Just because you are opting out of the Apocalypse, it doesn’t mean there are no practical measures you can take to prepare.
Continuing the theme of the last two posts, I wanted to tie up the loose ends hanging between them. On the one hand, I admit there can be a lot of silliness about thinking we can reasonably estimate this or that means of preparation. Too many things the Preppers are doing assumes too much, if you ask me. There are quite a few sites trying to help people obtain things which can help see you through most disasters, but I don’t think too many of them offer useful advice which could have prepared you for the likes of the tornadoes which ripped through the Southeast, nor the floods in the Northeast of the US. What happens when something sweeps away all your stuff, all your specially selected weapons, freeze dried food packs and so forth? And what’s to keep some heavily armed government or private raiders from simply confiscating your cache?
The whole point in ruminating about computers and operating systems was the sarcasm, marking how silly people can be about such things. Yesterday’s post was more directly honest about bigger things than computers, guns and food stocks. If you think your salvation is in your Prepper Cache, I hope you have everything ready now, because time is about gone. Most of those Prepper sites are trying to make a buck off your fears. Yes, I reaffirm it will be very tough the world over, because the bankers who run the global economy are not our friends. They’ve been working on this for a couple of centuries, and we are all way behind the curve. Their moment, whatever it amounts to, is upon us. Sure, do what you think you can, but don’t halt your life.
That is, unless something in what I’m writing serves to wake up the other part of you. Otherwise, this is nothing more than asking you once again to reevaluate over this weekend, with fresh destruction and disasters in our minds, just what it was you should have been doing all along. When that awful day arrives for you, whatever it means, I’m hoping it finds you in the big middle of doing what you really know is the most important thing you could ever do. In terms of the New Testament, “Let us be found faithful.”
It means everything in this whole universe, this plane of existence, is just a tool, a means to things that really matter. If you can see it, touch it, and/or give it a name, it’s not really all that important. Honestly, if you have young children at home still, the most important thing you can do for them is not fearfully guard their bodies and their futures, as if there was really that much you could do. Rather, the one thing you can do to secure what future they may have is to demonstrate to them what really matters most is how we draw the hearts and minds of our fellow humans away from this awful plane of existence.
Let’s put it bluntly: This life as we know it does not matter. Yes, what you do matters, but only in the sense of what it says about things beyond this. If you have opted out of this broken and doomed world, then opting out of the Apocalypse is just one more expression of that.
Should the state under whose jurisdiction you reside decide to take your kids, only death can prevent that. So far as I know, not a single Western nation does not already operate under the assumption you, as the natural parent of those kids, are merely the “custodial parent.” You may well be able to flee, or even stand off some armed assault meant to enforce a confiscation, but the legalities don’t change. I still believe and teach it is proper, that it is within the justice of God Almighty as revealed by Christ, if you decided to use violent force to defend your parental rights — but I don’t think it will do much more than create a brief delay.
The same could be said of your own life, and all the things you own and can do. Until you truly grasp just how fleeting is everything most people think really matters in this world, you can’t get your head into the right place for thinking beyond either minor nor major changes in your world. Your Facebook page, nor my blogs, are anything more than a passing means to an end.
Yes, I have my computers ready for what I can guess is coming down the road at me. For the record, I am happy for now with the way Scientific Linux works on my laptop, and the way Ubuntu 10.04 works on my desktop, and how Windows 7 works on my wife’s computer. I have some hand tools because I figure power tools will be hard to operate sometime in the near future as electricity prices continue to rise. I’m not relying too awfully much on my cellphone because I figure I’ll be lucky to afford a landline.
I don’t expect my VA pension to be there that much longer. I still don’t know how I would replace what it buys for me, nor how we might survive if the local government can’t afford to pay my wife to work in the local high school cafeteria. And on and on… There is only so much I can do before it’s just running against the wind. What really matters is I know what I have to be ready to do in general terms, because I know I am committed to something much, much bigger than my pitiful existence. If my choices, the really big, long-term commitments, mean dying tomorrow in some senseless gesture as most people judge things, I am not about to change course simply to avoid that.
I’ve already opted out. How about you?
As if having a computer would matter when all Hell is breaking loose…
So I claim to be a prophet of God, but that does not guarantee I can answer your questions about tomorrow. God only tells me what He wants to me to say, and most of that has to do with notifying folks of things they should already know about His requirements. You want a predictive prophecy? Here goes: If we go to war in the lands of Ancient Persia (currently “Iran”), the Lord Himself will scatter the dead bodies of our troops across the landscape. So numerous and dense will they be, the Iranians will beg us to send folks to gather, or at least bury in place, their remains. Now, keep in mind: Hebrew Scripture was more about impressions than clinical descriptions. The intent was to make you aware of God’s wishes regarding a particular choice, so I counsel you to understand the point here is we got no business sending US troops to war in Iran. Naturally, that goes for just about all the other places we got troops, but I think God would say Iran is the last straw, so to speak.
