What is the subject of this post? A commenter asked me about this propaganda video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOkFXPblLpU Everyone has their "truth". How do we know when someone thinks they actually believe the truth? They are not afraid of a little competition in the marketplace of ideas. How do we know when someone is a fascist? They... Continue Reading →
We tend to think of powerful people as people who weld a huge amount of brute force and use that force to bend others to their will. In reality, that does not seem to be true. To retain power, the powerful must manipulate people, not force them, to acquiesce to their will. Consider the man... Continue Reading →
When I was reading Insanitybytes22’s post, this verse came to mind.
Good News Translation
33 The new covenant that I will make with the people of Israel will be this: I will put my law within them and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 34 None of them will have to teach a neighbor to know the Lord, because all will know me, from the least to the greatest. I will forgive their sins and I will no longer remember their wrongs. I, the Lord, have spoken.”
Who wants to change the world? Not I! When I was very young somebody smart asked me, “what makes you think the world even wants to change?” It’s a really good philosophical question to ponder. Usually everybody always wants to change the world, but nobody ever wants to change themselves. Did the world even consent to your plans to give it a make over?
When you are all full of idealism and want to change the world, or perhaps burn it down as a group recently suggested, sometimes it’s good to try to figure out what your motivation is. Also, once you have totally burned down the whole world, it can be useful to think about what you might replace it with.
I’ve been watching people up close and personal, try to change the world since the 1960’s. What strikes me as kind of interesting, the more things change the…
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Think about the point Mel is making here. We can all be one in Christ Jesus. The key is that we obey His commands and love each other.
Will we all be the same? No, but the distinctions between us will no longer matter.
Our distinctions matter now because we put our self first. When we put God first, we realize that the distinctions we put between us are silly things.
I can sympathize in many ways with all the social unrest going on today, and many things certainly do need to change in how we see and treat one another. That’s not my point here. As a follower of Jesus, I have to ask a bigger question with regard to the unique times we find ourselves living in: How would Jesus have us respond to our current cultural climate?
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United States Capitol
United States of America (from here (en.wikipedia.org))
We live in historic, perilous times! Our nation teeters on the edge of capitulating to the Left and the utter destruction of our values and freedom. We cannot afford to ignore the voiceless at such a time as this!
Abortion is a huge blot on our nation’s conscience. Its example and bane have spread to the entire world! As believers in God, His Word and our constitutional government, Americans must revoke this horrible murderous practice by encouraging Congress to enact the “Life at Conception Act.”
When SCOTUS handed down Roe v Wade, it left an obvious loophole for science to fill one day–and that day is NOW! Science has demonstrated that life DOES begin at conception. With that fact before us, the “Life at Conception Act” would nullify Roe v Wade and ban abortion in our great nation!…
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1919 Ford Motor Car and Truck operating manual (from here (en.wikipedia.org))
Why do automobile companies go to the trouble of putting together an owner’s manual? Cars are complicated. Eventually, everyone gives up and uses their owner’s manual.
It’s an old joke.
When all else fails, read the instructions.
Look around. Lots of people are upset with other people (see Americans are the unhappiest they’ve been in 50 years, poll finds (nbcnews.com)). Why? There are innumerable excuses. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and now the angst surrounding the George Floyd riots obviously contribute to the unhappiness of Americans with our country, but there are really too many excuses to list. Still, this unhappiness is an odd thing. We live in a rich country. We are still a free people. So long as we do not infringe upon the rights of our fellow citizens, we each have the right to do whatever we…
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Soviet poster circa 1925. Title translation: “Abortions induced by grandma or self-taught midwives not only maim the woman, they also often lead to death” (from here (en.wikipedia.org)).
Because of the controversy over abortion, the regulation of abortion clinics is difficult. Hence, the picture above can be somewhat ironic.
Two women seeking abortions at the Clinics for Abortion and Reproductive Excellence (CARE) in Bethesda, MD, suffered grave complications on May 12 and 21, 2020. Each woman was rushed to a hospital in Rockville where they underwent surgery. Both were gravely ill when they were admitted.
Both women mentioned above were 25 weeks pregnant, meaning their babies approached the time when, though premature, they could have lived if born naturally. In each instance, Carhart (or an associate) perforated the woman’s uterus and shoved some or most of the dead baby into the mother’s abdominal cavity through the resulting hole.
The woman on…
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1. Fear is perhaps the most driving force:
Fear or shame of being pregnant .
Fear of trying to raise a child alone.
Fear of parents’ wrath or even rejection.
Fear they’ll lose their boyfriend or husband if they carry the pregnancy to term.
2. Inconvenience of being pregnant:
Inconvenience because of school or career.
Inconvenience because pregnancy itself interferes with wild lifestyle.
Inconvenience of raising a child who will hamper the mother’s lifestyle or career.
Inconvenience because of physical changes that will alter mother’s ‘beauty.’
3. Expense at all levels:
Cannot afford birthing costs; abortion is cheaper.
Cannot afford to raise a child and work.
Cannot afford to go to school and pay a babysitter.
Cannot afford a larger living space to accommodate a baby.
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