Does the last dream wake me because it is so ridiculously bizarre, or is it something else which wakens—and the dream refuses to release its prisoner? It’s been a while since any dream featured anything worth lingering, a special place, or a special person, whose presence could make the dream better than the reality. And she sure as hell isn’t coming back.
I get up in the morning at 4 or 5 A.M. and walk like Captain Jack Sparrow to the kitchen, needing coffee, but orange juice comes first—and my German shepherd knows it will be a while before he goes out the back door with his treats. First prepare food for two cats hanging around my truck in the driveway. Coffee. Then out the back door for my morning cigarette, with shepherd and his treats.
We have an alpha-agreement. Often he goes out the door first, despite proper custom, because he is excited, or, usually he thinks it his job to protect me outside. Going in, he always lets me enter first.
Some things are the way they should be in life. Mornings are a time for clarity, sobriety, strategic intentions, knowing that in the evening the enemies will attack, as they always do.
Before they begin their assaults, however, it will be a time to feed dog, cats, birds, squirrels, fish, turtles, and ducks. A time to think of a cabin somewhere: But this is my cabin, and it’s a mess, and no one is going to come and clean when I leave. No one will feed my friends. They need me. So, leaving is impossible, especially when there is no where to go to change the scenery for a heart.
Therefore, dreams are not critical. Memories only last a few seconds. Summer’s heat and storms soon will give way to a north wind. Seasons, like days and memories, come and go.
Is there anything which lasts forever? A one drink question—the questions get more difficult after two. But the answers are always the same…*
“…it’s time to close the shutters / time to go inside…”
*I’m a writer/author. No worries, mate. Just practicing scenes.
A long, long time ago—immediately after becoming a politician meant increasing one’s personal wealth—Washington, D. C. pols were amazed at the sums garnisheed from taxpayers. Being such civic-minded stalwarts, these popularly elected legislators, they all wanted to utilize (spend) this money making and keeping “The People’ happy, happy, happy.
The first problem which developed from their largesse was that their projects always cost more than proposed. A second, and worse, problem resulted in projects so inefficient and misguided that they almost (scratch the ‘almost) did more harm than good. The third corruption occurred when government personnel, agencies, and especially Congress, quietly realized that they had to spend all of the money, in order to avoid reductions in future revenues.
My post, however is about the fourth corruption—the theater, the sport, the game.
Ka·bu·ki (kə-bo͞o′kē) A type of popular Japanese drama, evolved from the older Noh theater, in which elaborately costumed performers, nowadays men only, use stylized movements, dances, and songs in order to enact tragedies and comedies.
They’ve evolved in D,C, It’s no longer men only. (Nancy Pelosi!) (Hillary was there, a necessary stepping stone for her ordained…well, never mind) Perhaps soon it won’t even be “men” and “women” only. Regardless, the actors have not really evolved, but rather developed even greater skills at portraying characters in drama and comedy. Eloquent folks (many attorneys), they pour their hearts and souls into performances. The best actors retain their roles for many years (Chuck Schumer and John McCain, et al).
But, for some reason, nothing ever changes in the country—at least not for the good of The People. It’s not the fault of the Republican Party, the GOP leaders and followers say—and, vice versa from the Dems. “We’re fighting hard for you, though,” they both say.
John McCain knows he will have to retire at the end of this Senate term, his sixth. Repeal and replacement of Obamacare was a centerpiece of his 2016 reelection campaign. He got reelected. John McCain isn’t a Conservative “maverick.” He is a Liberal maverick. And now that he’s a lame duck, his need to follow the script of the Play is over. He can’t be fired.
Democrats, such as Chuck Schumer, Pelosi, Maxine Waters, and so many others, have an even better contract/employment situation. It doesn’t matter what they do, say, or don’t. Their constituents will keep reelecting them until they are charged with a crime. (Scratch charged, replace with imprisoned, or, at least convicted.)
It’s all kabuki theater. It has less authenticity than the WWF. I had the pleasure of working with a former WWF star, Warlock, and later as Jay Kraken, (now an LEO-Ops sergeant). “Jay” revealed to me some amazing facts about the WWF. For one thing, his fitness tests, required to even get his foot in the door, would send NFL-combine contestants to a hospital. Yes, there were many scripts. And roles depend upon a wrestler’s ratings and fan base. But all of those guys, and gals, work hard—for their audience. They do actually fight!
I suppose Washington, D. C. people and pols work occasionally. They certainly care about their fan base, at least during reelection campaigns. Do they always try to win? I don’t think so. Do they care? I don’t think so. Are they good actors? You betcha! Will they come together and give Houston a ton of money, as Jeff Flake stated, in a quick and decisive manner? Yep. Will they do anything else in a “quick and decisive manner”? Nope. The show must go on.
