German Military—Starting Them Young

German Military—Starting Them Young

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Current Bundeswehr recruiting techniques smack of earlier methods.

This week while reviewing the 1974 bbc World War ii series The World at War, I noticed a segment filmed during the immediate pre-war years featuring the Wehrmacht encouraging parents to introduce their children to military weaponry at a very young age. It was stated that this was part of the design of German propagandists to condition the young, and their parents, to a military mentality in preparation for placing the nation on a war footing.

Thus it was that I was intrigued by a report from stating that the Bundeswehr is currently engaged in efforts to “win over parents to send their children to the army. The online portal of the German Armed Forces writes that recruiting strategists are aiming their efforts more and more at even the personal friends of already active soldiers. The reason for this is the need of the German military to add to its ranks ‘dramatic young blood,’ a need which will be met with a package of extensive measures” (March 17; our translation).

The Bundeswehr already has several special initiatives set up within the German economy to aid in recruiting the young for a military career. One is the “Schaumburg model.” This recruiting approach uses private enterprise as the front end of recruitment. Within select industries, youths are employed in technical professions for an average of three years training. After graduating from the traineeship they are taken on by the Bundeswehr. Upon successful completion of basic military training their status is then adjusted to a higher grade than a regular soldier in the army.

As explained on the Bundeswehr portal, the “Schaumburger model” plans on educating the young through private enterprise in relevant technical military professions. Such a system is designed to secure for the German military increasing expertise and support from a cadre of professionally trained officers—“dramatic young blood.”

A prime incentive to parents of the young is that this scheme offers its graduates a secure professional future. After completion of an average three-year training period in a private commercial enterprise, the Bundeswehr offers the graduate a 12-year initial career in military service. Thus, the young men have the prospect of up to 15 years of solid job prospects as a military professional.

Within the 27-nation European Union, this system for the rapid development of a highly professional, technically astute military elite is unique to Germany. It is guaranteed to escalate the quality of Germany’s military force to the top of the pile within Europe—if not the world!

Read our booklet Germany and the Holy Roman Empire for a unique perspective on current events in Europe.

Was It a Curse From God?

Was It a Curse From God?

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This time, it is Japan that’s searching for answers.

Tokyo’s governor didn’t win many friends this week. At a press conference on Monday, he said God sent the devastating tsunami last week in order to “wash away” the greedy mentality of the Japanese people. Later, after his offhanded remarks set off an uproar of angry response, the governor apologized profusely.

Here in America, a talk radio personality was also pressured to clarify a statement he made earlier in the week—that the earthquake was a message from God. His controversial comment brought to mind a similar dustup from last year after the earthquake in Haiti. That was when a well-known televangelist said the disaster was God’s way of punishing a culture steeped in voodooism. His network also issued a clarification in response to the outrage.

The cycle seems to repeat itself every few months. First, the world is pounded by an epic-scale disaster. Then a few lone voices suggest it was divine retribution. And that triggers a firestorm of rebuke.

On the one hand, you have the it’s-a-message-from-God camp—a group that, ironically, rarely quotes from the message of God—the Holy Bible. On the other hand, you have the anti-God crowd that generally ridicules God’s Word as being childish or untrue.

“Don’t give me that Jesus stuff,” said one radio commentator in response to a caller who had the nerve to quote from Matthew 24 on his show. “Let’s talk like adults,” he said—as if Jesus was an ignorant child for suggesting there would be an increase in the frequency and intensity of earthquakes in the latter days.

In a Washington Times editorial, the mayor of London mocked the notion that the earthquake mentioned in Amos 1:1 and Zechariah 14:5 might have been related to the sin of Uzziah, king of Judah (see 2 Chronicles 26). Actually, the Bible does not specifically say the earthquake was connected to Uzziah’s sin.

But there arenumerous scriptural references in both the Old and New Testaments that show how God often uses “natural” phenomena—hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, fires and droughts—to communicate with mankind (Genesis 6:17; 19:24-25; Leviticus 26:3-5, 19; Job 1:16-19; 37:11-13; Isaiah 29:6; Amos 4:7-9; Matthew 24:7, 29; Revelation 6:12; 11:13).

