Used with permission by Terry Watkins
A prudent man concealeth knowledge:
but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.
Some recent foolishness from the heart of fools, is a malicious attack upon
the person of the Lord Jesus Christ in the upcoming movie, appropriately, titled
"The Beast". The demonic phony plot is to "prove" that the Lord Jesus never even
existed, while at the same time paint Christians as crazed lunatics. So what’s
new? This has been the lofty goal of Satan and his unholy hounds of hell for the
last two thousand years.
They would be more successful drinking the Pacific and Atlantic ocean, then
afterwards take a fast lap or two around Jupiter. Literally, that would be much
easier than refuting the Lord Jesus Christ.
It is ludicrous for a little, finite deluded man to shake his puny fists in
the face of Almighty God and scream, "You don’t even exist". At the same time,
the innumerable stars, the complexity and balance of our enormous universe, and
the incredible design of the human body, testify so loudly to the omnipotent
hand of a supernatural God that only an intellectually deaf and dumb buffoon
could actually question His existence.
But of course, they do.
The Lord wrote their foolish epitaph in Psalm 14:1
"The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. . . "
Psalm 14:1 (In case you missed it, the Lord repeated it in Psalm 53:1)
I’m reminded of the observant, five-year-old boy whose parents were devout
atheists. After carefully listening to his parents and fellow atheists relish on
the intellectually-insane salad titled "there is no God", he naively looked up
at his dad and simply asked, "Dad, you think God knows we don’t believe in Him?"
My little friend, yes He knows. . . He certainly knows. . .
The movie "The Beast" is directed by a self-professed, "former
fundamentalist" Christian named Brian Flemming. Flemming is a far-out, indie,
film director whose previous works consisted of little more than outlandish,
underground "cult films". His first feature film was the largely,
unknown-unwanted, "Hang Your Dog in the Wind." Next was a bizarre musical titled
"Bat Boy" based on a stupid article from the strange tabloid Weekly World
News about a half-bat half-boy. I wonder, if Flemming got his directive on
"The Beast" from the outrageous Weekly World News? Nah, even they are not
From the babbling "Bat Boy" to the blasphemous "The Beast" – at least,
Flemming is aiming for bigger kooks.
It’s worth also mentioning, Flemming is a passionate soldier for the
left-wing, anti-God, (and anything good) political hacks using his web blog as a
sewer for the lefties agenda. Flemming also owns and operates the Fair Use
Press, which channels left-wing e-books.
Back to "The Beast". . .The hapless goal of "The Beast" (where did he get that
creative name?) is to "prove" that Jesus Christ never existed and was the
deluded fabrication of the early Christians. "The Beast" is acrimoniously
scheduled to open in theatres on none other than, June 6, 2006 or 06-06-06,
symbolizing "666", the Mark of the Beast. Very creative. Wonder where he got
that number? From none other than The Book he is absurdly trying to disprove. By
his own perverted acknowledgment, Flemming proclaims its universal Truth.
The film trailer on "The Beast’s" website preaches the following blasphemous
and libelous words: "Centuries ago, a legend was invented… forgery … fraud …
coercion … wealth … greed … torture … murder … war … gave it the power to
dominate the world." While these hate-filled insults pollute the screen, the
face of the Lord Jesus displays in the background.
Here is how the film's website introduces "The Beast" (bold added):
When her father, a biblical scholar, mysteriously disappears, a
Christian high-school student named Danielle investigates. She
discovers that he had stumbled across a cover-up of Christianity's
best-kept secret: that Jesus Christ never existed.
Now that she possesses proof of this dangerous fact, Danielle
must confront two strong forces: a band of fundamentalist Christians who will
stop at nothing to suppress the truth, and her own desire for Jesus
Christ to be real.
Diving into factual territory well-explored by scholars but
largely hidden from the view of the public, "The Beast" is an epic story
of innocence lost, faith in crisis and the astonishing power of the
truth to survive.
Did you notice those lofty accolades and adjectives thrown around such as,
"biblical scholar", "proof", "fact", "truth", "real", "factual", "epic story",
"truth to survive" and the awe-inspiring "scholars"! "Factual territory
well-explored by scholars" – what scholars? They are probably the same silly
"scholars" that the "well-explored" "Bat Boy" movie was based on. And don’t
forget those mean ‘ol "fundamentalist Christians who will stop at nothing to
suppress the truth."
"The Beast" website also remarks, "The authors of the Gospels, writing 40 to
90 years after the supposed life of Christ, never intended for their works to be
read as biographies. There are no credible non-Christian references to Christ
during the period in which he is said to have lived,"
Hmmm. . . Is that so?
The following is the well-established, well-documented and "well-explored"
account of Jesus Christ written by a contemporary secular Jewish "scholar" and
historian named Flavius Josephus. Josephus is the recognized authoritative
scholar of ancient Jewish history. Flavius, who was born 37 A.D. and died 100
A.D., was very familiar with the person of Jesus Christ and the apostles having
lived during their time period.
