Thursday, April 19, 2018

Logic and the Bible

Some people are intimidated by discussions about logic, there is no need for that. We use it all the time. Obviously, most of us do not get formal with it, we just reason our way through problems, play games, and so forth. Although logic discussions can use notations similar to those of algebra, the letters are shorthand and make sense.


Jason Lisle discusses three basic laws and how logic is biblically based.
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There are some things about logic that may seem surprising. Laws of logic are intangible, like numbers. If you write "5" or "law of identity" on a board, then erase it, the number or law does not cease to exist. Logic is actually a reflection of the mind of God, and we use it because we are created in his image. Without God, then logic, numbers, and science would be impossible! Dr. Jason Lisle explains the three main laws of logic and their biblical basis in this article.
Laws of logic are the rules of correct reasoning.  They reflect the way God thinks and the way we must think if we are to think correctly.  Laws of logic are also called “rules of inference.”  Correct reasoning can never violate a law of logic.  There are many laws of logic.  But three are considered the most basic or primary.  Let’s examine these three and how they stem from the mind of God.
I'd be much obliged if you'd read the rest. Just click on "The Biblical Basis for the Laws of Logic". Also, you may want to look at a previous post on how using logic is a moral obligation, "Logical Thinking and the Christian". If you have a notion to read up on some logical fallacies (atheists and evolutionists use these to manipulate Christians and creationists quite frequently), click on "Logic Lessons".



Thursday, April 12, 2018

Is Christianity Fading Away?

There was a time when church-going had the appearance of being respectable, even if people were insincere about their beliefs. Today, there is open contempt for Christianity, and atheists claim that their numbers are increasing. However, that is a bit difficult to tell, because sometimes not even atheists know the meaning of atheism, such as "Christian atheists". Those folks seem a mite confused, don't you think?

In addition, hardcore atheists like to claim that the increase of "nones" in surveys mean that they are "winning". Not hardly! "None" means not affiliated with a particular religion or denomination; it does not mean a rejection of God. I'll let you in on something: I left the church I was attending because of what I considered their "stealth creationism" — they believed in it, but didn't want to be "labeled". This area has apostate churches or strange gatherings, so this child is, by some measure, a "none"!

Christianity is growing despite the efforts of atheist regimes, Mohammedans, and secularists. We have received persecution, and it is on the increase. Persecution has happened from the beginning. In the United States, we've had it comparatively soft, and people have become lackadaisical in their theology.

Bible believing churches are getting stronger
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Yes, we see many church buildings in Western countries repurposed or outright closed. People are leaving mainstream liberal denominations. Why? One big reason is that young people are not given much reason to stay. That is, they are not being given answers to their questions, and their parents are not exactly being inspiring in their professions of faith. Do they talk the talk, or walk the talk? The truth is, Christianity in these here United States is still alive. Churches that practice what they preach, and teach that the Bible is true from the beginning, are thriving. We can grow, and grow stronger.
We’re used to hearing that religion is dying in America, secularization is inevitable, and that young people are leaving the faith in droves. But a new Harvard research study has great news for Christians. Previous research typically focuses on the massive increase in the proportion of people who claim atheism or ‘no religion’. But these reports generally don’t address where the decline is happening. This new research demonstrates that the decline is in ‘moderate’ religion. So it turns out that ‘religion’ isn’t dying, but the differentiation between believer and unbeliever is becoming clearer.
To read the rest, click on "Christianity in America is not dying!"



Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Those Specialized Christian Words

"Excuse me, Cowboy Bob, can you spare a moment?"

"Sure."

"I am concerned with your conduct a few moments ago. It was not consistent with some biblical principles."

"Thanks for bringing that to my attention. My sanctification in that area is rather lacking. Please pray for me."

Christians have their own specialized lingo
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People have their own specialized words and terms in various places, and sometimes they seem to be speaking a somewhat different language. A mechanic can tell you what needed to be repaired on your vehicle, the sergeant gives instructions to the troops, my wife tells me what went on in her workplace, the cowboys on the ranch discuss work that is being done, Christians can write and talk to each other, and so on. Some use "regular" words that have entirely different meanings in various contexts, some words are unique for the people involved. Most of us, even as individuals, have lingo that needs to be explained to other folks.

For Christians, the basics of salvation are simple, but it is a lifetime journey to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18). The Holy Spirit is leading, teaching, and convicting us, and the Word is absolutely essential for our growth. With that comes specialized vocabulary. 

Even definitions are important. For example, if someone says, "I believe that God is the Creator", he may not mean six-day recent creation, but instead could believe in the false teaching of "evolutionary creation". Define creation. Also, if you ask a Mormon, Jehovah's Witness, Roman Catholic, and a Southern Baptist if Christ is the only way to salvation, they would all probably answer in the affirmative. Define Christ, salvation, only way. In both examples, clear definitions can result in greatly different responses.

