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Friday, March 30, 2012

Things Creationism is - Scientifc and Logical and consistent with Biblical Faith

"It is axiomatic that there are only two possible basic models of origins--that is, of the origin of the universe, of the earth, of life, of human life, and of all the basic systems of the cosmos. These are, in simplest terms, evolution or creation. Either the origin of things can be understood in terms of continuing natural processes, or they cannot--one or the other. If they cannot, then we must resort to completed supernatural processes to explain the origin of at least the basic symptoms of the cosmos. Evolution and creation thus exhaust the possibilities, as far as origins are concerned." - Dr. Henry Morris

Scientism

"Unlike the use of the scientific method as only one mode of reaching knowledge, scientism claims that science alone can render truth about the world and reality. Scientism's single-minded adherence to only the empirical, or testable, makes it a strictly scientifc worldview, in much the same way that a Protestant fundamentalism that rejects science can be seen as a strictly religious worldview. Scientism sees it necessary to do away with most, if not all, metaphysical, philosophical, and religious claims, as the truths they proclaim cannot be apprehended by the scientific method. In essence, scientism sees science as the absolute and only justifiable access to the truth."  - (PBS.org's so-called "faith and reason" glossary)

Compare and contrast... Scientism is a religion, one that erects a strawman, calls it "Protestant fundamentalism" and then knocks it down. 

Christians do not reject science.  Christians INVENTED modern science.  Yes, Roger Bacon and Isaac Newton and Francis Bacon and James Clerk Maxwell and Johannes Kepler and Lord Kelvin and so many others were believers in the Creator God and, because of that belief, trusted that they could find logical processes and logical reasons for what was observed in the material world around them.  These men, who considered the Bible to be truth, sought the truth within nature because they believed the Logical Mind Who designed it all would have done so logically.  They were correct.

I became a Christian in 1978, and at that time I took evolution for granted.  "Everyone" believed it to be true and I had no reason to doubt it, for I had never thought to challenge the concept.  Upon becoming a Christian and reading the Bible, I continually found references to the Creation account in Genesis by the writers and the very words of Jesus Christ Himself.   Therefore, for the first time in my life I took a look at evolution with a critical eye rather than simple acceptance by faith.

It was a presentation made by Dr. Henry Morris that caused me to see that there was a divide between scientists and laymen over the issue of evolution and long ages.   I began to review my own experiences in the field and reevaluate them in a new way.  What if the rock layers and fossils I had observed had been produced by the Flood event described in Genesis rather than by the long processes of millions upon millions of years of Earth existence?   It immediately struck me that the massive fields of shellfish I had walked upon, all apparently closed (so they were alive when buried in stasis) made sense in a Flood scenario but was not logical from the Uniformitarian point of view.   Uniformitarians would have to suppose that there were many thousands of local disastrous events, flood events, larger than any I had observed or heard of in order to have produced all the rock layers and fossils contained therein!  Further research revealed that there were rock layers that spanned continents and even crossed oceans!   This was evidence of a catastrophic event far beyond anything I had imagined.   I realized that a world-wide flood was an absolute necessity to have accomplished the sedimentary rock layers of the Earth and the ever-growing numbers of fossil remains that put the lie to evolution.

Further investigation convinced me that a great deal of fraud had been perpetrated in the name of Darwinism over the years, along with many foolish assumptions and outright stupidity.  A pig's tooth became an entire line of prehistoric men?   Neanderthal skulls were remodeled and evidence of their sophistication destroyed or hidden.  False evidence had been taught in classrooms around the world and were commonly found in textbooks and museums!  It was astonishing to me!   How did so many liars and fakers ever fool the world?

It did not take long to realize that a Secularization movement had been waging war against faith in a Creator God and was attacking on several fronts.   It was not simply faked evidence in the world of science, but bad philosophy being taught as good and revised history taking the place of actual events.  In schools, in the media, supported by the elitists of the world the religion which could also be called Secular Humanism was being preached and presented as factual or true.  In another post I will discuss the miscreants and blackguards who, along with the foolish and obstinate and foolish have convinced the world that the Emperor does indeed have new clothes!

First, a well-presented positive look at the reason for believing in a Creation by God.

From 2008, the words of the great, late Henry Morris...written before the Sixth ICC (link regarding that conference).

The Logic of Biblical Creation

This month, creation scientists from all over the globe are gathering in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for the sixth International Conference on Creationism. The modern creation movement is largely considered to have been launched by the 1961 publication of The Genesis Flood by Dr. Henry Morris and Dr. John Whitcomb. In honor of our founder, ICR is featuring the following article in which he clearly and succinctly presents the reasons we can believe and defend the Genesis account of creation.


The biblical account of creation is ridiculed by atheists, patronized by liberals, and often allegorized even by conservatives. The fact is, however, that it is God's own account of creation, corroborated by Jesus Christ (Mark 10:6-8, etc.), who was there!

We are well advised to take it seriously and literally, for God is able to say what He means, and will someday hold us accountable for believing what He says! Furthermore, the account is reasonable and logical, fully in accord with all true science and history. The following chain of logic, while not compelling belief on the part of those who refuse to believe, at least demonstrates the reasonableness of biblical creation.

It is axiomatic that there are only two possible basic models of origins--that is, of the origin of the universe, of the earth, of life, of human life, and of all the basic systems of the cosmos. These are, in simplest terms, evolution or creation. Either the origin of things can be understood in terms of continuing natural processes, or they cannot--one or the other. If they cannot, then we must resort to completed supernatural processes to explain the origin of at least the basic symptoms of the cosmos. Evolution and creation thus exhaust the possibilities, as far as origins are concerned.

This necessarily means that if we can "falsify" (that is, demonstrate to be false) either model of origins, then the other must be true. There is no other option. By definition, evolution should still be occurring now, since it is to be explained by present processes.

Present Processes

If there is anything certain in this world, however, it is that there is no evidence whatever that evolution is occurring today--that is, true vertical evolution, from some simpler kind to a more complex kind. No one has ever observed a star evolve from hydrogen, life evolve from chemicals, a higher species evolve from a lower species, a man from an ape, or anything else of this sort. Not only has no one ever observed true evolution in action, no one knows how evolution works, or even how it might work. Since no one has ever seen it happen (despite thousands of experiments that have tried to produce it), and no one yet has come up with a workable mechanism to explain it, it would seem that it has been falsified, at least as far as the present world is concerned. This does not prove it did not happen in the past, of course, but the evolutionist should recognize that this means it is not science, since it is not observable. Evolution must be accepted on faith.

What about the Past?

Actually, there is no evidence at all that evolution ever took place in the past either. In all recorded history, extending back nearly five thousand years, no one has ever recorded the natural evolution of any kind of creature (living or non-living) into a more complex kind. Furthermore, all known vertical changes seem to go in the wrong direction. An average of at least one species has become extinct every day since records have been kept, but no new species have evolved during that time. Stars explode, comets and meteorites disintegrate, the biosphere deteriorates, and everything eventually dies, so far as all historical observations go, but nothing has ever evolved into higher complexity.

But how about prehistoric changes? The only real records we have of this period are presumably to be found in the sedimentary rocks of the earth's crust, where billions of fossil remains of formerly living creatures have been preserved for our observation. Again, however, the story is one of extinction, not evolution. Numerous kinds of extinct animals are found (e.g., dinosaurs), but never, in all of these billions of fossils, is a truly incipient or transitional form found. No fossil has ever been found with half scales/half feathers, half legs/half wings, half-developed heart, half-developed eye, or any other such thing.

If evolution were true, there should be millions of transitional types among these multiplied billions of fossils--in fact, everything should show transitional features. But they do not! If one were to rely strictly on the observed evidence, he would have to agree that past evolution has also been falsified.

The Necessity of Creation

If evolution did not occur in the past, and does not occur at present, then it is entirely imaginary--not a part of the real world at all. This leaves creation as the necessary explanation of origins.

This fact is also confirmed by the best-proved laws of science--the law of conservation in quantity and the law of decay in complexity, or the famous First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics. The First Law notes that, in all real processes, the total quantity of matter and/or energy stays constant, even though it frequently changes form. A parallel principle in biology notes that "like begets like"--dogs are always dogs, for example, though they occur in many varieties. The Second Law notes that the quality of any system--its usefulness, its complexity, its information value--always tends to decrease. In living organisms, true vertical changes go down, not up--mutations cause deterioration, individuals die, species become extinct. In fact, everything in the universe seems to be headed downhill toward ultimate cosmic death.

