Wednesday, January 21, 2015

How do simple things confound the wise?

In a word, easily.

But to expand on this idea just a bit, let's use two groups of people. And a common miracle that confounds the wise. The groups are believers, and nonbelievers. The miracle is the origin of man.

Here is how this works. Some really smart guys find evidence of evolution in species. And they start telling people about it. It gains popularity in some circles and large groups accept this as fact.

The first group of wise men, the believers, start to worry that this will cause people to stop believing in God. Some freak out and call this evidence a lie. And the people who teach it heretics.

The second group of wise men, the nonbelievers, feel a bit like they have been attacked. Which they have. And some think they have found the silver bullet to end religion. They run around trelling everyone that this proves religion is a lie, and the believers are stupid.

Both groups are wrong of course.

If we stop for a second and put aside the debate. And listen to the words of the prophet Ether, in Ether chapter 3 verse 5, " We know that thou art able to show forth great power, which looks small unto the understanding of men." We can gain real wisdom that can lead us to real knowledge.

To the believer, evolution may be part of a miracle. Why should we bother to argue about it?

To the nonbeliever, even if evolution is the source from which man was created, it certainly doesn't rule out God. Why would you think otherwise?

A truly all powerful God doesn't have to perform miracles with something like a UFO landing in your yard. He can simply cause a butterfly to land on a branch and start a chain reaction of events to build his kingdom. Or even better, He can inspire a simple follower to an act of charity to lift and give aid to those in need.

The purpose of God is accomplished, and its a miracle. Even though the mechanism to produce the results was anything but miraculous.

To the wise men that believe in God. Hold to your faith and don't worry about your detractors. It will do you good. It may do the world good.

To the wise men that don't believe in God. You should keep studying the world through science or whatever methods you use. It will do you good. It may do the world good. Keep it up.

To both groups, fighting just makes you both look silly. (Yes Bill Nye and Ken Ham, I am talking to both of you.)

Monday, January 5, 2015

Bedtime Stories



I started a podcast.

Its called "Once Upon A Bedtime Story" and is at OnceUponABedtimeStory.com

It all started with a story. A bedtime story. A story that was told over and over. And that story goes like this.

Once upon a time, the end.

That is Daddy's favorite bedtime story at my house. And yes, I know its not a ringing endorsement for a bedtime story podcast. But you see, the world is full of books and stories. Some of these are bedtime stories for children.

And over the years I have read quite a few that are much longer than my famously short story. But in this, many of the stories are repeated many times.

Repetition is not a problem so much for the child as it is for the parent. And one of the big challenges for me was that I wanted to read something new, and if not new, at least something that was a change from the same story read on the previous 5 days.

And I heard about a grandmother who recorded the reading of bedtime stories for her grandchildren. And my idea was born.

What if there was a way to have orally read stories available on a podcast, (actually I have been thinking about this idea since before podcasts were a thing) and then people could listen to them with their children, or play them for their children over and over as a way to aid busy parents and still impart the culturally significant and brains stimulating content of a story read out loud.

And so I have launched this podcast. I hope you give it a listen, subscribe to it, rate it on itunes, and tell all of your friends about it.

And please let me know if you like it.