An interesting story as we think about health care

I met a man with a deep understanding of the Red Words, who told me a little of his life and how he spent $180,000 resolving medical issues associated with a stoke.  Little was done, given the amount spent and the available technology and medical sciences.

Today, he believes, based on sound medical opinion, that exercise, surgery or medication could eliminate the de-habilitating impact on his sight, mobility and hearing.

After spending his life, saving, my friend lives comfortably in a 250 square foot home with nothing but the bible and his spirit.

Where is the VA for a VIET NAM vet; there were provisions made under Nixon for long-term medical care?

What should a more balanced system do to afford my friend a comfortable retirement?

From Nothing Something

In an apologetics I was asked to question the idea that something came from nothing.

This is what I have to believe if I am going to listen to the Atheists and ACLU.

Then I thought about Creation and Intelligent Design. Oh how much simpler it is to believe than these Macro Environmental facts that cannot be backed up with data explains it all. There is much to accept if you are going to believe out of the Big Bang and Chaos; time would produce a single cell. Then from that single cell produce the abundance of life forms that have and do exist.

255 proteins must magically appear in one place at the exact right time,

Before we can start thinking about things like DNA

False Prophets and False Profits

Last night, 11 September 2009, I watched hours of material on 9/11. 

 

I saw the planes as the flaming arrow of the False Prophet. 

 

I saw the two towers as the symbol of the moral decay of the False Profit. 

 

Both clashed in a period of 102 minutes we will long remember.

 

The terrorist is acknowledged and the false prophet stands accused. 

 

Yet the False Profit continues to bring harm to many and shame to those of us who seek to know God and the work Jesus’ expects of us.

 

When will the False Prophet “Profit” finally be recognized as the work of the devil?

It is one thing to allow them protection under the law it is another to marry them

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/28/us/28marriage.html?th&emc=th

A Quiet Day in Iowa as Same-Sex Couples Line Up to Marry

New york Times 28 July 2009

It is one thing to offer same sex couples rights and protections under the law, call it common-law.  It is another thing to allow them to Marry; which is a religiuously rooted event that should adhere to the laws God so long ago defined and have worked so well for so many years.

Same Sex couples are people and we should love them as we love our nieghbor, YET!

In God We Trust

More Atheists Shout It From the Rooftops

By LAURIE GOODSTEIN Published: April 26, 2009 New York Times

Not often am I driven to comment on other people opinions, especially when it has to do with Religion.  Yes, I am happy to discuss my own beliefs and to shoot from the Rooftops – there is a creator and God did come down to earth in the form of a man to lead us into the light.

 

When the New York Times has such a headline I cannot resist wondering what these people believe and how they can be so sure that they are right and there is no God. 

 

Once I was an agnostic.  I was willing to wonder if he existed.  Bottom line I was not willing to totally deny his existence. 

 

In my quest to understand, I took the time to read the bible, read various authors discussions looking at the question from both sides of the table and eventually came to realize no matter how deep we go in exploring our Universe and how knowledgeable we become about the subatomic particles and the structure of DNA, we always seem to find that there is still more to learn and that we come to a point where when we turn the next page in our scientific exploration, there are still mysteries out there that with all of our science we cannot explain.

 

Chaos, so many believe that out of disorder will come order; well, when I look to the microcosm and I look out to the universe what astounds me is the beauty, the majesty and the order of it all.  Only an artist could create the Star Nebula, only a composer could compose the symphony of sounds we hear deep in the words at night, only a master craftsman could form such a beautiful universe and build our planet.

 

What concerns me even more is that without what God taught us through Moses, who first wrote down the ten commandments; and then when  Jesus  condensed these down to two very simple one – love god and love your neighbor then what?.  If we do not believe in God then we are also saying we do not accept that we all must live to a common set of moral standards.  Anarchy would rein and the evil would overpower those that have the sense to figure out what God  is said to have taught us.

 

Darwin wrote of evolution.  Yet he did not say that all things emerged from the ooze.  He simply postulated that species could evolve.  With evolution as an understood reality I looked to the first chapter of Genesis and came to accept three things.  First the day that is written is not our day.  How could it be, the earth did not have day and night until the fourth day?  The day that is described in Genesis is not our daysbut God’s day. 

In a previous post I spoke to these seven days described in Genesis and found that even evolution is of Gods making.  Only someone with his power could set in motion the mechanisms that would allow a bird to evolve and embrace its environment.

