May each of you have the heart to conceive, the understanding to direct, and the hand to execute works that will leave the world a little better for your having been here. -- Ronald Reagan

Thursday, November 8, 2018

It's Not A Lack of Civility, It's A Lack of Human Decency

Carlson's house under attack by Leftists 

It’s not a lack of civility, it’s a lack of decency. It isn’t merely a lack of civility to run people out of restaurants, or go to their homes and protest.

This is what Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) said on NBC when asked about what happened to Ted Cruz: “This is what happens because when you look at white supremacists and all that, this is what’s coming forth in our country. There is a tremendous divisiveness in our country. This is the kind of activism that occurs and people make their own decisions. If they violate the law, then they have to account for that.” Ted Cruz is Hispanic. So how can he be a White Supremacist?  His family is from Cuba. (Same situation with Ben Shapiro, and orthodox Jew that wears a yarmulke and leftists call him a Nazi.) Hirono also told all men to shut up.

Mitch McConnell has been accosted at a restaurant and an airport. There were chants of “We know where you live!” Elaine Cho, his wife and the Transportation Secretary has been accosted several times. Rep. Steve Scalise was shot (not followed by calls for gun control by the Left) when a Democrat gunman opened fire on a group of Republicans.

The Daily Caller: ‘Martin Astrof was arrested after he threatened to kill supporters of Congressman Lee Zeldin and President Donald Trump,’ Suffolk PD said. ‘Astrof went to the campaign headquarters of Congressman Zeldin and became irate with a campaign worker at approximately 11:15 a.m. After threatening to kill the campaign worker and other supporters, Astrof backed his car up in an aggressive manner nearly striking the worker.’

Richmond Times-Dispatch: “On Saturday, a woman reportedly screamed at former White House advisor Steve Bannon, who was shopping at a bookstore in Richmond, Virginia. The woman called Bannon a “piece of trash” and continued to yell at him until the bookstore owner called the cops.”

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was yelled at and run out of a Mexican restaurant.

ABC News: “A DHS employee who lives in the Washington DC area found a body of a burned, decapitated animal on his front porch, ABC News reports.

Idaho State Rep. Priscilla Giddings was threatened with rape and told to kill herself.

White House advisor Stephen Miller had wanted posters in his neighborhood. Once when he went to pick up an order at a restaurant an employee flipped him off and started yelling at him.

When these are pointed out to Leftist talking heads, these activities are justified by them. Free speech, because these are White nationalists, racists, bigots, homophobes, etc.

Nothing new here, it’s been going on for years. Leftists go to people’s homes, publish their personal info, and get them fired from their jobs. Ever hear of Brendan Eich? He lost his job for supporting and contributing to Prop 8 in California a few years back that supported the notion that marriage should be between a man and a woman, the traditional view. At the time he worked for Mozilla which he was the co-founder of. He was the inventor of the Firefox browser. He wrote JavaScript. That was reduced to just “Java” and is the most used computer language in the world. Last laugh, he was going to retire, was ticked off by this, invented a new computer browser, made an additional $36 million with it in crypto-token sales.

Justice Kavanagh was lied about. His family (with small young children) was exposed to the lies and hatred.

Then yesterday CNN’s alleged “journalist” kept attacking Trump, did a hate filled lying filibuster, pushed away an aide trying to take the microphone and continued to berate the President. Leftist talking heads all praised Acosta and said it was all Trump’s fault, and Trump was the rude one. Then another reporter that had not been called, went after Trump for being a White nationalist, and leading White Nationalists with his rhetoric.  

Last night Tucker Carlson’s house was attacked. His family was home and he wasn’t.

Going back years the Left has been doxing (releasing personal info), harassing, being violent, rioting, destroying, and causing people to lose their jobs just because they have different socio-economic, religious values. It’s why I call them neo-Bolsheviks.  

The recent win of the House of Representatives by Leftists/Democrats will embolden them more, just like electing a Black man made charges of racism by the Left even worse. Stand by for more dangerous and indecent behavior by them.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Straight Talk, Crooked Talk, Experience and Obfuscation

Democrat Voters

I’ve just written about the imbalance in the Arizona senate race. One with leadership experience, training and education, McSally and an anti-capitalist, anti-military pink tutu wearing protester with no leadership creds and a degree in social work. This imbalance shows elsewhere.

In Georgia, Democrat Stacey Abrams is leading in the polls. This weekend Black Panthers marched through Atlanta brandishing AR15’s chanting ‘power to the people’ and ‘black power’.  Of course she supports banning “assault” weapons even though it would be unconstitutional. She’s walked back that stance and said it should be done through legislation.

She’s for all the standard Leftist issues, and like the rest of the Leftist radicals running for office, tones down, explains the nuance causing the misunderstanding of what she’s said before.

Educationally and the government experience is about the same between her and her opponent, Brian Kemp. Difference is one is anti-second amendment, has the support of the violent Black Panthers, open borders, pro illegal immigration, and the rest. Kemp, though not entirely conservative supports immigration law, and the rest of the Trump agenda.

Beto O’Rourke has accomplished nothing in his life, yet seems to think he can win because celebrities have given him oceans of money. A media blackout isn’t letting the public know he’s probably sending money to the “caravan”. Ted Cruz has Texas locked down.

In Florida Andrew Gillum has a lot of corruption charges against him as Mayor of Tallahassee and if it’s brought up you’re a racist. He’s for open borders, for abolishing ICE and the usual Radical Leftist programs. His opponent is Ron DeSantis, who went to Yale then Harvard law school, and served as a Jag officer, was in Seal Team One, was in Fallujah. Again a person with life experience, combat experience and leadership experience and training.

I know I’m a partisan, but good grief, when you have person back peddling, softening their policies and position to move themselves to the center, have been political operatives all their lives, don’t support the rule of law, vs, people with military, combat, leadership experience, have been to various leadership schools, say what they stand for straight up without covering up those policies and principles; to me choices are clear. That half the country prefers people that only talk talk talk without the walk walk walk  and that astounds me.

So I’m counting on McCallum, Kemp, DeSantis, and others with experience in the real world, with leadership experience and training, believe the rule of law is the rule, are selected to lead their communities and the corrupt liars and political operatives are kicked to the curb.

How Could This Mismatch Even Be Under Consideration?

Most politicians are corrupt, vile, low life bottom sucking scoundrels. I think that bar has been lowered.

Take a look at Arizona Senate candidate Kyrsten Sinema.  'These women who act like staying at home, leeching off their husbands or boyfriends, and just cashing the checks is some sort of feminism because they're choosing to live that life.' “That’s bullshit. I mean, what the f*** are we really talking about here?” That she said in 2006. She called Conservatives ‘Neanderthals’. Nice.

Project Veritas has a tape of Sinema and her unfiltered thoughts. She’s for banning guns, yet denies it, open boarders, yet denies, has protested a lot against the policies of the US, said its okay if a person wants to join the Taliban and fight against Americans, and yet denies it. The denials come in form of challenging nuance of what she really met. 

