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    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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Monkeying Around With Health Care

From the pen of Jim O’Neill:

Let me give one well known example of left-wing obfuscation, misdirection, and lies. The so called Scopes “monkey” trial took place during the decades when the left wing was passionately promoting eugenics. Eugenics includes race purification, and euthanasia.

In the movie “Inherit the Wind,” which is about the Scopes trial, Hollywood would have us believe that the defense attorney (played by Spencer Tracy) gallantly shone the light of reason on the backward, backwoods idiocy spouted by the (right-wing) prosecution. Well, not surprisingly, this is all left-wing hogwash.

At the heart of the trial was a high-school textbook, that promoted the eugenics so dear to the leftist Progressives. The book was “A Civic Biology: Presented in Problems” by George William Hunter. The right to use this textbook in public schools is what the left-wing fought for.

Let me share some excerpts from this textbook with you:

“At the present time there exist upon the earth five races or varieties of man [with] the highest type of all, the Caucasians, represented by the civilized white inhabitants of Europe and America.”

“If the stock of domesticated animals can be improved [by natural selection], it is not unfair to ask if…future generations of men and women on the earth might not be improved by applying to them the laws of selection.”

“When people marry there are certain things that the individual as well as the race should demand. The most important of these is freedom from…epilepsy, and feeble-mindedness [which] are handicaps which it is not only unfair, but criminal to hand down to posterity”

“If such people were lower animals, we would probably kill them off to prevent them from spreading. Humanity will not allow this [silly, stupid, soft-hearted humanity], but we do have the remedy…[of] preventing…the possibility of perpetuating such a low and degenerate race.”

Can you picture Spencer Tracy, “gallantly” declaring such things to a speechless jury? Neither could Hollywood, so we ended up with a movie version of the Scopes trial that has little to do with the truth. Typical left-wing, butt-covering nonsense—short on truth, and long on propaganda.

That’s an example of the type of eugenics promoted by the left-wing Progressive Party.

Connect the dots, people. The Left has historically promoted eugenics—and that includes euthanasia. Check out any valid history, and you’ll see that eugenics and the left-wing go hand in glove. Don’t believe their lies.

Never forget that the “health” care bill was introduced with every intention of sneaking it by a clueless American electorate—just as they’d done with the “Cap and Trade” bill.

Continue reading. . . .

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Human Understanding

John Calvin

Quoting John Calvin:

“A simple external manifestation of the Word ought to be amply sufficient to produce faith, did not our blindness and perverseness prevent. But such is the proneness of our mind to vanity, that it can never adhere to the truth of God, and such its dullness, that it is always blind even in his light. Hence without the illumination of the Spirit the Word has no effect; and hence also it is obvious that faith is something higher than human understanding.” (Institutes III.II)

The Secret Of America’s Success

Quoting President Ronald Reagan:

“The intellectual establishment [is] so busy demanding more power for government, more bureaucracy, regulation, spending and — oh, yes — more and more taxes, they forgot all about the secret of America’s success — opportunity for people, for all the people. … Will we heed the pessimists’ agenda of higher taxes, more bureaucracy, and a bigger welfare state leading us right back to runaway inflation and economic decay, or will we [take the] road toward a true opportunity society of economic growth, more jobs, lower tax rates, and rising take-home pay?”

Allah’s Cause

Tough day for this devout young Muslim, who intended on killing 288 airline passengers in the name of Allah, but wound up grilling his own genitals instead. (At least the virgins were spared disappointment).

“He who fights that Islam should be superior fights in Allah’s cause”(Muhammad, prophet of Islam)

Islamic terrorists have carried out more than 14,606 deadly terror attacks since 9/11.

2009.12.30 (Pattani, Thailand) – Two volunteers guarding teachers are taken down in a Mujahideen bombing.

2009.12.30 (Khost, Afghanistan) – Eight American civilians are murdered by a Shahid suicide bomber at a gymnasium.

2009.12.29 (Lahore, Pakistan) – A man slits his daughter’s throat, and stabs her lover to death, over a suspected illicit affair.

2009.12.29 (Tal Massoud, Iraq) – Four people are shot to death and one beheaded by suspected al-Qaeda elements.

2009.12.29 (Baghdad, Iraq) – Two woman are among four Iraqis murdered in two Jihad attacks.

2009.12.29 (Heart, Afghanistan) – A terrorist in an Afghan army uniform opens fire on three unsuspecting NATO soldiers, killing one.

