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beloved country - by P.K.Odendaal - December 2013
I am emigrating from South Africa to Canada
in February 2013.
The progress in South
Africa had just become too much for me. We have climbed every ladder and list
of dubious goals in the world, reaching for the top of each. Although we have
not reached any of the top positions yet, we might, with some perseverance,
reach them soon. These lists include the most corrupt country, country with the
highest crime rate, country with the highest murder and rape rate, and other
such coveted accomplishments.
Our murder rate for a peaceful South Africa is still in excess of those
killed in Syria at the height of their civil war, and far in excess of those
killed in Afghanistan and Iraq - what a noble feat. Peace has never been so
What do you not want to see?
- By P.K.Odendaal - January 2013
I was inspired by the article by Annemie titled: 'What do
you see?' She inspired us to look deeper into everything to see the detail,
emotion, meaning, creativity, art, light and darkness, texture and colour,
harmony, emotion and passion in everything.
Of course, there are also times when we do not want to see,
and these are times I call: 'What do you not want to see' - the things you turn a blind eye to. It is times when we wish our
eyes were closed. Some people then stick their heads in the sand, but I, not
wishing to get sand or smoke in my eyes, look, but do not see, plainly because some
things make my eyes sore, and some things make my heart sore. What would happen
if I really tried to see these things? I think the world would be a much better
place, if I also saw that. However, I am programmed not to see it.
Dialogue with an atheist - Part 7 - Spirits - by P.K.Odendaal - December 2012
GLC:Hi Atheist, why are you coming back time
and again. I thought you would have shunned my company many moons ago.
Atheist:I don't know. I do not like Christians, but
somehow you give me something to think about now and then. You sometimes have a
point - a weak one, but still. And you do not shun or force Christianity down
my throat immediately, like other Christians do. I am so fed up with them about
that. But ... what are we talking about today.
GLC:We are going to jump directly into the
spiritual world - the one you are so sure does not exist. You must have
gathered from the subject of our previous dialogue, called 'Evil', that I would
now follow with Spirits, because spirits are the abode of evil. Evil does not
exist anywhere else, despite this humorous poem by Lewis Carroll (from
Dialogue with an atheist - Part 6 - Evil - by P.K.Odendaal - December 2012.
Atheist:Last time you talked about evil, and I wish
to take you up on that. Why do you say Dawkins and company are evil and the
Israelites are not? I thought the latter were indeed the worst - if one can
believe the Bible.
GLC:Sorry for the ambiguity. I meant that I
regard Dawkins and company as evil, but they cannot be described as evil to an
atheist, because there is no concept of evil for an atheist. Evil, Satan, Hell,
Perdition and the Last Judgement are words defined and created in the Bible -
by God and the writers of Scripture. Of course, if you do not believe in God,
then Evil, Satan, Hell and the Devil are also non-existent concepts.
Atheist:That is an insult to me - of course I know
what evil is and means. I see it around me every day.
Dialogue with an atheist - Part 4 - by P.K.Odendaal - December 2012
What is an atheist really
GLC:Hi Atheist, interested in another
session with me, about things material and immaterial? Or shall I say physical
and meta-physical? Or what about this one ... carnal and spiritual?
Atheist:You have this funny effect on me - I detest
you, but still I cannot help but listening to you - the same effect as people
like Dawkins and hitchens
have on Christians.
GLC:I do not mean it to be a sort of
punishment, but rather an excursion into realms and domains where you would feel
ill at ease, but still domains which exist. I know you are a materialist, and
that you only believe in physical things, but leading a life of bondage in only
one domain must cramp your lifestyle immensely.
Atheist:Ok, go ahead, what do you have in store
with an Atheist - Part 2 - by P.K.Odendaal - November 2012
Less tangible objects.
GLC:Hi there, Atheist, where are you
Atheist:I am off to some business at the bank.
GLC:Why did you all of a sudden remember to
rush off to the bank just when you saw me?
Atheist:I do not like you Christians. You think the
world belongs to you. Everywhere you have people in high places trying to
dictate policy along Christian principles, which the rest of us do not like.
GLC:You are not perhaps talking of some
church going people who wish to force their church dogma onto you?
Many thanks to the USA who were the largest readers of my blog this week - I appreciate it and I hope I can make a contribution to debunking the lies, doubts, misconceptions and mis-understandings of our world of today.
It made me think of the Conference on Sustainable Development, held in South Africa some five years ago, in Durban. It was not the climate change one which become known as the Durban Disaster, but might well have been.
When the conference started, each delegate received a question on a piece of paper (I am told) which read like this :
What, in your honest opinion, is the solution to the shortage of food in the rest of the world.
