GOD MADE THE HEAVENS AND EARTH, TO PROVIDE FOR MANKIND AND OTHER CREATURES

GOD  MADE  THE  HEAVENS  AND  EARTH,  TO  PROVIDE  FOR  MANKIND  AND  OTHER  CREATURES

Dr. James J. S. Johnson

For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God Himself Who formed the earth and made it; He hath established it, He created it not in vain, He formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.   (Isaiah 45:18)

How has God made Earth to serve as “home” to mankind and to animals, providing them with what they need to live?

God intentionally designed and made the heavens and the earth to provide for the needs and benefits of humans, with earth to serve as the home of mankind and other creatures. (See, e.g., Isaiah 45:18; Psalm 115:16.  See also “Why We Want to Go Home”, ACTS & FACTS, 44(4):20 (April 2015), posted at  at http://www.icr.org/article/why-we-want-go-home/ .)

The universal habit of using a personal shelter, a home that belongs to us, is nothing new. Longing for home is not limited to humans. The Lord Jesus said, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests” (Matthew 8:20). Eagles, swallows, sparrows, storks, doves, owls, and other birds use nests (Job 39:27; Psalm 84:3 & 104:17; Deuteronomy 22:6-7 & 32:11; Isaiah 34:15; Jeremiah 48:28 & 49:16; Obadiah 1:4). Spiders make web-silk homes (Isaiah 59:5). Worms and other creepy creatures live underground (Micah 7:17; Job 21:26 & 20). Lions have dens (Job 38:39-40; Song of Solomon 4:8; Nahum 2:12).  Salmon routinely return “home” to spawn.  Polar bear mothers sometimes live in dens, sheltered from colder weather outside.  The list could go on and on.

But what explains the origin of homing habits? Scripture does provide the key for understanding this universal habit—the Genesis mandate. God commanded humans and animals to be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth. Because God designed His creatures to do more than just populate, He programmed diverse creatures to fill living spaces all over the globe—on land, in water, and to some even the air is a home of sorts.

God has providentially equipped creatures with physical bodies (with helpful anatomies and physiologies) and programmed bio-informational instructions (coding and equipping for habitat-interactive behaviors) that are fitted to the ever-changing challenges of physical environments (and animal-and-plant communities) all over the globe.

The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD‘s: but the earth hath He given to the children of men.   (Psalm 115:16)


 

God, Who loves variety, made the heavens with glorious variety.

God, Who loves variety, made the heavens with glorious variety.

Dr. James J. S. Johnson

There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.  There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars:  for one star differs from another star in glory(1st Corinthians 15:40-41)

God has demonstrated His love for variety in the many differences (including differences in “glories”) that He has artistically designed variety into the heavenly bodies, including the uniqueness of the stars and of the planets.  Consequently, stars, groups of stars, and other heavenly bodies show variety and artistic uniqueness.   (See 1st Corinthians 15:40-41; Psalm 147:4; Job 26:13.)

Yes, God loves variety—more variety than we can fully appreciate, even if we had multiple lifetimes to investigate His creation!  Here are three easy proofs:  (1)  Scripture shows that variety matches God’s own divine nature (i.e., God Himself is personally plural, yet one: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit  —  see 1st John 5:7);  (2)  God made mankind plural-yet-one, when He made mankind in His own image (as Adam and Eve, male and female, yet one kind — see Genesis 1:27);  and  (3)  God’s physical non-human creation (including the stars, all of which differ from one another — see 1st Corinthians 15:41).

Because of how God created His creation, nature displays differences in details of diverse animals, plants, microörganisms, earth’s geophysical environment, and even the innumerable galaxies of outer space – including each and every star that is out there, regardless of whether any human ever sees it or not!  (See “Valuing God’s Variety”, posted at http://www.icr.org/article/valuing-gods-variety/.)

How do the heavens show the hugeness of God’s love for variety?  There are at least 100 billion stars in the heavens (that’s 100,000,000,000 different stars!) – that we are of (and maybe there are many more!), yet Psalm 147:4 says that God not only can count exactly how many there are, He has even given a specific name to each of those many stars!

Also, 1st Corinthians 15:40-41 says that God gives a different “glory” to each star – and that should remind us that God gives a unique dignity to each human. In other words, each of us is valuable to God in a way that no one else is – what a wonderful fact! Since God treats each of the stars as unique, with its own name, that proves that God loves variety.

