Friday, December 25, 2009

Christ is Our Greatest Gift

2 Corinthians 8:9: 9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Publish or Perish

Michael Behe’s book - Darwin’s Black Box is a valuable work for several reasons, not the least of which is his argument of irreducible complexity (IC) – an idea that is often scoffed at by many within the “scientific” community but has never been refuted via any empirical method.  Beyond IC itself, another valuable presentation in his book is given in his chapter entitled: Publish or Perish – which reveals the financial engine that drives much of what is called science today.  In this chapter Behe reveals what many of us already know – scientific objectivity is often flushed down the toilet of personal greed, ambition, and rank pragmatism.  In order for researchers to “stay afloat” financially, they must retain research grants which support their continued studies.  As long as there is a problem to solve, whether real or perceived, then there will be a perpetual flow of dollars supplied for their research.  But what happens when a perceived problem disappears?  Well, for honest researchers, the data will be exposed, and they will just go on to the next scientific frontier.  On the other hand, for those researchers who are not so honest, they may be tempted to invent certain “fudge factors” in their research in order to perpetuate the myth of their needed research, and with it, the myth of their needed grant money. 

As one who came out of a science background, and who spent a number of years writing computer code, I find the video below (original source) to be both alarming and strangely familiar: I am not surprised by what is presented here in view of the “publish or perish” culture, but I am alarmed that so much weight has been placed on such a flimsy pursuit of scientific analysis. 

A word of caution to the potential viewer, in code form:

begin;

If video_viewed = 0 then;

goto: cabinet;

procedure: taketwodramamine AND hit_play;

else;

procedudre: do_not_watch;

end;

{yup, my awful programming strikes again}

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Speaking of Slavery

Reid:  “Y’all jus’ stop your whining.  Jus’ do what we say and we’ll feed ya, House…ya and maybe give ya free health care.”

Taxpayers: “Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen…”

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be a Pluralist

Being popular in our modern and shallow culture isn’t necessarily a compliment.  Actually, in any generation, friendship with this world is counted as enmity with God (James 4:4).  We see the shallowness of public fame whenever people mention men like Joel Osteen.  Should you dare question the man’s teaching by one iota, his devotees will quip canonically: “…but he’s so popular!”   Similarly, Rick Warren’s popularity affords him the unspoken right to teach just about anything.  His willingness to ride on the pluralism train is accepted without a wince in the interview below.  The video clip was originally posted by hotair.com as an example of Warren’s comments against Atheism: “I don’t have enough faith to be an Atheist.”  That’s a good statement – it is loaded with much truth, by itself; however, he apparently has enough faith to be a pluralist

Exit question – would we expect the prophet Elijah to attend a worship ceremony populated with Baal worshippers? 

Oh, wait… he did do that (1 Kings 18).

After which time he confronted the idolaters with a verbal blast that would cause genteel ecumenists like Osteen and Warren to blush pink:

1 Kings 18:27: It came about at noon, that Elijah mocked them and said, “Call out with a loud voice, for he is a god; either he is occupied or gone aside, or is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and needs to be awakened.”

Might I suggest that the NASB translators are being too polite in the above text.  When Elijah said “…either he is occupied or gone aside…” it doesn’t exactly reveal the intensity of Elijah’s mockery.  The verbs employed by Elijah rhyme quite well, and connote a symmetry of thought: siych…siyg.  Siych speaks of heavy contemplation, and siyg speaks of a person undergoing a bowel movement (The Dictionary of Biblical Languages with Semantic Domains).  If you take Auguste Rodin’s sculpture “The Thinker” and put him on a toilet – then you’ve approximated, in picture form, Elijah’s rebuke of their idolatry.  Clearly, Elijah was no ecumenist, nor pluralist; he was a prophet of God who was filled with a holy indignation against the idolatry of Baal.

Who knows, perhaps Warren is preparing for such a public renunciation of Allah at his next Ramadan gathering – although, I’d rather doubt it.  After renaming Jesus as “Isa” at our President’s inauguration, we are left with little grounds for a better hope.  If you think that using the Koran’s name of “Isa” for Jesus isn’t a problem, then just remember this: according to the Koran, Jesus was not the Son of God, nor was He ever crucified.  Why would we desire to render indifference to such heresy as this, any more than we might with, say…. Mormons or Jehovah Witnesses?

Below are some other posts dealing with the dangers of ecumenism and pluralism in our world today:
An Open Response to an Open Letter

The Hall of Fame vs. The Hall of Shame

The Hall of Shame @ The Armoury

Rick Warren's Inaugural Prayer - 2009
Judas Iscariot: Rome’s First Pope