Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Free Speech and Question Evolution Day

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

Something I have noticed for a long time is that leftist harassment of their opponents and the atheistic/evolutionist attacks on biblical creationists parallel each other. In fact, these kinds of things seem to be increasing. While leftists and atheists claim to believe in free speech, they only support speech (and thought) on subjects that meet with their approval. This adds to the importance of Question Evolution Day.


The parallels between world events and attacks on creationists show a need for us to use and preserve free speech. #questionevolutionday is a part of this.


Intellectual Dishonesty 

 

Maybe it's because of global warming, but more likely it's the commitment to naturalism that prompts the hands at the Darwin Ranch (up yonder near Deception Pass) to hide the truth about evolution. Darwin's handmaidens troll teh interwebs, gleefully attacking and ridiculing believers in biblical creation as well as Christians in general. Those sidewinders are intellectually dishonest, ignoring the fact that they know God does indeed exist (Roman 1:18-23) and refusing to examine additional evidence when presented.


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I reckon that ridicule is a cheap way of silencing us when legislation is too slow and violent persecution is still illegal. If you study on it a mite, you'll see that the desired effect is to negate the opposition. Atheopaths ridicule creationists and Christians, and appeal to the pride of onlookers, such as, "You don't want to pay attention to these people because they believe ridiculous things, and us smart fellers believe in science!" Instead of seeing the bigotry and fallacies in remarks of this nature, people can bolster their egos by agreeing with fools (Psalms 14:1, Proverbs 1:8).

Startling Parallels

 

While listening to podcasts and things at the workplace, I have been amazed many times at the parallels between what creationists experience and happenings in the political realm. This section could easily become excessively long, so I will keep it to just a few examples.

Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi childishly tore up the printed copy of President Trump's State of the Union address. She said that she could find nothing truthful in it (which is a lie) but she also pre-ripped the speech before she had even heard it. Based on her desire for power and hatred of President Trump, she was unwilling to find anything in the speech she liked. Economic gains and record unemployment are not things that leftists cheer about because it hinders their lust for power.

Atheists and evolutionists demand evidence for God and for creation, and they want it on their terms. I've got some bad news for you, Sunshine, the Creator of the Universe who was crucified for our sins and bodily arose on the third day isn't interested in your demands. He has done his part — and more. The evidence is there, and scientific evidence not only refutes evolution but also affirms special creation. For more about atheopaths rejecting evidence and being obstreperous, click on "First Degree Atheopathy".

Fake Conservative Jennifer Rubin was ridiculing Trump's lawyers and saying that the Chief Justice was not a "real judge". The people she mocked were eminently qualified, but Rubin humiliated herself with her risible comments. Why were they targets of her ridicule "unqualified"? Because they were not supporting leftist causes. Similarly, leftists refuse to accept the verdict for Trump's acquittal because "it was not a fair trial". The entire impeachment was partisan, and there were no actual charges filed, but simply vague witch hunt vagaries.

There are many scientists who are creationists, both past and present. Yet atheopaths and fundamentalist evolutionists will say creationists are not "real" scientists based on worldviews, not on capabilities or credentials. Biblical creationists, like their secular counterparts, have disagreements on details of various scientific models and such, but they agree that the Bible is inerrant. Materialists despise anyone who does not hold to their narrow view, so they indulge in dismissing creationists as scientists.

Intellectually dishonest people use such manipulation to negate and silence us because they cannot deal with the facts. Ridicule is one of those methods. At the leftist CNN television show with Don Lemon, a tirade was launched against Donald Trump supporters. Apparently we're all a bunch of ignorant rubes with Southern United States accents (thereby insulting millions of Southerners), and we must think we're elite while hiding our envy for the real elite, who are leftists. Not hardly!

In the same way, misotheists attack creationists and Christians by saying that we are ignorant but they are Hanuman the Monkey God's gift to humanity. However, even a cursory knowledge of science, logical fallacies, theology, and what creationists actually believe and teach equips us to see through their foolishness and bullying tactics.

