

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER

So as we come together on this national day of prayer, let us remember and take a moment to pray for our government, our media, education, business, military, family, and the church. For me personally, as a Christian who has a fascination with conspiracy theory, paranormal, supernatural and other topics that aren’t found in a typical Christian, it’s easy for me to point the finger and call out the obvious darkness and the problems that is present in the sectors of society I mentioned above. But today, I am humbled and need to remind myself that God has gifted me with a tremendously awesome life. I think it’s important to expose the darkness, but sometimes, we just need to pray.

Government – Pray for our leaders, as well as the judges in our courts. Ask God to grant them wisdom to act with integrity.

Media – Pray on behalf of the actors, musicians, and athletes our young people seek to emulate. Ask the Lord to strengthen and embolden any Christians in these fields. But more importantly, pray for those who are willingly portraying and influencing our society away from truth, integrity, and morality, that they may have conviction and awareness of their influence and power.

Education – Pray for our young people.  Bless them and pray for the teachers and leaders to provide a morally sound and wholesome environment.

Business – Pray that God will raise up His ambassadors in the workplace. Pray for God’s will to be working through our daily tasks and assignments. Pray that our executives, business leaders, and corporations to conduct themselves honorably and honestly.

Military – Pray for the troops who serve each day at the bases, around the world, and here within our borders. Pray for their families. Pray for the Lord’s protection of these brave men and women. Pray also for those who have lost a loved one in battle. Ask that God’s comfort would be upon them in a special way. Pray that our media’s accounts of US Military actions are relayed fairly and impartially. Pray for divine protection and guidance for our armed forces. Ask God to intercede for military chaplains and loved ones at home.

Family – Pray for loving homes that model the virtues such as sacrifice, patience, and unconditional love to a watching world. Pray for the family to be preserved as God intended. Pray for those whose families are broken. Pray for those who feel alone and hopeless since the truth is that we are all adopted children of our heavenly Father.

Church – Pray for unity and boldness in proclaiming God’s Word!

Amen!

The Truth Behind Ghost Hunting

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.

Desensitized America: Video Games

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.