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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Bizarre In The News - Who you gonna call? Family send in paranormal experts after 'capturing ghost' in home video

A spooked family have called in a real-life 'ghostbuster' - after claiming to have captured on video a poltergeist moving a chair across a bedroom.   
Lisa Manning and her children Ellie, 11, and Jaydon, six, have fled their house in terror several times because of bizarre goings-on.
They include pots and pans being thrown around the kitchen, window blinds moving up and down by themselves, lights being switched on and off and drawers being opened.
Now they have been advised to wear crucifixes by a priest after capturing video footage of a chair moving by itself in Ellie's bedroom.
Carer Miss Manning, 34, shot the film two weeks ago after putting hidden cameras in the family's home in Holbrooks, an area of Coventry.
The 52-second clip shows a wardrobe door opening before a pink swivel chair moves slowly backwards towards the wall.
While cynics might scoff and suggest the chair could have been moved by a length of strategically placed fishing line, Miss Manning is adamant the footage proves a ghost exists. 
She said she feels like she is 'living in a scary movie'.
Miss Manning, who lives with her partner Anthony, 25, in the house, added: 'One medium came in and said our house is a portal, a kind of bus stop for spirits, which they use to pass into our world.
'I set up the video camera because I wanted to prove the ghost exists.
'I couldn't believe it when I played the tape back, it sent chills up my spine.

Read more: here

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Bizarre In The News - Farmer says his sheep gave birth to a dog

IT would - if true - give a whole new meaning to being a sheep dog.
Scientists say it's impossible, but Chinese farmer Liu Naiying believes he is the proud owner of a miracle - a sheep that has given birth to a dog.
The "puppy" has wool like a lamb but its mouth, nose, eyes, paws and tail look more like those of a dog. Thousands of people have visited Mr Liu's Shaanxi province farm to see for themselves.
"I was herding the sheep, and saw a sheep licking her newborn lamb on the grassland," Mr Liu said.
"When I went up to check I was shocked because it looked so weird, like a cross between a sheep and a dog.
"I was a bit frightened, as I've been raising sheep for 20 years and had never seen such a creature."
Researcher Yue Guozhang said "it's likely that this is just an abnormal lamb".

