Sunday, 28 April 2013

Bible: Where am I today?

Wow, two posts in one day!

I just wanted to update folks on the bible situation. Recently I purchased a New Cambridge Paragraph Bible. I have to say, reading the KJV in paragraph single column format has pretty much converted me. Theres nothing like reading this translation, easily affordable in hardcover at about £20 from Amazon UK.
[due to laziness, I have borrowed images from around the net]


Its a very easy read, basically when you are reading the text in modern font with modern formatting, its quite easy to make the conversion of thee and thou to 'you'.

The hardcover opens completely flat, no worries about pages hanging in the air, you can open this up from Genesis to Revelation and this will do exactly as it's told.

So why the sudden move to the KJV from the more modern bibles?

I suppose the truth of the matter is that for years I've flirted with it, even telling myself that it's the worst bible translation ever. But truly..verily..its unbeatable, I think the only translation better than it is Tyndale's himself, and thats because he wrote for the commoner. But the paragraphing of this bible - as you can see, really increases readability, and it's all in modern font. Plus the editor David Norton has gone that extra step, and grammar has been made uniform throughout to avoid confusion, so in places you will see thy instead of thine etc. Another BIG plus is that the KJV is the product of Tyndale's original work, so apart from a few unfortunate places (charity instead of love) this is mostly Tyndale's NT.

If Dr Norton would do me a favour, could he perhaps do what he's done here with the Matthew Bible of 1538 (which is pure Tyndale)? If he did, I would be a very happy man. But until then this will be my number one bible. For life now.

My next step is to save 60 quid and get this in black calfskin!

God bless folks

Self-centred, thoroughly non-biblical 'Christian' song lyrics

Am I more than flesh and bones? Am I really something beautiful? yeah I wanna believe, Jesus help me believe that I, am someone worth dying for. -Mikeschair

So don't be ashamed to wear your crown, You're a king you're a queen inside and out -Britt Nicole

 Your presence is heaven to me - Israel Houghton

What if there's a bigger picture? What if I'm missing out? What if there's a greater purpose, I could be living right now, Outside my own little world -Matthew West

Stopped at a red light, looked out my window, I saw a cardboard sign, said "Help this homeless widow" And just above that sign was the face of a human, I thought to myself, "God, what have I been doing?" - Matthew West

It should've been me
It should've been us
Should've been hanging on a cross

All of this shame
All of these scars
Should've been stains that were never washed
Why do I hide
Why do you try
Over and over and over again

I guess it just eaves me saying thank God
It leaves me saying thank God, thank God
For the should've been

-Citizen Way

I've picked a very limited number of songs for this particular blog entry. Basically, I listen to a lot of 'modern' Christian music. Largely because of the convenience of turning on my internet radio and listening to some, quite good christian songs. There seems however to be a plague of Arminianism, and purpose-driven theology in our modern music. Also, some song writers seem to feel as if, all this is some kind of cosmic accident, that human sin is just some misfortune that befell us, and that God created us for some kind of purpose that is to be revealed in our lives, and that we are not beheld to the same sort of promises OR punishments that used to exist in the olden days for the heathens.

In other words, theology and preaching, thanks to Rick Warren and his ilk, has irrevocably altered the face of modern christianity. The emotional impact of old preaching (as evidenced in some of the books that I read, works of Tyndale and Chaning-Pearce for instance) seems lost to the modern crowd, its now normal to think that WE should be on the cross instead of Jesus, which frankly is a ridiculous notion (at least in the face of biblical christianity). Jesus was not a man, if he were his death is for nothing. However if he were God we would want him on the cross! Why would you want him anywhere else? Oh Jesus, you poor fellow, let me die on the cross instead, and what? Such idiocy, either you wish to die for the sins of the world (and thus be God in the flesh yourself) or you wish to declare propitiation null and void and condemn all christians past, present and future to Gehenna.

Should of been me indeed!

