Final Term Assignment for Richard Peachey, Willingdon School of the Bible. Genesis 1-11 From Creation to the Flood            

  (A hypothetical, but pretty close to real scenario)

At the end of a rockhounding day, above Harrison, a sharp piece of shale punctured the tire of my Sunfire. No spare and miles out of cellphone range, so friends in the second vehicle took my tire down to the nearest garage.

Jackie and I settled down for a long wait.  With coffee and sandwiches we discussed life, the universe, and everything.  Naturally we talked about the fossilized brachiopods, trilobites and ammonites we’d found that day.

Jackie said, “It’s so awesome that paleontologists date our fossils to the Paleozoic, 500 million years ago.”  She hadn’t noticed how easily those dates get re-assigned.  Carbon-dating is only good for some 50,000 years, and other methods  for dating rocks and fossils are based on assumptions built into computer models.  Fossils are assigned dates by the rocks they’re found in, and the rocks are dated by these fossil markers.  Circular reasoning, round and round, arriving at a desired date, largely pre-determined, by an a priori commitment to long ages necessary to sustain the theory of the evolution.  However, rocks from known volcanic eruptions, within recorded history, yield wildly differing, incorrect ancient ages.

Jackie was astounded when I said God created the world in six days, some six-thousand years ago. “Take this aspirin.Obviously you hurt your head falling off the back of that turnip wagon.”  I thanked her and shared my chocolate bar with her. The ultimate truth of the age of the universe and all life in it, is revealed to us in the Bible, by God who was there, in the beginning, who created everything, and who gave us his book about our origins, our ancient history and his will for our lives.

Jackie continued, “The Bible is just one of many Near Eastern creation myths.”

I knew this was a challenge far more important than a flat tire and asked the Lord for his Spirit to communicate his truth to my friend. “If any of you lacks wisdom let him ask God, who gives to all men generously and without reproaching, and it will be given him.” – James 1:5 

Our beginnings as recorded in Genesis are foundational to all that follows in the entire Bible.  Christians who think we can skip over creation and the flood, forget at least twenty-five New Testament passages that refer to Genesis and take 1 to 11 literally.  Satan, the enemy of our souls, works to destroy trust in Genesis.  “Christianity has fought, still fights, and will continue to fight science to the desperate end over evolution, because evolution destroys utterly and finally the very reason Jesus’ earthly life was supposedly made necessary. Destroy Adam and Eve and the original sin, and in the rubble you will find the sorry remains of the Son of God. If Jesus was not the redeemer who died for our sins, and this is what evolution means, then Christianity is nothing.” 1

The panorama of rivers and valleys cut through sedimentary deposition below us was breathtakingly beautiful, and I said, “Jackie the flood and catastrophism of Noah’s day wiped out all animal life on the face of the earth, and left radically altered geologic features. These fossils, once vibrant life, were caught up in mass upheavals when God opened up the deeps, and the sky poured rain, forty days and nights.”

2 Peter 3:5……  “fact, that by the word of God heavens existed long ago, and an earth formed out of water and by means of water, through which the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished.”

Jackie: .. “Hey my Sunday School teacher was a respected professor from Trinity Western University who taught the flood in Genesis 6 was limited to the area of the Black Sea, about 5,000 years ago.” 

But“, I replied,  “The Bible tells us waters covered all the high mountains, to a depth of fifteen cubits, (twenty feet).  Should we believe the mere man, who was not there, or the Creator God who was?”

Jackie knew fossils are found at the highest elevations everywhere, worldwide. She said, “Well that might suggest a global flood is a better explanation for marine fossil’s on mountain tops.”

We’d often gone to the McAbee Fossil Beds, south of Cache Creek before the BC government made it a heritage site.  High above that valley, billions of dead things are buried in rock layers, many embedded in paper thin layers that captured bugs, bees, spiders, flowers, fish, birds, plants and trees,…… and slammed them into a cementing matrix, in the midst of vibrant life.  Those rocks proclaim a massive, violent, worldwide catastrophic event. We hold the story of Noah’s flood in our hands at McAbee, in China, Morocco, England, the U.S.  Everywhere on earth sedimentary rock layers, containing billions upon billions of every life form, preserved in perfect detail, past life from tiny insects to massive T-Rex,… all a witness to the global flood.

Richard Peachey wrote this for a children’s lecture:   “SADDLE CATNAP”

‘SADDLE CATNAP’ — Ten Reason Why the Genesis Flood Must Have Been a Global Event  2

Jackie’s liberal church said the Bible copied earlier Mesopotamian myths.  These are bizarre scenarios of multiple gods and their myriad intrigues. I drew on Richard’s summary of ‘Enuma elish the Epic of Creation, and his overview of the Epic of Gilgamesh, an alternate creation account and an ancient flood story, as we talked about stories from Ancient Near Eastern literature. These are probably the creation of contest literature, ….stories to fill the hours around camp-fires, desert caravans and long sea voyages.  ANE history is fragmentary, so it’s not clear how much influence these fables had on the lives of ordinary people.

 “The main Babylonian flood legend [i.e., in Gilgamesh tablet Xl], p. 2680 in particular, is ‘steeped in the silliest polytheism, ‘to quote the words of Dillmann.  The gods are divided in their counsel, false to one another and to man; they flee in consternation to the highest heaven and cower like dogs in their distress;  they quarrel and lie and gather over the sacrificer like a swarm of hungry flies!  In the Babylonian accounts the moral or ethical motive is almost completely absent……3

Jackie said, “Reams of evidence confirms our ascent from lower creatures to our present form”, so I told her about a book I’m reading, in which …..”Our evidence for the first appearance of man or of man-like creatures, sometimes called hominids, and of their gradual evolution over hundreds of thousands of years is distressingly meager.”..……page 6, “The origins of Modern Man (homo sapiens) are shrouded in mystery.” page 7. 4

Maybe it’s just as well that Jackie lost interest in church early in life.  There was so much teaching there to erode a child’s ability to trust the Bible is true.  Her church taught her that in our modern times, scientists have proven we’re here today as the result of primeval microscopic life forms slowly and gradually, through mutations and natural selection, producing more complex creatures, over many millions of years.

