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



Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A total solar eclipse at the beginning of the month of Elul “is an especially bad sign”


The earliest recorded historical total solar eclipse is the famous Assyrian eclipse, also known as Bur-Sagale (Bur-Saggile, Pur-Sagale or Par-Sagale) eclipse. It was a total solar eclipse that occurred on 15 June 763 BC (proleptic Julian calendar) over ancient Nineveh, shortly before Jonah appeared to pronounce impending judgement on the wicked city within 40 days.

The 2017 Aug 21st total solar eclipse’s timing is meaningful according to the Jewish calendar. Incredibly, it comes precisely at the beginning of the month of Elul on the Jewish calendar – a time of repentance for the nation. Just a few hours after the path of darkness of the Aug 21st eclipse departs the coast of South Carolina and the sun sets, the Hebrew month of Elul begins, ushering in a 40-day period of repentance corresponding to the period Moses spent on Mount Sinai repenting for the Jewish People. From the first of Elul to Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, is 40 days.

Written by Rabbi Moshe ben Yisrael Benyamin in Safed in 1894, the Yalkut Moshe notes that when a solar eclipse occurs at the beginning of the month of Elul, “it is an especially bad sign,” Rabbi Berger told Breaking Israel News (see here.)

According to Jewish tradition, the month of Elul is the time that Moses spent on Mount Sinai preparing the second set of tablets after the golden calf incident (Ex. 32; 34:27-28). He ascended on Rosh Chodesh Elul and descended on the 10th of Tishri, at the end of Yom Kippur, when repentance was complete. Elul marked the beginning of a period of 40 days that Moses prayed for God to forgive the people for worshipping the golden calf.

The number "40" is prominent in the Bible. In the Old Testament, when God destroyed the earth with water, He caused it to rain 40 days and 40 nights (Gen. 7:12). After Moses killed the Egyptian, he fled to Midian, where he spent 40 years in the desert tending flocks (Acts 7:30). Moses was on Mount Sinai for 40 days and 40 nights (Ex. 24:18). Moses interceded on Israel's behalf for 40 days and 40 nights (Deut. 9:18, 25). The Law specified a maximum number of lashes a man could receive for a crime, setting the limit at 40 (Deut. 25:3). The Israelite spies took 40 days to spy out Canaan (Num. 13:25). The Israelites wandered for 40 years (Deut. 8:2-5). Before Samson's deliverance, Israel served the Philistines for 40 years (Judg. 13:1). Goliath taunted Saul's army for 40 days before David arrived to slay him (1 Sam. 17:16). When Elijah fled from Jezebel, he traveled 40 days and 40 nights to Mt. Horeb (1 Kings 19:8). The Lord Jesus was tempted for 40 days in the wilderness and there were 40 days between His resurrection and His ascension. In addition, I already noted the prophet Jonah gave the people of Nineveh 40 days to repent before judgment would fall.


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On August 21st, 1914 (again, at the start of the Jewish month of Elul) a total solar eclipse crossed over Eastern Europe shortly after the outbreak of World War I. The eclipse traversed the Ottoman Empire, signaling its' imminent end.



Of course, most will laugh off any suggestion the Aug 21, 2017 eclipse is anything but a spectacular astronomical event for our entertainment. But those who are wise will see something else. Given the rapidly deteriorating moral climate in America, the eclipse is a call for repentance on the part of the United States. The Aug 21st eclipse will cross the entirety of the country from northwest to southeast. The fact there will be yet another total solar eclipse across the contintental United States in 7 years (2024), this time from southwest to northeast, painting a giant bullseye on the nation should give one pause to reflect.


The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes (Joel 2:31, ESV)

Planned Parenthood is a wildly successful Trojan Horse implanted and supported by the ultimate White Supremacists


Daniel Payne states the politically incorrect here, correctly asserting that the epitomy of white supremacy is the sacred cow of liberals - Planned Parenthood.

It is a rich if tragic irony that the same progressives denouncing Richard Spencer and demanding that municipal statues be torn down for their alleged white supremacist qualities are themselves closely aligned with a white supremacist-tied group. I am speaking, of course, of Planned Parenthood, which is to the abortion-loving Left what Adolf Hitler’s bunker would have become to fascists had Germany not demolished it in the late 1980s: a sort of holy shrine upon which adulation and adoration can be fixated.

The racist, eugenicist roots of Planned Parenthood are well-documented, as is the paranoid racial and eugenic visions of its founder, Margaret Sanger, who spoke of her desire to create “a new race with a racial soul” in the United States, once cheerfully spoke before a women’s Klan meeting, desired to “keep the doors of Immigration closed” to those “whose condition is known to be detrimental to the stamina of the race,” and yearned to accentuate “the better racial elements in our society” so as to erase from the population “defective stocks—those human weeds which threaten the blooming of the finest flowers of American civilization.”

...... It is also in killing black people that Planned Parenthood really shines. Around 941 black babies are aborted in this country every day. Planned Parenthood, netting more than a third of the abortion market in the country, is responsible for 329 of those daily deaths. That averages out to a little more than 120,000 black abortions at Planned Parenthood per year, or around a third of the total abortions the organization performs—this from a demographic that makes up about 13 percent of the United States population. According to the Guttmacher Institute, black women get abortions at five times the rate of white women.

If you were a white supremacist who wanted to sharply reduce the black population to make way for more whites, what would you be doing differently than Planned Parenthood?

..... ... Spencer, the lily-white organizer of the infamous tiki-torch protest in Charlottesville last week, is a proponent of legalized abortion, precisely because it does very well the thing Spencer is most enthusiastic about, i.e. reducing the number of black people in the United States. 


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Indeed. Planned Parenthood is a wildly successful Trojan Horse implanted and supported by the ultimate White Supremacists.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Mind-Blowing Difference Between A Partial & Total Solar Eclipse

God uses such awesome phenomena to point us to the transcendent - and warn us there is far more to His creation than most people realize. Even this atheist is profoundly spiritually affected by the experience.
 
The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes (Joel 2:31)
 


The Divinely Mandated Relationship Between Man & Animal

This movie clip is from the Richard Gere movie "Hachi: A Dog's Tale", the true story of the most famous Akita. Hachikō (ハチ公, November 10, 1923 – March 8, 1935) was an Akita dog born on a farm near the city of Ōdate, Akita Prefecture, Japan. He is remembered for his remarkable loyalty to his owner, whom he waited for more than nine years after his owner's death. In 1924, Hidesaburō Ueno, a professor in the agriculture department at the University of Tokyo, took Hachikō, a golden brown Akita, as a pet. Ueno would commute daily to work, and Hachikō would leave the house to greet him at the end of each day at the nearby Shibuya Station. The pair continued the daily routine until May 1925, when Ueno did not return. The professor had suffered a cerebral hemorrhage, while he was giving a lecture, and died without ever returning to the train station in which Hachikō would wait. Each day, for the next nine years, nine months and fifteen days, Hachikō awaited Ueno's return, appearing precisely when the train was due at the station.

