Isaiah 66 – Humanity and the Divine: Comparing the Bible to the Myth of Atra-Hasis

Talk about a far-fetched story.  I thought Darwin’s Theory of Evolution was ridiculous, but at least Darwin had something to base his incorrect facts on.  Who ever came up with the Myth of Atra-Hasis must have been smoking something.

I’m just amazed at how foolish people can be, spreading such false information because I know…

1 Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?

“Where is thy house…?” – Solomon realized that God couldn’t be localized in a man-made temple, magnificent though it may be.

Crete
Crete has more than 2000 caves, many of which are very large. Of  these, 35 are known to have been used for religious activities. Most of them are situated near to mountain peaks, which were also sanctuaries.

These caves have dramatic rock formations and pools of water that were used for sacred purposes. The caves were, according to Susan Evasdaughter, the original labyrinths. A labyrinth is a meandering walkway associated with the sacred paths and corridors of the Temples at Knossos and other major sites.

Yet these caves are also meandering walkways, and just like the temples they were full of labyris, double-axes, from which the word ”labyrinth” earned its name: ”The Home of the Labyris”. Hundreds of labyris, many made out of gold, were found within the sacred caves.

The cave represented an access to the underworld, perhaps the womb of the Goddess. People left offerings there – vessels, figurines, labyris, bowls. The lower levels of the Temple Labyrinth, many dark, windowless rooms set aside for ritual use, as well as many dark passages from which one would have emerged into to brilliant daylight of a lightwell or courtyard, may have been intended to recreate the atmosphere of the sacred caves.

Many of the Temple passages are not straight or direct but of a meandering style. Sacred pillars symbolized great cave stalactites.

One cave in Kato Pervolakia featured a cave painting dating from 1400 BC. The painting is of a crouching woman with her arms upraised, holding a bow and arrow. Her dog stands close by. Beneath this woman three people are seen in boats, casting nets into the sea, in which we see octopus, dolphin and starfish.

2 For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.

3 He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog’s neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine’s blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.

“Killeth an ox…slew a man” – extreme hyperbole stating that sacrifice by a sinful person is no better than an act of murder in the eyes of God.

4 I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.

“I also will choose…delusions” – the punishment fits the crime because the Lord will punish them with the natural consequences of their own foolish choices.

Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name’s sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.

“To your joy” – the righteous will not be disappointed for putting their rust in the Lord.

6 A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the LORD that rendereth recompense to his enemies.

7 Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child.

8 Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.

9 Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth?  Saith the LORD: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb?  Saith thy God.

10 Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her:

11 That ye may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; that ye may milk out, and be delighted with the abundance of her glory.

12 For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees.

13 As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem.

14 And when ye see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb: and the hand of the LORD shall be known toward his servants, and his indignation toward his enemies.

“Herb” – or “grass,” usually a symbol of weakness.

15 For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.

16 For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many.

“Plead” – or “carry out/enter into judgment.”  The Day of the Lord is in view.

17 They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine’s flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the LORD.

18 For I know their works and their thoughts: it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory.

19 And I will set a sign among them, and I will send those that escape of them unto the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, that draw the bow, to Tubal, and Javan, to the isles afar off, that have not heard my fame, neither have seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the Gentiles.

“Pul” – people who lived west of Egypt (in Libya).

“Lud” – people from either west-central Asia Minor or Africa.

Ritual Cleansing
Rituals baths seem to have been central to religious practice. Many ritual cleansing areas have been found that were clearly not used for conventional bathing. There are no plugs, they are made of pouros material, they are inaccessible to the causal visiots, and some are decorated with altars and Horns of Consecration.

The baths at Knossos and Zakro suggest that they formed part of the preparation for those wishing to enter the sacred confined of the Labyrinths. Other such baths are surrounded by a series of sanctuaries, and may have been reserved for initiates.

“Tubal” – usually mentioned with Meshech.  It was probably a region southeast of the Black Sea.

“Javan” – “Ionia” or “Greece.”

20 And they shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the LORD out of all nations upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the LORD, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the LORD.

21 And I will also take of them for priests and for Levites, saith the LORD.

“Take of them” – Gentiles will be allowed to serve as priests, indicating their full inclusion in the blessings of the new covenant.  Gentile inclusion in the priesthood is a present reality in the church (see 1 Pet 2:5, 9) and will carry over into the Messianic kingdom.

22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.

23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.

24 And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcasses of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.

Quoted in part in Mk 9:48.

“Go forth and look” – the Valley of Hinnom (Hebrew ge’hinnom, from which the word “Gehenna” comes) was located southwest of Jerusalem and became a picture of hell.

“Worm shall not die” – there will be everlasting torment.

“Abhorring” – the Hebrew for this word is translated “contempt” in Dan 12:2.  These verses clearly distinguish the eternal destinies of the saved and the unsaved.

Humanity and the Divine:
Comparing the Bible to the Myth of Atra-Hasis

Atra-Hasis (To read about it go here)
Atra-Hasis (“exceedingly wise”) is the protagonist of an 18th-century BC Akkadian epic recorded in various versions on clay tablets. The Atra-Hasis tablets include both a creation myth and a flood account, which is one of three surviving Babylonian deluge stories. The name “Atra-Hasis” also appears on one of the Sumerian king lists as king of Shuruppak in the times before a flood.

The oldest known copy of the epic tradition concerning Atrahasis can be dated by colophon (scribal identification) to the reign of Hammurabi’s great-grandson, Ammi-Saduqa (1646–1626 BC), but various Old Babylonian fragments exist; it continued to be copied into the first millennium BC.

The Atrahasis story also exists in a later fragmentary Assyrian version, having been first rediscovered in the library of Ashurbanipal, but, because of the fragmentary condition of the tablets and ambiguous words, translations had been uncertain. Its fragments were assembled and translated first by George Smith as The Chaldean Account of Genesis; the name of its hero was corrected to Atra-Hasis by Heinrich Zimmern in 1899.

In 1965 Wilfred G. Lambert and A. R. Millard[3] published many additional texts belonging to the epic, including an Old Babylonian copy (written around 1650 BC) which is our most complete surviving recension of the tale. These new texts greatly increased knowledge of the epic and were the basis for Lambert and Millard’s first English translation of the Atrahasis epic in something approaching entirety.

