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The Difference between Critical Thinking and Criticism

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Consider these conversations:

Two women are playing bridge. They have known each other about 2 months.

Maxine: You need to lose some weight.

Carol: (says nothing)

A month later:

Maxine: You really should lose some weight so you won’t have trouble breathing.

Carol: What makes you think you have the standing to make a comment about my weight?

Maxine: (Taken aback- says nothing)

There are 14 other people in the room and now they are all listening.

Carol: Standing is a legal term. When parties go to court the judge needs to know if they have a right to be involved in the case and the law it concerns. For example, a private citizen cannot go to court about a Home School law unless he is a home schooling parent.

You brought a charge against me about my weight without having any legal reason to do so, and on top of that you have no relevant facts in the case. I ignored your previous comments because your opinion is of no value. The judge throws out any persons who do not have standing, and I threw out what you said because you have no standing. In other words, your opinion is of no value to me.

Maxine: But I know you will breathe better if you lose weight.

Carol: That is not knowledge; that is an opinion based on an assumption.  You do not have the facts in the case. I have seen my doctor 3 times in the past 7 months and not once did he mention my weight. Bless his heart.

If you are a dietitian or medical professional you have standing, otherwise none. Is your emotional assumption more valuable to me than his professional life of medical experience? Hardly.

Maxine: But I know that overweight people have trouble breathing.

Carol: That is true, but you don’t know that I almost died at 9 years of age of pneumonia.  I was so thin the neighbor asked my mother who that child was with her. I never could begin school in September on the first day because I couldn’t breathe – my lungs were badly damaged. I never mentioned this because you are not my friend; you are a sometime bridge player. I might have asked you about bridge; you have standing on that issue.  You have no standing to criticize my health or my physical body.

I do have people in my life that I consult. One couple here in town is so important to me that no matter what they ask I respond! They asked me to run for office and I was elected.  I really had no interest in the office but because I trust their judgment, which they have proven to me, I complied. I have no history with you.

You based your comments solely on your assumptions which were wrong. In addition, comments about someone’s physical body are considered rude.

That is the difference between critical thinking and emotional opinion.  Critical thinking is based on standing acquired by information and understanding; ad hominum remarks are nothing but criticism based on assumption and personal bias.

Unfortunately most of America is now indulging in the latter and public discourse has become rotten and unhinged.

Israel and the 21th Century

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A man named Jafon posted this commentary on my blog 9/29/2014. The religion (actually political party) know as Islam has two goals, (1) to overtake the nation of Israel and set up its own kingdom, and  (2) to replace US constitutional law with Sharia Law of Islam and freedom of religion with Islam. They make no bones about this.

For that reason Americans need to know what the issues are regarding Israel more than any other nation.  Here is what he wrote. It is as valid today as the day he posted it.True Israel is Larger than we think

Fact #1. The Jewish people are the Chosen People: After Adam and Eve sinned, humanity deteriorated so badly that God destroyed the early world of men with the Great Flood. Noah and his family knew the Lord, and were spared, but after they came out of the Ark and started repopulating, their descendants abandoned God, became idolatrous, perverse and evil. Then God created a special nation to be a light to the other nations. The Creator of the universe specifically chose the nation of Israel to be that unique people who would witness to His reality. “For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the people who are on the face of the Earth” (Deuteronomy 7:6).

“You are My witnesses,” declares the Lord, “and My servant whom I have chosen, in order that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, and there will be none after Me. I, even I am the Lord; and there is no Savior beside Me” (Isaiah 43:10-11). If the Chosen People were faithful to our calling, God promised to bless us above all the other nations, so that the nations of the world would know that the God of Israel is the true God who alone can save us, by reconciling us to Himself, thereby restoring us to peace, joy, blessing and life. But if we were disobedient to our calling, the Lord promised to severely punish us so that the nations of the world would learn a lesson from us, and know that it is a terrible thing to disobey the God of Israel. Either way, through our obedience or disobedience, the Chosen People would witness to the other nations of the world that the God of Israel is to be reckoned with.

