Archive for April 10th, 2006

Re-Post: More Than a Link Is Missing. . . by Jack Kinsella

Monday, April 10th, 2006

“O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. . .” (1st Timothy 6:21)
The media is all excited about the discovery of what is being called ‘the missing link’ that it says proves evolution is not just a theory. The ‘missing link’ has been, (if I may use the term) the Holy Grail of evolutionary science. Although evolutionary science claims all life evolved from simple organisms, no actual evidence has ever been found of a life form in transition.
Most newspapers are proclaiming that the discovery of the fossilized skeletons of a creature dubbed “Tiktaalik roseae” IS, as the Toronto Star proclaimed, the “missing evolutionary link between fish and the first land animals.”
To shore up its editorial conclusions, it quoted a Canadian paleontologist (that the Star admitted had no connection to the discovery) named Steve Cumbaa, probably because it was such a catchy sound byte. “These are the first little baby steps on getting animals out of ooze and born to cruise.”
The Boston Globe’s headline announced that the ‘Fossil Discovery Fills in a Piece of the Evolutionary Puzzle.” The UK Independent proclaimed, “Scientists Find Missing Link to Land Vertebrates.” The London Times called it the “Fish that took the first step for mankind.”
It is worth noting that the scientist who actually discovered Tiktaalik roseae is about the only one NOT calling it ‘the missing link’. That didn’t stop the mainstream media, however.
Noted the New York Times, “While Dr. Shubin’s team played down the fossil’s significance in the raging debate over Darwinian theory, which is opposed mainly by some conservative Christians in the United States, other scientists were not so reticent. They said this should undercut the creationists’ argument that there is no evidence in the fossil record of one kind of creature becoming another kind.”
According to the majority of the news reports, the alleged missing link was a sharp-toothed predator that resembled a crocodile and grew to at least 9 feet in length and it lived 375 million years ago. Dr. Shubin described it as “like a fish that can do a push-up.”
In large part, the conclusion that Tiktaalik is the ‘missing link’ arises from the initial conclusion that it was a fish in the process of turning INTO a crocodile. There appears to be no speculation that the find was a fossil of a previously-undiscovered crocodile-like species of fish, or fish-like species of crocodile, something I find interesting.
The AUTOMATIC assumption is that Tiktaalik is a ‘transitional life form’ that the New York Times couldn’t resist noting ‘undercut the creationists.’ The Times’ noted gleefully that;
“One creationist Web site (to which the Times’ helpfully provided the URL declares that “there are no transitional forms,” adding: “For example, not a single fossil with part fins part feet has been found. And this is true between every major plant and animal kind.”
Then the Times’ goes on to describe Tiktaalik, heavily relying on words like ‘if’ and ‘probably, coupled with phrases like, ‘in all likelihood’ to make its case that at last, the creationists have been proved wrong.
This is what I find interesting, more than anything else. The desperate lengths to which the secular world is willing to go, and the stretches of logic it is willing to entertain, provided it disproves the Bible or ‘undercuts the creationists’
Before returning to the Fish That Took its First Steps for Mankind, let’s take a look at another recent scientific ‘discovery’ for further illustration.
A Florida State University professor made international news with his explanation of how it was that Jesus Christ was able to walk on the surface of the Sea of Galilee.
Noted the Associated Press, “Doron Nof, a professor of oceanography, said a rare combination of water and atmospheric conditions in the Sea of Galilee 2000 years ago may offer a scientific explanation for one of the miracles recounted in the Bible. Nof said a patch of ice floating in the Sea of Galilee – which is actually a freshwater lake – would have been difficult to distinguish from unfrozen water surrounding it.”
A ‘hard to see’ patch of ice! Of course! No wonder the Apostle Peter went under! He missed the iceberg floating in the Sea of Galilee that Jesus was standing on. And, since it was ‘hard to see’; none of the Apostles mentioned it in the Gospels.
Or, how about this? Jesus was wearing invisible wires and was being held up by a spacecraft hovering just above the clouds. What about this? Jesus was standing on a rock waiting to see if Peter was dumb enough to jump out of the boat. Or, Jesus was wearing inflatable shoes? Or. . .
