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22 May 2013 | 3:27 am
Who said, "no matter can be created or destroyed"?
21 May 2013 | 3:50 am
As a Christian, I reject the hypothesis that "no matter can be created or destroyed".
I believe what the scriptures state, that everything was created by the Word of God. God spoke, used the Logos/Word/Jesus, creation into existence.
Last night I was debating some atheists in a PalTalk chat room. When I entered, one of them was on the microphone telling the room how evolution is a scientific fact and providing a few scanty details of why this is so. I got into the debate, and asked how their claim was evidence of evolution. When it was their turn to use the microphone in the chat room, they were unwilling to explain how it was evidence of evolution, but instead put forth a 2 minute diatribe of how ignorant and non-scientific creationists are because they deny the obvious fact of evolution. A few others in the chat room did exactly the same thing - make a claim, such as that changes to allele frequency over time is evolution, then when asked how it is evidence or a mechanism for evolution, they provide no explanation and instead provide a 2 minute long diatribe of how evolution is true and creationists are ignorant. After 30 minutes of this repeated failure of the evolutionists to support their claims, they got tired of being cornered for their inability to do so, and asked me for evidence of my "invisible magic man" having created life. So, I explained to them a single example of Irreducible Complexity of the many which could be provided - the fact that the machinery that decodes the genetic information in the DNA to produce proteins is itself encoded in the DNA.
21 May 2013 | 3:49 am
The fact that the machinery which translates the genetic information to produce proteins is itself comprised of proteins is a game-ender for evolution theory. Since the machinery is a product of it's own translation, the DNA, the codes for proteins, and the environment of the cell which includes all of the rest of the features of the cell, must exist in order for the translation of protein codes to take
place. The components must already exist, fully-formed and fully functional, for any of them to exist. This is interdependency which cannot be broken, and therefore Irreducible Complexity. The components could not have evolved piecemeal. Let's imagine that the DNA is like a book coded in a specific digital language (DNA code is digital by the way). Encoded in that book is the machinery which is able to decode the book. In order to decode the book, you must retrieve the information which allows you to produce the decoder machine. The problem is, that since this information is encoded in the book, you cannot translate the code to produce this machinery unless the decoding machinery already exists outside of the source of information which produces the decoder!
What this means in short is that not only did the components exist together in the beginning, but the entire cell did as well because these components require the cell to exist. Since the cell exists all together and fully functioning, and since the cell contains the genome for the entire organism, it follows that the entire organism existed, fully-formed and fully functional in the beginning with no transition or intermediary steps involved whatsoever. One might as well say that the cow came into existence at once, eating grass, swishing it's tail, completely unaware of the fact that it did not exist a nanosecond ago. This is Special Creation, and science has provided empirical evidence of it.
Having provided this single example of Irreducible Complexity which also evidences Special Creation, the evolutionists in the chat room were unable to even address the issue, and simply got on the microphone, one after another, and claimed I had not provided evidence of creation, and insisted that I do so. They would not even discuss my example. I suppose their only defence was to outright dismiss my example, claim I had provided nothing, and demand that I did. I suspect this is because they were both unable to discuss the subject for lack of knowledge about it biologically, and also because they were dumbfounded that such evidence actually exists. The humorous aspect the the failure of every atheist in the room to actually debate evidences is that they actually go to chat rooms, bring up evolution, claim it is a science fact, and mock you for believing in creation.
Apparently, Sky Daddy must have something going, if someone like myself, who has no formal education in biology, is capable of acquiring enough knowledge of it on my own that prevents atheists, even genuine biologists, from being able to debunk what He has created with their pseudo scientific fantasy.
I can provide 100 scientific evidences that the earth is not millions of yrs old. I'll be glad to do so in a debate with you in Skype sometime if you like. Atheists do indeed hate God. They hate him because He he is the standard for morality, and they have their own standards, and so they refuse to humble themselves to Him and His law. 21 May 2013 | 3:49 am
21 May 2013 | 3:48 am
n her article Why Megachurch Pastors Keep Falling Into Sexual Immorality, Jennifer LeClaire, editor of the right-leaning Christian news site Charisma, points out that pastors Loveless, Hunter and Hinn aren’t the only three to “rock their churches with sexual scandals” in recent times. LeClaire, author of a book titled Spiritual Warrior's Guide to Defeating Jezebel, takes the uncommon position of holding male Christian leaders accountable for their adulterous behaviors—well sort of. LeClaire attributes immorality and idolatry to the “spirit of seduction” of the biblical character Jezebel, who “woos people into sexual immorality and idolatry.”
She writes, “Sadly, the spirit of Jezebel is picking off pastors one by one as they succumb to the evil desires in their own hearts. Too few recognize the sinister workings of Jezebel's covert seduction. They’ve bought into what I call the ‘Jezebel deception’ and are either tolerating sexual immorality in the church or merely failing to recognize the true Jezebel in operation because they are on a witch hunt for controlling, manipulative women.”
Faggots recruiting children -- again!
21 May 2013 | 3:46 am
Rump rider recruiting of our children rolls on. For several decades there have been organized rump rider perverts working hard to recruit and train children into their perverted lifestyle. Television has broadcast programs such as Telletubies aimed at very young children and featuring an obviously perverted rump rider "tubie." Now their campaign to pervert the minds of young children is continuing with the distribution of gay children's books targeted at the very young reader, at children who's parents may not be aware that its gay literature. The new book, And Tango Makes Three depicts pervert faggots as harmless two penguins who adopt a baby penguin to raise as a young faggot. Read story.
