Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | September 18, 2019

After the Storm

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Last week a storm of wind and rain hit while we were camping. The next morning I was surprised to see what the storm had done to the easy-up canopy pictured here.

The day before it had looked good — well-staked with taut guy ropes and a properly-stretched canopy. But the wind and rain destroyed it, despite all the stakes holding firm. The metal skeleton was bent and twisted beyond reclamation by the storm.

It brought to mind these words of Jesus, at the end of what is known as the Sermon on the Mount:
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.” (Matthew 7:24-27)

The key is to both hear the words of Jesus and to act on them. Hearing alone is insufficient.

The wind and rain destroyed the pictured easy-up, just as the storms of life will destroy one who does not act on the words of Jesus.

Right before concluding the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus had said this:
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’” (Matthew 7:21-23)

Hearing and acting on the words of Jesus includes hearing and acting on these alarming words. Obedience to the will of God is essential.
But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. (James 1:22)

Questions to Ponder

1. What specific words of Jesus do you need to obey today without delay?
2. Whose life has inspired you by how they trusted God and obeyed through a life-storm?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria. Alere Flammam Veritatis.

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Wednesday September 18, 2019 A.D.

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock.”. (Matthew 7:24)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | September 11, 2019

The Truth About Lies

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Recently in Lies & Truth I discussed the most common sin people commit against each other — lying. I referenced research studies reporting that most people encounter almost 200 lies daily — with 10 being significant, damaging lies.

Lies & Truth focused on lies we tell to other people without mentioning lies we tell ourselves. John, a regular reader of the blog, identified those lies in this perceptive comment:

It seems counter-intuitive, but we lie to ourselves, and I suspect that most lie to themselves more than they lie to others. Perhaps we tell 99 lies to ourselves before we tell one lie to another! Hyperbole? Of course it is. Perhaps I should have said man lies to himself 199 times before he tells one lie to another.

Every act of pride is the result of the prideful one lying to his/her self. Pride in yourself is typically stealing glory from God; being proud of self and not crediting God is a lie to self. Scripture teaches that we are aware that we are going to sin before we commit a sin. When we commit the sin anyway, and tell ourselves that “it’s not a sin, there will be no consequences,” we lie to ourselves.

How many times does a man or woman lie to themselves while standing in front of the mirror primping and preening? I only know my own mind, and I know that when I’m not guarding my heart and my mind how I can so easily lie to myself. We don’t have to know the mind of another to know they lie to themselves too. We can observe it. Their actions reveal that they are lying to themselves. Observe an NFL receiver make a great catch, pick up a critical 1st down, and then watch how he will carry on, displaying for the fans his most immediate lie about what he thinks of his status in the world (his self image). We see politicians, entertainers, children, and just about every category of human beings expressing themselves similarly for their own reasons.

It’s not surprising that the same wicked flesh that so easily lies to others will be just as inclined to lie to itself.

John clearly identified a major area of deceit — lying to ourselves.

Mankind’s most prevalent self-lies involve pride and personal justification. With pride we claim credit that belongs to God alone. We give all kinds of excuses to justify our actions and deny sin.
If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.
(1 John 1:8)

How Do You Stop Lying to Yourself?

This is a tricky issue, because often we don’t even realize we are lying to ourselves, especially after years of repeatedly lying to oneself. But there are several effective strategies that can help: humility and truth.

Humility

Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight! (Isaiah 5:21)

Pride always involves a lie — to oneself. Every possession, ability, and asset is a gift from the Great Creator.
For who regards you as superior? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?
(1 Corinthians 4:7)
For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
(Galatians 6:3)

Humility involves recognizing our dependence on the Great Creator. It is an attitude of acknowledging the Lord God Almighty as the Creator, Ruler, and Sustainer of the whole universe, including our particular person. Humility involves an attitude of thankfulness to the Great Creator for everything we have, for every breath we take, for every bite of food, for every moment we live.

Exposure to Truth

God’s Word is an antidote for self-deception. Scripture can be a check on lying to oneself. The truths of God’s Word can judge one’s inner thoughts, distinguishing between lies and truth, between right and wrong.
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

Soaking oneself in Biblical truth can help prevent the natural human tendency to justify sin. Jesus equated Truth with God’s Word. He linked the process of sanctification (set apart to be made righteous) with immersion in God’s Word. Praying to God the Father on behalf of His disciples, He said,
Sanctify them in the truth; Thy word is truth. (John 17:17)

In the most extreme danger, on trial for His life, Jesus of Nazareth asserted a powerful truth claim as He testified before Pilate:
For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” (John 18:37)

The Apostle Paul refers to the process as “washing with the Word.” (Ephesians 5:26) The basic idea is that we are progressively made more righteous through the cleansing action of God’s Word.

This verse proclaims the totality of God’s Word to be Truth:
The sum of Thy word is truth, and every one of Thy righteous ordinances is everlasting. (Psalm 119:160)

How do we “soap” ourselves with the Word? We do this by listening to the Word, reading the Word, studying the Word, memorizing the Word, and meditating on the Word. Delight yourself in the Word. “Lather” yourself with Scripture 24×7.

Questions to Ponder

1. What is one practical way you can soak yourself in Scripture today?
2. How can you more readily “catch yourself” in self-deception today?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria. Alere Flammam Veritatis.

Read the prequel:
Lies & Truth

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Sanctify them in the truth; Thy word is truth.. (John 17:17)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | September 4, 2019

The Truth About Rainbows

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Last week I saw the biggest full rainbow I have ever seen. It was huge and bright, but it soon faded as I tried to get a picture while walking Kepler. It was actually a full double bow, but the higher bow faded away before my picture.

Partial bows are common, but I rarely get to see a full bow. The rainbow was too big to get a picture of the entire bow, but this is what I got as it faded.

I saw this bow early in the evening in the east as the sun set in the west shortly after a rain.

How Do Rainbows Form?

