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Dose of Reality by Joseph Harris               Number 231
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What Exploded?Shades of Carl Sagan! The master storytellers just keep on spinning their yarns. Now “Ida”, the missing link has been found, according to a National Geographic News story on  Notice examples of the unsure language found throughout the article: “missing link” (they placed it in quotations marks), “suggests”, “the closest thing”, “lemur-like skeleton”, “primate-like”, “looks like”, “big gap”, “unsure”.  Also, there are some unsure sentences in the article.  One thing is for sure: they do not sound very sure about this new discovery.  By the way, there is a reason the missing link has not been found: you can’t find what doesn’t exist.  All this reminds me of the big bang theory with its “Long, long ago, in a galaxy far away . . .,” beginning.  We have heard again and again the tired old tale of everything being created by a huge explosion about 13 to 14 billion years ago. And it’s presented as unchallenged truth. I have always liked science fiction, but please: Darth Vader and Mr. Spock sound more believable than the big bang THEORY.

Several years ago, scientists found “evidence” of when starlight first penetrated the jet black darkness of the lifeless universe billions of years ago. By looking through their super telescopes, they can see time as it was billions of years ago in light years. Notice how they throw “millions” and “billions” of years around, as if they were talking about minutes. Never mind solid, empirical evidence. You are just supposed to believe their words because their answer to the origin of the universe has GOT to be truth. Case closed.  Why?  Because they are scientists and are therefore, infallible.

Science insists on empirical evidence for everything, except when certain scientists want to pick and choose. Empirical means observable, or in layman’s terms, it can be reproduced before the eyes. Sounds like that leaves out the big bang THEORY and the human evolution THEORY, for starters.

Robert Becker, a professor of physics at UC Davis, was once quoted as saying in the Associated Press, “It took a long time for gravity to get its act together and start clumping the gas together . . .” and he was talking about the formation of stars. Notice, he almost personifies gravity with intellect and volition, and the ability to create. If only Robert would keep searching, he might reach the God of gravity, and hit pay dirt.

I think the most unanswerable and important question in the big bang THEORY is: What Exploded? Logic demands an answer to this question of: “If something exploded, what was it that exploded?” Maybe more importantly, where did it come from? The big bang doesn’t answer the question of origin. It simply does, as the book of Genesis, make an emphatic statement of existence. “In the beginning GOD . . ..” I am honest enough to admit that both the Genesis account and the big bang THEORY require faith, but at least Genesis names GOD as the first cause and admits faith is necessary, whereas the big bang just leaves you hanging.


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oseph Harris is the Vice President of Southeastern Baptist College in Laurel, MS. (This article may be reprinted in whole, as long as the name Joseph Harris and also appear). To receive or discontinue Dose of Reality, email with ADD or REMOVE Forward this Edition to a Friend. The writings of Joseph Harris are based on his beliefs and views and do not necessarily reflect the beliefs and views of Southeastern Baptist College.

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Rules For Happy Living

10. Practice the “Do It Now” habit. The road to hell is paved with good intentions. (II Corinthians 6:1-2)

11. Learn to Laugh and Learn to Cry. Over 70 percent of all physical ills could be overcome if we could learn these. (Romans 12:15.

12. Learn to practice the Happiness habit. Learn to smile and the world will smile with you. (Philippians 4:4)

13: Learn to Fear Nothing or No one. Think on your powers and not on your weaknesses. Crowd our fears with faith. (Hebrews 11:1-6)

14. Let go and let God take over. The only way to find peace and happiness is to let God take the controls of our life. (Psalm 23)

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Rules For Happy Living

8. Learn to Count. All things have a place in life. Some people cannot keep the important things in first place. (Matthew 6:33)

9. Let Nothing bother You. We let too many little things destroy our life. We even allow imaginary things to bother us.  (Psalm 37:7; Philippians 4:7)

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Life Unexamined

“The unexamined life is not worth living.” – Socrates

“The trouble with most folks is not so much their ignorance. It’s know’n so many things that ain’t so. – Josh Billings (pseudonym for H. W. Shaw).

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Rules For Happy Living

6. Pray everyday. Reserve a time in your day to thank God for His many blessings and ask for His guidance.(Luke 18:1)

7. Do at least one Good Deed each day. Plant the seed of “goodness” and it will produce after its kind. (Acts 10:38)

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Strong Man

“As a young man who thought he was in top shape, I was reminded that the strongest man cannot lift the lid of his own casket. Man’s power starts and stops with God! – George G. Garner

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This is an article clipped from the Rock Island Argus dated 4-18-10. The author is John Donald O’shea, a retired judge. I must commend the Judge for his insight and going on record with what he believes.

