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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Pilgrim’s Journey: The Quest for Heaven: PART 2 (Chapters 1 and 2) (A Novel / Allegory)

This is a novel and an allegorical story about some knights who travel on a quest to reach a beautiful kingdom called the Kingdom of Heaven. As they go, they encounter giants, evil knights, swamps, perils, cliffs, dungeons, castles, evil Medieval lords, traps, dark forests, cunning enemies, and powerful weapons. They must fight for their lives and overcome all obstacles with the use of their weapons and armor, namely the Sword of the Spirit, and the Shield of Faith, and the power of God. 

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Pilgrim’s Journey: The Quest for Heaven

- PART 2 -

Faith Challenged


- A Novel / Allegory -

By: Justin Brown (a pen name)
Date Created: Jan. 23, 2019








Chapter 1







Introduction


Markus Christian and his friends had set out on a journey toward Heaven in the first part of this story. Along the way, they had met up with some other pilgrims who assisted them in fighting many giants, and overcoming obstacles. They had passed through dangerous places, a deadly swamp, underground passageways, dark forests, and on giant-infested land.

All the while, they had seen God’s power manifested in various ways to assist them in overcoming foes too great for them. The power of darkness was manifested in various ways in the first part, but in this second part, you will see how these pilgrims in shining armor face new challenges, new foes, and deadly enemies. You will see how they either rely on God or turn their own way. You will see how grace will give them the power to overcome all obstacles. Or, by rejecting God’s grace, you will see how some of them forsake the truth and sadly perish.

Join us as we present to you the further adventures of Markus Christian, Andrew Strong-heart, Henry Willow, and their companions in Pilgrim’s Journey: Part 2: Faith Challenged.


Azul Cielo Mountains


After successfully repelling the attacks of the giants (See Chapter 8 of Part 1), the band of seven pilgrim knights continued walking down the path through the dense, hardwood forest. Dappled sunlight gleamed off their silvery armor as they traveled for some distance beneath the leafy canopy of oak, beech, and maple trees. Several hours later, the uneventful day came to a close and the men settled down for the night.

The second day passed by, uneventful, and saw them put more miles under their feet. But, on the third day, the pilgrims noticed that the path was climbing a hill toward a mountain range, which rose high above the surrounding terrain, majestic and beautiful.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Pilgrim’s Journey: The Quest for Heaven: PART 1 (Chapters 7 and 8) (A Novel / Allegory)



This is a novel and an allegorical story about some knights who travel on a quest to reach a beautiful kingdom called the Kingdom of Heaven. As they go, they encounter giants, evil knights, swamps, perils, cliffs, dungeons, castles, evil Medieval lords, traps, dark forests, cunning enemies, and powerful weapons. They must fight for their lives and overcome all obstacles with the use of their weapons and armor, namely the Sword of the Spirit, and the Shield of Faith, and the power of God. 


Pilgrim’s Journey: The Quest for Heaven

- A Novel / Allegory -

By: Justin Brown (a pen name)
Date Created: Dec. 4, 2018


Chapter 7










Journeying Off the Path


The small group of 8 men merrily walked down the wide path leading toward the town of Hyper-Grace. In less than half an hour, the men reached the outskirts of what proved to be a large community of about 300 thousand. There were many banks, stores, shops, churches, and businesses in the town, spread out over a large area. Horse-drawn carriages jostled through the city and competed with the crowds of people walking about.

Pilgrim’s Journey: The Quest for Heaven: PART 1 (Chapters 5 and 6) (A Novel / Allegory)



This is a novel and an allegorical story about some knights who travel on a quest to reach a beautiful kingdom called the Kingdom of Heaven. As they go, they encounter giants, evil knights, swamps, perils, cliffs, dungeons, castles, evil Medieval lords, traps, dark forests, cunning enemies, and powerful weapons. They must fight for their lives and overcome all obstacles with the use of their weapons and armor, namely the Sword of the Spirit, and the Shield of Faith, and the power of God. 



Pilgrim’s Journey: The Quest for Heaven
- A Novel / Allegory -

By: Justin Brown (a pen name)
Date Created: Dec. 4, 2018




Chapter 5









Continuing the Journey

The travelers left the town of Worldly-Pleasure through a large, hardwood gate and continued on the narrow path which wound through farm fields. A castle perched on a distant hill watched over the town and fields like a cold-hearted dragon. Red and black flags snapped in the wind from tall poles on its towers. To Markus, the flags resembled the forked tongue of a serpent. He shuddered slightly as he thought of the evil that lurked within that fortress.

