Change over time, micro-evolution, within one species, is undisputed. But macro-evolution, one species to a new species, has no evidence.
Homology, the universality of DNA
Homology, that all species have DNA, proves a common designer, not a common ancestor. Dawkins is guilty of circular reasoning, because he has predetermined to exclude a common designer. Many scientists look at the evidence with polar glasses, never considering intelligent design, so cannot interpret the evidence correctly.
Gradualism in the fossil record?
The fossil record shows no gradualism. Most all the phyla suddenly appear in the Cambrian stratum, without precursors.
Experiments on E-Coli bacteria, over enough generations to make it equivalent to 1 million years of human generations, could not break the bacteria out of its own species. Only variations of the same species.
As for transitional phyla, 99 of every 1,000 frames is cut out of the movie, according to National Geographic. There are not missing links, but missing chains. Well, the chain simply does not exist.
Make a list of species to which there are no other similar species whatsoever, either in the present or in the previous to them. Such species are numerous.
Science does not say evolution is true; scientists say it is true.
Revelation 14:9-11 says that if anyone takes the mark of the beast, that person will be tortured in fire and sulphur for ever and ever.
So it is very important not to get the mark. But how will it happen that people take the mark? Will it be forced on them by the beast, or will they give it to themselves / get it for themselves? Because of this question, I think that the textual variant below from Revelation 13:16 is the most important textual variant in the Bible.
In the first set of manuscripts, “they” are giving the mark. In the second set, with the Textus Receptus alone among the editions, “he,” that is, the beast, is giving the mark.
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KJV: “And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:”
NIV: He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead,
NASB: And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead,
DRP: And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free and the slave, to provide themselves a mark on their right upper limb or on their forehead,
Rev. 14:9-11: And another angel, a third one, followed those, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and takes the mark on his forehead or on his hand, he shall himself also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, mixed undiluted in the cup of his anger, and he shall be tormented with fire and sulfur before the holy angels and before the Lamb. And the smoke of their torture goes up for ever and ever, and they have no relief day or night, those who worship the beast and the image of him, and anyone who takes the mark of his name.”
I have received criticism of my rendering of this verse. Here is a copy of some of that discussion, from a discussion board:
Critic: “Surely the unmentioned subject of the plural verb δωσιν does not refer to those included in παντας, but rather is generic, namely, ‘He makes it so that they (generic) should give all a mark on their right hand or forehead,’ hence why most translations simply say ‘receive’ instead of the unnecessarily wooden-literal translation.”
Let me get this straight. You are saying that ποιεῖ, 3rd person singular, should be rendered “He makes it,” where there is no Greek word present for “it.” So you supply an object for the verb. And you are saying that δῶσιν, 3rd person plural, which means “they give,” agrees in grammatical concord with an un-named subject you supply, rather than agrees with the 3rd person plural πάντας, which immediately and naturally follows our verb ποιεῖ.
So, you are supplying both an unwritten object, and an unwritten subject. All in one sentence!
Call me unreasonable, but how is this “surely”? I don’t see anything sure about it.
If you truly honestly believe that that is what the Greek means, then you should write that in your translation, like this, “And he makes it so that they give everyone a mark…” That isn’t so wooden. But literal it certainly is not. That would be very far from literal.
And I want to state, in case some readers don’t know, that the pronoun αὐτοῖς can and often does mean “themselves” as in ἑαυτοῖς. There is a contraction in the Greek of that time for ἑαυτοῖς as follows : αὑτοῖς. Notice the difference between αὐτοῖς and αὑτοῖς? There is a huge difference. The first has a smooth breathing mark, so it means “them,” and the second has a rough breathing mark, so it means “themselves.” Reflexive meaning. But the earliest Greek manuscripts did not necessarily always have breathing marks and punctuation. One of the most common Greek textual variants in Revelation, about which I am very knowledgeable by the way, and won’t apologize for it, is this confusion between αὐτός and αὑτός in the minuscules.
I thus find it easy to defend my rendering of this verse in my translation of Revelation. Your defense on the other hand of “most translations” is a great example of why I do not trust “most translations,” and am doing my own.
Before you hire an attorney, there are some things you should know. Here are some quotes from the Corpus Juris Secundum (Complete Restatement of the Entire American Law as developed by All Reported Cases) – Title 7 C.J.S. Secs. 2, 4.
When you hire an attorney,
1. you “commit your cause to his management…”
2. you become the attorney’s “client.”
3. “Clients are also called ‘wards of the court'” 7 C.J.S. § 2
4. “Wards of the court,” according to Black’s Law Dictionary are: “Infants and persons of unsound mind.” Davis’ Committee v. Loney, 290 Ky. 644, 162 S.W.2d 189, 190.
5. You are making your case and your rights secondary or tertiary in importance to the court and to the public. “An attorney occupies a dual position which imposes dual obligations.” …”His [attorney’s] first duty is to the courts and to the public, not to the client, and wherever the duties to his client conflict with those he owes as an officer of the court in the administration of justice, the former must yield to the latter.” 7 C.J.S. § 4
Attorneys are only one kind of lawyer, and their “Bar Association” has interests that are not the same as those of a Christian, and a pilgrim on this earth seeking the kingdom of God.
“A holy war will now begin on America, and when it is ended America will supposedly be the citadel of freedom, but her millions will unknowingly be the loyal subjects of the Crown.” British General Cornwallis, quoted in the book Legions of Satan, Williams, Jonathan, (1781)
General Cornwallis went on to say that the churches in America would help Britain tax Americans once again. Though he did not know the exact details, this is has been accomplished by convincing the churches to become registered, State incorporated churches with licensed pastors, who would preach that their congregations should pay the tribute tax to British-controlled entities.
Another way that Cornwallis’ prediction came true is when Americans started hiring an attorney.
Cristians, when the government or some association pretending to be government is persecuting you, take heeed to Mark 13:11 “So when they take you delivering you to trial, do not concern yourself beforehand what you will speak. Rather, whatever is given you in that hour, that you are to speak. For you are not the ones speaking, but the Holy Spirit.”
In civil matters, the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 6:1-7: “If any of you has a dispute with another, dare he take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the saints? Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life! Therefore, if you have disputes about such matters, appoint as judges even men of little account in the church! I say this to shame you. Is it possible that there is nobody among you wise enough to judge a dispute between believers? But instead, one brother goes to law against another–and this in front of unbelievers! The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated?” (NIV)
When you get a marriage license, who are you marrying?
“The state is a party to every marriage contract of its own residents as well as the guardians of their morals.”– Roberts v. Roberts (1947) 81 CA2d 871, 185 P2d 381.
You make the state the senior partner. They then have the last word on your morals, and your children are wards of the state.
LEGAL DEFINITION OF A LICENSE
Black’s Law Dictionary, 6th edition, defines a license as follows:
“Permission from public authority to do something that would be illegal to do without the license.”
(By the same definition, you know that you do not need a license to do something that is not illegal.)
Now what makes something illegal? There are two forms of wrongness: malum prohibitum, and malum in se. Something that is malum prohibitum is deemed wrong because it has been prohibited by the laws of human beings in a particular society, for their particular society. Literally, it is “wrong because it is prohibited.” Something that is malum in se is wrong because it is “bad in itself.” Determining what is malum prohibitum is easy – you just find out what are the laws in the appropriate jurisdiction. Determining what is malum in se is also easy in my opinion – and in the opinion of the founding fathers of the United States of America. They said things like, “Men do not make laws; they but discover them. True laws originate from the Creator, the Supreme Legislator of the Universe.”
Marriage is not wrong in itself, so it is not malum in se. Neither is marriage prohibited, so marriage is also not malum prohibitum.
Therefore a human government cannot deny you the right to get married (neither permit it only upon the payment of a fee and the obtaining of a license) unless your marriage is malum in se, or malum prohibitum.
But wait a minute, why do marriage licenses exist in the United States then? Very simple: they were instituted for marriages that were deemed by society as wrong, either marriages that were malum in se, or marriages that were malum prohibitum, illegal, prohibited by law. In the history of America, the vast majority of people never got licenses to get married, because their marriages were never deemed illegal or considered wrong.
But up until the 1960′s there were some marriages, now commonplace and fairly normal, that were considered wrong: interracial marriages. Those were the marriages that required a license. (I am not against interracial marriage; I am only explaining the history of the marriage license.)
Even the most current edition of Black’s Law dictionary proves this. Black’s Law Dictionary, 6th Edition, defines marriage license as:
“A license or permission granted by public authority to persons who intend to intermarry”
Note that it does not say, “persons who intend to marry,” but “INTERmarry.” So you wouldn’t need a marriage license to marry, only to intermarry. Well, what is “intermarriage”? If you look up “intermarriage” in Black’s Law Dictionary 6th edition, it says,
Black’s Law Dictionary, 6th Edition, defines Miscegenation as:
Mixture of races. Term formerly applied to marriage between persons of different races. Statutes prohibiting marriage between persons of different races have been held to be invalid as contrary to equal protection clause of Constitution. Loving v. Virginia…
So now, you don’t even need a marriage license to INTER-marry.
Then why do people still get marriage licenses? Because their pastor, or their neighbor, or TV says you have to. The pastor, if he has a license to be a pastor from the state, and his church is a federal non-profit corporation, has a contractual obligation to act in the interests of the government, not in your interests or God’s interests. It is a conditionality of his license to do certain things and report certain things for the government. Often these obligations conflict with the family of God’s interests.
I am certain that God does not give you credit for giving to the poor by virtue of you voting for a politician who supports a government policy of taking money from people who have more money and giving it to the poor. You are only credited for what you actually personally sacrifice and personally give to a poor person you know. I am certain of this.
Robin Hood was a thief. So is a government that confiscates money from one person and gives it to a person who did not earn it. And as far as I am concerned, if you vote for such a politician or government, you are a thief too.
The Bible does not support the idea of taking money, or food, or anything else from one person and giving it to someone who does not work. Some claim that in the Old Testament under Moses there was socialism. No, not if by that you mean there were any people who were idle. No one was idle; everyone did something. Idleness was not in the least tolerated.
“And he makes it so that no one can buy or sell without having the mark.”
(Revelation 13:17) In order for the Antichrist to be able to control who buys and sells, even in the remotest jungle, that requires that everyone in the remotest jungle be connected to the Internet. The One World Government intends to accomplish exactly that. One of its branches, the Bilderbergers, and also the Council on Foreign Relations, has a member working on it earnestly, named Nicholas Negroponte. He has a simple, rugged laptop computer that he is literally dropping out of the sky, and giving free of charge to “poor” children (really free children) in “poor” and remote countries. The World Government just can’t have any people living independently, growing their own food, not needing money, not being tracked and controlled by Tax ID numbers, and not being connected to the Internet. http://bit.ly/tElZXt
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The concept that everyone must get the same, or it is not fair, is a concept foreign to Jesus and the Bible.
Matthew 25:28-30 -Now then, take the talant of silver away from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talants. 29For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have himself an abundance. But the person who does not have, even such that he has will be taken away from him. 30And as for that worthless servant, cast him into the outer darkness. There, there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Luke 19: 24-27 24And to some standing there he said, ‘Take the mina away from him, and give it to the one who has ten minas.’
25″And they said to him, ‘Lord, he has ten minas!’
26′”I tell you, to everyone who has, it will be given, but the one who has not, even such that he has will be taken away from him. 27But as for my enemies, those who had not wanted me to be king over them, bring them here, and slay them in front of me.'”
Jesus in the Bible Teaches the Law of Contracts and Private Property
1″Similar therefore is the kingdom of heaven to a landowner, who went out early in the morning to hire workers together into his vineyard. 2And he came to an agreement with the workers, of a denarius a day, and sent them into his vineyard. 3And when he went away, about the third hour, he saw others, standing in the market place idle. 4To them also he said, “You also go out into my vineyard, and whatever is right, I will give you.” 5So they left. And again, he went away about the sixth hour and also the ninth hour, and did the same thing. 6And about the eleventh hour he went away and found others standing, and he says to them, “Why are you standing here the whole day idle?”
7They say to him, “Because no one has hired us.”
He says to them, “You also go out into my vineyard. And whatever is right, that you will receive.”
