Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Is The Bible a True Record of God's Word?

 All the evidence points in the affirmative. By far the most telling sign of authenticity is that, from the start, the earliest Scriptures record the terrible blunders, mistakes, and murders of the Hebrew people. From Adam and Eve's shameful fall to Cain and Abel to Judas and Peter's betrayal of Jesus Christ, it's often very ugly.      

Brutal honesty is rare in most literature, and especially in the histories of powerful men and women. If you're an historian and your subject doesn't enjoy what you wrote, your life is at stake. This never applied in the Old Testament. Monstrous Jewish leaders, male and female, committed heinous crimes of all kinds, even sacrificial child burning at times. King Ahab and his wife Jezebel (871 B.C.) rejected God and worshipped Baal, a demon of evil. It's all written down, the good and bad. 

The Bible's authors are all unknown, and they must have wanted it that way so they and their families would survive. And survive they did. At one time there were many dozens of ancient Middle Eastern tribes; the Canaanites, Hittites, Amalekites, Jebusites, and more. Only the Israelites survive, as God promised Abraham in Genesis, the first book of the Bible; which means, "the book of books". 

Other religions are loaded with flattering and flashy stories of human royalty and their successful military victories; gods and goddesses cavorting among themselves and frequently using and abusing people for entertainment; and numerous, confusing creation tales that can't be true or proven. The Code of Hammurabi (1752 B.C.) predates Moses and the Ten Commandments, and is a laudable exception. But it's secular, not based on moral principles or anything like the Word of God. It's a very long and useful set of laws that reflect King Hammurabi's will. The God of the Israelites speaks with a singular will that his human creation must treat Him and each other with respect and love because, "I am the Lord thy God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage."  In other words, He wants us to be free; He's the singular source of all morality; He knows each of us, and we should never worship anyone or anything else.  This is the first ethical monotheism in human history. 

All our modern human frailties, weaknesses, temptations, foibles, and embarrassing failures are displayed accurately in the Bible's 5,788 year-old record. So too are the enormous deeds of goodness, courage, skill, valor, and love. Courageous women particularly stand out. Miriam and her servants saved the infant Moses from execution. There's also Ruth, Judith, and Queen Esther who saved the whole Jewish nation from extermination. It's a powerful message, that our human nature has barely changed in the whole span of history. No other Scriptures come close to the Bible in completeness. There are vastly more sinners than saints. All the world's great authors drew from it, and  still do. 

The complete Hebrew Bible is called the Tanach, and it includes the Torah; from Genesis all the way through Malachi. From there the New Testament records the lives and deaths of those who came to be called Christians. Initially it was an insult hurled at Jesus' disciples and His later apostles. 

Genesis describes God's act of creation, which more and more is being shown to be in accordance with material science. The so-called Big Bang, for example, is miraculous beyond all reason. The hierarchies of matter, light, water, earth, and early primitive life - the "days" of God - coincide with modern research. At the same time, Charles Darwin's evolution theory and all the analysis of fossil discoveries since have turned out to be unsupportable. One of the greatest geneticist/mathematicians in the world proves this:

But, you may ask, how do we know the Bible is even authentic? Maybe it's just a recent invention?  The first evidence of Hebrew letters date back to ca. 1500 B.C. and were found in the Sinai Peninsula. They were carved in stone during the time of the Exodus, and are known as the Serabit el-Khadim Inscriptions (Link)

The earliest Old Testament writings we have are sheets of silver foil inscribed with the Priestly Benediction from the Book of Numbers, Chapter 6:24-26 ("May the Lord Bless you and keep you. May the Lord let His face shine upon you...") dating from the 7th Century B.C., known as the Ketef Hinnom Scrolls, found in a burial cave.

The Dead Sea Scrolls are the second-most ancient writings from the Old Testament. There are 230 manuscripts dating from 250 B.C. onward. Letter for letter they agree with other complete testaments from 1000 years ago. From the most ancient times, Jewish scribes demanded that every hand written copy (the first printing press wasn't invented until 1440) must be letter-for-letter perfect. A major problem for writers in ancient times was that papyrus (the earliest kind of paper) is a plant fiber that can't last very long. Only stone, sheet metals, and fired clay can last for thousands of years, and these were used also to establish the truth of ancient Israel. Fortunately, there are archaeological discoveries being made every year in the Middle East and the Holy Land that reaffirm many of the Bible's descriptions of people, places, and events:


Of course, there are many doubters in the academic and social realms, but their credibility can be judged by asking them one question, "Do you believe in God?" If they don't, then no amount of evidence will have any effect on them. Next, ask them, "Do you believe in the Judeo-Christian God?" If they answer no, we can ignore their opinion. Their minds are closed to Truth. 

