Elon Musk Says No to God, Yes to Computer Simulation

MUSK SUGGESTED TO HIS FELLOW TECH INDUSTRY “INFLUENCERS” THAT WE ARE LIVING IN A UNIVERSE THAT CAME FORTH NOT FROM THE MIND OF GOD, BUT, MORE LIKELY, BY A COMPUTER SIMULATION

MUSK SUGGESTED TO FELLOW TECH INDUSTRY “INFLUENCERS” THAT WE ARE LIVING IN A UNIVERSE THAT CAME FORTH NOT FROM THE MIND OF GOD, BUT, MORE LIKELY, BY A COMPUTER SIMULATION

In “Our Town” the Pulitzer Prize-winning play authored by Thornton Wilder, one of the characters, Rebecca Gibbs, tells her older brother George about the sick friend of hers, Jane Crofut, who received a strangely-addressed letter from her minister:

Jane Crofut The Crofut Farm; Grover’s Corners; Sutton County; New Hampshire; United States of America; Continent of North America; Western Hemisphere; The Earth; The Solar System; The Universe; The Mind of God.

Nearly 80 years after “Our Town” was first performed at McCarter Theater in Princeton, New Jersey, Elon Musk appeared this month at Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

The CEO of both SpaceX and Tesla suggested to his fellow tech industry “influencers” that we are living in a universe that came forth not from the mind of God, but, more likely, by a computer simulation. And he bases his fantastical belief on video games.

“The strongest argument,” said Musk, “for us being in a simulation probably is the following:

Forty years ago, we had pong. Like, two rectangles and a dot. That was what games were. Now, 40 years later, we have photorealistic, 3D simulations with millions of people playing simultaneously, and it’s getting better every year. Soon we’ll have virtual reality, augmented reality.

If you assume any rate of improvement at all, then the games will become indistinguishable from reality, even if that rate of advancement drops by a thousand from what it is now. Then, you just say, okay, let’s imagine it’s 10,000 years in the future – which is nothing on the evolutionary scale.

So given that we’re clearly on a trajectory to have games that are indistinguishable from reality, and those games could be played on any set-top box or on a PC or whatever, and there would be billions of such computers or set-top boxes, it would seem to follow that the odds were in base reality is one in billions.”

When asked point blank if he personally believed that all of us are but blissfully unaware simulants (“Sims” ) living in a world that really does not exist in a universe that is nothing more than a string of 0’s and 1’s, Musk responded, matter-of-factly: “Probably.”

That’s an extraordinary leap of faith by Musk. Indeed, in 2013, the tech genius sat down for an interview with Rainn Wilson, on the actor’s YouTube channel, “SoulPancake.” Wilson asked Musk, “Can science and religion coexist?” And Musk replied, “Probably not.” Yet, Musk is promulgating a belief that is a bizzaro version of creationism.

Daniel Jackson, who blogs for the U.K. weekly The Spectator, suggests that a neologism is required for Musk, and others who share his doctrine, who can’t be considered atheists, per se, because “atheism” means “without God.”

No, Musk and others who worship at the altar of technology, who believe the world as we know it was created by computer simulation (or perhaps some other manifestation of science fiction), might be best described as “Creathiests,” as Jackson suggests.

The irony is that the compulsion of Musk and other of his fellow tech industry influencers to explain how we got here – computer simulation, alien seeding of the earth, evolution, panspermia – actually confirms the veracity of the Bible.

Indeed, First Corinthians advises us that “God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise.” Like science fiction movies – including “Source Code (2011) ,” “Inception (2010),” “The Matrix (2009),” “Surrogates (2009 ),” “Vanilla Sky (2001),” “The Thirteenth Floor (1999 )” and “Total Recall, (1990)” – that have influenced beliefs by wise men like Elon Musk that the 7.4 billion people on this planet really don’t exist.

The CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is so confounded he told the technology faithful that “maybe we should be hopeful this is a simulation,” and that we are living in some sort of cosmic time loop. Otherwise, Musk fears, the time will come when “when civilization will cease to exist.”

Well, those of us who are Christ followers, are unafraid of the end of civilization as we know it. For we look forward to the day, prophesied in First Thessalonians,  “when the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God.

