Friday, February 16, 2018

English Bible Words

The Argument For God From English Bible Words

Gus: Now, gimme a word, any word, and I'll show you how the root of that word is Greek. Okay? How about arachnophobia? Arachna, that comes from the Greek word for spider, and phobia is a phobia, is mean fear. So, fear of spider, there you go.

Schoolgirl: Okay, Mr. Portokalos. How about the word kimono?

Young Athena: [whispers] Good one.

Gus: Kimono, kimono, kimono. Ha! Of course! Kimono is come from the Greek word himona, is mean winter. So, what do you wear in the wintertime to stay warm? A robe. You see: robe, kimono. There you go!

(From the movie ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’)

While the above quote is humorous, it is surprising the number of English words and phrases that come from the Bible. (Especially the King James Version or KJV – and don’t worry, I’m not going to try and show that all English words or phrases have biblical origins – just some!)

When people talk about the Bible or God you might think it’s just babble, but the word babble comes from the Bible! The origin of languages comes from the Tower of Babel (babel in Hebrew means ‘to confuse’) where God ‘confused’ the languages and from there people groups and nations originated. (Genesis 11.) Before this event there was only one language. (We don’t know what this language was – Jews would argue it was Hebrew, and Muslims believe Arabic is the language of God.)

In today’s society we often use Bible words and phrases without realising it. Even down to people’s names, about 2600 of which come directly from the Bible such as John, James, Phoebe, and Priscilla, to name a few. (The original Priscilla wasn’t a drag queen of the desert!)

Occasionally you hear stories about people trying to call their children names like Lucifer and Satan, but despite our society having gone a long way from biblical truth even most non-christians find those names objectionable.  

In sport we have the term ‘sin bin’ that comes from the Bible’s teaching on sin.

We celebrate Christmas which comes from the words ‘Christ’ and ‘mass.’ (A church service).

Many movies use biblical terms too. Take for example the movie ‘Watchmen’ (2009) (Isaiah 52:8 – which also contains the phrase to ‘see eye to eye’:  "Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice... they shall see eye to eye..." )

To ‘give up the ghost’ nowadays is used when something inanimate stops working. It comes from the Bible and originally meant for a person to die. (Job 14:10 etc.)

When Jesus died on the cross to save us he ‘gave up the ghost’: “And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost.” (Mark 15:37 KJV). This sounds strange to modern ears because of the way language has changed, so modern translations here say Jesus ‘breathed his last’.

The above examples are just a small sampling of many words and phrases in use today that come from the Bible. However, many of us are unaware of the origins of the words we use. Acts 17:28 tells us that it is in God ‘we live and move and have our being’ even if we are unaware of it!

I encourage you to read the Bible and get to ‘the root of the matter’ for yourself (Job 19:28)

Don’t let the ‘powers that be’ stop you. (Romans 13:1). Don’t wait until you are at your wit’s end (Psalm 107:27), at ‘death’s door’ (Job 38:17), about to ‘bite the dust’ (Psalms 72.9), seeing ‘the writing on the wall’ (Daniel 5), or about to ‘give up the ghost’ to seek God. You don’t know when you will die for death comes ‘like a thief in the night’. (2 Peter 3:10)

Humble yourself and cry out to God because ‘pride comes before a fall.’ (Proverbs 16:18)

Give your ‘broken heart’ (Psalms 34:18) to God and you will find peace for ‘there is no rest for the wicked.’ (Isaiah 57:20-21)

‘God bless you’. (Numbers 6:24)

Friday, February 9, 2018

Public Menace - Bad Science Brigade

This morning while in a waiting room for an appointment I picked up a "North and South" magazine to pass the time, and while reading I came across a very interesting letter to the editor that I was so impressed with I decided to repost it on my blog. I managed to find it online on PressReader, but it was not in text format, so I copied and typed it out myself here. What Dr Sharpe says is so true, and this information needs to be spread more widely to help counter the public menace of the anti-science brigade.


Views on misguided medical "researchers"...
North & South 1 Aug 2017  Dr GRAHAM SHARPE, WELLINGTON

Bad Science Brigade

SARAH LANG gets it absolutely correct in her column "Herd Stupidity" (Nerd Nation, July). The anti-vaccination phenomenon demonstrates an underlying anti-science and anti-medicine bias, growing in New Zealand and encouraged by a compliant media and a teaching profession lacking in critical analysis skills.

A couple of examples. I was interviewed in Radio New Zealand about modern anaesthesia. Before we started, I was instructed to say nothing that would offend those who believe in "so-called alternative medicine" (my terminology - SCAM for short), as they would be inundated by aggressive complaints and demands for the right of reply. This is apparently to give "balance" to the debate.

I increasingly come across patients who tell me they have "researched" some medical matter relevant to our interaction.
I have found that any attempt to have a rational discussion with such "researchers" is wasted. They have not done any research. Rather, they have cherry-picked from the internet, reinforcing a pre-existing bias. To give credence to such so-called research is potentially dangerous, for the individual patient and to the wider community. I have found that the best way to deal with this is actually to become hideously interested, and start a detailed and esoteric discussion about proper research, with all its attendant statistical complexities, including an admission that I find the mathematics involved extremely complex and hard to follow. What interests and also appals me is that these are often apparently well-educated people.

There is no debate to be had with the anti-vaccine brigade. They are a public-health menace. Their fellow travellers of the homeopathy and similar cults are also best ignored. The media has a role to expose them as the charlatans they are, so congratulations for publishing Lang's column. Unfortunately, the media in general give these people too much uncritical coverage.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

God or Absurdity Facebook Page Still Getting Censored

The God or Absurdity facebook page that I run is still getting censored. God or Absurdity Online is my main page now and today another post was removed by Facebook. That takes the total up to 40 posts removed and censored. (Yes FORTY!)  It's absurd and unjust, and to add insult to injury the last two times they've not even told me exactly what was removed.

I've documented all of the posts that have been removed in this blog post here: God or Absurdity - the Most Censored Facebook Page Ever.

Several times now they have told me 'Your Page Has Been Unpublished' but when I've checked I've found that they page is still published and hasn't been shut down.

All of this is a far cry from over a year ago when the God or Absurdity page had a reach of over a million people.

Of course the mainstream media, and even Christian media have not been interested in this story, so to help counter this, please share this blog post to help get the word out.