Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Denying Genesis Compromises the Gospel

Perhaps, as some tinhorns claim, those who deny Genesis and recent creation try to appear moderate or reasonable. After all, science has proven that evolution happened and that Earth is billions of years old, right? Not hardly! Such antics are expected from those who ride for the atheism brand, but it is not fitting for professing Christians to do so.


Compromising on the clear meaning of creation in Genesis not only negatively affects the gospel, but also the rest of the Bible.
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People who have little or no understanding of theology, even though they may have attended a church, often reject the plain reading of Genesis because evolution. Because uniformitarianism. Because science. Because they want to look intelligent in the eyes of enemies of God. Because rejection of biblical authority. People also compromise because their church leaders are liberal in their theology or have not bothered to think through how Genesis affects the gospel message. While Christians need to understand God's Word, their leaders have a great deal of responsibility. Indeed, compromise has a domino effect that goes all the way to Revelation!
Most of us are familiar with politicians who obfuscate simple questions with complex political answers. Who can forget Bill Clinton’s “It depends upon what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is”? Unfortunately, obfuscation exists in the realm of theology as well. God may not be “a God of confusion” (1 Corinthians 14:33), but there are scores of biblical scholars, theologians, and pastors who insert plenty of it into the first few chapters of Genesis.
Evangelicalism abounds with theologians who don’t know what the meaning of the word “day” is. The Hebrew word for day, yom, appears more than two thousand times in the Old Testament and would attract virtually no debate were it not for six specific appearances in Genesis 1. But those six days of creation are now at loggerheads with modern scientific dating methods. Rather than stand firm on the biblical account, church leaders acquiesce to unprovable theories and confuse the clear and consistent biblical teaching on origins.
You can finish learning by clicking on "The Genesis Crisis".



Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Adam, Jesus, and Thorns

When Adam and Eve sinned in Eden, the the curse came on all of creation (Rom. 8:22, 5:12). One part of the curse was that thorns (which are modified leaves, stems, roots, and so forth) are some of what Adam would contend with when he worked the ground (Gen. 3:17-19).


Part of the curse after Adam sinned was that the ground would produce thorns. At the Crucifixion, Jesus wore a crown of thorns. Learn about the connection.
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Jesus wore a crown of thorns (Matt. 27:29) as a part of the Crucifixion. The Creator of the universe humbled himself, taking the form of a man, died on a cross (Phil. 2:8). The crown of thorns is one of many symbols used in Scripture, and thorns are used many times. What does this mean in our redemption?
The thorns and thistles introduced in Genesis 3 pose significant problems for Christians who do not take Genesis as real history, as it is intended. If, as long-age secular geologists claim, the earth took billions of years of slow and gradual processes to reach its current form, then we have to conclude that thorns found in the fossil record are also millions of years old. This would mean that thorns, and death, must have come before Adam’s sin and long before any human being arrived on planet earth. This is obviously problematic and leads to a re-interpretation of the plain reading of the biblical text through imposing the fallible ideas of man on to the text instead. In contrast, thorns in the fossil record are not a problem for biblical creationists, who believe the majority of the fossil record resulted from Noah’s Flood, which destroyed the earth as it then was.
You can read the full article by clicking on "Why did Jesus wear a crown of thorns?"
 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Christian Atheism and Fools

Many Christians use Psalm 14:1 to indicate what God says about atheists. The word for fool is נָבָל, nabal, which essentially means a vile person. Although many professing atheists display a profound lack of reasoning ability, nabal does not indicate lack of intelligence, but moral failing. But you knew that.


While the Bible tells us that atheists are fools, we can also see that Christians can essentially be fools when we pretend there is no God. Phil Johnson explains.

There is a big problem with Christians who act like God does not exist. We can effectively be atheists by saying in our hearts that there is no God; Christians can be fools. Phil Johnson has an excellent sermon about this called "Atheism in our Hearts". I hope you will download it (there's an arrow down at the far right of the thing below) or listen online.


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

COVID-19 and Natural Evil

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

Since the Coronavirus has several names and there are several corona viruses, I think the best thing to do is stay with COVID-19 in this context. People refer to COVID-19 as evil, but more specifically it is a natural evil as opposed to moral evil. Bible-believing Christians know that natural evils are the result of the fall of man way back in Eden.


Evolutionists are using COVID-19 to further their agenda, and one theistic evolutionists is trashing the Bible and saying that God created something evil.
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Although this virus is not like the Bubonic Plague that killed a large part of Europe's population in Medieval times which was pneumonic (airborne), people act like COVID-19 is that severe. On the other hand, it could be rightly considered evil when people have cavalier attitudes about spreading it — or using it for monetary gain. To rightly understand evil, we need to go to the Bible.

Evolutionists are using the pandemic to further their agenda, and theistic evolutionists seem to be joining right in. Theistic evolution is a fifth column to undermine the foundations of Christianity found in the first book of the Bible. These clouds without water (Jude 1:12-13) urge Christians to saddle up and ride for the "science" brand — that is, long ages and Darwinism. They tell us that the Bible doesn't mean what it says, and add a great deal to Scripture in order to gain the respect of enemies of God (Gal. 1:10). 

Interestingly, many compromisers believe that hominids existed before Adam and Eve, and that for some reason, God put the Garden of Eden among them and chose someone to be Adam. Genesis 1:18-23 shows us that Adam was unique, separate from other creatures, so God made the woman. Why not simply use one of the other hominids? Because they did not exist, old son.