A further fragment has been recovered in Ugarit. Walter Burkert traces the model drawn from Atrahasis to a corresponding passage, the division by lots of the air, underworld and sea among Zeus, Hades and Poseidon in the Iliad, in which “a resetting through which the foreign framework still shows”.

In its most complete surviving version, the Atrahasis epic is written on three tablets in Akkadian, the language of ancient Babylon.

Tablet I contains a creation myth about the Sumerian gods Anu, Enlil, and Enki, gods of sky, wind, and water, “when gods were in the ways of men” according to its incipit.

Tablet II begins with more overpopulation of humans and the god Enlil sending first famine and drought at formulaic intervals of 1200 years to reduce the population.

Tablet III of the Atrahasis Epic contains the flood story. This is the part that was adapted in tablet XI of the Epic of Gilgamesh.

The Bible, along with numerous other ancient Near Eastern texts, recounts the stories of creation of a great flood.  The commonality of a flood story can be misleading, causing the reader to suppose that the Bible has essentially the same outlook as that found in other ancient cultures.

In fact, the Bible understanding of God and of His relationship to the world sets the Old Testament record apart from pagan notions of the divine.

One Old Babylonian text that recounts the events of creation and the flood is called Atra-hasis (named after the hero of the story, a Noah-like figure). 

The tale begins with a lower class of gods, the Igigi, who are discontented because they have been forced to do all of the drudge work for the higher gods (e.g., dig irrigation canals and clear marshlands).

One night their frustration boils over and they march against the houses of the high gods.  Cooler heads prevail, and the high gods offer a solution: They will create human beings to do the drudge work for the Igigi. 

A god is sacrificed, his blood is mixed with clay and humans are formed under the direction of the mother goddess, Mami.

The humans multiply and this creates a new problem: The people make so much noise that the gods can’t sleep.  They try to reduce the human population through disease and famine, but it swells again.  Finally, they determine to strike humanity with a flood. 

One man, Atra-hasis, is warned of the coming deluge so that not all humans are wiped out.  A solution is finally found: Through infant mortality and the sterility of some women, the human race will be kept to a manageable number.

By contrast, Isaiah 66:1-2 reads:

Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth my footstool: where I the house that ye build unto me?  And where is the place of my rest?

For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.

God needs no one to do His drudge work, nor does the most raucous or boisterous behavior of people disturb his daily routine.  What He seeks is humble hearts, righteous people. 

This is in keeping with what we see in Genesis, where God created only by his word, needing no assistance, and where He judged people for their sin – not because their decibel level annoyed Him.

Superficial similarities between the Bible and the ancient Near Eastern myths should not blind us to their profound differences in outlook.

Back in the day You told Your prophets, like Isaiah, that Jesus was coming up.

Isaiah 65 – Judgment and Salvation & Darwin vs. God

That’s crazy, believing in Darwin’s Theory of Evolution.  Sorry, but I knew about him before You and I didn’t buy then.  How can I believe I came from a monkey when there are still monkeys?  Now there are some people that kind of look like apes, but it has nothing to do with evolution, it involves the gene pool.

I know there are a lot of…

Possibly the Earliest Christian Writing
They could be the earliest Christian writing in existence, surviving almost 2,000 years in a Jordanian cave. They could, just possibly, change our understanding of how Jesus was crucified and resurrected, and how Christianity was born.

A group of 70 or so “books”, each with between five and 15 lead leaves bound by lead rings, was apparently discovered in a remote arid valley in northern Jordan somewhere between 2005 and 2007.

A flash flood had exposed two niches inside the cave, one of them marked with a menorah or candlestick, the ancient Jewish religious symbol.

A Jordanian Bedouin opened these plugs, and what he found inside might constitute extremely rare relics of early Christianity.

1 I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me, unto a nation that was not called by my name.

65:1-66:24 – the grand conclusion to chs. 58-66, as well as to chs. 40-66 and to the whole book.

Asked not…sought me not” – the Lord now proceeds to answer Isaiah’s prayer.  Israel failed to stay close to the Lord, though they sought Him in a superficial way.

2 I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts;

3 A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face; that sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth incense upon altars of brick;

“Provoketh me” – by worshiping idols.

4 Which remain among the graves, and lodge in the monuments, which eat swine’s flesh, and broth of abominable things is in their vessels;

5 Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day.

“I am holier than thou” – those who engage in pagan rituals believe they are superior to others (the attitude of the Pharisees in Matt 9:11; Lk 739; 18:9-12.

6 Behold, it is written before me: I will not keep silence, but will recompense, even recompense into their bosom,

7 Your iniquities, and the iniquities of your fathers together, saith the LORD, which have burned incense upon the mountains, and blasphemed me upon the hills: therefore will I measure their former work into their bosom.

8  Thus saith the LORD, As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one saith, Destroy it not; for a blessing is in it: so will I do for my servants’ sakes, that I may not destroy them all.

9 And I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob, and out of Judah an inheritor of my mountains: and mine elect shall inherit it, and my servants shall dwell there.

“Inheritor of my mountains” – “Mountains” refer to the whole land since so much of it was hilly.

10 And Sharon shall be a fold of flocks, and the valley of Achor a place for the herds to lie down in, for my people that have sought me.

“Valley of Achor” -a valley near Jericho (see Josh 7:24, 26; Hos 2:15).  Since Sharon and Achor are on the western and eastern edges of the land respectively, they probably represent the whole country.

11 But ye are they that forsake the LORD, that forget my holy mountain, that prepare a table for that troop, and that furnish the drink offering unto that number.

A staircase leads down to the 2,000-year-old ritual bath beneath floorboards in a family’s living room.
A family recently discovered a large 2,000-year-old ritual bath underneath the floorboards of their Jerusalem home during a routine living room renovation, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced today (July 1). 

The ancient ritual bath, called a “miqwe” or “mikveh,” was discovered in the town of Ein Karem, a neighborhood in southwest Jerusalem that claims to be the birthplace of John the Baptist. The complete miqwe was found hidden under a pair of wooden doors concealed by a rug in the family’s living room, and measured about 11.5 feet long, 8 feet wide and 6 feet deep (3.5 by 2.4 by 1.8 meters).

