As I was leaving church today, I was musing on 2 separate questions which were teasing my mind, searching for answers. The first was the subject of the sermon, the well-worked dilemma between faith and works, which most Christians have mulled over at some point in their lives. The other was the subject of an earlier post on this site titled “World without Cancer“, in which it is claimed that cancer can be prevented or even cured by simply eating apricot seeds and other foods containing laetrile aka Vitamin B17.
Then it struck me like a lightning bolt: these two questions are linked in quite an interesting way. Here’s the thing: as covered in Garry Mac’s sermon this morning, the apostle Paul taught that “by grace are you saved, by faith, and not by works, lest any man should boast”, whereas James, another New Testament writer seems to argue this point by pushing the argument that faith without works is dead. How does this relate to a potential cure for cancer? Well, pretty obviously, the apricot seed cancer cure is controversial and disputed by the medical establishment, so for most people it is difficult to believe that the one incurable disease of modern times could be cured by something so simple and inexpensive.
But what if it were true, in spite of what the experts say? Very simply, if it were true, the only cancer patients who would benefit from the knowledge of that fact would be those who had faith in the cure – or so it would seem. But if, in spite of that faith, a cancer sufferer decided he was ready to die after so much suffering, and didn’t actually follow through and eat the apricot seeds he would die. Likewise, if that person just flat out refused to believe in the cure, he would also die, because he would refuse to eat the apricot seeds for a different reason.
But what if that skeptical terminal cancer patient was so angry with the perceived false hope he was being offered, that he thought to himself “I’ll show these quacks, I’ll prove this apricot seed thing is just a big scam by eating 20 apricot seeds a day, like they are saying, because I know it won’t work”. That person’s skepticism would then rapidly turn to faith as the cancer disappeared from his body.
So when applied to the cancer cure scenario, the faith vs works dilemma works itself out in an interesting way. Both Paul and James are right. Just knowing that there is a potential cancer cure is not enough; faith is an essential ingredient in applying the cure. But actually applying the cure is works. That’s the easy part, it’s no harder than swallowing a Panadol when you have a headache. But because so much more is at stake when a person has a life-threatening medical condition like cancer, there’s a lot more riding on the cure than when you are just swallowing a Panadol to cure a headache.
When it’s a matter of life and death, you would think that a person would try anything to give themselves a few more years of life and health on this earth. By the way, I have eaten apricot seeds, they are quite similar to almonds in their taste, and I didn’t get sick from them. I can’t say that I have prevented cancer in my own body, and as far as I know I have never had cancer so I can’t say I was cured either. However I have read testimonies of those who have so I am inclined to believe that it might be true. I can tell you one thing for certain though: if a doctor ever told me I had cancer, based on my experience that the apricot seeds have never done me any harm before, I would eat a fair few of them before I let the medical establishment loose the ravages of chemotherapy or radiotherapy on my body. If the apricot seeds didn’t have any effect I would have lost nothing: cancer would probably kill me anyway, and I could then choose to either take the slim chance that radiation or chemicals would cure me, or just die from the cancer.
But what about the deeper question here? What about the spiritual cancer of sin that threatens the life and eternal destiny of every human being? What if Jesus Christ were the cure to this cancer, as the writers of the New Testament taught? Naturally, as a Christian who has believed in Jesus Christ for most of my life, I actually believe that Jesus is the answer to any dilemma I could ever come across in my life, including the dilemma of death itself. As Paul wrote, “To me to live is Christ, to die is gain.” So even if in spite of believing in Christ, my physical body dies (as it most certainly will, unless the rapture takes me to Heaven before that time), I will gain eternal life in Heaven.
But what about the non-Christian who says “That’s just religion, God does not exist, there is no Heaven or Hell, and nobody can prove otherwise”? Well, actually, an atheist could prove to himself for sure whether or not God exists by actually taking the same step of faith as the terminal cancer patient eating the apricot seeds. But here’s the thing: you actually have to believe you have a life threatening condition before you actually start looking for a cure. The irony of this is that the one argument used by atheists to prove that God does not exist, is actually a tacit admission of the terminal sin problem we all share as human beings. The argument is this: if God exists, why would He allow so much evil and suffering in the world? The only thing missing in the atheist’s question, is the obvious question following on from that: “what actually causes evil and suffering in the world, and if God exists, how would He do something about it?”. Clearly, evil and suffering exist; no one can deny that. But what if God has a plan which enables human beings to overcome evil and suffering, and it is a lot simpler than the assertion that God could just stop it from happening in the first place?
For starters, I don’t believe that God causes sin and its consequential pain, suffering and death. But He does allow it for one simple reason: He has given us both the prevention and the cure for the sin cancer. No, it’s not apricot seeds. The prevention and cure of sin is a spiritual treatment, for the simple reason that sin is a spiritual disease. Jesus stated: “Unless you eat my body and drink my blood, you can have no part in Me.” So what does this mean? Should a person who has sin in their life which is messing them up, just pop down to their local church and take Communion, eat some bread and drink some wine to symbolize the eating of Christ’s body and the drinking of His blood? If you can do that in faith, yes. But the bread and wine in itself has no power to cure your sin, or prevent you from sinning. A person could believe in the saving work of Christ and never take Communion in their life, and they could have victory over sin in their life, and would go to Heaven when they die. At my church, we take Communion every time we meet together, that’s how crucial we consider the Body and Blood of Christ are to us as a prevention and cure for our sin.
