Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Responding to Biblical Authority

There is something I think I need to say, but it may seem like self-praise. When I write posts and articles, I pray for several things, including that they glorify God, edify the saints, and encourage them to stand on the authority of God's Word. The authority of the Bible is overlooked or waved off far too often.

The Bible is foundational for not only Christian doctrine, but also our life and conduct. We must respond properly to biblical authority.
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The Bible is the foundation for the Christian's life and thinking in every area. It is unchanging. Cultural whims, governments, trends, opinions, and more come and go. Sometimes these change quite rapidly. Atheists have no consistent standard for logic and morality, but God's Word is our ultimate source for those things. If you study on it a mite, you'll see that Genesis is the source of all major Christian doctrines, and that is what secularists are attacking the most — beginning with creation. It is imperative that we respond properly to biblical authority.

The linked article is written in an interview format where the author responds to several written questions on the subject. I hope you'll take the time to read it (my estimate is about six minutes) or download the audio. For your edification, kindly click on "The Battle for Biblical Authority".

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Frequent Mistakes about Creation

Anti-creationists frequently misrepresent what we teach and believe as a matter of course, but there are simple errors that can be corrected with a little bit of investigation. Unfortunately, some of it is our own fault because professing creationists have wrong notions that they pass around.

People have wrong ideas about what creationists believe, even some professing creationists. Here are some basic corrections to errors.
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It is a great time to be a biblical creationists. We have the inerrant Word of God and the scientific evidence to verify recent creation. There are numerous sites and ministries that supply us with theological and scientific information, so there is no real excuse for being uninformed on basic things. It's not difficult, and can be interesting as well as fun. Here are some basic corrections to errors.
Have you ever heard that men have fewer ribs than women? Or that it never rained before the flood? What about the increasingly popular argument that the earth is flat? These and many other common misconceptions are often based on inaccurate historical data, unsupported scientific models, misinterpretation of Scripture, or mere speculation.

As Christians, we must be careful to discern sound ideas from falsehoods so that we may honor Christ and proclaim the truth of his Word—starting in Genesis. Whether responding to a misguided fellow believer or a hostile skeptic, we must address these misconceptions by using good judgment and appealing to reason, to observable science, and ultimately to God’s Word.
You can finish reading the article or download the excerpt at "Common Misconceptions About Creation".

Monday, February 10, 2020

Effective Use of Social Media and Technology

We are closing in on Question Evolution Day, and even though the information in the article linked below applies to that event, it is important for any other time. Technology has many important benefits, but it also has a dark side by its very nature. We must have the right priorities and balance.

We can use the technology  available to use to not only learn things to build up our faith, but to also share the gospel and biblical creation science.
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We are receiving all sorts of information pretty much constantly. Unfortunately, it is dominated by harmful messages and untruthful material about anthropogenic climate change, evolution, adulterous relationships. false views of the Bible, and more. However, we also have a voice and opportunities to make an impact. Smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktops, and other computers connect us to the world. I have people I care about that I've never met and an online creation science ministry. Much of my preparation comes from technology, including podcasts, sermons (I don't want to get "tunnel vision" and not learn other areas of the Christian life), sending articles to my ebook reader, converting articles to MP3s by using text-to-speech, and the ubiquitous email. Technology is there, we can use it effectively.

We have the tools, often literally in our hands. We can use them to take a stand for Question Evolution Day (even at the most basic level, sharing and posting items on social media with a #questionevolutionday hashtag) and we can empower ourselves with good information. There are several biblical creation science sites to help you learn about how evolution is incompatible with the gospel message, the proper use of theology, sciences that refute biological and other kinds of evolution, and more.
In this digital age, one of the quickest, cheapest and most effective ways to reach people is through social media. In order to make sure that we fulfil our mandate to “always be ready to give an answer” (1 Peter 3:15) and to “destroy arguments … raised against the knowledge of God” (2 Corinthians 10:5) we must see to it that the millions of people who form their opinions with information from the digital world have at least some exposure to content that will affirm and uphold a biblical worldview. In many ways, reaching a culture that inhabits the digital world, by providing biblical creation resources through this world, is a front-line battleground for passing on the knowledge of God to the next generation. We take the message to where the people who need it are found.
To read the article in its entirety, click on "Smart faith in a digital age".

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Questions for Confrontations on the Bible

Some people get on the prod and want to attack God, the Bible, creation, and Christians. It seems they just want to watch the Bible burn — and to shake our faith. Others, however, have serious inquiries and we can help remove stumbling blocks. What follows is helpful for Question Evolution Day.

There are some attacks on the Bible and creation that we want to answer. Asking questions can clarify things and help in communication.
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It is not uncommon for an unbeliever to come roaring with accusations against God and the Bible, and some say, "Prove to me scientifically that God exists". That one is the logical fallacy known as the category error, and is irrational. In other cases, use your discernment and use the principle of Proverbs 26:4-5. That is, do not allow the unbeliever to put you on the defensive and make the rules, but show how his or her views are erroneous.

As we have seen before, we need to ask questions. This can be a mite disconcerting for someone who is looking for a fight, but it also shows that you are listening and can be a possible bridge to a discussions. I'll allow that it is more difficult on social media and more effective in person, but sometimes it is still effective. This also clarifies; it's not helpful to try to answer a question or comment that was not what the other person meant! Also, you may learn some things about the person and it can help in future encounters. It's happened to me.

Always remember it is not about winning arguments. Our goal is to glorify God and to prompt the other person to think. We cannot expect instant repentance, but to use a term I learned long ago, we can "plant seeds". God is the one who does the salvation, not us.
Some contend that science proves the Bible wrong. They may ask how the Bible’s supposedly good God could allow so much pain and evil in the world. And who hasn’t heard that science has proved humans evolved over eons?

