Away for a few days.

It’s a long weekend (public holiday Monday) here, so I’m heading down to see my friends in the country.

Back late Monday…

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Atheists Evolved From Chickens

From Ray Comfort’s blog comes an excellent observation. An excerpt, as follows:

If you are an atheist, I hope I’m ruffling your feathers. I want to get under your skin and ask why you don’t have the courage to even whisper to Moslems what you keep shouting at Christians. Prove me wrong. Get onto a Moslem website and tell them that you don’t believe their god exists. Do your little “I don’t believe in Zeus” thing. Tell them they believe a myth. Talk about Mohammed as you do Jesus (use lower case for Mohamed). Do your “I don’t believe in the flying spaghetti monster” thing. Tell them that we weren’t made by a god (lower case), but that they evolved from primates (that will go down well). Also, let them know in no uncertain terms that the Koran is full of mistakes (give some examples), and that their mosques are full of hypocrites.

You wouldn’t dare, because you are chicken-livered. You know that they are not like Christians. Despite the “anonymity” of your little chicken coop, they would come after you to lop off your head. And when they find you, you would fall on your knees and be praying to God for help, quicker than I can move a fly swat . . . and I’m pretty quick. So, think about what you are doing, and think about how much you value your life. Then think about what we are telling you. Think.

Ray is right, the God and Christ haters know darn well we as Christians are not going to react as the Muslims might well do. They know they can get away with spewing invective. They know we will, if we are seeking to follow Christ, we’ll try to live in the way Christ would have us do, in a far more loving manner than many Muslims would. Most of these ‘brave’ atheists would not dare provoke the followers of Islam.

Many atheists, despite their claim to be making a rational case for there being no God, react irrationally when challenged – more like someone from a cult. They won’t be challenged and won’t even think upon the fact that they might be wrong. There are exceptions of course, genuine seekers after the truth. I’ve all the time in the world for them. No, in my opinion, atheists choose not to believe in God for a specific reason – which is so they do not have to responsible to Him and can live as in as ungodly a manner as they choose. Or in terms of human goodness they may do well, but that does not come anywhere near God’s expectations, which is holiness. No, the choice to not believe despite all evidence to the contrary, is for one reason only, one that we all have been guilty of. Rebellion, pure and simple. We all want our own way, to be our own gods, and God’s requirements interfere with that.

The secret curse of Hollywood ‘stars’

by David Kupelian

Yesterday (and today) we’ve been hearing nonstop almost about the tragic (which it is) death of Heath Ledger, who incidentally was born here in Perth. The sheer worship of Hollywood stars is very disquieting to say the least, when we realise that these people are getting the worship that is due to God. By that I don’t mean that God should receive the kind of crazy adulation that people give to these celebrities – but that it’s a case of people willing to worship anything and everything except the one true God of the Bible. No wonder these people become mucked up and become ultra leftwing moonbats – it takes a strong minded person to resist this kind of adulation and constantly being told by their managers as to how great they are. What they become is exactly the opposite of what they need – the ability to look at themselves honestly.

Some excerpts from David Kupelians article

Elvis Presley was undoubtedly the most worshipped man on earth. He had wealth beyond imagining and was literally idolized by millions worldwide. Yet at age 42, full of inner conflict – evident in his drug addiction, weight gain and increasing isolation – his legendary drug use finally caught up with him. In fact, during the last year of Presley’s life, 1977, one physician alone reportedly prescribed 10,000 hits of amphetamines, barbiturates, narcotics, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, laxatives and hormones for “the king.”

For every self-destructive superstar who dies such a sad, early death, there are hundreds of Hollywood celebrities who live profoundly dysfunctional, conflict-ridden lives. Drug and alcohol abuse are commonplace and divorce almost the norm. Yet these people seem to possess everything most of us secretly covet – talent, fame, good looks, wealth, adoration.

So what goes wrong? What secret curse afflicts them?

I don’t wish to oversimplify. Each case has certain unique contributing factors, such as, in Garland’s case, the fact that as a child star she was routinely given amphetamines to get her going and barbiturates to help her to sleep. This obviously played an important role in the addiction and tragedy that were to come later in life.

Yet, there is one powerful dynamic – rarely discussed – that is common to virtually all dysfunctional Hollywood celebrities, and which does indeed become a curse to them.

The short answer,” claim the authors, “is ego. Insatiable ego. Constantly massaged ego. 24-hour-a-day concierge ego. 400-thread-count linen at the five-star luxury dog kennel ego. Trading in your pre-fame spouse for a world-class model ego.”

