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Who’s Afraid Of The Large Hadron Collider?

Posted by Job on June 30, 2008

I must admit: I am not. One of the things that fascinated me was how this potential doomsday device only cost $5.8 billion to build. That is like what George W. Bush’s corporate buddies steal in Iraq and Afghanistan in a typical week. 

Some fear debut of powerful atom-smasher

David Francis, a physicist on the collider’s huge ATLAS particle detector, smiled when asked whether he worried about black holes and hypothetical killer particles known as strangelets.

In rebutting doomsday scenarios, CERN scientists point out that cosmic rays have been bombarding the earth, and triggering collisions similar to those planned for the collider, since the solar system formed 4.5 billion years ago. And so far, Earth has survived. “The LHC is only going to reproduce what nature does every second, what it has been doing for billions of years,” said John Ellis, a British theoretical physicist at CERN.

The physicist Martin Rees has estimated the chance of an accelerator producing a global catastrophe at one in 50 million — long odds, to be sure, but about the same as winning some lotteries. (But what about, you know, a catastrophe that is not GLOBAL but just, well, citywide? Or what about a few inner city blocks like that terrible Keanu Reeves/Morgan Freeman movie “Cold Fusion”? Does that knock the odds down a bit from 1 in 50 million to 1 in 500,000? 1 in 50,000? Just kidding …)

Both may produce micro black holes, subatomic versions of cosmic black holes — collapsed stars whose gravity fields are so powerful that they can suck in planets and other stars. But micro black holes produced by cosmic ray collisions would likely be traveling so fast they would pass harmlessly through the earth. Micro black holes produced by a collider, the skeptics theorize, would move more slowly and might be trapped inside the earth’s gravitational field — and eventually threaten the planet. (I would be more concerned about the threat posed by slow moving manmade micro black holes if ever any evidence were produced that the FAST MOVING NATURAL micro black holes existed.)

As for strangelets, CERN scientists point out that they have never been proven to exist. (Like the theory of evolution?) They said that even if these particles formed inside the Collider they would quickly break down. (Like the theory of evolution breaks down? Another issue for another day.)

I have to admit: I have no problem building supercolliders. I am a 100% pro – basic science guy. I would rather spend $5.8 billion on basic science than on wars and “destroy the low income family structure” social programs. I know that supporting such is harmful to my libertarian principles, but I propose that had George H. W. Bush not killed a similar supercollider project because of a budget crunch THAT HE CREATED WHEN WE INVADED IRAQ THE FIRST TIME AND THE MONEY THAT WE USED TO PROP UP SADDAM HUSSEIN’S REGIME TO FIGHT A WAR WITH IRAN THAT KILLED ALMOST A MILLION PEOPLE (I suppose it isn’t very nice to talk about things like that!) we would be a lot further along in things like, oh, I don’t know, alternative and renewable energy technology, not to mention medical research. 

Each year the detectors will generate 15 petabytes of data, the equivalent of a stack of CDs 12 miles tall. The data will require a high speed global network of computers for analysis. Now THAT strikes me as more frightening than the large hadron collider. These subatomic particles that have never been proven to exist do not concern me. Global computer networks capable of tracking your every move do.

Wagner and others filed a lawsuit to halt operation of the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, or RHIC, at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York state in 1999. The courts dismissed the suit. So … these fellows have cried wolf in the past, eh? Just like the media to use the “threat” of bosons, gluons, strange quarks, etc. to scare people while just making the REAL issue … the potential of global monitoring your movements, conversations, financial transactions, etc. a sidebar. Please note that Barack Obama has come out in support of new world order globalists that back FISA, which would allow the government to spy on your phone conversations (sorry for the ACLU link, but all of the “Christian” links that I found on FISA were from people who just loves themselves some “all Christians worship the same God” George W. Bush).

So I say “yes” to the large hadron collider but NO to FISA and the Patriot Act in general. After all, it won’t be the large hadron collider used to prevent those who refuse to worship the anti – Christ from buying and selling … 

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The Message Of The Cross Of Jesus Christ Is Offensive

Posted by Job on June 29, 2008

The Offense of the Cross by Mike Ratliff

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love. You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? This persuasion is not from him who calls you. A little leaven leavens the whole lump. I have confidence in the Lord that you will take no other view than mine, and the one who is troubling you will bear the penalty, whoever he is. But if I, brothers, still preach circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been removed. I wish those who unsettle you would emasculate themselves! (Galatians 5:6-12 ESV)

In Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians he delivers a scathing indictment against all  who teach works salvation or any version of the Gospel that has been edited from the original. If these false gospels be true then, as Paul says, the offense of the cross has been removed. However, the Apostle, in fact, is declaring that the offense of the cross never has cease, and never can cease. Any attempt to soften the offense is folly. While genuine Christianity is peaceful, mild, and benevolent, history shows us that it has been attacked with the bitterest hate from the beginning. Why? It is clearly offensive to the unregenerate mind.

