Welcome to the JANUARY 2016 JREnsey blog! Happy New Year!
The Word for today
“O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands” (Psalm 63:1-4 NIV84).
Yet another verification of the scriptural record
It was announced last week that another King Hezekiah bulla has been found (initially discovered in 2009). This is a small clay seal (13×12 millimeters) used by Hezekiah to seal and authenticate a document. It was molded around the strings that tied the document shut. In fact, we can still see the impression from the fibers on this bulla.
We already had eight other bullae bearing King Hezekiah’s name, but they were unprovenanced. This new bulla was uncovered during an official excavation at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem by Dr. Eliat Mazar. It reads, “Belonging to Hezekiah, (son of) Ahaz, king of Judah.”
There’s a nice video on the find here.
The discovery of this bulla should remind us again that the Bible is not a book of fairy tales. It is written as history, and archaeological finds such as this prove that it is based on real historical people and real historical events.
As the world turns…
A California professor who openly expresses his conservative social views says a recent study on “homophobia” is an example of the “garbage” emanating from the field of social psychology.
Dr. Robert Oscar Lopez is an associate professor of English at California State University-Northridge. The tenured educator was raised by his mother and her lesbian partner, but opposes homosexual “marriage” and adoption of children by homosexuals.
OneNewsNow spoke with Lopez about a recent study out of Italy that suggests people who oppose homosexuality have a high rate of mental disorders. Discussing the study, lead researcher Dr. Emmanuele A. Jannini is quoted as saying: “After discussing for centuries if homosexuality is to be considered a disease, for the first time we demonstrated that the real disease to be cured is homophobia, associated with potentially severe psychopathologies.”
According to Lopez, the study was done mostly by homosexuals and their supporters in the social psychology field—a field where he says one must look long and hard to find social conservatives.
“It’s almost impossible for the research teams to critique their own methodologies or to improve or to see their own biases,” he explains.”… I think this study is just part of that whole way of social psychology research that is complete garbage at this point.”
Lopez contends a dissenting voice must be heard in that field of study.
I can only add: Amen! This is one more reason to avoid all college courses that have psychology in their name or course description. If you think you must send your son or daughter to a secular college, avoid state owned schools. Choose a local private or technical school, or a community college. Online classes might be an option. Cease thinking that to earn a living one must have an Ivy League education. But even “a living” comes after “a life.” The preservation of their walk with God and the salvation of their souls must be the first priority.
…and keeps on turning
The Freedom From Religious Foundation (FFRF) has convinced an Illinois university to remove Gideon Bibles from its hotel rooms after complaining that their concealed presence constituted unlawful “proselytization.”
Colleges have to surrender to whatever the administration wants because they depend on government money. If they don’t, they lose their funding, veteran’s benefits, student loan guarantees, etc. This administration wants all colleges to soon be tuition free. The government will pick up the tab (sounds good, huh?). But in that way the government fully controls the learning environment to ensure that the institution is deeply involved in social engineering and becoming a faith-free zone.
The I Don’t Get It Award for January
The award this month goes to Bernie Sanders, socialist Democrat senator from Vermont. Last week he tweeted this: “You have families out there paying 6, 8, 10 percent on student debt but you can refinance your homes at 3 percent. What sense is that?”
Uh, Bernie….it makes perfect sense. Quickly, return tweets were rolling in to inform him of the “sense.” Some of the nicer ones pointed out that “a ‘home’ is collateral which the bank can take possession of in case of default. There’s this thing called collateral—until banks can seize human brains in the event of a default. It’s so weird that someone whose platform is all about economics doesn’t understand secured debt and collateral. You probably think we should just print some money & pass it around too.” Heeeerrrreeeesss your award, Bernie.
A 54-year old woman…
…had a heart attack and was taken to the hospital. She had a near death experience on the operating table. Seeing God, she asked, “Is my time up?” God said, “No, you have another 43 years, 2 months and 8 days to live.”
