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Am I a climate denier / denialist?

Am I a climate denier / denialist?

This article also appeared in Dutch, namely on Climategate.nl. Click on:

https://www.climategate.nl/2021/01/ben-ik-dan-wel-een-klimaatontkenner/

Roy Spencer is an influential climate scientist. I am responding to the article on his blog, here

https://www.drroyspencer.com/2021/01/no-roy-spencer-is-not-a-climate-denier/

Hi Roy,

I checked the theory of manmade warming due to increasing greenhouse gasses.

I am sorry to say that I could not find any empirical evidence for it. I first looked at all daily data over the last 40 years of 10 weather stations in my immediate vicinity. Here is my report from 2018 on that: No climate change in South Africa 

I subsequently looked randomly at 27 stations on the southern hemisphere (SH) and 27 stations on the northern hemisphere (NH). To summarize: I find that (on the ground) for all these stations that had daily data going back 40 years, there was warming of 0.002K/annum on average in the SH compared to 0.023K/annum on average in the NH. My global result of 0.012K/annum is in fact very much the same as your own result (UAH) in 2015, when I did this investigation (I can show you my results). Looking at minima, my results are even more surprising. I find that in the SH minima have dropped by -0.0138K/year en in the NH it went up by +0.0237K/year 

It seemed obvious to me that the earth is warming, but the theory of more CO2 causing it, made no sense to me. As a chemist I know that CO2 diffuses equally into all areas of the atmosphere. Therefore, if the warming of earth were caused by more CO2, the rate of warming should be the same wherever I measure (on the ground). Subsequently I looked at the temperatures of the oceans. I am sure you might be interested in looking at this: graph

If we compare the difference of the warming of the oceans in the SH with that of the NH, (in the above graph) I get ca. 0.01K/annum for the SH and ca. 0.02K/annum for the NH (over the past 40 years). Again, we see that this result flies in the face of the theory of warming caused by CO2 as the increase in CO2 is always evenly spread above all the oceans. In addition to this, we find that the arctic ocean is warming at a rate that is even much more than that of the average of the NH oceans….On the other hand, it appears that in Antarctica, there is no warming whatsoever, e.g see 

 

 

and also : here

 

In contrast, apparently the arctic area is warming at a rate of 0.0511 K/annum over the past 40 years.

I can therefore also not agree to the theory of ‘polar’ amplification, i.e., the relative increase in warming due to CO2 in the polar regions.   

Fact is that I could not find any warming caused by more CO2. The theory is not supported by simple observations. Looking at it from the 4 corners of the world, by latitude, it is clear to me that the extra warming of earth is coming from the north and spreading slowly to the south. 

Inter alia, I think that the area in the arctic oceans where the CO2 should sink:

2H2O + CO2 + cold  =>  <=  HCO3- + H3O+ (1)

is becoming smaller. That explains the zigzag measured in Hawaii, and perhaps also the increase in CO2 in the atmosphere, mostly, since the area where the CO2 sinks in Antarctica has stayed constant over the past 40 years or so.

In my opinion, some of the reasons for the warming of earth could be:

  • A natural cause e.g., the Eddy cycle (every ca. 1000-1100 years), possibly due to a re-alignment of earth’s inner core with that of the sun (magnetic stirrer effect). Why would one of my country men, Willem Barentz, risk his live and that of his crew 500 years ago, unless he was sure that the passage to the east via the north MUST have existed? One of the commenters on the Dutch blog clearly remembers from history lessons more than 50 years ago that Willem had documented evidence of a passage to the east via the north, both from Roman times and from the time of the Vikings. The difference in time between the two periods is amazing. Willem was just 4 or 5 hundred  years too late, or too early, whichever. Pity that most people now do not even want to find same passage, even if they get it for free…
  • More volcanism, especially around Greenland, Iceland and the Arctic. Who says that the cooling of earth since Genesis is on a smooth downward curve? I am sure there might be a few hick-ups here and there, especially because of the interactions between the sun and earth.
  • Soot on ice caused by shipping causes melting of ice – this phenomenon is well known. In this respect I should perhaps mention the (silly) increase in traffic due to the shipping of ‘biomass’ (wooden chips) from north America and eastern Europe to western Europe. These ships probably use the cheapest oil fuel they can get…
  • Increased vegetation on land e.g. see this report from Christy et al. Just take a minute to at least read the conclusion. My own results found at certain places with increased vegetation confirm the results of Christy et al.
  • The waste of 7 billon people and even more animals and many factories is mostly acidic. This pushes the equilibrium of the reaction (1) back, causing more CO2 in the atmosphere. But clearly, as argued before, it is probably not the increase in CO2 causing the warming. It is much more plausible that the warming is due to the increase in salinity, trapping more heat in the oceans. We also know that organic contamination accumulating on top of the water, traps heat.

