Monday, October 11, 2021

Capitalism Defended

According to increasingly many Democrats in America, who fancy themselves as 'Democratic Socialists', the free market, using capitalist principles, has brought oppression, racism, income inequality, and poverty. This is a popular refrain from socialists like AOC, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren. Is the free market actually guilty of so much evil? Not at all! While it certainly has problems, free-market capitalism has raised more people out of poverty than ANY OTHER ECONOMIC SYSTEM in history! I am against crony capitalism. I favor morally restrained capitalism, contra the "Greed is good." of the 1980s Wall Street yuppies!

All the data we have is clear that in the past 200 years (1820 - 2020), the rates of poverty globally have been reduced dramatically thanks to capitalism.  Both baseline poverty rates, as well as extreme poverty rates, have decreased sharply under capitalism.

Millennials and Gen-Z are being brainwashed by socialist teachers to believe that socialism/communism is superior to free-market capitalism! Nothing could be further from the truth!

According to the following article: 

In 1820, the total world population numbered around 1 billion people. Out of that 1 billion, demographers and economic historians have estimated that about 95 percent lived in poverty, and 85 percent in abject poverty. Only a small fraction of the human race had any form of material comfort, though we need to keep in mind that what was considered a comfortable existence in 1820 would be viewed as material wretchedness by most in the 21st century.
The world population has increased to over 7.6 billion people in 2018. The World Bank calculated that less than 10 percent lived in serious poverty in 2015. In 200 years, the population has grown by more than 6.5 billion people while poverty has sensationally fallen to less than 10 percent of the much larger total. If this trend continues, it is not unreasonable to anticipate that before the end of the 21st century, poverty will be a thing of the past. People are finding different ways to make money. Crypto trading is one such option. Crypto robots can help traders to find the best trading signals. BitiQ is one such crypto robot. Check the BitIQ Test results to find out about more benefits of the platform.
All might not have the same standard of living in, say, 2075 or 2090. But the differences will likely be reduced to degrees of comfortable material enjoyment of life, not the dichotomy in which some have it while others do not.

That is a dramatic, even miraculous, transformation!! In the past 20 years, nearly 1 billion people have been taken out of poverty thanks to capitalism! Listen to Bono, not AOC!

Friday, October 8, 2021

William Tyndale defended

Catholic apologists online, make a habit, I've noticed, of discrediting the great Reformed Martyr William Tyndale. They use fraudulent revisionist history to do this. I've lost count of the times I've seen Catholics dismiss Tyndale's work as 3rd rate or "riddled with errors". The truth is that Tyndale was a consummate scholar and ranked as the preeminent translator of his day. He was the Jerome of his generation! A master scholar of eight languages, Tyndale was meticulous in his translation of the Bible’s original Greek and Hebrew, and his style of English was uncommonly beautiful.

Tyndale’s translation of the Bible was simple but elegant. As his translation spread, his plain rhetorical style also spread and began to form the basis of a new English style, one that took common speech and elevated it into comprehensible prose. Some of the most famous phrases in the English language can still be attributed to Tyndale, including “and the truth shall make you free;” “eat, drink, and be merry;” and “the powers that be.”

New translations made few changes to Tyndale’s work and wording. The Great Bible of 1539 was published by the royal authority of King Henry VIII just three years after Tyndale’s death. Ironically, this Bible was based on Coverdale’s Bible, which was essentially Tyndale’s translation with the parts of the Old Testament that Tyndale had not translated filled by translations of Latin and German versions.

The Geneva Bible was the first complete English translation of the Bible from the Greek and Hebrew. The Geneva Bible translators also consulted Tyndale’s earlier work, as would the translators of the 1611 King James Version of the Bible. In fact, 83 percent of the King James Version is based on Tyndale’s translation. Tyndale’s influence is evident in nearly every English Bible translation available today. The New International Version is based on the same principles demonstrated in Tyndale’s work—accuracy, beauty, clarity—and is inspired by his style and language.

Background on Tyndale's work.

Here is a wonderful film adaptation about Tyndale's life and work translating Scripture, "God's Outlaw".

Friday, September 17, 2021

The further exploits of Sherlock Holmes

For detective/mystery lovers here is a free ebook you'll love! It is further exploits of Sherlock Holmes written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's son Adrian together with John Dickson Carr! The 12 stories feel a bit more updated, and yet they still ring true of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's voice. Click the link below to download in various ebook formats.

The stories contained in the collection are:

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Word of Faith exposed

Please research the Word of Faith movement! It has deceived literally hundreds of millions of people with a false gospel of name-it-and-claim-it. And it has caused untold damage and destruction!

The theology of WoF allows for the so-called prosperity [false] gospel to function! It's all about commanding God to actualize what you reach for by faith. I've even heard WoF preachers say God MUST obey you when you reach out whether it be for health or wealth or anything.

This dangerous and toxic theology has spread all around the world (especially in Africa), thanks to churches, organizations, and companies based here in America, and has caused devastation. We must oppose the WoF movement!

