Monday, August 31, 2009

On: Change

"Everyone things of changing humanity and nobody thinks of changing himself." (Leo Tolstoy, 1828 - 1910)

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Occupation: Evangelism

"The major preoccupation of any man's life is his daily employment. But if Jesus Christ has no part in that major occupation of your life, then he is Lord only of the margins. The spare time. The left-overs!

Did you ever notice that the important figures of the Bibles are not the monks and priests? They are shepherds and fishermen and tax gatherers and soldiers and politicians and tentmakers and physicians and carpenters. These are the ones who occupty the center of the stage. You can tell good news about God's actions among men at a water cooler in an office or over a lunch bucket. you can heal a hurt in a car while you are driving home. You can teach the truth that frees and enlightens anywhere."

Ray Stedman, from his sermon on Ephesians 4:11-12, "The Contemporary Christ."

Friday, August 28, 2009

Natural Revelation

"My biological work convinced me that the One who was declared dead by Nietzsche, and silent by Sartre, actually is very much alive and speaking to us through all things." (Dutch biologist, C.J. Briejer)

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Shattering False Icons: Reforming Biology Teaching

By Chuck ColsonPublished Date: February 02, 2001

"False facts," wrote Charles Darwin, "are highly injurious to the progress of science." There's an old American saying that makes the same point. It says, "It's not what people don't know that's so dangerous; it's what they know that just ain't so."

Well, I've got some good news and some bad news for you. Generations of students have been taught facts about biology that just ain't so -- they're false facts. For decades, our kids have been soaking up untrustworthy, unreliable information, and their minds (not to mention science itself) have been injured in the process.

That's the bad news.

Read the good news and the rest of the article on the BreakPoint website.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Astrologers, please comment

How would astrology address the different natures of persons, namely twins?

"Esau and Jacob were born of the same father and mother, at the same time, and under the same planets, but their nature was wholly different. You would pursuade me that astrology is a true science!" (Martin Luther, to Melanchthon)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Value of Art

"Art, if it is to be reckoned as one the great values of life, must teach men humility, tolerance, wisdom and magnanimity. The value of art is not beauty, but right action." (W. Somerset Maugham, 1874 - 1965).

Monday, August 24, 2009

Art and Science, A Perspective

"‘Tis the very difference between the artistic mind and the mathematical, that the former sees things as they are in a picture, some nearer and larger some smaller and farther away while to the mathematical mind everything, every inch in a million, every fact in a cosmos, must be of equal value. That is why mathematicians go mad, and poets scarcely ever do. A man may have as wide a view of life as he likes, the wider the better: a distant view, a birds-eye view, but still a view and not a map. The one thing he cannot attempt in his version of the universe is to draw things to scale." (G.K. Chesterton, 1874-1936)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Usurped!

"The fall was simply this: that some creature--that is, something which is not God--took his place with man, and man, trusting the creature more than God, walked in its light--or darkness--rather thatn in fellowship with God." (Andrew Jukes, 1815 - 1901)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Faculty of Taste

"Sometimes during sickness the faculty of taste in the tongue is interfered with, and during that time, however tasty the food given to the sick person may be, it has an ill taste to him. In just the same way sin interferes with the taste for spiritual things. Under such circumstances [saith the Lord] My Word and service and My presence lost their attraction to the sinner, and instead of profiting by them he begins to argue about and criticize them."

(Sadhu Sundar Singh, "At the Master's Feet," 1922)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Fundamental Ingredient for Life Discovered in Comet - Science News | Science

This is like saying, "The discovery of chocolate in Kroger supports the idea that the fundamental building blocks of desserts are prevalent in grocery stores, and strengthens the argument that chocolate chip cookies may be common rather than rare."

Fundamental Ingredient for Life Discovered in Comet - Science News Science & Technology Technology News - FOXNews.com

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Monday, August 17, 2009

San Martin Day (Argentina)

El amor de Dios"Porque de tal manera amó Dios al mundo, que ha dado a su Hijo unigénito, para que todo aquel que en El cree, no se pierda, mas tenga vida eterna." (San Juan 3:16)

El plan de Dios(Cristo afirma) "Yo he venido para que tengan vida, y para que la tengan en abundancia" (Una vida completa y con propósito). (San Juan 10:10b)

¿Por qué es que la mayoría de las personas no están experimentando esta "vida en abundancia"? Porque . . .

