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'Have you ever heard of Plato, Aristotle, Socrates? Morons.' -- Vizzini from "The Princess Bride"

Friday, September 21, 2007

Some Final Thoughts on Noah's Ark

Much of the response to this post I made has been geared towards the most obvious defense.. "God did it". I have to say that that is the only possible explanation left for the "apparent" success of the original ark (as recorded in that history factbook we now call the bible) and the probable failure of any duplicated experiment.

I agree, that would be the only possible reason given by anyone who claims the bible is factually true and inerrant in God's Word. But my response would this:

Is "God did it" a scientific answer? I mean there are so many things we today do not understand in a scientific sense. Should we just ignore them and say instead God did it? Any garden variety creationist would necessarily have to say yes. Becuse if they didn't they would be admitting to a lacking in the answer, "God did it". Take medicine for instance. How many creationists would rather die from a disease and cling to "God did it" than accept that science which searches for connections could find a cure. The problem is simple. There can be no disconnect between the science that proves the absurdity of noah's ark and the science that develops new cures. Science works via one method. If that method fails to prove the possibility of Noah's ark, and the explanation given by AiG is "God did it" then it by default has to be incapable of curing disease, because once again the only true reason could possibly be "God did it."

So by invoking the excuse "God did it" when the Noah's ark experiment duplication fails, then there can be no way for any science at all to proceed because at any point Christians can claim God did it and if God did it, than who are we to alter God's will? Under the "God did it" explanation, all of science is effectively invalidated. Because nothing can be confirmed without proof that it wasn't the work of God and nothing can be invalidated for the same reason. Thus under the "God did it" explanation, no further science is possible, and all past science is invalidated.

By invoking the "God did it" excuse, any Christian immediately says nothing that humans can do is anymore effective because it can be overridden by God. Giving a cure to a disease to both an atheist and a Christian should only provide a cure to the Christian unless God wants the Christian to die and the atheist to live so that by living that atheist will give other Christians reasons to believe. IT IS the ultimate meaning for the old faith-canard "In God all things are possible."

But it completely invalidates all reason to live if we happen to be human and not God. For nothing we do matters anymore. If we cannot conduct science, then we cannot achieve anything that we have achieved, because science has touched all areas of human achievement.

If any Christian chooses to use the "God did it" argument, then they immediately reduce all human endeavor to useless and pointless tripe which could just as easily be replaced by sleeping on a couch all day, peeing on oneself, and dying of hunger for lack of getting up off the couch. For there can be no point to doing anything, if anything one does is utterly pointless in the face of well God does all.

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

The Latest Push for "Thought Crimes"

The Family Research Council's (FRC) own president Tony Perkins has been leading a crusade against what he terms "thought crimes". Those he is fighting are amendments to federal hate crimes laws to homosexuality and other gender-identification crimes to the already existing law. You see, according to him, and other conservative Christians, they have a right to hate and abuse gays. If a gay man is murdered by a gay-basher because he is gay, then that should not be a hate crime (according to these haters).

But now we have the venerable Bill Donohue, head of the Catholic League saying this in regards to Kathy Griffin:
The comedian's remarks were condemned Monday by Catholic League President Bill Donohue, who called them a "vulgar, in-your-face brand of hate speech."

So what was it Kathy said? "Suck it, Jesus"

I have to admit, I'm confused... It is a hate crime to say "suck it, Jesus" but it should not be a hate crime to abuse gays? Isn't this the equivalent of a "special right" given to Christians??

Heh... Can I go on record as saying, "suck it, Bill and Tony!"?

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Friday, September 07, 2007

Popular Pat Robertson and his Prophesy

Lest everyone forget (and I know you haven't) it is September. That can only mean one thing -- well it means many things; football, 9-11, and of course the beginning of the "red zone" according to Pat Robertson. Earlier this year I wrote a post on Pat's prophecy which has turned out to be my most popular commentary of the year. It accounts for something like 90% of all my hits.

Obviously, most people who google Pat's prophecy and read my comments are greatly dissappointed, because all I really do is poke fun at who really has God's ear, and who God really speaks to. We have God's appointed leader Bush on the one hand and God's appointed Christian mouthpiece, Robertson, on the other. Both cannot have heard God's true words and be right. That was my point then and now. But today, I have to say that I lean (and fear) that good ol' Pat may just be the correct one. For the death and destruction Bush's dirty little war has been enormous, and the billions of people he has offended just might decide to strike back makes it really hard to defend against.

