Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Another “While I’m Doing Homework” blurb…

So we’re in the middle of a move. And I’m head over heels with essays, exams and history and all that good stuff –couldn’t tell you what today’s weather is looking like, but I do know about the Orange Order’s activities in 1845. So practical for day-to-day life --what I’d like to know is; how does one make coffee within a scavenged house? It’s a big question…

It’s 3:30pm. Time for coffee! Amazingly, there are some lonely grounds at the back of the freezer. But alas, the filters are absent; and no paper-towels are to be found (no self-respecting Dutch household has those anyways). Toilet-paper? No thanks. But neither is there any instant coffee, and the urge is getting stronger. So I boil the water and pour the grounds directly in. But those grounds aren’t settling; they’ve formed a sort of mud. Ah, the answer I’ve been looking for: a clean dishcloth. I repour the coffee through that, but half is spilled across the counter –no problem, we can compensate for that in milk. Finally! A finished cup! I set it on the floor (no chairs left at home, of course) and reach for the half-can of cold Ravioli. It’s labeled Cheese Ravioli with Meatballs; but the cheese is dubious and the ingredients cannot claim a speck of meat. I’m hungry though, so I eat it with gleeful anticipation of that coffee. I stand up to toss the can, and promptly kick the coffee over… Back to the Orange Order :)

Friday, November 10, 2006

Conference Pictures! Well, sort of...

This is thoroughly embarrassing; twice now I've promised conference pictures and yet they've never showed. The temptation crosses my mind to "forget" about it... but no, this draft won't let me.

And because nature sometimes needs some help... Before the dams:

And after: (Left half; girls', right; boys')

I have 1 picture of the girls, and 3 of the guys... yet somehow they've managed to flub up each one of them!

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

A Conclusion --well, sort of :S

This blog ought to be called “While I’m ‘finishing’ homework :S” Alas, the subject is more interesting to me than my current term paper.
Once again, thanks all for your input! It’s amazing how all that you’ve said aligns so closely with what I’ve seen in the past few days, Coincidence? Rather, Divine Irony. I’m struck with God’s wisdom, timing and recurring humor :)... A few prime examples:
  • A continuing-long-past-closing-time conversation with a co-worker regarding Greg Koukle’s “Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air” –love the title, watch the presentation
  • A (relativist) friend of mine’s inability to declare murder immoral while remaining consistent with his personal beliefs
  • My professor’s admission that there is no liberal basis on which to prohibit polygamy (and consequently, other sexual sins including pedophilia!)
This is appalling! They’ve removed every ultimate standard (or possibility of such), have opened the floodgates of unrestrained immorality, while simultaneously acknowledging the consequences of such! One can see the results of this already within Canada:
So, with your help, I’ve tried to dig up some rebuttals, as well as reputable backing for them.

Firstly, homosexuality is “natural”; as natural as sin is:
  • “Homosexuality… is not innate… Such an object choice is acquired behavior; there is no inevitable genetically inborn propensity toward the choice of a partner of either the same or opposite sex." (Charles Socarides, Homosexuality: Basic Concepts and Psychodynamics, International Journal of Psychiatry 10, 1972: 118-25) and more scientific proof
Homosexual marriage will harm Canada (as seen in “Marriage Under Fire” by Dr. Dobson):
1. The legalization of homosexual marriage will quickly destroy the traditional family.
  • Destruction of the sanctity of marriage
  • The ultimate goal of homosexual lobbyists IS to destroy marriage ie. “Abolish Marriage: Let’s Really Get the Government Out of Our Bedrooms.” Michael Kinsley
2. Children will suffer most
  • Instability; studies assert that homosexuals cycle through anywhere from 300-1000 partners in a lifetime
  • One dad and one mom is still the best –confirmed by more than 10,000 studies
3. The practical ramifications: indoctrinating schools, collapse of health care and social security, the end of religious freedom

Bible Believers offers a clear, blunt synopsis on the Bible’s condemnation of homosexuality.
But this post is becoming horrendously long... :S As Ralph, Ethan, Mark, and others have clearly shown; same-sex marriage is only a symptom of the greater plague –relativism, and ultimately the wholesale rejection of God. The onus is on relativists to provide a “replacement” for the standard they’ve discarded that they may limit the evil they’ve occasioned, the onus is on them to provide a foundation for “rights” when they acknowledge no wrongs. What is left for us to prove? God’s terrifying justice and His complete forgiveness.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

The AntiThesis

"For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places." Eph. 6:12

At McMaster, this battle is so clear. Monday especially highlighted this --it was a day of extreme opposites. To give a quick sketch;
My third class, Philosophy of Law and Government, dealt with two subjects; same-sex "rights" and feminism. Her lecture was simply a flood of liberal, amoral theology and our class sat by and absorbed, like a sponge soaks up scum.
That afternoon held a one-to-one meeting with my religion professor regarding my less-than-compliant exam. Despite earlier worries, I was happily surprised –she was helpful and understanding and I was even able to share my testimony with her! The meeting was challenging as well: she pointed out many faults in Dutch circles, and left me with the challenge to learn Greek. And yet, she is a progressive scholar and consistently questions the authority of the Bible!
On my way from the meeting to a lecture, I met up with a Jewish/Zionist friend from work. As such, he tends to have a hyper-phobia of anti-Semitism and often complains of discrimination. We had a minor disagreement over one of his company slogans “in Sod we trust”, and another lady started cursing me to him. They walked off together, the discriminated now exuberantly discriminating...
But the day ended happily enough in a blessed conversation with a friend of mine :)
Where is this all going? To today: I have had yet another reprogramming/lecture on homosexual marriage, and I cannot sit quietly by.

So, if you haven’t read any of the above (it’s awfully long, sorry :P) help me on this one; how is homosexual marriage wrong and destructive, both morally and socially? Some questions that I struggle with personally;
  • Canada is no longer a Christian nation. Is it right, then, to force Christian morals on a nation that doesn’t recognize the basis of the same?
  • Is there conclusive proof of the necessity for a one-dad-one-mom family?
  • How does one respond to the “it’s their right to choose” argument?