Charading Crabs and Creationists

Charading Crabs and Creationists ~ by Dr. James J. S. Johnson

Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab

Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab

Last summer, in Baltimore, I enjoyed eating “Chesapeake Bay blue crab”—but was that what I actually ate? Why am I suspicious?

Blue crab, the Chesapeake Bay’s most iconic edible species, also appears to be its most impersonated. A report released April 1 [2015] … found that 38 percent of crab cakes labeled as local on menus in the region were made of an entirely different species of crab, predominantly one imported from the Indo-Pacific region. In Annapolis and Baltimore, nearly 50 percent of “Maryland” and “Chesapeake Bay” crab cakes were mislabeled.(1)

Before getting crabby about such false advertising (a type of bait-and-switch deception), such crustacean counterfeiting should be verified. How can portunid pretenses be proven?

“I’ve put a lot of seafood in my purse over the last few years,” said Dr. Kimberly Warner, author of the report(2) … [referring to] crab cake samples that she and other testers collected [and] shipped to a lab in Florida that determined whether the cakes contained blue crab, Callinectes sapidus, and, if not, which species were used instead. Warner said the fraud rate of 38 percent is a conservative estimate. … Mislabeling “is being done because it’s easier to sell a Maryland crab cake than one from the Philippines or Vietnam” [said Steve Vilnit, of Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources].(1)

Dr. Warner lamented that bogus brachyurans are part of a treacherous trend of tricking tastebuds:

Maryland’s favorite seafood dish is not safe from a bait and switch. When diners are expecting the fresh, distinctive flavor of the Chesapeake blue crab, they may instead be served a completely different species, shipped from as far away as Indonesia. … This mislabeling rate is consistent with Oceana’s previous studies on fish and shrimp. In 2013, Oceana found that one-third of more than 1,200 fish samples were mislabeled according to [USDA] guidelines. We also found 30 percent of shrimp samples to be misrepresented to consumers in a similar study in 2014.(2)

Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Meal?

Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Meal?

Many restaurants, buffets, and sushi bars are swimming in similar seafood scams. Piscatorial masquerades include pollock playing cod, icefish as anchovies, tilapia as grouper, rockfish as red snapper. Customers, who eagerly eat what is falsely advertised as “albacore” (or “white tuna”), may experience a digestive insult: the look-alike meat of escolar fish (a/k/a “snake mackerel”) is wax-loaded and promptly produces a blasting vermillion diarrhea.

So, buyer, beware seafood mislabeling.

Creation or Evolution?

Creation or Evolution?

Yet there are worse bait-and-switch scams to warily watch out for, such as “creation apologetics” ministry mislabeling. Not all that is called “Biblical” origins science is genuinely true-to-Genesis.

Some unfaithful-to-Genesis organizations overtly disclose their “creation-by-evolution” doctrines. However, most do not  conspicuously admit it, when compromising the Bible’s record of origins.

But you can recognize real messages, of ministries or “experts”, by their compatibility with Genesis.

Does the advertised “creation” teaching follow the uniformitarian dogma (and eons of “deep time”) of deists Charles Lyell and James Hutton? Does it incorporate Monsignor Lemaître’s “big bang” theory? Does it promote (or defend) the “natural selection” genes-in-magic sophistry of Charles Darwin and Thomas Huxley? Does it presuppose death before Adam, like Alexander Winchell (or William Dembski), within some kind of pre-Adamite “hominids-morphing-into- humans” scenario?

When scrutinizing the true ingredients—crab or shrimp or tunafish—in seafood cuisine, forensic genetics can detect the telltale DNA of the seafood actually sold. However, when scrutinizing whether an “apologetics expert” is truly a Biblical creationist, compare what those “experts” teach, specifically, with what the Scripture teaches (Acts 17:11).

References

(1)Whitney Pipkin, “Nearly 40% of Blue Crab Mislabeled in Chesapeake Area Eateries”, Chesapeake Bay Journal, 25(3):7 (May 2015).