......a powerful demonstration of the truly remarkable relationship between man and animal, that was instituted by God.



Last known photo of Hachiko's death along with his owners wife Yaeko Ueno (front row, second from right) and station staff in mourning in Tokyo on March 8, 1935. (Photo provided by Shibuya Folk and Literary Shirane Memorial Museum)



Monday, August 14, 2017

Googling Moral Purity


The dog above rejects the truth when confronted with a box of car parts he chewed up. His behavior mirrors the culture when confronted with truth that contradicts its' deformation of reality.

Regarding the firing this week of software engineer James Damore by Google for his thougthful treatise on gender differences, theologian R.R. Reno hits it out of the park here with his essay entitled "Googling Moral Purity".

 ...... the cultural logic is the same. Our ruling class relies on “diversity” and “inclusion” to legitimate its supereminence. This makes the attendant ideology sacrosanct. Any public dissent becomes explosive, because it threatens the legitimacy of our current social system, which is characterized by an increasing concentration of wealth and power among just a few at the tippy-top.

.... CEO Pichai, the Google founders and board members, and the rest of top management are very rich people. Meritocratic ideology helps them justify their wealth, but only up to a point. Merit alone can’t explain why a smart, hard-working person deserves a net worth measured in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

This is where do-goodism kicks in.

.... The tech industry has been blessed by an adulatory press and worshipful politicians. Wall Street and other more established centers of wealth and power, not so much. They have had to adopt a more painstaking approach to securing ideological justification for, and political protection of, their supereminence: the diversity-and-inclusion project. It is this approach that now plays an important role in justifying the extraordinary concentration of endowment assets and cultural prestige in just a few schools at the top of our university system.

.... Today’s elite Americans are no longer interested in suffering and sacrifice of that sort. I doubt that any children of the one hundred richest Americans served in Iraq or Afghanistan. I’m willing to wager that not a single child of the richest 10,000 Americans did so. For more than a generation, the Ivy League was cleansed of the unpleasant presence of ROTC. Today, the people at the top serve us by benevolently administering the diversity-and-inclusion project. Google’s leadership is willing to set profits aside in order to “do the right thing.” That’s their sacrifice.

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Even secular psychoanalysis recognizes that courage to face the truth is "the guiding principle, the North Star of psychoanalysis" (see here.)

It takes courage to face the truth because the truth comes will all sorts of anxieties, disappointments, and responsibilities which we would rather avoid.  The truth can be painful.  It can be challenging.  It means we must pull our heads out of the sand and do something to help ourselves—wake up, get up, stand up, pony up, man up, grow up.

But the culture at large can't face the truth. In so doing, it foolishly follows Alice down into Wonderland.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Truth Is Still Evident Even When We Try To Hide It

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines tweeted the following pro-gay message in honor of Amsterdam’s Gay Pride festivities, featuring three sets of rainbow-print seatbelts: one with two “female” ends, another with two “male” ends, and the last with one male and one female end.


“It doesn’t matter who you click with,” the airline wrote in the caption. “Happy #PrideAmerstdam.”

However, it's quite obvious that the only seatbelt set that functionally "works" is the third set with male and female ends. The other two sets are useless; you can only "click" with the third set.

As this blog notes,

If KLM equipped its aircraft with set number one or number two, its entire fleet would be grounded for safety reasons. And if even one passenger’s seat was outfitted with double male or double female ends, the plane would not even be allowed to pull away from the gate because of the safety hazard presented to that one passenger.

Only the set of “complementary” seat belts protects passengers from harm. The others have no real value. In fact, they invite danger.

One of the best responses to the airline’s tweet came from Rick Canton: “Fly Royal Dutch Airlines, where your only chance of surviving a crash is buckling up the heterosexual way.”

..... In this way, the KLM ad offers a perfect explanation of why same-sex “marriage” is an impossible notion.

Truth is still evident even when we try to hide it.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

There Are Three Options When We Encounter Truth



Earlier I wrote here about the classic deception regarding electric cars - i.e., that they are more "eco-friendly".  Sure enough as documented here, the toxic mines required to produce the required rare elements are devastating. And Forbes admits here that selling Teslas is a losing proposition.

So here we have a car pushing $100,000 paid for in no small part by you and me, no matter whether Tesla paid back their federal loan or not.  The small comfort is that we are off the hook for any default on that loan, but it would be more comfort if we weren’t all compelled—completely against most of our wills—to shell out around somewhere around $10K (depending on state) for every one that goes out the door.  The more they sell, the more we pay.

The only way to stop this craziness is for the company to stop making cars.   If demand drops much, or California goes into a major fiscal crisis (they’re working on it), oddly enough, Tesla’s bankruptcy will save the rest of us some money.

The hoopla surrounding Tesla (and other electric) cars is a classic example of the deception that occurs when people invent their own reality.

When we encounter previously unknown truth, we face one of three options:
  1. We can ignore the truth and live in denial, suffering the consequences sooner or later. This option is a ticking timebomb since all truth is absolute and affects everyone.
  2. We foolishly try to modify the truth to fit our pre-conceived worldview and subsequently live in a fantasy. Sooner or later however, truth in the form of reality will invade our fantasy world with catastrophic consequences.
  3. We acknowledge the truth and modify our worldview to incorporate it. This is not always easy because our fallen desires play an important role. Quoting Col Jessup in the scene above from the movie "A Few Good Men", many people can't handle the truth and thus foolishly resort to either option 1 or 2.
Option 3 is the only one that will set us free.

and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free (John 8:32, ESV)

A Culture Of Death


University of Chicago Professor Jerry Coyne wrote here on his personal blog that, “If you’re allowed to abort a fetus that has a severe genetic defect, microcephaly, spina bifida, or so on, then why aren’t you able to euthanize that same fetus just after it’s born?”

“I see no substantive difference,” Coyne continued.

This is the logical conclusion of his naturalist worldview that ascribes the origin of life to random, menaingless chance. Citing a recent pro-baby-euthanasia column in The New York Times by Gary Comstock, a philosophy professor at North Carolina State University, Coyne argues in favor of administering “a lethal injection of…a barbiturate” to gravely ill babies who are suffering as they die.

Comparing newborns to dogs and cats, Coyne claims that “some day the practice [of killing disabled newborns] will be widespread, and it will be for the better.” Coyne cites favorably the position of Princeton philosopher Peter Singer, who has also argued in favor of killing disabled newborns. “

This is apparently already allowed in the Netherlands,” Coyne points out. In the Netherlands, the “Groningen Protocol,” a medical text circulated among physicians in that country, is used in order to determine when it is acceptable to end the life of a newborn. The Dutch government has approved of this protocol.

