Michael Scott, President Obama & theological liberals

I always laugh at the scene from The Office where the boss, Michael Scott, reveals his utter narcissism and desperate need for approval:

Do I need to be liked?  Absolutely not.  I like to be liked.  I enjoy being liked.  I have to be liked.  But it’s not this compulsive need to be liked, like my need to be praised.

That captures the personalities of President Obama in particular and the theological Left in general.  “How dare orthodox Christians claim that Jesus is the only way!  The Bible only makes that point explicitly and implicitly one hundred times or so.  They are such religious bigots!  We know that God speaks through all these religions.  Ahhhhhh . . . we showed them.  Now the world will like us and our made-up version of ‘Christianity.'”

Yes, the world likes you all.  Congratulations.

1 John 2:15-16 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world.


Clinton to Receive Planned Parenthood’s Highest Award, named after eugenicist Margaret Sanger.  What a vile award. It speaks volumes that Clinton would be a recipient.  PP tries to downplay Sanger’s eugenics work as if it was just some quirky trait, but it was foundational to her philosophy.  Among other things, she would bribe black ministers so they would encourage their congregations to be sterilized.

eugenics [(yooh-jen-iks)] – The idea that one can improve the human race by careful selection of those who mate and produce offspring.

Note: Eugenics was a popular theory in the early twentieth century but is no longer taken seriously, primarily because of the horrors of the eugenic efforts of the Nazi regime in Germany.

Enjoy your award, Hillary.  Sanger would be proud that you aggressively support abortion policies that eliminate blacks at three times the rate of whites.

The Right to Bear Arms: Successes of the Week — Yea for well armed citizens and concealed weapons permits!  If only the media would trumpet these successes then perhaps more bad guys would consider another line of work — or at least a less violent form of theft, such as politics.  Criminals understand odds better than you think.

Rights, Religion, and the Soul of the Nation — Timely piece on a foundational issue with socialism and communism.  Polls show that “70% of mainline clergy believe the government should play a more active role in solving social problems and 90% of UCC clergy support more active government intervention in social issues,” and some “Christian” pastors (the fake kind) think that is something to be proud of.  But the consequences of government attempting to provide everything are horrific.  They fail miserably and leave drastic unintended consequences in their wake.

The idea that everyone has a right to everything and that it will all be provided by an omniscient and presumably beneficent government is a seductive one. Justice is, after all, a Christian virtue. In reality, however, a world of rights and distributive justice is dry, heartless, and dehumanizing. It is a world driven entirely by duty and, as such, it is a world that makes generosity and gratitude—two basic religious impulses—impossible. To use Martin Luther’s terms, it is a world of law with no room for grace. Where demands and duty rule the day, charity is superfluous. Schall writes:

“In a socialist world, no charity can exist because there can be no need that is unfulfilled by the commonality’s duty. It is a world in which there can be no gratitude. I can thank someone for giving me what is really his. I cannot thank him for giving me what is by rights already mine. “


 The Devil is in the Details: Nightline Faceoff on Satan — a thorough and excellent piece on the televised debate on Satan’s existence between  Mark Driscoll and Anne Lobert (pro) and Deepak Chopra and Charles Pearson (con).


News that you missed — because actors are more popular than war heroes.

Dedicated to sarcastic people. You know who you are.

According to Australian scientists, sarcasm can help diagnose dementia.  Apparently those under 65 suffering from a common form of dementia cannot detect when someone is being sarcastic.

So for those of you who heart sarcasm or insist that you have the spiritual gift of sarcasm, you now have an easy answer when people get irritated at you: Just tell them you were doing a dementia screen and that you’ll be performing one again real soon.  They should be relieved and grateful at the results of their free mental health check up.  Look at you, what an altruistic public servant! 

As Homer Simpson would say, “In case you couldn’t tell, I was being sarcastic.” 

Source: Birmingham’s City Paper (I’m hanging out in Alabama today as my daughter is auditioning for their ballet tomorrow).