So tell me now, do you think that I am a climate denier/ denialist?

 

Blessings to you all!

Henry Pool

Pretoria, South Africa

 

How Great is Our God?

How Great is Our God?

 We are sending a free copy of my book: ‘Jesus is God’ to our donors as a present (on their birthday). 

This book came about from thoughts that I had on a number of issues that happened to be important to me at a specific time for one or more particular reason. From several conversations I had it occurred to me that there are many people who view the Bible with some suspicion because of certain contradictions they had observed. I felt that this could cast doubt on Christianity. It might also lead to a situation, where, if no proper guidance is given by the Church, the individual Christian then interprets the Bible as he or she sees fit, depending on his or her preference. The main question then became: Does God speak to different people saying contradictory things? It was with this in mind that I kept record of situations in my life where I was forced to go back to Jesus, to see exactly what He had said on the matter. I had to see if what He had said would in any way be different to what I personally already had accepted as the truth, by my own conscience, if you like, or by the grace of His Spirit in me, as is now my personal belief. Concerning this quest, I must submit that I have not found any contradictions in anything that Jesus said, nor have I found any reason to doubt Him because of what He said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What happened to the Ark of the Covenant?

I am sure most of you will remember the Ark of the Covenant and, like me, you might have wondered what happened to it. Amongst a few other items, it contained the first written text of the 10 Commandments, on stone tablets. If you are not sure exactly what it is, you can watch this short video where Joseph Prince shows us what the Ark must have looked like and what it contained.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7WH_oT2XhI

When exactly did the Ark of the Covenant disappear from the Temple of Solomon?

During the holiday period I read the book from Graham Hancock about the Ark. I was amazed to find that you can indeed get good clues from the Scriptures about exactly when it must have disappeared from the Temple of Solomon. The classical viewpoint is of course that the Ark of the Covenant was lost during the invasion of the Babylonians in 598 BC (2Ch 36:18).  However, in the detailed description of items that were taken as bounty by Nebuchadnezzar, the Ark of the Covenant is not mentioned whereas other items taken from the Holy of Holies are specifically mentioned. Also, later, when items from the temple were returned, the Ark is not mentioned at all (see: Ezra 1:7-11).

The logical conclusion from all of this is of course that the Ark was already gone by 598 BC.

The incident with King Uzziah in the Temple (see 2Ch. 26-19-21) points to the fact that the Ark was still in the Temple by 740 BC, when Uzziah’s reign ended. Indeed, other scriptures, e.g., Isiah 37:14-16 & 2 Kings 19:14-15 show that it was also still there during King Hezekiah’s reign, when, on his prayer to God before the Ark, the Assyrians had fled after beleaguering Jerusalem (701 BC). So, we can narrow the time of the loss of the Ark down to between ca. 700BC and 600 BC.     

Now see here: (extract from speech made by King Josiah in the 18th year of his rule, i.e. 622 BC).

2Ch 35:2 And he (i.e King Josiah) set the priests in their charges, and encouraged them to the service of the house of the LORD, 

2Ch 35:3  And said unto the Levites that taught all Israel, which were holy unto the LORD, Put the holy Ark in the house which Solomon the son of David king of Israel did build; it shall not be a burden upon your shoulders: serve now the LORD your God, and his people Israel, 

From this passage we note for the first time that in 622 BC the Ark is not anymore where it should be. However, King Josiah thought that the Levites still had the Ark, somewhere, carrying it around on their shoulders (to places of safety). This therefore strongly suggests the Ark must have been taken away from the Temple of Solomon at some stage before the rule of King Josiah, i.e., during the reign of either one of his two predecessors, namely Amon or Manasseh (687 BC – 642 BC). A quick bible study reveals that in that case, it most probably must have happened during the reign of Manasseh. It appears he seemed set on desecrating the Temple of Solomon, no matter what, in favor of his own Gods. See 2 Kings Chapter 21. The conclusion about the time of the Ark’s disappearance is sustained by a text written by the prophet Jeremiah in ca. 626 BC, namely Jer. 3:16, where the question on the whereabouts of the Ark is raised. Apparently in the Jerusalem Bible translation it says: ’no one will ever say again: where is the Ark of the Covenant?’ [in the subsequent verses it looks like the question is sort of dismissed here as not being that relevant, anymore. Our obedience to the Law does not depend on the presence of the Ark]

As you can see, we have established from various biblical scriptures that the Ark of the Covenant disappeared around ca. 650 BC from the Temple of Solomon.  Of course, as we all realize now, the Scriptures do not explicitly say how it happened. It also does not prove that the Ark still exists today. However, it does seem reasonable now to think that some of the Levites around the time of King Josiah’s rule knew or understood the Ark was not ‘lost’ but had simply been moved to a secret place to keep it safe and out of the hands of Manasseh. They probably had informed King Josiah accordingly, hence his order that it must be brought back to the Temple of Solomon. However, there is no confirmation later that they were able to adhere to this decree. 