So I’ve come full circle, back to the question of faith and works. As I understand it, faith alone saves (cures) us from the eternal consequences of sin (eternal death and separation from God). But on this side of the great divide, faith also can prevent sin from happening in the first place, if that faith is placed in Jesus Christ’s work on the cross, not on our works. Garry Mac put it this way this morning, “Works without faith is dead”. This is the difference between “Good Works” and “Dead Works”. As Jesus asked the religious leaders of His day (who both hated and envied him for His many powerful good works including healing the sick, feeding the hungry and raising the dead) “Why do you call me good? Do you not know that only God is good?”. By this Jesus was subtly restating His claim to be the Son of God, and also questioning the sincerity of those who knew they were not perfect as He was, yet denied His divinity. And the great thing is that Jesus told His disciples, “even greater works than I have done, shall you do”, leaving open the possibility of Christians experiencing the power of God in their lives in an amazing way.
This is the reason I live: not only do I get to experience Heaven when I die, but as a youth pastor stated in a sermon once when I was a teenager, “Eternal life starts now”. What a tantalizing possibility, yet so often as Christians we undervalue that possibility and settle for the status quo of business as usual. What better way to prepare for eternity that to be open to letting God do some “good works” which are really “God works” through the power of Jesus in your life. Swallow those apricot seeds, don’t just think about it! What can you possibly lose? Even if you are an atheist, what have you got to lose by giving Jesus a try? If nothing happens when you pray and ask God to prove that Jesus is the answer to your questions about the pain and meaninglessness of life, you can alway say “I told you so”. But think about it: just as the cancer patient has to swallow the apricot seeds and keep consistently doing so to get better, so do you have to make a decision to follow Jesus by taking His life into your body, mind, soul and spirit, on a consistent basis. Trust me, this will change your life, it did mine.
As I was leaving church today, I was musing on 2 separate questions which were teasing my mind, searching for answers. The first was the subject of the sermon, the well-worked dilemma between faith and works, which most Christians have mulled over at some point in their lives. The other was the subject of an earlier post on this site titled “World without Cancer“, in which it is claimed that cancer can be prevented or even cured by simply eating apricot seeds and other foods containing laetrile aka Vitamin B17.
I came across a video on YouTube recently which I found quite amazing. A former US Navy submariner recalls an incident which happened in 1980, when he was stationed on a nuclear submarine which went on full nuclear alert (a very rare occurrence) because of a very serious incident involving the movement of 10,000 Russian troops into the mountains of Turkey. This so alarmed the Americans that they hit the panic button, but the reason for it, and the incident itself was never reported, and remains classified to this day. What was this incident?
Briefly, an unusually warm summer caused the snow and ice on the top of Mount Ararat, in Turkey, to melt, exposing a large ship-like object to the all-seeing eyes of both US and Russian satellites. So the Soviet government decided that their people (and the rest of the world) needed to be protected from this dangerous revelation that the Bible story of Noah’s Ark was true, exposing state-sponsored atheism as a big fraud, so they promptly dispatched 10,000 troops with big ice-cutting saws to cut the Ark up and remove it from the mountain with heavy-lift helicopters. Fortunately God decided enough was enough and sent a snowstorm as they were preparing to remove the 2nd piece of the Ark which was in another location further down the mountain, so the Russians left at this point, which is why there have been persistent reports over the last few decades from people who have been up Mt Ararat and seen what remains of the Ark. To hear the full story, you can watch the video below…
So now we know that Noah’s Ark did actually exist. But what actually is the story of Noah’s Ark, and what is the significance of it for us today? Well, according to Bible experts, 47 days after the death of Methuselah, that venerable ancient who passed on at 969 years, Noah packed up his family and a whole bunch of animals into the massive ship he had built (think Evan Almighty, but this happened in 2458 BC).
You see, God was fed up with the sin, but particularly the violence that was happening on planet Earth, so he decided that as humans were going to end up killing each other anyway, he might as well give them all a warning and a chance to escape from the inevitable. But atheism was just as prevalent in Noah’s day as it is now, so nobody listened to Noah’s preaching except his own family, and God, true to His word, went ahead and gave mankind a more humane death than the slaughter they were wreaking on each other, and, via Noah’s 3 sons and their wives, and the animals on board, mankind had a chance to start again in a new world, purged of all the atheists.
Fast forward a little over a thousand years, to 1445 BC. Another great man of God you may have heard of, Moses, is busy building another Ark, but this time it’s a lot smaller, and has a different purpose. The Ark of the Covenant, believe it or not, was a secret weapon used by the ancient Israelites to fight the many battles they became embroiled in. Violence had reared its ugly head on the earth again, so God decided that He would provide a new Ark (which contained the 10 commandments on tablets of stone as given to Moses) as a receptacle of His own presence on the Earth. When King David’s men carried the Ark of the Covenant into battle with them, victory was assured. So in a kind of a way, it DOES have the same purpose as the first Ark: inside this wooden box was the key to man’s peace and victory over the enemies of God. The Israelites (the word Israel means man or people of God) had to fight for their survival in a world of atheists who hated God. Are you seeing the common thread in this story?