 

Finally, I accept and want everyone to have a voice.  What I would also hope is that their voice is what it is.  That it is the voice of a minority.  Let them speal and be heard, let the majority ultimately decide.  let us all remember that we are taught to love our neighbor therefore we must and will love everyone and help them to live with their beliefs in peace as long as they respect the peace.

 

All I suggest is that the Athiest study history, that they truly understand and listen to the greatest of scientists and are open to change.  Stephen Hawkins, probably one of the greatest thinkers of our time recognized that even though he identified that “This Universe” emerged from the “Big Bang” he knew that without a creator, someone to have caused the light. that explosion of matter and energy, could not have been and without someone to establish the constants and help the dust to form planets.  Without his intervention there would still be an expanding universe of dust. energy and nothingness.

 

When the Atheist can finally explain everything then and only then will they are able to say there is not God.  Until then as long as we cannot move from that which Newton found, to those principles that Einstein understood, to the new learns that our great scientists reveal then there is only one plausible answer.  Our universe, the cosmos and all that we known, don’t know and will never understand are God’s work.

Our Financial Market must embrace the spirit of Social responsibility and avoid the power of the Dark Side

Geithner, as Member and Overseer, Forged Ties to Finance Club

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Did Timothy Geithner help or assist in bringing Wall Street and the world at large to the brink of disaster?  A brilliant man yet was the force of the Wall Street lobby able to easily sway the path of the New York Federal Reserve to allow risk that lead to the collapse.  

Morals and a solid foundation of right, wrong and mutual satisfaction must return to the market if it is to be the leader of the world.  Has the financial market been seduced by the dark side and falls fowl of the seven deadly sins (Greed, Pride, Sloth, Gluttony, Lust, Wrath and Envy)?  They in the end should be the machine that assures liquidity and assures the foundation of our economies ability to grow and prosper.   Losing their way and focusing on their personal wants and not the needs of everyone is a disaster worth of the fallen one.

I am happy to see Wall Street and the City of London prosper as long as they remember Jesus’ two commandments and embrace them as part of the principles and goals that drive their actions.

Genesis evolution creation and the power of God

During my journey from one of not wishing to believe to one accepting the power and grace of God; I explored science and hoped science would offer all the answers and ultimately be able to explain everything.  As my learning expanded, I came to appreciate that there was too much order in all that my eyes see and my mind perceives; I came to accept that only a creator could establish the order of the universe we live in.

When I reflect on the big bang and read Genesis 1:1-5 I see in those few words the fact that there was a Big Bang and it was when God created the light.  Those seconds and billions of years that followed, God set out to create the universe, and eventually create the planet we call earth.  All of that is the work of his “First Day”.  If we measure it in our time, billions upon billions of years passes; God created dark matter and let fly particles of matter and energy in the great blast he caused.  So great is his power and so glorious his vision was formed universe, galaxies, stars, suns and planets all turning so that there would be a time of dark and a time of light.  His first day’s work was done.

We know the foundation of all life on earth is made possible by the existence of air and water.  On the second day he created H2O and the air.  With these two creations he created the expanse between the water in the sky and the water on our planet.  So ended God’s second day’s efforts.

On the morning of the third day he created DNA and developed the structure of a plant cell.  He then spent the balance of the day manipulating this creation into what we know as the vast diversity of plant life.  He then blessed these various forms of vegetation to be fruitful, evolve and multiple.  On that day he set in motion the process that would allow these initial forms of vegetation to evolve into the multitude plant life we are familiar with today.  He wanted his various creations to evolve and enjoyed watching the new forms of vegetation emerge and recognized that some would not survive and in many cases decided to destroy those that were not pleasing to him.  He saw that his creation of numerous plant species was good and saw that his third day of work had come to an end.

On the fourth day he saw that for evolution to continue there must be times when the sun, with its great energy, would touch the earth.  So he parted the waters of the sky to form what we now call clouds.  He caused the planets to rotate and the sun to disappear and the other planets, stars and galaxies to become visible.  He set the earth’s rotation and orientation to align with all his other celestial bodies, causing there to be warm times and cold times.  By setting the earth to tilt and spin at a certain rate, he was able to create the seasons which further stimulated the growth and evolution of his first creation, vegetation.  The vegetation was now capable of  following the cycle of life he set in motion when he created the passage of the seasons.  By altering the strength of the light from the sun and intensity of the light of the moon he added diversity to his creation.  With this new process in place it was time for God to rest the evening of the fourth day.

