Why Akathleptos?

Why Akathleptos? Because it means Uncontainable. God is infinite. Hence, the whole universe cannot contain Him. The term also refers to the incomprehensibility of God. No man can know everything about God. We can know Him personally but not exhaustively, not even in Heaven.

Why Patmos? Because the church is increasingly marginalized and exiled from the culture.

Why Pen-Names? So the focus is on the words and not who wrote them. We prefer to let what we say stand on its own merit. There is precedent in church history for this - i.e., the elusive identity of Ambrosiaster who wrote in the 4th century A.D.

“Truth is so obscured nowadays, and lies so well established, that unless we love the truth we shall never recognize it." Blaise Pascal



Sunday, December 31, 2017

"One cannot change reality at its core"


John Washington is the voice of reason here that it's time for parents to push back against the transgender insanity being pushed by the culture.

Using hormones in an attempt to change reality is extremely dangerous.

The DSM-V says 88% of girls and 98% of boys who are "gender-confused" grow out of these thoughts after puberty.  If an adult says he wants to go through the process, he will have to answer for his own actions.  But putting a child's physical and mental health at stake is child abuse.

When we have children, we are given a great responsibility.  Let's take that seriously.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

$100,000 - the “minimum wage” for U.S. government employees


A report entitled “Mapping the Swamp” (here) describes a bureaucracy reportedly consisting of bloated paychecks and enormous incentives for government employees. The report was published by OpenTheBooks.com, self-described with a mission to “post ‘Every dime, Online, In Real Time,’ of federal, state, and local government spending to provide transparency for smart government.” Open The Books is a function of American Transparency, a public charity that refuses government money and “[presents] hard data without policy recommendations,” in order to “enhanced public discourse with delineated facts.”

Inside, the report details the roughly $1 million per minute that taxpayers spend on the $136 billion in pay and benefits to federal workers — over $20.6 billion of which is contained within the Washington, DC “Beltway” alone. Recent years have reportedly seen a marked increase in large payouts, with 165% more federal employees making more than $200,000 a year, and 406,960 making at least $100,000. These findings prompted Open The Books to dub $100,000 the “minimum wage” for government employees.

The average worker takes 10 holidays off, 13 sick days, and 20 vacations days — and up to two full months of vacation, after three years’ employment.

Are the Enchroma glasses rewiring my brain to recognize color?

I’ve failed every colorblind test that I’ve ever taken. I received some Enchroma glasses for Christmas and discovered how colorfully vibrant and intense the world really is - especially the red and green colors.

But something else is also happening with these wonderful glasses.

After 4 days of wearing the Enchroma glasses, I noticed something peculiar. A light that I had always seen as white was revealed to be light green with the glasses. Later when driving by the same light without the glasses, I was surprised to perceive the light as light green and not white. This evening in a restaurant that we frequent (where I had not yet worn the glasses), I noticed for the first time (without the glasses) that the hair of a waitress was red and not brown as I thought.

I began to wonder if it was possible that the Enchroma glasses were rewiring my brain to associate different shades with specific color? I found this article online.

No controlled scientific studies have been undertaken yet, but experts say the idea that light-filtering glasses could train the brain to see color is not that far-fetched. Dr. Marc Dinkin, director of neuro-ophthalmology at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, explains that theoretically, the brain could get used to the concept of different color perceptions through the use of specific filters, such as the glasses, and continue to make this distinction even once the glasses are taken away.“It used to be thought that the adult brain did not change at all, and know we know that isn’t true,” says Dinkin, explaining that the brain’s plasticity allows neural connections to change, and those modifications could improve a person’s color recognition.

I think this may in fact be what is astonishingly happening to me with the Enchroma glasses as my color perception seems to be now improving. If so, the color receptors in the eye are still faulty, but the brain seems to  be rewiring to associate different shades with specific colors.

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Update - I wrote Enchroma telling them my experience and heard back from them .....

"We have heard this anecdotally from many people and enough so that we’re going to do some research on it in the near future. We cannot say whether there is any validity to it or not at this time, but it’s certainly intriguing. From wearing our glasses, are some Enchroma users just getting better at identifying certain colors even when they don’t have the glasses on or are they truly able to continue to better see some colors when not wearing the glasses? We don’t know, but it’s definitely interesting. Thank you for your note. Kent-"

Why The ‘Death Of White Evangelicalism’ Is Not The Death Of Christianity


The Public Religion Research Institute tries to eulogize ‘white evangelicals’ by citing America’s demographic shifts and decline in those identifying by this term. Not so fast.

The Left’s bigotry against religion is not by accident. It is designed to silence those who stand for the righteousness that convicts their consciences. 

The fail-safe to this so-called “end of white Christian America” (otherwise known as the “end of Christian moralism”) is the Great Commission. In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus says, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”

Essay is here.

Friday, December 29, 2017

How I See Reality - Before & After

This is a great video illustrating my experience with the Enchroma glasses. How the video depicts the world at 2:25 is pretty much how I see it. The change at 2:29 is pretty much how it looks to me when I put the glasses on. (Viewer discretion for language because he is so shocked and excited.)


Test yourself and your children/grandchildren here at the Enchroma web site. This opens a whole new world for a colorblind person!

The Original Snowflake Test


Kyle S. Reyes is President and CEO of The Silent Partner Marketing. Sick and tired of the sniveling, whining, entitled brats who believe that everything should be handed to them on a silver platter, he created this (serious) "Snowflake Test" to weed out potential job-seeking snowflakes.

The Snowflake Test
  1. Outside of standard benefits, what benefits should a company offer employees?
  2. What should the national minimum wage be?
  3. How many sick days should be given to employees?
  4. How often should employees get raises?
  5. How do you feel about guns?
  6. What are your feelings about employees or clients carrying guns?
  7. What are your feelings about safe spaces in challenging work environments?
  8. In a creative environment like The Silent Partner Marketing, what do you envision work attire looking like?
  9. Should “trigger warnings” be issued before we release content for clients or the company that might be considered “controversial”?
  10. How do you feel about police?
  11. If you owned the company and were to find out that a client is operating unethically but was a high paying client…how would you handle it?
  12. When was the last time you cried and why?
  13. You arrive at an event for work and there’s a major celebrity you’ve always wanted to meet. What happens next?
  14. What’s your favorite kind of adult beverage?
  15. What’s the best way to communicate with clients?
  16. What’s your favorite thing to do in your free time?
  17. What are your thoughts on the current college environment as it pertains to a future workforce?
  18. What’s your typical breakfast?
  19. What’s your favorite drink when you go to a coffeehouse?
  20. How do you handle bullies?
  21. How do you handle it when your ideas are shot down?
  22. What do you do if a coworker comes to the table with an idea and it sucks?
  23. What does the first amendment mean to you?
  24. What does faith mean to you?
  25. Who is your role model and why?
  26. “You’re in Starbucks with two friends. Someone runs in and says someone is coming in with a gun in 15 seconds to shoot patrons. They offer you a gun. Do you take it? What do you do next?”
  27. What does America mean to you?
  28. You see someone stepping on an American flag. What do you do?
  29. What does “privilege” mean to you?
  30. What’s more important? Book smarts or street smarts? Why?

