Friday, March 30, 2012

Random thoughts: Nephilim, myths, comments, compassion, children, and Jesus the Christ

I am very intrigued by the Nephilim spoken of in Genesis 6. Many people are, and I always get a lot of views on any essay I publish about them. I might research some more about the days of Noah, soon. When I was in high school I was fascinated by Roman and Greek mythology. I studied it all. The Titans, the Olympians ... Cronus was the leader and the youngest of the first generation of Titans, divine descendants of Gaia, the earth, and Uranus, the sky. He overthrew his father and ruled during the mythological Golden Age, until he was overthrown by his own son, Zeus and imprisoned in Tartarus. Tartarus in the bible as we know is the place where Peter described the fallen angels being chained up. (2 Peter 2:4)

I believe the ancient myths are a vestigial memory of the fallen angels, the "mighty men of old" (Genesis 6:4) coming to earth and having supernatural powers ... and we know from the bible that they certainly did take the daughters of men, all that they chose. The myths reflect this lack of self-restraint too. That is practically all they did, always go after women who ended up bearing super-men half breeds like Hercules. Achilles, another demi-god, brings to mind the prophecy in Genesis 3, where God said to satan that satan will strike the heel, and in the myth the heel was the vulnerable spot (but just like all false religions, the truth is that the hero could not be overcome by striking His heel!!) It was just a temporary bruising, and Jesus crushed satan's head through His death and resurrection on the cross.

So I think there is weighty cultural memory and man-made myths stemming from the influx of the original fallen angels and their first interaction with humans as described in Genesis 6. I think the pyramids and the South American ziggurats are results of their superior intellect in building them and using humans to make monuments of worship for them.

The bible doesn't speak much of these events, just gives several tantalizing clues in a few verses. However we know that they and also man's evil were the cause of the flood. So SOMETHING had to have been going on! It will be interesting if Jesus lets us know what really happened when we get to heaven...and we can resolve all these tantalizing glimpses into full knowledge.

On another topic, I want to explain what kind of comments I allow and what will prompt me to delete some. This is not a complete explanation but it is the basic benchmark.

Some people will write in and say "you're crazy." Or "you're mental." If that is all they write I delete it. If they conclude their own cogent argument with that I'll usually allow it and respond.

Some people disagree with me by using a false and true misapplication of scripture to 'prove' their point. They'll say, "Judge not!" or "Touch not God's anointed!" or one of those oft-thrown around misunderstood and out of context verses. I will allow those and then explain the context of the verse and why they are using it incorrectly. I do both of the above so that others reading may learn an insight into the verse.

Some people write a long reply which shows me they are passionate about something, but say something in it that I just cannot allow to go forward. Yesterday someone wrote a long comment and there were many errors in their answer. That is OK, we're all learning. We could have a discussion. But he concluded by saying "Jesus is not God." I deleted it because arguing that would be a fulfillment of casting pearls before swine. (Matthew 7:6). If someone has an incomplete or incorrect understanding of a verse, that is OK and can be discussed. If someone has come to such a false conclusion about the basics of who Jesus is, there is no argument, he has already condemned himself. It is a case of the saved arguing with the unsaved, offering holiness to a person who has already rejected it. I will not participate in allowing such falsity to go out to the unsuspecting. Nope. And worse, usually people who say such things have a website attached to their comment, and so I won't put that forward either.

Profanity never gets a pass. I delete those out of hand.

A new topic. This week was a really rough week. I work in a kindergarten section of an elementary school. We know that times are tight. Parents are stressed to the max to pay the bills to keep a home over their kids' heads and to put food on the table. Kids sense this and more often not only sense it but know it because of the open discussions he parents have in front of them. Yet kids are powerless to change their circumstances. They feel tenuous because their family situation is tenuous. They worry. Sometimes that worry comes out physically and emotionally and it makes for an adventuresome day at school. Today was like that. Please have care and compassion for other people, and for kids. If you're standing in line at a store or at a game or sitting in a restaurant, no one knows what the next person is going through, and everyone needs an extra dose of patience and for sure needs some love. Instead of mentally judging the parent or situation, pay their bill, or offer to help them with their groceries or simply smile.

In the middle of that tough week before our Spring Break, (which has started, yay!) here is a moment. Some of the kindergarten kids I work with had saved up their behavior rewards. If they save up for a short time they get ice cream or a pajama day. But if they save up for a long time they get the big prize, a pizza party. So they did, finally. They brought their beach towels and their sunglasses and we went outside on a 78 degree day with pizza and chips and soda. They spread their towels around and sat next to each other happily. They donned sunglasses and thought themselves so cool. They leaned back on elbows and looked at the clouds, saying "There's a dog!" or "I see a turtle! The pizza was served and they ate all they wanted. Afterwards we were all just lounging on the grass, and suddenly they broke out in song. They sang under the sun, and when they finished they laughed delightedly. Children laughing under the sun in joy is a Godly gift for which I am always thankful.

Last, remember always that Jesus is sovereign, loving, and He is coming! He is my Light and My hope. He is someone I cling to, look toward, and reside in. He is my all in all. Without Him I am nothing but in Him I am made perfect because His power is in me and brushes aside my weakness and is His manifest glory. Everything I accomplish is made possible from Him. Thank you, Jesus.

4 comments:

  1. Hi Elizabeth, i am so glad that jesus gave you that special time with your class of children...you more than deserve it, for all the great blogs that you do. You certainly help keep us well informed and in this day and age it's a Real Blessing. The times are so weird at the moment, in Great Britain, one petrol scare and everyone has bled the pumps dry and the strike date hasn't been set yet! And one poor lady accidently set fire to herself whilst decanting petrol in her kitchen with the oven on...mad or what?
    Rebecca

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  2. Still enjoying your blog daily. I like your guidelines for comments, they are sensible, wise, and biblical. Keep doing God's work, you are a true blessing and so is your ministry; to God be the Glory! I'm praying for you and although we may never meet in person here on earth, I look forward to seing you in Heaven with our Lord.

    The day's of Noah are intresting indeed. I have spent the last couple of years researching those times in correlation with the present times. Most of the research has been found on the internet. I pray God will lead you into His truths about the topic.


    Have a wonderful weekend and a peaceful spring break.
    God bless you.
    -Mark

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  3. I am a teacher in an elementary school. My spring break will be over on Sunday, back to school on Mon. April 2. Enjoy your week. Teachers need down time. Many people "outside" the classroom do not understand that. Today you wrote about several topics, each could be an essay of its own. All good. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with others. I soon will be retiring from teaching. I have always wanted to be a writer. Perhaps my simple blog will mature into something more than just a journal entry.

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  4. Hi Lin,

    Thank you for your kind words! I am actually a para-professional working with special education children within a regular ed classroom. Teachers certainly do need down time, you're absolutely right. They constantly balance the emotional, physical and educational needs of 22 children on a moment to moment basis, every day, for 7 hours a day!

    I hope you had a restful break. I look forward to reading your blog. Thanks for sharing it :)

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