Monday, January 30, 2006

The "Monkey Trial", Part 2

In my last post, I described the true proceedings of the Scopes Trial. I discussed what many schools refuse to talk about, the actual facts.

In high schools across America ( even the ones around where I live), a 1960's movie entitled, Inherit The Wind, is being shown. Inherit the Wind is supposedly a "historical account" of the Scopes Trial. But, as is usually the case, Hollywood struggles to get the facts straight.

The cast of Inherit the Wind ( You'll note that the movie changed the names of all the true-life characters):

Spencer Tracy as Henry Drummond ( aka Clarence Darrow)
Fredric March as Matthew Harrison Brady ( aka William Jennings Bryan)
Dick York as Bert Cates (aka John Scopes)

The following is the description of Inherit the Wind and it's many lies. Regardless of Hollywood's name changes, I'm going to call each of the characters by their proper names:

The movie "facts" are written in black. The true facts are written in red.

The movie opens as a fictitious clergyman ( Rev. Jeremiah Brown) and a businessman/lawyer march into the Dalton, Tennessee high school. They storm into Scopes' biology class, where Mr. Scopes is passionately teaching evolution.

Fact: Scopes never actually taught evolution. Scopes himself stated:

"There's something I must tell you. It's worried me. I didn't violate the law ...I never taught that evolution lesson."

After a few minutes of listening to Scopes' teachings, the two men arrest John Scopes and throw him into jail where he remains for the rest of the movie.

Fact: John Scopes never actually went to jail. The ACLU immediately paid his $1000 dollar bail.

Shortly after being tossed in jail, Scopes writes a letter to a local newspaper requesting help. The newspaperman sends for Clarence Darrow.

Fact: None of this occurred in reality. Darrow, after hearing about the case in the newspapers, offered to defend Scopes for free.

Scopes sits in jail and listens to the townspeople of Dalton, TN singing "We'll Lynch Him To An Apple Tree" to the melody of the Battle Hymn of the Republic. The song was directed to John Scopes. Not only is this absolutely false, but it is sickening because the movie portrays the "Christians" of Dalton as a hateful, spiteful crowd.

Fact: The religious citizens of Dalton, Tennessee were polite and courteous to everyone, including: Scopes, Bryan, and Darrow.

Clarence Darrow speaking about the citizens of Dalton:

"I don't know as I was ever in a community in my life where my religious ideas differed as widely from the great mass as I have found them since I have been in Tennessee. Yet I came here a perfect stranger and I can say what I have said before that I have not found upon anybody's part - any citizen here in this town or outside the slightest discourtesy. I have been treated better, kindlier and more hospitably than I fancied would have been the case in the north."

From a Toronto newspaperman:

I would like to "express my great appreciation of the extreme courtesy which has been accorded me and my brethren of the press by the court and the citizens of Dayton. I shall take back with me a deeper appreciation of the great republic for which we have felt so kindly, and whose institutions we so magnify and admire."

Once again, Hollywood dismisses the truth.

At one point, the movie shows the citizens of Dalton threatening and yelling at the defense and reporters in the courtroom.

Fact: The transcript of the Scopes Trial shows this to be fictional.

The trial's prosecutor, William Jennings Bryan, is portrayed as an angry, greedy, sloppy, undignified, stupid maniac who, as the movie progresses, becomes more and more obsessive about bringing down John Scopes and defeating evolution. The movie's portrayal of Bryan is deeply disturbing. Inherit the Wind tries to show that this is how all Christians are... crazy and ignorant.

Fact: William Jennings Bryan was, in reality, an intelligent, Christian gentleman.

Sprague De Camp, author of The Great Monkey Trial, said this of Bryan:

As a speaker, Bryan radiated good humored sincerity. Few who heard him could help liking him. In personality he was forceful, energetic, and opinionated but genial, kindly, generous, likable and charming. He showed a praise worthy tolerance towards those who disagreed with him. Bryan was the greatest American orator of his time and perhaps any time.

Meanwhile, Darrow, a hateful atheist in real life, is shown as a kind, well-meaning gentleman. He is full of compassion and is portrayed as a hero.

During the trial, Darrow gets Bryan to admit that he is absolutely opposed to The Descent of Man (which Scopes was supposedly teaching in the Tennessee high school), but had never actually read it.

Fact: Bryan did disagree with Darwin's Descent of Man, but he HAD indeed read it. Also,The Descent of Man was never used in the school's curriculem. The real biology book taught in the high school was Hunter's Civic Biology.

Bryan had, in real life, written many papers on evolution, after having read the Descent of Man.The movie's attempt to show Bryan's having a blind prejudice against evolution and total ignorance is apparent.

The movie really spins off as it shows a "Miss Rachel Brown", a completely fictional character, as John Scopes' fiancée. She was forced ( by her evil father, a "Christian" minister) to testify against Scopes. Bryan badly mistreats "Miss Brown" as he completely flies off the handle in his passion against evolution. Darrow, always the courteous man, agrees to let "Miss Brown" rest and not cross- examine her.

Fact: Scopes was not engaged to any girl, and did not even have a girlfriend at the time.

Darrow often "brow-beat" and lost his temper with many witnesses during this trial, while Bryan treated the witnesses with respect.

The movie goes on to show Darrow's attempt to bring "real" scientists in to testify. But Bryan is afraid of their testimony, and thanks to a biased judge gets the "scientists" deemed irrelevant.

Fact: Darrow was afraid to bring in his evolution experts because he knew Bryan would cross-examine them.

And of course, the movie had to show Darrow questioning Bryan about sex in the Bible. I'm not going to go in to this, but I wanted to point out that Hollywood couldn't resist throwing in this dialogue.

Fact: According to transcripts, this entire discussion never took place.

In the movie, Bryan has pinned down the exact date of the earth's Creation, October 23rd.

But in reality, Bryan confessed that he did not know the earth's age.

(From actual transcripts)

Darrow: "Mr. Bryan could you tell me how old the earth is?"

Bryan: "No sir, I couldn't."

As the trial is coming to a close, Darrow is valiantly fighting for his client. Scopes begins to give in and wants to just confess guilt. Darrow turns around and asks Scopes: "Are you going to find yourself guilty before the jury does?"

Fact: Darrow conceded his client's guilt, and the case ended.

Scopes is found guilty and is sued $100. ( I guess this was the only true fact shown in the movie.)

