Sunday, January 30, 2011

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The Purpose Of Education

          Over the years, I have received criticism and ridicule from some of my fellow Christians, because I believe that in order to know your adversary you must study them.  If you are going to condemn something as being wrong for some reason, you must know what you are talking about.  This applies to both sides of any issue.  If you are unsure of what the other side is saying and how they reached their conclusions, you are fighting with one hand tied behind your back.  In my opinion, those who are against the teaching of creationism and the Bible in our schools, have done so based on emotion and lack of education (in some cases they are espousing an agenda and don’t feel the need for truth or are trying to hide the truth).  As Christians, we should always be ready to present the facts when we stand for our position.  For example, books like the Harry Potter series elevate principles that most Christians don’t think are advantageous for our children (such as witchcraft).  We should not condemn them, however, if we are going only by what we hear, rather than first hand knowledge such as reading them for yourself, before you let your children do so.  Furthermore, you wouldn’t have read much of the Koran to realize that it conflicts a great deal with the Bible, even though Mohammad said that both the Old and New Testaments were the word of God[1].  Facts are facts and truth is truth; if you don’t base your knowledge on truth and fact, you are subject to the whims of misinformation.  I know that it is not politically correct to indicate that there are bad people and bad ideas out there, but truth tells us when something or someone is wrong or even evil.

          I am not saying that everyone should have a Christian education (although many of our country’s founders did) because we are a multi-facetted and multi-cultural nation.  Denial, however, of the Christian principles and Bible foundation of our nation leaves our students with a serious breach in their education. Thus, they are at a disadvantage when dealing with the basis upon which the laws and statutes of our nation were established.  Supposedly, we want our children to be taught how to think for themselves.  How can we expect that result if vital information is withheld from them, and they are only given one side of an issue?  If, on the other hand, those presently in charge of our educational systems want the populous of the country to be ignorant of the facts in order to thwart the principles upon which we were founded, they have been successful in their quest.  As we all know, knowledge is power, and those who possess the true knowledge have an advantage over those who don’t.

          What is the purpose of education?  What were the Goals of the first schools set up in this country? 

          The two big issues in schools seem to be evolution vs. creation and the Bible.  Neither evolution nor creation can be proved so far by scientific study.  The evidence, however, is definitely falling into line more on the side of creation.  Even the name “Theory of Evolution” is wrong.  Dr. Karl Popper, regarded as one of the greatest philosophers of science of the 20th century, said that evolution is nothing more than a metaphysical research program.  That makes it less than a hypothesis and based more in faith than fact.  In scientific circles, there are certain criteria that establish whether something qualifies as a Hypothesis, a Theory or a Fact.  Set amounts of scientific fact (proof) have to be established before something can move from Hypothesis to Theory and then be established as fact.  The “Theory of Evolution” has never been elevated above the category of Hypothesis and still, therefore, remains just an idea.  The Bible is the oldest book available that documents the history of mankind.  Many have tried to disprove the Bible and thus far all have failed.  Since the Bible undoubtedly played such a large part in the lives of our founding fathers, and thus the founding of our country, shouldn’t it be included in the curriculum so that students would know the basis for the decisions of our founders?

          Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration of Independence, Surgeon General of the Continental army, ‘Father of American Medicine’, treasurer of the U.S. Mint, ‘Father of American Medicine’, treasurer of the United States mint, ratifier of the United States Constitution’ and ‘Father of Public Schools under the Constitution said; “The only means of establishing and perpetuating our republican forms of government is the universal education of our youth in the principles of Christianity by means of the Bible.

The great enemy of the salvation of man, in my opinion, never invented a more effective means of limiting Christianity from the world than by persuading mankind that it was improper to read the Bible in schools.”    “The greatest discoveries in science have been made by Christian philosophers and . . . there is the most knowledge in those countries where there is the most Christianity.” 

          These days we are told that science and religion don’t mix, and therefore religion shouldn’t be taught in our schools.  The truth is that the real founders of science would have something to say about that.

          The following list of scientists, and the scientific disciplines they invented, would have a lot to say about science mixing with religion, as they were all Bible believing Christians.  I have to thank the late Dr. D James Kennedy for saving me a lot of research in this area.

A poll of scientists concluded that Sir Isaac Newton was the greatest scientist that ever lived.

