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Cool links to cool places:
A christian search engine, very useful!
An online Bible with every version I've heard of and a few I haven't!
A site created by Megiddo for Christian teens!
How do you describe the indescribable? If all the seas turned ink, all the plant to writing tools, and all the sky to parchment, it would not be enough to describe God's vastness. That's the God I serve.
If you're interested in learning more about God, you can leave a message here, you could go to this site and leave a message or you can read on.
God loves you (John 3:16).
God is holy and just. He punishes all evil and expels it from his presence (Romans 1:18).
God, who created everything, made us for himself to find our purpose in fellowship with him (Colossians 1:16).
But we rebelled and turned away from God (Isaiah 53:6) The result is separation from God (Isaiah 59:2). The penalty is eternal death (Romans 6:23).
God became human in the person of Jesus Christ to restore the broken fellowship (Colossians 1:19-20). Christ lived a perfect life (1 Peter 2:22).
Christ died as a substitute for us by paying the death penalty for our rebellion (Romans 5:8). He arose (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) and is alive today to give us a new life of fellowship with God, now and forever (John 10:10).
I must repent for my rebellion (Matthew 4:17).
I must believe Christ died to provide forgiveness and a new life of fellowship with God (John 1:12)
I must receive Christ as my Savior and Lord with the intent to obey him. I do this in prayer by inviting him into my life (Revelation 3:20).
There is no cost to your salvation comes to you freely (Ephesians 2:8-9).
But it comes at a high cost to God (1 Peter 1:18-19).
Ultimately your response is a life of discipleship (Luke 9:23-24).
If you want to look up the verses to the above passages, just click on them.
Wednesday, April 21, 2004
There's nothing that wastes time quite as good as watching TV or playing computer. Nor can you remember the details of what you did/watched the next day. Is it really worth it?
The time we're here on this planet belongs to God. Is this how he wants us to spend it? I really doubt it... What do you accomplish by doing nothing? ( obviously... nothing! )
But then again, I believe that we often try to do too much. God wants us to slow down and think once in a while. How do we keep this balance?
Pray about it. Ask God how He wants you to spend your time today. I promise he won't let you down in showing you can do.
I, unfortunately, have been wasting way too much time recently. I've been playing one computer game the whole day the past week. I pray that I will be able to break this addiction and get back to more important things.
I hope that you'll learn a lesson from me, and don't become too 'obsessed' with things that are not important to life or your relationship with God.
Posted at 10:25 pm by Megiddo
What do Otter pops, Converse All Stars, and I all have in common?
We're all making a memorable come-back.
Who am I?
I'm young. Smart. Funny. Opinionated. Fun. AND I love God. What's cooler? Uh... ice.
For five years I've attended a private Catholic school. I've gone to Mass every Thursday at 8 AM since I was 9 (yeah. I'm a young'un) and I've had religion classes all throughout. You want the truth? I'm going to miss my religion class next year at public school.
Thats right. Me. I'm going to miss talking about God. A subject I sometimes hide from in order to escape embarrassment. But you know what? I'm not embarrassed anymore.
Oh and another thing about me... I can't spell. So don't get on my case. I do my best.
My family isn't divided by divorce... it's actually really small. For a Catholic family. (Was that a dis? I dunno.) Theres my dad, mom, sister, and I... and I only have four cousins. Wow... that is small. Sometimes I wish I had a bigger family, but I'm happy with the family I have. They're grrrrrreat.
I have a few different sort of friends. School, acting, camp, and church friends. They're all different... Sadly, we never talk about church often. My school friends, when they do, only put it down, but I think they might find comfort in the Church too.
One time I had a dream. In it I was sitting with a few friends on the ground in my school's Church. We were just leaning against the pews talking. When I look back on this I think it's me showing myself that the Church works in my life daily. I also think it means I find comfort there, and enjoy it.... either way, I'm not complaining.
Anyways, I'm really excited for this. I've found out a lot about myself and God in the past weeks, and I'm anxious to share.