I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody if asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect. Similarly I will not give to a woman an abortive remedy.” – Hippocratic Oath, “Classical” version.

The purpose of this article is to make a comparison. It is to question our moral values. It is not to condone or make light of cruelty to animals.

Consider two cases. The first is that of “Dutch” the cat. The second reached the Supreme Court.

Case No. 1

The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus reported on the first case: “The plight of a cat found beaten and nailed to a utility pole on April 5, 2010 in Henry County raises the question, ‘Who would do such a thing? …

“Dutch’s story has sparked national attention, including a story in USA Today and phone calls from Florida and Georgia to the animal control officer who transported Dutch. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animal (PETA) also is offering up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible.”

Dr. Carl Vincent, a doctor of psychology with South Park Psychology in Moline commented on Dutch’s case: “Acts of animal cruelty, among other destructive behaviors, are common in the backgrounds of certain criminals and ‘typical to serial killers that we have studied in society.’

“A person who would commit such an act would have to have the complete absence of remorse. There’s no internal monologue, no moral compass inside their head. They nailed that screaming cat to a tree; it was funny” to them. It was perhaps accompanied by a though process such as,” ‘I don’t like cats. Never did. But I got this one.’”

He added that if the perpetrator is an older child, adolescent or adult, he or she likely would be antisocial or sociopathic.

A younger child likely would have a conduct disorder. Such people can’t conduct themselves within the boundaries of social norms or within the boundaries of what’s expected.

As they age, he added, they have “that type of detached ability to inflict pain without any real remorse.”

While most people “naturally feel sorry for hurting other people,” he said, sociopathic people or those with a conduct disorder will often tell you, “I don’t care,” “I don’t mind,” “I’ve seen that.”

“It’s quite chilling,” the doctor said. “It actually registers as quite alien to us,” because “we’re emotional creatures.”

Dutch has since died.

Case No. 2

On April 18, 2007, the U>S. Supreme Court decided the case of Gonzales v. Carhart, and upheld the Congressional Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003.

In discussing what was involved, the Court stated “(1) The Act does not regulate the most common abortion procedures used in the first trimester of pregnancy, when the vast majority of abortions take place.

“(2) In the usual second-trimester procedure, “dilation and evacuation” (D&E), the doctor dilates the cervix and vagina. The fetus is usually ripped apart as it is removed, and the doctor may take 10 to 15 passes to remove it in its entirety.

“(3) The procedure that prompted the federal Act and various state statutes, including Nebraska’s, is a variation of the standard D&E, and is herein referred to as “intact D&E.” The main difference between the two procedures is that in intact D&E a doctor extracts the fetus intact or largely intact with only a few passes, pulling out its entire body instead of ripping it apart. In order to allow the head to pass through the cervix, the doctor typically pierces or crushes the skull. In the days when I was hearing criminal cases, I always believed that criminals who were guilty of wanton cruelty deserved the harshest sentences. I was appalled when one defendant went on a horse killing spree in Henry County, and more so when a child was wantonly murdered in the old incinerator building in Rock Island.

I am appalled by what happened to this cat, but I find consolation in the fact that the press and public are also revolted by this cruelty. But where is the concern for all those viable fetuses aborted under the second or third procedures described above?

Why aren’t all the people who are revolted by what happened to this cat repelled to an even greater extent when a doctor makes “10 or 15 passes” to rip a tiny human being apart to “remove it in its entirety?’

Why isn’t everyone outraged when a doctor brings the head of a viable child through the mother’s cervix and then “typically pierces or crushes the child’s skull? Is it worse” to nail a cat to a pole, or to crush the head of a tiny baby – one that is capable of independent life outside its mother’s womb?

Is a cat called “Dutch” more important than an unnamed fetus?

Could a reasonable person apply all or any part of Dr. Vincent’s remarks to doctors who routinely abort viable babies, using the second and third abortion procedures described above? Is it more immoral for a sadist to crucify a cat than for a mother to allow her child to be shredded – ripped to pieces, or to authorize her medical agent to destroy her child by stabbing into the base of its skull, or by crushing its head, which “is made in the image and likeness of God?”

After Dred Scott, slavery in the territories had legal protection. Notwithstanding that, Abe Lincoln at Galesburg said “No one has a right to do a (moral) wrong.” Do you agree or disagree?