The First Law notes that nothing is being either "created" or "evolved" by present processes. The Second Law notes that there is, instead, a universal tendency for everything to disintegrate, to run down, and finally, to "die." The whole universe is growing old, wearing out, headed toward ultimate stillness and death. This universal "increase in entropy" leads directly to the conclusion that there must have been a creation of things in the past; otherwise, everything would now be dead (since they are universally dying in the present).

Again, we are driven to the logical necessity of a primal creation--a creation that was accomplished not by present natural processes, but by past supernatural processes. This means, however, that we cannot deduce anything about that creation except just the fact of creation. The processes of creation, the duration of the period of creation, the order of events--all are hidden from us by virtue of the fact that our present observed processes do not create--they only conserve and deteriorate!

The Necessity of a Creator

Nevertheless, there must have been a creation and, therefore, a Creator! Being the Creator of the infinitely complex, highly energized cosmos, that Creator necessarily must be omniscient and omnipotent. Having created life, as well as human personalities, He must also be a living Person. No effect can be greater than its cause.

Therefore, He is fully capable of revealing to us knowledge about His creation--knowledge which could never be learned through studying present processes. It almost seems that He must do this, in fact, since He surely is not capricious. He would not create men and women who long to know the meaning of their lives, yet neglect or refuse to tell them anything about it.

Assuming, then, that He has revealed this information to His creatures, just where is His revelation to be found? There are numerous books of religion, ancient and modern, but their cosmogonies do not contain any account at all of the creation of the universe.

The answer, therefore, has to be in His record of creation in the book of Genesis, for there is no alternative. There are only three creationist "religions" in the world--Christianity, Islam, and Judaism--and all three base their belief in creation on the record of Genesis. Without exception, all the other religions and philosophies of the world have based their beliefs concerning origins on some form of evolutionism. That is, they all begin with the universe (space, time, matter) already in existence, then speculate how the forces of nature (often personified as various gods and goddesses) may have generated all the systems and living creatures of the world out of some primordial watery chaos. Only Genesis even attempts to tell how the universe itself came to be.

Genesis: God's Record of Creation

Whether most people believe it or not, therefore, the creation account in Genesis is God's record of His creation. Jesus Christ also taught this truth, so surely any true Christian should believe it. This account does not allow even the possibility of evolution, since everything was created "after its kind" (Genesis 1:24), and since, after six days of creating and making things, God "rested from all His work" (Genesis 2:3), and so is no longer using processes which "create" things, as theistic evolutionists believe. Instead, He now is "upholding all things" (Hebrews 1:3) through His law of conservation--the "First Law."

Space does not allow documentation and further discussion here, but even this brief summary demonstrates the logic of biblical creationism. Although one may escape from this chain of logic if he wishes, the fact remains that the chain is logical and reasonable. When mixed with faith, there is peace and joy in believing God's straightforward, rational, simple, satisfying, and truly scientific account of creation in Genesis.

Adapted from Dr. Morris' article "The Logic of Biblical Creation" in the July 1990 edition of Acts & Facts.

*Dr. Morris (1918-2006) was Founder of the Institute for Creation Research.

Cite this article: Morris, H. 2008. The Logic of Biblical Creation. Acts & Facts. 37 (8): 10.
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72 summaries have been received from 59 primary authors. The theme breakdown is as follows:
  • 23 - Earth Science
  • 8 - Engineering
  • 9 - Foundations of Science
  • 19 - Life Science
  • 4 - Social Science
  • 8 - Stellar and Planetary Science
  • 1 - Astro Science
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Yes, there are numerous scientists who believe in Creation by God and they have formed large organizations, established peer reviewed papers, publish technical journals, undertake large research projects and produce copious evidence for the scientific evidence that supports Creation by God ex nihilo (Latin for "out of/from nothing).  Many of those organizations are listed on my links list, there are a few who number me amongst their membership and several send me magazines, newsletters, technical journals and informational emails.   The search for truth will not be stopped by the ruling paradigm.  No one court, no one nation, no one company, no one scientist can speak for "Science" and nothing is particularly impressive about the numbers of those who believe in the faith of Darwinism.  Darwinism is a faith and thus it can be accepted or rejected.   Those who believe in it today can change their minds tomorrow.

The United States was formed as a Republic and a Federation of States and NOT a Democracy, because the Founding Fathers knew that the Democracy becomes mob rule and does not work in large numbers.   Instead, they wisely divided powers following Biblical teachings so that power would not be monopolized by any one portion of the Federal nor State nor Local governance, but that there would be a balance of powers.   The balance has been tilted towards Washington for many decades and, as we lean over towards a stronger Federal government we are, like the Tower of Pisa, threatening to fall.   

In the world of science and academics, the Darwinists took over the control of schools and organizations around the world, only to find that Creationists would begin to form their own schools and organizations, and this should be no surprise, since the first schools were actually formed by Christians in this nation and the first schools open to commoners were formed by Christians of the past.   Truth will not be stifled by the actions of men.   As Stephen C. Meyer has wisely said, quoting an unamed professor who probably got it from some unamed ancient philosopher (although you will find that Will Rogers or Mark Twain are known to have said it), "Beware the sound of one hand clapping."    My task is to help provide the other hand.


  • We can't all be heroes because someone has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by. --Will Rogers



  • Beware the sound of one hand clapping

  • Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and the government when it deserves it. --Mark Twain 


  • From webquotes

    Wednesday, March 28, 2012

    Water from rocks and rocks from water...But no humans from apes!!!

    Part one concerns water held within the Earth's crust now.   Read it and then perhaps consider  Dr. Walt Brown's Hydroplate Hypothesis.  His is only one possible explanation for the Flood event and there are competing theories. You know that if you read this blog.   But at any rate, there is still quite a bit of water still within the Earth...and the water that is in the oceans and lakes and rivers now would cover a flattened Earth for a good mile...Rocks from water?   The sedimentary rock layers of the Earth, of course, which were formed by the Flood events and not long ages.

    Yes, I may well post the above link again, it is that good.   You can learn more in one article about the rock layers of the Earth than the average public school teacher knows about the sedimentary rocks, as they have been largely propagandized without even knowing it.

    After the jump,  various claims of DNA matches between apes and humans are debunked thoroughly by a new Ian Juby Youtube!!!


    Date: 28 February 2007 Time: 08:28 AM ET



    Scientists scanning the deep interior of Earth have found evidence of a vast water reservoir beneath eastern Asia that is at least the volume of the Arctic Ocean.

    The discovery marks the first time such a large body of water has found in the planet's deep mantle. [The World's Biggest Oceans and Seas]

    The finding, made by Michael Wysession, a seismologist at Washington University in St. Louis, and his former graduate student Jesse Lawrence, now at the University of California, San Diego, will be detailed in a forthcoming monograph to be published by the American Geophysical Union.

    The pair analyzed more than 600,000 seismograms — records of waves generated by earthquakes traveling through the Earth—collected from instruments scattered around the planet. [Image Gallery: This Millennium's Destructive Earthquakes]

    They noticed a region beneath Asia where seismic waves appeared to dampen, or "attenuate," and also slow down slightly. "Water slows the speed of waves a little," Wysession explained. "Lots of damping and a little slowing match the predictions for water very well."

    Previous predictions calculated that if a cold slab of the ocean floor were to sink thousands of miles into the Earth's mantle, the hot temperatures would cause water stored inside the rock to evaporate out.
    "That is exactly what we show here," Wysession said. "Water inside the rock goes down with the sinking slab and it's quite cold, but it heats up the deeper it goes, and the rock eventually becomes unstable and loses its water."

    The water then rises up into the overlying region, which becomes saturated with water [image]. "It would still look like solid rock to you,” Wysession told LiveScience. "You would have to put it in the lab to find the water in it."

    Although they appear solid, the composition of some ocean floor rocks is up to 15 percent water. "The water molecules are actually stuck in the mineral structure of the rock," Wysession explained. "As you heat this up, it eventually dehydrates. It's like taking clay and firing it to get all the water out."

    The researchers estimate that up to 0.1 percent of the rock sinking down into the Earth's mantle in that part of the world is water, which works out to about an Arctic Ocean's worth of water.

    "That's a real back of the envelope type calculation," Wysession said. "That's the best that we can do at this point."


    The Beijing anomaly

    Wysession has dubbed the new underground feature the "Beijing anomaly," because seismic wave attenuation was found to be highest beneath the Chinese capital city. Wysession first used the moniker during a presentation of his work at the University of Beijing.