Reasons not to teach the Bible in public schools

bible5.gifThis is what you’ll probably get:

Dalmatian Theologians (your basic false teachers, who insist that the Bible is only inspired in spots and that they are inspired to spot the spots)

Kids, get out your scissors!  The Bible has all sorts of parts that don’t belong plus some things that are missing. 

The Book of John doesn’t belong there.  We’ll replace it with the gospel of Thomas. 

Then cut out the 100 passages that teach that Jesus is the only way to salvation.  And all the parts of the Old Testament saying not to worship other gods.  I’d look pretty stupid running around saying that all religions are valid paths to God if those were still in my holy book, wouldn’t I?

Now this won’t take long to read!

Pro-gay theologians

OK, kids, I want you to meet my husband.  We’re going to hug and kiss in front of you, then I’ll read you some illustrated gay fiction, then we’ll study the Bible.

Lesson 1: When Leviticus 18:22 says, “‘Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable,” it really means, “Go ahead and lie with a man as man lies with a woman, because it is not detestable.”

Slippery Christians (Dalmatian Theologians part II)

The Bible is the word of God.  Really, all of it is.  Except the parts that aren’t.  I’ll let you know which is which, because the Holy Spirit inspired me to know the difference — even though He couldn’t inspire the original writers properly.

Postmodern Christians

Teacher: There is no truth, including the Bible.

Kids: Is that statement true?  And isn’t truth just what is real? 

Teacher: No, kids.  It only seems that way.  When you get older and go to college and seminary then you get to say things that 1st graders know are stupid, and you get to release endorphins afterwards because of your smug satisfaction of thinking you are smarter than other people.

Pro-abortion Christians (must . . . resist . . . urge . . . to use scare quotes)

Teacher: Hey kids, life doesn’t begin at conception.  Just ignore those pesky embryology textbooks.  God thinks abortion is just another choice.  And He gave you free will, right?  Abortion is just an exercise of that free will. 

Feel free to add your own! 

Of course, you could get people on the other extreme as well with graceless Christianity. 

Seriously, I am all for Bible reading and I know that the schools that do teach it are supposed to use it as part of history and not to advance a religion.   I do trust that God’s word is powerful and can achieve its purpose even when people use it improperly. 

But I don’t trust that public schools would teach it properly.  There are many denominations and even many churches within my own denomination that I wouldn’t send my dogs to, let alone my kids.  I don’t want to see the Bible mocked.

What do you think?  Are you aware of programs where it has been consistently and properly taught about its content and place in history?  How do you ensure it isn’t abused?


Should Michael Vick be reinstated?  Yes. He has paid dearly for his serious crimes – many millions of dollars, a big chunk of his career, prison time, reputation, etc.What he did was awful, yet think of how many pro-choice people dare to criticize Vick. They think crushing and dismembering innocent human beings is fine as long as they are in the womb, but cruelty to animals is unforgivable.

The Hand of God?  Excellent analysis by the Raving Theist (formerly the Raving Atheist) about the plane crash and deaths of the children of a mega-abortionist. 

Just when you think the media bias couldn’t get any more extreme or bizarre, a CNN journalist spends 700 words explaining why he asked Obama a “tough” question.  The Lefties were apparently aghast that someone would dare ask a real question, so Ed Henry felt that he must not just communicate the news but become the news and offer an apology / explanation.

Former Homosexual Comments on George Weber Sex-Murder by Young ‘Sadomasochist’  Another sad story.  Sin has consequences. 

Some unintended consequences of Episcopal abandonment of the authority of scripture — I’m sure these Islamists could come up with lots of reasons for their violence, but still . . .

In fact, one church’s human-rights issue is creating another church’s human-rights crisis. “”Islamists had slaughtered thousands of Christians in [Bishop Josiah] Idowu-Fearon’s diocese, and Christians in Nigeria are willing to die for their faith, he said. But to be undermined by Western abandonment of biblical authority is a crushing blow.

