A World without God

Study Genesis Like a Pro
“The earth was without form (tohu) and void (bohu), and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters” (Gen 1:2).
The word pairing of the synonyms tohu and bohu doesn’t make this passage any clearer; instead it just further confuses us. We’re left wondering: What does it mean that the earth was formless and void? Did it already exist and God just shaped it? Or did God create the matter and then shape it for a purpose? But with a few interpretive steps, nearly any questions we have about an Old Testament pairing can be answered.

Identify the Original Words and Search for the Phrase
After finding the original Hebrew phrase behind the English “without form and void,” using the ESV English-Hebrew Reverse Interlinear, we can search for the phrase in the rest of the Old Testament using Bible software.

In doing so, we learn that the prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah reworked this creation imagery to assert God’s authority and warn of Israel’s impending judgment. The prophets drew from “end of the world as we know it” imagery to symbolize God’s judgment through the undoing of creation. Jeremiah warned of Judah’s coming destruction by describing a future land where God’s creative energy had been reversed in punishment to unmake all things: “I looked on the earth, and behold, it was without form (tohu) and void (bohu); and to the heavens, and they had no light” (Jer 4:23).

Isaiah also used tohu and bohu to describe God’s judgment as an end to civilization and the return of the land to the untamed wilderness: “But the hawk and the porcupine shall possess it, the owl and the raven shall dwell in it. He shall stretch the line of confusion (tohu) over it, and the plumb line of emptiness (bohu)” (Isa 34:11).
Both tohu and bohu can refer to an empty, lifeless wasteland. The use of these words together is so rare that we can surmise that Jeremiah and Isaiah probably had Genesis 1 in mind. In their attempt to warn Israel that the people’s chosen path of disobedience was leading toward judgment, the prophets made powerful connections to the image of Israel’s greatest fear—a return to primordial chaos. A world without God seemed like no world at all.

Examine Passages with Similar Themes
The Old Testament was written over hundreds of years, which means that later writers were sometimes subtly responding to other biblical passages. They often played off familiar themes to make an unexpected point. One of their favorite themes to tie in and repurpose was God’s role as creator and sustainer of life.

We can find these connections by looking up keywords, like tohu, in a lexicon. Using The Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament (HALOT), we find other passages that expound precisely on what happened during creation. In Isaiah 45:18, the prophet stresses that God’s primary objective was to provide purpose and order: “For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens (he is God!), who formed the earth and made it (he established it; He did not create it empty [tohu], He formed it to be inhabited!): ‘I am the Lord, and there is no other.’ ” Isaiah is responding directly to the idea that God created an empty wasteland first, arguing, “No, he didn’t create a formless world. That was just one minor step in the process. He intended an inhabited, life-giving world.” Isaiah focuses on God and his uniqueness, not the pre-existent state of creation. God brought form, function, and order to his creation. His blessing is symbolized by order; His judgment by chaos.

State What It Tells Us about God
The final step in our study requires spending time in the Bible daily. We must ask: How is the ultimate author, God, depicted? Without a general understanding of the Bible, we cannot answer this question.

From the opening lines of Genesis 1, God is depicted as the one who gives life, order and purpose to all things. A thriving creation is under His blessing; the wastelands are outside of His care—awaiting His creative hand.

Reading one passage in isolation can give an unclear view of the big picture. Expanding our familiarity with the whole counsel of God in both Old and New Testaments provides a much more complete sense of how God works, and how He has gradually revealed more of Himself.

Douglas Mangum
Originally published in Bible Study Magazine Nov–Dec ‘11
Biblical references from ESV

Prophetic Word: Critical Race Theory or ‘Kingdom Race Theology’?


I recently watched a sermon by Dr. Tony Evans called “Kingdom Race Theology.” The message is a response to the controversial ideology called critical race theory that has been floating around social media lately. If you don’t know what critical race theory is, I encourage you to watch his two-part sermon as Evans shares a balanced and biblical overview on the subject.

Directly before watching the sermon, as I hovered my computer cursor over the play button, the Holy Spirit began to speak to me about the pressing issue of race and unity in the church.

He said, “This is a message of warning, correction and encouragement for My people.”

I was mostly unfamiliar with critical race theory, and I did not realize He was specifically addressing the topic I was about to hear.

He continued saying, “I’m moving in a major way right now among the body of Christ. Major shifts are happening in My people’s hearts and in the structures they call church and ministry. This is meant to be a body, and I’m making adjustments to help it work the way I designed it, not the way people prefer. Prejudice, racism and religious tradition have gotten in the way of what I’m doing, but it won’t be that way for long. You’re either on My team or you’re not.”

