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Quackzalcoatl

Phoneticist, Palindrologist, and freelance Sharknadologist. Inventor. Ruler of 2-acre lakes and small streams.
Quackzalcoatl has written 75 posts for The Interminable Frozen Pond

The Beginning and the End

Studying Genesis and Revelation in tandem is quite helpful in understanding what everything is all about, and what the Bible truly says about the beginning and the end. I would say, for the most part, I’ve never quite made the proper connections.

These bookends fit together like lock and key. They parallel each other and rhyme, and seem almost mirror images once you lay it all out. Remarkable symmetry.

We started out after Creation in a Utopian paradise. Sin introduced entropy into the world, which increased slowly over time. An easy life of leisure gradually declined into labor and toil, with ever-diminishing returns. Lifespans stretched almost a thousand years for the first 1600 years, until the earth was knocked off its foundations and rapidly fell into chaos and ruin. In the centuries which followed, lifespans declined rapidly over each successive generation, from around 500 years, to 400, to 300, to 200, to less than 150.

Revelation picks up the narrative in the very near future. A fantastic world war ends in ruin and once again knocks the earth off its hinges, bringing an end to another age of mankind, but not the end of the world. After Armageddon, entropy rapidly reverses, and the earth is transformed once more into a Utopian paradise. Lifespans jump back up to several hundreds of years. Wars and diseases cease. Food is plentiful, and poverty non-existent. Governments function without corruption. All news agencies tell the truth. Christ is the king of the earth — no longer an invisible abstraction or a concept to be debated. Yet, even then, in a perfect world with every excuse removed, many will choose to reject the truth and die in their unbelief. And after a thousand years of Utopian paradise, a final world war is waged (Armageddon II). Boom. Creation I ceases, and Creation II begins — and this time, the perfection is eternal.

Interestingly, this world begins and ends in Edenic paradise, both times disrupted by the Great Dragon, the Serpent, as he convinces humanity to join him against the Lord of Creation. And both times — first spiritually, then literally — he is defeated by Christ. Very poetic, I think.

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Dumb-founded

I’ve spent the past year in an almost constant state of awe at my previous lack of understanding. As I study history and read through the ancient records, I realize more and more how wrong we are in our perspective, as though we’ve limited our vision to the contents of one room and ignored the rest of the world outside.

I feel cheated by my education. I went to the finest schools and learned from intelligent teachers, yet much of what I learned was incorrect. Everything as it relates to “pre-history” or anything “prehistoric” has turned out to be complete and utter nonsense. Our ancient records are far more comprehensive than I was led to believe, though they have been almost completely discounted in favor of “scientific” story telling.

I am a very science-literate man, trained in the sciences and methodology of investigation. I have multiple degrees, some advanced, in science. I know what science is, enough to know what it is not. And I know without a doubt that the field of archeology is far from scientific. As is paleontology. In fact, there seems precious little where “objective science” can be applied to tell us about the past, without a great deal of circular reasoning and questionable assumptions. So I no longer take seriously any rendering of the past which came about as a result of such fraudulent framework. Academia died somewhere in the middle of the nineteenth century. Now we seem to make it all up as we go along. We assume the present is the key to the past. We assume what we see presented to us on television is correct. We assume we are smarter today as a society than we’ve ever been before, and we pride ourselves with our technological prowess.

Our machines have made us dumb. Our modern sense of knowledge has made us ignorant. Our ignorance of the past has ruined our future by distorting our understanding of the present.

I will elaborate on this further as I sort it all out. Sorry for all the vague generalizations and unfounded assertions. Just thinking out loud at the moment. Much more to come…

Not a “Christian”

I saw this today in comments on another blog and thought it amazingly accurate:

Christianity was never meant to be a religion. The term, “Christian,” originated from the church of Antioch. The title given by God, in Scripture, is “Saint.”

Those who devote themselves to Him, and reverently take what Jesus did for us on the Cross and through His Resurrection seriously, are manifesting Christ on Earth. This is why Jesus died for us.
As we receive that sacrifice, the Holy Spirit comes within us to testify of Jesus, leading us to God –and through the Holy Spirit we live for God (by loving His Son and thanking Him for this act of Love that reunites us back to Glory).

Not religious, not a member or follower of a group or a “practicing Christian” — but a SAINT. That is the point of it all. To become a Saint.

Call me Saint Quack

Brilliantly Ignorant

Not everyone who delineates from their faith ends up abandoning themselves to the strongest wind. Fire can incinerate weaker elements, and strengthen others. I’ve been in the flames so much by now, I’m looking to build a winter home on Venus.

Look beneath the surface of my skin, and you will see a composit core of invincibility. An eternal union with the Infinite Designer of all things — whose name is, properly translated, “I bring to pass what I bring to pass.” He is immaterial, massless, measureless, and timeless.

