April 25, 2017

Age of Innuendo

With 2017 barely four months old as I write, it appears that the characterization by Terrance McKenna of the world as experiencing ever-increasing 'novelty' is presciently accurate. The dominant memes in society keep shifting almost monthly if not weekly. One of the big ones to suddenly emerge on the public scene most recently is the power of innuendo, whereby... 
the most outrageous accusations can be flung at any person, group, or nation... without providing the slightest shred of credible evidence.
And the ones levelling the charges are usually either politicians or the mainstream media.
Politicians have always resorted to every despicable tactic in their sullied business. But once upon a time, the media recognized a responsibility to investigate allegations before publishing them and giving them the patina of legitimacy. That kind of honesty is a rapidly fading memory. Now, newspapers print any inflammatory headlines they want, and qualifying comments may or may not be buried in the text. Proof? Ha, who needs it. Evidence? Why you don't need any evidence; just take our word for it! Surely that's sufficient.

Of course, the government response to insolent demands for proof is that they have it but they can't give it to us because of 'national security.' And besides, they usually imply, would we lie to you?

You may perhaps argue that it's no big deal since most of these allegations never go to the extent of the courts, and if they do, then the burden of proof applies. However, the slingers of innuendo don't give a hoot about evidence; just making the charge is the goal. Why? Because they know full well that due to the weakness of human nature, many readers will never bother to read the entire story. All they will register is the headline. The desired effect is achieved.

It's called mud-slinging, and sure, it's as old as humanity. What's novel is that we're supposed to be advanced, intelligent, and not amenable to such obvious treachery. But in a world where the few wealthy elite own the media, run the justice system, and dictate policy from behind the scenes, proof is deemed unnecessary. The public can be fed non-stop b.s. as far as TPTB are concerned. After years of television programming, the masses can hardly distinguish between fact and fiction, in any case.

Another primary method the mass media continuously use to plant innuendo is selective reporting-- making big and frequent headlines of things they want you to register, while completely ignoring any event that they don't want you to know about. Now that they own or control over 90% of the US news sources, this is a highly effective tactic.

As already mentioned, the headlines are very often 'head-lies' or distortions of reality, with text that is full of 'qualified' or vague obfuscations of the details. By citing anonymous sources associated with recognized named official organizations, these vacuous 'stories' create the desired impressions on the readers/listeners. And by deliberately failing to supply alternate views on a sensitive topic, the audience is left with only that desired interpretation. It worked well for the Nazis in Germany; it's working just as well for the neo-con/neo-lib Zionist deep state running the USA today.

Since the federal election campaign in 2016 until the present, innuendo has been weaponized by the media, by politicians of all stripes, and by academics-- virtually anyone with something to rant about, feels no restraint imposed by truth; they just spew their venomous lies in the expectation that some of it is bound to stick. Key, psychological trigger words are thrown about with utter abandon, regardless of their relevance to the subject at hand. You know them by now-- the current favorites being: Russia, racist, anti-semitic, Islamophobia, and homophobic.

It's at the point where even those of us who keep informed (truly informed, not 'educated') don't know what to believe about certain topics, especially regarding what's really going on in the Trump administration. There are all kinds of theories being floated, any of which has an aura of plausibility; but only those who are in the inner-most circle would have an idea of what is accurate. (And even they may wonder what's going on in the Donald's mind).

One thing is obvious-- innuendo is the 'truth of the times!' Nevertheless, “Whatever is covered up will be uncovered, and every secret will be made known” Luke 12:2. Lies have a way of unravelling over time, and the more complex the lies, the more likely they will contradict themselves and self-destruct before people's eyes.

For those of us with the discrimination, we're seeing the web of lies from the USG and the media becoming unravelled. Even a portion of normally-dozing citizens are waking up to the reality that those sources are shovelling buckets of b.s. on the population.

The Bible foresaw this time of rampant deception, as Paul wrote to the believers in 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12: “...wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. [11] For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie [12] and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness. [NIV]

According to scripture, truth is not just some abstract idea with little relevance to daily life. Far from it! Truth is a life or death feature of human existence. Whether you believe in God or not, it eventually becomes clear that we cannot long survive in a matrix of deception. Whether you believe in the spiritual nature or not, it becomes obvious that society can't function on the basis of endemic lies.