Delegates had to hand in their replies before the end of the conference. When none were handed in, the organisers wanted to know why the delegates did answer it.
Someone gave this reply:
It was because nobody fully understood the question.
The delegates from West Africa did not know what honest meant, those from Russia did not know what an opinion meant, those from the Middle East did not know what a solution meant, those from Europe did not know what a shortage meant, those from the rest of Africa did not know what food meant, and those from the USA did not know what the rest of the world meant.
Dialogue with and
atheist - Part 1 - by P.K.Odendaal - October 2012
This is a continuation of my previous dialogues, and like
the others, this is also a hypothetical dialogue. Not that it is fictional. It
is a summary of all the discussions and arguments I have had with atheists and
agnostics over many years, and of the principles of their unbelief written in
many books I have read. In this dialogue my own words will be prefixed by the
acronym GLC meaning a God Loving Creature.
what do you believe in?
Atheist:I can better tell you what I do not believe
in. I am an atheist and I do not believe in God. I only believe in things that I
can see or observe - things material and physical. Things which I do not
believe in is anything else. I do not believe in the meta-physical world or
Adult Sunday School -
Part 17 - The dead shall rise - by P.K.Odendaal - October 2012.
Ouch! ... that's a terrible blow to atheists. They think
that they can just die one day, and never live again - and never answer for
their deeds on earth or anywhere else. How convenient. Atheists believe in
determinism which states that each cause has an effect. But, they omit to state
that it is only they who are free from this injunction, as their lives and
deeds - and death - has no consequences or effects. How inconsistent is that
belief? Enough of that. I am here to bury Caesar, not to praise him, lest he
should rise again.
Adult Sunday School -
Part 16 - The Sign of Jonah - by P.K.Odendaal - October 2012
Jonah is one of the shortest books in the bible, but so full
of meaning and prophecy, that one can hardly ignore it. In fact - it is one of
the first books newcomers read, being such a wonderful and even far-fetched
story of someone being swallowed by a whale and later spit out on a beach.
So whilst it is a miracle, we will not stop there, but probe
deeper into the underlying meaning, especially since Jesus Christ told us that
He was giving us the sign of Jonah, when asked for a sign (by the people). Mat 12:39But he answered
and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and
there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: v:40For as Jonas was three days and three nights
in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in
the heart of the earth.
As a 'zwischenzug' (an intermediate neutral move in chess) between articles, I wish to thank everyone for reading my blog. I appreciate it - and please feel free to question or support my arguments. I have been surprised this week with two unexpected outcomes. The first one is that my latest article, Adult Sunday School - The Lamb of God, reached unexpected reading statistics, pushing it up to sixth place overall within six days. It inspires me to extend this series. Secondly, I was surprised to find that for the last week, Russia was my largest audience. That really means something for me, due to the history of that country. I always maintain that South Africa (the country I live in) and Russia have very similar histories. South Africa has a short, sad and sorry history, and Russia has a long, sad and sorry history - both tainted largely by suffering, greed and the monopoly of power, combined with unnecessary wars. But then, is that not the history of every country in the world? I feel strongly about questioning everything we accept as normal and at face value - even the simple things, and like to probe its uncertainties with new perspectives - mostly unsuccessful - but here and there I can feel the light breaking though in this twilight between knowledge and ignorance, or between light and darkness. Please share with your friends and acquaintances.
Adult Sunday School - Part 15 - The Lamb of God - by P.K.Odendaal
Written October 2010, Rewritten April 2012, April 2014, April 2019
Writing about the Lamb of God is a continuing process as new insights are gained every time the scripture is studied again. It is Pass-over 2019 now and I have freshly considered the last week of the life of Christ. In this last week He is fulfilling the prophecies of the Lamb of God and showing us what will transpire towards the end of the world. Once again I gained new perspectives on this subject since I wrote the original article back then.
Adult Sunday School -
Part 14 - The Last Judgment - by P.K.Odendaal - October 2012.
This used to send shivers up my spine, but not anymore - and
you can prepare yourself for this to take the sting out of it. But sure as we
live, there will be a Final or Last Judgement of the World. It will be like a
court case for individuals and nations, and it is easiest to think of it in
terms of a court case on earth, as what we have on earth is based on a justice
system instituted by God for Israel.
The basis for any such a court case is the presence of a
judge (Jesus Christ), an accuser (Satan), an accused (me and you), witnesses
(anyone we wish to call), and the Law (Mosaic Law and the Bible). We all know
the procedures which will be followed. Satan will bring in an accusation
against us, we will plead guilty or not, and if we plead innocence, we will need
to defend ourselves with suitably prepared witnesses and arguments in terms of
the Law (and the rest of the Bible).
