Monthly Archives: November 2015

We have to defend a woman’s right to choose

  “We have to defend a woman’s right to choose.”   Choose what?   To kill their unborn baby. And the madness continues.   “We have to defend a woman’s right to choose.”   The quote above – that would be from Bernie Sanders. As he rails against the man who went on a shooting rampage at a “planned Parenthood” clinic and those who have anything at all against “Planned Parenthood”. Translation of that quote and the scenario – “We have to defend a woman’s right to choose” to kill their unborn babies. The statement above – that would be from Bernie Sanders. As he condemns the man who went on a shooting rampage at a “Planned Parenthood” clinic, condemned those who have anything at all against “Planned Parenthood”, while defending the women who choose to go to that same clinic to murder their unborn babies.   Yes – the madness continues. Why can’t we agree that murder is wrong? It doesn’t matter what the reason is. Murder is murder – and it’s wrong. Ex 20:13 “You shall not murder. In the “Planned Parenthood” cases – both are wrong.   Abortion is wrong.  The people who murder their unborn babies are wrong. […]

Is “Life” Defined By Who Kills It?

  What does it say about us when whether or not someone was alive is defined by how that possible / potential life was terminated?   I just watched the news and saw an attorney argue that when someone murders a pregnant woman, that person should not also be charged with the murder of the unborn baby.  He says this because it’s legal for the woman to terminate the pregnancy – and she would not be charged with murder.  So the person who kills her shouldn’t be charged with murder either. Where does this madness end? Now that assisted suicide is legal in more and more states, does that mean it’s OK to kill anyone in that state who is old / sick / depressed – anyone who may also be considering assisted suicide?  Is the analogy any different? The death penalty in criminal cases can be viewed as legalized murder.  Assisted suicide is much the same in some states – legalized murder.   But abortion doesn’t have that status.  In the case of abortion – proponents argue that the fetus isn’t a person.   On that grounds – one could, from a very legalistic point of view – agree with […]

Were medieval “pocket Bibles” really made from aborted animal tissue?

  Ancient bibles were made from livestock   This is the headline from scienceshot.  In a way, it sounds awful.  But it’s better than what they used to say.  And better still than what some others say. Why is it so hard to just tell the story without bias and lead with what gets pushed to the very end? … suggesting that the thin vellum was a question of time-consuming craftsmanship … Post Views: 10

The Book of Life – And a Book of Death?

  Christians know of the Book of Life.   But what about a Book of Death?  Maybe more correctly a book of the wicked?   Where does this come from – and what is the significance of it?   I was reading a fiction novel last night, and came across something that I had to check out to see if it was for real – “The names of the infidels I meet in this country are listed in the Sijjin. They are destined for hell just as the scroll records,” said Ismad.” — from Enemies Among Us, by Vince Flynn The obvious question – is there really a Sijjin – a book of the wicked?  I’ve been reading and studying the Qur’an and did’t remember seeing this (yet).  It actually there – in Sura 83.   It’s 86th – by order of revelation – so it’s one I haven’t yet reached for my detailed research.  But I was so struck by the fact that it’s said to exist that I didn’t want to wait to at least bring it up. The Book of Life For Christians – the Book of Life has the names of those who will be in Heaven. […]

The problem of registering Muslims – or any group

  Donald Trump Sets Off a Furor With Call to Register Muslims in the U.S.   Sure – it sounds great to some people.  If they don’t think about it too much.  Even a little bit of thought would (should?) bring up all sorts of reasons why it’s not good at all. But then, how many of us actually do what my wife calls “play the movie forward”?  If we did, we’d have to take a hard look at ourselves – but the look may be more than worth the time and effort.   There’s this saying about when you point – some number of fingers point back at yourself.  Some say three.  Others say four, although my thumb isn’t capable of pointing back at me without a great deal of effort.  Either way – the “point” (pun intended) is that there are more fingers pointing back at us than there are pointing at the person to whom we point. Here’s the first part of the article from the New York Times that this story comes from. Under assault from Democrats and Republicans alike, Donald J. Trump on Friday drew back from his call for a mandatory registry of Muslims […]

