Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Please pray for my terminally ill Aunt Meg. The good thing is that she will be going to Heaven.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Intellectual Mistakes

Some big intellectual mistakes of mine include:
  • atheism
  • socialism
  • 9/11 conspiracism
  • panentheism

Friday, May 26, 2006

I created a wiki article on 911Myths webmaster Mike Williams.
I created a wiki article on Brian Holtz.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

I'm in a sort of a dilemma. I have patellar tendonitis and Osgood Schlatter's disease, and my knees have been bothering me recently; I have symptoms consistent with a meniscus tear--such as frequent popping and clicking--but I don't think the pain is acute enough for that to be the case. I have to play basketball tonight with this possibility, and I am hoping that my meniscus isn't already torn (I think the odds are pretty low). However, I could tear it tonight with all the jumping--last week plyometrics led to acute pain (I skipped plyometrics today)--but I have very good footwear. If I do tear it, that would be a serious problem. It would be very demoralizing since I've been active and running for about 2 of the last 7 months. Assuming a long recovery time, I wouldn't be in good enough shape to go to the Fordham summer basketball camp, which is what I really need to do for skill and attitude development. I will pray for the best, and I would greatly appreciate any prayers for my sake. Thanks and God bless.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Power of the Holy Spirit

When all else fails, God is there. I confidently attribute my marked increase in motivation and quality of life to the Holy Spirit. I'm taking weights seriously, I'm getting schoolwork done and staying organized, fulfilling my responsibilities as a basketball player, and I'm about to get my permit, a job, and start taking classes for confirmation and baptism (which I hope to do by immersion). The long-lasting feeling from the endorphins is so blissful as to almost be unreal. If you are sedentary start exercising regularly NOW! If I can do it, you can!
The fire siren I heard shortly before I left after dinner was not a fire. It was a fatal accident. One of the cars was completely smashed in such a way that indicated that death was probably instant. Hopefully the deceased is in Purgatory or Heaven.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

These past few days I haven't updated the blog very much because I've been feverishly cleaning up articles, adding links, and combatting vandalism on Wikipedia.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Utopic Weather

I'm outside in utterly utopic weather. It's 65 degrees, 29.62 in pressure and rising, 42% humidity, 10 miles visibility, NW wind 18 mph, and 41 degrees dewpoint. The sun's light in the bright green trees is picture-perfect, it smells like freshly cut grass, and the chirping of various bird species sounds very pleasant. The noise of a distant lawnmower isn't annoying; rather, it is hypnotizing. The purplish clouds are drifting slowly. I'm in the company of my three beautiful dogs who are basking on the patio. If things can be this blissful on Earth, I can't wait until I get to Heaven.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Rastafarianism Is False

Mirror link

MYTH
Rastafarianism is the true religion

Rastafarianism is false. Messianic Rastafarianism is false because Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I is not the Messiah; Jesus Christ is. Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia is not Jesus. Jesus was a sinless wonderworker born of a virgin. There is no reincarnation and Haile Selassie I was, like the rest of us, a sinner who was not born of a virgin, and the late emperor is not known to have worked any miracles. Jesus is immortal because He is already resurrected but Haile Selassie I died; Jesus would not die twice. Haile Selassie I was not a virgin but Jesus was a virgin.

[UNDER CONSTRUCTION]

Rosicrucianism Is False

MYTH
Rosicrucianism is the true religion

Rosicrucianism is false because it rejects the divine inspiration of the Bible and rejects the fact that Jesus is the one and only Savior. It also contradicts history by claiming that Jesus was born of Gentile parents and did not die on the cross, resurrect from the dead, and ascend into Heaven.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

I had a good time doing organized plyometrics for the first time as part of my conditioning for basketball camp and spring and summer league (and, in the long term, cross country). The running was fine and I jumped over boxes a few times until I decided to stop because my left knee hurt. It is still very painful, perhaps worsened due to patellar tendinitis and Osgood Schlatter's disease. Although injuries often result from improper technique, I did the technique the coaches told me to. It'll take some time before I can do extended jumping totally pain-free.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

