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Beyonce, Beelzebub and B.S.

The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same

1 John 5:16 If you see any brother or sister commit a sin that does not lead to death, you should pray and God will give them life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that you should pray about that. 17 All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death. (NIV)

I love this video.  Not for the content or the–in my humble opinion–highly suspect allegations. (The horned goat ring is a little disturbing, but the pentagram assertions are a hoot, as is the dress-straps on one of Beyonce’s dancers that for an unfortunate micro-second maybe just, might kinda, sort of form a pentagram—if she bends her arm just right and holds her neck just so . . .)

Nothing about the overt sexuality, the scantily clad women or erotic dance moves: No, no, those are fine.
But those subliminal pentagrams? THAT’S offensive!

No, I love it simply because it took me all the way back to my daze days in junior high and high school.  I was just developing my own interests and opinions of music and, of course, my music of choice was what those good ol’ hellfire and brimstone preachers would call, “that satanic rocky-rolly garbage!!”

Inevitably, soon after I formed an interest in a particular band, accusations would follow:

The Eagles and “Hotel California”: alleged to be about someone who falls into the occult or satanistic worship.  Not only that, but on the inside fold-out album cover, in the shadowy upper corner of the photo, there appears an evil looking figure with arms outstretched in an ominous welcome.  (Rumored to be satanic cult leader Anton Lavey. In actuality an actress hired specifically for the shoot).

Supertramp (??!!) and their astounding (and lifted with surgical precision) lyric in “Goodbye Stranger” of “The devil is my savior”.   Cue stunned *gasp*!!  Never mind the full lyric actually reads:

You can laugh at my behavior
That’ll never bother me
Say the devil is my savior
But I don’t pay no heed

And then, of course, the grandfathers of occult and mysticism, Led Zeppelin and the ominous backmasking of the lyric in Stairway To Heaven that, when played backwards, supposedly revealed, “”Oh here’s to my sweet Satan. The one whose little path would make me sad, whose power is Satan. He’ll give you give you 666” and so on.

I appreciate Robert Plant, the lyricist in question, and his apt response in an interview with Musician magazine:

“‘Stairway To Heaven” was written with every best intention, and as far as reversing tapes and putting messages on the end, that’s not my idea of making music. It’s really sad . . . I couldn’t take people seriously who could come up with sketches like that. There are a lot of people who are making money there, and if that’s the way they need to do it, then do it without my lyrics. I cherish them far too much.”

And don’t think that Christian musicians are exempt from the pointy finger of poisoned persecution.  Type into any Google search musicians such as Michael W. Smith, Third Day or Toby Mac with the word “Satanic” and watch the fun unfurl!  Lyrics, symbolism, even the way they pose for photos falls under the vengeful eye and hyper-scrutiny of the religiosity.

1 John 519 We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. 20 We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. (NIV)

Could these rumors of Beyonce and Jay-Z be true?  Well, absolutely.  But more likely it’s simply two lost, desperately egotistical people craving fanatical attention. As an added bonus, they get to boost their CD sales by sending the easily gullible public—wide-eyed youth and wild-eyed conservatives—on a wild goose chase to hunt down all the hidden (most likely due to its non-existence) symbolism within their packaging.

Cha-Ching!

It’s just too bad that vinyl, with its easy-to-play-backwards simplicity, still doesn’t hold the mass appeal it did in its heyday. Who knows what secret messaging would be revealed!

After all, nothing drives sales like a good controversy.   Still . . . .

1 John 518 We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them. (NIV)

1 Corinthians 123 So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense. (NLT)

It’s often a tough combination; that we get caught up in our zeal to espouse our beliefs, yet our message gets bogged down with the weight of judgmental critique: of “right” and “wrong”, of “good” and “evil”.

Instead of pointing out the faults and missteps in someone else’s story, what if we simply tell our story? or better yet, tell God’s story through our own lives?

Instead of pointing out all those things that offend you, why not point to the One who saved you?  Or, at least, why not point to yourself and espouse simply what Christ has done for you, instead of what all this B.S. (befuddled symbology) has done to you?

