Distortion for Affect…Where is Truth?

Distortion of the truth has been with us since Adam blamed Eve and Eve blamed the snake, but that doesn’t justify the use of distortion by any means. History books still don’t acknowledge that free black men fought in the Confederate Army, obviously not to keep slavery in vogue, but because their state was under attack by the federal government. Blacks distort the truth blaming whites for slavery while ignoring all the blacks that also participated in the sin of buying and selling people. Distortions! Universities have become indoctrination centers instead of centers of diverse thought and discovery. Don’t believe me? Just try to hold a lecture to present a politically-incorrect apposing viewpoint and see what happens. Major news networks distort the national news to fit their politics with truth nowhere to be found. As ABC did in the Aurora, Colorado shootings as they jumped to conclusions saying the shooter was a Tea Party member, all borne out of their hatred for those patriots. This is not journalism and it sure isn’t the truth of fertile ground. Trees that sway in the winds of personal agendas are puffed-up and not permanent. “Marshmallow trees” I call them; they have no solid integrity, no strong roots. Will a tree in this type of ground survive the destructive winds of hate; winds as strong as any found in Oklahoma’s “tornado alley”? The winds of persecution, envy and hate have been around since Cain slew Able. Do you see the contrast I am trying to present here? To not have roots in the fertile ground is to ultimately grow distorted, shallow and pushed around by the mob of the culture. How sad is that!

What is not a distortion is the truth found in the Bible. The Bible is true; Jesus Christ is indeed the Logos, the very Word of God (John 1:1). The proof is all around you if you have eyes to see it. You are, of course, free to reject it, but you are not free to distort it. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the only fertile ground into which to plant your tree; the only ground to develop strong truthful roots. Anything else is just regular ground or rocky ground thus providing the poor nourishment so widely seen in our culture today. The next time you experience the lies coming out of Washington D.C., the hate found on nearly every college campus, the rejection of diverse ideas and speech, just remember that these people are the real distortions within our society. Trees with no roots. I wish to show a whole different path to goodness and salvation…to become “A Different Kind of Tree“.

WHAT IS TRUTH?

Every morning I would open the garage door and there he was, that black cat! I knew he had my number for he was Satan himself! Yes, Satan in a black fur coat; no horns, just those pointed ears and those eyes. I swear I could see fire in the narrow slit eyes, calling me by name. You don’t believe me do you? That the cat was actually Satan himself, I mean. Well, everybody told me it was true, so it had to be true, everybody said so. The neighbors all agreed and repeated the mantra year after year after year; I knew it had to be true! Based on this truth that Satan was the cat, I decided to live my life knowing that every morning that black furry Satan would visit me. There was absolutely no doubt about it. He was indeed Satan himself!

How many times have you run into people with strange ideas and wonder how could they possibly believe that way? It happens all the time, especially with politics and religion. People simply will buy into the craziest notions, maybe because they want to, maybe due to a pervasive charismatic leader. I used to work with a person who firmly believed and was extremely critical that Republicans were for massive big government when it is actually a proven fact that the opposite party, her party, is the one promoting that direction. How did she get so far off the mark? Who does she listen to?

The “unwilling to think, non-listening, all about agendas…screw the truth” types simply will say anything they want to, distorting the truth, and their sick followers come along lapping up the poisoned milk. Oh, speaking of lapping up milk, that black cat, remember “the Satan cat”…it is just a story to prove a point we all know is true. Say something often enough however and it then becomes the truth no matter how false it truly is. Can I really be certain that the cat is not Satan after all? What if…?

The truth is, Jesus the Christ was a faithful Jew who had a habit of attending Synagogue and reading Scripture. I have no doubt that Jesus Christ is the Messiah and that we are to follow Him. Nothing else in all of recorded history has been so scrutinized, researched and proven by physical discovery than this fact. Many Jews, after 2,000 years, are still looking for the Messiah and will disagree with me, thinking that I am wrong. That is okay; firm in my faith, as a Christian, I support my Jewish brothers and sisters; and I pray that one day the vale will be lifted and we will all be one Family of God. The theologically blind don’t know they are blind, as a fish doesn’t know it is in water.

