Book Review: from my Dad

Here’s a review of my book, “The Second Coming of the Antichrist,” from my Dad, David Goodgame. As you can tell he is a critic of Christianity, and he makes some good points:

PETE,

FINISHED YOUR BOOK AND, OF COURSE, WANTED TO GIVE SOME FEED BACK.

AS MENTIONED BEFORE, FOUND THIS EFFORT MORE READABLE, BETTER FOCUSED GENERALLY, AND HISTORICALLY MORE INTERESTING.  BUT ENOUGH PLATITUDINOUS COMPLIMENTS.  LET’S HAVE SOME SPECIFIC, POINTED COMMMENTARY.

GOOD JOB!  WELL DONE!  CONGRATULATIONS!  CHUCK MISSLER/MARK EASTMAN TAKE NOTE THAT A RELIGIOUS TREATISE CAN BE DELIVERED WITHOUT A SUPERFLUITY OF GRATUITOUS SUPERLATIVES.  I COMMEND YOUR SELF-CONTROL.

I ALSO MUST COMMEND YOUR PROOF READER.  THERE WAS A DEARTH OF TYPOS.

IT APPEARS FROM THE CONTENT AND FORMAT THAT THE BOOK’S TARGETTED AUDIENCE IS THE SERIOUS STUDENT OF ESCATOLOGY (EVEN THOUGH THE BOOK’S TITLE WILL INSURE ATTENTION FROM THOSE IN PURSUIT OF THE SENSATIONAL STORY ‘DU JOUR’ WHICH IS NOT BAD FOR MARKETING).

CONTENT, IN MY HUMBLE OPINION (LOL),  WOULD BE BETTER SERVED BY STICKING TO THE BIBLICAL/ARCHEOLOGICAL EVIDENCE AND MINIMIZING THE CORRELATIONS WITH RECENT SPIRITUALISTS/NEW AGERS/MASONS/ETC.  I TENDED TO SUFFER GLAZING OF THE EYES AND LOSS OF TRAIN OF THOUGHT IN THOSE CHAPTERS–PROBABLY MY SDA ORIGINS ARE TO BLAME.  I UNDERSTAND THAT YOU MAY VIEW THESE CHAPTERS AS AN ESSENTIAL WARNING TO THE READERS THAT THESE ENTITIES WILL BE THE CONCURRENT ALLIES OF AC.  THAT, I WOULD HAVE THOUGHT, COULD FURNISH CONTENT FOR A SEPARATE BOOK OR BE AN APPENDIX OF THIS BOOK SO AS NOT TO CONFUSE THOSE OF US WHO ARE CHALLENGED BY THE TASK OF ASSIMILATING MORE THAN ONE POINT AT A TIME.

FORMAT WOULD BE SIGNIFICANTLY HELPED WITH THE ADDITION OF THE ALREADY SUGGESTED INDEX.  THOSE WHO READ THE BOOK WITH A SCHOLARLY/CRITICAL PERSPECTIVE WILL FIND AN INDEX QUITE USEFUL.  ESPECIALLY AS THE PAGE TOPS DO NOT IDENTIFY WHICH CHAPTER YOU ARE IN.  THERE IS NO UNCERTAINTY CONCERNING WHICH BOOK OR AUTHOR IS BEING PERUSED.   BUT WHEN I TURN BACK PAGES TO REFRESH MY MEMORY (HAPPENS TO ME WITH INCREASING FREQUENCY AS AGE ADVANCES AND DON’T DISCOUNT THE NUMBER OF SENIOR CITIZENS WHO HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO WITH THEIR TIME THAN BUY A COPY OF YOUR BOOK AND TRY TO DELVE INTO THE MYSTERY OF THE AGES) YOUR NAME AND THE BOOK’S TITLE DO NOT HELP ME GET TO THE PERTINENT CHAPTER.  I WOULD SUGGEST A CHANGE. INSTEAD OF THE BOOK’S TITLE APPEARING AT THE TOP OF EVERY ODD NUMBERED PAGE, HAVE THE APPROPRIATE CHAPTER TITLE PRINTED THERE TO HELP ORIENT US OLDIES.  KEEP YOUR NAME BEFORE THE READER ON EVERY EVEN PAGE FOR, AGAIN AS AGE ADVANCES, ONE CANNOT BE REMINDED OF YOUR NAME ENOUGH –AS YOU CAN EASILY VERIFY BY HAVING A CONVERSATION WITH GRANDMA EVA FOR SHE INVARIABLY WILL CALL YOU:  LOUIS, DAVID, JOHN, BART, AND MAYBE EVEN ORLEY BEFORE FINALLY GETTING IT RIGHT.