Fact #2. The Land of Israel belongs to God: “The Earth is the Lord’s and all it contains, the world and those who dwell in it” (Psalm 24:1). Since the entire world belongs to God, He has the right to apportion it as He chooses, and He specifically gave the nations their lands based on the Jewish people’s right to the Land of Israel! “When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance, when He separated the sons of man, He set the boundaries of the peoples according to the number of the sons of Israel. For the Lord’s portion is His people; Jacob is the allotment of His inheritance” (Deuteronomy 32:8-9).

Fact #3. The Chosen People needed a Chosen Land, and so the God of Israel strategically chose the Land of Israel for the People of Israel: “This is Jerusalem; I have set her at the center of the nations, with lands around her” (Ezekiel 5:5). The Land that God chose for us is located in the center of the nations, connecting the continents of Europe, Africa and Asia. Because of this strategic location, the Jewish people had ample exposure to all the nations of the world.

Fact #4. The Land of Israel was given by God to the descendants of Abraham as an everlasting possession: “The Lord appeared to Abram and said, ‘To your descendants I will give this Land’” (Genesis 12:7). God further said to Abraham: “I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants after you. And I will give to you and to your descendants after you, the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession” (Genesis 17:7-8).

Fact #5. Even though Abraham had many sons, the Land of Israel wasn’t given to Ishmael, or to any of the other sons of Abraham, but only to Isaac: “Abraham said to God, ‘Oh that Ishmael might live before You!’ But God said ‘No, but Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him’” (Genesis 17:18-19). God rejected Abraham’s request that Ishmael be the heir of the covenant, and appointed Isaac instead. Years later the Lord God appeared to Isaac and said, “to you and to your descendants I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath which I swore to your father Abraham. And I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven and will give your descendants all these lands; and by your descendants all the nations of the Earth shall be blessed” (Genesis 26:3-4). Knowing that Isaac was the heir of the covenant, which included the Land of Israel, Abraham gave all that he had to Isaac. He gave gifts to his other sons, but he sent them away to the lands of the east, not wanting the heir of the everlasting covenant to have rivalry over the Land of Israel from his siblings (Genesis 25:5-6).

Fact #6. Even though Isaac had two sons, the Land wasn’t given to Esau, but to Jacob: One night Jacob had a dream while fleeing from his brother Esau. In his dream the Lord said to him, “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac; the Land on which you lie, I will give it to you and to your descendants.” (Genesis 28:13). God later appeared to Jacob and said to him, “the Land which I gave to Abraham and Isaac, I will give it to you, and I will give the Land to your descendants after you” (Genesis 35:11-12). This promise deeds the Land of Israel to the descendants of Jacob – the Jewish people of today.

Fact #7. There is no doubt about Israel’s God-given borders because they are described for us in detail in the Holy Scriptures: “The Lord said to Abram after Lot had separated from him, ‘Now lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward; for all the land which you see, I will give it to you and to your descendants forever… Arise, walk about the land through its length and breadth; for I will give it to you’” (Genesis 13:14-17). “The Lord made a covenant with Abraham, saying, ‘To your descendants I have given this Land, from the river of Egypt as far as the great river, the river Euphrates’” (Genesis 15:18-21). “I will fix your boundary from the Red Sea to the sea of the Philistines, and from the wilderness to the River Euphrates” (Exodus 23:31). Therefore we must conclude that the entire Land of Israel, including Judea and Samaria (the so-called “West Bank”), Gaza, the Golan Heights, and all of Jerusalem, was given by the God of Israel to the people of Israel in perpetuity. We, and we alone, have been given the title to the Land of Israel as a permanent inheritance by the Lord. No human government or coalition of governments has the right or authority to cede portions of the Land of Israel to anyone else.

Fact #8. In addition to the everlasting covenant (which includes the Land), God swore an oath to give the Jewish people this Land: Keep in mind that it’s absolutely impossible for God to break an oath (see Hebrews 6:16-18). In the Holy Scriptures, this oath is reiterated more than forty times. Here is just one example: “He has remembered His covenant forever, the word which He commanded to a thousand generations, the covenant which He made with Abraham, and His oath to Isaac. Then He confirmed it to Jacob for a statute, to Israel as an everlasting covenant, saying, ‘To you I will give the land of Canaan as the portion of your inheritance’” (Psalm 105:8-11). There is no other passage in which there are so many words used to describe God’s unyielding commitment to Israel: covenant, word, oath, confirm, commandment, a thousand generations, statute, everlasting covenant. A person has to have a terrible bias not to understand that God is assuring the Jewish people the perpetual right to the Land of Israel in the strongest possible language.