Aside from the truthfulness of the Bible, the second most common complaint is it's seemingly male-oriented view. The Lord is referred to as "He", and many women feel threatened by the "patriarchy", which supposedly is the source of most evil. But this complaint is actually groundless, and here's why:


Have you ever wondered how the Bible could be correct when modern scientists claim they've accurately dated the age of the earth at 4.5 billion years? God created the earth about 6,000 years ago, according to Biblical reckoning. 

You may be shocked to discover that there's a huge body of evidence proving that modern radiometric dating (the accepted scientific method of determining the age of rocks) is wildly inaccurate. Rocks from recent lava flows at Mount St. Helens, Washington; and New Zealand's North Island have been taken to multiple laboratories for radiometric dating (which measures radioisotope decay) and the tests claimed the 40 to 60 year-old rocks were several billion years old. Modern science is based on many faulty assumptions:




Sunday, September 12, 2021

Four Scientific Proofs That God Created the Universe and All Life

Number 1: The so-called Big Bang is recognized by 95% of astrophysicists as an inarguable fact. In a single moment - probably 13.7 billion years ago - all of space, time, and matter came into being out of nothingness. Our minds can't conceive of this. It's a miracle of all miracles. 

Number 2: The physical universe we see at night, or through the Hubble Space Telescope, is inconceivably huge. The light that comes here from the farthest edge of the cosmos shows galaxies in their earliest stage of creation; blurry orange embryos of star groups organizing themselves. But the most incredible thing is the light shows a "red shift", which means they're accelerating away from us at nearly the speed of light, 186,000 miles per second. What is the force pushing them outward? It's a total mystery that astrophysicists call "dark matter". It's something that can't be detected, but incredibly, 
makes up 80% of the universe:



                                           

Number 3:  The DNA codes in the cells of every living thing are literally blueprints for the thing it will become. It's so unbelievably complex that until powerful supercomputers came along in the 1990s, science had no hope of understanding the DNA codes. The breakthrough came when geneticists succeeded in isolating the codes of the most basic life form that could be worked with, the tiny nematode worm. It took years, but the scientists finally detected 3,000,000 DNA "bases"; just 3% of the one-hundred-million DNA bases of the simplest worm on the planet (Link)
We humans are, needless to say, vastly more complicated. Our organs work with unbelievable efficiency and harmony - most of the time. 
The decoding of human DNA was recently accomplished, and now we know there are extremely specific molecular instructions within us that can't possibly have been accidental. Exactly like computer software it can't write itself, and the slightest error will crash the system. Mutations mean destruction in almost every case. Darwin's evolution model falls apart completely. There's no way he or any other scientists before the age of computers could have known what we're beginning to understand:




Number 4:  Thanks to supercomputers and the mathematics they can so easily work with, we've discovered an extraordinary pattern to all of nature. It's being referred to as "the thumbprint of God" and is extremely entertaining as well as intellectually challenging. If you don't enjoy math, skip ahead to the 12:00 mark:

                                                          
 



Even if we have no religious training or faith, these evidences should remove every shadow of doubt. If you think these truths are purely accidental, then you must also believe that King Louis XIV could have stumbled upon the Palace of Versailles and just moved in:

                                             

                                              
This video by one of the world's finest geneticists will explain why, thanks to modern computers, Darwin's theory is deeply flawed and can't be supported:






Wednesday, June 23, 2021

"It is all so dire; so terribly, unfairly, and inexcusably dire", my old and wise friend said...

 ...and he sounded like Shakespeare's character, the Prince of Denmark, in Hamlet. So many things have gone wrong in our time, and any one of them could ruin the world as we've known it. And they are today. 

One more thing we desperately need now is a poet-playwright of epic talent to  give us insight and comfort in these epic times. Words can be excellent armor and weapons for sustaining us in this spiritual war. When Hamlet says, "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy" he could be talking to us about our present age.    

