Bible: Why God "lets it happen"

>> Saturday, June 23, 2007

People observe what goes on in the world, what goes on in America, and if they're of Christian persuasion they soon arrive at the question as to why YHWH would allow such horrible things to go on in the world. Namely, we see atrocities such as the 9/11 attacks, widespread school shootings, and all other sorts of crazy things. This is a question that is easy to answer, but the answer is simply one that is difficult to accept. It might be easier to understand if taken from a different perspective, however.

We as Christians are fairly knowledgeable that our God has the power to affect countries whichever way He pleases. It should go without arguing that He has the power to do whatever He pleases in any situation. We also readily accept that YHWH may very well punish some other heathen peoples for not observing His ways; He has done it all so many times throughout history and it makes perfect sense. Knowing this, would you move your family to one of these countries and expect YHWH to change that country just for you? Although it may be argued that as YHWH has watched over single families, even indeed specific individuals, in the midst of an ungodly nation, you would NOT purposefully tempt YHWH by knowingly placing your family in a troubled land.

On the other hand, what if that country moves to you? It's not as strange as it sounds; it is not the physical location of the country which YHWH is angered by, but the actions of the people who live within it. And in that light, if there were massive waves of immigration from a heathen country to a godly one, it can only be expected that the blessings or curses for the country will parallel the actions of the population. Would that the immigrants converted to the ways of the Godly, but sadly and more often it is the other way around.

As is and has been the case for America. The priests and rulers, and yes even the average family in America have long been following the ungodly, rather than the other way around. And it looks like there's no stopping it. The most cursory glance at the headlines today shows the following news:

In the article, "NYC Has Reason to Celebrate Gay Pride," on we find the quote: "We are now more sure than ever that New York will do the equal and just thing," said Cathy Marino-Thomas, co-executive director of Marriage Equality New York, a group that promotes legalizing gay marriage.

The media is also pushing articles about the election, saying that even though Hillary Clinton (as she is now changing her name) is the most disliked candidate, she's also the most likely to win. This is insanity for Christians because she is easily one of the most anti-Christian candidates possible.


But this is the way it has been. When a country turns against YHWH, it becomes a vicious circle, and evil leaders take over thus driving the country further away. It's as if on the whole, a country has to be driven to destruction before it will return to Him.

In Nehemiah 9:34-37 we see a similar historical account: 34 Our kings, our leaders, our priests and our fathers did not follow your law; they did not pay attention to your commands or the warnings you gave them. 35 Even while they were in their kingdom, enjoying your great goodness to them in the spacious and fertile land you gave them, they did not serve you or turn from their evil ways. 36 "But see, we are slaves today, slaves in the land you gave our forefathers so they could eat its fruit and the other good things it produces. 37 Because of our sins, its abundant harvest goes to the kings you have placed over us. They rule over our bodies and our cattle as they please. We are in great distress.

The reasons for this distress are shown in Judges 3:4 4 They [the tyrannical rulers] were left to test the Israelites to see whether they would obey the LORD's commands, which he had given their forefathers through Moses.

It's all very simple, but people don't want to accept it because they believe they are not part of the problem. It's not an easy thing to accept, but we must realize our errors and turn to Him whenever possible.


UT2004: Stretching long unused muscles...

>> Tuesday, June 19, 2007

It was the tiniest edit, but I actually got the UDE open and made a successful tweak to the SeaPack code, now! Awww, yeah. That's so good. I'm in the middle of a three-day conference (Flashbelt) so I'm away from the computer for the most part, lately, but I'm planning on getting back into the editing mode as I have time. And it seems to be happening more often because I've just got the editing bug again, I guess!

I also found a SCUBA gear that someone made, for AS-Abyss-Lite, an incredibly amazing assault map that I'm shocked and surprised that I missed. I'll have to contact the creator to see if I can include it - or at least parts of it which might make more sense(?) - in the SeaPack.

I want to create this SeaDoo Explorer as a main tool in playing any SeaPack level, because it really sucks to jump out of an exploding vehicle and find yourself floating in the middle of an ocean. More oft than not I just suicide and start over.

We had a LAN party this past weekend with 6-7 players attending. Gigglepuss tried to jump in online, but whether his kids got in the way or he just didn't have the right files, he kept bailing out. But overall it was pretty fun. We played a good lot of the SeaPack maps and my modified version of Xilver's BeachFront map was a solid favorite. It's such a nice, simple design - but his Fodder weapon really brought out the laughs. Quite a useful weapon, that! One of the edits that I did was to add a Dragonfly bomber to the arsenal, and it's essential once the other team starts flooding their beach with defenders.