See you all later!
Posted at 04:59 pm by xxpinknblackxx
Tuesday, April 20, 2004
Sexual Abstinence and our society
This article is by Hannah:
This is an article I wrote in response to an anti-abstinence article in the teen opinion section (NEXT) of the Seattle Times. I thought you might want to post it, since it's something you and your readers would be interested in.
I was very interested in the “Garden of Abstinence” article by Anne Kim published in the April 18 edition of NEXT. As a 19 year-old product of the “true-love-waits” type of abstinence education Bush encourages, I have a few comments. Kim seemed to think that abstinence education would consist of a teacher repeating over and over, “Don’t have sex,” to a room full of teens. She pointed out that, in our culture, this wouldn’t be sufficient to discourage sexual promiscuity. I totally agree. However, in my experience, abstinence education not only discourages premarital sex, but goes further by giving teens solid reasons for making that decision and arming them with the tools needed to abstain in our society.
So, what are these solid reasons? First of all, I learned that sexual promiscuity during the teen years is only a rehearsal for infidelity in marriage later on. To see the truth in this statement, just read what The Center for Disease Control and Prevention said in a 1978 publication on divorce rates: “Rising from 2.2 per 1,000 population in 1962, the divorce rate had doubled by 1973 and reached 4.9 per 1,000 population by 1975.” Note: the divorce rate doubled DURING THE SEXUAL REVOLUTION. Furthermore, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, the divorce rate for 2002 was 4.0 per thousand, which means that, in a society where the revolution’s ideals are still upheld, the divorce rate hasn’t changed much from 1973. It seems reasonable that, in light of this information, the millions of teens who have been hurt by their parents’ breakups will more willingly abstain in order to break that cycle of infidelity.
I also learned that promiscuous sex encourages a disregard for human dignity. Schools may be teaching “safe sex”, but sex without consequences quickly becomes unjustifiable and gratuitous. I believe this has contributed to numerous sexual offences and heartbreak because it allows teens to take advantage of each other, to view peers as objects to satisfy their physical lust instead of humans with dignity. Furthermore, treating sex as an uncontrollable teenage activity lowers the general teenage reputation because it likens young people more to animals without self-control than humans who have the ability to abstain. Abstinence is the ONLY way to correct these problems.
Other benefits include the absolute surety that STD’s won’t be exchanged and a reduction in unwanted pregnancies and abortions. All in all, the picture this paints is one of a far better society.
But what are the tools used to abstain? I learned to dress modestly to lessen temptation, to boycott any media encouraging sexual promiscuity, to respect people by not looking at their bodies, and to surround myself with friends who hold the same ideals.
Does this seem like an impossible dream? I don’t think so, and neither do the many other teens who HAVE SUCCEEDED in abstaining, even in our sex-obsessed culture. Abstinence is not easy, but the personal and societal benefits will more than make up for the sacrifice.
Posted at 09:44 pm by Megiddo
Monday, April 19, 2004
Part the first: How do you know that God exists?
Anything that is to be said in debate of the true existence of a God unseen, is to be based upon a universal fact known as the law of casualty: “Anything which begins to exist, must have been brought into existence by something distinct from itself.” This is just as evident a fact as is 2+2=4. All, without the help of philosophical argumentation, know and understand this law.
What about a man, who claims to see no evidence of the existence of God? The first thing that one should realize of such a man, is pity, rather than anger; hope, rather than impossibility. Those that know not God, know not also that God knows them; not only knows, but also created and loves them! And not only loves, but loves unconditionally, and eternally! This, when it is realized to it’s full extremity, (which is not at all possible), is, very understandably, incredibly unbelievable to many people. This is the chief reason that one doubts the existence of God, denial.
So it follows that the various arguments by which our reason proves conclusively the existence of God may be divided into two groups: Those which are derived from the contemplation of the visible world; and those which are derived from the contemplation of the human soul. These two arguments in turn are divided up into two more arguments per group: the Teleological, Cosmological, Historical, and Moral Arguments.