In other words, God has demonstrated His love for variety in the many differences (including differences in “glories”) that He has designed into the heavenly bodies, including the uniqueness of the planets and of the many, many, many stars.  As mere humans, we cannot actually count all of the stars, one at a time, and know their individual names – to do so would take trillions of years – and during our earthly lives we cannot live that long.  How amazing: God has chosen to make and to love each of us (Psalm 8)!


 

Something Fishy in the Balance?

Something Fishy in the Balance: Is Manmade ‘Global Warming’ the Real Cause?

Dr. James J.S. Johnson

Shall I count them pure with the wicked balances, and with the bag of deceitful weights? (Micah 6:11)

ALASKA POLLOCK   (Alibaba.com photo)

Are oceanic fish populations threatened by global warming? What if the southern edge of the Alaska Pollock range is shrinking? Does that prove they’re migrating northward, to beat the heat?(1)  This is no Pollack joke.(1)

Rush-to-judgment explanations abound, peddling manmade “global warming” crisis theories—before relevant facts are collected and considered. (And, if global warming is not the real cause of ecosystem disruption, it’s irrelevant whether global warming is anthropogenic.)

But simple cause-and-effect realities are embarrassingly overlooked—some causal realities are politically unpopular in secular academic circles.(2)

Follow the Money

Marine biologists and biogeography ecologists study regional changes in oceanic fish populations.(3) This is not just academic curiosity; billions of dollars are at risk—as Alaska Pollock illustrates.(1),(3) Thus, if a huge population of Alaska Pollock relocates north, or south, that migration’s cause is really a big deal.

Likewise, government-funded research projects often harness and depend upon “global warming” theories.(4) “Money talks.” It’s not just the food industry; “global warming” advocacy is itself a billion-dollar industry.(1),(4)

Accordingly, when billions of dollars hang “in the balance” (pardon the pun), both scientific research (i.e., observing/collecting data) and scientific analysis (i.e., sorting/interpreting data) are vulnerable to compromise and corruption.(1),(4),(5)

Official government databases are not immune. Scientific analyses cannot have stronger validity than their underlying data. Misinformation multiplies when used by multiple users. Furthermore, primary analysts are relied upon by secondary analysts, so error accrues and snowballs—infecting and proliferating into multi-generational “viral” outcomes, due to “veneer review” and statistics-distorting cherry-picking.(1),(4),(5)

But what explains the drastic migration trend for Alaska Pollock, the cod-like whitefish that some say is now the #1 money finfish in America’s food industry?

We expect fish stocks to naturally fluctuate with changes in climate [such as when Baltic herring relocated, about A.D.1300, as Medieval Warm Period transitioned into Little Ice Age]. Usually, during periods of warming or cooling, fish stocks residing at the polar ends of the population’s range increase or decrease … while the reverse happens at the other end.(1)

Could it be that the cause-and-effect reality is embarrassingly simple, so simple that the actual causality is overlooked,(2) as evolutionists rush to blame “global warming”, for yet another ecosystem alteration?

So what happened to huge Alaska Pollock populations that once filled certain areas of the Bering Sea and North Pacific?

But in the case of the pollock, several stocks at either end of their range in the North Pacific Ocean have tended to decrease recently, leading to suspicion of overfishing as a contributor to the demise of several stock.(1)

Data Disconnect

Government databases rely on at-sea reporting, including inspector “monitoring” of sustainability-managed commercial fishing quotas (of both finfish and shellfish) applied to the Northern Pacific and Bering Sea. However, dishonest commercial fishermen habitually underreport catches, deceptively circumventing inspector audits. Sometimes treaty-cheating commercial “motherships” would evade monitors and auditors, even reporting only half the catches (of finfish and/or shellfish) actually received!(1),(3)

Government databases misreport the real situation: OVERFISHING — overexploiting Alaska Pollock is why they aren’t as easily found within their historic ranges.  Underreported Alaska Pollock overfishing is literally off the scales!

So the culprit is not anthropogenic “global warming” CO2 production. Rather, the cause is much simpler—greed, lying, and cheating.(1),(5)

But, for the billion-dollar climate-crisis/environment-regulation industry, — which parasitizes power and money based on presuming anthropogenic “global warming” CO2 production, — that off-balance explanation is an “inconvenient truth”.