And the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are alive shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air. And so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

How God Used Hollywood to Topple a Tyrant

FILM WAS BUT AN INSTRUMENT THE ALMIGHTY CHOSE TO BRING ABOUT HISTORIC CHANGE IN BUCHAREST.

FILM WAS BUT AN INSTRUMENT THE ALMIGHTY CHOSE TO BRING ABOUT HISTORIC CHANGE IN BUCHAREST.

In his latest Facebook post, the two-time Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks urges his legion of fans to see the documentary film “Chuck Norris vs. Communism.”

Directed by Ilinca Calugareanu, the film is set in 1980s Romania, under the rule of the notorious Nicolae Ceausescu. It is a testament, Hanks suggested, of “The power of film! To change the world.”

Well, film played a role in the transformation of Romania from the communist state it was during Ceausescu’s 22-year reign of repression to the free, democratic society it is today.

But it was the power of God that toppled Ceausescu’s regime. And film was but an instrument the Almighty chose to bring about historic change in Bucharest (as opposed to, say, the fire and brimstone he used to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, or the ten plagues he visited upon Pharaoh’s Egypt).

Indeed, “Chuck Norris vs. Communism” tells the story of how the advent of the VCR enabled the Romanian people to secretly watch Western films, which was strictly forbidden by the Ceausescu government.

VCRs were smuggled into Romania, where a unit fetched roughly the same price as an automobile. Enterprising Romanian entrepreneurs “held home-based viewing parties,” according to the Journal of Religion & Film, and “created an underground economy of illegal film watching.”

Hollywood action films were a favorite of Romania’s underground moviegoers. And Chuck Norris was the biggest draw – thus the title of the documentary Hanks declared a must-see.

But the real star of the documentary is not Norris but Irina Margareta Nistor, who in 1980 graduated college in her native Romania with a degree in foreign languages, and who thereupon went to work as a translator for Romanian state television.

In 1985, Irina was approached by a colleague who asked if she would be interested in dubbing foreign films, which was verboten in Ceausescu’s Romania. But 28-year-old Irina was willing to take the risk.

So she was introduced to Teodor Zamfir, an enterprising entrepreneur who smuggled into Romania VHS tapes of Hollywood films. And between 1985 and 1989, the year Ceausescu’s communist regime was finally turned out of power, Irina dubbed more than 1,000 movies.

She would work from 8:30 in the morning to 3:30 in the afternoon Romanian state television, censoring content for government-approved broadcast. Then she would stealthily walk two blocks to Zamfir’s apartment, where she would dub films until midnight in an improvised studio he set up in his basement.

It was dangerous work. And Irina had no idea what might happen to her if her forbidden activities were discovered by the Securitate, Ceausescu’s secret police.

But God was with the young Romanian woman with the husky, high-pitched voice (as documentarian described it) that became one of the most recognizable in the communist country.

Indeed, Irina managed for a number of years to remain out of the cross hairs of the secret police – whom, she suspected, knew who she was and what she was doing in Zamfir’s basement, but tolerated her subversive activities, because like many Romanians, they enjoyed re-dubbed Hollywood films.

That all changed when Irina dared to do a voiceover for “Jesus of Nazareth,” the BBC miniseries helmed by the Italian director Francisco Zeffirelli – which was rebroadcast on NBC in 1981, winning an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Special Drama,” and re-rebroadcast four more times through 1990.

In “Chuck Norris vs. Communism,” a Romanian filmgoer remembers attending a secret screening of “Jesus of Nazareth,” during which fellow filmgoers were openly weeping during the crucifixion scene.

Such cinematic depictions of the Gospel were new to the Romanian people, as religious services were outlawed by Ceausescu’s government and even references to “God” were banned.

Several Romanian clerics were interviewed for the documentary and they attested that the bootleg VHS films from Hollywood not only had salutary effect on the social lives of the repressed Romanian people but, also, importantly, their spiritual lives.

It was not long after Irina Margareta Nistor made her Romanian re-dub of “Jesus of Nazareth,” which attracted to her the unwanted attention of the Romanian secret police, that the Romanian revolution began. That very well saved the young woman from arrest, imprisonment and maybe even death.

As to Ceausescu, the judgment of God fell upon him.

The Romanian tyrant was weighed in the balances and found wanting. And God put an end to his reign.

