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Good Friday: Vilifying the Good

In the new release “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” we will be treated with one of our culture’s common threads: vilify all things good.

In the movie, the delightful tradition of a “hero” is once again sacrificed in an attempt to destroy the notion that there is anything truly transcendent…all appearances of good are tainted with evil. We have a penchant for turning heroes into men of shame; sowing seeds of doubt about the righteous warrior; making us suspicious of the saint; dubious of the honorable knight.

This is the enemy’s playground. The world, the flesh, the enemy, and the gravitational pull of a fallen world will continually attempt to make us think that truth and good and honorable and righteous and faith and love and virtue and honor and valor and even male chivalry are to be suspect, to be doubted, to be viewed with skepticism, sensing some selfish and evil agenda hidden behind the veil.

  • All cops are corrupt no matter how much good they do.
  • Pastors are all con men especially when they smile.
  • Corporations and CEOs are cheating scumbags.
  • Politicians are all con men.
  • Men are deceitful buffoons.
  • Christians and Christianity is hateful, homophobic and racist.
  • Absolute truth is an intolerant and bigoted notion.

The attack upon good is not new.

Satan convinced Eve that God was oppressive.

Elijah was charged with “troubling Israel”.

Stephen was stoned; Daniel was thrown to the lions; Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were put in the furnace, Jeremiah in the stocks; John beheaded; David hunted; the Disciples martyred; the righteous tortured, mocked, imprisoned, stoned, sawn in two, put to the sword.

This is the lot of Right in a fallen world.

But never so much as when the Man of Righteousness was vilified. He was accused though He did no wrong; He was mocked though He was pure; He was scourged though He was perfect; He was crucified though He was blameless.

The world hates right; it hates good; it hates truth and true love; it hates purity and innocence; it hates the wonder of divine marriage; it hates the exclusivity of true sex and one God and absolute Truth.

We celebrate this day, not because we are sadistic, but because of the One who demonstrated true agape love for those who were His enemies. He did not revile, though He was reviled.

The hymn says “It was His love that kept Him there” and it was, for He could have called upon a legion of angels at least or He could have breathed out a word and wiped the entire universe out of existence.

But He didn’t.

And now His Remnant remain in a world that continues to hate what is right and good. It will continue to try to make Batman selfish and Superman vindictive. It will make us suspicious of cops and pastors and husbands and businessmen, not that they are without sin, but with the objective to destroy the design.

It will continually paint believers with all kinds of evil colors and charge us with increasing crimes of the cultural covenants.

But He was crucified and satisfied the wrath of God for us.

Yet the wrath of the world remains and we remain subject to it. But the wrath of the world is nothing compared to what we deserved.

So, we endure with perseverance, changing what can be changed, ever pursuing righteousness in all of life, yet recognizing that the wrath of man is not directed at us, but at Him and all things good.

“And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap, if we do not grow weary.” Galatians 6:9


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Senate Outfoxed Playing Politics Versus Taking a Stand

The Senate finds itself boxed into a “no-win” corner. This is where Republicans almost always end up when they try to play the game of politics. Democrats do a much better job and always win at this game.

“Playing politics” is what George Washington loathed. He hated political parties because he believed that one would become more interested in pursuing the benefit of the party rather than pursuing what was right. That position, of course, was held at a time when men saw “doing right” and the good of the country as synonymous.

When Justice Scalia died, sadly so, the Senate made a bold move. But, unfortunately, it was a political move rather than a principled move. McConnell boasted loudly that the Senate would not confirm any nominations from Obama but would wait for the next President.

This, in my opinion, was foolish.

Not only was it wrong, but it also picked up the gauntlet and jumped into the political game against much stronger and more clever political opponents.

The mouse roared and the lions smiled.

The President rightly invoked the Constitution, even though he has mostly ignored it up to this point, stating that it was his Constitutional right and responsibility to nominate a Justice to replace Scalia. The Senate puffed up its chest and responded with its Constitutional authority to confirm and they weren’t going to confirm anything Obama would put forward.

