The Evolution of Super Heroes

© Original content written by James R. Carlson

Super Jesus

The comic book characters seen on TV and in the movies are very entertaining. We love stories of good guys beating up the bad guys. We love a victorious fight. We thrill at the sights and sounds of adventure and super powers. But in all of the fun, have you ever stopped to think about where these super guys came from?

Perhaps the most famous super hero is Super Man. He grew up on a planet far away from the earth called Krypton. His parents sent him to earth because their planet was disintegrating. And on earth he would experience power like no one else. This is all good fun and games but look beneath it all and there is something more to the story.

Evolution is supposed to have occurred on earth (never proven scientifically) and if here then why not there in outer space? Obviously, there would be no people on another planet without evolution so we find a hidden factor in this super hero’s story with the theory of evolution. And evolution has given us another type of super man.

A dark chapter in history was in the 20th century when the Nazis took over Germany politically and instituted the ideas of evolution in their country. The idea of ‘super men’ was that the Germans were the ‘master race’ of mankind. Granted, Super Man took on these ‘super men’ and defeated them WWII. But any notion of a super man harkens back to the ideas of evolution.

Turn then to other super heroes who through some accident of chemistry, medicine, bug bite, or radiation evolved to a higher plane of being. We find the Incredible Hulk, Captain America, the Fantastic Four, Spider Man, etc. all evolving due to some evolutionary effect on their body by these accidental forces. Evolution was once thought to have occurred by such random chance accidents that science hoped to discover. The science fiction of the early 20th century evolution has taken on new form with these super powered people.

The Omega Man was another evolutionary vision presented by Teilhard de Chardin in his book, The Phenomenon of Man. According to Chardin, evolution would continue to lead mankind into greater stages of development as we’re just passing through this stage. This idea has since found its way into popular science fiction with a different set of super heroes.

Recall the science fiction movie, Star Trek 1, where the captain of the enterprise (Kirk was an admiral then) was joined with V’Ger (Voyager 6) to bridge the separation between man and machine. The movie played on the idea of the creator, who is mankind, and the machine, man’s creation, to suggest that evolution would take form in the union of man and machine. Flying through space like the gods of mythology, the crew of Star Trek were in a sense super heroes.

Also witness the ‘force’ behind the Star Wars movies. This force supposedly came from the ‘midi-chlorians’ that reside in the cells of all living things. The word ‘midi-chlorians’ is derived from the mitochondria and chloroplasts that provide energy for animal and plant cells. These ‘midi-chlorians’ are supposed to have a symbiotic relationship with their living hosts. This idea came from the symbiotic theory of evolution, which says that long ago, separate bacteria joined together to form the mitochondria within cells. Again, these super heroes of space travel are a form of super hero based upon the ideas of evolution.

I admit to enjoying these types of movies and will probably see many more of them in the coming years. However, the dark side of these super people is that they are no match for the greatest super hero of them all – the Son of God, Jesus Christ. In fact, it may be possible for people to miss their opportunity to connect with this real super person by focusing on these lesser characters of myth and fiction.

Jesus was and is the Creator of the universe. He is the express image of God and the very person of God. He came to the earth in human form as Immanuel and lived with people only to die for them. He not only paid for the penalty of mankind’s sin, he rose from the dead like no other person before or since. He saved all of mankind with his sacrifice and gave us the forgiveness of sin, eternal life, His Holy Spirit, and much much more.

My prayer for you is that you find God leading you to faith in Jesus Christ. In Jesus, you can have a spirit transformation that is real; not a fictional evolution. You can grow in God’s goodness and grace and perform super human acts of kindness like forgiving your neighbor and loving your enemies. The Love of God is a powerful force that not only changes lives, it provides hope for a better tomorrow. There is so much that you will discover from the Truth of God’s Word about Jesus. Isn’t it time to put down the comic books and pick up the Bible?

Turn to the book of Revelations for starters and see the drama that unfolds therein. There is no story like it anywhere. John goes into the future to witness events in the last days; a vision of Jesus Christ. He writes them down and returns to the first century in Israel. We then read about the future from this book in the past from an eye witness. The visions in the book are technicolor beyond what cinema can portray. And there is a special blessing for reading this one particular book in the Bible (book of books). But there is more to discover in the rest of the Bible. Revelations is the last book in the Bible.

