The Blind Leading the Blind: Don’t be fooled by “Miracle Healers”

I was going to comment on this later and over time but after stumbling upon this phenomenon that is sweeping across the Christian parts of Africa, I’ve decided to get into this now.

Now, many of us in the U.S. are keenly aware of how big Christianity is in the lives of many Americans. There are “Mega” Churches built like stadiums and theaters that bring in tens of thousands every Sunday. This might be a surprise to many of you but Evangalism is and has become big business over the last 30 years in particular. Places of Worship in the U.S. (as well as in many countries) are tax exempt, meaning the place of worship can use all the money they bring in at their own discretion. Putting aside what is used to keep the lights on, it’s up to the church–and in most cases the Pastor–to decide how the money is used.

What’s most unfortunate is more and more, there are stories of Pastors pocketing the money they glean from their congregations. What’s most unfortunate is these stories are in fact true. The car and jet above are both owned by a pastor. The obvious question “Why does a pastor need a $2.5 Million Jet in the first place?” aside, it is a sign of the times we live in.

It is also the epitome of the phrase “Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” though in this case, it’s a fat “Shepherd” fleecing his flock for very penny they have. The best cure for that is truth, prayer and most importantly, finding a new church ASAP.

Getting back to my earlier train of thought, there is another phenomenon that was rampant in the U.S. that has in recent years started making the rounds in parts of Africa and Asia.

I’m talking about “Miracle Healers”. Here’s a video that illustrates my point perfectly (Warning: Disturbing Content):

…To the untrained eye, this is a miracle.

Those of us old enough to remember seeing the 80s and 90s “Miracle Healings” know this hustle all too well: The pastor “randomly picks” someone from the audience who is said to have an incurable disease and the person is miraculously “healed” on the spot. In the case of this video and many others like it, this was clearly staged and the “healed” was fine all along. What’s most upsetting is they put children up to it to make their deception more convincing.

In addition to “healing the sick and infirm”, some have gone so far as to claim to have been “given the power to raise the dead”. While most American Christians would approach such heresy with skeptcism–as they should–this isn’t the case with emerging Christian populations in Africa and Asia.

The reason I am talking about this and will return to this topic in future blog posts is while we know this is spirtual  deception at its worst, it’s important that the truth be known and that these pretenders be exposed as the frauds they really are.

This video illustrates my point in that regard:

This pastor claims to have the power through the Holy Spirit to command the unborn to move and kick inside their mothers. What you are seeing this pastor do is “demonstrate” this “power”.

Like the previous video, it’s pretty easy to tell this display was staged. Don’t you find it a little strange the pregnant women go into a “trance-like sleep” on command like that? Don’t you also find it strange their entire torso moves? That’s because it’s physically impossible for an unborn baby to move so much and so hard, the mother moves almost violently like that along with them.

This video demostrates that perfectly:

Unlike the other video, the mother is obviously conscious. If the baby was moving as dramatically as the other video appears to show, there’s no way the mothers would not be unaware of it. You can clearly see in the above video the unborn stretching out causes her a bit of pain.

With the other video, you’re made to believe the mothers are “so filled with the spirit” that they’re no longer in control of their bodies. The bible does not teach that is even possible and in fact, the very idea is deeply rooted in Paganism and Spirtualism. There is nothing supernatural about the second video. What you are seeing is simply the mothers “playing along” though weather they are knowingly a part of the deception or not is another matter. This is a clear deception either way.

Notice with the second woman (the one with the blue shirt) when he says “Mama, wake up” her eyes snap open. That’s a clear sign what you just watched was rehearsed in advance. As if to further “prove” his power is real, he “commands” her baby while she is standing. She starts to enter “a trance like state” which again, the Bible does not teach is even possible. All who have a true experience are both fully conscious and aware of what is going on the whole time.