(2)Kimberly Warner, Beth Lowell, et al., “Ocean Reveals Mislabeling of Iconic Chesapeake Blue Crab” (April 2015), 15 pages, posted at http://usa.oceana.org/sites/default/files/crab_testing_report_final_3.27.15.pdf .

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Creation Science

Rocky the Squirrel, a Foretaste of Isaiah 11:1-10

Rocky the Squirrel, a Foretaste of Isaiah 11:1-10

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James J. S. Johnson

1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch [NÊTSER] shall grow out of his roots: 2 And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; 3 And shall make Him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and He shall not judge after the sight of His eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of His ears: 4 But with righteousness shall He judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and He shall smite the earth: with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips shall he slay the wicked. 5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of His loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins. 6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. 7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’s den. 9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. 10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, Who shall stand for an ensign of the people; to Him shall the Gentiles seek: and His rest shall be glorious. (Isaiah 11:1-10)

Squirrels are one of the most beautiful rodents made by God. (Since my wife has the energy of a squirrel I am reminded of her whenever I see a squirrel, so I have a special love for squirrels.)

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Years ago my mother-in-law’s neighbor, Bob, while at work, found a baby squirrel whose parents were missing (probably killed). The next-door neighbors (Bob and Mary) “adopted” the orphaned squirrel and named him “Rocky”. Mary would feed Rocky with a “baby bottle” that belonged to a child’s doll set, until he was old enough to eat other food. Mary would feed Rocky during the day, and soothe him with gentle words. Also, Mary would put Rocky in a doll bed, at night, covering him up with a small “blanket” — a daily custom that Rocky became used to. The little squirrel continued to grow, apparently assuming that Bob & Mary’s house was “home”, — Rocky really had the run of the house! When Mary would visit my mother-in-law she would often have her wee squirrel running up and down her shoulders, back, head, and arms — because Rocky considered Mary as “Mama”. (Even today I have a vague memory ofRocky happily sitting on someone’s head — but not for long!) If you were a friend of Bob and Mary, Rocky would trust you as a “friend”, — so Rocky would let you hold him in your hand, or cradle him as you sat or walked around, or feed him. Many weeks later Rocky was attracted to the huge sycamore tree that shadowed the land between my mother-in-law’s house and that of Bob & Mary. But at sunset Rocky would voluntarily return to Mary, to be covered up with his blanket in his little doll bed.

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In time, however, Rocky discovered the world of trees — which is the world God made for squirrels. Soon afterwards Rocky appears to have met a female squirrel, in the branches of that huge sycamore tree, and one day he chose not to return to Mary at sunset. Rocky had finally discovered his God-given instinct to “be fruitful, multiply, and fill [his arboreal part of] the earth”. When Mary would walk from her house, to my mother-in-law’s house, she could look up at the sycamore branches high above her head. Often one particular squirrel would stop his scampering, just long enough to look down at Mary, — as if he remembered who she was. Then he would go back to hopping and jumping in tree branches.

That was years ago (and my mother-in-law is now 102 years old), and the years have flown by quickly. The Holy Bible assures us that the time will come, after the Lord Jesus returns to Earth, when even the wild animals will safely interact with humans, and will be friendly like pets, even to little children (Isaiah 11:1-10). Nowadays, the world is a rough place to live in, — even for squirrels like Rocky, — but some day, sooner or later, that will all change, gloriously. “Even so, come, Lord Jesus!”

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The Wonder of Matthew: The Gospel of the Kingdom

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Hello to everyone out there on planet Earth! With all the darkness and evil filling the planet I am happy and glad that you have turned to this blog!

I have just finished reading a commentary about the Book of Matthew. He was one of the original disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ! He was personally called by Jesus to follow Him. WHO ARE YOU AND I FOLLOWING? All of us are following someone: either God (Jesus) or the devil.

Not Bread Alone

Not Bread Alone

At least give God a hearing and listen to His Word! Start reading the Bible each and everyday of your life. Even one Bible verses is better than no Bible verse. Jesus said:

“It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4

A great preacher of yesteryear used to call this God’s magnum 44! Anybody know who said it?

