Friday, July 28, 2006

A description of God

He is infinite - in regards to time, space and strength.
He is eternal, He is everywhere and He does everything.
He has no physical form and His nature is entirely beyond our comprehension.
[The essence of idolatry is the belief that God has some physical form or nature that can be understood by us.]

What He does:
He creates everything.
He controls everything.
He knows everything.

What He does not do:
He does not make mistakes.
He does not have conflicting emotions.
He does not cause pain unjustly.

In summary: He is the Perfect Giving Being.

Man's task: to emulate in a miniature way this Perfect Giving Being. "Coming closer to God", "cleaving to God" etc. means imitating God in our small way.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Two Interesting Quotes

“I once asked the eloquent and personable paleontologist Niles Eldredge whether he knew of any case in which the formation of a new species had ever been documented. I told him I’d be satisfied if his example were drawn from the laboratory, from the field, or from observations from the fossil record. He could muster only one good example: Theodosius Dobzhansky’s experiments with Drosophila, the fruit fly.”

“Symbiotic Planet” by Lynn Margulis page 7

According to evolutionists, billions of new species have evolved on earth yet only one case has ever been documented; a minor variant of the fruit fly produced artificially in a laboratory. All other speciation events have successfully succeeding in concealing themselves from human eyes.

“People who believe in God are happier than those who don’t. A study shows that the faithful are less likely to abuse drugs, commit crimes or kill themselves.”

“Some Dark Thought on Happiness” by Jennifer Senior (who is an atheist) in New York magazine 7/17/2006 page 30

According to atheists, the human mind has apparently evolved in such a way that we can only be happy if we believe in a fantasy. Is that reasonable?

Sunday, July 16, 2006

The foundation of evolution – is it crumbling?

The foundation of evolution is the concept that microevolution is fundamentally identical to macroevolution. In other words, when we observe that animal breeders are able to create new varieties of domestic animals through selective breeding [microevolution], this same process, using natural rather than artificial selection and extending over millions of years, is capable of transforming microbes into plants, animals and also humans [macroevolution].

This is explained in the first chapter of “Origin of Species”.

According to the neo-Darwinian theory, all evolutionary changes are the result of random genetic mutations.

Some creationist authors have questioned whether this is in fact the case.

For example, Dr. Lee Spetner in his book “Not By Chance” page 183 through 208, suggests that in some cases environmental factors seem to cause non-random genetic changes, however he admits (page 184) that the mechanism which could cause this change has not yet been discovered. Dr. Mark Perakh in his book “Unintelligent Design” p. 307 is quick to point out that Spetner’s hypothesis is merely an unsubstantiated assumption.

However, now this may be changing.

In the current, 8/2006, issue of Scientific American magazine, page 55, Mark Gerstein and Deyou Zhen, bioinformaticians at Yale University, discuss the possible functions of pseudogenes. Pseudogenes are apparently useless, dysfunctional copies of normal, functioning genes. Interestingly, however, certain yeast pseudogenes seem to be reactivated when the organism is challenged by a stressful, new environment. “Thus, pseudogenes may be considered not only as dead genes (which nonetheless provide fascinating insights into our past) but also as potentially unborn genes: a resource tucked away in our genetic closet to be drawn on in changing circumstances, one whose possible roles in our present and future genomes are just beginning to unfold.”

I hope that evolutionists will take note of this discovery and cease using microevolutionary changes as proof of macroevolution; the micro changes may well be nothing more than an expression of pseudogenetic activities and therefore have no relevance to macroevolution.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Hitler – was he an atheist or a theist?

The short answer is no, he was not exactly either.

Adolf Hitler was a politician, not a theologian. He never spoke or wrote publicly about religion at length. But he did believe in a god and in an eternal soul. For example, here are three interesting quotes:

Mein Kampf Volume 1, Chapter 8: “What we must fight for is to safeguard the existence and reproduction of our race and our people, the sustenance of our children and the purity of our blood, the freedom and independence of the fatherland, so that our people may mature for the fulfillment of the mission allotted it by the creator of the universe."