Thursday, December 28, 2017

"OH MY GOD - IS THIS WHAT THE WORLD LOOKS LIKE???!!!!!!??"


Earlier I wrote here about the remarkable Enchroma glasses that I got for Christmas that allow someone with color-blindness to see the world as it really is in all of its glorious color. I let a friend who is color blind try on the glasses. He put them on and exclaimed "OH MY GOD - IS THIS WHAT THE WORLD LOOKS LIKE???!!!!!!?? I WANT A PAIR!!!!" 😀

I was stunned the first time I saw a red traffic light with the glasses and how bright and easy-to-see it was. The first green plant left me speechless. My wife's eyes are bluer. The glasses are not cheap but are worth every penny to a color-blind person. Some colors are entirely different. Some things I had never seen before - i.e., a pink square on the basketball backboard was invisible to me before. The world is much more vibrant and intense. Wow.

If you are color blind, Enchroma glasses will open up a glorious new sense of reality for you.



From Darkness To Sight


(A secular scientist who attempted to explain the origins of life has made a bold admission that bolsters arguments against Darwinian evolution. Jack Szostak of Harvard University published a 2016 paper in Nature Chemistry claiming he and his colleagues had figured out a way to get RNA to replicate itself.

Darwinian evolutionists believe RNA, a nucleic acid present in all living cells, were some of the first molecules to form on the Earth and give rise to living things. But for that to happen, the RNA would have had to somehow reproduce on its own without requisite enzymes that would not have evolved yet. Szostak claimed to have facilitated RNA self-replication in his lab, but earlier this month, he said one of his colleagues, Tivoli Olsen, realized they had misinterpreted the data when she could not reproduce the original experiment’s results.

“In retrospect, we were totally blinded by our belief [in our findings] … we were not as careful or rigorous as we should have been (and as Tivoli was) in interpreting these experiments,” Szostak told Retraction Watch.

Story is here.)

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I'm scheduled to have eye surgery in Jan 2018 by Dr. Ming Wang - one of the premier eye surgeons in the world. Dr. Wang, a cataract and LASIK surgeon in Nashville, holds a doctorate in laser physics. He graduated from Harvard Medical School with highest honors, and he was one of the first surgeons in the United States to perform laser cataract surgery.

This man — a highly educated person of science — also transitioned from atheism to Christianity while he was a student. Wang's story, which was captured by Broocks in his book "God's Not Dead," served as the inspiration for the character Martin Yip in the movie of the same name.

"I grew up as an atheist in a family which believed solely in science," said Wang, who was born in China and raised by parents who taught at a medical school. "Everything was about scholarship, learning and science in our family. Education was the most important."

Wang began to question the omniscience of science when he was a student at Harvard.

"I began to study human anatomy, including the eye, and found that the structure ... is so complex that I began to doubt if it could all (have) evolved from random," said Wang, who became director of the Vanderbilt Laser Vision Center in 1997 and founded his own laser vision center, Wang Vision Institute, in 2002.

"I (learned) that the number of neuronal synapses in one person's brain is more than all the stars that we have ever discovered in the entire universe. I calculated that mathematically, it would have taken trillions of trillions of trillions of years, to randomly evolve into a structure as complex as the human eye, but the universe was presumably to have existed only for 13 billion years. So, science, or at least science alone, cannot provide the answer as to how such a complex structure as the human eye has formed."

Influenced by a professor who, Wang said, showed him evidence of the existence of God, Wang became a Christian.

“From Darkness to Sight” (here) chronicles the remarkable life journey of Dr. Wang, a world-renowned laser eye surgeon, Kiwanis Nashvillian of the Year and philanthropist.

As a teenager, Ming fought valiantly to escape one of history’s darkest eras – China’s Cultural Revolution – during which millions of innocent youth were deported to remote areas to face a life sentence of poverty and hard labor. Through his own tenacity and his parents’ tireless efforts to provide a chance of freedom for their son, Ming eventually made his way to America with $50 in his pocket and an American dream in his heart, where against all odds he would earn a PhD in laser physics and graduate magna cum laude with the highest honors from Harvard Medical School and MIT. He embraced his Christian faith and tackled one of the most important questions of our time – Are faith and science friends or foes? – which led to his invention of a breakthrough biotechnology to restore sight.

To date, Dr. Wang has performed over 55,000 eye procedures and has treated patients from nearly every state in the U.S. and from over 55 countries worldwide. He is considered the “doctor’s doctor,” as he has operated on over 4,000 physicians. Dr. Wang has published 8 textbooks, holds several U.S. patents including the world’s first amniotic membrane contact lens, and performed the world’s first laser artificial cornea implantation. He is the recipient of the Honor Award from American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Lifetime Achievement Award from American Chinese Physician Association. Dr. Wang is currently the only surgeon in the state who performs 3D SMILE & LASIK (18+), 3D Kamra & 3D Raindrop (45+), 3D Forever Young Lens (50+) and 3D Laser Cataract Surgery (60+). Dr. Wang established a non-profit foundation which provides sight restoration surgeries for indigent patients who otherwise would never have the opportunity to receive them free-of-charge.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Nobody Wins

Nobody wins in a nuclear war .....

Why are so many female teachers sexually seducing their students?


As previously noted here, the sexual revolution has devastated the culture. Instead of the promised freedom, the fruit is much more often divorce, mental illness, prison, sexually transmitted disease and an inability to foster meaningful and fulfilling relationships. In the video above, clinical psychologist Dr. Leslie M. Lothstein asserts that female teachers who sexually abuse their students are indeed an alarming new trend across the country, and delves into the psyches of these women, some as old as 44, preying on children as young as eighth grade.

What's going on?

Sexual desire is one of the most powerful hungers a human can experience. King David in the Old Testament learned this truth the hard way. Sexual desire is not sin; in fact, it's God given. Sexual desire is part of the shining creation of the image of God. The Bible is filled with positive talk of sexual desire. Scripture not only speak of desiring God, His words, or His presence—the Bible gets sexual.