Fast forward almost 1500 years, and the atheists are getting the upper hand again. Israel is occupied by the Roman army, and the city of Jerusalem is about to be destroyed and the people of Israel dispersed from their promised land. But before this happens, God decides to come down to Earth and live among His people for a while. For about 33 years in fact. God’s son Jesus (or Yeshua as he was actually called at the time) was born as a baby and grew up to be a man. Shortly before the Romans and the religious atheists executed him, Jesus brought up the subject of Noah (recorded in Matthew 24:37-41):
“As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.”
What’s this? Does this imply that God is warning us about a future flood-like event of judgement when once again He will rescue His people before the hand of judgement falls? I believe so, but this time He won’t use a boat, or even a secret weapon. This is the big one. When the atheists eventually take control of the planet and destroy all Godly government on the earth, the Bible predicts there will be a huge battle in the last surviving country standing up for God on the earth. Sure enough, God has collected his ancient people together again in the land of Israel. Fast forward 2000 years to a time the Bible calls the Tribulation. And the rescue plan revealed by Yeshua, and also mentioned in other parts of the Bible, has been labelled the Rapture, although the word rapture was never used in the text of the Bible itself.
By the way, it was never mentioned in the Bible, what happened to the Ark of the Covenant. Here’s one possibility…
Below is actual video footage of the excavated area where it is claimed the Ark of the Covenant lies sealed in a cavern below the Garden Tomb in Jerusalem. The man who discovered it in 1982, Ron Wyatt, cooperated fully with the Israeli Antiquities Authority in his excavation, and the cavern has been sealed off since then. Unfortunately, 6 Israelis died not long after this, in an early attempt to remove the Ark from where it was hidden by the prophet Jeremiah during the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem in 586BC. This is not surprising, as those unauthorized to touch the Ark in the biblical narrative, also died…
Interestingly, Ron Wyatt also claimed to have visited the site of the first Ark’s final resting place on the mountains of Ararat in Turkey. So, to round off the tale of the 2 arks, here is his account of his exploration of the Ark site. This does raise questions with regards to where the Ark really ended up, as there is a conflict with Dudley’s story of an Ark perfectly preserved in ice. Ron claims that there isn’t much left of the ark, just fosilized wood. I’ll let you decide which story to believe.
I tend to believe Ron’s story more, as there is very little to back Dudley Thomas’s account. I did my best to validate Dudley’s story by contacting as many ex crew members of the USS Casimir Pulaski as I could, through the website which was set up by and for ex crew members. I did manage to find a senior officer who remembered him and validated that he was on the submarine, but couldn’t remember the incident he describes. So at the end of the day, if there was an intelligence magazine as he described, which contained the story of the Russian dismantling and removal of a preserved Ark, the truth of that account depends on the truthfulness of the writers, and that has to take into account the political/intelligence purpose of the report, whether it was intended to enlighten or deceive, as much intelligence information is. Then again, perhaps Dudley himself may have his own reasons for fabricating such a tale. I did also contact Dudley by email through his Youtube channel, and subsequently he removed the video from his Youtube account, promising to replace it with a modified version at a later date. As of today, that video has not appeared. However, there are multiple copies of the original online, so the story will continue to circulate, I am sure…
I had a sudden realization today about how I have managed to lose about 8kg in weight over the last 6 months. It’s not that I don’t enjoy food any more, or that I like doing exercise. In fact, it is exactly the opposite. I am basically lazy and don’t enjoy any form of enforced exercise such as working out at the gym. You see, dieting is basically a zero-sum game – it’s calories in vs calories out. Now because I am lazy, I find it too much hard work to be constantly figuring out how much I have eaten and how much exercise I have to do to work it off. I’d rather just eat less – and strangely enough when you eat less you get hungry. Now an interesting thing happens when you get hungry – you actually enjoy your food more when you do eat.
So there you have it – the secret of my dieting success (apart from those wonderful meal replacement shakes which seem to be everywhere these days and are so easy to make – again appealing to my lazy nature). Just be lazy and you’ll lose weight…
OK, so I have oversimplified it – and there is something else that I omitted to mention – the key ingredients in the meal replacement shakes which I have for breakfast every day, are vitamins and minerals, also protein, the basic building blocks that the body needs to repair itself. I also take a daily vitamin and mineral supplement capsule, also zinc, magnesium, fish oil capsules, cayenne pepper capsules and folic acid. I also eat fresh fruit and yoghurt every day. But again, popping these tablets and capsules to me is easier than working out at the gym, and also only takes a few minutes a day. Below is a series of 3 videos featuring an interview with a pharmacist by the name of Ben Fuchs explaining why good nutrition is critical to losing weight.
“Machine Gun Preacher” is a great movie that was released in US cinemas for a week on December 9 2011. It is based on the true story of a man by the name of Sam Childers, a biker and drug dealer/addict who found God and subsequently went to Sudan on a missionary trip and ended up saving the lives of hundreds of African child soldiers. Hence the title “Machine Gun Preacher” – there are some good war action scenes in the movie, as Sam, played by Gerard Butler, fights off the bad guys trying to destroy the orphanage he built for the children whose parents were murdered in the long-running tragedy happening in the northern part of Africa. You can watch the trailer below:
Machine Gun Preacher won’t be coming to the cinemas in Australia, where I live unfortunately, but for those who live on the Gold Coast, there are going to be 3 screenings of Machine Gun Preacher at my church which is Metro Church in Southport on Saturday April 21 at 6.15PM, and on Sunday April 22 10.15M and 4PM. The address is 116 Ridgeway Avenue Southport but you’ll need to get your free ticket by logging onto www.metro.org.au – there wasn’t a link there when I last looked (February 26) but I’m sure it will be up soon. Update March 2012: the link is now there, and anyone wishing to see the movie needs to know that due to limited space, although it is a free screening, a $4 deposit is payable, this will be refunded when you turn up for the movie.