Pilgrim’s Journey: The Quest for Heaven: PART 1 (Chapters 3 and 4) (A Novel / Allegory)





This is a novel and an allegorical story about some knights who travel on a quest to reach a beautiful kingdom called the Kingdom of Heaven. As they go, they encounter giants, evil knights, swamps, perils, cliffs, dungeons, castles, evil Medieval lords, traps, dark forests, cunning enemies, and powerful weapons. They must fight for their lives and overcome all obstacles with the use of their weapons and armor, namely the Sword of the Spirit, and the Shield of Faith, and the power of God.


Pilgrim’s Journey: The Quest for Heaven

- A Novel / Allegory -

By: Justin Brown (a pen name)
Date Created: Dec. 4, 2018



Chapter 3











The Battle with Unbelief


The giant suddenly swung his large battle axe at Henry Willow, and the heavy blade struck him in the breastplate. It knocked him off his feet and sent him crashing to the floor. His breastplate kept him from receiving a wound, but it didn’t protect him as well as his shield would have.

Markus ran toward the locked door and tried to open it, but it wouldn’t budge. He was about to strike it with his sword, when Andrew shouted, “Lookout, Markus!”

Just in time, he saw the heavy, axe blade swinging toward him, and he held up his shield to block it. The axe struck the shield with a resounding clang. At the same time, the giant drew a hammer from a holster and suddenly slammed it into Markus’s sword. Markus’s grip on his sword was somewhat weak, and the weapon flew out of his hand. Then, in a quick and fluid motion, the giant reached out an armored hand toward Markus Christian and ripped his shield from his arms. Now, he was defenseless except for his breastplate, helmet, sturdy belt, and protective boots.

Pilgrim’s Journey: The Quest for Heaven: PART 1 (Chapters 1 and 2) (A Novel / Allegory)



This is a novel and an allegorical story about some knights who travel on a quest to reach a beautiful kingdom called the Kingdom of Heaven. As they go, they encounter giants, evil knights, swamps, perils, cliffs, dungeons, castles, evil Medieval lords, traps, dark forests, cunning enemies, and powerful weapons. They must fight for their lives and overcome all obstacles with the use of their weapons and armor, namely the Sword of the Spirit, and the Shield of Faith, and the power of God. 


Pilgrim’s Journey: The Quest for Heaven

- A Novel / Allegory -

By: Justin Brown (a pen name)
Date Created: Dec. 4, 2018








Chapter 1








The Escape


It was sometime shortly after the year 1500. In a valley surrounded by high hills sat a small, Medieval town. Wood smoke wafted up through brick chimneys and into the night air like the breath of a dragon. A man carrying a torch walked down one of the crooked, twisting streets which meandered through the length of the town. Walking beside him, his friend whispered, “We need to make sure to run fast once the time comes.”

Thursday, January 10, 2019

What the Bible Has to Say about Popular Entertainment – Novels, Movies, TV Shows, Video Games



What the Bible Has to Say about Popular Entertainment
– Novels, Movies, TV Shows, Video Games


Numbers 33:51-52 – "[51] Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye are passed over Jordan into the land of Canaan ; [52] then ye shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, and destroy all their pictures, and destroy all their molten images, and quite pluck down all their high places :"

Comment: God commanded the children of Israel to destroy all the graven images, and all the idols, and all the images of false gods depicted on walls. Today, in America, and around the world, movies, TV shows, and other videos display entertainment and steal time from God. Today, entertainment takes a huge amount of time out of people’s schedules. It is a god that people serve around the world.


Psalm 101:3 – "[3] I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes : I hate the work of them that turn aside ; it shall not cleave to me."

Comment: The psalmist declared that he would not look at anything beliyaal (i.e. evil, worthless, unprofitable, naughty, ungodly, or wicked). The Hebrew word, in this verse, for wicked is (Strong’s # 1100) beliyaal. It means: “… without profit, worthlessness; … wickedness … Belial, evil, naughty, ungodly …, wicked.” (From: Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance.) If what we are watching or viewing is beliyaal, we must turn it off and repent.


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

How America Now Resembles the Aztec Empire


How America Now Resembles the Aztec Empire


There were different factors that brought about the end of the Aztec Empire. The foremost factor was their bloodshed culture. Thousands of innocent victims were murdered in human-sacrifice rituals to honor the gods of the Aztecs. Consequently, tribes which had lost family members to the murderous Aztec religion were willing to assist Hernán Cortés in fighting their oppressive overlords. With the assistance of the disgruntled native people, Cortés was able to bring a quick end to the Aztec Empire.

