Saturday, February 23, 2013

Time And The Lord

Lately I have been hearing a lot about conspiracies and the end of the world. I recently read over Revelation again and realized something. Every minute we are getting closer to the end. All things are working towards this goal, and if it is days or years or even centuries away still we are seeing the effects now.

“Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 6 By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly. But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.” 2 Peter 3:3-10 (NIV).

The Lord does not see time as we see it. We have such small, fleeting lives that time seems like this huge thing. But to the Lord, the Creator of time and everything else, time is small. It is short. Everything that happens is happening now.

“Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were bornor you brought forth the whole world,from everlasting to everlasting you are God.You turn people back to dust, saying, “Return to dust, you mortals.”A thousand years in your sightare like a day that has just gone by,or like a watch in the night.” Psalm 90:1-4 (NIV).

Think about it this way. If you had a ruler and made a mark every other millimeter it would seem like the marks were pretty close together. In fact we might even think they were touching. However if a flea looked at the marks it might think that they were miles apart. It is all about perspective.

“All our days pass away under your wrath; we finish our years with a moan. Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures;yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away. If only we knew the power of your anger! Your wrath is as great as the fear that is your due. Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:9-12 (NIV).

We need to not focus on the actions of the Lord, but on the ways of the Lord. For if we know His ways then we know Him. We know that the Lord is kind and merciful and yet holy. Therefore how can we expect anything less from Him, despite what we see happening around us?

“In you, Lord my God, I put my trust.I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me.No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame,but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause. Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.Remember,Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old. Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways;according to your love remember me, for you, Lord, are good. Good and upright is the Lord;therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.” Psalm 25:1-10 (NIV).

When you get disheartened or afraid, remember “For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100:5 (NIV).

Author Bio:



Jack Meyers is a regular contributor for www.nannybackgroundcheck.com. As a detective he wants to spread the knowledge of terrible things that can happen when people don’t fully verify the credentials of a caregiver or any employee. He also writes for various law enforcement blogs and sites.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Return To The Earth

The world is not in balance. Predictions and prophecies aside, one does not need to look far to see that there is indeed, something amiss with the way things are going on our little planet. People are crowding to the cities when there is so much land, most of the land is owned by a handful of powerful people, and people are hungry/broke/ignorant, despite all the technological innovations that humanity has uncovered.

It seems that we have lost our way as a people, the supposed stewards of His creation. We don’t treat each other well, so it’s a stretch to believe that we would treat the environment and all other lifeforms any better. Even this portent of doom is exploited by many shrewd individuals, claiming to have the way to solve it, or some secret, exclusive path to salvation from the impending global holocaust.

I don’t have any secrets to reveal. All I have is an idea that has been there since humanity decided to be less nomadic and more agricultural. This world is God’s gift to us all, and just as we should take care of it, it can nourish and heal us. Whatever may happen in the coming decades, be it a man-made cataclysm or an event from the heavens, we should return to a balanced, essential, and natural existence. Yes, a return to the land that nourishes us, and a lifestyle that promotes love and faith between each other and the rest Creation.


Technology Used Responsibly
This isn’t a call to demonize all of the things we have crafted, as our skills and knowledge are just as much gifts from God as anything else. These are tools, and the tool wielder’s intent is the thing we should examine and guide, for the wielder is the one that can decide to do good or evil.

With what resources you have at your disposal, try to purchase land that’s fertile and remote. Rough and untamed is preferable; it’ll be more affordable and it will present a challenge that you can undertake. Purchase second-hand but serviceable surplus earthmoving equipment to aid you in your undertaking. Like I mentioned, technology is a tool, and you should have it in your heart to till the earth for the purpose of feeding your family and making good the blessings which the Creator has bestowed upon humanity.

United We Stand
There are others way more unfortunate than you, and the reason why this is the case is because you are being given an opportunity to help your fellow human being. Choose those who are willing to make an effort to better themselves and are not afraid to toil and sweat for a good cause.

There is no shame in working for food, lodging, and other essentials. In fact, before our civilization’s all-consuming greed for money and things not integral to good living, this was the norm. Be honest and explain to them your goal of creating a community that sustains and grows with one another. If they cannot accept that, do not insist. Just wish them well and find others that can share in your mission.

Body and Spirit Rejuvenated
Hard, but productive work and meaningful labor actually uplifts the spirit, as opposed to mindlessly toiling in an office cubicle, failing to see the purpose and value of your work. In addition to that, being in the embrace of nature also helps one reflect deeper and more profoundly on one’s existence and his/her relationship with the Creator and all His works.