Fact #9. Israel’s sin and resulting exile from the Land of Israel never annulled God’s covenant with His Chosen People, nor did it permanently abrogate our right to the Land of Israel: “Yet in spite of this (Israel’s disobedience), when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not reject them, nor will I so abhor them as to destroy them, breaking My covenant with them; for I am the Lord their God. But I will remember for them the covenant with their ancestors” – which includes the Land of Israel (Leviticus 26:44-45). Our exile from Israel was meant to be temporary! In Deuteronomy 30:1-5, Moses specifically predicted that we would experience a time of obedience and blessing within the Land, followed by a period of disobedience and exile from the Land, followed by spiritual restoration to God and physical restoration to the Land: “So it shall be when all of these things have come upon you, the blessing and the curse which I have set before you, and you call them to mind in all nations where the Lord your God has banished you, and you return to the Lord your God and obey Him with all your heart and soul according to all that I command you today, you and your sons, then the Lord your God will restore you from captivity, and have compassion on you, and will gather you again from all the people where the Lord your God has scattered you. If your outcasts are at the ends of the Earth, from there the Lord your God will gather you, and from there He will bring you back. And the Lord your God will bring you into the Land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it.”

It’s no coincidence that after two thousand years of exile, the Chosen People are being restored to the Land that our fathers possessed, and simultaneously, we are being spiritually restored to God through the Messiah, as is evidenced by the growth of the Messianic Jewish movement in Israel and around the world.

The Son of God Himself predicted that because the majority of Israel did not believe He was the Messiah, Jerusalem would be destroyed, and we would be exiled among the nations, but eventually, we would return to Israel (Luke 21:23-24). This prophecy began in 70 AD when Jerusalem was destroyed, and then again in 135 AD, when the Second Jewish Revolt against the Roman Empire was crushed. We were scattered to the nations, and lost political control of Jerusalem. However, over the past 2,000 years, there were always some Jewish people who remained in the Land of Israel. Starting in the 1880’s, this prophesied regathering of Jewish people to Israel picked up speed, and now there is a reborn nation of Israel, with Jerusalem as its capital, with 5.3 million Jewish people regathered from more than 70 countries, just as Israel’s Messiah predicted.

Fact #10. In His prophetic Word, God promised to regather us to “our own Land”: “I will take you from the nations, gather you from all the lands, and bring you into your own Land… And you will live in the Land that I gave to your forefathers” (Ezekiel 36:24, 28). Again Ezekiel predicts: “Thus says the Lord God, ‘Behold, I will take the sons of Israel from among the nations where they have gone, and I will gather them from every side and bring them into their own Land’” (Ezekiel 37:21). Jeremiah adds: “‘Behold days are coming’ declares the Lord, ‘when it will no longer be said, “As the Lord lives, who brought up the sons of Israel out of the land of Egypt,” but, “As the Lord lives, who brought up the sons of Israel from the land of the north and from all the countries where He had banished them.” For I will restore them to their own Land which I gave to their fathers’” (Jeremiah 16:14-15). Ultimately this regathering to our own Land will be greater than the Exodus out of Egypt!

Fact #11. In His prophetic Word, God calls this restored Land “Israel” – not “Palestine”: “I will open up your graves and cause you to come up out of your graves, My people; and I will bring you into the Land of Israel” (Ezekiel 37:12). The name “Palestine” comes from the Philistines, the ancient enemies of the Jewish people. “Palestine” was the derogatory name given to the Land of Israel by the Romans after they conquered us. But throughout the Word of God, this Land is always called Israel – never Palestine.

Fact #12. God, speaking to us through the prophet Ezekiel, informs us that this Land is specifically reserved for the Jewish people: “You O mountains of Israel, you will put forth your branches and bear your fruit for My people Israel; for they will soon come. For behold, I am for you, and I will turn to you, and you will be cultivated and sown. I will multiply men on you, all the house of Israel, all of it; and the cities will be inhabited and the waste places will be rebuilt” (Ezekiel 36:8-10). 2,500 years ago Ezekiel told us that in the Last Days the Jewish people would be restored to our Land. The Land would begin to prosper and the Jewish population would greatly increase. In the past century these prophetic words have been coming to pass. The Land of Israel, which lay barren for centuries, has seen increasing numbers of the sons of Israel returning to our ancient homeland, repopulating the cities and cultivating the Land.