Search for REAL Truth – Just Because your Agenda Creates a Belief Doesn’t Make it True

Let’s “piggy-back” upon my last post and continue our study in “what is truth” as the sin of the global hoax of man-made climate change is revealed. An area of change in “what is truth” over the centuries is the link between cosmology and theology. Stay with me on this bit of history for it reveals how agendas create a made-up belief which then becomes truth for a group that they then hold to the death.

Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC) was a Greek philosopher, a student of Plato and teacher of Alexander the Great. He with early theologians said the Bible tells us the Earth is at the center of the Universe and it is the sun that moves around the Earth. This thought was widely accepted and preached for centuries. There are indeed Old Testament Bible verses that speak to this concept, as follows:   Joshua 10:12, 13; Psalms 93:1; Psalms 96:10; Ecclesiastes 1:5; Isaiah 60:20; and Habakkuk 3:11.

Great thinkers such as Plato, Aristotle, Ptolemy, and much later in the 1600’s one Tycho Brahe all subscribed to the Earth being still in the center of the Universe and said it was truth. The Catholic Church subscribed to this notion to the point that people were killed and imprisoned for not believing this theology during the Inquisition. The first real serious challenge to the geocentric model of the Universe didn’t come until much later with Nicolaus Copernicus (February 19, 1473 – May 24, 1543), who never worked full-time as an astronomer, yet being the first astronomer to formulate a scientifically based heliocentric cosmology that displaced the Earth from the center of the Universe. It was his life’s work. His book, “De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium” (On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres), is thought to be the starting point of modern astronomy and defined the beginning of the Scientific Revolution. Copernicus suppressed publication of his findings because of fear of being killed for his writings, which went against the powerful Catholic Church all right, but some believe he was actually more fearful of other scientists treading on his work. When Galileo Galilei wrote a book in 1610, “Sidereus Nuncius” (The Starry Messenger), that presented his research made with the new telescope, and proved the radical Copernicus right. This caused such an uproar that in 1616, the Copernicus book was banned by the Catholic church, as was anything that took away from “the Aristotelian fact” that the Earth was indeed the center of the Universe. Galileo was ordered to Rome to stand trial on suspicion of heresy in 1633, “for holding as true the false doctrine taught by some that the sun is the center of the world”, against the 1616 condemnation of Copernicus. Even though some Church Astronomers duplicated Galileo’s research and showed him respect, the Catholic Church just couldn’t take scientific proof that seemed to go against the Bible.

There are those people with their own agendas that push the reading of these types of Bible verse way too far; God also created a brain for us to use, and they simply need to use theirs. Today, there are still those that believe in the geocentric model of the Universe, even though we know that Copernicus and Galileo were right, and of course this fact does not diminish the Bible’s Truths whatsoever. Why, there is even a “Geocentric Bible” written by Gordon Bane, using King James text, and based on a 1992 book called “Geocentricity” by Gerardus D. Bouw, Ph.D. and published by The Biblical Astronomer in Cleveland, Ohio.

Concerning the Catholic Church’s Galileo heresy trial in 1633, “for holding as true the false doctrine…”, we saw on January 17, 2008, a Wall Street Journal story where Rome’s Sapienza University silenced & censored Pope Benedict XVI because 20 years earlier he had said he would have supported the 17th century heresy trial against Galileo…so much for free speech and free thought at a university…there is definitively something bazaar about all this mess!

Search for REAL Truth – Just Because your Agenda Creates a Belief Doesn't Make it True

Let’s “piggy-back” upon my last post and continue our study in “what is truth” as the sin of the global hoax of man-made climate change is revealed. An area of change in “what is truth” over the centuries is the link between cosmology and theology. Stay with me on this bit of history for it reveals how agendas create a made-up belief which then becomes truth for a group that they then hold to the death.

Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC) was a Greek philosopher, a student of Plato and teacher of Alexander the Great. He with early theologians said the Bible tells us the Earth is at the center of the Universe and it is the sun that moves around the Earth. This thought was widely accepted and preached for centuries. There are indeed Old Testament Bible verses that speak to this concept, as follows:   Joshua 10:12, 13; Psalms 93:1; Psalms 96:10; Ecclesiastes 1:5; Isaiah 60:20; and Habakkuk 3:11.