There is a book of poetry in Scripture that is steamier than any Danielle Steele novel. The book, Song of Songs, details a conversation between a man and a woman. In the second chapter, the woman says to the man, “Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest is my beloved among the young men. I delight to sit in his shade, and his fruit is sweet to my taste” (Song of Songs 2:3). This is unbelievably provocative language. In speaking of her lover, she uses the Hebrew word chamad. Here it’s translated “delight,” elsewhere it is translated “desire.” This woman speaks openly and without shame about her sexual desire for her lover.

Sexual desire is the powerful passion to become one with someone else Matt 19:4-6).

The sexual revolution confused sex and love—but we can't have one without the other. In our world today, there is a surplus of sex and a deficit of true love. Human sexuality is deeply connecting—physically, emotionally and spiritually—in a way that most today ignore.

The rising tide of female teachers seducing their students is the canary in the coal mine.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Seeing the world in color for the first time. Wow.


I’ve always failed every color blind test I’ve ever taken. My wife got me some Enchroma glasses for Christmas. The world looks SO different. Wow. The colors are a lot more intense and beautiful than I realized.  :-)

A Christmas Alleluia


Saturday, December 23, 2017

Mind The Gap


George Weigel (Distinguished Senior Fellow of Washington, D.C.’s Ethics and Public Policy Center) brilliantly expounds here on daily drama of the Christian life to live in the “gap” between the person we are and the person we were called to be at baptism. This necessarily involves the abandonment of our will to God’s will for our life.

It's must-reading in entirety.

When Luke tells us that Mary kept all that had happened to her and to her boy “in her heart” (Luke 2:52), we may imagine that she was pondering what the Swiss theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar once described as a great detachment: At his birth, Jesus “detached himself from her in order to tread his way back to the Father through the world.” 

...... “Mind the gap” is the ubiquitous instruction found on the London Underground, cautioning passengers against stepping between the train and the platform. It’s also a pithy but accurate description of the drama of the Christian life. For we all live, daily, in the “gap” between the person I am and the person I was called to be at baptism.

First Strike



For centuries, scholars and commentators have puzzled over the identity of "Mystery Babylon" in Revelation, chapter 17. “And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth.” The picture in Chapter 17 is of a corrupt woman sitting on a beast (part of the vision John saw and recorded) and drinking from a golden cup of abominations. The Apostle John, writing from Patmos, refers to "Mystery Babylon."

Does it refer to the real, geographical, historical Babylon, the one located in modern-day Iraq? Or is it a symbolic name for the global system in rebellion against the divine order? Or say, the United States? Another entity? A number of contemporary scholars and commentators equate Mystery Babylon with the United States. David Wilkerson was one of them. If so, the video above is a likely future for the United States.

There is a sobering warning here by Julio Severo.

One of the distinctions of Babylon in Revelation 18 is its intensely commercial nature. By its commercial power and seduction, it is envied by the whole world. It is extremely capitalist — but without God. In communism, you see intense and destructive economic control without God. In Babylon, you see the opposed: intense and destructive commercial and economic freedom without God.

The best products and services (entertainment, medical, religious, military, etc.) in the world are available in Babylon.

..... By its commercial ambitions, products and services, Babylon is described in the Bible as having prostituted herself with all nations on the earth. And God said about Babylon, “Your merchants were the great men of the earth, for by your sorcery all the nations were deceived.” (Revelation 18:23-24 NKJV) If America does not fit it, who does it? Are not the U.S. powerful businessmen, trade and currency ruling the world?

.... America is going to be destroyed by fire! Sudden destruction is coming and few will escape. Unexpectedly, and in one hour, a hydrogen holocaust will engulf America—and this nation will be no more. It is because America has sinned against the greatest light. Other nations are just as sinful, but none are as flooded with gospel light as ours. God is going to judge America for its violence, its crimes, its backslidings, its murdering of millions of babies, its flaunting of homosexuality and sadomasochism, its corruption, its drunkenness and drug abuse, its form of godliness without power, its lukewarmness toward Christ, its rampant divorce and adultery, its lewd pornography, its child molestations, its cheatings, its robbings, its dirty movies, and its occult practices. In one hour it will all be over.

..... They were warned God would make useless their weapons of war, that all their armaments could not save them from God’s wrath (Jeremiah 21:4). God said to them, “I myself will fight against you!” (Jeremiah 21:5).

That is an outright warning to America. Our huge stockpiles of weapons are but so many sticks and stones—useless against what God has planned against us. What was said of ancient Babylon will be said of modern Babylon, “The mighty men of Babylon have forborn to fight, they have remained in their holds: their might hath failed; they became as women: they have burned her dwelling places; her bars are broken” (Jeremiah 51:30). This is why there will be no retaliatory strikes from this nation or its allies; because of the suddenness and finality of it all, we will “forebare to fight,” and our missiles will remain in their hold. Our might will fail us in the hour of judgment. Our allies will “become as women” and surrender immediately.

What America could not do with all of its millions, all of its electronic gimmicks, all of its expensive media methods, the Holy Spirit will accomplish in a short time with a Gideon's army of poor and simple evangelists from Third World countries; and the rest of the world will hear the gospel. A remnant of overcomers from all nations will be raised up in righteousness. In spite of full gospel light shining forth, the majority will turn to Satan and be given over to lust. The Bible does not say that judgment on America awaits world evangelism.

God does not need America to evangelize the world. 

Friday, December 22, 2017

Why No One Trusts the Mainstream Media


When your idea of a military hero is Bowe Bergdahl or Bradley “call-me-Chelsea” Manning, it is evident that you’ve planned to fight your battles exclusively in the movies


The dissolution of the Soviet Union occured on December 26, 1991. It was a result of the declaration number 142-Н of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union. The declaration acknowledged the independence of the former Soviet republics and created the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), although five of the signatories ratified it much later or did not do so at all. On the previous day, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, the eighth and final leader of the Soviet Union, resigned, declared his office extinct, and handed over its powers – including control of the Soviet nuclear missile launching codes – to Russian President Boris Yeltsin. That evening at 7:32, the Soviet flag was lowered from the Kremlin for the last time and replaced with the pre-revolutionary Russian flag.[

Former KGB analyst and Russian professor Igor Panarin th\eorized that the United States would dissolve by 2010 in the manner depicted in the graphic above. While he was wrong about 2010 and I don't think he's accurate about the dossolution, there are an increasing number who believe America may indeed be headed for a second civil war.