In this world where innuendo is proclaimed as fact, where 'fake news' is condemned by the very purveyors of fake news, where nothing uttered by authorities can be presumed true, we are heading for unavoidable, widespread calamity. You can prepare for that soon event by 'loving the truth;' or you can accept the 'powerful delusion' fabricated by the wicked forces, and continue to 'believe the lie.' As always-- it's your choice.

April 16, 2017

The Nature of Existence

One of the few benefits of getting old is that you have experience; and properly examined and contemplated, experience can confer wisdom.
Once upon a time, people acknowledged that the older members of society did have some wisdom, and consulted them for their insights. The past century or so has seen the abandonment of that deference to age in favor of deference to experts-- who may be young punks with PhDs, or young punks running billion dollar software start-ups. That's considered wisdom, these days.

Regardless of who's prepared to lend me an ear, or an eyeball, I am going to lay out my late-life perspective on the nature of our existence, of our reality. I acknowledge that this is mostly an exercise in futility in terms of informing anyone out there; but it's useful for me to make the effort.

The most important feature of physical reality is that it is fundamentally-- and paradoxically-- spiritual. Yes, we function in a material world, contained in our material bodies; but the underlying basis of human existence is non-material. It is, as many dedicated souls have observed and taught over long ages, of a spiritual nature.

The word spiritual is problematic for some people, yet intuitively clear for others. It pertains to a realm beyond the gross physical universe perceivable to our senses. Therefore, it refers to a metaphysical or transcendental realm, perceivable only by non-material means.

What 'non-material means' do we have? As human beings, we have a mind whose 'operating system' is consciousness. It is the most marvellous 'logic engine' ever conceived, being able to program itself by interaction with the world. Moreover, the mind is capable of amazing feats of intuition-- knowing without perceiving via the senses.

Spiritual has an additional meaning related to morality, whereby we recognize spiritual values as being immutable, godly, and superior to the passing trends ('isms') of worldly invention. There are also negative influences and values inhabiting the spiritual sphere, that are at enmity with the positive ones. When I argue that our existence is fundamentally spiritual in nature, it implies that spiritual forces are in action 'behind the scenes' as it were, but affecting everything that occurs in the physical realm.

Since there are both positive (constructive) forces and negative (destructive) forces operating in the spiritual plane, they are realizing their conflict by influencing events in the material world. This world, then, is ground zero in a cosmic contest between forces of good and of evil. If you don't acknowledge that basic fact of human existence, you can never understand, let alone solve, the fact of human strife and self-destruction.

Many analysts taking the materialist approach have put forth reasonable paradigms for the problems affecting the modern world. These are problems that have dogged the human race for eons, but today in the modern world, we can no longer hide from those quandaries by (for example) moving to an uninhabited region. Population and technology have burgeoned to a point where we have the ability to destroy all sentient life on Earth. There's no escaping it.

Depending on their academic discipline, these analysts argue for one or another cause of humanity's current dilemmas. Economists point to predatory, unregulated capitalism as the culprit; psychologists to greed and fear; sociologists can go on about 'germs, guns, and whatever;' and preachers can point to the sin problem of the human soul. Recent decades have seen scientists talk about the menace that started as 'global warming,' but had to be re-titled 'climate change' after record-setting cold followed record high temperatures around the world.

The objective student could well tick off 'all of the above' as being relevant causes of the clearly destructive course that the world is on. I'm not exaggerating; many prominent scientists have been sounding the alarms for years, but of course the mainstream media are more preoccupied with keeping the serfs dumb than informing of crucial truths of the times.

My contention, tho, is that the materialistic approach simply breaks the puzzle into analyzable chunks, but is useless in answering the fundamental questions: 1) why did this come about when we have the knowledge that it will fail at some point? And 2) what can we do to stop the destructive process?

Just to illustrate what I mean, consider atomic energy. We've known for 50 years that we have no viable, safe means to store the dangerous waste products of atomic power generation, but we went ahead and constructed at enormous cost hundreds of nuclear power plants around the world. Then some genius came along with the 'perfect solution' (perfect in a mad world) which was to make the depleted uranium into munitions to be used in the numerous wars that the US military is waging in the Middle East. The resulting radioactive dust spreads far and wide, not distinguishing between friend or foe, making ill those who are exposed to it.

