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  • NY Times reveals secrets of WMD cover-up in Iraq

    10/15/2014 9:30:37 AM PDT · 164 of 224
    Buggman to xzins

    And of course during the Bush vs. Kerry campaign, it was pretty much a choice between Bonesman A and Bonesman B.

  • NY Times reveals secrets of WMD cover-up in Iraq

    10/15/2014 8:54:07 AM PDT · 150 of 224
    Buggman to xzins
    I remember the stories of the WMDs coming up towards the end of the Bush admin. The reason given that they had suppressed them was that they didn't want every terrorist in Iraq targeting the convoys they were using to extract them. When the announcement was made, the press just dropped the issue rather than admit fault.

    Though it was always wierd to me that the Bush admin didn't go around tooting its own horn on this. But then, nothing about the GOP's tactical decisions at the time made sense. Maybe you're exactly right--this was a planned handover of power to the Dems to get certain agendas pushed through. It's disheartening, but it certainly fits the known facts.


  • The Destruction of Mecca

    10/01/2014 9:24:48 AM PDT · 27 of 50
    Buggman to C19fan

    Odd Fact: The Ka’aba is 666 nautical miles from the Temple Mount. Make of that what you will.

  • Greenfield: Science is for Stupid People

    09/30/2014 6:36:08 AM PDT · 18 of 39
    Buggman to Louis Foxwell

    That was one of the best reads I’ve had all week. Please add me to your ping list.

  • Seeking a Same-Sex Marriage Case Fit for History

    09/23/2014 8:46:10 AM PDT · 17 of 20
    Buggman to Beagle8U
    Actually, the combination of "same-sex marrige" and polygamy could be abused hilariously: Groups could go out and create a vast network of interlinking "marriages" and then sue for spousal rights to whatever service they want to share.

    Heck, I think all churches should immediately start working on that: "We're all the Bride of Christ, so we're all married, and you're discriminating against our religion if you disagree!"

    That aside, just wait for the divorce statistics. They should be a source of great fun as well.

  • Pope Believes WWIII Has Begun, Jews In The Past-Christians At Present

    09/23/2014 8:10:27 AM PDT · 19 of 20
    Buggman to Revel

    Huh. We probably ought to make it a point to carry a few pics and videos in our smartphones to show to people. They’ll still try to deny it, but let the imagery sink in anyway.

  • Ancient 'moon god' monument unearthed in Israel

    09/19/2014 5:32:56 AM PDT · 46 of 48
    Buggman to apillar

    The one worshiped as “Allah” today went by a different name in Biblical times: Baal, who was known as Zeus to the Greeks.

  • One in 88 Minnesota drivers will hit deer this year

    09/16/2014 11:37:35 AM PDT · 29 of 51
    Buggman to skeptoid
    "A deer!"
    "A female deer!"
  • Egyptian Political Scientist: Jews Must Return the Gold They Stole from Egypt during the Exodus

    09/04/2014 6:34:10 AM PDT · 94 of 95
    Buggman to SunkenCiv

    Sure. Just as soon as the Arab Muslims return Egypt to the Copts.

  • Israel Bans Water Fluoridation

    08/26/2014 5:53:05 AM PDT · 13 of 34
    Buggman to VitacoreVision
    Unfortunately, everything about the Lancet study beyond the abstract is hidden behind a hefty paywall, so there's no way to see methodology, etc. However, the Harvard study that the article is citing basically said, "Look, we had to use Chinese studies because we've never done a comprehensive study on this subject in the West, and they have so much junk in their water there's no way to isolate the flouride's effect." So claiming that the Harvard study supports their thesis against flouridation is just a tad disingenous.

    Having said that, I'd be fine if we dropped flouridation from our water tomorrow. There are plenty of avenues to use it dentally without risking ingestion. Just my two cents.

  • Pentagon Fires Back At Critics of 'Police Militarization' Program

    08/21/2014 7:59:35 AM PDT · 22 of 40
    Buggman to Foundahardheadedwoman
    They won't need to create much of anything. When our economic laughably-so-called "policies" result in massive hyper-inflation and the sudden loss of both jobs and government "safety nets," they'll have the chaos they need. Just look at what happens when the EBT system goes down for a few days.

