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Discuss Latest World News / Ben Stein
« on: December 23, 2009, 11:56:08 AM »
The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.

My confession:

I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish.  And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees, Christmas trees.  I don't feel threatened.  I don't feel discriminated against. That's what they are, Christmas trees.

It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, 'Merry Christmas' to me.  I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto.  In fact, I kind of like it.  It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in  Malibu  .  If people want a creche, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.

I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians.  I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period.  I have no idea where the concept came from, that  America  is an explicitly atheist country.  I can't find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat.

Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren't allowed to worship God as we understand Him?  I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too.  But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the  America  we knew went to.

In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different:  This is not intended to be a joke; it's not funny, it's intended to get you thinking.

Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her 'How could God let something like this happen?' (regarding Hurricane Katrina)..  Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response.  She said, 'I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives.  And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out.  How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?'

In light of recent events... terrorists attack, school shootings, etc.  I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said OK.  Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school.  The Bible says thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself.  And we said OK.

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock's son committed suicide).  We said an expert should know what he's talking about.  And we said okay.

Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out.  I think it has a great deal to do with 'WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.'

Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's going to hell.  Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says.  Funny how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing.  Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.

Are you laughing yet?

Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you're not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it.

Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.

Pass it on if you think it has merit.
 
If not, then just discard it... no one will know you did.  But, if you discard this thought process, don't sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in. 


My Best Regards,  Honestly and respectfully,
Ben Stein

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General Issues / Questions / Does anyone object to this?
« on: December 08, 2009, 02:44:44 PM »
This is the basis of my sermon this Sunday, I just want to know if it will offend anyone. All comments will be welcome.

Whatever happened to trust, to love, to caring for each other, to a handshake sealing a deal, to the idea that life is sacred, to brotherly love, to the idea of live and let live? Why do we all blame each other? It is nobody's fault except our own. WE have allowed it all to happen by not caring about each other but just caring about ourselves - we are all as guilty as each other. When are we humans going to realise that we are all connected to each other, Muslim, Christian, Jew, Buddhist, etc, American, English, Iraqi, Iranian, and yes even the French etc. We are all the same, all part of this wonderful creation by God. Why do we not open our eyes to God?s love?

God?s love is the foundation of our fondest dreams, a fortune that can never be spent, a seed that can flourish in even the most unlikely places and this radiance that never fades, this mysterious and magical joy, is the greatest treasure of all, one known only by those who accept God?s love.

So let?s pass on that love ? next time you see a Jewish person, say ?Happy Hanukah? (12th Dec) or ?Happy Muharram? (18th Dec) to a Muslim or to a Christian ?Merry Christmas? (25th Dec). It won?t hurt you!

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Off-Topic / Galveston Island. Where do you live?
« on: November 03, 2009, 10:23:49 AM »
Thought it might be nice if we could see where each other live. Here are some webcams on my home town.

http://www.galveston.com/webcams/

Sometimes you can see me sitting outside one of those restaurants.

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Science / In the begining God made Science
« on: October 20, 2009, 07:37:31 AM »
Genesis 1

The Beginning

    1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

If you follow science then you will know that this is quite possible, the Big Bang theory states that everything was created from that tiny very dense ball of pure energy that exploded.

    2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

For some millions of years the earth was without form and in darkness, the earth formed from the cloud of gas and dust and became just a ball of hot rock.

    3 And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light.

4 God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness.

 5 God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." And there was evening, and there was morning?the first day.

Light did suddenly appear.  As the sun became larger and more dense, as the pressure grew, it reached the point where nuclear fusion could occur and burst into fire in a split second.

6 And God said, "Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water."

7 So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. 8 God called the expanse "sky." And there was evening, and there was morning?the second day.

  Our sky, or atmosphere did form over time, and changed from a very poisonous and deadly atmosphere to the one that sustains life today.
 
 9 And God said, "Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear." And it was so.

10 God called the dry ground "land," and the gathered waters he called "seas." And God saw that it was good.

To begin with, the earth had no water, but as comets collided with the earth and dissolved they brought all the water to the earth. When this process was almost over, the earth was indeed covered in water, it took some time for volcanic action and plate uplifting to create the land.

11 Then God said, "Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds." And it was so.

12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

13 And there was evening, and there was morning?the third day.

It is now believed by science that the building blocks of life did not start here on earth, but were brought here in very simple form by comets and asteroids. Passing through what was then a very violent atmosphere they joined together and changes composition to form the necessary ingredients for life.

14 And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years,

15 and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth." And it was so.

16 God made two great lights?the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars.

17 God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth,

18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good.

19 And there was evening, and there was morning?the fourth day.

To begin with the stars would not have been visible through the thick atmosphere of the early earth. But would gradually become visible as the atmosphere cleared.

20 And God said, "Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky."

21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

22 God blessed them and said, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth."

23 And there was evening, and there was morning?the fifth day.

As the atmosphere and sea began to change and oxygen began to be dissolved into the sea, aquatic life did start to appear.

24 And God said, "Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind." And it was so.

25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

Life then began to colonize the land

26 Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."

27 So God created man in his own image,  in the image of God he created him;  male and female he created them.

After billions of years man evolved and survived

28 God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground."

We have certainly done that.

29 Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.

30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground?everything that has the breath of life in it?I give every green plant for food." And it was so.

31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning?the sixth day.

Six days ? that does not mean earth days. A day to God can be millions or even billions of years to us.
It has taken us some 4-5,000 years to scientifically prove this first chapter of the bible and yet science still has no answer to the simple question ?What is life ? what makes something live?? I don?t think science will ever be able to explain it. I believe than only God can give ?the breath of life?.



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Off-Topic / Do you smoke?
« on: October 01, 2009, 10:10:14 AM »
We all know that smoking is bad for you. But many of us still do, but how many?

What are your thoughts? Have to tried it? have you tried to give it up?

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General Issues / Questions / A new book?
« on: September 25, 2009, 09:10:52 AM »
What are the thoughts about producing a new book containing all the parts of the Tanakh, Bible and Quran that agree?

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Off-Topic / WWIII
« on: September 07, 2009, 07:54:34 AM »
I really hope not

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