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From Darwin’s Idea to Galton’s Eugenics to Hitler’s Holocaust: A Spiritual Warning to Climate Change Theorists

Evil, specifically primary evil (also known as spiritual wickedness in high places), can take any idea and twist it into a grotesque thing that causes death and destruction. It began in Heaven when Lucifer decided that in his opinion he was equal to God and convinced a third of the angels to follow him in rebellion. After he was cast out he just became known as the enemy (satan). Then, while on earth he lied and twisted God’s own words to tempt Adam and Eve into disobedience. The physical world, from biodiversity to DNA, has been degrading ever since because of the curse of sin.

There was nothing inherently evil or even burdensome about God’s command to Adam and Eve of not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. It was a command that if followed would have meant eternal life, heaven on earth.

Ideas and technology don’t necessarily come with morals. From dynamite to nuclear fission to molecular biology, humans can come up with amazing advances that benefit mankind. Then, sometimes out of our fallen sin nature and sometimes from the enemy’s influence, we take that technology and use it as an instrument of pure evil.

Read about the history of eugenics – it was not Darwin who proposed eugenics. It was Galton, a relative of Darwin who read his book. Would he have come up with the idea of eugenics anyway? Maybe, maybe not.

People latched on to eugenics and not just evil people. It was famous leaders and celebrities. The progressives of their day. Unfortunately, an evil man, arguably possessed by primary evil, named Adolf Hitler took the idea of eugenics and survival of the fittest and twisted it into a lie that a nation of people supported. Eleven million people died in the holocaust as a result. Six million were Jews. Millions of others died from bombs, bullets, disease, and starvation during WWII as the Allies fought the Nazis and Japanese forces.

So, what’s all this have to do with Climate Change? Especially, given the fierce debates over whether it’s real or not; and if so whether or not humans are to blame.

First, let me say I do think the climate is changing and has always been changing. The biggest change was going from a pre-flood climate to a post-flood climate. And yes, I’m referring to Noah’s Flood. We have been indoctrinated into the theory of uniformitarianism – simply put we’ve been taught to believe that all physical change occurs slowly over time by the same processes we observe today. That tends to cause people to think the Bible is wrong because the Bible explains that catastrophism is responsible for the significant physical changes in geologic and climatic conditions. Ultimately, historical sciecne (or sciecne about the origins of life and the earth and the universe) end up becoming a matter of faith because there will always be assumptions that will not be able to be proven. So, I think we are experiencing a more rapid shift in some climate patterns and the fossil record shows that rapid shifts have occurred inbetween periods of stability. Stephen Jay Gould (an outspoken atheist) dubbed this observation Punctuated Equilibrium.

To the point of the blog, fear (or the State of Fear – Thank you Mr. Crichton) is a doorway by which primary evil can influence well-intended people to do monstrous things – like eugenics, like the holocaust. Today, the debate is about the cause of climate change and if it’s really occuring. We are also arguing over what to do about it – limiting emissions of CO2, planting trees, promoting greener energy. Nothing evil about those ideas. But what about tomorrow when we have the idea and the technology that will allow us to manipulate the climate at the global scale. We already have the ability to do it locally (Weather_warfare ; weather modification). Will evil be able to turn it against humanity? History teaches us that if we give it the opportunity it most certainly will. None of our ideas or technology can protect us from that evil because its not of flesh and blood, it’s spiritual wickedness in heavenly places. The only one who can is Yeshua the Christ. His doctrine of grace and mercy and His Spirit is the only thing that holds the line and keeps us from falling into a trap of moral relativity where killing people can be rationalized. The Nazis did it then and the world does it today to the unborn out of convenience. Future actions are a product of today’s thoughts- my prayer is that we guard them with prayer.