    They know they've run the country into the ground (through deliberately evil decisions or through short-sighted stupidity really doesn't matter at this point), and they know they couldn't stop it if they wanted to at this point. So they've done the next smartest thing: Placed the assets needed to keep their brand of order on the ground.

    Not that I doubt that a few deliberate agitators will be involved--but at the most they'll just be the spark. We the people have laid the tinder for decades now.

  • Johns Hopkins Psychiatrist: Transgender is a ‘Mental Disorder’– Sex Change is ‘Biologically...

    08/20/2014 1:58:01 PM PDT · 74 of 122
    Buggman to jazusamo

    This one is definitely going in the file. Thanks!

  • Anti-Semitism and its limitations

    08/15/2014 8:51:47 AM PDT · 4 of 4
    Buggman to ConservingFreedom

    Anti-Zionism IS anti-Semitism: “Oh, we love Jews . . . as long as they know their place.”

  • Shoppers Use App To Boycott Israel In Grocery Store Aisles

    08/07/2014 9:55:58 AM PDT · 35 of 47
    Buggman to SJackson

    My two year old loves his hummus. Guess it’s time to go buy a bunch for him. Thanks for the reminder!

  • PIV is always rape, ok? (Idiocy. Pure and simple.)

    08/06/2014 9:30:49 AM PDT · 69 of 87
    Buggman to servo1969
    In their case, they seem to develop Stockholm Syndrome instead--though to be fair to the Arabs, a friend of mine who lived in Saudi Arabia for a few years says that they do a marvelous job of making a safe environment for their kids. (And despise the Palistinians for using their kids as weapons, btw.) The kind of wounding you're seeing here tends to come from abuse at a very young age.

    That, and it takes American feminism to turn one (or a few) men's abuse into a life-long hatred for 1/2 of the earth's population.

  • PIV is always rape, ok? (Idiocy. Pure and simple.)

    08/06/2014 5:52:19 AM PDT · 34 of 87
    Buggman to Maceman
    Agreed. Women like this see their abuser in every man they meet and genuinely can't understand that for women who have never been abused, or those who have but have been through the therapy to overcome it and forgive the one who hurt them, men aren't the enemy, and not all sex is shameful.

    Sad indeed.

  • Contemporary Christian Music's Sinking Witness: Lack of depth and reverence to the Almighty

    08/04/2014 9:55:40 AM PDT · 106 of 344
    Buggman to Salvation; C. Edmund Wright
    Yeah, just about as self-centered as, "The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want . . . "

    Oh, wait . . .

  • Crumbling Freedom: (Colorado) Cake Artist Sent to 'Reeducation'

    07/29/2014 8:46:34 AM PDT · 28 of 163
    Buggman to xzins
    And that needs to be quoted over and over again.

    Also, we need to deliberately hire homosexual signmakers to make signs for our protest rallies . . . and sue them if they discriminate. Just to get the opposite test case on the table.


  • Kristallnacht In America

    07/28/2014 11:30:08 AM PDT · 21 of 25
    Buggman to jpsb; saleman
    It's a combination of things:

    1) A deeply-held suspicion that Evangelicals are only being friendly with the intent of converting Jews to (in their view) an alien religion and culture. That, and the secular Jews just plain don't understand Evangelical enthusiasm and think they're a bit nutty. It doesn't help that they perceive Evangelicals as only being fair-weather friends to Israel, since so many expect the Rapture to happen before they're actually forced to put their skins where their mouths are.

    2) For the non-religious, a combination of suspicion about religion in politics and replacing religion with politics.

    3) A long-standing committment to social justice--and being convinced that voting Dem is the best way to bring that about.

    4) As one rabbi in Jerusalem explained to me, Jews have a long history and a long memory . . . but all too often that means fighting the last war long after the enemy has changed.

    5) Peer pressure from friends and family. If everyone around you thinks that conservatives are all Richard Nixon, you tend to believe it.

    6) Concentration in the urban areas and academia which are largely leftist.

    There are a lot of other factors, but those six are the big ones as I understand it.

  • The Corruption of Peer Review Is Harming Scientific Credibility

    07/28/2014 5:58:53 AM PDT · 18 of 18
    Buggman to MosesKnows
  • U.S. and Qatar Declare War on Israel

    07/28/2014 5:39:35 AM PDT · 21 of 22
    Buggman to mgist

    Bump for reading when I’m back off the clock. Looks like a very nice bit of research.

