Friday, January 27, 2017

Biblical Creation Does Not Hinder Evangelism!

One of the signs of the end times that Jesus warned us about is that the "love of many will grow cold" (Matt. 24:12 HCSB), due to the increase of false teachers and other things. I believe this applies to the disdain that many people have for God's Word, and the blatant compromise from various old Earth, "progressive creationist", and especially from theistic evolutionists. (Many TEs, I am persuaded, are actually Deists because of their low view of Scripture and their vicious temperament toward biblical creationists.) Love for Scripture, and a straightforward reading of it, has grown cold for them.


Theistic evolutionists and other old Earth proponents spread the falsehood that biblical creation interferes with evangelism, therefore, we should compromise on God's Word. The linked article shows why this is ridiculous.
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Unfortunately, too many professing Christians succumb to the minatory threat of ridicule; they don't cotton to looking like "science deniers" or "stupid" in the eyes of those who hate God. So, they compromise with long ages and even with theistic evolution. TEs often link arms with atheists in their ridicule of biblical creationists, and it is often difficult to determine whether an argument is being presented by a TE or an atheopath. One falsehood that old Earth proponents present is that biblical creation hinders evangelism, so it's best to go with materialistic interpretations of science. Not hardly! (They show a glaring inconsistency by wanting to allow what "science says" about history, but still claim to believe that Jesus rose from the dead, which is contrary to secular science views as well.) Here is a "feedback" article that responds to some challenges, the first by a TE, the second from an atheist.
First, Matthew P, a Christian evolutionist from the UK asserts that young-earth creation is harmful to evangelism. Dr Jonathan Sarfati shows the opposite, and explains the baneful consequences to the Gospel of denying its foundation in Genesis. Then NH, an atheist from the US, hurls elephants about science and asserts that God deceived us and set up Adam and Eve to fail. Dr Sarfati explains some of the science and why God did NOT entrap the first couple.
To finish reading, click on "Biblical creation impedes evangelism? Plus yet another uninformed atheist".

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Creation and the Names of God

Nowadays, a person's name is simply a means of identification, perhaps only having significance for the family of a child ("You were named after your great uncle") but little more. Way back yonder, names carried deeper meanings. Just take a look in the Bible, especially the Old Testament, and you'll see that names were not casual (such as Gen. 5:29, Ex. 20:10).


There are different names for God in the first two chapters of Genesis. Some people use this as an excuse to deny the divine inspiration of Scripture. Let's take a closer look at what's happening.

There are people who will react to anthropomorophizing God (assigning human attributes to him) in the Bible, such as arguing against the Bible's divine inspiration because God is described as having eyes, arms, hands, and so on. That's a cheap excuse. Something a mite more interesting, however, is the use of God's names in the Bible. He has several names, and the creation account uses more than one name for God. To some people, this indicates that there were several unnamed and unknown authors, others ignore common sense and claim that there are two contradictory accounts of creation. It's really not that difficult, especially when you ride this trail with a guide.
In Biblical times a person’s name had deep significance and was often an expression of his or her origin, character or destiny. There are many terms for God in the Bible, all having special meaning or significance. Even the first book, Genesis, uses different terms, for very good reasons, as we shall see.
To finish reading, click on "What’s in a name? — The terms for God in Genesis 1 and 2: no contradiction!"


Friday, January 13, 2017

Adam, Eve, and the Created Roles

Some folks don't cotton to God's plan for man and woman back in Genesis and elsewhere in Scripture, so they resent it and even rebel. Sometimes we hear things like, "Girl power!", as if women feel they have been made subservient to men. I'll allow that societies have treated women as second-class citizens, especially Mohammedan cultures, but that's not the way God planned it.


God created distinct roles for men and women. This does not mean one sex is "better" than the other, and a proper understanding of God's plan back in Genesis clarifies many things.
Background image: Adam and Eve in Worthy Paradise, Peter Paul Rubens, 1610-1615 (cropped)
There are roles that have been assigned, and this even applies in the Trinity itself. We see various roles in our daily lives: my supervisor is someone I need to obey, but that does not make her a better person than I am, it's just the way the job is structured. Unfortunately, men have abused Bible passages to force women to submit in a way contrary to God's Word and design. Men and women are different, there's no getting around that. Men are better at some things than women, and vice versa. A proper understanding of the hows and whys of creation puts things in proper perspective.
You only have to look at the starry sky or a butterfly’s wings to see evidence of our Creator’s design. God’s indelible imprint exists on all of His creation. Yet one aspect of creation, His crowning work, is worthy of special study: the making of man and woman, which the Creator pronounced “very good” (Genesis 1:31). The psalmist exclaims, “When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have ordained, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet” (Psalm 8:3–6).

