Science vs. Christianity

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I have come to the conclusion that science is compatible with God unless you have a deliberate philosophical agenda that is based on emotions against either one.  It is possible to use philosophical atheist inspired double talk or rigid religious dogma to shut down any reasonable discussion of compatibility between God and science.  I have seen obvious weakness on both sides in that type of debate.  Ignorance of anything is never a pretty sight but combining it with a closed mind is just down right ugly.

I have talked to rabid atheists and rigid thinking Christians.  Neither type of person impresses me a lot.  Discussions between these types of people always degenerate into name calling and insults.  No meaningful dialog is possible under these conditions.

Personally I have faith in Jesus and I think that science is  a useful tool for humanity to improve its understanding of the multiverse and its own condition.  Science has the danger that it can be used in an amoral manner such as when the Nazis experimented on people.  True Christianity with faith in Jesus would prevent anyone from allowing science to degenerate to that type of evil.  Blind science by itself has proven by history that it can’t distinguish the difference between good and evil.  Degenerate forms of Christianity have been equally bad at determining what is the right thing to do in the past but these can be avoided by following the words of Jesus carefully.

We need to be sure that we have faith in the right thing so that our scientific discoveries are not used for evil philosophical purposes.  I have always favored a practical approach to any situation provided one is possible for me.  I consider debating an angry atheist or a narrow dogmatic Christian a general waste of my time even though I have to admit that I found it mildly entertaining in the past.  I don’t like debating anyone for any reason at this time in my life.  My time on this earth is limited and I can think of better things to do than engage in debate with a close minded person.  Prayer for these types of people is the only reasonable response of anyone with faith in Jesus.

 

 

 

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Should Trump be removed from office using the 25th amendment?

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My Grandfather

Should Trump be removed from office using the 25th amendment?

Quote from a portion of the Constitution of the United States:

“Section 4. Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President……”

President Trump was fairly elected by the laws and people of the United States.  Unfortunately his manners do not seem to have the same smooth political tact as past presidents.  His opponents are trying to use his rough edges to have him declared mentally unfit to be president and remove him. I don’t like his twitter activity because it is petty and demeans the presidency but I do agree with some of his presidential actions such as cleaning up the VA, appointing Mad Dog Mattis Secretary of Defense,  appointing conservative justices and taking military action against terrorism.

Unless President Trump commits an illegal action or is truly unable to discharge the functions of his office he should not be removed from office in my opinion.  The accusation of mental illness is the modern equivalent of leprosy.  The accused person becomes a leper that no one wants to associate with because no one wants the taint of mental illness to rub off on them.  It is an easy slur to throw around by mental health professionals with their own political agenda.  It is even easier for politicians and left wing reporters without any medical experience to smear someone with innuendo of this nature.  It would set a dangerous precedent for future Presidents to remove Trump without clear medical evidence that he has some diagnosis of mental illness severe enough to prevent him from doing his job.

I think Mike Pence would make a better President than Trump but the people of the United States elected Trump.  The liberals should just get over it and hope they can win the next election instead of trying to destroy our representative democracy.  Christians should pray for Trump that God would guide his actions and that he would stop demeaning the office.  Personally I think most politicians are unacceptable candidates to lead our country and the Trump presidency at least provides a little entertainment for me.  I must confess my fault that I enjoy watching liberals explode with their own righteous anger at Trump’s latest escapade.

 

 

 

Limits on the Bible

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My Grandfather and Father

Someone requested that I write a post on what Jesus says about homosexuality, abortion and evolution.  The person dislikes the position that conservative evangelicals generally take on these issues and wants to prove that Jesus didn’t talk directly about these issues himself so they are being blown out of proportion today by Christians.  Of course, he doesn’t believe that any of the Bible is God’s Word but he was insistent that any position on these issues be supported only by direct words from Jesus.

Please pray for this person that he would come to know Jesus as his personal Savior from his sins.  It is written that “Faith can move mountains”.

Jesus said “For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass away, not one jot or one tittle shall in any wise pass from the law till all be fulfilled.”  This statement by Jesus validates the entire Bible as accurate. It is impossible to limit Jesus to simply the words he spoke while on earth because God is not finite. The entire Bible must be taken in context and compared against itself.  You can’t limit the Bible to one isolated section and achieve the results God intended for you.  There are differences of interpretation among various Christian groups on some aspects of the Bible but that is because humans are finite.

Homosexuality and abortion (except to save the mother’s life) are sins that can be forgiven like any other sin.  Jesus said “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

Evolution is a scientific hypothesis that can’t be reproduced in a controlled manner by scientists and therefore lacks credibility in my view.  Limited evolution that does not change the type of creature can be observed in nature however this does not confirm that life arose spontaneously from nonliving matter. The Bible says :

“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.”

 

 

Christian Theology Should Control Politics in America?

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My Grandparents

I think it should control politics for pragmatic reasons.  North Korea is a perfect example of what happens when Christian theology has no control of a country’s politics.  The leadership of North Korea is afraid of Christianity because it represents a danger to the ruling elites control of that country.  Christians are routinely murdered for their religion in North Korea.  The former Soviet Union had similar deficiencies and this type of cruel repression seems common in countries guided by atheistic human centered philosophy.  Some misguided liberal atheists in the United States that I have talked with want to eliminate any input from Christian  theology in American politics. They believe that Christians should keep their Christianity in the closet and let them decide how to run the country.  The end result of this pattern would be similar to the old Soviet Union in my opinion.

Christian theology played a pivotal role in the early development of United States government and laws because the vast bulk of the people living here were Christians and most of the founding fathers had a strong Christian influence.  There was no state religion established and minority non-Christian religions were given more protection than in most european countries of the time.   Evils contrary to Christian theology such as slavery and persecution of minorities existed and to a lesser extent still exist today which is another practical reason for Christians to influence politics based on their beliefs.

On a personal level, I don’t want to be killed for my faith when there are ways to prevent it from happening.  Christians should make the attempt to interject their faith in our politics whenever possible to avoid groups similar to Nazi’s, Atheistic Communists, Boko Haram and ISIS from undermining our public institutions such as government.  Just because you think it will never happen in the United States of America doesn’t mean it won’t happen.  Some day it may be necessary to die on the spot if you say you are a Christian in the USA.  People said that Trump would never be chosen as the nominee of the Republican party. Guess what?  It happened.

If Christians follow the words of Jesus they can only have a positive effect on our country’s government and its adherence to good morals and ethics.