Splinters of Silver brings the newspaper in, but its all wet:

According to the Dallas Morning News, “An atheist couple whose children attend a Carrollton-Farmers Branch elementary school have filed a complaint in federal district court arguing that the state’s mandated moment of silence in public schools is unconstitutional.”

What I find most interesting is, atheists claim they do not believe God exist and do not believe prayer does a single thing, then why such a fight against a moment of silence whereby the student is free to ponder any thoughts they seem right in their own eyes?

The solution to such ridiculousness is easy to solve if parents really cared enough to do so. The fact is they do not care about their children. The answer to fighting such silliness  and similar conflicts such as school prayer lies in another story about one school’s threat to jail parents if they don’t get their kids immunized.

“AAPS (Association of American Physicians and Surgeons) also pointed out a blatant conflict of interest, highlighting the fact that the school district is set to lose a windfall in state funding unless students comply with the vaccine order.”

The schools get money for each kid it incarcerates. No kids, no money. If each parent would pull their kid out, then the government would have two choices. Either allow prayer and whatever else or show their true colors and use force to bring the kids into the detention centers. Either way, we win.

Making Pastors Responsible

January 9, 2008

Should Christians support a church that supports abortion? Should Christians support murder? Should Christians support forced charity and slavery through high taxation?

I’m firmly believe that tithing for New Testament Christians is not biblical. I am also against to all forms of forced charity, that is, anytime money is taken from one person through taxation or any other means in order to give to it someone else who is deemed less fortunate .

Now, here is where this should upset pastors in particular. I’m going to start cutting back (perhaps altogether) my monetary donations to church if my pastor and those in leadership refuse to support presidential and local candidates who would not lower taxes or even better, abolish them altogether. A vote Romney, Obama, Huckabee, Clinto, Guiliani, Thompson or any of the others excepting Ron Paul will be considered a vote FOR taxation.

It’s simple, if the government wasn’t forcing me to give, then I would have more to give to those people and causes which I support.

Now, saying that pastors are not responsible for teaching the tenements of freedom is not acceptable. They absolutely are! Where do we suppose these freedoms we enjoyed in the past came from? They are all based on the principles espoused in the New Testament, which were taught by pastors at the beginning of the American Revolution.

The choice is simple. We need to make pastors responsible for what they are teaching and whom they are supporting. If they refuse to see reason and do the research than they are not deserving of their position. It all comes down to see this, if they don’t see how taxation and forced charity is slavery, then how can they truly understand the freedom that Christ taught?

The Wheel of Fortune

January 3, 2008

Povertarians reach point at everyone else with their gold, bony fingers:

“The Archbishop of Canterbury told the faithful on Christmas Day that unless human beings abandon our greed, we will be responsible for the death of the planet.

Hmm. I’m not sure that I can take a lecture on greed from a man who heads one of the western world’s richest institutions. As we huddle under a patio heater to stay warm while having a cigarette in the rain, his bishops are living in palatial splendour with banqueting halls, wondering where to invest the next billion.”

As the world economy faces the coming economic downturn I expected that the church aristocracy would begin to preach poverty, but I hadn’t expected them to use the environment to make their point.

Of course, this is nothing new. We can expect that priests and preachers will begin to start lecturing us on how poor Jesus was, instead of the rich man he was supposed to be during the Prosperity give-us-a-hundred-so-that-God-will-give-you-a-thousand trend.

AI in the Bible

December 17, 2007

This guy is either reading into certain Biblical passages way to much or is on to something:

The true meaning of the churches will come as a shock to many, especially to members of  the scientific community. As incredible as it may sound,  the message of the seven churches is a symbolic description of the principles that govern the operation of the brain! Each church represents a major cell assembly or subnetwork in the central nervous system, each with its own unique function and operating principle. The following table lists the corresponding function and cell assembly (or network) of each church

He’s also got something to say about Darwin as well:

Darwinian evolution is by necessity a blind incremental process. In other words, it does not anticipate. Most intelligence researchers (e.g., Rodney Brooks, director of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab) base their work on evolutionarily plausible scenarios. In their view, intelligence evolved gradually over the years as new behaviors are built on top of previously evolved behaviors (this is the basis (PDF] of Brooks’ subsumption architecture). The end result, we are told, is that the more recent members of a species are smarter than their ancestors. But this overlooks an important consideration. Humans are born with almost no behavioral skills.

This is the kind of thinking I like: don’t presume that those before you were correct, use current knowledge in order to re-look at what we thought we knew, and just plain think outside the box.

I attend what is known in the Pentecostal movement as a “liberal” church, by which I mean that the stricter preaching against women cutting their hair, wearing make-up, men wearing short sleeves, and speaking in tongues are almost non-existent. One would think that given its receptive nature to all people that attendance would be on its way up and not down, where it is currently headed. In fact, I would say that we are doing everything that every book and program on church growth says we should do, yet instead of church growth we are facing church decline. This is especially strange considering that our church’s median age is about 30 (its not like our members are dying off).

