Monday, November 3, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
On November 4th, Californians again will vote on whether to keep marriage defined between one man and one woman. If Prop. 8 fails, California will follow the State of Connecticut granting gay couples (plural) the right (singular) to marry. And my question is this, I thought state constitutions granted rights to individuals and not couples? Does any state constitution give “couples” a right to do anything? I'm no law expert by any means so please educate me.
However, I believe those that wish Prop. 8 to fail (a "NO" vote), the basis then of demanding that every "couple" be given the same right to marry is a loaded one. How could they possibly believe that a prohibition on SAME-FAMILY marriage or poligamy be constitutional?
And in regards to marriage rights, where in the Constitution--state or federal-- guarantees the right for everyone to marry anyone? Doesn't it only guarantee that the definition of marriage decided on by the people, will be applied to every person equally? The "Seperate but Not Equal" term (Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka May 17, 1954) is totally irrelavant in this case of Same-Sex Marriage. The color of skin you were born with does not compare to one's choice of sexual orientation. There isn't enough scientific data to prove it either. But let's leave that topic for another day.
So, where does this "right to marry" come from? To quote from William J Federer, on his article, "Three Secular Reasons Why America Should be Under God", he makes the following points,
"Why is marriage so significant in the eye of the individual and the state? These ideas have origins. And they just didn’t pop into existence when the Constitution of the United States was drafted. Let’s go back a bit further, the Declaration states "all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights... That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men." In other words, rights come from God and government's job is to protect your rights. In his Inaugural Address, 1961, President John F. Kennedy put it this way: "The rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God." But if there is no God, where can the rights come from except from the "generosity of the State." The State, then, becomes the new god. And what the State "giveth," the State can "taketh awayeth."And to add, Christians in favor of marriage rights for same-sex couples, really need to read their copy of the scriptures. Specifically the following scripture, 1 Corinthians 6:9,
"Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders,".Bigotry? Intolerance, by all means no! For one, on the surface, it's a matter of survival. As Justice Peter T. Zarella, a Conneticut judge who was in the minority in recent 4-to-3 decision, suggested in his dissenting opinion, “The ancient definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman has its basis in biology, not bigotry,"
What do you say? Thank you for reading. God bless. (Excuse any grammatical errors. It's late here on the West Coast!)
Continuing with the topic of
IDENTIFYING THE TIME: "THIS GENERATION" (Matt 24:1-34)Gary DeMar writes in "Is Jesus Coming Soon?" page 20, "Like all of Scripture, Matthew 24 cannot be understood fully without surveying it's context which flows from chapter 23." He continues, "Furthermore, the prophetic words Jesus spoke in chapter 24 are directly related to the events describe in chapter 23". Just to note, this is how Matt 24:34 reads using the ESV translation,
"Truly, I say to you, [His Disciples] this generation will not pass away until all these things take place." ("things": temple destruction, signs leading up to the end of the age [of old covenant], persecution, etc.)And this is the way traditional evangelical dispensational churches read Matt 24:34,
"THE generation that 'sees' these things will not pass till all is fulfilled."
"This is not the plain and literal reading of the text."
And to add, many of my pre-trib, dispensational brothers like to quote this fortune-cookie theology,
"If the literal sense makes good sense, seek no other sense lest you come up with nonsense."I then ask them, "Then why don't you apply that to your own literal reading of the Scriptures? Especially when it comes to Matthew 24, Ezekiel 38 & 39."
Let scripture interpret scripture. What do you say? Thanks for reading. God Bless.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Getting back to the subject of the book, "Is Jesus Coming Soon?" by Gary DeMar, he asserts what many in the church assume in Matthew 24 1-34 about "End Times", especially Dispensationalists. On page 20 it begins, "Chapt 24 begins with, 'Jesus came out from the temple and was going away when His disciples came up to point out the temple building to Him' (24:1). So then, the 'house' that would be left 'desolate' was the first-century temple that had been rebuilt under the direction of Herod the Great."
- Page 21 continues, "Truly I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation (23:36). Jesus and His disciples were discussing questions related to the time and signs of Jerusalem's destruction since that was the topic of discussion."
- "Truly I say to you, all these things will com upon this generation." (23:36)
- "Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place (24:34)
Lastly, on page 23, Mr. DeMar asserts, "Dispensationalists do not believe that the phrase 'this generation' refers to the generation to whom Jesus was speaking but rather to some future generation. There are a number of problems with this position."