As I have mentioned in the last two topics, technology should be used responsibly, and to share and trust in other people is also essential. Therefore, keeping yourself connected to the rest of humanity and utilizing the internet is something you should not forego despite living in a more remote area. It is your source of news, information, and an extended community beyond your locality. As with anything, learn to use it responsibly.


I wish all who have read my personal insights a blessed New Year, and may God shower His blessings upon you and your family. Live well!

About the Author
Stacey Thompson is a professional writer, marketer, entrepreneur, and a lover of weird little animals. She is based in San Diego, California, and is working on her gang’s group blog, Word Baristas.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Is Jesus Coming Back Soon?




I am sure that we have all heard about the Mayan calendar and the prediction that the end of the world is the 21st of December. In the midst of all this you read about people who are stock piling supplies and getting their survival gear together in expectation of the end. There are even those who are ready for the zombies and have all the latest weapons to be prepared for the final fight for the earth. Does it frighten you? It should not, in fact nothing should frighten a child of the King. Our Lord said in His Word that “"But of that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.” Mark 13:32 (NAS)

“All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, And all the families of the nations will worship before You. For the kingdom is the LORD'S And He rules over the nations.” Psalms 22:27 and 28 (NAS)

Our God is sovereign and He controls everything. No one can determine when He will return and nothing is outside of His control.

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NAS)

Our God has our good in mind always and is working everything out for our good. If we believe the Word of God is true then we know He is in control and that He is doing everything for our good. If we know this then what is there to fear? He says He will never leave us or forsake us, that greater is He that is in us that He that is in the world, that the work He began in us He will finish, that He is our Light and our salvation, whom shall we fear? He is our hope, our only hope.

"Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you." Deuteronomy 31:6 (NAS)

“You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4 (NAS)

“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6 (NAS)

“The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread?” Psalm 27:1 (NAS)

“My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him.” Psalm 62:5 (NAS)

God does not want us to live in fear of the unknown. If you know Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior there is no unknown. You must accept the Son to get to the Father; if you have the Son then you have the Father also. “Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also.” 1 John 2:23 (NAS)

God does not want us to fear he tells us to abide in Him and rest in Him. If you have fear it is not coming from our Lord but from the father of lies. Satan wants us to be paralyzed with fear so that we cannot serve God and walk in His glorious light and in turn lead others to Him.

Living in this world is perilous and you must always remember to put on the full armor of God. You must stay in His Word and keep your minds on the author and perfector of your faith. He has not given us a spirit of fear. I am sharing these scriptures with you because His truth is the only thing that will set you free. The words on this page mean nothing if they are not coming from the Lord, I cannot give you life, only through God’s Word can you get the victory. Jesus is the victory that overcomes the world.

“Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.” Ephesians 6:11 (NAS)
“Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2 (NAS)
“For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (NAS)
“So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, "If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free." John 8:31,32 (NAS)

“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:57 (NAS)

Do not be afraid even when the times look bleak. You must keep your eyes on Jesus or you will not be able to stand. I am often reminded of the story of Peter walking on the water to our Lord. As long as Peter kept his eyes on Jesus he was fine but what happened when he looked at the storm and the waves around him in that deep sea? That’s right, he fell under the water and the Lord grabbed Peter and brought Him to safety. If you do not keep your eyes on Jesus you will fall into the temptation to be full of fear but the minute you turn to Him He will lift you up and bring you to safety. He loves us so much. God loved us even though we were sinners and He sent His only begotten Son to die for us so that we could spend eternity with Him in heaven. If he would do this for us how will He not keep us in the palm of His hand?

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6,7 (NAS)

“And He said, "Come!" And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me!" Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, "You of little faith, why did you doubt?" Matthew 14:29-31 (NAS)

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (NAS)

“And I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.” John 10:28 (NAS)

Nothing can happen that is outside of God’s purpose for our lives. He does not cause these horrible things to happen but He allows them to happen because we live in this world filled with sin. Everyone has a free will and a choice and God will not force Himself on them. If they choose the world over Him then they are vulnerable to whatever the world brings. For those of us that have been chosen by God for His Son to keep in the palm of His hand, we are protected. Even when bad things happen God is still in charge and using whatever the situation is for our good. He sometimes allows the bad into our lives so that our faith will grow and we will become stronger in Him for these times we live in. But we must be of good cheer because He has overcome the world and in Him we have peace.

