Moslems want x-rated filth in Christian lands

Pot: “Guess what, kettle!”
Kettle:  “What?”
Pot:  “You’re black!”

Jihadist network AlJazerra, after calling for the murder of Christians for “insulting” Mohammed (who killed many people and sexually abused many women), is now calling for opening Malta’s laws to allow x-rated filth to be published and publicly promoted.

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The Bible on Divorce, part 3

God hates divorce, it is the road to hell.

In parts 1 and 2, we established that divorce is a lie, remarriage is adultery, divorce in the old covenant came from man (not God), and that all but one Christian denomination is faithless on matters of divorce.  But less one accuse us of ignoring the old testament, we provide sufficient evidence that divorce was illicit, even for the Jews before Christ.

By God’s very nature, He is goodness itself.  If He hates something, it is incapable of being compatible with Him and has domain only in hell.  Nothing God hates is permissible — because what God hates is sin.

“For I hate divorce, says the LORD the God of Israel, and covering one’s garment with violence, says the LORD of hosts. So take heed to yourselves and do not be faithless.” Malachi 2:16 (Old Testament).

Someone cannot accidentally divorce their spouse.  It must be an act of the will.  Divorce is the willful offending of God:  Sin.  What faithful Christian sect gives approval to sin?  What man of God puts the comfort and desires of men before the rights and desires of God?  Only false messengers, heretics, and liars.

Men of faith, wake up!  You cannot leave your wives, your children.  Jesus carried his cross and died for us, his bride — who are you to not suffer for yours?  No, instead, you abandon your family through divorce because you seek your own comfort.  Endurance is a Christian virtue.  Death comes quickly and what a shame it is to rot in hell for eternity because we could not endure but a short time of suffering.

God hates divorce.  Does your spiritual shepherd hate it likewise?  Or does he lead you to the road of perdition?

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The Bible on Divorce, part 2

Does your church agree with the Bible on divorce?

In our previous post, we established that divorce is adultery — but we hear two objections:  1. That one verse, taken in isolation, can distort the real meaning; and 2. That the Jewish law was valid and therefore divorce was licit.

To reply to those who argue that there is only an isolated verse which rejects divorce (and remarriage) as adultery, we shall continue to provide scriptures.  Today we will review the Gospel of Mark, chapter 10, verses 2-12.

And the Pharisees coming to him asked him: Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him.  But he answering, saith to them: What did Moses command you?  Who said: Moses permitted to write a bill of divorce, and to put her away.  To whom Jesus answering, said: Because of the hardness of your heart he wrote you that precept.

But from the beginning of the creation, God made them male and female.  For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother; and shall cleave to his wife.  And they two shall be in one flesh. Therefore now they are not two, but one flesh.  What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.  And in the house again his disciples asked him concerning the same thing.

And he saith to them: Whosoever shall put away his wife and marry another, committeth adultery against her.  And if the wife shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.

For the stubborn who look for loop-holes so they can foster secret desire for serial monogamy, Moses is not your answer.  Jesus is clear that the law allowing divorce came from man, not God — and that God’s law has always been that marriage is for life, divorce is a lie, and remarriage is adultery.

What is truly sad is that so few Christians follow Jesus’ basic teaching on marriage and divorce.  So many denominations claim to preach Jesus’ word.  But which are true to God and which are liars?

Lets take a look at what denominations exist — and what congregations are faithful to Jesus in this one matter, divorce:

Denomination Divorce Allowed?
Orthodox Divorce Allowed
Lutheran Divorce Allowed
Anglican Divorce Allowed
Southern Baptist Divorce Allowed
Presbyterian Divorce Allowed
United Church of Christ Divorce Allowed
Amish Divorce Allowed
Methodists Divorce Allowed
Pentecostals Divorce Allowed
Salvation Army Divorce Allowed
Quakers Divorce Allowed
Disciples of Christ Divorce Allowed
Seventh-day Adventist Divorce Allowed
Mormon Divorce Allowed
Unitarians Divorce Allowed
Nazarene Divorce Allowed
First Baptist Divorce Allowed
Wesleyan Divorce Allowed
Non-denominational Divorce Allowed
Catholic Divorce NOT Allowed

Skeptical that there is but one Christian faith that keeps Jesus’ word on divorce?  Does your denomination allow divorce?  Do they preside over marriages where one or more partner is divorced?  Do the research yourself, find one denomination out of the thousands and thousands which claim the gospel message that rejects divorce as a lie and remarriage as adultery.

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The Bible on Divorce, part one

The Bible says that divorce (and remarriage) is adultery.

According to one popular source, over 78% of all Americans believe in Jesus.  The most popular book (by far) that the followers of Jesus use for their source of what it means to be a faithful Christian is the Bible.  What the Bible says about important topics, like family life, have real meaning in this largely Christian nation.  So what does the Bible have to say about divorce?

Matthew 5:31-32, “And it hath been said, whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a bill of divorce.  But I say to you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, excepting for the cause of fornication, maketh her to commit adultery: and he that shall marry her that is put away, committeth adultery.”

The Jewish law permitted divorce.  It was not something to be celebrated but it was nonetheless allowed.  Men were free to marry, divorce, and marry again.  Jesus teaches that divorce and remarriage is adultery.

Perverse minds who desire open relationships often point out the words about “excepting for the cause of fornication” — as if it is okay to divorce and remarry if your spouse is cheating on you.  But that is not correct.  It is simply that, in divorcing, the one partner is not causing the other to be an adulterer — they already are one.  More important is the last line, “he that shall marry her that is put away, committeth adultery.”  There is no escape clause, marriage with a previously married person is simply never permitted.

