Saturday, 25 May 2013

A response to Atheism

Getting political over the past few months I've voiced my opinion in online forums to a much greater extent.

One of the results has been a vast amount of mockery directed at me. The last period of my life when people felt free to insult, deride and dismiss me was in High School.

I've chosen to speak out for a Biblical view of the world being created and question evolutionary assumptions; speak out for male-female marriage and question same-sex marriage; speak out for the poor and disenfranchised and against corporate greed and corruption; speak out for freedom of speech and against a rising fascist liberalism which seems to demand that everything a small elite group want is permissible but no-one else is allowed to have a say or dare to question them.

I freely acknowledge my starting point and worldview: I am a follower of Christ. I believe the Bible is God's message to us. I believe much of the Bible should be taken literally while parts exist as moral storys to warn and guide us.

I came across the image below on a Google+ search and was fascinated by the simple way it shows who we are as a worldwide population.

Finding a copy of the image at a high enough resolution to share was a bit harder. Google+ does not seem to like sharing high res photos. My search went as follows:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/s/world%20as%20100/posts
http://www.100people.org/statistics_100stats.php?section=statistics

and finally I resorted to typing the title as a straight search which got me this:



http://dailyinfographic.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/the-world-as-100-people_51505a8baf475.png

On my way I found the inspiration for the infographic and this breakdown of world beliefs:
33% Christians
22% Muslims
14% Hindus
7% Buddhists
12% people who practise other religions
12% people who would not be aligned with a religion


http://www.100people.org/statistics_100stats.php?section=statistics

88% of the world population have a belief in God; Gods or some spiritual reality.

Only 12% of people do not want to be associated with any religion. Yet some Atheists feel they are justified in hating, mocking and deriding the vast majority of people - educated, intelligent, hard working people who hold no hatred towards them.

Fortunately there are many Atheists who are disgusted by the hatred towards people of religion, who understand that if you and I can live in peace and work together the world will be a better place.

But I want to even the playing field. To those Atheists who proclaim that religion is the cause of all the hatred, violence and war in the world I would like them to remember three names:

Mao Ze-Dong: responsible for the deaths of 45 Million
Stalin: responsible for the deaths of 20 Million
Pol Pot: Responsible for the deaths of 1.5 Million

In the last century Atheism has given us some of the worst genocides in the history of the world.

What else has Atheism given the world?

Atheism has given the world Nihilism - a belief there is no justification for a moral code - anything is permissible. Fortunately most of the world rejects Nihilism which in its extreme justifies murder, rape, theft and any and all crimes.

Atheism has given the world Eugenics: a belief that the "genetically weak" are worthless; are a burden on society and must be eradicated to allow the genetically pure to rule and evolve. This is prevalent in our society today with the widespread practise and promotion of abortion and euthanasia.

Christians, Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists and all who hold to a religious belief are condemned by some Atheists for mass murder and genocide. They are condemned for bigotry and closed minded beliefs. I agree that in our history, every group of people has been guilty of horrendous acts.

The reality though is that it is not religion which is the problem, it is the people of this Earth: every man woman and child has within them the capacity for good and evil... including Atheists!

It is not religion which causes people to have closed minds and bigoted beliefs, it is not religion which is the cause of hatred and murder, it is simply who we are - fallen human beings who need to work to rise above the evil our hearts and minds tempt us towards.

Next time we are tempted to accuse someone or a group of people for evil done in the past, please try and remember that we ALL are descendants of ordinary people: some of whom chose to act for good, and some who chose to act for evil.

Which will you choose today?

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Turnkey Coaching

I've often wondered what it would be like to have a mentor. Someone to guide me towards my goal or goals. This week a friend on Facebook - Frank Mason - posted that he is working towards a Coaching Diploma and asked if anyone would help him achieve 100 hours of coaching practice by letting him be their coach.

I've known Frank for over fifteen years and we've made similar choices at times, choosing different routes but both aiming for clear goals.

He has set up his own company: Turnkey Coaching which you can read about on his Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/TurnkeyCoach?fref=ts

I said I would be glad to help!

