Love? I don't need "love." I can secure love in a weekend from anywhere- the grocery store, church, the dance floor. What is more elusive, more desirable, more enticing, is... Devotion. Passion. Creativity. Intimacy. Wit. Exposure. Honesty.
You've got to laugh at the theory of abiogenesis. Without any known mechanism that enables dead material to come to life, and against known physical laws that would actually prevent it, there are those who cling to their faith that someday, we'll find out how to make 1+1 equal three.
Remember, they once frothed at the mouth, insisting that life initially formed on earth. However, they now realize the fruitlessness and unsustainability of that myth, so they are turning to extraterrestrial sources: Mars!
We were created by an Alien being, so they're getting closer to the truth...
There is nothing inherently evil about eating of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Outside of God's command to refrain from it, it is simply food. Nobody gets hurt eating it. So why the command to stay away from it?
The tree is like a voting booth. So long as you obey God's command to not eat from it, you vote Him as Lord of your life. If you eat from it, according to the command of Satan, then you vote Satan as Lord of your life.
Adam and Eve voted for Satan and had to leave God's paradise.
Is there a voting booth for us today? Yes. The commandment to keep the Sabbath day.
Outside of God's fourth commandment, it really wouldn't matter what day you choose to "rest." It does not hurt anyone for you to rest or work on any particular day.
But God says, "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy."
Satan says, "You don't have to obey the Sabbath commandment."
Who will get your vote today?
"He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name" (Rev. 13:16-17).
This requires a tyrannical government/power.
As an Adventist, these current events do not surprise me. Things have been headed this way for quite a while now, and not just because some naive (stupid, idiotic) human beings want more control over their subjects, or more power, or more wealth. There is a power behind it all who seeks the worship of or destruction of all humankind... Satan. His tactics are force and deception, and so you'll be seeing force applied and lots of deception.
The only surprising thing might be that it's been so quick, and seems to be getting quicker. But even that was foretold, "the final movements will be rapid ones."
One, the state co-opted a religious institution (marriage), and started giving benefits for it. (Doesn't matter why, though I suspect to encourage population growth or an increasing population of tax payers.) This crosses the separation of church and state principle. Government should not turn a religious institution into a civil one. (You know, like a day of worship...) We don't live in a theocracy, so it doesn't matter how your religion defines marriage. It is a religious institution and the government should have no say in the matter.
Two, if you want the government involved in marriage, and you're going to give rewards (tax benefits, asset transfer, etc.) to two people who enter a coupling contract, you can't arbitrarily disallow others to enter that same contract and receive those same rewards. You're giving one class of citizen a benefit that is out of reach of another. It's like giving a benefit to right-handed people only, or whites only. It is immoral and unethical and is anathema* to liberty. (*Oh, the irony!)
Three, you have to understand that if you give tax benefits to civil unions/marriages of two people contracting to commingle assets (and that's really all it is in the perception of the state), you have to also extend those benefits to three people contracting to commingle assets. As well as 4, 5, or 6 people... So long as all are consenting adults, it is unethical to deny benefits to this category of contracted union (bigamy, polygamy) while allowing those same benefits to another classification of contracted union (monogamy).
The solution to all this is: the government should get OUT of the "marriage" business.
Q: What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object?
A: We discover either there's no such thing as an unstoppable force, or there's no such thing as an immovable object.
Vengeance is the Lord's. And how beautiful will be that vengeance, even if I'm caught up in it. It means no more pain. No more suffering. I welcome the vengeance of the Lord, for I desire peace and joy for all.
Any other theory having taken such a drubbing over the course of its life would have been discarded by now. Not evolution. It's too convenient for the non-believers.
As we expected, comparison of gorilla DNA with human DNA produced results that were unexpected by evolutionists because they aren’t consistent with what the theory of evolution predicted. This “allows a fresh assessment of the evolutionary mechanisms,” which is a polite way of saying that they have to go back to Square One.
How do I know there's only one universe? The same reason I know time travel to the past is impossible. If it were possible, we'd already see evidence of it because somebody would have already been back here (even if they weren't supposed to).
How does this relate to multiple universes? Well, the only reason we have a multiverse theory is because the possibility of our existence is so remote, scientists realized it was illogical to believe life could spring up into existence in one universe. But, if you posit an infinite number of universes, well, then... ANYTHING is possible!
