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March 6, 2021 12:00 am
EMG radio for today's culture and timeless truths come together it's reasoned relevant content apologetics worldview and answers to the questions that you need to know from Alex McFarlane ministries. This is true for a new generation radio and now the man who preached in 50 states and 50 days weaker writer, and advocate for Christian apologetics Dr. Alex McFarlane ever think about the nature of God to think about how powerful God is how wise God is. Do you think about how good God is because the Bible says he Jesus is altogether lovely and God is so good and I want to talk about that and just think about the vastness of God. But think about the love of God. This is truths for a new generation Alex McFarland here and I'm on the road a recording.
This secures Bible college up in Colorado and in walks Bill Fetter and many of you know Bill Fetter. He spoken in our conferences.
I'm sure many of you have his books.
He is been just one of the preeminent historians about our country America's godly heritage and so many people, myself included, have been blessed by his work, but Bill came in and were visiting were talking about the nature of God and I just felt like it was a conversation that it might bless some of you to hear. And so were going to continue talking about the the things of the Lord, but Bill welcome. Thanks for taking some time to be with us on TNG radio.
Alex is always dirty with you while we appreciate you and the American minute so much to give us an update on your ministry and where people can find you American minute.com is the website is another daily email and a bunch of books. My latest one is called miraculous milestones in science, medicine, and innovation in the faith of those who achieve them and it goes through how you have a cancel culture now were trying to erase any by the beliefs of God, especially if you believe in Christianity or Christian morals, and so this is a book where it has great scientists and their statements of faith. So Copernicus that discovered the heliocentric solar system. By this, the sun is the center now the earth and them his statements of faith in Galileo and Tyco bra who catalogued all these different he says that he that studies the stars as Godfrey teacher and Sir Isaac Newton that had the first reflective telescope and he says this universe that could not be in existence other than the order of the creator whom I call the Lord God.
And then I have the difference history of writing goes all the way back to the Chinese and then for Sumerians, and so forth, but actually ancient Israel where you had in Egypt 3000 hieroglyphs and only 1% of Egypt Korea because it was the scribe secret knowledge actually kept writing complicated on purpose as job security that they were needed as a class. When Moses comes on the Mount needed Neville on 3000 characters is a lot of simple 22 character outfit first letters of the left second letter Beth sound familiar all of a sudden you have an entire nation that's literate and then I go to the invention the printing present Gutenberg and then I go to the event you hospitals how it was a pagan thing was Jesus so sick and you visited me, and so you have these different orders of the priests and nuns you know in the Middle Ages, the sisters of Charity and then start the hotel view the hospital in Paris and all across Europe and and then so be here there wanting to get people to give up their Christian morals and tell doctors you know abortions and soft and yet it was Christian motivation that create hospitals in the first place.
Constantine will arrange so that every place where people would take a pilgrimage to would have a and infirmary and so the people going pilgrimage to the holy land wind up a little bit worn out. So they would convalesce. And so the word hospital is Latin for traveler, so hospitals where the trials were terrific. We get the word hospitality and them anyway so I go through the Christian origins the hospitals I go through the calendar.
The very ADB see where that came from so you and by the way, of course, everything now is CE and BCE.
The common era and for the common era. How pervasive is that DD think they've successfully expunged BC and A.D. from most textbooks and calendars they may have. But the problem is, it does not change from BC to A.D. other than at the time of Christ's birth, so it still is a great quote from Clarence Manion who was the Dean of the Notre Dame Law school. He says you know on the night the first Christmastide that the magnetic needle of time, stood straight up right and pointed toward Georgia and so I get into that that they would date things according to Kings like the six year of King Hezekiah or the 15th year of Tiberius Caesar while they were dating things according to Diocletian who was the Roman Emperor the persecuted Christians and so now up to 526 A.D. and its Emperor Justinian is a Christian and there's a scholarly monk named Dionysus, exegesis, and he is transcribing things and putting Bono Diocletian Johnny in the year of Diocletian is like why we dating things in this Emperor who persecuted Christians. So he does the math and he counts all the way back to the best he configures that the birth of Jesus and in the margin he puts on a go.
Many this is five 2680 is within the Middle Ages, you know that the Muslims comment and in them in the Eastern Empire destroyed and so basically only literate people or are the of the monks in the preserve writing and knowledge and they're using the transition to using A.D. and then you have. It was the Catholics that invented universities and then they would teach using us and then you have Columbus discovering you know in the major discoveries and I got Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, English, French, travel around the world and they're taking this dating system with and then they end up having colonies, and lo and behold, it becomes a dating system for the world.
