August 27, 2016

No Worth to Atheists

This was originally published in June, 2013. I think. For some reason, I unpublished it ("revert to draft"), but it did not keep the original date. Much of it is the way it appeared then, but there are some funky things happening with text size and spacing. The second paragraph was added in August 2016. Also, the file size of the image is much larger than I prefer to use (284 kb).

Not only does hate make people stupid, but the anger in atheism is related to mental issues. I've said these things for years, and keep getting more evidence.


Although I shouldn't give those who crave attention that they desire to bolster their egos, Haywire the Stalker has been making a fool of himself for years with defamation and blatant untruths. In a recent rant about my stupidity, dishonesty, and denying what he considers "facts" in his incoherent worldview, (he focuses mainly on my introductions to linked articles and splits hairs to manufacture things to fuss about), he railed on a post about Leviathan in Job 41:1-34. I allegedly made substantial changes, including the title and significant amounts of the content (as if I had no right to do so with my own post). At the end of his substantial hate-driven foolishness, he added a small admission that I did not make the changes, he was looking at the wrong post. To borrow a quote from Dr. James White, "He doesn't experience reality in the same realm as the rest of us". You can see the libelous nonsense here, with the continuation and confession here. Desperate to hate much, Buttercup?


The screenshot below from a now mostly-abandoned Page shows a tiny sampling of what passes for character, logic, and intellectual acumen with atheists. I was recently interviewed on an audio show by Mike Shoesmith of PPSIMMONS ministries. The write-up indicated who did the interview, and the PPSIMMONS ministries make it clear that there is no person by that name! I did some stammering. Big deal. Pretty low, even for this guy, to make fun of a perceived physical deformity. But since they cannot refute what I say or write, I have a hate committee that indulges in ridicule instead of substance.

Worse, one critic jumps from sniping at me, and then moves on to someone else entirely! Hate for it's own sake?

Tinhorns like this even make fun of Ken Ham's beard, so I shouldn't feel too special. Well, at least hatred unifies people, that's a good thing, right? Nah.



Screenshot used under Fair Use terms for educational purposes.
The "Fundamentally Flawed" show mentioned below is long defunct:
Some atheists and anti-creationists are so desperate to hate Christians and creationists that they suspend reason and morality for the purposes of ridicule.


Of course, evolutionists and professing atheists seem to think that demonizing creationists will somehow advance atheism and disprove biblical creation science. Not hardly! Then they wonder why they score so dismally in the area of trust.

The Bible and the Flat Earth

Every once in a while, Christians and creationists have to deal with comments by owlhoots along the lines of, "You st00pid dumb Xtians believe in a flat Earth." Not hardly! While atheists and other mockers spread this lie (and in my opinion, many know that it's untrue, but do it anyway for the sake of being obstreperous), a bit of research shows that the "Christians believe in a flat Earth" myth is actually a recent invention; Christians didn't believe it throughout history, and most people of antiquity knew the world was round as well.


Antitheists often make the false claim that the Bible teaches a flat Earth. Worse, they pretend to understand Hebrew and tell us that it teaches Earth is a round disc, like a shield. Such claims are completely false.
Image credit: Pixabay / JooJoo41
Some may say, "Yeah, but the Hebrew word means 'disc', so it's said to be flat and round like a shield". Of course, such complaints usually come from atheopath sites that indulge in quote mining, and not from people who know ancient Hebrew — it would help if people would do their homework. The above link, as well as the one presented below, should help give some perspective on this "Earth disc" business. I tend to get a mite riled when misotheists, who reject God and his Word, tell us what we believe.
The first line of Isaiah 40:22 reads, “It is he [i.e. God] who sits above the circle of the earth.” Some have argued from this that Scripture teaches the earth to be a flat disc, rather than a globe. However, even if the original Hebrew is correctly understood to refer to a circle, this doesn’t necessarily indicate something flat; a sphere appears as a circle when seen from above—and indeed from whatever direction it is viewed. Moreover, there is good reason to believe that the word translated ‘circle’ might be better translated ‘sphere’.

The Hebrew word in question is khûg (חוּג) which is also found in Proverbs 8:27 where, in many Bible versions, it is translated ‘vault’. For example, the New American Standard Bible reads, “Clouds are a hiding place for Him, so that He cannot see; and He walks on the vault of heaven.” Clearly ‘vault’ carries the sense of something three-dimensional and is given as the primary meaning of khûg in the well-known Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon.1 In modern Hebrew, a sphere is denoted by khûg, along with kaddur, galgal, and mazzal.2 In Arabic (another Semitic language), kura means ball and is the word used in the Van Dyck-Boustani Arabic Bible (1865) to translate khûg in Isaiah 40:22.
I hope you get a round to reading the rest of the article, just click on "Isaiah 40:22 and the shape of the earth".

