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Jews, Hamas, Missiles, Human Shields

Okay, I figure it’s high time I put in my two cents worth on the conflict between Israel and Palestine.

In 1948 Israel announced its independence. The United Nations voted to divide British Palestine between the Arabs and the Jews.

The very next the Arab countries neighbouring Israel mobilised their forces and attacked the tiny state. Much to everyone’s surprise the Israelis won.

Now let’s jump two decades. In 1967, Egypt was amassing its forces on the Israeli border. Other Arab states did likewise. Israel preempted the Egyptians and fired first.

When the dust had settled Israel had won the Gaza Strip and the Sinai peninsula from Egypt and the West Bank of the Jordan River from Jordan.

We’ll skip another decade at this point. Israel and Egypt enter a peace agreement. As part of this agreement Israel gave the Sinai peninsula to Egypt.

We should pause here and examine this a little.

Yes, the Sinai peninsula had belonged to Egypt to begin with. No argument here. But look at how Israel came to take possession:

The Sinai peninsula was an Israeli spoil of war and they had every right to claim ownership of it. Had Israel been the aggressor, as was Nazi Germany in Europe for example, then their ownership of the land would not be righteous. But Israel had been peaceable. Egypt was the aggressor and they subsequently lost the land.

The same goes for the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

In order to establish peace Israel returned this land which was rightfully theirs, to Egypt.

In a nutshell there is nothing Israel can do to establish peace. I heard Dennis Prager speaking on this issue and he expressed the point far better than I can.

“Imagine if you will, two scenarios: in the first, Israel lays down its arms and says, ‘We won’t fight anymore.’
In the second scenario, Palestine lays down its arm and says, ‘We won’t fight anymore.’

“What would be the result? In the first instance there would be an immediate overrunning of the Jewish state. Mass murder and exile. Destruction of the Jewish people.

“In the second scenario, there would be peace.”

It is really hard to argue with that. As Prager puts it, “One side wants the other side dead.”

This isn’t about land rights: Israel occupies .3% of the Middle East. Yes, that is on third of one percent. The 22 Arab States occupy the rest. Israel welcome Muslims in its universities, it’s workplace, and yes, even in its army!

It can hardly be said that Israel is not willing to share its .3%.

But look at all those missiles Israel is shooting into Palestine. Those horrible Jews, targeting children and women, innocents. The death toll is astronomically in Israel’s favour.

One of the reasons for the high death toll in Palestine is because Hamas fire at Israel from schools and other populated civilian areas. Then they cry foul when civilians get caught in the bombings.

Did you know that Israel issues a warning when it is sending a missile into Palestine? What sort of military does that? I’ll tell you; a military that does not want to cause civilian casualties.

Israel’s relatively low death toll is due in part to their missile defence system called Iron Dome. This intercepts missiles and artillery shells before they reach their target.

Don’t be deceived. If Palestine could kill a thousand, a million Israelis, they would.

Now, most of what I’ve written so far is common knowledge. Or if not common it’s very easy knowledge to come by. So this begs the question; Why then do the majority believe that Israel is the aggressor and that Palestine is the poor, pooped upon neighbour?

Bad, biased reporting is partly to blame. Israel’s military actions are far more effective than those of Palestine. This is a cold fact. Palestine is throwing stones at a neighbour with bigger guns. This results in carnage and the media love carnage.

Just look at these poor people bullied by their nasty neighbour.

The news media loves to cheer for the underdog. Now if it was the United States giving Palestine a thrashing we would hear on the news how the US armed forces are routing the terrorists from their hiding places. . . . Oops! I seem to think they did that in Afghanistan.

The sole problem is that Israel is defending itself, very capably. The aggressor is getting battered and bruised and the world doesn’t like to see it.

It isn’t typical. Normally the aggressor picks on a target that they can easily overwhelm. Then what happens is the world falls out in sympathy for the party attacked. But that isn’t the case here. What you have is an aggressor, HAMAS, attacking a country that can take care of itself very well thank you.