In this article, we will see how America is following, to some degree, in the footsteps of the Aztecs. That may sound very strange to you, but please bear with me as we examine some factors that led to the demise of the Aztec Empire. We will attempt to show how these are related to America.

Monday, January 7, 2019

HOW THE WORLD IS NOT OVERPOPULATED



HOW THE WORLD IS NOT OVERPOPULATED


Aging Population

Mercer, the largest human-resources consulting firm in the world, has declared that the “… UK FACES SEVERE WORKFORCE CRISIS BY 2025”. Mercer has stated on its website that there will be “… a perfect storm of falling net migration driven by Brexit and an ageing population, will lead to a severe shortage in the UK labour market.” (Mercer) [End quote].

The labor force of the United Kingdom is going to decrease so much so that companies “… will face significant costs trying to attract workers with the leadership and skills….” (See “Mercer” in the Works Cited section.) [End quote]. The lack of working age people is due to the fact that UK citizens have had very few children compared to past generations. Fewer working age people means less money to go into the economy and into the social security system. This is a big problem for Britain. But, it’s also a problem for many countries in the world.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

What Catholics Don’t Want You to Know About Purgatory



What Catholics Don’t Want You to Know About Purgatory

Mark Hart, the Executive Vice President of Life Teen, a Catholic youth outreach program, wrote this statement on his website:

"… Catholics still very much believe in Purgatory (Catholics who follow the Church, that is and not “their own” set of beliefs). Purgatory is a temporary state of purification where imperfect saints have the effects of their sin purged.”   [End quote] (Hart).

Scott P. Richert, a Catholic author and editor, wrote:

“Through penitential practices, prayer, works of charity, and the patient endurance of suffering, we can work through the temporal punishment for our sins in this life. But if any temporal punishment has been left unsatisfied at the end of our life, we must endure that punishment in Purgatory before entering Heaven.” [End quote] (Richert). (Posted on Sept. 6, 2018).

The above quotes are verbatim. Catholics believe in Purgatory, which is said to take place after a Catholic dies. According to Catholic teaching, purgatory is a place of torment and suffering. Augustine of Hippo, one of the founders of Catholicism, said:

"That there should be some fire even after this life is not incredible, and it can be inquired into and either be discovered or left hidden whether some of the faithful may be saved, some more slowly and some more quickly in the greater or lesser degree in which they loved the good things that perish, through a certain purgatorial fire." [End quote]. ("Handbook on Faith, Hope, and Charity" c. 421 A.D.) (The quote was taken from: "Purgatory: What …”).

 According to Catholic “church fathers,” purgatory is a place of suffering which supposedly cleanses deceased Catholics of the “stains” of their sins which they did on earth.

To support their belief in purgatory, Catholic websites refer to extra-Biblical writings, such as the Second Book of Maccabees and the writings of “church fathers.” They also take a few random verses from the Bible, here and there (out of context). But, take a look at what Colossians chapter 2 says.

What the New Testament Says

The Apostle Paul wrote:

[Colossians 2:8-15]

"8. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 9. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

10. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: 11. In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: 12. Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

13. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14. Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 15. And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it." [End quote].

In Acts chapter 20, the Apostle Paul wrote:

Monday, October 1, 2018

THE TRUTH ABOUT HEAVEN THAT THE DEVIL DOESN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW (from God's Word)



THE TRUTH ABOUT HEAVEN THAT THE DEVIL DOESN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW

Topics covered in this article:

1. Introduction
2. Why Heaven Is Only For Certain People
3. Who Can Be in Heaven
4. How Heaven Is Beautiful, and How You Can Enjoy That Beauty Here on Earth Too
5. Who Will Not Be in Heaven
6. What Heaven Is, and What Heaven Is Not
7. Conclusion

[ Read this article in a PDF format here at this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/134kUsn1nydRWtwUPHGexFgy48zDajqIv/view?usp=sharing ]
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1. Introduction

There are some important things that the devil (Satan), who is your enemy, doesn’t want you to know about Heaven (or the third Heaven, the paradise of God). Many people have listened to the devil’s lies instead of God’s Holy Word (the Bible). The Holy Bible describes the beauty of Heaven and tells us who can enter Heaven, and who cannot. The Word of God reveals to us truth that gives us the ability to experience a taste of Heaven while still living here on earth.

