Snippets of The Prodigal Band Trilogy Controversial Topics Series: Episode Five-Evolution vs. Creation-Intelligent Design (Part 2)

Last week in Part One of Episode Five-Evolution vs. Creation-Intelligent Design, I explained that the founder of the Theory of Evolution, Charles Darwin, was indeed a controversial topic in that his original ‘Origin of the Species’ book, which concluded with the admission that God, the Creator, began the process of evolution. This later morphed into what we know today as evolution when the Creator was removed from his book after his death, likely by an atheist group of what were called Social Darwinists, a group including Thomas Huxley and Richard Dawkins. This was likely done to back their notion that God did not and does not exist. Yet neither Huxley nor, in the present day, Dawkins, can explain how something came out of nothing, or what particle or particles out of nothing caused the so-called ‘Big Bang.’

As I had stated in earlier posts, I never believed in the Theory of Evolution. If evolution was truth, it would be called the LAW of Evolution, not just a ‘theory.’ Theories need proof, right? So that, since no evolutionist has figured out what single particle or particles suddenly came out of nothing…I mean, what was the so-called ‘First Cause’? (Note: Saint Thomas Aquinas came up with that one, ‘First Cause,’ in medieval times; the ‘First Cause,’ of course, being God). Since the evolutionists cannot come up with their original particle, I simply cannot believe in the atheist-humanist-rationalist ‘Theory’ of Evolution. Do the math, folks—you cannot divide by ZERO or NOTHING!

So the best I can explain why Darwin or anyone would come up with this theory deals with the notion of a ‘construct.’ Darwin, a former Christian-turned-agnostic, did in fact believe in God, but what about those who came after Darwin such as Huxley and Gould and others? Since they didn’t believe in God the Creator, they had to find a way to explain how creatures and plants, etc., came to be, so they used Darwin’s ‘Origin’ book while taking God out of their narrative or equation. Thus, they came up with their own ‘construct,’ which I ‘define’ in Chapter Twelve of The Prodigal Band in a conversation between future band member Bry and a Christian biker-preacher.

Both of the following snippets from The Prodigal Band, focus on keyboard-synthist Bryan, or Bry. In the first one from Chapter Twelve, Bry, then a music conservatory pianist student, in 1981, met a Christian biker-preacher at the local trade and music festival, who explained to him the fallacy of the Theory of Evolution. In his ‘revelation’ to the rest of the prodigal band and their manager Joe, Bry tells them why he never fully bought into Darwinism and how the biker nudged him toward looking to God for answers to a question he’s had on his mind for years, which was one reason he accepted Christ as Savior ‘in the void’ as the band’s jet was aflame a day earlier at a London airport on the way to a  ‘meeting’ that was not to be.

Bry’s Revelation

“I was at summer camp with my parents and other family members—all rationalists, all atheists. In fact, it was called ‘Summer Camp of Darwin.’ My folks literally worshiped the guy! Like, some kids have to read the Bible at Vacation Bible School or whatever. My folks made me read Darwin’s books.”

Laughs and even taunts.

“No joke! I never finished them because I’m simply not into turtles and finches and whatnot. I’m like ‘who gives a crap about how these things got to be?’ Like I really gave a damned about ‘creationism vs. evolution’! But other than that, my folks loved me, so I figured what the hell. Pretend to believe this stuff, right? So whenever I had to, I just went along with it. But I never really believed it. Like, where’s the empirical proof that man comes from ape, right? So one time, I was fourteen or something, right before they sent me to the Conservatory.  I was sitting next to my dad on the piano stool and he was playing some aria or something, and I cut him off, and asked him just out of the clear blue sky, ‘Dad, you ever see an ape turn into a man?’ So he looked at me real funny and blurted out, ‘No!’ and then I said, ‘Then how do you know man comes from apes?’ And that got him really mad, and he said, ‘You know damned well Darwin proved it! Just go to your room! Now!’ So I left in a huff and he shouted behind me, ‘Who’s been spouting creationist crap to you, Bryan?’ and as I went up the stairs to my room, I answered, ‘Nobody, dad, it was just a question!’ So then I am in my room and I have a small piano in my room, and I go to the piano and do a ‘doh-ray-me’ thing, only it’s like I’m talking to God or something, like a prayer, right. And it went like this. ‘Who-on-earth-cre-a-ted-all-things?’ like I was singing.