There is an interesting theoretical picture here of what civil war might look like in the United States. Instead of a war between two regions of the country with different economic interests, the author envisions a second American Civil War that would "be much more similar to the Spanish Civil War, with the leftists dominating the cities and conservatives controlling the countryside." While ultimate victory is envisioned for the conservatives (for some good reasons), the author is also realistic that "Long or short, tens of millions of people would likely starve to death before war and reconstruction were over -- far more than would die in actual fighting. Having seen a person starve to death, it is not a fate I’d wish on friends and family members -- or even on my enemies. It might be, after all the legal shenanigans are done, the necessary cost of keeping western society alive -- but it would no heroic action movie. Utopian ideologies die hard. War is hell."

On the other hand, see this op-ed in the LA Times from last Auguest which posits "a nation of would-be warriors. It’s a nation of would-be deserters. What if they started a second civil war and nobody came?"

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Why Christians Are Persecuted


David Kupellian doesn't pull any punches here as he talks about the reasons for Christian persecution.

But even in America, Christian believers are increasingly reviled in a land historically founded as an explicitly Christian one. America’s culture today is not merely un-Christian, but anti-Christian. The news and entertainment media mock and belittle Christian beliefs as do most of the nation’s colleges and universities, while the political left increasingly equates biblical values with ignorance and bigotry at best, and at worst, with white nationalism and fascism. Unfortunately, this growing antipathy toward Christianity was turbocharged by President Obama, who for eight years openly denigrated the very faith he claims to follow. In reality, raised by a Muslim stepfather and schooled as a follower of Islam in Indonesia, Obama later embraced the atheistic religion of Marxism for decades – and he has never publicly renounced nor even criticized either one.

Using abortion and homosexuality as case studies, David brilliantly zeroes in on the foundational reason for Christian persecution - unwlecome truth. As I pointed out last June here, evil always involves the rejection of truth.

David's conclusion?

Even so, there is a sort of divine magic afoot, for all who embrace Him and faithfully follow His path to peace and fulfillment even in the midst of suffering, joy in the face of heartache, fullness of life even when surrounded by death. The magic of God’s love for us and our redemption is a great and mysterious heavenly miracle, yet down here at “ground level” we are called to focus on forgiveness: God forgives our sins through Christ’s sacrifice for us – and we, in gratitude and obedience, forgive everyone else’s sins. Everyone. Completely and totally.

Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven. – Matthew 5:44-45

If you think about it, when we bless those who curse us and do good to them that hate us and pray for those who persecute us, we can’t lose. No matter what. We become bulletproof. The good is good, and the bad is good, so to speak.

Why feminists are so attracted to witchcraft


In an article this week, feminist and author Laurie Penny documented the “boom in online occultism” and why feminists are so attracted to witchcraft. The two scenes have become so intertwined that the term “witch” has even started to become synonymous with “feminist,” as online stores such as Witchsy sell feminist witch-themed goods. You can read more about it here. The rise of occultism is yet another indicator of a culture descending from light into darkness.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

"Things Are Not Falling Apart; They Are Falling Into Place"

(While I don't agree with his pre-tribulation rapture position, I do agree with his view that things are not falling apart, but rather into place for the final act before the consummation of the age.)


Christ is indeed vanishing in Christmas in America


A new Pew Research Center survey has found a majority of U.S. adults believe the religious parts of Christmas are emphasized less now than in the past – and yet, many people are not bothered by this perceived development. According to the survey, 56 percent of Americans believe American society in general emphasizes the religious aspects of Christmas less now than in past years. But of that group, 45 percent say the trend doesn’t bother them. Thirty-two percent said it bothers them a lot, and 25 percent said it bothers them some. The rest of the survey results show that many of the Christian parts of Christmas have indeed declined a bit over the past four years.

The Millennial generation seems to be heading in a more secular direction than their parents and grandparents. Millennials were the only generational cohort in which more respondents said they celebrate Christmas as a cultural holiday (44 percent) than as a religious holiday (32 percent).

The Pew Research is here.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The fury directed at Christianity can be pressed into a single word


Mary Eberstadt has a magnificent essay here entitled "The Zealous Faith Of Secularism, How The Sexual Revolution Became a Dogma".

Begin with a sobering fact. During the past ten years, some of the sharpest observers of our time have come to believe that the tectonic plates underlying Western civilization have shifted momentously.

Thus, nine years ago, the late Richard John Neuhaus called this new place “American Babylon.” ....

.... As this profusion of literary and historical analyses goes to show, to be Christian today is to be a sailor in search of an astrolabe. And no wonder: We are in open, roiling, uncharted waters, so looking up to fixed points would help. One other way to orient ourselves is to peer down beneath the currents and focus on what’s done most to shape the “post-Christian” or “ex-Christian” world: the sexual revolution. 

That the revolution is what’s catapulted us to this place is a fact that more and more analysts now affirm. What may be less obvious, though just as important, is what the widespread Western embrace of the revolution has wrought not only in individual lives, but macrocosmically: It has given rise to an increasingly systematic, zealous, secularist faith.

..... To begin with a point to which many Christian thinkers would agree, the United States and other nations rooted in Judeo-Christianity have entered a time of paganization—what we might also call “re-paganization.” 

... Paganization as we now know it is driven by a new historical phenomenon: the development of a rival faith—a rival, secularist faith which sees Christianity as a competitor to be vanquished, rather than as an alternative set of beliefs to be tolerated in an open society.

... So the fury directed at Christianity can be pressed into a single word, sex. Christianity today, like Christianity past and Christianity to come, contends with many enemies. But the adversary now inflicting maximal damage on the Church is not dreamed of in Horatio’s philosophy. It is instead the absolutist defense of the sexual revolution by its faithful .......

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She hit the bulls-eye. The fury directed at Christianity can indeed be encapsulated into a single word - sex. The enemy has taken human sexuality, one of God's most precious gifts to mankind, and twisted it beyond recognition and is now using it with devastating effect as the primary assault weapon on the contemporary culture and the church. As I wrote in 2015 here,

The Bible presents human sexuality as an extraordinary blessing from God.  It also holds the view however that sex is such a mysterious and powerful thing that it must to be subject to certain boundaries -- like marriage.  By definition, the more powerful something is, the greater the potential for catastrophe when misused.  So it is with human sexuality.  When properly used in its God-ordained role in marriage between a husband and wife, it is an extraordinarily powerful blessing to be enjoyed.  Misuse has devastating consequences.

The American culture is futilely struggling to contain the wreckage of the sexual revolution. God designed man for sexual expression within relationship. God also creates boundaries around that relationship. While sex certainly offers physical gratification, marriage creates an environment of safety, intimacy, and trust in which the true meaning of sex, the sacramental meaning, spectacularly breaks through.

As Mary exhorts in her essay, the church must not play into the enemy's hands by staying silent. Silence only emboldens the enemy who then seeks to lay waste to even more. No matter the cost, the church must bear witness to the truth.

