Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Some Things I Just Can't Say

Changes in my writing over the years. There are some things I just can't say for various reasons.
by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

Giving in to the urging of others, in late June of 2007 I began a Weblog that I called "Stormbringer's Thunder" — and wrote some pretty crummy stuff as well as some good things. Somewhere in there was "Cowboy Bob's Western Values", probably around 2010, but I deleted that. After I rededicated my life to Jesus, I made "A Soldier for Jesus". That name no longer exists, but I went with "Biblical Creation and Evangelism" later, and moved many of the articles to the new Weblog. Weak title, I know. Finally, the strongest and most consistent one, "Evolutionary Truth by Piltdown Superman" (there is no truth in goo-to-you evolution). Over the years, I've written literally thousands of posts and articles (I use both words, posts for usually shorter things where I recommend the work of smarter people, and articles for things I've written). There was a point that I went through and deleted many articles and posts (hundreds, I think), mainly from "Stormbringer's Thunder".

What if I told you that I've struggled with depression for years, and decided that medication was not helping? I stopped taking antidepressants and seeing therapists several years ago. 

When I started out, I used some bravado that was inspired by Rush Limbaugh. You know, "With half my brain tied behind my back just to make it fair". Not those words, but with a fair amount of attitude. I wrote "in character" (some of the older posts have Italian slang in them). While some people have a good sense of humor, others will get all het up when someone uses bravado, and use it as a means of attacking people instead of dealing with the content. 

Nowadays, I can't say something like: It may come as a shock to you, but the mother of my kids is actually smarter than I am. With our combined DNA, if they used their minds to further creation science, anti-creationists would be seriously disadvantaged. Nope, can't say that, even though it's true.

As an aside, my readers know that I like plays on words. Fortunately, I've been able to keep away from coarse joking, tempting as it is. In fact, I've been around people who will find an excuse to turn just about anything into a crude joke, so it's become a habit to try to avoid giving people such excuses. Sorry, can't give you an example.

People seem to have a problem with someone expressing things with confidence, whether about themselves or having certainty about what is being expressed. And yet, it's acceptable to leftists and atheists when people they agree with will express something confidently or even with arrogance and condescension. Double standards.

As I've grown in my spiritual walk, I've cut way back on other things I've said, and use more care in expression. It gets difficult sometimes, because I like humor (especially plays on words and fallacies of ambiguity). Don't get me wrong, I'm open to correction when someone will offer a "You should have phrased that differently, how about..." suggestion. I'll never get things done perfectly, there's always a fault-finder available to criticize little things. Hopefully, we all grow and learn.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Lying or Disagreement?

Proclaiming the gospel gains us mockers. Even more so when showing that evolutionism is false and science supports biblical creation.

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

Included in the Terms of Service for being a biblical creationist and going against the evolutionary consensus includes acquiring stalkers, hate mail, ridicule, libel, and more (which really stinks when those things are coming from professing Christians, but we expect that kind of activity from atheists). But hey, the Terms of Service are clear about unbelievers (John 8:44, 1 Cor. 2:14, Eph. 2:3, Psalm 53:1, Rom. 1:18-22, Eph. 2:12, 2 Tim. 2:26, 1 John 5:19).

There's a principle called the "noetic effect of sin" or "noetic effect of the fall", where sin touches all aspects of someone's life, including their thought processes. Keep an eye out, there are people who can be brilliant for the most part, but when they talk about God, their reasoning is the equivalent of kicking a fresh cow pie on a hot day.

In their drive to rail against creationists or certain Christians, you can see people who are so consumed with hate that they cannot (or often, will not) distinguish between a disagreement on the interpretations of scientific evidence and an attempt to deceive. (Calling someone a "liar" without evidence, just to be contentious and manipulative makes the accuser into the liar. People who claim to love science seem to forget that little thing called evidence.) Einstein and Bohr had spirited physics discussions, but I don't recollect seeing any record of one calling the other a "liar". True science thrives on challenges to the consensus, and existing theories are strengthened or discarded (except evolution, which is a metaphysical worldview used to justify rebellion against God). Ignaz Semmelweis said that women were dying from infections after childbirth because the attendants were not washing their hands between patients. He was proven right, but the consensus view prevailed. He and others were vindicated much later, especially through the work of Joseph Lister. Science needs mavericks, not conformists.

Mockery and ridicule exist in science, but they increase when someone dares to say that the Bible has the answers. Germ-to-gunslinger evolution is false, and there is a Creator who makes the rules. It's our responsibility to get into his Word and find out what he has to say.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Are We Naturally Good?

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

In "Is Racism in Our DNA?", I gave a resounding no to that question. Implicit is the idea that there ain't nothing in our DNA but our DNA; no spiritual values and so on. I don't reckon any goodness we have can be physically inherited in any way.

We see and hear about unspeakable evil among men, but there are also people who do heroic efforts to save others, even strangers. Sometimes these acts cost them their lives.