For the true Christian, marriage is for life.  Divorce is a lie.  Remarriage is adultery.

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Baseball vs. Soccer

Last fall I had the great pleasure of helping coach my son’s baseball team.  It was something new to me.  I didn’t grow-up with baseball and there is no professional or significant college team in my town.  That said, I grew in appreciation of

Baseball needs dads.

the baseball:  The sound of the crack of the bat when a player got a good hit, the strategy, the feel of a ball when you catch it in your glove.  There is a real beauty in the sport.

Practice was in a local park that had a couple of baseball fields but also had a soccer field that we drove past to get to the baseball diamond.  After about two months of passing the same people on our way to practice, I made an observation:  Soccer practice had a lot of moms. There were at least four lady coaches and sometimes no men at all.  This was in stark contract to our baseball practices.  Yeah, moms were there, but they were behind the fence, cheering on their sons or gossiping, sometimes looking after younger kids.  On the baseball field were half a dozen men along with their sons, teaching the fundamentals of the game.

Soccer attracts the single mom types and kids with dads that are missing in action.

The early 1990’s popularized the term “soccer mom”.  At the same time, baseball popularity declined.  I couldn’t help but wonder if there was some sort of relation between the two and single-parent households.

With baseball, it is almost always the dads who go out in the yard to play catch, strengthening the bond between father and son.  Men coach, rarely women do.  Plus the strategy and rules are significantly more complicated in baseball than soccer.  It seems that baseball needs dads.  The sport was built for them.

Does soccer attract moms and kids where dad is out of the picture?  No dad to toss around the ball with?  You can kick the soccer ball around the yard by yourself.  Barely paying rent on

Baseball's sanctuary is seperated by the iconostasis of the sports world, behind which dads train boys how to be men using baseball as their means.

mom’s income?  Soccer equipment is significantly cheaper.  Not too competent at sports?  It doesn’t take much experience to tell a kid to kick a ball.  How to throw a curve ball, now that is a different story.

Compare the fields.  Soccer is an open field with parents on lawn chairs right along the sideline.  It is almost leisurely, relaxed.  Baseball, the neophytes are separated by a fence, the iconostasis of the sports world.  Through it is where dads teach their sons to be men.

I’m sure soccer is a perfectly fine sport.  Most of the world plays it, but in America, it just seems that soccer has a strong affinity with moms entering the sphere of dad, often because dad is not there.

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Mean, median, mode – what is average?

The three months or so before the November 2007 elections, I came home every day to find more new political postcards waiting for me in my mail box — usually 3 or 4 per day.  It just happens that I live in a state senate district that is very much divided.  The liberals put forth the most liberal candidate they could find, the conservatives did much the opposite.  And just about every group possible wanted their opinion heard.  Most did so in an honest, effective way, but a few were downright dishonest liars.

I count among the liars the state branch of the National Educators Association (NEA).  You see, they were advocating for the liberal candidate for fear that a conservative candidate would be less favorable toward their perspective when it came to the state budget.

Mean is adding all the numbers and dividing by the number of sets you just added. This is what most people think of when they hear average.

Median is lining up all the number sets and picking the one in the middle.

Mode is the most common number in a set. In most professions, there are going to be more 1st year workers than any other year.

I wish I had kept a copy of their postcard, but it said something akin to “Candidate XYZ wants to destroy education in our state.  The average teacher makes $26,000 per year.  Blah, blah, blah.”  The key part is what they said that the average teacher makes.  I’ll admit, $26,000 isn’t much and it would be difficult to raise a family on that.  Why would anyone choose to be a teacher with that type of income?  I didn’t think we’d have nearly enough to staff our schools based on those numbers, so I did a little research.

The number that the teacher’s union put forth was exactly the base 1st year starting salary for teachers.  I was taken back by that — how could this be average?  Surely teachers get raises based on years experience, furthering their education, and merit base pay, right?

It didn’t take me long to figure out that what they meant by average was not the same as what anyone else would mean by average.

Mean, median, mode — what is average?  Most people are familiar with mean:  Add up the numbers, then divide by how many sets of numbers you added.  Median is simply lining up all the numbers and picking the one in the middle.  Mode is the most common number in a number set.  The teacher’s union used mode.

In the teaching profession, as in just about any other profession, you are going to have more first year teachers than you are teachers in exactly their 7th year or teachers in exactly their 25th year.  If the teacher population is stable, the number of first year teachers must equal the sum of all the teachers who left from the previous year.

When the teacher’s union lined up all the salaries of all the teachers in the state, they said average but used mode.  True?  Perhaps.  Dishonest?  Absolutely!  But hey, they had to lie to get their candidate elected.

I suspect that if they used mean or median (more honest measures of average in this example), their postcard would have backfired — teachers in my district make much more money than the average worker.  It would be rubbing it in, “We have an employer with a virtually endless supply of money and we can extract as much as we want from them.”  Outside of government employees, not even other unions have this “benefit”.

The thing is, if the members of this teacher union are suppose to be educating my children, it is a little upsetting that they would be so dishonest.  Is it too much a burden to expect our teachers to at least tell the truth without distortions?

It is truly deplorable that teachers rely on a failed education system that cannot even teach mean, median, and mode to distort the truth to get what they want.

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On humility

 

“We have no reason to despise anyone.  A humble man sees only his own faults.  It is a sign of little virtue to notice the imperfections of others.  A person may be imperfect today who in a little while, recognizing this, may rise to great sanctity.” -St. Claude De La Colombiere

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