Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Bad Thinking about the Pre-Flood World

As regular readers have noticed, the Christian worldview makes sense of what is seen in the world. Logic, science, mathematics, and other necessary but intangible things are impossible without God. It is often easy to dismantle spurious arguments from professing atheists, but Christians are called to a higher standard.

Christians have the foundation for reason and science, and the responsibility to use them properly. Dr. Jason Lisle shows a Christian his many errors about the Genesis Flood..
Deluge (II) by Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis, 1904

A professing Christian decided to slap leather with Dr. Jason Lisle regarding the lengths of the days before the Genesis Flood and why days are longer now. It did not go well. The challenger acted like an atheist in several ways by using logical fallacies, uninformed conjectures, exceeding what was written in the Bible — and lying. Dr. Lisle corrected him with Scripture, reason, and mathematics. This guy, like atheists, seemed to resent being kept on topic.

We here examine some assertions made by Troy, a young earth creationist who has made some very unorthodox claims about conditions before the Genesis flood.  He believes that the length of a day was much shorter before the flood, only 18 to 20 hours per day, and that the flood somehow changed this.  As errors go, this is a fairly mild one, and there is nothing heretical or theologically damaging about such a speculation. But the way in which Troy attempted to defend his conjectures involved serious errors in reasoning, in science, and in biblical interpretation.  And these are the same kinds of errors that often lead to bad theology and even heresy.  It is crucial that Christians “accurately handle the Word of Truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).  And sometimes the best way to learn to reason properly, and to interpret the Scriptures correctly, is to see how someone else fails to do these things properly.  Thus, by examining Troy’s many errors, we can become better thinkers, and more accurately handle the Word of Truth.

This continues in a pair of rather long articles. (You may want to see mine, "How to Deal with Long Posts and Videos".) What appears above is continued in "Faulty Speculations on the Pre-Flood World: Part 1", and there is another, "Faulty Speculations on the Pre-Flood World: Part 2".

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Bad Science, Bad Theology, and Grasshoppers

Unbelievers often look for any excuse to mock the Bible, thinking that if they can find a meaningful error, the entire Bible is wrong. (That is the fallacy of composition.) One of these alleged errors is when Moses wrote that grasshoppers were four-legged insects. Waitaminnit!

Scoffers claim the Bible has errors, often misquoting verses or taking them out of context. One claim is that Moses said grasshoppers have four legs.
Credit: Unsplash / Natália Dudás
Scoffers as well as honest enquirers find something that seems wrong at first glance, but resourceful people tend to dig deeper instead of using superficial readings to "settle" the matter. (Skeptics try to find alleged contradictions, but those are easily dispatched.) Sometimes it's a matter of the scoffer misquoting a verse.

We have frequently considered context here, and there are several ways consider that:
  • The immediate context of the verses above and below the one in questions
  • Larger context, including chapters
  • Context including other books of the Bible
  • Historical and cultural contexts
  • Linguistic context
  • Science (some owlhoots have complained about the Bible not using scientific classifications that would not be invented for centuries)
Most people should be able to take care of things by checking if a verse is quoted accurately (including the wording of the King James compared to modern translations). Commentaries and online searches from reliable Bible-believing sites can help a great deal.

In the matter of Moses allegedly writing in Leviticus 11:20-23 that a grasshopper has four legs, well, no. A closer reading, plus a basic knowledge of science, is helpful. Grasshoppers have six legs, but the condition is based on how they use their main four legs.
The secular world blasts and bombards students everywhere—as it does all of us—with the false claim that science (an all-too-often-misrepresented term) somehow proves the holy Bible is unreliable on scientific topics. Trumpeting such disparagements, secular platforms taunt Bible believers. No surprise there—this is what Peter and Paul predicted: “scoffing” by ungodly unbelievers (2 Peter 3:3) and “science falsely so called” (1 Timothy 6:20, KJV).

But how do you face and fend off pseudo-intellectual bluff-and-bluster bullying? By carefully studying what God actually said in Scripture (Acts 17:11). So-called clashes between Scripture and science routinely reduce to sloppy science, sloppy theology, or both.

You can read the full article after the jump (heh!) at "Grasshopper Apologetics: No Need to Get Jumpy".

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

All Education is Religious!

It may come as a shock to many people, but all education is religious in nature. If you commence to cognating on it, everyone has a worldview. It is formed through the values and presuppositions that we use to make sense of the big questions in life. People who teach operate from their worldviews.