People who have been exposed to God and seen his goodness have rejected him and gone about their own way. After Eve's deception and Adam's agreement in taking the fruit (Gen. 3:6), their firstborn son murdered their second son (Gen. 4:8). It's safe to assume that they knew about the Garden of Eden, and how Adam and Eve walked with God for a short time (Gen. 3:8), and how their parents were disinvited from it (Gen. 3:24-25). They probably knew right where Eden was. I can imagine them looking at the angel guarding the entrance and wanting to see what was inside.

Let's ride down the trail. The Israelites had seen the power of God when they were delivered from Egypt. You'd think crossing the Red Sea would make a lasting impression (Exodus 14:21-22) as well as manna and water from the rock, but when Moses went up the mountain, the Israelites went wild and made themselves a new god (Exodus 32:4-7). That didn't set well with Yahweh and Moses (Exodus 32:30).

Are people basically good? No. In fact, people who had direct encounters with God still rebelled. And yet, people still do good deeds. What's the story?
Passage of the Jews through the Red Sea / Ivan Aivazovsky, 1891

After God judged the world and only eight people survived the Flood, (1 Peter 3:20), there was further rebellion. Noah lived a very long time, as did his sons. Their descendants most likely heard about the Flood, and why it happened. They also saw the results of the Flood all around them, but that didn't seem to make no nevermind to them (Gen. 11:4).

Further down the trail, read the book of Judges and you'll see that Israel sinned, got in trouble with the Philistines and other pagan nations, and God would deliver them. Then they'd go back to wicked ways and start the cycle again. Once they had kings to rule over them, the kings often followed Baal and other demons, and God would punish them. When they repented, God delivered them. Eventually, the sin was so great that they were captives of Babylon, and eventually Rome.

This is just a small sampling from portions of the Old Testament where people saw God's glory and rebelled. The New Testament is loaded with examples of people who saw Jesus fact to face, saw his miracles, heard his teachings, received food and healings — and rejected him.

People today encounter God in various ways, and turn their backs on the one who gives them life.

It's the nature of man to do evil (Gen. 8:21, Eph. 2:3, Psalm 14:2-3, John 8:44). We are dead (Eph. 2:1-3). Because of God's mercy, those who humble themselves and submit to God can receive salvation through faith in Jesus Christ (Eph. 2:4-10, John 1:12, Rom. 3:23, Rom. 6:23). Then we are indwelt by the Holy Spirit (Rom. 5:5, 1 Cor. 6:19, Eph. 4:30, 2 Tim. 1:14, Heb. 10:15-17, 1 John 2:27). The Holy Spirit and the written Word of God empower us to walk in newness of life (Rom. 6:4).

"Sure, Cowboy Bob, God helps Christians life a good life. What about those other folks?"

God has mercy on all (Matt. 5:45, Luke 11:11-12), so even though we are evil by nature, there is some amount of goodness by his providence. People may think they are good and compare themselves to each other (2 Cor. 10:12). I remember someone saying how good she was, saying how she didn't do this and that, she was good. I said, "Neither do dead people. Not doing things doesn't make anyone good" (or something like that, it was years ago). We may think we're good, even deserving of Heaven. Not hardly!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Short Note

Some people are frequently checking this site for new material, it seems. However, there's no need to knock yourselves out because I don't update it often, unlike "Evolutionary Truth by Piltdown Superman". That one is updated about six times a week, this one I hope to update once a month, or even once a week if I get the notions. Maybe more in the future, but I don't know when. Thanks for stopping by!

Since people like pictures on posts, here's a picture of a chimp:

Image credit: CIA.gov / Public Domain

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Making Money From End of the World Fears

Making Money From End of the World Fears:
Why Unbelievers Hate Christians, Part 1

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

Some of the material here will be outdated very quickly. However, the principles will be distressingly relevant for quite some time. Also, this is not my primary Weblog, so it is not updated all that often.

I was going to write a book about "Why Unbelievers Hate Us", but not only was I busy with my creation science ministry, but so many examples would make the book so huge, it would fill up a saddlebag and make your horse list to one side.

The preaching of the cross is offensive (Gal. 5:11, 1 Cor. 1:18-20), and the unsaved people hate us (John 15:20, 1 Cor. 2:14, Matt. 5:11). Indeed, they react without conscious choices because they are under the control of the father down below (John 8:44).  They don't want to hear that they are sinners in need of repentance (Luke 24:46-47), and that Christians have repented for salvation and adoption as children of the living God (Rom. 8:15-16).

One problem we have is that unbelievers ridicule us to justify their own rebellion against God; being a conservative Christian who actually believes the Bible (especially creation) means, to them, that someone is stupid. Conversely, being a liberal (as well as an old-earth Christian or theistic evolutionist) who does not exactly believe what the Bible says ("moderate" Christian) and hanging around with atheists, well, that makes someone like that smart: s-m-r-t. Compromisers who get cozy with unbelievers are actually useful idiots for them, but atheists, other unbelievers, and compromisers are all useful idiots for Satan.

They also laugh at us for fighting among ourselves. Some of that comes from being short-sighted and looking for an excuse to carp, since Bible-believing Christians are to silence heretics. Interestingly, someone made a comment on a Weblog that an atheopath "should be silenced". He may not have been intentionally using Titus 1:11, and an atheopath took it as a death threat — which was an amazing stretch of "logic". Paul was not calling for people to be taken out and killed in that verse. Rather, we are to effectively shut their mouths in our apologetics, where they have nothing useful to say in reply. Ironically, unbelievers and Darwinistas are actively trying to silence us.

