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Rep. Tom Loertscher: House Highlights, March 30

March 30th, 2011 by Halli

By Rep. Tom Loertscher, R-Bone

I was thinking just the other day that I wondered where February had gone. Now March is almost at an end. I’m very much relieved that spring has finally arrived and I guess that’s why we in Bone were snowed in on Sunday morning for one of the two times this entire winter. It seems that winter just won’t let us out of its grasp. That’s kind of how it seems here in the Statehouse, that the session still has us in its firm grasp. We’re working very hard to wrap things up, but it’s going to take another couple of weeks.

Now that all of the population numbers are out, there is a lot more talk about the redistricting process that will begin shortly. Several people have asked me who I think will be on the redistricting commission and at this point I have to say that I don’t know. It won’t be long before the computer programs will be available for the process. I have been told that every legislator will have access to the program so that it can be used as a resource for our people at home to draw lines. I know that I will be spending a lot of time after the session ends this year, providing input so that our district will be treated fairly this time around.

The joint finance and Appropriations Committee has just about finished its work for the year. About the only budget left to set is for education. The third piece of “School Reform” has now passed the Senate and will shortly be considered in the House. My e-mail box is overflowing and I have had a lot of concerned folks expressing their wishes on the matter.

One from a parent in our district caught my eye last week. This mother said that she had no idea how anyone could think that a computer could replace a teacher. I am reminded of when computers were fairly new on the scene and I thought at the time just how much work they would save. What I found out was that the workload really didn’t decrease because of computers, but it did make the information more detailed and organized and faster to process. To this day I’m not sure that computers save me much work. My computer is like every other tool that I have, it only works when I do.

We still have several pieces of legislation to consider in the House State Affairs Committee. I don’t suppose that the world would stop turning if we somehow didn’t get to some of the stuff, but I have learned over the years that these issues are important to somebody. I am hoping that the most major of the issues have now been considered and dispatched.

Maybe this last couple of weeks we won’t see some of the big items like wind generation and concealed weapons permits. I hear there’s another one of those texting while driving bills out there. And then there is another little “noncontroversial” item called party registration. The session definitely does have us in its grasp but I’m optimistic that we will get it to relax soon. On Saturday I actually saw some dry ground around the farm, only to have it covered with 2 inches of new snow Sunday morning. We are never short of variety. I just love Idaho, I really do.

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Bob Webster: Creation vs. Evolution, Chapter 7

March 30th, 2011 by Halli

By Bob Webster

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter Three
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6

STATEMENTS BY LDS CHURCH LEADERS, AND MISSING LINKS

Statements by LDS Church leaders concerning false evolutionary theories have never been repealed:

There is no evolution. Each species exists as God made it. John Taylor, Mediation and Atonement p160

As man now is, God once was: As God now is, man may be. Lorenzo Snow, Improvement Era (Spring 1840) Vol. XXII No. 8 p. 656, June 1919.

“Evolution theory is false. Man began as intelligent man, not from lower forms. Man can never discover the mystery of life’s origin, but God has revealed much of it, and we are duty-bound to accept it. God made each species, but only man is in God’s image.” LDS First Presidency: Joseph F. Smith, John R. Winder and Anthon H. Lund.

Not only is the theory of evolution a false theory, it is often perpetrated by deliberate deception, with fraudulent evidence. For details, read chapters seven through eleven in Man, His Origin And Destiny, by Joseph Fielding Smith. A sampling of some of his comments on the hypothesis of organic evolution follows:

p. 136 This question (of evolution) has never been answered successfully other than the account in the scriptures … there is no evidence that will support it (evolution). All evidence points to the contrary.

p. 137 It requires a vast stretch of the imagination, far beyond the realms of reason, for one to accept such a theory as this. Does it not all sound extremely ridiculous? Well, so it is! Yet it is this kind of rubbish that is put forth apparently in all seriousness. Books are written about it; lectures are given in classrooms, from pulpits and platforms, and thousands of well-meaning people say they believe it.

p. 138 So we find ourselves floundering in the depths of an unfathomable hypothesis about which no one has been able to do more than make an uncertain guess.

My dear friends, cannot you see how utterly foolish it all is? Why is it that thousands of intelligent-looking human beings are willing to accept these stupid teachings? Frankly it is because Satan has deceived them and they love darkness rather than light. (See II Thes. 2:8-12)

. . . Darwin’s . . . hypothesis is not only groundless, but absurd and harmful to society. It is groundless because there is not a single fact in the universe that can be cited to prove that man is descended from the lower animals. Darwin does not use facts; he uses conclusions drawn from similarities. He builds upon assumptions, probabilities and inferences, and asks the acceptance of his hypothesis notwithstanding the fact that connecting links have hitherto not been discovered. There are myriads of creatures about us . . . and not one is in transition from one species to another ….

p. 140 The evolutionist guesses himself away from God

p. 141 . . . be prepared to ridicule these pseudo-scientists who come to you with guesses instead of facts.

p. 142 If the Bible said anything so idiotic as these guessers put forth in the name of science, scientists would have a great time ridiculing the sacred pages . . . . We have all read such silly things in supposedly scientific articles. Surely an hypothesis is hard put to have to resort to such foolish things as evidence.
p. 144 . . . in all of (Darwin’s) works, there is nothing but speculation and supposition. Not one single fact.