The miqwe also contained pottery vessels and pieces of stone vessels from the Second Temple Period, despite evidence of a fire that may have ravaged the bath between A.D. 66 and 70.

12 Therefore will I number you to the sword, and ye shall all bow down to the slaughter: because when I called, ye did not answer; when I spake, ye did not hear; but did evil before mine eyes, and did choose that wherein I delighted not.

13 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, my servants shall eat, but ye shall be hungry: behold, my servants shall drink, but ye shall be thirsty: behold, my servants shall rejoice, but ye shall be ashamed:

14 Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart, but ye shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall howl for vexation of spirit.

15 And ye shall leave your name for a curse unto my chosen: for the Lord GOD shall slay thee, and call his servants by another name:

16 That he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes.

17  For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.

“New heavens and a new earth” – the climax of the “new things” Isaiah has been promising.

18 But be ye glad and rejoice forever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.

“Create Jerusalem” – John links the notion of a new heaven and a new earth with the “new Jerusalem” (Rev 21:1-2).  A restored Jerusalem after the exile and in the Messianic kingdom points toward this greater Jerusalem.

19 And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.

20 There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.

21 And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.

22 They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.

23 They shall not labor in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them.

“Bring forth for trouble” – the children they bear will never experience calamities such as death or captivity.

24 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.

25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.

Darwin vs. God

Charles Robert Darwin (1809-1882)., was an English naturalist. He established the Theory of Evolution meaning that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors.

Charles Darwin grew up embracing the “intelligent design” thinking of his day—William Paley’s renowned argument that the design of a watch implies there must have been an intelligent watchmaker, and so design in the universe implies there must have been an intelligent Creator.

Concerning this, Darwin wrote:

I do not think I hardly ever admired a book more than Paley’s “Natural Theology.”  I could almost formerly have said it by heart.

Nevertheless, Darwin spent most of the rest of his life attempting to explain design in nature without the need for any purpose or a guiding intelligence.  He labeled himself an agnostic, and gave us his religious belief in his autobiography, written in 1876 when he was 67.

1. Darwin rejected Genesis as true history.

Darwin asserted that different species originated by the extremely slow process of evolution.  However, he knew that Genesis taught that God had created plants, animals and man by separate sudden commands.  

Both premises could not be true. So either his theory or Genesis was in error.  Which?  

He wrote:

I had gradually come, by this time [i.e. January 1839, when he was 29—Ed.], to see that the Old Testament from its manifestly false history of the world, with the Tower of Babel, the rainbow as a sign, etc., etc., and from its attributing to God the feelings of a revengeful tyrant, was no more to be trusted than the sacred books of the Hindoos [sic], or the beliefs of any barbarian.

Comment: Darwin embraced the wrong worldview.  The manifestly false history of the world is not that recorded in Genesis, but that of his theory and the long ages it requires.

2. Darwin rejected the miraculous Christianity.

Concerning the miracles with which Christianity is supported, he wrote:

[T]he more we know of the fixed laws of nature the more incredible do miracles become,—that the men at that time were ignorant and credulous to a degree almost incomprehensible by us,—that the Gospels cannot be proved to have been written simultaneously with the events,—that they differ in many important details, far too important as it seemed to me to be admitted as the usual inaccuracies of eye-witnesses;—by such reflections as these…I gradually came to disbelieve in Christianity as a divine revelation.

Comment: Christianity is indeed a religion of miracles.  From the creative acts of God recorded in Genesis 1, through the miraculous deliverance of Israel from Egypt in Exodus, to Christ’s many miracles in the Gospels, and the disciples’ miracles in Acts, we see a God at work who is greater than our imagination can devise.

Darwin’s arguments are philosophically bankrupt.  He supposedly knows that all miracle reports are false because he knows that the laws of nature are fixed.  However, he can know that the laws of nature are fixed only if he knows in advance that all miracle reports are false.

So he is arguing in a circle: he dismisses the miracles by dismissing the sources; but he dismisses the sources because they contain miracles.

He also invokes intellectual snobbery by assuming that Jesus’ contemporaries believed in miracles out of ignorance.  However, Joseph (Matt 1:19) and Mary (Lk 1:34), for example, knew very well how babies are made—needing both a man and a woman, although they did not know certain details about spermatozoa and ova.

They questioned the announcements of the Virginal Conception because they did know the facts of life, not because they didn’t.

Also, miracles are properly considered not as breaks in the laws of nature, but additions to them.  So to disprove miracles, Darwin would need to prove that nature is all there is, with no God capable of acting outside the normal laws by which he upholds it (Col 1:15).

3. Darwin resented the biblical doctrine of future judgment.

He wrote:

I can indeed hardly see how anyone ought to wish Christianity to be true; for if so the plain language of the text seems to show that the men who do not believe, and this would include my Father, Brother and almost all my best friends, will be everlastingly punished.  And this is a damnable doctrine.

A sin against an infinitely holy God is infinitely serious.

Comment: If Darwin had read his Bible as well as he had read Paley, he would have known that it says:

The Lord is not slack in concerning his promise, as some men count slackness,  but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance (2 Pet 3:9).

In fact, by sending the Lord Jesus Christ to die for our sins God provided the way of escape from everlasting punishment.

For God so loved the world that he gave his oily begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (Jn 3:16).

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is everyone that hangeth on a tree (Gal 3:13).

Darwin also fails to show why the punishment is unjust, relying instead on the fallacy of argument from outrage.  However, a sin against an infinitely holy God is infinitely serious.  

God’s perfect justice requires that either the finite sinner must endure punishment for an infinite duration, or an infinite substitute must bear the punishment we deserve.  This is fulfilled by Jesus taking upon Himself the sins of the world:

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all (Isa 53:6).

4. Darwin thought that natural selection rendered design redundant.

He wrote:

The old argument of design in nature, as given by Paley, which formerly seemed to me so conclusive, fails, now that the law of natural selection has been discovered.  We can no longer argue that, for instance, the beautiful hinge of a bivalve shell must have been made by an intelligent being, like the hinge of a door by man. … Everything in nature is the result of fixed laws.

Comment: Wrong, Charles.  Natural selection is the culling of the unfit individuals of a population.  This can uncover previously unseen combinations of genes that have always been there since Creation and remain unchanged.

