Archive for February 4th, 2008

“The Odds of God” by Michael G. Mickey

Monday, February 4th, 2008

Genesis 1:1: In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

Isn’t it amazing how many people today struggle to see the truth in the above, even as science marvels at the violent nature of the known universe?

A recent Fox News story indicated that astronomers have been astonished of late by the violence of the universe.

The following are excerpts from that story:

  • The deeper astronomers gaze into the cosmos, the more they find it’s a bizarre and violent universe.
  • The research findings from this week’s annual meeting of U.S. astronomers range from blue orphaned baby stars to menacing “rogue” black holes that roam our galaxy, devouring any planets unlucky enough to be within their limited reach.
  • The violent nature of the cosmos should cause us to wonder how it is that we are in existence on this planet where we purportedly arose from the primordial ooze as a result of life suddenly coming into existence on our planet by some unknown means – a puzzle which evolution proponents around the world have never been able to solve but thoroughly expect us to believe, even though what they believe happened is no more provably accurate than the believer’s faith in the explanatory statement we find in Genesis 1:1.

    Through faith and observation of the world around us, absorbing what science tells us is taking place beyond the planet we live on as well, we say with confidence that there is clear evidence of design present in our existence – a balance so finely-tuned that it could not and, in fact, did not occur outside of there being a God who made it all happen, exactly as recorded in the Word of God. Is that far-fetched on our part? Hardly, in my opinion and the opinion of many others too numerous to name who come from all walks of life and all levels of education.

    The following is another excerpt from the aforementioned Fox News story. Referring to the roaming black holes that move about our galaxy swallowing everything in their path, the story reads:

  • The odds of one of these black holes swallowing up Earth or the sun or wreaking other havoc is somewhere around 1 in 10 quadrillion in any given year.
  • Even in the chaotic and turbulent universe we live in where comets, asteroids, black holes, supernovas and the like take place regularly, the planet earth has somehow, taking Darwinian theory as truth for a moment to prove a point, dodged a plethora of potential hazards long enough for all sorts of ever-so-small transitional changes to occur in all life on the planet over the course of hundreds upon hundreds of millions of years bringing us to where life’s ‘evolution’ stands today.

    We somehow survived our chaotic universe’s violent nature but scientists tell us that earth hasn’t gone unscathed. Some of the threats to life’s existence, at the very least, have occurred in earth’s past wiping out practically everything from time to time but leaving enough life around for evolution to keep on working its magic, eventually bringing us to where we are today, the highly-evolved beings we are.

    We’re so evolved that we can roughly know how the galaxy was formed and how the magic of Darwinian evolution led to us being here today, a byproduct of us, the ever-evolving life forms that we are, being lucky enough to reside on a planet that hasn’t been destroyed which is quite ‘convenient’ for lack of a better term.

    “This is the glory of the universe,” J. Craig Wheeler, president of the astronomy association mentioned in the Fox News story is quoted as saying.

    This, I would counter, is the glory of God whose hands made the universe!

    Psalm 19:1-3:

    The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

    Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.

    There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.

    Wouldn’t it be great if all mankind would listen to the celestial evangelists that appear before us night after night? Their ‘words’ are so revealing, as I believe the Fox News story bears witness to.

    We survive but just barely!

    Not only do we live in a violent universe, scientists readily admit, as we see in a LiveScience.com article, that if “Earth had been slightly smaller and less massive, life might never have gained a foothold.”

    The same could be said if the earth wasn’t tilted just right to allow global distribution of the sun’s light. Likewise, if the earth had been closer to the sun or farther from it, life wouldn’t exist. The same could be said of our atmosphere’s composition. It, by sheer chance, is just right to sustain life! Earth is not too hot, not too cold, too dark or too light. It’s just right – by chance, of course.

    According to the LiveScience.com article, “Earth has been on the edge of habitability from the beginning, and just eked by to allow life-friendly conditions.” Amazing, isn’t it?

    When we look at all these issues reviewed in this commentary in total, shouldn’t it raise the odds of God’s Word being exactly what it claims to be in the eyes of the skeptical? For them to deny so, in my opinion, is irrational, especially when we add Bible prophecy into the mix which was history written in advance centuries ago, much of which has documentably come to pass with the rest of its fulfillment clearly coming into view in the world around us with startling accuracy!