When sunlight hits raindrops in the atmosphere, refraction and reflection of the light produces a rainbow. The light is refracted (bent) as it enters the raindrop. Some is reflected off the back surface of the drop and refracted again as it exits the drop.

Light of different wavelengths (colors) is refracted different degrees. Each raindrop acts as a prism as it separates sunlight into the colors of a rainbow.

Rainbow Truths

Different cultures and groups of people have given the rainbow a variety of meanings, most of which are wrong. To learn the true significance of the rainbow, it’s proper to go back to the time it was first established as a reminder of God’s promise to Noah after the Great Flood. Whenever I see a rainbow, it reminds me of these four basic truths:

1. Sin is real and evil is real. Adam’s sin mushroomed throughout the succeeding generations until the earth was filled with wickedness and violence some 1500 years later in Noah’s day (Genesis 6:5-13).

2. God judges sin. Noah’s Flood was God’s judgment on a sin-soaked world.

3. God is gracious and merciful. He provided a way of salvation for Noah and his family. The ark that God told Noah to build was plenty big enough for many more people. The ark stood open for seven days after Noah entered before God closed the door (Genesis 7:1-16). The Apostle Peter refers to Noah as “a preacher of righteousness” (2 Peter 2:5), so Noah undoubtedly implored other people to repent and join him on the ark. But no one did besides his own family.

4. The rainbow is the sign Yahweh appointed for His promise to Noah to never again destroy the earth with a flood. (Genesis 9:8-17)

Noah Sacrificing after the Deluge
by Benjamin West (1738-1820)

The next time you see a rainbow, review these truths in your mind to counteract the false rainbow views so prevalent in America and around the world.

Questions to Ponder

1. Which numbered point above will you zero in on when you next see a rainbow?
2. When Noah saw the first rainbow, how would his scene have differed from my photo?

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For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria.

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God said, “This is the sign of the covenant which I am making between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all successive generations; I set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth. It shall come about, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow will be seen in the cloud, and I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and never again shall the water become a flood to destroy all flesh.. (Genesis 9:12-15)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | August 28, 2019

Lies & Truth

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What is the most common sin humans commit against each other?

Is it one of the big three sins — theft, murder, or adultery?

No, I think not. One particular sin is so common that I think everybody alive today has committed it at least once — and probably many times in their lives.

It’s not murder. Many people have never committed murder.

It’s not adultery. Many people have never committed adultery.

It’s not stealing. Many people have never stolen.

I think the most common sin people commit against each other is lying.

Dishonesty, deception, and fraud are rampant throughout human interactions, social relationships, politics, and business. Some politicians, for example, seem to lie almost constantly. Many news organizations are purposely deceitful in reporting news. “Let no one deceive you with empty words” is the timely caution of Ephesians 5:6!

According to several research studies cited in Liespotting: Proven Techniques to Detect Deception by Pamela Meyer, most people encounter almost 200 lies daily (Liespotting, p.5).

Most of these 200 lies are like this one:
“Sure, I’d love to see all your cat pictures!”

But the studies say about 10 a day are significant, damaging lies that affect your career, your business, your social life, or your personal relationships.

Lies have changed the course of human history — on both a personal level and a global scale. How many marriages have been wrecked by deceit? How many governments have been toppled by dishonesty?

Lies started at the Beginning when Satan lied to Eve about eating the forbidden fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Satan lied when he told Eve, “You surely will not die!” (Genesis 3:4)

According to Jesus, Satan is “a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44). He started the whole deception ball rolling with Eve, and the ball hasn’t stopped since.

Another early lie was when Cain lied to God after he had murdered his brother Abel. God asked Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” Cain lied, “I do not know.” (Genesis 4:1-15)

Ever since, truth and lies have been an issue for the human race.

How Do You Spot Lies?

“Repeated studies have shown that the average adult can distinguish truth from falsehood only 54% of the time. . . . This statistic is relevant only for the instances when we suspect someone may be lying to us. The more confident we are in our ability to detect lies, the worse we are at it.”
(Pamela Meyer, Liespotting: Proven Techniques to Detect Deception, 2010, p.7)

Police, FBI, and military interrogators are trained in techniques to detect deception. They are taught to analyze body language, facial expressions, and speech patterns to recognize lies.

Many books and online videos purport to explain these methods of detecting lies. One is Pamela Meyer’s TED talk How to spot a liar. She covers some of ways to spot lies and argues that honesty is a value worth preserving.

Several thousand years ago, a Roman governor was tasked with discerning the truth of death penalty accusations. He asked a crucial question of a haggard prisoner.
“What is truth?” demanded the Roman governor.

The governor’s question, “What is truth?” is a crucial question. It is possibly the most fundamental and practical question of all time. It’s a question most people frequently ask as they try to ascertain the truth in many situations.

One of the most effective preparations for detecting truth is one that is often overlooked. The principle is illustrated in the detection of counterfeit money. At one time, in order to train bank tellers to recognize counterfeit paper money, they were given large amounts of genuine money to handle. The idea was that if they knew what real money looked like, felt like, and smelled like, then they would easily recognize counterfeit bills.

Street Preacher
Union Square, New York City

I believe this principle can apply to detecting deception. Extensive exposure to truth can help you recognize truth and recognize its counterfeit.

Truth Exposure

How do you massively expose yourself to truth?

The answer the haggard prisoner had already told the governor gives a clue. In the most extreme danger, on trial for His life, the prisoner asserted a powerful truth claim as He testified before the governor,
For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” (John 18:37)

The haggard prisoner on trial for His life before the Roman governor Pilate was Jesus. His accusers who sought His death were His own people, the Jews.

Jesus based His life and ministry on truth, and He emphatically claimed to speak, teach, and be the truth. Fully 77 times He began His teaching with, “Truly, I say to you, …“.

He said,
Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.” (Luke 21:33).

Additionally, He made these statements about speaking the truth:
My witness is true.” (John 8:14)
My judgment is true.” (John 8:16)
I speak the truth.” (John 8:45)
I am the truth.” (John 14:6).