There are thousands of examples of how this human race is racing madly along paths that are blatantly self-defeating. For every initiative to arrest or change one of these destructive trends, many more appear to take its place. Fracking creates a few jobs but poisons the water table supplying humans and livestock. Pipelines effectively transport petroleum and gas... but frequently fail, with serious consequences to our environment. Forests-- the lungs of the planet-- are destroyed helter-skelter, to create temporary jobs, and to provide grazing land for cows that supply protein far less efficiently than plants.

Those are just a few examples of the external dangers to human life. We don't even see the more insidious threats, such as tampering with species' genes, contaminating the global food sources with GMOs and pesticides, the killing of our oceans with garbage dumping and, worse, with highly radioactive spill-off from the Fukushima disaster. I'll stop the litanies.

My point is that the materialistic analysis concludes that the various vectors of destruction are simply random effects of 'progress!' Therefore, their only reasonable proposal is to slow or stop progress. But that is patently absurd. It's obvious that humanity is on a speeding train to the future, and no one knows how to apply the brakes... if there are any brakes.

Once you acknowledge that the battle is spiritual, the nature of our existence becomes more clear. Our leaders (in politics, industry, etc.) keep making wrong decisions not by accident, but purposely. The system is failing because it was designed to fail! Why would they do this?, you want to know; it's not rational.

Right; it's clearly foolish. But the spiritual mind realizes that it's the evil forces in the hidden realm who have been manipulating compliant humans for eons into making destructive choices. When I say for eons, I mean for as long as humans have lived on this planet. By manipulating, I mean inspiring malleable individuals with ideologies that are inimical to spiritual health and, in turn, to physical health whether for persons or collectives.

The war on humanity is being waged on numerous fronts by the evil entities thru their captive human agents. Our health is under attack by corporations dumping pollutants into our drinking water sources, by pharmaceutical corps pushing ever more vaccines and dangerous drugs on ever-wider segments of the populace, by pollution of the very air we breathe, and so on. Our minds are being 'dumbed-down' via the same pollution, and also by the television 'programming,' and the education system that is always experimenting with novel, liberal curriculums whose results are lower academic performance.

The most glaring instance that demonstrates the conflict between good and evil being waged in our world is occurring in the USA, where leftist 'progressive' values are being forcefully promoted to usurp the traditional 'Christian' values that served the nation for more than two centuries of prosperity. In place of the gender identity that is inherent in all mammalian species, the progressives want gender fluidity whereby the basic duality of male/female is replaced by a spectrum of confusing gender descriptives.

In practice you can't have a spectrum of toilets, for example, therefore all public restrooms must be gender-neutral so anyone can use them. There goes another portion of personal privacy; and for women, the loss of a refuge they once had from unwanted male attention. Gender fluidity, while promoted breathlessly by the media as a great benefit and mark of social progress, has been used as a weapon to attack Christianity, a last bastion of traditional values.

The evil force is in the process of the destruction of the family unit; for once the family is gone, the state fills the vacuum with its totalitarian imperatives. Individuals, bereft of loving family ties, become emotionally adrift and morally numb in a society whose only structure and meaning are erected by the dictatorial state.

This clash in the material world between liberal 'inclusiveness' (as it's packaged) and traditional morality is the outworking of the battle raging in the spiritual dimension. In a sense, humans are the pawns in a kind of hyper-dimensional warfare between spiritual entities. And humans are at a distinct disadvantage since, being unable to see the higher dimension, they are very resistant to believing that it even exists.

Of course, materialists (atheists, mostly) cannot get their minds around this thesis that has been described by mystics and others for millennia. Today, we can survey past centuries and (as astute observers have done) we can see how the plot to subvert all our institutions has been going on for a long time-- much longer than any person's lifetime. So how does such a vast orchestrated plan get perpetuated over generations?

Human conspiracies typically implode within a few decades at most (e.g. the USSR lasted only 70 years). Those with spiritual insight understand that the evident self-destructiveness of humanity is being directed by intelligences behind the scenes, in the spirit world. Failure generally to acknowledge the essential spiritual nature of existence ensures that no viable solutions to the disintegration of human society will ever emerge before we are overcome by the developing catastrophe.