However, it can act only on existing genetic information, and cannot produce anything new.  It has nothing to do with design.  And by the way, you didn’t discover natural selection.  Edward Blyth, a creationist, observed it and wrote about it in 1835-1837.

5. Darwin thought that natural selection, rather than belief in God, could account for both the happiness and the misery in the world.

He wrote:

If the truth of this conclusion be granted [i.e. that there is more happiness than misery in the world], it harmonises well with the effects which we might expect from natural selection.

If all the individuals of any species were habitually to suffer to an extreme degree they would neglect to propagate their kind….  

He then added that many sentient beings occasionally suffer much.  Such suffering, is quite compatible with the belief in Natural Selection, which is not perfect in its action.

He continued:

A being so powerful and so full of knowledge as a God who could create the universe, is to our finite minds omnipotent and omniscient, and it revolts our understanding to suppose that his benevolence is not unbounded, for what advantage can there be in the sufferings of millions of the lower animals throughout almost endless time?

Comment: Darwin’s views on suffering were highly personalized through the death of his 10-year-old daughter, Annie, in 1851, which destroyed Charles’s tatters of belief in a moral, just universe and chimed the final death-knell for his Christianity.

But Charles, suffering and death are integral parts of your theory of evolution.

God originally created a perfect world, where there was no violence or pain or death

And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed which is upon the face of all the earth and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be meat.

And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to everything that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so (Gen 1:29–31).

When this sinless world was marred by the rebellion of the first man, Adam’s disobedience brought an intruder into the world—death (Gens 2:17, cf. 3:19).

However, now, because of the death of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross, we all can be restored to a right relationship with God and enjoy peace with Him.

This sad outcome for Darwin shows the baneful danger of compromise with the concept of millions of years.  Darwin’s main opponents in the Church had views very much like today’s progressive creationists, who believe that God created species over millions of years.

But this view entails that God had created the germ that killed Annie as a deadly pathogen.  This contradicts the biblical teaching that death is the last enemy (1 Cor 15:26) and “the wages of sin” (Rom 6:23).

This teaching implies that God had created the germ as a beneficial agent, and that it became deadly only after the Fall.

6. Darwin discounted the inner conviction of others as evidence for God.

He wrote:

But it cannot be doubted that Hindoos, Mahomadans [sic] and others might argue in the same manner and with equal force in favor of the existence of one God, or of many Gods, or as with the Buddhists of no God.

There are also many barbarian tribes who cannot be said with any truth to believe in what we call God: they believe indeed in spirits or ghosts, and it can be explained, as Tyler and Herbert Spencer have shown,

Comment: Believers do have an inner conviction about their relationship with God.  They have a positive peace with God about their sins (as distinct from a negative mental obliteration of the concept).

This is because at the heart of Christianity the penalty for sin has been paid by Christ’s death and resurrection, and so God can justly forgive sin (1 Jn 1:9) and thus give peace of mind to all those who come to Him through Jesus Christ.

Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism and animism provide no such assurance, because no other religion has an adequate answer to the sin problem.

The inner conviction of the early Christians would never have been produced were it not backed up by irrefutable historical proof that Jesus rose from the dead.  There are at least 17 cultural factors that would have doomed Christianity in the first century if there had not been this proof.

7. Darwin discounted grand scenes (like that of a Brazilian forest) as evidence for God.

Comment: In the Bible, David saw evidence in nature that pointed him to God (Ps 19:1). Darwin had done so too in the Brazilian forest in his mid-20s, but not in later life when he had quenched all such feelings with his evolutionary dogma.

As Christians, we should be aware that our feelings go up and down with our moods, our appetite, our health, etc., but our Christian faith depends on what God has said in His Word, the Bible, not on what we feel.

8. Darwin discounted man’s ability to reason.

Darwin acknowledged that a First Cause was a more impressive idea than blind chance, but then wrote:

[C]an the mind of man, which has, as I fully believe, been developed from a mind as low as that possessed by the lowest animal, be trusted when it draws such grand conclusions?

Comment: We now know that there is zero chance of the universe being the way it is by accident, and there is zero chance of proteins randomly combining to form life. The best Darwin could do to void the evidence for a First Cause was to invoke his own theory.

In fact, the reason why the mind of man can contemplate such things is because man is not an evolved animal, but is made in the image of God:

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth (Gen 1:26).

“Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God (Jas 3:9).

This is something to remember when debating skeptics—given their own evolutionary assumptions, why should we trust their skeptical thoughts to be true?  Natural selection works only on survival value, not on logic or truth. C.S. Lewis pointed this out long ago.

9. Darwin thought that belief in God was the result of constant inculcation of children.

He wrote:

[I]t would be as difficult for them to throw off their belief in God, as for a monkey to throw off its instinctive fear and hatred of a snake.

Comment: God made mankind in His image.  It is not surprising therefore that children easily believe in God.  This even includes children who are NOT inculcated, such as in Japan where most adults don’t think of God as the Creator.

It is also not surprising that in later life many become atheists when they are taught by the government schools and media that they are nothing more than evolved pond scum.

Darwin disregarded the evidence that God has supplied, both in His Word and in nature.

Darwin’s argument commits the genetic fallacy—the error of trying to disprove a belief by tracing it to its source.  For example, Kekulé thought up the (correct) ring structure of the benzene (C6H6) molecule after a dream of a snake grasping its tail, but chemists don’t need to worry about correct ophiology to analyze benzene.

People can believe the right things for the wrong reasons.

Conclusion

Our faith is based on God’s Word, and no human being will ever be able to prove whether or not God exists, we live by faith:

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things no seen.

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently see, him (Heb 11:1, 6).

Christian faith is not irrational and is supported by logic and reason:

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse (Rom 1:18-20).

Darwin committed logical fallacies, and his arguments against God fail because he disregarded the evidence that God has supplied, both in His Word and in nature.

…stories about You.  How did that one myth of Atra-Hasis go again?

Isaiah 64 – A Confession of Sin, and Afflictions Bewailed & What is Being Taught in American Schools?

This is all good, I’m ready to get out of this world and be with You for eternity (Matt 24),  but his is sad for most because Jesus said most people are going to hell, but that’s their choice,

“I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out,” said Jesus (Luke 19:40).
He was referring to what would happen if His disciples did not bear testimony of Him.