August 20, 2016

It's Not My Fault!

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

Writer, speaker, professional truth sayer, and alpaca groomer Matt Walsh has some strong, well-worded articles on The Blaze. They are mainly politically oriented, but he makes some spiritual points as well, such as this article contrasting Joel Osteen's bad theology with atheism. (Ever notice that atheists don't organize protest against Osteen's organization?) By the way, if Mr. Walsh was more in tune with presuppositional apologetics and how atheists, liberals, evolutionists, cultists and others argue from their presuppositions like Christians do, he'd be even more dangerous to the left.

Anyway.

I recently found out that Matt Walsh has a podcast that runs for about a half an hour. On the August 16, 2016 episode, "To Save America, It's Time We All Take Responsibility For Our Own Lives", he referred to a Facebook post that he made about the Black Live Matter thugs that rioted in Milwaukee on August 13. Apparently, people got so riled they wanted to invite him to a necktie party — literally. He said he received more death threats than usual. Essentially, his "crime" was saying that people need to be responsible for their own actions. What a novel concept!

Matt Walsh wrote post and also made a podcast about how people need to take responsibility for their actions. I ran with it, taking atheists to task for blaming Christians for atheism.

But no, people want to blame others, including The System®. What's ironic is that the liberals who blame the system are the system, and it is run by liberals. Sorta like the old days of hippie freaks who were rebelling against "the establishment" by remaining jobless, having promiscuous sex and using drugs — like today's leftists. The system — the establishment — is the liberal power structure that Americans (and in other places on this planet) have to deal with.

Now I've got the bit in my teeth and I'm going to run with this in a direction that Mr. Walsh didn't have in mind.

On several occasions, I've seen atheists complaining about Christians, that our actions are the cause of them becoming atheists. Bovine biscuits. That's just plain stupid. That's right, I said it! They choose atheism for several reasons: rebellion against God, rejection of the authority of his Word, autism, desire for attention, and more. When we stand up to bullies, point out logical fallacies, present the truth of the gospel, present evidence refuting evolution and affirming creation, they get meaner than a burlap sack full of rattlesnakes. 

On a side note, I read where someone became an atheist after reading the science fiction short story by Arthur C. Clarke called "The Star". In that, remnants of a civilization on a distant planet that had gone nova were found, and this star was the Star of Bethlehem in the Bible. And that jasper used it as a "reason" to become an atheist! Whose fault is it? Arthur C. Clarke? The publisher? Maybe the story itself? No, the guy grabbed a convenient excuse for what was already in his wicked heart.


Something that gets annoying is when well-meaning Christians have an attitude along the lines of, "Don't speak sternly to the professing atheist. He'll reject God forever, and it'll be all your fault!" That'll be the day. These people do not know the nature of atheists and seem to lack knowledge of certain parts of the Bible (Romans 1:18-23, Jeremiah 17:9, John 8:44, Romans 3:11, Psalm 10:4, and others). 

But what really sets my prairie schooner ablaze is how they belong to the wimpy Jesus cult. You know the guy: usually Caucasian, longish hair, beard, never said anything harsh to anyone, big fan of group hugs... That's not the Jesus of the Bible, that concept is an idol that people have made up so they can worship and discuss him.

I went off on a side trail for a bit, but I'm back now.

Too many people are looking to blame others for their choices. I'll allow that other people can influence our choices, but ultimately, the choices we make belong to us. Someone who claims to be an atheist wants to reject God? Nobody's fault — nobody's choice — but his.

 

August 8, 2016

Fundamentally Flawed Atheistic Reasoning

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

Once again, I need to state that everyone has a worldview that is comprised of presuppositions (those things that we assume to be true without verification). Atheism is a weird belief with many aspects, and some people who profess atheism are actually agnostics (unsure of God's existence). I've even seen one tinhorn profess agnosticism and then jump the fence and identify as an atheist in the same post. So, atheists have a passel of presuppositions in their religion.

When given some examination, atheistic reasoning against God and the Bible is rather easily refuted at times.

I suspicion that some people want to call themselves atheists because they heard that atheists are the smartest people. That's demonstrably false. (It also leaves out the fact that many of the most brilliant people, past and present, have been not only Bible-believing Christians, but biblical creationists as well.) Often, Christians have challenged the claims of professing atheists, and the atheists are startled to find that they are not reasoning properly. That really puts a burr under their saddles.

