Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Would Paul the Apostle Debate Modern Evolutionists?

Speculative questions can be as useful as a hole in a milk bucket, as you can spend a lot of time working at them, but not much get accomplished. You get a "what if" and a "yeah, but" added now and then, and folks get a mite overwrought.

On the other hand, if handled properly, though, thought experiments can be interesting and productive. Uncle Albert Einstein liked them, after all. So, let's see if we can make use of the question about whether or not Paul the Apostle would debate modern evolutionists if he rode into town today.


If the Apostle Paul were here today, we can wonder how he would have dealt with evolutionists. He did that very thing before.
Made at Break Your Own News, background image St. Paul Preaching in Athens, Raphael, 1515
Paul was enthusiastic, to say the least. He would reason, discuss, debate, and so on at the drop of a hat, and he'd drop his own hat if nobody else did. Okay, the last part is an exaggeration, but I don't reckon it's too far afield.

However, how would he deal with evolutionists? Would he try to "out evidence them" with piles of facts, hoping that if he was the best orator with the biggest prairie schooner-full of evidence, people would realize that they need to repent and bow to Jesus? That'll be the day! As I study on it, I believe one of the biggest problems with evidence-only apologetics is that the method not only appeals to the pride of the sinful man, but the pride of the apologist who is doing the presentation. We are supposed to be glorifying God, not ourselves, and Scripture clearly tells us that unbelievers are blinded and under the control of Satan. An even bigger problem is that by doing this, we are actually agreeing with unbelievers that the Bible is not true!

Now, don't be getting vexed. I'm not saying that there is no place for evidence, but it needs to be presented properly. Look at Paul in Acts 17-16-34. He was making his argument to the pagan evolutionary philosophers, just like we do today. Western society has been hijacked by materialistic philosophies, postmodernism, atheism, and evolutionism. How are we supposed to follow 1 Peter 3:15, "...ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you"? We sure as shootin' can't be an expert in every philosophy or every science view that is in vogue.

We have to believe the Bible, first and foremost. We presuppose that Scripture is true, and then we can present evidence in the proper framework that honors God. Jesus, Peter, Paul, and the others did the same thing. Also, the Bible is self-affirming.
If we jump back to Paul and consider his missionary journeys, sermons, and epistles, he saw a great number of people and surely encountered a great number of beliefs. 

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In the greater context, we find Paul forced into a debate with Epicureans and Stoics. In fact, because they disagreed with him, they take him to Mars Hill (the Areopagus) to defend his views in front of the whole crowd of philosophers. So Paul masterfully begins his defense, which has gone on to become the basis for creation evangelism.
I'd take it mighty kindly if you'd read the rest of this article. To do this, click on "If Paul Were Around Today, Would He Argue Against Evolutionists?" Also, you may want to hear this short podcast of Scripture on Creation, "Creation's Role in the Gospel".

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Genesis as History: Short Form

There are times when we need to ride up to yonder hill and get the view from up there. That is, a broad view or big picture. Biblical creationists maintain (with a little help from Occam) that the basic approach is true: Genesis is written as history. Some owlhoots read all sorts of things into the text in order to work in long ages and evolution.


People wonder if Genesis is meant to be taken as history. Yes, it is.
Creation of the World III, Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis, 1906
I have long wondered why some professing Christians insist on compromising with atheistic, ever-changing whims of man-made science philosophies. It is also an inconsistent message to say that we believe the Bible is true from cover to cover except the early chapters of Genesis. Those, we have to interpret according to man's wisdom. Oh, please! So when do we start believing the Bible, and when do we stop? Can we trust John 3:16-17, or is that just allegory? By the way, even if the first few verses of Genesis were allegorical, that does not mean they are untrue and that there was no history in them, you savvy?

Some go as far as to say that Jesus, Peter, Paul, and others in the Bible were unaware of science. Reign in there, pilgrim! First, Scripture is God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16-17), so that is an indirect attack on God's integrity by calling him a deceiver. Second, Jesus is God and created all things (John 1:1-3, Colossians 1:16). This is essentially saying that Jesus is not God — you are an antichrist (1 John 4:2-3, 2 John 1:7). If you want to deny six-day recent creation, go ahead. But do not attack God in your efforts to compromise with eisegesis and bad hermeneutics.


