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How to Survive the Coming Population Collapse

By Jon Kauffman

A population collapse is coming. With the collapse will come great poverty and damage to our environment. The elderly will have no one to care for them.

Because of the rapidly aging population, the United States is already having problems supporting social security. The program soon will not be available for anyone.

How do we survive?

The answer: we can survive by raising more children. It does not matter much if they are our own children, adopted children or foster children. When we are old, they will be there to help care for us. We can encourage our young people to grow large families.

Yes, sons are a gift from the Lord; the fruit of the womb is a reward. 4 Sons born during one’s youth are like arrows in a warrior’s hand. How blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them. Psalms 127: 3-5 NET

The Coming Collapse

In 1979 as a junior in college, one of my classmates said, “Anyone who has more than one child is socially irresponsible.” I disagreed. For over a century, irresponsible governments and universities have been trying to reduce population, proposing such fear mongering ideas as mass starvation by the year 2000.

Problems that will be caused by the Population Collapse include war, economic collapse, shortage of workers, environmental damage and poverty.

Even now, many areas are unable to fill available job positions with qualified workers due to the shortage of workers. This problem will accelerate as the population collapses.

China, after decades of forced abortion and a 1 child policy is beginning to suffer some of early detrimental effects of the collapse. Suicide is very high among China’s elderly women. The Chinese culture requires a man to take care of his parents. His wife helps him. Families with only a daughter have no one to care for them in their older years. Millions of elderly widows in China have no income and no one to look out for them. These widows are starving, poor, sometimes homeless.

Population COLLAPSE is Coming – Elon Musk, Dr. Shanna Swan & Jordan Peterson

See a snip from the video below:

The Shocking Truth About the Global Depopulation Agenda By Joseph Mercola

One Billion Americans, The Case for Thinking Bigger, by Matthew Yglesias.

Yglesias, persuasively argues that we need more Americans. With more people come more ideas, more ambition, more creativity and a better life. With more people also comes the need for more resources. Yglesias addresses housing, food, transportation, protecting the environment, energy, education, welfare and climate change.

Great Optimism for the Future.

Amish women have an average of 5 children per woman. Catholic women often give birth to 12 or 15 children. In nearly all countries around the world, Christian women have more children than women of any other religion. A result of the population collapse, the world will become more Christian.

Robots are coming. Robots will make life easier. Even with a collapsing population, technology will continue to improve and make life easier. Perhaps easing some of the detrimental effects of population collapse.

With the bourgeoning population of poor, Christians will have ample opportunity to practice their faith.

In the parable about the separation of the sheep and the goats, Jesus says to those inheriting the Kingdom,  For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me. Matthew 25: 35,36. NET’ 

Christians during the population collapse will have great opportunity to feed the hungry, cloth the naked, and give a glass of water to the thirsty.  

Copyright © 2022 by Jon Kauffman. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly granted when used to further the Kingdom of God. Permission is gladly given to re-blog this post.

Is Christianity Good for People?

By Jon Kauffman

Many atheists claim that Christianity is harmful to society. What does the scientific evidence reveal? Many scientific polls and studies have been performed demonstrating that without a doubt Christianity is very beneficial to people’s happiness, health and wealth. Stark assembles a few of these studies and polls to demonstrate the evidence for the benefits of Religion.

I recently finished reading “America’s Blessings: How Religion benefits Everyone, Including Atheists” by Rodney Stark.

Quote from the Introduction of “America’s Blessings:”

It is past time for a full accounting of the tangible human and social benefits of faith in American society and for the recognition that one of our nations’ primary advantages over many others lies in the greater strength of religion in American life. As will be seen, this accounting is surprisingly easy because mountains of little-reported research and reliable data exist on a wide range of important religious effects. For example, compared to less religious and irreligious Americans,

