For Easter, a few thoughts on Religion vs Science…

Consider for a moment the concept of God from a scientific point of view.

Political note: I use “He” “himself” etc… not to disparage women, but because its the traditional way of saying it. Also, if that’s the first thing in this piece that annoys you, I submit you have larger issues.

If there is a God, how would he work? If you mentaly strong enough to open your mind to the idea of a supreme being, then you must acknowledge that they would have control of all the forces in the universe. Gravity, Electromagnetism, Radiation, Atomic Bonds… all of it.
Many scientific atheists enjoy pointing out how miracles can be explained by understood scientific phenomenon. What once seemed impossible, in the light of new discovery becomes common place, or at the very least explainable.

So here is my first question, If God controls all the forces of the universe. Why use anything else, and why would God need anything else? When a scientist finds a scientific explanation of a miracle, it in-no-way disproves the miracle, it only demonstrates the advancement of man in his understanding God and how he did it.

Another reason the bible (in specific) is so misunderstood is because of translations from language to language. For instance, Go back to the garden of Eden. When read in Hebrew, the story’s a bit different than what I was taught in Sunday school.

Adam was told, “Do not eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge.” He then told Eve, “Do not touch the tree.” not an exact transmission… kind of like the child’s game of telephone. If, as Jewish midrash explains, the serpent tricked her into touching it, she believed she was already doomed, so eating of it seemed like a case of, “What have I got to loose?” So the fall was the fault of both man and woman, not just woman alone.

Not so misogynistic after all? Is it?  Now that instance is also the basis of my postulate:

God CAN do ANYTHING, but he WONT do SOME THINGS because they are against the rules he himself set.

Once cast out, Adam and Eve had the power of free will, and all the consequences that go with it…

God understands and embraces the concept of Law, after all he knows and understands all of them, he kept his word, and stuck to the law. Mankind gained free will and all that implies, most important, freedom of choice. To choose good or evil, to choose right or wrong, to choose life or death. Choice has consequences, and that was also part of the deal.

If God didn’t abide by his own laws, he would be no different that the rich daddy who buys his kid a fancy sports car and they when the kid runs someone over in it, he uses the same money to get them off the hook.  Wouldn’t be much of a God if he broke his own laws like a corrupt politician now would he?

God wants us to survive and prosper, as would any human who creates something, but once Adam and Eve made their choice, God’s hands were tied by his (or her) own laws.

Now no matter what you call the supreme being. God, Alla, Oden, Ra, Zeus, etc… it’s still the same idea, and whether God operates alone or with children, or friends, or minions, the concept is still the same.

The only difference is, the books written about God, and since they were all written by people, and as with anything written by people, they are filled with politics and agendas. Some much more than others, but I think all of them suffer from it to some degree or another.

Now of course, some holy books, like some scientific theories are better than others.

The only way to judge such works is by looking at them in their original languages and seeing how close they stick to known absolutes of human interaction, and laws of the universe, and just like scientific papers, but remember, holy books were not written under a specific set of rules and conditions like scientific papers. There were no such rules when most of these were written, so bear that in mind.

Of course to do any of this you must first acknowledge that there are absolutes of human interaction.

IE Good and Evil.

Something many (if not most) are loathe to do today. They call it moral equivalence, but it is simply a case of people not wanting to face the fact that some of the things they do are wrong, so they created this philosophy to give themselves a “get out of jail free” card.

Laws of the universe are mostly accepted as is by scientists, for instance its hard to argue with gravity. Everyone who does keeps falling down, but I’ve noticed that in the last few decades something decidedly insidious has raised it’s head in the Scientific community.

Scientist who wish to turn theories into laws without properly vetting them. Sort of the scientific equivalent of Dogma.

Instead of testing and experimentation, they spread the theories through the media as if they are proven fact. Then produce stilted and skewed studies that align with political movements, and count on popular support and outcry to make their theories into d-facto laws. You see this In a multitude of subjects today if you have the honesty to look.

Many religions do the same. They claim things as absolutes of human interaction, that are in fact only political and agenda based ideas and theories. Some of these have fallen by the wayside as man advanced, such as:
Slavery is a good idea.
Women are the property of men.
Killing non-believers is a good idea.
Killing the innocent is excusable if it furthers the cause of a faith.
Priests must be shielded from the consequences of their actions…

But these, and other likewise ridiculous theories are still actively and publicly advocated and defended by some faiths. I submit these are the faiths you should look askance at.

If a religion allows one of these without avocation, it may simply be trying to keep people in the temples, and deal with it “In house” in which case you might consider condemning only the specific practice, not the entire religion.

However, if any faith openly and publicly says this is still correct, it’s a good sign that specific religion is a mess.

And don’t think for a second Science is innocent of this. Juat look at some of the ideas science has put forward as good over the years.
Lobotomy is a humane practice.
Euthanasia.
Killing a child 3 months prior to birth, is morally superior to 3 months after birth.
Electro-Shock Therapy…

There are more, but you get the idea. The point being, that science, like religion is not perfect.

Now I will admit some personal bias here when I say that one general faith seems a lot closer than any other according to observable evidence, but as I said, that’s just me, your mileage may vary.