Super heroes can be fun toys to play with but God has a greater purpose in leading you to Jesus. He wants to make a super human out of you. The word ‘super’ means ‘above’. You can have super powers when you are led of the Holy Spirit, forgive others, share your faith, pray for the needs of people, etc. Living above the ordinary nature of mankind’s sin is what living the Christian life is all about.

So, while we have fun with these comic book characters, recognize the evolutionary origin that they went through and the perhaps subtle message that leads one away from God and the person of Jesus. The lingering myth of evolution is sure to move one away from God, the Creator – Jesus. Walking by faith in Jesus in your day to day life will make you a super hero in the eyes of God. And who knows what work of wonders awaits you as a servant of our Lord Jesus Christ.

How Evolution Really Works

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Evolution

Evolution is poorly understood, even by those who believe deeply in it. The truth is that evolution is not a process whereby species transform into new kinds of species. Instead, species adapt for their survival in various settings by simple mutations. Species transformation is a myth but species adaptation is a fact. These two types of ‘evolution’ have often been called macro evolution and micro evolution and they are not the same. More so, one does not lead to the other.

Most creationists, like myself, shy away from supporting anything to do with evolution. Evolution is typically couched in terms of species transformation, which creationists, again like me, reject entirely. However, most creationists accept species variation within a particular ‘kind’ (category of species) and accept the notion of micro evolution in principle. Yet again, most creationists do not choose to use the term ‘evolution’ in the ‘micro’ sense or any other sense.

Yet we need to be real with people. Evolution does occur for species variation within a particular kind of species. Dogs do not become cats, mice do not become men, etc.. Species transformation has never been witnessed in the present world or the past. It is all a fiction of the mind. Yet experimental science has been studying genetics for over 100 years; genetics is the modern term for micro evolution. And within this context we can examine evolution and its mechanisms.

So micro evolution functions on a scale of time that we can observe. We don’t need millions or billions of years to study its slow progress because it happens on a generational scale. Ernst Mayer even criticized Richard Dawkins for missing this difference between micro and macro evolution. Chance and genetics is not a function of macro evolution but one of micro evolution. The science of genetics (micro evolution) is one that can be studied. Theories can be falsified, tested, and data yields mathematical principles of science. However, this is not true for macro evolution, a theory that cannot be falsified, tested, or presented in real scientific terms.

A key point to observe among all the strife and debate is that there is a reality here. What that reality is, is hotly contested for many religious reasons – theistic and atheistic. Set aside religion for a moment and learn how the natural world really works and you should understand that when people confuse macro evolution with micro evolution, they usually turn genetics into species transformation, which genetics has never done. Species only mutate (genetics) in order to adapt to their surroundings for survival. This is a key point to remember. Those who miss it, miss it.

Darwin got some things right but one thing he got clearly wrong. He believed in species transformation and missed the discovery that was in his hand all along. What he got right is simple:

  1. Species do vary; we call it genetics.
  2. Natural selection is the means by which species vary in order to survive in hostile environments.
    1. Population dynamics (Malthus) describes one type of selection pressure.
    2. Biogeography (Alexander von Humboldt) describes two types of selection pressures.
      1. Climate
      2. Geography
  3. Descent with modification was Darwin’s explanation of the multiplied variety of species, which is another aspect of genetics.
    1. Evolution is an embryological term associated with the debunked idea of recapitulation. Associated with species transformation, it is actually an incorrect term to use. Herbert Spencer actually popularized this term, not Darwin.

I agree with these 3 aspects of Darwin’s explanation of the variation of the species. This presents us with a foundation for further genetic research and discovery. However, introducing the idea of species transformations, beyond genetic research, is debilitating to biological research.

Looking into the past, we can see the work of many researchers into both macro and micro evolution. Sifting through their work to dismiss the idea of species transformation, we may find insights into species mutations. In other words, we don’t have to throw out the baby with the bath water.

Francis Galton, Darwin’s cousin, disputed and refuted Darwin’s explanation of evolutionary mechanisms (gemmules) and presented his own explanation. Galton spoke of the laws of deviation and regression. (Karl Pearson later used Galton’s ideas to present the idea of a standard deviation.) However, in the day Galton presented it, deviation may refer to the many variations that species undergo randomly whereas regression is the artificial norm established within the various settings based upon selection pressures to provide a species with adaptation for survival. There is no standard regression to a new norm but this is a possible mechanism of natural selection.