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Romans 12:1-2 Says Sin Makes It Impossible For Christians To Serve God Effectively

Posted by Job on June 29, 2008

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Sermon on how sin hinders effective Christian service to God from Romans 12:1-2 http://godtube.com/healtheland

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Backsliders Micah 6:8 Tells You What To Do!

Posted by Job on June 29, 2008

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Sermon On How Micah 6:8 shows backsliders the way back.

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Proof Of The Resurrection Of Jesus Christ From 1 Corinthians 15:1-15

Posted by Job on June 29, 2008

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A sermon that provides airtight proof of the historical fact of the resurrection of Jesus Christ using scripture. It also gives the relevance of this fact to Christians and non – Christians.

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The Holiness of God and the Undoing of Sinners: Isaiah 6

Posted by Job on June 29, 2008

by Matthew Henry. Please note: I base my Salvation Prayer off Isaiah 6. 

The following commentary is from Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible

The vision which Isaiah beheld in the temple. (1 through Eight) The Lord declares the blindness to come upon the Jewish nation, and the destruction which would follow. (9 through 13)

Verses 1-8 In this figurative vision, the temple is thrown open to view, even to the most holy place. The prophet, standing outside the temple, sees the Divine Presence seated on the mercy-seat, raised over the ark of the covenant, between the cherubim and seraphim, and the Divine glory filled the whole temple. See God upon his throne. This vision is explained, ( John 12:41 ) , that Isaiah now saw Christ’s glory, and spake of Him, which is a full proof that our Saviour is God. In Christ Jesus, God is seated on a throne of grace; and through him the way into the holiest is laid open. See God’s temple, his church on earth, filled with his glory. His train, the skirts of his robes, filled the temple, the whole world, for it is all God’s temple. And yet he dwells in every contrite heart. See the blessed attendants by whom his government is served. Above the throne stood the holy angels, called seraphim, which means “burners;” they burn in love to God, and zeal for his glory against sin. The seraphim showing their faces veiled, declares that they are ready to yield obedience to all God’s commands, though they do not understand the secret reasons of his counsels, government, or promises. All vain-glory, ambition, ignorance, and pride, would be done away by one view of Christ in his glory. This awful vision of the Divine Majesty overwhelmed the prophet with a sense of his own vileness. We are undone if there is not a Mediator between us and this holy God. A glimpse of heavenly glory is enough to convince us that all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags. Nor is there a man that would dare to speak to the Lord, if he saw the justice, holiness, and majesty of God, without discerning his glorious mercy and grace in Jesus Christ. The live coal may denote the assurance given to the prophet, of pardon, and acceptance in his work, through the atonement of Christ. Nothing is powerful to cleanse and comfort the soul, but what is taken from Christ’s satisfaction and intercession. The taking away sin is necessary to our speaking with confidence and comfort, either to God in prayer, or from God in preaching; and those shall have their sin taken away who complain of it as a burden, and see themselves in danger of being undone by it. It is great comfort to those whom God sends, that they go for God, and may therefore speak in his name, assured that he will bear them out.

Verses 9-13 God sends Isaiah to foretell the ruin of his people. Many hear the sound of God’s word, but do not feel the power of it. God sometimes, in righteous judgment, gives men up to blindness of mind, because they will not receive the truth in the love of it. But no humble inquirer after Christ, need to fear this awful doom, which is a spiritual judgment on those who will still hold fast their sins. Let every one pray for the enlightening of the Holy Spirit, that he may perceive how precious are the Divine mercies, by which alone we are secured against this dreadful danger. Yet the Lord would preserve a remnant, like the tenth, holy to him. And blessed be God, he still preserves his church; however professors or visible churches may be lopped off as unfruitful, the holy seed will shoot forth, from whom all the numerous branches of righteousness shall arise.

For more from this commentary and other resources on the Bible go to Christianity.com’s Bible Study Tools resource section

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Rev. Michael Nazir-Ali of England Stands Strong on The Word of God

Posted by Job on June 29, 2008

From Hicktown Press: Rev. Michael Nazir-Ali of England Stands Strong on The Word of God

Fewer and fewer churches are showing forth any power as they attempt to be politically correct. You know there is a problem with a pastor condones abortion or agrees to perform a same sex marriage ceremony. The church is weakening steadily under the power of the devil.

There are a few strong pastors and churches around. Check out this minister over in England:

The Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, the Bishop of Rochester, claimed the declining importance of the church was creating a “double jeopardy” situation where faith was being challenged at a time when society would most benefit.