Darrow is shown shaken and shocked at this "great injustice" ( Scopes being found guilty). Bryan, meanwhile, is furious that Scopes is only sued $100.

And now for the icing on the cake....

The movie ends with a wonderful scene. *sarcasm*

Bryan is vigorously screaming out his closing statement, blasting evolution, and acting like a maniac. The crowd gets bored and leaves the courtroom as Bryan continues his rant. Meanwhile, Bryan's wife looks on in horror. Bryan continues yelling and eventually just starts listing the books of the Bible in an emphatic manner. ( I don't know why) After a minute of that, he drops down dead.

Fact: Neither Darrow or Bryan gave closing arguments. And Bryan left the courthouse with dignity. He died a short while later.

The quotes I used were from the official transcript of the Scopes Trial. My sources are Answers in Genesis, Dr. David Menton's Inherently Wind, US History textbooks, and an NHC study on the Scopes Trial.

Now, it's bad enough that this film was ever made, but the fact that Inherit the Wind is shown in highschools across the nation is infuriating! Public schools are painting a vile picture of Christians. Public schoolers don't know any better.... they watch this movie and believe that all Christians behave like the Bryan of this film. Why does Hollywood (and for that matter, the Liberal extremists of the world) constantly attack Christians, and try to smear them in front of the world? Because they hate God.

If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. - John 15:18

Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you- 1 John 3:13

May the Word of God shine, even in this world of hate.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

The "Monkey Trial", Part 1

In the spring of 1925, Tennessee legislature passed a law ( the Butler Act) forbidding anyone to teach the theory of evolution in any Tennessee public school. This was one of many such bills being passed in state legislatures around the nation.

What happened next has been recorded in most US history books. A biology teacher, John Scopes, was arrested and charged with violating the "Butler Act" by openly teaching Darwin's theory that man evolved from apes.

But unfortunately, this is not at all historically accurate.

Several weeks after the Butler Act was made official, the ACLU ( in its earliest stages) placed an ad in the Chattanooga's Daily Times stating:

"We are looking for a Tennessee teacher who is willing to accept our services in testing this law in the courts......."

This ad was read by a Tennessee business man, George Rappleyea, who saw this ad as an opportunity to advance his own business. ( He knew that a case such as the one proposed by the ACLU would draw many people to Dalton, Tennessee and therefore promote his business) So Rappleyea talked his young friend, John Scopes, into playing the part.

John Scopes was a math teacher and football coach. He was NOT a biology teacher. Only once, he filled in for a sick biology teacher, and helped students study for their final exams. Scopes didn't even have a degree in science!

John Scopes to a reporter during the last days of the trial:

There's something I must tell you. It's worried me. I didn't violate the law ...I never taught that evolution lesson.

Slight evolution implications were found in the biology curriculum, but John Scopes never taught it or read it to the class.

Nevertheless, George Rappleyea responded to the ACLU with this message:

"Professor J.T. Scopes, teacher of science Rhea County high School, Dayton, Tenn, will be arrested and charged with teaching evolution. Consent of superintendent of education for test case to be defended by you. Wire me collect if you wish to cooperate and arrest will follow."

Soon afterwards, Sue Hicks, a local lawyer, arrested John Scopes. Scopes never actually went to jail though, since his bail of $1000 was paid immediately by the ACLU.

It was in this way, that the "Monkey Trial" came about.

William Jennings Bryan, a three-time presidential candidate and former Secretary of State ( under Woodrow Wilson), was the state's prosecutor. He was stood very strongly against evolution and eagerly took on this case. Bryan was a popular orator, Christian speaker, and respected gentleman.

Sprague de Camp, author of The Great Monkey Trial had this to say about Bryan: "As a speaker, Bryan radiated good humored sincerity. Few who heard him could help liking him. In personality he was forceful, energetic, and opinionated but genial, kindly, generous, likable and charming. He showed a praise worthy tolerance towards those who disagreed with him. Bryan was the greatest American orator of his time and perhaps any time."

Clarence Darrow, a lawyer who had rescued many unsavory characters from death row, took the defense field. Darrow was an "all-out" atheist, and offered to defend Scopes for free.

The media instantly swooped in, and started painting a biased picture. Even back then, the public media was hateful and spiteful of Christians and their beliefs. Bryan was pictured as a greedy, self-centered pig who blind to any fact. Darrow, of course, was portrayed in a very positive light.

Over 2000 newsmen crowded the Tennessee courtroom as the trial began.

The trial's legal question:

Did John Scopes violate the Butler Act by teaching that man descended from a lower order of animals?

William Bryan's goals were " establish the right of taxpayers to control what is taught in their schools....Secondly, to draw a line between the teaching of evolution as a fact or theory."

Clarence Darrow's objective was to focus the attention of the USA on Bryan's "fundamentalist views."

But after the first few days, the trial began to shift from-whether or not Scopes broke the law to evolution versus Creationism.

(picture to the left is Clarence Darrow)

Darrow brought in a field of "evolutionist experts" to testify, but when Bryan insisted on cross-examining them, Darrow decided not to call on them. The defense continued to argue: "All human life comes from one cell. You came from one and I came from one." The defense claimed that evolution was science and that students, who inspired to be biologists or physicians, needed to learn about it.

Defense lawyer Dudley Field Malone stated: "The embryo becomes a human being when it is born. Evolution never stops from the beginning of the one cell until the human being returns in death to lifeless dust. We wish to set before you evidence of this character in order to stress the importance of the theory of evolution."

Bryan continually argued for Creation.

The decisive moment of the trial came when William Bryan agreed to take the stand and defend Creation himself.

Darrow worked away at Bryan's beliefs. Darrow knew, Bryan's one weakness in this argument.

Darrow: Do you think the earth was made in six days?

Bryan: Not in 24-hour literal days.

Darrow: No?

Bryan: No, sir.

Darrow: Doesn't the statement- And the evening and the morning were the first day- mean anything to you?..... the creation might have been going on for a long time?

Bryan: It may have gone on for millions of years.

This was Bryan's weakness. He lacked the belief in a literal, six-day creation.

Darrow had gotten what he wanted. The defense rested it's case, and Darrow conceded Scopes' guilt. No closing arguments. The trial was over.

Scopes was sued around $100, but was soon forgotten.

Bryan's words had lost him his case defending Creationism.

William Jennings Bryan died several months after the trial.... the national media continued, even then, to ridicule him.

