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A note on faith

Paul wrote that "without faith it is impossible to please" God (Hebrews 11:6). Why is it impossible to please God without faith? Because God's sole motivation is our acquisition of greater joy, and the only way we can have increased joy is through improvement, and improvement cannot come except through faith. To have faith is to believe and act according to what you are given sufficient reason to believe. There are many people who will not believe a particular cause will lead to a particular effect until they have already experienced that effect. These people will be incredibly limited in who they become, what they obtain, and what they do for others in this life because their outcomes will only occur through the faith of others.  What we can obtain by choice far exceeds what will happen to us by chance. Those who plant seeds will always have a far greater harvest than those who only receive the harvest of others. God desires us to bear our own fruit, not to simply receiv

Rat utopia and the real-time editing of reality

I'll try to make this one short and sweet. We are living in a time when an active cohort of people is attempting to override reality through assertion, rather than reason or right. You'll find this referred to in the scriptures as "changing the times and seasons." It's worthy of your study. I'll elaborate on the topic in a future book. For now, let's consider one example of this.  Although billed as an open encyclopedia, Wikipedia is increasingly neither of those things. Wikipedia has a well-known, intentional, leftist bias. One of the project's co-founders often publicly complains about it.  Wikipedia engages in several tactics to warp its content to align with their ideology. For example, on a given topic, they will frame aspects that are non-congruent with their ideology as under controversy, even if they are not, and aspects that are controversial but congruent as consensus when, in fact, they are not. They do other things, too, like completely del

The next phase of this blog

While this blog has always been public, it has never been written for a general audience. It presupposes specific foundational beliefs. The foundation of most things said here is found in scripture, and the ideas are described in a way that appeals to it (see the banner of this blog: "Explaining the prophecies and the scriptures to all who desire to hear them.") It is odd to me that anyone who does not believe the scriptures would spend their time on this blog, let alone looking for things they don't agree with, of which there are surely many. When I started this blog nearly ten years ago, I did so as a way of organizing my own thoughts--a public study journal of sorts. It has been cathartic to be able to think out loud, and beneficial to hear the feedback of others. . It's never been highly curated writing, and that hasn't been a problem before. I expected that there would be a time when this format would no longer be sufficient, and it seems that time has come.