Welcome to the Blog for Jeften LLCOn these pages I take the opportunity to explain my viewpoints on various subjects. This space also gives me a chance to record those things that have affected my own outlook on life. In some ways this has turned out to be a record of my own personal journey. I also take this opportunity to show my creative side.
The Evidence for Science and the Christian Faith
Science has become a source of truth for many people. And yet most people, including many scientists and educators, appear to have a basic misunderstanding of what science is. They do not understand what science can do - and what it cannot. And many Christians are led to believe that their faith is not based on evidence. Christians are commanded by God to have an answer for those who ask them why they believe. Christians today need to have a basic understanding of science in order to properly defend their faith.
I have written a paper entitled "The Evidence for Science and for the Christian Faith". In this paper I point out some of the misconceptions regarding modern science. Much of the paper is devoted to the evidence for, and against, the idea of evolution. I conclude the paper with evidence that supports the Christian faith.The Evidence for Science and for the Christian Faith
I have also written a number of letters covering a wide range of topics. Some have been published in the local paper. Some have been submitted to national magazines such as National Geographic. Others are published only on-line. I have sorted them somewhat into categories. In all cases I make a brief statement as to what the letter is about.
Science, Evolution and ChristianitySome of these letters are my responses to articles that I have read either online, in magazines or in my local paper. The others are simply my observations.
Is Evolution Just a Theory? Our state legislature is continually attempting to belittle evolutionary theory. I feel that these attempts are lacking in evidence.
Islam and Christianity Are Not the Same A reader of our local newspaper claimed that Islam and Christianity had a lot in common. I knew that this claim was in error.
Evolution Requires Climate Change We often read about climate change and how it will negatively impact the environment. This letter was my rebuttal to those who claim to be both environmentalists and evolutionists at the same time.
National Geographic Flunks Evolution 101 National Geographic is always advocating the truth of biological evolution. And yet many of their articles are directly opposed to the requirements of evolution. I questioned why, if evolution is true, does National Geographic magazine spend so much of their time criticizing climate change and species extinction.
Evolution and Racism Go Hand-in-Hand James Watson, one of the co-discoverers of DNA, was fired over his opinions on racism. Charles Darwin knew that racism is a part of evolutionary theory.
Earth Day Is a Scientific Hoax There were many articles in our local paper regarding Earth Day and our need to protect the Earth from climate change. Earth Day is just another one of those man-made media sensations that has no scientific basis. It does in fact violate the very foundation of evolution.
So What Makes a Theory Anyway? Readers debated whether evolution should be taught in public school. I am in favour of teaching evolution in science class. My problem is that not all of the evidence is being presented to our students.
Do You Need Evolution to Be in Politics? A reader questioned how any elected official could govern correctly if they did not accept evolution. I do not think that evolution has anything to do with a persons ability to govern.
Pretty Pictures - Bad Science National Geographic magazine had an issue devoted to photography. In almost every article they talked about our need to prevent climate change and preserve species. I questioned why the writers at this magazine advocate that which is contrary to the theory of evolution.
Creationism Does Not Belong In Our Public Schools Elected officials in my home state are continually trying to get creationism taught in science class. I think that only science should be taught in science class. Neither creationism or intelligent design qualify as science.
Evolution By Any Other Name The term evolution has evolved over time. I think that this was an attempt to make the word evolution more palatable to the American public.
The Faith of Abraham I finally realize what is meant when the Bible says that "Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness".
Christian Students Do Not Belong In Public Schools I do not think that most Christian students should attend public school. But this is only because they have not received the proper training.
Christian Students Belong In Public Schools Christian students should attend public school. But only those who are properly trained.
Science Fiction Becomes Fact - The Oort Cloud The evidence for a young universe is politely explained away with a fairy tale.
SinSin is not doing what God tells us to or else doing that which He tells us not to. It has nothing to do with what we think, feel or believe. What is sin is based solely on God's word. Too many people claim to know right from wrong without any foundation. The Bible is that foundation. If the Bible says it - it is true. But if the Bible does not say it - it may be true or it may not.
Whenever I talk about sin I am not putting myself above anyone else. I know that the only reason Paul called himself the "chief of sinners" was because he had never met me. I find myself constantly doing what I shouldn't and not doing what I should. And I tend to repeat the same sins over and over even though I know better. I sometimes think that for me to talk about sin is hypocritical because I am so sinful. But if a person had to be perfect to talk about what is sin then the Bible would never have been written. The Bible was written by sinners. When I look at what David wrote in the Psalms, and then how he lived his life, I see a great contradiction. But even though he was a sinner David had a heart that was pleasing to the Lord. I pray that I would have a heart like David.
When it comes to sin an analogy that I like to use is that of myself with a bow and arrow. If I am aiming at the target when I shoot the arrow I have a chance of hitting it. I still may miss but at least I have a chance. But If am aiming in some other direction then I have no chance. The first thing that I need to do is aim for the target. Only then can I hope to hit it. The target(s) are the commands of God. When I miss the target - I have sinned.
