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The old phrase “Children say the darndest things!” can be restated “Adults say the darndest things!” From time to time, religious leaders, professors of higher learning and their students, television personalities, actors, and politicians make the most inane or ludicrous comments. CB Zappers is created to zap and challenge these comments in a biblical, rational, and respectful manner. I hope you enjoy this newest addition to ChristianBoast.

  • Senator Feinstein’s Abortion Blunder

    During the Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court hearing, Sen. Feinstein attempted to make a statement against the judge’s confirmation. In doing so, she unwittingly misrepresented the data that was originally reported in a 2003 analysis of abortion by the Guttmacher Institute. Rather than give the correct numbers with regard to the number of children who lost their lives through abortion, she mistakenly understood the numbers as referring to the number of women who died during an abortion over the 20 years prior to the 1973 Roe versus Wade Supreme Court decision. She claimed that between 200,000 and 1.2 million “women died” in the 50s and 60s. The analysis actually claimed that these numbers reflected the number of children killed during this period. OOPS!

    The facts of the study actually provide data that are not supportive of abortion. The number of women who died due to a botched abortion over the twenty years prior to 1973 is 20,000, much fewer than the 200,000 to 1.2 million children who were killed by abortion. The children faired much worse than the mothers who died trying to avoid motherhood.

    The truly troublesone reality of the costs of abortion are seen when these numbers are extrapolated from 1950 through 1973 (Roe vs. Wade decision) and on to 2020. The 20,000 deaths of women from 1950 -1970 amouunts to 1,000 mother-deaths per year. Extended to 2020, this amounts to 70,000 women dying due to abortion; however, keep in mind that the number of deaths would be much lower because after 1973, abortions were executed in a safer or less life-threatening conditions. How does this number relate to the number of children lost to abortion over the same period: 1950-2020? The numbers of lives lost at the hands of their mothers over these 70 years is 60,000,000–that’s right 60 million babies lost compared to 70,000 mothers.

    Senator Feinstein was hoping to cause the shedding of tears for the mothers of abortion by claiming falsely that up to 1.2 million women lost their lives while trying to kill thier infants in the womb. Sounds horrible, but she never spoke of the number of infants killed and she mistakenly gave the wrong numbers of mother deaths. So let’s put the numbers side by side and then consider on which side our grief, our utter horror should lay. 70,000 mothers lose their lives attempting to eliminate the births of their children; 60 million children are killed at the hands of their mothers.

    If I had to choose between Roe versus Wade being upheld or dismissed, which is a choice between women going back to the “back alleys” to have an abortion or killing their children in the “sanitary” confines of a killing center, I would favor “back alley” abortions. Just think of it–if abortions were illegal, 70,000-200,000 mothers and infants would be lost, but 59,800,000 children would have a chance at life. The positive thing about this option is that women retain a choice. They can bear the child to birth or they can choose to kill the child and possibly themselves. In this case, we can all be pro-choice and save the lives of millions of people. It’s a no-brainer! Illegal immigration would also become a non-issue. Win-win!

    Senator Feinstein, your “misspeak” is a lifesaver! You have been zapped!

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    See Daily Caller article, FACT CHECK: FEINSTEIN CLAIMED THAT AS MANY AS 1.2 MILLION WOMEN DIED FROM ILLEGAL ABORTIONS BEFORE ROE V. WADE

    Emily Larsen | Fact Check Reporter

     

     

  • Bringing Past Indiscretions into the Present

    Some are asking: “Why do so many Christians support an adulterer and sexual pervert the likes of Donald Trump?” This particular question is often raised in the news media, by democrat neighbors, co-workers, and family members. If you recall, Senate Candidate from Alabama, Judge Roy Moore, was also laden with unproven accusations of sexual misconduct from people, whose paths he crossed 30 or more years before he ran for political office. One accusation was from someone he apparently molested in some way just after he returned from Vietnam. The accusation turned both Democrats and conservative Christians against Mr. Moore to such an extent that he lost the race. Recently, baseball player’s youthful indiscretions in tweets have been uncovered and the athletes forced to apologize for comments long forgotten.

