Bill Etem - ex-math teacher, ex restaurant server, ex department store clerk, ex truck driver, ex fork-lift driver, ex legal coder, which is a lot different than medical coding, ex-lot of other stuff. Protestant ex-Football Coach at Notre Dame - the High School in Los Angeles not the University in South Bend, IN, not a head coach at Notre Dame either, just an assistant. B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota. I'm living in the Minneapolis - St. Paul area. Before Minneapolis I was in Mexico for 20 months. Before that I was in L.A. for three years. I've traveled all round France, Germany, Italy, Greece, Austria, Switzerland... Canada...most of the 50 states in of the USA. As for living for 20 months in Mexico it was mostly in Oaxaca. A few years ago I was thinking about pulling a publicity stunt to get my name and my writing noticed. The problem with doing something like climbing the outside of the Statue of Liberty is that I'd probably get stuck 30 feet off the ground, and then i'd have to be rescued by the NYFD, which is not the sort publicity I want. i wrote a gossipy autobiography / outline for screenplay / publicity stunt called 'MSP'. For instance, i was really crazy a few years back about this single mom with 3 kids named Brittany, which is not her real name. She also happens to be a medium - she hears the voices of dead people. One time she had a vision of this guy she knew. In the vision he was drunk, and then he was falling off a dock, and then he was drowning in the lake under the dock. She claims she had the vision just before or at the same time that the guy was actually drowning in reality. So who knows if she was exaggerating things a little? Brittany's very charismatic. She doesn't usually wear make up but she's quite beautiful when she dolls herself up some. Moving on, I worked with this one woman who I'll call Nancy, and Nancy went to prison because she was driving with a revoked license one day and she killed a guy on a motorcycle in an accident. She broke up with her boyfriend the day before, and she was real upset by this, and so she was distracted while driving...Nancy comes from a broken home, has struggled with a Meth addiction, and with anger issues, and she's had an abortion or two. She was raped by this guy at party, but he was acquitted, and then he came to where she worked one day, and she was flipping out with anger, and she struggles every day to pay restitution to the widow of the guy on the motorcycle... If she can't pay she goes back to prison...but the guy who raped her goes free...me and her donated plasma together a few times, and this gave me some ideas for 'Single Moms'. I met lots of interesting women in college: stoners, nymphos, hypochondriacs, jocks, charismatic drunkards, brooding geniuses, sunbathing beauties, poor girls, rich girls, jewish american princesses, ambitious careerists, aspiring politicians. At parties you would meet Catholic girls from the Colleges of St. Catherine's and St. Benedict's. I suppose many of them were bound for the nunnery and the whole Poverty and Eternal Chastity routine. My most recent book is 'The Rock Island Symposium on the Satanic Protestant Cults'. I was driving my tractor-trailer flatbed rig down I-80 a few years back. I hated that job so much! You're alone for the most part, it's like being in solitary confinement, and u get dangerous when you're bored and dissatisfied - it's easy to crush somebody in traffic when u got an 80,000 pound rig and you're tired or distracted. I nearly killed this guy by almost running a red light but i slammed on the brakes in time to avoid his pickup truck. I should have had my head examined for thinking I might like that job. I endured it for a few months then quit. Anyway, driving down I-80, not too far from Rock Island IL, I saw the turnoff for the town of Atalissa, IA, which I thought an interesting name. It was originally the name of a princess - I finally got round to Googling 'Atalissa' in August of 2015 - and then I threw a lot of 'The Rock Island Symposium on the Satanic Protestant Cults' together, in one week, after I learned what happened there. I amend the beginning of the book from time time. I'm finding it rather exhausting just fixing up the first 30 pages, so I'll probably never polish up the whole thing. It's just a whole lot easier to start a new book rather than perfect the old book. 'The Rock Island Symposium on the Satanic Protestant Cults' looks at some big problems with the Protestant sects under the sign of the cross. There's no reason for Protestantism to exist if either the Church of Rome or the Eastern Orthodox Church is the Church which Christ founded on a rock lead people to heaven. They have such conflicting creeds so it is hard to see how they could be the True Church. For instance the Dogma of Papal Infallibility damns those who reject that Dogma, such as the Eastern Orthodox. But if both Rome and Eastern Orthodoxy lead people away from heaven and to perdition, if both have fallen away from the True Faith, if neither one is the Church Christ founded on a rock, recall Matthew 16. 