It wasn’t that long ago that even the most intellectual among us fully accepted that it was God who controlled the weather. “I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in,” wrote the noted 20th-century African-American scientist and educator, George Washington Carver.

But ask any scholar today about the increase in natural disasters and he will undoubtedly insist that it has absolutely nothing to do with human behavior.

“The most important lesson from the Japan earthquake is that there are no lessons for human behavior” (emphasis mine). So says the mayor of London.

Meanwhile, the divine retribution crowd exposes its own bias and ignorance by narrowly attributing the cause of such catastrophes to greedy gain in the case of Japan or practicing voodoo in the case of Haiti.

God says the problem is somuch worse than that! And the good news is He reveals why this world is the way it is—and why He allows human beings to suffer.

In Galatians 1:4, the Apostle Paul refers to the age in which we live as “this present evil world.” Elsewhere, he identifies Satan the devil as the “god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4). In Revelation 12:9, the Apostle John says this adversarial being actually deceives the whole world.

How did it happen? How did we arrive at where we are today? The Holy Bible reveals the answers.

At the very beginning of human civilization, by eating from the forbidden tree, Adam cut off mankind from God and His Spirit. Because of Adam’s decision, God drove him and his wife out of the Garden of Eden and prevented them from reentering.

They were not allowed to take from the tree of life, which symbolized God’s Spirit and His way of give.

When Adam made that fateful decision, as Herbert W. Armstrong explained in Mystery of the Ages, God pronounced sentence. He told man, You have made your decision, you have gone your own way—according to the self-centered way of get. Go, now, and raise your own institutions of learning, of government, commerce, industry and religion—and base it all on the Satan-inspired way of vanity, competition and strifeof rebellion against God and His law of love.

Mr. Armstrong continued by paraphrasing God’s response in the Garden of Eden,

After the world of your descendants has written the lesson in 6,000 years of human suffering, anguish, frustration, defeat and death—after the world that shall spring from you shall have been brought to confess the utter hopelessness of the way of life you have chosen—I will supernaturally intervene.

Mr. Armstrong called this 6,000-year civilization of man a lesson in aversion therapy. Except for the small number of servants God called out of this world to help prepare for His soon-coming family government, mankind in general has chosen to go it alone—without God.

And God has allowed it.

He has allowed mankind to fill up on the ways of this sinful world—and to experience along with it the agonizingly painful effects of going Satan’s way. God is allowing man to go his own way so that he might see the rotten fruits of living contrary to the law of love.

This explains why Satan’s present world is becoming more and more evil and violent every day (2 Timothy 3:1-5).

And this is why there has been such an upsurge in “natural” disasters in recent years. Last year, for example, more people were killed by natural disasters than any other year on record. The Associated Press called it the year the Earth struck back!

In the United States, the Federal Emergency Management Agency declared more disasters than ever before. Over the last 20 years, the average number of disasters declared annually was 51. In 2010, it was 81.

Everything is happening exactly the way Jesus said it would in Matthew 24! In verse 3 of that chapter, His disciples asked Him what would be the sign of His Second Coming and the end of this present evil world.

Notice how Christ responded in verse 7: “For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.”

And what makes this particular age any different from the weather-ravaged, war-torn ages of years gone by? Jesus answers in verse 22. All these events, He said, would intensify at a time when technological advances would enable man to annihilate himself from off the face of this Earth!

Only in the last half century has that even been possible.

All these events in Matthew 24—universal religious deception, wars and rumors of wars, nation rising against nation, famines, pestilences and earthquakes—will culminate in the worst time of suffering and violence ever to strike this Earth, the Great Tribulation.

Only after all of this will man finally accept the results of his own experiment. Only then will the lesson of aversion therapy sink deeply into the innermost regions of man’s heart.