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What Is Your View Of Scripture?

John MacArthur

From the pen of John MacArthur:

Wisdom with regard to spiritual life, time and eternity is all found in the Word of God. The Bible is the source, and the only source of divine wisdom. And it is a tragic thing to realize that the Bible is under assault from so many, many angles. There are the rationalists with their anti-miracle humanistic atheism who want to deny the existence of God. And if they tolerate God, God is nothing more than Einstein’s God who is some kind of impersonal, non-personal force. There are the existentialists who have an anti-reality mentality who say that you basic can create your own reality, you can concoct your own reality, you can form your own reality, and I’m glad for you, whatever your reality is. And then you have the onslaught of not only rationalism and existentialism but egoism which is an anti- authority mentality that says nobody is going to tell me what to believe, nobody is going to tell me what’s right and wrong, nobody is going to tell me how to behave, I’m going to determine that for myself. Then you have the relationalistic mind set that basically says what is most important is ego fulfillment, personal fulfillment, solving my personal problems, self-esteem, feeling good about myself. That too is anti-truth, that too is anti-standard, anti-absolute.

Then you have the ritualistic approach which is an anti- knowledge form of religion where religion is not a matter of truth or theology or doctrine, but simply a matter of ritual and routine. Then you have theological liberalism which is anti- Bible, anti-inspiration. Then you have mysticism which is anti- intellectual which just says you sort of feel God and you sort of know He’s there and feel somehow the movements of God and you feel the truth.

All of those things contribute in our culture to an anti- authority mentality which contributes to an anti-Bible mentality. The Scripture is depreciated by rationalism, existentialism, egoism, relationalism, ritualism, liberalism, mysticism, probably a few other isms as well. These are the things that are being elevated today. The human glory is on the main forefront, letting man be everything he thinks he wants to be to fulfill himself. That is dominating. There is no authority outside man. Government itself is having a hard time exercising authority because it has given to people so much personal freedom. This approach to religion…the approach to religion that comes in this environment is an existential kind of mystical approach where you’re allowed to believe whatever feels good for you, whatever you think God is doing is, no doubt, what He is really doing, whatever you think He’s saying is surely what He’s really saying. All of these things attack the singular, clear authority of the Word of God.

Now you say…why are you bringing this up on a series about studying the Bible? Because I’ve learned one thing through the years, and it’s been reiterated to me again and again and again. The diligence with which you approach the study of Scripture which is so critical to the blessing of your life, so critical to your joy, so critical to your usefulness, so critical to the glory of God, the diligence with which you approach this critical study of Scripture is directly correlated to your view of Scripture…directly. If you have a weak view of Scripture, I promise you will have a weak interest in it.

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The Value Of An Oath

Thomas Sowell

In the words of economist Thomas Sowell:

“Adam Smith [once] said, ‘Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent.’ That lesson seems to have been forgotten in America … where so many people seem to have been far more concerned about whether we have been nice enough to the mass-murdering terrorists in our custody than those critics have ever been about the innocent people beheaded or blown up by the terrorists themselves. … Those who are pushing for legal action against CIA agents may talk about ‘upholding the law’ but they are doing no such thing. Neither the Constitution of the United States nor the Geneva Convention gives rights to terrorists who operate outside the law. … So many ‘rights’ have been conjured up out of thin air that many people seem unaware that rights and obligations derive from explicit laws, not from politically correct pieties. If you don’t meet the terms of the Geneva Convention, then the Geneva Convention doesn’t protect you. If you are not an American citizen, then the rights guaranteed to American citizens do not apply to you. That should be especially obvious if you are part of an international network bent on killing Americans. But bending over backward to be nice to our enemies is one of the many self-indulgences of those who engage in moral preening. But getting other people killed so that you can feel puffed up about yourself is profoundly immoral. So is betraying the country you took an oath to protect.”

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Christianity And Reason

B. B. Warfield

Quoting B. B. Warfield:

It is the distinction of Christianity that it has come into the world clothed with the mission to reason its way to its dominion. Other religions may appeal to the sword, or seek some other way to propagate themselves. Christianity makes its appeal to right reason, and stands out among all religions, therefore, as distinctively “the Apologetic religion.” It is solely by reasoning that it has come thus far on its way to its kingship. And it is solely by reasoning that it will put all its enemies under its feet.

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