Upon recovery, the woman decided to stay in the hospital and have a face-lift, liposuction, implants and a tummy tuck. She even had someone come in and change her hair color and brighten her teeth. Since she had plenty of time left, she wanted to make the most of it. After her last operation, she was released from the hospital. While crossing the street to her car, she was struck by an ambulance and killed.
Arriving in front of God, she demanded, “I thought you said I had another 43 years. Why didn’t you pull me out of the path of the ambulance?” God replied, “I didn’t recognize you.”
Sorry, I couldn’t resist.
What are your kids learning at school?
Math teacher: “I use math class to teach young kids about homosexuality so I can ‘hide’ it from parents.”
TORONTO, April 24, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) — A lesbian teacher ‘married’ to another woman revealed at a pro-gay teachers’ conference earlier this month how she teaches grade 4-5 students to accept homosexuality through what she called “social justice” math.
Alicia Gunn, an elementary public school teacher in Mississauga, Ontario, told attendees at the April 10 conference in Toronto’s City Hall that injecting LGBTQ issues into the classroom, especially in math, helps students as young as nine “disrupt the single story that many of our kids have about LGBTQ families.”
“Social justice math happens when students are solving problems using real, engaging, and meaningful numbers. Social justice issues happening in their school, community, or even globally become the context for the math that the students are doing,” she said.
The conference, hosted by the homosexual activist organization Jer’s Vision—now called the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity—focused on the implementation of Bill 13 in Ontario classrooms. Bill 13, called by critics the homosexual bill of rights, passed in June 2012, giving students the right to form pro-gay clubs in their school, including Catholic ones, using the name Gay-Straight Alliance.
It is unwise to send your children off to school with no idea of what they are learning or who is teaching it.
Screen time and your kids’ health
Don’t miss this article about one of the most relevant topics facing Christians today.
Diversity is not a value. Diversity just is. We don’t value diversity for diversity’s sake, but for what that diversity provides us. For example, we value diversity in food because we enjoy eating different kinds of food. We value diversity of clothing styles because we like to express ourselves in different ways, and we think it would be wrong to make everyone wear the same kind of clothes or eat the exact same food. But there are some examples of diversity that should not be valued or “celebrated.”
We should not celebrate diversity in moral views, particularly when some of those moral views entail gross immorality. The British did not celebrate the diversity of Indians when they burned their widows on the funeral pyre. They forcibly ended that barbarism. We should not celebrate diversity in how women’s genitalia is treated—celebrating those who mutilate women’s genitalia alongside those who do not. We should not celebrate the diversity of killing one’s own daughter after she is raped to preserve the honor of the family. [Muslims in several countries still practice these things.]
Not all ideas are of equal value. We celebrate the diversity of people, but not the diversity of ideas. Bad ideas should be fought against—first by persuasion, but if that fails, in some cases we must fight those ideas by force.
Source: Jason Dulle @ https://theosophical.wordpress.com/author/jasondulle/
The Mullahs are coming
It is said that the vast majority of Muslims are not among the terrorists. Probably true. But as their population here quietly explodes, and their political clout increases, the Mullahs will be the ones calling the shots, not the veiled women in the hajibs pleading for relief. Not the smiling, moderate-sounding CAIR spokespeople. Not the guy down the block selling you bottled water and newspapers at the convenience store.
The terrorists will be the ones who weren’t last week, but are today, who weren’t sufficiently radical yesterday (or brave enough), but crossed the line last night after hearing his Mullah call for jihad. He is the one doing today whatever he was told last night to do in order to earn a swift trip to paradise.
Calm is being called for, but when the sword of Democles is swinging above our heads, coming ever closer, calmness is not the expected emotion. Calmness may be achievable once it is shown that those with whom the terrorists are associated begin to love America as much as we do. Who’s holding their breath?
New poll shows confusion about Trinity
A survey released recently by LifeWay Research for Ligonier Ministries “reveals a significant level of theological confusion,” said Stephen Nichols, Ligonier’s chief academic officer. Many evangelicals do not have orthodox views about either God or humans, especially on questions of salvation and the Holy Spirit, he said. [Imagine that.]