Finally, when man is sickened to death of going his own way—the way of Satan—will God then intervene to save mankind. As Mr. Armstrong explained in Mystery of the Ages, again paraphrasing God’s response to Adam after he ate from the forbidden tree: “By supernatural divine power I shall then take over the government of the whole world. With reeducation, I will produce a happy world of peace. And on repentance, I shall then offer eternal salvation to all.”

That is the most inspiring, hope-filled message there is! It’s the only logical explanation for the chaotic and brutally violent events we see intensifying all over the Earth.

All of this is thoroughly outlined in the pages of your own Bible. To better understand what is plainly revealed in the Word of God, request your free copy of Mystery of the Ages.

One Way or Another

One Way or Another

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Even if Muammar Qadhafi’s regime quells the uprisings against Libya, the country will shift rapidly toward the radical Islamic camp.

Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi threatened on Tuesday to ally his forces with al Qaeda and declare a “holy war” if Western powers invade his country.

In an interview with the Italian newspaper Il Giornale, Qadhafi said he felt betrayed by former European allies like Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, and said he ruled out negotiations with Libya’s anti-government rebels, which he called “terrorists linked to Osama bin Laden.”

When asked if he feared a demise similar to that of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, who was ousted by a U.S.-led invasion and later executed for war crimes, Qadhafi said: “No, our war is against al Qaeda.”

But he continued, saying, “If they [the West] behave with us as they did in Iraq, then Libya will leave the international alliance against terrorism. We will then ally ourselves with al Qaeda and declare a holy war.”

Qadhafi dismissed calls in the international community for a no-fly zone over Libya, or the prospect of airstrikes, saying that such a move by Western powers would “only serve to unite the Libyan people.”

Qadhafi also said that Europe’s criticism of his leadership, which culminated last week in demands by EU leaders for him to leave office, threatened Euro-Libyan relations.

“I was really shocked by the attitude of my European friends,” he said. “They have damaged and endangered a series of major accords on security that were in their interests and the economic cooperation that we had.”

In the interview, Qadhafi went on to accuse French President Nicolas Sarkozy of having a “mental disorder” since the French leader called for targeted airstrikes on Libya and has officially recognized the rebel Libyan National Council.

Until the clashes erupted between forces in eastern Libya and troops loyal to Qadhafi, economic relations between Tripoli and Europe had been flourishing. Italy had developed particularly warm ties with Libya, its former colony, as evidenced by agreements between Rome and Tripoli to block illegal immigration from Africa into Europe.

Qadhafi said these links are now threatened.

In response to a question about his relationship with Berlusconi, formerly Qadhafi’s closest friend in Europe, he said, “I am so shocked, I feel betrayed, I don’t even know what to say to Berlusconi.”

Meanwhile, al Qaeda has officially admitted to angling to gain a foothold in Libya.

The terrorist group’s top-ranking Libyan member, Abu Yahya al-Libi, spoke out about the Libyan uprising for this first time this past weekend urging his fellow countrymen to overthrow Qadhafi and establish Islamic rule in the nation. Al-Libi said such a toppling would aid al Qaeda’s efforts to harness the momentum from the waves of unrest sweeping through the region.

Al-Libi, who is Osama bin Laden’s head of operations in Afghanistan, then called on Libyans to do to Qadhafi what he has done to Libyans throughout his four-decade reign: kill him. “Retreating will mean decades of harsher oppression and greater injustices than what you have endured,” al-Libi said. He also said Islamic law should be instated once Libya has toppled its Western-supported rulers, and that the destruction of these Western-backed regimes was “a step to reach the goal of every Muslim, which is to make the word of Allah the highest.”

Qadhafi cautioned the West about the result of such a scenario, saying, “If instead of a stable government which guarantees security, these bands linked to bin Laden take control, the Africans will move in a mass towards Europe, and the Mediterranean will become a sea of chaos.”

In the April edition of the Philadelphia Trumpet, editor in chief Gerald Flurry points to prophecies in the Book of Daniel, urging readers “to continue to watch for Libya … to make a severe and rapid turn into the radical Islamic camp.”