H.L. Menken wrote in Bryan's obituary:

"Bryan was deluded by a childish theology, full of almost a pathological hatred of all learning..."

All Darrow had to say was: "We finally killed the SOB. "

So you see the sadness of the "Monkey trial", and even though Scopes himself was found guilty, evolutionists won a great battle. It was not long afterwards that evolution was introduced into public schools, and it has only grown. In fact the tables have completely turned. We are now fighting to get Creationism back into public schools! The American education system in many ways collapsed soon after the Scopes Trial.

( In Part 2, I will show what public schoolers are being taught about the Scopes Trial.)

The quotes I used were from the official transcript of the Scopes Trial. My sources are Answers in Genesis, Dr. David Menton's Inherently Wind, US History textbooks, and an NHC study on the Scopes Trial.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

US Army Stretched to Breaking Point

Stretched by frequent troop rotations to Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army has become a "thin green line" that could snap unless relief comes soon, according to a study for the Pentagon.

Andrew Krepinevich, a retired Army officer who wrote the report under a Pentagon contract, concluded that the Army cannot sustain the pace of troop deployments to Iraq long enough to break the back of the insurgency. He also suggested that the Pentagon's decision, announced in December, to begin reducing the force in Iraq this year was driven in part by a realization that the Army was overextended.

As evidence, Krepinevich points to the Army's 2005 recruiting slump — missing its recruiting goal for the first time since 1999 — and its decision to offer much bigger enlistment bonuses and other incentives.

"You really begin to wonder just how much stress and strain there is on the Army, how much longer it can continue," he said in an interview. He added that the Army is still a highly effective fighting force and is implementing a plan that will expand the number of combat brigades available for rotations to Iraq and Afghanistan.

The 136-page report represents a more sobering picture of the Army's condition than military officials offer in public. While not released publicly, a copy of the report was provided in response to an Associated Press inquiry.

Illustrating his level of concern about strain on the Army, Krepinevich titled one of his report's chapters,

He wrote that the Army is "in a race against time" to adjust to the demands of war "or risk `breaking' the force in the form of a catastrophic decline" in recruitment and re-enlistment.

-Associated Press

Read more here.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Some Changes...

This week I've done a lot of work on my blog, and wanted to point out some of the changes. :)

I added several blogspot blogs to my blogroll including:Kate's Chosen, Random Responses, Think Upon These Things, Unconformed, La Shawn Barber, and Politics of a Patriot. I also added a news site( with a blog) Transparency News, run by a Conservative friend of mine, Rhett.

My poll ( over there --> ) is a new addition to this blog. I want to find out what was sung the most in my readers' churches. Pollhost makes some awesome polls! You can pick the size, color, font, and even the shape of your poll!

And you can find a dozen Xangas farther on down the blogroll.

My "Currently Reading" section shows which books I am... you guessed it... currently reading. Right now I am reading Christopher Paolini's Eldest which is an epic science-fiction novel. ( And the sequel to Eragon)

Finally, all the way at the bottom of my blogroll is a BlogAdSwap ad. Learn more about this system at the BlogAdSwap site-

Now you can earn advertising on other blogs by displaying their ads on yours!! BlogAdSwap offer a two for one ad swap. For every two ads that are displayed on your blog, one of yours will be shown on another blog in our network of blogs.

I'll have a real post up soon on the Scopes Trial and what is being taught about it in highschools around the US.

Have a good day!

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Answers In Genesis Creation Conference

Saturday ( yesterday) I got to go to the Answers In Genesis Creation Conference in Wayne, New Jersey. The conference took place in a huge church/school facility. The place was packed with families of Bible-believing parents and children. There were well over a thousand people at the conference.

We bought our tickets and were ushered into a huge auditorium (with a balcony fitting several hundred people). Unfortunately, we had seats in the far back, but we still had an average view of the podium.

At 9AM, one of North America's most popular Christian speakers, best-selling author, evangelist, radio host, and founder of Answers in Genesis, Ken Ham started his lecture on genes and races, called "One Blood". He talked about how there is only one race, mankind, on the planet. The Tower of Babel was a gene pool that was dispersed throughout the world. He tackled issues such as gay-marriage and inter-racial marriage. He was, of course, opposed to gay marriage, but he had some very interesting points on inter-racial marriage and how it isn't opposed at all by the Bible. And of course, he discussed evolution and the "man evolved from apes" theory. The lecture was really good but ended after an hour and fifteen minutes.

Then the audience was given a twenty minute intermission to stretch their legs and look at the book and DVD collections ( which were very impressive).

During this time, I pushed through the crowds to the front of the auditorium and climbed on stage. After a couple minutes of impatient waiting, I got to meet Ken Ham, chat with him for a couple of minutes, and get his autograph. He said: "it's good to see young, Christian men like you, interested in this stuff."

Needless to say, I was thrilled. :)

Next, award-winning professor and Creation speaker, Dr. David Menton took the stage to give a lecture on biology and the Bible. "The Hearing Ear and the Seeing Eye" was a little over an hour long and focused on the incredible structure of our ears and eyes. How could such incredible things just evolve? How could it be pure chance that clear skin is formed only over our eyes? How could the intricate formation of our inner ears be pure blind luck? How could the "trap door censors" inside our ears just evolve by chance?

After lunch, we returned to the auditorium to hear Ken Ham's "Why Won't They Listen? How To Evangelize an Increasingly Secular World". He explained that public schools are giving children an "evolution foundation" which makes the Christian's job of evangelizing much more difficult. He said that we need to use the evangelism method that Paul used while witnessing to the Greeks. Paul had to build a foundation, a Christian foundation based on Creation before telling the unbelievers about sin and forgiveness.

Then author, speaker, and popular musician Buddy Davis took the stage playing the guitar and mandolin for a 20 minute concert. His songs were all Christian themed and fun. ( Buddy Davis is also the man who sculpted all the dinosaurs at the Creation Museum.) I, once again, climbed on stage and met Mr. Davis and got his autograph.

The final lecture was by Dr. David Menton on the movie, "Inherit the Wind", a film with a twisted view on the Scopes Trial. He went over the basics of the Scopes Trial and what went on during it. I'll post more on this later in my up-coming series on the Scopes Trial.

The conference was very educational and fun ( and cost a reasonable $16 per family). My entire family enjoyed it, even the younger ones. Ken Ham's ministry is awesome! Founded on Genesis and the marvels of Creation, it has spread through America and the rest of the world. Hopefully, his ministry will continue to grow in the up-coming years.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Freedom of Speech, Restricted...

