Sunday, January 28, 2018

Sodom

Sodom will always be known as the "gay city". The sin that was on display in genesis 19 was indeed homosexuality, at least on the surface. But there was more to it than that, as we shall see.
  Sodom was a wealthy city. Their wealth was fueled by the land it sat on, which was considered another Eden. It was lush and capable of supporting its inhabitants and their livestock. Sodom was thought to have been located in the Jordan river Valley just north of the Dead Sea. Water = wealth, especially in the ancient world. the city was known for its abundance, and also for its perversion. with every need filled, people seek for every want to be fulfilled, and over time a nation will become decadent.


We see this in Genesis 19:20:
    "The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me."

What was their sin that so offended God? Was it homosexuality? Homosexuality was just the symptom of a greater ill. Ezekiel 16:49-50 says this:
   "Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed, and unconcerned: they did not help the poor and needy. They were haughty and did detestable things before Me. Therefore I did away with them as you have seen."

God didn't mention homosexuality per se there. Instead, he mentioned what their hearts were like: proud, gluttonous, apathetic.These heart-issues led to the outward sin that Sodom is famous for. And God erased them for it.


Look at what goes on in Genesis 19: God sends two of his angels to Sodom to see if there are at least ten righteous people there. They attempt to spend the night in the city square but Lot persuades them to come to his house, presumably because he knows its not safe for them.
 He knows what the people are like.
 However, they weren't safe in lot's house either. The men of "every part of Sodom-both young and old-" surrounded Lot's house and demanded sex from the two strangers.
 Let that sink in.
The whole city wanted to gang rape two guys. That was how they treated strangers! So Sodom was guilty of inhospitality for one, and rape. But it goes further. Lot, being hospitable like people were in that area of the world, decides to take normal hospitality and make it retarded. He offers his two virgin daughters to the madmen so they won't harm his guests!
And they refuse! They just want the men.


That's where the whole issue of homosexuality comes in. Straight men down through the ages have read this and are horrified. Not only is every men in Sodom up for gay sex, they want to rape the men too. So the issue becomes about homosexuality because its the most alarming.
Now how can an entire city become so vile? What went wrong? Pride, arrogance, apathy. When you don't care, you continue to not care and then teach the next generation not to care. They did not care about God or their neighbor, but only cared about satisfying their desires. They become hedonists, and the city rotted out morally. In an old rabbinic tradition, the homeless of Sodom were given gold ingots with their owner's names inscribed on them. But when they went to spend them, no one would sell them anything! Then when they starved to death, the owner of the ingot would reclaim their money.
In other words, Sodom was guilty of treating people poorly. It finally culminated when the men of Sodom attempted to rape two angels.


But...
The angels blinded the men after they cursed Lot and tried to break down his door. The angels saw that there weren't ten righteous people in Sodom and told Lot and his family to leave immediately. reluctantly they did. I guess Sodom was still in their hearts and they didn't want to leave their comforts. That's why they moved to Sodom in the first place.
 Then God firebombed Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim. Zoar was spared because Lot ran there, afraid for his life. Whether God actually rained fire down from out of heaven or He used lightning to set off explosions, it doesn't matter. He destroyed them. They had grown a reputation for mistreating people, so much so that God had to annihilate them.
So was it just because they were gay? No. It was what they had become as a nation. But if homosexuality was indeed so prevalent, what other kinds of sin were they practicing?


 (Go watch "The Bible" from 1966, starring John Huston as Noah and George C. Scott as Abraham. When the two angels enter Sodom you'll understand why God had to judge it.)

Sodom's heart was wicked. It was focused on itself and it putrefied. The behavior was the symptom of a heart far from God. Look at America or any other nation. Is your nation rotting? What about our own individual hearts? Do we disgust God? Has our behavior gotten him angry?
Or have you received the gift of The Holy Spirit and been reborn by trusting Jesus Christ as your savior? Ignoring Him is not the answer. The destruction of Sodom serves as an example of God's wrath at the final judgment. You don't have to be there!
You don't have to be caught in the fire!


