Futuristic Music

•January 27, 2009 • 1 Comment

Is this the future of music.  Check it out!

Trival White House

•January 21, 2009 • Leave a Comment

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The White House – 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

John and Abigail Adams were the first residents of the White House. George and Martha Washington lived in New York and Philadelphia.  President Washington oversaw the design of the White House.

Slaves helped build White House.    Slaves worked in the White House.

The White House has been called the “Executive Mansion”, the  “President’s Palace”, and the “President’s House”, but got its nickname of  “The White House” early on.  The presidential home was origianally white-washed to preserve the limestone and later painted.  Theodore Roosevelt made the nickname official in 1901.

The Château de Rastignac is often compared to the White House and vice-versa.

The White House is also a museum.

 

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THE GREEN WHITE HOUSE

During World War I the White House set an example of conservation. During today’s economy perhaps we should take a  hint.

Social functions were discontinued.

Mrs.  Wilson set meatless days, heatless days, Sundays were gasless days (no use of automobiles) and sewed pajamas for soldiers in hospitals.

18 sheep  grazed the presidential lawns, saving on cutting grass.  The wool was auctioned generating $52,823  for the Red Cross .  Proceeds from the fleece was give to each state.

Eleanor Roosevelt had a “Victory Garden” planted on the White House lawn.  The winning idea of www.ondayone.com was that the  Obama’s plant a Victory Garden.   More on Victory Gardening.  

Turning the White House green.  The Obama’s carrying on a presidential green tradition.  How the Bush’s were green.

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The Vice President does not live in the White House.  His residence is One Observatory Circle.

The first website for the White House is here. Reminiscences of early website development! LOL!  Another version is here.  I’m surprised they are still online.

The current White House website is here.  President Obama will use the site as a communication tool.  Find out all about the White House here.

The White House Historical Association has its own website with more  interesting facts and trivia.

What God Cannot Do

•January 20, 2009 • 1 Comment


Things God Cannot Do
by Dave Miller, Ph.D.

Both Christians and atheists generally have assumed that if the God depicted in the Bible exists, He can do anything—since He is represented as being all-powerful. However, this assumption is incorrect. The Bible does not claim that the omnipotence of God implies that He can do anything and everything. In reality, “omnipotence” does not, and cannot, apply to that which does not lend itself to power. Skeptics and atheists have posed queries that they feel nullify the notion of omnipotence, thereby demonstrating the nonexistence of God. For example, “Can God create a boulder so large that He, Himself, cannot lift it?”

Separate and apart from the fact that God is not, Himself, physical, and that He created the entire physical Universe, though He is metaphysical and transcendent of the Universe, the question is a conceptual absurdity. It’s like asking, “Can God create a round square or a four-sided triangle?” No, He cannot—but not for the reasons implied by the atheist: that He does not exist or that He is not omnipotent. Rather, it is because the question is, itself, self-contradictory and incoherent. It is nonsensical terminology. Rather than saying God cannot do such things, it would be more in harmony with the truth to say simply that such things cannot be done at all! God is infinite in power, but power meaningfully relates only to what can be done, to what is possible of accomplishment—not to what is impossible! It is absurd to speak of any power (even infinite power) being able to do what simply cannot be done. Logical absurdities do not lend themselves to being accomplished, and so, are not subject to power, not even to infinite power (see Warren, 1972, pp. 27ff.).

While God can do whatever is possible to be done, in reality, He will do only what is in harmony with His nature. Further, to suggest that God is deficient or limited in power if He cannot create a rock so large that He cannot lift, is to imply that He could do so if He simply had more power. But this is false. Creating a rock that He, Himself, cannot lift, or creating a four-sided triangle, or making a ball that is at the same time both white all over and black all over, or creating a ninety-year-old teenager, or making a car that is larger on the inside that it is on the outside—to propose such things is to affirm logical contradictions and absurdities. Such propositions do not really say anything at all. Though one can imagine logical absurdities that cannot be accomplished, they do not constitute a telling blow against the view that God is infinite in power.

So, no, the concept of “omnipotence” does not mean that there are no limits to what an omnipotent being can do. In fact, the Bible pinpoints specific things that God cannot do. For example, the Bible states unequivocally that God cannot lie (Numbers 23:19; 1 Samuel 15:29; 2 Timothy 2:13; Titus 1:2). He is a Being whose very essence entails truthfulness. Falsehood is completely out of harmony with His divine nature. Further, God cannot be tempted by evil (James 1:13).

Another impossibility pertaining to God’s power is the fact that He shows no partiality or favoritism (Deuteronomy 10:17; Romans 2:11; Colossians 3:25; 1 Peter 1:17). He is “open and above board”—evenhanded—with all His creatures. He can be counted on to interact with human beings as He said He would. His treatment of us centers on our own self-chosen behavior—not on our ethnicity or skin color (Acts 10:34-35; 1 Samuel 16:7).

A third instance that qualifies the meaning of “omnipotent” is seen in God’s inability to forgive the individual who will not repent and forsake his or her sin (Joshua 24:19; Proverbs 28:13; Matthew 6:15; 18:35; Luke 13:3,5). As great and as magnificent as the mercy and forgiveness of God are, it is impossible to bestow forgiveness upon the person who does not seek that forgiveness by meeting the pre-conditions of remission. God is literally powerless to bestow forgiveness through any other avenue than the blood of Jesus and obedience to the Gospel of Christ (Romans 1:16; 2:8; 2 Thessalonians 1:8; 1 Peter 4:17).