You would think that spreading the Gospel in a nation that has freedom of religion would be fairly easy, right? Unfortunately, it's not.

Fort Worth, Texas:

Lawyers for a woman who was told she couldn't distribute religious materials on a sidewalk in front of a high school said Monday that her free speech rights were violated and demanded that the school change its policies.

Janice Colston, 65, of Fort Worth, Texas said she was outside Crowley High School when the assistant principal ordered her to dispense Christian pamphlets at the end of the block, not in front of the school.

School officials said it is a safety concern because students board buses in that location. "The safety of our students is always going to be foremost in our minds," said Janet Wynne, Crowley ISD assistant superintendent.

But Colston's lawyers say the sidewalk is a public forum, and that any infringement upon that right of free speech warrants legal action.

"If there's one piece of law that's undisputable, it's that every citizen has a right to speak and share the gospel on a public sidewalk," said Kelly Shackelford, chief counsel for Liberty Legal Institute, which is representing Colston.

Colston said she was directed to a spot that offered no access to students as they left the building.

Not only does the government want to keep religion away from schools, but to keep religion totally away from students!

Thursday, January 19, 2006

End of the Spear

In January 1956, the death of five missionaries at the hands of the Waodani tribe of Ecuador was big news around the world; 50 years later End of the Spear, opening Jan. 20 in 1,200 theaters nationwide, recaptures that agony and the astounding change that followed as the power of forgiveness became evident.

But this first dramatic product of a new movie company is also one more example of how Christians are adding to American culture rather than merely trying to subtract harmful elements of it.

Mart Green, an Oklahoma City businessman whose family owns the Hobby Lobby craft chain and the Mardel Christian bookstore chain, founded the new company, Every Tribe Entertainment, in 1998. He told WORLD, "I was raised never to go to movies," and at age 35 "had never been in a theater." But he saw the effect of media on his children and also witnessed the commitment of Bible translators in Guatemala. During conversations at a meeting of the North American Forum of Bible Agencies, the account of the five slain missionaries and the aftermath kept coming up.

Mr. Green brought on board director Jim Hanon, who had made commercials for his company, and producer Bill Ewing, a Christian with 43 years of experience in the Hollywood film industry. Together they formed Every Tribe Entertainment with the goal of making a movie that would focus not on the martyrdom of the missionaries but on the Waodani (known to neighboring tribes as "Auca," meaning "savage") and how they changed. "We went down to Ecuador, flew out to the bush, backpacked out, and asked the permission from the Waodani," Mr. Green said.

At first the tribal elders were unwilling. Then the conversation turned to the then-recent Columbine school shooting. "We know the anger and hate that go with that," the elders said. "If our story can help North America, fine."

Mr. Hanon recalls, "We lived with the Waodani for 17 days. . . . We bathed in their river and ate monkey and ate in their huts. The simplicity of their faith and their lifestyle was such an interesting and unique thing for us." The first project was Beyond the Gates of Splendor, a documentary released last year. Then came the feature film, End of the Spear, filmed in the jungles of Panama. Professional actors portrayed four of the Indian roles, but the rest were members of an indigenous tribe, the Embera.

Although the Embera had never seen a movie before and didn't know how to act, Mr. Hanon said "they were able to understand what their character was feeling and portray it. It made it not about what was said but about the delivery, the intent, the emotion." Much of the film is in the Embera language: "Doing it in their language also created a great relationship with them. Usually they had to learn the other language."

Despite or because of the difficulties, the result is exquisite. With the cameras capturing the lush beauty of the rain forest, End of the Spear (rated PG-13 for violence) evokes two different worlds that first clash and then are reconciled, and tells the story from two alternating points of view. We get the perspective of Mincayani (based on the real-life Micaye), first shown as a child whose parents are killed in a tribal vendetta and then as the warrior who kills Nate Saint. We also see the point of view of Steve Saint, first as a 5-year-old boy in a missionary household and later as an adult.

Movies generally depict tribal people as indistinguishable stereotypes, but this film brings alive unique personalities within the Waodani tribe. The film shows them smiling, playing, worrying, and being likeable—except for that habit of killing each other. Director Jim Hanon coaxes remarkable performances from the indigenous people who make up most of his cast.

The film also captures the feel of the 1950s in its portrayal of the missionary household, as little Stevie in his cowboy hat overhears the missionaries making their plans and worries about his dad. After the slow-motion scene in which the five missionaries die, we see his grief. Then we see him living with the tribe, playing with the Waodani children, and gradually developing a life-long friendship with Mincayani, who struggles to accept his forgiveness.

The real-life Steve Saint, a missionary pilot like his father, flew the planes in the movie and commented on the script as it was developed. Mr. Saint said that when he lived with the Waodani as an adult, he and his wife showed them movies, with as many as 100 people crowding around the screen in their home. The Waodani said of Hollywood violence, "We killed people we hate, but the foreigners kill people they don't even know."

Mr. Saint showed End of the Spear to the real-life Micaye, wondering whether he would comprehend it. A little way into the movie Micaye said, "Look! That's like me!" Mr. Saint replied, "And see that little boy, he's like me!" Micaye kept up the thrill of recognition, saying throughout the movie, "And that's like . . ."

"When it got to the killing scene," Mr. Saint said, "I held my breath and prayed he wouldn't be offended." Micaye was somber as the movie depicted his character killing the missionaries. "This is our history," he said, "but other people are pretending to be us."

At the end of the movie, Micaye said he felt "very much well." Why? "Maybe now the foreigners who are living angry and killing will see there is a better trail and they will want to walk this good trail."

-WORLD Magazine

Read the entire review here.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006


Having the flu is NOT fun... So if you don't see or hear from me in a couple of days, I'm fighting this dreaded sickness. But I shall return soon....

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Season Premiere Tomorrow Night!

I hate that the show has to premiere on Sunday! That's so annoying! But after tomorrow's premiere all the other episodes will be shown on Monday.

24 is a drama following the actions of a CTU ( counter- terrorism unit) agent, Jack Bauer ( Keifer Sutherland). Each episode is one hour in the day. ( 24 hours, 24 episodes) During the show, terrorists attack the US in one way or another. Bauer and his team have to find the terrorists, stop the terrorists, free hostages, follow leads, stop bombs from going off, etc.. The show is REALLY nerve-racking and suspenseful. This will be the fifth season of 24. The show has ranged from presidential assasination attempts, nuclear weapon threats, hostage situations, etc... Sean Astin ( Sam from Lord of the Rings) will star in the show this season.

