November 13, 2018

Rob Skiba, The Genius of

Authored by Rob Skiba;

Contrary to the wildly active gossip mill, I do NOT believe one needs to believe the Earth is flat in order to be saved. That’s a stupid, strawman argument, perpetuated by ignorant people prone to accepting and spreading gossip. It’s like making the pre-Trib. Rapture doctrine a “salvation issue.” We can believe in LOTS of “non-essentials,” while still holding to the core essentials. Hence, we have tens of thousands of “denominations” all based on various NON-essential beliefs. For me, this is no different.

That said, I do agree that FE is an important (though NOT a CORE essential) topic. Why? Because a house crumbles if built upon a faulty foundation. If Genesis 1 is bogus, then with what sort of foundation are we left? And sorry, but there simply is NO WAY to get a spinning, heliocentric, globular Earth hurling through an ever expanding vacuum of space out of anything in Genesis 1 (nor anywhere else in Scripture).

But frankly, this is not the only difficulty people have with Genesis. In the Creation account, you have an entire universe created in six literal days – and it’s made primarily by WORDS. Then you have a man being formed from dirt. A woman coming from said man’s rib. You have magical trees and a talking snake who gets the first humans to fall into “sin” by eating some fruit, which will condemn all future generations… and all this just in the first 3 chapters! By any “scientific” worldview, this is all total nonsense. Yet, most of us claim it as self-evident fact and believe it.

Reading further, any reasonable scholar who looks at Genesis 6 (and the MASSIVE amount of historical supporting evidence) confesses to a belief in angels mating with women to produce giants. Then, there’s a world-wide Flood, which is survived by 8 people, who built an ark and put representatives of every animal in it for safety (along with all the plants needed for food). A few hundred years later, a dude builds a “high tower to reach into heaven” and YHWH puts a stop to it by confounding their languages. Not long thereafter, YHWH picks a dude to be His primary representative and tells him to cut off the tip of his penis in order to seal the deal. Yeah… like that’s not weird.

On the surface, let’s face it, the first 15 chapters of Genesis are patently absurd to the unbelieving, “scientific” world. And yet, it’s these same 15 chapters, which form the foundation for the WHOLE STORY that plays out through the end of the book of Revelation. It’s the Act 1 set up to the classic three Act story arc. And it is precisely for this reason that the enemy has done all he can to try and utterly destroy or marginalize what’s in those 15 chapters.

So, when we really get down to it, regardless of FE cosmology, if you really think about what we believe (and I didn’t even mention the talking donkey, floating axe, people chillin’ out in a fiery furnace or den of lions, a man walking on water, Who later willingly allows Himself to be murdered in the most painful way imaginable – in order to redeem the sin of eating a piece of fruit offered by a talking snake. This same Savior then raises from the dead and is later going to split the sky and come to us on a flying horse, followed by a massive floating city), at this point, it’s kind of hard for us to call anything “crazy” while still believing all of that other stuff. So, I’m of the “embrace the madness” mindset. When it comes to Scripture, it’s all or nothing for me.

But I might add, they (the secular “science” community) aren’t much better – what with their belief in beer bubble universes exploding from microscopic dots, creating man from goo to you by way of the zoo and a host of other related nonsense. They have just as many (if not more) waaaaay out there, crazy beliefs than we do. So, to be brutally honest, NO ONE has the intellectual high ground here. You simply have to pick which brand of “crazy” you think best.

As for me and my house, I’m going with Scripture. Let God be true and every man a liar. But in order to do so, I can’t wed Scripture to the nonsense of “science falsely so-called.” And that’s precisely what MOST Christians/Torah folks are doing when they embrace modern cosmology and try to defend it with Scripture. They are forcing star-shaped pegs into circular holes. It’s just not going to work. The two world-views are not even remotely compatible. And to try to force them into agreement is simply not good scholarship, nor is it being intellectually honest with the text, oneself, or the audience.