Obama responded brilliantly by nominating a perceived moderate, Merrick Garland, a man whom the Republicans have, in the past, praised.

Now the Republicans are in a political pickle. With Blue Media against them, they will lose no matter what they do. If they persist in refusing to examine the nominee, they will be skewered in the media, rightly accused of being obstructionists and “playing partisan politics”. This will further disgust them in the eyes of the electorate, although it is hard to imagine their ratings could go any lower, and could well flip the Senate to the Democrats in the general election.

If they give in and examine Garland, then they will appear to have their tail between their legs, obviously having lost in the game of politics to a superior. Not only that, but many conservatives will skewer them as well for “giving in” and examining a man that will move the court away from Constitutional Law.

In my humble opinion, the Senate should have taken this as a great opportunity to articulate the critical need for the nation to return to the rule of Constitutional Law; to enumerate the many ways the Executive Branch and the Judicial Branch and even the Legislative Branch have ignored the Constitutional Contract under which they are to operate. Justice Scalia was a man who stood for that principle and the Senate believes that it is in the best interest of the nation to turn back to those principles. Therefore, the Senate will be pleased to examine any nominee who will also uphold Constitutional Law.

Now the Senate has taken a stand for a principle that is right rather than a political game of who can muster the most power. Furthermore, the Senate is in a position to hold to that principle regardless of who is sitting in the Oval Office.

It is very, very possible that the “next President” will nominate a Justice who will be much worse than Garland. What will the Senate do then? They have already stated foolish things like “let the people decide” meaning whoever is elected President this fall can nominate whomever she wants and the Senate will have to confirm because "the people have spoken".

There is no “principle” here…only raw politics.

When the game of politics is played versus principles, right loses.

Might does not make right.

Never has, never will.

 