It is interesting to see remarks from "former Christians" (even some who have claimed to be pastors) who display no understanding of the Bible or Christian terminology. "I went to a church for years..." If that person really went, I wonder if he or she paid any attention, or if the pastor believed the Bible in the first place.

So, Bible believers do their studying and have fellowship, but have to be careful of how they address spiritual things to unbelievers. For one thing, they are unable to understand the deeper things (1 Cor. 2:14, 2 Cor. 4:4, John 8:44). However, we are commanded to spread the gospel (Matt. 28:18-20) and be ready to talk to someone who asks us (1 Peter 3:15). When that happens, we must avoid as much Christianese as we can so we don't confuse people.


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Many professing Christians are nominal, giving intellectual assent to the principles of the faith, but not having an adequate understanding of them. Dr. Jason Lisle has a very helpful article for all of us.
The Christian says, “You need to repent and trust in Jesus for salvation.”  The unbeliever responds, “Salvation from what?  Why would I need Jesus?”  The Christian then says, “You need to be born again to be saved from your sins.  Jesus is the propitiation for our sins.  His blood will atone for sin, and you can be justified and sanctified before God.  The alternative is an eternity in hell.”  The unbeliever responds, “I am basically a good person.  I don’t think a loving God would send me to hell.”

Perhaps you have heard, or even been a part of, such a conversation.  Christians have a tendency to use certain “religious” terms that are either directly from Scripture, or which are used as shorthand to describe a biblical principle (such as the ‘Trinity’).  There is nothing wrong with this.  However, it can be a problem in communicating with unbelievers.  Christians tend to assume that unbelievers understand such terms, but that is often not the case.  Even Christians sometimes misunderstand certain biblical terms.  We here examine, define, and explain some of the more important biblical terms that are helpful in understanding the Gospel.   We will include relevant verses that shed light on these terms.
I hope you'll read the rest of the article, and possibly save the link for later reference. To do either or both, click on "The Problem of Religious Language".

Friday, March 30, 2018

The Laminin Cross and Apologetics Gimmicks

The best-known symbol of Christianity, the cross, is used in merchandising, jewelry, decoration, and more. This is sometimes done by unbelievers, or people who give an intellectual assent to the truth of the gospel but do not have serious convictions about its meaning.


The resemblance of laminin to a cross is not a reason to use it for Christian apologetics
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One of those misused things is the protein called laminin. In some instances, it has a resemblance to a cross.  Some folks got all het up about it and used it as evidence for God's existence and the truth of the gospel. Some may reckon it as evidence for creation (take that, evolutionists!), but it is nothing of the kind. This is not apologetics, old son. We need to cowboy up and do some serious work for the presentation and defense of the gospel and biblical creation.


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On a related note, we had someone at The Question Evolution Project who was enthusiastic about supporting Genesis 6 and insisting that hoax pictures of "giants" were real. (Genesis 6 does not actually say giants, but they are mentioned elsewhere.) He seemed to think we were doubting God's Word, but he was using pictures that were not real and a misunderstanding of the Genesis Flood to support the Bible! 

Let's face it, too many professing Christians and creationists are more interested in captioned pictures, out-of-context Bible verses, and trite sayings than knowing what and why they believe. Some stories are cute, but are nothing more than mind candy: no nutrition, and can be harmful. We can celebrate the crucifixion of Jesus on the cross, his death, burial, bodily Resurrection, and defeat of death without degrading the message with gimmickry. We have powerful evidence, and the truth is on our side.

So, just what is this laminin thing, anyway?
Laminin, interestingly, is in the shape of a cross . . . In fact, a quick Internet search turns up multiple websites selling T-shirts, mousepads, stickers, coffee mugs, and a host of other items with a picture of the laminin protein. These items usually include a catch phrase such as “Great designers always leave their mark” or “Fingerprint of The Creator.” As a molecular biologist, I can certainly appreciate excitement concerning a protein (which really shows what a science nerd I am!), but a protein as an icon of Christianity?
To read the article in its entirety, click on "Laminin and the Cross".



Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Enoch, the Bible, and the Flat Earth

You have probably heard the story that Christopher Columbus defied the consensus of the flat earth by taking his voyage, but that is a myth. The truth is, most people believed the world was spherical, even from ancient times. Sure, there have always been a few folks who believed the world was flat, but for some reason, there has been an increase in flat earth proponents in recent years.


Some professing Christians believe in a flat earth, taking Bible verses out of context and using the false Book of Enoch
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Unfortunately, professing Christians are getting caught up in this, as well as secularists. In my opinion, some of those Christians want to feel superior to those of us who believe in the spherical earth because they really believe the Bible. But it does not teach this. Some atheists are milking the idea that the Bible teaches a flat earth in one of many efforts to misrepresent Scripture and especially biblical creation science. Kind of like when J. Edgar Hoover's enemies spread the discredited story that he was a crossdresser.

