A Few Comments- 22

#1. Your Cake And Eating It Toohttp://www.christianpost.com/news/christian-evolution-anthropological-evidence-who-was-adam-148337/

Rana: The position we espouse in Who Was Adam? is called Old Earth Creationism. We think that the days in Genesis 1 are long, finite periods of time. Because of this view, we accept the scientific dates for the Earth’s age and life’s antiquity.
But we are Creationists. And as such, we are skeptical that evolution can account for life’s origin, history, and design. We reject human evolution and believe in a historical Adam and Eve.

God does not represent that creation was long finite periods of time. He says it took 6 24 hour days. You cannot have it both ways, you are either believing God or not.

#2. Be Classy In Your Reportinghttps://zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com/2015/10/28/hobby-lobby-is-under-investigation/

For its acquisition of various nicknacks.  Hey, let’s investigate Karen King too!  After all, we don’t know the frilly details of how she acquired the ‘gospel’ that’s been foisted off on an ignorant and ill informed public.  And hey, let’s investigate the dealers of the dead sea scrolls!  Oh, and while we’re at it, let’s look into all those gospel fragments held in various places around the world, because we don’t have any idea where some of them came from either or the details of their acquisitions.  Let’s look into every artifact sold in every shop up and down the strand in Tel Aviv.  Let’s go after everyone.

Because fair is fair, and witch hunts are witch hunts.  And never the twain shall meet.  So, let the investigations commence!  Stay classy, FBI, stay classy.

Not one link to the story in West’s rant. Had to go look it up myself, very classy West, very classy.

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/oct/28/hobby-lobby-investigated-ancient-artifacts-iraq

and he doesn’t even get the story right. It doesn’t sound like a witch hunt but problems in documentation of imported items

The Daily Beast said that the federal investigation was triggered by the 2011 seizure and is focused on whether the importation broke tight regulations over the movement of artifacts. “Is it possible that we have some illicit [artifacts]? That’s possible,” Green is quoted as telling the reporters, though the family has denied any intentional wrongdoing.

Practice what you preach West.

#3. The Word ‘Oppressive’ Is Subjectivehttp://www.christianpost.com/news/kirk-franklin-losing-religion-new-album-148259/

Now, Franklin is further explaining why he believes people should focus on their relationship with Christ more than anything else.

Part of focusing on our relationship with Christ is knowing what is right and wrong and what he taught not only himself but through his disciples. You can’t have a real relationship if you do not know the rules or keep changing them when the wind blows in a different direction.

#4. Somehow I Missed This Biblical Instructionhttp://www.christianpost.com/news/47-members-congress-defend-coach-kennedy-freedom-to-pray-after-games-148654/

Forty-seven members of Congress have signed onto a joint letter to the Bremerton School District in Washington explaining that Bremerton High football coach Joe Kennedy has the constitutionally guaranteed right to kneel and pray on the 50-yard line after games.
The school district is currently reviewing Kennedy’s job status after the Christian coach defied school district orders and continued his tradition of praying at midfield following the conclusion of games

I thought the Bible said to go to your prayer closet and pray in secret but I guess I was mistaken. I am not going to defend this guy’s actions and the district was correct in its direction, he should have obeyed his employers and waited for God did not say pray at the 50 yard line. The directive from the district did not violate anything God said.

If you want to be a good Christian witness obey God correctly.

#5. Changing The Bible http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thegodarticle/2015/10/how-to-respond-to-other-christians-who-quote-i-am-the-way/

One of the things I mention to them about the “I am the way” quote is that this particular statement from Jesus is meant for a specific person, in response to a specific question, within a specific setting in the Bible.

Jesus did not make that distinction, nor should we.There is only on eath to God and salvation and it goes through Jesus.

#6. God Is Not The One Who Is Smallhttp://www.patheos.com/blogs/thegodarticle/2015/10/a-ministers-letter-to-a-small-god/

Honestly, if you were a bigger god this would be so much easier. If you were bigger, you could take the questions and I wouldn’t be so worried about hurting you.

Look, I’ve been trying to make this “us” thing work for awhile now, but it just feels so increasingly and shamefully dishonest that I can’t take it anymore.

God said ‘there is no one else like him’ so the problem lies with those who accept human ideas over God’s revelation about himself and what he has done. That author is just another disbelieving person in a very long line of disbelieving people.

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A Few Comments- 21

#1. Wishful Thinkinghttp://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/2015/10/fundamentalism-is-a-lack-of-self-awareness.html

W]e all have a hermeneutic. The only question is whether you are consciously vs.unconsciously using a hermeneutic. Fundamentalists are interpreting the text unconsciously. Fundamentalists are interpreting the text right and left, they are justunaware that they are doing so…
When your hermeneutic is operating unconsciously it causes you to say things like “this is the clear teaching of Scripture.