She said, “God used the process of evolution, but he knew Adam and Eve and those brutish early humans were not educated, like us, so he had to tell them fiction stories about creation and a big flood”

What’s a kid like Jackie to do when Kenton L. Sparks who declares himself to be an evangelical, says,  “There is ample evidence that the authors of Scripture were not modern historians or scientists, and equally compelling evidence that evolutionary biology provides the best explanation for life’s origins, including human origins.”   5

Jackie, I said,…..”A ‘god’ who tells falsehoods to his people is not worthy of the love of our ancestors, nor would this ‘god’ be worthy of our worship.  Adam and Eve were the creme de la creme of all humanity.  There will never be humans to match their perfect beauty, intelligence, strength and health, because they were made in the image of the creator himself.  Adam and Eve were the ultimate in human perfection.”

Admittedly,  It is a profound puzzle why they chose to disobey God, making big trouble for themselves and everyone of us born after their sinful rebellion.

Evangelical churches allow false teachers to distort the clear teaching of Genesis 1:26 where God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion,……vs. 27:  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.  And God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.”……..vs. 31:  And God saw everything that he had made, and behold it was very good.”

Pattle T. Pun, though accepting the theory of evolution wrote: “It is apparent that the most straightforward understanding of the Genesis record, without regard to all the hermenuetical considerations suggested by [evolutionary] science, is that God created heaven and earth in six solar days, that man was created in the sixth day, that death and chaos entered the world after the Fall of Adam and Eve, that all of the fossils were the result of the catastrophic universal deluge which spared only Noah’s family and the animals therewith.”  6

Jackie said,  “You Christians are no better than the rest of the human race.  Every day’s news tells about corrupt Christians in government, clergy caught in immoral behaviour, sports heroes who cheat, and divorce in church families ”  

I agreed, “That’s why we can’t place our faith in any fellow human, since, ‘all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God’.  Jesus Christ alone committed no sin. He, the sinless one bore all our sins on himself, when he died on the cross of Calvary, two-thousand years ago.  PBPGINFWMY was a button we used to wear in the ’70’s. ‘Please be patient, God is not finished with me yet’.  

God created us all, rich, poor, people of every tribe, nation and colour.  We’re all created in God’s own image, one race, back to Adam and Eve, starting again with Shem, Ham and Japheth, and their three (unnamed) wives, after God destroyed all life on earth except those on the Ark, by his terrible flood. We lost our beautiful home in Eden, but two thousand years ago Jesus Christ, God incarnate paid the price for our sins, once for all.  Now Paradise is waiting for everyone who believes in Jesus our Saviour. Death which no longer has power over believers, is now the entrance to eternal life, forever with our Creator, Saviour and friend.

Take teachers with a generous dollop of critical thinking.  Here’s the esteemed church father Origen, (184 to 254 AD): “What man of intelligence will believe that the first and second and the third day, and the evening and the morning existed without the sun and moon and the stars?  And that the first day, if we may so call it, was even without a heaven?  And who is so silly as to believe that God, after the manner of a farmer, “planted a garden eastward in Eden,” and set in it a palpable  “tree of life”?……I do not doubt these are figurative expressions which indicate certain mysteries through a semblance of history and not through actual events.”  7

John Sailhamer, a current day church hero teaches that everything in the universe was already created by the time we get to Genesis 1:1, that everything had come about by some indefinite deep time process. Having denied God’s revelation, Sailhamer must mangle the rest of Scripture in his attempt to make it harmonize with his distortions, and attempt to accommodate the Bible with evolution.

God forbids tampering with his holy words, “I warn every one who hears the words of the prophecy of this book:  if any one adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if any one takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.” – Revelation 22:18

Evolution has disease, destruction, violence and death existing millions of years before Genesis.  Don Batten’s “Age of the Earth: 101 Evidences for a Young Age of the Earth and Universe”  is really worthwhile reading.  8

I said,  “Jackie, someday I hope you will see the Lord Jesus Christ is your dearest friend becaus“there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” – Acts 4:12

It was dark and cold when we saw lights bobbing up the mountain track  With relief we greeted friends, repaired tire, and coffee and donuts.

Homeward bound,  I reflected that someday I will leave this world for my eternal home. I hope Jackie can share heaven because I have lived for a time on earth with her.

FOOTNOTES  

1 G. Richard Bozarth, ‘The Meaning of Evolution’, -1 1.American Atheist, p. 30, February 1978.

2 ‘SADDLE CATNAP’ — Ten Reason Why the Genesis Flood Must Have Been a Global Event”  – Richard Peachey

3   Alexander Heidel, The Gilgamesh Epic. [2nd edition]. [Chicago;  The University of Chicago Press, 1949], p. 2680 writes: “The main Babylonian flood legend [i.e., in Gilgamesh tablet Xl],

4 ‘A Survey Of European Civilization’ Wallace K. Ferguson and Geoffrey Bruun, Houghton Mifflin Company/Boston – 1964, page 6

5  Charles Halton, ed., quotes Kenton L. Sparks Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither? Three Views on the Bible’s Earliest Chapters [Grand Rapids, Ml: Zondervan, 2015] page 111

6 (Journal of the American Scientific Affiliation, March 1987,p.14)

7  G.W.. Butterworth, Origen on First Principles (London: SPCK, 1936), 288.] 

8  Don Batten’ “Age of the Earth: 101 Evidences for a Young Age of the Earth and Universe”  

McAbee Fossils below:

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The date of our Saviour’s birth most likely was in the Spring.

The gifts were given only to the Christ-child, not a frenetic, gifts all around.  The gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh were symbolic of the attributes of Jesus, God come to earth to live among us, die on the cross of Calvary and conquer death and the grave,  bear the price of our sins, and open the way to Heaven for lost humanity.

The wise men came from the East when Jesus was about two years old, not to the manger of Bethlehem.  People say Christmas is for the children, but don’t often ponder who those children were in the first Christmas story.  Herod killed all the little boys two years old and younger, in his determination to eliminate the promised Messiah.

Back in a December of early 1970s, I read Luke’s gospel for the first time as a new believer in Christ.  It was one of those times when a heavy snowfall brought Vancouver to a stop. The city felt pure, peaceful and the silence was a gift from God.   I realized then that the frenzy of gift-buying, excessive eating and drinking at countless parties, had nothing to do with the birth of Jesus Christ, and I made the decision to step out of the crass commercialism and madness of Christmas.  I’ve never once regretted that decision.  Sometimes when I tell others that it really is possible to opt out, I see a glimmer of hope in their tired eyes.

One of the biggest frauds is that everyone is happy, happy, happy in the holiday season.  Actually the grim statistics tell an entirely different tale.

One day a customer gave me a Chargex payment with a deep sigh of relief.  He said, “This is the last of my Christmas present debts.”  It was the month of June.