Then He shifted gears, and it was as if He was suddenly speaking to each individual Christian with this challenge:

“Expect God to shift you. Expect a change. Be okay and open to the Lord using you in a place He hasn’t before–in a way the people that came before you would not be okay with. I am not endorsing sin. I am encouraging unity. True biblical unity aligns with My heart, not My people’s opinions of Me.”

I do not believe this is meant to endorse a certain political or sociological view. Instead, I believe the Holy Spirit is calling all believers deeper into true biblical unity and love by viewing one another as part of the same body. He is calling us to forgive and keep forgiving. He is asking us to let love cover over past sins and allow grace to pave a way forward.

Paul says in Ephesians 4:1-4:

“Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, being diligent to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you also were called in one hope of your calling.”

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My recent “COVID” infection (with a great deal more on the subject of the dread virus); and ‘We Will Not Comply’– a statement we are all invited and encouraged to embrace.

Fear nothing but God’s judgment as to your honesty and your courage


“It does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”

-Samuel Adams

HEY, People! Please don’t just read what I post here (or anywhere), and nod your head sagely or approvingly and then move on to other things. I don’t post in order to affirm your sense of things. I post in order to equip you with perspectives and arguments with which to educate others, and in the expectation that you will forward my posts to other people (or direct them to those posts). PLEASE do those things.

We won’t win by YOU knowing what I present. We will win by LOTS OF OTHERS knowing what I present.

A Quiver-Full Of Common Sense

…offered in the hope of equipping an army of dissenters to the COVID death-cult with the simple facts and clear thinking necessary to beat back the insanity.

MY FAMILY HAS JUST had a run-in with C19 (confirmed by multiple tests* and consultations with our primary-care physicians). With staggered start dates over the last two weeks, we each experienced six or seven unpleasant days of fatigue, congestion, coughing, and a few other mild symptoms which varied amongst us.

We are all reasonably fit and healthy-of-diet and lifestyle, and we addressed the onset of illness with nothing but daily multivitamins supplemented with 50 mgs of zinc and 1,100 mgs of vitamin C each day of the affliction. The sinus infection I developed early on (and for which I ended up prescribed Azithromycin on the eighth day after the C19 onset) was the only thing requiring any special treatment.

All five of us are now fully and robustly immunized against the virus, much more effectively than would have been possible from the “vaccines” currently being pushed (more on that will follow below).

I think it’s important to point out that Doreen and I are 66. Although the dangers posed by C19 are vanishingly small for any age group, Doreen and I are in a group waved in front of everyone as those for the protection of whom everyone else should be compelled to get injections. Our actual mild and brief unpleasantness once infected by the dread disease should be instructive as a response to the fear-mongers and vaccine-mandate-boosters.

(Still haven’t got my sense of smell back, though– and that IS a big problem. I’m married to a great cook, and I do miss enjoying those wonderful aromas which waft into my office from Doreen’s kitchen every day…)

*The tests mean little to nothing, of course. They are completely unreliable as to both their detection of any infection of any kind, and as to what pathogen they might detect– infirmities highlighted by the recent announcement by the CDC that over the last season fatalities ascribed to the flu have dropped from the normal many tens of thousands to fewer than 1,000– with all deaths from illnesses with flu-like characteristics plainly being ascribed to C19 instead.

Nonetheless, the deployment of these tests in our cases establish that whatever we had contracted, it was the infection people are being told they must fear under the label ‘COVID-19’. Clearly, that fear-mongering is vastly overblown.


IT HAS OCCURRED TO ME that the C19 hobgoblin attack (that is, the gross exaggeration of whatever medical threat existed over the last 18 months) is a fine model of the crime of falsely shouting “Fire!” in a crowded theater. As in the latter case, the perps in the C19 panic-mongering should be held fully liable for the evil consequences thereof.

I hope that individual prosecutors in jurisdictions throughout the land soon begin bringing charges against every panic-monger in government and the media– especially those who suppressed contrary information which would have countered the ruinous panic– for the suicides, economic losses, drug addictions, harms to children, and all the other resultant damage.


A WORD TO THOSE WRITING on the “vaccine” and/or “vaccine” mandate issues: Stop including the expression “experimental” in your oppositional arguments or declarations. It’s use suggests that if the C19 “vaccines” receive full approval, you will then be okay with them and/or the mandates, and others should be, too. At the least, making “experimental” a part of your refusal expression carelessly imbues “officialdom” and its approvals with a completely undeserved and dangerous mantle of virtue and significance.

It is enough to point out that the “vaccine” is unnecessary, since almost everyone experiences nothing more than mild sickness before naturally establishing robust, actual immunity from further infections.

(Btw, isn’t it curious that the best the “vaccines” are said to do is prevent a “vaccinated” person from experiencing a severe case of the disease? How would that possibly be determined, since the vast majority of people suffer nothing but a mild sickness from an infection anyway– if even that?

