A scientific study of tongue-speaking?

“…test them all; hold on to what is good, 22 reject every kind of evil. says 1 Thes. 5.

3215358Okay, I want to test if the thing called “speaking in tongues” done in Charismatic churches is really a supernatural gift and not just meaningless sounds. I know the Bible has something called “speaking in tongues” but is this the same thing Charismatics do nowadays?

This is actually potentially easy to study. Many charismatic churches have people speaking in tongues during sermons, or explaining it. Sometimes, nowadays, church sermons are electronically recorded.

For a scientific study of speaking in tongues, I propose this study:

You need:

a) Recordings of people, at least 5 of them from different churches, speaking in tongues at church. (During personal prayer does not count – the Bible teaching about prayer time tongue-speaking is that it is between the praying believer and God, and does not need to be understood by anyone else.)

b) People, at least 5 of them from different churches, who claim to have the gift of interpreting tongues.

The method:

Present the the 5 or more recordings of tongue speaking to each of the 5 or more interpreters. Write down their translations. (The reason for 5 or more is so that a fake interpreter or fake tongue speaker can be identified from between the group.)

Compare their answers.

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Dear reader, does this suggestion shock you? I am sure that, as believers, we could want to know the results of a study like this. The difference between believers and unbelievers is that we are willing to act on evidence, and should be willing to persue this if it actually is from God.

 

Fatherless boys and respect – what is the real issue?

Found on the Internet: “We need more boys to grow up with fathers – then they are much more likely to know how to treat a woman with respect.”

What is cause, and what is effect here?

Is it:

Men are respectful towards partners, and if women just stay with them, boys see respect and behave better?

OR

Women generally stay with respectful men and leave disrespectful ones, so the boys who from 2-parent homes are more likely to see respect modelled by respecful fathers?

I think the latter.

 

How to be pro-life without really trying

There are people, mostly in the USA, who will do absolutely anything to be pro-life. As Christians they will vote, in this election cycle, for someone accused of rape and fraud, a racist with a very on-Christian attitude towards women, the poor, and the strangers (foreigners) among the nation. Why? If a conservative person appoints judges they are slightly more likely to be pro-life judges.

Not that much more likely, mind you. If a judge made her or his views of such matters public, she or he would not be eligible for the position. So they want a non-outspoken pro-lifer who will be 100% outspoken pro-life in office. Uhm, okay.

Some don’t spend time and money on the poor and the sick and the exploited, because their time and money goes into abortion issues. At least, I am told that by some other American Christians, so I believe it. If that is not you, if you really spend time on both, great.

Many are willing to compromise honesty and print half truths and whole lies in their anti-abortion literature. For example, pro lifers sometimes write that aborted babies feel pain during abortions. There is evidence that this is true for fetuses over 20 weeks. But the majority of abortions in the US is done before 8 weeks.

There has got to be another way!

And there is.

Abortion is generally lower where incomes are higher, where prejudice against single mothers is lower, where birth control is more readily available, where equality between the sexes is better, where literacy rates are higher. In short, communities which trust that mother and child could live with safety and justice, where each human is treated better/ valued more, produce women who value life more and abort less.

Work for justice, equality between men and women, and for education. Work against poverty, against woman and child abuse, and against racism, age-ism and ablism. Vote for the same things you work for. That way, you create a society where all humans are valued. Valuing humans would certainly change the abortion statistics, improve society in other ways, and give Christians a better name among unbelievers.

No condemnation by Don Francisco – aimed at failure rather than sin

I adapted the words of this song in a time when I felt discouraged. Satan whispered in my ear that I am a failure, I have no chance of getting anything right, that my very (Asperger’s) being cannot but fail. Of course, it is abnormal circumstances – or rather, people who treated me horribly – that triggered this feeling. (Note to self: Stay away from toxic people. They break you. And they make you think you are the toxic one.)

So, I changed an existing song about feeling discouraged because of sin into a song about feeling discouraged because of failure. And started singing it.

No condemnation (for failure) – Don Francisco lyrics edited by Retha Faurie

I was sitting by my window on a rainy afternoon. Everything inside my head was playing out of tune. I was thinking of the fool I made of me the night before. In front of God and everyone I failed and failed some more. I thought of all the things I’ve done and winced at things I’ve said. I wallowed in self-pity. I hung my worried head. Right when I was so far down that even up looked wrong. That’s when Jesus gave to me the chorus of this song:

Satan the accuser has been whispering in your ear. You just tell him you’re a conqueror – he’s got no business here. ‘Cause it doesn’t matter where you’ve been, it matters where I guide. Together we will win because I am on your side.

Now I could say that right away the sun burst through the clouds, and I just started singing on that chorus right out loud. But actually I moped around and blew another day before I let myself accept the words I heard Him say:

He said, Satan the accuser has been whispering in your ear. You just tell him you’re a conqueror – he’s got no business here. ‘Cause it doesn’t matter where you’ve been, it matters where I guide. Together we will win because I am on your side.

So I can’t criticize you now if you wanna take your time. Cling to all your problems, just the way I clung to mine. But now you got the answer Jesus wanted you to know. He’ll take your hopelessness away if you’ll just let it go.

And if Satan the accuser has been whispering in your ear. You just tell him you’re a conqueror – he’s got no business here. ‘Cause it doesn’t matter where you’ve been, it matters where I guide. Together we will win because I am on your side.