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Assumption of Mary (Belguim, Chile)

El amor de Dios

"Porque de tal manera amó Dios al mundo, que ha dado a su Hijo unigénito, para que todo aquel que en El cree, no se pierda, mas tenga vida eterna." (San Juan 3:16)

El plan de Dios(Cristo afirma)

"Yo he venido para que tengan vida, y para que la tengan en abundancia" (Una vida completa y con propósito). (San Juan 10:10b)

¿Por qué es que la mayoría de las personas no están experimentando esta "vida en abundancia"? Porque . . .

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Dieu nous aime et nous a créés pour que nous le connaissions personnellement.

Dieu nous aime."Car Dieu a tant aimé le monde qu'il a donné son Fils unique, afin que quiconque croit en lui ne périsse pas, mais qu'il ait la vie éternelle." Jean 3:16

Dieu désire que nous le connaissions. (Jésus priant le Père:) "Or la vie éternelle, c'est qu'ils te connaissent toi le seul vrai Dieu et celui que tu as envoyé, Jésus-Christ." Jean 17:3

Il nous offre une vie nouvelle, une vie en abondance."Si quelqu'un est en Christ, il est une nouvelle créature." II Corinthiens 5:17(Jésus dit):"Moi, je suis venu, afin que les hommes aient la vie et qu'ils l'aient en abondance." Jean 10:10

Pourquoi tant de gens ne connaissent-ils pas cette vie en abondance, cette relation avec Dieu?

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GOD HEEFT U LIEF EN HEEFT EEN PLAN MET UW LEVEN.(De aangehaalde teksten uit de Bijbel kunt u het best nog eens in hun verband nalezen.)

GODS LIEFDE"Want alzo lief heeft God de wereld gehad, dat Hij Zijn eniggeboren Zoon gegeven heeft, opdat een ieder, die in Hem gelooft, niet verloren ga, maar eeuwig leven hebbe"(Johannes 3:16).

GODS PLANJezus zei: "Ik ben gekomen, opdat zij leven hebben en overvloed " (een leven met inhoud en doel) (Johannes 10:10).

Hoe komt het dat de meeste mensen dit leven in overvloed niet kennen?

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Gott LIEBT Sie und hat einen PLAN fur Ihr Leben. (Die hier angegebenen Bibelstellen sollten möglichst in ihrem Zusammenhang gelesen werden.)

Gottes Liebe

"Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt, daß er seinen eingeborenen Sohn gab, auf daß alle, die an ihn glauben, nicht verloren werden, sondern das ewige Leben haben"(Johannes 3,16).

Gottes Plan Christus spricht:

"Ich bin gekommen, um das Leben in seiner ganzen Fülle zu bringen" (ein inhaltsreiches und sinnerfülltes Leben) (Johannes 10,10).

Warum ist dieses Leben den meisten Menschen als Realität nicht greifbar?

Friday, August 14, 2009

Statement from the American College of Surgeons Regarding Recent Comments from President Obama

CHICAGO—The American College of Surgeons is deeply disturbed over the uninformed public comments President Obama continues to make about the high-quality care provided by surgeons in the United States. When the President makes statements that are incorrect or not based in fact, we think he does a disservice to the American people at a time when they want clear, understandable facts about health care reform. We want to set the record straight.

Read the full article on their website.

Dr. Larry Dixon, on "When Temptation Strikes"

Dr. Larry Dixon, resident faculty of Systematic Theology in the Seminary and School of Missions of Columbia International University, was interviewed this past weekend on Canadian television. Enjoy!

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On: Intellect

"We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality."

(Albert Einstein )

Thursday, August 13, 2009

What matters in Religion

"In religion, the things about which men agree are apt to be the things that are least worth holding; the really important things are the things about which men will fight."

(J. Gresham Machen, 1881-1937)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

And Really Bad Eggs

"No clever arrangement of bad eggs will ever make a good omelette." (C.S. Lewis)

Nothing comes out of a man's physical body which is either pleasing to look at or pleasing to smell. Likewise, there is nothing that comes out of a man's heart which is pleasing to God for salvation.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

"I don't feel bad, guilty or ashamed about sin."

And a fish doesn't feel wet either, because it is immersed.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Rumours

"Rumor is a pipe
Blown by surmises, jealousies, conjectures,
And of so easy and so plain a stop
That the blunt monster with uncounted heads,
The still-discordant wavering multitude,
Can play upon it."

(Shakespeare, King Henry IV, Act 2).