Is it kabuki theater? Happy Labor Day! (Pray for Texas, and Louisiana) God Bless Texas! God Bless the USA.
Your customers are a menace to society. Accident forgiveness? Really? Do you know why auto insurance is too high for everybody? I’ll give you a hint. It’s because too many people are bad drivers who get into accidents—and, everybody has to pay.
“One little bumper. And there go your rates…” It’s a cruel, cruel world. BTW, was your “one little bumper” in my Wal-Mart parking lot last week? Next time, please find a wider parking space.
Although, I do have a question for that one lady. You know, the one who says (in that New York accent that I just adore. Or, is it New Jersey? Same thing): “You totaled your brand new car. No one was hurt, but…” HOW DO YOU TOTAL YOUR BRAND NEW CAR, AND NO ONE GETS HURT??? Why did she even mention that, BTW? I hope that if four or more people are Dead On Scene, you DO raise her rates.
And, their kids are wimps! Teenage boys can’t change a flat tire when it’s dark outside? Maybe those snowflakes should take auto shop in high school. Oh, wait. They don’t have that stuff anymore. They’re too busy learning revisionist history and learning about three new genders.
Get those girly-boys Allstate. At least their voices will sound impressive.
I live in Florida (which has way too many people from New York. Or, New Jersey. Same thing.), which has “No Fault” insurance. It was supposed to lower rates. Right. The only thing that will lower rates is to make it mandatory that every Driver’s License applicant also has to take a NRA Certified Firearms Safety Class—and get a CWP.
Why? Because, the requirements for a DL-plus-CWP will eliminate most people from New York, New Jersey, California, Oregon, Canada, and Washington, D. C. And, Chicago. And Miami-Dade County. And Mexico, or any country that has more mules than cars. (It’s a pun…) Now that is how you make your highways safer—and your insurance premiums lower.
Well, I think my work is done here.
(P.S. I prefer NRA Carry Guard insurance. I hate tail-gaiters! But I love people from the above list of places. They’re the reason Donald J. Trump is POTUS).
Most scientists say that there is no evidence that “ GOD “ exists, including Albert Einstein, whose many statements regarding God have been documented. I truly respect what Einstein has contributed to our collective (a yucky word!) knowledge of the Universe. But anyone who thinks that he was a believer is uninformed. I won’t clutter this article with his quotes. However, I might quote other true and also alleged scientists.
For instance, a tweet from a modern day progressive science-hero, Neil deGrasse Tyson:
“Mother Nature has been genetically modifying organisms for nearly four-billion years. Farmers for ten-thousand years.”
Really? Can Mother Nature be seen with a telescope? Microscope? Oscilloscope?
[“Sure! Mother Nature can be seen in everything.”] But, God can’t?
Mr. Tyson, according to Patheos, a progressive secular humanist web site, in a “CBS web exclusive”:
The more I look at the universe, the less convinced I am that there is something benevolent going on…
… I look at disasters that afflict Earth, and life on Earth: volcanoes, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, disease, pestilence, congenital birth defects. You look at this list of ways that life is made miserable on Earth by natural causes, and I just ask, “How do you deal with that?”
So philosophers rose up and said, “If there is a God, God is either not all powerful or not all good.”
I have no problems if, as we probe the origins of things, we bump into the Bearded Man. If that shows up, we good to go! Okay? Not a problem.
There’s just no evidence of it.
And this is why religions are called “faiths” collectively. Because you believe something in the absence of evidence. That’s what it is! That’s why it’s called “faith”! Otherwise we would call all religions “evidence,” but we don’t, for exactly that reason.
Watch the full segment in the video below:
This is not the first time Tyson has gently and diplomatically denied the existence of God. Indeed, Tyson has made an art form out of quietly denying God’s existence while never outing himself as an atheist.
Oh, really? “…quietly denying God’s existence…? “…while never outing himself as an atheist…? Does CBS actually think that Christians and Jews do not recognize atheistic, humanist, and anti-God speech and journalistic bias? How about the Huffington-Puffington Post?
Jan 22, 2014 – Host Josh Zepps relayed a question from a community member that asked Bill Nye if he believed in God. Watch the video above to see Bill …
Bill Nye, “The Science Guy”, is not a believer. I, personally, hope and pray often that there is a God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Jesus Christ Yeshua Ha-Mashiach –
I wouldn’t mind seeing proof of “MOTHER NATURE’, but she isn’t mentioned in The Bible, the Pentateuch, or any other ancient documents, as far as I know. Does she fit into the physics’ Standard Model? Where is she, Mr. Tyson?
Astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, seems to constantly speak in the kind of generalities favored by astrologers. Scorpio: Today you will have an opportunity to make an enemy or a friend. Your attitude may be the deciding factor.