Philosophy - Part 24 -
Deeper into the Sunset Limited - by P.K.Odendaal - October 2012.
Somehow this story haunts me often, and although I have
spent much time on it here on the blog, it comes up again and again as a
general life crisis for many people, although not for me personally. I know
their position and their plight quite well, as I almost tripped in front of
that train many years ago. Although we have gone much deeper than a superficial
treatment of the disease, we have not explored its depths satisfactorily.
What is concept of the The Sunset Limited? It is the
pinnacle of a life of self-destruction, ending sadly with an inevitable
nihilistic act - in this case jumping in front of a train to commit suicide. It
is clear from the story that White has no other viable option. If we listen to
him carefully, we can clearly hear the words of Nietzsche in the background of
Adult Sunday School -
Part 13 - The Rapture and The Bride - by P.K.Odendaal - September 2012.
The rapture refers to a group of Christians, known as the
Bride of Christ, leaving the earth, in their transformed, bodies, whilst alive,
to go to Heaven, in order tobe the bride
at the Marriage of the Lamb.
It is not spelled out in detail in the Bible, but we have
quite a few scriptures which hints at it, and there are many stories and
prophecies out of which we can learn about it.
And it starts quite early in the Bible, because this is what
the Bible is really all about. Adam is created by God, and God prepares a bride
for him, out of his own body. God creates mankind and prepares a nation,
Israel, out of them, to be His wife - whom He has divorced subsequently. Lastly
God creates His Church on earth, from which he prepares a bride for His Son.
The same theme goes on and on, especially when you read the numerous Bible
stories related to a wedding.
Adult Sunday School -
Part 12 - Absalom - by P.K.Odendaal - September 2012
We have looked previously at Joseph as a type for Jesus Christ,
and we find the same type of story repeated in another form with another person
It starts strikingly in the form of Absalom as the son of
David. 2 Sa 13:1And it came to
pass after this, that Absalom the son of David ...
Compare this with : Mark 10:48And many charged
him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou
Son of David, have mercy on me.
So they both were sons of David
It ends strikingly with both being killed by hanging on a
tree. That is enough for us to start to make comparisons. There are of course
again differences as a son of mankind cannot completely mimic the story of a
son of God.
Philosophy - Part 23
- Revisiting The Sunset Limited - by P.K.Odendaal - September 2012
Some people approach me from time to time, to ask me for
advice on social and spiritual matters, and although I almost always understand
their problem and offer them some general help, I am usually unable to really
understand what goes on inside them, why they have this question or problem,
and what I should say to them - and I usually end up offering them the wrong or
When I saw the film 'The Sunset Limited', I had this
overpowering desire to understand the dilemma of White and to offer him some
advice - advice which Black was apparently unable to offer him, to prevent his
second suicide attempt. And that is what started this series on philosophy.
Adult Sunday School -
Part 11 - Let my people go - by P.K.Odendaal - August 2012
Now that we have learnt what a type is and how one story is
mapped to another, we can look at Exodus and Revelation, in which Exodus is
mapped to Revelation. Both have the central theme of releasing God's people
from bondage into bliss.
To understand this story we must start with what belongs to
God has made the earth and it belonged to Him, but He
decided to give dominion over it, without any strings attached, to Adam and Eve,
to dress and to keep: Gen 1:26And God said, Let us make man in our image,
after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and
over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over
every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Philosophy - Part 22
- Orthodoxy and Heresy - by P.K.Odendaal - September 2012
This piece is also known as the forces of man, in contrast
to my previous article on the forces of God - see part 8. The forces of man are
orthodoxy, heresy, rationalism, empiricism, induction, determinism and
I will try to define them as well I can.
Rationalism - the
explanation of things in terms of our reason or our worldview.
Empiricism - the
explanation of things in terms of our experimentation results, without an
accepted theory. It is the notion that similar experiments will yield similar
results, even if we do not know what the reason for that is.
Induction - the
explanation of things in terms of their outcome in previous similar
circumstances and conditions and extrapolating them into unknown areas. If we
say one plus one is two, then we can safely assume that two plus two is four.
Adult Sunday School -
Part 10 - Gideon - by P.K.Odendaal - September 2012
How do you go from rejection, bitterness, accusations and
humiliation to arrogant and steadfast faith? How can any man go from the one
extreme to the other? Just ask Gideon. For me he is an example of what can be
done if you are touched by God - more than once. Many of us are touched by God
and it stays a touch - and even soon disappears.