Sam Childers himself will also be speaking at Metro, he’ll be interviewed by pastor Gary MacDonald on May 12 at 6.15PM and May 13 at 8.15 and 10.15AM.
There’s even a song that was written by Aaron Hendra, about Sam Childers, which features in the movie. You can watch video clip of Aaron performing the song “One Man’s War” live below:
“Even if I pay the price of one man’s war, at least I know what I’m fighting for”
This is an interview with Sam Childers where he goes into detail about his amazing life and how it all came about…
In the early 1990′s I came across a second hand paperback book with the title “World Without Cancer”, and it was one of those books that I just couldn’t put down. Little did I know that 2 decades later I would come across this story again on the internet, in the form of a movie on Youtube. The world has changed, and with it the way we digest information. You can watch the movie below:
What’s amazing about this information is that, believe it or not, if true, it has life-changing, in fact life-saving impact on people whose lives are threatened by that devastating disease we call cancer. But unfortunately, what makes this story of a natural cancer cure so astounding is also the very thing that will cause many people to dismiss it out of hand as just another example of quackery, or an urban myth or some such thing. It’s pretty obvious really: if this miraculous cure really worked, why aren’t doctors all over the world prescribing it to every cancer patient who walks through their door? The book I read all those years ago was quite a thick volume, and the reason for that is that it was not just about a simple vitamin called B17, in fact most of the book is devoted to why the medical profession and the world in general does not want this cure to be used by anyone. In short it is about the politics of cancer – how the truth about Vitamin B17 and other natural cures, is suppressed in favour of prescribing other, far less effective but more profitable treatments for cancer. This is why we do not have a world without cancer.
Here’s the good news though: you are reading this article now, and no-one can take this moment away from you. You have just experienced a moment of truth, and if you or someone near to you is suffering from the dread disease of cancer, you have the power within your grasp to do something about it. Regardless of the power wielded by the media, the medical profession, or your own doctor, with the simple information that a few simple seeds can lay waste to cancer cells, lives can be saved and changed for the better. You will find testimonials in the comments section of the Youtube video above, and in other places all over the internet that testify to the efficacy of the Vitamin B17 cure. Here’s a testimonial from Australia about a man who was given 12-18 months to live because of liver cancer but after taking Vitamin B17 lived for 7 years. In the end he stopped taking Vitamin B17 and died within 18 months. Here’s another testimonial from the Gold Coast, Australia. You can go to the World Without Cancer website for more information if you need that.
If you have your doubts about any of the above for any reason, consider this: the Creator of the universe knows more about human biology than any of us will ever know, and He loves every human being so much that He provided a way for us to be healthy by building health-giving qualities into the stuff that we eat. The only problem is that we are eating too much of our own processed, de-vitaminized stuff, and not enough of the abundance of God’s creation supplied for our benefit in the vast ecosphere we called planet Earth. So go ahead, if you have doubts, do some research and I am sure you will find your answers. But if someone out there needs help, do what you have to, to get it to them. By all means, pray for the cancer sufferer if you believe in God, as He does heal supernaturally as well as through the superb healing systems He built into the human body , but just as a car’s engine needs fuel and oil to function, these systems in the body need the right raw materials to be put into them. So we need to consider the possibility that we may be the answer to our own prayers by giving someone an answer that can’t be given by chemotherapy or radiotherapy. Play your part in making our world a World Without Cancer. Pass this information on – Go to the World Without Cancer Facebook page and like it then share the fact that you have visited the page on your wall.
By the way, anyone that wants to try Vitamin B17 can choose from a list of foods that contain Vitamin B17. You can also purchase Vitamin B17, also known as amygdalin or laetrile, online as a supplement in tablet form at websites like Metabolic Products Supply. Because this is a restricted drug in many countries, a good, more readily available source of Vitamin B17 is apricot seeds.
“The cure for cancer doesn’t need to be discovered or invented, it simply needs to be acknowledged.”
Merry Christmas everybody, and good health to you all. May God the Divine Healer bless you at Christmas 2011, for the rest of your life, and into eternity.
One thing I find interesting in life is the connections between different topics, and particularly between people who may live in different parts of the world and at different times. In this post I am going to explore some connections I have come across in regards to something which has been dear to my heart for a long time.
I’ll start at the beginning to give some background to where I am coming from. I was born in New Zealand in 1966, but when I was 3 years old my father took a job in a South Pacific island country which was then called the New Hebrides, but is now known as Vanuatu. So my family (Mum, Dad and my older sister and younger brother) moved from the city of Auckland to the island of Espiritu Santo, where we lived in a little town of a few thousand people called Luganville which was the main (and only) town on the island, the rest of the island was basically jungle, beaches and smaller villages.