Do we create spooks - is the paranormal industry self perpetuating?‏

With respect to the real researchers out there, I think I have alluded to the fact a number of times, I am way more interested in sport than the paranormal. For me it tends to be more of a calling, in the way that a guy who owns a utility truck always gets asked to help people move house, but if you asked him if he loves it he might say "I'd rather be playing/watching sport" but I do it because it helps people. And because in the same sense they see the truck and ask, if you are a minister you are going to encounter the supernatural realm in your job.
But I do enjoy other peoples work. Generally I scan the guys whose blogs I think are relevant and competant at what they do - but most of all have integrity. A couple of names that come to mind are Lon Strickler, the guys at Eidolon, Pastor Swope and Bryony who runs Unity in the Paranormal Community. I check in at about.paranormal. I also respect the bluntness of Abel Garcia and Ozcrypto in their quest to expose the people who are in the game for personal fame/affirmation. If I left you off the list I apologise. I do it for research purposes and realistically 99% of it is unverifiable so all I can do is add it to the list of what people are sharing with me and hope it improves my own research methodologies.
But if we were going to be honest, it has become an industry and if it is source of income or personal pride/identity, then you might be walking a dangerous path.
Because.....and be really honest with yourself here....if there are no spooks there is no business. And that is where perpetuating myths or quasi evidence can be dangerous.
I'll give you an example of self perpetuation, I once failed a college subject because I challenged the lecturer on this subject. The other subjects I failed were all due to my own laziness :)
It was in a Human Resources class and our teacher was telling us the protocols for firing employee's or accepting a resignation.
I then started sharing with the teacher and students the story of how an emloyee at our company resigned, threw her keys at my boss and stormed out.
"Well your boss is an idiot, he should have got her to sign a form stating that she had ended her tenure with the company and....."
"Hang on, did you miss the bit about how she threw her keys at him and stormed out"
"That is irrelevant, the fact is that you left yourself open and therefore you should have gone through the process with your HR manager......."
"Did you miss the bit where SHE STORMED OUT...."
"Your boss is incompetant if he let her leave without signing the form that your HR department...."
"Aaaaargghhh" I yelled "Your whole industry only exists to self perpetuate HR people, you create rules, regulations and scenarios so that you guys have jobs, regardless of whether it is practical or not"
And there ended my career as a student in that class.
Does that sound familiar. We had a case this week where a lady who had come out of the occult had been so freaked out by "Christians" about the demons of her past that she was an anxious mess.
So one of our team members interviewed her.
"I am seeing all these orbs in photo's and I went on a ghost tour and someone told me they saw a noose around my neck. Then I was told I needed deliverance ministry for all the masonic ties that came down...then....."
And so on and so on.
After a quick discussion about the realities of "orbs" the credibility of the "psychic" that ran the tour and saw the noose, the fact that Christ is victorious in the life of a believer, in the sense that fear gives way to hope and fear no longer owns us.....she....and all her supernatural fears.....calmed down.
I rang her today. "Hi there, just ringing to see how your week has been".
And it had been fantastic, because the musings of other 'paranormal experts' and some well meaning folk had made her a mess, when there was nothing really going on. Plus even if something had been occurring, the heightened anxiety levels took them into the realm of superstition where the line between the filters of the mind and reality were blurred.  
"Do you guys still need to come to my house and investigate"..
"No I don't think we do".
"This was all in my mind wasn't it"
"Most of it had been put there by people who had an agenda, some good, some well meaning"
"Can you still pray for my family".
"Sure thing. Prayer is always good and we don't even need to be there to do it".
So what's the big idea here?
Could it be that just like my old HR teacher at college that we fall into the trap of self perpetuation. I could have responded "I'm glad you had a great week, but we still need to come and investigate....just in case". Would that have caused more harm? If we assume things, it certainly would have. Even if you have evidence that something strange is afoot it needs to be handled gently because we get to go home - and those fragile souls get to stay at home with a 'spirit that has followed you for generations due to your fathers involvement in freemasonry" that is 9/10 times a being or situation we have created.
We have a great responsiblity to our clients. We are to be a source of life, hope but most importantly truth.
It's so easy to fall into that trap, put your hand up if you have in the past (mine is up high).
But I think we can have integrity and unity in this 'industry'.. Firstly, we need to repent of our sins, self aggrandising, personal agenda's and desire to be known and respected.
Secondly, we need to realise that we can achieve more together, even if one is a Christian, agnostic, athiest, humanist, skeptic, Muslim, Buddhist, etc etc. Our dialogue can be respectful and supportive and hopefully, light can be shed on some things.
I'd encourage you this week to join Unity in the Paranormal Community which is a safe place for people to share thoughts and experiences on the paranormal world.
The link to it is here.
Let's make an agreement this week - total honesty, total integrity and total accountability in all we do in this area, And don't get offended when challenged, because that means your pride is bigger than your evidence.
"And seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you"
Because trust me on this one, seeking God is more important than seeking ghosts. He loves you and wants you to abide in Him.
Pastor Baz.

Urban Legends...

At some point in our life we've heard an urban legend. We've sat around a campfire or a torch in our bedrooms and told some ghost stories. The ones I remember are "The Licked Hand", Bloody Mary and "The dead boyfriend".
Photo by Meg Edan
I'm sure all around the world kids and towns all have their own urban legends. One from my home town was that there were ministry of defence tunnels and secret buildings under the hill.  Or there was a ghost of someone who'd hung themselves on a tree in a certain park, everyone knew that tree as the haunted tree.
Whether these are true or not has never been found out.
Some urban legends are just too over the top to be true where as others leave you wondering... could it be true?

So why are these urban legends still going around? I think its because we all love a bit of a scare don't we? It pumps the adrenalin and thats why we watch scary movies and tell ghost stories around the campfire.

Don't believe everything you hear or read though! Some urban legends are based on real stories but have been twisted beyond belief and others are just pure imagination. I suppose some stories are cautionary tales. Like the "dead boyfriend" story is a "don't go off into the woods alone" type thing.