I had another great workout today. I did leg curls, preacher curls, bench presses, military presses, decline crunches, lat pulldowns, and upright rows. Increased muscle mass, metabolism, endurance, and strength is already quite apparent, so I'm going to be lifting weights for the rest of my life.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

I'm doing what I pledged to do and I am proud of that. I am now taking my health and physique seriously by staying the full time in the weight room and working very hard.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Bible Family Tree

Visit BibleFamilyTree.com, where you can order a comprehensive Biblical Genealogy CD made by Dennis Day. The CD also provides abundant information on Egyptian dynasties, Babylonians, Assyrians, Sumerians, and many other groups.

"Radaractive"

Cool blog: http://radaractive.blogspot.com.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

My highest documented pulse was 88% of my maximum heart rate while I was doing 400s and 800s in cross country practice.
I created a Wikipedia article on esteemed Catholic talk show host Al Kresta.
I was very glad to talk to my cousin John today. His ear is slowly recovering, and he is bored since he can't do much work at this point.
Happy Mother's Day. Remember to make your mom feel genuinely appreciated.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

2Pac: Ready 2 Die

I really hope 2Pac's 14-track posthumous album Ready 2 Die gets released in the USA soon. One of my favorite tracks on this excellent album is "Thug Nature."

"Dave's Pics"

Cool blog: http://davidjohns.blogspot.com/.

Right now I'm working on a huge site tree for the new subdomain and will probably have it posted by tonight.
Listen to The Light by Common.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Today, 5/12/2006, I created a website counterpart to this blog.
I just watched the poignant paragon To Kill a Mockingbird in its entirety for the first time; 10/10.

Nature of Heaven

There is no marriage in Heaven [Mt 22:30], even though husbands and wives will still know each other and can have a close relationship. There is no pain or sadness in Heaven. We will have physical bodies [Job 19:25-27; Is 26:19; Dan 12:2-3; 1 Cor 15:12-58; Phil 3:21; 1 Thess 4:16-17; Rev 20:4-6] and will be able to eat for pleasure [Mt 8:11; Lk 22:30; Rev 19:9; 22:2], though we will not be hungry [Is 49:10] have to use the bathroom. There is probably no entropy in Heaven (as far as statistical thermodynamics is concerned). People will have differing hobbies and interests although will share the same opinion. In Heaven not everyone is equally intelligent, funny, and witty; however, there won't be any jealousy. We will always be gaining knowledge [Eph 3:18-19]. Discarded embryos and miscarried babies are in Heaven. The mentally disabled and senile receive adult minds. If two people played chess in Heaven, one would lose. Our earthly memories will not be erased but will be healed/cleansed/repaired/restored/redeemed by God's presence. There are plants and animals [Is 11:6; 65:25; 2 Kgs 2:11; Rev 6:2-8; 21:1] in Heaven. There is private property in Heaven [Mt 6:20; Lk 16:4,9; 2 Cor 5:10; Col 3:24; Rev 2:17]. We will actively serve and worship God [Rev 7:15]. Yet we will experience relax, rest, and leisure [Rev 14:13].
I really have to clean up my diet (practice moderation and expand the variety of foods) and lift weights for 100 minutes 3 times a week instead of 35 minutes 3 times a week. The latter is what is demanded of me by the coach and the basketball contract, in contrast to what I have been doing. The former is becoming more obvious each day and is urged by my parents. It was foolish of me not to blast my upper body while I was injured, even though there was a period when I truly could not accomplish that because of the nature of the injury. This way workout durations will be increased 557% and will have an awesome synergistic effect.
Another excellent post by Dave Armstrong defending the infallibility of the One Holy and Apostolic Catholic Church in the face of accusations about the Galileo incident.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is a bumbling, hypocritical, deluded, wicked idiot.
I did an immense update to my Wikipedia user page. My personal wiki, The Banana Republican, should be up and running by the summer.

