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The Bible: About Socialism and Capitalism

October 25, 2019

The Bible: About Socialism and Capitalism

I urge all Americans to read Dr. Dobson’s and Minister Dr. Jack Graham’s thoughts about God, the Bible and Socialism Vs. America’s Constitutional Republic based upon Capitalism.

It is essential that the content of what follows be taught to our children, youth and young adults.

I wish God’s Blessings to you and your loved ones; and to all of America.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 10/25/19

Dr. Dobson’s August Newsletter

Dr. Dobsons August 2019 Newsletter

Ladies and Gentlemen, I write you today to express my profound concern for our nation and for everything cherished by people of faith. “Love of country” as we have known it is in serious jeopardy. Those who are determined to “fundamentally change” America have forged a virulent and growing political movement that recognizes no allegiance to the U.S. Constitution. They think they have a better idea. People like that despise the Declaration of Independence, which proclaims that we are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights—among them are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Indeed, the concept that our freedoms were a gift from the Creator is anathema to these revolutionaries. I am especially concerned about a generation of children who are being manipulated and warped day by day. These vulnerable boys and girls have no defense against activists and some liberal teachers who are propagandizing them. They see our kids as a way to guarantee their vision of a socialist future. Their goal is to recast America as a Marxist, atheistic, all-powerful form of government. 

Is such a tragic day coming on this beloved country? Not if we and millions of other patriots can prevent it! 

Several weeks ago, I watched a pastor on television who spoke of these concerns. He is my friend, Dr. Jack Graham, senior minister at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. I was so moved by his words that I asked for permission to share them with the constituents of the James Dobson Family Institute. Dr. Graham granted my request, and below is a partial transcript of his sermon, delivered to his worldwide audience in late June. 

“What the Bible Teaches About Socialism and Capitalism”
Dr. Jack Graham

Let’s define our terms. Socialism is a political and economic system in which there is government ownership of the means of production and the primary focus of providing equality. Socialism favors large government and governmental control of social services and much more. In socialism, the government is all important and is involved in every aspect of the lives of those whom it rules. 

Contrast this with capitalism. Ours is an economic system in which there is private ownership, private property, and private possession of goods. In capitalism, there is a limited role for the presence and force of government in individual lives. Economically and philosophically, capitalism and socialism are two forms of government between which we need to differentiate. 

Americans have historically favored capitalism and the freedom it provides. Surprisingly, however, a shift appears to be occurring in public opinion, especially among the young. 

A recent USA Today report said that 4 in 10 Americans embrace some form of socialism. A recent poll of millennials found that a majority, 58 percent, would rather live in a socialist nation than a capitalist nation. Some young people perceive capitalism and corporate America as being greedy and without compassion or concern for others. Yes, there is greed in this country, but there is greed whether it is in a socialistic system or a capitalistic system. It is in the heart of every human being.

What accounts for the changing attitudes among the young? Those under 30 years of age have not seen the devastating effects of Soviet-style repressive governments under socialism. It is the big bad brother, communism. We’re past the Cold War now, and a generation has arisen that either hasn’t been taught history, doesn’t read or understand it, or doesn’t care. They are listening to their liberal teachers, professors and politicians; and what they have been told sounds good. It appears compassionate and loving. But is it? I can say emphatically that it is not!

Socialism is fundamentally at odds with the Christian worldview because it seeks to suppress all people according to the dictates of the state. No one serious about their Christian faith can accept socialism, and here’s why. Socialism is totally secular and is predicated on atheism. That is a fact. Our faith in Jesus Christ is built on the Word of God, the revelation of Scripture, and the belief that God exists. We believe in the coming resurrection of Christ, and with that faith comes freedom to live an abundant life that is founded on liberty.

Contrast that with Karl Marx, the father of socialism. He considered religion of all types, specifically Christianity, to be what he called “an opiate of the people.” In other words, belief in God is a drug to be used to pacify the public. Marx was the originator of the horribly repressive Soviet style of government. He was also greatly influenced by Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. It purports to explain the existence of life on earth. Human beings, he said, are nothing more than advanced animals. If that is true, any one of us can be disposed of at the whim of the state.

But the Bible says in Genesis 1: 27-28, “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, ‘Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it.'” 

The Creator later went on to tell Adam and Eve in Genesis, chapter 2, that they were to possess the land, the garden that was given to them and to till the soil. The first man, Adam, was a farmer, and he was given property to possess and property in which to produce goods. And that became foundational to the Judeo-Christian ethic. It is evident throughout the Old and New Testaments. 