We have many reasons to believe that Genesis is written as history. We can examine how scientific evidence supports this (you may want to see my review of the video Is Genesis History?). Also, we can demonstrate in great deal how the days of creation were meant to be taken as literal days. But let's get that view from the hill, shall we?

The early chapters of Genesis contradict ancient history as portrayed in public schools, television, and movies. For example, our culture insists humans evolved from ape-like creatures, while Genesis says we were made in God’s image. Culture says the earth formed over eons, but Genesis 1 says it took God just six days. Is it possible to believe both the Bible and evolution’s history? Many try. Some say early Genesis doesn’t convey real events and that God never intended for us to take Genesis 1–11 as history but as poetry. How well does this idea work?
To read the rest of this short article, click on "Is Genesis 1–11 Actual History?"



Saturday, August 4, 2018

Non-Human Persons, Pro-Life, and Evolutionary Thinking

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

One aspect of the extreme environmentalist movement is to give "rights" to animals, even going so far as to call them non-human persons. Naturally, vegans also saddle up to ride for this brand, which is primarily based on evolutionary thinking. Professing Christians are also joining in. Christians and creationists need to think logically, and not fall for emotional manipulation tactics, nor get their values from worldly thinking.


The idea of non-human persons is a ludicrous view based on evolution.
Ham the chimpanzee in the biopack couch for the MR-2 suborbital test flight
Credit: NASA (usage does not imply endorsement of site contents)
Be wary of word games, because not only do extremists use loaded, emotion-provoking terminology, but they redefine words. It is interesting that just before I wrote this, I saw a Star Trek: The Next Generation episode called "Lonely Among Us". Commander Riker told someone, "We no longer enslave animals for food purposes". Enslave? A slave is a person, not an animal. We are also told that killing animals is "murder". When trophy hunter Melissa Bachman showed off her kills, she was castigated for murdering animals, and ironically, some people wanted her to be murdered! 

Then there's the word person. The idea of a non-human person is ridiculous. It amazes me that some people wanted legal rights for an orangutan, and took the case to court. Also, some want rights for chimpanzees. I guess the next time we send one up in a rocket, we need to have the critter sign off on it to make the whole thing legal.



There are people who use emotional manipulation and lack of thinking by going to the extreme, "You don't care that animals are tortured!" Did anyone say that? Sorry, not interested in defending something I, or we, did not say, and do not believe. We were created by God, in his image. Animals were created as well, so we do not share an evolutionary lineage. For that matter, we should be able to kill all we want to be consistent with evolutionary views, you savvy? But knowledgeable Christians do not act that way, because God made us stewards of his creation, and we are not to abuse it. These facts are found in Genesis, but liberal theology does not recognize it as legitimate or even important.

Some owlhoots at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, a part of the Southern Baptist Convention, put up a video with a Roman Catholic comparing animal rights with the pro-life position, and was scornful that pro-lifers were not involved in animal rights. (That's just as sideways as the tinhorns that claim my political views negate everything I write and post about creation science). It's called being focused, and not chasing rabbit trails. Do enough of that, and you lose sight of your calling, old son.

This article was inspired by a discussion on The Dividing Line by Dr. James White. Since I prefer to avoid embedding longer videos here, I'll link to the appropriate part, which takes about 24 minutes of the 1 hr. 41 min. episode. While the whole thing is interesting, I know y'all are busy, so this link should take you to the 54 min. 34 sec. mark. Please give it a look. If you want the MP3, Sermon Audio has it at this link. Interesting that what he says parallels several things that I have said, but he has quite a bit more to say on the subject that I should let you hear him cover.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Roses for Afghanistan?

Poppies are nice to look at, but the plants have chemical properties that can be lethal. Opioids are processed from them, and some are for good purposes. Unfortunately, the opium poppies in Afghanistan are mainly used for heroin. Follow the money: people who foolishly use heroin are ultimately funding the sidewinders of Islamic terrorism! With any drug trafficking comes violence and criminal activity. What's a poor Afghani farmer to do who wants to put food on the table? Personally, I'd find something else to do that doesn't involve the deaths of many people.