 

REFERENCES

(1) Kevin M. Bailey, Billion-Dollar Fish: The Untold Story of Alaska Pollock (University of Chicago Press, 2013), 2-44, 46-88, 199-215, with quotations from page 16.  Marine biologist/fishery monitor Kevin Bailey recalls (on page 4): “We discovered that our estimates were about double the catches reported to us. All signs pointed to tampering of the scales. … The catcher boats now delivered [at different places] and at all hours. Previously they had delivered to one main site on the [mothership] deck and only during daylight hours.”   [“Pollock” is also spelled “Pollack”.]

(2) James J. S. Johnson, “Pine Needles, Limes, and Other Simple Solutions,” Creation Research Society Quarterly, 50(3):193-194 (winter 2014), analyzing illustrations of 1st Timothy 6:20.  Moreover, even when simple solutions are found — by God’s grace — a gauntlet of editors and other gatekeepers often sabotage the solution’s delivery.

(3) Edward Miles, et al., The Management of Marine Regions: The Northern Pacific (University of California Press, 1982), pages 160-165, 172, 184-193, 220-223. Hiroshi Kasahara, “Japanese Distant-Water Fisheries: A Review”, Fishery Bulletin, 70(2):227-282 (April-June, 1972). See also Frank Sherwin, The Ocean Book (Master Books, 2004), pages 38-41; R. A. Fredin, History of Regulations of Alaskan Groundfish Fisheries (NWAFC Processed Report 87-07, Northwest & Alaska Fisheries Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1987).

(4) See Randy J. Guliuzza, “Consensus Science: The Rise of a Scientific Elite”, Acts & Facts, 38(5):4 (May 2009). See also, regarding “veneer review” and data transmogrification, James J. S. Johnson, “Forensic Science Frustrated by ‘Peer Review’”, Acts & Facts, 44(2):18 (February 2015); James J. S. Johnson, “Cherry Picking Data Is the Pits”, Acts & Facts, 44(7):19 (July 2015).  Fraudfeasor ranks include many commercial fishermen, scientists (especially those promoting the notion of anthropogenic “global warming”), and politicians of many stripes.

(5) See Proverbs 20:10 & 20:23, as well as Micah 6:11.  Cheating scales have always been condemned in Scripture.

Debut as a Christian Public Speaker: Poem Reader, A.D.1967

Debut as a Christian Public Speaker:  Poem Reader, A.D.1967    

James J. S. Johnson

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,  saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.  (Matthew 12:1-2)

Everyone must start somewhere.  As a Christian public speaker my debut opportunity was being told to read a Christmas poem, for Damascus Elementary School (which I then attended as a 6th-grader), for our school’s Christmas program.  (Since America was founded as a Christian nation, historically, it made sense that an American public school would have a Christmas program.)

To this day I own a little brown notebook that contains hand-copied and mimeographed songs from that program — including a mimeographed poem that I read to the audience that night in December  —   it was my first public speaking as a Christian (having trusted Christ as my personal Savior near the end of the previous month).

THE CHRISTMAS STORY

I will tell you a beautiful story,
One that is ever new –
Of our Savior’s birth in Bethlehem,
We all love the story, too.

The town with pilgrims was crowded
When Joseph and Mary appear,
The innkeeper cruelly told them,
“There is no room for you here.”

Nearby was a shelter for cattle –
A cave so dismal and old –
And there in a manger so humble,
The Christ-Child lay, we’re told.

Then arose that night in heaven,
A star so bright and clear,
It guided the steps of the wise men,
With their gifts both precious and dear.

There they knelt at the feet of Mary,
Humble and true and still,
To offer their tribute to Jesus,
Who bringeth us peace and good-will.

May this star send ever a tiding,
To all in this school-room here,
Of the message our Saviour has given –
Peace to all, love, and good cheer.

[Quoting Susie L. Fitz, “CHRISTMAS EXERCISE”, PRIMARY EDUCATION, 14(10):500 (December 1906).]

The above-quoted Christmas poem – a mimeographed copy of which, including some typos, I still have – I read, as carefully as I could, at Damascus Elementary School, from the stage of its multi-purpose auditorium (that also served as the lunchroom and indoor gymnasium), as part of the elementary school’s Christmas A.D.1967 program.

In God’s providence, this was my first experience as a Christian public speaker.   Thankfully, since then, God has given me many more opportunities to speak publicly for Him.