I will list those in future posts. Stay tuned!
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
And I'm encouraged to hear that ALL 50 Governors issued National Day of Prayer Proclamations. Proclamations publicly acknowledge there is a day designated for Americans to unite in prayer. Each state’s proclamation and constitution will be read during a prayer event at each state capitol.
What is Prayer? Prayer is the practice of the presence of God. It is the place where pride is abandoned, hope is lifted, and supplication is made. Prayer is the place of admitting our need, of adopting humility, and claiming dependence upon God.
James 4:8 says, "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you." "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus," (Phil. 4:6-7).
Pray for your country and our service men and women overseas. No matter what our political stance is, I'm sure they'll appreciate your prayers today, tomorrow and further in the future should the Lord tarry. Also, pray for our upcoming election. Know this, whomever wins the office of our American Presidency, God has already ordained it (Romans 13).
Sunday, April 27, 2008
"Why doesn't soon mean soon when Jesus promised to return before that first-century generation passed away nearly 2000 years ago (Matt 24:34)? When the Bible uses words like 'near,' 'shortly,' 'quickly,' and 'at hand,' they refer to times and events that are proximate to that contemporary audience." (page 2)
Even the controversial philosopher, and atheist, Princeton professor Peter Singer, asserted in a recent debate* vs Dinesh D'souza (Is God Great?), said something to the fact that Jesus Christ seemed to have made false prophecies. That, according to Matt 24, He promised His own disciples that He was coming back soon..."And He never did".
Sounds like Professor Singer has taken the traditional dispensational interpretation of Matthew 24 that has saturated most evangelical churches instead of the actual Biblical view. D'souza could of corrected him on this issue, but he had to unfortunately stick with his apologetic approach of "I'm going to reason logically without the use of the Bible"; clearly biblical humanism, but that is a post for another day.
*April 25th, 2008, "Is God Great" debate vs Dinesh D'Souza at BIOLA University
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
In anticipation of the movie opening of Ben Stein's "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed", this Friday, many atheists and humanists in the academia mafia and blogland are defending the sacred cow of Evolution. They are outraged, angered, and disgusted that such a movie is getting so much ballyhoo. What nerve people have to question the white coat wearing smug priests of today, Secular Scientists. French Philosopher and former Jesuit Priest, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, asserted, "that even if all the specific content of the evolutionary explanation of life were to be demolished, evolution would still have to be taken as our fundamental vision; defenders of evolution, must never let themselves be detected into secondary discussions of the scientific 'hows' and the metaphysical 'whys. The Vision of the Past, trans. J.M. Cohen (New York: Harper and Row, 1967), p. 123 (italics added). In other words, evolution says, "you dare not have any other gods in before me." Philosopher, W.T. Jones, a non-christian, said that scientists had "elevated Darwinism to the level of a religious dogma." It takes a lot of faith to believe in evolution which asserts everything you see in nature today came from nothing. As a Christian, I believe there is a God who created the universe. Evolution is a religion not science. Romans 1:22, 23 states, "Claiming to be wise, they [unbelievers] became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things." (ESV).
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
“Ok class, does anyone know why big secular science finds this upcoming movie so intimidating? Anyone? Anyone?"
SCIENCE TEACHER: "American school science curricula introduced the theory of ...anyone? anyone? the theory of Evolution as early as... anyone?... the 1840s. “Old earth” opinions from the, anyone? ... the European scientific community led many American writers to advance long-age views of geology in school textbooks. However, even when this was done, most writers made the extra effort to harmonize the long time periods with the biblical account of creation. The...anyone? anyone know what book?...the Bible was still applicable to all subjects, but now it was not to be taken literally in all cases. With the popularization of...anyone?... biological macroevolution by, anyone?...anyone know who the father of evolution is? Anyone?...Darwin’s Origin of Species, American textbook authors had mixed responses. Some accepted Darwin’s hypothesis readily; others rejected it outright. According to historian Edward...anyone? Lar——son, by the 1890s and 1900s, ...anyone know what theory?, the theory of evolution was thoroughly embedded in the science curricula and treated as...anyone? anyone?...fact." (source: Answers In Genesis. The "anyone? anyone?" phrase was added for humor- Phrase made popular from Ben Stein's role in Ferris Buhler's Day Off .)