    In today’s political, entertainment (sports, etc.), social, and religious climate, one’s past “sins” or indiscretions forfeit a person’s right to work in the public eye. One indiscretion, no matter how minor or old, uncovered or even created by the media, results in the destruction of the careers of many, some of whom are good and decent people who have moved past these events to become productive and successful citizens.

    Donald Trump was not my choice for President of the United States because he lied about Ted Cruz and his family. However, once the primary for President was over and Trump had won, I had to be willing to forgive Donald Trump for this deception and move on to voting for a President. I looked at the two candidates and found that, of the two, Donald Trump would be better for the American people because of his conservative political leanings and his understanding of business.

    Eventually and after looking at his present family, his present marriage to Malania, and taking note of his promises, most of which I appreciated and wanted for the benefit of the American people and the nation’s future, I decided to vote for him. I do not know if he or any member of his family is Christian, but I do care about the lives of people of faith in this country. Persecution of Christians is growing daily due to a corrupt media and progressives who see believers in Christ as Nazis and a threat to their anti-god and anti-family principles, which we are and have the right to be. My good conscience would never permit me to vote for someone who thinks that I and those who think like me are deplorable and a threat to America. I am neither–I am a conservative Christian who loves the God of Scripture, the traditional family, life, liberty (freedom), and this country for which my family for generations has served and fought.

    The question, “Why do Christians support a man whose past is so perverse morally?” still needs to be answered. Simply stated, Christians believe in remorse, contrition, restoration, repentance, forgiveness, mercy, grace, “do-overs” and second chances. To the point–Christians believe in redemption, not resentment! Because each of us has experienced forgiveness and redemption from God, we must always be willing to grant it to others (we’ll deal with forgiveness later in a Let’s Talk article). To be unwilling to forgive and desire redemption for another person is thoroughly godless and a selfish mindset. Although I am not personally aware of Mr.Trump asking for forgiveness, my willingness to grant it, should he ask, is instantly available at a moment’s notice. This desire to grant forgiveness and to hope for redemption is a Christian’s natural state of mind. Though I have not committed the same sins as Donald Trump, I am not without sin. I have been forgiven by God and others and the Lord has given me eternal life. How could I not forgive and hope at least for the betterment of others? In the same way that Jesus offered Mary Magdeline a second chance, so will I offer a second chance to anyone, rich or poor.

    My prayer for President Trump is that he will never again fall prey to his sexual proclivities and that he and his family will gradually come to realize that true faith and knowledge of God in Christ is the only path to relational and spiritual maturity in this life and in the next. People who have been harmed by others should seek out those who harmed them and privately repair those relationships, if possible. If legal remedies are required, take the person to court (as a Christian, however, this option is not available to you if the one who created the offense is also a Christian. In this situation, take the injustice or the offense to the elders of the Church). But in no way should a person hold onto or obsess over deep hatred due to past injustices–this is vindictive and self-destructive. Throwing past sins, injustices or offenses in the face of another is unconscionable. When it is done publicly, it is pure evil. “Let him who has not sinned cast the first stone!”

    The media, and sadly Fox News in their mishandling of the Roy Moore accusations during the coverage of the Alabama Senate race, who have continued to destroy their opponents by repeating mere accusations and past sins, are the worst of the worst. Their ability to spread their slimy accusations across the air-waves of the nation and the world makes their offense doubly abhorrent. The media’s sexual abuse by its own leaders and employees, that we citizens have had to endure, proves they have no right to cast aspersions on others–hypocrites. We are all fallen human beings; we are not naturally good, contrary to humanist thinking. Goodness comes as a gift from the God of Scripture, whose love for humanity moved Him to send His Son to die on behalf of our abhorrent and sinful nature, to die for you and for me so that we could develop the kinds of relationships that offer redemption instead of revenge. Keeping the past in the present keeps us in the past, moving from sullen to vindictive, but never forward in any good, meaningful and lasting way. 

    I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet (I don’t know it all or have my life as orderly and selfless as I would like), but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (to be more righteous each and every day)” (Philippians 3:13-14).

    Media–you have been zapped. You know nothing about the greater number of people in this country who long more for love and peace than your constant demeaning of everything that founded America. You really should not be biting the hands that feed you.

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  • Surprise, Surprise, MSNBC Goes Biblical! Or Do They?