p.144-57 (paraphrased) Deceptions, restorations, imaginations, reconstructions, estimations, misleadings, weird theories, hoaxes, presumptions and manufactured evidences to fraudulently deceive have been used to convince the world of so-called missing-link pre-humans, such as Trinil Ape Man, Neanderthal Man, Cro-Magnon Man and Piltdown Man.

p. 157 . . . the advocates of this pernicious theory go to the most ridiculous lengths and resort to the most absurd conclusions based on imaginary discoveries and fables. . . . they can create species and groups and supply missing parts which in their imaginations disappeared millions of years ago. . . and then the plotters have been forced to resort to fraud and deception to bolster up their futile attempts to prove a Satan-inspired cause, the real purpose being to destroy faith in God.

p. 159 . . . yet little or no notice is taken of any arguments against evolution, and hence for the most part students hear only one side of the case.

p. 160 The powers advocating evolution are now sitting in our schools, colleges, scientific circles and controlling the press to a great extent.

p. 161 . . . so they guess that once many millions of years ago, life must have come on the earth spontaneously. They have no proof, they can discover no proof, and before any court where justice is dispensed and evidence is required, their case would have to be thrown out of court.

There is, I repeat, no greater crime than turning away of our fellow man by the teachings of corrupt and malicious doctrines from the true worship of their Heavenly and Eternal Father, the maker of all things.

p. 163 . . . there is something more in life than the mere forces of chemistry and physics.

p. 167 . . . no inorganic substance has ever taken upon itself animation and developed into life.

The Lord placed a line of demarcation between the animal creation and the human family in the very beginning, before the foundations of this earth were laid. In fact there is an eternal decree that animals of different families, or species, shall remain separate from other species, and there are bounds they cannot pass.

THE MISSING LINKS, from MAN, HIS ORIGIN AND DESTINY, BY Joseph Fielding Smith:

p.145 In the American Museum of Natural History, New York City, in the “Hall of the Age of Man” is a sequence of three busts purporting to be restorations which show the evolutionary development of man. These three missing links between apes and man, as restored by J. H. McGregor, show sequential changes in certain physical features, such as prominence of the chin, reduction of the eyebrow ridges, reduction of the prominence of the lower face, and increases in cranial capacity for the brain.

Each “missing link” supposedly represents an entire evolutionary stage or race of beings, all of whom had that appearance and development. Arranged left to right from oldest to youngest, these three missing link busts are called Trinil Ape Man (Pithecantrhopus erectus), Neanderthal Man and Cro-Magnon Man. With true apes on the left and, and modern man on the right, this sequence of busts is commonly shown in science books and encyclopedias as the true developmental pedigree of man. Apes are apes, and men are men, but let’s examine how those three “pre-historic” men, and a fourth one – Piltdown man – were really discovered and “reconstructed” by evolutionists to fill the imaginary gap between apes and man.

P. 148 NEANDERTHAL MAN: In 1856, in small cave at Neanderthal Gorge near Elberfield, Germany, two laborers found a piece of human skull. A local physician then assisted in the subsequent discovery of several other human bone fragments; those included: a well-preserved thigh bone; sever poorly-preserved arm bones; a piece of forearm bone; a right shoulder blade; part of a collar bone and five pieces of broken ribs.

There were no other artifacts or human tools with these human bones. Dr. Rudolph Virchow, President of the Anthropological Society of Berlin for thirty years, determined the skull to be a pathological specimen. He further stated that he had seen similar skull shapes on modern men who then walked the streets. Other scientists compared the sloping forehead to the great Sir Henry Irving, to the renowned Marquis de Lafayette and to Rudyard Kipling. Nevertheless, Neanderthal Man was placed in the middle of the three “missing link” busts.

P. 150 TRINIL-APE MAN: Dr. Eugene Dubois, a Dutch military surgeon, found the following bones in central Java:
1. In 1891 a small piece of upper skull and molar teeth, on the left bank of the Solo River near Trinil.
2. In 1892 a left femur bone 50 feet from the site of the skull find, along with a second molar tooth and another tooth from other locations nearby. Other bones had been excavated from this overall site before and after these finds.
From these minor fragments, Dr. Dubois reconstructed Trinil Ape Man (Java Man) and crowned him with the name, Pithecanthropus erectus. Dubois even assigned it a brain capacity of 858 – 900 cc., and declared it to represent an entire race of pre-men.
These Trinil bone fragments were shown in 1895 before the Third International Congress of Zoologists in Leiden, Germany. Dr. Rudolph Virchow, president of that assembly, and the world authority at that time, declared the skull to be that of a large gibbon ape, and criticized Dubois’s imaginary sub-man. Several other authorities also determined it to be a gibbon. Soon after, Dr. Dubois sealed up his Trinil bone fragments and refused further scientific examinations of them.

Even the organizer of the missing link bust sequence, Professor Henry Fairchild Osborn, and his two aids at the American Museum of Natural History, pronounced the Trinil creature to be an ape, and further denounced the theory of man’s descent from the apes. Nevertheless, Pithecanthropus erectus was placed as the oldest of the three busts, next to the apes.

