After first installing the newest Itunes program I deleted it and found that to be quite empowering, why; because the almost infinite number of choices was not only confusing but simply unfulfilling, to say the least. Indeed I cranked up my old stereo box and foujnd local radio stations much more satisfying.
Once again the media is simply thrilled to report on a factually unsupported discovery of fossils, stating they were a stepping stone in evolution.
How unscientific is this? First of all these bones cannot and will not be dated accurately by any known means, and I do include carbon dating which is a notoriously flawed method.
But not only that, these bones are quantitatively similar to basically contemporary, so called ‘modern’ human bones, not at all evolutionary in kind.
No, once again, efforts to support the false doctrine of ‘evil-lution’ proves to be the figment of human imagination, and promotion, period.
Mark Train wrote: ” There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.”
(Preceding the above quote by Twain, he noted that the Mississippi had shortened 1.2 miles per year for 100 years. At that rate, he stated, the Mississippi had extended past Cuba in the past, and would someday be only a couple miles long in the future. Of course he was being sarcastic. THAT is the type of irrational thinking that assigns such ages to our earth. Scientifically, since we know the moon moves away from the earth each year, the moon would be in the center of the earth, as an example. I have yet to see ANY scientific FACTS to support that age assumption. Even the venerable Pottasium/Argon dating is irreleveant: the 1975 Volcanic eruption in NZ was dated by America’ finest argon lab to be 2 million years old. As Twain stated . . .)
On the news tonight It was the 50th anniversary of Air Canada flight 831 crash after taking off from Montreal in 1963… all 118 were killed.
I was booked to be on that flight, weeks ahead, it was a connecting flight from Halifax to B.C. But while celebrating (honorable) release from the RCN (Royal Canadian Navy) in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, I made a last minute decision in the late afternoon to cancel, and re-book for another flight very early the next morning.
When I arrived at the Air Canada desk the next morning, the staff had just arrived and nervously whispered glancing at me while I waited for ground transportation. I thought I must have revealed some evidence of late night partying.? Completely unbeknown to me, apparently, they had just learned of the crash and realized I had been booked on it, many days in advance.
In my case this is just trivia now of course, but as Solomon so well said it “…time and unforeseen events overtake them all.” (Eccl. 9:11)
Our lives are so limited by circumstances we have no control over, I most truly sympathize with those who lost family members on flight 831, but thankfully we all still have hope to see loved ones in the future provided we exercise faith in the loving ransom of Christ Jesus… while that opportunity still exits. (please visit JW.org)
At this time of year, there are so many (pardon the expression) phony ‘spirit of Christmas’ commentaries that it really necessitates this posting.
If and when there was ever ‘genuine’ good will towards men, as espoused by a minority at this time of year, the world would certainly not be in the dismal condition it truly is in today.
What is even more fictitious is the conception that Christmas is based on the birth of the most significant human to have ever lived. Far from it, this annual celebration, touted as being Christian in origin, is forever steeped in the most un-christian, yes even ‘anti-christian’ beliefs… how can this be so?
There is no better explanation than that the principal religions of Christendom have themselves been party to the propaganda that has misled their flocks into this incredible dilution. Why this was undertaken can be summed up in one word; politics.
That’s right, shortly after the last of the faithful followers of Christ died, there was a major political movement to incorporate pagan religion into the teaching of Christ, and it has been amazingly successful.
Indeed, ask the majority of Church-goers today what Christmas is based on and they would undoubtedly claim it is the birth of Christ. How absurd that is!
Historical Timeline Involving Christmas:
1513 BCE – 60 CE (1600 years of recorded Bible History)
Period of inspired Biblical writings and prophecies, many concerning Jesus Christ. No mention of his date of birth; nor its being celebrated by his 12 apostles.
No mention of Christmas. No mention of any holy person celebrating a birthday – only sinners (like Pharoah and Herod). (Gen. 40:20; Matt. 14:6; Mark 6:21-28; John 18:36)
History of Sun worship. Began in ancient Babylonia by worshiping the sun god Shamash & Nimrod – parallels exist between Babylonian New Years & Christmas celebrations (historian Pimlott in ‘The Englishman’s Christmas’).
Celtic Druids used mistletoe winter solstice celebrations due to it being viewed as magical, mysterious, and sacred.
Romans began celebrating Saturnalia (where many Christmas traditions find
Julius Caesar introduced the Julian Calendar making December 25 (not today’s 21 or 22) the date of the winter solstice (shortest day of the year).
Jesus was Killed. The Apostle Paul warned Timothy that “wicked men & impostors” would slip into the congregation and mislead many. (2 Timothy 3:1
Josephus popular 1st Century Jewish Historian reported that Jews did not celebrate birthdays, 1st century Christians (former Jews) continued the tradition of NOT celebrating them.
