Thursday, December 27, 2007

Politics won't save us, but...

...please don't vote for Huckabee in the primaries. When I have more time, I'm going to write a more complete article about why Christians should vote for Ron Paul in the primaries.

The media are denouncing Paul because he's a fruitcake and he wants to change things. Well, the government needs to be changed. We need to realize that just because something operates a certain way, does not mean it is the RIGHT way.

Was there a Department of Homeland Security 4 years ago? Dad, do you remember when FEMA was created? 1979. One year later, the government bloated itself by creating the Department of Education? Does anyone know for what this department is responsible? The IRS has been around a little bit longer, but the only reason the IRS is around is to fund the swollen budget, pork projects, and illegal departments. Obviously, the founders of the constitution did not feel it necessary to create more federal government to deal with these things. They purposefully left the responsibilities for these tasks to the states.

I'm glad Bush nominated some conservative judges, but he has not followed the Constitution, and our country will suffer for it for a long time...Huckabee will follow in Bush's footsteps, who was simply following in the footsteps of many presidents before him down the path, ingloriously paved with the remnants of the Constitution.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

From where did the 1st star come?

This being the Christmas season many of you have no doubt read the gospel account recorded by Matthew when he writes about the “star” that guided the wise men from the East. I have no idea how God could have used a star to lead men across the desert to honor the young Savior, but I believe that he did it. For some reason winter seems like the best time to view stars, so if it is clear where you live, get out tonight and marvel at the uncountable points of light and give God the glory…even though it’s not technically winter for 2 more days.

Have you ever heard the materialist's description of the origin of stars? It goes something like this (from Wikipedia):

“A star begins as a collapsing cloud of material composed primarily of hydrogen, along with helium and heavier trace elements. Once the stellar core is sufficiently dense, some of the hydrogen is steadily converted into helium through the process of nuclear fusion… The formation of a star begins with a gravitational instability inside a molecular cloud, often triggered by shockwaves from supernovae (massive stellar explosions) or the collision of two galaxies.”

Essentially, this is a “Which came 1st, the chicken or the egg?” problem. According to their own theory on star formation, the explosion of a star is needed to create a star…in some cases, entire galaxies of stars are needed to create stars.

(If you get frustrated with large numbers, you can skip ahead to the last sentence of this paragraph for the clincher.)

Most everyone agrees that there are many, many stars. Some estimates indicate that there are about 100 billion galaxies each containing about 200 billion stars. If we allow for the timeline of the materialists of about 20 billion years, then we can setup a simple math equation that shows the number of stars forming every year without the interaction of God. 100,000,000,000 X 200,000,000,000 / 20,000,000,000 = 1,000,000,000,000 (1 trillion) stars forming every year for 20 billion years. The most staggering way to put this is that on average, approximately 31,700 stars have formed every SECOND for 20 billion years!

As staggering as those numbers are, more compelling is the fact that no one has EVER seen the formation of a single star. And in the face of this devastating evidence, they expect us to believe that each of those trillions of stars formed by the explosion of a previous star. There are more reasons why materialist’s theories are wrong, but I don’t have the time to recount all of them here.

Psalms 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

“Thank you, Lord, for sending your Son to die for my sins.”

Hypocrisy

One of the reasons that those in favor of infanticide (also known as pro-choicers) give for allowing abortion in our country is that "women will get an abortion one way or another...either in an abortion clinic - if they are available, or they will go have back-alley abortions."

Well, it looks like Planned Parenthood's clinics are little more than back-alley clinics anyway since they are unwilling to comply with health standards of REAL health clinics.

http://www.lifenews.com/state2698.html

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Sex (in marriage) is Wonderful, but unexpected...

…in the evolutionary worldview. When I was debating a Darwinist online a few months ago, and I asked the question, “Since asexual reproduction is more efficient, why and how did male and female genders develop?”, he was completely stumped. There is no good reason for sexual reproduction to have arisen in a Darwinistic world. Roddy Bullock from Access Research Network (ARN) expounds on this darwinian dilemma in an article from last year.

Thankfully, we live in a created world, which was designed specifically for people to enjoy a fulfilling relationship with our Creator (as well as our spouses). Genesis 1:26-31. Genesis 2:18-25. John 10:10. John 3:16

Roddy Bullock writes a monthly article and posts it here, and I highly recommend all of them. He cleverly pens his thoughts from an intelligent design perspective, but it will take you some time to get through all of them. But if you take 5 minutes a day, you can get through his posted list of high-quality writing.

So, go home and hug your spouse thanking the Heavenly Father for His personal love for you and knowing that we do not live in a world fashioned by evolution. Romans 1

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

La Dia Cuatro

This past weekend, I got to attend a discipleship "bootcamp" with an organization called Tres Dias. It was a super blessing! It was 3 days of spiritual and emotional encouragement without the distractions of a watch, TV, cell phone or any other electronic device.

I'll try not to give too much away for those of you who have not yet been able to attend, but it "only gets better."

It was a good reminder of the vital importance of prayer. I am working on becoming a better prayer warrior, because recently I have been complacent in my prayer life.

It's time to move forward with some more effective ACTION as a disciple.

