the Art of Life!   Leave a comment

** “Nature is the art of God.” – Dante Alighieri

There exists a symbiotic relationship between humans and animals. We only need to hear heartfelt, passionate, experiences of pet owners to confirm this truth!   That we share genetics, perhaps even physical features in some cases, with other living creatures on earth is undeniable.*  And who has not been humored by similarities, even resemblances to human characteristics in many plants and animals, including marine animals?

         (Orchid Owl; this is not a fake picture)

No doubt those similarities contribute to belief in evolution, it’s one reason for the ongoing effort to develop that arguably overworked theory. Admittedly, evolution may superficially appear to explain similarities between humans and other life forms on earth. But is such reasoning the ‘only’ logical conclusion possible?

I invite you to consider an alternative line of reasoning.

Consider famous artists, like Van Gogh, Michelangelo, or Leonardo Da Vinci. It doesn’t even take an expert to identify their particular works of art. Experts, or even qualified laymen can readily identify their distinctive style, subject matter, canvass, brush strokes, techniques and more!

I submit for your consideration, that, similarly, all life on earth is likewise a perfectly identifiable product of a single creative Artist! His distinctive style, brush strokes, and ‘living subjects’, being fully recognizable throughout the earth.

In fact, the common DNA of ALL life, greatly adds to the credibility of this line of reasoning! More and more it has been revealed that genetic building blocks of DNA are, not only common, but ‘nearly identical’ to all other life forms. Yes all life on earth is based on the very same DNA constructs! This is far different from the concept each individual life form is an accidental result of some unidentifiable force of necessity.

It is not an over-simplification to say that, to the extent that geneticists have been so far able to analyze DNA/RNA, amazingly, there are only minor differences to account for all the diversity of life on earth! Yes we all share a very common basic makeup, from man to plants and animals! Simple comparisons might be an auto assembly line producing many different models of cars using the very same construction methods, or Lego blocks used to build an unlimited number of designs. Of course the building DNA strands of life are immeasurably more complex than those simple examples!

The point is, just as works produced by famous artists clearly identify those creative geniuses, fundamental makeup of all life forms on earth provides a major identifying mark for a singular, incomparable, Artist-Creator!

All that said, there are distinct differences between humans and all other forms of life on earth. As the ultimate Artist-Sculptor he’s made mankind the ‘apex production’ of his earthly works, how? By generously granting humans qualities in his very own likeness! You might say we are, spiritually, his self-portrait in love, wisdom, justice, and power!

Clearly every form of life has unique features, abilities, and appearances to it alone. Yet we need to acknowledge human capabilities exceed all other life forms on earth. For example; ‘conscience; and free will’!

While those exceptional and unique characteristics have been suppressed and eroded by the many adverse conditions today, there is no denying they do exist from the day we are born. And when properly trained they provide a supreme separation from the animal kingdom granted by our Artist-Creator.

In conclusion I want to emphasize a known common fundamental makeup of all life on earth provides strong evidence of an awesome ‘Artistic Creator’ **. One who not only designed endless forms of life using genetic programming only beginning to be understood by mankind, but at the same time he’s granted humans superior attributes in His very own likeness, plus a free will to develop them!

         * Contributed: 

“It is interesting that in some basic ways all animal creation follows a closely designed formula with overlapping characteristics.  Eat, drink, eliminate, cohabit, bring forth offspring, etc., yet humans are several notches above… and consciously worship, design, plan, innovate, improve, etc.  Is..life on earth designed?  Only the uninformed would say no!  What about our future,… only the uninformed would say it has been left to chance in the hands of problematic human creations that seem to not recognize limits…”
 

“For his invisible qualities are clearly seen from the world’s creation onward, because they are perceived by the things made, even his eternal power and Godship, so that they are inexcusable.” (Romans 1:20)

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Paradise lost to Paradise regained   3 comments

             ‘Goodbye Cruel World!’
              …Hello New World!

Worldwide nearly 800,000 people have committed suicide during the past year, (2020. That’s one person every 40 seconds! Many of those being youths. How incredibly sad is that!? Indeed the prospects for youths and even adults has been severely affected by the Covid-19 virus and variants. But that is only one cause for giving up on life itself.
My point in addressing this tragic issue is somewhat related to John Milton’s epic poems; ‘from paradise lost to paradise regained’, * but not entirely.

No doubt the absence of hope is the root cause of most suicide. Clearly then, what is needed is real hope for the future based on solid facts!

Where can we find such real hope in a world that consistently engenders economic greed; government corruption; destruction of the environment; crime and violence; and the list goes on!?

Milton’s ancient poem of return to paradise somewhat parallels the hope described in scripture. But is that a solid foundation for belief and faith in the future? My assertion is ‘definitely’, but how so, you may ask?

Consider for a moment the certainty of the heavenly rotation of this beautiful planet we live on. Is there any doubt that each day the sun will arise from the East and continue to set in the West? No, the earth’s place in the solar system is absolutely certain and predictable.

The promise of ‘a return to paradise’ is a main theme of scripture. And scripture has been proven to be just as reliable as the rising of the sun. How can this be said? To begin with most scripture is recorded history of God’s dealings with man. That being the case, it’s possible to compare the biblical record with the known facts of history. Does it meet that litmus test, indeed it does! In fact many times the previously doubted Bible record has been proven correct when new archaeological and/or other factual historical evidence comes to light. Indeed scriptures have shamed its critics and proven to be accurate beyond any contradiction time and again.

Next, there is the matter of prophecy. In proven fact the great majority of Bible prophecies have already been fulfilled exactly as they were specifically recorded. That includes literally hundreds of prophecies relating to the life of Jesus Christ, and that in spite of having been recorded literally hundreds of years before his birth! Therefore fulfillment of scriptural prophecies is not conjecture, but are well proven truth’s often obscured by critics, or ignored by skeptics such as evolution theorists!


In addition to reliable historical and prophetic scriptures, what other logical reasoning can we apply, e.g. ‘where did mankind’s sense of justice and conscience come from’? It simply cannot begin to be explained by evolution! And ‘why would life on earth exist at all if it has no purpose’?

The answer my friends is ‘written on the wind’, in a manor of speaking. The rotten conditions that exist on our beautiful planet are not in keeping with its purpose at all. Little wonder so many people feel hopeless. We naturally and rightly wish for a better world, a united world of mankind living in peace and security with plenty for all! And that is exactly what is promised for those who exercise due faith in our Creator’s promise to regain paradise lost.

Yes I know you may very well be skeptical owing to the centuries old gross hypocrisy and exploitation of religious elements. Those who claim to represent God but have proven far, far, from that noble purpose. Yet those false teachers do not prevent us from having the true hope the scriptures provide! Solid scriptural and logical evidence as described along with environmental and celestial observation, provides certainty as sunrise and sunset!

Clearly we are not, and never were, born predators, neither are we naturally prejudicial. On the contrary its only necessary to observe how loving and empathetic young children are in order to appreciate our true human nature, no matter how that has been suppressed.

Therefore I appeal to all who are rightly depressed by world conditions today to have genuine hope in a paradise regained on earth. It is impossible for the One who created us in his own image to allow existing conditions to continue. Rather he has a set out a time-table for correction that we must patiently respect. In his good time he specifically granted his prophets to record and give us that hope. His purpose is to eliminate ‘all destructive elements’ who dominate mankind today; economic; political; and military** ; to mention a few, for all time to come!!

Indeed, God’s purpose is to give all those who truly wish it an opportunity to participate in turning our home into the ‘true paradise’ he intended in the first place. That is his unchangeable will and purpose!

‘And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the former heaven and the former earth had passed away,’…. ‘And God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away’…. ‘And the One seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new.’….’Also he says: “Write, for these words are faithful and true.’(Revelation 21:1-5 excerpts)

** “For too long, we have been waging a senseless and suicidal war on nature. The result is three interlinked environmental crises: climate disruption, biodiversity loss and pollution that threaten our viability as a species.”
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

Creation Imagined   Leave a comment

Einstein once said: “imagination is the highest form of research”. His words seem to fit many scientists and educators today. Many human traits are laudable, however true imagination is rare!

In fact despite years of worldly education and training, most present day scientists and teachers are implicitly missing genuine imagination, imagination such as Einstein himself demonstrated.

Case in point: advanced beings of high intelligence in the universe have often been imagined, yet the concept of a ‘Creator’ of all things is commonly dismissed!  I’m suggesting the reason is because of a self-imposed limit on ‘genuine’ imagination, a blind spot when it comes to imagining an all-powerful God, a Creator of all things!

Yes a general human inability to embrace the concept of a living being with such vast unlimited power and intelligence, Creator of the entire universe and all life in it, as so clearly set out in inspired scriptures!

When astronauts walked on the moon, they were struck not only with the beauty of earth, but the very profound feeling they were witnessing the work of a timeless, all-powerful Creator.