And therein is your problem. It's kinda like the grandpa paradox for time travel. The one thing that destroys this entire multiverse stupidity is that in one of those infinite universes, someone has discovered not only how to travel to other universes, but how to destroy them all. And since we're still here, well...
There's only one universe, and we're in it. Any other theory is simply a fairy tale.
Since nobody reads this blog, it will be for my posterity...
(Maybe more later...)
It's amazing that despite the number of times the theory of evolution has been falsified, it still floats.
So I came up with a clever idea: presenting, the Theory of Christianity!
Those who believe in evolution (and, yes, it is a belief system) will have to embrace it because it is far more secure in its hypothesis than evolution ever has been! HA!
My high score for Nornissodee is now 782.
I consider any program I write to be an extension of myself; therefore, anything that my program does, I have done.
I wrote a tiny app that lets me play Carcassonne Solitaire on my PC. The cool thing is it lets me see the tile pile in advance, move tiles around after I've placed them; you know, tinker. You could do this on a tabletop with a Carcassonne game set, except it would be way slower figuring it all out. And far more complicated than your brain can handle. But my brain created an extension of itself and can now solve them quickly and easily (not like solve a puzzle, but like solve a chess problem). How fun is that?!? Very fun.
(The score in the upper right corner is inaccurate. There's a little bug somewhere that I'll squish sometime during the next few evenings when I have a spare moment.)
All of life is filled with algorithms. I like finding the best ones.
P.S. What's your best score for Nornissodee? Any other tile set? I can probably beat it. :)
P.P.S. I gotta give mad props to OpenEuphoria (the programming language I used to develop this app), and wxEuphoria, the wxWidgets interface for OpenEuphoria developed and maintained by Matt Lewis, a very helpful and generous guy. Finally, wxFormBuilder made the GUI development so quick and easy. Almost too easy.
There's a video out there about a guy demonstrating evolution with a line.
It's a trick. It's not evolution he's demonstrating. People tracing over a line is not a simulation of evolution at all. Not even close. (There's no environmental pressure, there's no survival algorithm, etc.) It is a crafty way to trick gullible, stupid, or ignorant people into believing that evolution "works like that" and, therefore, evolution is real.
It's like people saying that the God of the Bible will burn people in hell for all eternity. That's a lie. They take a few verses out of context from the Bible and use that to claim that a "loving God" will "torture children He loves forever and ever for mistakes made over the course of, at most, a hundred years or so."
This guy with his "line that proves evolution" is either willfully deceitful- and I'd be interested in what his motivation is- or just ignorant of what evolution is. Same with people who think the doctrine of eternal torture in hellfire is from the Bible. They are either willfully deceitful- why?- or they are ignorant. There's a fix for the latter...
If you believe the God of the Bible will torture people in fire for all eternity, you need to get all the facts.
If you believe evolution is a valid theory to explain the diversity of life, you need to get all the facts.
I dropped Joshua off at the Crowne Plaza hotel last night. This morning, he boarded a bus with a bunch of other guys and headed for Lackland Airforce Base in San Antonio, Texas. I don't know at what point he's officially an Airman. I wonder if he took a pledge this morning before departing. And does it become official only when the hair finally comes off? :)
I thought I was going to be a blubbering mess when he left, but so far I've held the tears in check. I rationalize, "It's only for two months and then he'll be back."
Besides, the separation of child and parent is a natural, unavoidable thing. However, it's one thing to know and expect a thing, but a whole 'nother thing to experience the thing. So, here I am, experiencing the separation from a child to whom I've been a single parent for most of his life, knowing this day would come.
The longest my kids have been gone from me is about 30 days. They were in Montana for a long while in their early youth. This was a brief respite from the stress, but I knew they'd be back. Steph went to Africa for a month last year, but, again, I knew she'd be back. But two months?! But he'll be back... but... do I not see that beyond that three days, it will be months and maybe years before I get to see him again (at least in person; technology, don't fail me now!)?!
I'm starting to make myself tear up right now, so I better stop. Maybe if I keep in steady contact with him, it won't be so bad.
I can comfort myself with the fact that it's one less mouth to feed. But I can't wait to see my baby boy again.