People say things like this because they want to avoid the fact the truth excludes their alternative ideas.Fundamentalists are not unaware, rather we are quite aware of what God says in the Bible and accept those words; whereas people who say things like what is in that linked excerpt are the ones completely unaware of what God has said or reject his words in favor of their own ideas.

#2. Speck v. Beamhttp://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/2015/10/the-great-religious-divide.html

It is the difference between those who treat religion as a magnifying glass to help expose and oppose the sins of others more effectively, and those who treat it as a mirror to help one’s own spiritual and moral life by fostering introspection and personal repentance and transformation.

Progressive ‘Christians’ spend far too much time worrying about the supposed sins of the fundamentalists and very little time focusing upon their own.

#3. Wishful Thinking 2http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/2015/10/biblical-inerrancy-is-an-attack-on-the-bible.html

Inerrancy is about the desire to have one’s own views regarded as inerrant. The inerrancy of the Bible is just a means to getting there. And the failure to humbly recognize one’s own human proneness to err, which is exposed at the heart of “biblical inerrancy,” shows that this doctrine is not merely wrong, but a direct frontal assault on the Bible’s teachings about God, humans, and the difference between the two.

If this were so, alternative believers would have nothing to worry about.

#4. Hallowe’enhttp://www.patheos.com/blogs/formerlyfundie/halloween/

Halloween isn’t a satanic holiday– it’s one that has both pagan and Christian roots. The reason why it has both is because most holidays have both– including Christmas, Easter, etc. The early Christians did this strategically as a way to influence culture; instead of creating something new, they found ways to take existing pagan celebrations, and slowly turn them Christian (in this case, the Christian holiday is All Hallows’ Eve or All Saints Day).

This day has no Christian roots neither do Easter, Christmas or any other holiday observed around the world by anyone who wishes to do so. Observing Hallowe’en is a parental choice made under the guidance of the Holy Spirit not alternative believers.

#5. Apples & Orangeshttp://www.patheos.com/blogs/formerlyfundie/sarah-palin-our-source-for-what-the-bible-really-teaches-on-violence/

On October 30th a new Christian documentary will hit theaters– and I’m excited about it. The Armor of Light is poised to be an excellent conversation starter for a question I’ve long asked: shouldn’t pro-life mean all life? And shouldn’t that mean we talk about our love affair with guns?

One has nothing to do with the other. Owning a gun is not loving the gun culture, anti-life or whatever other charges people like the owner of that website wants to hurl at gun owners. There is something wrong with abortion, there is nothing wrong with owning a gun as guns help life continue when used properly — like for hunting. Nothing about abortion is a positive for life.

Perhaps what I loved most about the documentary is that the main character is a straight-up fundamentalists. Schenck is no Michael Moore, and this is not Bowling for Columbine. This makes his questioning all the more beautiful, as it is coming from the depths of fundamentalism, not from outsiders. It also means that the documentary would be hard to dismiss as liberal propaganda, as Schenck is anything but liberal.

He doesn’t get it. Just because a supposed fundamentalist is against gun ownership doesn’t mean that gun ownership is wrong or anti-life. It means that the person may be misguided in his thinking. If you do not want to own a gun then do not buy one but no one has the right to force their views upon others keep them from owning a gun. Cars kill as many people, if not more, than guns, should we label our car culture anti-life and force everyone to walk?

#6. Are You Sure?http://bibleresearchtoday.com/2015/10/26/which-book-of-the-apocrypha-did-paul-use-most/

The recognition that not just the sacred texts of the Tanakh influenced Paul’s thoughts and teaching but that he was also influenced by contemporary Jewish intertestamental literature is extremely helpful in helping us to place Paul within his Jewish milieu. It also helps us to understand some of the language and concepts found in his theology and teaching.

That is not what the Bible says. Paul was inspired by the Holy Spirit not human writings. Most likely, the other writings copied from Paul when they edited their works.

#7. The One Time http://robertcargill.com/2015/08/23/comparison-of-the-top-2014-ncaa-football-head-coach-salaries-vs-2015-preseason-rank/

Below is a comparison of NCAA 2014 Football head coach salaries ranked by total compensation vs. this year’s preseason football ranking.

Maybe there would be more than one time but this is where I would agree with many unbelievers. College coaches and professional athletes are vastly over-paid. It is no wonder universities have to raise tuition, they pay too much money to too few people.

#8. Hardly Like Christ http://samanthapfield.com/2015/10/26/pro-life-activist-to-pro-choice-christian/

I wrote an article for XOJane on “How I went from Being a Pro-Life Activist to a Pro-Choice Christian.”

The meaning of the word ‘Christian’, as I was told so long ago, is ‘like Christ’, so many women fail at this as they seek to do their own thing instead of Christ’s.

