Monthly Archives: August 2011

LIFE

Twists an turns on the road of life,
peaks and valleys, joy and strife.
One goes on without a care,
until you lose your grip, then beware.
One moment you have it all,
then without warning you begin to fall.
Life begins to slip, and slip away,
and you know there is nothing anyone can say.
You fall and fall down into the dark chasm of despair,
when you stop you notice you’re alone, no one else is there.
You get up and brush off the dirt an dust,
and look around and smell the must.
You see a hand reaching down from high above,
you grab hold and feel the love.
He pulls you up until you reach the light,
you see the face of Jesus so clear and bright.
He smiles a warm smile and holds you tight,
You then understand you will be…alright.

©Thomas H Czech, 201

 

 

 

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The truth about Evolution and Creation

Evolution; A Christians Perspective

Introduction
It was thousands of years ago when the earth was created. The plants, oceans, lakes and rivers, all put in their proper places on this planet, the stars were scattered across the sky; the sun and moon a perfect distance from the earth.
Then animals were created and populated all of the earth, all those who are marine life filled the lakes, rivers and oceans. The animals of the land and the birds of the air have their places as well, all live harmoniously were they are supposed to live. Then man was created; what a sight it would have been for man to open his eyes for the first time and see such beauty, the different animals and plants, the multitudes of colours, textures and fragrances would have been amazing to witness for the first time. It was a little while later that woman came, she also would have seen the land as it should be, clean, friendly and whole. Vastly different to what we have today.

Evolution
(A process of change in a certain direction. http://www.merriam-webster.com/)

Man and woman have been created; they work with their hands, the only tools they have. They live in the wilderness because they have been taken out of the Garden of Eden, because of sin.
They need to learn to garden, farm and hunt-they need to survive! How would they do this? They would need to adapt, to evolve.
Science would have us believe that everything on this planet and everything in space was created by mere chance, and that all living things evolve and have evolved from a single-celled organism, which evolved from inorganic matter and humans took one route which led us to become an ape then  caveman and then to who we are now. However, I see it differently, I do believe humans evolve but it is not in the manner science would have us believe. When we look back at humanity to when we were first created to what we are now, we have indeed evolved.
Some would say that we have actually devolved. This means that we have actually become less civilized, and our advancements have taken us to a more uncivilized more self-destructive place; we are destroying ourselves. We destroy the land by stripping it of its trees and other plant life, we drill holes in the land and oceans and suck out its oils and gasses, we dig holes to rape the land of its other resources as well, then we empty lakes, rivers and oceans of sea life. When we do these things, we drain the earth of resources that have been a part of it since its creation; throwing the natural balance off track. That is not all, when our infrastructures break down these things spill onto the land and poison the soil and water killing even more life and polluting and poisoning the homes where we and other life forms live.
That not being enough, we need more so we illegally and unjustly invade other nations starting wars in which we not only murder innocent humans, we kill animals and plants with weapons which pollute the air, soil and waters. Is this a sign of humankind having evolved to become better and more intelligent life forms? I think not.