The ‘discovery’ that Jesus walked on a submerged ice floe in the middle of the Sea of Galilee returned 200 headlines in a Google search and made the newspapers on every continent on earth. It has been the subject of discussion on talk shows, call- in radio, and all over the internet.
Sir William of Ockham is credited with developing the logic principle that bears his name, “Occam’s Razor.” Occam’s Razor states that the explanation of any phenomenon should make as few assumptions as possible, eliminating those that make no difference in the observable predictions of the explanatory hypothesis or theory.
The principle is often expressed in Latin as: “entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem”, which translates to: “entities should not be multiplied beyond necessity.”
People apply Occam’s Razor to virtually every question, whether they are aware of it or not. A child is found with his hand in a bag of Oreos. His face is covered with Oreo crumbs. What is the most logical conclusion, based on the observable evidence? Using the logic applied to the ‘missing link’ or the Galilean ice floe theory, one could just as easily conclude the Oreos were eating the child.
A fossil is discovered of a fish that looks like a crocodile. Science concludes that THIS is the ‘missing link’. How would Sir William evaluate that claim? Evolution says ALL life on earth evolved.
With ALL the fossils of ALL the species that EVER lived on this planet, science has discovered, ummm, ONE fossil of ONE previously-undiscovered species and it concludes THAT proves it was in evolutionary transition from fish to land-crawling vertebrate AND that THAT ‘undercuts the creationists’? Puhleeze!
After 2,000 years, a scientist concludes there were underwater ice floes on the Sea of Galilee 2,000 years ago that don’t exist now and THAT is how Jesus walked on water — and the theory gets GLOBAL coverage.
Sir William must be spinning in his grave.
As we get closer to the end of this present age, it is important to keep in mind the PURPOSE of the Tribulation Period is two-fold. The primary purpose is to fulfill God’s promise of Israel’s national redemption in the last days.
The secondary purpose of the Tribulation Period is to exact judgment against the world for its rejection of Christ. The Apostle Paul says that the whole world will come under ‘strong delusion’ and that the world will embrace the lie because they didn’t ‘love the truth’ of the Gospel.
“And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” (2nd Thessalonians 2:10)
The conclusion that a single fossil constitutes concrete evidence of evolution violates every empirical standard of evidence demanded by science. It turns Occam’s Razor into a butter knife. But it made headlines, because it ‘confirms’ the ‘truth’ preferred by the secular world. That there is no God, and therefore, there is no eternal accountability for the things done in this life.
The conclusion that Jesus walked on ice instead of water is no more scientifically reasonable than the inflatable shoes or the invisible strings. But it was reported by more than 200 newspapers, because it ‘confirms’ the preferred ‘truth’ that man is his own supreme being.
But the benefits of that alleged ‘truth’ also provide concrete evidence of its source;
Another teacher was arrested this week for having sex with a 13-year old student. This makes, umm, what? A gazillion so far this year? Last week, one guy went berserk and shot up a rave party, killing total strangers at random. A couple of days later, another guy opened fire with a shotgun on a California street, shooting several people before being killed by police.
The newspapers are filled with stories of parents killing their children, pornography has the Supreme Court’s blessing; ‘In God We Trust’ is under judicial review. Abortion is as innocuous as an appendectomy and restricting marriage to a union between a man and a woman is a form of bigotry.
“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:” (Romans 1:28-31)
Science has its ‘theories’ — each more far-fetched than the next — upon which to base its conclusion that there is no God. These theories defy science’s own ethic of using evidence to form theory, forming theory first and then seeking supporting evidence afterward.
The Bible doesn’t offer theory. It provides eyewitness testimony. “For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were EYWITNESSES of His majesty.” (2nd Peter 1:16)
Science has its theories. On the other hand;
“We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” (2nd Peter 1:19-21)
“Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy.” (Jude 24)

