Carl Sagan’s Error

“There was a particular tree of which we were not to partake, a tree of knowledge. Knowledge and understanding and wisdom were forbidden to us in this story.”
~Carl Sagan, in his latest book “Blue Dot”

My response to this is as follows:

While well-intentioned, Carl’s idea is based on a misreading of Biblical truth. Knowledge and wisdom were never kept from us, and we were never required to “remain ignorant” in the Garden of Eden. Rather, there exists in Scripture ample evidence of extreme knowledge and wisdom there before the fall. God clearly didn’t bring every creature to Adam to see what he would name them just to watch an ignorant man fail. God was clearly interested in seeing what Adam would do, as he was given the power to conceive or create these names and there is no evidence of any “right or wrong answer” in naming all of these creatures. Rather, Adam demonstrated remarkable intelligence while naming all of these creatures, as well as later on when he stated, regarding his wife: “She shall be called woman, because she was taken out of man.” This demonstrates Adam’s knowledge that something (a rib) was removed from his body to create the woman that God had made just for him. New Testament Scripture testifies that Adam, at the time of creation, had “the mind of Christ”. This is not ignorance or lack of knowledge. Quite the opposite; his knowledge and wisdom could quite reasonably have been vast, even by todays standards, as molecular and genetic entropy had yet to set in through the fall and establish it’s inevitable downward spiral we see in evidence even today.

There never was any such thing as a “Tree of Knowledge” in the Garden of Eden. Rather, it was a “Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil”, and this is vastly different from Sagan’s so-called “tree of knowledge”. The knowledge of good and evil bring with them the consequence of concience, or awareness of sin, with it’s inevitable guilt and shame. Adam and Eve were always naked and unashamed from the time they were created….they just weren’t aware of the existence of good or evil. After eating of the forbidden fruit, however, that all changed. Now, for the first time in their lives, they knew they were naked, and they hid themselves from God’s presence. Nothing had changed except them, due to the fact that they were now aware of good and evil, which had existed from the beginning. This curse of conscience is central to the purpose of Jesus Christ’s death on the cross, as everything He did there was so that we could “come boldly before His (God’s) presence” free of guilt and shame. The Bible is clear that if our own hearts condemn us, how much greater condemnation shall we have in the presence of a holy and just God? This is the reason Christ provided the atonement for us: so that we could, by faith in Jesus Christ, know that our sin is forgiven, and therefore come before God with a clear conscience to have fellowship with Him. It’s also why the apostles, like Jesus Christ Himself, told everyone to repent and believe the Gospel (that Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sins). Jesus Himself testified that “No man can come to The Father but by Me.” and his apostles later stated that “….there is no other name under Heaven given whereby men must be saved.”

It seems to me that Carl Sagan needs to pay better attention to what he reads from the pages of the Bible. It remains the most valuable source of truth and knowledge that man has ever known. I have no reason to further investigate Carl’s baseless claims at this point, as that would require purchasing and supporting his erroneous work, as well as wasting valuable time reading it. I find his claims only serve to prove man’s desperation to deny God in vain attempts to avoid answering to Him. Such attempts will utterly fail. Time and real science will always prove God is the source of all that was, is, and ever will be.

May God’s unfathomable grace and truth be revealed to Carl and billions of others like him while there is still time.

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Those Missing IRS Emails

Sooo….the IRS lost all those pesky emails in a series of “accidental glitches” and “crashes”….what a convenient coincidence.

I suggest that anybody go to the National Archives, where all government agencies and branches are required by law to store documents relating to what they do and have done. There, you will find a nearly-empty section reserved exclusively for the IRS. And “Why is this section empty?”, you might ask?

It seems, according to the IRS’s own (and only) historian ever hired (and then fired for doing her job), that the IRS routinely shreds all evidence of anything that it does to cover their tracks. The reason they cited (in private) for doing this is that leaving paper creates a paper trail, and paper trails lead to potential liability and accountability. The reason they cite in public is that everyone is entitled to privacy, and therefore the IRS is protecting our privacy. Failure to cover one’s butt is one of the absolute worst possible offenses an IRS employee can make. The former historian makes all of this clear in her book “Unlimited Power”, which you might still find on Amazon or other places that sell books. It is an astonishing look into the mindset of IRS employees and how they “do their jobs”.

The purpose of the National Archives is so that future generations and agencies can learn from past mistakes. Now, how do you figure they’re gonna’ do that if there is no records to learn from? Of course, that doesn’t stop them from saving anything that you send them and using it against you. Even the United States Military stores it’s records here in accordance with Federal Laws. The IRS, it seems, is only interested in collecting your hard-earned money by any means possible and covering their own petty rumps. None of the current “revelations” astonish me, therefore, and neither should they astonish you.

My best friend once said that there would be corruption in high places. You really don’t think that He just said that to sound cool, do you?

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Sex, Cannabis, and Divine Order

For years I struggled with this simple idea: If everything God made is “very good”, why are there so many horrible things attached to them?

Two notorious cases in point: sex and cannabis. I don’t even need to expound on the evils that can proceed from sex, as most of my friends already have seen so many examples in their own lives as well as in the lives of their loved ones, which brings me to cannabis. Again, almost everyone has seen the evils that come from it’s use and sale, and the lives ruined because of it.

How can any of this be good while also being evil? I finally found a simple, Biblical answer years ago: “Divine order”. Ultimately, everything God created was, indeed, very good, but only when used in the manner in which it was created to be used. Every conceivable evil hammering the world around us, and those we love and care about, results from ignoring God’s divine order of things.