But this is the idiocy of some of the song-writing today. We have the Kari Jobes of the world, who cannot write a decent song if she tried, is seen in pictures doing the Mano Cornuto handsign, is a pentecostal, and claims to be a christian, yet apart from the 'veil' of christianity, I just don't see her, or many others truly representing what God wants, now Hey I'm not perfect, and I'm probably a far worse sinner than this is not to say that I am better than her, and I would not judge her because I don't know her anymore than I know Rick Warren and this isn't to say that her music is not nice, Revelation Song is beautiful (although written by someone else) and her rendition indeed the best. But what the issue is here, is that the lyrics in these songs, are clinical, repetitive, and usually wrong when referenced against scripture, and millions of christians listen to her (and many others) without truly analysing what they listen to, heres something innocuous (but ignorant) from her:

Steady My Heart says "Wish it could be easy, why is life so messy? Why is pain a part of us?"

Well, because of sin.

As a christian she should know this, but, as I said before, in our modern Christian movement, sin is a misfortune that has befallen humanity, not something that we chose 6000 years ago in order to ourselves become gods. Yes folks, this isn't about bad behaviour, but about pride, about us wanting to usurp God! So, we have pain, because we are sinners, because the world is sinful.

As others have pointed out, many of her songs can I put this...rather romantic towards God. I won't go into it here, but it should be noted, oh ye true christians..if you feel uncomfortable when listening to some of her songs..this is why. God is not your boyfriend Kari, nor is he YOUR bridegroom, he is the bridegroom of the church/congregation/assembly.

Matthew West's song, it seems that blasphemy nowadays is pretty much the norm in Christian music, to say to himself "God, what have I been doing". Now either he is using the word God, as an expletive (or would he not be saying to God "what have I been doing") or he is calling himself God? Perhaps nitpicking, but look at the lyrics.

I've done a whole blog entry on Britt Nicole, I will vouchsafe that if you want "encouraging" she is indeed encouraging. Its always encouraging to think "I'm a king". But of course this is rubbish. We are not kings or queens, nowhere does the bible call us kings. King is SUPREME ruler, we are not and never will be supreme rulers. live and reigned WITH Christ for 1000 years is not the same as what Miss Nicole describes here. its more like staying with the royal family and being given a little bit of power and a few tasks to perform. We seriously need to get a grip nowadays in our theology don't we.

Also, this idea that we are someone worth dying for - what is this? Of course we aren't worth it! Thats the beauty of it, thats why we are meant to love our fellow man, if God can love us, we can love them! Perfection can love imperfection, therefore imperfection should be able to love equal imperfection.

anyway, I hope all my readers enjoy this little rant, and I hope to bring a more ordered, more 'relevant' (can I use that word nowadays) blog entry sometime soon.

Also, if anyone here reads, can they please let me know whats happened to Bertrand? He's been gone for months and I miss his blogs.

God bless each and every one of you.

Perhaps sometime soon I will take a full 'modern' song and rip it to shreds

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Bill Cooper was not a drunk!

I looked at my emails today, to see a comment from a new YouTube subscriber of mine. It was on a video I hadn't seen in 2 years. About a hero of mine, one whom I would trust with my life if he were still alive.

As the title suggests, I've written about him before. His name, is William Cooper. Alex Jones - bless his heart - thinks him to be insane, and sadly; has said some things about him that are thoroughly untrue.

Others have said the same thing, and you have to wonder why, they all say that Bill was a wild drunk, who used to curse and swear and ring people up in the early hours and swear at them. Now, perhaps this is true, it could be true about anyone really, but lets just think logically, and I will give you folks the tools to check this for yourself:

Hour of the Time Complete collection

Take a look at this link, it lists 1926 broadcasts done by Bill, since 1993 to 2001. Now lets calculate this, thats 1926 broadcasts in 8 years so

1926/8 = 240 broadcasts a year. Okay. So that means that for at least 4 months of the year Bill was on "Holiday" or doing talks. Not to mention reruns. So most definitely its possible that Bill spent that time drinking quite heavily.

Perhaps he drank to take away the fear of being killed by the elites?
Perhaps he felt his life was worthless?

Well no, You see, those 4 other months were spent A. With his family B. Researching for shows C. Doing talks around the country.

In fact, some of Bills shows contained his speeches, and speeches of others who attended conferences with him.

Even the day of his show, theres little time for him to get drunk - think like this, You're going on the radio at 10pm, you're going to be reading pretty hefty material, you have to research, collate and then script the show 5 days a week! Where is the time? You also then work on making videos for distribution, preparing tours to places like Area51. Where is the time for Bill to be a drunk? How could a drunk be "The most dangerous talk show host in America"? Is Rush Limbaugh and alcoholic? is Alex Jones?