But the philosophical views of socialists such as Marx and his disciples assert that God does not exist. In fact, they believe the idea of God is harmful and must be forcefully removed from society when necessary. Atheism is at the very core of this political and economic system.
We are told by socialists today, “Well, hostility to faith is a thing of the past. That was old style socialism and communism. Today’s socialists are no longer trying to destroy religion. It has changed since the days of Karl Marx.” 

That is their argument, but it is hollow. Socialist countries today still oppress and threaten people of faith, all faiths. Their leaders are determined to root out Christianity. This is why churches in China are detonated and Christians continue to be persecuted. China looked a little better for a while, but now it’s going backwards. That is also true in North Korea. It’s why the luggage of Western visitors is inspected for Bibles. It is why there is persecution, discrimination, and repression in socialist and communist countries. Pastors in Cuba and other Latin American countries are still persecuted. Likewise, evangelism in Soviet Russia is very limited today. This is still occurring under socialist dictatorships. 

Despite this opposition to Christianity, support for socialism is spreading alarmingly in America. For example, their proponents are campaigning against Christian appointees to our federal judiciary, such as what occurred in the hearings to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Why? Because socialists are radically opposed to any outspoken Christian being placed in an influential position. Leftists make their views clear. They say, “If you’re going to profess your faith openly, we’re going to oppose your candidacy.” 

These are but a few of the examples that I could give you. Can you name one socialist country—communist or otherwise—that is open to religious liberty? There is none. Opposition to God is at the very root of this system called socialism. It is agnostic, atheistic, and aggressive to believers in Jesus Christ.

Socialists also undermine the dignity of human life. We noted in Scripture that God created us in His own image. That image has been shattered by sin but restored by Christ. Believers in Him have been made holy by His death on the cross. We are not animals. We are God’s creation, and He provided for us a remedy for sin and depravity.

He has also given us liberty and the autonomy of life. As the Declaration of Independence states, freedom and liberty are gifts from God, not privileges granted to some by government. In socialism, the objective of government is to hold unrivaled power and control. The common people are just a part of the machine. Elites at the pinnacle of government live in palaces, while those who labor to earn a living get the dregs.

Just look at the example of modern Venezuela. It was a beautiful and magnificent country just a few years ago. It had one of the largest reserves of oil in the world. But under the hobnailed boot of socialist government, the Venezuelan people have been deprived, murdered, and allowed to starve. That is what happens when ordinary people are seen as nothing more than advanced animals. They have no legal protections and no guaranteed liberties. They are expendable and will live or die at the pleasure of the state. 

The 20th century was the bloodiest century in the history of the world, primarily because of socialist dictators. Three million people were slaughtered under Lenin’s dictatorship in Soviet Russia. Twenty-five million died in World War I. Joseph Stalin murdered close to 60 million peasants, along with his opponents during his socialist reign. During the Nazi dictatorship of Adolf Hitler, more than 50 million people died around the world, including 6 million Jews, Gypsies, and Polish people. Forty-five million Chinese people were butchered under Mao Zedong’s communist dictatorship. Many of them were of the Christian faith. This is the record of brutal socialist dictators in the past 100 years.

America has blood on its hands too. More than 60 million babies in the U.S. have been murdered by abortionists. Planned Parenthood and the entire abortion movement were inspired by the racist and socialist Margaret Sanger. She taught that babies were expendable. If helpless babies can be eliminated at will, what does that mean for people of all ages? It cheapens human life. This is where a godless system of government leads—to misery, poverty, disease, and death.

The Bible teaches that every human being is a child of God, and therefore has great value to Him. Not only does socialism devalue human life, but it has been an economic disaster where it has gained hegemony. Compare the prosperity of West Germany during the Cold War to the socialistic deprivations of East Germany—or North Korea compared with South Korea. Socialism has been an economic bust wherever it has been tried. Do we really want to repeat the disastrous mistakes of history? Apparently some do, but America will never recover if our people make that foolish choice.

Congressman Gerald Smith made the following statement, which is now inscribed in the Congressional Record. He said in 1958, “You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give away that which it doesn’t first take from somebody else.” 

When half of the citizens begin to realize that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half begins to understand that it does no good to work because someone else is going to get what they worked for, that, my friend, is the end of free enterprise.

