Bill Etem. Ex-Math teacher, ex-office worker, ex-lot of stuff. Protestant Ex-Football Coach at Notre Dame - at the High School of that name in Los Angeles, not the University in South Bend, IN. B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota. I'm living in the Minneapolis - St. Paul area. Before Minneapolis I was in Mexico for 20 months. Before that I was in L.A. for three years. I've traveled all round France, Germany, Italy, Greece, Austria, Switzerland... Canada...most of the 50 states in of the USA. As for living for 20 months in Mexico it was mostly in Oaxaca.
I wrote an autobiography - it was sort of a combo autobiography / comedy / publicity stunt / pitch for a screenplay - but it was too unabashed and gossipy for the tastes of some of my relatives and in-laws so I had to pull it. The new and improved abridgement of the 420,000 word `Constitutional History of the Western World' is the 20,000 word `The Archangel Michael vs. The Antichrist'. The latter is 21 times shorter than the former so it should be 21 times easier to read. This abridgment, which I wrote in 4 days, might be the book to start with, though `Constitutional History of the Western World', which took me 20 years to write, is still my main book.
I need at least 1,000 words to pitch my religious books. The fundamentals of Christianity, Judaism and Islam are reviewed. 2 Thess 1. 8 mentions hellfire for those who do not know God and who do not obey the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This arouses animosity in Atheists, Agnostics, non-Christians etc. Nevertheless my religious books deal with the theme of knowing God. Merely because two people claim to worship the Creator of the Universe, this does not mean they worship the same God. The Deity is know by His attributes. The attributes of Allah are different than the attributes of the Christian God. The Koran gives us the attributes of Allah - he has prepared a hell of eternal torment for those who reject him and his prophet, Muhammed. Christians don't worship some Islamic deity who throws Christians into hell! So, Christians and Muslims don't worship the same God.
Catholics and Protestants certainly do not worship the same God. Catholics worship a Roman Catholic god. The Roman Catholic god says that every Pope - that is every Pope who has not been declared an anti-pope by the Roman Catholic Church - is the true leader on earth of the Church which Christ founded on a rock. This creates problems because some popes have been murderers and rapists, for instance John XII., Alexander VI. etc. The popes of the 10th century especially violent and disolute. Rome is quite clear: regardless if a pope has good morals or not so good, Rome insists that God is the sort of God who insists that every Pope - provided he has not been declared an anti-pope - is the true leader on earth of the True Church. Rome says you do not know God if you do not know the Roman Catholic god. And, again, 2 Thess 1. 8 tells of hellfire for those who do not know God. It's easy enough to compile some of Rome 's most controversial teachings, and Rome says that God says that official roman Catholic doctrine is the True Faith, the True Gospel. For centuries Rome has said the Inquisition - the `Holy Office' - is holy. This is a sacrilege in Protestant eyes, as it is a sacrilege to say that evil things are holy. And not every Protestant worships the same God as other Protestants. 16th century Calvinists worshipped a god who smiled when Servetus was burned at the stake. Most 21st century Protestants do not worship a god who demands that anti-Trinitarians be burned alive. Protestantism rests upon the logic that both Rome and Eastern Orthodoxy have fallen away from the True Faith, and both lead souls to perdition. If one of them was the True Church which led souls to heaven, then Protestantism would be a satanic rebellion against God's Church! But even if Protestants are right to rebel against Rome and Eastern Orthodoxy, this of course doesn't mean every Protestant knows the True Faith. One can find lots of problems with Calvin, Luther, Wesley etc., such as in regards to torturing innocent women and forcing them to confess they were witches, in regards to slavery, crushing the peasants etc. Getting back to Rome's doctrine: If a man confesses to a Roman Catholic priest that he rapes children, Rome says it is a sacrilege for the priest to tell anyone, such as the police or the parents of the children who were raped. Modern Roman Catholics worship a god who supports this doctrine. Rome insists that God is the sort of God who says it is a sacrilege to reveal the confessions of rapists and murderers. Catholics and Protestants both claim to worship the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, but they don't worship the SAME Father, Son and Holy Spirit, so they don't worship the same God. The Dogma of Papal Infallibility specifically damns those people who reject that Dogma. Protestants don't worship a Roman Catholic Trinity who says they are damned because, for one reason, they reject the Dogma of Papal Infallibility. The Roman Catholics worship a god who wants people to bow down before images of Mary and various alleged saints, and Protestants obviously don't worship that god.