Arizona state troopers withdrew their endorsement. Much of what she says on the campaign trail is to present herself as a centrist, not the leftist radical she is. She’s lied about being homeless. She was in a poor home but had a home. She co-founded an anti war group Local to Global Justice. This group had a flyer in 2003 saying: ““You can help us push back U.S. terror in Iraq and the Middle East.” Another: "All out against Bush and he Fascist Imperialist War."

Yet she presents herself as pro military.

On the other hand, her opponent, Martha McSally, was a fighter pilot that has flown combat missions. She was a squadron commander that rose to Colonel before she retired after 26 years of service. Plus she fought for eight years to change the policy that US Servicewomen had to wear Muslim clothes off base. She has Master’s degrees in John F. Kennedy School of Government from Harvard and U.S. Air War College in Public Policy and Strategic Studies, where she was first in her class. Plus a whole bunch of other stellar accomplishments. 

Compare that to Sinema’s Bachelor degree in Social Work and her membership in the Green Party, and in a 2002 article in the Arizona Republic denouncing capitalism.

I’m appalled that such a suspect person, anti-military, anti-capitalist, small achievements that misrepresents herself to move her public persona to the political/cultural center could be even considered and equal to a proven leader with many accomplishments under her belt. I mean, really, a leader and warrior in a flight suit vs an anti-American that dressed in a pink tutu to protest.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Not Even Artifical Intellligence Those Social Warriors

You’ve seen it with talking heads panels on TV, and probably experienced it yourself. You’re talking to a Leftist/Progressive/Democrat/Social Justice Warrior and you make a statement about the weather, marriage or whatever and you get the response: you’re a racist, sexist, bigot, homophobe, etc. You get that every time. No discussion possible. No matter what the subject. Same when you see or listen to Leftist talking heads on radio or TV. They’re on the air so they use euphemisms for the same thing. 

For us seasoned citizens this is like the old talking dolls. Pull a string and it says something, then again and it says something different. How cool is that?! Pull the string a sixth time and it says what it said before, and again what it said before. Then you realize it has limited statements. Well, that’s not cool. Move up to the modern era and we have gamers.

There are characters in these called Non-player Characters (NPC’s). [‘A non-player character, also known as a non-playable character, is any character in a game which is not controlled by a player. In video games, this usually means a character controlled by the computer via predetermined or responsive behavior, but not necessarily true artificial intelligence. In traditional tabletop role-playing games the term applies to characters controlled by the gamemaster or referee, rather than another player”.] These are the extras, some are just there, and some have a line or two that they can only repeat. It has no personality, no thought, canned answers, and just preprogramed responses. The same with the Progressives/Leftists. Ask one where the X restaurant is and the response is “Socialism is the answer, capitalism sucks”.  Say it’s a nice day and the response is “climate change is real”. Say someone did or say something wrong, “you’re a racist”. (I once challenged a person who called me a racist, and was told that defending myself proved I was a racist).

There you have it...the reason why one can’t have an informed, intelligent conversation with a Leftist. They’re all NPC’s for Leftist ideology.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

The pic here is a cake! Yesterday had a most fabulous time with friends in Salt Lake City. There was a house warming party; Dick had bought a house and had it remodeled. A lovely new crib.  Amazing Greek food, and a lot. At least thirty people there. A full spread, lots of laughter, good conversations. They’re an Italian family, so the desert was Italian. A great combination.

Some things happened over the past few days, which I’ll be writing about in more depth. Main things were two funerals, Aretha Franklin and John McCain. Aretha went through some horrible things in her life. It looks like memorial turned into a political rally against whites, Republicans and lots of Trump bashing. What the hell? Focus not on her. That’s what Leftists/Democrats have been doing of decades at memorials. They've corrupted everything with their politics. Sports, religion, movies, journalism, and of course funerals. I’ll chronical that sordid history. Then John McCain’s memorial was the same, though mostly it was Trump bashing. I’ll be speaking ill of the dead. He did some amazing and good things, and led a good life. What he did his last few years was destructive to the country and his legacy. Even to the end, to his funeral and memorials he blocked people from attending. Never heard of anyone doing that; they wanted to pay their respects and honor him.

Well, I’ve done some yardwork this morning, now need to assemble some furniture.

All days are good. God is good.  

Saturday, September 1, 2018

I haven’t written since last September. The time since then to now was not good. Things that happened at work made me miserable, which caused me to retire earlier that I planned. I couldn’t write or read anything of note. Thus no blog posts. I was going to work until 2021, way over 65 years old. My misery at work got me to take action and retire now. It’s a good thing, better than I imagined. Two years ahead of what I planned, I now own and live in a house overlooking a valley and mountains, I can see stars at night, and hear crickets. One morning when I opened the curtains a fawn was outside my window. I’m not working, having to be monitored and critiqued about everything I said and did. Being treated that way causes a free spirit to suffer. I toughed it out and here I am.

Yesterday was a retirement party at work, my last day. It was also an event for my friend Paul, also retiring. We’ve know each other for years, and I’m glad he too is free to pursue his dream. It was an emotional event, testimonies about both of us and how we had such a good and memorable impact on people. Given that, I am happy to leave. UPS was a mostly miserable place to work; many unhappy people there because of it.

The first Sunday in August I also left my church, First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, Las Vegas. That was also emotional, and more deeply so since it is a place and people I love. A place I was accepted and helped and appreciated. I learned and taught guided and was guided.  It is sadness for me to leave.

All of which lead me to thinking of departures past. The first departure was from high school…bittersweet. Athletic glory days and some academic success. That summer I ended up at the Bright Angel Lodge at the Grand Canyon busing tables. Tips got me enough to get me into Northern Arizona University (plus a hundred bucks from Dad).

I completed my freshman year, carrying 17 hours and a full time job at a restaurant. I knew I couldn’t do three more years of that, so I joined the Army and they gave me a Southeast Asia vacation, all expenses paid. Unlimited bullets and beer. Quite a formative experience for a twenty year old. That was a happy departure. Out of the Army and out of Vietnam February 10th 1971. That was unbounded joy. From there back to college on the GI Bill and a part time job in the university library.

Departure from college was painful. I loved the academic life, the scholarship, reading, friends, discussions, and of course the parties. Met and lived with the love of my life. I was working in an alcoholism center too. All at once, I graduated (I got a letter from the university telling me I was done, time to go), broke up with my girlfriend that major league broke my heart, and the center where I worked lost its funding. I had a breakdown. Everything was gone at the same time. That was the most painful departure ever.

I ended up in Rock Springs, Wyoming, and for the next couple years worked as a roustabout in the oil patch. Worked on a rig, took off for a few months until I ran out of money and found another rig. I wasn’t invested in that work, so departure was an emotionless passing through kind of event.

I wanted to travel the world some more, so joined the Navy. Not a good experience. Couldn’t stand it, but I was stuck. I did get to visit some great places and had some good friends. That was a happy departure. I remember standing on the quarterdeck, requesting permission to go ashore the final time, and when I started down the brow, a bunch of guys on the flight deck threw their hats in the air and started cheering and yelling out my name “Dex”.  The Captain and XO were on the quarter deck scowling at me. I wasn’t too popular with the brass. Like I said, it was a good departure.

