5/23/2011: The dangers of false predictions

5/23/2011: The dangers of false predictions

S: 7:56pm
E: 8:44pm

Few months ago, when I was still in Camp Arifjan in Kuwait, I read the Army newspaper titled something like “End of the World.” It caught my attention so I flipped to that section and began to read it. It says that the world is going to end on May 21, 2011. I saw other soldiers reading the same page and I wondered if the world really is going to end. I know, intuitively, that we are living in the end times and that Jesus is coming back within my lifetime, however, is it this soon?

As the predicted Judgment Day comes closer and closer, I began to be a bit afraid, and I did some research to find out whether that day is correct. It was inconclusive, but I felt that it is unlikely for Jesus to come on May 21. What about the Arab-Russian invasion of Israel (Ezekiel 38:2-23)? What about the two witnesses (Rev. 11:3)? What about the one-world government and money system (Rev. 13:7,8)? What about the mark of the beast on the unbeliever’s foreheads (Rev. 13:16)? What about the two hundred million army from the kings of the East (Rev. 9:16)? What about the “abomination that causes desolation?” (Matthew 24:15).

In Matthew 24:36, Jesus said that “no one knows about that day or hour… but only the Father.” How then can man know? I looked to their website http://worldwide.familyradio.org/en/ and they claimed that a secret book in Daniel (Daniel 12:4,9) was sealed until the time of the end. And though that book, and various calculations and assumptions, they managed to find the date.

Some soldiers, before the Judgment Day, asked me if it really is going to happen. They know I’m spiritual and they asked me for advice. I told them that although I cannot give a definite answer, most likely, it is not going to happen. But, I told them that what’s more important than knowing when is to be prepared. Are you prepared for the end? It’s sad that these soldiers say, “no, I’m not prepared, but it’s too late for me.” Some soldiers say that the predicted day is just a scam; that it will just be like the Y2K scare. Thus, I want to describe the dangers of a false prediction:

1) Unbelievers may think that the Bible is wrong.

The Bible is never wrong. It is some misguided Christians who are wrong. By boldly proclaiming a date in God’s name and for it not to come true, they become false prophets. People don’t see that. They see it as Christianity is wrong, that the Bible is wrong in the end times. One of the soldiers loudly said, “Jesus is wrong!” It hurts for me to hear these words but they were tricked. They were told by Christians that the world is going to end and it didn’t happen.

2) Unbelievers may increase their wickedness just before the end

It was Friday, May 20 2011, the last day before the supposed end will come. I heard remarks from soldiers that “the world is going to end anyways. I might as well party and have some fun before the end.” Instead of using the end date as a reason to be saved, they will use it as an excuse to be more wicked. I heard everything from soldiers going to wild parties and getting drunk, to having sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll. If more false predictions come, non-believers will not take these end dates seriously and will just use that as an excuse to sin more.

3) It will be harder to convert people to Christ

To non-believers, this will just be another reason why not to be a Christian. Why? Because they are wrong. It never happened. The Bible is full of errors and mistakes. It is written by man, not God. It’s very sad that one of the side-effects of well-intentioned Christians proclaiming a false date is a more stony ground to sow seeds for Christ.

It is very dangerous for Christians, or anyone, to prophesize something and be wrong. It hurts the gospel; it hurts everyone involved. It is better not to say anything than to say something falsely. That is why the Bible gives false prophets the punishment of death (Deuteronomy 18:22).

12/9/2010: Love people. God judges.

12/9/2010: Love people. God judges.

S: 8:45am

E: 9:22am

I am just about to start making an Asia Friend Finder / OkCupid account but before I do that, there are a few things I wish to write.

I just came back from guard today, and, surprisingly, it wasn’t that hard. I always hate guard because I have to suffer so much. In one day, I finished Book One of The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. My sister likes to read Harry Potter books but for me, this is it. Before reading those Narnia books, I read the Choose Your Own Adventure version of Narnia, called Narnia Solo Games. I played all four books and grew in love with the series. I’m thinking about making my own choose your adventure story.

There is one thing that happened to guard today that is very important. I was on my sleep shift and my sergeant had the same shift as me. He woke me up halfway into the shift and told me we have to go back to the ECP because there was some work to do. I didn’t quite understand what he was saying, so I started to ask questions. It went downhill from there. My sergeant became very mean and hard as stone. I’m a bit traumatized. I don’t understand why my sergeant is acting this way nor do I understand what is going on. Back at the ECP, I thought of a way to bring this issue up because this is an issue that needs to be understood and resolved.

I said, “Sergeant [name], it seems like I’m walking on eggshells. Why is it like this?”

As soon as I said that, my sergeant finally opened up and spilled the truth to me, and although I was nervous and a bit afraid, I’m happy to know the truth. He told me that I have a tendency to always want to know everything and if I do it in front of his superiors, it seems like he can’t control his soldiers. He went on and on trying to get me to understand his point of view. I listened attentively, eager to resolve this conflict. He told me that since my rank is a specialist, I should just execute and not ask questions about why. I thought about what he said and I told him, honestly, that he’s right. It is always me to want to know the big picture. I feel that by knowing as much as I can, I can grow in life skills, but I never noticed that my probing is bothering him. He told me it’s all about perception. If he tells a soldier to do something and that soldier asks “why?” it will make the sergeant look bad. I never realized this so I behaved oblivious to it. He told me he has to play the game, and the game all about appearance. Inside myself, I knew this is wrong. Why can’t man look at the heart also? I told him I will keep this perspective aware as a soldier. In this messed up world, these flawed rules apply, but I can’t wait for Jesus to come back. If you wait long enough, he will come back.