Mein Kampf Volume 1, Chapter 11: “Peoples which bastardize themselves, or let themselves be bastardized, sin against the will of eternal Providence”

My Political Testament: “By their [Bormann, Goebbels, etc.] work and loyal companionship they will remain as close to me after my death as I hope my spirit will continue to dwell among them and accompany them always.”

I think it is fair to say that Hitler was a theist, however not in the traditional Western sense of the word. I don’t believe he had any respect for the Bible, except for some of the anti-Semitic portions of the New Testament. He showed respect for Christianity in general only when and if it was politically correct to do so. I don’t believe, and correct me if I am wrong, that there is any credible record of him ever praying as an adult, even in the Berlin bunker shortly before his death.

I think that it would be most correct to say that Hitler’s religion was naturalistic pantheism and Darwinism.

Hitler seemed to have believed in a sort of impersonal god of nature who wanted all life to achieve the greatest perfection possible through struggle, conflict, extermination of the weak and success of the strong. This, combined with German nationalism and anti-Semitism, was the essence of Nazism. Apparently, his god was the Darwinian force of nature. Hitler, while not exactly an atheist, was a post-Christian European.

Mein Kampf volume 1 Chapter 10: “Let me explain: Man must not fall into the error of thinking that he was ever meant to become lord and master of Nature. A lopsided education has helped to encourage that illusion. Man must realize that a fundamental law of necessity reigns throughout the whole realm of Nature and that his existence is subject to the law of eternal struggle and strife. He will then feel that there cannot be a separate law for mankind in a world in which planets and suns follow their orbits, where moons and planets trace their destined paths, where the strong are always the masters of the weak and where those subject to such laws must obey them or be destroyed. Man must also submit to the eternal principles of this supreme wisdom. He may try to understand them but he can never free himself from their sway.”

What we must learn from Hitler is the danger which lies both in Christianity, which was surely the source of Hitler’s anti-Semitism, and Darwinism, which was the source of his contempt for human life and his belief in the positive value of mass murder.

Are We Happy Yet?

We would all like to feel satisfied and have a sense of well being. But how can we reach that goal?

Fortunately, a highly respected social psychologist, Dr. David G. Myers, has reviewed thousands of recent scientific studies regarding what makes people happy and he has published his findings in a book called “The Pursuit of Happiness”, Avon Books 1992.

First of all being rich does not make people happy (page 31), so scratch that. Having happy ancestors does have a big influence (page 122); however for most of us, it’s too late to choose our parents. So what can we actually do to become happier?

Well, in a nutshell, here it is:

- Develop a strong faith and trust in God. page 183
- Believe in an afterlife. page 200
- Focus on spiritual rather than material accomplishments. page 188
- Focus on the present moment more than on the past and the future. page 51
- Focus on what you have, not on what you are lacking. page 56
- Focus on what others are lacking, not on what they have. page 56
- Focus on helping others, not helping yourself. page 194
- Develop good relationships with family and friends; try to be part of a supportive community and family. pages 142 and 155
- Try to find employment which suits your talents. page 129
- Maintain a healthy diet. page 77
- Exercise. page 77
- In general, care for your health. page 76
- Get enough rest. Allow quiet time to relax. page 138

This is the true, common sense, scientifically proven path to achieve greater happiness, not the endless pursuit of wealth, fame, sex, drugs, fattening food and alcohol. All of those things bring a brief thrill, but at a high cost and they cannot provide long term satisfaction and well being. (For proof, read the biographies of the rich and famous.) Many people, especially young adults, are distracted by such things, sometimes wasting years and sometimes ruining or terminating their lives in the process. Instead, simply the quiet, sober, healthy, generous, religious life is what really works. Difficult and boring, perhaps. But in the long run, much happier.

For more details, I recommend Dr. Myers’ book. As well as the Book of Proverbs, which basically said the same things a few thousand years ago.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

A Taste of Nietzsche

Die fröhliche Wissenschaft
("la gaya scienza")

Heilige Grausamkeit 73.

