The Cow (bio)
Megiddo - site manager (bio) (meaning)
Cool links to cool places:
A christian search engine, very useful!
An online Bible with every version I've heard of and a few I haven't!
A site created by Megiddo for Christian teens!
How do you describe the indescribable? If all the seas turned ink, all the plant to writing tools, and all the sky to parchment, it would not be enough to describe God's vastness. That's the God I serve.
If you're interested in learning more about God, you can leave a message here, you could go to this site and leave a message or you can read on.
God loves you (John 3:16).
God is holy and just. He punishes all evil and expels it from his presence (Romans 1:18).
God, who created everything, made us for himself to find our purpose in fellowship with him (Colossians 1:16).
But we rebelled and turned away from God (Isaiah 53:6) The result is separation from God (Isaiah 59:2). The penalty is eternal death (Romans 6:23).
God became human in the person of Jesus Christ to restore the broken fellowship (Colossians 1:19-20). Christ lived a perfect life (1 Peter 2:22).
Christ died as a substitute for us by paying the death penalty for our rebellion (Romans 5:8). He arose (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) and is alive today to give us a new life of fellowship with God, now and forever (John 10:10).
I must repent for my rebellion (Matthew 4:17).
I must believe Christ died to provide forgiveness and a new life of fellowship with God (John 1:12)
I must receive Christ as my Savior and Lord with the intent to obey him. I do this in prayer by inviting him into my life (Revelation 3:20).
There is no cost to your salvation comes to you freely (Ephesians 2:8-9).
But it comes at a high cost to God (1 Peter 1:18-19).
Ultimately your response is a life of discipleship (Luke 9:23-24).
If you want to look up the verses to the above passages, just click on them.
Thursday, May 27, 2004
God is not obvious. *That's* obvious, however. Sure, once a person is looking for God, there are what can be talken as signs of his existance all over. But that's a whole different can of worms right there, seeing God in everyday life. Anyhow, wouldn't life be much easier if God showed up in the sky every morning, and gave us the news, let us bask in His glory, and then let us get on with our day? Nobody would have a doubt about His existance, because He would be RIGHT THERE, staring down at you! You could ask God anything about morals, life, or beg for a favor face to face, instead of talking to the air and assuming somebody is picking up on the other line.
Well, first of all, there would still be people who would stick to their guns and deny His presence, even if it was COMPLETELY obvious that God would there. Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.
Secondly, a completely obvious God would take away from human dignity, actually. The most important aspect of mankind is the fact of free will, and specifically the choice to do good. God loves people so much He gives us the freedom to reject Him. If we do reject Him, He won’t force Himself on us, and I doubt you’d want Him to. We will get what we want, in that case – to be left alone by God. (That’s the true definition of hell, by the way, as accepted today by most theologians: the complete absence of God’s presence.) It would be an injustice if God forced us to love Him, here or in heaven. Then we’d only be literal slaves, pets or robots, as it were. Sure, God is still great and loving, but nobody should want to be reduced to that. We have the CHOICE to love God. That is one of the greatest gifts to ever ask for. We can can choose to have the best thing ever, instead of just automatically doing it.
What else would you have God do with someone who rejects Him, take him/her to heaven and force him/her to be in God’s presence and love God for all eternity, when that would only be endless torture for such a person who hates the very idea of God?
God only wants the best for us all, and that is why He has asked us (not forced us) to follow Him and do His will, so that we will earn the eternal joy of being in Heaven, in His presence, not because He wants to make our lives miserable.
We "send" ourselves to Hell, God won’t stop us from choosing it. God allows it because, since we have rejected Him, it is equitable. Would you rather He offend our human dignity and free will by forcing us to love Him back, by cramming it down our throats to accept Him as existing?
I think untimately that's what heaven will be like, though: a place where God *is* evident and observable. God will be constantly and completely understandable, but not because he is now able to force himself on him, but because we made the final choice, and when we died, we choose to trust God, so now we gave all we can give, and God returns that faith with Himself.
