If the Bible is a source of wisdom and knowledge which covers all life situations, then where does it talk about depression?
We have found three ways in which the Bible describes depression:
In my experience atheist science trolls (ASTs) have very little knowledge of their subjects. When challenged to explain the rationale for the basic foundations of their beliefs they can’t. When pushed to provide some shred of evidence that they actually understand what science is and where it came from there is one particular response that comes up time and time again:
“Science is true because it works.”
My friend, the fact that science works doesn’t prove anything other than the internal logic of a false paradigm is consistent.
Most people take the fact that we landed a space craft on a comet as proof that science is right about Heliocentricity. However, because of the way that Math works, specifically Newton’s law of gravity and the inverse square law, the gravitational calculations involved in the space flight are still accurate whether the Earth orbits the Sun or the Sun orbits the Earth. Of course, as soon as you explain Newton to a troll they start spouting about Relativity, as if Newton is now irrelevant and Einstein fixed everything. Little do they know that Einstein just covered all of Galileo, Kepler and Newton’s shortcomings with indecipherable fudge. It’s meaningless. To summarize the last 400 years of astrophysical science:
In the alternaive, Matty’s Paradigm, where the Sun orbits the Earth, the mass of the Sun is a fraction of what it is thought to be, but the masses of all the other planets are also relatively smaller. The planetary bodies have exactly the same gravitational relationships to each other. A space probe can’t tell the difference. Mathematically the two models are the same except on completely different scales. The gravitational interaction between the planetary bodies and our satellites are no different. The models used by NASA and other space agencies are designed to fit our observations: they don’t define the universe. However, atheist science trolls automatically assume that the existence of the concept of Heliocentricity automatically precludes any other possibility.
This simplistic attitude is very common. Pretty much everyone these days thinks that the iPhone is so cool that they couldn’t possibly be in danger of hell fire. It could be said that the success of technology has allowed us to abdicate responsibility for our spiritual lives, figuring that science has eliminated spiritual problems.
And herein lies the big problem: Don’t kid yourself that science has dispelled the spiritual danger we all face. Hell is real. As a matter of fact, hell is expanding and it is the cause of global warming.
There is only one way to escape: trust in the savior, Jesus Christ.
As confusing as what I’m teaching you about science may be there is something important to remember: You don’t need any science to be saved from hell and receive the free gift of everlasting life. Salvation is so simple that a little child can understand:
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:9-13)
And don’t forget perhaps the greatest Bible passage of them all:
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:16,17)
I’m not here to judge you or anyone else, I don’t know what is in your heart: only God does.
My concern is that death is not the sweet nothingness that modern science wants you to believe it is: the karmic return of our molecules and energy into the environment. Death is a physical end of the body, but our soul has to continue for ever.
If we knew Jesus Christ during our lifetime then we are purified, placed into a new body and we go on into eternity in the presence of almighty God. Those that rejected Christ will pass through death and awake to the horror of torment in hell. It’s not a pretty picture. There are times when I feel like apologizing for even writing the words. However the burden has been placed on me to want to reach out and deliver this message. If I know the truth and I have the ability to warn people but don’t do it: their blood will be on my hands. If I warn people and they reject me then I am not responsible for their outcome.
It’s bleak, but you would be well served by reading in the Bible the last two chapters: Revelation 21 & 22. The glory that awaits us is beyond anything we can imagine 😃
One plants the seed, another waters, God reaps the increase. It’s a team effort.
So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. ( 1 Corinthians 3:7-9)
The dominant paradigm of modern science is nothing more than a rationale for godless existence. On the one hand science is great because it produced the iPhone. On the other hand, the entire narrative of earth being an insignificant speck floating amongst billions of insignificant specks is a fabrication. The truth is that the Earth is at the center of God’s creation. Hell is real and you have to accept Jesus Christ in order to avoid it.
But here’s the thing: I can’t be responsible for convincing you, because I am a sinful human with an incomplete understanding.
All I have to do is preach Jesus Christ crucified and risen from the grave to new life. Jesus Christ, Almighty God in human flesh, died sacrificially to pay my debt of sin. If I trust in Him I can be cleansed, purified, and live forever in the presence of God.
My particular twist on this is all that other stuff about why science is a false paradigm that can’t save you from hell.