When we point out that atheism is a religion, they come back reactions revealing their ignorance of legal decisions, philosophy and religion, and logic. Many times, they have their own redefinitions of religion, conveniently leaving out important aspects. Then they assert that atheism is based on logic. That'll be the day! To read more about this, click on "Feedback: Is Atheism a Religion?".

Scoffers try to sound intellectual when coming up with "reasons" to deny God's existence, recent special creation, the truth of the Bible, and more. Many of these objections are exceptionally weak and demonstrate lack of thinking skills. When attempting to use science to justify atheism, they fail miserably. See "Answering atheist arguments". 

As I stated earlier, those who claim that there is no God (or no evidence for him, in defiance of Romans 1:18-23) are presupposing materialism. From this, they claim that the Bible is false because it contains miracles, but there can be no miracles because God does not exist. That bit of circular reasoning really takes the rag off the bush! Ironically, atheists have their own corral full of miracles. For some brief examples of atheistic "reasoning" and how it can be easily refuted, read "Do the miracles of the Bible have natural explanations?"

Despite pretensions, atheism is not intellectual and they are not smarter than us st00pid dumb Xtians. There are many reasons people choose to be atheists, but such a position is not reached through logical thinking. Instead, it is emotional and spiritual — and they claim to deny spiritual aspects of humanity through their naturalism and materialism. The gospel is foolishness to them because it is spiritual, not something that the natural man can comprehend. But they can have salvation in Jesus Christ and become new creations. It begins with repentance and continues through the grace and mercy of God.
 

July 17, 2016

The Deadly Religion of Atheism

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

One of the most common mantras of the religion of atheism is the lie that religion is the cause of most wars. Not hardly! If we exclude atheism from a list of religions, we find that their claim is completely false. Instead of using a false over-generalization of "religion", they could be more accurate by demonizing governments as the cause of wars. The fact is, atheism is a vicious, murderous worldview.


Professing atheists falsely blame "religion" for wars and other evils, but they conveniently neglect the most violent and brutal religion of all: atheism.


If you study on it, you'll see that professing atheists proclaim "reason", and then proceed to flagrantly abuse the process (such as the illegitimate complaint used against the Ark Encounter that the money used there could feed starving children). In fact, the claim to be "rational" and "freethinkers" because they reject God strongly implies that Christians and other "religious" people are not rational or able to think freely. This is clearly untrue, as many of the greatest minds, past and present, were Christians and biblical creationists.

These "freethinkers" cannot be freethinkers according to their own naturalistic philosophies. If their evolutionary view was correct, we're all slaves to the chemical impulses in our chemistry. From that, there is no right and wrong, and they have no business complaining about murder, rape, sexual abuses, fraud — or about the beliefs of "religious" people, since we all dance to the music of our own chemistry.

People who hate God pretend that he does not exist (Rom. 1:18-22), and have hated God's people, all the way back to Cain and Abel (Gen. 4:8, Heb. 11:4, Heb. 12:24), and they will continue to hate us (Matt. 5:11-12, John 15:18-21, 2 Tim. 3:12). In comparatively modern times, the so-called "Enlightenment" gave us the French Revolution, where thousands of Christians and others were brutally murdered in the name of "reason". Murders of Christians in communist Russia were inspired by those French atrocities. Today, France is mostly secularist, and about to fall to the Mohammedans.

Atheism depends on evolution to give it a mythology of origins that purports to be scientific. Although Adolph Hitler was not an atheist, he just acted like one in his mass-murders of Jews, Christians, and others. Hitler was highly motivated by Darwin, and wanted to give evolution a helping hand. Atheists like Joseph Stalin were also motivated by evolution, and their atrocities numbered in the millions.

No, atheism has nothing to do with bringing in a new era of reason that is free from the shackles of "religion". Instead, it is a dangerous worldview that has given rise to tyrants. The average village atheist denies this and conveniently ignores murders done by atheistic evolutionists — after all, he is moral in his own mind and does not plan to kill anyone. But personal experience and opinion is not a substitute for reality.
The years since 2001 have seen a succession of other suicide bombings which have affected how we see the future, and how people think about right and wrong. The media makes us vividly aware of the heart-breaking details in vivid colour. We weep and pray for those affected, but most concerning is the way we continue to hear that “religion is the cause of all the wars of history and of these most recent tragedies”. The Paris attacks of November 2015, where more than 130 people were killed in a coordinated assault at six locations in central Paris, are no exception. After these tragedies, the media seems strangely sloppy in the way they portray religion.
They seem quite happy to lump one religion which calls for “the death of infidels” alongside another which radically says we are to “love even our enemies”. However most serious of all, is their tendency to omit the most destructive of all religions—atheism.
To read the rest, click on "Why leave the atheists out? — The violence and bloodshed of the religion of atheism".