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Differentiating the Powers

The Complete Works of Flavius Josephus, Book XI, Chapter 3, Sections 1-6

2. Now, in the first year of the king’s reign, Darius feasted those that were about him, and those born in his house, with the rulers of the Medes, and princes of the Persians, and the toparchs of India and Ethiopia, and the generals of the armies of his hundred and twenty-seven provinces. But when they had eaten and drunk to satiety, and abundantly, they every one departed to go to bed at their own houses, and Darius the king went to bed; but after he had rested a little part of the night, he awaked, and not being able to sleep any more, he fell into conversation with the three guards of his body, and promised, that to him who should make an oration about points that he should inquire of, such as should be most agreeable to truth, and to the dictates of wisdom, he would grant it as a reward of his victory, to put on a purple garment, and to drink in cups of gold, and to sleep upon gold, and to have a chariot with bridles of gold, and a head tire of fine linen, and a chain of gold about his neck, and to sit next to himself, on account of his wisdom; “and,” says he, “he shall be called my cousin.” Now when he had promised to give them these gifts, he asked the first of them, “Whether wine was not the strongest?”–the second, “Whether kings were not such?” — and the third, “Whether women were not such? or whether truth was not the strongest of all?” When he had proposed that they should make their inquiries about these problems, he went to rest; but in the morning he sent for his great men, his princes, and toparchs of Persia and Media, and set himself down in the place where he used to give audience, and bid each of the guards of his body to declare what they thought proper concerning the proposed questions, in the hearing of them all.

3. Accordingly, the first of them began to speak of the strength of wine, and demonstrated it thus: “When,” said he,” I am to give my opinion of wine, O you men, I find that it exceeds every thing, by the following indications: It deceives the mind of those that drink it, and reduces that of the king to the same state with that of the orphan, and he who stands in need of a tutor; and erects that of the slave to the boldness of him that is free; and that of the needy becomes like that of the rich man, for it changes and renews the souls of men when it gets into them; and it quenches the sorrow of those that are under calamities, and makes men forget the debts they owe to others, and makes them think themselves to be of all men the richest; it makes them talk of no small things, but of talents, and such other names as become wealthy men only; nay more, it makes them insensible of their commanders, and of their kings, and takes away the remembrance of their friends and companions, for it arms men even against those that are dearest to them, and makes them appear the greatest strangers to them; and when they are become sober, and they have slept out their wine in the night, they arise without knowing any thing they have done in their cups. I take these for signs of power, and by them discover that wine is the strongest and most insuperable of all things.”

4. As soon as the first had given the forementioned demonstrations of the strength of wine, he left off; and the next to him began to speak about the strength of a king, and demonstrated that it was the strongest of all, and more powerful than any thing else that appears to have any force or wisdom. He began his demonstration after the following manner; and said,” They are men who govern all things; they force the earth and the sea to become profitable to them in what they desire, and over these men do kings rule, and over them they have authority. Now those who rule over that animal which is of all the strongest and most powerful, must needs deserve to be esteemed insuperable in power and force. For example, when these kings command their subjects to make wars, and undergo dangers, they are hearkened to; and when they send them against their enemies, their power is so great that they are obeyed. They command men to level mountains, and to pull down walls and towers; nay, when they are commanded to be killed and to kill, they submit to it, that they may not appear to transgress the king’s commands; and when they have conquered, they bring what they have gained in the war to the king. Those also who are not soldiers, but cultivate the ground, and plough it, and when, after they have endured the labor and all the inconveniences of such works of husbandry, they have reaped and gathered in their fruits, they bring tributes to the king; and whatsoever it is which the king says or commands, it is done of necessity, and that without any delay, while he in the mean time is satiated with all sorts of food and pleasures, and sleeps in quiet. He is guarded by such as watch, and such as are, as it were, fixed down to the place through fear; for no one dares leave him, even when he is asleep, nor does any one go away and take care of his own affairs; but he esteems this one thing the only work of necessity, to guard the king, and accordingly to this he wholly addicts himself. How then can it be otherwise, but that it must appear that the king exceeds all in strength, while so great a multitude obeys his injunctions?”