So the entire world uses the dating system that goes back to the birth of Jesus. I think it's amazing. And then also thank you in the history of the calendar durometer 20. Let me interject this. This reminds me many years ago. D. James Kennedy put out a book about what if Jesus had never been born. And I'm sure he's a friend of view in these different of me, Jerry Newcomb, who I just love and appreciate so much, but a number of people like Kennedy Newcomb little back out. Rodney Stark of course yourself have documented had Jesus not come along had the church not been birthed the world as we know it would be vastly different.
I would say vastly impoverished.
Even though Christianity is marginalized and demeaned in the press the world. We enjoy the world we take for granted really came to us through God and his people didn't it did so, I'm negative scientific revolution. The leaders that the Industrial Revolution, the leaders that other statements of faith and them anyway so that's a new book that another book on socialism galore back to Plato and is quite fascinating but I want to talk about Valentine let you two new books and and appreciate you so much thanks for talking with William J Bill Federal Reserve historian Christian thinker, author colleague and friend what's your website American minute.com American minute.com stating looking to talk more about the greatness of God and the need of a revival in our day. Don't go away. America today is like a patient struggling to live yet is being forcibly euthanized by her quote doctors, the life force within the patient fighting for survival is the honest citizens like yourself team of quote caregivers are the local and national leaders actually contributing to the demise of patient economy is crashing crime is exploding. The Constitution is being abolished the assault on America how to defend our nation before it's too late. By Alex the farmer has one single purpose to get you prepared the real source of America's current problems that no one else is talking about and what you can do now to face tomorrow. Regardless of what tomorrow brings. The assault on America how to defend our nation before it's too late.
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This highly structured civilization, and it sinks in the seat something it might be an island call Santorini that used to be a volcanic island and all is left is the rim so it sometime in the distant past, blew up and would've sent us an army wiping out lots of civilizations, but Plato harkens back to this as the ideal structure society and Plato considers democracy in unstructured society.
The chief character is a good of a democracy's tolerance. Everybody tolerate each other's wonderful. They tolerate people that are a little bit off.
Then they tolerate people that are a lot off to find the tolerant crooks in crime and fraud and immorality of disrespect and chaos of recent trends in the lawlessness and then they begin to say, can't someone come along and fix this mess and that's when some governor comes long as I can fix. I just need some emergency powers before they know what he stands up in the chariot estate holding the reins of power and reveals the tyrant and this tyrant will institute a structured society. He is the head of gold is administrators of the arm suggest a silver and they are the ruling class and everyone else is the abdomen of iron, bronze. They are the ruled class to socialism is a socially structured society of the ruling class and ruled class. Plato was on the ruling class are above the law.
They have special treatment. But the ruled class they own no property they have no families. The government decides gets to have kids and the government takes the kids away from families brings me to government schools where there they indoctrinate with mobilize these as we want one single grand lie which will be believed by everybody. So that's the origin in the book I fast forward 2000 years, 15, 16, Sir Thomas Moore writes island of utopia word utopia means nowhere and it's a fictitious island off the coast of South America certain is a great dialogue of the conversation with the traveler. The traveler's name is-the dais, which means peddler of nonsense. The island and nowhere told by the pillar of nonsense and on this island of utopia and so there's the ruling class. The commoners and the commoners own no property there. They all have free healthcare. There is free identical clothing. There's free housing and identical three-story house with no locks on any doors there's free food and communal monastic style. You know, dining halls made mention free close and end up, but there's no locks on any doors there's no privacy of everyone's tract with an internal passport everywhere you go. You have no ill houses coffeehouse place for private gatherings. The government is totally in control or did government to determine terabytes careers and this is utopia.
Why is that important pilgrims, by the way, so I wrote a satire on his Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's travels is washed up on an island finds is highly structured, the ruling class of the limitations yeah and then everybody else is the common rule class and anyway so the pilgrims were originally a company colony with bylaws written by the investors that put the money for their expedition and the bylaws said that everything would be owned in common, everything gained by cooking, hunting, fishing, trading in eligibility common stock in one's livelihood shall come out of the common stock of William Bradford said they tried it is tried by well and honest people for several years and he says able started and he says this proves the emptiness of the theory of Plato and other ancients applauded recently of latter times here. He says the emptiness of the theory. Plato, they knew that they were trying to live out this theoretical thing is is that the taking away private property would make men happy as if they were wiser than God is bringing much confusion. The young man objected to having to do twice as much work as the old guy but got paid the same field. I objected Evan to be classed in labor with the younger ones, and considered it a disrespect and the women objected to having to wash other men's clothes and nobody wanted what plan he says that after much discussion, they scrapped it and he says we decided that every man should plant corn for his own household yeah and this was 400 years ago