  • At all ages, religious people are much less likely to commit crimes.
  • Religious Americans are far more likely to contribute even to secular charities, to volunteer their time to socially beneficial programs, and to be active in civic affairs.
  • Religious Americans enjoy superior mental health-they are happier, less neurotic, and far less likely to commit suicide.
  • Religious Americans also enjoy superior physical health, having an average life expectancy more than seven years longer than that of the irreligious. A very substantial difference remains even after the effects of “clean living” are removed.
  • Religious people are more apt to marry and less likely to divorce, and they express higher degrees of satisfaction with their spouses. The also are more likely to have children.
  • Religious husbands are substantially less likely to abuse their wives or children.
  • Religious American couples enjoy their sex lives more and are far less likely to have extramarital affairs.
  • Religious students perform better on standardized achievement tests.
  • Religious Americans are far less likely to have dropped out of school, which is especially true for African Americans and Hispanics.
  • Religious Americans are more successful, obtaining better jobs and far less subject ot being on unemployment or welfare; this is true not only for whites but for African Americans.
  • Although often portrayed as ignorant philistines, religious Americans are more likely to consume and sustain “high culture.”
  • Religious people are far less likely to believe in occult and paranormal phenomena such as Bigfoot, UFOs, Atlantis, ghosts, haunted houses, and astrology.

Translated into comparisons with Western European nations, we enjoy far lower crime rates, much higher levels of charitable giving, better health, stronger marriages, and less suicide, to note only a few of our benefits from being an unusually religious nation. Quite aside from the social and personal benefits of religious effects, that add up to many hundreds of billions of dollars a year in financial benefits…

America’s Blessings is available on Amazon.

A few years ago, a debate between atheists and religious believers spilled out from the halls of academia and the pews of America’s churches and into the public spotlight. A crop of atheist manifestos led the charge, surmounting and holding the tops of the nonfiction bestseller lists. This offensive brought on an outpouring of religious rebuttals. As both sides exchanged spirited volleys, accusations were leveled; myths, stereotypes, and strawmen arguments were perpetuated; and bitter hostility filled the air. Today many of these misconceptions and myths linger on, along with the generally acrimonious spirit of the debate. In America’s Blessings, distinguished researcher Rodney Stark seeks to clear the air of this hostility and debunk many of the debate’s most widely perpetuated misconceptions by drawing from an expansive pool of sociological findings. Looking at the measurable effects of religious faith and practice on American society, Stark rises above the fray and focuses exclusively on facts. His findings may surprise many, atheists and believers alike. Starting with a historical overview, Stark traces America’s religious roots from the founding of the country up through the present day, showing that religiosity in America has never been consistent, static, or monolithic. Interestingly, he finds that religious practice is now more prevalent than ever in America, despite any claims to the contrary. From here, Stark devotes whole chapters to unpacking the latest research on how religion affects different facets of modern American life, including crime, family life, sexuality, mental and physical health, sophistication, charity, and overall prosperity. The cumulative effect is that when translated into comparisons with western European nations, the United States comes out on top again and again. Thanks in no small part to America’s rich religious culture, the nation has far lower crime rates, much higher levels of charitable giving, better health, stronger marriages, and less suicide, to note only a few of the benefits. In the final chapter, Stark assesses the financial impact of these religious realities. It turns out that belief benefits the American economy—and all 300 million citizens, believer and nonbeliever alike—by a conservative estimate of $2.6 trillion a year. Despite the atheist outcry against religion, the remarkable conclusion is clear: all Americans, from the most religious among us to our secular neighbors, really ought to count our blessings.

America’s Blessings on Amazon

…AND THE RICH HE HAS SENT AWAY EMPTY…

53 He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty. Luke 1:53

Fat Beggars School of Prophets

(Disclaimer: The following post is an exercise in unamerican Bible study.)

I expect this post raises more question marks than periods.  Not every conclusion here is firmly held by me, but the observations most definitely are.

We are all guilty of it.

We read the Bible, and our eyes breeze right by certain points which would challenge our biblical construct of reality.  Some bits just don’t fit our sermons, and we conveniently don’t notice.  Yet every now and then one or two of these bits stand up and demand attention, and they challenge our views calling for repentance.

