Friday, June 17, 2022

Can You Read the Signs of the Times? If You Are Not a Believer, It Is Too Late. God has spoken, taught, and displayed His powers. But you did not listen...

... and went your own way, denying Truth and God. Now a shroud of delusion is trying to permanently blind you, and the wondrous salvation of the LORD you will not see, nor anything that's True. Perhaps you have a few seconds left to tear away the black shroud?

Saturday, March 5, 2022

Our Days of Grief Were Foretold Long Ago; But They Will End

"Many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am He', and will deceive many. When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains." Jesus, through Mark 13:6-8

We live in an age of moral relativism, thanks largely to misunderstood advances in science. In 1905 Albert Einstein discovered an amazing truth in astrophysics, that gravity warps both time and space; and in 1915, he proved that the speed of an object, and its mass, also do this. Both of these theorems - called special relativity and general relativity - led to many more discoveries that unlocked the mysteries of atomic energy and the sub-atomic, or quantum, world where ordinary physical laws disappear. 

The general public came to believe that science had disproved our Creator; that our classical understandings of God, morality, life and death were passe; and hopelessly old fashioned. Atheism flourished in education, culture, and law. 

"Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable." - G.K. Chesterton, 1874-1936.

Our inability to stand for right in the face of wrong has plagued us, and will always plague us until we awaken. We know it's cowardly to bow to tyrants. Abraham Lincoln spoke of this in 1865, at his inaugural, and his words resonate now more than ever: "Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue, until all the wealth piled up by the bond-man's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash, shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said, 'the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.'" 

Reckonings and consequences for our lawlessness are unavoidable. God is balancing His scales, sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment seat: 

    The Battle Hymn of the Republic; the Mormon Tabernacle Choir at West Point 

                         Daniel Day Lewis in the film Lincoln, by Steven Spielberg

President Lincoln lives even now in honor because he lived these words of our Savior:

 "Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden." - Matthew 5:11-13

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

What Is Truth?

The tiniest spark defeats the dark. True or false?

More people are saying "There is no truth" than ever before, which deeply divides us politically and spiritually. One man born in 1844 was the earliest and most influential proponent of this idea: Friederich Nietzsche, philosopher.* He said, "God is dead... and we have killed him." 

There's no middle ground here. Ironically, the statement cancels itself out by being a truth in itself. Do you exist? You must if you're reading this. That's one more important truth. If there is no truth, there's no God, just the material world, which turns to dust; only a meaningless life and sickness and death. 

It's good to be skeptical about the existence of immutable and unchanging truth, and it's likely that the more educated we are, the deeper that skepticism goes; but it's a dead end. If we think there's no truth, then there's no such thing as a lie. Just try living in the world with that thought in mind. 

If there's no truth, then there's no right or wrong; just opinions. There's no law either, just whatever expediency presents itself for our benefit.  The Chinese Communist Party took this path in 2014, voting in agreement that "the party comes first; law second." From that day onward they've rewritten their laws ad hoc, as convenient for the Ruling Class. Party members take whatever they want. Hong Kong? "Sure", they answer. Taiwan? "That's next." Lawlessness is the law, and the ugly consequences of this can't be hidden any longer. 

If there's one truth there must be many more. Are they infinite? Most adults have little trouble deciding on the answer. There certainly are truths in the sciences; chemistry, astrophysics, aerodynamics, and geology. Jumbo jets can fly. Nuclear energy proves that our understanding of the laws of the atomic world is powerfully true, so why do some have trouble with immutable truth?

Children quickly learn to detect falsehood among their friends because they have unbridled wants and needs. They steal from each other and deny it. Good parents teach and show them honesty at home, setting a good example. But many families are broken, as are schools, and the authorities. The consequences of this are all around us now. There are few things more scary for children than discovering their parents are dead wrong about very important realities.   

It's highly fashionable in Hollywood, Washington D.C., and among global leftist elites to say, as Oprah frequently does, "We each have our own truth." Well. What if my truth tells me I'm a god, the center of the universe, and all of you are mere illusions? This has been tried millions of times, and never ends well. 

Judea's Governor Pontius Pilate, facing a terrible dilemma in which he had to choose between his conscience, enraging his government, or the priests and mobs in Jerusalem, famously asked Jesus, "What is truth?"

His dilemma is ours, too. We have to answer this question many times in life; when we need to trust someone, or some authority, who wants us to do something we loathe for one reason or another. It's enormously helpful to have a firm and tested foundation for our decision. Healthy religion is best of all. The Ten Commandments are a great start. Moral decisions must be made, and the consequences of making the wrong choice are worse than fatal. Making the right choice will lead us to untold riches. 

