Following up part 1 and part 2 of this discussion let’s talk about Romans 13, which says to be subject to the government. It is this part of the bible that our government is pushing pastors to push on their people, and some pastors are doing it.
Here is the thing, would these pastors push people to support everything the government does and says if somebody other than Bush was in office? I doubt they did when Clinton was in office. Would they say support the government if it enacted Jus Primae Noctis (where the political leader got first rights to any bride ahead of the groom). Would they support Hitler? They don’t support the governments support on abortion or many state’s desire to support gay marriage, so they clearly have limits. Clearly if this was to be the case, then we should apologize to England and resubmit ourselves to English rule since if we take Romans 13 the way the Bush administration wants us to, then we were wrong to revolt against an unjust government.
Also, in context, this applies to good, Godly government. It is like the “wives obey your husband thing.” Yes it says that, but that doesn’t make her a slave to what the husband says, and it says in that same passage that the husband is to love his wife, which in principle means that he would never ask her to do anything she wouldn’t naturally do anyhow.
Besides, Bush is not the government. Our elected officials are not the government. Homeland Security is not the government. The IRS is not the government. The Constitution is our government, even from a Romans 13 perspective, and if we were to be subject to anything, that is what we would be subject to. Only one candidate stands for the Constitution, all the rest do not. Bush clearly does not stand for the Constitution.
I talked before about how Ohio’s Retarded Legislators AKA You Can’t and Shouldn’t Legislate Morality. Rather than stand up to the idiot bill, our Governor, can’t wait to get rid of him, let the bill become law without signing it.
A quick recap, the so called “Christian” group, Citizens for Community Values, who act very anti-Christ like, managed to convince Ohio’s legislators to crack down on strip clubs, adult books stores and the like. They have apparently dropped the 6 foot limit in favor of spelled out sticker regulations on touching customers. While it was already more or less against the law to touch a customer, they could generally touch their shoulders or something for balance, the new law now makes even that a crime punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $250 fine.
Read my original post for the majority of my in context Biblical based arguments against such laws. However, I feel I need to expand on a few further thoughts.
We always hear to be more Christ like. What would Jesus do, and all those kind of things. Not once do we see Christ, His Apostles or Disciples working to make laws legislating morality. What did they do? They did signs, miracles and wonders, then they preached the good news. They didn’t concern themselves with the laws and forcing people to be like them, they simply set the example. We need to get back to doing things the way Christ would have us do them, which wasn’t by force. We never saw Him bind anyone and force them to live a “Godly” life. We didn’t see Him or His followers go to the government and ask them to legislate morality. (Yes, I know, the Bible doesn’t mention all the other planets, DNA or any number of other things that exist, but the Bible is a spiritual book dealing with spiritual issues, and legislating morality would fall under that rule, so if God wanted it done, He would have made sure it was mentioned by Paul or somebody in the New Testament.)
Christ didn’t condom the prostitute but defended her, telling those without sin to cast the first stone. Yet the CCV feels they should be the ones casting stones, or at least having the law do it for them so they can pretend their hands are clean. A note to the CCV and others like them, God doesn’t care if you are the one who casts it, or ask somebody else to cast it for you, in God’s eye it is the same thing, and trying to legislate morality is casting stones.
Never mind the fact that Ohio has one of, if not the worst economy in the US, our legislators have what they think are far more important things to worry about. Why help Ohio’s economic problems when there are strip clubs open to all hours of the night with strippers who can get close to the patrons. So it is that, thanks to the morons of Citizens for Community Values, a group out of Cincinnati who feel they are morally superior to God Himself (more on that in a bit), have pressured Ohio legislators to pass a bill that would do two main things. The first, is restrict the hours a strip club can be open, at least for the strip club portion of their business. Basically they can’t operate from midnight to 6 am. I think midnight is a tad early, if they made it 2 am, and this was the only provision of the bill, I wouldn’t raise much of a fuss. I would still wonder why the legislators are worried about such meaningless tripe when there are real issues facing Ohio, and I would still think the Citizens for Community Values are first class idiots who need to get off their high horse and realize they are not above God. Anyhow, the second part is the one that really got me going. The bill, if passed (it passed the Ohio Senate, and is being argued by the House) would require the strippers to stay 6 feet from the patrons, even after they put their clothes back on. Yes, that’s right, even after they put their clothes back on… and 6 feet. How unreasonable can you get? If it was perhaps 2 feet, and no restrictions after being clothed perhaps we could just say… well nothing positive, but 6 feet, even after she’s dressed is stupid to a level unheard of nearly anywhere.