Even His enemies acknowledged that He was “truthful and taught the way of God in truth” (Matthew 22:16).

The One who is Truth explicitly told how to know truth:
“If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (John 8:31-32)

Soaking oneself in the words of Jesus and His Word will cause you to know the truth. Do this by listening to the Word, reading the Word, studying the Word, memorizing the Word, and meditating on the Word. Delight yourself in the Word.
The sum of Thy word is truth, and every one of Thy righteous ordinances is everlasting.
(Psalm 119:160)

This continual repeated exposure to Scripture will help you spot lies.

Questions to Ponder

1. What is one practical way you can soak yourself in the words of Jesus today?
2. Will you catch yourself today when you might slide into deceitfulness — and deliberately shift to “speaking the truth in love”? (Ephesians 4:15)

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria.

Read the sequel:
The Truth About Lies

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | August 21, 2019

David Does Apologetics with a Sling

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David holds Goliath’s head

David’s short battle with Goliath is one of the best-known accounts in the Bible (1 Samuel 17). But what is not very well known is David’s objective in that battle of 3,000 years ago.

The Philistine champion Goliath was a giant of a man, standing over 9 feet tall. He was not thin and reedy; rather he was undoubtedly very sturdy and muscular, a terrifying warrior. He probably weighed 350 to 400 pounds.

Goliath’s remarkable physique is evident from the weight of his bronze coat of armor — 5,000 shekels or about 125 lbs (1 shekel = 0.4 oz). The iron head of his spear weighed 600 shekels or about 15 lbs. The wooden shaft of the spear is likened to a “weaver’s beam,” so it probably weighed at least 10 pounds. (1 Samuel 17:4-7)

Imagine trying to throw a 25-lb spear! The men’s shot put in track and field events weighs 16 pounds, and no one ever tries to throw it like a baseball. You would wrench your arm with one throw. But Goliath’s arm strength was so enormous that he could throw a 25-lb spear.

Goliath expected a battle using the typical weapons of the day that he carried — armor, helmet, shield, sword, javelin, and spear. David would not do well against Goliath in such a battle. He had no intention of fighting Goliath in hand-to-hand combat. He switched things up by using a totally different technology — sling and stone, the weapon he had used for years in defending his flocks against lions and bears.

David’s sling was a devastating weapon. Two leather thongs, each three or more feet long, were attached to a leather pouch that held the stone. Twirling the pouch at 10 revolutions per second would give the stone an exit velocity of over 125 mph. This is significantly faster than major league fastballs which only rarely reach even 100 mph.

The stone from David’s sling felled Goliath, sinking into his forehead. David then ran up and cut off Goliath’s head with the giant’s own sword. Interestingly, he carried Goliath’s severed head, probably holding it by the hair, to his post-battle interview with King Saul.

What an amazing conversation with King Saul that would have been to witness. Goliath’s severed head, probably still dripping blood, was convincing evidence of David’s trust in the living God whom he served. It was tangible proof of David’s claim that Yahweh would give him the victory over Goliath.

David’s Aim

Goliath had been taunting the armies of Israel morning and evening for forty days. (1 Samuel 17:16)

David understood Goliath’s taunts as a direct affront to “the armies of the living God” and hence as a challenge to God Himself. David resolved to decisively answer the challenge by fighting Goliath.

David said to Goliath,
“You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have taunted. This day the Lord will deliver you up into my hands, and I will strike you down and remove your head from you. And I will give the dead bodies of the army of the Philistines this day to the birds of the sky and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the Lord does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.” (1 Samuel 17:45-47)

David’s aim in battling Goliath was an apologetic aim. He was defending the reality and honor of the Lord God. Through the contest he expected to demonstrate to all the earth that there is a God in Israel.

He was showing the Philistine armies who is the Lord by his totally unexpected defeat of Goliath. By killing Goliath in battle, David was showing the strength, power, and truth of the God of Israel over the gods of Goliath by whom he had cursed David.

Apologetics in the Psalms

David not only did apologetics with a sling. He was also a prolific poet, repeatedly proclaiming the truth and glory of Yahweh, the Great Creator, throughout his psalms of praise. Here are a few examples.

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
And by the breath of His mouth all their host.
For He spoke, and it was done;
He commanded, and it stood fast.

(Psalm 33:6,9 — ascribed to David by the Greek Septuagint)

O Lord, our Lord,
How majestic is Your name in all the earth,
Who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens!
When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained;
What is man that You take thought of him,
And the son of man that You care for him?
Yet You have made him a little lower than God,
And You crown him with glory and majesty!
You make him to rule over the works of Your hands;
You have put all things under his feet,
All sheep and oxen,
And also the beasts of the field,
The birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea,
Whatever passes through the paths of the seas.
(Psalm 8:1,3-8)

The heavens are telling of the glory of God;
And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.
(Psalm 19:1)

Do You Get the Point?

David’s battle to the death with Goliath teaches Christians to trust the Great Creator over foes of all kinds. Sometimes fighting is necessary to proclaim or preserve the truth.

Questions to Ponder

1. David used one smooth stone in his sling. Why did he take five with him?
2. What situation in your life merits confrontation to defend the truth?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the eighth post in the series on Apologists in the Bible. An apologist is one who gives a logical argument in defense of faith in God.
Read the prequels:
1. Elijah Does Apologetics
2. Peter Does Apologetics
3. Paul Does Apologetics
4. John Does Apologetics
5. Jesus Does Apologetics
6. Job Gets a Dose of Apologetics
7. Matthew Does Apologetics with a Sword

Read the sequel:
9. ??? Does Apologetics (coming soon . . .)

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Wednesday August 21, 2019 A.D.