  • Benjamin Netanyahu Had to Tell John Kerry "This is Not Vietnam"

    07/22/2014 5:25:39 AM PDT · 66 of 67
    Buggman to Right_in_Virginia
    "Can you point me to something from the New Covenant?"

    Why would that matter?

  • Weekend Must-Read: Ten Reasons Why I Am No Longer a Leftist

    07/21/2014 8:50:51 AM PDT · 27 of 49
    Buggman to servo1969

    Excellent article. Can’t wait to print it out and go back over it later.

  • Glitch or Censorship? Connecticut school blames software for selective blocking conservative sites.

    07/18/2014 7:51:53 AM PDT · 11 of 19
    Buggman to falcon99

    Yeah, but on the plus side, they’re making this stuff forbidden fruit for a bunch of teenagers. Because that always works.

  • There’s something very ugly in this rage against Israel

    07/18/2014 5:27:42 AM PDT · 17 of 18
    Buggman to servo1969
    Because the very existence of Israel proves that only two religions in the world could possibly be true: Judaism, and the form of Christianity that admits that the Jews are still God's chosen people. To the Muslim, the Sikh, as well as (in the West particularly) the atheist, the agnostic, the New Ager, the Hindu, the neo-pagan, the Luciferian, the Buddhist, the Shintoist, the animist, the shaman, the practitioner of Voodun, and the supracessionist Christian, the very existance of Israel is an intolerable reminder that there is an Eternal God who plainly stated thousands of years ago that He would bring Israel back into the Land where He has placed His holy name . . .

    . . . and that when He did, the time would be short for His final judgment on all mankind.


  • Why is Chuck Norris trending in Argentina? (Chuck Facts Alert)

    07/10/2014 7:14:44 AM PDT · 4 of 13
    Buggman to Salvavida

    Chuck Norris once killed a vampire with a steak. No, I didn’t misspell that.

  • The real reason liberal churches are losing members

    06/27/2014 2:25:22 PM PDT · 23 of 31
    Buggman to Tax-chick
    Christianity doesn't have dietary laws or dress codes, either. Those are easy, legalistic fillers that may let a person evade the complete reformation of your heart, mind, body, and soul that is true Christianity.

    So when God Himself gave dietary laws and dress codes in His Torah, He was giving His people something weak and wicked?

    God gave us rituals and cultural commandments not as a replacement for inner transformation, but as stepping stones for the young and spiritually immature and as a way to bring body, soul, and spirit together. This is why even Christians recognize the New Covenant sacraments of Baptism and Communion to be graces rather than "legalistic fillers," and why most Christians around the world have developed their own traditions and rituals--catechisms, confirmations, hymns, creeds, confessions, and ceremonies.

    Now, I agree that any of these can become a substitute for a true, living, and transforming faith/faithfulness. On the other hand, so can "feel-good faith." The solution is not to avoid them like the plague, but rather to see them as what they are: tools, a means to an end, the end being the true and living Messiah (Rom. 10:4).


  • Why the Arab World is Caught in an Emotional Nakba, and How We Keep it There.

    06/27/2014 8:19:56 AM PDT · 19 of 33
    Buggman to dangerdoc; HiTech RedNeck
    Interesting philosophical inquiry... since the gospel of Jesus Christ solves the problem of being unable to endure a humiliating ordeal, even one that is undeserved, in order to effect a change to the good.

    Christianity is an offense to the concept of honor. Our God, the very God that spoke the world into existence, took on the form of man, lived in that form with all the indignities of flesh then allowed himself to be stripped, beat, mocked then killed hanging on a cross with criminals.

    Exactly. J.P. Holding points out that you really can't understand the Bible unless you understand the honor/shame paradigm. However, it is through the Messiah that God ultimately works the process of breaking down human pride (the craving for worldly honor) and the fear of shame. He did so by taking the same that we rightly feel and placing it all on Yeshua (Jesus) on the Cross, while taking Yeshua's proper honor as the unique Son of God and gifting it to us.