Let’s take a moment to consider why one can’t nor shouldn’t legislate morality, and I’ll use the Bible itself to demonstrate why (and I do believe they are all in context, so I am not just picking a verse to prove my point, but picking a verse, using it in its original context).
Continue reading Ohio’s Retarded Legislators AKA You Can’t and Shouldn’t Legislate Morality
One has to wonder what the developer or publisher was thinking, but the new Left Behind: Eternal Forces computer game install spyware on your computer… a very anti-Christ like move… as the game watches everything you do in the game and reports it back to the ad-server, including information about you and where you live, along with where you go in the game, how much time you play it, what ads you watch and more (story).
Whatever you do, don’t buy this game. Write a nice letter to the publisher and tell them how disapointed you are that they would take such un-Christian actions such as spying on their buyers. Let them know that you will tell all your friends to avoid the game because of their spying actions.
More people continue to die because of some political cartoons about Islam and Mohammad. They are protesting, killing people, getting killed, and now are targeting the USA since we are “the leader of Europe and the leading infidel in the world.” I am not sure when we became the leader of Europe, but hey, what can we expect a 40-year old framer in Afghanistan to know…
When “The Last Temptation of Christ” came out, there were some Christians who protested, but you didn’t see them killing people over it. Catholics protested Dogma, and nobody was killing people over it. In the case of Dogma, there was little reason to protest, while it wasn’t Biblically correct, it probably had a more pro-faith message then most any Hollywood movie of its time. Last Temptation of Christ was blasphemous from the start, with Jesus not knowing who He was. The thing is, the movie wouldn’t have had as big a draw as it had was it not for the protests, I didn’t make it even half way into the movie before I gave up on it for being so boring, and I can do lots of slow movies if they are good. The protests made the movie more notable then it ever would have been. Same thing is happening here. With all the deaths and threats, more newspapers published the cartoon in defiance and a show of freedom of speech. Had there not been such massive protests and killings, nobody would have known about the cartoons outside the Muslim world. It is like the whole The Satanic Verses all over again. I tried reading the book, only due to the controversy, but the poetic form of the book made it too hard to get into.
The really bad thing here is that the cartoons were pointing out the type of militant Muslims that are doing the protests, or perhaps more properly, leading the protests and drawing unwitting people with them. Islam is a religion in bad need of a better image, and these protests and killings don’t help matters. Outside of attacks in England by the IRA (to be more technical, the Real IRA, the Provisional IRA, the Continuity IRA, and the Official IRA, all being the modern versions of the IRA that split off in 1922 and existed to 1969), I think you would be hard pressed to think of any attacks against Western targets that were not Muslim related. Even the Oklahoma City bombings had The Third Terrorist, which to be fair, is more a link to Saddam and the Republican Guard then Islam, though I hear new evidence shows Nickles may have received bomb making expertise from Ramazi Yousef (the Al-Qaeda mastermind of the first World Trade Center attack) while Nickles was in the Philippians several times during the early 90’s (an expensive trip to make without your Philippian bride).
While lots of Muslim leaders are calling for the protests to end, it does little to distract from the fact that so many people are dying for a cartoon. What the world sees when these people act like this is the proof, as wrong as it may be, that this is just the way Muslims are. While most Muslims may be peace loving, protests like these doesn’t disspell much of the terrorist type image that the world has. They need to chill, to show that Islam is the peaceful religion they say it is, and not the religion of fanatics who enjoy flying a plane into a skyscraper and killing 3500 people, or attempting to drive a truck into Jordan with weapons to kill hundreds of thousands of people (odd how that story didn’t make it out in America, despite it happened during the Presidential election, and they were Al-Qaeda operatives trained in Iraq by one of Saddam’s right hand men). The Muslims I know are generally peace loving people, and I know most Muslims are. It is the vocal violent minority that is giving Islam it’s image problem.