You can have new life too, by putting your faith in Jesus Christ. If you are willing to allow the Holy Spirit to work in your heart, you can understand your sinfulness and why you need a savior. Or you can harden your heart against the Holy Spirit.
I have given you the message I am supposed to give you. I’m not responsible for how you respond, but whatever your outcome will be, your blood is not on my hands.
This is not a joke.
I have been writing about the scientific validity of the Bible and the error inherent in modern scientific thought for many years. For a long time before I knew that it was a branch of Christian apologetics. This name has always confused me, although I know its technical meaning. However, I want to tell you what it means to me:
I think I should apologize.
If my ministry in any way contributes to your conversion and you repent and put your faith in Jesus Christ, when I see you in heaven, don’t expect me to apologize.
I’m years behind the curve of understanding the impact that self publishing has had in the publishing business. I’m last one off the blocks in learning the ins and outs of social media. When it comes to technology and consumer electronics I like mine 5+ years old. I’m not in a rush here folks, so why do I feel so much pressure?
Pinning one’s hopes on becoming the next Jeffery Archer or Stephen King has probably slimmer odds than winning the lottery. Self publishing an ebook on Amazon means that the work in question has to be finished and polished. Such dilemmas. Looking at the offerings for advice on preparing a manuscript runs the gamut from: ask a friend who is an English teacher to read it, to: hire a team of editors, illustrators, marketers and publicists.
What if I choose none of the above? From my vantage point every strategy I have seen to date has really just one goal: selling books. Which is another way of saying: making money. What if I were to take that out of the equation? If making money has no bearing at all on my motivation, then why am I motivated?
With the ultra-connected internet of everything breathing down our necks let’s take a moment to think about cultural longevity. When kids were asked which would they prefer, a long-lasting stable career or to produce a viral video? Most of them chose the viral video. It would be pretty neat wouldn’t it? to have 1 billion views of a video of me tipping over a barbed wire fence and having my pants ripped off. Hilarious. Painful, but hey, it got 1 billion views.
The quest to go viral has become viral.
Given this backdrop, of multiple multimedia platforms able to reach about 1.6 billion people around the world, let’s think about this: would it be possible to have our ideas, characters and story, woven into the cultural fabric of our time? It is theoretically possible to have the entire collective consciousness of internet users be familiar with our product. It should even be possible to do this without either spending or making any money.
If it is possible to do this it would represent a breakage of the link between wealth and influence. Traditionally wealth would be necessary to have influence, and a great example of this is the Donald Trump Presidential campaign. Love him or hate him, the power he has to attract media coverage is because of the influence of his wealth.
Poor people have had great influence, to be sure. Jesus Christ for example. He feeds a deep spiritual need and give hopes to millions of people. Could that avenue be tapped? Could we find the spiritual truth that people today don’t even know that they need, and use it to become universally known? Would it be wrong?
These are interesting times to be sure. let’s not miss something blindingly obvious because we are trying to make money.
So we come back to the thing that has been bothering me. Jesus Christ gave to the church a great commission,
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the World. (Matthew 28:19,20)
Given the power of social media to reach out to people all around the world, it would seem that there is a moral imperative to use it to reach as many people as possible. Let’s face it, all this technology and the power of the internet surely has more value than to simply promote pornography, right? Plus, if our endeavor is within the will of God then His divine power and influence will be brought to bear. Imagine that, we can do like an experiment, a testable hypothesis indeed:
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)
So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. (1 Corinthians 3:7)
Consider this my way of telling the world that I am beginning an evangelistic mission, preaching salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. On the internet, for free.
I have a question for you. Specifically for any Christians out there: Who wants to attack hell with me? We have a responsibility to do this you know.
The Gates of Hell
Nobody believes in hell any more, right? So how is it that Jesus spoke of it frequently, and left us this intriguing passage:
And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Matthew 16:17,18)
Where is the gate?
A gate is usually stationary. It’s the weak point in an otherwise solid barrier that is part of the defense of a location or place. Gates don’t move or go on the attack. On the contrary, if the gates of hell are not prevailing, then they must be under attack. So who is attacking the gates of hell, against which they will not prevail? The context of the passage tells us that it is the church. How many churches are attacking the gates of hell today, and what does it even mean?
Is the Gate of Hell a place?