Is He invisible? No. He is infinite. He is everywhere I look for Him.

No matter how many times I empty out my mind, forget what I think I know, dismiss everything accepted by me from the minds of others, I never depart from this core understanding of who I am.

What am I left with beyond that? Me = (organic machine) + (conscious soul) * (spiritual thingamabob)

Let’s plug some symbols into it: Me = ℜ + Œ * §

ℜ = (DNA*Organic matter) – (disease+entropy*time)

Œ = (n/a mass)(n/a time)+(energy)(sentience)(“heart”)

§ = (n/a mass)(n/a time)+(divine constant)*(1 or 0)

I’ll play around with it more when the mood strikes.

The other thing I’m left with is the Book of Books, preserved and passed down through the ages. I am aware of all the science discounting it — and after spending the past 25 years going down every rabbit hole and twist and turn these skeptical claims take me, I am left with one astonishingly incontrovertible fact: The Bible is what it says it is. The evidence within is beyond my ability to explain away or fully comprehend. I could spend the next remaining years of my life writing and chronicling the serious problems with skeptical scholarship, but I won’t.

My concern is understanding. Knowing what I really know about the contents. Words and concepts have become meaningless to me in English, the language I’ve learned with. Written in Hebrew, I will learn Hebrew. Written in Greek, I will learn Greek. I will learn to see beyond my culture, beyond my prejudice, beyond the understandings imposed on me, and I will see things for what they actually are.

I will force myself to be brilliantly ignorant.

Answers and Witticisms, Part 1

Finally, after much sCreation_of_Adam_by_gatorvenomuspense, here are the long-awaited answers to the Questions post. Keep in mind that these are definitive, as I am a knower of all things, and that I have done my best, as always, to dumb it down as much as possible (for all you atheists out there).

Why? Why did He do it? What was the purpose in creating what the Bible describes as existence? Was God simply lonely, bored, looking for “motivation” to solve His own existential crisis?

Everything in existence, as we understand it, is a product of creation, with one lone exception — that eternal being we refer to as God, the one with the capital G, who before creation was everything when there was nothing else but God. Time and space, matter and antimatter — all of existence — emanated from His timeless, massless radiance and immeasurable power. Time and space exploded into being, and during an undetermined amount of time, the universe was formed into what we now see.

At some point early in the creative process, God created a hierarchy of hyperdimensional beings we know as angels and a plethora of others referred to as the “Heavenly Hosts,” whose purpose is to maintain and facilitate creation under the direction of the Creator (God’s “yes men”). This set the stage for His ultimate purpose.

The purpose of creation, quite simply, is to provide God with companionship. God, who from the eternal “now” is uniquely alone as the only uncreated, cannot create another exactly like Himself. Previously, I detailed how God may exist as three “separate” entities from the perspective of relativity — inside and outside of time and space, and as the incarnate deity — but these are all forms of the same solitary being. To create something which could fully relate to Him as an equal would require an extraordinary plan.

The plan began by determining the desired outcome — beings who willingly submit their lives to Him in an act of unconditional faith. The ramifications were configured to maximize return — a great multitude to share in an endless adventure beyond imagination. Note — “Heaven” will not be an eternal church service where we do nothing but “worship” and sing hymns to God forever and ever. What we will experience in the hereafter with God will be a sort of continuation of what we already know, except we will be immortal, without malice, amid perfection in a utopian paradise; chief among creation, higher than the angels, on equal footing with the Creator.

Such an outcome does not come cheaply, though the plan provides for maximum return. The first several hundred years ended in almost total ruin, as the initial Earth perished along with all but a handful of all living things. This was known before the plan ever came to fruition, yet the price was acceptable with regard to the ultimate outcome.

Addendum:

I realize many will read this and get all pissy about God laying waste to the world and wiping out millions of destructive heathens. It is not as though this happened suddenly without any warning. This was a series of natural catastrophes which culminated in global destruction. Only one man on the entire planet paid attention to the warning signs and prepared accordingly. The rest just buried their heads in the sand and kept screwing around and blowing each other up. They deserved their fate, and no one should feel sorry for them. Furthermore, just as in the cases of “genocide” later on, none of these people suffered a fate different from anyone else — they died. Everyone in this world dies at some point, and it ain’t always pretty. We live in an excrementally imperfect world. Get over it.

Return of the Quackz

pirate-shipBad news for all my fantastical antithetic friends and compadres: I am back to feeling well and firing torpedic thoughts across the bows of contemporary ignorancia. Brace yourselves and prepare to be boarded! The Dread Pirate Quackzalcoatl is roaming the seas of silly thoughts once more! Tremble ye before my mighty words of knowledge and feel the ignorance drain from your inner mind!