In another news channel, we get the story of how the U.S. military chaplains, priests and the like can not talk about Jesus, the very foundation of their faith, as they are government workers. How insane is this country getting? We have groups like the ACLU, and the Americans United for the Separation of Church and State waging a war against Christianity, and Christianity alone. A clue for those foolish enough to believe the lies from these groups. The words “separation of church and state” never appears, nor implied, in our Constitution. What we do have is freedom of religion, and a separation clause. Let us look at each one.
Freedom of religion. This means you have the constitution right to practice your religion, even Christianity, in any way you see fit, even talking about Jesus. The only restriction there is if it would bring harm to another person. So any religion that requires a human sacrifice wouldn’t have freedom in that regard. However, short of stuff like that, the government is not allowed to restrict the practice of religion beyond that. Sadly, this isn’t the way the Supreme Court has been interpreting it for some years… actually it is the next issue that they, the ACLU and the Americans United seem to be confused on. Thankfully, having more intelligence in my flatulence then they have combined in both those organizations, I can clear things up.
Establishment Clause. This simply means the government can not establish a state religion. This means they can’t make Christianity the official religion of the United States. It doesn’t mean they have the right to violate the freedom of religion clause, which is what the establishment clause is typically used to do. The really crazy thing is that forcing atheism or secular humanism, as the official religion of state itself violates the establishment clause. Of course atheism and secular humanism are not Christianity, which is all that anti-Christian groups like the ACLU and Americans United care about. They will lie and manipulate the press and the American people to believe that there is a separation clause in an effort to destroy Christianity, which is their only goal. Again, to make it simple, atheism and secular humanism themselves violate the establishment clause just as much as Christianity, Buddhism, Islam or Paganism, or course groups like the ACLU protect those groups if the case is against Christianity. The truth is the ACLU, Americans United and similar groups really see the establishment clause as a separation of Christianity and state, not religion and state. The ACLU and Americans United have never taken a case to remove Halloween decorations from government property since they are anti-Christian in nature, but God forbid you put a baby Jesus in a nativity. The hypocrisy of the ACLU and Americans United is sad. What makes it worse is that too many people don’t see it.
To summarize. We are supposed to have freedom of religion, and there is no such thing as separation of church and state, just an establishment clause, which atheism and secular humanism themselves violate.
Edit: I saw on CNN Headline News this morning that the Mayor of New Orleans apologized for his comments of God being mad at America and said that if he could take anything back from that speech, he would take out all his God references. He also apologized for saying the city would be “chocolate again.”
The Mayer of New Orleans apparently feels that God is mad at America.
Surely God is mad at America. He sent us hurricane after hurricane after hurricane, and it’s destroyed and put stress on this country.
God didn’t send the hurricanes. God is a God of love and mercy and He couldn’t send a hurricane or any other form of judgment thanks to Christ. The thief, is the one who comes to steal, kill and destroy. This isn’t to say that we can blame Satan either for a natural weather phenomenon, but he wold be to blame long before God.
Don’t blame God, blame the weather. Hurricanes happen. They have been happening for eons. They will continue to happen, unless we devise a way to control the weather. Recall that we are still warming up from the last ice age, the fairly early stages at that, and as the Earth gets warmer, hurricanes will likely increase. Mankind, debatablely, though likely, speeding that warming process up, to which degree we’ll leave for another debate. The point being, weather happens. It isn’t an “act of God,” it is simply the weather being weather. God doesn’t send hurricanes, earthquakes or any other form of judgment anymore. That ended with the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. We are under mercy and grace now.
You may recall a while ago I did a Revelations From the Word on Now Faith Is…. I have some more revelation to go with that. If you didn’t see it before, the short of it is:
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1 NKJV
I told what things are, basically any good thing, any promise of God. That when it talks about faith is the substance, I equated that to the wood being the substance of the pulpit at the front of my church. Evidence is something presented to win a case. That was the message in a nutshell.
