Big Government and Teenagers

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.” Thanks to government meddling, however, many teenagers haven’t had the chance to prove themselves in even the smallest jobs.

Despite claims that youngsters of the 21st century are lacking in work ethic and self-motivation, that they are inferior to their predecessors is thus far highly debatable; what is certain, however, is that federal restrictions (child labor laws, the minimum wage, and twelve-year compulsory school attendance) make it exceedingly difficult for teenagers to launch a career, get a starter job, or become an entrepreneur. The effects of Washington’s arbitrary redistribution and intervention fall disproportionately on young adults—allegedly for whose sake many of these harmful regulations were put in place.

Child Labor Laws

Perhaps the most blatantly age-discriminatory interventionist contrivances are “child” labor laws. A teen’s primetime for an after-school job might be in his freshman or sophomore years, when school load is lighter yet he is mature enough to function well and gain practical experience in workplace situations. Yet until age eighteen work hours, schedules, breaks, fields, occupations, roles, and more are micromanaged. A great deal of teenagers anticipate their sixteenth or seventeenth birthdays, when some of the restrictions are relaxed, only to realize when they reach those milestones that they no longer have time for part-time work.

An unnecessary fixture in a developed economy and a harmful one in an undeveloped counterpart, child labor laws limit modern teenagers’ ability to test the flavors and atmospheres of occupations, assess their potential performance in a given field, gain important workplace experience, and earn extra money.

Minimum Wage Laws

Combine this with the minimum wage, the price-fixing of labor that unskilled workers either love or hate, and teenagers have a real problem.

Teens are almost always unskilled and inexperienced, sometimes lack maturity, typically have little practical knowledge, and no matter what job they can get, they probably need training. Employing teenagers is costly. Coercive government-mandated increases in the price of a good or service always result in surpluses of the aforementioned goods or services, and wage rates are no exception. Price-fixing negates or damages the mutually beneficial status of an exchange, and in this scenario it makes teenagers (and other low-skill laborers) very unattractive employees for their legally required per-hour prices.

The Twelve-Year Sentence

If by some miracle or black magic a school-age teenager trumps child labor laws and minimum wage price-fixing and worms his way into a meaningful job he enjoys (i.e., likely not fast food), he has another problem: compulsory school attendance. Schedules are not flexible, hours are long, and there are few alternatives.

The one-size-fits-all, federal-driven public schools require credits for all students that may or may not have anything to do with a student’s career choice or interests; these classes often include theater, music, art appreciation, P.E., or a whole slough of social sciences biased toward totalitarianism. Homeschooling and private schooling are legally permissible options: however, in the very probable case that resources are limited or prices are high (thanks to government control of education markets,) these are impossible.

Cut the Regulations.

Without federal coercion, the teen years could be more productive, enlightening, involving, and growth-centered. Instead, teenagers are viewed as problematic adolescents that cannot do much of anything for themselves; and while this is a cultural and governmental phenomenon, state intervention uses legal force to help perpetuate the myth that teenagers can be little more than internet addicts or thick-skulled sports aficionados.

Even if 21st-century teenagers are or will be “worthless bums” who refuse to start their adult lives until age 29, Washington’s overwhelming initiative-choking benevolence is making it harder and harder for teens and young adults to transcend their unflattering societal reputations and launch a successful career. In the end, the answer lies not in cutting back on these detrimental laws but in abolishing altogether the system that created them.

Praepositus: Woe Unto Ye Unregulated Peoples

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Central planning is often criticized and blamed for all manner of preposterous disturbances. But in reality, the world would be a harrowing place without a logical framework to keep people safe and in check.

Let me point out one all-important truth: you are all idiots. In your defense, this idiocy is an inherent characteristic of the human race. To err is human, as the saying goes, and without the faithful work of your heroes in D.C., you would be committing a great deal more errors, very serious and grave mistakes that would destroy our republic. There is a tradeoff to be made—either there is a world with order, or there is a world with unregulated cauliflower that comes nowhere close to code.

Imagine a world where electrical outlets are too close together.

Imagine a world in which light bulbs were not governed by thousands of pages of parameters and restrictions.

Think of the horror of a rising up of thousands, nay, millions of small businesses that do not conform to fire codes or observe their duty as taxpaying institutions.

Can you comprehend the atrocity of children harassing you and threatening your life with lemonade stands? Take a few moments to truly ponder what a world such as this one would become.

Imagine our nation’s healthy film and entertainment industry disintegrating after the removal of FBI copyright warnings shown before every movie.

Consider the potential death toll—the disgusting effects—of allowing the raw milk and unpasteurized cheese markets to thrive.

