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WARNING: THIS SITE FEATURES ORIGINAL THINKING...Jim Croce once sang Don't tug on Superman's cape..., which seems like reasonable advice should we not wish to anger the supreme powers. We do have this duality in our culture: the Superman that is the state collective, the leftist call to a politics of meaning managed by the state, the deification of "we're from the government and we'll take care of you" - versus the Superman that celebrates individual freedom, private property, freedom of conscience, free enterprise, and limited government. We humbly take on the latter's mantle and, eschewing the feeble tug, we dare to PULL, in hope of seeing freedom's rescue from the encroaching nanny state. We invite you, dear reader, to come and pull as well... Additionally, if you assume that means that we are unflinching, unquestioning GOP zombies, that would be incorrect. We reject statism in any form and call on individuals in our country to return to the original, classical liberalism of our founders. (We're also passionate about art, photography, cooking, technology, Judeo/Christian values, and satire as unique, individual pursuits of happiness to celebrate.)

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December 06, 2004
Breaking: Bible prophecy predicts Republican, Democrat culture war
Filed in: Biblical Studies, Current Affairs, Politics

A wise man's heart directs him toward the right, but the foolish man's heart directs him toward the left.

Ecclesiastes 10:2

(Also, from a Ross Marzolf email signature.)

UPDATE: Friend, and fellow TTLB EcoTeam member, Attila over at Pillage Idiot, also had this verse on his sidebar.

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Ha! I've got that quotation on my blog's sidebar, slightly different translation, same concept, though admittedly not precisely what the author had in mind. Oh, well.

Another TTLB EcoTeam member.

EMCEE: Sorry I missed it on your Blog! Noticed you were on the TTLB EcoTeam Blogger Challenge. Thanks for your support for the people of Iraq. I'll get around soon to a visit to your site.

Posted by: Attila (Pillage Idiot) at Dec 7, 2004 11:43:14 AM

This quote was obviously intended to mean moving toward the right side of the brain (the imaginative) rather than the left (the logical). Show some imagination.

EMCEE: Dear God, when you inspired the writer of Ecclesiastes, you forgot to be imaginative enough for those who think we are a machine (rather than we have a machine) to understand your priceless wisdom. Next time you reveal yourself, keep that in mind, will ya?

Posted by: ydkj at Dec 9, 2004 1:07:28 PM


I'm a Christian and the Presbyterian fellowship with staff from Bryan College (Dayton) has numerous folk who are not crediting the rapture. Please consider the following reasons below and let me know if your blog would be open to candid dialogue or whether your minds are closed to the issue.

Nine Reasons to Reconsider a Pre-trib Rapture

1. It is not clearly taught in Scripture, and when this is so, we can jump to conclusions based on presuppositions.

2. It is contrary to God’s way of dealing throughout history. History supports the Bible, “we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom.” Acts 14:22. Our belief that it won’t happen to us is based on a few texts that could mean something else. Everyone else in history lived through trouble and died with only two exceptions--

3. One exception was Enoch, but he was not raptured to avoid tribulation. The Flood came 669 years later.

4. The only other person who was raptured was Elijah, and he was not raptured to escape trouble. He brought trouble, lived through the drought and faced a showdown of true worship vs false as a model for us, Rev 11:3,6.

5. The “two witnesses” in Rev 11:3,6 are the Old and New Testament embodied in people who have a mature understanding of Scripture and are ready to be the spiritual bride of Christ. After the plagues and vials of Rev 8,9 and 16, we read, “The marriage of the Lamb is come and his wife has made herself ready…the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.” Rev 19:7,8. “These are they that came out of great tribulation and have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” Rev 7:14. History teaches us--no guts, no glory!

6. The rapture is assumed from a text without seeing the context—“Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.” Matt 24:41. The assumption is a rapture to heaven, but note a larger picture in a companion passage—“Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken and the other left. And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, there will the eagles be gathered.” Luke 17:36,37 is an allusion to the dinner of vultures in Rev 19:17. They aren’t taken “up.”

7. “God has not appointed us to wrath” and He can “keep [us] from the hour of temptation that shall come upon all the world” without having to rapture us. He kept Daniel in the lion’s den and three Hebrews in the fiery furnace. When asked about the end of the world, Christ said to understand the book of Daniel. It is a series of life and death issues with no hint of rapture, but it has numerous references to oppression and persecution.

8. When Paul said, “Prove all things,” the standard of proof for the early believers was the Old Testament.
We should challenge anyone believing in a pre-trib rapture to prove that view from the Old Testament!

9. “Broad is the way that leads to destruction.” Matt 7:13. We should suspect popular views, books and movies, the result of which is that people do not read Revelation and are unprepared for what’s coming because they think they will be raptured first. Such blindness is prophetic for the last church, Rev 3:17. To better understand the next prophetic event, I have a special gift for you. Please call 423-447-7526, or email [email protected]

I look forward to your candid response. Thank you,
Richard Ruhling

Posted by: Richard Ruhling at Feb 12, 2005 3:26:43 AM

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