Anyhow, the new part to add to that goes with the substance part of that. We may not feel like we have the faith some times. We may not feel our faith has substance. However, while I can’t speak of the specifics of that particular pulpit, in general, you don’t feel or see the wood before you get the pulpit. You don’t provide wood to the craftsman to make the pulpit. Rather he provides you with everything you need for him to make the pulpit (okay, except for payment), after he is done he provides you with the pulpit. In much the same way, our Heavenly Father has provided us with His kind of Faith, and took it, fashioned it into the very thing we need, giving us a completed work. Our payment to Him for this? Love. Devotion. Getting into His Word daily…
I figured I would share a little cool thing that helps explain one of the moments of Jesus’ ministry a little better.
I’ll give a little scripture, then comment as we go along.
So he came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and stood up to read. And He was handed the book of the prophet Isiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”
The first thing we notice is it was a custom of Jesus to go to the synagogue on the Sabbath and to read. Nothing of real revelation there, nor in him being handed the book of Isaiah, it is when He quotes from it that things get interesting.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
Before I get to the point here, let us cross reference something. Philippians 2:5-8:
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
So we see from these that Christ came to us as a man, not as God. He removed all privileges He had as God. He needed to become as a man in order to take our place. To take stripes to take our sickness, to become sin on the cross so we would no longer be sinners, but saints and redeemed unto God. What we can see in John is that the Spirit of God filled Him and anointed Him, something He wouldn’t need to have happen if He was here as God. He was here as a man to go through stuff as we would go through them, to show us the way we can be ourselves, with the help of God.
Thanks to His sacrifice and suffering at the cross…. an aside is necessary here. His suffering wasn’t the beating, nor being hanged on the cross. None of that was the cup He asked to be taken away if possible. When He asked God to take the cup if possible, what He wanted to avoid was becoming sin, to become separated from God. He became sin, got separated from God to purchase for us redemption. So thanks to his sacrifice and suffering (becoming sin for us, being separated from God on our behalf) we are now reconciled and in right standing with God. We are no longer sinners. All we have to do is accept Christ as the Son of God and accept what He did for us.
I am glad I am no longer a sinner. Does this mean I no longer sin? Well, my spirit can not sin. Having accepted and believing in Christ, my spirit, the true me, is redeemed and in right standing. God sees me though the eyes of Christ, which sees me as perfect. Same for you if you have accepted Christ. However, we still have a flesh and a mind. The flesh and mind constantly want to rebel against God. It is the flesh and mind that can sin. This is why the Bible says we are to renew our mind and to crucify our flesh. We are not to literally crucify ourselves, but to bring our mind and body subject to our spirit, subject to the Word of God. So we still need to repent for any sins we may do in the flesh or mind, but our spirit man is sinless before God. Thank you Jesus for reconciling us to our Father, making us a true child of God, for making us an heir of God, and join heirs with You. (Romans 8:16-17)
Back to our bit from Luke 4:18
To preach the gospel to the poor;
To preach the good news to the poor. To preach to the poor they no longer need to be poor. I am not going to go off on a full prosperity message here and now. Needless to say God doesn’t want you to be poor. “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. (2 Corinthians 1:20)” Through Him, Christ, we receive all the promises of God. If you can find any promise God made to man, in Christ you can claim it. God is a good God, a good Father.
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
Brokenhearted is anyone hurt in emotions or feelings. Simple enough. If you have been hurt, Christ if for you.
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
We were caught in sin, separated from God. Christ has set us free, returned us to God. He has been anointed to heal the sick, lame, blind and the like. Jesus was healing people throughout His ministry.
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”
This is in reference to the year of Jubilee. Christ has given us a permanent state of Jubilee. Jubilee was the year when all debts were forgiven, where anything taken from you was returned to you.
All of the above most of us in Word Churchs should be failure enough with. What may be new is what follows in Luke 4:20-21
Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
When He sat down He did not return to His old seat. History tells us there were two seats at the front of the synagogue, one of which was kept empty at all times as it was the seat the messiah would sit in. This is the seat that Jesus sat in. He was demonstrating to them that He was the messiah. Isn’t that cool? The Word becomes so alive when you start learning some of the history behind some events and why some things happened the way they did.