One of the main passages that ever does that for me is Luke 1:53: Mary’s prayer, right near the start of the whole book, helps to frame everything that follows.  This verse, especially the second portion of it, is so easily glossed over.  Of course, it fits well with other summary observations…

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Does Palm Sunday Teach Pacifism?

By Jon Kauffman

12 The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. 13 They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,

“Hosanna!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Blessed is the king of Israel!”

14 Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written:

15 “Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion;
    see, your king is coming,
    seated on a donkey’s colt.”[f]

16 At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that these things had been done to him. John 12:1-16 NIV

Does the Palm Sunday story in John teach that Christians should not participate in the military of their country?

I believe it does.

When a King conquered an enemy through the Roman military or the Egyptian military or the Assyrian military he paraded through the streets on a white horse. Jesus’ riding on a donkey indicated that he was the King of peace.

What did the people who were laying coats and palm branches in front of Jesus think that Jesus would do? They thought Jesus would throw off the yoke of Roman government and free them to live under a Jewish King or Messiah.

Does Jesus use the government or the military to conquer for his Kingdom?

The people wanted a military leader but Jesus came as spiritual King.

Jesus made clear that his Kingdom superseded human government. Jesus does not need government intervention or help to conquer evil and install his Kingdom.

At the beginning of his earthly ministry, Jesus went to the desert to be tempted. Satan offered to give Jesus all the kingdoms of the world if Jesus would worship him.

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” Matthew 4:8-10

Falling water and colorful rocks at Baring Creek.
Copyright © 2022 by Leon Kauffman

Paul said that the weapons we use are not the weapons of the world.

 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 

Paul tells what weapons the followers of Jesus use in Ephesians 6.

Even in Revelation 19 when Jesus conquers evil, he uses the sword of the word of his mouth and does not use physical weapons.

11 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. 12 His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. 13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. 14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.”[a] He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh, he has this name written:

king of kings and lord of lords.

Revelation 19:11-16 NIV

During the first three centuries of the church, three times Rome tried to wipe out the church similar to way Hitler tried to wipe out the Jews. Jesus said that nothing could stand against his church. The Christians of the first 3 centuries did not need government to support Christianity. Today we do not need government to support Christianity.

Jesus said: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.”  Luke 14: 26,27 NIV

The war we are fighting is very dangerous.

When we serve Jesus we are fighting a real war, but that war is spiritual and more real than any physical battle.

 The Armor of God, Ephesians 6:11-17

Jesus and the Roman Centurion, Matthew 8:5-13

Does Romans 13 Justify Christian Participation in Violence?

Copyright © 2022 by Jon Kauffman. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly granted when used to further the Kingdom of God. Permission is gladly given to re-blog this post.

Some Violent Crimes are Legal

From World Radio: In 2005, the Terri Schiavo story riveted the world. New York Times bestselling author Lynn Vincent reinvestigates the case that changed the way we think about life, death, and what it means to be human.

The podcast was released on Thursday, 3/31/2022 on the 17th anniversary of Terri Schiavo’s death.

Podcast “Lawless: Not Every Violent Crime is Against the Law.

Terri’s brother Bobby Schindler discusses the podcast:

PODCAST INVESTIGATING THE TERRI SCHIAVO CASE RELEASED ON 17TH ANNIVERSARY OF HER DEATH

Should Christians Fight in the Russia/Ukraine War?

By Jon Kauffman

Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. 10 Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. 11 But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them. 1 John 2:9-11

Percent of population claiming to be Christian:

Ukraine: A 2018 survey conducted by the Razumkov Centre found that 71.7% of the Ukrainian population declared themselves believers.

Russia: A 2020 poll conducted by the Levada Center found that 63% of Russians claimed to be Orthodox Christian.

United States: In a recent Religious landscape study, 70.6% Americans were found to be Christian. Only 3.6% claimed to be atheist. This is down from 4% in the 1940s.

Jesus said we are to love our brothers and sisters in Christ and be willing to die for them. Jesus said we are to love our enemies.

If 72% of Ukrainians are Christian and 63% of Russians are Christian is it possible for a Christian to join either military without killing and hating fellow Christians. Is Just War possible?

