Monday, October 21, 2013
Some recent comments on the previous post: No! No! No! Don’t poison us with Fluoride! lead me to include this very informative video, found at Dr. Russell Blaylock: Fluoride and Mercury.
Here also is a link to an informative article supplied by the commentator on the previous post:
WHY I CHANGED MY MIND ABOUT WATER FLUORIDATION
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Here also is a link to an informative article supplied by the commentator on the previous post:
WHY I CHANGED MY MIND ABOUT WATER FLUORIDATION
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Monday, October 07, 2013
How does a person respond to deliberate misrepresentation by an attacker? How should one respond to one who takes clear facts and twists them into something other than what they demonstrate in order to hurt the presenter and his reputation?
This is what my friend the Canadian Atheist has done to my presentation of my father’s loving actions that is presented in the post below. He has taken my father’s acts of love, that I clearly presented as acts of love, and has labeled both my father and me as abusive people who should be avoided or even arrested.
His reasons? Prejudice toward religions and especially toward the God of the Bible and those who fear, love, and trust in Him. He is an atheist. As such he wants to eradicate all faith in God. He wants all people to be turned from faith in God to trust in themselves and their governments, and in his religion of his own version of secular humanism. He would like to see all other religions annihilated.
He actively pursues this end, while denying that he seeks this.
So how should one whom he has attacked and tried to label as dangerous respond?
Well, the God whom he rejects, while trying to label his rejection as something more innocuous, says to recognize him as one who has made himself an enemy. He declares that this is necessary so as to know to avoid his attacks, and to recognize him as one who needs forgiveness, love, and prayers on his behalf. The God whom the Atheist rejects says not to return evil for evil, but to do good to all. This God teaches and declares this in both the Old and New Testaments.
The Atheist says of the writers of the Biblical texts: “Don't take the word of men who wrote those texts in a time when the wheelbarrow was considered emerging technology.” Wow! I wonder whether we should treat Pythagoras and his algebraic and geometric writings with this same contempt. Perhaps we should disregard that chariots and various gear driven machines were used by the ancient Egyptians of Moses’ era and even long before.
More importantly, however, we should ponder the message of these men moved by the Holy Spirit. The Atheist says that their message of not seeking vengeance upon those who wrong them is outdated and should be ignored. He says that the preaching of Jesus that we should “Love our enemies and bless them” is dangerous and should not be taught to our children. He says this while he takes the loving actions of my father to protect his young son from danger and twists these actions and says that my father should have been arrested.
I shared in very clear terms that my father was very careful in his demonstration regarding the need to fear the hot stove. My father held his own hand on the burner for two purposes. The first was to guarantee that it would be safe and that no possible harm, bodily or emotionally, would come to his son. Secondly, by holding his own hand on the burner he demonstrated that he could be trusted, even when the immediate reflex would seem to teach otherwise.
As I presented in my post, his lesson was very effective in both regards. I was taught to understand the association of the word “Hot” with heat and with danger. I also was taught to trust my father’s judgment in such matters and to respond to his loving voice and command of warning.
This enabled my father to save my life on multiple occasions. It enable him to steer me clear of many dangerous situations throughout my life.
From the Burn Foundation web site:
Also at this site is this recommendation:
Consider marking a "NO ZONE" in front of the kitchen stove. Teach children to remain out of this zone. This can be done with colored tape on the floor.
Oh, for sure! Curious toddlers and children under 5 will surely benefit from this!
The Shriners Hospitals for Children’s site says:
O.K. HUNDREDS of young children with burn injuries are taken to emergency rooms EVERY DAY!
Wow! Doesn’t that sound like FUN?
My father took action to make certain that anyone in the family could turn his children away from such danger with a single word. The Atheist says this is child abuse.
The Atheist also says: “Your children have rights and no parent is an overlord.”
Tell this to a child whose parents drag the child kicking and screaming to receive a vaccination or to the dentist’s office. Tell this to the child who wants to go down the stairs to the basement and the parents block the path with barriers. Tell this to the child who wants to investigate the kitchen cabinet and the parents have installed protective locks. Tell that to the child who is throwing a temper tantrum because TV privileges have been taken away.
As a hospital chaplain in a research hospital I witnessed children whose parents gave consent for their children to be strapped in a bed and denied water and told that they could only receive a tiny dampened sponge on which to suck. I observed young children who cried and screamed every time that a person in a white coat walked past the doorway. I’ve been with children who cried “No. No!”as they received bronchial drainage treatments for cystic fibrosis. I’ve been with children who were crying because they were told that they would have their limbs amputated.
