Category: Religion

My Take

Dear Friends,

When blood starts to spurt from my eyes from the continually emanating stupidity  from our Federal Government, I start to get writing fever, but then an article pops out on Town Hall which saves me a lot of time and energy.  I’ve pasted it below.  What is missing from Mr. Wilber’s critique are the essential factors or philosophy details contributing to this decline.  He focuses on the symptoms or outcomes, not the areas we need to address to set us back on course.

1.  Assuming the false narrative that humans are basically good and are taken down by environmental factors, thereby thrusting every bad person into victim-hood and ignoring the real victims.

2.  Young people need structure.  The left is doing its utmost to destroy that structure or at least twist it to their perverse ends which them can’t even clearly define… basically, bring it all down.  The trend has also been to extend the definition of young people into their late 20’s, thereby extending dependency on parents and/or government.

3.  With the left’s endless attacks on our moral fabric, people are floating around in a cesspool of moral relativism.  Many have the intellect to wade through this fog and thrive, but, I would posit, there are many more that cannot for various reasons.  The primary cause is the unforgivable destruction of our education system.  The secondary cause is the undermining of our religious institutions (Some would like to exchange this with the primary cause.  There used to be a link between the two.)

4.  Leftists and Libertarians (Libertarians are not bad people, just bloody naive on the nature of man) either undermine or eliminate societal reference points.  The devil is in the details regarding the delicate balance needed for liberty and not to devolve into anarchy and/or leftist chaos and moral turpitude.  It seems that many of the mass shootings (Roseburg et al) are under leftist watch?  Does the left EVER reflect on cause and effect?

Life goes on and the Marxist Imam bloviates on cue about gun control as in the meantime…

TKO

GEA

http://townhall.com/columnists/dwwilber/2015/10/02/obama-responsible-for-what-ails-america-or-just-good-timing-n2059934?utm_source=thdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl&newsletterad=

Obama Responsible for What Ails America, or Just Good Timing

D.W. Wilber

10/2/2015 12:01:00 AM – D.W. Wilber

Is Barack Obama responsible for all that ails the United States of America? Has his presidency brought this country to such a point that many question if America as we know it even has a future ?

Hardly. The truth is that we were already going down the toilet long before Obama came along. He has just helped hasten our trip into the sewer that the social engineers who preceded him, and who he aligns himself with now have made of our country over the last several decades.

For roughly seventy years now the anti-American teaching in our universities has helped create an environment where traditional American values have been denigrated and ridiculed. For seventy years our traditional morality has been questioned, dismissed as ‘old fashioned’, and eventually discarded.

And a couple of generations of Americans have grown up in an ‘MTV world’ where a false reality has been broadcast into millions of American homes. And into the impressionable minds of young people all over this country.

Back in the Sixties college radicals urged us all to “question authority” as they demonstrated against “the man”. They advocated the experimentation and use of hallucinogenic and psychoactive drugs of all types, and urged everyone to also discard traditional relationships for ‘free love’ and promiscuity. Communes sprang up around the country where a hedonistic lifestyle could be openly engaged in.

The reality is that the United States has been in a downward spiral for decades now brought on by liberalism and social tinkering that has weakened us morally, and changed American culture from a time when President John F. Kennedy told us to “ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country”, to the time of Barack Obama’s “fundamental transformation” of this nation.

We have done it to ourselves through greed, avarice and mendacity. Barack Obama just came along and took advantage of a country already in a severe decline. And bringing us to the point where sadly our best days may well be behind us. Are there enough Americans willing to bear the burdens required to get this country back on the right track ?

Many of us will go down swinging, but those of us willing “to pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty”, as so eloquently said by President John Kennedy during his inauguration address, are far too few. And unfortunately vastly outnumbered by those who are willing to go along, just to get along.

Americans have become soft and addicted to modern conveniences. Take away their internet, cable and satellite television, and smart phones, and few Americans could make it through a single day, much less survive and flourish over the long haul.

As a nation we simply have become spoiled and dependent on machines and devices, or having other people take care of us. Self-sufficiency simply isn’t taught in American schools anymore.

I can recall a time when “Marksmanship and Firearms Safety” were part of a school’s curriculum, teaching young people responsibility and respect for guns. Part of an overall program intended to help build our young people’s character. Neither any longer allowed in American schools.

Nowadays guns are just a small part of the arsenal used in video games by ‘make believe soldiers’ to rip apart the bodies of ‘make-believe enemies’. With gratuitous amounts of blood and gore dispersing in all directions after a direct hit, scoring countless points for the person holding the joy stick.

I too grew up playing ‘soldier’, building my own Tommy Guns from a few nails and pieces of scrap wood lying around the garage. Taking on the identity of a John Basilone I fought through the jungles of Guadalcanal on the nearby school playground. Real, historical men of courage and bravery were my role models. Part of the character-building that helped raise American generations.

Unlike the idols of today who are emulated by far too many young people simply for at the top of their lungs screaming out vulgar rhymes, supposedly the lyrics to a “quote unquote” song, that disparages females and incites violence against the police. All accompanied by mind-numbing music blasting out of huge mega-speakers with the volume maxed out.

