Blood Moon

The Blood Moon is but one potential sign of the end days and the coming wrath of God ("Day of the Lord") and as with all prophecy and scriptures, we (Christians) should consider this is a Jewish book written to the people of God and thus centered around the Middle East and Israel.   There is much debate as to if the United States is even spoken of, directly, in prophetic Scripture.

One thing that contributes to the mass hysteria around many of these predictions and contributes to the errors of history and wrong predictions is that not only do those that promote such predictions fail to read and understand scriptures but there is, unfortunately, a great many 'Christians whom never study scripture and compare passage with passage to ensure that what they are reading also carries through the Bible in a uniform manner.  

In short so many people hang their hats on one section of Scripture or one passage and what one human individual has to say about it.  I prefer to first go from Christ own words about the end times first then consult those who sat under His teachings and taught their parishioners and churches as to what Christ taught.  Christ own words, in answer to the disciple's question regarding end times, is found in Matthew 24 and it's parallel passages.  There are also differences between the 2nd Coming of Christ to rule the new world and the coming of Christ to rapture the Saints of God, those who belong to God, from the coming Wrath of God.  

As always there will be, and is, great debate and disagreement about which is which and if either exists.  It is to Christians to become acquainted with the Scriptures and be comfortable with what they do believe so they will not so easily be led astray and become disenchanted when what they are so sure of doesn't come to fruition.

The x in this equation is: How long does it take to become a good person? Christians will tell you it’s the work of a lifetime. Buddhists allow that more than one life may be required. Most people will say there’s always room for improvement.

The uncertainty — both in terms of length of time needed and definition of the goal — is part of what gives Groundhog Day its perennial appeal. (That and it’s a darn funny movie.) It also creates fascination among thinkers of all stripes.

Ramis, speaking in an interview on the 15th anniversary of the film, said that within days of its release in February of 1993 (it opened, oddly, on the 12th) there were Hasidic Jews outside the theatre holding signs that read: “Are you living the same day over and over again?”

Jewish teaching holds that an enlightened, meaningful existence is predicated on performing mitzvahs — specifically the 613 commandments laid out in the Torah, but more generally meaning good deeds. The actual mitzvahs range from the obscure — “That the breastplate shall not be loosened from the ephod” — to the straightforward — “To love the stranger” — and it’s a fair bet the mitzvah completist would need more than a month of Sundays (or perhaps Saturdays) to work through them.

Ramis was later approached by yogis and psychiatrists, who saw the theme of eternal recurrence as a way into their own teachings and practices. Buddhists see in Groundhog Day a reference to samsara, a cycle of rebirth. (In this interpretation, Phil is the bodhisattva, returning to the world to save it.)

Christians also embraced the film, with its images of purgatory and rebirth. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops says it’s suitable for adults and adolescents, though warning about its “occasional sexual innuendo and comic treatment of theft and suicide.”

The website lists it among the 50 best Catholic movies of all time. “I do not know the religious affiliation of Danny Rubin,” the reviewer says, “but I do know that his picture embodies the message taught and lived by many saints.” (Rubin and Ramis were both raised as Jews, though Ramis said he didn’t practice any religion later in life.)

But read into it what you will, the film does not take a religious stand itself. The only reference to God on the screen is when Phil, after trying various means of suicide (in one attempt he takes the groundhog with him) only to wake up alive the next/same morning, declares that he must be a god — though not the God, he clarifies.

Even the choice of holiday is uniquely a-religious, although the notion of a groundhog predicting the coming spring seems like a secularized pagan holdover, like all those fecund bunnies and chicks that populate the Christian Easter season.

Not to try and get too cerebral with a simple thought/topic but if the question of at what moment of "good deeds" does one achieve to warrant getting into heaven or passing G-d's test and going to the next game level (trying a bit of levity, not necessarily successfully).

In Christianity, that moment is instantly and occurs not with any specific religious act or act of kindness.  Christ (literally the Great Father Spirit G-d indwelling a human, fleshly form/body) becomes a part of G-d's human creation, a perfect specimen who is here to teach, preach, and simply offer Himself as a living sacrifice/scapegoat on the Cross as a blood sacrifice for degenerate mankind, past and future, to look toward.

Once mankind realizes and acknowledges that Christ shed blood, sacrifice on the cross, was to atone for their sinful nature (sin-nature), their past, current, and future sins, with respect to what Father G-d requires of mankind then forgiveness and justification comes instantly at the moment of mankind's knowledgeable acceptance of G-d's offer.  Once accepted G-d then, by His indwelling Holy Spirit marks out, checks off, that member of mankind as someone special to G-d and His Holy Spirit literally dwells within the Christian's body alongside with the Christians inner soul/spirit as a guarantee of Salvation and that it's real.  There are other ministries of God's Holy Spirit but the point is that the Christian has changed instantly and has G-d's very Holy 'Spirit as proof/evidence that G-d fulfills His part of the deal. 

There are those through whom wish to attempt to deal with G-d and feel that their exemplary, good, lives warrant God's blessings and thus when the scale of life proves more good to more bad then they deserve the right to be accepted in. Others believe vastly different as well and it depends what Religion you are dealing with as to what their specific beliefs are.  

One last statement regarding Christians and acceptance of Christ and the sacrifice on the Cross.  I do not mean to sell this as a "Get out of Hell" card free in that once mankind decides to accept Christ offer that he (the human)  would then continue to sin, in all kinds of ways, and then thumb their nose at G-d daring G-d to do anything.  To those Christians who accept salvation and receive G-d's Holy Spirit then there are and will be repercussions for unconfessed sins and that is for all Christians not just the best of the best or worst of the worst.  We are all and continue to all be accountable and while ultimate eternal punishment may no longer be a threat there are plenty of undesirable ways in which mankind is punished or corrected.

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