Big Differences

 

When B. Hussein Obama was elected, Republicans and Conservatives were not burning cars, smashing windows, murdering police officers, demanding censorship, and other malarkey. Don't believe me? Look these things up — but the leftist media does not deal with such things much, so you'll have to use alternative news media that tells the truth. Also, a Bernie Sanders staffer is in favor of gulags and reeducation camps. Caliph Obama had a kill list called the "disposition matrix". Worse yet, leftists use climate change hysteria so they can scare children and use them as tools:


These sidewinders are not interested in bettering their countries or the world. It's all about power and money. They are creepy as well as dangerous.


Having a Voice and Preserving our Freedoms


Having a say in important matters is no longer the realm of those who are established authors, politicians, legislators, pastors, and so on. The internet has also given a voice to the rest of us. It is important to become involved in #questionevolutionday (hashtags are important on social media), even if it is simply posting or sharing creation science material. An inquiring evolutionist may stop to consider what we have to say and question evolution, then follow the links to resources. Ultimately, they may come to faith in Jesus Christ.

We have free speech for now, but anyone who has paid attention to the media (including material on The Question Evolution Project, Piltdown Superman, Stormbringer's Thunder, and others) knows that our rights may be kicked to the curb at any time. QED is for almost everyone, and there is no financial outlay or sign-up. Since we have the freedoms, we should use them while we can. Other Christians are not so fortunate.



Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Trump Voters and Fairy Tales

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

There are several reasons I believe that people dislike Donald Trump:

  • He is not a member of the Career Politicians Club®, so is not easily controlled by special interest groups
  • Trump already has money (he even donates his presidential salary), so he is less likely to be influenced that way
  • Environmentalist nuts are angry that he does not fall for their global warming pressures and rejected the ridiculous Paris Accord, and the US is better on the environment than India, China, and the like
  • He doesn't roll over and play dead when the leftist media and politicians lie about him 
  • Voting fraud is rampant such as voting under names of dead people and busing illegals to the polls), so when Democrats claim that Shrillary won the popular vote (read: dominated by large urban centers and not the rest of the country), I lack belief that this is accurate
  • The President is very strongly pro-life — which is probably the biggest reason leftists hate him
Someone said they won't play Bridge because it has trump cards. If that is true, it would not be a surprise.

Leftists hate President Trump for several reasons. They also hate his supporters and use bad logic and bigotry to do so.
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Most atheists are leftists (a few are Conservatives), and Conservatives are more likely to stand for values that leftists hate. (Chris Plante said, since they hate God, then dog is their co-pilot). They not only hate President Donald J. Trump, they hate us as well. They are intellectually challenged and morally bankrupt, saying anything to demonize Trump voters — millions of us. 

There are some long-running political shows on television, Face the Nation and Meet the Press that used to be respected. I've heard them called "Meet the Depressed" and "Face the Meat". Anyway, I heard about Meet the Press where the host Chuck Todd had dredged up a letter to the editor of a Kentucky newspaper that claimed to understand why people vote for Trump. The best discussion of this can be found on The Briefing by Dr. Mohler. The writer said that Trump supporters "have been trained from childhood to believe in fairy tales".

People who respect logic should be irritated at the fallacious claims because they utilize the straw man fallacy and sweeping false generalizations. It also stinks of prejudicial conjecture and is blatant bigotry. Does that tinhorn even know what fairy tales involve?

Rather than reinvent the wheel — uh, the weblog — I will repeat what I said elsewhere:
The fairy tale aspect is easily dismissed by comparing actual fairy tales with the Bible. You will find detailed, accurate history in the Bible and see that it reads quite differently from fairy tales.
In a similar way, myths and legends are usually vague and unbelievable; I wonder if people actually believed the tales of the Sumerian, Greek, Scandinavian, or other gods. Compare the Epic of Gilgamesh with the Genesis Flood account, for instance. Dr. Ben Scripture has a radio show and podcast where he and Scott Kump did a three-part series comparing the creation myths with the Genesis narrative, and you can easily spot the differences.
You may also like to see "What About Creation, Flood, and Language Division Legends?" and compare those with the biblical accounts.