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Week in Review: 12.2016

  • Islamic terrorism is the modern world’s bubonic plague. In five years, from 1347 to 1352, the plague ended the lives of 25 million people. Terrorism hasn’t reach those numbers yet, but with the development of chemical and nuclear arsenals, it certainly could. And, like the plague, Islamic terrorism strikes without warning and it kills women, children, old, young. Last week, a suicide bomber, took 37 lives and injured 125 in Ankara, Turkey. The same day, armed men attacked a beach resort in Ivory Coast, slaughtering 16. Yesterday, a suicide attack in Istanbul killed 5 and injured 36. But we usually only hear about the big ones. The averages are quite stark. I took the raw numbers from 2007 to 2013 and EACH MONTH we are averaging 926 terrorists attacks, killing 1,470 people, injuring 2,669 people and kidnapping 476 people. Yes, it is true that those numbers are found primarily in the Middle Eastern nations and there are a number of people who are trying to play down terrorism saying that it doesn’t affect us here. But that is not only naïve, it is also callous and self-centered.
  • Reports last week told us that ISIS is forcing their female prisoners of terrorism to take birth control because it is “unholy” for a Muslim to have sex with a pregnant woman but okay to rape them as long as they are not pregnant. Consequently, the terrorist’s motivation to force “the pill” down their throats so they can keep raping them with a clear conscience. And we should ignore this because it isn’t happening here?
  • ISIS released a video showing the bonfire they built out of Bibles and Christian literature. This was in Mosul, a center for Iraq’s Christian population. It was overrun in 2014 and the Christians are all gone, dead or fled. The persecution of Christians is not new nor the attempt to eradicate the Bible. All attempts in the past have failed and they will continue to fail. But the tragedy is real and should put us on our knees praying for our brothers and sisters around the world who will be losing their lives or homes today because of their faith.
  • The House unanimously passed a resolution condemning Islamic State’s targeted actions against Christians and other groups, calling it “genocide” and “war crimes” and “crimes against humanity”. The images of Christians being marched out onto the beach and beheaded or the 147 Christians singled out and shot in the Garissa University in Kenya or the massive number of churches burned and pastors murdered come to mind. The Administration, however, balked at the resolution, thinking that it was a little over the top to use words like “genocide” and “war crimes”. After all, we wouldn’t want to have a legal problem with the language or end up hurting anyone’s feelings here.
  • Iran, who convinced the Administration that they were really nice people and that their nuclear program was dedicated to develop nuclear power (in a nation that is awash in fossil fuel) continues to act strangely at odds with the picture they sold the President. In gratitude for the billions of dollars released to them, they have renewed their vow to wipe Israel from the face of the planet; they have renewed their “death to America” rhetoric; they kidnapped U.S. sailors; and this week, in violation of U.N. resolutions, they test fired a long-range ballistic missile. I suppose this was simply testing a new transportation system to deliver nuclear power plants to other areas of the world. Silly us.
  • Call me a skeptic, but the President’s nomination of Merrick Garland to take the seat vacated by the still extremely saddening death of Justice Scalia, appears to me to be a calculated political ploy. With the Senate vowing not to examine any nominee, but to wait for the next President, this nomination will put the Republican’s in a no-win position. If they now examine him, they will again appear wishy-washy. If they don’t, they will be clearly portrayed by Blue Media as obstructionist and playing politics and that will disgust them in the eyes of the citizenry even more than they already are…although it is tough to believe that their ratings could go any lower. In my opinion, the Republicans made a huge mistake when they loudly announced that they would refuse to consider any nomination by this President. Because, he then craftily nominated a perceived, but not, moderate Garland. This was a brilliant move by Obama. As we now head closer to the general election, it may become quite clear that Hillary will be the next President, which will happen by a landslide if Trump is the Republican candidate. The Republicans will be faced with the dilemma of having to consider whether they are going to get a better deal with Garland or a nominee from Clinton. Either way, they will be backed into a corner they should have never painted themselves into. [see today's blog post: Senate Outfoxed Playing Politics Versus Taking a Stand]
  • I am not a fan of the Federal Health Care plan. Many who chose to not buy a Federal policy will be fined this year when they pay their taxes. The average fine will be $378 compared to $172 for last year. This is why I have to snicker (as I sadly shake my head) when we hear the boasting of the numbers that have “signed up”. That is like boasting about the number of people who were in front of the firing squad and given a choice to walk away if they wanted. By the way, the Administration craftily used the millions of illegal immigrants to boost the number of “uninsured” in America to help sell the deal in the beginning. Now, illegal immigrants have been dropped from the uninsured numbers to boost the numbers in the laws favor. This is unethical, but it is how politics plays with numbers. And, by the way, it irritates me that we continually lose freedoms to the Federal Beast. In this case, those who wish to “self-insure”, which has been my objective for much of my adult life—to save enough to pay for your own refrigerator repairs or car repairs or even life insurance, when you know that it makes economic sense to do so—are no longer allowed the freedom to make that choice. “Pro-choice” only gets a liberal thumbs up when it comes to killing pre-born babies, not for choosing to insure yourself or where to send your kids to school or to buy a gun or not make a cake or drink a big-gulp in New York.
  • In the middle of Venezuela, one of the world’s most devastated economies, sits a utopian city. It’s name? Socialist City of Hugo Chavez. 15,000 people, mostly poor, were picked to populate the city where most everything is free. People don’t have to work if they don’t want to. They are totally dependent upon the Venezuelan government. It became the showplace for socialism, to provide a picture of what it could be like all over the country…new building, clean streets, and grocery stores whose shelves were full. The problem is that reality is beginning to set in. The government is having a hard time finding the money to continue to fund it and it is having to fend off increased pressure from the extremely poor who live on the other side of the police checkpoints who are breaking in to get their share. Socialism is a sham. It has never, ever worked and it never will. It runs counter to God’s design in virtually every area of life. The Socialists who are in charge love it, because all power is consolidated at their level. But the mass of people, the citizenry, will eventually suffer horribly as the Ponzi scheme inevitably will crash. I shake my head at the number of Americans who increasingly buy this fraudulent line.
  • In a shake-down USA Today article, “climate deniers” were linked with allies of slavery and colonialism. Climate deniers are those who dare think that we are not on a fast track to global Armageddon due to our use of fossil fuels—those two dastardly words that Blue Media has manipulated into a phrase which, when spoken, must be followed with a look of disgust and a contemptuous spit on the imagined grave of oil and coal companies. The author claims that the issue of climate change is just as morally fraught today as slavery was in the 19th century. I find myself becoming numb to the insanity of that which masquerades as journalism today. Equating someone who looks at the data and the bias in the global warming climate models and says “I don’t think so” to someone who supported human slavery is beyond the realm of any sensibility I know of. Beware, for this is the media world we live in. When truth is abandoned, one if free to manipulate others with whatever means that seem to be effective…and to do it without guilt or shame.
  • On a very positive note, my daughter and her husband are in China at the moment I am writing this, in an orphanage receiving their new little girl, Grace. We are praying that she will immediately recognize them as her long awaited mommy and daddy.

