How To – Pray

© Original content written by James R. Carlson

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One of Jesus’ disciples asked how we are supposed to pray. Jesus answered and said,

In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven,

Hallowed be Your name.

Your kingdom come.

Your will be done

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts,

As we forgive our debtors.

And do not lead us into temptation,

But deliver us from the evil one.

For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

[Matthew 6:9-13]

This is appropriately called, the Lord’s Prayer. From it, we learn how to pray.

First, Jesus is the son of God. The first thing he taught us was to pray to God our Father. If you have not received the gift of God for the forgiveness of sin, God is not yet your Father (see the prayer below). So Jesus knowing God as his Father gave himself up on the Cross for the forgiveness of our sins so we could call God our Father.

The first principle of prayer is relationship. God wants a relationship with us. We are not supposed to throw words at God hoping they will be heard. We’re talking with someone who knows us and who wants to hear us. Any father who loves his children want to listen to them.

Next we may learn that we are to give God praise. Worship is a key part of prayer. Knowing God as our Father means knowing he is the Holy God of Creation. Giving praise to God in his Holiness puts us in a right perspective when we pray and opens the doors of our heart to the leadership of the Holy Spirit.

The word ‘pray’ means to ‘ask.’ We are encouraged to ask God for various things. First, we ask God to bring to us on earth what he has in heaven. This is God’s kingdom and his will. Our relationship to a Holy God bears fruit in our lives when we serve something apart from ourselves. We are here to serve the kingdom of God according to his will. We are led by Jesus to ask for these things. And what a blessing to us when they come.

Asking is a vital part of prayer. Children ask their parents for many things and anyone with a child has a heart to give to their children what they need but not always what they want. We are encouraged to ask God for what we need and want. God will always provide for our needs.

One of the biggest needs we have in our lives is the continued forgiveness of sin in our lives. We received God’s forgiveness of our sins when we first prayed for Jesus to come into our lives (see prayer below). Although our lives have changed to serve God, we still sin when we withdraw from the leadership of the Holy Spirit. God knows we will sin from time to time even though we do not live a lifestyle of sin (1 John 1:8-10). So we should ask that God forgive us, which he will gladly do (1 John 2.1-2).

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. [1 John 1:8-10]

My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world. [1 John 2.1-2]

Our lifestyle is not one of sin but one of forgiveness. As we have received God’s forgiveness of sin we are also supposed to share that forgiveness to others. We cannot forgive the sins people have committed against God but we can forgive those who have sinned against us. Living a lifestyle of forgiveness was what Jesus lived and it is the example we should follow in our daily lives. We are supposed to pray for others.

And as our lifestyle is not supposed to be one of sin, we must understand that before we commit sin we are tempted to sin. A mature Christian lifestyle is one that guards against temptation and closes any open doors that lead to sin. Prayer is a key part of living a life that is not defined by sin.

Jesus was himself tempted by the devil but Jesus did not yield. We should follow the leadership of the Holy Spirit in our lives, not the voices of darkness and deceit that leads us to stray and disobey God. Sin is by definition the willful disobedience to the Will of God. Whether we are tempted directly by the devil, his minions, or by our own appetites, we are to submit ourselves to the will of God. Pray for the leadership of the Holy Spirit and reject the ‘evil one’ whoever that may be that leads us away from doing what God wants us to do.

At the end of Jesus’ prayer model we see him praising God’s,

  1. Kingdom
  2. Power
  3. Glory

Jesus gave his praise to God showing us his purpose on earth. We are to live for God’s Kingdom, led by God’s Power, to give God all the Glory forever.

At the end of his prayer and praise Jesus said, Amen. Amen is a word that means ‘truly, so let it be done.’ Jesus established God’s Kingdom, Power, and Glory forever. Although we cannot do this ourselves, we can pray that it be done by the work of the Holy Spirit in and through our lives. We are conduits of God’s blessing to this world. We can make ourselves available to God for his purposes for others who do not know him. Let us also conclude our prayers in this way. Amen!