Understanding God’s design for males and females is central to understanding His plan for our lives. The modern confusion regarding gender identities shows the devastation that can result from ignoring God’s perspective. The Bible provides specific, clear, and abundant guidance on the noble purpose for each sex from the very beginning.  
To read the rest, click on "A Match Made in Heaven". 

 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Seeking Belief Challenges

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

No, I'm not the one seeking challenges for my beliefs. Someone was asking what people read that challenge their "deeply held beliefs". The inquirer (who shall remain unidentified as well as my source) does not want to be pigeonholed as someone who believes because he or she was told to believe, and commenced to reading books by atheists. Other folks chimed in and said it was a good idea.


Some professing Christians think they need to seek out challenges to their beliefs. That is not how faith works.
Image credit: Freeimages / Stephen J. Sullivan
Before I continue, ever have a situation where you explained something correctly, then found out that the person receiving the explanation didn't need it? That's how I feel here. What I'm about to say is valid, but I don't know if the one doing the asking even needs this information, but I'm doing it for someone who may need it. Hope that makes sense.

Why seek out challenges to your faith? A Bible-believing Christian gets those on a regular basis from temptations, media, social media, friend, family, atheists, evolutionists, compromisers, cultists, and so on. Keeping on a good spiritual walk is challenging, and we need to seek out God on a daily (even hourly) basis. 

"But the only way you'll learn is by reading stuff by people you don't agree with, Cowboy Bob!"

That may be true in philosophy, politics, peripheral matters of Christian doctrine, and so forth, but not when it comes to salvation and the development of faith. Our source for life and thinking is the Bible, and there's nothing in there that tells us to seek out enemies of God to build ourselves up. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV tells us that Scripture is God-breathed to equip us for every good work. Further, we are indwelt and guided by the Holy Spirit (John 14:17, Acts 1:8, 1 John 4:15, Romans 8:15-17, Ephesians 5:25), and are to dwell on good things (Jude 1:20-21, Philippians 4:8). Paul did not rely on clever arguments and lofty words, but on the power of God (1 Corinthians 2:1-5).

We have no need of their philosophies, which are harmful (Colossians 2:8), and they are enemies of God (Romans 3:10-12 and Romans 5:10, John 8:44). Further, Scripture calls them fools נָבָל (Psalm 14:1), which denotes moral deficiency. Don't disunderstand, that doesn't mean that they are necessarily stupid people (although I can point out some amazingly stupid atheopaths), and some unbelievers are brilliant in their own realms. However, their pursuits and affections are in opposition to God's ways (Psalm 10:4, Romans 8:7, Colossians 1:21).

Is this "I don't want people to think I'm a Christian just because I was told to be one" attitude based on pride? There's no reason to be remotely interested in what unbelievers say or think about why we became Christians. More importantly, I wonder this individual wants to say that he or she reasoned into the Kingdom by weighing the evidence and making a decision for Christ. Doesn't happen that way, old son. We are not saved by human reason, but by faith, and we are regenerated (Ephesians 2:8-9, 2 Corinthians 5:17, 1 John 5:12). It is spiritual, which is something atheists deny. Faith is by the grace of God. A reader who does not understand this may not actually be saved (see "How to Become a Christian").

Someone who is not grounded in the Word and spends time reading worldly philosophy, especially by those who actively hate God, can become confused and abandon the faith — if there was a commitment to Christ in the first place (1 John 2:19). All Christians need to spend time in the Word, prayer, and receive solid biblical teaching. There are people who are built up in the faith and have the support of other believers who research false teachings, evolution, atheism, and so on in order to refute them. Those are called to apologetics ministries, and are not doing it to impress others. 

Let's take the approach that someone is reading this and has a problem with both pride and is actually unsaved. I implore you to carefully consider what I have written, and especially the Word of God. Are you truly born from above, or playing at Christianity? If the latter, please repent and make Jesus Christ the lord of your life today. Otherwise, we all need to exercise caution on what we put into our minds, and spend time on the things of God, not the haughty scribblings and vain philosophies of those who are opposed to God.