There is some scriptural support for the idea that the Gate of Hell is a place. We’ll take it as a given that hell is at the center of the earth, indeed, we have seen in another post that Global Warming is the result of the expansion of hell.
Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth? Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death? Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if thou knowest it all. (Job 38:16-18)
And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. (Revelation 1:17,18)
So it is possible that the Gate of Hell is a physical place, however, if it is, it is far deeper in the earth than we have ever dug or drilled, and it would be physically impossible to attack it. What else could the Gates of Hell be referring to?
Most Bible commentaries conclude that the Church will withstand all of the attacks and assaults of the devil. For instance, see Barnes:
“Hell” means, here, the place of departed spirits, particularly evil spirits; and the meaning of the passage is, that all the plots, stratagems, and machinations of the enemies of the church would not be able to overcome it a promise that has been remarkably fulfilled. (Barnes’ Notes on the Bible)
This kind of makes sense, except that the sense is the exact opposite of what the passage says. It still leaves me with the nagging question: How can a gate go on offence? A gate is at the boundary of something. It does not move. The gate of hell is deep inside the earth and we’re safe in our church and in our lives, separated by thousands of miles of the earth’s crust and mantle.
The Gate of Hell as used here must be referring to something else. The gate of hell is a physical thing, but we can also consider that it has a spiritual meaning. A lost soul, someone living without Jesus Christ, could be said to be at the gate of hell, because if they died, that’s where they would go. Hell is only a heartbeat away. If a gate is not going to prevail then it must be attacked. This means that taking up an offensive position at the gate of hell, in order to turn back any souls who stray too close, is to be boldly proclaiming a warning about the reality of hell. Attacking the Gate of Hell is thus preaching the gospel of salvation by faith in Jesus Christ. “Salvation from what?” I hear atheists say all the time. Salvation from hell. Are we attacking the gate of hell?
Look at the despair in the world today. Medical science, good nutrition, and law and order have contributed to the steady decrease in mortality rates across all demographic groups. Civilization and hand washing have seemingly won the day against chaos and confusion. Yet we have reached a tipping point. The longer healthier lives we are leading has given many of us more and more time to ponder the meaning of life, and a greater number than ever are concluding that it is overwhelmingly grim and are opting out. Now suicide, alcoholism and drug abuse are taking such a steady toll that death rates are rising for middle aged Americans.
Couple that with the great success of Science Fiction in describing for us a vast universe with limitless possibilities and people are turning away from churches, in favor of either no religion or something they consume from the internet. Despite the prevailing narrative, science has not solved any of the big questions that we face: where do we come from and where are we going? More importantly, science hasn’t solved any of the little problems either, like: why am I so empty inside? The great success of science: iPhones, the internet, space exploration; only highlights its failure: an entire generation who mock even the possibility of a spiritual life.
There is a modest drop in overall rates of belief and practice, but religiously affiliated Americans are as observant as before. The troubling question is: what is happening to the children of this generation that is wavering? Even religious people are being fed a diet of soft liberal mush. Dad is on the computer, mom is on the iPad, the kids all have a phone each. That’s where the people are. At the gates of hell.
Who Wants to Attack The Gates of Hell?
The Church has been given a mission, more specifically, The Great Commission, to go into all the world and make disciples, teaching them how to be saved through faith in Jesus Christ and how to live a Godly life. There’s a big problem though: the people that we need to reach aren’t in the churches, it’s is not acceptable, or safe, in this day and age to walk around knocking on people’s doors to give them the good news. These days the people are playing with their phones and computers. The good news: this means that they are reachable. This is a vast mission field.
With just a phone you could potentially reach 1.6 Billion people.
We have young people who love their phones, love interacting on the web. Why not give them all a job to do within the scope of the outreach work that the church is doing? Why not have a social media committee and assign one person to each social media platform to promote the gospel, spiritual life, and the church?
Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king’s house, more than all the Jews. For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this? (Esther 4:13,14)
Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!” (Isaiah 6:8)
What’s the point? The world is so far gone does it even matter? Look at it this way: there are more people than ever before that are EASILY REACHABLE with the message of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. Plus, you don’t even have to get out of bed to do it. No Christian with a smart phone or computer has an excuse to not be involved.
Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. (1 Corinthians 3:13-15)