“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (NAS)


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Kelsey  is the editor in chief for findananny. She loves to write article and ideas that parents & nannies would be interested in hearing. She helps society on giving information about nannies through  www.findananny.net. She is a professional writer & loves writing on anything.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Get Right With God - Only He Can Fix Things At This Point

(Guest article authored by Dave Webb)

A lot of us still think in terms of right and wrong. I think it is really sad what our political parties offer us as candidates. That statement speaks volumes on what is wrong with our political parties right now. Both parties need to clean house. They need to get rid of basically dishonest people. This last election was a national disgrace of lies and counter-lies. But what was more of a disgrace is the people up for election. At a minimum, people seeking office should have the "appearance" of being honest. There were too many incidents on both sides that were reported by the media. Most people had a really difficult time figuring out who they wanted in office. Those reported incidents played a large part in that.

The mainstream media is owned, lock, stock and barrel by a small percentage of the population. I think the number is 6 percent. And it is owned by a group of very wealthy people. Might want to entertain the thought that they are behind the recent liberal agenda in our Congress. It looks to me like they own both parties in Congress. Look it up. How did the different reps vote on recent issues that mattered? Things like voting away our rights to Constitutional law.

In our educated group of Congress people what do you expect that they will do? Yes they are going for an agenda on both sides of the political parties. That agenda includes gay marriage being legitimatized. It includes gay representation in our Congress. It includes abortion on demand(murdering children for convenience) and a lot of other things like legalizing the smoking of marijuana. I don't smoke anything. I am very particular about what I put in my body. But I know a lot of people over the years that treated marijuana smoking as a modern prohibition law. These people have ignored the law. A lot of people have gone to jail for it.

I actually want illegal immigration stopped. We need to come to the realization that it has gone on for way too long. Who pays income tax on these people? If they are illegal then they are not paying their fair share of taxes anywhere. Are we putting their employers in jail for income tax invasion? No, it is a fine, and go on with life as it is. Just like any cash business, it is under the table and no one pays their freight on it. The entire system is wrong in this case. The victims are often their children. It is time to change that system to something that works for everyone.

The war we need to fight is for the souls of all these people. Both those bought off politicians, the liars, the thieves, the murderers(abortion), the cheats, eventually we all go to death. These people  seem to believe that death is the end of things. We need to explode that lie. Death is the great equalizer of all humanity. Once you are dead, then your entire life is an open book to God. Only he makes judgment at that point. I know of direct evidence that this view of death as the end is wrong.

But convincing anyone is another matter entirely. Basically the only thing we can do is pray for our leaders. God will take care of the rest believe it or not. I know the temptation is to believe nothing will be done. I believe something will be done that has nothing to do with you and me. Only God can change things at this point.

The shift in the next few years is going to have to be to expose the dishonest behavior of people in both parties. A lot of them will end up in jail. Others will get off completely free. Or will they? There is justice within our legal system and justice of God outside that system that seems to occur no matter what we do. I have seen a lot of people in my life that apparently got off free, only later to be caught up in something totally different from what they were accused of. We need to pray for these people above everything else.

Anyone that has seen a young woman that has had an abortion knows what I am talking about. Often years later, you can see the haunted look in their eyes. You can see many of them in our bars getting drunk to seek relief. It doesn't work. The pain is there for anyone to see. The grief process is there. A lot are bitter. A lot are angry.

Only spiritual relief works. Ask any alcoholic or druggie. Their souls are enslaved. They are all ready in a form of hell of their own making. My experience says only changing your life with a religious experience is going to give you that relief.

What we are seeing in the current situation is the beginning not the end. I personally see a great revolution quietly occurring behind the scenes. Like a great ocean liner, it will take time to turn things around. It is ironic that it will occur under Obama's time as President.

And in 2014, we have another chance to change the Congress. In 2016, we can change the President. What I want to see in both parties is total honesty with us, the public. That, of course, is a dream on my part.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Is The End Near?



It has been foretold in the book of Revelations that the Day of Judgment will happen at some point in time. For centuries, many people have interpreted a multitude of different happenings as a sign of the end of times. As of yet, it has not come to pass. Events that have occurred recently may be pointing to that time as being near. It is said in the Bible that no one will know of the exact date that Jesus will return. The date may not be known, but it will happen. Here are is some possible evidence pointing to the end of the world coming soon.

1. Natural Disasters- Earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes...They are happening. There is no denying that. It seems like once a month you hear of an earthquake striking some part of the world. Tornadoes have ravaged the United States mid-west more than normal in the past few years. Who can forget about hurricane Katrina or more recently, Irene? The devastation brought on by these occurrences is nothing short of biblical. Is it merely a sign that our ecosystem is getting out of whack due to global warming? It is possible. Yet, it could be evidence pointing to the end of days.

2. War- Mass destruction and more...Seems like every country now is developing weapons of mass destruction. Why is it that humans want to destroy each other? War has been taking place since the beginning of time but now people have the power to cause extinction level destruction. Massive wars have been spoken of in Revelations and throughout the Bible. Is it just a coincidence that we are on the verge of World War 3 at all times? It's not very likely.

