Bill Etem

Biography

You say it sort of like how u say Billy Tem, but not quite. Had lots of jobs. Once taught mathematics and coached a little football at Notre Dame - the high school in Los Angeles not the University in South Bend, IN. B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota, now living in the Minneapolis - St. Paul area. Lived in Mexico for 20 months, mostly in Oaxaca. Spent 4 months wandering round Europe after college. Lived in Los Angeles for a few years before running off to Mexico.

Chapter 3 of 'Constitutional History of the Western World' reviews the basic evidence in favor of Christianity. I suppose non-Christians might want to read this chapter first. No doubt I haven't covered all of the evidence for Christianity but I think I covered most of the basics in that chapter. Chapters 1, 2, 5, 10 and 11 of that book deal with evidence, damning evidence for the most part, pertaining to the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church. The most important questions concerning this evidence all pertain to a similar theme. Have both Rome and Eastern Orthodoxy fallen away from the True Faith? Are both heresies which lead people to perdition?

'Review of Christianity' covers lots of topics, such as the need to explain Christianity in a concise manner. Christianity claims to be the new covenant which God writes on the hearts of His people - Jeremiah 31. 31-34 - so, on the one hand, you want to keep it brief - if Christianity can be inscribed on human hearts then it must be somewhat simple and concise! But, on the other hand, you don't want to ignore problems and complexities which must not be ignored. Everything is very very simple if the Roman Catholic Church is God's True Church, the Church which Christ founded on a rock. If so, then to attain heaven and escape perdition you need only remember to always obey Rome - don't ever rebel against God's True Church! You can't lose, you see, you will never be cast into hellfire, you will never suffer eternal banishment from heaven and eternal exile in the darkness of perdition, if you could just have enough sense to never rebel against God and God's True Church. But then, on the other hand, if Rome leads people to perdition, because Rome has fallen away from the True Faith, because Rome has fallen into heresy, and Rome is simply not the Church which Christ founded on a rock, then you'll want to steer clear of the Roman Catholic Church, and of course you don't want to join some other church which also leads people to perdition, because it too has fallen away, fallen into heresy, and is not God's True Church, not the Church which Christ founded on a rock, but is just another fallen church which the gates of hell have prevailed against - to recall Matthew 16. 13-19.

So it's good to look into the evidence for Christianity. And it's good to investigate these churches. You want to be smart. You want to know what you're getting yourself into. You'll want to make sure you steer clear of satanic cults, sects which corrupt the Gospel, sects which push heresy.