The Teleological Argument is the argument, which is brought about by the contemplation of the wonderful orderliness, and purpose arrangement of the universe.
From the very existence of the world, from the movement of life in the world, we infer the existence of some Cause different from it and superior to it, of some original giver of life and motion. This is called the Cosmological Argument, from the Greek word kosmos meaning world.
Man is by nature both a religious and a moral being. From the examination of the religious nature of man, we drive what is known as the Historical Argument; and from the consideration of his moral nature, the Moral Argument for the existence of God.” –Fr. John Laux(On whose book this argument is based)
And so it begins:
Consider life. We have stated the law of casualty, in which all agree that everything must come from something distinct from itself. If this is true, when did life begin? What caused ‘life’? These are questions that are posed to the Cosmological Argument, the argument concerning God and the Origin of the Universe.
Of the three main systems of beliefs, Materialism, Pantheism, and Theism; only Theism is capable of explaining the ‘origin of the universe’.
Pantheists believe that “We ourselves and all around us are merely the manifestation of one and the same Substance, one original Force that thinks in man, seizes its prey in a wild beast, unfolds bud and leaf in an oak, darts through the clouds in lightning, strikes the cliff in a storm wave.” According to the Pantheist, we are all God, or a part of God.
Materialism is believed that “We ourselves and all around us, earth and all the stars, are due to chance, the product of whirling Atoms, how arisen, how ending, known to none.”
Both Materialism, and Pantheism agree in rejecting the reality of a personal God, and therefore both are irreconcilably opposed to Theism, which says, “All has arisen from the fiat of an intelligent Creator, and all exists in consequence with a definite purpose”.
Pantheism does not answer our question about the origin of life, because in order for it to be true, Pantheism must contradict itself. You see, if everything that is, must have a cause, then there are, and always will be an infinite number of smaller causes; but an infinite series with no beginning is where we run into a contradiction. Because, the beginning has to have a cause; but the cause has to have been before the beginning. If Pantheism is true, then there was no greater ‘cause’ to create a beginning, because we are all a manifestation of the ‘Cause’; and being human, we physically cannot be our own creators, because we are finite, and have not always been. The ‘cause’ of humanity, has to have been, before mankind was; this ‘cause’ is infinite and, obviously, this is not we.
Materialism, answers the question of our existence, like a pair of spectacles answers a hearing problem. Materialism cancels itself out, for many of the same reasons that Pantheism is false. They, the materialists, believe that life was brought into existence by random whirling of atoms that suddenly came together and created life. This makes obvious the reason why life might seem so insignificant to many people; for if you believe that life was brought about by ‘eternal’ random airborne atoms, what is life worth living for? Furthermore, Matter, cannot be self-existent of it self from all eternity. This is the contradiction. According to law of casualty, everything that is, had to have a beginning, or had to become of something else; so where did the matter come from? Here, there is no explanation, except that matter has always existed, which of course is absurd. Matter cannot set itself in motion, cannot produce organic life, sensitive life, consciousness, reason, thought, speech, moral goodness, order, beauty. It was well said by Fr. Laux, “It is surely the strangest aberration of the human mind, to use the words of a modern philosopher, when Materialism placed the Atom on the throne of God.
The preceding are only a few arguments on the reasonableness of the existence of a Supreme Being, Who is Eternal, and self-existent. (Theism) God is the reason for all things! “In His own image and likeness He created them, Man and Woman…” We are His most wonderful creations, and yet we are the only of His creations that has the nerve to defy His existence! This is because we, as human beings, are the only of His creations, that have been given free will, thought capability, and most importantly, an immortal soul!!! God Exists. Strange how so many people are offended by this fact. This is such good news!!! One would think they would be more shocked to hear that He didn’t exist. But so many are tone deaf to that fact, that they don’t even bother taking time to think about the impact of such a statement! He lives. …
Posted at 04:15 pm by Alex
Thursday, April 15, 2004
While Mr. Meggido informed me that he would like me to make my first post an introduction and backround, I have not quite gotten around to doing that, although I am working on it. In the mean time, I thought I'd post something else. The following is a speech that I've already posted my Blog; it's a speech that I wrote for an annual Pro-Life Speak for Life Contest that I entered a month or so ago. Enjoy, and feel free to contradict, question, and critic as you please:
“Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”; the American Dream.
