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At a Tea Party rally opposing Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s Nuclear Agreement with Iran, the foremost state sponsor of terrorism in the world, Republican presidental candidate Donald Trump said that “We are led by very, very stupid people.”

AMERICA‘S LEADERS

(L-R) John Boehner, Joe Biden, Barack Hussein Obama, Mitch McConnell, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and Andrew McCarthy

(L-R) John Boehner, Joe Biden, Barack Hussein Obama, Mitch McConnell, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and Andrew McCarthy

Thousands attended the rally held last week outside the Capitol in Washington, DC.


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If God Didn’t Create Evil, Then Who or What Did?

By Jerry A. Kane

Occasionally I’ll respond to a comment on one of my news stories or commentaries, but rarely will I take the time to write a lengthy reply to a commenter. However, there are always exceptions to any rule.

Below is an exchange of comments between me and a responder to my latest commentary, “Whom God Means to Destroy, He First Makes Undiscerning” published at Canada Free Press:

He wrote:

“Wrong!!!!

He [God] does not make them so [undiscerning], but allows them to make themselves so.

God does NOT create evil, but allows it so they can damn themselves – then He destroys them, more often by other evil entities”

To which I responded:

“First off, I’m not always right, but I’m never wrong. Secondly, your theology appears to be Arminian, mine isn’t. I believe God is sovereign, not man. Finally, as to whether or not God creates evil, the prophet Isaiah clearly says He does:

‘I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.’ Isaiah 45:7 (KJV)”

Then he responded:

It appears we agree on most of this – we are using different terms to say the same thing except for one item.

“Isaiah 45:7 should match Amox 3:6 where the more correct translation would be ‘..shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD not done [known] it?’ He knows of the evil, he does NOT create it. If that were so, He would no longer be God.

‘God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone.’ (James 1:13) and ‘God is light, and in Him there is NO darkness at all’ (emphasis mine) (1 John 1:15) As there is much less error in translation in the New Testament, I will believe God Himself over other ideas.

Arnminian? No, but many of his [I think he’s referring to the author of the piece, which of course is me, but he doesn’t realize it] thought processes are in the correct realm, but your [I think he’s addressing the commenter, not the author of the piece] assessment of that group is just opposite of what they say. It is their claim that God is Soverign, and that is the reality of our creation.”

And I wrote:

“How can I discuss the never-ending debate over biblical manuscripts and the central issue of Christianity with someone who knows so little, but thinks he knows so much? The short answer is I can’t. Yet, I won’t let your unsupported assertions go unchallenged.

You say, “Isaiah 45:7 should match Amox [sic] 3:6 where the more correct translation would be ‘..shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD not done [known] it?'” The word “ra” translated evil in Isaiah 45:7 (the same word used in Amos 3:6) is never translated as sin in the Hebrew text.

In the context of Amos 3:6, ra can be correctly translated to mean “sorrow, afflictions, adversity, wretchedness, or calamities,” but in Gen. 5:6, 8:21, 13:13, 38:7 and fifty other verses in the OT, ra can be translated “wickedness,” which clearly implies sin.

In the context and plain meaning of Isaiah 45:7, ra means wickedness and not calamities and afflictions as the fruits of sin. In context, if ra means external calamities in the verse “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil,” then the word “peace” must mean a military peace, i.e., a political matter, because the phrases are parallel.

However, the verses preceding and following verse 7 are not restricted to trivial political matters, verse 3 speaks of treasures of darkness, hidden riches, and the knowledge of God; verse 6 speaks of God’s knowledge extended throughout the world; and verse 8 speaks of righteousness falling down from heaven like a pouring rain.

The following chapter in Isaiah makes it clear that God just doesn’t know things, as you put it, but He actually brings about what He has purposed:

“Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: … yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it. Isaiah 46:10-11 (KJV)

You write that God “knows of the evil, he does NOT [please, let’s not be sophomoric] create it.” By “know” I assume you mean that God knows or permits evil to happen. What you fail to understand is that “permitting” man to sin does not absolve God from the charge of being the “author” of sin, as you seemed to suggest in writing “If that [God created evil] were so, He would no longer be God.”