Herbert Spencer spoke of things like the ‘survival of the fittest’ but thought this was a mechanism for species transformation. Instead, species do survive for being the fittest according to natural selection in various environments. The mechanism is genetic adaptation not transformation. Survival of the fittest was not Darwin’s term but it has merit for genetic research.

Seawall Wright spoke of a fitness landscape where species ascend upwards. However, he apparently dismissed Darwin’s perspective that species descend with modification. Instead of starting at the bottom of the ‘landscape’, species should be represented as starting at the top and descend downwards through genetic mutation. This leads to further research in terms of genetic optimization in the earliest parent group (created design). This might be a means of discovery for treatments of disease and other health problems.

Each of these examples shows a misunderstanding of reality on the part of key evolutionists. If only they could accept the limits of evolution as species adaptation for survival, not transformation, they would hold both lock and key in the same hand. Sadly, their religious bias against God prevents them from real discovery. I encourage more research into micro evolution – genetics. The promise is great for the future of mankind.

Instructions from The Father to His Son

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Child of the Father

We celebrate Christmas as the season of remembering the birth of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. We relish the image of a baby in a manger wrapped in swaddling clothes. But we spend little time thinking about Jesus as a little boy growing up under the care of his mother and father. Apart from myth, there is little in the Bible that tells us of how he was raised. However, we do have a glimpse into how His Heavenly Father, God, trained him while Jesus was young.

We find a brief account of Jesus as a young boy in the New Testament book of Luke that gives us insight into his upbringing.

41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.

42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.

43 And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.

44 But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.

45 And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.

46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.

47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.

48 And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.

49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?

50 And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.

51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.

52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

[Luke 2:41-52 KJV]

Jesus, as a boy, recognized his duty to be subject to Mary and Joseph but at the age of 12; but he also recognized that he was the Son of God and had a duty to His Heavenly Father. This led him to answer his earthly parents saying that he was about his Father’s business. Obedience to his Father in Heaven was first on his mind. As the 5th commandment tells us, Jesus was subject to his earthly parents (although Joseph was only a step-father) and this was in fulfillment of the Law of Moses.

Reading and understanding the Word of God was a part of the Father’s business with Jesus. He was learning and discussing what he learned with those who had a ‘learned’ position within Judaism in the city of Jerusalem. He was able to convey his understanding and reach out to understand more. The idea that Jesus as a pre-teen would seek Biblical knowledge and wisdom speaks of the training he received from his Heavenly Father.

It is no stretch of the imagination to understand that Jesus’ Father would use the book that He wrote, the Hebrew Bible, to teach His Son with. Jesus had many lessons to learn from this textbook of the Bible before entering into his earthly ministry and fulfill his Father’s Will. Just as we have lessons to learn that prepare us for the purpose God has in our life and ministry, Jesus had to learn these lessons as well. Any loving Father will train and discipline their children so that they may grow to their full potential.

Take for example the story of Sampson and Delila in the Bible. If Jesus were to enjoy the pleasures of the flesh, he would find his eyes blinded and led to serve at satan’s mill for an eternity. If like Esau, Jesus took hold of the pleasures of the flesh instead of the inheritance God gave him, he would lose the position he had with God and His Kingdom although he would bitterly seek it all his life. And like Adam, if Jesus disobeyed the Will of God and took hold of the carnal knowledge of good and evil, Jesus would be rejected out of paradise and left to suffer the thorns of labor all his days.

There are so many stories that can be counted as lessons from the Father God to His Son. All of them are stories of God’s love for His Son that prepared him for his ministry and ultimately for the Cross. While these lessons not only applied to Jesus but to ourselves as well, let us look into the greatest challenge Jesus would ever face – the crucifixion.

Jesus was led by the Father to a water baptism with John the Baptist before the Holy Spirit came upon him. Then, led by the Spirit, Jesus raised several people from the dead during his earthly ministry. Jesus even raised Lazarus from the dead after he had been in the tomb 4 days. Jesus foretold of his death and that he would raise from the dead after 3 days. The experience the Son gained from obedience to the Father, led by the Holy Spirit, helped Jesus understand that his death on the Cross would not be his end. This all led to Jesus being able to trust the Father and obey His Will to suffer the death of the Cross.

We can draw from the lesson book that God gave to Jesus, the Bible, many lessons that apply to us as well. The truth of God’s Word is timeless and endures to all generations. Looking into the curriculum that Jesus had from his Heavenly Father gives us a glimpse into Jesus the man who was also God, prepared to take on the sins of mankind so we could be forgiven by the Father.