The original disciples aren’t around to provide their eyewitness accounts of Jesus Christ, but we do have the inspired Word of God, which they, along with many others, wrote.

Significantly enough, we also have the testimony of stones that really can bear witness to the veracity and inspiration of God’s Word. The physical evidence unearthed by present-day scientists can and does speak to us through biblical archaeology.

Archae, which comes from the Greek, means “ancient,” and ology, which comes from the Greek logia , means “science.” Archaeology, then, is the scientific study of ancient things.

“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat.

Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto left, and few there be that find it” (Matt 7:13-14).

I know our country has really messed up, it’s become really bad.  So a lot of the schools are teaching Darwin’s Theory of Evolution.

1 Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence,

“Rend the heavens” – the sky is compared to a rent curtain.  For this and the further description of the cosmic effects of God’s coming in judgment and redemption.

2 As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence!

3 When thou didst terrible things which we looked not for, thou camest down, the mountains flowed down at thy presence.

4 For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.

This verse is quoted in 1 Cor 2:9 with reference to the truths that God has revealed through the Holy Spirit.

5 Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways: behold, thou art wroth; for we have sinned: in those is continuance, and we shall be saved.

“Worketh righteousness” – God’s blessing is conditioned upon obedience, not work.  The difference between the old and new covenants is not a lessening of the demand for obedience, but rather the enablement of grace in the new covenant that makes obedience possible.

6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

7 And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities.

8 But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

9  Be not wroth very sore, O LORD, neither remember iniquity forever: behold, see, we beseech thee, we are all thy people.

 

10 Thy holy cities are a wilderness, Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.

Unearthing the Origins of Archaeology
Englishman Flinders Petrie is generally considered the individual who put archaeological methodology on a scientific footing. He is credited with transforming archaeology from a treasure hunt into a disciplined search for information about the past. It was not until the 19th century that scientific methods were rigorously applied to excavations of historical sites.

A curious fact of history is that the person who indirectly contributed to this process was not a scientist but the French emperor and conqueror Napoleon Bonaparte. During his conquests of Europe and the Middle East, Napoleon arrived in Egypt in the late 1700s hoping to build the Suez Canal and drastically reduce the navigation time for the trade route from France to India. In Egypt, before a battle in the vicinity of the famous pyramids of Gizeh, he told his soldiers, “Forty centuries are looking down upon you from these pyramids.”

His inquisitive mind led him to study the Egyptian culture and try to decipher strange drawings he saw in the ancient monuments. For that purpose, he brought along 175 French scholars and researchers, and together they set up an institute in Egypt to study the writings and ancient relics of the area.

The deciphering of the Egyptian hieroglyphics (a word meaning priestly or sacred writings) can be attributed mostly to a young scientist of that time, Jean François Champollion. Accurate translations were made possible largely by the discovery in 1799 of a large black basalt rock by French soldiers at the town of Rosetta. Later to be known as the Rosetta Stone, it bore a trilingual inscription in Old Egyptian hieroglyphic, demotic (a later, simplified form of Egyptian hieroglyphics) and Greek. With this stone as a key, Champollion in 1822 could finally decipher the ancient hieroglyphics.

The deciphering of the Egyptian hieroglyphics brought the culture of the Pharaohs to light, and the educated classes of Europe gained insight into this fascinating subject. Soon, many amateur archaeologists were on their way to fame and fortune, finding fabulous monuments and other treasures. Museums throughout Europe and America vied with each other to house these marvelous finds. The treasure-laden tomb of Tutankhamen, discovered in 1922, was one of the most spectacular. Many early archaeologists would be honored for their efforts and would become a part of history in their own right.

11 Our holy and our beautiful house, where our fathers praised thee, is burned up with fire: and all our pleasant things are laid waste.

12 Wilt thou refrain thyself for these things, O LORD? wilt thou hold thy peace, and afflict us very sore?

What is Being Taught in American Schools?

The Bible is real clear about adultery and fornication:

Marriage is honorable on all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge (Heb 13:4).

Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife and let every woman have her own husband (1 Cor 7:2).

Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience (Col 3:5-6).

Some people think a five-year old is too young for sex education.  Administrators with Chicago Public schools do not.  New to the curriculum this year, mandatory sexual and health education for kindergarten classes.

In 2007 Obama was asked what he thought about the idea and he said,

It is the right thing to do, to provide age-appropriate sex education, science-based sex education in the schools.”  Obama tried to support the idea in 2003 too.

Each and every state is no longer educating the students correctly.  Here is one thing that Texas is actually doing right, Texas students a still being taught the Bible, that the God created the earth.  Yet many states teach Darwin’s Theory of Evolution.

Okay, so Texas did a good thing, but look at these 8 things that students are also learning in Texas, but I’m sure it’s not just in Texas.

1.  Islam is awesome

2.  Christianity is a cult

3.  Communism is awesome

4.  Hey kids! Let’s make communist flags

5.  The Boston Tea Party was a terrorist attack

6.  Christopher Columbus was an eco-warrior

7.  CSCOPE writers pointlessly disparage Paul Revere

8. Murder and extortion were just “protest strategies” used by the Black Panthers

Here’s one from Kentucky:

The teacher draped an American flag on the ground and encouraged students to step on it as part of an art project.

To me a flag is just a flag, but in a case like this the teacher is trying to teach the students that America is nothing.

Obama says that he plans to provide new resources that communities can use to make schools safer.  Yeah, get a load of this:

1.  Hire school resource officers — specially trained police officers who not only enforce the law but act as teachers and mentors.

2.  Hire school psychologists, social workers, and counselors to support students struggling with mental health issues and help avert crises before they occur.

3.  Purchase school safety equipment, like security cameras and secure locking systems.

4.  Does that sound like he’s trying to make things safer?  You’re going to love this:

On July 26th Obama signed an executive order titled the “African American Education Initiative.”

The order essentially gives a green light for black students to misbehave in public schools.

In two places, Obama’s executive order calls on schools to reduce the number disciplinary actions taken against blacks students.

The order specifically calls on schools too “not rely on methods that result in disparate use of disciplinary tools.

As I had said, our country started going downhill in 1962 when prayer was removed from the school.  Things started getting when Old Bush was elected and it has gotten worse and worse ever since.