Unlike Wikipedia, my blog can be/have:

  • a soapbox
  • small link repository
  • not from a neutral point of view
  • consumer advice
  • self-promotion
  • memorials
  • travel guides
  • instruction manuals
  • opinions on current affairs
  • personal essays
  • critical reviews

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Newly completed first draft sections of "Arguments for Christianity" are indicated in green.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

"Christus Rex"

Check out this extensive Catholic site: http://www.christusrex.org/. Be careful, though; while the site has many useful documents, it links to the horrible Institute for Historical Review!
I am very fond of this post because I can relate to it so well.
If a Jehovah's Witness or Mormon knocks on your door, don't let them evangelize you because they practice false religion. Instead, invite them in for a talk and enlighten them on the true Christian faith; namely, Roman Catholicism.
Catholic apologist Dave Armstrong [1] has a great page with a biblical evidence for priests here.

[1] See my review of Armstrong's book "More Biblical Evidence for Catholicism" here.

Monday, May 08, 2006

More finished 1st drafts for "Arguments for Christianity" as of 5/8/06 are indicated in blue.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

If you are in a school play and want to put a more or less comprehensive thank you list on the playbill, thank God, the music teacher and their family, your family, friends, cast, crew, pit orchestra, coaches, teaches, counselors, and priests.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Damon Jones' spectacular clutch jumper made the Cleveland Cavs win in overtime! Cavs are now going to the second round.
I will soon post a response to Billie.Green regarding Marxism, socialism, and communism.

Cinco De Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo. Today is not Mexico's Independence Day (Grito de Dolores), which is on September 16.

"Inane Blatherings"

Cool blog: http://xmasarts.blogspot.com/.

Commentary on illegal immigration coming soon.
Red sections in the "Arguments for Christianity" outline progress report indicate newly completed first drafts as of 5/5/06.
I found the Kaplan AP World History review book to be very helpful. It is concise and comprehensive, and its essay/multiple choice/general strategies are highly effective. I can't go into specific multiple choice questions, but the Kaplan questions were similar to the ones on the actual exam in difficulty and in subject matter. It is indeed worth your money. Even though the exam is over, the Princeton Review book recently arrived (late), and I will evaluate that book as well.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Coming soon: arguments for the canonicity of the deuterocanonical book Baruch and answers to various objections.

Natural Theology and Trinitarianism

Revealed theology aside, the Trinity is more plausible than a unitarian view of God. In Unitarianism God is a person who doesn't give Himself away essentially in love for another; rather, He is only essentially focused on Himself. Therefore, a unitarian god cannot be the most perfect being and is therefore unworthy of being called God. In the Christian Trinity, however, God is three persons in one essence in eternal, self-giving and essential love relationships.


Wednesday, May 03, 2006

AFC Progress

The first drafts of the following “Arguments for Christianity” sections are complete:
0.
1.1
1.1.1
2.4.4.1
2.4.4.2
2.4.4.5
2.4.4.6
2.4.5
3.7
4.4
5.2
5.6
6.2.1
6.2.4
7.4
7.8
7.9
7.10
8.2
8.3.1
8.3.2
9.2
9.3
9.6
9.7
9.8
R.I.P. Earl Woods.
Praise the Lord; the AP World History exam is over! It was indeed challenging but not insanely difficult. I think I did well on the multiple choice and I think I will get a 9/9 on the DBQ, and perhaps a 7/9 on the other 2 free response questions. I hope I get a 5 and I believe I have a strong chance of doing so. I will find out in July.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

AP World Students: go here to learn how to relieve stress about tomorrow's exam, and how the exam is scored and what your goals should be. The most recent post gives you vital advice for success on the free response questions.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Thanksgiving & Prayer Requests

I am grateful to God that my cousin John is still alive. In Iraq, his Humvee was hit by a roadside bomb (IED) on the passenger's side, where he was sitting. He got the blunt of the explosion and the Humvee was totally destroyed. He suffered neck and facial burns, a ruptured right ear drum, and shrapnel to the right arm and on his shoulder/back. I also thank God that his 3 fellow troops survived the terrorist sabotage. John will receive the Purple Heart. Please pray that he makes a full recovery. Thank you and God bless you.