FOOTNOTES WE TALKED ABOUT ALSO.  I’M STILL OF THE OPINION THAT THEY SHOULD BE RESERVED FOR OTHER AUTHOR’S WORKS WHEN CITED.  YOU COULD EVEN INCLUDE A BIBLIOGRAPHY WITH NO GREAT EFFORT.  MY PREJUDICE AGAINST CITING YOURSELF AROSE WHEN READING THE BOOK YOU GUYS GAVE ME BY THE ABOVE MENTIONED MISSLER/EASTMAN.  THEY DID IT WITHOUT THE TEXTUAL REFERENCE (WHICH YOU DO INCLUDE) THAT THEY HAD ADDRESSED THE POINT AT HAND IN A PREVIOUS WORK.  IT WAS AS IF THEY WERE REFERRING YOU TO AN AUTHORITATIVE SOURCE WHICH ONE WOULD ASSUME TO BE OTHER THAN THEMSELVES.  I MAY BE WRONG IN THIS, BUT MY EXPERIENCE IS THAT I DO READ THE FOOTNOTES (AND THUS APPRECIATE THAT IN YOUR BOOK THEY ARE PLACED CONVIENENTLY AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE AND NOT AT THE END OF THE CHAPTER OR END OF THE BOOK) AND HAD NEVER COME ACROSS ‘SELF-REFERENCING’ PRIOR TO READING M&E’S BOOK.  I TOOK IT AS BEING SELF PROMOTIONAL (NOT NECESSARILY A BAD THING) AND A BIT DISHONEST (IN THE VIEW THAT I THINK MOST PEOPLE DON’T READ THE FOOTNOTES AND THUS WOULD BELIEVE THAT THEY WERE CITING SUPPORTING AUTHORITY OTHER THAN THEMSELVES).  AGAIN YOU MAKE IT CLEAR IN THE TEXT THAT YOU ARE REFERENCING OTHER WORK THAT YOU HAVE DONE CONCERNING THE ISSUE AT HAND, AND ARE MAKING IT EASY FOR THEM TO GO THERE FOR FUTHER STUDY.   THIS IS DECIDEDLY DIFFERENT FROM M&E’S PRACTICE BUT STILL JARS MY SENSITIVITY.

QUITE OFTEN MY DULL BRAIN WAS TAXED ATTEMPTING TO CORRELATE PARALLEL PROPHECIES, INTERCHANGABLE NAMES, OR OTHER MULTIPLE STREAMS OF RELATED INFORMATION.  YOU DID INCLUDE SOME GRAPHICS, LISTS, TIME LINES, ETC. THEY WERE HELPFUL.  MORE WOULD BE BETTER, PLACED  AT THE END OF APPROPRIATE CHAPTERS OR IN AN APPENDIX.  ESPECIALLY A GRAPHIC OR CUMULATIVE LIST ENUMERATING THE DIFFERENT MANIFESTATIONS OF NIMROD AS A ‘GOD’ IN THE VARIOUS PANTHEON’S OF THE DIFFERENT ANCIENT RELIGIONS (THE TEXT EMBEDDED LIST ON PAGE 289-90 IS SOMEWHAT CUMULATIVE BUT IS INCOMPLETE).  ALSO CAN THE 70/72 ORIGINAL NATIONS BE IDENTIFIED?   THAT WOULD BE A HISTORICAL TOUR DE FORCE.  COULD IT BE PURSUED LINGUISTICALLY?  COULDN’T ONE ASSUME 70/72 FAMILIES OF LANGUAGES?

BUT I DIGRESS INTO MINUTAE.  YOUR RESEARCH/BOOK HAS TOUCHED ON/GIVEN RISE TO SOME BIG QUESTIONS CONCERNING GOD’S NATURE AND HIS CULPABILITY FOR THE ONGOING SAGA OF THIS SMALL PLANET.