    "They thought it was very, very interesting," Wysession said. "China is under greater seismic risk than just about any country in the world, so they are very interested in seismology." [Natural Disasters: Top 10 US Threats]

    Water covers 70 percent of Earth's surface and one of its many functions is to act like a lubricant for the movement of continental plates.

    "Look at our sister planet, Venus," Wysession said. "It is very hot and dry inside Venus, and Venus has no plate tectonics. All the water probably boiled off, and without water, there are no plates. The system is locked up, like a rusty Tin Man with no oil."

    What's Down There


    The Earth’s radius is about 4,000 miles (6,400 kilometers). The main layers of its interior are in descending order: crust, mantle and core.

    The crust thickness averages about 18 miles (30 kilometers) under the continents, but is only about 3 miles (5 kilometers) under the oceans. It is light and brittle and can break. In fact it's fractured into more than a dozen major plates and several minor ones. It is where most earthquakes originate.

    The mantle is more flexible – it flows instead of fractures. It extends down to about 1,800 miles (2,900 kilometers) below the surface.

    The core consists of a solid inner core and a fluid outer core. The fluid contains iron, which, as it moves, generates the Earth’s magnetic field. The crust and upper mantle form the lithosphere, which is broken up into several plates that float on top of the hot molten mantle below.

    SOURCE: LiveScience reporting

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    But no humans from Apes...

    Sunday, March 25, 2012

    Is Education in the USA broken? Sunday mind meanderings.

    Reading.  Learning.  Studying.  Thinking.  Considering.  Meditating.  Discussing.  Never stop learning and never stop questioning!  Mind meanderings and ramblings on a Sunday afternoon...

    A good day.  Church was great as always, singing, hearing a good message, seeing lots of people I care about.   Then my wife snuggles with me for about three hours while we watch a bunch of recorded Country Music videos and try to decide what Country artists we like.   We have eclectic musical tastes but hard rock is the default setting so it was something we'd never done before.  Now I will do what Led Zeppelin suggested should be done on their second album and Ramble On...

    from Wikipedia...best Zep album ever?





    Thanks, Mom!

    Looking through some photos and stuff my Mom gave me to poke through I found the check stub she received for her first national television commercial (filmed in Chicago) and, for a minute, I saw the world without me and with a mother who never was a mother but instead became a Mitzi Gaynor or a  Doris Day.   My father went to war in Korea and might have died before fathering me.   Both of them had college scholarships but they chose new roads, my Dad to war and then home again and my Mom chose love over fame and fortune.  Choices lead to choices lead to choices again.  My mother became a locally famed singer and appeared on television and performed on radio and spent 50 years as a big band singer and musician, so she still was able to use her gifts.  

    I thank God for the choices my parents made to have me and love me and teach me to be a good citizen and to have an inquiring mind.  It would have been even better had they raised me to know Christ but fortunately I got there on my own eventually.

    When I was growing up, my mother taught me to read before I entered school.   I know how she loved me and wanted me even before I was born.  She is a very small woman, so having me nearly killed her.   She was told having more children was dangerous.   I am so grateful that she chose me over fame and fortune.   But she not only gave me life, she gave me literacy and these are gifts that cannot be repaid.  I have blessed her with so many grandchildren and great-grandchildren after a period of time when she probably wondered and worried every day that I would kill myself with my crazy party animal ways. 

    Thanks Mom and Dad!   I know my Dad is with Jesus now, but my Mom is so very proud of me.  Once I became a Christian I made sure to find out about my parents.  My father confirmed his faith in Jesus and my mother has done so, too.  She is always telling me how proud she is of me.  Justifiable pride in accomplishments is not the same as the self-serving pride the Bible warns us about.   She gave me life and literacy and love.   I've given her a great big family and they all love her.   What's better than that?

    I am going to share a little of who I am from time to time with my readers. The short version is that I was a reader and an athlete and a singer and all sorts of things as I grew up and being drafted into the Army shocked me and sent me towards becoming hopelessly crooked, but Jesus straightened me out and books that had taught me to love learning may have helped save the day.   Drugs almost drew me down into the pit but that was then and this is now.   I climbed out of the hole and then Jesus put me on the road of peace and joy and that path is the one I will always follow.

    Thanks, Dad!

    One of the great moments of my life was when my Dad gave me a copy of "The Wreck of the Mary Deare" by Hammond Innes when I was just beginning third grade.   It wasn't a children's book.   If I remember correctly, I had not missed a day of school for at least two years and had certificates for perfect attendance from 1st and 2nd grade.   By third grade I was officially a latchkey kid who could walk home for lunch, as school was just maybe three blocks away.  I decided to start reading that book at lunch before walking back to school.   I never went back that day.   The book captured my attention and I could not do anything until I had read every last word.   I guess they made a rotten movie out of that book, but it had an interesting plot with twists and turns and multisyllabic words.  It had not been written for little kids, but it opened my eyes to books written for "big people."   My life changed and I became, as one relative proclaimed, "the world's youngest adult." (Not emotionally though, that is for sure)!

    Reading became my best friend.  I still played sports after school with my buddies and I would watch the Rocky and Bullwinkle show while eating dinner, but once it was dark outside I might have the television on but I was reading books. (Now I read and watch television at the same time as a matter of course)   I read classics like Kidnapped and Robinson Crusoe and Swiss Family Robinson and Black Beauty and other books considered good for older kids but I also began reading Dickens and Haliburton and Ayn Rand and Herman Wouk.  There were a few novels Dad had that just didn't connect with the younger me, like Mandingo for instance, but between my mother teaching me to read, my father letting me read anything he had and my trusty library card I went book crazy.  I would read books under the covers with a flashlight after I was put to bed while my good old tube radio played a nightly serenade.   Nothing like reading to the sounds of early 60's rock and roll and the frantic phrasings of guys like Cousin Brucie and Art Roberts or maybe Dex Card from WLS in Chicago or WABC in New York while my mother thought I was sleeping.

    All through my life from childhood to adulthood I made a habit of devouring books, often reading everything by a particular author (It takes awhile to do Michener, by the way), many fiction novels but often novels with a message.   Brave New World, 1984, Animal Farm, Atlas Shrugged...Catch 22, Rabbit Run, Marjorie Morningstar...I also read lots of autobiographies and history books.   Read extensively on the Civil War as my father was a big buff and had gone to the sites of every battle and collected pamphlets from every one of them.   Later I began reading more science books and books on philosophy.   I studied Greek mythology and Eastern culture and Indian and Arabian histories and studied the Roman Empire and the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.   

    I've seen the needle and the damage done (hat tip to Neil Young)



    After I got drafted and got into drugs I read on various religions and almost got hooked by Satanic stuff and Eastern Mystery stuff and Magick and various goofy and/or evil disciplines.   I hung out with Satan worshipers and witches and warlocks and gang-bangers and bikers.  How did a guy who had read a library full of books get stupid enough to gulp LSD and eventually stick needles in his veins?   Well, it is amazing how sorry you can feel for yourself if you are not emotionally mature and do not have a firm moral foundation.  I was taught to be "nice" to people but my parents figured I should find my own faith and that meant that, at the time I was drafted and ripped from my planned-out life into the military I was shaken and sought solace in women and alcohol and eventually illegal drugs and usavory companions.

    I remember picking up a couple on an empty highway in Northern California in my Volkswagen Camper Bus and giving them a ride up a dirt road to their mountainside cabin where their fellow commune inhabitants lived.  "In Watermelon Sugar" by Richard Brautigan was sitting on a table.  They might have killed me and taken all my stuff but instead they fed me and offered me some rather powerful weed.  When I saw the book I figured I was safe with a bunch of zen-blissed hippies.  I would pick people up hitching all the time, and I did a lot of hitch-hiking myself back in the day, not thinking twice about planning a thousand mile journey armed with a backpack and a thumb.  That was the 1970's and today hitch-hiking is obviously a very dangerous hobby so I am not recommending that you do it.  The worst that ever happened to me hitch-hiking was being dropped off in front of a Federal Prison named Folsom...yep, the one Johnny Cash sang about.   Or maybe it was the time I was left standing in the rain by the side of an interstate and with only enough money to buy one cup of coffee?  