This speaks for itself, no commentary necessary:
Billy Graham’s daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her “How could God let something like this happen?” (regarding the attacks on Sept. 11).
Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said, “I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we’ve been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives.
And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?”
In light of recent events…terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O’Hare (she was murdered, her body found recently) complained she didn’t want prayer in our schools, and we said OK.
Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school . the Bible says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK.
Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn’t spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock’s son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he’s talking about. And we said OK.
Now we’re asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don’t know right from wrong, and why it doesn’t bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.
Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with “WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.”
Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world’s going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says.
Funny how you can send ‘jokes’ through e-mail and they spread like wildfire but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing.
Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.
Are you laughing?
Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you’re not sure what they believe, or what they WILL think of you for sending it. Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.
Pass it on if you think it has merit. If not then just discard it… no one will know you did. But, if you discard this thought process, don’t sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in!!
Speaking of things going on at the church, our ResQ teen outreach will be having XFactor, which is basically the ResQ experience turned insane. One never truly knows what will happen during XFactor. I have seen hints of some of the videos in the pipeline and the bits I saw were very funny, but I haven’t seen the planned skits or anything yet.
And since the ResQ team has blogs, I may as well blogroll them here:
Pastor Aaron Morgan
Pastor Diane Morgan
[Disclaimer… while those are “official” blogs and part of ResQ and the church, this blog, Brian A. Thomas .com, is a personal blog and has no relation to the church or anything.]
Anyhow, I may skip the regular service myself this Wednesday since I keep missing XFactor when they have one and it always sounds like a blast. (The advantage of being 955 [on call for emergency cleanups, or other housekeeping/security needs] is I can take it in there.)
Between the ages of 19 and 29 and living in the Akron/Canton, Ohio area? I highly suggest checking out theFIX™ at Faith Family Church™ on Friday’s at 7 pm. (theFIX service will not be held 28 October due to the fact they will be volunteering at Children’s Fest down at the Canton Civic Center.) theFIX™ is a ministry of the church geared to ages 19 to 29… as they say on their vision page (it’s a Flash page… so I can’t link directly):
theFIX™ is here to gather a group of people to turn the tide in a generation being swallowed up in hopelessness, a generation that’s falling deeper into drugs, sex, suicide, and the repetitiveness of everyday life. We believe we are destined for this very hour. It is no mistake you are living in this very point of time.
We are here to bring hope, break down walls, bring meaning, and to show and demonstrate the life changing power of this message we call the Gospel of Christ.
If this sounds like the Christian ministry for you, the be sure to check them out.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1 NKJV
What are things? Things are any promise of God. Be it healing, freedom from lack, even unto prosperity, that your children will know God, all the many promises of God that we have in and through Christ our Lord.
What about substance? Substance is what gives a thing tangibility. You could say wood is the substance of the pulpit at the front of the sanctuary… I know, some pulpits are made of glass, metal, or something like that, but they are traditionally made of wood, so work with me here. The wood is what the pulpit is made of. Much like your faith is what your healing is made of, your faith is what your prosperity is made of. It is the tangibility of the thing. Without the wood the pulpit wouldn’t be there. The really nice thing is the wood was there before the pulpit was there. It sat in some craftsman’s shop, and he took the wood, measured it, cut it, trimmed it, put it together with more wood to make a pulpit.
Don’t you know that your Heavenly Father, the Master Carpenter, who knew us and “…chose us in Him before the foundation of the world… (Ephesians 1:4)” were laid, took the faith that He gave you (“…as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.” Romans 12:3), and from that faith fashioned the very thing you are believing on Him for?
People say “Well I am working my faith up to that,” or “I don’t have the faith for that yet,” speaking doubt into existence. If you keep speaking like that, you won’t get what you are hoping for. Not because God can’t get it to you, there is never a problem on the sending end, but because you keep blocking it from getting to you. God is infinite, and He has infinite faith. He used His faith to speak the world into existence. He gave you His faith. Mark 11:22 says, “So Jesus answerd and said ‘Have faith in God’.” It should read, to render the Greek properly, “Have the God kind of faith.” God has given you His kind of faith. Sure, you won’t be able to spin a universe into existence, but you can have all the promises of God, by faith, in and through Christ.