Anyway, getting back to my bio, I'm now wondering about my next book. I can always write another comedy. 'Warrior Girls' and 'Single Mom's' aim at humor. And 'Guilty Pleasures and 'Rock Island' have elements of comedy. You know how a lot of comedy relies on sarcasm, like when House, Hugh Laurie, comes out of the medical building at midnight and his boss says - 'working late, are ya? and then House goes, 'Nope, got some hookers up in the lab.' So that's pretty funny, but his boss is probably thinking he's a sarcastic jerk for saying that, for making fun of her and her question. But perhaps she needs to lighten up a little and admit Dr. House is a funny guy. It's hard to be funny if you're not mocking someone or not working blue....getting back to my bio, I'm a pretty worthless singer, I mean, perhaps, if i put all of my heart and soul into trying to imitate Paul Stanley when he sings 'Lick it Up' off of the 1983 album 'Lick it Up' from KISS, I'm not totally worthless, I mean it's easy for me to imitate Paul Stanley when he's singing: 'Don't want to wait till you know me better, let's just be glad for our time together....No need to wait for an invitation, you got to live like you're on vacation' but other parts of the song are tough for me, like when you have to hit the notes that go with lyrics, 'it's only right now ooo yeah'....I suppose lots of people, if they practiced some, could imitate Iggy Azalea when she plays a trash-talking prostitute in that video with T.I. 'No Mediocre' - 'Heard he want lay it down on Iggy Iggy gave it to him twice now he want a diva Mike Bibby three...pardon me Whitney rest in peace but i don't think none of these bitches is f*$&@ng with me, u want a billboard bitch stop runnin' in place, heels on me sayin' give me six inches of space...' That's weird how I'll be trying to sing some song and I sound really lousy and my voice is cracking while trying to reach notes that aren't all that high, whereas professional singers sound fine or bluesy when their voices are hoarse and cracking, look at that video on You Tube of Fleetwood Mac from 1977 singing 'Go Your Own Way'. Stevie Nicks is looking really gorgeous - and even though her voice is cracking a lot she still sounds great - she's staring down Lindsey Buckingham at the start of the video, all the commenters on You Tube are on her side in this lovers' quarrel between Stevie and Lindsey. No doubt Lindsey - don't forget that Stevie is the chick and Lindsey is the dude - and Stevie married and divorced a guy named Kim in 1983, but that's a story for another time, no doubt Lindsey should not have put in that part about Stevie, 'shacking up is all you want to do,' but Lindsey is really pouring out his heart to her in this song, just pouring out his heart to her...so then we get to 'The Chain' and everything seems like it's cool again, or at least the last 45 seconds of 'The Chain' have you thinking that everything's cool again between Lindsey and Stevie...getting back to my bio, I'm a better dancer than a singer, but i know i have to remain humble and down-to-earth, i know i can't get overconfident, i can't start thinking I can be some superstar dancer, some megastar shaker and twirler without even having to practice...I have to practice, that's for sure, that's something you can accept as an undeniable 100% certified sure-fire guaranteed fact. Look at J Law and Bradley Cooper in that one flick about nymphos and psychos, they both had to practice hard just to be average dancers....Half of my problem with singing is that I can't remember the lyrics. Too much binge drinking in college, perhaps, maybe, I don't know, but sometimes my memory is just worthless. I can handle simple songs like 'Happy' from the Rolling Stones. 'I need a love to keep me happy, baby, won't you keep me happy?' If you can remember that much you basically got half the song memorized, but something like Ricky Martin's 'Livin La Vida Loca' would take me lots and lots of time to memorize....perhaps i'm selling myself short a little, but I'm pretty sure I would forget some lyrics even if I did spend tons of time trying to imitate various singers' diction and accent and syntax and dance moves, but I don't spend tons of time practicing, so i can't really say for a 100% absolute certainty that i'd still botch some lyrics if I did spend tons of time practicing....anyway, let's get off this subject even though we haven't really nailed down anything definite about how much time I'd have to spend in practice to become, not a decent singer and hip hop artist, but a decent imitator of such artists...I say 'Amanda's War' should be classified in the Young Adult genre, even though there's a scene in it where a naked guy is in a bathtub with the naked wife of another guy. So you're probably saying: No, No, No, No! That's not YA, that's not a Young Adult novel! That's for adults, not teens, not for 13-year-olds. And I'm like: Yes, Yes, Yes, it's YA because the bathtub scene is described in the past tense, there's no explicit steamy romance, no erotic descriptions, no sexy dialogue, in fact there is no dialogue given at all in that scene, its like that scene in Herodotus where the guy spying on the naked queen is caught by the queen and she gives him an ultimatum, she says: 'either you murder my husband the king and marry me, or else I'll tell my husband you spied on me, and saw me naked, and then he'll execute you in a way that will be very unpleasant for you.' That account doesn't sound very YA either, but no one with any sense would say that 'The Histories by Herodotus' - one of the greatest books ever written - is too racy for 13-year-olds...You could always read the novel, so that any knee-jerk reactions to accounts of the novel that you might have won't lead you permanently astray. I admit the action moves slowly at first, and it takes some patience to wait for the plot to unfold, but it's not a steamy romance, it's just not about sex. I didn't plan 'Amanda's War' to by a Young Adult novel. I was aiming for a literary tour de force, a serious ouvre which aspired to be a masterpiece. I use a lighter bouncier less self-conscious and more natural and free flowing literary style in Guilty Pleasures - at least in the murder mystery / steamy romance novella part of Guilty Pleasures - and in Warrior Girls and Single Moms and in the fictionalized non-didactic parts of Rock Island.