Psychosexual perversion should not be taught to children. Bob supports the rights of sexual perverts to publish whatever perverted adult literature they want to destroy their filthy minds with. A right to free speech and publication does not translate into a right to spew filth among children. They have a right to speak and publish. They have NO right to force anyone else to listen or read. Their filth should be kept off of children's television and out of schools and children's sections at libraries. The deliberate campaign by sexual perverts to recruit children needs to be opposed strongly by concerned parents, and since cunts are incapable of reason it needs to be opposed especially by fathers. All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. In the face of perverted recruiting our children we good MEN must take strong effective action against these sexual perverts. Stop them by whatever means necessary to protect our children.
Since public libraries opened in the 19th century, unmarried lesbians have worked as librarians instead of as wives and homemakers. In public libraries across the country these sick female perverts are putting forth their sordid sexual lives in the hands of children. The librarian who does so should be tarred and feathered and run out of town on a rail. She is a disgrace to our community and does great harm to our children. She has violated the public trust and lost her feminazi "civil rights" to public employment.
The problem with secular morality is that secular moral rules are based on secular, i.e., mortal authority, which means that they can be questioned, warped, bypassed or altogether ignored. Religious morality is based in divine authority which is by definition infallible and cannot be cheated around.
Most humans observe laws mainly because of the fear of punishment, there being relatively few evolved enough to restrain themselves from immoral actions even when there's no threat of punishment. Secular punishment, however, can be avoided - by bribing or evading law enforcement, by mitigating the penalty via judicial procedures (such as plea bargaining), and so on. Divine punishment, however, cannot be eluded or bribed - it is slow to come, but it is inevitable to arrive, and it is this inevitability of punishment that makes people think twice before indulging in crime. A godless thief will steal without remorse, since he knows the worst he can get is a few years in prison, but a person that believes in God will think twice before becoming a thief, since he knows a punishment awaits him at the end of his life even if he manages to dodge prison.
I find the lot of the folk believing in religious superstitions preferable to godlesness and total lack of restraint. Those who are evolved enough will rise above petty superstitions and refrain from immoral deeds anyway, but the lot who yet lack the ability to resist their base urges best fear at least something, however silly, to keep in check.
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China Wants to Replace Superstition With Science
China is getting more religious—and the Chinese government is none too happy about it. The government is now looking to "liberate" its people from superstitious beliefs about things like health and money to bring the population more in line with the country's official atheist stance, Reuters reports. "Religion basically...
21 April 2013 | 5:00 pm
Bodybuilding Pioneer Joe Weider Dead at 93
Joe Weider, a bodybuilding enthusiast who built a publishing empire and brought Arnold Schwarzenegger to Hollywood, died yesterday of heart failure, the LA Times reports. He was 93. Born in Montreal, Weider pumped weights at a young age to protect himself from neighborhood bullies. He started his own bodybuilding magazine...
24 March 2013 | 7:24 am
Pope Francis to Wash, Kiss Inmates' Feet
At least he's washing them first: The new pope plans to wash and kiss the feet of juvenile delinquents in a rare gesture next Thursday, the Guardian reports. Instead of holding Holy Thursday mass in either St Peter's basilica or the basilica of St John in Lateran, Pope Francis will...
22 March 2013 | 4:40 pm
Pope Reaches Out to Islam, China, Atheists
In his first foreign policy address as pope, Francis today called for more dialogue with Islam and offered an olive branch to China and other countries that don't have diplomatic relations with the Holy See. The occasion was an audience with ambassadors from the 180 countries that have diplomatic relations...
22 March 2013 | 9:51 am
PM TERIMA KUNJUNG KETUA-PENGARAH UNESCO
PUTRAJAYA, 22 Mei (Bernama) -- Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razakhari ini menerima kunjungan hormat Ketua-Pengarah Pertubuhan Pendidikan,Saintifik dan Kebudayaan Bangsa-bangsa Bersatu (Unesco) Irina Bokova. Bokova diiringi ke pejabat Perdana Menteri di aras lima sebaik tiba dibangunan Putra Perdana kira-kira 3 petang, sebelum beliau mengadakan sidangakhbar kira-kira 40 minit kemudian ...
22 May 2013 | 7:21 am
Being nice to others and cooperating with them aren't uniquely human traits. Frans de Waal, director of Emory University's Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center in Lawrenceville, Georgia, studies how our close primate relatives also demonstrate behaviors suggestive of a sense of morality.
21 May 2013 | 10:33 am
Early Buzz: The Coen Brothers Wow Cannes With ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’
The work of Joel and Ethan Coen owes much to many who went before them, but they have few equals. There is no body of work quite like theirs in the post-1980 film landscape. Even in the decades prior, only a handful of directors — Billy Wilder and Preston Sturges prominent among them — can rival [...]
21 May 2013 | 12:32 am
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Economist: Turkey's political imams: The Gulenists fight back
In a recent sermon Fethullah Gulen, Turkey’s most powerful Muslim cleric, preached against hubris. Delivered in rural Pennsylvania, where Mr Gulen lives in self-imposed exile, it was broadcast from his website with an electrifying effect. Was the holy man alluding to Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s increasingly authoritarian prime minister?