The Scripture has much to tell us about work and its role in the divine plan. Second Thessalonians 3:10 states, “If a man won’t work, neither shall he eat.” Ecclesiastes 2:24 reads, “There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat, and drink, and find enjoyment in his toil. This also I saw is from the hand of God.” Genesis 2:15 tells us what the Creator assigned Adam to do, as follows: “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” 

Now, let me say, the Bible does not endorse any one political system. It does endorse freedom, and private ownership, and the value of work and a free market system that decentralizes economic power. By contrast, socialism suppresses the poor, steals from the rich, legislates theft, and encourages envy. It confiscates what people have sweated to earn and achieve and then distributes it to those who have not earned what they have been given. Socialism focuses on the government and the state. Capitalism elevates the status of mankind. That is what it comes down to.

Isn’t it good to celebrate our freedoms in America? We should reflect on what God has done in our country and thank Him for the foundational principles that have made America a great nation. In all these years, I don’t know that I have preached a message quite like this one today. But I delivered these perspectives on socialism because we must oppose the lie on which it is based. We’re experiencing a life-and-death struggle that will determine not only our future but the welfare of generations to come.

Let me summarize what I have shared with you. Socialism is fundamentally contradictory to the Christian worldview. It seeks to suppress all people, especially Christians, in favor of the state. And the way that it does that is by breaking down the institutions that God has established, particularly marriage and the family. When I see the breakdown of our culture, our society, and especially the family, it truly breaks my heart. There is a spiritual war going on all around us. It is a battle for the heart and soul of our nation. We are fighting for the sanctity of life, the sacredness of biblical marriage, sexual identity, religious freedom, and, yes, economic freedom that gives us the ability to prosper within a nation. Socialism opposes each of these cornerstones.

My prayer is that, as our forebears fought and died to secure the blessings of liberty, we must also rise to the challenge that faces us. Now it is our turn.  

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I can’t tell you how passionately I feel about this message delivered from the pulpit of Dr. Jack Graham. It should be read (or heard) by every freedom-loving citizen in this country.

If you are among them, I hope you will remember these exhortations when you continue to hear the mainstream media promoting socialist revolution in the days ahead. I also urge you to support the voices who are warning against those who want to “fundamentally transform” democracy. What is so wrong with our constitutional form of government that it should be thrown on the ash heap of history? What we are facing here is a culture war that is driven by those who hate Christianity and the Church of Jesus Christ. If the far left is successful in capturing the hearts and minds of Americans, the entire world will descend into a spiritual darkness unlike anything that has ever been seen. Please make that a matter of fervent prayer during these next 14 months, and do pass this letter on to your friends and pastors.

I also ask you to please continue to support our ministry, among others, who are trying to defend righteousness in a nation under siege. There is no time to lose.

Sincerely,

Dr. James Dobson's Signature

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Anthropomorphizing God—And More

April 1, 2018

This is a reblog for Easter, 2018

Anthropomorphizing God—And More.

The definition of  Anthropomorphizing, according to Webster, is “to attribute a human personality or form to things not human.”

We commonly do this when we say that “our computer is thinking”, “our dog is like our 2 year old child”, “it is trying to rain”, or the “the lake is angry today”.

I admit to using such language when I am cussing at my slow computer, loving my puppy, trying to plan a picnic, or wishing to go for a sail on Lake Michigan.

I try not to use such language when, as a researcher, psychological practitioner and scientist, I am thinking about any serious topic. For me, serious topics include things like a research article, technology, social/cultural evolution, religion, economics, politics, mental health issues, and more.

I try to be a good Christian, though I confess that my church attendance has been spotty at times. I know, sadly, that some Christians will reject the idea that I am a Christian because I am picking and choosing what I believe from the Holy Bible. 

Still, I want to be a Christian, I want to act like one, and I believe that I am one.

The beloved departed Catholic Saint, Mother Teresa, struggled mightily with her doubts about God, though her faith obviously won-out. I believe it is natural for thoughtful people to encounter this troubling existential challenge.

http://blog.franciscanmedia.org/mother-teresas-doubts-reveal-a-deep-faith

Well, I surely am no Mother Teresa and I can use all the help I can get with my faith.

So, it does not help me when a preacher, high in his pulpit, stupidly screams to our congregation: “I know exactly where I am going when I die, I’m going right up there!”…as he energetically stabs his finger at the church ceiling and presumably the sky above.

Did he not stop to think that when he points up, other preachers standing standing on different sections of earth would be pointing down and sideways?!

I hope and pray there is a heaven, but it is silly to try and point at it.

O.K., I get what he was trying to illustrate, but advise a more grown-up way of leading from the pulpit.