8And when evening had come, the owner of the vineyard says to his foreman, “Call the workers and pay them their wages, starting from the last ones, to the first ones.” 9And those who had arrived at about the eleventh hour, each received a denarius. 10And the ones who had arrived first expected to receive more, yet they received a denarius each themselves. 11So they got together and were complaining to the landowner, 12saying, “These last ones worked one hour, and you have treated them the same as us who have borne the burden of the whole day, and the scorching heat.”
13And he in answer to one of them said, ‘Friend, I am not doing you wrong. Did you not agree to a denarius with me? 14Take what is yours and go your way. So this is what I want to give to the last ones, as I also gave to you. 15Is it not permissible for me to do what I want with things that are mine? Or is your eye evil because I am generous?’
16Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last.
Social Justice, making the poor become rich, re-distributing the wealth, is contrary to the teachings of Jesus.
“Blessed are you who are poor,
for yours is the kingdom of God.
21Blessed are you who are going hungry now,
for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who are weeping now,
for you will laugh.
Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. So, if you make the poor rich, you are taking their eternal inheritance away, and you apparently hate them.
Matthew 26:11 – “For the poor you always have with you, but me you do not always have.”
Eradicating poverty is a concept not taught by Jesus.
Matthew 19:24: “And again, I say to you, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich person to enter into the kingdom of God.”
James 5:1-3: “Come now, you rich people, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and their corrosion shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as though it were fire. You have heaped treasure together for the last days.”
If you make the poor rich, they will lose God’s blessing.
2 Thessalonians 3:10 – “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.”
When reading the Bible, you definitely get an impression of what God thinks of individuals who say this isn’t fair, or that everyone should get the same regardless of what effort and risk they put in. God calls such people “wicked servants”! He throws such people into hell. Free Bible.
The inheritance tax is a Marxist concept, embraced by the Democratic Party in America, but a concept which is repugnant to the God of the Bible. The law of ancient Israel had several mechanisms to ensure that property stayed within the same family for ever.
7 So shall no inheritance of the children of Israel remove from tribe to tribe; for the children of Israel shall cleave every one to the inheritance of the tribe of his fathers.
8 And every daughter, that possesses an inheritance in any tribe of the children of Israel, shall be wife to one of the family of the tribe of her father, that the children of Israel may possess every man the inheritance of his fathers.
9 So shall no inheritance remove from one tribe to another tribe; for the tribes of the children of Israel shall cleave every one to his own inheritance.
Deuteronomy Chapter 15
1 At the end of every seven years you shall make a release.
2 And this is the manner of the release: every creditor shall release that which he has lent to his neighbor; he shall not exact it of his neighbor and his brother; because Yahweh’s release has been proclaimed.
3 Of a foreigner you may exact it: but whatsoever of yours is with your brother your hand shall release.
Another is the “Year of Jubilee” which commanded the forgiveness of all debts every 49 years. This ensured that property was not foreclosed away from the family for ever, but only within one lifetime, and returned to the original family.
8 And you shall number seven sabbaths of years to you, seven times seven years; and there shall be to you the days of seven sabbaths of years, even forty and nine years.
9 Then shall you send abroad the loud trumpet on the tenth day of the seventh month; in the day of atonement shall ye send abroad the trumpet throughout all your land.
10 And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubilee to you; and ye shall return every man to his possession, and ye shall return every man to his family.
11 A jubilee shall that fiftieth year be to you: ye shall not sow, neither reap that which grows of itself in it, nor gather the grapes in it of the undressed vines.
12 For it is a jubilee; it shall be holy to you: ye shall eat the increase thereof out of the field.
13 In this year of jubilee ye shall return every man to his possession.
I have heard Hugo Chavez and some other leaders say that the Bible teaches socialism. I have a verse for them:
2 Thessalonians 3:10 – “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.”
Of course, a government should not impede citizens from working for themselves, in a business they want to pursue. If a government makes it illegal or too much of a hassle to do business, and then offer slavery to welfare hand-outs as the alternative, that is evil.
Same with housing. If regulations and building codes make it too expensive to have housing, and people are forced to be a servant to banks all their lives and to the government, that also is a great evil in the world. The people who are labeled as “poor” yet can build a house out of materials at hand, ask no one permission to do so, inform no one that they did so, and do with their land what they want, THOSE are the free and rich people.