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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

"So God Created Mankind in His Own Image... Male and Female He Created Them" - Genesis 1:27


It's obvious throughout the animal kingdom that maleness and femaleness are genetic facts of life and procreation. So too are hierarchies of strength, size, wits, and behavior; whether aggressive or passive. These qualities produce dazzling variety, contrast, complexity, and drama throughout the whole range of living beings on earth; under the sea, on land, and in the air. Charles Darwin himself said his theory of evolution couldn't account for the astonishing variety of species. 


We humans are the only animals that find fault with this truth of existence, and try to alter it. The Progressive-Marxists of the world have labored for over 170 years to re-engineer humankind into something very different from what it has been for eons. They command that all humanity should be equal in every way, from success in society, to talents, education, and abilities. But this is an impossibility, a dangerous and toxic delusion that has never worked in reality except in Christian monasteries where everyone takes an oath of poverty. People are born genetically different, and have widely varying capacities and desires. It's also gross hypocrisy, because the Progressive-Marxist leaders of their fake Utopia accrue to themselves enormous power and wealth over their subjects, which makes a cruel mockery of their stated goal. Their endless war on human nature distorts life, becomes regressive, and stagnates entire nations and populations. 

Since 1848, Progressive-Marxists have caused caused global revolutions that stole the lives of hundreds of millions of people, and plunged the survivors into generations of slavery, misery, and want. But they never give up, no matter how many failures they've promulgated: the Soviet Union, Maoist China, North Korea, Cambodia, and others. Venezuela, the richest South American country in the 1970's, is now hungry and destitute thanks to Progressive-Marxist dictator Hugo Chavez. He ran his country into the ground before dying of cancer in 2014. 


                    
                               Venezuela on the brink of starvation

Now the Progressive-Marxists have moved on from creating economic chaos to undermining the Western Tradition of equal rights, individual freedoms, and flourishing families. Confusion of sexuality is now their tool of choice, and they've had great success in promoting every form of non-traditional, even highly deviant sex. They've systematically damaged or destroyed the family as a stable institution throughout Europe, the Americas, and elsewhere. The family is an innate competitor and stumbling block to the totalitarian state, which must replace God in everyone's hearts and minds. Their stated goal is to remove all traces and memory of God. They are anti-theists. 

Of all the many alarming, twisted, and depraved schemes they've tried, the worst is the deliberate and malignant encouragement of confusion of sexual identity in children. The Western world's governments and academies have decided that minors should have surgery to change their sex if they want to. (Link) 

The Obama Administration is ordering schools and other institutions nationwide to open up bathrooms to any person of any "declared" sexual identity. This is a Pandora's Box of sexual perversion, since nobody can protect every child in every circumstance from the abusers who we know are present in society. They may be a small percentage, but the damage they do to their victims is often permanent and terrible. Our prisons are full of them, and many were innocent once, before they were raped and sodomized. The use of government authority to alter the course of nature is unalloyed evil. Maleness and femaleness will be erased if they have their way. 

Progressive-Marxists have gained control over our global media culture, a kaleidoscopic construction based around the internet, heavily influenced by social media, and nourished by corporations and governments working to direct popular tastes and interests. Movie and television stars, musicians, and politicians can become gilded idols in a few days, or be destroyed in a week, according to the whims and manipulations of a skilled crowd. Individuals who gain some control over this monster, even for a short while, become powerful and rich. Apple Corp., for example, has established itself over many years and become phenomenally wealthy, and for good reason. Their products are high quality. But most other media idols are bubble gum for the brain. 

To survive the powerful changes and forces surrounding us we must reconnect with God, however we define Him. There's abundant evidence that good is stronger than evil. 

So different are we from animals, and able to do things mental and physical which they cannot do, that the situation begs for an explanation. Charles Darwin himself found it impossible to believe that the incredibly delicate structures of the eye were created through evolution. He said,"The eye, to this day, gives me a cold shudder...". To think the eye evolved from natural selection "...seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest degree."  (Link)


Speaking of the eye, and light, you won't believe this: 



Watch this and wonder:  Star Cluster

Monday, August 29, 2016

A World Without Lies; Is It Possible, or Desirable?

Our greatest human failing is our ability to lie, and all of us have done it at one time or another. A "white lie" told for social purposes is often respected because we can't handle the truth in every situation. What is the truth anyway? It's often only an opinion. But sometimes it's dynamite, and must remain concealed for the sake of innocents.