My job after that was a good departure, glad to get out of there. Conflicts with management, a lifelong issue.

Then the move to Las Vegas and twenty years as UPS. Made a few friends there, and met some super smart people. And twenty years at Church, lots of super smart and talented people. This last has a hard departure.

Each of these are a stage of life. I first became aware of these stages reading a book by Erik Erikson about Gandhi. I was twenty something. To get an idea of how long ago that was, tuition for college was $163 per semester, for all classes. I carried 17 credits, $163.

In youth, the first stage, I learned music, how to play an instrument, how to be a winning jock, how to read with discernment, and study. In the second stage of young adult, I grew in combat and weapons knowledge, scholarship, working outdoors doing manly labor, traveling. In most maturing paths, this part of life is learning a skill for the third stage. That stage usually one meets a person that becomes a spouse, an occupation is maintained and hopefully some wealth for later years to maintain the fourth stage. That stage is to get right with God. That’s for me. Others like Freud, Jung, Hindu’s, Buddhists have different descriptions, but it all about focusing things from and in the spiritual realm.   

Now in my fourth stage, I’m back to religion, church, the Holy Spirit, scripture. I need to revisit Dostoevsky, Solzhenitsyn, CS Lewis, Kierkegaard, Goethe, Pasternak, and yes Ayn Rand too. Just to name a few. These were influential in my second stage. It’ll be interesting to see how differently I read and experience those writings.

Lastly it’ll be interesting how I’ll influence others, what I have to teach, share, and what more do I have to learn.  

Sunday, August 20, 2017

TEOTWAWKI. Apocalypse, Gathering

Given the massive strife here in the US, and the evil blossoming from the Middle East, and all the dystopia and apocalyptic shows and movies, I sometimes wonder. I’m not so concerned about the apocalypse, but TEOTWAWKI, The End Of The World As We Know It. 

Will Europe still be Europeans, will we have anything even close to privacy with all the government and corporate surveillance, will the hatred exhibited by Black movements (Black Lives Matter, New Black Panthers, Black Panthers), White Supremacy and the racist clash between the two result in a race war?

The meme for Comic Book based TV shows. I’d hate to live in the DC world. Good guys teaming up and arguing with each other, blaming themselves for things they have no control over, bickering, while the evil guys are focused and kicking ass. In the Marvel world much the same. 

In movies, film scholar Kristen Thompson: “…twenty-five disaster movies appeared throughout the eighties. But in the nineties fifty-six disaster movies were released… From 2000-2009 over sixty apocalyptic films were released, and about the same 2010-2016. 

Incessant doom and gloom. Incessant race and cultural conflict. Incessant climate doom and gloom, we’re all going to die soon. Much of the angst is because of all the divisions between groups, male against female, race against race, governments doing terrible and stupid things, corporations doing terrible and stupid things. What do we turn to? More government, more breaks for corporations, more riots, more technological surveillance, and more political failure. Just doubling down on what got us here in the first place. Before when we talked about apocalyptic events, they were religious or spiritual. All those things mentioned earlier, are all secular. Yet we keep turning to secular solutions.

The idea of this arose out of the sermon today, based partially on Isaiah 56:1-2.

1: This is what the Lord says:
“Be just and fair to all.
Do what is right and good,
for I am coming soon to rescue you
and to display my righteousness among you.
2: Blessed are all those
who are careful to do this.
Blessed are those who honor my Sabbath days of rest
and keep themselves from doing wrong.

Gathering on the Sabbath, whatever day you select, shows the answer is in gathering together. At our jobs we have all races, all religious backgrounds and beliefs and work together just fine. Gathering together on the Sabbath, looking beyond secular solutions, to corporately share something outside that secular life we experience daily, has the answer. More technology, business and government don’t. 

Just for starters, if every person that calls himself/herself a Christian actually gathered with other Christians on the Sabbath, how calming that would be? 

Apocalypse means unveiling, revelation. From that we know that on the other side of it, will be revealed good news; it is an ending to all this horribleness and divisiveness. Our not going to experience that, the gathering to reconnect with each other outside of the secular, leaves us almost entirely with the secular and solutions that don’t work. 

At the center of any Sabbath gathering is the Eucharist, Communion, sharing at the table, sharing bread and wine. Nothing is more important than doing this every time Christians come together. That gathering for that ritual, brings us all so very close together, brings a calm. 

Personally, I’m not a calm man, and this centering every week is vital to me. If it’s vital to one, then that means it vital for many, and I hope for all. All Christians going to Church would have a profound impact on the conflict and hatred rampant in the world. There are about 247 million people in the US that claim to be Christian. Think of the calming effect on the nation if we all went to Church. That experience moves out into the secular world. We know this “apocalyptic” time looks to gloomy and ultimately destructive because no one, including Christians that don’t gather, can see beyond the secular. They can’t see God’s heavenly creation beyond: can't see what is revealed. 

Think how much conflict and hatred would be reduced, if millions more that professed Christian faith, would gather together. How helpful that it would be to be just and fair to all, and do what is right and good, and know that Christ will come to rescue us, and see heaven and righteousness, and how blessed all of those that do this thing would be.

Pie in sky? I think not, but Christ in the sky, revealing Good News? I think so.  

Saturday, August 19, 2017

How the 'No Such Thing As Gender' People Are Endangering Women

Certainly it’s most important to keep studying and reading, going to sources that one wouldn’t do ordinarily, because stuff never even considered shows up as really important. I’m saying this as an ancient citizen from experience. The effect that denying gender causes pain, suffering and death to women because of medicines prescribed to them is one of them.

Regardless of what feminists, PC psychologists and psychiatrists, scared neurosurgeons and neuro researchers, are saying about there being no difference between men and women, when it comes to dosage between the two genders, when no adjustment is made, women suffer and sometimes die. With the side effects of that sometimes women have accidents and people get killed.

For example, in 2013 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cut the dosage in half for Ambien, having known for 20 years women metabolized the active ingredient zolpidem more slowly than men. That and a sleeping pill, Restoril, may have caused about 500,000 early deaths; from overdoses, car crashes and falls. 

I’m ancient enough to remember the Thalidomide tragedy of the 1950’s. The research on the effects were primitive. An FDA scientist, Frances Oldham Kelsey, for years did research on it, and it took years of her collecting data before anyone accepted something really bad was happening. This drug, by the way, was for morning sickness during pregnancy. Women in Europe were taking it, and about 2,000 children died, and about 10,000 were born with defects; no or partial limbs. The lab tests for this drug on animals were only on male animals. (Fortunately the FDA didn’t approve it. Knowing their track record and corruption, we can only thank chance.) 

From that time until 2014, in all tests and studies, it was never mentioned in reports that almost exclusively male animals were tested on. Even when tests were done for female specific diseases, only 12% of the animals tested were female. Excuse given was there are too many things, like chemical responses, to test for variables. 