GOD IS APPARENTLY MORE THAN ‘COMPLICIT’ IN THE FINAL DELUSION PROVIDED BY AC.  HE IS THE ACTIVE AGENT IF WE ARE TALKING ABOUT A RESURRECTION OF NIMROD.  AS FAR AS I KNOW ONLY GOD CAN GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE.  HITHER TO, THE EXPLANATIONS I HAVE HEARD OF AC HAVE BEEN OF SATAN ‘IMPERSONATING’ JC TO BECOME AC OR SATAN’S AGENTS, ie THE POPE, ARROGATING GOD’S PEROGATIVES TO BECOME IN EFFECT AC.  THIS HAS ALWAYS BEEN A SATAN INITIATED ACTION TO CONFUSE AND DECEIVE US HUMANS.  YOUR NARRATIVE, WITH LEGITIMATE CREDENCE GIVEN TO 2THESS. 2:11-12 (A PASSAGE THAT HAS ALWAYS BOTHERED ME WITH IT’S IMPLICATIONS) PLACES GOD IN THAT POSITION OF INITIATOR.  THIS PRESENTS SOME TRUELY ‘DARK REFLECTIONS’ IN MY MIND.  HUMAN GOVTS., AS WE KNOW, LIKE TO ‘MANUFACTURE’ THREATS FOR WHICH THEY CAN PROVIDE THE PROTECTION.  A QUITE USEFUL MANIPULATIVE TOOL TO KEEP FOLKS AWARE OF HOW ESSENTIAL THEY ARE.  WE DECRY THIS PRACTICE AS DETESTABLE PROPOGANDA.  HERE WE HAVE GOD ENGAGING IN THE SAME PRACTICE–AGAIN DETESTABLE WOULDN’T YOU SAY?

NOW I’M SURE THAT YOU HAVE OR WILL SOON FORM AN EXPLANATION WHICH FULLY EXCULPATES ‘ALL MIGHTY GOD’.  SAID EXPLANATION WILL PROBABLY RECEIVE LITTLE PLAYING TIME AS I DOUBT THAT MANY TRUE BELIEVERS WOULD THINK CRITICALLY OF ANY SOVERIGN ACTION THAT GOD CHOOSES TO EXERCISE.  HE GETS A FREE PASS BECAUSE HE IS GOD, PLAIN AND SIMPLE.  NOW I COULD EVEN ACCEPT THAT IF GOD WERE THE ONE TELLING ME THE SCENARIO.  BUT I FIND IT A BIT MUCH TO ACCEPT WHEN IT COMES 3RD HAND (AT BEST–IF IT IS ORIGINAL INTERPRETATION OF SCRIPTURE) FROM THE SAME FOLKS WHO ARE TRYING TO GET ME TO BELIEVE THAT THIS SAME GOD IS ALL ABOUT LOVE, WANTS A ‘PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP’ WITH ME, AND HAS A UNIQUE PLAN FOR ME.  THE DISSONANCE IS TOO GREAT FOR ME TO OVERCOME.  NO MATTER HOW MUCH I WOULD LIKE MY OWN PERSONAL SUPERHERO, HIS ACTIONS AND GOALS HAVE TO HAVE SOME CONSISTENCY TO MAKE HIM BELIEVABLE.

NOW THIS MISSIVE HAS DEALT MORE WITH THE NEGATIVE THAN INTENDED–WHAT CAN I SAY.  I KNOW YOU HAVE BIG SHOULDERS AND HAVE HEARD IT ALL BEFORE SO I DON’T FEEL I HAVE DELIVERED ANY CRUSHING BLOWS.  I DID FIND UNIQUE (TO ME) INSIGHT/INTERPRETATION CONCERNING END TIME EVENTS AND AC.  THAT MADE THE READING OF THE BOOK ENLIGHTENING AND ENJOYABLE.  IT STIMULATED THOUGHT AND DREW INTEREST AT WORK WHERE A COUPLE PEOPLE VOICED INTEREST IN READING THE BOOK.  SHOULD I MAKE THEM BUY THEIR OWN?  JUST JOKING.

WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO CHALLENGE YOU WITH IS THE ESCHATOLOGICAL BELIEF OF THE JW’S. THEY TEACH THAT GOD–IN HIS WISDOM–WILL SATISFY MY MINIMAL REQUIREMENTS AND BE A STANDUP GUY AT THE END OF TIME AS HE IS ABOUT TO CONSIGN ALL UNBELIEVERS TO HELL.  AS HE IS ABOUT TO EXECUTE JUDGEMENT THERE IS ONE LAST APPEAL MADE.  NOW THAT UNBELIEVERS CAN HEAR HIS VOICE AND SEE HIS SCARS THEY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ACCEPT HIS OFFER OF ETERNAL LIFE.  THIS MAKES THEIR DECISION A TRUELY ‘INFORMED DECISION’ AS SHOULD BE MANDATORY FOR A DECISION WITH ETERNAL, LIFE AND DEATH CONSEQUENCES.  THIS WOULD MAKE THE POST RESURRECTION ENCOUNTER BETWEEN JC AND THOMAS A PROPHECY.  THIS IS PRETTY STANDARD PROPHETIC FARE (AS IT APPEARS TO ME THAT ANYTHING SAID, DONE, DREAMED, OR IMAGINED CAN BE TURNED INTO PROPHECY).  AS FOR ME, IF THERE IS A GOD OF LOVE, THIS SCENARIO IS THE EXPECTED ACTION.  MY QUESTION IS:  ‘WHY HASN’T THIS ESCATOLOGY CAUGHT ON?’    HAVE YOU FOUND ANY OTHER BIBLICAL EVIDENCE OF SUCH A SCENARIO.  I’LL ASK MY JW BUDDY AT WORK WHAT IS THEIR BIBLICAL EVIDENCE FOR THIS BELIEF AND SHARE HIS RESPONSE WITH YOU.

DAD

PS: I WAS GOING TO TIE IN THE ABOVE EFFORT WITH THE PERSPECTIVE THAT I LOVE AND RESPECT YOU ENOUGH TO TAKE THE TIME TO SERIOUSLY EVALUATE YOUR POSITION BUT FAIL TO GET RECIPROCITY WHEN I GIVE YOU SOMETHING TO READ/EVALUATE.  BUT THE TRUTH IS THAT I APPRECIATE KNOWING WHAT’S GOING ON IN YOUR WORLD AS IT IS A DYNAMIC ENVIRONMENT AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.  CONVERSELY MY MINDSET HAS REMAINED RATHER CONSTANT FOR THE LAST COUPLE OF DECADES.  I AM STILL AN OPEN MINDED TRUTH SEEKER, BUT DO ACCEPT THAT YOU MAY BE TIRED OF HEARING THE SAME FAMILIAR REFRAIN; WHEREAS YOUR MATERIAL AT LEAST HAS SOME NEW TWISTS IN IT.  BESIDES, BEING RAISED SDA DID TEACH ME THAT GUILT TRIPS ARE USUALLY NONPRODUCTIVE.


8 thoughts on “Book Review: from my Dad

  1. Well I read the book and I agree with dad on at least two things; chapter names at the page tops and an index. Other than that I think dad would benefit from some serious prayer for Biblical insight on just what Yeshua’s sacrifice was really all about (he’s obviously not a believer) and he could use a new keyboard since his caps lock key seems to be stuck.

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  2. …Fathers & sons, … It took a lot of courage to make your dad’s review public in my opinion. I must admit it has stirred my curiosity on many levels. I haven’t finished reading the book, got the kindle version, still haven’t acclimatized myself to kindle like a tangible book. Thanks for sharing Gid Bless

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  3. ” AS FAR AS I KNOW ONLY GOD CAN GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE”

    I AGREE

    live~evil
    lived~devil

    However, most are ” trying to make a living” by resurrecting their “Strawman” (see strawman video @ http://www.inspiracytruth.com)
    daily via a job (defined by Websters 1938 as ” any scheme to defraud the public for private gain”) job was derived from ” hireling or prostitute” Which_Craft is performed for Federal Reserve notes?
    Contract? Always has a_greed and “spelling” is involved, good spell or bad spell?

    The deniers of Christ show allegiance to Satan evil world by acting as false SURETY for property which can never be theirs
    they sign their all- capital legal fiction sur name by trying to act as trustee and owner and beneficiary all at the same time an impossibility in law
    the devil’s advocate lawyer act as false guarantors false priest who supports Satan illusions

    And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.

    Revelation 16:13 KJV

    The beast can be interpreted as the corporation, an entity that is legally a person, but has no soul and no human values. The dragon can be interpreted as military might, the enforcer and conqueror. The false prophet captures the hearts and souls of the people, and misleads them, masquerading as pious and godly, but actually tricking them into supporting the beast.

    And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns.

    Revelation 13:1 KJV

    The early corporations, such as the British and Dutch East India Companies, were chartered by the crowns of Europe, and sailed across the seas to conquer and plunder the Far East and the Western hemisphere. They were backed by the dragon- the Spanish Armada, the British navy. They were usually accompanied by false prophets, such as the Catholic priests who pretended to represent God and Jesus, but actually helped the conquistadors enslave the local people.