    In addition, I would argue that the giving of the Spirit has transformed society gradually away from honor/shame and to an inner awareness (conscience) of right and wrong. One of the challenges we face today is that we've come to take conscience for granted and don't realize how little a role it plays in most cultures, whether you're talking about Arab culture, Asian culture, or black street culture.


  • Big Bang blunder bursts the multiverse bubble [Exercpt, click link]

    06/17/2014 9:17:12 AM PDT · 25 of 25
    Buggman to schaef21
    Forgot my postscript:

    I hope that I have convinced you that I’ve come by my position in a logical and hermeneutically sound manner.

    I agree that this is not a salvational issue--in that no one's salvation is dependent on their theological position for YEC or OEC. However, I do think that YEC is creating a barrier to the undecided and creates an unnecessary and damaging dichotomy between science and Biblical faith.

    I agree that you are a thoughtful person, and that your decision is logical within the context of the facts you choose to accept. However, you have to simply discard the lion's share of the scientific data and even a portion of the Scriptural data to do so.

    Of course, you'd argue the same about me. :) That's why we're having this conversation.

    Shalom uv'rechah (peace and blessings).

  • Big Bang blunder bursts the multiverse bubble [Exercpt, click link]

    06/17/2014 9:10:57 AM PDT · 24 of 25
    Buggman to schaef21
    A global flood would easily explain this would it not?

    Through soft soils, sure, that's a possibility. Through solid granite? Not so much.

    The main point being made here is that the earth can’t possibly be as old as the evolutionists claim and I believe it systematically does that. The evolutionary trinity is Father Time, Mother Nature and Lady Luck….. None of the three are on their side.

    Heh, I like that; I'll have to steal it. However, there's a difference between our perspectives: You seem to be conceeding that if the universe were billions rather than thousands of years old, "Father Time" at least would be on the evolutionist's side. Is that your intent? I certainly don't think 14 billion years of universal history and a billion of earth's is nearly sufficient enough.

    On the subject of the universe's "clocks," how about if we each pick a couple and kick them around just to keep the conversation focused.

    Mark 10:6-7 . . .

    Let's break the question down a bit: Are Yeshua's words proven false by the fact that man and woman were not created on the first day? Why not?

    I know the standard arguments. Distant Starlight being the main one (old earthers really have the same issue when you consider the Horizon Problem).

    The Horizon Problem is explained easily enough by the Inflation Model, which also solves several other cosmological problems. The athiest is bothered by it because of the energies involved in such an early, radical expansion; the unique nature of the event which seems to have no explanation in our current understanding of physics; and the precision involved in the event's timing and extent. The theist, on the other hand, rejoices at such incongruities, since they point to the Hand of God.

    On the other hand, there is no evidence, either scientifically or theologically, for CDK or "light created in motion" as mechanisms to explain how we can see galaxies millions or billions of light years away. Again, watch the Ross-Faulkner debate and see Faulkner admit that none of the standard mechanisms proposed in the YEC work.

    The only way to hold to YEC is to propose that the Eternal Lawgiver keeps changing the laws of nature in a way that is impossible to detect in order to make the universe lie to us about its age . . . or else, God has simply put us in the Matrix, and everything we think we see is an illusion. That might describe a god, but it certainly does not describe the God of the Bible.


  • Big Bang blunder bursts the multiverse bubble [Exercpt, click link]

    06/12/2014 3:14:08 PM PDT · 20 of 25
    Buggman to schaef21
    Put it this way: If He did, it would not create a problem for my theology. The Bible says only that God created the animals from the dust of the earth, and thanks to the extremely laconic style being used, does not tell us the details of how.

    But having said that, I can state with complete honesty that the science doesn't support evolutionary theory. For example, the genetics quite often fail to match the morphology that paleontologists use to try to trace the evolutionary paths. For another example, genetic load from bad mutations will always drive a more complex species to extinction long before it has a chance to evolve. Ergo, no, I do not believe that God used Darwinian evolution as the means by which He created and developed life.

    Heck, even the evolutionists have long since abandoned Darwinism as being insufficient a mechanism.


  • Big Bang blunder bursts the multiverse bubble [Exercpt, click link]

    06/12/2014 1:40:23 PM PDT · 18 of 25
    Buggman to schaef21; fishtank
    For the life of me I don’t know why some Christians who have a doctrinal disagreement feel the need to insult other followers of Christ…… I’d say that was unbiblical.