Thank you, and God bless.
Posted at 04:41 pm by The Cow
Wednesday, May 19, 2004
"Money isn't everything," How many of us have heard that before? How about, "Money is the root of all evil"? How many believe it?
It may be hard to believe those at first glance. I mean... this is money we're talking about! Your deepest desires can be fulfilled by having just a little more money. Who can pass up such an offer? Who isn't looking for a fulfillment to all their dreams?
Did you know that if a person is chained to a wall all their life, they will think that in order to be "more free" they require more links in their chains? Don't you think that this sounds like money? Does having more money really make us "more free"?
Think about it.... do we need money to survive? No! I don't think it's the kind of life that God is calling most of us to, but we really can survive without money!
The more money you have, the more you will spend. That is an effect of having money. But are the "benefits" of having money actually benefits at all?
If you live your life by filling up only on your material wants, you will realize how shallow and empty your life really is. After all... you're only living for your furniture ( or something else ) when it boils down to truth.
Three things humans are always seeking: Peace, Love, and Joy. Money will never buy you peace, and can only buy false love and temporary joy. But what are some of the fruits of the spirit? Peace, Love, and Joy!
Posted at 06:51 am by Megiddo
Tuesday, May 18, 2004
Meditation ( an awesome song )
The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell
It goes beyond the highest star
And reaches to the lowest hell
The guilty pair, bowed down with care
God gave His Son to win
His erring child He reconciled
And pardoned from his sin
Could we with ink the ocean fill
And were the skies of parchment made
Were every stalk on earth a quill
And every man a scribe by trade
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry
Nor could the scroll contain the whole
Though stretched from sky to sky
O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure
The saints' and angels' song
Posted at 06:47 am by Megiddo
Tuesday, May 11, 2004
Figuring things out for myself
Well, since everyone jumped-to to give a bio, i might as well give mine.
Except this is going to be different.
I am Catholic. I go to a Catholic church, I go to a Catholic school, I practice Catholic rites and have Catholic friends. By name, i am Catholic.
Recently I was talking with my friend about my love book. An assignment for school where i have to write about all the love I have for different things. Love of God was mandatory. He was confused because in previous discussions with him we had come to an agreement that the Church had many flaws, and now i was saying that i loved God! Well to me, this was the first time I ever had to explain something of this nature.
As a Catholic, i witness firsthand flaws in the Church. I do not always agree with it's teachings and am not always the first to obey a Catholic rule. This is what I think about some things, and this really helped him to understand me better, a good thing considering I hold him in VERY high regards.
I believe that God is here and now. God is the people I meet every day, God is in nature, God is in me, and God is time. You have to be good to God, you have to respect God, you have to love yourself, and you have to use God for good things. I believe that Heaven is now. Heaven is the life you make for yourself; which basiclly teaches you to be happy. Heaven has always been promised to be good, white and gold (the colors of purity) and to make you happy. If we live good lives, treat everyone (including ourselves) with tasteful respect, we will be happy. Henceforth an almost perfect "heaven on earth." That's not to say your time in a church isn't worth the effort. Hardly. To achieve real happiness, worship God. Ask God for help, ask Jesus to guide you and even if you don't think you'll need it you'll feel like the person on the ladder. You may not think you need someone to spot for you, but God will be like your neighbor who came over anyways. Helping to ease your stress just knowing someone else is there. And to truly love God, we can't be stubborn. We can't think that we're too good, because the very stubborn person told his neighbor to go home and fell. Which is basiclly showing us that if we don't accept God, we'll lose the battle. Not much good can come from it. When we're open minded, when we fall, we fall in the arms of Christ, who will support us always, but still permit us to make mistakes and realize what we need... God. I believe that all people have a plan, whether they follow something God prescribed, or their own. Do not fear the man who created his own destiny, because destiny is always that: destiny. No matter how much you plan it, it will only happen if God wants it to. Most of all, I believe that people are good. I believe that people are allowed to form opinions, they're allowed to make decisions, and they're free to do as they chose.