13-19, then, perhaps, one or more sects in Protestantism haven't fallen away from the True Faith. I suppose the most obvious way the Protestants rebel against the New Testament is in regards to money matters. Anyone can read Matthew 25. 31-46, Matthew 19. 23-26, Luke 16. 19-31, Acts 2. 44-5 and all the other scriptures which pertain to money and sharing, such as Revelation 18, to see what the New Testament teaches. Suppose the prophecies in Revelation 18 come to pass - economic collapse, famine etc., - one then asks oneself: have the Protestants under the sign of the cross fallen away from the True Faith on money matters, or have they not fallen away from the True Faith on money issues? If a Protestant sect leads people to heaven, because it obeys the Gospel, then there is no reason for that Protestant sect to change. But if a Protestant sect leads people away from heaven and straight to perdition, because it has fallen away from the True Faith, such as in regards to money matters, then this sect is sort of like a satanic cult! A sect might have many pious or respectable aspects, but if it leads people away from heaven and straight to perdition, then it is quite misguided, and even quite malevolent. Other problems which point to perdition: the Protestants don't excommunicate anyone. They don't excommunicate Sabbath violators, pro-choice people, pro-gay marriage people, they more or less give the Eucharist to anyone who asks to receive it, and 1 Corinthians 11. 27, and 2 Thess 1. 8, and John 15. 6, and Luke 13. 3 etc., etc., say what they say. Recall Christ's words at the Last Supper about a new law, a new covenant to amend the old law, the old law which God gave to the children of Israel through Moses - Christ said: 'This cup is My blood of the new covenant...' This refers to Jeremiah 31. 31-34, and Jeremiah 31. 31-34 tells Christians that Christianity, the True Faith, the New Law, is supposed to be simple enough and concise enough to be inscribed on the hearts of God's people, even the least of God's people. So this ties in with Atalissa, which ties in with mentally retarded people. The New Law / True Faith is simple to understand. So, as Sherlock Holmes might say, we therefore need to consider simple creeds, not convoluted or impossibly complicated creeds, but simple creeds, creeds which are concise enough to be inscribed on a human heart, when we consider candidates for this New Law / True Faith. We need to evaluate simple creeds such as: 'Never disobey the Church of Rome', or, 'Never rebel against the New Testament' - this creed is based on scriptures such as John 14. 23-26, Galatians 1. 8, 2 Timothy 3. 16 etc., or, 'Always obey the Eastern Orthodox Church', or 'Don't you dare rebel against the official decrees of the United Methodist Church!' etc. Even if one has a simple creed written on one's heart, one might still need to use one's powers of discretion from time to time! Suppose a bishop decrees that two men playing grab-ass not only don't have to spend a night in the box, but they are not to be excomunicated, then you have to determine if this bishop upholds the New Law / True Faith or if he corrupts it. So much pertains to the question: how does a bishop discipline his flock? How long does he excommunicate sinners for sins X, Y, Z? And when does one determine that a bishop / priest / lay person has fallen away from the True Faith? You don't rebel against a Church which leads people to heaven, i.e., you don't rebel against the Church which Christ founded on a rock when it makes a few mistakes now and then. It helps to know exactly what the True Faith is when you try to determine if someone or some church has fallen away from the True Faith and therefore leads people to perdition. Recall that 2 Thess 2 deals with the Antichrist and a 'falling away'. If a church never or very seldom excommunicates anyone, then it doesn't have any standards, save perhaps for some low standards, and this certainly implies it has fallen away from the True Faith, hence it leads people away from heaven and to perdition, hence it is, essentially, satanic. 'Single Moms' is my most recent novel. It's the sequel to 'Warrior Girls' and was written in June and July of 2015. I wrote 'Warrior Girls' in January of 2014, with quite a few later edits. 'Warrior Girls' and 'Single Moms' aim at humor at least as much as drama, whereas 'Amanda's War' is much more about drama than humor. 