Note: Many in the charismatic movements, such as the pentecostal denominations, have members who follow the WoF. But not all do. I am a Reformed believer, but all Christians need to make sure that our theology is grounded in the truth of God's Word. We must constantly be on guard against false teachers and wolves who would lead astray our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ! The WoF movement teaches a twisted gospel of greed and materialism. Idolatry epitomized! The only ones who prosper are the preachers and leaders and television and media companies! The Christians who send their money to these charlatans do not prosper.

Here is an excellent 3-hour video that thoroughly documents the theology, practices, and abuses of this movement.

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Favorite 80s music

 I was a kid during the 1980s and have fond memories of the music. As an adult, I revisited the music and found it highly appealing. I listen mainly to classical music, but when I'm not listening to classical music I like to hear 80s music. Speaking of music, did you know that even online casinos have their own unique soundtracks? Just like the 80s music that takes us back in time, online casinos often curate their music to create a captivating and immersive gaming experience. Moreover, with the rise of online casinos like casino truc tuyen, the fusion of music and gaming experience has evolved. The music can range from catchy tunes to soothing melodies, all designed to enhance the overall gaming experience. Here is a list of my top 25 favorite songs from the 80s.

Take On Me
by A-ha

Out Of Touch
by Hall & Oates

She's Gone
by Hall & Oates

Private Eyes
by Hall & Oates

Don't You (Forget About Me)
by Simple Minds

Hold Me Now
by Thompson Twins

You Belong to the City
Glenn Frey

In the Air Tonight
by Phil Collins

Your Love
by The Outfield

Safety Dance
by Men Without Hats

Broken Wings
by Mr. Mister

West End Girls
by Pet Shop Boys

Don't Dream It's Over
by Crowded House

I Ran (So Far Away)
by A Flock Of Seagulls

Head Over Heels
by Tears For Fears

by Tears For Fears

Everybody Wants To Rule The World
by Tears For Fears

by Spandau Ballet

Crockett's Theme
by Jan Hammer

(I Just) Died in Your Arms
by Cutting Crew

White Wedding
by Billy Idol

Eyes Without A Face
by Billy Idol

Billie Jean
by Michael Jackson

by Guns N' Roses

Say You Say Me
by Lionel Richie

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Taliban retake Afghanistan

 Kabul is lost and so is Afghanistan! It's back into the hands of the Taliban - the Islamic fanatics who treat Christians and women as sub-human! 20 years of effort wiped out. Very tragic! Watching the desperation of the Americans and Afghanis trying to escape was reminiscent of the fall of Saigon. Like the Vietnam war, the Afghanistan war was a protracted police action without clear objectives to win the war. Afghanistan is very tribal, and I think it was too much to expect a national Afghan army to be cohesive and effective. In the end, they surrendered even with a 5:1 advantage over the Taliban. I think many Americans, like Americans during Vietnam, were questioning why we were even there in Afghanistan. And the historians will probably be wondering as well in coming years. I don't believe this will be the end of American involvement in Afghanistan. They will resume harboring Islamic terrorist groups and could launch another 9/11 style attack on America, so we'll likely return in some form if only airstrikes. For the more cynical I leave you with this chart on poppy (used to make opium and heroin) production in Afghanistan.

Monday, June 14, 2021

A Testament

In the Garden, man did fall
For eating the forbidden fruit
Death and sin consumed us all

We once walked with God
In the garden of Eden
To survive we'd have to work the clod

This Messiah was foretold
The prophets recorded
In the days of old

He would save the human race
By reconciling man with the I AM
Jesus would die in our place

Truly God and truly man
The hypostatic union
He carried out the Father's plan

He was born in a humble stable
With sheep and donkey
This was no fable

He taught the 12 Apostles truth
And healed and spoke with power and authority
His reputation spread in Judea forsooth

The Pharisees devised a wicked plan
He rebuked them and challenged their hypocrisy
They schemed against the Son of Man

He was judged by Pilate of Rome
And sentenced to death
As recorded in many a tome

On Good Friday He hung on the cross
The God-Man would face God's wrath
Such an incalculable loss

At 3 pm He spoke His last
"It is finished." He cried
His mortal life was now past

Satan was happy
The Nazarene had fallen
He was gloating and relishing the victory

Christ's mother Mary bitterly wept
John took care of her
While her Son slept

But that was not the end
On Sunday Jesus arose and walked again
The laws of physics did bend

Christ the second Person of the Triune God
He defeated Satan and death itself
Him we shall forever laud

Death was swallowed up in victory
The price was paid
To set man free

Free from death, free from sin
Eternal life won for us
By His blessed propitiation

We were lost in a sea of sin
Christ our redeemer
To safety, He pulled us in

We can do nothing to earn salvation
It is freely given by God's sovereign grace
We were elected by divine predestination

Before the foundation of the earth
God determined who would be saved
His own good pleasure won us second birth

By grace, we are saved through faith alone
Not through our works
We are given a heart of flesh for our heart of stone

Repentance is key
Turn from sin and trust in Christ alone
Then you shall have eternal victory

Jesus will return to earth
To finally destroy Satan and all his works
The New Heavens and New Earth filled with mirth

Until then we have a blessed hope
We must live for Christ
There is no hardship we can't cope

So spread the Gospel by mouth and print
To all, you may meet
Oh what a joyous stint

by Zachary Uram, (c) 2021

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