Be Patient

The Lord does not delay [as though He were unable to act] and is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is [extraordinarily] patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.    2 Peter 3:9

I thought of this verse as I read about Abraham’s story in Genesis.  Here’s a quick recap of what God told him when and the promises He made.

God’s first promise came to Abram at age 75.  He and Sarai were childless, and Abram was resigned to the idea that someone not his heir would inherit everything.  God told him it would not be so; he would be the father of a great people.  He would indeed have an heir of his own flesh and blood.

Eleven years later, no kids.  Genesis 16 records how Sarai was getting impatient.  Her suggestion?  Have Abram sleep with her servant, an Egyptian named Hagar.  Apparently, he didn’t need much convincing to bed Hagar, and Hagar had his son in short order.  She got a little uppity with Sarai, having had the child Sarai wanted.

Sarai went after Abram like this was his idea.  Guys, let’s all take a lesson from Abram; sex with anyone but your wife – even with the best intentions (did I actually just write that??) –won’t end well for you.  Keep it in your tunic!

Cut to Genesis 21.  Abram is 99 years old.  Three travelers come to camp, God in His three Persons.  Abram prevails on them to stay while he gets them a meal.  Toward the conclusion of their visit, they reiterate God’s promise of fathering a great nation.  Sarai, now well past her child-bearing years, sits inside the tent and laughs; yeah…that’ll happen!

One year later they have their son, Isaac.  Twenty-five years after the original promise.

Being a human being and lacking patience, I’d be tempted to tell God that the whole Hagar thing never would’ve happened if He’d have been a little quicker on the trigger.

God’s correct answer would be to remind me that He is God.  How about some faith?

What are you waiting for from God?  I was waiting for work after having been laid off.  We lost everything.  I kept telling God that I trusted Him, so…when will “the cavalry” get here?  It did indeed show up, but in God’s time.

When waiting on God, we all need to remember that our human clocks run a lot faster than God’s!  Let’s make every effort to be prayerfully patient!

Evolution? Really?!?

And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.    Genesis 1:25

Someone once compared evolution to a junkyard.  Imagine all the car parts needed to make one, complete vehicle and then some.  Let’s say there are earthquakes periodically, enough that someday a fully assembled car appears.

That analogy was ridiculed, because it was thought that a car was a challenge for skilled people to make.  Certainly, random earthquakes couldn’t accomplish that!  This criticism completely dismisses the complexity of living things!  In fact, the complexity of one cell in our bodies is staggering!

The “eye argument” is another instance of evolution sounding ludicrous!  Some sort of proto eye had to miraculously form that managed to be useful enough to become a dominant feature and continue to evolve into a fully functioning eye.

This doesn’t take into account that an optic nerve would have had to start evolving at the same time and eventually connect to the eye.  An entire part of the brain dedicated to vision would also have to miraculously happen to appear for the optic nerve to find and connect to.

Um…

And someone once said a car was too complex for the junkyard analogy to work!

What about an elephant’s trunk?  Let’s take a look at that.

The trunk has about 40,000 muscles that allow it to function as well as a human hand and fingers.  It can suck up large amounts of water very quickly, up to 3.7 liters per second.  It can accomplish this by being able to dilate its two nostrils by about 64%!

They can vacuum up food, narrowing their nostrils and simply breathing in with an airflow more than 30 times faster than a human sneeze.

Yeah.  That just accidently happened…

Look at the world around you.  Appreciate how complex everything is in nature, all of it infinitely more complex than anything man-made and better executed.  The world bears witness of its Creator!

Pulling the Thread

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.    John 14:6

BeautyBeyondBones published an interesting article this past week.  She asked her readers for their thoughts about aliens…and where God fits into that topic.

I didn’t think about it when I first read the article, but I suddenly realized she made a very innocent mistake.  We shouldn’t ask how God fits into anything.  We should ask how everything fits within God’s universe.  It’s a subtle difference in phrasing, but the perspective shift is critical.

Anyway, my response was how I’m certain that aliens are possibly demonic.  I also think that they may be the fallen Watchers, angels that joined Satan in his rebellion.  I think this is an attempt to deceive us and take our eyes off God.  Satan is the shady guy in the alley going, “Pssst!”

I felty a little bad about my reply, because I wrote a comment to her about how the Vatican’s official policy is to, one, be ready to minister to them.  Two, they think that an alien race may be more advanced in their knowledge of God than we and teach us a more insightful Gospel.  The Vatican may even require its members to change their faith in accordance with the alien’s teachings.

That’s pretty bizarre, but I’ve read quotes from Vatican officials to that effect.  You can read my article It’s a Real Fight.

The reason I feel a little bad about writing that comment on her blog is that she’s a devout, died-in-the-wool Roman Catholic.  I’ve met very few people with her incredible faith.  We’re friends, and I didn’t want her to think I was trashing Catholicism in general; I wasn’t.  I was just reporting the facts.  I wasn’t trying to single out Catholicism at all.