    Oh yes, because the Bible contains no examples at all of the positive use of satire, sarcasm, and snark for the sake of driving home a point. And I've directly insulted no one--I have gone after the willful blindness of a doctrinal position that I consider to be actively dangerous to the Body.

    But for the sake of conversation and shalom, I'll tone down the snark, though my final statement was entirely sincere.

    1. It's good that you've read his work. Are you familiar enough with it to be able to know what his answers would be to the article you linked me to? That's not sarcasm; I'm just seeing to what extent I need to present the case.

    2. "For every commentary like that I can find many distinguished theologians who take the other side." Agreed. The reason I point this out is that many on the YEC side like to act as if there's absolutely no reason other than "compromise with the world" for anyone to disagree with them. Heck, Kent Hovind got all of one line into his debate with Ross before subtlely accusing him of worshipping another god, and that accusation came out in full force by the midway point of the debate, much to John Ankerberg's consternation.

    Actually, watching Ross's debates, I have to say that the arguments--and lack thereof--of Hovind, Faulkner, did more to convince me of the OEC position than those of Dr. Ross!

    My point is this: There are good literalists on all sides of this debate, and it is evident that both YEC and OEC (and the Framework Hypothesis, and Analogical Days) fit within the meaning of the original Biblical Hebrew. I happen to think OEC fits better (if YEC is correct, there's no way to tell how long the first three days were and Adam sure fit a lot of activity into the last few hours of day six), but let's say it was a wash: At that point, shouldn't we be willing to look at outside scientific evidence to break the tie, just like we do with archaeology all the time?

    3. Just as well.

    4. You should watch it. It's long as heck, but it's probably the most gentlemanly debate on this subject I've ever seen. It helps that both men are scholars and colleges and actually behave as brothers in the Messiah should.

    5. It's definitely not everyone's cup of tea, but I find that when looking into this subject, reading exegetical commentaries from before the 1800s is rather fascinating. That's not to say the rabbis are always right, of course, but they certainly weren't tainted by evolution in the 600s when the Talmud was compiled.

    On Dr. Boyd (and I'll read his paper in more detail when I get off from work):

    (1) Absolutely agreed.

    (2) Agreed again.

    (3) Agreed with a caveat: God created heaven and earth in six literal yomim, which may be understood as either "days" or "epochs."

    On your refutations:

    1. Where else does the Bible use the formula V'eyhi 'erev, v'eyhi boqer, yom [number] for you to compare?

    2. That's actually not true (see Hos. 6:1-2), but supposing it was, where else in the Bible would it need to number epochs for you to be able to compare?

    3. Yes, in six yomim. However, the Bible is rife with wordplay (it's one of the defining characteristics of Jewish language and thought). Ergo, there's no problem with the idea that God's point was: "I made the heavens and the earth in six yomim/epochs, therefore you mortals can emulate me by working for six yomim/days."

    As Archer points out, if an eight-day celebration (Feast of Booths) can symbolize forty years in the wilderness, there's no problem with six days symbolizing six epochs.

    4. You might want to check some of the secular science sites on those clocks. They turn out not to be as conclusive as they're made out to be in the YEC community. Moreover, as Faulkner admitted, even though there are some anomalies that might suggest an earth or solar system younger than conventional science suggests, there's absolutely no hard data that would put it at 6-10,000 years.

    I'd also point out that there are formations on the earth that either took millions of years to carve out or else God set up nature to deliberately lie to us. For example, we know how fast a river can erode rock. The Columbia River carves a path right through the Cascadia Mountians. The only way that works, since water obviously doesn't flow uphill, is if the river existed first and carved down through the mountains at the same rate that they rose--which means that the mountains had to rise over millions of years, or else the river would have been dammed.

    That's just one obvious example. There are plenty of others. And the problem gets worse when you start talking about the age of the universe, since the light is coming from so far away.

    Why would a God powerful enough to speak the Universe into existence take billions of years to do so?

    First, a counter-question: Why would a Being who exists completely outside of our time domain care about billions of years?