He said believers needed to “recover their nerve” and spread the Gospel again.

The outspoken bishop, who earlier this week told those who tolerate homosexuality in the clergy to repent, also said he was “frustrated” that decisions which had been made in the church had not been stuck to.

Dr Nazir-Ali was greeted with a standing ovation as he gave a speech to a breakaway summit in Jerusalem of more than 1,000 traditionalists from across the Anglican Communion who oppose gay priests and the blessing of same-sex unions.

He did not say that divisions over sexuality would lead to a schism in Anglicanism, and referred to unity being a “very precious thing”.

Instead he called on those in the church to concentrate on mission – trying to convert those of other faiths and with no faith to Christianity.

Dr Nazir-Ali, who earlier this year claimed the decline of Christianity had led to a collapse of Britishness, said: “The greatest challenge is that of militant secularization, which is creating a double jeopardy for western cultures.

“It is losing its Christian discourse at the very time when it needs it most.

“Let us pray that we are able to recover our Christian nerve in the west and make sure the Gospel is not lost, and that all that is valuable in western culture – much of which comes from its Judeo-Christian background – will survive as a way to enhance cultures in the west and renew them once again.”

He said he could not apologise for wanting to explain Christianity to Muslims and to great laughter he added: “That’s not the only thing I want to do to them.”

The Pakistan-born bishop repeated his claim that the church began its decline in influence when parents stopped passing the faith on to their children.

“Don’t blame anyone else,” he said.

Dr Nazir-Ali said when changes took place in society they must be assessed against the Bible to see whether they should be accepted, and should not just be waved through.

He said those who were attending Gafcon, many of whom like him are boycotting the once-a-decade Lambeth Conference gathering of bishops because of their opposition to liberals over homosexuality, were at the forefront of a revival of Anglicanism.

“You are the miraculous beginning of a movement for the renewal of the church.”

The bishop suggested that the current structure of Anglicanism was not good enough to deal with its divisions over sexuality, which have seen American liberals consecrate an openly gay bishop in defiance of church rules.

“In the crisis that is facing us we have found this [structure] to be not enough. In the end it was based on English good manners and in our world English good manners are simply not enough.”

He went on: “I believe there are some things that do need attention.

“We need to have councils that can make decisions that stick. In the last few years I have been frustrated by decision after decision after decision that has not stuck.

“We cannot have this in the future for a healthy church.”

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Is God’s sovereignty limited?

Posted by Job on June 29, 2008

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by John Piper Desiring God Ministries 

I reject this idea because the Bible doesn’t teach it. In fact, it teaches the opposite.

  • It teaches that not a bird falls to the ground apart from our Father’s will.
  • It teaches that the king’s heart is like a river in the hands of the Lord; he turns it wherever he wills.
  • It teaches that when Joseph was sold into Egypt and finally turns around and his brothers are found to be guilty, God says, “You meant it for evil, but I meant it for good.”
  • I reject it because the book of Proverbs says that the die is cast into the lap and its every decision is from the Lord; a man designs his way, but the Lord directs his steps; and on and on…

There are emotional reasons as well for believing in God’s absolute sovereignty. If I rejected the sovereignty of God over all things including my will and my life, I would lose the very God, the very power that stands behind all the promises that make my life livable in pain.

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So when you surrender the sovereignty of God in order to get him off the hook of calamity, you also lose him at the point where you need power to endure the calamity and see all the calamity turned for good. If God is going to be rejected here, then what have I got except God-less calamity?

If that is what people want to choose, they can make that existential decision; but it would be unbiblical and, I think, it would be folly for life. 

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Kirbyjohn Caldwell, Pastor Who Officiated Jenna Bush’s Wedding And Gave Prayer At Bush’s Inauguration Endorses Barack HUSSEIN Obama

Posted by Job on June 27, 2008

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/06/27/politics/washingtonpost/main4214927.shtml

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Cars Slow To Watch Teenagers Beat Cleveland Homeless Man To Death

Posted by Job on June 27, 2008

CLEVELAND —  A group of teenagers beat a homeless man to death as passers-by slowed to watch the attack, some of which was caught on videotape, police said.

Anthony Waters, 42, suffered a lacerated spleen and broken ribs during the attack Wednesday night and died at a hospital, police said.

“The pack mentality going on in the city of Cleveland must end,” police Commander Calvin Williams said Thursday at a news conference where he urged the attackers to come forward.

Portions of the attack were caught on a surveillance camera outside a towing company on the city’s east side. Police said the videotape shows passing cars slowing to watch three teens attack Waters until he staggered into the parking lot, where he was assisted by employees of the towing company.