“When religion vanishes, as it will,” Coyne argues, “so will much of the opposition to both adult and newborn euthanasia.” [emphasis is mine] Coyne would have been at home in Nazi Germany. But what's really terrifying is that a growing number of people are embracing his worldview.

In 2015, Scott Buss asked here, "But what was it about our culture before its embrace of “legal” child sacrifice that paved the way for the open, ongoing systematic murder and dismemberment of tens of millions of baby boys and girls in America?" 

He answered by quoting Prov 8:36 - "all who hate me love death.”

Whomever rejects the one true God of life, loves death itself. As our culture firmly rejects the Author of life, it is snowballing into a culture of death.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Behold


Abortion Isn’t ‘Liberty,’ It’s Murder


Daniel Payne presents the truth here that abortion is murder in contrast to the bizarre claim of feminist author Lindy West that it's "liberty". He notes the dangerous and frightening perspective shift of abortion advocates from one of "rare but necessary", to an alarming one of "positive good." This is a fatal example of people shaping fantasy "truth" to fit their preconceived worldview instead of letting real truth shape their worldview.

In response to the news that congressional Democrats are willing to fund pro-life Democratic candidates, feminist author Lindy West has written what may be the consummate latter-day pro-choice movement essay. Horrified at the thought that liberals might be even mildly flexible on the abortion question, West declares: “This issue represents everything Democrats purport to stand for…[T]o be anti-choice on a policy level is absolutely indefensible from an economic justice, racial justice, gender justice and human rights standpoint.”

“Abortion is not a fringe issue,” West writes. “Abortion is liberty.”

It’s not. It’s actually murder......

Monday, August 7, 2017

Time for Truth: Living Free in a World of Lies, Hype, and Spin

Os Guinness is a Christian with a PhD in Philosophy from Oxford. In this video he asserts that the West has witnessed the end of the "heroic stand on truth" that was seen in such events as the fall of the Soviet Union and the reunification of Germany. At the Veritas Forum at Stanford in 2002, Guinness argued that truth is something which confronts us, causing us either to shape our desires according to truth, or to (try to) shape truth according to our desires. Now - 15 years later - the cultural situation regarding truth has dangerously deteriorated much further into the abyss ......


Sunday, August 6, 2017

The Height Of Hypocrisy


Most proponents of global warming (they had to change the name of their cause to "climate change" since the Earth is actually cooling down, not warming up) are notorious hypocrites. In their $150,000 Teslas which they proudly advertise as "green" (the fact is that before they've even turned the ignition for the first time, they've already pumped 8 years worth of CO2 into the atmosphere that a gasoline-driven car would; see here) they pompously herald themselves as champions of ecology.

The Oscar-winning hypocrite of them all is former Vice-President Al Gore who flies in private jets (pumping far more emissions into the atmosphere than anyone who flies commercial) all over the world to climate changer conferences to proclaim the sky is falling. Now comes the revelation that his private residence in Nashville devours 34 times more electricity than the average U.S. household (see here.)

On Friday, Al Gore’s sequel to “An Inconvenient Truth” – “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” – arrives in movie theaters across the country. But there’s another inconvenient sequel worth noting and, like most sequels, this one is even worse than the original.

Gore’s hypocritical home energy use and “do as I say not as I do” lifestyle has plunged to embarrassing new depths.

In just this past year, Gore burned through enough energy to power the typical American household for more than 21 years, according to a new report by the National Center for Public Policy Research. The former vice president consumed 230,889 kilowatt hours (kWh) at his Nashville residence, which includes his home, pool and driveway entry gate electricity meters. A typical family uses an average of 10,812 kWh of electricity per year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

It gets worse.

Last September alone, Gore devoured 30,993 kWh of electricity. That’s enough to power 34 average American homes for a month. Over the last 12 months, Gore used more electricity just heating his outdoor swimming pool than six typical homes use in a year.

..... the home’s green facelift wasn’t enough to offset Gore’s colossal energy consumption.

Despite spending more than a quarter-million dollars on making his home more environmentally friendly, his energy consumption is higher than ever.

Those 33 solar panels generate about 12,000 kWh of electricity a year – way more than enough energy to power a typical American household. Gore is such an enormous energy hog, however, that his gigantic rooftop solar array produces just 5.7 percent of the electricity he uses in his home, or enough to power his home for a measly 21 days a year.

The article is spot-on with its' claim that Gore "has manipulated environmental concerns into a big business." It's all about money, not the environment. Jesus cautioned us that we would know deceivers by their fruit, not by their words (Matt 7:16).

The Final Salute


Friday, August 4, 2017

Toeing the Party Line & Drinking the Kool-Aid


LTG Herbert Raymond "H. R." McMaster (born July 24, 1962) is a United States Army officer and currently the U.S. National Security Advisor. On February 20, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump named McMaster to serve as his National Security Advisor following the resignation of Michael T. Flynn on February 13. McMaster "intends to remain on active duty while he serves as national security adviser."

You do not achieve 3-star rank in the military without toeing the party line. McMaster gained his third star under President Obama who was notorious for purging the military of senior leaders (i.e., see here) with worldviews that did not align with the President's  - a worldview that was hostile to Israel while accomodating of radical Islam, and with calamitous ideas on social experimentation and change. McMaster clearly echoed Obama's worldview or he would never have achieved 3 stars.

Jerusalem Post columnist Caroline Glick wrote recently that National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster is purging pro-Israel staff from the National Security Council (NSC), turning the administration against President Donald Trump’s policies. In a Facebook post, Glick noted that “all of these people” whom McMaster has fired this week — Rich Higgins, Derek Harvey, and Ezra Cohen-Watnick — “are pro-Israel and oppose the Iran nuclear deal, positions that Trump holds.” She noted that the firings were the latest evidence that NSA McMaster is “deeply hostile to Israel and to Trump”. See here.

There is little question that LTG McMaster dutifully and faithfully drank the kool-aid coming up through the ranks, publicly making such bizarre remarks as "the Islamic State is not Islamic". As Raymond Ibrahim warned in March 2017 here on the Middle East Forum, "it seems we are going right back to being "willfully ignorant" of reality." [Raymond Ibrahim is a Judith Friedman Rosen Fellow at the Middle East Forum.] Former NSC officials report here that ‘everything the president wants to do, McMaster opposes.’ Why? Because McMaster remains loyal to the previous President who gave him 3 stars and who clearly shaped his worldview.

A.Z. Mohamed (a Muslim born and raised in the Middle East) wrote an open letter here over at the Gatestone Institute to LTG McMaster warning that the NSA Security Advisor's worldview is not in accord with reality.

In other words, as al-Kalbani has confirmed -- and contrary to what McMaster has been telling his staff and his commander-in-chief, President Trump -- Muslim terrorists are Islamic, and the term "radical Islamic terrorism" is apt, accurate and extremely "helpful."