Again, leftists hate God as well as Conservative values and the positions that President Trump upholds. Instead of winning elections through better ideas and policies, they demonize the opposition. Using intellectual and moral bankruptcy masquerading as reason and moral superiority, they simply attack. Some of us still think for ourselves and can see their foolishness for what it is.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Judging Kanye West

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

This article takes a very different approach for me because I am not a fan of rap or Kanye West, nor have I heard his release titled Jesus Is King. I had read about West's conversion to Jesus Christ and have been surprised by his pro-life stance and assertion that black people do not have to automatically vote Democrat. Now he is on trial.

Kanye West has made a profession of faith in Christ and been active. Some Christians are judging him, and they need to slow down and let God work.
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Don't be disunderstanding me now, pilgrim. Mr. West is not going before a tribunal or standing trial in a court of law that I know of. No, he is on trial in far worse places: the courts of public opinion and the judgement of professing Christians.

There is a podcast called Cultish that examines false religions and has interviews with people who have left various cults, but the people at Cultish rode a side trail to discuss Kanye and Christians. What is happening here has resonated with me, because some religious folks can be petty and judgemental. (On the other hand, we've been fooled by celebrities that had announced their alleged Christian commitments when it was in vogue, then proceeded to live like the devil.) When I was asked about his profession of faith, I said that I was taking a "wait and see" approach since I did not have much information on West's conversion.

If you study on it, he has an uphill road to climb. A successful recording artist who has won awards, is known as a man of the world, has views that are unpopular with leftists, is bipolar — and now a new Christian. His conversion can cost him friends and business dealings while he is attempting to live a godly life.

Things become worse because Mr. West has to deal with professing Christians who seem to expect perfection while forgetting their own growth in sanctification. It is not instant. Suppose Pastor Highlyrespected was overheard using profanity or doing something that is blatantly wrong, would that mean he was never saved in the first place? Not hardly! We all sin (Rom. 3:23), even after salvation (1 John 1:9).

Related to sanctification is what the Bible calls bearing fruit. This is a part of growing as a Christian where our relationship with God develops; we become more Christlike, God works in us and we bear fruit spiritually. It takes time. Again, sanctification is not instant (consider the Parable of the Sower). Some people make a pretense at religiosity but are consumed with hate and receiving the adoration of people who hate God. When that continues, it is apparent that they need to examine themselves to see why they are not bearing spiritual fruit or if they really are in the faith.

How are they lyrics on Jesus is King? Are they the words of a shill, or someone who is new in the faith and enthusiastic? Don't be expecting expository teaching from rock, pop, country, or rap lyrics.

There are also people who want to judge West for not believing "the right way". In my own experience, I have had to correct professing Christians who have bluntly stated that if someone believes in evolution, that person is not really a Christian. Wrong-o! Their understanding of Scripture is probably lacking or they may be compromising to gain the approval of secularists, but rejecting Darwin and embracing recent creation are not essentials of salvation. Then there are those who condemn people to perdition for not believing the "correct" end-times views. Oh, grow up.

I have been criticized because I refusing to confess either Reformed or Arminian doctrines. In fact, some in the Calvin cult have told me that if I do not accept the Doctrines of Grace, my faith is immature — or I may not even be saved! One angry Arminian would essentially quirt me with stories (often myths) about how John Calvin was allegedly a bad person, so I should reject his teachings. Such guilt by association "reasoning" is used by atheists and anti-creationists, and Christians should rise above bad logic.

People who want to judge Kanye West should realize that they are not the Holy Spirit. Let God do his work in his own way and his own time. Not yours. Sure, West has been in the company of the false teacher Joel Osteen. That caused me some discomfort, but I heard that Kanye talked more about repentance in just a few minutes than Osteen has over a much longer period of time. Maybe Mr. West will have such an impact that Osteen repents of his false teachings.

My advice to Christians is to rein in and holler, "Whoa!" Let God do his work, pray for Kanye, and give him time. Ask yourselves if you are really interested in furthering the Kingdom of God, or if you want to build up your egos by criticizing others. The narrow road is not an easy one. If you want to hear the podcasts on Cultish, I have three ways for you: go to the site and subscribe to the podcast so you can get the MP3 downloads, listen online, or save the direct download links that I'll give you. Interested? Okay. The first one is "Discerning Kanye West, Conspiracies, & Joel Osteen" (direct MP3 link here), and the second is "Part 2: Discerning Kanye West, Conspiracies, & Joel Osteen" (second direct MP3 link here).