When people ask, “What can I buy for Uncle Jim, who has everything”? …….the obvious answer is, ……“Why would you want to waste your money and his time?”  So now he has to go through the aggravation of pretending you spent your money, time and energy to buy him the gift he’s been waiting for all his life.  Surely there are better ways to help your fellow humans who desperately need a helping hand.  And they suffer hunger and want through all the calendar year.  This orgy of gift-giving exhausts your resources and strengths and very often disappoints the recipients.

Millions of people believe they should be surrounded by love and family and warmth and gifts, because that is the norm for everyone else around them,….but they don’t have it and feel worse at Christmas than any other time of year.  People breathe a collective sigh of relief when the whole charade is over.

Carry on, if you don’t have the strength of character to resist the pressures, but at least read the Bible to find the One who alone can give you gifts that satisfy the deep needs of your heart and soul and mind, for time and for eternity.

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This is a short, brief story of the ups and downs of Christmas from Christianity Today magazine.

When Christmas Meets the ‘Umbrage Industry’

If history is any guide, there’s no escaping the hostilities that erupt every December.

November 23, 2016

There is no easier way for politicians or pundits to rally the base this time of year than hyping the “War on Christmas” by liberal elites. Donald Trump’s son Eric told evangelist James Robison in an August interview that one reason Trump decided to run for president was because the White House “Christmas tree” was now called the “holiday tree.” (Multiple outlets noted that no such change had occurred.)

Hostility toward Christmas, Santa Claus, and the Christmas tree has a long history, as does disgust with the holiday’s appropriation by politicians, marketers, and lobbyists. Gerry Bowler’s often hilarious, sometimes tedious Christmas in the Crosshairs: Two Thousand Years of Denouncing and Defending the World’s Most Celebrated Holiday (Oxford University Press) chronicles a mind-boggling array of conflicts stretching from the ancient world to today. Ever ready with wry zingers for Christmas’s legions of opponents or another quote illustrating the quixotic zeal of its appropriators, at times Bowler gives the impression of someone who loves his subject a little too much.

Bowler begins with the fascinating history of how the early church chose December 25 as the day to observe Christmas. The Bible gives little guidance, and Bowler is not convinced by the common argument that the church just decided to Christianize a pagan holiday. Instead, he attributes the date to obscure assumptions the early church made about the timing of Jesus’s conception, and the belief that great people sometimes died on the same date they were conceived (around mid-March, in Jesus’s case). Still, Christmas’s proximity to older pagan festivals would plague its reputation for millennia.

In the medieval era, Christmas became a fixture of Catholic festive culture, which sometimes featured drunken celebrations and “social inversions” such as the “Feast of Fools” and “Feast of the Ass” (that is, the donkey that carried Mary). These rites made Christmas a prime target for many Reformers, who viewed them as an unbiblical “popish” riot. In the 1640s, the Puritan-dominated English Parliament banned Christmas and “all other festival days commonly called ‘Holy-days.’ ” A century and a half later, radical French revolutionaries renamed December 25 “dog day,” viewing citizens who stayed home from work as potential enemies of the secular regime.

By 1800, Christmas was in bad shape, associated largely with working-class drunkenness and violence. But in the early 19th century, Christmas “revivalists” like Washington Irving and Charles Dickens began recasting it as a generically religious, culturally wholesome, and family-centered holiday. Clement Clarke Moore made perhaps the most significant contribution with his 1822 “Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas,” better known as “ ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.” A friendly Santa Claus supplanted St. Nicholas’s traditional threats of wrath against disobedient children. Other menacing nocturnal visitors who had been fixtures of medieval Christmases, such as central Europe’s “Perchta the Disemboweller,” soon vanished before Santa’s kindly image. The gift-giving Santa also transformed Christmas into the merchants’ holiday par excellence.

By the mid-19th century, Christmas had come to signify “charity, family togetherness, reunion, and the importance of parental love for children.” It is this version that has become the “biggest single event on the planet,” in Bowler’s estimation.

Christmas’s singular prominence encourages not only critics, but innumerable appropriators. Bowler provides a thorough rundown of the groups, from totalitarians to atheists to animal rights activists, who have used Christmas as a platform for one cause or another. The Nazis replaced Jesus with “Der Fuhrer” in the hymn “Silent Night.” (“Adolf Hitler is Germany’s star, showing us greatness and glory afar.”) The ultra-fundamentalist Westboro Baptist Church replaced “Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town” with “Santa Claus Will Take You To Hell.” Planned Parenthood produced a version of the “Twelve Days of Christmas” in which a lover showers his beloved with gifts related to “family planning.”

The last chapter covers the barrage of lawsuits filed by the ACLU and other secularists who seek to eliminate all vestiges of Christmas from American public life. Bowler is (rightly) frustrated with the “relentlessness” of their litigious flood. He sees complaints like those of the two Caro, Michigan, atheists who professed to be “offended, affronted, intimidated, and distressed” when they saw a crèche on the town square in 2003, as furthering an “umbrage industry.” But he also has little patience for hyper-sensitive rage against the “War on Christmas”—and for those who exploit it to make money or build political capital.

As a cure for our Christmas ills, Bowler recommends the old-fashioned virtue of genuine tolerance, a commitment to “abide with one’s fellow citizens’ choices.” If Starbucks produces an unadorned seasonal red cup, or the Wal-Mart cashier merely says “happy holidays,” there’s no cause for a Moral Majoritarian freakout. Likewise, if baby Jesus shows up on a courthouse lawn somewhere in Middle America, there’s no reason to get lawyers involved. When it comes to Christmas, Bowler pleads, can’t we just live and let live?

Thomas S. Kidd is distinguished professor of history at Baylor University and the author of George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father (Yale University Press).

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KURT WISE was a strange kid:       <http://www.preceptaustin.org/genesis_commentaries>,

Precept Ministries
Genesis Part I – Dr. Kurt Wise
Lesson 1 <http://www.preceptaustin.org/genesis_commentaries&gt; “Lectures Correlating with Precept Genesis Lessons,” Lesson One

This course will be dealing a lot with science. In this first lesson Dr. Wise will tell why Creation is important to him. Hopefully you will be convinced why Creation ought to be important to you.

Kurt Wise’s Story

Kurt was a strange kid, born and raised in Illinois. He lived in the country on a wooded piece of property and spent most of his time up in trees: in treehouses, hanging in trees and swinging from trees. It was in those trees as a child where he began to ask some serious questions about who he was, why he was, and what he knew. The questions most interesting to him during this time around ages 8-9 were about what he really knew. What did he know for sure? People had told him things but can you believe what people tell you? What do you know for sure?

