Paradise lost to Paradise regained   Leave a comment

‘Goodbye Cruel World!’
…Hello New World!
Worldwide nearly 800,000 people have committed suicide during the past year, 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

SPACE FLIGHT!   Leave a comment

What is driving the ever-increasing efforts for space flights.? Could it be a few moments of relief from, pardon the expression, a declining planet?

Indeed, in all honesty the human imprint on this beautiful creation can only be described as disgraceful. I need not list well known degrading stats, they are becoming so well publicized today.

So why is the ‘great race’ now focusing on space flight, even about travelling to Mars at great expense!?

Surely this is a fair question to ask given the very expensive international competition today. The enormous expenditure and use of human and material resources begs an answer.

After all, better alternative uses of such resources are endless in this pandemic world, such as hunger; poverty; homelessness; crime; and the list goes on. It could well be argued these and many other societal issues should be the real international priorities!

Instead there is an intense focus on searching for greater knowledge of outer space, Mars in particular. This is clearly a search that will never be completed. In fact the usual consequence of exploration and research is ever more unanswered questions!

True, thirst for knowledge is definitely part of the human equation. But that desire is parallel to ever increasing problems mankind has created. It may be said that ‘never the twain will meet’ when it comes to these two primary issues; the quest for knowledge, and resolving human failures, both natural and societal, they are both seemingly endless issues. But I digress;

To get back to the original question; why has the race to explore space, and Mars in particular, taken on such urgency today?

I am only one humble member of the human family, but imho it’s like this; mankind is seeking to obviate its societal failures, otherwise known as an attempt to escape the reality of human failures on earth! Failures I will not list here but honest people will freely admit they exist in spades, both physical and spiritual.

No doubt, this answer will offend ardent supporters of space exploration owing to a basic desire in all of us to learn more about our place in the universe. However, please consider my reasoning seriously; what is more important: increasing knowledge of outer space that will not and never can be fully satisfied; or serious commitment for the betterment of the earth and mankind now? The answer is surely obvious to sincere people.

Please visit JW.org



Posted August 2, 2020 by New2view in Uncategorized

Koran and Book of Mormon vs Bible   Leave a comment

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.


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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LIfe on Mars!?   Leave a comment

The recent ‘curiosity’ probe is already being used to justify appeals for even greater exploration of Mars.

Personally, I’ve always been excited about exploring beyond earth, in spite of the more mature realization that the earth itself has not even begun to be explored, especially oceanic life forms.

However ever-expanding searches based on purely speculative ideas that arise from the curiosity probe must be offset by a reality check.  E.g. what does the ‘environment’ for life, vs. the ‘absence’ of organic molecules fundamental to life really say?

Even if the ‘building blocks’ of life were discovered, as unlikely as that is, there are no signs of ‘actual’ life, past or present, should that not lead us to a very obvious logical conclusion?

That conclusion is this; the earth, with all its diverse and abundant life forms, is truly a unique and intelligent creation by an unfathomably wise and loving Creator!

There is simply no other reasonable deduction based on all facts available. Speculation and imagination notwithstanding, this is simply a matter of accepting reality.  Are we so lacking in basic humility that we ‘cannot see the woods for the trees’? All observable evidence right up to date points to this one truth; we humans are part of a very unique intelligent creation along with all the other amazing life-forms on earth.

Therefore how much better it would be to focus on discerning ‘the plan’, or ‘reasons’ for this wondrous creation, instead of the terribly wasteful and unproductive continuous search for imaginary, wholly unintelligent origins of life!

Dec.2nd update:

The latest report from NASA indicates “earthly contamination” may be compromising Curiositys test results!  Zillions of dollars, enormous time and effort, and some test results will be controversial if not completely invalidated!?

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 the  following 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 continents.  However, 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!

Posted January 23, 2012 by New2view in Uncategorized

A flight to remember!   1 comment

                                          A FLIGHT TO REMEMBER!