And David put his hand into his bag and took from it a stone and slung it, and struck the Philistine on his forehead. And the stone sank into his forehead, so that he fell on his face to the ground. (1 Samuel 17:49)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | August 14, 2019

Judging a Chief Justice

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Chief Justice Fred Vinson

For the most part, Americans have been taught to respect and honor judges. We are told that they are very intelligent people who know how to think clearly and can properly decide complex issues under dispute.

But is this true? Can judges always be trusted to render correct decisions? Are judges infallible on the bench?

I think not. The very fact that we have so many 5-4 and 6-3 decisions by the Supreme Court is evidence against the idea that judges can routinely decide cases correctly.

Chief Justice Fred Vinson

Frederick “Fred” Moore Vinson (1890–1953) served as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States for seven years (June 21, 1946 – September 8, 1953) till his unexpected death of a heart attack. Harlan F. Stone preceded Vinson, and Earl Warren succeeded him.

Vinson was nominated for Chief Justice by President Harry Truman. He was confirmed by the US Senate exactly two weeks later. During Vinson’s tenure on the Supreme Court, he wrote 77 opinions and 13 dissents.

Fred Vinson is one of only a few people who served in all three branches of the federal government. In addition to his service in the judiciary, he also served in the legislative branch in the US House for 12 years as a representative from Kentucky (1924-1928, 1930-1937). He was Secretary of the Treasury for one year in the executive branch under Truman (1945-1946).

Vinson is the last Chief Justice to have been appointed by a Democratic president. He is also the last Chief Justice to lead a court whose justices were nominated solely by presidents of one political party. The Supreme Court justices in the Vinson Court were all appointed by Democrats Roosevelt and Truman.

What Did Chief Justice Vinson Say?

Chief Justice Fred Vinson wrote the majority opinion in Dennis v. United States. With this 6-2 decision, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Smith Act (1940). This law made it a crime to advocate the violent overthrow of the government or to organize or be a member of any group committed to such. The Court said the First Amendment does not protect speech that seeks to overthrow the United States government.

In his majority opinion, Chief Justice Vinson wrote this:

“Nothing is more certain in modern society than the principle that there are no absolutes. . . . All concepts are relative.”
(Fred M. Vinson, Dennis v. United States, Section III, June 4, 1951.)

What an absolutely astonishing statement!!!

Did Chief Justice Vinson realize that by saying, “There are no absolutes,” he was making an absolute statement? Didn’t he realize that “All concepts are relative” is an absolute statement delineating a non-relative concept? His statements are inherently self-contradictory and therefore false.

Vinson believed there were no absolutes. I wonder if he was absolutely sure about this.

In Vinson’s Dennis v. United States decision, he also wrote,

“Overthrow of the Government by force and violence is certainly a substantial enough interest for the Government to limit speech. Indeed, this is the ultimate value of any society, for if a society cannot protect its very structure from armed internal attack, it must follow that no subordinate value can be protected.”

Here Vinson talks about an ultimate value despite saying shortly before in the same decision that there are no absolutes and everything is relative.

Vinson’s “Nothing is more certain . . .” statement is fundamentally a denial that truth exists. Such a denial is inherently self-contradictory and therefore false.

Upholding a stable government is important, and it is a legitimate concern of the Supreme Court. But a judge must not use self-contradictory statements and fundamentally illogical thinking to uphold any precept, no matter how valued.

Judging Chief Justice Vinson’s View

This was the chief jurist of the United States making these illogical and contradictory statements! Amazingly, apparently, no one noticed — not the other justices on the Supreme Court, not the Court’s law clerks, not the media. In fact, five other Justices on the Supreme Court concurred with Vinson’s opinion.

Every man did what was right
in his own eyes. (Judges 17:6)

Apparently no one said,
“Hey, wait a minute — if there are no absolutes, and if all concepts are relative, then what you just described as certain … cannot be certain!”

The reason no one noticed is that this fallacious worldview,
“No absolutes — everything relative,”
had been widely accepted by 1950. This wide acceptance is evident from Vinson’s own words describing this worldview as, “Nothing is more certain in modern society.”

The job of a judge is to decide right from wrong. How is that possible if the judge believes there are no absolutes? How can he decide that anything is wrong? If there are no absolutes, then there is no standard for deciding right from wrong. Decisions are made based on a judge’s personal preference.

What about today? Compared to 70 years ago in Vinson’s day, this view of “No absolutes — everything relative” is even more widely accepted now! In his decision Vinson proclaimed a self-contradictory falsehood as truth. This lie has become the fundamental belief of American society today.

When one starts with a false worldview, the consequences are predictably disastrous. Swallowing “There are no absolutes and everything is relative” has caused the devolution of American society and culture.

If There Are No Absolutes

If there are no absolutes, then nothing can be judged as wrong. Also, without absolutes, nothing can be deemed right.

If there is no absolute standard for right and wrong, how can you say mass shootings are wrong?
If there are no absolutes, how can you say racism is wrong?
If there are no absolutes, how can you say adultery is right or wrong?
If there are no absolutes, how can you say child abuse is wrong?
If there are no absolutes, how can you say abortion is right or wrong?
If there are no absolutes, how can you say stealing is wrong?
If there are no absolutes, how can you say murder is wrong?
If there are no absolutes, how can you say drug abuse is wrong?
If there are no absolutes, how can you say gender confusion is right or wrong?

There Are Absolutes

But we do know these things are wrong. The reason we know these things are wrong is because there is a standard of right and wrong. Contrary to Vinson’s opinion, truth does exist. There are absolutes. Contrary to Vinson’s opinion, all concepts are not relative.

For example, the laws of mathematics & physics & chemistry are not relative. Bank statements and traffic lights and tax assessments are not relative. The reality of the real world proves truth and absolutes exist.

People who deny absolutes as Chief Justice Vinson did are simply suppressing the truth they fundamentally know.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. (Romans 1:18-20)

The Great Creator, the God of the Bible, is the source and definer of truth. It is impossible to define Truth without reference to God.

Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God and Creator of the universe, claimed not just to know the truth, but to be truth. He said,
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” (John 14:6)

Therefore, the greatest Man who ever lived, believed in absolutes. He believed truth exists. And He wants His followers to know the truth. According to Jesus, the way to know truth is to live in His Word. He said,
“If you continue in My Word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (John 8:31-32)

The moral law of the Great Creator given in the Bible is the standard for right and wrong. This is the authoritative standard for morality specified by our Great Creator. And He imprinted that standard on each human heart. It’s a non-relative absolute.
They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them.
(Romans 2:15 ESV)

That’s why humans instinctively know that acts like theft and murder are wrong.

Morality and absolutes are not a matter of personal opinion — whether it’s the opinion of the Chief Justice, the opinion of the President, or the opinion of any private citizen. Following personal opinion instead of God’s absolutes leads to death.
There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.
(Proverbs 14:12)

Absolutes are set by the Great Creator. We defy them to our own peril.

Questions to Ponder

1. Is your worldview philosophically and logically consistent?
2. How can you uphold the Great Creator‘s truth in your sphere of influence?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria. Alere Flammam Veritatis.

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And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. (Daniel 12:2 ESV)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | August 7, 2019

Beets & Jesus

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Baby Eating Beets

How are Beets and Jesus alike?

Until quite recently I hated, absolutely hated, beets!

Now I love beets, including beet greens! I am so eager to see beets on my plate for dinner. I love them boiled, baked, and especially pickled. I love blanched beet greens!

What happened? What caused me to change from strong hate to intense love?

Answer:
My wife related to me material she had read about how nutritious beets are.

In a nutshell, what caused me to change was the information about how beets are nutritionally very good for you. I simply changed my mind and decided to like beets.

Beets

Health expert and best-selling author Dr. Joseph Mercola said this about beets:
“While beets contain more sugar than any other vegetable on the table, they’re low in calories, fat, and cholesterol. They’re also an excellent source of fiber, vitamin C, magnesium, and folate, which helps make and maintain RNA and DNA cells and prevent anemia. They also contain potassium, which is necessary for building muscle and regulating the heart’s electrical activity, and manganese, which helps maintain muscle and nerve function, build bone strength, regulate blood sugar levels, and promote a healthy immune system.”
(From Mercola, What Are Beets Good For? October 11, 2016)

According to Dr. Mercola, research studies have identified many good things about eating beets including these aspects:
– Reduces the risk of developing cancer and heart disease.
– Inhibits tumor growth.
– Increases blood flow to the brain which then retards degeneration of brain cells.
– Rich in phytonutrients with detoxification, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties which help control high blood pressure and heart attack risks.
– One of the best sources of lutein and zeaxanthin which are beneficial for healthy eyes.
– Beet greens are also very nutritious as they are rich in iron.

Beets & Jesus

Just as I changed my mind about beets because they are good for me, maybe people should change their mind about Jesus because He is good for them. In particular, going to heaven is healthier than going to hell. Eternal life is better than eternal death. And Jesus offers abundant life. He said,
I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
(John 10:9-10)

From Scripture we know that in order to turn to Christ, the supernatural internal work of God’s Spirit is absolutely necessary (John 16:7-11; John 6:44; Ephesians 2:1-10). It is a mystery of God’s sovereign grace. But from the point of view of human experience, each person is commanded to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as a deliberate act of the will (Acts 17:30-31; Acts 3:19; 1 John 3:23).

It’s something to think about. You can choose to change your mind and choose to follow Jesus, just as I changed my mind and decided to like beets.

Questions to Ponder

1. Have you ever changed your mind from a negative opinion to a positive opinion? How difficult was it?
2. Have you ever told God that you are “willing to be made willing” to believe in Jesus? Jesus responded when an afflicted boy’s father called out to Him, “Help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24).

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria.

Photo Credits:
Baby eating beets by michael.matuzak on flickr.
Beets by woodleywonderworks on flickr.

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So Jesus said to them again, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. (John 10:7-9)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | July 31, 2019

Kepler for President: Grins & Growls #2

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Kepler

I’m Running for President!

Woof! Woof! This is Kepler again, Master’s Jack Russell terrier. I’m writing another article for Master’s blog.

The Flame of Truth

If you’ve been keeping up with the excitement of my presidential campaign, you know my slogan by now:
Alere Flammam Veritatis.
This Latin phrase means
Nourish the Flame of Truth
or
Let the Flame of Truth Shine.

If this thrilling development is news to you, let me summarize: Three weeks ago in Kepler for President, I announced that I am running for President of the United States of America.

Somebody Has to Say It!

I kicked off my campaign two weeks ago with some Grins & Growls that reflect my “thinkings” on a smorgasbord of issues. I want my people to understand my positions so that they can intelligently support my campaign for president.

I have been a “thinker” from just a young puppy. Here are some more of my “thinkings.” If some of my views offend you, remember, I’m just a dog. But hey, somebody has to say it! Woof! Woof!

Immigration

I am very much in favor of legal immigration, especially well-educated, hard-working immigrants with important skills. We don’t need deadbeats.

Why am I so strongly in favor of legal immigration?

The reason is that every single one of us in America is either an immigrant or a descendant of immigrants.

There was absolutely nobody here in America after Noah’s Flood. The earth had been wiped completely clean by Noah’s Flood. Noah and his sons disembarked from the ark on Mt. Ararat in Turkey. Eventually, after the dispersion from the Tower of Babel, some of Noah’s descendants settled in America as immigrants.

Even those that some people call “native Americans” are descendants of immigrants. The only true “native Americans” are those who were born in America — like me. “Native” means “born in.”

I am opposed to the presence of illegal aliens. They should be sent back to their home countries. American laws are important and should be respected. People who break the law to enter America signal a lack of respect for our laws. What other laws will they break after they are here?

Guns

The Second Amendment to the Constitution says:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Kepler for President

The right of the people to keep and bear arms is assumed to be a fact. The thrust of the amendment is not to grant this inalienable right, but rather to ensure that the right shall not be infringed.

