Time--2017 A to Z Theme
My theme for the 2017 Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is "Time". The posts will be more philosophical, contemplative, and even autobiographical than instructional. No time management tips planned, but you never know with A to Z.
Always a work in progress--welcome to my blog...
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Do You Think Bible Prophecy Is True? (#BOTB Results)
If It's in the Bible, Is It True?
One thing that I've found over the past week is that the topic of abortion can piss more people off than talking about Jesus. But I guess nothing pisses some people off more than President Donald Trump. I'm still hoping that during the Trump administration, and soon at that, the United States moves its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and we build even stronger ties with Israel. That will likely piss the whole world off and I'm ready for that.
I don't know what other religions of the world are so grounded in prophesy as much as the Judeo-Christian tradition. From my understanding of Islam, the Hadiths and maybe some other writings contain something they refer to as prophesy, but I see no real trustworthy prophesy of future events in any Islamic writing. They call Mohammad a "prophet" but I'm not sure what he actually prophesied that can be put in any believable context. Then again (oh wait for the gasps and stirrings of indignation) I don't accept Islam as truth.
However, the prophecy of the Bible gets pretty darn specific when you start studying it all closely. And these prophecies started coming thousands of years ago in regard to events we see coming into shape in our time. Sure, some might say that its all just generic statements that can be applied to anytime and anything, but places are named and signs are indicated and we can see this all coming about in our age.
There will always be the scoffers--more of them than believers--but before anyone scoffs too heartily I would encourage a closer study of the prophecies with a comparative look at world events. Is Jesus coming soon? To me it would appear so, but I'm not going to be one to predict when. For now I'll just be a watchman on the wall.
By the way, for those who are familiar with the Bible, have you noticed how much the Bible talks about walls? So who says building walls isn't a Christian activity? In fact, despite what some will say, to my knowledge there is no mention of building bridges in the Bible. Well, other than a metaphorical bridge which is Jesus Christ.
Did I offend anyone today? I hope not. I didn't mean to offend, but only to tell truth as I see it. My hope is that maybe you'll think about what I've said here and perhaps even do some research about what I've said.
Battle of the Bands Results!
As is often the case, my latest Battle of the Bands was not easy for me to prognosticate the outcome. However because of the more contemporary more mainstream sound I figured the win would go to the 1970's group Dogwood. Initially that was the group I was favoring for my own vote, but as usual as the week progressed my vote wavered back and forth between the two choices. After all I usually pick out two versions that I especially enjoy. In the end though I decided to go with the traditional Southern Gospel sound of the Blackwood Gospel Quartet despite that strange video they had put together. Based on the audio only I thought they captured the spirit of the song best.
From the outset of voting, Dogwood took a rapid lead and it looked like it would be a massive win for them. Then in the final quarter, like the Superbowl champion Patriots, BGQ raced forward as they captured most of the final votes. Still it was not enough for a win as Dogwood maintained the lead by a mere two points. What a contest it was! I thank you all for voting on this song that I thought might be a turn-off to most, but things didn't turn out too badly at all.
Final Vote Tally
Blackwood Gospel Quartet 11 votes
Dogwood 13 votes
As I alluded to in my BOTB post, one of the featured groups, Dogwood, was not to be confused by a very different Christian punk metal band also called "Dogwood". This latter band which hails from the San Diego area has been around since 1993 and continues to be active. The band has ten albums behind them as well as contributions to a number of compilation albums. For the sake of contrast I'm offering a few of their songs for your listening pleasure--or perhaps I might call it curiosity since you might not care for their style. I find them to be kind of interesting and it's good to hear their message attached to music that might appeal to a younger crowd. See what you think...
Dogwood "Feel the Burn" (1999)
Dogwood "Building a Better Me" (2000)
Dogwood "Never Die" (1998)
Next Battle of the Bands Coming Soon!
Another Battle of the Bands match will appear on my blog on Wednesday February 15th. This Battle will be related to a post which will precede it next Monday the 13th--a post which may raise ire (so what else is new?) or have some of you nodding your heads in agreement. As you might have guessed it will be another post in my President Trump Acclimation Series . I mean really, there are still many ridiculous voices yammering on about the President of the United States so I might as well keep debunking that nonsense. I probably won't continue this much longer, though on the other hand, if the antis keep up their fight then maybe I'll keep pushing back. After all, what else do I have to blog about?
What else would you like me to talk about on this blog? Do the controversy posts turn you off? Would you rather I talk about writing or some such subject?