3. Disease and Famine- Death and hunger...New, genetically altered super viruses are being created in labs every day. It would not take much for one of these to affect the entire population. Most have no cure and maybe virtually undetectable. This is scary. Combine that with the decrease in available food supplies for much of the planet, and you have a viable end of the world scenario. Food shortages used to be delegated to underdeveloped countries but are now spreading to the world's superpowers. A dramatic food shortage and/or mass disease could easily lead to the end.

It does seem a little odd that these possible signs of the end of the world are also tied in with the four horseman of the apocalypse. That seems like more than a coincidence. Whatever the meaning, each of these scenarios has the potential for death and destruction. Are they all simply coincidence, or is this the work of the Lord? It seems only time will tell. 

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Roxanne Porter is a freelancer & a regular contributor for www.nannyjobs.org/.  She helps in providing knowledge about nanny services & love writing on nanny related articles. She helps in giving a fair knowledge about nanny Jobs to the community. You can be in touch with her at “r.poter08ATgmail.com”.


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Signs of the End: Christianity and the Warnings at Hand

For many ages, man has thirsted for the knowledge of what is to come. When will Jesus return? What will happen when all is wiped clean and put right in the name of God? It is natural to yearn to know the answers, as we all do. There are though many current circumstances and modern events that are shaping up to point to end times being near. With Christian approach, here are some modern happenings that are certainly conversation-worthy.

1. Militarization and Stockpiling Since WWII, the world’s governments have stopped at nothing to stock the largest possible quantities and most dangerous mass destruction weapons. There are no exceptions and the odds are growing.

2. Tyrants Greatly Empowered As the days pass, leaders of rogue nations and philosophies grow drastically more powerful. Today’s weapons are not what they used to be

3. Global Unrest The masses are unhappy. A look at any news outlet covering any region of the world reflects this more than ever before.

4. World Wide Famine There is currently a food crisis brewing which is of proportions never before seen. Global weather and climate changes are turning region after region into lands of dead and dying crops.

5. Mysterious Animal Deaths Currently a phenomenon is taking place in which different animals are suffering mass death events. Science has yet to identify what is happening in most of these cases.

6. Monetary Failure Amidst greed and other evil reasons, monetary system failure has gone global. Debt buying countries are becoming unable to continue “bail outs.”

7. Proposed Unions New European Unions are being formed at this very moment. Revelations describes current circumstance with authoritative accuracy.

8. Aliyah, The Homecoming As the Bible promises, there will be a massive Jewish Homecoming to Israel. Today, current population numbers and the very real Aliyah, or mass movement to Israel is as never before seen

9. Weather Changes Climate and weather changes are currently very alarming. From bizarre patterns, droughts, floods, earthquakes, glacial melting, and warming climates, everything is changing right now.

10. Moral Decline For those of us familiar with the past, today’s state of morals is much decayed. Crime, evil, and selfishness are the constant in a very misdirected world today.

This is simply a list of ten warning signs that with Christian knowledge, can be used for wisdom on what is shortly to come. There are far more instances of great concern than are listed here though. The time is upon us. Are you on the right ship to salvation?

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Ken Myers the editor in chief is a frequent contributor of http://www.gonannies.com/. Ken helps acquiring knowledge on the duties & responsibilities of nannies to society. You can reach him at k.meyerst20 AT gmail.com.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Supported Living Service Volunteers Making a Difference


Volunteers can make a difference in the lives of people struggling with their special needs by offering a supported living service for these people. Sometimes to be independent a person needs a little help and to have someone there to give that support may mean the difference in that person being an active and vital part of our society.

Many disabled people need a supported living service to help in their everyday tasks in life and to stay independent they will need help in their day to day decisions. Sometimes it is as simple as having someone check in on them to make sure everything is going smoothly. Other people will have a greater need for support.

Support needs vary and each individual will have areas that they will need guidance. Sometimes a person will need someone to help in the area of their medications. They may need a person to help them with their daily medications or need help filing their medication boxes. It will be different from person to person.

There is always a need for a person with a disability to get help with transportation to and from appointments and shopping. Some of these people can manage a public transit system, but others may need rides and help with their venture out. Each case is different.

The importance of community support for these people can not be underemphasized. A person with a disability wants to stay as independent as they can but to have a support system is vital to have independence. That is where a volunteer with these skills can come into the life of a disabled person and help them keep their independence.

Many people have skills that they can use to better the lives of disabled people and when they do that they are giving back to their community a service that they can be proud of. To help a person is such a rewarding thing in itself and when a person gives to another, it is a gift.

