Smashing the ten

I can’t decide if the guy who broke the Arkansas Ten Commandments monument is a mentally ill atheist hero or someone used by God to do the work of Moses. I can see why God would not want the Ten Commandments to be set up to be mocked by a society that glorifies same-sex sodomy as marriage, like Moses refused to give the Ten Commandments to a society that was dancing naked around a golden calf.

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Exodus 32: 15 ¶ And Moses turned, and went down from the mount, and the two tables of the testimony were in his hand: the tables were written on both their sides; on the one side and on the other were they written. 16 And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables. 17 And when Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said unto Moses, There is a noise of war in the camp. 18 And he said, It is not the voice of them that shout for mastery, neither is it the voice of them that cry for being overcome: but the noise of them that sing do I hear.
19 ¶ And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses’ anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount. 20 And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it in the fire, and ground it to powder, and strawed it upon the water, and made the children of Israel drink of it…25 ¶ And when Moses saw that the people were naked; (for Aaron had made them naked unto their shame among their enemies:) 26 Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the LORD’S side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him. 27 And he said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbour. 28 And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men.

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Round Rock Bigfoot

Round Rock Parks authority on the north side of Austin has been reporting large footprints appearing in mud in different parks in their jurisdiction. The prints appear to be made by a bare foot about 16 inches long.

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The entity has left a hair sample, they say, so that it can be tested for DNA, if anyone wants to do so.

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Here is a ranger’s foot for size comparison. Don’t know how big the ranger’s foot is, though. This makes me think that the parks authority is doing it as a publicity stunt. Time will tell.

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Francis Collins and his god

Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, who led the Human Genome Project that sequenced human DNA, founded the theistic evolutionist group “Biologos.” He rejects the Biblical God, who created man fully formed from dust. He promotes some generic god that apparently appears in all religions and is essentially nothing but magic in dirt that turned itself into humans in steps, including an apelike ancestor. Here he explains in song to Southern Methodist University graduates how it is required that all students believe in his god, not the God of the Bible, in order to get to be full professors in a university. Or a seminary.

To the tune of “I did it my way” by Frank Sinatra.
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I came I bought the books
I lived in the dorms
followed directions
I worked I studied hard
made lots of friends that had connections…
I crammed they gave me grades
and may I say not in a fair way
but more much more than this
I did it their way!

I learned so many things
although I know I’ll never use them
the courses I took were all required I didn’t choose them
you’ll find that to survive you have to do it the doctrinaire way
and so I knuckled down
and did it their way!

well yes there were times
I wondered why
I had to cringe when I could fly
I had my doubts but after all
I clipped my wings and learned to crawl
I learned it to bend and in the end I did it their way!

–and now for my version–
but now my fine young friends now that I am a full professor
where once I was oppressed I have now become the cruel oppressor
with me I hope you’ll see the double helix is a highway
and yes you’ll learn it best to do it my way!

well I am just a man what can I do open your books read chapter 2
and if it seems a bit routine don’t talk to me go see the dean
just start today love DNA and do it my way!!

The video– https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJQa9UR8ZyM

Ewanchu

IMG_5607Walking his dog at midnight in Raynham, Mass, William Russo encountered a four-foot tall creature under a streetlight in the distance beckoning him and saying “ere ewanchu!” He took this to mean, “here, we want you.” He left quickly. He reports that this happened about 30 years ago and he wants to make it known before he dies.
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No belief needed

Dr. James White thinks belief is not necessary to reconstruct the “oldest and best texts,” and reconstructing the autographs is like solving a math problem. An unbeliever can do it as well as a believer, and maybe better.  Seems it would be better to believe in a definite Bible that needs no reconstruction.
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“In spite of the claims of Westcott and Hort and of van Soden, we do not know the original form of the gospels, and it is quite likely that we never shall” (Kirsopp Lake, Family 13, The Ferrar Group, Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 1941, p. vii).

“…it is generally recognized that the original text of the Bible cannot be recovered” (R.M. Grant. “The Bible of Theophilus of Antioch,” Journal of Biblical Literature, vol. 66, 1947, p. 173).

“…the optimism of the earlier editors has given way to that skepticisim which inclines towards regarding ‘the original text’ as an unattainable mirage” (G. Zuntz, The Text of the Epistles, 1953, p. 9).

“…every textual critic knows that this similarity of text indicates, rather, that we have made little progress in textual theory since Westcott-Hort; that we simply do not know how to make a definitive determination as to what the best text is; that we do not have a clear picture of the transmission and alternation of the text in the first few centuries; and accordingly, that the Westcott-Hort kind of text has maintained its dominant position largely by default” (Eldon J. Epp, “The Twentieth Century Interlude in New Testament Textual Criticism,” Journal of Biblical Literature, Vol. 43, 1974, pp. 390-391).

What is the Bible?

Do we have a Bible that one can buy and trust, or do all printed Bibles have to be corrected by what unbelieving scholars like Bart Ehrman thinks are the “oldest and  best” manuscripts, that is, those asserted to be so by scholars like himself?  James White says that Bible scholarship is an exact science like surgery, and one does not need to believe in Jesus to determine the “oldest and best” reading.

I think that the problem with the original autographs only position is that it removes the object of faith to only theoretical status. It may not matter all that much which translation one trusts as final authority, but he has to have faith that God has spoken, and that requires a definite text. God honors faith, and if one has to reconstruct the text every time he finds a variant reading in different translations, there is no object of faith. There is no faith for God to honor. The Bible becomes a ghost with no actual connection to the material world.