Damask roses are a means for farmers to make a living better in many ways than from poppies.
Damask rose image credit: Wikimedia Commons / Kurt Stüber (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Enter the Damask rose. It is native to Afghanistan, appeals to the eye and nose, is more profitable than poppies, a renewable resource, is a source of employment, and more. God has given us all sorts of things for us to use. We can use them through biomimetics, or use them directly — if we know how. Our creator gave us minds and expects us to use them. Part of this is done through finding ways to observe, use, or develop applications from or inspired by what he has given us.
Need some good news for a change? Some Afghan farmers are finding better profits growing roses than growing opium poppies.
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Sales of opium poppies create many well-known evil effects downstream. Drug trafficking, though illegal in the country, engenders gang violence and international conflicts, and fuels much of the economic ties of violent countries to other violent countries. . .
But what if the poor farmers could be convinced to grow something good instead? Something beautiful, useful, and in high demand? What if they could make a better living growing roses?
The farmers who are trying it, according to the article, are finding these benefits in switching:
You can read the rest by clicking on "Will Everything Come Up Roses in War-torn Afghanistan?"


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

External Pressures and Internal Changes

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

Over at Piltdown Superman, I've been posting material from ICR on engineered adaptability and the continuous environmental tracking model. Essentially, Charles Darwin supposed that organisms change because of external "pressures", a concept that his followers cling to even today. They don't cotton to the notion that critters adapt (without evolving into something else altogether) through internal mechanisms (see "Targeted Changes and Engineered Adaptability" if you want to see an example). The Master Engineer built in the ability to make changes.

Using biological concepts as illustrations, external pressures and engineered adaptability are contrasted in the Christian life.
Modified from a Library of Congress photo (usage does not imply endorsement of site contents)
Let's take this biological concept into another area — and flip it.

People have been blaming others for their actions for a very long time. Go back to Eden, and see that Eve blamed the serpent, Adam blamed Eve and God ("the woman you gave me"). This happens all the time. Just pay attention for how many times you come across someone using a phrase similar to, "It's not my fault!", or how many times you do it yourself.
  • The boss cheated me out of my lunch break, so I'll cheat back the time
  • I had to lie so I wouldn't look bad to my peers, then I had to lie some more
  • My husband isn't man enough, so I had sex with another guy
  • I hate her because she said something I don't like
  • Christians are big meanies, it's their fault that I'm an atheist now
See that? We have external pressures and we react to them. Unlike the creation science principle of engineered adaptability, external influences are not in conflict with our inner nature, and there is no need to change. (If anything, the more we give in to our urges, the worse we get.) Something needs to change, old son, before we drift into full postmodernism.

The root of the problem is sin. If we fess up and agree with God that we are sinners, and are giving in instead of living for Jesus Christ, by whom and for whom we were created. If you belong to God, you have the Holy Spirit living inside of you. People who truly believe the Bible, have repented, have Jesus as the primary place in our lives, and seek to glorify  him have the Spirit's engineered adaptability. We can take responsibility for our actions, stop blaming other people and external pressures, and let God work inside us so we are not "under the circumstances".

I have a couple of sermons by Voddie Baucham for you and they're free, as usual. Mayhaps I'm asking a lot, but this is important. Note that each one is a direct link to the MP3, and I'd be much obliged if you'd give them serious attention. First, "Errors In The Modern Day Gospel". Second, and for me this one supplemented the first, "The Supremacy of Christ in Truth in a Postmodern World", which actually begins at the 3 min. 45 sec. mark. Let's get serious with God, and let him work his engineering inside us so we're not adapting to sinful influences.


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Mystery of the Trinity

Although orthodox denominations bearing the name of Christ have their differences in some doctrines, they tend to historically agree on major articles of faith. (With the increase in apostasy, that may not be happening so much nowadays.) One of the most common areas of agreement is the Trinity: The Father is God, Jesus is God, the Holy Spirit is God. And yet, there is only one God!

Although that word Trinity is not in the Bible, the teaching is clearly present from the beginning.
Trefoil (Trinity) symbol image credit: Pixabay / Philip Barrington
People get bothered when a theological question is given the response of, "It's a mystery". That is often an excuse for someone who does not know what he or she claims to believe, or maybe does not want to actually look for an answer. This is devastating to children. However, there are times when mystery really is the best explanation. We are not expected to fully understand everything about the eternal Creator God, our Redeemer, you know. We cannot fully understand the Trinity.

