Friday, November 14, 2008

Intelligent Design

Today I was scooping up a new wallpaper from the National Geographic website. I enjoy animals and this time I found a glowing photo of a lion pride. For many years I supported NG with my subscription but no more. It became so sure of itself with regard to evolution that it was obnoxious. It wasn't scientific at all it was defacto acceptance of foregone conclusions with no apparent flexibility to new data. This isn't scientific its religous so I dropped them but I appreciate their free photography. At one time it would've been a dream of mine to work for them in that capacity.

Now, as you can see in the illustration above, they are finally admitting nature possesses a quality that can only be described as Intelligent Design. Substitute "nature" with the name of God "Yahweh" and it fits. Take out the smirking comment about "got right the first time around" and you have an appreciative magazine that I would subscribe to once again. Unlike Man Yahweh does not make mistakes. Are you with me?

Once you give credit to God for his creation and not worship the creation but the Creator then the door is opened to you. It doesn't prevent you from calculating the potential energy in the sinews of the hind legs of a cheetah switching directions and accelerating from 30kph to 0kph to 43.5kph. Worshipping God does not prevent you from plugging in the 35Kg mass for the cheetah and graphing inertia vs potential energy. It doesn't prevent you from indexing the DNA of the cheetah to a certain point and comparing that to a dog's DNA for gestation periods!

Reader? Are you with me? Do some research on famous scientists of the past whose very last names make up units of measure, have world-wide fame and acclaim and whether or not they were bible believing saints. If you are an atheist this will shock you with the discovery that Christians have brains! We are all around you and we believe in the inerrancy of the Bible and the exitence of a creator God. Ever heard of someone say "okay I've planned this project all out and now I'm going to breath life into it!" God creates with His breath that is why it takes breath to pronounce His Hebrew name 'Yahweh'. Say it out loud don't be afraid and you will see. God creates with perfection the first time around unlike you and I.

Atheist reader when you insult Christian scientists and wish them dead you are looking Blaise Pascal, Charles Babbage, Leonardo da Vinci, Issac Newton, and Joule among 100's of others and saying the same thing!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

What's so Good About Disaster?

Disaster is fine as long its not happening to me! I told the salesman "I don't care about county codes and I don't care about ease of egress my daughter wants a certain style of Roman curtain from Pottery Barn Teen and the widest width is 44 inches. Now do you think Pottery Barn would be selling curtains that don't fit anyone's windows? No they would be selling curtains for the sizes of windows the most people have and her windows are 6 inches too wide." Now I am practically agreeing to spend $1,600 for windows for no reason. Dave insists I cannot narrow my window size because of county egress blah blah...and besides labor only covers replacement not additional masonry.

Then Dave comes up with the brilliant idea that if I get slider windows for her bedroom I can buy 2 Roman shades. Privacy will be maintained by the wide vinyl strip going down the middle of the slider window. Makes sense Dave let's work up an estimate I says. Blah blah and we do insulation and blah we do roofs, he says on the way to his truck. Just before getting into his truck and driving off he says "Mr. Fiddlepoofer I think the county will decline the slider window they have a tendancy to only approve installation of windows that have the same style as the previous ones." Aye Chihuahua!

Another brilliant side note to windows is that I live in a "coastal community" and this means that storms can cause more damage to us than others like say, in Kansas. Grab your propeller beanie cap and put it on your head for this next brilliant rule: If my home had 4 windows and I wanted to replace 2 windows at once then that is replacing more than 25% of my windows and the county insists that I buy impact resistant glass windows. However if I replace just 25% of my windows at a time then I can use any glass window.

Everytime America experiences a disaster you get the picture of a giant screw being tightened down on the freedoms of its people to minimize risk. Everytime someone has an injury driving, like say death then you get the picture of a giant screw being tightened down on the freedoms of its people to minimize risk.  What if I want to live dangerously and have a 44" window a fat fireman cannot crawl through or non-impact rated glass? Our government authorities make it sound as if we are bungee jumping over the crocodile infested waters of the Nile if we have a doorstop that props open a door. "Oh the firecode! This hallway (made of steel, glass, and mortar) would be engulphed in flames if air was allowed to go through a doorway propped open!"

