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Monday, September 25, 2017

TAKE ONE Cinema

Mountain Home, ID 83647
(208) 587-5338
Take1Cinema.com (not related to the theater anymore)
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Customers/community: The owner of our local theatre has closed the doors for remodel effective 8/29/17. We apologize and will keep updates posted on Facebook.  Thank you for understanding! 
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NOW PLAYING:
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CLOSED FOR REMODEL
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ADULT: $9.00
MILITARY (Must Show ID): $8.00
SENIOR (60 & Over): $7.00
CHILD/MATINEE: $6.00
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NOTE: Showtimes taken directly from the theater itself, off Facebook, or off the phone.
Now at Facebook and MOVIE CLOCK.--
See also BoxOfficeMojo.com, MOVIE GUIDE, and IMDB.com for more movie info.
To find people with similar interests, check out Fandata.com.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

HUMAN LONGEVITY, MATURITY RATES & FAMILY STRUCTURE IN THE BIBLE

In Genesis 5, a list of the antediluvian (preflood) patriarchs gives their names and ages at death, with Noah's coming later at the end of chapter 9:
Adam - 930 (v. 5)
Seth - 912 (v. 8)
Enos - 905 (v. 11)
Cainan - 910 (v. 14)
Mahalaleel - 895 (v. 17)
Jared - 962 (v. 20)
Enoch - 365 (v. 23)*
Methuselah - 969 (v. 27)
Lamech - 777 (v. 31)
Noah - 950 (9:29)                                                                          
*"And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him." --Gen. 5:24.
"By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God." --Hebrews 11:5.
Here we see human lifespans approaching 1,000 years. After the flood though, they drop precipitously, God having said in Genesis 6:3: "...My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years." In chapter 11, another list chronicles the decline in life expectancy post flood:
Shem - 600 (vs. 10-11)
Arphaxad - 438 (vs. 12-13)
Salah - 433 (vs. 14-15)
Eber - 464 (vs. 16-17)
Peleg - 239 (vs. 18-19)
Reu - 239 (vs. 20-21)
Serug - 230 (vs. 22-23)
Nahor - 148 (vs. 24-25)
Terah (Abram's father, whose name is later changed to Abraham; Gen. 17: 5) - 205 (v. 32)
In chapter 25:7 Abraham dies at 175 (his wife Sarah having died earlier in chapter 23:1 at the age of 127).  Isaac dies at 180 in Gen. 35:28-29). Jacob is 147 in Gen. 47:28, and his son Joseph dies at 110 in chapter 50:26. Moses lives to be 120 when he dies (Deuteronomy 34: 7). 
In Psalm 90:10, the Bible says: "The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away." Here we see that life expectancy is now 70-80 years old, with some living longer due to "strength" (genetics, diet, overall health, etc.) Life expectancy is now about a tenth of what it originally was, which might beg the question: Is this where the tithe came from (10% of your income) being given to God; the fruits of your life's work, which is a tenth of what it once was?
In Isaiah 65:20, it says: "There shall no more thence be an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old...."  Here we see life expectancy once again reaching the lengths it was back in Genesis, for a "child" is 100 years old.  Given that we live a 10th of what humans once did, this is the equivalent of a 10 year-old; decades are the equivalent of years. What one notices right away is the lifespan, but you might  be missing something.  A 100 year-old is considered a child.  Why?  Most likely because of maturity level.  You see, in a perfect world, or even near perfect, one need not race through childhood; there's no rush, you can take your time to enjoy it, and have time to figure out what you want to do and who you are.  Today, in modern America, we've made up a lot of ground against the curse on the earth with modern medicine, better dietary options, transportation, labor-saving devices, easier access to information, etc.  Lifespans are increasing with centenarians being a lot more common than they were back in the 1970's when they were extremely rare, and ages of 120 years being occasionally seen now.  There's even articles on one day seeing lifespans of 1,000 years. (See here, here, and here.) With this ease of life, some are even said to "act more like children" than adults in their 20's, 30's, and beyond because of a more sheltered life and/or ease of life. For most though, the lifespan has not increased enough for the luxury of an extended childhood.  Life is still relatively short, but in light of what has just been discussed, it can be seen why some are taking a bit longer to mature. 
Given the economy, young people of today are living at home with their parents well into their 20's or beyond. Because the legal age of a voting adult in this country is 18, most are expected to be out on their own at 18, ready or not. (In Numbers Chapter 1, the age was 20.) That wasn't always the case.  Extended families used to be more the norm, with multi-generational households much more common.  The old Walton's TV show illustrated this, with the grand parents, their children, and grand children, all under one roof. Think of the benefits of that for a moment.  Parent's need not farm their kids out to daycare, or leave them to a babysitter, when the grandparents are there to take care of and help raise them.  Older siblings also help raise the younger ones, and also help take care of their aging grandparents, who now can stay at home and not be sent off to some retirement or nursing home.  The family also benefits from multiple incomes, those of the working parent(s), older children with jobs, and the retirement checks/savings of the grandparents even. To be sure, this is not for everyone though, but it is an option.
In Genesis 2:24 it says, "Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh." Jesus, obviously referring back to this passage, said in Matthew 19:5 and Mark 10:7-8: "...For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh...." It might even be inferred from this that, until you're ready to get married and start a family of your own, stay home.  "And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone...." (Genesis 2:18).  If it wasn't good to be alone in a perfect world, before sin and the curse, it certainly isn't now. We're all individuals; not everyone is ready to be on his or her own at a set date on a calendar. Circumstances may dictate otherwise, but that must be judged at that time. Isaac was at home till the day his father died, after he got married...at age 40 (Gen. 25:20).

