Why the title?

"Pioneers take the arrows"

Oh, wait. I should be upbeat and taking arrows doesn't sound like an upbeat thing to say.

So, let me amend that statement.

It was courage and vision that led the pioneers to leave behind a comfortable, settled life and trek West to begin a new life in a new place. Many of those from the East that went West found a strength within themselves that they didn't see while they were in their old life. Instead of being one of those that just kind of went along with the others in the old life, they became leaders and visionaries in their new lives.

The sentiments of that last paragraph come from a favorite author, Louis L'Amour, in many of his books. So, I can't really say that it is an original thought from me. However, what he said is truthful.

Welcome to being a pioneer. Look ahead and ignore the "barking dogs" that give you negative opinions and comments. Louis L'Amour also spoke of the barking dogs.

In some of his stories, it was usually a father or older man telling a young boy how it was that when the Westward bound Conestoga wagons rolled through towns, the dogs came out to bark at them. His character then told the young listener that the barking didn't stop the wagons from going on to their destinations.

Following the advice of the Louis L'Amour characters, may we all forge ahead with our plans, after carefully considering all consequences and leave the "barkers" behind.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Reaffirming Beliefs

The last two evenings, I’ve again watched episodes of The Truth Project. Last night, I watched two episodes making up one lesson that was in regards to science. This evening, the lesson was about history.

In the episodes about science, the lessons examined the statements of Darwin himself about his theory of evolution, The Origin of the Species. They went on to explain that there has never been evidence presented that confirmed evolution. In fact, evidence was presented that showed that Darwin’s own statements spoke of what would possibly destroy his theory.

One was the examination of the basis of the cell and how its structure and processes are evidence not of chance, but of intelligent design. The series showed computer animation of those processes and to watch them was to learn that there is no way that “chance” had a factor in them.

Darwin also mentioned that if there was no discovery of “transitional” creature’s fossil remains, then his theory would break down. He defended his theory at the time (1859) that no fossil remains had been found because there just hadn’t been enough time to find those remains. Yet, scientists today are saying that there are still no fossil remains, and any attempts to present a “creature” as a transitional one has been proven to be hoaxes. Piltdown Man is one of those.

The lessons also touched upon what the elements of science are; that they are first a hypothesis, then a theory, and then after much experimentation and proof, there is the scientific law. Yet proponents of evolution, primarily humanists, speak of Darwin’s theory as “fact” and are afraid to use the much stronger word of “law” of science. This is believed to be so because they are unable to prove their own theories.

To be honest, the above 4 paragraphs cannot even begin to touch on all of the points brought out in that two hours of The Truth Project’s discussion of science. And, my memory is not good enough to fill in the blanks. It is a hope of mine that at some time, I will be able to share this video series with others, perhaps in the form of a study of biblical subjects and proving that the Bible is correct.

This evening’s lesson on history touched upon the danger we face today with those who would revise our history in a way to leave out God. An example is in the document of The Mayflower Charter. The series showed that modern texts in schools show the beginning words of that charter, but leave out all the references as to how the settlement of America was to be for the glory of God.

The lesson showed how it is that if “historians” leave out pertinent information, then our descendants will lack the true perspective of history, thus rewriting history for the future. As an example, the president of Iran has said numerous times that the Holocaust never happened. While many of us today could very well travel to those terrible camps and actually see where human beings clawed at the concrete and stone walls while being exterminated, the youth of Iran and other Muslim nations may very well believe that it was a hoax.

Thus, generations to come could very well grow up with a wrong understanding of history. This is not a new phenomenon. One can go back to the Garden of Eden to find an example of “historical revisionism” that is put forth by Satan. From Genesis 3: 4-5:

4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

5 for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as God, knowing good and evil.”

After Christ was released from the tomb, the soldiers left to guard it went to the Hebrew priests and told their story. But the priests paid them off and told them to tell others that Christ’s disciples carried him away in the night while the guards slept.

To this day, I suspect that the lies purposely proposed by those early priests are probably uttered today. Why else would it be that the Jewish religion does not recognize Jesus Christ as the Messiah?

While I did not view the exchange on MSNBC with Chris Matthews, I read about it later. In that exchange of dialogue between Chris Matthews and the chairman of the Republican Party, Matthews wanted to know whether anyone on the right could have a meaningful and intelligent discussion about evolution, and he asked the Republican Party chairman whether any of the Republican candidates could even discuss such a thing. Sadly, the chairman of the Republican Party had nothing to say and rightfully so, as I doubt if he really knows the beliefs of all the candidates.

However, Matthews is one of those that constantly bring up topics in which he falsely accuses conservatives and Republicans. Another who has been devious was a fellow MSNBC host by the name of Ed Shultz. Shultz took an audio clip of Rick Perry talking about that “big, black cloud; that debt hanging over America” and cut it off after the words “big, black cloud” and presented it as Rick Perry being racist.

Fortunately, his audio editing skills are so terrible that he was called out about it and he had to issue a retraction, but he merely called it a “mistake” instead of saying that it was intentionally done so as to cast Rick Perry as a racist.

We all must be cautious of what we hear and read. There are those today who are actively engaged in historical revisionism. That is why it has been said that history may not be truly accurate until future historians who did not live in these times actually look at what was said and done and report it factually and without bias.

We must also be careful to observe and see for ourselves what it is that the biased media and politicians DON’T say. Has anyone heard of the media talking about Obama’s calling for the ousting of the Libyan leader? (Sorry, I don’t know the correct spelling for that leader’s name.)

If the media has been so blatant in their criticism of Republicans and their actions in being involved with wars and overthrowing despotic leaders, why are they ignoring Obama’s actions? To me, they are trying to write history as they go along.

Wrestling with reality.


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