Clipping the edges of thick cloud over the mighty Columbia River gorge, I headed for a former USAF airstrip in Eastern Washington State near the Canadian border. Sadly it would be my last flight in Mooney N1060B.

The adventure began a few years earlier as I searched for a bargain-priced airplane, straining my eyes on those tiny Aviation Plane ads. With a little extra cash sale of a fixer-uper real estate project burning a hole in my pocket, I was hoping to pursue my much loved flying hobby after several years of absence.

Eureka! There it was. A vintage Mooney, the very same wood-wing 20A model I had previously owned, and at a bargain price! Of course the reason was obvious; it ‘needed work’.

Far from discouraging me however, this was an added incentive! Having owned two previous early-model M20A’s, one with a wood wing and tail, and one with a converted metal wing and tail, this fixer-upper held no undue concerns for me.

Soon I was on an American Airrlines DC-10 streaking for Louisville Kentucky and a date with a car dealer owner of several airplanes.

Although he looked a little skeptical when he met me at the airport, possibly because I was younger that his own age of approximately 40. Still, he immediately loaned me one of his used car lot vehicles, saying he would need a day or two to get the plane ready for my intended cross-country return flight to California – but only after verifying my bank draft check mind you.

The next day, after retuning to the airport to recover my Canadian re-routed baggage, I tried in vain to be interested in touring the Louisville area. However my mind remained focused on the purpose at hand.

Joining up with the seller on the second day, we drove over the bridge to an airplane parts supply store in Indiana. Back at the local airport garage I watched and handed tools as he confidently rolled up his sleeves and proceeded to install new piston rings in the venerable 180 h.p. Lycoming 360 engine.

It was quite evident Mooney N1060B had not been flown for quite some time. “Don’t worry” the seller assured me, “I’ll test fly it before you take off for home.” Always the optimist, I was only slightly less sure of his mechanical abilities when he broke one of the new oil rings he was installing!

However, true to his word, the next day he took off and briefly circled the Louisville airport without incident. I was ready to go the next morning, but bad weather brought a solid layer of clouds and drizzling rain, preventing a normal VFR (visual flight rules) takeoff.

After waiting another full day, regularly checking aviation weather reports by telephone, I felt I could not be away from wife and children any longer – never a safe reason for making a go or no-go flight decision.

Taxying out to the runway for the obligatory runup, I proceeded to read back an IFR (instrument flight rule) clearance dictated by the control tower before rolling down the runway full throttle and lifting off. In a flash I pulled the familiar Johnson bar landing gear handle retracting the landing gear, and proceded to punch through the persistent overcast.

Now ‘on top’ above the clouds, I was in glorious sunshine! A fresh boost of pilot confidence bolstered my spirits. (While not recommended, in the USA its legal for a VFR pilot like me to fly above the cloud deck in US airspace.)

Now at 8K feet, visibility was CAVU (ceiling and visibility unlimited). I was ecstatically heading for home in my ‘new’ 1950’s vintage airplane!

Before leaving home I had carefully plotted and mapped the return course, leaving a copy with my wife. So now I was enroute to my first refueling stop at Little Rock Arkansas, about 500 miles South of Louisville. Running at a modest cruise rpm, I diligently checked my compass heading, radio aids, oil pressure, exhaust gas temperature, and fuel consumption, moment by moment. Happily the engine sounded good and appeared stable, so I truly exulted in the always gratification of human flight!

Unreservedly I sang out loudly, praising God for my good fortune and blessings. There is definitely something about flying, especially solo flying, that heightens your spiritual awareness. It’s clearly a ‘nearer to God’ experience.

The solid blanket of cloud below gradually broke open as I headed South by SW. By the time I reached Little Rock, visibility allowed for a normal VFR landing. I didn’t waste any time getting airborne again after refueling. After take-off I reported a good-sized funnel cloud in the area, what we pilots call a ‘pirep’.