The gospel is ultimately about empowerment and not just charity


Almost all Christians understand the centrality of love in the gospel. However many fail to grasp that the gospel is ultimately about empowerment. It is God empowering us to walk away from sin, reach our full potential and follow Him into glorious eternity. It's crucial that whenever we share the gospel in love, we remember that aspect of it.

Monday, December 18, 2017

"It had denied the moral law and cut itself off from the source of all authority"


Matthew Schmitz penned a thought-provoking essay here questioning the 'legitimacy and sustainability of liberal democracy in general and the “American regime” in particular.'

By approving the killing of the unborn, it had denied the moral law and cut itself off from the source of all authority: God. People of conscience must consider options including “morally justified revolution.”

Carefully argued essays by Robert P. George, Robert Bork, Russell Hittinger, and Hadley Arkes gave weight to these conclusions. George warned that America might be turning into a “tyrant state.” Hittinger explained how this unjust regime “withdraws protection from the weak and vulnerable.” Neuhaus extended their arguments: “America is not and, please God, will never become Nazi Germany, but it is only blind hubris that denies it can happen here and, in peculiarly American ways, may be happening here.”


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For years I've argued that democracy is not a sustainable form of government in a fallen world because it assumes the majority will choose wisely - when in fact, Scripture quite clearly affirms the opposite. The cycle appears to be from bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to apathy, from apathy to dependency; and from dependency back to bondage once more. The key, as Schmitz points out, is the affirmation and use of transcendent moral law as the bedrock for all authority. Once a culture jettisons that foundation, truth is lost and the floodgates are open.

Why Most Millennials Are Delusional


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Slaughterbots


Bodily Resurrection Refutes (70 AD) Preterism

William Lane Craig and NT Wright argue that bodily resurrection refutes Preterism (the Christian eschatological view that interprets either some [partial Preterism] or all [full Preterism] prophecies of the Bible as events which have already happened in 70 AD with the destruction of Jerusalem and the Second Temple.) Wright's book "The Resurrection of the Son of God" [here on Amazon] is a magnificent treatise and the single best book on the Resurrection that I've read. It has my highest endorsement.


Saturday, December 16, 2017

1984

This powerful movie was filmed in 1984, depicting George Orwell's famous dystopian vision of the future. (This was Richard Burton's last movie.) It's astonishing in it's prophetic insight given the way the world has become 33 years later. Viewer discretion is advised even though the film is almost 35 years old.


It's fascinating to see what Orwell predicted in 1948 and this 33-year old movie presents so well:
  • a 24-hour news cycle manipulated for propaganda purposes
  • television in every home (keep in mind that Orwell wrote in 1948 when the number of U.S. homes with television sets could be measured in the thousands)
  • total surveillance by the state
  • government abuse of technology for its own end
  • suppression of all dissent
  • loss of objective truth
  • "doublethink" - the holding of 2 contradictory ideas simultaneously and accepting both of them
  • loss of freedom
  • thought control; depriving people of the ability to think on their own
  • manufacture of never-ending crises to control the populace
  • pushing of revisionist history
  • a small ruling elite class marked by privilege
  • intentional dumbing-down of the populace
  • a nation at constant war
  • militarized police
  • exploitation of terrorism
  • abolition of the family
  • state control of children's education
  • children taught to report disloyalty
  • commonplace betrayal
  • loss of sexual identity
  • mindless pornography widely distributed to the masses
  • loss of personal identity
  • loss of religious expression
  • loss of independent thought
  • loss of love
  • simplifying the language to intentionally limit the ideas that people are capable of formulating
  • daily arousal of hate in the populace at imaginary foes
  • slandering and execution of anyone identified as a foe of the state
  • socialism leading to widespread dilapidation and deprivation

If women can do anything men can do, then why don't they?


This is an excellent video presenting the pertinent statistics. Of course, he doesn't address WHY there is a difference between men and women - something that IS clearly presented in Scripture, but is at odds with the contempory cultural view. Scripture clearly affirms equal value for men and women, but distinctive God-given roles for each.

As theologian R.R. Reno wisely observes, "These days, culture traffics in the ephemeral." If you're looking for something of lasting permanence and value,  look elsewhere other than the culture.

Friday, December 15, 2017

The Andromeda Galaxy at the highest resolution ever seen

Each and every pinpoint of light at extreme magnification is a star. View it at the highest resolution that your bandwidth supports. I watched it at 4k resolution which is jaw-dropping and mind blowing (Ps 19:1). Andromeda is believed to have around 1 trillion stars. And scientists now believe they underestimated the number of galaxies in the Universe by 10-fold, and calculate there are more than a trillion galaxies - with 90% beyond the observable Universe. Ponder that.


NT Wright on Christ's Resurrection



The power of militantly liberal governments to persecute Christians


Charlotte Allen perceptively analyzes here what's at stake in the intensifying culture wars for American Christians. It's must-reading in entirety.

But behind the scrim of those constitutional issues, we find what the Masterpiece Cakeshop case is actually about: not rights, but power. The power of militantly liberal governments to persecute Christians. 

Phillips opened the family-owned Masterpiece Cakeshop in 1993, in robustly liberal Colorado. Nineteen years later, the state’s Civil Rights Commission, in a decision upheld by the Colorado Court of Appeals, ruled that Phillips, in declining to make a custom cake for a pair of gay men celebrating their Massachusetts marriage (same-sex marriage wasn’t legal in Colorado in 2012), violated the state’s civil-rights law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. It didn’t matter that Phillips was willing to supply the couple with off-the-shelf baked goods from his shop, including cakes, for their wedding reception. Nor that he has taken other stances with respect to his business that accord with his Christian principles: He doesn’t bake Halloween cakes or cakes with vulgar themes or offensive messages.


The commission lowered the boom on Phillips ......

..... Today’s bièn-pensant progressives don’t claim to want to shoot or behead those who don’t go along with the politically correct program. That would be crude. Their modus operandi is to deprive the opposition of their livelihoods, thus sending a deterrent message pour encourager les autres. After the Phillips decision and others like it in other states, we haven’t heard much from Christian bakers elsewhere in America. Bakers and other purveyors of wedding services tend to have families that need to eat, and they seem to have gotten the message.

.... they ought to be aware of what is at stake. If they’re wrong, the outcome will be as ugly as Phillips’s cakes were beautiful.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

THE 15:17 TO PARIS



The Defining Sign Of Moral Rot


The recent outcry over the FBI agent that was fired from the special counsel investigation and his politically-biased texts with his girlfriend FBI lawyer, is a loud warning clarion for the culture. Not because of any political shenanigans that were occurring. Not because of any FBI policies that may have been violated. Something else is far more disturbing and signifies the defining sign of moral rot in our culture.