That’s the base. Drugs designed for women were rarely tested on women. The FDA approved these, causing a lot of damage to women. 

Which brings us to the present. There are differences in brain hemispheres, and how left and right brain interact. There are differences between brain parts, like the hypothalamus and hippocampus, different baseline amounts of neurotransmitters (serotonin and dopamine). 

If you’re a neuroscientist, or neurosurgeon, and you point this out, you’re labeled as a ‘neurosexist’ and your report on findings are ‘neurotrash’.  Your study can be blocked from science journals, you can lose funding. This is done by anti-gender feminists and other various PC people, none of whom have any neuroscience education or training. They are usually people from the “soft sciences” like sociology and psychology.

Even with hard science data stating that because a man came up with the results, it’s biased and by definition sexist. They believe reality is different for men and women. I have a hard time squaring this with their argument there is no differences between the sexes; or that there is more than one gender. 

Another charge that just stuns, is that unless a neuroscientist has been trained or had classes in “gender scholarship” their hard science findings are invalid. This is scary stuff, and for some reason the non-gender, anti-science people have been able to get such power scientists are afraid to speak out, though a few have. 

At the core of “gender scholarship” is “intersectionality”. I’ve heard the term before, and still have a hard time wrapping my mind around it. Here’s the definition: “…the principle that important social identities like gender, ethnicity, and social class mutually constitute, reinforce, and naturalize one another”. I think what that means is one must take race over gender (black over white), female over male, and class (poor over rich). White males I’m sure are at the bottom of this fabricated hierarchy. Apparently hard science results are unacceptable unless “intersectionality” theory is applied. 

As a result we have women overdosing on meds, having increased traffic accidents (involving others), and incorrect or ineffective medical treatment. All because  PC Totalitarians that have power and don’t know what they’re talking about are forcing the people that do know what they are talking about to do their bidding or suffer the consequences.  

Friday, August 18, 2017

Some Thoughts on the Transgenderist Movement

With the full throated attack on Trump moving from Russian Collusion and Transgender issues, I’m back-peddling a bit to some thoughts on the Transgender Movement. It’s a movement. It is forcing people to not only accept, but to advocate and endorse a surgical procedure that purports to change genders. This is from the same group of people that claim Conservatives and Christians deny science. 

Here’s the science. Males bear an XY chromosome and females XX. No amount of surgery, or training and no amount of psychiatry or psychological conditioning can change that. There’s an internal sense of one’s maleness or femaleness, and that subjective gender identity gets confused in some, and it’s been named as “gender dysphoria”.  It’s in the American Psychiatric Association’s fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Psychologists and psychiatrists working in this field have done many studies showing most children that experience this, by their teenage years, identify with their birth gender. 

That’s one of many reasons why gender reassignment is so wrong on many levels. More specifically it’s child abuse. What kind of parent or professional sanctions this monumental change? How many of us have heard some middle age celebrity say they’re finally “comfortable in their own skin”?  (A meaningless and worthless statement).Yet that same mindset advocates for this radical surgery because a child wants it? 

It also means dependency on the medical system for the rest of their lives. Side effects often include cancer and deep vein thrombosis. Psychiatry must be ongoing. Children that go through with this are five times more likely to commit suicide that other kids in their age group.

The totalitarian mindset displays itself with the transgenderists. They turned it into a civil rights issue, saying if one doesn’t agree with them, the civil rights of the child is being violated. Civil Rights can be weaponized too. And of course, you’re a bigot (of some sort).

As an example there’s a K-12 charter school, Nova Classical Academy, in St Paul, Minnesota. Very prestigious. In 2015 the school sent a letter to parents that the school is in support of a trans-gendering student. Part of the letter read: “…describes children whose identities, appearances, behaviors, or interests do not fit traditional societal expectations associated with their sex assigned at birth. It is important to note that this expression of gender is ever-changing as students are constantly exploring many different aspects of their identity…” That would be the basis for teaching all the kids in the school about the desirability and beauty of being transgender. 

Parents for the most part objected, and many were outraged. The school quoted laws that said they were obligated to support and teach that transgenderism is good and desirable. There were meetings between the school and parents. Want to guess who showed up, protesting and threatening violence? LGBT activist groups. Lots of ugliness ensued. 

Psychiatrists, psychologists, doctors involved know this is harmful, dangerous and wrong. They see all the inherent problems and see it as child abuse, are afraid to speak out. Totalitarian mindset and weaponized civil rights laws. Those that don’t have been cowed and are in fear of the anti-gender activists. Remember, if you disagree with the Left, you will be hunted down and destroyed. Of course there are some PC professionals, and in my view if they support this should be stripped of their license. 

Nothing is mentioned in the, well, not debate, but directives, from the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education (thank you Orwell), about the damage it does to families. If a father transgenders, what’s that do to the kids, the wife? Or if the mother transgenders? How does it affect friendships? There are huge social consequences. 

Natural law is rejected, and these people believe that whatever “self” believes is itself  reality. “Self” overrides everything. Christians believe that God’s creation is perfect, we are created in His image. Natural Law is how it’s expressed. There’s an order to things. We have free will, and can use it within those laws to manifest what good there is in nature and in Self. Look back at the excerpt of the school letter, “…with their sex assigned at birth”. What? God assigns, or nature assigns, the wrong chromosome and puts it in the wrong gender? Don’t think so.  

This is rejecting science, natural law, biology, and neuroscience. This is not good.  

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Let's Look at the People in Charge at Charlottesville That Blamed Trump

The lies and accusations are that Charlottesville was President Trump’s fault. What Leftists/Democrats do is blame others and become the victim. Yes, they have millennial snowflakes at the height of political power, one percenters, that are well into their 50’s, 60’s, 70’s that play that victim card, and the race card even if they're rich white people. And of course all those born from the late 1970’s on, whatever you want to label them. Here are the players that refused to accept the results of their decisions. 

Starting with Jason Kessler who founded the Alt-Right White Supremacist organization "Unite the Right" is no doubt a political manipulator. He's the one that launched to protest. Legally, with permits. It’s difficult, by the way, to get straight information on this guy. Southern Poverty Law Center is a radical Leftist, racist, anti-white hate organization. Another site, “Business Insider” labels “The Daily Caller” as an extremist right wing publication. It's pretty much just old fashioned traditional journalism. What can be said is Kessler's White Nationalist claim began late 2016. Up until then he was a Leftist involved in “Occupy Wall Street”, and a Clinton, Obama supporter. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) web site: 
“Rumors abound on white nationalist forums that Kessler’s ideological pedigree before 2016 was less than pure and seem to point to involvement in the Occupy movement and past support for President Obama.
At one recent speech in favor of Charlottesville’s status as a sanctuary city, Kessler live-streamed himself as an attendee questioned him and apologized for an undisclosed spat during Kessler’s apparent involvement with Occupy. Kessler appeared visibly perturbed by the woman’s presence and reminders of their past association.“   
A shady lying manipulator.
Terry McAuliffe is another Leftist/Democrat schemer. He’s governor now, and made a lot of shady deals moving upwards in the Democrat Party. He was once head of the Democratic National Committee. He was a Clinton operative, did dirty tricks during election cycles for both Clintons, and is currently under investigation for some shady and probably illegal business dealings with the Communist Chinese. It looks like he was part of the decision for the police to stand down even though it was known the Antifa, Black Lives Matter and other violent Leftist groups were going to be there. He said an internal investigation will suffice, but US AG Sessions is having none of that.

