January 2005


30 Jan 2005 05:52 pm

Q.17. What happened to man in the fall?

A. Man fell into a condition of sin and misery.


From the same Romans 5 passage quoted in last week’s question, we see that Paul clearly teaches that sin and death came into the world as a result of the actions of our first parents in the fall.

Romans 5:12-21

12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned13 for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. 14 Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come.

15 But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. 16 And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. 17 If, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.

18 Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. 19 For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. 20 Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

30 Jan 2005 04:10 am

There are many serious problems we must face in our lives, but modern technology is solving some of them.

Here’s an example.

“Pray let me hear what you have to accuse him of,” cried Colonel Fitzwilliam. “I should like to know how he behaves among strangers.”

[Elizabeth Bennet:] “You shall hear then — but prepare yourself for something very dreadful. The first time of my ever seeing him in Hertfordshire, you must know, was at a ball — and at this ball, what do you think he did? He danced only four dances! I am sorry to pain you — but so it was. He danced only four dances, though gentlemen were scarce; and, to my certain knowledge, more than one young lady was sitting down in want of a partner. Mr. Darcy, you cannot deny the fact.”

Pride and Prejudice

But now this terrible problem has been solved by Sony.

AP Photo:

Caption: “Two of Sony Electronics Inc.’s ‘QRIO’ robots perform a dance routine during a demonstration of the technology at Carnegie Mellon University on Friday, Jan. 28, 2005. The 30-inch humanoid machines are designed as autonomous units to interact as companions to humans. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)”

Elizabeth Bennet would be pleased.

29 Jan 2005 04:53 am

AUDREY II: Feed me! Feed me! Feed me!

Feed me, Seymour

Feed me all night long

That’s right, boy

You can do it

Feed me, Seymour

Feed me all night long

‘Cause if you feed me, Seymour

I can grow up big and strong

Would you like a Cadillac car?

Or a guest shot on Jack Paar?

How about a date with Hedy Lamarr?

You gonna git it.

Would you like to be a big wheel,

Dinin’ out for every meal?

I’m the plant that can make it all real

You gonna git it

I’m your genie, I’m your friend

I’m your willing slave

Take a chance, just feed me and

You know the kinda eats,

The kinda red hot treats

The kinda sticky licky sweets

I crave

Little Shop of Horrors

AFP Photo:

Caption: “This picture, courtesy of Forterre and Mahadevan shows the open and closed leaves of the Venus flytrap. The glass needle in the foreground was used to trigger the closure.(AFP/OFF)”

29 Jan 2005 04:12 am

You might think that I make fun of headlines and news articles for fun. But as a computer programmer and blogger, it’s my job to relentlessly mock that which I find mock-worthy.

Headline Telegraph: Bono and Blair in harmony over fight to end poverty

Bono said: “My job as a rock star and activist is to loudly applaud when politicians get it right and to make their lives a misery when they do not.”

I wonder how much it pays to applaud politicians. Judging from what I know of Bono’s lifestyle, it must be a pretty good salary. As they say, nice work, if you can get it.

Bono’s always good for a mock-worthy quote and he is was in fine form for this interview. He gets two in a row, back-to-back.

He added: “This generation wants to be remembered for something beyond the war on terrorism and the internet.”

I’ve never liked the characterization of our current conflict as a “war on terrorism”. It isn’t a war on an action. We don’t declare war on verbs. We don’t have a “war on putting your elbows on the table”, or a “war on painting your face white and silently pretending you are trapped in an invisible box” (although that last one might actually be a good idea).

We declare war on nouns. This is a war on TERRORISTS, not on TERRORISM.

As much as I dislike the term, Bono is simply using President Bush’s own characterization when he speaks of the “war on terrorism”, so I can not fault him for that.

But, this is the first time I have heard of the “war on terrorism and the Internet”. Who declared war on the Internet? How is the battle being fought? Unfortunately, Bono doesn’t tell, so as a regular user of the Internet, I don’t what to expect from this conflict.

I thought you might want to know about the hostilities on the Internet. But there is no need to thank me for tonight’s post.

It’s my job.

27 Jan 2005 03:47 am

First, quash any speculation that there will be a withdrawal. That should be a good start.

Headline Telegraph: US will not cut troops in Iraq for two years

The Pentagon moved yesterday to quash speculation about a swift pullout of American troops after the election in Iraq as a first step towards complete withdrawal.