Francis Bacon was the inventor of the scientific method. 

Joseph Lister – Antiseptic Surgery

Louis Pasteur - bacteriology

Sir Isaac Newton – Calculus

Johann Kepler – Celestial Mechanics

Robert Boyle – Chemistry

Georges Cuvier – Comparative Anatomy

Charles Babbahe – Computer Science

Lord Rayleigh – Dimensional Analysis

Sir Isaac Newton – Dynamics

James Clark Maxwell – Electrodynamics

Michael Faraday – Electromagnetics

Ambrose Fleming – Electronics

Lord Kelvin – Energetics

Henri Fabre – Entomology of Living Insects

Michael Faraday – Field Theory

George Stokes – Fluid Mechanics

William Herschel – Galactic Astronomy

Robert Boyle – Gas Dynamics

Gregor Mendel – Genetics

Louis Agassiz – Glacial Geology

James Simpson – Gynecology

Leonardo Da Vinci – Hydraulics

Matthew Maury – Hydrography

Blaise Pascal –Hydrostatics

Louis Adassiz – Ichthyologl

William Ramsay – Isotropic Chemistry

Lord Rayleigh – Model Analysis

John Ray – Natural History

Bernhard Riemann – Non-Euclidean Geometry

Matthew Maury – Oceanography

David Brewster – Optical Mineralogy

John Woodward – Paleontology

Rudolph Vichow – Pathology

Johann Kepler – Physical Astronomy

James Joule - Reversible Thermodynamics

James Clark Maxwell – Statistical Thermodynamics

Nicholas Steno – Stratigraphy

Carolus Linnaeus – Systematic Biology

Lord Kelvin – Thermodynamics

Humphrey Davy – Thermokinetics

Georges Cuvier – Vertebrate Paleontology

These were all Christians who believed in creation and the Bible.

          In 1782, shortly after the nation was formed, the congress was instrumental in getting the first English language Bible, printed on American soil, published.  One of the main purposes for this Bible was for use in our schools.  It’s truly amazing how much better some people think they understand the Constitution than the people who wrote it.  Volumes were written by those founders in explanation of what they did and why they did it.  For some people, it’s a good thing, that today our children aren’t exposed to the true history of our nation.  If they were exposed to the truth, they might not be as easily misled about our nation and its Christian foundations.  It is my considered opinion that quite a bit of physical damage would be done to those responsible for the present deceptive practices if the founders were alive today.  Our founders were men of action.  You can only push people so far before the call to arms is heard.  Our founders fought a bitter and difficult war to establish what those with their own agendas are chipping away at today.  I am not calling for the taking up of arms as yet because we do have those weapons that were not available to the founders such as the vote, the right to assemble, freedom of speech and the right of redress.

           “There’s abundant evidence proving that the general principles of Christianity were indeed firmly embraced by the vast majority of our founding fathers and that those principles formed the foundation of American government.”[2]  Isn’t it about time we began a campaign to see to it that the schools teach the truth to our children?  They are, after all, our children; not the property of the state.  Did you know that you have the right to monitor your child’s classroom?  You also need to review your children’s textbooks for accuracy and omissions. 

          In a case in Philadelphia in 1844, where a city run school had banned the use of the Bible in teaching, the case went all the way to the Supreme Court.  In rendering their decision they said - “Why may not the Bible, and especially the New Testament…be read and taught as a Divine revelation in the school – it’s general precepts expounded…it’s evidences explained…and it’s glorious principles of morality inculcated?...Where can the purest principles of morality be learned so clearly or so perfectly as from the New Testament?”[3]  Today, the interpretation of the first amendment is pretty far removed from those in earlier times; when the people better understood its original intention.  Since the words church, separation and state do not appear in the first amendment, why would we ever apply them there?  Joseph Story, the Father of American Jurisprudence and Supreme Court justice said; “One of the beautiful boasts of our municipal jurisprudence is that Christianity is a part of the Common Law. There never has been a period in which the Common Law did not recognize Christianity as lying at its foundations.”

