Looking For The Bible on the Map

Genesis 8:4 (KJV)

And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.

This one technically belongs in Archeobiblical, but I guess it’s a misperception.  Besides, it’s been well over a year since I last posted in this category.

I see this all the time; Someone sees a location in the Bible and wants to find where it is. I used to do that all the time. But you can’t just whip out a modern atlas or Google Maps and look up, for example, Canaan.

Csnaan

That’s because Canaan doesn’t exist anymore. It became Israel, and other areas. So looking at a modern map, you wouldn’t find it.

I’ve seen nonbelievers use this to disprove the Bible. “It’s not on the map, so it doesn’t exist”. Yes, it doesn’t exist…now!”. Look at a map of Europe from a hundred years ago and it looks much different than it does now. Heck, look a map from last week! I mean, technically this Brexit thing isn’t going to really change the map, but when they colour code certain maps, the UK will be a different colour.

Anyway, what got me wanting to do this is that I forgot to add one small detail in my Noah’s Ark post. Durupınar site, the official name for the location, is fifteen miles south of Mount Ararat. This is important and one of the major reason why I, and others, believe this to be the Ark.

If Mount Ararat sounds familiar, then it’s because it’s where countless people have explored in search of Noah’s Ark. That’s where the Bible said the Ark landed. But go reread the opening verse again. “…mountains of Ararat“. MountainS, plural. Ararat was the name of the region, not the name of the mountain. The area’s name was later changed to Turkey, and the mountain was given the name Ararat.

But the fact that the Ark isn’t isn’t sitting on the mountain, so many “experts”, most of them fellow believers, deny that Durupinar is the Ark. If they’d read the Bible, they’d find that it is.

Speaking of which, even Google Maps recognizes Durupinar Site as Noah’s Ark. which I honestly didn’t expect!

Noah's Ark

 

But anyway, the same goes for countless other locations listed in the Bible. Most of those cities, kingdoms, and nations no longer exist, so you’d need an ancient map to look for them. Just because they’re not on Google Maps (though after that Noah’s Ark thing I wouldn’t be surprised if there was at least a marker letting you know something was there once), doesn’t mean the Bible is disproved.

Mount Sinai

Exodus 19:11 (KJV)

And be ready against the third day: for the third day the Lord will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai.

Ron Wyatt was able to continue following the Bible past the Red Sea crossing until be came across the real Mount Sinai. Here it is on Google Maps.

It’s been scoffed at by both nonbelievers and believers alike, and the number one reason being that it’s not in the Sinai Peninsula. It’s in Saudi Arabia. That flies in the face of everything everyone believes about it. I mean, it’s called the Sinai Peninsula, after all. Yes, just like Upper Egypt is actually the southern half of Egypt and Lower Egypt is the norther half. Seriously.

So what is the evidence of this being the real Sinai? Let’s look at some pictures.

Exodus 19:18 (KJV)

And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the Lord descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly.

Exodus 32:3-5 (KJV)

And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron. And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, To morrow is a feast to the Lord.

 

Exodus 17:6 (KJV)

Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.

 

There’s loads of other evidence. Watch this video, also narrated by Mary Nell Wyatt, for more information.

Red Sea Crossing

Exodus 14:22 (KJV)

And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.

When people think of Old Testament miracles, the one they most often think of is the parting of the Red Sea. But where exactly did it happen? Most people assume it happened on this side:

Red Sea False Locations

Which I guess makes sense? I mean, they were fleeing Egypt and Egypt is literally, like, right there! But That doesn’t match what the Bible says. It’s very specific where they went, giving exact distances and everything. Ron Wyatt followed the Bible, literally, and found this:

It led him directly to the exact location of the crossing. Here is the location on Google Maps. He and his sons dove in the water and found Egyptian chariot wheels and other artifacts that only make sense in the context of the crossing. Not only that, the water is shallower from shore to shore in that spot. On either side of that spot, the water is much deeper. Almost as if God knew from the beginning He’d need that spot shallower. This video goes  more detail. It’s narrated by Mary Nell Wyatt, his wife.

But wait… If the crossing was actually on the east arm of the Red Sea, why is the traditional location of Mount Sinai in the Sinai Peninsula?  Emperor Constantine’s mother liked the mountain, so she said it had to be Sinai. If Ron Wyatt found the location of the Red Sea crossing, certainly he must have also discovered the location of the real Mount Sinai! Funny you mention that, because…

 

***TO BE CONTINUED***

Chroview: Christian Mingle

By now I am sure that everyone is aware of the Christian dating website, Christian Mingle. It’s pretty hard to ignore, considering they advertise everywhere. I would not be surprised if they end up having a massive banner across the Moon someday. But for now, they did the next best thing.

They made a movie.

The film is about an attractive girl, Gwyneth, living in a universe where she doesn’t have any luck with dates, and no one even attempts to flirt with her, until she happens across Christian Mingle. She’s not a believer, but figures she can fake it and no one would notice. Of course, this being a feature length advertisement, the next day she goes on a date with the first guy she meets on the site, Paul. He appears to be the first guy in the world to be able to look her in the beautiful eyes and not vomit in disgust. He also happens to be attractive. Because this is an advertisement for a dating website.

Christian Mingle.
The sight of them just makes me sick!

So, they go on a few dates. The whole time, Paul makes it quite obvious that he is a sincere Christian, and he just takes it for granted that she is, because she says she is. After awhile, he invites her to come spend time with his friends for a Bible study. At the study, his friends quickly realize that Gwyneth isn’t who she says she is.