Anyway, I'd love to hear some of your urban legends?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The source of the supernatural - A question that is not easy to answer

One thing that never stops my mind ticking over is the source of the experiences that people have.
Some people see dead relatives. Others see strange creatures that cannot be captured despite incredible amounts of effort. Some people see creatures that looked like they escaped from the pit of hell. Others meet benevolent aliens, others malevolent aliens, others reptilians, etc etc etc.
A lot of evangelical Christians claim that all of the above is demonic..
When I read the Bible, my understanding is that satan is a:
- Tempter of humans.
- A deciever of nations.
- An accuser of the human race before God.
- A liar, the father of lies.
- A murderer, from the beginning of time.
- A bringer at times of sickness and natural disaster.
- The leader of an army of fallen angels.
- A being that seeks to take the glory only meant for God.
- Defeated being with no power in comparison to God.
I have written a lot on this subject and the influence I believe satan has on the world's affairs, media and culture. But that does not explain every supernatural occurence.
So what is going on when someone see's a dead relative days, weeks, months or years after the funeral and talks to them in their bedroom.
What about if that relative encourages someone to go to Church and believe in God?
Is that a demonic impersonation as is so often claimed. If so, what diabolical purpose could it serve sending them to Church.
Perhaps our doctrine on the afterlife and the spiritual realm is not as black and white as we would like it to be.
Peter Bolt who teaches New Testament Theology at Moore College Sydney makes the claim that in ancient times the spirits that people feared were the ghosts of the dead - not the fallen angels we (in his opinion) wrongly label the demonic realm. In fact Bolt claims that the word demon and unclean/restless human spirit are synonymous. The spirits of the dead they feared would be manipulated, called up or down, invoked and used by magicians and sorcerers, witchdoctors and priests against them - and the inscribed 'magic' tablets that controlled them via sacred writing were cast onto graves and into wells to be close to the underworld spirits. They also wrote 'magic' tablets with the power to abolish the curses which could be bought for a tidy sum by the person under spiritual assault!! These spirits of the dead also were believed to have had the power to possess the living and were known as 'unclean spirits' because they came out of the filthy miasma of the underworld.
Mr Bolt concludes through his research of the ancient world and of ancient languages that Demons are in fact the restless spirits of the dead.
So now all of a sudden we have the devil, fallen angels and the restless spirits of the dead prior to judgement day.
What about the black cats, hairy bipeds and other red eyed creatures that are reported along with sulpherous smells and a focused 'panic' they inflict on those they encounter.
They are at first written off as cryptids and the smells and sights as "physical attributes like eyeshine and poor hygiene". But that doesn't cut it when they start appearing in places like England, Ireland and other countries with no previous reports. Bigfoot in Cannock Chase in the UK!!! - Why suddenly appear now, so long after the ice age 'landbridges' that supposedly brought Sasquatch, Bigfoot, Yeti, Yowie, Yeren, Funu, Agogwe, Alma's, Orang Pendek and all the other "missing links" to their destinations. Folklore, fiction or something else less tangible than a real animal but able to manifest it's presence. Uncatchable, immeasurable and as elusive as vapour in the wind.   
Are they beings from an ancient world called into our existance by diabolical rituals in various forms of ancient priestcraft and pagan rite as hypothesised by Nick Redfern and others. When you visit the true tales section of 'About.Paranormal" every month you will be confronted by stories of unbelievable beings that visit our realm that defy description, capture and analysis. They seem as though they are the 'elementals' that have been encountered for millennia. Are they the true demons in the sense that Christians are trying to understand when confronting true supernatural evil.
I would never say "This is the truth on this subject" as the scriptures and the experiences both have to be interpreted - and there is no consensus. So this is also a theory because I don't know the answers with full clarity. But it would seem at least possible that there are distinct classes of beings that cohabit our world with us:
- The Father, Son, Holy Spirit and the Holy Angels.
- The devil and the fallen angels.
- The spirits of the restless dead.
- The invoked elementals, which may or may not be fallen angels, the spirits of the pre-flood hybrids, if that interpretation of scripture is correct.
Don't call me a heretic if you disagree with me, because this forum is meant to be about considering what exists with us and discussing it.
Some of the worlds most devout Christians and mainline theologians happen to support that view and I think it is worth putting it out there as possible scenarios.
Or we could just all be slightly mad and the skeptics are right, there is nothing but the material universe.
But that's not the experience of billions of people in the world, so l suggest we go with the weight of opinion across the globe - there is something out there. And sometimes it's in the basement and I don't want to do down there at night!!! :)
God bless you and may the light of Christ guide your path this week - Pastor Baz,