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Mt. Shukstan Filming: Ice Age Issues

I just got home from filming a segment for the documentary “Is Genesis History?

We were with Dr. Larry Vardiman in northwest Washington State.

Snowshoes required.

Mt. Baker holds the world’s record for annual snowfall: 1140 inches…nearly 100 feet of snow. That is why we were there. There is a gorgeous glacier on a sister peak, Mt. Shukstan, (my picture above) that was breath-taking.

Our purpose was to talk about the Ice Age and the issue of Ice Core dating.

There is too much to relate here, but the key thing that we talked about was that you don’t get an Ice Age by merely turning down the temperature. That is a misconception. A cold earth, by itself, would not get you an “Ice” Age. It might get you a “Cold” Age, but it couldn’t produce the amount of snow and glacier ice that is associated with an “Ice Age” as we commonly think of it. Cold air holds less moisture and the colder it gets, the less it holds. The old saying “It’s too cold to snow" is technically true.

So how do you get an Ice Age?

There are two key prerequisites that have to be present: a very warm ocean and, at the same time, cold continents. This seems to be incompatible. But that is the point. An Ice Age isn’t easy to come by. Normal conditions don’t get you there. An Ice Age isn’t something that just happens every once in a while with the normal, small fluctuations in the earth’s climate. That is why scientists who follow the conventional paradigm confess that the Ice Age is a puzzling phenomenon. This mystery has resulted in many different theories (68 at one count) and multiple Ice Ages (as many as 30 or more). But the reason for the lack of clarity is primarily due to the extremely unique and contradictory factors that must be in place in order to have an Ice Age.

A uniformitarian view of earth history isn’t going to get it.

You need something strange to happen…very strange and very abnormal.

Like a catastrophe.

So what could have created very warm oceans and cold continents simultaneously?

Dr. Vardiman is a “paleoclimatologist”. That means his specialty is in studying the earth’s climates in the past. He is convinced that we have only had one Ice Age and it occurred immediately after the catastrophic events of the Flood. That catastrophe, recorded for us in the ancient records, provides exactly the kind of unique conditions necessary to bring about an Ice Age…for which, by the way, we have a great deal of evidence all around the world.

At the start of the Flood, there were massive eruptions in the oceans, “the great deep”. Some of those released water bound up below and others released hot magma. If you study a map of the ocean floors, you will find the remnant of this in what looks like a huge “baseball seam” that extends around the world. The hot magma, and possibly the high friction caused by the movement of the tectonic plates, heated the oceans to almost 100 degrees. There is sufficient evidence in seabed cores that substantiate ocean temperatures this high. At the same time, the volcanic ash, among other particulates, reflected the sun’s heat and lowered the temperatures on the continents. This created both elements necessary for an Ice Age. The warm oceans, even in the Arctics, then produced huge amounts of evaporations and the colder continents and the atmosphere turned this water vapor into massive amounts of snow. The earth’s climate during this 500-year period was radically different that today. The air currents over the oceans and continents produced a continual series of huge snowstorms that laid down thousands of feet of snow. As the snow depth grew, the weight compacted the snow below, pressed out the air, and created layers and layers of ice. Some of that ice became glaciers (which move) and some became ice sheets (more stagnant)…even as far south as St. Louis, Missouri in North America.