The phrase “shall not be infringed” means that no limitations, conditions, or restrictions can be placed on the right to own and bear arms.

Do judges and legislators not know what “shall not be infringed” means? They know very well. They just don’t like what the amendment says.

To make an analogy, suppose this were one of the Constitutional Amendments:
“A well-educated populace being necessary to the security of a free country, the right of the people to keep and read books shall not be infringed.”

If that were an amendment, then
– Wouldn’t it be an unconstitutional infringement to pass a law that only people with a high school diploma could own books?
– Wouldn’t it be an unconstitutional infringement to pass a law that people could not read religious books?
– Wouldn’t it be an unconstitutional infringement to pass a law that only government-licensed publishers were allowed to produce textbooks?

I think you can see my point. All our existing and proposed gun laws are unconstitutional infringements on the right of people to keep and bear arms.

The Second Amendment is part of the original Bill of Rights which enshrined in the Constitution the inalienable rights of man bestowed by the Great Creator. The Second Amendment is a most important right because it prevents the government from imposing tyranny on a free people who have the power to resist.

It is significant that almost all mass shootings have been in gun-free zones. There would be far less gun violence if courts and legislators had not infringed on the people’s right to keep and bear arms.

Many of my opponents in the other party who are running for president say health care is a right, and they want the government to pay for it. Constitutionally, the right to guns is far more clear than the right to health care. Would my opponents support the government buying guns for everyone, just as they want the government to buy health care for everyone?

The ultimate goal of the infringers is to disarm people and demote Americans from free citizens of a constitutional republic to beholden subjects of a socialist government.

As president, I pledge to support and uphold the entire Constitution, including eliminating infringements on the Second Amendment.

Kepler for President
This is my campaign poster.
Nourish the Flame of Truth.

Animals

As an animal (dog) myself, what is my campaign’s position on animals?

Even though I’m a dog, I do not support PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). PETA doesn’t simply stand for proper treatment of animals, something which Master and I both support. PETA seeks to erase the distinction between people and animals by claiming, “We are all animals.” How silly! PETA opposes eating animals, wearing clothing made from animals, and laboratory experimentation on animals — even when it’s for human benefit.

Master likes to tease PETA shirt wearers by playing dumb and asking if it stands for “People Eating Tasty Animals.” He tells them he likes animals too — on his plate with mashed potatoes and gravy.

As Master points out, only people were made in God’s image, not animals. So humans and animals are totally different. And God gave mankind authority to rule over animals (Genesis 1:26-28).

Even I know that the bumper stickers we see proclaiming “Dogs Are People Too!” are baloney. I would not want to be a “people.” People noses just don’t work worth a flip. I would rather have a good nose than eyes or ears.

Following Noah’s Flood, God even gave man the right to eat animals. Speaking to Noah and his sons, God said,
“The fear of you and the terror of you will be on every beast of the earth and on every bird of the sky; with everything that creeps on the ground, and all the fish of the sea, into your hand they are given. Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you, as I gave the green plant.” (Genesis 9:2-3)

Master says the Great Creator made each creature, from amoeba to man, for its own place and purpose in Creation. My place is to be a dog, and I bring glory to my Creator just by being a dog and exercising my capabilities to serve Master and Missus as best I can — because this is what my Creator created me to be and to do. Master says the Great Creator is the Big Boss, and what He says and ordains is final.

Decisions

If elected President of the United States, I will have to make many decisions that will affect millions of people, both in the US and all over the world. But the effect of these decisions will be confined to this life.

But every voter and every reader of this blog has a much more momentous decision to make than any of my presidential decisions. It’s one that will have ramifications throughout eternity.

Here is the momentous decision everybody must make:
What will you decide about Jesus of Nazareth?

Kepler for President

So that’s how things look from the Dog House! This post along with the previous post, Kepler for President: Grins & Growls #1, summarize my “thinkings” on some of the big issues of the day. I hope this is enough to earn your vote for president.

Please vote Kepler for President in 2020.
Alere Flammam Veritatis

Till next time, this is Kepler signing off. Woof! Woof!

Questions to Ponder

1. Filling America with truth per my campaign slogan will make America great again. How will you implement my campaign theme Alere Flammam Veritatis in your personal life? That is, how do you intend to Nourish the Flame of Truth and Let the Flame of Truth Shine?
2. What do you think is the most important issue of the 2020 presidential campaign?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 38th article in a series of blog posts on a precocious Jack Russell terrier named Kepler. Numbers 1-8 are by Kepler’s master, the BibleScienceGuy. Numbers 9-38 are by Kepler himself.
Read the prequels:
1. Why I Named Our Puppy “Kepler”
2. Kepler’s Kind
3. Kepler’s Lopsided Trade
4. Kepler’s Amazing Nose
5. Kepler’s Business Card
6. Kepler & the Psycho Squirrel
(with video)
7. Taunting Kepler
8. Adam and Puppies

The following prequels are by Kepler:
9. Who Taught Kepler?
10. Kepler Gets a Buddy
(with video)
11. Kepler Chases a Squirrel (with video)
12. Kepler’s Complaint
13. Kepler’s To-Do List
14. Kepler and the Football Weekend
15. Kepler’s Favorite Store
16. Kepler at a Truck Stop
17. Kepler & Henry Catch a Squirrel
18. Kepler Finds Killdeer Eggs
19. Kepler Finds Robin Eggs
20. Kepler Lives to Tell the Tale
21. Kepler, Bears, & Raccoons
22. Kepler Mentors Henry
23. Kepler Gets a Bear
24. Kepler Finds Strange Eggs
25. Kepler Finds Duck Eggs
26. Kepler Gives Thanks
27. Kepler’s Newest Enemy
28. Kepler Loves Bulldogs
29. Kepler Ponders Snow
30. Kepler Wants to Move to Australia
31. Kepler’s Dating Profile
32. Kepler Meets Skunk
33. Kepler Wants to Be Good
34. Kepler on Guard
35. Kepler Chews On Grammar
36. Kepler for President
37. Kepler for President: Grins & Growls #1

Read the sequel:
39. Kepler ??? coming soon . . .