So it’s not a matter of prophetic insight when I suggest we are heading for something which will taste like the Apocalypse. If you didn’t already know our economy is headed for a major crash, you wouldn’t be the kind of person who would read my blog. So when it comes to timing and specifics, or even broad hyperbole, about the fall of the United States, all I can do is affirm we deserve it because the Bible says so. Okay, one minor qualification: It is a word from God when I tell you political resistance to the current drift of US government into naked tyranny is pointless. That is, we are getting the government we deserve, and it is frankly a coup d’état from what we once had. The take-over is God’s wrath at work on our national sins. You should resist in the sense of doing what’s right regardless of what any government demands, but preparing to fight via political resistance of any sort — whether armed revolt, pacifist marches, or monkey-wrenching and sabotage — is not favored by God. So we are headed for tough times, and the saints of God will tribulate.
Given I spend so much time with computers, mine and other folks’ computers, what am I going to do? God hasn’t told me anything specific about that. I should think that indicates it’s really not important in His plans for me. But I do have some general expectations and plans which are derived from the things I know God does require of me.
Linux for me is a failure when it comes to the graphical interface. Over the past few years, the drivers have gotten steadily worse for the particular set of things I do with a computer. Given I read so very much about Linux in particular, and computer technology in general, and the vast number of different operating systems I have tested on a very wide array of hardware, I find I am in a position to decide it’s utterly pointless. Whatever it is the developers are planning, it’s not going to help me at all. I realized long ago there was nothing I could to make it better, and the developers could care less what I want. So for as long as I have use for a graphical interface, on my current hardware that means Windows.
It may come to the point graphical computing is pointless itself. For example, there may be some sort of doomsday virus, or some other general vulnerability which makes it entirely too risky to use Windows. Right now, I’m not aware of such an issue. But I would hardly be surprised if it reared its ugly head any day now.
When it happens, that will signal a radical change in my computing needs. From that moment, for as long as computers are still useful to me, I won’t be using Windows. But I won’t be using the Linux GUI, either. When things get that ugly, I’ll be needing the very most basic computer functions, and a GUI won’t matter. So I’ll most likely go back to something like Squeeze on the console. Yes, you can still watch your videos by using something like Mplayer compiled without the X dependencies. I have used it to watch Youtube videos, after downloading them with Cclive. Of course, should such a dramatic change come to the computing landscape, I have to wonder if there will be a Youtube when things get that crazy. I suspect the window of opportunity for using a computer for much of anything will be short, and the Internet as we know it will be long gone at that point.
So it’s not as if I hate Linux, just the X server and all that goes with it. Whatever good it may offer, it amounts to nothing for me, and it’s only getting worse. Nor do I love Windows, and certainly not Mac. I regard Apple as even more anti-consumer than Microsoft. There are literally hundreds of other fine projects out there, and I still think highly of Haiku-OS (formerly, BeOS) and Syllable. There’s always ReactOS, doing Windows right. But I doubt any of them will be really ready for general computer use before the Computer Apocalypse arrives. No, not a prophetic insight, just my current guess.
Come on; you needed something stupid to make you laugh today, right?
The only reason I bother having my say is because my sense of God’s calling requires it of me.
Indeed, I would not have bothered starting this blog if I didn’t believe God required it of me. My own amusement is not sufficient grounds for a brain spew in public. In the sense I put my thoughts in a digital format alone makes them public, never mind posting those digits in an unlocked blog. Among bloggers I regard myself a nobody. Don’t read this stuff because I wrote it; read it because it calls to you in some way. I will surely fail you, as I daily fail myself. But when God speaks in my soul, I cannot be silent, regardless of any actual ability to let that voice out in any coherent fashion.
People much more intelligent and talented than I, with a much larger and more ardent following, even to the point of making money with their writing, would naturally provoke nobodies like me. They sell books and are invited to participate in the on-going public forum of opinion where they get even more attention to their ideas, and perhaps their person. If they didn’t provoke others, it would be hard to sell those books. The manipulation of advertising works only so well. I am provoked, and something in me will not let it rest. Since those who have offered the provocation would never take me seriously (as best I can gauge from having tried to get their attention in the past), I won’t clutter their blog with my dissent. No, I’m not trying to insult him, but the man himself admits to arrogance. Whether it’s justified is at least one thread of what constitutes his Internet persona, but I freely admit there is no reason he and his Dread Ilk ought to pay attention to me.
Still, I am provoked, and what I take as the voice of my God is rattling my cage. That voice says God is not impressed with Vox’s logic on the matter. Not that I support Piper, either, but that’s because both he and Vox presume too much about understanding God. I can sum it up: God cannot be understood, nor explained, from the grounds of Aristotelian logic. As I assert virtually every day of my life, Aristotle rejected the most critical element in discussing God, that being a rejection of divine revelation — at least, revelation in the sense of what God’s Word offers. If you drag Aristotle to the Bible, you should not expect to get a reliable, or even useful, answer from him. Vox cannot deny giving Aristotelian epistemology supremacy in his analysis.