The foretold apostasy began after the death of the apostles (Acts 20:29, 30)
A period where Mithraism (syncretic Hellenistic mystery religion) was practiced in the Roman Empire. Mithras was a Roman soldiers god whose legendary birth (as some stories go) resembles the birth of Christ (being born of a virgin in the presence of shepherds). Devotees of Mithra (says the Catholic Encyclopedia) celebrated the birthday of the invincible sun (dies natalis Solis Invicti) on December 25. L.M. Wright, author of “Christianity, Astrology, And Myth” 2002; suggests that the early Christian Church was influenced by much of the myth and symbolism of Mithraism. The cult of Sol Invictius was the Roman Empire’s leading official cult of the fourth century – (Wikipedia)
Christmas began being celebrated as Christ’s Birthday. Early Catholic Church Fathers banned the use of Mistletoe in Christmas celebrations due to their pagan origin. Origen & Tertullian Catholic ecclesiastical writers of the 2nd & 3rd centuries spoke against Birthday celebrations. Tertullian made no mention of Christmas in his thorough lists of celebrations.
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Roman Emperor Elagabalus introduced the holiday of Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, “birthday of the unconquered sun” was to be celebrated on Dec. 25 (where many Christmas traditions find their origin), and promoted it empire-wide when it reached its height in popularity.
Pope Gregory I wrote to Mellitus, his missionary in England, telling him “not to stop such ancient pagan festivities, but to adapt them to the rites of the Church, only changing the reason of them from a heathen to a Christian impulse.” Thus reports Arthur Weigall, who once was inspector general of antiquities for the Egyptian government.
All religions, even Christianity were legalized in Roman
In the 1st counsel of Nicaea, Roman Emperor Constantine standardized Christian beliefs. According to the Catholic Church, Catholics began adopting pagan customs into Christianity. By the end of the century, Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire.
1st historical record of December 25 as the assigned date of Jesus Birth
All Religions (including formerly persecuted Christianity) in Roman territory were legalized. It took nearly the entire 4th century for the Roman empire to transition State Religion from pagan cults to Christianity. The Merging of cultic tradition with Christianity greatly assisted in this transition.
The Council of Tours “proclaimed the 12 days from Christmas to Epiphany as
a sacred and festive season.”—The Catholic Encyclopedia for School and
Christmas, along with Christianity, spread to Russia, where it became fused with the winter celebration of the ancient Slavs, honoring the spirits of the ancestors. (The Great Soviet Encyclopedia)
Christmas traditions spread to branches of Protestants during the
In England, Parliament discouraged Christmas feasting due to its heathen origin
Parliament banned Christmas by law
1659 – 1681
In North America, Massachusetts Bay Colony banned Christmas n which violators were subject to fine.
The Baptist Church of Newport [Rhode Island] observed Christmas for the
first time. This was about 130 years after the founding of the first Baptist
church in New England.
Alabama became 1st U.S. state to legalize Christmas
Commercialism revived Christmas, Charles Dickens wrote “A Christmas Carol” and Christmas Cards originated in London.
Oklahoma became the last U.S. state to legalize Christmas.
Jehovah’s Witnesses abandoned Christmas celebrations after learning of its pagan origins.
An overwhelming majority of sources agree that Christmas was almost entirely influenced by pre-Christian pagan celebrations.
There was no mention of Christmas nor any celebration of Christ’s birthday for hundreds of years after Jesus & his apostles died. The book Sacred Origins of Profound Things states: “For two centuries after Christ’s birth, no one knew, and few people cared, exactly when he was born.” Thus birthday celebrations, even of gods and leaders, were condemned as far as the late third century by Roman Catholic leaders.
I try really hard to suppress an outright laugh when reports like this are treated as scientific fact!
By their very own admission, ‘evil-lution’ is truly “a muddle”! In other words it is not even close to being factual.
The BBC report on the news tonight (Dec. 3rd 2013) states ‘there is no way to connect million-year old man with modern man by comparing skull bones’ etc. But now they expect to be able to do so by comparing the DNA from some cave bones.
What utter and complete nonsense is this frustrated grasping at straws to validate a theory that for about 100 years has been absolutely ‘invalidated’ scientifically.
Of course the real reason for this desperate ongoing fruitless search is very obvious; there is no way that arrogant men of learning can come to grips with the plain truth, namely mankind is the product of the most intelligent, glorious, all-powerful, and generous Creator as clearly set out in His own inspired Word, the Bible. Every science ‘fact’ supports this conclusion!
What’s more he has generously provided the way out of human chaos all the way back to human perfection. But now we are reaching the very limit of his extreme patience with us… just as occurred in the days of Noah… please read Luke 17:26-30.