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On Twitter, many people call on others to “do something” about the destruction and mass killing of civilians in Aleppo, Syria. By “doing something,” they mean something other than posting about it on Social Media. Likely, these are the same people that bashed our efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. And, short of taking up arms and hightailing over there to fight on one side or the other—an action which was which was criticized both in the current US administration and the one preceding—what exactly should be done?

One wonders whether the do-something people were the same ones who were eulogizing mass murderer Fidel Castro as a freedom fighter a few weeks back.

Aleppo is how most of the real world operates. A New York Times headline calls it an example of “humanity melting down”—as if no group of humans has ever murdered another group of humans until this week. (Maybe they still believe OG Fake Newser Walter Duranty’s report on Ukraine from the 1930s.)

What it is: an example of true, unconstrained human nature. That nature is thusly described: fallen. When individuals allow their nature to be unconstrained, we see murder, etc. When nations allow their policies to be unconstrained, we see genocides.

And on a biblical note, with Russia and Iran being the main actors in this violent play, I can’t help but think of the Isaiah and Ezekiel prophesies about war in Syria—and the roles that Russia and Iran play in that war and in other wars destined to occur in the Last Days.

Could we be observing a prequel—a staging of sorts? Probably.

Side note: on my old blog, I had a commenter who criticized me for “fear-mongering” when I talked about Bible prophecy. My response was that if she didn’t believe the Bible, then I could not monger fear in her; and if she did believe the Bible, then she should know that there is no reason to be afraid.

Side note #2: Read about the Great Revolt—the fall and sacking of Jerusalem by the Roman Empire, 66-70 A.D. People who don’t read much history and who live in the USA, Canada, etc. are always shocked at how Hobbesian the rest of the world is and always has been.

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Yesterday on Facebook, I asked my friends for writing topics and received some excellent suggestions. Here is one of the fruits of that request. When motivated, I can, sometimes, go on.

Another great request: commentary on our spiritual condition as Americans.  Volumes are possible, but only one example is necessary…for those with “an ear to hear,” as it were.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

–Psalm 111:10, KJV

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

–Hosea 4:6, KJV; emphasis mine

Stefan Molyneux interviews a university professor— Dr. Duke Pesta–who says that most of his students believe that the United States was the first nation/kingdom/entity to introduce slavery into the world.

Of course, there are too many factual refutations to this ridiculous notion and the fact that the US is the only nation to go to war over slavery is most significant for comparison purposes. (Please spare me the arguments about whether the Civil War really was about slavery—unless you’re trying to help me sleep.)

That the most obvious refutations lie in the Bible is even more significant. Even those who don’t read the Bible but are of a certain age have seen the still-watchable Ten Commandments. But with hundreds or thousands of entertainment media vying for our attention in this era, it’s a safe bet that the numbers who’ve seen that classic have dropped off and vary directly with the age of those looking to be entertained.

Back to the origin of the movie. Egypt is not the only kingdom that enslaved the ancient Hebrews. They were also why-study-the-bibleenslaved by Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylonia, Assyria and Persia. And, of course, ancient Israel had its own version of slavery. But, those who don’t want to know, don’t know.

Two factors which are most startling to me about the professor’s assertion.

  • That so few young Americans have actually read the Bible, even if it is just to be able to cogently argue against what’s in it, and
  • That young Americans know so little about not only American history, but about on-going present-day crimes with respect to slavery, which do not involve the United States government whatsoever.

Those facts are not evidence of university- or even K-12-level indoctrination or failure, but of parental desire. Parents who want their children to know what is in the Bible will make sure that they know, even in the face of the myriad distractions of 2016. And, of course the opposite is true.

And this Christian says that this factoid is emblematic of our collective—if you’ll pardon the connotations of that word– and spiritual condition as Americans. If the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and the lack of knowledge destroys a people, then an individual–and a people—can be fooled and destroyed by any falsehood.

And, included among those falsehoods, apparently, is that America is the guiltiest of all nations where slavery is concerned and that, as a result, she deserves to be punished over and above all others.