The question of God’s nature, and how evil is or isn’t under control in this world is wholly beyond the capabilities of Aristotle. We can make statements which appear propositional, but they cannot be handled as mere propositions. What we say of God and the current reality of our fallen world can only ever approximate what God Himself might say, and then only when we realize His statements are necessarily contextual. In one place, we can say God is always Master of all things, but in another place we must say evil rules the world. That the two are mutually exclusive is simply a reminder of our limits, and frankly has no bearing on the matter. God can know and control all things far in advance of our historical experience under the Arch of Time without necessarily suffering schizophrenia, since He remains beyond any analysis from our limited perspective. It’s not supposed to make sense to us if we limit ourselves to Aristotelian logic.
Yes, I disagree with Piper, too. That’s more a matter of his pretense of clinging to Aristotle, too. The whole debate between Calvinists broadly, and Westminster Accords specifically, versus the Arminians and other historically significant theological perspectives all boils down to the inherent failure of Aristotelian epistemology in the first place. Both camps are trying to satisfy the presumption of Classical Western respectability, which is inherently Aristotelian. Aristotle is, in that sense, the ultimate symbol of human arrogance and pride in believing the fallen human mind is capable of accurately assessing everything worth knowing, and assessing whether anything is worthy of knowing, or even constitutes knowing at all (which is the subject of that fancy word “epistemology”).
The Bible asserts both God’s mastery and the presence of evil in the world. The Bible asserts God’s perfect and complete foreknowledge, His perfect control in every detail in advance of its historical occurrence, and yet our culpability in making choices contrary to His stated desires, and a lot of other self-contradictory things. It doesn’t bother me that they are mutually exclusive because I don’t feel bound by Aristotelian logic. Thus, any discussion of “omniderigence” strikes me as missing the point before getting started.
The human intellect is fallen, too. The boundaries of our best sense of knowing will forever come up short of God’s truth. Our statements about God and other things supernatural (or whatever other term you choose in place of that) are always weak hands seeking to grapple with the universe. God’s truth cannot be reduced to words, much less human understanding. All we can ever really know is what God requires of each of us individually within a specific context, and at that we maintain a healthy self-doubt. Yes, you can easily become too wishy-washy, but even that is beyond our proper discernment. All I really need to know about myself in the context of other professing Christians is whether I am obliged to work with them on any particular project, and would by no means suggest anything I can say is a matter applicable to any other person.
Do you find my ramblings useful? Bless the Lord and pray for me. Do you have questions? Ask; I may be able offer a useful clarification. Did I leave you confused? Stop trying to understand God with your intellect; it can’t do it. All its good for is organizing your response to His Spirit, not deciding whether something is good, right or true. Such evaluation takes place in the spirit, which itself depends entirely on the hand of God Himself to awaken. The intellect is a separate faculty from the spirit. What I have to share cannot be taught to the mind, only caught by the spirit. I can’t even explain how it works. This whole business of communication between humans is dicey at best with universally fallen human intellect, but when we try to discuss God, we cannot make the mistake of taking ourselves too seriously.
I’m out of gas.
The spring allergy season has struck and stuck. Being ill makes me depressed, and depression makes me ill. So my ADD flares up and I can’t keep focused on much of anything that matters. At least I know what to do when I’m bored and depressed. Those two are close friends and confidants from way back. They were joined not so long ago by Arthur (last name is Itis).
Okay, sick humor. If I took myself seriously, you wouldn’t. As it is, the best you can get from me today is a late post about why I have nothing to post.
Are you still reading this? God bless you.
I haven’t lost sight of what really matters to me. Somewhere over the horizon from me is yet one last adventure. I have no idea what it is, only that it is. Days like this help me to reduce the baggage, to challenge and shake loose a lot of things which aren’t likely to survive the adventure. More than anything, I fear this all signals something rather challenging and trying for a lot of folks.
I’m pretty comfortable with my own suffering, but I really hate watching others go through it. Everything I write is aimed at reducing suffering for my readers and the lives they touch in turn.
Count on it. We will soon be under martial law in the US, or at least some parts of it.
The stage has been set. This is no joke, nor merely some hyperbole. That they have been slow to actually implement this martial law atmosphere is simply a matter of trying to scrape off the last thin patina of confiscable wealth. When there is nothing left to take, they’ll crack down on us to prevent anyone taking any of it back.
Yes, this is our government, Americans.
Barnett’s warning about “now is the time to act” may be true, but I’m sure he knows it’s flogging a dead horse. Not that nothing could be done; it could, but only in theory. That something is even likely in the other sense is a fantasy. It won’t happen. Most of those who should act are too fearful, believing they have too much to lose. They don’t realize they’ve already lost it, that when they finally see it being stripped away, it will be entirely legal and fully enforced. Too late.
Then there are some, like me, who honestly and truly believe it just doesn’t matter. Indeed, as a prophet of Almighty God, I’m warning you this coming martial law is in His hand, and it is justice due for our vast ocean of sins against Him. That it could come is proof we deserve it.
Yes, I know it will fall on me, too, but fighting it would be fighting God. Feel free to try that yourself, though, and tell me how it turns out. Meanwhile, I’m preparing myself to face it rather as a Mission Impossible type of assignment, as an agent without any of the incredible toys, unimaginable training, or backing of any authority on this earth. It’s truly impossible, unless, of course, you view this from the higher plane of existence. Then you’ll realize I’ve already succeeded.
For those of you who just don’t get it, never mind. Enjoy your martial law.