Last season, Jack and his team had to stop the launching of a nuclear bomb ( by terrorists of course) and rescue a prominent Senator from execution at the hands of Muslim extremists.

24 is probably my favorite TV show, but it is not for everyone. The show is rated TV-14 for violence ( which gets really bad at times) and some foul language ( very rare and very brief).

I can't wait!

Friday, January 13, 2006

Alito Hearings

On his final day before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito covered some new ground as senators conducted a third round of questioning. Other witnesses testified on the nomination.

Below, are some of Alito's answers to important questions posed at him.


Alito said O'Connor, whom he would replace on the court, will be remembered for her devotion to the facts of the cases that come before her. Alito said he would try to emulate "her integrity and her dedication to the case-by-case process of adjudication." Asked by Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis., whether he would fill O'Connor's role as a centrist on the court, Alito said he will be his own person with "whatever abilities I have and whatever limitations I have."


Alito said that had he been a delegate to the Constitutional Convention, he would have supported lifetime tenure for federal judges, which is the case now, or would have supported long terms "so that the judiciary would be insulated from being swayed by popular opinion."


Sen. Patrick Leahy D-Vt., asked Alito whether, as a courtesy, he would sign on as the required fifth person if four other justices vote to stay an execution or hear the case. Alito said that seems to be a "very sensible procedure because I think we all want to avoid the tragedy of having an innocent person executed."


On the principle that a court should adhere to principles laid down in previous decisions, Alito said courts need a special justification for overruling a prior precedent. He also said reliance on a precedent and its reaffirmation in subsequent decisions are important factors to consider. "But I've also said it's not an inexorable command," Alito added.


Kohl said that in recent years the Supreme Court, under former Chief Justice William Rehnquist, has struck down more laws than any court in recent memory. Alito responded that he would approach cases involving acts of Congress with a "heavy presumption" that they are constitutional.


Alito told Sen. Russell Feingold, D-Wis., "I can't think of a reason" why Congress would not have the power to prohibit employment discrimination against gays and lesbians, although he said he would have to see the arguments.


Leahy brought up the controversial case of Terri Schiavo, the Florida woman who suffered a brain injury in 1990 that left her in what some doctors called a "persistent vegetative state." Schiavo was at the center of a fierce fight between her husband and family over her fate. Leahy asked whether patients with a living will can designate somebody to speak for them "in a case of terrible injury" or unconsciousness.

"Yes, senator," Alito responded, "that's, I think, an extension of the traditional right that I was talking about that existed under common law. And it's been developed by state legislatures, and in some instances by state courts, to deal with the living will situation and with advances in ... medical technology, which create new issues in this area."

Read more here.

Alito has faced very tough questioning and done very well. The Democrats of Congress try to attack him in any way possible, but Alito has held his own. He looks like a man, capable of filling the position of a Supreme Court judge.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

In 30 years...

Here's something I found on a message forum, hopefully, it's only a joke!

Headlines from the year 2036:

-Ozone created by electric cars now killing millions in the seventh largest country in the world, Mexifornia, formerly known as California.

-White minorities still trying to have English recognized as Mexifornia's third language.

-Spotted Owl plague threatens northwestern United States crops and livestock.

-Baby conceived naturally; scientists stumped.

-Last remaining Fundamentalist Muslim dies in the American Territory of the Middle East (formerly known as Iran, Afghanistan, Syria, and Lebanon).

-Iraq still closed off; physicists estimate it will take at least 10 more years before radioactivity decreases to safe levels.

-France pleads for global help after being taken over by Jamaica.

-Castro finally dies at age 112; Cuban cigars can now be imported legally, but President Chelsea Clinton has banned all smoking.

-George Z. Bush says he will run for President in 2036.

-Postal Service raises price of first class stamp to $17.89 and reduces mail delivery to Wednesdays only.

-85-year, $75.8 billion study shows that: Diet and Exercise is the key to weight loss.

-Average weight of Americans drops to 250 lbs. J

-Massachusetts executes last remaining conservative.

-Supreme Court rules punishment of criminals violates their civil rights.

-Average height of NBA players now nine feet, seven inches.

-New federal law requires that all nail clippers, screwdrivers, fly swatters, and rolled-up newspapers must be registered by January 2037.

-Congress authorizes direct deposit of formerly illegal political contributions to campaign accounts.

-IRS sets lowest tax rate at 75 percent.

-Florida voters still having trouble with voting machines

2: Heaven to find...

The continuation of the study on the Bible lessons taught in the New England Primer.

Heaven to find;The Bible Mind.

What does it mean to find heaven?

Finding heaven means reaching the saving knowledge of God, realizing and believing that there is indeed a God and a heaven. Once you have become saved, you have in essence, found heaven.

...and he that seeketh findeth... -Matthew 7:8

Where do you seek heaven?

In the Bible. Mind the Bible, read the Bible, and study the Bible. The Bible holds the answers to our spiritual questions. The Bible explains what heaven is, why it exists, and how to get there. In order to find heaven, mind the Bible.

Therefore, this lesson- Heaven to Find; the Bible Mind- is explaining that in order to discover the truths of heaven, in order to find heaven, we must mind the Bible.

The New England Primer was once taught throughout all the schools in America, but sadly these important Bible lessons have been completely removed from the nation's public schools. Pray that God will reveal these lessons to children, teens, and adults as well...

Monday, January 09, 2006

Answers In Genesis stuff...

Today, I'm doing something quite different on my blog...advertising! A couple of weeks ago, my family ordered some Answers In Genesis material. As usual, their products were very good! Here are two of them:

It Doesn't Take a P.H.D....The Cure for a Culture in Crisis- DVD ( 45 minutes long)

It Doesn't Take a P.H.D by Doctor A. Charles Ware is a thought-provoking DVD explaining America's sinful culture and it's steady downfall. Dr. Ware takes Bible passages describing a cultural downfall and compares them to America's current position. He claims that America has fallen so far away from God ( through issues such as abortion, gay marriage, euthanasia, etc...) that as a result, God has taken His hand off of America and let it run away from Him into its own vile passions. He urges all of us, as Christians, to earnestly pray for a reformation of America.