God “permitted” Satan to afflict Job; but Satan could not have afflicted him without God’s approval. Permission does not exonerate God. If God could have prevented, not only Job’s trials, but all of mankind’s sins and temptations, if He foresaw them and decided to let them occur, how can He be less reprehensible than if He had decreed them?

Put another way, if a bystander could rescue a baby from a burning building, but decided to “permit” the baby to die in the flames, would you say that the bystander’s decision to watch the baby burn was morally acceptable because he wasn’t the one who lit the building on fire? Your position puts you on the horns of a dilemma whether you realize it or not.

You also write that my “assessment of that group [Arminian] is just opposite of what they say.” By sovereignty I mean that God has eternally decreed all that ever comes to pass, and providentially controls all things in his created universe, including the “free will” of man.

The Arminian notion of man’s free will cannot coexist with God’s omnipotence. If man’s free will to fulfill his sinful desires and purposes can resist and thwart God’s perfect will and purpose, then God is not all powerful, man’s free will is.

Neither is the Arminian view of free will compatible with God’s omniscience, because knowing all things renders the future certain. If God foreknows all things, then of necessity those things will come to pass; otherwise, they could not be “foreknown.”

Acts 2:22, 23 and 4:27, 28 teach that God foreknew, even foreordained Jesus’ crucifixion by the hands of sinful men, yet the men who carried out his execution are responsible for murder. If God ordained it, could the high priest and Sanhedrin have done differently? Could Judas Iscariot not have betrayed Jesus Christ? Scripture plainly teaches that God determined or decreed their actions.

I’m not saying that men are robots and don’t make choices. They do have “free will” in the sense of “free moral agency.”

All men have freedom of choice in that they choose to do what they want to do and can’t do otherwise. But man is not free to be indifferent, i.e. his freedom to choose is always governed by the fears, desires, and habits of his sinful nature. Yet, all his choices are subject to the eternal decrees of God.

Romans 3:9-18; 8:7, 8 and Ephesians 4:17-19 teach that man cannot choose what God requires. Man will always choose the evil desires of his flesh, which are dictated by his sinful nature. Man is never indifferent in his willingness to do anything. Even though God has determined all things that will ever come to pass, man is held responsible and accountable for his sinful actions.

As the writers of the Westminster Confession of Faith (3:1; 5:2, 4) put it:

“God … did … ordain whatsoever comes to pass: yet so, as thereby neither is God the author of sin, nor is violence offered to the will of the creatures, nor is the liberty or contingency of second causes taken away, but rather established…. Although, in relation to the foreknowledge and decree of God, the first cause, all things come to pass immutably and infallibly; yet, by the same providence, he ordereth them to fall out according to the nature of second causes, either necessarily, freely, or contingently…. as the sinfulness thereof proceedeth only from the creature, and not from God; who, being most holy and righteous, neither is nor can be the author or approver of sin.”

You’re right that “God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone.” (James 1:13).” Nowhere does the Scripture teach that God is evil; however, it does teach that God is both the cause of sin and the cause of salvation. Scripture also teaches that God is not responsible or accountable to anyone or anything for what He does; yet His creatures are accountable and responsible to Him for what they do.

God is holy and righteous, but our sinful nature taints and limits our understanding of His holiness and righteousness. As Paul writes, “For now we see through a glass, darkly… but then shall I know even as also I am known.” 1Corinthians 13:12 (KJV).

You write, “As there is much less error in translation in the New Testament, I will believe God Himself over other ideas.” I am always willing to teach those whom God has made willing to learn, but I will not waste my time and energy on people who dogmatically hold to their erroneous preconceptions of Christianity and what Scripture teaches.

So you know, I spent hours researching and writing this response, and you have taken enough of my precious time. Thank you for your response to my piece and please accept this as a final response to any further discussion.”

NOTE:  The hot links were added for this post at The Millstone Diaries. There were no hot links in my responses to in the comment section at Canada Free Press.

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Ben Carson Is not Presidential Material

By Jerry A. Kane

Potential 2016 presidential candidate Ben Carson apologized Wednesday for saying homosexuality was a lifestyle choice.

Wednesday morning on CNN’s “New Day” show with Chris Cuomo, Ben Carson said:

“A lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight — and when they come out, they’re gay. So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question.”

Wednesday afternoon in a post on his Facebook page Ben Carson wrote:

“I do not pretend to know how every individual came to their sexual orientation. I regret that my words to express that concept were hurtful and divisive. For that I apologize unreservedly to all that were offended.”

Later Wednesday afternoon Ben Carson appeared on Sean Hannity’s radio show and said:

“I simply have decided I’m not going to really talk about that issue anymore, because every time I gain momentum, the liberal press says, ‘let’s talk about gay rights.’ I’m just not going to fall for that anymore.”

During a January 22, 2015, interview with YouTube personality GloZell Green, Hussein (peace be upon him) said:

“I think people know that treating folks unfairly, even if you disagree with their lifestyle choice… Let them live their lives and under the law they should be treated equally”

So both Hussein and Carson violated the gaystapo’s edict that all Americans must believe there’s no choice in sexual orientation. Both black men said that homosexuality is a “lifestyle choice,” yet Carson felt compelled to apologize for violating the gaystapo’s diktat, while Hussein remains unapologetic to this day.

The homofascists have had their way with Carson and have completely discredited him. His anti-2nd amendment stance on gun control took the wind out of his sails, and now this latest mea culpa to the gaystapo leaves him dead in the water. It’s obvious that Carson lacks the backbone to respond with moral conviction and courage against those who promote such a disease ridden, dysfunctional lifestyle.

Clearly, Carson is not presidential material; and were he white, the political pundits would not be talking about him or be paying him any mind.

To quote Homer Simpson, “Let’s file this under R, for arrivederci.”

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Derrick Jordan grabbed an AR-15 rifle from a pickup truck parked near the entrance of a Conoco gas station and convenience store.

He and four other black Ferguson residents spent Tuesday night guarding the white-owned business from would be looters and shoplifters.

We would have been burned to the ground many times over if it weren’t for them,” said gas station Doug Merello, whose family has owned the business for thirty years

Jordan and his friends were joined on Tuesday night by other armed men from the neighborhood. The men weren’t paid to be there. They said they owed it to Merello, who has employed many of them over the years and treats them with respect.

“He’s a nice dude, [sic] he’s helped us a lot,” said 29-year-old R.J.

Missouri lawmakers recently passed a law overriding local ordinances that banned the open carry of firearms by people who have concealed-weapons permits.

For more on the story, see “Black residents protect white-owned store in Ferguson.”

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The Conservative War Chest’s “What If” ad is a stark reminder of the lawless actions and “screw you” attitude of the Obama regime.

If it’s not blocked by Obozo’s media lackeys, this outstanding two-minute television ad will air during this Thanksgiving season.


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Republican political consultant Karl Rove, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, and Texas Senator Ted Cruz have decided not to take Barack Obama’s executive action on amnesty lying down.

Christie did not mince words in condemning Obama’s lawless action, while Rove hailed the GOP response as complete and adequate.


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Fox Business Network anchor Melissa Francis exposed her former employer CNBC for being a propaganda arm for Obama and his Bread and Circuses Administration.

Francis said CNBC “silenced” her for questioning the “math of Obamacare” on air.

“[W]hen I was at CNBC, I pointed out to my viewers that the math of ObamaCare simply didn’t work. Not the politics by the way. But just the basic math. And when I did that, I was silenced.

I said on the air that you couldn’t add millions of people to the system and force insurance companies to cover their pre-existing conditions without raising the price on everyone else. I pointed out that it couldn’t possibly be true that if you like your plan, you can keep it. That was a lie. And in fact, millions of people had their plans canceled,” Francis said.

After her comments aired, Francis said that CNBC management summoned her to a meeting and admonished her for “disrespecting the office of the president.”

Francis went on to say that NBC, ABC, the Associated Press, and the Los Angeles Times were also guilty of suppressing the truth from the American people.


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