'Amanda's War', which took me years to write, introduces a character named Haakon Sovant who changes after a traumatic incident. The theme of people changing after trauma is the theme of Robert Altman's '3 Women', starring Sissy Spacek and Shelly Duval. The symbolism in it is not terribly subtle but I've watched '3 Women' 3 times now, and I really think it is something special. Anyway, in 'Amanda's War', where a character named Haakon Sovant changes after a traumatic incident, readers are left to wonder if he changes because of benevolent forces or because of malevolent forces. The setting is the north shore of Lake Superior, which is the best part of Minnesota, though Lake Calhoun is also nice. I once drove up to the Canadian line when the late summer sun was getting lower in the afternoon. Isle Royale was a big golden rock rising out of the big blue inland sea. Mt. Josephine was wonderfully lush and green. Hopefully people familiar with Grand Marais can find it in their hearts to forgive me for the liberties I've taken with their town. I know I ought to talk in this Personal Information, Bio Section about the jobs I've had and whether or not I'm in a relationship, and what she's like, and if she's as crazy about me as I am about her and what color her eyes are and what sort of highlights she puts in her hair and whether she wants a big house in the city or a big house in the suburbs etc. I don't get how some people find the time to write and do research, and also work at a job to pay the bills and provide for a family, and also find the time to exercise to stay in shape. Just to maintain a reasonably powerful physique i have to pump iron for at least 2 hours every day - I mean, I don't know about you, but if i didn't lift weights for at least 1 hour every day i would swiftly revert back into a weakling. Now, to keep your explosivesness you'll need to maintain a decent time in the 40 - which I suppose is 4.59 seconds or less - so you got to do your sprints for another hour every day, warm-ups and stretching included, so that's 3 hours right there on top of the 9 hours you already spent in the commute and at the job. And then i also got to find the time to keep up with world and national and local news so i can stay informed, so i can enliven my conversation. And then a serious writer like myself needs to find the time to stay abreast of literature and the cinema. And any person who wants to write thoughtfully about World History really needs to read lots and lots of great historians. And if you want to understand the scriptures you obviously have to find the time to study them intently. If you want to understand professional sports u don't have to watch tons of games but you need to find bright commentators offering sound analysis of both teams and players. And you need to know what needs to be done to improve each of the teams in the NFL, the NBA, MLB and the NHL if you want to talk intelligently about these leagues. You at least gotta know who is overpaid in those leagues which place salary caps on teams. If you read lots of message boards you can quickly recognize who the smart guys are by their shrewd analysis of games, GMs, coaches and athletes. And then u got to stay on top of your English Premier League, your La Liga, your Italian Serie A, your game day threads, your ESPN line up of sports talk radio, your fantasy football leagues etc. And we all need to find the time to stay in touch with old friends, and find the time for making new friends, such as by staying active in civic organizations, social clubs, professional societies etc., and then no one can neglect to visit prisoners in their captivity as well as befriending the impoverished and the downtrodden, as Christ commanded in his famous oration of Matthew 25. 31- 46. I haven't even said anything about fixing dinner, taking out the trash, dusting, vacuuming, sweeping, mopping, shopping, getting the oil changed etc. So, to recap, that's 2 hours of pumping iron on top of the 9 hours of work and commuting, and then there was that hour of sprinting, running at maximum throttle, though i suppose this hour of intense explosion is really more optional than mandatory, anyway, u got 11 or 12 hours right there on top of 2 hours of serious study, on top of 1 hour of running errands, on top of another hour of reading the newspapers, on top of another hour of actual writing, on top of another hour of Netflix or YouTube - i suppose you would go crazy if you never got a break for some entertainment. For awhile there I was trying to learn French, applying myself for a few minutes per day for a few years. I was inspired to learn French by reading Michelet. I own his 19 volume Histoire de France. I also like those classic French films, the old ones directed by guys like Melville, Rohmer, Truffaut, Chabrol, Godard etc., with stars like Jean Gabin, Lino Ventura, Alain Delon, Nathalie Delon, Yves Montand, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Catherine Deneuve, Paul Meurisse, Depardieu, Belmondo, Moreau, Audran, Bardot, arina etc. But I still need everything dubbed into English to understand anything. Well listen to me ramble on. I only pumped iron for an hour today so I got to get busy on that 2nd hour. Every now and then I get inspired to re-learn the math and physics I learned in college. I say re-learn because i forget lots of stuff i once understood, not that everything I learn goes in one ear and out the other, but a lot of it does. I've been all through lots of Schaum's outlines: Spiegels's 'Theoretical Mechanics,' his 'Advanced Mathematics,' his 'Vector Analysis,' his 'Probability and Statistics,' Wells' 'Lagrangian Dynamics,' Bronson's 'Differential