It isn’t just the Vatican that has gone astray on some of its teachings.  All church organizations have their errors in teaching.  Some churches have gay priests/pastors in defiance of clear Biblical teaching that God considers sexual sins a big deal.  You should read some of the punishments in the Old Testament for different sexual sins.

Too many churches have ignored Genesis altogether by taking the stance that God could have used evolution to “create” man.  But here’s the too-obvious question, which I must admit I missed; If death came into the world through sin, and that through one man, how could evolution take place to produce man?  Evolution is based on inferior life dying to make room for the new, improved evolved life.  How could death arrive before man whose sin brought it into the world?

Both the alien and the evolution questions are the same in form; they’re a thread begging to be pulled.

Consider your faith as a very nice, knitted sweater.  Then some shadowy voice in a dark alley in your mind goes, “Pssst!  See that ugly thread sticking out of your nice sweater?  Why you don’t give it a little pull?”

And you do.  Except that once you pull on it, it doesn’t come off.  It just comes out.  You keep pulling at it until your sweater, your faith is ruined.

That’s how evolution has worked.  If we accept evolution and pull on that thread, we find ourselves having to pull it a bit further, asking how could the Bible be right about Creation?  How could it be a mere 6000 years old, as the Bible shows us with all its listings of the years of the generations?

We ask the question, “How does God fit into this?”  And so it begins.

We, in our “wisdom”, decide that maybe the Bible didn’t mean literal days in the Creation story.  Maybe that was just symbolic language.  Maybe there are other cases of symbolic language in there too.  May Noah’s Flood wasn’t really a world-wide flood, just a very widespread but local flood.

Did Moses really part the Red Sea or did they just find a shallow crossing they could easily wade across?

And so the thread keeps getting pulled, until the sweater is unraveled and we decide Jesus didn’t do any miracles or rise from the dead (I mean, c’mon!  Really?) and isn’t the Son of God Who paid for our sins.  He was just a really good man who taught us really good things.

Aliens?  How does God fit into aliens?  Maybe Genesis got it wrong again.  Maybe God didn’t create the sun, moon, and stars for us to know “times and season.”  Maybe the universe really is too big to not have produced life elsewhere!  Maybe humanity is supremely arrogant to think that we’re the only sentient life in the universe instead of humbly, thankfully realizing God made it all for us; a loving gift for His most prized part of Creation.

Pulling threads is a dangerous game.  Yes, it only looks like a small thing hanging out there.  Except that it isn’t.

As I’ve said countless times, read your Bibles and learn how God made everything.  Learn to see how everything around you has to fit into His narrative and not the other way around!

Controversy Over Genesis at a Church

Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.    Genesis 2:1-3

Ken Ham published a blog article a couple weeks ago about how one of his colleagues went to a church in Bentonville, AR to speak.  Ham is the founder of Answers in Genesis (AIG), The Creation Museum, and the Ark Encounter, all based near Cincinnati.  He and others in his organization often go to churches to deliver their message about the importance of Genesis and really knowing what it says.

AIG advocates a literal reading of Genesis, especially the Creation account.  Analysis of Hebrew in context with the rest of the Old Testament shows that “days” in Genesis means a 24-hour day.  This means that the earth is not millions of years old.

A careful reading of the Old testament shows clearly that the earth is about 6000 years old.  The Old Testament is filled with references as to how old someone was when they begat son and daughters, when they died, and so forth.

Therefore, especially without millions of years to draw on, evolution couldn’t possibly have happened.  Creation happened literally as Genesis describes it.

AIG speaker Dr. Terry Mortenson delivered this message at the Bentonville church.  He emphasized the importance of Genesis, chapters 1-11 for Creation and sexual morality.  During the first hymn after he spoke, he was asked by the pastor to step into a back room for a moment.  Dr. Mortenson gave this recap of that impromptu chat.

He told me that what I said about the moral issues (especially my brief LGBT comment) was not what he wanted and that I needed to change the message before the second service and essentially replace that marriage section with comments about God’s greatness and design in creation.

The pastor issued an apology to his church the following Sunday, telling his parishioners that Dr. Mortenson did not address his issues as delicately as he should have.  There followed a lengthy sermon with this summary:

He put man and woman together, and he made them one, they were equal. They were one. And he made them one in this perfect order, so any form of racism, fascism, sexism, classism, nationalism, nationalism is where we say, “Our nation is better than your nation,” wherever we say any of that, it is from the pit of hell. It is not a part of God’s original design.

Do you see what he did there?  He speaks truth in that God made men and women as one, as equals.  I’ll add that they have different roles in families.  Notice then that he quickly covers a whole list of “-isms” that divide us and how talk along those lines is from hell.  He included sexism in there, which leaves open an acceptance of homosexuality.

He also had all material from Dr. Mortenson removed from the church website.