“So a Christian Darwin camp worker convinced me evolution was bogus. For instance, while nature at that camp was in complete harmony, whatever man created, like buildings that kept evolving—stone to wood to concrete to steel, building them up then tearing them down when they wear out—was out of harmony with nature.”

But it took meeting a biker a couple of years later to convince Bry that only God could have created everything, and it didn’t take an hours-long screed by a Christian camp worker to convince him. And it was at the 1981 Walltown Trade Festival at Victoria Park, no less. While milling around the various food and drink stands on the extreme north end of the park among perhaps close to a thousand people, Bry, tired of simply associating with either rationalists like his folks or musicians like his fellow Conservatory students, decided at age fifteen he was going to try breaking out on his own, knowing a likely notable and profitable music career would come, regardless of whom he hung out with. So sheltered in his youth, he sought what could lead to excitement, or even a bit of risk. Near the bar stand where Ale abounded, he then noticed rows and rows of motorcycles, then stools and stools of bikers. He wondered if a couple of neighbor boys, who used to tease him about joining their Walltown biker group, would be around. Looked and looked for them, then—

“Watch out for my bike, eh?” a biker lashed out, nearly sending Bry to the ground as he nearly toppled the man’s bike over.

Picking himself up, Bry stuttered, “S-s-sorry a-about-that! I didn’t see you or the bike.”

“Well I didn’t mean to push you to the ground, either. And the bike is fine.”

“Is it a Motorduke?”

“Come around over here.” The biker pointed to the other side where he was. “You’ll see that it is indeed a Motorduke.”

So when Bry joined him on the left side of the bike, the word ‘Motorduke’ screamed out at him. “Now that’s what I want. A Motorduke, new, used, whatever.”

The man looked him over. “You know you look like a biker! What are you, eighteen, nineteen?”

“Fifteen, and my birthday is coming up. But—”

“Your folks don’t want you biking, right?”

“No, they don’t. I’m a Conservatory student and they are first chairs in the Walltown Symphony Orchestra and they are playing at the south end of the park tonight. Dad does piano and mom does oboe.”

“Don’t really do classical. Country—American, Scottish, Welsh, whatever, you know, like folk music, blue grass.” The man rearranged his bike so it wouldn’t likely topple over if some other kid walked into it by mistake. “But if you’re good at music, likely you’ll make good money doing it. Me?” he laughed. “I’m a preacher. A biker preacher, and believe it or not, there are former biker gang members in my group.”

Bry listened with astonishment at what he said next. “We have a group Stateside and about half of them are former members of biker gangs. And here’s the funny thing. None of these biker gangs are anything close to being devil worshipers, but they do get into lots and lots of bar and pub fights, and do some crimes every now and then.”

Bry sat up against the railing where the bikes were hitched, very, very interested in what this man had to say. “So your group are Bible preachers to bikers?”

“Yeah. We do Bible studies and sermons and stuff like that, all on the road. In the States, every year there’s a huge biker meeting at The Hills in the Dakotas. Thousands, and I mean thousands—I’ve been to a few—meet there every year in August. And our group, ‘Biker Brothers for Christ’—BBC, right?” Laugh. “Oh, and molls are invited too by the way, and they even have a group, ‘Biker Sisters for Christ.’ We have a tent there every year and we get huge numbers of attendees, including just about any biker gang one can name.”

Bry remembered back to the Christian camp worker and what he said about creation. “Do you preach creationism?”

The man waved his hand up and down, side to side, as if to say, ‘not really.’ “Well, if someone asks us to, but likely not. We are more into the words of Christ. Gospel stuff. New Testament stuff.” Laugh. “I’d love to preach on prophecy but I’m not a huge Bible scholar on that.” Looked at Bry, smiling. “I really do not think creationism is science, but neither is evolution if that’s what you mean. Because, well, I’ll put it to you this way. If a motorcycle was one of God’s creatures created on day five or six when He created birds and mammals and other animals and humans, then it would have been called ‘cheetah,’ which can run about 80 kilometers per hour, and, one second later, can rotate its body around, and head off reaching 80 kilometers per hour in about five seconds. And, son, no freaking motorcycle could ever do that without destroying the engine or crashing the bike! Evolution is a construct.”

