Gems from my students III

12 Feb

First, Christopher proves himself to be a cultural commentator with a sharp eye:

“Speaking of Revelation, check out the lyrics to Katy Perry’s latest song “Dark Horse”. She performed this song at the Grammy’s and the performance was pretty “dark”.

So you wanna play with magic?
Boy, you should know what you’re falling for
Baby do you dare to do this?
Cause I’m coming at you like a dark horse
Are you ready for, ready for
A perfect storm, perfect storm
Cause once you’re mine, once you’re mine
There’s no going back”

He says:

“The sad thing is, people ride around in their cars singing along not even “hearing” what they’re saying.”

Before he sent this, he wrote the following to me:

“I would like to inquire your thoughts in terms of the state of the world today and its relation to the Book of Revelation. It appears to me, that evil is running rampant throughout the world, more so than ever before. The mainstream media has turned from news information to perverted stories glorifying sin and negativity. Social media is the most common form of communication and exemplifies selfishness and gloating. The FCC allows more foul language, nudity and violence during “family hours” of programming than ever before. People always claim to be too busy yet their time is spent doing what? Certainly not serving God, but rather working to earn more money, to buy more things. Governments are gaining power and with it, pushing their own agendas rather than supporting the people they represent. Satanic symbols are no longer hidden in the entertainment industry and are flaunted in the face of the unknowing viewer. From Beyonce posing in front of a Last Supper painting and blocking Jesus or flaunting a baphomet ring, to a dark Grammy awards which led Christian singer Natalie Grant to leave early . What sent a few chills down my spine was reading about the potential for e-tattoos to be implanted in people to use as currency ( ), then reading Revelation 13:16-17 which sates “It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.” A little spooky. Whenever asking my mother about “end of the world” as a kid, I always remember her quoting Mark 13:32 stating “Only God knows when the end will come.” So I don’t want to imply I feel it is coming now, just pointing out my observations. I’m curious whether you have had any similar observations and what your thoughts are concerning the evil we see more and more each day.”

From Wanda:

“Over the years, many have tried to discredit the Bible, but none have been successful. Many feel that it is a book of do’s and don’ts, but it really is a love story about a God that loves his people so much that he would send his son to die for our sins, so that we might have life. The Bible doesn’t promise that everything will be perfect once we accept Christ, but that we will never be alone in whatever we go through. Some would say that the Bible is a roadmap to life, and others would say that it teaches us how to live. Over the course of this class, I have learned that it is neither. The Bible is really about Jesus. It shows us a better Adam, a stronger David, a wiser Samuel, a braver Elijah, a better John the Baptist, a more passionate Peter, a more loving Mary, and a more dedicated Paul. The words of the Bible are used by the Holy Spirit to move even the hardest man. The spirit of God anointed the Bible to be used to lead anyone to Jesus Christ and to bring the truth to everyone. “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart (Hebrews 4:12).”

From Nancy:

“1968 was a tough year; even as a young girl I remember vividly how frightened I was during the protest, riots, assassinations, and constant images of war everywhere. When we went to mass after Martin Luther King’s assassination that year, there were police snipers on the roof of the police station standing gard as we walked to church; it was like living in a war zone. I was confused, lost, afraid, and having nightmares. I will never forget that Christmas Eve though, it changed everything.

I witnessed the glory watching the Apollo 8 broadcast with my family showing the earthrise out from the dark side of the moon into the bright light of the sun. The crew read from the book of Genesis while we saw contracting imagery of the dull lifeless moonscape compared to the perfect planet earth bathed in light. There was no doubt that only the divine Creator could have crafted this glorious earth, perfectly balanced, full of life, and yet so fragile and vulnerable in the stark void of space. That night I dreamed of Christ’s crucifixion in a way no movie could ever recreate, it was oddly beautiful and full of grace. I was not afraid. The next morning at Christmas mass celebrating His birth it all came together for me. Jesus was born and died for me, we are the Lords creation and all things are under His control. I walk with Him and it is all good.”

I love teaching my online classes.


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