    Second, an answer: By taking His time, and then creating a universe with consistant laws of physics that include a finite speed of light, God has actually allowed us to observe the entirety of His creative process from the time light first separated from the darkness, giving us enough data to infer the rest. Ditto on using long creative processes on the earth. He's giving us the means to appreciate the amount of care He put into Creation, as well as the information we would need to backwards-engineer it (via the scientific process) to fulfill the command to "subdue" the earth.

    If the earth truly is young and it can eventually be proven… Then the evolutionists and their atheist brothers in arms have nowhere to go.

    And if it isn't and it can't?


  • Big Bang blunder bursts the multiverse bubble [Exercpt, click link]

    06/12/2014 9:35:56 AM PDT · 15 of 25
    Buggman to jonno
    You know, when the Bible speaks almost a dozen times of God stretching out the heavens, you'd think we would all be rejoicing at the discovery of the Big Bang.


  • Big Bang blunder bursts the multiverse bubble [Exercpt, click link]

    06/12/2014 9:35:03 AM PDT · 14 of 25
    Buggman to schaef21
    I've read it before. My knowledge of the Biblical Hebrew and what Big Bang cosmology actually says (and what it admits are still mysteries) has reached the point where I no longer find it compelling.

    Now let me ask you: Have you read any of Dr. Ross' work explaining why he believes that Big Bang cosmology is consistant with Scripture, or have you only read up on the YEC position? Have you read any of of Gleason Archer's commentary on the Hebrew explaining why Genesis does not require a YEC view to be taken literally, or have you only read the rather uneducated attacks of Hovind and the like? Have you watched the debate between Dr. Ross and Dr. Faulkner (a YEC astronomer) where Faulkner admitted in his own opening statement that there is absolutely no way to reconcile our current knowledge of the record of nature with a universe only 6000 years old? Have you studied the rabbis of the Talmud to find out that they knew 1400 years ago that the sun, moon, and stars were revealed on day 4, but were created in the beginning?

    I've read and watched both sides of the argument for years, and in the end, I find YEC's claims to be untennable Biblically, let alone scientifically.

    We live in a time when science overwhelmingly supports the Biblical idea that God is transcendent, eternal, omnipotent, intelligent and wise beyond comprehension, and very interested in the creation of and maintenance of life--and you YEC's want to throw away all that enormously powerful evidence because you won't accept the simple truth that the Hebrew word yom can mean a long but finite epoch as well as it can a 24-hour day.

    Somewhere, the Devil is laughing and our Father is facepalming.


  • Big Bang blunder bursts the multiverse bubble [Exercpt, click link]

    06/12/2014 8:57:47 AM PDT · 10 of 25
    Buggman to fishtank

    For the life of me, I cannot understand why certain Christians are threatened by the Big Bang. It fits perfectly with a Biblical worldview.

  • God Created Man In His Own Image:

    06/09/2014 1:06:13 PM PDT · 25 of 31
    Buggman to Vinylly
    "In the image of God" does not refer to any particular quality of human beings. It refers to a purpose: To bear the image of God as His appointed rulers in a particular sphere, that being the physical earth (and possibly the physical universe as a whole, but that's speculative).

    See Dr. Michael Heiser's paper on the subject for more details.


  • 'Smoking Gun' Proof of Big Bang Already In Doubt

    06/06/2014 10:02:39 AM PDT · 20 of 25
    Buggman to gunsequalfreedom
    The problem with the Big Bang theory is that it does not mention who lit the fuse that set off the bang.

    That's only partially true. The paper that put Hawking and Penrose in the public eye back in the 70s concluded that if the universe contains mass and if it is governed by the laws of special relativity, then it had to have a cause that is transcendent over matter, energy, space, and time. Hawking has been trying to get out of that bind ever since (ala A Brief History of Time), but that the universe of the big bang requires a transcendent entity is pretty solid physics at this point.

    The only question is whether that Entity is sentient and personal or not. I would argue that the fine-tuning of the universe to make it suitable for life points to a personal, intelligent Creator rather than a blind source or process.

    Ergo, the theist is on pretty solid ground to say that our current understanding of the universe points to the God of the Bible: A transcendent (outside of space), eternal (outside of time) Being of neither energy nor matter, One of virtually infinite power and intellect who is keenly interested in the creation and continuence of life.


