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While America is busy attempting to unravel and mentally sort the tragic and horrific shooting massacre that occurred in Las Vegas over the weekend, one fact remains: The Las Vegas shooter didn’t know God. This fact alone is one many people might rather ignore but its reality is undeniable and deeply important. This may seem like a trivial matter to some but had this man Stephen Paddock believed in God by trusting in Jesus Christ for his salvation he wouldn’t have committed this heinous crime. This goes for anyone, at anytime. What do I mean you ask?
Clearly the world is crumbling and falling apart. People are more and more seeking to break the law and do harm to others. The Las Vegas shooting demonstrates more of the same.
However, God has spoken a stern warning to all who seek to ignore Him. We have all broken His Law (the Ten Commandments). As lawbreakers or transgressors of the law we are all slaves of sin (doing evil). Therefore we are all under a curse. Sin clouds our minds and blocks our view (or a correct view) of God. As a result we are self-seeking sin-filled creatures who are at enmity with the God of the universe. We shoot, murder, lie and cheat. In the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve, our relationship with God was broken.
Sin is transgressing or breaking God’s law.
Have you sinned?
Broken God’s commands?
Are you willing to seek God?
These are just a few of the Ten Commandments. It’s evident we are all guilty of breaking God’s God’s law, the perfect standard for what is right and wrong. Therefore since God is holy, perfect and He cannot have sin in His presence (Psa. 5:4, Hab. 1:13) we deserve His righteous judgment in Hell.
Therefore, we need a Savior–a way of escape from His judgment for sin. (James 2:10)
Just because Mr. Paddock did not have salvation in Jesus Christ and a relationship with Him doesn’t mean it’s too late for us. We are all given a limited time on this planet. You may not have tomorrow or another minute to seek out God.
If you would like a more detailed version of what I have posted about salvation please take the good person test. Right now Bibles are plentiful in the United States. (They even have them at Dollar stores!) Please pick up a Bible and start reading in the book of John (or wherever God is leading you to start reading). Just start in His Word. When you have questions seek out answers but don’t stop looking in God’s Word.
I am not a pastor (or even part of any church leadership) but a guy with struggles, faults and battles with sin who’s only desire is to point people the right way which is to know Jesus Christ. If I can be of any help don’t hesitate to ask.
Thank you for reading this important post.
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I wanted to believe the Solar Eclipse of 2017 was real, but I couldn’t see it. Today August 21, 2017 there is expected to be a total eclipse of the sun by the moon but I’m not sure I believe it. It’s not that I didn’t want to believe either. I really wanted to see to the eclipse–I even brought my camera so I could show you. The trouble was that where I live the sky was overcast and the air carried a dull orange tint from nearby wild fires. I trust my eyes and I believe what I see. Perhaps you see what you believe. Yet, I scanned the skies in vain seeing only cloudy skies, fog and orange haze. Unless you count the fog, as far as I’m concerned there wasn’t any solar eclipse.
Of course if I should truly doubt the solar eclipse really happened, I don’t have to go far to find the truth. In fact, according to eyewitness accounts there actually was a solar eclipse. I even read about it online and saw some videos of what some eyewitnesses described as an “amazing” event. Some people say it was showing the hand of God. While others were simply awestruck. Should I believe them? I don’t know these people. How do I know these accounts and videos aren’t fabricated or made up? But I still want to know if it’s all true and there is not a good reason not to believe there was actually a solar eclipse.
Many people don’t believe in the God of the Bible. Most often our preconceived worldviews get in the way of believing in Him. Yet not like believing or not in the existence of an eclipse, many people hate or distrust the God of the Bible. Many of us by nature don’t want to hear what His word says about us. Maybe you have been hurt by someone who claims to know God or know someone who has been. Perhaps there is great pain or trail in your life that hinders you from believing God. I have battled things like cancer and depression and know about that kind of pain. Yet none of these things disprove that God is real. In fact it’s just the opposite.