Hamlet goes on, "Though this be madness, yet there is method in it... Our wills and fates do so contrary run...  Above all to thine own self be true... When sorrows come, they come not single spies. But in battalions... So full of artless jealousy is guilt; it spills itself in fearing to be spilt... To be honest, as this world goes, is to be one man picked out of ten-thousand..."   

Though the centuries pass and the costumes and scenery change, the same agonies, struggles, problems, successes and passions play out. If it were not so, the words of Charles Dickens, Henry James, Poe, Fielding, Voltaire, Moliere, Shakespeare, Cervantes, St. Paul, Jesus, Virgil, Isaiah, and Homer would have no meaning for us. Nor would the Bible, which is still the best-selling book in the world. More than five billion copies have been printed and distributed, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. What we call "progress" has little changed our sick hearts in 5,800 years. But each of us - as individuals - can find salvation and eternal life if we stand up to the mobs. Violence is often not required. But a close relationship with the Lord of All Creation is. Honesty is vital; lies are poison. 

The only essential difference between the revolution of Exodus (Moses vs. Pharaoh Ramses, c. 1446 B.C.) and modern Israel vs. the Arab world, is the sophistication of the weapons. Ordinary and healthy people yearn for freedom and liberty so they can build a life of their own that has meaning for them. Freedom of religion is vital. Slavery is anathema. But the Ruling Classes of today believe they're gods, or like gods, and they're jealous of the True God. They don't care about anything except their own power, status, and wealth. From time immemorial it has been thus:

          


Here is Al Pacino as Shylock, in The Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare:



Mel Gibson as Hamlet:



Hamlet meets his father's ghost and receives terrifying news. A fateful promise is made: 



Could our ancestors who fought for freedom be pleading with us to awaken and continue the war against the Anti-Christ? You know the answer if you have a good heart. Ask God for a new, healthy heart. 

Monday, June 14, 2021

How Large Is God? Much Larger Than His Universe, Certainly

We humans have always had a tough time imagining God's size and power, largely because we're diminished when we contemplate Him, and it hurts our pride. We would much rather deceive and aggrandize ourselves into thinking we are gods with total control over our lives. 

Ancient people felt the same sense of inferiority even though they never could have dreamed how vast our universe really is; and the truth arrived all at once, in the 1750s. Thomas Wright and Emmanuel Kant shocked the world by proving that our own Milky Way galaxy was a rotating, flattened disc made up of millions of stars; just one of several galaxies nearby which they called "island universes". This was almost as troubling as Copernicus' proof that the earth wasn't the center of the solar system. 

In the 1920s, using a vastly more powerful telescope than anyone had before, Edwin Hubble proved that our galaxy contained over 100 million stars, and there were millions more galaxies in the universe. Also, for some mysterious reason they were expanding and accelerating away from us at fantastic speeds - almost 186,000 miles per second; or 670 million miles per hour; which is the speed of light in a vacuum.                                                                                    Hubble actually was confirming the observations and proofs that Georges Lamaitre - a Belgian Catholic priest, mathematician, and astronomer - had discovered two years before Hubble. 

Now we know that our Milky Way galaxy is well over 100,000 light years in size, and contains over 200 billion stars.  Not only that, there are a trillion galaxies in the observable universe, which likely contain 100 billion stars each, and they're being pushed outward by some mysterious force, labeled Dark Energy.             Our observable universe is 13.8 billion light years in size, and began with the Big Bang, a titanic blast emanating from an atom-fragment-sized oneness.(Link)  These facts are now known as the Hubble-Lamaitre law.

This discovery was nearly unimaginable, even for Albert Einstein who stumbled onto these truths years ahead of Lamaitre and Hubble. But Einstein thought they must be wrong, and that he might be ridiculed, so he fudged his calculations and pretended it wasn't true. When faced with Lamaitre's calculations, Einstein replied, "Your calculations are correct, but your physics is abominable."  Before long, though, he told Lamaitre his proofs were "...the most beautiful... explanation of creation to which I have ever listened." To the end of his days Einstein regretted his timidity. 

We can understand why Einstein doubted himself, and must admit that these truths are impossible to fully grasp. But there's more. Much more.