On This Rock – Part 3 – On This Rock … Build My Church

  The Promised One asked an important question of his inner circle.  You are one of them.  And you got the right answer.  And for that – you get a huge responsibility.  But what does it mean?  Is His message encrypted?  Or is it really as “simple” as it sounds?  Worse yet – there appear to be far reaching implications.  But for who?  Only for you?  Or could they possibly be for everyone?  And is it only for the current time?  Or could it be for hundreds – maybe thousands of years?   So much responsibility – either way.  You have to figure out what this means!   This is Part 2 of a continuing series called On This Rock.  The introduction and prologue can be found here.  It’s the true story of how a great revolutionary leader – the greatest of all time – launched a campaign the likes of which the world had never seen.  And will never see again.  It started with himself – and one man from his inner circle of twelve men.  That one man – Peter.  The revolution is still under way.  Things aren’t looking too good right now.  But the members of this revolution […]

How much do you care?

Islamic Terrorists care so much about what they believe that they are willing to die for it. If you’re a Christian – do you care enough about what you believe that you are willing to share it with friends, loved ones, strangers? Sura 9, Ultimatum (Barã’ah) Quran The Final Testament, translated by Rashad Khalifa, Ph.D. Once the Sacred Months are past, (and they refuse to make peace) you may kill the idol worshipers when you encounter them, punish them, and resist every move they make. If they repent and observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) and give the obligatory charity (Zakat), you shall let them go. GOD is Forgiver, Most Merciful. NIV Translation of the Bible Mt 28:16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded […]

Can the vocabulary of deceit reveal fraudulent studies?

  Do scientific fraudsters have a distinct literary style? They do, suggests a new study from researchers who pay close attention to the vocabulary of deceit. … according to   What is the extent of this deceit? So there are fraudulent studies.  And they can detect them by the words used.  Neither of these is particularly shocking.   But look at the words in the picture above – which was included in the article.  Was this a slip – or was it intentional?   Maybe even an attempt at subliminal influence on the people reading the article? I mean – look at some of those words – angel – one of a class of spiritual beings; a celestial attendant of God. sacred – devoted or dedicated to a deity or to some religious purpose;consecrated. good – morally excellent; virtuous; righteous; pious. shine – to give forth or glow with light; shed or cast light. All of the definitions above are the first ones listed for the word at   Not from a religious or Bible dictionary.  Just an ordinary site that anyone who speaks English would be likely to go to. But let’s look at them – angel – one of a […]

Our Thoughts and Prayers Go Out …

  We hear it a lot – thoughts and prayers going out.  But who do those thoughts and prayers go out to?  And to what end? I’m not writing this to in any way demean or diminish the reason for someone saying this.  I’m writing it because I’m also concerned and care about the person saying it.   One day when I arrived at work on a college campus, I saw someone walking over to a table to join someone who was already there.  It was the first week of classes – and all the fraternities, sororities and clubs were trying to recruit new members.  The person who was already at the table said to the new arrival – “Thank God you’re here!”  Sounds good.  Until I saw they were working the humanist table.  They don’t believe in God.  So who exactly was being thanked? Since then – I often wonder who is being addressed when someone talks about “God”.   This morning I was wondering something similar about this phrase – “my thoughts and prayers go out”. Thoughts “Our thoughts go out”.  To who?  To what end? Thoughts just “going out” aren’t really directed at anyone.  It’s just thoughts. […]

Real Heroes – a thought from Mockingjay Part 1

If you think for one second that the capital will ever treat us fairly, then you’re lying to yourselves.   People get emotional watching the scene – hearing this line spoken in front of all the devastation wrought by the capital.    And it’s not just the people in the movie – it’s also us, watching the movie.  If it didn’t do anything to you – are you alive?It was an incredible scene of hope. Just in case you don’t recognize the line, it’s from Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 1. What apparently used to be a peaceful world at some time in the distant past, is now ruled by a truly evil person – ruling by fear and terror from the capital.  Out of the Hunger Games comes a hero.  One who didn’t want to be a hero.  The role was cast upon her by circumstances – by her own natural instincts (although not “hero” instincts) – and the people. Her life – like everyone else in the districts – really sucked.  She – like everyone else – just wanted something better. She was turned into a hero.By people that needed a hero. If you think for one […]