I find that most Christians agree that certain actions (eg. sexual immorality and drunkeness) are sinful. But it seems that there are other actions which the Bible calls sin that for some Christians seem to be not quite so "sinful". There are also things that most people know are wrong but according to God's word they are not sinful at all. And then there are those actions which could go either way. I know that no one can judge another persons heart and I make no attempt to do so. These are simply my thoughts on sin.
Bible Reading Christians are commanded to be in God's word daily.
Obesity Obesity is just a nice word for being fat. According to God's word it is just as sinful for a person to be fat as it is to be drunk.
Slavery Human slavery is as rampant today as it was in the past. I find it strange that, according to the Bible, slavery is not a sin.
Laziness Laziness and Christianity do not mix. Christians should work hard in all that they do.
Retirement The Bible clearly states that we are to work diligently to bring people into God's kingdom. This should change our outlook on "retirement".
Peddling the Words of God For Profit The words of God should not be for sale.
MiscellaneousThese letters come about usually because of something I have seen or read about. Some of them are my simply my observations on life.
The Fire Department Goes Shopping Often I would see a big red fire truck in the parking lot of our local grocery store. They usually parked in the fire lane. Inside the store the fireman were walking around buying groceries. This appeared to be a waste of my tax dollars.
The High Cost of Healthcare I find the current state of health care in this country to be short-sighted.
Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions By Cutting Trees Every year we seem to have major forest fires. And yet we cannot cut the trees.
Fishing Is More Cruel Than Hunting People protest hunting when in fact fishing is a very cruel sport.
Obamacare Gets It Right I find myself agreeing with one part of President Obama's health care plan.
Private Land Belongs to Private Citizens Our elected officials attempted to influence the land use policy of a private company.
Which Version of the Bible is the Best One? This is the story of my search for what I consider to be the best version of God's word.
My Memory Verses Christians should memorize Bible passages or even the entire Bible. This is a list of the verses that I have memorized over the years.
At one time I thought that I had a gift for song writing. That turned out not to be true. But writing songs does allow me to express myself in a way that I otherwise would not. I consider these songs to be a sort of musical journal. For each song I give a brief reason for writing it. (All songs are in PDF format)
Always the Same I may change but God never does. I have spent most of my life looking for happiness and satisfaction in all the wrong places.
The Ark God used Noah's ark to save the animals. But the Bible never said that the animals went two-by-two into the ark with their heads bowed down. Maybe they were having a little fun along the way.
August Nights I wrote this one for my wife. But since I do not sing too well she never gets to hear it.
I was Heading to the Local Bar I have no idea where this one came from. I have spent a lot of time in bars but this is not autobigaphical - although it might be close.
Who Will Love the Children? At one time I felt that I had a somewhat neglected childhood. After many years I realize how wrong I was. But there are many children who are not loved.
Love Circles Higher I wrote this long before I got married. The song is about learning what love is - through good times and bad.
Dear Lord I've spent time visiting the elderly in nursing homes. So often I would hear the stories of their lives. And how hard it was for them to know that they were going to die, lying in a bed in some strange room, all alone.
Don't Lift Your Head A soldier, in some forgotten war, holds a child and feels the lonliness of isolation.
Dreams Are Better Than Life So many people long for riches and fame to bring them happiness. God says very clearly in His word that only He can satisfy.
For My Father I wrote this one for my dad. I never sang it for him and he died not knowing I had even written it. But knowing him he would not have been too impressed anyway. That wouldn't make any difference to me - I still wrote what I felt.
The Hands of Time I read the book of Lamentations and looked at my world. This was my take on what I saw.
Have You Seen Him A song about the resurrection of Lazaurus as told in the Bible. It is from the viewpoint of Mary.
Take Me Home Lord A prayer of mine that I would look for God to be lord of my life and not the things of this world.
Let All Creation Sing God's word says that creation speaks of God's power.
Look Away God says that what can we see is temporary but that which we cannot see - that is eternal.
Lonely Hill My thoughts of Jesus Christ on the night that he was betrayed. And how I betray Him almost every day of my life.
Don't Let Me See You Cry Not sure where this one came from. It is the story of a condemmed slave about to be executed.
Another Fine Morning Song about a married man that gets divorced and then lives alone in drunken solitude. I wrote it before I got married, I am still married to that same person and I have never been divorced. Therefore I really have no idea of where this came from.
Old Man A song about a father who loved his life more than anything - including his son. Not auto-biographical in the least - either as a son or a father.
Ragged Man A Christian, just like myself, who professes to love God but does not love his neighbor. And we all know what God has to say about that kind of life.
I've A Reason For Believing A song that I wrote about the second coming of Christ.
He Is Risen A song of thanks for the salvation of Jesus Christ.
Someday Soon A song of anticipation of the return of Jesus Christ.
Sometimes When I Awake I might have been a little depressed when I wrote this one. It comes from the sadness of eveyday life.
Sweet Water River I lived in a cabin on a mountainside in Colorado miles from any road. I could hear the river down below. It wasn't called Sweetwater however - it was the Snake. Somehow that name did not fit the song.
Going to Take My Life A song of determination to live my life for God. Years later and I still struggle to do it.
I Hope That You Will Understand A song that I wrote for my mother. Just like my dad's song, she died without ever hearing it or even knowing that I wrote it.