Evolution is a process created by God
When I look at my children; I see a process of evolution. When they are first born, they learn to cry, they cry when they feel uncomfortable, they do not know what this discomfort is, but they know they do not like it. For instance, if their diapers are dirty or wet, they do not know the meaning of wet or dirty, they just know that it is not comfortable so they cry to get the attention of someone who will take away this discomfort. The same goes for hunger, as newborns they do not understand what hunger is, they simply know that they need something, so again they cry.  This is a part of nature that is instilled in the very essence of their creation!
Nurture comes into play as they soon realize that whenever they cry, mom or dad come and do something, this something takes away their discomfort, this is learned through repetition, a process where one action receives another positive action or reaction. They have evolved. We are created by God to learn and behave this way.
From the moment we are born we evolve, there are various stages we go through in our process of change. When we are babies, we evolve where we learn to crawl and then walk and soon after we learn to run.
Another stage of evolution for humankind is the learning stage, we begin to learn the moment we are born, this is a combination of nature which is we want to learn to communicate with others, so we learn speech. The same is for movement, we want to learn to walk so that we can get to where we want to be, such as near our favourite toy. In addition, there is a nurture aspect to this, we go to school, we are taught by others the things which the society we live in deems important for us to learn. These are things which do not come to us naturally, but they are taught to us through a long process and by repetition, such as reading and writing. Also we are taught right from wrong, such as that hitting or stealing is wrong. We need to be taught such things in order to be a productive citizen of our community.
Let us take this perspective of evolution to a grander scale. We see that humanity has evolved in the sense that we have learned to created such things as Automobiles, airplanes and medications. How do we come up with these things, is it mere coincidence? No, these things are given to us by God. God is the one who created us and has given us the intelligence to create and to invent.
We evolved to this stage by the careful guidance from God, and so we created things, which are to make our lives better. However, as humans like to have power over others we took the idea of cars and created tanks and other armoured vehicles, we armed airplanes which were to make travel faster with guns and bombs and took the concepts to create medicines and use it to create viruses, chemical and biological warfare etc. Therefore, it seems that every step forward in human growth we seem to take another back.

A Christians view on evolution

Now let’s take a closer look at the theory of evolution and creation.
We are created by God, God created everything seen and unseen. Nothing and no one is here by chance; everything and everyone has a purpose.
Humans are created and have evolved, but neither is done by themselves. The evolution of humans is simple; we are born, we learn and we grow. All one needs to do is follow a baby from birth through adulthood, there is where we can see how a human evolves. This is evolution in its simplest terms. The other form is humanity, as I stated earlier one only needs to go back to Adam and Eve and look through history to see how we have evolved, such as learned to create (and destroy).
A Christian’s perspective on evolution is not to believe Darwin’s theory of evolution, but instead to believe in God’s intelligent design of creation and see that humans do evolve (change) but that this evolution or change is guided and directed by God himself.

Thomas H. Czech
(October 10, 2010)
©Thomas H. Czech, 2010

Boys to Men?

There was a time when men were men; rough and tough and would fight for what is right.
That day is long gone.
I remember when I was in school in the 70’s when all of us boys would play fight and and play unprotected tackle football. We were fine, sure we had scrapes and bruises, but we did not care and neither did anyone else, it was a part of growing up.
Sometimes we played practical jokes on one another, those jokes would do something physical to us like sitting on a pin, yea it hurt, but so what? It was a joke which caused no long term or permanent injuries. We laughed about it and usually tried to out do the other.

I am not saying that hurting someone is right, but boys are being raised as girls, no rough housing, no play fighting. Everything that teaches a boy to be a man is taken from us. We learned that things hurt which taught us not to do that to another. We learned by playing cops and robbers that the law always wins. We learned by play-fighting that real fighting will hurt someone and we learned how to defend ourselves against bullies.

Playing rough and playing hard also allowed us to burn enough energy during recess that when we went back into class we could sit still and pay attention. But no longer, now children are prevented from playing in such a manner that they still are fueled up with energy that they have a hard time siting still in class and focusing is difficult that they get in trouble.

Boys are different from girls, so why are boys prevented from behaving like boys and forced to restrain their male intuitions to the point that when they hit puberty they have no idea how they are supposed to behave or know who they are becoming as men?
Boys need to be able to play army guy, cops and robbers, play fight etc. this is how we are created and how our brains are wired. We are the hunter gatherer, the protector, the warrior. We need to be able to tap into that inner man at a young age as it will teach us to become a real man. One who hunts/gathers (work) one who protect (those around them instead of turning a blind eye to injustice) to be a warrior (fight for what’s right) etc. this is an integral part of growing up.

Let boys be boys, yes they will get hurt, but they will get over it and learn what not to do and what to do differently. Do not baby them. They will use sticks to sword fight, they will play fight, they will get scrapes and bruises and probably cuts. It does not make you bad parents or teacher; it does however make them men.