There is more to this story than meets the eye. Trusting God, being led by the Holy Spirit, obedience to the Father by faith in His Son Jesus Christ, are only the beginning of a life well lived. Truly, we are children of God the Father by trusting in the Cross of Jesus Christ. How wonderful it is for us that Jesus was an obedient Son, obedient even to the point of death.

Pray this prayer to become a child of God.

God of heaven, I believe in Jesus Christ who died on the Cross for me. I believe that he paid for the penalty of my sin, which I admit I have done. I ask for your forgiveness of my sin and thank you for your love. 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!

Love Is the Gift of Christmas

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Christmas Love

We have often heard of the passage in the New Testament book of 1 Corinthians that speaks of the power and primacy of love. The eternal blessing God has given to us through His Son Jesus Christ is a gift of love. This gift of love was first given to us on the day we celebrate Christmas.

8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.

10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

[1 Corinthians 13:8-10 KJV]

What is that which is perfect? It is the love of God given through His Son Jesus Christ.

11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

[1 Corinthians 13:11-13]

We know in part, we see in part but when we see Jesus, we will know as we are known. How are we known – by the love of God. We are not seeing things clearly not but God really loves us!

Our knowledge of things on earth is only an imperfect picture of God’s love. Our picture of knowledge, when we’re in heaven, will be the face of God, from which all things are seen with perfect clarity. We can learn now that love is the foundation of creation and of salvation and everything in between. There is nothing that God has given to us that is without His Spirit of Love – God is Love!

This Christmas, let’s celebrate the Love of God, who gave His only begotten Son, not just on the day of his birth but on the Cross through which he triumphed over our sin. We have God’s love in us when we accept God’s forgiveness of sin through the work of Jesus on the Cross. When you ask Jesus into your heart, to forgive your sin, and to renew your fellowship with God, you will experience the joy of Christmas, now and forevermore.

Celebrate the spirit of Christmas.

Celebrate the love of God.

Celebrate Jesus in your life.

The Media Doesn’t Have a Clue

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Media vs Trump

America’s Media, tabloid journalism gone professional, lost the recent election when Donald Trump became President. They wanted Hilary Clinton to be President and have been so upset that they couldn’t manipulate the outcome of the election that they persistently blame the Russians for influencing the outcome of the elections more than themselves. At the end of the day, the media is not aware of the way Trump won the election; they simply have no clue!

Trump did not campaign in a traditional manner throughout the Republican Primary. The traditional candidates bristled against him for his non-traditional manners. He repeatedly went past them to those voters in America who would not be called Republican or Democrat. Trump ran in the Primary as an independent candidate for the Republican nomination. This is the first fact of his campaign that the media doesn’t understand.

After winning the Republican nomination, Trump ran a campaign to get the Republican base to support him, after all the rhetoric was settled. Mike Pence was chosen to be his running mate to consolidate the GOP around Trump. Pence is the professional, traditional, conservative element in the Trump campaign that secured the Republican vote for the general election. Trump’s reach to the right with Pence may have also caused concern with the ‘liberal’ media but not with the American people.

At the outset, Clinton had an uphill battle against her and her husband’s political baggage. The ability she had to reach the independent voter was marred from the beginning. Trump, who campaigned for the independent voter before the general election, was already amassing new voters in the GOP for the primaries and general election. Clinton was behind from the beginning while Trump had the advantage; and Clinton never caught up. This is the big reason why she lost; and the medias doesn’t get it.

The fact of any election is that there are usually 3 candidates in a race: Republicans, Democrats, and the Media. The two major parties usually have candidates in all races down the ballot. We all understand that people typically vote for party candidates or for candidates independent of party ties. To win an election, one must get their Party’s base vote (~33%) and a majority of the independent vote (~17%) to get a majority of the vote (50%+1 vote). The Media typically represents neither of the major parties but they consistently represent the independent voter. Like Clinton, the Media didn’t realize that Trump was ahead of them during the general election in reaching out to the independent voter.

Trump won the presidential campaign because of his non-traditional reach to average Americans who have no party affiliation. And when the Media continually berates Trump for his non-traditional behavior, they are undermining their ability to influence the independent voter. In fact, they insult the independent voter of Trump with their fake news and attacks. Attacking Trump means attacking the independent voter, who is the deciding vote in any election.