This single Ice Age was a transitional epoch that extended from the end of the Flood for hundreds of years until the oceans cooled sufficiently to end the high rate of evaporation.

Dr. Kurt Weis, whom we filmed earlier, spoke of this unique period as the “Arpachshad Epoch”, named after Arpachshad, one of Noah’s grandsons. It was a period in which the earth continued to “tremble” for hundreds of years after the deep catastrophe of the Flood. It was marked with massive secondary floods from trapped water, but more importantly, significant and numerous volcanic eruptions. These eruptions would have kept injecting high amounts of aerosols into the atmosphere, blocking the sun and keeping the continents cold while the ocean remained warm enough to continue evaporating large volumes of water into the atmosphere.

Climate models, when seeded with the assumptions of the catastrophic Flood, predict a massive amount of ice and snow, sufficient to explain all of the Ice Age evidence that we find around the world. Those models also predict that some portions of the earth would have been devoid of glaciation and some areas would have been actually dry enough toward the end of the Ice Age to create huge dust storms. Dr. Varidam and others believe these dust storms are partially responsible for some of the post-Flood extinctions and also provide an answer for the disappearance of the wooly mammoths and how some have been found strangely preserved, frozen in the permafrost of Siberia and Alaska.

I was also fascinated by our discussion of the evidence in the ice cores. The conventional paradigm tells us that the ice cores in Greenland and the Antarctica prove not only multiple ice ages, but also long time periods…in the hundreds of thousands of years. But Dr. Vardiman was adamant that the evidence doesn’t support those conclusions.  In fact, he excitedly told me that the ice in Greenland has preserved everything from the beginning of the Ice Age following the Flood and that an examination of the ice cores show the high volume of volcanic ash at the bottom, just as would be predicted from a Genesis paradigm.

I am increasingly amazed at the intelligence and dedication these scientists have. They have faced a tough road in our current scientific world. The conventional paradigm has tons of money that can fund its research. Creation scientists get none of that. Many are hounded or thwarted during their university studies, exceedingly so, as has been documented by various studies, including Bergman’s “Slaughter of the Dissidents”. But these men have remained faithful and are increasingly convinced that the evidence, if looked at without bias, points to the historical narrative that we have been given in Genesis.

[For those of you who have asked, we hope the film will release this Fall.]

 