Generations have become shackled to Welfare and other government assistance never learning the importance of hard work and self-sufficiency. Why engage in hard work when one can sit in front of a 72 inch flat screen television and watch MTV, all paid for by someone else.

No, Barack Obama alone hasn’t brought this nation to the brink of destruction. He simply has taken advantage of a country already in decline, and one that apparently doesn’t have the will to do what it takes to change our course.

The blame rests with each of us who has looked the other way, drawn in the shutters and closed the drapes to block our view to what was happening. Instead of responding as we were challenged to by President John F. Kennedy so many years ago.

Genesis One and Two

I am writing this as the result of the lead-up to the “Genesis” movie coming out later this year (2014). I said to myself, “Great”, but then discovered that “creationists” were endorsing it. That really piqued my interest and potential invective…the latter being a very poor way to start an opinion piece.

For my purposes, there are two main opposing camps when discussing our origins (both rejected by mainstream Christianity)…

The atheists are a group that use “science” to prove there is no God.

The creationists (6 day / 6,000 years) are a group that use “science” to prove there is a God.

The rest of us lie in the muddled middle taking the Biblical account on theological faith and finding no need to take it much further. Intensive investigation, as demonstrated by these polar opposites (Ham versus Dawkins), is a demonic distraction and movement away from the central message of salvation. Someone asked me for demonic evidence. Does making my skin crawl when subjected, and I mean subjected, to expositions of both count? To put it in secular terms, when teaching a Secret Service agent how to detect counterfeit money, ALL they study are real bank notes.

The old saying goes that the “Devil is in the details” and I truly, truly believe that he is influencing both of these groups.

We’ve had a recent incident trying define what “is” is. The same holds true for science. Science has become an agenda driven item distorted by those wanting to make sketchy issues more valid or to appear more truthful.

To move quickly toward a conclusion without volumes of citations and other rabbit trails, at least from my view, I will share with you what I think/believe relative to our origins.

  1. I believe the earth is 4+ billion years old. It is not 6,000 or so years old as creationists would have you believe. I base this on geological processes and the time at which they move. The caveat to this is God has control over time and space, but I cannot put my mind around why the billions of years would be shortened and then slowed down to the current pace.
  2. I don’t believe that man “evolved” from a single cell. 4+ billion years IS NOT enough time to get everything sorted out. More concerning, it refutes that God is the Creator irrespective of time. It IS NOT statistically possible if evolution were mere chance blind processes of chemistry and physics as claimed by the “new” atheists. I do believe that there was a guiding hand in the creation process (I think “Intelligent Design” is a good term, but apparently it has already been usurped by the creationist crowd). I think it is a stretch to label it as evolution, i.e. some sort of metaphysical and/or random laboratory workshop building up things over time in a trial and error way.
  3. I don’t believe that man walked with dinosaurs even though one example is alleged to show homo erectus footprints next to a dinosaur’s in a petrified muddy flat.
  4. I don’t have enough information to emphatically claim that the six days were a literal six days or millennia. I don’t think anyone else does either.
  5. Was there a world before Adam? Yes, the geological record supports that. Does it have anything to add to the central messages of the Bible? Not really, in my opinion.
  6. I believe there is micro-evolution (adaptation) and survival of the fittest. That is probably as close as I want to get to Darwin’s theories that have “evolved” over the last 1.5 centuries to be misused for evil purposes of removing man’s hope and to promulgate all sorts of disregard for human life.

Do I dwell on this? Generally not until such events as the “Genesis” movie bring the topic to the forefront.

I simplistically look at this issue as another divisive distraction similar to class warfare, abortion, racism, etc., but only in the religious/spiritual realm.

Anytime either party tries to prove his/her position, real scientific method is thrown out the window. Both sides push their positions like an indoctrinating cult or religion and many times in hateful or threatening terms.

Back in the old days, evolution was taught as a theory and even then, proof was fabricated to push the agenda forward. The Bible was allowed in school.

Now, evolution is being pushed as scientific fact to our impressionable youth and the Freedom from Religion fanatics are trying to construct an impenetrable wall such that Christianity and the Bible are excluded.

Whether you are a believer or non-believer in God of the Bible, it is important to understand and minimize what I consider evil forces that espouse scientific fact and finality, i.e. conflating science and theology… misrepresenting scientific fact and advocating ‘God of the gaps’ theology. Over time, we have seen rejection, modification, etc. of widely accepted conventional knowledge or wisdom. Over time, I believe we have also seen a decline in the level of wisdom. This has misled our societies to jump from one hot issue to another with reckless abandon.

You can be darn sure that someone, somewhere is gaining from this at the expense of the gullible.

Additional reading which may enlighten, but also create more questions outside the scope of this essay…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Out-of-place_artifact

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creationism

http://atheism.about.com/od/creationismcreationists/tp/CreationismTypes.htm

The Frog In The Boiling Water

Dear Friends,

Have you become the proverbial frog in the boiling water?  From every avenue, I hear about the increasing intrusion of the government in our daily lives.  It is not just in the U.S.A, but virtually every “western” country or society.