Methinks the biggest culprit in this mess is Black Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy. Big time known racist, now reports are coming out he was responsible for holding the police back when the violent Leftist hate groups Antifa and Black Lives Matter, that didn’t have a permit, started physical confrontations with the other group that did have a permit. Bellamy has had his tweets taken down. Here’s a couple examples: “I hate seeing white people” and “beanpole white women.” He even hates Black people that talk white. 

So here’s a vid of the Antifa people showing up. By the way, when the police did finally take action, they funneled the people (don’t care if they’re white supremacists or not for now) there, with a permit, to protest the taking down of the Robert E Lee statue, into the Antifa organization. Antifa and other professional Leftist protesters wear the same uniform at all the protests they bring violence to all over the United States. Black clothes and masks. Just like ISIS and terrorist worldwide do.

Thoughts Following the Recent Media Keffule About Race

I’ve been working since 1966, and have worked with all races of people. Was in combat with all races. In all the jobs I’ve had, with one exception in the Navy, there wasn’t racial conflict. (A guy in the Navy attacked me for being white.) In all the jobs I’ve had, I didn’t and don’t see conflict or animosity between any race or ethnicity. I heard a Black guy call into a talk show recently, and he had traveled across the north of the United States, and said he was always treated like a regular guy, saw everyone working together, and there just wasn’t any racial conflict going on.

This current mess is all generated by a Leftist Race Industry. Created and maintained for years by the race hustlers (and Leftists) Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. Al Sharpton led a riot that got a Jewish man murdered. Jesse Jackson got away with calling NYC, “Hymie Town”. Democrat Robert Byrd was high up in the KKK, yet a “lion” in the Democrat Party. Now it looks like indoctrinated White Leftists are carrying on the violence of Al Sharpton and the anti-Semitism of Jessie Jackson.

What I’m afraid of is the racist hatred generated by the Left will seep into the lives of the rest of us. We just go to work, provide the best possible products or service, and take care of, and help, each other. What is being pounded into the culture incessantly, by the White Liberal Jurassic Press, that there is white hatred, white racism toward Blacks. Most people are just living their lives, and what they hear is what they know, and eventually what they know becomes what they believe.

I think this because as I talk to people, they express whatever the zeitgeist is. Most don’t want to spend the time I do reading history, philosophy, political commentary and draw my own conclusions. (I say ‘want to’ not ‘can’t’ because we always can make time for what’s important to us.) For that reason, those of us that do take or make the time and have the curiosity, have to educate and inform. We have to do it with a soft touch, with subtle influence, because a push, because of their indoctrination, creates resistance and the wall goes up.

That’s on the personal side; at work, with friends. Don’t need walls there. In the public square though, we need to use every tool we have, and the Left has, and kick some ass, break down walls. Push back. Keep repeating the truth. Call them out. Confront. Use the law (something that wasn’t done the previous eight years) to imprison those breaking the law (blocking traffic, protesting without a permit for example), and litigation that ties them up in court and costs them a fortune.

Growing up, we didn’t know our parents’ politics, the politics of the people that ran businesses, didn’t talk or think about race. We had family, served our country, had neighbors and friends, attended church which brought us all together. We lived our lives without everything politicized and lies the acceptable meme.

We need to go back to living lives in service to each other. 

Friday, December 30, 2016

Thoughts at Year's End

My thoughts at the end of the year. I haven’t written since mid-year. I notice when I write so infrequently both my thinking and speaking diminishes in quality. I get wrapped up in video. Good stuff too, mostly. I got Curiosity Steam with endless documentaries. Great way to keep up with science stuff. I read Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything, which was, like everything he writes, exceptional. It’s very much a history of science, and I liked going to Curiosity Stream and watching a documentary and see what he was writing about.

My reading this year was light. I finished the year reading Al Michael’s memoir. Great stuff, highly recommended. There were some Kevin Kearny mysteries, a couple religious books. Ivan Doig, one of my all-time favorites; read his last book he wrote before his death, Last Bus to Wisdom. A great finish to a great writing career. The list of my reading is off to the right. Noticing my reduced reading this year, and the lightness of the fare, I recognize the need, indeed the desire, to increase the literary, theological, philosophical stream. I’ve already started reading The Hemlock Cup [Socrates, Athens, and the Search for the Good Life] by Bettany Hughes. It’s not so much a book about Socrates or philosophy, though it’s there, but a history that gives a sense of place. What it was like to live in Athens in those times, and fleshing out some of the main characters. I’ll also be indulging in The Daily Stoic [366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living] by Ryan Holiday.

I have a lot of Cicero and Demosthenes downloaded; been sitting there for a while. Time to follow up on the intention, and actually read them. I’ve read bits and pieces of them, but not gone full in. The idea here is to immerse myself in that time, ancient western civilization. I've done this type of thing before, had a focus for a year. Not exclusively, but mostly. The Stoics very much have my attention. If there was ever a dismissed, overlooked, oversimplified group or philosophy, this is it.

There were no standout movies for me. Maybe "The Intern" with De Niro. It was a surprising and charming movie that actually praises men and the traditional man. I was surprised by it. The Sci-Fi was fun and met expectations, “Ben Hur” and “Risen” were solid religious movies. Movies I’ve seen too, off to the right. Spent a lot of time streaming vids. Binge watching. That’s something that needs to be modified. More time in the Kindle, less on the screen.

Politically the year was exhausting, in case you haven’t noticed. The hatred and violence spinning totally out of control. The vitriol. Who woulda thunk Trump would take it? Clinton, besides not being a likeable person, got buried in all her lies. Trump has hired a lot of good people, but also quite a few Bushies and RINO’s. The prayer is I hope they don’t get Trump to be “sensible and moderate” like them. Leftism. It’s a disease. How many staunch Conservative, TEA Party people, get to Washington and belly up in the Sea of Lies and Cowardice?

Church. Had my struggles this past year plus. As a reminder or to inform you that don’t know me, I’m a member of the First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ. The national and regional leadership is all in on Statism, and has put worshiping at the altar of the State ahead of worshipping God, and align themselves with those wishing to destroy the Church and cripple Christianity as much as possible. That’s pretty much a big thing outside of my sphere, so all I can do is pray that God will intercede and they’ll once again put God first, and politics and the State way down where it belongs. I also had some personal confrontations that religiously and emotionally crushed me. There were many that surrounded and showed me true Christian love and support, and buttressed me until I recovered.

Now I’ve been asked, and accepted, to take a major leadership position in the Church at a level I’ve never done. I like being a small occasional voice of influence. This for sure will be different from the leadership positions in my jobs that I’ve had and have.  I’ll have a good mentor, and many have come to me and said to let them know if there’s anything they can do to support me. I have a good pastor, good mentor, and a loving, caring church. How things transpire.