Having lost his apparent mentor, McMaster is feeling the pressure according to this report, having grown “increasingly volatile” and "frequently blows his top in high-level meetings." Unfortunately, the longer the political and military leadership anchor themselves in a self-concocted fantasy worldview, the more violent, catastrophic and destructive it will be when reality finally - and rudely - intrudes.

Therefore do not be foolish ... (Eph 5:17, ESV)

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Its' deadly fruit is on the horizon


Dion Pierre and Peter Wood articulate here, the disturbing state of affairs that not only permits but encourages racial hatred in contemporary college instiutions. [Peter W. Wood is the president of the National Association of Scholars. Dion J. Pierre is a research associate at the National Association of Scholars.]

Four days after James T. Hodgkinson opened fire on a group of Republican congressmen at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, Trinity Professor Johnny Eric Williams sided with anonymous blogger “Son of Baldwin,” who proposed that black emergency personnel should let wounded white people die rather than lend assistance. Baldwin posted his opinions under the hashtag, #LetThemF******Die.

Professor Williams linked Son of Baldwin’s statement, adopted the hashtag as his own, and posted some additional denunciations of white Americans for “their destructive mythology of whiteness and their white supremacy system.” Referring to all “self-identified ‘whites,’” he wrote, “The time is now to confront these inhuman assholes and end this now.”

.... Trinity’s dilemma is in large part a matter of a double standard, created to coddle black radicals on campus. The prevailing view among colleges and universities is that robust declarations of racial resentment by African-American professors or students should be considered within the bounds of academic freedom. This allowance is a one-way street. Similarly abusive language from a white or Asian professor would almost certainly be met with severe sanctions.

.... colleges and universities have appointed so many faculty members who present themselves as authentic voices of black rage. It is plainly difficult to call someone to account for doing exactly what he was hired to do. Rage-filled black professors are not going to lose their positions for expressing rage.

..... campus rage has much more to do with late 1960s decisions by colleges such as Bowdoin to structure black experience in college in a way that guaranteed perpetual maladjustment and resentment. Hire professors of resentment studies who favor black segregation, and you will get more resentment and more desire for segregation. Insist that many black students be admitted at a lower standard of performance than other students, and you will get students primed for the resentment narrative. When these students rebel, high on the list of their demands is the appointment of still more professors of resentment studies.  There is now a plain career track for people like Johnny Eric Williams, who specialize in their own rage.

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The rising rage in what are supposed to be higher institutions of learning, is symptomatic of a serious problem. Jesus spoke about the source of violence. One of the most revolutionary and shocking of Jesus’ teachings is that human violence originates in a deeper place. The sin of violence has already begun before blood is spilled or words wound. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus said: “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment.” (Matt. 5.21-22).

The tolerance of appalling statements and refusal of collegiate authorities to discipline such outrageous behavior does not bode well for the culture. Violence and murder originate with anger and rage in the heart. Its' deadly fruit is on the horizon.

Gold-Flecked Steaks


Read here about the Silicon Valley restaurant where Google and Apple executives eat gold-flecked steaks. Dinner costs at minimum $395 a head, but it averages between $500 and $600 with beverages and tax. Earlier this year, I commented here that Silicon Valley and Wall Street were two places where one could easily sell their soul for money. I might add Washington D.C. as a place where many sell their soul for illusory power. Those three cities perhaps best typify why American culture is disintegrating - a voracious greed for money and power. I commented here how bizarre things can get when one jettisons truth and creates their own fantasy world. Money, success, power, prestige and intellectualism can't buy sanity ... or happiness. Those who chase money and power are lusting after mere baubles and are on a runaway train (i.e., see here) that will ultimately destroy them.

An all-consuming lust for money and/or power destroys everything of real value in one's life- i.e., marriages, family, health and above all a living relationship with God. In fact, that kind of avarice is the symptom of a much deeper-rooted problem, a spiritual cancer that is eating us away from the inside out. There is only One who can set us free.

No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. (Matt 6:24-25, ESV)

For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? (Mark 8:36)

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Shaking Their Fists At God With Their Fists Full Of Money


Tim Gill is a software programmer who made his fortune during the dot-com boom and has since poured more than $400 million into advancing the LGBT movement. The megadonor bankrolling the LGBT movement and its allies in the Democratic Party says he will continue to “punish the wicked” who hold traditional views about sexual morality. Despite the legalization of gay marriage in all 50 states, tech millionaire Tim Gill said he is not satisfied with the movement’s progress.

Story is here.

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Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality says a billionaire's money will not alter the truth of the Bible.

"The problem is he's got it completely backwards, which is what the prophet Isaiah predicted in chapter 5 verse 20, right? Good is evil and evil is good," he says, paraphrasing the Old Testament verse. "So it is people who are trying to normalize the sin of homosexuality as an identity and even change the definition of marriage to accommodate what God called an abomination. That is wicked."

"Tim Gill is a bigot and he's an intolerant bigot at that," LaBarbera reacts. "He wants to squelch dissent; he wants to squelch the very Judeo/Christian values that help make our country great. But all Tim Gill's millions or billions or whatever he has cannot eradicate God's truth. The Bible stands true yesterday, today, and forever."


LaBarbera says Gill is only one of many wealthy people shaking their fists at God with their fists full of money – "and it will not alter the truth one bit," he adds.

This is nothing new. Nero painted the Roman Christians as enemies of the republic, unleashing horrendous persecution. Scripture predicts unpredecented persecution of believers at the end of the age, This is a foretaste of what's coming. But none of this will alter the truth one iota.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Intimidated Into Submission


But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men (Acts 5:29, ESV)

Warren Smith muses over here about the increasing intimidation that atheists use to hammer Christians into submission with.

NASA was skittish. A famous atheist, Madalyn Murray O’Hair, had sued NASA after the Apollo 8 astronauts read from the Book of Genesis as they orbited the moon a year earlier.  So they gave Aldrin permission to take wine and bread to the moon for the Eucharist, and they built a few minutes into the very tight schedule for a brief service of worship. However, officially, the service took place during a few “moments of silence.” NASA had been cowed by O’Hare’s lawsuit. 

... Madalyn Murray O’Hair’s lawsuit against NASA came to nothing. Legally, she had no leg to stand on, though her activism was enough to intimidate NASA into submission. Murray-O’Hare and one of her sons and a granddaughter were murdered in 1995 by one of the staff members at American Atheists. Another son, William Murray, became a Christian, an evangelist, and a prolific writer for Christian and conservative causes.

It has been more than 40 years since humans have set foot on the moon.

But one thing hasn’t changed. The religious liberty questions that Madalyn Murray O’Hair elevated to national attention in the 1960s remain with us today. Now as then, opponents of religious liberty have few legal legs to stand on. However, also now as then, her ideological descendants can and sometimes do win when the defenders of religious liberty fail to show up, or — as NASA was in 1969 — find themselves intimidated into submission.