He remembers seeing a squirrel up in the tree one day and thinking, “I can see that squirrel with my eyes. But if I close my eyes, I can’t see the squirrel. I don’t even know it’s there. I can’t see it with my shoulder or my elbow, so how do I know that the squirrel really exists? How do I know that my eyes aren’t deceiving me entirely and that the squirrel doesn’t really exist? Do I really know—does that squirrel really exist?” He was doubting it. Sometime later he saw another squirrel jumping around in the branches of the tree. He thought, “Wait a minute, when I close my eyes, I can also hear the squirrel.” So he could see and hear the squirrel at the same time. This must mean that the squirrel really exists, because if his eyes are deceiving him you wouldn’t expect that his ears would hear something that didn’t really exist at the same time that his eyes were showing him that the squirrel exists. He could see that his ears could be deceiving him independently of his eyes, and his eyes could be deceiving him independent of his ears, but both at the same time? No, couldn’t be. Must be that the squirrel really exists.

But—maybe not. What if there’s something that’s controlling both his eyes and his ears that’s trying to deceive him into thinking that the squirrel exists. If there was such a thing it would be clever of that thing to have both his eyes and his ears deceive him at the same time. “It almost got me! I almost fell for it.” He began to call that thing inside him that was deceiving him, his “imp.” Obviously, if he felt, saw, heard, it was somehow all controlled by this imp in a desire to deceive Kurt into believing that something exists when it really doesn’t.

One day he was walking down a path through the woods with a friend of his when the friend said, “Look! A deer!”

Kurt looked, and sure enough, a deer. Kurt saw and heard a deer. He asked his friend, “You saw and heard that deer?”

“Of course, I did. I just told you about it.”

Wow, that must mean the deer exists because here’s this dude who’s not Kurt who has just seen and heard this deer so it must be that this deer exists. It couldn’t be that he was being deceived. But, then again, how does he know that his friend exists? Because if Kurt couldn’t trust what he’s seeing and hearing, how does he know his friend really does exist? It’s the only reason

he knows he’s really there. And that’s just what an imp would do, isn’t it? An imp would create a friend who didn’t really exist to try to convince Kurt that the deer existed when it really didn’t exist. That’s what an imp would do. So that doesn’t help—he can’t know for sure.

Later, sitting in his treehouse thinking about this sort of thing, he asked, “What do I know exists? What do I know now? I know deceit’s going on. I know I’m being deceived. Wait—do I know that? Do I know if I exist?” It would be even more ambitious for an imp to create a Kurt who didn’t really exist, and then deceive that Kurt who didn’t really exist into believing in other things that didn’t really exist and get him to think about those things that didn’t really exist in order to keep his mind off of the fact that he didn’t exist. Kurt therefore could not conclude that he really existed. He must be the creation of his imp. That’s all he really knew for sure—the existence of his imp. On the other hand, how does he know his imp exists? It might be someone else’s imp who created Kurt’s imp to create Kurt to create his friend to make him believe that all the other things exist, but neither he nor his imp exists. So what did Kurt know? He knew there existed an imp. He knew there existed evil. But that’s all he knew.

Wednesday, before Easter Sunday in 1969, in his treehouse near Rochelle, Illinois, he decided that one week later, the next Wednesday, he would go up into his treehouse and figure out the most efficient way to kill himself, because evil was all that existed. He, therefore, was evil incarnate—his imp. Or, he didn’t exist and someone else’s imp created him. Killing himself would be good because it would either be killing the evil, or, if his imp didn’t exist, then he wouldn’t be doing anything at all. Therefore, killing himself would either be doing nothing at all, or it would be doing good. So suicide was the only way out.

(A parenthetical note: Kurt has heard some people tell lies such as, “People who are going to commit suicide are going to leave a note.” Why would Kurt leave a note? No one else existed. He wasn’t going to leave a note. He wasn’t going to feign suicide in order to get someone to stop him. No one else existed to stop him. Don’t believe people who assume this. When someone says they’re going to commit suicide, they, like Kurt at age 9, could be meaning it—truly. And that’s the only time you’ll ever hear them say it and then they’re dead.)

Fortunately, the Lord had other intentions for him. Because in between the two Wednesdays he went to Sunday school. It didn’t exist, his parents didn’t exist, so he’d play that game—what difference did it make? So he went to Sunday school and the teacher was talking about the third missionary journey of Paul. He asked at the end of the session if anyone would like to stay afterwards to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Kurt had heard this a whole bunch of times before but thought, “Why not? I’ll play the game? It doesn’t really exist; I’m not really here; he’s not really here; the Bible isn’t here… What difference does it make? Cool.” So he stayed afterwards.

The teacher took the Bible in front of him and pushed it across the table in front of Kurt. Here Kurt was with the Bible in front of him. The teacher turned to the verse:

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

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Kurt’s thinking, “Yes, I understand.” The teacher explained that Kurt was a sinner and Kurt thought to himself, “Well, yes, I’m evil incarnate. I already know that.” Then the teacher turned to:

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The teacher explained to Kurt that the appropriate punishment for being a sinner is death. Kurt didn’t say it out loud, but he thought, “I’ve got that covered. Next Wednesday I’m committing suicide.” Then the teacher turned to:

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

At that moment Kurt thought, “Ah, I’ve made a mistake.” It isn’t true that there was only one thing that he knew: that evil existed. He realized that there was something else that he knew. He had acknowledged it, but never consciously. It was that not only did evil exist, but that evil must be done away with. That’s intriguing, because if evil was all there was, why would you want to destroy it? Why would evil want itself destroyed? That makes no sense. The existence of evil plus the existence of the fact that evil must be destroyed means that good must exist. Because only with the existence of good does it become necessary to destroy evil. Where evil is evil. If evil is all there is, then why not? What’s the big deal—just be evil.

That meant Good exists. And what would Good do but exactly what this verse says? He would die for evil. It’s ultimate good—to die for evil incarnate. And Kurt accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior that day. This most important decision of his life became important in what was to become the second most important decision in his life which came a number of years later.

