Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Darwinism and the United Methodist Church

My father was a pastor in the Untied Methodist Church (misspelling intentional) for fifty years, but for some reason, he never accepted evolutionism to my knowledge. He had liberal theology and some old-earth views, but some owlhoots in the denomination were far too liberal for his standards.

Compromise on creation leads to rejection of the authority of Scripture. The United Methodist Church is very liberal and promotes Darwinism.
Original image before modification: Wikimedia Commons / San906 (CC0 1.0)

The UMC states that it has 12 million members, so it is not surprising that members have a variety of views. (One adult Sunday School class I attended was conducted by someone who was not even a member of that church, and was thought to be an agnostic. Good church decision making there, huh?) One of the first observed problems with compromise on creation is rejection of the authority of Scripture.

Years ago, I was giving creation science presentations to churches, and one of them was a UMC. That pastor believed in biblical creation, but one old boy refused to shake my hand or even look at me after the service. While the denomination is infested with Darwinism and liberalism, it is so large that many member believe in creation. Most of those in power, however, do not.

The United Methodist Church’s opposition to both creationism and intelligent design was reviewed. It was concluded that the membership is generally in support of the creation worldview, but the high-level leadership, especially the bishops, in general, support the Darwinian worldview and oppose the creation worldview. According to its website, the church’s official policy is that all life, including humans, evolved from a common ancestor by the accumulation of mutations selected by the survival-of-the-fittest mechanism called natural selection.

 To read the rest of this paper, see "A history of the United Methodist Church’s opposition to creationism and intelligent design".

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Christmas — Relatively Speaking

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen 

For a short time, there was a series of captioned pictures often called "Unimpressed Astronaut" where the image was condescending about, for example, sky diving. There are many comparisons that people make, and getting some perspective can be a good thing at times. 

Many things are relative in comparison. The birth of Jesus, God the Son in the flesh, is unique. False gods have nothing like it.
Adoration of the Shepherds, Giorgione, ca. 1505

We had the winter's first serious cold spell, reaching low temperatures of two degrees Fahrenheit (almost minus 17 Celsius). It was cold for us, especially since winter did not hit our area all that hard until the week of December 17, 2020. People in Montana and other states would be saying, "That's cute". So would many in Canada, eh? Or Siberia, such as in this two-minute video:

So, some things that may seem like a big deal to one person are not all that impressive to another. Indeed, what is considered poverty level in these here formerly United States is almost luxurious to poverty in places like India — relatively speaking.

Postmodern philosophy uses relative morality, which is self-refuting. Indeed, the apostle Paul slapped down the idea of people comparing themselves with each other (2 Cor. 10:12). It is not uncommon to have misotheists say, "I'm a good person. I don't do this or that, and I've done all these wonderful things...and I'm better than a lot of Christians!" Assuming that the professing atheist (who was lying earlier in a comments section) was being honest, so what?

Original image: Unsplash / Jared Rice

When a misotheist accuses a creationist of "lying about evolution", ask why, if that is true, would it be wrong according to an atheistic worldview. After all, we're just bundles of chemicals, meat machines, doing what biology dictates. We're doing what we think improves our survival and comfort. The atheist is actually appealing to an ultimate standard and is not being consistent with a postmodernist or materialist "truth is relative" philosophy!

On a superficial level, people say that gods have powers above mere mortals, then equate Yahweh with those other ones. Not hardly! Look at mythology and see that those gods were capricious, spiteful, lusted after humans, deceivers, and more. For the most part, they didn't care about humans who were simply trifles for their amusements.

There is nothing relative about the importance of Christmas, and nothing like it in mythology, either. God the Son humbled himself and left his glory behind, humbling himself and taking on the form of a man. Mary the virgin conceived and gave birth to Jesus. His humiliation went further, to death on the cross. He was bodily raised in glory three days later, and he sent the Holy Spirit to indwell believers. We are waiting for his return and the blessed hope, not an eternal dirt nap. No mythological gods had anything like that to offer. Neither does the hopelessness of atheism.

Nothing relative about it, nothing remotely similar with any of those false gods. They don't love us, nor do they want our repentance. It's simple, because they don't exist. We have excellent reasons to celebrate Christmas!

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Genesis Flood was Global

Pardon the awkward title, but Blogger, a property of the leftists at Google, was not allowing the previous one to publish. Since they keep destroying my work now, I keep backing it up so I can eventually post something. Even if I have to change titles and publishing times.

There are professing Christians who believe that the Genesis Flood was a local event. Worse, some say it was allegorical. Mayhaps they were not taught well, have not seriously read the Bible — or fully believe it. Denying the global Flood has serious repercussions.

Professing Christians who believe the Genesis Flood was mythical, allegorical, or local have serious problems to address. Biblically, none are options.
Credit: Pixabay / Jeff Jacobs

To be blunt, by denying the global Flood, they not only have a problem with biblical authority, they are also calling God a liar. It is referenced several times in Scripture. Bible authors under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit affirmed the global Flood, as did Jesus who is God the Son. If they were mistaken or dishonest, professing Christians have serious problems with who to trust for their salvation.