I would imagine that everyones coaching needs will be different. Some people may need a lot of advice and guidance, others know what needs to happen, they just need some outside influence. Whether to ask the right questions; make a suggestion; or just listen.

For myself, I really needed someone to ask questions and then listen to the answers. My top goal for over thirty years has been to write and publish a book. The only person stopping me from doing this is myself.

I've done the first part. I have a completed manuscript. I just don't believe it is ready to publish.

Frank really helped by asking the right questions, helping me analyse what has held me back. If my number one priority is to publish a book, why am I not spending time on that?

A sense of duty and necessity which has driven me to devote long hours to work and study. I've chosen to place providing for my family first on my priority list. Yet there is also fear involved. Fear that what I've written just isn't good enough. That people will not like it. That I'm wasting my time.

That fear, at times anyway, has been enough to persuade me to concentrate on easier things; more enjoyable, more satisfying activities. Except they did not satisfy. They could not satisfy when the core driving force in my life is to tell a story.

I started well this year: meeting my weekly targets for eight or so weeks but then I got a cold; work became more pressured; crisis in the family; changing priorities... You know the sorts of things. I haven't touched my novel in three months.

Through a series of questions and discussion, Frank helped me face up to a scary but simple fact: all I really need to do is pick up where I left off. So I've made an agreement with Frank about how I'm going to tackle that. We will talk again next week and see how that is going.

This is my first experience of coaching and it is proving to be helpful.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Open letter to David Cameron MP

An open letter to David Cameron MP

As Prime Minister you have a responsibility to both serve and lead our country. Britain has been led by the teaching of Christ in the past and when Britain has followed the teaching of Christ and the whole law of God, Britain has prospered. You and previous Governments have tried to move Britain further and further away from the law of God and teaching of Christ and we are paying the penalty.

I urge you to turn from your wicked aims back to the law of God – the whole law of God. (1)

I have been reminded in recent weeks of parts of Gods law you may have forgotten:
  • Do not... curse the ruler of your people (2)
  • Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed (3)
  • Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman (3)
  • No-one is to approach any close relative to have sexual relations (3)
  • All these things were done by the people who lived in the land before you, and the land became defiled. And if you defile the land, it will vomit you out (3)
Blessings and curses (4) are offered up to every nation.

Blessings of prosperity: safety; peace; fear driven away; terrorists removed; victory in our battles; population growth; the blessing of God

Curses of terror; disease; blindness; lifelessness; our enemies will benefit from our hard work; our enemies will defeat us; those who hate us will rule over us; we will flee even when no-one is chasing us. But God calls on us to repent/to turn from wickedness to Him. If we do this the curses will be removed and the blessings given, if we do not, the curses get worse!

Are these blessings and curses relevant to us in Britain? We once were a prosperous and peaceful nation – when we followed God’s law. As we have turned from God’s law we have experienced the loss of blessing and the beginning of the curse. Terror and diseases are haunting many in Britain. Our enemies are prospering while we work long and hard. We are being defeated by our enemies in the battlefield. You as leaders show us on a daily basis that you hate us! You encourage us as society to be afraid of terrorism even though for the vast majority of us, there is NO danger!

The actions of your government and previous governments and our actions in following you have brought our nation under a curse. This is evident most clearly in the loss of our prosperity and the fear of terrorism that has possessed us.

By choosing a course of liberalism you have ignored a key set of warnings:

Everything is permissible – but not everything is beneficial.
Everything is permissible – but not everything is constructive. (5)

Under God’s law I am guilty. In recent months I have cursed you for the wicked laws you have passed. I ask your forgiveness and I choose to turn away from wickedness. I choose to pray for you and your government to turn from wickedness and do what is right.

I urge you to turn away from wickedness and repeal wicked laws.

Abortion

Each year 200,000 children are sacrificed in the UK for the cause of liberalism. Britain has slaughtered Seven million children since abortion was made legal in 1968. We have made the Nazi’s look incompetents in the way our country has succeeded in killing innocents over such a sustained period.

Abortion is utterly incompatible with human right to life. From the moment of conception a new human life is formed – completely independent of the mother.

Why are these children killed? Your government’s statistics make for cold, heartless reading. (6) Rarely because the mother would die during birth.

Let me be clear: we as a country have failed these women; the fathers of the children killed have failed these women. Instead of providing them the support and encouragement they needed, we have turned our backs on them. We need to offer support and offer encouragement to all pregnant women. All life is precious. I have friends who suffer from the same disabilities used as justification for abortion. The lives of my friends and many others (remember the Paralympics in 2012!) prove that disability can be overcome and great things can be achieved by ALL people.

It is said as an argument for abortion that by legalising it we protect women. Would we say this about any other crime? Shall we make child molesting legal to protect older men and women? Shall we make rape legal to protect men? Shall we make murder legal to protect the murderers?

I urge you to repeal the abortion laws with the exception of where it is certain a mother would die giving birth. Let us as a country provide support to any women who feel trapped, isolated, abandoned or afraid.

Men and Women should be challenged to commit to each other before having sex; should be advised the consequence of sex is to have children; that sex is not and has never been simply for pleasure – that it has an awesome responsibility in creating children; that children are wonderful and it is a blessing to have them. We as society should provide support to every Mother and every Father.

Unlawful Sexual Relations

Your Government and previous Governments has set itself against this country and against God by seeking to encourage dangerous sexual acts.

You have lied to the British people deceiving them into thinking there is such a thing as “safe sex.” The reality is there is only a very limited situation where sex is safe and even then it is a responsibility as sex is the means by which children are created. Reading through Leviticus 18 I am horrified at how far you and Governments before you have twisted the law in recent decades. We still follow much of Leviticus 18 in our marriage laws: the assumption being that men and women will abstain from sex until they are married!

Yet you want to redefine marriage, to reduce its value and destroy its purpose. Marriage is a commitment between a man and women WHO ARE LEGALLY ENTITLED TO MARRY! There are many examples given in Leviticus of people who are NOT allowed to marry: Family members; close relatives. We are told NOT to have sex with both a mother and a daughter. Not to marry our wifes sister while our wife is alive. We are told not to commit adultery with our neighbour’s wife.

And finally, men are told not to have sex with other men and we are not to have sex with animals.

Our society has despised and belittled these laws for too long and we are reaping the consequences. Sexually transmitted diseases and infections are crippling many in society. The more we lie to people about “safe sex” the worse the situation gets! (7)

From 2002 to 2011 the following increases in sexually transmitted disease were recorded in England alone:
  • Chlamydia: a 135% increase in recorded infections! 1.3 million people infected with Chlamydia in nine years!
  • Herpes: an 81% increase in recorded infections! 225 thousand people infected with Herpes in nine years!
  • Syphilis: an 87% increase! 26 thousand people infected in nine years.
  • Anogenital Warts: only a 21% increase but 714 thousand people infected over nine years!
Millions of people in the UK are at risk of sexually transmitted diseases because you keep lying to them and telling them sex is safe. Sex is only safe between a man and woman in a long term committed and faithful relationship. Marriage is understood by the whole of society to provide a clear boundary for protecting relationships.

Yet you lie to our children, you lie to us as adults, you want to destroy the boundary of marriage which protects sexual relations between a man and a woman.

Instead of spending millions on redefining marriage I urge you to spend millions on replacing current sex education to include recommendation on abstinence from sex until you are married. This will have the result over the next ten years of dramatically reducing the numbers of sexually transmitted diseases our NHS is struggling to treat. This will be a massive saving for the economy and will have a dramatic effect on the health of the nation.

I urge you to withdraw the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill. You have no mandate to change the definitions of marriage.

In the last general election I voted Conservative. I have been a floating voter my whole life, having voted Liberal; Labour and Conservative over the years previously. I assert that Government exists at the will of the people and to serve the people. I did not give you a mandate at the last general election to redefine marriage. I guarantee that if you continue to dictate to this country what we should believe about marriage I will fight against the Conservative Party at all future elections.