To begin a relationship with God as your Father, pray this prayer:

God of heaven, I believe in Jesus Christ and what he did for me on the Cross. I believe that he paid for the penalty of my sin, which I admit I have done. I ask for and thank you for your love and for your forgiveness of my sin. Please bring me closer to you so that I may know you. By your Holy Spirit, please make in me a clean heart, a renewed spirit, and a right mind that I may do those things that are pleasing to you. Thank you God, Father of the Lord Jesus Christ and now my Father in heaven. Amen!

Merit and Metrics (Update) – 2016 Presidential Campaign – Part One

The following article is drawn from principles in my book, Conservatives and the Republican Party (GOP).

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© Original content written by James R. Carlson

In any given political campaign, there are usually 3 groups influencing which candidates are elected to public office – Democrats, Republicans, and the Media. Both major parties gain support from 33% of the American electorate for a total of 67% (2/3rds) of all voters. That leaves roughly 33% (1/3rd) of the voters who are Independent. The Media commands neither the Democrat nor the Republican voting blocs but they identify as independent and consequently influence the Independent vote. It is this influence that has lasting repercussions on elections that may not be good for our country.

To win an election, candidates must earn 50% +1 (a majority) of the vote; however, 33% of the vote from the Party base doesn’t cut it. So candidates must work with the Media to influence the additional votes from Independents that the Media reaches out to. This is the foundation of the Media’s power and their influence in any given political campaign. As a result, this power is used by the Media to influence the outcome of elections in favor of one political perspective or another.

More and more often, the Media moderates debates between candidates on their own news channels. Unfortunately, the Republican Presidential debates have been marred with the Media using the debates as one long news maker interview. The Media may be incompetent, by nature, to facilitate a conversation that doesn’t include their own point of view. The Media should bring candidates together to answer tough questions about issues and let the candidates challenge each other on the topics of concern to us all. The Media instead poses controversial questions between candidates that have nothing to do with the issues we face as a nation for the purpose of generating controversy and sensationalism – two elements of tabloid journalism that has proven to make money. But that is not the only reason the Media stirs up controversy.

It is not hard to understand why a liberal Media welcomes a fight between Republican candidates. The liberal Media bias is satisfied when conservatives attack one another instead of liberal policies. When your political enemy is fighting among themselves, why stop them? Even better, create more hostility. Although Republican candidates have forgotten Reagan’s 11th commandment, it meets with approval to those in the Media who want to undermine conservatives whose values might gain political power if they are elected to public office.

Adding fuel to this fire is Donald Trump whose tactics of negotiation apparently include sensationalism and controversy. The history of the 2015 Republican debates that included Mr. Trump was one long sensational exercise where controversy took center stage and issues did not draw much of the Media’s attention. The debates are not about the Media but about the American people. We need candidates to vet their perspectives publically in debates so we can determine who we will vote for. Unfortunately, the liberal Media has another agenda and Trump has become a useful idiot meeting with their approval with his use of insulting tactics.

One news organization in popular television does not have the liberal media bias – the Fox News Channel (FNC); instead, they have a libertarian Media bias. Unlike President Reagan who was a social conservative/fiscal conservative/defense conservative libertarian, modern Libertarians are social liberal/fiscal conservatives – half liberal and half conservative. Undeniably, FNC carries this sort of libertarian viewpoint and when it comes to the social issues they betray the conservative community with their blatant social liberal views. And their influence definitely has an impact on America’s political culture. FNC is the news channel that supported both the Tea Party movement and Donald Trump. Both political movements have had an equal influence on the American voter.

FNC was an advocate of the Tea Party and the libertarian viewpoint that became the defacto platform of the Tea Party. Glenn Beck was especially vocal in his support of the Tea Party while he hosted a show on FNC. The Tea Party never organized as a real political party, never opened the door to allow voters to join the Party and register their vote, which means they never allowed the People to share in formulating the Tea Party platform. Although social and fiscal conservatives, in the mold of Ronald Reagan, supported the Tea Party at their rallies (including me), social conservative views were dismissed as Tea Party leaders advocated fiscal issues without standing tall for social moral perspectives.