    Later I came to know Christ and then I had the Bible to study, which simply got me pointed towards even more books on philosophy and science.  But even when I was a junkie looking for that next fix I usually had a book I was reading while I was not chasing girls or getting wrecked or scrounging up money for food.   The last book I read before turning myself in to go cold turkey from the needle was Robert Pirsig's "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance."  I carried it with me into the facility where they dried me out.  Brautigan and Pirsig are bad philosophy and didn't convince me to quit drugs but the important thing was that reading kept my brain from focusing solely on drugs and sex and self.   Books may have helped me keep ahold of enough sanity to save me from myself in the days before Jesus saved me forever.   Maybe there were just enough heroes in just enough novels to cause me to get up out of the gutter and face cold turkey rather than surrendering to the treacherous comfort of the junkie life?  

    Parents, encourage your children to read and question and seek answers!   Teach them to read as soon as they can and point them towards the libraries to find both challenges and understanding!

    I passed my love of books on to my children.   Since I was the guy who hid Lord of the Rings books behind my textbooks in school I did not mind that my children did the same things.   My children all read lots of Tolkien and CS Lewis before they graduated high school, they learned to love to read the Bible and they learned so much about critical thinking from books and of course the Bible.  Shakespeare and Dickens have so much to teach us even today.   Jane Austen knew people and revealed them with style and wit.  I will grant you that "The Giver" may have its place in a curriculum of literature for grade schoolers, but "Pride and Prejudice" and "David Copperfield" are much better!

    One thing I hate about today's society is the complete disregard for good literature and critical thinking.   Public schools teach everyone groupthink and so-called tolerance (read 'compromise') in place of common sense and morality.  With the dumbing-down of public schools and the propaganda that is presented as higher education in liberal colleges,  it is no wonder our society is becoming more and more broken and wounded.  As they say in the programming world, "garbage in, garbage out!!!"  Our students are being given bad history and lies and liberal philosophy that is more and more pagan, less and less factual.   Kids go into Kindergarten and emerge from college with degrees and often still have no real skills in the arts of critical thinking and thoughtful discussion.   They are all made out of ticky-tacky and they all look just the same.

    I think this woman blogger hits a couple of these particular nails on the head so here she is:

    Ann Frailey

    Do We Live In A Literary Challenged Society? Part 1

    I am a wife, a home-maker, a homeschooling mother of eight children and an author and  I am probably not alone when I surmise that we live in troubled times.  Over the years I have had the pleasure and honor of introducing my children to some of the greatest literature that the world has to offer.  As a family we have read works from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame to Shakespeare's Hamlet and we have had a wonderful time discussing and growing not only in our knowledge of great writing but also in an understanding of the human mind and soul - for great literature touches the soul in a profound way - either it lifts us up through understanding, compassion and conviction or it can, tragically lead souls into dark and terrifying territory where despair reigns.

    After years of being introduced to the current trends in modern fiction through books that were being given or lent to my children I have come to the conclusion that our children are being fed a reality which is not necessarily real and I decided that in order to be a part of the solution I needed to act on my convictions.  I believe that good fiction can be both exciting and realistic but still enlighten and transform a soul from humanistic survival to supernatural striving for our greatest good - a relationship with the God who made us.
    Thus I began writing formally several years ago.  My first book was a reflection on The Lord of the Rings for I would have to be deaf, dumb and blind not to see the influence this enormous work of literature was having on the hearts and minds of youth all around me.  When delving into the history of The Lord of the Rings I discovered that Tolkien was a man of firm and deep convictions and that he had in fact helped to convert C. S. Lewis to Christianity.  By a fortuitous opportunity my family and I was actually able to see many of his original writings and drawings in a collection at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI.  I was also able to pick up a biography of his life and learn many interesting facts about him and his life. Thus my first published work - The Road Goes Ever On A Christian Journey Through The Lord of the Rings is a reflection on the monumental literature which he bestowed on the world and the convictions and insights which informed his beliefs.  I also take an intense look at the virtues which make the heroic characters like Sam, Aragorn and Frodo so attractive and the vices which lead to the down fall of the villainous characters such as Sauruman, Gollum, and Wormtongue.  I then hold up these virtues and vices to our own modern world to view them through the perspective of our personal lives.

    What we read, what we put into our minds, and what we allow our children to feed upon - literally speaking - can either nourish us or poison us.  I will write another time about schools and what they can and sometimes do offer our children and how we can help direct our children to their greatest good - a life of valiant hope and enduring faith in God.

    Do We Live In A Literary Challenged Society? Part 2

    It does not take a great deal of penetrating insight to see that our society loves good stories.  Why is that?  I think in large part it is because the imagination can go to such wondrous places - far away and long ago - and as Tolkien once said so very well "...the myths woven by us, though they contain error, will also reflect a splintered fragment of the true light, the eternal truth that is with God." (J.R.R. Tolkien:A Biography by Humphrey Carpenter)

    Unfortunately not all fiction takes our children to God.  Some very palpably draw our children from Him. Our schools have an obligation to introduce our children to the highest quality literature but under the guise of "realism" sometimes some very dark and hideous material is presented to them.  I had a rather dramatic episode clearly demonstrate this reality to me this school year.  I had my son enrolled in an on-line creative writing class and after a few weeks my son came to me with a disturbing reading selection.  It involved a scene with an adult woman in bed with a 16 year old boy, her emotional manipulation of the boy to kill her husband, and a vivid description of the murderous deed.  When  I protested to the teacher about this selection she said it was a mistake and she purged it from the system.  Three weeks later another selection appeared worse than the first in which a young girl was being sexually molested by boys, her repeated rape by her father and then her eventual, vividly described suicide.  I again protested, this time taking my son out of the class and I was assured that it was another mistake.  The school has sincerely apologized and taken steps to assure me that these kinds of selections won't slip in again though the teacher didn't say anything other than "I respect your choice."  My concern here is two fold.  One - this class had been going on for some time and the assigned readings had been given, and undoubtedly read, by many students before my son brought it to my attention.  Why did no other student feel duty bound to protest?  And if they did why didn't any other parent take the simple steps of having this material purged?  My other concern is that these selections were taken from a school text book.  What in the world are our texts books putting out?

    I had another mother come to me recently and tell me she had to pull her daughter out of her freshman literature class because two of the books were clearly inappropriate - one being unashamedly pornographic.  She had me look at the book and after perusing it for only a few seconds I came upon a scene in which a man was taking a woman's under clothes off and basically describing what he planned to do with her in vile language.  Is this what we are paying for?  Is this what we entrust our children to?

    I have been a teacher for a lot of years and I have worked in both public and private schools and I have known heroic teachers who work very hard to ensure that our children receive the best of educations but I have seen examples of the opposite too.  There is something wrong when students are given such horrendous material and only a few voices are raised in  protest.

    Are we too busy to see what is being given to our children or are we perhaps fed the lie that "Well, this is the REAL world and we best let our children know the TRUTH."  I had to ponder this possibility and I came to the simple conclusion that yes - pornography, rape, seduction, and corruption of all kinds, is the REAL world - IN HELL.  But that is not where I plan on sending my kids.  That is not what I want them educated in -  Elementary Evil 101.

    We are a busy people, parents especially so, but we have a higher calling than even our earthly supervisors can supersede and that is to be the authorities and mentors of our children.  We must know what they are reading and being exposed to and we bear responsibility when their souls are turned from God because we did not do what we ought to by protecting their purity and guiding their values. Schools can be wonderful places for education in so many ways but parents are the primary educators of their children and as such we must be on guard.

    Next time I will discuss other fiction sources in our society and my hope for a better future.

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    Well, I will keep an eye out for whatever Ann writes next.

    I was more fortunate than she in that my kids went to a public school with Christians in place as Supervisor and Principal.   When my oldest child (daughter) was inducted into the Junior Honor Society (she was in that during Jr. high and then the normal National Honor Society in Sr. high) in seventh grade, the Principal opened the ceremony with a prayer and ended in the name of Jesus Christ and I knew I had found a school where I could send my kids.    I'd tried home schooling and Christian schools, but the local Christian school had a big bunch of rebellious kids who hated it and were very bad influences.   Better that my kids go where the Christianity was going to have to come from within them but the school leadership would not try to fight them but would rather encourage faith.   Our school had a day every year where they would gather at the flag pole and pray.   There were Bible studies organized by students.  So I knew I could send all of my kids there and they would encounter challenges to their faith but they would not be punished for it there.   That was good enough.   In an environment where some of the students and teachers challenged their faith, they learned to stand up for themselves and were allowed to speak their minds.   If a liberal atheist teacher was dumb enough to challenge one of my more outspoken kids, they would discover that the teenager they challenged could defend his or her position...because they learned to think critically!