On the fifth day God arose and decided to create creatures that would fill the seas and soar through the sky.  By using his creation, DNA, he moved on and created animal cells.  In the morning he created simple creatures to inhabit the sea and soar through the sky.  He saw that this was good and he caused these creations to be fruitful, evolve and multiply.  As the day progressed he continued to experiment and create more complex creatures by developing animal cells capable of performing different functions.  God continued to relish in the creation of diversity.  As he created each new species he continued to embed within them his concepts of evolution and enjoyed watching each evolve from its own kind and fill the sky and the sea with a diversity of birds and sea creatures.  And it was time for God to rest the evening of the fifth day.

On the sixth day he saw that the land was only filled with vegetation and saw that the richness of the vegetation of the land could support new forms of life.  So in the morning he caused the creatures that inhabited sky and the sea to evolve and descend from the sky and crawl out of the sea.  As the day progressed God further populated the land by creating new creatures.  Like he had done on the fourth and fifth day, he blessed these creations of the land and let them be fruitful, evolve and multiply.  As the day passed he noticed that some of his creations were so large that he could not allow them to continue to multiple.  Slowly but surely God evolved his land based creations to become what we know as the livestock and the wild animals.  God was selective is his process of creation and enjoyed creating a wide variety of creatures.  Yet,he also had an eye for beauty and diversity and would often determine that one or another was not fit to continue to exist.  Those that where pleasing to him, he allowed to flourish, multiply and evolve.  Others of his creations he saw where not good and he destroyed them.  In all his thinking there was a plan to create a creature in his own image.  As the creatures of the sea, sky and air evolved he selected only those creatures which would be suitable for the world man would also inhabit.  After a time he saw the success of  his process of selection and planned evolution.  His creations had evolved to the moment when he was ready to populate the world with a creature God could commune with.

So near the end of the sixth day – Genesis 1:27-28 – God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him: male and female he created them.  God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.  Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground”.

Given that he made man in his image, man had the ability to think, the power of free will and a rebellious willingness to create anew.  God also knew that through time our knowledge of where we live and all that is around us would grow and he would have to chastise us often to remind us of his power and dominion over all.

I could venture into the question of Sin and ponder how the seven deadly sins: lust, gluttony. greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride fit into God’s plan.  What we do know is that God can see everything that will and has happened.  He knew Woman would listen to the serpent and eat of the fruit of the Tree he had forbidden them to eat from.  With this same clarity God knows that at different stages in the growth of our knowledge of how the earth and the universe was formed some would see themselves as God’s equal and decide that there was no need to reverie the one God.

These foolish men would forget to continue to pursue knowledge and instead stop and come to believe that the little knowledge they had acquired gave them the power to see themselves as Gods and to think that they understood ALL.

Knowing all of this, when God spoke with Moses he offered the ten commandments and reminded us in the first four commandments that there is ultimately only one.  He left us to recognize that we bow down to science or other idols we will lose sight of the reality of creation.  We would forget how God always intended there to be another question to ask, another space to explore, another particle to find, another marvel to ponder and other theories to test.  He understand dividing half by half over and over again would never reach zero or by exploring the universe we would never see the beginning and had no chance see the end for in the beginning there was God and int he end there will be God and on and on he goes.

As some one once explained “Something cannot come from Nothing”

He wants us to learn, yet he built something so complex in it characteristic of being both infinitesimally small and infinitely large that we can and will never reach a time when there is nothing more to learn.  Any scientist that stops in his quest for knowledge has lost sight of his reason for being a scientist.  Any human that accepts what he is told and does not continue to question will lose sight of the infinite power of God and become lost in a cloud of ignorance.  For God’s greatest gift is that we can always seek and learn and that we will always have more to learn and search for.

When I read Genesis I know I am reading the words of Moses and I know that Moses was listening to God telling the story of how he created all that we see around us.  What is clear is that God knew that man was not ready to understand the complexity of what he had done and so he offered Moses a simply yet vastly complex picture of his six days of work, knowing that we could explore and learn yet at the same time accept and be certain of his power.

What is amazing is that when we listen to the great scientists, the ones that continue to look deeper into what it is they are exploring they find that in the end there are no final answers, simply more questions.  This is exactly how God planned it.  He wants us to explore, he wants us to learn how to manipulate and utilize that which is around us.  What he also did was create something infinitesimally small and infinitely large so that through the reality of infinity we can and will never be able to find any other answer than the one written in Genesis, God created the universe and all that is within it, including the processes of reproduction, evolution, mutation and destruction.

