Unbelievable Stories of the Bible

I am now 70 years of age. I find that difficult to believe, until my hip starts acting up or whenever my angina reminds me of my little heart attack. Mostly, I can’t complain. In fact, if I were born a few years earlier, I would not likely have survived the Pneumonia I had when I was three. They would not have had the penicillin and I almost died even with the wonder drug.

At any rate, over the years I have heard my share of unbelief about stories of the Bible. Maybe the one story that most people bring up is the story about Jonah and the whale. (Not that it is that important, but it was a large fish, not a whale.) Actually, if you’ll excuse the pun, I have no problems swallowing that. If God can build the Universe, I imagine He could build a whole school of big fish if He had a mind to.

Actually, I believe all the stories in the Bible, from cover to cover. However, the one I have the most confusion with is the story of Sampson. Really, the man didn’t seem to have a brain in his head. Not only did he not foresee the possibility of Delilah telling her friends, he saw it at least twice and still trusted her. I’m not going to doubt the Word of God, but it still causes me to pause to think what kind of man Sampson was.

Regardless, I have heard them all, reasons for not believing the Bible. Did you know that God caused the earth to stop spinning for a day. It’s true. He can do that. It is even more difficult than you might realize. Can you imagine the sun heating the same side of the earth for 24 hours. Yet God seemed to resolve that problem too. I don’t know how he did that. Maybe he will tell me one day. Right now, I’m not going to concern myself with it.

My point is this, if you don’t want to believe in God, you will always be able to find a reason. Satan has provided you with more than a hand full of excuses. Indeed, I have been mocked for believing the Bible. Many have been mocked far more than me.

Then again, I am sure that they mocked Noah. …until it started raining.
If you don’t want to believe in God, just admit it. Don’t make excuses. I’m not impressed with them. I’ve heard them all. I’ve heard about the starving people in Africa. I’ve seen horrible people live while good people die. It happens. It sure would have been nice if someone killed Hitler, yet he lived and millions died. I don’t try to explain it. I certainly didn’t let it stand in the way of my salvation.

It is, to be sure, a matter of perspective. People who have not accepted Jesus as their Savior have chosen not to believe. It is their choice. It is not based on knowledge or proof. It is, as Paul called the cross, “a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the gentiles (the rest of us). But to those who believe it is the power to become the sons (and daughters of God) ” (slightly paraphrased)

What I am trying to say is this. If you are having trouble believing the stories it is a small thing. If you reject Jesus as your savior, it is something you will regret for eternity. Let’s first get your priorities straight. If you do, you will find that the rest just falls into place. It will open your eyes and you will see things you never saw before and you will understand as you never understood before.

As Jesus said, “Unless a man be born again, he shall not see the Kingdom of God.” Obviously, it does have implications for after physical death, but it also applies to the here and now.  Those who are born again (accept Jesus as their Savior) are immediately granted limited spiritual sight.

A Little Irritant

THE AR-15 IS NOT AN AUTOMATIC WEAPON!!  It fires one bullet each time the trigger is pulled.  That means it is semi-automatic.  There are many who seem to have other ideas.  It would be very nice if anyone reading this would tell others.

Some people who consider themselves experts on guns get it wrong continually, some within the government, some who teach in our universities.

As a Marine I qualified with the M-16 two years.  I carried one in Vietnam for almost a year.  I do know the difference between the AR-15 and the M-16.  The M-16 has a three position selector: safe, semi-automatic and automatic.  …and by the way, it and all automatic weapons are already illegal.  The is no need to pass a law to make them illegal.  The AR-15 looks the same as an M-16, but the selector has only safe and semi-automatic.

I know not many will read this.  So please tell your family, friends and neighbors.  You might tell your college professors too.  There is no sense them remaining ignorant of the facts.  Then again, they might already know.  They might prefer the distortion of the facts just to sound more alarming.  I have known them to do such things.

It is Casual to the Most Obvious Observer

I really don’t think this post is needed.  Some things simply should not require explanation.  However, I suspect there are some things that are overlooked, even by PhD’s.  ….or should I say, especially by PhD’s.  In spite of all the news I watch, no one, but no one has pointed out any of the following.  Sometimes, I wonder if even the Republicans are aware of it.

States such as New York, New Jersey and California will collect a great deal more in income taxes.  It is unavoidable.  If the wages increase, revenue from the state income taxes increase.  If the number of people earning wages increase, then the revenues will increase.

If the GDP grows from 2% to 4%, it only stands to reason that revenues will drastically increase, even though the tax rates have decreased.  This is especially true for states.  They didn’t decrease their rates.

Sales have increased.  That means revenue from sales tax have increased.  This has helped states, counties and cities, this without lifting a finger.