But if it is within our ability to grasp, or imagine such a Father of all life, how hard is it to visualize that he would ever allow imperfect humans to destroy this jewel of his creation!? 

No indeed, genuine imagination, and logical well-founded faith based on the ‘book of nature’ alone, provides real hope for relief from our rapidly declining world system of things; economic, political, and religious.

In fact such relief is actually ‘inevitable’, why? Because a Creator of all life cares for his works of creation, as indeed we humans care for our very best works. Our Creator will not see either the earth or mankind completely destroyed; ‘that’ my friends is truly… unimaginable!!

 

Evolution or Intelligent Design!   1 comment

“As an evolutionist, is there a piece of evidence you’ve seen that points to intelligent design?”

The following answer was made by James Elmore B.S., M.D. Medicine & Biology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduated 1998 in answer to this question. If you do not fully understand his detailed answer, at least take note of his final comment!

(NOTE: (UNABLE TO POST A GENOME PICTURE HERE FROM ORIGINAL COMMENT)

This may look like gibberish at first, but trust me it’s anything but.
The top row is the partial DNA sequence of the INK4a gene that codes for an important regulatory protein. The second row is its partial amino acid sequence.

What’s amazing here though is the third row. It shows how the same exact DNA sequence used to code INK4a is also used to code the amino acid sequence of a completely unique protein (ARF) with a different regulatory function. So the ARF gene is literally a gene within a gene. Just by starting on a different nucleotide which causes a completely different reading frame.

The Regulation of INK4/ARF in Cancer and Aging

Note that these 2 proteins aren’t just different forms of the same protein—they are entirely unique. There is NO shared amino acid homology.

While no analogy is perfect here, what you are looking at would be akin to writing 2 unique sentences with entirely different meanings just by starting on a different letter!

And it’s now estimated that up to 10% of our genomes include overlapping genes. The number is growing.

“Overlapping genes have generally been thought to be relatively rare in the human genome, but the results of the present study show that they are more abundant than was previously thought. Interestingly, overlapping genes do not appear to be the result of evolutionary pressure to minimize the size of the human genome.”

Overlapping of Genes in the Human Genome

Sure, this can be and is explained away using the common descent paradigm. But it really does and should test the limits of credulity. Here’s why:

The total number of possible protein sequences is ~infinite. Even for an average protein 200 amino acids long there are more possible sequences than there are protons in the known Universe. But only a minuscule fraction are biologically useful. If you do the math it turns out you’d have to search through 10^74 chains of that length to find a single one that folds into a stable structure and performs any function.

And this particular gene has 2 of them coded by the exact same DNA!

Genomes and the Protein Universe

The Mathematics of Origin

There’s more reasons to be incredulous though. Overlapping genes make proteins with entirely different and unrelated functions. Because they are unique they may not be selected for (or against) by the same environmental pressures. So if a mutation changes one for the good it is very likely to degrade the function of the other. So either these genes are not influenced by selective pressure (but we think they should be) or must have arisen together. Meaning they must have been created simultaneously after a duplication and subsequent mutation-divergence events. But as it turns out their occurrence is often uniquely species specific and independent of phylogeny. Either way it’s hard to make sense of this from an evolutionary perspective.

Overlapping genes of Aedes aegypti: evolutionary implications from comparison with orthologs of Anopheles gambiae and other insects

Some of these important and statistcally improbable biologically useful proteins form when the DNA is read left to right AND different but useful proteins when read right to left.

It would be like buying a book which when read front to back chronicles the adventures of Harry Potter but if read back to front, tells you how to be happier, sell more, start a business, or find the man/woman of your dreams.

And many of the larger proteins with multiple domains are folded into specific configurations by other proteins called chaperone proteins.

Enzymes as chaperones and chaperones as enzymes

https://pdb101.rcsb.org/motm/32

If a string of amino acid isn’t correct the chaperonin chews it up and recycles the amino acids.

So…in order to get a new protein with a new function you’d have to also have simultaneous and cooperative mutations in the gene that codes for that particular chaperone.

But proteins don’t really work like that. They aren’t sculptures that can be sculpted little by little. If mutations change the amino acid sequence too much you get sudden and drastic changes in protein configuration. In fact, a single nucleotide insertion will cause the protein to form a completely different shape and render it unable to perform its original function. At all.

Indeed, at one time it was believed that the redundancy in the genetic code was a sloppy by-product of evolution. Now, though, we realize that there are multiple codons for each amino acid specifically so that genes can be read, spliced, and translated in multiple different ways to achieve jaw-dropping regulatory networks.

These regulatory networks appear exquisitely designed. This diagram compares that of a bacteria e. coli (left) to the “call graph” of the modern Linux OS (right). Linux, of course, is one of the most popular operating systems for mobile devices, web servers, and film production. Disney uses it. And without getting into details here, the bacteria makes Linux look pretty bad.
From: Comparing genomes to computer operating systems in terms of the topology and evolution of their regulatory control networks.

Concluding comments:

‘If you believe what we are finding these days is explicable from purely natural random and selected processes you have more faith than I do. For these and many other reasons.’ “I’ve jumped ship and have come to believe this has to be Designed!

Welcome to all those who may have begun to appreciate Romans 1:20…..

“For his invisible qualities are clearly seen from the world’s creation onward, because they are perceived by the things made, even his eternal power and Godship, so that they (those who see them) are inexcusable.”

Quotation: “The first gulp from the glass of natural sciences will make you an evolutionist, but at the bottom of the glass God is waiting for you.” (Werner Heisenberg, father of Quantum Mechanics.)

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RC Church: a corrupt organization by Neil Macdonald (originally published 2018)   Leave a comment

Just re-read this article by Neil Macdonald and was struck by its frank truthfulness. It seems like it has not received the attention it should have, so I’m adding it to my site for that reason. This link to the published article still works;  https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/grand-jury-report-1.4798291

Here is a slimmed down version:

By secular standards, the Catholic Church is a corrupt organization and
Federal authorities should treat it like one!
Neil Macdonald · CBC News · Posted: Aug 26, 2018 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: August 26, 2018

WARNING: This column contains disturbing details

Imagine for a moment that a big, admired multinational corporation, one selling a beloved product, was employing large numbers of male pedophiles and rapists, operating in rings all over the world, and that their crimes had been uncovered in Australia, Ireland, Canada, the Philippines, Belgium, France, Austria, New Zealand, Argentina, Chile, Britain, Germany and the United States, and, further, that senior executives had systematically covered up and suppressed evidence, transferring and enabling hundreds of predators, betraying thousands of victims.
What would happen to the company is not terribly difficult to imagine.
At a minimum, the U.S. government would likely use its Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) law to go after not only the rapists and molesters, but also the company’s executives, up to and including its CEO if possible, seizing the company’s assets and seeking the harshest possible prison terms. That’s the sort of thing RICO was invented for. The company would almost certainly collapse.
But of course no company’s warranty guarantees everlasting life, and no company maintains that its CEO is chosen by God.