Philosophy - Part 20
- A parody (well almost) on friendship - by P.K.Odendaal - September 2012
In my own life, friendship is paramount. I will offer many
oxen on the altar of friendship in the hope that one of them will come alive
again one day. I am still waiting. I regard friendship as sacred and precious
and enriching, and a special relationship that will add lustre and comfort and
richness to my life. Still my life is void of this. Why should this be?
I may be part of the problem and not of the solution, but
where did I miss the opportunity? What could it have added to my life? The
friend in need and the friend indeed proposition never showed up. I was always
supposed to be the fool as the friend indeed, and never found a friend in my
I had to reconsider my position, especially after a friend
of mine asked me what the bounds of friendship were. I started to wonder. Was
there indeed such a concept as friendship or is it some unattainable utopia we
Adult Sunday School -
Part 9 - Revenge - by P.K.Odendaal - September 2012
We have seen that the law had to come, and that minimised
but partly legitimised revenge, although it was not meant to. It was meant to
give redress only.
But, despite this, mankind persisted in revenge on a grand
scale, and we have only to look at Samson to see this. Samson is our type for
revenge, because that is more or less what his life consisted of - and the sad
part was that he was such a man of God called a Nazarite who was called to free his people from bondage by the Philistines. Instead he brought them into further bondage.
Philosophy - Part 17
- Induction - by P.K.Odendaal - August 2012
It is probable that all we know, we know from a process
called induction - a very powerful mathematical and scientific tool, greatly
neglected by fields like philosophy, psychology and religion. Mathematical induction
is a method of mathematical proof typically used to establish that a given
statement is true for all natural numbers. In science and philosophy it is a
kind of reasoning that constructs or evaluates general propositions that are
derived from specific examples.
One such an example is a statement by Goldbach, called the
Goldbach conjecture. In 1742 he conjectured in a letter to Euler that every
even number from 4 onwards is the sum of two prime numbers like in 12=5+7. No
proof of this is known other than that Tomas Oliveira e Silva proved in 2008 that
it is true for all whole numbers up to 1018.
Adult Sunday School -
Part 8 - Joseph as a type for (of) Jesus - by P.K.Odendaal - August 2012
We find the story of Joseph in Genesis chapters 30 to 50,
and nowhere else in the Bible has one man gotten so much coverage as Joseph,
except Jesus Christ, and the point is that it is a very important story. Not so
important as a story of Joseph, but much more importantly, as a foreshadow of
the story of Jesus Christ.
The story of Joseph contains numerous intrigues, prophecies,
examples and lessons interspersed with the best mankind has in terms of
courage, long-suffering, forgiveness and love - characteristics we find in
Jesus Christ himself. So we are not going to read this story as a story of
Joseph. We are going to delve deeper into it and regard it as a story of the
life and times of Jesus Christ.
Fun with Maths - Part
2 - Squaring the circle - by P.K.Odendaal - August 2012.
There are numbers which are not natural or rational numbers,
and are called transcendental numbers. These are numbers which cannot be
expressed exactly in our number system, having infinite decimals, like p and e -
with the result that we will never know what the circumference of a circle is
equal to exactly, if we have its radius. The formula is easy C (circumference)=2*p*R
Philosophy - Part 15
- For King and Country - by P.K.Odendaal - August 2012
How many innocent, non-suspecting and honest people have
been killed because of King and Country? And if you think that conscripted
soldiers are not innocent, what are they then? Most countries do not have
standing armies, so the soldiers are conscripted from the non-suspecting,
innocent and honest population - and if they are pacifists, like myself, they
go to jail for refusing. I did not go to jail, but complied with the call to arms,
and did not protest against such, as I did not even know or care a hoot of why
we were in that war - and that is why all countries take their youngest men.
These men do not even know what the war is about - and it always happens the
same, fighting for some pie in the sky.
And the truth is always the first casualty in any war. And a
war is not about who is right, it is about who is left.
Adult Sunday School -
Part 7 - The Law - by P.K.Odendaal - August 2012
We find ourselves in the beginning of the world. Adam and
Eve, who knew God personally, may have died already. What do we find? Violence,
revenge, war, aggression - and people in bondage, even slavery. And this
despite God's will that we be kind to each other and enjoy His creation.
How did this transpire then? It is because we could sin with
impunity. There was no law. God wanted us to be free and not subject to any
laws other than the one forbidding us to eat of the fruit of the tree of
knowledge of Good and Evil.
But we had eaten of this fruit - we now know what sin and
evil is, and we are going to pursue this line for survival, not knowing that it
leads to death.
Of course we will not be punished for our sin and evil,
other than dying because of it one day. So there is this uneasy peace with God,
and it is building up tension between us and God and between us and our fellow
men. We were on a path of self-destruction.