(Thanks to Instapundit)

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Recently, as I engaged in a heated, but civil argument about Syrian refugees in America, one of the participants was questioning (rightly) the Christianity of those who opined that we should “kill them all,” meaning Muslims. Others responded that Islamic doctrine would have Muhammad’s followers to kill all of us and this gentleman reminded us that the Bible has its violent passages, but he didn’t seem to know why these things were there—why Yahweh commanded the ancient Israelites to kill all members of certain groups. He even characterized the commands as Yahweh commanding the Israelites also to kill all non-believers (false)—as is actually commanded as a sacrament to worshipers of Allah. I was nonplussed, since the man in question—a nice, intelligent, well-informed individual—is a Messianic Jew.

After I urged him to re-read the Old Testament, the conversation turned back on its original path. Then someone who, obviously hadn’t been following the thread said to me: “I don’t have to read the Old Testament; I’m a Christian. Jesus was not a conqueror, but an evangelist.” Leaving aside that this person addressed my point outside of its context—I had only been talking one person, a person who had specifically cited the Old Testament—and leaving aside that Jesus the Christ conquered death, Hell, and the grave, I want to address the assertion that Christians “don’t have to read the Old Testament.”

The second man was right: no one has to read anything. And there is only one thing which a person has to do in order to be saved from going to Hell. But I think anyone who has read my Facebook note, The Miseducation of the American Christian Negro, can guess what I think about biblical ignorance among Christians, especially about the willful variety.

The Christian who believes—notice that I didn’t say ‘thinks’—that the Old Testament is a disconnect from the New Testament fails to understand the value of foundation. There is a reason that America’s value system is called Judeo-Christian. Christianity is based on Judaism and the Old Testament—the Torah—is Judaism.

The Old Testament entire purpose is to point to Jesus the Messiah. As many pastors have put it, the OT is the NT concealed and the NT is the OT revealed. Chuck Missler calls the entire Bible an Integrated Message. There are 300+ prophecies of Jesus’ incarnation in the OT, including one that got my attention: the genealogy from Adam to Noah. All of the names in that genealogy form two sentences.

Hebrew English
Adam Man
Seth Appointed
Enosh Mortal
Kenan Sorrow
Mahalalel The Blessed God
Jared Shall come down
Enoch Teaching
Methuselah His death shall bring
Lamech The Despairing
Noah Rest, or comfort

Man is appointed mortal sorrow; the Blessed God shall come down teaching that His death shall to the despairing rest. It’s a prophecy of Jesus the Christ.

Missler concludes that

It demonstrates that in the earliest chapters of the Book of Genesis, God had already laid out His plan of redemption for the predicament of mankind. It is a love story, written in blood on a wooden cross which was erected in Judea almost 2,000 years ago.

When I began writing this post, it was before the publication of David Limbaugh’s The Emmaus Code: Finding Jesus in the Old Testament. I stopped composing the post in order to read the book, which I obtained from the LA Public Library. So far, it’s making the points that I made above, but since I’m heading out of the country tomorrow and the book is due back before I come back, I have to bring it back and get it again after my return. So, instead of fully make the case on my own, I suggest that you read Mr. Limbaugh’s book.

Or, like a Berean, search it out for yourself.

Reminder: I leave for Kenya tomorrow, but I’ll still be posting on my regular schedule here, correct calculations of time zone differences willing.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel, tentatively titled, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2016. Follow her on Twitter.

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As I said in Part One, Thomas Sowell outlined the two visions of human nature: constrained and unconstrained.

People with the constrained vision of human nature believe that this nature is fixed, flawed and that all humans act with self-interest in mind. And because of innate self-interest, we should be free to pursue it, but conversely, because of innate fallibility, there should be some constraints on human behavior which keep us from encroaching on the self-interest of others.

Example: those of us who subscribe to God’s newsletter acknowledge that, since the Fall in the Garden of Eden—man in naturally sinful (flawed)—and, following from there, it is the ultimate in self-interest to accept Jesus the Christ as one’s Lord and Savior. We are interested in not going to Hell for our sins and, therefore, we try to do what God wants us to do and one of those is to love one’s neighbor as self: a constraint on human behavior which keep us from encroaching on the self-interest of others.

It isn’t surprising, therefore, that people who hold the unconstrained vision of human nature are often atheists—though, allowing for incomplete thinking on personal principles, not always. (Belief in a Higher Power than humanity is, by nature, a constrained vision of human nature.) Under this philosophy man is his own agent and possesses all of the tools to become perfect and to perfect his species.