We come back to the statement by Dennis Prager: If HAMAS would lay down their arms, there would be peace the next day.

Israel have not preempted Palestine. What the media isn’t telling you is that the Israeli attacks have all been defensive, in response to attacks from Palestine.

It all started with the murder of three Israeli students on June 10. Things are unclear whether the culprits were HAMAS or a group acting on their own.

There was no need for these students to die. Their only crime was that they were Jewish.

Israel responded with a limited bombing campaign against HAMAS targets and Palestinian militant groups fired rockets into Israel.

Can we blame Israel for wanting to avenge the murder of its citizens?

America went to war over the murder of its citizens on 9/11.

Atheist – Smile

As a Christian internet user who visits the occasional public forum, watches videos on Utube and contributes to the comments section, I encounter a lot of people who don’t share my spiritual views. This is to be expected but it hasn’t always been the case. It wasn’t so long ago that I wouldn’t have heard from these folk unless I was actively evangelising.

Put it this way. The internet has not only given Christians a new platform from which to spread the word, it has also given voice to a generation of people who might previously have kept quiet.
Naturally there will be objection from some quarters if you are street preaching – the hecklers will always speak up – or one-on-one witnessing. But those who would normally keep their thoughts to themselves now have an anonymous megaphone.

At certain times this can ignite lively and thought provoking conversation. This is the public forum at its best. At other times I have found myself the object of ridicule by mean spirited people with virtually zero knowledge of the scriptures they are rubbishing.

A favourite topic of these folk is the supposed contradictions in the scriptures. A popular one is the account of Judas Iscariot:
Matthew 27:5 tells us that Judas threw the money into the Temple and went off and hanged himself.

Acts 1:18 says he bought a field with the money. There, he fell headlong and burst open, his intestines spilling out.

Theologians have written tomes about these two accounts. They have been studied for years, pulled apart and dissected. Men and women with advanced degrees, people that for whom if they had studied medicine for instance, would be specialists.

Now some tosser with no understanding of scripture whatsoever wants to establish an understanding that the Bible is fake based on his or her great find. Whoopi-doo. These are the same folk who cling to the premise that the great singularity –

er, gotta pause here . . .

Don’t you love that word, ‘Singularity, What it means is “I don’t have an explanation or sound reasoning for my theory, any reasonable application of the English language would fail like army boots with a wedding dress.” Here’s a trick, let’s make a new word.”‘

– you know, when nothing spun around really really fast until finally, with a great big bang, gave us the universe and everything in it! We shall call this momentous event, a Singularity.

Now I expect mocking and a guffaw or two over that one. That’s the wrong application of the word. I’m an idiot who doesn’t understand the subject. Well here’s one that effectively shuts all the nuclear traps:

Creation, therefore, Creator.

Now, let’s go back to the smelly old corpse of Judas Iscariot.

Any two Newspapers, from the same town, with reporters at the same event, witnessing the same thing, and then aided by sophisticated computer editing software, digital cameras and professional photographers, will give different accounts.

Two cars crash, a Ford and a Toyota. Three people are injured, one seriously.

That very night three newspapers, two TV networks and a radio station report the story. Interestingly enough, there are some variations in the story. One reporter said there would be a recall on one of the vehicles because of a possible fault in the brakes. The other media sources didn’t even mention this although it is the single item that could send a relatively small story into a front page scoop. Then it turned out that the recall vehicle wasn’t involved in the crash.

What is the story? Two cars crashed, three people were injured, one of those seriously. That is the nitty gritty of the tale.

Jesus was betrayed by Judas. He was subsequently crucified to death, now if that’s not enough, sealed in an airless tomb for three days, then he rose from the dead.

In the meantime, Judas, feeling guilty, or terrified because he had indeed had a hand in murdering the Son of God, topped himself.

That’s the story. It’s all there.

Another favourite of the savvy biblical illiterate is to quote the non biblical as if it were.

“God helps those who help themselves.”

Really? Where did you dig that up? It isn’t in the Bible. As a matter of fact the Bible is full of, and most Christians can attest to, incidences when God helps the helpless. In fact if people want to live their lives helping themselves, without God, He frequently leaves them to it.