Now begins a new year — by God’s powerful providence, I trust, this new year will include more opportunities to speak for Him.  It has now been slightly more than 50 years that I have belonged to the Lord Jesus Christ, my Savior.


 

Day-After-Christmas Shopping

She perceives that her merchandise is good . . . .  (Proverbs 31:18a)

Dr. James J. S. Johnson

Day-After-Christmas Shopping, Starting at 6 a.m.

Go, Go, go!   —  after-Christmas sales!

Shop, shop, shop!   —   go many females;

Start early as you can,

Drag along your tired man   —

Go, go, go!   —  after-Christmas sales!

No commentary is needed for all husbands who accompanied their wives on day-after-Christmas shopping bonanzas, which (needless to say) start before sunrise.

In Appreciation of Dr. Brian Tompsett’s Royal Genealogical Data Website, Now Quashed by University of Hull Management

In Appreciation of Dr. Brian Tompsett’s Royal Genealogical Data Website,

Now Quashed by University of Hull Management

Dr. Brian Tompsett/ Univ. of Hull photo

Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.   (Romans 13:7)

Here is an open letter (the original of which has been mailed overseas) to her royal majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, by which I am trying to apply the principle of Romans 13:7 — giving credit where credit is due — recognizing the valuable family history contributions of computer genealogist/professor Dr. Brian Tompsett, of the University of Hull.



Dr. James J. S. Johnson
[contact information omitted]

21st December, A.D. 20017

Her Majesty The Queen
Buckingham Palace
London SW1A 1AA
England, U.K.

Re: Royal Genealogical Data website,
formerly posted by Prof. Brian Tompsett / University of Hull

Dear Queen Elizabeth, your Royal Majesty:

Greetings, from the other side of the Pond – may your CHRISTmas season be filled with gladness and joy, as you contemplate how the Christ of Bethlehem, in His all-wise beneficence, selected you as Great Britain’s monarch, for all of these many years. May He continue to bless your reign and your Realm.

The glorious heritage that you have and represent, unto your Realm and to the world (which continues to be providentially blessed by the deeds of the British Empire, its leadership, and its language), has been a personal blessing to me for more than 60 years now. As a descendant of John of Gaunt, I share some of your forefathers and foremothers, so I have a personal interest in appreciating the family history that you biogenetically connect to, by God’s grace and providence. Dr. Bill Cooper, of Staines in Middlesex, introduced me to the wonderful world of British royal family genealogy, and I am all the richer therefor.

Thereafter I came upon the magnificent blend of historical research and computer science, the Royal Genealogical Data website (which was provided online pro bono publico) produced by Professor Brian Tompsett of the University of Hull – the informational wealth of which cannot be priced in pounds or dollars. For many years I used the Internet-accessible data of Brian Tompsett’s Royal Genealogical Data website, as a historian who has taught in American universities and colleges, as well as on 9 different cruise ships – and in all of my teaching years I have tried to promote goodwill for the British royals.

For example, I used Brian Tompsett’s Royal Genealogical Data within this online article: “Christmas, Vikings, and the Providence of God” [posted at  http://www.icr.org/article/christmas-vikings-providence-god/   —  which refers to genealogies linked to the Battle of Stamford Bridge, and also to the Battle of Hastings], showing that Viking ancestors begat progeny, including descendants providentially responsible for the English Bible (AV) and even for George Washington, the historic father of America.)

Sometimes, sad to say, one isn’t properly grateful for valuable information until it disappears.

However, the University of Hull’s management dissolved Dr. Tompsett’s Royal Genealogical Data website – without warning it deleted the Royal Genealogical Data webpages [see below post-script] – so Americans (like me) no longer can use that online genealogical data now.

Please understand: this letter does not present a “personal” or “political” dispute. Rather, what is mentioned in the post-script (below) is provided only to give context to my appreciation for the online data (while it existed), and to show why I now miss it so. (Now that it’s gone, I better see its value.)

Perhaps your Royal Majesty could devise a way to provide that same electronic information, online to the world, so that Professor Brian Tompsett’s professional labor of love can live on, thereby gracing the cyber-world (including historian-professors like me), pro bono publico, with the genealogical heritage of your royal family. This user-friendly informational legacy is an asset worth salvaging!