While I was reading the Chronicles of Narnia, the rest of my battle buddies are watching the TV show Lost. I ignored it and as I listened to the plot and the drama, I began to be upset. God’s truth in the Bible shines so much light on this drama. If only these people could start caring about others first instead of themselves, loving one another as themselves, if only they follow God’s ways, then boom! the conflict’s resolved.

James 4:1 What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?

2 You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God.

3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

If only these characters can stop living for themselves and start living for God and for others, everything will be blissful. There would be peace like a river. I can’t stand watching these secular movies. All I see is people trying to follow their evil desires. They need to live for God, not themselves. Amen! Desire leads to sin and sin, when it is full-grown, leads to death.

James 1:14 but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.

15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

These characters need to shut the fuck up and follow God, excuse my language, because His ways are the best. They fight for stupid reasons; they kill for stupid reasons, and in the end, they actually hurt themselves. Think of the possibilities if only the characters love one another and let God be the judge.

Psalms 25:10 ¶All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful ¶for those who keep the demands of his covenant.

13 Nov. 2009: Computer games + 2012

13 Nov. 2009: Computer games + 2012

I have to admit.. What I am writing on facebook is starting to scare me a little, especially the part on finding a girlfriend. It’s just too sensitive for comfort.

Wow, I really hate myself for playing games. It is such a waste of time. What do I gain? I can win thousands of battles in Mount and Blade and yet, gain really nothing. What profits for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? That’s how I feel. Victories in games do not translate to victories in life. No, it is rather a defeat. I get more ensnared into it. What got me to really stop playing Mount and Blade and to reconsider what I’m doing are defeats, and flaws. I really hate that it takes forever to fight an enemy when he is mounted, and the stupid computer lag. It’s too slow for first-person games. So it is really defeats that brought me victories, praise God! I’m not falling into a yoke of slavery again.
Today, I’m going to watch 2012. Yes, I’m actually going to watch a movie!! The last time I personally decided to watch a movie was when my church decided to watch Evan Almighty. That was a long time ago. I’m fascinated in the end of the world. I used to read articles about it and how to survive. I used to secretly stockpile food and other supplies in my closet just in case. I would do more, but back then, I really can’t do much in my capacity. The reason why I don’t invest in TSP (thrift savings plan), a military retirement fund, or any other retirement funds is because I won’t grow old enough to use it; Jesus will come back before I use it (I raised this objection during the in-processing brief). I believe we are living in the end-times. Look at the prophecies in the Bible and how they are either completed or becoming true and you will understand. And yet, I joined the Army. Go figure.

Okay, I think that’s enough for today. There are so many other things to do besides playing games, such as, learning Chinese, studying for college, worshiping God, etc. To me, playing computer games is like a drug, just like tobacco and alcohol are drugs. It just makes you feel good. Well, maybe closer to alcohol than tobacco since a little bit of games might help you, but godliness has value in all things.

18 Apr 09

[written diary]

18 Apr 09

End: 1041

I am just so weak. I’ve seen God’s love and God’s faith but still I refuse to follow Him. I dreamed dreams but still that’s not enough. Why do I sin against God so much? Why do I challenge God so much? Now I have to do CQ and I’m tired. I don’t think I will have the energy to stay awake but I know that God will still help me. God will make a way, even when there seems no way. I think and believe that God is punishing me for my lack of faith. I think, due to signs and dreams, I have God’s OK to tutor children. But I must worship God all the time. I must not fail again. I think CQ is God’s way of helping me defeat myself. Less of me and more of Him. I also must be longsuffering. Not just to other people, but also with my sinful self. Still, it will be a while before I actually try. I want to be a better believer, soldier, and tutor.

 

18 Apr 09

S: 1245

E: 1257

I remember when I was young, my mom would have me read a chapter of Proverbs a day, 31 in all. Thanks to her guidance, I am now a good, nicer person. The book of Proverbs is very important because it teaches you the laws and commands of God. It comforts me to know what God can do for us when we behave (heh) and follow Him. I guess, no, I should have taught Proverbs to my children (students) during summer. But no. I chose the dark path of sin and indiscipline. I. there’s a lot of bad that I have done. But God still loves me and he disciplines me. I should have followed Him the first time but I failed. If I do have another chance with children, I would do what my mom did. I would have them read a chapter of Proverbs a day and then write about their thoughts, reflections, etc. It would be like free-writing.

However, I must obey God and follow His will. I might want to start memorizing specific Bible verses.

 

18 Apr 09

S: about 1500

I just have to suffer. Everyday, all of the way. I have to suffer from other’s painful attacks, from my sinful self, and my weak body. And of course, from Satan, the cause of all evil.

Heh, without Satan, I would be in the Garden of Eden, singing praises to God. But no. Bue to sin, I am in a world where people lie, steal, and kill, a place where wars and rumor of wars never end.

I suffer during the weekday so much that I look forward to the weekends to rest and recooperate myself. Now, even in the weekends, I have to suffer greatly.

Can there be no end to my suffering? No, until Jesus comes to establish His righteous kingdom on Earth or until I die, for when I die, I will be at rest, with kings of the earth.

Will I be able to withstand the suffering? To take it and move on? Nothing but the blood of Jesus, sweetest name I know.

 

18 Apr 09

S: 1528

Proverbs 4:16: For they cannot sleep till they do evil.

How many times has this verse applied to me! I cannot sleep until I play some computer games. I cannot sleep until I satisify the desires of my flesh.

I must learn the way of the righteous.