[1] Robert Morey, The Islamic Invasion 1992
[2] David Barton
[3] Joseph Story, 1844 unanimous supreme court decision

Friday, January 28, 2011

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End Times

          Whatever you want to call it: the end of the age, end of the dispensation, end of the world as we know it, end of time or the return of Christ, it all amounts to basically the same thing.  Our Lord Jesus is going to return, believe it or not, and it will be in the Fathers good time.  Time was set up by God for mans’ benefit.  God can live a day as a thousand years and a thousand years as a day.  As far as I can determine, the rapture will be in the year 2012, 2023, 2060 or any other date the Lord has thus decided.  We don’t know when, but the Holy Spirit does, and apparently the Bible does.  Based on the Biblical scholars I trust most, I am looking for 2012 because it is one generation (56 years[1]) that will not pass away after the Jews regained control of Jerusalem.  His will be done; not  mine.

          Many have postulated over the years as to whether there will be a rapture and if the rapture will be before, midway, or post tribulation.  I come down on the side of pre tribulation, although there are good arguments for all three.  As end time teacher and international director of ‘The Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship International’, Col. H Speed Wilson, used to say – “God made us over comers, not copper outers”.

          The mountain top experience is gratifying, but most often we miss the chance to use it as an opportunity to look into the valley below, where we may be headed in order to prepare for the future.  We are so involved, and often overwhelmed, by our daily existence that we fail to recognize the need to be connected to the higher power of God. But instead having “….an indifference to their spiritual need”.[2]  We ignore history, and are therefore destined to repeat it.  The days for correcting this mistake are drawing short.  We are often so absorbed in our daily lives that we hope tomorrow will take care of it self.  We are not to worry about tomorrow, but we are to prepare for it.

          The prophets of old predicted things to happen in the near future, knowing that they would be held accountable for absolute validity.  They also predicted things to happen in the future as far as thousands of years away.  They had to be accurate one hundred percent of the time or be subject to stoning.  Sometimes they were stoned just because people didn’t like the prophecy.  When the prophets were ignored, bad things happened.  When prophesies about Jesus were   ignored, His own people missed who He was.  When we, today, ignore prophesies that are being fulfilled, concerning what is happening all around us, we can’t be prepared for what will happen.  To be forewarned is to be fore armed. 

          Time after time throughout Biblical history a remnant of Israel has been saved from destruction.  Once more, the Lord will save a remnant of Israel (approximately one third) by His direct intercession in the ‘last days’.  The Israelite’s will come to recognize Jesus as Messiah and a third will be welcomed into the redemption of the Church.  It’s a shame that they have to go all the way to the battle of Armageddon before this happens. 

          Despite their animus to the contrary, the godless nations of the earth are playing into the hands, of prophesies contained in the Bible.  “A dictator does not trust his rule from upon people from the top down, without provocation.  His tyranny is end direct result of chaos in the society that results in his rise to despotic power.  The dictionary defines him as a person who seizes the authority over a nation as the result of an emergency.  Hitler saw himself as a hero, a savior, a strong man needed by weak underlings---a ’great leader’ who could guide the Germans to heights of glory, according to his standards.  He believed he was above the moral standards of ordinary man.  Consequently, he surrounded himself with shady characters of every type.  As long as they were useful to him this motley bunch if criminals and sadists were part of the ruling strength of Hitler’s inner circle.”[3]  Does this seem in any way familiar to what is happening in the world today?

          “Let him who has ears, let him hear.  Let him who has eyes, let him see.”  The details surrounding what I am saying here have been well researched and documented by many authors[4].  I feel no compulsion to extend the length of this writing by duplicating what has already been established.  Do not take what I say as gospel (test every spirit[5]).  Study for yourself.  All of the sources I use in my preparations are readily available to everyone.  This does, however, take some effort on your part. 

          The mood of many of the church leaders today can best be described by a line used in a TV commercial – “Da boys is Fractious”.  Apparently there is no rule that you have to be a ‘Born Again Christian’ in order to be credentialed as a pastor of some churches.  English teachers have to know the language, math teachers need to know math, geography teachers need to know the world; shouldn’t a pastor know God?  How can you teach others about Christ and bring others to Him if you don’t know Him?  The Bible says that many will come in His name and would not know Him.

           The basic fundamentals of the Christian Church (the body of Christ) are the virgin birth, the deity of Jesus, God is the creator of the heavens and the earth, the Bible is the inspired word of God, you must be born again, the Holy Spirit indwells the believer, the return of the Lord is eminent, Jesus was resurrected from the dead, Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father, having paid for our sins, Christ is the only redeemer and the only path to heaven. 