This, of course assumes that the people within those states don’t go running to other states.  I know I did.  Up until 1973, I lived mostly in California.  Then I got smart and left.  (I liked the state, just not the people running it)

There is, of course, one more obvious thing.  For every dollar that comes into the state treasuries, they will spend two.  It’s just the way those politicians think.  They love to tax and spend.  It is from where they draw all their power.  …and if there’s one thing politicians like, it’s power.  That should be casual to the most obvious observer.

Just a Little Lie

The Dems would like you to believe that the Republicans control the Senate.  Not true, that is, unless they decide to change the rules.  Right now, in order to pass a bill, it takes 60 votes.  The Republicans only have fifty-one.  Unless the rule is changed, the 49 senators can stop anything and everything.  …and they have been doing a lot of that lately.  So far, they have stopped over 100 in 2017.

One bill they were not able to stop was the tax reduction and that is because they used one rule to get around the other.  The Republicans passed the bill with 51 votes.  (As a result of having to resort to this method, they were not able to make all the tax reductions permanent.  After a time, some individual taxes will return to what they were in 2017.  Hopefully, between now and then, the changes will be made permanent, or at least extended.  It sort of depends on if the Dems block the effort.)

I guess this is the sort of thing that happens when we let lawyers run our government.

Unintended Consequences

When I was in the eighth grade, I made the trip from California to Arkansas to see my brother, a Republican.  During my stay with him, he and his wife were going to vote in the Democrat primary.  At that time, it served no purpose to vote in the Republican primary.  There was but one Republican running and he wasn’t likely the win the general election.
I suggested that he vote for the worst of those running among the Democrats.  It seemed to me a good way to give the Republican an advantage.  He told me he was going to vote for the best Democrat.  That confused me until he told me why.  “What if the worst Democrat wins?”

To be sure, during the recent presidential primaries, Donald Trump was not my favorite.  Although I did like his promises, he was an unknown.  I didn’t know if he would follow through on the promises.  Moreover, he had no government experience.  My favorite was Senator Cruz.  Not only did he think as I did, but he had already proved himself several times.
I did find it interesting that one by one dropped out, seemingly determined on the way they felt about illegal immigration.  Those that liked the idea of just opening the borders were taken out in the first round.  Some of those didn’t even last until the first debate.

What I didn’t understand at the time was the way the media backed Trump.  Anyone who has a memory knows this to be true.  Despite this, Senator Cruz almost overtook Trump.
Then, after the primary was settled, the media turned against Candidate Trump.  One day, he was their darling.  The next day they spoke of him as if he were a monster.
Then it became apparent to me what the media was doing.  They were using the trick I suggested to my brother and helped the worst candidate in order to help Hillary win.  What they didn’t know was that their decision had unintended consequences.  Not only did Candidate Trump beat her soundly, but he has turned out to be a very good president.

Certainly, as a Christian, I don’t like his language, especially in front of small kids.  Nonetheless, he is keeping his promises far better than I expected.  If we had a few more good Republican senators, I am sure he would keep his promises far better.  Just maybe, I would not be spending a thousand dollars a month for my wife’s health insurance.
More than this, he has become the Dems worst nightmare, a success.  As he has decreased regulations and lowered taxes, the economy has taken off, the unemployment has dropped and the Dems are beside themselves.  There has been a drop in those streaming across our border and there are even some rinos angered.  Their source of low wage employees is drying up.

Now I realize the Dems had one thing in common with me, their underestimate of President Trump.  Now they will have unintended consequences.  If we have 4% growth (likely more) the Dems will realize a significant drop in their number of fans, especially among those living in the rust belt.  This will be true in spite of how strongly the press beats up on President Trump and how much they try to help the Dems.  It will be obvious to one and all that the Dems were wrong all the time.

One thing I still don’t understand.  Why do the African Americans like the Dems?  They haven’t done anything for them.  Indeed, many of the things they have done have hurt them.  They worst thing they have done is to insist on backing an organization that had its foundation in trying to eradicate the Black race.  Margaret Sanger founded Family Planning for that express purpose.  I suspect, though they won’t admit to it, it is likely still one of their purposes.  Please don’t take my word for it.  Look it up.

Now, the Dems want to stand in the way of building a wall.  I can’t understand that.  I lock my door.  It helps keep the bad guys out.  A wall helps keep the bad guys out.  It helps keep the drugs out.  This is true no matter who the next president is.  On the other hand, if all we have is a virtual wall, that can go away as a matter of policy.  It went away while President Obama was in office and, to a lesser degree while President Bush was in office.
It is important to realize that building the wall even helps the illegal immigrants.  Many die sneaking into our country.  Many young women are raped.  Countless numbers of them end up working in sweatshops or brothels.  Of course, as payment for their passage, many are forced to carry drugs.  That’s not good for them or us.
I’m tired of hearing about comprehensive immigration.  We were promised a wall twice.  They were empty promises.  The way I figure it, they owe us the wall, not promises.  The way I figure it, the time for talk is over.  It is time to start building.