I think that people can do as they wish, so long as if it turns out to be wrong, not according to the bible, but according to them and their lifestyles, then they should find what they really need. What is really right for them. Sometimes it takes a while. Time... God.
I'm no religious zealot. I'm no theology major, but even I know that people should be trusted to use good judgment in serious situations. When it's your turn to make a big decision pull on your maturity and common sense and make it all worthwhile.
Even i know that there are four people who have faith in you: God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and I.
Posted at 11:03 pm by xxpinknblackxx
Friday, May 07, 2004
The post below, is part two of the apologetics papers that I'm writing for school. It is really long! Anyway, I was hoping to get some feedback on it... is it too long? Did it make sense? Am I wrong? Ya know.
Hope you're a more bible believin' person now!
Posted at 05:39 pm by Alex
Part the second: The Reliable Bible
We have established, in our last argument , that there is a God; Or at least that there is reason for a God to exist. So let us simply assume that there is a God, and that He is everything that He is, and so much more; let us assume that these things are true.
This will put us in a class, with the three religions that claim Divine Revelation: Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. All of these look to a human founder, that is one who was especially favored by God, but only Christianity claims a founder that is both Human and Divine. This is a fact, but this is also extraordinary, to the point of lunacy; so it seems to many people. Did such an historical figure ever exist? What proof do we have that a man, named Jesus Christ, came to earth as the Son of the Living Breathing God, taking upon Himself the frailty of human nature; preaching, and teaching things that were beyond the greatest philosophical mind; performing miracle after miracle; dying a most terrible death, out of Love, and rising from the dead three days later, and ascending into heaven! What evidence do we have to tell us that the single most important event in history, actually took place? The sources are many, handed down through tradition, from the early Church Fathers. But the most important source, and the very first, was a firsthand account, from the men who gave their lives entirely over to Christ during His brief but significant stay on earth.
One detail that will also be noticed about the three ‘One-God’ religions, is that every one of them uses a special book, which serves as the historical record on which their faith bases many of it’s beliefs. For Muslims, it’s the Koran; For Jews, it’s the ‘Good Book’ (which is essentially a Bible without the New Testament); And for Christians, it’s the Bible. So, rather than disproving the Koran, or the ‘Good Book’, it would be more worthwhile to prove, in an intellectual manner, the historical authenticity, of the internationally, and widely acclaimed New York Times Best Seller, the Bible.
In order that one may see clearly the reliability of the Bible, it should suffice to prove the reliability of it’s four most important books: The Gospels. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. There are three ways to determine the historical authenticity of a book: by it’s genuineness, it’s integrity, and it’s veracity; in other words, “if it be the work of the author to whom it is ascribed; if the text be substantially as it left the author’s hand; if it be shown that the author himself was well informed and truthful.” (-Fr Laux)
How do you prove that a book that is supposedly written before 70 A.D. sometime, has any substantial amount of truth to it, or that it even existed for that allotted period of time? How do you take a peak into the unattainable past to look for the things you know to be true, or false? Certainly time travel is something that is yet to be desired, so we look to other means to judge as best we can what took place about 2000 years ago, when the Gospels were written.
The Gospels are Genuine:
The Genuineness of a book can be determined in view of two arguments: extrinsic, and intrinsic.
Extrinsic arguments are chiefly the testimony of those writers that lived about the same time. (as an eyewitness or someone who would know.)
Intrinsic arguments are those drawn from the content, style, and characteristics of the book itself.
Extrinsic evidence of authenticity in the case of the Gospels is not difficult to encounter:
a) The Didache, (i.e. the Doctrine of the Twelve Apostles, written between AD 80 and 100) quotes passages from Mathew and Luke. The Our Father, which is cited according to the text of St. Matthew, is introduced with the words: “As the Lord Commands in His Gospels.”
b) The Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians (about A.D. 96) contains ten texts taken from the Gospels of Matthew and Mark.
c) The Epistle attributed to St. Barnabas (about A.D. 100-130) contains many allusions to Matthew and several to Mark and Luke.