The answer lies in the economic laws of competition. A church attendee brings with them two things: money and family. The money goes to the church in order to provide for the needs of the family.
Imagine that a certain city has two churches, A and B. They both believe, preach, and teach the same ideas. When the attendee weighs the pros and cons of each church he will make his decision based on which church offers the most for his money.

However, if church A and B do not teach and preach the same ideas, then the attendee will choose the church which shares most closely what he believes. Some subjects are more important than others. For example, a Trinitarian will find it hard to attend a Oneness church and vice versa.

In our case, we don’t preach much differently than the rest of the area churches and can’t compete with what they offer materially. Hence, we are losing more than we are gaining.

Ideas and beliefs are what define our identity in a community. We use those beliefs to separate ourselves into groups in that community. If those beliefs no longer matter, then there is no reason why people will not randomly switch groups based on something as simple as which minister preaches better than the other one.

For a church to sustain members and gain new ones it must teach doctrines which separate it from all others in order to instill in each member the sense of being different and in those differences form a community.

Go down flipping

October 31, 2007

“Patty Patty Buke Buke” takes a hard look at modern science:

Sad. Why, with all his honors, prestige and security, did Dr. Watson feel the necessity to apologize for what he wrote, said and believes? Why did he not play the man by flipping off the censors? If they were going to take away his chancellorship, why not go down fighting? In the England of Henry VIII, heretics were beheaded and their heads put on spikes. Many men, like Thomas More, did not recant.

From the time of Tiberius to the 17th century, men gave up their lives rather than renounce a belief in God. Others gave up their lives rather than renounce a disbelief in the Church. Why could Watson not stand up for his disbelief in the ideological myth of the inherent equality of all men, cultures, creeds and civilizations?

Atheists are unable to understand that they have no reason to stand for truth. In terms of individual survival, it is quite acceptable to lie – even when one knows the truth in order to maintain position or increase it just as Watson attempted to do.

If the man had any guts he should have made it known that he would continue the tour even if it was only on the street corner. It is quite possible that a great many people would show. If they did, then the media would quit gawking and remove themselves, for they too know nothing of truth.

As for whether he is right or wrong, even children can tell that we are not all made equal. Something scientists are too scared to admit.

A Good Name

October 30, 2007

Proverbs 22:1
A good name is to be more desired than great wealth, Favor is better than silver and gold.

Those who call themselves Christians have once again tarnished the name of Christ by supporting endless war. Rather than support evil, they should have walked from the “lesser” of the two choices.

Conservative Christian writer Gary North estimates the number of Armageddonites at about 20 million. Many of them have an ecstatic belief in the cleansing power of apocalyptic violence. They are among the more than 30% of Americans who believe that the world is soon coming to an end. Armageddonites may be a minority of the evangelicals, but they have vocal leaders and control 2,000 mostly fundamentalist religious radio stations.

Based on this Biblical interpretation, the Armageddonites vehemently argue that America must protect Israel and encourage its settlements on the West Bank in order to help God fulfill His plans. The return of Jews to Palestine is central to the prophetic vision of the Armageddonites, who see it as a critical step toward the final battle, Armageddon, and the victory of the righteous over Satan’s minions. There are a couple internal inconsistencies with this prophecy, such as the presence of Christians already living in the Holy Land and the role of Jews in the final dispensation. In the first case, Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and other Religious Right leaders tried to pretend that Christians already in the Holy Land simply didn’t exist. As for Jews, they needed to become “born again” Christians to avoid God’s wrath (or, according to some Armageddonites, a separate Jewish covenant with God will gain them a separate Paradise).

Christian support for war should never given lightly. If it is God’s plan that war take place over the world, then we can neither help or delay it.

I believe that history will look on us with the same disdain that we judge the European wars 3 centuries ago. Sure, they may not have been Christian wars, but Christians supported them and allowed them to happen.

Blow’em up

October 15, 2007

While I won’t stop playing violent video games he does have a point about using it to reach Sinnahs.

While I am personally okay with contemporary worship, I have recently gotten concerned about the church becoming too relevant, too seeker-friendly and too much like the secular world.

Mr. Proctor discusses some of the more outlandish ways churches are recruiting new people nowadays. The one that caught my eye was a church here in Metro Denver that I have attended on and off for several years. He refers to a New York Times article on the use of this Halo game to attract teenagers.

I watched a few Halo videos on YouTube. This is violent stuff! What is it doing in church? Christians are famous for crusading against excessive sex and violence in entertainment. They remind us time and again that life imitates art. (After Columbine — 10 miles from Colorado Community Church — much was made of the killers’ penchant for violent video games.) However, if violent material gets kids into church, who cares?

1 Cor 9:22
To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some.

Which is why I now frequent strip clubs in order to win those young and misunderstood ladies…At some point we need to ask ourselves how far is too far. I’m not in the least bit surprised though. Its all part of the trend to raise attendance, build that church, and increasing the incoming funds so we can – um – reach more people to increase the incoming funds.

My pastor keeps telling my wife that he’s glad that she’ll be finished with college soon because finally someone in the family believes in tithing. I’ve taught my wife too well and she kindly reminds him that she must obey her husband.

Can this husband retain his role as Priest Daddy or will his pastor reign supreme. Tune in…