Sudanese Anglican Archbishop Daniel “Deng Bul said Christians in Sudan ‘are called infidels by the Islamic world when they hear our brothers and sisters from the Christian world talking about same-sex [relationships] to be blessed.’ When Muslims link the churches in Sudan with the churches that have left biblical teaching on homosexuality, this gives them a way to say that Christians are evil: ‘It will give them the upper hand to kill our people,’ the archbishop warned. “

I talked with  . . . is an interesting blog site set up by Justin

If you are a Christian who regularly witnesses to people, you might be like me and want a way to follow up with those people.  That is why I have started a new website at iTalkedWith.com.  Say your name is Jeff and you want a webpage you can give to people you witness to so that they can read your testimony, hear the message of the gospel again, and email you questions.  You could sign up for a webpage with me and your web address could be ITalkedWith.com/jeff  Cool huh?


Britain is waking up to the effects of their complacency as their freedoms erode more and more.  When they banned handguns, the government controlled the law-abiding people but not the criminals.  Go figure.  A crime victim in an isolated location is in jail for using a gun to protect himself while the criminal is already out of jail.  This is insane.  Will we continue to make the same mistakes?

You might be an Obamunist if . . .  — sad but true.  Samples:

  • You believe the bloated wastefulness of companies like AIG should be punished by putting them under the control of the bloated wastefulness of the buffoons in Congress.
  • You dislike dealing with large, inefficient, uncaring government bureaucracies like the DMV or the IRS, but hope Obama will give you “free” healthcare provided by a large, inefficient, uncaring government bureaucracy.
  • “Christian” denomination says to pass out condoms at church — surprise!  It’s the UCC!

    PCUSA Considers Editing Out Biblical Teaching on Gays — shocking.

    Stan nails the problems with business-like marketing of the church:

    The first rule of business is “The customer is always right”; the first message of the Gospel is “all have sinned”. In business you tailor your product to meet the customers’ needs; the “product” of the church is God. Or put it this way: Business never asks customers to submit to their product.

    What seemed like a good idea may not have been. It just may be that, in our aim to “redeem the culture”, we sold out the Gospel.

    I do think many of the things that make one successful in business will help make churches successful: Clear communications, knowing how to manage people, organization skills, efficiency, etc.  There is no excuse to run a church in a sloppy manner.  We should be good stewards of everything God gives us.  But we can’t change the message to win people over.

    Prominent Ugandan AIDS activist Martin Ssempa thanked Pope Benedict for saying that condoms can exacerbate the problem of HIV/AIDS — they are both right.

    The Shameful Lynching of A.I.G. Executives — just do a little research.  Obama & Co. are at fault.  If not, they’d be blaming Bush like they do for most everything else.

    If it feels good, you shouldn’t necessarily do it

    warning.gifMany people subscribe to the philosophy of “if it feels good, do it,” or its cousin, utilitarianism, which is defined as:

    the ethical doctrine that virtue is based on utility, and that conduct should be directed toward promoting the greatest happiness of the greatest number of persons (Dictionary.com)

    I see at least three significant problems with these philosophies. 

    First, measuring happiness in any meaningful way for large amounts of people is impossible, even at a point in time and definitely not over extended periods of time. 

    Second, the “greatest number of persons” part is open to all sorts of evil.  Communism was an allegedly swell idea at its core once once you got rid of the few million dissenters.  You can rationalize slavery, Embryonic Stem Cell Research, abortion, theft and more with “greater good” theories.

    Third, it ignores the law of unintended consequences.  For example, gays in a pre-AIDS world could have easily rationalized that no one was getting hurt.  After all, they were consenting adults.  Who cared if they were having sex with hundreds of different people per year, often anonymously?  Oh, wait, AIDS came along, and took countless lives, including those of people who weren’t just “doing what feels good.”  Two guys I used to work with and played on volleyball teams with died as a consequence of just having “fun” back in the 80’s.  It has cost untold billions of dollars as well. 

    So when people are rationalizing sin it is good to remember that they may not see — or may not want to see — the consequences of their actions.  People forget to take pills.  Condoms break.  Guys not really committed to you leave.  Kids grow up without fathers.  Many of those kids become criminals and wreak havoc on the lives of others.  And on and on. 

    Ideas have consequences, and utilitarianism is a lousy idea with horrible consequences.  It is a hollow and deceptive philosophy that will try to take you captive and enslave you.