          I can only refer to those who are left behind after the rapture as unfortunate.  Can you imagine the despair you would feel if you missed out and afterward realized the truth? 

          The Church age will end when the last person who is predestined to be saved comes to the Lord.  It would be nice to know his name so we can keep an eye on him.  Is it you?  You don’t want to take the chance that it might not be you.  The time to accept the Lord’s gift is now.  Put it off at your own peril.  There will be people saved during the seven years of the tribulation period, so you may have one more chance.  Probably the closest thing I can think of that relates to their situation during that time would be the underground church in Russia during the USSR years.

          “The World Council of Churches (WCC) is a worldwide fellowship of 349 global, regional and sub-regional, national and local churches seeking unity, a common witness and Christian service.[1] It is a Christian ecumenical organization that is based in the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, Switzerland.[2] The fellowship includes denominations collectively representing a Christian population of some 590 million people in nearly 150 countries in all regions of the world, over 520,000 local congregations served by some 493,000 pastors and priests, in addition to elders, teachers, members of parish councils and others throughout more than 120 countries.”[6]  What a great organization to be used by the One World Leader to set up the One World Religion.  I wonder who it was that came up with the false teachings about collective salvation and the Jews being replaced in God’s heart by the Christian church.

          “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.”[7]  When we physically die, our bodies go to dust to await the great resurrection while our souls go to be with the Lord.  The Bible tells us that in the Day of Judgment, Christ will return with the Saints.  We must already be with Him in order to return with Him.  Score one for the pre tribulation bunch. 

Since each believer in indwelled by the Holy Spirit, the antichrist can’t take over until the Church (otherwise known as the restrainer) is removed from the earth.  This won’t happen until the rapture of the Church. 

          The entire “Church” will not be saved from the tribulation.  The lukewarm “Church”; those professing to be Christian but are not ‘Born Again’ will be vomited from His mouth[8].  They will, however, have the best chance to be saved from the final judgment because they are already involved in the apparatus of truth (The Church) which has the availability of the church teachings that they formerly had not accepted.   Some will come to know the truth simply because they will have seen the rapture and will come to realize that the scriptures are true.

          When the question of what happens to you when you die is looked at, we must set religion aside.  There is no religion in the history of the world that can get you into heaven.  Acceptance of Jesus as your Lord and Savior is the only way to get into heaven.  Christianity is not a religion; it is a personal relationship with the Christ.  Religions are those things established by men to bind themselves together in their belief systems.

          It is my theory that all of us who make it to heaven will appear to be the equivalent of 30 years old.  This seems to be the age of maturity indicated in the Bible.  It was the age of Jesus when he started His ministry.  It is the age, that in the 60’s, the hippies said you couldn’t trust anyone after.  I would think that God would want us to be mature in heaven: not immature children or decrepit old folks.

          The bare bones of what is going to happen are as follows – Jesus will come in the clouds and remove all of His flock.  The false prophet and the Beast (the Antichrist) will essentially take over the control of the world promising peace and prosperity to all.  That is, all who will be willing to worship the Beast as god; woe to those who won’t.  The technology is already in place to track and keep track of everyone in the world.  No commerce will take place without his authority.  You won’t be able to buy or sell or even be employed without their control.  All these things will be established for ‘your good’.  If you go along with the program things will seem to go well for three and one half years.  The next three and one half years will, in many ways be filled with abominations which build up to the final confrontation known a Armageddon.  All life on earth would be exterminated if the Lord didn’t interfere. Jesus will return to the earth this time to set up His thousand year reign.

          I fully realize that this writing will be poo pooed by many.  I am writing it therefore, for the ones who will take it to heart and will be inspired to study these things for themselves.   Then; go you therefore into all the earth with the good news of our Savior; Jesus, the Christ. 

[1] Jack Van Impe
[2] Hal Lindsey
[3] Hal Lindsey 1970 ‘The Late Great Planet Earth’
[4] Jack Van Inpe, Hal Lindsey, David Jeremiah, Grant Jeffrey, D. James Kennedy, Col. H Speed Wilson USMC Ret., Jack Hayford, John Hagee, James Merritt and many more
[5] 2 Peter 2:1, 1 John 4:1
[6] Wikipedia
[7] 1 Corinthians 5:8
[8] Revelation 3:16