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  1. Saltgrass? Say howdy!

  2. Website update

    I don't remember - was CODZ ever https? As of late, I've been getting an "unsecured connection" warning. At any rate, just wanted to say, you are a champ, Craig. You and @InfestLithium, and the other men who stick around and keep this site alive in the dry spells. Y'all are my secret heroes.
  3. A big THANKYOU to CODZ

    Always hoping for the day when I can get an EE run in...been talking with my pal @FatedTitan and actually, my wife as well about one - you could be our #4! As usual, no ETA as of yet, however. lol! Family life keeps me on my toes. And I found out yesterday it just grew +1 brains (joke for the benefit of the old CODZers who remember). XD This weekend is jammed packed because I wanna give my lady time to get in some more thrill park stuff before it becomes "not doctor recommended." Otherwise, I'll keep you on the top of my list for folks to shout out for EE plans! The video is blocked by my employer's web filter, but I'll give it a watch this evening - looks like a good one!
  4. Between Heaven and Earth

    @anonymous Apologies for the delay, I am still hyped to answer the rest of the questions (and will compile them all into one post once I have done so). Between work, long drives, family, and my theological studies (and, I admit, a few - just a few, I promise - games of BO3... ;) I have been up to my chin in it this week. Stay tuned, then.
  5. Between Heaven and Earth

    Alright, resuming with question: 2. Science and Faith Science cannot contradict faith. Scientists can, and have, on many, many occasions. They're only human. But unless that scientist denies the existence of God, there is nothing wrong with being wrong, or slightly off in your scientific theories. But a scientist does not have the authority to deny the existence of God. That question actually falls within the realm of philosophy, if anything. Not science. But that's the beauty of science! It is the exploration of this glorious playground that God has constructed for us, and it is His delight that we should study and get to know it. In the Bible, Psalm 19 declares: The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard; yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. No scientific law can disprove God, for He is the creator of those very laws, and the very embodiment of the logic and reason upon which they are established! We are mere students. How arrogant do we have to be, O we who can hardly live past 100 and take millennia just to figure out how to magnify microscopic objects so small they cannot be seen by our naked eye, to imagine that we have finally reached a place of such authority as to declare God to be nonexistent? So I love science. In my experience, science is one of the means by which we grow to know the Mind of God. Faith is the means by which we come to know both His Mind and His Heart. For this cause, the Catholic Church has always endorsed and encouraged and partaken in scientific study and advancement. Here is a list of Catholic clergy alone who have been involved in the history of science. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Catholic_cleric-scientists Take note especially of: Msgr. Georges Lemaitre, who is the FATHER OF THE BIG BANG THEORY (did you know that the Big Bang theory was of Christian origin? Ask National Geographic) Fr. Gregor Mendel, Father of modern genetics Alessandro Serpieri, priest, astronomer, and seismologist who studied shooting stars, and was the first to introduce the concept of the seismic radiant. Read through the linked list. Pretty amazing. And that's just Catholic priests, bishops and monastics! That doesn't count Catholic layfolk scientists! The idea that Christians cannot accept scientific discoveries is a Protestant (mostly fundamentalist) concept and heresy or false doctrine, especially as it concerns the Genesis account of the creation of the universe. Catholics, however, understand that the Bible is not a book but a collection of books (which, incidentally, was actually compiled by the Catholic Church in the first place in the late 300s' to early 400s': Read On). This collection of books contains many different genres of writing that must be understood in the proper context and genre in which they were written. Genesis is a cross between a poetic and historical document, and therefore, as stated, we understand that the story of creation can be interpreted to be non-literal. As St. Peter wrote, "But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." 2 Peter 3:8 Neither is St. Peter being precise. "A thousand years" was merely a representation for a lengthy amount of time. He could have said "sixty-five million years" instead, and his point would remain the same. God is not confined by the limits of the space-time continuum. He created the dimension we know as the "space-time continuum." So just as I could build a tiny house and put my hand inside of it, God can and has created our universe, and even reaches in to be with us within our universe while simultaneously being on the outside of it and being in no way contained by it. Could he have created the earth in 6 24-hour days? Sure. Why not? Could he have made it all in 6 seconds? Sure. Why not? Did he? I don't really think so. Do I know everything? Absolutely not. Am I right this time? God knows, I don't. Probably not entirely, if at all. Could he have made the universe in 37 Billion years? Sure. Why not? He made us so that it takes 9 months for a human baby to fully form. He is logic and he is reason. And it doesn't matter to me so much how he did it as it does that He did it in the first place. And I love it, and I love Him for it. Glory be to God forever and ever! Please take the time to watch the videos below:
  6. Between Heaven and Earth