    Galatians 6:7-10 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

    Colossians 2:8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ. 

    Mmmmmmm . . . chicken fried bacon

    houston-livestockWe went to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo today.  This is one big deal if you like that sort of thing.  Over 21,000 volunteers put on quite the extravaganza.  I only go every 8 years or so.  As my youngest said, it is a good place to go and embrace your inner redneck.


    • Eating the food noted in the title.  How could I resist?  It is  something you’d expect Homer Simpson to eat and is beyond parody.  It was pretty good.  The bacon was thicker than I like, but the outside was nice and crispy.  Now where did I put my defibrillator?
    • Cotton candy, funnel cakes, coke and a beef-potato-cheese burrito.  Not my usual fare, but tasty.
    • Mutton busting: Picture bronco busting, except with sheep instead of wild horses and five year olds instead of adults.  Seriously.  They would put the kids on top of the sheep and tell them to hang on.  Most fell off within 10 feet but a couple girls held on the whole time.  I couldn’t decide whether it was closer to animal abuse or child abuse.
    • Not a PETA booth in site.  Seriously, they would have non-stop strokes if they attended.  Aside from the rides there was nothing but grilled farm animals, leather products and livestock and rodeo animals.
    • Lots of baby pigs (living ones).
    • Fun with friends.
    • Some kid stopped me and told me I looked like Steve Carrell from The Office.  As long as I don’t act like him (Carrell’s character, not the kid) I’ll be OK.

    Lowlight: I only know one song by Brooks and Dunn (Red Dirt Road) and it wasn’t one of the few songs they played before we left.  D’oh!  I like how they don’t get bogged down in details, such as when he describes a break up and reconciliation in one line: “I lost Mary, oh I got her back again.”  You don’t even have time to worry about their relationship.

    Planned Parenthood gets caught covering up statutory rape … again

    Planned Parenthood gets caught covering up statutory rape… again

    What will it take to get widespread media coverage of the evils of Planned Parenthood?  Why does this organization, which performs more than 250,000 abortions per year, get hundreds of millions of dollars in government funding?

    Worse yet, with Obama in power the pro-abortionists will be trying to restrict or shut down Crisis Pregnancy Centers.  We don’t accept government funding at the CareNet Center where I volunteer and am on the board of directors, and I’m glad for that.  But that doesn’t mean they won’t try to put unnecessary restrictions on us anyway.

    If pro-abortionists really wanted to help women they wouldn’t be enemies of Crisis Pregnancy Centers and say things like this on the Planned Parenthood website

    Crisis Pregnancy Centers

    Deciding what to do about an unplanned pregnancy can be very difficult. It may be made even more difficult by so-called “crisis pregnancy centers.” These are fake clinics run by people who are anti-abortion. They have a history of giving women wrong, biased information to scare them into not having abortions.

    But PP’s information isn’t biased, is it?  Go watch the videos on the first link.  They systematically hide statutory rape over and over and over.  Thirteen year old girls with twenty-something boyfriends don’t even phase the PP “counselors.”  They just concoct lies to hide the felonies.

    These centers

    • may not give you complete and correct information about all your options abortion, adoption, and parenting

    We share all that information at CareNet, including the risks of abortion.

    • may try to frighten you with misleading films and pictures to keep you from choosing abortion

    We don’t show anything misleading or inaccurate.  We don’t show pictures of abortions, but perhaps we should.  What could be more relevant to the topic?  We do show images of the developing human beings at different stages.

    • may lie to you about the medical and emotional effects of abortion

    That is ironic.  I wonder how much Planned Parenthood shares about the facts of post-abortion trauma?  Or do they still peddle the lie that you’ll just feel relieved?

    • may tell you that you are not pregnant even if you are. This may fool you into continuing your pregnancy without knowing it. If your decision is delayed, it could make abortion more risky. It could also keep you from getting early prenatal care.

    That is also ironic.  Abortionists have been caught telling girls they are pregnant when they are not and then selling them abortions.  They get all the guilt without ever really killing their unborn children. 

