Update: August 2019

I know I haven’t posted in a long time, but I’ve got alot going on personally. Maybe I’ll do a long post about it once this is over. Plus I’ve got major writer’s block. While I have a ton of ideas of posts to do, I can’t bring myself to word them coherently. However, I am doing a daily verse on Instagram if you want to follow along.

Currently I’m posting this from my phone via the WordPress app. If you follow this blog you know that I hate posting on here from my phone. But I have two bits of updates I wanted to share.

First, I’ve been wanting to get a personalised email address for this site, but it’s too expensive. But I found a site called Mail.com that lets you make a mostly personalised email address. “Mostly” because you have to choose a domain from a long list of choices. But it’s a very long list to choose from. I was bored a scrolled through the choices, and at the very bottom was “@reborn.com”. As you can imagine I was very excited.

So if you ever want to contact me about this site (questions, comments, post ideas, etc), send them to fig-tree@reborn.com.

The second update isn’t even really about me or this site. It’s some place I want to redirect you to while I’m currently unable to post as much as I would like. It’s a YouTube channel called The Ten Minute Bible Hour. It’s ran by a guy named Matt Whitman, and I wish I could teach the Bible as good as he does! He not only breaks it down and digs deep, he throws in pop culture references and humour to keep it entertaining. So he’s educational and entertaining, which is difficult to do. I’ve added his channel to my Further Resources page, and I highly recommend everyone check out it out.

In the meantime, I’m definitely going to be needing prayers until this current situation I’m in passes. Hopefully it’ll pass soon, then I’ll do a long update post about it.

I’ll end this with the following verse:

Isaiah 12:2-3 (KJV)

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.

Minecraft Bible: Solomon’s Temple

I finally did something other than Noah’s Ark. As a joke I was going to make a third Ark, but I doubt anyone would find it funny.

Anyway, I built Solomon’s Temple this time. It was much more complicated than the Ark, and as such mine isn’t very good. So while I will show you my Solomon’s Temple, I will also share with you the video I based mine on. It’s a better video, and I recommend everyone watch that one instead.

Here is my video.

Here is the superior video mine is based on.

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:

So… I did a thing. . .

Ever since I created this blog over four years ago, I’ve had numerous people tell me that I should sell merchandise or have a donate button or something. Basically, a way to make money from this ministry. But I have been heavily against it, because Paul says not to make a profit from the Bible. Here, here, and here. I’m sure that there are other instances, but I found those by literally searching “profit” on Bible Gateway and scrolling through the results.

But over the last few months, I’ve had a few people tell me that I misunderstood what Paul was talking about. I even submitted a question to Got Questions, which I’ve linked to several times on this site. This was their response:

There are some scriptural principles that may be helpful in making your decision.  Obviously, people are paid to teach and preach.  1 Tim. 5:17 tells us that elders are worthy of double honor – respect and monetary compensation.  1 Peter 5:2 tells us that the same group of people, the elders, are not to minister for sorbid gain.  Meaning they are not to be greedy for money.  They are to minister eagerly for the purpose of helping people grow in Christ not for money. I hope these two verses help.

So I guess I misunderstood what Paul was talking about? Anyway, the thing I did that is the reason I’m making this post is that I started a Patreon for this ministry. For those who don’t know, Patreon is a site used by creators to receive support from their fans. It’s mostly used by YouTubers, but I’ve seen other people using it. It’s different from setting up a PayPal donate button in that you can set up recurring payments if you want. Plus, there are perks for the patrons.

I’ve set up three tiers of perks:

$1 – You get access to the Fig Tree Reborn Discord server (yeah, I made a new one, and I’ll discuss that below)

$5 – You get the Patreon flair on Reddit when on the Fig Tree Reborn subreddit. (plus access to the Fig Tree Reborn Discord server)

$10 – With this tier, you’ll be able to have a private conversation with me (the creator of Fig Tree Reborn) about anything biblical. I tend to get passionate when discussing the Bible, and my friend and church family tell me that I make them think about things they’d never noticed before. We can do this however you like (Skype, Facebook, phone call, smoke signal, etc….plus you still get the Patreon flair on Reddit and access to the Fig Tree Reborn Discord server)

About the Discord server…

If you read this post you’ll know that I had a Discord server for this site one, but if you read this post, you’ll know that I had to delete it because it had been overrun by nonbelievers as a base of operations to troll other Christian sites. Well, the only reason I made a new one is because of the Patreon page. It gives you the option to connect your Discord account and have a patron-only server. Meaning that you can only access it by being a patron. That should hopefully prevent what happened last time.

I’ll end this by stating that donating is entirely optional, and I’m only doing this to help cover the cost of running the site. I’m hoping to do more with this site, and in order to do that I’ll need the paid version of WordPress, which isn’t cheap. I might consider doing merchandise at a later date, but I’ll worry about that if anyone is interested.

Here is the link to the Patreon page if you are interested.

When was she called Eve?

Genesis 2:23 (KJV)

And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

We all know the story of Adam and Eve. God created the Earth, then created Adam from the dust. Adam was lonely, so God made Eve out of Adam’s rib. She ate of the fruit God explicitly told them not to, talked Adam into eating it as well, then God kicked them out of the Garden of Eden. We all know this story.

But do we? I asked several of my friend when Eve got her name. They all said after Adam saw her. But if you see the verse I opened this post with, you’ll see that when Adam first saw her he called her Woman. Let’s take a look at when she ate of the fruit.