Furthermore, this is the same preacher who used to make fun of scientists, as though there were none sitting in his pews.

Also, does not help me when one of my past preachers vigorously enjoined his congregation to follow the Ten Commandments, yet he was an adulterer with one of his parishioners. Later the congregation is split in half and badly damaged as a result.

My dear sister-in-law Jeanne Ollhoff was a life-long devoted Christian. She was also a marvelous choir director, organist, parochial school teacher and parochial school principle. Jeannie was a staunch and joyful leader in God’s work and was not the least bit naive about church politics.  I once heard her say, with a smile and an wink, that “the only thing wrong with God’s churches is that there are people in there!” Jeanne was not a cynic; she was a happy, buoyant realist and a stalwart servant of God to the very end. 

When Jeanne died of cancer, those who were with her as she passed saw her smile, open her eyes and reach out her arms. When they tried to tried to hold her hands, she brushed them away. Then she was gone.

You may interpret this event anyway you wish. The Faithful by her side easily understood and tearfully rejoiced. They knew that her Faithful dream had come true.

I have tried to believe that every hair on everyone’s head is counted and known by God. I have tried to believe  that the Faithful are favored by His grace in important ways.

But, it does not help when very bad things frequently happen to devoutly Faithful people in my family, among my friends; to Faithful people everywhere and through all time.

It does not help when countless faithful millions pray for the life of their innocent young children and other Faithful loved ones; who are addicted, abused, divorced, crippled, born deformed or die anyway.

It does not help when random natural disasters indiscriminately wipe-out churches of all faiths, along with the Faithful, agnostics, atheists and anything else (animate or inanimate) in their paths.

The facts are that, along with the lawful orderliness of our world,  there is a great deal of destructive and murderous chaos. I cannot believe that God wantonly kills countless millions of Believers every year just because “it is their time to go”, they “are needed in heaven”, or that it will in some way “make the living stronger in their faith”.

The fact is that prayer may have comforted the innocent Faithful who have charged to their deaths in countless battles in God’s name, or were marched to their executions by Kings, dictators and other bad people through all of history. Perhaps their faith in a better after-life helped them to face death, but an earthy reprieve was profoundly unlikely for any of them.

I remember an old man who fought in WWII on nearly all of the embattled islands in the Pacific telling me: “Our prayers in battle didn’t matter”, we got shot, stabbed and blown-up praying all of the time. See the ending of the paragraph above.

I am asked to “believe like a child”, I did this when I really was a child and vividly saw “god” in one of my dreams. I will never forget that experience. My “god” appeared as the owner of the drug store across the street where I bought pop, candy, gum and caps for my cap guns.

No, I didn’t grow up to shoot anyone, or any living thing for that matter.

I have decided to believe as an adult. In order to do so I will simply not trouble myself with  details such as: Did the Red Sea really part? Did a fish and a loaf of bread really feed all of those people? Did he really walk on water, cure a blind man, cure a leper? Etc., etc., etc..

Finally, as in the title of this blog, it does not help me, when I read in my Bible and hear from the pulpit, that “we” have been created in the image of God.

It is a fact that Jesus was a human being. But the idea that we we are all created in God’s image and therefore, logically, God must look like a human being, strains credulity to my breaking-point.

I doubt that God, in the form of a human-being, is floating among the planets and stars anywhere in the universe.

This idea feels too close to secular humanism’s self-aggrandizement and narcissism: An anthropomorphism of God. I do not believe that this perspective is needed for we humans to be God’s spiritual and behavioral representatives on earth and to follow the moral/ethical precepts and Commandments sent to us through Jesus’ and his inspired disciples. I am happy to believe that God’s powers created us, but not that he looks anything like the man in my childhood dream.

I believe that the ability of humans to do science is just one of our many gifts from God. I also believe that humankind and perhaps our whole world will rise or fall based upon how we use these gifts.

It is just this simple, we can follow God’s dictates, or, there will be hell on earth until all is lost.

Science has provided strong evidence that our universe has not existed forever. The preponderance of current scientific evidence is that everything has had a beginning. So, from all we can tell at this time, there was once nothing. Then, according to science, suddenly, there occurred “A Big-Bang” and there was something!

That “something” was our world and universe, along with the laws and principles to which its matter conforms, as well as all that has unfolded ever-since.

Science also asserts that something cannot come from nothing.

As best we currently know, something did come from nothing, including everything we see and know—and everything we do not yet see and do not yet know.

