Did you know the original Green Ranger is a Christian?

from our sister site nerdrahtio.com

“Go, Go, Green Ranger!”

He was instantly a hit when added to the show, he wasn’t planned to be a main cast member and was supposed to be out of the series after his original mini-series but he was a huge hit.

His personal life after the show lead him through hardship and that ultimately lead him to Christ. He is currently an MMA fighter and Christian/MMA clothes designer. You can read more about him HERE.

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College Humor proposes that Religious People are nerds

coollogo_com-234404893The folks at College propose that Religious People are a type of Nerd.  You can see their case HERE. I should warn you though, there may be language etc.

As always with cases like this, They make good and humorous points, but fail to see the difference in fictional philosophy and something that makes an appeal to be factual. However I think the similarities they point out reflect a desire each of individual holds to search for God. His laws are written in hearts after all (Romans 2:15) and the world around us points to God’s exists (Romans 1, Luke 19:40)   There are also notable similarities in that Christians are people of the book, while  Nerds are people of books. Yes today that may also be games or shows, but it was the books that the first nerds loved, reading, gaining knowledge and flexing our brains. Christians do the same, only it’s more productive and fruitful due to the claim to reality, but the activities are similar and there are Christian Nerds for a reason.

-servant Sears

The Bible Clearly teachings the earth is ROUND!

As nerds, facts and science are important to us, and some attempt to claim that those things aren’t important to the bible. An often repeated attack that i have heard is that the people who write the bible thought the earth was flat, what could they know anyway?

Creation.com has created a wonderful video to address the thought.

This is the first time the Bible lines up with Science. -servantsears

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The Bible in Legos, what could go wrong?

The bible as illustrated by Lego’s. It sound like a great way to get your kids into the bible, or to give life to what you have read in a unique way. It is those things, but I also have some words of caution.  First let’s start with the positive.

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The first I heard about the bible in Lego form, or The Brick Testament was via, Andy on Army4one and the neat image above. Instantly I dove in. Instantly it was obvious that the images had a humorous slant, and that it would be a great way to assist young readers in identifying biblical characters, as well  events. The author seems to agree as he has books available now. Lego’s are a wonderful creative toy for children, and something that hangs with us into adulthood due to it’s potential complexities.  A recent home made Lego Bat Cave made the rounds on the internet and is simply astonishing. Lego also is known for being light heated in it’s video game adaptions. It’s a safe all around family friendly toy, and makes for a great way to communicate and illustrate scripture.  A single shot here and there in a power point would get a smile, and the audience attention, or a child seeking to recreate it.

Cain is about to take out Abel here, in this image from the Brick Testament.

Cain is about to take out Abel here, in this image from the Brick Testament.

There are however some concerns that keep me from fully recommending the website. With any image driven version of the the gospels story there is danger of elements the artist had to add in to flesh out a scene, or matters of artist interpretation.  I will never forgot a Pastor friend who for years thought that Acts 9 contained a horse because of an image in the Good News Bible he had received as a lost drug addicted hippie. Long after his salvation, and call to a pastor, he was discussing the passage he had read many times when someone else had to point out the lack of horse ! The caution here is to get your bible knowledge, from the bible! Everything else, including visual interpretations are supplements, and can reinforce you knowledge, but must be carefully examined.

Beyond a basic warning the site’s humorous slant can easily cause confusion and occasionally has a blatantly incorrect interpretation of the passage. The passage on Women comes to mind.  The issue is not if women can talk at all, but most agree it’s if they can teach, and many argue that this was referring to women in that specific region because of pagan practices that they just were born from.

Beyond that, I was curious about the author of the article, and did some digging on the author known as “the reverend.” By digging, i don’t really mean hard investigating journalism, i simply clicked links on his own page. I found a comic he published called the Second Coming, which includes “God’s brother Jake”  Sure makes me question his intentions with the Lego version of the bible.  To arrive at this site via the original Lego site, I just had to follow his own hyper linked name and copyright at the bottom of the page, and check out his other material.

So ultimately I’d say this site is good for a some smiles, and possibly illustrations, but be aware of where it is coming from, and if you use it as a tool to reach kids, or adult Lego fans, be extra careful to point them back to the true account in the bible.

I’d like to add that this article has been a real challenge to write. Before I dig into the origin of the images it was one of the sites i had in mind to point on Nerd 4 the Lord right away. I have started multiple times only to delete it. I had so many questions during the process of coming to the conclusions i did above, as well as after. Should I even publish this?  Will people ignore my comments of warning and see it only as acceptance? Will my comments of warning be viewed as judgmental?   Ultimately I felt, going in with knowledge is the best way. There is enjoyment there,  but with caution we can all keep bias in mind.

A Journalist from Buzz Feed shares what he learned at Creation Feast.

Buzz Feed is a popular internet news site that does occasionally feature nerdy news items, and once in a blue moon may mention religion.

It was great to see the creation feast at all (i’ve never been) and neat to see the Christian Concert/fest from an outsiders perspective.

Click here to read the full article on BUZZ FEED

Christianity vs. Science Fiction

Creation Ministries International recently published an article that serves as a warning against Science Fiction for Christians. It makes some wonderful points, but in the end, i couldn’t help but feel it was trying to hammer me over the head with a message that all Science Fiction was straight from the Pitt Hell and i should never again watch anything remotely like, and possibly buy more Ken Ham books to fill the time with. (at least they have a good substitute idea, also I may be exaggerating their stance slightly.)

Many argued Fantasy type tales were all terrible. Still to this day I encounter Christians (normally of the older variety) who don’t like or even approve of the Chronicles of Narnia, despite it containing at least of the most tear jerking, gut wrenching Christian allegories  I’ve ever read (Aslan’s sacrifice, and Eustace being transformed back into a boy.) But Fantasy all involves magic, or talking animals, or other things that don’t exist including events which would violate physics and the laws of nature.. Those comments sound much like what the Creation article tosses at science fiction.

A couple of key things should be remembered when reading/viewing/playing Sci-Fi.

1.It doesn’t claim to be the truth like God’s word does.  Anyone who gets there theology, or world view, form a work of fiction isn’t thinking in terms of reality.

2. Every creator has a bias.

3. Multiple writers are often used in TV shows etc, which mean multiple sources of bias.

4. The Line between Fantasy and Sci-Fi are sometimes blurred (Star Wars is often cited to remind us of this.)

5. There are Christian’s who work with sci-fi to tell a Christian story. (here is one example)

6. Christian writers too have a bias, and occasionally can be legalistic in their approach to entertainment.

7.  You have the liberty to watch it, but don’t become a stumbling block. “But take care that this [a]liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.” 1 Corinthians 8:9 NASB

8. Always monitor what your putting into your head, be aware of how it affects you.

Youtube Preacher believes UFO’s are flown by Nazi’s

Never it my life did I imagine writing that sentence. I got through parts 1-5, then he went to text only and I couldn’t listen to it while I did other things anymore. It’s interesting, and seems like a mash between a bad sci-fi movie and a somewhat attempt at expository teaching from the book of Daniel.

Credit goes to Matthew at Army4one.  We were discussing my views of Aliens as well the Nerd 4 the Lord’s review of Unidentified when he shared the video.

how did I not use this meme when reviewing unidentified?