Fast forward to today, sadly, if a public school science teacher questions Darwinism, he or she will be in danger of being EXPELLED! So why is the Academia Mafia community so up in arms about this movie?
Monday, April 7, 2008
Back on March 2nd, 2008, I posted a blog entitled, "How do you intend to answer the problem of good in a world without God?" Dr. Dennet was also featured in that article.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
If Christians assert that morality can’t come from an atheist universe, then they must explain why God allows slavery in the Bible.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Monday, March 31, 2008
Don't get too excited my biblically ignorant atheist friends...actually, in context, this is how it reads, "The fool says in his heart, 'There is no God.' They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good." Psalm 14:1. Today is April Fools Day or as I like to call it, National Atheist Day. Actually, I will be extending this day for this first week of April, and declare it National Atheist Week by posting blogs about "The fools..." The Bible is not name-calling here, but describing what Atheists really are. And what is that? That atheists are mentally dull. By rejecting God, atheists are reduced to absurdity in their reasoning because they cannot make sense out of the world in which they live; which includes morality, rationality, science, human dignity, and more. Atheists refuse to take what is obvious to everybody and draw out the conclusions and worship Him. Romans Chapter 1:18-22 confirms this because the atheists refuse to acknowledge God, their reasoning becomes futile. In this next week, I will be directing you to great articles about the foolishness of atheism and the arguments they love to press and...avoid.
Today's great article is entitled, "Why Atheism Fails: The Four Big Bangs", by Frank Pastore, Christian talk show radio host and former Major League Baseball pitcher.
Here are his Four Big Bangs:
- The Cosmological (the universe “just popped” into existence out of nothingness).
- The Biological (life “just popped” into existence out of a dead thing)
- The Psychological (mind “just popped” into existence out of a brain)
- and the Moral (morality “just popped” into existence out of amorality).
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
With the recent "milestone", as the NY Times calls it, of 4000 U.S. deaths of our beloved soldiers in IRAQ, I wanted to take this opportunity to make the Nation aware of the hypocrisy living within the Political Left regarding the war. By no means am I downplaying this tragic death toll of American Soldiers in IRAQ. One American loss in any war is one too many. My brother is a Veteran who is against the war, and my nephew, his son, served in IRAQ for two years, is for the war. He is now home. He wishes he could go back and help his fellow "brothers in the war" to finish the job. However, to say that 4000 American deaths is an atrocity and on the other hand sweep under the carpet 1.2 million American deaths each year is extremely wicked! The hypocrisy is that Liberals cry and moan about the deaths of Americans in other countries, but fail to see American Holocaust going on in their own backyard.
Here are some Abortion facts;
- Total number of abortions in the U.S. since 1973: 48 million +
- Abortions per year: 1,200,000
- Abortions per day: 3,288
- Abortions per hour: 137
- 9 abortions every 4 minutes
- 1 abortion every 26 seconds
More stats about Abortion here.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
American Vison's President, Gary DeMar has posted on his website an excellent series on "The Resurrection of Christ; Hoax or History?" Here are the topics he's covering;
- Part 1 (March 14): Introduction and Scriptural account
- Part 2 (March 19): Refuting poorly constructed theories concocted to explain away the resurrection
- The Theft Theory (The Jews or Romans stole the body)
- The Wrong Tomb Theory
- The Legend Theory
- Part 3 (March 20): Refuting poorly constructed theories concocted to explain away the resurrection continued...
- The Swoon Theory (Jesus never actually died and was simply resuscitated.)
- The Hallucination Theory (The people who claimed to be witnesses of Christ's resurrection simply had hallucinations.)
- The "Contradictory Gospel Accounts" Theory
- Part 4 (March 21): How the Resurrection of Jesus Christ Changed the World (link not available yet as of 3/20/08).
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
The Centers for Disease Control ( ) released a study today stating that one in four teen girls in the U.S. has a sexually transmitted infection. That's approximately over 3 million teenage girls in the US. What's worse is that side effects of STI are not known until it's too late...and many teen girls won't even know they are carriers of such disease.
Of course, the "Abstinence Only" promoters are not only asked to go to the back of the bus, but nowadays, are not even allowed on the bus.