Natural Sponge ©Pixabay

Natural Sponge ©Pixabay

Did you know that when Jesus was crucified, someone lifted up a sponge so that He could drink (sip) some vinegar?

“…one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink.” Matthew 27:48

You know what is so cool: The Highest Being in the Universe, the Lord Jesus Christ meet one of the lowest animal creatures, the sponge! I have been to Tarpon Springs in Florida, one of the sponge capitals of the area.

“…they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear His cross.” Matthew 27:32

In Jesus’s darkest hours, people stood up to help! Simon helped to carry the cross. Someone gave Him vinegar to drink. The Roman soldier said that Jesus was truly the Son of God, when the religious leaders of the day refused to declare that truth. The Mary’s stayed by the foot of the cross, by the tomb, and went there on Resurrection morning. Jesus first appeared to Mary Magdalene.His grace had cast out seven devils from her! If you are demon possessed, or controlled by any sin, go to Jesus without delay and ask Him for deliverance! Go to Him by faith and He will save you! Do not waste another minute of your life! Your soul is to precious to neglect. To Jesus go, and he will rescue you like He rescued Mary Magdalene!

Others were there to help Jesus in His hour of need. Joseph of Arimathaea and Nicodemus went to get His body from Pilate! Pilate once asked Jesus: WHAT IS TRUTH? Don’t you want to find out what is true? Is the Bible true? Is the Quran true? Is there a Heaven and Hell? Is there life after death?

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Easter Sunday – He is Risen ©WikiC

WHY AM I HERE ON PLANET EARTH?

Like the people above that helped Jesus, anything we do for Christ is a very high honor indeed. A Bible tract passed out. An invitation to Church. A drink of cold water to a thirsty soul. A kind word or deed done in the name of Jesus! Friends find something to do for Jesus. Use your gifts and abilities and talents to honor the Lord Jesus Christ! May all who read these words accept the Lord Jesus Christ as their own personal Saviour! We need the mercy, the grace, and the forgiveness of God! It is all found in the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ! May we see each other in Heaven someday! Your friend and companion as we travel along our ADVENTURE on planet Earth! The Golden Eagle will fly in again very soon! It’s off to the clouds for me presently…

Is Christianity True?

Christ Dying On The Cross -(Google)

Christ Dying On The Cross -(Google)

Hi everybody! You have an immortal soul and will live forever and forever into the future. Have you ever thought about these things?

Consider the following:

1. Jesus, historically, DIED on a cross just outside of Jerusalem.

2. Jesus, historically, ROSE again from the dead. Obviously, God approved of Jesus Christ and His Death and Resurrection.

3. Jesus Christ , historically, CLAIMED to be God!

4. The above statements help us to see that Jesus Christ is the TRUTH, and Christianity, as a religion, is TRUE.

5. What will YOU DO WITH JESUS CHRIST?

In the days ahead, we will discuss these very important truths!

You Are On An Adventure!

All of us are on this great adventure! Did you ever wonder? Did you ever wonder why a tree can live longer than you? Did you ever wonder where you came from? Did you ever wonder why you are on planet Earth? Did you ever wonder what you are supposed to do while you are here? Did you ever wonder what will happen to you at the moment you leave this world? Did you ever wonder?

Light by Deeliah

Light by Deeliah

You and I are destined for the skies. We are destined to live forever! We are destined to continue this journey forever! Did you ever wonder about your purpose and plan in this great ongoing adventure? Did you ever wonder? In the days and weeks ahead of us we will explore the answers to these questions and so much more! For now, I will say good bye to you all from Bibleworld Adventures!!!

You Have A Purpose On Planet Earth!

Earth photo from Pixabay

Earth photo from Pixabay

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

Each of us has an “expected end.” God has created each of us with different abilities and talents. We each have different likes and dislikes. We each have a unique personalities  and a unique backgrounds with respect to our upbringing. God, the Lord Jesus Christ, has a specific plan and purpose for each one of us!