Or my personal favourite: “The problem with you Christians is you go on and on claiming yours is the only way.”

You really can tell who has done their homework: Islam claims the same – except its practitioners will kill you if you don’t believe. All the world’s major religions claim to be the sole path to salvation. (With the exception, of course, of those who don’t believe salvation is necessary, and yet these too, believe they have the only way).

The Bahá’í believe that all the major religions come from the same place as long as it is Bahá’í.

The internet has opened this doorway. Loaded with good and bad information the internet confirms and validates every opinion. This is the post modern mind. Everyone is right.

Except Christians it seems.

In a matter of seconds a person can have at their hands the fruits of what only a short time ago required hours of exhaustive research. You get the answer but not the education.

The internet is the University of Bits n’ Pieces.

We really need to watch it, folks. They’re coming at us dumber and louder.

Arm yourself with The Word. Know the Truth. And the next time an atheist fixes you with a cheesy grin and asserts that the universe and everything in it was once squeezed into something the size of a pinhead, you can look at them and say, “That’s nice.”

Garbage From the Pulpit

Here’s a small dishing of the swill being peddled from some of our pulpits. Some of it is more suited to a comedy club than the House of God.

“There are some people right now who are living in your house, driving in your car . . . and God is getting ready to give them an eviction notice. This stuff is going going to be transferred . . . ” drivel, drivel, drivel …

Garbage courtesy of Medina Pullings. Can’t you just see Robin Williams saying this? I can.

And from Mega Church man Ed Young comes drivel of the expensive kind.

“God gave me a Ferrari because I am a Ferrari. You’re a Ferrari too. God has given you a Ferrari,” he said.

And from the king of all things rubbish, Joel Osteen:

“When you focus on being a blessing, God makes sure that you are always blessed in abundance.”

I am always blessed in abundance? Wow. Funny how this has never worked for me. Maybe I haven’t been enough of a blessing to anyone.

Jesus said:

” . . . Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man had nowhere to lay his head.” Luke 9:58

Garbage from Cleflo Dollar. For those who don’t know him Cleflo Dollar is one of the kings of the greediest. He is all about the money. Cleflo’s thing is the Prosperity Gospel.

Now, the Prosperity Gospel is a creative mix of motivational scripture twisting, deceitfully designed to help you part with your money.

Joel Osteen is a prosperity preacher. So is the very well known, Kenneth Copeland.

Here is some of their garbage:

“You will often receive preferential treatment simply because your Father is the King of kings, and His glory and honour spill over onto you”

This tripe is from Osteen. He seems to have missed the teachings of Jesus when he studied theology. And from the mouth of Cleflo Dollar:

“Keep saying it – ‘I have equality with God’ – talk yourself into it”

And getting real honest, “We are going to see a lot more millionaire preachers . . . I know, I am one.”

It’s all there for the asking. Perhaps the most puzzling aspect of the Prosperity Gospel is how many people buy into it.
Joel Osteen’s church is the biggest in America. I find this really puzzling and it raises yet another question:

Are Christians not taking it upon themselves to read the Bible? If more Christians took the initiative to read the scriptures then fewer of them would fall for the lies of people like Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, Cleflo Dollar, Osteen and others.

Everyone wants an easier life. Who wouldn’t like a financial windfall? The really sad part is that it’s the truly desperate who are propping up these dishonest people . . . No, let’s call them what they are. Thieves. No better than a pension scammer or a charity rip-off. Professional liars.

Somewhere, I forget where, I read it: Check out the church’s parking lot. If the luxury cars are parked up close to the building – in other words where the staff park – you can almost predict the message being preached inside.

Good Gospel preaching, generally speaking, doesn’t generate enormous sums of money. Occasionally it does; when the wealthy express their gratitude for their salvation with their wallets for instance. But this us the exception.

So in order to create the enormous wealth the above mentioned preachers are chasing, they have to lie. Have to. They can’t get it from the Bible. I have heard prosperity preachers openly declare that Jesus lived a life of luxury, and therefore, so should we. Find that in the Bible.

