The Knight’s Chivalrous Duty to Rescue the Damsel by Parker J Cole for the Grace and Faith 4 U Blog

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When one hears the word ‘knight’, the image that comes to mind is of a medieval soldier adorned in armor, riding upon a horse, and ablaze in honor and glory. Our stalwart hero swears fealty and loyalty to a ruler, or a king, and promises to protect the interests of his lord. Along with this element of bravery and loyalty, there is the romantic attached to our knight. On bended knee, before a lady of prestige, he promises to defend her honor, be true to her, and declare his everlasting love.

First and foremost, I believe it should be noted that the knight is a warrior. A man trained to fight to guard those under his protection. Whether his lord, his lady, his family, or his property, the knight is aware that there are enemy forces out there who would try to destroy those things he holds dear. A knight is on constant alert.

In many cultures around the world, various myths, stories, and legends focus on a warrior of some sort. Perhaps not a knight, but the son of a king, the wise son of a peasant, a neglected son of a marriage, an orphan boy left to defend for himself, etc. Yet, this idea of a warrior coming to the rescue is one is played countless times.

Why is that?

In order to expand on that we’d have to go back to Our Parents, when they walked with God in paradise. God our King, Adam, his son, the “Prince” and Eve, the “Princess”. You’ll notice that God the King doesn’t have a Queen. I will devote an entire blog post to this aspect at a later date.

Genesis 1:27-28 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Here, Our Parents are given a kingdom to rule over. A gem in this kingdom is the Garden of Eden. In Genesis 2, which goes into further detail of our birth: it states: “And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.”

When I read this, there’s no getting around (at least to me) that protection and guardian-ship was given to Adam. I know some of my brothers and sisters don’t take the book of Genesis as a literal account but I believe we can take God at His word. At any rate, this shows that Adam, the Prince was given a directive to protect the Kingdom his Father gave him. Is this limited to just Adam? I’m not sure. People get into such an uproar when you say ‘a man should protect his own’ but I wonder if maybe that’s just the way God had intended. I mean, women are called to guardian-ship, too. Perhaps, the greater part of the duty fell on Adam.

Fast forward: an enemy had infiltrated the kingdom. It goes after the thing that is close to the Prince’s heart – the Princess. The Princess is wooed by the enemy with soft words. She goes to the Prince. Here is where the Prince should have taken up his duty to protect the kingdom given to him, his lady his Father blessed him with.

Adam utterly fails. Not only does he let the enemy seduce his lady but he disregarded his Father’s commands and did that which he should not.

God our King, is disappointed. A curse destroys the kingdom in ways that have long-lasting repercussions. The Prince failed to protect his inheritance. There is a chasm between the King and His Children.

And yet, God the King knows that the Children have to be rescued.

A knight is sent by the King. This knight, as I said before, is Christ Jesus.  Like Adam, he is given a directive by the King—rescue the children. Infiltrate the kingdom that the enemy took over. Destroy the enemy. Bring my Children back to me so we may once again live in harmony.

If you think about it, the Knight is compelled by the King and his compassion for the Children who are in discord to do fulfill his duty. If you hear someone cry for help, do you ignore them? Do you say, “Well, they’re going to have to figure it out for themselves?”

If someone cries out for help, shouldn’t we at least see if we can be assistance? Isn’t it our duty?

The Knight battles and is victorious. He did what the Prince did not do—obey the command of the King and provide a bridge that leads back to the King. Yet, though the Knight has defeated the enemy, the Children, represented as the damsel in distress in my last post, have to decide if rescue is what they really want.

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Tonight on the Write Stuff — Legs Closed, Bible Open with Charmaine Hunter

This memoir tells the story of the author — a woman who went from depression, to having a child out of wedlock and even becoming a prostitute.

It is a tale of spiraling down into the depths of despair to ultimately finding how GOD WILL and CAN GIVE YOU THE STRENGTH TO CONQUER!

Join in the conversation as I chat with Charmaine Hunter about her memoir. You can call in at 646-668-8485 and press 1 to be live on air. Follow us on iTunes. Download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/s/11350125.

 

In Defense of the Damsel in Distress by Parker J Cole for the Grace and Faith 4 U Blog

Some time ago, I was at a friend’s house and she wore a shirt that said something to the effect of, “I’m not the damsel in distress, I’m the dragon.” I thought it was cute at the time but something about it bothered me but I wasn’t quite sure what. I gnawed on it over the course of a few months when it came to me. 