One more small note:  If we don’t have a good strong defense, eventually, we will not have a good economy.  For sure, we won’t even have a country.  We will be overrun by any one of a dozen of other countries.  We might not be an aggressive country, but others are.  The instant they realize we are weak, they will take advantage of it.

Then and Now

One day, many years ago as I was driving to work, I heard a man on the radio speak of something that caught my attention.  He said that TV’s used to get their signal through antennas and telephones required wires.  Now phones use antennas and TV’s use wires.

From the early days of my life, I remember almost every house had a TV antenna.  When I was six, I lived in an area that had just one station and it required a high antenna to pick up that station.  Some might not remember the days when almost all houses had the antennas and it almost looked like an artificial forest of metal trees.

Now they are gone, at least most of them.  It is rare to see one of them sticking up.  It makes it easy to see those who don’t have cable.

Normally, phones had a wire on them of about ten or twelve feet.  For those willing to pay for it, longer cables could be installed so that the girls could take the phone in another room for a little privacy.

Now, most use cell phones.  The antennas on them are so small we can’t see them.  However, we no longer have cables attached to them.  Privacy is simple.  The young ladies can go into their rooms or even outside.

The odd thing about it is that lately, people have started watching TV on their phones.  So, in a sense, it has gone full circle.  The TV is using an antenna again.

 

In my book, “Mitch,” I point out another switch up.  In the early nineteen hundreds, people used horses.  Only the rich had cars.  They were, so to speak toys too expensive for most.  Now, most of us have cars.  Most of us can’t afford horses.  Of course, if the tree huggers have their way, we will go back to riding horses and only the elite will ride around in self-powered vehicles.

I don’t think I want to be around in that day.  Cars might spew smog, but horse manure produces disease.  Try looking up the old days in New York before cars.  That stuff did not disappear on its own, you know.

There has been a big shift in commercials too.  In my youth, the media constantly discouraged gambling.  It was seedy and only bad people did it.  Well, I guess some good people gambled too, but not on TV.  Many programs showed the good guys shutting down the gambling outfits and, of course the schools were often leading the way.

Schools, of course, did what they could to discourage gambling.  Governments at every level depicted gambling as wrong.

I blinked my eyes.  Next thing I know, it turned completely around.  Whoa to the politician that suggest shutting down the gambling.  We can’t do that.  We need the money.  By the way, it fixed nothing.  We now have the gambling and we still don’t have enough money to run the governments at every level.  Actually, it is worse than before.

They are still calling for more money for the schools.  The gambling didn’t help one bit.  I have noticed the county south of where I live allowed gambling.  They are far worse off than before.  The state had to come in and take over the school.

On the other hand, the number of people writing hot checks has skyrocketed.  Though I can’t prove it, I am sure the robberies have gone up.

There is a reason that those in the old days drove out gambling.  It would appear we can’t learn from history.  It means we are doomed to repeat it.  The difference is that now, nothing less than a miracle will get rid of it.  Now our society is more dependent on it than a druggy on heroine.  Near as I can tell, we are stuck with it and it hasn’t solved a thing.

 

In the movies, they used to show people smoking.  It was encouraged by tobacco companies to get people to smoke.  It worked.  Then we had a couple of generations of people dying from lung cancer.

Recently, they decided that was a bad idea.  Now, there is a big campaign to stop smoking and it is no longer seen in recent films and TV shows.  To some degree, it has succeeded.  I’ve noticed the number of people smoking, even in the military has decreased.

I think it was a good idea.  My question is, what took so long for them to figure it out.

It does make me wonder what the liquor companies are paying Hollywood to show the drinking.  Actually, drinking causes more problems than smoking.  Basically the smoker is the only one who suffers.  The drunk causes problems with almost anyone he encounters.

I wonder how long it will take society to realize that.  I wonder just how long Hollywood will continue to portray drinking as cool…the thing to do.

One day I was taking a walk.  I saw a pickup with a sticker on the back window, “My granddaughter was killed by a drunk,” or something to that effect.  I talked to the owner of the truck.  The granddaughter was two.  The drunk had been arrested twice before for drunk driving.

Sorry.  I don’t see drinking as cool.  One thing I know that no one can dispute.  No one becomes a drunk without taking the first drink.  As a society, we should discourage that first drink.  Instead, it is encouraged on every side:  TV, parties, military (though it is openly admitted that it is a big problem) and peers.

 

I get it, really I do.  I know you have to have your alcohol.  You say you can give it up if you want to.  You just don’t want to.  I really understand.  You just don’t want to give it up.  Fine.  Just please, don’t encourage others to drink.  You just might save the life of a two year old, maybe yours.

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