Kurt lived in the country so he went to a K-8 school. At the end of eighth grade just before he graduated to go to the big city high school (scary), the last big event was a science fair. He chose early on in the year that his project would be evolution. He planned to learn everything there was to know about evolution and make a big project about it. So he went aggressively to the library and took out every book on evolution, read both of them, went to the closest big city, Rochelle, which had about 8000 people in it. (Scary place: Big city with lots of people so he didn’t like to be there very often.) There he checked out every book its library had on evolution, read both of those, then dug up everything he could find in encyclopedias or anywhere. He went to fossil shops, collected fossils and created an enormous project. That’s where he first memorized the periods of the geologic column: Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian, Devonian, Mississippian, Pennsylvanian…

Kurt created this project with steps made out of wood like stairs leading up to a front door. The width of each step was directly related to the length of geologic time that period was supposed to

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be in existence. He made up drawings to show where the water and the land was. He had the fossils from that particular era. It was a huge project.

The eighth graders had the entire day of the science fair presentation off to finish their projects. Several of Kurt’s classmates were initiating their projects that day, but Kurt was done.

He had gained a partner. Poor Carl. He had a great idea—something no one else had done before. It was a first time ever because no one ever thinks of creating a volcano for a science project [except for Peter Brady.] Carl was doing fine—had a beautiful volcano—but on the test run it was a very good example of an exploding volcano. Ceiling, walls, whole place… The teacher didn’t allow him to continue on that project; he didn’t want to see Carl create another volcano. Without a project Carl joined Kurt for the last couple of weeks.

So on the day of the fair Kurt and Carl were done with nothing to do. Everyone else was running around doing their projects. Kurt pulled two desks together and said, “Carl, I have a problem. I can’t reconcile this evolution thing with the first chapter of Genesis.”

Carl asked, “What do you mean?”

Kurt took out a Bible and read through Genesis chapter 1 out loud to Carl, who replied, “I see what you mean. It doesn’t seem to fit terribly well does it?”

Kurt: “No. I don’t know how to deal with it. I can’t figure out how to put the two together… Wait a minute—have I got an idea! This is the solution. I’d better publish this. People have been waiting for a solution like this. What if the days in Genesis 1 are millions of years old?” Kurt had never heard anyone suggest anything like this; it was completely new to him.

Carl said, “Wow! Yeah, that makes it work.”

Carl seemed to be completely satisfied with that explanation but Kurt wasn’t quite. It kind of smoothed out some of the rough edges but there were some burrs still getting at him because the order wasn’t quite right, like the sun coming after the plants in Genesis, which is not the way it is in evolution. Flying creatures come on day 3, while land creatures appear on day 5, when evolution says it’s the other way around. It’s like a burr under the saddle. Nevertheless, he put it on the back burner, shelved it in the back of his mind thinking it was probably something he shouldn’t be thinking about, like angels on the head of a pin or something. It satisfied Carl completely but it bothered Kurt. It kept bothering him the next year and the next…

Around his sophomore year of high school, Kurt snuck out and ran downtown to a store selling Bibles. He bought one secretly because of what he was going to do with it. He snuck it back home then late at night he took a flashlight and a scissors with a plan that whenever he found a verse that if evolution is true he would have to throw the verse out, he would snip out that verse. He started in Genesis 1:1. He worked on it for months. There were two reasons why he had to keep going and would not be satisfied with something short of the whole Bible: 1) He was obsessive-compulsive. 2) He didn’t want to make the decision he knew he would have to make.

His whole life, other than his relationship with his parents, revolved around science. He loved science. He had 36 hobbies and collections when he graduated from high school. Some of them were normal like stamps and coins but the rest of them were things like stuffed moles that he’d caught, birds’ nests and eggs, astronomy, etc. His mother used to say of his room, “Kurt, you are

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going to keep that room clean because I don’t under any circumstances want to have to walk into your room. Your room lives. It’s living, it’s moving.” Kurt had a terrarium but raised fungi in it instead of turtles. (Parenthetical note: He lived in the basement of the house and he was down there with his family as they were getting to know Marie, his fiancée. It was cold over Christmas so someone got her a sleeping bag to cover herself with. One of his critters, now dried, spilled out of that bag, but only after she had spent most of the evening with her feet in it.)

Everything Kurt loved was science: Collecting fossils, climbing trees, paddling around in rivers with the leeches. He loved science. He had been taught that evolution was equated with science. If you are into science, evolution is right in there. And if science is true then evolution is true and it was all part of what he loved. When Kurt was cutting his way through the Bible saying, “Evolution vs. the Bible” he was in a sense pitting everything he loves against the Bible. Back and forth. That’s why he didn’t want to get to the end and have to make a decision. The very last verse that he cut out of the Bible was the worst of all the verses.

Revelation 22:19 And if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.

Snip, snip.

Kurt was one sweating dude, scared out of his mind. That night he was faced with the decision he’d been putting off for a year and a half—the length of time it took him to get through the Bible this way. The question he had was (after he ripped the binding off the book), is it possible to grab the Bible with two fingers and pick up the Bible? Is there enough there to hold itself together? Despite the fact that he’d left all the margin material, he could not lift up the Bible no matter how he tried to do it. There was not enough left of it to hold itself together. It couldn’t even hold up its own weight. You can grab just a part of an intact Bible and pick up the whole thing, but in his version there wasn’t enough left to hold it up. So Kurt had to make a decision: Does he accept the claims of this Word, the Bible, or does he accept the claims of evolution, which was entwined with everything he loved? Does he accept evolution and reject the Bible, or does he accept the Bible and reject evolution? How could he make a decision like that?

It came when Kurt thought back to the day in Sunday school class when his teacher took her Bible, pushed it in front of him and introduced him to Jesus Christ. That day Jesus saved him not just spiritually but physically. Kurt had been going to commit suicide but now he had a reason to live. Since that day, Kurt had come to know Him. Jesus was a friend. There was no doubt in Kurt’s mind that Jesus was alive, that He loved him, that He was real. Kurt came to know Him through His Word. Kurt couldn’t reject this Bible. He had to accept it therefore reject evolution. With that, he thought he was rejecting everything he loved—everything he wanted to do for the rest of his life. His dreams.

Two weeks later the Lord began to show him that it wasn’t a necessary conclusion when Kurt began to meet scientists who believed in the Bible. He realized you could tease evolution out of

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science. You could purify science of evolution yet still hold science and believe in the claims of Scripture.

Kurt got training in macroevolutionary theory as his primary field of study for his PhD work at Harvard University under Stephen J. Gould. Kurt can stand before us now and state that you can believe in every claim of Scripture yet still embrace, love, and do science all your life. Science is a means by which you can better know your God. He created every part of the universe. Just like how studying every work of a painter can teach you about that painter, every time you look in a microscope or a telescope or you open a door into God’s creation, which you can if you seek to do so, you better know your God. Science is a means by which you can know Him rather than what Kurt thought, which was a way of countering Scripture, arguing against Scripture. A lot of people see science as the antagonist against Scripture and against Christianity, but it’s not true. If you look into the origin of science, all the original scientists believed in a Creator. They did their science because they believed that there was a single God who created everything in the universe, and did it so that we could know Him through it, that you could figure out God by looking at the Creation. There are nice laws in the universe that make sense. You can actually study those things. Even if you are not a smart person, you can come to know Him better by looking at the Creation—by watching a caterpillar or a butterfly.