What does it take to be a superstar? According to Breitbart and Ebner:

… Every celebrity, by design and necessity, is a narcissist. The desire to become a star requires an incredible appetite for attention and approval. To achieve fame and its accoutrements takes laser-like focus and a nearly commendable ability to stay self-centered in the service of the dream. Maintaining celebrity is a 24-hour-a-day process requiring a full-time staff to solidify the star’s place at the top of the social pecking order. An impenetrable ring of “yes” creatures – including assistants, publicists, managers, agents, hair and make-up artists, stylists, lifestyle consultants, Pilates instructors, cooks, drivers, nannies, schedulers and other assorted caretakers – work round-the-clock to feed the star’s absurd sense of entitlement. Celebrities focus on the minutiae of self all the time – and they make sure that no distractions like airplane reservation snafus or colicky babies interrupt this singular focus. This often extremely lucrative self-obsession invariably becomes downright pathological. … Massive ego and narcissism may be the primary ingredients for achieving and maintaining Hollywood success, but they are also the No. 1 cause of the grandiose foibles in their storied, disastrous personal lives. The full-time job of parenting requires absolute selflessness. In contrast, the full-time job of celebrity requires absolute selfishness. The two by definition do not naturally co-exist. Yet, because of their fame, money and social power, stars somehow think they can defy the odds and maintain a high level of professional success, and still raise healthy families in the process.

No wonder so much rotten fruit is hanging from the dysfunctional celebrity family tree.

After all, you have to admit, it’s just crazy what we do: We take these people who sing songs, or tell jokes, or who make their living by acting like heroes, pretending to be something they’re not, and repeating lines others have written for them – and then we worship them. We call them “stars.” Is that nuts or what?

But we can learn something from what happens to those humans we worship. It’s not a coincidence that Hollywood celebrities so often become dysfunctional, ultraliberal weirdos. Our worship of them is hurtful – to us, but especially to them.

End excerpts

All of this – the super concentrating on the self is detrimental to our walk with God, who demands that the ‘self’ must be died to. His ways are diametrically opposed to ours. His way is God first, other people second and ourselves last, whereas man’s way is me first, other people second, and God last. My friend David correctly pointed out to me recently that my problems with my ongoing battle with depression has a lot to do with it being a super absorption with my bad feelings at such times, an area I’ve always had difficulty dealing with. It’s only in these later years I’ve started growing up somewhat, and begun to see that I’ve always allowed my feelings to rule my life. Believe me I can tell you from experience that in that direction self-destruction lies. I thank God I have had my eyes opened to the truth on many things. He has been so good to me – I can certainly see that now. On a side note, my political views have changed in a major way – I’m what you guys in the US would call a ‘recovering liberal’. Hehe.

A hello from BillyD

I recently sent an email to Billy wishing him and his family a good Christmas.

I received a reply in the last couple days and thoughI’d put it up here to let those who’ve wondered where he got to that he’s ok, just very busy.

His email:

“Morris! Hi my friend! I hope all is well with you. I’m fine, just so busy is life I don’t get to get on a computer hardly ever anymore. I hope you had a great Christmas!

Sorry to hear about the heart attack, I hope all is getting better in that regard.

I wish I could write more, but I’m pressed for time even now.

I’m hoping to get a break, and have things slow down so I can pick up the blog again.

Please tell all that you see that I’m indeed fine, and hope to “see” them soon, on the ‘net.

Take care of yourself my friend. God bless you!

BD”

 

Update:

I see Billy has put up a short post on his blog.

 

                                     

Assertiveness courses to ‘help Muslim women resist Al Qaeda’

From the UK, this article shows how out of touch with reality government leaders can be.

Excerpt:

Muslim women should be sent on assertiveness training courses as part of the fight against extremism, say government ministers.

Lessons in confidence building and communication will help them resist intimidation or recruitment by Al Qaeda or other violent or hardline groups, they believe.

And what good is that going to do against an ideology that has no intention of allowing their women to act freely??

These foolish government people believe the lie that only part of Islam is the problem – that the ‘peaceful’ Muslims can be brought around to a better way of thinking and behaving. I’ve news for them and it’s all bad. Islam is the problem. The whole religion is infected by the corruption of the Koran – there’s no escaping the fact that this so-called ‘scripture’ preaches intolerance, oppression and even death to those who are the infidel. This same book preaches cruelty and subservience of women to the point of being treated even worse than animals in countries run by Islam (think Saudi Arabia.)

The very language those government officials use shows their mind set: “Oh, only the extremists are a problem.” Once again, all of Islam as a religion is extremist.   Then again, I’m at the point of being so cynical about government that I’m inclined to believe that they are aware that Islam is the problem but are more interested in keeping the status quo or even outright power than in dealing with the problem.