Yours sincerely

Mark Anderson Smith BSc MBCS

(1) James 2 v10

(2) Exodus 22 v28

(3) Leviticus 18

(4) Leviticus 26

(5) 1 Corinthians 10 v23

(6) https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/127785/Commentary1.pdf.pdf

(7) http://www.hpa.org.uk/web/HPAweb&Page&HPAwebAutoListName/Page/1201094610372

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Everything you knew about climate change may be wrong...

Came across a couple of articles on climate change this week.

The first one is interesting: Harrison H. Schmitt and William Happer: In Defense of Carbon Dioxide. As a quick read this played to my scepticism of media who blinkeredly tell us carbon dioxide is the main cause of global warming. Lifecycles of the sun or oceans are rarely factored in despite having a massive impact on the environment.

A quick Google search reveals the contrary view. I read both articles and now what should I think? The contrary view is the mainstream view yet I still see no real arguments - nothing that admits our solar system and planetary environment is complex.

So, onto Allan Savory: How to fight desertification and reverse climate change



On its own, the Wall Street Journal article is just a point of view, but placed together with a well researched analysis by Allan Savory and I find evidence that takes into account the complexity of our environment.

The humility of Allan Savory is immediately compelling. For him to admit he got it wrong big time is an amazing confession and then to devote his life to finding out why is inspiring!

There is no greed evident here. No Big Oil conspiracy. Simply an honest and practical attempt to resolve one of the biggest problems our world faces: desertification.

Who is Phil Plait? Reading his bio on Slate.com he claims "He is a skeptic and fights the abuse of science, but his true love is praising the wonders of real science." Admirable and yet he comes across as arrogant and I have yet to meet an arrogant person I can trust.

Here are some questions for Phil Plait and anyone else who professes to love "real science":

If billions of hectares of land could be transformed and recovered - how much carbon dioxide would be taken out of the atmosphere?

If the majority of desertified land could be reclaimed and turned back to green - how would this impact global warming?

If desertification could be reversed - would the increase in carbon dioxide and one percent increase in global temperature matter?

Monday, 13 May 2013

An open letter to Gregg McClymont MP

Dear Gregg,

I am writing this as an open email to be published on my blog: http://my100goals.blogspot.com

I understand you will have another opportunity to discuss and vote on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill next week.

I ask you to vote on my behalf against this bill.

Understanding that every person has their own point of view and right to have a say in this matter, I also urge you to vote for the following amendment to the bill: New Clause 9 which calls for a referendum on the redefinition of marriage. (http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/bills/cbill/2012-2013/0126/amend/pbc1261203a.953-959.html)

I have reviewed some of the other amendments which have been proposed and am horrified to read in one a plan to repeal the Marriage Act 1949: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/bills/cbill/2012-2013/0126/amend/pbc1262603a.1109-1111.html

While I recognise that Marriage legislation has changed some of the definitions of Marriage from a legal perspective over the last century, for the Government to repeal the Marriage Act of 1949 in its entirety without any public consultation or forewarning is a despicable act.

As you will be aware, the Labour party have no mandate to redefine marriage in any way. None of the electorate was informed of these plans prior to the election. The Government has no mandate to redefine the meaning of 24 million marriages.

We the people have a right to decide whether changes should be made to this vital institution. Marriage does not belong to the Government.

The Government ignored half a million legitimate responses to the consultation which stated opposition to the policy. This clearly demonstrates the consultation was a sham.

Why are supporters of the redefinition of marriage afraid of a public referendum? Why was redefining marriage not mentioned in the Queen’s speech? Why is the Government unwilling to publicise their intentions to redefine marriage?

It is deeply concerning that MPs are attempting to change the concept of marriage in such an underhand way.

Have you informed the people of Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East of how you have voted previously to redefine marriage?

Will you be advising people through your newsletter or on your website of how you have voted and plan to vote?

Again, I ask you to vote against this bill on my behalf and for what I believe is a majority of the electorate.

Yours sincerely

Mark Smith