Watch a video report from MyFoxCleveland.com

“It was just horrifying the way he looked,” said Marlo Massey, Waters’ sister, who saw her brother’s body after the attack. “They beat him to death and I just can’t stop thinking what was on his mind while it was happening.”

Waters suffered from blunt abdominal trauma, a head injury and damaged internal organs, the Cuyahoga County coroner said.

The attackers, who appeared to be between the ages of 14 to 17, robbed Waters of a music player and headphones, police said. No arrests have been made.

Waters was a welder by trade but had been staying at a Cleveland-area homeless shelter, said Paul Eadeh, a friend.

“He’s a good guy, a hardworking person,” Eadeh said. “He was just trying to make some money to eat and to live.”

Eadeh said Waters worked odd jobs for him at a beverage store.

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Ten Percent Of Middle And High Schoolers In Delaware Valley School District In Pennsylvania Have Sexually Transmitted Diseases So CDC Is Stepping In

Posted by Job on June 27, 2008

FOXNews.com – STDs Run Rampant at Pa. School District, CDC Steps In – Health News | Current Health News | Medical News

A Pennsylvania
school district has such a high number of students with sexually
transmitted diseases that the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention has stepped in to track down students at risk for HIV.

It’s
estimated that 10 percent of the 3,000 middle and high school students
in the Delaware Valley School District in Milford, P.A., are infected
with an STD — including one confirmed case of HIV, Times Herald Record
reported Friday.

On top of those figures, about two dozen teenage girls in the school system have tested positive for pregnancy.

A
non-profit health clinic in Milford said they estimate more than 300
students contracted a sexually transmitted disease in the past year.
Officials also told the paper students as young as 12 years old
reported being sexually active.

The clinic
eventually alerted the school district to the alarmingly high numbers.
School officials then sent a letter home to parents on June 15.

“It
was sad to see the letter,” Tara Johnson, a Milford parent with a son
in middle school, told the Times Herald. “We live in the kind of
district where everybody works very hard to give the appearance that
everything is perfect.”

A 15-year-old girl, who will enter tenth grade in the fall at Delaware Valley, told the paper she can’t believe the news.

“That somebody in our school in northeastern Pennsylvania had HIV was just shocking,” said Rachel McKean.

Kristen Bruce, a nurse practitioner with the Milford clinic, said most of the cases were the human papillomavirus (HPV).

HPV
infections are very common, according to the Mayo Clinic. It’s
estimated that close to 25 million people in the U.S. have HPV
infections, which can cause genital warts and related lesions. Some
strains of HPV are linked to cervical cancer.

Bruce told the paper she wasn’t surprised by the numbers, citing a recent CDC study that found at least one in four teenage girls nationwide, between the ages of 14 and 19, has a sexually transmitted disease.

The Board of Education is currently revising the health curriculum, which places heavy emphasis on abstinence.

Click here to read more from the Times Herald Record


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Baby Girl Awakens One Day After Being Declared Stillborn

Posted by Job on June 27, 2008

FOXNews.com – Baby Girl Awakens One Day After Being Declared Stillborn – Health News | Current Health News | Medical News

A baby girl born in Mumbai, India, on
Monday was diagnosed stillborn but astonished her family by gurgling as
they took her to the cemetery the next day, BBC News reported.

Hospital authorities ordered an inquiry to determine if the medical staff acted negligently in its diagnosis.

The baby girl was delivered during a complicated labor at seven months gestation, the report said.

The
child’s 30-year-old mother suffered life-threatening convulsions and
high blood pressure over the weekend and was prescribed “powerful
medicines” for the conditions. She later delivered the baby, who was
“limp” at birth, prompting hospital staff to declare her stillborn.

The
baby’s condition is believed to have resulted from the medications
taken by the mother and she likely awoke once the medicine wore off,
Suleiman Merchant, acting dean of Sion Hospital, where the child was
delivered, told BBC.


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Baby Who Fell Into River Dies, Comes Back to Life

Posted by Job on June 27, 2008

FOXNews.com – Baby Who Fell Into River Dies, Comes Back to Life – Health News | Current Health News | Medical News

Two hours after she fell into England’s Thames River and was pronounced dead, a baby girl came back to life.

The 10-month-old tumbled into the water with her mother and 3-year-old sister, who doctors said are fine.

All three swallowed mouthfuls of muddy water before being rescued by a boatman.

Paramedics
tried to restart the baby’s heart on the way to the emergency room, but
to no avail. Doctors did the same, and had given up when her heart
began to show the faintest of beats.

The baby was taken into intensive care, where she was in a critical condition Thursday night.

It
is thought her body went into “suspension” when immersed in the cold
water, slowing her circulation. Bodies can sometimes survive for many
minutes underwater because of the cold and still be revived.

Click here to read the full story from news.com.au. 

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