We can choose to believe “creation” was just a matter of statistically improbable random events coming together in a miraculous way. Or, we can choose to believe there is a Higher Power that created the universe and everything in it.

Many, throughout all of history, have call that Higher Power: God.

I do not believe that this Higher Power is a male or a female, that is another anthropomorphism, and a sexist one at that. These distinctions are reserved for many of God’s living creations; even though a small minority of humans have become seriously confused about this matter.

In spite of all the bad things that endlessly happen to good people, faith in God statistically correlates with many good things. Some of these things are increased happiness, increased physical and psychological health, greater longevity and more. Yes, many scientists think that the strongest factor in these attractive correlations is the social support and acceptance among fellow believers that the religious often enjoy. I must agree that emotionally healthy humans tend to be social animals and social isolation is correlated with the inverse of the good things listed above.

Yet, I find it interesting that at times when I do not make it to church, I do not feel deprived. And in the dark, before I shut my eyes to sleep, I frequently say two prayers that my dear and beloved Fraternal Grandmother taught me. Then, I just feel good.

I wonder, is it simply my conditioning/learning history? Perhaps it it just that I have adopted a soothing and health sustaining delusion. Whatever it is, I can assure you that it is real in me and I will keep it.

I just feel better….

In all of this and more, I am reminded: “The Lord works in mysterious ways.”

In the final analysis, I am certain that far-more is unknown than is known about existence…and what is real and what is not.

I also believe it is important to understand that scientific thinking is not incompatible with a belief in God.

See for your self!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Christians_in_science_and_technology

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 3/30/18

Anthropomorphizing God—And More

March 30, 2018

Anthropomorphizing God—And More.

The definition of  Anthropomorphizing, according to Webster, is “to attribute a human personality or form to things not human.”

We commonly do this when we say that “our computer is thinking”, “our dog is like our 2 year old child”, “it is trying to rain”, or the “the lake is angry today”.

I admit to using such language when I am cussing at my slow computer, loving my puppy, trying to plan a picnic, or wishing to go for a sail on Lake Michigan.

I try not to use such language when, as a researcher, psychological practitioner and scientist, I am thinking about any serious topic. For me, serious topics include things like a research article, technology, social/cultural evolution, religion, economics, politics, mental health issues, and more.

I try to be a good Christian, though I confess that my church attendance has been spotty at times. I know, sadly, that some Christians will reject the idea that I am a Christian because I am picking and choosing what I believe from the Holy Bible. 

Still, I want to be a Christian, I want to act like one, and I believe that I am one.

The beloved departed Catholic Saint, Mother Teresa, struggled mightily with her doubts about God, though her faith obviously won-out. I believe it is natural for thoughtful people to encounter this troubling existential challenge.

http://blog.franciscanmedia.org/mother-teresas-doubts-reveal-a-deep-faith

Well, I surely am no Mother Teresa and I can use all the help I can get with my faith.

So, it does not help me when a preacher, high in his pulpit, stupidly screams to our congregation: “I know exactly where I am going when I die, I’m going right up there!”…as he energetically stabs his finger at the church ceiling and presumably the sky above.

Did he not stop to think that when he points up, other preachers standing standing on different sections of earth would be pointing down and sideways?!

I hope and pray there is a heaven, but it is silly to try and point at it.

O.K., I get what he was trying to illustrate, but advise a more grown-up way of leading from the pulpit.

Furthermore, this is the same preacher who used to make fun of scientists, as though there were none sitting in his pews.

Also, does not help me when one of my past preachers vigorously enjoined his congregation to follow the Ten Commandments, yet he was an adulterer with one of his parishioners. Later the congregation is split in half and badly damaged as a result.

My dear sister-in-law Jeanne Ollhoff was a life-long devoted Christian. She was also a marvelous choir director, organist, parochial school teacher and parochial school principle. Jeannie was a staunch and joyful leader in God’s work and was not the least bit naive about church politics.  I once heard her say, with a smile and an wink, that “the only thing wrong with God’s churches is that there are people in there!” Jeanne was not a cynic; she was a happy, buoyant realist and a stalwart servant of God to the very end. 

When Jeanne died of cancer, those who were with her as she passed saw her smile, open her eyes and reach out her arms. When they tried to tried to hold her hands, she brushed them away. Then she was gone.

You may interpret this event anyway you wish. The Faithful by her side easily understood and tearfully rejoiced. They knew that her Faithful dream had come true.