So what happens when you ignore or defy or ridicule God?

Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,

And saying, Where is the promise of his coming?  For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:

Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up (2 Pet 3:3-10).

I’m going to look a bit deeper into what foolishness Darwin came up with.

Isaiah 63 – Vengeance and Redemption & The Winepress

That’s a good analogy of how things are going to be in the end.  I’m sure glad I’m on Your side.  As we were talking yesterday about how bad the education is in America, I was wondering…

 1 Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save.

“Edom” – Edom here symbolizes a world that hates God’s people.

“Dyed garments” – cf. Christ’s robe “dipped in blood” (Rev 19:13) as He wages war at His second coming.

Temple and rare cache of sacred vessels from Biblical times discovered at Tel Motza
Israeli archaeologists have uncovered a rare temple and religious figurines which date back nearly 3,000 years to the time of the Kingdom of Judah.

They say the finds provide rare testimony of a ritual cult in the Jerusalem region at the beginning of the period of the royal House of David.

Such idol worship was a major theme in the chapters of the Old Testament relating to the era, and is given in the holy book as a cause for the downfall of the Jewish kingdom.

‘The ritual building at Tel Motza is an unusual and striking find, in light of the fact that there are hardly any remains of ritual buildings of the period in Judaea,’ the dig directors said in a statement.

‘The uniqueness of the structure is even more remarkable because of the vicinity of the site’s proximity to the capital city of Jerusalem, which acted as the Kingdom’s main sacred center at the time.’

2 Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the wine fat?

3 I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment.

“Trodden the winepress” – a figure of judgment also in Lam 1:15; Joel 3:13; Rev 14:17-20; 19:15.

4 For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come.

“Day of vengeance…year of my redeemed” – the day of judging the enemy meant at the same time redemption for those born-again.

5 And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my fury, it upheld me.

6 And I will tread down the people in mine anger, and make them drunk in my fury, and I will bring down their strength to the earth.

“Made them drunk” – they drank the “cup of His fury.”

“I will bring down…to the earth” – Lit. “I will pour out their juice (blood) on the ground.”

7  I will mention the loving kindnesses of the LORD, and the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on them according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of his loving kindnesses.

63:7-64:12 – a prayer of Isaiah, asking the Lord to bring about the redemption He has promised – as one of the “watchmen” the Lord has posted on the walls of Jerusalem.  It is similar to a national lament.

“Loving kindnesses” –  a demonstration of God’s unfailing love as He stood true to His covenant with Israel.

8 For he said, Surely they are my people, children that will not lie: so he was their Savior.

9 In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old.

10  But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them.

11 Then he remembered the days of old, Moses, and his people, saying, Where is he that brought them up out of the sea with the shepherd of his flock? where is he that put his holy Spirit within him?

Replica of the actual complete Isaiah scroll found at Qumran in the Dead Sea caves.
The actual scroll is in a sealed vault beneath the museum.
The past can be confusing, but if one understands the relevance of the Scrolls to the Christian faith, it is quite illuminating. One example of this illumination is the Great Isaiah Scroll. In many ways, the scroll affects the Christian faith and our understanding of the Bible.
The Great Isaiah Scroll contains more than 25% of all the biblical text among the Dead Sea Scrolls. It is almost completely preserved. Virtually every part of all 66 chapters of Isaiah are found in the Great Isaiah Scroll.

12 That led them by the right hand of Moses with his glorious arm, dividing the water before them, to make himself an everlasting name?

13 That led them through the deep, as an horse in the wilderness that they should not stumble?

14 As a beast goeth down into the valley, the Spirit of the LORD caused him to rest: so didst thou lead thy people, to make thyself a glorious name.

15  Look down from heaven, and behold from the habitation of thy holiness and of thy glory: where is thy zeal and thy strength, the sounding of thy bowels and of thy mercies toward me? are they restrained?

16 Doubtless thou art our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not: thou, O LORD, art our father, our redeemer; thy name is from everlasting.

“Father” – even if their human fathers abandon them, God won’t.

17  O LORD, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear? Return for thy servants’ sake, the tribes of thine inheritance.

“Made us err” – when Israel went astray God let them wander and then caused them to experience the consequences of their choice.  God has been doing this all over the world for centuries, but He is soon about to do it to the United States.

“Hardened our heart” – the people’s hearts were hard and the Lord confirmed that condition.

“Servants” – true believers.

18 The people of thy holiness have possessed it but a little while: our adversaries have trodden down thy sanctuary.

19 We are thine: thou never barest rule over them; they were not called by thy name.

The Winepress

Wine Press
Wine production was a popular industry in the Holy Land. Many winepresses are found in most of the Biblical places and ancient sites.

Wine was first produced in 6,000 BC in the area of Mesopotamia. During the Biblical times (Iron/Persian Age) the wine making industry was wide spread in the Holy Land and was one of the largest exports.
 
Biblical 
The Bible has dozens of references to wine, wine making and winepresses. The first reference is of Noah, the World’s first winemaker  (Gen 9 21-22: “And Noah …  planted a vineyard: And he drank of the wine, and was drunken…”).

Initially the winepresses were small and installed in the fields near the vineyards, normally cut into the local stone. Later, some of the villages evolved around the winepresses, and even became cities bearing the name of the winepress. Clusters of winepresses, with3 or more systems, were later installed at central industrial areas, or were installed close to the ports along the sea.

Roman/Byzantine
The number of winepresses increased considerably during the Roman/Byzantine period, and its production and export was one of the leading incomes.  Hundreds of winepresses are found in the fields, villages  and the cities of the Holy Land.
 
One of the reasons for the large demand was due to the Roman Legionnaires stationed in Israel. As per our wine expert, Uncle Ofer, each Roman soldier consumed a liter per day, or 6,000 liters per day for one Legion stationed in the Galilee.

The wine has medical advantages – killing bacteria and making the drinking water safer.  The wine was often diluted with equal portion of water, and used as their drinking water, keeping the soldiers healthy (and happy).  This may have been one of the Roman soldiers advantages in the battlefield. 

To supply this demand the wine was produced in a short period of a month or so, producing a low alcohol (4%) sour wine.
 
Most of the vineyards and winepresses were located in the hills of the lower and upper Galilee, the Golan, the Sharon and the hills of Judea.