God created it so that would be true. Historically science came into being because people believed that to be so. In fact, Scripture, if you really look at the truth of the matter, historically provided the foundation for science. It’s the reason science came into being.

Before the first scientists in Europe began fashioning it for the first time, the Greeks believed in all these gods and goddesses. Think of the Odyssey. Poor Odysseus. He’s stuck on an island trying to get home because Poseidon has just nailed him. Feeling sorry for him, Athena gets him off the island. Poseidon knocks him onto another island. Thus, Odysseus is tossed about by the whims of the gods. If you believe in more than one god, can you believe in any rules the universe is going to follow? It’s like being a chess piece. What’s going to happen next? Am I going to get killed? It’s at the whim of this god versus that god as they argue against one another… You can’t do science. Who cares about science when you’re worried about getting nailed by the next god that comes by? Polytheism does not produce anything that looks like science.

What about eastern mysticism? A lot of it doesn’t even believe that the physical world is real. It’s just an illusion so why spend your time studying the physical world if it doesn’t exist? What kind of science are you going to do under those circumstances?

It’s specifically the God of Scripture that gives us the reason to even do science—to even think about starting to do science. Why should we think the universe is understandable except that God created it so that we can understand Him through it? He could have made it a whole lot more complicated because He’s certainly more complicated than we are. But He didn’t. He made it simple enough for a child to look at a caterpillar or an ant. Kurt was walking behind his kids on the sidewalk when one of them stopped dead in her tracks. She bent all the way down to put her nose to the concrete to watch an ant walking across the sidewalk. Kurt stopped himself just in

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time wondering why she was delaying their trip to church, when she said, “Look at the ant.” She was enthralled with that creation of God. Even a child can come to know Him better through the Creation. God created it so that was true and so all men everywhere through all time could come to know Him through it. What a spectacular God! It’s because of the claims of Scripture— actually it’s more basic than that: It’s because of the nature of God that science is possible. Scripture provides the foundation for science.

This gets right to the heart of what we’re about in the remainder of the time we’re in Genesis: Foundational to the Scripture itself is Creation. We’re going to see bits and pieces of this as we go along. But every single doctrine that you hold dear is founded on the Creation. There’s a philosophical reason for that to be true. The Creation is the act of God—the Word of God. These things came to be. That same God inspired the remainder of Scripture. That same God laid out the principles, the laws, the rules of conduct for us for all time. The mode of His Creation as laid out in the first few chapters of Genesis are a picture of what He says for the remainder of Scripture. That’s philosophical reasoning. If you look theologically through strings in Scripture, you’ll find over and over that the doctrines that we hold dear are founded directly on Creation.

When Christ was asked about marriage what did he do? He said, “You know the way it was in the beginning? In the beginning God created Adam and Eve—it goes back to that.” That referred to a divorce issue, a controversial issue. Christ was specifically asked about divorce and He goes back to the Creation to answer the question.

Capital punishment is another controversial issue. That first comes into Scripture in Genesis 9. Why is it that a man must be killed when he sheds another man’s blood? Because man is created in the image of God—it goes back to the Creation. Many people don’t know that it’s against the command of God to swear at another person—to curse that person. Why? Look in the Commandments: it’s because he’s created in the image of God so when you curse another then you’re cursing a picture of God.

Every doctrine we hold dear is based upon the Creation. Kurt has told you why Creation is important to him and hopes that you’ll begin to see bit by bit why the Creation should be important to you. You might not go into science. Even if it’s in psychology, proper psychology is founded in Scripture and ultimately in the Creation. You’re never going to get the right psychology from an evolutionist. You’re never going to get the right psychology from a Christian who believes in evolution—it’s going to come out. Your position on origins will determine the way you live your life. Whether you’re a plumber or a politician or a mechanic, a scientist, a psychologist—whatever you are—your belief about the Creation will determine your ethic. Because your belief about Creation tells someone what you believe about God.

God created reflective of who He is and what He is. If you believe something different about Creation then you believe something different about God. So Creation and Scripture is, or should be (because most Christians in most disciplines do not base their discipline on Scripture and the Creation), the basis. Ultimately, the other power of Creation is that it’s the foundation of all the doctrines that we hold true.

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BBC – Iceland Erupts:    A tiny snapshot of the earth some four-thousand, five hundred years ago……

“In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened. “

Jesus Christ is our Ark of salvation.  He bought our redemption by dying for our sins on the cross of Calvary. He alone, the sinless one, could pay the price of our hopeless sinful condition and, by His blood alone, we are saved, for all eternity.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blDXgde1Tpg

Preview YouTube video BBC – Volcano Live, Iceland Erupts: A Volcano Live Special

BBC – Volcano Live, Iceland Erupts: A Volcano Live Special

Beautiful and worthwhile.

Here are a couple of helpful links to discussions of geological aspects of the global flood of Noah’s day:

• Andrew Snelling: geologic evidences for the flood — series of six articles <https://answersingenesis.org/fossils/fossil-record/high-dry-sea-creatures/>

• Michael Oard: geomorphological evidence for the global flood <http://creation.com/geomorphology-provides-evidence-for-global-flood>

10505898-happy-mixed-ethnic-children-stock-vector-children-school-cartoonAlternate title:  RED AND YELLOW, BLACK AND WHITE, THEY ARE PRECIOUS IN HIS SIGHT.  JESUS LOVES THE MANY COLOURS IN THE WORLD.

Media, free and unshackled is a bastion against the manipulation and lies of oppressive rulers.  Knowledge is power, and of course the powers in control know that, so keep the general populace content in their ignorance. Unfortunately for humanity, the pattern tends to be the same story throughout the ages and across all cultures,……’power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely’.  (Lord Acton, in 1887, wrote:  

{7}I cannot accept your canon that we are to judge Pope and King unlike other men, with a favourable presumption that they did no wrong. If there is any presumption it is the other way against holders of power, increasing as the power increases. Historic responsibility [that is, the later judgment of historians] has to make up for the want of legal responsibility [that is, legal consequences during the rulers’ lifetimes]. Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority: still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority. There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it. That is the point at which . . . the end learns to justify the means. You would hang a man of no position, . . . but if what one hears is true, then Elizabeth asked the gaoler to murder Mary, and William III ordered his Scots minister to extirpate a clan. Here are the greater names coupled with the greater crimes. You would spare these criminals, for some mysterious reason. I would hang them, higher than Haman, for reasons of quite obvious justice; still more, still higher, for the sake of historical science. . . . 