Fact #13. 2,500 years ago the Lord also told us that the Jewish return to the Land would provoke a reaction from Israel’s neighbors: “Because the enemy has spoken against you ‘Aha’ and ‘The everlasting heights have become our possession’ … Surely in the fire of My jealousy I have spoken against the rest of the nations, and against all Edom, who appropriated My Land for themselves as a possession with wholehearted joy and scorn of soul, to drive it out as a prey” (Ezekiel 36:2-5). Even though the nations surrounding Israel would claim possession of the Land of Israel for themselves, and try to drive out its rightful Jewish inhabitants, God repudiates the claims of these nations. Even though the majority of the Jewish people were exiled from our Land (there always was a remnant of Jewish people who remained within Israel), that doesn’t give anyone else the right to claim the Land of Israel for themselves. If a landlord has some bad tenants that he evicts from his property, he does not expect anyone else to enter his vacant property and claim it for their own. Due to our sins, the Landlord of Israel evicted most of us from the Land, but that didn’t give the Romans, the Byzantines, the Crusaders, the Ottomans or the Arabs the right to claim God’s holy Land for themselves.

Fact #14. God will severely judge any nation who divides up any part of this special Land: “In those days and at that time when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. Then I will enter into judgment with them there on behalf of My people and My inheritance Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; and they have divided up My Land” (Joel 3:1-2). When Messiah Yeshua returns, the fortunes of the Jewish people will be fully restored, and the nations will be summoned to Jerusalem, where they will be judged for scattering the Jewish people and dividing up our Land.

Fact #15. Eventually this conflict over the Land of Israel will entangle the entire world: God, speaking through the prophet Zechariah in 12:1-3, in the Sixth Century BC, predicted: “Behold I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that causes reeling to all the peoples around” (the nations will react to the regathering of the Jewish people with senseless behavior and irrational hatred); “and when the siege is against Jerusalem, it will also be against Judah. And it will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples” (Israel’s Islamic neighbors want to destroy the hated “Zionist Entity” because the Islamic worldview teaches that the entire world will ultimately come under the control of Islam.

A Jewish state in the midst of the Moslem Middle East is by its very existence an insult to Allah and Islam, and must be destroyed. Islam can have no true and lasting peace with Israel – only a temporary cease-fire. Hostilities will once again be renewed when Islamic strength is renewed. At its core, this is a religious conflict – not a political or economic one); “all who lift it will be severely injured.” (The nations of the world will be drawn into this conflict and try to remove the Jewish presence from Jerusalem. However, be warned – every nation that tries to remove the Jewish people from our Land and capital city will be severely injured). “And all the nations of the Earth will be gathered against it.” (The world’s united nations will wage a final world war in the Middle East, directed against Israel).

It’s amazing to see this 2,500-year-old prophetic scenario shaping up before our very eyes! Zechariah’s prophecy continues and informs us that the army of the united nations will be defeated; God will destroy all those nations that fight against Israel; Israel will be miraculously saved and recognize Yeshua as the Messiah!

Fact #16. This will be a time of great difficulty for the Jewish people, but they will be miraculously delivered out of it: “Alas! for that day is great, there is none like it; and it is the time of Jacob’s distress, but he will be saved from it” (Jeremiah 30:7). The fires of anti-Semitism will reach their hottest point in the near future, but with God’s help, we will come through our fiery trials to a time of unparalleled salvation. Israel’s salvation and blessing will then overflow to the other nations of the world.

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Americans by custom and nature don ‘t want to be drawn into other people’s arguments. We hesitated to enter both World War 1 and 2 because we don’t like to take sides. In Genesis 12:1-3 the Lord promises to stand behind Israel; he also promises to curse any nation which comes against Israel.  That could be America if she doesn’t get smart.  The issue of Islam vs. Israel, and by extension The Whole World will not go away. It is our problem too.