Grand jury report: (continued) The Roman Catholic church does, which is the only explanation for why, after the release of a grand jury report that detailed more than 1,000 cases of sexual abuse in Pennsylvania over several decades by more than 300 predators in clerical collars, many of whom are still alive, millions of American Catholics continued to attend mass.
The report detailed anal, oral and vaginal rape. It told of cases like the Pittsburgh priests who forced a young boy to strip naked and pose as Christ on the cross, then photographed him and shared the pictures for their later enjoyment – an in-church child pornography operation.
Or the priest who forced a nine-year-old boy to perform oral sex on him, then “purified” the boy’s mouth with holy water. Or another priest who forced his victim to confess to him.
More than 1,000 children abused by Pennsylvania priests, report says
‘We showed no care for the little ones’: Pope’s letter vows to end sex abuse, coverups
Pennsylvania’s attorney general, Josh Shapiro, told reporters last week that high church officials “routinely and purposefully described the abuse as ‘horseplay’ and ‘wrestling,'” choosing to transfer the pedophiles to other congregations (where they’d have a whole new selection of horseplay partners), or send them away for prayerful reflection before returning to duty.
Unfortunately, though, Shapiro said, the statute of limitations has run out in most of the cases, or the priests involved had died.
Pity, Shapiro was implying, because if they could, authorities would vigorously pursue and prosecute and imprison not only the perpetrators, but their enablers and protectors.
Or not. Actually, probably not. Inevitably, that scale of prosecution – we are talking about inflicting severe damage to the Catholic Church in the United States – would require steadfast political will, and seriously, what politician seeking re-election wants to alienate 24 per cent of Americans, many of whom, despite clear evidence of the church’s moral rot, insist on believing it is infallible?  Pope Francis released an open letter to the world’s Catholics after the Pennsylvania revelations, basically repeating the company line. (Alessandra Tarantino/Associated Press)
The same goes elsewhere. Revelations of horrors in all the above-mentioned Western countries (here in Canada, there was documented abuse in Quebec, British Columbia, Ontario, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, where the church’s Mount Cashel orphanage was operated as sort of a prison for child sex slaves) resulted in dismissals of some church officials, some lawsuits and a handful of criminal convictions, but not much more than that.
Each time, the Pope or one of his high subalterns would lament human frailty, and drone on about the sacred duty to protect the most vulnerable, while privately fighting to thwart civil suits or conspiring to keep facts from investigating authorities.
Pope Francis, who enjoys the most saintly reputation of any recent pope (except for John Paul II, who was actually made a saint, despite all the ugly revelations on his watch) released an open letter to the world’s Catholics after the Pennsylvania revelations, basically repeating the company line: gosh, sorry, that was terrible, we must do better, God bless you all, go in peace.
Noting first that “most of these cases belong to the past,” (don’t all cases belong to the past?) the Pope banged on for 2,000 words about feeling the pain of the vulnerable, and the necessity of ensuring it doesn’t happen again (and again and again and again), but his central theme was expressed right off the top in a line from Corinthians: “If one member suffers, all suffer together with it.”
Yes. Of course. Let’s compare the spiritual suffering the Pope claims the revelations have caused him to that of a child being sodomized by an adult stalker in a clerical collar, a monster the boy probably doesn’t think he’s even allowed to complain about.
Resisting change
The right thing for the Pope to do would be to waive his sovereign privilege (he is a sitting head of state), and invite criminal authorities to freely and fully access church records worldwide, and drain the holy swamp. He might also consider at this stage ordaining women, because women are God’s creatures too, perfectly able to spiritually guide the faithful, and, umm, don’t tend to rape children.
But the privileged old men who run the church aren’t going to allow any of that. They’re a bit like gun control opponents, opposing an obvious solution on doctrinaire grounds.
There actually have been a few attempts to use the RICO statute against priests, notably in Cleveland, but jurors did not convict.
When former Oklahoma governor and former federal prosecutor Frank Keating, a practicing Catholic, compared the church’s obsession with secrecy to the Mafia’s, Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles demanded his ouster from a church board examining clerical abuse. Keating resigned from the panel.
Mahony, who covered up sexual abuse by priests in California, according to church records, retired peacefully at age 75. Only after a court order compelled the Los Angeles archdiocese to open its files on abuse was Mahony gently rebuked by the church.
The National
Pope Francis condemns priestly sexual abuse.
Pope Francis condemned priestly sexual abuse and its cover-up by the Catholic Church, in a public letter. In addition to demanding accountability, Francis begged forgiveness for the pain suffered by victims and said Catholics must be involved in any effort to root out abuse. 2:11
By any secular standard, the Catholic Church is a corrupt organization. It in fact sets the standard for impunity.
Cardinal Bernard Law, who presided over the coverup of the church’s famous Boston sex abuse scandals, was plucked and brought to Rome by Pope John Paul II, where he resided until he died at the Vatican, beyond the reach of American prosecutors.
Earlier this year, after Bishop Juan Barros of Chile was accused of covering up clerical abuse, Pope Francis denounced the accusers’ “calumny.” When it turned out that there was merit to the accusations, and that the Vatican had been informed of the problem, Francis claimed he’d been misinformed. A few weeks later, all 34 of Chile’s bishops tendered their resignations. Francis eventually accepted three of them.
And now, Catholic activist Susan Reynolds has gathered thousands of signatures on a letter demanding the resignation of all American bishops. It would be the right thing to do, but at a guess, the very notion amuses America’s bishopry, comfortable in their armour of piety.
RICO, aggressively deployed by federal prosecutors using wiretaps, search warrants and informants, would be far more effective. They can’t all flee to Rome.
This column is part of CBC’s Opinion section. For more information about this section, please read this editor’s blog and our FAQ.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Neil Macdonald
Opinion Columnist
Neil Macdonald is an opinion columnist for CBC News, based in Ottawa. Prior to that he was the CBC’s Washington correspondent for 12 years, and before that he spent five years reporting from the Middle East. He also had a previous career in newspapers, and speaks English and French fluently, and some Arabic.
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Koran and Book of Mormon vs Bible   Leave a comment

This is a copy of article (last of 3 parts) written by Bill Underwood,

columnist for  Phoenix Signs of the Times Examiner.

Several commenters pointed out that I was taking it as a given that the Bible was the touchstone with which these other books must conform. I have been at pains to point out that it isn’t me saying that, but Muslims and Mormons themselves who claim to believe the Bible, and claim that their books are additions to, not replacements of, the Bible. Still, it is true that I do have a prejudice in favor of the Bible. I admit to believing the Bible is inspired, (ed: by God).

Why do I believe the Bible, and the Bible alone, is from God? Frankly, since I’ve been studying it all my life, it would take me longer than the space available in this column to answer that, but let me just hit some of the highlights.

Science:
The Koran says the sun sets at night in a pond. (Sura 18:86)
The Book of Mormon speaks of diseases “to which men were subject by the nature of the climate.” ( Alma 46:40) It was a common belief in Joseph Smith’s day that some diseases were caused by the climate. Malaria, for example, was believed to be caused by the humid air of a swamp, (mal = bad, aria = air) rather than being transmitted by the mosquitoes that lived in the swamp.
Bible writers were not swayed by the non-scientific beliefs of their time. While it is certainly no science book, what it says conforms with proven scientific fact. For example, it describes the earth as round, and hanging unsupported in space. This at a time when most of the human race believed the earth was flat and supported on the back of a huge elephant.

Prejudice:
The Koran incites prejudice against Jews, Christians, and even ‘ignorant Arabs’: “The Arabs of the desert are the worst in Unbelief and hypocrisy, and most fitted to be in ignorance.” (Koran 9:97)
The Book of Mormon incites prejudice, stating that dark skin is a curse and white skin is a blessing: “And their curse was taken from them, and their skin became white like unto the Nephites.” (3 Nephi 2:15; see also 1 Nephi 13:15)
The Bible is entirely without prejudice: “God shows no partiality. In every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.” (Acts 10:35)
God’s justice:
The Koran says the wicked will burn in Hell.
The Book of Mormon says the wicked will burn in Hell.
The Bible says the wicked will cease to exist. (1 Samuel 2:9; Job 3:17; Psalm 37:9,10, 34, 38; Psalm 104:35; Proverbs 2:22)
Jesus’ sacrificial death:
The Koran says Adam repented and God forgave him. Hence no one inherited sin, and there is no need for a ransom.
The Book of Mormon says Adam repented and God forgave him; I agree with the logic of the Koran: If we didn’t inherit sin from Adam, why do we need Jesus’ sacrifice? Nevertheless, the BoM still speaks much of it, and calls on all to believe in Jesus.
The Bible says: “Through one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin, and so death passed on to all men inasmuch as all sinned.” (Romans 5:12)

Wisdom:
For me, the most powerful reason for believing the Bible is its wisdom. People who have lived – knowingly or unknowingly – by Bible precepts have had better lives than those who have not. Some of those precepts are:

Treat others as you would wish them to treat you.

Happy are they who realize their spiritual poverty.

A man who loves silver will never get enough silver.

Do not offer to remove the speck from your brother’s eye when you have a plank in your own.

A tranquil heart makes for a healthy body, but jealousy is like bone cancer.

Man’s anger does not accomplish God’s righteousness.

There is more happiness in giving than in receiving.

Take a minute to ponder that last one. Look around at your neighbors. Many of them seem to be living by the principle that there is more happiness in getting. “When I get that car… when I get that house… when I get that girl, then I’ll be happy.” Left to their own devices, these people could go through their entire lifetimes without ever discovering the truth that there is more happiness in giving. That’s because this is God’s thinking, not human thinking.

For me, this is a “Wow!” point. The wisdom of the Bible is the best proof of its inspiration.

If you believe the Koran is inspired, if you believe that the Book of Mormon is inspired, I have one challenge for you:   Show me a “Wow!” point from either of those works. To qualify as a “Wow!” it must be a principle that is true, profound, and something most humans don’t seem to be following, something they would never think of on their own.   Oh, and one more thing: It needs to be a principle that was not already covered in the Bible.   Because, Koran believer, Book of Mormon believer, it is your contention that God had more to say after the Bible was finished. And it’s my contention that He did not.

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Evolution Critique   51 comments

Please note; There never has, and never will be, an evolutionary jump, gradual or otherwise, from one genetic ‘kind’ to another!

I know that probably isn’t what you’ve been taught, or what the general media promotes, but I truly believe reasonable people will at least have serious doubts after considering the evidence.

For example; there has never been, nor ever will be, a ‘beneficial’ mutation!