I do not understand the situation in Ukraine. I do not trust the propaganda from the US government or the US media or the Russian government. If what many are saying is true, then since 2008 NATO and the European Union have been expanding and encroaching on what Putin feels should be neutral territory between the West and Russia. Putin has been warning that this encroachment must stop.

The situation is similar to the Cuban crisis when the US demanded that the Soviet Union did not place missiles in Cuba.

Many commentators claim that the United States has been involved in supplying Ukraine with weapons and pushing the Ukrainians to continue fighting so that Russia becomes destabilized in order to make access to Russia natural resources easier.

Some say that the Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex want continual war in the area so that weapons makers can accumulate huge profits and the US can import cheap resources from Russia.

If the US is goading Ukraine to war to steal Russia’s resources, is it possible for a Christian to support the foreign policy position of the United States?

The Globalist’ Insidious Strategy for Russia and Ukraine

Jesus demonstrated love for enemy when he healed the Centurion’s servant. Jesus and the Roman Centurion

Does Just War Exist?

Greatest Heresy of All Time? Just War Doctrine?

What About Hitler?

Copyright © 2022 by Jon Kauffman. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly granted when used to further the Kingdom of God. Permission is gladly given to re-blog this post.

A Film: Against the Tide, Finding God in an Age of Science

By Jon Kauffman

In this film, Oxford Professor John Lennox and Hollywood actor Kevin Sorbo discuss the scientific evidence for God and the historical evidence for the resurrection of Jesus.

Does science bury God? Lennox demonstrates that science and Christianity are compatible.

Are science and faith in conflict? John answers no. The fact is science supports faith.

John Lennox learned the German and Russian languages and lectured at universities in communist countries Hungary, East Germany and the Soviet Union. And where does an atheistic philosophy lead. We can see what happened in the atheist communist countries who tried to eliminate God and to keep dignity for human beings. The experiment in atheism failed.

The atheism/Christianity debate is not about science. The debate is about philosophy and worldview.

A quote from the movie’s website: https://againstthetide.movie/

Against the Tide is a travelogue, an examination of modern science, an excursion into history, an autobiography, and more. But at heart, it is the story of one man’s daring stand against the tide of contemporary atheism and its drive to relegate belief in God to society’s catalogue of dead ideas.

Join the conversation between Dr. John Lennox—esteemed Oxford professor, mathematician, and philosopher of science—and veteran Hollywood actor and director Kevin Sorbo as they journey from Oxford to Jerusalem and explore the evidence on which Lennox’s Christian faith stands firm.

A quote from Movieguide.org.

AGAINST THE TIDE is a stirring documentary about Christian Oxford University professor John Lennox and his life of intelligent debates against renowned atheists. MOVIEGUIDE® Award winning actor Kevin Sorbo travels to Great Britain to meet Lennox for this must-see movie. Later, the pair visit the Holy Land to explore Jesus Christ’s life, death and resurrection.

The movie begins with Kevin Sorbo, who rose to fame by playing Hercules on TV in the 1990s. Later in Sorbo’s career in the movie GOD’S NOT DEAD, Sorbo played an atheist who challenges one of his university students to prove that God isn’t dead. A Christian student in his class quotes John Lennox, a Christian professor who refutes atheism. Cut to Great Britain where Sorbo ventures to meet Lennox.

The pair meet and chat in the same pub, The Eagle and The Child, where C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien contemplated Christianity. Viewers learn that Lennox is an Irishman and grew up in a family that challenged him to think deeply about other people’s points of view. One of Lennox’s teachers encouraged him to go to college, unlike so many of his peers, and Lennox went to Cambridge to study mathematics. His zeal and interest for God and Christianity grew, and he found himself having healthy debates with people about God.

Lennox believes that to make a convincing argument, one must base their truth claims on the evidence. Lennox spent time behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War and learned that communism has always gone hand in hand with atheism. Many of his travels helped strengthen his arguments against renowned atheists like Richard Dawkins.