Whether Libya’s rapid turn toward radical Islam is the result of Qadhafi’s rage toward the West, or the result of his regime being replaced by Islamist leadership, the outcome is the same. Libya will make a rapid turn toward the radical Islamic camp, and Europe may well see the Mediterranean become the “sea of chaos” that Qadhafi predicted.

Finding Hope in Trauma

Finding Hope in Trauma

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What’s unfolding in Japan is horrifying—but there is a bright side.

The scenes coming out of Japan are unfathomable.

By now you’ve probably had your fill of grim footage; of mud-filled spaces where bustling towns once were; of city streets lined with endless piles of mangled concrete, iron and decomposing flesh; of bloated bodies washing onto beaches; of morgues overflowing with dead corpses. And, most alarmingly, of the smoking, crumbling nuclear plants that could melt down at any moment, setting off a nuclear apocalypse.

More than for those who perished, our hearts ache for the living. For the thousands mourning the loss of friends and family. For the nearly half a million whose homes and belongings have been smashed and swept away. For those throughout Japan staring at empty supermarket shelves, or in desperate need of heating, or gasoline or medicine. For the 12 million people in Tokyo staring anxiously at the northern horizon, fearful that a nuclear cloud is headed their way.

The international community is rushing to Japan’s side. Money is being raised and bounties of food, fresh water, bedding and medicine are flowing into northern Japan. But while the global scramble to Japan’s aid is admirable, there is a desperate need—one that plagues the people of Japan, as well as those digesting the horror from afar—that remains unfulfilled. When trauma of this magnitude besieges a person, a community, a nation, there is an intense yearning for understanding, for mental and emotional consolation—for assurance that a better future lies ahead.

There is a need for hope.

Yesterday, Japan’s emperor encouraged his people in a televised address to “never give up hope.” It was a valiant and much-needed address, but it did little to provide hope and understanding. Around the world, people are donating money and showering the Japanese with pledges of moral and political support. Since Friday, the international media have descended on Japan and pumped out thousands of stories detailing the unfolding tragedy. But amid this outpouring of empathy, how many have explained why this tragedy occurred, and, most importantly, where to find hope and understanding?

Can hope even been found in trauma of this scale?

It can, more than you can imagine!

Moreover, the more deeply a person is impacted by what’s happening in Japan, the easier it will be for him to access this understanding and hope. In what is a telling glimpse of the hardness of the human heart, it is generally only in the midst of intense trauma that the human mind becomes receptive to godly understanding and hope. Why? Because generally intense suffering produces humility.

And humility is the major prerequisite for godly understanding!

“[T]o this man will I look,” God says in Isaiah 66, “even to him that is poor [needy, humble] and of a contrite [stricken] spirit … ” (Isaiah 66:2). Surely the tragedy in Japan has helped create a comparatively humble attitude and a “contrite spirit” in many Japanese, and perhaps even some onlookers. Overwhelming crises such as this have a tendency to ground us, to remind us of how small, how vulnerable, how insignificant we truly are. Sadly, such humility is often short-lived. Nevertheless, God Himself looks to the person who allows such an attitude to prevail.

To God, true humility gained through catastrophe is a primer for greater understanding.

God’s Tectonic Mouthpiece

In Genesis 1 and 2 God recalls for latter generations the moment He recreated planet Earth. In these chapters we see God working with the physical universe, including the sun, moon and stars, as well as Earth’s atmosphere, its weather patterns, its oceans and its land mass, including the tectonic plates beneath the outer crust. Beyond creating this planet as the means of sustaining plant, animal and human life, and ultimately as the vehicle to facilitate His supreme purpose for mankind, the Bible reveals that God intended to use His material creation as an instrument through which He would communicate with mankind.

It’s only logical that as the master Creator of this planet and all the physical laws that govern it, God has the power to intervene in its operation!