Think about it; mutations, animal or vegetable, always result in degradation of some kind. Mutations simply do not result in improvements, period. In simple terms a mutation is a damaged DNA gene, causing defects or illness. And even though the theory of evolution dictates there has to have been millions of them to produce some significant change in life forms, there is simply no evidence this ever happened, not even one, except in science fiction such as in ‘Mutants’ movies!

On the other hand there’s a a very natural and normal process called ‘entropy’! Entropy is literally the breaking down to ‘disorder’ from something that is ‘ordered’. This applies to inanimate objects as well as animate (living) cells. Think about what would happen to your car if you were to park it in a farmers field and do nothing to it for 80 years. In time it would deteriorate and eventually be reduced to little more than basic elements.

With living cells the same natural process is simply called aging (or ageing).  Remember the Eagles song ‘All We Are Is Dust In The Wind’? Even better stated in scripture; “For dust you are and to dust you will return.” (Genesis 3:19)

The same principle applies to any living creature born with an abnormality, not withstanding the help of modern medical science. A defect will not and cannot be an improved version of any particular kind, much less be a ‘stepping stone’ to becoming an entirely ‘different’ kind of creature!

Indeed, all biological creatures, human or animal age, (atrophy) and die, returning to dust just the same as physical objects eventually do.

This is science fact, not fiction, and it cannot be ignored.  Yet that is what is done by those advocating evolution.

To further demystify this theory; within the dog ‘family’, there are a great variety of animals, all related, from foxes to wolves to jackals and coyote’s, besides a countless number of domestic dog’s.  Great diversity within the dog family for sure, and all genetically linked. Yet at no time has a ‘dog kind’ of animal ever been a ‘bird kind’, a ‘fish kind’, or an ‘insect kind’ of creature, or vice versa, except in human imagination!

This must not be confused with the well proven capability of most life forms to adapt to environmental conditions.  Environmental adaptation should not be confused with the idea of evolution, so please ‘read my lips’….

‘Adaptation is not evolution!’  It simply does not result in a stepping stone or so-called big jump change to a different family kind of creature!

A good example is Darwin’s observation of Finches. He noted there was a change in the size and shape of bird beaks as they ‘adapted’ to different food sources. But that ‘natural adaptation’ does not begin to support evolutionary changes!

Variations in each ‘family kind’ are often confused by the human designation of ‘species’.  For example a wolf and a fox terrier may be regarded as different species, as categorized by anthropologists etc, but that does not make them different ‘family kinds’ of animal.  The same is true of black or gray squirrels, varieties of moths, or the 10,000 ‘species’ of birds!

In other word, defining creatures as different species does not necessarily separate them genetically, they may simply be a member of their own ‘family kind’. Describing animals within each ‘family kind’ as different ‘species’ merely tends to obfuscate reality.*  Separation of family kinds by this arbitrary and often confusing method is a little like classifying basketball players as different from each other because they play on different teams, wearing different colored shorts!

The point is that there has never been fundamental changes within each and every ‘family kind’ so as to become a member of a ‘different family kind’.

And that includes us humans. For example; Asian, Caucasian, Negroid, Germanic, et al, are all simply members of ‘human kind’.  All are of the very same genetic pool, not different ‘species’.  Evolutionists designations not withstanding, humans are not, and never have been, part of the ape family kind, or any other family kind of creature.

Recent genome studies are adding more proof of this every day.  Humans and apes are simply unrelated, that is a science fact.**

Therefore please do not be misled by a confusing and completely unsupported theory.  So-called ‘transitional’ human artifacts, namely bits and pieces of bone which likely could be contained in a single travel trunk, and do not even begin to support the idea of millions of years of so called ‘dead ends’ as required by this theory, or its many variations. Evolutionary theories, based on the mythical idea of ‘millions of years’ of mutations has been so frequently revised and re-worked is not even just a single unified theory anymore.

No matter how many millions of year’s are suggested, basic well-proven scientific principals apply, and those principles completely contradict evolution.  It will always remain just a theory no matter how frustrating that is for its advocates.

Frankly, in my view, the main proponents are those who are too proud to accept the obvious… namely; all life on earth, animal and vegetable, is so highly complex and detailed that it simply could not be other than the product of a power and intelligence far beyond our human understanding, well known in most cultures as the ‘Creator’.

‘Creation’, often described as ‘mother nature’, should not be marginalized by theories which attempt to undermine the glory and beauty of our blue marble planet, and especially not its wise, supremely intelligent Creator.

Nature at its best, click her

Indeed all life on earth, including ‘mankind’, gives abundant evidence of an awesome Creator, the one who made “each one according to its kind” so that everything was “very good”.   (please read Genesis, chapter 1, in the holy Bible).

But if you are still in doubt, please view this very revealing youtube video.  If your not convinced of ‘divinity’ after seeing what this Mathematician has to say, there is nothing more to be said!

Click here….  From Conception to Birth!

* Species reference link, click here:

The Species ‘Problem’

**  International science team concludes;  “During the last decade it was commonly accepted that humans and…. chimpanzees, only differed by 1.24 % in our DNA sequences. This (new) discovery shows that this figure is absolutely incorrect and, what is more, may be ten times higher.” Also; “Humans and primates are qualitatively different.”   (extract from 2009 study), click here for…  2009 science team report

For views of a DNA scientist, visit my post: ‘Evolution vs Intelligent Creation’

https://new2view.wordpress.com/2019/10/28/evolution-vs-intelligent-creation/

Noted quotation: “The first gulp from the glass of natural sciences will make you an evolutionist, but at the bottom of the glass God is waiting for you.” Werner Heisenberg (father of Quantum Mechanics.)


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Is the Bible the Inspired Word of God ?   Leave a comment

 

This is a re-print of a well-circulated email I received.  I do not know the author, but am very impressed with the logic offered, perhaps you will be also…?

Is the Bible the Inspired Word of God?

During a question and answer session at a recent speaking engagement, a university student asked me, “Why do you believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God?”  Now this is a very interesting question; and probably one of the most important questions any Christian could ask themselves.  What is so special, so unique about the Bible that Christians believe it is literally the inspired word of God?

In answering this student’s question, I encouraged him to consider the following facts about the Bible:

First, the Bible is not just one single book.  This is a more common misconception than many people realize, especially with people who do not come from a Judeo-Christian background.  Rather than being a single book, the Bible is actually a collection of 66 books, which is called the canon of scriptures.  These 66 books contain a variety of genres: history, poetry, prophecy, wisdom literature, letters, and apocalyptic just to name a few.

Second, these 66 books were written by 40 different authors.  These authors came from a variety of backgrounds: shepherds, fishermen, doctors, kings, prophets, and others.  And most of these authors never knew one another personally.

Third, these 66 books were written over a period of 1500 years.  Yet again, this is another reminder that many of these authors never knew or collaborated with one another in writing these books.

Fourth, the 66 books of the Bible were written in 3 different

languages.  In the Bible we have books that were written in the ancient languages of Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic; a reflection of the historical and cultural circumstances in which each of these books were written.

And finally, these 66 books were written on 3 different continents:

Africa, Asia, and Europe .  Once again, this is a testament to the varied historical and cultural circumstances of God’s people.

Think about the above realities: 66 books, written by 40 different authors, over 1500 years, in 3 different languages, on 3 different continents.  What’s more, this collection of books shares a common storyline- the creation, fall, and redemption of God’s people; a common theme- God’s universal love for all of humanity; and a common message-salvation is available to all who repent of their sins and commit to following God with all of their heart, soul, mind and strength. In addition to sharing these commonalities, these 66 books contain no historical errors or contradictions.  God’s word truly is an amazing collection of writings!

After I had shared the above facts with this student, I offered him to find an equivalent book or books.  I.e. they must share a common storyline, a common theme, and a common message, with no historical errors or contradictions.”  I went on to say, “If you can produce such a collection of books, I will admit that the Bible is not the inspired word of God.”  The student’s reply was almost instantaneous, he emphatically stated, “But that’s impossible!”

“But that’s impossible!”  It truly is impossible, for any collection of human writings.  However, the Bible passes this test.  The Bible contains 66 books, written by 40 different authors, over 1500 years, in 3 different languages, on 3 different continents, with no historical errors or contradictions.  The entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, bears the mark of Divine inspiration.

The next time you encounter someone who asks you why you believe the Bible is the inspired word of God, try sharing this challenge with them.  Better yet, don’t wait until you’re asked, just go ahead and share this challenge with a friend today. You don’t even have to mention the Bible up front, just ask them if they think it would be realistic to assemble such a collection of books.  After they say, “But that’s impossible!” you’ve got a ready-made opportunity for sharing the truth of God’s word with somebody!ng challenge: I said to him, “If you do not believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God, if you do not believe that the Bible is of a supernatural origin, then I challenge you to a test.”  I said to the student, “I challenge you to go to any library in the world, you can choose any library you like, and find 66 books which match the characteristics of the 66 books in the Bible.  You must choose 66 books, written by 40 different authors, over 1500 years, in 3 different languages, written on 3 different co

‘Altered Reality’   Leave a comment

                          

Imagine a stealthy entity able to enter your cerebral cortex through your eyes, ears, even your mouth. Subtly it both stimulates and damages your brain cells.