If we knew that others could detect our falsehoods it would change our behavior radically. Criminality would decrease enormously, and few would be able to escape punishment. Criminals thrive when they think they won't be caught, and many crimes go unsolved. A polished lie frequently thwarts authorities, particularly juries. Convicts often admit they got away with many felonies before they were finally tried and jailed for one in particular.

What if we couldn't ever get away with lying? An effective lie detector would change the dynamic of civilization entirely. Rather than lie we would have to be silent, or face shame and rejection. Our silence would be our only defense, and not a very good one. If your overweight spouse asked, "Look how much weight I've lost! Don't I look fabulous?", our silence would betray us.

We couldn't be completely truthful in our daily lives and survive, if we tried it all at once. But a gradually higher standard of truth-telling is our only hope for survival. The blizzard of lies we're accustomed to living through now is killing us. What are the biggest lies? Take your pick: "It would be peaceful and good to live in a border-less world"; "The trillion-dollar deficits of the U.S. and the EU are not important"; "Islam is a religion of peace"; "America's police are racist, and they're hunting and killing minorities"; "We suffer. Therefore, there is no God"; and, "The world is safer and less violent today than ever before" (according to the Obama Administration).

Fact is, we're living next to a volcano, like the citizens of Pompeii and Herculaneum in 79 A.D. Small earthquakes presaged the deadly eruption of Vesuvius then, and we see similar, alarming signs every day in the news. Nature can't destroy us today, but the actions of mindless 'progressive' and rogue nations can lay waste to us all.


                                          The final day of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Imagine what would happen if our advancements in hi-tech gave us a sure and certain lie detection device. Our political systems would collapse until honest individuals could be found to lead us. Business leaders, too, would be going to jail wholesale, in many cases. Our entire criminal justice system would have to be cut back dramatically. Trials and lawyers would be as outmoded as carriage horses.

Don't think this won't happen in the future. Already, super-computers are perfecting eye scans, voice patterning, and cardio-pulmonary analysis which any day now could be proved 100% accurate and foolproof. Until that day comes, the ultimate detector of lies is God, who knows what we're thinking and planning before we know it ourselves. God is ultimate truth. No lie can exist in His presence. Which may be why he told Moses, "You cannot behold my face, for no one may do so and live." - Exodus 33:20.


Jesus spoke about the liars of his time, particularly the religious authorities,
"You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies." - John 8:44





Monday, August 15, 2016

Can We Change Earth's Climate?

Every day we read about earth's changing climate, and the dire consequences of not acting to reverse its direction. The proposed remedies are expensive and there's no guarantee they'll work. Nevertheless, western nations have spent trillions and decades cleaning up pollution and employing technology to save energy. We westerners have the cleanest and safest environment in the history of humankind. But much of the rest of the world isn't inspired to follow our example.

Earth's climate has changed radically over its 4.5 billion year history, back and forth between "greenhouse" periods (with little or no ice, even at the poles) to "icehouse" ones (with ice covering the entire planet, even at the equator). Several less severe events have taken place in the last 540 million years, and the cause was one or more of these: solar radiation, earth's distance from the sun, active volcanoes, and the effects of biological life before man (Link).  Large meteor strikes, which produce enough atmospheric debris to block out the sun for long periods, have caused sudden ice ages. Especially the one 65 million years ago that killed off the dinosaurs and ushered in the age of mammals; including us human beings (Link).

Two thousand years ago the Romans grew grapes in northern England, which is inconceivable today. Tree ring studies confirm that the world was warmer then than now (Link). The climate cooled in following centuries for some unknown reason, but warmed again between 900 and 1300 A.D., a time known as the Medieval Warming Period. Earth's population was small and there was almost no industry and production of greenhouse gases like methane and carbon dioxide. But the glaciers retreated, food production and population boomed, and the Vikings settled in Greenland.

Then, inexplicably, the climate relapsed into the Little Ice Age, which lasted from the early 1300's to the mid-1800's. The Vikings were frozen out of Greenland, and the Thames River in England sometimes froze solid in winter. Once again the planet began warming, but even our present day, seemingly-warm climate is classified as an "icehouse" period, because the polar ice sheets are present and they advance and retreat seasonally (Link).

Earth's population a thousand years ago was about 300 million, and it had changed little since the Golden Age of Greece. It reached a billion in 1810. Clearly, the earth's climate changes up to that time were independent of human activity. Today there are 7.4 billion people on earth, and we have enormous industry that may indeed influence our climate. But note that we're still in an "icehouse" climate regime of polar ice sheets [see above].

If a global treaty limiting greenhouse gases could be reached and enforced, it would make sense to sign on. Smoke and other pollutants are harmful to everyone. But the only nations who really care to do this are the EU, the U.S., Australia, and Canada. The rest of the world, over six-billion people, refuses to sign such a treaty because it's costly, and would stifle their industries to a degree.

