Posts Tagged ‘Christianity’

The reason for the season

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

(Matthew 28)

Fueling our nation

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

Engines are designed with specific fuels in mind right from the start. When we pull up to a “gas” station we are faced with many “choices“, yet really no choice at all. If we choose the wrong fuel our vehicle may suffer from poor performance, more mileage, shortened engine life, or with the wrong combination; immediate permanent internal damage.

200px-Octane-3D-ballsWhat some may find interesting is that the same 3 elements go into making all of these fuels; Hydrogen (H), Oxygen (O), Carbon (C). That’s it. The difference may be as subtle as odor or price to those of us pumping fuel into our cars. But to the engine, or anyone who has dabbled in organic chemistry, the difference between these fuels is immense.

On average diesel is C12H23. Octane is CH3(CH2)6CH3. Ethanol is C2H5OH. I won’t go into all 18 isomers of octane or who knows how many isomers in what percent make up over the road diesel. The big point is that even though the basic elements are the same carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, they have vastly different combustion characteristics and therefore a humongo difference to your engine. Remember immediate permanent internal damage? A diesel engine will not accept that ethanol as basically the same as diesel and just decide to run fine. If you don’t believe me, please don’t try it.

Nations, like engines are designed to run on different cultures and types of people. Islamic nations require Muslims, while most socialist states require a faith in government above God. Since the start, our nation was designed to run on Christians; various octanes; occasionally a little E85 or other faiths in small percentages. But due to our design, if we want to enjoy a smooth running high performance liberty, freedom and happiness engine, we need Christians in our tank. Our nation’s original designers and a few early mechanics drew up the design based on the Christian type of fuel.

Our Constitution was made only for a religious and moral people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other. (John Adams)

When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers, ‘just men who will rule in the fear of God.’ The preservation of [our] government depends on the faithful discharge of this Duty; … If [our] government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the Divine Commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the Laws. (Noah Webster)

The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were….the general principles of Christianity….I will avow that I believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God; and that those principles of liberty are so unalterable as human nature. (Samuel Adams)

There are many other supporting quotes, most probably volumes, also indicating that our nation was designed to run on Christian morals. I’ve read that at least 50, maybe more of the signer of the Declaration of Independence were some variety of Christians. And if my memory serves me at least 2 dozen of them also had Christian seminary degrees. These men were not atheist, agnostics, Hindus, or Muslims etc. When they referred to God or the Divine, they were referring to our Christian God.

So while we may be able to haul around 5 gallon jugs of E85, Islam, diesel or Atheism, our nation was not designed to run on them. If we are stupid enough to start pouring them into the tank we should expect our nation to knock, ping and destroy itself from the inside out.

Unfortunately, we’ve been knocking and pinging for the last 4 or 5 decades, since a couple of courts required us to peel off the “Christian fuel only” sticker on the filler cap. I can’t read the news without praying that we will pull over at the next service station, rather than stomping down harder on the gas, vainly hoping that our engine will stop making so much racket.

Stone vs. Graham 1980

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

Before 1980 the Ten Commandments graced the walls of Kentucky schools. But after the US Supreme court ruled 5-4 in Stone vs. Graham, it was no more.  A couple of opinions were rendered and I’ve just posted them here because it is important to know the other side of this case.   Here’s part of what one judge said in relation to this case.

Posting of religious texts on the wall serves no such educational function. If the posted copies of the Ten Commandments are to have any effect at all, it will be to induce the schoolchildren to read, meditate upon, perhaps to venerate and obey, the Commandments.

cornell.law.edu Stone vs. Graham

Children induced to read, meditate and possibly obey the commandments?  How horrific would that be?     Justice Rehnquist included these words from Justice Jackson in his dissenting opinion for this case.

The fact is that, for good or for ill, nearly everything in our culture worth transmitting, everything which gives meaning to life, is saturated with religious influences, derived from paganism, Judaism, Christianity — both Catholic and Protestant — and other faiths accepted by a large part of the world’s peoples.

One can hardly respect the system of education that would leave the student wholly ignorant of the currents of religious thought that move the world society for a part in which he is being prepared. ”

cornell.law.edu Stone vs. Graham dissenting opinion

There is lots more to to this case that I’m sure lawyers would love to argue about, but for me I just see that the 10 commandments were there, not be taught, just there.  Let’s not throw out our heritage.

Three levels of cool

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

You’ve got to watch this video, forwarded by AFY, to understand the coolness factor involved here. Dean Kamen, a rather prolific and very successful inventor, is most well known for the Segway.

That is cool!  When a guy I know lost his had in an accident, the 8 year old foster child we were caring for just shrugged off the gravity of the situation, by exclaiming that he would be really strong when he got his new robot hand. Her reaction was a bit more subdued when I explained the gap between real life and sci-fi fantasy. This is cool because it significantly narrows that previously wide gap. It’s cool because it will benefit both the soldier today and the civilian tomorrow, as the technology is refined and then trickles down.Second, as a designer myself, I find both the physical mechanics and the multi-discipline collaborative effort of this project, to be incredibly cool.

Third, it is cool because it is such a great example of how entrepreneurs in a capitalist environment can both flourish and give back for the betterment of our society. I just don’t hear of this kind of progress in a not for profit socialist society. Had it not been for Dean Kamen’s affluence and the affluence of venture capitalist, I don’t think this would be happening. In an article about a small scale power plant he is developing, Dean Kamen gave us a peek at his entrepreneurial philosophy

Instead of putting up a 500-megawatt power plant in a developing country, he argues, it would be much better to place 500,000 one-kilowatt power plants in villages all over the place, because then you would create 500,000 entrepreneurs.

“Isn’t that better for democracy?” Quadir asks. “We see a shortage of democracy in the world, and we are surprised. If you strengthen the economic hands of people, you will foster real democracy.”

Lights, water, freedom. Now that’s entrepreneurial.

The socialists in our nation’s Democratic Party seem to think that overtaxing the successful will benefit our nation. I think they are dead wrong. The notion that hard work will be rewarded is what gets people out of bed in the morning, and what gets them to start small businesses, or invent something. Financial opportunity is part of what brings hope to the people of this nation.

If you are a Christian, you have all but lost your opportunity to freely practice your religion in this nation. Will socialism do away with financial opportunity also? If so, how can we call our nation the land of freedom and opportunity. Are we really ready to adopt socialism? Are you ready to hand out hooks and pegs to returning vets? Or should we keep financial opportunities open and offer vets something more?

We are in an election year and their are 2 parties fighting for power in our nation. The Democrats who guarantee higher taxes for the successful, and the Republicans, who at the very least, will attempt to lower our nation’s tax burden. Yep, I’m voting Republican.