R. K. Borill wrote: Hey John, Thanks. San Jose being Zoar, that's funny. But, if it is anything like the biblical Zoar, it won't provide much relief. Lot wasn't there long before he realized he needed to go to where the Lord told him go to at the beginning - the mountain.
Yeah (lauging and groaning). I almost called "the mountans" San Jose, since that's where Lot's daughters got him drunk and seduced him (if I remember correctly!).
Thankfully even this was all under God's control, from which we got the Moabites, Ruth, David, and the body prepared for Christ (Heb 10:5).
R. K. Borill wrote: The rest are "Gumby" politicians, they hide their special interest of support until after the election and bend anyway you want for your vote before the election. We are in a mess!
Where does political discretion end and outright deception begin?
I personally would LOVE to hear, and vote for, a candidate who would and could consistently and vocally declare all abortion to be what it is: murder.
Problem is that such a candidate would be shredded by our modern media and culture to such an extent that he/she would never have a chance to be elected, so he/she has to keep their cards hidden, as it were, until elected...making it that much harder for us to figure out where they REALLY stand.
I read somewhere that even if the age process could be thwarted, average human life expectancy would still be no more than about 600 years...before some traumatic event (fire, car accident, etc.) would kill you anyway.
Then again, I suppose that would be about 10-times normal human lifespan, as this article seems to be promoting.
Neil wrote: ...Read a physics text, and you learn about mythical "frictionless surfaces," "tensionless strings," "closed systems," etc. And computer models of physical systems are full of creative mathematical hacks to make their behavior correlate with (never match) experimental data. History is full of scientific laws which worked, but were false.
Ha ha...that's right!
My personal favorite 'ideal' physical situation was the wall of "infinite mass", off which the ball was to bounce with perfect elasticity to illustrate our first exposure to the concept of momentum back in our Freshman Physics 1A class.
Only in a later physics classes did we learn that such a wall (of infinite mass) would ALSO have infinite GRAVITY, from which any bouncing ball would never be able to escape from in the first place!
" Conventional Darwinian theory could not really explain why one individual should sacrifice its own life, and its precious genes, for the benefit of another individual, unless it could be viewed in terms of group selection, when indi-viduals do it for the benefit of the colony or the species. "
Isn't this rich? Whether they realize it or not, they're witnessing a miniature reflection of the gospel (John 15:13) within their own created universe (which even though it's fallen, is still full of God's glory--Isaiah 6:3)...and they're still trying to explain it away as nothing more than some mechanistic biological process.
Reminds me of all those gay men trying to find Lot's door shortly after the angels blinded them back in Genisis 19.
' "Across all age groups, you just don't need a marriage certificate to mean love," AOL Personals Director Keith Brengle told Reuters. '
Marriage certificates are not about "love", they are about government certification/recognition that a marriage (joining of a man and a woman by God) has taken place. God working through government, which he has established to protect/support the married couple and their family, is ultimately the one who "marries" them. Anything else is just fornication.
It sounds to me like these people who say "marriage is not needed..." simply want to be their OWN government and their own god.
I actually found this article's title amusing from a truely Christian and Biblical point of view.
The way the title is phrased makes it sound like people of our present generation are so much more wicked than those of the past that Christ has (had) to work harder (i.e. suffer more) in order to redeem someone NOW than He did for one of our ancestors.
Taken this way, this phrase/title actually has quite a bit of truth to it, I think.
Don't you just *LOVE* it when governments like ours become so increasingly huge and invasive that stuff like this happens?
Then again, much of our government's present power has been delegated by generations of citizens seduced into the idea of having more and more of their tasks and repsonsibilities done for them (i.e. educating their kids).
I read somewhere that governments may one day be able to remotely override our home's thermostat if they deem we're using too much fuel and contributing more than our share to global warming. Hope this is just a conspiracy theory.
Interesting article, and informative too; but it trys too hard to promote the idea that churches are somehow accountable to the people attending them more than they are to the God who established them in the first place.
I know of professing Christians who don't attend church, but watch TV preachers, as if the local clergy are not good enough and/or they don't want to interract personally with so many other church-goers. Our church has a number of shut-ins who are unable to attend but are still members. --And then there are friends of mine who follow Harold Camping who claim to find faith outside of the "church".
I suppose attending church for the wrong reasons could be worse than not attending one at all, but I wouln't want to be in the shoes of either.
I didn't see anything in this article regarding effects of invitro fertilization on the population statistics. All 3 of my nephews resulted from IVF, while my only niece was adpoted. Short answer for my own family's natural infertility is that my siblings did not marry and settle down until they became too old to conceive naturally.
Affluence of many western cultures tends to create an environment full of many "cool" things to do besides settling-down, which I tend to believe is most responsible for declining or static birth rates.
By allowing, or better yet, insisting that priests be MARRIED-with-KIDS, even before they are considered for the priesthood, I'm convinced that the RCC could've avoided this problem altogether. I'm not Catholic so I don't know if Pope Benedict has the power to bring about such a monumental change like this, but it would certainly be an honorable thing for all believers to pray about.
Thank you, Rev. Brown Before hearing this sermon I was going to watch this movie when
it came out on DVD. Now I'm not so sure it's worth the time and
effort for any true believer to "drink" such a "deadly thing" as
this movie, even though it won't "harm" them (Mark 16:18).
For some time now our culture and movies have been calling evil
good and good evil (as evidenced by movies like "Schrek", but in
a much more light-hearted way than Pullman's movie/books do).
I LIKE special effects and the overall creativity of movies like
"The Golden Compass", but if the plotline ends up giving me too
much heartburn I'll just have to get my creativity-fix elsewhere.