“What’s a construct?”

“A construct is a way we express something we have no clue about to justify why we do or believe something so that it makes sense to us. Since no man was around when God created cheetahs, and since man cannot explain how God created cheetahs in truth since they don’t know how God works and most don’t even think He even exists, they have to make up a construct, call it ‘evolution,’ and convince everyone that Darwin knows all there is to know about creation. And of course they can’t prove evolution is fact, so they diss everyone who says creation is a fact! That’s how these so-called ‘rationalists’ work.”

“Wow,” Bry shouted so even the ale drinkers could hear it. “That’s what this Christian camp worker once said, pretty much the same thing, only with buildings, not cheetahs! And your argument makes even more sense!” Crestfallen. “I just wish I could convince my folks of that. They are rationalists, you know? They literally worship Darwin.”

“Well that’s too bad. And you might not want to bother with them. Of all the people on Earth, rationalists are the hardest people to get to. Atheists. All of them. And proud of it, too.” Shook his head. “Look, I have to go, but before I go let me tell you one more thing. When I say God created all things, it was actually Christ that had the hand in it. There’s one of the Gospels, the Gospel of John the Apostle, who was Jesus’s favorite apostle by the way. And the first verse of this Gospel says, ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.’ And Who was the Word? Jesus Christ. Christ IS the Word! Christ IS God, but God that became flesh, and, when He was flesh, He prayed to His Father God. God, in fact, is a triune entity, three-parts-in-one. The third part is the Holy Ghost, or Holy Spirit. When a person accepts Christ as Savior, they receive the Holy Ghost as spirit, and the Holy Spirit keeps them on the proper course so they don’t take part in evil. And I will say this—if you don’t want evil influencing your life, now’s the time to accept Christ, and accept the Holy Ghost.”

In the second and final snippet, Bry, upon visiting his atheist parents who ‘worship’ Darwin, tells them he accepted Christ as Savior, and his parents react in a very ‘irrational’ way, claiming that the ‘miracle’ ‘one minute note’ held by singer Erik at the 2000 version of that same Walltown festival was a hoax, among other screeds his parents blurted. The conversation turns, well…as ‘rational’ as the square root of two! From Chapter Fourteen…and one of my favorite scenes in the entire trilogy!

Later that day at Bry’s parents house

“So you came all this way from a meeting that got canceled after your band’s jet caught fire just to tell your mother and me that you reject the truth of evolution—which I suspect you never really believed anyway, Bryan—and accept some bogus Christian nonsense that couldn’t be proven if a million scientists in a million years tried to prove it? Some Jew that never even existed—Jesus Christ—is now your personal Savior?”

Well, I had to tell my parents, right? Isn’t that the right thing to do even when you know they will reject it? But still—I feel like a complete idiot thinking they might react differently. Bry had all he could do to stand there listening to his father’s rationalistic gibberish without wiping the dust off his allegorical sandals at the door and never returning.

“So whose idea was that?” His mother asked, still incredulous that after all the years of Darwin Camp and the Music School and the Conservatory—hardly Christian-oriented institutions—her thirty-five-year-old son would ever leave the rationalist fold. “Another band member? That ‘miracle-worker’ singer of yours?”

Help me, God, please! “No! It’s my idea! No one had to convince me to do it. I wanted to do it! After all I’ve seen and done and the places I’ve been. You ever go to far west Texas and live there in the mountains and desert with hundreds of animals—mountain lions, deer, antelopes, bears, burros, foxes, wolves, raccoons, aoudads, javelinas, eagles, buzzards, thousands of kinds of birds and insects and reptiles and fish and you name it! Like that Darwin Camp, only even more harmonious. And man didn’t do squat to make it that way. The only reason you believe in evolution is because that’s the only way you can explain it without bringing God into it. Since you don’t believe in God, why bother to believe He created it all? So you buy into this evolution bullshit.”

“Bullshit, eh?” Mr. McClellan was now furious. He bounded out of his chair and nearly struck his son on the face before he held back, but not verbally. “The only ‘bullshit’ is that nonsense Tooters statue and I guess that statue gave you a message of nonsense that God and that so-called Christ actually exist and so you must believe in them. All the while that singer of yours held his breath for over a minute! Right! You cannot hold a song note for a minute!”