Is Donald Trump Evil? The Religious Left Thinks He Is

TRUMP'S BIBLE

DONALD TRUMP, THE PRESUMPTIVE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE, ENJOYS FAR MORE SUPPORT AMONG EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS THAN HILLARY CLINTON, THE DARLING OF THE RELIGIOUS LEFT.

“Christians are ‘called to resist’ Trump.” So read the headline accompanying a polemic authored by Rev. Dr. David Gushee, Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University in Georgia.

It was published this past week by Religion News Service, which provides left-of-center religious news and commentary to more than 100 media outlets, including the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and Huffington Post.

The “call” to which Gushee referred is a statement (which he helped draft) that was released last month by “a multiracial group of Christian ministers and scholars.”

The group condemns Donald Trump, they say, because the Republican Party’s presumptive presidential nominee “promotes racial and religious bigotry, disrespects the dignity of women, harms civil public discourse, offends moral decency, and seeks to manipulate religion.”

The Trump “phenomenon,” as Gushee put it, “challenges Christians at a core moral level.” And nothing less than “faithfulness to Jesus is at stake in how American Christians respond.”

Indeed, wrote Gushee, there were “two particular moments in 20th-century history in which groups of Christians made major statements claiming that the very purity of the faith was at stake and that a failure to resist represented a failure to follow Jesus.”

Those two instances, according to the Mercer theologian, “were Nazi Germany and apartheid South Africa.”

This is the narrative Gushee and his friends on the religious Left are promulgating about Candidate Trump – that if he is elected president, the United States will transmogrify into Germany under Adolf Hitler, or South Africa under Daniel François Malan (on whose watch apartheid was instituted).

So, suggests Gushee, those of us who count ourselves Christ followers must resist Trump – which, presumably, means we should cast votes for Hillary Clinton in November).

In fact, in previous of Gushee’s writings, the theologian-turned-political activist has exalted the presumed Democratic presidential nominee like she’s but one notch below the Virgin Mary.

As he sees it, “Hillary’s mainline Christian faith” is “about love and service, not judgment,” in contrast to “the conservative evangelicalism mainly being offered by the Republicans.”

And here’s what you won’t hear from Madam Clinton, Gushee wrote, approvingly: “Nothing about America as a Christian nation or America’s Christian heritage. Nothing about defending Christians or protecting Christianity or religious liberty. Nothing about rolling back gay rights or abortion. Nothing about America’s dangerous slide into secularism. Nothing that involves attacking people of other faiths or saying we need to keep them out.”

Well, who wants a president who refuses to acknowledge America’s Christian heritage? Who won’t stand up for religious liberty? Who dismisses the Apostle Paul’s warning that homosexuals will not inherit the kingdom of God?

Who is sanguine about the yearly slaughter of the unborn? Who prefers that America be a strictly secular state, rather than one nation under God? Who refuses to recognize that radical Islamists pose a clear and present danger to the American people?

That’s the kind of president the Rev. Dr. David Gushee and his friends on the religious Left desperately want.

But for those of us on the Christian right, who do not share the decidedly unBiblical worldview of Gushee and like-minded ministers and scholars, we find Donald Trump the more palatable choice.

There’s a War on Christmas and Christmas is Losing

PRESIDENT OBAMA, THE PROFESSED CHRISTIAN, DARED NOT  SEND A WHITE HOUSE CHRISTMAS CARD DEPICTING THE  NATVITY. INSTEAD HE REPLACED THE VIRGIN MARY AND THE CHRIST CHILD WITH  THE OBAMA FAMILY DOGS.

PRESIDENT OBAMA, THE PROFESSED CHRISTIAN, DARED NOT SEND A WHITE HOUSE CHRISTMAS CARD DEPICTING THE NATVITY. INSTEAD HE REPLACED THE VIRGIN MARY AND THE CHRIST CHILD WITH THE OBAMA FAMILY DOGS.

Today is the first day of Advent, which marks the start of the pre-Christmas season. It is observed by many, if not most, of the Catholic faithful. And it is in popularity among Protestants, particularly those of us who count ourselves evangelical Christians.

Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. During that four-week period, the Christian faithful prepare for the commemoration of the birth of Christ.

Satan hates Advent. That’s because he wants to take the “Christ” out of Christmas. He doesn’t want Christmas to be a Godly “holy-day.” Rather, his aim is to reduce the birth of Christ to an unGodly, secularized “holiday,” on a par with, say, Halloween.