The Triumphal Entry

Monday, April 10th, 2006

After He had said these things, He was going on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.

When He approached Bethphage and Bethany, near the mount that is called Olivet, He sent two of the disciples, saying, “Go into the village ahead of you; there, as you enter, you will find a colt tied on which no one yet has ever sat; untie it and bring it here.

If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of it.'”

So those who were sent went away and found it just as He had told them.

As they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?”

They said, “The Lord has need of it.”

They brought it to Jesus, and they threw their coats on the colt and put Jesus on it.

As He was going, they were spreading their coats on the road.

As soon as He was approaching, near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles which they had seen, shouting:
Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.”

But Jesus answered, “I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!”

When He approached Jerusalem, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If you had known in this day, even you, the things which make for peace! But now they have been hidden from your eyes.

For the days will come upon you when your enemies will throw up a barricade against you, and surround you and hem you in on every side, and they will level you to the ground and your children within you, and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.”

Luke 19:28-44 (New American Standard Bible)

Real-life ‘Indiana Jones’ seeks ‘Ark of the Covenant’

Monday, April 10th, 2006

Wouldn’t it be so great if someone actually found the Ark of the Covenant of Old Testament times?
There has been much discussion in recent years as to if the Ark was destroyed or if it still exist. Some say the Jesus is the new Ark of the Covenant. Let’s wait and see what God has in store for this story. All things happen in God’s time, which is sometimes not man’s time.

Is the biblical Ark of the Covenant hidden in a former Egyptian temple in territory Israel is about to turn over to the Palestinian Authority?
That is the premise of a DVD documentary offered exclusively by WND and once aired on NBC. It’s called “Biblical Mysteries: Ark of the Covenant.”
In 2001, it was described by NBC as an “action-packed, one-hour documentary” in which biblical scholar and “modern-day ‘Indiana Jones'” Mike Sanders journeys to one of the Middle East’s most dangerous territories to find the elusive ancient ark that once held the stone tablets inscribed with the Ten Commandments.
Eventually led to a Palestinian-controlled village reputed to be a training ground for terrorists, Sanders gets set to uncover what would be one of the greatest archaeological finds of the age. The disappearance of the ark -– which was constructed under strict instructions at the direction of God, as recorded in the book of Exodus -– has confounded scholars for centuries, but Sanders believes he has found the sacred object buried at the site of a former Egyptian temple in Israel’s volatile West Bank.
Sanders, who was born in Leeds, England, now resides in Irvine, Calif. He has published numerous academic works on Egyptology and biblical archaeology, in which he explains how simple errors previously made in Egyptian chronology have led to what he believes are inaccurate theories about certain archaeological findings. Sanders’ extensive research has fueled fascinating new theories in the field of biblical archaeology. The special was produced by Union Pictures for Channel Four in the United Kingdom and Alexandria Productions, Inc. for NBC.

Israeli Prime Minister Sharon to Be Declared ‘Permanently Incapacitated’

Monday, April 10th, 2006

An update on Israel Prime Minister Sharon.

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who has been in a coma for three months, will be declared permanently incapacitated Tuesday, a decision that signals the official end of his tenure as Israel’s leader, the Justice Ministry said Sunday.
Sharon, 78, was declared temporarily incapacitated after he lapsed into a coma following a stroke Jan. 4. Ehud Olmert stepped in for him immediately as acting prime minister, but under Israeli law he can only serve in that capacity for up to 100 days before an official replacement for Sharon has to be named.
That deadline expires Friday, but because the weeklong Jewish Passover holiday begins Wednesday, the declaration of permanent incapacitation has been moved up to Tuesday — with the proviso that it not take effect if Sharon’s condition improves before the deadline, Justice Ministry spokesman Jacob Galanti said.
Olmert, who won March 28 elections, is expected to be named Sharon’s official replacement as he continues negotiating with smaller parties to form a governing coalition.
Officials at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, where Sharon is being treated, said Sunday that discussions were still under way on whether to move him to a long-term care facility. Experts say his chances of recovery are extremely slim, given the gravity of his stroke and his persistent coma.
Hospital spokesman Ron Krumer defined Sharon’s condition as “serious, but stable,” a reflection that his life is not in immediate danger.
Last week, Sharon underwent surgery to restore a part of his skull removed in previous operations after his stroke.

Democracy, Islamic Law Don’t Mix, Iraqi Official Says

Monday, April 10th, 2006

OK, this was kind of a no-brainer. Anyone who watches the news out of the Middle East can clearly see this. I was hopeful when this all started that maybe the people of these countries could see the advantages to a democracy and how democracy and religion can co-exist. But at the same time, I figured it was a long shot. The typical muslim is not taught to question anything they hear in mosque. Accepting democracy when the religious leaders of islam are preaching the opposite is just not going to happen. The imans have been in power too long and won’t accept giving up their power. So should we be bending over backwards to accomodate the muslims when they refuse to do the same for us? I’d say “no”.