Nuclear physicists have now proven that the distance between our humdrum, everyday world and the very smallest unit in its subatomic, or quantum, world is almost as vast. The fact is, we're not solid at all. We're mostly space; like steam. This is why x-rays, radio, and television waves pass easily through us. In other words, each of us is an inconceivably huge universe to the particles we're made of. The tiniest measure of all is called the Planck Particle*, an unimaginable nothing, compared to which a single proton - a tiny piece of a single atom - is as big as a galaxy. This video will explain it: 

 

See what the Big Bang really was:



 

Can there be a mind behind this network of laws and orders? Can there be a creator? Obviously there must be. Natural Laws expressed through mathematics and astrophysical observations prove to be universal throughout all creation. Curiously, though, many scientists think these truths argue against the idea of God. "How could a mind be so inconceivably huge?", they ask. "Why couldn't it be?", this author replies. 

Just as everything we do requires thought, planning, effort, and knowledge, so must the cosmos. Knowing this, are there any limits to the Lord of Creation? He is the designer of limits. Limitlessness is clearly a feature of the mind behind all we see and know. 

How powerful is God? It's absurd to imagine there are any limits to His power. Everything is His; time, space, matter, energy, dimensions of time and space and riches we can't conceive of. The revelations of Scripture have been given to us for over three-thousand years, and they've been doubted by many the whole time; today more than ever. But it's massively ironic that many sciences have now proven what Scripture has always said, like God's Creation springing forth out of nothing, and all at once; the Big Bang. Yet more people than ever reject the religious view. Why? Because wars have been fought over religion? Mankind is very good at inventing pretexts for the grand theft of others' nations. The bloodiest century of all by far, the 20th, saw atheistic wars; very few religious wars. 

"The riddles of God are more satisfying than the answers of man."  

G.K. Chesterton

Consider the miracle we're living through right now, being able to search out the universe in each and every detail with ingenious tools we built for ourselves over the last thousand years. No other species on earth has a fraction of our power to do almost everything we can imagine, and gain knowledge nobody ever had before.

*The Planck Particle is named after Max Planck, the Nobel Prize-winning theoretical physicist who discovered the quanta, or subatomic world of particles; the building blocks of all things in the material universe. 

                        Part  2:  The Purely Material View of the Universe

The 20th Century was the first in human history to largely jettison the spiritual world; that is, the non-material world of God the Creator. The successes of the Industrial Revolution and its genius inventors (Watt, with his steam engine; Edison's lightbulb and phonograph; The Wright's airplane) gradually persuaded people generally to turn away from religion and the spiritual life. Science and Reason effectively replaced and became a sort of god that offered material answers and solutions to genuine needs; and eventually, everything else we might want. 

However the "God is dead... and we have killed him" crowd turned to Communism, Fascism, and Nazism as a replacement. The "superman... scientific man" was seen as the evolution away from religion. Known as the "Left wing" of politics, they flourished. The Fascists and Nazis called themselves anti-communists, but both embraced socialism - Left wing central government control - as the solution to all our problems. Religion was suppressed or even crushed, because our true Creator threatens the legitimacy of any and all dictators and plutocracies. We've had over 120 years to see where these philosophies lead and to assess their outcomes. The evidence is abundant and hideous. Our world is now truly on the brink of annihilation from nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons that are now in the hands of the haters of God. 

Remember when (in the 1970s) "ecology" was the buzzword of the smart people?  The Left loved to pose and pretend that they, as certified "environmentalists", had an enlightened understanding of the earth's ecology. The Sierra Club and Greenpeace weren't yet organized crime cartels masquerading as "sensible reform" groups. But, as Eric Hoffer once observed, "Every cause becomes a movement, then a business, and degenerates into a racket."  (Link)

From that seed the whole "global warming... climate change" scam gradually grew, starting with the "population bomb" (over population) and the coming "ice age'' (Link) that splashed all over Time Magazine and the media in 1977; then the coming "global famine". 
But then the exact opposite happened as countries learned how to use fertilizers and western techniques to create abundant crops of grain. Food production technology was a great success in the third world (India, China, Malaysia, etc.) except where the communists rule. Everything they touch turns to rubbish. 
Eventually their predictions, like "peak oil" (the supposed maximum amount of fossil fuel reserves in the earth) all fizzled. Then "sustainability" was all the rage along with global climate change. Good intentions trumped everything, and focusing on results became "racist!" The results have been ruinous to our prosperity, particularly in poor countries. 