Imagine the implications of toothbrushes and Barbie dolls with environmentally questionable plastics. Imagine your dogs and cats and livestock, eating cheap food that had never undergone FDA testing. Imagine your mattress as a fluffy fire hazard of doom.

Woe unto ye unregulated peoples, for ordinary humans are inaccurate, sloppy, and prone to error in everything that they do. They have something like the opposite of the Midas touch. They need a flawless, shining example to step in and do what they are simply incapable of doing for their own benefit. And that is what the selfless individuals in Washington, working for the safety and convenience of the American people, have taken upon themselves to do.

As it is now, even with the most sensible of precautions, things like housing bubbles and student debt crises continue to proceed on a collision course with the American economy; the dedicated force in our capitol is too small in numbers—they are stretched too thin—to ever stop these disasters. The only solution is to add to their ranks, so they can solve the few minute problems (like mass inflation and debt crises) with the glorious system they have devised.

Think again before you criticize the central planners that you so rudely dismiss, because the world would be a dangerous, unlivable place without them.
~ Praepositus

Teatime in Narnia: How to Make a Tumnus-Style Tea

Narnia LWW 47“And it really was a wonderful tea. There was a nice brown egg, lightly boiled for each of them, and then sardines on toast, and then buttered toast, and then toast with honey, and then a sugar-topped cake.”  ~ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, page 15.

Every true-blooded Narnian likes a good tea, just like every decent hobbit likes a second breakfast. Mr. Tumnus, one of the noblest of fauns, is a delightful teatime host and a fabulous cook, if I do say so myself. And so, I have procured from the archives at Cair Paravel the recipe that tantalizes taste buds throughout all of Narnia: Mr. Tumnus’ all-around enchanting Sugar-Topped cake.

Without further ado, here is the Magic recipe to get you started on your own Narnian tea:

Actually, no. You need more ado — here are some pictures to document the glorious deliciousness of Narnia cuisine.

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A Narnian tea for two, with tea (though I shouldn’t wonder if you hadn’t already guessed that), sardines, apples, sugar-crusted lemons, soft-boiled eggs, candied orange peel, toast with honey and butter, and — this is the most important — Mr. Tumnus’ enchantingly delicious Sugar-Topped Cake.

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Mr. Tumnus’ cave was not likely so well-lit, but at least the furnishings would have been fairly similar: books, a map of Narnia, apples from Calormen, and the Magic cake — the recipe for which had been handed down from faun to faun for generations, and now rests in the archives at Cair Paravel.

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The food is positively scrumptious here in Narnia; it is completely befuddling that more tourists haven’t arrived to experience it all.

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But, in the end, you’ve really only come here for a cake recipe. So let’s get down to it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As seen in the pictures above:
Toast (and butter, and sardines)
Tea, sugar, and cream
Lightly boiled brown eggs
Lemon slices
Apples
Candied orange peels
Sugar-topped cake, Tumnus style

The recipe used for this cake came from The Narnia Cookbook (which means it really came straight from the archives at Cair Paravel). Please note that this recipe only makes one 8″ x 8″ cake layer, and if you desire more, double it.

Sugar-Topped Cake

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) butter
3/4 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 cup raisins, chopped
1/2 cup currants
1/4 cup candied orange peel, chopped fine
1/4 cup blanched almonds
1/4 cup candied cherries (optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease an 8″ x 2″ round pan, and line the bottom with a circle of parchment paper or waxed paper.
2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
3. With an electric mixer or by hand, cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
4. Add the flour mixture to the butter and sugar alternately with the milk, beating just until mixed.
5. Fold in the fruit and nuts.
6. Pour the batter into the greased pan.
7. Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes. Remove to a rack and cool completely. Remove the cake from the pan, and frost with sugar cake frosting. Decorate with candied cherries if desired.

 

Icing:

1 cup butter
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons vanilla.

Some Helpful Suggestions From Your Humble Servant, the Narnian (Well, again, that isn’t quite true, because I’m royalty. You get the picture.)

The icing recipe can be doubled or tripled, depending on how large of a Magic sugar coma you’d like to get yourself into — and as far as I’m concerned, the more cherries there are on top, the better it is.

Serve with some soothing Magic flute music, and don’t try the Turkish delight. It doesn’t end very well most of the time.

 

References: The Narnia Cookbook, Douglas Gresham and Pauline Baynes
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C. S. Lewis

Two Flavors of Tyranny

 

red and blueIn American politics, there are two angles on any given issue: the Republican side and the Democrat side. Any dissenting or differing opinions are bottled up and shoved into one of the above categories, because as conventional wisdom would have it, either an idea is red or it is blue; either one thinks red bad, or one thinks blue bad. Those who disagree with both factions are quickly dismissed as socialist quacks or libertarian-leaning internet trolls.