She is clearly faking it. Her laughing at the end should make that pretty obvious. It will probably be explained as she’s just “surprised” but clearly they rehearsed the “demonstration” as she snaps into “the trance” when he “addresses the baby”. While it IS true an unborn baby can hear and recognize outside sounds at that stage of pregnancy, it’s definitely not to the point they can comprehend language and respond on command like the pastor claims–plus she’s clearly laughing along with him at the crowd’s reaction. She’s just moving her waist and pushing her belly in and out but of course, the crowd doesn’t know that. If the baby was moving about as much as you’re made to believe, she’d at least feel discomfort at the sensation. The whole “slain by the spirit” move she does at the end…I’ll cover in a later blog post.

 

This is what a baby kicking in the womb looks like for those who have yet to be blessed to see it up close:

…And here’s one with the mother standing:

Again, the mother is fully conscious and aware of the baby’s movement. The baby also doesn’t cause the mother’s body to move around dramatically. While it IS true the unborn can and does move or kick while the mother is sleeping, the movement wouldn’t be enough to cause her whole body to move, too. Of course, those of us in developed nations are well aware of this.

I have personally felt unborn babies move while their mothers slept. That’s actually when they’re most active according to mant studies: Because the mother is lying down, the baby has an easier time moving. The mother is aware of the sensation but nothing beyond that unless the fetal movement wakes them up in the middle of the night. Those in developing counties would be more likely to believe what you see in the second video is possible. They’re far easier to fool than the Americans of 20-30 years ago so…yeah.

Yes, all of the women are clearly pregnant. What’s truly sad is they were used to decieve the unwise both in the room and watching online. One thing true believers need to do more of is expose these deceivers and what they are doing.

Back to the second video: With the third woman, the footage opens with her appearing to having a seizure and is actually pretty disturbing to watch. Plus she’s clearly faking it by moving her torso–notice her belly doesn’t move at all. This is why I showed you the other two videos so you know what to look for in regards to actual fetal movement. Feeling a baby kick and move in the womb is one thing but seeing it is something else. It’s also pretty obvious it’s the baby moving, not the mother as was shown in the other two videos,

For the last part, the pastor brings out two pregnant women. Again, he “commands” them to “sleep” before “commanding” their babies. With the woman in stripes you can clearly see her lifting her waist to give the illusion the pastor is commanding the baby to move inside her. Of course, the people in the audience have no way of knowing this is what is really happening. They have no reason to believe they’re being deceived, after all.

The pastor tells the crowd the mothers are sleeping but he is “talking to” their babies. No, the mothers are clearly awake and no he can’t actually “talk to” their UNBORN babies, who don’t learn the CONCEPT of language until a few months after they’re born. That said, it actually IS a good idea to talk to your unborn child as they will remember what they learned after they’re born.

The problem: What this pastor suggests is in fact deeply rooted in Paganism and Spirtualism. There is no light in him. In fact, he could be sending an unclean spirit into the unborn. He claims he speaks to them “through the spirit”, which is heresy. The fact that he claims to command the unborn is also blasphemy.  This man has been called out on it and area pastors are warning people to stay away from him.

Back to the  video. He starts to sing and their babies appear to respond in kind by moving around to the rhythm. Again, this is being faked and it’s likely the babies have no idea what’s going on in the outside world. The reason he focuses on the woman on the left is because it’s much easier for her to move her belly compared to the other one, likely because she’s not as far along. This becomes pretty obvious toward the end when he switches focus to the other one. It’s cruel to watch but important to be aware how far these False Christs are willing to go to decieve the most vulnerable.

…The reason I spent so much time on the second video compared to the first is while both demand you accept what you’re seeing at face value, with the first it’s clearly staged. The second one required a bit more explaination to pull apart the trickery. The Bible also warns about this. The devil knows his time is short and is going all out to deceive as many people as he can.

Here’s one more video I want to show you:

…Like the other video, this one is clearly staged. The woman is clearly playing along.