And the Bible teaches, in both Old and New Testaments, that God employs nature, including the weather, agriculture, the animal kingdom—and tectonic activity such as volcanoes and earthquakes—as an instrument through which He communicates with mankind!

In Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28, for example, God informs ancient Israel that nature would be a means through which He would bless and curse the nation. Obey me, God says in Leviticus 26, and “I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit” (verse 4). Disobey me, He says, and “I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass: And your strength shall be spent in vain: for your land shall not yield her increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruits” (verse 19).

Nature was to be a means of measuring whether or not God was pleased with the nation!

Most people are familiar with the story of self-righteous Job. The book of Job reveals the lengths God will go to to break through to an individual He loves. It opens by recounting how God allowed a natural disaster—a large tornado—to destroy Job’s children. In Job 37, the young man Elihu delivers a powerful and beautifully poetic speech to his friend Job in which he recalls God’s power over nature, and how He uses it to communicate with mankind. “[God] loads the thick cloud with moisture; the clouds scatter his lightning. They turn round and round by his guidance, to accomplish all that he commands them on the face of the habitable world. Whether for correction, or for his land, or for love, he causes it to happen” (verses 11-13; Revised Standard Version). Could the Bible be more explicit?

God uses the “habitable world” to communicate with mankind!

Then there’s the book of Isaiah, which focuses largely on end-time events. In chapter 29, the Prophet Isaiah describes one of the means by which God corrects: “Thou shalt be visited of the Lord of hosts with thunder, and with earthquake, and great noise, with storm and tempest, and the flame of devouring fire” (verse 6). Yet again, the Bible teaches that God uses the natural world to communicate with mankind. God could easily have prevented the earthquake in Japan, and the recent one in New Zealand. But He didn’t. The Bible teaches that these terrible disasters are signs of God’s displeasure with mankind.

Perhaps you’re thinking, where’s the hope in that? The Apostle Paul answers: “For the Lord disciplines him whom heloves, and chastises every son whom he receives. It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline?” (Hebrews 12:6-7; rsv). In other words, correction, even the most painful, gut-wrenching kind, is a mark of God’s love!

Christ’s Imminent Return

Both the Old and New Testaments speak about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ and the events that will surround His return.

In Matthew 24, the disciples, gathered on the Mount of Olives, ask Jesus what signs will precede His Second Coming. “And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I [Christ] am Christ; and shall deceive many” (verses 4-5). Christ’s first warning was that people—false teachers and ministers—would come in His name, talking about Christ, but not teaching Christ’s message. These false ministers, He said, would deceive many.

Christ’s prophecy continues: “And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences,and earthquakes, in [different] places” (verses 6-7). Notice, in addition to the “wars and rumors of wars”—surely an apt description of the Middle East and North Africa, for example—Jesus told His disciples that His return would be preceded by an uptick in natural disasters.

In fact, Christ stated specifically that before His Second Coming there would be earthquakes in different places!

Notice also, Jesus told His disciples that famine—a shortage of food and water—and then pestilences, or disease epidemics, would accompany these natural disasters. Can you begin to see the hope in the tragic earthquake in Japan? It and the quake that recently decimated Christchurch were prophesied nearly 2,000 years ago—and both are a sign that Jesus Christ is about to return to this Earth!

That may sound preposterous—a callous attempt to spiritualize away the physical pain and mental and emotional anguish millions are suffering. But that is exactly what Jesus Himself prophesied. There simply isn’t any other logical way to interpret that prophecy. For those prepared to believe Jesus Christ, this prophecy in Matthew 24 adds a truly hope-filled dimension to the horrible tragedy unfolding in Japan. While our eyes well and our hearts ache for the victims of earthquakes, this debilitating trauma should arouse a renewed hope and confidence in the fact that Jesus Christ is about to return.

Emotionally, the horror unfolding in Japan is stomach-churning. Prophetically, it’s a sign that the most exciting event ever to occur in the age of man is imminent!