Sarah Palin, a regular on FNC, who recently put her support behind Donald Trump, once complained about the McCain camp who rejected her for her social conservative views; she even wrote a book ‘telling all.’ Yet she did little in sharing social conservative views while working with the Tea Party. What can we read from the Tea leaves when she gives her support to Mr. Trump? Is she supporting a social conservative?

During the heyday of the Tea Party they commanded roughly 1/3rd of the Republican vote. This is the same number of votes that Donald Trump is gathering today with his campaign. Both are the products of the FNC libertarian Media bias but neither are solidly conservative.

For years FNC gave Donald Trump a microphone on their shows before he decided to run for President. I was constantly amazed that he had everything to say about anything but in the end he said nothing at all. His appeal is emotional more than intellectual. People connect with emotion as much or more than they connect with intellect. The Trumpet of self-adoration does not inspire in me a renewal of the American spirit of liberty and conscience that originally made this nation great. The popularity that he has is more the result of his being allowed to dance on the stage of Fox News more than his personal appeal. Like the Tea Party, the libertarian Media bias is in favor of Mr. Trump, less than a complete conservative, hence his popularity.

Many people in the sensational Media (liberal or libertarian) are enamored with Mr. Trump. But do they understand that his numbers are not that great?! Republicans as a voting block represent 1/3rd of all voters in the nation and Trump represents 1/3rd of the Republican Primary voters; that means Trump represents 1/3rd of 1/3rd of the American voters. That is a whopping 11.11% (~10%) of the American voters. That’s not a good start to winning a national election.

Further, one cannot win a Primary with only 33% of the vote. Mr. Trump may curry favor from Independents and Libertarians due to the influence of FNC and the coverage he’s been getting from other news channels. But he has not attracted the intellectual conservative vote within the GOP. For those states whose primaries are winner-take-all, if Trump gets less than a majority of the Republican vote, there will be a runoff election. So for these states, the race to win is the runoff. Trump can win every poll that the popular Media has to share with us but can he win a runoff where intellectual conservatives are not so enamored with his emotional appeal? When the GOP goes to the polls 67% will likely support the conservative candidate who can share their views with intelligence.

For other states that have a proportional selection of delegates, Trump may gather 1/3rd of the popular vote. The number of delegates that will go to the national GOP convention is based upon the proportion of votes earned during the Primary in various states. These delegates will deliver their votes at the national GOP convention and as things stand, Trump may not have a majority of them. The Media is having a hard time getting beyond sensationalism to tell the American People that there are more Republicans not supporting Trump than those that are. No matter what the outcome of each Primary may be, the stage is being set for a convention where the Republican Party in Convention will make the final decision for their candidate for President.

The metric often used by the Media to measure the relative success of campaigns is polling. However, the original use of polls in the Media was to determine the reach of a broadcast TV station into the homes of the surrounding community. They used these polls to determine the influence of their broadcasts upon consumers so they could establish the rates at which they would sell ads to businesses wanting to reach consumers. These polls have been hybridized to show the influence of campaign ads on local voters. The polls of a candidate’s influence on the electorate represent more the reach of that candidate’s message via the agency of the news channel they purchased ads from. Polls are still a metric that demonstrates the influence of the Media upon the voter.

FNC may be surprised to learn that their influence on the Republican Primaries is consistently 33% but let’s do the math. With ~50% of Americans voting in any given election, that is 50% of 300 million people or 150 million people. As FNC influences ~10% of these American voters (1/3rd of 1/3rd), that results in 5% of the American electorate or 15 million voters. That is nothing to sneeze at but 5% of the popular vote in the general election is not critical. What is critical is the libertarian Media bias. Americans may be surprised to learn that FNC influences the Libertarian (Independent) voter with a libertarian Media bias that undermines the conservative message.