Sunday, March 20, 2011


I thought we'd dealt with the whole 2012 thing in 2010, and then all of a sudden it's a huge topic again.
Every week I get asked this question by teenagers at the school I teach RE at.
"Sir, is the world going to end in 2012"?
"Why do you think it is"? Is usually my reply.
A year ago the answer was "because I saw that movie". But now it's more along the lines of "...because of all the disasters that are happening line up with the movie".
I had to remind the kids that way, way before they were born people were saying that the world was going to end.
When Napoleon threatened to take over the world. When WW1 was in full flight. When the Pandemic following WW1 killed 20 million people. When WW2 began and Hitler was labelled the Antichrist. During the cold war. When the Vietnam war escalated. In the wars in the middle east between Israel and her neighbours. During the Reagan years of nuclear rhetoric. In the gulf wars. And on St Patricks Day when I realised that they stopped selling Guinness in the 750ml version longneck and were charging $4.75 for a 440ml version that was nothing like the real deal. :)
In Matthew 24 Jesus is recorded as saying (Verses 7-8  When asked "when will these things be and what will be the sign of your coming and the end of the age")
"...For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows...".
So I expect those things to happen and for God to allow them to happen, to answer Martin Bashir's questioning of Rob Bell recently on whether God didn't care or was powerless to stop these things. These things happen, they are the beginning of sorrows and they were happening 2,000 years ago as well as today.
Kids are really, really anxious about this stuff, but to be fair, my generation were terrified of nuclear war, especially when movies like "The day after" portraying the results of a Soviet v USA conflict showed us that we were all going to be vaporised by atomic bombs. There has always been fear of death.
And there, dear readers, is the devil himself. That is the supernatural aspect to the story.
Because fear of death ultimately makes us slaves to the devil - by driving our desires and influencing our actions. The best book you will ever read on this subject is "Living with the underworld - by Peter Bolt" and you can buy it via Amazon or Matthias Media in Australia. It shows that the fear of death has made us slaves in life to the 'prince of this world' whilst Christ's message, life and death free's us from that and changes the way we live and die.
Think about that in your own life. What drives you. Is it the fear of death? Is that why you take those supplements? Stress about your life insurance? Travel to all those countries before you die? Tick off the bucket list? Stress that every strange pain is cancer or heart disease? Visit Clairvoyants? Need to know what happens after we die?
A lot of the supernatural experiences people have are real - no doubt. But often the source of them plays further on our fascination or fears about death. And in my experience that can be a trap to lure you in.
How much time do you spend thinking about the dead when you are amongst the living? How much time do you spend watching tv shows about the dead, traipsing around looking for ghosts, reading blogs, writing blogs, analysing data, doing research - when Christ called us to life and life abundantly.
I don't care if the world ends in 2012 and frankly it's none of my business. My business is to love God and love my neighbour, both of whom are alive and well and around me daily.
The supernatural realm is interesting, but it's a cheap parlour trick or a sideshow ride compared to living life abundantly. It's exciting for a minute but you need to keep going on better rides or more interesting shows to keep the thrill alive. It enters our world, co-exists with our world and tries to influence our world for good and bad.
But Jesus never said "pursue the supernatural realm". He said "Abide in me". Here is the supernatural love of God given freely to us, rather than the mystery of what could be lurking in the old graveyard down the road. If you want a real supernatural experience, abide in Christ and let Him abide in you. Recieve life here and life everafter.
All the other stuff will continue to remain largely a mystery, despite the digital and thermal recorders, EVP playbacks and new technology. Keel said "It seems to meet us wherever we are at in history" (paraphrased), which is the parlour trick that suckers us in. It is interesting, yet ultimately non-essential to life on earth and hereafter.
Live. Love. Laugh. Get out in the sun every now and then and don't stress about cancer, you've become too pale and vitamin D deficient from all that web research and ghost hunting :). Stop reading your horoscope and dreading the day ahead. And don't worry about when the world ends because...
Matthew 24: 36 "...But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.."
And the angels can't figure it out, you've got no chance.
God bless you - Pastor 

