20 December 2016

Uncommon Commentary #528: The Cross Versus the Cross

(That is, the instrument of our salvation versus those whom it apparently angers.)
Does the mistreatment of Christians and of Christianity by so many in today's Western World truly qualify as persecution?  Obviously, this cultural assault is not the equal of what occurs in places where Islamists simply imprison or behead whoever professes Christianity.  Western countries have laws that prohibit the doing of such things, and so our antichrists must be more cunning; rather than lop off someone's head, they accuse him of intolerance toward others, especially homosexuals, and try to do him whatever personal or professional damage they can do thereby.  Defamation of Christianity and of its followers and values is, therefore, being wielded like a weapon--there's an opening here for a pun on "mass destruction"--, and indeed is persecution.  (It's not that Christians cannot, or ought not to, tolerate any criticism of their religion; respectful objections by unbelievers may have value in keeping the faithful from complacency.  Even the current ostracism, slander, and other tactics in the West may prove useful as training and preparation, if what seems to be the Time of Tribulation spreads to here from those parts of the globe where it has already commenced.)

12 December 2016

Miscellaneous Musing #87

Isn't it odd that so many astrophysicists and cosmologists can profess confidence in the existence of things that are purely theoretical (e.g., the Oort Cloud, wormholes, parallel universes) but not in that of God?

05 December 2016

Uncommon Commentary #527: You Won't Learn Anything from an Electoral College

Here's another sobering reflection on the latest US presidential election: The Democratic candidate again won the popular vote, as has happened in all but one presidential election since 1988. (The lone exception was in 2004, and, even then, the margin reportedly was the smallest margin ever for a re-elected incumbent.) It's only the luck of the electoral college that the title "President-Elect" is followed by "Trump" rather than "Clinton".