To cut a long story short, and to get to the point of this article, the way we got there was by flying on successively smaller aircraft, first by an Air New Zealand DC8 jet aircraft to Nadi in Fiji, then on a Fiji Airways Hawker-Siddeley 748 turboprop from Nadi to the airport in Santo, basically a sealed runway with a small building next to it, built by the Americans in World War 2. In later years this runway was abandoned and the Pekoa airstrip further away from town, with a grass runway, but a better approach, took over as the Santo airport. This meant that future trips to and from New Zealand required an extra stop in Port Vila, as only light aircraft could land on the grass strip, and so we would board a Britten-Norman Islander or Trislander (small twin or three-engined planes) which would get us to Vila where we could catch an international flight back home to visit the family in NZ. We were in Santo for 6 years and so we made a few of these flights in the period between 1969 and 1975 when we moved to Samoa for 2 years before returning to NZ for good. I believe that now Pekoa has been sealed so it is now possible to fly directly to Santo from various international destinations on Air Vanuatu.
To get on with the story, after this early exposure to flying, particularly in the little Islanders, I was hooked, and at an early age I was determined that one day I would learn to fly. Another big influence in my early years, and this is the first connection I am going to talk about in this article, was a book with the title “Jungle Pilot” I read at about 12 or 13 years of age, about a missionary pilot by the name of Nate Saint, who flew a light aircraft in the jungles of Ecuador in the 1950′s and was one of five men martyred by a tribe of native Indians known as the Aucas on January 8, 1956. A movie with the title “End Of The Spear” was made in 2006 about this tragic event. You can watch the trailer to this movie below.
The next connection I made in my quest to be a pilot, is that during my teens and early twenties I became involved with a prayer support group for Mission Aviation Fellowship, the organisation founded by Nate Saint, which at one time was said to have the largest fleet of aircraft in the world, operating light aircraft in support of both missionaries and the remote communities they were serving, in many countries around the world where access is difficult or impossible without the use of light aviation. At that age I was idealistic, and probably not very practical or goal-orientated, so while I had the aim in my mind, of becoming such a missionary pilot, I didn’t really count the cost so did not achieve that goal. I did, however, with the help of my Dad, who gave me $1200 on my 21st birthday for the purpose of flying, achieve the goal of flying solo in a Cessna 152. After that I was involved in university studies and didn’t have money to do much more than the occasional flight, so never achieved a pilot’s licence. Maybe one day if finances permit I will achieve that goal. Anyone who wants to help me with that, feel free to buy either the book “Jungle Pilot” or DVD of “End Of The Spear” from the Amazon store. Who knows, if I sell a million or two I might be able to pay for flying lessons and my own Cessna to fly in! Don’t know if Google will send me that much traffic but here’s hoping…
The third connection I made recently, is that I found on Youtube a video about Steve Saint, who is the son of Nate Saint, the missionary pilot mentioned above. Steve is the little boy you saw featured in the trailer of the movie, and when he grew up, he inherited his father’s passion for Christian mission, aviation and indigenous people in remote countries, and has invented a flying car which is ideal for flying into areas where there are no airstrips. Pretty cool, maybe I’ll get one of those instead of the Cessna! There are 2 videos below, the first shows Steve’s machine driving, and the second shows it in flight. Brilliant!
Finally, on a different note, a few years ago I read on the internet about a man by the name of Lindsey Williams, who started out as a Baptist pastor, then went to Alaska as a missionary pilot, then volunteered to be the chaplain for the workers on the Alaskan Oil Pipeline in the 1970′s. At this point, his life took a different turn, in fact he says that becoming a chaplain on the Pipeline changed his life and opened his eyes to something that continues to drive him to this day. You see, Lindsey Williams became acquainted with some people who he describes as “the elite of the world”. He lived with them for 3 years in Alaska, attended all their board meetings and made some lifelong friends who told him things that he otherwise would not have known. Rather than go into all that, I’ll simply post one of his many Youtube videos below and let him speak for himself…
I still remember where I was on September 11, 2001. At the time I was living in Brisbane Australia, and when I got home from work that day, I thought it was going to be just another evening at home watching TV with my flatmates.
Interestingly, in view of what I am about to say, it was another TV show I had watched weeks earlier which crossed my mind first. That show was the Lone Gunmen pilot, which featured a plot to fly a remote-controlled airliner into the World Trade Center. The full episode is featured below, but if you fast forward to the last 10 minutes of the episode you’ll see the gripping finale as the plane narrowly misses crashing into the WTC tower.
Anyway, on that fateful night while 3000 people were dying on the other side of the world, I was watching a TV show which for a brief moment seemed to me to be a sequel to a show of which I had been looking forward to watching further episodes. Of course it soon became clear that this was an event of historical importance, as over the next hour or so, not just one but two planes crashed into 2 towers, causing them to collapse in their entirety. Or so it seemed at the time…
Fast forward to 2011. This week I watched a video by a Russian ex Soviet nuclear intelligence officer who claims that not only did no planes hit the towers that day, but that their total collapse was caused by 3 nuclear demolition devices buried below the foundations of WTC1, WTC2 and WTC7 at the time of their construction. Apparently he came across the information about the existence of these devices years before while employed by the Soviet military, as it was his job to know about all things nuclear which might affect the Soviet Union in its cold war with the USA. You can see the video below: (there are 2 parts)
Now before you dismiss this as yet another crazy conspiracy theory, consider the following:
The official (and the generally accepted) theory behind why the towers collapsed is not credible for some really obvious reasons.