You have the God kind of faith in you, and He has taken that faith, and long before you needed it, took it and formed into the very things you need. Amen.
So we know have a basic understanding of things and substance, onto evidence.
Evidence is what you present to win a case.
The devil presents his evidence. A bad medical report. A foreclosure notice. A red mark in the checkbook. A bad report about your child. Whatever may be presented to you, if it doesn’t line up with the perfect will of God, your perfect father Who desires nothing but the absolute best for you… if it doesn’t line up with that will, then it is a lie from the devil. At the very best, it is circumstantial evidence. Don’t let your circumstances get in the way of the reality of who you are and what you have in and through Christ.
To his evidence you present your faith as evidence, and it trumps his bad medical, financial, family, or whatever report. The really nice part is that the Judge has already ruled in your favor. He has already decreed that you won the case.
Amen and amen.
I hope this has helped somebody. It has been on my heart for some time to share this message. I didn’t flesh it all out as well as I would like, but decided I shouldn’t hold off any longer. God bless.
The problem with Intelligent Design, as I see it, is more of a public perception problem.
Most people see Intelligent Design as a new name for Creationism, particurly New Earth Creationism. This is the brand of Creation normally taught in church. That the Earth is tens of thousands, to just a few million years old. That God created the universe in a literal 6 days. However, this is NOT what Intelligent Design is all about.
The Big Bang and Evolution can work with Intelligent Design. All Intelligent Design says is that somebody or something moved the process along.
Intelligent Design is also about the fact that the Big Bang and Evolution are taught as scientific fact, without regard to the fact they are theories with some rather large holes in them.
The Big Bang theory doesn’t work as you get to the final few milliseconds after the Big Bang. The Big Bang theory doesn’t explain why the galaxies are spread apart the way they are, not in random order and all over the place, but spread out like a giant 3D spider web with huge gaps between the lines of galaxies. The Big Bang theory doesn’t have an explanation on why the universe is growing at a faster and faster rate when it should be slowing down. Intelligent Design people, and those falling under the Old Earth Creationism group, where the scientific minded tend to be, say the creation undboutably looked like and indeed would be very much the same as a Big Bang, even from a Biblical point of view.
Evolution has huge credibility gaps as well. They take a tooth, and say it belongs to one of our ancestors. A single tooth. Said tooth becomes the center of the Scopes Monkey Trial. It is latter learned that said tooth belonged to an extinct pig. They find a portion of a jaw, and a hip bone, four miles away and say it belonged to the same person, an ancestor of ours. They were four miles away, and these are the only fragments they have of said ancestor of ours. This gets to the biggest problem they have, most of their examples are based on the smallest fragments of a single example, which isn’t enough to decide if they were really an ancestor or not. Very few of them are like Neandrathal Man, where there are lots of examples. This isn’t to say there isn’t evidence that evolution happens, it clearly does, however, all Intelligent Design seeks to say is that it was guided, and there are far bigger gaps in the proof of our ancestors then the pro-evolution alone people will admit to.
While the media, will show that the scientific community has little respect for the scientific and mathematical evidence in favor of Intelegent Design, they will proudly display the research of a single researcher who claims to have found a gay gene, when he has no respect in the human genome field. Why is it okay to take the view of somebody who has zero respect in his scientific field, but not okay to take the view of others?
I was listening to a message by Buzzy Southerlin when he said something about the slate being wiped clean, and perhaps this is where he is going with it in this message, but I had to post this real quick so I paused the message to post this. (Edit to add: I should note that Buzzy had been sarcastic when he said it, and he is one of the ones who clearly know that it would be an all new slate.)