However, one need not be a collectivist crusader or an anarcho-capitalist to notice that the two major parties bear only internal relevance. When viewed away from the American political context, the parties, it becomes evident, squabble over details, yet agree on major points; and although they fall on two sides of the so-called left-right spectrum, both of them assume big government and rely on its existence for debates to endure between them. In the end, the choice between Democrat and Republican is a choice between two flavors of tyranny.

Their one discrepancy begins with the thing that very few people are aware that they possess—namely, political worldview. Republicans and Democrats use the same means (in slightly varying amounts) to achieve radically different visions of national greatness. Republicans seek military strength and material prosperity for all, and Democrats are purportedly working towards ultimate social justice and safety for the masses; this roughly sumps up the distinction between the goals of fascism and socialism. The ends are at odds, but the means are identical.

Fascist and socialist states are related by blood, and telling them apart at a glance is often a challenge: both of them sport secret police forces, enormous militaries, starving populations, central economic planning, drastic shortages and surpluses because of that economic planning, relentless propaganda, mass executions of political opponents, usually a uniting prejudice against a race or culture, programs to indoctrinate youth, a disgusting disregard for the sanctity of life, party-worship and personality cults centering around leaders, uncontrollable inflation and draconian monetary restrictions, burdensome restrictions on the populace, and the list could go on for a while yet.

Interestingly enough, nearly every disagreement between the Republicans and the Democrats is a debate on the workings and minor details of running a preexisting mammoth-sized government.

In the realm of gun control, Republicans cling to licensing and background checks, while Democrats prefer to expunge all firearms from the population, ban all pointy objects, and regulate all choking hazards. Democrats wish to socialize healthcare entirely; Republicans only want to socialize it a bit. Republicans hope to “reform” public schools by decentralizing and cutting off a smidge of funding, and Democrats want to “reform” schools by expanding and throwing extra money at school districts everywhere.

The two parties are not opposites in any of these scenarios; indeed, they are merely on discriminable points of the tyranny gradient. One kind of tyranny is not distinguishable from another, and far left and far right are simply dissimilar names for the same brand of oppression.

The United States’ two dominating parties pretend to disagree on every issue that they can find to discuss, but—in reality—they only disagree on one issue: in what areas, to which degree, and for what purpose can the government control citizens?

Truth be told, ideas are not red or blue: they are good or bad. Both parties have stunning amounts of proposals that fit into the latter classification, and both parties present a type of tyranny that we should be unwilling to accept.

What’s up with Macbeth?

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But really, how much trouble can a pirate be?

I didn’t know we’d run into weird stuff in Theater Kids this year. Sure, the plays can have some weird humor, but they’d been funny and clean as far as I could tell. Last year we did a western. This year we would do Pirates and Mermaids. It sounded fun. The only things I were concerned about were avoiding a mermaid role and getting a part.

I definitely didn’t think I’d run into a kid playing with the occult or another one with some superstitious thing against Macbeth. I made a friend, and had a friend who acted with me. We shared laughs and memories. I accidentally was bit by Dora, but that was more of my fault than hers. (I really shouldn’t march around the stage when there are people behind me)

While I could talk about a thousand things about Theater Kids, I might as well mention Macbeth. I’ve been studying it, and I think I know what’s up. First, some context. Here we go. One of the actors, who will not be named (Let’s call him Jake) was a little over-friendly to girls. I don’t know if he’s just getting over teenagerness, or if he is a flirt, but anyway, he was there.

As I was saying, this boy was in the show. Right before the dress rehearsal, when everyone was going “Break a Leg!” and all that stuff, he said to us “I know the bad-luck word for theater. Do you want me to say it?”

Adam and I glanced at each other. “What does it matter?” My brother asked. “Luck doesn’t exist.”

“Yes it does.” The boy insisted. “If you say Macbeth before a play, you’ll jinx it.”

“Oh brother.” I said. “Macbeth is just a play by Shakespeare. What would that have to do with luck? And even if it is “bad-luck”, who cares? Luck isn’t real. I don’t say that because I’m arrogant. I’m just stating the truth. God decides what’s going to happen in this performance, and if He wants it to go well, he’ll bring our lines to our minds.”

“Don’t say it out loud!” The boy protested.

“Say what, Macbeth?” I asked.

“Augh!” He groaned. “No more, please.”

“You brought it up.” Adam pointed out.

The dress rehearsal was pretty terrible. If we believed in curses, I think we’d be pretty discouraged by what happened. But I knew what was really going on. The mermaids didn’t know their lines. I tripped. And people didn’t speak loudly enough. That was because we didn’t listen to our director, not because of a curse.