    Earlier this week, Ali Velshi of MSNBC decided to make a point about the Bible on illegal immigration. Of course, I do not believe that he used the word “illegal.” He was responding to Attorney General Jeff Sessions use of a passage from Romans 13 which exhorts believers to obey the laws in the country in which they live because the country’s authority is derived from God. This divine authority is inherently good and opposed to evil, i.e., anything that is contrary to the character of God (Romans 13:1-5). Go to the “Let’s Talk” tab and read the article entitled “The Authority of God.” Jess Sessions’ use of the passage was proper. The citizens of a country should obey the laws of that country; it should go without saying that noncitizens must obey those laws as well or, as do citizens, suffer the penalties associated with those laws. In this context, children of citizens may be separated from the parents; illegal immigrants who enter the United States illegally might also find themselves separated from their children. Lesson–don’t violate the law.

    However, MSNBC host Ali Velshi, who affirmed that he has a B.A. in Theology (he did not say what the religion his degree covered or his major or minor), went to the Bible, not to argue the merits of Sessions’ use of Romans 13, but to show that he also could find many Scriptures that defend his argument, which he, with great confidence, suggests is the biblical defense of illegal immigration.

    Below are the five passages the host used to make his spurious argument.

    Matthew 19:14 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

    14 But Jesus said, [a]Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.

    This has absolutely nothing to do with illegal immigration. Our Lord is clearly saying that the faith of children is precious. Every effort must be made to ensure that children are not misled when it comes to their receiving knowledge of the person and work of Jesus Christ. The punishment for misleading or keeping children from the Lord is quite severe: “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe to stumble, it would be better for him if, with a heavy millstone hung around his neck, he had been cast into the sea (Mark 9:42).  I think the children that are separated from the parents, due to their violation of American Law, should be given the opportunity to hear the Gospel of Christ. Do you think Ali Velshi would defend this view? After all, he is a theologian!

    Jeremiah 22:3 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

    3 Thus says the Lord, “Do justice and righteousness, and deliver the one who has been robbed from the power of his oppressor. Also do not mistreat or do violence to the stranger, the orphan, or the widow; and do not shed innocent blood in this place.

    This passage is written directly to the King of Judah, Zedekiah, a godless and wicked king. The King is under assault by the King of Babylon, whom God has brought into the land of Judah to destroy Jerusalem, many of its people, and send a third of them into captivity in Babylon (Jeremiah 211-22:9). Jeremiah admonished the king to change his ways and do what is right for all the citizens of Judah–Do justice and righteousness to all but especially to people passing through the land, to orphans and to widows. There is nothing here that deals with people who are violating the laws of Judah. In fact, Zedekiah is the picture of wrongdoing. To study how sojourners, aliens or immigrants were to live among the people, please go to the “Let’s Talk” article entitled, “Love Your Neighbor.”

    Matthew 25:42-43 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

    42 For I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink; 43 I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.”

    So what has the US government done with the children whose parents have broken the law by entering the country without permission? An old Wal-Mart facility was purchased to house the children of these foolhardy and impetuous parents. Let’s look at the verses above and go one requirement at a time: 1) they feed them, 2) they provide drink, 3) they took these uninvited and unwanted strangers, foreigners, or guests into the country rather than sending the children of criminal parents back into Mexico or to their parent’s homeland, which truly would have been cruel, 4) they clothed these children,  and 5) they continue to care for the medical needs of these children.  The US government has behaved honorably by keeping these children safe in a foreign land. To suggest otherwise is to blindly pursue hate at the expense of reason.

    Also, this is a prophetic passage (Matthew 25:41-46) that is directed at those who rejected Christ as their Savior. Jesus is telling these unbelievers that they care nothing for the truth of the Gospel, which is the eternal food and drink. Jesus is the one who was hungry, thirsty, a stranger rejected, beaten and killed. For this reason, these unbelievers have no eternal hope; only damnation (Matthew 25:46).

    Isaiah 10:1-2 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

    1 Woe to those who enact evil statutes
    And to those who constantly record unjust decisions,

    2 So as to deprive the needy of justice
    And rob the poor of My people of their rights,
    So that widows may be their spoil
    And that they may plunder the orphans.