One tinhorn is doing the typical atheist thing: he found some creationists who believe the earth is flat, therefore, the Bible and creation science are wrong. But then, if I recollect rightly, logic on his planet includes square circles and married bachelors, too.


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To continue the "I'm special" belief, these professing flat earth Christians believe outrageous conspiracies, including all of NASA lying for decades, and that all science supporting the round earth is wrong or fake. Impugning the integrity of other Christians inside NASA as well as others does not seem to matter to them. But it must be true, it's on YouTube!


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Taking it further, these religious folks also take Bible verses out of context. While they're saddled up and riding the Out of Context Owlhoot Trail, they bring in extrabiblical  texts like the Book of Enoch. Some give excuses for believing it, although it has no basis to be accepted as authentic. Worse, they take parts of Enoch's supposed book out of context, sometimes even ignoring parts of verses that refute their claims. This is not exegesis, old son, this is eisegesis — and beyond.
The Book of Enoch is an important source for those who promote the notion that the earth is flat. A few portions of this rather long book teach that the earth is flat, but other passages are ambiguous about the earth’s shape. Flat earthers are selective about which portions of the Book of Enoch that they cite, because other passages clearly contradict aspects of the flat-earth model promoted today. The book of Enoch almost certainly is pseudepigraphal because there is considerable doubt that the patriarch Enoch wrote it, despite the claim within the book that he did. The Book of Enoch is not canonical. Therefore, it ought not be used to interpret Scripture, particularly in claiming the Bible teaches that the earth is flat.
To finish reading this very interesting article, click on "The Book of Enoch and the Flat Earth". For more posts and articles refuting the flat earth stuff, I assembled several of them here.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Using Secular Science to Negate Bible Miracles

There was a time when the Bible was respected as a source of history from believers and secular scholars alike, but that seems to be fading nowadays. As atheism, anti-creationism, postmodernism, and other things are ramping up, attacks on the Bible are also increasing. 


Secular researchers attempt to explain the miraculous Red Sea crossing by the Israelites through scientific means
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However, blatant attacks on the Bible by village atheists who get false information from their bigotry clearinghouses are the domain of amateurs. Many will argue from their materialistic presuppositions by asserting that miracles cannot happen, and find excuses to dismiss them individually. To get even more viperine, scoffers rely on the public's adoration of what "scientists say", then use scientific finagling to discredit miracles. This is inconsistent, since they are trying to disprove events that they claim never happened in the first place.

In this example, we have the crossing of the Red Sea by the Israelites. The analysts do not believe the Bible, but are trying to explain the miracles involved through natural means. They contradict themselves and each other, and do not take into account the source documents of Scripture.
Some secular scientists have a new strategy: instead of completely rejecting Scripture, they accept parts of it in exchange for the power to filter out God and His works, especially miracles. An example of this strategy is found in the attempt to explain the Red Sea crossing as a natural phenomenon. However, these explanations cannot explain the details of the biblical accounts or tests of self-consistency.
To read the rest, click on "The Red Sea Crossing: can secular science model miracles?"


Thursday, March 8, 2018

Legacies of Eve

Eve sinned but later had faith and hope in the promised Redeemer
Adam and Eve, Lucas Cranach, ca. 1520
Way back yonder in Genesis, God formed Eve from Adam's side and then brought her to him. It's easy to read Adam's remarks as a kind of dull speech, but take a look:
This is now bone of my bones,
And flesh of my flesh;
She shall be called Woman,
Because she was taken out of Man. (Gen. 2:23)
I have to agree with someone, I disremember who, that said Adam was making a joyous exclamation that could be heard with the excited voice when a guy says, "Allll RIIIIGHT!" Personally, I expect Eve was a hot babe. In fact, the first couple were probably the best looking folks in history — despite their depictions in classic art.

We know what happened in the third chapter of Genesis: the serpent deceived Eve by appealing to her pride (a strategy he successfully uses with humanity even today), she gave the fruit to Adam who probably watch the whole deception thing happening, death entered the world through sin. That's one legacy of Eve. Another is that Adam named his wife Eve because she would be the mother of all people (Gen. 3:20-21).

So, people may be tempted to think of Eve as a wicked woman that cause everyone a great deal of grief, and causing women to have increased pain in childbirth (Gen. 3:16). Easy to think negative things, especially when we don't read the text carefully. The Redeemer would come through her seed. Don't just stop in Genesis 3, either, since Eve shows hope and faith.
The first woman carried a lot on her shoulders—by encouraging her husband to rebel against God, she helped bring suffering and ruin upon her children and all their descendants. Yet she found hope in the same promised Seed that we all look to.

