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" country can be well governed unless its citizens as a body keep religiously before their minds that they are the guardians of the law and that the law officers are only the machinery for its execution, nothing more."
Mark Twain "
" 2 Timothy 4 1 In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2 Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.

"We make men without chests and expect from them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.” ~ C.S. Lewis

Coincidence in science...or the Genius of the Holy Spirit working in the background? I saw a quote once; "Sometimes technology just becomes ripe. . . when all things start coming together in science." I pondered for a time before replying to an online critic of religion. My Reply: Perhaps...but I find it hard to believe sometimes that all ideas or inventions come together just out of happenstance or coincidence! Humans can be inventive but I think some inspirations, motivations, or dreams of fancy come from sources just outside our ability to measure, observe or quantify. Why was the 18th thru the 21st century so different in terms of scientific advancement? Our earlier forbears had access to Greek and and other sources of knowledge. There were smart humans all thru history who could have made advances that could have taken their agrarian societies from dirt farming to the moon in less than 100 years....why just in the last 200 years and not back then? I’ll tell you what I think.....”Joel wrote: "In the latter days I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh....”";. Even if not all folks accept Christ as Saviour, the working genius of the Holy Spirit is working in the background to convict men of sin and to encourage those who are God’s children. Christians are salt but it is the Holy Spirit that carries our savor and influences even the learned men to create inventions that heal bodies and to fly to the moon and stars! It created the Judeo-Christian consensus that freed men’s minds to experiment with more freedom based constitutional systems. Ironically, while the belief in Jesus Christ is castigated as superstition, it was the widely held belief in Christ that created a new macro-cognitive awareness, a new societal paradigm that helped free men from superstition and fear of the grave that allowed the sciences to flourish! Helping the weak and sick, help the poor and needy, educating the uneducated, prison reforms; all of the exhortations of Jesus Christ, (that to see him, indeed to serve and love him, is to find him in the needs and frailties of others), have been written into the frame of western civilization. This warp and weft of Judeo Christian tradition is what Satan and his deluded followers are now trying to unweave.

From a Post by jjsheridan 5(May16,2015): How liberals think:His thoughts as to why Massachussetts and Bostonians oppose the death penalty for Tsarnaev. "What you are seeing is the liberal mind in action. First, like petulent children, they arrive at the conclusion they want to arrive at, without any thought of the consequences -- in this case, they are opposed to the death penalty because it makes them feel noble, caring, and intelligent, and therefore arrive at the conclusion that Tsarnaev shouldn't be executed. Second, they come up with some flimsy justification for that position, that is also impossible to argue with -- in this case, the opinion that it is worse to be in prison than to be executed. Patently absurd, but also impossible to disprove. Third, should it come to that, they will defend their position, and their justification of it, as if it were the last piece of habitable land on earth -- regardless of how idiotic they sound, and despite the fact that they never really believe in their justification, just their conclusion. Finally, should it be necessary, or, just out of habit, they will label any other conclusion, especially any rational or well-thought out one, as evil in both intent and effect."