Monday, October 28, 2019

Radical Question #6: What is the Nature of Biblical Assumptions?

Radical Question #6: What is the Nature of Biblical Assumptions?

Answer: They Interpret All Reality.

We all have assumptions, and unless we examine them, we play the fool.

Kurt Godel, the brilliant mathematician and colleague of Albert Einstein, proved that the equation of 1 + 1 = 2 (in a world of positive integers) cannot be proven mathematically.

For mathematics is a closed system, and first you must step outside of it, and make the assumption that 1 + 1 = 2, then all math, science, physics, music, art, engineering, architecture and on outward works without exception.

Einstein argued for the same assumptive reality for understanding the closed system of the universe, as he developed his theory of relativity. You must step outside of it and assume it. And Who or what alone is greater than space, time and number? The only conceived or written idea in history is the Hebrew Name of Yahweh Elohim, the Creator.

The greatest assumption of all is Genesis 1:1 -- In the beginning God created ... All else flows from here. It is the first of twelve positive and identifiable assumptions of Genesis 1-2, upon which all human knowledge and the finest liberal arts system follows:

1. The nature of the Creator.
2. The nature of politics.
3. The nature of the heavens -- the visible and the invisible.
4. The nature of communication, of light and darkness.
5. The nature of man and woman in the image of God.
6. The nature of human freedom.
7. The nature of hard questions.
8. The nature of human sexuality.
9. The nature of science and the scientific method.
10. The nature of verifiable history.
11. The nature of covenantal law.
12. The nature of unalienable rights -- life, liberty and property.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Radical Question #5: What is the Speed of Darkness?

Radical Question #5: What is the Speed of Darkness?

Answer: It has None.

In three arenas, this reality is clear to see.

1.      Physical: In the beginning, God spoke light into the darkness of the abyss, and the abyss retreated. Light has atomic weight, and darkness has none. Thus, darkness is immediately eviscerated by the presence of light.

2.      Ethical: When people live in the light of God’s presence, and in loving relationships with one another, they are free. When people live in the darkness of avoiding God, and one another, they are slaves, always looking over their shoulders in fear as they flee the light.

3.      Spiritual: Jesus is the Light of the world, and Satan is the prince of darkness; and believers in Jesus are also called to be the light of the world and displace the pretense of Satan. As we live in the light, Satan’s presence is eviscerated.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Radical Question #4: Why is the Political Language of Racism Used So Widely?

Radical Question #4: Why is the Political Language of Racism Used So Widely Today?

Answer: Because of the Nature and Failure of LBJ's Great Society.

Further questions may be posed to explain this answer.

Why did the Democratic Party vote against the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution? They were passed, respectively, in 1865, 1868 and 1870, thus 1) abolishing slavery and involuntary servitude, 2) affirming unalienable rights for all people equally, and 3) affirming the right to vote regardless of prior condition of servitude.

Why did the racist  Ku Klux Klan (KKK; founded in 1865) arise within, and remain the sole property of the Democratic Party?

Why did the racist Jim Crow laws (1877ff) arise within, and remain the sole property of the Democratic Party?

Why did the racist Segregationist Laws (post Civil War on following) arise within, and remain the sole property of the Democratic Party?

Why did the 1964 Civil Rights Act not pass without Republican votes in a majority Democratic U.S. Congress?

Why did Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY) become furious in 1968 with how the Democratic Party's Anti-Poverty program was decimating the Black Family. Fatherless was exploding to some 74 percent today, and poverty has only deepened.

Why did Barack Obama get elected in 2008 as the first Black President in U.S. history and in also gaining a large White vote? 

Further Answer: The Democratic Party, with a troubled racist heritage, and in political desperation, increasingly resorts to using the "racist" epithet against Republicans and any others who oppose them, regardless of what the facts may show.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Radical Question #3: What is the Simplest and Truest Statement on Politics Ever?

Radical Question #3: What is the Simplest and Truest Statement on Politics Ever?

Answer: Genesis 1:1.

The Hebrew text is this: bereshith bara elohim eth ha'shamayim w'eth ha'eretz.

The English: "In the beginning Elohim created the heavens and the earth."

Most simply, and as the Genesis text introduces biblical reality, this means that the one true Creator governs the heavens, and man and woman are given to govern the earth under the heavens.

And if we desire honest and true politics, we as image-bearers of God need to imitate the politics of the heavens.

This most simply means religious, political and economic liberty for all people equally.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Radical Question #2: In all Human History, what is the Only Written Idea that is Greater than Space, Time and Number?

Radical Question #2: In all Human History, what is the Only Written Idea that is Greater than Space, Time and Number?