Does a Bible believer need a bunch of college degrees to answer these claims? Education helps, but even non-expert Christians can use one basic tactic to address such attacks.
To read the rest, click on "How Can I Answer Attacks on the Bible?" For related material, see "Evidence and Asking Questions" and "Asking Questions to Reveal Answers".

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Pyramids and Other Structures Before the Genesis Flood?

Once in a while at The Question Evolution Project, people will ask about structures built before the Genesis Flood. These questions may include the pyramids of Egypt. A proper understanding of Flood geology indicates that it is extremely unlikely that any prediluvian construction could have survived the catastrophic activity of the Flood. However, some people have tried to tamper with biblical texts to say otherwise.

Some people think the Egyptian pyramids were built before the Genesis Flood. Poor scholarship presented on YouTube needs to be refuted.
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The original manuscripts of the Bible no longer exist. The discipline of textual criticism is the method of determining what those original manuscripts contained, and it can be an arduous process. Just ask Dr. James R. White (who has made security guards nervous by reading ancient manuscript fragments through the glass at museums). Manuscripts are compared, and many scholars are confident that modern Bible translations are extremely accurate.

Ever notice the footnotes in your Bible that refer to the Septuagint? It is an old manuscript where the Hebrew Bible was translated into Greek by 70 or 72 scholars (also denoted as the LXX). When using dubious Egyptian chronologies and insisting that the Septuagint is the superior text, the pyramids can be made to seem that they were built before the Flood. Many people are deceived by faulty scholarship to support anti-vaccinations, the flat Earth, and pre-Flood pyramids when they see things presented on YouTube.
Many people have asked us about a YouTube video entitled Were the Pyramids Built Before the Flood? by Nathan Hoffman. Over the space of a half hour, he makes multiple erroneous statements, applies several misdirections, and makes many grand assertions that are simply not based upon fact. His main thesis is that the Greek Septuagint (LXX) version of the Old Testament has the correct chronology and the Hebrew Masoretic text (MT) originated from deliberate Jewish tampering. It takes him a while to get to the main point, however, because he starts off talking about Egyptian history and the pyramids.1 However, he makes multiple errors that he could have avoided if he had been more familiar with text criticism and the history of this debate, which is almost as old as the Church itself.
To read the full article, click on "Were the Egyptian pyramids built before the Flood?"

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Turning the God Spot Concept on its Head

A claim that is invariably made by professing atheists is along the lines of, "Atheism is the default position. People are born that way until they are indoctrinated with religion". When you ask for evidence for such an assertion, you are ignored or they change the subject and attack. In fact, research indicates that children are born as theists.

Secularists cannot understand why people believe in God, so they try to find a biological cause. Their fundamentally flawed reasoning works against them.
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Materialists and evolutionists contradict their own epistemology by searching for the soul, and search the brain for free will. They deny that these immaterial things exist but search for them anyway. Then there is the idea that belief in God is based on brain "wiring". (No real wires, but it's a useful term. I like it.) Let's commence to doing a bit of the logic that we've been stressing.

First of all, they are presupposing that the material things are all that exist. Therefore, God must be some kind of electrochemical reaction. But such an assumption was not reached through the empirical research that they espouse. Also, instead of allowing them to control the narrative and put us on the defensive (atheists and evolutionists are mighty fond of doing that), we can turn it back on them. In so doing, we are demonstrating the truth of Romans 1:19-23.
Is religious faith due to brain wiring? If so, then so is materialism.

Evolutionary scientists love to scientifically analyze religion. They don’t realize what they do to themselves when they try to relegate religion to an evolutionary artifact of brain development.

The latest example from Rice University via is slightly different. Titled, “Can religion be explained by brain wiring?", the article shows what researchers from Rice found when they queried people about the hypothesis of a ‘God spot’ in the brain that explains religion. Most people said no.
This is not that difficult, and logical thinking glorifies God. To read the rest of this article, click on "How to Refute the ‘God Spot’ Hypothesis".

Monday, January 20, 2020

Astrology, Millennials, and the Rejection of God

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

In the post titled "Atheism and Irrationality", it was pointed out that atheists are not quite the disbelievers in the supernatural that they pretend. Instead, they believe in some form of the supernatural and many indulge in occult practices such as astrology. Most atheists are in the generation classification known as Millennials.

Millennials as a group are fond of astrology. This is another sign of rejection of God as Creator.

Before we go further, who makes up those "generation" names? They are not even generations in the usual sense. The Baby Boomers were born from 1946-1964 in the post-World War 2 time. I could understand 1946 to, say, 1950, but I don't cognate on the rest. Millennials were not born in or on the turn of the millennium, but were 1977-1995. Whatever you say, Skippy. Also, the description reads like a socio-economic-astrological chart for these here United States, even using expressions like characteristics and on the cusp. Click here if you want to see it. Personally, I don't take none too kindly to being indexed.

Not only are atheists into astrology and the like, but so are Millennials in general. A co-worker of my wife gave her an astrological book for Christmas (let's slap Jesus in the face with the fortune telling offal that he detests). Turns out that she falls in the the Millennial category. Astrology is appropriate for the self-absorbed and those who reject the Creator, who gave them over to themselves (Rom. 1:21-23).

This is another article that was inspired from material by Dr. Albert Mohler's The Briefing. If you want to hear his excellent report and analysis (I hope you will), click on the link and look for the section, "The Resurgence of Astrology Among Millennials: Why the Big Questions of Life Just Won’t Go Away". You may also be interested in a similar article, "The Most Self-Absorbed Generation?"