But the print media is losing money to the internet and so there is less money for investigative reporting, therefore less objective news.  Less profit necessitates more reliance on advertising, and it’s with dismay that we hear talk of private media possibly turning to government subsidies to keep them afloat,…….like the CBC.

Maybe that’s why the papers have become so annoying,  following the latest fads, often at the head of the line, ready to embrace and endorse the newest current politically correct dictates.

One of the worst examples of otherwise brilliant people sacrificing their intelligence, (in order I presume to hold on to their employment),……is the hushed, suspenseful question on their lips upon breaking news of some horrific crime……“Was it (gasp)  a HATE CRIME………?”…more…hushed, emoting.

It must be a tremendous relief to the bruised and bloodied victim to hear, just before he leaves this world, the first responders kneel down beside him and say, “Good news friend, you are not the victim of a hate crime.”

Is the pain, the fear, the terror, the loss, any greater or less because the damage done is motivated by the colour of your skin, or by the fact that you were a sitting duck for a madman, or an opportunistic thief, or by someone set on revenge because of a perceived grievance,……..Whatever the reason, address the gravity of the crime itself, and stop the ridiculous psycho-babble  currently all the rage.  Criminals just need good lawyers to produce some expert mind-reader to declare the crime was not ‘motivated by HATE, ’cause boy oh boy,……if you smashed up a fellow human being, because you were motivated by hate,….ooohh …..you’re ‘gonna be in big trouble.  However, if it was only the manifestation of a common, ordinary sinful nature, you’ll walk freely among us in no time.

Who cares?  Will the dying man say,….“Tell my wife and kids not to grieve,….It wasn’t hate that took me from them.”  Now, we can all breathe a bit easier. This is just the old-fashioned, familiar sort of thing, “What causes wars, and what causes fightings among you? Is it not your passions that are at war in your members?  You desire and do not have; so you kill.  And you covet and cannot obtain; so you fight and wage war.  You do not have, becase you do not ask.  You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.  Unfaithful creatures!  Do you not know that friendship with the world in enmity with God: Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”– James.

What we need is leaders with brains and backbone.  All crime hurts others.  Determine what steps are needed to remove the criminal from causing further harm to others, and how best to rehabilitate offenders, but stop the nonsense about crimes ‘motivated by hate’.  Isn’t it enough that someone has caused pain or loss to others?  Does a white, red, brown, yellowish skinned person feel more or less suffering than any of their fellow humans?   Is any ‘colour’ of human immune from suffering and pain?   Total nonsense.

There are no races.  There is only the human race.

Population isolation emphasizes certain physical features, and the pigment melanin varies from one person to another, with more melanin generally in Africa and eastern countries people groups.  But there are no separate races.  Our blood all flows red.

God created us, the human race in his own image.  Male and female, he created us.  Adam and Eve are our ancestors and they had within their perfect bodies the DNA for all the diversity of skin colour, height, eye colour, hair colour, bone density, everything was within the genetic code of our first perfect parents.

God destroyed that ancient world because of their awful sin and rebellion against his perfect plan of their lives, so the human race started all over again.  We’d lost that perfect image of God, and we’d lost some of that diversity that passes along from parents to their children, but our ancestry started over again.  Genesis 10, ….. all of us now trace our family lines to Noah’s sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, and their three wives.

We’re all one big family, but we sure squabble a lot.  Only looking to our common Lord and Creator will sort us out.

Kneel at the Cross, Jesus will meet you there.

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———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Gerda Peachey <gerdapeachey@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, Nov 18, 2016 at 8:34 AM
Subject: Please forward this to Chief Rich:
To: “Ian MacDonald, APD” <imacdonald@abbypd.ca>
Cc: Bill Flitton <BFlitton@abbotsford.ca>, Henry Braun <hbraun@abbotsford.ca>, Ross Siemens <rsiemens@abbotsford.ca>, George Murray <gmurray@abbotsford.ca>, Nancy Friesen <NFriesen@abbotsford.ca>, Darryl <Darryl.Plecas.MLA@leg.bc.ca>, “deJong.MLA, Mike” <Mike.deJong.MLA@leg.bc.ca>, “Gibson.MLA, Simon” <simon.gibson.mla@leg.bc.ca>, “systems@ombudsman.bc.ca” <systems@ombudsman.bc.ca>, Conflict of Interest <conflictofinterest@coibc.ca>

Hello Chief Rich:                                                                                                                                                                      November 18, 2016

Given the big job you have protecting our City and solving major crimes, it might be difficult to find time to follow up on my charge against our Mayor and Council.  I’ll proceed with the faint hope that you will see the problem that I ask you to investigate, as worthy of your time.

Abbotsford’s City leadership has not always been above board, and in the present situation pertaining to my own community, I don’t believe the City is acting with integrity. Over the years there have been times when the City engaged in deception, and whether staff acted on their own, or were accommodating the will of their bosses, is not always clear.  So a little history here showing a pattern of questionable behaviour:

I along with 7 or 8 other residents did a cross-check on a sliver of the election material in 2005 because of widespread reports about election violations, and multiple voting by groups of people being transported from poll to poll.  There was interference with voters, right in the polling places, and people being told they could vote twice.  Bill Flitton admitted that he saw the same men show up with van loads of people that were transported to other polling stations. Bill said he warned them to stop or he would ‘call the boys in blue’.  I asked him why he would not immediately call police, since elections are incredibly important, and determine who and how our country is run.

Sometime before 2005, George Peary had Council vote to move us from the system used Federally, to one that allowed people to vote at any of the 26 or so polling places,  and Bill Flitton decided to set up counting machines. These merely counted numbers, but did not delete voter’s names.  So it was child’s play to vote at any or many of those 26 places, in the Advance polls, and again on Saturday, at all of them if you really  wanted to. There were numerous reports of irregularities.  So after hearing a lot of stories of election abuse, I challenged the election results.

I began to examine the election material and showed Bill, who was the Chief Election Officer, a substantial stack of late registrations that had more blanks than filled-in information.  Easily one-third of that pile, (over 1,200 as I recall)  should  not have been allowed to vote.  Bill just brushed that off, as of no consequence.  [NOTE:  The difference between George Ferguson  and Mary Reeves was 1,236 votes.]

Because of the complexity of cross-referencing every polling station to every other polling station and to the Advance days as well, a group of 8 very competent, and concerned citizens spent an afternoon on a specific and narrow focus.  Someone found a man with a three-part name, same address, and same signature, who voted the Advance and again at Rick Hansen on general voting day.  Every one of us examined it and showed it to the staff who were guarding the room.  We made clear notes and pinned them on the material, as of course we could not remove anything from the room.

I worked to restore our system from this ‘voting at large’ back to the voting within your own grid, and in the course of that journey met again with Bill Flitton and Kelly Harms, the FOI officer.  I was grateful that Lynn Perrin had come alongside me, in the attempt to restore sanity to our local elections, so she was present when I asked Bill what the police had done about the man who voted twice.  There are severe warnings posted everywhere, of the dire consequences for violating the sanctity of democratic voting standards.   But Bill said, “They did not see it.”  Nor, it seems, did the provincial elections people see this clear case of election fraud.

There was so much wrong with the entire 2005 election, that I asked for an outside audit to be done.  You may wonder why I’m so adamant about this.  I’ve worked pretty much every election Federal, Provincial and Municipal, for 30 years, or more, and even run a few times myself.  Four times I’ve supervised polling places.  I was a banker and did a lot of cross-checking and looking for cheque forgery.   Most of all I cherish democracy and would probably have worked elections without being paid for that privilege.

After our mini cross-check, Bill told me that he and Thoiresa Strong and a third person (McKenzie, I think) divided the material three ways and took it to their respective homes over the weekend, and they had found nothing amiss.  That was impossible given the complex nature that ‘voting at large’ had created. There was a large room jam packed with boxes.  It was a quagmire that could not have been calmly divided into three parts and done apart from each other as it needed constant comparison of all 26-28 returns, each to every other.   And Bill had earlier said all that election material had to stay securely locked in that room.

Bill refused to call for an outside audit and told me he had the material destroyed after 30 days.   Lynn and I worked against some serious opposition but finally managed, to get the old voting system restored.  That too was a journey showing a City that did not care much about honesty.  By ‘the City’, ultimately I mean Mayor and Council since staff cannot rise higher than their overlords, and take their direction from the top.

When the City decided to go into the hockey business I asked for the contract signed with the Abbotsford Heat and Global Spectrum.  Every few months I’d drop by the 5th floor, and staff were always pleasant but kept saying that some minor adjustments were still being made.  Finally, nine months later, they produced the contract that had been signed and finalized a full nine months earlier.  Someone there lied,….repeatedly, ….. and directed staff to do likewise,….for nine months.

Over the last few decades there have been many times I’ve personally known of situations that cast a pall over the conduct of Council or staff.  People here have grown rich buying property in the Agricultural Land Reserves and turning them into massive truck parks.  Monster houses have popped up everywhere that get converted to multiple illegal suites.  Occasionally the City sends someone to check out the complaints of neighbours, but astonishingly seem oblivious to the obvious. So the scofflaws in Abbotsford get richer. My observation, from the periphery of the workings of City Hall, does not inspire confidence that integrity is behind all of Council decisions.

Now, what Council does matters to me personally and threatens to impact on our home, and neighbourhood.

We need senior government to step in.  We need the BC Ombudsman, the BC Conflict of Interest to investigate, and I believe we need you, the Abbotsford Police to act as independent investigators. Mayor Braun and Councillor Siemens used their office in an attempt to silence my questions, and opposition to their flawed process.

There are millions to be made in the buying and selling of land, and land in the Lower Mainland is becoming less affordable.  The current practice of notifying affected neighbours about development applications invites corruption.  Would the Mayor or Police Chief or Premier tolerate being told of zoning changes enacted behind their backs, while they were away from home for a mere two weeks?  No, of course not.  But such appalling disregard for property rights doesn’t happen to people at the top.  Neither should ordinary citizens be threatened with the loss of their quality of life without plenty of notice of proposed by-law changes.  A ten day notice may as well be no notice, and indeed we know here in our neighbourhood that postcards sent from City Hall ten days prior to a Public Hearing drift in at different rates so that in reality the notice becomes meaningless.

Our MLAs need to make substantial changes to the way the tax-paying public is treated by the Province and local governments.

I want to be wrong in my doubts about the integrity of my Council, but  Mayor and Council do not answer some critically important questions that must be answered.  Instead they have abused the power of their office to silence me, something that I think the Police should take seriously. Resorting to intimidation is what we expect from third-world tyrants, not Canadian mayors and Councillors.

Does the business of re-zoning my neighbourhood have unsavoury influences behind the scenes? Land has become almost unattainable for average wage earners, but speculators have been scouring our neighbourhood offering immediate cash, not for a home to live in, but for land to flip into more lucrative zoning.

It is deeply concerning that the City would take our properties that are all mobiles and modulars, and underlay our area with a zoning that specifically does NOT allow for mobiles and modulars. What is behind such an underhanded move? For the moment we are still covered by a 44 year Land Use Contract, but the City will not provide written clarity about the question of ‘grandfathering‘, nor why they would choose a zoning so threatening to our continued lives on the land we bought, knowing the terms of the LUCs. If the City has written to people here, I don’t know of it, but they certainly are not providing answers to the question I have.

After many requests for answers, and watching Mayor and Council divert attention from the issue to pretend that I have spread misinformation, then having George Murray engage in some artful lying, I believe there is corruption behind the stonewalling at City Hall.

I don’t want this to be true, but it looks like City Hall is determined to make our properties available to speculators. Some neighbours want RS3, but for those who just want to remain in their homes, the uncertainty RS3 creates about our future right to stay on our land, with potentially significant property tax increases, uncertainty about grandfathering make it imperative this does not become theft of the land by rezoning.

I’m sincerely sorry to bother the Police Dept. when so much tragedy demands your time, but I also believe that democracy depends on integrity in our elected leaders and civil servants.

So I am asking the Abbotsford Police Department to investigate the push to rezone our mobile homes on their own lands.  The process to discharge Provincial LUCs by the year 2024 is seriously flawed and disadvantages the public while favouring insiders and land speculators.

The behaviour of our Council in all this makes me think there may be corruption at City Hall, and I ask you to investigate.

Gerda Peachey

When justice is perverted the land mourns.    https://gerdapeacheysviews.wordpress.com/2016/11/16/13645/