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Week in Review: 10.2016

  • Colorado still suffers from its worse toxic spill in history. It is now asserted by an investigation panel that the EPA purposely breached the Gold King mine, sending 3 million gallons of toxic waste filled with lead, arsenic and other contaminants into downstream rivers in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. It is much bigger than the 2010 BP oil spill in the gulf that brought out the condemnation of every Blue mouthpiece in the country. But when the EPA does it and it could possibly lead to more EPA power, using their “superfund” regulations in light of this “horrible disaster”, then it is hardly a surprise that we hear nary a peep about it. This is the battle that occurs when we have lost the press as a watchdog voice to government tyranny. It is one of our greatest losses in America.
  • Trump sullied not only the office of President as a candidate, but our whole country making vulgar comments about his anatomy. For the life of me, I don’t understand why evangelicals are supporting him when they have other great options during the primary.
  • I am concerned. In Salt Lake City, two police officers were called to a scene where two males were beating a third male with metal rods. The officers ordered them to stop. One did but the other raised his metal weapon as if to strike the victim again. The police shot him and the bystanders began yelling obscenities and throwing rocks and bottles at the policemen. A hundred policemen were called in to deal with the riot. We are breeding a catastrophic hatred and disregard for authority and the rule of law. This does not bode well for people in urban areas and our nation. Soon, the police are going to simply let the thugs go. In this case, one more blow to the head and the victim might have died. Police are increasingly being put in a no-win position.
  • As evidence of this, an article this week presented the ugly picture in Chicago, which has one of the toughest gun laws in the nation. Homicides and shootings have doubled in the first two months of 2016 compared to last year…95 murders in 60 days…which is hard to imagine. As usual, instead of dealing with the root problem, the police are being held as the culprit because there is evidence, not surprisingly, that in the midst of being labeled the bad guy and increasingly targeted and killed, it appears that the police are being more cautious about engaging. There have been 80% less street stops in Chicago this year. I personally don’t blame them because they are “damned if they do and damned if they don’t”. All of us should be concerned about this, even if you don’t live in an urban area. When a culture begins to break down, it can happen quite rapidly.
  • Leonard Pitts, one of the most racist columnists in America, took on Ben Carson in his recent column. I have yet to read one of his articles where his hatred of whites isn’t quite apparent. But Leonard isn’t just black, he is primarily blue. He not only takes on whites, but he similarly lumps any black who isn’t blue into his pot of hated stew. Because Ben Carson spoke against Obama care, he is to be loathed…along with any other conservative black, such as Thomas Sowell, Clarence Thomas or Walter Williams…heroes, by the way, of mine. I remember standing on the South Lawn of the White House with wet eyes as Justice Thomas was sworn in because of the hatred poured out against him. But not because he was black. But because he wasn’t blue. Don’t be fooled. It is often not race, but a worldview that is thicker than blood or genes or flags.
  • The headlines read that Trump won big on Super Tuesday and Saturday. The reality is somewhat less than that. While he was declared the winner in Kentucky, he got 17 delegates and Cruz got 15. Initially declared the winner in Louisiana, Trump got 18 delegates and Cruz got 18. Declared the winner in Virginia, he got 17 and Rubio 16. So, we learn what we should already know, Blue Media is going to continue to make Trump look good and give him a pass on his vulgar, hateful, disrespectful speech. Why? Because Blue Media is beside themselves with glee over the possibility that Trump will become the Republican nominee. Why? Because all polls show that Trump cannot win against either Hillary or Bernie. Not only that, but can you imagine the guns they can turn upon Trump during the main election? He will held up as the vile, self-centered, power-hungry, last-person-on-earth-you-want-with-a-finger-on-the-nuclear-button, most un-presidential person in the whole world that he is. Trump won’t stand a chance against the Blue Media in a red versus blue election. Worldview trumps everything. Read the headlines carefully. The bias is huge in this election. Everything will be pointed toward the impending demise of conservatism in America…which, of course, is Blue Media’s objective.
  • The military are now recruiting women into combat jobs, thanks to the current Administration, including special operations roles, such as the Navy SEALs. There are promises that standards will not be lowered nor will “quotas” be enforced, but I am a skeptic here. I am also of the opinion that you never put a woman in harms way. This, I know, is out of the main stream of thought in a country that has attempted to put a big chip on every woman’s shoulder to be offended if there be any hint of chauvinism anywhere. I still think that it is proper for a man to open a door for a woman or assist her in putting a heavy piece of luggage in an overhead compartment. I also am a realist and recognize that, despite modern blabber, there are significant differences between male and female. In many, many ways, the female is superior to the male. But when we ignore that and put men and women in the confines of a submarine for months at a time and are then shocked to find that we have to deal with significant “hanky panky” on board and women come back from a tour pregnant, it is, to me, another piece in the pile of evidence that we have lost all common sense and have become fools.
  • North Korea has blustered again with Kim Jong-un ordering his nuclear weapons armed and ready for an attack against Washington D.C. and Seoul, South Korea. We will essentially ignore that threat, however, just as we have been passive in the aggressive moves of Putin in Ukraine, Turkey and now Syria. Some think that passivity is the right approach; others think that passivity will eventually lead to drastic measures, just as being passive toward a spot on your skin that looks threatening. Let it go long enough and it can bite you.
  • Speaking of Syria, the situation looks bleak. In five years of conflict there, over 250,000 people have lost their lives and 11 million have fled their homes with over four million fleeing the country as refugees. Many Christians fear that they will be subject to genocide in the refugee camps and are therefore refusing to take sanctuarly there. This dumps a double plight upon refugee Christians.

 


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