Of course not! Fraud! Invasive burial! Weird dinosaurs that have feet similar-looking to that of modern humans!
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If you haven’t heard of Joseph Campbell, chances are you have nevertheless experienced his influence; George Lucas has stated that Campbell’s book Hero with a Thousand Faces was one of the primary inspirations for his Star Wars movies.
Here are two articles about Joseph Campbell, and where he gets it wrong:
Christ is risen!
So the SCOTUS looks bound and determined to make “same-sex marriage” the law of the land. First, they appear ready to strike down California’s Proposition 8, while paradoxically striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) because “it interferes with states’ rights to define marriage for themselves”.
I maintain that there is no such thing as “same-sex marriage”, since marriage, by definition, is a heterosexual union, just like apple pie, by definition, contains apples.
I would like to digress a bit and point out an error I sometimes see people make: CA’s Prop 8 did not “ban” same-sex marriage. No same-sex couple that hires a pastor in CA and has a ceremony performed, and puts it out that they are married, is going to go to jail.
In any case, what disturbs me most about all this nonsense is that there are Christians who feel it is their duty to heap scorn on their brothers and sisters in Christ who deny the preposterous notion that two men (or women) can get married to each other. These self-righteous chumps think that they are somehow honoring God by defending the “right” of a man to stick his thingy up another guy’s butt. I’m sorry, but you’re wrong, and you’re wrong. The plain reading of Scripture is that marriage was instituted by God as a heterosexual union for the purposes of companionship and procreation (“It is not good for the man to be alone”; “be fruitful and multiply”), full stop. There are no penumbras or debatable passages on this.
At the same time, I’m annoyed by Christians who–in a very pagan move, indeed–insist that only government recognition can make a marriage legitimate. Flapdoodle. The state can declare that only same-sex marriages are now legal, and that heterosexual marriages are illegal, and the heterosexual marriage would still be legitimate, and the same-sex marriage illegitimate. Government has no place regulating a God-ordained institution.
This guy for the most part gets it, especially with his closing paragraph:
There is no rescue from the self-deception of sin except for the salvation that is ours in Jesus Christ. While doing everything else required of us in this challenge, the faithful church must center its energies on the one thing that we know we must do above all else — preach, teach, and live the gospel of Jesus Christ.
One other thing I’d like to point out: the purpose of this drive to legalize “same-sex marriage” is not to establish “marriage equality”. It is, rather, to destroy the meaning of the word “marriage”. It’s a very Orwellian move, a grab for power, because once words have no meaning, then information cannot be transmitted, and people are more easily controlled.
Plus, there is the future potential that legislation that legalizes same-sex marriage will result in a limiting of religious freedom. Consider, for example, what Denmark did last year. Don’t think it can’t happen here…
Someone commented recently that the “rapture/escape teaching does more to dishearten believers than any ploy the world the flesh or the devil might devise.” Yeah!!! wait…what? ”The world, the flesh, and the devil” aren’t as effective as Scriptural teaching in disheartening believers? Because the “rapture/escape teaching” is derived from Scripture, not from philosophy or theology. Oh, that’s right, I forgot; all the promises relating to Christ’s second coming have already been fulfilled by the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70, which is why we’ve not had wars since then, and the Church has been triumphant from that day to this, and everyone in the world is a follower of The Way. Oh, that hasn’t happened, either, has it? In fact, things seem to be getting very much worse. So…either the Preterist Jesus is a liar, or he’s too weak to fulfill the promises he made, or he’s not even real. Here’s the hope the Preterist Jesus offers: ”Find a happy place in your head, and go there. Because I’m not coming back. Don’t look for me; look to yourselves, and enjoy the kingdom of God that I promised to build after my return to earth. Because, you know, I already came back in A.D. 70 with the Romans when they destroyed Jerusalem. All that nonsense in John’s book of Revelation about half the world’s population dying from war, famine, and disease were fulfilled by the destruction of a single city. The Millenium is now.”
Quite frankly, any doctrinal scheme or theory which depends for its very life on assigning a particular date (or date range) to the composition of a NT book should be dismissed out of hand on that basis alone. [Note: dating related to establishing first century human authorship is quite a different (legitimate) matter than that of dating related to establishing some doctrinal scheme or theory.] In total contrast, recognizing, heeding, taking to heart the Futurism of the book of Revelation, does not depend at all on whether it was composed at some particular pre or post-70AD date; rather, Futurism is based on a genuinely plain, normal, literal interpretation of “the words of the prophecy of this book” (with all due allowance for genuine figures of speech and symbols)—in accord with the vast connected whole of God’s prophetic truth (2 Pet. 1:20). Preterism, however, depends for its very life, not only on the particular date (pre-70AD) which it conveniently, arbitrarily, and groundlessly assigns to the book of Revelation, but also on its departure from a genuinely plain, normal, literal interpretation of “the words of the prophecy of this book,” a scheme which is inherently forced to mysticalize/alchemize the God-breathed book itself—in isolation from the vast connected whole of God’s prophetic truth.
I prefer to keep my eyes on Christ, and on His return, which is what Scriptures say we should do.
I followed a link posted by a member of the face book page “Creationism”. Good stuff.
Everything that I have seen presented as evidence of deep time by secularists falls into the same pattern. First, observe some current phenomenon, such as the number of craters on the moon, the amount of salt in the oceans, the movement of the continents or the Grand Canyon. Second, carefully observe how the phenomenon is acting now or in the near past. Third, assume both deep time and uniformitarianism. Apply deep time and uniformitarianism to the current phenomenon. Fourth, claim that the current rate of the phenomenon is proof of deep time and uniformitarianism.
“The ability to improve the precision of the CMB measurements is not nearly as important as the ability to recognize the importance of assumptions in interpreting the data. Creation scientists are quite open about their presuppositions, while many evolution scientists refuse to admit that they even have starting assumptions.”