P.150 CRO-MAGNON MAN: At Cro-Magnon, Dardogne, France were found three skeletons. They were not very old, were over six feet tall and had large cranial capacities. Logically, the evolutionists placed these bigger and more intelligent specimens at the top of the missing link sequence, closest to modern man, proudly welcoming them into their evolutionary family tree.

Stop for a moment and consider the absurdity of these unscientifically-assembled creatures as ancestors of man.
1. From a few bone fragments, found under questionable circumstances, complete skulls were reconstructed by imagination, and in opposition to recognized scientific authorities, and declared to be proof of evolutionary links between apes and man.
2. In some cases, from a few skeletal fragments, an entire skeletal frame was reconstructed with its height, weight, and body posture determined, all by imagination.
3. From the reconstructed beings, the overzealous evolutionists declared them to be representative of entire races which existed for centuries. From there, it was an easy stretch of the imagination to assume their cultural life styles, living standards, food and clothing habits, geographical spread, communications, self defense and sex life.

All of this imagination science has been foistered onto a gullible, modern world as truth, under the guise of science. What a shocking testimony of the unbelief of the children of God. To use an evolutionary slur, Man’s enlarged cranial capacity must not have been accompanied by a corresponding enlargement of the substance within.

As imaginary and fraudulent as were Trinil Ape Man, Neanderthal Man and Cro-Magnon Man, the extent of outright fraud in evolutionary reconstructions was never to more evident than in the case of
PILTDOWN MAN:

About 1911, in a gravel road near Piltdown Common, Sussex, England, a small portion of a skull was found by some road workers. This was given to a British lawyer named Charles Lawson. Later, in different parts of the gravel bed were found another piece of skull, a canine tooth and a piece of jawbone. All of these small pieces could fit in the palm of one hand. From these, Dawson reconstructed Piltdown Man, and proclaimed it to be a new genus which he humbly named Eoanthropus dawsonii.

P. 152 Dawson set the canine tooth in the lower right jaw. But scientists later found that the bone pieces did not belong to the same individual. The canine tooth was an ape tooth, which actually belonged in the upper left jaw position. Furthermore, the jaw and molar teeth were from a chimpanzee, whereas the skull cranial fragments were human. In 1916, scientific papers declared the Piltdown Man’s jaw to be convincingly and irrefutably that of a chimpanzee, and the skull top human.

P. 155 Finally, in 1923, the Piltdown skull was declared an elaborate hoax. Although the human cranial pieces were genuine, the jaw and molars were of a modern ape which had been deliberately filed down and stained, perhaps as a prank by the workmen on the lawyer. Thus ended the evolutionary claims for Piltdown Man as a missing link.

Piltdown Man hasn’t been the only hoax. Other fraudulently-created primitive men have also been discovered and proven false, such as LaQuina Lady, Heidelberg Man, Moustier Man and Peking Man. All were fabricated from a few scattered bone fragments, lacking evidence, and whose parents were imagination and deliberate deception. All found, for a brief time, a gullible audience of evolutionary worshipers, as anxious to denounce God as a mere theory as they were to believe in these frauds.

If you were a true seeker of truth, the information presented so far will thrill your soul, and you will never be satisfied with anything but the truth. Above all, however, remember that the proof does not come by the mind alone, but by the revelation from the Holy Spirit, which no science can measure. With the Apostle Paul, I appeal to you to , Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. PROVE ALL THINGS; HOLD FAST TO THAT WHICH IS GOOD. (I Thes.5:19-21)

Chapter 8 will present some of the good evidences commonly being ignored in the world today, in favor of false theories of men.

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Richard Larsen: Racism and Bigotry, Right Here in Idaho

March 30th, 2011 by Halli

by Richard Larsen

Regrettably we still live in an era when some among us choose to “strain at a gnat and swallow a camel” when it comes to racial issues. They choose to allow slight physiological variations to be an impediment to acceptance of others as part of a common human family. It should be an affront to all of us when bad things happen to good people, but especially when it happens in our own backyard.

About a month ago, a good friend of mine in Boise shared a disturbing and awkward incident he experienced. After being invited with five other friends to a private party, he was turned away after arriving, because he’s black. While there are worse things than being uninvited after arriving at a party, the incident was symptomatic of an underlying insecurity or animus based on race.

As my friend recounted the event, “The underpinnings of unfair discrimination are obvious.” Indeed they are obvious, and they speak volumes about the dearth of character and lack of humanity of the one who objected to his presence. My friend, Michael Strickland, who gave me permission to use his name and relate his experience, elaborated, “Racism is a cancer – it spreads.” Indeed it can, unless we proactively work to curtail it.

I genuinely hope everyone perusing this column is as repulsed by the insensitivity, abject stupidity, and classless actions of one person against Michael as I am. I would further hope that each of you forward this column to anyone you know who may manifest similar tendencies to ostracize, diminish, or exclude anyone based on something as superficial as physiological differences. Unlike some who harbor a somewhat fatalistic view of racists, presuming that they cannot be changed, I will forever be a believer in the fundamental goodness and teachability of mankind, regardless of socio-economic or cultural shortcomings that have stunted their growth regarding racist behavior.