As it so happens, that’s also the religion that the US Constitution was based upon, and anyone who says the Constitution was not based in religion obviously hasn’t read it. Only had it explained to them by people expert in twisting the truth to fit their agenda, or already indoctrinated in such nonsense. There are over 100 biblical references in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution alone…

And before you go there, The fact that people believe this requires no conspiracy at all.

 All it requires is an audience willing to believe what they hear. Who would not be willing to believe that there was no real eternal consequences for their actions? It makes life easier, and lets face it, most people are lazy by nature, so it’s an easy sell. People are incline to believe anything that benefits or protects them. They want to believe the things that benefit them, and fear makes them believe the things they “think” will protect them.

Religion is no more insane that some areas of science, but currently science has a better press agent. Lets face facts, hope is a universal need among people, wither its ever realized is not the issue. Hope is necessary for man to stand and move forward, for without hope, why bother stepping out your own door? Why risk anything without hope of a good outcome? Science is handy for projections, but frankly is kind of sucks at generating hope.

Just saying… and HAPPY EASTER, and GOD (whichever you worship) BLESS.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER.

I just got back for a midnight showing of the newest Marvel movie, and all i can say is  THEY DID IT RIGHT! This was, IMHO the BEST Marvel movie yet The took the best storyline from the modern Captain America adventures and knocked it out of the park!  RUN, don’t Walk and see this movie.  If you have any interest in comic books at all you will LOVE this, and if your not a comics fan you will still love it for the roller-coaster it is. I could go on for pages about what i loved in this movie, but I don’t want to spoil it. It was both entertaining and amazingly timely.

5 out of 5

10 out of 10

THE BEST!  IT FREAKING ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!

I’m a Christian and I think ‘Noah’ deserves a four star review

D.Bagwell:

An excellent description of a waste of celluloid.

Originally posted on The Matt Walsh Blog:

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On Friday, my wife and I had a very rare date night.

Naturally, we decided to spend it being pummeled by the blaring condescension of the most insipid, absurd, unimaginative, clumsily contrived piece of anti-Christian filmmaking to come along since, well, probably just last week.

In fact, if I learned anything from Noah, it’s this: despite popular perception, you can often judge a book by its cover. Also, giant deformed rock monsters make for awkward supporting characters.

We’ll meditate on that second item in a moment, but it’s the first point that should be especially emphasized.

Christians: you’ll hear people insist that you can’t criticize the movie until you’ve seen it. Noticeably, the loudest voices in this camp are the ones who will (rather coincidentally, I’m sure) profit immensely if you meet their challenge.

Don’t.

Don’t bother.

You can hate this film without watching it, for the same reason…

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The cover of my FIRST BOOK!

Cover reveal

Grandchildren of Liberty, Book 1: Patriots and Tyrants, Published by Freedom Forge press.

When genius JP Cain saw the nation he loved crumbling, he did the only thing he could. He founded a new one. He and 117 like-minded souls founded the Republic of Secundus, a nation on an alternate Earth that was anything but Eden. Filled with animals out of prehistory, Secundus forced the colonists to fight for their very existence. If they could win, a new dream would be born: A republic based on the ideas of personal freedom, liberty, and responsibility.

Two decades later, the citizens are embarking on a new mission: to help free the world they escaped. The United States has broken under the yoke of tyranny, and Secundus’ best hope rests with political prisoner, former historian, and radio personality Lukas Faber.

But even with JP’s technology and their drive, can the people of Secundus overcome the forces of the UN, the mass media propaganda machine, and the shadowy figure pulling all their strings? They are all that stand between Earth’s greatest tyranny and true personal freedom.

Let the battle begin…

Special thanks to Jason Lee of Vektor Visual for his artistic vision and expertise on the cover!

Patriots and Tyrants is available for pre-order on our publisher’s store. Pre-orders will receive a special introductory price of $12.95 (free shipping to US addresses) and will be fulfilled as soon as paperbacks are available from the printer. Reserve your copy today!

UPDATE:  If anyone was having trouble with the links, sorry they should be working now.

BREAKING NEWS!

Share everywhere… this is a nightmare! But its true.

BOSTON CHILDRENS HOSPITAL SHOULD BE SHUT DOWN FOR GOOD! Those bastards just got a judge to steal Justina Pelletier from her own parents to save their worthless asses from a lawsuit!! this is not the America i grew up in!!!! Repost this far and wide. people need to camp out in front of that damn hospital until Justina is returned to Her parents! This is the baby Gnower of our age.. if this is not stopped NOW we are on the same course as the damn Nazies!

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/02/24/report-judge-rules-to-put-justina-pelletier-in-foster-care/

Boston Childrens Hospital has crossed the last line! they need to be shut DOWN!

Boston Childrens Hospital is guilty of Kidnapping!

Boston Childrens Hospital is guilty of Kidnapping!

This is hands down the most outrageous case of abuse of power in a nation rife with it.  Boston children’s hospital is supposed to be one of the most cutting edge children’s hospital in the nation and yet now they have literally stolen a child from her own parents, and put gag orders in place to force them to be silent. This brave father has done the only thing he could, he has spoken out despite this tyrannical order and what he is saying needs to be heard.  This man is what all fathers should be. willing to go tot he wall for his children. I honor him and believe you should all do the same. If this sort of practice continues un challenged it will only expand. Who makes the choices for your children?  You or the govenment? I know without a doubt exactly where i stand… how about you?