February 12, 2011

On the Origin of More Silliness

"A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question." 
— Charles Darwin

In honour of Papa Darwin's birthday, my current profile icon is Piltdown Man. Remember hearing about him? He was a big deal in his day, a strong "missing link" between you and your evolutionary past. Except that he was a fraud, a fake from the gullible scientific community, and fooled people who should have known better for decades. Anyway, Darwin is that failed, backslidden theology student who gave atheism a pretense at respectability. Who needs God when we evolved over huge periods of time through the blind, gibbering mad god of Chance?

Now, the passionately religious orthodox evolutionists  deny that there is any evidence contrary to their claims, except from idiot graduates from Billy Bob's Backwoods Bible Baptist Church and Seminary and Creation Science School. Problem is, there are credentialed scientists who do disagree with evolution. And they get blackballed. You can find out about that here and here. Believe in God? Lose your job! Obviously, the pious believers in evolutionism do not believe that quote from their own founder. Where is the fair and balanced opportunity to show evidence against evolution? Academically, it's the voice of Jeff Dunham's Achmed the Dead Terrorist: "I keel you!"

"You people hate science! Evolution is a fact!"

Let me ask you a question, Skippy. How does your passionate devotion to the cup and wafer of Darwinism help you in your calculation of rocket trajectories, chemical imbalances in the brain, robotics used in war zones? No, don't bother to answer, because I already know: It doesn't help! Types like you equate practical technology with your other religion, scientism. That's the belief in science at all costs.

So, happy birthday, Darwin. See you on Judgment Day. As for the rest of you, there's still time to evaluate your fanatical devotion to the ever-changing whims of man-made "science" (read: philosophies). Your failed religion of atheism does not garner much respectability. Especially since evolutionists are abandoning orthodox Darwinism. Of course, you can continue to pretend to be not silly, despite the contrary evidence. I applaud your devotion.

January 25, 2011

Like I Said, THEY Make the Rules

The rules of the game

As the ‘rules’ of science are now defined, creation is forbidden as a conclusion—even if true.

‘Creationism isn’t science.’ 

‘They don’t understand the rules of what science is,
or they deliberately ignore them.’ 

Comments such as these flow readily from the pens of the many critics of the modern creationist movement. Why are such comments so widely and passionately believed? I believe that the only rule creationists are ‘breaking’ is one which cannot be said to properly belong to a scientific inquiry into origins, and which effectively imposes a religious dogma upon science.

Read the rest of this article here.

January 23, 2011

Reverse Presuppositional Apologetics

Buona sera. First, a bit of business to take care of. An atheist troll keeps bugging me about the Photoshop "Crocoduck" picture that I had up for a while.

"What does it mean, Cowboy Bob?"

It's something that some of us who are Creationists mention. Since there are no examples of transitional forms between species in the fossil record, the crocoduck is an illustration of that point — if evolution were true, you'd see change of this nature all the time.

Can we move on, now?

Did the big words in the title scare you? Don't let them. According to Matt Slick of CARM, "A Christian presuppositionalist presupposes God's existence and argues from that perspective to show the validity of Christian theism. This position also presupposes the truth of the Christian Scriptures and relies on the validity and power of the gospel to change lives (Rom. 1:16)." Essentially, I see it as, "Let's assume for this discussion that God exists", and build on that notion. The approach of presuppositional apologetics is used in the Bible. Theologian Cornelius Van Til helped revive the approach. Others followed, including Greg Bahnsen and Gordon Clark. There is no "one school" of presuppositional apologetics.

"That's not fair, Cowboy Bob! It's an unfair advantage!"

You think so, huh? Well, guess what? Nobody is unbiased. Yes, I've said it before, and I will keep saying it. Nobody leaves their biases or presuppositions at the door. One scientist can have a fossil of a trilobite and say, "This is a simpler life form in the geologic column. More advanced life forms evolved later." Another scientist can see the same trilobite fossil and say, "This is evidence of a global flood where billions of creatures were buried in what became rock layers, laid down by water all over the earth." Each scientist will want evidence to support his or her interpretations and presuppositions, but the only fact is that it is a trilobite fossil.

Atheists loathe the Christian approach of presuppositional apologetics. When it comes to discussing the existence of God, the validity of the Bible, ethics and morality — we are supposed to use their rules, their playing field — and their presuppositions. 

"What are the atheists' presuppositions, Cowboy Bob?"

Everything is materialistic (discernible to the five accepted senses); most things can be tested and measured. Evolution is an established fact. Any appeal to the supernatural, including God, spirits, angels &c. is streng verboten.  Also, terms must be carefully defined, because modern atheists love to twist words and definitions in their efforts to trap and mock their opponents. 

This also applies to the rules of logic, as atheists like Norman and many others like to skip over the rules of logical discussion, create their own reality (which would require the existence of Godlike powers, thus defeating their own arguments) and simply play word games instead of having a rational discussion.  One desperate move is done by atheists like Norman, who will indicate that my statements are invalid because I use Christian and Conservative sources. You really have to watch yourself with those types!