Ole!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Errors Never Sounded so Good

As part of a promotional offer for signing up to get high-speed internet access at my house, we received a one year subscription to Napster. Napster is an online music subscription company that stores millions of songs for people to listen to. The promotional offer sounded GREAT…with unlimited downloads of music for one year. The reality of the situation is much less optimistic.

None of the downloaded music can be transferred to a CD for listening to in the car or at work. The music can only be played on this same computer that downloads it. That one computer has to remain connected to the internet so Napster can continuously monitor whether or not you retain the rights to listen to these songs. I’m not very pleased with my subscription, because I would really like to listen to these songs on my iPod, but Napster has an approved list of MP3 players, and the iPod is not one of them.

And to top it off, after a year, if I choose not to extent my Napster subscription, any music I have downloaded will expire, and the music on my computer will forever be silenced.

Maybe if I copied this music over and over between two folders on my computer, night and day thousands…millions of times, the music files would get copied incorrectly on an occasion or 2. Perhaps these copying errors would add new and exciting guitar riffs to the music. Maybe the copying errors would inadvertently invalidate the security on the files and allow them to be copied to other computers, MP3 players, or even CD’s. But if I were a betting man, I’d think that these copying errors would make the files completely invalid to the point where they would no longer be able to be played…even on my computer.

Darwinists think that copying errors will add new and exciting “guitar riffs” to the music of DNA. Some copying errors might even extend a fish’s ability to climb out of the water and survive beyond its submarine confinement. The entire mechanism of evolution is built upon the premise that the aggregate of copying errors allow organisms to grow new parts and extend their environments beyond their siblings. Then natural selection will “select” these new advantages for future generations. It’s far more likely, however, that the adventurous fish would have removed itself from the gene pool by getting trapped on land and either suffocated or become dinner for a predator. Just like the restricted files, copying errors invalidate the part of the DNA in organisms that mutated.

Now, I’ve heard that some intelligent designers have built programs to remove the security from these Napster music files, so if anyone has information about where I can find one of these programs, please let me know. :-)

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Warning! Biased Opinion to Follow...

Before you go click on this link, be prepared for some descriptive language. It's not foul or crass, it's just descriptive.

http://www.lifenews.com/nat3297.html

I agree 100%.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Who is Historicus?

Where did I get the blogsite name ModernHistoricus? I expected someone to ask, so I was saving this for a time when curiosity got the best of my readers, but I couldn’t wait any longer. :-)

I really wanted to get the Historicus.blogspot.com site, but it was already taken by someone who never uses it. Bummer!

But the idea for the name came from a bit of American history. I really enjoy listening to audio books, and a couple of years ago, I borrowed Founding Brothers from our local library. A quick summary of the book is that America’s Founding Fathers fought amongst themselves like, well, brothers. There were political, personal, and value differences that caused them to squabble and compromise to create this great country in which we live today. None of the differences were as massive as the issue of slavery. When drafting the constitution the founders were purposefully vague on the issue of slavery knowing that it would asphyxiate the infant nation if slavery were abolished or embraced with totality. Some members of the founding brotherhood fought for slavery to continue based on the economical importance of states rights. Others, mostly from the north, recognized the moral hypocrisy of building a nation on the strengths of personal freedom while enslaving a particular people group.

One champion of abolishing slavery was Benjamin Franklin. The author, inventor, ambassador, and statesman wrote many things using aliases. One of his aliases was Historicus. In 1790, Franklin’s last public essay was submitted to the Federal Gazette signed as “Historicus.” The article was a rebuttal to Georgia’s senator, James Jackson, who had recently argued for the continuation of African slavery.

Franklin’s keen wit was on display in the response to Jackson’s case. The article cleverly agreed in its entirety with Jackson’s argument, but from the opposite point of view. Historicus told the story of Ibrahim, who was an Algerian slave-trader. Ibrahim was rationalizing to his superiors how important it was to continue to enslave the white Christians.

If we forbear to make Slaves of their People, who in this hot Climate are to cultivate our Lands? Who are to perform the common Labours of our City, and in our Families? Must we not then be our own Slaves?

How far the rationalizations of the southern politicians must have been to see the parallels in Historicus’ paragraph:

Here [the slaves’] lives are in safety. They are not liable to be impressed for soldiers, and forced to cut one another’s Christian throats, as in the wars of their own countries.

Here’s the full text, if you’re interested:

http://www.jmu.edu/madison/center/main_pages/madison_archives/era/african/elite/trade.htm

The content of the article was so intriguing to me that I began to understand that slavery in America still exists today…in the form of abortion. Politicians waft left and then right to avoid being labeled as pro-life or pro-choice. The motives are no longer as noble as birthing a nation but to attract other waffling voters.

How is slavery anything like abortion?

  • Only specific people groups are targeted. In the 1700s it was Africans. Today it’s unborn children.
  • Economic convenience is sited as a major factor for rationalizing both slavery and abortion.
  • Slave owners and pro-choicers would both say, “The slave/fetus is better off enslaved/aborted than be in the situation they would otherwise have been in.”
  • Both issues are the primary political concern of their respective cultures.
  • Both problems degrade the value of human life and influence society to devalue humans beyond just their respective issue.
  • “States rights” are championed by slave owners. “Personal liberty” is shouted as justification for murdering one’s offspring. While both states rights and personal liberties are important to the survival of the country’s republican government, the immoral justifications are a pollution of the noble causes of states rights and personal liberties.
  • It may very well take a war to remove abortion from our society like it took to eradicate slavery. I hope abortion can be vanquished without another domestic war, but it is not looking likely to end anytime soon.