There were also saints who were alive during this period of time(70-150 AD) that give clear testimony of the Gospels. St. Justin, who was a martyr during that time, narrates that the Gospels were read at the meetings of the Christians, among other things. Then there was St. Irenaus, a friend of St. Polycarp, who was a disciple of St. John, mentions the authors of the four Gospels:
“Matthew published his Gospel among the Hebrews in their own tongue, whilst Peter and Paul were preaching and founding the Church in Rome. After their departure Mark, the disciple and interpreter of Peter, handed down in writing to us those things which Peter had preached; and Luke, the attendant of Paul, wrote a book the Gospel which Paul had preached. Affterwards John, the disibple of the Lord, who alos reclined on His bosom, published his Gospel while staying at Ephesus in Asia” (Adversus Haereses)
So, it is clear that the Gospels did indeed exist, and were written sometime before the year 70AD; and were in use sometime after that. It was well said by one Archbishop Sheehan, “Probably there is not one of the pagan classics, whose genuineness can be supported by such convincing evidence. No one disputes that Caesar was the author of the Commentaries on the Gaalic Wars, and yet the only ancient references to the work are found, about one hundred years after its composition, in the writings of Plutarch and Suetonuis.”
There are still things to observe from a careful examination of the Gospels themselves. (Intrinsic evidence)
a) The Synoptic Gospels are written in Hellenistic Greek; which was a literary medium employed by many Jewish writers during the first century after Christ, but not later.
b) The style of the Gospels was vivid and colorful; only men who had witnessed these events first hand could have described them in such a manner.
The Gospels are Intact
“Even the most radical opponents of Christianity admit that the Gospels have come down to us substantially intact; that is free from any grave alterations and additions.” (Fr. Laux)
During the time of St. Justin, it was a grave matter to alter in any way, the words of the Gospel. There was a great deal of fear among the translators, about becoming corrupters of the text. This was not a groundless fear, for St. Augustine gives one such account: “A bishop of our province, having begun to read your translation of the Bible in his church, came to a passage of the prophet Jonas, which you have translated differently from what was known to the memory and ears of everyone, and sung during many generations. Thereupon a great tumult arose among the people, caused principally by the Greeks, who called out that the text was falsified…. The bishop, not to remain without a flock, after this great danger, was obliged to correct the passage as if it was a fault.”
One might object, “Does not the earliest existing manuscript of the New Testament date only from the fourth century? Isn’t it therefore possible that any number of changes may have been introduced into the Gospel text during the preceding centuries?” Besides the earliest Greek Manuscript, the Codex Vaticanus referred to in the objection, there are other manuscripts, nearly as old, and copied from the Vaticanus. These are the Codex Alexandrinus, the Codex Sinaiticus, and the Codex of St. Ephrem. Every one of these texts agrees substantially with one another. They also agree with numerous quotations contained in the texts of the Christians before them.
Hence, there is no doubt that the Gospel’s have remained substantially as they were written in the beginning, even though the originals made by the Apostles are no longer in existence. If this is not evidence enough, you might think about this:
“The earliest manuscript of Horace dates from the 7th century, of Cicero from the 9th, of Euripides from the 13th, and yet no one doubts that these manuscripts are the unaltered descendants of the originals.
The Christian Gospels are thus in a far stronger position than the Greek and Roman classics, and no one would ever have thought of questioning their integrity, but for the fact that they report miracles and prophecies and contain a Divine law of belief and conduct against which the Rationalist and the Irreligious of every description rebel.”
The Gospels are Truthful
It is to be considered that the Authors of the Gospels (The Evangelists) knew the fact that they were recording. For the Gospels to be without truth, would be for the Apostles to have lied; and all four narrative accounts are quite clear on the evil of lies and hypocrisy! Had they not been truthful themselves, they would have been more despicable than the hypocrites they condemned!
