The real world war is the forces of God and good versus the forces of evil and self. Satan doesn't have to be involved for people to be selfish and cruel and vicious.
Numerous searches by numerous people have failed to find this exact quotation in any of Burke's writings,and it is now thought to be a 20th Cen. paraphrase.
Here is an Edmund Burke quote that I believe fits nicely into the above 'paraphrase?':
"It is not enough in a situation of trust in the commonwealth, that a man means well to his country; it is not enough that in his single person he never did an evil act, but always voted according to his conscience, and even harangued against every design which he apprehended to be prejudicial to the interests of his country. This innoxious and ineffectual character, that seems formed upon a plan of apology and disculpation, falls miserably short of the mark of public duty. That duty demands and requires that what is right should not only be made known, but made prevalent; that what is evil should not only be detected, but defeated. When the public man omits to put himself in a situation of doing his duty with effect it is an omission that frustrates the purposes of his trust almost as much as if he had formally betrayed it. It is surely no very rational account of a man's life, that he has always acted right but has taken special care to act in such a manner that his endeavours could not possibly be productive of any consequence." (bolded portions mine)
Islam - Communism - Atheism - Socialism - Eugenics - Greed - Revenge - Selfishness - Pride. God is Love and Light but there is much darkness in the world. This is one reason I battle with Darwinists. Do I believe all Darwinists are evil? No! I think most of them are simply brainwashed/indoctrinated. Do I believe Darwinism is evil? Of course! Darwinism has been part and parcel to the worst of the European Fascist and Communist dictatorships that enslaved and butchered their own people and began wars that wound up slaughtering millions more.
The heart of Darwin is that we are meaningless and random results of a meaningless and random series of completely statistically impossible accidents and our lives have no particular purpose or meaning. If that is at the bottom of your belief system, Josef Stalin, while not kill a few million folks to consolidate your power and make the food supply go farther? Jeff Dahmer, why not drill a hole in some guy's head and pour in acid in hopes of making him into a robotic zombie slave? Average Democratic Political Machine wonk, why not pay people to vote and find ways to make dead people and imaginary people file absentee ballots? Biology textbook writer/scientist/lecturer/professor, why not include known lies if they promote your belief system?
Definition: Complete falsehood told with bravado.
Catch-phrase: You can fool some of the people all of the time . . .
Examples: Satan to Eve: “You shall not surely die . . . you shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” Hitler and Stalin speeches “Commit suicide in a jihad by killing as many innocent civilians as you can in a shopping mall, and you’ll get 72 virgins of your own for an eternity of bliss.” Indulgences: How can you let your dear mother suffer in purgatory? “If anyone put money into the coffer for a soul in purgatory, the soul would leave purgatory for heaven in the moment one could hear the penny hit the bottom” (Tetzel, 1517). Faith healers, like Peter Popoff using a radio receiver in his ear to fake “word of knowledge” from God Email hoaxes: the Nigeria scam; email scams posing as legitimate banks and corporations; fake warnings about viruses that actually install them in your computer; You have just won $100,000 – click here! Urban legends: Joshua’s long day found by astronomers; Darwin repented on his deathbed; Margaret Murray O'Hair suing the FCC to ban religious broadcasting; Mars will appear as big as the full moon this month; Forward this to everybody you know is often a tip-off. Lenin calling his party the Bolsheviks (majority) when it was really in the minority. KGB “disinformation” campaigns Social engineering, e.g., computer hacker pretending to be a legitimate user, calling technical support for help as if he just forgot his password Bait and switch Satisfaction guaranteed “Your order should be in next week; I promise!” (Delay, delay, hope you’ll go away.) Crocodile tears Toddler: “Mommy, Billy hit me in the fist with his stomach!” ChiComs: The U.S. knocked down our plane and killed our pilot (he was ramming the U.S. plane). “Non-partisan” voting guides (read the fine print - endorsement paid for by the candidate) “I did not have sexual relations with that woman” Sun Myung Moon’s “heavenly deception” (telling lies to advance the cult) National Enquirer: “Talking dog says astrology cured Jackie’s cancer” or “Elvis lands in UFO with the ultimate diet.” Sennacherib to Hezekiah (II Kings 18:25): “The Lord told me to invade your city.” Tobiah’s emissaries to Nehemiah: “Let us close the doors of the temple, for they are coming to kill you” (it was just a scheme to make Nehemiah appear cowardly; Nehemiah 6). Suppressing the truth: Palestinian schools have maps of the Middle East with Israel missing, and its history books ignore or misrepresent Israel’s historical presence in Palestine. Chemical evolutionist: Billions of years ago, the oceans were warm and teeming with the building blocks of life. Paleoanthropologist: About six million years ago, our human ancestors migrated out of Africa (blah blah etc. etc.)... then about 30,000 years ago, the Neanderthals proved no match for modern humans, who had invented art and learned to use fire and make tools, due to their superior intelligence.... Anti-creationist Ben Bova, Omni magazine (10/1980): “ So far not one shred of evidence has ever been found to support the Creationist point of view. Not a fingerbone, not a leaf, not a shard of evidence exists. We may have been created by some deity or other unfathomable force, but there is no evidence whatsoever that it happened in this way.” Teaching creation in school is unconstitutional. There is no controversy among scientists about evolution. Jared Diamond, Discover magazine (06/1985): “Darwin’s theories yielded thousands of predictions, some of which have been strikingly confirmed: genes, the dating of the fossil record, transitional forms between modern humans and apes.” Piltdown Man Nebraska Man Haeckel’s “biogenetic law” and faked drawings of embryos Archaeoraptor hoax Dobzhansky: “Nothing in biology makes sense apart from evolution.” Reflexive tactic: asserting that your opponent (the truth teller) is telling the big lie.
- Thumb’s Second Postulate: An easily-understood, workable falsehood is more useful than a complex, incomprehensible truth.
- Parker’s Law of Political Speeches: The truth of any proposition has nothing to do with its credibility and vice versa.
- Proverbs of Solomon: The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way, but the folly of fools is deceit. (Proverbs 14:8)"
If a Darwinist tells you that he has absolutes, ask him where they came from and by what authority are they to be believed? Usually most of them will have a watered-down version of Biblical morality and yet they will deny the validity of the Bible and the existence of God. Those who claim to believe in God do not believe in the God of the Bible.
My family gives money to missionaries. We do not give enough. If only all believers in Christ gave at least a small part of their riches to missionaries. We are not rich compared to so many Americans who give practically nothing to no one. But at least here in America there are few people being murdered for their beliefs (not that Islamofascists haven't continued to try) so far. But there sure are a lot of people being murdered by the beliefs of their mothers...they call it abortion. The woman who brought suit to overturn anti-abortion pro-life laws in this country now works to end abortion. Abortionists are pro-death. In this, they do not differ much from the slave traders in Sudan and the Pakistani rapist-murderers and...well, you can read for yourself. You can also begin to learn about those who wish to make a difference, such as the founder of Open Doors himself.
In the next day or so I am going to show you what it means to be a missionary if even for a very short time, what it means to the people you go to help and care for and what it does to change you for the better. No more science posts until this is done!