What happened to the Ark of the Covenant?

 In his book “The Sign and the Seal’, Graham Hancock builds a strong case that the Ark might indeed have been taken from the Temple of Solomon around 650 BC and that it ended up somewhere in what is now called Ethiopia, after first being taken by some faithful Jewish migrants to Egypt.  

He approaches the problem from many different angles and adds layer upon layer of archaeological evidence and historic proof to each of these angles. It convinced me. Maybe the Ark even still does exist to this day. Who knows? However, I am reasonably sure that if it still does exist and if you wanted to move it, it will probably fall into 1000 pieces because of old age. It is truly remarkable to see that during the festival of the Timcat, in Ethiopia, many representatives of the various churches bring their own ‘Ark’ in the form of copies of the tablets with the 10 Commandments. This is carried on their heads and covered with expensive looking cloths. See video below.               

Must say, the voyage to Ethiopia to do the pilgrimage looks extremely attractive and interesting to me now; if only I could afford it… Note the message at the end of the video.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFxaZ-dkebw

Please pray for Jochi Maidi

Please pray for Jochi Maidi

One of the mothers of our children’s homes has been stricken with Covid19.  She is Jochi Maidi and, as you can see from the picture, she has quite a handful with all the children at her safe home in Nelmapius.

Can we all please pray for a speedy recovery for her? 

Picture: The Children of the “Share tears and grow'” safe home in Nelmapius, showing the presents they received this year from Heart for Children.

Letter to a prisoner (Prison Ministry)

I wrote this letter back in the days when I was doing prison ministry.  This was in the period 1995 – 2005. At some stage I turned my letter into a pamphlet. Letter writing to a prisoner friend is a good alternative to visiting. In my days visiting a prisoner was quite a challenge. I am sure it still is? I also posted this letter back in 2017 on BreadontheWater but I see it is all scrambled up now, probably due to  a problem with the software back then. It is interesting for me to notice that even though almost 2 decades have past, the message is still relevant today.  I did not make any alterations!!!

 

 Is there life behind prison bars?

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 No! Don’t throw this pamphlet away. Just take a moment to read this message. You probably never expected earlier in your life that you would end up in prison. And now you wonder why you did. “Is there a God?” you ask deep inside yourself. Most people at some stage in their life will ask themselves this question. Let us assume you are either an atheist or agnostic. You say there is no God or you don’t know if there is a God. The question whether or not there is a God is a very important question indeed. For if there is no God, then there is no plan and there really is no purpose. Everything related to life then becomes a coincidence. The fact that your parents met and loved: –  it was probably a one in a thousand chance or less of them meeting and loving which brought you into this world as a baby. How their parents met and loved, that was perhaps also a one in a thousand chance. That makes it less than a one in a million chance for you to be born, after only the 2nd generation! Further, the off chance on their parents meeting each other, and so forth, etc., until you reach the beginning of man. In total, that is already a minute probability! Next, think of the process by which all the organs that form an intelligent person came together. Looking at it as a scientist, evolution really is a long chain of many, many chance meetings and interactions with nature, sometimes even collisions with celestial bodies like comets and asteroids, where it is believed that eventually intelligent life evolved from animal life and animal life from amphibian life and amphibian live from marine life and marine life from the first living cell. The thing is, if you do not believe that there was a plan to begin with, then everything connected to this chain of events really was just a lucky lotto draw and a one in a 100 billion chance or less in each of these stages.

For example, consider this: How exactly do you think was the first living cell formed? What came first, the chicken or the egg? This actually is a relevant scientific question. Scientists have been able to do modifications on existing cells and seeds by genetic engineering but no scientist has ever been able to produce a living cell or seed out of the (dead) atoms and molecules that they consist of. Why is that, you ask? Well, scientists say, if you mix all the atoms and molecules that make up the first living biological cell or seed together, and you have the right conditions of temperature, light, concentration, electrical charge, radiation etc, then apparently you would still have to wait for millions and millions of years for a “chance reaction” to take place that would produce the first living cell. So, in fact no one has ever been able to make a “living” cell or seed synthetically. Some scientists simply claim that this is due to a lack of time. 