Learn more about It Doesn't Take a P.H.D... here.

Grand Canyon, A Different View- book

Grand Canyon... is authored by tour-guide, Tom Vail. The book explains a Biblical Grand Canyon, formed by the Flood. The jaw-dropping photos and stories inside are a plus as well. Mr. Vail describes how he went from an evolutionist to a Bible-believing Christian after being witnessed to by a woman he was guiding through the canyon. Grand Canyon... disproves evolutionist theories and point out physical evidence of the Flood.

The book has undergone a lot of fire by atheist and evolutionists who tried to have it removed from Grand Canyon gift shops. Fortunately, the book remains there to be read by many!

Learn more about Grand Canyon, A Different View here.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Tagging Season

Well, I suppose there isn't any definite season for tagging, but it is quite rampant right now. Of course, we all can't respond every time we get tagged! But I have been tagged twice this week and am going to respond below. :) Enjoy! (if it doesn't bore you to death!)

Smaller one first...

I was tagged by Rabenstrange so here are Five Weird Things about Me:

1. I painted my hair lime green for my birthday! ( washed it off a couple of days later..)
2. I love the smell of skunk!
3. I participated in a contest to see who could make their face turn the most red, by holding our breath. ( I ended up temporarily losing consciousness)
4. I have broken several garage windows while playing baseball.
5. I've eaten jalapeno-flavored jelly beans! :)

I tag:

Participate only if you want to!!!

And now, after being tagged by Danika, here is the OLS ( outrageously, long survey!)

*this survey has been edited by me*

Basic Questions...

1. First Name?:Zachary
2. Middle Name?:Paul
3. Age?: 15 years, 3 months
4. Birthday?: October 23rd
5. Where do you live?: Lost in New Jersey

6. Where were you born?: same as above
7. Who do you live with?: two parents, four sisters, one brother, two crazy cats, and a pigeon
8. How many siblings do you have?: five
9. Pets?: Two cats, 1 pigeon, and about 10 chickens
10. Grade at school?: Junior year in Highschool
11. Where do you go to school?: home! :)
12. Hair color?: very dark brown
13. Hair style?: no style, it just sits there on my head
14. Eye color?: light blue
15. Ethnic background?: Italian, German, and a bit of American Indian (Blackfoot tribe)
16. Do you play any sports?: baseball, soccer, and basketball with friends and family
17. If so, which ones?: see above
18. Do you play any instruments?: yes
19. If so, which ones?: piano ( poorly), harmonica ( a little bit), and will learn the guitar..
20. Height?: around 5' 11"
21. Weight?: not sure...
22. Do you look like anyone famous?: no... :(
23. Any nicknames?: Zack or "Z"
24. Do you like your name?: It suits me....
25. If you could change it, what would you want it to be?: Lance or Lemmuel...
26. Any talents?: hmmm.... yeah, I guess I have some
27. Do you have a cell phone?: no :(
28. If so, which kind?: N/A
29.What is your ringtone?: N/A


30. Movie?: "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"
31. TV Show?: 24

32. Actress?: hmmm.... Nicole Kidman probably...
33. Actor?: Will Smith
34. Comedy movie?: Napoleon Dynamite!!!!
35. Romantic movie?: none...
36. Historical movie?: Tora, Tora, Tora!
37. Music Genre?: Country music
38. Band?: Lonestar
39. Singer?: Sara Evans...:)
.40. Song of all time?: "Ring of Fire" or "God Bless America" ( Lee Greenwood version)
41. Store [non-clothing]?: Barnes and Nobles
42. Store [clothing]?: don't have one....

43. Shoes?: Wolverine boots...
44. Place to go?: over my grandfather's house...
45. Vacation spot?: definitely Gettysburg!
46. City?: Orlando, Florida
47. Animal?: Panda bear
48. Candy?: Butterfingers

49. Food?: popcorn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
50. Holiday?: Christmas
51. Month?: APRIL!!!! (Baseball season begins!!!!!)

52. Car?: Hummer....
53. Sport to watch?: baseball!
54. Sport to play?: same as above
55. Subject in school?: Literature or History...
56. Book?: "Ben Hur"
57. Author?: C. S. Lewis
58. Color?: aqua or sky blue...
59. Cartoon?: hmmm.... Duck Dodgers.. :)
60. Artist?: I'll be really original *rolls eyes* Leonardo DaVinci....
61. Disney movie?: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
62. Quote?: "I have not yet begun to fight!"- John Paul Jones
63. Inspirational figure?: President Bush

--> 10 things you can't live without..

1) God
2) Family
3) Bible
4) Baseball... :)

5) Me...
6) Libraries..
7) a brain...
8) POPCORN!!!!
9)Ice cream!!!!
10) sleep...

--> 9 Songs that describe your life

1) Proud to be an American ( or God Bless America)- Lee Greenwood
2) Up! ( kinda, I guess...)- Shania Twain
3) Believe- Brooks and Dunn
4) Golum's Song- Two Tower's soundtrack... lol
5) If I ruled the World- War of the Worlds soundtrack...
6) Keeper of the Stars- Tracy Bird
7) How Great Thou Art, the hymn...
8) American Child- Phil Vassar
9) Have You Forgotten?- Daryl Worley

--> 8 of your favorite songs...

1) Ring of Fire- Johnny Cash
2) Thunder Rolls- Garth Brooks
3) Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue- Toby Keith

4) Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning?-Alan Jackson
5) Keeper of the Stars- Tracy Bird
6) Beer For my Horses- Toby Keith
7) Saints and Angels- Sara Evans
8) No Place that Far-Sara Evans

--> 7 of your best friends...

1) Dad
2) Mom
3) Ashley
4) Grandfather
5) God
6) a sibling...
7) a sibling...

--> 6 things you always wear

1) skin
2) pants...
3) shoes...
4) a belt..
5) hair..
6) shirt

that was rather stupid.....

--> 5 of your favorite movies

1) Fellowship of the Ring
2) Two Towers
3)Return of the King

5)Independence Day

--> 4 things you could always eat

1) POPCORN!!!!!!!!!
2) CHOCOLATE!!!!!!!!!!!
3) cake
4) pie

--> 3 things you'd do with a trillion dollars

1) Buy a mansion on a river-side
2) Donate to my church!
3) Buy a castle...

--> 2 of your goals...

1) Become a doctor...
2) have a family and raise many children for the Lord

-->1 Most important thing to you...