I’ve always been intrigued by Eve. She was the original “bad girl” of the Bible, and most people think of her legacy as one of sin and despair for all mankind. She has another legacy, however, one of hope in her Seed, the Jewish Messiah, Jesus Christ. Understanding Eve and how God worked in and through her gives us hope and teaches us the importance of looking to Christ.
To finish reading, click on "Eve’s Legacy—Hope Amid Despair". 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The Historicity of Noah's Grandsons

Although the Bible is a book of history and is extremely detailed in many aspects, scoffers often refuse to consider it. Why? Because it's the Bible. They are using the genetic fallacy, and insist on verification from secular sources. This has happened many times (see, for example, "Archaeology Supports the Bible"). One area that is easy to mock is the dispersal of the growing world population at Babel.


The dispersal of the clans of Noah's grandsons is well documented.
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Before the Genesis Flood, people packed a passel of years under their belts. Afterward, not so much. However, most of Noah's grandsons still managed to live a long time. Their descendants migrated, built cities, and did what many people still do today: name cities and regions after their patriarchs. The history of these folks is well established.
When Noah and his family stepped out of the Ark, they were the only people on Earth. It fell to Noah’s three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and their wives, to repopulate the Earth through the children that were born to them after the Flood. Of Noah’s grandchildren, 16 grandsons are named in Genesis chapter 10.

God has left us ample evidence to confirm that these 16 grandsons of Noah really lived, that the names the Bible gives were their exact names, and that after the Babel dispersion (Genesis 11:1-32) their descendants fanned out over the earth and established the various nations of the ancient world.
To finish reading, click on "The sixteen grandsons of Noah".



Friday, February 23, 2018

The Origin of Sin

The expected response to the question, "What was the beginning of sin", is probably when Adam and Eve at that apple. Actually, no. The Bible does not say apple, that's a bit of information for you to carry around and shine up to show people on occasion. In addition, Eve was deceived by the serpent, which was the work of Satan. For some reason, Adam chose to eat the fruit that she gave to him. Interesting to note that if Eve had been presuppositional in her approach, she would have stopped the whole thing right there by declaring that she believed God, not Satan.


Sin did not begin in Eden, but with Lucifer's pride
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If you study on it, you'll realize that the first sin was not with Adam and Eve. Instead, it was when Lucifer rebelled against God because of pride. Before that, everything was very good (Gen 1:31). This raises questions and can give material for a passel of sermons and articles, so we have to keep the subject narrow. Satan fell because of pride, and has appealed to the pride in humans to make us stumble since that day in Eden.

God the Son, our Creator (Col. 1:16, John 1:1-3), took on the form of a man to redeem us. He didn't have to, but he did so out of mercy and love. Our fallen nature prompts us to try to save ourselves, to earn our salvation, which is a gift of God (Eph. 2:8-9). We can't earn it or save ourselves, old son. We have to humble ourselves before him and receive salvation.
Often when Christians think of the first sin, they think of Adam and Eve and the Fall in the Garden of Eden. While this is indeed the first human sin, it is not the first recorded sin in Scripture. As Christians, we know that the serpent tempted Eve, but we often forget that the Devil’s fall from grace was what set the stage for humankind’s fall, both as antecedent and type.

We catch a glimpse of Satan’s fall in the following passage, prophetically directed at the king of Tyre, but in this portion, apparently meant to include someone apart from humanity (specifically referred to as a cherub) who had been in the Garden of Eden, the prophecy turns into a description of an angel, namely Lucifer:
To read the rest of the article, click on "The First Sin". You may also want to see additional articles about Satan and the fall, here.



Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Misrepresenting Jesus on the Age of the Earth

Some folks riding for the old earth brand claim to believe the Bible, but their words betray them. They have a low view of Scripture, and put atheistic interpretations of science into the magisterial position over the Word of God.


Biologos claims to believe the Bible but put atheistic interpretations of science in the magisterial position

Old Earth creationists, theistic evolutionists (TEs) and the like find ways to sidestep what the Bible clearly says. Some reinterpret the clear teachings of Scripture because they are committed to deep time views. I reckon that they have to run to the excuse mill near the Darwin Ranch when annoying facts come to light, and keep on compromising. 


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Those of us who believe what the Bible says don't have that problem.