Both the FBI agent and his FBI girlfriend lawyer are married. They were having an affair with each other while married. In other words, both were committing adultery. And no one in the FBI, Washington political establishment or mainstream media seems to think anything of it or even care.

There was a time decades ago when adultery was considered shameful and disqualified one from high office. In the United States, laws vary from state to state. Up until the mid 20th century most U.S. states (especially Southern and Northeastern states) had laws against fornication, adultery or cohabitation. These laws were gradually abolished or struck down by courts as unconstitutional. As of 2017, adultery remains a criminal offense in 21 states, but prosecutions are rare. In the U.S. military, adultery is still a criminal offense under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).

Times have changed. As the culture morally collapsed, adultery alarmingly became no longer shameful. It waxed blase' to the point where some consider it as a mark of maturity and even somewhat of a badge of honor. In fact though, the cultural apathetic attitude towards adultery is the defining sign of moral rot.

If someone violates their most sacred vow (marriage), why would we consider them trustworthy in anything else? Turning a blind eye to adultery in an organization entrusted with the most sensitive secrets (i.e., the FBI), is foolhardy. It opens Pandora's box, signaling clear acceptance of the worst kind of immoral behavior, and ultimately opens the floodgates to the moral rot and corruption that is now so disturbingly prevalent in our government.

Scripture is clear that sexual sin is in a category of its own, and adultery is the worst of sexual sins because if violates the most sacred and intimate of vows. As I wrote here in March of 2017,  I believe the Roman Catholic and Orthodox perspective is correct on marriage and I agree with CS Lewis that marriage is indeed a sacrament, signifying the relationship between Christ and His church. Breaking that most intimate of relationships is serious rebellion.

The cultural acceptance of adultery underlies all that is wrong. It is the foundation stone of moral corruption and a screeching warning klaxon that we have gone off the rails and are rapidly headed for catastrophic derailment.

Moral Values versus the Law


In the video above, Jordan Peterson (professor at the University of Toronto) powerfully argues that the existence of transcendent moral values underlies western civilization. If we strip it away, the foundation ultimately crumbles.

On a related note, Walter Williams carves out here the difference between moral values and the law.

For over a half-century, the nation's liberals -- along with the education establishment, pseudo-intellectuals and the courts -- have waged war on traditions, customs and moral values. Many in today's generation have been counseled to believe that there are no moral absolutes. Instead, what's moral or immoral, right or wrong, is a matter of convenience, personal opinion or what is or is not criminal.

Society's first line of defense is not the law but customs, traditions and moral values.

..... The importance of customs, traditions and moral values as a means of regulating behavior is that people behave themselves even if nobody's watching. There are not enough cops. Laws can never replace these restraints on personal conduct in producing a civilized society. At best, the police and the criminal justice system are the last desperate lines of defense for a civilized society.


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Transcendent morality must be the ultimate basis for law.

If we reject the concept of transcendent moral values and believe that we create our own morality, the law loses any ethical anchor and is subject to the petty whim of fallen man. In that case, collapse into paganism and barbarism is inevitable. The opposite is also true - i.e., once a culture accepts the existence of transcendent moral values and grounds the law upon them, the door opens for progressive advancement.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Most Brutally Honest 3 Minutes In Television History

Warning For Very Strong Language.
Viewer Discretion Advised


Warning For Very Strong Language.
Viewer Discretion Advised

The media merely reflects the culture's delusional grasp of truth


Virtually every day we are bombarded with "news" stories that - upon closer examination - are found to have no factual basis. Thus, the never-ending charges of "fake news". It's important to grasp though that the media is only parroting the culture's grasp of truth. While genuine truth is objective and factually based on reality, the contemporary popular version of truth is that truth is subjective and whatever one conceives. In other words, we "create" truth rather than discover it.

To wit .........
  • You were born a male but now believe yourself to be female since people can change genders at will? No  problem.
  • You were born Caucasian to white parents but now demand to be accepted as black? Indeed.
  • In defense of socialism, you reject history's irrefutable record that Stalin and Mao butchered millions of innocent people? Or you're a Nazi Holocaust denier? Of course.
  • You deny the indisputable science of life in the womb and categorically affirm the Fetus is just a clump of cells? Certainly. 
  • You believe that transcendent moral standards are nonexistent and everyone creates their own moral universe? Definitely. 
  • You ignore the overwhelming testimony for an intelligent Creator and believe (without evidence) that everything came into existence via chance? Naturally. 
  • You regard traditional marriage as archaic and obsolete? Obviously.
  • You believe marriage is easily dissoluble on a petty whim? Of course.
It should be no surprise then when the media echoes the same delusional understanding of truth. And who are the consumers for this version of "truth"? There's a word for those that embrace this dangerous perception of truth - gullible.

Behold, you trust in deceptive words to no avail. (Jer 7:8, ESV)

The Dangers of Social Media


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

"We have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works"


Chamath Palihapitiya, former executive at Facebook said he feels “tremendous guilt” for the unintended impact of Facebook and other social networking companies on society. In a recent talk at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Palihapitiya said the social-networking tools he helped create are “ripping apart the social fabric.”

“I think we all knew in the back of our minds, even though we feigned this whole line of there probably aren’t any really bad unintended consequences, I think in the back, deep, deep recesses of our mind we kind of knew something bad could happen,” he said. “But I think the way we defined it was not like this. It literally is a point now where I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works. That is truly where we are.”

Read about it here.

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As I warned here in Jul 2017,  Social Media is an illusion perfectly suited for a culture that has jettisoned truth.

Facebook is a fantasy world that fosters narcissism and deception ...... When all is said and done, social media is nothing more than the modern incarnation of the Athenian Areopagus and an illusion perfectly suited for a culture that has jettisoned truth and is living in a fantasy of its own making.

We Get The Leadership We Deserve



History records that as ancient Israel descended into idolatry, decadence and depravity, their leadership became more and more corrupt.

How corrupt Is Washington D.C.?

This crooked ------- Read some 2006 background here about Florida Democrat Rep. Alcee Hastings who is the latest political figure targeted by sexual misconduct claims.  A woman who accused Hastings of sexual harassment was secretly paid a $220,000 settlement by taxpayers in 2014. Hastings was removed from his federal judgeship in 1989 by the US Senate, which convicted him on eight articles of impeachment, including bribery.  Hastings had been acquitted in a criminal trial six years earlier, but evidence later emerged that he'd lied and provided false documents in those proceedings, leading to Congress throwing him off the bench. After being forced out of his judicial position in disgrace, amid the stench of corruption and dishonesty, Hastings turned around and ran for Congress as a Democrat.  He won the party's nomination and the general election, and has been a reliable vote for Democratic leadership ever since.