Great thinkers such as Plato, Aristotle, Ptolemy, and much later in the 1600’s one Tycho Brahe all subscribed to the Earth being still in the center of the Universe and said it was truth. The Catholic Church subscribed to this notion to the point that people were killed and imprisoned for not believing this theology during the Inquisition. The first real serious challenge to the geocentric model of the Universe didn’t come until much later with Nicolaus Copernicus (February 19, 1473 – May 24, 1543), who never worked full-time as an astronomer, yet being the first astronomer to formulate a scientifically based heliocentric cosmology that displaced the Earth from the center of the Universe. It was his life’s work. His book, “De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium” (On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres), is thought to be the starting point of modern astronomy and defined the beginning of the Scientific Revolution. Copernicus suppressed publication of his findings because of fear of being killed for his writings, which went against the powerful Catholic Church all right, but some believe he was actually more fearful of other scientists treading on his work. When Galileo Galilei wrote a book in 1610, “Sidereus Nuncius” (The Starry Messenger), that presented his research made with the new telescope, and proved the radical Copernicus right. This caused such an uproar that in 1616, the Copernicus book was banned by the Catholic church, as was anything that took away from “the Aristotelian fact” that the Earth was indeed the center of the Universe. Galileo was ordered to Rome to stand trial on suspicion of heresy in 1633, “for holding as true the false doctrine taught by some that the sun is the center of the world”, against the 1616 condemnation of Copernicus. Even though some Church Astronomers duplicated Galileo’s research and showed him respect, the Catholic Church just couldn’t take scientific proof that seemed to go against the Bible.

There are those people with their own agendas that push the reading of these types of Bible verse way too far; God also created a brain for us to use, and they simply need to use theirs. Today, there are still those that believe in the geocentric model of the Universe, even though we know that Copernicus and Galileo were right, and of course this fact does not diminish the Bible’s Truths whatsoever. Why, there is even a “Geocentric Bible” written by Gordon Bane, using King James text, and based on a 1992 book called “Geocentricity” by Gerardus D. Bouw, Ph.D. and published by The Biblical Astronomer in Cleveland, Ohio.

Concerning the Catholic Church’s Galileo heresy trial in 1633, “for holding as true the false doctrine…”, we saw on January 17, 2008, a Wall Street Journal story where Rome’s Sapienza University silenced & censored Pope Benedict XVI because 20 years earlier he had said he would have supported the 17th century heresy trial against Galileo…so much for free speech and free thought at a university…there is definitively something bazaar about all this mess!

What is Truth? Often it is NOT What the Majority Thinks and We See This Revealed All the Time!

The last 4 posts may have caused some readers to reject the real truth over their own agendas about the environment. It is hard for many to change long held beliefs, especially when the same erroneous ideas are held by so many non-thinking people.

I invite you to join me and stand up for truth instead of personal reward. Stand firm, the pressure to sell out can be great when you are out-numbered. Any dead fish can go with the flow; you do this and there will be hole where you lost that bit of your integrity. Strive for truth over all agendas.

My threefold advice is: 1) To study multiple sources and compare. 2) Pray and listen for God’s voice to open truths; remember you should be working off God’s agenda and not your own (do you seek God’s glory or your own?). This is hard to do because people want to do all the talking when praying; but be quiet and listen to the Holy Spirit. Lastly, 3) come at this in faith as a child and set your sights on the Father; your sole goal in life is to one day hear Jesus tell you, “well done My good and faithful servant”.

That’s it…simple. The search for truth should not be about winning a Pulitzer Prize, or winning a big grant, or the “publish or die” sickness, or receiving tenure, nor making money, or publishing a book. When looking for truth, you should beware of a person’s motive. You need to understand that it is natural for a person to decide on what they want to believe, and then try to support that their belief is actually true. Some are so desperate for position that they will stoop to falsely fabricate their proof. Sadly, I believe this sickness is extremely prevalent in academia and with the scientific community today. As for me and this book, my motive is not for any prize, and I don’t work for any college, company or government where a grant is useful to me. My only motive is to hear Jesus say “well done My good and faithful servant”; it is that plain and that simple.