The human race has a date with destiny, and it's happening in these days. Many ancient traditions have pointed to this era, even describing the state of human morality as it has, in fact, manifested. They could only have done that by tapping into the transcendent realm. Still, the hard-headed (and hard-hearted) materialists refuse to recognize the signs of the times, or see the divine, spiritual handwriting on the wall of history.

Thus, homo sapiens-- the 'thinking man'-- is destroyed by allowing his thinking to be high-jacked by rational-sounding but inherently corrosive double-talk. Of course, we are first set up to be amenable to this high-jacking, by various insidious schemes.

Our vaunted technology, of which many are so proud, is providing the means to corrode our moral sensibilities in subtle and overt means. McLuhan warned us back in the 1960s that 'the medium is the message,' and how television imagery actually stupefied us and projected concepts directly into our mesmerized minds. The dark force used that medium to promote 'progressive' ideologies, degrading memes, and vacuous logic over its vast audience.

A critical tactic of the dark forces was to get us to give up common sense, a God-given faculty that facilitated human survival and progress right up to the age of mass media. Now we don't need to think because the media provide authorities who tell us what to believe-- no matter how ludicrous and counter-intuitive is their advice. (e.g. Did the media question the absurdities of the official 9-11 'story?' No; they supported them!)

Along with common sense, they had to suppress imagination, another 'dangerous' faculty of mind/spirit. As J. Edgar Hoover once stated: “The individual is handicapped by coming face-to-face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists.” That failure of imagination is one vital factor that has allowed the satanic forces to exercise their rule from behind the scenes, and increasingly, right in our benumbed faces! Again, imagination is unnecessary in a society wherein the video media (TV, movies, games) provide all manner of fantastic but trivial entertainment requiring nothing more than passive absorption.

It's becoming crystal clear that the wizards of Oz behind the projector screens of the mass media are getting truly desperate as they see their power crumbling as people turn away from their increasingly obvious fakery. Their lies are getting bigger, more outrageous, in order to shore up previous unbelievable malarky. Fittingly, they are now caught in a vicious cycle of their own making. Many will be happy to see it finally implode.

In conclusion, the present global materialist system is completely unsustainable; it is rapidly failing and coming to its logical, unavoidable, and catastrophic end. As the spiritual underpinnings of human society have become sickly corrupt, they must collapse. The old order will cease; the new, Godly order will arrive. Are you ready?

Dispatch from Babylon, 2017

This last excursion to Babylon was similar to previous trips, but this time on the road south we happened to hear a 'news' broadcast on public radio. It was an interview with some military spokesman regarding Radio America in Europe... and was full of outrageous lies that both parties treated with full deference. It was not only obvious, in-your-face propaganda (at least for this jaded outsider) projected from the current US hysteria over all things Russian, but it was loaded with irony as both the 'objective interviewer' (hah!) and the guest accused Russia of all the crimes of which the USA is guilty.

I won't go into details but the gist of it was the tired tirade about Russia having 'invaded' Crimea, and their 'aggressive moves' behind their own borders. To add further irony to the lies, they went on about how the Russians were using 'fake news' in countering the 'truths' being broadcast by the US in Europe! Truly ludicrous, and a veritable trademark of this age of deception. The average American no doubt laps up this disinformation with little second guessing. After that, I didn't listen any more to NPR.

Our next encounter with the American zeitgeist occurred when we attended a concert staged by the US Airforce jazz band. Naturally, I was anticipating there'd be a certain amount of patriotic fervour along with the music, and I wasn't disappointed. Not surprisingly, the audience was composed almost entirely of 'senior citizens,' (the Silent generation) and this contingent is highly patriotic, and included a sizeable number of military veterans. The MC used the occasion to not only plug the US Air Force but to justify American military aggression around the world. And, naturally, the apologetics were met with obvious approbation by the assembly.

The observer from Mars could not hold much hope for enlightenment and peace upon noting how easily the crowd can be worked by a spokesman in a uniform. The music was good, but we didn't stay to the end of that concert. It's like the Titanic just before hitting the 'berg-- the orchestra played on, and the passengers were blissfully happy and oblivious. What if someone on deck had suddenly started shouting a warning about the closing iceberg... would the party-goers have given any heed? Yes, they couldn't have avoided the collision; but they would have had a bit of time to prepare themselves for the impact.