It wasn’t the Russians who caused Hilary to lose the election, they lost it themselves because Trump reached out to the independent voter before they did. Democrats like the Media, are undermining themselves the more the compete against Trump. Republicans run the risk of losing elections if they dismiss themselves against him because they also need the independent voter to win elections. Although one may disagree with Trump’s manners, Republicans should agree with Making America Great Again, with lowering taxes, with common sense government. Finding something to agree with Trump on means winning the midterm elections in Washington.

It will take another election cycle for the Media to understand that this is not a populist movement, this is an American President who has reached out to the American People in terms they understand. Political correctness ends at the door of the independent voter. The more people in the Media and elsewhere try to fit Trump into a traditional box the more they find they will fail. They simply don’t have a clue!

Contraception is Not a Civil Right

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The States of Pennsylvania, California, Delaware, Maryland, New York, and Virginia are teaming up to sue the Trump administration’s policy on defunding contraception. They are claiming that the burden to pay for these services will fall upon them if the federal government does not pay for them. The trouble, however, is not a lack of funding but a lack of perspective. The government should not facilitate contraception at any level, which is what these State’s Attorneys General are asking for; contraception is not a Civil Right.

According to constitutional principles, the government is supposed to provide for Civil Rights. Civil Rights are those areas of responsibility where the government should facilitate what We the People cannot do on our own. The right to vote has no meaning if the government doesn’t facilitate a polling place where we can register our vote; this is something we cannot do on our own. Contraception, although not illegal, is not something the Constitution says the government should facilitate. Again, contraception is not a Civil Right.

Civil liberties are the joint responsibility of the People and the government. People facilitate their own liberties whereas the government protects them by law. Contraception is a freedom that people have in America that is protected by the law but that does not mean it is something the law should facilitate. These State’s Attorneys General are not approaching this issue correctly as they are defending civil liberties in terms of civil rights. There is no legal foundation for their complaint as such.

Let’s review the issue of the Separation of Church and State. Ideally, the government should be based upon the second tablet of the Ten Commandments and not both tablets (please see earlier blogs on this subject). As such we have religious freedoms (first tablet) and civil freedoms (second table), which may also be called civil liberties. According to the original Christian rationalist perspective of separation, the government is to base law upon moral principles (even Biblical ones). And where there is no right to do what is wrong, there is a right to do what is right.

Unfortunately, the culture wars of our nation are perverting the judgment of our Courts to extend the idea of civil liberties into areas of immoral behavior. The ACLU has championed the notion of immorality as a civil liberty for decades. Yet, they do not support the idea of the freedom to do what is right. Those who bake cakes are penalized for following their conscience when it comes to moral issues. The people who follow morality and righteous lifestyles are penalized for doing so.

The patriots back in 1776 stood for the right of self-determination or the right of self-government. However, that was not in the modern context where people argue for the freedom to do what is wrong. They were standing for the freedom to do what is right! What does the government have to say with people who are already doing what they’re supposed to do in the eyes of God?! Standing up for what is right, doing what is right, is what self-governance is all about!

Clearly the culture wars will continue without abatement and the left wing of society who rationalize away mores and morality will find a way to convince the Courts to share their dogma. However, we are losing our freedoms to do what is right and follow our conscience before God. This is what religious freedom was once all about. Now, with atheism and secularism dominating the Courts, we are in jeopardy of losing these freedoms and liberties.

Although recent court cases have decided in favor of those arguing for religious freedom, this is a case more for civil freedoms and liberties not religious freedoms. Now, civil liberties (freedoms) are being opposed by false claims of civil rights. People should be free, have liberty, to do what is right. The culture wars will continue until we get this right.

Cookoo over Coco – Another Unholy Day

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Coco

Disney has produced and is ready to release a new movie that highlights aspects of Halloween for the Holiday of Thanksgiving. Giving God thanks during this holiday season is replaced with a mistaken idea of another holiday – the Day of the Dead. Here once again, the dark spirit of Halloween is invading the Holy Days of the holiday season.

The idea of All Hallows Eve, now called Halloween, was a day of preparation just before the Day of the Dead. The Days of the Dead were observed from 31 October to 2 November, with Halloween starting the season on 31 October, All Saints Day following on 1 November, and All Souls Day or the Day of the Dead wrapping it up on 2 November. Disney has decided to extend this holiday season by a few weeks into the Thanksgiving season. In effect they have taken the darkness that surrounds the modern activities of Halloween and put them in the middle of Thanksgiving.