    Simply stated, this passage is a rebuke of the nation of Israel over its unwillingness to obey God, with whom it made a contract of obedience. The nation of Israel enacted laws that conflicted with the Lord’s, which led to disastrous decisions that then led to corrupt courts that punished the innocent, stole their divine rights, and left the neediest in the nation deprived of care. This passage has nothing whatsoever to do with foreigners or illegal immigrants who forced their way into Israel. A corollary would be an American judicial system favoring one group of people over another by violating or eliminating their divinely given rights. Or, it would represent a corrupt government institution trying to rig an election by violating the law and ethics.

    Matthew 25:40 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

    40 “The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.'”

    Matthew 25:31-46 is a prophetic passage. Verses 31-40 are spoken directly to those gentiles who have obeyed the Lord and become believers by faith in His death, burial and resurrection. Unlike the unbelievers, they did not deny him. Rather, they drank from the eternal well and ate from the Word of God and took Jesus into their hearts and served Him faithfully. Note these words of Jesus: “to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of mine, you did it to me.” The word “it” refers to the manner in which “brothers” i.e., believers took care of one another. When believers provide for each other’s needs, they honor their Savior. To feed a fellow Christian is to feed Christ, etc….

    There is nothing here about the treatment one is to give to individuals who violate the law which obviously would apply to US law.

     

    Conclusion

    Ali Velshi is guilty of one of the most common errors in biblical interpretation. The error is known as proof-texting–find a verse that supports your ideology or philosophical opinion regardless of the context in which the truth of the passage can be discovered. This is the lazy person’s approach to hermeneutics (interpretation of the Bible). Every verse that Velshi used to make his point was taken out of context and, therefore, misused. He took the Word of God and made it his own. Sadly, the priest who supported his warped findings chose not to correct him or is unprepared or unable to do so.

    The truth is that America has deprived its own citizens of safety, justice, and opportunity through its horrible immigration laws and by allowing, no, encouraging people to violate US laws with little to no consequence. Like Zedekiah, our politicians have sacrificed justice and righteousness for its citizens in order to obtain or retain political power. They are equally guilty of murder, rape, theft and so many other abuses that have occurred since 1965 when immigration laws began to devolve into a “come one come all” mindset, “the law be damned.” Americans have also lost jobs and been told that illegals do jobs Americans won’t do. During my high school and college days, I learned to work doing the jobs that illegals do now. Those jobs shaped my character and my mental fortitude in so many ways.

    It is critical that a nation maintain just laws that are taken seriously by both citizens and non-citizens alike. And those who live beyond our borders need to understand that we are a sovereign nation whose laws must be obeyed. Furthermore, America needs to do all it can to encourage other nations to develop and adhere to the divine principles that make the United States the envy of the world–this must be true since so many want to come to America rather than stay home. Our Constitution and its inalienable rights are the greatest gifts that we can offer to the peoples of other sovereign nations. And when we require the expertise of those who desire to emigrate to America, they must follow the laws that lead them to citizenship in the greatest nation in the world.

    MSNBC and Ali Velshi, you have been zapped.

  • Nancy, Nancy, Nancy

    When President Trump called the MS-13 group, “Animals,” California Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi decided that his remarks were inappropriate and dehumanizing.

    So when the president of the United States says about undocumented immigrants, ‘These aren’t people, these are animals,’ you have to wonder, does he not believe in the spark of divinity, the dignity, and worth of every person?” She concluded: “Calling people animals is not a good thing.

    After reading the following excerpts from Matthew 23, you should be able to decide for yourselves whether or not the President’s description of MS-13 members was appropriate or dehumanizing; you might find out that it is appropriately both. The passage begins with Jesus discussing the character of the Jewish leaders of His time.

    23 Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to His disciples, saying: “The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the chair of Moses; therefore, all that they tell you, do and observe, but do not do according to their deeds; for they say things and do not do themThey tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are unwilling to move them with so much as a finger. But they do all their deeds to be noticed by men; for they broaden their phylacteries and lengthen the tassels of their garmentsThey love the place of honor at banquets and the chief seats in the synagogues, and respectful greetings in the marketplaces, and being called Rabbi by men.

    This is a very serious and critical remark made against the top spiritual guides. Jesus says that the people should pay attention to these leaders when they teach the words of Moses, however, their example is totally inconsistent with the character of Moses and, therefore, is godless. Note that the godless character of Israel’s leaders falls far short of the ghastly character of MS-13 members whose godless activities include physical beatings, rape, amputation of the head and/or limbs, and murder. With this in mind, continue reading the following section taken from Matthew 23. Note His many and confrontational, you might even say combative accusations.