Do you see the parallel I'm making? Modern Babylon has been weighed on the moral balance and found woefully deficient. The cosmic handwriting is on the wall for any with eyes to see. There are even a few 'Daniels' around to interpret the signs of these times. But the music is cranked up and the partying proceeds in all excess. When the end comes, it will be a total shock to so many who laughed off the 'doom-sayers' and spurned all evidence provided.

Most Americans have totally bought into the official, soothing lies about dispensing democracy to all those grateful, poor folks in those countries they can't find on a world map. Whether they identify as Republicans or Democrats, they believe in the righteousness of their country, unable to exercise the simple moral logic that considers the cost in civilian casualties to 'liberate' those foreigners.

For that moral turpitude, modern Babylon is destined to share the fate of its ancient forerunner. It's only a question of when... and it can't be far off.

April 5, 2017

The Apocalypse Will Be Televised

Yes, the Apocalypse Will Be Televised. How do I know? Because it's happening as you read! 
To a few of us, it's quite obvious that we, this generation, are living in those days prophesied in a number of sources from antiquity, as the 'last days.' 
Sure, the majority don't believe this claim for a moment; scoff at it, in fact. The majority are always the last to understand what is really happening. They always want to cling to the illusion of stasis that the establishment is always happy to spoon-feed them via their controlled media. 

In any case, I'm not going to enumerate the plethora of evidence that those with 'eyes to see' can easily see. If you aren't at least agnostic on the subject, given all the turmoil ('signs') of this 21st century, then I suggest you aren't paying attention. You might as well go back to your favorite telly mind-mush.

From my perspective as a believer in Christ, the silence from the church pulpits is both troubling and puzzling. Even the Adventist churches are making little impression on their flocks and on society in general. They all seem to be in a state of moral paralysis, content to 'play church' as the old fervor has withered under the relentless heat of the godless milieu around them. Yet, doesn't scripture tell us that God always informs people before the occurrence of calamities? And not just Christian people, but all people.

And I deliberately state 'calamities,' not 'His judgments.' I believe God uses natural phenomena and laws to accomplish His justice, via what some call karma. It's ineffable for mere mortals.

So, the mainstream 'Christian' denominations are largely MIA. Yet for the curious enquirers, there's no lack of information of varying degrees of utility to be found on the www with the most basic of searches. There are Christian sources of all manner of eschatological views, from the sublime to the ridiculous. There are 'New Age' oriented pundits peddling a mixture of useful observations and zealous but often bizarre beliefs. Added to those are various other sources ranging from 'scientific' outsiders, to mystics and mythologies from diverse cultures, to mere obscure students of reality such as yer humble blogger here.

There's a huge range of angles of attack by all those Internet sites on the subject of End Times. For ex, some are based purely on interpreting the extant scriptures, and concocting plausible scenarios... that inevitably support some preconceived ideology. Others are focussed on the ominous but secret approach of the mysterious Planet X, that is expected to wreak great havoc on our beleaguered globe. More to follow.

Some of the prescient observers note the diverse environmental phenomena (disasters) that have ramped up seriously since the turn of the century, and project the trend to its logical, unpleasant conclusion.

So depending on your prejudices (and we all have them hard-wired from childhood) there is some paradigm available... if you but make the small effort to find it.

That's the hallmark of this Apocalyptic Age-- you're not going to be spoon-fed the truth that will prepare you for, if not set you free from, what's to come. No, you have to overcome the human predilection to shun bad news, and take enough initiative to seek truth. Jesus meant it when he said, 'Seek and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened; ask and ye shall receive.'

Yet the vast masses are not merely morally lethargic; no, they are arrogant in their ignorance! The small proportion of the populace that is even aware of talk about the End, denounces the prophets (of whatever persuasion) as nutters and the new derogative-- conspiracy theorists. They say this with the scornful confidence of the true fool, stumbling blindly to their doom.

How can I make this assertion so unequivocally? Simple. When I ask the scoffers how many hours (or minutes) they have spent investigating the issues at stake, they just snort, implying that the conventional wisdom needs no second guessing whatsoever.

Well, the last great, civilization-ending calamity to strike the Earth was the Deluge. Of course, the establishment experts deny the Flood, despite global traditions that support it. The Old Testament tells us that the people of Noah's day scoffed at his warnings right up to the moment the end began. Jesus informs us in the New Testament that it will be the same in these days as it was in the time of Noah.