And, lamentably, Satan and his minions have largely succeeded in hijacking Christmas.

Indeed, no longer is Christmas a celebration of Christ’s birth, but the worship of Mammon. It begins the day after Thanksgiving, which is aptly named Black Friday. It is a day of orgiastic buying and selling in America’s temples of commerce.

Meanwhile, the evil one’s useful idiots have driven Christ out of the public square during Christmas.

That begins at the White House, where the president of the United States, who claims to be a Christian, sends out Christmas cards that do not mention Christ. Like last year, when the White House Christmas card featured the Obama Family’s two dogs – rather than, say, the Virgin Mary and the Christ child – with the secularist message:

“In this wondrous season, may the spirit of the holidays bring you strength and happiness.”

And Obama is not the only elected official doing the work of the devil; taking the Christ out of Christmas.

In 2014, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio declared that New York City public schools could no longer have holiday concerts featuring songs in which the lyric “Christmas” was sung. “I don’t hate Christmas,” de Blasio claimed, “but it’s not about me, it’s about the thousands of children that don’t celebrate Christmas, and could find it offensive.”

Then there are the atheists, and their sympathizers, who use the courts to attack Christmas.

That’s what happened this past April when a three-judge panel of the liberal Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco outlawed the Nativity scenes depicted on large dioramas in Santa Monica, California’s Palisades Park.

Those dioramas had been erected in the park every Christmas season since the 1950s.

That’s why the redeemed of the Lord should stand up for Christmas during Advent. For the Word of God promises that if we resist the Devil, he will flee from us.

Could ‘Strange Sound From the Sky’ Signal End of Days?

‘AND HE SHALL SEND HIS ANGELS WITH A GREAT SOUND OF A TRUMPET, AND THEY SHALL GATHER TOGETHER HIS ELECT FROM THE FOUR WINDS, FROM ONE END OF HEAVEN TO THE OTHER.’

‘AND HE SHALL SEND HIS ANGELS WITH A GREAT SOUND OF A TRUMPET, AND THEY SHALL GATHER TOGETHER HIS ELECT FROM THE FOUR WINDS, FROM ONE END OF HEAVEN TO THE OTHER.’

The UK’s Daily Mail published a news story last weekend speculating on the source of a “strange sound from the sky” that has been heard across the globe for nearly a decade.

Witnesses told the Mail that what they heard sounded very much like the blast of a trumpet. And that it was so loud it shook the ground beneath them.

In a sidebar, the Mail listed seven possible theories, from the unremarkable to the fantastical, that could account for the strange sound from the sky.

The first six included (in order) tectonic plates grinding, atmospheric pressure, trains shunting, construction work, aliens, a HAARP (High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program) weapon and aliens.

But the theory that caught this Christ follower’s attention was seventh on the list – the seven trumpets of heaven ushering in the Apocalypse, as foreseen by John of Patmos, author of the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

To non-believers, that might be a laughable proposition. But not to Christians.

Indeed, on the cusp of the new millennium, Newsweek published a cover story – “Prophecy: What the Bible Says About the End of the World” – that included a poll in which 71 percent of Evangelical Protestants (as well as 28 percent of non-Evangelical Protestants and 18 percent of Catholics) said they believed the world will end, as written in Revelation, in a battle at Armageddon between Christ and the Antichrist.

Well, this Christ follower counts himself among the 71 percent of evangelicals who believes the end-times prophecy of John of Patmos. But unlike many today who believe the end of days is imminent, I am unconvinced.

Because Christ, Himself, declared that “of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.”

Yet, that has not deterred false prophecies of the end of days.

That includes the so-called “Great Disappointment,” which occurred in 1844 when Christ did not return to Earth as predicted by the Baptist pastor William Miller, who had urged his followers to give away all their worldly possessions.

There was also Charles Taze Russell, founder of the Zion’s Watch Tower Tract Society (the sect known today as Jehovah’s Witnesses), who published a text in 1877 in which he predicted the rapture of the saints in 1878 and the second coming of the Lord.

Edgar Whisenant, an end-times zealot, authored the book “88 Reasons Why the Rapture Will Be in 1988,” and somehow managed to persuade Trinity Broadcasting Network to air special programming leading up to the rapture.