When we talk of salvation, so often we say the slate has been wiped clean, that you have been washed white as snow… This isn’t close to the truth. The truth is there is an all new slate, there is an all new you, there is nothing to wash white as snow. Upon salvation, you a redeemed through Christ. That is if you accept Him, you are in right standing with God via the death, burial and resurrection of of Jesus Christ. You are in a far higher position then Adam was before the fall, because when you accept Jesus, He dwells in you. Adam had the pleasure of being with God and communing with Him, but he didn’t get what we have through redemption, and that is the fullness of the Godhead dwelling bodily within us.
An update on The Daily Word.
I was coding things to work in such a way that on each day you would have the same thing to read each day. That is, 16 February would have the exact same readings every year. This is fine for 2005, but in a later year, the 16th may not be on a weekday, and this creates a problem with some reading plans where you read from the New Testament only on weekdays (if you want to read the NT in a year, you read one NT chapter a day on weekdays). So, I had to research a new method of doing things. Where I was having things broken down by month, where the program looked at your reading plan, and displayed the reading, it now goes by reading plan and then finds the Julian date (the date of the year, so 16 February would be 47) and then gives the reading. It makes the program a bit less complex. In reality, it would probably be better to look it up in a database or separate files, but I am a bit aways from learning how to use a database, and I would prefer to keep the outside files to a minimum.
All my work on the Help file may go in another direction. I am not sure I want to use the normal Windows HTML Help format, and may just use regular HTML files that load in the default browser. That would take some work on learning how to get a menu item to launch a link, but would allow me greater control of the look of the help documentation.
I made an install using Nullsoft Scriptable Install System. This is a freely available install system that is used by many large projects, including Google, to install software and will give The Daily Word a more professional looking install then the default install system that comes with Visual Studio 6.
My The Daily Word program is working! I put in a test chapter and it linked to it’s reading at the Bible Gateway. It will take a long time before I finish coding in every day’s reading… tons of coding to be done there, but I am at least on the right track and can provide any translation Bible Gateway uses.
I did spend a long time trying to figure out how to get hyperlinks to work, but it seems that functionality wasn’t really added in VB 6.0 without a separate control, so my thanks to VB Clarity for their Hyperlink Control, which gives me all the control I need over hyperlinks. It is truly a great control.
For now, I am working on the Help file, then I’ll get back to the long coding that lies ahead. Then I’ll enter Beta stage. That is the official testing stage for those who don’t know what the word Beta means.
The Daily Word program that I am working on is progressing nicely. After many hours of research, I found a way to get the calendar portion of the program to work, and to pass the date the user selected to the program, and to get the current date when the program first starts. I also have an official client to act as a supervisor for the purpose of my school’s externship. I am also studying How to study the Word by Terry Lawson to give me further insight into what I want and need in this program. Perhaps soon I’ll post a screenshot.
Presently, the program is being made in Visual Basic 6.0, which means it will be Windows only. I hope to port a future version to C++, which would make it easier for somebody to port it to Mac or Linux. I would prefer to use Visual Basic .Net, but as I noted before, my computer can’t handle that level of programming tools. 🙁
Seems that some of the state legislators of Pennsylvania will introduce a bill that would remove language from the hate crimes law that was used against 5 Christians in Philadelphia for reading the Bible at an Outfest in that city. What I find amusing about the article that reports this is that when the hate crimes bill was introduced they were warned it would be used against Christians, which supporters of the bill said that opponents had “an active imagination.” The Christians face 47 years in jail for reading the Bible at the event, as reading the Bible is “inciting a riot.” They also are charged with “ethnic intimidation” for saying that homosexuality is a sin, and “possession of instruments of crime” a bullhorn. Having watched the video (available on the AFA Center for Law and Policy page about the Philadelphia 5), which was produced by a non-religious documentary film company, I can’t see how this case has gotten so far. They were compliant with the police all the way until they were trying to force them outside the event, which is protected by the First Amendment, so at worst, I could see them being charged with failure to follow Police instructions. The bill, if it passes will be too late to protect the Philadelphia 5, but hopefully will protect future demonstrators using their First Amendment rights. I would be offended if some gay people were arrested at a Christian event for the same sort of thing, and the news media would be all over it…
Anyhow, let’s hope the state of Pennsylvania will have common sense and pass the bill.