Friday, March 31, 2006
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Saturday, March 25, 2006
Emulators and ROMs are still available here and there. It's a shame the site http://mame.dk no longer has the ROM files posted. I still would have many classic arcade games for MacMAME if one of my computers (an iMac) didn't mysteriously crash many years ago. It was relatively new and worked fine, and I think my youngest brother had something to do with it. To get the computer to work at all Apple had to wipe the hard drive, thus the arcade games are lost. Luckily, many arcade games are becoming available in the Flash format on gaming sites.
The ROMs I lost (and miss!) include Donkey Kong, Crazy Kong, Food Fight!, Bump-N-Jump, Mario Bros., Vigilante, Galaga, Gingateikoku No Gyakushuu (LOL), Red Alert, Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, I'm Sorry , Centipede, Millipede, Balloon Fight, Gauntlet I & II, Ghouls n Ghosts, Bubble Bobble, Dig Dug I & II, Cheeky Mouse, Frogger, Heli Fire, Pac-Man Plus, Joust, Karate Champ, Missile Command, Mr. Do!, Q*Bert, Duck Hunt, Puckman, Punch-Out!!, Swarm, Tempest, Pitfall II: The Lost Caverns, Donkey Kong Junior, and a few others I can't recall at the moment. I hope these games some day get re-released for new systems. Some of them are available on the Namco Video Game Museum series.
 I'm Sorry is a bizarre 1985 Coreland/Sega game featuring enemies Carl Lewis, Michael Jackson, Japanese comedian Tamori, and professional wrestler Giant Baba. When you get caught by the men in sunglasses they wear S&M clothes and whip you while you wear a diaper.
Friday, March 24, 2006
Jesus, Mary, Joseph,
I love you very much;
I beg you to spare the life
of the unborn child that
I have spiritually adopted,
and who is in danger of being
Thursday, March 23, 2006
It is reasonable to believe that Mary's Assumption into Heaven is a historical fact. Enoch went straight to Heaven without dying [Genesis 5:24; Hebrews 11:5] and so did Elijah [2 Kings 2:11-12; 1 Maccabees 2:58]; God would probably do the same for the Immaculate Ark of the New Covenant [Exodus 25:11-21; 2 Samuel 6:2,7,9,11,16; Hosea 13:12-13; Micah 4:9-10;1 Chronicles 13:9-10,14; 15; 16; Isaiah 66:7; Jeremiah 13:21; Luke 1:39,41,56; Galatians 4:19; Romans 8:22; Revelation 11:19; 12:1-2,13-17].
Psalm 132:8 prophesies Jesus and Mary being taken up to their eternal resting place in Heaven. Apostolic tradition—of which Paul stresses the importance in 2 Thessalonians 2:15--states that Mary was assumed into Heaven.
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Christ On the Cross
In John 19:26, Jesus says "Behold your mother" while dying on the Cross. His words apply to all of us, and he wasn't merely telling John to take care of Mary after He died.
The Woman In Revelation
Revelation 12:17 says that the woman's offspring follow Jesus Christ. The woman is Mary, she is our Mother, and we are her offspring . Mary's spiritual Motherhood completes God's family covenant.
Jesus lets Mary intercede for the people on His behalf in John 2:7.
Old Testament Parallels
Psalm 45:9 shows that Mary the Queen of Heaven is at the right hand of the Son of God (Jesus).
There is a bridge between 1 Kings 2:17,20 and the New Testament. King David didn't refuse his mother in the Old Testament Kingdom. Jesus is the new King and doesn't refuse the requests of Mary Mother of God, the Queen. Mary succeeds the Queen Mother of Old Testament times, interceding on our behalf . With these parallels established, 1 Kings 2:19 shows that we honor our King Jesus Christ when we honor Mary our spiritual Mother.
Posthumous Non-Eternal Purifying Punishment
Luke 12:47-48 says that when the Master comes, some will receive light or heavy beatings but will live. The Master is God. This is not Heaven, because in Heaven there is no suffering. This is also not Hell, because God is not present there, and Hell is the second death. "47 And that servant who knew his master’s will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. 48 But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more."
Paul Prays For the Deceased Onesiphorus
In 2 Timothy 1:16-18, Paul prays for mercy on the deceased Onesiphorus. Paul uses "on that day" in an eschatological sense, the same way it is used in Romans 2:5,16; 1 Corinthians 1:8; 3:13; 5:5; 2 Corinthians 1:14; Philippians 1:6,10; 2:16; 1 Thessalonians 5:2,4,5,8; 2 Thessalonians 2:2-3; and 2 Timothy 4:8. Mercy isn't necessary in Heaven, and it doesn't exist in Hell. Onesiphorus is being purified of his venial sins in Purgatory. "16 The Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain; 17 but when he arrived in Rome, he sought me out very zealously and found me. 18 The Lord grant to him that he may find mercy from the Lord in that Day—and you know very well how many ways he ministered to me[a] at Ephesus."
Paul talks about being baptized on behalf of the dead to atone for their sins in 1 Corinthians 15:29-30. These people weren't in Heaven at the time because they are still with sin/impure [see Revelation 21:27], and they weren't in Hell because there is no atoning for sins in Hell. They were in Purgatory. " 29 Otherwise, what will they do who are baptized for the dead, if the dead do not rise at all? Why then are they baptized for the dead? 30 And why do we stand in jeopardy every hour?" This verse corresponds to 2 Maccabees 12:42-46.
