Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Oracle Soup

I was in Barnes and Noble tonight, doing the browsing thing which I love to do. I have a teacher's discount, so occasionally I'll pick up a book I'd like, as I did tonight.

Couple of books caught my eye, and I may or may not read them.

One was The Entitlement Cure by John Townsend, who was quite the formidable influence on my young adult life, teaching me about bonding and boundaries. He's an extraordinarily wise man, and this latest looks like more of the same regarding something I've thought for quite some time. I did leaf through it a bit, though not much because I don't think it is quite right to read whole sections of a book that isn't purchased.

The part I did see though confirmed what I thought. That when you think people owe you something, life is pretty miserable. Among those few words I caught were "entitlement pockets", meaning there are at least some things we think we're owed no matter how gracious and deferential we are. It would be good to identify the things we think we're owed and examine them, ultimately laying them at the feet of Christ.

The other book was The Spider Network, and this was about the LIBOR scandal and how it was birthed and grew. Amazing that a few people were given the task of setting interest rates that affected the capital movement of so much by so many. The LIBOR exploiters decided they could make some big money by shifting those rates to favor their own portfolios.

What so many don't get here is that this is just another form of human sacrifice, and as much as this truth is sloughed off as religious fairy tale folderol, more and more people get away with murdering others because they can.

This morning while doing some desk work I needed to do, I listened to Greg Koukl's weekly podcast, and he interviewed Douglas Axe, a biologist who's essentially proven Darwinian evolution false. Fascinating interview, but the last thing he mentioned was an illustration he called "Oracle Soup."

If I came up to you and said, hey, here's alphabet soup in this bowl, but this is great because it will spell out the instructions for an invention you can make and profit from. Simply cover the top of the bowl, then swirl the soup around, and take the lid off and there you see -- the instructions. Take a picture, then repeat. Look again, further instructions! How about that.

Not even halfway through you'd be thinking me insane.

The point Axe made is, why do we so readily accept the primordial soup explanation for the origin of life? It is really no different than the Oracle Soup explanation.

I've recently thought, what if someone found out I'm a follower of Christ and they said, very politely mind you, "Do you actually believe that?" See, it isn't a matter of belief in the truth of a thing, it is true no matter what I believe. Jesus and His life and His work are factually, forensically, historically truthful things. Therefore, I think I'm now going to say in response, "Huh, you sticking to the ground, why is that?"

"Um, gravity."

You can see what I'm going to say. "Do you actually believe that?"

The someone I'm speaking with would most likely be aghast. "What are you talking about?"

"Prove gravity."


Now I'm pretty okay with gravity, but it still has all kinds of assumptions attached to it. What's the actual truth about things?

While the Oracle Soup story is meant to show that the Darwinian explanation is sorely lacking yet pretty much just assumed, it can't end there. For you see, there are actual words in the soup.

It is just they were arranged by God. That's the main take away, really. God spells out a lot of words, not only in the design of nature (what biologists like Axe are doing) but in the words of Scripture. God is true, and every man a liar -- unless they genuinely acquiesce to The Truth.

In my devotional time I'm reading Jeremiah, again -- I like Jeremiah because of his fortitude in speaking with people who were tremendously dense. He loved them with God's love -- telling them plainly what was what.

Every time I read Jeremiah I am struck by something I didn't see before, something amazing. This one was in verse 18 of the 18th chapter. Here's Jeremiah telling everyone the bad news, telling them to get ready and, in a sense: unload all their senses of entitlements -- and guess what they said. Go ahead, look there, in that verse, go ahead. It's right there in plain English from the Hebrew:

"They said, 'Come, let's make plans against Jeremiah; for the teaching of the law by the priests will not cease, nor the counsel of the wise, nor the word from the prophets. So come, let's attack him with our tongues and pay no attention to anything he says.'"

There may be a lot more to this, yes, I'm not the scholar on this or anything, but I can't think this isn't much other than people being told the truth and then refusing to accept it based on the idea that a whole bunch of smart-sounding people emphatically tell them to never-mind.

They did it back in 600 B.C. with Jeremiah, and they're doing it now.

Some things never change.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

The Truth is Not Dead - We're Just Waiting for the New York Times Version of Truth to Die

Recently Time magazine did a modern take on its famous cover from 1966, "Is God Dead?" At that time many were abandoning formal religion for the hinterlands of alternative spiritualities, what with the ability to travel to and communicate with other cultures becoming faster and easier.

"Hey! Wow! Look at this cool spiritual thing here in India! Hmm, Hinduism and all the karma and reincarnation and all that cool stuff! Or over here! Buddhism where you can just let it all go because it's all nothing anyway! Cool!"

A lot of these ideas wove their way into more liberal theological pronouncements consuming some of the more eminent seminaries, and quite a few people then headed off to Woodstock-like events rather than those stodgy old concrete churches.

Today our "post-truth" society now wonders, "Is Truth Dead?" Funny, for that statement to be meaningful, truth must be alive. While it is easy to understand the sentiment, this is why asking that question is silly. The truth is -- ahem, if you'll excuse me -- the truth is that there is only truth. No falsehood, only truth.

Yes, people can fool you, but they can only get away with it if there is a truth to twist. There does seem to be so much more "twisting" today for the same precise reason they earlier asked if God was dead, because of faster and easier communications. Who do we listen to, who do we trust? So many voices out there, all clamoring for my attention!

The New York Times has a version of the truth that it is maniacally pounding into the hearts and minds of an unwitting populace. Much of that agenda I elucidated in this home page piece, and how they do it I detailed in this piece. In fact the full thrust of my web ministry is to expound on the contrast between what the System is doing to you and what Jesus Christ has done for you.

Sadly, not many pay much attention. Doesn't matter if it's my own web work, I simply don't see much wisdom about truth out there at all, from anywhere. The reason is simple, but that reason is a certain truth most people fiercely dismiss because it hits too hard at their New York Times entrenched version of truthful things.

The truth is that all of this is driven by the Roman Catholic Church. The church visible does it by pointing out all the evils all around and then stepping up and laboring ceaselessly to show how great they are at working through it all. All of Rome's subdivisions follow its lead. Those subdivisions include the 501c3 churches who are either doing the liberal thing schlurping up rabid endorsement of sodomy and infanticide, or the conservative thing wrapping themselves in the American flag and gripping their guns as security blankets. Even churches with members who have at least some substantial savvy when it comes to respecting and living the words of Scripture are infected to some degree.

The church invisible is the militant arm of Rome, interestingly called the "Society of Jesus". Too often I hear about "society" doing this or "society" doing that. Hmm, quite true, and they do so much of it through channels most don't see, like the New York Times. The Society does everything it does to draw people into a deeper, richer relationship with Rome, and they do it by stirring up revulsion for insidiously created and deftly arranged threats whether political, financial, military, or all of them together, and then seeing if their prey rails and rips and rebels to further the legitimacy of Rome.

It is so hypnotically enticing.

It is just Scripture says if you have Jesus' lordship on your heart, then come out of that.

But it only works if you're trusting in the -- ahem -- truthful Jesus. Please, He knows how easy we can be fooled, so He's good with you telling Him about being fooled, letting Him walk with you on your journey to know truthful things, talking with Him about those things each day.

Then you'll viscerally understand that truthful thing everyone truly ultimately wants, and that is genuine love.

I was reading in the first letter of John this morning, and wow, there was the fourth chapter. Read it, go ahead, right there, read the truthful things about love.

And let Him open your eyes and ears and mind and heart to what is true.