June 3, 2016

Atheists Have Their Miracles Too

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

Professing atheists tend to look in disdain at Christians for believing in God, the Bible, and (of course) miracles. They argue from their naturalistic presuppositions that the Bible is false, God does not exist, and miracles are impossible, then they proceed to make the assertion that they are the rational ones because they reject the aforementioned. But such a definition of rational is arbitrary and fallacious, presuming that those who believe in miracles are irrational.

The word miracle seems to be a catch-all word that means, "Something good that happened that I can't explain", such as finding my possibles bag by a fence on the back forty. More accurately, miracles ascribe happy events to God. Yes, maybe he did perform a miraculous healing, something the doctors cannot explain, because God does perform them. Too often, however, people don't know what they're talking about. Take a gander at the first few paragraphs of "Does God Do Miracles Today?" by Dr. John MacArthur. For that matter, give the whole thing a read or a listen, it's enlightening.

After that clarification, I'm going to promptly go back to a more informal use of the word. Atheists have their own secular miracles, impossible things they choose to believe in, but deny God. They also lack evidence in the naturalistic realm, but they still believe in them anyway, possibly saying like the Queen to Alice, "Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast". Actually, atheists are more likely to believe in occult phenomena than Christians.

Professing atheists claim to be the rational ones, denigrating Christians for believing in miracles. Yet atheists have their own secular, irrational miracles.

Atheism is irrational and incoherent, and cannot deal with the preconditions of human experience as found in the Bible. Since they suppress the truth in unrighteousness, they believe in some impossible miracles. Strange how they accuse Christians of believing in "magic" when we don't even bring up the subject, but they have their own impossible views that are mighty close to magical.
Atheists often promote themselves as intelligent, logical, scientific, rational, etc. They even had a proposal to call themselves ‘brights’! The aggressive ‘new Atheists’, such as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and company, like to portray those of us who believe in a supernatural Creator as irrational, unscientific, unintelligent, ignorant, or even ‘needing help’ (Dawkins). The entertainment industry often reinforces these perceptions by portraying ‘religious’ people (Christians particularly, and especially church leaders) as buffoons or hillbillies (almost never as a university professor, for example).

Reality runs against these perceptions. Isaac Newton, the greatest scientific mind of all time, was a Christian believer, as were other founders of modern science. Surveys have consistently shown that people with a strong adherence to the Bible’s authority are the least likely to be superstitious, in contrast to the average de facto Atheist. Indeed, one Atheist expressed his chagrin that “some of the most intelligent and well-informed people” he knew were Christians.

There is much more to say. Atheists believe that everything came about by purely material processes—the universe, life, mind, and morality. However, do they have a rational, logical basis for this belief?
I'd be much obliged if you'd read the rest of the article by clicking on "Five Atheist miracles (or materialists believe in magic)".

May 24, 2016

Skepticism in Action

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

Regular readers of my Weblogs know full well that I believe in healthy skepticism, as it helps us obtain adequate information instead of accepting unsubstantiated claims. Were those ads really rejected for inclusion in a Super Bowl broadcast? Maybe, maybe not. But it's not exactly a serious claim that can change your life, is it? 

Fact-checking comes to the forefront when something is on the fantastic side. I've come to expect atheists and evolutionists to believe and pass along negativity when it comes to Christians and creationists, but it really burns my prairie schooner when Christians embarrass themselves (and other Christians) by neglecting to do a bit of fact-checking before passing along wild stories. Some even pass along material from parody sites without checking the sources. This child believes in asking questions and getting details.

The end of the world is a good example.


People need to use healthy skepticism and fact-checking before passing along sensational (and sometimes defamatory) stories. Let's not "think" with our emotions.
Image credit: NASA Goddard
Ready to head for the hills? "RUSSIA WARNS: Asteroid Impact in Atlantic Ocean". Really, Russia is giving the warning? I'd like to know where American scientists as well as those in other parts of the world stand on this. Tom Lupshu apparently is the author of this piece. "Russian Military Operatives who have family in the United States have warned of an upcoming event of a large Asteroid that is being tracked by their missle defense systems." Really, Tom? I reckon many of us would like to know which military operatives, and how you know about it.