    • may discourage you from using certain methods of birth control that are very safe and effective

    Some birth control methods are abortifacients, meaning they block the implantation of a conception.  If people want to use those they have that legal right but they should be informed of how their birth control methods work.  Why does PP hide this information?

    Crisis pregnancy centers often pretend to be real health care providers but many are not. These fake clinics often trick women with false advertising. They may make women think they will be offered unbiased information and a full range of health services.

    Only in liberal land is crushing and dismembering an innocent human being part of a “full range of health services.”

    As always, remember that forgiveness and healing are possible for those who have participated in the abortion process.


    9 Things the Media Messed Up About the Obama Stem Cell Story – Only nine?  Seriously, it is sad and scary how incompetent and/or complicit the media is in perpetuating so many lies about this important issue.

    Check out this video and story about a pop song dealing with leaving the “gay” lifestyle (you know, another one of those people who don’t exist)

    Italy’s “Festival di San Remo,” the most important musical happening in my country which is seen on T.V. by millions of Italians, became the unlikely platform this year for a powerful ex-gay testimony. The singer, Giuseppe Povia, winner of the festival in 2006, presented a song entitled, “Luca Era Gay” (Luca was once gay)  The title of his song, implying that some gays can change to heterosexuality, was sufficient to destabilize the Italian gay movement. Gay activists threatened to block the festival, and Europarlimentary member Vittorio Agnoletto asked for a European resolution to stop Povia from peforming the song. Povia, himself, received death threats. The gay association “Everyone” denounced Povia to the Procura of the Republic for alleged “homophobia.” These efforts failing, gay activists then asked the Festival organizers to “counterbalance” Povia with a song by a gay singer, about “the perfection of homosexual love.” That effort too, failed.

    Bill Clinton flunks basic biology – He stated multiple times that embryos aren’t fertilized.  The press would have skewered McCain, Palin or President Bush for saying something so wrong. 

    Blogroll addition: Zoo Station.  Check it out.  It has been in my blog reader forever but I didn’t realize he wasn’t on my blogroll.

    Minnesota offers mortages to Muslims that pretend to be without interest – No religious preferences there, eh?  I wonder if they don’t take the tax deduction for the interest?  If so, I suppose that helps the tax receipts for the Feds.  The ACLU is going crazy over this, of course.  Oh, wait, no they aren’t.

    Use aborted foetus organs in transplants, urges scientist 

    Kidneys and livers from aborted foetuses could be given to the desperately ill and ease the organ donor shortage, a leading scientist has claimed.

    But the proposal has horrified pro-life and Christian groups, who say it is ‘morally abhorrent’, and raises the prospect of abortions being timed to suit transplant patients.

    Yeah, those crazy pro-lifers and Christians think we shouldn’t grow human beings just to kill them and take their organs.

    But Professor Stuart Campbell, who has argued for the abortion time limit to be lowered, had no ethical objections to the proposal.

    He said many babies were aborted quite late, ‘and if they are going to be terminated, it is a shame to waste their organs’.

    He added: ‘I am sure very few of those on the transplant list would rather die than accept an organ from an aborted foetus.’

    Well, that seals the deal.  They might not mind taking an organ from a prisoner or homeless person, either.

    Really, I’m pro-choice.


    pro-choice-baby.jpgPro-choice for whom one should legally marry (i.e., no forced marriages).

    Pro-choice for legal “sexual orientation change.”

    Pro-choice for choosing your religion (or lack of one).

    Pro-school choice (whether it is the choice of which public school to attend or the option of home schooling).

    Pro-choice of parents to know if their children are receiving birth control at school.

    Pro-choice of parents to know if their children are having an abortion, which involves great physical and mental risks to their daughters in addition to destroying their grandchildren.

    Pro-choice for medical professionals not to perform abortions or dispense abortion pills.

    Pro-choice to own guns.

    Pro-choice of the unborn to determine if they can live.

    Pro-choice for secret union ballots.

    Pro-choice to access conservative radio shows.

    Pro-choice to teach the flaws of Darwinian evolutionary theory.

    Pro-choice of people to choose how they want health care insured or provided.

