Thursday, March 13, 2014

Some Thoughts

Hello everyone. I thought I would mention a few things I have been reading/thinking about recently. For my birthday last year I received an "Evidence Bible", which is a study Bible, with the commentaries by Ray Comfort. It has a lot of nice quotes, witnessing tips, apologetics, etc., along with Scripture it's self. When reading it the other day, I came across some interesting quotes about humanism. Here they are: 

"I think that the most important factor moving us toward a secular society has been the educational factor. Our schools may not teach Johnny how to read properly, but the fact that Johnny is in school until he is sixteen tends toward the elimination of religious superstition. The average American child now acquires a high school education, and this militates against Adam and Eve and all other myths of alleged history." [P. Blanchard, "Three Cheers for Our Secular State," The Humanist]

"Education is thus a most powerful ally of humanism. What can a theistic Sunday school's meeting for an hour once a week and teaching only a fraction of the children, do to stem the tide of the five day program of humanistic teaching?" [Humanism: A New Religion, 1930]

"Fundamental parents have no right to indoctrinate their children in their beliefs. We are preparing their children for the year 2000 and life in a global one-world society, and those children will not fit in." [Senator Paul Hoagland, 1984]

"Give me your four year olds, and in a generation I will build a socialist state." [Valdimir Lenin]

Interesting quotes huh? It just goes to show that the public school system is not an objective, educational system, that only exists to teach children the fundamentals of learning and of knowledge, separate from religion, but instead is pushing out their own set of subjective ideals. Humanism is a religion. The Merriam-Webster's Dictionary gives the definition of humanism as: "a system of values and beliefs that is based on the idea that people are basically good and that problems can be solved using reason instead of religion". Though the definition claims that they try to solve problems with reason instead of religion, I would say that a "system of values and beliefs" suggests that it is indeed a religion itself. Christianity says that man is not basically good, but in actuality, definitely bad, and therefore, it would make sense that a philosophy that is the opposite of this concept, would also be a religion. We can tell by these quotes, that humanists have no desire for people to be free thinkers, but want them to be submissive to the humanistic systems that are in place. We can also see that the current norm in Christian churches isn't going to help. As the second quote says, an hour in church every Sunday will not make a difference, when there are hours and hours of teaching in the schools, of humanistic principals. We must also be careful of folks like the senator mentioned, who believe parents have no right to teach their children certain beliefs. That is the only way the world will change. We must raise up faithful servants to Christ, who can go out and fight against sin, so that the gates of Hell cannot prevail. Andrew Pudewa, in a talk he gave at the HEAV convention last year, stated that the Biblical idea of the gates of Hell not prevailing, implies that there must be a battle. Otherwise, how can they have the chance to not prevail, if there is no fight? Therefore we must always be raising up a generation of soldiers to fight for the cause of Christ. I have been really blessed to be raised in a family with a father who is willing to teach us biblical truths, and parents that have chosen to homeschool me. I believe that these two things are the only way we can raise up an army that can go out into the world and make a change. Of course, we can also add to the kingdom by preaching the gospel, but this takes warriors as well. Ultimately, we need to remember that we are to do our part to plant the seed, and let God give the increase. 

I have been reading some American documents, and was reading Lincolns first inaugural address. I found it quite interesting that he did not condemn slavery, or say that he had any desire to do anything to free slaves in states that had them. He said: "Apprehension seems to exist among the people of the Southern States that by the accession of a Republican Administration their property and their peace and personal security are to be endangered. There has never been any reasonable cause for such apprehension. Indeed, the most ample evidence to the contrary has all the while existed and been open to their inspection. It is found in nearly all the published speeches of him who now addresses you. I do but quote from one of those speeches when I declare that—
I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so." 
So we have two options here. We can assume that he was just trying to appease the southerners, and lied to them, all the while meaning to free the slaves, or he really did not have any intention of freeing them. If the first is true, than he is no different from the politicians today, and is simply a glorified liar, and the name "Honest Abe"is not consistent with his person, and in the latter, he is not the loving, slavery hating, ethical leader he is typically portrayed as. You simply cannot argue with this, as it is his own words, not an opinion of another. Before I go on let me say that I hate slavery. I hate it as a Christian, and as a libertarian, and am very glad that slavery no long exists (other then slavery to other things such as the government, entertainment, debt, sin, etc.) in this country. However, even if the war was about slavery (which I doubt is totally accurate), the ends don't justify the means. Even though someone may have become a  Christian after almost dying by being hit by a car, that does not mean that we should go around running people over with our vehicles and tossing the victims a gospel tract. Anyway, what this passage teaches us is that we must look straight to the source if we want to find the truth. People may talk about all of the "mistakes" in the Bible for instance, but chances are they do not know what mistakes they are talking about, because they have not read the Bible. All they know is what they have been told by others. This is why we can believe the Bible to be true, because it was written (for the most part) by eyewitnesses. We should always look straight to the source for the information we believe. Another example of this would be food. Many people, including myself, are big fans of pastured, all-natural, type food. This is wonderful, and I believe the food is much healthier, but I do think there are some misunderstandings about the industrial food system as well. If I were to ask most people who buy local, pasture raised pork, why they do so, one reason, among other things, would probably be because they want pigs that haven't been given lots of antibiotics. I have a friend in who lives close by, and on his farm he raises hogs for a Smithfield subsidiary called Murphy Brown. He has three hog houses on his farm, each housing 1000 hogs at a time. This is obviously an industrial system, but as my friend tells me, the pigs are not fed, or given routine antibiotics, unless certain animals get sick, or a problem occurs. He says that he has probably not fed medicated feed to his hogs for 2 years. Obviously animals will get sick from time to time, and when you have 3000 of any animal, the chances are quite high that you will have some losses. He is perfectly open to showing people inside of his houses, and would probably let any one of you inside, assuming you were not going to make him look bad. Murphy Brown seems to be open about what they do as well, and I am pleased to see this. You can watch videos about how they do things on their website here. Obviously there are things missing in hogs that come out of a systems like this. The pigs have not had much sunlight, and are on concrete, which I am sure makes them less healthy then if they had been raised outside in the fresh air where they could root around, and they are not fed GMO-free or Organic feed, but we must remember that they are catering to a market that demands cheap food, and if is true that you indeed get what you pay for, you will, more than likely, get a lower quality product. I am sure that not everyone treats their hogs as well as my friend, and since you do not know who's pork you are getting when you go to the store, this can be a major flaw in the system. I say all of this to show that the closer to the source we can get, the more of the truth we can find, whether it be truth in the scriptures, in politics, food, or wherever else, we must try to look at the source not someone else's interpretation.

Well I guess that is all for today. Papa is at the airport and heading over to Ireland with his dad and brother. Since the Donahues are of Irish ancestry, and my grandpa has an interest on genealogy, for his 70th birthday, he is going on a trip with his two sons. I think they will be having a great time. It is only a week long trip (including air travel) so they should be pretty busy, but I am sure they will have a great time none-the-less. I'm sure they would appreciate your prayers while they travel.

Thanks for reading!


1 comment:

  1. Hey Graham, Great post. Those humanist quotes are scary! :) I have been seeing pictures of your father's trip on facebook. It looks really neat. Hope you are well.