This carpenter who died with only a single robe to His name.

Before attending one of these churches led by a rock star preacher ask yourself this question: If you had to have a major operation, or a minor one for that matter, would you rather have a swash-buckling Zorro, or a surgeon who, out of love and compassion for his fellow man, had agonised over the textbooks, checked and double checked the facts, watched others perform the procedure. And then, and only then, proceeded carefully.

Now, applying the same logic, ask the same question of that church’s pastor.

But Hitler was a Christian

I was watching a YouTube clip on the World War II recently and I was surprised when I read the comments that some – admittedly a minority – claimed that Adolf Hitler was a Christian. The reasoning for this was that Hitler had attended church.

Now this much is true. As a youth Hitler did indeed attend church. It would seem he didn’t receive the message however. He was said to be intoxicated with the pomp and ceremony and splendour of the Mass.

This is a superb example of how church attendance does not make one a Christian. I explained this to the commentor and was promptly shot down with, Aren’t all the big wars religiously motivated? – And what about the crusades?

It is interesting that when people attack Christianity they often start with the crusades. This is much the same as attacking the Human Resources policies of a major corporation with an argument from the 1850s coal mines. As for the 2nd part of the argument:

I did a rough estimate of the number of deaths in wars that were religiously motivated. It’s not possible to get an accurate count but even if I’m wrong by an astronomical margin, as you will soon see, it doesn’t matter.

In the last 100 years – atheists will never agree to it – the vast majority of conflicts have not been religiously motivated. However, even giving the atheist the benefit of those borderline cases like the Arab/Israeli wars (an argument could easily be established for political, religious, territorial motives), the ball lies fairly and squarely in the religious corner for the purpose of this exercise.

Deaths due to religiously motivated wars in the past 100 years amount to about 5 million. That’s a lot of dead people but because of the propaganda machine of the secularists a lot of people would be expecting that figure to be a lot bigger.

Fair enough. For the purpose of this demonstration I’ll double it. Call it 10 million. (Take a few minutes to do the arithmetic yourself. You may be surprised).

Now, let’s look at the 2nd world war. Estimates are between 60 and 80 million killed in this terrible conflict.

But Hitler was a Christian, wasn’t he? No, he was not. You will not get any religious leader, or layperson for that matter, to agree with you.

There are certain criteria that need to be fulfilled in order for a person to become a Christian. Sitting in a church isn’t one of them. It is perfectly possible to be a dedicated Christian by every meaning of the word and not attend church. There are many reasons why a Christian might be absent from church for extended periods, or even permanently.

You can sit in the henhouse all day but it doesn’t make you a chicken.

Jesus commanded us to love one another. This quality could hardly be attributed to Hitler. We know of his crimes; there is no need to list them.

Joseph Stalin, another major player in WWII was a communist. A communist is by the very nature of the ideology, an atheist. A person living under the boot of communism has to believe, or come to believe (it is drummed into them), that their rights, necessities, and their comforts, if any, come from the State.

A loving, benevolent God undermines the authority of the State. Jesus and communism don’t mix because it is to Christ whom we owe for not only our salvation, but our next meal, our very next breath.

The aggressive manner in which communist authorities attack Christians is well documented. There are literally thousands of links to studies on this topic. The research is quite easy.

Let me be really clear about this: It is Grace by faith in The Lord Jesus Christ by which we are saved.
There is no other path to salvation. Period. Believing in the powers of the state to provide, attending church, kneeling to face Mecca, chanting, singing, praying, tongues, none of these. The pope cannot save. You can give all your money to charity, live in a cardboard box reading the Bible all day and still go to hell.

Jesus Christ and nothing else. There is no other way.

Now, let’s take another look at Hitler, shall we? I think by now that most people would agree the Adolf doesn’t fit, does he? At one point he was held as a messiah by the German people. This is because prior to Hitler a lot of Germans were doing it very hard. Under his leadership things got better.
But God doesn’t judge us according to man’s standards. He sees what is in the heart, and there can be no doubt that Hitler’s heart was very dark.