My next refueling stop was Abilene Texas. By that time I was tired, but decided to continue on and make the most of good flying conditions. Finally, just after sunset, I landed at Deming, New Mexico, a non-control tower airport. The local service provider immediatly handed me the keys to his pickup truck so I could travel the short distance into town and find a restaurant.

That trusted pilot fraternity exists everywhere you fly, and its heart warming.

Returning later I slept under a wing on the ground in my sleeping bag, it was a warm summer night. Stareing up at the star-filled sky with great humility, I was truly gratefull to God that things had gone so well.

The next morning I took off with three full fuel tanks and an overly optimitic plan to make it to the Los Angeles basin in one hop, not a good decision as it turned out! In spite of scrupulously leaning the fuel mixture and running at an economical cruise speed of about 135 mph, by the time I reached the L.A. California area, fuel was running very low. To make matters worse, horizontal visibility was reduced to perhaps a mile or less in smog. Decending to 1500′ I straineed to locate an airport, any airport!

After long minutes, with fuel critically low, my heart rate was beginning to rival engine rpm. It was definitely time to swallow pride and call for help. The L.A. traffic controller responded swiftly and efficiently, ordering me to go to the emergency frequency of 121.5.

Once in contact there he ordered me to “turn right for radar identification”, i.e. to get a sharper radar reflection and direct me to the nearest safe landing site. But the problem was that at my low altitude it was difficult for them to target me. While they were attempting to do so, mercifully, the Palm Springs airport suddenly came into view nearby!

The controller immediately cleared me with the tower for a straight in landing landing. With a huge sigh of relief I landed and taxied diretly to fuel pumps, it was like an oasis in a hot dessert. Good fortune and gratitude re-doubled when refueling added up to the maximum fuel capacity of the Mooney!

After a much needed bathroom break, and a required phone call to L.A. traffic control to explain my reason for declaring an emergency, namely; smog reduced visibility, I continued on with a short hop over to Oxnard airport. It was my plan to obtain a full examination of my newly aquired gem, including airframe and engine by a recommended shop there.

But now my solid string of good fortune was interrupted! As I landed at Oxnard airport the Mooney brakes were virtually non-existent. They were uneeded for prior landings, but now I was directed by the control tower to turn off the runway on a taxiway. Since I couldn’t slow down enough to do so, I made a hasty decision to turn off the main runway on the grass in between taxiways, attempting to climb back onto the main taxiway which was somewhat elevated. Since the Mooney only has an 8.5″ prop clearance from tip to ground, it struck the raised asphalt taxiway!

The damage was done, resulting in a slightly twisted prop tip. However after receiving some remedial straightening by the local shop, I was once again able to depart without incident. Finally returning to my temporary home base near Sacramento California with a friend flying escort in his Cessna 172.

Advising the Louisville Seller that I had reached home safely was a satisfying end to this highly mememberable flight.

But now, many months later, it was time to return my beloved Mooney back to the USA after being frustrated by Canadian Transport regulations etc., ah but that’s yet another story.

Posted July 26, 2021 by New2view in Uncategorized

Canine revenge!   Leave a comment

Years ago I was a Realtor surveying an mostly abandoned, or at least defunct old auto court (old term for motel), in North Surrey. There was one occupied unit with a high wire fence pen in front of it. Two large dogs were languishing inside, lying on the ground and seemingly completely docile. So I obtained a key from the manager, who lived in a separate house, and, as I saw it, being my duty to inspect the occupied unit, unlocked the gate to their cage

Before I could blink and eye, those two dogs reacted like being shot out of a cannon, they brushed past me at a speed comparable to Greyhounds chasing a mechanical rabit! Thankfully they had no interest in me, one being a large German shepherd and the other a large pit bull.

In seconds they were out of sight, the pit bull barely able to keep up with the shepherd, but their trajectory was very purposeful as I later learned! Indeed after apologetically returning the key to the manager and returning to my office, I received an angry phone call.

It was the nearby neighbor to the auto court property complaining the dogs had killed his cherished pet cat!