The part in this video I want to zero in on is the phenomenon called “Speaking in Tongues”. The practice, for those who are unaware is deeply rooted in Paganism and Spirtualism. It’s believed a person can “become so filled with the spirit” that they will begin speaking “in the language of the angels”, backwards or in a language they never learned. During this time, they are in a trance-like state and are no longer in control of their bodies. Her husband, who is identified as a fellow pastor falls to the floor on command throughout the video. This is explained as the pastor wordlessly commanding any unclean spirits in the man to flee and the falling is just a reflex of that. I meant that in general, not just in regards to the video.

I saw a segment of 20/20 a few years ago where researchers attempted to record what the brain is doing when someone is “Speaking in Tongues”. They concluded during this time, there is no neutral activity so the mind is like a blank slate. What this means is nothing is actually happening. They’re faking it is what’s really going on. It was a practice someone taught them, likely at some church where they were told it is a sign “they are full of the spirit”. The sad truth is they were deceived.

The end of the video illustrates why these deceivers go to such lengths:

..Free money. That’s the sad truth. These men are nothing but con artists who are using their platforms to milk their audiences for every dime they have. It’s a good hustle, I’ll give them that. Even so, I can’t forgive people who offer false hope and staged “miracles” in exchange for money to the most vulnerable. I find it unforgivable personally. If you need money THAT bad, simply ask like I will in my very next blog post.

Like I said earlier, this was rampant in the U.S. until about 15 years ago when pastors behaving badly starting making the evening news. There were things from pastors having sex with underage girls to pastors getting into fistfights with people in stores, among other things. Due to the bad press, many of the False Christs and Deceivers who were able to left the country, setting up shop in parts of Africa and Asia where it would be much easier for them to continue their deceptions.

It was from these frauds local pastors overseas learned the trade and started doing it themselves. It’s even worse as they mix half-truths will obvious lies to confuse the people. By claiming to be sent from God, they shield themselves from actual scrutiny by the wary and gives their believers a free pass to suppress those who out their lies. If a pastor tells you to focus on them and not the Bible, s/he is a false prophet and a deceiver. Jesus warns about this.

…I avoided this subject on purpose but I will definitely get to Demonic Possession and Exorcisms at some point. What I will say for now is Demonic Possession IS real BUT it rarely looks like what’s portrayed in movies or the staged exorcisms some Evangelicals like to make for TV. I will also say depending on how strong the demon is, it could take days to fully exorise the unclean spirit. Now that I’ve said that, I really do wonder if those pregnant women were actually being possessed. It would make a certain amount of sense now that I think about it.

Anyway, my very next post will be a request for money. After that I will talk a bit about my particular branch of Christianity, which gained national attention because of one of the presidential candidates.

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Why I Believe The Bible is Truth

…This is a quote by Albert Einstein I just happened to find on my Facebook feed earlier this summer. I will talk about this in much more detail in a separate blog post but it felt like a good quote for the tone of this post.

…We are at a point in time where open hostility towards all things God-related is not only encouraged but is considered “acceptible” by the majority of Social Media. You can’t openly discuss God, the Bible or religion in social media threads without being attacked or ridiculed simply for mentioning it. Many high-profile websites either keep religious conversation segregated in one part of their forums or ban the conversation outright.

It’s easy to understand why many websites heavily moderate political conversations. As long as there are people with differing opinions and viewpoints, there will always be the potential for conflict. With Religion, the topic is avoided entirely though the reasons for this depend on who you ask. It’s like I said in this blog post a few weeks ago: Social Media isn’t a good place to have a serious discussion.

This brings me the main topic: What DO non-religious non-believers think about the Bible?

I’ve watched a few Christian programs in which this difficult subject was confronted head-on. The recurring theme is many don’t trust it at all because of how they’ve seen it used by people who identify themselves as Christian. Understandable and also disappointing for all Christians worldwide. Jesus set the example and most refuse to follow it in how they should behave around non-believers. To too many, they feel they are being judged by their Bible-believing counterparts and are made to feel “ignorant” or “stupid” for “not getting” what they have come to know. This is what you call having a poor teacher. It’s a shame as many have been turned off completely from understanding what the Bible says about today’s issues. Issues that have been foretold centuries in advance and revealed by God to his chosen people.