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Slaves, Masters, and our Workplace Reputations

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

Every once in a while, I commence to cognating and sometimes writing about reputations. In my sixty years, I've seen and sometimes experienced how things like trust, respect, honor, and reputations take a mighty long time to build on the positive side but can be destroyed in a hurry.

Our reputations, especially as Christians, can be easily ruined after being built up. We have to continue to do what is right and glorify God.
Joseph, son of Israel, as a powerful ruler in Egypt
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The largest section of Genesis, chapters 37-50, have Joseph the son of Israel (Jacob) who was despised by his brothers and sold into slavery in Egypt. Potiphar was important in Egypt and Joseph impressed him so much that Potiphar put him in a position of power. When Joe turned down the Pot-man's wife for a roll in the hay, she lied about him. Joe's reputation was negated because someone in a respected, noble position lied.

Joseph was thrown in prison but the jailer in chief was so impressed by him that he basically let him have the run of the place. A new reputation was being forged, and it was reinforced when he was explaining the meaning of dreams. Later, Pharaoh himself was troubled, and someone said, "Waitaminnit! I just remembered this guy down in the dungeon who might be useful." Joe explained the dream, and Pharaoh made him exceptionally important in Egypt. He even was able to forgive and bless his brothers who sold him into slavery (Genesis 50:20).

All thought the ups and downs, God was with Joseph, who never lost faith despite the circumstances.

It gets difficult when you're accused of doing something wrong and you're innocent. I've been accused by someone who has earned a reputation for being a liar and insane, so sensible people do not take him seriously. Using a form of the genetic fallacy, I've been lied about by someone with prestige; my word was negated, and my reputation took a slapping down.

Ain't no way that I can compare myself to Joseph. There are times when it's difficult to build a good reputation in a workplace when those in power take a notion to dislike you, but you just have to cowboy up and do your job the best you can with what you have.

Recently, we had a lull in work so we were sent home. I filled out the form to account for the difference in hours. Later, I went to my supervisor and said that I wasn't sure of my math. She told me that I overstated the amount by half an hour and she made the adjustment. Although the system would not let her put in an excessive amount of time for me, she said she knew I wasn't trying to get away with something. Another time, I was talking with her supervisor about using a less-known system tool. He said he can trust me with it, but didn't want everyone doing that thing for certain reasons. Those moments of affirmation felt good. While others are more productive than I am in certain areas, it's good that my reputation with those supervisors is pretty good.

Even so, it seems like there's a kind of entropy with people. Bad reports, rumors, other negative things tend to be more easily believed that the positive. A good reputation can be destroyed quickly, especially if it's clearly your fault. I've had to restrain my urges to run my mouth or take other actions, and I have to pray for patience and wisdom quite often.

Christians must glorify God, and we are to do this in our work. I've heard several sermons on Ephesians 6:5-9, which is about slaves and masters in ancient Rome. While our masters cannot actually buy and sell employees, they can fire us. The principles in this passage apply to Christians in the workforce today. We ultimately work for God and should seek to please him.


Saturday, October 19, 2019

Seeing What We Expect

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

A few days ago, I was reminded of something I learned about proofreading. Serious publications do not have authors proofread their own work because they see what they expect. People have a tendency to "fill in the blanks" when information is missing so they can make sense of a situation, and this applies to proofreading. If you must do your own, try not to do it on the same day. Fast readers are more prone to making mistakes.

People see what they expect, especially when proofreading. One misplaced letter had humorous results that the computer caught but human minds missed.
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The human mind can fool itself, but not computers. Those things are extremely literal, and just one piece of misplaced code can have unpleasant results, as I have seen when tampering with the HTML on these here sites of mine. 

Since my paying job is data entry, I can listen to the audio of videos and use text-to-speech so I can listen to articles, books, and so on. Someone fouled up in an article, and one letter made the difference. I have little doubt that I would have caught the error that escaped the author and the site's proofreader(s), but the computer caught it.

The article mentioned an owner's manual. However, it was spelled with just one wrong letter: manuel. So I heard a name that is common among Spanish, Portuguese, German, and other folks. Owner's Manuel. Frankly (mind if I call you Frank?) he's on my bad side. Owner's Manuel is never around when I need him, so I have to get the owner's manual or go online to learn how to make something happen.