Today we must decide if abortion is ever right or wrong. We must decide if our political leaders can be trusted, though clearly, few can be. We have to stay employed, but may be asked to cheat and lie by our bosses who may be saying to themselves that they are "living their own truth." We may have to defend ourselves with deadly force, or not. We may have grave information that could bring down an entire industry or business. What is your immutable Truth? 
Here's a good place to start:

We must conquer our fears, or we cannot have a good and meaningful life. It's hard, but the best things in life rarely come easily. The rewards for conquering fear are immeasurable:

* Friederich Nietzsche went insane at age 45, and died at 55. 

Sunday, January 9, 2022

The Massacre of the Innocents

Christmas comes with a cruel and bitter pill to swallow after our feasting and joy. 
King Herod knew that the Messiah foretold by the prophets had been born when he saw the star of Bethlehem, but he was depending on the Magi to show him where the infant Christ was. He wanted him killed. But the Magi were warned in a dream that Herod intended this, so they took a different route home, avoiding Herod's palace and guards.
"When Herod realized he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and  gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi." - Matt. 2:16

A newborn child is a message from God that humanity should continue, among other things. Killing a child is tantamount to killing Him. Mass killing of children is Satanic evil compounded, unless the LORD who created us is doing it, and He has done it for just cause, as any loving parent would punish a child who becomes a sociopathic killer. 

When Moses appeared before Pharaoh - 1,450 years before Christ - with God's message that he must let the Israelites go, which Pharaoh refused, Egypt started down a road it would forever suffer on. Nine terrible plagues (water turned to blood; frogs fell from the sky; lice infested everyone; flies swarmed; animal diseases festered; boils afflicted the people; hail and fire fell from thunderstorms; locusts devoured everything; black darkness lasted for three days) fell upon the Egyptians and barely touched the Israelites. After each plague Pharaoh still refused to let Moses leave with his people and he made the Hebrew slaves' lives harder (before Moses there was no Sabbath, and the lives of the lowest classes and their animals were ones of labor, seven days a week).  
Finally, Pharaoh agreed to let the Israelites leave, but said, "[You] Must leave your flocks and herds behind." 
Moses told him that was unacceptable; that he and his people would starve and not be able to worship God. 
Pharaoh replied, "Leave now, and if I see your face again you will die." 
Frequently in Scripture, the punishments dictated by tyrants and wrongdoers are the very ones they themselves will receive. 

God said to Moses, then and there, "I will bring one more plague upon Pharaoh and Egypt..." Moses' last words to Pharaoh were a warning about a mass death that was about to happen. This is known as the Death of the Firstborn, when God told Moses, "I will pass through the land of Egypt and strike down every firstborn, both men and animals, and I will execute judgment against all the gods of Egypt..." - Exodus 12:12

The Israelites were instructed to paint lamb's blood on the doorframes of their houses, and the LORD passed over them. This is the first Passover, around 1450 B.C. 
Our Creator alone has supreme authority over our lives and deaths. No person or government has that authority, unless we're convicted of cold blooded murder. But you wouldn't know that from listening to the world's pharaohs and kings today; the abortion-happy governments and Planned Parenthood mass murderers. 
God has patience with us and our faults, but He has limits. A new and much larger Exodus is coming:

All the crimes, abuses, and issues of authority that faced Moses and Pharaoh are present today, and much worse. Technology has made us reckless and dangerous. If you give a child a hammer, he will think everything is a nail. That's us.

Globally there are 40 to 50 million abortions each year. This is about 123,000 abortions a day. There are around 3,000 a day in the U.S., and these numbers are rising as the Democratic Party continues pressuring states to make abortion easier, even by paying for it with public money. The Democrats have said for many years that anyone who disagrees with this policy "...has no business joining the Democratic Party" - Keith Ellison, former DNC leader. 

Unless we all make a stand for the right to life of every baby in the womb, we will have a terrible Last Day. Armageddon isn't just a final Judgment Day for the world, it's a fateful event awaiting every one of us. 

Why and how did we go wrong? All the world has been deceived and led astray by so-called "scientific" materialist philosophies that ignore God as a "fantasy for weak people", or as a possibly real but malevolent and dangerous idea. 
Science isn't ever "settled". It's a never-ending process; a method of seeking the truth that depends on honest and open debate, disagreements, counter-arguments, and the testing of theories. It has many limitations which aren't often discussed, but its successes have certainly been dazzling; so dazzling in many cases that its evil consequences are being ignored. Civilization itself is endangered by many recent so-called advances. 

Dr. Rupert Sheldrake is a biologist and author of nine books and ninety scientific papers, and his thoughts and words on this subject are vitally important: