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Facebook-Free February! Also Twitter.

I decided to give up Facebook and Twitter for a month. They were taking up too much time and it was way too irritating following the idiocy and the ups and downs, especially on Twitter.  I think the fake news about Trump and the Russian hookers was a tipping point. The number of Tweets announcing it, analyzing it, joking about it and ultimately determining it was fake made me realize what a time-waster it was to follow the blow-by-blow of a complete fiction.

Yes, I realize the irony that this post will automatically feed both the Eternity Matters Facebook and Twitter pages.  I will post some links from my Feedbly blog software that will go to both places, and I have some things already set to publish.  And I will glance at the title bars now and then to see if there are any messages (some people only message me through Facebook, for example, and I don’t want them to think I’m ignoring them).

It has only been a day but so far, so good!

More on Facebook memes

Facebook memes can be clever and insightful, but often fallacious.  Even on the conservative side there are too many that just attempt to say “Obama is stupid” in a different way.  I find those pointless and counterproductive.  If your meme could be used by your ideological foes just by changing the names, then it proves nothing.

But the Liberal FB pages are true train wrecks of bad thinking.  Here are a few.  Feel free to borrow any of these responses without attribution.

The pictures didn’t paste properly for some reason, so I posted generic titles.

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Memes that imply we are making “same-sex marriage” illegal.

The Bible doesn’t say that oxymoronic “same-sex marriage” should be illegal. It also doesn’t comment on square circles. Here’s what it does say: The Bible couldn’t be more clear. Bible-believing Christians and even two out of the three types of pro-gay people* (religious or not) can see these truths:

  • 100% of the verses addressing homosexual behavior describe it as sin in the clearest and strongest possible terms.
  • 100% of the verses referring to God’s ideal for marriage involve one man and one woman.
  • 100% of the verses referencing parenting involve moms and dads with unique roles (or at least a set of male and female parents guiding the children).
  • 0% of 31,173 Bible verses refer to homosexual behavior in a positive or even benign way or even hint at the acceptability of homosexual unions of any kind.

* The three general types of pro-gay theology people: 1. “The Bible says homosexuality is wrong but it isn’t the word of God” (obviously non-Christians) 2. “The Bible says it is wrong but God changed his mind and is only telling theological Liberals” (only about 10 things wrong with that) 3. “The Bible is the word of God but you are just misunderstanding it” (Uh, no, not really.)

The writer does not understand the 1st Amendment, which protects religious and political speech and does not restrict them. My religion also teaches me that you shouldn’t beat kill atheists and take their property. Using the logic of this meme, I must vote the opposite of that in the public square.

The writer also does not understand that we aren’t making “gay marriage” illegal, we are saying there are not good reasons to have the gov’t get involved in those unions.
There is no “right” to gov’t recognition of same-sex unions. Here’s why: 1. It is an oxymoron: “The same sex union of a man and a woman.” People have as much of a right to it as they do to a square circle. 2. By nature and design, homosexual couples can not produce children. 3. By nature and design, homosexual couples can never provide a mother and a father to a child, which is the obvious ideal whether you are religious or an atheist (there are no gay parents in Darwinian evolution). 4. Sexual behavior does not confer Civil Rights status.

Note that none of those reasons involve religious arguments, even though there is nothing wrong with letting our religious views inform our political views. If people want to know what Jesus thinks on the matter I’d be glad to tell them.

I anticipate several canards when addressing this topic, such as the “but they love each other” bit. Those arguments come from ignorance or disingenuousness. After all, no one — including all the Christians I know — is saying they can’t have relationships. Hey, they can go to any number of apostate churches and get “married.” The question is whether we want or need the government to regulate their relationships. We don’t.

What about hospital visitation, estate issues, etc.? They can be solved without changing the definition of marriage to “a union of any combination of things that we decide it to be.” For example, estate taxes are ghoulish and should be abandoned for everyone, not just gays (do you really want the gov’t to profit from your death?).

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Memes asking why we kill to show that killing is wrong

Poor choice of words: It should read, why do we kill people to show that murder is wrong. Murder is killing without adequate justification.

My guess is that the author and most of the people who liked this support the Democrats’ official platform of unrestricted, taxpayer-funded abortions, all of which kill innocent but unwanted human beings. Where is the righteous indignation over that? It is a scientific fact — and common sense — that a new human being is created at fertilization, and abortion kills those human beings.

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Memes that imply we are forcing religious beliefs on others
That is gibberish.  First, we can make arguments against killing unwanted human beings (abortion) and against oxymoronic “same-sex marriage” without religion (though there is nothing wrong with religious arguments).  Second, you don’t have a freedom to kill others just because they are small and in their mother’s womb (what about their freedoms?) and you don’t have a right to a square circle (i.e., “same-sex marriage”)
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Anti-Wal Mart / anti-business memes

The owners of the company get the profits? Gee, when did that start? Their opponents are welcome to compete against Wal-Mart starting today.  They should quit complaining and start their own businesses! They’ll be superior employers, of course, and pay higher wages and benefits, so they’ll be able to take the best and brightest from those evil businesses. It will be a win-win — help the people and hurt your enemies, right?

Oh, but it will be hard work. Never mind..

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Memes comparing the favorable definitions of Liberal with the unpleasant antonyms 

The question is whether Liberals are really “liberal.” Tolerant? LOL. They are the most intolerant people I’ve seen. They fit the definition of bigot perfectly: big·ot – noun – a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion.

Generous and charitable? Hardly. Conservatives give more time, money and even blood donations than Liberals and that politicians like Obama, Gore, Kennedy, etc. are notoriously cheap with their own wallets. http://spectator.org/archives/2008/06/06/liberal-scrooges

It isn’t giving when you ask the gov’t to take from your neighbor by force to give to someone else. That’s coveting.

And so on. That is why the term Leftist is much more accurate than Liberal.

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The typical “shellfish argument” meme

Bible lessons from non-believers are always entertaining.  The shrimp / shellfish argument is full of holes but is appealing to many because so few bother to study the passages. I address five serious problems with it in flaws of the shellfish argument.   http://tinyurl.com/shellfishflaws

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Memes pretending to know what Jesus is really like 

Jesus is the “author of life” and does not support crushing and dismembering innocent but unwanted human beings.  He also defined marriage as the union of a man and a woman.  He is fully God and fully Man and the Bible turned out just as He wanted it to.

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Generic memes implying we are anti-freedom for opposing government recognition of “same-sex marriage”

That’s a great pro-life slogan! You are right, we shouldn’t deny the right to life to the unborn just because they are unwanted.

Oh, wait, you were pretending that by not having the gov’t recognize same-sex unions that we are denying them the freedom to be together? That’s a lie. They can get “married” in all sorts of fake churches and live together and love whomever they like.

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Memes saying how homosexuality is seen in nature / memes about “homophobia”
So you get your sexual ethics from animal behavior?  Male dogs will try to have sex with female dogs, male dogs, your coffee table, your leg, etc.  Remind me not to come to your house for dinner if that is your standard for sexual mores.

Many people play the fallacious “homophobia” card reflexively because so few call them on it.  If you really love people, you’ll tell them the truth.

“Homophobia” is a foolish pejorative manufactured to dismiss the legitimate claims of the opposing side.  After all, if your opponent is certifiably psychotic you don’t even have to respond to them.  Isn’t that convenient?!

The true homophobes are those who are so scared of the gay lobby and of being politically incorrect that they mock God, the Bible, natural law and common sense.   Verses about millstones, “woe to those who call evil good and good evil” and “I never knew you” come to mind.

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Memes about what Jesus is “really” like

Hey, how about loving the neighbor in the womb?

If you love them, you’ll tell them the truth: They are sinners in need of Savior.  If they don’t repent and trust in the real Jesus then they will pay for their sins for eternity in Hell.

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The meme pretending you are inconsistent if you are anti-abortion but aren’t spending equal time on the poor

That’s a false meme. Both are human beings, and I support laws preventing either from being crushed and dismembered because they are unwanted. I’m consistent. Pro-abortion Leftists are consistent as well — they aren’t helping either one.

You also falsely assume that if someone doesn’t fight every possible social ill with equal effort then it is bad on their part. That’s transparently false.