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Warren is correct. Tragically, far too many Christians today cower into submission in stark contrast to Daniel in the Old Testament or the apostles in the book of Acts. Those that choose not to submit often pay a high price with exorbitant fines, loss of income, damaged reputations, imprisonment and even death. But they choose wisely.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Our "Helm's Deep" in the cultural battle for truth


Carl R. Trueman, Professor of Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary, asserts here in his essay entitled "Out Cultural Waterloo" that the cultural Battle of Waterloo will be won—or lost—on the campuses of Christian colleges.

...... How Christian colleges respond to all this will be critical. The desire expressed by some to dialogue with their opponents on this matter is not a good sign. At worst, it represents the cynical prelude to capitulation: “We listened, we heard, we changed.” At best, it represents a miscalculation based upon the naïve idea that both sides have some level of mutual respect and an interest in co-existence. There is no evidence that this is the case.......

...... The dominant philosophy in so many secular humanities departments—that there is nothing so complicated in history or literature that it cannot be reduced to a simple question of power and exploitation—has allowed academia to be hijacked by those who are marked less by their knowledge of their subject than by their ability to spout angry clichés about privilege and power and hegemony. These people represent the spirit of the age, and their language is seeping into Christian discourse. In some colleges, it may not be the administrators who lead the charge for change.......

...... Colleges are where the battle for the minds of the next generation will take place. And Christian colleges cannot win merely by shouting Bible verses, however sophisticated their idiom. Nor will they win by good old-fashioned arguments resting on logic and reason. That’s not how it works any more.

....... Waterloo will be won—or lost—on the college campuses. Campuses will be in the legal and cultural frontline. Now is the time to take that truth to heart and to act upon it.

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I believe Trueman is correct about the cultural front lines being college campuses. He is also correct in his view that dialogue with the enemy of truth is never a good thing. It is precisely what has led to capitulation on part of many churches regarding homosexual marriage.

In Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy, the fortress of Helm's Deep was where the defenders of righteousness withdraw to as the final fortress sanctuary where the war will ultimately either be won or lost. The battle for traditional secular colleges has already been lost, and the remaining faithful Christian colleges are part of the "Helm's Deep" for our age in the cultural war on truth. They - along with the churches - represent the final fortress sanctuary and bastion of truth.




Gold or God?


Friday, July 28, 2017

The Cosmological Elephant In The Room


Secular cosmology dictates that on a large scale, the Universe must be relatively uniform (homogeneous and isotropic). There can be so "special" places in the Cosmos since the Big Bang must have homogeneously produced matter and everything uniformly evolved over eons of time by random chance. The problem is though that it turns out the Universe is not homogeneous on a large scale. Of course, secualists will go to any lengths to avoid the logical conclusion of the origin of the Universe.


William Lane Carig has an interesting article here entitled "Cosmology – A Religion for Atheists?"

In the award-winning movie A Theory of Everything Stephen Hawking introduces himself to his wife-to-be Jane by describing himself as a cosmologist. When Jane asks what that is, he replies “it’s a kind of religion for intelligent atheists.”

The remark is both provocative and revealing. Cosmology is obviously not literally a religion. It is a branch of astrophysics which studies the large-scale structure of the universe. Now if one is a naturalist, that is to say, someone who believes that all that exists is spacetime and its contents, then in a sense someone who studies the universe is studying the ultimate reality. This is the same project in which the theologian is engaged, except that for the theologian the ultimate reality is God, not the universe. The theologian has a wider, more encompassing view of reality than the naturalist, for he believes in a reality which transcends the universe. The universe is a subordinate reality which is created by God. For cosmologists who are theists—such as George Ellis, perhaps the world’s greatest living cosmologist, who is also portrayed in this movie—cosmology is therefore not a kind of religion, but the scientific study of a subordinate reality. But for the naturalist, it’s easy to see how cosmology could become quasi-religious.

Elsewhere, Craig points out that "The contingency implied by an absolute beginning ex nihilo points to a transcendent cause of the universe beyond space and time."

There is a related article here written by Jewish Rabbi Lawrence Kelemen entitled "What are the theological implications of modern cosmology?" As the article concludes, 

"There are, of course, mathematicians, physicists, astronomers, and cosmologists who choose not to believe in God today. For a variety of reasons, they choose instead to have faith that new natural laws will be discovered or that new evidence will appear and overturn the current model of an open, created universe. But for many in the scientific community, the evidence is persuasive. For many, modern cosmology offers permission to believe."

Finally, theologian John Macarthur correctly points out,

There is no such thing as the science of creation. There is no such thing. It does not exist. Why? Because there is no scientific way to explain creation. It was not a natural event or a series of natural events. It was a brief series of monumental super-natural events that cannot be explained by science. And so again I say, there is no such thing as the science of creation. All science is based on observation and no one observed creation. All science necessitates verification by repetition and creation cannot be repeated, and thus it cannot be verified.

Creation had no observers and cannot be repeated. It is not observable. It is not repeatable. It did not happen by any uniform, predictable, observable, repeatable, fixed, natural, laws. None of it happened according to any of those things. It is just the opposite of that. Creation was a series of supernatural instantaneous, inexplicable miracles...supernatural. That is why there is nowhere in the Genesis account any place where evolution is mentioned or even hinted at. There are no natural processes in creation. They are all supernatural. Evolution was not the means or a means by which God created, it was all supernatural and miraculous. There’s only one record of creation, Genesis 1 and 2. You can believe it or you can reject it, but that’s all there is. (emphasis is mine)

Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Dumbest Generation


You Get The Most Flak When You're Over The Target


When Christians are on the receiving end of vitriolic attacks as they witness to the truth of the gospel, it's wise to remember that one receives the most flak when they are over the target.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Gospel


All Is Not As It May Seem


Genuine truth is always grounded in reality and ultimate truth is grounded in ultimate reality - i.e., in God who is the Architect, Creator, Sustainer and Judge of all reality. Our grasp of genuine truth is directly proportional to our grasp of genuine reality. It's important to understand however that our perception of reality is not always true in this fallen world as demonstrated in the figure above. In other words, what we may believe to be true, may in fact not be true. In this fallen world, the false perception of reality is a real problem. For example:
  • On a clear day in the desert, a mountain on the horizon may appear to be a few miles distant when it fact, it's more than 30 miles away.
  • Remove all reference to time measurement (i.e., watches, the sun, etc.) and it becomes impossible to accurately discern how much time has actually passed. (This is a common problem for blind people.)
  • A color blind person will falsely perceive certain colors.
  • A hearing-impaired person will not be able to accurately discern sounds.
  • etc.
In this fallen world, we are prone to deception sometimes mistaking false reality for the genuine thing. This is why Scripture exhorts us to "test everything" (1 Thess 5:21). But misunderstanding distance, time, color or sound is one thing. Far more devastating is an incorrect grasp of morality - right vs wrong.