The fact that Florida voters not only elected Hastings to office but have securely ensconced him in power for decades, doesn't bode well for the United States. We're merely getting the leadership we deserve.

You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. (James 4:4, ESV)

Monday, December 11, 2017

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Welcome to the Hell Hole that is Brussels



At first glance, it could be a dramatic scene from a science-fiction movie. But this giant hole of fire in the heart of the Karakoram Desert is not the aftermath of an attack on Earth, launched from outer space. It is a crater made by geologists more than 40 years ago, and the flames within have been burning ever since. Soviet geologists were drilling at the site in 1971 and tapped into a cavern filled with natural gas. But the ground beneath the drilling rig collapsed, leaving a hole with a diameter of 70 metres. Fearing that the hole would lead to the release of poisonous gases, the team decided to burn it off. It was hoped that the fire would use all the fuel within days, but the gas is still burning today. Welcome to Derweze in Turkmenistan - or, as the locals refer to it, 'The Door to Hell'.

"Hell-hole" is a somewhat appropriate description for what's becoming of Brussels, the de-facto capital of the European Union.

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If you penetrate the thick cloud of professional indignation to scrutinize the reality of the "capital of Europe", what you see in many respects is actually a hell hole, one where socialism, Islamism, riots and looting are the new normal. Last month alone in Brussels, there were three separate outbreaks of rioting and looting on a major scale.

.... Brussels is rapidly descending into chaos and anarchy. Exactly two months after that dramatic Trumpism, Brussels was eviscerated by a horrific Islamic terror attack that left 32 people dead. And that was only the tip of the monstrous iceberg that has built up over three decades of mass immigration and socialist madness.

..... lawlessness, with not even the remotest political justification, is the new normal in Brussels. Politicians may not like that fact, which is the result of their lamentable failure, but it is nonetheless a massive and unavoidable fact. The new Brussels is characterized by riots and looting by people of foreign origin, as well as the ongoing heavily-armed military presence in the streets of Brussels, in place since March 22, 2016, the day that European Islamists murdered 32 and wounded 340 people in the worst-ever terrorist attack in Belgium.

..... Destexhe is an interesting figure in Belgian politics. In French-speaking Belgium, he has been among the few to say publicly that the mass-immigration Belgians are inflicting upon themselves is unsustainable, that Islam may not be such a peaceful religion, and that school classes in which 90% of the children are of foreign origin, who do not speak French or Dutch at home, are not a recipe for success. Such may be taken as a given in much of the Western world, but in the French-speaking part of Belgium, heavily influenced by the French worldview, he was considered right-wing, if not an extremist, a racist, and other such niceties the Left often utters.

...... Brussels has, from the opulent conservative and "bourgeois" city that it was 25 years ago, morphed into a hell hole.

Article is here.

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Brussels is a foretaste of America's future given the road that we're currently heading down. Just as happened in ancient Israel when the nation collectively jettisoned truth, anarchy and chaos will ultimately reign supreme as everyone becomes an island unto themselves and individually decide "what seems right". Christians in this country that espouse traditional Biblical values will be increasingly marginalized, ostracized and lambasted as racist bigots. Christians are playing with fire when they feel comfortably-at-ease immersed in a culture that is obsessed with greed and worships the god of secular humanism, that mocks morality and marriage, that progressively admires and celebrates the obscene, that disdains life in the womb and that shreds any distinction between male and female. Much of the Body of Christ is in sore need of a divine renewal of the mind. Only then will we collectively and individually experience a stunning peace that the world can never impart (Phil 4:7).

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Rom 12:2, ESV)

A Millennial Job Interview


Saturday, December 9, 2017

Using language as a way of controlling the mind is nothing new


Sean Davis penned an insightful essay here entitled "What C.S. Lewis Can Teach Us About America’s Pronoun Wars".

While the pronoun wars may be new to America, the writings of C.S. Lewis show that the fight over language as a way of controlling the mind is nothing new.

While it may seem that America’s pronoun wars — namely the debate about whether words like “he” and “she” reflective the objective reality of biological sex — are a new and frightening development in human history, the works of C.S. Lewis remind us that in the fight over language, there’s nothing new under the sun. In his book “The Abolition of Man,” for example, Lewis expertly explains the nature and stakes of the battle over whether language reflects objective reality or only subjective experience .......

Lewis goes on to excoriate "the notion that objective reality is nothing more than a function of subjective emotions."


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Indeed. As the culture divorces itself from reality and descends into Wonderland, there is an insurmountable problem - i.e., sooner or later reality inevitably intrudes and slaps the delusional with consequences. Hard. And unfortunately, sometimes fatally.

Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. (Heb 2:1, ESV)

Doomsday

From the 1983 movie "Wargames", this scenario becomes more likely with more and more rogue nations gaining nuclear capability ......


Friday, December 8, 2017

Legal Does Not Mean Moral


There is a striking scene in the movie "The Godfather, part 3" where Mafia chieftain Michael Corleone relates a period in his life when he tried to leave a life of crime and become a legal, respectable member of society. But as he says,

"All my life I kept trying to go up in society. Where everything higher up was legal. But the higher I go, the crookeder it becomes."
―Michael Corleone (in the movie Godfather 3)

The fictitious character Michael Corleone articulates a truth all too evident in today's disintegrating culture. Politicians (most of whom are also lawyers) excel at finding legal loopholes to justify their increasingly immoral behavior. Martin Luther was correct when he characterized them as generally the biggest fools or worst scoundrels on earth. The problem is that politicians foolishly equate legality with morality. But moral standing is entirely distinct from legal standing. Legality does not assign morality. Moral standing - the question of right versus wrong - is ultimately defined, assigned and arbitrated by God ....... not by man. We may rule on what is civilly legal, but we have no power to assign or change moral standing.

Homosexuality (once illegal in this country) is now legal, but that does not change its immoral standing. Abortion is legal while remaining a highly immoral act. The insanity of transgenderism may now be legal, but its moral standing has not changed. As the culture descends deeper into immorality, it will increasingly declare as "legal" its immoral acts.

Don't be fooled by the spider's web of deceit.

They say that what is right is wrong and what is wrong is right; that black is white and white is black; bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter. (Isa 5:20, Living Bible)

A Politically Incorrect Christmas


Thursday, December 7, 2017

The mind-blowing mystery of time



Age of Jesus Christ’s Purported Tomb Revealed


Over the centuries, Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre has suffered violent attacks, fires, and earthquakes. It was totally destroyed in 1009 and subsequently rebuilt, leading modern scholars to question whether it could possibly be the site identified as the burial place of Christ by a delegation sent from Rome some 17 centuries ago.