    Over the past 150 years, an international elite of wealthy individuals have aggregated property by forming corporations. These, in turn, have organized an economic framework that enables them to buy and control governments. As they have extended their reach, they evolved hand in hand with the modern nation-state, preferring the fascist form of government, which gives them maximum control over the populace.

    Modern day corporations control governments, and are backed by the military might of the US and Britain. These days the false prophets are in the right-wing churches that back war, and preach the end of life on planet earth, promising the misled sheep that they will be “raptured” a la Star Trek.

    After this, in the visions of the night I saw the fourth beast, different from all the others, terrifying, horrible, and of extraordinary strength; it had great iron teeth with which it devoured and crushed, and what was left it trampled with its feet.

    Daniel 7: 7-8

    Think of the strip mining machines that take the tops off mountains in Appalachia. Think of clear cut forests in the Amazon, oil spills in the ocean, the devastation caused by the greed for oil in Iraq. The power behind this devouring and crushing is the corporate drive for profit.

    …and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

    Rev 13: 1 KJV

    The heads are the corporadoes who have usurped the rights of persons for their soulless entities, the corporations. This is blasphemy, as corporations are required by law to worship money, maximize profit for their shareholders, and ignore God, in the form of human freedom and well-being, and respect for His/Her creation.

    And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

    Revelation 13:2 KJV

    The dragon represents military might. Corporate power is always backed by the military. We see this especially today, when corporations like Halliburton and Carlyle take over many of the functions of the military, providing materiel, munitions, buildings and even mercenaries. Meanwhile the policy of a government which is owned by these corporations is based on war and conquest.

    And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

    Revelation 13:4 KJV

    Another facet of corporate control is control of the mass media, which molds public consciousness. The mass media glorifies war, and corporations saturate the kids market with war toys and games. Meanwhile, we are taught to measure value by money and consumer goods- the vehicles we drive, the homes we own, the clothes we wear. We may go to church, but we worship money.

    And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

    Revelation 13:17 KJV

    Here the beast is clearly identified with commerce. Some say that the mark of the beast is the bar codes that are ubiquitous on all merchandise at checkout counters. Others say that this refers to implantable chips that we will all be required to carry soon, either under our skin or on our ID cards. In any case, we all have the mark of the beast- we buy from corporate stores, we depend on corporate gasoline for fuel and heat, we work for corporations, our health care comes through corporations, half of us depend on corporate drugs to maintain life and health.

    Our worship of money is backed by churches that teach that material wealth is a mark of God’s favor. People who buy into this system are rewarded with jobs in corporations, connections that help them in business, access to a network of services provided by these churches to their adherents. Meanwhile, the false prophets of the right wing churches- preach obedience to a punitive God who regulates sexual mores and how one votes, but ignores true spiritual values like truth and loving one’s neighbor.

    Daniel’s vision culminates in the following:

    I was considering the ten horns it had, when suddenly another, a little horn, sprang out of their midst, and three of the previous horns were torn away to make room for it. This horn had eyes like a man, and a mouth that spoke arrogantly.

    The good news is, that prophecy condemns the beast to the fiery lake of public opprobrium. This is what we are seeing now.

    The court was convened, and the books were opened. I watched, then, from the first of the arrogant words which the horn spoke, until the beast was slain and its body thrown into the fire to be burnt up.

    Daniel 7: 11

    “He gave me this explanation: ‘The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth. It will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing… But the court will sit, and his power will be taken away and completely destroyed forever.

    Daniel 7: 25-26

    The 19th chapter of the Book of Revelation describes the battle of Armageddon, with Jesus on a white horse confronting the kings of the earth and their armies, who are allied with the beast.

    Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse and his army.

    Rev 19: 19

    The rider is the Prince of Peace, and his army is the international army of peacemakers, truth tellers and justice seekers.

    But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. The rest of them were killed with the sword that came out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh.