The merit (or lack thereof) of a liberal/libertarian Media bias is that it not only has an influence on the outcome on elections but on public policy as well. The values that are presented by candidates may not gather Media favor if they are clearly conservative. When the Media suppresses the conservative voice that candidates like JEB Bush, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, and Chris Christie have in favor of the controversial rhetoric of Donald Trump, they prevent true conservatives from gaining the support of Independent voters as represented by the polls. However, when a clear conservative challenges a clear liberal in an election, the conservative typically wins. Independents who will determine the future of this nation with their vote need to hear more than the Media trumpet of purposeful controversy that reduces the influence of conservative viewpoints.

From another perspective, candidates who want to gather the Independent vote may curry the favor of the Media and trumpet the liberal/libertarian viewpoint. Many candidates gather earned Media in their campaigns by sharing the preferred view point of the Media. In return, the Media receives corporate welfare in the form of news maker interviews (not debates) from elected official that they can use to sell more ads. And with these elected officials, the Media can continue to exercise their influence on public policy. The symbiosis is never ending.

Abortion, homosexuality/marriage, and recreational drug use are on the march but none of the major news organization are advocating a conservative viewpoint on these issues. And as America is going deeper into debt with a $19 trillion deficit, there is little conversation from the liberal Media on reducing tax and spend liberalism. Americans cannot ignore the influence of the Media on political campaigns and the impact they have on public policy.

The outcome of the 2016 elections are predicted by the Media using polls long before the voters go to the Polls on Election Day. From the primaries to the general election, we will see Democrats, Republicans, and the Media vie for attention from the American voter. It remains for the voter to have a heart and mind (convictions) set on conservative social moral and fiscal values if those values will be echoed in the halls of public office. In the end, the merits of the voter at the Poll on Election Day will affect the future of this nation more than the metrics of polling ever could.

Videoblog – Evolution is Not Science – Pt 4 of 4

© Original content written by James R. Carlson

This Videoblog is the final installment in a four part series that shows why Evolution is Not Science. As I have shown why evolution is alchemy, I finally show why evolution is religious.

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I’ve been reading comments from people who have asked for more variety in the way information is presented on this website. Therefore, I have put together a PowerPoint presentation and recorded it as a video with a voice over commentary to go with it. I trust you will enjoy and be informed by this video.

Please send me your comments. You don’t have to agree with me. I will publish all views that show respect of the subject and people associated with it. Thanks

 

Videoblog – Evolution is Not Science – Pt 3 of 4

© Original content written by James R. Carlson

This Videoblog is the third in a four part series that shows why Evolution is Not Science.

Click on the pic above to start the video or click here.

I’ve been reading comments from people who have asked for more variety in the way information is presented on this website. Therefore, I have put together a PowerPoint presentation and recorded it as a video with a voice over commentary to go with it. I trust you will enjoy and be informed by this video.

Please send me your comments. You don’t have to agree with me. I will publish all views that show respect of the subject and people associated with it. Thanks!

 

Sex – A Holy Gift from God

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Much has been written on the subject of sex. Missing from much of the conversation is the understanding that sex is God’s idea (He created it) and not man’s. Mankind didn’t discover sex one day and say ‘hey, I’ve got an idea.’ No, sex was God’s invention. And as God is Holy, He requires us to keep the gift of sex – Holy.

God wants mankind to multiply and to reproduce God made sex to be simple and pleasant. You don’t need a high IQ to know how it works (a square peg for a round hole?). You only need an IQ of 1. Because it is so simple and so pleasant, people will have children following sexual activity. God’s purpose for reproduction is fulfilled. And we share in His pleasure for producing a new generation.

God also wants mankind to enjoy life. God knows full well the consequences of changing His gift of sex into one of sin and abuse. Nothing is dirtier than taking the Holy gift of God and turning it into a sin. Sex is not sin; sin is sin. Sin is the disobedience of mankind to the Will of God. God’s Will is good for us and God wants us to wait until we get married before having sex. There is no need to practice, it is natural and doesn’t require sexEd to understand.