Like the frog, we are sitting in a pot of water that is being brought to a slow boil with creeping Marxism or Fabian Socialism.  Recently, this process or movement has started to accelerate.  While the frog boiled to death, what will be our fate?

It cannot be focused on one individual or one group (even a large group).  It has become like “soma” in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.  Some are not taking soma in this world, and I consider them to be awake to what it going on around them.  I would say, though, that a majority are taking soma in one dose level or another.  About 20-30% of the population has taken so much of it that there is really no chance of them waking up to reality.  They continually try to increase the dosage for those who are slightly hooked and would just as soon see the people that are awake and not taking soma dead… really.  How do I know?  Do something that rocks their boat and watch the death threats fly.

What brought this to mind today?  It was the following verses from Romans that were read in Sunday School this morning:

Rom 1:18-32

18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.

24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator — who is forever praised. Amen.

26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.

28 Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.

NIV

Spontaneously, several in the class relayed their frustration with the oppression of the government and the blindness of those around them on moral issues.  I was also told a few days before about the recently elected Marxist President of Brazil and her Satanist Vice President.  One of the first laws they passed was an anti-homophobia law followed by distribution of training material to the schools.  Sound familiar?  Anti-bullying laws masked as cover for advancing the gay agenda?  California two mommies or two daddies training for elementary school children implemented in their textbooks?

I wish to borrow a computer term for the siege we are currently under.  It is called it “massive parallelism”.  There are so many attacks from so many different angles with the singular objective of… world Marxism/socialism under one world government, or as George Soros would put it, The New World Order.  Virtually EVERY action the Obama Administration has performed in the last three years is to advance that objective… NOT to fix the economic malaise we presently find ourselves in.  That is Obama’s “fundamental transformation”.  No one admits this.  They deny it at every turn, but the evidence has become crystal clear.

The problem is that their plan will NEVER work because it is counter to Natural Law.  We have to ask what lunacy would drive government to make more and more of my decisions for me 3,000 miles away?  Is it some megalomaniac idea of “economy of scale”?  How are most business mergers working out with that in mind?

This brings me to my last point.  How far can you be pushed before you take action in some manner?  We must ask the most grave question of what would we be willing to die for?  I do hope and pray that more and more people will wake up to what is going on around them.  This will most certainly minimize pain and bloodshed.

The sadist, Frances Fox Piven, is already stirring the Occupy Movement pot for the coming warmer weather.  Beware of the frogs in the boiling water.  It may be you or it may be someone that will do you harm.

GEA

A Fourth Of July Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father,

I pray that our leaders will listen to the people and not their own hearts, Lord.  You know the situation here. I pray that more and more people will find that YOU are the answer to everything this side of heaven.  Through You, our needs, NOT our wants, will be met.

I pray that our government will be touched by the Holy Spirit to let the people achieve by Your grace and guidance, not by automatic provision and fiat from the limited vision of man.  Only You can make our paths straight.

Lord, help us to put aside divisive issues that do nothing but take away from Your glory.  We know that the dark one has purposely put forward such schemes so that we take our eyes from You.  We are weak and we pray for strength to deal with these matters.

Lord, we, as your humble servants, pray in Jesus’ name… AMEN.

Book Review – Islamofacism

Dear Friends,

I just finished reading the book by Brigitte Gabriel “They Must Be Stopped”. Previously I’d commented on her other book, “Because They Hate”.

This last book really lays it on the line how through P.C. methods and using our freedoms against us, we are slowly succumbing to the power of Islam. One example stands out how the airport in St. Louis installed foot-baths to accommodate Muslim prayer rituals. She pointed out that no airports in the Middle East have such facilities. Try to get such accommodation for something Christian or Jewish and the ACLU would be all over it, as would the freedom from religion clique. Europe, and especially the U.K. are much further down this road. The Archbishop of Canterbury said that installation of Sharia law was inevitable in some cases.

While I’ve been tracking this progression mentally since September 11, 2001, I am still amazed by the ambivalence of the general public to this incrementalism issue. In one case, a priest of the orthodox church dismissed it out of hand. Another person said “love” will conquer all. Love is very powerful, for sure, but just not quite as powerful as a knife or an AK-47. That person accused me of being paranoid. I’d definitely say I was better informed than that individual.

Some time ago, I obtained a copy of The Holy Qur’an and was comparing some of the examples Gabriel gave (a sanity check). The very example I started with on routinely beating your wife was much softened in the version I had (4:34). The next page she went on to say that since she is a native Arabic speaker, that “Tad-ru-bu-hu-nna” means “beat them”. Hmmm. Six other translations support her. My copy said, “chastise them.” Is this the old camel nose under the tent routine?

Certainly the number of issues we face on a day-to-day basis is daunting, but our instant gratification and short memory society is starting to get us into a pack of trouble with groups that measure their goals in decades, not a two year election cycle.

GEA