"This Near Earth Object is arriving along with the Meteor Debris field expected to impact FEMA Region Three." You're not telling us where FEMA Region Three is, which would be nice. Let me help: this region is on the Eastern coast of the United States. It wasn't hard to look up.

"Russia Warns that this Large Asteroid will Impact in the Atlantic Ocean. This will be a Global Incident. This event will change life on this planet as we know it. Good Luck to you and your Family." Which is it, global or just a few states? It's followed by a strange video and a link telling us, "Emigrate while you still can", which is selling stuff.

Remember, this threat is imminent, so a global disaster could happen at any time, say the unnamed sources. When was the article written? It doesn't say. A bit of investigation shows that comments are at least two years old, and the video was conveniently date stamped by YouTube as December 22, 2013. The world ended, and I missed it. Bummer.

Wait, there's more!

"Asteroid Warning: Govt Preps Underground Bases". The subheading is, "NASA warned in 2010 of an asteroid on a trajectory to hit off of Puerto Rico, causing a massive tsunami". So, we've been warned. Who warned NASA? In the mishmash of data about asteroids, near-misses, we don't really know when it's a-comin', but it's a-comin' soon, according to this January 12, 2015 article. Then they linked to that weird video from the previous post.

The site also had a source in Rev. Efrain Rodriguez. "Rodriquez is not an astronomer who studies celestial bodies such as black holes, moons, planets, stars, asteroids, comets, nebulae and galaxies but he is a prophet who preaches the word of God and has a message from God. Yes, you read it correctly. Rev. Rodriquez said that he has a message from God that will make you sit up in your seat and maybe even fall on your knees." Well, there you go! Wait,who? And he has a personal revelation from God? Not hardly! Too many Christians fall for this "God spoke to me and gave me a message" nonsense that is unbiblical, but to use this kind of false prophesy stuff to bolster "science" about an asteroid impact is beyond the pale.

Now, I detest the genetic fallacy (rejecting information out of hand because someone doesn't like where information originates, which is a favorite tactic of atheists), but it can be valid when a source is suspicious. The two linked above were from sites that claim to have inside knowledge about conspiracies, survival in disasters (often with links to buy stuff), and "nobody else is telling you the truth". Does the source's origin automatically mean it's wrong? No, but material should have further investigation from more reliable sources.


“We rarely think people have good sense
unless they agree with us.”
― François de La Rochefoucauld

Closer to home, I've seen people united in both hate and admiration. Some will accept the words of another as truth, but the "truth" may need checking. Atheists have lied about me, and their supporters have gleefully believed the negative reports (including a false Christian hiding behind a fake name because he claims creationists are out to kill him!) The opposite is true. Rev. Guy I. Admire said something that fits someone's paradigm, so it gets passed along. In fact, I've heard some really great comments in lectures and such, but since I could not verify them, I did not use them in posts and articles. Unfortunately, I've slipped up, and the embarrassing experiences have helped me be more careful. 

Just recently, I made a comment on a post that was destroying the bad reasoning of a pro-abortionist who pretended to be pro-life. The pro-abortionist was not named in the post. Later, I received a message from someone who claimed to be the "victim" of that post, he was horribly misrepresented by the Christian who runs that Page, and so on. All I had to go on was what I read, and my belief that the Page owner (who probably was the Admin who wrote the post) would be a fair dealer. Screenshots? Nothing from the one complaining to me, and no screenshot on the post. It would be a bit of exciting, sensationalistic news to spread this, "Hey, this guy wronged someone" news, but since nothing could be substantiated either way, I didn't take it further. But I did remove my comment on that post, since I was uncomfortable with the doubt.

From a different angle, I was telling a co-worker about a criminal Internet stalker who constantly calls me a liar (being unwilling to accept the difference between dishonesty and disagreement about scientific evidence). She looked surprised and said, "You don't lie!" What if I used her as a sort of character reference? People would be correct in being skeptical, and wanting to know how well she knows me (not that well).

On a television interview show, the guest made a remark that Intelligent Design is simply a way to sneak religion into schools. The host accepted that lie and opposed ID as well, but he didn't bother to do any investigation about what the ID movement actually teaches. 
 
One common thread in these things that I've noticed is that people "think" with their emotions, and get excited about passing along information that catches their fancies. I'm simply calling for a bit of caution and verification. There are times when we can overdo it. If you want to watch a video collection of ads that were rejected for the Super Bowl, fine, watch it and have fun if you're into that. No need to be contacting the producers and demanding the rejection paperwork as far as I can see. It's the more serious stuff that needs more care.

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