Minecraft Bible: Noah’s Ark 2

A couple years ago, I build Noah’s Ark in Minecraft. But I’ve always been disappointed with it. I tried doing it to the specifications in the Bible, but I took way too many creative liberties. Plus, I didn’t have a way to record gameplay off my Xbox 360, so I set up my tripod and filmed the screen. Which looked awful. Not to mention that the draw distance on the 360 version of Minecraft was so small that you couldn’t see the entire boat.

Well, I have an Xbox One now, and I decided to rebuild Noah’s Ark in the Xbox One version of Minecraft. The draw distance is much greater, and the Xbox One has the ability to record gameplay. This time I stuck to the specifications in the Bible. The only real “creative liberty” I did was adding lights to the interior. Trust me, it was necessary. If I didn’t, the inside would be pitch black. Other than that, it’s pretty much exactly as described in Scripture. Here is the video:

Homosexuality

Romans 2:1 (KJV)

Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.

I originally wrote this post on 12 November 2014. I’d avoided the topic because every time I mention it I’m bitterly attacked by everyone. No matter what I say about it I’m called a hate monger and homophobic by nonbelievers, or “not a real Christian” and an “enabler” by fellow Christians. So I thought I would redo this post entirely, rewording what I said to make it clearer.

So, is homosexuality a sin? Honestly? It doesn’t matter. Even if it is, all sins are forgiven through faith in Jesus. I’m tired of my gay friends being turned away from churches because they’re gay. Jesus will accept them as well! The only reason some people don’t think same sex marriage should be a thing is because they think being gay is a sin. Well, if it is, so is lying, murdering, stealing, and other things, but we still let them get married. In fact, it’d be much more useful to ban liars from getting married than to ban gays from marrying.

So yes, I’m the rare Christian who supports same sex marriage. I know what you’re probably thinking. God made marriage to be a sacred bond between a man and a woman.

1 Peter 2:13 (KJV)

 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;

Here’s another one, spoken by Jesus Himself

John 15:19 (KJV)

 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

Basically, “be in the world, but not of the world”. The Law of God is not the law of man, and vice versa. You can’t expect unbelievers to accept the Law of God, so we shouldn’t hold them to that standard. We still have the eternal, unchanging Law of God. So if they want same sex marriage? Let them get married. They want abortions? Let them get abortions. Legalise weed? Go for it. They’re not changing the Law of God, and they’re not hurting us.

Romans 15:7 (KJV)

7Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.

John 13:34-35 (KJV)

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

Matthew 7:1 (KJV)

 Judge not, that ye be not judged.

So, according to those last three verses, we are to accept one another as Christ accepted us, and to love one another, and don’t judge anyone. Which to me sounds like we shouldn’t care if someone is LGBTQ+. It’s none of our business who they prefer to sleep with. And if it turns out to be a sin, if they accepted Jesus into their heart, they’ll be forgiven in the end. His sacrifice covered all sins.

Book of Jasher

2 Samuel 1:18 (KJV)

 (Also he bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the bow: behold, it is written in the book of Jasher.)

What is the Book of Jasher? The Bible mentions it a couple of times, but there is no book called Jasher in the Bible. I first came across it four years ago today, and I meant to do a post on this then, but quickly forgot about it. The only reason I remembered today is because I’d posted about it on Facebook at the time, and it appeared in my memories.

As you can see, there’s a second reference to the Book of Jasher in the Bible. It’s found in Joshua.

Joshua 10:13 (KJV)

And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.

So what exactly is the Book of Jasher? The Wikipedia for it says,

The Book of Jasher (also, Jashar) or the Book of the Upright or the Book of the Just Man (Hebrew: סֵפֶר הַיׇּשׇׁר‬; transliteration: sēfer hayyāšār) is an unknown book mentioned in the Hebrew Bible. The translation “Book of the Just Man” is the traditional Greek and Latin translation, while the transliterated form “Jasher” is found in the King James Bible, 1611.

During my research, I quickly down the entire text of the book online, and it seems to have a biblical feel to it. It starts off with the Creation story and everything. But something just didn’t feel right about it. Then I remembered something about the Wikipedia page. It calls it and “unknown book”. How could it be unknown if I’m staring at the text. So I kept looking and quickly found my answer, in the form of another Wikipedia page.

The Book of Jasher, also called Pseudo-Jasher, is an 18th-century literary forgery by Jacob Ilive. It purports to be an English translation by Flaccus Albinus Alcuinus of the lost Book of Jasher. It is sometimes called Pseudo-Jasher to distinguish it from the midrashic Sefer haYashar (Book of the Upright, Naples, 1552), which incorporates genuine Jewish legend.

What I was reading was a fake. In fact, there are several books title Book of Jasher which claim to be the one mentioned in scripture. In actuality, the original book has been lost forever, with these two biblical verses being the full extent of what we really know about it.