There are hundreds of eyewitness accounts and testimonies of the reality of God and who He is. There are eyewitness accounts of Jesus and who He claims to be. Perhaps you have heard or know someone who has said they would believe in God of the Bible if He would only show Himself to them. The solar Eclipse did not show itself to me. Why should I still believe it was real? I even went looking for it outside and did not see it with my eyes because there were clouds in the way. Yet, does that mean it didn’t exist? Of course not. However I have a choice to make. I can choose to believe whether the eyewitness accounts of the actual event are true or not. Similarly, God has revealed Himself to us in His Word. Jesus Himself has made claims about who He is and any person can freely examine these things to see if they are so. God will not hinder any person from seeking Him, if and when they choose to do so.
I suspect rather, any person who doesn’t believe in God is being hindered by their own selfish desires and lusts. Simply put, they don’t to find God or God to find them. Sort’ve like a thief doesn’t want to find a police officer. That had been true for me in my life.
“Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near.” Isaiah 55:6
“The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:10
“Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6
You know this, the world is crumbling and falling apart. People more and more seek to break the law and do harm to others. However, God has spoken a stern warning to all who seek to ignore Him. We have all broken His Law (the Ten Commandments). As lawbreakers or transgressors of the law we are all slaves of sin (doing evil). Like the clouds blocking my view of the eclipse, sin blocks our view (or a correct view) of God. As a result we are self-seeking sin-filled creatures who are at enmity with the God of the universe.
Here’s our biggest problem. To enter heaven, God demands holiness, perfection and a sinless life.
Have you sinned? Broken God’s commands? Are you willing to seek God? To get started, try this quick test.
These are just a few of the Ten Commandments. We are all guilty of breaking God’s perfect standard. But since God is holy, perfect and He cannot have sin in His presence (Psa. 5:4, Hab. 1:13) we deserve His righteous judgment in Hell.
Therefore, we need a Savior–a way of escape from His judgment for sin. (James 2:10)
So what are the top, most realistic, most exciting, graphically pleasing, sandbox style police games/sims available in 2017? Unfortunately, I know of none to speak of……..yet. Not to fret though, Wingman Games is currently working on fixing that with the development of Police 10-13. Police 10-13 is a game that has the potential of finally raising the bar in gaming and filling a void in the gaming world with a realistic quality police simulator.
The gaming world is known for all genres and styles of kids and family games. Some kids games (and family games) feature adorable animals, digital dolls, bricks, puzzles, building skills, driving, racing and more. Then there are also realistic simulation style games such as X-plane and FSX or various vehicle simulators which allow a person to drive and race cars, drive a truck, a tractor, a ship and even a train! He or she can build a model city, manage a town, go to war, shoot zombies, shoot aliens, shoot people, inhabit alien planets, build roller coasters, fight monsters and demonic beings or even kill the police. Most of these games feature excessive violence, sex and such grotesque profanity not even gamers on YouTube will use it on their channel. It’s true the modern gamer has many gaming options available. However, if you are searching or have been searching like me, for a game that respects and features law enforcement as the hero in an open-world style environment, you will be disappointed.
The most disappointing part about my search for a good police game is not that it doesn’t exist. With the more recent advancements in computer graphics and technology, I have been especially disappointed to find out this type of police game isn’t only possible to make but it could have already been done. In fact, in the past 15 years of gaming, game developers have already built police and law enforcement models and vehicles right into their games and they did it well. GTA 4 and 5 for example, have featured great looking graphical representations of police and law enforcement operations–just from the wrong side of the law. Driving simulations and games such as The Crew, various truck simulators, and many Need For Speed titles have also featured great looking police vehicles, chases, sounds and lights. However, for gamers looking for a that realistic yet fun police simulator, these games are not.