Scientists “agree” – God was right – again

  Scientists are beginning to agree with God yet again.  And again – it’s about water.   Find out why the fact that it’s about water is so important.   And – did they learn anything “important” from this new “knowledge”?     Ro 1:19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made … Yes – I’m taking these verses out of context.  For a reason.  It’s kind of an “if … then …” set of verses.  And I’m starting with the “if …” part. Paul is saying here that certain things about God have been made plain to us – since the creation of the world.  And that’s what we’re going to look at – something that we’ve been told for thousands of years – something about the creation of the earth – and that some are just now recognizing.  But are they learning – and truly “seeing”. As it says in Ezekiel 12:1-2 – Eze 12:1 The word of the LORD […]

On This Rock – Part 2 – You Are Peter

  It was the worst of times.  Was the ancient one dead?  No one heard from him in 400 years. It was the best of times.  All of a sudden, the Promised One had arrived under cover of darkness. With apologies to Mr. Dickens, this is a story of hope, so I took the liberty of changing the order of his opening to A Tale of Two Cities.     This is Part 2 of a continuing series called On This Rock.  The introduction and prologue can be found here.  It’s the true story of how a great revolutionary leader – the greatest of all time – launched a campaign the likes of which the world had never seen.  And will never see again.  It started with himself – and one man from his inner circle of twelve men.  That one man – Peter.  The revolution is still under way.  Things aren’t looking too good right now.  But the members of this revolution still believe the ancient one – the one they call Father – who said victory is certain.  They are still looking for new leaders.  New “Peters”.  Do you have what it takes to be Peter?  Read on and see. […]

What Christmas is not (and is)

  Is there really a war on Christmas?  And who exactly is fighting it? Christmas: the annual festival of the Christian church commemorating the birth of Jesus: celebrated on December 25 and now generally observed as a legal holiday and an occasion for exchanging gifts.  Inconsistent:  lacking agreement, as one thing with another or two or more things in relation to each other; at variance There are inconsistencies in the various definitions presented above and below.   Can you identify them? Generally: usually; commonly; ordinarily Observed: to keep or maintain in one’s action, conduct, etc. Now: under the present or existing circumstances The Real War on Christmas: The War On Christmas Is Real and It’s Being Waged by Christians Post Views: 5

On This Rock – Part 1 – Intro & Prologue

  Imagine being told this by the leader of the revolution: Congratulations! You have successfully figured out rule #1.  Since you’re the first to do it, your task now is to get the rest of the world to believe rule #1.  No pressure, but the fate of the every living person hangs in the balance.  There are too many people for you to do this alone – so you must get others to help you.  All of you will be hated, tortured, and rejected for what you believe.  Some will actively work against you.  Others will just not care.  Either way, all of those who don’t believe rule #1 will die.  Your task is simple – and yet difficult.  But I know you will not back down.  You will come to wish you hadn’t been the first.  You will even deny knowing rule #1.  But you will turn back to me – and complete your mission.  As you know, I have already won.  You will join in my victory – along with everyone else who comes to believe rule #1.  I cannot be with you physically, but I will be with you until the end.  You and those who believe rule […]

I accept full responsibility

  I accept full responsibility How often do we hear that?   But what are the consequences? What does it even mean? What does it mean to us? And what does it mean to others?   There’s so much in the news lately about politicians and government workers taking “full responsibility” for one thing or another.  And why not?  Absolutely nothing happens to them.  Well – that’s not really true.  Some get put on paid “administrative leave” – which means they get paid to do nothing at all.  Others get “transferred” – which means they end up in another department, with a promotion and raise in pay. The phrase has almost no meaning these days.  So – to show what it was supposed to mean, here’s a couple of definitions from for the word responsible – 1. answerable or accountable, as for something within one’s power, control, or management (often followed by to or for): He is responsible to the president for his decisions. 2. involving accountability or responsibility, as in having the power to control or manage: promoted to a responsible position in the firm. Seems like maybe people have forgotten that the “promoted” in definition #2 pre-supposed that the promotion was […]