Venting about education   Leave a comment

I just had yet another teacher tell me that the administration of her high school tells them to just change the kid’s grade if the parents question or pressure them!  What does this do to the statistics that colleges receive for admissions, as well as scholarships?!?  This is turning the whole ‘grades’ thing into a complete charade. We don’t want any pool little junior to feel bad or get low self-esteem, do we?  

And, excuse me, what does this do to the character of the students involved? Will Mommy also accompany them to college, to make sure all is fair? Will mommy phone Mr Nasty boss in a few years?  

 

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Posted August 28, 2013 by FiveSolas in Uncategorized

Einstein Quote   Leave a comment

“In the view of such harmony in the cosmos which I, with my limited human mind, am able to recognize, there are yet people who say there is no God. But what makes me really angry is that they quote me for support of such views.”  —  Albert Einstein, as quoted in: Illogical Atheism by Bo Jinn

Posted August 27, 2013 by FiveSolas in Uncategorized

“Sola Science” is Problematic for the human heart   Leave a comment

“Problems inevitably arise, however, when one assumes that sensory experience alone is the only path to things that are worth knowing. Not merely because it is an uninspiring way of looking at the world, but because it is a completely unworkable way of looking at the world. The Nobel Prize-winning biologist Sir Peter Medowar in his book The Limits of Science said the following:

‘That there is indeed a limit upon science is made very likely by the existence of questions that science cannot answer, and that no conceivable advance of science would empower it to answer.’

The question is: does that automatically make these questions pointless? The logical inference from the atheist worldview has been ‘yes.’ You can immediately appreciate the intellectual cold-bloodedness in that. In fact, any question invoking the word ‘why’ is rendered basically useless on this scientistic view of epistemology. Scientific atheism reduces humanity to a state where the most fundamental questions you can possibly ask in your life, are questions not worth asking, because they are questions without empirical answers. ”  Illogical Atheism by Bo Jinn

Posted August 27, 2013 by FiveSolas in Uncategorized

“woken up” from atheism by Sam Harris Extremism   Leave a comment

“It’s hard to put a finger on what had steered me clean away from the atheist culture; the philosophical impoverishment, the propaganda, the raw anger, the utter denial, a general dislike for reckless egotism shrouded in self-proclaimed intellectual superiority. But, I suppose the words which finally destroyed any hope of my total de/conversion came courtesy of the new atheist witchdoctor Sam Harris, when he wrote in his book  The End of Faith: “Some beliefs are so dangerous taht it may be ethical to kill people for believing them.’ ” It demanded no psychiatric profundity to see there was something very psychotically off about those words. It became very apparent very quickly that these were dangerous manifestos containing the deranged juvenile ramblings of emotionally unstable human beings that would only really appeal to other emotionally unstable juveniles.”    —  Illogical Atheism, by Bo Jinn

Posted August 26, 2013 by FiveSolas in Uncategorized

Romans 6:23   Leave a comment

Heaven is not a reward for good people, but a gift for bad people.  “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus.”

Wages = something we’ve earned and deserve

Gift = freely given, unearned

Posted August 7, 2013 by FiveSolas in Uncategorized

Complete Salvation   Leave a comment

“Once, as i began to tell a hitch-hiker the good news that Christ died for our sins, he snapped, ‘Christ died to throw the door of Heaven open.’ This is what his church had taught him from his childhood, but it is not the teaching of Scripture. The Bible knows nothing of a Savior who only dies to make salvation possible. The Bible’s Savior ‘is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever lives to make intercession for them.’ Everywhere in Scripture Christ dies to save the sinner instantly, completely, and eternally. To the uttermost!

The Word of God konws nothing of a ‘savior’ who doesn’t save, but only gives us a second chance, a clean page to write on, a fresh start. Whether salvation is viewd through justification, redemption, reconciliation, propitiation, regeneration or any of the other benefits of Calvary, Christ always saves completely and never part way or for a time! ‘He that believes is not condemned.’ (John 3:18)

The believer, as God views him, is not someone who must work, run, or fight his way into heaven because someone has only thrown the door open. . . If you and I believe, God saves. That is the promise of God.”

Unlimited Grace by James Kirkwood

Posted August 7, 2013 by FiveSolas in Uncategorized

Security begats Genuineness!   Leave a comment

I love this quote from the book “Christian Spirituality, Five Views of Sanctification.”  I give it five stars, although i give the chapter in which it is contained only 2 stars, because the topic is the Wesleyan view of sanctification, my least favorite of the five views.

“This relationship (to Christ) enables us to grow in grace to be inwardly healed of those negative and damaged emotions that continue to haunt and disrupt our human lives. It is an experience with Christ that is so embracing, so trusting and so accepting that one need not fear. (I John 4:18) There is no need for pretentious behavior and perfectionistic attitudes, for we knowingly and wilingly recognize that our sufficiency is totally in the relationship with God through Christ. This level of relationship to Christ means that whatever hurts, whatever maladjustments, whatever sins that beset us, we are assured of Christ’s forgiveness and cleansing through the power of his Holy SPirit. Genuine divine love is accepting and forgiving, not condemning and berating. Assured of CHrist’s love, we are assured of our spiritual identity even though our psychological identity is only gradually formed in the context of the Christian community of love.”

Posted August 6, 2013 by FiveSolas in Uncategorized