Halfway through AGAINST THE TIDE, Sorbo and Lennox travel to the Holy Land to unpack the historical validity of Jesus Christ’s life, death and resurrection. Sorbo continues to ask Lennox about the reliability of the biblical authors and questions of that sort. Lennox always responds in a collected manner and draws on physical and intellectual reasoning for the hope Christians have in Jesus. Although science has made important discoveries and innovations, for Lennox and believers around the world, science simply can’t contain the glory of God.

AGAINST THE TIDE is extremely well written and features stellar archival footage clips that bring Lennox’s points of view to life. The music is also evocative and fits seamlessly with the on-screen action. Kevin Sorbo makes a great intellectual companion of John Lennox, and the pair have great back and forth conversation that helps debunk the age-old debate about the existence of God. The movie also might make viewers want to travel as well and experience the same feelings of the two gentleman who unearthed truth while abroad in the Holy Land.

AGAINST THE TIDE has a very strong Christian, biblical worldview. It stresses God as Creator and Jesus as God Incarnate. However, due to the religious discussion and debate, there are some references to Anti-Christian, atheist arguments and attacks. Of course, Lennox always brilliantly refutes these attacks and arguments with stronger Christian arguments and answers. MOVIEGUIDE® commends AGAINST THE TIDE for all older children and adults. AGAINST THE TIDE will strengthen their Christian faith and, hopefully, bring new people to Christ.

A quote from Patterns of Evidence: https://store.patternsofevidence.com/products/against-the-tide-dvd

Against the Tide is a travelogue, an examination of modern science, an excursion into history, an autobiography, and so much more. But at its heart, it is the story of one man’s daring stand against the tide of contemporary atheism and its drive to relegate belief in God to society’s catalogue of dead ideas.

Dr. John Lennox – esteemed Oxford professor, mathematician, and philosopher of science – along with veteran Hollywood actor, producer and director Kevin Sorbo journey from the university hallways of Oxford and Cambridge to the Holy Land to explore the intersection of science and Christianity, and the evidence on which Lennox’s Christian faith stands firm.

Along the way Prof. Lennox recounts his scholarly travels in the Soviet Union, and adds that experience to his debates with prominent atheists, including Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Lawrence Krauss, and Peter Singer.

Then, as Kevin Sorbo and Prof. Lennox walk where Jesus taught – from the top of Mount Precipice to the Sea of Galilee – they dive deeper into the origins of Christianity right where it all happened, and ultimately reach the crux of their conversation: do science and history refute the Bible?

Copyright © 2022 by Jon Kauffman. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly granted when used to further the Kingdom of God. Permission is gladly given to re-blog this post.

Interesting Views of the Ukraine Conflict

What Putin is doing is wrong but he has clear reasons why he is doing this.

Why is Ukraine the West’s Fault? John Mearsheimer.

Foreign affairs expert Professor John J. Mearsheimer discusses history and causes of the current Ukraine/Russia conflict. NATO Expansion, European Union Expansion and promoting democracy.

Jim Rickards: Russia and Ukraine Explained

This war could have been avoided!

Putin’s Invasion of Ukraine Ray McGovern and John Mearsheimer

Where we go from here? Who is to blame? How is Ukraine to Blame? How is Putin to blame? How is the US to blame? How is the European Union to blame? What is the involvement of China and India?

History of the region and attitudes that caused the war. How should the US respond?

Ukraine Update | Frederick Kagan By Jordan Peterson 3/4/2022

Russia, Ukraine, and the West | Frederick Kagan | The JBP Podcast | #230 By Jordan Peterson 2/28/2022

Perhaps the Russians are fighting a legal war of self-defense? Kovalik says 14,000 Russian speaking Ukrainians, Roma and members of the LGBT community have been killed in the last 8 years by Neo-Nazi who are now members of the Ukrainian military and police force. 500,000 people living in Donbass are also Russian citizens. 1,500,000 citizens of Donbass have been displaced by the Ukrainian Neo-Nazi.

Daniel Kovalik: Why Russia’s Intervention in Ukraine Is Legal Under International Law

Revised 4/27/2022

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