Speaking of which, there are also those who question or rebuke Biblical Prophecy. In very recent years, there has been a renewed effort from Evolutionists to fully discredit certain events foretold in the Bible. The reason for this is obvious: They’ve come true or are coming true exactly as foretold. A Prophecy is not a Prediction: A prediction is a foretelling of what MIGHT happen. A Prophecy is a foretelling of what WILL happen. There is a clear difference.

These efforts are in response to the renewed interest in Christianity in America because of Tyler Perry, Tim Tebow and movies such as The Passion of The Christ. What Biblical events have been called into question? Here’s a short list:

  • The 10 Plagues of Egypt + The Red Sea Crossing: There was a Docudrama that aired on the History Channel–which clearly had Christians in mind–made the case the 10 Plagues described in Exodus were all caused by a volcanic eruption in the Mediterranean Sea, which caused a drought that made the Red Sea crossable. The problem with that theory: The plagues ONLY effected the Egyptians. The Israelites were spared. In case you’re wondering, they expained water turning “blood red” by saying it was caused by mineral deposits mixed with mud. The problem, again is ONLY the Egyptians were affected by all of the plagues. The Docudrama offered no explaination for this clear oversight on its part.  In addition, the Red Sea returned to its bed after the Israelites safely crossed it. Again, no explaination was given.
  • Noah’s Ark + The Flood: Evolutionists concede there WAS a worldwide flood–but it allegedly happened millions of years earlier. They make the case there is “no fossil record” to back up a post-dinosaur mass extinction. This despite the flood itself being supported by the histories of several Middle Eastern and African countries. Parts of the ark itself have also been recovered, refuting all doubt the cataclysmic event actually took place.
  • The Four Empires of the Ancient World: I’m referring to Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome. Yes, people actually question if the Bible got this right despite parts of it coming to pass in the Bible. Daniel is in Babylon when Cyrus–who was named as the one to conquer Babylon 150 years before he was born earlier in an earlier passage–conquers the city. Those who know their history knows the Persian Army marched under the city’s gates by diverting the river that ran through Babylon. This was also foretold in the Bible. God leaves no room for doubt when it comes to Prophecy.
  • “Babylon will never be Rebuilt”: Those who know the story of Daniel revealing King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream know this was the bold prophecy that to this day has NEVER been broken. “The city would lie in ruins, never be rebuilt and no one will live there.” Efforts have been made to defy this prophecy, though: Cyrus, the Persian Emperor tried to rebuild the city but the project was later abandoned. Alexander the Great hoped to rebuild it and make it a summer home but the project was abandoned when he died. Most recently, Iraq President Saddam Hussein attempted to rebuilt Babylon but his efforts were stopped by the U.S. Invasion in 2002. Coincidence? God doesn’t do “coincoincidences”.
  • Europe would never unite”: There have been fervent efforts in this regard over the last 100 years in particular. The reason is pretty obvious: World Wars 1 and 2. Remember the Euro? Great Britain was the only country that refused to switch their currency to the Euro. This ended up being a good thing for them when the country voted to leave the European Union a few months ago. “As Iron does not mix with clay, the nations will not cleave to one another”. Even before this era, efforts were made in the past to unite the continent in different ways. French Emperor Napoleon Bonepart came close. The night before he was going to claim victory, he said “only an act of God could stop him”. That’s exactly what happened the very next day: Due to heavy rains that slowed his forces considerably, Napoleon’s army was routed at the Battle of Waterloo.