Click here for commentary regarding President Trump moving the US  Embassy controversy.

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Unalienable vs. Inalienable Rights

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Our Declaration of Independence reads, in part:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights …”

Frequently we hear this passage quoted as inalienable rights.  What is the difference, if any?

I read a long treatise on this by a legal expert. He said unalienable rights come from God and because they are God-given they cannot be taken away, or, using Thomas Jefferson’s term, alienated from us. An alien has no rights in the kingdom where he does not have his official residence.  Hence, we are members of God’s original kingdom and the rights are ours.

Now as for inalienable; that means that human beings can take those rights away through war, fiat, or the practice of police action, but they are still our rights even though some agency has tampered with their administration. A nation which does not believe in God therefore may not be overly concerned with individual rights. In fact we see this in the news all the time.

We are told that there is no relationship of church to state but clearly this is not true. Religion and beliefs about God color and influence all our political decisions, perhaps more so today as they are publicly challenged.

The Difference between a Sin and a Mistake

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Recently I’ve noticed an interesting tendency for people to admit to mistakes rather than sins. It happens at every level, whether someone is caught cheating on their spouse, filing false insurance claims, or shoplifting from a clothing store. After the National Inquirer broke the news about John Edwards’ affair, he said.

“Two years ago I made a very serious mistake, a mistake that I am responsible for and no one else.  In 2006 I told Elizabeth about the mistake, asked her for her forgiveness, and asked God for His forgiveness. And we have kept this within our family since that time.”

On the surface, this admission looks humble and contrite. What more could you want?  But when someone refers to this kind of behavior as a mistake rather than a sin, he or she is either consciously or unconsciously evading responsibility.

Why? Because of the fundamental difference between the two.  Many think they are synonymous but they are not.

Mistakes are not intentional

The term “mistake” implies an error in judgment – something done unintentionally.  For example, a legitimate mistake might be:

  • Turning onto a one-way street the wrong way
  • Pouring salt not sugar into your coffee
  • Mis-typing a web address and ending up on a porn site.

These could all be legitimate mistakes because we are distracted or careless.  But sin is more than a mistake.  It is a deliberate choice to do something we know is wrong.

The word “transgression” is even stronger.  It implies deliberately stepping over a boundary.  The word “trespass” is similar.  It implies entering a person’s territory or property without permission.

At the bridge table recently one player told another woman she needed to go on a diet. Yes, the other player was fat but the critic did not know her well enough to be advising her on a personal matter like that.  She stepped over a social boundary.

Sin is deliberate

Unlike a mistake, we choose sin.  Therefore we must accept responsibility for it – and the consequences that follow. This is a measure of maturity and marks the transition from adolescence into adulthood.  It is the foundation of civilized society.

What can we do to make sure we preserve this distinction between sins and mistakes?

I suggest 5 actions.

  1. Choose your words carefully. Don’t minimize your sin by calling it a mistake.  The meaning of the Greek word  homologeo – translated confession in I John 1:9 is “to speak the same word.” In other words your words should be the same as God’s words.  If He calls it a sin, so should you.  You cannot be cured of a sickness if you continue to deny it.
  2. Take responsibility for your behavior. If you have sinned, own it. In fact, if you have made a mistake own that too. Take the hit. Even if someone else provoked you, own the response. If they were 90% responsible, accept 100% of your 10%. When it comes to sin there is never an excuse unless you are a true victim.
  3. Acknowledge your guilt. It is normal to be guilty when you sin. Guilt is God’s gift, designed to motivate you to initiate reconciliation.  The sooner you acknowledge your responsibility the sooner you can resolve the problem, if the other person receives your confession. And never follow the confession with the word “but.” This is a preface to an excuse. It negates everything you have said before.
  4. Change your behavior. Words are cheap. Some people are very adept at saying they are sorry – but then – nothing changes. Repentance is not just a change of mind; it is a change of direction. Unless you change your behavior, you have not fully repented, no matter how many tears you may have shed.  Repentance in  the Bible is the word for “change your mind.” Once your mind is really changed so will be your actions.
  5. Ask for forgiveness.  You can’t demand it. You are not entitled to it. You can only ask and hope that the person you have sinned against will extend grace. Sometimes they will wait until you have demonstrated a change of behavior, called the fruit of repentance (see Matthew 3:8; Acts 26:19-20.)