I don’t want to take credit for what is not mine, so I include the original for comparison:

No condemnation (for sin) – Original Don Francisco lyrics

I was sitting by my window on a rainy afternoon. Everything inside my head was playing out of tune. I was thinking of the fool I made of me the night before. In front of God and everyone I sinned and sinned some more. I thought of all the things I’ve done and winced at things I’ve said. I wallowed in self-pity. I hung my worried head. Right when I was so far down that even up looked wrong. That’s when Jesus gave to me the chorus of this song.

Satan the accuser has been whispering in your ear. You just tell him you’re forgiven – he’s got no business here. ‘Cause it doesn’t matter what you done, it matters what you’ll be. There is no condemnation if the Son has set you free.

Now I could say that right away the sun burst through the clouds, and I just started singing on that chorus right out loud. But actually I moped around and blew another day before I let myself accept the words I heard Him say.

He said, Satan the accuser has been whispering in your ear. You just tell him you’re forgiven – he’s got no business here. ‘Cause it doesn’t matter what you done, it matters what you’ll be. There is no condemnation if the Son has set you free.

So I can’t criticize you now if you wanna take your time. Cling to all your problems, just the way I clung to mine. But now you got the answer Jesus wanted you to know. He’ll take your sin and guilt away if you’ll just let them go.

And if Satan the accuser has been whispering in your ear. You just tell him you’re forgiven – he’s got no business here. ‘Cause it doesn’t matter what you done, it matters what you’ll be. There is no condemnation if the Son has set you free.

Perhaps singing this could mean something for you as well. If you need the tune, look up the DF song on the Internet.

About trans people, and having a heart and brain that match

There are points on which I agree so much with trans advocates that methinks those who disagree are bigots:

Trans people are as human as anyone else. They bear the image of God as much as anyone else. They should have the right to dress up the way they want to as much as anyone else.

Christians should love other people, including trans people. But will you please go with me from issues of having a good heart to reasoning well (having a brain to match your good heart)?

By all statistics I know of, MtF transgenders are no more or less violent than other male-born humans. People on one side of this issue try to tell us of gentle, harmless transwomen, and on the other side of violent transwomen. To conclude, from that, that all or no transwomen should be treated with suspicion is a fallacy.

Except for generalization, there are other arguments to avoid when talking of transgender people:

But for a small part of humanity (something less than 1 percent), the visible parts and the inner identity do not line up. For example, it is possible to be born with male genitalia but female chromosomes or vice versa.” – Mark Wingfield

This is a common argument. I just happen to be using the word choice of one particular individual.

What trans advocates mean by “inner identity” is the way people think about themselves. This is not the same as chromosomes. No evidence suggest that the people who think they are the other sex are those people whose chromosomes do not match their genitals. That, IMO, is the biggest flaw in trans advocacy arguments: There is a consistent habit of telling us about chromosomal differences and genital differences and brain types, and using that as evidence why people – with no evidence that they have any of these differences – should be seen as (fe)male. This is akin to giving the geography of the US-Mexico border, telling us about the places where you are not sure if you are in Mexico or the USA, and using that as your main argument for immigration. Almost nobody who wants to immigrate actually live right on top of the border.

 

Here is a similar argument:

“And now brain research has demonstrated that it also is possible to be born with female genitalia, female chromosomes but a male brain.” – Mark Wingfield

Firstly, not all researchers agree on that: Many feel there is not a measurable difference by which to distinguish male from female brains. As far as I know, none of the supporters of brain sex has ever been given a lot of brain scans without names or sexes attached, to try and identify people’s sex by the brain scan. And researchers who believe in brain sex have not, as far as I know, proven that the brains of transgender people look like the brain of the other sex.

This argument go from one word meaning to another to make their argument, the fallacy of equivocation. Researchers use ‘brain sex’ or ‘(fe)male brain’ to refer to physical properties by which a male and female brain (allegedly) differ. Trans advocates use ‘brain sex’ and ‘(fe)male brain’ to refer to whether your mind tells you you are male or female. Here is an example of the same fallacy: The criminal got a 5-year sentence for his racket (business scam). So they should send my young neighbours who made a racket (loud and constant noise) at their party last night to jail.

 

Or this one: There is 1 transwoman murdered every 29 hours. We have to stop the violence!

There are about 437,000 murders in world in a year. About 80% of the victims are biologically male, which mean 349600 murders per year on biological males. 1 murder ever 29 hours means 302 transwomen (biological males who claim to be women) are murdered per year.

0.086% of murders are on transwomen. What percentage of men are trans? 0.3% of people are trans. Of those, about 3/4 are male. That means 0.45% of men are trans. (Calculation: In 100 000 people, around 50 000 will be of each sex, and 300 will be trans – about 75 AFAB and 225 AMAB. 225 of the 50 000 AMABs will be trans.) If a group that is 0.45% of the male population suffer 0.086% of the murders on men, they are actually a lot less likely to be murder victims than most.

Okay, you want to tell me transwomen are women. In that case, transwomen are about 0.45% of the female population, and they suffer about 0.35% of the murders on women. Of course, I am against murder. But I am not convinced that transwomen suffer from murder at a higher rate than other people.

Please, trans advocates: I see no problem with your hearts, but try to let well-thinking brains match well-meaning hearts.

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Trans advocates, why do you deny my womanhood?

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Really?

I have a long-time female friend who thinks I do not have enough of a reason to call myself a woman.

I mean “friend” in the best sense of the word: We have known each other since the late eighties, her words and actions have enriched my life a lot, working alongside her was exciting. I get the chance to talk to her much too seldom now – we life on different continents nowadays.

The most baffling thing is, she believes that denying someone’s gender is a Really Big Deal. It is one of those things you Absolutely Should Not Do. Continue reading