Indeed there is such a worldwide plague even now infecting humans from infancy to adulthood!

This destructive entity goes undetected at first, but as time goes on it is transforming. Soon it begins to shape your very personality by altering, influencing, and even directing thoughts and conduct adversely.

Breaking free from it and reversing negative damage is extremely difficult, similar to addictions like smoking and drugs. And like those additions its unhealthy effects can be long lasting, in many cases having caused loss of objectivity; individuality; balanced perspective; even morality, and reasoning ability!

I submit this is a very real existing global epidemic throughout society today. It may well be described as ‘smart phone neurosis’!

Evolution vs Creation   Leave a comment

Copyright; Gavin Hurlimann (slightly edited)

Note: this article supplements my own ‘Evolution Critique’ posting.

   
 
SPOILER ALERTIf you’re an atheist stop reading here. You will hate this answer.

The disciplines of science have already proven that the Christian God of the Bible exists because the solid, rigid, fixed & unbreakable laws of physics.

To avoid fish hooks, confusion & for the ease of the reader; let’s be VERY EXACT with our terms & definitions. 

The Laws of Thermodynamics are concerned with heat, mechanical energy, and the conversion between the two. All physical, biological, & chemical processes known to man are subject to these laws. Science often speaks of four (4) laws of thermodynamics, but only two (2) have any meaningful connection to Christianity.

They are the first (1st) & second (2nd) laws of thermodynamics.

It’s important to note that these “Laws” are not a hypothesis. They are fixed, rigid, consistent & unbreakable by anything/anyone in the natural world.

1) The first (1st) law of thermodynamics – also known as the conservation of energy – states; “Nothing is presently coming into existence or going out of existence: matter & energy may be converted into one another, but there’s no net increase in the combined total of what exists”.

In other words, even if matter is converted to energy and vice versa, there will never be an “increase or decrease” in the total amount.

Therefore, if the matter and energy are neither created nor destroyed, then where did all the matter and energy in the universe come from?

Either;

a) the universe somehow came into existence without God, even though science has proved that it is impossible for something to arise out of nothing,

b) everything always existed in the universe, an idea that science has also proved impossible, or

c) God created it. This “is” most reasonable, plausible & rational explanation in light of this scientific Law & the following Laws & evidence.

1st Conclusion:

Science openly acknowledges that according to the first (1st) Law of Thermodynamics, there is no scientific explanation for the origins of the universe & life – apart from an Act of God.

2) The second (2nd) law of thermodynamics states that the entropy (breakdown or disorder) of a closed system cannot decrease, it only gets worse;

Every system, left to its own devices, always tends to move from order to diso, it’s energy tends to be transformed into lower levels of availability (for work), ultimately becoming totally random & unavailable for work”.

Scientist & author Isaac Asimov explains; “The universe is constantly getting more disorderly. . . . .all we have to do is “nothing” & everything deteriorates, collapses, breaks down, wears out, by itself – and that is what the second law of thermodynamics is all about.”

Two simple examples of entropy;

1) The exterior paint on an un-maintained house with eventually peel & fall off.

2) All human beings break down & die. The current death rate from old age is 100%.

In other words, left to itself & over time, everything tends toward disorder, randomness, and disorganization – unless there is intervention by an intelligent utility.

Naturalistic evolution “demands” that every physical system, from the atomic level on up, is the result of a spontaneous and increasingly complex and well-ordered process of assembly. Darwin suggested that living organisms, for instance, came about via a long string of infinitely complex, yet “random” evolutionary processes.

If planet Earth was an entirely closed system, such progression would be in complete violation of the second (2nd) law of thermodynamics. It’s important to note, however, that our planet is “NOT a closed system” in terms of thermodynamics, mostly because planet Earth is receiving energy from the sun.

However, the hypothesis of evolution runs contrary to the second (2nd) law of thermodynamics is on a general, large-scale view.

Entropy observed.

The trend, according to these unbreakable scientific laws, is that entropy (breakdown or disorder) is increasing, and thus natural processes must also be breaking down – not building up or “evolving” into something more complicated as postulated by the hypothesis of evolution..

Simple observation empirically confirms the truth of the second (2nd) law of thermodynamics. Paint on a house chips and peels. Dust builds up. The house itself falls into disrepair if preventative steps are not taken. Living things die & rot & finally decompose. We can observe the results of the second (2nd) law of thermodynamics every day.

The hypothesis of evolution however, requires much more than just a simple change in entropy (breakdown or disorder). For evolution to be valid, the theory requiresmore than water freezing or the formation of salt crystals or dust collecting into a solar system. To evolve from non-life, matter on Earth would have to constantly, consistently, and directly move “AGAINST” the force of entropy (breakdown or disorder). However, this is “scientifically impossible”.

DNA is NOT a result of naturalistic evolution as the science of DNA has proven.

Evolutionists claim that life evolved in very small, simple mutational steps over billions of years in an open system like Earth.

But mutations “ARE” entropy (breakdown or disorder) and mutations occurring in a constant, beneficial manner “ARE” a violation of the unbreakable, scientific, second (2nd) Law of Thermodynamics.

2nd Conclusion:

The first (1st) & second (2nd) scientific laws of thermodynamics are fixed, rigid, consistent & unbreakable. Nothing in our natural world – including the hypothesis of evolution – can violate them.Except according to science, an Act of God.

3) Since 2013 NASA & SETI astrobiologists have acknowledged that all DNA originates from an intelligence outside of the observation of our current utilities.

So in light of this, a belief in the God of Creation is “not unwarranted” – or at least, not dismissed without rational consideration.

To illustrate further, all plant, animal & human DNA requires three (3) critical components;

a) information

b) communication

c) language.

Genuine science views DNA as a marker of intelligence NOT evidence of biochemical evolutionary processes. In simple terms; DNA cannot be “made” by biological evolution.

So, the science of DNA “rules out” all plant, animal & human life observed yesterday & today as the current end game of the hypothesis of evolution.

Why is this not common knowledge?

Andrew Kibler provides an responsible explanation in his post of Dec 4 2018;

“Science can take a good 5 to 10 years before it even begins to become mainstream. That’s on a good note though. People’s beliefs, worldviews and careers are on the line with some scientific discoveries, so it could take even longer. When it was discovered that light had “travel time” it wasn’t instantaneouslyaaccepted. It took 50 years to become mainstream after some hard battles”.

So, using the Laws of Logic;

d) DNA exists in all plant, animal & human life.

e) DNA is not the product of naturalistic evolution.

f) DNA is a marker of intelligence.

g) Logically, DNA is the product of something outside of the utilities of science.

h) The certaincy of scientific law leaves us mere humans with a couple of alternatives. In Western civilization the intellegence that creates intricate individual DNA is commonly referred to as the God of the Bible

i) Or aliens, if God is too hard a pill to swallow.

J) Panspermia & Directed Panspermia – a possible scientific alternative to God “or” evolution, involving aliens has zero evidence & the hypothesis remains on the fringes of credibility.

k) Finally, modern physics has demonstrated that consciousness mind does exist independent of matter. Mind & matter can & do interact.

l)This is a game-changer for the scientism, atheistic obsessed, as there is now no scientific basis for denying God’s existence.

3rd & Final Conclusion:

According to the scientific first (1st) & second (2nd) Laws of Thermodynamics it is impossible for the hypothesis of evolution to occur.

According to the science of DNA, it is impossible for DNA to be created by an evolutionary naturalistic process.

Which leaves: Evidence + Belief + Faith = God.

And because God exists, it follows that He created everything, including us.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

A group of scientists are close to recognizing that there “might” be a God. They are astrobiologists.

S.E.T.I. stands for “Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence” and comprises several groups of scientists that were combining their expertise to try to discover if there is intelligent life anywhere out in the universe. [1]

In order to decide how they would recognize intelligent life, they had to determine some basic criteria that they could apply to observed phenomena that would characterize only intelligent origins. For example, if they saw certain patterns like Morse Code in a radio transmission, infra-red radiation, or gamma ray bursts, they would be certain that it had originated only at an intelligent source.

Since the early 1980s they have never detected any intelligent life anywhere else in the universe.

Recently however a couple of these scientists, Vladimir I. Cherbak and Maxim A. Makukovb, had the bright idea to apply the criteria they had created for SETI to the results of the DNA studies that have emerged. The conclusion was exactly one word, “Wow!”. [2]

They found that DNA shows patterns that could only have been created by intelligence. The odds of an error were less than 1 in 10 (exp) 13. (1 in 10 trillion). Their conclusion is that DNA is not random, but is the definite result of an “intelligence”.