Sunday, March 13, 2011

When Christianity goes wrong - supernatural influence or social ailments?‏

One of the hardest things in my job is seeing people go over the edge.
Literally, when someone is sent to to lockdown in a mental health ward because of hyper spiritual behaviour.
People that you love and care about deeply at times.
Religion is one of those things that can great peace, comfort and hope.. It can change lives, it can give people the power to be transformed. History is littered with the stories. Slave traders became the people who inspired others to break the back of slavery because of the influence of Jesus Christ. The dying in Calcutta were cared for regardless of religion or caste.. Drug addicts were reformed. Women were given the opportunity to come of the sex trade. And sometimes people are miraculously healed.
But when religion goes bad, the question is are the practitioners going mad or are they under the influence of something?
There are the narcissists who are sociopathic by flawed design, upbringing or choice who seek to gain influence, power and sexual gratification. When these people fall, the result can be deadly for their followers. And the world is full of cults started by this type of personailty.
There are the mentally ill, who simply need medication, correct care and prayer. And at some time, past, present or future most of us have/are/will suffer bouts of depression, anxiety or some type of post traumatic stress or stress related illness. The statistics suggest you are in the presence of someone right now who needs support through this.
And then there is something otherworldy that happens at times. Like the times when it goes bad and there are phenomenon that are hard to explain around it.
When we have had conflict between Christians at Church, something else seems to step in. At first you think you are imagining it. But when multiple colleagues confer, share stories, discuss facts, that you start to realise something very odd is happening.
Every time conflict arose between two parties in our Church, poltergiest like activity occurred. Things were thrown around. Strange beings were seen in the building. Voices were heard calling out, especially to the cleaning staff. Then it would die down. As soon as the conflict arose and there was a meeting in the building, it would start again.
I'm not apportioning personal blame to any of the people involved, but something seemed to be attracted to the conflict.
This week, very sadly, I saw an intelligent, articulate, passionate and strong Christian tip over the edge. And I could see it coming.
He had undoubtably and medically experienced miraculous healing. But things started to become obsessive. Obsession with the end times. Obsession with the occult. Obsession with the Illuminati. Obsession with satanists working in all industries. All day and night were spent studying the Bible. There was only one version that was from God. Everything else was deisgned and printed by the devil. Not a new idea in fundamentalist Christianity but a common thread when people start to 'come under the influence' is a very rigid and unchangeable approach to the above listed area's.
He started to share stories of seeing black figures appearing in his room. Holding him down in bed.
Was this mental illness or was something else starting to get involved that was not the Holy Spirit?
Then he declared that Jesus was returning that night and it started to go 'pear shaped in the worst possible way, with the Police having to become involved'. Again, was this the trauma of an injury, lack of medication or the influence of something else?
Jesus did not return that night, like so many other people who have made the claim that only they have that knowledge.
And like every time that claim is made wrongly, the skeptics scoff and rightly so. With the best of intentions, our personal witness is destroyed, people become dissillusioned and walk away from the faith. A perfect trojan horse to kill, steal and destroy faith in Jesus' real return at some indeterminable time.
This type of thing is sadly more common than you would think. The internet is full of people who are now too spiritual for any earthly use. And the symptoms include:
- Being a self declared prophet who is the only one who can hear Gods voice.
- Declaring themselves as one of the 'two witnesses' of revelation.
- Considering demons to be behind every social ailment, taking away people's free will and personal sin.
- Claiming to hear God's voice and providing aggressive and arrogant words of knowledge.
- Being the 'gatekeeper' of the Church who has the only correct doctrine.
- Being the only 'interpreter' of the Bible.
- Controlling the flock and preventing social interaction outside the church with the threat of 'losing their salvation'.
- Declaring salvation can only come through 'their Church', 'their teaching' or their 'priesthood'.
And so on and so on. That's not to say that people don't have those gifts. But satan is the one who appears as an angel of light. He's the deciever. And when he deceives Christian through hyper religious behaviour and hyper spirituality, the Church gets taken out from the inside. No Church ever closed because of athiests in this country. Churches in the west are destroyed from the inside out. Infiltrated and decimated.
We are told to test the spirits. They are all not from God. Not every feeling, sense or inner monologue is God speaking.
Jesus is returning and we don't know the hour or day. Let's focus on what He wants us to do today, including buying fair trade items, feeding the poor, inclusion of the outcasts and the practical aspects of faith as well as prayer, meditation on the Word and spiritual warfare, which He fights for us.
God bless you - Pastor Baz.