Equations,' Kay's 'Tensor Calculus,' Lipshutz's 'Differential Geometry.' I got tons of these books. You can buy them used for a dollar online, e.g., some other titles I read or skim over are 'Quantum Mechanics,' 'Modern Physics,' 'College Physics,' 'Electromagnetics,' 'Partial Differential Equations' etc. Math and physics give you lots of practice with abstract thinking. Math might not help your memory much, i don't know, anyway, people think math is dull but so much of science especially theoretical physics is more or less synonymous with advanced math, and economics and finance are just sub-categories of math. People say American history is dull but that's because they never get to the heart of American history, which is the struggle for power between the three branches of the federal government: the due process clause of the 14th Amendment, the Equity Clause of Article 3, Yellow Dog Contracts, 'Miranda v Arizona', 'Roe v. Wade', 'Bush v. Gore' etc., and the fact that all high federal officials take an oath to defend the Constitution, therefore, if one branch is usurping authority and corrupting the Constitution, then those who have sworn to defend the Constitution must spring into action and defend it. No doubt Jesus had excellent reasons for saying taking oaths is from the devil. I need to get back into reading history and Constitutional Law, and daily Bible study, and I need to do a much much better job keeping up with current events, because so much of my life just revolves round working at the job, and lifting weights, and getting in some anaerobic work, and getting in some aerobic work too, and writing, and watching movies on YouTube or Netflix, and I got to do a better job with reading history - both religious and secular history - and I got to do better at keeping up with the news, especially with North American and European news, but also Asiatic, African and Latin American news. How will Merkle handle the turbulent Germanic factions? The right-wing is getting stronger in France, so you wonder what this will lead to. I see Mourihno got canned by Chelsea, it's december of 2015 as i write, so you wonder where he will land next. If u want my advice u should at least try my nonfiction, or at least skim over some of it. I suppose most readers want fiction. Reading an author's fiction before reading his non-fiction is like sitting down at the dinner table and gorging yourself on Hostess Twinkies before you even bother to touch the Banquet Fried Chicken. But we know many crave fiction, and they want no dealings with non-fiction. I worked for many years on both 'Constitutional History of the Western World' and 'Amanda's War' but if those books don't do it for you try something else. 2 of my 3 novels, 'Warrior Girls' and 'Single Moms', aim to be funny, though these books also pertain to some degree to Christianity. I try to be comical in parts of 'Introduction to Dumb-Ass Theory', as u might have guessed, but that's mostly a serious book. My next book might be a Travel book, but I haven't decided on the exotic place I want to travel to. I love reading books about mountain climbing: Herzog's 'Annapurna', Terray's 'Conquistadors' of the Useless', Buhl's 'Nanga Parbat Pilgrimage', Wibberley's 'Epics of Everest' etc. I think climbers love the adrenaline highs they get from flirting with disaster, but I wouldn't say climbing a mountain where there is a significant risk of getting killed is a very rational endeavor. Indeed no! Well i suppose i better wrap this up. Perhaps it won't be the smoothest of all possible wrap ups, and it might be rather anticlimactic as far as wrap-ups go. Not everything ends climactically, you know. If you want big loud bangs and lots of gaudy fireworks in your culminations then I guess you have come to the wrong bio page here at Smashwords. You won't get those sorts of smarmy cheap thrills out of me. No sir. With me it's just business, it's just, that's it, I'm done, gotta go, got no time for any more chatting, no time for any infinite gab-a-thons, it's just bye. But I don't have to be real abrupt and leave right exactly now. Let's see, what else is there to say? Try not to beat yourself up over what u could have done differently, and how things would have turned out wonderfully if only u hadn't blown it those times when u blew it. I sit around sometimes saying to myself 'if only i got better grades, if only i studied a more marketable major at Gopher College, but i wonder how productive such speculations are? u got to count ur blessings. Look how tough Paul Newman had it in 'Cool Hand Luke' - that's where the line 'two men playin grab-ass spend a night in the box' came from. Or look at Alain Delon in 'M. Klein', he plays a Gentile who the Nazis think is a Jew, and he ends up in a concentration camp, or look at Lisa Kudrow and those other women in 'Clockwatchers' stuck in those boring jobs, though '3 Women' is the definitive work, the supreme masterpiece in the genre of films about women stuck in boring jobs. Well I got get some sleep. I'm looking at 9 hours of commuting and working the boring job tomorrow, then I gotta go to Target for some stuff - Wal-Mart is cheaper but the Super Target in Chaska is super convienient for me unlike the Wal-Mart in Eden Praire - then there's 2 hours of lifting, then I want to look over the Drudge Report, then I might watch a movie. I like this British film called 'Tread Softly Stranger' which I might see again. The beautiful young Diana Dors plays a femme fatale in it. These two guys get busted for murder because of her. Talk about throwing your life away because u insist on chasing after someone who will never love u! If u have questions / comments u can write me @ Bill Etem 133 Crosstown Boulevard Apt. 305 Chaska, MN USA