Real Truth transcends my thoughts, your thoughts, and the thoughts of the so called experts; the Bible has much more depth than we could ever hope or think. Rene Descartes thought he was on to the truth when he developed his thought process saying that at any given time you could be dreaming, so you are never sure if you are awake or asleep. Descartes chose a system he called “Radical Doubt”, which simply says that anything could be doubted because you are never really sure of reality. He said that to test whether you are awake or asleep required using a test that you could dream up, and thus you were unsure of the situation before, during and after the test. This all sounds like Heisenberg’s “Uncertainty Principle”; which said that in particle physics, you can’t measure an elementary particle in order to know about its location and properties because in the act of taking a measurement you change it. You can’t be sure about your measurements and the data that you gathered. Consistent with this uncertainty principle, Descartes “radical doubt” meant that it was always possible that he was actually dreaming, therefore, he said you can’t depend on your senses. In addition, he was suspect of even the simplest math and logic; how would he know if God was gracious and good or evil? Knowing that he did in fact exist in reality, he thought there existed the “logical possibility” that his mind was being controlled by evil instead of goodness; how would he know which is which? Knowing that he was real and existed, Descartes came up with the famous assertion: “I think, therefore I am”.15

Truth is greater than the Roman Catholic Church,, greater any “Descartes thought or definition”, and greater than Martin Luther…please don’t confine God by setting His rules to fit your definitions. The Pharisees thought they knew it all, had all the answers; and how did Jesus speak to the Pharisees? They had the Messiah right in front of them and their own definitions and agendas blinded them and they temporally killed their long sought-after Savior.

December 26, Christmas is never over – Who is your Truth in the next 364 days?

 

 

Do you know anyone who has ever questioned their faith? Or have you ever known of a church fight over doctrine? Or maybe a denomination that believes it is the only RIGHT denomination, and all others are going to hell? Have you ever known of a particular congregation that believes it has all the right answers and is willing to fight all others who believe differently? While I am all for “keeping the faith” and being solid in my beliefs, it is arrogant to think that “we” have all the right answers. Further, it is not God’s way for us to tear down someone else because they don’t believe as we do; let the other religions (beside Christianity) do that. Are Christians weak, no, they are to be humble because we are not perfect and we don’t have all the right answers…for we “know in part and prophesy in part” (I Cor. 13:9 NIV). I know a man that once hung on a cruel bloody timber that once said, “They know not what they are doing” (Luke 23:34 NIV).

 Somehow making this standard response, saying, nobody has all the answers…so don’t worry about it, just doesn’t cut it; it just doesn’t help, does it? The wars between people and between denominations still go on. People are hurt; why are Christians (in name only) so mean to one another? We are to tell of the love of Jesus Christ, yet we often display the same hatred found out beyond the church walls; nonbelievers see it and say, just look at those hypocrites, as if there are no hypocrites where those outsiders are standing! At least we Christians know we need a Savior and forgiveness of our sins.

Yes, there are really two Christian groups…Christians in name only (see Matthew 7:21) and Christians that are “a new creation in Christ” (John 3:3-7). We are to love one another. Everyone takes a stand on something, and we should. This is not bad, but please know that you only have partial truths and this should impact how you treat others. The Apostle Paul said that “We don’t know everything, and our prophecies are not complete.” (1Cor. 13:9 LB). I’m not suggesting you cave-in to false religions and doctrine, oh no, we are to be willing to stand in the breach and Truth will come to us (John 16:13). But what I am suggesting is that you are to become a strong Christian, set for you a firm foundation in Jesus, and then stand upright secure in your beliefs that Jesus Christ is LORD. Let the Holy Spirit do your fighting and you be loving to all as Jesus was and still is. Jesus tells us to love our enemies (Matt 5:44 NIV), yet the churches hurt their own brothers and sisters (they hardly being enemies) over these partial understandings.

Should we then stop from searching for a higher understanding? Never! The Apostle Paul once said, “I struggle for what is ahead, I run toward the goal, so that I can win the prize of being called to heaven. (Phil 3:13+14 LB)”. My main point is…it is “how” we run the race, not “should” we run the race. We have just celebrated the birth of the Christ Child, Immanuel…how are you now going to live in the next 364 days…for yourself or for that Baby, God incarnate?