Some owlhoots and cultists deny the existence of the Trinity. One of their excuses is that the word is not found in Scripture, but the doctrine is clearly indicated there. They tend to "proof text" by lassoing verses that fit their preconceptions, ripping them out of context, and corralling them as "evidence" for their views. Doesn't work that way, old son.

Even though biblical creationists emphasize that God the Son is the Creator (John 1:1-3, Colossians 1:16), we know that the Trinity was present at creation,  Also, the early Church Fathers clearly believed in the Trinity. This doctrine is essential to salvation, but cultists, atheists, uninformed religious folks, and ultra-liberal "Christians" say that we are wrong.
It may surprise some to learn that we have supporters who like our work on biblical creation, but disagree with central Christian doctrines which we hold and strongly defend. Bruce B., Australia, wrote,
For my rejection of the false belief of the Trinity, I need only to rely on history, and just one Bible reference although there are many. That reference is Mark12:29-34. Here Jesus defends the Shema, which every Jew learns when he first learns to speak, and repeats each morning. This was an ideal time for the Lord Jesus to teach the Trinity. But he did not. Why?

With 8 or so texts that tell you Jesus has a God, and it is the Father, Who is omnipotent, (Micah 5:4; Matt 27:5,6; John 20:17; Ephes. 1:3; v. 17; 2 Cor. 11:31; Heb 1:8-9;Ps 45:7; 1 Pet 1:3; Rev 3:12) how can you persist in your spiritual blindness? You are still using the term “God the Son, which is a term you will never find used in the Bible, NOT even once. You will find Son of God. Why do you persist in adding to the Scriptures? (Deut. 4:2)

I have studied this topic on and off for 50 years. I wouldn’t dare to accept your delusion. Why don’t you re-study it? You work for Creation Ministries, which talk a lot about checking things out. The tremendous work you do is marred by this fallacy. It’s TIME TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!
Lita Cosner, CMI-US, responds:
To read Lita's response, click on "Discussing the Trinity".


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The Bible Affirms the Genesis Flood

Unfortunately, many professing Christians (including pastors) have not given serious thought to the Genesis Flood. Many accept atheistic interpretations of science philosophies, accepting millions of years and evolution. This makes it more difficult to present the gospel message because of the compromise involved. Also, accepting deep time usually means rejecting the Genesis Flood. This leads to a series of biblical errors and, ultimately, rejection of Scripture.

Many professing Christians do not realize that the Genesis Flood is stated as history throughout the Bible.
The Animals Entering Noah' Ark, Jacopo Bassano, 1570s
I have pointed out several times that when people say that the Flood was local or tranquil (or never happened at all), they are calling Peter, Paul, Jesus, and others wrong or even liars. They said it was a real historical event. Peter likened the Flood to the end times, and Judgment by fire — will that be a tranquil, local event also? Not hardly! When you claim to believe the Bible but doubt the Holy Spirit's divine inspiration, you have some serious problems, old son.

Try setting aside the excuses for rejecting the straightforward account of the Flood, and read about it in Genesis 6-9. Ask yourself if it sounds reasonable to make such extensive preparations for a local flood. Check the terminology, and look for the purpose of the Flood. Local floods do not last such a long time. Why compromise on the truth of God's Word? Indeed, there are many things to ponder.

Some things make sense just by giving an honest reading and thinking about them, but there are other aspects (such as Hebrew terminology) that provide additional impact. The article linked below is one of the best I have encountered about the importance and purpose of the Flood, and how it is relevant all through Scripture. It's not that difficult, either. I hope you'll not only read it, but save it for future reference.
Today, most Christians around the world (including seminary and Christian college professors) accept the idea of millions of years of earth history. In doing so, they either ignore Noah’s flood or reject its globality or historicity and think it has nothing to do with the question of the age of the earth. But the flood is critical to that question. Here I present the overwhelmingly clear biblical evidence that Noah’s flood was a global catastrophe that destroyed all the land animals, birds, and people not in the ark, and by implication ripped up all the vegetation on the land, killing millions of sea creatures, and buried many of those plants, animals, and people in sediments that now cover the earth in the form of sedimentary rocks layers filled with fossils. The flood is a vital reason for concluding that the earth is only a few thousand years old.
I'd be much obliged if you'd keep reading. To do that, click on "Noah’s Flood: a Unique, Historical, Yearlong, Global Catastrophe".