We have two very clear and easy-to-understand options with the Roman Catholic Church. Case 1 - the Church of Rome is correct in her assertion that the Church of Rome is God's True Church - the Church which Christ founded on a rock. If this is true then there is nothing wrong with the logic of Popes such as Gregory VII., Innocent III., Boniface VIII. etc. - the Pope is the true ruler of the world - the authority of the Roman hierarchy shines like the brilliance of the sun, whereas the authority of the temporal authorities is like the feeble moonshine. If Case 1 is true then everyone in the world should obey the Pope! Case 2 - the Church of Rome is not God's Church - she has fallen away from the True Faith. Rome leads souls to perdition.
Some scriptures which tell us there is a True Church would be Matthew 16. 13-19, John 14. 23-26, and Ephesians 4.4. The key attribute of the True Church is not that she never makes mistakes but that she always leads souls to heaven. If you never rebel against God's True Church you can never be led to hell. But if you rebel against God's True Church....
So, if Rome is God's True Church then obey Rome, but if Rome is not God's True Church, then renounce Rome.
One might complain that I devote too much attention to Rome and not enough to sects such as the Mormons. I think I explained the Protestant position - everything necessary for salvation is found in the Bible. We have to decide if Joseph Smith leads people to heaven or if he leads people to perdition. You might research his official doctrines. You hear lots of tales about the crazy stuff the Mormons believe, but unless you conduct some research how are you really supposed to know what Mormonism teaches? Logic tells us that modern Mormons are proven to be delusional because they DON'T follow Joseph Smith's doctrines, such as in regards to polygamy. Case A - Joseph Smith leads people to heaven - Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God - therefore it is madness to claim, on the one hand, that you follow Joseph Smith, while, on the other hand, you blatantly reject one or more of his doctrines, such as his doctrine in favor of polygamy. Case B - Joseph Smith was always a false prophet. It's madness to follow any version of Mormonism.
Modern Mormons don't obey Joseph Smith, and yet they don't renounce him, so, modern Mormons are really stuck in the mud.
We have an Old Testament and we have a New Testament. There's not much talk of heaven and hell in the Old Testement - some but not too much - but the New Testament is filled with info on what one must to do to attain heaven, and filled with info on what one must do to escape perdition. The only logical reason for Protestantism to exist is the reason which says that both the Church of Rome and the Eastern Orthodox Church have fallen away from the True Faith, and therefore both lead souls to perdition. If one of these two churches was the Church which Christ founded upon a rock, if one of these two Church was God's True Church, then every Protestant sect must be a satanic rebellion against God's True Church. So, in the scenario where Protestantism has a chance of making sense, both Rome and Eastern Orthodoxy lead souls to perdition. If, for instance, the Church of Rome is God's True Church, then every Protestant sect is a satanic rebellion against God's True Church (and so is the Eastern Orthodox church for that matter). But if Rome and Eastern Orthodoxy both lead souls to perdition, if neither Rome nor Eastern Orthodoxy is God's True Church, the church which Christ founded on a rock, if both have fallen away - recall the `falling away' mentioned in 2 Thess 2 - then Protestantism has at least a chance of being sensible and non-satanic.
If you don't accept the premise that there is one True Church then you reject Matthew 16. 13-19, John 14. 23-26, Ephesians 4. 4 etc., and it is anti-Christian to reject these scriptures.