The global media persists in maintaining the fiction that scientists all agree we must change our western economies to "set an example", and reverse the climate direction of earth. However, this panel of Australian climate scientists is typical of a large number of atmospheric experts who disagree:




It's a fact that global economic forces, often connected with governments, are behind the man-made global climate change story. It's extremely profitable for political-economic groups to create a demand for products that only they can provide. This is the very definition of a monopoly. Trillions of dollars and the power to seriously damage competing national economies are a powerful motive. At the moment, the monopolists are winning. Scientists are fallible people, not saints, and opinions can be purchased from the global media with the right amount of money. The stakes are huge, and well worth the massive investment required.

We who have faith in God recognize that the power to change earth's climate rests with God, and not with man, yet. The time may come when we will acquire that power, but we don't have it now.



Saturday, August 6, 2016

How "Real" Are We? And What Is "Reality"?

It may seem a silly question, but we've all criticized someone for being "phony" at one time or another. Phoniness and artificiality are noticeable and repugnant personality traits we all want to avoid. So how do people fall into that trap? Going to any length to please or impress others is one way to stumble into it. Being seen as "real" is a desirable quality, generally. How do we acquire it and know for sure that we have genuine "realness" within us?

Some people test themselves with great tasks, pushing to the limits of endurance and suffering, hoping to forge it within. Only they will know how successful they've been, and how "real" they are inside.

When life is easy it can seem dreamlike, as when you're on vacation in the Caribbean, maybe floating on a raft in sunlit water, drink in hand, with every hunger satisfied. It's wonderful to relax and savor the dream, for a while, until boredom sets in. We crave adventure and discovery as much as any vacation, and want to feel "really" alive. But the "real" world brings great discomfort, too, and is often filled with difficulties and challenges. This is where we can excel as much as anyone.

Pain causes us to believe in "reality", when the mind is overtaken by the awful, unwelcome truth of agony. When it won't go away, it's deeply frightening. This is true suffering.

Pleasure erases pain, compensates us for it, and also reinforces the feeling of "reality". Eventually the memory of pain may vanish. Which is stronger over the long run, pleasure or pain? The jury seems to be out on that.

If we know someone who is suffering, particularly a close friend or relative, our empathy can cause indescribable pain and suffering. Even if it's a delusion caused by a serious mental illness like paranoia, we will suffer. So it is our thoughts and feelings that afflict us most, and this is what religion is supposed to help us with.

"Suffering is the rock upon which all religions founder", a sage once said. The ship of religion may founder on the rocks but still recover, which is a job for the faithful. It's a huge problem with no earthly solution. But we will understand the reason for suffering when we pass beyond this earthly realm.

Our knowledge of reality, then, is bordered by major limitations, such as pain, pleasure, and death. How "real" can anything be that is destined to turn to dust? We and everything we know will disappear in time and be forgotten to this world. Which is why we need to know God, who will never forget or abandon us .

God is the one, supreme, eternal, and fixed Creator of Reality; beyond time, space, and the notion of death.  Every major religion agrees on this point, because everything known and unknown - seen and unseen - was created by the Super Intelligence of mind and heart which we call God.

What we call "reality" can never be the whole reality, because so much is hidden from us. The invisible worlds of atomic particles, viruses, and bacteria here on earth are a universe of their own. Size matters, but we are infinitesimal compared to the vast cosmos we see in the night sky; which is a tiny sliver of the cosmos. The difference between what we see in the night sky with our eyes, and what we see with telescopes, is like the difference between 0 and infinity.

Here's an example of the unreality of existence. All matter in the universe - as we know it - is mostly space, and empty:



How then can our lives have any importance? This is why: "All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players; they have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts." As You Like It; Act II, Scene IV -  William Shakespeare.

"Do you not know that the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have of God, and that you are not your own?" The Apostle Paul, I Corinthians, 6:19-20

Human existence is a drama designed to expose the great truths of good and evil, and their consequences. It is a school, a training ground, and a temporary abode; not a resort. If all we seek is pleasure, we will never find it. 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

How Do We React When 150,000,000 People Declare War On Us?

There are at least 1.5 billion Muslims around the globe, divided into three main groups: Sunnis, Shiites, and Sufis. Sunnis are the vast majority, and they look to Saudi Arabia for leadership. Shiites look to Iran's mullahs, and the peaceful minority Sufis look within themselves.