The astrobiologists published their conclusions in a peer-reviewed journal in their field named Icarus. [3]. Peer-reviewed means that other experts in the same field have poured over their work and conclusions and have given it their consensus.

Click on the link below in [3] if you want to see some of the article and the charts of DNA that show the clear proof of intelligent design.

It’s likely you haven’t heard about this if you aren’t in the field. But it must be causing head scratching through a lot of research institutes and concern among evolutionists. It takes courage for these scientists to come forth and go against the entrenched dogma of evolutionists and the backlash that will surely come. But the truth will win out because it can’t be suppressed indefinitely.

[1] S.E.T.I. Wikipedia. Search for extraterrestrial intelligence – Wikipedia

“The search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) is the collective name for a number of activities people undertake to search for intelligent extraterrestrial life. SETI projects use scientific methods in this search. For example, electromagnetic radiation is monitored for signs of transmissions from civilizations on other worlds. Some of the most well known projects are run by Harvard University, the University of California, Berkeley and the SETI Institute.”

[2] The “Wow! signal” of the terrestrial genetic code. Vladimir I. shCherbak, Maxim A. Makukovb

ScienceDirect

Excerpt from the Abstract: “Here we show that the terrestrial code displays a thorough precision-type orderliness matching the criteria to be considered an informational signal. Simple arrangements of the code reveal an ensemble of arithmetical and ideographical patterns of the same symbolic language. Accurate and systematic, these underlying patterns appear as a product of precision logic and nontrivial computing rather than of stochastic processes (the null hypothesis that they are due to chance coupled with presumable evolutionary pathways is rejected with P-value < 10 (exp) –13). The patterns display readily recognizable hallmarks of artificiality, among which are the symbol of zero, the privileged decimal syntax and semantical symmetries. Besides, extraction of the signal involves logically straightforward but abstract operations, making the patterns essentially irreducible to natural origin.”

[3] Icarus Issue available online March 6, 2013. Wikipedia: Icarus (journal) – Wikipedia

“Icarus is a premier scientific journal dedicated to the field of planetary science. It is published under the auspices of the American Astronomical Society’s Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS). The journal contains articles discussing the results of new research on astronomy, geology, meteorology, physics, chemistry, biology, and other scientific aspects of the Solar System or extrasolar systems.

Source: Vladimir I. shCherbak & Maxim A. Makukovb: Icarus Journal May 2013.

Resources: The Wedge of Truth: Splitting the Foundations of Naturalism: Philip Johnson. Publisher, Intervarsity Press. Downers Grove, Illinois USA.

Ultimate Proof: Resolving the Origins Debate by Dr Jason Lisle. Publisher: New Leaf Publishing Group, Inc.

Heisenberg Uncertainty (indeterminacy) Principle: Dr Mario Beauregard, Dr Henry Stapp, Dr Richard Conn Henry, J.P. Moreland.

Psychology and Religion by Carl G Jung. Publisher: Yale University Press.

New Bible Commentary 21st Century Edition. Intervarsity Press. Leicester England.

Vladimir I. shCherback and Maxim A. Makukorb, Icarus Journal May 2013.

Is God a Delusion: Dr John Lennox 14 March 2015. YouTube.

The Mind and the Brain: Dr Jeffery M. Schwartz. Publisher Haper Collins.

Images: Google.

Copyright: Gavin Hurlimann 2019 

   
     

Posted March 30, 2022 by New2view in Uncategorized

Russian Avant-Garde Art   Leave a comment

                          Russian Avant-Garde Art Experience

Prior to the 1917 communist revolution in Russia there was a certain genre of art that flourished known as avant-garde ‘futurist’ style. Many of the artists were genuine anarchists, also LGBQ. Kandinsky, Malevich, Goncharova, Lissitzky, Popova, to name only a few! They produced many very unique works that today are considered legendary and highly collectible. However the communist revolution pretty much eliminated those works, only a limited number of their ‘authentic’ works survived.

My Russian wife and I sold a number of pieces purported to be by those artists on behalf of their owner, a relative. Since they lacked ‘provenance’ (documented traceable history) it was not possible to represent them as ‘authentic’ works, nevertheless those oil on canvass; acrylic; and water color works, certainly appeared to be so.

The owner dated his Russian ancestry back to the days, and even the court, of Tsar Nicholas II, which we heavily relied on. But, again, we were unable to state they were genuine authentic works.

Selling them became a rather exciting hobby for us. People from all over the world were buyers; Germany, Spain, Poland, USA, Russia and others.

Although I was a little uneasy about selling those pieces, it was made clear to buyers we did not guarantee authenticity. However, to us they certainly looked authentic, such as very old appearing media; oil on canvass, acrylic, and water colors. But of course we were by no means well qualified to judge.

Most buyers were well pleased with their purchases. But a few hastened to seek authenticity, no doubt hoping for a great financial windfall. However typically in the art world this is very difficult and expensive. In fact its said the majority of famous works in galleries around the world are fake copies of the real ones! There are very few recognized experts world-wide who are considered qualified to certify authenticity. We learned that such trusted ‘experts’ are elderly men in Europe. So you can imagine the voracity of their judgements.

Therefore a few buyers were disappointed. One in particular was a Moscow resident, quite likely a wealthy oligarch. He submitted his purchase to the prestigious Tretyakov Gallery hoping to verify a piece we sold him as authentic. But they said ‘nyet’ (no). However, he cheerfully didn’t want a refund, but simply asked to exchange it for other avant-garde pieces we had for sale, not even questioning their authenticity, so we obliged.

If you would like to learn more about the early Russian avant-garde art, which is highly collectable and valuable today, here is a google website: https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=avante+gard+1917+russian+art

Posted February 18, 2022 by New2view in Art, Artists, learning experience, Uncategorized, world-view

Sovereignty; bane of Nations!   Leave a comment

 

What is ‘sovereignty’ but the notion of a ‘right of rulership’. It is the fundamental protected ideal, and beating heart all nations share. They have even formed an organization for protecting their individual ‘right to rule’, its called the United Nations!

However, this concept of sovereignty has been the undoing, yes a basic flaw in humanity, why?  This over-riding desire to rule, I submit, has been a fundamental cause of almost all human conflicts throughout history.

Think about it; if a national group or country, no matter how varied or complex its society, had no ‘sovereignty rulership’ motivation, what would be the result?

My proposal is that there would simply be no basis for conflict between national groups or cultures whatsoever! Does that sound like an over simplificaton?  Humble acceptance of universal truth that all human societies and cultures are equal and entitled to be respected by all other societies and cultures without prejudice or competition, hence common sovereignty conflicts would simply not exist.

Inherent belief in the sovereignty of nations is a basic underlying cause of unwarranted disrespect and aggression. A world without domineering or even protective sovereignty ambitions would thereby be peaceful and completely respectful of its own people and other nations. Instead of ‘man seeking to dominate man’ eliminate boundaries, and dueling national conflicts would be a thing of the past. Nations would simply respect each other without malice. Mutual respect for all!

That said of course regulatory governance and laws would still be required. However the truth is that, in fact, the only true Sovereign, law maker and governor over the earth is the Creator of all life. He alone has the genuine ‘right of rulership’ to govern mankind. For more information on that fact please visit my posting here:  https://wp.me/pWQGc-tx

Posted February 9, 2022 by New2view in existential, Government, humanity, life, Uncategorized, world-view

The Mystery of the Pyramids   Leave a comment

Egyptian Pyramid Mystery partly explained!

The pyramids of Egypt are a true wonder of the world, of that there is no doubt. How they were constructed is a seemingly endless debate amongst researchers of all stripes for many decades.

One of the most intriguing theories to date is that a huge glass lens was employed to magnify solar energy. It focused the sun to heat and melt limestone, sand, and other readily available materials into a ‘concrete slurry’ that could be readily pored into wooden molds, thereby progressively forming the huge blocks as needed for construction. (see a link to video describing this process in great detail! *)

Apparently when hardened such cement closely resembles granite stone, but is infinitely more easily used for construction than actual stone blocks. If this was used, instead of centuries, only a number of years would have been required for construction, a far more believable time frame than is commonly believed otherwise.

My following assertion, given the approximate date of construction, being around 2500 BCE, may initially sound even more unique. Please read on.

My humble theory pertains to the designers and builders of these incredible enormous and detailed projects, whom I believe were ‘more than human’! Of course ‘aliens’ have long been suggested before, but wait, before you scoff listen to my alternate proposal…

Genesis chapter 6 in the Bible records a period of time that corresponds exactly with the building of the pyramids. It describes a rebellion of some spirit creatures, otherwise known as angels who ‘forsook their proper dwelling place’ and materialized as human males on earth!

