Ehud’s 18 Inch Dagger: Understanding the Times Through Theology Culture and Society is about knowing our world and knowing the times we live in. It is the attitude of “Maranatha.” The word maranatha appears one time in the Bible in 1 Corinthians 16:22 which says: “If anyone does not love the Lord, a curse be on him. Maranatha!” The word itself means “Our Lord, come!” In this context the Apostle Paul (the author of 1 Corinthians and most of the New Testament) was sick of the apostate and nominal Christians that polluted the purity of the Corinthian church, and had a desperate desire to be free from the anxiety that such sinners cause. He issued out a curse on all unbelievers that they may be devoted to destruction. This same curse is the one that all people who do not believe in Jesus Christ are under because of their sins. Paul longed for God to come back soon. MacArthur (1997) states,
“Paul perhaps appeals for the Lord to take away the nominal, false Christians who threatened the spiritual well-being of the church. This was also an expression of the eagerness for the Lord’s return” (p. 1759).
This blog believes that truth is objective, actually exists, and can be obtained. It has the goal of impressing upon its readers a desire for the Lord, and to wait eagerly for His return. The goal of all articles written is to point people toward truth through interesting reports, stories, and essays of academic quality about the real world we live in through societal trends and different cultures, so that readers can learn and have better understanding about life; and true meaning and purpose.
Biblical theology is the main purpose of this blog and everything written points to the truth that God exists and that God is found through the Christian faith from the Bible (The Word of God). God is: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. Every article will speak on such topics (or a mix of topics) dealing with:
Theology: Biblical theology, biblical doctrines, Christian concepts, religion, spirituality, and finding faith in the One True God.
Culture: anthropological insights, ethnic concepts, intercultural understanding, world religions, subcultures (i.e. music, martial arts and more), and world philosophies.
Society: understanding the state of the world through different countries and cultures, popular trends, current events, morality, and the state of the Church.
This blog is not an argument place for the typical arrogant atheists, angry cult members, postmodern evangellyfish, or antichristian people of any kind. Maranatha! will give no apologies for the beliefs expressed and will not express such beliefs in anyway, but bluntly, and with boldness. If you don’t like what you read in this blog then don’t read it! But if somehow this blog speaks to you, interests you, and teaches you something then keep coming back. My prayer is that you will be able to understand God and receive His love and forgiveness of sins; through understanding the penalty for your sins, and the nature of repentance; with the perseverance of the saints. This blog portrays the idea that sometimes love is tough and a little harsh so all of you thin skinned liberal church types need to understand and be rebuked sometimes.
Why Ehud’s 18 Inch dagger for a name? Well because “Ehud reached with his left hand, took the dagger from his right thigh, and plunged it into Eglon’s belly” (Judges 3:21). Likewise, it is a very cool name from a very cool story in the Bible. One of my favorites. May we be used both like Ehud’s 18 inch, double edged dagger to stab what is evil and false in the fat of all that is against God, and reveal the filth and allow the dirt to pour out that is such evil doctrines, theologies, and sin so that the Church can be revealed in truth for all of the saints who love what is true and holy.
All essays and articles come from the experience of its author whitedragonawa. He speaks from research he has done, and personal experience. Check out his “About” page to know more about him.
May the Lord God, maker of heaven and earth be known in your life! And may you long for His love to complete you and give you eternal life!
MacArthur, J. (1997). The MacArthur study Bible: new king James version. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Bibles.