Bill did curse on air, and I don't doubt he drank alcohol, and frankly - I could see him ringing people up and swearing at them, but as a soap, a drunk, a washout - I think not. Up to the day he died Bill did the Hour of the Time, and I could only hope that had he lived he would have retired by now to be with his family, which he richly deserved to do. To quote Paul -He ran the race, and he won, its possible that he staved off some insane things that our "rulers" had in store for us.

Alex Jones called him a "pathetic drunk", and claimed that he 'cussed' on air. He mocked "Behold a Pale Horse", a book which is right in front of me on my bookstand, because the book claims that (Bill read) there are plants on the moon. Most of Behold a Pale Horse is documents, collated and compiled by 'dead drunk' Bill, documents he saw whilst in naval intelligence, or passed to him by his various sources. If anything, Alex should be promoting this book. Its a book that Bill edited on his show, if he found something he found to be inaccurate or false, he would have his listeners/readers amend it!

Oh I forget, Bill also printed his own newspaper "Veritas", and ran - oh yeah - the largest civilian intelligence network IN THE WORLD, and probably of all time.

Again, where is the time that Bill had to sit there drinking?

Perhaps one should have a listen to Mystery Babylon #17, the bibliography. Pray tell, how would a drunk spend the time reading all of these books? putting together a show, being sober by 10pm to do the show, write news stories, see to his family, you see - what is being insinuated here - theres no evidence in his fruits. A simple logical proposition

If someone is a drunk ----> they are (incoherent/unable to function/weak willed/depressed------> but Bill was coherent, did ALOT of work, was strong willed, and quite sure of himself ------> therefore Bill was not a drunk.

I say this as someone who sees drunks on a daily basis, I've even followed their decline over the years sad as it is. I've also listened to hundreds of Bills HOTT shows, watched numerous lectures, read his book, studied what he has to say. I can safely say that if he was an alcoholic he covered it up REALLY well. I thoroughly doubt that he would be able to cover it up from his listeners, but he obviously did. How on Earth was he incapable of keeping it a secret from Alex Jones? That in one interview he discovered Alex to be a foul mouthed drunk :

Here Bill answers this claim.

If Bill is incoherent as a drunk would be, listen to his shows - the 1926 hours of audio recording we have, and surely his alcoholism would be evident. However, seeing as all 1926 hours that we have indicate a thoughtful, rational, logical human being with a great love for freedom, liberty, and the well being of his fellow man - we can only conclude that the insinuation of his competition is incorrect. If anyone finds evidence better than this, then perhaps we could conclude otherwise. But without a framework, without a context no judgments can really be made.

It seems that everyone that Bill spoke out against, felt comfortable enough, after a decade, to rewrite history. To make the pioneer of the truth movement into a joke, and usurp his position. Alex Jones is now the "father of the truth movement", and to many the be all and end all. I have no more hostility for Alex, I even subscribe to his and enjoy many of his interviews. But he will never be Bill Cooper, he will never be that sophisticated, He takes every cue from the master. He now prints infowars magazine (veritas), [I believe] he funds We are Change (CAJI). If Bill was alive today theres no doubt that he would have all his shows archived (as his proteges have done today). I still firmly believe that he was killed because he was too stable, he was focused and intelligent enough to perhaps have been a leader of the militias, even have been an instigator of civil war had it been necessary. He was a real threat because people listened to him, and because he studied, and studied, and studied. Alex Jones is a press-release man, when he says "we have the documents", he is simply regurgitating something that Bill COULD say. I have yet to see Alex Jones with an official document that didn't have (AP, Reuters) on it. Alex will never produce a 'Behold a Pale Horse', because he doesn't have 'the documents' - Bill did.

Even if Bill was a drunk, even if that phone call did contained a foul mouthed rant. Look who it was to, it was his fellow hosts who need to be a bit better than we, we can't afford "f***in idiots" leading the truth movements. If someone claims to have the truth they have to hold that truth in high esteem.

Perhaps he did get drunk and ring people up and have a go at them. But if they are misleading the be it.

Frankly I don't think he was a drunk, I don't think the voice recording is of him, I think its fake, it doesn't sound real to me. But I can tell you this, no drunk could done what Bill did, no chance.