I have tried to believe that every hair on everyone’s head is counted and known by God. I have tried to believe  that the Faithful are favored by His grace in important ways.

But, it does not help when very bad things frequently happen to devoutly Faithful people in my family, among my friends; to Faithful people everywhere and through all time.

It does not help when countless faithful millions pray for the life of their innocent young children and other Faithful loved ones; who are addicted, abused, divorced, crippled, born deformed or die anyway.

It does not help when random natural disasters indiscriminately wipe-out churches of all faiths, along with the Faithful, agnostics, atheists and anything else (animate or inanimate) in their paths.

The facts are that, along with the lawful orderliness of our world,  there is a great deal of destructive and murderous chaos. I cannot believe that God wantonly kills countless millions of Believers every year just because “it is their time to go”, they “are needed in heaven”, or that it will in some way “make the living stronger in their faith”.

The fact is that prayer may have comforted the innocent Faithful who have charged to their deaths in countless battles in God’s name, or were marched to their executions by Kings, dictators and other bad people through all of history. Perhaps their faith in a better after-life helped them to face death, but an earthy reprieve was profoundly unlikely for any of them.

I remember an old man who fought in WWII on nearly all of the embattled islands in the Pacific telling me: “Our prayers in battle didn’t matter”, we got shot, stabbed and blown-up praying all of the time. See the ending of the paragraph above.

I am asked to “believe like a child”, I did this when I really was a child and vividly saw “god” in one of my dreams. I will never forget that experience. My “god” appeared as the owner of the drug store across the street where I bought pop, candy, gum and caps for my cap guns.

No, I didn’t grow up to shoot anyone, or any living thing for that matter.

I have decided to believe as an adult. In order to do so I will simply not trouble myself with  details such as: Did the Red Sea really part? Did a fish and a loaf of bread really feed all of those people? Did he really walk on water, cure a blind man, cure a leper? Etc., etc., etc..

Finally, as in the title of this blog, it does not help me, when I read in my Bible and hear from the pulpit, that “we” have been created in the image of God.

It is a fact that Jesus was a human being. But the idea that we we are all created in God’s image and therefore, logically, God must look like a human being, strains credulity to my breaking-point.

I doubt that God, in the form of a human-being, is floating among the planets and stars anywhere in the universe.

This idea feels too close to secular humanism’s self-aggrandizement and narcissism: An anthropomorphism of God. I do not believe that this perspective is needed for we humans to be God’s spiritual and behavioral representatives on earth and to follow the moral/ethical precepts and Commandments sent to us through Jesus’ and his inspired disciples. I am happy to believe that God’s powers created us, but not that he looks anything like the man in my childhood dream.

I believe that the ability of humans to do science is just one of our many gifts from God. I also believe that humankind and perhaps our whole world will rise or fall based upon how we use these gifts.

It is just this simple, we can follow God’s dictates, or, there will be hell on earth until all is lost.

Science has provided strong evidence that our universe has not existed forever. The preponderance of current scientific evidence is that everything has had a beginning. So, from all we can tell at this time, there was once nothing. Then, according to science, suddenly, there occurred “A Big-Bang” and there was something!

That “something” was our world and universe, along with the laws and principles to which its matter conforms, as well as all that has unfolded ever-since.

Science also asserts that something cannot come from nothing.

As best we currently know, something did come from nothing, including everything we see and know—and everything we do not yet see and do not yet know.

We can choose to believe “creation” was just a matter of statistically improbable random events coming together in a miraculous way. Or, we can choose to believe there is a Higher Power that created the universe and everything in it.

Many, throughout all of history, have call that Higher Power: God.

I do not believe that this Higher Power is a male or a female, that is another anthropomorphism, and a sexist one at that. These distinctions are reserved for many of God’s living creations; even though a small minority of humans have become seriously confused about this matter.

In spite of all the bad things that endlessly happen to good people, faith in God statistically correlates with many good things. Some of these things are increased happiness, increased physical and psychological health, greater longevity and more. Yes, many scientists think that the strongest factor in these attractive correlations is the social support and acceptance among fellow believers that the religious often enjoy. I must agree that emotionally healthy humans tend to be social animals and social isolation is correlated with the inverse of the good things listed above.

Yet, I find it interesting that at times when I do not make it to church, I do not feel deprived. And in the dark, before I shut my eyes to sleep, I frequently say two prayers that my dear and beloved Fraternal Grandmother taught me. Then, I just feel good.