    Pro-choice on the voters of America to decide social issues instead of having judges ignore the will of the people.

    And so on. So yeah, I’m pretty pro-choice.

    Oh, wait, you meant “pro-choice to crush and dismember the unborn, who we know from science are most definitely human beings?”

    No, I don’t think people should have that choice unless it is to save the life of the mother.

    The “Christian” Left is against all those choices, except the one that results in this and this.

    I’m too pro-science to be pro-choice.

    The transfiguration and reading in context

    bible.jpgMany Bible questions can be answered simply by reading what comes before and after the passage in question — that is, reading in context.

    For example, Matthew 16 ended with Jesus saying,

    “I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.” 

    That verse sometimes confounds people because they wonder why Jesus didn’t return before the disciples died.  It is an important passage because some people, like false teacher Marcus Borg, claim that this is an error in the Bible.

    The problem is solved by reading the passage in context.  This story is also told in Mark and in Luke, and every time it is followed by the story of Jesus’ transfiguration on the mountain (it was viewed by three of the Disciples).  That is most likely what He meant by saying that some of them would not taste death before seeing him coming in his kingdom. 

     1After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. 3Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.

     4Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”

     5While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”

     6When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. 7But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” 8When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.

     9As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus instructed them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen, until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

     10The disciples asked him, “Why then do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?”

     11Jesus replied, “To be sure, Elijah comes and will restore all things. 12But I tell you, Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but have done to him everything they wished. In the same way the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.” 13Then the disciples understood that he was talking to them about John the Baptist.

    Proverbs 24

    pr24.gifGreetings!  I always enjoy coming back to the Proverbs.

    24     Do not envy wicked men,

    do not desire their company;

    2 for their hearts plot violence,

    and their lips talk about making trouble.

     How many times do we envy those who mock God?  We shouldn’t envy anyone, let alone people who are unsaved. 

    3 By wisdom a house is built,

    and through understanding it is established;

    4 through knowledge its rooms are filled

    with rare and beautiful treasures.

    5 A wise man has great power,

    and a man of knowledge increases strength;

    6 for waging war you need guidance,

    and for victory many advisers.

    I have erred many times by not asking advice from others, probably because I didn’t want to hear what they had to say.  But I would have been better off in the long run by listening to them.

    7 Wisdom is too high for a fool;

    in the assembly at the gate he has nothing to say.

    8 He who plots evil

    will be known as a schemer.

    9 The schemes of folly are sin,

    and men detest a mocker.

    10 If you falter in times of trouble,

    how small is your strength!

    11 Rescue those being led away to death;

    hold back those staggering toward slaughter.

    12 If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,”

    does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?

    Does not he who guards your life know it?

    Will he not repay each person according to what he has done?

    13 Eat honey, my son, for it is good;

    honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.

    14 Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul;

    if you find it, there is a future hope for you,

    and your hope will not be cut off.

    15 Do not lie in wait like an outlaw against a righteous man’s house,

    do not raid his dwelling place;

    16 for though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again,

    but the wicked are brought down by calamity.

    17 Do not gloat when your enemy falls;

    when he stumbles, do not let your heart rejoice,

    18 or the Lord will see and disapprove

    and turn his wrath away from him.

    19 Do not fret because of evil men

    or be envious of the wicked,

    20 for the evil man has no future hope,

    and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.

    If we keep an eternal perspective we won’t be as troubled by evil people today.

    21 Fear the Lord and the king, my son,

    and do not join with the rebellious,

    22 for those two will send sudden destruction upon them,

    and who knows what calamities they can bring?

    Further Sayings of the Wise 23 These also are sayings of the wise:

    To show partiality in judging is not good:

    24 Whoever says to the guilty, “You are innocent”—

    peoples will curse him and nations denounce him.

    25 But it will go well with those who convict the guilty,

    and rich blessing will come upon them.

    Sometimes people just think of justice as the innocent being set free, but God also loves when justice is done to those who are guilty.

    26 An honest answer

    is like a kiss on the lips.

    Sometimes we are tempted to tell friends what they want to hear instead of the truth, but the honest answers always work out best. 