 

 

 

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From Darwin’s Idea to Galton’s Eugenics to Hitler’s Holocaust: A Spiritual Warning to Climate Change Theorists

Evil, specifically primary evil (also known as spiritual wickedness in high places), can take any idea and twist it into a grotesque thing that causes death and destruction. It began in Heaven when Lucifer decided that in his opinion he was equal to God and convinced a third of the angels to follow him in rebellion. After he was cast out he just became known as the enemy (satan). Then, while on earth he lied and twisted God’s own words to tempt Adam and Eve into disobedience. The physical world, from biodiversity to DNA, has been degrading ever since because of the curse of sin.

There was nothing inherently evil or even burdensome about God’s command to Adam and Eve of not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. It was a command that if followed would have meant eternal life, heaven on earth.

Ideas and technology don’t necessarily come with morals. From dynamite to nuclear fission to molecular biology, humans can come up with amazing advances that benefit mankind. Then, sometimes out of our fallen sin nature and sometimes from the enemy’s influence, we take that technology and use it as an instrument of pure evil.

Read about the history of eugenics – it was not Darwin who proposed eugenics. It was Galton, a relative of Darwin who read his book. Would he have come up with the idea of eugenics anyway? Maybe, maybe not.

People latched on to eugenics and not just evil people. It was famous leaders and celebrities. The progressives of their day. Unfortunately, an evil man, arguably possessed by primary evil, named Adolf Hitler took the idea of eugenics and survival of the fittest and twisted it into a lie that a nation of people supported. Eleven million people died in the holocaust as a result. Six million were Jews. Millions of others died from bombs, bullets, disease, and starvation during WWII as the Allies fought the Nazis and Japanese forces.

So, what’s all this have to do with Climate Change? Especially, given the fierce debates over whether it’s real or not; and if so whether or not humans are to blame.

First, let me say I do think the climate is changing and has always been changing. The biggest change was going from a pre-flood climate to a post-flood climate. And yes, I’m referring to Noah’s Flood. We have been indoctrinated into the theory of uniformitarianism – simply put we’ve been taught to believe that all physical change occurs slowly over time by the same processes we observe today. That tends to cause people to think the Bible is wrong because the Bible explains that catastrophism is responsible for the significant physical changes in geologic and climatic conditions. Ultimately, historical sciecne (or sciecne about the origins of life and the earth and the universe) end up becoming a matter of faith because there will always be assumptions that will not be able to be proven. So, I think we are experiencing a more rapid shift in some climate patterns and the fossil record shows that rapid shifts have occurred inbetween periods of stability. Stephen Jay Gould (an outspoken atheist) dubbed this observation Punctuated Equilibrium.

To the point of the blog, fear (or the State of Fear – Thank you Mr. Crichton) is a doorway by which primary evil can influence well-intended people to do monstrous things – like eugenics, like the holocaust. Today, the debate is about the cause of climate change and if it’s really occuring. We are also arguing over what to do about it – limiting emissions of CO2, planting trees, promoting greener energy. Nothing evil about those ideas. But what about tomorrow when we have the idea and the technology that will allow us to manipulate the climate at the global scale. We already have the ability to do it locally (Weather_warfare ; weather modification). Will evil be able to turn it against humanity? History teaches us that if we give it the opportunity it most certainly will. None of our ideas or technology can protect us from that evil because its not of flesh and blood, it’s spiritual wickedness in heavenly places. The only one who can is Yeshua the Christ. His doctrine of grace and mercy and His Spirit is the only thing that holds the line and keeps us from falling into a trap of moral relativity where killing people can be rationalized. The Nazis did it then and the world does it today to the unborn out of convenience. Future actions are a product of today’s thoughts- my prayer is that we guard them with prayer.

 

 

 

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St. Augustine author donates book to St. Johns County library | StAugustine.com

St. Augustine author donates book to St. Johns County library | StAugustine.com.

Good article about Malevolent Tide being available at the St. Johns County Library!

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Fla Heritage Book Festival: Robin Cook will be there!