TIME DILATION IN SCRIPTURE
If you enter that phrase, Time Dilation in Scripture, into a search engine, you'll find several references to how time dilation helps  biblical creation; explaining such things as how light from stars millions or billions of light years from us is visible here on earth. Another perspective would explain the passage of time in heaven (if there can be said to be such a thing), versus elapsed time on earth.
 The story told in school relates that if you were to travel to a star and back, depending on variables of speed and distance, only a short amount of time would have passed for you, but years would have gone by on earth.
Take this in the context of Psalm 90:4, "For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past...." and II Peter 3:8, "But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." Let's do the math: 1,000 years equals one day, then 1,000 divided by 24 (hours in a day) means that an hour in heaven (with the Lord) is 41.66 years (41 years and 4 months) rounded up: 42, and a minute is .69 of a year, (roughly two-thirds of a year, which is 4 months), and a second roughly 2 to 3 days.
As noted above, in Genesis 6:3 the LORD said, "...his days shall be 120 years." Then in Psalm 90:10, we read that, "The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years...." The average life expectancy is 70 - 80 years, with the rare few reaching 100 - 120.
This equates to 1-3 hours in heaven.  That puts James 4:14, "...For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away." in a whole new context! And, while we may miss our dearly-departed friends and relatives in heaven, from their perspective, they barely arrived when we show up as well, so they have no time to miss us. 
This also makes ludicrous the Catholic notion that departed saints could intercede for us with God.  You'd probably show up there before they ever got to ask God anything on your behalf!
   


Monday, April 24, 2017

REINCARNATION

If a devout Christian, a member of the clergy for example, is asked about what reincarnation is, the answer invariably is: demonic possession.  When I first heard that, I accepted that answer, but then wondered how that could be the case.  Given enough time percolating in the back of my mind, the answer was formed.
People who claim, or are thought to be the reincarnation of someone who lived at an earlier time, display memories of that previous life to the point of being able to describe the place in which they lived, food they ate, family members, friends, the politics of the time, etc., etc. How could this possibly be anything else but the reincarnation of that very person who lived and died before the person before you was even born? For the answer to that question, let's examine what a demon, or demonic spirit is.
Demons, or demonic spirits, are thought to be fallen angels and/or spirits of the Nephilim (the offspring of angelic beings--sons of God and the daughters of men--Genesis 6:2-4.  The argument against them being fallen angels stems from Jude 6: "And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day." (Note: these may not be the ones that rebelled with Lucifer, but those "which...left their own habitation" to cohabitate with women in Genesis 6:2.) As to the latter, which would correspond to demigods (the offspring of the gods, Zeus, Apollo, Poseidon, etc., and mortal women), these were said to be dispossessed of their original bodies in the flood, and consequently, have been desirous of having bodies again, possess those of people currently living.
Whatever their pedigree, they are far older than those currently living, and, since people die, would have possessed hundreds, if not thousands, of people throughout history. Wouldn't it therefore stand to reason that they would bring those memories, esp. those of their most recent life, with them to their new host? Given that they wish to deceive people (note the lying spirit in I Kings 22:19-23; specif. vss. 21-22), they would confuse their hosts by tricking them into believing that those were their memories from their past lives, rather than those of an entity inhabiting their bodies along with them?
Think of them as like the goa'uld in the Stargate-SG1 TV series, only without a symbiote, and seemingly much more benign, but with sinister, motives nonetheless, and you'll have an idea of what you're dealing with.

GHOSTS
Most think of ghosts as the spirits of the dead who cannot rest because of some injustice done to them in life.  The only way to get them rest is to help them rectify whatever wrong was done so as to bring them peace. This cannot be the case according to scripture.  As to believers in Christ, Paul wrote: "...to be absent from the body" is "to be present with the Lord." II Corinthians 5:8. (See verses 6-8 for context.)   As for nonbelievers, Christ said in Luke 16:22-23: "...the rich man also died, and was buried. And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments...."  From this we clearly see that the spirits of men do not remain on earth after death; their destination determined by their belief in Him, or lack thereof, in life. This would clearly explain why reincarnated spirits and ghosts are/were not human.
So these apparitions must be something else.  The case can be made that they are the spirits that possessed these people during their lives, that, for whatever reason, have not "moved on" to their next victims.  They remain in the form of their recently deceased hosts, in the places where they lived, to deceive the living. They might even be there to take revenge on those who abused or otherwise wronged their previous hosts in some way. Deception is the ultimate goal though. You might aptly describe them as the Decepticons of the spirit world.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