However, to understand the idea of holiness, let’s look at the Tabernacle in the Wilderness as presented in the Bible. God showed the Israelites what He wanted, which was to make curtains that set the tabernacle apart from the people. Clean white linen was the first boundary that separated the tabernacle from the people. A tent inside the linen bound compound was erected where more coverings were hung to isolate the Holy place from the courtyard. And inside the tent or tabernacle was a Holy place and the Holy of Holies. Each area was separated from an outer area showing that God, who is Holy, is separated from us. These boundaries are removed when you ask Jesus to come into your heart. Then, you become the tabernacle of God. The Holy place is in our hearts.

We also have a Holy place in our house; it is our sanctuary from the troubles of the world. We have an inner sanctuary with our bedroom. The Bible says that the marriage bed is Holy and undefiled (Hebrews 13:4). God has given married couples a gift of holiness (sex) and a place in which to share that holiness (bedroom). The bedroom is the place where married couples can share the gift that God gave them without any uncleanness between them. This is a private matter set apart from the world outside and not a matter for public review (aka pornography).

Sex outside of marriage, however, is a violation of the Will of God; sex without one’s married partner is sin. Marriage is between one woman and one man. Any other definition is invalid because it is not God’s definition.

Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother and shall cleave unto his wife; and they shall be one flesh. [Genesis 2:24]

For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they two shall be one flesh [Matthew 19:5]

For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and be joined to his wife; [Mark 10:7]

For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. [Ephesians 5:31]

The Bible makes it clear that marriage is between a man and a woman and that sex [man…cleave unto his wife] is God’s gift within marriage.

However, the unholy world around us teaches that sex is a toy to play with. Let’s be clear, sex is not a toy! People can die from pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Sex is not a toy for children to play with but a gift for adults who know how to respect and love their marriage partner. God even shows us that when we play with sex before marriage, we are doing damage to ourselves.

What? know you not that he who is joined to a harlot is one body? for two, says he, shall be one flesh. [1 Corinthians 6:16]

What? know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have of God, and you are not your own? [1 Corinthians 6:19]

We are to keep the temple of our bodies, like the tabernacle in the wilderness, Holy and set apart from the world. We are not to explore sex before marriage but serve God in our hearts and minds keeping ourselves pure in our imaginations without polluting them with things like pornography. We are to serve the God of Holiness in our hearts so that when we get married we may share the gift of a Holy God with our married partner.

The key to sex is simple. God made it Holy so keep it holy. As we focus on holiness in our hearts and minds we will find healing for our soul and rest for our spirit. Many people have abused themselves by violating this key to sex – Holiness. I pray you find God’s partner for your life in which you two may both share in God’s gift for you both as well as bring children into the world that honor God.

Merit and Metrics (Update) – Evolution in America

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© Original content written by James R. Carlson

Who in America, and around the world, still believes in evolution? Data has been collected from questionnaires that give us a good idea on this subject. Knowing who believes will give us a good idea of the future of any person, culture, or nation.

A Gallup survey shows that most Americans have some faith in evolution. In an article called, Evolution, Creationism, Intelligent Design (2014), roughly 30% of Americans say they believe that God created the universe using evolution, 20% believe the universe evolved without God, and 40% believe that God created the universe without evolution. The remainder were undecided.

The number of people who do not believe in evolution in America is in stark contrast to those in Europe who predominately believe in evolution. According to a National Geographic article (see: NGeo article – Evolution Less Accepted in U.S. Than Other Western Countries, Study Finds (2006)), 14% of Americans definitely believe in evolution whereas 80% of Europeans definitely believed in evolution.

From another survey by Pew Research (see: Pew Forum article – Public’s Views on Human Evolution (2013)), most people in America believe in God whereas less than half do not; but not all those who believe in God reject evolution. 33% of the nation believe in a Creator without evolution whereas 24% believe in theistic evolution. 44% of Americans have a secular view of evolution as occurring without God.

The Pew article also shows that biblical Christians are far more likely to reject evolution compared to non-biblical Christian believers. Taking the Bible literally means accepting the biblical account of Creation. Little wonder that people who read and believe the Bible tend to reject evolution.