Firstly, an aluminium tube does not make a good sledgehammer. It’s strong enough for packaging purposes (e.g. as a cigar tube or a beer can, or for carrying passengers from A to B) but when it comes up against 200,000 tonnes of steel in a building which was specifically designed by the architects to withstand the impact of a Boeing 707, there is no contest. A similarly sized aircraft, the Boeing 767 could not slice into the interior of the WTC like a knife through butter, as we all saw on our TV screens.
So why do most people accept the explanation given by the media? My theory is that television, or visual media generally, have blurred our distinction between what is fact, and what is fiction. That’s what I hinted at in the first paragraph of this article. Simply put, because I had seen the “planes crashing into buildings as a terrorist plot” scenario before, in the Lone Gunmen fictional TV show, my mind was attuned to the possibility of it happening in real life. And it was the visual aspect of this scenario that impressed itself on my mind most. So why did my years of scientific education (I studied both physics and chemistry up to Stage 2 University level) not override my credulity and willingness to accept that 2 airliners had taken down not 2 but 3 buildings which were designed by engineers to prevent them from even intruding into the building, let alone demolish them as efficiently as if they had been prepped with explosives by demolition experts? Answer: because I SAW it happen. My eyes deceived me.
The intriguing thing about the nuclear demolition claim is that apparently when buildings such as the WTC twin towers in New York and the Sears Tower in Chicago were first proposed, the city authorities required the builders to also submit a demolition plan, as at some point these buildings would become decrepit and need to be replaced. And get this, the ONLY way that building engineers could conceive of, to efficiently demolish these immensely strong, steel framed skyscrapers, was to plant a large nuclear charge below their foundations which would basically send a massive shockwave upwards through the building, turning it into dust. The same kind of dust we saw mushrooming out of the Twin Towers a decade ago. This was not primarily concrete dust, as most people think, it was mostly steel dust, as only the floors of the tower were concrete, the majority of it was steel, along with other materials. Here are 2 more videos outlining the main points of the WTC nuclear demolition theory:
(The video above refers to micronukes which is a variation on Dimitri’s theory, but is not an adequate explanation according to him)
(This video is a condensation of Dimitri’s theory if you don’t have time to watch the full version, which I would recommend.)
(Update from Dimitri, November 18 2012)
So who did this, and why was it covered up, not thoroughly investigated, as air crashes generally are? According to Dimitri Khalezov, the masterminds were the same people meeting this week at the Bildeberger conference in Switzerland, a shadowy group of elitists who want world government, and who used similarly minded intelligence operatives from Israel and France to carry out the plot. Why would they do this? To justify an all-out assault on the Middle East oil countries, with the purpose of defeating the last remaining obstacles to world government. And that is what we have seen over the last decade, continuing to the present day with a war in Libya and revolutions in Egypt, Tunisia and Syria in the last year. As to why it was not investigated, these people are the elite, at the top of the pyramid if you like. They have the ability to inhibit or control investigation, up to a point. But they don’t yet control the internet.
Still not convinced? Think again about why you believe what you believe. Because you saw it on TV, which is controlled by powerful media corporations who may be influenced by the profit motive, or political motives, or both, or because it makes sense and is in line with the laws of science, or dare I say it, with what God is telling you in your spirit is true? Believe it – or not, as a man called Ripley used to say…
For more information on the nuclear demolition of the WTC, click here.
Here’s an interesting diagram found on Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_weapons_testing
The diagram apparently represents four types of nuclear explosions conducted in various environments:
1) atmospheric; 2) underground; 3) exoatmospheric; 4) underwater.
Now why would they position a certain tall structure above an underground nuclear explosion (2)?
This is a classic diagram from the ‘70s. In those days nuclear explosions were not yet regarded as “evil” and were widely discussed. And it was not yet a big secret in those days – that underground nuclear explosions could be successfully used for demolishing skyscrapers…
This is a diagram of how it was done – one nuke detonated in a cavity prepared 30+ years before the event…
And finally here’s a report about the demolition of WTC 7 and the awareness of it 10 years on…
Update April 2011:
I just found this light-hearted 5-minute summary of the official 9/11 conspiracy theory…enjoy…
I came home this afternoon from an early Mothers Day celebration where much food was consumed by all present at a local all-you-can-eat buffet restaurant, and as I was feeling much in need of a sleep, did so.
When I awoke, I felt prompted to put some of my thoughts into words. I haven’t written a poem for quite a while now, and felt that one was long overdue (my previous poems can be found here )
So here is the poem, entitled “Pearl”
Pearl of great price, and Treasure of worth,
I’ve known You were there since the day of my birth.
These ones who deny you, just what do they see,
In pearls of small value, treasures of earth?
When viewed from Eternity, life is so short,
Each birthday one closer to death, we are taught.
Yet seize on that Pearl, and know you won’t die,
Take hold of that Treasure, Who never will lie.
Start seeing Eternity now while you can,
And know that when death comes you’ll rise like the Man
Who died as we all do, and rose as we may,
Who stepped out before us to show us the way
To walk in His footsteps by faith in this Pearl,
Who paid the great price for each boy and each girl
Who ever was born then learns to believe,
And thus by rebirth, true life can receive.