Jaspers at the Biologos outfit have been playing fast and loose with God's Word (and siding with their atheist cohorts against biblical creationists). Sometimes, they even challenge Jesus. But he's the Creator (John 1:2-3, Col. 1:16-17), so I reckon he knows what he's talking about.
In a recent column on the BioLogos website (an organization founded to promote theistic evolution), regular contributor Ted Davis makes a vain attempt to evade Jesus’ teaching on the age of the earth. He takes issue with an argument CMI has used repeatedly—that Jesus and several New Testament authors made statements clearly indicating their belief in a young world . . . 
To give one example, Jesus said that Adam and Eve were around “from the beginning of creation” (Mark 10:6). Old-earth timescales are inconsistent with Jesus’ teaching since, according to these views, humans only arrived billions of years after the beginning.
To read the rest, click on "BioLogos misreads Jesus on the age of the earth".


Thursday, February 8, 2018

Ten Lies Satan Tells to Biblical Creationists

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

Christians who know and believe the Bible are well aware that Satan exists, and is intent on negating or even destroying the work of God. Some professing Christians see the devil behind every bush, and blame him for practically everything that goes wrong. That's not the whole story. Scripture tells us that we have two other sources of conflict: the flesh and the world. Satan will not only use his own deceitful skills, but brings the other two nonentities along to bring down a believer. In addition, we have our own lusts and sin nature, so we may very well be out of line to blame Satan too often. 

The opposite extreme is to take a pseudo-intellectual approach and pretend that Satan does not exist. A phrase attributed to French writer Charles Baudelaire has appeared in several forms and in many places, including movies: "The devil's finest trick is to persuade you that he does not exist." I'll let you study on that for a while and you can see why it would be very useful for the devil to be unacknowledged.

So, as in many other cases, there has to be balance. The devil exists, and wants to destroy us (1 Peter 5:8). Look way back at the beginning. Satan appealed to Eve on several levels in Genesis 3:6, and her own desires helped his temptation along.

I need to add that Satan is not the scary, ugly thing depicted in comic books, movies, poetry, art, the image shown below, and so forth. He is actually quite beautiful (Ezekiel 28:13-17, Isaiah 14:12-14, 2 Corinthians 11:14-15). Satan is attractive to us, which is part of the reason he is so effective.

I said all that to make it clear that this is not a treatise on spiritual warfare per se, and I hope it will be useful to the clear-thinking Christian. 


Ten lies that Satan tells biblical creationists, and not all come from atheists
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A while back, Charlie Wolcott recommended a couple of sermons by Eric Ludy, and one that stood out for me was "The Nine Lies" that Satan told to Nehemiah through owlhoots that were riding for the anti-Israel brand. I am highlighting this message for Question Evolution Day, and it is useful for biblical creationists as well as Christians in general. Clever folks probably noticed that Eric has nine lies, but my title adds a tenth lie.

I am going to draw from my own experiences in biblical creation science ministry efforts, especially The Question Evolution Project. Note that I am unaware of Mr. Ludy's views on creation, and not giving a blanket endorsement of his site, just the sermon that will be linked below.

The Israelites had seen the glory of God many times. He delivered them dramatically from their Egyptian captors, provided food and water in the desert, gave victory over their enemies many times (see the last two chapters of Joshua for their affirmations of loyalty to God). Then they kept on grumbling and forgetting God's mercies, and eventually, became subjugated by the Babylonians.

Nehemiah was the cup-bearer for King Cyrus, which was not only tasting for poison, but a position of administrative responsibility. The king graciously allowed the exiled Israelites to return to Jerusalem, and Nehemiah facilitated the rebuilding of the wall. Their enemies didn't cotton to that idea, and did their best to stop the rebuilding without violating the royal decree (Nehemiah 2:19, 4:7-9). The enemies did not realize that they were fighting against God. Be aware that a component in may of the lies, both to Nehemiah and to the rest of us, involve bullying and manipulation.


The First Lie: You cannot challenge the establishment




Biblical creationists are told that we cannot withstand the might and consensus of the heavily financed secular science establishments. People don't believe the Bible anymore in this enlightened day, so there is no point in resisting. Evolution is a fact, don'tcha know!


The Second Lie: You are too unimportant

This lie works with the first one, and we are nobodies. I have made it plain that I am a nobody and have no legacy. But I have an unregistered assault keyboard, since the web gives us reg'lar folk a chance to speak up. There are also some large creation science ministries who are supported in one way or another, especially through social media. At this writing the seventh annual Question Evolution Day is about to happen on February 12, and it has had the support of known and unknown people. Even those of us that atheists and evolutionists have decided are "unimportant" have the ability and the right to make our views known.


The Third Lie: Your accomplishments are nothing

The Question Evolution Project has less than 10,000 "Likes" on Fazebook right now, which is substantially fewer than the high-profile ministries. All creation ministries have fewer fans than atheistic entertainers and pseudo-scientists who are public figures. Dwarfing those are Pages and sites for entertainers, athletes, soft drinks, and so on. (Sciencey stuff doesn't really make the cut for a passel of people.) So what? We're being faithful to God's calling, and are not going to quit because everyone does not adore us.