I pondered, "What is causing this drastic rise in sexual activity with our teen girls?" There are many factors that could be responsible for this, fatherless homes, uneducated about risks of sexually transmitted diseases, and others. However, I want to focus on one; Today's choice of entertainment for our youth. Specifically, music. I went to Billboards Singles Chart Top 10 website. I've listed three of the top 10 songs below with some of their lyrics:
"If you didn’t know, you’re the only thing that’s on my mind
Cuz the way I'm staring miss you got me wantin to give it to you all night."
—Lyrics: Usher - Love In This Club lyrics
"Hey lil mama, ooh you're a stunner
Hot little figure, yes you a winner, and
I'm so glad to be yours." Chris Brown - With You lyrics
"Hey, dime piece girl turned to Internet hottie
Little mama got that top model body." Flo Rida Elevator Lyrics
Featuring: Timbaland Lyrics
Many of these songs make Prince's "Little Red Corvette" sound like a children's story time book. Promiscuity abounds is an understatement.
READ MORE HERE http://www.citizenlink.org/CLtopstories/A000006762.cfm
CDC Press Release Here http://www.cdc.gov/stdconference/2008/media/release-11march2008.htm
Thursday, March 6, 2008
A state appeals court on 2/29/08 has decided California parents without teaching credentials do not have a right to home-school their children. I'm not a lawyer, but as I understand it, this ruling will go into effect 30 days after the decision. And I doubt that it will be enforced. The homeschool community, which I am part of, will not allow this biased decision to go into law without a fight. Saying that a parent needs to hold a teaching credential is a red herring. It's a militant way for the education mafia to take thought control of a captive audience....OUR KIDS! Again, the strong secularist arm uses the liberal court system and not by a vote of the people to get what they want.
I don't understand it. A rich country like the USA has some of the highest dropout rates of high school students and high literacy rates. Some HS graduates can't even read or fill out an job application or write a blog ;) and they were taught by credentialed teachers? Obviously, there's something bigger going on here. Stay tuned.
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Today, I saw this interesting article online entitled, "The problem of good almost insoluble for the atheist." In that article reads the following quote,
To add, last week, my Sophomore son brought home a magazine entitled, "Skeptical Inquirer March/April 2007" from his public high school chemistry class. He said, "Dad, look what your tax dollars are buying." Which I found surprisingly funny. So, the next day, I read through most of the articles. However, one caught my eye more than the others. It's was an article written by Daniel C. Dennent entitled, "Thank Goodness!" Briefly, his whole article was about how he had to undergo harrowing emergency heart surgery and how he rejoiced at his successful surgery by "Thanking Goodness" instead of thanking God. Then I said to myself, "Thank Goodness?" Could a naturalists, a materialist be thanking something unnatural? Something immaterial? To help me answer these questions, I turned to my favorite online radio show, Unchained Radio on Saturday (3/02/08). I called into the show and asked Pastor Gene, the same question posed above by the Presbyterian pastor, "How does an atheist account for the problem of good in this world according to their worldview?"
To hear the show and Pastor Gene's brilliant refutation of Dr. Dennet's problem of "Thanking Goodness", click here. My question is approx. 29 min into the show.
Oh, and to add, Skeptical Inquirer, at least that edition my son brought home to read, really does confirm what the Apostle Paul says in Romans 1:18-25 . Not only that, Skeptical Inquirer is as captivating as a public school bathroom.
Friday, February 29, 2008
I found an interesting podcast today and heard the following statement, "According to Science, Pluto needs 200 some odd years to orbit around the Sun. We haven't even known about Pluto that long in Science so how do we know that or that it will ever will orbit the sun? We don't know... but we have the math, the science and the evidence that confirms this former planet is conforming to the laws of gravity, the laws of physics that govern the universe that are consistently reliable. It's not like science stops working on occasion. There is a reason why there is no documentation for a miracle because these are violations of natural laws. They just don't happen." —Matt Dillahunt, The Atheist Experience Podcast.
I turned to my fellow brother in the battle, SouldeSaenz and emailed him to ask him how many contradictions and refutations he can find in the quote. I found his response brilliant! Here it is:
Next, his evidences are not proofs of it happening. Just because you have evidence or rather, data, that is not proof of anything. What kind of data do you have regarding Pluto anyway? It's mass? It's position in Space? What is that proof of? That says noting about it's orbit of the Sun.