I can only assume his cat had been taunting the two dogs while they were locked in their cage. But that did not go without retribution as soon as they had the opportunity. In short order they had executed canine justice! Naturally I was sympathetic with the cat owner, but really didn’t feel responsible for their canine action.

Posted July 2, 2021 by New2view in life, pets, Uncategorized

What is Truth?   Leave a comment

‘What is truth?’ It was the question the Roman Governor posed for Jesus in the 1st Century B.C. Indeed many people continue to say ‘your truth’ is not ‘my truth’.


So how is ‘truth’ defined in the 21st Century!? A Google definition says in part; ‘truth is in accordance with fact* or reality.’


On one occasion Jesus said in earnest prayer: “your word is truth”. (John 17:17) If so this means that all Biblical scriptures described as ‘God’s word’ are a reliable source of ‘truthful’ information, inspired by our Creator and spiritual Father, also supported by: ‘all scripture is inspired by God and beneficial…’ (2 Timothy 3:16)


Can we confirm this today? Let’s consider some facts;
No reasonable person would deny the present world suffers from a derth of truth. In fact ‘false’ news and information is much more common than truthful news. Therefore If recorded scripture is really truthful, doesn’t it simply just make good sense to seriously consider if it actually is ‘in accordance with fact’*. Jesus is also quoted as saying: “Everyone who is on the side of the truth listens to my voice.”


Many people are unaware the biblical record is a collection of little books, 66 in all. Some 39 of those books record the history of God’s direct dealings with humans, principally the Jews. Many of those describe the successes and failures of the nation of Israel over centuries of time in detail, specifically related to their relationship with a singular God.
Can that historical record be verified in this day and age? Yes indeed it can in two ways! Please continue..


First; archaeological evidence has provided abundant confirming evidence of the accuracy and hence truthfulness of the scriptural record. Such as records of relevant non-Jewish history.


Then there is the prophetic evidence, namely the fulfillment of prophecies hundreds or even thousands of years recorded beforehand. It’s now a known fact that over 300 of those prophecies were fulfilled in the life and times of Jesus Christ while on earth. Does that not tend to add major credibility to biblical scriptures?


Indeed from every angle the Bible has proved to be truly inspired by God, accurate and truthful. Yes “….the truth will make you free.” (John 8:32)

*For more encouraging information visit JW.org.

Posted June 30, 2021 by New2view in humanity, life, Uncategorized, world-view

Hospital Notes   1 comment

There are certain basic requirements when checking in for hospital treatment, besides some other helpful things. First of all you will need to bring your sickness and/or injury. Of course that usually isn’t any problem, they usually stick with with you closely.

The next essential thing to bring is a full supply of patience, do not forget this at home as you will need a large dose each day, increasing with the length of your stay!
 
Other helpful items might include a toothbrush and paste, slippers, comb, and reading glasses. And by all means if you can get your hands on a English to Punjabi translator or dictionary, that could be useful given that most of the nurses, trainees, cleaners, and food handlers in control are of that South Asian extraction, with varying degrees of English capability. The balance of personnel being from East Asia.

Dr’s appear to be somewhat more equally divided between Canadian born and Asian born people.

It does seem ironic that a medical system years in the making by WASPS (white anglo-saxon people), is now pretty much controlled and operated by Asian people!

In short there has been a quantum shift in the demographics of the medical system in Canada.

I suppose there is nothing too concerning about that huge change, but it may well be unsettling for some seniors. Why? Perhaps because we are not easily adjusted to seeing and hearing mostly Asian faces and tongues treating our sickness’ or injury.

Regardless of your comfort level, be sure you’ve packed your bag with patience and understanding!

Posted June 21, 2021 by New2view in Uncategorized

the Art of Life!   Leave a comment

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 or some unidentifiable force or 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 even 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 ArtistCreator.


In conclusion I want to emphasize a known fundamental makeup of all life on earth provides strong evidence of an awesome common ‘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!


“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) Visit JW.org for more encouraging information.