Coco is a movie where a child returns to his ancestors to visit them. However, they are all dead and only their skeletons remain. Ancient Latin American cultures have taken pagan festivals and ‘Christianized’ them to include having meals with their dead relatives whose bones sit at the table with them. This is the foundation for the movie Coco but it is not a tradition that serves a Holy God. God has clearly stated we are not to talk with the dead or touch that which is unclean.

The idea behind the original Christian celebration called the Day of the Dead was to commemorate those who lived before us who gave us our rich culture and heritage. To remember the lessons of the past and pass them on to the next generation is a good thing. The idea of taking the bones of dead people, touching them and talking to them is indeed a tradition born of a dark spirit that need not be propagated by Disney for children.

The idea of Thanksgiving is the simple idea of giving God thanks for his provision in our lives. Thanksgiving is a Christian Holy Day (holiday) that commemorates the blessings of heaven in the lives of believers of Jesus Christ. Thanksgiving was celebrated by Hispanics of the Latin (Catholic) tradition in El Paso years before it was celebrated by Protestant Pilgrims in New England. It is a rich tradition of giving God praise for the wonderful works he has done. This is the spirit of light that should permeate All Hallows Eve, the Day of the Dead, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. But it is being perverted by a dark spirit of Halloween.

One may pass on judging the movie but one cannot pass on seeing the light. A spirit of darkness is seeking to cloud the Holiness of the Holidays by adding the evil aspects of a perverted tradition that came from a modern Halloween spirit. This dark spirit need only be confronted by the spirit of light found in the Holy Spirit of God. This Holy Spirit of light tells us of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who came to earth to forgive us of our sin and lead us into a new life of light and holy love. Please remember to share the light with family and friends on the holidays and pray that God will help us keep the Holidays Holy.

Modern Health Care – Medicine Without Charity

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Charity Care

The profession of medicine has developed over many centuries with the growth of science and religion providing a foundation for modern medical miracles. The ancient ideas of medicine have been replaced by more empirical methods that diagnose illnesses and treat patients with practical remedies. And the idea of medicine as a charity stems from the idea of the Love (charity) of God for the benefit of one’s fellow man. With a misguided application of false charity by the government in the realm of medicine, the idea of charity in medicine is slowly being discarded in favor of big business. This has created a situation where the public health is threatened and the true ministry of medicine is all but lost.

We’ve recently seen how veteran’s health care has diminished when it comes to what is considered a treatable health problem. Given the limited resources provided by socialized medicine for veterans (government run health care), and the increasing number of veterans demanding health care without an equal increase in health care providers, the more the higher the thresholds will become before a person can be treated by doctors. It is simple math; you simply cannot do more with limited resources.

The idea of government run medicine treating people’s illnesses is as old as the progressive movement in the 1930’s. As a social gospel, the idea of charitable medicine stems from the idea of government run charities serving the public health; a proposal that is beyond constitutional boundaries. The old idea of the separation of church and state once prevented states from taxing people for charitable contributions to fund public ministries. Whereas the government was not supposed to be in the business of tax funded charities or ministries, that has turned around through the New Deal and now the government is funding national charities to aid in the business of medicine. This, however, has backfired and is not providing any real charitable support for people.

The idea of getting government out of religion in the 18th century was to help religion flourish without government intrusion. Keeping the government out of people’s religious decisions and the charitable contributions they might make helped to make people more likely to be charitable with their giving. The idea of charitable medicine being applied to the health of the poor was a Christian goal throughout the United States in the 19th century. That goal, however, has been high jacked by progressives in the 20th century who seek to fund government charities for health care at the expense of killing real charity.

The medical profession itself used to require its doctors to provide free health care to people for a period of time each year (one month per se). When Medicare and Medicaid came along in the 1960s, the free care that was provided by doctors was being paid by the government through tax payer dollars. The care provided by doctors to the poor didn’t change, only the money distributed to them; doctors were being paid for their charity. Now, medicine is big business and the idea of charity without taxation in the realm of medicine is all but lost. Medical charity has suffered at the hands of forced charity by state funding through taxation; again, a violation of the separation of church and state.

Not only has real charity gone down, but the cost of health care has gone up due to the idea of funding medicine by government charity; again, paid by taxpayers without any free will giving or freedom to not give. Now, the cost of medicine has skyrocketed. Hospitals, once funded by the government, charge more for their health care due to the fact that they are required by law to support the poor and indigent. Go to a lab at a hospital and to one at a private facility and the hospital will charge more for the same procedure to cover their charitable costs to other patients. Hospitals are not providing more charity, they are simply passing the cost onto the average consumer.

