Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Gospel and Noah's Ark

People who have little understanding of the Bible or have a low view of the authority of Scripture tend to wave off the first eleven chapters of Genesis. Regular readers have seen how a rejection of creation leads to errors all the way to Revelation, and the same thing happens when denying the Genesis Flood. What about the claim that the Flood was only local? That may seem to be a nice compromise with those who believe in long ages, but that's the opposite of the truth.

Genesis Flood was not a local event
Credit: Freeimages / Christian Carollo
I have pointed out one simple problem with people using the loco local Flood scenario. Peter discussed the global Flood (2 Peter 2:5, 3:6) and compared it to the coming Judgement by fire (2 Peter 3:7). So, if the Genesis Flood was only local, will the Judgement by fire also be just a local event? Not hardly!

More than that, the Ark is a type of Christ. When limiting the Flood, the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross is also being limited.
About 1,656 years after the creation of the world, God destroyed all humans, except for eight on the Ark that Noah built, and all air-breathing land animals (except those on the Ark) in a great global judgment. Many marine creatures were also destroyed—some 95 percent of all fossils found are the remains or impressions of creatures that once lived in the sea. We see evidence of this deluge all over the earth, including on the highest mountains. Mt Everest has marine fossils at its peak.
To read the rest and learn the significance, click on "Noah’s Ark and salvation — Another reason the Flood could not have been local".
 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Unmasking the "Holy Ghost" Movie

Unmasking the fraudulent, demonic, deceptive Holy Ghost movie

This post could be subtitled, "Why Unbelievers Hate Christians, Part 4", and is another that will probably cost me some friends. Don't that just take the rag off the bush, standing up for truth and getting professing Christians into a lather? It happened before, and it'll happen again because I seek to please God, not men, which makes me think of Galatians 1:10.

Did you know that most Americans who call themselves Christians are actually functional heretics? While this kind of news is very sad, it is also not surprising. In my experience, especially online, there are many people who profess to be Christians but have a very low view of Scripture, and very little working knowledge of it. Yet, they claim to believe it. When people fall in to deception, disregard for scriptural authority as well as biblical illiteracy are key factors.

 I run across all sorts of people while administering The Question Evolution Project. I'll see some who claim to be Christians because they liked the Son of God miniseries, the Holy Ghost movie, and some other dubious religious things (including Pages run by cultists). If I say that people like Creflo Dollar, Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyere, and others preach a false gospel, they get on the prod. Well, if those folks had some spiritual knowledge and discernment, they wouldn't be following false teachers in the first place, would they? Also, I suspicion that TQEP loses followers because we uphold the inerrancy and authority of Scripture, which doesn't set well with modern churchians. They prefer feelings and experience over the written Word of God, and such things are a distraction from the truth.

Why would unbelievers hate us over the Holy Spirit? Because too many professing Christians are gullible and think that acting in an uncontrolled ecstatic manner is somehow the way God works (1 Cor. 14:33). Very often, hateful atheists will find instance of people being nutty for Jesus, and then overgeneralize that such behavior is typical of Christians.

I have to be direct here. Such people need to repent, get into the Word, and renounce false teachers. More importantly, they need to examine themselves and see if they are really saved. Don't be gambling eternity on the desire to have good feelings.

Which brings me to the purpose of this post. The Holy Ghost movie is something that should cause Christians to weep because of the deceptions involved. Instead, demonic activity is cheered by people who claim to believe the Bible. (It received high marks from the Dove Foundation, which detracts from their credibility in my eyes.) If you're willing to learn the truth about this spiritual thimblerig, I have a something well worth your time.

On the "Fighting for the Faith" podcast, Pastor Chris Rosebrough spent about an hour on the Holy Ghost movie. He also embedded a video on how someone can set up a con that has all the appearances of a modern "move of the Spirit" that have nothing to do with the real Holy Spirit. This video is not from a Christian source and contains a bit of profanity, but is extremely enlightening. For the podcast and link to the video (both are free, and the podcast can be downloaded), click on "Debunking the Holy Ghost Movie". Rosebrough's podcast set up in an audio-only video format is here. I pray that you will listen carefully, and get into the Word. This is not the time for Christians to be dallying and playing at spirituality when faithfulness to God's Word is essential — as is proper discernment.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Christian and Greek Mythology

Many people are fascinated by ancient Greek mythology, which can be seen by the numerous volumes about the subject and various works of fantasy fiction that make their way onto the big screen. Although it appears that few if any people still believe in what were called gods and goddesses of Greece, that culture is still represented in today's Western world.