Arguments For Christianity Outline

This is a more thorough outline of my eventual response to Brian Holtz’s “Atheist Cage Match Challenge” (probably to be completed during summer 2006). It will be succinct yet detailed, objectively compelling, and full of scriptural citations and internal links.

0. Basic 12-Step Argument for Christianity

Theism is True
1.1 Cosmological Argument
1.1.1 Objections Answered
1.2 Moral Argument
1.2.1 Objections Answered

The Bible
2.1 Authorship
2.2 Dating
2.3 Inspiration
2.4 Morality of YHWH
2.4.1 “Subjugation of Women”
2.4.2 “Repressive Sexual Codes”
2.4.3 “Slavery”
2.4.4 “Mass Murder” and “Cruelty”
2.4.4.1 Noah’s Flood
2.4.4.2 Canaanites
2.4.4.3 Amalekites
2.4.4.4 Midianites
2.4.4.5 First-born in Egypt
2.4.4.6 Other Alleged Injustices
2.4.5 “Sacrifice”

Prophecy
3.1 Biblical Dating
3.2 Nature of Prophecy
3.3 Extra-Biblical Documentation
3.4 Second Coming of Christ
3.5 Alleged False Prophecies
3.6 Other Objections Answered
3.7 Messianic Prophecies

Jesus Christ
4.1 Genealogy, Birthplace, and Birthdate
4.2 Virgin Birth
4.3 Infancy and Childhood
4.4 Family and Their Beliefs
4.5 Character
4.6 Ministry
4.7 Uniqueness Among Religious Leaders
4.8 Trilemma/Quadrilemma/Quintilemma
4.9 Jesus in the Epistles
4.10 Secular References

Gospels
5.1 Authorship and Dating
5.2 Alleged Literary Dependence
5.3 Reliability
5.4 Harmony
5.5 Other Gospels
5.6 Alleged Fabrication

Miracles
6.1 Old Testament
6.1.1 Parting of the Red Sea
6.1.2 Sun Dial
6.1.3 Others
6.2 New Testament
6.2.1 Good Friday Earthquake
6.2.2 Good Friday Resurrectees
6.2.3 Christmas Star
6.2.4 Good Friday Darkness
6.2.5 Raising of Lazarus and Jairus’ Daughter
6.2.6 Feeding of the Five Thousand
6.2.7 “Unimpressiveness”
6.2.8 Others
6.3 Possibility of Miracles
6.4 Alleged mythologizing/hoaxes/delusions/hysteria/hallucinations/misinterpretations/rationalizations

Resurrection
7.1 Eyewitnesses
7.2 Harmony
7.3 Guards
7.4 Empty Tomb
7.5 “Wrong Tomb”
7.6 “Stolen Body”
7.7 “Moved Body”
7.8 Alleged mythologizing/hoaxes/delusions/hysteria/hallucinations/misinterpretations/rationalization/embellishment/exaggeration/psychosomatic (“faith”) healing/deception
7.9 “Swoon Theory”
7.10 “Mistaken Identity Theory”
7.11 Other Theories

Afterlife
8.1 Immortality
8.1.1 Objections Answered
8.2 Coherence and Nature of Heaven
8.3 Hell
8.3.1 Nature of Hell
8.3.2 Justness of Hell [also discusses the "traditional" doctrine of Hell]

Trinity and Hypostatic Union
9.1 “A Quaternity”
9.2 “A Contradiction”
9.3 Jesus’ Claims to Be God
9.3.1 More than Two Dozen Alleged Counter-Claims Analyzed
9.4 Jesus’ Proof to be God
9.5 Heresy
9.6 Trinity in the Old Testament
9.7 Trinity in the New Testament
9.8 Superiority of Trinitarianism to Unitarianism