Indigenous School atrocities   2 comments

I’m truly amazed why this current news story is really ‘news!’ Since RC church atrocities are so very well documented throughout the world, for decades, perhaps even for hundreds of years! Its purely worldly activities include a ‘concordat’* with Hitler and countless other despots

 
Perhaps finally some appropriate attention will now be given by governments to once and for all shutting down this corrupt, blatantly abusive, false religious organization! The RC church’ shameless crimes even exceed the Mafia in its devious, immoral, ungodly and unlawful conduct, in fact it has been shown to be in league with that unlawful organization also!!

Update June 28th 2021:

(excerpt from CBC News report)

The discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves at former residential schools in Saskatchewan and British Columbia has prompted some Catholics to reflect and rethink aspects of their religion. Janis Joseph, a B.C. woman born into a Catholic family, hasn’t been to church since the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation said in May that as many as 215 children may be buried on the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. She is troubled that the Pope hasn’t yet apologized over the church’s role in Canada’s residential schools. “I’m ashamed of my faith and Catholic upbringing,” she said. Katherine Weber, a teacher at a Catholic high school in Alberta, says she stopped attending church more than a year ago and the grim discoveries make her not want to return. “It’s hard to be a part of an institution that has done so much to hurt … [and] knowing I’m supporting an institution that 100 years ago might have sent me to teach at a residential school,” she said.

*https://www.google.com/search?q=concordate+between+RC+church+and+hitler&rlz=1C1GCEA_enCA756CA756&oq=concordate+between+RC+church+and+hitler&aqs=chrome..69i57.11631j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

EARTH VIEW   Leave a comment

What’s it like to view the earth from outside the space station? After 9 spacewalks NASA astronaut Mike Fincke puts it this way;”…seeing the whole cosmos of creation….it’s just awe-inspiring”.


The focus since mankind has achieved ability to circle the earth in orbit, has arguably become the exploration of other planets. So my question is ‘why’?


Hasn’t it become abundantly obvious to all thinking people, the earth, often called ‘mother earth’ is a very special, very specific, home of mankind? Just how much scientific, factual evidence is necessaary to verify this very basic, very obvious truth?!


Exploration is apparently a natural trait of humans. However as has often been said; we actually know less about what’s in deep ocean waters than we do about near space! Doesn’t that suggest space exploration is a strange, even ‘unatural’ bias for major exploration efforts?


If we are truly curious to learn more about life, why not focus our attention on our wondrous, beautiful, even mysterious planet, instead of making haste to explore other planets, planets well proven to be completely lacking in the wonderful features of our earth, not to mention any form of life. And all that serious competition between nations no less.

If you had a house needing repairs, but it was still fundamentally sound, would you simply ignore it to pursue some other far less attractive place, even one in a hostile neighborhood?

No, the logic of space exploration, as stimulating as that may be for some, simply does not meet the litmus test of sanity, period! But then what grandiose human activity ever has? E.g. consider the ongoing environmental damage caused by the industrial revolution with all its now known attendant detrimental consequences to the environment! And we don’t even want to talk about the ‘nuclear age’, the profound damage resulting from that pursuit! E.g. consider this…

In 1946 the United States chose the South Pacific Bikini Atoll as a test site to detonate 23 nuclear bombs, obviously that caused the destruction of three of the islands and left a radioactivity that even today makes it impossible to live there, in fact they say that at least they will have to wait until 2023.*

Yet another proof that governments are literally destroying planet Earth.


However there is a genuine hope for the future, but its not coming at the hands of mankind, but rather in spite of negligent mankind!. Indeed the Creator of this planet well knows how to restore his own perfect creation, to remove those who are an impediment, and undue all the shameful damage that has been caused.
Hi prophetic word states; “For look! I am creating new heavens and a new earth; And the former things will not be called to mind…. (Isaiah 65:17)

Calling all Catholics   Leave a comment

CALLING ALL CATHOLICS…?