Fun with Maths - Part
1 - Divisibility - by P.K.Odendaal - August 2012
I find Maths exciting, fun and empowering. At its most
elementary I know how old I am, what my bank balance is, and what my age will
be at my next birthday. This opens up my world to comparisons and many other
such useless things.
But, it is also the basis on which the Universe is created.
Simple, powerful, logical, complex and mystical. No wonder the early Pythagoreans
were thought to be mystic philosophers.
I have had coffee with a maths teacher of Canada once, and I
thought that the coffee 'break' would be a very fruitful discussion on physics,
until I found out that he knew nothing about physics. I was totally
flabbergasted, and could not imagine that someone would know maths well, but would
know nothing of physics. To me it was like a mechanic walking around with a box
of spanners, not knowing what a spanner is used for.
This part was written by Annemie Odendaal on invitation.
As a painter, you are required to look
at things a little differently, a little deeper. Paint that emotion behind the
eyes, capture the magic that isn't visible on the surface. You have to look at
an object and see how things really are. You can not draw from
memory, you have to really look investigatively. We have to examine every
angle, it is the only way to develop or grow in your style.
Years ago the Impressionists tried this
for the first time,followed by
the post-impressionists, expressionists and cubists. Until then, everybody
painted just what they saw on surface and from memory. Everything was picture
perfect and pretty. Almost documentary, which make sense, since there wasn't
Adult Sunday School -
Part 6 - The earth is shaken for a last time. - by P.K.Odendaal - August 2012.
Whilst we are busy with the destruction of the earth and the
subsequent reconstruction and replenishment on many occasions, it will be
prudent to take it to its final conclusion. What we know is that in most of
these cases only the earth was shaken, but in the end of times, the heaven will
be shaken as well as in:
Heb. 12:26Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath
promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.
In previous parts I have already dwelt on the meaning of
heaven as referring to the sky. Our conclusion is thus that on many of the
occasions when the earth was destroyed it was done from inside itself as a sort
of implosion, but in Revelation the skies will also be shaken, meaning that the
whole earth will tumble as in:
Adult Sunday School -
Part 5 - The first sin - by P.K.Odendaal - August 2012
And so the world was new again and there was no sin and no
law and no evil, only a serious warning by God that they should not eat from
the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, because they would then die
Gen 2:17But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou
shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely
It is clear from this that when there is no law and no
knowledge of evil then there cannot be any sin. This verse says that once you
know what is good and evil, then you will know what is sin and then you will
die of your sin.
Philosophy - Part 14
- Keep it plain and simple - by P.K.Odendaal - July 2012
Life is so complicated ... or is it ... or do we only make
it so? I think we are the real complicators, not life. And we make it
complicated in our effort to make it easy. Let us say I have to carry water from a stream to my house.
Now this is very easy and monotonous and tiresome. However, I can take this
burden from me and install a pipeline with a pump set - and then I will have an
almost unlimited supply of water to my house at no sweat. Who worries about the
extra cost when there is a thing called debt? After some time the pump set
breaks down or the electrical supply is stolen - the latter being standard
practise in our country.
Adult Sunday School -
Part 4 - Regeneration and Replenishment of Earth. - by P.K.Odendaal - July 2012
And so we come to Genesis 1:3 And
God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
We have seen in the previous part how the earth was laid
waste, being void, and without form and without light. It was time for God to
remake the vessel :
Jer. 18:4 And the vessel that he
made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another
vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make.
If we read this story as the story of creation, we will see
many anomalies and discrepancies. If we read it as the regeneration of earth,
we will find it interesting. If we read between the lines or on a deeper level,
we will find it vital and exciting - and I will try to bring all three to you.
A dialogue between Moses (1392 -
1272 B.C.) and Aristotle (384 - 322 B.C.) - from Transcripts of their debate. Written by P.K.Odendaal - 16 Feb.
there a proof for the existence of God ?
Moses:Now that we know your logical system, can you help us to make a
logical conclusion between free will and a knowledge of the existence ofGod.
Aristotle:Yes, here it is (if I understand you correclty):
A : God wanted to make man like himself
to be friends with, and to converse with him and to appoint him to reign over
the universe as a king and priest.
B : If man had to be like God, he had to
have free will.
C : If man knew for sure, by scientific
analysis, rational thought or deduction, that there was a God, who was
righteous and who punished sin, then man would have been under duress and fear
of punishment and eternal damnation, thereby inhibiting his free will.
Z : QED - it easily follows that God
cannot reveal himself in any scientific or rational way, if He wants people to
exercise their Free Will unhindered
A dialogue between Pope Leo X (1475 - 1521 A.D.) and Thomas Paine (1737 - 1809 A.D.) - from Transcripts of their debate.