What reason would the Apostles have for deceiving the world? Why would they lie for the sake of bringing trouble and ruin upon themselves? And most importantly, why would they willingly die for a lie? Maybe they didn’t know they would die as a result of this lie? No. The evangelists knew that what they would preach would be a supreme accusation of the most serious nature to Jews and Gentiles. Pascal rightly states “I willingly believe historians whose witnesses are ready to suffer death itself to maintain the truth of their testimony.”
One may notice that at some points, the Gospels contradict each other. This may seem a disturbing disadvantage to our argument. However, these apparent contradictions furnish an additional argument in favor of the veracity of the Evangelists. If Mathew, Mark, and Luke were imposters, surely they could have taken the immense amount of time they spent together to avoid even the appearance of contradiction.
Finally, the authors had to tell the truth, for they weren’t the only ones who had seen and heard Jesus while he was living. So, they could not have published such falsities without encountering resistance, and being taken to task.
Let is be said, that the four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John completely fulfill the tests of their genuineness, integrity, and veracity, and thereby can be considered completely authentic historic accounts of the past! As a result, it can also be said, that the Gospels are the historical authority on the Life and Death of Jesus Christ!
Posted at 05:35 pm by Alex
Tuesday, May 04, 2004
I am Megiddo ( no, that's not my real name ), and I wish to serve God to the fullest possible. My greatest reward in life is to come one small inch closer to God ( over and over, of course ). Though that may not seem like much of an accomplishment, you'd be surprised how many miles fly by if you push inch for inch.
I had been told my whole life that I was saved at the age of five, though I couldn't remember it. I doubted my faith. This, of course, put great strain on me; I was always wondering where I would spend eternity. I felt separated from my church and family, though I could never tell them.
Then one summer, I went to a Bible camp, and something clicked. It was the best time that I had ever had there, and I learned so much. My counselor at camp was especially helpful, he had a burning desire for the Lord, who I so desperately wanted to serve.
The same counselor told us one night during Bible study, “Salvation is not a feeling, Satan will often make you think that you're not saved.” I realized that this sounded just like a trick Satan would want to pull, as it kept me in deep turmoil and questioning. So... I stopped doubting!
Ever since that time, I've been growing closer to my Savior. I have been bought with a price, and there isn't anything that I can do for Him that will possibly repay my debt ( though he does not require anything from me to repay it ).
I am not always 'on track' with Him. I have days that I turn away from him, but I always come back to Him with an even stronger relationship.
If you could choose one thing to learn from my life, I hope that you would no longer doubt God or His love for you. There is evidence for God beyond our imagination in our very breath. And He loves us more than we could ever possibly write in the most descriptive words.
If there is anything else you'd like to know about me, feel free to ask!
More about me:
I have two brothers, and I am the youngest of my family. My father passed away when I was 2 and my mom has never remarried. My mother's side of the family is Christian, my father's side Mormon.
We have two cats, one name Misty and the other Pippin. We used to have some rats ( pet rats! ), but we were allergic to them and had to get rid of them.
My hobbies include computer programming, web development, writing, praying, reading, 3D level design, fixing computers, network managing, etc.
I ran out of time to write for now... I'll add more later!
Posted at 08:49 pm by Megiddo
Monday, May 03, 2004
I attend SA meetings. haha on you.
My name is Alexis and I am a sinaholic.
Oh yeah, what do you think of this poem?
Who can say for certain
What tomorrow brings?
Who can say for sure
When I'll own miraculous things?
There is only one single person
Who knows this all for sure
And He's the one we turn to
When we need and ask for more
Who will always stay true
In each and every way?
His grace is deep within me
His presence will always stay
For He is my Savior
My redeeming Light
The One who never leaves me
Who guides me through the night
And when I'm having troubles
He'll carry me all the way
He is my God
The one who'll always stay
Posted at 02:56 pm by xxpinknblackxx
Sunday, May 02, 2004
40Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.