Yet I don't see anything as catastrophic as what Pat envisioned coming to pass. Now since I don't have the advantage of some all-knowing divine being whispering the correct answer in my ear, I cannot say what the future holds. All I can do is look at the facts on the ground and make an educated guess. So please do not call this a prediction or prophesy, for it is certainly not.

It is just what it is, a warning based on the dangers created by people who call themselves "warriors of God" -- and they are both Christian is Muslim.

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Rapture Index of Rapture Ready

One thing I religiously (pun intended) check on is the Rapture Index from Rapture Ready. It occurred to me that I should 'correct' it to reflect reality, and then find out where we really stand on the rapture index. So below is my correction to the index. The first number is the one I assign based on the facts of the world. The second +/- number is the difference between my number and that of Rapture Ready. Following that is my brief explanation of why I assigned the number I did. Any thoughts or adjustments you think I should make to this revised index, please leave in comments.

False Christs 0 -3 All there have ever been are wackos claiming to be christ (ala David Korresh)
Occult 0 -2 The only occult action has been Christian women killing their children in the name of God (and being declared incompetent)
Satanism 0 -3 Nothing in this category makes it a zero
Unemployment 3 +1 Even in the world's current economy, most of the world is employed.
Inflation 2 -1 Most of the world's inflation is contained
Interest Rates 4 +1 The US credit crunch is causing major problems in financial markets
The Economy 3 -1 The economy is stalling based on the housing market and credit problems, but the overall world economy is stable
Oil Supply/Price 3 -2 Oil remails at a stable price, and the world's economy has seemed to absorb its new higher priced stability
Debt and Trade 3 +0 This category will always remain at a 3 because what's good for one country is bad for another
Financial unrest 4 +0 The credit crunch has world markets jittery
Leadership 3 -1 Bush is the de facto world leader and his ability to lead is questionable based on his intellectual capibilities.
Drug abuse 1 -1 Drug abuse had declined over the last decade while liberals were running the US, but now that conservatives are in control, Afghanistan is producing record poppy crops
Apostasy 0 -4 No action in this category (because no Christian can define what apostasy is without other Christians denying it)
Supernatural 0 -1 Nothing that has a cause outside of nature has occurred
Moral Standards 2 -1 Hypocrasy runs rampant within the Republican party regarding sex.
Anti-Christian 0 -3 No action in this category which wasn't originally initiated by Christians causes this category to be zero
Crime Rate 1 -4 Crime fluctuates year-over-year, but remains largely unchanged.
Ecumenism 0 -4 Papal decrees chastizing Protestants needs to be watched, but again, who's the correct Christians and who are wrong?
Globalism 0 -4 There is no movement towards globalism which hasn't been the norm for millennia
Tribulation Temple 0 -2 No Temple exists and none is planned
Anti-Semitism 1 -3 Only Christians are anti-Semitic these days, and since they "must be right" then this isn't an issue. Muslims are neutral at this point.
Israel 2 -3 Calm pervades the land of Israel as the Palistinians are having internal strife
Gog (Russia) 2 -3 Impotent as they have been for over a decade
Persia (Iran) 1 -4 Much talk, no action. About as dangerous as Iraq shortly before we invaded.
The False Prophet 0 -3 No false prophets leading the faithful astray
Nuclear Nations 2 -2 Nuclear weapons still exist and pose a threat as long as they do
Global Turmoil 2 -3 War in Iraq and Afghanistan, turmoil in Africa
Arms Proliferation 0 -4 Stable
Liberalism 0 -4 no liberalism detected anywhere in power
The Peace Process 0 -2 slow, but outside of the wars, stable
Kings of the East 0 -4 No threat
Mark of the Beast 0 -3 Nonexistent
Beast Government 0 -3 Nonexistant
The Antichrist 0 -2 None found
Date Settings 0 -2 Only the doomsday-mongers are setting any dates
Volcanoes 0 -4 Nothing unusual
Earthquakes 0 -5 Nothing unusual
Wild Weather 2 -3 Global warming is creeping into our "normal" weather
Civil Rights 3 +0 Still many groups denied rights that everyone else enjoys
Famine 2 -2 Stable, there is always someplace where famine exists
Drought 0 -4 Nothing critical as of yet
Plagues 0 -3 No activity
Climate 5 +2 Global warming is being denied by many anti-scientists and those in power
Food Supply 2 -2 Tight but controllable for the moment
Floods 2 -3 Areas prone to flooding are being flooded. The severity is getting worse due to global warming

Index total 55

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