At least ten percent of these 1.5 billion Muslims think terrorism is a fine idea in the pursuit of Sharia Law, the 7th Century legal code which was largely abandoned by Muslims centuries ago. Another 50% or so sympathize with the terrorists, and won't inform authorities about terrorist acts they know are coming. Sharia Law directly challenges our Western Tradition of human and civil rights, freedom of thought, religion, and speech. Sharia Law openly declares that our Western values are heresy, and that good Muslims have an obligation to jihad, violent acts to annihilate all heresy and heretics. We Westerners - and many Easterners - are in a war not of our own choosing. But we have powerful allies. Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, and Christians outnumber Muslims four-to-one. We have common cause against the Islamists.

A Muslim reformation has occurred in the last forty-five years, and the long-abandoned belief in Sharia Law is surging. Sharia calls for brutal public execution of adulterers, homosexuals, apostates (anyone who won't embrace Sharia), alcoholics, and drug addicts. Thieves have their hands cut off. There are no trials for any of these charges as we think of trials, and there's no presumption of innocence until proven guilty. An accusation by a few people is as good as a guilty verdict in many cases.

We're experiencing a massive, global increase in murderous terrorism. In 2015 alone, the cost of terrorist acts soared to $52.9 billion, and 2016 is on track to be much worse (Link). The human loss measured in lives and suffering is incalculable. Whole families are being destroyed.

Jesus taught the martyr's path of quiet acceptance of death. But Jesus came into this world to be a martyr, as predicted by Isaiah, around 740 B.C.E. He didn't require every Christian to suffer a martyr's fate: Luke 10:25-28. The Apostle Peter converted the first Gentile, Cornelius the Centurion, to Christianity, and approved of the Roman Army as a force to prevent anarchy (Link). Soldiers and policemen put their lives on the line for God, too, if their cause is just. We know that preventing the Nazis, the Japanese Empire, and the Soviet Union from dominating the world was a just cause (Link).

All Western nations have a Judeo-Christian foundation and orientation; or at least they did until recently. In the last fifty years we've witnessed mass abandonment of religious and spiritual values, and jihadist terrorists see this as an invitation to destroy us. It's happening now, and it will become a daily slaughter from now on. Our failure to defend ourselves is suicide, and suicide is a crime against ourselves and God (Link).

What's worse, our global leaders are grossly negligent through their willful ignorance or craven desire for power. They know of, but won't tell us the truth about radical Islam. All advanced nations recognize reckless endangerment, depraved indifference, and implied malice as serious crimes deserving of a prison sentence. The leaders who engage in this evil behavior must be removed and prosecuted.

Our present dilemma is the long-awaited Armageddon, when God's forces finally have it out with Satan's millions. We will win, but you must choose which side you're on.

 
                                     
                                Jim Caviezel played Jesus in The Passion of the Christ.

Monday, June 20, 2016

You Have Everything to Gain and Nothing To Lose

This is so simple, so truthful, and so intelligent that you might just think there's a catch:




Monday, May 30, 2016

Christ Never Lived, Nor David or Solomon? Seriously?

Yes, seriously, say many noted secular 'authorities' in the world's universities, media, and government agencies. Calling themselves Progressives, they are not believers in God.  To them believers are retrograde, deluded, childish, and even dangerous at times. The Progressive's hostility and extreme skepticism of established, time tested faiths and institutions is a hallmark of the 21st Century. Yet Progressives have no skepticism at all for Islam, Sharia Law, Marxism/Socialism, or science worship.

Progressivism stems from the materialist French philosophers of the 18th Century, Voltaire and Rousseau, but gained new life under Karl Marx in the mid 19th Century. He and his followers knew that the only way to provoke radical revolution was to strip people of their self-confidence, undermine their spiritual faith and all their previous ideals and beliefs, disrupt or destroy the family as an institution, and replace all these with communist fantasies of equality. There never has been a successful communist society as envisioned by Marx, Lenin, Stalin or Mao. Quite the opposite. Their societies became hellish, and they collapsed. Yet Progressives continue their deadly mission, as seen in Venezuela today; a nation disintegrating before our eyes (Link) This is what happens when people shed their productive spiritual beliefs, and buy into modern Marxist skepticism. Venezuelans bought heavily into the Progressive's materialist doubts and hatred of faith.

Jesus was mentioned and accurately described by many non-Christians of the 1st Century, including the Roman historians Lucian and Tacitus; and Josephus, a priest of the Temple of Solomon who became a Roman citizen and advisor to emperors (Link). Then there are the disciples of Jesus, who changed overnight from cowards hiding in cellars to prophets proclaiming the Resurrection. All eleven went out into the nations of the known world to preach, and were courageously martyred. Millions throughout history have been inspired by them and others of deep spiritual faith.

