Sunday, July 24, 2011

Anders Behring Breivik - cruel and unusual punishments

92 consecutive life-sentences

Mandatory visit to all the families of the hunted and murdered victims willing to meet with him

Norwegian state public financial support to the families of the 92 victims to sue formaximum compensation for the damage, pain and suffering smiling Anders, one in hundred thousand, has caused to them.

and the worst punishment of all  ... lifetime prohibition to play War of the Worlds or WarCraft in the internet

In my opinion Jeff Wayne's War of the World, Rage Software Limited who developed the real time strategy game and the publisher GT Interactive, WarCraft and any other computer game that teaches such cold blooded murder or violent crimes, the makers of the games and those who profit from selling them should face responsibility for their products in courts in the same way major tobacco companies are facing responsibility - even if it is the smoker's own decision to smoke.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Letters from Iwo Jima - Truth about war

 Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)

Critics considered Clint Eastwood’s Letters from Iwo Jima (硫黄島からの手紙 Iōjima Kara no Tegami) as one of the best movies of 2006. This spectacular and insightful masterpiece takes truthful look at Japanese defenders of Emperor’s Homeland. It has a particularly rich and convincing gallery of human characters in the hell of Iwo Jima with no stereotypes (not even among the feared Kempeitai military police).

The events are mostly historically accurate. Letters from Iwo Jima was filmed in location and historical footages of US Air force attacks or the enormous landing fleet are seamlessly included into the visual imagery. We get the feeling of actually having been there, not under the open sky where bullets and explosions kill immediately but inside those smelling, insect filled claustrophobic caves and tunnels.

The digging of the tunnels began in June 1944 (a strategically important decision by General Kuribayashi). Only the first aerial attack in February 1945 demonstrated to the grudging men their value. Two months of incessant bombing would have utterly destroyed defenders at the beach but the caves provided shelter and safety to the defenders and enormous death and destruction to the attackers.

It is my understanding that the powerful defence of Iwo Jima and bloody losses of the Marines convinced  USA president Harry Truman and his cabinet to drop the bombs at Hiroshima August 6, 1945 and Nagasaki August 9, 1945.

“Of the 22,060 Japanese soldiers entrenched on the island, 21,844 died either from fighting or by ritual suicide. Only 216 were captured during the battle. According to The official Navy Department Library website,“The 36-day (Iwo Jima) assault resulted in more than 26,000 American casualties, including 6,800 dead.” To put that into context, the 82-day Battle for Okinawa lasted from early April until mid-June 1945 and U.S. (5 Army and 2 Marine Corps Divisions) casualties were over 62,000 of whom over 12,000 were killed or missing; while the Battle of the Bulge lasted 40 days (16 Dec 44 – 25 Jan 45) with almost 90,000 U.S. casualties; 19,000 killed, 47,500 wounded, and 23,000 captured or missing.”

There were no civilian victims since General Kuribayashi had wisely ordered their immediate evacuation soon after arriving to the island.
Tadamichi Kuribayashi (1891 – 25.3 1945 Iwo Jima)

Ken Watanabe’s noble portrayal of General Tadamichi Kuribayashi is not only unforgettable, it fundamentally reshapes Western stereotypes of officers in the Japanese Imperial Army.

Private First Class Saiga (Kazunari Nimomiya) is a fictional person but he is, in my opinion, one of the most real persons in the movie. He presents the director Clint Eastwood himself toughtfully looking at the people and events through the eyes and sublte expressions of Saiga.

Saiga's young wife Hanako (Nae Yuuki) facing her husbands call to the army is a heart-breakingly true human. She makes us all secretly wish that Saiga would be able to keep his promise to the baby who was still in her mother’s womb when he left to the Imperial Army to a trip, from which nobody returned. "I'll be back" (in Japanese).

We get the impression that this movie tells the truth about war as it was. Japanese audience confirms our feeling and says this is pretty much as it was.

So, my fellow humans, where is God?