Evangelicals did score high on several points. Nearly all believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead (96%), and that salvation is found through Jesus alone (92%). Strong majorities said that God is sovereign over all people (89%) and that the Bible is the Word of God (88%).
And in some cases the problem seems to be uncertainty rather than heresy. For example, only 6 percent of evangelicals think the Book of Mormon is a revelation from God, but an additional 18 percent aren’t sure and think it might be.
Jesus, Almost as Good as His Father?
Almost all evangelicals say they believe in the Trinity (96%) and that Jesus is fully human and fully divine (88%).
But nearly a quarter (22%) said God the Father is more divine than Jesus, and 9 percent weren’t sure. Further, 16 percent say Jesus was the first creature created by God, while 11 percent were unsure.
No doubt, phrases like “only begotten Son” (John 3:16) and “firstborn of all creation” (Col. 1:15) have led others in history to hold these views, too. In the fourth century, a priest from Libya named Arius (c. 250–336) announced, “If the Father begat the Son, then he who was begotten had a beginning. …There was a time when the Son was not.” The idea, known as Arianism, gained wide appeal, even among clergy. But it did not go unopposed. Theologians Alexander and Athanasius of Alexandria, Egypt, argued that Arius denied Christ’s true divinity. Christ is not of similar substance to God, they explained, but of the same substance.
Believing the debate could split the Roman Empire, Emperor Constantine convened the first ecumenical church council in Nicaea in A.D. 325. The council, comprising over 300 bishops, rejected Arianism as heresy and maintained that Jesus shares the same eternal substance with the Father. Orthodoxy struggled to gain popular approval, however, and several heresies revolving around Jesus continued to spread. At the second ecumenical council in Constantinople in 381, church leaders reiterated their condemnation of Arianism and enlarged the Nicene Creed to describe Jesus as “the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.” In other words, the Son is not a created being, nor can he be less divine than the Father. [I have always wondered: since begotten of (by) has to mean He came from the Father and therefore is not co-eternal, how can they continue to propagate a co-equal, co-eternal, co-existent Trinitarian Godhead? The second person in the Godhead is apparently misnamed if He did not come from, or originate out of, the Father. How does one become a “son”? How did the title of “Son” become attached to Him? In the piece of art above, please note the white-haired Father and the younger-looking Jesus. Hmmmmm…..]
The Holy Spirit: May the Force Be with You?
But if evangelicals sometime misunderstand doctrines about Jesus, the third member of the Trinity has it much worse. More than half (51%) said the Holy Spirit is a force, not a personal being. Seven percent weren’t sure, while only 42 percent affirmed that the Spirit is a person. [Note the revelation, most Evangelicals don’t believe the full doctrine of the Trinity!] And 9 percent said the Holy Spirit is less divine than God the Father and Jesus. The same percentage answered “not sure.”
Like Arianism, confusion over the nature and identity of the Spirit dates to the early church. During the latter half of the fourth century, sects like Semi-Arians and Pneumatomachi (Greek for “Spirit fighters”) believed “in the Holy Spirit”—as the First Council of Nicaea (A.D. 325) taught—but said the Spirit was of a different essence from the Father and the Son. Some said the Spirit was a creature, and others understood the Spirit to be a force or power, not a person of the Trinity. [A split within Roman Catholicism over this issue is what created the Eastern Orthodox Church.]
At Constantinople, 150 bishops assembled to discuss these heresies, among other issues, and affirmed that “the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit have a single Godhead and power and substance, a dignity deserving the same honor and a co-eternal sovereignty, in three most perfect hypostases, or three perfect persons.” Affirming the full divinity and personhood of the Holy Spirit, the church ruled out Semi-Arianism and Pneumatomachianism. [In other words, the Trinity doctrine was really formed to oppose another false doctrine. Is that why it took 300+ years to find words to express it…or have they found them yet? Nay!]
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Worth a thousand words
- If a gun ban would stop shootings, wouldn’t a terrorism ban stop terrorism?
- A recent study shows that women who carry a little extra weight live longer than men who mention it.