In the year 600AD a daddy in a community of Indians living in this coastal area could look up at the sky and say. "Alufna pult snapo fnu fnee klapboo-ah-ah!" Which means "I see the rim of a great hurricane approaching. Let's calmly gather our family and things and walk a few miles away from the sea. We have 5 suns to do this." (editors note: their language was not as verbose and a lot more fun to speak). Ten days later they came back to the sea, gathered the fallen palm fronds to patch the chickee hut and resupply the commode cabinet, and got on with their lives.

Disaster is good because it helps you learn lessons you didn't learn the easy way.  It is also good because, like the Six Million Dollar Man, we can rebuild 'him' to be stronger, faster, smarter.  Our forces of nature, the market economy, and simple human weakness keeps us on our toes, refines us, hardens us; that is our lot in life.  "A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest and poverty will spring upon you like a bandit!"  You have heard it all before- "Don't count your chickens before they are hatched!"  = Don't start making a public holiday for a president that isn't even in office yet.  "I attended the school of hard knocks." = Learning what isn't taught in school and applying it in such a way to not repeat mistakes.  "

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

C,D,F's of Faith

There is not a whole lot I can say right now. I am exasperated after this extended election season. The wind changed direction today and tonight as I was walking around campus I could smell the sea. The wind felt good on my face. Kind of like sailing but without the responsibility.

The Christian life just doesn't change. Let me pause right here and say that I hope the word "change" does not have a stigma attached to it now. Leave it to evil to ruin good words like 'gay' and 'change' and 'diversity'. I still have the promise of John 3:16, I still have the Great Commission directive, my lamp is still on the lampstand.

Last night I was reading the "Schleitheim Confession of Faith"[a] and that is a chapter in the book I'm reading about the Reformation Movement. This effort on the part of Swiss Christians was called to differentiate themselves from brothers and sisters who began taking on more liberal ideas, as conservative as they were compared to now. This essay of doctrinal beliefs forms the basis for the Mennonite denomination. It covers the idea of expelling an immoral brother in order to restore him/her. It covers the topic of communion and so on. There is one topic I am finding both easy and yet difficult to swallow or comprehend and that is pacifism.

The Schleitheim Confession reinvigorates the idea that defense of community and country with the "sword" is not an ideal of Christ's for our lives. You saw this in the massacre in Pennsylvania a couple years ago. The brethren (Amish) came forward and publicly forgave the criminal and then hired a bulldozer to demolish the school house where it had all taken place. At once this underscores the terribleness of punishment in the afterlife for some reason. Is this weakness or strength to be a conscientious objector when it comes to defending your family, community, your town, your state, your nation?

Murder can be forgiven but have you ever thought of the sin that cannot be forgiven? Some call it the unforgivable sin other sources call it blaspheming the Holy Spirit. This sin is something both our new president and Oprah Winfrey have committed publicly. By being shown the basic truths of Christ, supposedly accepting them, and then with haughty authority declaring there is more than one way to Heaven is the unforgivable sin. Making laughter out of scripture in public from Deuteronomy to Matthew with the intent of pointing out error in the Bible as it applied to BO's doctrine of change. This is very serious and now he is our President?

I have 7th grade home-schooled boys in my class that understand things that this law school graduate cannot believe in. A man who spent at least 20 years X 35 weeks in a Chicago church who has availed himself to so little Bible reading and studies that he cannot comprehend the most basic truths? That if he had just read a Bible commentary it would've explained what confuses him. I wonder how many books BO has actually read in his life and whether the Bible is one of them. This is exalting yourself above God, something Lucifer did before there was a plan of salvation.

That is why Barack Obama is a doomed man and that is why Oprah Winfrey is lost and doomed for all of eternity. Those that are like them too, their disciples if you will. Very very sad depths. On that fateful day when the grave claims their shells his soul will hear "I gave you all the luxuries of life, you have been in comfort but now these people whom you have ridiculed will receive my comfort and peace and you will long for a single drop of water forever and not get one."

That is why the Westboro Baptist Church deserves credit, though they are human and full of faults and frailties, they stand and declare the truths of God, their greatest love. I was washing my 3 dishes in the big stainless steel sink of the campus kitchen tonight. On the marker board where the chef normally writes down ingredients and supplies needed to be ordered was this algebra problem. I have no reason why it was there. Maybe he was trying to help his daughter. Maybe the salad people, though retirees were trying to help a grandchild over the phone. But the problem was an expression of truth in long form starting with knowns like A=B, and 2A=B. Step by step it went on a few lines until the solution was B=1.