And the key feature to this vision is that as long at the goal is deemed virtuous, there is no moral constraint–or any other kind–on the means of attaining a particular goal. Does the phrase by any means necessary ring a bell?

Example: the notion that “all men are created equal” often falls by the wayside for those with this view. To them, there are some set of human beings which are inherently better than others—physically, mentally, emotionally, morally and spiritually–and those “others” are a drain on those who are “better.” This is the part of humankind which requires perfecting.

Obviously, racial supremacist ideology falls in this category and nearly every systematic mass killing conducted by a governmental entity ever recorded has been presented as an attempt to improve upon the peopling of a given society—especially those which have occurred in the last century or so.

Let’s go with abortion. Some of the most head-turning justifications for abortion which I’ve heard are in regard to the disproportionately high rate of abortion among black women. Many pro-choice/pro-abortion advocate even acknowledge that abortion is the killing of human beings, but will say “it’s better than being born poor” or “it’s better than being born in a racist, sexist society,” or something similar.

The foundation of that thinking is that blacks are (allegedly) unable to escape penury because of our genetic make-up and, therefore, we will always be discriminated against because of our race and/or sex. We are inferior—implies the person with the unconstrained vision—so it’s better to cull succeeding generations and to do it as often as possible. It’s all for the improvement of humankind.

More in Tuesday’s post.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel, tentatively titled, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2016. Follow her on Twitter.baldilocks

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Some interesting historical news out of Israel:

A dump site is the last place you would expect to find an 8th century B.C. seal for a papyrus document signed by one of the kings of Judah.

Perhaps that’s why it has taken 2,700 years for the piece of clay inscribed with King Hezekiah’s seal to be discovered in Jerusalem.

The King’s seal isn’t something that just anyone had access to

“Therefore, it’s very reasonable to assume we are talking about an impression made by the King himself, using his own ring.

While this is of great interest to Biblical scholars and a setback for those who say it’s made up out of the whole cloth the real people hurt the most are those who insist that there is no Jewish connection to the land.

But it’s not a big deal for them, so many facts are ignored by the BDS left that one more won’t make a difference.

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I said this five years ago when President Obama had only one year in office.

I don’t feel like writing to convince anymore. I’m sure many have figured that out by now.

The problem, however, is that my “conscience” (read: the Holy Spirit) continuously reminds me that one should not be complacent or fearful when advocating a just cause. That just cause? Keeping the people of America free and, to that end, adding one more small voice to the millions who are angry and fed up at the daily encroachments on that freedom—daily since January 20, 2009.

That feeling remains, but once I finish getting a post off my chest, I usually feel better.

What am I feeling right now? A myriad of emotions. I’m still torqued off on how many people, including the president, seem intent on shaming those of us who are adamantly against allow more Syrian Refugees into the United States. New Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan (R-WI) managed to spearhead the passage of a bill suspending the refugee proposal until “tougher screening measures” can be implemented, but that doesn’t make me feel better. (Even in the Senate passes it and even if President Obama’s promised veto is overridden, what will stop the president from doing it anyway? It isn’t as if he hasn’t ignored the Separation of Powers before.)

Some proponents of the approval of Syrian refugee seeding are using their poor memories of what the Bible says about Jesus and about foreigners in order to shame–there’s that word again—the naysayers. Can you spot the evidence that the maker of this poster hasn’t opened a Bible in a while?

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(The upside of pointing to this displayed Bible illiteracy is that some will actually go read the story surround Jesus’s birth in order to see what’s what. Some.)

In the meantime, most of us are sitting back to see what happens, praying, and practicing evil capitalism. Feelings are mostly irrelevant at this point. Okay. I feel better.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel, tentatively titled, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2016. Follow her on Twitter.

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I speak to Maggie Castor about the Gospel Box at the Catholic Marketing Trade Show

the Gospel box web site is here, the twitter page is here

The Gospel Box store is here

Before I spoke to her I spoke to her husband Kelly Mission Water first. That interview is here.