What’s more, “breakout” infections are happening regularly now– so much so that the CDC is trying to keep them from being reported. Between that inconvenient fact and the “vaccine” claiming nothing but infection outcomes no different than happen without it, it would appear that these hugely-expensive, sometimes adverse reaction-producing “vaccines” actually do nothing beneficial at all.

Btw, II: Isn’t it interesting that nothing is ever said of the extreme rarity of naturally-immune people becoming re-infected? I wonder why that is?)


HERE’S ANOTHER CURIOUSITY: Why do we not yet have a real vaccine for C19– that is, a vaccine consisting of dead or weakened C19 virus, along the safe and effective lines of all other vaccines since the term “vaccine” was coined with the invention of the smallpox inoculation? Though I do not pretend to know the minds of everyone unwilling to get injected with the substances currently flogged under the C19 “vaccine” label, I think I can safely say that the objections of many would not apply to an actual vaccine.

What’s more, such a vaccine would actually convey the same level of immunity as is acquired by those who overcome an infection– that is, a REAL immunity, not a half-assed, “reduced severity” claim with vulnerability to “breakthrough” re-infections.

The very fact that such a real vaccine has not been rolled-out (or is even in development) is strong evidence that there is an agenda behind the relentless push for mRNA “vaccine” injections other than protecting folks against C19.

LIKEWISE, THE STUDIED FAILURE of the C19 panic crowd to acknowledge and incorporate into all discourse and policy recommendations the fact of extremely-widespread naturally-acquired immunity throughout the American population is strong evidence that achieving immunity is NOT the agenda.

That is, every person who has had a bout with the illness is fully-quipped with antibodies of even superior quality and durability to any achieved by the “vaccines” being flogged. Such individuals, in their scores of millions, should be fully accounted for in calculations of “herd immunity” goals and all policy prescriptions regarding access to spaces (such as workplaces, public facilities, and so forth).

Instead, we see a concerted effort to pretend these folks don’t exist, even to the point of advocacy of the heinous crime of unnecessary medical treatment (i.e., the “vaccination” of these already-immunized people). As though the goal of “vaccinating” everyone has nothing whatever to do with ensuring protection from C19…


SOMEHOW IT NEEDS TO BE SAID YET AGAIN that since anyone with any valid, credible fear of getting the virus can get “vaccinated” and make themselves safe from the exhalations of others, there is no rational basis for any clamor by anyone for anyone else to be compelled or coerced to get the “vaccine”, or shunned or shamed for not doing so, even in the name of others. Further, since even those who have been “vaccinated” can still catch and spread the virus, making someone get “vaccinated” protects no one else from anything.

It’s shocking how many folks are willing to display their utter stupidity by making that clamor and revealing that they do not understand these simple points!

Such clamorers should be responded-to with those exact sentences:

Since anyone with any valid, credible fear of getting the virus can get “vaccinated” and make themselves safe from the exhalations of others, there is no rational basis for any clamor by anyone for anyone else to be compelled or coerced to get the “vaccine”, or shunned or shamed for not doing so, even in the name of others. Further, since even those who have been “vaccinated” can still catch and spread the virus, making someone get “vaccinated” protects no one else from anything.

This should be accompanied with scorn-dripping commentary on how stupid one must be to not get this.


THERE IS AN ONGOING EFFORT TO CENSOR INFORMATION AND VOICES competing with the “official” line in such areas of public discourse as concern public health facts, reasoning and policy; election integrity; police conduct; cultural matters such as sexuality; “transgender” child abuse and so forth. Primarily the suppression is imposed by social media operators, but with increasing control or direction of the effort by government units, now famously making recommendations to the social media companies as to which speech to censor.

This censorship, especially now having crossed the line into becoming a government program, is utterly unacceptable. Indeed, it is a proper cause for forceful response, if not immediately amendable to reversal by other means.

The object of such censorship is to impose the dictatorship of a “technocracy”, in which only state-approved “expert” views are permitted visibility, and you are denied the means by which to dispute what may very well be complete falsehoods deployed in furtherance of private or ill-conceived agendas.

The matter is this simple: Without unhindered access to information from all sources and perspectives, unfiltered through any gatekeeper or curator, the sovereign individuals in whom all authority in this country resides– us– cannot competently select, instruct or correct our representatives and other elected and appointed agents, all of whom are entrusted with offices for the sole purpose of working OUR will.


I HOPE EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN with any kind of opportunity to speak– be it via a Twitter account, or Facebook, or Gab, or by letter to the editor, or whatever– will raise his or her voice demanding that the Biden administration abandon its grotesque, abusive, vindictive pursuit of Julian Assange for his courageous work exposing to the American public the secret and illegal behavior of its supposedly subordinate government.