 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

My Biblical Art

This will be a simple post, a little gallery of my Biblical art that I've done over the years, and some commentary.



I was imagining Noah sitting alone with his tools and blueprints. I bet he was lonely at times, being the only righteous human on earth. No wonder he got drunk after he saw the world die...



Here are Adam and Eve in the Garden. The circles show the days of creation. Yes, it's crooked.



I call this "War" , for obvious reasons. I did this in 2000 but I still like it. I know angels don't have wings in the Bible, but no one would know that it's an angel unless he has wings.


Here is an extra-biblical piece representing Enoch preaching to a nephilim. Enoch was one of only two people who did not die but were taken to Heaven by God. He, like Noah, was a righteous man. He 'walked' with God, meaning he had a relationship with Him.

That's just four pieces; I have more on my Deviantart page. Thanks for looking.


Sunday, January 22, 2017

Some People Should Die

The death penalty is a touchy subject. It deals with DEATH, after all. There are some who believe it is right, that it is necessary, and some who believe the opposite, that it is not just and not the mark of a modern, civilized society. 'Eye for an eye is dead, we can rehabilitate. We don't have to kill the killer.'


But is it the government's job to rehabilitate? No. It's role is to protect it's citizens from threats both inside and out. It is the vehicle of God's justice. If people want to write laws that include rehabilitation of criminals, that's fine. But where is the justice in letting a murderer not pay with his life?


When Noah got off the ark, God told him that "if any man sheds another man's blood, so by man must his blood be shed." In another words, God instituted the death penalty. Before the Flood, violence was the prime characteristic of society. What they were known for. It was so out of control that God was sorry that He had even made Man, and destroyed the world. Once He started over with Noah's family, He had to put a check on the violence that was sure to start again, so He instituted capital punishment. Any newly-formed government had the responsibility to administer consequences to murderers. Their right to life was over because of their crime.


Their are a few arguments against the death penalty, one of which is: "Is it right to kill the killer?" No, it isn't right to seek revenge, but that's not what capital punishment is about! It's about the government administering justice, and if it's doing that, individuals won't have to seek revenge.

The death penalty has it's flaws, no doubt about that. It's been used to get rid of political opponents and other undesirables, and worst of all, been used to kill innocent men. Putting the wrong person to death is a tragedy. But with DNA testing it's much easier to prove a person's guilt or innocence. Don't throw out the baby with the bath water.


Remember that quote from Perry Farrell? "Some people should die, that's just unconscious knowledge..." That one has always stuck with me. There really are people who should die for their crimes. It's called 'execution', which is not the same as 'murder'. Execution is a judgment, murder is a crime. Don't confuse the two! Should a man like John Evander Cooey be allowed to live? If you think so, why? He kidnapped, raped, and murdered a little girl. Why shouldn't he be executed?
(By the way, he died of cancer in prison.)

Here is another argument: If you oppose abortion, you should be consistent and oppose the death penalty, too.
Huh?
This is an asinine argument. Abortion is the murder of unborn children who committed no crimes, while the death penalty is the punishment for murder. In one group, innocents die. In the other, guilty die. Killing unborn babies is not justice, executing murders is.


Sometimes, I think people get so caught up in a 'feel-good' moment they can't tell their ass from their elbow.

What did Jesus say about the death penalty? Nothing. Did He overturn it in Israel? No. He didn't talk about it, much like He didn't talk about homosexuality. He didn't need to. He talked about self-righteousness, repenting from sin, and following Him. Remember, It was He who gave the government the sword back in Genesis chapter 9. It is allowed and expected to use it under the right conditions.

Personally, allowing a murderer to live off our taxes for decades because someone is too weak to execute them or because the prison system likes the money is stupid. There is no justice in that! Flip the switch! Sometimes that is what's needed. If lethal injection is inhumane, then go back to the firing squad. It's quicker and cheaper. Remember the victim! The murderer is human, too, but he lost his privilege to live when he planned and then killed someone.

Some people should die, that's just conscious knowledge.

A Nazi general