"But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God; from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way. Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water? Can a fig tree, my brethren, produce olives, or a vine produce figs? Nor can salt water produce fresh." (James 3:8-12)

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Truth in the Balance

Years ago, the cover of the Saturday Evening Post displayed a painting by Leslie Thrasher showing a woman buying a Thanksgiving turkey. The turkey was on the scales and the butcher is standing behind the counter. The customer, a lady of about 60, stands watching the weigh in. The butcher and the lady each had a pleased look on their faces, but a closer look reveals they each knew something of a secret. Their faces showed nothing unusual going on, but Thrasher shows us their hands. The butcher is pressing down on the scales with a thumb while the woman is pushing up with her finger. Both would resent being called thieves, or even liars. But neither saw anything wrong with a little deception.

"A little lie is like a little pregnancy--it doesn't take long before everyone knows." (C.S. Lewis)

"A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who tells lies will not escape." (Proverbs 19:5)

"But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death." (Revelation 21:8)

Thursday, August 06, 2009

The Religious Hell Hole :: abortion, forgiveness, sin :: A Reformed, Christian Blog

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Independence Day (Bolivia)

Dios le AMA, y tiene un PLAN maravilloso para su vida.

El amor de Dios"Porque de tal manera amó Dios al mundo, que ha dado a su Hijo unigénito, para que todo aquel que en El cree, no se pierda, mas tenga vida eterna." (San Juan 3:16)

El plan de Dios(Cristo afirma) "Yo he venido para que tengan vida, y para que la tengan en abundancia" (Una vida completa y con propósito). (San Juan 10:10b)

¿Por qué es que la mayoría de las personas no están experimentando esta "vida en abundancia"? Porque . . .

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Abortion in History (part 3)

374 AD, Basil the Great:

  • "Let her that procures abortion undergo ten years' penance, whether the embryo were perfectly formed, or not" (First Canonical Letter, canon 2).
  • "He that kills another with a sword, or hurls an axe at his own wife and kills her, is guilty of willful murder; not he who throws a stone at a dog, and unintentionally kills a man, or who corrects one with a rod, or scourge, in order to reform him, or who kills a man in his own defense, when he only designed to hurt him. But the man, or woman, is a murderer that gives a philtrum, if the man that takes it die upon it; so are they who take medicines to procure abortion; and so are they who kill on the highway, and rapparees" (First Canonical Letter, canon 8).
391 AD, John Chrysostom:

"Wherefore I beseech you, flee fornication . . . Why sow where the ground makes it its care to destroy the fruit?--where there are many efforts at abortion?--where there is murder before the birth? For even the harlot you do not let continue a mere harlot, but make her a murderess also. You see how drunkenness leads to prostitution, prostitution to adultery, adultery to murder; or rather to a something even worse than murder. For I have no name to give it, since it does not take off the thing born, but prevents its being born. Why then do thou abuse the gift of God, and fight with His laws, and follow after what is a curse as if a blessing, and make the chamber of procreation a chamber for murder, and arm the woman that was given for childbearing unto slaughter? For with a view to drawing more money by being agreeable and an object of longing to her lovers, even this she is not backward to do, so heaping upon thy head a great pile of fire. For even if the daring deed be hers, yet the causing of it is thine" (Homilies on Romans 24).

396 AD, Jerome:

"I cannot bring myself to speak of the many virgins who daily fall and are lost to the bosom of the Church, their mother . . . Some go so far as to take potions, that they may insure barrenness, and thus murder human beings almost before their conception. Some, when they find themselves with child through their sin, use drugs to procure abortion, and when, as often happens, they die with their offspring, they enter the lower world laden with the guilt not only of adultery against Christ but also of suicide and child murder" (Letters 22:13).

400 AD, The Apostolic Constitutions:

"Thou shalt not use magic. Thou shalt not use witchcraft; for He says, 'You shall not suffer a witch to live' [Ex. 22:18]. Thou shall not slay thy child by causing abortion, nor kill that which is begotten; for "everything that is shaped, and has received a soul from God, if it be slain, shall be avenged, as being unjustly destroyed." (Apostolic Constitutions 7:3).

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Abortion in History (part 2)

74 AD, The Letter of Barnabas:

“The way of light, then, is as follows: If anyone desires to travel to the appointed place, he must be zealous in his works. The knowledge therefore, which is given to us for the purpose of walking in this way is the following: Thou shalt not slay the child by procuring abortion: nor, again, shalt thou destroy it after it is born.”