Then there was Harold Camping, the Christian radio show host, who predicted in 2009 that the rapture would take place May 21, 2011, and who lamented that he was “flabbergasted” that it didn’t happen.

Because there have been over the past two millennia so many who have been misled by end times predictions that have proven false, most Christ followers today think there next to zero chance that the rapture, the Apocalypse, the return of Christ will happen in their lifetimes.

And they almost certainly are right.

Yet, there remains that next to zero chance that ours is the generation that shall see the sign of the Lord’s coming, and of the end of the world.

And when that great and terrible day comes, when all the tribes of the earth mourn, when they see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory, he will send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet.

A trumpet that might very well sound like that strange sound from the sky that has been heard around the globe.

Bruce Jenner Thinks Christ Accepts His Sex Change

BRUCE JENNER THINKS THAT HE  CAN UNDERGO A SEX CHANGE AND STILL INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD.

BRUCE JENNER THINKS THAT HE CAN UNDERGO A SEX CHANGE AND STILL INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD.

“I’m a woman.” So said Bruce Jenner, during his coming out appearance this past Friday on a special two-hour edition of the ABC News program “20/20.”

And that’s not the only shocking revelation Jenner confided to interviewer Diane Sawyer. “She” also claimed to be a Republican, a conservative and a Christian.

Well, it’s conceivable that Jenner is a Republican. After all, there’s a LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) group that calls itself the Log Cabin Republicans.

It’s also possible that Jenner is a “conservative.” Indeed, there have been any number of conservative lawmakers – including former Idaho Senator Larry Craig and former Florida congressman Mark Foley – who were outed as homosexuals.

But there’s no way that Jenner, who is “transitioning” from male to female, is a true Christ follower.

Indeed, in his letter to the Church at Corinth, the Apostle Paul advised: “Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.”

Does that mean any and every one of us who has committed any of those aforementioned sins is unsaved; that we have condemned ourselves to “the second death,” as John of Patmos put it, when we appear before the judgment seat of Christ?

No.

Because, the Scripture assures us: “If we confess our sins, He is just and faithful to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us of all unrighteousness.”

Conversely, “If we say that we have no sin,” as Jenner, the transgender in the making maintains, “we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”

So it matters not if Jenner attends church every Sunday; if he tithes what earns for his upcoming reality show; if he reads his Bible every day; if he prays first thing each morning, and last thing every night.

If he unrepentantly undergoes a sex change, if he refuses to acknowledge that doing so is an abomination in the eyes of God, he will be in open rebellion against his Creator.

That’s why Christ warned us, everyone: “If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.”

What that says is that we are not to surrender ourselves to sin; to deceive ourselves that God will forgive us for our unconfessed, unrepented adultery or financial wrongdoing or substance abuse or acts of violence or twisted sexual orientation.

If Jenner truly was a Christian, he would not blithely embrace transgenderism. No, he would fall on his knees and ask the Lord to free him from Satan’s grip. For greater is He who is in Bruce Jenner – who is in all of us struggling with sin – than he who is in the world.

 

Is Libertarianism Compatible With Christianity?

MANY LIBERTARIANS PROFESS THEMSELVES CHRISTIANS, BUT THEIR VIEWS ON SUCH MORAL ISSUES AS HOMOSEXUAL MARRIAGE, ABORTION, EUTHANASIA AND PROSTITUTION DO NOT COMPORT WITH THE WORD OF GOD.

MANY LIBERTARIANS PROFESS THEMSELVES CHRISTIANS, BUT THEIR VIEWS ON SUCH MORAL ISSUES AS HOMOSEXUAL MARRIAGE, ABORTION, EUTHANASIA AND PROSTITUTION DO NOT COMPORT WITH THE WORD OF GOD.

A friend sent me a link to a newspaper column celebrating the supposed ascendance of libertarianism among the hoi polloi.

“It is clear,” the author wrote, “that there are certain areas where an increasing portion of Americans are adapting more libertarian views and simply want the government to leave them alone and allow them to freely live their lives.”

He cited as examples same-sex marriage and drug legalization.

“People have generally come to the conclusion,” he asserted, “that they don’t really care to whom one is attracted or what consenting adults do behind closed doors.”

He also predicted that “the next libertarian wave to wash across the national consciousness will be drug legalization.”