Written by P.K.Odendaal - March 2011
Foreword for all my Dialogues
Note by the Scribe (writer) : This piece was compiled with the latest facts and interpretations of History and the Bible. It is, after all, an unfinished work as the dialogue will only be conducted after the rapture when everyone will know everything, but it is also conceivable that it has already taken place, because there is no clear scripture that says one first has to go to a place of detention before inheriting your prize - be that eternal life or eternal damnation.
In any case, chances are that this would be a very accurate transcription of that dialogue. Part of this is of course speculation.
Adult Sunday School – Part 3 – Disaster strikes – by P.K.Odendaal – July 2012
We have seen that God has created the heavens and earth in Genesis 1:1 - and all was well.
But then … sin was found on earth ... and God destroyed almost everything on earth, with only a few souls remaining. Scripture says He shook the earth.
The aftermath of this tragedy is described in Genesis 1 verse 2 : And the earth was without form, and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep. In Hebrew the word ‘hayah’ is used which means ‘it became’ and not as translated ‘it was’.
It is clear from this scripture that something terrible happened. If you read this as part of the original creation, you need to explain why God created such a chaotic thing. After Gen. 1:1 the earth was perfect, because God does not create chaos. But, in the meantime, something terrible has happened.
Philosophy - Part 13 - The Survival of the Weakest - by P.K.Odendaal July 2012
This part is about three philosophies - Humanism, Darwinism and Christianity (partly). I am not a Humanist. The fact that I cannot suffer fools gladly proofs it - and also the way in which I despise corrupt politicians and politicians who make idiots of themselves, seals the argument.
Darwinism is a philosophy, elevated by some misguided individuals like Dawkins and Gould to a status of science, 'stealing' the tenets of the Science of Evolution, to make their philosophy have a shade of truth. Every science has at least one or more axioms to build on. Darwinism has none.
Sunday School for Adults – Part 2 – In the beginning - by P.K.Odendaal – July 2012.
The story of creation is very much misunderstood and abused and derided by atheists and agnostics, because they, and many of us, think that it is narrated in the first book of Genesis.
However, if you read that piece carefully, you will find that it is not the story of creation. There are at least eight serious anomalies, which cannot be explained away, and thus we were taught in Church that it is merely a myth covered in a cloak of religion, much like the religion of many Christians in the world is a myth covered with a 'form of godliness, but denying the power thereof' (2Ti 3:5). We are rather encouraged to 'refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise ourselves rather unto godliness' (1Ti 4:7).And this I will try to do in this series. I will go into this supposed story of creation in more detail in a next part of this series. Today I am addressing the actual story of creation.
The Gift of Flight – Part 2 – Tripple Sevens (or fly me to the moon) – by P.K.Odendaal – July 2012.
My hair still stands on end when I think of it.
I had just finished my training and licenses for commercial pilot, instructor and instrument rating, and thought that I knew everything. And as always happens, I was then inspired to reach for a higher goal, not being satisfied with the conventional course or accomplishment of conventional pilots. No offence meant.
The game plan was this : The Air Force needed pilots having their own aircraft to assist them in moving the senior staff of the Defence Force around to meetings and field units and even reconnaissance. In turn the Air Force will pay for the hiring of the privately owned aircraft, provide fuel and training, and it would be a win-win situation for pilots and the Air Force. There would be no combat missions, so a pacifist like myself could participate. The training provided would be excellent and extracurricular with regard to commercial flying.
Sunday school for adults – Part 1 – Introduction – by P.K.Odendaal – July 2012
I was brought up in a strictly religious environment. Every week I had go to Church – about three times, attend Sunday School, 'Kinderkrans' (Children's religious ring), CSV ('Christian Student Association'), Hostel 'stiltetyd' (quiet time) – seven times a week, and many other. So when I left school, I had had enough of religion. But … it prepared me for the day I met God and Jesus Christ some twenty years later.
Today I am astounded to hear that all these things have been banned from the school program or curricula, and I mostly find people who have never been to Church and who do not even have a Bible. I am writing this series for them, to solve their BKDS, which, as everybody knows, is their Bible Knowledge Deficit Syndrome.
Philosophy – Part 12 – Giving meaning to it – by P.K.Odendaal – July 2012
I had thought that Part 11 would be the end of this series, but something bothered me about the incomplete task, partly uncompleted due to the hopelessness of White's situation and his only tenable option, that of suicide staring him in the face - and the inability of Black to persuade him to the contrary. To me it seemed that White had to die, because, for him, there was no meaning left in life. He followed the advice and philosophies of the philosophers and writers of his time, and that of previous eras, and came to the conclusion that nothing means anything.