There is much to discuss, foremost being the answers to my previous questions. Then there is this matter of misinformation and hilarity as presented in the new “Cosmos,” as well as extemporaneous considerations of the Big Bang as enlightened by recent discoveries and “proof” of the beginning of time.

Yawn.

Pancreatheism

The past two weeks of my life have succumbed to that internal entity we know as Pancreas. I am beginning to wonder if this beast has just issued my death warrant.

It seems we are prepared for most things, diseases of other internal organs, and we have prevention and treatment and can prepare ourselves for their pathology — but the pancreas remains elusive. The only disease process we understand is diabetes. Anything else, good luck.

I’m fortunate this round of pancreatitis didn’t kill me. I waited to the point where I couldn’t breathe through the pain, and the 15-pound bulge in my gut looked like I was pregnant. So a week in hospital led to something yet more harrowing: a 50-hour toxic storm, where my brain became so overloaded with neural stimulation that I underwent a complete nervous breakdown. I didn’t sleep for three days, talking and babbling non-stop incoherently, crying and laughing uncontrollably, talking to things that weren’t there, recreating past conversations, almost reaching the point where I would finally blow a gasket. Fortunately, I crashed, and a few good days of “normal” have helped restore some of my health.

Needless to say, I was quite unprepared for this illness. I knew little to nothing about it. No ideas yet as to what triggers it or what I can do to prevent it again in the future. At any rate, back to blogging and digging in…

“California”

I came across this video and was struck by its profundity. Every single frame, note, angle. I don’t have the words to describe it. This is the song of my soul and the essence of my existence. Regardless of the artists’ intent, this underscores the meaning of everything we need to know, about everything.

Plus, it’s a damn good song:

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Va0ezWC2du4&feature=share&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DVa0ezWC2du4%26feature%3Dshare

Questions

Why? Why did He do it? What was the purpose in creating what the Bible describes as existence? Was God simply lonely, bored, looking for “motivation” to solve His own existential crisis?

We call Him “Creator, God the Father” — because He creates, simply by existing? A timeless, massless radiant light of immeasurable power?

By His “word,” He brought all things into existence — is “His word” the same as His “will”? By what process does He create? Is time required, and if so, how much time? Did He begin creation with an explosion of matter and energy? Did He first wind up the natural order, then create the “egg,” and then let His creation manage itself?

What is “Heaven”? Is “Heaven” part of the natural order, or is it a separate creation? Or is “Heaven” even a creation at all?

Why would a perfect being create an imperfect world? And why would an all-powerful creator choose to make Himself known through the writings of an ancient tribe which existed in such a tiny insignificant speck of history?

Is “God the Father” the same being as “God the Son”? If not, then why does the Bible tell us there is only one God? And then what about “God the Spirit?” If God is all-powerful, why does He need two extra “Gods”? And for that matter, why does He need angels?

Why would an all-powerful all-knowing being create imperfection, and then create rules which require His own humiliation and death, as a sacrifice, in order to prevent His entire creation of humanity from being permanently destroyed — or worse yet, eternally tormented? Why create sentient life, allow for choice, and then punish the “wrong” choices? Is this not tyrannical, egotistical, petty?

Next post: Answers?

Are We Not All Creationists?

1612Language barriers are always difficult to overcome, particularly those regarding a more “scientific” rendering of “religious” principles. And so, the discussion of origins devolves into a camp evolution versus camp creation sort of drudgery. Sometimes, I forget the point of it all. What exactly are we arguing about in the first place?

For the simple-minded, it’s about science and reason versus superstition and religion; or the Word of God versus the lies of Satan; or the Believers versus the godless atheists. But what is it really?

I am a creationist who also understands the science of evolution. What do we have in the world around us, if not a creation? And is that creation not a constantly evolving, organic system? Ours is a universe governed by laws and ordered by invisible forces which we understand through what we call “science.” As our understanding evolves, what we consider “scientific” changes accordingly. It is how we grow as a species, through our understanding of the creation we inhabit. Knowing the creation leads to a certain understanding (and appreciation) of the creator, does it not?

Does being a “creationist” make one “religious,” and less “scientific”? I fail to see this correlation. Evolution, scientifically speaking, is a creative process which exhibits the governing laws of the creation. Whether we call it “natural” law, the “laws of nature,” “mother nature” — we are talking about the creation and the forces and laws which govern and shape that creation.

I suppose we could reign-in the argument a bit if we were to apply “scientific” to “evolution” and “creationism” — because there are certainly unscientific elements of both which are often brought to the table. Scientific evolution, referring to the known evolutionary processes which account for changes within species and living organisms over generations and time, which results in variation and statistical spread. Scientific creationism, which sticks to the processes of how and not pertaining to the who or why.

Once we’re settled on that, maybe then we can argue the merits of the specifics, and what we think we know.

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