Heilige Grausamkeit. — Zu einem Heiligen trat ein Mann, der ein eben geborenes Kind in den Händen hielt. "Was soll ich mit dem Kinde machen? fragte er, es ist elend, missgestaltet und hat nicht genug Leben, um zu sterben". "Tödte es, rief der Heilige mit schrecklicher Stimme, töte es und halte es dann drei Tage und drei Nächte lang in deinen Armen, auf dass du dir ein Gedächtnis machest: — so wirst du nie wieder ein Kind zeugen, wenn es nicht an der Zeit für dich ist, zu zeugen". — Als der Mann dies gehört hatte, ging er enttäuscht davon; und Viele tadelten den Heiligen, weil er zu einer Grausamkeit geraten hatte, denn er hatte geraten, das Kind zu töten. "Aber ist es nicht grausamer, es leben zu lassen?" sagte der Heilige.

In this passage, entitled "Holy Cruelty", Nietzsche, one of the pillars of modern atheism, has a "holy man" advise the father of a disabled child to kill the child since "Aber ist es nicht grausamer, es leben zu lassen?" ["Isn't it more cruel to allow it to live?"]

Is it any wonder that Nazis looked to Nietzsche as one of their "founding fathers"? And is it any wonder that, to my knowledge, every officially atheistic government in history has been fiendishly cruel? We see today, for example, North Korea is launching missiles while the people starve. Perhaps Nietzsche would have approved such holy cruelty as well; who knows?

Apparently atheists who live in more or less Christian countries accept more or less Christian ethics because of societal pressures, not real conviction. This concoction is called "secular humanism". However when left to themselves in control of their own society, atheists can live according to their true beliefs, which means that human life has no more value than animal life. This explains the huge body count accumulated in just one century by atheistic governments.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Questions for Atheists

Ten Questions No Atheist Can Answer Convincingly

#1 - If no supernatural Creator exists, how did the universe originate?
Jewish answer: God created the universe.

#2 - If no supernatural universal Designer exists, why is the universe suitable for the existence of life?
Jewish answer: God deliberately designed the universe to be suitable for life.

#3 - If no supernatural universal Designer exists, how did life originate?
Jewish answer: God created life.

#4 - If no supernatural universal Designer exists, what caused the repeated disappearance of more primitive forms of life and the appearance of new more advanced forms of life?
[For example, at the beginning of the Mesozoic and Cenozoic.]
Jewish answer: God created and destroyed several previous worlds before the current one.

#5 - If no God exists who can work miracles and communicate with men, how did the Jewish people come to believe that their ancestors experienced the Exodus and the Revelation at Mt. Sinai?
Jewish answer: The Exodus and Mt. Sinai Revelation did occur.

#6 - If God did not give the Torah at Mt. Sinai, why is Jewish literature divided into five levels and scholars in later levels universally considered themselves to be inferior to scholars in earlier levels? [The levels are: prophets, rabbis of the Mishnah, rabbis of the Talmud, earlier Talmudic commentaries and later Talmud commentaries.]
Jewish answer: The Jewish people were raised to a very high spiritual level at Mt. Sinai, and then gradually declined.

#7 - If we have no soul, why do we feel conscious of ourselves?
Jewish answer: We have a soul.

#8 - If we have no free will, why do we feel that we are making free choices?
Jewish answer: We have free will.

#9 - If no God exists, why are we obligated to be nice other people?
Jewish answer: God obligates us to do to others as we want them to do to us.

#10 – If no covenant exists between God and the Jews, stipulating that the Jews must observe the Torah or be killed, why did the Germans kill 6 million Jews?
Jewish answer: The Jews made such an agreement with God as recorded in Leviticus 26. When European Jews ceased observing the Torah, they broke the agreement and suffered the consequences.

Considering how poorly atheism, compared to Judaism explains the world one wonders how atheism can possibly be more popular than Judaism.

The answer seemingly is quite simple. A rabbi will tell people that they must limit themselves with all sorts of rules. An atheist will tell people that they can do whatever feels good. Who will most people rather listen too?