EVERYTHING IS TWOFOLD ?
or
Is There Two Sides for Everything?

“It begs credulity” is a phrase that simply means “readiness or willingness to believe especially on slight or uncertain evidence” or “gullibility, naiveness, naïveté” (Merriam Webster Dictionary).

Unions have been battling two things ever since Samuel Gompers formed the craft unions (“In 1864, at age 14, Gompers joined the Cigar Makers Local Union №15, the English-speaking union of cigar makers in New York City.” — Wikipedia)

One: Paternalism, that is to say, the Employer will take care of you just like mommy and daddy used to do, because they have your best interests at heart.

Two: Self-interest is not selfishness.

One: Employers take care of themselves first and foremost, and employees are their means of making that happen. Employers are not necessarily “the Enemy,” but whether or not you believe they are benevolent, you and yours are not their number one priority.

Two: Group interests are pretty much the same for all people. We are trying to provide for the needs of family and friends and neighbors.

Why am I bringing this up? My purposes are also twofold.

Here’s a little background: Sixty years ago The Scientific community, including Science Teachers, held out that the Big Bang Theory was foolishness. Why? It seems so acceptable today. What was their problem? What was the hang-up?

Here’s a clue from recent news reports and discussions. Take the new James Webb Space Telescope. Its purpose is, again, twofold: discover the origins of the Universe, and discover the origins of life.

What is the hangup of Scientists? Most are agnostics and atheists by their own choosing — not that there is anything wrong with the choosing, but The Big Bang, once considered foolishness, has resurrected to a new glorified position as the best alternative to the Bible explanation in Genesis, which is simply this: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

That explanation is too simplistic for them, and it would force them to accept all the Bible’s morality, life lessons, and its insistence on our need to be saved. “Saved” meaning, as Merriam Webster defines it, liberation from ignorance or illusion, preservation from destruction or failure, and deliverance from danger or difficulty. “Saved?!?” they ask, “We don’t need saving. We can figure things out on our own!” “Come on! Pull yourselves up by your own bootstraps!” (Note: Cute saying, but Physics says it is an impossibility! Try it.) Scientists will figure everything out for us.

So, they expect us to see them and trust them instead of God? Science maintains that there cannot be an unseen, all seeing, all knowing, and all powerful God. What we see is what we get. Believing the Bible is foolishness. Just give us time and we will get there and take you with us. (The recent movie “Don’t Look Up” comes to mind.)

This philosophy in Science actually is, guess what? Paternalism.

Scientists apparently cannot accept the existence of God of the Bible who is the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth. How about you?

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.’ Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles…” — 1 Corinthians 1:18–23.

That passage from the Bible gives the alternative to the alternative. Mankind tends to set up many walls of alternatives that promise answers but never really deliver — no matter how many times they try to convince, no matter how many explanations they offer, it’s like the Great Wall of China in that it is a wall that seems to continue on with no end in sight.

Anyways, I do understand why people cannot seem to understand. I never had. And perhaps everyone has stopped asking the questions of adolescence like “Why am I here?” or “What is the meaning of life?” or “Why is this” or “Why is that?” People have become quite content and are too busy to be bothered with a little scratch they cannot itch.

Christian religiosity in the form of so many denominations is like that too. Why would anyone want anything to do with it? However, Christianity in its true form is not an “it” but it’s all about Him. That is why I find Christian Denominations so frustrating and I believe they grieve the Holy Spirit. (see Ephesians 4:29–32 if you don’t believe we can bring grief to God.) And that is why I encourage people to, instead of a church, seek a personal relationship with God and not trust blindly but “taste and see that the Lord is good.” (Psalm 34:8) Afterward, you can look for a “church.”

Christianity was never meant to create puppets on strings but a relationship and fellowship with God Himself. Amazing? Yes. Fantasy? No. Out of reach? Definitely not. As an old Gospel song says “Reach out to Jesus, because He’s reaching out for you!”

Okay now… back to Scientists…

“As a federal agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) receives its funding from the annual federal budget passed by the United States Congress.” — Wikipedia

So, what are the priorities of NASA’ spending of Taxpayers’ money? I mean, after all, what are us Americans’ priorities? We’re called (errantly) “a Christian Nation.” Here’s some of Science’s priorities:

The James Telescope: “It was originally estimated to cost $4.96 billion and launch in 2014. But serious mismanagement and under-resourcing during critical early planning stages caused the ambitious spacecraft to fall behind schedule. After NASA restructured the project to launch in 2018 the total cost increased to $8.8 billion. Oct 25, 2021” https://www.planetary.org/articles

Going back to the Moon: “NASA Inspector General Paul Martin told a congressional subcommittee today that each of the first four Artemis missions will cost $4.1 billion {each} and projected the agency will spend $53 billion on Artemis from FY 2021–2025.” https://spacepolicyonline.com/

Personally, I think these NASA projects are totally inane and morally obscene.

Here are some of the priorities I believe Americans might prefer how their tax dollars spent:

Do you have anything else you prioritize for the world, the nation, your family, your friends and neighbors? Anything else besides amazing photos? Anything else you need to know, anything your curiosity finds as an overwhelming need for your life and mind? Anything you see as a multibillion dollar priority?

Not for nothing.

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D L Henderson

Born 1950; HS 1968; Born again 1972; Cornell ILR; Steward, Local President/Business Agent; Husband, father, grandfather; winner/loser/everything in between