A Few Comments- 20

#1. The Think They Found Herhttp://www.ancient-origins.net/news-general/archaeologists-say-they-have-found-bones-mona-lisa-cannot-extract-dna-003976

Archaeologists say they have found the bones of Mona Lisa, but cannot extract DNA
A team of researchers seeking to unveil the true identity of the mysterious model who sat for Leonardo da Vinci’s world renowned painting, The Mona Lisa, say they have found bones of the woman with the enigmatic smile.
Archaeologists working in Florence, Italy said this week that they have fragments of bone which they are certain belonged to Lisa Gherardini Del Giocondo—the woman thought to have sat for da Vinci’s famous painting—but the remains cannot be DNA tested due to their decayed condition.

As you can see by the words ‘certain’ & ‘thought’ they really do not know and are only guessing. DNA is not the magic tool everyone thought it was going to be.

#2. That Is Because Neanderthals Were Just Humans-http://www.ancient-origins.net/news-evolution-human-origins/entire-neanderthal-genome-finally-mapped-amazing-results-001138

Entire Neanderthal genome finally mapped – with amazing results
The results of an extensive analysis of a 50,000-year-old toe bone belonging to a Neanderthal woman, which was unearthed in a cave in 2010, have been long awaited. Now, after much anticipation, the findings have finally been released by the journal Nature, and they have not disappointed. For the first time ever, researchers have completely sequenced the fossil’s nuclear DNA to the same extent and quality as that of genomes sequenced from present-day people.
All around the world, news headlines shout out about incest and inbreeding and other sensationalistic statements. Sadly, they are missing the most amazing results of all.
This incredible research has revealed the following:
There is now conclusive evidence that Neanderthals bred with Homo sapiens – a fact disputed for many years. Some scientists claimed the two species had never even met.
Ancient human species, including Neanderthals, Denisovans and Homo sapiens mated with each other, resulting in an incredibly complex family tree.

This is only evidence that the Neanderthal and other supposed ancient species were only human and not part of some evolutionary ascent. you cannot trust the work of evolutionists for they are blind and deceived.

#3. No They Didn’t– http://www.ancient-origins.net/news-evolution-human-origins/ancient-humans-bred-completely-unknown-species-001059

Ancient Humans Bred with Completely Unknown Species
A new study presented to the Royal Society meeting on ancient DNA in London last week has revealed a dramatic finding – the genome of one of our ancient ancestors, the Denisovans, contains a segment of DNA that seems to have come from another species that is currently unknown to science. The discovery suggests that there was rampant interbreeding between ancient human species in Europe and Asia more than 30,000 years ago. But, far more significant was the finding that they also mated with a mystery species from Asia – one that is neither human nor Neanderthal.
Scientists launched into a flurry of discussion and debate upon hearing the study results and immediately began speculating about what this unknown species could be. Some have suggested that a group may have branched off to Asia from the Homo heidelbernensis, who resided in Africa about half a million years ago. They are believed to be the ancestors of Europe’s Neanderthals.

This is not just a ‘he said/she said’ argument. it is merely pointing out that different genetic information does not mean that there was a different species. it just means that different genetic information was, and probably still is, existing at the time. There is only one human race and all of science’s manipulation and theories won’t change that fact.

#4. Do We Really Need To Know Every Origin Of Everything?http://www.ancient-origins.net/myths-legends/exploring-true-origins-snow-white-and-seven-dwarfs-004150

Exploring the True Origins of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is one of the most famous fairy tales in the world, first related in 1812 when the Grimm brothers published their collection of tales that had been gathered from old European folk stories. Like many of the Grimm tales, it is believed that Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs has been in existence since the Middle Ages, passed down through word-of-mouth over the centuries. In 1937, Walt Disney’s animated feature film of Snow White popularized the story worldwide, and since then, it has generally been regarded as purely a tale of fiction. However, recent research suggests the famous fairy tale may not be so fictional after all.

The historical aspect is probable but do we really need to find out if the fairy tale is based upon reality or not? Sometimes it is better to just leave things alone.