    RESPONSE TO @anonymous Question 1: Final Destination First of all, I want to acknowledge that the Bible may have no consequence whatsoever in the minds of those who may read this, whether you are atheist, non-Christian, or like yourself, @anonymous, "uncatechised," that is to say, untrained in the faith. And so therefore, my use of Scripture here is not in such a way as to say, "it's in the Bible, it must be true," although I myself know that to be the case, others may not have come to that conclusion as of yet. References to Scripture are for the purpose of supporting my statements in light of one of the three sources of authoritative Christian teaching, that, once a Christian, we come to know as truth. I also use italics and CAPITALIZATION for emphasis. Please read it as such, and not as me raising my voice or "Bible thumping." LOL! 1. Final Destination I do not want to get overly weighty with the answer regarding one's final destination, but put simply, one must understand that in order to enter into final unity with Christ Jesus, one must live for the love of Him. When you love someone, and this case, they are in authority over you in all things (God Himself) you honor them, you obey them, you emulate them, and you seek to bring others to know them, and also, to submit themselves to His loving authority, as you would a criminal to just authority. Now, that is not to say that someone who has never encountered the Lord Jesus and His Church within their lifetime, say, a 5-year-old Hindu child can be held culpable for her lack of personal awareness of the covenant of Jesus' redemption. The great evangelist of the first century, St. Paul, say the following in his letter to the Roman Christians: NOTE: The below is pretty heavy information, so I don't expect you to figure it out on your own. In fact, St. Peter, the human head of the Church (Jesus is the ultimate head of the Church) warned people against attempting to figure out what St. Paul was saying all by themselves because it was so complex that misunderstanding could lead to believing it wrong, and therefore, living contrary to Christianity. So read soberly. What St. Paul is saying, in simple English is: those who have no exposure to the truth of Jesus Christ can indeed be justified if they truly seek to live in such a way as to uphold moral standards out of love for their fellow man. On the other hand, just professing to "believe in Jesus" really gets you nowhere if you do not obey His commands. So no, a murderer who "believes" in Jesus will not "make it to Heaven." St. James says clearly that just "having faith" in Jesus CANNOT save you, in his letter to the Church: He compares those who say "I believe," but then either sin, or fail to live their lives in loving obedience to Christ Jesus to demons, who know who God is, but hate and rebel against him. Not a good situation for your murderer guy. IF, however, that murderer recognizes his wrong, and in sincerity, confesses his sin to one of God's ministers (we call them priests), and resolves to never again commit the sin, he will be forgiven. (I might also add that he is generally told he must turn himself in, if he is at large). But with each occasion of sin afterwards, he again puts himself in a situation in which he will not enter Heaven if he dies. The key here, however, is not who is a "better person," but who does, for the love of God (if they know and believe in Jesus Christ), or for the love of their fellow men (if they do not know Jesus Christ), live uprightly, God can bring them to everlasting life with Him. Those who will not be saved are those who deliberately continue in sin, regardless of whether they know God, as well as those who, despite knowing Jesus, reject his offer of salvation, and by their own decision to reject Him and refuse to live their lives as He has commanded them to do within His Catholic Church, will continue to reject him after this life, and, to put it simply, will send themselves to Hell. St. Paul also tells us in Romans 6:23: "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." But also in Romans 3:23: "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." So Jesus died not just to give murderers, rapists, idolaters or adulterers a "shot at Heaven," but EVERYONE who reveres Him as their Lord and master and are baptized, and ever afterwards seek to obey Him in EVERYTHING that He expects from us. So even the child who wrongfully takes from the store a candy bar that does not belong to him, knowing he is stealing it, needs Jesus to be his Savior. Because God is perfect. Perfect beyond anything we can imagine. He errs NEVER and in NOTHING, and He NEVER changes. We do not have a "right" to be with Him when we die, as none of us are perfect as He is. But when Jesus, who was perfect, died (the punishment for imperfection), He gave us an opportunity to follow him (not just "believe" in him), and in following Him, in His mercy, he gives us ALL an opportunity to repent. I hope that is clear. This is why I would much prefer to have a private convo...I am VERY cautious about this topic as it is EASY to offend Christians who do not have a right understanding of justification, also, can be misunderstood by non-Christians who think that now that they read this from a Christian, they can continue to reject Jesus and live a "good life" and be saved. So PLEASE, ask for clarification if ANY OF THIS does not make sense or you need further detail.
  7. Between Heaven and Earth

    @anonymous That is a GREAT list of questions! I'm super excited. JSYK, I'm at work and will do my best to respond over lunch here in about 1.5 hours. If I can't get it all in, I'll put it off until this evening, 'cause I wanna be fully focused. :) Good to hear from you, BTW! I know I vanished...I'll explain at some point. And hopefully someday I can chat about the ol' storyline again. Good times...
  8. Between Heaven and Earth