Where “the prohibitionist” errs, he asserted, is in “the failure to recognize that since one owns the right to his own life, his body is as much his property, if not more so, than the clothes he wears or the change in his pocket, and he is free to utilize it as he sees fit.”

Well, I do no dispute that support has increased in recent years for both homosexual marriage and decriminalization of drug use. The polls suggests as much.

But that doesn’t make it right.

For the Word of God declares: “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness.”

Indeed, there is a libertarian argument to be made for seemingly every evil under the sun.

Take pedophilia: The North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) group thinks there nothing wrong with a grown man being sexual attracted to a pre-pubescent boy.

In fact, the main goal of the pedophile rights group, which was headed for years by libertarian Joe Powers, is to “repeal age of consent laws that make it a crime for adults to have sex with minors.”

We see a similar move to “normalize” polygamy; to confer upon such multi-spouse unions the same right to marry as homosexual couples. The movement was given a huge boost last year by a federal district court judge in Utah who ruled that the state’s law banning polygamous households violated the First and Fourteenth Amendments.

The legal challenge was brought by the polygamous “family” featured on the TLC reality show “Sister Wives.” Parents magazine, which should not be mistaken as pro-family, finds the show “very redeeming.” Perhaps the best part of the show, according to Parents, is “its subtle Libertarian message.”

Not even incest is out of bounds for libertarians. Just last year, in fact, the German Ethics Council, a government body, recommended that the country’s laws banning incest between adult brothers and sisters should be abolished.

“The fundamental right of adult siblings to sexual self-determination,” trumps “the abstract idea of protection of the family,” the council declared. That line of reasoning expressed “a libertarian ideal of sexual autonomy,” noted The Week magazine.

The same kind of unGodly reasoning informs prevailing libertarian views on such issues as abortion, euthanasia, drugs and prostitution – that our bodies are our property and we can do with them what we will.

Indeed, Murray Rothbard, who according to the Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Political Thought played a leading intellectual role in the development of modern libertarianism, said that if a mother-to-be decides she doesn’t want the human life growing in her womb, “then the fetus becomes a parasitic ‘invader’ of her person, and the mother has the perfect right to expel this invader from her domain.”

Jack Kevorkian, the proponent of physician-assisted suicide who sent more than 100 souls to an early grave, never pronounced himself a “libertarian,” but he certainly was embraced by the libertarian community.

That included Mary J. Ruwart, a leading candidate for the 2008 Libertarian Party presidential nomination, who actually contacted Kevorkian in 1993 to assist her sister Martie to take her life. “Martie was a person for whom Dr. Kevorkian really was the only option,” said sister Mary.

The libertarian Cato Institute is one of the foremost advocates of drug legalization, not just for marijuana, but any every and every drug.

Indeed, in 1999 testimony to Congress, Cato’s David Boaz argued that “(t)he long federal experiment in prohibition of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and other drugs has given us unprecedented crime and corruption combined with a manifest failure to stop the use of drugs or reduce their availability to crime.”

But libertarian Boaz and other drug-legalization advocates don’t get it. “Drugs like marijuana and cocaine are not dangerous because they are illegal,” as Joe Califano, the one time chairman of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, explained. “They are illegal because they are dangerous.”

That is borne out by data from the Centers for Disease Control, which indicates that deaths from drug overdoses have risen steadily over the past two decades. Among people 25 to 64 years old, drug overdoses actually cause more deaths than motor vehicle crashes.

The libertarian case for legal prostitution also is morally bankrupt. It is based on the notion that sex for money is a “victimless crime;” that a woman should be free to sell her body without government meddling.

Never mind a study from the Netherlands, where prostitution is legal, which reported that 60 percent of women in legal prostitution had been physically assaulted and 40 percent had been coerced into legal prostitution.

Kill our unborn babies. Take our own lives. Enslave ourselves to drugs. Sell and buy sex. All that is okay under tenets of libertarianism.

But the Word of God says different.

“Do you not know,” the Apostle Paul wrote to the Christian faithful in Corinth, “that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?”

Indeed, we were all, everyone, bought at a price. And, therefore, we are to glorify God in body and spirit.

Is Professed Christian Obama a Believer or a Deceiver?

STEVE KORNACKI (L) WITH GUESTS LAWRENCE O'DONNELL AND OBAMA APOLOGIST JOSHUA DUBOIS.