    13 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you shut off the kingdom of heaven from people; for you do not enter in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in14 [Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense you make long prayers; therefore, you will receive greater condemnation.]

    15 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you travel around on sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.

    16 “Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘Whoever swears by the temple, that is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the temple is obligated.’ 17 You fools and blind men! Which is more important, the gold or the temple that sanctified the gold? 18 And, ‘Whoever swears by the altar, that is nothing, but whoever swears by the offering on it, he is obligated.’ 19 You blind men, which is more important, the offering, or the altar that sanctifies the offering? 20 Therefore, whoever swears by the altar, swears both by the altar and by everything on it.21 And whoever swears by the temple, swears both by the temple and by Him who dwells within it. 22 And whoever swears by heaven, swears both by the throne of God and by Him who sits upon it.

    23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others. 24 You blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!

    25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence.26 You blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup and of the dish, so that the outside of it may become clean also.

    27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness28 So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

    29 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous, 30 and say, ‘If we had been living in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partners with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ 31 So you testify against yourselves, that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets32 Fill up, then, the measure of the guilt of your fathers. 33 You serpents, you brood of vipers, how will you escape the sentence of hell?

    Ouch!

    My question to Nancy is: “Is being called a reptile more offensive than being called an animal?” My memory recalls the Bible’s teaching that the snake or serpent, which once stood erect and was “more crafty than all the beasts of the field”, was judged by being cast down to endlessly crawl upon the ground (Genesis 3:14). Being called a serpent, is worse than being called an animal. If Jesus called MS-13 reptilian, the President was within bounds when he called MS-13 “animals”.

    Nancy does not understand that the “spark of divinity” (not a biblical term, better called simply the image of God) was greatly corrupted when Adam and Eve (humanity’s parents) decided to seek divinity for themselves, that is, they sinned against God instead of choosing to submit to God.

    There is only one Lord. Seeking divinity was the original sin that separated all human beings from their Creator. The image of God, in which every human being is born, is corrupted, that is, the spark is gone and we are completely separated from God. Rather than being like God, we are conscious beings, ships without a moral compass with sails that are weak and torn and a rudder that can only turn towards reckless power and feckless prestige. Without divine intervention (the sacrificial system and its completion at the cross of Christ and His resurrection), each human being becomes less and less human in character and on a collision course with eternal judgment.

    The further from God we get in our individual journeys, the more like animals we become. Love becomes the pursuit of selfish pleasure, justice is the property of corrupt elitists, and righteousness is in the eye of the beholder—the product of this demonic trio is ultimately the dehumanizing of people, which means that animal behavior replaces divine behavior that is consistent with true or perfect humanity, the best example being Jesus Christ Himself. The terrifying truth is that the less we embrace the character of Christ, the more we are bound to embracing the character of the wild beasts of the field.

    MS-13 members are wild beasts seeking their prey. If they are not stopped, they will kill everyone who crosses them. Submit or die, however, like animals, submission to them, more often than not, ends in a brutal and terrifying death process. By the way, Nancy, have you ever read or heard the sixth commandment, “You will not murder” (Exodus 20:13)? You should not support the murder of your constituents! Furthermore, God requires that those who murder a fellow human being sacrifice their own lives through execution. A murderer gives his own life when he takes the life of another simply because the murdered victim is “made in the image of God” (Genesis 9:6). Only the One who shares His image with others can take the life He bestows. To protect humanity from those whose vile corruption leads to mutilation and murder, God has placed upon the authorities of every nation the obligation/duty to execute those who steal a right that is God’s alone.

    Like the Pharisees of old, those “vipers, animals” who disdain and disregard God today will stand before the ultimate Judge, Who has the final say over a person’s eternal life or death. The term “animal”, as used by President Trump, properly describes the nature of human beings who totally corrupt the image of God by replacing it with illegitimate power and judgment. The government has no choice but to rid communities of such peo…, animals in order to protect people whose lives are threatened by them (Romans 13:1-5).

    Nancy, you have been Zapped!

     

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