    Suffice to say this is not a time for anyone to be playing games where the future of one’s eternal soul is concerned. This is a time for wisdom, not wishful thinking on the part of those whose sinful nature entices them to continue down the pathway to destruction, luring them to hold onto some scientific theory as fact when it will be of absolutely no benefit when the reality that is found in God’s Word runs its course in full!

    Darwinian Fairy Tales Aside

    If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, it’s high time to get to know Him. The odds of you someday bowing before Him are 100%, believe it or not. The only question left to be answered is how you will bow before Him.

    Will you someday bow before Christ to face judgment or to offer Him praise? If you’re not sure, please visit my site’s content on salvation and allow RaptureAlert.com to share the gospel with you that you might be saved.

    The God who created you and everything around you loves you – and so does everyone whose works are associated with this website’s ongoing efforts to sound the alert that Jesus Christ is coming soon!

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    Muslim Teen’s Family Invited Men to Rape Her

    Monday, February 4th, 2008

    What a despicable act!

    A 15-year-old girl from Pakistan was forced into prostitution in the U.K. by her mother-in-law, The Sunday Times of London reported.

    The teen, whose name was not disclosed, arrived in the U.K. expecting to be married to a handsome and successful older man, the paper reported. Instead, she was married to a 40-year-old, unemployed, disabled man with the mental age of a 5-year-old.

    The marriage was reportedly not recognized by the British Home Office, but was considered valid under sharia — or Islamic — law.

    As if that weren’t bad enough, the girl’s mother-in-law then decided to take advantage of the teen’s youth and good looks by offered her to men looking for sex, The Sunday Times reported.

    According to the paper, the family “invited” men to rape her.

    The girl eventually escaped her husband’s family’s home and is now living in a shelter.

    Her story is just one of hundreds of cases of abuse highlighted in a recent government report by the U.K.’s Center for Social Cohesion which looks at the growing trend within the Islamic and Asian communities in the U.K.

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    US Anti-Missile Ship to Dock in Haifa Today

    Monday, February 4th, 2008

    Iran knows that a Democratic US president will mean they are free to attack Israel. The Dems are determined to bring all troops home from the Middle East and they are definitely not willing to go out on a limb to protect Israel. My bet is that Iran will not attack Israel until a Dem. president is elected in America.

    An American missile ship set to dock at Haifa Port on Monday is equipped with an anti-missile defense system that could be deployed in the region in the event of an Iranian missile attack against Israel.

    The USS San Jacinto is an AEGIS cruiser in the Ticonderoga Class and was commissioned in 1988. It carries the most advanced underwater surveillance system available today and is equipped with the AEGIS missile defense system, which was developed by Lockheed Martin to protect against aircraft and missiles. The ship will remain in Haifa for three days.

    While the IDF developed and operates the Arrow missile defense system, defense officials said Israel has expressed interest in the AEGIS and that last year, the Defense Ministry requested information on the system from the Pentagon. During the first Gulf War in 1991, the US deployed Patriot missile batteries in Israel to defend the country against Iraqi Scud missiles.

    “It is possible that one day, if we are under attack, the US will send these ships to the region to help defend us,” a defense official said. “Until then, it is important that we get to know the system, its capabilities and its interoperability with our systems.”

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    Christian Attorney Pushes for Prosecution of Hard-Core Porn

    Monday, February 4th, 2008

    [Attorney Pat] Trueman, who is with the Alliance Defense Fund, says it appears President George W. Bush’s administration is not making a priority out of prosecuting porn. In fact, Trueman notes that last fall he was part of a group of pro-family leaders who requested a meeting with new Attorney General Michael Mukasey. So far, he says, there has been no reply from the attorney general’s office.

    “We’ve got a group of people who are calling the Justice Department, writing letters,” says Trueman. “This is an all-out battle to get something done because the pornographers are in an all-out battle [themselves] to capture the hearts and souls of Americans.”

    “The Justice Department always has a host of issues that they have to work on,” he says, “but the reality is the issues that are important to them will get the attention. [So] since the president has refused to meet with anyone on this issue … won’t issue any proclamations on the issue of pornography, [and] has shown no leadership whatsoever, I think the Justice Department feels safe in doing nothing.”

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    Free Virtual Tour Offers Entire World Glimpse of Temple Mount

    Monday, February 4th, 2008

    (IsraelNN.com) A virtual tour of Har HaBayit, the Temple Mount, brings those who have never been upon Mt. Moriah on a tour of Judaism’s holiest site.