  • Pope, Netanyahu spar over Jesus' native language

    05/27/2014 1:17:50 PM PDT · 92 of 92
    Buggman to Genoa


  • Pope, Netanyahu spar over Jesus' native language

    05/27/2014 10:01:50 AM PDT · 89 of 92
    Buggman to Genoa
    And what God can do once, He can do again. (See the letters to the churches in Revelation.) Therefore, as Paul wrote, "For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you" (Rom. 11:21).

    In other words, the Christian who thinks that God set aside Israel cannot logically rest easy in his own salvation.

  • Pope, Netanyahu spar over Jesus' native language

    05/27/2014 9:50:05 AM PDT · 86 of 92
    Buggman to Genoa; Romulus

    Why do you both assume that Yeshua was referring to the Jews in general instead of the Jewish leadership in particular? After all, if the latter is the case, then His very Jewish Apostles would be the “others” given the care of the vineyard.

  • Latest Same-Sex Marriage Rulings Prove That Scalia Was Right

    05/22/2014 7:57:35 AM PDT · 31 of 38
    Buggman to Claud; AppyPappy
    I'm no more compromising on this issue than I am on Islam, but I still recognize the rights of imams to perform marriages within the context of their own religion.

    Short of openly gunning down judges in the streets and engaging in open "asymetrical" warfare, there's no repairing the damage to the Constitution until and unless the consequences of ignoring it and ignoring God's law are allowed to come out in a way that disgusts the vast majority. Even then, you're looking at a generational game rather than an electoral cycle.

    To put it another way, this battle is clearly lost, but that doesn't mean that we stop fighting the war--it just means that we shift to a different site and redevelop our tactics accordingly.

    And I'm aware that sooner or later they're going to try to force pastors and rabbis to perform ceremonies--and when that happens, we need to fight it all the way to the Supreme Court and, should we fail to get redress there, simply refuse. And we must do so without speaking a single word that is not said in love (though satire and parody are still fair game), and constantly praying for our enemies and doing good to those who persecute us. Our society is engineered to root for the underdog and play to the victim, so we're going to have to be victimized for a while before anyone wakes up to it.

    It's happened before, it's happening now, and it will happen again. And the Lord will preserve His remnant of both Jews and Christians, as He always has, until our King comes.


  • Latest Same-Sex Marriage Rulings Prove That Scalia Was Right

    05/22/2014 6:48:04 AM PDT · 23 of 38
    Buggman to mazda77; AppyPappy
    And that's where I think we should shift our stance. At this point, there's nothing we can do to stop the redefinition of marriage in the secular world, so our emphasis need to change to protecting our own legal rights, e.g., not allowing pastors, priests, rabbis, photographers, cake-makers, etc. to be forcibly conscripted into participating in the weddings, or our children to be indoctrinated into their ethos.

    Then sit back and watch the divorce statistics roll in. The cumulative effect will be to remove money from the homosexual community and into the pockets of their divorce lawyers.

    They're unified right now against their perceived enemy. Get out of their way and let the self-destruction of their unity begin.

    And then, as usual, we'll pick up the pieces of civilization and rebuild.


  • The big bang is not a Reason to Believe!

    05/20/2014 10:55:30 AM PDT · 18 of 19
    Buggman to PapaBear3625; Dutchboy88
    The only problem there is Day 4--but what Genesis says is not that the sun, moon, and stars were created on day 4, but that God said, "Let there be . . ." or rather, "Let there appear / manifest . . ."

    When it says, "And God made the greater light . . . the lesser light . . . and the stars also," the word translated "made," y'as, has two significances: First, is is in the imperfect form (the root word is asah) which can indicate a past completed action in a narrative. Ergo, as Gleason Archer points out, it can mean that the stars were made on day 4, but they could also have been made on day 3, day 2, day 1, or in the beginning. That was also the opinion of the rabbis of the Talmud some 1500 years before evolution and Big Bang cosmology were an issue. (The Babylonian Talmud, Hagigah 12a if you want to look it up.)

    Secondly, by using the verb y'as / asah instead of the word yivra' / bara', the Bible is telling us that the sun, moon, stars (and by extension, planets, asteroids, and coments) visible to an ancient Israelite's naked eye were not the first sun, moon, and stars the Eternal One ever created--which is a real exegetical problem for YEC.