Out of the mouth of children I often hear the most interesting stories..
When you have been teaching a while, you learn to seperate the good old Aussie yarn from something that has potential to be true.
This is what happened in scripture this week, when a fourteen year old described this story.
"Sir, have you heard of the Illuminati"?
"Yeah, a little bit. Not sure how deep I buy into all of it, why do you ask".
"Because I was on my way to youth group and there was this gang of older teens, dressed in goth clothing near where we go to Church. And this guy stopped me and said 'don't go to youth, come with us'. And when he grabbed me, I saw on his arm a tattoo of a pyramid with an eye in it. And I saw that in a movie about the Illuminati."
"Ok, well maybe that's just a symbol he liked" I responded half listening.
"But then sir, he pulled out this doll, which had the same hair colour as me and said 'if you don't come then I'll put a voodoo curse on you' - sir what is Voodoo"?
I gave him a three minute spiel based on what I knew, without elaborating enough for him to use the details to embellish his story - which is why it is very interesting.
"I pulled away and we ran and then started walking to youth, then my body spazzed out, I felt like someone punched me in the side and I couldn't walk. I was really scared.
 After youth we were walking home and the guy with the tattoo says 'hey kid' and hold up the doll but now it has pins in it".
He wasn't joining the dots. He wasn't saying "and the pins made the pain come" he was simply relating what happened.
I found this very interesting because of the detail in which he described certain aspects. He had asked about the Illuminati the week before and didn't have any knowledge of it himself, he just wanted to know who the heck this guy was with the tattoo and did he have any power?
"Don't worry mate, you are a believer yeah. When anything like that happens, just pray 'Jesus protect me' and leave the rest to God".
People are attracted to the power of the occult because so many people feel powerless in this world. That is satan's plan, to create fear, and out of fear comes the need to control.
But here is the key. "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you".
Illuminati voodoo man, if you are indeed real, we pray for you to find the love of Jesus Christ and his restoration this week.
God bless you - Pastor Baz.

Paranormal In The News - SRI ghost photo

Phantoms and Monsters

Here is a photo taken by our Spirit Rescue International associate PoD in July 2010 while on a ghost hunting tour at The Chocolate Factory located in Hull, Yorkshire, UK. Irene and I examined the image and there seems to be either a woman or girl in a Victorian style riding hood. There is also an free floating entity above and behind the hooded figure. What do you think?

Bryonys thoughts on the image:
I can see the dark shadowy part. However, the whole picture is full of images. Look at the light patches all over the photo. The "free floating entities" are everywhere in this photo...
Its an interesting photo but as to whether its paranormal? I have to reserve judgement. It kind of looks like it was taken through glass? Definitely one that needs further investigation.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

A Look Into "End Times"

I would imagine we've all seen the horrific scenes from the Japan quake and Tsunami.  I've seen and heard a lot of mention about end times and whether its near. 

From a Christian perspective the end times would be the return of Jesus Christ. 