5. Now when this man had held his peace, the third of them, who was Zorobabel, began to instruct them about women, and about truth, who said thus: “Wine is strong, as is the king also, whom all men obey, but women are superior to them in power; for it was a woman that brought the king into the world; and for those that plant the vines and make the wine, they are women who bear them, and bring them up: nor indeed is there any thing which we do not receive from them; for these women weave garments for us, and our household affairs are by their means taken care of, and preserved in safety; nor can we live separate from women. And when we have gotten a great deal of gold and silver, and any other thing that is of great value, and deserving regard, and see a beautiful woman, we leave all these things, and with open mouth fix our eyes upon her countenance, and are willing to forsake what we have, that we may enjoy her beauty, and procure it to ourselves. We also leave father, and mother, and the earth that nourishes us, and frequently forget our dearest friends, for the sake of women; nay, we are so hardy as to lay down our lives for them. But what will chiefly make you take notice of the strength of women is this that follows: Do not we take pains, and endure a great deal of trouble, and that both by land and sea, and when we have procured somewhat as the fruit of our labors, do not we bring them to the women, as to our mistresses, and bestow them upon them? Nay, I once saw the king, who is lord of so many people, smitten on the face by Apame, the daughter of Rabsases Themasius, his concubine, and his diadem taken away from him, and put upon her own head, while he bore it patiently; and when she smiled he smiled, and when she was angry he was sad; and according to the change of her passions, he flattered his wife, and drew her to reconciliation by the great humiliation of himself to her, if at my time he saw her displeased at him.”

6. And when the princes and rulers looked one upon another, he began to speak about truth; and he said, “I have already demonstrated how powerful women are; but both these women themselves, and the king himself, are weaker than truth; for although the earth be large, and the heaven high, and the course of the sun swift, yet are all these moved according to the will of God, who is true and righteous, for which cause we also ought to esteem truth to be the strongest of all things, and that what is unrighteous is of no force against it. Moreover, all things else that have any strength are mortal and short-lived, but truth is a thing that is immortal and eternal. It affords us not indeed such a beauty as will wither away by time, nor such riches as may be taken away by fortune, but righteous rules and laws. It distinguishes them from injustice, and puts what is unrighteous to rebuke.”

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Oscar Cronk: Still Learning and Loving the Outdoor Life – Turns 85 in June

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, OSCAR!

“Oscar Cronk has had many titles over the years, worm digger, hunter, trapper, dog trainer, husband, church elder, and renowned maker of hunting scents; just don’t call him legendary.

“I prefer to think of myself more as being the last of my breed,” he said. The original Cronk of Cronk’s Outdoor Supplies isn’t thinking of retiring, although he admits to slowing down a bit.”

Source: Oscar Cronk still learning and loving the outdoor life | Wiscasset Newspaper

On the Track of the Cat – Article in Sports Illustrated:

“For 38 of his 52 years, Oscar Cronk Jr., Maine wilderness trapper, has been spending most of fall and winter in the woods. Since 1968 he has been going to his camp in the vast wilderness waterway called the Allagash. Late every October he kisses his wife, Edie, goodby, throws his hound, Emerson, in the back of his Chevy pickup and drives 250 miles from his home in Wiscasset on the coast to the camp in northwest Aroostook County. The route takes him into Quebec, past desolate, windswept farms sculpted by snowdrifts. The truck leaps over frost-heave ripples on the road much of the way, and Emerson, from his dog box, yelps like a child on a roller coaster. They rejoin Maine at the remote customs station of Daaquam and drive the final 18 miles over a frozen logging road that leads to the camp just across the St. John River.”

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Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Video by Scott McKinley

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Ronnie Milsap Sings “My Life”

The link to this video was sent to me by Robert Fanning, GOP candidate for governor of Montana. Thank you! Great message, powerful and moving.

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