Keith Green – “To Obey Is Better Than Sacrifice”
I was watching this Keith Green song on YouTube tonight, about 30 years after I would have first heard it played on vinyl as a teenager in the early ’80′s. The title of the song comes from a verse in the Bible, from 1st Samuel 15 in fact. Keith refers to the story in his intro to the song. What actually happened is that King Saul of ancient Israel went to war to fight the Israelites’ arch-enemies the Amalekites. The Bible takes up the story here:
1. Samuel said to Saul, “I am the one the LORD sent to anoint you king over his people Israel; so listen now to the message from the LORD. 2 This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt. 3 Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.’”
But of course Saul knew better than God; the story continues in verse 9:
9 But Saul and the army spared Agag and the best of the sheep and cattle, the fat calves and lambs—everything that was good. These they were unwilling to destroy completely, but everything that was despised and weak they totally destroyed.
So what was all this about? Surely God would be happy that Saul and his men showed some mercy and gained some spoils for themselves and also fulfilled a sacrificial religious obligation at the same time?
Not according to the prophet Samuel:
22 But Samuel replied:
“Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices
as much as in obeying the LORD?
To obey is better than sacrifice,
and to heed is better than the fat of rams.
23 For rebellion is like the sin of divination,
and arrogance like the evil of idolatry.
Because you have rejected the word of the LORD,
he has rejected you as king.”
What I get from this story, and I think that it’s pretty clear to anyone who considers the actions of Saul, is that materialism got in the way of literal obedience to God for this ancient king. And of course, being the king of Israel he took his whole nation down the same path. If he was going to go to war and kill X number of people (it hardly makes a difference how many), he should have realized that the reason why God commanded him to kill in this situation was to bring an end to the hostilities once and for all. He wasn’t being a nice guy by choosing to kill Y number of people instead, while enriching himself and ensuring that the blood feud between Israel and the descendants of the Amalekites would continue into the future. God actually knew better, and Saul stuffed up. And Saul set the spiritual tone for Israel by making the decision to be half-hearted in his obedience, which in effect became disobedience.
So what does this have to do with us in 2011? Well, 3000 or so years later, not much has changed. Materialism still clouds our judgement when it comes to a lot of things. After another of the Keith Green songs I listened to tonight, in wrapping up the concert he challenged the audience to “Make it easier for Jesus to come back this next year, by living the life he asked you to live so that others don’t have to make excuses for the reason why Christians don’t live the way Jesus asked them to”.
That song, “Make My Life A Prayer To You”, answers a lot of the questions posed by the first song. A lot of Christians who listen to the words of “To Obey Is Better Than Sacrifice” feel demoralized and condemned by the seeming legalism behind it. And yet it was Saul’s semi-obedience/disobedience, and his justification for it, that is really legalistic.
And we are often like that too. We stuff up and then defend our actions in religious terms as if God can’t see through our childish excuses for the reasons why we don’t listen to what He has told us, and do it. I often find this same scenario playing out even in my relationship with my wife. She tells me carefully how I should carry out a particular task around the home that I am not familiar with, and I half listen but end up doing it my own way, and then when it doesn’t turn out all that well, I give Leanne my reasons as to why I did it the way I did it. Usually, she isn’t all that impressed, and just asks me why I didn’t listen to her because she told me the way to do it in the first place.
Listening is what obedience is all about, in fact some versions of that scripture use the word “hearken” in place of “obey”. And “hearken” is just another word for “listen”. If you think about it too, making your life a prayer involves both talking to and listening to God. The only thing holding God back from having the gospel preached to all nations, so that he can return, is our obedience. Food for thought in 2011, as the world we live in digs itself deeper into debt, geo-political turmoil, and rebellion against God’s purposes for peace and prosperity on this planet.
When will we start preaching (and living) the good news of the Kingdom of God? Jesus Christ set the spiritual tone 2000 years ago, for His Kingdom, by being fully obedient to the Father in everything He did. All He asks of us is that we spread the good news that He is coming back to inherit his Kingdom, which he will rule with an iron rod, ensuring peace and prosperity for 1000 years. And for those who are obedient in 2011 we can experience a little taste of that peace and prosperity now – not by being greedy as Saul was, but by simply giving up our right to do things our own way, and accepting that God knows better…
Keith Green – “Make My Life A Prayer”
Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’m Greg Annett, and the reason for this site is? Well there’s a story behind it…
Hey, I reserved the domain name of my name (as you do, just so no one else gets it) and didn’t really think much about what I was going to put on it. I got my wife Leanne to run a program called Fantastico which installs WordPress on the domain, and as I couldn’t think of anything at the time, to put as the subtitle of the blog, she just put “Stop Human Trafficking” which is also the subtitle of her blog at LeanneAnnett.com.
I didn’t think much about it at the time, just thought, OK I’ll change that later when I get around to actually putting some content on the site. Leanne’s blog relates to the efforts made by a Christian organisation in Thailand and Uganda among other places, to do something about the trafficking of young children in the sex trade. That in itself is bad enough, and should be dealt with by governments worldwide but for some reason it gets left to people who actually care about the individuals concerned to do something about it. I’ll let you read Leanne’s blog if you want to know more about that issue.