Answer: The Name of Yahweh Elohim.

It is not found in any polytheistic religion. In all such religions, beginning with the Babylonian genesis, the gods and goddess are finite and petty.

It is not found in any of the ancient animisms, where the spirits are finite and unknowable.

It is not found in atheism or any secular construct. Here, nothing prior to or greater than the expanding cosmos is contemplated.

It is not found in Islam, where Allah is limited by the human concept of number.

Is there anyone in human history who can a) imagine space, time and number ending, or b) not ending?  In the former, we always ask, what is beyond or greater? In the latter, we cannot grasp it from our limited natures.

In the Hebrew Bible, the Name of Yahweh Elohim means the One is who is greater than space, time and number, as the grammar shows. The only written concept of such in human history.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Radical Question #1: What is the largest problem with the American presence in Afghanistan?

[In this new series of blog posts, my purpose is to pose simple radical questions and submit some simple radical answers for consideration and debate. The word "radical" (from the Greek radix and the Latin radicalis) means "root level." I will address a range of questions within the realms of theology 101 and politics 101.]

Radical Question #1: What is the largest problem with the American presence in Afghanistan?

Answer: Afghanistan allows for no religious liberty.

First, when the United States set to track down Osama bin Laden after September 11, 2001, it should have simply sent in the Navy Seals to take him out, on national security grounds, and with no folly of consultation with a corrupt Afghanistan government. We were defending ourselves against a violent jihad that seeks to destroy our religious, political and economic liberty. 

Second, the United States should have simply built an advance military fortress in a strategic place in Afghanistan, with the ability from there to strike any terrorist activity discernible. 

Third, this would have precluded the folly of these eighteen years of trying to build a nation that cannot be built, and it would have saved countless lives and trillions of dollars. 

Fourth, the United States is rooted in religious liberty and Afghanistan forbids it. Nation building there cannot work.

Fifth, it is a cardinal folly for the United States to seek to arbitrate between different interpretations of Islam. This is not our role as a nation founded on religious liberty.

Sixth, the United States should withdraw all its armed forces and support staff from Afghanistan - except for a strategic fortress and air base for counter-terrorism purposes alone - and leave the competing interpretations of Islam to settle their own matters.

Seventh, only if the Afghanistan government were to allow and protect full religious liberty for all people equally, could there be any negotiation to change these terms, and only then can war be truly justified by the Afghanistan government against the Taliban.

And eighth, the United States is free - in its strategic fortress and airbase - to build an adjoining fortress and city for Afghanistan refugees et al. who want religious, political and economic liberty.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Assisted Suicide Case in CT: I had Counseled the Couple in Their Prior Pain

I was shocked this morning with a call from a friend about the assisted suicide case on very public trial here in Connecticut. A woman had her husband hold a gun to her head while she pulled the trigger. I have known her family for over twenty-five years.

She called me nearly two years ago in very deep spiritual and psychological pain, having suffered for decades. She asked for counsel, and I visited with she and her husband three times, including once with a friend praying for her and their deliverance. She was emaciated, we did not see the breakthrough in the heavens we hoped for, but we did see tangible hope received in the midst of great confusion and confession of sin.

We had thought she had died of cancer (which was not in view when we visited with her). Only today to learn of the terrible reality.

On the afternoon show on WTIC radio (the 50,000-watt super station here in CT), the topic in all its legal and personal dimensions was central. I tuned into the station after finishing some writing, not knowing the topic, and then called in.

I addressed the reality of the deep pain I knew was in view, and the talk show host is a professing agnostic and/or atheist. He asked me about "religious judgment" on the matter of suicide that another caller had raised, and I spoke of how the apostle James sums up the whole Tanakh and New Testament in addressing the law that gives freedom, to love our our neighbors as ourselves, and as summed up in the "mercy that triumphs over judgment."

His response was that this idea is "beautiful," asked me to repeat it, and a subsequent caller who had seen his wife suffer for years, also said how this ministered to him.

The poison of political idolatry is always judgmental and dehumanizing. How do we bring the Good News into such a world? In Luke 6, when Jesus speaks of the love of enemies (literally from the Greek exthros, "those who hate"), he then says that God "is kind to the ungrateful and wicked." This poignantly describes Cain as the biblical prototype for ungratefulness that turns into wickedness, as he mocks God and kills his brother. And what we are dealing with here is nowhere near Cain's evil; but it is the evil of the "enemy," as exthros is used also to refer to the devil by Jesus. Satan poured his evil upon two deeply broken people who needed the Savior. God is still kind in always reaching out to a broken humanity. Food for thought and prayer.