Is it the End of the World?

Is it the End of the World?

“I Pledge Allegiance to Darwin”

posted by jfletcher

Having just returned from Israel, I found NBC’s “Pledge of Allegiance” debacle extra-fascinating. I also just finished reading an absolutely extraordinary book, Banquet at Delmonico’s, by Barry Werth.

The visit, NBC, and Werth’s book all dovetailed for me, as I have listened to folks all over the country question, with outrage, how a major network could “edit-out God” from the Pledge of Allegiance.

May I offer my opinion?

Werth’s book provides more than a clue, as he traces the spreading of Darwinian philosophy from England to America, in the 19th century.

The philosophical worldview of Darwin, Thomas Huxley, Herbert Spencer & Friends was met with open arms by men like the clergyman Henry Ward Beecher, the industrialist Andrew Carnegie, political kingpin Carl Schurz, and scientist Asa Gray.

The Darwinists actually thought of the Bible as “Jewish legend.” There is your key.

For more than a century, our beloved country has marinated in the juices of Darwinian philosophy. That worldview demands a reduction of the Judeo-Christian foundations on which America was founded.

Decision-makers in several spheres of life, mostly in the East, have developed their views based largely on Spencer’s social Darwinism. That is why our political, judicial, and media institutions do what they do.

There are still plenty of Bible-believing Christians in the U.S., but few of them pull the levers of power. A media giant like NBC, in general, is staffed by liberals. Plenty of them do not believe in God, or at least the God of the Bible.

That’s why a “decision was made” to delete God from the Pledge of Allegiance in a broadcast last week. It isn’t a mystery.

NBC is simply working-out its worldview.

When I was in Israel, I visited Jaffa, the ancient seaport where, the Bible tells us, a man named Jonah boarded a ship and was later swallowed by a large fish.

I do not believe that is Jewish legend. I believe it happened exactly as the Bible describes.

If Francis Crick could believe and teach, with a straight face, that aliens had seeded Earth with life pods that eventually evolved into…us…then I can believe a large fish swallowed Jonah.

One worldview has no need or use for God; the other depends on Him desperately.

Many would say it is too simplistic to ascribe Darwin’s views to this NBC thing. Critics of my view would almost all believe in evolution, by the way, so their criticism must be taken with a grain of salt.

I am simply saying that a nation steeped in the philosophy of naturalism, for a century, will logically end up at a place in which attempts are made to delete God from the national life.

That is where we are in history.

Darwin’s evidence

posted by jfletcher

I am reading an extraordinary book, Banquet at Delmonico’s, by Barry Werth, which traces the rise of evolutionary thought in America, in the 19th century. I can’t recommend it enough.

As with most things these days, the book reminds me of Israel and Bible prophecy, since I happen to be one of the Neanderthals that believes Scripture to be true in its history, among other things.

At one point in Banquet, Werth discusses Charles Darwin’s inner turmoil, as a young man, as he gradually abandoned belief in the supernatural. Around 30 or so, Darwin jettisoned any belief in divine revelation, i.e., the Bible, because he thought it “more and more difficult, with free scope given to my imagination, to invent evidence which would suffice to convince me.”

Invent evidence. It’s too bad he lived a hundred years too early, for the mere knowledge that Israel was re-established should have provided that evidence—the invention of which would have proven unnecessary.

I was just in Israel, and using my average intelligence, which includes reading the Old Testament and then mulling over recent history, I can see quite clearly that the existence of Israel cannot be explained by naturalism.

Time and again in the Bible, God declares that after “many days” the Jews will be re-gathered into their ancestral land.

They are back, and that is unprecedented in history.

One wonders how far the modern philosophy of naturalism would have gotten if Darwin had lived to see it.

The president fulfills prophecy

posted by jfletcher

Here’s a fun exercise that you can do in the privacy of your own mind.

Get a Bible and read, say, Zechariah 10-14. Perhaps Psalm 83. You might include Ezekiel 36-39.

There you should get the strong impression that—if there is such a thing as “the last days”—that for some reason, the whole world gets sick of the Jews. I believe Ezekiel 37 is proof enough that a sovereign Jewish state exists in the last days.

But there is some trigger to the anger of the nations. President Obama’s recent speeches on the Israeli-Palestinian issue overlay quite nicely with these prophecies. He even said that the day is coming when the international community will get tired of a peace process that goes nowhere. In today’s political world, that means it’s all Israel’s fault.

There are political issues involved here, and I won’t go into those, but a simple comparison between prophetic scriptures and modern statements from diplomats and politicians leaves one with the strong impression that the two are linked.

And this is not to say that this or that politician is evil, or in collusion with evil. It is simply a fascinating study into how the Bible really does mirror reality.

Staying in Israel

posted by jfletcher

I often hear the myth that Israel is unsafe, especially for tourists. I know for sure that that is false.

A week there sightseeing was a wonderful experience, even with the unrest that is the hallmark of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

I’ve stayed in quite a few hotels and with few exceptions, they are quite good. The King David is simply the best—one man’s opinion—with its old-world opulence. And I was stunned to see the magnificence that will be the Waldorf-Astoria, just down the street. Work continues and this no doubt will be a showplace.

We stayed several nights at the Mount Zion (I’d stayed there before and will again), located just steps from the Old City. On the edge of the Valley of Hinnom, mentioned in the Bible, the Mount Zion Hotel was quite good. The hotel staff was very helpful.

We also stayed at Christ Church Guesthouse and the location and general pleasantness can’t be beat. Just inside Jaffa Gate, one has only to roll out of bed in the morning and head directly into the Old City.

All in all, I not only felt safe, but very comfortable and content. A few minor issues: I rented a car and was advised against going into certain areas, due to Palestinian annoyance with the 44th anniversary of Israel’s Six-Day War victory.

I have not changed my mind that Bible prophecy gives every indication that we are living at the end of world history—critics’ scoffing and mocking, be gone!—but a trip to the Land of Israel was, for me, quite wonderful.

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