137 AD, The Apocalypse of Peter:

“And near that place I saw another strait place into which the gore and the filth of those who were being punished ran down and became there as it were a lake: and there sat women having the gore up to their necks, and over against them sat many children who were born to them out of due time, crying; and there came forth from them sparks of fire and smote the women in the eyes: and these were the accursed who conceived and caused abortion.”

150 AD, Didache:

“The second commandment of the teaching: You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not seduce boys. You shall not commit fornication. You shall not steal. You shall not practice magic. You shall not use potions. You shall not procure [an] abortion, nor destroy a newborn child”

170 AD, Mark Felix:

“There are some women among you who by drinking special potions extinguish the life of the future human in their very bowels, thus committing murder before they even give birth.” (Mark Felix, Christian Lawyer. Octavius chap. 30)

210 AD, Tertullian:

  • “Among surgeons’ tools there is a certain instrument, which is formed with a nicely- adjusted flexible frame for opening the uterus first of all and keeping it open: it is further furnished with an annular blade, by means of which the limbs [of the child) within the womb are dissected with anxious but unfaltering care: its last appendage being a blunted or covered hook, wherewith the entire fetus is extracted by a violent delivery. There is also [another instrument in the shape of a copper needle or spike by which the actual death is managed in this furtive robbery of life: They give it, from its infanticide function, the name of ‘embruosphaktes’ [meaning] ‘the slayer of the infant’ which of course was alive [The doctors who performed abortions) all knew well enough that a living being had been conceived, and [they] pitied this most luckless infant state which had first to be put to death to escape being tortured alive.” (The Soul)
  • “In our case, a murder being once for all forbidden, we may not destroy even the fetus in the womb, while as yet the human being derives blood from the other parts of the body for its sustenance. To hinder a birth is merely a speedier man-killing: nor does it matter whether you take away a life that is born, or destroy one that is coming to birth. That is a man which is going to be one; you have the fruit already in its seed” (Apology 9:8).
  • “Now we allow that life begins with conception because we contend that the soul also begins from conception; life taking its commencement at the name moment and place that she soul does” (Apology 27).
  • “The law of Moses, indeed, punishes with due penalties she man who shall cause abortion [Ex. 21:22].”

226 AD, Minucius Felix:

“There are some [pagan] women who, by drinking medical preparations, extinguish she source of the future man in their very bowels and thus commit a parricide before they bring forth. And these things assuredly come down from the teaching of your [false] gods . . . To us [Christians) it is not lawful either to see or hear of homicide” (Octavius 30).

228 AD, Hippolytus:

“Women who were reputed to be believers began so take drugs so render themselves sterile, and to hind themselves tightly so as to expel what was being conceived, since they would not, on account of relatives and excess wealth want to have a child by a slave or by any insignificant person. See, then, into what great impiety that lawless one has proceeded, by teaching adultery and murder at the same time!” (Refutation of All Heresies).

307 AD, Lactantius:

“When God forbids us to kill, he not only prohibits us from open violence, which is not even allowed by the public laws, but he warns us against she commission of those things which are esteemed lawful among men. Therefore let no one imagine that even this is allowed, so strangle newly-born children, which is the greatest impiety; for God breathes into their souls for life and not for death. But men, that there may be no crime with which they may not pollute their hands, deprive [unborn] souls as yet innocent and simple of the light which they themselves have not given. Can anyone, indeed, expect that they would abstain from the blood of others who do not abstain even from their own? But these are without any controversy wicked and unjust” (Divine Institutes 6:20).

Monday, August 03, 2009

Abortion in History (part 1)

Athenagoras (177 AD) wrote in "A Plea for the Christians" the following:

“What man of sound mind, therefore will affirm, while such is our character, that we are murderers? . . . . [W]hen we say that those women who use drugs to bring on abortion commit murder, and will have to give an account to God for the abortion, on what principle should we commit murder? For it does not belong to the same person to regard the very fetus in the womb as a created being and therefore an object of God’s care, and when it has passed into life, to kill it: and not to expose an infant, because those who expose them are chargeable with child-murder, and on the other hand when it has been reared to destroy it . . . .

What reason would we have to commit murder when we say that women who induce abortions are murderers and will have to give account of it to God? For the same person would not regard the fetus in the womb as a living thing and therefore an object of God’s care, and at the same time slay it once it had come to life.”

(A Plea for the Christians 35. Embassy chap. 5).

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