Haters gonna hate? A lesson in tolerance towards dissenting ideas and opinions.

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If you have been around the block more than once, like I have, then you know that society has a way of rehashing things over and over again. History often does repeat itself, and as people, and entire generations, we often do not learn from our own mistakes over the span of time.

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Who’s Calling the Kettle Black?

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In our present society, Christians, not to mention other religious groups, are often accused of being overtly Apocalyptic. In the minds of the avant-guard, the apocalyptic scenarios, as depicted in the Bible, are mere foolishness. After all, the starship Enterprise will soon be built, and society, as we know it, will forever be changed.

We will explore the outer reaches of our universe and discover that we are not alone. After all, aliens really do exist, both friend and foe 😉

Recently, someone close to me asked me the same question. Why are Christians overtly Apocalyptic? I was actually somewhat amused by her question and instinctively knew where her presupposition would lead us in conversation. Instead, I countered her question with another question.

Why is the world, or society, so apocalyptic?

After all, society is fascinated with the subject(s) of invading aliens, the supernatural (including the demonic, the occult, and witchcraft, etc.), and natural disasters of epic, planet extinction proportions. The proposed science and politics of global warming/climate change are reaching a near critical stage. The planet does not have enough arable land and food to feed our ever-increasing population. Meteors will collide with the earth reducing humankind back to the dust from which we came. We will destroy ourselves with our own technology, including the weapon systems that were originally designed, at least in part, to end WW2 –  not create another world war.

The feverish pitch of impending doom for our planet and the extinction of the human race seems to overshadow just about anything that is good and right in life. Don’t believe me? Turn on your TV and watch the “news”.

In my opinion, our culture is so afraid of death that we really do not live.

Sure, an ever increasing number of people have just thrown in the towel, out of sheer hopelessness, and are drowning their minds in alcohol and mood-altering drugs.

“Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” 1Corinthians 15:32

Lets throw caution and common sense into the wind. After all, life is hopeless. Or is it? I don’t know about you, but I made a decision a long time ago to be a follower of Christ. I want to live – to truly experience life in the fullest sense of the word.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. John 10:10

I want to live and not die, in order that I might declare the works of the Lord. I want to shout from the roof tops that HE is RISEN! There is hope for each and every one of us. As a believer, I do not fear death and look forward to a bodily resurrection. I live my life with great expectation of the second return of Christ.

In the meantime, I purposely choose to live my life to the fullest, in spite of my own human frailty and the fearful expectations of a world that does not perceive hope. False messiahs will continue to arise leading many to their own destruction, but I will endeavor to live a life of peace and contentment regardless of all the “noise” around me.

Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10a NLT

The choices we make today become who we are tomorrow…

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Passion: Peter Gabriel

The Last Temptation of Christ is a 1988 American epic drama film directed by Martin Scorsese. Written by Paul Schrader with uncredited rewrites from Scorsese and Jay Cocks, the film is an adaptation of Nikos Kazantzakis’ controversial 1955 novel of the same name. The film, starring Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, Barbara Hershey, Andre Gregory, Harry Dean Stanton and David Bowie, was shot entirely in Morocco.

Like the novel, the film depicts the life of Jesus Christ and his struggle with various forms of temptation including fear, doubt, depression, reluctance and lust. This results in the book and film depicting Christ being tempted by imagining himself engaged in sexual activities, a notion that has caused outrage from some Christians. The film includes a disclaimer explaining that it departs from the commonly accepted biblical portrayal of Jesus’s life and is not based on the Gospels.

The film received polarized reviews from critics on its release but Scorsese received an Academy Award nomination for Best Director. Hershey’s performance as Mary Magdalene earned her a nomination for the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress. Peter Gabriel’s music score also received acclaim, including a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score.

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Critical Thinking vs Being Critical of Others

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There is a considerable difference between possessing good critical thinking skills and being overly critical of others.

Critical thinking should not be confused with being argumentative or being critical of other people. Although critical thinking skills can be used in exposing fallacies and bad reasoning, critical thinking can also play an important role in cooperative reasoning and constructive tasks.

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Yesterday: The Beatles

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Yesterday is a song by the English rock band the Beatles, written by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon–McCartney), and first released on the album Help! in the United Kingdom in August 1965.

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Which band, and their music, has had the most influence in my life? The answer to that question is simple – The Beatles.

On February 9th, 1964, The Beatles, with their Edwardian suits and mop top haircuts, made their first American television appearance—LIVE—on The Ed Sullivan Show.

A rather strange fact is that I actually remember the aforementioned Ed Sullivan show. I could not have been more than five years old, but I do remember watching the Beatles on a Black & White TV that had a rather insane channel switch. Little did I understand back then how much the Beatles would influence my life with their music. As a teenager and young adult I experienced a revival of some of their oldies amongst my friends and peers – the Beatles were once again ultimately cool.

I never grow tired of listening to the Beatles, especially their early music, and possess almost their entire discography in electronic form. Roon has made that entire Beatles catalogue that much more enjoyable 🙂

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