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Over at Ace of Spades HQ, my friend Monty expounds on a concept which I coined a number of years ago at my old blog and mentioned in an earlier Da Tech Guy post: The Coconut Treatment.

There is a price to be paid for divorcing actions and concepts from the words that describe them. Government, and the law that undergirds it, is made up of words. Devalue the words, strip them of meaning, and you do the same thing to the concepts those words describe. Action follows Thought, and for Thought to exist there must be the Word.

The sundering of meaning from the words to which they are assigned is merely a foundation for the hollowing out of the Old Order of things great and small. It is a demonic seed which mirrors the mustard seed concept of the Kingdom of Heaven as illustrated by Jesus the Christ.

Where God is the author of Order, he who wishes to be His counterpart sows the Tree of Chaos. Meet the New Boss.

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Seeds require nourishment in order to flourish. And just as the seed of Faith will flourish with the items recommended—prayer, reading God’s Word, fasting, giving, and obedience to God—so it is with the seed of Lies.

In his short, excellent post, Monty references Orwell’s Newspeak coinage, but the concept is much older

than 1984it’s one which started very simply in the Garden when the Enemy planted doubt about the truth of God’s Word. Since then, the war has been ongoing and the enemy has always been able to find foot-soldiers–individuals, groups and nations—who will water his tree of Lies.

That tree has a fancy and useful name now—postmodernism–but it is merely the tool used to deceive mankind and, ultimately, to separate as many of us as possible from our Creator.

Primary Example: Love

God defines three types of love–agape, phileo and eros—and these definitions have a special order in that the third is meaningless without the first two.

The new Love has a two-pronged definition: 1) giving a person whatever he/she wants, and 2) approving anything another wants to do. Its basis leads back to the disobedience in the Garden.

And from the seed planted by the new definition of love we get the conceptual fruit: new definitions for rights, racism, oppression…the list is endless.

The fruit and the branches are manifold. From the new “love” seed we get conceptual trees such as communism/progressivism/Marxism/socialism, “settled” science, and the Common Core(d) method of education—concepts with evil foundations and self-contradictory foundations or those in which foundations are unnecessary.

What to do? I’ve mentioned the solution in almost every one of my posts here at Da Tech Guy blog. But the first thing to do is recognize the faulty seeds which have been planted in oneself and to root them out.  The usual evil seed which needs weeding is that same one which got the Enemy thrown out of Heaven: pride.

According to God, pride is always a sin. This includes pride of race, pride of ethnicity, pride of gender, pride of accomplishment, pride of relation, pride of nationality (yes)—many types of pride which we erroneously view as harmless or even good. That view is a seed for the larger tree: the “bad” types of pride; they all supersede the hand of the Dispenser of all good things. (To turn another concept on its head, you didn’t build that. God did.)

So, I suggest that we each start with letting God remove the weeds from our individual souls—rebuilding the foundation of Truth in our individual thinking. In turn follows the larger removal of weeds from our families, and, after that, from our nation.

The weeding and watering have to start somewhere.

UPDATE: Photo added.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel,Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2009; the second edition in 2012. Her new novel, Arlen’s Harem, is due in January 2014. Help her fund it and help keep her blog alive!

 

I noticed Jazz Shaw’s post on Evolution linking to Steve Benen “look how dumb those Christians are” post, and Stacy McCain’s answer..

Forgetting the fact that Mr. Benen apparently wants to put a religious test on who can serve in congress and forgetting his seeming ignorance concerning Christianity’s history and science. I suggest he buy a copy of How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization (my review here no wonder the left hates Western Civilization so much but I digress).

I’ve already made my point in this post about the Bible and science:

In our science we basically have educated guesses in pursuit of truth. As time and our knowledge expands our guesses become better and more informed but in the end a lot of it is still a guess, yet these guesses are a million times better than Moses would ever be able to make. If our science would be beyond Moses, how much more beyond him would be the actual methods of how God works explained on a scientific level?

It is my opinion that God gave Moses the answers that were truthful, but also in a way that he and his people, bronze age humans could understand and grasp. Like at the waters of Massah and Meribah he didn’t give him a thesis on Hydrogen and Oxygen atoms combined to create water, he didn’t give a geological explanation of how steams wear down soil and cause erosion, he provided the water.