In the absence of such widespread protest thus far, the effort to extradite Assange for a show trial in a Virginia federal court on “espionage” charges continues, despite the case against him having always been legally bogus, and lately having suffered the blow of its key witness admitting that all his adverse testimony against Assange was fabricated.

Freeing Julian Assange would be righteous for nothing more than ending the moral bleed-out occasioned by the abuse to which this good man has been subjected in our name, of course. But there’s more.

Think about the revelations of hidden facts related to the C19 hobgoblin and the manner in which it has been fabricated, nurtured and exploited over the last 20 months which might come to light if Assange and his organization get back into service to the world! Think, for instance, about that batch of Fauci emails that got released in response to a FOIA request– but without any of the massive redactions…


WITH AUSTRALIANS IN VARIOUS CITIES and districts being subjected to outright martial law conditions in the name of the C19 hobgoblin with no plausible rationale and with no end in sight, I have to wonder how long it will be before angry groups of citizens begin emerging from their homes and neighborhoods and confronting those presently keeping them imprisoned. Not long at all, one would hope…


HAVE THOSE CLUTCHING THEIR PEARLS so vehemently over the purported hazards of allowing kids into schools without masks ever considered this: In 2019, and EVERY YEAR PRIOR, these children– any one of whom could have been carrying the flu– attended school with nary a mask in sight.

Indeed, in all those prior years, decade after decade, masks never made an appearance even in the most fevered dreams of the most fervent Chicken Little on any school board, despite the flu being comparably contagious to C19 (see the stats in the first portion of the comprehensive post on C19 here), and being much more dangerous to children.

And yet, during all those decades life went on– more healthfully and wholesomely by far than the version of it suffered by kids made to wear masks and to behave as though they are one wrong breath away from a horrible death when in the company of others.

What barbarian, animal-brained thugs are these fearful and fear-mongering hysterics who demand such outlandish and pointless sacrifices from little children!

SPEAKING OF BARBARISM, another point widely overlooked in these arguments over making kids wear masks is the indisputable fact that masking will severely degrade the health of the immune systems in these children. Indeed, I suspect it can be safely said that a masks-in-school policy will guarantee illnesses arising in the affected children (even if exclusively other illnesses than C19, such as the much more dangerous flu).

In fact, it seems certain that mask policies will lead to sickness manifesting in children– including sickness which is very difficult to symptomatically distinguish from what is labeled C19. This is such an obvious certainty that one has to wonder whether promoting such illness isn’t the idea.

What better to keep the richly-exploited panic alive than the proposition that it has become capable of infecting children as it has previously been incapable of doing? (A tiny number of Americans under the age of 19 have been deemed victims of C19 since early 2020, but in nearly all cases, these children were already suffering life-threatening disease of other kinds before being found to also have acquired C19 in their systems.)

Nothing tugs the heartstrings and invites denunciation of the uncooperative like the assertion that what is being asked is for the sake of “the children”.

Of course, the real lesson from all that is that those of us on the side of rationality and common sense should be denouncing those who insist that “the children” should degrade their immune systems and become vulnerable to disease by wearing masks and “distancing” themselves from the robust immune support that only comes from close contact with others…


I’M GOING TO WRAP UP THIS recital of arguing points with one final thought which I believe trumps all the death-cult lunacies, or should, in any American– or just grown-up human being– truly worthy of those labels (and with credit to Jonesy, my excellent cowboy friend from Wyoming, who, back in March of 2020 when the madness was just beginning, reminded me of these powerful words by C.S. Lewis from a 1948 essay, ‘On Living in an Atomic Age’). Slide down into these cool and invigorating waters and let the wisdom soak in (substituting “coronavirus” for “atomic bomb” where found):

“In one way we think a great deal too much of the atomic bomb. “How are we to live in an atomic age?” I am tempted to reply: “Why, as you would have lived in the sixteenth century when the plague visited London almost every year, or as you would have lived in a Viking age when raiders from Scandinavia might land and cut your throat any night; or indeed, as you are already living in an age of cancer, an age of syphilis, an age of paralysis, an age of air raids, an age of railway accidents, an age of motor accidents.

“In other words, do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation. Believe me, dear sir or madam, you and all whom you love were already sentenced to death before the atomic bomb was invented: and quite a high percentage of us were going to die in unpleasant ways. We had, indeed, one very great advantage over our ancestors; anesthetics; but we have that still. It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but a certainty.

“This is the first point to be made: and the first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes find us doing sensible and human things; praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts, not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs. They may break our bodies (a microbe can do that) but they need not dominate our minds.”

Now, isn’t that so much better a perspective on a disease survived by 99.97% of everyone who contracts it than the utter insanity of those who pretend that everything must change in response to it?