Arab periods 
The wine production ceased completely during the Arab conquest starting in the 8th C. Islamic faith prohibits the consumption of alcohol. Only during the Crusades the wine production was resumed for a brief time (12th – 13th C).

Modern times
In the recent 10 years, wine making is booming again in Israel. The number of wine makers increased from a handful to over 175 (25 commercial wineries and 150 boutique wineries) and rising. Once again the Holy Land is returning to a world class wine status.

The winepress was a key component of ancient wine production.  In its most basic form it consisted of three sections: an upper and a lower vat and a channel connecting the two.

After the grapes had lain in the sun for a few days to increase their sugar content, they were placed in the upper vat and trodden with bare feel.  The juice moved down the channel to the smaller, but deeper, lower vat. 

The husks that remember remained after having been trodden were pressed by a wooden plank, one end of which was secured to a side of the vat while the other was weighed with stones to facilitate the pressing process.

Some of the more elaborate winepresses that have been discovered have had three or four vats.  The extra vats improved the settling process and reduced the amount of sediment in the wine.

The juice would ferment in the lowest vat, a process requiring four to seven day.  After this period wine would be poured into jars of wineskins.  Often there would be a spout in the lowest vat that would channel the wine into these containers.

The jars or wineskins would hold the wine as the fermentation process was completed, a period of two to four months.

Isaiah used the imagery of trading the winepress to express divine judgment against the nations (Isa 63:1-6).  The act of treading represents God’s vengeance against His enemies, whether through war or other disasters.

Archaeologists have discovered a 1,400-year-old wine press in southern Israel which was very advanced for its time.

The juice produced from the grapes represents the blood of the defeated, while the intoxication produced by overindulgence of the wine represents the effect of God’s wrath on those he judges (v. 6).

At the same time, however, God’s vengeance against his enemies is coupled with his redemption of his own people (v. 4).

What are they teaching now?  They certainly aren’t teaching about You.  I wonder what kind of wicked things they are teaching?

 

Isaiah 62 – The Restoration of Zion & Teachers of the American School System

The worst think anyone can do is go against You, but now, not only has the government of the United States, as with the rest of the world, turned against You, the United States elected a Muslim for president.  To me, that’s the same as committing idolatry.  

Satellite View of Mt. Zion/Jerusalem
We can locate the original Jerusalem from the Mt. of Olives. We must look south of the golden Dome of the Rock, to the left of the bend in the modern street, outside the present Old City walls.
Three houses left of that bend, we find what was probably the northernmost point of the pre-Solomonic city (see photo, below). From there, that is, Jerusalem extended to the left (south), on the ridge.

Therefore, at least half of the United States is on their way to hell, the ones that voted for Obama the second time, unless they wake up.

And now the teachers are becoming perverts, of course their teachers had probably taught them that, it just wasn’t known back then. 

So the entire world is getting worse and worse, it seems like the United States is trying to catch up.  Isaiah used a good example of showing Your displeasure in the world with…

1 For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.

 2 And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name.

3 Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.

4 Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzi-bah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.

“Married” – Israel’s relationship with the Lord will be restored and His temporary divorce of Israel reversed.

Here is a satellite view from directly overhead. Note the scale (lower left).

5For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.

6 I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence,

7 And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.

8 The LORD hath sworn by his right hand, and by the arm of his strength, Surely I will no more give thy corn to be meat for thine enemies; and the sons of the stranger shall not drink thy wine, for the which thou hast labored:

9 But they that have gathered it shall eat it, and praise the LORD; and they that have brought it together shall drink it in the courts of my holiness.

10 Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people.

11 Behold, the LORD hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.

12 And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the LORD: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.

Teachers of the American School System

“Perverts and Thieves”

Coaches continue working for schools and private teams after being caught for sexual misconduct
By Christine Willmsen and Maureen O’Hagan
Seattle Times
The bond between athlete and coach can be powerful, and the one between a 15-year-old Port Townsend girl and a 34-year-old basketball coach was especially strong.

The girl, raised in a troubled home, saw Randy Sheriff not only as a mentor on dribbling and jump-shooting, but as surrogate parent, confidant and “the greatest dad in the world.”

Sheriff showered her first with attention, then with flowers and chocolates, then with kisses.

Before long, the coach — a married man with two children of his own — was sending the teenager love notes. By the time she was 16, she says, they were having sex.

People around them suspected as much but looked the other way as Sheriff isolated the girl from her friends and family.

Although Port Townsend school officials believed Sheriff was having an intimate relationship with her, they simply nudged him out of town, allowing him to land a coaching job in the Cascade Mountain burg of Cle Elum, where he was ultimately accused of preying on another girl.

He had to leave that school, too, but continued to coach, this time for girls on elite private teams in the Seattle area.

This is the secret side of the fast-growing world of girls sports. In a yearlong investigation that involved an ongoing court battle with school districts and the state teachers union, The Seattle Times discovered:

• Over the past decade, 159 coaches in Washington have been fired or reprimanded for sexual misconduct ranging from harassment to rape. Nearly all were male coaches victimizing girls. At least 98 of these coaches continued to coach or teach.

• The number of offending coaches is much greater. When faced with complaints against coaches, school officials often failed to investigate them and sometimes ignored a law requiring them to report suspected abuse to police. Many times, they disregarded a state law requiring them to report misconduct to the state education office.

• Even after getting caught, many men were allowed to continue coaching because school administrators promised to keep their disciplinary records secret if the coaches simply left. Some districts paid tens of thousands of dollars to get coaches to leave. Other districts hired coaches they knew had records of sexual misconduct.

Throughout the Old Testament God punished the Israelites for disobeying Him or for worshipping false gods.  He punished them and then they would repent and He’d forgive them and then they would become disobedient again so He’d punish them again.  You’d think they’d learn, right?

The United States is doing all they can to defy God, and our Muslim President is going to make it worse.  There are many things that the United States does against God, but this paper is about the school system.

The demise of the school system began on June 25, 1962, when the United States Supreme Court banished prayer in school.  Everything has gone downhill since then. 

I was born in 1962 and the destruction of the school system started slowly so I was lucky enough to still get an education.  I did the first third of my education in Colorado and the remainder in Washington State.

