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My poems   Leave a comment

CLOUDS..0

Fleeting structures designed for the sky
Surely their maker with an Artists eye
Shrinking and growing, ever changing form
Like thoughts of mankind, each new is born
Eagles have insight whíle sharing His pallet
A ballet of flight, the heavens their stage
With clouds as curtains a dance unafraid
The Artists brush, ever changing venue
Grateful observers now give him just due!

Empowering   Leave a comment

After first installing the newest Itunes program I deleted it and found that to be quite empowering, why; because the almost infinite number of choices was not only confusing but simply unfulfilling, to say the least.  Indeed I cranked up my old stereo box and foujnd local radio stations much more satisfying.

Posted September 14, 2015 by New2view in Environment, historical, Human Rights, philosophy, world-view

New Fossil Discovery??   Leave a comment

Once again the media is simply thrilled to report on a factually unsupported discovery of fossils, stating they were a stepping stone in evolution.

How unscientific is this?  First of all these bones cannot and will not be dated accurately by any known means, and I do include carbon dating which is a notoriously flawed method.

But not only that, these bones are quantitatively similar to basically contemporary, so called ‘modern’ human bones, not at all evolutionary in kind.

No, once again, efforts to support the false doctrine of ‘evil-lution’ proves to be the figment of human imagination, and promotion, period.

Mark Train wrote: ” There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.”
(Preceding the above quote by Twain, he noted that the Mississippi had shortened 1.2 miles per year for 100 years. At that rate, he stated, the Mississippi had extended past Cuba in the past, and would someday be only a couple miles long in the future. Of course he was being sarcastic. THAT is the type of irrational thinking that assigns such ages to our earth. Scientifically, since we know the moon moves away from the earth each year, the moon would be in the center of the earth, as an example. I have yet to see ANY scientific FACTS to support that age assumption. Even the venerable Pottasium/Argon dating is irreleveant: the 1975 Volcanic eruption in NZ was dated by America’ finest argon lab to be 2 million years old. As Twain stated . . .)

Posted September 12, 2015 by New2view in existential, historical, philosophy

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Air Canada flight 831 disaster   Leave a comment

On the news tonight It was the 50th anniversary of Air Canada flight 831 crash after taking off from Montreal in 1963… all 118 were killed.

I was booked to be on that flight, weeks ahead, it was a connecting flight from Halifax to B.C.  But while celebrating (honorable) release from the RCN (Royal Canadian Navy) in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, I made a last minute decision in the late afternoon to cancel, and re-book for another flight very early the next morning.

When I arrived at the Air Canada desk the next morning, the staff had just arrived and nervously whispered glancing at me while I waited for ground transportation.  I thought I must have revealed some evidence of late night partying.?  Completely unbeknown to me, apparently, they had just learned of the crash and realized I had been booked on it, many days in advance.

In my case this is just trivia now of course, but as Solomon so well said it “…time and unforeseen events overtake them all.” (Eccl. 9:11)

Our lives are so limited by circumstances we have no control over, I most truly sympathize with those who lost family members on flight 831, but thankfully we all still have hope to see loved ones in the future provided we exercise faith in the loving ransom of Christ Jesus… while that opportunity still exits. (please visit JW.org)

What Christmas is all about (2)   Leave a comment

At this time of year, there are so many (pardon the expression) phony ‘spirit of Christmas’ commentaries that it really necessitates this posting.

If and when there was ever ‘genuine’ good will towards men, as espoused by a minority at this time of year, the world would certainly not be in the dismal condition it truly is in today.

What is even more fictitious is the conception that Christmas is based on the birth of the most significant human to have ever lived.  Far from it, this annual  celebration, touted as being Christian in origin, is forever steeped in the most un-christian, yes even ‘anti-christian’ beliefs… how can this be so?

There is no better explanation than that the principal religions of Christendom have themselves been party to the propaganda that has misled their flocks into this incredible dilution.  Why this was undertaken can be summed up in one word; politics.

