Wednesday, April 21, 2010

THEIR BLOOD CRIES OUT

by Paul Marshall. Dallas, TX: Word Publishing, 1997.

Marshall does an excellent job of detailing the persecution Christians face in other countries, as well as the reasons for Western apathy toward it.

However, he doesn't mention the persecution Christians go through in Israel. Christians can't pass out New Testaments on the streets of Jerusalem. Orthodox Jews enjoy spitting upon them. Jews who have converted to Christianity must remain underground. Christian Jews can't even immigrate to Israel, even though secular Jews and those of other religions can.

Friday, April 16, 2010

THE DEVIL'S WORKSHOP

Continuing from my previous post on the topic of how novels skewer Christianity, I would like to bring up "The Devil's Workshop" by Stephen J. Cannell.

This novel centres around a biological weapon, a murdered scientist, his wife who is trying to find out the truth, an ex-football star hobo, and a group of white supramicist hobos intent on waging a war against evil.

In the book, one of the characters says the book of Revelation was written at least 300 years after Christ was born, and that most scholars regard it as madness. First of all, most scholars agree it was written between 90 and 96 AD. Second, there are a good number of preachers who have preached sermons from the Book Of Revelation on the end-times.

The author also brings up the commandment, "Thou shalt not kill", which he equates with never killing anyone whatsoever, though come to think of it the characters on the side of good in this book do plenty of killing.

LOST AND FOUND

by Carolyn Parkhurst. Boston: Little, Brown, 2006.

This book centres around contestants on a reality show conducting a scavenger hunt around the world.

From a literary standpoint, this is a pretty good book. Parkhurst does a good job at putting the reader in the various situations and at getting into the minds of the characters. Each chapter is told in the first-person from the standpoint of one of the contestants, or in a couple cases, the host. As the book progresses, the characters reveal more about the deep secrets they're all hiding.

The main issue I have with this book surrounds the team of Justin and Abbey, a team of born-again ex-homosexual Christians. Parkhurst's whole point with these characters is to prove "there's no such thing as ex-gay."

Nothing could be further from the truth. Many former homosexuals have found happiness in heterosexual marriages. Justin is set up by the show's staff with Ken, a homosexual cameraman. Ken does subtle things to turn Justin on while he and Abbey are separated on different tasks. Ken and Justin later go to a motel room and have sex. That's like waving a glass of whisky under an alcoholic's nose.

Meanwhile, Abbey isn't sure whether she actually believes in God. You would think Justin and Abbey would each have talked about their feelings toward Jesus Christ before they got married. Abbey says that one of the few times she was sure there was a God was when she came across a commercial featuring Bob Hope condemning "anti-gay attacks." Ah, yes, in a secular, pluralistic society where all cultures and religions are equal and very few things are wrong, the worst sin is doing something which suggests the way someone is living their life is not OK.

Ken later meets up with Justin in Trafalgar Square. Ken calls Justin dispicable, and brings up the number of homosexual teens who commit suicide every year. They aren't committing suicide because of Christian organizations that convert homosexuals; they're committing suicide because they know it's shameful and have mental problems.

In the end, Abbey realizes that trying to live as a heterosexual for the next 60 years would be a farce. Yes, for some homosexuals, trying to live in a heterosexual relationship would be a farce, which is why organizations such as Exodus International, of which your fictional organization Redemption is so blatantly a rip-off convert homosexuals to celibacy as well as heterosexuality.

The end as far as Justin is concerned is the most rediculous part. He attacks the camera crew and the host with a ski pole. In real life, no contestant would attack the crew and host on camera in a foreign country. If I were him, I would have just threatened to expose how I was set up and go public with everything. I bet I could have even convinced Redemption to take legal action against the producers. If they can do such horrible things as set a contestant up that way, then I don't have to uphold my end of the contract about not discussing the show before it airs.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

SOME PEOPLE ARE DUMB

Last Thursday, a radio station in Pembroke, Ontario pulled an April Fool's prank on their listeners by pretending they were switching from a country format to an "easy rock" format.

The station was flooded with calls and emails from people thinking the change was real.

One person said in an email that they turned their radio dial looking for the country formatted station, then finally realized they had flipped formats. They thought the station wasn't coming in.

Yeah, because this local station has always come in perfectly clear for all the years they've been listening to it but one morning it is seemingly blocked by another station.