Sometimes there’s a natural revulsion to “sensitivity training,” whether of a racial or sexist nature. Yet I am convinced that we all need more of it. Not to the point where we dance around and avoid issues, as Eric Holder, Attorney General once accused us of all being “cowards” for ignoring issues of racism. Rather, to the end that increased sensitivity to the minor differences that distinguish us are sometimes used by the inhuman among us as wedges to separate us from those who are different, rather than as a glue to our common humanity.

Another way to put this issue in context is to look at other differences. What idiocy would be manifested by someone if they chose to discriminate based on eye color? Or hair color? Or any other physiological difference? Would we not collectively and individually look with scorn upon someone who did that, and see them as a social illiterates and cretins? So why should that be any more idiotic than taking a similar discriminatory approach to skin color? So what! We have differences! And thank heavens we do, for otherwise we would be a plain and boring race!

Regrettably, we observe with regularity, bigoted attitudes manifested against people of different religions, as well. Is not religious bigotry as dehumanizing and ugly a human trait as racism? When we make categorical expressions of disdain toward a particular religion or the adherents to that religion, we’re manifesting the same superficial, classless, and bereft-of-character generalizations that characterize racism.

The other night my son asked me what I thought of a certain Christian denomination. I told him I thought they were wonderful. After all how can we, unless we are bigots, be critical of any religious group that seeks to bring adherents closer to God, and expects of them to be more Christ like? When we look for the good, we will find it. If we choose to focus on negative experiences or people, we lose depth and quality from our character, and like the racist, “strain at a gnat and swallow a camel.”

If we’re going to overcome these ugly human traits of racism and bigotry, it takes work on both sides: increased understanding and humanity on the part of perpetrators to heal their hearts, and an increased sense of forgiveness and less harboring of a victim mentality on the part of those who may have been wronged. Both racism and bigotry are scourges on our society, and like Michael observes, are like “cancer” that can spread, unless each of us takes remedial steps to eradicate them.

After all, in spite of any political, religious, racial, or cultural differences, are we not all ultimately brothers and sisters in this mortal sojourn? As such, we may all have our little “sibling spats” periodically, but the big picture still should always and ultimately come down to mutual love, concern, and respect, for each other, and all of humanity.

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David Ripley: House Gives Final Approval to Opt-Out Bill

March 24th, 2011 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

The Idaho House approved SB1115 on Wednesday (03.23.11), by a whopping 56-13 vote. This is the final legislative step for this critical bill – which now heads to the Governor’s desk.
SB1115 takes advantage of a provision in ObamaCare which allows states to “opt-out” of covering elective abortions which may eventually be established in Idaho under Obama’s scheme to take over health care in the country.

This legislation is largely defensive in nature – and protects Idaho’s policy on tax-funded abortions established back in 2001. Under the Davis-Loertscher Amendment, tax-funded abortions are available only in cases of rape, incest or life of the mother. Without the passage of SB1115, Idaho would have been forced into paying for elective abortions. That would certainly have led to increased abortion rates.

Perhaps the most contentious element of debate over the legislation, particularly in the House, was Democrat sensitivity over the term ‘ObamaCare’. During our presentation in the House State Affairs Committee, the Executive Director of Idaho Chooses Life was rebuked by Rep. Phylis King for use of the term.

Idaho Democrats would prefer that we all use the Orwellian terminology developed via focus groups: “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”. But such terminology is, to be kind, misleading. There is nothing “affordable” about the federal health care take-over. And our greatest concern with the legislation – increased abortions and rationing – certainly prohibits using the word, “protection”.

And how can one use languid words like “reform” or even “overhaul” when discussing such a massive government intrusion into healthcare decisions?

We’ll continue using the term ‘ObamaCare’, thank you. It is probably the kindest terminology we can speak with integrity.

Our gratitude to Sens. Curt McKenzie and Rep. Brent Crane for leading the charge on behalf of SB1115. Our friends at Americans United for Life were extremely helpful in preparing the legislation. Hopefully it will encourage other states to take decisive action to mitigate the devastating effects of ObamaCare.

We pray blessings upon the wonderful pro-Life grassroots folks who continue to support this ministry’s work in the Idaho Legislature!

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David Ripley: Unanimous Vote on Assisted Suicide Ban

March 23rd, 2011 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

The House State Affairs Committee approved SB1070 on a unanimous voice vote this morning (Tuesday). The action sends the legislation to Ban Assisted Suicide to the full House for its final leg through the legislative process.
The motion to send the bill to the House was made by Rep. Elfreda Higgins, a Boise Democrat.

No opposing testimony was presented at the hearing. During the Senate deliberations, the Idaho ACLU testified against the bill.

Supporting testimony was provided by Cornerstone Institute, Right to Life, the Idaho Medical Association and attorney Bob Aldridge.

This is a tremendous victory for the pro-Life movement in Idaho. Such overwhelming votes should make it clear to the Death Lobby that they are not welcome in our beloved state.

