Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Blargh

I had left a couple of comments on one of Heidi's threads in which I complained about my husband's seeming lack of interest in me beyond my ability to provide sex, food and babies. I don't mean to sound like a whiner, but I admit I'm discontented with this state of things. Is this all that men want from their wives? Is it unrealistic of me to wish that my husband saw me as a friend as well as a wife? Should I just shrug my shoulders and accept that this is how things are?

If this were an arranged marriage, it would make sense that our relationship be limited to those three things. But I love him - I want to know him better. I want him to be involved in my spiritual life. I want his input into politics and world events. Right now, he seems to be content just skimming the surface of who I am. When I try to engage him in conversation, he frequently seems distant or even annoyed that I'm intruding on his time in this way.

Don't get me wrong - we have a pretty happy marriage. I know he loves me.

I've been sitting here wondering why G-d created women with such individuality and complex personalities if men seem to want something simpler. Then it occurred to me that the facets of my personality which my husband overlooks are all seen by G-d and that perhaps He created me this way because He planned on enjoying my individuality and personality Himself.

I think my discontent is lessening.

Monday, January 30, 2006

This Present Age

There are a lot of people that believe that the age spoken of in Revelation is drawing close and that it will occur in our lifetime or the lifetime of our children.

I am one of these people.

I have no certain knowledge, no prophetic word spoken to me to base this belief on. Call it a gut instinct.

I'm aware that there are plenty on the other side of the issue that believe that we cannot take current world events to mean that Yeshua's return is close. After all, they argue, natural disasters and wars have occurred all throughout history.

This is true.

What is different about this age, however, is the technology level that has been connecting the entire globe. Not once in history, since Yeshua's resurrection, has a global government been feasible. That global government now appears to be hovering on the horizon. Is it possible that G-d could choose to send us back into the dark ages, scattering us to the four corners of the earth as He did at the Tower of Babel, waiting for Yeshua's return until some later date, when humanity will once again pull itself together and initiate a global government? Yes, it is possible - but foolish to assume that He will do so. We are to watch for Him as a thief for the night, which does not mean we are to go peaceably to bed, believing that He could not possibly appear tonight, because He has not appeared any previous night.

Be watchful, be wary.

Another reason to believe that Revelation nears is the absence of miracles. Not to say that they do not exist, but they certainly do not occur as they did in the age of Yeshua and the apostles. Revelation tells us that the Antichrist will perform "signs and wonders". This insinuates that signs and wonders are not something that is commonplace in the time of the Antichrist. After all - if miracles were being performed on a daily basis by the children of YHWH, in full view of the public, the Antichrist's signs and wonders wouldn't seem so wondrous, would they?

One other circumstance supports my belief - the overwhelming godlessness of the world, such that evil is prevalent on a scale it has not reached since the days preceeding the Flood. Yes, man is fallen and evil has been present in us since the days of Adam and Eve. I do not believe, however, that the world of the last 2,000 years was ever at the state it is now.

40,000,000 children in America alone have been aborted in the last 30 years.

Sexual promiscuity is occurring in epidemic levels.

Feminism has risen to prominence in large portions of the world.

The Theory of Evolution is accepted fact in most of the world.

Homosexuality is becoming an acceptable choice.

And those are just the tip of the iceburg. Look around - what we are seeing is not simply because we have better access to news - what we are seeing is a state of rebellion against G-d on a massive scale, a rebellion against the Creator that would not have been entertained by the 'Christian' world of 200 years ago, or 1000 years ago. Look at the Scriptures - it is clear that G-d will not allow humanity's rebellion against Him to continue indefinitely. He will act.

Even if we are not facing the events of Revelation, we will certainly face the outstretched hand of the Mighty G-d sometime soon. Truly, I hope that we are facing the events of Revelation, because then we have the emminent hope of Yeshua's return.

Otherwise, we'll just be facing a lot of extremely painful chastisement, with a long wait still ahead of us.

Have mercy on us, Father. May Yeshua come quickly!

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Made in His image

This article, discovered through Andrea's blog, is something all of you should read.

I've posted before about my beliefs concerning pregnancy resulting from rape - this woman actually lived out the situation. Sadly, this kind of story will not receive attention from the mainstream media.

Monday, January 23, 2006

I need to enter a twelve-step program

Well, the reason my blog has seen so little activity lately is this: I recently re-discovered a birthday present from three or four years ago - a disc of computer Yahtzee games which my mom and step-dad gave me. I installed it and was hooked. My presence in the blogosphere since then has been limited.

Before too long, the addiction will slow and then I'll probably start posting and commenting more frequently. =)

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Abortion, personhood and rebellion

Abortion is a hot topic among most of us. I, like many others, approach this from the angle of belief in the personhood of the unborn, but that is not the only angle from which to approach the subject.

Simply put, abortion is rebellion against G-d.

God blessed them; and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth."


"He will love you and bless you and multiply you; He will also bless the fruit of your womb...

Did not He who made me in the womb make him, and the same One fashion us in the womb?

Behold, children are a gift from G-d, the fruit of the womb is a reward.

For you formed my inward parts; you wove me in my mother's womb.

"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations."

For he will be great in the sight of the LORD; and he will drink no wine or liquor, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit while yet in his mother's womb.

