Seraphim are Firey Flying Serpents

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Seraphim by Lakandiwa (click for source)

What I find troublesome is when Bible translators choose to transliterate a term in some passages but not in others. It’s troublesome because it seems to be done in order to hide the true meaning from the reader. It effectively amounts to censorship of the biblical text by translation committee.

For example, in the throne room of God, the word seraphim is transliterated

Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. (Isaiah 6:2)

However, later in Isaiah the exact same Hebrew term שָׂרָף is translated into English as “flying firey serpent”

Through a land of trouble and anguish, from where come the lioness and the lion, the adder and the flying fiery serpent, …(Isaiah 30:6)

It seems the flying firey serpents are fallen, rebel seraphim. Why the censorship by transliteration? Do the translators think people cannot handle the fact that flying serpentine beings are in the throne room of God? (it happens in other places as well, but unless you study the original languages you will never know it). This is one of the reasons why KJVonlyism (or dependence on any one translation) is so horribly vacuous for doing theology.

Astrobiology, the Vatican, and the Coming World Religion

This lecture was first made at The Prophecy Forum in Dublin, Ohio, November 16, 2014.
 

“God of the Gaps” Excuse is Circular Reasoning

Skeptics and atheists routinely invoke the “God of the gaps” excuse when faced with arguments for the existence of God. For example the cosmological argument for the existence of God. 1) Everything that begins to exist has a cause; 2) The universe began to exist;  3) Therefore, the universe has a cause;

I like to add because that initial cause started nature it must transcend nature hence it is supernatural.

The skeptic replies along these lines, “That is a God of the gaps argument, simply because we don’t have a natural explanation yet, doesn’t mean we will never discover one, you are inserting God into the gaps of scientific knowledge.”

Jesuit astronomer Guy Consolmagno serves as a  prime example of such a consolmagnoskeptic with his comment,

Consolmagno: Well, when Hawking says we don’t need God to start the universe, he’s right. Anyone who’s trying to use God to explain the things that science can’t explain in the 21st century, is a fool because who knows what science is going to explain in the 23rd century? That’s called the God of the gaps.  (source)

However, I think this is circular reasoning because it assumes that there is a natural explanation forthcoming i.e. promissory naturalism (we do not have a natural explanation yet but one day we will). However, asserting that it is a “God of the gaps” argument, is to assume there is an undiscovered naturalistic cause but, in fact, that is the very thing in question. Invoking the “God of the gaps” label is circular reasoning, it assumes naturalism a priori.

Ralph Rieckermann’s Snuff Party Complicity

Ralph RieckermannHatip to Natalina at Extraordinary Intelligence

Ralph Rieckermann, former bassist for the Scorpions, glibly remarks about attending “snuff parties” in the video below Although he seems genuinely alarmed by what he saw, his actions do not seem morally adequate. (that is unless he reported it to the authorities). In the United States, eye-witnessing a sadistic murder but neglecting to report it makes one guilty of either obstruction of justice or complicity up to being a c0-conspirator in 1st degree murder (depending on circumstances). While I don’t know the German law, a similar provision might exist. If so,  he should step up or the German police ought to compel him to do so.

Scorpions Bassist: Yeah, about those Snuff Parties I Went to…

“Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.” (Eph 5:11_)

You No Longer Need to be a Girl to be a Girl Scout!

Sad day, sad day… you no longer need to be a girl to be a Girl Scout. The “social issues FAQ” at the organization’s website states, “If the child is recognized by the family and school/community as a girl and lives culturally as a girl, then Girl Scouts is an organization that can serve her in a setting that is both emotionally and physically safe.” In other words, gender is determined by subjective opinion rather than objective biological science. Of course, such ideas are dangerous nonsense. Gender is determined by chromosomes not opinions and feelings.

In all other areas of human psychology, patients whose feelings do not match material reality are counseled to accept reality. In this case, misguided professionals are attempting to modify the laws and moral gender conventions to match a individual’s gender confusion. When someone believes they are a dog we don’t put a collar on them and whistle, we treat them as mentally ill. While I sympathize with those who suffer, I don’t see how gender confusion is meaningfully different than other forms of reality avoidance.

Androgyny is the gender of the New World Order and pansexuality is the new moral standard. The girl scout’s degeneration is not terribly surprising, given the paranormal paradigm shift toward oneism. Of course, the liberal church is leading the charge. Students of the ancient prophecies frame the degradation of Western culture as the inevitable fulfillment of prophecy by the Apostle Paul:

“But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.” (2 Tim 3:1–5)

“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.”(2 Tim 4:3–4)