    Israel National Radio’s Rabbi Chaim Richman, who heads the Temple Institute, has released a first-of-its-kind video that allows every Jew to experience a tour of the Temple Mount.

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    Due to disagreements over the location of the area of the Holy Temple firbidden to be tread upon and, to a large extent, political and ideological factors, many Jews refrain from visiting the Temple Mount. Rabbi Richman’s video tour, filmed on the Mount in strict adherence with Jewish laws governing the ascent of Mt. Moriah in our time, has now been made available free of charge via the Internet in the hopes of providing all Jews with a connection to Judaism’s holiest site.

    The video gives a deep historical perspective on each part of the Temple Mount, beginning with an introduction regarding the various opinions as to where the Temple was located and which areas are permitted to visit today.

    “The idea is that we are motivated to get as close as we can to the holiest place on earth,” Rabbi Richman says, “to be seen by G-d, to be seen by the Jewish people and even to be seen by our enemies – to let them know we have not forgotten about our Holy Temple.”

    The Rabbi says he chose to take the simplest route, sticking to the outer perimeter of the mount added by King Herod when he expanded the platform. The video stylistically performs the approach to more controversial areas through the zoom lens. “We are not going to go as close as we can this morning,” Rabbi Richman explains on the video, “which is what I do when I bring someone here for the first time. On certain sides we can go much closer, but I do not want to give the wrong impression to any viewer who may become confident that he knows the permitted areas, comes here on his own and gets confused, entering a forbidden area.”

    Filmed in 2005, a heavy police presence is apparent, with members of Israel’s police, as well as the Muslim Wakf religious trust keeping close supervision to make sure Rabbi Richman or his compatriots to not utter a prayer. “This is the one place on earth where, as a Jew, I am actually obligated to pray,” Rabbi Richman explains. “And it is the one place, where according to modern Israeli law, I am forbidden, as a Jew, from praying. One sees here how fearful the Muslims are of the power of Jewish prayer.”

    In the part of the tour, the Rabbi expounds from an ancient Jewish text called the Tractate of Middot which is “the blueprint of the Temple.” He speaks about the Temple as though it were standing, painting a mental picture for the viewer and transporting them back in time to the Temple period, when on Jewish festivals Jewish pilgrims would flock en masse to the Mount.

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    ‘Superbugs,’ TB, Leprosy and Other Pestilences are Invading U.S.

    Monday, February 4th, 2008

    Americans have long taken the wonders of medical science for granted, watching as disease after disease has been conquered with antibiotics, vaccines, better nutrition and pharmaceutical “miracle drugs.” But today, the magic isn’t working … and something scary is happening.

    Thanks to self-destructive “alternative lifestyles,” out-of-control immigration, the overuse of antibiotics and other causes, long-“vanquished” illnesses are once again ravaging the U.S., puzzling scientists and terrifying millions of victims and their loved ones.

    That’s the explosive subject of the February edition of WND’s elite monthly Whistleblower magazine, titled “THE NEW PLAGUES.”

    Consider this:

  • The once-“conquered” scourge of tuberculosis has made a terrifying comeback, especially in America’s inner cities (the American Lung Association has called TB “out of control”), and drug-resistant TB accounts for more and more new cases. The reason? Record legal and illegal immigration levels. Indeed, the highest numbers of multi-drug-resistant TB cases are in New York, California, Texas and Florida – states with the highest populations of new immigrants.
  • Leprosy, the contagious skin disease evoking thoughts of biblical and medieval times, is now making its mark in the United States, and many believe the influx of illegal aliens is the main factor.
  • A new study reveals that homosexuals are much more likely to become infected with the dreaded “superbug” MRSA – methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus – than are heterosexuals. Some are even calling MRSA the “new HIV.” Although previous MRSA contagion has been confined primarily to hospitals, it is now being spread in major cities through homosexual contact. But since staph is also transmissible through non-sexual contact, the University of California researcher who headed up the study warns: “Once this reaches the general population, it will be truly unstoppable.”
  • Avian influenza – or “bird flu” – has caused such concern at the highest level of the U.S. government that in 2005, the Congressional Budget Office reported that a severe pandemic of avian flu hitting the U.S. would kill 2 million Americans and throw the country into a major recession.
  • Other diseases once virtually unknown in America, like Chagas disease and Dengue fever, are cropping up in southern border areas, while old and much-feared plagues like polio and malaria are also on the upswing.
  • Compounding all of this, the astronomical number of illegal aliens swarming into the United States is forcing the closure of dozens of hospitals, spreading previously vanquished diseases and threatening to destroy America’s prized health-care system.