The Fourth Lie: Take some time off

This child gets tired. I have a job to pay the bills, and I do creation science ministry work after hours, on vacation and holidays, and so on. At this very moment, I have eye strain. Maybe I should just take a week or two off. But I know of someone who had a ministry and got "burned out", and left it all behind with the idea of maybe coming back someday. He's been absent for years, and some people wonder if he stopped believing altogether (he says that's not the case). 

Sure, we need to take a break, but not in the midst of a major project. Large ministries have many people on staff to take up the slack when others are absent. That's fine, but the ministries themselves do not shut down. Don't be disunderstanding me, I'm not talking about relentless obsession and avoiding a short breather to care of daily life and ourselves. However, long-term delays can result in...nothing. I am thankful that I have help on The Question Evolution Project. 


The Fifth Lie: I can destroy all your work

There are some narcissistic tinhorns who make it their purpose and seek validation by attacking biblical creationists (and other Christians) on the internet. Somehow, they have decided that lying, misrepresenting, destroying, and other things are "good". How can such activities be good? Because the end justifies the means, mein Herr. They seldom engage with the actual content, and seek to destroy people. Some go so far as to misrepresent and defame us to other creationists.

I have been threatened by someone who said he was calling my workplace to have me fired because he disliked what I had said online! (Like he could just call up the head of a major international corporation who wouldn't care anyway.) Others have attacked TQEP and tried to get it taken down by Fazebook, as well as setting up fake accounts of FB Pages, creationary individuals, and so on. What would that prove? Would it prove atheism or evolutionism right? Would it mean there is no God? Not hardly! It would only prove that someone had a tantrum and sabotaged people they wanted to silence, which is censorship. Read the end of Revelation: God wins, and his people are with him.

People hate us. We cannot hide behind a watering trough, squeezing off pot-shots at bushwhackers. We have a job to do, and the results are in the hands of God. He is the one we want to glorify, after all.


The Sixth Lie: The enemy is on its way

Atheists and evolutionists like to recruit others to attack biblical creationists en masse. Usually, they reside in their holes and share ego-bolstering stories and libel about how creationists are "anti-science" and oppose "reason". Ironically, those people display little logic and a great deal of hatred for the truth of God's Word (1 Corinthians 2:14, 2 Corinthians 4:4, Matthew 12:30, Romans 5:10, Romans 8:5-6, Psalm 14:1, Proverbs 1:8, Romans 1:18-23). Misotheists have attacked God's Word for millennia, and the Bible still stands strong. We have to believe and apply it.


The Seventh Lie: You are doing this for your own sake

This is a lie that resonated in my own spirit, as I believe that not only Satan has "spoken" it to me, but also his hand puppets have said it as well. I pray that I'm seeking glory for God, not glory for Bob. But I still wonder if it is this ministry is monument to my ego. Is it an idol? Someone who threatened to destroy The Question Evolution Project ridiculed a post I had made, and apparently ignored the content (they do that). In it, I had said that TQEP is in God's hands, and that I had almost taken it down myself!

The insidious part of such an accusation for a sincere Christian is when we ruminate if it is true after all. Guess what happens? We end up focusing on ourselves instead of going about the work that we were called to do.


The Eighth Lie: Let me be your pal, I'll give you counsel, then we shake hands and part friendly



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Someone who has vowed the destruction of you or your work wants to be your friend? That'll be the day! (It's interesting that some people who have antipathy toward me, creation science, the Bible, and God himself address me like we're great buddies and co-workers riding fences together.) Atheists have invited me to be on their Podcasts, attempted to bully me into participating on forums, and other things, but I know full well that they were disingenuous at best. Secular news sources have falsely reported on major creationary ministries such as Ark Encounter. Time and again, they act all friendly like, then spin the news — Just ask Dr. Jason Lisle. No, there is no reason to take worldly counsel from enemies of God, nor to give in to their manipulative machinations.


The Ninth Lie: Danger is coming. Run away! Run away!

Similar to the Sixth and Eighth lies, this is when someone is pretending to be interested in your welfare and safety. If you've been grounded in God's Word and have been staying faithful, you should be able to spot nonsense quite easily.

Now, let's go down a side trail for a few moments. I tend to do that, don't I?

Flip back in your Bibles a few books from Nehemiah, to 1 Samuel. In the 17th chapter, we find the famous account of David and Goliath. The giant was taunting the armies of Israel. David was making a food run to his brothers in the army, and heard this blowhard. He asked, "Who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?" (I Samuel 17:26). Savvy that? He wasn't making a crude remark about man parts, but was reminding Israel that they had a covenant with the Creator, not the Philistines.