I still say that mature atheists who actually want to have a discussion should be embarrassed by the childish antics of their non-believing brethren. But never mind about that now.

However, some of us do not buy into the idea that atheists should have the monopoly and the "right" to control the discussion, make the rules and have a de facto advantage.  My belief is that atheists want to hold all the advantages, and to engage in a discussion where they have to set aside their own presuppositions is unthinkable to them. After all, their position is logically and intellectually weak, so to give up their advantages is frightening to them, capice?

January 20, 2011

Land of Imagery

Buona sera. Tough call today. Do I discuss the effects of entropy on unstable radioactive isotopes, and then move on to point out that the Second Law of Thermodynamics applies to both open and closed systems — or do I show another picture from Farmville?

Yeah, let's do the fun stuff.

I don't have a photo editor available at this computer, so I'll just give you some verbal discussions. This thing is full of symbolism. Perhaps people will be tempted to find some where it does not exist (there's a Cat Corral next to the villa on the left), but some things are placed for fun, or for convenience. You'll need to click on it for larger image, using your right-click and "Open in New Tab" or "Open in New Window". No, Norman. Right click. Your other right...

First, the big image: A cross. At the bottom is a gate in the hedge, and the gate is open. That means there is room for you at the foot of the cross. Near the center of the crop stuff is a lighthouse. Next to that is a sign, and my Farmville neighbors can see it, referring to Matt. 5.16 ESV: "Let your light shine before others". Near the lighthouse is the farmer character, which I call "Mini Me". He starts out there every time I go to Farmville, so he's not a part of the symbolism. Not on purpose, anyway. By one arm of the cross is a well (John 4.14). There are sheep near the cross (John 10.14-16). One of the sheep is "educated", and has a sign referring to Proverbs 1.7. Above the right arm is a fig tree, the subject of several references. At the upper left of the cross is a lamp post. Not a direct Biblical reference, but some people "get it". (Hint: "Is he safe?" Write if you really want to know.)

Outside the fence is a grove of olive trees, symbolizing Gethsemane. The ponds and things have nothing to do with symbolism. At the center of the bottom, partially obscured by the greened-out box is a schoolhouse. There's a sign next to that that says something like, "We home school. Welcome to Jesus Freak Church of Farmville".

I had big plans, wanting to put the cross in the center and do other stuff on the sides, but Mini Me would be on the cross, and that would look too tacky. So everything was thrown off. Still, I made my point. And I have some ideas to make it interesting for Resurrection Sunday...

January 15, 2011

False Christians (plus a scam)

Perhaps you'll think before you say that God is dead and gone
Open your eyes, just realize that he's the one
The only one who can save you now from all this sin and hate
Or will you still jeer at all you hear? Yes! I think it's too late. 
"After Forever" by Black Sabbath

Edited to remove distracting links and unnecessary verbage, Sat, 15 Jan 2011

Buon giorno. I have two sections to this article. Stick around and you'll learn something.

"Got an attitude today, Cowboy Azriel?"

You betcha. But then, that's one reason people come here, don'tcha know.

I have been reading and hearing about false Christians. There are three schools of thought of which I am aware:
  • People who made a profession of faith (and possibly still consider themselves Christian), but fell away and live like nothing ever changed for them. They were probably never actually saved, but simply had an emotional event.
  • Backsliders, or "carnal Christians" (Rom. 8.6 KJV) who said that they committed themselves to Christ but drifted (like I did for about fifteen years). These, too, may or may not refer to themselves as Christians.
  • People who are active in their church or religion, but have never actually committed themselves to Jesus. They are condemned and do not know it because they are unlikely to hear the actual message of salvation. This is similar to saying, "America is a Christian nation", but people are Christian in name only, and not actual followers of Jesus.
OK, enough background. One point that I want to nail into your head is that just because someone calls himself a Christian does not mean he really is one. I've read comments by anti-theists who say that Hitler was a Christian. Oh, please! How dumb can you get? Matt. 7.16.

Now tell me, since Black Sabbath did some songs with Christian themes, does that make them a Christian band?  When I was about twelve years old, I wanted to believe that. "After Forever" had a strong message. Added to that, "Lord of this World" took the point of view of Satan singing to the listener, including this message:
Your world was made for you by someone above
But you choose evil ways instead of love.
You made me master of the world where you exist
The soul I took from you was not even missed.
What more could a wishful-thinking young teenager ask? Of course, I was very disappointed when their next album had lyrics like "don't need no religion". I tried to make excuses in my mind, but failed. Anyone listening to the Black Sabbath live reunion album would not be able to even pretend that Ozzy is a Christian, what with all of the strong profanities.

OK, time to move on from Ozzy and company.