Personally, I find those last two passages to be pretty indicative of an unborn child's status, but I'm aware that there are Christians out there that believe that personhood does not begin until birth and will act accordingly. There are, however, a wealth of Scriptures which reference YHWH as the one that opens and closes the womb. Barreness was sometimes used as a curse, and it was never something that a barren woman - or her husband - was pleased with.

Now, I'm not writing this post to address people that do not believe in G-d and do not believe in the Bible. I am writing this for those that claim to be children of G-d.

G-d puts children in a woman's womb, and it is rebellion for the woman (or her husband) to insist on an abortion. It is a slap in G-d's face, an insistence that we, the created, know better than the Creator. It shows a severe lack of trust on our part. Whether or not the child is actually "alive" while in the womb is, of course, debatable. What is not debatable is that we are called all throughout the Scriptures to model our lives on the precepts, principles and commands set forth by YHWH. Supporting the destruction of the fruit of our wombs flies in the face of everything to be found in the Bible.

Is it murder? Perhaps. (I certainly think so.)

Is it rebellion? Most definitely.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Trickery in the Scriptures

Once, when doing research into what the Bible has to offer on the subject of the personhood of the unborn, I came across the following passage detailing the angelic message of Samson's conception in Judges 13:

Then the angel of the LORD appeared to the woman and said to her, "Behold now, you are barren and have borne no children, but you shall conceive and give birth to a son. Now therefore, be careful not to drink wine or strong drink, nor eat any unclean thing. For behold, you shall conceive and give birth to a son, and no razor shall come upon his head, for the boy shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb; and he shall begin to deliver Israel from the hands of the Philistines.

That is from the New American Standard Version. I then looked at that passage in a few other versions and found this, from The Message:

The angel of God appeared to her and told her, "I know that you are barren and childless, but you're going to become pregnant and bear a son. But take much care: Drink no wine or beer; eat nothing ritually unclean. You are, in fact, pregnant right now, carrying a son. No razor will touch his head--the boy will be GOD's Nazirite from the moment of his birth. He will launch the deliverance from Philistine oppression."

And this, from the Contemporary English Version:

but one day an angel from the LORD appeared to her and said: You have never been able to have any children, but very soon you will be pregnant and have a son. He will belong to God belong to God: The Hebrew text has "be a Nazirite of God." Nazirites were dedicated to God and had to from the day he is born, so his hair must never be cut. And even before he is born, you must not drink any wine or beer or eat any food forbidden by God's laws.
Your son will begin to set Israel free from the Philistines.

Again, for contrast, the passage in the King James Version:

And the angel of the LORD appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son. Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing: For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.

Amazing difference, don't you think? Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that the Scriptures are inherently tricky - I'm saying that the men and women translating it are being quite tricky. We have to be very careful about these things. YHWH never said that the Scriptures could not be taken and taught incorrectly - He did lay a curse on those that would do such a thing. My mother is fond of saying how important it is to be Bereans and to search the Scriptures - and she is right!

This post was inspired by Eaglewood's post regarding Christians and abortion.


Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Justine's book meme

This fun meme was devised by Justine. If those I have tagged do not feel like participating, there are no hard feelings on my part! I tried to pick people that I thought might have fun with this. =)

Five favorite fiction authors:

Jane Austen
L.M. Montgomery
Dean Koontz
J.R.R. Tolkien
Agatha Christie

Five favorite non-fiction authors:
Dave Barry
C.S. Lewis

Here I will have to admit that I rarely read non-fiction, and when I do, it is simply an isolated book here and there which caught my eye based on subject matter.

Five favorite children's writers:
Sid Fleischman
Patricia C. Wrede
Lloyd Alexander
Elizabeth Enright
C.S. Lewis

I could list a lot more than five, but I'll restrain myself!

Favorite book read in 2005:
Secrets of the Lost Races by Rene Noorbergen

Book you're looking most forward to reading in 2006:
Dead Men's Secrets by Jonathan Gray

Five books on faith that you would recommend:
The Bible
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Foxe's Book of Martyrs
Here I'll once again mention that I rarely read non-fiction.

Five books that made you laugh out loud:
By the Great Horn Spoon! by Sid Fleischman
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Henry Reed's Journey by Keith Robertson
Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
Dave Barry's Only Travel Guide You'll Ever Need by Dave Barry

A fictional character you would like to emulate:
Lucy Pevensie, Samwise Gamgee

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character? If yes, which one?
Justin from Lloyd Alexander's Westmark Trilogy

The best biography you've ever read:
The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

A book you love with a short review:
The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle. This book is written in lyrical prose that is a pleasure to read. It is about a unicorn that discovers she is the last of her kind. Troubled, she sets off on a journey to find out what happened to the other unicorns. She is joined in her quest by the incompetent magician Shmendricks, a man with extraordinary but uncontrollable magical ability and Molly Grue, worn-out and prickly, who laments that the unicorn did not find her twenty years before. They journey to the castle of King Hagrid, whose monstrous, blind Red Bull gathered the unicorns many years before and drove them into the sea at the desire of the king. There, in order to save the last unicorn from the Red Bull, Shmendricks turns her into a human woman. The book is a tale of real love contrasted with lustful desire, woven through with a thread of gentle humor. If any of my fellow fantasy enthusiasts have not read this book, I highly recommend it!

Five people to tag:
Heidi
Birdie
Erik
Wes
Pablo