The more one studies the Bible, examining the attributes and characteristics of the God depicted there, the more one is struck with (1) the inspiration of the Bible—since its skillful handling of such matters places it beyond the charge of successful contradiction, and (2) awe at the infinitude of God. Not one of the factors discussed in this article reflects adversely upon the reality of God’s omnipotence. But it is abundantly clear that a person may so live as to render the God of heaven incapable of coming to that person’s aid. It is imperative that every human being recognizes the need to understand His will and to conform one’s behavior to that will. It is imperative that every individual avoid placing self in the precarious position of being in need of that which God cannot do.

REFERENCES

Warren, Thomas B. (1972), Have Atheists Proved There Is No God (Jonesboro, AR: National Christian Press).




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More:

Things God cannot do

Is there anything God cannot do?

Could God create a rock so heavy He could not lift it?
Can God Create a Rock So Heavy He Can’t Lift It? – Can God Truly Be Omnipotent?

10 Things God Can’t Do


Evil is a choice

•January 20, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Here are a few resources to help in understanding why God may permit evil.

The very short answer here is that evil is a product of the mind that has the capacity to choice; ie. free will.  God is love and as we are made in His image we cannot love (or do the good that love produces) without the ability to choose it.  It would not be a choice if there was no alternative to love; ie. hate or the product of hate which is evil.

Can one choose to do good without believing in God?  Yes and no.  A belief in  God may not motivate goodness.  But the capacity for goodness is not possible unless one were created with that capacity initially.

Why does God allow evil?

Why would an all-powerful God permit evil?

Did God create evil?

Didn’t God Create Evil, Too?

Why is there evil and suffering in the world?

Doesn’t evil and suffering prove that God doesn’t care?

If God is all powerful and loving, why is there suffering in the world?

Deliver us From Evil –  ex-athiest

Why does God allow evil? Did God create evil?

Does Moral Evil Prove There is No God?

God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.

~ Psalm 46:1

What is the Character of God?

The Intermediate State

•October 28, 2008 • 1 Comment

If any Biblical topic gives me distress it the subject of the intermediate state, what happens between death and the resurrection. I have grappled with understanding this topic for so long now. I have had to lay aside the tradition and doctrinal distinctives my past theology to reconcile it with current teachings. The only solution is an in depth study of God’s Word. Lest I get caught up in the details, I must hold on to the current state of my peace with God and the assurance of the blessed hope that I have that I will indeed behold my Lord face to face, in His time.

That is the first key. It’s God’s story, it’s His time. In my effort to figure out things of and infinite God with my finite mind I must first acknowledge this truth. He is infinite. He is eternal. Yet he is in my own present now. The God in ages past. The same yesterday, today and tomorrow. He speaks of himself in a current state when he declares “I Am”.

Here are some excellent resources that have been of great help to me in discerning the truth, as far as I have the ability to comprehend. The rest is a mystery.  My conclusions on some of the details are still being pondered. Yet, this I know is true, that just as Jesus raised up little Tabitha, he one day will say to me, “Daughter, arise.”

The Intermediate State – Definition

The Complextities of Time
Lambert Dolphin
Includes insights from Arthur Custance and Ray Stedman

Journey out of Time – Arthur Custance
Absent from the Body – Chapter 6
Survey Of Thought Regarding The Intermediate State – Chapter 12

Time & God
Arthur Custance & Lambert Dolphin

Time, Eternity & the Ressurection
Ray Stedman, Authentic Christianity

God, Time and Eternity by William Lane Craig

Individual Eschatology: Death, The Intermediate State, Resurrection, and Judgment
Dr. Sam Storms

The Rich Man and Lazarus: An Intermediate State?
Luke 16:19-31
E.W. BULLINGER, D.D.

Waiting for the Second Coming
Ray Stedman

Questions About Eternity at Got Questions




What the Bible Says About Heaven and Eternity

By: Thomas Ice, Timothy Demy

“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face-to-face:
now I know in part; but then I shall know even as also I am known.”

-I Corinthians 13.12

Spreading the Wealth Around

•October 28, 2008 • 2 Comments

The concept seems attractive.  To the poor and middle class that is.  Who doesn’t want to see a little more of the green in their pocketbooks?  But through taxation?  Mercy.  Let’s not undermine our economy and hard working individuals in small business.  Entreprenuers and small businesses provide the background of our economy in the local community, which contributes to the health of our national economy.  It is the American way.  Taxation is not the avenue to take.  We do not need to become a socialistic society.  But beware my friends . . .

Consider this.  A hard working man comes home from work with a good buck in his pocket at the end of the week.  He pays fair taxes.  Yet he remains in the ranks of the unknown.  He maintains a  good reputation in his community.  He is respected and appreciated by his family.  And despite his well managed budget, it is still a a struggle to make ends meet.  His pay rate is not in proportion to the cost of living.   His rival?  Celebrety entertainers. Professional athletes. Politicians.  Idol worship.

It’s what our society has valued through the years that has set up such a ridiculous system that encourages an extraordinarily higher rate of monetary compensation for those who entertain us over those who serve us.   In this graph of 2007 Highest Paid Celebreties  you can see for yourself just how much our society is willing to pay to keep this vicious cycle going! Now take a look at what the average American earns annually.  The gap illustrates why there remains such a large majority of hardworking Americans, The Working Poor.   The Wage Gap for women is even greater.  The contrast is outrageous!  

Spreading the wealth around through taxation avenues is not the answer.  Valuing the person through just compensation for their hard work is.  Of course we cannot put a cap on the amount of wages that one can earn in a given occupation and increase the wages of lower paid occupations.  It’s not the American way.  Taxation is and always will be.  

We claim to be so sophisticated and intelligent.  I’m afraid, dear friends, we a simply self-defeating.

Is the Bible True?

•September 17, 2008 • Leave a Comment