That is not a comprehensive list of the commonalities (feel free to add more in the comments), but it is a reasonable comparison.

In short , this is why I chose the name Historicus. I hope to spur change in my own culture to end the barbaric practice of abortion, and engage the pro-abortionists with the powerful truth of God’s Word.

God made each and everyone of us in His image, and He loves enough to have sent His Son to die for us. Every human life is valuable to Him, and I desire to live in a culture that values people…all people, like He does.

How Important is Our Reputation?

I’m sorry for the long delay between postings. Those Darwinists really get me riled up, and I haven’t gotten any of them to post on this blog…yet.

A friend of mine commented this week that his reputation was in jeopardy because of someone he knew, who was making some bad choices. He’s in a teaching role, and he said he’d rather step down from his teaching role if those listening to him did not show positive changes.

It got me thinking about our role as Christians. I think it is our job to share the gospel, it is the Holy Spirit’s role to do the convicting, and it is the listener’s role to effect repentance in their lives. Whether or not we see change in people’s lives, we still need to be sharing the truth of the gospel to those whom we have been called to share.

Can these thoughts be supported biblically? Any references? I’d be interested in your thoughts.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Slouching Towards Gomorrah

Awful! Barbaric! Sadistic! Cruel!

All of these words have been flying around with the indictment of Michael Vick for dog fighting. I've never witnessed sponsored dog-fighting (although our two dogs sometimes have pretty loud if temporary tussles of their own), and I imagine that the dogfights are brutal and cruel...especially for the losers. Our family enjoys our canine pets, and some dogs have even been movie stars and heroes. There's even a United States law prohibiting the organization of and engagement in dog-fighting. But in the end, they're just dogs.

Where's the loud outcry for the hundreds or thousands of babies, who are barbarically and sadistically killed in the name of convenience? The cries of these human beings fall on the deaf (and apparently dumb) ears of the media. Hurt a dog or a salamander and PETA warrants prime time coverage on every station in America. But kill a defenseless child by abortion and the media is content to sweep this under the rug of freedom.

Disclaimer: Our home hosts several pets, and we do not mistreat them in any way. My sister is a wildlife rehabilitator. The Bible instructs mankind to rule over the animals and the planet with prudence. I hope cruelty to animals becomes a thing of the past. But the value of human life has been and continues to be degraded when these animal mistreatment trials gain popularity over real problems.

Prediction: Michael Vick will probably not do jail time for dog-fighting. He'll plea-bargain and get a huge fine and community service after being found guilty of an activity you you find somewhere on TV right now...gambling.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Random mutations are dynamite not creators

I’ve been debating with a Darwinist online about the validity of Haldane’s Dilemma. In short, the dilemma is for evolutionists, since Haldane calculated that there has not been enough time for Darwinian evolution to have taken place. Haldane, who was an evolutionist scientist from the 60’s calculated that only a single beneficial mutation happens every 300 generations. The rest of the random mutations are either neutral or negative. Random mutation is the only creative force possible for the Darwinists, so they are rightly disturbed by this dilemma. Apparently, one of the only scientists (ReMine) to have taken up Haldane’s work is a creationist! Darwinian scientists have simply tried to garble or ignore this devastating blow to Darwinism. My debate opponent has, like other Darwinists, only ignored Haldane’s Dilemma, and his only example for random mutations acting as a creative force has been a bacteria colony, which has survived on nylon as its only food source. Creation scientists have rebutted (several times) the claim that this nylon-eating bacteria proves evolution, but it is still the only example that even remotely resembles random mutations acting as a creative force. But Darwinian evolution requires trillions of complimentary random mutations building single-celled creatures up to humans. 

The rest if the examples in science text books to prove that random mutations are the creative force of evolution are harmful mutations of sadly deformed animals. If you know a person that has a genetic disease from a mutation, you know that mutations are harmful...not proof for molecules-to-man evolution.

God created the world just like He said He did in Genesis 1 and 2.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

You'll walk the plank fer that, Land-lubber!

Does anyone remember the name Jim Hawkins? He’s the hero from Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. I seem to remember images from my childhood of having seen a Disney production of the book, but these images have only come back bit by bit as I’ve recently been listening to the audio book. In light of having listened to the book, I need to find that movie and watch it again.

At one point in the book Jim gets entangled with the pirates and makes a promise to them not to run away from the buccaneers during a meeting with the good doctor. The doctor urges him to flee with him while escape was possible, but Jim refuses because of his promise. I found myself rooting for Jim to escape since this was probably his only chance. My own thoughts were, “Jim, you can escape. They’re only pirates! Your word does not bind you since they’re thieves.” But upon reflection I realized that Jim did the right thing. He honored his word even though the pirates were crooks and untrustworthy themselves.

My conclusion from this story is that the integrity of one’s word is not to whom a promise is given but to Truth. True character and integrity does not require one to justify your actions. It is instead the truthful fulfillment of one’s responsibilities, thoughts, and words.

Monday, July 2, 2007

What Did I Learn at CIY?