This is what freedom means for most Americans. But freedom, unfortunately
has become, in my opinion, one of the most abused words in today’s culture;
and is thus, largely an issue, in the pro-life movement.
There are two ways to look at freedom; as a pro-choicer, and as a pro-lifer.
When you’re pro-choice, freedom to you is like a house, ‘builded on the sand
’. Many years ago, a Spanish statesman described the consequences of
materialistic teaching in the following words: “The professor, who has
patented his own wisdom, proclaims form his chair in the university: ‘there
is no God.’ The ruler in his palace hears the news with astonishment and
hastens to apply it to his own conscience and says: ‘There is no justice.’
It finds an echo in the eras of the criminal and he says to himself: ‘There
is no guilt.’ Flaming youth hears it and draws the logical conclusion:
‘There is no virtue.’ It comes to the knowledge of the subject, and he
argues correctly: ‘There is no law.’ When it reaches the streets of the
city, blood flows, and above the roar of the cannon and the rattle of the
musketry we hear the howl of the mob: ‘Away with God, Heaven and Eternity.
Our culture today has become one of moral decay, spiritual dumbness, and
selfish, ill-gotten happiness. For example, at this year’s annual March in
Olympia, I had the chance to discuss views with a young woman of 19, who
demonstrated pro-choice opinions. One of her arguments was, “I think that it
would be selfish for me to have a baby right now, because I couldn’t support
I, and it would be miserable.” These are the words of a nineteen-year-old
‘pill-baby’! This woman is stating that it would be more right for her to
end the life of her child, under the assumption that is has/hasn’t started,
so that she herself would not have to take on the responsibility of raising
it! The punishment, if that’s what you can call childbirth, should fall on
the one who made the decision, not the one that was caused by it.
Freedom to most pro-choicers, is merely an excuse, to get away with that
materialism that tells them, life is only important… when it’s convenient!
Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, and a largely important
role in the pro-choice movement, was once quoted saying, “A free race,
cannot be born of slave mothers.”
So, what does it mean to be pro-choice? It is denial!! (Especially in the
issue of abortion.) In denial of the fact that life is precious; in denial
of themselves; in denial of the true happiness in doing the right thing. In
denial of the sadness which is indefinitely attached to murder! And most
importantly, in denial of their conscience. Mother Theresa of Calcutta once
said, “There are two victims in every abortion… a dead baby, and a dead
Now, let me tell you why I’m pro-life, and what freedom means to me.
I’m pro-life because I’m here right now talking, breathing, and living… and
because a third of my generation, isn’t. A third of my generation was
killed, by legalized abortion in the United States! Killed by doctor’s who
thought they had the power to decide whether or not a child should be given
the chance to talk, to breathe, and to live, as I am doing today!
I’m pro-life in a culture that bases the quality of life on convenience,
fairness, feelings, opinion, and undesirable circumstances; rather than the
simple moral code of right and wrong, good and evil.
I’m pro-life, because there is a difference between right and wrong, good
and evil; and it’s worth fighting for, living for, and dying for! Sure, none
of us are perfect! In fact, none of us even come close to being perfect! But
the difference between right and wrong, remains the same; and people are
separated by those who try, and those who don't. We are raised to stand up
for what we believe in, and take a positive stance in the issues that matter
most; but this goes beyond personal beliefs or opinions.
I’m pro-life, because I believe that the world can change; that those
considering abortion might come to realize sooner or later, that their
choice , is a matter of life and death! Can realize that they were in
denial; and can learn to live to love; and to love the lives outside of
To be pro-life, is to fight a battle within the walls of the city.