Naturalism is the worldview that rejects any kind of reality that it is not discernable with the 5 senses. The logical consequence of this worldivew is atheism since God is immaterial. A fatal flaw is this worldview becomes the inability to objectively justify right and wrong as effectively argued in the following video .....


Naturalism is fatally handicappped because it arbitrarily rejects the foundation of all reality.

Christians can also be deceived in this fallen world as to the nature of what is real. A false understanding of reality necessarily results in the loss of truth and the corresponding acceptance of a lie.

There are many potential scources of truth in the world (i.e., science, recorded history, education, Hollywood, parents, church, Madison Avenue, emotions, feelings, etc.) But given that we live in a fallen world, all of these sources that reside in the world are potentially flawed in their depiction of reality. They may present accurate reality part of the time (or even most of the time), but none can present accurate reality all of the time. Why? Because everything in the world is contaminated with corruption. Until the creation is released from its bondage to corruption, all potential sources of truth within creation can be flawed (Rom 8:20-21).

[Even science can get it wrong sometimes. Historical examples:

  • Miasmatic theory of disease: This theory postulated that diseases such as cholera, chlamydia or the Black Death were caused by a miasma (ancient Greek: “pollution”), a noxious form of “bad air”. This concept was not disposed of until the late 1800s, with the rise of the germ theory of disease. Miasma was considered to be a poisonous vapor or mist filled with particles from decomposed matter that caused illnesses. It was identifiable by its foul smell.
  • Luminiferous aether: Assumed to exist for much of the 19th century, the theory held that a “medium” of aether pervaded the universe through which light could propagate. The celebrated Michelson-Morley experiment in 1887 was the first to provide hard evidence that aether did not exist, and the theory lost all popularity among scientists by the 1920s.
  • Stress theory of ulcers: As peptic ulcers became more common in the 20th century, doctors increasingly linked them to the stress of modern life. Medical advice during the latter half of the 20th century was, essentially, for patients to take antacids and modify their lifestyle. In the 1980s Australian clinical researcher Barry Marshal discovered that the bacterium H. pylori caused peptic ulcer disease, leading him to win a Nobel Prize in 2005.
  • Static universe: Prior to the observations made by astronomer Edwin Hubble during 1920s, scientists believed the universe was static, neither expanding nor contracting. Hubble found that distant objects in the universe were moving more quickly away than nearby ones. Very recently, in 1999, scientists unexpectedly found that not only was the universe expanding, but its expansion was accelerating.]

Thus the mandate for all Christians in the world to exercise vigilance and test every potential source of truth within creation.

But we have been given a Silver Bullet: uncontaminated, objective, absolute and transcendent Truth from outside creation. Both the incarnate Truth (Jesus Christ) and the written truth (Scripture) give us invaluable access to genuine objective reality and truth. They become the yardstick to help ascertain what is real and what is not, what is true and what is false. Without them, we are sitting ducks for an enemy that is spectacularly deceptive. And we are expecially vunerable in the area of morality; without a transcendent anchor, anything goes with right becoming wrong and vice-versa.

In this world ....... all is not as it may seem.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Battery Derangement Syndrome


Mark Mills reinforces here in his article in Forbes, what I wrote previously here about the great con being pulled on the public about electric cars. As Mark bluntly says,

Given the physics of the universe we live in and the scale of the global challenge, there is simply no chance that the New York Times green vision will come to pass any time in the foreseeable future… period.

..... Global lithium battery factories collectively manufacture enough capacity to store 100 billion watt-hours (Wh) of electricity annually. Sounds like a big number, but here’s the rub: the world uses over 50,000 billion Wh every day, with America alone using about 10,000 billion Wh daily. To achieve the ‘pure’ green solar-battery vision, quite obviously each home needs on average at least 12 hours of storage any given day. (We’re being generous here ignoring issues like cloudy days.) Thus, do the math on what’s required to manufacture a total of 25,000 billion watt-hours of storage systems to hold that half-day’s worth of electricity: it would take 250 years of production from all of today’s global battery factories. Yes, we could build more factories, but these are very big systems with enormous capital costs that already use astronomical quantities of materials.

...... consider the scale needed for batteries to replace gasoline. At any given moment the fuel tanks in more than 1 billion vehicles on the world’s highways and in garages hold about 10,000 million gallons of gasoline (and diesel). That quantity of energy expressed in electrical terms totals 400,000 billion watt-hours. If we reduce this to take into account the efficiency advantage of electric motors, typically 4x better than an engine at converting stored energy into motion, then one needs only 100,000 billion Wh of batteries. That’s a quantity 5x greater than the already massive number needed for the solar vision. This. Won’t. Happen.

.... In the real world where consumers and policymakers have to live, we’ll need a lot of fuel-burning cars and grids for the foreseeable future.


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Read Mark's article in entirety. Unlike the fanatical proponents of electric cars who live in Wonderland, Mills deals with hard reality and confronts the appropriately named "Battery Derangement Syndrome".

Monday, July 24, 2017

Dark Deeds Naturally Seek The Darkness


There's an article here in Vice that reveals the widespread appeal of the Satanic Temple to LGBTQ. The author writes,

At 26 years old, newly lesbian, and navigating the tail end of a five year relationship with the man I loved, I didn't know what to call myself aside from "confused." Figuring I might as well lean into that untethered panic, I attended a public forum hosted by the Satanic Temple's LA chapter. Held at a biker bar in the suburbs, I showed up wearing mom jeans and fit in seamlessly, and I've since become a member in good standing.

Since then, I've been consumed with all things Satanic Temple.

And as noted here on the Christian Post,

The co-founder of the Satanic Temple said that he would "not be surprised" if over half of the group's members identify as LGBTQ because of its "radically-inclusive space."

.... As Ash Astaroth, who is now the director of the Temple's headquarters in Salem, Massachusetts, said in the Vice article:

"Queer is an extra layer on top of being gay just like Satan is an extra layer on top of being an atheist."

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It's noteworthy that the author admits,

At the first meeting I attended, nearly everyone I talked to was confidently queer, gay, pansexual, transgender, bi, polyamorous, or something in between.

Those ensnared in dark deeds inevitably gravitate towards darkness. But there is One who freely offers a way out into glorious light.

And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God. (John 3:19-21, ESV)

Last Words Can Be Revealing

.... through death he (Christ) might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery (Heb 2:14-15)

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The only 911 call used in the criminal trials of the 9/11 attacks was that made by Kevin Cosgrove, an excutive for Aon Corp, who was on the 105th floor in tower two. The call ends with his screams as the tower collapses. The anger in his voice with the 911 dispatcher and Fire Department is both telling and heartbreaking. I have no idea if Kevin was a believer. But unlike others who clearly sought solace in God as the situation unraveled, Kevin's words were a stark contrast articulating anger, bitterness, impatience and hostility towards the very ones who were desperately seeking to save him. (Many of his would-be rescuers would in fact lose their lives in the process). While Kevin's death was a tragedy and my heart goes out to his widow and kids, the real tragedy was the apparent condition of his heart which unfolded during the drama.