Before our group left for CIY, my lovely bride gave everyone in the group two 3X5 cards for us to write prayer requests. My first card was a prayer request that God would teach me how to pray better, to listen to His voice, and to be an intercessor for others. My other prayer card was simply that I would be focused on others and not be selfish.

Wednesday night in the middle of CIY, the director of the conference, Nate, came up to me and asked me if I would be willing to participate in a powerful event for the youth. Now, the theme of the day was Injury, and throughout the day, we had taught the youth about how to handle hurts and pains with which they had struggled.

He explained to me that during the evening session, there would be six 4X8 foot sheets of Plexiglas around the auditorium. During the session, the youth would be invited to write their biggest hurts and pains in black marker on the Plexiglas sheets. At the end of the session, the sheets would be brought together on stage to make an isolation chamber of sorts, and the climax of the night would be to have someone stay inside the chamber all night and pray for the youth and their hurts. As the memory of my prayer cards resonated within me, I agreed to be the advocate.

It was a difficult and powerful time to be surrounded by the hurts and pains of 800 youth and adults. At first it was overwhelming, but my youth group and many others at CIY and beyond were praying for me. With the Lord’s help, I wrote down each injury on scrap paper and erased every bit of black marker on those walls. Each hurt was prayed for and brought before the Lord for 10 hours. I learned about grace, and forgiveness and the meaning of love. God taught me to be unselfish and that my problems are not worth complaining about. While these are not new concepts to me, they were embossed into my spirit. Other people are hurting, and God provided healing and hope through prayer.

While, I was not physically refreshed at 8AM for the start of the morning session, it brightened my morning and re-invigorated me when the youth began to file into the auditorium to offer words of appreciation and encouragement.

It was sad to me that I wrote down abandonment, betrayal, rejection, depression, and “problems with parents” enough times to abbreviate the words. My encouragement to the youth, and to those reading this blog is simply John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” This is not our home, and when we have tribulation and troubles, we can smile knowing that the longing for our Heavenly home is a safe haven from the sufferings of this world.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

CIY Elective class (Apologetics)

I had the great privilege to teach the Apologetics: Design in God's Creation during the 2007 Colorado 1 CIY. Unfortunately, I did not have enough copies of my prepared notes for everyone who attended. I had thought I could post the document on my blog, but it only allows me to post pictures. So, if you or someone you know did not get a copy of the notes, but wants one, leave your email in a comment, and I'll email you the document.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

#1 Movie in America

Someone asked me this week if I was planning to see Evan Almighty. It’s supposed to be wholesome “family” entertainment. It’s supposed to be funny, and it’s supposed to contain some biblical phrases. I will probably eventually see it, but I do not plan to see it on the silver screen. I’ll probably wait until the library gets a copy, and then check it out.

This article from AIG tells a lot about how I feel about the movie.

http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/am/v2/n2/evan-almighty-review

Monday, June 25, 2007

Great CIY Conference

We just got back from the Durango, Colorado CIY (Christ In Youth) summer conference last night. It was a little over 1000 miles back to Longview, TX, and it took 2 full days of driving. I'm a little tired of being cooped up in a van, but we did get to see some beautiful country (mostly in colorful Colorado) during the trip home. One of the highlights of the trip home was a snowball fight at a scenic overlook at the top of the Wolf Creek pass. Despite the protests of "No, you'll get Rocky Mountain Fever!" several of the youth and I drank from a fresh spring of melted snow during the same stop.

Thank you, all for your prayers while we were away. To those who were at CIY, thank you also for your prayers.

The Lord did some awesome work in the lives of a lot of youth. I'll post another article later about some of the unique work He did in my life during the conference.

Thank you, CIY, for your incredible ministry. You have some very talented people doing great work for the kingdom!

Thursday, June 14, 2007

It's not MY nephew!


It's pretty amazing how far PETA or other evolutionists will go to link chimps to humans.
After reading the article (you can click the picture to zoom in) what do you think of these 2 statements?
a) "Activists want to ensure that the apes don't wind up homeless..."
b) "Their food and veterinary bills run about $6800 a month."


Monday, June 11, 2007

Are you worshipping in a warehouse or a factory?

If I owned a grape orchard, maybe I’d live in Italy or along the Columbia River. Either way, I’d want things to run smoothly. Who wouldn’t want to have highly qualified workers in your own personal vineyard? But it would be very frustrating to find that the workers were eating the produce rather than nourishing, increasing, and gathering the harvest. I think sometimes, God sees his “orchard” under-producing because the workers, while skillful, have grown content in a sedentary existence.

One of the missionaries that our church supports shared this analogy yesterday in reference to the American church. For too long, significant portions of the American church have been content to enjoy partaking in the fruit of the vineyard rather than nourishing, increasing, and gathering it. Obviously, not everyone is content to live a “Sunday Christian life,” but unfortunately, churches have become warehouses rather than factories.

Monday, June 4, 2007

Can Atheists morally Denounce Evil?

It took me about a week to get through this debate staged in the form of 6 corresponding letters, but I found it fascinating. An atheist and a Christian sent "letters" back and forth discussing "whether or not Christianity has been good for people." When you get time, you should check it out. The links are not well done by the fact that after you finish reading each letter and its response, you have to go back near the beginning of the letter to find the next Part.

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2007/mayweb-only/119-12.0.html

Friday, June 1, 2007

Find THAT guy!

