I made mention prior to the resent Presidential election that the important issue is WHO will be nominated for the Supreme Court over the next 4 years - I stand by that prediction.
Luckily, whether you call it "The first majority victory in 7 presidential races" or a "squeak by win of only 2 percent of the vote" the moral majority has again shown that this nation over-all wants to be morally conscienced people with ethical beliefs and with a need for less governmental control and more personal responcibility. I believe it's a moral choice, not just a Christian choice - people are tired of the average prison time for murder being less than 7 years and for lesser crimes plea bargaining which offers release for nearly all but Federal crimes and Felonies.
I read an interesting book lately (The Taking by Dean Koontz) which as a fictional tale I don't think was his best work, but the premise was very interesting: a great "Invasion" of what the characters and reader of the story assumes are warships from another galaxy. First a glowing rain of nearly a foot an hour pours around the planet, then fungus like creatures sprout all over - the assumption they are oxygen scavengers here to eat and kill of trees and change the enviroment of the planet to be more fitting for the aliens and deadly to us humans.
Over the many pages of the book, adults are literally lifted thru ceilings and taken up into the ships and by the millions people are harvested, leaving only children and a few adults which are "Interestingly" skilled in many trades. Some people are smiling and laughing, other shriek in agony.
As you read the story, you realize that this HARVESTING of humans is in actuality the CLEANSING of the planet much like in Noah's time. The good people moving on to heaven and the bad to Hell. The great spaceships are finally seen through the murky skys as great creatures, more of flesh than of metal - these creatures leave our planet with only a few thousand humans left to repopulate the world.
The one interesting statement is: if a society superiorly advanced were to come, their technology would (to us) seem to be more magical than scientific. I think of just a hundred years ago showing people a jet aircraft, the Internet, cellphones, man walking on the moon, satalites, Hi-Def TVs and a million other modern day technologies (which we take for granted) to these people, the technology would seem magical. Then I think, what will there be in another hundred years (especially knowing the advancements we have made in the last 10 decades) and the answer is obvious, more technologies which to us would appear as magic.
Do you ever wonder how for thousands of years, people around the world lived with nearly NO CHANGES in their lives. They rarely ventured more than 20 miles from home, the rode animals, lived by candle light or lamps, never advancing in technology for hundreds of generations: and then look at our times, the great leap in human interaction, miracles of countless numbers - the simple ability of this forum to reach around the globe at remarkable speed.
You will never convince me that our time (maybe not now, but within a few generations) something special will happen - a paradygm shift in human advancement, maybe beyond the phsyical body into a conscience creature, maybe time travel, definitely logistical transporters which will wisk you up and reassemble you anywhere on the Earth at affordable prices. Nothing is unobtainable, I truly believe that - it's just understanding the technology and making use of the "Stuff" that we already have, just in very different ways.
The only thing that prevents man from being a superior being (not Godly, just superior) is his cruelty to his fellow man. We may need Godly intervention to end the hatred which has plagued man since he walked this planet. But I think the greater plan for man is coming soon and whether through technology or Godly intervention, something is coming and I'd rather find myself on the side of good than evil when that day comes.
Many people think the ENTIRE Bible is a parable, others read it all as fact, even though it's hard to understand much of "The APPARENT MAGICAL" aspects of many of the stories. Again, because we don't understand often leaves us believing it is magic, or exagerations, or tales. We need to get beyond the common sense of things and understand that we don't understand everything and "If we are in the dark" imagine what it was like THOUSANDS of years ago in Biblical times!
Nope.... I don't understand when people of different faiths try to restrict the beliefs and celebration of other faiths. I would hope that people see that restricting anyone's beliefs only creates hurt and distrust. It almost always comes down to minorities fighting for equal time, but NOT accomplishing it by building up their own celebration, but by tearing down others. This is NOT a religious ideal as much as it is a social creation that laws allow and man abuses. We allow hate to destroy almost unchallenged, and often it is justified by skanks like the ACLU who support anything as long as it is immoral, unjust or hateful.
So, I thank God for the level headed people who kept a moral President in office, although I am not a big GWB fan and although "historically" we may not understand why we are at war again, this time of our own choosing: He is NOT the Evil of Two Lessers - thus I'm honored that we have a moral leader representing us again.
The country is out of control - I'm not saying there is ANY religious belief that could save it (honestly, I don't think Religion has much to do with it) but morality does and that includes giving people the chance to celebrate their beliefs, protect their families and grow as a species. We all have the STUFF necessary to do these things and as I mentioned in a previous post - it all comes down to CHOICE: the one item that separates us from ALL OTHER SPECIES on this planet. And choice is a beautful thing, and very much the opposite of censorship... So, tell me that my saying Merry Christmas is offensive, and that even mentioning Christmas is rude, then surely someday you will understand what a foolish choice you made.