The mainstream media does not practice journalism, but yellow journalism. The news is agenda driven by vested corporate and political interests at war against the truth.
I see this on every hand.
Take the issue of “gun control.” The so-called “left” is energized almost beyond belief anytime a great tragedy takes place to sound alarm bells against the Second Amendment. Of course, they will never hear to reason.
Don’t give out the facts: our minds are made up already.
It is easy to forget that our Bill of Rights, our Declaration of Independence, and our Constitution is based upon the principle of Higher Law. The Founding Fathers said so.
But for some years now, in some places, including all education levels, history before 1877 in the United States is de-emphasized, in a sense left untaught.
Our leaders, from President Obama down to our local officials, are largely ignorant of history. And many, if not most of them, are utterly ignorant of the Bible.
The Bill of Rights lists some of the unalienable rights granted to every person by God. These rights were not granted by the government. And how do we know that any rights have been granted by God? God told us so, in the One Book He inspired to be written, the Bible.
At the following link in the news today, an article posted on the Drudge Report reports the NRA (National Rifle Association) President as saying:
At one point, LaPierre said “the media demonize lawful gun owners, amplify their cries for more laws and fill the national debate with misinformation and dishonest thinking.”
There are continuing cries for more laws just now. Laws passed in a hurry are almost always very unwise. At the heat of the moment after “911″ the Orwellian-named so-called “Patriot Act” was passed. A mammoth bill, it was passed even before hardly anyone had a chance to read it. What it did was take away our liberties, but has actually done little to improve our safety.
If the powers that be were really interested in our security (which they are not), they would immediately close the southern border and any other border through which or across which come illegal immigrants. But doing what is clearly right is not in line with their agenda.
If the powers that be were really interested in our safety they would advocate for more gun ownership and complete freedom to own guns by those who wish to. Passing laws against any form of gun ownership does nothing to improve our safety. The people who would obey such laws are not the source of the problem the laws allegedly address. Like the old saying goes, “When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.” Criminals do not, by definition, obey the laws. So what makes you or the government think that more laws would solve the problem? They won’t.
We need to address the problem of lawlessness, and how to solve it. The Bible addresses this issue head-on. Paul spoke of the only viable solution when he wrote, after naming a horrendous list of sins, “but such were some of you” (1 Corinthians 6:11).
The solution to our moral and fiscal problems is clearly outlined in the Bible. But America and its leaders have left the secure moorings of the Founding Fathers who believed the Bible.
I’ve read in the news that even Evangelical Christians are weakening in their number and influence.
And just this week I read of a supposed Bible scholar, an “expert” in New Testament history, who formerly was an Evangelical Christian, but now boasts of his agnosticism, an author who has written a piece in a once popular and widely read news magazine, debunking the historicity of the New Testament account of the birth of Christ and surrounding events. As one Christian commentator wrote, the newsmagazine is going out of print at the end of this year, but the New Testament is still in print.
I learned of this nonsense in the news from an email I received from Kirk Cameron, who reported:
Timed for this Christmas, Newsweek just released a cover essay by Bart D. Ehrman, who is well-known for his belief that the New Testament is largely historical fiction. “Who is Jesus?” is the question on the cover. “The Myths of Jesus” is the headline on the essay itself.
Read more: Newsweek Vs the New Testament
I personally think Professor Bart D. Ehrman needs to have his head examined. Anyone who suggests the New Testament is “largely historical fiction” knows nothing about the subject of historicity in the manner I have discussed the subject here on Real Bible Study. He certainly has made no use of The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge in connection with the evidences that demonstrate the historicity of the New Testament (see the note at 2 Peter 1:16). To find the appropriate notes in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, consult the Subject Index for the alphabetical entry, “Apologetics.” I suggest that Professor Ehrman consult the next several entries in that index immediately following the “Apologetics” entry on the subject of “Apostacy.”
We really need to get back to the Bible, not debunk it.
As for the Fiscal Cliff nonsense in the news. Here again we as a nation have failed to obey the Bible. The Bible explicitly tells us that national debt is a curse. Check out Deuteronomy 28:12, 44. I have discussed this extensively here in other posts under the category “Politics and the Bible.”
Almost no one is talking sense about the Fiscal Cliff issue either. Good guidance about these issues will be found in many short but very informative articles written by Karl Denninger at The Market Ticker. In essence he points out that (1) we need to cut back government to a size we can actually afford; (2) most of the financial solution is never discussed–the issue of medical monopoly bought by well-heeled lobbyists who represent medical interests and banking interests who pay our senators and representatives very well so they can be re-elected; our Congress then in turn returns the favor by passing laws giving the medical industry benefits no one else in society receives. Medical costs have far outstripped the inflation rate, and will become such a large portion of the federal budget that our government may very well collapse, and our society along with it.
The last but not the least of the Nonsense in the News is the mistaken notion that the world will end today in accordance with prophecy developed from the Mayan Calendar. I guess I better hurry and finish this post or it will never make it!
The Bible declares that the world will never end, that the earth abides forever (Ecclesiastes 1:4). Some of the other relevant passages that pertain to this issue in the Bible are Psalm 72:5, 7, 17. 78:69. 89:36, 37. 104:5. 148:6. Isaiah 9:6, 7. Ezekiel +37:25. Luke 1:31-33. There are many more, some of which can be found by checking the cross references given at the passages I just listed. Anyone who would assert that “heaven and earth will pass away” is ignorant of both Scripture and the figures of speech employed for emphasis in the Bible.
Don’t be confused by the Nonsense in the News. The Bible still stands, even if Newsweek Magazine has come to an end, at least in its print edition.