Minor Update

No, I haven’t forgotten about this blog. I just don’t have a computer anymore and I hate the WordPress app, and don’t like typing long posts on my phone anyway. I’m currently at a doctor’s appointment and they have a computer in the waiting room, so I thought I would do a quick post here to let everyone (all one of you) know that I’m still alive and have future plans for this site. I went ahead and renewed the domain months ago, and once I get my own place again and a new computer, I fully intend to post regularly again. I was homeless for a short while, and now I’m living with a coworker in his living room. No computer, but he has a Playstation 4. It has a browser and he has a keyboard attachment for the controller, but that’s not a very reliable means of posting here. I’ll try to post as much as I can when I can, like now. I better post this before they call my name…

Reason for My Absence

I know I haven’t posted here in a long time, minus the random I Am Not Ashamed review. Had a friend message me on Facebook if I was done with Fig Tree because she loves reading my posts. Truth is, I really wanted to post here, and had enough ideas come to mind that I could have easily doubled my current post count. But I was evicted from my apartment and went a few months without internet except on my phone. As I once said in a previous post that I’m not going to link to because I don’t remember which one it was and I’m too lazy to look for it, I don’t like the WordPress app or mobile site. The exception was that movie review, because it upset me so much I was willing to deal my issues with the app to type out an admittedly longer than initially planned post.

Well, I’m posting now, so that must mean I have internet! And the answer is…YES….. I have actually had internet for a few months now. It’s just that my only two year old computer has been acting up so much that it’s not even worth turning on, so it just sat there next to my Xbox One, collecting dust. Yes, I’ve been spending my time playing Xbox games and watching Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube. Not exactly productive, but now I am finally willing to deal with the madness that is this computer because I bought a new keyboard and mouse for some reason, and I really want to use them.

Not going to promise to post as frequently as before (Oohh, noo!! No more one post a month??), but I will try to post as much as I can. I didn’t forget about this site. I’ve still been telling people about it, sharing it with coworkers who expressed either that they are a believer or want to be, and even renewed the domain last month.

As for my health, incase anyone remembers, I was diagnosed with a “semi-cancer” in November 2015. While I still do chemo every three weeks (most recently today…yeah, yeah, I’ll go to sleep after I post this). I haven’t gotten better, but I also haven’t gotten worse. I’ve plateau’d. But my doctor said that I’m reacting so well to the treatment that he wants to, sometime by the end of the year, cut me back to once every four weeks instead of three. So that’s good news!

But I also have teeth issues. I thought I had two broken teeth and a cavity, and it was causing me great agony, to the point where I even started screaming in pain at work last Sunday night while laying on the ground and covering my mouth. Which is when I went to the dentist, who did an x-ray of my mouth. Turns out I have three broken teeth but only one of them is one I knew about. What I thought was the second broken tooth is actually an oddly placed cavity that can be filled. The cavity I thought I had is actually something I’ve never even heard of; The dentist called it “transfer pain”. The broken tooth I knew about is a bottom tooth, and where I thought the cavity is a top tooth directly above it. What I have been feeling is the pain from the bottom broken tooth. Somehow it’s transferring the pain to the top tooth, and I can feel it all the way to the back of my right eye.

I also have four wisdom teeth. One of them is coming in sideways and pushing against the roots of my other teeth. Another is coming between two other teeth, pushing them apart. One is at the very end of my mouth, and it has a cavity. The last came in backwards, facing into my skull. All of which explains why I am in such great agony. Luckily, they gave me Vicodin to help with the pain. The bottle says one every six hours, but I am afraid of getting addicted, so I only take it if it starts to really hurt, which is once every day or two. They’re planning on doing surgery in…..June…. So… Yeah, prayers that I don’t go insane by then. Oh, and they gave me Penicillin to prevent infection, so there’s also that…

Just, prayers in general would be appreciated at this point.

Minecraft Bible: Noah’s Ark

Have you ever played a video game called Minecraft? If not, I highly recommend it. Especially if you are the creative type. I have recreated Noah’s Ark based on the dimensions given in the Bible. It’s much bigger than I could have anticipated. Here is a video of it for those interested. I don’t have a way of recording the gameplay from my Xbox 360, so I had to setup my tripod and film the TV screen.

Do Our Pets Go To Heaven?

Ecclesiastes 3:21 (KJV)

Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?

This seems like such a simple-to-answer question. Of course they don’t. Only humans have souls, and you have to have a soul to go to Heaven. But have you ever looked into it, or were you just assuming? Let’s take a quick look at a couple other verses.

Ecclesiastes 3:19 (KJV)

For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity.

Proverbs 12:10 (KJV)

A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

Job 12:7 (KJV)

But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee:

While those don’t actually say the words “Your pets are in Heaven”, it seems clear that there are pets in Heaven. Especially after reading this verse:

Revelation 5:13 (KJV)

And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.

Every creature which is in Heaven? I don’t know anywhere in the Bible where it refers to humans as creatures. It only says “creatures” when talking about animals. So it would seem that animals are in Heaven, and I don’t see any reason why that should include our pets.

You’re probably wondering how, though, since they can’t choose to accept Christ. Well, that only is for humans, as they’re the ones who fell from grace by sinning in the Gardens. A cat didn’t eat from the Tree. So maybe they don’t need to be saved.

Fig Tree Reborn is now on Reddit

​I’ve been wanting to do a Fig Tree subreddit for a long time, and have finally done it. It’s pretty much blank at the moment because I’m having to do everything from my phone, which is very limited (and why I haven’t posted here in awhile). Feel free to subscribe to the subreddit and post whatever you want, pertaining to Scripture and related topics. However, trolling will get you banned and your post removed.

View the subreddit here.

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.