Catechism


Q. How long was he in making the world?

A. ‘In six days the Lord made heaven and earth,
the sea, and all that in them is’ (Exo 20:11).
‘And on the seventh day God ended his work
which he had made’ (Gen 2:2).

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Frenetic Friday


So have you ever seen the WWUTT videos? These ninty second or so videos take a variety of subjects and apply the word of God to them. Mrs. Keachfan likes them because they take deep subjects and explain them clearly. Take a look at the latest one and then go check out their youtube channel.

Speaking of culture wars.

Prager U has come out with a great new video about intersectionality.

Intersectionality is the new buzz word amongst “woke” Christians and SJWs. I didn’t know what it was and I appreciate Prager U’s contribution to my education.

What would your evolutionist friends say if you said that nine out of ten species, including humans, came into existence only 100,000 to 200,000 years ago? Well according to this article from Phys.org a new genetic test proves just that. David Thaler one of the two authors of the study said: “This conclusion is very surprising, and I fought against it as hard as I could.” This means that ninty percent of the current species is basically the same age. But not only that but another unexpected finding from the study—species have very clear genetic boundaries, and there’s nothing much in between.

“If individuals are stars, then species are galaxies,” said Thaler. “They are compact clusters in the vastness of empty sequence space.”

The absence of “in-between” species is something that also perplexed Darwin, he said.

Speaking of Robots.

So do you want to know when you are going to die? According to this article Google’s A.I. can predict your death up to 95% accuracy. As reported by IFL Science, the new ability to use AI to predict death is outlined in a study recently published in npj Digital Medicine. The study involves new Artificial Intelligence (AI) that Google’s Medical Brain team have been working on. It has been trained to predict how likely it is that patients entering a hospital will make it out alive.

Now the obvious issue is what happens when the A. I. predictions are used to determine whether or not the patient should even be treated if there is only 5 percent chance of recovery?

Here is an example of the A. I. In action:

In one instance reported in the study, a patient with late-stage breast cancer was admitted to hospital. Her lungs were filled with fluid, she was seen by several doctors and then underwent a scan. According to the hospital’s assessment, she had a 9.3 percent chance of dying during her stay, based on her vital signs such as respiratory rate, blood pressure, and pulse. Google’s AI also ran its own assessment on the same patient, assessing 175,639 data points on her record, the researchers wrote in their study. These included data points that aren’t normally considered during patient evaluations. The AI was able to access previously out of reach data, such as PDFs of notes made by doctors and nurses that indicated evidence of malignant pleural effusions (fluid build-up around the lungs) and potential risk of pressure ulcers. Looking at this data, the AI put the patient’s risk of death during her stay at 19.9 percent. She died 10 days after admission.

Again what isn’t discussed in this is whether using this data the late-stage breast cancer patient would have been denied treatment.

I think that the ultimate question is should any decision rest in intelligence that isn’t human.

And that is it for Frenetic Friday.

Theology Thursday: What is the Gospel?


So there was some MTV award that Chris Pratt received and gave an acceptance speech.

Now let me state something right now this isn’t about Chris Pratt. It’s not even about what he said or didn’t say rather it is what some people have said that Chris Pratt said.

In an article on the Federalist Rachel Stooltzfoos wrote:

Actor Chris Pratt shared a gospel message in an acceptance speech at the MTV awards Monday, interspersing a serious message about God’s love in a list of “9 Rules for Life” for the younger generation. (source)

Unfortunately, while Chris Pratt spoke about God, having a soul, praying, and grace being paid for by “somebody’s blood”, it wasn’t the Gospel.

So the question is what is the Gospel? R.C.Sproul writes regarding this question:

There is no greater message to be heard than that which we call the gospel. But as important as that is, it is often given to massive distortions or over simplifications. People think they’re preaching the gospel to you when they tell you, ‘you can have a purpose to your life’, or that ‘you can have meaning to your life’, or that ‘you can have a personal relationship with Jesus.’ All of those things are true, and they’re all important, but they don’t get to the heart of the gospel. (source)

So then what is the core essentials of the Gospel? Well I would say that the bible tells us what the core essentials of the Gospel is.

Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.~1Corinthians 15:1-4

The Gospel must contain these elements: We are sinners, rebels against a holy and just God, deserving only his wrath and justice. (Rom. 3:23, Ephesians 2:3, 2 Thess. 1:9)

Jesus lived a life of perfect righteousness, of perfect obedience to God, not for His own well being but for His people offering Himself as a perfect sacrifice to satisfy the justice and the righteousness of God. (1 Peter 2:24)

God raised Jesus to life for our justification. That we are declared righteous before God based upon what Christ did for His people. (Romans 4:25, Romans 5:16, 18)

Our salvation then comes from placing our trust in what Christ has done, not we have done. This is the Gospel that we have received, which we stand on, and are being saved by holding on to the word of God.

Movie Review: The Incredibles 2


Director: Brad Bird
Producer: John Walker, Nicole Paradis Grindle
Writer: Brad Bird
Cast: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowel, Huck Milner, and Samuel L. Jackson

Fourteen years ago Pixar introduced the movie goers to a family of superheros who couldn’t be heroes anymore.   But when faced with a challenge once again donned their costumes to fight against evil.  And there it left us hanging.  Would Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl be allowed to come out of retirement?  What about the laws against superheroes?  Not to mention did people really want the return of superheroes?

Pixar takes up the story from where it left off fourteen years ago and answers all those questions and more!  In Incredibles 2  a multimillionaire sees the Incredibles and Frozone  fighting the giant robot that was  attacking the city and is excited to see that the supers have returned.  And contacts Frozone .

The millionaire’s plan is simple using Elastigirl  generate good publicity for supers and get the law changed.  And that is exactly what happens.  Elastigirl goes out crime fighting while Mr. Incredible, Bob,  stays home and tries to be both mother and father.  And surprise, surprise he is doing a good job until they find that the baby, Jack Jack, has a plethora of super powers!  Because of the importance of what Elastigirl is doing they hide from her that Jack jack is super which causes Bob to be stressed to the point that the kids call in Frozone.  When Frozone sees what is happening he tells them that they need professional help.  So Bob takes the baby to Edna.  Edna is fascinated with the baby and takes him off Bob’s hands which allows him to get the sleep that he has missed,  Bob returns to Edna’s, (and the sequence of the baby and Edna has to be seen to believe it is great) to find that she’s designed a super suit that practically neutralizes the baby’s powers and makes him easier to handle.

At the same time something is up with the villain that Elastigirl is fighting.  Everything isn’t what it seems and Elastigirl is trying to find out who is behind the curtain pulling all the strings.

This follow-up to The Incredibles is great and excellent family fare I give it five stars.

Catechism


Q. Of what did God make the world?

A.‘Things which are seen were not made of things
which do appear’.

By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. Hebrews 11:3

Saturday Night Special


Well it is June and someone has designated this month for one of the seven deadly sins. And with that in mind here we go.

So it seems that Jack Dorsey CEO of Twitter enjoyed a chicken sandwich made by Chick-fil-A and tweeted about it which caused the SJW on Twitter to have a conniption fit. And even Soledad O’Brien tweeting: “This is an interesting company to boost during Pride month, Jack,” This of course caused Jack Dorsey to quickly backpeddle and apologize for eating a sandwich.

But wait there is more! Noah Michelson in a Huff-Post article wrote that if you really love and support LGBQT people you must stop eating at Chick-fil-A. In the article Michelson does point out that Chick-fil-A has done some good things, such as provide free meals to the blood donor volunteers at the Pulse Club shooting, still nothing can make up for Dan Cathy’s defense of traditional marriage being between one man and one woman.

I would like to point out that the last time someone suggested this course of action Chick-fil-A had over flowing restaurants full of customers.

From here let’s travel to a track meet in Connecticut. Where two transgender “girls” won the 100 & 200 meter. The two “girls” had previously been on the boys track team until they decided to switch to the girls team.

Of course by switching to the girls team these two biological boys knocked out two young girls who had been compeating for those same positions but couldn’t compete against the basic biological difference of male muscularity versus female muscularity.

By doing this the level playing field that once existed no longer exists. But of course a level playing field’s meaning has been changed by the idea that transgender rights supercede anything that might be biologically based.

In Canada their equivalent of PBS produced this:

Francis Schaeffer years ago pointed out that there is nothing neutral, everything reflects a certain worldview. And what is being taught to the children will shape their worldview. It is obvious what worldview is being taught to the children in Canada the question is what worldview is being taught to your children.

Good night.

Catechism


Q. Is he known by his word?

A. Yes, most clearly: for by that he revealeth his attributes, his decrees, his promises, his way of worship,
and how he is to be pleased by us.