That anyone would challenge that Erik held a note for over a minute nearly asphyxiating himself by saying it never happened and couldn’t happen so enraged the synthist that he nearly stomped out of the house, never to return. But upon his exit, he gave a parting shot. “That singer, eh? Well, that singer—my band brother, eh?—has more truth in his pinky than either of you will ever hope to know! So you think my band brother would just create that note as a lip-synch hoax? You think our sound engineer, rock music’s top sound engineer from two elite colleges, would just fake that—at a free concert? You think I would cover up a hoax—at a free concert and a Festival that I, and my band mates, paid the whole fucking thing over? So we spent about twenty fucking million to provide a hoax? So we pay millions that we worked bloody hard for the last eleven years—to provide a hoax? If we wanted to provide a hoax don’t you think we woulda wanted to be paid to do it? Just why the hell would the world’s greatest rock singer—screw that, the world’s greatest singer, ever!—pay to nearly asphyxiate himself? You saw his heavy breathing and he nearly collapsed over it! You cannot fake that! And I suppose you think our 747 jet we paid many millions to buy caught fire because we wanted to stage another hoax? Right? Because after all only humans can cause things to happen, and that if it was burning we shoulda burned with it, because after all there is no way God coulda saved us from burning in it because God is just a figment of the imaginations of six idiots who staged a hoax that we woulda been burned in! And you call yourselves ‘rational’? Well, I’m out of here!”

But he did not wipe the dust off his shoes. He prayed for them instead.

The notion of “wiping the dust off sandals and never returning” is from Matthew 10:14 and Mark 6:11, except they state ‘feet’ instead of ‘shoes’ or ‘sandals.’

The next episode will also stir controversy and is perhaps one of the biggest reasons youth, then and now, turn to wanting to achieve success in the music and entertainment industry—their desire to escape poverty, including indentured servitude, which, according to an English woman I met years ago, may still exist in Britain, and maybe in the US and world-wide. This possibility inspired me to have my drummer character, Tom, to be the son of one indentured within a local northeast England slum called the Hovels.

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Snippets of The Prodigal Band Trilogy Controversial Topics Series: Episode Five-Evolution vs. Creation-Intelligent Design (Part 1)

The previous episode on “It’s Not What You Know, It’s Who You Know” ended thusly:

The next controversial topic will be played in two parts, dealing with the feud between Creation, or its more scientific calling card, ‘Intelligent Design,’ and Evolution. Featured will be a ‘would-you-believe’ fact about evolution founder Charles Darwin that shocked the heck out of me, in Darwin’s own words straight out of ‘Origin of the Species.’ Spoiler alert—Darwin isn’t who you might think he is! And that was the shock! The topic will heavily feature band keyboard-synthist Bry, whose parents were staunch atheists, humanists and evolutionists.

The actual snippets will be posted in Part 2; this episode will feature facts about Darwin’s Theory of Evolution that are not taught in any public school or Christian School because that would go against the narrative that Charles Darwin was an atheist and humanist and rationalist that supposedly came up with this theory to try to prove that Creator God did not and does not exist by stating that various forms of life began from two living particles which somehow turned into the so-called “Big Bang Theory.” Two particles collided creating more particles and more particles, and the rest of the story. Then various life forms evolved from there.

But what the narrative does not say is who or what created those two particles. After all, just as one cannot divide by zero or nothing, something cannot come from nothing. So something had to create those first particles.

And, to my shock—since I’ve never read “Origin of the Species” by Darwin—I had no idea that Darwin actually knew that whatever came to be and then evolved had to come out of something.

According to this post here called “Demonizing Darwin,” the final paragraph in “Origin of the Species”—the original versions that is—states the following:

“There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed BY THE CREATOR into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.”

In other words, Darwin was NOT an atheist and had to have believed in THE CREATOR (that is, God) in order to state such an ending statement. It is almost as if he’s quoting the Book of Genesis Chapter One, when God breathed life into Adam (and of course into all creation)!

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Snippets of The Prodigal Band Trilogy Controversial Topics Series: Episode Four-“It’s Not What You Know, It’s Who You Know.”