Sadly, too many people will reject this wonderful dimension. They will ignore the Bible’s explicit instruction that God communicates with man via natural disasters, and reject the words of Christ Himself in Matthew 24. Many people, particularly the scholarly, will mock this biblical understanding—even though they themselves have absolutely no answers for what happened in Japan and remain devoid of hope. The tragic result of such arrogance will be an increase in the intensity and regularity with which God communicates with mankind though natural disasters.

Don’t let this be your response! Take the opportunity now to read “Where Was God?” to see the spectacular and enduring hope buried under the rubble in Japan. And if you were moved to learn that Japan’s earthquake was evidence that God has an intense desire to communicate with mankind, wait till you learn the reason why God yearns for a relationship with you! To understand that reason, request your free copy of Mystery of the Ages.

Truly, when your time of intense trauma comes, and when you begin to yearn for understanding and hope, nothing will be more important than reading Mystery of the Ages along with your Bible!

NASA Scientist: We Found Alien Life

NASA Scientist: We Found Alien Life

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Believing in alien life is becoming embarrassing.

The Journal of Cosmology has boldly proclaimed that life from outer space has been found. Many have quickly and predictably shouted excitement at the discovery. We are told that this might be proof-positive evidence that life on Earth originated on other planets and came here via asteroids.

We are not alone in the universe—and alien life forms may have a lot more in common with life on Earth than we had previously thought,” writes Fox News. “That’s the stunning conclusion one nasa scientist has come to, releasing his groundbreaking revelations in a new study in the March edition of the Journal of Cosmology. … Other scientists tell the implications of this research are shocking, describing the findings variously as profound, very important and extraordinary.”

cbs reports that the discovery is “sure to rekindle the debate over the question of life beyond Earth.”

And so it has. But first things first. What is the evidence that this scientist has actually found alien life?

Astrobiologist Richard Hoover claims he has identified extremely small microscopic bacteria in several meteorites. He cut open the rocks, looked at them under a microscope and saw what he was looking for—shapes similar to bacteria (and supposed remnants of bacteria). To confirm, he tested the structures to see if they contained nitrogen. Unlike cells on earth, the mineralized microscopic rock “fossils” did not, so he decided that they had to be of extraterrestrial origin.

The structures seen in the rocks represent the “remains of extraterrestrial life forms that grew on the parent bodies of the meteorites when liquid water was present, long before the meteorites entered the Earth’s atmosphere,” he wrote.

Hence the popular conclusion, as espoused by much of the media and science writer Andrew Couts: “Aliens exist, and we have proof.”

But the truth is actually the exact opposite. And you don’t even need to look very hard to find it.

Here’s an early warning sign: Hoover initially submitted his paper to the Journal of Astrobiology—which rejected it. Only then did he submit it to the less-rigorous, open-source Journal of Cosmology, which is known for promoting the idea that life on Earth was seeded by outer space asteroids. The “peer reviewed” journal has published a total of 13 issues and a press release earlier this month claimed it is shutting down this year.

Next, note that the Journal of Cosmology probably published the work with little vetting. The journal says it submitted Hoover’s paper for review by 100 prominent scientists. But here is the catch: According to the Los Angeles Times, the journal published Hoover’s claims before even receiving the reviews. The entire point of peer reviewing is to weed out obvious crackpots.

Then note that Hoover’s employer, nasa, is distancing itself from the work. “… nasa cannot stand behind or support a scientific claim unless it has been peer-reviewed or thoroughly examined by other qualified experts. nasa also was unaware of the recent submission of the paper to the Journal of Cosmology or of the paper’s subsequent publication,” wrote Paul Hertz, chief scientist of nasa’s science mission directorate. This from a government agency that is known to spend millions of dollars straining to find “life out there.”

Finally, other scientists (who might also be evolutionists and perhaps also believe that it is possible that life on Earth could have been seeded from outer space—but are more rigorous about it) are laughing at the “discovery.”

“As evidence for life this is pathetic,” writes Rosie Redfield, a microbiologist at the University of British Columbia. “This appears to be science by wishful thinking,” she told cbs News.