Secular education is not neutral, and your child is indoctrinated in atheistic naturalism. Christian teachers and parents have a tough row to hoe.
Modified from a photo at Freeimages, original from Jeramey Jannene
Studying on it further, we see that worldviews are religious in nature. Some people claim that secular means neutral, but that is not the case: it is impossible to be neutral. It has been clearly demonstrated that secular schools are most definitely not neutral. They are, in fact, operating from atheist naturalism and even persecute Christian teachers who oppose anserine values.

In an interesting twist, this indoctrinator maintains that so-called "neutral" science is anything but. She is unhappy about "science" that may omit things that she perceives to be "facts", but are actually leftist and atheistic propaganda points! Gotta include those in "education", you betcha!

Christian parents have a tough row to hoe. In the formerly United States, children are under the control of secularists for several years. It takes a great deal of work and guidance to counteract anti-Christian and anti-creation indoctrination that is done through prime hours of each day. Parents have less time, and most certainly should not leave teaching to the church and Sunday School.

One alternative is Christian schooling, but those need to be carefully vetted because some are CiNO (Christian in Name Only), and are expensive. Another alternative is homeschooling. However, there are some insidious curricula (such as the one discussed in these links), so discernment is necessary. We need to make use of the time available to us with wisdom, discretion, and prayer.

According to National Center for Education Statistics, the range of days that states mandate for in-class instruction for kindergarten through 12th grade is 160–180 days per year. Taking the average of the range, that gives us 170 days/year or 2,210 days for 13 years of K–12 education, not including preschool. . . .

Your son or daughter will learn biology, grammar, algebra, history, art, physical education, sports, social skills, geography, and many other useful things. But underlying whatever education your child receives is a worldview. A worldview is a lens through which your children will look at the world. It addresses origin, morality, meaning, and destiny among other areas. The worldview in the education they absorb, either directly or subtly, becomes the foundation for the rest of their life. And this worldview, by its nature, is religious.

I hope you'll read the full article. It is found at "Christian Education vs. Public School".

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Video Miniseries: UFOs, Aliens, and Genesis

There is a four-part miniseries by biblical creationist Ian Juby that originally aired on the Miracle Channel in North Texas — I mean, Canada — and when it became available on his Wazooloo YouTube channel, I shared the episodes on The Question Evolution Project. The episodes are about half an hour each, so I wanted to do this post and make the links convenient.

The UFO / AEP sightings have increased in recent years, and respected people are discussing them. Ian Juby has an excellent video miniseries on this.
Title added to a screenshot from one of the videos. Used without permission.
For a long time, flying saucers or unidentified flying objects were considered the stuff of someone who was crazy as a loon. While there were legends of aerial phenomena long ago, it took off (heh!) in about the 1950s. While some were hoaxes, mistakes, and occasional insanity, not all can be easily dismissed.

Reporter and radio announcer commenced to doing some investigating, and I remember reading his 1966 book Flying Saucers — Serious Business (which Amazon is disingenuously marketing as a 2017 publication, fifty years after Edwards died). In this book and others back then, space aliens and their craft had disparate manifestations. While the vessels are still recalcitrant to uniformity, it seems that the alleged occupants have settled into the elongated shapes that are reported today.

Reports of strange craft and entities have been greatly increasing in recent years (probably due to global warming). Although respectable people in the past admitted to seeing UFOs (now in the formerly United States, called UAP), it is becoming commonplace:

"You see that alien thing last night, Luke?"

"Nope, missed that one, Wyatt. Did I tell ya about that big 'un me and my pals saw last month?"

People from all walks of life, and many in very respectable (and responsible) positions are discussing them.

An unpleasant aspect is abductions. While there were stories fifty years ago about going on board a flying saucer, modern abductions are traumatic for people. They are not just, "We'll drop you off here" events. Victims often have repeated encounters. Interestingly, "walk the talk" Bible-believing Christians can stop them in their tracks by calling out to Jesus. That smacks of demonic activity, old son, not technologically advanced and "more highly evolved" life forms. Indeed, they speak against Jesus and the Bible, and push evolution. 

Barry McGuire nailed it back in 1978.

Enough of the introduction. I'd take it mighty kindly if you'd watch these four videos. Mr. Juby explains that some technology of aircraft that has been the subject of experimentation, the rise in popularity, how some UFO investigators are very uneasy about what's happening. More than that, there is an important spiritual aspect, and even how the whole shootin' match ties in with the creation-evolution controversy! Also, I recommend the book and movie of Alien Intrusion. Ian also recommends this book.

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