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Even Unbelievers Understand the Importance of Genesis

Christianity has fought, still fights, and will fight science to the desperate end over evolution, because evolution destroys utterly and finally the very reason Jesus’ earthly life was supposedly made necessary. Destroy Adam and Eve and the original sin, and in the rubble you will find the sorry remains of the son of god. Take away the meaning of his death. If Jesus was not the redeemer who died for our sins, and this is what evolution means, then Christianity is nothing! — G. Richard Bozarth, "The Meaning of Evolution", American Atheist (February 1978), p. 30. Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the wo

Stumbling Apologists

Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar. — Prov. 30.5-6 , NKJV Here is something else that I cannot understand: Willful ignorance. At least, it looks like willful ignorance to me. There are some apologists for the Christian faith who are utterly brilliant and have taught me a great deal. There are also some that are brilliant philosophers of theology that I do not try to understand because I find the depths of philosophy that they practice to be tedious and impractical, and I do not want to expend the mental energy in following what they're saying. Then there are the philosophers that do great work, and I do  need to expend the mental energy to learn from them. How is it, then, that a layman like me can spot flaws in their work? I mentioned one time that a certain apologist said that he would not let science tell him how to view Scripture, and so h

Breaking Fellowship — A Rant

Once again: "So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will." — 2 Tim. 2.22-26 , ESV by Cowboy Bob Sorensen Most of the time, I try to keep these articles instructive and/or practical. This time, I am making the article a personal thing because I am hurt and angry. (Plus, some instructive and/or practical bits.) At the risk of sounding pretentiously noble, my "hurt" was not from personal attacks. Rather, I am hurting because of the way Chr

Abortion and Conscience

Perhaps I am going about this post the wrong way. It has several items in it (audio, video, links to articles) and I do not want you to lose interest. On the other hand, I do not want to spread them out and have you lose your place. So, I will keep them together. First, I have written an article at "Piltdown Superman" discussing the relationship between evolutionary thinking and how it encourages abortion. I hope you will indulge me and click here to read it . Second, here is a 1-1/2 minute audio from Ken Ham at Answer in Genesis discussing the link between evolution and abortion (or click here if the embed fails ): Third, here is an article by Tony Perkins at Answers in Genesis: The abortion debate is far more than a mere political issue. It strikes at the heart of every society. Without the light of God’s Word upholding the sanctity of human life, Western nations lose all respect for the sanctity of the unborn. Having grown up in a Christian home and having accepted Jesus C

One Hundred and Eighty Degrees

An Experiment

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. — Philippians 4.8 , KJV This article will be nice and short. I have written several times in various places that I like a couple of analogies about the mind. My use of them is inconsistent, and even overlaps at times. Oh, well. The first one is that the mind is like a computer. It uses the information that you give it, and GIGO (Garbage In, Garbage Out) is often a very accurate description. The other analogy is that the mind is like a garden. I find this one to be more consistently accurate than the computer analogy, because thought seeds are planted, fed, watered, encouraged and eventually yield some kind of crop for good or ill. We need to be careful of what we receive into our thought processes

Deception - A Big One

Here is a video that I feel is important to Christians to emphasize the importance of the question of origins. Originally, I was going to put it at Piltdown Superman, but realized that it is better suited for believers. Get comfy, this will take about an hour. Unless you have a downloader and grab it from YouTube, that is.

Saturday Resource: Now What?

I thought I was done with Thursday's article . Then Dr. Charles Stanley of "In Touch Ministries" caught my attention with his broadcast of "I'm Saved — Now What?" Although it does not directly apply to that article, several points in there complement it. Although it is targeted for new Christians, there is a great deal of useful information for all Christians. Even if you know the material, the occasional refresher does not hurt. And I strongly suspect that there are items in there that you had not considered. The forty-something minute video is here , or you can listen to/download the MP3 podcasts, Part 1 here and Part 2 here . Highly recommended!

Bibles for the Armed Forces

Special note for members of the US Armed forces: Thank you for your service. Second, if you would like a free Bible, you can obtain it here . A second source is to write here , and provide your name and the pertinent information. As my regular readers know, the purpose of this Weblog is to encourage, educate, edify Christians. We are engaged in spiritual warfare (Eph. 6.12). Not only do we need to keep our own spiritual lives in order (1 Peter 5.8), but we must be presenting the gospel (Luke 24.46-47, Acts 1.8, 1 Peter 3.14-15, Jude 1.8). Our spiritual warfare is difficult enough, but at least most of us do not have people actively trying to kill us. Soldiers are fighting for our freedom. They need spiritual comfort and support, especially since they are being attacked both physically and spiritually (including the " atheist chaplains " mockery of faith). Bibles are supposedly made available to armed forces personnel, but they decline them or lose them. When they

Short Video - How Should Christians Think about Evolution?

How Do You View Genesis?

