Sheepdog 107: faith and science are friends
I’ve done a decent job of writing a crash course through many of the topics that had been troubling me from before my born again Christian revelation. Many of them were related to the economy and 2008 crash. Nowadays I broach these stories with less fear and more biblical awe.
My hope is to make a blog resource that has case-making value that may lead new believers toward a rational basis for saving faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus saves, and the moment of being born again is when you believe for the first time. There are also corollary benefits to this work, for example, to help fellow Christians and sheepdogs with some persuasive firepower that they may use for their own evangelism efforts.
Imagine that a friend said to you “hey, here’s this non-fiction intrigue story that presents it all with brisk, clear delivery. If you do want to explore it then let me know what you think.” I do wonder what my many non-Christians think of these topics and my hobbies, but I know that (in many cases) they’re working with a wrong picture or cartoon/caricature as in strawman idea of what our Christian faith is. I’d like my friends to know the real me, and to be sure as I’m sure that my life is governed by realist-optimism and the joyous laughter, clarity, and peace of knowing Jesus and walking with the Lord.
Faith and science; the secular agenda demands that faith/science be a battle of “or.” 80% of the world’s people profess a kind of theism. There is no conflict at all between accurate theology (study of God) and accurate science.
I’m trying to help people out. This is why part of my goal is to challenge non-Christian social circles with strong case-making. This can be done (at times) in stealth mode, where we appeal to people’s natural desire for reason, grace, mystery and truth. I speak with the authority of the word of God while (at times) cloaking my beliefs without compromising them. The thing about the Holy Word is that it’s sharp. Big truth is sharp, and it can cut people.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
I learned about the mytheme of double-edged sword in a high school English class (freshman or sophomore year). I believe this is another one of those cases where much of our common language and imagery are biblical in source. There are many words and phrases that come from Bible studies. Secularized language is a different topic, and you may read what Conservapedia has to say on that. That’s only one place to start.
I enjoy Conservapedia humor. I have a style of humor that is dark comedy, or darcasm. Darcasm is a word coined by my good friend Bob, although I do pioneer with wordsmith and language. Let’s give credit where credit is due. As a conservative, I’ve learned that non-conservatives assume that we are angry/scared even when we aren’t. From there, it’s an easy step to add “dangerous” into the leftist demonization of the conservative. Now you can see where this thread potentially goes, all the way into forced gun control, and the inevitable-by-design civil massacre (think Stalin’s Russia and Ottoman Turkey genocide of Christians/Armenians. Forced mass gun control always leads to mass democide, death by government. That’s not the point of this thread. Suffice to say, leftist says gun control is good and safe. History determined that was a lie.
Back to the double-edged sword that is the Holy Word of God, and back to the spiritual warfare, Ephesians prayers, helping people out and case-making with faith and science. I’m very thankful that the Lord has acted greatly in me and given me so much to work with. Sometimes I act with somewhat a frenetic energy, and I prefer people to know, relax; I’m relaxed, and having fun.
I’m trying to reach non-Christians (someone who I used to be) and a mixed readership. Let’s help each other mutually relate to one another. Imagine that you have discovered a new water store close to town, and the water, product and brand are simply extraordinary and unique; peerless. It’s the best discovery and event that has ever happened to you, so naturally you want to share this news with your friends, family, loved ones and even with random people who you don’t really know.
With Christianity, it’s not as easy as telling people the gospel (“good news”). There is an ancient culture war ongoing, and many faith-barriers and rival worldviews that have got people emotionally invested in their interpretation of reality. I need to figure out what peoples’ objections to Christian faith are and then respond to those. It’s important to listen and know when to ask questions, and how to formulate good questions.
The water metaphor is not to minimize the marvel and glory of Christianity, but to compare it in practical terms to something that is objectively good and better. Water is one of the Top Goods I mentioned in 101, and its quite essential to life and health. You can also improve the quality of your drinking water by shifting your water budget over to bottled, clean and spring water.
I remind people that drinking sodium fluoride is bad. I speak from my own experience when I say that I got off the sodium fluoridated water, and within a few weeks I was in a mode of physical and spiritual renaissance. Spring water is not even more expensive ($1 for a big EZ jug) so don’t even use that as a counter. Some people have a psychological co-dependence on their captors, and I’m telling you that to drink pure water will make you feel better and know that this is accurate. We ought not to drink the synthetic waste byproducts of fertilizer, aluminum and nuclear industries, which are subsidized and added into public water supplies without informed consent and with disinformation and censorship of facts. It’s an actual communist plot that was also parodied in Dr. Strangelove that seminal movie of the Cold War that I recommend people watch (educational value).
There are a few other reasons why the water metaphor itself has case-making merit and symbolic value, and those I will have to save for later.
Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
Research and Resources
I describe this top-notch blog writing as the Psyche or psychology of Authoritarianism
Movie: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Kubrick’s Psychopaths http://www.visual-memory.co.uk/amk/doc/0004.html