And studies show that by any measure — giving time, money or even blood donations — conservatives are more generous. They just don’t lobby Caesar to “give” your money and count it as a good deed on their part. See http://www.nationalreview.com/content/who-really-cares

Normally I wouldn’t recommend this . . .

. . . but I encourage Bible-believing Christians to visit the Sojourners’ blog and comment there.   Yes, I know they are led by Jim “the Gospel is all about wealth redistribution” Wallis and they live a lie each day, pretending to be centrists — and Christians — when they are really to the left of the Huffington Post.

But oddly enough they are letting Bible-believers post comments now without moderation.  I’m not sure if it is because they moved to a Facebook comment format or if their moderators changed.  Either way, there are several solid commenters there and we often outnumber the Leftists!  So be sure to visit and comment or at least “like” the comments you agree with.  It is great to know that visitors who read the comments will see some balance and the truth.

The commenters are often used to an echo chamber (they know that Sojo is really a Leftist front) so they go into full freak-out mode when their assertions are politely but thoroughly debunked.  I have had multiple theological Liberals get so frustrated with having their arguments annihilated that they deleted entire threads that they started!  Think about that: If you were winning a debate would you delete the thread?  It just happened again on this post where a Leftist calling God a “she” was referring to Shelby Spong, Marcus Borg, etc. as Christ-followers and great theologians.  I need to start copying those before they get deleted!  (Unfortunately, if the originator deletes a comment then the replies go with it.)

So be your usual polite, fact-based, Bible-based selves and weigh in when you have time, or at least “like” the comments you agree with.  It is a great opportunity to stand up for the truth and expose their dark, anti-biblical views.

Normally I wouldn’t recommend this . . .

. . . but I encourage Bible-believing Christians to visit the Sojourners’ blog and comment there.   Yes, I know they are led by Jim “the Gospel is all about wealth redistribution” Wallis and they live a lie each day, pretending to be centrists — and Christians — when they are really to the left of the Huffington Post.

But oddly enough they are letting Bible-believers post comments now without moderation.  I’m not sure if it is because they moved to a Facebook comment format or if their moderators changed.  Either way, there are several solid commenters there and we often outnumber the Leftists!  So be sure to visit and comment or at least “like” the comments you agree with.  It is great to know that visitors who read the comments will see some balance and the truth.

The commenters are often used to an echo chamber (they know that Sojo is really a Leftist front) so they go into full freak-out mode when their assertions are politely but thoroughly debunked.  I have had multiple theological Liberals get so frustrated with having their arguments annihilated that they deleted entire threads that they started!  Think about that: If you were winning a debate would you delete the thread?  It just happened again on this post where a Leftist calling God a “she” was referring to Shelby Spong, Marcus Borg, etc. as Christ-followers and great theologians.

So be your usual polite, fact-based, Bible-based selves and weigh in when you have time.  It is a great opportunity to stand up for the truth and expose their dark, anti-biblical views.

Roundup

A brief history of sex ed: How we reached today’s madness — good summary.  Where will it end?

Speaking of sex ed, did you see where Planned Parenthood paid $1.4 for commiting Medicaid fraud?  Oddly enough, people who kill babies for all living seem to break all sorts of rules.

Never heard of this guy but liked this quote I saw on Facebook.

Because the gospel is not just salvation from sin but salvation from self-righteousness, we don’t need to worry about filling every spare second with unrestful duties, even ones we think are in service to God. God desires mercy, not sacrifice (Matt. 9:13). Christ made the sacrifice sufficient.   Jared C. Wilson

Obviously: White House meets with celebs on how they can help promote ObamaCare to young people

When it comes to persuading young people between the ages of eighteen and about thirty five that they should voluntarily shoulder the higher costs of the inherently riskier insurance pools being peddled to them through the auspices of ObamaCare — without whose participation the system’s already rising costs will skyrocket all the further — the usual dry, boring government stuff just isn’t going to cut it. . . .

New Documents Show NBA Player J. J. Redick Pressured Girlfriend to Have Abortion — He certainly had the “Bro-choice” philosophy.  The link has images of creepy emails where they hashed out the legal agreement requiring her to abort.  Note that the abortionist did the procedure even though she checked the “forced into it” box.  Tell me more about how abortion is good for women . . .