Now the results of scientific tests provided to National Geographic appear to confirm that the remains of a limestone cave enshrined within the church are remnants of the tomb located by the ancient Romans.


Read about it here.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The scam artists in contemporary sex education


Carl Trueman (William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion in Public Life at the James Madison Program at Princeton University) brilliantly roasts here the scam of contemporary sex education that promised us freedom but instead sowed a moral and social deficit that is evident in broken families and damaged bodies. Unfortunately, I suspect his admonition to put sex back into a moral framework will largely fall on deaf ears amidst a culture sucked into hedonism.

...... during the 1980s, the least acceptable response to the AIDS crisis was the promotion of abstinence. Promiscuity was held to be normative, opponents of it were decried as idiotic and prudish, and any acceptable solution had to be built on these foundational truths.

Thirty years on, the failed pattern continues. 


... The change in sexual habits is presented not as a problem, but as a reality to be accommodated. This makes perfect sense, given the divorce of sexual activity from any kind of moral framework or personal narrative. As sex is essentially amoral (except when consent is absent—and then it is only the violation of consent, not the sex, that is immoral), so the education that surrounds it is amoral, too.

.... Modern sex education keeps failing to deliver on its promises—indeed, it keeps plunging society into deeper and deeper problems—and it keeps proposing as the solution more and more of the same. Sexual assault is heinous, and even the clients of prostitutes want something more significant than an anonymous encounter. The notion that sex can be pursued as recreation, isolated from a larger relational and moral context, is an obvious scam. But we keep getting mugged by reality.

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Contemporary culture has taken the priceless jewel and divinely-bestowed gift of human sexuality, and morphed it via moral chaos into dime-store plastic jewelry.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

It's not a question of "if" but when "when" Europe becomes Islamic




Pew Research published a detailed study here outlining the alarming growth of the European Muslim population even with "zero migration" going forward. Combined with the declining numbers of the non-Muslim population, it's not a question of "if" but when "when" Europe becomes Islamic.

These growing numbers of Muslims in Europe, combined with the projected shrinkage of the non-Muslim population, are expected to result in a rising share of Muslims in Europe’s overall population in all scenarios. 

.... In Europe overall, even if all Muslim migration into Europe were to immediately and permanently stop – a zero migration scenario – the overall Muslim population of Europe would be expected to rise by 2.5 percentage points, from the current level of 4.9% to 7.4% by 2050. This is because Muslims in Europe are considerably younger and have a higher fertility rate than other Europeans. Without any future migrants, these prevailing demographic trends would lead to projected rises of at least 3 percentage points in the Muslim shares of France, Belgium, Italy and the UK.

The Poison of Subjectivism by C.S. Lewis



Monday, December 4, 2017

Massive ‘ocean’ discovered deep beneath Earth’s crust



A reservoir of water three times the volume of all the oceans has been discovered deep beneath the Earth’s surface. The finding could help explain where Earth’s seas came from.

The water is hidden inside a blue rock called ringwoodite that lies 700 kilometres underground in the mantle, the layer of hot rock between Earth’s surface and its core.

The huge size of the reservoir throws new light on the origin of Earth’s water. Some geologists think water arrived in comets as they struck the planet, but the new discovery supports an alternative idea that the oceans gradually oozed out of the interior of the early Earth.

“It’s good evidence the Earth’s water came from within,” says Steven Jacobsen of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.


....... “We should be grateful for this deep reservoir,” says Jacobsen. “If it wasn’t there, it would be on the surface of the Earth, and mountain tops would be the only land poking out.”

Read about it here.

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The last place secular scientists will look for truth is in the Bible. Petrified by the idea of a transcendent and omnipotent Creator, they will embrace any extra-Biblical theory to explain life no matter how bizarre. Thus the serious proposal that life on Earth was seeded by aliens (i.e., see here.) Or the preposterous theory that comets produced the enormous quantity of water in the world's oceans.

The vast oceans of water beneath the Earth’s crust is precisely what the Bible describes in the first book of Genesis. In fact, prior to the flood of Noah’s day, it had never rained. The waters from the fountains of the deep (the water reservoirs beneath the Earth’s crust) provided water.

And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. (Genesis 2:5-6).

This was the state of the Earth until the days of the global flood judgment. And it would be two-fold: water came from the sky in torrential rain, and from the ground, as The Lord caused the huge oceans of subterranean water to burst forth and shoot onto the surface.

And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth. In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. (Genesis 7:10-11).

Sunday, December 3, 2017

The Court should have known it would happen


Don't put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there (Ps 146:3, NLT)

Mark Bauerlein states the obvious in his excellent essay here entitled "You Can Say That". His thesis is that the foolish Supreme Court ruling in 1971 of Cohen v. California (which turned on whether a man who entered a Los Angeles courthouse wearing a jacket marked “F—- the Draft” could be arrested for “offensive conduct”) laid the foundation for incivility. The Court said “No,” reversing a lower court ruling.

And here we are, forty-six years after Cohen, with waves of nasty tweets out of Hollywood, speakers at the Lincoln Memorial shouting curse words to righteous crowds, and the most popular songs on college campuses spewing language that would make Carlin shudder. Even liberals agree that the public sphere looks anything but more capacious and expressive and pluralistic. They reject, reflexively, any speech restrictions based on aesthetic norms, but they too regret the coarseness and incivility. The head of the National Endowment for the Humanities under President Obama organized a national “Civility Tour” to stem the epidemic of American nastiness.

The Court should have known it would happen.

..... You and I may have no problem in calling such messages crude and inappropriate and expelling them from the room, but not the justices. They erased the line between principled objection and puerile insult. A four-letter word now rises to the level of meaningful, respectable expression.

..... The saddest part of this prevaricating, trimming episode in the Supreme Court, which bears so closely on contemporary life, is that if those justices were alive today and witnessed the triumph of vulgarity everywhere in American mass culture, they would, I suspect, shake their heads in tired resignation and persevere in their decision.


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Amen.

Early in the 21st century, we've reaped what we sowed. We naively trust those who occupy positions of high authority and power, falsely believing the "system" elevates only the wisest and most deserving. But in fact - in this fallen world - it's usually the most conniving, unethical and immoral that rise into those positions. With very few exceptions (i.e., Justice Scalia), the truly righteous tend to be weeded out. We foolishly sowed some very bad seed decades ago, and the rotten fruit is understandably now nauseating the culture.