Wednesday, October 19, 2011

One eyed albino shark sparks internet frenzy

Later or tomorrow I am going to post a carefully considered, thoughtful theological essay on the decline of American cities as evidenced by what is happening in Camden NJ. Maybe not tonight because I have church and I don't think I can get it done in time. When I post it, it may be well received and get a decent number of hits.

But nothing will get people's attention like this story today from MyFox Orlando:

One eyed albino shark sparks internet frenzy

"(NewsCore) - An incredible picture of an albino baby one-eyed shark was going viral Tuesday amid reports that, despite looking like a sci-fi spoof, the creature had been verified as real by researchers. The white fetus was reportedly cut from the belly of a dusky shark by a commercial fisherman in the Gulf of California earlier this year and the picture posted on the blog of Pisces Fleet Sportfishing, based in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. However, the website cited shark expert Felipe Galvan Magana, of Mexico's Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias del Mar, who told Pisces Fleet, "This is extremely rare. As far as I know, less than 50 examples of an abnormality like this have been recorded." Researchers said they had examined the shark and found that its eye was made of functional optical tissue. Magana and his colleagues are to publish a scientific paper about the find. Seth Romans, a spokesman for Pisces Fleet, told LiveScience that the fisherman who caught the shark was "amazed and fascinated" by the attention and was hanging on to its remains."

The thing that gets me is the level of sin in the world is so corrupting that God's creation doesn't even look like itself any more. The other thing that gets me is that posts on cryptozoology (weird animals) and earthquakes/volcanoes/natural disasters always get the highest amount of hits. The Dust Storm of Lubbock the other day got a massive number of views. The Elenin post is still going strong even though the comet is dissolved by the sun and no longer in existence.

I guess we all want to know why weird things happen and huge natural disasters are always an attention-getter. Maybe because they feel so out of our control. As many dams as we put up, rivers still flood. As much as we learn about volcanoes, they still explode unpredictably. As many zoning codes and engineering strengths we place on buildings, they still fall down in a quake.

My hope and prayer is that people allow the Holy Spirit to draw them to the Father, and once converted, have the same thirst for information about Him as they do about the weird stuff. I personally believe that the Rapture will be not only the culmination of one of the Lord's plans, but a sign unto itself to many who have heard the Good News and put off deciding whether to believe it. Of course, it is not good to wait that long. God's mercy has room for all repentant sinners whether they repent before or after the tribulation. However, living through what Jesus Himself described as the worst time there shall ever be is something I don't wish on my worst enemy.

Be "filled with the knowledge of [God's] will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding" (Col 1:9), even as you take some time to read about the one-eyed baby shark, meditate on your eternal status as well.

7 comments:

  1. I noticed a huge amount of mutated vegetables from my garden this year. The only thing that was different was the radiation that had been released from fukushima as result of damage from the earthquake. I am sending a link to a gentleman who has been updating the situation there since the accident occurred.
    fairewinds.com/content/new-tepco-photographs-substantiate-significant-damage-fukushima-unit-3

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  2. I have heard rumblings of terrible things regarding the food chain. I have deliberately not followed up because I get so upset. I like Arnie Gunderson at Faire Windsand I believe he is very credible. Thanks for the link. Sorry to hear of the vegetable mutations you had. I wonder how many other people are experiencing the same.

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  3. The thing that gets me is the level of sin in the world is so corrupting that God's creation doesn't even look like itself any more.

    it's heartbreaking, like the new year's Eve mass die-off

    last straw that sent the hebrews to babylon was their longstanding refusal to let the land rest, tho they had plenty

    the nations abuse the land and animals that dont even belong to them, but that bullshit is about to end

    i never researched elenin, sounded too new agey stagey, but someone trustworthy mentioned it a few days ago, so i wouldnt discount the phenomenon quite yet

    hey elizabeth it's been great chatting with you again! ;O)

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  4. Hi Anonymous,
    Thanks for commenting. Nice chatting with you too.

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  5. What the hot mess is that! This just...wow..it just opened a can of worms and made me so upset but then I remembered:

    "Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10)

    I cannot wait! I CANNOT WAIT!

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  6. Your blog post is a good read except for this line.

    "The thing that gets me is the level of sin in the world is so corrupting that God's creation doesn't even look like itself any more."

    I don't understand why you think the appearance of this one-eyed albino shark is caused by the level of sin in this world. I am not religious like you seem to be but I think if there really is a God, He must have created this shark and He would not be looking down at any creature because of its appearance.

    The thing that gets me is the fact that people like you use religion to look down on others.

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  7. Hi Anonymous,

    I agree that standing alone it seems that my position would be that a one one-eyed albino shark means it is the end time. LOL, that would be crazy to believe. I frequently say on this blog that one sign does not an end time make. There are three exceptions to this position: The formation of Israel in one day was exactly prophesied by Isaiah and fulfilled exactly. That was huge. Secondly, the destruction of Damasascus in one night. It has never been destroyed the way the bible in Isaiah 17:1 foretells, so that would be very telling when it happens. Last, the rapture itself, a unique event in all time. Those three were and will be clear end time signs, stand-alone signs that Jesus return is near.

    here is my position:

    The end time is the *totality* of signs. The signs would begin and they would accelerate as we get to the end. Do you think this world looks the way it did at the time of Adam and Eve before the Fall? Certainly not. From the moment of Jesus' ascension to the clouds to the moment He calls His church up to Him in the rapture is the end time. However, Jesus said that the time would be as birth pangs. The gestation is long, and the labor pains also take place over a period of time. The speed and intensity of the totality of the prophesied signs are heating up, indicating last moments of the church age are here.

    Secondly, the bible says that since the fall of man into sin, the world has been degrading and decaying.

    "We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time." (Romans 8:22)

    "For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. 22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time." (Romans 8:20-22).

    A cyclops albino shark was not on God's original agenda. It was formed due to decaying oceans, chemicals, corruption in the world.

    To your last point: you THINK we use religion to look down on others, but it is not so. There are false religionists who do that, yes. There are bad apples in every group. There are good and bad apples in the atheist group, too.

    But: Christians who have repented and who have called on Jesus to forgive their sins know more than any other people on the face of the earth exactly how low we are because of sin; and are in fact commanded to look UP to others in service and in humility.

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