From the dialogue (The Sunset Limited by Cormac McCarthy) :
White :It doesn't mean anything. Everything that happens doesn't mean anything else.
The gift of flight – Part 1 – My Great escape - by P.K.Odendaal – 1 July 2012.
I went underground yesterday, and became a mole - and I carried the 'big pack' on my body. No, I did not join Al Qaeda, nor carried a car bomb, and I did not become a counterfeit spy. I carried a Life Pack whilst visiting a Coal Mine in the course of my work, at Arnot, a town I do not wish to live in, neither die in - a town now buried somewhere in my memory for making me infamous.
Whilst I looked at the coal, and the blackness, and the danger underground, I suddenly remembered the day I nearly lost my life on the surface very nearby - and in broad daylight - more precisely at its airfield.
The occasion was after my yearly flight test, when I returned the borrowed aircraft, a Cessna 182 RG, to its owner. On that day I had to do three serious flight tests, and I did, at that stage, not have a suitableaircraft of my own, with which I could do the tests. So I asked a good friend of mine, Flip, a farmer just outside this town, whether I could borrow his aircraft for these tests.
Philosophy – Part 11 – I am, therefore I think – by P.K.Odendaal – July 2012.
We ended our last part by realising that the philosophy of old was finally written off as a waste of time and words, because it was proven false time and time again. But, there was something else going on in the offspring of Philosophy, namely Science. The axioms which were being used to base Science on, was not being proved true or false, mainly because it was intuitively correct and generally accepted, without any scientific proof.
Some of the oldest axioms comes from Euclid (300 BC) in the form of postulates. His method consists in assuming a small set of intuitively appealing axioms, and deducing many other propositions (theorems) from these. He was the first to show how these propositions could fit into a comprehensive deductive and logical system. He was so successful with this that we still today believe his postulates to be true.
A Parody on Marriage - By P.K.Odendaal - 21 May 2012.
Note added on 21 April 2015.
I do not want to upset you from the start, as it was only my intent to upset you at the end, but so exciting and depressing is this subject that I decided to upset you all the time as a marriage upsets many people most of the time or is that all people some of the time.
The fact is that a marriage requires each of us to compromise because we are not the same, we react quite differently and our interest are quite diverging. Therefore, if I compromise, I become a lesser version of myself and for most of us, specially those who are creative and innovative, a lesser version of ourselves will only make us unhappy. So, before we have even started, we are already on this slippery slope of a disconnect and conflict inside ourselves between what we are and what we want to be and the stark reality what we do not want to be and what we should be or are expected to be in the marriage.
End of note.
No, love and marriage does not go together, like the now almost proverbial horse and carriage, although some of us are more inclined to put the carriage before the horse.
I normally enjoy writing satires, but marriage is just such a serious subject, that this has to be a parody, and I find myself in uncharted waters. However, what is said here, needs to be said, and it fell upon me to say it, albeit in a parodicidal way. You might not believe anything I tell you here, because it is as strange as fiction. It is about a serious thing called marriage and the ungrateful task of choosing the right marriage partner, for a marriage which is in any case a strange thing. However, if you listen carefully, you just might get some wisdom here which cries out in the streets.
Philosophy - Part 10 - The Duality of Life and Paradoxes- By P.K.Odendaal - 21 May 2012.
And now we have finally come to our long delayed analysis of Black and White in The Sunset Limited. Even here, as the dialogue goes, things are not so easy to follow, having an intrinsic uneasiness due to the duality of life, complicated further by the false theories of philosophers, now totally exposed by people like David Hume and Jean Paul Sartre. This whole piece of TSL is a symphony of errors drawn from these and other philosophers, yet we are unable to make a rational reply to their irrational theories.
Travel Blog 2012-02 -
Death in Venice - by P.K.Odendaal - 5 June 2012
It is all over now ... and we knew all along the end it was in
sight, for quite some time. But, even so, when it came, it was unexpectedly and
most unwelcome and almost heartbreaking.
Yes, we have left our cruise ship today after twelve
magnificent days at sea and in many different ports, and bade her farewell,
having made some new acquaintances along the way. But what is more serious is
that the highlight of our trip, or so we thought, turned out to be such a
disappointment. Everybody knows Venice is beautiful and breathtaking, and on
this fourth visit of us, I intended to make the visit even more spectacular by
visiting all the beautiful cathedrals and churches of the city - a favourite pastime
Travel blog 2012 - Rome
is burning - by P.K.Odendaal - 28 May 2012.