 

 

 

Truth, integrity, honor…are these words pas-se these days?

Truth, integrity, honor…are these words pas-se these days? They may be to all of us earthlings, but they are not to God. People lie so often these days, it almost seems normal to do so. School teachers have been caught lying about and altering test results to make their efforts look better; sending the obvious though wrong student reaction: “if they do it, so can we”…and so the students cheat in great numbers. The media lies about and conveniently leave out their undesirable facts within their stories just to suit their political agendas. Honesty anyone?

Teachers, not knowing themselves about US history, teach revisionist untruthful lesson plans to fit a constructed liberal doctrine. Don’t believe me? …check out the new history books. Borne out of “inclusive language”, political correctness has now become censorship of free-speech. “Zero tolerance” in schools only proves to our students that teachers, administrators and adults at large, are unable to think, reason and solve problems. There is no integrity in lumping all action into one set of responses. Lacking the past integrity of a firm handshake, business contracts don’t mean anything today unless reinforced in a courtroom; assuming your insurance company allows you to even go to court in lieu of simply paying-off a frivolous lawsuit; thus adding gasoline to the frivolous lawsuit bonfires started by hoards of un-honorable people. Politicians call each other “honorable” and yet prove themselves to be the most corrupt, dishonest, liars of the bunch!

Friends, we are not in a good position in this country; we must get back to speaking the truth by disavowing liberal “relativism” and accepting that there is indeed an absolute truth. We must demand integrity in our leaders. We must expect honor again, and call it out when it goes missing. Apathy kills!

In the Book of Acts, chapter 5, we can read about Ananias and Sapphira. They sold a piece of property which was perfectly fine to do. They gave a portion to the Church which was perfectly fine to do. So, why did they die that every day? They died because they lied to the Holy Spirit and to the Church. They claimed that the money given to the Church was the money received from the sale of the property; if only they had simply told the truth…how easy that would have been!

God expects His disciples to be truthful. John 8:31-32…So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” It is interesting that if you simply tell the truth, you never have to worry about what you said years earlier. It actually produces freedom and peace in your heart. How right the Biblical text is in Zechariah 8:16…These are the things that you shall do: Speak the truth to one another; render in your gates judgments that are true and make for peace. Certainly, you do not like people lying to you; don’t you long for honestly from others? Then, why don’t you act first? We are one family of earthlings; let truth begin with you. Ephesians 4:25… Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. Truth, integrity, honor…are words that are NOT pas-se to God.

Where is the truth and honor?

There has been a lot in the news lately of the Obama “sequester”. Many have shouted “doom & gloom” from the roof tops. There are already hard working people being laid off and families hurt for no reason. Why is that happening? Are we really that far out of control?

The both sides of government are irresponsibily spending $10 billion dollars PER DAY of money we don’t have! It is our children’s future we are spending and it is sinful to do so! We must get it under control or we will die as a nation! Back to this so-called sequester…the “Chicken Little – the sky is falling” is all about scaring people; there is NO truth and NO honor in it. If there are any cuts, they are only 2% of our overly wasteful spending…hardly enough to cause the problems being reported on the national news. In fact, most of the sequester are not even cuts at all, but are reductions in future growth. We will still be spending more this year than last. So, why is our government attacking all these fine hard-working people, alying off people for no reason and hurting families?

So the point of this blog post is what? The point is, we are a compassionate nation, but both sides of our leadership are hurting our citizens and we are being lied to by our mainstream media…we are a better nation than this! I ask again, where has truth and honor gone? Can we not expect to be better, to do the right thing, to have some honor, and not be so grossly selfish? We MUST look within and each individual seek to be “Different Kind of Trees” than the direction our culture is sliding.

Celebrate Uncertainty? You're Crazy!

Today’s culture celebrates uncertainty; it’s true. If you are firm in your belief, you are condemned to be short-sighted or closed-minded, a person NOT open to new ideas. You are not an intellect…why should we even listen to you?