“If it’s ‘impossible’ to deport illegal aliens, how did we come to have so much specific information about them? I keep hearing they are Catholic, pro-life, hardworking, just dying to become American citizens, and will take jobs other Americans won’t. Someone must have talked to them to gather all this information. Let’s find that guy—he must know where they are!” —Ann Coulter

Wal-Mart Doesn't Accept Confederate Currency

In our 21st century American culture, we are faced with the overwhelming desire to accumulate possessions. Capitalism has rationalized materialism. How should Christians live within the boundaries of our culture without living within the clutches of its prime influence?

About a week ago, a friend of mine at work told me that his parent’s house had burned down. They lost everything. It really hurt my heart to think that these people, who I have never met, had all of their belongings ripped catastrophically from them. My friend told me that his parent’s biggest loss, from their own point of view, was the death of their pets. Isn’t this true, though, that life’s most important treasures are relationships?

After reflecting, it has given an entire community a chance to give. The victims of this fire now have a testimony of grace from close friends and from people whom they’ve never met. Even more than the testimony, they have a chance to learn how to truly and practically trust God for their provision. The former materialist and extorter, Matthew writes in chapter 6:

19 "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also…25 "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? 28 "And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

I am convicted, to my shame, that my life is too influenced by the culture’s draw for the things of this world. Had it been my house that had burned, I can only imagine the pools of self-pity in which I would be swimming. But in this realization, I hope to live with a Heavenly perspective, since I’ll not be taking anything with me beyond the Pearly Gates anyway.

Randy Alcorn in his book, The Treasure Principle, puts it something like this: if you had lived in South Carolina in 1865 would you put your investment futures in Confederate currency or Union money? The south was on the verge of defeat, and as we know today, Wal-mart does not accept confederate money (although they’ll probably be accepting pesos soon…but that’s a different blog entry). Just like confederate currency, when the kingdom is fulfilled, today’s stuff, which we crave and horde, will have no value. (having said all of this, I would encourage you to keep an off-site computer backup of your important data in case a fire strikes your stuff.)

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Home School Heaven

One of the blogs that I frequent, voxday.blogspot.com, had a post about home schooling this week. Apparently, the liberals in America do not want anyone to home school because it takes our kids out of their "indoctrination centers" also known as public education. (NOTE: I do not believe that public school teachers are bad...some of our best friends teach in public schools, but so much of the curriculum that kids get today is driven by a radical liberal agenda.) But here's a quote from his blog that I heartily endorse:

If the feminist Left is so concerned about the problem of unpaid homeschooling mothers, there's an easy solution: give them the money that their school district would get if their kids were enrolled in the public school.

Sinking Ship

Analogies can help people to understand a complex problem. The writer of the following article paints a good word picture:

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=20870

I'm all for helping people in need, but the USA is sinking under the load of unmitigated immigration. In the long run, allowing illegal aliens to have amnesty will hurt everyone. The short term political gain compounds the problem for everyone.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Good Reading

I wish I could write like this:

http://www.arn.org/blogs/index.php/2?author=10

In it, Roddy Bullock compares Darwinists to the literary character Ahab from Moby Dick. Bullock is exactly right in that Darwinists launch their harpoons at anyone mentioning creation, God, Intelligent Designer, design, or purpose. It's no wonder that schools, "scientific journals", and the media wilt under the pressure from these modern Ahabs to conform to Darwinist dogma. They're afraid they'll be hit with a lawsuit harpoon, or a bad press harpoon.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Voting in Vain

Should Christians vote for whichever popular/famous Republican wins the nomination in an effort to keep Hillary from winning? Is it about voting for the lesser of 2 evils?

Should Christians consider "throwing away" their vote by voting for a third party that more closely resembles their beliefs?

I propose that Christians are throwing away their vote if they vote for an increasingly liberal and corrupt Republican party--with the exception of a dwindling few upright statesmen and stateswomen.

Our country "enjoyed" the power of a Republican presidency and a Republican majority in both the House and the Senate for 4 years! What Christian principles were advanced during this political "utopia"?

- We still face unlimited abortion
- The government has grown in size and intrusiveness
- Congress still spends more inflated fortunes than Clinton has had mistresses.
- Congress has corrupted itself with no term limits, and they simply legislate to stay in power.
- Public education has simply become liberal brainwashing rather than increasing critical thinking skills.
- We are entangled in more than 1 foreign war, each of which is looking increasingly quagmirish (to clarify, I am not against the war on terror, but the most costly war in history, WW2, only lasted 5 years...and these wars will soon exceed that. We need to finish them decisively without delay.)

What did the 8 year Clintonian hiatus gain?
-Two possibly conservative judges. Hopefully, they will prove to be more closely aligned with conservative/Constitutional principles than the previous supposedly conservative judges like O'Conner and Kennedy.
-No more domestic terrorist attacks.

Salvation is not found in politics. No matter who comes to power, God is in control. Perhaps the realization of another Clinton administration will rally the Christian conservatives to actually do something to change our culture from the inside.

While it won't save us, you can at least keep your integrity by voting for the Constitution Party!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Discrimination

The only group of people that it is is politically correct to discriminate against (besides pro-lifers) are those who question Darwinian dogma...at least according to the mainstream liberal media.

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=55667

Intelligent Design stalwart Guillermo Gonzalez has been denied tenure at Iowa State university despite the fact that he far exceeded the minimum requirements.

http://www.evolutionnews.org/2007/05/its_a_sad_day_in.html

Score 1 for the Good Guys

Planned Parenthood are the bad guys; yet they want to sue a young lady for exposing their blatant criminal negligence.

Check out his article:

http://www.lifenews.com/state2286.html

Pray for Ms. Rose as her courageous actions exposed an obviously underreported crime. And pray that abortion will be forced into extinction.

[Update]
Here's another good article regarding the same situation:
http://www.jewishworldreview.com/michelle/malkin.php3

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Final Score

Pull-ups
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Spiderman 15
Batman 16
Hulk 21
Superman 23



Push-ups
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Spiderman 44
Batman 55
Hulk 88
Superman ?? (The counters were in awe, and lost count)

In the end a second competition was established to determine the winner of the push-up championship, and the Hulk was declared victorious for holding the half push-up pose the longest.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Better Battle Plan

A few nights ago, Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron challenged the world that they could prove the existence of God using only science and no appeal to faith. While these men are remarkable evangelists, they stepped into unknown waters by agreeing to a debate format while trying to prove this age-old question of the existence of God. Had I been tasked with helping the men to format their “battle” plan for the debate, I would have had them follow these guidelines instead of the ones they used.

The design argument is a good one. It is compelling, but Comfort did not go deep enough or convincing enough to build a compelling case. There is inherent design in the universe. He should have said, “Since there is a limited time available to deliver this message, I will give you an abbreviated list of the features in the universe that exhibit design features consistent with complex, purposefully built machine. By themselves, each example is reason to expect a creator, but together they are powerful and compelling motivation to seek this creator.

  • Symbiosis when two or more organisms cooperate in order to survive (hundreds of known examples exist on the planet)
  • Symmetry – Nothing in random, purposeless, unguided processes suggest that symmetry would be expected in living organisms.
  • The existence of the mind, rationalism, and logic suggest a designer.
  • The fact that humans can recognize beauty beyond reproductive benefits compels a designer.
  • Humans exhibit love, mercy, philanthropy, and pleasure. Why should any of these exist in a purposeless universe?
  • Irreducible complexity. Molecular machines exist that cannot function with any fewer parts. In other words, life was designed with exact specifications. The famous flagellum tail is an example of this. Many improper rebuttals and flawed logic have led atheists to believe that they have defeated this argument. No doubt you will hear one from the other side shortly.
  • The finely-tuned character of the universe. Were gravity any stronger or weaker, by even the slightest margin, life could not exist. The strong nuclear force exhibits exactly the right amount of force for life. The size ratio of the proton to neutron ensure that life is possible. Were neutrons the same size, then all protons would decay into neutrons, which would end all hopes for life. The electromagnetic force cannot be varied in any measure or life would be impossible. The cosmologic constant is perfectly suited to life. If it were different by even the slightest percentage…you guessed it, life would not exist.
    The ubiquitous examples of golden ratios in biology, astronomy, chemistry, and other observable sciences indicate that the preferential use of this ratio has purpose. That humans recognize that the ratio is aesthetically pleasing is fascinating.
  • The Earth’s perfect location to sustain life is a powerful argument for design. The earth is exactly the right distance from the sun for liquid water to exist. The proximity of the sun in conjunction with the earth’s proximity to her own moon produces the tides, which oxygenates the oceans and allows aquatic life. The earth’s atmospheric air is surprisingly perfect for breathable air, controlled combustion, controlled flight, photosynthesis, condensation, evaporation, and UV protection. On top of that, the earth’s atmospheric content is transparent. We can see through it to see each other and beyond it to see the heavens. This is a profound design feature.
  • That humans can understand mathematics and chemistry at an elementary level allows us to measure and comprehend the universe implying that we were meant to study and understand our environment. But chemistry and mathematics, while understandable at an elementary level is also fascinatingly complex. There is no inherent reason why the universe should have developed mathematics and chemistry at all, let alone in a manner that humans can comprehend them.
  • The existence of information is unexpected in an atheist universe. Information must come from a source higher than the measured scope. Specified complexity is another way to refer to the presence of information in our universe. It’s not just ordered. It’s not just complex. It’s ordered and complex in a way that has meaning and purpose. Naturalism cannot explain this.

For the atheists, any one of these arguments would be enough to show the existence of an all-powerful creator. So by just having a naturalistic argument for 1 item does not disprove the existence of God. Even if an atheistic mechanism that works does not disprove the idea that God created it and keeps it in motion.

To answer the question of suffering, evil, and even cancer, the argument has to go to another level by recognizing that sin has infected the universe, sin that Adam and Eve brought into existence when they disobeyed God. This appeal does require the use of the Bible to have a full and complete understanding.

Now, for me to withstand the arguments from the atheists, I should spend some time on the talkorgins website. It seems Comfort and Cameron neglected, to their shame, this necessary tactic to excel in the debate format. It does not make their purpose, passion, or message any less real, they just didn't succeed as well as they could have with a better battle plan.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Atheist's arguments...pretty empty after all

Last night the debate between Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron vs. the atheists was aired on ABC News Nightline. I commented on the portion of the debate that was posted on the website yesterday. Today I intend to rebut the atheist’s arguments in this post.