About this time lived Jesus, a wise man, if indeed one ought to call him
a man. For he was the achiever of extraordinary deeds and was a teacher of
those who accept the truth gladly. He won over many Jews and many of the
Greeks. He was the Messiah. When he was indicted by the principal men among
us and Pilate condemned him to be crucified, those who had come to love
him originally did not cease to do so; for he appeared to them on the third
day restored to life, as the prophets of the Deity had foretold these and
countless other marvelous things about him. And the tribe of Christians, so
named after him, has not disappeared to this day.
(Flavius Josephus, Antiquities XVIII, 63, cited in Josephus, The Essential
Works by Paul L. Maier, Kregel Publications, 1988, p.265)
For many years, the above words of Josephus were fiercely attacked by secular
"scholars". After all, if these were indeed the words of Josephus then these
powerful words "proved" beyond any doubt to the truthfulness of the man Jesus
Christ, and yea, as Josephus wrote, "if indeed one ought to call him a man". It
was doubted that Josephus, a non-Christian, secular, Jewish historian could ever
refer to Jesus as "the Messiah" or remotely validate the "resurrection". Because
of its possible historical impact, it was among histories most repudiated
That argument came to a screeching halt in 1972. Professor Schlomo Pines of
the Hebrew University in Jerusalem discovered an ancient Arabic manuscript which
contained this hotly-contested Josephus passage, word for word.
Hmmm. . . The "well-explored" Beastie Boy (oh sorry, that was "Bat Boy")
"scholars" must have went to the library when Josephus’s Antiquities of the
Jews was already checked out.
I am reminded of the well-known testimony of Dr. Simon Greenleaf.
Dr. Greenleaf, the Royal Professor of Law at Harvard University, is among the
greatest legal minds that ever lived. He wrote the famous legal volume entitled,
A Treatise on the Law of Evidence, considered by many scholars as the
greatest legal volume ever written. Dr. Greenleaf was a bitter opponent of
Christianity. He believed the resurrection of Jesus Christ was history’s
greatest hoax. After being challenged by some zealous Christian students, Dr.
Greenleaf determined, once and for all, to expose the silly "myth" of the
resurrection. After thoroughly examining the legal evidence for the resurrection
— Dr. Greenleaf came to the exact opposite conclusion! He wrote the famous book
entitled, An Examination of the Testimony of the Four Evangelists by the
Rules of Evidence Administered in the Courts of Justice. After his
exhaustive study to "disprove" the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Dr. Greenleaf
wrote the following incredible words:
"it was IMPOSSIBLE that the apostles could have persisted in
affirming the truths they had narrated, had not JESUS CHRIST ACTUALLY RISEN
FROM THE DEAD, . . ."
(Simon Greenleaf, An Examination of the Testimony of the Four Evangelists
by the Rules of Evidence Administered in the Courts of Justice, p.29).
Greenleaf concluded that according to the jurisdiction of legal evidence, the
resurrection of Jesus Christ was the best supported event in all of history.
And not only that, Dr. Greenleaf was so convinced by the overwhelming evidence,
he committed his life to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Brian Flemming, "The Beast" and literally all of earth and hell can parade
and pomp their phony, puny scholars but I KNOW Jesus Christ not only existed –
but He lives today!
The indisputable and 100% factual, reason I KNOW the Lord Jesus Christ exists
is I met Him July, 30, 1975. And, oh the joy that floods my soul, Some thing
happened and now I know, He touched me and made me whole. As the songwriter
said, "And if you ask me how I know He lives... He lives within my heart."
Do you KNOW the Lord Jesus Christ?
I’m not talking about being a church member, or doing good works, or tithing,
or baptism, or catechisms, or religious and denominational dogma – but do you
KNOW the person of the Lord Jesus Christ?
Friend, to KNOW the Lord Jesus Christ and His love on Calvary is the greatest
knowledge, joy and peace possible. The Bible says in Philippians 4:7 to KNOW the
Lord is, ". . . the peace of God, which passeth all understanding,. . ."
Would you like to really KNOW the Lord Jesus Christ?
The Lord says in 2 Corinthians 6:2, "(For he saith, I have heard thee in a
time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now
is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)
Now is the accepted time.
If you have never truly trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal
Saviour, why not now?
It is simple to be saved. The Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 11:2, warns how
Satan deceives people because the gospel of Christ is so simple.
But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his
subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in
2 Corinthians 11:2
We want to make it hard. We want to do something. It just can not be that
simple. But praise the Lord it is that simple.
It is as simple as drinking a glass of water.
In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried,
saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
It is as simple as opening a door and walking through.
I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved,
and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
It is as simple as asking the Lord Jesus Christ to save you.
Would you like to be saved?
If you've never received Jesus Christ as your Savior, please bow your
head this minute and ask the Lord Jesus Christ to save you and give YOU
that "joy unspeakable".
It's Simple To Be Saved ...
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
"For whosoever" — that includes YOU!
And God can not LIE!
"In hope of eternal life, which God, THAT CANNOT LIE, promised before the
world began;" Titus 1:2
Would You Like to be Saved?
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