Bible could be the Book of the Wars. It has the men and horses of the Pharaoh of Egypt, it has the wars of the kings of Israel and Judah, it has the mighty conquering armies of cruel Assyrians and megalomaniac Babylonians, the wise Cyrus with his invincible army, Alexander the Great, Maccabean wars … the list is much longer than this

The Son of God lived in a country occupied by the Romans and there were hopes that He would lead a Jewish army to Messianic War of Liberation. And there is the Jewish War that led to the destruction of Jerusalem and Diaspora and a scary vision of a World War called Harmageddon.

The Book of the Wars, indeed.

So, my fellow humans, where is God?

He was in Iwo Jima, on both sides of the battle, directing the big things and the small things tenderly taking care of the most little things like Hanako's baby.

This is not a god of human imagination or correct political opinion but the only real God, the God of Israel.

Who is called Lord Zebaoth in the Bible and whose Son is also quite a commander.

So, my fellow humans, God is here, in the midst of our wars, Iwo Jima and others, past, present and future.

That's how it is.

(We may wonder why this masterpiece of war movies did not do so well in the theaters. Similarly, the excellent and historically accurate movie Raid at Cabanatuan showing the rescue of Allied POW's did rather poorly in the Box Office. I think that the reason to this phenomenon is that movie goers are not essentially interested in looking at the truth but prefer fairytales, magic and horror - escapes from the often so painful reality. )

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Oh Google, almost divine!

Oh Google, so humbly and silently you are present in almost all aspects of our daily life shining the brilliance of the men and women chosen by you to the benefit of the world.

You bring the entire humanity together by extending our reach towards fellow humans beyond all man made physical and mental borders, God made oceans and mountains and contintents from North to South, from East to West. One great Matrix of people speaking in different languages about the same things.
 You extend our minds by guiding us towards sources of information and entertainment and help and advise in our desktop monitors, laptops, even in our smart mobile phones, the Index of Knowledge and the Map of Location and the Social Network and so many other things. You point us to Face Book when we forget its address and Wikipedias in many languages teach us about the facts of science and fiction.

The chef finds his receipt, the sick finds explanation of the name of her disease, the engineer finds the solution to the problem, the computer programmer the code, the graphic designer the image, the lost his location and the wise his students the teacher her disciples.

You bring us freedom! For Truth makes man free and in the huge Net of people nobody can fool everyone not even for a single moment.

And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!
Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!
But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"
Martin Luther King Washington, DC, on August 28, 1963

Google, globally at the service of human freedom!

Quietly serving us in our most private worlds, connecting us together, Google rules the Net.  Network truly is the Computer ... but who can find anything in the world wide web without you, oh Google, who leaveth thy competitors in the dust?

maybe you ask "how dare you compare a computer service to God? are you not a theologian?

Holy Bible writes about us humans, wonderful creations of God of Israel

 כי־אראה שׁמיך מעשׂי אצבעתיך ירח וכוכבים אשׁר כוננתה׃
מה־אנושׁ כי־תזכרנו ובן־אדם כי תפקדנו׃
ותחסרהו מעט מאלהים וכבוד והדר תעטרהו

When I consider the heavens your fingers have made, the Moon and the stars you have done
Who is man that you remember him, son of man that you take care of?
And yet you made him almost a God and crowned him with glory and honor!
Psalm 8:3-5  (my unauthorized translation from Hebrew original)

Please, note the word almost

Also you, the smart ones, at Google headquarters!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Holy Spirit and Ray Boltz

IMHO the discussion on homosexuality and Bible goes to entirely different direction if we realize and accept the fact that there are men and women whose sexuality is oriented towards their own sex rather than the natural choice of the opposite sex.

Yes, it is an unnatural thing as we all understand that screws and bolts are made for each other and the purpose of sex is to bring children to this world - but yet it is a real phenomenon that exists in humanity.

A phenomenon that is not known in the Bible.

My understanding is that the holy Bible is talking about heterosexuals who play homosexual games, men and women, who change their natural sexual orientation towards the opposite sex and run after sinful lusts and experiments and who have abandoned the only God in their intellectual hybris and have chosen idolatry.

There is not one word in the Bible that supports homosexuality and the Torah calls for death penalty for such acts.

And yet, behold!