The biggest problem with these games has been their lack of option and/or unnecessary content. Any open-world game like as GTA does not give the player the option to remove excessive violence, profanity and unnecessary sex, nor do they allow one to play as the police. If such a game does allow one to play from the law enforcement side of things, such as NFS Rivals), they are always accompanied by unrealistic side affects built right in. These highly unrealistic modes or features can include but are not limited to: ramming, shooting, shocking, more ramming, jamming and similar abilities in order to get another vehicle to stop during a chase, (again, think NFS Rivals or NFS: Hot Pursuit). Albeit these unrealistic features add brief moments of gaming joy, but generally I find their inability to allow role-playing as a police officer in a respectful and realistic manner will always hinder any chance of these types of games from becoming truly great.
The good news is that for the millions of gaming fans who have been seeking (and patiently waiting) for a graphically feature rich open-world game which represent law enforcement in a positive light, will finally get their wish. Many law enforcement and gaming fans like myself are anticipating a great police experience in the eventual release of Police 10-13. This game promises to be all the things many gaming police fans are hoping for–without skimping on graphics and overall quality. (Support Police 10-13) (Roadmap of Police 10-13)
For now, there is another game I have recently discovered (despite being released in 2006) called 911 First Responders/Emergency 4 and although not open-world, it does feature law enforcement and first responders in some realistic situations. The game may be graphically dated and not a third-person sandbox style game but there is the ability to add MODS which for me breathes fresh life into this top-down strategy based game. Find my review on Steam here.
Also worth mentioning is a game called Enforcer: Police-Crime-Action. If you can find it for $5 or less this game is worth playing. (Note: Steam has periodic sales) The game is an open-world style game which allows the player to take on the role of a police officer, sort of. Enforcer is an indie game which can be modded also helping to lift some of its built-in but nearly game breaking limitations. The graphics are somewhat dated but for a cheap price it’s worth a look. Find my review on Steam here.
Like many things, the gaming world is no stranger to oddities. And when it comes to open-world sandbox style games this reality takes center stage. For me, simulation gaming is not only fun but can also be educational. Gaming for many is visual so when a game creates a breathtaking realistic looking environment to play in, both casual and die-hard gamers take note.
For example, flight sims such as X-plane or Microsoft Flight Simulator have the ability to carry one to another place all from the comfort of the home computer. These games are not only fun but for the most part they provide a clean, safe, toxic and profanity free entertainment. Many driving sims such as American Truck Simulator and similar games rise to the same level of gaming entertainment. Even games like NFS Rivals, or Forza games allow for relatively toxic free gaming environments. Enter open-world games such as Grand Theft Auto, Saints Row, Watch Dogs 2, Assassins Creed to name a few, and a person’s toxic free gaming experience vanishes.
Let me explain. The graphics of X-plane 11 rise to a new standard in realism as do the graphics for most modern open-world games such as GTA V. However, besides the sandbox nature of both games and the visually stunning graphics, there isn’t much to compare in terms of the quality of content. Which brings to me my main point about gaming.
Where is the open-world game as visually mesmerizing as GTA V or X-plane 11 and one that features free roam driving, flying etc but without the vulgar profanity, obscene sexual content and excessive violence? I have no doubt developers have the ability to develop such a game. In fact GTA games would get my vote (and many others) if they had removed (or allowed for) the removal of swearing, unending blasphemy and lewd sexual content. After all, kids do play these types of games–lots of kids. And why do they? I doubt it’s for the grotesque sexual content or even the swearing. I believe millions of kids (and adults) play open-world games because they are fun to explore, free roam, and do stunts within a graphically rich environment. It is my view that exposing anyone to lewd sex acts, treating women as nothing but sex objects, glorifying murder and raw abuse and wrapping it with unending cussing only will prove to degrade and desensitize society against such behavior. (These points alone is why Barack Obama was and is so popular and Donald Trump or Ted Cruz is not. It is also a principle reason why Jesus was murdered and God is hated.)
Let me ask this. What does driving a car have to do with citizens on the street insulting and swearing at you when you pass by? Nothing. What does flying a plane or helicopter have to do with featuring inappropriate sexual behavior? Nothing. What does getting the choice to drive various vehicles featured in-game have to do with waterboarding and torture of fellow human beings? Nothing, that is unless developers choose to write a story which includes it. And with all open-world games that I know of, this has been essentially the case. Yet, as developers have shown the corruptness of their hearts by writing these types of sub-par stories, a developer and game company could raise the standard in gaming and write a truly great story that all adults and teens could enjoy.