Time for Uncommon sense


Thomas H. Czech
Uncommon sense means a rare, different and beautiful form of thought and understanding.

To have commonsense is to have the same sense as the majority of the population where you live. To think and believe that what is normal is what the majority of the people around you think, do and behave like. Not to think outside the box.
I believe that uncommon sense; however, is the way to go, to think for ones self, to question the media and not believe what the mass media is telling us. Think outside the box, and by all means, think for yourself.
When we look at the history of humanity, we see that people for hundreds of years, if not thousands, have done what the masses have done and behaved in the same way. This is why we have repeated the same mistakes, wars over land and resources have been fought repeatedly, thus having killed hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women and children, and destroyed  and polluted an immeasurable amount of land and oceans.
We see this today, the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq are no different from any invasion of one country by another in the past, which can be summed up in one word—greed!
I am looking at humanity now with uncommon sense; I look at it from an outside-of-the-box point of view. Why would I believe what the Governments of the world and the mass media tell me? I, as a human being have the right and freedom to question everything and think for myself.
If we want to prevent wars, oil spills and mining disasters as well as the continuation of mass deaths due to starvation and disease, then we need to have uncommon sense and not follow the masses, otherwise we will make the same mistakes which we have been making for hundreds of years.
Commonsense is not always sensible and it most certainly is not always intelligent thought. So let us open our minds and allow freethinking, so what if we come across somewhat eccentric?
Is eccentricity abnormal? Or is it normal and the rest of the population is abnormal? Where would we be without eccentric people? Without people who are using uncommon sense? People like Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, Alexander Graham Bell to name only a fraction of people who did not think as common man did. These people thought for themselves and made changes to humanity, which we would not have if they followed the crowds.
It is time to raise up a culture of uncommon sense, a population which do not let others do the thinking for them. Let us be the new thinkers of this era and teach others to become and do the same. Use Uncommon Sense!

©Thomas H Czech, 2010

 

All about time

Thomas H Czech

August 9st, 2011

 

What is time? Does it exist? Is it what we perceive it to be? “What is it?”
The night moves into day, the days become weeks and before we know it years have passed us by.
A life begins at birth and ends at death. Is the space in-between it …time?
We have clocks, we have the sun and moon, we have seasons and yet no one can really explain it.
We humans have created it, we have lived our lives by it and we are controlled by it.
But is time a part of Creation? Is there another form of time other than what we live by?
2 Peter 3:8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. (Bible)
So if this thing called time was not a part of creation as we have been made to understand it, then why do we allow “time” to control every aspect of our lives?
Why do we live by this man-made creation of the 24-hour clock?
The clock was created to simplify our lives, but instead we have become slaves to it.
Do we really need to let it control us? Considering there is “Never enough time in a day”. Have you heard someone say this? Have you yourself spoken them? I will admit that I have.
So if we never have enough time, then can we not create and give ourselves more it?
I don’t believe that we are created to live so strictly by the control time. We are just supposed to live and to live each day to the fullest.
To enjoy ourselves, to love and be loved and to do the best we can for ourselves and for everyone around us who share this planet with us.
John Ellis McTaggart (3 September, 1866 – 18 January, 1925) and many other philosophers have proposed that the passage of time is an illusion suggesting that only the present is real. (http://www.timephysics.com/) So the present as we know, is the immediate that an individual is in, and it is different from person to person because we all perceive things differently.
So if we believe that time does not exist, and that it is merely an illusion created by man to control our lives, and that it is different for each individual. And if we know that it is only what we perceive it to be, and that in the end it is an illusion nonetheless because we all have different amounts of it on this planet.
Then we must know and understand that we ought not let it control us, but that we must instead take control of our life and live it to the best of our ability, because there really isn’t enough of it in our lifetime to waste.
Charles Richards said, “Don’t be fooled by the calendar.
There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. One man gets only a week’s value out of a year while another man gets a full year’s value out of a week” and
 Charles Darwin once said, “A man who dares to waste one hour of life has not discovered the value of life”. 
I don’t agree with Darwin on most of his ideas, however in this quote I believe he is right.
Now that being said, King Solomon tells us in Ecclesiastes 3 that there is a time for everything. What is he talking about? Is he talking about a moment on the clock or simply a moment in ones life? Or does it really matter. Perhaps we ought not be so focused on “Time” but rather on our lives and what we do with it. As we all know, life moves forward and never back. What is done is done, as the saying goes: “We can not turn back time”. This goes for the man made thing called time and it also goes for life itself, so: “Hurry up and live; the clock is ticking—ahead! With or without you!”