Now we see that the ultimate end for the Left is "unsustainability" and the bankruptcy they preached against. They always go for the expedient and lazy answer, casting wisdom aside and becoming total fools. They know their scam has aged way past its shelf life, and that's why every panic-inducing scheme is being used to create endless crises. "Never let a good crisis go to waste", said Rahm Emmanuel (U.S. White House Chief of Staff, 2009 to 2010). 
We're looking at a 21st Century Bolshevik revolution. It will burn itself out and take a lot of casualties with it. Do we see anywhere a charismatic Lenin, Stalin, or Hitler? No, just geriatric and dumb pretenders. 

Their age of Clintonian Camelot and Obama Super-Narcissism is old hat. Isn't it telling that of all American presidents, Barack is the only one utterly without a protégé? He was such an empty suit that nobody could or would be allowed to sit and learn "at his knee" so-to-speak. There was no substance to learn, just falsehood, smoke, and mirrors. 
The best citizens on earth crave genuine freedom, as outlined in the U.S. Declaration of Independence and the United Nations Charter. Freedom to worship our Lord and Creator is the cornerstone of all cornerstones. 

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Death Is An Aberration; God Wants Us and All His Creations To Live Forever

It's marvelous to see the great temples of ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, and Byzantium. Without mathematics like ours, and using only the most simple tools and lifting equipment, massive and hard stones were intricately cut and lifted into high places. Similarly, the dazzling cathedrals from the 11th and 12th Centuries in Europe couldn't be built as well now.

The hand-built churches and palaces of Renaissance Italy, Germany, France, and Spain are often over four hundred years old. They're beautiful and in good repair because people have always spent fortunes to travel from all over the globe to appreciate their beauty and the cultures that built them. Great craftsmen of genius designed and built for a future they would never see and couldn't have imagined. For them it would be unthinkable to build something great and not plan for it to endure through many centuries, until Christ returned to our world:


The more beautiful, delicate, and wondrous something is, the more its creator will want it to endure forever. God is the ultimate craftsman, and eternal life is the natural state for everything He makes. We men and women are God's highest achievement; for the last act of His creation - after the universe and earth - were Adam and Eve

Death is an aberration to the Lord. Would anyone want their creations to fall apart and die? There is an answer to the riddle of our decay and death. God placed in us a love for adventure and discovery that will lead us to Him if we have a working moral compass that points to the moral True North:


All people alive today have a chance to gain entry to an eternal Paradise of joy, freedom, and pleasure. Will you ask the Creator for guidance?

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Two Great Forces Move Us the Most; Fear and Love

 

Love makes us feel that our lives have meaning, are good, and that others are our friends and allies. There's no better feeling in the world than being in love. We will go to great lengths for people we love, sometimes even sacrificing our lives for them. Fear is the opposite. Fear tells us that we're doomed to lose everything we love, even our very  existence. For the religious among us, fear tells us our eternal lives will be torment. 

Tyrants and other criminals know that fear is an easy tool to acquire and wield against others, and love is much more difficult if not impossible; especially if you're inclined to crime and your intentions are evil. Making others love us is possible, but requires great skill. True love, though, has a life of its own and can't be easily manipulated. So fear is the common, foolproof option if you want others to bend to your will. 

The stakes are immense in our modern world. Power, money, status, and sex are the earthly reward. Any expert at pretending to love - and willing to ruthlessly use fear to manipulate people - can rise quickly in politics. History is bursting with the names of infamous leaders who rose to the highest heights. A few hung onto absolute power until death, even after murdering a hundred million of their own citizens. Mao Tse Tung and Josef Stalin head that list. But most of the evil geniuses who attained that power destroyed themselves, their people, their nations, and everyone else who effectively got in their way. 

Our globe today is gripped by a fear so deep that it's ruining our lives and civilization. Billions are convinced that invisible threats are killing off all life on earth. The only people who disagree are faithful believers in the God of all Creation. This good and all-powerful Lord owns the universe and has a plan for everyone who honors Him. Not only will His people have life, but they will have eternal riches, power, beauty, joy, and a goodness we can barely imagine. Worldly riches are cruel fakes and counterfeits compared to God's gifts. 