    A personal note to commenters

    Wilkie Collins wrote a brilliant book entitled "The Moonstone."   It is sometimes credited as being the first modern mystery novel.   One character (Betteridge) has apparently memorized "Robinson Crusoe" and continually quotes from it as the book rolls wonderfully along.   I have studied the Bible like Betteridge did the Daniel Defoe novel.   So if you bring in weak anti-Bible arguments, prepare to be shown to be horribly wrong.  No more stupid "The Bible teaches slavery" arguments, please!   If you are going to talk about the Bible, know it first, okay?  I am not the world's greatest Bible brain but I am one and whoever is writing the default atheist "How to challenge Christians" handbook needs to be upgraded or ignored, one.  

    It is appropriate to end this way, since I found my one and only, my best friend and soulmate for life:



    God gave me my wonderful wife and also my oldest son.   God has blessed me with a big and happy family. 

    Saturday, March 24, 2012

    "We don't discuss Religion or Politics" - NOT! Homosexuality and Christianity discussed.

    "I think that their call out to homosexuals is, 'Come to Jesus and he'll make you straight,' whereas the Bible doesn't promise that...The Bible doesn't promise that our temptations will end. Actually, it promises that temptations shall surely come...With some people it's heterosexual lust, with some people it's anger, with some people it's homosexual desires,"  Matt Moore


    When we were meeting our new pastor, I stuck out my hand, introduced myself and my wife and then said, "I'm a bigmouth for God.   I make lots of noise but don't cause trouble."    He liked that.   It's true.  I do not gossip, don't want to hear it, want to know people as friends but do not like to see others in trouble and pray for them when they are.   I do not gripe about the music or the leaders.   In person I am an optimistic guy.

    During my singing career,  the guy running the soundboard would always have to turn me down in the monitors and the mix because I just have a booming voice and when I sing I'm very loud.   God just gave me a voice, it is a family thing and it has been fun.    I am on hiatus but thinking about singing with the band in church again.  Got to get healthier first.   Having a big mouth and strong opinions is one side of me, but then again I am diplomatic and enjoy discussions with friends and acquaintances and have them without rancor.  Discussion and discourse is fun!

    Although I used to do a gazillion things in church I am mainly concentrating on the Senior High Youth Group.  Instead of singing songs I use my voice to teach teenagers about various things,  especially those things they need to be armed with before heading off to college. I was reminded again why I do it when I saw one of my graduated students had this on the front page of his Facebook:

    "Don't marry the person you can see yourself living with...but marry the person you CAN'T live without"  and posted it as a quote from me!   It is something I did say in a message and something I discussed with him in person as well.   I did a Google search today and saw that James Dobson said something very similar so it has been said many times.   No matter, it remains true and it remains wisdom.

    Money sure doesn't make people happy, because if it did then rich actors and entertainers would quit killing themselves.   Having lots of things do not suffice.  Having lots of sex is great but it does not bring you inner peace.  Having adventures and playing sports is fun and you can replay the memories in your mind over and over...but eventually you get too beat up or too old to do what you once could do and you then have only the memories and they are not enough.    

    Because I have been popular and have experienced (local, not national) fame and great local popularity, I see all the snares that come with it.   Fame is a pain in the neck.  Popularity is a double-edged sword.   If you are a big fish in a little pond, all the other fish know what you do and where you go.   It can get weird.   I have been up and down.   Been a hero and a villain.   Been a leader and a follower.   Have risked my life to save others and turned my head to ignore those in need.   If I went to God with my life and said, "Judge me on what I have done" I would be flung headlong into Hell.   But I depend upon the Sacrifice and Atonement and Grace available through my Savior Jesus Christ and only because of His life and actions and blood sacrifice can I be saved.  I claim Jesus as my Savior King, the Holy Spirit as my Constant Guide and the Father as my Awesome Creator.

    Since I was a drug addict, a guy with loose morals concerning sex, a party animal and a companion to gang members and self-proclaimed witches and warlocks and now I am a devoted Christian who is very involved with his community and church and since I am a former devoted Darwinist who is now a devoted Creationist I can look at life from both sides and science from both sides and morality from both sides.   Thus, I blog on controversial subjects because I am not afraid to talk about religion or politics.

    Homosexuality is now being forced upon normal society in our nation!

    Concerning homosexuality and the campaign to invent "gay marriage" and sanitize the sin of homosexual acts?  I have blogged on why there is no such thing as "gay marriage" and explained why homosexuals are so intent upon taking a Godly sacrament from man and woman and breaking it bizarrely.   I also explained why perverse groups like NAMBLA put money and energy into the attempt to make "gay marriage" a law.  So responsible Christians should work to stop this evil from happening and overturn every law that allows this immoral and illogical practice.

    Homosexuality is a sin according to both Old and New Testament.  Yet in the USA homosexuals can legally enter into civil unions.   Why is that not enough?  Some homosexuals claim they are "born" that way, although research disagrees.  No one has found a "gay gene" in human DNA.   Besides that, we are born with all sorts of urges - if there was no penalty to you, would you take your neighbor's new car or would you steal a new computer from the local electronics store?   What about those who want to have sex with children, or can only enjoy sex if they kill their partner before, during or after sex?  What about those who want to rape?   How about people who would just like to torture people or simply kill them?   Are those not urges?   Not everyone has the same urges (for instance I just cannot imagine wanting to torture and/or kill people.   I do not even like causing harm to most animals (mosquito, fly and gnat excluded) so some of these urges are only shared by some folks and not all.   But we all have urges to sin and we are supposed to control them and not do the sin.

    So when a homosexual says they simply want to have sex with another person of the same sex because it is what their urge is, I could ask them if it would be okay to burn their house down since I have pyromania-cal urges?   I means, if morality is simply a matter of individual desires, then pretty soon there will be anarchy everywhere.   Laws and social mores based on Biblical principles made the USA the best nation in the world.   Taking away the foundations of our laws and morality will cause us to fall apart.   But let's let a homosexual who has become a Christian have a voice!  Yielding the floor to Matt Moore:

    Testimony of Blogger Rescued From Gay Lifestyle Inspires Others

    By Jeff Schapiro , Christian Post Reporter
    March 21, 2012|4:23 pm

    • Matt Moore, formerly a practicing homosexual, is now a Christian who openly shares his testimony of how God rescued him from his partying lifestyle.
      (Photo: Matt Moore)
      Matt Moore, formerly a practicing homosexual, is now a Christian who openly shares his testimony of how God rescued him from his partying lifestyle.

    Less than two years ago Matt Moore's life was completely transformed when he put his faith in Jesus Christ. Having indulged himself for years in heavy drinking and a homosexual lifestyle, his life changed drastically when he realized he needed to submit to God and His view of homosexuality according to the Bible. Today, Moore is using his testimony to reach out to others and show them how God is powerful enough to save anyone in the midst of their struggles with all types of sin.

    Moore's recent blog post on CP Blogs titled, "My Story: Homosexuality, Drunkenness, Grace and Redemption," has been wildly popular and has led many people to express their appreciation for his honesty about something that is certainly difficult for him to discuss.

    In the blog post he says that he wants to "turn the emotion 'switch' off" at times because it is hard to write from the heart about his painful past. But he told The Christian Post on Tuesday that he fights against doing so in order to maintain his "relatability."


    "I don't think putting on a front of perfection helps anybody. It just deceives people. And God already knows me better than I do as I am and, in my opinion, in order to glorify Him as much as possible, I need to portray myself to the world as I am," Moore told CP.

    Moore's story of redemption is profound. Though he was never molested, he says he was "inappropriately exposed" to pornography and sexuality at a young age.

    "From my experience in talking now to people who are either confused about their sexuality or repenting of homosexuality, 99.9 percent of the ones that I've talked to were sexually violated, molested or exposed to pornography at the young age of four- to seven-years-old," he said.

    Moore's parents divorced when he was young, and his mother went on to pursue a romantic relationship with another woman. He would go to church on Sundays with his father and stepmother, but the message never really took hold of him.

    "I went to church a lot with my dad and my step mom from the time that I was six years old until about 16, and it was just something that we did, and that was it. We just went to church on Sunday. There were never any...discussions in my house about God or having a relationship with Him. So that's how I viewed church, as just something that we had to do as an obligation," he said.

    Over time he began to develop feelings toward other boys, and while he was in high school tried to hide those feelings from his friends. Hiding his true feelings, he told CP, only made them stronger.