In his youth Hitler had attended church services and had even sang in the choir.

As an adult he was a war monger who started World War Two and set about the genocide of the Jews in Every country he conquered. He also murdered homosexuals, gypsies, Jehovah’s Witnesses, the disabled, the intellectually handicapped, political opponents and a host of other folk who didn’t fit into his perception of the new Germany.

There is considerably more evidence of Hitler’s forays into the occult than that of his Christian life.

No, once and for all, Adolf Hitler was not a Christian.

And What About the Religion of Peace

Here is something they don’t tell you; in response to the rise in Islamic terrorist activity around the globe, 911, Spain, Bali, London and so on, the rank and file Muslims have pretty much convinced the world that these are the activities of extremists. The true Muslim is peaceful, loving.

Okay, that’s the bit they do say. And there is some truth in the first part. That the terrorism had been the work of extremists. But the rest?

Lies. Lies. Lies.

The difference between the Islamic extremist and the Moderate is that the former is prepared to act on his hatred, whilst the latter is not. This is a definition much closer to the truth.

A new oxymoron for the 21st century: Moderate Muslim.

If you could convince a Muslim to be completely honest (difficult because their religion allows them to lie if it is for the greater good of Islam), they would tell you that they hate Westerners. They despise our culture, our morals and of course, our religion. Given the opportunity to act without consequences, they would kill us all.

Here’s a few quotes from the Koran.

Allah is an enemy to unbelievers. – Sura 2:98

On unbelievers is the curse of Allah. – Sura 2:161

Slay them wherever ye find them and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution is worse than slaughter. – 2:191

Muslims are harsh against the unbelievers, merciful to one another. – 48:25

Muhammad is Allah’s apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another. Through them, Allah seeks to enrage the unbelievers. – 48:29

Prophet! Make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites and deal sternly with them. Hell shall be their home, evil their fate. – 66:9

This is not a complete list by any means. The Koran is seething with hatred and violence.

Islamic apologists have been very active in promoting Islam as a peaceful, tolerant religion. They even tell us that the name, ‘Islam’ means peace. Any scholar would tell you it means surrender or submission. Both words have very different meanings to the word, Peace.
The Koran calls Believers to submit to Allah and to subdue non believers until they also, believe and submit.

Muslims will tell you that they believe in Jesus. True. But what about Him do they believe?

Muslims believe Jesus was a prophet. They do not believe He is the Son of God.

Understand. No matter how convincing the apologist, regardless of what your President believes, this is an evil religion with violence and hatred at its core.

Just what does Mr Obama think of Islam? He is quoted as saying, “Islam has a proud tradition if tolerance.” Yeah, that’s a goody. How about, “Islam is not part of the problem in combating violent extremism, it is an important part of promoting peace.”

Lee Rigby, the British soldier who was hacked to death on a London street was one of the more publicised incidents of this peaceful religion. As they butchered him his attackers ranted, “We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you”.

In the wake of this cowardly attack British prime minister David Cameron was quoted as saying that there was nothing in the Koran that justified this murder.

Nothing? Something else the attackers ranted whilst they waited for the police (and the cameras) was, “The Koran commands us to kill those who kill Muslims.”
Lee Rigby had served in Afghanistan. He was fighting in a war. Lee Rigby was a hero who put his life on the line for the freedom of others. His slayers were not even soldiers.

In my opinion they should receive the same penalty as any foreign agent operating behind our lines. Yes, their British citizenship is clearly just a cover.
These men should be summarily executed.

Instead, David Cameron waffles on about how exceptional this behaviour is, coming as it does from the Religion of Peace.

Get the picture.

Okay, what is the answer?

Prayer. Then more prayer. Things are changing: many Muslims are giving their lives to Jesus. Jesus is appearing in the dreams of these people, calling them to salvation. And many are heeding the call.

That’s the good news.

The bad news us that there will be a lot of pain ahead.