It is clear that the Flood was global, even without in-depth studies of Hebrew and Greek words. In addition, we see that the Noachian Flood was catastrophic. An explanation of the original languages is helpful in this area, but again, much can be learned by reading the Bible. Creation science emphasizes what is observed in geology. When old-earth assumptions are stripped away and the evidence is seriously considered from a Flood geology standpoint, things make a great deal more sense than an allegorical, mythical, or local Flood.

I have had the privilege of speaking on creation and evolution in 35 countries, and I have found that most Christians have never considered the biblical and scientific evidence that Genesis 1–11 is literal history and teaches that the creation is only about 6000 years old. I have also found that most Christians accept the claim made by the scientific majority that the earth is billions of years old. I have further found that whether Christians accept the millions of years or not, the vast majority have never considered Noah’s flood and its relevance to the question of the age of the earth.

To read the rest of this informative article, see "Noah’s Flood: a Historical, Global Catastrophe".

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There are professing Christians who believe that the Genesis Flood was a local event. Worse, some say it was allegorical. Mayhaps they were not taught well, have not seriously read the Bible — or fully believe it. Denying the global Flood has serious repercussions.


Thursday, December 10, 2020

Secular Truth and Biblical Morality

One of the purposes of presuppositional apologetics is to prompt people to consider their own worldviews and assumptions. Angry misotheists have told me that creationists are lying about evolution, so I ask them if that was true, what would be wrong with it?

Secularists attempt to inoculate people with their versions of truth to make them immune to contrary information. Such a worldview is incoherent.
Original image source: Unsplash / Jared Rice
Responses to questions like that invariably involve changing the subject and attacking me, distraction, circular reasoning, or even outright refusal to answer the question. Evolution is a cornerstone for atheism, so if we were lying, we would be doing that with the view that it brings us happiness and helps our survivability.

Also seen are comments on posts that show scientific geological reasons to believe in the Genesis Flood, but atheopaths refuse to actually read the material and ridicule biblical creationists. In essence, we're wrong because atheism. This is based on hardcore presuppositions of deep time and naturalism.

As Dr. Greg Bahnsen, Dr. Jason Lisle, and others have stated, "Atheism is incoherent and lacks the preconditions of human experience". Only biblical Christianity can provide a consistent worldview, including morality and ethics. When a secularists complain about something they consider wrong or immoral, they have to stand on the biblical worldview. After all, according to naturalism, we are just bundles of chemicals and there is no right or wrong!

Refusal to consider evidence that disputes someone's narrative is contrary to science. If evidence is wrong, show us why instead of labeling creationists as "science haters" and global warming skeptics as "climate deniers". We have some tinhorns that want to essentially vaccinate us with their beliefs so we will resist facts that may turn out to be true and their narrative proven false. This includes the Wuhan COVID-19 narratives.
How does a materialist gain the right to combat misinformation from a Darwinian process?

There’s a lot of talk about vaccines right now as medical researchers race to test one that works against SARS-CoV-2. Gayathri Vaidyanathan, speaking in a news feature in PNAS, is looking for another vaccine: “Finding a vaccine for misinformation.”

It’s a worthy goal to combat lies. Vaidyanathan, a science writer who specializes in sustainability science, distinguishes between mis-information, which involves not knowing the truth, and dis-information, which involves the intentional spreading of falsehoods. In this age of rapid social media, both are certainly problems. Readers must be on guard everywhere.

I really hope you're read the rest of this at "Fact-Checking Requires Biblical Morality".


Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Poor Excuses for Rejecting Creation

So often with various kinds of conversion experiences where people get all worked up about something — then the excitement cools. Books are untouched on the shelves, no interest in lectures (videos or otherwise), but they have a smattering of knowledge.

When encountering people who claim to be former creationists, their arguments are usually weak and show their lack of knowledge. We must be ready.
Image source before modification: Pixabay / Spencer Wing
This is especially sad when someone believes in Jesus Christ but then falls away (Matt. 13:18-23). In a similar way, someone can become excited about biblical creation science but get discouraged and distracted by philosophies, intimidated by militant atheists, harassed by college professors, teased by friends, and so on.

There are some who claim to be "former creationists" that have saddled up to ride with the Old Earth brand (or even with professing atheists), but when they have discussions with knowledgeable creationists, it is discovered that they only had superficial knowledge of biblical creation science.

Worse, their theology (which is intertwined with it) is also frequently weak. They repeat boilerplate objections, and sometimes mix bullets in their chamber: mythology, atheism, evolution, old-earth pseudoscience, philosophy, and more. We are often subjected to ill-conceived opinions and prejudicial conjecture. All of these are intended to justify their rebellion against the authority of God's Word.

The article linked below seems as if we are joining a conversation after it began, and we are getting a reply. Several subjects are touched on here, and I suggest that you read it not only for the individual segments, but the overall part about how skeptics do not do their homework, and it is important that we do ours. Primarily, stay in the Word and get good biblical teaching. Second, keep up with what is happening in creation science, which also keeps us informed about evolution and fake science news.

Take a look at "Theology made me reject creation", if you will.


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