Constitutional History of the Western Worldby Bill Etem
The Christian scriptures are clear there is a True Church - Matthew 16. 13-19, John 14. 23-26 - those who love Christ keep His words, such as those He spoke in Matthew 16. 13-19, John 15. 6 - those who abide in Christ are the True Church, those who don't abide in Christ are like sticks which are gathered and given to the flames, Ephesians 4. 4 etc. Revelation 20.15… See more details below
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The Christian scriptures are clear there is a True Church - Matthew 16. 13-19, John 14. 23-26 - those who love Christ keep His words, such as those He spoke in Matthew 16. 13-19, John 15. 6 - those who abide in Christ are the True Church, those who don't abide in Christ are like sticks which are gathered and given to the flames, Ephesians 4. 4 etc. Revelation 20.15 mentions a Book of Life. At the Last Judgment, those people with their names in the Book of Life are the True Church, and they enter heaven. Those who don't have their names in the Book of Life are cast into a lake of fire. We've seen John 15. 6. There's Luke 13. 3 - repent or perish. 2 Thess 1. 8 - fire for those who do not know God and who do not obey the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
A church, any church, either leads people to heaven, or it leads people to 'not heaven', that is, to perdition. The Church of Rome either leads people to heaven or else it leads people to perdition. The Church of Rome has either fallen away from the True Faith, and is not the Church which Christ founded on a rock, in which case it leads people to perdition, in which case everyone should renounce Rome, or else the Church of Rome has not fallen away from the True Faith, and Rome is the Church which Christ founded on a rock, and therefore Rome leads people to heaven. If Rome leads people to heaven, if Rome is God's True Church, how could it ever be right to reject Rome, or reject any of Rome's official doctrines?
2 Thess 2 deals with the Antichrist, a 'falling away' prior to the Second Coming of Christ, presumably a falling away from the True Faith, a man of sin, a son of perdition, presumably this is the Antichrist, and 2 Thess 2 also deals with people lost in strong delusion.
Before there was Martin Luther King Junior and Senior there was Martin Luther. Martin Luther didn't like the fact that the Pope was selling indulgences, that is, telling people that if they would hand over money to the papal agents then he, the Pope, would respond by saving their dearly departed friends and relatives from the torment they were currently experiencing in the flames of purgatory. So, if Rome is the True Church, if Rome leads people to heaven, then Martin Luther was wrong to break away from Rome. If a Church leads souls to heaven, and doesn't lead anyone to perdition, then don't rebel against that Church just because she makes a few mistakes! But if Rome is not the Church which Christ founded on a rock, if Rome has fallen away from the True Faith, if Rome leads souls to perdition, then, obviously, you'll want to get away from the Church of Rome. And you will want to tell others to get away from Rome. Similarly, if Rome leads people to heaven, then everyone ought to obey Rome. Well, Rome either leads souls to heaven or she leads souls to perdition. Rome either needs to be obeyed completely or renounced completely. The same goes for any church! A church is either the Church which Christ founded on a rock or else it is a false church which leads people to perdition. lt's easy enough to say that God is the sort of God who dislikes indulgence peddling, but to know God - and 2 Thess 1. 8 tells us it is very important to know God - one must know what God thinks about the Church of Rome. Perhaps God is the sort of God who says: 'The Church of Rome has fallen away: she is not the Church which Christ founded on a rock: she leads souls to perdition.' Or, perhaps, God is the sort of God who says: 'Lord knows Rome isn't perfect! She can really make some big mistakes! But, despite all of her mistakes, Rome is still My True Church, Rome is still the Bride of Christ, she still leads souls to heaven and she leads no one to perdition.'
You have to weigh the probabilities. You have to weigh the evidence for and against Rome and other churches.
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