Genesis 3:6 (KJV)

And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

“…when the woman…”. Not “When Eve”. When she ate of the fruit she still didn’t officially have a name. What about ten verses later, when God punishes them for eating the fruit?

Genesis 3:16 (KJV)

Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

Well, I guess I’m not surprised that between her eating the fruit and God punishing them she’d have been given a name. They were all a little preoccupied at the moment.

So when was she given her name?

Genesis 3:20 (KJV)

And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.

So she wasn’t called Eve until the Fall, just before they were kicked out of the Garden? I’ve read this story countless time, as I’m sure most of you have, and I have never noticed that!

I don’t know what this means, or have any additional commentary on this particular find. Other than no matter how much you think you know the Bible, you never really know the Bible. There will always be new things you never noticed before.

No more Discord server

Awhile back, I posted that I’d created a Discord server for this site. I’d had different chat rooms for each of the categories here (like Final Season and Straight Outta Context). Wasn’t really expecting it to be a popular thing, because I don’t really have a bunch of people looking at this site anyway, but I thought it’d be fun to have a place to chat incase anyone wanted to.

But I ended up not using Discord for very long, and eventually uninstalled the app, and the Fig Tree server was forgotten about.

Until a couple days ago. There’s a YouTube channel I’ve become a huge fan of, and in one of their videos they mention that they have a Discord server for their fans to chat. So I reinstalled the app to join the conversation.

That’s when I discovered that the Fig Tree server was not only still active, but was literally active. There was hundreds of messages. But unfortunately, it was the opposite of what I was hoping for. It was a group of nonbelievers who started out trolling once they figured out it was a Christian server (doing things like asking if Fig Tree was a cult, and posting porn links and claiming it let to prayer groups. Even with the vulgarity filter set to high, they were somehow able to get away with saying pretty much any unfiltered thing that came to their mind.

Reading through the messages they eventually used the server as a sort of base to come and criticise Christianity, and plan pranks on other Christian sites.

I was originally going through and banning each member, but unfortunately I was unable to delete the messages. By this point, the members realised what was going on and started sending death threats to me on the server, as well as other forms of intimidation. In the end, I decided to just delete the server altogether. So the Fig Tree Reborn Discord server is no more. Which I shouldn’t be upset about because it wasn’t even used for it’s intended purpose, but I find myself disappointed anyway.

Chroview to Blog’s Not Dead

Right. so you probably noticed that I’ve changed the name of one of my series. I never liked the name Chroview, as you probably guessed if you read the Introduction post. Well, the other day something occurred to me; On my main blog (yes, this isn’t my main blog, as one angry follower on here have found out and commented with judgmental comments because I posted about Harry Potter on there), I have several series, reviewing movies, video games, music, etc.

On there I use puns related to the topic. Movies I consider the greatest ever made I put in a series called Casabloga. Regular film reviews I put in a series called Desolation of Blog. Video game reviews are in The Elder Blog. Music reviews are in Blogthoven. Show reviews are in The Blogging Dead.

The other day it suddenly occurred to me….. Blog’s Not Dead. I was already planning on updating this site so make each page a list of titles instead a list of articles, so I figured now would be a good time to make the change. You probably noticed if you looked at those links that I am using the same theme for both this site and my other site. I always try to keep them separate, but that’s really the only theme available that let me do what I wanted to do. Trust me, I looked for one that was different but did what I wanted. This is the only one.

I know I keep saying this, but I plan on posting more often. It’s not that I don’t want to, but I think I made a mistake by writing everything I know years ago. I keep having ideas, but I don’t know how to write about them. So I will try to post when I can figure out how to word what I want to say.

Reason for the site update

I just changed the theme used for this website after leaving it virtually unchanged for over three years. Thought I’d make a post explaining why. But I’m sure some of you probably already know why. I’ve used the same sized screen to run this site, so I made the header with that screen in mind. I never checked this site from my phone or any other screen-sized computer. So I was unaware that the header changed size depending on the size of the screen. It fit on my screen, but someone with a smaller or bigger screen would show a distorted image. You can’t even see the image on mobile.

I was just made aware of that by a friend, who said she just assumed I did it to be artistic. No, this was unintentional. So I looked for a new theme that allowed me to remain simplistic while at the same time kept the image size regardless of the screen size. Before making this one live I checked on my phone and with my friend and the image stays the same on all three screens now!

I miss the green-tinted theme, but I also kind of like the change. Some changes can be good, and I think after over three years it was time for a change anyway. I hope my few regular readers don’t mind the change, because I know all it takes is one small wrong change to lose everyone. Let me know what you think, or what other changes you think I could/should make.

After I post this I’m going to work on making a list of further resources. I’ve been meaning to do that for awhile now, but I got an email from someone requesting that I add them to any such list, so that has motivated me to actually do it.

I also added the Fig Tree Reborn Instagram feed to the side panel under the Spotify playlist, and I removed the Internet Defense League badge from the sidebar that was causing that annoying popup every time anyone clicked anything on this site. I linked to it above because I still believe in the cause, but I don’t think it really belongs on this site.

Discord Server

I have created a Discord server for this website. Discord is a chat client primarily used by gamers, but also used by others. Servers are invite-only, so you have to click this link to join. I’ve created different) separate channels for each of the categories on this website. Except for “Miscellaneous”, because there’s a “General” channel. I’ve set the filter high, so there’s no vulgarity at all.

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…