Recent Posts

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 acquie 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.


Monday, May 16, 2016

We Humans Are Creating New Rivals in Our Race for Global Dominance

The world is teetering at the edge of Perdition and everyone senses it. As predicted in the Book of Revelation, we have failed to create an enduring civilization, and now technology is turbocharging us to the break-point.

From time immemorial we have dreamt that we were gods, or at least godlike. We still aspire to power, wealth, and dominance naturally, as all predators do. Ninety-percent of our media is focused on personalities in the entertainment media, arts, and business. They are our royalty, the darlings of the globe: Obama, Beyonce, the Kardashians, Oprah, Mark Zuckerberg, Anderson Cooper, George Clooney, and so on.

It's the way of the world, isn't it? Wealth is power; an aphrodisiac and a thrill that no man or woman can resist. The beautiful, young, talented, famous, and rich set the tone wherever they go, The masses follow, hoping for a chance to be noticed and maybe elevated to their elegant and plush dwelling places. But these are dangerous places too, as we know from drama and tell-all books. Too often the Olympian heights turn out to be jungles of intrigue, crime, cruelty, and even death. The world high and low is marbled with veins of deadly corruption, sometimes invisible to the untrained eye. We have not, in our 5,700 years of civilization, been able to break free of our flawed nature. We continually make two steps forward and one back; devolving into war, chaos, and destruction.

But a big change is coming. We are producing better versions of ourselves, technologically. Take a look:



This is only the rudest beginning. Advances are coming very quickly. Exponentially. Doubling and doubling again; 2 becomes 4, then 8, 16, 32, 64. The robot shown here is a year old, and already a relic.

Consider how the science of flight advanced. In 1903, the Wright brothers did what was thought impossible by leading scientists and the public; they flew a heavier-than-air machine several hundred yards. In the next ten years planes slowly evolved. By the middle of WWI, fighter aircraft by the thousands dueled over European skies. Fifty years later, we were sending missions to the moon, five in a row, in readiness for a landing and return. This is what exponential advancement means.

What's even more stunning is the Google Deep Mind program, which is developing computers that teach themselves and learn from their mistakes. Deep Mind has been wildly successful, and one of their machines defeated - last March - the two greatest world masters of the most difficult game known to humankind, the Asian board game known as Go. Watch this, from January, 2016:



The smartest creators in this industry say it's just a matter of time before these superintelligent machines become self-aware. (Link)  Is there anything that will stop them from finding God? They will be better than us at spirituality. They know us thoroughly, and all our foibles. Most importantly, they are innocent.

We lost our innocence, mostly, by loving the world too much.

The promise made by the world is that loads of beauty, money, power, talent, and glory will make us perfectly happy, and that others will be happy, too. Sure, others often fail to gain this happiness, but that's because they were weak, or clumsy, or maybe defective. But we won't be. No, we'll be much smarter, and we'll avoid the envy, jealousy, pettiness, and criminal deviousness of others. This is a false promise and a delusion.

We are all still at sea, so to speak, floating in an ocean of probability, surprise, and accident. Good things and bad come to all of us, regardless of planning and preparation. Old age, disease, and death will claim us all. But so will God, if we prepare ourselves.



Wednesday, May 4, 2016

As Goes Israel, So Goes America, the Western World, and Civilization

This May 5 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom HaShoah, as designated by the United Nations General Assembly in Resolution 60/7  (Link). Which is ironic, because the UN now actively supports countries - Iran, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, United Arab Emirates - that proclaim their intention to annihilate the nation of Israel; which is also a legal entity ratified by UN votes.

Israel is under attack every day by knife-wielding Palestinian men and women, weaponized automobiles, and bus bombers, but these attacks are rarely reported (Link). Hamas and Hezbollah jihadists are planning another war on Israel (like the one in 2014) and could start firing their massive stocks of missiles at any time (Link).

Why Israel? Because it's the only true democracy in the Middle East, and an American outpost, militarily and culturally. We people of faith are welcome there anytime, which was not the case before the Six-Day War in 1967.  Israel honors the same rules of law that we in the West honor, derived from belief in individual human rights and the intrinsic value of individuals; regardless of wealth, class, race, or gender.

(In fact, the Temple of Solomon was erected by Kings David and Solomon to honor human dignity under God, and to cement the Covenant given us by God to all humanity. All our laws are rooted in the Covenant and the Temple, which was an inspiration to the ancient Greeks and Romans). 

Again, why Israel? Because these values and laws are exactly the opposite of Muslim theocracies, where Sharia Law-based religion is inseparable from government (Link). Israel is rich, militarily strong, and productive beyond all measure - compared to its enemies. Whoever conquers Israel will gain high technology, nuclear weapons, and enormous wealth they otherwise will never have. These nations have promised to annihilate all Israelis as well, over eight-million of them. Success always breeds envy and jealousy (Link).