Opening Night was tense. We were irritated by our failed rehearsal and the messy practice. “Don’t say it.” Jake kept saying. Not many people listened to him. As I said, he’s a little weird.

Melissa snuck over to me to say a quick prayer. “I’m a little nervous.” She admitted. “Are you?”

Melissa had been encouraging everyone on stage. If she had a nickname, it’d probably be Angel. Or fruithead. Depends on whether it was a nice one or a mean one. As I was saying, Melissa had been encouraging everyone around, but she was nervous herself. I prayed with her, asking God to bless our acting, and asking that we would use our talents for his Glory. Melissa went off to her part of the stage, and I went to mine.

Right before the curtain opened, Jake started up again. “Don’t say it.”

“Oh, for crying out loud!” Haden, another pirate, spoke up. “Knock it off.”

“Macbeth is just a play. There are no such things as curses or bad luck, Jake.” I told him again. “Do your best. Don’t worry about curses.”

“You said it?” Jake whispered. “I gotta tell Mr. Mark.”

“Shhh!” Riley hushed him. “It’s time!”

“Have I not commanded you?” I whispered. “Be Strong and Courageous! Do not be afraid! Do not be dismayed! For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go! He only is my Rock and my Salvation, my Fortress, I shall not be shaken.” The lights turned on, and the curtains began to open. “He is my God, though dark my road, he holds me that I shall not fall, wherefore to him I leave it all.” (Joshua 1:9, Psalm 62:6, “Whatever my God ordains is Right” by Samuel Rodigast, translated by Catherine Winkworth)

That night was great. Contrary to Jake’s superstitions, we did the best we ever had. I don’t think it had to do with our talent. I think it had more to do with our short prayer before the show. I think it had to do with God blessing us. God is not bound by ancient curses. He isn’t stopped by jinxes or bad luck. He encourages us through his word.

Which is stronger: an ancient curse, or a Christian's prayer?

Which is stronger: an ancient curse, or a Christian’s prayer?

What I know for a fact is that Jake, even if he wasn’t in earnest, was wrong. I did some research into the Macbeth curse, and found out that Jake wasn’t the only one who makes a big deal about it. Most of the time, to break the curse, people have to do an elaborate show and curse. People think that the reason for the curse is because Shakespeare used real witchcraft in the script. It seems fishy to me.

I’m not discounting the power of darkness. I’m extolling the power of light. There is a spiritual battle going on, and I’m not going to pretend it doesn’t exist. But instead, I think I’ll go on the offense, and pray. I know that prayer is stronger than cursing, and I know that God is much stronger than a witch’s spell. It’s too bad I never was able to convince Jake.

Gregory’s Column: Christianity Banned?

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 ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’- Jeremiah 33:3

The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.~Albert Camus

 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.~Romans 8:37-39 

Think. It is not illegal yet.-Anonymous

Christianity worldwide and in the United States is becoming a severely persecuted religion, more than we have ever seen. I know that it sounds a bit obscene, but it is more than true. Ever since President Obama has been elected we have seen that we have no wiggle room for our faith. He also wants us to give up our freedom.

Ever since Congress has added “Under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954 we have believed to think that the phrase meant that God would always be with us and and that those two words were permanent. But radical leftism, a prominent political force in this country, is hostile to Christianity. “Under God” is a taboo phrase in public schools and public settings. Will this hostility grow to the point that we Christians will be titled as the enemy, or have we already?

Bill Maher, a man who is an avid atheist, insults the Christian body. He says, ” Christians like to feel like martyrs.” Do you believe that? I don’t.  The world is slowly becoming so violent when they here the word ‘Christian’ because the world has pinned it up as the religion of hate. But let us take it to another website. There is another site that is called God is imaginary and that we should stop believing. He also put down “ten questions to answer that would make you question your faith” which I am going to answer for you.

1.) Why won’t God heal amputees?

In James 1 :12 it says, “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” Also in 2 Corinthians 6:4-8 it states,”But as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; through honor and dishonor, through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true;” If you were allowed to look at you life in the form of a line, would you like it to be straight and easy or tumultuous and jagged? What would life be like if you didn’t have those obstacles to overcome? What accomplishments would you fulfill if everything were easy to do? God wants you to experience life and its hardships as He had said in Genesis 3:17-19: To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life.It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field.By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” For our mistake and sin of eating from the Tree of Life we have opened our eyes to the true world and we’ll will always face hardships. That is why God oftentimes doesn’t heal amputees.

2.)Why are there so many starving people in our world?