 

©Thomas H Czech, 2011

Goodbye

I used to soar like an eagle, once upon a time,
I would glide about all day long, doing just fine,
Then one day I realized, life had flown on by,
somewhere along the way, I forgot to even try,
What did happen? How could this be?
I suppose no one really knows, this is life, and now it’s me,
The air currents are gone, I cannot glide anymore, so my wings I flap real hard
but the strength is gone, so down I go, I know I’ll hit the ground real hard,
Here it comes, faster and faster, oh My God what do I do?
There is nothing, it’s too late, my life is over I am through,
I close my eyes, it all turns black, my breath is almost gone,
Strength drains from my body, anytime now it’ll be over, it won’t be long,
Good bye sweet world, I say goodbye,
Do not shed a tear for me, do not whimper a single a cry.
…Goodbye.

©Thomas H Czech, 2011

This poem is a poem about how one feels after loss. It is not a literal, physical death, but a feeling of death on the inside. It is not to be taken literally, it is merely an allegory. I write because for me it is therapeutic, this is how I came up with this one. It is after dealing with loss.
Thanks for reading,
Thomas

The Art of Conversation

Thomas H Czech

November 14, 2010

What does it mean to converse or to have a conversation?
In my opinion to have a conversation means to have a dialogue between two or more people in a manner which is respectful to all parties involved. This simply means to give each person the respect to allow them to speak; to allow them to say what they need or want to say without being interrupted.

To be able to have a conversation is an art; a lost art. Today people seem to be unable to hold meaningful conversations with one another. It seems that everyone has a lot to say but are unable to convey their opinion or thought in a proper well thought out and meaningful manner. Also, the person who is trying to speak is cut off or interrupted as the other party involved will try to get his or her opinion across before the other person is finished speaking.

When a person interrupts another it comes across as if the one doing the interrupting has little or no respect or value for that individual. It feels as if what the person has to say is of little or no relevance to the other or lacks any importance. It is a rude and disrespectful thing to do.

Does this mean that we have all become self-absorbed? Not necessarily, we have simply lost the art of conversation. We are not taught to speak anymore. We have become far too reliant on electronics to get our points across. We live in the electronic age where texting, keyboarding and the internet have become the main means of communicating instead of verbal communication.

I firmly believe that we need to teach communication, not just written, but also verbal. In order for upcoming generations to become successful human beings in a competitively growing society we need to teach them the art of verbal communication. How would it look for a young person entering the workforce to have all the electronic communication skills but no verbal communication skills? He is able to write documents and make excellent electronic media but is unable to get his point across verbally to other board members? How far would he get in his career?

How do we change this? First and foremost we must teach self-awareness. A person has to learn to be self-aware, this means that he/she learn his/her likes and dislikes, their strengths and weaknesses and how he or she wants others to speak to them. Once this foundation is laid, one can then begin to build on language, learn how to say things, what needs to be said–and what doesn’t. After all, just because you have something to say doesn’t mean you have to say it.

The next is to learn the attitude of speech. With what attitude are you speaking? What is the attitude behind your words? And why do you have that particular attitude? Does your attitude match your words? Another important aspect to the art of conversation is the volume of your voice, some people have naturally loud voices, so when they get into a debate or argument their voices become even louder. Even though they do not mean to yell, they are. Thus the argument becomes more heated and out of control as the other person will feel attacked. This is where your self-awareness comes into play. You need to know and understand the volume, tone and the attitude behind the words which you are speaking.