Also, Democrats are shown in the Pew article to be more likely to believe in evolution than Republicans. The study shows that the split in the GOP is nearly 50%/50% (slightly more do not believe in evolution) whereas 70% of Democrats do believe in evolution; 30% do not. The numbers are the same for Independents as they are for Democrats. Sadly evolution would be a good issue for Democrats to raise in a campaign to encourage more Independent voters to support their campaigns. However, evolution in power is dangerous as witnessed by the Nazi Holocaust.

Oddly enough, more men believe in evolution than do women. Younger people also tend to believe in evolution more than older people. College graduates tend to believe in evolution more than those with less education. These numbers are troubling when one considers that the future of a nation is mirrored in its education. Abraham Lincoln once said:

The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.

Belief in a Creator God is also a belief in Biblical morality. The contrary is true as well. That makes the faith in evolution a problem.

Lincoln also said in his Gettysburg Address that the Declaration of Independence was the foundation of our nation.

Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Let’s do the math: A ‘score’ is 20; therefore fourscore (4×20=80) is 80. And 80+7=87, fourscore and seven. The Gettysburg Address was presented in 1863, subtract 87 from 1863 (1863-87=1776) and you have the date the Declaration of Independence was signed – 1776. This is the date of the founding document of American freedoms.

The Declaration of Independence begins by stating:

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

The Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God is not an atheist or evolutionist perspective. This is clearly a theistic/creationist viewpoint. The Declaration also says:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

God gave us our rights and a definition of what was morally right to put our rights into balance with our moral duties. The liberties we have come from God and not the STATE. For many who believe in evolution, the reverse is true; and this is very dangerous for the liberty of the People.

Hidden behind the scenes with the draft of the Declaration of Independence is the struggle between creationism and evolution. The idea of evolution was not new in the 19th century with Charles Darwin. The ideas of alchemy in the 17th century became trasformationism in the 18th century and then evolution in the 19th century. Darwin’s grandfather, Erasmus Darwin, was an 18th century English transformationist. The founding fathers were aware of the transformationist views of Buffon (French) and others but rejected them in favor of a creationist perspective of government.

Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson were both familiar with the 18th century version of evolution and rejected these ideas in favor of a theistic Creationist perspective that they put into the Declaration of Independence. The purpose of government is to protect the rights of mankind that God gave while holding people accountable for their moral actions according to the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.

Libertarians (aka political Independents) falsely teach the meaning of our rights from the Declaration. They say we have a right to do anything we want according to the:

Rights [of] Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

However, this passage originally meant and should read:

Rights [of] Life, Liberty and the pursuit of [economic] Happiness.

Many young people in school today are told a false story about how they have liberty to do whatever they want when they want. But this type of lawlessness was foreign to Jefferson and the Spirit of 1776 who supported the freedom to do what is right (there is no right to do what is wrong). Yet God is taken out of the picture for students who are brainwashed into believing in evolution from the pulpit of the public school classroom. No wonder young people and highly educated people tend to believe in evolution more than others.

The fact that many people in Europe believe in evolution is one reason for their decline. The fact that America is not far behind is a reason for growing concern. We are at a tipping point in this nation. Although the metrics point to an increase in the faith of evolution (which is a belief system), the merit behind God’s Word is that God is a truth teller and we can take God at His Word:

1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. [Genesis 1:1]

Videoblog – Evolution is Not Science Pt 2 of 4

© Original content written by James R. Carlson

This Videoblog is the second in a four part series that shows why Evolution is Not Science.

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Click on the pic above to start the video or click here.

I’ve been reading comments from people who have asked for more variety in the way information is presented on this website. Therefore, I have put together a PowerPoint presentation and recorded it as a video with a voice over commentary to go with it. I trust you will enjoy and be informed by this video.

Please send me your comments. You don’t have to agree with me. I will publish all views that show respect of the subject and people associated with it. Thanks.

 

 

Open Doors – Iran

© Original content written by James R. Carlson

We are told that there are new and open doors with Iran following the release of 10+ American hostages and the delivery of 1+ billion dollars to the nation of Iran. While I’m flattered that Americans are worth so much, I’m cautious to see just how long the doors stay open with Iran.