Holy Spirit is using Ray Boltz in very powerful ways through his wonderful songs and teachings and is also using his wife to help all those Christians who are dealing with this serious problem and tell how to cope with the phenomenon in the company of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Here is that admittedly sentimental and very touching song Thank you through which Jesus Christ Himself is thanking us!

Here are two Ray's interviews - one of them has become the most widely read interview in the history of Washington Blade.

Here is the blog of his wife Carolin.  

So let us not push people away from Jesus.

Let us call all men and women to come to Doctor Jesus! 

Jesus Christ, connecting people who is both willing and able to help us no matter where or what we are.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Homosexuals abandoned by God of Israel?

Emperor Nero (37-68) A real mother ... murderer

I am writing to people who do value the holy Bible and wish to protect the fundamental values of Christianity in this wicked generation of adulteress.

(BTW Jesus said those harsh words to religious people, not to sinners
"A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah.” Jesus then left them and went away." Matthew 16:4)

The famed words of Apostle Paul in the Letter to Romans describe people that have been abandoned by God:

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
Romans 1:18-32 KJV

A devout Christian reading these verses concludes very soon that homosexual people are among the worst lot and lowest level of humanity abandoned by God to their unclean acts. According to this understanding of Saint Paul's letter all wickedness of humanity crystallizes in these people.

My claim is that this natural and common way of understanding these verses is incorrect. We Christians do not always read Bible carefully - if at all - and we let our own interpretations and positions guide our understanding rather than paying attention to what is written.

In my opinion Apostle Paul writes about heterosexual people committing homosexual acts among other wicked things they do after abandoning the True God.

Bible does not know about genuine homosexuality, where sexual act with opposite sex is evil and sinful.

If homosexuals are abandoned by the God of Israel why they look recognition and blessing to their civil marriage from the Church?

Is it not true that a person abandoned by God does not care about God, does not ask His will, is not afraid of His wrath and does not look for His blessing?

What are those homosexual bishops, priests, monks and nuns doing in the Church if they have been abandoned by God? What they have to do with prayer, praise of Lord, doing good deeds and talking about the holy Bible if God has abandoned them to their lusts?

So I claim that Apostle Paul writes here about heterosexuals, the majority of humanity on this planet.

In a way about us all…

A normal heterosexual person abhors the idea of sex with his or her own kind, man with man, woman with woman. It feels wrong and sinful unless the person is really abandoned to his or her lusts and does not care about conscious or God's will.

A normal homosexual person abhors the idea of sex with his or her opposite sex, man with woman, woman with man. It feels wrong and sinful unless the person is really abandoned to his or her lusts and does not care about conscious or God's will.

Emperor Nero is an excellent example of a person described by Apostle Paul in the beginning of his Letter to the Romans.

Nero sent his own mother to be executed and arranged for himself a great orgy when he married his favorite man and shameless prostitutes from the streets of Rome served as bridemaids while the bride and groom were kissing each other on the shores of the artifical lake illuminated by thousands of oil lamps and torches. (Tacitus)

Nero is a man who worshiped idols, humanlike and animals, and demanded divine worship for himself.

He sent Apostle Paul to be executed by sword and let Saint Peter to be crucified head down (both were martyred in 63/64 Anno Domini).

A really jolly fellow, this Empreror Nero, bisexual sadist and mother f*cker ... or rather mother murderer.

So does Apostle Paul not condemn same sex relations?

Of course he does. It is written in the Bible.

My claim is that he is writing about heterosexuals, who do homosexual acts (homosexuals, who do heterosexual acts).

Homosexuality is diversion, exception, against the nature. But it exists.

Every man and woman understands that screws and bolts are designed for each other.

Yet homosexuality exists.

Recognizing the problem and recognizing the existence of homosexuality as a genuine feature in humanity rather than sinful lust by choice of a man or woman is important when Christians want to pray together and help fellow Christians bothered by sexual identity issues.

That many homosexuals search guidance, prayer and forgiving in the name of Christ is proof of what I am trying to say here

If these people were abandoned by the God of Israel they would not come to seek council and help and grace of God.

Apostle Paul writes about heterosexuals who have abandoned God and so God has abandoned them to homosexual lust and all kind of wickedness.