I traveled a lot last year. Trips to Bryce Canyon, Death Valley, North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Colorado River, La Sal Mountains, Arches National Park, Canyonlands, Wind River Mountains, and the topper was the Grand Tetons where I floated down the Snake River. While in the Tetons I saw mileage signs that Yellowstone was only eighteen miles away! Making plans for 2017.  

I won’t be going to so many places this year. Tetons and Yellowstone and some daytrips around here. Nevada has lots of cool places away from the city. This coming year will be my year of being monastic (more than usual), studious (more than this past year) and Stoic (not the wrong way people understand it). And of course, do those things to improve my Christianity. My faith has never waivered. Christ is within me. We all can do better.

Unlike many it seems, 2016 was a good year for me. I wish all healthy happy holy 2017.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Anslem, Nietzsche, Goodness, Nihilism & The Good News

I wrote in a  previous post here about how we Christians are responding to the incessant attacks on Christians and our Church. Mostly we respond as victims, the zeitgeist of victimology infecting even us.

I recently read an article by a guy, T L Jernigan ("On Anselm's God & the Virtue of Existing"-Touchstone), contrasting St Anselm and Nietzsche. The ideas here are his, I take no claim to them, only my response to the article.

 Nietzsche we all know said God is dead. Anselm we don’t know so much about. He was the 11th Century Archbishop of Canterbury. His main thing was to prove the existence of God by combining science, logic and reason with experience and knowledge of the Divine.

He said, God is good, so reality is good. I remember a sermon or reading from awhile ago, that said at each stage of creation, God saw it was good. So what could be better than good?

Anselm: “We believe that you are the thing than which nothing greater can be thought…it is the one thing to have something in the understanding, but quite another to understand that it actually exists…And certainly that than which nothing greater can be thought cannot exist only in the understanding. For if it exists only in the understanding, it is possible to think of it existing in reality, and that is greater.”

Existence is good. It’s great in fact!

Then here comes Nietzsche, who considered existence horrible and horrid. It’s something inflicted on us.

Nietzsche: “Oh wretched, ephemeral race, children of chance and misery, why do you compel me to tell you what it would be most expedient for you not to hear? What is best of all is utterly beyond your reach; not to be born, not to be nothing.” Jeeeeez, sad to be him.

Life is tough, and maybe some sometimes would like it to end. Augustine thought: “while [the suicidal man’s] error make him believe that he will no longer be, his nature makes him wish for rest, that is to say, an increase in being. It is why, since it is impossible not to love being, the fact that we are must not be a reason for us to show ingratitude toward the goodness of the creator.” (Being and Nothingness) I'll just bet you Nietzsche loved persons and sometimes even life. I would suggest he loved life so much he spent his life trying to understand and explain it. Volumes worth!

Sometimes we just need a break. We need to lie beside still waters. God provides it when we need it. Nietzsche isn’t wanting a rest, he wants it all to end. Nihilism. Would one expect anything else when one thinks God dead? With God dead there is no redemption, no rest, only endless suffering.

Now we live in a Nietzschean world. Euthanasia is good. Abortion is good; what better than to snuff out existence before a soul is aware of it? Suicide is good, we’ll even murder you while telling you you’re committing suicide.

A universe created by goodness, surrounded goodness, inhabiting goodness. We are created in His image, and it is good. I’ll be anti-Nietzschean, thank you very much. I think one of the things that moved me out of Buddhism is that it’s nihilist. From nothing to nothing. Ultimately I couldn’t accept that.  

John Paul II: “…the first and basic good for every creature…All other good derive from this basic good. I can only act while I am. Man’s multifarious works, the reasons of his genius, the fruits of his holiness are only possible if the man-the genius, the saint-comes into existence.”

I came from these ideas in the article heartened, and know that we mustn’t fall into Nietzschean thinking that life is horrible at its base, and it’s best if we snuff it out however we can. Sorry for the sad man, he’s a bad man.

We can’t whine as Christians, bemoan our plight; especially here in the New Amerika where it’s lawsuits, harassment and government suppression and threats, and we aren’t getting slaughtered like in the Middle East, or imprisoned/murdered like in China.

To back into our Christianity with just a taint of Nietzschean nihilism, or defeatism is to exhibit a weakened faith, a not serious belief of redemption. Not a serious knowledge that Life is Goodness and that God will not forsake us, Christ will return, and all we have to do is live scriptural, Spirit-filled lives.

Witness sensibly by showing understanding and talk to people from their perspective using their language, be careful of our words, listen to them (you have two ears and one mouth), be of service. James: “If you are wise and understand God’s ways prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom.” By this way we can take control of the helm and move the ship of humanity back to God, by sharing the Good News.

Occupy Democrats, Lies, & Why I'm Unfriending Longtime Friends from Facebook Because of Their "Occupy Democrats" Posts

“Occupy Democrats” has this post. “So let me get this straight- He is a compulsive liar, he is a con man, he is a racist, he is a religious bigot, he is twice divorced, he robs American students with a fake university, he is a billionaire who pays zero taxes, he is a serial philanderer, he treats women like trash, he has the manners of a spoiled child, he is a failure in business with 4 bankruptcies, he has no military or political experience whatsoever."

If you'll remember the "Occupy" movement, it began with Occupy Wall St and that was followed by several other demonstrations. There was filth, destruction, abandoned babies, fights, murder and clashes with the police. Posts by Occupy Democrats are just blatant lies, like this one. This one is tame compared to many. I've 'unfriended' two people from Facebook, and about to do two more, maybe three. It may seem immature or whatever to 'unfriend' based on politics, but the hatred conveyed by this group, posted by people I respect and often have been long time friends, takes into a realm of political hatred and intolerance, lies and destruction I just can't stand. The horrendous ugliness of what they say is no less than the filth of any of the other things the Occupy movement has brought. I accept, even endorse discussion of any issue, but when faced with lies and hate created entirely out of does one have a discussion? This is pure intolerance while claiming to be tolerant. They claim wanting diversity, but seek to destroy with lies anyone that disagrees with their ideas. Stalin would have loved them.

We look at the fabricated lies (nothing even slightly base on truth as any good lie must be) as if Dems are the practitioners of traditional values. Hillary headed the “Bimbo Eruption” task force to cover for serial philander husband, destroying several women’s lives in the process, including a rape by him; that he pays zero taxed is provable BS (this is nonsense like when Harry “Dusty” Reid claimed with no evidence that Romney had not paid taxes for ten years when there was published proof he had. As for treating women like trash, no women have come out saying so. No woman, like in her husband's case said she had been raped by him. Neither Obama nor H Clinton has any military experience. H Clinton’s political experience is riding on the coat tails of her husband. Like H Clinton’s not a liar? Will list below.  What exactly has Trump lied about politically? The bankruptcies were all restructuring, no write offs I’m aware of. Really, divorce is a disqualifier? Damn puritan Democrats anyway.