Books

Review of Christianity
Price: Free! Words: 18,140. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Civilization
The Church which Christ founded on a rock - Matthew 16. 13-19 - is a group of people who lead others to heaven. The True Church can make mistakes but she never makes any mistakes which lead anyone to perdition. The True Church teaches the True Faith, the New Law - Jeremiah 31. 31-34, aka the Gospel of Jesus Christ - 2 Thess 1. 8, 'fire for those who do not obey the Gospel of Jesus Christ...'
The Girl on Fire: Katniss Everdeen and the Christian Symbolism in The Hunger Games
Price: Free! Words: 17,700. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Biblical Commentary / General
After a look at the symbolism in the four films in 'The Hunger Games' series we move on to paraphrases of Roman Catholicism and Islam and eventually we arrive at Ezekiel 36. 24-28, which is a prophesy having two parts. The first part pertains to Zionism and has been fulfilled. We're waiting for the second part of the deal to go down - the part about God putting His Spirit inside the Jews.
Rock Island
Price: Free! Words: 47,280. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Christian » General
The Rock Island Symposium, years in the planning, brings together some of the finest minds in the field of satanic deception. An indefatigable English researcher, a Catholic professor, a pious octogenarian woman with many decades of experience in nondenominational homemaking, a young Jewish girl and a Protestant gangster from Chicago analyze the problems bedevilling Protestantism.
Single Moms
Price: Free! Words: 35,980. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
`Single Moms' is the sequel to `Warrior Girls'. The latter novel introduced readers to a company of warrior women - Seraphinaria, Mirabrasantes et. al. Their names are inspired by Boudicaa, Queen of the Iceni, in Dark Age England. In 'Single Moms' Al Mancini, a man from our universe, makes another appearance in the parallel universe inhabited by the single moms / warrior women and their kids.
The Cult
Price: Free! Words: 62,410. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Biblical Commentary / General
A cult is a sect which leads people to perdition, whereas the True Faith and True Church lead people to heaven. The True Church, the Church which Christ founded on a rock, is not a building, it is a collection of people, a collection of saints. Ones name is either written in the Book of Life - Revelation 20. 12-15, or else it isn't. If it's not there then one will have to get it written there.
Protestantism
Price: Free! Words: 54,400. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Biblical Commentary / General
This is a paraphrase of my voluminous `Constitutional History of the Western World'. I uploaded a revised draft in February of 2016.
Guilty Pleasures
Price: Free! Words: 21,570. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Religious
This book tries some new tactics to make theology fun to read about, fun to read for ordinary people, i.e., non-scholars but still intelligent people. We have a murder mystery interrupted from time to time with discussion of the True Church - God's True Church - the Church which Christ founded on a rock - the Church which leads people to heaven and which leads no one to perdition.
`Warrior Girls'
Price: Free! Words: 36,950. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
`Warrior Girls' is a fantasy tale which gives readers humor and food for thought as well as an exciting adventure story. A band of female warriors in a pre-industrialized universe attempt to conquer a city for the Kingdom of Avallonia. They meet up with the handsome Al Mancini and a witch named Vyryvyr.
`Amanda's War'
Price: Free! Words: 45,320. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
`Amanda's War' gives readers mystery, romance, intrigue and adventure: a 12-year-old girl makes some mistakes and is then forced to run from the police.
Constitutional History of the Western World
Price: Free! Words: 430,210. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » History » World, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Biblical Commentary / General
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There's a lot of info on the Church which Christ founded on a rock (Matthew 16. 13-19) and the Divine Law which God writes on the hearts of His people (Jeremiah 31. 31-34). Christians call this Divine Law the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The book explains the most basic and the most controversial doctrines of various churches. The aim is to help the reader find the True Church and the True Faith.

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