Whilst our leaders are supporting the Islamic agenda the road can only be tough. I believe that Mr Obama should be charged with treason for his open support of Islam. During WWII if an American leader had openly supported Hitler or Hirohito that would have been the result. Today, in the wake of horrific terrorism, Obama can get away with words of support for these people. It is upside-down.

Which brings us back to prayer. This is the arena in which we will win: the spiritual arena. When Christians pray we pray to a real God, the Creator of the universe and everything in it.
Muslims do not. Their’s are empty words falling on deaf ears. At the Head of their church there is nothing. Perhaps this may explain why, despite the wealth of some Islamic nations they still live in sixth century doldrums.

The Easter Play

When I was a kid we went to Sunday school. I don’t recall my parents going to church and I think Sunday school was simply an opportunity for my parents to get some breathing space from their brood of six. I can vividly remember the the weekly fingernail clipping, face scrubbing, and wearing the Sunday Best which consisted of a white shirt and tie, blue shorts and shiny black shoes. I really hated that tie.

Once in a while my three brothers and I were subjected to the shears. A kitchen chair was placed in the yard – we didn’t have a garden, it was most definitely a yard – and we got that all over cut. This was years before it was fashionable. I remember my folks practically had to strap me to that chair.

I am sure that my Sunday school gave me some sort of Christian foundation, or else why would Jesus be the one I turned to whenever I was in trouble in the years after Sunday school when there was no religious activity in my life. But I honestly don’t recall a single lesson.

But I do remember the Easter Play.

I was about 5 years old at the time. I played a Roman soldier. It should have been a fun night.

Someone decided that my skin was too pale for a Roman soldier. In the interests of authenticity I was given a coat of chicory essence. I gather that this five year old was an authentic Roman soldier in every other detail. Now I looked a nice shade of coffee.

Lipstick and mascara was the final humiliation.

Enter the Roman soldier: Now, just prior to my cue my mascara had started to sting my eyes. I started to cry, and the chicory started to run. So it was decided to quickly remove the chicory with a damp cloth. And, you guessed it, the chicory which readily ran in streams down my cheeks would not be removed with water and a washcloth. At this point I was entrusted to the care of a nine year old girl with the charge of cheering the lad up, while the adults busied themselves with finding an alternative solution.

Now it happens that we were in a kitchen to one side of the stage, and the young girl, still in possession of the damp washcloth, stepped up to the mark; in kitchens everywhere, whether at home, the restaurant, or a country church hall, there is one common element. Dish soap. No-one had tried the Sunlight Soap!

Ah! Now my eyes were streaming. My face, which had been streaked, was now a messy palette of black mascara and smudged chicory. (from this point on I will refer to the unholy combination as Chicara). Underlining this mess was a bright red slash that had been lipstick. And of course, like for all children, mess is not territorial; it was now over my uniform shirt.

The narrator announced the arrest of Jesus. This was my cue and it was at this time that I realised the Chicara had progressed south to my shorts, in which direction I happened to be looking.

In all fairness I think the Roman soldier faced with the prospect of placing God Almighty under arrest may well have vacated his bladder also. It’s a natural reaction to terror. But alas, I wasn’t thinking this. Nor did I hear hushed whispers in the wings.

“Wasn’t that boy wonderful!”
“Yes! Wetting himself in fear.”
“Just like a real soldier.”

What I was thinking is that I had just wet myself in front of the entire church which included all my friends, as well as those who would love a reason to tease the daylights out of me. I’m sure there was enough space cleared on my face for a bright red hue to break through.

The picture so far: child coated in tears, urine, and Chicara bravely living the show business code; The Show Must Go On.

Then I slipped in the puddle at my feet.

So did Mrs Marsh, the fat lady who owned the pig farm. There were some cruel jokes afloat about this irony, but enough on that. She fell on me.

So now I am sliding around the urine puddle, soaking it up with my back. If any part of me may have escaped it was thwarted by the Mighty Mrs Marsh who had pressed my body into service as a sponge.