There is one game that is currently in development that I hope will be one of the first, if not the first to raise that standard for open-world gaming. That game is called Police 10-13. It aims to be a realistic police simulator set in an open-world environment. Police 10-13 has great potential to become a one-of-kind sandbox game featuring beautiful graphics without the unnecessary baggage that has kept so many people from playing other open-world games.
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First, I am an adult who enjoys playing simulation style video games. And like many other people who live on this planet that God has created for us to live on, have beliefs and boundaries that we do not seek to cross. That does not mean we don’t like to have fun.
It’s too bad someone doesn’t make a game with the beauty, magnitude and detail seen in the map featured in GTA 5 and others. Will we ever see a game that can be freely explored on land, by rail, in the air, in or on the water without being subject to hate-filled angry citizens who repeatedly insult, curse or swear whenever they are passed. When will there be a beautiful game world that does not feature vulgar, immoral sexual encounters, unnecessary violence and murder? For people who believe this is acceptable and simply part of the game, it’s no wonder so many people would have no desire to go to heaven in real life. Maybe now would be a good time to pause to take the good person test.
In a game I would play, there would naturally be some blood if an in-game police officer or criminal was shot (part of police and military work by the way). Why should this be considered excessive violence? It wouldn’t be in my kind of game. And in my kind of game there would be a filter option for people who might want to remove blood completely. In my kind of game, unnecessary anger and vulgarity would not be found.
Speaking of filters, as far as I know, GTA developers have never included an offensive content filter in any of their games. And why not? They target 17-year-old kids. They target adults. They target anyone who wants to explore a beautifully crafted game world and drive a car, plane or boat. What kid doesn’t want to drive a car, train, plane or boat, do stunts or see explosions. I know I do and I am not a kid.
Reality shows us that there is a blatant disdain for moral values (especially Biblical ones) among developers—hence games that feature fun plus unnecessary trash are created. It’s true that as much as the developers may disagree with my worldview and participate in these types of vulgarites in real life (or simply lack a mindset that fears God), does not mean that there aren’t people (like myself) who disagree with this Godless lifestyle. And it certainly does not mean we don’t desire to drive a car or complete missions in game like GTA 5 that can be vulgar and hate free. We already have mods (that crash) which allow this type of adventure, so why not a complete standalone game?
If you agree, let me know in the comment section below!
Jacob assured me he would be glad to help should the need arise.
“Thank you.” I told him feeling grateful for his help.
I still had questions I wanted to ask her. Did she have family in the area? Where was she headed to before we were forced to evacuate the airport? And none of us knew her name.
Jacob interrupted my thoughts. “So you’re a Christian?” he said directing his question to me. I sensed an air of disappointment in his voice.
“Yes I am,” I said. “But I need to clarify the word Christian because it means different things to different people.”
I wanted to clarify what I meant in detail but still wondered what he meant by saying he was more Jewish so I decided to ask. “I am curious about what you meant when you said you were more Jewish? More Jewish than what?”
Jacob seemed hesitant to answer. “Um, that’s a good question…..” he paused for a moment, then continued. “I believe in God from the Torah, but there are things in the Bible I don’t believe.” he said.
“Like what?” I quickly responded.
Traffic had been steadily crawling on the interstate for some time now, but at least we were moving—even if it was only about fifteen miles per hour.
Jacob continued. “Well, like the Messiah—Yeshua as mentioned in the New Testament. I don’t believe He has come yet despite what you probably believe.” he said. “The Jesus mentioned in the Bible makes outrageous claims about His deity which I just don’t see as possible. There are other things I don’t know but we can discuss them if we have time.”
Russell quickly spoke up. “Well to me all the religions are a load of bunk.” He said sounding irritated at the direction of the conversation. “Especially when they teach that if you’re not a follower of them you must be killed.”