Everything that takes place in our lives is preparing us for this unique adventure and journey. Your family and past genealogy has prepared you. Your education (past and present) has prepared you. Your circumstances have been directed by God to help you get involved with what God’s plan is for your life.

“The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord.” (Proverbs 16:1)

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.” (Psalm 37:23)

Jesus Christ is the Potter with power over the clay. You and I were made from the dust of the ground. Modern science teaches us that we have oxygen and carbon in our makeups. You have heard of the “carbon footprint.” We have calcium and magnesium in our bodies.

This ADVENTURE that we are on will last for eternity. You want to make sure that you are “saved.” If you understand that you are really a sinner that deserves the ‘wrath of God” because we have sinned against a Holy God, then you can be saved because God sent to us a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. He paid for our sins on the cross. We simply need to believe what God says about Jesus Christ and the fact that He paid for our sins with His shed blood. Trust Him, rely completely on Him. You cannot save yourself. When once you trust Jesus Christ as your own personal Saviour, you are ready to begin this exciting journey!

You and I are destined to the skies! We are destined to live in Paradise with God forever. You have probably figured out that money, fame, fortune, and education doesn’t really satisfy. The only One that can fill out empty,voided heart is God Himself. We were created to “enjoy God forever.” If you love life, please stay with me as we journey along together! Thanks!

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Are You Personally On An Adventure?

Balloon Adventure ©WikiC

Balloon Adventure ©WikiC

Bibleworld Adventures

Hello to all of you out there! What is this Bibleworld Adventures blog about? The purpose for this blog is to help us see the big picture of life. Why are you on planet Earth? Where did you and I come from? While we are here, what are we supposed to do? Where can I find truth? What is truth? We will discuss some current events. We will discuss History sometimes, and at other times we will discuss Science. We will state right at the start that everybody makes assumptions each and everyday. When we drive our automobiles and go down the right side of the road, we expect that the other driver coming towards us will stay on his or her side of the road. When you turn the light switch on, you assume that the light in the room will come on. We will assume that the Bible is indeed the very “Word of God.” We will discuss many and varied subjects pertaining to real life situations. This blog will examine these things with an “open Bible.” Thanks for visiting this blog and please stay with me as we take this exciting adventure together!

I once had a college professor, Dr. Jim Johnson, who said that life with Jesus Christ is an “adventure.” This is so true! I remember when I was at the young age of ten or there about: I remember thinking that life on this planet made no sense whatsoever. Was I to grow up and learn things a t school? Was I to grow up and have a family and then work all of my life? Was I to eventually die and leave it all behind in 100 years or less. This made no sense then and makes no sense today apart from the Word of God, the BIBLE

God tells us in the Bible that there is a purpose for everything!

“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1) God has “made everything beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world (eternity) in their hearts…I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be forever: nothing can be put to it, nor anything taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11-14)

Each of you knows, down in the depths of your soul, that there is a God and there is a bigger purpose than just “me” in this vast Universe. This blog will help point us in the right direction! Each choice that we make, each action that we live out, and each thought that we think will affect our own eternity! God is eternal and He has created us with eternal souls and spirits and personalities. Good choices bring good results, bad choices bring bad results. The best choice is to accept the precious gift of “eternal life.” This means to believe and “trust” in what Jesus Christ did on the cross about 2000 years ago.

“For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” (Romans 5:6)

“But God commendeth (demonstrated) his love towards us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

In fact, buy a Bible and read Romans chapter five. Remember, this Bibleworld Adventures blog will use an “open Bible” concept as we continue on with our own personal adventures. We are destined for the skies and beyond to the third Heaven, which is Paradise! You and I have started on this adventurous road and we will live somewhere forever! God is eternal and He has created us in “His image,” We also will live FOREVER!

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Please read these previous articles by Golden Eagle that have been reproduced here. These can be found in the Golden Eagle section.

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