For the sakes of the children, let’s be honest. For the safety of the children, let’s face reality. For the parents’ sakes, let’s not label their loving lordship over their children as criminal activity.
It is quite frightening to realize that social workers with prejudices like these demonstrated by the Atheist have the power to make criminals of parents. He says that my father could have been arrested for his actions. His implication is that he would seek to make this happen today. He points to laws that empower such injustice, where acts that are not abuse are labeled and punished as abuse.
Indeed, parents today face such fears. Over the past year people have also been arrested for handing out free bottles of water to thirsty passers by. People have also been arrested for giving free food to homeless people. Here in Wichita a group was legally prevented from setting up a free meal center for the poor and for the homeless because of prejudice against the poor and homeless who were not wanted in the area. And yes, in each of these instances that I mention, it was people professing to be Christians who faced these legal hindrances.
Future comments will not be allowed apart from an apology for the disgraceful twisting of the truth with hurtful intentions. Any comment other than an apology will be deleted, as these attacks are not helpful, honest, or in any way for the good of others.
What I present on this web site is in the name of the God of Love in accord with what He has revealed in His Holy Scriptures. Those who desire to hear and read of this God and His self-sacrificing actions on behalf of His children will find this doctrine proclaimed here, along with comments about issues facing us all in this world of corruption and sin. No one who does not like God and His written declaration of His will and interaction with mankind, and does not want to hear of Christ and His Church, will not find this site at all to one’s liking.
I desire nothing but good for all. This is what I receive from the Lord my God. This is what I in turn desire for all.
Regarding my earthly father and his dealings with me, no other human being is in a better position to evaluate the goodness of his fatherly care. No one else has a right to judge him with a judgment contrary to what I myself testify concerning his relationship with me. I bear witness to his tireless and self-sacrificing love toward me, love that imitated the love of the Lord to both my father and to me. Anyone who says otherwise is wrong and is way out of line.
On two occasions, my dear father expressed his concern about failing as a father. I acknowledged that he had failings, and assured him of both God’s forgiveness as well as ours. I also reminded him of the things of primary importance, all of which he faithfully and consistently fulfilled. I assured him that the things that I and the rest of the family needed most from him he had given to us. I assured him that he was a good father for whom I give thanks to God. I have never declared otherwise to anyone and no one will ever convince me to believe otherwise concerning my father.
For those who did not grow up under such a father, I remind you of the Father of all who loves you more than you can know. I urge you to receive His love through the means by which He makes His love available without limit. If you do not know this and would like to hear of it, I will be very happy to explain it to you.
God’s peace to all in Christ Jesus.
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Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Parenting is an enormous responsibility and challenge.
On a friend’s Facebook page, she has expressed the frightening experience of having her child hide from her at bath time. The little boy determined to go outside and hide rather than to join with his little sister for their bath.
Mommy is indeed acting rationally concerning her fear in this regard. Such disobedience in a child is a frightening thing. Without a child’s unwavering obedience, no parent is able to provide protection for one’s child. Obedience is absolutely necessary in the parent and child relationship. This obedience must be instilled in the child through careful discipline or discipling. This requires the parent to act very sternly and powerfully, actions that are emotionally difficult to govern with consistency. But parents are not the child’s peer, nor even buddy. Parents are the overlords of their children, appointed so by the Father of all, for the good of all.
In the case of my friend, I fear that she may have done as many mommies do. She very likely has played hide and seek with her young child. This is a very dangerous game for a parent to play, a game that teaches the child not to obey the voice of the parent when the parent calls. As fun and innocent as this game and many others may seem, they are not proper for parents in which to engage with their children. Parenting is an all encompassing responsibility, one which requires the parent to assume the overlord authority at all times, even in play times.
My father understood this, and was often criticized for his wise fatherly actions. He was not without fault, but he did understand the role of fatherhood and overall was a very good and effective as well as loving father.
I am the firstborn, so my parents were learning much with my arrival under their care. Two experiences are very powerfully ingrained in my memory.
One is when I was very young, I determined that I would visit Grandpa and Grandma Siems, who lived a quarter mile through the woods. So off I went, without a thought of my mother’s frantic response. I climbed onto my little tricycle with its 12 inch drive wheel and 4 inch rear wheels and began to make my way through the sugar sand and palmettos and briars and rattlesnakes to my grandparents’ house. I do not remember how many hours this took me.