I wonder, is it simply my conditioning/learning history? Perhaps it it just that I have adopted a soothing and health sustaining delusion. Whatever it is, I can assure you that it is real in me and I will keep it.

I just feel better….

In all of this and more, I am reminded: “The Lord works in mysterious ways.”

In the final analysis, I am certain that far-more is unknown than is known about existence…and what is real and what is not.

I also believe it is important to understand that scientific thinking is not incompatible with a belief in God.

See for your self!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Christians_in_science_and_technology

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 3/30/18

 

Guns, Faith and Culture

February 25, 2018

Guns, Faith and Culture.

It should come as no surprise that traditional morality has declined to pitifully low levels in America. By this, I mean the traditional moral and ethical codes of conduct that are based upon the Judeo/Christian faiths and their derivations.

I have documented the decline of traditional American culture and social conduct in here my blogs since 2009, now approaching 1700 publications. I did the same as a university professor, when I changed my area of research to these matters in the 1980’s. 

There are many corrective laws and encouragements that can be promulgated by our various levels of government. Also, there are those of us who are dedicated to showcasing America’s cultural and social decline. We hope to embolden everyone to fight the forces of our undoing in all available peaceful ways. 

Yet, I struggle with one great fear. This fear is that, no matter what a secular government and an increasingly secular culture and society may do to reverse its own steady decline…nothing will work. 

My grave concern is that nothing will work because there is no compelling reason to forsake the immediate pleasures that a population’s increasingly self-centered (“selfish”) behavior most quickly and most reliably secures.

Without God, and his sacred rules of conduct, there is no compelling reason to abandon our own selfish pleasures in order to only have a chance at securing the long-term benefits to ourselves and perhaps for society at large. What is it that will motivate us all to forestall or give-up immediate rewards in order to benefit others who will succeed us in the distant future?

As a doctoral student, I was trained that there is no such thing as human nature. I now know this is false.

Humans prone to pursue their own short-term rewards. They prefer that these rewards come faster not slower and larger not smaller. They also prefer that they come on a thicker schedule of occurrence,  that they come with greater convenience and less pain.

Humans also love to control the odds that their rewards will become bigger and faster, etc., and that means that they will strive to control their physical, social, political and geopolitical environs. Humans are prone to use their powers to reward, hurt or kill others to achieve these ends.

Unless there is some powerful counter-controlling force, they will use whatever methods most immediately provide these things that  human animals tend naturally covet.

Within any society, it takes a mighty powerful generally accepted  belief system to motivate its inhabitants to conduct themselves accordingly and to acculturate their children to do likewise.

Historically, mighty powerful belief systems have come in the form of a society’s chosen God, who must be obeyed in order that individuals and their society can gain favor and avoid a myriad of  terrifying cataclysmic events.

Often this Godly influence has been augmented by political leaders, kings, or dictators who use their God’s rules to control their population through the threat of slavery, banishment, imprisonment or execution. Many kings and dictators have even commandeered the status of a God in order further enhance their mighty powerful control of their subject’s beliefs and behavior patterns.

Since the Founding of America, a particularly pro-social and peaceful God has shaped the development of the United States. The attendant belief system is composed of Judeo/Christian precepts and rules for personal conduct defined good and evil behaviors for the worshiping majority of Americans.

Secular forces and political leftists  have relentlessly attacked this undeniable truth and have increasingly lied and propagandized to impose their own religion upon America. This failed religion is secular humanism and its “god” is humanity itself.

Though it has lost much of its power, the Judeo/Christian God-Based belief system has been so interwoven into the fabric of American culture, that it was also woven into the fabric of its Constitutionally based Representative Republic Government.

This assertion is incontrovertible. I hope you will read one, or both of the following two books to understand the undeniable true font of America’s Greatness.

1. Rediscovering God in America, by Newt Gingrich

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rediscovering_God_in_America

2. One Nation Under God, by  David Gibbs with Jerry Newcombe

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/350512.One_Nation_Under_God

America’s Founding religious beliefs guaranteed HUGE fairly immediate and also deferred spiritual CONSEQUENCES for engaging in good or evil (bad) behaviors during one’s lifetime. Believers were promised the love and favor of God during their life-times. Also, huge delayed consequences were promised, heaven if one will believe and follow the Ten Commandments; hell if one did not. A strong belief in the personal and social advantages of God exerts, both then and now, strong peaceful and pro-social influences over human behavior.

Even if a strong belief in God begins to fade for the reasons stated above, the behavior patterns learned under this Godly belief system can persist for a time with some strength. 

