The Creation Debate

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Anyone who lives in the world today knows of the active debate going between men about how everything that is here came to be. Intelligent design, evolution, intelligent design with the help of evolution, and there are more less popular theories out there. It’s one thing to know what you believe and why, it’s another to debate those beliefs with others, but it is an entirely different story to try to prove your theory right when you might be putting that effort into saving a soul.

The main point I am trying to make is not one the everyone likes to hear. For a Christian maturing in their faith it is important for them to know what they believe on the matter and why. But if you are having a conversation with someone who is not saved by Christ and you begin to try and prove why your creation belief is better than theirs, we are really saying, “what is more important than your soul is the fact that I’m right.” The issue of how the world came to be is an argument that we should make after we save the soul of those wanting to debate us on it.

It’s not bad to talk about this topic at all, my main point is to not turn someone off to the saving power of Christ because a debate about how we are here, instead of why we are here.

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Innocence leads to Ignorance

>”The final result of the book is quite inspiring, but some of the “pictures” presented in the book are a little extreme. The sexual perversions of America are vividly portrayed. For people who have already been exposed to the tremendous sin that is available in this country, this book will doubtlessly be an inspiration. But for those who want to keep their purity and be innocent in relation to the world’s evil, I do not recommend this book. I was sorry I read it.”

The above text was a review of the book “The President” by Parker Hudson. Christians with the world view in this review lead the world to think we are feebly, better than them, and afraid to socialize with them and befriend them. We need not to be afraid to be with them and reach out with them, do not follow the sins, but love them and not shun them. Christ never walked away from other because of sexual acts or sins, neither should we.

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Mr. Mockingbird

>I haven’t seen the stars, which might be some of my favorite objects ever, it what may very well be 4-5 weeks that I can remember. Everyday seems to be filled with clouds and most likely rain, I don’t mind the rain but now it is almost getting ridiculous. Although I can say I have had some wonderful company at night. There is a male mockingbird who has nested in the tree outside my room and sings as I lay in bed; it has been very relaxing. Sadly, tonight I saw the lonely moon with no stars and my friend Mr. Mockingbird appears to have either finally found his mate and quit singing or taken to a different locale. I am ready for some clear skies soon.

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Few Thoughts For The Day

>Some storms blew up today. As I looked to the sky, some dark, swiftly moving dark clouds cleared my view to see the magnificent cumulus clouds that loomed far above. This reminds me of the way it is with God. Dark times and wrath may bear down and be present, but he is always there during those dark times, watching, in control, even when the dark times return to bring more rain.

The average storm last 2-3 hours (liberally speaking). If one lives to be 75 years old, they will live 657,000 hours. If they experience one storm per week, that is 3,900 storms in their life, they will experience approximately 9,750 hours of storms. 1.48% of a person’s life will be experiencing storms, the power of God. Enjoy these wonders, they reveal so much about our Creator. Personally, I hope to experience far more than 9,750 hours.

A Discovery Channel show on Jesus just made the statement that around 2/3 of the world is Christian (that includes all denominations, including Catholic). From my life experience, either this statistic is greatly skewed, or many lips are shut. Either way, change needs to occur.

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A Sunny Room with a Southern Exposure

>As I was perusing my library of the many books that I should read but as of now have not, I opened up my John Adams book by David McCullough. A quote struck me as very relevant to the economic status of these times we are currently in, and while I can not say for certain when, as it is not dated, this quote appears to have been uttered by John Adams sometime in the 1790’s, around 210 years before our current economic state.

“I am so well satisfied with my present simplicity that I am determined never to depart from it.” He said this making a vow never again to spend money just to keep up appearances, as times were tight.

I challenge everyone to think about this quote, regardless of the mouth from which it was uttered, it serves a great purpose.

Updated: To further this discussion, as I was reading some works from Albert Einstein, this part of which does not require much interpretation as he is a straight shooter.
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“I am absolutely convinced that no wealth in the world can help humanity forward, even in the hands of the most devoted worker in this cause. The example of great and pure individuals is the only thing that can lead us to noble thoughts and deeds. Money only appeals to selfishness and irresistibly invites abuse. Can anyone imagine Moses, Jesus, or Gandhi armed with the money-bags of Carnegie?”

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Psychological Delay

>I know that I am not a psychologist or an expert by any means, but I think perhaps what I am about to discuss might hold some ground. It relates to Freud’s ideas of the unconscious and the id.

I know if you are like me that there have been many times when some one said something or asked me a question and I immediately responded, “What?” even though I knew exactly what they said and could even repeat it to them. Perhaps they would ask something like the following, “Did you see that amazing game last night?” to which I would reply ,”What?” and they would repeat themselves but I could finish their sentence for them. I thought to some extent as to why I would say “what” after some statement or question. I asked my friends if they did the same thing and they agreed that they had, perhaps more or less than I, but they did none the less.