#5. The Shroud Of Turinhttp://www.ancient-origins.net/artifacts-other-artifacts/shroud-turin-controversial-cloth-defies-explanation-study-shows-it-has-dna-020577

The Shroud of Turin: Controversial Cloth Defies Explanation as Study Shows it Has DNA From Around the World

My skepticism come sin from the fact that this cloth has been handled by many different people, exposed to many different environments and so on over the years. This DNA could have come to the shroud at any time, been wiped off at any time and on it goes. This is not conclusive evidence that the shroud belonged to Jesus

#6.  This Is Interesting, Toohttp://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/oldest-known-draft-king-james-bible-discovered-cambridge-004217

Oldest Known Draft of the King James Bible Discovered in Cambridge
The King James Version (KJV) is the best-selling version of the best-selling book in world history—the Bible. It is estimated that more than 1 billion copies of the KJV have been sold. It was translated and rewritten by six teams of 17th century scholars to protect bishops’ hegemony in the Anglican church and ensure the divine right of kings. No wonder they call it the “King” James Version, the oldest known draft of which has just been found by a professor in the papers of one of its 54 translators.
Hardly any working papers and drafts of the King James Version have been found since the first edition was published in 1611, so news of the discovery of this draft of a small part of the Bible has had a big impact in certain circles.
With the find of Professor Jeffrey Alan Miller of Montclair State University in New Jersey, Bible scholars will have a new look into the makings of the KJV, which has been called the most poetic English translation of the Bible and which has a rich and interesting history. Professor Miller found a working notebook with drafts of the Apocrypha of translator Samuel Ward among Ward’s papers at Cambridge University in England. Ward was a member of six teams of scholars that James I appointed to give a more king- and Anglican Church-friendly version of the Bible

Even translators needed to do rough copies but this isn’t even the Bible just extra books that have little to no value.

A Few Comments- 19

We will be gone for a week or so which explains our rash of activity here

#1.Why Limit Science To Natural Causes? And Who Said It First?http://www.forbes.com/sites/johnfarrell/2014/06/15/why-limit-science-to-natural-causes-and-who-said-it-first/

Braterman thinks it is unwise and counterproductive for scientists to maintain too strong a devotion to MN as an a priori principal. “Our faith in the regularity of nature derives from our having lived and evolved in a world where it holds good,” he writes, “not from some special rule about the nature of science. It is confirmed, over huge reaches of space and time, by observation.”

And further, he argues, any fear that in the absence of such a principle the possibility of invoking supernatural explanations may discourage the search for natural ones is simply unfounded

Actually, no one is ‘invoking supernatural explanations’ we are telling people about God’s revelation of what he did in the beginning. It is science that is the interloper in the origins issue not those who believe in a biblical supernatural cause. secular scientists have it all wrong, they are not the authority nor the owner of our origins, they really have no say in what theory can be expounded on or proclaimed.

#2. Old Earth Ministrieshttp://www.oldearth.org/

Welcome to Old Earth Ministries (OEM – formerly Answers In Creation).   This website is run by Biblical Creationists who monitor young earth creation ministries, and provide answers to their scientific claims, and provide links to the latest old earth creationism articles. Many people have rejected Christianity because of young earth creationism.  A proper understanding of the Bible and science shows that you can be a Christian and believe in an old earth.We have thousands of articles on a wide variety of topics.
If they have rejected Christianity because they were told the truth then they have nothing to whine about and the YEC is not to blame for that rejection. We do not change the truth because someone rejects it.
However, when Adam and Eve sinned, spiritual death was introduced, not physical death.  It is clear from the fossil record that animal death has existed for a long time.  True, Adam’s sin did subject humanity to death, but it did not introduce physical death to the world.  This mistaken belief is due to a misinterpretation of the Bible.
First, the only ones misinterpreting the Bible are the OEC people. Second, the fossil record does not trump nor change what the Bible says. Death entered at Adam’s sin, animal death did not exist prior to that point. The OEC people are abusing the fossil record to support their own sinful desires.
Three men have died and others were incapacitated while grave robbing an ancient tomb in China. The three men died of suffocation in the airless gravesite. Two other men in the tomb called for help, but one of them fainted due to lack of air, and the other fled the scene. Both surviving men were later detained and charged with robbing graves.
What can be said? They took the risk and paid a steep price.
A house discovered in ancient Rome’s central district may prove that the city was considerably larger than previously believed. The rectangular residence, which is still largely intact, has been discovered on the Quirinal Hill, between the modern Via Veneto and the Termini train station, and may date back to the sixth century BC.
Maybe it was a lone farm-house overseeing a large tract of land. Who knows? it is anybody’s guess and archaeologists are known for creating scenarios that can’t be backed up. Or maybe it was only a suburb disconnected from Rome like modern suburbs are.
Ten Legendary Lost Cities that Have Emerged from the Past

The story of Atlantis is one of the most renowned and enduring tales of a lost city, said to have been swallowed up by the sea and lost forever. Yet, the story of Atlantis is not unique, as other cultures have similar legends of landmasses and cities that have disappeared under the waves, been lost beneath desert sands, or buried beneath centuries of vegetation. Most of these legendary cities have never been found. However, there are now numerous cases of ancient cities, once seen as little more than myths and legends, that have now emerged from the past, raising the question as to how many more lost cities remain buried and waiting to be uncovered.

 

A good source of information.