    Come out of her, run for your lives

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  4. Just one small point needs to be considered, when it comes to man’s governments instigating some incidents in order to cause people to turn to them as their helper/protector–it might seem as though God Almighty is doing something similar–however, mankind is already in dire straits, and without learning how to turn to God, and rely on Him for their very lives, His judgment [previously pronounced upon the heads of all mankind due to their own sins] will cause them to lose those lives once and for all eternity, due to the sins of which they are guilty, and have not repented of before their deaths–

    –so, if God wishes to see those who are incorrigible enough to threaten to remain spiritually dead, [as they are now, but who threaten to remain so forever], finally learn to seek Him out, so He can lead them [gently, or otherwise] to salvation in, and through, His Son, Jesus, apparently He often does need to do something to ‘get their attention’–because, it might be wrong for human beings to do something intentional in order to cause others to think they can be trusted to help them, when the reality is quite the opposite–

    –but, since Almighty God is not only never wrong in whatever He thinks, says or does, those whom He cares enough about to force into turning to Him for His help, benefit forever if they seriously heed what amounts to a dire warning from Him to them–repent and seek me out, or remain condemned to death for evermore, due to your own sins–because, if He does nothing at all, those same people would merely die in their own sins, dying in complete ignorance of the help that was always there, just a breath away from them at all times–help from the only One who could ever have genuinely helped them in the first place–

    –but, then, rather than God taking an active role in their eventual salvation, perhaps He should merely go on vacation instead, and ‘let the devil take the hindmost’? That might work, so long as those who are among the ‘hindmost’ aren’t any of those loved by ourselves, or loved by someone else whom we love–but, frankly, I doubt it.

    I, for one, am grateful to Him for the active role He takes, when it comes to our salvation in/through Christ–however, when it comes to the active role too often taken on by corrupt human beings, to get others to think they are trustworthy, when just the opposite is true–ummm–not so much.:)

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  5. I’ve read both “Red Moon Rising” and “The Second Coming of Antichrist” in the past month. I am so impressed with both I wish you were MY son!

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  6. Generally speaking, I agree with the stylistic criticisms. For instance, when you quote from Red Moon Rising, I’d suggest just rewriting that material and incorporating it seemlessly.

    Your dad apparently holds some misconceptions of how God interacts with this world; but these are misconceptions that I believe a lot of believers hold and espouse (as I used to). Believers often say, “how could God allow Newport” or “why is there evil” or something similar. Our insurance policies make allowances for “Acts of God.” These suppose that God sometimes decides to save some people from horrible deaths while allowing others to be brutalized, and sometimes saves people from a tornado but other times sends a tornado to pick off some poor family in a trailer park somewhere.

    I suggest this does not reflect an accurate portrayal of God. He is Love and He is Light, and He is Good. Always.

    It’s humans’ destiny to rule the planet. God created people to Image Him here on the earth, in His absence. He gave authority and dominion to humans. Eventually, since people continually turned away from worshiping him, he gave the nations over to other spirit entities, while raising up His nation to either accurately image Him or use their free will to not. In other words, when we ask “Where was God,” he holds up a mirror and says, “It’s your planet.”

    While it’s true that humans transferred authority and dominion over to evil spirit entities, dominion was always meant for humans – and eventually a human came, satisfied the requirements of the old covenant, and was handed the keys to rule, to bring order to the chaos of the universe. We get to partner with Him, if we choose.

    He enables us as change agents – salt – through his gift of the Holy Spirit, and we enable Him to do His stuff through prayer. People don’t get miraculously healed, except through prayer. Angels don’t stop mass murderers except through prayer (note: this is highly questionable theology, and I’m not sure I believe it. But I do believe God is Good. Always. And satan kills, steals, and destroys; not God). There is a tension between the kingdom of darkness – which has held sway since the Fall – and the Kingdom of Light, which Jesus instituted partially. Eventually, it’ll be fully here and the darkness vanquished.

    That said, God is sovereign and sometimes will sovereignly do stuff… or will he? Perhaps acts that are perceived as God’s sovereignty were still prayed for by someone, somewhere (perhaps by someone praying in the Spirit). I don’t know. I’m still working it out.

    God is good. Always. God doesn’t do bad stuff. He only does good because that’s His nature and He loves us. He did not approve of the old covenant, only giving it to Israel because they demanded it. He fulfilled it himself and replaced it with the covenant of grace. Why? Because He is good and wants a relationship with us. It’s weird, but it’s good.

    But as for creating life, scientists are working hard to create life in the lab, and perhaps that science will animate the a/c. Or perhaps he’ll be like the creature in CS Lewis’s “That Hideous Strength”… a monstrosity animated by machines, controlled by a spirit entity (i.e., a zombie-god?). Either way, as you argue, it’ll manifest an ancient evil and will astonish the world.

    I really enjoyed your book and reference it when students in our youth group bring up issues related to the ac.

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