Later on, David and Goliath had words (1 Samuel 17:43-47). Goliath was taunting, but David was affirming that he was God's property and under God's protection. When it was time to commence to fighting, notice in 1 Samuel 17:48 where David ran toward that heavily-armed, armored, bravado-filled giant. And won.

Back to the main trail again.

We belong to the Creator of the universe, who died for us, defeated death by bodily rising from the grave, lives in us, and is going to take us home with him. He has the final victory, and God is sovereign. We don't run from real or imagined ministry "danger", we run toward it in full assurance! Nehemiah never wavered, he had a wall to build, and the Sanballats of his world did not prevail.


The Tenth Lie: Recent creation is not really in the Bible, it is a myth or metaphor

This is the bonus lie, and it does not usually come from atheists, but from within the church. However, there are some atheists who falsely claim to be "former Christians" (no such thing as "used to be", more like "never was") who have the arrogance to lecture us about the Bible. And they don't even believe it. They pretend to be defending "science", which is evolution, and I lack belief that most of them even understand what they are trying to proclaim. No, the bigger problem is from professing Christians who do not really believe the Bible. I have several posts that address a few of the problems:


Some people seem to think that we can wait for compromisers to use the "wisdom" of atheists to interpret what the Bible says and means. They are actually calling Jesus, Peter, Paul, Moses, and the rest dishonest or uninformed. What we really need to do is stand firm on the Word of God and in the armor described in Ephesians 6:10-18. Nehemiah had a wall to build. We have our work to do as well, despite attacks and lies from secularists and religious people.

I hope you'll listen to "The Nine Lies", free to listen online, and you can get a PDF of the sermon notes as well. If'n y'all don't want to listen at the computer, here is the direct MP3 link.




Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Seventy Weeks Prophecies

Prophecy is an important and prominent component of the Bible, and many of them were specifically and rather dramatically fulfilled already. Others are yet to happen. Many Christians are heavily involved in eschatology (end-times prophecies), and it is a fascinating subject. I'll allow that it's mighty confusing at times, however, and it is not my strongest subject. There are several different viewpoints that I will not go into here, but I'll let you know that I lean toward what is often called the Premillennial view, as I believe its proponents make the most compelling case.

The Seventy Weeks Prophecies in the Bible need detailed examination.
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I think one reason that there is different schools of thought on prophecy is that God has his own reasons for making some things hidden. Prophecies about Jesus were not known during his earthly ministry, and the fulfillments were not recognized until after his Resurrection. Also, God does not do things according to our demands. Add to this that we need to look at the historical, cultural, grammatical, biblical, and other contexts when looking at eschatology.

To add to the mix, we have the Seventy Weeks prophecy — or is that prophecies? To say that this section of Daniel is symbolic isn't worth a plugged nickle, but comfortable for liberal religious folks. Some aspects were predicted and fulfilled already. "Weeks" means "weeks of years". There seems to be a gap before the final week... Look, I'll let you read the article and see what you think.
This is one of the most amazing prophecies in the Bible. It predicted the very day that Jesus was declared to be “Messiah the King.” There are two basic interpretations, both agree that it predicts the time of Jesus’ first coming, the Futurist interpretation states that the prophecy is yet to be completed, but the Fulfilled interpretation believes that it was completely fulfilled within a few years of Jesus’ life on earth. Aspects of both interpretations will be examined, but the Futurist interpretation is the one that will be shown to be the correct view.
To finish reading, click on "The Seventy Weeks".
 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Dishonesty of Evolutionary Creationism

A few years back, some atheists wanted to change their name because of the negative connotations associated with the word atheist. One suggested term was "brights", which is fallacious because it implies that they are smarter than everyone else because they choose to reject God. That kind of whitewash will not fool people, since the negative connotations have been earned, what with the protests, persecution of Christians, trolling, and generally negative attitudes in general. Some tips given for mental health and to reduce depression is to stay away from negative people. I suggest that folks start with avoiding internet atheists.


Using evolutionary creationist instead of theistic evolutionist is deceptive as well as confusing

Similarly, theistic evolutionists have a deserved bad image because they prefer the magisterial view of secular science philosophies to the written Word of God. It's like they have their evolutionism wagon and slap a sign on the back saying "God used evolution", and that somehow validates their views. TEs often saddle up with the atheists and ride for the Darwin brand on the owlhoot trail, dry-gulching biblical creationists who have a high view of Scripture — especially regarding Genesis. (Watch TEs ridicule biblical creationists, and atheists get out of their clown car to applaud the abuse.) Some theistic evolutionists are using the moniker "evolutionary creationists". Well, that's confusing!

Like I've said many times, definitions matter (see "Science, Evolution and the New Golden Rules" for an article on this). Some atheists believe in God, and I heard one professing atheist call in to a Christian radio show saying he was a Christian because he liked some of the things Jesus said! If you study on it a spell, it makes sense that if someone claims to be a "creationist", he or she rejects evolution and affirms the Bible. Biblical creation science is odium theologicum to theistic evolutionists and old earthers.