Progressives offer only a weird hero worship for dedicated revolutionaries like Che Guevara or Fidel Castro. What have they done to advance civilization? How many hundreds of millions suffered and died in vain for Maoist and Soviet communism? Countless millions.

Suddenly, America and the Western Tradition of law, ideals, and individual rights is "oppressive", "racist", and therefore 'out'. Radical plans for a new utopia of collectivist-socialist EU-style borderless nations and wealth redistribution is cool, therefore 'in'. Even Pope Francis is on board with Obama, the Rolling Stones, Merkel, the Castros, Cameron, and Iran's nuclear terrorist Mullahs  (Link). The Pope cares not that a nuclear Iran openly brags that it will incinerate Israel and America, or that it executes more people every year than any other nation. Between January 1 and July 15, 2015, Iran executed 694 people. More than three a day. The crimes of the accused varied from drug possession to "enmity against God" (Link).

Pope Francis recently said, "The time to find global solutions is running out. There is a clear, definite, and urgent ethical imperative to act."
Hold on, Francis. Catholicism isn't the solution? That leaves only politics. The Book of Revelation is extremely clear on God's solution. The Pope should read it occasionally. But he won't. He's a politician in clever disguise, and the Bible is now "politically incorrect". Pope Francis has little faith in Christ, obviously.

The abortion question shows us how far we've drifted away from goodness. It's a litmus test of our moral rot. Progressives say it's a positive good, and they demand free abortions as a right  (Link). The American Democratic Party stands solidly for abortion on demand and publishes it in their political platform. The Democrats, and some Republicans in Congress have seen to it that Planned Parenthood, an abortion mill of staggering proportions, receives $500 million a year in federal tax dollars (Link).  God is dead, good is evil, down is up, and black is white in our Brave New World (Link). Their plans require 'adjusting' the thinking of us all. Our standards of right and wrong, good and evil, and our purpose in life must be reordered. But how?

Our perceptions of good and evil come into focus only by comparison to something else. We have internal standards, learned or inherited, next to which we compare ourselves and our actions. We recognize people of high standards, or low, by their speech and behavior. A cannibal from New Guinea can't pass by us unnoticed, nor will the Dalai Lama. We are in part our own creators, and how good we are at it becomes clear by a certain age.

People of goodwill seek fixed goodness, upright honesty, courage, purest love, and great power in the service of humanity. In short, we all want God, and our notions of who God is determine everything we do and say. It's who we are. We will become like our God. Even atheists and agnostics need a higher standard, a god; which is why they often choose money, power, sex, or politics (a combination of them all) to love and worship.

Denial of God and God's chosen is the cornerstone of our 'modern' scientific societies; the root from which totalitarian tyrannies grow. It's all about power. Men and women who seek power over us know they must replace God and faith with themselves at the head of socialist-collectivist government. When the mass of people are dependent on government checks and benefits, they can easily forget God and become enslaved to - and owned by - tyrants. "He who pays the piper calls the tune" is a tried and true proverb, along with the Golden Rule, i.e., "He who has the gold makes the rules."

These are the same people who claim that our great modern prophets and sages are Obama, the Clintons, Facebook's Zuckerberg, Marx, Lenin, Nietzsche, Mao, and a hundred other minor figures of our broken and depraved world. These people are the creators and enablers of spiritual death and destruction; materialists who worship what they call "reason", which translated means power, wealth, status, and a gift for expediency and deception. Reason once told us that man could not fly a heavier-than-air craft, or explore space.

The battle for the soul of our youth has entered a new stage. The incredible global success of modern mythology - Superman, Batman, The Avengers, Captain America, Iron Man, etc. - has shown that the world's youth deeply appreciates courage, honor, and integrity. But just the other day, the Marvel Comics executives who own the rights to these characters announced that Captain America is actually a double agent for Hydra, the evil Nazi network bent on destroying civilization. If these executives choose to, they can claim that all these heroes are Satanic killers in disguise (Link).

Why would these rich executives even start down this road? More buzz and money is their explanation, even though Marvel Comics is already a multi-billion-dollar enterprise. One might say, "So what? They're just fictional stories." But all of us are living a story, the tale of our lives, and our youth, particularly, need role models in life when they're just starting out. No nation can succeed unless the tales of its great men and women are protected from vile slander. In a world where no flesh and blood heroes can stand media scrutiny and cynicism, mythology becomes critically important. The stakes for our world and all the souls in it are huge.