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Who is Jesus? In the Eyes of Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon Bonaparte was the Emperor of France at the beginning of the 19th century.  He led France’s armies to victory after victory, often defeating armies whose numbers where far superior to his own.  For a time, Napoleon was the most powerful man in the world.  To this day, he is regarded as one of the most skilled, brilliant leaders of all time.  And this is what he has to say about Jesus Christ.

“I know men and I tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere man. Between Him and every other person in the world there is no possible term of comparison. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires. But on what did we rest the creation of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded His empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for Him.

What a conqueror!–a conqueror who controls humanity at will, and wins to himself not only one nation, but the whole human race. What a marvel! He attaches to himself the human soul with all its energies. And how? By a miracle which surpasses all others. He claims the love of men–that is to say, the most difficult thing in the world to obtain; that which the wisest of men cannot force from his truest friend, that which no father can compel from his children, no wife from her husband, no brother from his brother–the heart. He claims it ; he requires it absolutely and undividedly, and he obtains it instantly.

Alexander, Caesar, Hannibal, Louis XIV strove in vain to secure this. They conquered the world, yet they had not a single friend, or at all events, they have none any more. Christ speaks, however, and from that moment all generations belong to him; and they are joined to him much more closely than by any ties of blood and by a much more intimate, sacred and powerful communion. He kindles the flame of love which causes one’s self-love to die, and triumphs over every other love. Why should we not recognize in this miracle of love the eternal Word which created the world? The other founders of religions had not the least conception of this mystic love which forms the essence of Christianity.

I have filled multitudes with such passionate devotion that they went to death for me. But God forbid that I should compare the enthusiasm of my soldiers with Christian love. They are as unlike as their causes. In my case, my presence was always necessary, the electric effect of my glance, my voice, my words, to kindle fire in their hearts. And I certainly posses personally the secret of that magic power of taking by storm the sentiments of men; but I was not able to communicate that power to anyone. None of my generals ever learned it from me or found it out. Moreover, I myself do not possess the secret of perpetuating my name and a love for me in their hearts for ever, and to work miracles in them without material means.

Now that I languish here at St Helena, chained upon this rock, who fights, who conquers empires for me? Who still even thinks of me? Who interests himself for me in Europe? Who has remained true to me? That is the fate of all great men. It was the fate of Alexander and Caesar, as it is my own. We are forgotten, and the names of the mightiest conquerors and most illustrious emperors are soon only the subject of a schoolboy’s talks. Our exploits come under the rod of a pedantic schoolmaster, who praises or condemns us as he likes.

What an abyss exists between my profound misery and the eternal reign of Christ, who is preached, loved, and worshipped, and live on throughout the entire world. Is this to die? Is it not rather to live eternally? The death of Christ! It is the death of a God.”

So to Napoleon, Jesus was the ultimate conqueror.  The King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.  But He did not conquer by force.  Jesus is also the Prince of Peace, and His conquest was one of love.  As Napoleon says, every leader who founded an empire tried, through force and over many years, to accomplish what Jesus did with a few words and love.  The unswerving devotion of millions, even long after He was no longer walking the Earth.

Next up: Mahatma Gandhi

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Who is Jesus?

Not in an absolute sense.  In an absolute sense, He is simply God.  This is going to be a series of posts talking about who Jesus was to certain people.  First up is Napoleon, and I should have that up today or tomorrow.

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Valentine’s Day Special: Singleness and Beauty

February 14th.  The day of St. Valentine.  A day when the corporate world can pawn off cheap chocolates and cards on the unsuspecting masses for far more than they are worth.  A day when couples feel like they have the right to unrestricted Public Display of Affection and when single people feel neglected and alone, and often scorned for being single.

There are so many girls who don’t feel loved in this world–a shameful amount–and Valentine’s Day only makes it worse.  So this post is for all the single girls out there, and even the ones in relationships who don’t feel loved.

Girls, first of all, you shouldn’t feel bad about being single.  It doesn’t mean you’re any less deserving or less beautiful or less wonderful.  I want to share a quote with you before I start ranting.

“Girls are like apples…the best ones are at the top of the trees. The boys don’t want to reach for the good ones because they are afraid of falling and getting hurt. Instead, they just get the rotten apples that are on the ground that aren’t as good, but easy. So the apples at the top think there is something wrong with them, when, in reality, they are amazing. They just have to wait for the right boy to come along, the one who’s brave enough to climb all the way to the top of the tree…”
― Pete Wentz

This is so true.  Just because the first guys that come along aren’t willing to try for you doesn’t mean you’re not worth it.  And just because no guy has hit on you doesn’t mean you aren’t loved, even if you live in a broken home.  God loves you, and so do I.

Another thing: never for a moment think you’re anything less than beautiful.  Each and every girl is a magnificent, unique creation, and you need to think of yourselves that way.  Simply put:  You are beautiful.

And you know what?  You don’t need to wear lots of makeup to be beautiful.  I’ve seen girls at school, and I thought they were good-looking, but nothing spectacular.  Then one day, they come to school looking absolutely gorgeous, and I comment on it to them.  It turns out, they were rushed out of the house and didn’t get to put on their makeup or anything.

All the time I saw them before, they were wearing so much makeup that it hid their natural beauty.  Girls all have an inner beauty, and it shines out through them.  The more makeup they wear, the harder it is to see.

I guess that’s all I have to say.  Just.. Believe me.  You’re all beautiful.

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God: The Original Author; Editing

More thoughts.