This morning at Church my pastor spoke briefly about this and said "Live today like Jesus is coming back tomorrow." He went on to make the point that He might be coming back tomorrow but we won't know when he's coming back because we aren't supposed to know the exact date.  There will be signs like the ones written in the book of Revelation and these disasters, civil unrest, wars and starvation could be the signs of the end but he pointed out that the earth is not benign and these disasters are nothing new. Wars and famine are nothing new either. This is in no way belittling the enormity of the disaster but just that our focus should not be that it's the end of the world. 

Let our focus be on the things that are important. Love and friendship, kindness and like my pastor said "Live today like Jesus will return tomorrow".

Here are some verses which reference Jesus's return and why we won't know the exact date:

Revelation 3:3 "3 Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you."

2 Peter 3:10 "10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare."

Luke 12:39-40 "39 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. 40 You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”

Matthew 24:36 "36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father."

Let's keep our eyes on the Father and our arms around each other.  

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Bizarre In The News - Siberia air traffic control claim a female alien purred at them

Herald Sun

SIBERIAN air traffic controllers claim that a female-sounding alien spoke to them in a cat-like language.
They say that a mysterious object - which they believe was a high-speed UFO - appeared on flight monitors over the remote Russian city of Yakutsk, the Daily Mail reported.
It rapidly changed direction in the sky and reached speeds of nearly 1000km/h - surrounding planes were seen to be travelling significantly slower.
The aviation workers tried to make contact with the ship, as evident in a video posted to YouTube.
"I kept hearing some female voice, as if a woman was saying mioaw-mioaw all the time," one air traffic controller told the pilot of a passing Aeroflot flight.
Read more here

Bizarre In The News - Family UFO film backed by Police Teams

Wales Online

When a family saw 20 to 30 flashing red and white lights zig-zag their way through the sky they captured the eerie scene on camera to prove it happened.
The parents and their child were backed up by police officers and a police helicopter team who also witnessed the weird UFO and a whirring noise.
The crew reported the incident – which happened at 2.25am on November 17, 2003 over Bromley, Kent – to Swanick air traffic control and RAF Neatishead.
Officials checked their radar coverage but it revealed nothing unusual.
Report documents from the time state: “A policeman sent to investigate confirmed the sighting. Objects were moving faster than any man-made aircraft.”
The files – released as part of thousands of pages disclosed today by the MoD - showed the police thought the lights might have been aircraft approaching Heathrow, but an audit of traffic by Swanick proved otherwise.

Read More: here

What is Levayan Satanism?

Typing Satanism into google comes up with a wikipedia article first. Then a Church of Satanism website.  In todays blog I will be doing a very brief over all look into Levayan Satanism.  Like i've said before I personally belief its important as Christians to do some research into other cultures and religions.  Please forgive me for the VERY brief look into it today and I welcome discussion into the subject.

As I begin to read the wikipedia article on Levayan Satanism I find myself surprised to learn that Satanism isn't just the Judeo-Christian view of Satan, the fallen angel, the temptor of Christ.  There is for example Levayan Satanism.

Levayan Satanism (from wikipedia)

"Founded in 1966 by Anton LaVey. Its teachings are based on individualismself-control and "eye for an eye" morality."
"Unlike Theistic Satanism, LaVeyan Satanism does not involve the literal worship of any being other than the self, but rather uses "Satan" as a symbol of carnality and earthly values, of man's inherent nature, and of acosmos which Satanists perceive to be permeated and motivated by a force that has been given many names by man over the course of time."

I find this quite interesting because it really is part of the human nature to be this way.  And although Levayan Satanists don't actually believe in Satan as a real entity, the beliefs are very similar to how Christians/Muslims view Satan and how he tempts humanity.  

"Anton LaVey established Satanism's first and largest religious organization, the Church of Satan, in 1966, and codified Satanic beliefs and practices in The Satanic Bible in 1969. The Church of Satan acknowledges that there are many Satanists around the world, including both members and non-members. It rejects the legitimacy of any other organizations of Satanists, dubbing them reverse-Christians, pseudo-Satanists or Devil worshippers. Although exact numbers are not known, conservative estimates are that the number of adherents run into the thousands."