Many years ago, I found that some folks were using cannabis to reduce and/or eliminate headaches and nausea caused by chemotherapy and radiation treatments. This changed my mind and opened up many possibilities regarding these things. More recently I’ve seen abundant evidence of cancer being cured by the use of cannabis oil, under doctor’s supervision.

This has “blurred the lines” for many, and some may say I’m backsliding for this position, but I must disagree. The problem isn’t, and never was, that these things are inherently evil, nor is their use inherently evil. The problem has always been failure to recognize and follow God’s divine order in the use of such things.

The first “divine order” that must be established in all things is “moderation”, or “temperance”. While recreational use of sex and drugs has power to destroy, Godly moderate use of these things, following a Biblical plan, can bring health and life. To paraphrase another writer: If you can’t see how such things can be used for Godly and good purposes, you simply don’t understand God’s design for them yet. And that isn’t God’s problem — it’s yours.

I’ve said all this so I can end with the following: I’m going to stand at this time with Michelle Malkin and her recent discovery and use of these things for her mother-in-law’s health and well-being, as I believe that they have found a Godly, Biblical manner in which to use them.

Go in peace, Michelle, and God’s abundant grace be with you all.

If you’re interested in Michelle Malkin’s article on this topic, you can view it here.
If you wish to see some other references, start here, here, and here. Youtube is also full of references and testimonies on this topic. In addition to fighting cancer, see Youtube’s testimonies regarding hemp oil’s effectiveness in treating seizures.

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Religious Freedom in Modern America

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof….”
~from the First Amendment to the United States Constitution

For years the above excerpt of the First Amendment was clearly understood by all to mean that it would be unconstitutional, and therefore, illegal to make someone violate their own religious beliefs to cater to yours, or to your lack thereof, regardless of who you are or what your own beliefs may or may not be. In today’s political climate, however, there has arisen a growing number of people who are absolutely bent on not only imposing their own beliefs and practices on others, but also requiring others to celebrate and participate in their beliefs, regardless of how repugnant they may be. Now the good folks of Arizona have proposed, and their legislature has passed, a “Religious Freedom” bill, SB1062, which would reinstate protection from lawsuits to those who refuse to violate their own beliefs for these growing litigants that wish to sue people over these matters. I believe that Arizona’s new law should never have been needed.

Personally, I really don’t care what your lifestyle is, nor do I care what your religious beliefs are. You will answer to God for these whether or not you believe it or like it. We all will answer for every idle word. I feel that, if someone doesn’t want to provide the service I ask for, they are entitled to refuse to serve me, and anyone else they want, for any reason they want, any time they want. There are plenty of other places I can go for whatever services I’d want to hire, and therefore no rational reason to clog the courts with lawsuits over such matters. One would think that mature, rational adults could accept this, but evidently some folks are neither mature, nor yet rational.

Lets look at a hypothetical scenario:

A man goes into a Jewish establishment and asks for pork sausage. Naturally, the owner of this establishment cannot comply with the customer’s request, because doing so would violate the Jewish man’s religious beliefs.

Should this man file a lawsuit, or simply go somewhere else with his business? A mature, rational man would simply go somewhere else to fill his order and feel no need to violate the Jewish man’s beliefs, right? Not so when it comes to the homosexual movement. For them, everyone else must comply and celebrate their behavior, whether it violates someone else religious beliefs or not, and to make an example of this Jewish businessman, a lawsuit would be filed. No expense would be spared trumpeting this case, and our vaunted media elites would go on a feeding frenzy, broadcasting this case as an example of some perceived injustice. The Jewish shop owner’s reputation would be destroyed if possible, and his business would be shut down as well to seal the deal.

I stated above that I don’t really care what your beliefs are or aren’t, and this is true, but only to a point. That point, of course, being where you require me to participate in your beliefs while ignoring, and therefore, violating my own. I believe that everyone is entitled to their own beliefs and choices, but nobody is entitled to force others to comply with their beliefs, or lack thereof. You want to commit homosexual acts? No problem. They did that in Jesus’ day, and nobody went to jail or filed lawsuits over it. You want to change your body and pretend you’re not the same sex you were born with? Go for it. Just don’t require me to do so. You might look more manly, or you might even look hot and feminine, but that will be irrelevant. Not only will your genes remain the same as they were the day of your birth, but you will still never have the right to require anyone else to participate with you in our decisions and behavior. Your decisions are yours, and yours alone to make and live with.

I certainly have no requirement for others to participate with me in my decisions, whether they are sinful or not, and neither should anyone else. If I want pork, or lamb, that is my decision, and I will go where such can be provided without interfering with the beliefs of others. The same simple principle applies to sexual appetites and behaviors. Go in peace.

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Jury Nullification in the news again

Ask most people, even law enforcement types, and you’re likely to find very few that are aware of what this really is, and it’s likely to be regarded by them as “some form of anarchy”, instead of a valid Constitutional right. It’s been a while since I’ve seen any case of Jury Nullification in the news. Government despises it, judges and prosecutors are so terrified of it that they routinely poll jurors to weed out those that are aware of their rights, especially in cases where the defendant is a known protester of government policies. The following is a link to a recent article I saw in The Washington Times article on the subject:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/nov/7/letter-to-the-editor-nullification-by-jury/

I’m not going to elaborate further at this time, but I’ll likely add more links and comments regarding this wonderful and powerful topic in the future.

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