The atheists in the debate were introduced as Brianand Kelly. The impression that these unknown, non-scientists could overwhelm the star duo and professional evangelists Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort, left the audience with the notion that anyone can disprove God using a little logic.

As a young earth creationist I was very disappointed in the Cameron/Comfort duo’s “scientific” arguments and (lack of) preparation to face atheistic counter-arguments. You can see more of my comments in yesterday’s post, Unprepared.

As promised in yesterday’s post, I’ll point out the flaws in the atheist’s argument.

Brian went first and said that the builder/painter used as a key element of Comfort’s argument can be called to ask if they built/painted something. My response would be to them, “Could you please get anyone from the Ming dynasty (builders of the Great Wall) or Michelangelo on the phone or at least their email addresses.” If he appealed to records and history to prove they existed and produced their masterpieces, then just as easily one could appeal to the sound historical legitimacy of Genesis 1. While Genesis is considered sacred by Christians, it has never been shown to be false in historical matters.

While this is not a scientific argument, Brianlamented that Christianity allowed for the possibility that hardened criminals and even Hitler could be in Heaven as long as they asked for forgiveness of sin and accepted Christ as Savior. Isn’t this the beauty of God’s grace? Jesus’ payment for sins was enough to forgive anything you’ve done. If Hitler can be saved (which, no evidence exists that he ever repented) then you can too. Your sins can be 4GiVn.

Brian went on to call his opponents anti-scientists. This is a common tactic by atheists, because it makes Christians appear to denounce scientific principles. Brian's arguments at the point have been debunked by numerous creation scientists

- “The eye is wired backwards.” If the eye was not designed as it is, you would
be blind. The eye was perfectly designed to exist in an environment that is
bombarded with ultraviolet radiation. If, as perceived the eye were to be
rewired forwards, the UV light would blind
you.
- “Male nipples.” It could be just as easily argued that this is design efficiency. The same tissues in unborn humans exist before the reproductive organs take shape. So the existence of common tissue in unborn children is a feature of efficient development.
- “Snake Legs.” The loss of snake legs is questionable science in the first place. Secondly, is the loss of information really supposed to explain the massive GAIN in
complexity and information required for Darwinian evolution? The loss of legs/genetic information is better explained by a creation model, where we live
a once-perfect world that is continually getting worse through the compounded
effects of sin. (question to Brian – Can you give me even one example of an
organism gaining NEW genetic information, which increases complexity and
function, exclusively by natural processes as described by molecules to man
Darwinism?)


Surprisingly, and naively, Brian spins a yarn that atheists are more philanthropic and have contributed more good to the world than religious folk. I may do another entire posting about this one, but in short, Brian would be hard-pressed to prove that atheists do more good for the world than even one of these organizations: Compassion International, World Vision, Amor Ministries, Southern Baptist Missions, Interfatih Hospitality Network…The list could go on and on.

Lastly, Brian uses the word good and compassionate when referring to atheists. By what standard exactly can an atheist measure goodness? They have no reason to be compassionate. To an atheist, compassion is logically contrary to the idea of evolutionary doctrine. The weak and unfortunate simply pollute the gene pool and slow our evolutionary progress. Hitler’s entire genocidal program was motivated by a fully developed Darwinian conclusion.

Brian's partner, Kelly then took the stand and really offered only an amateurish rebuttal of the Christian duo. She redefined science as it is understood by materialists today rather than the root of the word which Comfort used. Her definition excludes anything beyond materialism. Thus, scientists who ascribe to this definition exclude any conclusion that natural science cannot explain (mind, love, beauty, design, reason).

Kelly mocked Comfort’s argument that one’s conscience guides them by suggesting that no one ever need to be taught anything if a conscience is real. The atheists suggested that Comfort is only a Christian because of his culture. If he’d been born in India, they claim, he’d be Hindu. But the search for something higher than ourselves is a powerful argument for the existence of God. He placed within each of us the desire to worship Him. Christianity is a record of this, and other world religions are misguided efforts to fill the need for Christ and His forgiveness of sin.

The only one of her other comments that is even worth disputing is her claim that, “Hitler was a devout Catholic.” This is absolute rubbish. Hitler, Stalin, and Pol Pot were all atheist mass murderers, who were powerfully influenced by the anti-Christian conclusions of Darwinism.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Unprepared

I just watched the ABCNEWS.com internet version of the debate between the Christians and the atheists. Dishearteningly, the atheists won the debate...not because they are right, but because Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron made a bold claim (We will prove, scientifically, beyond a shadow of doubt that there is a God without resorting to faith) and delivered little philosophical proof.

Overall, the debate was amateurish since neither side was particularly compelling. The Comfort/Cameron duo were passionate and I could resonate with their message. Having said this they should have spent some time reading the materialistic diatribes of the talk.origins.com propaganda so they would be prepared to answer the atheists. In the Art of War, Sun Tzu said:


So it is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will win hundred times in hundred battles. If you only know yourself, but not your opponent, you win one and lose the next. If you do not know yourself or our enemy, you will always lose.

Comfort/Cameron failed to know what the atheists were going to defend with, and they failed to deliver on their bold claim. It is a bold claim that has been debated since...before the time of Noah. Unsurprisingly, they could not deliver.