Well, this one can be directed back to Genesis 3:17-19, we must now and forever, until the end of time be left on our own. There are many miracles in which people have gained health or had diseases that disappeared immediately. Now we will live forever in pain and trials for the rest of our lives.

3.)Why does God demand the death of so many innocent people in the Bible? (He verses examples such as: – Exodus 35:2 – God demands that we kill everyone who works on the Sabbath day.- Deuteronomy 21:18-21 – God demands that we kill disobedient teenagers.- Leviticus 20:13 – God demands the death of homosexuals.- Deuteronomy 22:13-21 – God demands that we kill girls who are not virgins when they marry.)

What is the key element when you look at these verses? They are all in the Old Testament and in the old covenant, and have been replaced with the New Testament and its covenant of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. In Ephesians 2:8-9 it says” For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast.” You can never achieve perfection and that doing so is an impossibility for Man. These verses that say to kill were set in a time before Christ’s ultimate sacrifice, when sin had to be paid for somehow. God does not condone murder — this was the solution for mankind’s sin.

Question #4: Why does the Bible contain so much anti-scientific nonsense? He adds details such as:

– God did not create the world in 6 days 6,000 years ago like the Bible says.

– There was never a worldwide flood that covered Mt. Everest like the Bible says.

– Jonah did not live inside a fish’s stomach for three days like the Bible says.

– God did not create Adam from a handful of dust like the Bible says.

            Well, to answer your question is that almost everything that has been on the Earth has been found through the Bible. Even most of the old documents have been found are through the Bible. The Dead Sea Scrolls, the Tel Dan Inscription, the Caiaphas Ossuary, the Crucified Man, the Ketef Hinnom Amulets, the House of God Ostracon, and the Pilate Inscription have valid scientific proof. Pontius Pilate, one of the best known people in history, had put Jesus Christ on trial (which proves Jesus did exist). So how could we have had a trial for someone who never existed?                                               

                                                       6,000 Years Ago

Well, actually how do you know the world was not made in 6 days? Were you here 6,000 years ago to see? Science has carbon dating and can date things back to millions of years ago, but this method has been proven to be flawed.

                                                        Science Vs. Theology

First, science’s description. The universe is small and without form or void. Protons and neutrons collide together and form a giant “BANG” that echoes into life on our planet and creates other galaxies and planets.

Second, theology’s description.  In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth and the earth was without form or shape, with darkness over the abyss and a mighty wind sweeping over the waters Then God said: Let there be light, and there was light. (Genesis 1:1-3) Both say the same thing but one excludes the major role in life. God.

                                                 There Was Never A Flood?

In this site we get a more clearer view of the potential flood that covered the Earth :  http://www.earthage.org/EarthOldorYoung/scientific_evidence_for_a_worldwide_flood.htm

If you clicked the link you probably just read a lot of evidence on a worldwide flood that includes geographical and scientific proof. If you didn’t I will just name one of the reasons that is proof of a flood . In sites around the world such as Mt. Saint Helens (USA), Palouse Canyon (USA), and Greenmount Beach (Ireland) it shows fossils of trees and animals that have been bent by severe force(such as water) and the writer said this : Fossils don’t form on lake bottoms today, nor are they found forming on the bottom of the sea. Instead, they normally only form when a plant or animal is buried soon after it dies. Therefore, the fossils themselves are evidence of a catastrophe such as a flood or volcanic eruption that took place in the past. Rapid Petrification of Wood.Severe water had bent the trees and they became petrified. And this flood came from USA all the way to Ireland which proves of a Great Flood around the globe. Even in some documentaries there are digs that see the layers of earth that prove of a great flood and that the world was covered in water.

                                                Jonah and the Whale:

 

“This is the summary of the Encyclopedia’s report on Jonah. The report theorizes that the “great fish” was most likely a sperm whale. While the common Greenland whale could scarcely swallow an orange, the sperm whale has a mouth that averages 20 feet long, 15 feet high, and 9 feet wide. It is well known that the sperm whale feeds largely on squid which, of course, often much larger than humans.

“As to whether a man could survive in a whale’s stomach, the Britannica article maintains that one certainly could, though with great discomfort. The report maintains that there would be sufficient air to breathe–air that is necessary for the whale to float. The temperature inside the whale would be great, but bearable at about 104 – 108 degrees F. There would be unpleasant contact with the whale’s gastric juices, but these juices could not digest living matter.

“You may even be surprised to hear that Jonah is not even the only human to ever survive such an ordeal. During a voyage of a whaling ship in February of 1891, a sperm whale was spotted and pursued in the vicinity of the Falkland Islands. In an attempt to harpoon the whale, one sailor drowned while a second one disappeared. Eventually the whale was killed and drawn to the side of the ship where it was dissected.