Several snippet posts seemingly back the idea that in order to succeed in the popular music industry and the entertainment business in general, one must “sell” his or her soul “to the devil.” That mind-set has been around many, many years but became a dominant theme during the period when rock music reigned supreme and continues even harder in these days of rap/hip-hop supremacy as rock seems to have faded into a background within the mainstream. For instance, it is getting harder and harder to find classic rock radio stations in places like El Paso, yet rap and hip-hop stations there are much easier to find. I have my suspicions as to why, but I won’t go into that here. Simply, it is the way industry moguls want it to be.

Interestingly enough, some of the more popular rock bands these days hail from Asia, especially Japan and Korea with J-Pop/Rock and K-Pop/Rock (the GazettE, a Japanese rock band, for example, is my daughter’s fave rock band, and they have toured the US twice on world tours…their record label is SONY as far as I know). Europe still has some of the more popular grunge and death metal bands, as well. So while rock is not “dead,” it isn’t what it used to be in the US.

These snippet posts don’t cover this notion, but do deal with how rock or any recording artists come to be targeted for fame and fortune in the first place. “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” was a saying I remember as a kid in the 50s and applied to many career threads or business success. In the 60s and 70s rock and roll era, it was obvious, as several friends (and including a band I was in for a short time) could verify that they wouldn’t become “rock stars” because they didn’t “know” the “right people.” They might know local bar or night club owners, but not any of the “big boys.” I did have a college friend that played in a band that performed in a large NYC pub venue, but that was as far as they got in the early 80s.

While the first novel in The Prodigal Band Trilogy, Battle of the Band, starts off with a “prayer” for success as the band Sound Unltd began its contest-winning national pub and small venue tour, it doesn’t really cover the “who” they “knew” aspect of the beginnings of their success. The third novel, The Prodigal Band, however, does begin with introducing the “who” they “know” people that helped create the group, including influencer parents and adoptive parents as well as ancestors. And these ‘parents,’ having been in the business themselves twenty years earlier, “knew” others, higher-ups so-to-speak, with more clout who would assure early success, and who “knew” others even higher up who would make sure they’d make it big.

All of the following snippets come from The Prodigal Band.

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Snippets of The Prodigal Band Trilogy Controversial Topics Series: Episode Three-Sexual Orientation

There are a couple of reasons ‘sexual orientation’ is controversial, especially these days when some folks are changing their genders for whatever reason or changing their children’s genders for whatever reason. I could have just posted about sexuality or desire for sex, or not (believe it or not but some folks have no sexual desire at all!), but that isn’t really controversial anymore. Sexual orientation implies either heterosexual or what is now called LGBTQ—lesbian/gay/bisexual/transsexual…and does ‘Q’ stand for ‘queer’?

If the reader has read the various ‘Snippets of the Prodigal Band Trilogy’ posts here then the reader knows that guitarist-producer Mick is bisexual. He revealed why in Chapter Eleven of The Prodigal Band: his own mother sexually abused him while a teen because his own father was gay and thus would not have sex with his wife! But Mick had already given up the bisexual lifestyle by the time he revealed this.

So then, why is this topic controversial in the trilogy books? Because if one looks closely at what is secretly admitted within the three novels by the other band characters, one might come up with the notion that Mick wasn’t the only band member to have ‘relationships’ with those of the same sex. In the snippets posted in this post, clues abound without getting heavily into this possibility.

Here is why this possibility that other band members might have bisexual leanings makes sense: it is a well-known fact that many rock stars were openly gay or bisexual, or secretly so. I am not going to mention any names here—do the research yourself. But many of these rockers did admit they had sexual relationships with same sex rockers and others, including fellow band members. For one thing, check out Rolling Stone Magazine for this. The same applies to rappers, hip-hoppers, etc. I’ve known about this for many years, thanks to Rolling Stone and other publications. There are many reasons for this, but one that stood out (including admissions in YouTube videos) was the fact that rocker handlers—managers, agents, producers, A&R men for various record labels and others—veered the rockers into accepting this lifestyle for the sake of fame and fortune. Again, do the research yourself. This is why, in an early chapter of Battle of the Band, Mick admits to having sex with record company officials, and would later have a relationship with another rocker named Adam Bloodlove.

The following snippets are short but to the point. All are from Battle of the Band.