( – Despite President Bush’s insistence that the Iraqi “people want there to be a democracy,” a pro-American member of Iraq’s new parliament claims there is “no relationship between Islam and democracy.”
Islamic or “sharia” law has “nothing to do with democracy or human rights,” according to Iyad Jamal Al-Din, and mixing Islam and democracy “is like mixing Marxists and capitalists.” Al-Din escaped Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi regime in 1979 but returned and was elected to the Iraqi Parliament last Dec. 15. He addressed an April 6 luncheon sponsored by the Middle East Media Research Institute.
Al-Din is an outspoken supporter of the U.S. military’s presence in Iraq but is critical of the new Iraqi Constitution, which he complained still relies too heavily on religious principles. Al-Din favors a secularized form of government.
Iraqi Shi’ites, Sunnis and Kurds face a deadline of next month in establishing a unity government, but already, there is talk that the deadline may have to be extended.
While claiming to be “convinced we are making progress [in Iraq],” President Bush is urging quick action on the formation of that unity government. I do urge the folks on the ground to get that unity government in place so the Iraqi people have confidence in their future,” Bush said in Wheeling, W.Va., last week.
Ibrahim al-Jafari, Iraq’s interim prime minister, declared recently that “we have to protect democracy in Iraq and it is democracy which should decide who leads Iraq. We have to respect our Iraqi people.”
The U.S. is opposed to al-Jafari remaining in his post, but Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told NBC News last week that she also was “confident because I know that in the hearts of every human being … there beats a desire for the human dignity that comes with liberty, with democracy, with the ability to say what you think and worship as you please and to educate your boys and your girls.”
But there are many skeptics, including Bruce Tefft, a former CIA employee and Middle East expert who currently serves as the director of threat assessment for CRA, a firm assisting federal, state and local officials to prevent terrorism and manage emergencies.
“There’s no way you can impose western culture and democracy and Judeo-Christian ethics on a Muslim community to start with,” Tefft told Cybercast News Service. “The best that you can hope for is that they’ve got somebody in there that’s not a radical nut like the president of Iran, or Saddam Hussein, or something like that.”
Tefft said some Iraqi Shi’ites are cooperating with the U.S. in order to hasten the withdrawal of American military forces. But the cooperation is “not because they believe in democracy, because they don’t,” he said. Democracy is “anti-Islam,” Tefft added.
“No Muslim is in favor of anything the U.S. is going to do, except we did conveniently remove Saddam Hussein, who was a nuisance to them and a burden to them and an enemy to them,” Tefft said. However, “that didn’t make [Muslims] our friends,”
Tefft believes it was wise to topple Saddam’s regime because following the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, “Iraq no longer had the capability to support international terrorism or continue its WMD development programs.” However, he said, the American mission should have ended with regime change.
“Where Bush fell down was when he went into nation building,” Tefft said. It was “the State Department and Washington bureaucracy that kind of sucked him into it.”
Last October, Al-Din decried the “bloodthirsty interpretation” of Islam by radical Muslims in Iraq. In a separate media appearance a few months earlier, Al-Din criticized “the terrified and self-defeated Arab states [that] fear the establishment of a democratic regime in Iraq.”
Those Arab states, he said, “would prefer a stupid and reckless dictator like Saddam to a democratic regime in Iraq, because the epidemic of democracy and the winds of freedom will reach them, whether they like it or not.”

Lesbian Sues Pro-Family Activists for Exposing Truth About Pro-Homosexual Event

Monday, April 10th, 2006

And we see a usual battle tatic of the homosexual presenters. Slander and sue people who tell the truth about homosexuality.

(AgapePress) – A lesbian who was fired for her role in the notorious “Fistgate” conference at Tufts University has brought a civil suit against two Massachusetts pro-family activists who attended the 2000 conference and then proceeded to expose what went on at the pro-homosexual event.
The statewide conference that took place March 25 of that year was actually called “Teach-Out,” and was sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Education, the Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth, and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network. The event’s scandalous nickname comes from one of the many sexually explicit topics discussed at the conference before audiences that included children and teens.
Several presenters tried to foster “open discussion” by familiarizing their listeners with graphic details about homosexual sex and sexuality. At one point in the conference, “fisting” was discussed by one Teach-Out presenter, who described the practice as “an experience of letting somebody into your body that you want to be that close and intimate with … [and] to put you into an exploratory mode.”
Many concerned parents learned about “Fistgate” and its sexually graphic content through the efforts of Massachusetts pro-family activists Brian Camenker and Scott Whiteman, who attended the “Teach-Out” specifically to bear witness to and gather evidence of what went on there. That is why the two men are now facing legal action, along with the Parents Rights Coalition, which is also named in the civil suit.
Former state employee Margot Abels alleges Camenker and Whiteman violated her free-speech rights by tape-recording two workshops in which she instructed children as young as 12 years of age in how to engage in homosexual sex acts.
Abels claims the men broke an obscure Massachusetts wiretapping law that was designed to fight organized crime. In her lawsuit, she argues that the audiotape and her subsequent firing have both caused her emotional distress. But Camenker, who heads the pro-family group Article 8 Alliance, believes she is just resurrecting a dormant lawsuit in an effort to punish him and Whiteman for blowing the lid off “Fistgate.”
“The statute says that you can be charged with a crime and punished and sent to jail and fined,” the pro-family activist points out. However, he notes, “Nobody ever charged us with a crime; nobody every fined us. None of this every happened. I think they knew they couldn’t pull this off as a real crime, so they’re trying to use the civil suit approach.”
And Camenker believes the plaintiff’s attorneys are eager to attack. “They are really out to go after us,” he contends. “The lawyer has already said to me, point blank, ‘What are your assets; do you own a house?’ She said that they’re going to do their best to get as much money out of us as they can.”
But beyond that, the Article 8 spokesman asserts, “The homosexual movement wants to punish anyone who exposes their activities with kids.”
Nevertheless, the pro-family advocate says he means to put up a fight and even intends to play the tape recording of the Teach-Out presentation at trial. “And we’re certainly going to let the court know,” he adds, “that if we committed a crime, [we weren’t informed of it.] How come we weren’t charged with anything?”
Attorney Steve Crampton, chief counsel of the American Family Association Center for Law & Policy is representing Camenker in the case. A judge has set a July 10 trial date for the lesbian activist’s lawsuit against Camenker, Whiteman, and the Parents Rights Coalition.