No kidding? I’m in trouble, then.
I prefer physicists who talk about classic and quantum mechanics, and non-locality, because they’re the ones who will never say that God doesn’t exist. They are incredibly intelligent people, but they will admit that there is a whole bunch of stuff (technical term) that remains outside observable qualia.
As I have previously stated, my research for my third novel, Spectrum and Principalities, led me into the venues of physics, neurology, anatomy, philosophy—and, theology, of course. I already stated that “Science” has convinced me that there is no observable-measurable evidence of spirits, paranormal events, miracles, near-death experiences, a survivable soul, or of, in Mr. Tyson’s words, “The Man in a Beard.”
Does “Mother Nature” have a beard? Mustache? Regardless, here’s a preview of one of the premises in my #4 novel:
If God doesn’t exist, then what is the value of a man’s life? George Washington has many statues—which may be destroyed by those who hate our country and its history. But, I digress. If there is no survivable soul, no eternal resurrection, and only ashes, dust, and worms’ meat, then what good are statues? How does Mr. Tyson and history judge George Washington’s next door neighbor? (What was his name?) George’s pets? His slaves? The first soldier lost under his command? The last one?
I appreciate statues honoring history, including those of Dr. Martin Luther King and Thomas Jefferson. Their lives had and have meaning. I also believe that the only way their lives have eternal meaning is if there is an eternity. Are the lives of unknown soldiers, unknown neighbors, unknown pets, and all unknown deceased human beings without eternal value?
If this life is all there is, and if Mother Nature has the final say, then why…? I can’t decide what question to ask. What difference does it make? Oh, maybe that’s the question.
Nope. There has to be a question which either proves God’s existence or proves otherwise. I need to find that question. Any suggestions?
“Memory is an easy dupe, and tradition a careless story-teller.” – Introduction to my family genealogy.
Families that fought together in the Revolutionary War, in many cases, had to fight against each other in the American Civil War. Some families even had relatives fighting on both sides. All wars are horrific. All civil wars have a way of being more so, at least in terms of senseless slaughter and socio-economic destruction. Our Civil War and all other wars were meant to be if, like me, you believe that this World’s woeful tale was predestined by God according to His Divine purpose. That is not to say that man, all of us, is not accountable for the horror.
My patriarchal family were French Huguenot refugees who fled to Germany and finally to the American Colony. John Jacob Mickley, in genealogy:”We have, however, authentic information that our ancestor, John Jacob Mickley, was born in Europe, in the year 1697 ; that he came to America in the ship Hope, of London, from Rotterdam, Holland, arriving in Philadelphia, August 28th, 1733. He was married in this country to Elizabeth Barbara, daughter of Ulrich Burkhalter, and settled in Whitehall Township, Northampton,
My Great-x-?-Grandfather helped save the many bells of Philadelphia—including the State House Bell (now known as the Liberty Bell)—from capture by the British forces. John Jacob Mickley, in fact, took the 2000lb bell in his own Conestoga wagon, filled with manure, according to family genealogy and historic documents. Most records indicate that the wagon broke down near Bethlehem and was transferred to another wagon to be taken to Allentown.
The memorial tablet is mounted to the fence in front of the Zion’s Reformed United Church of Christ in Allentown. It was in an early version of this church that the Liberty Bell was hidden. The tablet is inscribed:
In Commemoration Of The Saving Of The Liberty Bell From The British, September 1777 Erected to The Memory Of John Jacob Mickley CommissaryOf Issues, And Member Of The General Committe From Whitehall Township Northampton County, Pennsylvania Who Under Cover Of Darkness, And With His Farm Team Hauled The Liberty Bell From Independence Hall Philadelphia, Through British Lines To Bethlehem Where The Wagon Broke Down, September 23, 1777. The Bell Was Then Transferred To Frederick Leiser’s Wagon, And Brought To Allentown, September 24, 1777. It Was Placed Beneath The Floor Of Zion‘s Reformed Church, Where It Remained Secreted For Nearly A Year
The Tablet Is Placed By The Order Of The Assembly Of The Commonwealth Of Pennsylvania, June 2, 1907. Under The Auspices Of The Pennsylvania Daughters Of The American Revolution. Erected October 15, 1908
My ancestors on my father’s side populated many towns and regions of Pennsylvania and Ohio. My mother’s people were, eventually, mostly from southern states. As with most American families, it’s complicated.
Two families whose histories I have perused, Mickleys and Trezevants, both French Huguenot refugees, are a good case in point. Whereas my father’s name and people spread across Pennsylvania and the East North Central region, the Trezevants grew and prospered in the Carolinas, Tennessee, and other southern states. Were the two families antagonists in the Civil War? I would like to find out if they did, because I intend to write an historical fiction novel involving these Huguenot-American patriotic clans.