When God made everything, he declared it to be very good (Gen 1:31). There was no death, pain, or corruption. We know that death entered the world through sin, and the world was cursed at the Fall. This was the beginning of genetic degradation. A TE working for the misnamed Christianity Today elevates the ever-changing whims of man-made science philosophies above the eternal, inerrant Word of God (Isaiah 40:8, 2Tim. 3:16). He says that God created some viruses to be harmful, and they are not the result of sin and the Fall. This sidewinder impugns the Creator's integrity and skill; essentially, he is calling God a liar. Death is an enemy (1 Cor. 15:26), not a part of God's creative process. I wonder what kind of restoration will happen in the final consummation in Revelation? Guess we can be sick and die. No, this guy is dead wrong and deceitful.

This article was inspired by a podcast by Dr. R. Albert Mohler, who has some excellent commentary on this and related material. I recommend the entire thing, but especially the second and third parts. You can listen online, download, or read the transcript by clicking on The Briefing for Monday, March 23, 2020. Something else to consider: Where is God in all this? An article on death, suffering, and God's plan by Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell (whose husband, Dr. Tommy Mitchell, died a few months previously) is definitely worth considering. Please read "COVID-19 and God".


Wednesday, March 18, 2020

When the World Ends

A drawback to our instant information age is exposure to fake news and bad news, and often a combination of both. There is anthropogenic climate change, fears that the Apophis asteroid will destroy the world in 2029, exaggerated reports of an asteroid that missed us by a long shot, the Wuhan Coronavirus, earthquakes, and more. Guess we don't need to worry about global warming.


With all that is happening in the world, people are wondering if the end times are upon us. We can give it some serious thought.
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People have wondered many times if the world was ending. I lived through the Cold War, and to listen to many songs, they were about fear of nuclear annihilation. 

In addition to concerns about nature, add the way people are acting: atheists are becoming increasingly obstreperous,


people using political leverage to seize power, the rise in the murder of unborn children, random acts of violence, fanatical evolutionism — it is no surprise that people are wondering if the world is coming to an end very soon. Especially Bible-believing Christians. 

Yes, the world will end. Despite feral environmentalists, we are not our own saviors because the Creator has a plan. (Once again, don't get me wrong, I am not saying we can trash the planet; we are God's stewards and must treat it with care.) One good thing about doomsday scares and the wickedness of others is that it prompts us to not only look at end times prophecy, but to see if we are ready for the Lord's return. (Never mind those date-setting grifters.) More than that, to make certain we are ready to meet him face-to-face, because it will happen one way or another. As for the end of the world, I agree with the advice to plan for the long haul, but also be ready for his return to happen at any moment.
A global pandemic, natural disasters, global warming, immorality, persecution – what is happening to Planet Earth?
Any event that knocks society off its equilibrium is bound to raise the anxiety level of people. Some Christians are especially prone to wonder if the words of Jesus about the end times are starting to be fulfilled:
I hope you will read the rest by clicking on "Should We Be Worrying About the End Times?"



Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Drops in the Ocean?

A common way of insulting God is to attack his work (including dysteleology, the idea that things like the human eye were poorly created), and to attack created things. Attacking Christians and creationists is like catnip to atheists and anti-creationists, who deny that we are created in God's image. One mystical belief involves the water drop concept.

Despite the claims of evolutionists and those who believe false philosophy, humans are worth far more than drops of water in an ocean.
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Similar to the self-refuting Omega Point philosophy, this modified Eastern idea is that drops of water converge and lose their identities in the ocean. It came from Hinduism, which uses evolutionary concepts. However, we know from the Creator God's Written Word that he not only calls each star by name (Psalm 147:4), and he knows his people (John 10:28). Even drops of water have individual characteristics, and we are worth far more than drops; the Creator of the universe took the form of a man, was crucified, died, buried, and bodily arose. For you and for me.
When skeptics criticize biblical teachings, they often attack God’s character. One tactic is to malign the Creator by devaluing the people He created. When someone denies the precious worth of human life, that denial clashes with the Bible’s teachings about how God made and cares for humans.
For example, an astrophysics professor who advocates New Age mysticism once used Hinduism’s drop-of-water analogy to imply that an individual’s unique value is an illusion, or ephemeral at best. This portrays our earthly journeys as emptying into a common “one size fits all” dead-end. What weird and pessimistic theory was he promoting?
You can finish reading by clicking on "Water Drops and Human Value".


Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Atheists, Psychology, and the Meaning of Life

In an earlier post, we saw that people try to find meaning in life through many ways, but these all fail in the end. Although atheists suppress the truth of God, they know deep down that God does exist. Some reject the bleak arbitrary assertions by people like C. Richard Dawkins. One atheistic psychologist attempts to make sense of life while still denying the truth.


Not all atheists believe that life has no meaning. One psychologist shows how incoherent atheistic thinking can be in his quest.
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Secular psychology is essentially based on Darwinism, so it is no surprise that people cannot find true meaning through it. They deny that we were made by and for God. Naturalists are self refuting by attempting to use logic and science, but those are impossible without God; if God did not exist, neither would logic. An atheist (especially a secular psychologist) is left with an incoherent worldview based on speculations, arbitrary assertions, faulty reasoning, and so on. Only the biblical worldview has the necessary preconditions of human experience, and it begins in Genesis.
An atheist serves up a way to get meaning out of the dark oblivion of materialism. This should be interesting.
One obvious advantage of religion is an answer to the meaning of life. Many religions make one up that is unworthy of trust, but at least they can offer one. What’s an atheist to do? Psychologist Steve Taylor of Leeds University is painfully aware of the vanity in Darwinism. He opens his article on The Conversation with this line:
You can find out the rest by clicking on "Can Atheists Answer the Meaning of Life?" No, the music video below is by someone else with the same name as the atheist psychologist.



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