The problem has two solutions- B=1 or B=0. Step by step logic plainly concluded that '1' was the answer. Maybe I'll post an article about logical fallacies commonly made. For now the solution is binary. you are either with Christ or without Christ. Find a way quickly to own the truth that saves your soul or thank God right now for His indescribable gift!

[a] prepared at a conference of Anabaptist Swiss Brethren, 1527 Translation by Dr. John C. Wenger 1945

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Era of White Guilt is Over


-By Tom Adkins
Look at my fellow conservatives! There they go, glumly shuffling along, depressed by the election aftermath. Not me. I’m virtually euphoric. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not thrilled with America ’s flirtation with neo socialism. But there’s a massive silver lining in those magical clouds that lofted Barak Obama to the Presidency. For today, without a shred of intellectually legitimate opposition, I can loudly proclaim to America : The Era of White Guilt is over.

This seemingly impossible event occurred because the vast majority of white Americans didn’t give a fluff about skin color, and enthusiastically pulled the voting lever for a black man. Not just any black man. A very liberal black man who spent his early career race-hustling banks, praying in a racist church for 20 years, and actively worked with America-hating domestic terrorists. Wow! Some resume! Yet they made Barak Obama their leader. Therefore, as of Nov 4th, 2008, white guilt is dead.

For over a century, the millstone of white guilt hung around our necks, retribution for slave-owning predecessors. In the 60s, American liberals began yanking that millstone while sticking a fork in the eye of black Americans, exacerbating the racial divide to extort a socialist solution. But if a black man can become President, exactly what significant barrier is left? The election of Barak Obama absolutely destroys the entire validation of liberal white guilt. The dragon is hereby slain.

So20today, I’m feeling a little “uppity,” if you will. From this day forward, my tolerance level for having my skin color hustled is now exactly ZERO. And it’s time to clean house. No more Reverend Wright’s “GXd DXXX America ,” Al Sharpton’s Church of Perpetual Victimization , or Jesse Jackson’s rainbow racism. Cornell West? You’re a fraud. Go home. All those “black studies” programs that taught kids to hate whitey? You must now thank Whitey. And I want that on the final.

Congressional Black Caucus? Irrelevant. Maxine Waters? Shut up. ACORN? Outlawed. Black Panthers? Go home and pet your kitty. Black separatists? Find another nation that offers better dreams. Go ahead. I’m waiting.

Gangsta rappers? Start praising America . Begin with the Pledge of Allegiance. And please…no more ebonics. Speak English, and who knows where you might end up? Oh, yeah…pull up your pants. Your underwear is showing. You look stupid.

To those Eurosnots who forged entire careers hating America ? I’m still waiting20for the first black French President.

And let me offer an equal opportunity whupping. I’ve always despised lazy white people. Now, I can talk smack about lazy black people. You’re poor because you quit school, did drugs, had three kids with three different fathers, and refuse to work. So when you plop your Colt 45-swilling, Oprah watchin’ butt on the couch and complain “Da Man is keepin’ me down,” allow me to inform you: Da Man is now black. You have no excuses.

No more quotas. No more handouts. No more stealing my money because someone’s great-great-great-great grandparents suffered actual pain and misery at the hands of people I have no relation to, and personally revile.

It’s time to toss that massive, obsolete race-hustle machine upon the heap of the other stupid 60s ideas. Drag it over there, by wife swapping, next to dope-smoking. Plenty of room right between free love and cop-killing. Careful…don’t trip on streaking. There ya go, don’t be gentle. Just dump it. Wash your hands. It’s filthy.

In fact, Obama’s ascension created a gargantuan irony. How can you sell class envy and American unfairness when you and your black wife went to Ivy League schools, got high-paying jobs, became millionaires, bought a mansion, and got elected President? How unfair is that??? Now, Like a delicious O'Henry tale, Obama’s spread-the-wealth cam paign rendered itself moot by it's own victory! America is officially a meritocracy. Obama’s election has validated American conservatism!

So, listen carefully…Wham!!!

That’s the sound of my foot kicking the door shut on the era of white guilt. The rites have been muttered, the carcass lowered, dirt shoveled, and tombstone erected. White guilt is dead and buried.

However, despite my glee, there’s apparently one small, rabid bastion of American racism remaining. Black Americans voted 96% for Barak Obama. Hmmm. In a color-blind world, shouldn’t that be 50-50? Tonight, every black person should ask forgiveness for their apparent racism and prejudice towards white people. Maybe it’s time to start spreading the guilt around. After all the white middle class American is now "the disadvantaged"!!!!