But . . .
It’s just a suggestion . . .
No need to get offended.

Translating the ESV~Hyundai Edition (In All It’s Seriousness…Really!)

It started off as a simple Facebook comment discussion on the Prosperity Doctrine.  It quickly devolved.  Still, there may be some small nuggets of divine ‘gold’ in there somewhere.  Or not:

  • But God WANTS me to have that Lexus!
  • Lol! Well, the tricky thing is sometimes he does. Look at David, Solomon, many of the Greek Christians (and Romans), Joseph and even Job (the greatest man among all people of the east).  The thing is, he never promises the Lexus (i.e. prosperity) solely based on your belief in Him. He does promise that there will come troubles, trials, etc. – Walk with him and trust and praise him in all circumstances and ALL the time 🙂
  • Depends on which version of the Gospel you’re reading. It specifically says “Lexus” in my English Standard Version of High-End Vehicles (God’s Promises Edition).
  • That’s the ESV-HEV isn’t it?
  • Yup!
  • Well, dang it. I have the Hyundai translation…..
  • Exactly! That would be the ESV-SVE (Standard Vehicle Edition) which says only, “Toyota”. (or, in some translations of the original HebGreekAmaic, “Hyundai”)
  • Mine is the PATPB (point A to point B) Edition.
  • Oh, so sorry dude. What’s yours say? “Dodge Dart”?
  • “Pinto”!!
  • “Minivan of questionable origins.” Continue reading Translating the ESV~Hyundai Edition (In All It’s Seriousness…Really!)

There are no words . . .

 

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There are times when words simply fail you.  After seeing the tragic events that took place in Connecticut, this is one of those times.

Social media seems trite and ingratiating at this point.  My self-important ramblings on this site seem so pointless and conceited; so small and insufficient in the grand scheme of the forces we (whether, or what, you choose to believe, or not) face in this world.  Unfortunately, I’m sure it will pass.

Unfortunate because I fear as a society we are treading unknown territory here: This is a whole new level of tragedy; this is a whole new level of malevolence and evil. Against such things, finger-pointing is useless; politics and laws are powerless. There are issues at play here that simply go much, much deeper.

During this time, I am praying for peace and strength for those families, friends, teachers, and the entire community of Newtown, Ct. I would pray for understanding, but I doubt any would be forthcoming, nor satisfactory; at least in this present life.

I pray as well for Jesus to return soon.

I, for one, am so done with this world!

How to Piss Off a Christian ~ Let Me Count the Ways

2.7 million hits when you Google “How to piss off a Christian”; and my humble little post from last May is number #2 (no pun intended . . . stop giggling!)

[edit: as of 5/4/13 this very post has surpassed it yet slipped to #4 dang it!  Still . . . ]

I’m so . . . umm, proud.

How did I get so famous?  Why are so many people looking to piss off Christians?  After all, is it really that hard?  Just tell them you’re a pro-choice, gay, atheist liberal, who voted for the African-born, Muslim Socialist.

See!  It’s not like its difficult.

I guess we Christians can’t complain though; we’ve got nothing on the Buddhists.  Type in “How to piss off a Buddhist” and you get over 14 million hits.  That’s quite a lot.  Muslims and Atheists really aren’t pulling their weight though, with only 1.2 and 1.4 million hits respectively.

C’mon, people! We can rally animosity better than that!

Still, that’s almost 20 million different sites, posts, articles and so on dedicated to poking the bear of just four of the top religious beliefs in the world.

That’s a lot of venom.

I can’t help but wonder if there’s truly that much need for hatred and anger around the world or if this is just a hobby for some people: Like making those endless parades of overly cute animal pictures with the deprecating sayings on them; or the “do you remember what these are . . .” posts on Facebook.  (Yes, I do.  It’s an eight-track player. Please stop.  I still can’t listen to Rush’s 2112 without expecting it to fade out halfway through the twenty minute title track.)

And, I’m sorry, but the suggestions they give you on how to piss off Christians, honestly, are just silly.  I mean, some of them aren’t even trying. . . Continue reading How to Piss Off a Christian ~ Let Me Count the Ways