My point today is that all Americans who fought in the Civil War were patriots who loved their country. But the economical and political animosities became hatred and so inflamed a nation that a war between former friends and allies was inevitable, a war which cost a young country dearly in blood and treasure. The war ended, officially, on May 9. 1865. Healing wounds required much longer than the four years it took for the industrialized North to defeat the agricultural South. But, for most people the wounds have long since healed. Sadly, for some, spirits of hatred never let go of their hearts and souls.
Still, how could a country become so divided again, today?
Back then, the “sides” had different notions regarding representation, because the northern states were more heavily populated than the south. The very issue of states’ rights was hotly disputed. Some southern states believed that the abolitionists were willfully inciting violence. The institution of slavery was the big issue at the time. However, only 25% of all southerners owned slaves Slavery in America: back in the headlines – The Conversation . Texas decried the lack of military support from the federal government. And, there were numerous disagreements with taxation, unfair economic policies, and a host of procedural and regulatory edicts.
What are the issues today? Confederate statues and monuments? Flags? Building and street names? Last names of an Asian-American ESPN sportscaster and others? My middle name is Lee for a reason—my mother’s side of my lineage. I was born and raised in the south. (Yeah, many would not now consider Florida to be a “southern” state. Too damned many Yankees.) Nonetheless, no one in my ancestry has ever owned slaves, as far as I know—neither my Pennsylvania forefathers, nor my maternal Georgia-Florida stock. My so-called White privilege has been awfully ambivalent. But none of that should matter.
The only thing which should matter is that suddenly—in 2017, for some strange reason—neo-Nazis protestors are clashing violently with “Antifa” protestors who want to tear down statues everywhere. In my opinion, with or without a Game Day Program, it’s hard to tell the fascists from anarchists and socialists. Neither side is interested in my opinion. Actually, neither side is interested in peace. One group wants to go back in time. The other wants to destroy all records of Time.
I think that the United States of America, a nation founded by Divine Providence and with a blueprint for liberty and justice for all, deserves to be loved and defended. We should respect and celebrate our on-going journey. My oldest son, a USMC staff sergeant, has deployed to Iraq once, and Afghanistan three times. Is President Donald Trump sending our sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters to Afghanistan to—in the words of Fox News’ Juan Williams—deflect from a comment about Charlottesville, Virginia? What sane and reasonable person could make such a statement?
I’ll conclude my comments, today, with two more. Civil wars, in the name of strong or stupid reasons, noble or evil, never turn out well for either side. But, like my ancestors, I will fight if I have to.
Without any Critique of Pure Reasoning-like preamble, I will start by stating that I believe that it is possible—perhaps probable—that our Universe is a wholly predestined, super deterministic, living Creation.
Simply put, I believe that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is omniscient—and all of those other omni attributes—and he exists in and around our 4-Dimensional Space-Time Continuum. He is not subject to the Arrow(s) of Time, Classic or Quantum Laws of Physics or Mechanics, or any other Standard Models. God is the only First Cause. He is own Material (Formal), Efficient, and Final Cause—although I personally question the “change” or “changing” aspects of these last three causes as espoused by Aquinas and almost everybody else.
Since many Christians agree with the above, why is there not a consensus as to cosmological, eschatological, and theological ramifications? A systematic theology sheds a lot of burdensome baggage when the starting point is total deference to God’s Will, and, His Plan.
If God exists around the Universe, He sees the beginning, middle, and the end. In fact, I’m assuming apriori that He created the whole mess. That super piece of something-or-another which exploded into…well, everything, had a pretty amazing design and fabrication process. The DNA of the Universe did, is, and will determine each and every event, right up until the final curtain.
If all of this is true, Free Will must be an illusion, right? My answer: Yes! And, no.
You see, the thing is, it cannot be denied that Man enjoys choices every waking moment. However, it is possible—probable, in my opinion—that God so precisely designed this Big Bang bundle of joy that even human nature was/is mapped. Characters in this unique “living” novel are never going to actually surprise the Author and change themselves, much less the ending. Like an alcoholic who tells himself every morning that he will not take a drink tonight, it is a futile fantasy. However, if God chose to program some means of intervention and (hopefully successful) treatment, then that is exactly what will happen. If not, then it won’t happen.
“Then why should we bother trying to_____ [fill in the blank], if everything has been decided already?”
Of course I could ramble on and on about the implications and immediate questions, but I’m simply offering, as have others before me, something to think about. Maybe my/our idea is the Grand Unification Theory of Physics and Systematic Theology. This concept certainly claims an explanation for “everything.” Everything is wholly, and Holy, God’s Will (or, His Plan).
I will conclude by addressing one of those immediate questions—maybe two. Why in the world would God do that? What’s the point?
My answer is this: Because He can, first of all. Secondly, right before He does it all again, He will first gather everyone together and say, “Do you see me now? Do you understand why I only gave one commandment in the beginning? A few more wouldn’t have made any difference, would they? Do you see what is important, and what is not? So, if I give you a new-improved body, plus true free will, now, and an eternity to exercise it, what will you choose? How will you live? Or, would you prefer, because of your obstinate pride and anger, to not be a part of My Kingdom? Would you rather take the second death? This time, you really get to make the decision.”
Human nature is never changed by Humans. Never.
Before you get all huffy and make your list of examples which say otherwise, think about whether or not any one item can be said to have surprised God. Also, for those who rely heavily on God’s ability to “foresee” or “predict,” both imply “not really knowing.” In Mark 3:14, Jesus didn’t just predict that Peter was going to really mess up. He stated the hour of the day, the number of times Peter would deny Him, and the exact number of times that rooster would crow. That is “knowing” and “seeing” that hour, not predicting what could happen. Jesus didn’t arrange for an angel to go kick the rooster at 9:45 A.M. on Friday morning, or, as soon as Peter denied Jesus three times.
Wait! Then again, maybe He did. But, if He did, he arranged it before the Big Bang.
Just my opinion. And, I was predestined to give it.
Addendum: To hopefully appease a friend(s), I’ve realized that I need to speak more about this post.
Heck, I don’t know. My Super-Deterministic Predestination sounds cruel. I can dig that. The number one, two, and infinite questions: 1 – Then what good is Prayer?
Well, what good is eating broccoli if you might die in a head-on crash with some Liberty Mutual auto insurance customer? What good is taking a shower if you ain’t goin’ anywhere? My stupid dog don’t care–I think. The point is, there are a whole bunch of things God tells us to do because He knows they are good for us, and, he knows we need guidance. So what if He already knows who, which of us will listen?
My reason for positing this theory of mine, and of many Christian scholars, is simple. Either God is transcendent of Time or he isn’t. Either He is is Omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent, or He isn’t. If He is stuck in our Arrow of Time, watching His Creation develop, and having to periodically nudge the bowling ball back onto the lane, then please be advised that He must not “know” how many pins we are going to knock down. [“But He is in control! He’ll knock down how ever many pins He desires.”] Or, [“We have Free Will. It’s our game. When He gets tired of our poor bowling skills, He will turn off the lights.”] Nope, and nope.
Biblical and Divine prophesy isn’t like Madam Marie Deveaux’s crystal ball or tarot cards. It isn’t like Washington, D.C. and MSM pundits predicting a Hillary victory, or a stock market crash if Trump wins.
If God exists outside and around Time, then He sees the beginning, middle, and end. Moreover, He created all of it/them. It’s a done deal. God isn’t constantly checking His watch to see how much longer He has to put up with this nonsense. He doesn’t have a watch.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
And that whole Jacob and Esau thing, before they were born. My JW friends told me that it was because God could look into and at their DNA and predict everything they would do. Really? Predict? Does he play the government sponsored gambling games like the Florida Lotto?
Lastly, scientists say that there is no evidence of spirits, souls, angels, demons, or anything that can’t be explained by natural processes. I believe them-up to a point.
However, they, and me and we, live in a 4-D Space-Time Continuum. It’s a pretty incredible and really yuge place. “Science” continues to do an amazing job of mapping it all out-almost all of it. There is still some dispute as to what happens in the end.
I think God doesn’t need to predict. He knows. He wrote the Book. That’s Predestination, I think. I don’t know.
The working title of my next novel-a direct sequel to #3-is Proof of God. I have two ideas. The first is related to all of those ontological, teleological, and Aquinas’ Five Ways-kind of stuff. But the second will be a plain old logic sort of premise. If anyone has any suggestions (positive, kind, serious, non-profane), I’d be happy for help.
I joined three or four Stack Exchange communities last year as part of my Spectrum research, and because I have always been fascinated with those subjects anyway. My selections were Philosophy, Physics, Electrical Engineering, Christianity, and something else which escapes me at this moment. I impulsively jumped into an electrical question within my first week. Having been a journeyman, master, and electrical contractor (second generation), I found one which I felt pretty confident about, especially since I taught an electrical apprenticeship class for fourteen years. Some guy from Puerto Rico took a picture of the pole-mounted transformer which connected the power company to his house. He had asked, “What is that thing?”
I thought, ‘Man, I knows this sh*^!’ I proudly explained that it was a transformer! It had a single phase high voltage primary (two wire), and, a single phase, three-wire 240V/120V secondary. Two ungrounded conductors accounted for the 240V part. A neutral (grounded conductor) was “derived” by center tapping the secondary windings and establishing a connection to the ‘earth ground,’ thereby permitting 120V connections between a neutral and either one of the ungrounded conductors. My mistake was in asking the man if Puerto Rico’s power companies distributed electrical power in 50hertz (common in the Caribbean and Europe) frequency or 60hertz, which is the USA standard.
The only response I got was from an SE moderator, who tersely explained to me that if I chose to give answers to questions, by rules I was not supposed to ask questions. Okay, I accepted the rebuff. However, things got worse when I conspired to ask a question in the Physics community. Relative to my previous post, Non-locality, I decided to ask, Why is nonlocality being ignored when examining the Mind-Body Question? I referenced a particular book and its esteemed author. Well…! I had 3 or 4 moderators telling me that I need to provide more specifics regarding the nature of my question. “Which non-locality are you talking about? Quantum nonlocality?” “Could you give some context from [the book] in order to clarify your question…” I tried giving clarifications, but they were not sufficiently structured enough to interest the community. I finally withdrew my question.
With my tail tucked between my legs, I sulked for a few weeks. But my OCD eventually provoked me into asking a question on the Christianity site. I was certain (and remain so) that I had a question worthy of consideration if not a definitive answer. I asked, Is it premonition, prediction, or Divine prophesy? In Mark 14:30, Peter had proclaimed his faithfulness to be better than that of anyone else. Bad mistake.
NIV : “Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “today—yes, tonight—before the rooster crows twice you yourself will disown me three times.”
So, anyway, I wanted to point out that if that rooster had crowed only once, there was a problem. Moreover, If Peter hadn’t denied Jesus three times before, say, 6:30 A.M. on a Friday morning, before the rooster made any noise at all, there was and is a problem.
Here’s my point: If prophesy such as that one can be so exact, then it is not a matter of really good guessing. It means that Jesus knew exactly what would happen, and when. He didn’t just have a vision. He saw it–and, He had seen it all before, when he wrote The Book of Life, when He designed and created the Universe. So what’s the big deal?
If–and it’s a big IF–it all went down as recorded, then as Christian, Bible believers, we must admit that Predestination and a super-deterministic view of the Universe must prevail. Chance and any Randomness does not permit that degree of accuracy. It’s true that everything happens for a reason, in my opinion. But it’s also true that everything happens exactly as written. God exists outside the boundaries of our 4-D Space-Time Continuum. He created–wrote–the whole thing, from beginning to end. He sees the beginning, the end, and everything in between from a perspective we cannot enjoy.
Free Will sure seems logical, undeniable, when we have choices to make. Actually, in theory we can make choices. However, like characters in a novel, nobody is going to go off script. Free will is an illusion.
Nonetheless, the Stack Exchange moderators immediately put my question on “hold.” They stated that it needed to be reworded in order to merit response. Whatever. I did get response from a guy whose Username was Karimson. It didn’t take long for me to realize three things about Mr. Karimson: He was a Muslim, he didn’t know much more than me about Christianity, Philosophy, and Physics–and, he likely lurked around the Christianity site in order to troll Christians. He never attempted to directly answer any of my arguments. I kept trying for a while. His responses were so clearly designed to ridicule any Christian doctrinal tenets that I quickly realized that I was wrestling with a pig. The pig enjoys it, you may recall. The moderators mostly ignored the pig. he was my problem, not theirs.
Finally, I also put in my two cents worth on another question, a matter of abortion. Skipping all of the unimportant details, I stated that “Science” ought to be able to say when Human life begins. If not the hour, or the day, at least the week shouldn’t be too much to ask from people who can map out the first, incredible 3 or 4 “epochs” which occurred following the Big Bang (each epoch involved astounding events, and those first epochs occurred in a time span measured in seconds and minutes. The whole Universe was pretty much established in about five minutes). BOOM! So why can’t Science say when a fetus becomes a human being? It does happen, right? Is it the minute before birth? A day before? A week? A month? Give me an educated guess.
I was told that it is a nominative question, meaning that there is no way science can know the answer.
*(recommended for you) “Crystal Blue Persuasion” – Tommy James and the Shondells
In Spectrum and Principalities I wanted to feature a concept that served as a subtle backdrop in River Spirits and Ocala Spring, namely spiritism. ‘RS’ had two angels appearing in the beginning, midway point, and the end. ‘OC’ had the two eagles, representing the victims of a senseless double homicide.
While researching Spectrum‘s premise–J.J.’s neurological architecture–I had to learn as much as I could about the human brain and central nervous system, the human visual spectrum, and the body’s chemical and electromagnetic processes. That was expected going in. But I quickly realized that, in order to have J.J. see auras around people and independent energy fields, which could be spirits, I also had to study physics and paranormal accounts–an odd couple, for sure. I had no expectation of becoming a theoretical physicist who could discover the Grand Unification Theory for Classic and Quantum physics. That will happen in my fourth novel, Proof of God. Nor did I intend to try to drive around LA and score some LSD. But I had to read several books on The Mind-Body Question, a few more on near-death accounts, out-of-body experiences, visions, premonitions, religious or other epiphanies, hallucinations, and all paranormal topics. In philosophy, it was necessary to revisit past interests in Free Will vs. Predestination and Proofs of God. In physics, I knew I had to dig deeper into one of my OCD pet subjects–Bell’s Theorem. Specifically, if I wanted to hang my premise on a scientific hat rack, I had to pursue nonlocality, wherever it might lead me.
I enjoyed the chase! I did not become an expert in anything. But I learned a whole bunch of cool stuff! One of the things I learned is that most neurologists, neuron-anatomists, and, most scientists, academicians, and intellectuals believe that everything that happens can be explained in terms of natural electromagnetic and chemical processes. Never, they say, has anyone demonstrated observable or certifiable proof of any paranormal experience. All of those passionate accounts of near death experiences, or ghostly visitations, visual premonitions, telepathic communications–all of that psychic nonsense!–are nothing more than hallucinations created by and within the human brain. There is no independent reality attributable to those events. Nada.
I became convinced that their arguments (against) were unquestionably valid.
Worse, “science” says that if there were something (substance or medium, atomic or force) in the human brain–or anywhere else in the body–which might survive death, then they would be able to know it, see it (in the Large Hadron Collider), or, at least come up with possible new Standard Model of physics. They can’t. It ain’t there. So, where does that leave us, we people who talk about spirits and souls and resurrection?
There are two categories for laws of physics: classic physics (classical mechanics) and atomic physics (quantum mechanics). Angels and demons and ghosts and bright lights at the end of a tunnel are nowhere to be found, neither in observation nor in theory. Darn the luck! And theories (and beliefs) never turn into scientific laws just because folks want them to. It has to be experimentally observable, or, mathematically calculable.
Everything in the Universe is discussed in terms of fields, waves, forces, particles, dark matter, black holes and worm holes, locality and nonlocality, Closed End or Open End. Not much time, these days, is spent on trying to figure out where God is hiding, if he exists. A shame.
But I’m telling you, that nonlocality thing is big trouble for the scientists. They had discussed the idea before Einstein. And Einstein, himself, said something like (I’m paraphrasing here), “Oh, hell no. That ain’t happening, dude.” But it did happen. John Bell proved it in 1965. Now, first of all, nonlocality essentially turned classical Newtonian physics on its head. Even the quantum people didn’t know what to do with it at first. Most of them tried to ignore the threat. Now they spend a lot of time trying to see if nonlocality can be used to transmit signals, data, something useful. Meh.
What is nonlocality? It is, as Einstein called it, spooky actions at a distance. It is an entanglement of particles, which once developed, continues to exist when separated, regardless of distance or time. It proves superluminal speeds, although the concept of “speed” doesn’t even really apply at that point. If a particle turns green in Miami, then its entangled particle-mate, floating somewhere a thousand light years away, turns green also–instantaneously. Try and explain that by laws of cause and effect.
In my learned opinion, or rather, in my humble and naive opinion, this nonlocality thing is a glimpse of how God works–in a completely Closed End, super-deterministic, predestined, and precisely created Universe. But that’s a whole ‘nother story, a horse of a different color.
My point is, these scientist and physics types are incredibly smart people. Try reading a book about theoretical physics. Sheesh! But there are some things they don’t know, yet–like: What links the Quantum Arrow of Time to the thermodynamic arrow? That will have to wait until Book #5.
Maybe the Universe, the 4-D Space-Time Continuum, the Arrow(s) of Time, and all creatures contained within, represent an incredible science project designed by God. When the End comes, as planned, He will have no problem reassembling the parts and pieces. elements, and DNA again. It’s all in His mind. Only this time, He can gather everyone together and say, ‘Do you now see Me? Do you now get what I was trying to tell you?’ Plus, this time He incorporates some new, really cool everlasting materials into his creatures. No shelf life and no more unavoidable design flaws. *They were unavoidable because the ‘creature’ is/was necessarily imperfect. But Jesus provided the mechanism for reconciliation–the only way the Perfect could exist forever with the imperfect. He can invite anyone whom He chooses.
*True Free Will begins at that point in time–although, Time sort of loses its powers.
But I have digressed. Do angels and demons exist? I think so. I saw one (angel), a long time ago. I have met a few demonic spirits. In every case, their presence was my fault. Entanglements come in many forms–and spirits. Some are local. Some are, I hope, non-local. They’re the one’s which will last forever, regardless of Time and Space.
*(recommended for you) “How Great Thou Art” duet by Carrie Underwood & Vince Gill
A former, second-generation electrical contractor and apprenticeship instructor, I have always understood the efficacy of “generated” electrical power, whether with fossil fuel or nuclear energy–and the extremely limited ability of d.c. sources to power the world. This article proves that, plus shines spotlights on the ugly (inconvenient) truth of wind-power.
“[I]t is utterly futile, on a priori grounds, even to think that wind power can make any significant contribution to world energy supply, let alone to emissions reductions, without ruining the planet. As the extraordinary polymath Sir David MacKay pointed out, the arithmetic is against such unreliable renewables.”
An op-ed and blog post several months ago by Matt Ridley is still making the rounds. A great thinker, Ridley gets to the essence of things and is hard to ignore, even by his critics. His book The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves(2010), is a seminal contribution in the Julian Simon tradition. (His other work can be found here.)
Here are some salient excerpts from his op-ed/post:
“[Wind power’s] contribution is still, after decades — nay centuries — of development, trivial to the point of irrelevance. Even…
I think all sports fans will get a kick out of this letter written to the Chicago Tribune…. Enjoy !
No matter which side you are on in the matter of renaming the Washington Redskins, this is funny. This guy is hilarious…
Here is an e-mail sent to Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune after an article he published concerning a name change for the Washington Redskins.
============================== ============================== ============================== =========Dear Mr. Page: I agree with our Native American population. I am highly insulted by the racially charged name of the Washington Redskins.
One might argue that to name a professional football team after Native Americans would exalt them as fine warriors, but nay, nay. We must be careful not to offend, and in the spirit of political correctness and courtesy, we must move forward.
Let’s ditch the Kansas City Chiefs, the Atlanta Braves and the Cleveland Indians. If your shorts are in a wad because of the reference the name Redskins makes to skin color, then we need to get rid of the Cleveland Browns.
The Carolina Panthers obviously were named to keep the memory of militant Blacks from the 60’s alive. Gone. It’s offensive to us white folk.
The New York Yankees offend the Southern population. Do you see a team named for the Confederacy? No! There is no room for any reference to that tragic war that cost this country so many young men’s lives.
I am also offended by the blatant references to the Catholic religion among our sports team names. Totally inappropriate to have the New Orleans Saints, the Los Angeles Angels or the San Diego Padres.
Then there are the team names that glorify criminals who raped and pillaged. We are talking about the horrible Oakland Raiders, the Minnesota Vikings, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Pittsburgh Pirates!
Now, let us address those teams that clearly send the wrong message to our children. The San Diego Chargers promote irresponsible fighting or even spending habits. Wrong message to our children.
The New York Giants and the San Francisco Giants promote obesity, a growing childhood epidemic. Wrong message to our children.
The Cincinnati Reds promote downers/barbiturates. Wrong message to our children.
The Milwaukee Brewers. Well that goes without saying. Wrong message to our children.
So, there you go. We need to support any legislation that comes out to rectify this travesty, because the government will likely become involved with this issue, as they should. Just the kind of thing the do-nothing Congress loves.
As a diehard Oregon State fan, my wife and I, with all of this in mind, suggest it might also make some sense to change the name of the Oregon State women’s athletic teams to something other than “the Beavers (especially when they play Southern California. Do we really want the Trojans sticking it to the Beavers???
I always love your articles and I generally agree with them. As for the Redskins name I would suggest they change the name to the “Foreskins” to better represent their community, paying tribute to the d’*k heads in Washington DC.
Wind & Solar (with big government grants and incentives) brag about how many jobs they are creating. And yet, if these favored energy sources all shut down for a week, the country wouldn’t even know it.
Texans have been in the news for all the wrong reasons, over the last week or so.
Hurricane Harvey belted the Texan coast with 130 mph (209 kph) winds and delivered a deluge of biblical proportions.
For some time now, Texas has been the pinup girl for American wind worshippers. With some 21,000 MW of nominal capacity spread over 40 projects, like everything in Texas, wind power is ‘big’.
Except, of course, when the weather turns nasty.
Modern industrial wind turbines do not operate when wind speeds hit around 25 m/s (90kph or 55mph) – Hurricane Harvey dished up a gale double that speed, and more.
In order to prevent their catastrophic disintegration (as seen in the video below) Texas’s turbines downed tools, en masse, (as they are deliberately designed to do) leaving the critical work of providing power to storm battered Texans to its fleet of nuclear power plants.