But for the generations that follow, without the sustaining religious belief system that sustains good behaviors and reduces bad population acts…the rate of selfish, short-sighted, hedonistic and corrupt behavior will increase with each successive generation.

This, I believe, is what we are witnessing in America and all around the developing world. The common denominator of these trends appears to be the growth of science-based beliefs and technologies that bolster human’s confidence in the their own ability to increasingly control their environments and other important events in their daily lives.

The majority of us appear to love science-based modern technologies and the amazing advantages and conveniences that we enjoy.

Sadly, these technological “gifts”  appear to be powerfully undermining the moral/ethical behavior of America.

The the thing I fear the most is that it is the proliferation of science-based technologies that have led to the growth of secular humanism and socialism leading to destructive forms of narcissism for leaders and extreme dependency and helplessness for followers. All of this correlating with increasing sociopathic/antisocial behavior for all.

I suspect that this self-destructive cycle has, along with other killing influences,  spelled the downfall of developing societies (a relative concept), for all time. 

All living things are born, they live for a while, and then they die. So it also has been with cultures. 

In the past I have fantasized that cultures, particularly America, can teach themselves how to live with increasing health for longer and longer intervals of time.

Now, and I hope I am wrong, my happy fantasy seems to be logically flawed. If it is ever to occur, even temporarily, it may take another of our great national tragedies to bring America again to its vital roots…roots that can only be found on our knees in prayer. 

I endorse the importance of the following article and hope you will give it your close attention.

http://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=WA18B48&f=WU18B16

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 2/25/18

“Rediscovering God in America”

September 9, 2010

“Rediscovering God in America”

The title to this blog is in quotes because it is the title to a New York Times BESTSELLER by Newt Gingrich. The subtitle is: “Reflections On The Role of Faith in Our Nation” (2006, by Integrity Publishers: Nashville, TN).

I strongly recommend that you read this small book that  undeniably documents the role of Christianity and God in the construction and success of this great nation.

The bed-rock values involved in every fiber of this massive creation were religiously based. The removal of the affirmation of these values from all public places, except the hallowed halls and monuments in Washington D.C., has been a self-destructive and propagandistic act of epoch proportions. “Separation of State” was never meant to be taken to this radical extreme.

This act, among many others, is a significant part of our decline and impending  downfall.

Joe Grunert sent me the following Email which comports with the documentation in the book I just referenced, so I am posting it for you to see.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.    9/9/10

DID YOU KNOW?
As you walk up the steps to the building which houses the U..S Supreme Court you can see near the top of the building a row of the world’s law givers and each one is facing one in the middle who is facing forward with a full frontal view … It is Moses and he is holding the Ten Commandments!



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DID YOU KNOW?

As you enter the Supreme Court courtroom, the two huge oak doors have the Ten Commandments engraved on each lower portion of each door.

DID YOU KNOW?
As you sit inside the courtroom, you can see the wall, right above where the Supreme Court Judges sit, a display of the Ten Commandments!

DID YOU KNOW?

There are Bible verses etched in stone all over the Federal Buildings and Monuments in Washington , D.C.

DID YOU KNOW?

James Madison, the fourth president, known as ‘The Father of Our Constitution’ made the
Following statement:

‘We have staked the whole of all our political Institutions upon the capacity of mankind for Self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control  ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to The Ten Commandments of God.’

DID YOU KNOW?
Every session of Congress begins with a prayer by a paid preacher, whose salary has been paid by the taxpayer since 1777.

DID YOU KNOW?


Fifty-two of the 55 founders of the Constitution were members of the established Orthodox churches in the colonies..

DID YOU KNOW?

Thomas Jefferson worried that the Courts would overstep their authority and instead of Interpreting the law would begin making law an oligarchy the rule of few over many.

How then, have we gotten to the point that everything we have done for 220 years in this Country is now suddenly wrong and Unconstitutional?

Lets put it around the world and let the world see and remember what this great country was Built on The Holy Bible and belief in GOD!

 

A Warm Loving Hand or His Fist

March 2, 2010

A Warm Loving Hand or His Fist

If there is a God, He has done no more than set the laws by which natural forces abide. He does not directly intervene to favor or eliminate certain individuals or species.

The laws of genetics, biology, physiology, physics, chemistry, ecology, economics, and psychology are the embodiment of the hands of God.

It is through the laws of natural selection that we humans may perceive the warm and loving hand of our Creator—-or His fist.

V.T. Mawhinney
8/4/83


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