Philippians 4:8, "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things."

Saturday, November 01, 2008

The following is the text of an email from my friend Charlie Clough. Note also the link for a pdf of the report at the end.


Pastors,

For years I've looked for some documentation of the cost of sinful lifestyles on the economy. At last there is a recently published report, The Taxpayer Costs of Divorce and Unwed Childbearing. It gives cost estimates at the federal level and at each state level. (The federal cost is in the billions)

As the legal noose tightens around the freedom to proclaim the Word of God concerning marriage and family, these kind of facts can be powerful weapons to show that the biblical structure of the family is rooted in reality such that violation of that structure increases costs and decreases economic efficiency. To the pagan, we can say "the biblical lifestyle is vastly more efficient than yours" echoing the pragmatic argument of Daniel 1. Since the fantasy of paganism down through the centuries is that the state should be the confiscator of private property and children (through "public" education), we will increasingly have to dig in our heels to defend the historic biblical view of marriage and family which is the true custodian of private property and children, the heart of any social order. This report is one tool that can be used to show pagan foolishness for what it is and to assist believers in adhering to Scriptural norms.

The report is available from: Institute for American Values, 1841 Broadway, Suite 211, New York, NY 10023; telephone 212-246-3942; email = charity@americanvalues.org. 1-4 copies $5.00 plus $3 shipping & handling.

I'm ordering a copy for each of my state and federal representatives to accompany a letter and/or a personal visit with them.

In His Grace,

Charlie (Clough)


Taxpayer Costs

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Alas, Cruisin' the Fossil Freeway comes from the pagan evolution viewpoint. As Ray Troll comments in his critique of creationists on p.140: "What blows my mind is that evolution is the biggest puzzle mankind has ever solved, and it took generations to do it. Everything, and I mean everything, falls into place when you perceive the world through evolutionary eyes." Well not exactly everything, Ray. There is the matter of eternal salvation.

My mind is equally blown by evolutionists, who have the big picture of Noah's flood right in front of them, and they don't see it. Johnson and Troll's fun book is teeming with accounts of the ubiquity of fossils in the American West. The map that came with the book testifies to this, and artist Troll goes on to say that he could have created dozens of maps like it with different artwork prehistoric creatures on each.

That under just about every inch of the western third of the United States are fossils of every description, all of which have died suddenly in a flood no less (localized flash floods of 500 million years we are told) totally blows my mind regarding the nearly universal blindness of pagan paleontoligists. That this is also the dogma that is imposed on us by the pagans of the public education system makes it that much more amazing that we creationists are treated with such disdain.

They scrabble out their lives like so many cockroaches on the funeral mound of God's greatest judgment to date, and foist a Great Lie upon the public about it all. The preponderance of evidence fits the biblical account of the flood, but accepting that might make the Word seem true...

Monday, October 27, 2008

I know, I know, it's kind of late in life to be going through a dinosaur phase, but at least I can blame it all on my daughter. She had wanted to visit Dinosaur National Monument as part of her earlier and much more normal dinosaur phase, and I was obligated to drive. While in Vernal, Utah's Field Museum of Natural History we ran across a really cool book and map set called Cruising the Fossil Freeway, by Kirk Johnson and illustrated brilliantly by Ray Troll. After negotiating on the internet for a much more price-friendly copy than what was offered in the museum gift shop, the book arrived and Alex dove in with a love only a dinosaur-enamored kid could have. She sat at the dining room table with the map spread out and the book before her, indexing places and events and fossils, and Jurassic dreams of her own.

I'm already a map nut, and I deeply admired the map with Ray Troll's excellent artwork. He has a funky style all his own. Then there sat the book, inviting me to read it because the pages were festooned with the same kind of work, and a fun travelogue of a paleontologist and an artist trekking the American West's famous and obscure (but still great!) bone sites. Who wouldn't catch the fever with such paper pathogens?

There is a catch to all this, of course. The whole Noah's flood/what the heck were those dinosaurs thing always sticks in the craw of Bible-believing Christians, because we get all those pagan paleontologists telling us how it really was, according to the infallible scientific method (TM). As a result, all this time I am carefully thinking about the data of paleontology and how it fits into the biblical record, which actually is infallible. One bolt came out of the divinely-created blue: the K-T Boundary!

Alex, Rene', and I went to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science today, which has a really excellent exhibition on dinosaurs right now. There was a display on the K-T Boundary (Cretaceous-Tertiary... they can't even spell it right...), which is THE place in the fossil record, that one narrow band of rock at which the dinosaurs die, and a few modern critters supposedly make it because of their evolutionary superiority. Scientists speculate wildly about what this boundary represents. There is an intriguing bit of evidence: in the rocks of the K-T Boundary there is wildly unusual amount of iridium, an element that normally does not occur in the outer part of the earth's crust. However, it is found with greater frequency in asteroids and in the inner part of the earth. Two possibilities are obvious: an asteroid smacked into the planet like a big grapefruit hitting a mack truck travelling at thousands of miles per hour, or somehow a whole bunch of Iridium got ejected from the inner part of the earth.

Genesis 7:11 says something remarkable that fits the iridium mystery like a rocky glove: "In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened." That's right, the fountains of the deep were broken up. The Hebrew verb there is baqa', which the Brown-Driver-Briggs lexicons defines as "cleave, break open or through." God did a geologically violent act on that day when He opened those fountains from below the surface of the earth, something that we can hardly fathom from our comfy armchairs in the 21st century. Great rifts on the surface opened, and water spewed out, enriched with iridium from the depths of the earth. That iridium now remains in a narrow band of geological strata (umm, rocks) that flashes a neon advertisement for the miraculous judgment of God, antediluvian tough love and then some. But of course it might also have come from an asteroid, which is the more acceptable version for the Any Answer but the Bible's crowd.

Now I'm thinking something more along these lines. There are asteroids, meteors, and comets out there, spewed into space and captured by the sun's gravity by some violent act in the past. Could any of those objects have started at earth, made gravity-leaving velocity, and gone out into space, bearing lots of iridium? That's worth a google or two, isn't it.

But no, I think that God killed the dinosaurs. Not with an asteroid, but with a flood.