STEVE KORNACKI (L) WITH GUESTS LAWRENCE O’DONNELL AND OBAMA APOLOGIST JOSHUA DUBOIS.

Joshua DuBois, former head of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, appeared yesterday on MSNBC’s “UP with Steve Kornacki,” during which he defended President Obama’s profoundly insulting anti-Christian remarks at last Thursday’s National Prayer Breakfast in the Nation’s Capital.

The president admonished Christians not to think their faith somehow different than the faith that has produced ISIL (and al Qaeda and Boko Haram and Abu Sayyaf and Hamas and Hezbollah and all too many other Islamic terrorist groups).

“Remember,” spake Obama, “during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.”

And lest the more than three-quarters of us in this country who count ourselves Christ followers “get on our high horse,” as Obama put it, he reminded us that “slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”

DuBois, whom Time Magazine in 2009 anointed Obama’s “pastor-in-chief,” maintained during his MSNBC appearance that the president spoke the gospel truth. That earned him a stinging rebuke from, of all talking heads, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, who was guesting on Kornacki’s show alongside DuBois.

O’Donnell told Obama’s spiritual adviser that it was absurd to suggest some sort of parallel between the Crusades – the last of which was all the way back in the 15th century – and the unholy war waged today by ISIL. He also told DuBois it was ridiculous to blame Christianity for racial bigotry.

DuBois, raised in the African Methodist Episcopal church, has on a previous occasion vouched for Obama’s Christian faith. “I happen to know the president personally,” he said, “and know his heart and know he’s a believer.”

Well, if Obama is a true Christ follower, he certainly doesn’t show it. Indeed, the president “rarely goes to church and has spent just one Christmas morning of his presidency in the pews,” as reported by Politico this past December.

But it is by his fruits – his unGodly policies – that we know this president.

Indeed, Obama has given his presidential blessing to gay marriage, dismissing the warning of the Apostle Paul that neither “homosexuals, nor sodomites…will inherit the kingdom of God.”

The president also has cast his lot with the nation’s abortionists, who have slaughtered more than five million unborn children since Obama has been in the White House. The Prophet Amos declared that the Lord’s punishment awaits those that have “ripped open the woman with child.”

What particularly galls about Obama is that he represents himself as a man of faith because he selectively quotes Scripture and invokes the name of the Lord.

Well, as the Bard wrote in the “Merchant of Venice,” “The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.” And as Christ Himself advised, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father.”

Indeed, that Obama shows up each year for the National Prayer Breakfast doesn’t prove him a “believer.” No, it exposes the professed Christian as a deceiver.

Secularists Are Trying to Take Christ Out of Christmas

CHRISTMAS IS BEING HIJACKED BY THOSE WHO WOULD GIVE EQUAL BILLING TO SUCH DUBIOUS HOLIDAYS AS KWANZAA, HANUKKAH AND RAMADAN.

CHRISTMAS IS BEING HIJACKED BY THOSE WHO WOULD GIVE EQUAL BILLING TO SUCH DUBIOUS HOLIDAYS AS KWANZAA, HANUKKAH AND RAMADAN.

“Joyous Kwanzaa.” “Happy Hanukkah.” “Merry Christmas.” “Happy Ramadan.”

So proclaims the secularist “holiday” poster that greets visitors to the office building where I labor.

The building owner obviously thought the poster noncontroversial. But this Christ follower found it offensive.

Because the upcoming holiday is not about Kwanza, the seven-day afrocentric celebration created in 1965, nor Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish festival hardly celebrated until the 1970s, and certainly not Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting that actually takes place in June.

No, Jesus is the reason for the season.

It is the annual acknowledgement of the fulfillment two mellennia ago of the Messianic pronouncements of the prophet Isaiah seven centuries earlier:

“Unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

It is a celebration of the miraculous birth of the one whom John the Baptizer declared “The Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world.”

It is a season of thanks-giving to God for His mercy, for His grace; Who “so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

That’s what Christmas has been about since the holy-day was first celebrated in the fourth century. And since the commemoration of the birth of Christ was declared a national holiday here in the United States in 1870.

Of course, there are forces of darkness in this world that hate Christmas; that want to disassociate the holiday from Jesus Christ.

That includes American Atheists, which describes itself as “the premier organization fighting for the civil liberties of atheists and the total, absolute separation of government and religion.”