Taken altogether, though, statistically we can say that there really is only a very, very small probability indeed that you came into existence; in fact that chance is so small that we can call it near impossible. I think that is why I would say that life itself, and yes, your life in particular, is a miracle! Forget about finding anything like “intelligent life” in the rest of the universe. It is just (statistically) impossible, because the chances of life developing elsewhere are so small that it outweighs the argument of there being enormous amounts of stars with planets available in the universe. 

Nevertheless, you say that you still believe there is no God or you don’t know if there is a God. You think it is reasonable to believe that everything you see around you came by accident. Life did not come forth by creation (a plan) but by evolution. You believe in Murphy’s law (Murphy’s law = given that there is a chance that something will happen, then, if there is enough time available, eventually it will happen). You still refuse to accept that the creation of the whole universe was part of God’s plan for us to be born. Now I will ask you: never mind the question about how life came into being and how incredibly small the chance is that you are alive today. What about the next question: where does matter itself come from? Where did all the atoms that form the person that you are and the earth that you are living on and the air that you are breathing, came from? If you believe there is no God, then obviously in the beginning there must have been absolutely nothing. Good for you if you believe in the Big Bang theory. But the question still remains: where did all the matter that forms the universe, originate from? You see what the problem is? It does not make sense to believe that there is no God because it is not logical. In fact, if you believe there is no God, you are actually saying that you believe that out of absolutely nothing and guided by absolutely nobody, an incredible intelligent and intellectual person (like yourself) with a material body came into being. Now, for you to believe that such a miracle could have happened, you must actually have a much bigger faith than that of a person simply believing and admitting that there is a Higher Power, a God who created him for a specific plan and purpose!

 So, now we come to the point, where you may acknowledge that there is in fact a God who created us. The bible teaches that every man should be able to see this if he just takes the time to observe nature, and watch the incredible miracles happening in nature on a daily basis. Somehow you also already knew instinctively that your sense of right and wrong, i.e. your conscience, is directly connected to the very fact whether you do – or do not believe there is a God… That is why when you are feeling remorseful for the sins that you committed, you are in fact on your way into believing in God!

 

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 Immediately when you come to realize that there is a God, you will also note that now there is a plan and a purpose. Remember, God sees the beginning and the end all at the same time, because He is beyond time and space. The interesting part of life really is to find out what God’s plan and purpose for your life is! At times you may feel insecure and inadequate, but remember that God never makes mistakes. He does not make misfits. He has a plan and a purpose with each and every one of us, His children. Just think of a few biblical figures like Joseph and Paul. If it were not for them having been in prison, where would we be today? Through the imprisonment of one man, Joseph, a whole nation was saved from starvation (see Gen. 45:5-8). The apostle Paul wrote all his letters to the believers from prison. Imagine the New Testament without Paul’s letters! (see Phil. 1:12-14). Your time in prison is not the end of your life. In fact, God wants to use the prison circumstances in your life. He wants to be with you, right there in prison! Our God is a God of miracles. 

At this stage you may ask me: I accept that there is a God, who created me, and who cares about me, but how do I know which religion is the right religion? This is an interesting question. If you want to, you can study a number of religions and decide for yourself. The five major world religions are Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam and Christianity. I did not really study Buddhism or Hinduism. I do know that in Buddhism there is no God, so that is really a dead end to start with. In Hinduism, there is a great number of Gods – that could be a bit of a labyrinth. Many religions and even some sects in Christianity believe in imposing on their members and believers a multitude of rules and regulations, as if it were possible to please God by stepping up on an imaginary ladder and trying to reach Him or get closer to Him by keeping to more and more religious rules. The real Christian faith is different. Christianity really is: God revealing Himself to us (you), in the person of Jesus Christ. You can say it is like: God coming down that (imaginary) ladder to earth, picking us up where we were injured or broken, putting us together again and showing and revealing Himself and His character to us. The bible teaches that Jesus Christ is the image of the living God. God has left us His picture, in the form of the example of the life that He lived on earth. After that, He also proclaimed that His Spirit, the Spirit of God, is in all of us who accepts Him! Millions of people all over the world who became Christian can testify to this fact. One day soon, you too will acknowledge this. At the same time He challenges us to become more and more like Him, to live like He lived His life on earth, doing miracles in the lives of other people.….

 If you want to learn more about God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, please ask the inmate who distributed this tract for more information. He may have some books and guides for you that you can use to study. May God bless you and help you. 

 

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Jesus said: I am the Door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly! (John 10: 9 & 10).