I received this in my e-mail from "Evangelist", about "your friend (Evangelist) in India". While I have made contributions, I do not have direct friends that are evangelists in India. It said:

Hope you are doing well and our warm greetings to you in the mighty name of Jesus Christ to you and your family. Now I bring to your kind notice that we have the 50 orphans and 40 widows in our place so I have been praying and hoping in God that I do something (to present new clothes and supply of food on the Christmas day) for them to the Christmas so it allows me to share the love of God with these beloved ones for this we need 500 $.(Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:7).  I kindly requesting you if possible please do help us to purchase the clothes and food items for the widows and the orphans. I need your help. Kindly please loan me 500 $ urgently to help us to purchase them.
 I will appreciate any amount you can quickly arrange and send to me via Western Union with the details below.

Name:     George. Velpula
Address: Evangelist
   Krishna District
   Andhra Pradesh-521185
 Please remember to send me full details of the transfer or scanned copy of the transfer receipt so that I can get he money here without any delay or problem.
Waiting for your kind reply
Thanking you
In Christ

Happy Christmas and Blessed New Year in Advance.
Uh, sure, Bubbles. The check is in the mail. Again, you know them by the lives they lead: Matthew 7.16.

Now, briefly, I will mention another point about "false Christians". Sometimes, it is a buzzword for atheists to use whenever they can find a fault (real or imagined) in someone that they have targeted. (I have been called something along those lines by an atheist before I had recommitted my life to Christ, and was making no pretense at being a Christian!) While it is true that you can know people by the lives they lead, it is irrational, illogical and just plain ridiculous to expect people to live up to some arbitrary standard. In the case of an obstreperous atheist, it is impossible to be "good enough". Especially since us Xtians is people, too. Even if we were perfect, we would not be good enough in the minds of some people.

The same goes for judgmental Christians, too! I'm going to do an article on the "Soldier" Weblog on this, but essentially: Just because someone does not live up to your standards, and is not as "holy" as you are, does not mean he or she is not a real Christian. We have different levels of growth, and we also make mistakes. Or, you could even be wrong about a requirement that you expect! As I stated above, Christians are people, too.

So, are you understanding what I am trying to say? Yes, there are false Christians in the world. They are pretty much "used to be" or "never was" (1 John 2.19) types, and their lives (and speech, Luke 6.45) are strong indicators of their spiritual status. Also, just because someone does not live up to a standard that someone has in their mind to judge over every little thing does not mean someone is a "false" Christian, capice? It is worth noting, however, if you call yourself a Christian and your priorities and affections are misplaced, perhaps you have a great deal of compromise in your life, you should examine yourself (2 Cor. 13.5). Perhaps you are not actually a follower of Jesus? You had better attend to that matter (Matt. 7.21-23)!

And now, for your listening pleasure, is a Christian metal band's remake of "After Forever":
After Forever by Deliverance on Grooveshark

"Deliverance", from the 1991 album What a Joke.

January 12, 2011

Changing Lives Again

In a previous post, I said that God is in the business of changing lives. When we humble ourselves and admit that we have sinned against a holy and righteous God (Rom. 3.23, Rom. 6.23), that we have a terrible destination awaiting us and ask Jesus to be Lord of our lives, we are changed (2 Cor. 5.17). When you are born again, it is instantaneous. No rituals, no magisterium, no earning it or keeping it by our own works. It is by faith alone (Eph. 2.8-9). Jesus paid our penalty on the cross (Gal. 2.20), and we have to receive him as our savior.

That is the short version. We are sinners until we become God's property and he changes us. Yes, we are changed instantly, but the process of growing in Christ is lifelong because we do not become perfect instantly.

But God continues to work in our lives. He does not solve all our problems (Jesus is not a cosmic bandage), but he is with us during them. Nobody has to be alone anymore.

In that other post, you saw John Schlitt's testimony of how he was a singer in the band Head East. He was such a junkie, that he was kicked out of the band and almost lost his marriage. After he gave his life to Jesus, things turned around for him. In fact, he was done with music. God had other plans, and he became the lead singer for the Christian rock band Petra.

Christians are the ones doing the "heavy lifting" when there are disasters (atheists have nothing to offer, and are doing nothing but criticizing Christians, and the cults of false "Christians" are not exactly doing much, either). Here is an example of what God's people are doing:
Haiti’s earthquake triggered a wave of international relief. More than 230,000 people died in the Jan. 12 quake. A million were left homeless. But thousands were spared because brave Christians ventured into the disaster zone to bring food, medicine and clothing, and to rebuild orphanages, clinics, churches and schools. Many relief agencies and churches are still working there to transform the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Compassion is alive and well.
Let's face it, people do not do things for other people on their own. At least, not large-scale and for extended periods of time. It's not natural. So, when the supernatural happens and God directs people's lives, good things happen.

In his broadcast "Let My People Think", Apologist Ravi Zacharias told an interesting story that happened in Colombia. I hope you can spare just over four minutes and hear it (original source here):

God can change your life as well, if you'll let him. All you have to do is repent of your sins, receive Jesus as the Lord of your life by faith alone and let God lead you. You can become a new person.

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