Yes, like I did at the beginning of this email, he allows us to interpret the words in Genesis and wants us to further our knowledge and understanding.  He knows that through the ages we will understand some of the complexity of what he did.  BUT at the core the words that are in the Bible are the clearest way of saying everything and leaving us the responsibility to always question and learn.  Through this responsibility, God knows that in the end we will understand that only the creator could create the universe, in its complex glory.

Neither Chaos, Genetics or Evolution will ever be able to help us understand why only four basic elements can be combined in such a variety of ways to produce so many complex life forms.  The complexity of DNA and the cell and their ability to evolve are and will remain God’s greatest creation.  The stars nebula and beautiful clusters that fill the telescopes we use to see into the distance only offer us a glimpse of God’s love of art.

The order and chain of life is so structured.  Only the ONE has the knowledge and power to drive the creation of the universe and design the process of evolution, allowing the plants, birds, sea creatures, land animals and those most primitive of elements: matter and energy; to continue to create new and wonders things.  Only the one God has such intellect and power.

Of Jesus that is for another day.  There the story is of God deciding that he had to finally come to earth to teach us how to live together.  For unlike the other living things, we were given free will and unless we accepted his guidance we will and can destroy that which surrounds us.

We must remember, God almost gave up on us.  Remember how he destroyed all but those Noah took forward.  Jesus came to offer us salvation and more importantly to simplify the Ten Commandments down to two – Love God and Love Your Neighbor.   If we could simply do these two things then we would be at peace and like the other creatures of god’s creation live in harmony in God’s universe.

Our quest is simply to help everyone to understand that by living with those two commandments in our hearts and in our heads; we can live in peace and maybe one day return to the Garden of Eden.  With respect for the one unimaginable God and together as the common inhabitants of this plant, we can work as a team to be better than how we operate as isolated individuals seeking dominion over someone else.

With God’s Love

Is God the joining of the Earth Father and The Earth Mother into one flesh, that which we call God

This morning my common law partner and I were embraced in the oneness God created to bring man and woman together as said in Genesis 2:24 Therefore a man will leave his father and mother and will join with his wife and they will be one flesh. and Again Jesus says in Mark 10:6-8 But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female.  For this cause a man will leave his father and mother, and will join to his wife.and the two will become one, so that they are no longer two, but one flesh.  Again in Matthew 19:4-6 Matthew once again quoted these words from our Lord Jesus.  In each of these passages God, both as father and son state very clearly that Man and Woman will bond and will become one with each other.  we can see this as the beginning of what we know as the intimate act of a man and woman when they physically join as one.

Yet we must think deeper than this.  Not only does man and woman join as God has ordained they also find deep and lasting enjoyment in this joining of the flesh.  For each the feeling and the sense of intimacy is different.  For the man, who I can speak for, it is an act that can, in some instances, be overpowering, it is an act that requires work as the man enters and pleasures his wife.  It is a demonstration of his power and is work.  For the woman, I can only imagine, it is a time when she receives her man within her womb.  It is a time where she shares in the intimacy of the oneness and it is a time where the woman cherishes and brings comfort to her husband.

So this oneness of a couple must also be a demonstration of the difference between man and woman.  The man is the stronger and more viral participate while the woman is the more giving and receiving participant.  Is it in this, God ordained the merging of flesh, that we begin to note the differences God built into man so that he would be the stronger, the one that would go out and work the fields and hunt for food.  While the woman is the more sensitive one that focuses on building binding relationships and meets her man in an act of intimacy pleasing to the two, reproductive of the species and most importantly a way of demonstrating her cherishing and giving spirit.

From these thoughts I then remembered, in Genesis 1:26 God said, “let us make man in our image, after our likeness”.  This plurality suggests that God is not alone and that he made man in the image of the maleness of God and woman in the femaleness of God.  Does this suggest that God is actually two who have joined as one?

Then we read of angels and wonder from where they come.  Maybe it is from the joining of the male and female that is God.

Maybe the ancients or the gentiles who believed in concepts of an earth mother is simply an expression of the half of God that is female. Is it these same ancients who saw the powerful images of Zeus and Apollo, were they simply recognizing the maleness of what we know now as the one God, the union of the earth father and the earth mother?