What’s so terrible about being a damsel in distress? 

The image of the damsel in distress is usually shows a princess being rescued by a knight from the dragon. Over time, this imagery has been frowned upon due to society’s ever-changing whims. Women don’t need rescuing. They can rescue themselves. Men aren’t knights in shining armor. They’re sadistic rulers who have fed women to the dripping jaws of a horrible beast. 

I got to thinking about this for a while – driving in my car, walking down the hall at work, sitting at home writing, or just staring blankly at the wall. I’ve come to some conclusions. 

It should be noted that the damsel in distress is a recurring theme in many cultures. Various forms of it exists as we can read in diverse folklore and mythologies. Perhaps its not a medieval princess but the daughter of a chieftain, a priestess of power, an orphaned girl, a neglected child of a marriage, etc. The damsel exists in the mythologies and folklore because…she is a reflection of a real element of life.  

There is a woman in distress. She is trying to make ends meet. She is lonely. She is hurt. She is sick. She is overwhelmed. She is in distress.  

The rescue of the knight symbolizes someone who has heard her cries for help. Like the damsel, the rescuer is in many tales. A king’s son, a warrior, a peasant, a man of good standing, a thief. The rescuer is made aware of her cries. This rescuer again reflects an element of real-life.  

There is a man who wants to rescue a woman from her distress. Whether as husband, friend, or just a concerned person, a man wants to rescue.  

The dragon represents a great evil. An evil which seeks to devour and consume utterly. Most tales have tales of virgins being sacrificed to dragons, something I will come back to in a moment, but this dragon, beast, mythical animal, has an instinctual need to destroy. There is no bargaining chip. There is no compromise. This dragon is a danger to both the damsel, crying out for help, and the knight, who risks his life to rescue her. 

The dragon is real – external and internal dragons exists in many, many forms. It will do all it can to destroy us.  

Too often, particularly now, the focus of this theme has been on the roles of gender. Women, weak and helpless, their virginity (often seen as synonymous with sexual independence) sacrificed to patriarchy. Men, appointed saviors of women, who have placed women as both the victim and the one that needs to be rescued.  

And, let me be clear: many horrific things have been done over the millennia of time to women who have been fully dominated by men and continues in the 21st century. This post does not negate this in any way nor do I make light of it.  

But my point is this, what if this recurring theme has to do with something other than gender?  

In fact, I would submit this: humanity is the damsel in distress. We are in need of rescue. It doesn’t matter if we’re of royal blood, or low status. It doesn’t matter if we’re born to plenty or few. It doesn’t matter if we’re whole of heart or are carrying around our heart in pieces. Whole or broken, sad or happy. 

The Dragon is sin. I know some may say the Dragon is the Devil, nor do I disagree with that.  For the purpose of this post, I’m using the illustration a bit differently.  

See, sin will not allow for equality. Sin does not believe in balance. It does not believe in communion and unity. It does not uphold the precept that all men (humanity) are created equal. It’s all about complete dominance. The Dragon is a threat to the damsel – it wants to consume her. Sin has a ravenous appetite. It is never satisfied.  

The Knight is Jesus Christ. He heard our cries for help. He heard our pleas. He knows we are dire straits. We are about to be eaten by a dragon. He charges to our rescue. 

Interesting that Christ is a knight in this illustration. A knight is usually sent by a King in that King’s place. In shining armor – His glory, perhaps? And yet armored because He put on the trappings of humanity. Our flesh, our limitations, our weakness and yet, His glory shines through. As the knight that comes in the stead of the king, He risked all to save the princess.  

So, to answer my own question at the beginning of this post – there’s nothing wrong with being a damsel in distress. It means several things: 

You are acknowledging you’re in trouble.  

You are acknowledging you’re held captive. 

You are acknowledging you can’t do rescue yourself. 

You are acknowledging there is a threat to your life…your soul. 

You are acknowledging that if things continue the way they are, the Dragon will destroy you. 

You are acknowledging you can’t beat this Dragon on your own. 

The question remains – are you willing to cry out for help so the knight can rescue you? 

Tonight on the Write Stuff — The One with RD Palmer

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Blessed are the Machines, for they shall inherit the Earth.