And so it is. The whole crazy drama is unfolding in an apparently inevitable manner. We, the prophets, watch the debacle unfold like a colossal, slow-motion train-wreck. What is so astonishing to us is that the good folks, even the supposedly intelligent ones, don't see the obvious. Of course, they don't because they won't. As Jesus said, those who reject truth will be given the strong delusions they prefer... and will reap the bitter consequences.

April 1, 2017

Too Clever for that God Stuff?

This is a message for atheists, those who profess they do not believe in 'God,' nor do they even believe in the possibility of the Supreme Creator. Most atheists look patronizingly at people who do believe in God, as if these folks were too dopey to figure out the 'facts.' Rarely, it seems, do they bother to really question and seriously consider their position, which would be the intelligent thing for a so-called intellectual to do, wouldn't it? Since atheists won't bother to question their beliefs, I intend to do so for them, in this essay.
Atheists are heard to enquire, 'If God were real He'd...' Alright, think about it: He'd what? Knock on your door and introduce himself? Visit our political houses to have a word with the leaders? Take out an ad on TV? Oh, right; you expect that He'd force an end to wars, and to all the other abuses that we love to inflict on our fellow creatures. Why? He's given us free will, and has the patience to let us take our Godless experiment to its ultimate conclusions. So don't use this foolish argument, please!

If God is not going to just show up and present His credentials, then what? Well, people of faith believe that God gave us His precepts thru human agents who recorded them in what is called scriptures. The premier instance of 'His word' of scripture is found in the book called the Bible. Of course, atheists dismiss the authenticity of the Bible out of hand, without ever bothering to really study it. Sure, some atheists can quote a few, selected verses to ridicule the 'flaws' they find; but they never STUDY it. I've written essays just on the Bible, so I have to try and sum up the conclusions here in a few words.

The fact is that the Bible, earnestly studied and properly viewed, is amazingly consistent from beginning to end, considering it was written by numerous writers over a span of millennia. More than that is its prescience. Many predictions are made in scripture, and many of them were fulfilled in Biblical times. (I know-- the skeptics have their 'explanation' for this.) There are still numerous predictions yet to occur; many are occurring in these very days, the 20th and 21st centuries. But-- you need 'spiritual eyes' to see these prophecies as they unfold in our time. (Again; the skeptics have hardened their hearts, and their eyes; thus, they refuse to see 'the signs of the times.')

Speaking of eyes, the evidence of God's existence is literally all around us. Everything that exists gives proof of a Creator. More than that, the awareness of the phenomena of creation is, itself, proof of God. Science cannot explain consciousness nor duplicate it artificially. It's a mystery.

But atheists refuse to accept the evidence that exists all around us; the reality matrix we call the universe. No, using their reason, they have concocted and bought into something they call the Theory of Evolution which, they profess, explains everything about the universe. Here's the crazy part: as with scripture, once again the proponents of Evolution don't bother to STUDY it; they simply take it as obvious from the writers who popularize it. Well, the facts are quite inconvenient to Evolution-- it is full of holes! Even scientists who want to believe it admit that the theory is deeply flawed and fundamentally unprovable.

IF atheists could be intellectually honest and objectively study the Theory of Evolution and the Bible, they would finally begin to see the truth. Regrettably, this kind of objectivity is very unlikely. Everyone has their pet biases. Unbelievers will accuse me of being equally biased; but this is not so! Unlike 99.9% of the populace, who are satisfied to get their knowledge second-hand from 'experts,' I have put in the time, the effort, to STUDY the competing theories put forth to explain our reality. I abandoned 'organized religion' when my research convinced me it was a humanly-devised mental cage and spiritual dead-end. So, please, don't bother to accuse me of the same crime you are guilty of!

It's a shame then, to consider that so many modern, progressive, educated people have embraced a bankrupt ideology, and rejected the faith that promises a treasure that no earthly program can ever deliver. God is allowing all this inhumanity to occur to give a chance to the deluded atheists to see the clash of evil versus good being played out in our midst (and reaching its climax in these 'end-times') and to come to their senses and choose the good/God.