H Clinton, that the Democrats want to elect president, has the cattle futures scandal, lied about and was not indicted. Rose law firm billing records that were subpoenaed and disappeared that showed up five years later that she lied about. Whitewater real estate scandal covered up and lied about, not indicted. Travelgate that she fabricated lies about the long time WH Travel office staff, got them fired and destroyed Billy Dale’s career (head of the Travel Office). There were never any documents supporting the claims of H Clinton. All the scandals, lies and perjury she's the source of would take a whole blog to cover.

The worst to my mind is Benghazi, 13 hours under attack and nothing done to help them, resulting the death of several Americans. Tens of $millions taken, while Sec of State from nations hostile to the US and put in the Clinton Foundation, her bank account or campaign coffers. While claiming to promote women’s rights, these nations stone women to death that were raped, they can’t leave the house without a male escort, can’t drive, have extremely limited education opportunities, and are murdered in honor killings. Anyone really believe there’s no quid pro quo there?

Then the $millions she gets from speeches to major Wall Street donors, while she at the same time attacks them for being so wealthy and greedy. Not that she’s a one percenter herself. She’s gotten $millions from this. Anyone really believe no quid pro quo there? Neither Islamist dictatorships nor Wall Street give money for nothing.

The estimated worth of the Clintons is estimated to be over $111 million. They earned this creating what? Starting what businesses? Employing whom? She call's Trump a business failure. What the hell has she ever done but be a corrupt political operator? The Clinton Foundations has assets of about $277.8 million. H Clinton won’t release the transcripts of her speeches, and their foundation isn’t a traditional charity, and it doesn’t meet any standards of accountability or transparency. No one know WTH is going on with that.

Then the email scandal. Used unsecured email servers while Sec of State, a Felony. Said she turned over 55,000 emails and deleted 30,000 that were personal. Several of those personal emails turned up later, and had classified info in them. (Some of the emails were intercepted by the Communist Chinese having to do with missiles that they used to modify their's to become more effective. There were a lot more felonies committed by her, listed by the FBI director, who concluded that since she didn’t intend to break those laws will not be indicted. So if you or I broke a law, and said we didn’t intend to, we’d be given a pass?

So compare what was said about Trump (whom I don’t like) being held to puritan standards that Dems don’t practice nor believe in, which this list essentially is, to the 30+ years of lies, scandals, cover-ups and perjury of H Clinton. But her supporters don’t care, and will vote for her anyway because she’s a Democrat and/or has a vagina.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Rethinking How We Christians Respond to the Majority Secular Society's Attacks and Bigotry

I get this sense of doom, about Western Civilization, America’s constitutional republic, and Christianity. The end game is here, we’ve past the tipping point, we’re past the point of no return. The goodness of all these things have their foundation in Christianity. I read a comment a few months ago that Christianity has been in worse positions, and we will survive this too.

We bemoan that traditional religious practices and churches are fading away. Well, there are a lot of them still going strong; let’s acknowledge that. For the rebels among us, what could be more rebellious or revolutionary than being a practicing, churchgoing Christian these days? Nearly half or more of Americans are hostile to and attack Christians. Much of it is government sanctioned.

I get so caught up reading, writing, talking about this hostility that until the past few days I hadn’t thought about the antidote. I rail about the zeitgeist of victimology, and it dawned on me that constantly laying out the attacks and things against Christians, that I was seeing myself and fellow Christians a victims. That’s not good.

I ask myself, who or what are examples of how to maintain one’s religion during times of persecution (though now in Amerika persecution is exercised through prosecution). Think about what practicing (or Orthodox) Jews have put up with; way more than we Christians, even taking into account the things ancient Christians suffered.

Those Jews were and are practicing their faith, living their principals, acting in accordance with Scripture. We Christians must do the same. A majority of Jews in America have put the State, worshipping it, before God. It looks to me that some, maybe a majority of American Christians have done the same (which I've railed about several times in this blog). Yet Jews through pogroms and the Holocaust remained steadfast. Scriptural Christians must do the same.  

I started this essay about the sense of doom because so much is aligned against us. Part of the answer is from a Theodore Roosevelt speech, and many have heard this part:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

A must read if you’ve never read the whole thing here "Citizenship in a Republic".

Christians must be in the arena. We must be sure too that we live by Holy Scripture. Spending ourselves in a worthy cause does no good if we don’t live according to Holy Scripture, we only leave ourselves open to critics.

Our religious liberty is partly diminishing because we aren’t standing up to criticism and attacks. Those external forces attacking us are a part of it, but our playing the victimology card is not any part of the answer. The victimology card is what much of our culture plays now.

From scripture, James has some helpful observations. “Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God.”

When we deviate from Scripture: “People are like grass; their beauty is like a flower in the field. The grass withers and the flower fades. But the word of the Lord remains forever. And that word is the Good News that was preached to you.”

Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world.

So be happy when you are insulted for being a Christian for then the glorious Spirit of God rests upon you. If you suffer, however, it must not be for murder, stealing, making trouble, or prying into other people’s affairs. But it is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by his name! For the time has come for judgment, and it must begin with God’s household. And if judgment begins with us, what terrible fate awaits those who have never obeyed God’s Good News? And also,
“If the righteous are barely saved,
what will happen to godless sinners?”

So if you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for he will never fail you.”

“But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.”

I have friends saying what’s the point of the fight? Major jerks gain wealth and power, which is always true since forever. But we have a constitutional republic here, and if enough of us reject the ‘we are doomed’ victimology, not all those voted into public office will be of the sort we have now. If enough in our personal lives publicly walk the Christian walk, we will influence enough people to turn this mess around.

What we are experiencing, mostly from outside the Christian community (and a little from within by those who listen to Screwtape), from James: “What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you? You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.”

Pretty much describes our culture and politics doesn’t it?

Let’s change how we respond to that meme.

Peter: "For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps.
He never sinned,
nor ever deceived anyone.
He did not retaliate when he was insulted,
nor threaten revenge when he suffered.
He left his case in the hands of God,
who always judges fairly.
He personally carried our sins
in his body on the cross
so that we can be dead to sin
and live for what is right.
By his wounds
you are healed.
Once you were like sheep
who wandered away.
But now you have turned to your Shepherd,
the Guardian of your souls."

And this is the way, tough as it is, to turn this hot mess around.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: “It is more sensible to be pessimistic; disappointments are left behind, and one can face people unembarrassed. Hence, the clever frown upon optimism. In its essence optimism is not a way of looking at the present situation but a power of life, a power of hope when others resign, a power to hold our heads high when all seems to have come to naught, a power to tolerate setbacks, a power that never abandons the future to the opponent but lays claim to it. Certainly, there is a stupid, cowardly optimism that must be frowned upon. But no one ought to despise optimism as the will for the future, however many times it is mistaken. It is the health of life that the ill dare not infect. There are people who think it frivolous and Christians who think it impious to hope for a better future on earth and to prepare for it. They believe in chaos, disorder, and catastrophe, perceiving it in what is happening now. They withdraw in resignation or pious flight from the world, from the responsibility for ongoing life, for building anew, for the coming generations. It may be that the Day of Judgment will dawn tomorrow; only then and no earlier will we readily lay down our work for a better future.”