In other news, the White House moved to quash any speculation that the budget deficit will continue to increase astronomically by announcing additional unfunded spending proposals.

27 Jan 2005 03:32 am

Headline Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Man pinned by dump truck flown to Johnstown hospital

26 Jan 2005 05:08 am

I have enjoyed the Harry Potter books and movies, despite some well meaning Christians warnings against them. I recall a pastor in a previous church who launched into a five minute aside in his sermon, warning the congregation against the evils of Harry Potter. Had I not known we were soon to be leaving that church, I would have pressed him on why he felt it was important to include that warning in the sermon rather than offering Christ crucified. I don’t think he had ever read any of the books and was just regurgitating things he had read on the Internet. My guess is that he found the warnings he read on the Internet to be interesting, and so he wanted to share them with everyone.

I don’t think the Harry Potter books and movies are Satan’s tools to lure young children into the occult, as I have heard. They are just fun stories, and our family has enjoyed them quite a bit.

But apparently, some people take them a little more seriously than we do.

Headline AFP: Harry Potter fans pay homage at graveside of British soldier in Israel

JERUSALEM (AFP) – Fans of literary boy wizard Harry Potter have been beating a path to the tomb of a 19-year-old British soldier who is buried in a cemetery close to Tel Aviv.

Corporal Harry Potter, a member of the Royal Worcestershire regiment, was killed 66 years ago during fighting in the southern West Bank town of Hebron and was subsequently laid to rest in a cemetery in the town of Ramle.

“Every day tourists and visitors come wanting to see Harry’s grave,” the cemetery’s custodian Ibrahim Huri told the Maariv daily on Tuesday.

Apparently, the cemetery’s custodian isn’t up on pop culture.

“At first I didn’t know why they were interested in this grave, but then I was told there were books and movies about him.”

AFP Photo:

Caption: “The grave site of Corporal Harry Potter in the Israeli city of Ramle, near Tel Aviv. Fans of literary boy wizard Harry Potter have been beating a path to the tomb of a 19-year-old British soldier who is buried in a cemetery close to Tel Aviv.(AFP/Tal Cohen)”

It seems to me that some people take Harry Potter way to seriously. I mean, it’s not like going to see Eleanor Rigby’s grave. Now that would make sense.

25 Jan 2005 04:48 am

AFP Photo:

Caption: “Ingo Stiebner performs with his sea-lion during the opening cermony of the 29th International Circus Festival in Monte-Carlo(AFP/Pascal Guyot)”

23 Jan 2005 05:53 pm

Q.16. Did all mankind fall in Adam’s first disobedience?

A. Since the covenant was made not only for Adam but also for his natural descendants, all mankind sinned in him and fell with him in his first disobedience.


In the New England Primer, children learned the letter A with the phrase

In Adam’s Fall
We sinned all.

Many people find this Biblical doctrine to be offensive. “It’s not fair,” they say. “How can I be held responsible for what someone else has done?”

There are several responses to this argument.

  1. Every day we are responsible for the actions of others who represent us. For example, we who live in the United States of America are not subjects of the Queen of England because our forefathers rebelled against England and successfully established the independance of our country.

    We elect people who make laws and negotiate treaties on behalf of everyone in the country. We are responsible for their actions, because they act on our behalf.

    Adam was our legal representative. He was our federal head. In his actions, he was acting on behalf of all of us, and in his Fall, we fell all.

  2. The doctrine that all of mankind sinned in the Fall of Adam is clearly taught in the Bible.

    Romans 5:12-21

    12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned13 for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. 14 Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come.

    15 But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. 16 And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. 17 If, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.

    18 Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. 19 For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. 20 Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

  3. Finally, notice from the Romans passage that Paul links the doctrine of Adam being the federal head who represents all of mankind with the doctrine of the atonement of Christ.

    If you have trouble with the idea of one person being guilty for the action of another, you also have a problem with the doctrine of the atonement, where Jesus Christ pays the penalty for the sins of all those who come to Him in faith.

    If you deny that Adam represented you, you must also deny the substitutionary death of Christ.

“In Adam’s fall
We sinned all.”

23 Jan 2005 04:53 am

Reuters Photo:

Caption: “A Gambian giant pouch rat receives [sic] sniffs out an anti-personnel mine in a minefield near the Mozambican town of Vilancoulos, November 9, 2004. The rats are trained from an early age to associate the scent of explosives with a food reward and indicate the suspected presence of explosives by grooming and scratching the earth. (Howard Burditt/Reuters)”

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