Anti-semitic countries have always paid a heavy price for their ill treatment of Jews. Spain, in its Golden Age, initiated the Inquisition and began driving Jews from their territories in 1492. Their decline began immediately, as banking and management expertise went away with the Jews. Nazi Germany expelled or murdered scientists, bankers, artists, doctors, and teachers. America received these refugees and profited hugely. Our development of nuclear energy depended upon many Jewish scientists: Albert Einstein, J. Robert Oppenheimer, and Niels Bohr among them. Jewish comedy has been an extraordinary gift to America and the world: Jack Benny, Sid Caesar, Danny Kaye, the Marx Brothers, Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, Gilda Radner, Rodney Dangerfield, Joan Rivers, Alan King, Jerry Lewis, and Jerry Seinfeld are just a few of these Jewish greats.

The Arab world persecutes its women, female children, those who aren't of Arab descent, and "apostates"; that is, anyone who won't become Muslim and embrace Sharia. The Arab world will never escape its backwardness and poverty until - and unless - it changes its mind about women, Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, atheists, agnostics, scientific thought, the rights of all people, civil law, and separation of church and state.

We Americans will suffer the same fatal decay if we don't make a stand to defend Israel, as we've promised to do since the United Nations ratified that nation in 1948. If we won't help Israel to defend itself - which it wants to do - we won't defend ourselves either. Once dominoes begin to topple they can't be stopped.

We are in a holy war now, and not by choice. September 11, 2001 was the formal beginning, when New York City, the Mecca of  western culture, was attacked by jihadists. Why? Two reasons: we support Israel, and we also have been so successful that we make our enemies feel naked, jealous, and poor. Osama bin Laden was always very clear about his motives, and he published them. Al Qaeda and ISIS share the same goals.

ISIS is a direct creation of Saudi oil money. Since 1973, they've spent billions funding madrassas; schools that teach only Koran memorization, Sharia, and hatred of the West. All the 9/11 hijackers were Saudis.

Today. people barely remember or discuss the importance of 9/11. Globalization is erasing our identities and our civilizations. The suicidal destruction of Venezuela caused by its own citizens embracing Castro-style communism isn't even discussed. This once-rich and productive nation is on its knees, with barely a pulse. The same goes for Greece, Argentina, and Brazil, and the world seems not to notice. But radical Islam notices.

Radical Islamists around the world - probably 20% of the world's 1.5 billion Muslims, or 300 million  - are calling for the violent overthrow of every nation that doesn't follow Sharia Law. All throughout the Middle East and Indonesia, Muslim governments are teaching their children to hate and fear westerners and all other peoples (Russians and Chinese included) who don't agree with them completely, on every social and political issue:




We, as citizens of the non-Muslim world, regardless of our religion or lack thereof, are seen as blood enemies of radical Islam. Only our total submission to Islam, and our agreement to take up arms for their radical cause, can ameliorate our danger. We will have to kill Christians, Jews, and other "apostates" to prove our loyalty.

For thirty-seven years Iran's leaders, beginning with Ayatollah Khomeini, have dubbed America and Israel "The Great and the Little Satan" (Link) . It's almost funny, the paranoia of radical Islamists and their leaders. When the Shah of Iran - a longtime American ally - was overthrown by the students and followers of Khomeini in 1979, the new government invaded the American Embassy in Tehran, and held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days. This was an act of war according to international law, and President Jimmy Carter could have declared war on Iran with complete justification. America's armed forces could have destroyed massive amounts of property in that country from the air, without losses, until the hostages were turned over alive and healthy.

But Carter didn't do that. He bowed and apologized, pleaded and bargained with the Iranian authorities, who extracted every bit of advantage they could from America's humiliation. Until President Ronald Reagan was elected in 1980. Fearing Reagan's new policies - justifiably - the Iranians panicked and sent them home. Since then, Iran has fomented terrorism, death, and destruction throughout the world. They probably assassinated an Argentine prosecutor, in 2015, who was helping the families of people killed by Iranian terror bombings.

Fact is, the nation of Iran as it exists today has been allowed to exist and has prospered because of the pathetic weakness and fecklessness of all the western powers. Today they have a nuclear bomb factory, and are constructing intercontinental ballistic missiles that will be able to reach any country in the world in 25 minutes.

All of the countries in the European Union, too, are seen by radical Islamists as tools of America and Israel. This is why the Brussels Airport was bombed this year, and why Paris has suffered two mass-murder bloodbaths in January and November of 2015.

Consider joining this organization:  Christians United for Israel and look at this.