Thus Purgatory is indeed Biblical. The Bible includes the Deuterocanon. One of the arguments against the Apocrypha's canonicity is that it contains the unbiblical doctrine of Purgatory, but this argument fails.
Wisdom 3:5-6 discusses the purification of souls in Purgatory. In Baruch 3:4 Baruch prays for deceased Israelis, and this is unnecessary for those already in Heaven or Hell. 2 Maccabees 12:42-46 explicitly states that prayers for the dead help free them from sin and get to Heaven . People in Heaven are sinless and people in Hell cannot be freed from sin. In Jude 1:23 people are being released from the fires of Purgatory because those in Heaven are already fully purified and those in Hell can't be saved. "23 but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire,[a] hating even the garment defiled by the flesh."
**Scriptural citations from the New King James Version (NKJV)
Monday, March 20, 2006
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Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Blessed Virgin Mary
Luke 23:43 can't really mean that the thief went directly to Heaven, since Jesus was not in Heaven that day, and wasn't there for about another 43 days. "43 And Jesus said to him, 'Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.'"
A common misunderstanding is that Purgatory is some kind of middle destination between Heaven and Hell. Purgatory is not a second chance for salvation after physical death. Rather, it is the purification of those who are already saved and destined to be in Heaven.
I have recanted my view that 1 Corinthians 3:10-17 cannot refer to Purgatory. I consulted a kind, faithful Protestant who said that "The first passage is dealing with rewards lost or received by the Christian's works. The fire is not referring to the person by his or her works being tried or purified in God's refining fire. If his works are burned up (as wood, hay or stubble), "he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire." It is not the loss of salvation but of reward. (This has no reference to a place of purgatory)." At first this seemed true, but then I had second thoughts. The Greek word zemiothesetai ("suffer loss") used in this context means tha when God judges the quality of each man's work by fire and purifying him, this purification relates to his sins (not just his good works). Protestants denying Purgatory hold to the view that Paul is only writing award God rewarding good works because punishing and purifying a man from sins would be admitting that there is a Purgatory. However, this view is not tenable because 1 Corinthians 3:17 proves that the purgation after death deals with punishing sin. "10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. 16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are."
I have a cool book by Richard Bewes called "The Top 100 Questions" which I highly recommend. In the chapter on Purgatory, Bewes states that "Purgatory implies that Christ's sacrifice is imperfect." However, Catholics have a good response to that assertion. Dave Armstrong, in More Biblical Evidence for Catholicism, states that "He has completed the work and done everything necessary in Divine Providence to efficiently save everyone who will be saved, but this work is not yet actualized or appropriated in terms of true sanctity in most of us." Hence, the need for Purgatory as the final stage of sanctification.
** Scriptural citations from the New King James Version (NKJV)
Notes & References
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Monday, March 13, 2006
Saturday, March 11, 2006
Friday, March 10, 2006
Thursday, March 09, 2006
Unfortunately, I think it is very likely that Michael Jackson was guilty of the charges.  His guilt in the 1993 incident is unquestionable (see link a below) He has shown that certain rumors about him are probably not too outlandish. Jordy Chandler's decision not to testify during the 2005 trial was stupid and selfish and as a result Jackson may get away with committing more crimes.
 a. http://www.thesmokinggun.com/michaeljackson/010605jacksonsplotch.html
1. Something exists (I do).
2. I am a contingent being.
3. Nothing cannot cause something.
4. Only a Necessary Being can cause a contingent being.
5. Therefore, I am caused to exist by a Necessary Being.
6. But I am a personal, rational, and free kind of being.
7. Therefore, this Necessary Being must be a personal, rational, and moral kind of being, since I am similar to Him by the principle of analogy.
8. But a Necessary Being cannot be contingent (not necessary) in its being, which would be a contradiction.
9. Therefore, this Necessary Being is personal, rational, and moral in a necessary way, not in a contingent way.
10. This Necessary Being is also eternal, uncaused, unchanging, unlimited, and one, since a Necessary Being cannot come to be, be caused by another, undergo change, be limited by any possibility of what it could be (a Necessary Being has no possibility to be other than it is), or to be more than one Being (since there cannot be two infinite beings).
11. Therefore, one necessary, eternal, uncaused, unlimited (infinite), rational, personal, and moral Being exists.
12. Such a Being is appropriately called "God" in the theistic sense, because He possesses all the essential characteristics of a theistic God.
13. Therefore, the theistic God exists.
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
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Friday, March 03, 2006
The point is, listen to your conscience, listen to your body, and listen to your doctor.
 a. http://thebananarepublican.blogspot.com/2006/01/many-of-brian-holtzs-arguments-against.html
b. more posts coming soon
Thursday, March 02, 2006
 a. http://thebananarepublican.blogspot.com/2006/01/inability-of-we-humans-to-go-beyond.html
d. more posts coming soon
 a. http://thebananarepublican.blogspot.com/2006/01/many-of-brian-holtzs-arguments-against.html
c. more posts coming soon