When Mom finally arrived she was frantic. I do not know whether they called her or even how long I was gone. Mom was both frantic and furious, as I remember. But I had not yet been disciplined in the way of informing my mom and asking permission for such ventures. I remember Grandma coming to my defense till Mom calmed down. For I had not been deliberately disobedient. I simply had not yet been properly discipled. This was a learning experience for us all, and I am sure that I received intense instruction after this, though I don’t really remember that part.
What I do know for certain is that the 4th Commandment, “Thou shalt honor thy father and thy mother that it may be well with thee and thou mayest live long on the earth.” is deep seated in my personhood. I also know that this was not driven into me, but was born in me so that it fills me as it flows from the first three commandments. True fear, love, and trust in God is the beginning of all right understanding for life. True honor of parents cannot be taught apart from this. The mechanics of the Fourth Commandment can be effected without fear, love, and trust in God, but not the natural flow of true and genuine honor of parents.
The other experience that I remember, not so much from my own remembrance, but because it was told to me several times, is the time that I encountered a nine foot diamond back rattlesnake as a toddler. This huge viper was slithering after a covey of quail in the front yard when I saw it and began toddling toward it saying “Pretty snake. Pretty snake.”
Grandpa and Grandma Heumann, Aunt Esther, and Mom were all yelling “No Paul. Stop! Come back!” When Dad heard the commotion, he came running, and flying out the front door he yelled, “Paul! HOT!” Upon hearing this I immediately turned and came back to the safety of my loving overlords.
Some time previously, Dad had astonished the rest of the family by teaching me to fear the electric stove. He placed his hand on the burner, turned the knob to warm and waited for it to become uncomfortable, took my little hand and placed it on the burner crying, “HOT!” The others thought this to be terrible, but he wanted his little boy to be safe. He wanted his little boy to stay away from anything that was declared to be HOT.
I share this to demonstrate that true love does not always bear the outward appearance that people expect. True love sometimes appears hard and harsh and intolerant. True parenting requires wisdom in knowing what true love demands.
The best way for parents to learn this is to observe the one who Himself is Love, the Father of all. He has provided for us a written accounting of His interaction with His children. He has given us this so that we may know Him as our loving Father, and so that we may learn from Him the form that true love takes.
We have the complication of our sinfulness that interferes with this understanding and blurs our perspective. Thus we always must hold our actions to the accounting of the Commandments, by which we see where we fall short and need to have our ways amended. But even the Commandments fall short in that they only show us what should be, as they show us how God is as the one who is truly holy and righteous. The Commandments cannot be taken as stand alone directives. They must be understood in the light of the Gospel, which shows how God gives the Commandments for our instruction, but also shows that He is the one who fulfills all righteousness for us. He does not demand that we make ourselves righteous through striving to obey the Commandments. Rather, He makes us righteous as He joins us to the merits of Jesus, who has fulfilled all righteousness on our behalf. He applies this to us through Baptism and the Holy Supper. There we encounter His righteousness and are made to be partakers of Him and His righteousness.
This is what parents need to realize about the responsibilities that God has given to them. They are to do similarly to their loving Father. They are to live the sanctified life of their baptism so that their children receive this as their own. As the parents fear, love, and trust in God and live lives that flow from this, so their children do also. They learn God’s love through the loving actions and lordship of their parents.
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Today I encountered this graphic and its engrafted challenge:
The first response was “Oh my!”
It took 3 seconds to overturn the brainwashing effects of the suggestion. This image is designed to convince the person that this is an enormous task, even impossible.
After my mind rejected this, in second 4 I thought of “are.”
OK. Four seconds. I felt very pleased with myself.
Then I thought, “What’s so brilliant about this?” Its really no big deal at all.
Surely there are many such words. Then I thought, “Are there really MANY such words? Of course there are.”
Then I clicked on the graphic image to go to the link and to see what others did.
I was shocked at the enormous number of people who listed the profane “a..h...” as their first word.
I felt relieved that this word did not even occur to me. I felt very relieved.
Thanks be to God that He filled my mind with better thoughts.
I certainly cannot take credit, as I confess being ashamed of the many times that I have used that word, especially while driving.
As I consider this, I immediately realize the thanks that are due to the Holy Spirit for keeping me from using far worse words, far more shameful words.
Truly the Holy Spirit is a wonderful counselor. How actively He participates in the life of a Christian is immeasurable. Truly this is cause to pause in deep awe and to continue in everlasting thanksgiving.
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