While my public speaking skills are unpolished and naive, I wish the passionate Christian duo would have asked me for some tips on where to look for information to present. They could have checked out my blog favorites for VOLUMES of information regarding the scientific evidence that supports scripture. They lost the debate before it started since their bold claim needed a starting point. The atheist team pointed this out on a particularly embarrassing exchange for the Christians when they said something like, "You promised scientific evidence, but you said that God is outside of time and the universe. You broke your own rules. We believe the universe is infinite, you believe that God is infinite" Cameron/Comfort sat stunned for a few seconds before Cameron repeated that "...we believe..." to which the atheists responded, "Well, we believe..." It was appalling to me that when the moderator asked Cameron/Comfort if they would like to respond to the atheists, both men looked perplexed and unwilling to engage in debate by saying simply, "I think people can figure it out."

I loved their passion, but I was disappointed with the results.

In the next post, I'll argue against the atheist's claims.

[Update]

A more qualified debater for the Christians would have been the much-maligned and wrongfully imprisoned Kent Hovind. His powerful logic and experience as a debater would have benefited the Christian side of the debate. His brash demeanor and keen reasoning would have put the atheists in their place.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

It depends

Is it okay to lie (say something that you know to be untrue) if you think the lie will save your life?

Post your comments using sound reasoning and Bible references if possible.

Monday, May 7, 2007

The gift of trouble

Being the perfectly organized person that I am, I've crammed my read-through-the-Bible-in-a-year daily devotions into 16 months...and counting. Renee and I started this together on January 1, 2006, and after about a week of looking back and forth for the the Bible, I decided to let her use the NIV version of our One Year Bile, and I picked up the Living Bible translation. It read very easy, but I've always got in the back of my mind as I read, "I wonder what the REAL Bible says in this passage."

So, part of the reading for today...I mean December 11 was Amos 4. God says, " 'I sent you hunger, but it did no good; you still would not return to me. I ruined your crops...I sent a blight and mildew on your farms and your vineyards; the locusts ate your figs and olive trees. And still you would not return to me...I sent you plagues...I killed your lads in war and drove away your horses...And yet you refused to come. I destroyed some of your cities...And still you won't return to me', says the Lord."

I know that sometimes, I get caught in the trap that if life is comfortable, then I must be doing what God wants. This passage just really struck me for some reason this morning that God gave them trouble in an effort to renew his relationship with his people. The NIV translation of Amos 4:6 says, "I gave you empty stomachs..."

I hope our country, people, church can return to God without needing the gift of trouble to turn our hearts.

Friday, May 4, 2007

The fool says...

The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God". Psalm 14:1

Yet on ABC News next week a pair of atheists will debate with Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort whether the existence of God is a fact or not. It's supposed to be broadcast at 1PM Central and 10:30 PM Central.

I'm not sure what either side will say, but check back here next Thursday after watching it to make your comments (and read mine!). It wouldn't hurt to pray for the Christian pair as they prepare a cogent argument.

Since ABC is on the boycott list (Via Walt Disney, who owns it) the writer of this blog does not recommend that you support any of their sponsors during this broadcast, but it should be interesting to watch.

Even if you do not decide to watch, think of the people (co-workers, classmates, friends...) around you who have been deceived by the evolutionary mantra that there is no scientific need for God. And then check back here for postings and the links at the bottom that will help equip you to counter the dogmatic evolutionary mantra.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Changes

We have had to make some changes in our lives recently. "Had to" may be too strong a phrase except that we feel strongly about this issue, and we have chosen to make some changes. They have not been burdensome, but they are obvious nonetheless.

We bought the Planned Parenthood boycott list from www.fightpp.org. For those who do not know, Planned Parenthood is the world's largest supporter of abortion. The list is filled with corporations that sponsor the most effective killing machine in history, and we have chosen not to purchase their products anymore. Not only that, but we have even written their executives letters to let them know that this movement is going to have an impact on their sales. I would encourage everyone to at least check into the boycott and measure its effectiveness for yourselves.

The hardest change has been finding competing products to Johnson and Johnson (since they are on the list) since they produce SO MUCH stuff. Perhaps this bit of inconvenience will help to curb our connection to the material world and help us fight the acidic effects of materialism.

FYI...this is the first posting on the issue of abortion of what promises to be a common theme here. The best thing about having one's own blog - I can write about whatever I want. :-)

Prayer

So what is prayer?

National Day of Prayer

In 1988, president Reagan instituted the first Thursday in May as the National Day of Prayer. So what does that mean for us, as Americans? as Christians? Is this a day for us to get out our "wish lists" and begin to ask away? Does God set aside His providential responsibilities on the first Thursday of May to more easily listen to the extra supplications made from the United States? Perhaps, it is simply a reminder of the words in James 1:

16 Don't be deceived, my dear brothers. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

Let's all be thankful in our prayers today as we remember that the Creator of the universe has opened a means of communication with us.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

First post

Where should I start? The blog's name: 4GiVn.

I hope through all my posts that any visitors will not perceive me to think I am better or "looking down" on anyone. I am simply a sinner that has been forgiven by the grace of God through the sacrifice of Jesus.

And maybe through it all some visitors will be encouraged to grow in their faith.

Be sure to check out my grandmother's blog for some brilliant poetry and keen insight.