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Updates to My Omega Books Blog Have Been Posted, Links to This Site, More

I finally updated my Omega Books Blog with links to the Biblical References Snippet Posts, Truth and Reality-Based Snippet Posts, and Deleted Scenes Snippet Posts. Plus I re-posted a piece on actual spiritual experiences I witnessed that inspired this trilogy. Cheers!

Snippets of The Prodigal Band Trilogy Controversial Topics Series: Episode Two-Religion

Nothing—according to many pundits and persons—is as controversial as these two topics—politics and religion; politics was covered in Episode One of this Controversial Topics Snippet Series within The Prodigal Band Trilogy. Ipso Facto, Episode Two deals with religion.

While the trilogy books do mention Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and the Druids of Wales (in the context of their practices against their fictional enemies, Crynnwagg and the Crag-Dwellers who were cannibals, whom the Druids ‘tied to oak trees’ as revenge for their rituals against the Druid priesthood youth), only the fictitious New Age cult led by Swami Negran and Cole Blessing, the Church of the Circle of Unity—and its red crystal of Corion, and Christianity are prominent. I made up the Unity Church cult based off the real cults of Hare Krishna (I had a friend years ago victimized by this cult) and Transcendentalism (led by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who influenced the Beatles and others).

I look at Christianity in a different way than most Christians and non-Christians do—a true Christian follows the Way, Truth and Life of Jesus Christ and accepts the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God the Father, and puts these ahead of doing what most folks think Christians do—go to church, tithe, hand out religious tracts, go to ‘mission conferences,’ and engage in conservative politics, among other things… and partake in Communion, baptism, marriages in churches, and other rituals that attach to various denominations (Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, and other groups not affiliated with these). Yes, I was baptized (three times—as a baby, in a church where I was teaching in the 80s during Bible study sessions, and in a local baptistry). Yes, I do Communion at the local non-denominational church. Yes, I was married in a Catholic church (because my parents wanted it that way…I really wasn’t a practicing Catholic then). Yes, I read the Bible (without which I never could have completed this trilogy!). Yes, I pray. But that is not what makes me a committed believer on Christ. And that is not why God gave me the trilogy-writing mission to tell the world why they should consider accepting Christ as Savior. It is commitment to Christ by one’s own free will and then doing as such, not religious doctrines, dogmas, and rituals, that makes one a true Christian.

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Snippets of The Prodigal Band Trilogy Controversial Topics Series: Episode One-Politics

Welcome to the latest Snippet Series within The Prodigal Band Trilogy, Controversial Topics! In the previous post I mentioned two of the most controversial topics within the trilogy, evolution and indentured servitude, both topics relating to two of the prodigal band members. But I will begin the series with a topic that does not get a lot of play within the trilogy, politics.

Here is one definition of politics: the activities associated with the governance of a country or other area, especially the debate or conflict among individuals or parties having or hoping to achieve power. (Source: Bing search engine)

I chose politics as the first in the series not only because of the mess regarding the recent presidential election in the US—and I did not vote for either Trump or Biden as I do not support either one, nor am I Republican or Democrat, nor am I left-wing or right-wing…and in my opinion what was defined as left- or right-wing back in the 60s and 70s has changed greatly over the last twenty or so years. In other words, I am apolitical. As for who will actually wind up in the White House next month, I have to hand it to George Wallace (his awful racism aside), who said this truth—“There’s not a dime’s worth of difference between a Republican and a Democrat.” (Note: Wallace was Democrat, which today would seem extremely contradictory since he really was racist and today’s Democrats act like “social justice warrior” types (but I still think they are closet racists…what exactly have they done for blacks other than keep them in poverty? The nation’s poorest blacks all live in Democrat-run cities like Baltimore and Detroit!).

Well, enough of “politics”! BTW, I hate politics! It’s all about power, after all.

No matter what definition I use for politics, it is the ‘ruler’ over the politics that remains hidden to most voters or otherwise. In some nations this ruler is the one with the most money, or rules over some dictator, or rules over some general, or is seemingly an oligarch or bankster or criminal even. Some nations are monarchies like the UK that have governing bodies like Parliaments and some are ruled by religious types or are backed by religious leaders (think Iran and Israel here). In my novels, the seeming ‘rulers’ are extremely wealthy bankers and oligarchs and aristocrats, within Britain (do I even mention the Royal Family? Hardly…but these books are fictional, after all).