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Do Muslims and Christians Worship the Same God?

Domenico Fetti The Sacrifice of Elijah
Before the Priests of Baal
It’s quite clear in scripture there is one God. The apostles saw Him in Christ. If one believes in God, though I prefer ‘if one knows God’, then that is all the same God. Jesus said “He who sees me sees Him who sent Me”, and “He who has seen me has seen the Father”. The disciples, and others, saw “Him” eventually.

What prompted this are Christians not using discernment and seeing Allah and God as one in the same. I see “Allah” much as the ancient prophets saw false gods. In 1st Kings, there’s the showdown between Ahab and Elijah. Elijah had Ahab get all the people of Israel together with the 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets of Asherah. Elijah stood before all these and said, “How much longer will you waver, hobbling between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him! But if Baal is God, then follow him!’ But the people were completely silent.”  

Muslims claim Allah and the Christian God are the same because both are descendants of Abraham. Think of this. Did Allah have a Son? God provided his only begotten Son. Did Allah sacrifice any part of himself for our salvation? Allah only sent a prophet, Mohammad.

Jesus was sacrificed. Painfully, and for a specific purpose. This sacrifice is not recognized in the Koran. Jesus is only a human prophet to Muslims.

Muslims can turn to God, to Jesus Christ for salvation. They have an option, “if the Lord is God, follow Him!’ Allah is as much a false god as Baal. Don't think Christians would want to take the option of turning to a false god. 

Question is, if Muslims think it okay to slaughter Christians, to force them to worship their false god, how is it possible that god is the same as the Christian God? The apostles, the prostitutes, the tax collector and others that saw Christ, saw Him for what He is, and did not need to be forced. It is revealed. And we can see Christ revealed to this day, because he is a living Christ. And please Atheists, Secularists and anti-Christian bigots, don’t go back hundreds of years and say stuff about those Christians that forced people to convert to Christianity. You have a problem if you have to go way into the past to prove a point. The people that did that went against scripture, the Word of God. That was then, this is now. Christianity experienced a reformation, and have an improved understanding of scripture since then. Islam is stuck in the 6th century. No reformation.

Christians must make a distinction between the false god Allah, and the true God, manifested in Jesus Christ, who sacrificed Himself for our salvation. And we must talk and teach this, and be clear, so Muslims, Secularists, Atheists and anti-Christian bigots have this revealed to them, as Elijah revealed Baal and Asherah as false gods to the people of Israel. 

Monday, January 11, 2016

Resurrection-Body or Spirit?

I had always understood that resurrection meant bodily resurrection. One of those things obvious to me like the Trinity; Father, Son, Holy Spirit. In early Christianity, there were a lot of debates about the latter. How could three things exist in one thing simultaneously? For me, it just is, I just accept it and understand, mind to heart to soul, this is true.

The Gnostics posited that Jesus was a spirit body manifesting itself in the material world. To me, that makes no sense. To make the idea even more incomprehensible is the spirit body of Jesus imparted some kind of esoteric knowledge, gnosis (Greek). What that secret knowledge leads to is a way out of the material world.

Once accomplished, according to this idea, you become a spirit body, you escape the physical, material world. The physical world is evil, the spirit world is good. The Church Fathers found this heretical. I agree. It’s clear to me Jesus is exactly what He said He is. What He said is clear and means exactly what He said. No big secret here.

When I said I had always understood that resurrection meant bodily resurrection means just that, I’m surprised to find out that a majority of Christians believe, like the Gnostics, that resurrection is spiritual resurrection, the body is separated from the spirit. I’m thinking, really? How did that happen?

It’s been infiltrating Christianity for a long time. For about a hundred years, give or take, the idea that being resurrected means leaving matter/material/physical behind, separating from it has been growing. It’s an escape from materiality. From Houston Baptist University, a guy named Arthur Travis, in 1974 wrote: “The fact is, we shall not live in physical bodies after death…we shall not need or desire the things associated with our present physical bodies, simply because we shall not possess physical bodies in heaven.” So seriously wrong. 

In the late 1990’s Time Magazine had an article stating a finding the two thirds of Americans did not believe they would have bodies after they were resurrected. It wasn’t clear to me if that was just Americans or American Christians, but either way, it’s disconcerting to me. There was a poll, Scripps Howard/Ohio University of “born again’ Christians, about 60% answered a question about resurrection, stating that it was a bodily resurrection. The rest, just a spirit was resurrected. It should be 100% of Christians should know beyond a shadow of a doubt resurrection is bodily.

It turns out many if not most of congregations are not taught about resurrection; the fact of resurrection has devolved into a belief like that of the Gnostics. Of course Secularists point out that Christians have “evolved” and don’t believe in bodily resurrection any more. From a book by Brian Innes Death and the Afterlife: “…current orthodox Christianity no longer holds to the belief in physical resurrection, preferring the concept of the eternal existence of the soul, although some creeds still cling to the old ideas.”

Of course the old ideas are traditional, orthodox Christianity, and any way to diminish those ideas is a good thing. Sadly, many people claiming to be Christians agree more and more with Secularists, and are less and less aware of scripture and the insights of the church fathers. 

Yet, in the face of all evidence. We celebrate Easter, that  there was the bodily resurrection of Christ. After His resurrection people touched Him, He talked, ate, drank, and on the road to Emmaus, Christ walked with the two men and was obviously at least semi-corporeal. We will have bodies like that when we are resurrected. 

There are a lot of ancient Greek words that were misunderstood or mistranslated that have (partially) led to this confusion of what resurrection entails. Words meaning the soul, and not the body, got mixed up. For example “psychikos” was translated to mean physical when in fact ancient Greek speakers understood it to mean soul. It just became a mess.

I had read that at one time Pastors were more local theologians, personal theologians to their congregations. It got to be the Pastors ended up doing a lot of home visitations, taking care of church business and the like, that they were having to keep paring back their religious studies. That was the main contributor to the formation of the Diaconate; to free up the Pastor for the important thing, the religion. Keep the main thing the main thing if you will. Would that Pastors could go back to being local theologians, and maybe we wouldn’t have guys like Baptist Arthur Travis giving out wrong information. I hear what a lot of Pastors are saying and doing, and just get flummoxed. I’m just a layman, and good grief, there are so many Pastors violating scripture in deed and speech and what they teach.

Between incorrect translations, secular influence, congregations that have not been correctly taught, the pressure on Pastors, what resurrection really is has been distorted so much it doesn’t bear much resemblance to what it really is.

When I look at the bodily resurrection of Christ, and all the things Paul said about resurrection, it cements absolutely that we have a body after death. Heaven is a place God has designed, not for just spiritual beings to float around, but there still are challenges and growth, always growing closer to God, but when bodily resurrected, we will be in His presence. There is a plan and a purpose in heaven, and resurrected bodies to accomplish God’s purpose, joy and glory for all eternity.