That’s right, shortly after the last of the faithful followers of Christ died, there was a major political movement to incorporate pagan religion into the teaching of Christ, and it has been amazingly successful.

Indeed, ask the majority of Church-goers today what Christmas is based on and they would undoubtedly claim it is the birth of Christ.  How absurd that is!

Historical Timeline Involving Christmas:

1513 BCE – 60 CE (1600 years of recorded Bible History)

Period of inspired Biblical writings and prophecies, many concerning Jesus Christ.  No mention of his date of birth; nor its being celebrated by his 12 apostles.

No mention of Christmas. No mention of any holy person celebrating a birthday – only sinners (like Pharoah and Herod). (Gen. 40:20; Matt. 14:6; Mark 6:21-28; John 18:36)

2269-2030 BCE

History of Sun worship. Began in ancient Babylonia  by worshiping the sun god Shamash & Nimrod – parallels exist between Babylonian New Years & Christmas celebrations  (historian Pimlott in ‘The Englishman’s Christmas’).

500 BCE
Celtic Druids used mistletoe winter solstice celebrations due to it being viewed as magical, mysterious, and sacred.

150 BCE
Romans began celebrating Saturnalia (where many Christmas traditions find
their origin)

45 BCE

Julius Caesar introduced the Julian Calendar making December 25 (not today’s 21 or 22) the date of the winter solstice (shortest day of the year).

33 CE
Jesus was  Killed.  The Apostle Paul warned Timothy that “wicked men & impostors” would slip into the congregation and mislead many. (2 Timothy 3:1

Josephus popular 1st Century Jewish Historian reported that Jews did not celebrate birthdays, 1st century Christians (former Jews) continued the tradition of NOT celebrating them.

The foretold apostasy began after the death of the apostles (Acts 20:29, 30)
A period where Mithraism (syncretic Hellenistic mystery religion) was practiced in the Roman Empire. Mithras was a Roman soldiers god whose legendary birth (as some stories go) resembles the birth of Christ (being born of a virgin in the presence of shepherds). Devotees of Mithra (says the Catholic Encyclopedia) celebrated the birthday of the invincible sun (dies natalis Solis Invicti) on December 25. L.M. Wright, author of “Christianity, Astrology, And Myth” 2002; suggests that the early Christian Church was influenced by much of the myth and symbolism of Mithraism. The cult of Sol Invictius was the Roman Empire’s leading official cult of the fourth century – (Wikipedia)

4th Century
Christmas began being celebrated as Christ’s Birthday. Early Catholic Church Fathers banned the use of Mistletoe in Christmas celebrations due to their pagan origin. Origen & Tertullian Catholic ecclesiastical writers of the 2nd & 3rd centuries spoke against Birthday celebrations. Tertullian made no mention of Christmas in his thorough lists of celebrations.

218 – 222
Roman Emperor Elagabalus introduced the holiday of Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, “birthday of the unconquered sun” was to be celebrated on Dec. 25 (where many Christmas traditions find their origin), and promoted it empire-wide when it reached its height in popularity.

Pope Gregory I wrote to Mellitus, his missionary in England, telling him “not to stop such ancient pagan festivities, but to adapt them to the rites of the Church, only changing the reason of them from a heathen to a Christian impulse.”  Thus reports Arthur Weigall, who once was inspector general of antiquities for the Egyptian government.

313
All religions, even Christianity were legalized in Roman
territory.

325

In the 1st counsel of Nicaea, Roman Emperor Constantine standardized Christian beliefs. According to the Catholic Church, Catholics began adopting pagan customs into Christianity. By the end of the century, Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire.

336 CE
1st historical record of December 25 as the assigned date of Jesus Birth

All Religions (including formerly persecuted Christianity) in Roman territory were legalized. It took nearly the entire 4th century for the Roman empire to transition State Religion from pagan cults to Christianity. The Merging of cultic tradition with Christianity greatly assisted in this transition.