Family: One for the books - jumping into the pool

>> Friday, June 15, 2007

This is two days ago now, but the Daughter just started jumping from the side of the pool into my arms. :)  Previously she would only do so if she was actually holding on to my hands to begin with.  A little more independence for her!  Of course, guess what she wants to do now, every time we go swimming... the whole time we're there...?  :P


UT2004: Mapping results

>> Monday, June 11, 2007

So I'm making more maps for the SeaPack :)  Frustratingly, I still can't get the bots to play moderately well. I hope UT3 is easier to code the AI.  And a disclaimer: These new maps are still pirate edits of others' maps, so either I can't release them or have to wait for permission.  I think the edits I'm making should be positively received, so cross your fingers.

I've gotten Xilver's map to a much nicer place, I think.  I threw in more vehicles, and so cover on the beach and at sea, so that's cool.  I've also noticed VCTF-BeforeTheStorm by MastaKilla and I think it'd make a fun SeaPack map.  It's also got a new kind of jet embedded in the map!  The jet is overpowered, so I'll see about tweaking it down, some, but otherwise I just need to add ocean space for the sea vehicles, raise the between-island bridges a little bit, and maybe throw some identifier landmarks. (The map feels a bit easy to get confused in, considering that nearly all the terrain looks the same.)

I like this tweaking-other-maps strategy because it quickly inflates the maplist...  I've got a couple of really good ideas of my own, but finding the time is always the hard part, especially considering that I've got more important things that I NEED to be doing.


Family: Offspring Anecdotes

My daughter has taken to saying, "Ee ee" for things.  No idea where this came from, and she doesn't do it all the time, but when locks in the mood, it's her favorite game.  You ask her a question, and "ee ee" is all you get in return, eveb when she very well does know the words to say.

Thinking about vocabulary, we were also reading a Russian vocabulary  book together, and I was so proud to see her flying through the pictures, identifying almost everything in both languages.  I keep telling everyone that she can speak both Russian and English equally, fearing that because we do speak often in Russian in our house that it might not be so, but it's quite a relief to see her really quite bilingual.  Amazingly intelligent.

We also found out this past week that the next little person joining our family will be a boy - so it turns out that Winkyboy 2.0 is on his way :) Now, this is really jumping the topic track a bit, or maybe it isn't  - whatever.  In raising a son, I have this strange worry that he's  going to be interested in sports.  Do sports-loving fathers worry their sons WON'T grow to love THEIR hobby?  I find sports, on the average, insulting to my intelligence.  Sure, good for the body if you aren't  breaking any bones, but intelligently lacking nonetheless.  I mean, it's the same thing over and over, almost exactly.  How can that be interesting?  But I suppose that's years off and up to himk, isn't  it?  Time will tell.


UT2004: Dusting off the editor

>> Monday, June 04, 2007

It feels good to stretch those muscles as I did this weekend.  I pulled up the editor and started tweaking a VCTF map that Xilver had created.  I don't know if he ever released it so I'll have to get in touch with him before I could possibly make it public, but besides adding a couple of vehicles from the SeaPack and adding the -SEA- prefix, the only thing I'm really trying to do is get the bots to work a little better.  Lord, but I hope the AI is more easily implemented in UT3.  It's every-so-frustrating to see them do their vehicle "jump" antics without end.  So far, all I've managed to do is make it so that the blue team gets over to the red side, and disabled the opposite.  yay.  (But, I think I know how to fix it.)

Anyway, what I'd like to do is get the SeaPack in a nice, installable state so that people could actually use it.  It's such a shame to have all these things sitting on my hard drive when people could be having fun with them.  It's sad, how this happens to great games; a lot of the best maps, mutators, and mods get born just as the game is shelved for new arrivals.


Family: The Daughter's cuteness

We got a lot of daughter-time in this weekend; whether it was swimming in the neighborhood pool (which was kept amazingly warm - apparently last summer they didn't have the heaters running hardly at all) or playing with her at a park, she kept us busy.  I absolutely love it how she takes "ownership" of the playground and invites us into her kitchen so she can cook spaghetti for us, or she retires to her bedroom to take a nap.  Amazingly cute.

We had a near-horrible tumble at the roadside park, though; an old-style "safety" swing (one with a hard back and a chain for keeping the child in) tipped as she leaned forward while swinging back and she wound up upside-down and screaming/crying.  Fortunately there were no bruises, but it was enough to send us home immediately.


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