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Rep. Tom Loertscher: House Highlights – March 21

March 21st, 2011 by Halli

By Rep. Tom Loertscher, R-Bone

I decided that it was time to get another haircut. As luck would have it the same person that cut my hair the last time was there again that evening. She remembered me from my previous visit and said that since that time she had decided to get a little bit more involved in what is going on in the legislature. She was a good sport about my having told her comments to my colleagues and had written about them in a previous article. She told me that she’d become more aware of what was going on with the education bills and what her friends had been telling her about the issue. Then she told me that she had encouraged her sister to get involved in politics. I asked her why that was. She said, “I told my sister that she would be perfect for politics because she liked to be the boss of everyone and she thinks she knows what is best for everybody.” I guess that pretty well describes what a lot of people think about politicians. When I told this little item to several other legislators they merely laughed and said, “Yeah, that pretty well fits.”

The revised Medicaid bill came before Health and Welfare and most of the concerned parties are more comfortable with the changes that are being made. That bill went before the house later in the week and passed pretty handily. The passage of the legislation clears the way for the Department of Health and Welfare budget to proceed. This is the first time I can remember that policy for the dispersal of money for these programs has come from a germane committee. Most of years, in the recent past at least, those policies have been spelled out as intent language in the appropriations bills.

It’s interesting to see that so many difficult issues have accumulated themselves into one session of the legislature. Wind energy has been a topic that has been discussed at length throughout the last week. There are a lot of unknowns at this point and many are desiring to have a timeout and study what the overall effects of wind will be on power rates among other things. During all of the discussion with Rocky Mountain power and the Public Utilities Commission, we have learned that one of the major factors in the granting of a rate increase came from the incorporation of wind energy onto their system.

Legislation has been introduced and we are currently hearing a bill that will provide for a moratorium on new wind projects for two years so that our interim energy committee can look into how it affects Idaho ratepayers and our citizens around whom these projects are being located. There’s a lot of resistance to having a moratorium but in this case I think it is warranted to have an in-depth look at how wind energy affects Idaho.

Two of the education bills have been signed into law and it will be interesting to see what the long-term effects of that legislation will be. Very few of us in the house have had much of an opportunity to look at what is contained in the third education bill that was crafted in a Senate committee during this last week. I’m sure there will be lengthy hearings on this bill as there were on the previous two.

During our early Monday morning meeting of the house state affairs committee I noticed that the wife of one of the members had dozed off in the back of the room. I made a comment to my colleague and tried to tease him about keeping his wife up too late at night. He and his wife told me the story later. They arrived in Boise late Sunday evening and before retiring, while his wife was in another room, he set the clock forward an hour. When she came back he left the room for a few minutes and not knowing that he had already set the clock, set the clock forward another hour. That made for a very short night’s sleep. Daylight savings time strikes again.

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Bob Webster: Creation vs. Evolution, Chapter Six

March 21st, 2011 by Halli

By Bob Webster

Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five

CHAPTER 6 CREATION QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Q1. Is it possible that God used evolution as the process to create the earth and its living things?

A NO, because the theory of evolution is based on many false assumptions that:
1. There is no God/Creator.
2. The universe, earth and life are all the result of accumulative accident, not an intelligent plan of deliberate creation.
3. The forces of nature and the laws of space simply exist, and are not controlled by any supreme being.
4. Today’s apparent slow, gradual rate of geologic change on earth, eg. Sedimentation, mutation, chemical half-life, etc. has always been the same over millions of years (theory of uniformity, II Peter 3:3-9)
5. All living things have evolved from a common ancestor in a family tree originating from the ocean, in which non-living chemicals combined by chance into a living one-celled form, and from that into today’s variety of complex forms.
6. Any living species can be caused to mutate into a changed form.
7. The existing life forms are the successful, dominant species in a continuous “natural selection” process governed by a supposed natural law of the “survival-of-the-fittest,” in which strong forms survive and weak forms die out of existence.
8. There has always been death among living things on earth.
9. The earth is millions of years old, and will likely continue to exist for millions more.
10. There is no life after death, no plan or destiny for man or other creatures hereafter.
11. There is no need for or reality to the concept of a religious savior, no sin, no forgiveness, no resurrection or life hereafter.
12. Earth will not be suddenly changed from its present state into a Terrestrial Garden-of-Eden state again, nor into a final Celestial globe as its ultimate eternal destiny as the home for God’s most faithful children.
13. There is no such thing as Three degrees of Glory in three separate kingdoms hereafter for mankind, based upon the merits of earth life experiences.
14. It is unlikely that other earths contain the same life forms as this earth, because all is random.
15. There was no pre-earth life for man or other living creatures now on the earth.

Q2. Could earth have been created by God deliberately from pieces of other worlds that were destroyed in space?

A NO, because:
1. Each earth is created by God deliberately from “matter unorganized,” not by accumulative accidents. Even such fundamental elements as oxygen are organized into that element.
2. The ultimate destiny of each earth, including its natural resources, is to be Celestialized, not destroyed into chaotic fragments in space. All of each earth’s life forms, coal, oil, etc. belong to that earth, not to any former earths destroyed in space. Such chaos is not God’s plan. God’s plan is perfectly organized, orderly and purposeful. It is purposefully designed to bless and uplift mankind – God’s own offspring, and consists of an intelligently-planned sequence of various conditions (states), each of which is to last a specific period of time.

CREATION QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Q3. Are there other earths with human life on them?

A YES. God, through His agent and Son, Jehovah/Jesus Christ, has created worlds without number for the same purpose as this earth. Many earths now exist; many have completed their probation and have been Celestialized. As one earth graduates in its progress, another is created to take its place. This Eternal Plan of Salvation is endless.