Once you have an understanding of yourself you then need to practice communicating. Take little steps. First speak to yourself, and listen to what your words sound like, maybe you can record yourself and play it back. Second, speak to a person, but before you do you must prepare your mind, tell yourself to pay attention. Then when speaking to the other person listen to his or her words, and when it is your turn speak, listen to what you are saying, pay close attention to your words, tone of voice, attitude with how you are conveying the information and the volume of your voice, also think of whether or not you need to say certain things. Perhaps you can or should leave certain things out.

This is the beginning of learning the art of communication. This takes practice, it is learned through repetition. Once you have mastered this you will become more confident and a more productive member of society and you may also get the job or promotion which you have longed for, for quite some time.

Now you have the foundation of the art of communication. Practice it and learn it, it is good for you and those around you.

©Thomas H Czech, 2010

Highway Robbery

Modern Highway men

Highway Robbery in the 21st Century
Thomas H Czech
June 28th, 2011

Eggs, milk, bread, fruit and vegetables. There are skyrocketing prices in all we purchase, not just in groceries but also in clothing, electricity, heating fuel and the list goes on.
I hear the complaints at the supermarket and at the school when I speak with the other parents who are waiting for their children.
The question everyone has is “Why?” Why are the prices going up the way they are? And why are our incomes not matching the increase in the cost of our living expenses? We can not blame the farmers for the cost of our food as they are not charging that much more, not enough to justify the increases we see in our bills when we pay for the products we purchase.
There are two words followed by one common word that are always on the lips of those with whom I speak, and those words are ‘CORPORATE and GOVERNMENT GREED.
Yes you read correctly, those words are always coming from everyone with whom I speak, and those simple words indeed explain it all, they tie it all together.
Corporate greed, the main one being the oil companies which have unjustifiably raised the price of oil to the ridiculously high prices are the main culprit in draining our wallets and bank accounts like the highwaymen of old who would lie in wait for some unsuspecting traveller and then jump out robbing him of all his cash and belongings. Such is the oil company, only now they do it and legally get away with it. They gouge us and rob us, knowing very well that we, the consumer will pay the price.
Farm equipment use fuel, transport trucks which move the products use fuel, our vehicles which take us to the stores use fuel and so do many hydro plants which give our homes and stores electricity for the light, heating and cooling systems and refrigeration system to keep our food fresh and ovens which cook, it all use some form of fuel whether directly or indirectly.
So yes, the corporations that mine and sell the fuel know this and they gouge us knowing very well that we the consumer will, one way or another pay the price.

So let us look at the governments hand in all of this, their word…the governments word is simple, oh don’t get me wrong, it is a big one, it is merely three letters but its meaning is huge and it sends chills up the spines of all consumers and that word simply is—TAX. Yes the dreaded, most hated three-letter word in todays society.
The government will not ever, nor do they have any intention on stepping in and laying down legislation to prevent price gouging by the oil and lets face it the gas companies as well, because they receive a ridiculously high amount of money from taxes, not just from oil companies but also when we buy fuel at the pumps, and also when we pay for other products. Just look at your receipt and see what the taxes are, also look at your hydro and gas bills, look at what all the other charges are including the taxes you pay! Oh my Gosh, a revelation! The government is also gouging us, highway robbery of us by our politicians as well. So not only are we being robbed by the corporation but we are then also robbed by our government, by the people we hired to work for us, to do what’s right for us, by those we thought would have our best interest at heart. Wow! Were we wrong! So since we hired them…can we not fire them? A thought comes to my mind, is this why people in countries like Egypt and perhaps Libya are protesting? Should we be protesting? Should we ban together and fire those who we hired because they are stealing from us? The thing is, if an employee working for an oil company or working in the parliament buildings were caught stealing, would they not get fired? So why then, can we not fire our PM and his people for gouging or let’s be blunt—for stealing from us?
Just something to think about, after all, how long are we supposed to cower from those in power before we say “Enough is Enough!”
Im not saying that we should start a riot or a coup, but maybe it is time for us, for those who pay the wages of those who are gouging us to tell the government that we want legislation passed right now which prevents price gouging and a cap put of fuel prices or we will fire them, not next election but right now.
How can this be done? We force an election, yes we may have a majority government at the moment, but when desperate people ban together the government has to listen. Like I said, we hired them, so we can fire them.