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Esther’s Song

Esther was a Jew girl,

she learned her lessons well

with cousin Mordecai she did dwell

She learned lessons of virtue

and they served her well

into the castle she was propelled

Ugly Mr. Haman with pride did swell

and wanted to kill God’s people

God’s word does tell

God’s plan is not thwarted

can’t you tell

He had a virtuous maiden that heard so well

She saved God’s chosen people

by planning well

She’s honored as a heroine Jews do tell.

And for such a time as this as this

I was raised for a time such as this

And if I Perish, I Perish for God

For such a time as this!


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Physically Attractive

Physically Attractive

This morning after I awoke, I began pondering the things that Jesus had done when He called His church from the seashores of Galilee. My thinking went something like this. – Come, I will make you fishers of men and we will start a fisherman class. Then to Matthew, the tax collector, come I will make you our fund raiser and start a tax collector class. Nathaniel was recruited to be a fruit inspector (remember, he had that special affinity for laying under fig trees), and we will start a fruit inspector class. Then to Judas He called and began a betrayers class.

Now in doing this, Jesus was trying to make the church attractive to the world. I have no doubt that when the music began at the beginning of the service, He had a praise team with ramped up music that appealed to the younger generation. What better way to attract the youth than do away with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Now I know that the Holy Spirit will inspire Paul to write a verse that says a psalm (pious song) should be used and hymns (sacred song) is what should be sung and spiritual songs (non-carnal ode) is what we should sing but – we want to be attractive and draw the youth and others in to worship with us so we will change that future verse to mean what we want it to mean.

So I guess my ruminations led me to ask, why did not Christ organize His church to be attractive to the world? If Jesus had just waited till this generation to be born and crucified, we enlightened and forward thinking people could have advised Him on how to build His church and make it attractive to the world.

Now we will put together the church that Jesus should have built. We need to begin in the parking lot with valet parking. That way they couldn’t leave early because they wouldn’t know where the car is parked and if they found it, their keys would be hidden. In the foyer there would be men and women that would escort all the people to the pews. This would need to be some one that is erudite and can speak hyper religiosity and spiritualese. Now understand that no one is burdened with a bible or book because there are these big screens hanging everywhere and songs and scriptures are thrown up there for us. Heyyyyyy no effort here. Can’t find those miniscule and obscure books. Don’t know where Titus is; Old Testament or New Testament. Understand now, I am here to be entertained and moved by this service so roll out the praise team and the cowboy singers and lets have a real hoe down cowboy or contemporary service. I digress, the message must be outlined on those big LCD’s because I don’t want to make the effort to write down, well you get the picture. Now the message that the pastor brings should be affirming and instructive in personal relationships and getting ahead and how to feel good about ourselves. Oh, yes; if the pastor or associate pastor has a wife that is pretty and slim and trim, it wouldn’t hurt to put her in shorts and a halter top being interviewed on the street in front of the church building hawking the garage sale following the morning services and the bake sales that have been scheduled. Now we do this so that our shallow people can bake and sell what they have baked and donate the stuff they don’t want and this makes them all warm and fuzzy inside. Hey, let’s do what some (so called) Baptist churches do now and instead of preaching the Word have a program that consist of a liturgical dance or as the world calls it – interpretive dance. I can imagine the men watching these scantily clad gauze wrapped women scooting around and doing suggestive movements. Yeah, that would put our mind on God and the presence of the Holy Spirit would be especially strong. NOW THIS WOULD DRAW A CROWD!!!!!!

You know this is tongue in cheek, even though each of these things mentioned are practiced in some baptist church’s. How sad the condition of our church when we don’t rely on the Word and the Spirit in our Worship. Each of the above comes from the desire of the flesh.

Jesus built His church the way He wanted it. Physically unattractive though it is, the beauty is an inward beauty that by the Word and the Spirit spiritually draw those that have heard the Word and desire to hear more. Jesus idea is not to draw physically where we might boast of our plans and abilities, but to use the Holy Spirit in His divine office to convict. Jesus has the better way whether we consider it unattractive or not. May we return to Jesus plan and attract through the Holy Spirit. Yes I know the mantra – the plan is the same but methods change, yet if we would do it Jesus way we would be a lot better off.


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A. W. Tozer said – “Each generation of Christians must look to its beliefs. While truth itself is unchanging, the minds of men are porous vessels out of which truth can leak and into which error may seep to dilute the truth they contain. The human heart is heretical by nature and runs to error as naturally as a garden to weeds. All a man, a church or a denomination needs  to guarantee deterioration of doctrine is to take everything for granted and do nothing. The unattended garden will soon be overrun with weeds; the heart that fails to cultivate truth and root out error will shortly be a theological wilderness; the church or denomination that grows careless on the highway of truth will before long find itself astray, bogged down in some mud flat from which there is no escape.

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