Now I am not speaking about a physical war or a nation at war with another nation or people at war another group of people (all which may be true). (However, these types of wars are evidences of the big war I am referring to). The war I am talking about is a spiritual one. This war is not between flesh and blood. This war is for the hearts and minds of every single person on the planet and it’s ultimately against God. As Christians we must not let up in fighting the good fight of faith and sharing the truth of who Jesus truly is. If we don’t, millions of people will be going to hell forever. This is not God’s way. Jesus asked Peter, “Who do you say that I am?”
So today I ask the same question. Who do you say that Jesus is? Was He just a man or something more? Because if He was something more, shouldn’t we all find out what that is?
When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. Matthew 16:13-17
God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory. 1 Timothy 3:16
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:1-5, 14
God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
Billions of people are posting each day on the internet. Some things that are posted to their blogs matter more than other things but I urge you not to shrug this post off as just another blog post and/or religious person’s crazy post who doesn’t get many views. If you have questions about God, the Bible, heaven or hell, etc you need answers. And you need the right answers. If you are mad at God, Christians or both you need answers. If you are mad at anybody you need answers. For sure all of your questions may not have satisfactory answers right now but the ones God wants us to know right now do. We may not like the answers but God always will give the correct answers. You owe it to yourself to get answers to your questions but most importantly to find out for sure what happens after you die because you may not have tomorrow. Thank you for your time.
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A recent poll found that a majority of Democrats believe Christianity is as violent as Islam. Ludicrous? Crazy? Certainly but there is more to the story. I would like to take you back over 2000 years ago as we consider for a moment another “poll” and ultimately a verdict reached by a majority of people.
[The following is from Mark 15:7-15
And there was one named Barabbas, who was chained with his fellow rebels; they had committed murder in the rebellion.
Then the multitude, crying aloud, began to ask him to do just as he had always done for them.
But Pilate answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?”For he knew that the chief priests had handed Him over because of envy.
But the chief priests stirred up the crowd, so that he should rather release Barabbas to them.
Pilate answered and said to them again, “What then do you want me to do with Him whom you call the King of the Jews?”
So they cried out again, “Crucify Him!”
Then Pilate said to them, “Why, what evil has He done?” But they cried out all the more, “Crucify Him!”
So Pilate, wanting to gratify the crowd, released Barabbas to them; and he delivered Jesus, after he had scourged Him, to be crucified. ]
A murderer by the name of Barabbas was chosen by the people instead of a peacemaker. Jesus Christ the only true Peacemaker was put on trial and found not guilty yet was murdered in the place of a murderer. When Jesus was standing before Pilate, the crowd began chanting “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” Are we any different today? Has our hearts changed or are we seeking again the murderer instead of the Peacemaker?
As God Himself, Jesus Christ willingly died to pay the penalty of us breaking God’s law. Check this out. Ever lied? Stolen something even something small? Ever lusted after another person? Jesus said lust is the same committing adultery in the heart. Always put God first in your life? Ever taken God’s name and used it as a cuss word? Muhammad and Hitler are not even hated as much to use their names to express disgust.
These questions reflect just a part of the Ten Commandments. They (the Ten Commandments) are a mirror showing us how we have all broken God’s law. We deserve Hell. We cannot keep God’s law and yet God demands perfection and complete holiness to enter Heaven. (In other words a person who could fulfill the whole law perfectly could enter Heaven).
God provided the perfect sacrifice, the one person who has ever been perfect and be sinless. Of course only God Himself is the only One who could fulfill this. Therefore as God in human form, Jesus Christ paid a penalty we could never pay so that all who repent and trust in Him alone can enter Heaven. Jesus rose again after three days in the grave defeating death (the second death, Hell – see Revelation 21:8).
“The cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8
So whether we think Christianity is like Islam or not, there is still hope. Our once broken relationship with God can be restored because of what Jesus Christ has done for us!
“God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
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