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Wednesday July 31, 2019 A.D.

But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you;
And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.
Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you;
And let the fish of the sea declare to you.
Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the LORD has done this,
In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind?
(Job 12:7-10)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | July 24, 2019

Matthew Does Apologetics with a Sword

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Apologetics is the defense of trust in Jesus as the Son of God and Savior of the world using evidence, reason, and logic.

The Apostle Matthew used a different approach to apologetics than any approach we’ve considered so far in this Apologists in the Bible series.

Scan through the first four chapters of Matthew’s gospel (Matthew 1-4) in order to answer the following question about Matthew’s approach.

Question:
What did Matthew do 12 times in his first four chapters?

Answer:
Matthew quoted from the Old Testament 12 times (counting the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew 1 as a single reference). Eight of the twelve times, including the genealogy, were references to show that Jesus fulfilled Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah. Throughout his gospel, Matthew used this “fulfilled prophecy” approach to show that Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah.

The genealogy proved that Jesus, like the promised Messiah, was a descendant of King David. Matthew continued to cite messianic prophecies from the Old Testament that Jesus fulfilled in order to build his case that Jesus was the long-promised Messiah and Savior of Israel.

For example, Matthew cited the prophecy that the Messiah would be virgin-born (Matthew 1:18-25), that He would be born in Bethlehem (Matthew 2:4-6), and that He would come out of Egypt (Matthew 2:13-15). Even the fulfillment of just these three prophecies of very unlikely events is compelling evidence that Jesus of Nazareth must be the promised Messiah. This was Matthew’s point in identifying Jesus’ fulfillment of so many messianic prophecies.

Of course, this was not the only apologetic technique Matthew used in presenting his case for Jesus as Messiah. He also reported numerous miracles that Jesus performed and many discourses that Jesus delivered. This includes one of His most well-known miracles, the Feeding of the Five Thousand (Matthew 14:15-21), and the most famous sermon of all time, the Sermon on the Mount.

After the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew reported of Jesus, “The crowds were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.” (Matthew 7:28-29)

Do You Get the Point?

How should we follow Matthew’s pattern today?

Use the sword of the Spirit! (Ephesians 6:17) Base our proclamation of the gospel on Scripture, just as Matthew based his proclamation on the Old Testament, the Scripture of his day.

This excerpt from one of the Apostle Peter’s sermons in Acts is one of many good starting points:
You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. We are witnesses of all the things He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They also put Him to death by hanging Him on a cross. God raised Him up on the third day and granted that He become visible, not to all the people, but to witnesses who were chosen beforehand by God, that is, to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead. And He ordered us to preach to the people, and solemnly to testify that this is the One who has been appointed by God as Judge of the living and the dead. Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins.” (Acts 10:38-43)

Questions to Ponder

1. Which of Matthew’s messianic fulfilled prophecies is the most compelling for you?
2. Why is “Sword” in the title of this blog? (Hint: Ephesians 6:17; Hebrews 4:12)

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the seventh post in the series on Apologists in the Bible. An apologist is one who gives a logical argument in defense of faith in God.
Read the prequels:
1. Elijah Does Apologetics
2. Peter Does Apologetics
3. Paul Does Apologetics
4. John Does Apologetics
5. Jesus Does Apologetics
6. Job Gets a Dose of Apologetics

Read the sequel:
8. David Does Apologetics with a Sling

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Wednesday July 24, 2019 A.D.

Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.” (Matthew 1:22-23)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | July 17, 2019

Kepler for President: Grins & Growls #1

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Kepler

I’m Running for President!

Woof! Woof! This is Kepler again, Master’s Jack Russell terrier. I’m writing another article for Master’s blog.

Running for President

After meeting people in campgrounds all over the country, I have learned that folks really like me. Folks like the way I think and what I have to say. Folks find my take on issues both refreshing and challenging.

Therefore, I made a decision. In last week’s blog post, Kepler for President, I announced that I am running for President of the United States of America.

The theme of my campaign is
Alere Flammam Veritatis.
This Latin phrase is variously translated as
Nourish the Flame of Truth or Let the Flame of Truth Shine.

Somebody Has to Say It!

To kick off my campaign, I need to talk to my people! I want to share my reflections on a smorgasbord of issues — some things that make me grin and some that make me growl!

As a young puppy I was already a Thinker.

My dear breeder Mama Patti said I was a “thinker” from just a young puppy, and here are my “thinkings” to encourage my people to support my run for president. Woof! Woof!

If some of my “thinkings” offend you, remember, I’m just a dog. But hey, somebody has to say it!

Life

I am committed to the Right to Life, including for the unborn and elderly. It is the most fundamental of all rights, because without life, no other right matters. For example, does a dead person care about freedom of speech?

Creation vs. Evolution

This is a fundamental issue, despite what many people claim. Your position on this issue affects how you think about almost everything.

I’m so amazed that many seemingly intelligent people like college professors believe in evolution! What happened to their logic and thinking skills? And to think they are indoctrinating (“teaching”) young people in this false philosophy! I start growling whenever I think of how they are brainwashing young people with these garbage ideas!

I’m just a dog, and even I know that the universe and everything in it had to have a cause. Somebody made it.

It didn’t just pop into existence from nothing, because from nothing, nothing comes. Therefore, there must be a Creator.

When I was just a puppy, Master taught me a Bible verse that, like me, is short and strong and to the point:
The builder of all things is God. (Hebrews 3:4)

I have learned from Master about Yahweh, the God of the Bible, the Great Creator who made everything. He is the Creator, Ruler, and Sustainer of the universe. He made me and Master and all my people. We are accountable to Him for the responsibilities He gave us.