I have to interrupt myself here and point out that mockers set up no-win situations and have double standards. When we follow biblical teachings to refute false teachers, then we "can't get along with each other". If we turn a blind eye to the foolish actions of some professing Christians, then they overgeneralize and say that those people are typical of the "religious". One double standard is that they actively practice the things they accuse us of doing.

We can't blame unbelievers for pointing out the way Christians treat each other and disregard verses like John 13:35. The King James Onlyists have some extreme views about their One True Bible™ — some of them even claim that if you were not led to Christ via the KJV, you are not saved! Knowledgeable Christians can refute the KJVO positions, and even show translation errors in the King James Version; no translation is perfect. KJVOs say that other Bible versions are "corrupt", a position that is reached through circular reasoning and bad scholarship. But I've digressed enough on that point.

The Calvinists will act like Mormons, trying to recruit other Christians to their true, correct understanding of Scripture; if you deny the "doctrines of grace", you're unsaved or a weak, stupid Christian. (I've experienced and seen Calvinists being sanctimonious and condescending to non-Calvinists, and even lying.) Conversely, angry Arminians will slap leather with Calvinists, calling them heretics. I'd like to slap the lot of them (in love), we're to follow Jesus, preach the gospel and equip the saints, not treat each other like horse apples.

Then we have owlhoots supposedly in our own camp doing stupid things, and often for profit.

The cross is offensive to unbelievers, and many think that denying the Bible is a sign of intelligence. There are professing Christians who make money from fear, and give atheists reasons to laugh at us. Stop it.
I used a "generator" for this. No insult intended toward the "For Dummies" books, I like most of the ones I've read.
Some church I've never heard of sent me mail with a "prayer rug" (a picture on paper) with instructions to kneel on it, pray, list my needs, make a donation, read a "sealed prophesy", send it back to that church... Leave me alone. Here is Page 3 of that letter. No wonder unbelievers laugh.

Jack Stahl runs the Church of Tom Jones, where he says the voice of Jones helps him get in touch with God. He used to run the Progressive Universal Life Church, which seems to be out of business now. Years ago, I bought an ordination through them under a blatantly fake name, but they didn't bat an eye and sent it. Still have the wallet card. (Later, a pastor told me that if I had been a member of his church, I would have received church discipline for that silliness. I've learned a lot since then.) Getting in touch with God through the music of Tom Jones? No wonder unbelievers laugh.

There is a movement among some Christians with various names like "Quiverfull", based partly on Psalm 127:4-5 and on how people in the Bible had many children. This is not a command. I wonder, do adherents have contempt for people like me who, uh, got the cat fixed because we have decided we have enough children, or for people who cannot have them in the first place? If someone wants to have lots of kids, that's between them and God. That's it.

The more time-sensitive material in this article is that the world is supposed to end. Last week, late September, 2015, or in a range from September through some period in 2016. We had the "four blood moons" thing just end, and nothing happened. There is also talk of Planet X (sometimes called Nibiru) swinging along and wrecking the planet — or ushering in the end of times. The CERN physics stuff is supposed to be dedicated to Shiva, or Lucifer, or opening portals to other dimensions (see "Dis-CERN-Ment and the End of the World"). Although Planet X and CERN fears are not exclusive to "religious" people, there are believers who are caught up in the hype. No wonder unbelievers laugh.

Chris Rosebrough was hot under the clerical collar, and I was upset as well, with Jim Bakker selling disaster supplies on his show using fear of cannibalism as a manipulative tactic! The contradiction that Chris spotted was that Bakker is saying money will be worthless, so why does he want it? Obviously, it won't be worthless, and he knows it! It puts a burr under my saddle when people join up with those tinhorns by being guests on those shows to sell their merchandise. I lost a lot more respect for Carl Gallups for hawking his book on the Bakker show. Too bad, he did some good work presenting videos on PPSIMMONS refuting evolution, but now he's into sensationalism. There are professing Christians who are making filthy lucre from fear and gullibility, and some use date setting (trying to pinpoint the actual or near approximate date for the return of Jesus, ignoring Matt. 24:36-41). No wonder unbelievers laugh.

Although there are religious types whose actions are making a mockery of Christianity, there are some Christians who are vigilant and actively exposing the hucksters. Our faith is in the Word of God, not in sensationalistic, Scripture-twisting con artists who say, "I have an anointing!" or promise special "new" knowledge. Atheists, evolutionists, other unbelievers mock the truth of Scripture, and we don't need to give them more reasons to do so by making a parody of ourselves. Calm down, check their claims with the Bible.


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Dinosaurs in the Bible

Were there dinosaurs in the Bible? Yes. Here are some links to very interesting material.

This subject has been coming up more frequently, as far as I can tell.

Podcasts with Michael Boehm and David Harrison, "Did Dinosaurs and Man Coexist?"

Here are two posts on this that I have done that link to interesting articles:

If you go to biblical creation science sites, you can search and find more articles on them.