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Happy Thanksgiving! And a New Snippet Series Coming Soon

Happy Thanksgiving to all readers, followers, friends and relatives!

As the turkey says, “Gobble, gobble, gobble!”

Starting (likely) next week will be a new snippet series featuring “controversial topics” within The Prodigal Band Trilogy…and some of these subjects, I guarantee it, will ‘offend’ some readers for sure. For instance, one of my band characters, keyboard-synthist Bry, born into an atheist-Darwinian-evolutionist family, tries to debunk his parents’ belief system. And, while I have been taught evolution in public schools from the get-go, I never truly bought into this theory (and, if evolution is true, why isn’t it called the LAW of Evolution, as Newton’s Thermodynamics claims are called LAWS, not Theories?)–doing the math, so to speak, one cannot DIVIDE BT ZERO! So where, evolution proponents, did the “thing” that began to so-called “Big Bang” that began life come from? Nothing? I don’t think so! So that until evolutionists can prove that the ‘something’ that brought about everything exists, I cannot believe in evolution!

By the way, folks, “Creation” is NOT science either! That is why scientists that believe in Creation call it “Intelligent Design.” Ben Stein, who is Jewish, made a really good movie called “Expelled” about what Intelligent Design is about. Stein as himself is the main character. His debate with Richard Dawkins is priceless! But, is Intelligent Design actually science?

Another one is indentured servitude. Another band character, drummer Tom, grew up in an indentured family in extreme poverty. Does this still exist? According to an English woman I met in the early 90s nearby, it still exists. She claimed many folks in Cornwall, a Duchy by the way, are indentured. So, based on her claim–and I have no proof it does still exist, just her word–I made this character indentured. According to William Hoffman’s book, “They Were White and They Were Slaves,” many whites from England, Ireland, Scotland, and Scots-Irish as well, came to what would become America as indentured servants. This means they had to work off the debt they incurred to come across the ocean, or other debts. According to Hoffman and others, some dirt poor folks in large cities were simply kidnapped and brought over as slaves. It is up to the reader to ‘believe it or not.’

And other controversial topics….


Snippets of the Prodigal Band Trilogy Biblical Reference Series, Episode Seven: God, Not Satan and Not the Elites, Is In Control (and He Even Controls Satan)

The Biblical Reference Snippet Series within The Prodigal Band Trilogy continues with this possibly final post in the series (unless I can come with another one). I am including this because several parts of the three-books-in-one trilogy claim that God is in control, not any person who thinks he or she is in control of local or world events—the so-called ‘world controlling’ elites definitely think they are in control because of their money or power—and not the one who wants to be ‘like the Most High’ (Isaiah 14), Satan/Lucifer, either.

If Satan was in control, would Earth even exist with life on it? Because Satan loves death and destruction. If those Satan thinks he controls, the elites who think they control everything, were actually in control, then why has it taken them so long—thousands of years—to get control? Because Satan deceives them into believing they are in control, because Satan, the ‘Adversary,’ is the ultimate deceiver.

Biblical references show this from the point of view of God the Almighty (the Old Testament Book of Job Chapters One and Two), and His Son, Christ (Matthew Chapter Four).

In Job Chapter One, starting with verse 6, Satan ‘presented himself before’ God, and they converse, with Satan ‘ordering’ God to ‘put forth thine hand’ and ‘touch all that he (Job) hath, and he will curse thee (God) to thy face” (Job 1:11). But God tells Satan, ‘Behold, all that he hath is in thy (Satan’s) power; only upon himself (Job) put no forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord’ (Job 1:12). Sounds to me like God controlling Satan to me, as in the rest of the chapter Satan does all sorts of damage to Job’s resources and even children, but does not hurt Job, who in anguish still refuses to curse God, saying (to paraphrase verse 21), the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. And then comes Chapter Two, where, again, Satan wants to destroy Job and have Job curse God, but God refuses to allow it:

{2:3} And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered

my servant Job, that [there is] none like him in the earth, a

perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and

escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity,

although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him

without cause. {2:4} And Satan answered the LORD, and

said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for

his life. {2:5} But put forth thine hand now, and touch his

bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face. {2:6}

And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he [is] in thine

hand; but save his life.

So Satan brings upon Job ‘boils’ on his skin from head to toe, which Job deals with by scraping the boils among ashes. Job’s wife then enters the picture:

{2:9} Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain

thine integrity? curse God, and die. {2:10} But he said unto

her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh.