The Great Creator established both a physical order and a moral order in the universe. We ignore or defy either His physical order or His moral order at our peril.

Kepler for President

Government

Government at all levels is way too intrusive and oppressive.

Why do we still have laws passed 100 years ago like the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 that prevents me from legally eating abandoned eggs I find in the woods? I find lots of eggs on the ground during our hikes, but Master won’t let me eat them because it’s “illegal.”

It’s time to sensibly update old laws and regulations. All laws and regulations should have sunset provisions specifying expiration or renewal dates.

Why should Master have to pay taxes on food he buys for Henry and me to eat? He doesn’t pay tax on the food he and Missus buy at the grocery store for them to eat.

Why does the federal government need to be involved in education and healthcare? Where in the US Constitution is authority given to the federal government over education or healthcare? (Spoiler alert: not there.)

Missus just told me to “Settle!” because I got to barking and growling and tail-thumping here at the computer. I can’t help growling as I consider how off-base these things are! But Master has read the Bill of Rights to me, and its language is clear even to a canine!

The Tenth Amendment to the Constitution is the final amendment listed in the Bill of Rights. Any dog or person can understand what it says:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Since educational and healthcare powers are not delegated to the federal government by the Constitution, they belong to the individual states or the people. Thus all educational and healthcare activities by the federal government are unconstitutional.

Therefore as President I will eliminate the federal Department of Education and privatize human schools. Competition would do wonders for education. Look what competition has done for the pet-food industry! Also, I will eliminate the federal Health and Human Services department. All these responsibilities belong to the individual states.

Missus is getting concerned again. She notices when I keep growling about stuff. But if an analytical dog is going to change our country for the better, these unconstitutional features must be pawed over!

Kepler for President
This is my campaign poster.
Nourish the Flame of Truth.

President Trump

President Trump often makes me grin. I mostly like his policies and what he is doing. But I think he should bark less and bite more. But hey, as Master points out, who am I to criticize someone for barking too much?

Master and I thank Yahweh every day that He gave us a leader like President Trump to restore fundamental principles of liberty and religious freedom to America. That will help make America great again.

Also I think President Trump should get a dog like me to be his Chief of Staff. Trumpster would be a good name for a Jack Russell terrier to run the White House.

I won’t mind if I lose the race for the nomination to President Trump, because he’s been a great president. But if I win, I will ask him to be my vice-president.

Spending & Taxes

We have to control government spending. It is out of control. Our children and puppies, grandchildren and grandpuppies will be inheriting a huge government debt.

Taxes are way too high. Some people and dogs pay over 50% of their income in taxes. Yahweh took a tithe from the Old Testament Israelites. That should be enough for government as well — 5% for the federal government and 5% for state and local government.

I plan to cut government spending across the board and reduce taxes for everyone. Woof! Woof!

Judges

I’m so tired of humans misusing the word “unconstitutional.” Whenever a judge doesn’t like a law, he calls it “unconstitutional.”

As president, I pledge to appoint judges who respect and uphold the Constitution and who render their judgments based on law and not on personal predilections.

Rebus Puzzle

Can you figure out what this Rebus puzzle represents? It’s something referred to in this blog post. Try to solve the puzzle before you look at the answer below.

So that’s how things look from the Dog House! Those are my thoughts on some of the big issues of the day. To continue reading about my campaign positions, click Kepler for President: Grins & Growls #2.

Please vote Kepler for President in 2020.
Alere Flammam Veritatis

Till next time, this is Kepler signing off. Woof! Woof!

Questions to Ponder

1. Filling America with truth per my campaign slogan will make America great again. How will you implement my campaign theme Alere Flammam Veritatis in your personal life? That is, how do you intend to Nourish the Flame of Truth and Let the Flame of Truth Shine?
2. What do you think is the most important issue of the 2020 presidential campaign?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Rebus Answer: Bill of Rights
[Bill+loaf R+eye+TS]
(Click Rebus Puzzles for links to blog articles with a Rebus puzzle.)

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 37th article in a series of blog posts on a precocious Jack Russell terrier named Kepler. Numbers 1-8 are by Kepler’s master, the BibleScienceGuy. Numbers 9-37 are by Kepler himself.
Read the prequels:
1. Why I Named Our Puppy “Kepler”
2. Kepler’s Kind
3. Kepler’s Lopsided Trade
4. Kepler’s Amazing Nose
5. Kepler’s Business Card
6. Kepler & the Psycho Squirrel
(with video)
7. Taunting Kepler
8. Adam and Puppies

The following prequels are by Kepler:
9. Who Taught Kepler?
10. Kepler Gets a Buddy
(with video)
11. Kepler Chases a Squirrel (with video)
12. Kepler’s Complaint
13. Kepler’s To-Do List
14. Kepler and the Football Weekend
15. Kepler’s Favorite Store
16. Kepler at a Truck Stop
17. Kepler & Henry Catch a Squirrel
18. Kepler Finds Killdeer Eggs
19. Kepler Finds Robin Eggs
20. Kepler Lives to Tell the Tale
21. Kepler, Bears, & Raccoons
22. Kepler Mentors Henry
23. Kepler Gets a Bear
24. Kepler Finds Strange Eggs
25. Kepler Finds Duck Eggs
26. Kepler Gives Thanks
27. Kepler’s Newest Enemy
28. Kepler Loves Bulldogs
29. Kepler Ponders Snow
30. Kepler Wants to Move to Australia
31. Kepler’s Dating Profile
32. Kepler Meets Skunk
33. Kepler Wants to Be Good
34. Kepler on Guard
35. Kepler Chews On Grammar
36. Kepler for President

Read the sequel:
38. Kepler for President: Grins & Growls #2

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“contending earnestly for the faith”
“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
“for the defense of the gospel”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday July 17, 2019 A.D.

But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you;
And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.
Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you;
And let the fish of the sea declare to you.
Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the LORD has done this,
In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind?
(Job 12:7-10)

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