Reflections on a Wandering Life.....

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Science Night - Red River of Life 

This is a very old film, but it is very good. It will give you an understanding about how the blood brings oxygen to the body and then removes the carbon dioxide.

The makers of this video way back then could not have anticipated how the blood and the importance of flow of the blood to life would influence the issue of abortion. But it's important, because those who support the slaughter of the innocent are characterized by a galling lack of integrity. Here is Pete Buttigieg on abortion:

Then again, there's a lot of parts of the Bible that talk about how life begins with breath, and so even that is something that we can interpret differently.
Not surprised that he doesn't quote the "parts of the Bible" that he says support his crazy idea. His idea is not only unscriptural, it is unscientific. Throughout the pregnancy, the baby is getting oxygen through the mother, who is breathing. It's not like the baby is a fish and then suddenly becomes a human.

In today's America, we have become accustomed to politicians who justify the slaughter of the innocent. But when we have to listen to someone who claims that the Bible supports that idea, it is more than a little annoying.

I don't want to obsess about a small town mayor running for president who doesn't have a ghost of a chance of getting elected. But I do want to emphasize that the Bible does not address this issue in vague interpretive statements. Here is what the Bible says, and it could not be more straightforward:

For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. (Leviticus 17:11)
The life of the flesh is in the blood. Abortion stops a beating heart. And when you stop a beating heart, you are taking a life, and God will surely hold you to account.

Again, the makers of this film could not have anticipated the importance of what they were saying for the purpose of addressing the modern issue of abortion. But the message in this film destroys any notion that you can view a living child with a beating heart as a mere blob of human tissue.

Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment. (Ecclesiastes 11:9)

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Friday, February 28, 2020

Why a Woman Cannot Be Elected President 

Recently there was a conflict between Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. She accused him of saying that she could not be elected president. He denied it. This podcast is not about which one of them is telling the truth. The question of whether or not Elizabeth Warren can be elected president is moot, because in fact, no woman can be elected president, and the reason why that is true trumps (no pun intended) any petty discussion about one particular woman who is running this time. This is really one part of a two and potentially three part discussion, as follows:

  1. Why cannot a woman be elected president?

  2. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? In other words, should a woman be able to be elected president?

    If we decide the second question in the affirmative, then

  3. What needs to be done to make it possible for a woman to be elected president?
So for this particular episode, our focus will not be on what should or should not be. It will be on understanding why it is currently not possible for a woman to be elected president. Once we understand why it is the way it is, we can then proceed to a discussion about what should be accepted, and what, if anything, should be changed.


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