To be pro-life, is to be, the conscience of the America! Conscience, a word
that is defined as ‘the awareness of a moral or ethical aspect to one's
conduct together with the urge to prefer right over wrong’ by
To be pro-life, is it’s own justification; the very fact that I am up here
today, and I have life in me. I am a living, breathing justification of the
So many in this greatest country, have taken to the words freedom, like
their lives depended on it. And the truth of the matter is, lives do depend
on it. Over 40 million lives, depended on their mother’s choice from the
years 1973-1998! And those 40 million lives, are not in existence today,
because of pro-choice freedom. 40 million lives may not seem like a huge
number to many people, compared the world population; to those people I say,
‘start at 1. And count by ones, until you get to 40 million. Then tell me
that you haven’t changed your mind.’ According to these figures, 15 innocent
lives have been the victim of pro-choice freedom, in the time it has taken
me to deliver this speech!
The fact that lives depend on freedom is a complete contradiction of any
pre-conception that a woman should have the freedom to abort their children’
s lives! Here is the answer: We are given the freedom to what is right, no
less. So what do we do? What is the answer? We do what we have always done,
which is to pray, and love all those around us. St Francis of Assisi said,
‘Preach the Gospel, and when necessary, use words’. But what is the answer
to pro-choice freedom? No birth is an accident, no experience is without
meaning, and no life is without value.
Posted at 08:56 pm by Alex
Wednesday, April 14, 2004
They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. 19
Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.
Have you ever thought about how our standards are always changing? Movies that were rated R ten years ago would be rated PG-13 now. Why is this? Do our 'tolerance levels' change through time?
Or maybe we base such ratings on a scale ( i.e., one through ten ) and since worse movies ( as in more porn, more violence, etc ) come out every day, the movies that were once rated the worst get pushed into the middle?
Either way you look at it, I think it is disgusting. It reminds me of Ephesians 4:19, 'Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.' Is this really what we want said about our generation?
If you went back in time one hundred years, you'd find that people were not so scantily dressed as they are today. I'm sure that if you took some of the swimsuits back in time, the people would be appalled ( and perhaps not even know what they were for )
I find it interesting that there exists an argument with condoms. One side argues that condoms should be made widely available to avoid the spread of STD's, the other side says that condoms will only encourage more sex outside of marriage.
I can't think of many standards besides moral ones that change much. One teaspoon is the same no matter where you go. It is the same with God's standards. He doesn't change them to keep up with the 'trend' or to make them 'hip', yet God's standards have been proven to bring much more happiness than ours.
There is a way that we can change! If we do not give support to these evil things, they will not be made and sold. The Matrix still could've been an interesting story with the sex scene taken out.
Why did I name this blogging 'The Changing Times'? Check out a Christian ( G-rated ) movie called 'Time Changer' ( it is new and extremely interesting ) to find out!
23Then he said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.
Posted at 04:17 pm by Megiddo
Tuesday, April 13, 2004
What if God was one of us?
This was given to me by someone who wished me to post it here, so here it is. To the person who wrote this, I say, if you ever want to be a full-time author, just tell me! We'd love to have ya!
"What if God was one of us? Just a Stranger on the bus tryin' to make His way home?"