What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall

we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.

So what is the point? One, Job, in great pain, still refused to ‘curse God and die’ though Satan ‘knew’ that Job would do such a thing (and did Satan use Job’s wife to try to convince Job to do so?). Two, did Satan take Job’s life after God told Satan not to take his life (when God told Satan to spare his life)? No, because God told Satan not to take his life. Further, why did Satan show up with the ‘sons of God’ (that is, the angels) in the first place? Likely, to ‘prove’ to God that he, Satan, was just as powerful as God and also to tempt God. But God was not tempted by Satan; he used Satan to make a point about Job, that Job would not give in to Satan’s desires. So, did Satan control God or did God control Satan? Did Satan kill Job? No, because God told Satan not to kill Job.

And speaking of controlling Satan, Christ, the Son of God and God made flesh, had a similar encounter with Satan in Matthew Chapter 4, right after John the Baptist baptizes Christ and then Christ gets into the ‘wilderness.’

{4:1} Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the

wilderness to be tempted of the devil. {4:2} And when he

had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an

hungred. {4:3} And when the tempter came to him, he said,

If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be

made bread. {4:4} But he answered and said, It is written,

Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that

proceedeth out of the mouth of God. {4:5} Then the devil

taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a

pinnacle of the temple, {4:6} And saith unto him, If thou be

the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall

give his angels charge concerning thee: and in [their] hands

they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot

against a stone. {4:7} Jesus said unto him, It is written

again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. {4:8} Again,

the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain,

and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the

glory of them; {4:9} And saith unto him, All these things

will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

{4:10} Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan:

for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and

him only shalt thou serve. {4:11} Then the devil leaveth

him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

So, when Christ told Satan, to ‘get thee hence,’ Satan left Him. So, did Satan control Christ or did Christ control Satan? Then, in Matthew 16, Christ is telling His apostles that He is going to go to Jerusalem and be killed, and rise again on the third day (16:21). Then Peter begs Him not to do that (16:22). Then Christ tells Peter:

{16:23} But he

turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou

art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that

be of God, but those that be of men.

Then in Luke 22:3—

{22:1} Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh,

which is called the Passover. {22:2} And the chief priests

and scribes sought how they might kill him [Christ]; for they feared

the people.

{22:3} Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot,

being of the number of the twelve [apostles]. {22:4} And he went his

way, and communed with the chief priests and captains,

how he might betray him [Christ] unto them. {22:5} And they were

glad, and covenanted to give him money [thirty pieces of silver]. {22:6} And he

promised, and sought opportunity to betray him [Christ] unto them

in the absence of the multitude.

That is, Satan’s spirit can actually enter people. Since Judas Iscariot was the one apostle who betrayed Christ for ‘thirty pieces of silver,’ it makes sense that Satan’s entrance into Judas would aid this cause, which, as Christ had told Peter and the rest in Matthew 16, was going to happen anyway. So, did Satan enter Judas because Judas wanted Satan to enter Judas, or because Satan was doing God’s will so that Judas would betray Christ, so that Christ would become the ultimate sacrificial lamb? (Remember, we’re talking Passover time here.)

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Parable from Luke 15: Prodigal Son Meets The Prodigal Band (Part Four)

We have come to the end of this sub-set of episodes of Biblical References snippets within The Prodigal Band Trilogy where The Prodigal Band meets the Prodigal Son (from Luke Chapter 15). Part One is here; Part Two is here, and Part Three is here. This Part Four finishes this set and is based on the verses from Luke 15: 20 until the end of the parable. Having spent his inheritance on reprobate living, then having spent it all until there was nothing left, the prodigal son is forced to eek out an existence feeding pigs, wishing he was back home and not literally starving while his father’s servants have plenty to eat. So he decides to return to his father as a ‘hired’ servant. From Luke 15, the Parable of the Prodigal Son:

{15:20} And he arose, and

came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his

father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his

neck, and kissed him. {15:21} And the son said unto him,

Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and

am no more worthy to be called thy son. {15:22} But the

father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put

[it] on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on [his]

feet: {15:23} And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill [it;]

and let us eat, and be merry: {15:24} For this my son was

dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they

began to be merry.

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