As I ran these thoughts over in my mind today I came to the conclusion, rather a small, more insignificant one, that the response generated by me immediately was not of my conscious or rather ego, but rather my unconscious, or id. The id, not necessarily feeling anxiety, forces the ego to push out the question “what?” in order to give the mind more time to come up with an answer and reaction. It uses this as a defense mechanism to help avoid what it may see as an embarrassment in the stalling period while thinking of a response. To avoid this, the id pushes out “what” to give the mind more time to recall. Going back to the earlier question, one may stall three or four seconds while recalling the game from the night before so they can discuss it. This defense mechanism allows the mind to recall the game the previous night while the person asks the question a second time so as not to seem slow or dim-witted.

While there may not be a solid, scientific proof for this theory rather than my reasoning, I feel that this explanation may explain why the forced “what” pops out without us thinking about it. I welcome and suggestions, comments, and/or criticisms.

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America’s Youth

>Yesterday, my brother and I were communicating through e-mail at work and were having a rather ardent conversation, that at times became quite rabid, that began on the US Supreme Court’s ruling on the Washington D.C. law regarding personal gun control. The topic of discussion switched when chase mentioned that a real concern of his is the ignorance of many youth of America. Since the introduction of word processors, computers, and calculators, it is easy for today’s young student to become incredibly lazy and still make it through high school and even college.

While I will admit that I am no different from anyone else in taking full advantage of all of these resources that technology has brought us, I often yearn for a trip back in time when it was no so easy to write a report on the works of William Shakespeare as to simply search the internet for a few biographies written about him and then copy, paste, and type of few words of my own on to my Word document, which will help correct any spelling or grammatical error I have made with out making me actually learn what I have done wrong, and submitting it for a grade. My senior year of high school I wrote a 6-7 page paper I believe on the ancient philosopher and theologian Thomas Aquinas and give a 10 minute speech on my paper. I had one book written by Sir Thomas that I used for research, I took his three main theological principals and vaguely discussed them, and the rest of the resources were internet based articles on his life that I used to complete the assignment. While I found him very interesting and still do, I could not recall much from that paper I believe because I did not truly have to search for the information, I merely took others work and put it in my own words without putting it in my brain.

I think the actual effort of looking up resources and reading them rather than blindly searching for keywords and putting them on paper can greatly increase the knowledge one retains when writing these sort of research papers. I read in the newspaper about a year ago of a boy who graduated from a Kentucky high school without the ability to read. How does this happen? Has education and society become so that it is politically incorrect to criticize and teach someone who can’t read at the age of 18 after 13 years of schooling? I could not let this stand. Are we afraid to step on people toes about these things? It is not rude or incorrect, but rather helpful and beneficial to make sure that children actually perform well to get to the next level in their education.

I feel that the internet and television are wonderful and great inventions but that society has turned to them to act as a daycare for their children when they don’t feel like dealing with them. Channels such as the Discovery Channel, TLC, the Travel Channel, National Geographic, A&E, and many more channels do have quality, educational programs on that are worth watching. I am not saying that all other channels and shows are not. there is nothing wrong with unwinding after a day of work by sitting down and watching an episode of Seinfeld or Friends, but when our children are constantly glue to the television for hours a day and surf the internet for a few more hours, this is not healthy. On my bookshelf I have perhaps over 100 books ranging from classic William Shakespeare to Japanese cult classic books such as Battle Royale. Bram Stoker, Dumas, Homer, Dickens, Melville, Stevenson, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle share the shelves with Neil Gaiman, George Orwell, Will Lavender, Patrick O’Brian, Stephen King, and Tom Clancy. I have not read every book on my shelf and read the goofy, sci-fi Neil Gaiman books probably more than the Charles Dickens, I enjoy sitting down and watching an episode of two of Frasier and Family Guy, sitting down and playing Grand Theft Auto IV or watching Star Wars, I am no different than anybody else, but I think that reading greatly enhances the mind and its capabilities. Whether you sit down to read “Hamlet” or such a goofy read as Douglas Adams’ “Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy,” whether it is for 5 minutes or 50 minutes, non-fiction or fiction, the stimulation of the mind by reading is a wonderful thing. It helps cultivate the minds vocabulary, writing skills, comprehension, and logic skills just by a little bit of reading.

Don’t rely on the internet to entertain you along with hours of television, spend quality time with your family and friends. take a few minutes out of your day to pick up a book, educational magazine, newspaper, anything like this and read a bit of it, you are never to old to stop learning. For those of you with kids, remember, a child watches your every move. If you watch hours of T.V. they will want to as well, if they see you reading for just a little bit here and there, they will want to also and it can greatly cultivate their young, intelligent minds.

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