Science Shows New Atheists to be Mean and Closed-Minded — If the new atheists are so reason-based, why do they always resort to personal attacks?

Emergent Monday: Joel Osteen – Pantheist, Pagan, Agent of Satan — Osteen is so much worse than most people think.  He may wave a Bible around but he’s a fake.  It is bizarre that the people who made the recent movie about the Bible would have him as a consultant.  He has zero training!

John MacArthur put it best when talking about Osteen’s message:

You need to understand that he is a pagan religionist in every sense.  He’s a quasi-pantheist.  Jesus is a footnote that satisfies his critics and deceives his followers.  The idea of his whole thing is that men have the power in themselves to change their lives.  In his definitive book Your Best Life Now, he says, and that ought to be a dead giveaway since the only way this could be your best life is if you’re going to hell.  He says, “that anyone can create by faith and words the dreams he desires.  Health, wealth, happiness success”…the list is always the same…
MacArthur continues, “What is the source of this?  Where does this come from?  Answer…Satan. This is not just off-center.  This is satanic.  Why do I say that?  Because health, wealth, prosperity, the fulfillment of all your dreams and desires…that’s what Satan always offers.  That’s called temptation based on the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life.  That’s exactly what corrupt, fallen, unregenerate people want.  That’s why it works so well, right.  You can go right into Satan’s system make everybody feel religious and turn their desires, their temptations into somehow honorable desires.

So where does being a bible college dropout with no biblical teaching and a satanic message of prosperity get you? If you’re Joel Osteen it gets you a position with the history channel as Biblical and Theology advisor to their production of The Bible. (Which explains why it was not so biblical)

New CDC report finds soaring rates of HIV among men who have sex with men — The CDC is obviously homophobic.  Seriously, if you really love people won’t you want to warn them of dangers like this?

Father / daughter wedding dance video – Cinderella by Steven Curtis Chapman

I shared this on Facebook and people seemed to enjoy it so I thought I’d post it here as well.

My oldest daughter just got married.  Here is the video from the father/bride dance. The only thing better than watching my daughters dance is dancing with them.

Go to the YouTube page to watch it or click below.

This song was extra-special to us. Aside from beautifully capturing some of my key parenting strategies (spend lots of time with your kids and don’t be afraid to get into their world, and prepare them to go off with a great guy for life a la Genesis 2), my daughter actually had the role of Cinderella in a ballet when she was a Senior. And in a nepotism-at-its-best manner, I played her father onstage. So this was the perfect song for our dance.

I have to admit that when I first heard this Stephen Curtis Chapman song on the radio I quickly turned it off, thinking it was too sentimental. Then when she was going to play Cinderella my wife encouraged me to listen to it. It has become one of my favorites since then. And we love the Viennese Waltz dance that goes with it.

I danced with Cinderella . . . three minutes of Heaven. Thanks be to Jesus!

Take your roles as husbands and fathers very seriously.  You’ll be glad you did.

PB&F

Since this is a full-service blog, I’m going to share my (not really) patented PB&J recipe with you.  By reading this you agree to send me a $0.05 royalty every time you use it.  The Bumbling Genius got me thinking about it with a Facebook post.

I start with toasted Ciabatta bread and JIF peanut butter (my wife has a very strong brand preference). Toasting the bread makes the peanut butter melt a little bit.  Lately I’ve substituted thawed frozen fruit (which, to be precise, is back to being just fruit — albeit softer) for jelly.  So technically, it is a PB&F sandwich.

You have to put peanut butter on both pieces of bread, of course. That seals the bread, plus doing just one side is a misdemeanor in 37 states. Then I take frozen blueberries or strawberries out and let them thaw. Actually, I had to have done that earlier or I’m going to have to wait a long time. (I also use the unfrozen-frozen-fruit in my yogurt/granola/fruit bowls that I eat each night.  My wife has been making homemade yogurt and granola that are unbelievably good).  Then I squish the fruit between the bread slices. It is sweet and juicy (a little messier, I suppose) — but not too sweet, like jelly can be.  Mmmmmm. Now I’m hungry.

Enjoy!