Will the religious dictatorship that rules the country of Iran permit the freedom of religion in Iran? The word, ‘Islam’ means ‘to submit.’ An Islamic nation like Iran requires the submission of all religious thought to the Islamic state. Are there new open doors for religious freedom in Iran?

God requires religious freedom for His people. God sent Moses before Pharaoh to say, “Let my People Go.” Pharaoh hardened his heart and stiffened his neck. As Pharaoh attacked God’s people, God broke him. God will not permit religious oppression to continue forever. It may take 400+ years but the patience God has is limited.

Religious freedom is the beginning of democracy. Any nation that wants a democratic republic like we have in the United States must secure their freedoms with religious freedom. The freedom to have differing views from the State is key to providing freedom to the People. Are the open doors in Iran for the People?

God provides political and governmental power to the State from the People. The Declaration of Independence says that the legitimate powers on the earth derive their power from the People. Dictators take this power away from the People and establish it for themselves. This is not what God desires.

We are also told that there are new open doors within Iran for financial investments. While this may support the people of Iran, it will also support the religious dictatorship of Iran. I know that the lifting of international sanctions will provide new opportunities for the Iranian economy but will it not also provide new opportunities for Hezbollah and Islamic terrorism around the world?

I met 3 Iranians while a student at the University of Texas at Austin. All 3 were very fine people. They were intelligent, had religious views different from my own and each other, and were genuinely nice people to know. I never felt threatened by them and enjoyed every conversation we had together even though we disagreed on some topics. I only wish the American people had the same opportunity with the Iranian people to share in a conversation together. Is this an open door we have with Iran today?

My prayer to God is for religious freedom. The freedom to disagree without going to jail. The religious terrorism that exists outside the State of Iran must first exist within the State of Iran. One cannot export what has not been domesticated. I can only hope that the People of Iran find these new and open doors to be a blessing for themselves and not just for the State.

Videoblog – Evolution is Not Science Pt. 1 of 4

© Original content written by James R. Carlson

This is the first Videoblog in a four part series that shows why Evolution is Not Science.

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Click on the pic above to start the video or click here.

I’ve been reading comments from people who have asked for more variety in the way information is presented on this website. Therefore, I have put together a PowerPoint presentation and recorded it as a video with a voice over commentary to go with it. I trust you will enjoy and be informed by this video.

Please send me your comments. You don’t have to agree with me. I will publish all views that show respect of the subject and people associated with it. Thanks.

Winning the Race – Donovan Bailey

© Original content written by James R. Carlson

This year the Olympics will be in Brazil. Athleticism is a powerful thing. We witness the best of the human race compete against one another showing us what the limits of our humanity is. Who is the fastest, the strongest, and who can jump higher and farther? We share in the challenge vicariously as members of the human race. One individual in particular showed us how he won the race.

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20 years ago I met Donovan Bailey. I did not know who he was but I was interested in talking with him and knowing more about him. The conversation started casually at first and then got deep. I asked him what business he was in and he said he designed tennis shoes for Adidas. I was surprised and asked how he got that great job. He said he was in the Olympics in Atlanta in 1996. He in fact won the gold medal for the 100 meter dash and 400 meter relay. He is the real deal!

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As the topic of race and racism is important to me, I asked him what he thought about the issue of racism that was discussed during the Olympics in Atlanta. He said that he grew up in Canada and that people in Canada are always ethnically different from one another; that was the norm. He said it would be unusual to find 2 people who were ethnically the same. Mr. Bailey said he understood what Civil Rights means in America but that it was unusual that so many people were concerned with how ethnically different we are from one another in the U.S..

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I thought it was terrific to meet someone so open and candid about the difficult issue of race. It was also pleasant to talk with him as race was not an obstacle to our conversation. And I also thought how ironic it was that the person least encumbered about the issue of race, actually won the race in the Atlanta Olympics. At one point in time, he was the fastest man alive in the human race. Following his example, we too can win the race.

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