There was a time when the Pacific Northwest was considered the best place in the United States to be educated.  I had lived in Washington State but for my 9th grade I lived in Texas, and then returned to Washington. 

I don’t want to ridicule Texas because I love Texas and I live here now, but I used to laugh at how uneducated Texas was compared to Washington State.  I say that because what I was being taught in Texas during my 9th grade I had learned in Washington in my 7th grade. 

Today, the education system in Texas is worse than it was during my 9th grade (1977).  Yet, Washington State’s school system is no better than Texas is now, and I must say that Texas has much better colleges than Washington State.  Not sure why, but maybe it has something to do that Washington State is a liberal state.

At one time the United States had the best school system in the world, today it is in 17th place.  The entire country’s education system is basically worthless.  Why is this?

According to the pro-education reform documentary Waiting for ‘Superman,’ one out of every 57 doctors loses his or her license to practice medicine.

One out of every 97 lawyers loses their license to practice law.

In many major cities, only one out of 1,000 teachers is fired for performance-related reasons.

Why is this?  Tenure.

Roughly 2.3 million public school teachers in the United States have tenure — a perk reserved for the noblest of professions (professors and judges also enjoy such rights).

The problem with tenure is that it inadvertently protects incompetent teachers from being fired.  Many teachers with tenure are no longer so dedicated or concerned about their teaching, they are more interested in getting a raise.

Tenure is not a guarantee of a lifetime job, but it takes a lot of red tape and it’s expensive to fire a teacher, no matter how horrible they may be.

A Connecticut teacher received a mere 30-day suspension for helping students cheat on a standardized test.

One California school board spent $8,000 to fire an instructor who preferred using R-rated movies instead of books.

A Florida teacher remained in the classroom for a year despite incidents in which she threw books at her students and demanded they referred to her as “Ms. God.”

At the elementary and high school level, tenure has evolved from the original understanding of “due process” to the university-style “job for life.” In most states, teachers are awarded tenure after only a few years, at which time they become almost impossible to fire. The main function of these laws is to help bad teachers keep their jobs.

Consider New York City. The New York Daily News reports that “over the past three years [2007-2010], just 88 out of some 80,000 city schoolteachers have lost their jobs for poor performance.

It gets worse, teachers are becoming pedophiles. 

Seattle – At Port Townsend High School near Seattle, basketball coach Randy Sheriff allegedly used his influence, and occasionally drugs and alcohol, to manipulate his star player – a 15-year-old girl – into a sexual relationship in the late 1980s.

Sheriff was suspected by many of his colleagues and much later Sheriff settled the case with the school district and the girl.  He should have been arrested, but he was just fired.  Yet, his license to teach was not taken from him and his illegal behavior was not noted in his records to no other school knew of it.

Sheriff was later hired by another Seattle-area high school, where he targeted another standout female basketball player.  It took about 20 parents lodging complaints about his behavior before he was again fired, but again without facing criminal charges, according to the Seattle Times.

They reached an agreement with the coach and his union: He would quit, and the district would drop its investigation and not disclose his misconduct to potential employers,” according to Seattle Times.  

He still coaches at schools and private teams after being caught for sexual misconduct

Ex-Teacher At Center Of Rape Sentencing Controversy Gets 10 Years In Jail
Stacey Dean Rambold was originally sentenced to 30 days in jail for raping one of his 14-year-old students.

District Judge G. Todd Baugh unleashed a firestorm of criticism because of the lenient sentence and for saying the victim, who later committed suicide, “seemed older than her chronological age.”

Montana Supreme Court Overturns Ex-Teacher’s 30-Day Rape Sentence
During sentencing, the judge sparked outrage by suggesting the victim shared some responsibility and “appeared older than her chronological age.” He initially gave Rambold a 15-year term with all but one month suspended, but that decision was later overruled.

Rambold was ultimately sentenced to 10 years in prison. 

The public is learning that fear, ignorance and a culture of silence have allowed educators to sexually abuse children for years, and the use of modern communication devices may be increasing the frequency of abuse.  That’s bad enough.

But now it’s becoming obvious many school administrators and teacher union officials have known about countless instances of abuse and conspired to cover them up. That allowed an untold number of molesting teachers to quietly leave one school district to repeat their crimes in another.

The American Federation of Teachers, however, disputes any suggestion it would be involved in trying to help cover up such activity. “We have a zero tolerance policy for sexual misconduct,” Marcus Mrowka, manager of media affairs, told EAGnews.  That shouldn’t like the Catholic Church.  Even though the child molestation is published they still deny it.

A former Montana high school teacher convicted of raping a 14-year-old female student who later committed suicide will face only 30 days of jail time.

Stacey Dean Rambold, 54, had at least three sexual encounters with student Cherice Morales in 2008.  In 2010, the student committed suicide a few weeks before her 17th birthday.

Yellowstone County Judge G. Todd Baugh said that Rambold’s 14-year-old victim, Cherise Moralez, was “older than her chronological age” and asserting that she had some control over her months-long relationship with him sentenced Rambold to 15 years in prison, with all but only 31 days suspended for sexual intercourse without consent.  

The judge then gave Rambold credit for one day served, bringing the offender’s total jail time to just 30 days. 

Was the judge paid off or maybe Rambold and the judge have something going on?  Are they gay too or maybe Rambold gets the girls and shares them with the judge?  And he’s still on the bench.

Judge G. Todd Baug
State District Judge G. Todd Baugh of Billings sentenced the teacher, Stacey Rambold, to 15 years in jail on Monday, then suspended all but 31 days of that term for the 2007 incident with the student, who killed herself in 2010. One of those 31 days was knocked off for time already served.

As protesters planned pickets outside the courthouse, a Montana judge Wednesday defended his decision to order a high school teacher to spend just 30 days in jail for having sex with a 14-year-old student — who later killed herself.

Our public school teachers no longer care about educating the students, their only concern is money.  The teachers are no longer creating successful people; they are creating violent perverts that don’t believe in God. 

Parents are allowing the teachers of America turn their children into beasts and they will be the ones that educate YOUR grandchildren.   And these are the ones that will run our country. 

It’s already bad enough, look at who is running our country now and the three before him.  We haven’t had a real president since Reagan and why? 

The United States Government and the Supreme Court mock God and the children are taught to do the same.  Mark my words; God is greatly angered at our country.

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