While the threshold for health care is raising for veterans across the country, it is lowering for the rest of the country. New standards are requiring people to get colonoscopies, high blood pressure medicine, and other procedures and medicines that raise the potential income of doctors, pharmacies, and the medical industry. A key business practice in marketing any product or service is to show how that product or service can be used for other needs. Providing new medical standards that lower the threshold for the level of health care one needs means more money for big business and charity is nowhere to be found.

The growth of medicine as a big business in America is directly related to the lack of real Christian charity in the ministry of medicine and the advent of a pseudo-Christian ministry of government run health care. Real charity is lost in government run medicine. Standards are lowered for those who suffer under socialized medicine, the idea of charity by medical professionals is now being funded by taxpayer dollars, and the rise of big business is creating reduced standards of health care to increase profit margins. Medical care needs to return to its foundations of providing for the needs of people regardless of the cost; for the benefit of the patient and not the stock holder. To do this, we must first get big government out of the big business of medicine so that charity through medicine can flourish again in America.

Two Texans in Two World Wars

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Recently, I have been focused on finishing a book about two Texans whom I admire deeply. Two years of research has finally produced the story of two Texans (my dad and his uncle) as they served our country during two world wars. Their story is a family history, a history that is yours as well. The American family has a heritage that we all share. And walking in their footsteps helps us relive the past and prepare for the future.

John Emil Carlson and John Benton Carlson both grew up in the Swedish community in Central Texas where they learned the love of God and Country through their family and Church. They both grew up on a farm and learned the value of hard work; and when their country called upon them, they both served their country with honor.

The story of WWI was one of average Americans called to serve their country in a time of crisis. Like thousands of others, John E. Carlson answered the call of duty and fought overseas. His journey with the 90th Infantry Division on the Western Front in France as a light machine gunner shows the courage of the men who fought on the front lines. They won the war and afterwards, with the Occupation of Germany, they also won the peace.

The story of WWII is in part a continuation of the first world war. The second world war was begun by a German corporal who lost his fight in WWI. After Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, America went to war again. In WWII John B Carlson answered the call of duty, like his uncle before him, and prepared to fight in the Invasion of Japan. However, two nuclear bombs ended the war and Carlson served in the Occupation of Japan instead.

This is their story.

Challenge the Darkness

© Original content written by James R. Carlson

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Ghouls in Christmas Attire (Walgreens)

The holiday of All Hallows Eve has been taken over by a spirit of darkness to the point that we no longer regard those who lived before us; celebrating the achievements of people in the past is what Halloween was originally supposed to be. Now, the Day of the Dead is about death and corpses. This dark spirit no longer resides in just one holiday as it is trying to invade the Christmas season. It’s time we invade the darkness with the Gospel of Jesus Christ during each and every holiday.

The idea of Christmas or any other festival being a holy day is what a ‘holiday’ means. Christmas, however, was taken over by commercial interests nearly a century ago and making money seems to be more important than celebrating God – a holiday. Choosing where you shop this holiday season may be as simple as noting who is celebrating what.

At Walgreens I was shocked to see the Nightmare Before Christmas display with Halloween creatures dressed in seasonal garb. Although the mid-90s movie tried to convey an image of importing Christmas into Halloween, the reverse is true with this display. As we saw Frankenstein last year carry the dark spirit or horror movies into the Christmas season, here again we are witnessing the invasion of Christmas by the spirit of Halloween.

The 31st of October is a special day to remember Martin Luther who began the Protestant Reformation 500 years ago. In keeping with his legacy of bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to people bound by needless religious ritual, I decided that I would invade the darkness by passing out Gospel Tracts to children this year. I had a few on hand (next year I’ll buy more) and I handed them out with the candy that I gave to the children. In this way, the kids had fun and could learn of the Love of God.

This year, I plan on sending out Gospel Christmas Cards to family and friends. As commercialism and Halloween’s dead spirit are seeking to dominate the Christmas season, we need to remind people what Christmas is all about. The Cross of Christ could not happen without the Birth of Christ; God’s Son was given to us on Christmas day so he could free us from sin on Good Friday during Easter. No skeletons, no Santa, no bunny rabbits, just the pure Gospel of Jesus Christ. That’s what Halloween, Christmas, and Easter are supposed to be about. Please remember to keep the holidays Holy.