©Thomas H Czech, 2011

Guilting is manipulation

To guilt someone is manipulation

To guilt or manipulate is a sin
Thomas H Czech
December 18, 2010

To guilt someone into doing what you want is manipulation; which is wrong!
This could be the end of this blog, but I think I should go deeper into what can be construed as being manipulation.
Have you ever heard someone say, “If you love me you would…” or “If you really cared, you would…”.
Those words are what some people use to guilt someone into doing what they want, or to get their own way, that is manipulation in its simplest form.
The fact of the matter is, if one truly cares about the other person, then that person would not try to guilt the other or manipulate as it were, to get their own way or have the person do what they want.
In New King James Version of the bible 2Corinthians 11:14 14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Why does Satan transform? He does it to deceive, and why does he want to deceive? He wants to deceive all mankind in order to manipulate us all so that he can do with us whatever he wants.
So with this scripture alone we know that manipulation is a sin.
But let us not merely believe that Satan tries to deceive and manipulate, let us understand that people do the same, they come to us pretending to be good or nice and have good intentions, but they do not. They want to get close to us to harm us in some evil way; they will even try to play one against the other in order to bring strife and division to couples and families, sometimes for no reason at all, but for their own sick enjoyment because they are led by Satan to bring destruction.
The same can be true in the church. Matthew 7:15 (New King James Version)
15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 
There are people in the church who do the same, they pretend to be God fearing, Jesus worshiping people, but behind the scene, away from the pastor they behave in worldly manners, with venomous tongues and evil desires they go about their daily lives, until Sunday comes around, they dress in fine clothes and paste on fake smiles and even sing the songs, but the truth is that Jesus sees it all. The sad thing is that they hurt so many people. Some of them use the name of Jesus to control people. “Jesus wants you to do…” or “Jesus told me that you…” and so on. All in the name of guilting or manipulating people within the church.
We know that guilting people at all or for any reason is manipulation, we know that manipulation is a sin. We also know that the days of such evil are written in the Word of God which tells us in 2 Timothy 3:16 (New King James Version)16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. The scripture comes directly from God Himself.
Let’s read 2 Timothy 3:1-5 (New King James Version)  1 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
From such people we are to turn away. I despise manipulation; it makes me feel as if I was thrown into a pit of the filthiest, vilest thing which one’s mind can think of. I know when someone is trying to manipulate and I want to run away as fast and as far as I can, because I know it is coming from Satan
People who do such things are lovers of self and do not care about you or me, or anyone else for that matter.
Interesting isn’t it. To witness these last days where such behaviour is rapidly gaining momentum. It is the end time prophecies coming to fruition. Make your lives right with God, put on the full armour of God so that you may be strong, encouraged, protected and ready for battle. Ephesians 6:13-18 (New King James Version)13 Therefore take up the whole armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—
Let me say one last thing, even though we are living in the end times, even though so many people are working for Satan we can be encouraged in what we are told in Matthew 6:25 For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?

©Thomas H Czech, 2010

Love

To Love

To Love

To love and be loved is such a thrill,

Better than magic or any pill,

When men are aching or are ill,

Love from a woman is the best for him still,

For it cures what ails him motivates his health,

Better than riches or any immortal wealth,

He loves and is loved what else can there be,

Nothing greater in the world for he,

For the toughest of men can be softened by love,

To the point where he’ll shed a tear at the mere cry from a dove,

So love him forever ‘cause he loves you,
there is no doubt that his love is true,

To love and be loved is such a thrill,

Better than magic or any pill,

When men are aching or are ill,

Love from a woman is best for him still.

June 26, 2011
©Thomas H Czech, 2011