567
The Council of Tours “proclaimed the 12 days from Christmas to Epiphany as
a sacred and festive season.”—The Catholic Encyclopedia for School and
Home.

10th Century

Christmas, along with Christianity, spread to Russia, where it became fused with the winter celebration of the ancient Slavs, honoring the spirits of the ancestors.  (The Great Soviet Encyclopedia)

16th Century

Christmas traditions spread to branches of Protestants during the
Protestant Reformation.

1644
In England, Parliament discouraged Christmas feasting due to its heathen origin

1652
Parliament banned Christmas by law

1659 – 1681
In North America, Massachusetts Bay Colony banned Christmas n which violators were subject to fine.

1772
The Baptist Church of Newport [Rhode Island] observed Christmas for the
first time. This was about 130 years after the founding of the first Baptist
church in New England.

1836
Alabama became 1st U.S. state to legalize Christmas

1843
Commercialism revived Christmas, Charles Dickens wrote “A Christmas Carol” and Christmas Cards originated in London.

1907
Oklahoma became the last U.S. state to legalize Christmas.

1927
Jehovah’s Witnesses abandoned Christmas celebrations after learning of its pagan origins.

Summary:

An overwhelming majority of sources agree that Christmas was almost entirely influenced by pre-Christian pagan celebrations.

There was no mention of Christmas nor any celebration of Christ’s birthday for hundreds of years after Jesus & his apostles died. The book Sacred Origins of Profound Things states: “For two centuries after Christ’s birth, no one knew, and few people cared, exactly when he was born.” Thus birthday celebrations, even of gods and leaders, were condemned as far as the late third century by Roman Catholic leaders.

Another Example of the ‘Piltdown Man’ Hoax   Leave a comment

They find a mere fragment of bone and declare it a multi-thousand year tool of some unproven, unsupported, theoretical pre-human existence, and then blatantly exclaim it as proof of ‘evolution’..?  How truly bizarre is this illogical approach to the ‘scientific method’!

In case you never heard of the ‘Piltdown Man’ Hoax – please read about it here:    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piltdown_Man 

basically science is  ‘truth based on facts’, yet evolution is based on nothing more than, theory, speculation, and myth. 

There is no better example of this than the one carried by news media today….  findings of a few bones proves evolution..!?

Please do not suspend your disbelief when reading such misleading, fallacious news items.

‘A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words’   Leave a comment

The origin of this well-known saying is ambiguous.  However there is no doubt about its accuracy.  But is it really necessary for us to have a physical ‘picture’ to appreciate it?

Its my belief that the greatest use of this truism isn’t political cartoons or other media presentations as is often touted.  But it proves to be utterly true also when ‘word-pictures’ are presented for our human imagination!

For a prime example of this, arguably the greatest man to ever walk on the earth was a master at stimulating human imagination via the use of such ‘word pictures’.  And those pictures have left an indelible mark on mankind down to this day!

He consistently used ‘word pictures’ to stimulate human imagination and human emotions, to teach, explain, clarify, and magnify his point. 

Here is a classic example of his technique by way of hyperbole:

‘…It is easier for a camel to get through a needle’s eye than for a rich man to get into the kingdom of God.’   (Matthew 19:24)

Another classic example when he described hypocritical religious leaders:

“Likewise every good tree produces fine fruit, but every rotten tree produces worthless fruit; a good tree cannot bear worthless fruit, neither can a rotten tree produce fine fruit. Every tree not producing fine fruit gets cut down and thrown into the fire. Really, then, by their fruits YOU will recognize those [men]”  (Matthew 7:17-20)

These word-pictures are not limited to a one-off time period, as for example political cartoons, rather they are ‘timeless’ lessons that teach us things better than a thousand words could.  They present mental images to help us to understand and appreciate universal truths.

Though recorded 2000 years ago, if we meditate on them we will gain insight for our present day!