    27 Finish your outdoor work

    and get your fields ready;

    after that, build your house.

    28 Do not testify against your neighbor without cause,

    or use your lips to deceive.

    29 Do not say, “I’ll do to him as he has done to me;

    I’ll pay that man back for what he did.”

    30 I went past the field of the sluggard,

    past the vineyard of the man who lacks judgment;

    31 thorns had come up everywhere,

    the ground was covered with weeds,

    and the stone wall was in ruins.

    32 I applied my heart to what I observed

    and learned a lesson from what I saw:

    33 A little sleep, a little slumber,

    a little folding of the hands to rest—

    34 and poverty will come on you like a bandit

    and scarcity like an armed man.

    Many people are poor through no fault of their own, but many more made bad decisions and are suffering the consequences. 

     The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

    Psalm 66

    ps66.jpgGreetings!  Praising God is a great start to putting our minds in proper perspective.  When we don’t acknowledge who He is and what He has done then it is hard to have everything else in line.

    This does convict me though in that I’m a poor singer and am not the most demonstrative in church.  I do want to focus my attitude more on joyful worship of him.

    Verse 18 points out that if we cherish sin in our hearts that God may not hear our prayers. 

    Psalm 66

    For the director of music. A song. A psalm.

    1 Shout with joy to God, all the earth!

    2 Sing the glory of his name;

    make his praise glorious!

    3 Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!

    So great is your power

    that your enemies cringe before you.

    4 All the earth bows down to you;

    they sing praise to you,

    they sing praise to your name.” Selah

    5 Come and see what God has done,

    how awesome his works in man’s behalf!

    6 He turned the sea into dry land,

    they passed through the waters on foot—

    come, let us rejoice in him.

    7 He rules forever by his power,

    his eyes watch the nations—

    let not the rebellious rise up against him. Selah

    8 Praise our God, O peoples,

    let the sound of his praise be heard;

    9 he has preserved our lives

    and kept our feet from slipping.

    10 For you, O God, tested us;

    you refined us like silver.

    11 You brought us into prison

    and laid burdens on our backs.

    12 You let men ride over our heads;

    we went through fire and water,

    but you brought us to a place of abundance.

    13 I will come to your temple with burnt offerings

    and fulfill my vows to you—

    14 vows my lips promised and my mouth spoke

    when I was in trouble.

    15 I will sacrifice fat animals to you

    and an offering of rams;

    I will offer bulls and goats. Selah

    16 Come and listen, all you who fear God;

    let me tell you what he has done for me.

    17 I cried out to him with my mouth;

    his praise was on my tongue.

    18 If I had cherished sin in my heart,

    the Lord would not have listened;

    19 but God has surely listened

    and heard my voice in prayer.

    20 Praise be to God,

    who has not rejected my prayer

    or withheld his love from me!

    The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

    At the risk of disappointing conspiracy theorists . . .

    bible.jpgDr. James White pointed out something I knew the facts of but which I hadn’t thought of in this particular light: There has never been a time when one person or organization had sole control over the New Testament writings such that they could change it.

    That is a huge point. 

    Most of the books were canonized without issue (e.g., the four Gospels, Romans).  But they were written individually and spread throughout the Mediterranean for several hundred years before the Canon was officially closed.  There is no way they could be eliminated, sanitized or changed in any meaningful way.

    Contrast that to the Koran, whose devotees claim is perfect and unchanged.  But there were other versions that were set aside and one official version was copied and advanced by the government.  That is wildly different from the way the NT was transmitted. 

    That is just one more reason to be confident in the Bible.  We have lots of manuscripts to compare where they cannot do that with the Koran.  Who knows what the original Koran really said?

    I realize this will disappoint conspiracy theorist graduates of the Da Vinci Code School of Theology (I think I picked that phrase up from Edgar), but the NT writings were transmitted in a very broad and reliable way.

    Update: See this post by Brooks for an excellent overview on the transmission issues with the Koran.  The original writings were not perfectly preserved, and even if they were it begs the question that is would be proof that it is the word of God.