`Constitutional History of the Western World' and `The Archangel Michael vs. the Antichrist' take a long look at the various Christian Churches which claim to be the Church which Christ founded upon a rock. If you accept John 14. 23-26 - those who love Christ keep His words - and if you accept what Christ stated in Matthew 16. 13-19 - Christ has founded His Church on a rock - then you might try to make some educated guesses or infallible judgments about which Church is the True Church which leads souls to heaven, and which churces are false churches which lead souls to perdition. `Constitutional History of the Western World' and `The Archangel Michael vs. the Antichrist' are my attempts to help readers make informed decisions.
The theory runs that if one is a True Christian, as opposed to a false or phony Christian, then one will have this Divine Law mentioned in Jeremiah 31. 31-34 written on one's hearts. Christians call this Divine Law the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And if one has the Divine Law written on one's heart then one will be dogmatic on many issues. If one is not dogmatic - if one is not confident and outspoken in one's religious beliefs - how can one have the Gospel of Jesus Christ, aka the Divine Law mentioned in Jeremiah 31. 31-34, written on one's heart? If one does not have the Divine Law written on one's heart, then one can not be a True Christian. And the New Testament tells us one will not be SAVED unless one is a True Christian, aka a true believer, recall Luke 13. 3-5, John 15. 6, 2 Thess 1. 8, Revelation 20. 12-15 etc., etc.
If you are a Born Again Evangelical who claims to be SAVED, if you claim to be a True Christian, but if you are working on the Sabbath Day, such as at Wal Mart, Target, Cosco, McDonalds etc., etc., then you are violating the Sabbath, you are breaking one of the Ten Commandments! - and of course, though not every Law in the Law of Moses is still valid under the New Law, the Ten Commandments are certainly still valid under the New Law - if one thinks it is OK to violate the Sabbath then one is certainly not a True Christian.
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`I threw `Warrior Girls' together in three weeks in January of 2014. Sometimes when you write fast your work becomes more readable. `Warrior Girls' is a little preachy. I'll have to get a professional cover for it sometime, though i'm not quite sure it is finished or not. The idea for creating this was to give readers something light and easy to read.
`Amanda's War', which took me years to write, is not a preachy novel though there's a connection between it and my non-fiction via I Samuel 15. 23 `rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft' because `Amanda's War' deals with the theme of witchcraft, and `Constitutional History of the Western World' deals with religion and rebellion. There are other connections between my fiction and my non-fiction. It would be best to let the reader discover these for himself rather than for me to conduct a university extension course on these subjects in my bio section. But I should say a few things: in `Amanda's War' we are introduced to a character named Haakon Sovant. That's a nom de guerre: he's pretending to be someone that he's not for purposes useful in espionage and in his work as a body guard. Body guards are needed to protect a rich guy from some gangsters. The rich guy is receiving their extortion letters. Extortion letters are somewhat like religious books. The Koran has Allah threatening non-Muslims and insincere Muslims with hellfire if they don't convert and become good sincere Muslims. The New Testament is a document which is filled with terrifying threats. We're made an offer we can't refuse! Note for example all the threats of hellfire being made in Matthew 5. 22, Matthew 7. 13-14, Matthew 25. 31-46, Luke 16. 19-31, John 15. 6, Galatians 1. 8, 2 Thess 1. 7-9, Revelation 20. 12-15 etc. I'm a Christian and I'm not complaining about the threats. I'm just saying they are threats and people should be aware that they exist and they are threatening. Of course this is Old News to most people.
In the Microcosm, in `Amanda's War', where one character named Haakon Sovant changes after a traumatic incident, readers are left to wonder if he changes because of benevolent forces or because of malevolent forces. This case history is symbolic of something greater, something which pertains to billions of people. In the Macrocosm, the Christian scriptures tell us about a great tribulation - see for instance Daniel 12. 1, 2 Thess 2 and the Book of Revelation - and during this great tribulation, presumably, billions of people will suffer a `traumatic incident' - and then they will change because of this traumatic incident. Whenever people change you wonder if they are changing because of benevolent forces or because of malevolent forces.