 

…There are also those who are bothered by what happens to three people in the Old Testament: Cain, Abel and Job:

Cain and Abel were the first brothers in human history. Cain would also become the first murderer when he killed his brother Abel. Cain was a farmer and Abel was a sheperd. The brothers offered a sacrifice to God. God was pleased with Abel’s offering but not Cain’s. Jealous, Cain later killed his brother. When God confronted him, Cain showed no remorse for what he did. God punished him accordingly. He cursed Cain to wander the Earth for the rest of his life. In addition, God put a mark on Cain so that those who see him will not kill him.

…Some are bothered by both the idea God “put Cain in a lose-lose situation” and the idea “Abel had to die for Cain to be taught a lesson”. Some go so far as to say Cain “was justified because God wanted blood, which he could never give”. None are ever suggested in the Bible. God even told Cain to just do better next time before he did the deed. That aside, Jesus’ death on the cross marked the end of animal sacrifices. The Lamb of God’s death at Calvary redeemed mankind past, present and future.

 

Job’s story is a fascinating one. The story goes, Satan made a bet with God. He said Job only loves him because of all that he has been blessed with. He said Job would curse his name if he lost all of his blessings. This is an interesting situation in which God is challenged to put his faith in Job’s faith in him. God accepts the challenge under the condition Job’s life is spared. Immediately afterward, Job loses everything: His children are all killed in freak accidents, his crops fail, his animals die off and his friends leave him. Hie wife tells him to curse God and die but he rebukes her and continues to profess is trust in The Lord. God is satisfied but Satan ups the ante, afflicting Job with sores from head to toe. His wife is fearful but Job refuses to give up the faith. Having seen enough, God intervenes and not only restores all Job lost but gives him double what he had before.

…There are two main points to be drawn from Job’s story: The first and most obvious is God is not “A mean kid with a magnifying glass” like so many non-believers truly think. God is not the cause of evil in this world. There is more at stake than you can begin to imagine and Job’s story gives you a peek into that. Now you’re probably thinking “why didn’t God just say no?” He certasinly could have, but there was a lesson to be learned here. Not for Job (who was ignorant of the bet between God and Satan) but the reader, which brings me to my second point. The second point is there will be times in your life where everything goes horribly wrong in your life. It’s easy to place blame. What Job did contradicted the usual reflex. He praised God as his sufferings continued to multiply. He would have been right to curse God for allows his suffering but he did not. THAT is what it means to have faith in God. Not just in the good times but the bad times as well.

 

The Bible makes the case there IS hope in placing your trust in God. Contrary to the dangerous rhetoric too many evangelicals like to preach, God wants his creations to love him willingingly, not out of fear. I’ll speak more to this in a separate post but this is one of many dangerous ideologies that is running rampant in so many Christian denominations worldwide. Far too often, many are decieved by those who cherrypick verses from the Bible. While the intentions are usually good, there is a saying I keep in mind: Misinformation is more dangerous than no information. This is also the second post in a row I did not quote a particular verse. I didn’t because I did not deem it necessary for the topic of discussion.

I believe the Bible speaks for itself but I also believe those who truly want to know about it are obligated to read it and learn from it for themselves. Don’t go by what others say. Even when I was learning certain texts as a kid, I would find myself continuing to read beyond the group text. God will give you the wisdom to know what you are reading. No one else can do this for you.

…I will likely spend the next few posts going through a variety of topics. If you have something you’d like to see discussed, feel free to comment below.

 

 

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Can Religion and Science Truly Co-Exist?

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If you share the same principles as Tyson Neil Degrasse and Bill Nye, the answer is no. The “Battle Lines” have clearly been drawn: You either believe in God or you believe in the Theory of Evolution. According to the most furvent believers on both sides, there is no middle ground: You’re either in one side or the other.

…Or are you?

Those who believe in the biblical narrative are called Creationists: They believe the universe was created in seven literal days as described in the Bible and there was deliberate intent behind its creation. This is has recently been called Intelligent Design.

Those who believe in Darwin’s Theory of Evolution are called Evolutionists: They believe the universe exploded into existence billions of years ago and everything that happen simply happened by chance. They believe it took billions of years for the world to get to where it is now.