“The next day, the stomach was hoisted on deck and opened–with the missing sailor lying inside. The sailor was unconscious, but alive. He was eventually revived and, after a time, resumed his duties on board the whaling vessel(Wilson, Sign of the Prophet Jonah, 630 – 642). ”

These are all accounts of proof you can live inside of a whale, there are also accounts where dogs and cats and even sharks have been found alive inside of whales. And all of them where in top shape afterwards. Even science says that you can live inside of a whale depending on its size. And in Jonah 1:17 they describe the fish as huge. “Now the LORD provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.”

 

Question #5: Why is God such a huge proponent of slavery in the Bible? Look up these Bible verses – Exodus 21:20-21 – God apparently says that it is okay to own slaves, and it is also “okay to beat them.” – Colossians 3:22-24 – Slaves need to obey their masters.- Ephesians 6:5 – Slaves need to obey their masters just as they would obey Christ.- 1 Peter 2:18 – Slaves need to obey their masters, even if their masters are harsh .

Slaves were used so much back in the times of when Egypt flourished that it was considered natural to have slaves, but it was not recognized by the Mosaic Law ( also known as the laws of Moses). Slaves were willing servants they sold themselves into slavery to pay off debt when they couldn’t afford their crimes or pay for their families. So they put themselves into slavery until they paid them off and, not only that, when the slave was finished he was paid many gifts by his master. (“If your brother, a Hebrew man or a Hebrew woman, is sold to you, he shall serve you six years, and in the seventh year you shall let him go free from you. And when you let him go free from you, you shall not let him go empty-handed. You shall furnish him liberally out of your flock, out of your threshing floor, and out of your winepress. As the Lord your God has blessed you, you shall give to him. You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God redeemed you; therefore I command you this today. But if he says to you, ‘I will not go out from you,’ because he loves you and your household, since he is well-off with you, … Deuteronomy 15:12-18 ) Sometimes slaves were put into slavery by force but that would be because they were either sold from their family or by charges that were held against him/her. God commanded that slaves were treated like humans, and sometimes they never wanted to leave their master’s house. In other words, slavery was (in many respects) a different institution than it is now and in its other modern renditions.

Question #6: Why do bad things happen to good people?

We must all fight our own demons and fight for the right even when the evil is attacking us with ferocity. So why doesn’t God help us? I will supply the same answer I did on #1 . He wants us to have faith in Him on not only on the miracles that He can give you but also on the hardships that test your faith. Why would you want a life that everything goes good for you? Jesus was traded to take a murderer’s place (Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified. Matthew 27:26) . Life was never made to be easy after we ate the Apple of Understanding. People forget that we must live with the consequences of something we did, have done, and are doing. So we will always need forgiveness.

Question #7: Why didn’t any of Jesus’ miracles in the Bible leave behind any evidence?

Here is an answer from a man who witnessed Jesus’ death and called him a sorcerer. He hated Jesus and wanted people to see that he couldn’t perform miracles, but just magic:

“The first comes from the Babylonian Talmud 43a.    Babylonian Talmud  (late first or second century AD)  Babylonian Sanhedrin43a-b  “On the eve of the Passover they hanged Yeshu and the herald went before him for forty days saying [Yeshu] is going forth to be stoned in that he hate practiced sorcery and beguiled and led astray Israel   Here Jesus is accused of sorcery, in obvious parallel with the charge leveled in Matthew 12:22-23.  The writer of the Talmud does not agree that Jesus worked bona fide miracles, but he reports that he did things which, to the enemy of Jesus could only be written off as sorcery.    Also, in Babylonian Sanhedrin107b  it is claimed that Jesus practiced magic. In  tHul2:22-23  it is reported that healings were done in the name of Jesus.  So we have indirect confirmation of the crucifixion of Jesus and of his working of public miracles-only charging that the miracles were worked by Satan, not God. 

There is evidence all over the world. Whether you choose to accept it is up to you.

Question #8: How do we explain the fact that Jesus has never appeared to you?

Because Jesus is only returning in the end of times.

“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done.” -Revelation 22:12

“At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other. (Matthew 24:30-31)

 Question #9 –Why would Jesus want you to eat his body and drink his blood? It sounds totally grotesque, doesn’t it?