The irony is plain and lamentable: these proud atheists are too clever by a half-- just smart enough to make a choice, but not intelligent enough to make it a truly 'informed choice.' How clever is that? But try to convince these know-it-alls. They have their talking points pre-arranged, and no logic will dislodge their obstinacy. However, IF a sincere atheist should grasp what I'm saying here, and take on the challenge of honestly examining the claims of the Christian scriptures (the New Testament) versus the Theory of Evolution, I would be pleased to dialog with them.

Consider-- this is not a trivial challenge! After all, if the claims of Christianity are true, your life everlasting is at stake. I do not believe that non-believers will burn in Hell (which is a non-biblical, satanic doctrine); rather, their present materialistic life ends with no chance to move up to the next level of existence. But why miss out on eternity because you were too mentally lethargic to look into the details? Framed in this light, perhaps even a staunch atheist might dare to do the homework before feeling complete confidence in their philosophical position.

So, what do you say, atheists... ready to be honest, and take up the 'God challenge?' If so, take my advice and start right away; there's not a lot of time left!


Re the Theory of Evolution

Without knowing the latest on the subject of biology, there are still logical questions that can be posed to the theory.
- If all species resulted from the evolution of simple cells, and are continually evolving, then...
why do biologists confidently declare that certain species (e.g. the coelacanth; crocodiles) 'haven't changed in 65 million years?' That makes no sense; surely, either the species are evolving or they're not! Why would some just stop?
- Note that just because it's possible to arrange species on a conceptual tree diagram, it does not imply causation! i.e. There are various explanations that would account for apparent homomorphisms among selected species.
The very fact that the species alive today can be neatly classified on the 'taxonomic tree' shows that there are no intermediate hybrids as you would expect to see if all species were continually evolving.
Moreover, even the 'fossil record' provides no evidence of incremental steps within species.
- What the public knows about Evolution largely comes from journalists who are paraphrasing the scientists. They rarely tell us that any serious expert can recite fundamental flaws in the Theory of Evolution that makes them uneasy, and that they overlook in embracing the dogma. Some even admit that they only adhere to Evolution in order to avoid the alternative-- religion.
- The notion that the juxtaposition of essential chemicals in a 'primordial soup,' and subjected to lightning or such factors, could result in a living functional cell is ludicrous! Even the 'simplest cell' is incredibly complex when the microscopic details and functions are examined.
- A vital mechanism advanced as responsible for achieving evolution is 'survival of the fittest,' which even Darwin admitted as highly problematic. Again, the journalists don't tell us about the deficiencies of this indispensable aspect of the Theory.
- Another vital fundament of the Theory is the idea that evolution spontaneously occurs given the passage of sufficient eons of 'undisturbed time' ('uniformitarianism'). Yet the geologic and fossil record shows that the Earth has undergone numerous cataclysms over the ages, which would have disrupted numerous 'evolutionary trends.'

Re 'religion' etc.

Atheists-- you are right in rejecting organized religions, the myriad of churches, temples, synagogues, and mosques that keep their flocks in bondage to dubious doctrines, and hierarchical strictures. BUT, in rejecting the outward face of religion, unbelievers reject the underlying basis which is where the value exists. Skeptics think that churches reflect the reality of Christian faith; unfortunately, that is not the case. Most church-goers share something strikingly in common with atheists-- they seldom study the scriptures! If they did, they would be far less inclined to be sheep in the fold.

This essay is not intended to be an apologetic for religion or Christianity; the intent is to challenge atheists to examine their beliefs after some honest, basic study of the subjects involved. There are several essays on this blog that (I contend) provide proof of my claims of the consistency and prescience of the Bible.

One portion of scripture in particular that demonstrates the validity of the New Testament is found in the gospel of John, in chapters 13-17, which is his account of Jesus' last supper with his close disciples before his death. In this section, Jesus is recorded making numerous statements of a spiritual nature that you will not find in any other literature. Jesus says things that are so profound and unprecedented that 'you couldn't make this stuff up!' No one has ever made similar claims/statements; no one could have faked those words, they're beyond the human imagination.

In the realm of prophecy, to anyone who puts in the effort, the 'apocalyptic' prophecies of Daniel (ch. 2, 7-12), Jesus (Matt 24), and John (Revelation) are all unfolding in our very times! But if you simply accept, second-hand, the scoffing of the critics without investigating for yourself, then you will completely miss their relevance to our era... and to your life.