Catholic Church Faces Disruption and Banishment as Irish Cardinal set to resign,,
Posted on May 04, 2012 by itccs

A Communiqué from ITCCS (International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State.)
Issued in Brussels and Dublin:


The Roman Catholic Church faces permanent disruption and banishment in at least five countries if it does not comply with ten “non-negotiable measures” by September 15, 2012, according to a global coalition of survivors of church rape and torture.
The list of measures was issued today at a meeting in Dublin, Ireland between Archbishop Dermot Martin and representatives of Anti Catholic Church Activists Worldwide (ACCAW), Magdalene Laundry survivors, and the International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State – Ireland (ITCCS).

ITCCS in Dublin, Ireland

The measures demanded of the Catholic Church include the defrocking of all child raping priests, the licensing of all other clergy as public servants, the return of the remains of all who died under Church care, the annulment of tax exemptions and other Church privileges, and the return of all of the Church’s wealth generated by the exploitation of children.

(see indiginous atrocities post): https://new2view.wordpress.com/2021/05/31/indigenous-school-atrocities/

The full statement outlining these measures is reproduced below, including an audio recording of the statement.

Issued on the eve of the impending resignation of the head of the Catholic Church in Ireland, Cardinal Sean Brady, for his protection of child raping priests, the statement was delivered by John Deegan of ACCAW and ITCCS Ireland members Gerry O’Donovan and Dave O’Brien, who confronted Archbishop Martin with the demands.

The Ten Point statement was issued by The International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State, an umbrella organization of over fifty organizations in the United States, Canada, Ireland, England and Australia.

“Pope Benedict and his Bishops have until midnight on September 15 to start complying with these measures” said ITCCS Secretary Kevin Annett today.

“After that, we will begin actions to halt the normal operation of the Roman Catholic Church around the world, and we will seek indictments against Pope Benedict and other Vatican officials for crimes against humanity and criminal conspiracy.”
The ACCAW, ITCCS and other groups have staged high profile occupations of Catholic churches during their regular services, and plan to escalate these actions into “a permanent campaign of non-violent disruption and civil disobedience aimed at the Roman Catholic Church … until the Church’s reign of terror over children is ended.”

Reference Information: genocidetribunal@yahoo.ca or 250-591-4573 (Canada) and cliogarvin@hotmail.com or godonothing@gmail.com (Ireland)

RCMP Prestige at risk   Leave a comment

Ok, I have to sadly admit it; the prestige, respect, admiration, and self-sacrifice of the RCMP members that I knew as a youngster is in serious decline.

One significant reason for this is political pressure. The members won’t say this, but I can. And I have worked for them to some extent.

As I understand it, each ‘contracting’ province, mandates the RCMP to comply with their own provincial guidelines. In other words they must do what the provincial Attorney General specifies, since they operate as a police force under contract.

For example, in B.C., they have been directed to intervene in domestic affairs in a most ineffectual and destructive manor according to provincial guidelines!

Case in point; in 2011, a young husband and father was shot to death in his bedroom, no less, after a complaint (presumably) by his own spouse. Even if her complaint was genuine, and she felt threatened at the time of her complaint, clearly she was in ‘no personal danger whatsoever’ when this shooting took place! Can this possibly be the best way to resolve a domestic matter… Hardly!

There is no way that such deadly force can be justified, barring extreme danger to the public, or to an RCMP member. And it probably would not happen but for government imposed policy.

In B.C. the Attorney General’s, past and present, have evidently specified that whenever domestic assault is alleged, the (so-called) perpetrator should be arrested and held in custody, period. And that without any warrant or legal representation first.

In other words ‘guilty until proven innocent’, and 9 times out of 10 that will be the hubby of a distraught wife.

How many times have we seen serious criminal elements getting way with murder, yet a mere ‘complaint’ by a spouse can and does result in even violent arrest, owing to this wrong-headed policy!

This flies in the face of a basic policing principle, namely ‘to keep the peace’. Only when a member of the public is genuinely at risk should police force be employed. However, because of the present political pressure, RCMP believe they must arrest and detain on the basis of mere domestic ‘complaints’!