This is the easiest one so far…

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.- John 6:35-37

“He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”- John 6:55

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.- 1 Corinthians 12:27

Jesus’ blood cleanses our sins and transgressions so that we will never be bound by the constrictive temptations of sins, and that everyday we may drink the wine of life through Jesus Christ. We don’t actually EAT His flesh (we’re not cannibals) it is a term of speech to represent that WE are Christ’s body. And that when we drink deep in the Bible and with knowledge, forgiveness, love, compassion, humility, and the light of Christ our Saviour in us then we will never grow hungry or thirsty; for our hunger is for His word; for His path for us. We are forever the body of Christ and therefore are always drinking His wine (Blood) and eating His bread (Flesh) so that we never are hungry.But as it says in John 6:35-37 ‘…you have seen me and still you do not believe me’. We are Christ’s body and every time we approach or preach to you, you are hearing and seeing the word of Christ (Well, just a piece of Him, anyways.)But we refute, refuse , and discriminate the moment a Christian talks about God. “You have seen me and still you do not believe me.” 

Last but not least Question #10 :Why do Christians get divorced at the same rate as non-Christians?

Well, it is quite easy to answer: we are as human as any other non-Christians. We make the same mistakes as any humans and we have to make up for it in time. But Jesus Christ has allowed us to be forgiven of our transgressions and has  removed them from our slate.  Just because we are Christians does not make us the role models of perfection but the models of forgiven sins. And since divorce is a sin by God, Jesus forgives it. Should it be avoided? Is it wrong? Yes, and yes. Acts 3:19 says : “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.”

All of the major atheistic questions have been answered. Did you like the answers?

 

 

 

Radical Warfare

bibleI have a book in my house that has been banned in several different countries. Its content can be graphic, its philosophy radical. No one can read it without being affected for good or for bad. It will certainly attack any views already held by you. It encourages people to disobey governments at times, and other times makes them fiercely patriotic.

Proponents of this book have long been looked down on as radicals. In some cases they completely overthrew the government of a country, other times they changed it thoroughly. Its claims can sometimes border on the maniacal. It is very dangerous, and very potent, more deadly than propaganda. Most try to get it out of their country, but it is only powerful when its faithful followers foolishly follow its words. Thankfully, though, there are very few “true believers” who are willing to turn the world upside down. As long as they stay passive, we’ll have no trouble. Who knows? We might be able to get this dangerous book banned in our country as well.

That book is what a Christian calls a Bible.

No one can truly understand the deadly effects of this book. When someone believes it, truly believes it, they tend to do strange and unexplainable things. They breach a person’s personal space to try and tell them the “good news”, or publish it in whatever magazine they can get a hold on. They aren’t afraid of prison, they seem uncannily happy, and they tend to sing often. Indeed, the littlest things seem to set them off in singing. Sometimes they even set their dangerous doctrines to music, making them even more deadly.

But others, as I have said before, don’t think enough about this book to let that happen. They hold to some of the teachings, but would rather avoid the others. Not really dangerous, they are often sleeping giants, and not as much trouble as the other group. They can be easily discouraged, since they usually don’t know enough about what they believe to defend it. But they can be roused to anger unexpectedly, so it’s probably better for them to all be chased out. And there’s one thing you need to know.

I’m one of them.

You might think it’s a little strange that I would write so roughly against my own rulebook and hope, but I think you might be able to see my point. This is how the world sees us. But there’s something they have right: there is a difference between those of us who believe what we believe, and those who only say they do. Will we just let ourselves go through life halfheartedly? Or will we keep to our first love?

The Bible is a funny book. When it rules your life, you are not your own. Your own wants and desires are dethroned in favor of a divine plan. You can become irrationally chipper, even in strange places like a funeral home or a prison. If you read the Bible several times a week, you might even find yourself putting scriptures to music, just like William Kethe, the Scottish Psalmist who used his pen and ken to put ancient psalms to modern music. It’s inevitable. A love of scripture will lead to a love of nature, of others, and of music.

But it’s understandable why many people don’t want to take the time and read it. After all, there are many things that could go wrong. First of all, they might take it too seriously. They might also be affected by some of the side effects: hatred, persecution, and distrust, with great misunderstanding. To some people, it’s easier to get the nice parts of the religion and avoid the painful ones.

Oh brother. With that reasoning, babies wouldn’t ever grow up.

We’re told to “Long for the pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up into salvation.” (1 Peter 2:2) In other places, we are told “so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the had, into Christ.” (Ephesians 4:14-15) In modern terms, “Grow up! Children are vulnerable! Children are gullible! We need children to grow up into soldiers!”

We are supposed to be “child-like” in our faith, not childish doubters. We start to compromise the scriptures, and therefore become wishy-washy in our theology. If you don’t believe the beginning of the Bible, then why would you believe the end of it? If you don’t believe the end, why believe the middle? Why not just make it a nice story, or a guidebook, or a sort of almanac?