1) My Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ

Random Questions.....

93. Do you have a cell?: I already said no!!!!
94 Do you have a computer?: yes, a Compaq Presario (sp?)
95. Most expensive pants?:I dunno....
96. Most expensive shirt?: no clue
97. Do you drive?: not yet...
98: What kind of car do you have?: none
99. Are you smart?: hmmmmm... good question! probably, but I'm not absolutely positive
100. What kind of grades do you have?: A's + Bs.
101. What cool electronics do you have?: not many.... and none worth mentioning
102. Do you have an MP3 player?: no... :(
103 What's your screen name?: MVP or MVB
104.What was your first sn ever?: same as above
105.Do you use AIM, MSN or yahoo?: all three all the time...
106. How many kids do you want to have someday?: a lot... but no definite number..
107.What would you name them?: whatever I feel like.... :)
108. Do you want to get married?: yes
109.Where do you want to live?: Montana
110.What do you want to study in college?: Medicine
111.Best concert you've been to?: Sean Hannity Freedom Concert!
112. Trademark saying of yours?: lol
113. Favorite quote ever?: *sigh* I have millions of them.....
114. Do you like to dance?: NO!
115.Color you think you look best in?: Black
116. If you could dye your hair any color, what would it be?: no dying for me!
117. Any piercings?: no!
118. If so, where?: N/A
119. How many?: none, I said!
120. Any tatoos?:No
121. Where & What?:N/A
122. If you dont have any, do you want a tatoo?: not particularly.....
123. What kind?: this is annoying!
124. How many DVD's do you own?: about 25.... I know, it's sad...
125. Do you own any TV seasons on DVD/: 4....
126. If so, which ones?: Andy Griffith, Beverly Hillbillies, and a couple others...
127. What's the first pet you ever had?: hamster
128. Favorite grade in school?: 6th!

This or that?

129. Movies at home or movies in the theater?: Theatre!!!
130. Popcorn or candy?: Popcorn!!!!

131. East coast or west coast?: East coast, definitely!!!
132. Snow or rain?: rain....
133. Summer or winter?:winter...
134. Fall or spring?: Fall! ( my favorite season)
135. Christmas or Valentine's Day? Christmas
136. Audi or BMW?: BMW
137 Range Rover or Rolls Royce?: Range Rover
138. Breakfast or dinner?: Dinner
139. Pizza or french fries?: Fries
140. McDonalds or Wendys?: McD's
141. Cell phones or pagers?: Phones
142. Cats or dogs?: dogs!
143. Rap or rock?: ROCK!!!
144. MP3s or radio stations?: radio...
145. Pink or orange?: Orange.
146. Red or yellow?: Red
147. Green or blue?: Blue
148. Going to the beach or swimming in a pool?: Beach

** Wrapping it all up...
What time is it?: 10:30 PM
How long have you been doing this?: ages and ages ( actually like an hour)
Do you like taking surveys?: comparatively....
Any final thoughts?: This was a VERY repetitive survey!!!! But enjoyable...


Phew! I thought I would never get done!!!!

Now I'm sure you'll ask me " MVB, why did you choose to waste an hour of your life like this?' and I'll say " I have no idea why...." :)

I tag:

Take this survey, only if you want to!

Hope you've enjoyed!

Friday, January 06, 2006

Adam's Fall

In ADAM'S Fall, We sinned all.

1. In Adam's Fall...

Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. -Genesis 3:1-6

This act of eating the forbidden fruit by Adam was in direct violation of the rule God had given to him:

And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. -Genesis 2:16-17

This act, as described in Genesis 3, was the first sin; this was Adam's fall.

2. ...We sinned all

And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. -Corinthians 15:45

The first Adam, is the Adam from Genesis 1. And Adam was made a representative of mankind. When he fell into sin, all of mankind fell into sin. We became sinners with Adam; we died spiritually with Adam.

The last Adam refers to the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ also was a representative of man. He came down to earth in the form of a man, and died on the cross for OUR sins. He represented man and paid for man's sins.

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. -Corinthians 15:22

We all died in sin with Adam, and we all rose with Christ, the last Adam. Without Christ, the sin of Adam would be on our heads forever.

In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. - 1 John 4:9

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Israeli Prime Minister Sharon Suffers Cerebral Hemorrhage

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon' suffered a massive stroke Wednesday and was on a respirator after falling ill at his ranch. Doctors operated to drain excess blood from his brain.

Powers were transferred to his deputy, Vice Premier Ehud Olmert.

Dr. Shlomo Mor-Yosef, director of Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, said Sharon suffered "a significant stroke," adding that he was "under anesthetic and receiving breathing assistance." A few minutes later, Mor-Yosef emerged to say that initial tests showed Sharon had suffered a cerebral hemorrhage, or bleeding in his brain.

Mor-Yosef said Sharon, 77 and overweight, had "massive bleeding and was being transferred to an operating theater."

Dr. Shmuel Shapira of Hadassah Hospital told Channel 10 TV that Sharon was taken to an operating room to drain the blood after suffering what he termed a "massive stroke."

Channel 2 TV said Sharon was suffering from paralysis in his lower body. Analysts on Israeli TV stations said he life could be in danger.

The latest health crisis came hours before Sharon was to undergo a procedure to seal a hole in his heart that contributed to a mild stroke on Dec. 18. Since then, Sharon had been on blood thinners, which increased his chances of bleeding.

Read more here.

Prayers are desperately needed for the Israeli Prime Minister.

Series on the New England Primer and other stuff...

Over the next month or so, I will be studying and researching the A-Z Bible lessons taught in the New England Primer. That will be very interesting...

We should all continue to pray for the families of those 12 miners who were found dead last night. At first, the news reported that 12 were alive and one was dead, but in truth one was alive and the other twelve were dead. It is a very tragic incident, so keep the sole surviving miner (who is in critical condition) and the famileis of all the miners in your prayers.

Read more about that story here.

Agent Tim is also covering this tragic incident.

For some lighter news, The Rebulation is going on tour!!!! This tour will start in Sacramento, Ca on March 11th, 2006. Online registration will be available starting on January 6th.

I continue to encourage you all to check out Sara's "Prayer in the Public School System" post as well.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Prayer in Public School

Sara at No Greater Love has put together an excellent post on prayer in the public school system. Should prayer be allowed in school? Is removing prayer from school violating our "right to free speech"? I encourage all my readers to check it out, it is well-worth a visit.