Finally and this is the biggy, on what basis can this clown even begin to make an assertion as to Natural laws? [They are] are immaterial, universal, abstracts. How can these materialist who hold to the creation of the universe through material means account for the immaterial? Why does he commit a category error in assuming that miracles are proven by the same means as the orbit of a planet around the Sun. This is what Dr. Greg Bahnsen called the "crackers in the pantry error". One does not prove that there are crackers in the pantry by the scientific method just as you do not prove the validity of miracles by whatever means he claims are invalid. He also never demonstrated that miracles violate natural law. How does Jesus curing a blind man a violation of natural? Which law of nature does that violate?
Lastly, there is plenty of documentation of miracles—it's called the Bible! In the end, he is left with the being guilty of what he himself is accusing the Christian of! There is no proof that Pluto orbits the Sun, only evidence that it may.
Well put my brotha! And may I add, doesn't the Atheist at some point have to account for the Big Bang? [hypothetically speaking]. Did it happen naturally? If they believe this, how can they know?
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Today, I received a news alert that headlined, "To believe or not to believe, that is the question."
The article was posted on Sacramento State's School newspaper website. It is about how some students plan to create an atheist club on campus. Their purpose, " To debate and challenge theistic assumptions". Below are a few responses I posted to their site from the article. Quotes from the article are in blue.
"'(One goal) is to debate and challenge theistic assumptions,' Owen said."
"Often atheists don't make their feelings known for fear of abuse or attack" said graduate English student Robin Martin."
Well, obviously Mr. Martin has no "fear of abuse or attack" by getting free publicity for club in the school newspaper about making his "feelings known". What type of abuse or attack is he describing here? Getting his feelings hurt or physical pain? Well, unfortunately for Christians, they live in a world of fear, abuse and attacks on their faith. In this post modern society, Christians are often directed to the "back of the bus"...if that—Most of the time, Christians are not even allowed on the bus. Especially in the public square.
'It's essential to inspire people to think and question the historical and present inconsistencies, violence, and exclusivity of theism and to educate through public speaking, printed materials, and creative events..' said Rebekah Hall, a prospective graduate English student. "
Apparently, Ms Hall makes the assertion of "historical and present inconsistencies" but fails to mention any. And implying that religion is responsible for violence is empirically false. It's obvious Ms Hall has been asleep at the wheel of her history studies there at Sac State.
Yes. There have been many atrocities in the name of religion. To be specific, Christianity. A blight on Christianity? Certainty. Something wrong? Dismally wrong. A tragedy? Of course. Millions and millions of people killed? No. The numbers are tragic, but pale in comparison to the statistics of what the ideology of non-religion criminals have committed. Go to your library there at Sac State and look up, ""Crimes: Mass Killings." There, you'll find names like Mao Tse Tung, Lenin and Stalin and Khrushchev. These men certainly weren't practicing theologians.
My point is not that Christians or religious people aren't vulnerable to committing terrible crimes. Certainly they are. But it is not religion that produces these things; it is the denial of Biblical religion that generally leads to these kinds of things. The statistics that are the result of irreligious genocide stagger the imagination.
"Lopez, a senior English major, said she wants "to talk to people about being an atheist and to get them to see that an atheist isn't something bad or something that has a negative connotation."
So what? As an atheist, why should Ms Lopez care about what people think? Again, if she was consistent with her worldview of atheism, she should allow people to think, act, do whatever they want. "Survival of the fittest" right? We're just molecules-in-motion. Is there a greater purpose for you Ms Lopez for proselytizing the students of Sac State?
Once again, we have atheists borrowing from the theists, specifically Christianity to spread their gospel of "good news".
Well, after a few weeks of exhaustive backtracking of lost posts, I must stop and continue on with this blog without some of the past postings. I kept following the links that say, "Can't see your blog? Click here", but unfortunately, they said there was nothing they can do because I cancelled my original email I signed up with. Live and learn I guess. So from time to time, as often as possible, I will be posting again some great questions that are either posed to me or some that I hear in the Public Square (internet, TV, radio, newspaper, academia, etc.) in regards to faith, reason, logic and other aspects that help shape our beliefs and how we look at the world philosophically. But once-in-a-while, I'll go off subject with something else so I won't take myself too seriously ;)