Fla Heritage Book Festival is 2 months away.  Sept 25-27, 2014 at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. Robin Cook will be signing books and receiving an award. I’ll be there too – signing copies of my debut Christian Thriller – Malevolent Tide

Hope to see you there!

R.H.

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Feeding The Bad Wolf When You Know You Should Feed The Good – a Biblical lesson from Billy Graham that became a Native American Legend

First, let’s not miss the point. Paul the Apostle recognized he had a problem. Not doing good when he wanted to do good, and doing bad when he didn’t want to do bad – Romans 7:15-16.

And for me, trying not to do bad is like trying to forget something. It’s impossible. So that is why Paul instructed Timothy (1 Tim 6:11) to flee from wrong and run to good hings and think about good things.  Every human has some understanding of good and evil, but every human has two enemies: a fallen nature bent towards sin and the devil and his legion.

But when a human becomes a new creature in Christ, the holy spirit indwells and protects from the devil and grace overcomes the fallen nature. The fact that we sin even after we are saved (and even when we don’t want to) is a gift. It keeps us humble and reminds us that we don’t earn a ticket to be with the King in Heaven, the King presented it to us and we just accepted it.

Here’s the two dogs illustration – that has been attributed to Cherokee legend but probably is more accurately attributed to a 1978 sermon by Billy Graham in which he used a figurative story about an Eskimo and his two dogs. (See Check the tag on that “Indian” Story and The history of the “two wolves/two dogs” story)

From the Billy Graham illustration came iterations. The basic story goes:  “Inside you are two dogs.  One is evil, the other is good.  The mean dog fights the good dog all the time. Which one wins? Whichever one you feed the most.”

Back to the original source – The Bible and Paul’s teachings. Focus on good and flee from evil. Another way to look at it is that we should flood out evil with good thoughts, good habits, good distractions, all in the power of Christ that lives in us.

If you want to read about a great Native American medicine man who became a great follower of Jesus Christ – Read about Black Elk – his story is used in my book  Malevolent Tide as one character tries to lead another towards Christ.

Thanks and God Bless,

R.H.

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Media coverage of #malevolenttide donation to local Arkansas Libraries #arkansasonline

Growing up in central Arkansas in the 1970s and 80s, I spent a good bit of time at the Faulkner County Library. At the time, it was a realtively small building made of field stone. I wasn’t the greatest reader and the summer between second and third grade I was tutored by Mrs. Reed who was my second grade teacher at Ellen Smith Elementary.

Like anything, the better you become at it, the more you enjoy it and thanks to Mrs. Reed and my mom (who took me to the library where I could read about snakes and sharks), I grew to love reading. The Faulkner County Library has grown too in size and capacity to serve readers.

Libraries open up a world of knowledge and imagination for everyone. So I was happy to donate copies of Malevolent Tide to the Faulkner and Cleburne County Libraries.  Faulkner, because we lived there and Cleburne because we camped there and because Heber Springs is an important setting in the book. Here’s the clipping from the Heber Springs Sun Times and a link to the Log Cabin, which I posted recently.

If you know someone who lives in either county, please share so they know the book is available at their local library. Thanks!

Heber Springs Sun Times Article

Log Cabiin Malevolent Tide Article

 

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Like #malevolenttide – Deliver Us From Evil reminds us of who the true enemy is

I grew up watching scary movies with my mom and we were always trying to scare each other. One summer evening as the sun was dipping below Springhill’s rolling hills, we’d finished feeding the horses and started talking about scary things. As we stood by the barn and looked back at our house, Mom would say, “Wouldn’t it be scary if we saw a shadow peek out at us from your bedroom window?”

Then I would say, “You know our house was built on top of an old burned out house. And this area used to be a small community. I wonder if there’s anything buried under our crawl space?”

It’s no wonder I grew up believing that our house in Springhill was possesed. Needless to say, we were so freaked out that we had to drive into Conway to watch a funny movie so we’d forget how scared we were and be able to go back into the house.