Monday, January 02, 2006

Coal Mine Tragedy

A coal mine explosion that may have been sparked by lightning trapped 13 miners 260 feet below ground Monday, and rescuers went in to find them after waiting almost 12 agonizing hours for dangerous gases to clear.

The condition of the miners was not immediately known. Four co-workers tried to reach them but were stopped by a wall of debris, and the blast knocked out the mine's communication equipment, preventing authorities from contacting the miners.

It was not known how much air they had or how big a space they were in. The miners had air-purifying equipment but no oxygen tanks, a co-worker said.

"You just have to hope that the explosions weren't of the magnitude that was horrific from the beginning," Joe Manchin, governor of the nation's No. 2 coal-producing state, told CNN. He added: "There's always that hope and chance that they were able to go to part of the mine that still had safe air."

The first of eight search-and-rescue teams entered the Sago Mine, more than 11
hours after the blast trapped the miners. Rescue crews were kept out of the mine for most of the day while dangerously high levels of carbon monoxide — a byproduct of combustion — were vented through holes drilled into the ground, authorities said.

Company officials believe the trapped miners were about two miles inside the mine, about 260 feet under the ground. The crew entered the mine on foot for fear of sparking another explosion.

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration sent a rescue robot to the mine, situated about 100 miles northeast of Charleston.

Some 200 co-workers and relatives of those trapped gathered at the Sago Baptist Church, across the road from the mine.

Anna McCoy said her husband, Randall, 27, was among those missing. She said he had worked at the mine for three years "but was looking to get out. It was too dangerous."
Coal mine explosions are typically caused by buildups of naturally occurring methane gas, and the danger increases in the winter months, when the barometric pressure can release the odorless, colorless and highly flammable gas.

Manchin spokeswoman Lara Ramsburg said the blast may have been sparked by lightning from severe thunderstorms .But Roger Nicholson, general counsel for the mine's owner, International Coal Group, said that it was not clear what caused the blast and that there was no indication it was methane-related.

The mine has a single entrance, and the shaft winds its way for miles underground. The miners were supposed to be working about 160 feet below the surface, said the wife of one of the trapped men. But it was unclear how far into the shaft they had gone when the blast struck.

Gene Kitts, a senior vice president at ICG, said the company was preparing to drill into the mine to reach the miners.

"If the miners are barricaded, as we hope they are, they would prepare themselves for rescue by rationing," Kitts said. The miners would probably have only their lunches and water on hand.

The blast happened between 6 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. as the first shift of miners entered to resume production following the holiday, Ramsburg said.

"As they were heading in, the car in the back either heard or felt some type of explosion. They headed back out. The first car never made it back out," she said.

Thirteen miners were trapped, the coal company said. Four co-workers tried to reach the missing miners but "came to a wall" of debris, said Steve Milligan, deputy director of Upshur County's Office of Emergency Management.

Samantha Lewis, whose 28-year-old husband, David, was among those trapped, said he worked the mines so that he could be home every night to take care of their three daughters while she worked on a master's degree in health care administration.

"This was a good way to make a living until we could find something else," said Lewis, whose father, grandfather and stepfather also worked in the mines. "It's just a way of life. Unless you're a coal miner or you have a college degree, you don't make any money."

Miners who work in the mine carry individual air purifying systems that would give them up to seven hours of clean air, said Tim McGee, who works at the mine and was among those at the church. They do not carry oxygen tanks, he said.

"What I want to hear is he is alive, but they can't tell me that," said Loretta Ables, whose fiancee, 59-year-old Fred Ware Jr., was one of the trapped miners. "He's worked in this mine for six years. He said that's the way he's gonna go — in the mines."

Another trapped miner, 61-year-old Jim Bennett, planned to retire this year, said his son-in-law Daniel Merideth.

"Every day he would come home and pray for who was going in," said Merideth, who stood outside the mining complex. "Right now, he is probably in there witnessing to people. He would be organizing and praying."

Read the entire story here.


Prayers are needed for these miners and their poor families. Hopefully, they are still alive and can be rescued.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

The Creation of the World: Six Literal Days

The creation of the world is one of the most common Bible stories told. In six days, God created the entire universe. It is the first moment of the world's history, and it shows the awesome might and power of God. But many modern-day Christians interpret the story differently. Their theory is that God created the world over a space of six ages, not days. They believe that the days the Bible mentions are not literal days, but actually a space, any space, of time.

The following is my belief ( and reasons) that the days, mentioned in the Bible, are literal, 24-hour days:

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

The Hebrew translation of the word "day" (used in Genesis 1:5, 8, 13, 19, 23, and 31) is "yom", and the plural (days) used is "yamim." The words, "yom" and "yamim", are used frequently throughout the Bible; they mean a literal day and literal days, respectively. Their meanings remain the same when they are used throughout the Bible.

And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. -Genesis 1:5

The reference to an "evening and morning" shows that the Bible is talking about days, our days. These terms "morning" and "evening" refer to 12-hour periods!

The "evenings" and "mornings" had to be around 12 hours because if it was evening or morning for too long the vegetation might burn up ( scorched) or freeze. Therefore these "evenings" and "mornings" are literal evenings and mornings which compose literal, 24-hour days.

But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. -Exodus 20: 10-11

This passage talks about the Sabbath, one literal day of the week and compares the Sabbath day to the literal day God rested. This passage talks about our seven day week and compares it to the literal seven day week in Genesis 1-2.

And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: -Genesis 1:15

Surely the days mentioned in this verse are actual days, and the years, actual years, and the seasons, actual seasons?

And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. -Genesis 1:16-18

This part of the creation story shows the creation of the sun and moon. The sun rules by day, and the moon shines at night. When does the sun shine? During the day. Over a 12-hour space. When does the moon shine? At night, over a 12-hour space. The day that is mentioned here in the Bible was a 24-hour, literal day!

I believe the Bible. I believe it as fact and as truth. I believe that the flood waters were upon the earth for 150 literal days. I believe that Noah let the dove out of the ark after being on Mt. Ararat for 40 literal days. I believe that the children of Israel compassed the city of Jericho for 7 literal days. I believe that Jesus was in the wilderness for 40 literal days and 40 literal nights. I believe that Jesus rose from the dead after 3 literal days. Of course, I believe that God created the world in 7 literal, 24-hour days.

For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea and all that in them is.... Exodus 20:11