They took and married flesh and blood women, producing hybrid sons named Nephilim. That Hebrew name indicates those hybrid sons dominated humans by having exceptional physical stature and strength.**

Therefore my suggestion is this; given the corresponding timeline for the existence of those materialized fathers and sons, these creatures could very well account for advanced knowledge and abilities which is evident in the detailed planning and construction of the pyramids!

Disagree if you will, but the biblical record of the existence of those beings is totally reliable, just as all other recorded historical events and prophecies in the Bible have been proven to be true.

Therefore it is my submission the answer to the mystery of pyramid construction fits perfectly with the existence of rebellious spirit creatures and their hybrid offspring! **
That said, I make no assertion about ‘why’ they did so. That remains another true mystery, which may someday be revealed by God.

* https://youtu.be/KMAtkjy_YK4
** more details about their ‘limited’ existence can be found on JW.org

TECHNOLOGY BUSTED!?   1 comment

                                     TECHNOLOGY; OR BUST!?

It has to be admitted that many beneficial labor-saving devices are now taken for granted, from refrigerators to washing machines and the like., however there are at least an equal number of examples of the misuse of technology such as the development of fearsome weapons of war; machine guns, bombs, chemical and biological weapons; atomic weapons; rockets, cruise missiles, drones, and laser space-weapons to name a few!  And these developments are ever increasing as nations strive for domination over one another at the expense of world peace and security for their populace.

Arguably, development of weapons has been and continues to be the priority of technological development, beginning in the 18th Century and continuing down to this day!  The planet works based on a series of well-balanced systems, and this has apparently completely upset the apple cart.

Does that not indicate the destruction of human life lives has been a the greater focus than any ‘benefits’ of technology? Tens of millions of people have been the victims of such developments, a great many of them innocent non-combatants.

Added to that sad fact, neither has any economic prosperity from technology made people happier, or provided safety and peace of mind!

Therefore surely the question should be asked; ‘do the benefits of scientific technology developments outweigh it’s detriments to society?’

Such thoughts are being expressed more and more by thoughtful people, such as renowned scientist, environmentalist René Dubos. In fact its fair to say that much of the distressing aspects of the modern world originate with the Industrial Revolution. The reality is that increased control over nature is actually a ‘zero sum game’.

For too long, we have been waging a senseless and suicidal war on nature. The result is three interlinked environmental crises: climate disruption, biodiversity loss and pollution that threaten our viability as a species.”   (UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres)

Enzo Maiorca (famous diver) said after rescuing a pregnant dolphin caught in a fish net and gratefully touched by its mate: “Until man learns to respect and communicate with the animal world, he will never be able to know his true role on this Earth.”

In the view of Science professor Mary Eleanor Clark, as we “rush to embrace technology, we have adopted a very temporal system: A hedonistic society that ignores the future.” “In America and other advanced cultures, belief in technology has become a religious faith.”

To that point, Martin Luther King said: “Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.”

Computer scientist Jacques Vallee feels that ‘high technology has acquired a momentum of its own, and it is now controlling society as much as society is controlling high technology.’  How scary is that!

Like the apprentice’s broomstick in the fairy tale, ‘the Sorcerer’s Apprentice’, technology is a powerful tool that could serve the greater good of mankind. But it has not been properly controlled, instead grossly misused, causing disastrous consequences, we are seeing more every day!

If you are seeking a better world, one with people of ‘good will’, living in peace, with plenty for all.  I invite you to further visit my blog here…

Paradise lost to Paradise regained

 

What we will never know, and that which we can know!   Leave a comment

What we

What we will never know, and that which we can know!

Please Note; this post is for the scientifically minded, and not just for everyone.


The following are excerpts credited to a post by Ryan F. Mandelbaum
Former Gizmodo physics writer and founder of Birdmodo, now a science communicator specializing in quantum computing and birds

There is a realm the laws of physics forbid us from accessing, below the resolving power of our most powerful microscopes and beyond the reach of our most sensitive telescopes. There’s no telling what might exist there.

Since the beginning of human inquiry, there have been limits to our observing abilities. Quantum mechanics and the Standard Model of Particle Physics have worked wonders at clarifying what goes on inside of atoms. However, with each of these successful theories comes hard-and-fast limits to our observing abilities. Today, these limits seem to define true boundaries to our knowledge.

On the large end, there is a speed limit that caps what we can see. It hampers any hope for us to observe most of our universe first-hand. The speed of light is more than just a speed limit. So we must contend with several horizons beyond which we can’t interact.

Another boundary lives on the other end of the scale called the ‘Planck scale’, the smallest meaningful numbers that quantum mechanics allows us to define. Zoom in between molecules, into the center of atoms, deep into their nuclei and into the quarks that make up their protons and neutrons. It’s a built-in limit to our understanding of the universe.

These fundamental limits, large and small, present clear barriers to our knowledge.
Our theories tell us that we will never directly observe what lies beyond these cosmic horizons or what structures exist smaller than the Planck scale. However, the answers to some of the grandest questions we ask ourselves might exist beyond those very walls. Why and how did the universe begin? What lies beyond our universe? Why do things look and act the way that they do? Why do things exist? Exploring the unanswerable belongs to philosophy or religion.

Walls that stop us from easily answering our deepest questions about the universe… well, they don’t feel very nice to think about. But offering some comfort is the fact that 93 billion light-years is very big, and 10^-35 meters is very small. Between the largest and the smallest is a staggering space full of things we don’t but ‘theoretically can know’.

Some things may always be beyond human knowledge. The Bible teaches that God exists “from everlasting to everlasting.” (Psalm 90:2) In other words, God had no beginning and will have no end. From a human point of view, “the number of his years is beyond comprehension.”​ (Job 36:26) and ‘…we will never find out the work that the true God has made from start to finish.’ (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

will never know, and that which we can know!

The following excerpts are taken from a post by Ryan F. Mandelbaum former Gizmodo physics writer and founder of Birdmodo, now a science communicator specializing in quantum computing and birds.

There is a realm the laws of physics forbid us from accessing, below the resolving power of our most powerful microscopes and beyond the reach of our most sensitive telescopes. There’s no telling what might exist there.

Since the beginning of human inquiry, there have been limits to our observing abilities. Quantum mechanics and the Standard Model of Particle Physics have worked wonders at clarifying what goes on inside of atoms. However, with each of these successful theories comes hard-and-fast limits to our observing abilities. Today, these limits seem to define true boundaries to our knowledge.

On the large end, there is a speed limit that caps what we can see. It hampers any hope for us to observe most of our universe first-hand. The speed of light is more than just a speed limit. So we must contend with several horizons beyond which we can’t interact.

Another boundary lives on the other end of the scale called the ‘Planck scale’, the smallest meaningful numbers that quantum mechanics allows us to define. Zoom in between molecules, into the center of atoms, deep into their nuclei and into the quarks that make up their protons and neutrons. It’s a built-in limit to our understanding of the universe.

These fundamental limits, large and small, present clear barriers to our knowledge.
Our theories tell us that we will never directly observe what lies beyond these cosmic horizons or what structures exist smaller than the Planck scale. However, the answers to some of the grandest questions we ask ourselves might exist beyond those very walls. Why and how did the universe begin? What lies beyond our universe? Why do things look and act the way that they do? Why do things exist? Exploring the unanswerable belongs to philosophy or religion.

Walls that stop us from easily answering our deepest questions about the universe… well, they don’t feel very nice to think about. But offering some comfort is the fact that 93 billion light-years is very big, and 10^-35 meters is very small. Between the largest and the smallest is a staggering space full of things we don’t but ‘theoretically can know’.

Some things may always be beyond human knowledge. The Bible teaches that God exists “from everlasting to everlasting.” (Psalm 90:2) In other words, God had no beginning and will have no end. From a human point of view, “the number of his years is beyond comprehension.”​ (Job 36:26) and ‘…we will never find out the work that the true God has made from start to finish.’ (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

 

Fire Hall #13   2 comments

                            Fire Hall #13

Among all the other things, great and small, that have changed over past decades, kids were allowed freedoms unimagined today. Security was also of far less a worry and concern.

For example, in my pre-teen youth, Fire Hall #13 just two blocks from my home would routinely leave their large firetruck doors wide open when answering a call. And since every man was on deck, no one was left to man the station!
No doubt this would be unheard of today. But amazingly that was exactly what happened one day when I was only 7-9 years young.

When ear-splitting fire truck sirens sounded, everyone in my East side Vancouver neighborhood knew exactly what was happening.
However as fire trucks rushed to the scene of a fire, they left the fire hall completely open and unoccupied! What greater opportunity could there possibly be for an active curious kid?

On at least one occasion I was drawn to explore fire hall #13 when it was unoccupied, even climbing up many stairs to second+story sleeping quarters. But that wasn’t all…!