In this article, we will see who can live in Heaven, and who cannot. We will see what Heaven is like, and what it is not like. One thing we know for sure, Heaven is not like earth. It is perfect, sinless, holy, and perfectly beautiful. (See Isaiah 35:10, Revelation 21:4, and Rev. 21:27 ). There is no sickness, disease, sorrow, pain, or death in Heaven. All is peace, joy, happiness, and rest. Pain is gone. Misery is gone. Boredom is gone. All that is of the earth is gone. Only the basic personality of a believer remains essentially the same, but the believer has been transformed to look like an angel of God (See Luke 20:34-36).

Like the angels, a Christian in Heaven will live forever, will never die, and will be able to worship and praise God in His glory and beauty. A Christian in Heaven will see God’s face and enjoy God’s intimate fellowship in a deeper way than he or she can on planet earth. But, even on planet earth, we can experience deep fellowship, and friendship, and closeness with Abba Father God through Jesus Christ. And, that is what Abba Father God desires, as scripture verses such as Deuteronomy 33:3, Jeremiah 31:3, Psalm 16:11, 1 Corinthians 1:9, 1 John 1:3-7, John 17, John 14, John 15, and so on declare.

1 CORINTHIANS 1:9

“9. God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.” [emphasis added] [end quote]

LUKE 20:34-36

“34. And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage : 35. but they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage : 36. neither can they die any more : for they are equal unto the angels ; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.” [emphasis added] [end quote]

Learn more about salvation through Jesus Christ here at this link: https://exploringchristianity1.blogspot.com/p/salvation-through-jesus-christ_10.html .


2. Why Heaven Is Only For Certain People

Heaven is a beautiful place located in a different dimension far from the earth. It is full of joy, peace, harmony, and happiness far beyond anything most people experience on this earth, in this dimension in which we live. There is no sickness, pain, suffering, or sadness in Heaven because Heaven is perfect and without any sin or imperfection.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

THE TRUTH ABOUT HELL THAT THE DEVIL DOESN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW (Heaven and Hell) (an 11-page article with 9 brief sections)




THE TRUTH ABOUT HELL THAT THE DEVIL DOESN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW

(Read the PDF version here.)


Topics covered in this article:

1. Introduction
2. The Lake of Fire
3. The Bottomless Pit
4. The Suffering of Souls in Hell
5. Why Must Hell Exist
6. Worms in Hell
7. Fire in Hell and Tormentors
8. Why Hell Is Eternal
9. Conclusion

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1. Introduction

Hell is a real place that exists in a different dimension than the realm we experience on a day to day basis. It is a place filled with darkness, fire, terror, and endless torment. The Lord Jesus warned us about it quite frequently in the Gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. King David wrote about it in the Psalms. The apostle Paul wrote about it in his epistles to the New Testament Churches. God had prophets write about it in places such as the book of Ezekiel, chapters 31 and 32.

It is an abode of Satan’s demonic hordes and a place of extreme heat. JOB 28:5 says: “[5.] As for the earth, out of it cometh bread : and under it is turned up as it were fire.” [end quote].

The Holy Spirit, using the apostle Paul, wrote this truth in Galatians 6:7-8: "7. Be not deceived ; God is not mocked : for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption ; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting." [end quote] Those who sow to the flesh will end up without life everlasting. They will only receive corruption in Hell.

But, those who sow to God’s Spirit will have life everlasting. Sowing means to walk according to. If we walk according to the flesh, and don’t turn to the loving and holy Abba God, we will reap corruption in Hell. But, if we walk according to Abba Father God’s Spirit, and repent from sin (forsake it) when we are convicted of it, we will be forgiven.

Fellowship and intimacy (close friendship and harmony) with Abba God is the key to overcome sin and to have meaning, purpose, and happiness in life. Sin is not fellowship with Abba God, but rebellion against Him. So, we must turn to Abba Father God, rest in what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross, and obey what our loving Abba God is directing us to do.

If you have not made Jesus Christ your Savior and Lord, we urge you to do so now. Confess that you are a sinner, be willing to turn from sin (looking to God for help), and believe on the Name of the Only Begotten Son of God, Jesus Christ. Jesus is God the Son. Only Jesus Christ, by His blood that He shed on the cross, can save you from sin and can give you eternal life, healing, and cleansing from sin, and righteousness (completeness). Turn to Jesus today. You never know how long you may live. (Read more about salvation at this link: https://exploringchristianity1.blogspot.com/p/salvation-through-jesus-christ_10.html )

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2. The Lake of Fire

There is a place in Hell called the Lake of Fire in the book of Revelation, chapter 20, verse 14. It is a place of eternal torment which will contain all the souls who do not have their names written down in the Lamb’s book of life, in Heaven.