45"Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. 47I tell you the truth, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 48But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, 'My master is staying away a long time,' 49and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. 50The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. 51He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Let me share with you something that came to my mind this week. My mom had been gone to Romania for three weeks... and what would you find me doing on the day of her return? Desperately clean up the house as fast as I possibly could. Granted, I did not let the house go to rot in her absence, but I did want the house to sparkle for her arrival.
Why was I doing this? I wanted to impress her, let her know that she could trust me to take care of things! ( as opposed to being grounded for the rest of high school ) I was able to get that nice sparkling feeling in the house, ( thank you late airplane arrival! ) but while I was flying from room to room cleaning, I thought about the cleanliness in our lives.
How would you feel if God came to your house today? What would he see?
We all live like we are never going to die, but this is unbelievably incorrect. We can die, we just avoid the thought of it. Avoiding the thought of death won't help you!
If you died right when you finished reading this, what would God say about your life?
To quote Switchfoot's song 'Dare you to Move' :
"I dare you to move
Like today never happened
Today never happened before"
Posted at 06:00 pm by Megiddo
You just gotta wonder what kinda jerk does all this hard work in programming to make something that breaks down computers. GRRR! Anyways.. I got this virus http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.sasser.b.worm.html
W32.SASSER.B.WORM, I dislike thee.
Let me tell you my not so funny experience with it. I was called by one of my mom's friends to fix his computer. He said that he couldn't connect to the internet very well.
I went up to his house, looked at his comp.... and scratched my head. He had a fairly top of the line computer with an ancient modem. Took forever to connect, and only went at 7Kbps.
So I went to a nifty web site and got him a new, top of the line modem for only $4 ( yay for good deals! ). He was quite pleased, and I set his current modem to update windows ( he had never done it ).
After about one hour and a half, I checked on it. I look at the screen and think, "arg, it restarted and lost the download... why 7kbps?" I then go into windows and tried to connect. When I connected, the computer popped up with one of those ever-so-enjoyable error windows. This one said that an importand process had stopped and I had 30 seconds to bail out of whatever I was doing before the computer restarted.
I think, "Well... at least I found why it stopped last time!" So I pain-stakingly wait for Windows to start back up, drumming my fingers on the desk through it all. When it finally starts, I go into the logs on Windows. The ones that had info on the error reported something like this, "The computer has no idea where the error came from! Aren't you happy?"
Then I go through a mental list of about 100 things that this error could be from. Of course, a virus was on the list, but it was underscored as unlikely because of the snail pace of this guy's modem. Thinking the most time-saving, effective solution was to format the hard drive and re-install, I took it home to work on. ( currently, the computer is at my feet as I type )
When I get home, I boot up my mom's computer so I can play some tunes. Before I continue, though, let me explain to you about my computer set-up. I have two computers in my house, one of which is mine. The one that is my mom's has the internet connection, so I hook my computer up to hers through a LAN ( local area network ) connection. The program I use to play music requires an internet connection.
Well... I connect to the internet just fine, play my music. I start messing around on my mom's computer, only to find that there is some wierd thing going on so that I can't access anything on the internet from her computer. Obviously, something is amiss if I can use the internet on a computer on the network, but not on hers.
So I'm innocently trying to discover the problem when... BAMM I run straight into the same error box saying that I had 30 seconds to bail from my computer. I'm starting to think that today's is my extremely lucky day ( sarcasm ). I look at the logs once the computer starts back up. Suprise! Same exact error... down to the computer not knowing where it came from.
Suddenly, a virus rises to the top of my list as a culprit. I start looking for proccesses running that would obviously be a virus, and find none. I try updating the virus scanner that protects the comp, but it still can't access the internet. Eventually... I was able to get the virus scanner to update and quickly got rid of the viruses.
I look at the virus I got and think about how lucky I was to get the virus the day it came out ( meaning that the computer wouldn't be protected against the virus ). Then, I think how especially lucky I was that the virus chooses it's next victim on the internet randomly.
Let this post/rambling serve lesson to you! ( though... I don't know what the lesson is... )
Posted at 05:04 pm by Megiddo