Wednesday, January 11, 2012
COULD TIM TEBOW BE THAT LONG EXPECTED MESSIAH?
I grew up not unlike almost anyone in the USA. I once believed in God, went to various Christian and Buddhist churches, and even spent a year while in high school on Catechism lessons. Getting older, much of things religious became a tertiary matter, except I was mystified how so many in the country--family and friends, especially--sincerely believed in things like miracles, ghosts, vampires (yes, those movies) and the afterlife. Maybe our educational system should be faulted, for I also wonder how so many do not subscribe to Darwin's evolution:
I therefore felt compelled to analyze why in Chapter 5 of SIMPLE SOLUTIONS for Humanity. I took a rather mischievous approach, while trying to be as fair as possible. This demeanor continues.
All my life I now and then saw this sign in Honolulu:
There are various publications on this subject. Poor choice of words, but Jesus himself apparently said he would return like a:
"thief in the night" (Matthew 24:42-44).
The reason is that Jesus is returning in great wrath to "judge and wage war" (Revelation 19:11), and God never pours out His wrath without warning.
We are told to watch for earthquakes, famine, pestilence, and signs in the heavens (see Matthew 24:7 and Luke 21:11).
Harold Camping's revised prediction of the Rapture (when He returns) as 21May2011 (he had previously predicted 6September1994, coincidentally my birth date). There have been numerous revelations of course, even in 1704, when Sir Isaac Newton (left) calculated that the Apocalypse (and the return of Christ) would be like, maybe, 2060. Why even cite Newton? Well, he also offered input on the date of the Crucifixion (he said 34AD, but the current consensus seems to be 3April33AD, so not bad, considering this finding was made more than three centuries ago).
About Timothy Richard Tebow and Jesus Christ? Tim's mother is Pamela and JC's is Mary. No parallel here. But Tim's birth was a kind of miracle, for his parent's were advised to abort (fetus could have had serious disabilities), legal in the Philippines (his birth site), but chose to proceed. The result was this magnificent athlete, 6 feet 3 inches and 236 pounds, with heck of a great attitude about life. He won the Heisman Trophy while a sophomore at the University of Florida, has more than a million subscribers of his Facebook page and is already being hailed as the next Billy Graham. ESPN has produced "The Chosen One," all about Tebow. Classically, the Chosen One is the Messiah. On the other hand, George W. Bush is featured in:
Notwithstanding, in His wisdom, noting the popularity of American football, and the USA being the greatest nation ever, maybe Tim Tebow is, in fact, the Messiah. He has performed a number of miracles, including that pass in overtime over the weekend to propel the Denver Broncos into a collision course Saturday night (CBS, 8PM EST, 3PM in Hawaii) against the New England Patriots, where they are two touchdown underdogs. Denver was supposed to lose to Pittsburgh by 9, but won by 6 points. Six plus nine equals 15, which is more than 14, so another miracle, surely, must be in the offing. In any case, this will become the most watched AFL division championship game in history.
There are some already predicting a Passion play with Tebow being crucified. Perhaps not, for there could well be another miracle. This could be a continuing story.
The Dow Jones Industrials fell 13 to 12,449, with world markets mixed. Gold went up $9/toz to $1642, while the WTI is at $101/barrel and Brent at $113/barrel.