Artemis (Roman: Diane) credit: Wikimedia Commons / Marie-Lan Nguyen
Some jaspers say that the Bible is just mythology, like the Greeks, Romans, and others had. I wonder if they've ever read the mythologies and seriously read the Bible. When I was younger, I thought maybe they were just representatives of principles, but no, people did worship them. Those tinhorns in mythology were capricious, petty, deceitful, cannibalistic, and just plain unpleasant in many ways. Powerful forces of nature were attributed to them, as were other facts of daily life. We get diluted mythology stories, but if you get into mythology that is more direct, well, some of that stuff is brutal. Those characters received fanatical devotion, as is seen in Acts 19:28, Acts 17:16-34, and other places. There's no valid comparison of mythology to the Bible, which is written as history.

Evolution is an ancient Greek philosophy. (Actually, many Greek philosophies and religious practices were taken from Egypt, India, and other places.) Their false deities are a part of creation and evolution, while God transcends his creation. The Christian needs to realize that what we believe about the one true God and creation are extremely important today.
Greek mythology—the story-rich religion of the ancient Greek people—is familiar to most of us today. The names and antics of its gods, demigods, heroes, and assorted mortals enrich our language, art, and culture. The Apollo space program was named for the Greek god of archery, light, poetry, and music. The entrance to the US Supreme Court building is adorned with Themis the Greek goddess of law and justice, often called by her Roman name Justicia (or Lady Justice). Nashville, Tennessee, the Athens of the South, boasts a full-scale replica of the Parthenon. The original Parthenon, the primary temple of Athena, is in the ancient Greek city Athens, which was named for its patron goddess. Pandora’s box, the Golden Fleece, Achilles’ heel, Zeus’s lightning bolts, Hermes the winged messenger, Prometheus with his gift of fire to man, Titans battling the Olympian gods, the heroic adventures of Heracles (Hercules), the Trojan horse, and Homer’s feuding gods and goddesses—these are just a few images, phrases, and well-known tales drawn from Greek myths and related stories.
To read the rest, click on "Greek Mythology and the Gospel of Jesus Christ: What Can We Learn?"
 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Yes, Genesis is History

Something I keep stressing is that the Bible is God's Word, and true from the very first verse. There are people who, for various reasons, want to compromise and say that the Bible is true, but not the early chapters of Genesis — those have to be interpreted in light of the ever-changing whims of man-made science philosophies. Can't be believing in creation, can we? Yes, yes we can.

Sunset over clouds on Lake Superior, credit: Freeimages / Archbob
Why would they compromise? If you study on it, there are several possible reasons. One is that they are ashamed of God. Another is because they are more interested in what other people think of them rather than what God thinks. Many learn bad theology from liberal teachers. I reckon the most likely reason is that they have not really thought things through (which may stem from not being grounded in the Word). Capitulating on the opening chapters of Genesis leads to theological horse trading throughout the Bible, and undermines the gospel message. Genesis was written as history, old son, and the rest of Scripture treats it that way.
Ever had someone tell you, ‘You’re missing the whole point! The purpose of Genesis is to teach that God is our Creator. We should not be divisive over the small details. Genesis teaches the theological truth of “Who?” and “Why?” not about the “How?” and “When?”’ Or else they say that the Bible is a book for faith and morality, not history.

An obvious answer is, why should we trust Genesis when it says God created if we can’t trust it on the details? After all, Jesus told Nicodemus, ‘I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things?’ (John 3:12). So if Genesis can’t be trusted on an earthly thing, such as Earth’s age, the sequence of creative acts upon it, or the Flood that covered it, then why trust it on a heavenly thing such as who the Creator was? Also, if Genesis 1 were merely meant to tell us that God is creator, then why simply not stop at verse 1, all that’s necessary to state this?

However, the critic has overlooked something even more important—Genesis is written as real history. This is why the rest of the Bible treats the events, people and time sequences as real history, not parables, poetry or allegory.
I hope you'll read the rest of this important article. Just click on "Genesis: Bible authors believed it to be history".