In stark contrast were the calm last words of Todd Beamer on Flight 93 who recited the Lords Prayer with Lisa Jefferson [the GTE Airfone operator] before losing his life in a heroic failed attempt to retake the aircraft from the hijackers. Like Kevin, Todd also faced death that day - but in a far different fashion. Here is the interview with Lisa Jefferson who prayed with Todd that fateful day ....


Words and actions at the end of one's life can be quite revealing.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Fourteen Centuries Of Imbeciles Are Enough!


David Bolgiano (who fought in three combat tours in Southwest Asia as a paratrooper in the 82D Airborne and later with Special Operations Forces, getting "an eyeful of Islamic countries’ miseries, to include its Dhimmitude of other faiths and near enslavement of women. ") articulates here what almost nobody in the Washington DC fantasyland bubble is willing to publicly acknowledge regarding Islam.

.... there is an underlying truth of Holmes’ words when applied to a radical, violent, and incompatible religion that Islam has consistently shown itself to be. Here is just some of its spawn:
  • An honor-killing society that willfully, knowingly and with moral sanction lies to all it considers “infidels” (I.e., anyone not a Muslim);
  • A pathological jealously and hatred of the successes of the West. I know, I have heard about how wonderful the Arab was at Algebra . . . blah, blah, blah.
Violent extremism follows wherever they land. And, when they don’t quite have enough of a majority to lord over the Dhimmitude, they make Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson look like amateurs at playing the race card. The Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR) did not do squat to condemn the 9/11 terror attacks. In fact, most of its members were cheering from high-rises in Falls Church, Virginia, and Jersey City, New Jersey. But, CAIR was there to immediately whine that our law enforcement and intelligence community was “targeting” Muslims. It worked. The US Army fired a seasoned warrior and scholar, Lieutenant Colonel Matt Dooley, for daring to query, “Is Islam compatible with a Jeffersonian Democracy?” and the Department of Defense made Koranic scholar and Arabic speaker Major Stephen Coughlin persona non grata because he dared to speak the truth about what the Koran actually says.

Once they hit about 15 percent of the population, “no-go zones” pop up, where police are prohibited or afraid to go. This has already occurred in Paris, Antwerp, and parts of England. And, like lambs to slaughter, go the meek go. Perhaps Western Europe lost too much of its manhood in World War I and World War II. Now, left with wimps afraid of confrontation or being accused of being Islamaphobic (a wise thing to be in light of the existential threat posed by these savages), Old Europe may be too late to save. Unless they dig deep and find the courage to throw the likes of Angela Merkel out of office, Europeans as we know and love them may be gone forever. Europe will become Eurabia.

.... here is an unfortunate false historical narrative being played out in Western academics and its halls of political power that suggest that the Mohammedans are always the victims of Christian and Jewish oppression. A brief, knowing study of history proves something quite the contrary. Remember, the Crusades were a reaction to the violent and virulent spread of Islam from Arabia. In a short century, starting hundreds of years of misery after Mohammed’s death, his cancerous tribal “religion of peace” spread at the point of the spear until it encompassed all the lands of Persia, Arabia, the Levant, the Maghreb, Portugal, and Spain. Only countless struggles, bookmarked by the Battle of Tours in 732 and the Vienna in 1683 saved the West, to include all its genius of the likes of Descartes, Michelangelo, Shakespeare, Vivaldi, Bach, Brahms, Beethoven, and more, from ruin.

Now, due in large part by Saudi largesse and the willful ignorance of progressive politicians, professors, and media, many in Europe and the USA are being taught a false historical narrative.  It is not providential to watch most motion pictures made after 1960, with the exception of Lonesome Dove, Saving Private Ryan, and most of Clint Eastwood’s films, but parents should encourage their children to watch the 2014 movie The Cut. It vividly and accurately depicts what Turks (Muslims) did and continue to do to “nonbelievers” in a ruthless and determined fashion.

..... it may not be tomorrow, but it is coming. Europe has apparently signed its own death warrant as its politicians criminally prosecute prophets like Dutch Parliamentarian Geert Wilders for telling the truth about Islam’s obvious goal of creating a worldwide caliphate. And, if the Muj don’t get us, perhaps the rabid Left will. If they continue on their current course unchecked, it could take a shooting war to reclaim what are our God-given rights.

..... These are perilous times and God calls us to be saints and wear His armor.


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As David correctly charges, anyone that desires to keep their job and respectability in national leadership (whether military, political, judicial, academia or journalistic) cowtows to the politically-correct hogwash narrative that Islam is a "religion of peace". In so doing, they ultimately and foolishly sign America's death warrant. The few that do choose to speak the truth are quickly and publicly castrated, leaving America with only weak and impotent leadership ..... to the delight of Islam.

Childish leaders oppress my people, and women rule over them. O my people, your leaders mislead you; they send you down the wrong road. (Isa 3:12, NLT)


You Are A New Creation


Friday, July 21, 2017

The Greatest Generation



The movie "Dunkirk" is intense and well-worth seeing to remind us of the generation that saved Western Civilization from the Nazis. 
I'm named after an uncle who died at the age of 18 in WW2 in the Pacific in a torpedo bomber. In contrast to the widespread selfishness of today's morally bankrupt generation, that was perhaps the finest American generation and they paid a tremendous sacrifice.

That generation stands in marked conrast to today's which meanders in a lost fog of relativism, led by spineless politicians for the most part. In the 1930s, Winston Churchill futilely tried to warn England of the rise of Nazism. The British Prime Minster, Neville Chamberlain, naively signed the Munich Agreement in 1938 foolishly declaring "peace in our time". A few months later, Hilter invaded Poland. Churchhill subsequently stepped up to the plate and led Britain to victory in WW2.

The Munich Agreement is reminiscent of modern-day "treaties" with such rogue nations as North Korea and Iran which are signed by ignorant and arrogant politicians and aren't worth the paper they are written on. Dark storm clouds are gathering and something far worse than WW2 is on the horizon.

If a ruler listens to falsehood, all his officials will be wicked (Proverbs 29:12 ESV)
Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall (Proverbs 16:18 ESV)

Thursday, July 20, 2017

5 Times Doctors Told Families Their Babies Had No Hope—And Were Wrong


Josh Shepherd reveals here 5 different times that doctors told families their babies had no hope ....... and were wrong.

Sometimes parents reject the narrow options given them and later are glad they did, as in the five stories that follow. They reveal not only insights into medical ethics and parents’ rights — but, perhaps, also a higher power at work in frail lives whom modern society tragically seeks to discard.


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Read the 5 stories.