    Immediately after seeking out his first homosexual encounter at the age of 16, Moore prayed to God that he would be made straight, but not because he wanted to be closer to God, but because he knew homosexuality was unacceptable in the culture he lived in.

    "Everyone else was biblical-minded toward homosexuality because of the church and the Bible's teaching," he said. "They didn't act it out in the biblical way. They showed hatred and ridicule towards homosexuals and people who had homosexual feelings. So, for that reason, that did add to me wanting to keep it secret. If I grew up in a different part of the country – in the West or in the North – I may have come out about it a lot sooner, but being in the South it did add to it."

    When he entered college, Moore became a heavy drinker and was active in the party scene, and he took both habits with him when he flunked-out of school.

    "My drinking actually got worse whenever I came out and was accepted by everyone about...my homosexuality," said Moore.

    For much of his life Moore also was obsessive over people. In high school he was obsessed with friends who he developed feelings for. In college and afterward it was for the men he "hooked-up" with, though they never reciprocated those feelings back to him.

    "Now I see that God put that inside of me, that desire...to be just completely consumed with another person, that was for Him," said Moore. "That was for Jesus Christ. And only he loved me in a way that he could reciprocate those feelings toward me. He had those feelings toward me before I ever had those feelings toward him."

    Eventually, though, Moore would learn to love God and began to seek Him. Moore's blog post says he finally sought God, and this time not merely as a solution to his homosexuality. He told CP that it is idolatry to simply seek out a "sexual conversion," and churches need to understand this point.

    "I think that their call out to homosexuals is, 'Come to Jesus and he'll make you straight,' whereas the Bible doesn't promise that...The Bible doesn't promise that our temptations will end. Actually, it promises that temptations shall surely come...With some people it's heterosexual lust, with some people it's anger, with some people it's homosexual desires," said Moore.

    He was criticized by his former friends when he revealed to them his newly discovered belief that homosexuality is a sin. He doesn't want to sound condemning, but emphasizes that those who believe they can be both gay and Christian "don't really believe in the Jesus Christ of the Bible," because the Bible is "black and white" on the issue of homosexuality. He added that he does know of some Christians, however, who practiced homosexuality for months before they were finally convicted of their sin and turned away from that lifestyle.

    Moore says his homosexual desires are still present but have diminished as he has pursued God. He lives in Shreeveport, La. and is currently searching for a home church. He hopes that his search will be cut short, however, because he has applied for a 14-month internship at Mars Hill Church in Seattle that would begin in August if he is accepted.

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    You might consider checking out Matt's previously referenced blog post:

    My Story: Homosexuality, Drunkenness, Grace and Redemption.

    His blog post begins - "My name is Matt Moore. I was born in Shreveport, Louisiana in June of 1989. I was born again in September of 2010. This is my story..."

    Hey, Matt?   I was born in Connersville, Indiana in 1952 and born again in March of 1978.   Welcome to the family of God, brother!   Thanks for being so transparent because, by doing so, you are advancing the Kingdom of God and doing the work of a good minister for Christ!

    Friday, March 23, 2012

    The Godly foundation of the United States part two

    "There is no free lunch.   Washington is not supposed to be Robin Hood.  The road to dystopia is paved with the bricks of false "rights" and things that are "deserved" rather than earned." - Radar


    I give up!  More on the Christian foundation of this United States of America.   That the United States was formed on the basis of Christian morality and the laws derived from primarily Bible sources and others who referenced the Bible is an historical fact.  Facts do not often seem to convince Darwinists, however, so...

    As I told a commenter:

    Truly I cannot fathom your lack of perception? The article I posted with all the quotes from the Founding Fathers, the research done that produced the linked article and then you say I cannot answer? I have answered quite clearly, the question is why is it you cannot comprehend it? To quote the Founders when they declared Independence and began to form the new nation:


    "When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness..."


    The Founders made it clear that they were forming a "...new Government, laying its foundation on such principles..." Those principles were stated clearly as resting upon the foundation that God created man and gave man inherent rights and that the new government would be built based on these principles. Furthermore, research shows us that the documents they studied and upon which they depended to help them write the Constitution were first the Bible and then Montesquieu, Blackstone and Locke and that these three men often referenced scripture in their works.


    Quoting David Barton: "The individual who was cited most often in the writings of the Founding Era was political philosopher Charles Montesquieu, with 8.3 percent of the quotes being taken from his writings. Legal scholar William Blackstone was next, with 7.9 percent of the quotes; and political philosopher and theologian John Locke was third, with 2.9 percent. These were the three most frequently-cited individuals during the Founding Era, but the single most-cited source was the Bible, with 34 percent of the quotes coming from the Scriptures. Significantly, that percentage is even higher when the source of the ideas used by individuals such as Montesquieu, Blackstone, and Locke are identified and included. Consider, for example, a primary source of Blackstone’s ideas."


    I have led the horse to water and even pushed his head down into the stuff. Whether he chooses to drink or not, the water is obviously there!

    Why my exasperation? Because after posting on the Christian foundation of the Nation recently, commenters clearly refuse to see what is right before their eyes!   Just one article from David Barton's very good site about the historical links between Christianity and the United States, among other things, should clear things up for those who are willing to stop and think for just a minute?


    America’s Godly Heritage Part 7 by David Barton

    Political science professors believed that this question could be answered by examining a broad spectrum of writings from the Founding Era with the goal of identifying the sources cited in those writings. The researchers assembled 15,000 representative writings from that period and isolated 3,154 direct quotes in those writings. At the end of ten years, they had traced the quotes back to their original sources, thereby identifying the most frequently-cited sources of the Founding Era. (The results of that study may be found in the book The Origins of American Constitutionalism)


    The individual who was cited most often in the writings of the Founding Era was political philosopher Charles Montesquieu, with 8.3 percent of the quotes being taken from his writings. 46 Legal scholar William Blackstone was next, with 7.9 percent of the quotes; 47 and political philosopher and theologian John Locke was third, with 2.9 percent. 48 These were the three most frequently-cited individuals during the Founding Era, but the single most-cited source was the Bible, with 34 percent of the quotes coming from the Scriptures.


    Significantly, that percentage is even higher when the source of the ideas used by individuals such as Montesquieu, Blackstone, and Locke are identified and included. Consider, for example, a primary source of Blackstone’s ideas.


    montesquieu (left), blackstone (middle), and locke (right)


    Blackstone’s most famous work was his Commentaries on the Laws. First introduced in 1766, it became the final word in American courts and remained a primary legal authority until well into the twentieth century: it was quoted to define words, establish procedure, and settle disputes. A primary source of Blackstone’s ideas is evident even through a superficial examination of his writings, but the testimony of Charles Finney (1792-1875) also provides a clear confirmation. Finney, a university president, educator, and civil rights leader, was probably best known as a famous revivalist during America’s Second Great Awakening of the early 1800s. In his autobiography, Finney recounted his early desire to become an attorney, so like all other law students at that time, he commenced a study of Blackstone’s Commentaries. As Blackstone covered the various legal concepts, he frequently presented the Biblical ideas on which the laws were based. Finney stated that in the process of studying Blackstone, he read so much of the Bible that he became a Christian and received his call to the ministry.


    Clearly, then, a primary source of Blackstone’s ideas was the Bible; and a survey of the writings of Montesquieu and Locke confirms a similar (and sometime even stronger) Biblical influence on their writings. Therefore, while thirty-four percent of the quotes in the representative writings of the Founding Era came directly from the Bible, many of the other quotes were taken from writers who, like Blackstone, had used the Bible to help arrive at their own conclusions. The Bible therefore was far and away the most influential source of ideas in the Founding Era.


    Consequently, it is not surprising that the Constitution reflects many Biblical principles. For example, Isaiah 33:22 sets forth three distinct branches of government; the logic for the separation of powers was based on teachings derived from Jeremiah 17:9; the basis of tax exemptions for churches (exemptions originated by the Founding Fathers 51) can be found in Ezra 7:24; and there are many other examples of American government applying Biblical patterns and precedents.


    The Biblical underpinnings of America were so obvious to previous generations that in 1892, even the U. S. Supreme Court had no difficulty in rendering a unanimous decision declaring:

    No purpose of action against religion can be imputed to any legislation, state or national, because this is a religious people. . . . This is a Christian nation.



    What would lead the U. S. Supreme Court to conclude that America was a Christian nation? The simple answer is, America’s own history.