    I would be happy to discuss here. My hesitancy is that the subject of the Christian faith is rarely discussed without conflict, sadly enough. The Lord prayed fervently that this would not be the case, in the Gospel of John 17. And for someone in your positition, it is very important that you not encounter that conflict at this point in your experience. So if you would like to exclusively discuss it here, I'll be happy to chip in, but for issues of such a deep and personally relevant nature, I do like to give the individual my full attention so the discussion doesn't get sidetracked. So just ping me if you like - even email me (nabrzhunter.pro@gmail.com), but until then, you can @ me here, as always. :) In general, however, yes, @andydabeast and @FatedTitan and I are able to supplement each other in discussion. @andydabeast @FatedTitan and I have extended discussions over DM as well sometime, and I'd be delighted to do the same with you so as to clarify some things. I wholly agree with your last statement, especially, however. One of the tragedies of the faith, ever since Judas betrayed the Lord.
  9. Between Heaven and Earth

    Please don't be intimidated by the length. It's a sort of story-analogy, not an opinionated rambling. -Hunter Do I believe in God or an afterlife? Okay, so I am a father, and my wife and I have children, let's say I build them a playground in the backyard. Let's assume I'm an engineer, and it's hardly "just a playground," and more like a theme park. I want my children to experience it, learn from their experiences playing together, learning social skills, the laws of physics, and reason and rational thinking. I want them to explore the playground, take it apart, put it back together, make new stuff from the parts I left for them to use, help each other build things... Does this mean, however, that I want them to play on a playground for the rest of their lives? No. I love them. They are blood of my blood, bone of my bone - beautiful, unique people for whom I desire a wonderful life, and who I want to get to know! And ultimately, I want to see them grow up and leave the playground behind, and come join me for a beer, a good talk about life, love, music, sports, Call of Duty - you name it. I want them to mature. On the other hand, because I love them, I will also NOT impose myself on them. I will let them come to me when they want to. When they realize who I am, that I created that awesome playground for them, and that I did it because I love them in the first place. But until they do so on their own...while I'll drop hints that I love them now and again (bring them a soda, some lunch, secretly add to the playground when they aren't watching so they have more to explore, and sometimes even catch them when they fall) I won't always keep them from experiencing real life. Jumping off a swing is fun, but it can hurt you. But you learn eventually what is and isn't safe. If they call and ask me for help, however, I promise, I'll be there. Doesn't mean I'll be okay with what they're doing - if they decide to do it anyway...I warned them. But if that's how they want to learn, then so be it. They are free to live and learn. Now let's take that analogy out of the human box. I'm also the perfect image of love, selflessness, beauty, grace, patience, perfect joy, peace. When those children of mine come to me, they will partake in the experience of perfection beyond anything they can imagine. My knowledge and wisdom supersedes all comprehension. I am ENDLESSLY fascinating. Sadly, however...they will never know this if they do not come to me. In the meantime, a few of them on the playground do know me well. I call them my "called out ones," greek "ecclesia," aka, "church". They call themselves the "Catholic Church," because they are "universal" (all around the playground) and they want to obey what I have commanded them to do, live their lives in a way that reflects how good and awesome I am, and desire to lead the others to get to know me as well. I want them to be like me so others get an idea of what I am like. The things they do for love of me (their good works) are precious to me, and mean so much. I will reward them for these things. (Epistle of James chapter 2, Gospel According to Matthew 10:40-42, 12:37, 25:31-46.) But I have spent time with them so that they can get to know me and come to love me like I love them. We call what I do "grace" and what they do in response to knowing me "faith." And when they're grown and no longer of age to play on the playground, we'll head up to the house for a chat and a beer, and so I can help them to understand their experience on the playground fully. Hey, but the kids still on the playground are always welcome to come and ask them to ask me for things on their behalf. I know that, now that they are mature, they have an understanding and care for the well-being of the kids on the playground. If a kid from the playground asks me for something, and their grown-up sibling also vouches for them, I will listen to both requests and respond in accordance with what I think is best. This is called "prayer," and in two forms: to "pray" is an old English word meaning to "ask." They're always welcome to ask me directly for anything, but if they also want others to vouch for them, they may do so. We call that "prayer to the Saints" (the grown up kids). Sometimes...most the time, actually, there are hardheaded kids. They want to be good and respect my wishes, but they just keeps failing to resist the temptations. So I have given some of the kids who are elder members of that "Catholic Church" the authority to grant these beloved hardheads assurance of my forgiveness (Matthew 16:13-20, 18:15-20, John 20:19-23) as long as they sincerely resolve to try to continue to obey afterwards. They may break that promise, because they are weak of will, but as long as they continue to confess sincerely and genuinely tries to break the habit and do kind and loving things for me and the other kids to make up for it (we call this confession and penance - maybe he has anger issues, and keeps hitting and yelling at other kids), then when he's grown up, before he comes to the house, he may need to spend some time meditating on what he needs to change in order to come experience perfection with me. We call this purgatory. So yes. I believe in God, my Father, my brother (Jesus), and my sanctifier (the Holy Spirit). I also know my brothers and sisters have gone before me, and pray for me, encouraging me to always try to honor my Father. My life experience has been undeniable...and I pray that each of you has a similar epiphany, 'cause it's the most real thing you'll ever know here on the playground. Feel free to message me or anything if you wanna talk about it some more...I'd be glad to see if we can't hash it out together. :)
  10. Understanding How Zombies View Time?