The homepage on AA’s website declares “War on Christmas.”  It depicts a little girl – actually rather demonic-looking – sitting down writing a letter in which she tells Santa Claus: “All I want for Christmas is to skip church!”

More passively hostile to Christmas are retailers that have replaced “Merry Christmas” in their advertisements with the insidious “Happy Holidays.”

That includes Barnes & Noble, Footlocker, Gap Stores (parent company of the Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy), Limited Brands (parent company of the Limited, Bath & Body Works and Victoria’s Secret), L.L. Bean and Radio Shack.

Then there are the religiously correct workplaces that no longer allow Christmas to have a holiday to itself; that have given such dubious holidays as Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and Ramadan equal billing with Christmas.

But there is a reason Christmas remains the world’s biggest religious holiday.

It is not because of all the secularist trappings of Christmas – the office parties, the shopping, the ritualistic gift-giving, the ornament-laden trees, the ostentatious lighting displays, the orgiastic meals.

No, it is because of Jesus.

It is because the Holy Spirit moves in a powerful way during the Christmas season. It is because many are convicted during their once a year visit to church.

And it is because there will be “more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents” this upcoming Christmas Day “than over ninety-nine just persons” sitting in the pews “who need no repentance.”

Will God Forgive Brittany Maynard If She Kills Herself?

TERMINALLY-ILL BRITTANY MAYNARD HAS BECOME THE FACE OF THE EUTHANASIA MOVEMENT.

TERMINALLY-ILL BRITTANY MAYNARD HAS BECOME THE FACE OF THE EUTHANASIA MOVEMENT.

It’s November 1, the day Brittany Maynard vowed to kill herself. The 29-year-old California woman says she no longer finds life worth living after being diagnosed this past spring with stage 4 glioblastoma, a malignant brain tumor.

Brittany has become the poster girl for “Compassion & Choices, ”  a so-called “end-of-life choice” advocacy organization that is fighting to increase the number of stateS with so-called “Death With Dignity” laws on the books.

The model is Oregon, the state to which Brittany relocated this past summer because her home state of California doesn’t allow physician-assisted suicide (at least for now).

Oregon is one of five states – along with Montana, Washington, New Mexico and Vermont – that allow doctors to prescribe lethal doses of medication to patients like Brittany, diagnosed with terminal illnesses, longing for a premature death.

And Compassion & Choices has campaigns underway underway in four other states to legalize euthanasia – Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts and, of course, California (so terminally ill residents like Brittany don’t have to go all the way to Oregon to kill themselves).

If the pro-euthanasia movement succeeds in nearly doubling the number of states with “Death With Dignity” laws,  it will only be a matter of time before physician-assisted suicide is routine throughout the county – like physician-assisted abortion.

Indeed, just as Planned Parenthood soft-pedals abortion as “reproductive health care,” Compassion & Choices portrays euthanasia as end-of-life “comfort and control.”

And they are shamelessly exploiting terminally ill Brittany, casting her as the face of the euthanasia movement and even setting up The Brittany Maynard Fund not to benefit her family – she and her recently-wed husband are childless – but to raise money to further Compassion & Choices’ political advocacy.

Well, as a Christ follower who this very year was a pallbearer at his 83-year-old father-in-law’s funeral, who had no moral qualms with the family’s decision not to resuscitate him when he drew his last breath, I have nothing but empathy for those who find themselves in similar situations.

But it’s one thing to allow a natural death, and quite another to actively terminate life, as in the case of euthanasia.

Indeed, God’s precious gift of life is cheapened when we send off the terminally ill, like Brittany, to a hasty death. If we accept euthanasia today for those diagnosed with six months to live, do we accept it tomorrow for anyone with a terminal illness – cancer, Alzheimer’s, whatever – no matter how far they may be from death’s door?

Is it hard to imagine Compassion & Choices one day begging the question why the “comfort and choice” of euthanasia should be limited strictly to those with terminal illnesses?

What about those of weakened mind or sinew who feel that their quality of life has so deteriorated that death would be welcome?

And why should euthanasia be restricted to adults only? What about the infant suffering from a fatal illness? Why not put the child out of his or her misery?

Because life is sacred, as the Scripture reminds.

“Do you not know,” the Apostle Paul wrote, “that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit? You are not our own. You were bought with a price.”

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