By the way, I often discuss context, and this is another simple example. The context is part of the reason author and proofreaders see what they expect and not catch the one letter that didn't belong. If the word had been capitalized, that is likely to have caught someone's attention so the incorrect word could be corrected. Also, the word by itself is unhelpful. Manual. Are we talking about your vehicle's transmission or the book you consult? Maybe Manuel knows.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Creation Science and the Age of the Earth

First, a bit of behind the scenes for y'all. This site is something I registered because of sidewinders who have tried to dry gulch my name through impersonation. It also is a marker of sorts for some of my activities on teh interweb, so it's also useful. I try to post here about once a month to keep it active. But there's more in this instance.


Nice picture of Earth from Apollo 10 in 1969. The linked post on the age of the earth could not go directly onto Facebook, so here is a workaround with some background information.
Earth from Apollo 10, May 18, 1969 via NASA
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I wanted to post an article from Answers in Genesis about the age of the earth directly to The Question Evolution Project on Facebook. Although I often post material from AiG, this one was instantly refused for alleged violations of their "Community Standards". Science and biblical history are streng verboten in this case? Well another case, I had to do something similar, but I disremember when.

The linked post on the age of the earth could not go directly onto Facebook, so here is a workaround with some background information.
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Posts and articles from this site, Biblical Creation and Evangelism, and Stormbringer's Thunder are supposed to automatically (eventually) post to my Cowboy Bob Page on Fazebook; they won't censor the AiG link when it's in this post. Then I can copy the link on one FB Page and schedule it to another one. I like to schedule my posts.

So, let's get to the post for which I've been doing a workaround and giving you behind the scenes information.
The question of the age of the earth has produced heated discussions on internet debate boards, TV, radio, in classrooms, and in many churches, Christian colleges, and seminaries. The primary sides are
  • Young-earth proponents (biblical age of the earth and universe of about 6,000 years)
  • Old-earth proponents (secular age of the earth of about 4.5 billion years and a universe about 14 billion years old)
The difference is immense! Let’s give a little history of where these two basic calculations came from and which worldview is more reasonable.
To get on with it, click on "How Old Is the Earth?"

Monday, August 19, 2019

Snap Judgemental

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

Being judgemental is usually frowned on in Western societies, often based on misusing verses like Matthew 7:1. The immediate context and other parts of Scripture command Christians to exercise righteous judgement. Here is an example of an unrighteous snap judgement.


A lesson from a very brief experience on how I could have used unrighteous judgement, and how hasty conclusions can be harmful.
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People use the corridors at the workplace for conversation and smartphone use. This is a common thing in places of employment. I was on my way to the restroom, and a woman was in the corridor using her phone. She looked up at me for a split second and went back to her activity. No greeting or acknowledgement of my presence, but we had briefly seen each other several times before.

My snap judgemental thoughts included that she is stuck up, aware that she is very attractive, possibly afraid of me (I believe that women nowadays are trained by leftists to loathe men, but that's a topic for another time), that I am unimportant (well, I am in that place), and so on. Maybe she wants to go mattress dancing with me but is afraid to ask. (No, she's not blind or drunk, so that thought is easily dismissed.) But what did I really know from her actions?

This ties into something I have tried to teach in several of my articles: we only know so much, thus making hasty judgements counterproductive. As A. Conan Doyle had Sherlock Holmes say in A Study in Scarlet, "It is a capital mistake to theorize before you have all the evidence. It biases the judgment." I reckon those words are true for just about everyone.

The woman was using her phone. She briefly glanced up at me, then back down. I know that she works for the same company as I do but in a different department. I don't know much more than that, not even her name. I have no reason to judge her. Interestingly, the next day I was told to grab my gear and saddle up, I was working in her department for a spell. This woman was nearby. Someone engaged her in a brief conversation, but she is not like some chatterboxes that I've been around. Nope, the quiet type. If I had judged her harshly in my mind, I would have had to modify my opinion in light of more information.

But in any case, I would not have been exercising righteous judgement. I certainly don't like being in the gunsites of judgemental folks, so I try to walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-26). That helps reduce bad behavior on my part. I still have a long way to go.