Anyway, back to my story. Somehow in my travels on the web I came across a blog by a Christian fellow by the name of Bill Muehlenberg. He writes about issues like creation/evolution, euthanasia and abortion, and others post their responses on the blog. As I have been aware of the issues for a couple of decades now, most of what I read was not new to me – even this post on late term baby killing, shocking though it is. Then I started reading down through the comments on this post and came across one which had a link to a site called http://LifeSiteNews.com and referred readers to an article entitled “Commercial Markets Created by Abortion: Profiting from the Fetal Distribution Chain” by a student named Victoria Evans, it was her Dissertation for the Licentiate at the Faculty of Bioethics, Athenaeum Pontificium Regina Apostolorum, presumably a Catholic university.
To cut a long story short, I located the article, downloaded it, and was shocked by what I read. If you think exposing young children to the sex trade is bad, have a read of some of the more shocking excerpts from the article which I have posted below (you may read the full article by clicking on the link above).
“According to logs detailing tissue shipments, 155 specimens were shipped in a representative month. These specimens included 47 livers, 11 liver fragments, 7 brains, 21 eyes, 8 thymuses, 23 legs, 14 pancreases, 14 lungs, 6 arms, 1 kidney/adrenal gland and 3 intact specimens for purposes of securing the blood. When priced out according to the “Fee for Service Schedule,” the shipment of parts for the month generated gross revenues of between $18,700 and $24,700, depending upon whether the parts were shipped fresh or frozen. Some sample prices for individual body parts from the above-referenced schedule are as follows: liver $150, pancreas $100, thymus $100, kidney $125, lungs and heart block $150, brain $999, spinal cord $325, bone marrow $350, eyes $75, gonads $550, intact cadaver $400, intact trunk with/without limbs $500, limbs (at least 2) $150.”
And that’s only the money being made from medical research. How about this excerpt, about foetal cosmetic treatments?
Just to put all this stuff in perspective, most people think of stem cell research as being some scientific process carried out in a lab, on cells which have been grown in culture, so that they can find cures for different diseases. Which is all true. Except for a few little details. Firstly, these are human cells we are talking about, and they originate from human beings. Now there are labs which use adult stem cells, ie cells donated by adult human beings who consented for their cells to be used for this research. And in fact adult stem cell research has shown a lot more promise than foetal stem cell research, when it comes to finding cures. Foetal stem cell research has so far resulted in no cures at all.
But foetal stem cells come from babies whose mothers had abortions and signed consent forms which they probably didn’t even read, so they probably don’t even know that a lot of money is being made out of the body parts taken from the baby whose life they decided was not going to happen for whatever reason. And as for those mothers who gave up their children for a few hundred dollars so that another, far wealthier woman could have a “rejuvenating treatment made up of liquefied baby cells”, what better demonstration of the worship of mammon could we find than this? What kind of society allows a situation to develop where one woman is so poor that she has to sell the fruit of her womb just to survive, and another woman is so rich that she thinks it is OK to do whatever she wants with her money, even if it means injecting cells from another woman’s aborted baby into her body for some unproven therapeutic benefit?
This is the kind of human trafficking that has to be stopped, along with the equally sinister child sex trade. What do you think? What kind of world are we living in? Is it a world we even want children to be born into? Feel free to comment.
How do we stop the unseen massacre of abortion? On the lighter side of what can be a very heavy subject, here’s Steve Taylor’s take on how not to:
How to? Well for starters, if you live in a democracy you always have the option of voting for whichever party or candidate is taking a stand against abortion. If you want to go further and take action to change public opinion, there are pro-life action groups like the website I mentioned above.
On the subject of political parties, I find it a curious thing that the left-wing parties eg the Labour Party in Australia, or the Democrats in the US, which are purportedly the parties looking after the interests of the “little guys” in society, generally fail to take any interest in protecting the rights of the littlest people there are, the unborn children who are the most dependent human beings on the planet. Strangely enough, it falls to the right wing conservative parties who we are led to believe are only protecting the rights of the rich and powerful, to take a stand against abortion.
Perhaps, like the ice cream vendor in Steve’s song, who reasons “if we run out of youngsters I’ll be out of a job”, business-oriented political leaders are aware of the negative economic impact of a falling population, which can only be bad for business. Whereas the left-wingers can only see the self-interest of the pro-choice argument which basically reasons “This child is going to cost me time and money and is going to mean changes in my life which I can’t accept” rather than looking at the big picture. But of course that’s politics.
As a Christian, I believe that the biggest picture of all is to get God’s take on the abortion issue. After all He created that child in the womb, and welcomes that child into Heaven when his or her life is prematurely terminated. But I’m sure that He would much rather that child had fulfilled his or her purpose in life, but that means that child has to grow up in a family and be brought up by his or her parents in a loving environment.
And that of course is the flip side of the abortion issue. If we allow these children to live, how do we put in place the support which they need, so that not only the child, but also the parents, are able to live as God calls them to? These are questions which have a broad basis to them, not only political but also social, intellectual and spiritual. At the end of the day, I believe that only with Jesus Christ can the poorest of the poor cope with all the challenges that come with an unexpected or unwanted pregnancy. And of course that is also a challenge to the disciples of Jesus everywhere. How do I love my neighbour as I love myself? What can I do to reach out to those parents and would-be parents in our society who need our help? Just a thought.