    The Court’s decision was only sixteen pages long, but even in that short span, the Court provided almost eighty different historical precedents. The Court cited statements of the Founding Fathers, acts of Congress and state governments, and numerous others official documents, even noting that there were many additional volumes of historical precedents also proving that America was a Christian nation. Eighty precedents in a case is not only impressive but it is also important, for courts seek to base their decisions on precedent; this enables them to be consistent from ruling to ruling, thus contributing to a stable society.


    Significantly, that 1892 Court decision was by no means the only Supreme Court decision that recognized and preserved America’s Biblical heritage; similar decisions were rendered both before and after that ruling. For example, in 1844, a school run by the city of Philadelphia adopted a policy prohibiting Christian ministers from setting foot on campus. That school, originally founded by a wealthy French immigrant, was operated on the philosophy dominant in France during the French Enlightenment (and embraced by many public schools today) that students could successfully learn morality apart from Christianity or the Bible.


    This policy, perceived as an attempt to keep the Bible from students, became an issue at the U. S. Supreme Court. The Court’s ruling on that subject was animous and was delivered by Justice Joseph Story, called a “Father of American jurisprudence” and placed on the Court by President James Madison. In that decision, the Court declared:

    Why may not the Bible, and especially the New Testament . . . be read and taught as a divine revelation in the school – its general precepts expounded . . . and its glorious principles of morality inculcated? . . . Where can the purest principles of morality be learned so clearly or so perfectly as from the New Testament?

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    Sadly, the First Amendment is being frustrated by a misused phrase written by Jefferson to a friend that was never to be part of either the Constitution or to be applied to American law, the "separation of church and state."   Our Founders made us a Christian nation but one not beholden to any one church, branch of church or denomination.   Christianity was the default setting but it was written into the laws intrinsically and expected as normal morality amongst the citizenry.   The Founders did not want a State Church or a State Religion per se.    They could not have imagined that we would now be a secular nation with a State Church aka Humanism!   Yet that is what has happened over the many generations between George Washington and Barack Obama. 

    Not Madison nor Adams nor even Jefferson could have imagined lawsuits challenging a public display of a cross or a menorah or a manger scene, or the Ten Commandments being chased from a public building!   Ben Franklin would nod sagely and recall his words that ended "...a republic, if you can keep it!"





    Ben?  We may not be able to keep it.  We barely have it at all now.   America has come to resemble the England that we freed ourselves from back in the 18th Century although we are far worse than the England we once rebelled against.   Christianity is not only not the default setting, it is under attack from the elitist Humanists who wish to rule by fiat while presenting a Socialist State to the public and hoping they do not see the chains wrapped within all the bread and circuses being offered to them.

    We are not so far from falling under tyranny yet again.  But until the time comes that our freedoms are all yanked away and I am led off in chains I will continue to cry out for freedom and Truth!   At this moment we remain the land of the free and the home of the brave.    Time is coming for the brave to stand up and be certain to hold on to the freedoms, for there are many who crave them and seek to snatch them away!


    There is no free lunch.   Washington is not supposed to be Robin Hood.  The road to dystopia is paved with the bricks of false "rights" and things that are "deserved" rather than earned.

    dys·to·pi·a  (All below sourced from Free Online Dictionary)
    n.
    1. An imaginary place or state in which the condition of life is extremely bad, as from deprivation, oppression, or terror.
    2. A work describing such a place or state: "dystopias such as Brave New World" (Times Literary Supplement).

     
    The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

    dystopia [dɪsˈtəʊpɪə]
    n
    (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) an imaginary place where everything is as bad as it can be
    [C19 (coined by John Stuart Mill (1806-73), English philosopher and economist): from dys- + Utopia]
     
    dystopian  adj & n
    Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003

    dystopia
    an imaginary place where the conditions and quality of life are unpleasant. The opposite of Utopia.
    See also: Utopia
     
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    Tuesday, March 20, 2012

    One more time...America was founded on Biblical Principles by men who revered GOD!!!

    I have published a LOT of information about the Founding Fathers and much on their source material.  But this is perhaps the best all-around answer to commenters unaware of their own history...

    Anything in this color is a comment by me, otherwise this article is entire and is attributed appropriately.

    America's Christian Heritage - The Revolution and Beyond

    by Alliance for Life Ministries

    Most people don't realize what this nation was like at its beginning. Even as late as 1776 – 150 years after a Christian group we refer to as the Pilgrims moved their church to America, we see the population of our country as: 98 percent Protestant Christians, 1.8 percent Catholic Christians, and .2 of 1 percent Jewish. That means that 99.8% of the people in America in 1776 professed to be Christians.

    (It should be noted that many theists who were not classic Christians still would be identified as Protestants in those days.   However theists acknowledge a Supreme Being...)
     
    Reverend Jonas Clark was a very influential man and the parson of Christ Church, which was "thee" church in a small town named Lexington in 1775. In his church parking lot, only a few feet from the church parsonage, the first shot of the Revelutionary War was fired and the first blood spilled. The people that were killed were members of his congregation. Clark looked down with great anguish at the bodies of those who had died and made this statement: "From this day will be dated the liberty of the world." It began in a church. It began with a pastor that was part of the "Black Regiment" because of the black robes they wore. These pastors preached resounding sermons that resonated throughout New England about the evils of tyranny and the importance of liberty.

    Revolutionary leaders were devout men who could not have been more empathic in their determination that our national policy rested on Scriptural foundation. Of the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention, 52 were Orthodox Christians.

    (Also, many were Masons but the Masonic Lodge in the days of the Revolution was, in Europe and especially in the Colonies a kind of a 'gentlemen for freedom' club more concerned about establishing free societies than rituals and secret handshakes.)
     
    OUR FOUNDING FOREFATHERS PAVE THE WAY BEFORE US:
     
    After signing the Declaration of Independence, Samuel Adams, who was called the firebrand of the American Revolution, affirmed his obedience to God by stating, "We have this day restored the Sovereign to whom alone men ought to be obedient. From the rising to the setting of the sun may His kingdom come."
     
    Reverend Doctor John Witherspoon, signer of the Declaration of Independence, member of the Continental Congress, described as the "man who shaped the man that shaped America" said, "God grant that in America true religion and civil liberty may be inseparable . . . ." Reverend Witherspoon was also responsible for publishing two American editions of the Bible. 

    Benjamin Franklin, who signed the Declaration and was often identified as a deist in his younger years, delivered his most famous speech on June 28, 1787, at the age of eighty-one. He said, "I have lived, sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: that God governs in the affairs of man. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it."
     
    Other notable Christian signers of the Declaration were: Charles Thompson, who is responsible for the first translation of the Greek Septuagint into English; Dr. Benjamin Rush, founder of the first Bible Society in America; Francis Hopkinson, who was responsible for the first American hymnbook; Cesar Rodney, whose home State of Delaware (the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution) required that officeholders sign a declaration of Christian faith, Thomas Nelson JR, Commander of the Virginia Militia, and Thomas McKean, the man responsible for the first legal commentary on the constitution of the United States. Pennsylvania's Chief Justice, a founding father, said to a man sentenced to die for treason, "It behooves you most seriously to reflect upon your conduct, to repent of your evil deeds, to be incessant in prayers to the great and merciful God to forgive you your . . . sins."

    John Hancock, president of the Continental Congress, said, "Let us humbly commit our righteous cause to the great Lord of the Universe."
     
    Governor Morris, who wrote the Constitution in 1787, and wrote in 1790 and in 1791, two commentaries on the Constitution said, "Religion is the solid basis of good morals; therefore education should teach the precepts of religion, and the duties of man toward God."
     
    William Paterson, a signer of the Constitution, closed his speeches with Proverbs 29:2: "When the righteous rule, the people rejoice. When the wicked rule, the people groan."
     
    George Mason, father of the Bill of Rights, exclaimed, "My soul I resign into the hands of my Almighty Creator, whose tender mercies are all over His works . . . "

    Nathan Hale, called the "Martyr Spy," came from a solid Christian foundation and upbringing. He is best remembered for his last words, prior to laying down his life for God and country at the young age of twenty-one, "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country."
     
    Two other founding fathers of our nation that expressed their fervent Christian beliefs were Roger Sherman and Charles Cotesworth Pinckney. Alexander Hamilton could also be added to that list. 

    John Jay, first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court wrote, "Unto Him who is the Author and giver of all good, I render sincere and humble thanks for His manifold and unmerited blessings, and especially for our redemption and salvation by His beloved Son."
     
    James Wilson, George Washington's appointment to the Supreme Court stated, "Christianity is part of the common-law."
     
    Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story (appointed by President James Madison) called America a "Christian country."

    Statesman Daniel Webster warned of political disaster. He stated, "If we and our posterity neglect religious instruction and authority . . . no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us." Webster said on December 22,1820, observing the 200th anniversary of the landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, Massachusetts, "Let us not forget the religious character of our origin. Our fathers brought hither their high veneration of the Christian religion."
     
    French historian Alex de Tocqueville, author of "Democracy in America" in 1835, wrote, "There is no country in the world where the Christian religion retains a greater influence over the souls of men than in America."
     
    Noah Webster, who literally wrote the English dictionary claimed, "The moral principles and precepts contained in the Scriptures ought to form the basis of all civil Constitutions and laws."

    Patrick Henry, a Christian patriot, golden tongued orator of the Revolutionary period, and the only U.S. Governor to be elected and reelected five times said in a celebrated speech before the Revolutionary War, "Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" Henry also said, "It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospels of Jesus Christ."

    One of the great slogans of the American Revolution was "No King but King Jesus!"
     
    In 1799 the Supreme Court in Maryland ruled: "By our form of government the Christian religion is the established religion; and all sects and denominations of Christians are placed upon equal footing, and they are equally entitled to protection in their religious liberty."
     
    The founding fathers expected officeholders to be Christians.While denominational affiliation didn't matter, a belief in God and the Bible was paramount. Nine of the thirteen colonies had written constitutions. Many of them required officeholders to sign a declaration that amounted to a statement of faith. The Delaware Constitution of 1776 is a perfect example. Everyone appointed to public office had to say: "I do profess faith in God the Father, and in the Lord Jesus Christ His only Son, and in the Holy Ghost, one God, blessed forevermore; and I do acknowledge the holy scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be given by divine inspiration."
     
    Two historians at the University of Houston did a 10-year study of the ideas that shaped our republic. They started with 15,000 documents from the Colonial era, which were boiled down to 3,154 statements. The three most quoted individuals were French philosopher Montesquieu (8.3 percent), English jurist William Blackstone (7.9 percent) and English philosopher John Locke (2.9 percent). But Biblical citations dwarfed them all. Ninety-four percent of the founding fathers quotes were based on the Bible--34 percent directly from its pages and 60 percent from men who had used the Bible to arrive at their conclusions.
     
    The Bible is the foundation upon which our nation was built. A hundred and nineteen of the first schools, including Harvard, Princeton, Dartmouth, and Yale, were established on the Word of God and dedicated to the Lordship of Christ and for the training of disciples of the Lord. As late as 1850 Christians ran virtually every newspaper in this country. The law and the federal and local judiciaries were either all Christians or Jewish. 

    The Continental Congress, in 1777, recommended and approved that the Committee of Commerce "import 20,000 Bibles from Holland, Scotland, or elsewhere," because of the great need of the American people and the great shortage caused by the interruption of trade with England by the Revolutionary War.

    PRIORITIES OF OUR EARLY U.S. PRESIDENTS:

    On April 30,1789, the first President of the United States, George Washington, took the oath of office with his hand on the Bible opened to Deuteronomy 6. In his first inaugural address, President Washington acknowledged God for the reason for America's birth: "It would be improper to omit, in this first official act, my fervent supplication to that Almighty Being. . . . No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand which conducts the affairs of men more than people of the United States. . . . We ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven cannot be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained." President Washington's inaugural address concluded with a church service at Saint Paul's Chapel, led by the chaplains of Congress. 

    (Technically George Washington was NOT the first President and I invite you to do the research, but he was the first President who was Chief Executive and he DID refuse to take the title of King when offered to him.)

    President Washington professed his Christian faith publicly in many of his speeches and writings. "True religion offers to government its surest support," Washington said. "It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible." His personal prayer book, written in his own handwriting, declares: "O most Glorious God, in Jesus Christ my merciful loving Father, I acknowledge and confess my guilt, in the week and imperfect performance of the duties of this day." It is factual that President Washington knelt and prayed and read the Bible for one hour every day. John Marshall, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court described Washington: "Without making ostentatious professions of religion, he was a sincere believer in the Christian faith, and a truly devout man." 

    John Adams, our second president, said, "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government or any other."
     
    Even Thomas Jefferson, third president, and one who certainly did not hold to all the traditional doctrines of Christianity, placed the Bible and Isaac Watt's Book of Psalms and Hymns in the District of Columbia's public schools. Jefferson declared religion: "Deemed in other countries incompatible with good government and yet proved by our experience to be its best support."
     
    James Madison, fourth president of the United States and referred to as the "Father of the Constitution," stated, "The belief in a God All Powerful, wise and good, is essential to the moral order of the world and to the happiness of man."
     
    John Quincy Adams, sixth President of the United States and "Chief Architect" of the Constitution said, "The highest glory of the American Revolution was it connected, in one indissoluble bond, the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity."
     
    Andrew Jackson, our seventh president claimed (referring to the Bible) "That book, sir, is the rock on which our republic stands."

    A QUICK TOUR OF OUR CAPITOL REMINDS US THAT THIS NATION WAS BUILT UPON THE FOUNDATIONS OF CHRISTIAN BELIEF.

       


  • The Supreme Court building portrays Moses holding the Ten Commandments through which the voice of God thunders "Thou shalt not murder.







  • The Capitol Rotunda contains eight massive oil paintings, each depicting a major event in history. Four of these paintings portray Jesus Christ and the Bible: 1) Columbus landing on the shores of the New World, and holding high the cross of Jesus Christ, 2) a group of Dutch pilgrims gathered around a large, opened Bible, 3) a cross being planted in the soil, commemorating the discovery of the Mississippi River by the Explorer De Soto, and 4) the Christian baptism of the Indian convert Pocahontas. 






  • Statuary Hall contains life size statues of famous citizens that have been given by individual states. Medical missionary Marcus Whitman stands big as life, holding a Bible. Another statue is of missionary Junipero Serra, who founded the missions of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Montery and San Diego. Illinois sent a statue of Francis Willard, an associate of the evangelist Dwight L. Moody. 






  • Inscribed on the walls of the Library of Congress are quotes honoring the study of art, the wall is etched with "Nature is the art of God." A quote honoring Science says, "The heavens declare the glory of God." An inspiration honoring religion is Micah 6:8, "What doth the Lord require of thee but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God."






  • On a wall in the Jefferson Memorial we read, "God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of people that these liberties are a gift from God? That they are not to be violated without His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever."






  • As you climb the steps inside the Washington Monument you will notice stones with inscriptions on them. Some of them are, "Search the Scriptures" – "Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it" – "The memory of the just is blessed" – "Holiness to the Lord" – and the top which says "Praise be to God!" 






  • Inscribed on the north wall of the Lincoln Memorial is the Presidents second inaugural address. Lincoln feared that God would not be satisfied until every drop of blood drawn by the lash is repaid by another drop of blood drawn by the sword.









  • Are these inscriptions just empty words, nostalgic sayings that no longer describe the ideals of our nation's government? Consider the message of another inscription, this one at the base of a large statute entitled "Heritage," which is outside the main entrance of the National Archives. It reads: "The heritage of the past is the seed that brings forth the harvest of the future."
     
    No seed flourishes if it is not cultivated. 

    These facts of our national history, quotations, monuments, paintings, and inscriptions shout through the generations that the highest values of these United States are firmly founded in the God of truth and the Christian faith.
     
    For more detailed additional information we direct you to Christianity and the Constitution by John Eidsmoe, published by Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, Michigan. 49516
    Whatever happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence? Click here to find out.

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    The Plymouth community that became The Dominion of New England and eventually roughly comprised the start of what would be the State of Massachusetts did not survive and succeed in part because it incorporated some elements of socialism and it also incorporated religion as a mandate of government rather than a right.  Perhaps this is a very simple way of viewing the Pilgrims but they did help begin our nation and also served as a lesson learned when we became the United States of America.   We would not have a national religion nor would we be a socialist state.

    Now Humanism is the national religion taught in the government schools and Socialism is the philosophy that drives this Obama Administration.   Now is the time that all good men and women and teenagers alike decide whether they will allow this to continue or whether they will work to return this country to the principles of small government, religious freedom, personal freedom, and capitalism as the means by which any and all may be free to pursue life, liberty and happiness.  Can we make an effort to take every attack on our Constitution as a call to action and be willing to work to restore those wonderful ideals that our Founding Fathers passed on to us, the ideals that Ronald Reagan revived and that are under attack every day?