So, from what i can gather they reject devil worshipers. Which, if i'm being honest, is what I thought the majority of Satanists were.  They do however use rituals. 
"The Church of Satan attracted a great deal of publicity. Its use of nude women as altars, and performances of a Satanic wedding and funeral service, brought it much attention. Anton LaVey shaved his head and wore a white clerical collar, sometimes even wearing horns to complete the image of the Devil incarnate. His flamboyant personality attracted many followers and admirers."


"In The Satanic Bible, Anton LaVey describes Satan as a motivating and balancing dark force in nature. Satan is also described as being the "Black Flame", representing a person's own inner personality and desires. Satan is seen as synonymous with thenature and even, metaphorically, with certain conceptions of a supreme deity or God."

In his most important essay, "Satanism: The Feared Religion", the Church of Satan's current leader Peter H. Gilmore states:
"Satanists do not believe in the supernatural, in neither God nor the Devil. To the Satanist, he is his own God. Satan is a symbol of Man living as his prideful, carnal nature dictates. The reality behind Satan is simply the dark evolutionary force of entropy that permeates all of nature and provides the drive for survival and propagation inherent in all living things. Satan is not a conscious entity to be worshipped, rather a reservoir of power inside each human to be tapped at will. Thus any concept of sacrifice is rejected as a Christian aberration—in Satanism there’s no deity to which one can sacrifice"

"Satanists do not believe that Satan is a god; rather, the function of God is performed and satisfied by the Satanist him/herself. That is, the needs of worship, ritual, and religious/spiritual focus are directed, effectively, inwards towards the Satanist, as opposed to outwards towards a God.
LaVey proposes, instead, that if all gods are creations of humans, worship of an external deity is worship of its creator by proxy. He suggests, then, that the rational Satanists should instead internalize their gods and therefore worship themselves; hence the Satanic maxim, "I am my own god."[15]"

Please do read further into the wikipedia article by clicking the wikipedia link above.

The Nine Satanic Statements from the satanic bible: 
1. Satan represents indulgence instead of abstinence!
2. Satan represents vital existence instead of spiritual pipe dreams!
3. Satan represents undefiled wisdom instead of hypocritical self-deceit!
4. Satan represents kindness to those who deserve it instead of love wasted on ingrates!
5. Satan represents vengeance instead of turning the other cheek!
6. Satan represents responsibility to the responsible instead of concern for psychic vampires!
7. Satan represents man as just another animal, sometimes better, more often worse than those that walk on all-fours, who, because of his “divine spiritual and intellectual development,” has become the most vicious animal of all!
8. Satan represents all of the so-called sins, as they all lead to physical, mental, or emotional gratification! 

9. Satan has been the best friend the Church has ever had, as He has kept it in business all these years!

The Eleven Satanic Rules of Earth:

1. Do not give opinions or advice unless you are asked.
2. Do not tell your troubles to others unless you are sure they want to hear them.
3. When in another’s lair, show him respect or else do not go there.
4. If a guest in your lair annoys you, treat him cruelly and without mercy.
5. Do not make sexual advances unless you are given the mating signal.
6. Do not take that which does not belong to you unless it is a burden to the other person and he cries out to be relieved.
7. Acknowledge the power of magic if you have employed it successfully to obtain your desires. If you deny the power of magic after having called upon it with success, you will lose all you have obtained.
8. Do not complain about anything to which you need not subject yourself.
9. Do not harm little children.
10. Do not kill non-human animals unless you are attacked or for your food..
11. When walking in open territory, bother no one. If someone bothers you, ask him to stop. If he does not stop, destroy him.

There are also nine satanic sins which you can feel free to research yourself.

The amount of information out there is really quite astounding and there is no way for me to fit it 
all into one blog post.  I hope this briefly outlined the Leveyan belief system for you. 

As you know, we are a Christian blog. I want to finish this post with bible verses that are very
important to me personally and represent my beliefs and what is written in our bible.

Mark 12:30-31
30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and
 with all your strength.’[a] 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] There is no
 commandment greater than these.”

Mark 8:34-35 

The Way of the Cross
 34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my
 disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to
 save their life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it." 

Philipians 2:2-4

2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

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