It is worth noting that in the last 20 years, more and more notable members of the science community have come to the conclusion the universe didn’t “just happen by accident”: Concrete evidence points to “the liklihood the universe was intentionally and deliberately created the way it was by someone or something”. Renowned Physicst Stephen Hawking shocked the science world about 10 years ago for establishing the concept of Intelligent Design.

The very idea of Creationism and more specifically the existience of a God being confirmed by science has certainly ruffled more than a few feathers in the science community. More so given how many of their greatest minds have started to seriously research the Bible to satisfy their own curiousity. Naturally, the Evolutionists can’t have that so they’ve been working to establish proof “religion itself is no different from myths and fairy tales”. There have been Evolutionist vs. Creationist debates in recent years in an effort to “establish” one as the only “truth” that should matter but in each case, the matchup is always done to heavily favor the Evolutionists’ side and disfavor the Creationists’ viewpoint.

..What if I told you that’s because these same Evolutionists who are “so scared of Creationism” have personally come to the same conclusion as Stephen Hawking? What if I told you they are actually looking for something–anything–to prove what they always knew to be true is not a lie?

I’ll talk about this more in another blog post but there is one fundamental difference between Evolutionists and Creationists that is always overlooked or ignored by Evolutionists: The majority of Creationists know why they exist and what their reason for existing is. This is the one area Evolutionists don’t have a counterpoint for because they’re still trying to figure that out.

Why DO we exist? What ARE we here for? Do we REALLY matter? Where did we REALLY come from? There are just a few of the questions that will be explored through this blog. As a matter of full disclosure, I am a Seventh Day Adventist. Those who’ve seen my first blog are probably aware of that much though I haven’t gone into much detail. I intend to do that on this blog.

On that note, most of the updates for this blog will likely happen on Saturdays. I meant to post this last week but I got really busy during the July 4th weekend. Then the recent shootings in the US involving Law Enforcement happened, which I covered on my first blog over the last three days.

Now, one more thing I want to address is who this blog’s intended audience is. Like my other six blogs, it’s for anyone who is interested. Not just Christians of all denominations but those who follow other faiths/beliefs and those who practice no religion as well. Like two of my other blogs, I do take requests if anyone wants me to talk about a particular subject.

As someone who has a track record for writing about difficult and controversial things without being disrespectful to differing viewpoints, my intent is to maintain impartiality in regards to certain subjects. In regards to the Bible, there will be no such compromise. On that note, I will not reference the Bible in every blog post. There will be posts like this one where using text from the Bible is not necessary. It all depends on what the discussion is about.

…One other thing I will do from time to time is tell you at the end of a blog post what upcoming topics will be. I won’t always do it so try not to expect it with every post. On that note, here are the topics I intend to cover with my next few posts:

  • Why I Know The Bible is Truth (The next post)
  • The Blind Leading the Blind: Don’t be fooled by “Miracle Healers”
  • What Seventh Day Adventists Believe (Recurring subject)
  • “I hear Christians believe this. Is it really true?” (Recurring subject)
  • Understanding Daniel and Revelation (Recurring)
  • Christians must advocate for the separation of Church and State
  • Wait, was Jesus really perfect?
  • Can the Bible be trusted on matters of future events?
  • What can be learned from stories of Job and Jonah?
  • How to politely decline Urban/Suburban Missionaries
  • The Commandment Man tried to change

…Aside from the first five, these topics will not be in any particular order. The three after the first will be revisited as needed over time. Those are more open-ended. For those who don’t have a Bible handy, I reccommend using The Blue Letter Bible website and App (Android and iOS). BLB has 14 English versions of the Bible which are widely used worldwide. For the purposes of this blog I will mainly use text from the King James Version (Olde English) New King James Version (Modern English) or New International Versions though I might use the New Living Translation as well.

I hope this post serves as a decient starting point. Look forward to the next post ^_^

 

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