A juxtaposition, dystopian novel of terror, hope, and faith. Written for the Christian market, this novel will inspire you. You’ll cheer the heroes in the face of war and death, and your heart will dip and rise on the roller-coaster ride of their romances and heartbreaks.

Beliefs are tested. Amish and English—the Remnant—forced to choose how to survive. Can they trust each other? Betrayal, honor, bravery and cowardice on full display.

Their mission—an impossible feat—defeat an Artificial Intelligent entity created in the image of man, yet lacking all emotions—including empathy, pity, and mercy. The stakes—all life on Earth. The unlikely heroes of this thriller will fight against an omnipresent, omniscient god while demonstrating principles of virtue and defining what it means to be human.

Join me as I chat with RD Palmer and his book, The One. You can call in at 646-668-8485 and press 1 to be live on air. Or, download Stitcher on your mobile device. Follow us on iTunes. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/s/11335105.

AGI Part 4: The Human Element — The Soul vs. The Program — The Parker J Cole Show

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PART FOUR

The human soul vs the artificial intelligence program begins the next part of our series.

In all this talk about AI — its superiority, its long reaching capabilities, and its possible eventual dominion, one has to ask themselves: What about the human element? Are we the game changer in this potential battle?

After all, would artificial intelligence be what it is without us? Can it ever be truly superior to we who are God-breathed? How about the aspects of ourselves that an artificial intelligent being will never have — is it something for us to brag about? With the rampant outpouring of nihilism, which is the teaching of nothingness and we have no significance, what does our Creator say?

Jeremiah 1:5: Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

Perhaps the psalmist said it best when he decreed:

Psalms 139:14 “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”

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Join me for an riveting discussion of the possible battle man and machine with RD Palmer, author and former technological professional. You can call in at 929-477-1965. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/s/11279289.

Tonight on the Write Stuff — Emergent Vision with Jeffery Dale Cole

babelWhat place do the faithful have in a faithless world? Imagine you woke up in a cold sweat because you had a vision of the future but couldn’t see how you fit into it? How would you find your purpose in it all?

A self-marooned recluse, Dr. Noah McAdams thought he had escaped a world gone wrong, only to be caught up in the very system he was fleeing. A man of deep regrets, he thought he had buried his past, only to see it resurrected before his very eyes.

The Babel Resurgence looms. The unique moment in history when humanity reaches its God-given potential. A dream come true for some, a nightmare for those who know the truth. This time, can the world avoid the disaster that comes from the power of human potential being wielded without regard to human purpose?

With time running out, Noah must discover his purpose in this dark grand scheme before The Babel Resurgence separates him from everything he has ever known and everyone he has ever loved.

Join the ancient quest to unveil purpose aligned with potential.

Tune in as I chat with author Jeffery Cole about his new book! You can call in at 646-668-8485 and press 1 to be live on air. Or, download Stitcher on your mobile device. Follow us on iTunes. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/s/11262319.


jeffcole.jpgJeffery Dale Cole has a formal education in Music, Theology, Math, Science, and Engineering. In addition to being an author, Jeff has had a twenty-year career in design engineering. He is also a pastor in the Christian tradition, a musician, and a photographer. Jeff’s music, books, and photography are available at jefferydalecole.com.

Tonight on the Write Stuff — Franklin on Faith: The Definitive Guide to the Religion of the First American by Bill Fortenberry

benfranklinKnown to historians as “the First American,” Benjamin Franklin is without a doubt the most accessible of America’s founding fathers. His writings have inspired millions of Americans, and even now, more than 200 years after his death, his wit and humor still brighten lives all across the world. But what was this great man’s view on faith? Was he really a Deist as so many historians have proposed? Was he a humanist like so many of his French friends? Is there any possibility that he could have been a Christian?

In this unique volume, Bill Fortenberry has collected everything that Franklin wrote about his faith. From Franklin’s admission that he became a Deist at the age of fifteen, to his letter to Ezra Stiles 69 years later, Fortenberry catalogues exactly how Franklin’s religious views progressed throughout his life and gives us a glimpse of a side of Franklin that few Americans have ever seen.

Listen in at 646-668-8485. Or, download Stitcher on your mobile device. Follow us on iTunes. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/11206045.


billfortenberryBill Fortenberry is a native of Birmingham, AL where he currently resides with his wife and young son. He has been debating and writing in defense of the Christian faith for more than 20 years, and his articles have been featured in publications around the globe. Many of his articles are available on his website, IncreasingLearning.com.