So it is back to my travel blogs as it is summer in the
Northern Hemisphere again, and as always, my mind will take priority on this
trip, whilst my body follows the fixed itinerary.
And the location of my body is on board ms Nieu Amsterdam, a
drifting island somewhere in the Mediterranean. I find the state form of this
island kingdom quite exotic. It is not capitalist, although I can see some
strains of capitalism here and there. It is also not communistic, and any sign
of socialism has been hidden carefully. I do not know whether this is on
purpose. We have a dictator in charge of everything, and he does not care
whether I have a say or not - he just won't listen to me or any popular vote on
board - in fact here we have no voting rights at all. we call him the
Captain, and a real dictator he is at that, but he sees to it that he keeps
his word and gets us to the right destination on time, every time. And, come to
think of it, he looks really well after us, and has told us that he only has
our interests at heart and none of his own ... now that is an excellent good dictator ..
you can take my word for it. I wish the whole world was filled with their kind. The food and lodging is better than any country I
know of, and we are really free to do what we like ... I mean within bounds.
Jumping overboard is not allowed and neither is staging boycotts or strikes.
Philosophy - Part 9 -
We are the aliens - 14 May 2012 - by P.K.Odendaal
hear the steel drums sing their song
They're singing man you know you've got it wrong
I hear the voice of the yellow bird
Whispering to me this is quite absurd
as bananas need the sun
We are the criminal guilty ones
From Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dream coat.
When I see the aliens in the computer games of young kids,
and the things these aliens do, I come to the shocking realisation that what we
are, we think them to be and project our violence onto them, whilst in reality
we are the aliens, totally estranged from this world and its realities.
So neuroses has really gotten us in a big way. And when we
see the way mankind destroys its own, how governments and banking systems are
destroying the wealth of this world, leaving man poor and disenfranchised, it
is easy to see that the whole world has become neurotic - even psychotic.
Philosophy Part 8 – The forces of God – by P.K.Odendaal – 1 May 2012
You should not doubt that, even whilst what I served you in the previous part, also started out as nothing, because God created everything from nothing. If we look at the accepted dogma of the creation of the earth, we find basically that the whole universe was founded and formed from nothing but Light and the Forces instituted by God.
What is a force? Nothing you will ever be able to see or measure or experience – therefore nothing in terms of the belief of our philosophers which we now leave with a sense of sadness for them, and a thankfulness for the prime position we now know we have inherited for free. Life and Love eternal.
How do we do know there are forces ? We look at behaviour like the philosophers did – and we only think they are forces, because they seem to disturb the normal state of rest of things or change their state of inertia. That is why we call them forces.
Philosophy Part 7 - Death and Hell in two easy steps – by P.K.Odendaal – 22 April 2012
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Black and White (from The Sunset Limited – in case you missed part 1) is waiting for us where we left them off – ready to end our story – White in the process of ending his life and going the way mankind has always chosen in the face of so many better choices. And the choice is really only between two extremes – Love leading to Life or Despair and Nihilism leading to Death. And we are so apt in choosing Death every time.
And that brings us then to the climax of this series of articles of mine – and of human excellence and human endeavour which is self destructive in the end. It is called more theoretically Scepticism and Nihilism – the first leading to the latter. Why do people who were once so successful, eventually chose the one way they should not – that of Nihilism. Why did Hitler drag a whole world and fifty five million people into destruction with himself after he was so successful in unifying a devastated nation. Why did Russia, via Stalin, go on a bout of self destruction after they were so successful in winning the Second World War against the Germans. Why did China chose the same destructive route with their Great leap Forward. Why do super successful celebrities end in drugs, rehabilitation and ultimately death and self destruction.
Capitalism and Communism – by P.K.Odendaal – 14 April 2012
Maybe I am right, maybe I am wrong, but I get the impression that Capitalism and Democracy are two intertwined Government forms. They are thought to be bed-fellows and you can't have the one without the other. I also get the impression that it is Conventional Wisdom that Communism and Dictatorships go together.
Being very sceptic, weary and on my guard for Conventional Wisdom, I came to the conclusion that the Conventional Wisdom is wrong again – as it almost always is on profound issues. Therefore I have decided to set the record straight.
Capitalism is based on Capital, owned by Individuals and Companies, and managed by Individuals and Companies according to a set of principles which change from State to State, depending on the development stage and maturity of corruption in the specific State. The idea is that the State should not inhibit Capitalism or the way the Capitalists wish to manage their Capital. If the State is Democratic, the State will wish to control that Capital, taking the control thereof from the Capitalists. And this is the conflict and why Capitalism and Democracy are in fact two vehement enemies. To try and reconcile them in one State is useless, having been proved so two thousand four hundred years by Athens and Plato.