The world is watching the Christian to see how he/she reacts to real life.  It is a part of our public testimony.

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What the Snake said to Adam and Eve

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This three word sentence is the oldest question in the Book of God. The snake says:

Hath God said?  

Every day the bombardment of media on our ears is this same sentence – we have a choice to listen to and believe what God said or what man and his systems say. What we choose to believe determines the course of our lives just as it did for The First Pair.

It was originally said by a snake whose presence in a perfect place, the Garden of Eden, indicated that maybe there were imperfections to start with, imperfections no one thought would be there.  Adam and Eve were not just innocent, they were also gullible.  So an enemy showed up and asked a question. They had no idea what an enemy was.  All they knew was good.

There are two sides at the very least to any piece of information, truth or fiction. That lies, deception and corruption might be lurking about never occurred to them.  They had not been given questions and answers before; in fact they had only been given answers. That is not what we expect – we expect questions to come before answers. They had been told only to obey God in all things. They had no concept of options, of other ways to live, of death or disease, discomfort, jealousy, fear or anger, or what we see on the cat’s face, guilt.

Did the snake ask “What is that animal out there? A rhinoceros?” After all Adam had named all the animals. No, the snake asked the one question which would generate either obedience or defiance to God. The snake knew the consequences to disobedience because he’d already been through his own test and failed.

But now – they have been presented with a question.  They will need to think about the answer.  What will they answer?  Will they obey God their creator or this shifty voice of doubt and option?

A five-year old steals a cookie from a plate in the kitchen. His mother, the legal authority in the home, said not to touch them before dinner. The child is faced with the question – Hath God (the authority) said?

He steals the cookie and is introduced to the concept of personal sin and judgment. As years go by the situations are different; now he is tempted to steal pencils and legal pads from an employer, to steal answers to a tough algebra exam, to steal a girl’s virginity (its called rape) and a thousand other areas where he has seen himself defy what God said.

Millions do this and bring shame and trouble on others. The girl who has a child out of wedlock brings the family into poverty. She may be reacting to the sin of a parent as a child herself. But the piling up of defiance to God’s word continues from generation to generation and the consequences are like the rippling waves of a stone cast into a giant sea of humanity.

It is sin. And it takes a specific, directed effort to reverse the tide of sin-history. The company who fouls the water which results in deformed children throws a stone in the waters of society only known because it involves so many more people, but it is no different from those sins committed by individuals on a daily basis hidden from public view.

Today thousands of years later we, that is the seven billion people now living on planet earth, have this same question.  What has God said and what is our response. Thomas Edison’s mother was told her son was too stupid to stay in school.  She didn’t believe it.  She home schooled him and he later filed over 2,000 international patents for inventions including the lowly light bulb, motion pictures and audio recording.  It matters what and who we believe. Mrs. Edison’s refusal to believe the school system changed life for the whole human race.

Teens today can be confused over what gender they are.  But what has God said? Patients are told they have a terminal illness.  Get another opinion and then find out what God says as well.

We learn later that if Adam and Eve had obeyed God they would have lived as perfect beings in a perfect environment for eternity, never touched by evil or even knowing it existed.  But they didn’t, and neither would we had we lived in their shoes.  We have the same option today as they had then – to find out what God said and live in that.

Evolution and Motive

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Evolution does not meet a minimum standard for scientific inquiry.

Picture if you will a lone cell, a original cell, of no particular kind or purpose.    It is existing somewhere doing nothing, going nowhere, making no changes or decisions because it is inanimate.

Now from this inauspicious beginning the cell is supposed to do something.  Specifically scientists would have us assume that it makes a decision to “improve.” Perhaps it divides into 2 cells, that is an improvement as 2 is better than 1.  Perhaps.  After all if it is a bad cell, like a cancer cell, we’d be happier if it did not increase.

But scientists say this  double cell now decides, makes up its mind, perhaps assumes that it is going to be better and create something better than itself.

What kind of nonsense is this?  Good and bad are moral choices.  How does a non-moral cell make a moral choice to be “better” and what just is “better” to an inanimate object? And who suggested good vs. bad to this lonely cell.