Because this isn’t a “nice story.” The Bible is the inspired Word of God. It can’t be sold as a peddled ware to be taken or passed over. With God’s word, there are no other choices but yes or no. Do you believe? Do you believe all of it? If you don’t, don’t bother believing at all. So what’s the big deal? What’s wrong with worshipping God only partway? It’s still worship, right? Well, let’s see what God’s word, the always-true scripture, says about it. “‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’” (Matthew 15:8-9

All right. So there isn’t that much leniency for good intentions. In fact good intentions, without the right heart attitude, is little more than a pharisaical practice. I wonder if some of our churches have been little more than synagogues.  We are told that “the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12 )

Notice that it isn’t compared to a blanket, or a suggestion. What’s with all the war analogies? Maybe it’s because we’re soldiers? But if we’re soldiers, and we are said to be, where are our weapons? Why do we seem to be waiting  for orders, or going AWOL? I suppose it’s because we don’t trust our orderbook, our history, our Bible.

God’s word is powerful. Our enemies know that. They’re trying to neutralize us. Other people know it too, and they hate us and want us destroyed. It seems that the only group in this battle that is underarmed is ours. Some don’t even know that we’re in a war. We need to return to the Scriptures, to hold them all to be true, and do as they tell us. We need to let God’s word work through us. We need to prepare for spiritual battle.

There are people, young  and old, who are even now on fire for Christ. They are being rewarded for their zeal and their carful study of the scriptures, by punishment on earth and blessings in heaven. Many Christians are unwilling to follow them in their quest for what’s right. But as the days ahead come and the battle intensifies, those who are unprepared will be vulnerable.

Strap on your sword, soldier. Hold fast to the faith, and to the Word of God. It will bear you through, if you take it for what it is. Read your Bible! Psalm 119 has more than a hundred descriptions of its power. Read Ephesians! Paul will inspire you to action. But no matter where you start, stay constant. We are at war with the enemy, and we will prevail. But to be a good soldier, you must stand strong.

 

Bernie Sanders and the Quest for Sparkly Pink Unicorns

Democrat presidential candidate and Vermont senator Bernie Sanders is perpetuating the myth of the free lunch with his recently introduced College for All Act, legislation with a gloriously populist title (Marx would be proud) and about as much hope for success as the never-ending search for sparkly pink unicorns.

Bernie’s audacious legislation will “eliminate undergraduate tuition at four-year public colleges and universities.” And Sanders himself alleges that it is “fully paid for by imposing a Robin Hood tax on Wall Street.”

The bill is an impressive demagogic appeal: it takes a snipe at those evil Wall Street guys, hands even more power to our benevolent and completely unbiased federal overseers, and promises free stuff to starving college students. As intriguing as the offer might sound to the uninitiated, the College for All Act is sheer economic fantasy; its failures begin with the fact that it gives colleges and universities the perfect chance to waste even more time and money on a federally funded racketeering scheme, pushing tuition costs to loftier and loftier heights in an accursed circle of perverse incentives.

“Most people now see college as an entitlement to be provided largely at ‘public’ expense. It shouldn’t be,” says George Leef, “If we hadn’t made the blunder of getting government involved in college education, it would today cost much less and deliver more value. That’s because it would be subject to the test of the market. Instead, it’s like an overweight gorilla that has been stuffing itself on taxpayer dollars for many years.”

When government begins to finance a failing corporation, or otherwise one that allegedly needs “strengthening,” the recipient corporation is freed from its obligations to run efficiently and satisfy its consumers. The federal government began subsidizing tuition and universities in 1944 and has not looked back since.

A few student loan crises and credential-based college bubbles later, the wisdom of government involvement in higher education is questionable—particularly in light of the skyrocketing costs of tuition and textbooks. Interestingly enough, college tuition has gone up 1225% since 1978; the CPI has only risen by 279%.

Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a free lunch. Sanders pays halfhearted lip service to this fact by pretending that only despicable Wall Street desperadoes will suffer in funding America’s college degrees, but in reality such a proposal would create enough perverse incentives for students to misuse and abuse college opportunities and for colleges to jack up prices (since, after all, a person who isn’t paying isn’t concerned with costs) that overall tuition costs would balloon out of proportion and affect all participants and taxpayers in the United States economy. In the end, an absurd chunk of GDP would be swallowed up by higher education’s ever-rising costs.

The pink unicorn will never be found; it does not exist, and Sanders should stop feigning that socialization of tuition would bring it into existence. Rather, government intervention and funding of higher education—at all levels—should end. The United States should return to reality and privatize its public universities and colleges, end federal student aid and federally backed student loans, and allow the price of a diploma to return to reasonable levels that match actual market utility.