Q4 Where does God live?

A God lives on a Celestial globe (star), as this earth will become. The nearest creation to God’s home is a star He named Kolob. Kolob is set to govern this earth and others of our same order. ONE DAY ON KOLOB EQUALS 1000 YEARS ON EARTH. All planets and stars are governed in their location, rotations and revolutions by other superior stars. God’s galactic creations in space seem as numberless as the grains of sand on the beaches, but they are all known to Him and numbered by Him. He made them all.

Q5 Is carbon dating a correct and reliable measure of how old things are, including the earth itself?

A NO. Any man-made procedure which results in a dating that conflicts with the revealed, true age of the earth is incorrect, and that procedure needs to be revised to conform with truth. Such erroneous dating processes are based on human assumptions and constants employed in formulas. For example, a carbon dating of human bones which assigns them an age of more than about 6000 years is incorrect. Adam was the first human being on earth, placed here by the Creator in full intelligence as a prophet of God. No life on earth can be more than about 6000 years of age since there was no death or wearing out (aging) process prior to the Fall of Adam into mortality (the start of aging and counting of time).

Life prior to Adam’s Fall existed in an endless, timeless, ageless state. There was no wearing out process in either organic or inorganic elements. The counting of time and the mortal aging process all began simultaneously at the Fall of Adam for all things on earth, about 6000 years ago.

Prideful science progresses gradually toward discovery of truth. Once science discovers truth and comes into harmony with revealed truth, than that science is perfected. Until then, science contains imperfections in its concepts and practices – errors which need to be measured carefully against the standard of revealed truth.

This earth is scheduled to exist in its mortal state, since Adam’s Fall, for six God-days of 1000 years each. We are nearing the end of the sixth millennium. Then the earth will be changed back into its Terrestrial Garden-of-Eden state for the seventh and final millennium. Finally, earth will be changed into its ultimate Celestial state, which, like God’s home, will last forever.

Any dating formula based upon incorrect assumptions, constants or principles will yield a predictably incorrect result. Science would do well to accept all available evidences in its search for truth, including scriptural, oral tribal histories and empirical data presently being ignored, avoided or suppressed in favor of preferred theories of men. For those who wonder what modern prophets and apostles have stated about the theory of evolution, some choice statements follow in Chapter 7.

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Richard Larsen: The Nanny State and the Erosion of Liberty

March 21st, 2011 by Halli

By Richard Larsen

James Madison, the “Father” of the Constitution, said, “I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.” His statement seems prophetic when we assess the encroachment on our individual liberty by what we could broadly classify as “well-intentioned” government officials.

This gradual elimination of personal choice and liberty, as well as our concomitant individual accountability, was partially delineated last week in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Kathleen Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency at the Energy Department was testifying to the committee when Senator Rand Paul inquired, “I was wondering if you’re pro-choice.” Hogan responded, “I’m pro-choice of (light) bulbs.”

The Senator responded, “Well, actually, that’s the point. The point is that most members of your administration probably would be frank and would be up front to characterize themselves as being pro-choice for abortion. But you’re really anti-choice on every other consumer item that you’ve listed here. Including light bulbs, refrigerators, toilets, you name it, you can’t go around your house without being told what to buy. You restrict my choices, you don’t care about my choices.”

“You raise the cost of all the items with your rules, all your notions that you know what’s best for me. Frankly, my toilets don’t work in my house. And I blame you and people like you who want to tell me what I can install in my house, what I can do. You restrict my choices. There is hypocrisy that goes on when people claim to believe in some choices but don’t want to let the consumer decide what they can buy and put in their houses. I find it insulting.

“I wish you would come here to extol me…to try to convince me to conserve energy. But you come instead with fines, threats of jail. You put people out of business who want to make products you don’t like. This is what your energy efficiency standards are.

“I find it really appalling and hypocritical and think there should be some self-examination from the administration on the idea that you favor a woman’s right to an abortion but you don’t favor a woman or a man’s right to choose what kind of light bulb, what kind of dishwasher, what kind of washing machine.

“I really find it troubling, this busybody nature that you want to come into my house, my bathroom, my bedroom, my kitchen, my laundry room. I just really find it insulting and I find that all of the arguments for energy efficiency you’re exactly right we should conserve energy – but why not do it in a voluntary way? Why do it where you threaten to fine me or put me in jail if I don’t accept your opinion. In America we believe in trying to convince our neighbors and but not trying to convince them through the force of law. I find this antithetical to the American way.”

The dichotomy presented by the Senator is significant: the freedom to choose to end a life while in the womb is sacrosanct while the freedom to choose what kind of light bulbs to use is trumped by government mandates. It’s okay to kill an unborn child but heaven forbid that we choose to use a 100 watt light bulb instead of a 95 watt bulb. This is not only inane and sheer lunacy, but it, pardon the pun, illuminates the morally bankrupt status of our steadily growing “nanny state.”

Someone once said, “Men fight for freedom, then they begin to accumulate laws to take it away from themselves.” And Louis Brandeis declared, “The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.” Yet that is precisely what is happening as government mandates reduced freedom and choice in health care, health care insurance, energy consumption, use of salt and trans-fats in food preparation, proscribing the proliferation of fast-food restaurants, disallowing the distribution of toys with children’s meals, and dictating standards for appliances, toilets, and light bulbs. With every government statute and mandate, individual freedom is sacrificed anew.