It doesn’t matter for example if the entire world was flooded in Noah’s time, or if it was an individual continent, or just a country the size of Iraq or whatever. In the understanding of Noah it was the world, and in the understanding of Moses it was the world. It makes it no less the action of God nor do the lessons drawn from it change. It is no different than trying to explain to a 3 year old how something works, you tell him the truth but in a way that he can grasp it.

Now as I said Science is a question of our best educated guess, but many people try to use it as a club to attack Christianity in general and the Bible in particular as Stacy puts it:

Having spent quite some time studying the arguments over evolution, it has for many years struck me that while the scientific priesthood of neo-Darwinian orthodoxy in astrophysics, paleontology and anthropology often disagree vehemently over their own theories and interpretations, they are united by one major agreement: The Bible is wrong.

On that point, they are quite fanatical, and one need not debate fanatics. Merely demonstrate that they are fanatics — occasionally point out their more obvious errors, provoking their predictably intemperate responses — and you will discredit them in the eyes of reasonable people.

I think people often confuse “natural selection” and survival and the fittest, which is certainly scientifically sound and full blown evolution the creation of one species from another.

The second has several problems the biggest of which for me is the math.

Here is what you need for evolution of that nature to work:

  1. You need some kind of mutation.
  2. Said mutation needs to be a beneficial mutation so it doesn’t increase the likely hood of the creature caught by a predator.
  3. You need a mutation that doesn’t prevent breeding with a similar creature
  4. The result of that breed must carry said mutation so it has to be dominant trait
  5. Continual breeding has to take place so that dominant trait spreads until all members of the species without that dominant trait disappear.
  6. Repeat until an amoeba becomes Snooki from Jersey Shore.

Now think about the mathematical odds of each of those steps and imagine the development of a claw from a fin.  Think of NOTHING else, just that single development.  What would the mathematical odds of each step taking place? How many times would the dice have to fall a particular way for that to happen just for that step to take place? What are the odds of such a thing happening by chance and not just by chance, but over and over again for every species that is out there?

Is that possible, sure. I believe in God, with such a God something like this is very possible, what I find amazing is that those who are so vehement in denying the existence of God are willing to bet their reputations on a process that mathematically is so unlikely that they’d never bet real money on it.

I submit that if you believe in Evolution you almost HAVE to believe in God because the odds of such a process taking place without him are so slight as to be nil.

Or to put it another way. You can have God without evolution, but considering the odds involved I submit you can’t have evolution without God.

Now is it really important? Not really, It’s an interesting scientific discussion and like anything such scientific discussion you go where the evidence takes you. We keep researching, we find clues and make assumptions based on them, test them, and repeat. That’s fine. Religion of course doesn’t need to explain the nuts and bolts of how a universe is created, it’s primary job is to save souls. These goals aren’t mutually exclusive and we need to remember what science and religion’s purposes are:

Man didn’t need God to provide him a science text, man can write those texts himself. Man did need instruction on the salvation of his soul. God provided that and still provides it through Scripture, prayer, the Church and Tradition. We can take advantage of those things provided or not. It’s totally up to us.

I await to see Steve Benen’s piece attacking the scientific ignorance of Islam.

…and his troubles with Charles Johnson

The wicked say: Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us; he sets himself against our doings, reproaches us for transgressions of the law and charges us with violations of our training.

Let us see whether his words be true; let us find out what will happen to him. For if the just one be the son of God, God will defend him and deliver him from the hand of his foes.

With revilement and torture let us put the just one to the test that we may have proof of his gentleness and try his patience.

Let us condemn him to a shameful death; for according to his own words. God will take care of him (Wisdom 2:12, 17-20)

This is ironic as Robert keeps bringing up the following meme when referring to Charles:

how’s that “praying to Nothing” working out for you?

Meanwhile Johnson standard answer:

white supremacist blogger

This is why Robert Stacy has and will keep the upper hand in this fight. When Charles gets hit he has to deal with it as an attack.

When Robert Stacy gets hit, as a Christian he considers it just part of the job description.

BTW As Robert Stacy is a protestant it is unlikely that his church recognizes the book of wisdom as most protestant churches removed it from their bibles post reformation but the verse fits. He would likely be more comfortable with this one.