    Agreed, those changes have been made (and also played a huge role in me backing out of involvement). No worries, man, really big of you to make peace. Makin me feel bad. If you're gonna carry on in study of the lore, I'm sure the day might come where I reemerge from the Aether and ask you for an update on how the story has developed and lean on you and the other dedicated CODZers to get me up to speed. It's all a matter of investment of time and study. So that said, my apologies for taking offense. You know...thinking back now, what's really awesome about you is the same thing I think I said in our first discussion-you think deep into the story. And you're on CODZ. The community needs more people like that. So we're all good. Take care of yourself and our peeps - teach folks what's it is to be a Zombies theorist. Pax tecum. Hunter
  11. Zombie Chronicles Megathread

    BO3 Moon can't possibly outdo the original. I will always love BO1 most.
  12. The Forest Appears Again

    The Teddy quotes are from the original Moon and refer to Richtofen. They go hand in hand with her other taunts to Richtofen after he has taken over the MPD.
  13. Zombie Chronicles Megathread

    You make a very good point. Black Ops 3 shouldn't make Black Ops obsolete, anyway.
  14. Understanding How Zombies View Time?

    I am not making an outdated explanation. I am very current on developments in the Zombies storyline, and have extensive in-depth knowledge of the story across all publications and titles of the story to date. No need to imply that I am somehow fallen behind you. And while the story has changed, it has not changed as drastically as you are implying. In fact, a vast quantity of previous information is even now being verified. I'd advise, as I have repeatedly, that you get up to speed on intel both classic and recent. In response: Two confirmations have been made regarding that phrase, one of which specified that it's originated from Richtofen's orphaned childhood, where the other children mocked him for saying that his father was a famous scientist, chanting "Teddy is a liar!" I actually haven't wondered, as he explains on Moon (which aligns perfectly with my previous example) that "it isn't true, and that's why no one would guess it!" And the Dark Aether never made Maxis kill himself. Chronicles explains that his suicide was his plan to enter the computer systems at Griffin Station. That is free will. I'll have to conclude this discussion here, as I don't invest much time in discussing Zombies anymore, having moved on to real life. If you do want to continue discussing it, CODZ is always the best place, featuring most of the community's most authoritative members, so I suggest striking up a discussion with some of the highly active theorists. In the meantime, be sure to do some more research into the storyline.
  15. Understanding How Zombies View Time?

    This has been my understanding more or less. How that connection is established, exactly; upon what plane of existance we cannot be sure. Perhaps the most fundamental of planes. But yes, you might say that the body which contains concentrated 115 has uplink to the Aether. Recall that not only the zombies demonstrate this, but also the infected living, in whom is demonstrated the conflict between free will and the will of the controller, i.e., Richtofen screaming about "the voices," Maxis becoming obsessed with Samantha at Excavation Site 64, Samuel of Victis, Maxis' mental instability at Der Riese, and The Flesh. While you are right about the Dark Aether (115) being a part of the reanimation, I must refer back to our previous conversation in this thread in which I empirically demonstrated that the controllers (Richtofen, Samantha and Maxis) do have control over the zombies. Now, whether the controllers truly even control themselves is a whole other question. As stated in my response to @anonymous, living creatures maintain their free will, so although Richtofen and Samantha are driven insane, they still have free will, and through the technology of the MPD, have the power to control the minds of the hoards, and to communicate with the living who are highly contaminated. Also, again, see the SoE scrap that states clearly that 115 is the fabric of spacetime, AKA, Aether. So we aren't talking about different things. As far as the Knights Templar, however, remember, we're still dealing with Zombies. They hunt and kill people. So the fact that the Templars resurface and kill soldiers is truly no different than The Walking Dead or World War Z. However, at that point in time, as far as them being controlled, we don't necessarily know who is controlling them. Presumably, it isn't the Shadow Man. Sounds like you haven't read the Zombies Chronicles transcripts yet, @Abel!. I would recommend doing that, reading all the known ciphers and listening to the Moon and Black Ops 2 Victis Trilogy quotes to gain a full understanding of the powers of the occupant of the MPD. Also, "Teddy" is confirmed to be Edward Richtofen. See Zombies Chronicles.
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