Mercifully I don’t remember much else from that night. I believe I was taken home and given a good bath. That’s what I’d like to think happened anyway.

My parents were sensitive folk and would not have laughed at me until I was out of the room.

It’s unlikely that anyone remains alive that remembers what happened on that Friday night at the Eight Mile Plains, Church of England, Easter play. This happened some 45 years ago. Certainly, Mrs Marsh who was about 45 at the time is an unlikely candidate for longevity given her obesity.

Gripped in a bout of nostalgia on a recent trip to Brisbane I drove by where I remembered the little country church to be. In its place stood a spectacular, 2 story glass cathedral. I was a little dismayed as I slowed down to inspect the place.

Would this modern development hold the smiles, the tears, the laughs for the present generation in 50 years? Somehow I don’t think it would. I shook my head slightly and took one last look. I was about to accelerate away when I noticed something in the plot behind the new church.

The old church! I drove into the car park and pulled up in front of the sign. The old church had been preserved on this site. A memorial.

What struck me most was just how small it was. At the time I would have though it was gigantic, an auditorium. But it was really quite tiny. Not much bigger than a high school classroom.

This got my lateral thinking gears engaged and as I drove away I couldn’t help but think of the other gigantic problems that had had me vexed over the year. The only thing that had changed in the Sunday School play was my perception of it. I had changed.

Now not all of life’s problems can be brought into perspective as dramatically as the country church incident demonstrated but to all things not rigidly black and white there are degrees.

If I am constantly changing, growing, can’t I take comfort in the knowledge that tomorrow I may see today’s problem a little differently?

The irony of this little spark of truth is that today I don’t have any real problems. To the best of my ability I have given them to Jesus. (I say to the best of my ability because I know that at sometime I am bound to try to take them back). Usually I can give Jesus my cares most successfully when they are small. What I would really like to have is the faith to leave my problems with Him when they are big, overwhelming. Sadly it’s at this time when I can least manage them, that I snatch them back!

I smiled to myself as I thought about this. The little boy with the Chicara streaking over his cheeks hasn’t gone away. He can still bring a twinkle to my eye.

Pulling into the traffic someone shot me the finger. I just pictured Mrs Marsh a nano-second before she hit the pool and everything was okay.

The Universe – An Exact and Deliberate Balance

We have all heard of the ozone layer and the role it plays in the earth’s climate. Well, we have heard what happens when there is too little ozone, anyway. Ozone depletion has been in all the news. What hasn’t been mentioned is the delicate balance of ozone that is required to sustain life on earth. Too much ozone and not enough UV light gets through to sustain plant growth.

I will quote now from Bible411

Scientists actually identified over 188 parameters within our solar system and 38 parameters elsewhere in the universe. Each of these parameters is so exacting that they could not happen by chance.

The ozone layer is just one of these parameters. The researchers at Bible411.com go into much more detail than I can possibly do here. This is just an appetiser.

The book, Origin of Matter, from which much if this material was sourced has over 4,000 quotes in support of Creation, and disproving Evolution theory. Of these 4,000 quotes that the encyclopaedia is comprised of only 164 are by creationists.

Can you grasp that? You smug, pig-headed evolutionist! Man, if it weren’t for your smug, condescending attitude I would leave you alone. But here it is. Even your experts don’t support you!

The truth is this. You would believe in God but you don’t want to give up your ways. Let’s call it what it is: you know that turning to Christ would require sacrifices on your part. You don’t want to quit your premarital sex, your free and easy lifestyle.

Haven’t I hit the nail on the head, Atheist? Perhaps you are gay. That is wrong. You know it. It is a perversion against man and nature. Not to mention, God, who probably wants to vomit when he sees your life.
Oh, you’re a woman trapped in a man’s body . . . . Crap! You are a pervert trying to pass yourself off as a human. I mean, how can you say this is human behaviour? You even give it non homosapian names: Lesbian, Gay, Transgender . . . What biology book gives such a diversity of sexuality.

Oops . . . did I stop editing myself? Gotta watch that. I don’t want to traumatise our sensitive, secular friends. And they do get upset when we throw a little back.