Once again, I have to point out that yes, someone can be a Christian and believe in evolution. It is not a salvation criterion, but it does show serious compromise and ignorance of the violence such views do to the gospel message. (For an in-depth pair of articles on this, begin with "Waterless Clouds, Wandering Stars". Lots of links for additional research.)

So, people who uphold Darwinism and mix that false religion with Christianity need to read the book of Galatians. But since they are being deceptive, I doubt that they will take the Bible seriously. Really, what is someone supposed to think with a name like "evolutionary creationist"?
Anyone involved in a debate knows that definitions are important. In a debate, controlling the definitions of terms allows control of the debate’s framework and frequently determines the winner.
This lesson was on my mind when I heard about a conversation a colleague had with an evolutionist who served as a college professor in a nearby town. He is a theistic evolutionist. He believes in God and confesses faith in Christ, but believes the evidence for evolution is compelling and has been critical of Intelligent Design (at AiG, we are clear that God is the Intelligent Designer). That was why he surprised my colleague when he insisted that he too was a creationist. He even wanted my creationist colleague to agree with him that they both believed God was the creator, and therefore were both creationists.
My colleague wouldn’t do it, noticing immediately that the professor was trying to reinterpret the words creation and creationist for his purpose. 
To read the rest, click on "Can an Evolutionist Be a Creationist?"



Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Dangers of Rebellion

Those of us involved in Christian apologetics ministries are familiar with how atheists, other unbelievers, apostate "Christians" and others are in rebellion against God (see Romans 1:18-23). Rebellion is glorified in today's culture. However, God warns his people all through Scripture about rebellion. Indeed, God likens it to divination and witchcraft (1 Sam. 15:22-23)! Note that the Bible never condones rebellion.


Rebellion is never condoned in Scripture, and is devastating in churches
The Judgement of Korah, Dathan and Abiram, Maria Hadfield Cosway, 1801
How many rebellions, large or small, begin with grumbling to one another? We are warned against that, too (Prov. 11:13, Jer. 6:28, 2 Cor. 12:20). Not only does such grumbling help produce a rebellious spirit, but it shows lack of Christian love for one another. Grumblers recruit one another and the whole thing escalates, then there is discontent in the church.

I have to mention that, if you study on it, adding to God's Word is an act of rebellion. God don't cotton none to that (Rev. 22:18-19, 1 Cor. 4:6, Prov. 30:5-6). It's easy to add our opinions to Scripture, maybe it's human nature. A more systematic way is with cults like the Jehovah's Witness and Mormons who rewrite the Bible or add their own special books. Evolution and deep time are added by apostates and compromisers, since there is no legitimate way to get them out of the Bible; they must be put in first.

More serious rebellions in the church are often started by respected, prominent people. They seem to have valid concerns and act like they want to make things right, but there are often hidden motives rooted in pride. They get to yakking with one another about their dissatisfaction, and do not follow Biblical injunctions such as in Mat. 18:15-17. Then the pastor is bushwhacked by prominent people who twist Scripture in their seemingly valid claims.

I had a passel of notes on this, but I'd wind up preaching the sermon for you. Phil Johnson does a much better job, and I hope you'll spend some time hearing it. Free to download or listen online, just click on "Korah's Rebellion".


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Traits of False Teachers

Christians who are grounded in the Word, make an effort to know true doctrine, and pay attention to good teaching are most likely to spot owlhoots who want to lead people on a bad trail. Nominal Christians are at a greater risk of being swayed by false teachers. However, both kinds of professing believers need to be wary of the tactics of these types so they can avoid deception.


Just because a preacher has a Bible does not mean he is teaching the truth
The Preacher, George Harvey, 1840
Sure, a teacher can read text from the Bible, but many will use that as a springboard for interpretations and opinions that are not justified. Some will make disparaging remarks about the first eleven chapters of Genesis, which contain the basis of all major doctrines. Then they commence to insert long ages, evolution, current trends of social justice, homosexual marriage, and other aberrations. They may even cite "authorities" who base their views on other authorities, further and further from what God's Word actually says, and people end up being fed lies. Some of us encourage that nonsense! What are some signs for us to give us warning?
Jesus warned His followers of false teachers who would come and attempt “to deceive, if possible, even the elect” (Mark 13:22). We need to be aware of the techniques the Enemy uses to distract us from the truths of God and His Word. When someone tries to tickle your ears with unsound or misleading doctrine, don’t scratch. Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, your heart and mind grounded on Scripture, and “contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3).
To read the rest and learn about five techniques used by false teachers, click on "Itching Ears".