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Meet Rufus the Wonder Bird – He’s my Congo African Grey Parrot

 
Rufus, my African Grey Parrot

Rufus, my African Grey Parrot

This is Rufus the Wonder Bird. He’s an African Grey Parrot. He’s under the impression he runs things. African Grey Parrots have the reputation for the most intelligent and best talkers of all parrots. I had no idea of what I was getting into!

Rufus was a child of a divorce. His owners divorced, and neither one wanted him. I was working in a pet shop when I met him and he picked me to be his new mommy. Parrots pick their owners a lot of the time. They can be quite insistent!

Rufus is quite a naughty boy, but he is quite loveable nevertheless. He is a laugh a minute, but very strong willed. 

He likes to make fun of one of my dogs. My dog Nicki was an abandoned puppy, and has never recovered from the feeling. She is afraid of everything and yipes when she is afraid. Whenever my hubby or I say Nicki’s name, Rufus yipes. He is quite the comedian! 

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Dinosaurs in the Bible

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Are dinosaurs mentioned in the Bible?

There were mentions of dragons and two other animals, Behemoth and Leviathan. The verses below are God speaking to Job about two of his creations. Read these descriptions and see what they sound like to you:

God’s Description of Behemoth

"Look at the behemoth, which I made along with you and which feeds on grass like an ox. What strength he has in his loins, what power in the muscles of his belly! His tail sways like a cedar; the sinews of his thighs are close-knit. His bones are tubes of bronze, his limbs like rods of iron. He ranks first among the works of God, yet his Maker can approach him with his sword. The hills bring him their produce, and all the wild animals play nearby. Under the lotus plants he lies hidden among the reeds in the marsh. The lotuses conceal him in their shadow; the poplars by the stream surround him. When the river rages, he is not alarmed; he is secure, though the Jordan should surge against his mouth. Can anyone capture him by the eyes, or trap him and pierce his nose? Job 40:15-24

God’s Description of Leviathan

"Can you pull in the leviathan with a fishhook or tie down his tongue with a rope? Can you put a cord through his nose or pierce his jaw with a hook? Will he keep begging you for mercy? Will he speak to you with gentle words? Will he make an agreement with you for you to take him as your slave for life? Can you make a pet of him like a bird or put him on a leash for your girls? Will traders barter for him? Will they divide him up among the merchants? Can you fill his hide with harpoons or his head with fishing spears? If you lay a hand on him, you will remember the struggle and never do it again! Any hope of subduing him is false; the mere sight of him is overpowering. No one is fierce enough to rouse him. Who then is able to stand against me? Who has a claim against me that I must pay? Everything under heaven belongs to me. "I will not fail to speak of his limbs, his strength and his graceful form. Who can strip off his outer coat? Who would approach him with a bridle? Who dares open the doors of his mouth, ringed about with his fearsome teeth? His back has rows of shields tightly sealed together; each is so close to the next that no air can pass between. They are joined fast to one another; they cling together and cannot be parted. His snorting throws out flashes of light; his eyes are like the rays of dawn. Firebrands stream from his mouth; sparks of fire shoot out. Smoke pours from his nostrils from a boiling pot over a fire of reeds. His breath sets coals ablaze, and flames dart from his mouth. Strength resides in his neck; dismay goes before him. The folds of his flesh are tightly joined; they are firm and immovable. His chest is hard as rock, hard as a lower millstone. When he rises up, the mighty are terrified; they retreat before his thrashing. The sword that reaches him has no effect, nor does the spear or the dart or the javelin. Iron he treats like straw and bronze like rotten wood. Arrows do not make him flee; slingstones are like chaff to him. A club seems to him but a piece of straw; he laughs at the rattling of the lance. His undersides are jagged potsherds, leaving a trail in the mud like a threshing sledge. He makes the depths churn like a boiling caldron and stirs up the sea like a pot of ointment. Behind him he leaves a glistening wake; one would think the deep had white hair. Nothing on earth is his equal — a creature without fear. He looks down on all that are haughty; he is king over all that are proud." Job 41:1-34

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Genesis 1: The Creation

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Genesis Chapter 1

The Creation

Since I discuss the events in the book of Genesis quite a bit in this site, I’m reprinting chapter one, the account of the creation, in its entirety. At the bottom of this page is a search box where you can read other passages in the Bible.

1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

3 And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." And there was evening, and there was morning– the first day.

6 And God said, "Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water." 7 So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. 8 God called the expanse "sky." And there was evening, and there was morning– the second day.

9 And God said, "Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear." And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground "land," and the gathered waters he called "seas." And God saw that it was good. 11 Then God said, "Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds." And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning– the third day.

14 And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth." And it was so. 16 God made two great lights– the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning– the fourth day.

20 And God said, "Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky." 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them and said, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth." 23 And there was evening, and there was morning– the fifth day.

24 And God said, "Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind." And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 26 Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."