MURPHY'S LAW: THE CURSE IN ACTION

A universal truth seems to be that, "Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong."  This is an accepted fact the world over, said with slightly different words, but the meaning is the same.  In America, it's known as Murphy's Law.  From whence, biblically speaking, would such a state of affairs have arisen?
The answer lies in Genesis.  After Adam partook of the forbidden fruit, God pronounces judgement in chapter 3, verse 17.  Toward the end of the verse He says, "...cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life" continuing on in verses 18 and 19: "Thorns and thistles shall it bring forth to thee...In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return." This curse on the Earth, or "ground," is further amplified against Cain, a "tiller of the ground" (4:2), after he kills his brother Abel, in verse 12: "When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength...."
Here we see death introduced as the ultimate end, but with a life of toil and sweat now occupying the lives of humanity till then, with the Earth now working against them.  Weeds now spring forth, and the Earth itself is working against man.  Modern agricultural knowledge and the availability of fertilizers, weed sprays, and modern technology have come along way in alleviating the curse in this area to an extent, but the tendency is still toward breakdown and decay.  Order gives way to disorder, and organization to chaos. The second Law of Thermodynamics states that entropy will increase over time in a closed system; that is, one left to itself. This is also a huge argument against the evolution of life as things do not tend toward increased complexity of structure, but towards simplicity. Without constant intervention, maintenance and upkeep, things tend to fall apart if left to their own devices (nature). "Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong."

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

As The Old Saying Goes...

He who is young, and is not a Democrat, has no heart;
He who is older, and is not a Republican, has no brain.
a rewrite, no doubt, of this: 
He who is young, and is not a liberal, has no heart;
He who is older, and is not a conservative, has no brain.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

GOD DOES CARE WHO WE WORSHIP


(All Scripture is from the King James Version.)
OK, the first 3 are covered under, "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." (Lev. 19:18; Matt. 19:19, 22:39; Mark 12:31; Rom. 13:9; Gal. 5:14; & James 2:8.) If, what they meant to say was that we shouldn't judge others based on the given criteria as a condition of our love, that's one thing. However, He NEVER said that He doesn't care who you worship. He cares very much who is the object of worship. Prior to the above quotes in Matthew and Mark, He said, "...Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment." Matt. 22:37-38, and "...The Lord our God is one Lord; And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and all thy strength: this is the first commandment." Mark 12:29-30. This goes back to the first of the 10 Commandments in Exodus 20:3, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." In John 14:6 He said,"...I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
This point is further emphasized in the book of Isaiah. Beginning in chapter 40:18, "To whom the will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare to him?"
40:25: "To whom then will ye liken me? or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One."
42: 8: "I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images." 
43:10-12: "...understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour. I have declared, and have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God." 
"In 44:6: "Thus saith the LORD . . . I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God." 
In verse 8: "...Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any." 
In 45:5-6, "I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me...there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else." 
Again in verses 21 and 22, "...there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me. Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else." 
In chapter 46:5, "To whom will ye liken me, and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be like?" Again He says it in 46:9, "Remember the former hings of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me." 
In 48:11, He said, "...I will not give my glory to another."
As if to emphasize the difference between Himself and us, or anyone else, He also says this:
55:8, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD."
55:9, "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." 
In 66:1, "THUS saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me?"
 He couldn't be any clearer on this.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

THE BIBLE AND CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

When people speak on th issue of capital punishment and the Bible, they usually begin and end with the 7th Commandment as given in Exodus 20:13 (and repeated in Deuteronomy 5:17-KJV): Thou shalt not kill. They seem to miss the following verse in Exodus 21:12: "He that smiteth a man, so that he die, shall surely be put to death."  They often skip to verses 23-25 in Exodus 21 about "...thou shalt give life for life, Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe."  They mumble something about "Two wrongs don't make a right," and if we did this, then "the whole world will just end up blind and toothless" as if everyone is guilty of these offenses.  Really?
The reason for the death penalty is to prevent more murders by the same individual if he or she were ever  released, and to further dissuade others from committing such acts. The fact that it is clearly talking about murder, is made plain in Numbers 35:16, 17, & 18, where the phrase: "...the murderer shall surely be put to death." is repeated 3 times, no matter the method used to commit the act. Verse 21 further states, "...he that smote him shall surely be put to death; for he is a murderer...." To further drive the point home, and make it abundantly clear and remove any doubt, verse 30 says: "Whoso killeth any person, the murderer shall be put to death...." The fact that the killing is not self defense, is made clear in verse 31: "Moreover ye shall take no satisfaction for the life of a murderer, which is guilty of death: but he shall surely be put to death."
Again, the meaning is made plain, in no uncertain terms, here.  There is no need to change Exodus 20:13, and by extension Deuteronomy 5:17, to say: "Thou shalt do no murder." as some have suggested, when a thorough study will make the meaning clear. Proverbs 30:5-6 states: "Every word of God is pure...Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.