Freedom is usually characterized as something fought for against tyrannical ideologies and totalitarian regimes. We arguably have a totalitarian state emerging right before our eyes where our individual freedom is steadily eroded by self-supposed elitists who think they’re better equipped to make all of our decisions for us.

There is a moral imperative to freedom that allows us individually to make decisions and to be accountable for the consequences of those decisions. Perhaps it’s time to introspectively assess if we’re still the “land of the free and the home of the brave,” or if we are now the land of the oppressed and the home of the nanny state.

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Richard Larsen: Time for Adult and Mature Dialogue

March 16th, 2011 by Halli

By Richard Larsen

The old truism, “You may not be interested in politics, but politics is definitely interested in you,” seems self-evident these days. Each of us, whether we take an interest in political issues or not, is affected by decisions made in City Hall, Boise, and Washington, D.C. Whether you like it or not, you’re affected by politics and it’s reflected on your pay stub from increased tax withholdings, higher health insurance costs, higher costs of regulations imposed on your employer, increased layoffs by your company due to those costs, or a host of other ways.

When President Obama started being criticized for some of his controversial initiatives early on in his administration, he shot back with a one-liner, “Elections have consequences, and we won.” One would think that what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. After all, Governor Walker was hardly reticent on his intentions to rein in Wisconsin state spending if elected, and he signed the legislation this week that removes benefits and pensions from state union employees collective bargaining agreements, and ties wage collective bargaining to inflation.

And for his efforts, Governor Walker is pummeled with every conceivable aspersion, accusation, and pejorative noun and adjective known to man for trying to get a grasp on his state’s spending. With chants of “Hitler Walker” and allegations of “Nazi-like” tactics while he attempts to get a grasp on one of the largest components of Wisconsin’s budget is not only imprudent because it’s an erroneous comparison, but it’s diametrically opposed to the fiscal responsibility he is attempting to inculcate in his state government.

It should be an affront to all of us that any American would be bantered with Hitler-esque allegations. As I have said before, we have no Hitlers in America and to make such claims minimizes the immensity of the affront to humanity that Hitler perpetrated. Swastikas have no legitimate place in the American political dialogue. As such, all such references should be eschewed as overstepping the reasonable and ethical boundaries of acceptable political dialogue, especially in this highly animated state of political agitation we find the country in today.

The U.S. House of Representatives is looking at ways to reduce spending and identifying ways to trim or eliminate government support of things like Public Broadcasting and Planned Parenthood. To legislators of a different era, those were “good ideas” that merited taxpayer support and funding. But in an era where government spending at all levels has blown far beyond the realm of logical appropriation, everything should be measured against what is absolutely essential and what is not. All government spending, even that which is constitutional, should be eligible for review. We can’t afford all the “good ideas,” and it’s time to get back to constitutional and reasonable restraints.

We see the same illogical and radical responses to efforts in Boise to balance a state budget, which is required by our state Constitution. With references to Idaho legislators as “pirates” and caricatures of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna as a cartoon “Luna-toons” character, the immature and specious get in the way of logical and reasonable analysis of the issues affecting all of us. There should be no “sacred cows” immune to a budgetary slice here and there, yet based on responses by some on the blogs and even in the pages of the Journal, you’d think the whole cow was being sent off to the slaughterhouse.

How do we get a grasp on all this radicalism exhibited around us? Perhaps we should start by reading for the first time, or re-reading the Constitution. In very explicit terms the Constitution lays out the powers enumerated to the federal government. In very explicit terms it lays out the rights and privileges that are held by us as citizens and taxpayers. We are now in uncharted waters as our total government debt, federal spending deficit, and unfunded entitlement obligations are at unprecedented levels and threaten the very financial stability of the nation. Hillary Clinton was right when she said our financial condition is a threat to our national security.

Secondly, we all need to take a deep breath, think with our minds and not with our hearts, and be part of a rational debate over these issues affecting all of us. People from both sides of the political spectrum do their cause no good by wallowing in the pigpen of political diatribe and calling names, questioning intelligence, or engaging in the most oft-used logical fallacy, the ad hominem attack on individuals rather than discussing the issues. If you object to what’s being proposed, fine, articulate it and back it up. Leave the impish name calling and mud-throwing in the pigpen where it belongs.

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Bob Webster: Creation vs. Evolution – Chapter 5

March 16th, 2011 by Halli

Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four

CHAPTER 5: PRINCIPLES COMPARED

GOD’S CREATION
The truth is:

1.All life has been originated deliberately and purposefully by an intelligent Creator who is following an eternal plan. This Creator, God, performed this creation by action of His Son, Jesus Christ, who has made worlds without number for God’s endless children – man.

2. There was no death on earth during the Garden of Eden period, until “The Fall of Adam.”

3. Only God can create life. He created all life. Life comes only from existing life, not from non-living matter. All living things were first created/born as spirits, before being created as temporal/physical beings on earth. Man’s spirit body is God’s littoral, personal offspring.

4. God purposefully created earth for man, and has provided al the conditions and resources needed to sustain life, and for man to progress.