But there was something eerie about that house. We had a bad curve in front of our house and there was at least one fatality on it. I also had the most vivid nightmares of fighting the devil that I’ve ever had. One night I had a dream (I think it was dream – it seemed real) that I was barely asleep and slowly I levitated up off the bed until I was perpendicular with the bed. As I clung to my blankets which were hanging off me, I slowly descended down. I looked into the closet and in the dark I could see a low fog boiling up from the floor. I could hear voices and then I began repeating the Lord’s prayer…that’s all I remember.

I think everyone has stories like that and Deliver Us From Evil is that kind of movie. It’s taken from the real life account of Ralph Sarchie, a NYPD officer. I went to see the movie by myself because my wife doesn’t like scary movies, period. And it’s rated R and not appropriate for my 10 and 12 year old boys. They both received Christ as their savior and followed in believer’s baptism, but even so I think if they watched it, they’d never sleep in the own beds again. In the word’s of a dear President, “Wouldn’t be prudent”.

I enjoyed the Deliver Us From Evil a lot more than I thought I would. It’s scary – but not too scary, or too gory. It is very believable and realistic. I think folks (like me) who may have gone to the movie for a scary thrill  will come away with a new awareness of ‘spiritual wickedness in high places.’

Another thing I liked about the movie was that the characters battled the demons by invoking the one and only name that has power over them, the name above all names – Jesus Christ.

After watching the movie, I did some research and found that along with the Catholic church, evangelicals perform exorcisms on occasion. In a 2010 article, Dr. Albert Mohler discusses exorcisms and the evangelical view. A couple of take-homes were:

1) if you confess to Jesus that you’re a sinner, that you believe he’s the Son of God, and you ask him to forgive you and you accept his work on the cross as the only reason you don’t have to face the wrath of God for your imperfection and you commit to follow him, then you will receive the Holy Spirit. It will live in you and at that point it is impossible for even the devil himself to possess you.  He can and will try to oppress and manipulate you but he knows that “He (Christ) that is in you, is greater than he (the devil) that is in this world”.

2) Evangelicals don’t have a written exorcism procedure or rites as Catholics do. They simply follow the example that Jesus and Paul provided in the Bible. This should not be surprising or cause alarm when you think about how different an evangelical worship service is compared to a Catholic mass. The all-important critical common denominator for both evangelicals and Catholics is Christ. All the power in battling our adversary comes from Him and all the worship and glory goes to Him.

In closing, we should remember that the devil is only in the same class as Michael the archangel. Jesus Christ is far, far, far superior so the victory is won and has been won since the foundations of the world. It was manifested when he rose on the third day and we gained diirect access to Abba in heaven and then He sent the Helper and Comforter to live in us and be with us in our walk with Christ.

Last and most importantly, pray for the spiritual protection of the saved and especiallly the unsaved, with absolute faith in the name of Jesus Christ.

Thanks and God bless!

R.H.

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Great Newspaper article about Malevolent Tide #malevolenttide – evolutionists are attacking

They aren’t attacking me as much as they are attacking the Bible. At one time a majority of the scientists believed the earth was flat because it was how they perceived the world (not because of the Bible).  Historical science has no choice other than to be based in faith. Faith in that you must assume that either God made things as described in the Bible, that the processes we see working in the world today are responsible for making everything that occurred in the past, or that this is all just some sort of computer simulation.

All people place faith in some type of authority. For some the authority is God and the Bible, for others it’s another religion, for others it’s a human with a lot of initials after their name.

Ultimately, though, there is one truth and one authority. To me, the risk at stake merits the effort to seek the truth. Eternity is not a long time, it’s forever, it’s a state of perpetual being. Much more real and serious than someone’s idle opinion.

Here’s the article and whether you agree or not, please exercise your freedom of expression, speech, and religion (or lack thereof).

Log Cabin’s article on Malevolent Tide and evolutionist’s comments

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