Attorney: Shielding Children from Obscenity ‘Common Sense,’ Not Censorship

Monday, April 10th, 2006

One would think…
Does anyone else detect a severe lack of common sense in today’s society?

(AgapePress) – State representatives in Oklahoma have approved proposed legislation that would require public libraries to place sexually explicit materials in a separate section and to distribute such materials only to adults.
Should House Bill 2158 become law, it would keep tax dollars from libraries that refuse to protect children from sexually explicit library materials. Representative Sally Kern’s bill passed 60-33 and now heads to the Oklahoma Senate.
The bill states that unless a library has taken action to place “all children and young adult materials that contain homosexual or sexually explicit subject matter” in an area apart from the children and young adult sections, the state’s Department of Libraries Board will not allocate state funds to that library. Says Kern, children deserve a period of “protected innocence” during which they are shielded from such material. Associated Press earlier quoted Kern as observing that contemporary advertisers apparently “can’t sell toothpaste without sex,” and that even the American Library Association is “out to sexualize our children.”
The measure is opposed by the American Library Association, which argues that the legislation is contrary to two of the Association’s four legislative goals — supporting unrestricted access and preserving local library control.
Erik Stanley is chief counsel with Florida-based Liberty Counsel, which consulted in drafting the language for HB 2158. Stanley says the proposed legislation is a “common-sense thing” — and does not impose censorship, as some have suggested.
“We’re not asking for these books to be banned from the library, or to take them out and burn them,” the attorney explains. “Obscenity laws protect children from seeing obscene things until over the age of 18. Libraries are not exempt from that — and libraries should not be exempt. We’re just simply asking that these books be placed in an area of the library where only parents [and adults] can get hold of them if they want to.”
And lest some think their community does not have to worry about this issue, Stanley says the problem is not limited to the Sooner State.
“This is a major problem … in libraries across the country,” he says, “where parents have been exposed to and have seen books [in children’s sections] containing sexually explicit instructions on how to perform sex acts [in] language that sailors would not even use.”
Liberty Counsel cites a situation in Arkansas in which a parent brought to light children’s books in the public school libraries that graphically depicted sexual intercourse, rape, sadomasochism, group sex, and incest. Liberty Counsel president Mat Staver says the content of many books that are written for children is “disturbing,” as is the fact that those same materials are easily accessible to children without parents’ knowledge.
“Exposing children to graphic sexual material at taxpayer expense is a serious problem that needs to be addressed,” says Staver in a press release. He adds that federal, state, and local governments are not required to fund libraries that refuse to implement “reasonable protections” that are designed to shield children from books that contain “obscene or pornographic language or images.”
Stanley expresses his firm’s hope that the push behind Representative Kern’s bill will encourage similar movements in other states to pass similar legislation.
Associated Press says prior to the House vote, Kern distributed to her fellow legislators several excerpts from books she said were found in local libraries. The excerpts were from books that contained homosexual or sexually explicit references, and the state representative remarked, “The average citizen does not have a clue what is in the library.”

Updated “Jesus is Lord, Home Comforts” Page

Monday, April 10th, 2006

Catch the latest thoughts, recipes and information from the recently updated Jesus is Lord, Home Comforts Page.