To all writers out there: What’s the absolute worst part of writing? I’d bet money most, if not all, of you said ‘editing’.  Editing sucks.  It’s slow and painful and tedious and time consuming.  When a story goes truly bad, you don’t bother trying to fix it sometimes.  You just scrap the page or scene or chapter or draft and start again.

Our story went very bad.  Horribly bad.  Not only did it not go the way God wanted it to go, it went in the exact opposite direction.

Imagine this happening to your story.  Your perfect main characters decide that they’re going to break the one rule you’ve given them, and the proceed to rewrite your story, corrupting the plotline beyond recognition and adding terrible elements that weren’t supposed to be there.

I know what I would do.  File > New Document.  Start over.  Blank slate, maybe this time I can write Eve to be smarter so she doesn’t believe the snake, or maybe I’ll just write the snake out altogether.  Maybe I’ll just not give my characters free will, so they have to be little boring robots that only do what I say.

That’s not what God did.  He looked down on us, sighed, and got out His cosmic red pen and highlighter.  Then He painstakingly went through, trying to guide our story back on course.  He went through the painstaking work of undoing all the damage that hand been done to His world.

As newspaper columnist Walter Wellesley “Red” Smith said, “There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.”  And that’s exactly what God did.  He opened His veins, literally, dying on Calvary to fix the errors in the story.

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God: The Original Author; Fractured Creation

Why do bad things happen to good people?

Well, first of all, they don’t. It only happened once, and He volunteered.  But aside from that, let’s look at what people typically mean and try to answer that.

Bad things happen. They do. War. Crime. Poverty. Disease. Famine. Rape. Domestic abuse. Child abuse. So much that people cry out to God, “How could you let this happen?” Atheists point accusing fingers at people of faith, saying, “If your God was really a God of Love, He would stop all this!”

You know what? He wants to. He didn’t create any of this, in His Eden. He created a perfect world. An unbroken creation. A perfect manuscript. And what did we do? We tore it apart. We took God’s manuscript and ripped it to shreds, scattering the pieces and rearranging them.

We tried to make our own story. Thing is, we’re not qualified to. We don’t know everything about the Present, much less the Past or the future. We don’t know everything about ourselves, much less everything and everyone else. There is no way we could write a story.

So our world is wrong. Like a giant jigsaw puzzle with all the pieces mashed together in the wrong order. The picture doesn’t make sense, and there are cracks in it. Cracks that let things God never wanted in His story to slip in. Sin.

And we can’t fix it on our own.  We’re still not good enough. Only if everyone surrenders completely to the Author and lets Him finish His story.

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God: The Original Author; More Thoughts

These are some more thoughts I had about how this idea of God as the Author makes a lot of sense and is cool.

One thing I thought of that didn’t go into the posts is the very method God uses to create. Words. He speaks, and it is so. This lends a strong argument to my belief that words are powerful. Hence, I don’t (or rather, try not to. I’m far from perfect, yet) curse or insult people profusely, like I hear my fellow students doing. The pen is mightier than the sword, but a word doesn’t have to be written down to be dangerously powerful.

Another thing is, this is a good way to explain why there is evil in the world.  When was the last time you read a story, a really good story, where the characters had absolutely no challenges, and everything went well, and everyone was nice, and they all got along and lived happily ever after.

*gives you a few moments to wrack your brains*

There aren’t any. Because characters drive the story, and characters can only grow through hardship.  God doesn’t cause bad things to happen.  They’re just part of the story.

And another thing. God loves everybody. He wrote us. He took nothing and made it a person and gave it a unique personality that He loves. Even the villains.  Even the most horrific villains have some attachment to their author, because their author made them.

So everyone who’s addicted to something or who has made terrible mistakes, I have two things to say. One, God knows. Just because you don’t tell him doesn’t mean He doesn’t know. He wrote you. He knew what was going to happen before it happened.  So all the times you say, “Oh, He doesn’t know what I’ve done,” or “It’s too terrible, He can’t forgive me,” forget it. It’s crap.

Because, second thing I have to say, He loves you. It doesn’t matter what you did, God’s seen it, and is willing to forgive you if you just ask in the name of His Son, because He loves you. You’re His creation.

Yet another point: Satan is not the equal opposite of God. God is the author and Satan is a character. In my posts I described Jesus as the main character, though that’s not entirely accurate. It’s more like Jesus the man was the main character, if you could separate him from Jesus, the Son of God.

Anyway. Point is, Satan is not a threat to God at all. When my author friends and I are Role Playing our characters, and one of the villains does something out of line with our plans, one of us will call out, ‘Author powers’, and smite them. Annoying, sometimes. A threat, never.

There may be still more thoughts. We’ll see. Later, wyrms.

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Movie Review: The Encounter

Sometimes, low-budget films suck.  I’ll just start with that.  They do, sometimes.  There are, however, exceptions.  Like this movie I just watched, called The Encounter.

Synopsis?  Five strangers on an abandoned country back road in the middle of a storm find that the road is flooded.  They suggest waiting at the diner they passed a few miles back, which officer DeVille, who told them that the road is impassable, insists doesn’t exist.

At this diner, they meet a man whose nametag reads ‘Jesus’.

Nick: “Hay-zeus!”

Jesus: “Most people pronounce it ‘Gee-sus.”

It was very funny.

So he knows everything about them, and it feels very creepy for all of them.  And I can’t tell you any more without spoiling it, so I’ll just tell you what I thought of it.

It was a very good movie.  Of course, it’s not going to win any Oscars for acting or special effects, but the writing was excellent and the message was amazing.

Also! There were some really cool phrases and whatnot that you’ll probably hear me mention in later posts.

Five out of five for content and five out of five for delivery.  Go watch it.

Imdb: The Encounter

Amazon: The Encounter

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