5. God created the Terrestrial earth in 6 God-days of 1000 years each, and rested a 7th. Then came the “Fall of Adam” bringing mortality to all the earth. Since then, the planned life for earth will be 6 God-days, or 6000 years, plus a final 7th day of 1000 years of rest. Finally, the earth will be changed into a Celestial star, the eternal home for God’s faithful children, who can continue to progress and become Gods themselves, continuing creations in space.

6. God placed Adam on earth as the first human being, as an intelligent son of God, prepared to begin earth’s human population. There were no pre-Adam humans. As man follows God’s instructions, he prospers. As he disobeys, men degenerate spiritually, physically and culturally. All primitive cultures have degenerated from Adam and Noah.

Satan’s Evolutionary Theory Assumes:

1.All life evolved from a common ancestor, which originated from chance chemical combinations in the sea. Man evolved from ape-like progenitors through cave-man/stone-age stages to today’s status and culture.

2. Ocean chemicals combined into 1-celled life, gradually adapting and changing over millions of years into the various life forms known today – all from one common ancestor.

3.There has always been mutation, change in all life forms, and death (uniformity theory).

4.Life began spontaneously on its own. There is no need for a God/Creator, and no pre-earth life. Man is merely one of the animal kingdom species, which has evolved to its higher state of intelligence through gradual survival-selection changes.

5.Earth and the solar system are the result of chaotic physical/chemical and electromagnetic forces in the universe, accidentally resulting in earth’s conditions which support life.

6.Earth has existed for millions of years, and may continue on for millions more. No one knows the future. Man evolved from ape-like ancestors through crude cave-man, stone-age stages to today’s status and culture.

GOD’S CREATION
The Truth Is:

7. Each species is created capable of regenerating after its own kind only, within genetic limits set by God. They cannot cross-breed or mutate beyond those limits. There are different kinds of flesh for fish, fowl, beasts and man – not one common ancestor.
8. Natural social laws among all living creatures result in associations between their own kind, and destruction of abnormal, sick, or deviant mutants. No new type could survive, nor find a similarly abnormal mate to propagate a new dominant race. No new life forms are presently evolving on earth. If evolutionary theory was true, examples would be evident. The most helpless of animal of all, man. Is the dominant life form on earth – the opposite of evolution theory of survival-of-the-fittest. In contrast, the largest and strongest creatures, dinosaurs, have gone extinct.
9. Earth’s creation was brief (7000 years) and cataclysmic, and its planned mortal existence will be equally brief (7000 years). All of earth’s mortal physical, chemical and organic life conditions exist within this brief time. Dramatic, cataclysmic earth-forming changes happened suddenly in brief time periods.

10. Evolution theory cannot account for realities controlled by God’s power, such as:
* The change from Garden-of-Eden (no death or aging) to mortality at the “Fall.”
* The Flood.
* Division of the one-land-mass-earth into continents and islands.
* Origin of languages and races from the Tower of Babel period.
* Changing of earth and sun movements.
* Worldwide storms and destructions at Christ’s crucifixion.
* Plagues on Pharaoh by Moses.
* Red Sea crossing by Moses.
* Raising of the dead and healings by Jesus.
* Millennial changes, burnings, restoration of earth to a single land mass in Terrestrial status.
* Eventual Celestialization of earth
* D&C 121:12

SATAN’S EVOLUTIONARY THEORY Assumes:

7.All life has a common ancestor and has evolved gradually over millions of years into its present diversity of life forms and species.

8.Genetic mutation over millions of years has caused the present variety of living creatures, governed by survival-of-the-fittest struggles for existence. This is called “natural selection.”

9.According to the theory of UNIFORMITY, the slow, gradual physical/chemical processes evident today have always been the same – e.g. chemical half-life, sedimentation rates, mountain building, polar ice caps, global weather changes, etc. Geologic ages lasted millions of years, undergoing slow, gradual changes.

10.There is no such thing as the Fall of Adam, and no convincing evidence of a universal flood, changes in sun location, raising the dead, resurrection, Garden of Eden or a God/Creator. Knowledge of the future is impossible. Man invents his own gods as a crutch. As man matures emotionally and intellectually he needs no crutch, and discards the need for a god or other superstitions and beliefs in an unseen, supernatural power.

GOD’S CREATION
The Truth is:

11. Christ has created worlds without number, which are inhabited by God’s children, the same as this earth. Many earths have completed their temporal lives and are now celestial. Many others now exist as this earth does. Others are being created. The process is endless. All space is governed by orderly laws of the universe. All creations are made for the benefit and progress of man. Men, as Gods, are in charge of the universe and all of space, in conformity with natural laws of the universe.

SATAN’S EVOLUTIONARY THEORY
Assumes

11.Life may potentially exist on other planets in space. Space seems endless, violent, chaotic and mysterious. Much is unknown, but science is discovering more. The number of stars in our galaxy are estimated to be in the millions. The number of galaxies visible from earth’s telescopes appear numberless also.

With the wealth of revealed knowledge shown in the previous chapters, anyone can feel prepared to answer some of the most commonly asked questions concerning CREATION – VS – EVOLUTION. A few of hose questions are answered in the pages of Chapter 6.

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