Volunteering to give a person supported living service may be the only source of help for that person. Sometimes the funds are low for these services and a volunteer can be the only way for some of these people to get the help they need. What a feeling to know that being a volunteer is giving a person a second chance in life.

If you are a person with a set of skills and you want to make a great contribution to your community, you should consider being a volunteer for a supported living service. There are many different ways to volunteer and help these people from helping with their daily living tasks to giving an expert hand in their finances.

Any way you can help you can be sure that your supported living service will be appreciated and a much needed service in the life’s of these special needs people. You cannot find a better way to give to others than to give the gift of independence. With a bit of help from people with a vast array of skills, people that need help can live a more normal life.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Dark Times: How Modern Films Shadow the World's Broken Faith in Humanity

I've always been a bit of a film buff. In my childhood days, I remember watching great films like E.T. and Apollo 13 on my tiny television in absolute awe. Classic films like these always managed to lift my spirits even in the worst of times. As the world around me was constantly going through dark times, I knew I could depend on inspirational films to restore my faith in humanity. Yet as the years have passed and I've grown older, I've discovered that as the world has grown darker, so have the films that are being produced in it.

What was once an industry of powerful, uplifting films has become something of a severe buzz kill. In fact, in the past few years I've noticed four box-office hits in particular that attest to the world's loss of faith in humanity. For those of you who haven't seen Avatar, The Dark Knight Rises, The Hunger Games, and The Avengers, here are some of the many reasons why these four films are a testament to our broken faith in humanity.

Avatar

This science-fiction phenomenon was a visually breathtaking film when it came out in 2009, yet so many people overlooked its allusions to modern imperialism. The film takes places on another world where humans are reaping the resources of a foreign, untapped planet called Pandora. Because the humans have so severely depleted Earth's natural resources, they must retreat to outside planets to access things they need most, such as natural minerals. Sound familiar? Director and producer James Cameron confirmed suspicions that the film was a criticism of the United States' role in the Iraq war and use of warfare to resolve conflict, saying, "We know what it feels like to launch the missiles. We don't know what it feels like for them to land on our home soil, not in America."

The Dark Knight Rises

When I was growing up, Batman shows and movies were usually campy, funny, and entertaining. Yet Christopher Nolan's adaptation of Batman Begins in 2005 changed the very identity of the famed hero. All of the sudden, we saw a self-conflicted "dark knight" who was battling men who had absolutely no conscience or moral fiber. Previous Batman villains we'd seen were more humanistic, self-conflicted, and sad, but figures like Heath Ledger's Joker and Tom Hardy's Bane completely emphasized just how dark the world around them has really grown. In the final chapter of the Batman trilogy – The Dark Knight Rises – we see a man who has literally had everything taken from him: he has lost the love of his life, the world despises him, and he might be forced to die in order to restore order and humanity to Gotham. It's most certainly a darker variance from previous Batmans, and I can't help but think that harsh modern times have something to do with that.

The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins said the idea for her famous trilogy actually came from channel hopping on her sofa. Collins was flipping through the channels one afternoon when she realized just how juxtaposed the channels on her television really were: on one network she would see chronicles of New York housewives, but on another she would see violent footage of the Iraq War. Collins' Hunger Games brilliantly testifies to just how obsessed the world has become with accessing the "reality" of the world they live in. The film itself takes everything a step forward from the book and becomes all the more dark. In the box-office hit, we see a young, brave girl who is thrown into a ring and must battle 23 others in a fight-to-the-death match – all the while the world is watching her on television. The Hunger Games is an allusion to just how disillusioned the world's concerns have become. Why should we care about watching what celebrities do in their everyday lives? Shouldn't it matter more that there are starving people on the streets? Obviously not.

The Avengers

Can you imagine a scenario where things in the world have gotten so bad that it takes six superheroes to fight off the present evil? Growing up, I saw films where one brave man or woman could usually get the job done. Now we're seeing films where people must desperately turn to every superhero known to mankind in order to save themselves from the wrath of evil. I suspect that if things hadn't gotten as bad as they were now, people would be better able to believe that one man or woman could make a difference, but as we've all grown to learn, one man or woman standing in the face of evil can easily be pushed aside.

These are just four of the many films out there that attest to how dark the world around us has become. Take a look at some of the modern classics hitting the big screen today and don't be surprised when you discover just how dark they really are.

Barbara Jolie is a full time freelance writer and blogger. She is passionate about lifelong learning and online education. When Barbara is not blogging about all things education, she enjoys spending time with her calico cat, Moses, and her pet parakeet. If you have questions email her at barbara.jolie876@gmail.com.