I believe this has been B.C. government policy for years, and its arguably a violation of human rights. Note: no change has taken place to this day.

Rather than protecting the public, this policy has arguably resulted in gross disregard for public safety, as is evidenced by this latest episode and many others in the past. Its yet another case of the ‘quick fix’ method of dealing with problems, so common to all governments. Elected officials shirk their responsibility to come up with better social policy to deal with domestic disputes.

There has got to be better ways to handle domestic disputes before arresting alleged offenders, or worse, breaking down their door and shooting them when there is no clear danger to anyone else! But real solutions take discreet thought, and public input, rather than what the current policy involves.

Of course it’s much easier for elected officials to simply order arbitrary, and often abusive, police action, rather than engage in serious consultations with all parties involved.

The fact is, RCMP members only have minimal skills to deal with domestic disputes. They’re far more inclined to exercise their police powers, attempting to resolve issues by force in these emotionally charged matters, and that often leads to violent confrontations.

So the current political policy prompts this question; “When will the government of B.C. begin to implement balanced policies and so instruct the RCMP, policies aimed at the betterment of society and not violent confrontations with its citizens?!”

Angry, confused, and distraught people deserve better treatment than a violent confrontation. The RCMP need better tools and methods to deal with explosive situations. Methods ‘other than’ a purely aggressive and militant approach to disarming emotionally charged men.

At this time and for many years now, the RCMP are oriented to military type solutions. They do not have the competence or inclination to render humane and peaceful assistance in common domestic situations. Everyone deserves to be shown ‘a way out’, other than destruction of themselves or others, and military RCMP members are not the ones to do it!

UPDATE May 25th 2012;

Staff Sgt. Don Ray(spl?) a confirmed sexual predator if not deviate, has been transferred from Alberta to B.C. My question is: how does the RCMP differ from the Vatican? This has all the earmarks of a RC transfer in an attempt to cover up wrong doing! It certainly never worked for the grossly tainted RC Church with its uncounted deviant priests, so what makes the RCMP think it will now work for them?

Queen Elizabeth, personal memories   Leave a comment

Along with many typical Western Canadian men, I have little or no interest in the Royal Family or their activities, in spite of an ongoing barrage of worldwide media coverage.

However the Queens ‘diamond jubilee’ celebration did spark a couple of fond personal memories. For example as a pre-teen I crammed into the crowded living room of my friends’ home 60 years ago to watch the Queen’s Coronation ceremony.

Young and old strained to watch a poorly lit black & white flickering television screen. As I recall it went on for hours and there were several transmission interruptions, but we persevered through it all. No doubt our eyes were as big as saucers with all the pomp and Elizabeth’s ultimate crowning. After all, at the time (1952) this was one of the very few Vancouver homes to boast this amazing electronic appliance, and her coronation was an exceptional live television event!

Several years later I was again exposed to Queen Elizabeth in a far more personal way. It happened while I was enlisted in a summer air cadet program. After receiving a bare minimum amount of ‘parade’ training, volunteers were flown over to the Pat Bay airport in Victoria in a Canadian forces transport, probably a DC-3. That in itself was an exciting event.

Smartly uniformed air cadets, with shiny boots and buttons, proudly and neatly lined up along an airport taxiway on a warm summer day. Finally the much anticipated open convertible with the Queen came slowly by, escorted by other vehicles. I have a strong memory of what happened next.

As she approached I could not resist turning my head slightly to get a good look at this world icon as she went by within about 25 feet of us. Our eyes met for several seconds, and she smiled graciously, almost flirtatiously, (I thought), and of course I smiled back. As a 15 year old youth with newly minted male hormones, that slight encounter made an indelible impression on me. In fact from time to time over the decades since then I’ve even dreamt about it.

So, as mentioned, while the going’s on of the (so-called) ‘Royals’ are of very little interest to me generally, in spite of all that media hype, some personal memories of Queen Elizabeth do remain.