Naturalism is the belief there is no such thing as the supernatural. There is no God, no heaven, hell or any form of spiritual reality. Mankind is purely a physical animal. To Naturalists, the only thing that exists is matter which is evolving and eternal. As a result, Naturalism assumes that there is no essential meaning or purpose for anything. Human life and every aspect of material reality are just enormous cosmic accidents. The essence of reality is nothing more than material substances which, over the eons, have evolved into what exists today.

Naturalism made its climactic move on the philosophical stage when Darwin connected it with physical science. With his theory of evolution, there was suddenly no need for God at all. All of material reality could be accounted for using natural means. After Darwin, more and more academics began adopting a Naturalistic worldiview and teaching it in schools and universities. Naturalism rapidly spread throughout Western civilization. As evolution became the preferred theory of origins, naturalism worldview concepts began to be applied to other areas of life such as law, psychology, sociology, medical, anthropology, religion and so on.

No worldview is an island unto itself, but simply a foundational set of presuppositions about the nature of reality. Thus, from the foundation of every worldview come various specific ideologies which try to make sense of the presuppositions in real life. Naturalism is no exception. Some of the major belief systems which have emerged from Naturalism include Nihilism, Existentialism, Secular Humanism, Positivism (also called Scientism), Atheism, Agnosticism, Skepticism, and many expressions of Postmodernism. Each of these ideologies take off in different directions and come to slightly different conclusions about the way the universe operates, but Naturalism is their starting point.

Naturalism asserts that there is no innate value or meaning to human existence. Each individual must find their own meaning for life. In its essence, this meaning will be subjective. It includes whatever an individual decides will make life meaningful and worth living. It may be different from individual to individual, but that is okay. There is nothing that can objectively be called right, truth, purpose, or meaning.

Naturalism is not simply an abstract philosophical concept. Its' ideas always have consequences in the real world including life/death issues such as: abortion, euthanasia, suicide, genocide, murder, “Right to die,” terrorism, etc. None of these issues are seen to be wrong in and of themselves according to an objective morality. They are understood to be good or bad depending on the needs of society at large at any given moment and in any given circumstance. (Naturalism has devastating consequences in virtually every other area of life.)

Letting a brainwashed culture that is steeped in naturalism dicate life/death choices is a recipe for disaster. The dark worldview of naturalism has no inherent hope, only meaningless existence with no objective morality. Embracing the worldview of naturalism always leads to the darkness of moral relativism ...... and ultimately hopelessness.

In contrast, the Christian gospel offers truth, life, hope, joy and peace - even in the most arduous of circumstances.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

There Is Nowhere To Hide


Al Mohler elaborates here on Eugene Peterson's flip-flopping on the question of gay marriage. He wisely summarizes ......

Consider these lessons from Eugene Peterson’s ordeal.

First, there is nowhere to hide. Every pastor, every Christian leader, every author  — even every believer — will have to answer the question. The question cannot simply be about same-sex marriage. The question is about whether or not the believer is willing to declare and defend God’s revealed plan for human sexuality and gender as clearly revealed in the Bible.

Second, you had better have your answer ready. Evasive, wandering, and inconclusive answers will be seen for what they are. Those who have fled for security to the house of evasion must know that the structure has crumbled. It always does.

Third, if you will stand for the Bible’s clear teachings on sexuality and gender, you had better be ready to answer the same way over and over and over again. The question will come back again and again, in hopes that you have finally decided to “get on the right side of history.” Faithfulness requires consistency — that “long obedience in the same direction.”

That is what it means to be a disciple of Christ, as Eugene Peterson has now taught us. In more ways than one.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Investigation Of The Shroud Of Turin


Over the years, my research has led me to increasingly believe the Shroud of Turin is the authentic burial shroud of Christ. Some Protestants wrongly tend to treat the Shroud as a threat to the authority of scripture. It seems odd at first that even conservative Protestants who argue for the resurrection don’t mention the Shroud. They muster detailed (and often quite good) historical arguments as to why Jesus was actually raised. You’d think they would give their eye teeth for something like the Shroud, which could turn out to be real, scientific evidence of the very thing they are arguing for. Yet it’s not on their radar screen.

Dr. Gary Hebermas [Distinguished Research Professor of Apologetics and Philosophy at the Rawlings School of Divinity] is the premier Protestant evangelical authority on the Resurrection of Christ and in fact believes there is little chance the Shroud is a forgery (see here.) As he concludes,

Scientific inquiry reveals that there is little chance that it is a fake. In particular, experiments show that there is no foreign substance that could account for the image. Historical inquiry provides much good material for a very early date that is seldom mentioned. Studies of the pollen samples have refuted historical agnosticism, while scientific studies of the material and especially the coins over the eyes point to a probable first-century date.

On the other hand, the shroud is consistent with the Biblical data concerning Jesus' burial. What appears at first to conflict turns out, on further investigation, to be interwoven. At any rate, there appear to be no contradictions and even some Biblical and extra-Biblical evidence for the type of burial seen in the shroud. Further, a study of probabilities reveals that it is highly probable that the man buried in the shroud is Jesus. Both have many intricate and unusual points in common, with no discrepancies. In addition the shroud has been preserved throughout its history as the actual burial garment of Jesus, and legend links it with the apostles themselves.

Most interesting, at least for this writer, concerns the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus. The man of the shroud was not buried in the material for more than a few days, but neither was he unwrapped. Instead an image on the cloth is clearly visible, probably caused by a burst of radiation from a dead body. True, we do not have absolute proof for the identity of the man of the shroud. Neither do we need it to demonstrate the reality of the death and resurrection of Jesus (or for anything else in the Christian faith). But it appears to provide strong empirical corroboration for Jesus' resurrection, and when combined with the historical evidence for this event I would submit that we have a twofold apologetic from both science and history.

As such there is good warrant for further study of the shroud. It appears that it can provide continuing confirmation of the most treasured of our beliefs: the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Dr. Habermas gives his presentation below on the Shroud from several years ago (the link above is his current and latest position) .......

To redefine or scorn it is as dangerous as staring at the sun with unprotected eyes


John Stonestreet over at Breakpoint asks a thorn-in-the-side question to a culture in the throes of moral meltdown ...

What if marriage isn’t just a label? What if it really exists, as much a part of the created order as is gravity or energy? Then we couldn’t flout it without consequences, any more than we could step off the roof and choose not to hit the ground.

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Indeed. He is absolutely correct. Marriage is indeed part of the divinely created order and fundamental to human existence. While especially significant to Christans because of its symbolism of the relationship between Christ and His church (Eph 5:31-32), marriage is also part of the common grace of God to all (i.e., the renewing rain falls on the just and unjust.) Marriage is a blessing mandated by the Creator for this age (Gen 2:24). We can redefine marriage no more than we can stop the rotation of Earth on its axis or its orbit around the sun. To redefine or scorn marriage is as dangerous as staring at the sun with unprotected eyes. Both incur disasterous consequences.