Hey Atheist. It’s time to pull your pants up and elevate your thinking.

This is why you won’t even consider life under the loving hand of God. You want to continue telling lies.

Yes, you lie to yourself, you lie to others. You would get fired if you told your boss the truth, wouldn’t you? If they ever found out what you were thinking. Not the stuff for the breakfast table, eh?

Yet you love this lifestyle. Jesus said it in John 3:19

And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

Back to the title point. We could accept one or two parameters as a coincidence. Perhaps even 10 or 15. But 188! Give me a break. Does Jesus have to parade down the Main Street before you will believe?

Well, yes. The Bible tells us just that. In the end, despite plagues, oceans turned into blood, angels descending from heaven . . . you will still not believe.

Here’s another: The proton to neutron ratio.

This must be within a tolerance of 1/1000 either way. That is one part in a thousand. Outside this tight limit chaos would result. The universe would be destroyed. Atoms would fly apart. This is just one of 188 parameters.

I’m not going to list all 188. In addition to Bible411, you should check out some pages of the Creation/Evolution Encyclopaedia. This is a good place to start. The Elemental Forces of the Universe

It is pretty hard to deny God when all the information hits you in the face. The long and outstanding problem has been the atheist scientist agenda of withholding the facts. Let me explain;
The scientific fraternity has known all this for a long time. Understandably so since they discovered most of it. But there is no way they are about to admit it.

The problem is that scientists, those working in the universities anyway, want tenure. Fair enough. Ambition is a noble thing, worthwhile. To get tenure they have to publish . . . wait for it . . . and here it comes . . . the curriculum is Evolution. No scientist who publishes creation is going to be tenured.

So they deny the evidence. And the evidence is in abundance. In addition to these 188 parameters which have to be in such tight check that coincidence is impossible, I have not even touched on Equidistant Letter Sequencing. Yet another evidence that the atheists slam the door on without investigation.

I digress:

The evidence from the study at Bible411, says 188 parameters is just too much to call a natural phenomena: about 184 too much. I’m in full agreement with that. I mean! one set means nothing, but it could raise an eyebrow. Two raises some serious curiosity, and three says – this is too much for coincidence. But four is absolutely outrageous! Four such parameters shrieks of a disciplined, creative mind at work.

188 in proof beyond all doubt.

Might this be the reason we have not found life elsewhere in the universe? Because it doesn’t exist, because just one of these criteria is not met. Because all these criteria fall within these tight parameters in only one place: here on earth the wasy God planned

And this is only one subset of proofs. There are similar tests that can be put to the Bible, archeology, the Jewish Holy Books and so on. The evidence is there if you look for it.

Few atheist scientists will look for the evidence however. Their minds are made up. They would rather talk about life on earth 20 million years ago, unrecorded and assumed, than consider what happened 2 thousand years ago in recorded history.

But I won’t scratch the line too deep in that sand. ??

See I don’t really care about the age of the earth; I figure it is unknowable. I only know that Jesus was there at its birth, because He created it. Whether there was a Big Bang when He did it, I don’t know. There was no-one around to tell. What became of the dinosaurs, Neanderthal man, I don’t know.

But this I do know: The earth is held in an extremely fine and delicate balance. Many of the 188 known parameters are of an elemental nature. The very building blocks. A minor variation doesn’t mean an extra day or two of rain, or hail, nor does it even mean an end of existence, but means that existence would not have taken place to begin with.

I took a Cynic’s path to becoming a Christian. For a long time I would not, could not believe. There was no alternate theory, I simply knew it wasn’t that one.

Well, what changed? As I got older I started to question my mortality. I had lived through an horrific car accident, I was a recovering alcoholic and drug addict. My personal desert had been hard and long. I had changed, not the evidence. I will save my full testimony for another post as it is too long and too off topic to put here.

Today I try to keep an open mind and it is this open mindedness that has led me write this post.

It is a giant universe and the vast majority of it is still unknown, and with present technology, unknowable.

All the more reason to say, ‘Why not God?’