And why would an inanimate cell which has no moral roots just as often decide not to improve, grow, evolve into something superior?  Perhaps a cell would simply choose to be a zero thing, not evolving but better still devolving into nothingness. It could just as well lie on the bottom of something doing nothing.

If we eliminate God from the process of creation we must also remove from it the choice of good over evil, or in reverse, choosing evil over good. But the natural universe cannot do that because, according to the believers in evolution, there is no moral choice available; all life improves.

We must conclude that a universe that improves in any way has behind it some intellect that knows the difference between good and bad and makes a choice about the future of the created world.

My mother taught me the difference between good and bad; who taught the cell?

 

 

What has God Called Your Nation to Be

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All nations, like all individuals, have a clear cut call from God. (Jeremiah 29:11 for individuals). The Bible refers to nations as “ethnos” rather than  geographical divisions.

Acts 17:26 And hath made of one blood all nations {ethnos} of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation.

It’s not likely you’ll ever hear a sermon on this although you might learn about God’s divine intolerance for world government. That has been tried and failed, badly. About 5,500 B.C.E. at the Tower of Babel all human beings spoke the same language.  After they tried to replace the government of God with their own under the direction of a wicked dictator Nimrod, God scrambled all the languages and communication became impossible.

Every Nation has a Call

Today the unstable nature of the European Union should give us pause, that maybe this is not God’s perfect will for Europe. And the embarrassing failure of the United Nations is an example of why global government is a foolish goal. Unity is internal; union is external and God wants the former.

God prefers Unity with Him over Union in the natural. He classifies nations as either sheep or goat. He does have a clearly defined political jurisdiction in mind for all nations and a specific contribution to the whole of mankind for each individual nation.

The United States of America was formed officially 236 years ago but the call itself is eternal. And that destiny is clearly given in the Declaration of Independence

All men are created equal.

Americans bring to the world table the sanctity of the individual; it is the reason people flock here from across the globe.  It is also the same reason we can fail as a nation, if individualism gets out of hand as it has in the past four decades. That individualism has now come to a national mess, so out of control that thousands have not a clue who they actually are. Every blessing and call can be bastardized to an extreme and become a curse.

When President Donald Trump says he wants “to make America great again” he means to restore the primacy of the individual and God’s call to America as a model for individual liberty. Does President Trump know this? Probably not. He appears not to be a person who theorizes; he leaves that to philosophers. His word to the past managers of America is, “You’re fired.”

God is a Globalist for His Church

There are 191 nations today; each one has a call.  It is not my job to know what the call is for each one of them but I believe I know the call of these three.

  • England demonstrates a respect for history, especially to learn from history, and because of that respect England also is able to adjust to changes in the world and to culture. But like individualism in the USA it is also possible for that ability to change to be a trap and send the county into free fall.
  • China long continuous identity shows respect for and love of nationhood. Her glory days were the 15th century but in the 16th century China pulled away from the world to protect herself from change and world interaction. China became fearful.  When you embrace fear you make yourself weak and ineffective.  Fear is rightly called “frozen.” China wanted to preserve its identity so carefully that it withdrew into itself and the Chinese people have suffered great loss from this over the subsequent years. God looks at the long haul.
  • Estonia showed the world how to rid itself of a tyrannical dictatorship of the Soviet Union through spiritual warfare, in her case, the power of music to win freedom. To my knowledge Estonia has neither lost nor hindered that power or her ability to teach the rest of the world.

God is a Nationalist for Secular Ethnos

If you are paying attention you’ll notice I’ve eliminated Palestine which might be a nation in God’s eyes but because it claims Israel’s territory it cannot be identified as one. God set aside Israel as His own nation with its own specific estate, a land mass considerably larger than the one it now occupies. The deed for this land appears in Ezekiel 47. Because God disciplined His people for a time, other nations assumed they could take over.  They try that at their peril. God has promised once Israel is back in her land to defend her at all costs.

Goat nations are those that disobey basic moral laws and rebel against God. They need not stay that way. Like individuals, they can repent and reform. Today Syria is a good example of a nation badly astray. Also, North Korea is a goat nation which is coming down in our lifetime, thankfully.

I will let the other internationals reading this blog search out their national Godly mission. If you find that out, let me know.

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