    All of this is completely compatible with day-age (old earth) creationism, on the other hand.


  • The big bang is not a Reason to Believe!

    05/20/2014 10:01:05 AM PDT · 11 of 19
    Buggman to fishtank
    Waitaminute, I just realized who the author is. Humphries has a creation model of his own that a) requires universal expansion (so why he's arguing that point I have no idea), and b) unlike RtB's model, he refuses to submit to peer review. See here for more details.


  • The big bang is not a Reason to Believe!

    05/20/2014 9:53:18 AM PDT · 7 of 19
    Buggman to fishtank
    One of the things I appreciate about Reasons to Believe is that they have a "Golden Rule of Debate": "Thou shalt understand thy opponent's position as well as thou wouldst have him understand yours."

    Even a brief perusal of the article--heck, just looking at the chart--shows that CMI has not taken the time to really understand, let alone correctly present, RtB's creation model and their prooftexts (both Biblical and scientific). That is sadly the norm in YEC literature and debate. And that--plus learning more about the Hebrew of the Bible--is why I'm no longer even on the borders of the YEC camp.


  • Where Are The Aliens? How The ‘Great Filter’ Could Affect Tech Advances In Space

    05/19/2014 6:37:55 AM PDT · 74 of 74
    Buggman to qam1
    Actually, we're in a primo position: Close enough in to actually have the material for rocky planets, but far enough out to not be irradiated. Being between the galactic arms keeps us far enough away from potential supernovae that could likewise irradiate us. Being between the arms is likewise the only reason we're even aware of the existence of other galaxies, since it gives us a clear view.

    Pretty much any alien civiliztion would need a piece of real estate like the one we have.

  • Life after email at DoD

    05/13/2014 10:22:14 AM PDT · 15 of 18
    Buggman to SLB
    My guess?

  • The Scholars and the Goddess

    05/12/2014 11:52:52 AM PDT · 7 of 17
    Buggman to ek_hornbeck
  • Creation Conversion: The Turning Point (Dr. Vernon Cupps, PhD)

    05/02/2014 9:17:46 AM PDT · 5 of 11
    Buggman to ThisLittleLightofMine
    Actually, I believe what the Bible says quite well. And it makes two points concerning sin and death:

    1) Death through Adam came to all men--it doesn't say anything about Adam's sin bringing death to animals.

    2) Adam was not intrinsically immortal, or else the Tree of Life had no purpose. Ergo, there was already entropy that could bring about the death of even a sinless lifeform in the world, so God provided an antidote for it. Kangaroos in Austrailia would have a hard time making a regular pilgrimage to Eden to eat of the Tree of Life, so we can infer that even if the world were young and even if Adam had not sinned, there would still have been animal death.

    Simple logic tells me a third point about animal death:

    3) If there was no animal death, there could not be animal reproduction either. If there were, earth's food resources would have been stripped bare within a few centuries, and everything would have died of starvation anyway. Since even before Man was created, God made the animals to "bring forth after their kind," it follows that animal death must have been intended from the beginning.

    Which makes sense. How can the punishment "you shall surely die" mean anything to Adam if there is no such thing as death?

    Moreover, the Bible points to the constancy of the natural laws (i.e., the laws of physics) as evidence of the constancy of the Lawgiver (cf. Jer. 31-33). Every YEC model out there requires some sort of massive discontinuity in the laws of physics in order to explain why we can see anything further than 6000 light years away--and such a confluence of changing natural laws put together that somehow completely negate our ability to detect them.

    As someone else has pointed out, we might as well posit that nothing is real and that God put us in the Matrix.

    If it magnifies God to have an observable universe 30 billion light years across in the spacial dimensions, I fail to see how it diminishes Him to have one 13.8 billion years old in the time dimension. And the more that I've learned about what the actual Hebrew of Genesis says, the more comfortable I am with an old universe and an old earth.


  • The need for loud, swift action in response to John Kerry’s libelous statements about Israel

    04/30/2014 8:49:18 AM PDT · 35 of 35
    Buggman to xzins; NorthMountain
    Any more than Armenians and Assyrians are guilty of sweeping the Holocaust under the rug when they emphasize the Turkish genocide, agreed.