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    Clinton says Income to be Garnished if Workers Refuse to Buy Health Insurance

    Monday, February 4th, 2008

    More socialist ideas from the “Woman who would be President”. These ideas are what you can expect her to pass into law if this country is silly enough to elect her president.

    Will Hillary Clinton as president tap into workers’ wages to achieve her goal of health insurance for all Americans?

    The possibility exists as the candidate was pressed on the matter during a television interview today.

    Speaking on ABC’s “This Week” program, the Democratic senator from New York said she might be willing to have wages garnisheed if people refuse to buy health insurance.

    “I think universal health care is a core Democratic value and a moral principle, and I’m absolutely gonna do everything I can to achieve that,” Clinton said. “I think there are a number of mechanisms” possible, including “going after people’s wages, automatic enrollment.”

    Host George Stephanapolous asked Clinton specifically about garnisheeing wages at least three times before she made the admission.

    “What we’ve got to do is have shared responsibility. Everybody has to pay something, but obviously on a sliding scale,” Clinton said. “I think you can automatically enroll people, and you will then say, ‘You’ve got to be part of this.'”

    “If you don’t start with universal health care, if you don’t say everybody’s going to be in the system, we’ll never get there,” she added.

    Clinton said such measures would apply only to workers who can afford coverage but refuse to purchase it, increasing the financial pressure on hospitals. She indicated her plan “will be affordable for everyone” because she’d limit premium payments “to a low percent of your income.”

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    Haredi Rabbis Call For Day of Prayer to Save Israel

    Monday, February 4th, 2008

    Continue to pray for Israel. They need our prayers so much, and as Christians, I believe that we have a responsibility to support and pray for the wellbeing of Israel.

    (IsraelNN.com) The hareidi-religious Council of Torah Sages in Israel and the United States has issued a call for a day of prayer and fasting this Tuesday in response to the threats facing the Jewish people.

    Addressed to “Our fellow Jews living in Eretz Yisroel (the Land of Israel) and to Jewish communities everywhere,” the proclamation continues:

    “The difficult situation of the Jewish community in Eretz Yisroel fills us with trepidation. Nobody knows what the new day will bring. In our sins, we see the fulfillment of the posuk [Biblical verse] “Behold Your enemies are in uproar and those who hate You have raised their heads. Against Your nation they deviously plot, and take counsel against those whom You protect.” Our eyes are lifted in prayer to the Creator, that all of the goings-on in the world turn out for the good.

    “From both within and without the crisis mounts. The danger threatens both body and soul. During these days, items are on agendas that could place entire populations of Jews into grave danger, G-d forbid – including those in the Holy City of Jerusalem. Further, there are constant attempts to undermine the foundations of pure education [Hareidi-religious education without secular studies –ed.] in Eretz Yisroel and to cause harm to the holiness of the Nation of Israel. Therefore it is incumbent on us to fortify ourselves with Torah, prayer and good deeds, to awaken the mercy of Heaven.

    “Dear brethren, awaken and inspire yourselves to pour out prayer before the Creator of the world, that He have pity and protect His nation from all who stand up against us, that He abolish the intentions of those who hate us and nullify the plots of our enemies, and that the eyes of the misguided be opened to the realization that their path is foolishness and they should leave Hashem’s nation to guard its path and faith, without hindrance or interference.

    We therefore call on members of Hashem’s holy nation in all the places they reside, men, women and children, to gather in tefilla [prayer] on Tuesday, Erev Rosh Chodesh Adar Rishon, 5768, to recite chapters of Psalms and the liturgy of Yom Kippur Koton [the traditional minor day of repentance on the eve of every new Jewish month –ed.].

    May Hashem hear our pleas, and turn His face to us so that we may be saved with a permanent salvation soon. And let us merit to see, quickly, the redemption of Yisroel, and gaze upon the building of the Beis HaMikdosh, quickly in our days, amen.

    The proclomation is signed by the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah (the hareidi-religious Council of Torah Sages), and the hareidi political parties Agudas Yisroel (Chassidic) and Degel HaTorah (“Flag of Torah”) – together the United Torah Judaism party. It was joined by the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah of America.

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