The story carries on for a bit, then it turns out he and his family are about to head to Mexico on a missionary trip tomorrow! The reason he never told her was because he didn’t think they’d still be talking that long. Still, that’s kind of a bit thing to mention. “Oh, by the way, I’m going to Mexico soon!”. She leaves her job without telling anyone but her friend and goes to Mexico.

That’s when Paul and his family find out her secret; she’s not really a Christian. They find out because she literally had a copy of Christianity For Dummies on her bed. Paul is upset and breaks up with her. When Gwyneth goes back to America, she decides to become a Christian, which she does over the course of a Rocky-style musical montage.

She goes and tells Paul the good news, but by then he’d moved on. But he wishes her luck in the future. It’s not the ending I would have expected for this movie, but they chose to go the realistic route for this one.

lol Just kidding. This is a feature-length advertisement for a dating site. They part ways, but then it cuts to “Next Christmas” and she’d moved to Mexico (??). Paul shows up out of nowhere and basically says, “Nevermind what I said before, let’s be together”. Roll credits.

Right, so I seem to be picking on this movie alot. That’s because it’s a Rom  Com, and I can’t help it. To be honest, it’s a surprisingly decent film, and I’d gladly watch it again. Not only is the film done well, the Christian message is clear and accurate. They could have just rushed out a thoughtless movie without any thought and just slapped their name on it, but I was impressed with the quality. I especially loved the opening credits (of all things). I always rate movies on a scale of 1 to 10, and I give this one an 8.

(It’s on Netflix)

Chroview: Introduction

Chroview: CHRistian mOVie reVIEW

Okay, so I admit it’s not the greatest name ever, but I needed a name  that was short enough to fit on the menu, but long enough to convey what it is. A friend and I brainstormed and this is the best we came up with.

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Anyway, I have been wanting to do this for quite some time, but my extended absence from the site had made it impossible. It is what the name implies; movie reviews of Christian (and Christian-based) movies. These include straight Christian films such as God’s Not Dead films that are Christian-based but aren’t exactly Christian, such as Exodus: Gods & Kings. I have been wanting to do this ever since my review of Left Behind, which will officially be a Chroview post now.

Why I Don’t Believe In Atheism

Romans 1:18-22 (KJV)

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

 

I’ve been telling people for a long time that I don’t believe in atheists. I call them “nonbelievers”, and won’t use “atheist” unless it’s the name of something, like The Amazing Atheist (don’t watch his videos unless you can handle strong language. He’s angry about everything), or out of habit.For people like Richard Dawkins, I say “antitheist“. But other than that, I mostly stick to saying “nonbeliever”.

I have been asked why. Basically, it’s because of the opening series of verses. God put the knowledge of his existence in everyone’s heart, so there is no excuse to not believe. Therefore, there can’t be atheists, as they say there is no such thing as God. They know there is, yet refuse to acknowledge Him. They are nonbelievers. I especially love that last line, “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

Immediately, I think of people like the aforementioned Richard Dawkins and, of course, Stephen Hawking. They claim to be geniuses, and countless people agree, but even The Daily Mail calls out Hawking. In the documentary, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, Richard Dawkins makes the claim that he would accept literally any explanation of how we got here, including aliens, except for God putting us here. That’s willful ignorance.

2 Peter 3:3-5 (KJV)

Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:

That verse pretty much sums up nonbelievers, more specifically antitheists. They’re willing are ignorant. Give them undeniable facts, and they’ll find an excuse to deny it anyway.

I want to point out right now that I’m not saying nonbelievers are all militant. I know loads of nonbelievers who are some of the sweetest people I know and are willing to help those around them. But I have noticed that when you mention Jesus, they immediately become bitter. This one girl I know is so kind to everyone that I automatically assumed that she was a Christian, so I asked what church she went to. She immediately became angry (the only time I have ever seen her angry) and shouted, “I don’t believe in that ****!!”. She then apologized because that was so out of character for her. She never swears.

John 3:18 (KJV)

He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Hebrews 4:12 (KJV)

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Basically, there’s power in  the name of Jesus. People who aren’t saved feel guilty, or condemned, and it makes them uncomfortable. I was like that before I was saved. When people would say “Jesus” I’d feel uneasy and if they said it too much I’d get angry. I’d also have to mutter it because it felt uncomfortable saying it out loud. Now I feel happy when I hear it, and I usually say it loud when I do say it. “The only way to Heaven is JESUS!”.

Finally, back to the last line of the opening verses. It says the people who don’t believe and think themselves to be wise are in fact “fools”. What are fools according to Scripture?

Psalm 53:1 (KJV)

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.

There you have it. Nonbelievers are fools. Even the sweet ones who wouldn’t actually hurt anyone. Love them, of course, but the Bible is clear that unless they believe on Jesus, they will remain willingly ignorant spend their eternity in a lake of fire. Don’t be on that side.

Minor Update

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve posted on this site.It’s not that I’ve lost interest or ran out of ideas. I didn’t have internet on my computer and my phone wasn’t letting me go on WordPress. But I’ve been updating the Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, so there’s that. A neighbour has been meeting me use his wifi, which I’ve been using on my phone and PS3 and Wii, but my computer wouldn’t connect, so he ran an ethernet cable over today so I can use internet on my computer. Now I might be able to post on t site again! I’ve missed posting on this site. I’ve actually had several ideas, including doing reviews of Christian (or supposedly Christian) movies like I did to Left Behind. God willing, this site will thrive from now on.