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen   My regular readers know that I am a biblical creationist. Now, don't panic and run off, hear me out, OK? Some of my past articles ( like this one ) have dealt with the problems associated with compromising with Genesis. I need to clarify something at this point. Many people are overwhelmed with the pressure to compromise because they are told what to think, that evolution is true, the earth is old, the universe is ancient &c. Many do not really think about it at all, but simply go with the flow. Others see the problems that occur when they tamper with a plain reading of Scripture, so they force-fit a gap between the first two verses of Genesis, invoke the "Day-Age Theory", say that the first few chapters of Genesis is allegorical and that those of us who believe that it means what it says are fringe-group nuts. One apologist said something that angered me quite a bit. He said that he does not believe in evolution, and will

Touchy-Feely Jesus 2: The Sequel

Yes, I know. Lousy title. I just wanted you to know that I blundered across something that makes a good follow-up to an article I did on this subject a while ago . It seems that we have made an image of Jesus to fit a "niceness" image that we have created. Why? To make Jesus more palatable? I pointed out that he was not always Mr. Nice Guy. I see I'm not the only one who sees a difference between what has been presented, and the real Jesus. Don't get me wrong! There is truth to the kind, gentle Jesus (Matt.11.28-30). But this truth is out of balance, because he is also the righteous judge that we will face some day. Anyway, this video... About two minutes into it, I perked up because he was saying something similar to what I had said. Hope you like it!

I Don't Wanna Be a Casual Christian!

Just over a year ago, I rededicated my life to Jesus. One of the things that convicted me was getting reacquainted with that Christian music that I knew years ago. Petra, White Heart, Larry Norman, Malcolm and Alwyn, Darrell Mansfield and others. DeGarmo and Key had meant a great deal to me. Somehow, DeGarmo and Key ministered to me the most. I saw them in concert three or four times.  Like the other artists, they gave encouragement as well as admonition . Evangelism should go without saying; the "buy one get one to give away" cassette deal has stuck with me for years. (Dig this blues version of a song they mastered earlier , " Are You Ready? ".) Dana did that thing that several other Christian rock artists have done: He went into the ministry. Not a surprise, because music is a ministry for many of them. I was shocked and very saddened to learn that Dana Key died on June 6, 2010. There are several tributes around (I linked to one in my own

Genesis of Confusion

Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. ( Jude 1:3 , NKJV) And now for something completely different. Actually, the message itself is not different, but the way I am going about it is quite different for me. First, some background. As my regular readers know, I am a Biblical Creationist ( my Weblog with Creationist messages is here ). No, I am not saying that if you are an old-earth Creationist that you are not a Christian. Nor am I saying that if you use a form of "theistic evolution" that you are not a Christian. But I do say that if you claim to believe the Bible, you end up doing some interesting eisegesis to compromise and force-fit your beliefs into what the Bible says. Evolutionism has taken such a stranglehold on modern society that it causes a great deal of confusion to ne

Whose Opinion Matters Most to You?

Some of us have been getting ridicule for taking a stand for our beliefs (Matt. 5.11-12, John 15.20-21), the most recent deliberate misunderstandings are based on voicing our beliefs on Christian modesty (if you're curious about the hate, you can see some in comments here and here) . They can continue with their vituperation, but not only will they leave reality itself unchanged, but they will have no influence on our commitment to the teachings of the Word of God. They will have to explain themselves someday (Matt. 12.36, John 5.28). Here is a song that demonstrates the standards of Bible-believing Christians , and it is also an encouragement to us. Petra has meant a great deal to me for many years, and this is another reason for it. The "video" is audio-only. Lyrics are below. "Godpleaser" Words and music by Bob Hartman Based on Prov. 14:12; Eph. 6:6; Gal. 1:10; 1 Thess. 4:1; Matt. 6:2, 25:23; Col. 3:23 So many voices telling me which way to go So many choi

Saturday Resource: Are We Making Him Known?

As Christians, are we keeping the truth to ourselves? When we meet God on Judgment Day, will we have people say, "Yes, Lord, this one led me to you"? For that matter, are we sure that we are right with God, or are we playing religious games with ourselves? Today's resource is not going to take you all that long (this time). It is about twenty minutes. You can click the link and listen to the audio, or right-click and "save as" so you can listen to it offline. It is by Dr. Charles Stanley, and it is called "Making Him Known". I sincerely hope that you will use this link and give it a listen .

Saturday Resource: Evolutionists' Assumptions

Evolutionists like Dr. Richard Dawkins speak authoritatively as if their not-even-theory were as good as fact. But building a case for naturalistic evolution is like trying to build a house in midair. No matter how solid the construction, the house will collapse without a foundation. Thus, evolutionists must assume biblical grounds to support their worldview. These biblical grounds—such as logic, morality, and uniformity—stem from the nature and power of the Creator God as revealed in the Bible. Yet evolutionists deny the Creator while resting their faulty beliefs on His foundation. By challenging their faulty basic assumptions that the laws of logic, absolute morality, and the uniformity of nature exist apart from the Creator, the Christian can prove that reasoning, absolute moral standards, and science itself must be based on the biblical worldview. Click here for the article .