According to Redfield, it is very easy to find structures in rocks that appear similar to bacteria, especially in fibrous material. Plus, the supposed bacteria found by Hoover is 15 times smaller than a comparative Earth bacteria, although to read Hoover’s article, it would be easy to miss that.

“I’m surprised anyone is granting it any credibility at all,” wrote biologist Paul Myers of the University of Minnesota.

But if some scientists are surprised at the waves Hoover’s rocky research has made, they shouldn’t be.

This week’s media circus surrounding the “discovery” is strangely familiar. It feels like we’ve been here before—because we have.

Remember 1996? Alien bacteria has been found on the Mars rock! This news brought to you by nasa, the more rigorously peer-reviewed journal Science,Time magazine and even the White House. Researchers claimed they had found fossil bacteria on a meteorite from Mars. Eventually, most scientists decided that what the overeager scientists were really looking at was simply a rock.

Fast-forward to 2010. Last year, another nasa scientist claimed to have discovered bacteria in a California lake that redefined life—and handily made alien life much more plausible. The microorganisms apparently used arsenic instead of phosphorus to make dna. The implication was that this proved that there may be similarly non-conventional life in outer space using other non-phosphoric dna. Despite all the now-almost-perfunctory hoopla, it turned out to be just another case of toxic junk science.

But why is it that so many people feel the need to go to such extremes to prove that aliens exist? Why do taxpayers spend millions of dollars per year funding projects that are run by ideologues and sloppy scientists? Why do the media tend to hype such preposterous stories?

They want to prove evolutionary theory.

The more you study the natural environment and understand its fantastic complexity, the more you understand the astronomical improbability that life could have spontaneously sprung out of muddy water, evolve a system of dna-type replication, then undergo a combination of random mutation and natural selection to create the millions of various and unique species that populate Earth today.

Although scores of well-educated scientists believe it—in spite of that annoying little matter of a complete lack of fossil evidence—it is obvious that evolution simply isn’t possible, let alone logical.

This is why so many scientists earnestly, often desperately, sometimes embarrassingly hold out hope that they can find life in outer space. Life on Earth coming from non-life is impossible (they would grudgingly admit only that it is “improbable”)—even when you multiply the non-existent odds by trillions of planets. In a silly modification to the theory, some think that maybe life came from dead material on some other planet, then ricocheted on over here aboard a blasted-off piece of rock.

It is a desperate, last-ditch grasping at straws. It’s not even a ridiculous theory; it’s a disproved hypothesis. But at least it offers them what they cherish more than anything else in their belief system: the chance to smugly cling to the faith that God doesn’t exist.

But as long as this deep faith in a godless existence permeates science, the Hoover-style half-baked guesswork is really not that far removed from the high-profile science at some of our society’s most respected institutions. Just like looking at a rock and seeing an alien, precluding the existence of a Creator is “science by wishful thinking.”

Russia Steps in to Supply Japan’s Energy Needs

Russia Steps in to Supply Japan’s Energy Needs

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The recent earthquake in Japan unleashed a chain of events that shut down five to eight oil refineries and partially melted down three nuclear reactors. As the specter of energy shortages stalks the country, the Kremlin is riding to the rescue.

As the scope of the tragedy became clearer over the course of last weekend, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev came to the rescue and pledged to help make up Japan’s energy deficit by boosting supplies from nearby Siberia. “Our moral duty is to help in this situation,” stated Medvedev on Monday as he ordered Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin to look into ways of redirecting up to 6,000 megawatts of electrical power to Japan. Medvedev also arranged for the delivery of an additional 200,000 tons of liquefied natural gas and an unspecified amount of Siberian coal over the next two months.

The Tokyo earthquake and resulting tsunami is forcing Japan to build both political and economic bridges to energy-laden Russia. A strong tri-corner alliance between Tokyo, Moscow and Beijing is about to form. For further proof of this, request our free booklet Russia and China in Prophecy.