This great and good Creator has an enemy, the Anti-Christ; Satan; who is bent on destroying the greatest of all His creations: faithful men and women. This enemy is a master of lies and fear, and he's using science to do it; or rather, our weak  understanding of science. Science isn't a Bible, it's an ongoing process of study, testing, theorizing, proving, and disproving. Often, scientific certainties like gravity are proven real; but then new discoveries show that there are many more dimensions to it than we knew. There's no such thing as "settled science", especially in very complex arenas like the weather, climate, virology, nuclear physics, biology, and so on. We need to think of the "scientific process" as a staircase leading ever upward. There's no Science Heaven we can ever attain on earth where everything is finally known, categorized, and finished. Only religion offers eternal and immutable Truth. God alone can grant us eternal knowledge in Paradise:



 


Several things mark the Satanic view of science. First, it's atheistic, and often anti-theistic; God-hating. Proponents have a fatal pride and assurance that everything they say cannot be questioned. Second, the greatest fears these people have are from invisible forces like gases (CO2, hydrocarbons, radon); viruses and bacteria; radiation (nuclear, solar, electromagnetic); and genetic variations formed in labs to enhance plant fertility and nutrition (GMO foods). Ordinary people can't see these threats, and with so much money available, it's easy to bribe those who would tell the truth about the scam. 

Leftist politics has spawned a trillion-dollar industry of fear-mongering - through media manipulation - which funnels government, industry, and private monies into rackets that are acquiring totalitarian power over the whole world. "Every great cause becomes a movement, becomes a business, and degenerates into a racket." - Eric Hoffer.  

Literal panic is seizing huge mobs of unthinking citizens in every country who are then manipulated into voting for and electing the minions of the Anti-Christ. Trillions of dollars are being stolen or thrown away on "climate change technologies", "infrastructure enhancements", and "anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-bigotry, and anti-transphobic" reparations; i.e., payoffs. It's the greatest criminal movement in history. 

Here's the testimony of one of the original founders of Greenpeace, one of the earliest of these panic-generating rackets:




  Facts on "Manmade climate change": 




Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Forgiveness Is A Two-Way Street

What if you were the child of a loving, wealthy, kind, and powerful family, but had become separated from them at birth by some catastrophe? Let's say you were born in a country - like Russia - which had revolted against the one where your mother, father, and family lived - like the United States. And now these two nations are in a hot war. 

So you had been cut off from them your whole impoverished life. The entire time you thought you were an orphan. You did what you had to do to survive, sometimes committing violent crimes. Everyone in your country had done the same. Only recently did you discover the truth of your birth, when a messenger delivered documents and proofs that you were a blood relative of this great family. Now they desperately want you back, even with full knowledge of the guilt you bear, but you're angry. Why did they wait so long to find you? Would they really want you if they knew everything you had done? How could you ever fit in? 

There are a lot of secret reports from the battlefront, and the carnage is terrible. Millions of soldiers on both sides are involved, but your country is doomed, sooner or later. Many of the dead soldiers you knew, and some you grew up with. When,  and if, your compatriots find out you're actually a blood-member of the U.S. side, they will accuse you of spying and hang you. 
The messenger prevailed and returned a message to the family that your sense of hurt and anger was the only reason for delay. 

A few days later another stealthy messenger came through the lines and handed you one last note from the Pater Familias; the head of the family. It reads, "I know your hurt and pain, which are very familiar to me, but forgiveness is a two way street. I have forgiven every transgression of yours. Can you not forgive the pain I allowed to be given you? Just know that I have reasons you'll never understand in this life, only in your eternal life to come, why your suffering was necessary and accrues to your entire benefit, one-hundred fold."  

This, good readers, is exactly the situation you and I and all faithful people are in. A huge war is raging, and will soon be over. Can we not forgive the Creator of all life, and trust that He knows what He's doing? Trust in Scripture, particularly the Apostle Paul, in 2 Thessalonians 2:

The Man of Lawlessness [Satan]
"Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers and sisters, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us—whether by a prophecy or by word of mouth or by letter—asserting that the day of the Lord has already come. 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..... and he will work [dark] miracles..."

There are benefits for believing in God that you may not have thought about:

                                                   


We only have a limited time to act and save our souls and spirits. Don't procrastinate. Consider how timely this song was in 1969 when it first hit the charts: