haughty scatterwisdom has an interesting post, King Solomon, Scoffers, that ties very well with my post, ABOUT PROPER DECORUM. Therefore, if you thought my post interesting, then I expect you will also think well of ‘s post. It is about scoffers and the problems these foolish people create.

Here we will consider ‘s conclusion and elaborate upon a comment that I left at his post.

What is ‘s conclusion?

If a person mocks an opinion or an idea to resolve problems,  and does not offer his or her idea for a practical lawful solution, expel them rather than allow them to scoff and disrupt your assembly or community,

The sooner you expel a scoffer and avoid time consuming litigiousness, the sooner the strife and dissention they may cause will end.

In other words, it is wise to expel scoffers. (from here)

I see only one problem with ‘s conclusion. If we tried to expel scoffers from our assembly or community, we might find it necessary to eliminate most of the people in our assembly or community. Sadly, I think it is safe to say most of us have become to some degree scoffers, and that’s an evil thing.

Consider the proverbs (from the Book of Proverbs) in the Bible that relate to the scoffer (click on this link). Most of these proverbs relate to the problems caused by scoffers, but this one suggests what drives a scoffer.

Proverbs 21:24 New King James Version (NKJV)

24 A proud and haughty man— “Scoffer” is his name;
He acts with arrogant pride.

When we are filled with arrogant pride, we don’t care about others, and we don’t really listen to the ideas of others. We think we know it all, and anyone who disagrees we consider foolish or hostile.  That’s why the Bible speaks of scoffers as a source of trouble. For example:

Proverbs 22:10 New King James Version (NKJV)

10 Cast out the scoffer, and contention will leave;
Yes, strife and reproach will cease.

Unfortunately, many of the people we elect, perhaps most, tend to be scoffers. Need proof? Review the meaning of that word, “scoff.” Is not the scoffer intentionally and habitually antagonistic? Don’t our politicians often deride and belittle those who disagree with them? Doesn’t the news media join in and encourage such behavior? Doesn’t such behavior create strife and make serious, reasoned debate almost impossible?

Yet we vitally need debate between wise people who respect each others rights and opinions. The Bible instructs us to seek such counsel.

Proverbs 1:5 New King James Version (NKJV)

A wise man will hear and increase learning,
And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel,

In fact, the Bible encourages nations to seek leaders to seek a multitude of counselors.

Proverbs 11:14 New King James Version (NKJV)

14 Where there is no counsel, the people fall;
But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.

That is one of the reasons we elect legislative bodies. When our nation was first established, the legislator’s primary job was to thoughtfully debate with his peers and determine the best ways to protect the rights of all citizens and ensure the safety and security the community. Now, unfortunately, most legislators seem to think their job is to tax us and spend our money for us, and they just think us fools when we object.

How did this change in attitudes happen? Since we elect these people, it has to be our fault. When we vote we exercise a choice. We can vote for people we believe will protect the rights of all citizens and ensure the safety and security the community, or we can vote arrogantly and selfishly for someone who promises to give us what we want. The evidence suggests we have been voting for people who promise to give us what we want. Therefore, instead of wise counselors, we have chosen a multitude of proud and haughty scoffers. Hence we rarely see a thoughtful debate of the issues. Instead, we receive exhibitions of demeaning ridicule and personal attacks.

Consider. Do our candidates for high office demonstrate their own personal competence and knowledge, or do they spend the bulk of their efforts trying to destroy the reputation of their opponents? Does the news media encourage personal attacks for its “entertainment” value? Do we encourage the news media by paying attention to the personal attacks and rewarding the most clever scoffers (put down artists) with our votes?

What is the solution? To change the type of leaders we elect, we must consider our own role. Each of us must examine our own contributions as proud and haughty citizen scoffers and repent. Otherwise, as citizen hypocrites we will continue to reward proud and haughty scoffers with high office.

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King Solomon, Paris Terrorism

Citizen Tom:

Excellent approach! I just have one suggestion. I have little use for the United Nations. I don’t think the organization is effective, particularly in a military context. I think a NATO task force would be more effective. Otherwise, ISIS would infiltrate the safe zones, and they would soon cease to be safe.

Originally posted on Rudy u Martinka:

In a previous post on 9/21/2015, referenced below, I posed a question after this statement.

“President Obama is now making plans to allow Muslim Syrian refugees in the USA. Is this wise?”

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freedomconscienceFrom time-to-time I hear someone complain about censorship. I get some complaint or see some complaint on another blog that looks like this.

The exchange between Mr. Z and our Insanitybytes seems spirited and engaging. I don’t see any real deviation from the standards of politeness that define the spectrum of the blog world. They each appear to do a good job with their positions.

As to the moderation barriers you have set up: the word “Z….” causes your blog to throw up walls? How very strange. How very fearful. How very contrary to the exchange of ideas. How silly and unnecessary. I suspect my views on these subjects are much closer to yours, Tom, than to Z’s. But it’s difficult to engage ideas related to Z’s positions if you have fortified your site against the mere mention of his name. (from here)

The writer of that remark is novascout. I had observed John Zande is impolite, to say the least. novascout disagreed. Then he complained about my judgement.

Here is my reply to and others who have made similar complaints of censorship.

I have a post on why I banned Zande, WHY I BANNED TWO TROLLS FROM CITIZEN TOM. I see nothing to gain by discussing that aspect of the matter further.

Some, such as , have no discomfort with the way Zande observes the rules of decorum. That is a different subject, and that I will address here. I did not ban Zande from my blog because he is impolite, and I do not know if I would have done so. In retrospect, however, I think it would have been appropriate.

What makes the issue of “politeness” a more difficult judgement? I suppose it is the fact that Zande meticulously observes today’s rules of decorum. In this day and age, deliberate and calculated blasphemy does not violate the rules of decorum. Nevertheless, blasphemy violates the spirit of decorum, especially when it is delivered with mischievous glee.

Because a lawful society is by definition rule-bound, required to give everyone the due process of law (which the devious insist upon making ever more cumbersome), we find it difficult to use the government to control/sanction the behavior of those who know how to disobey (or evade) the spirit of the law without breaking the rule of the law. Need proof of that? Look at what our leaders have done. Look at what they are doing in our nation’s capital.

In our private lives, we can and must take care to distinguish between those who obey the “standards”of good behavior and those who comply with the spirit from which those standards were derived. Just because our government won’t do anything, do we have to personally condone vile behavior? Don’t we know that a thief who knows how to avoid being caught is still a thief? Is not a liar who knows how to avoid charges of slander, libel, or perjury is still a liar?

Yet what is happening? Our society has become so rule-bound — so dominated by a huge and still burgeoning government — that it abounds with clever thieves and liars.

Consider the significance of the Democratic Party’s leading presidential contender. It is open secret she violated the law. She had a server, a private email server, with government secrets on it. If any ordinary civil servant or government contractor had been caught doing such a thing, they would already be in jail. And that very likely is the least of her misdeeds.

Think of the questions we should be asking.

  • How can substantial numbers of Americans reconcile their support for the candidacy of a known scoundrel?
  • What do the supporters of that scoundrel expect to gain?

Back to the subject. What about who we allow to post on our blogs? For the time being, our blogs still remain private affairs. Our government has yet to take them over. We still don’t have reams of Federal regulations designed to paralyze debate. On a blog, we are still not required to give everyone “equal time” or the due process of the law before we ban them. Therefore, the spirit of one’s conduct still matters. Where we generally see that most evidenced is in the truth of an old aphorism.

Birds of a feather flock together. (from here)

Is it inappropriate for those of like mind to seek each other’s company? Yes and no. It is true we should try to try to understand those who differ from us. Nevertheless, would it not be foolish to do something or tacitly condone something evil just to understand the behavior of those who habitually do evil?

In fact, we must as much as possible call attention to the difference between good and evil.

Luke 6:43-45 New King James Version (NKJV)

A Tree Is Known by Its Fruit

43 “For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. 44 For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush. 45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

As Christians — believers in the salvation offered by Jesus Christ — we must bear fruit. We have an obligation to protect the treasure that pours forth when we strive to understand, preach, and obey the Word of God. Therefore, when someone wants to mix blasphemies into our blog, we have a responsibility to say no.

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The omnimalevolence of atheism

Citizen Tom:


I would say you understand this Atheist a bit better than I.

His conniving is bit much. I wonder if he understands the evil he does. To teach children God is evil? To teach children that God is malevolent. Does he? Perhaps not, but he fabricates the doctrine, and teaching children to adore vile gods has been what some of the civilizations of men have done. What abominations they were, and they are!

Excellent post!

Originally posted on See, there's this thing called biology...:

For those who don’t know, John Zande of superstitious naked ape fame is a militant atheist I sometimes chat with. He’s written a book and his latest theory is that God is malevolent, evil, based mostly on teleology. Teleology is “a reason or explanation for something in function of its end, purpose, or goal.” In short Zande theorizes that based on the condition of the world around us, we have a malevolent creator, one unworthy of our belief.

Over at Silence’s place he left me a comment that I simply must elaborate on because it so perfectly encapsulates the kind of psychological abuse and brainwashing that I experienced as a child, at the hands of…. you guessed it, militant atheists.

I don’t want to lament this fact, I simply want to acknowledge that there is a heavy cultural meme going on right now that tries to claim Christian parents brainwash…

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silenceofmind‘s last post, The “Omnimalevalent God” – Or How the Atheist Ruthlessly Murders His Own Argument, left me mildly disgruntled. Why did he have to write a post that advertised the rantings of a rabid Atheist?  explained here, and I am not sure he is wrong.

Anyway, after I commented on ‘s post, that Atheist and I debated. What follows are what I think my best thoughts and arguments. These address and counter The Problem of Evil. Peter Kreeft states it this way.

If God is so good, why is his world so bad? If an all-good, all-wise, all-loving, all-just, and all-powerful God is running the show, why does he seem to be doing such a miserable job of it? Why do bad things happen to good people? (from here)

Since smarter and better people than I have addressed this subject, I do not pretend what follows is new or better. These are just my thoughts.

Let’s begin by considering something Jesus told His apostles.

Matthew 10:28 New King James Version (NKJV)

28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Jesus did not intend to frighten His apostles. For the sake of brevity, I have quoted the verse out of context. To make the point that pain and death don’t matter as much as we tend to think, Jesus spoke these words to his apostles reassure them. Thus strengthened with such reassurances, the apostles spread His Gospel, even at the cost of all but one of their lives.

Our existence is brief, but God offers us eternity. What do we have to do? We must love each other. That gift is free to all, except those too proud to accept it.

Imagine spending eternity with someone who is haughty and proud. Will God allow someone who is full of vitriol and spite into Heaven? If He did, heaven would not remain heavenly.

God detests the proud. He seems to consider pride the greatest sin. Why? You have heard of not being able to see the forest for the trees. There is a form of blindness that is far worse. That is the inability to see anyone but your self, to exclude even God from your vision.

Consider this string of proverbs.

Proverbs 16:16-20 New King James Version (NKJV)

16 How much better to get wisdom than gold!
And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.

17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil;
He who keeps his way preserves his soul.

18 Pride goes before destruction,
And a haughty spirit before a fall.
19 Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly,
Than to divide the spoil with the proud.

20 He who heeds the word wisely will find good,
And whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he.

Why suffering? Our own suffering and even the pain of others forces us to look outside of ourselves. Then we can learn wisdom. Then we can learn to trust in our Lord. However, when we are proud, when we fixate upon our self and constantly stare at nothing except our own belly button, how can we perceive anything else, even God?

John 9:39 The Message (MSG)

39 Jesus then said, “I came into the world to bring everything into the clear light of day, making all the distinctions clear, so that those who have never seen will see, and those who have made a great pretense of seeing will be exposed as blind.”

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The Broad Road and the Narrow Gate — Reblogged

Der breite und der schmale Weg (explained in English here)

Der breite und der schmale Weg (explained in English here)

When people say the Bible has nothing to do with politics, I know they have not read it, and they have not thought about it. Perhaps they don’t even know the meaning of the word “politics.” We derive the word politics from the Greek word “polis,” meaning “city-state.” Cities are where people gather to work together. In cities, people must relate to each other. Because the Bible has much to say about how we should relate to each other, the Bible has much to say about politics.

Consider for example what Don Merritt has to say about just this one verse in The Broad Road and the Narrow Gate. Did he intend a political discourse? No. Nevertheless,  that in large part is exactly what his post is.

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

Matthew 7:13-14

I find that I am often confused when I listen to or read modern day attitudes and notions, and maybe the reason for this is that they are… well, confusing.

During my secular education and training, there was the appearance of great academic freedom; all the teachers preached it, all the professors demanded it. Listening to the popular media, freedom of expression and freedom of thought are touted as the right paths. I was always taught that to be broad-minded was good, and that to be narrow-minded was bad; free-thinkers were to be lauded, if not always copied…

Yet I was a curious child and an observant youth; as a child I suspected they really didn’t mean it, and as a youth I came to recognize that it was all a complete and total lie. As an adult, I shrug my shoulders; there is nothing more hilarious than a politician talking about free and open discussion while following the “party line”. (continued here)

What is the Truth? To learn that, read the Bible, and listen carefully to the promptings of your conscience.

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