Sunday, February 28, 2016

America, My Big Brother

When I went to high school it was handy to have a big brother a couple or three years ahead of me. He was my protection against the inevitable school bullies. When he left I was beat up many times and also had to run the gauntlet past bullies waiting for me at the school gate at school closing time. I have been sucker-punched in the mouth, kicked in the face as I was dragged around the playground by the hair, had gangs of boys throw bricks at me as I fled for my life. One is left very vulnerable at high school after one’s big brother leaves!

America is the rest of the West’s big brother. However, America left us on our own seven years ago. Many Americans (as do many Westerners) want our big brother back. The world’s playground presently is being overrun by bullies. Western free-speech has been eroded by Saul Alinky’s Rules For Radicals – whereby any opposing voices to the ideology of the (Socialistic) Progressives is met with cries such as Homophobic! Racist! Islamophobic! Climate denier! etc. Honest conversation is thus shut down and any and all dissenters to the Progressive’s utopian dreams is demonized.
Enter Donald Trump. He may very well become the next president of the United States. Why? Because we love him? No! Because we hate what America has become over the last seven years – weaker, broker, and hardly distinguishable from those mediocre European Socialistic countries that are legion.
No one owns Donald Trump! No one tells Donald Trump what not to say! In other words, he cannot be bought, and he cannot be told to shut up – no matter how much his opposition apply Alinsky’s ad hominem principles of demonizing your opponent by spin and lies. Trump is anti-establishment Republican in the sense that the Republican movement repeatedly has failed to deliver on its promises over the last seven years.
It would be nice if the West could get its big brother back. The world would be much more safe than it is presently. Trump exudes success, from economic success to success in standing up to bullies, be they individuals or nations...         

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Heroes (Nephilim)


Who and what are heroes? Heroes are greatly admired individuals – like the random man who pulled a semiconscious truckie out of his jack-knifed rig as it was bursting into flames. However, who or what are ‘the heroes of old, men of renown’ mentioned in Genesis 6:4b? (NIV). These are commonly known as Nephilim, from the Hebrew word which has the core meaning ‘to fall’. We won’t get carried away with speculation if we keep in mind that the same word is used in Numbers 13:33 in reference to the ‘giants’ the Israelites reportedly saw when spying on the land of Canaan. Keep in mind then that there were Nephilim, i.e., heroes or giants, pre-Flood (in which Flood ‘only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water’ (1 Peter 3:20b) and also in Canaan post-Flood (Numbers 13:33). Since the Bible is clear that only Noah and his family survived the global deluge it is prudent to understand the word Nephilim as speaking of mighty yet fallen human beings, ‘men of renown’ or ‘heroes’.

With this understanding in mind let us turn its light upon the verse that has caused some to believe that the Nephilim may be some sort of hybrid humanoids, ie, the offspring of fallen angels who paired up with fallen women. Where do they get this idea from? ‘The sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose’ Genesis 6:2 (NKJV). Notice first off that there is no direct mention of angels in this verse. And secondly, keep in mind what Jesus says, ‘In the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels of God in heaven’ Matthew 22:30 (NKJV). Therefore, angels of God do not marry!

So, who are these ‘sons of God’ who produced heroic offspring? Job 28:7 mentions ‘morning stars’ or ‘sons of God’ which is a clear reference to angels. However, notice first off what it says about a human in Luke 3:38b, ‘Adam, the son of God.’ And what 1 John 3:1 says about all Christians, ‘…that we should be called the sons [ie, children] of God’ (KJV). Thus, the Bible refers to humans as well as angels as ‘sons of God’. Therefore, there is nothing wrong with these particular ‘sons of God’ being humans, not angels. And secondly, unlike humans, angels are spirit beings without physical bodies. To be sure there have been instances where angels have temporarily appeared on earth in human bodies (Genesis 18:2; 19:2 etc.) However, if these ‘sons of God’ are ‘the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode’ (Jude 1:6a NKJV), then they are most certainly demons. In the Bible demons are known to possess some humans but are not known to materialise themselves with human bodies. When Jesus cast out demons from the ‘Legion’ demoniac, they begged Him to send them into a herd of pigs (Mark 5:12). Why possess humans and enter into swine if instead you could simply materialise as a man, get yourself a wife and start your own family? And who knows? Perhaps your offspring may even become ‘men of renown, heroes’ even!

The ‘sons of God’ marrying the ‘daughters of men’ was simply, in today’s terms, Christians marrying non-Christians! As Ezra said, ‘You have transgressed and have taken pagan wives… separate yourselves… from the pagan wives’ Ezra 10:11. cf. Nehemiah 13:23-27. As Paul said, ‘Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers’ 2 Corinthians 6:14.