June 22nd, 2014
nakhiphop
I'm a big fan, for years now really! I hope you've been very well. It's really great to see how far you've come and that you're a RN now. I was wondering, do you interpret most of the Bible literally, or rather, in a more conservative, orthodox way- or as something that is allegorically revelant to fit our modern life?

Thank you!  And praise God.

Hm, that’s a pretty tricky question.  I don’t feel that the terms ‘literal,’ ‘conservative,’ and ‘orthodox’ are accurate descriptions of my reading and interpretation of the Bible.  Call it what you want, but I believe individual revelation is not an experience that every person identically shares; we are all uniquely designed, therefore we synthesize and integrate God’s Word differently.  For example, two readers of the Bible may agree upon the virtue of a particular passage in Scripture, but could be applied and manifested in vastly differently ways.  This is because I believe the Bible is God’s Word, and His personal Word is dynamic and speaks to the individual heart.  Granted, there are absolute ‘black and white’ passages of Scripture that are not open for compromise and ambiguity.  For example, take the letter of the Law and the ten commandments and such.  These passages are very strict in their nature because they serve a certain purpose; the purpose of which in this case is to reveal to mankind their depravity in sin.  These passages I suppose should be taken, as you say, “literally.” 

However, because I believe God’s word is dynamic, living, and moving, it implies relevance… nay, necessity to every generation.  I don’t believe we need to ‘modernize’ some archaic scripture in order to preserve its relevance.  The Gospel is the ultimate standard and manual of life that transcends generations and time.  I personally believe it reflects the timeless nature of God and His ingenious design of His human creation:  regardless of the changing times and the shifting ideals of our age, the premise of our existence remains the same: we are fallen without God and we need Jesus.  The Bible from cover to cover is all about that.  And that will never change.  

In summary, for me, I don’t think my style of reading the Bible is just ‘literal,’ ‘conservative’ or ‘orthodox;’ God’s Word is dynamic and personal. That’s like asking when I talk to my mom, do I interpret her dialogue literally, conservatively, or allegorically.  Hehehe.  This is a good question.  I never quite thought of my own personal style of Biblical interpretation until now, quite frankly. 

June 21st, 2014
nakhiphop
This is not really a question but I just want to thank you for all that you've done for me. The words you said brought me to tears but they also brought me to something even more beautiful in life. I wish I could tell you this in person. You saved my life and brought me closer to God. Thank you so very much! May God be with you on your journey and may success come your way.

Praise God.  Arigatou.

June 21st, 2014
nakhiphop
Yo wassup NAK, big fan by the way. Being an openly Christian artist, how do you handle people who dont believe in God that make comments on your music? Personally I try to listen to all music and always keep an open mind. But I've noticed that there's a hand full of people who look down on anyone or thing that has to do with God. And on the other hand, I find people who look down on anyone not believing in God and cast you away. What are your thoughts on this?

I don’t necessarily view anyone differently because they do or do not believe in God.  The ultimate goal is to follow the example of Jesus and love everyone regardless of their ideals.  I admit, I do have my own personal biases, but part of becoming more like Christ is to relinquish these fears and factors that hinder us from forming relationships with people on a regular, consistent basis.

In response to your second concern, “looking down” upon anyone from any perspective whether it be believer upon non-believer or vice versa is usually fueled by superficial pride.  Which leads me right back to my first response: the Jesus of the Bible- God manifested in flesh- didn’t necessarily ‘look down’ upon anyone.  He is the ultimate example of the very opposite of pride- humility- in that He spent utmost time during His ministry on Earth reaching out to the repulsive, the outcast, and love-less: equivalent to individuals an ‘average’ person would look down upon today, I believe.  The very fact He descended onto Earth to mingle with His human creation further demonstrates His humility.  In summary, looking down upon anyone is usually skin deep and is fueled by pride.  Who really is ‘better’ than anyone in the midst of an absolute and perfect God?  It doesn’t get us anywhere in the end.  What is needed most to perpetuate love in this world is relationships and becoming humble enough to realize that we need each other.  Those are my thoughts.

June 21st, 2014
nakhiphop

Question

Did you ever have any insecurities or or doubts about putting your music out there when you first started? If so, how did you overcome those fears? If not, what gave you the confidence to enter the hip-hop scene?
Asked by Andrew K.
"When I first started?"  I have insecurity and doubt putting music out now more so than ever.  When I first started, I didn’t expect to gain an audience and my tracks were more towards ministering to myself.  Therefore, I was hardly concerned about the opinions of listeners, critique, and receiving hatred.  Now that I have a small following, I’m much more tactful and careful about the things I say and do and I’m frequently preoccupied of what people think of me.  Never in my life have I been more self-conscious.  To name an example, though I am very happy about the outcome of the upcoming ARTIFEX album, I’m especially worried about what people may think simply because my style has changed so drastically since my last release.  I don’t take criticism very lightly and I’m rather weak at heart.  But in addressing your second and third questions, though I’m weak, my confidence and strength is in Jesus and through Him, I don’t have any reason to be afraid.  
June 21st, 2014
nakhiphop
I also missed the fundraiser event and I felt really bad about it, haha. Are your products being shipped worldwide? (Once the store is back online)

Sorry, I’ll be shipping out domestic only for the time being.  I’ll try my best to ship internationally in the future, however.

June 21st, 2014
nakhiphop
I missed the fundraising event, I was wondering if I could still support you by buying a t-shirt or something :D

Sorry for the latest reply, and definitely.  I am planning to get my online store back up and running soon.

June 21st, 2014
nakhiphop
Hey Nak, it's been a while, but I was wondering if you still sell those shirts you used to sell, I've been listening to your music again because it makes me happy and able to process my thoughts easier. I wanted to Rep. you again but in a long sleeve shirt this time :x or in a tank. Something I could wear all the time. <3 Hope you're doing well!

Thanks for your support!  Sorry for the latest reply, but I am planning to get my online store back up and running as soon as possible.

June 21st, 2014
nakhiphop
Hi NAK, I was wondering if you're ever going to return to rap battling. If so, when?

Probably never.  Unless I have to battle rap to save my family or something drastic like that.  

June 11th, 2014
nakhiphop

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