Emboldened now I surveyed that upper room with its many unmade bunks, rubber boots, and canvas jackets, But now I was mesmerized by a large brass pole extending through a large hole all the way to the main floor! Of course it was the firefighter’s rapid means to man their engines without the potential chaos of having to run down stairs.

Would I; could I; do it…I immediately began to think..as my heart began to pound.? The distance required just to reach the pole was a man-sized open space. It was nearly the same distance as my total height at that age, but the more I looked the more I couldn’t resist the temptation, even with no one to witness the feat.

Jumping off the edge of the opening I just barely reached the pole, but now unexpectedly could not hold tight onto it!
Owing to my physical limitations, and without even knowing enough to wrap my legs around it, as is intended, but also due to the fact it was a shiny brass pole not designed to do anything but transport full grown men to a very speedy landing, I simply descending like a stone, landing hard on the rubber pad surrounding the base.

Thankfully that pad was just enough to break my fall. It may have prevented broken legs, but the physical shock was significant. Indeed that hard landing was enough to cause serious second thoughts about daredevil risks… temporarily at least!
However, my confidence wasn’t permanently injured, it was just another (secret) early lesson in life.

                                                       (the end)

Posted October 13, 2021 by New2view in adventure, hijinks, learning experience, life, Uncategorized

Divorce and financial consequences; the ugly truth!   2 comments

Please note; Inmho divorce is undesirable, period. The following experience and information is intended for education purposes, If it discourages divorce, well and good.

FMEP is under the Attorney General’s Ministry, (and we can all feel secure about that right?). This is a government authorized ‘collection agency’ which I believe contributes to a breakdown of society.

More than a little authority is exercised by employees of this agency, called ‘Enforcement Officers’. These government employees operate in secrecy from an undisclosed location for good reason. Even telephone calls are carefully monitored and restricted, callers being required to use a code before talking to EO’s.

FMEP collection officers are authorized to literally wreak havoc on ‘payors’, in fact they substantially alter lives, and bear in mind that payors are mainly non-criminal, B.C. citizens!

FMEP legislated authority comes from the ‘Family Maintenance Enforcement Act’ (FMEA), established for the expressed purpose of enforcing support payments ordered by the Courts. If you aren’t sure of the extent of enforcement you should read this act, its online here: http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/96127_01

Court Ordered support decisions are supposedly made for the benefit of disadvantaged parties to a divorce, usually wives and children. Sounds high-minded doesn’t it?  But  court decisions often have a major detrimental impact on the lives of divorced mates and parents, usually husbands and fathers. Regardless of that fact, ‘payors’ are just ‘collateral damage’ to Enforcement Officers.

Whenever a government assumes the role of enforcer of its citizens, red flags should be flying. There are inherent and significant dangers for society in this kind of legislation. At the very least, healthy public oversight should prevail from beginning to end.

Punitive FMEP enforcement powers include everything from serious invasions of privacy, to cleaning out personal bank accounts, imposing liens on homes, cars, and any other material assets, cancellation of passports and even drivers’ license renewals, and crippling credit ratings, to name some of the ‘highly destructive tools’ available to them! Even CPP, Old Age Pensions, and UI, can be garnisheed by FMEP agents. To say these actions are life-changing is a gross understatement!!

How did this arbitrary and abusive enforcement authority get started? Think about it; “Do governments ever prioritize the public interest over ‘their own’ best interests?!”If divorcees weren’t forced to pay support to unemployed former spouses, it would fall to the government to eventually provide some form of safety-net. That may explain the real motive for law-makers passing this legislation. They have a big stake in forcing non-criminal citizens to pay support since that relieves the government from taking social responsibility.

Ironically, in recent years moral judgments have been disregarded in favor of a secular approach under the Canada Divorce Act. Unfaithful spouses are not judged on the basis of morality, and both divorced parties are simply instructed to realistically ‘become self-supporting as soon as possible following divorce’.

So from a Federal point of view, the marriage is viewed much as any other commercial ‘contract’.Here’s a link to Federal Spousal Support Rules:  http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/fl-df/spousal-epoux/ss-pae.html
Yet, in spite of the Divorce Act’s secular approach, Provincial court decisions continue to impose financial burdens on payors’ as if they, the courts, are the ‘moral judge’ of the parties, the very opposite of how they must deal with contract disputes.

The effect of such ‘moral’ decisions go far beyond mere contractual obligations. They deeply affect the lives of divorced parties, especially payors, to their detriment. I believe this is also detrimental for society as a whole.

There is no argument that its necessary to fairly divide a family’s material things at the time of divorce, especially in consideration of any underage children involved. However, imposing the burden of long-term financial support for the sole benefit of a former spouse with no handicaps or children to care for, is clearly unwarranted!

Support for divorced wives may have been necessary a century ago, but those historic conditions are out of date. Women have equal employment opportunities (sometimes more and sometimes less), and the Federally legislated obligation to become self-supporting.

Forcing a former spouse to pay support inevitably fosters animosity, besides providing an actual incentive for self-seeking wives to initiate divorce in the first place.

In summary; Provincial Court support orders fly in the face of the Federal Divorce Act which treats the failed marriage as a broken contract, which it arguably is. Imposing an ongoing burden of debt on former husbands contributes to divorce actions and has a debilitating effect on society as a whole. Its divisive, contentious, and in many cases, grossly unfair as countless men will testify.

This is an ugly truth, made more so by the excessive collection powers granted to a handful of government bureaucrats.

Adding insult to injury once those support orders are made it becomes a debilitating drain on payors to mount a court challenge in order to try to change their support order. Courts are very reluctant to make changes to orders issued by their peers, regardless of difficulties and changes in the lives of the men burdened by them.

Courts regard most changes as merely the ‘choice’ of the payor, irrelevant to the ordered support payments. In other words genuine free choice is no longer possible for payors. Is that not an abuse of human rights and freedoms?
Is it even remotely possible for imperfect Judges to stipulate a completely fair and balanced support order? An ongoing ball and chain effect that will not have a major impact on payors for five, ten, or even twenty years in the future..? Hardly!

So stressed by court imposed support orders, distraught payors have sometimes even committed suicide. (And that’s not even mentioning the trauma of child custody issues.)

No, I certainly don’t have all the answers to these difficult divorce issues, but the present methods of placing the burden of support on husbands is clearly not the answer and should not be left up to the courts.

Unfortunately, most people are unaware of the quasi-police powers which have been given to the FMEP bureaucracy by the government. Why doesn’t this agency have public oversight?

They can, and do, abuse innocent citizens with little disregard for the charter of rights and freedoms.

In fact its very questionable if the Family Maintenance Act would be able to withstand a Supreme Court of Canada legal challenge.
The FMEP is not even accountable to a provincial ombudsmen! They can and do blithely enforce flawed court decisions with impunity. The have been given powers well beyond those allowed for mere debt-collectors. This is blind-folded justice and frankly; it stinks!  There are few benefits to society from granting such authority to mere public employees.This system is not working well, and never will work well; I rest my case.

 

Commissionaire Experience   Leave a comment

 

 

            Commissionaire Experience

 

Of all the jobs, and there were many, I’ve done over the decades, perhaps the most interesting was as a Commissionaire.

For those under the age of 60 in particular, the Royal Canadian Corp or Commissionaires is an association of mostly former armed forces service personnel, hired to perform contracted security work across Canada.

As a new member, after (surprisingly) ‘aceing’ the obligatory government Security course, my first assignment was as a White Rock by-law Enforcement Officer. Although as mentioned it was a contract job, we felt like we were part of the White Rock city team, in full cooperation with the local RCMP detachment (sorry about all those parking tickets :-).

I was also assigned as a gate keeper at a large brewery, a CNR container shipping yard, mail sorter and deliverer in a mail room in a high rise office tower in Vancouver, and so on. Indeed the sites were many and varied.

But the most interesting job site assignment for me was at the OCA (Organized Crime Agency). I can discuss this because their name has been changed (but not their purpose) and they are now located in a new multi-million dollar Surrey RCMP headquarters building.But at the time I was assigned, it was located in an unmarked converted industrial building on Annacis Island. 

Commissionaires like me controlled all entree and exit by remote control. We also monitored multi external building cameras, even passing traffic was recorded. Of course all personnel had to use magnetic access cards. Night shifts were rather eerie, literally a hundred or more humming computers on several floors with few personnel were our primary companions. (Speaking of that, (ahem), I received a commendation from the Commandant for suggesting computers could be safely shutdown each night to save electricity.)

I had some further employment connection with that agency apart from the Commissionaires, but its probably not appropriate to publish details about that, even though its technical history now. Suffice to say it was a one of a kind unique experience for me to be associated with major organized crime-fighters.     
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Posted September 20, 2021 by New2view in Government, life, Uncategorized