Professor Tompsett does not know that I am writing this – I am writing on my own behalf, in hopes that you can and will do something to restore that Internet data to the world. (Maybe a Royal Family website could be invented.) In any event, I thank God for His providential workings in your royal family and kin.

In closing, I have the honour to be an American fan, of you and your regal family, and its illustrious kin (going back many centuries), all of whom our great God has so frequently guided and employed to implement His providential care and kindnesses unto Western Civilization and to the uttermost parts of the earth.

Most respectfully, one of your admiring fans in the State of Texas*
(*which adopted English common law as the foundation of Texas law,
by a legislative act during the 1st Congress of the Republic of Texas),

James J. S. Johnson
JD, ThD, MSGeog, CIHE, CPEE, CNHG
Chaplain, historian, lecturer, etc.

P.S., on information and belief, this is my (sad) understanding of how the University of Hull has – disappointingly – discontinued its prior practice of hosting the Royal Genealogical Data website that was laboriously produced by Professor Brian Tompsett and his team. Frankly, it seems (to me) like the wasteful burning of a cyber-palace (and I recall how horrible it was when your own palace burned), but this was destroying an imperial cyber-treasure of Britannic royal family heritage information.

The “management” of the University of Hull decided to take down all web pages except those used for advertising and recruitment. The website was considered a “marketing tool only” for use of the marketing department. Professor Brian Tompsett (and his computer science team) were not warned or otherwise informed, before their web-pages (i.e., those of all individual staff and students) were just canceled — with no advance notice. Even those web-pages, that Professor Brian Tompsett and his team (who teach web technology for the University of Hull) formerly used for teaching and research purposes, were removed as having “no strategic value for the institution”! Professor Tompsett was not able to timely move (or timely protest) the abrupt, arbitrary, and academic quality-quashing abuses of institutional authority.

Since Professor Tompsett’s Royal Genealogical Data project ran from ~ A.D. 1993 it is a terrible loss. The result of these wasteful actions are sad: your Royal Majesty’s family (and all of its dignified historical heritage, linking to all of the best of Western Civilization for many centuries), is cheated and discounted, depriving the Internet world of British Royal Family fans from the user-friendly ability to research and appreciate the God-blessed value of Great Britain’s historic role (and connectedness) for Western Civilization. This is like revisionist history by vandalism.


Of course, it is unlikely that her Britannic Majesty will actually get to read the above letter  —  Who knows?  —  yet it would be nice if Great Britain’s Parliament would declare that wonderful computer program as a national heritage treasure, like a historic castle, because that user-friendly royal genealogy information/program is truly an informational legacy worthy of preservation and public educational access.

Meanwhile, I have tried to “give credit where credit is due”.

Just thinking about all of that Providential history reminds me of Psalm 102:18, which says: “This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the LORD.”   [See also “People Yet to Be Created”,  Acts & Facts (November 2014), posted at http://www.icr.org/article/people-yet-be-created  .%5D


 

Eat Lightly Before the Lutefisk Banquet

“Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?”

(Matthew 7:10)

It is obvious that fish is a wonderful food; it is truly good to eat.  And lutefisk is a wonderful preparation of codfish!   (So eat a light lunch, to save room for a lot of lutefisk, if you are attending an all-you-can-eat lutefisk supper!)

EAT  LIGHTLY  BEFORE  THE  LUTEFISK  BANQUET 

(by  Dr. James J. S. Johnson)

Chocolate pie, for lunch, a snack brisk;

Also, for me, tomato bisque;

   But the dining highlight,

   that we had, that night:

Was all-you-can-eat lutefisk!

lutefisk-supper-road-sign-photo-by-jjsj

Previously I have blogged about the exotic Scandinavian cuisine known as LUTEFISK.
So, to learn more about this wonderful preparation of North Atlantic codfish, see:
“Bluebirds of Happiness, Plus Enjoying a Lutefisk Banquet” [at  https://leesbird.com/2015/12/11/bluebirds-of-happiness-plus-enjoying-a-lutefisk-banquet/ ]; and
 “For the Love of Lutefisk!”  [at  https://bibleworldadventures.com/2016/09/22/for-the-love-of-lutefisk/ ]; and
“Lutefisk for Christmas:  Cod at its Best!” [at  https://rockdoveblog.wordpress.com/2016/10/13/lutefisk-for-christmas-cod-at-its-best/ %5D.

Bon Appétit !