27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. 28 God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground." 29 Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground– everything that has the breath of life in it– I give every green plant for food." And it was so. 31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning– the sixth day. (NIV)

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The Global Flood

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The Global Flood

In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month—on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights. Genesis 7:11-12

The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days. Genesis 7:24

I’ve read Genesis many times. The only parts that some people don’t believe is the first 11 chapters. The rest is accepted as factual and historic. The first 11 chapters are only suspect because of the belief that the world is millions of years old.

However, the world is only thought to be millions of years old if you accept the fossil record as a record of millions of years of evolution. Creationist believe that the fossil record is a record of a worldwide flood.

Floods do a lot of damage. A worldwide flood would bury all the animals not on the ark. At the time of the flood, the Bible says that the fountains of the deep burst open. This means that water and mud spewed forcefully out of the ground. Creationists believe that this action is what caused the mid-Atlantic ridge and the shapes of the continents. The water whooshing back and forth with the tides for a year would create layers of sediment of different densities.

Try this, get a mayonnaise jar and fill it with teaspoons full of dirt from various places in your town till it’s almost half full. Then fill it to the top with water. Put the lid on and shake it up good and set it somewhere for a while. Gradually, the different densities of dirt will settle into layers. This is why the sides of a canyon show layers. Animals that just die will rot or be eaten. An animal needs to be covered quickly to fossilize; the minerals replacing the live bone matter. Therefore, the fossil record really is a record of a massive world wide flood.

Why Hasn’t Anybody Found the Ark?

I’m not concerned that the ark hasn’t been found. Maybe Noah used it to build houses or for fire wood. Everything was buried under a bunch of mud. It would have been hard to go look for building materials and fire wood.

The ark would have been 4400 years old right now. Around here, there are wooden houses less than a hundred years old that are falling apart and tipping over flat. I’m not worried that a 4400 year old boat isn’t still around.

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Origin of Races

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Where Did the Races Come From?

Biblical Creationists (like me) believe that all people on earth came from two people created by God, Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve had every possible gene that we see now. All of the original gene pool was just these two people. They had all the different genes for hair color, eye color, height, skin tone. One child got one group of genes and another child got another group of genes. Adam and Eve could have had children who were light skinned, dark skinned and everything in between because they were carriers of all possible genes.

There was an incident at the Tower of Babel when God gave people many different languages. As the people scattered to populate the earth they divided into isolated populations with the other people who spoke the same languages. The original created people, had the genetic capability to have lots of different traits for different eye color, hair color, skin color, height, build, hair texture, facial features, etc. As they settled into the different isolated areas, differences started to appear, some communities had gotten more of certain genes than others. The more time went by, the more different people looked. Some were dark skinned with dark hair; some were light skinned with light hair, etc. According to Biblical creationists, all people on earth are family.

We see this type of thing all over the world with dogs, roses, birds, fish etc. Plants and animals are bred for certain characteristics, including size and color. For instance, breeds of dogs are made by isolating a population and allowing the dogs only with certain desired characteristics to mate. The original kinds of dogs, like wolves, coyotes, dingoes, look different because they all live in different places, like breeds of dogs. These original wild dogs that God made had the genetic capability to have lots of different traits for different sizes, color of fur, ear shape, tail shape, etc. Nothing new is added when people make a different type of dog. It’s just differently combining the genes that are already there. But, when you intentionally breed certain dogs with certain traits together, you can gradually change what the dogs look like. This doesn’t take very long. A dog can have puppies when it is less than a year old. So a lot of generations of dogs can happen in a short period of time. This is how all breeds of dogs have been developed. If all dogs were let out of their yards and allowed to mate with each other in just a short period of time the puppies would be getting close to what wild dogs, wolves and coyotes, look like.

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Cain’s Wife

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Where did Cain get his wife?

Cain’s wife was probably his sister or a niece.

There was no stigma or rule against marrying a sister or other relative, yet. There was no need for this rule. The reasons close relatives shouldn’t marry now is because any genes for diseases or something would be doubled. This is why certain breeds of dogs get certain diseases that are common for that breed. They are all related, in a small gene pool, and the bad genes accumulate.

In the beginning, when God made Adam and Eve, the genes would have been pure. There was no reason medically, spiritually or culturally against marrying a sibling.

In fact, all through the Old Testament, people went to their home town, to their relatives, to find a spouse. Abraham was married to his half sister, and by then, there were many women to choose from.

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Who is Jesus?

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Who Is Jesus?

Was Jesus Just a Great Moral Teacher?

Here is what C.S. Lewis said about that possibility:

“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: ‘I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.’ That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic—on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg—or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”

CS Lewis, Mere Christianity, Book 2, Chapter 3, The Shocking Alternative

Who does the Bible say that Jesus is?

Here is an excerpt from chapter one of the book of John:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. the light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. There came a man who was sent from God; his name was john. he came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.he was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. The word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only, who came from the father, full of grace and truth. John 1:1-14

Jesus is God

In summary: In the beginning was the Wordthe Word was Godthe Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.

Father, Son and Holy Spirit all all God … as water, ice and steam are all h20. Existing in three different forms does not change the identity. Jesus is God

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