So, what if God actually *was* one of us? Many people here might say they'd be in awe, amazed, happy, and elated... but not everyone would be. Before I get ahead of myself let me explain how this all came about. I was asked by a close person to me why Jesus came when He did. Why not 30 years ago? Why not now? With all the suffering and evil there is in the world right now, with all the technology, why did He come when the newest model of transportation was a donkey? I really had no answer, but I could say that back then there was evil too. Evil doesn't change shape much. It's always apparent in different form: greed, lust, hatred just to name a few, and those were there during Jesus' time, and they are here now. I have no explaination as to why God came down to us in the form of Jesus when He did, or why He did. None of us can be absolutely sure. We do know, however, that He came to open up the doors and free us of sin. I'll admit, I'm a growing Catholic, I have yet to understand how exactly I'm free from sin. I know I'm not flawless, and I know I have sin. Okay... maybe I have lots of sin... The only way i've come to understand how I'm freed of sin is that God forgives me. I know that God isn't always happy with the decisions I make, but He still says that it's okay. As a visual person I see this in my head as someone (anyone, a peer, a parent, teacher, enemy, anyone) looking at me and smiling, an honest true smile, full of happiness and fondness, and saying "Look, it's okay. We all make mistakes, you'll become a better person from them. It's okay, don't worry." And for me, that's a very reasuring vision. I don't think I've ever seen God the way some people say they have. I wish I could, and I hope I will someday in my future... but I haven't yet and I still have that hope. So, what if God was amongst us? What if He's that boy you ignored? That girl you laughed at? I think that if God revealed Himself today in the form of God, He'd be hospitalized. Eventually I think He'd be shot. And it would take less time than it did to crucify Him. (Agewise, and years) I don't know what I'd think if someone claimed to me they were God. It'd take a lot of faith... a great deal. I could tell you all I'm Catharine Zeta-Jones in disguise... but you would have to have great belief in me to accept it. Take that amount of belief and faith and multiply it by a million and that's how much faith we would each have to exibit. I'm not sure though, as I have never been told by someone they're God, and I've also never had my faith deeply tested. That's something I wish could be done so that I'd grow stronger in God and be reasurred. I'll still have to rely on faith to guide me, which I don't think is too much of a problem, but with all other obligations... anyways. This has become sort of a rant of sorted thoughts... but I hope it helped anyone. Not in education, but maybe reasurance that someone else is like them, or reasurrance that I'm not completely alone. But if you can please think about it. Because what would we all do if God was one of us?
Posted at 08:58 pm by Megiddo
Headers and programming, oh my!
Well, I thought maybe someone might be interested in the programming that I do, so here is my latest and greatest ( okay... not greatest ) work. It only took me about four hours, but it will be very useful.
Note that this was programmed in C++, and does not include a driver for the class ( unless you make a driver, which is very easy, or ask for the one that I made, you can't compile it if you have a compiler )
Anyways... here they are ( if you don't know C++, I'd recommend that you only look at charArray.h, as it is basically a 'summary' of charArray.cpp )
so... the class is called charArray, and is used just like a normal, run-of-the-mill arrary of characters ( i.e. you can declare it like charArray = n
; cin >> charArray; where n is the size you want the charArray object )
I know how to make the conversion constructor for conversions between type const char *, I just haven't gotten around to making it yet...
I feel as if less than half of you will understand what I said here, but post any comments/questions you may have in the comment box plz! Thanks bunches.
Posted at 08:31 pm by Megiddo
Monday, April 12, 2004
Ain't she beautiful?
Posted at 10:01 am by Megiddo
Sunday, April 11, 2004
It's now Easter, which means we are celebrating our Lord's resurrection. But why is it that we have one designated day to celebrate this? Because of this event, we have eternal life with God! I think that is something to be thankful for every day.
I Peter 2:24
It's now Easter, which means we are celebrating our Lord's resurrection. But why is it that we have one designated day to celebrate this? Because of this event, we have eternal life with God! I think that is something to be thankful for every day.
I Corinthians 15:3-5
3For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve.
If you want more reading, try John 3
If the only reason you like Easter is for the plastic grass or the eggs, then you have my sympathies. You have missed the entire point of Easter. Yes, it has been commercialized ( what doesn't wind up that way eventually... ) to where most children relate Easter to the Easter Bunny and not to what Easter actually is. You, however, know the truth now, even if you did not before.
I once talked to someone who was strongly against the Christian faith. His arguments were that 'Christianity revolves around blood' and used lots of verses out of context. Yes, blood was spilled for us, but if it wasn't where would we be now? Jesus's death gave us new life. It was his return that gave us eternal life with Him.
I leave you with an excerpt from John 3
16"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son
Posted at 02:21 pm by Megiddo