Syncretism is killing our culture, our families, our churches, our souls! We are a world of lost souls wandering aimlessly through the desert of life, always searching, and passing right over life-giving water by eyes that don’t see! We need to bring Jesus Christ back into our lives, our work, our families, our relationships, our government, and yes, even back into our churches! It is unsustainable for everyone to wander about aimlessly searching for “their own way, their own meaning in lfe, what their idea of truth”. It is the turf of Satan! The breeding ground for invention. The more you divert and invent, the farther you will be away from Jesus! Get back to Bible study; it is your only foundation. It is ONLY by Jesus Christ who is our way, our truth, and our life, that we can be saved! It is ONLY Jesus that sustains us, for He is the Bread of Life and brings us “life-giving water”. I beg you, turn away from the crowds on that wide road to destruction and set your eyes upon Jesus and look upon His wonderful face; only here will you find peace, meaning, love and truth! Amen! 

Celebrate Uncertainty? You’re Crazy!

Today’s culture celebrates uncertainty; it’s true. If you are firm in your belief, you are condemned to be short-sighted or closed-minded, a person NOT open to new ideas. You are not an intellect…why should we even listen to you?

Syncretism is killing our culture, our families, our churches, our souls! We are a world of lost souls wandering aimlessly through the desert of life, always searching, and passing right over life-giving water by eyes that don’t see! We need to bring Jesus Christ back into our lives, our work, our families, our relationships, our government, and yes, even back into our churches! It is unsustainable for everyone to wander about aimlessly searching for “their own way, their own meaning in lfe, what their idea of truth”. It is the turf of Satan! The breeding ground for invention. The more you divert and invent, the farther you will be away from Jesus! Get back to Bible study; it is your only foundation. It is ONLY by Jesus Christ who is our way, our truth, and our life, that we can be saved! It is ONLY Jesus that sustains us, for He is the Bread of Life and brings us “life-giving water”. I beg you, turn away from the crowds on that wide road to destruction and set your eyes upon Jesus and look upon His wonderful face; only here will you find peace, meaning, love and truth! Amen! 

Yes, Mr. Todd, the Bible is the Word of God!

How appropriate for the day to be April Fools Day 2011. For the foolish TV show, “Hardball”, normally with Chris Matthews as host on MSNBC, that we would have Chuck Todd filling in as host. Mr. Todd’s foolish guest, Bobby Ghosh in commenting on the foolish actions of Rev. Terry Jones over a Qu’ran burning which has unfortunatly resulted in over 20 senseless deaths and 80 injuries, claimed that burning the Qu’ran was worse than burning the Bible. Ghosh’s foolish argument, agreed to by Todd, was that the Bible was written by man and the Qu’ran was written by God. Ghosh said that this “fact” was acknowledged by Christains. WRONG!

No, Mr. Ghosh and Mr. Todd, I am a Christian; I say and believe beyond a shadow of doubt that the Bible is in fact the Logos! The VERY sacred word of God! It is not just “the story of Jesus” as you are quoted as saying; it is about the eternal salvation of anyone that will turn to God and accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Just because the “real Christians” (not Christians in name only) are peaceful and don’t kill others over the burning of the Bible, does NOT make it any less painful than the Muslims being upset over the regrettable burning of “their book”.

New Book on the Scene

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Muskrat Books would like to announce the publication of a new book for those seekers of life’s great questions and their meaning. Do you wonder about who God really is? Are you seeking real answers to the creation of the universe? This book is a must read for those wishing to really understand the whole Biblical creation and evolution argument; and wishing to see revealed the God-Designed and God-Created Universe.

Steeped in 2000 years of solid Christian Orthodoxy, this book is not “New Age” or some other cultic mish-mash. The purpose of this book is to present a different way of viewing the world and the universe, and to encounter this wonderful loving gracious God of the universe, the I Am, the Great Creator God.

The reason this book is different from the others that search for truth, or deal with theology & cosmology, is that I Am, the Great Creator God shows you how to look differently at the world and universe around you. The answers to your questions, the questions that tear apart religious denominations, and the questions of the ages are truly right in front of you.

Have you ever expressed any of the following questions: How did the universe start? How will the universe end? What existed before the stars? Does your life have any meaning? Does God know me and care for me? What was God’s first gift to the world? Is God still involved with both Mankind and Creation? Can you believe in the Big Bang and still be a Christian? Find answers in the book, I Am, the Great Creator God.