He used a lot of positive buzzwords like unity and identity to cover his allowance of…whatever his members want to believe about sex, evolution, etc.

This is an example of how pastors sometimes succumb to the temptation of watering down God’s word in order to please their members and maintain their membership (and income).  This is why we should all be diligently reading and studying the Bible on our own instead of accepting whatever spiritual “food” is dropped into our open mouths like so many hatchlings.  We can then see when preachers water down or misrepresent God’s Word to us.

If you wish to read the article for yourself, just follow this link to AIG, which includes the pastor’s sermon.  Honestly, I had to read the sermon twice to really appreciate what he was actually saying.  He was very good with his buzz words!

The Flood

So Noah, with his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives, went into the ark because of the waters of the flood.    Genesis 7:7

Pop quiz: How long did the Flood last?  If you said forty days and nights, you’re wrong!  The increase of waters lasted that long.  From the time God closed Noah and family up in the ark to when they landed on Ararat and disembarked was about a year.  Genesis gives us which months and tells us how long it all lasted.

One whole year!  Why?  Well, it’s a big planet, and God covered the whole thing with water above the highest mountains.  That’s a lot of water coming and going very quickly!

Have you ever been thrown around by water?  I got caught in an undertow once.  It slammed me down on the sand in chest deep water, and it was a struggle to get my feet under me and push off.  Find tsunami videos on YouTube.  It doesn’t take much to toss buildings and vehicle around like Matchbox cars.  And that’s just a local event!

How much earth, rocks, plants, and animals do you think got moved around during the Flood?  The waters came up from the earth and fell from the sky in such quantities that even Steven Spielberg would have a hard time putting it on film.  There had to have been underwater avalanches to start, burying a lot of sea life.  Eventually, the waters started getting at land animals.  Once they reached their peak, it was drainage time.

The waters drained and re-arranged the planet for the better part of a year.  Again, that moved a lot of dirt and stone.  As things happened, there were layer after layer of sediment laid down as the Flood went through its stages.

Question: now that you’re thinking about how little water it takes in a tsunami to really move a lot of things around, how drastically do you suppose it changed the landscape worldwide?

Given the power of water, it’s likely that the Grand Canyon for example, was cut in very short order.  Compare pictures of the badlands in the American west to the erosion seen after Mt St. Helens blew.  Except for the scale, they are virtually identical.  The badlands were shaped quickly by the Flood.  So much of what we see on earth is all about how the Flood shaped everything.

By the way, about those layers of sediment that had to form during different stages of the Flood; when geologists talk about the geologic layers dating back millions of years, have you noticed that they talk about how those layers are identical all over the world?  That’s how they know which layers they are talking about.

But what if those layers did not take millions of years to form, but just one year, courtesy of the Flood?

Hm.

Why They Stopped Going to Church

I saw an article yesterday about a Reddit thread, asking people why they stopped attending church.  Reasons ranged from “interfered with brunch” to priest pedophile scandals and more.  You might even identify with many of them.  I’d like to go through several and give my reaction to each.

I WAS MADE TO FEEL GUILTY – This is all about bad preaching.  Some preachers believe exclusively in the fire and brimstone approach.  I think fire and brimstone is OK, but there needs to be an even louder, more intense message of the Gospel and love.  Yes, I am horribly guilty, but I am love even more intensely by God.

God believes in fire and brimstone.  Just look at His first messages to the Israelites about their relationship.  Follow the rules and enjoy a great relationship and life.  Don’t follow the rules and expect things to go very far south!

Read the book 12 Minutes in Hell.  It’s one man’s trip to hell with God.  God told him people are not thinking enough about the horrors of hell.  He told the author to spread the word that there will be punishment without accepting Jesus.  Fear has its place as long as love salves the wound.

CHECKED OUT AT 10 – This is the very reason for the book Already Gone by Ken Ham of the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter.  I did a two-parter on the book, ALREADY GONE REVIEW.  The reason given for checking out had to do with bad preaching.  Indeed, a separate reason for leaving the church by a different Reddit responder was unbiblical preaching.  Having a good church is about preaching biblically, openly, and honestly about even the toughest issues.

Sunday School materials are cartoons in bright colors.  Eventually, that’s how kids see the Bible…as mere stories!  They then go to public schools with science classes and teachers who “show” them how the Bible is wrong, evolution is right, and that the Bible isn’t real.

THE PASTOR HAD AFFAIRS – As despicable as this problem is, the reaction needs to not be against God but against the individual or organization that commits crimes against members and even children.  People are fallible.  God’s Word is not!

FAITH IN GOD BUT NOT RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS – This should not be a reason not to attend some sort of church or Bible study group.  St. Paul exhorts his churches in his letters to not fail to meet.  If we don’t share support of faith with other believers, we are easy prey for Satan and his wiles.  Without some sort of community to educate and support one can fall into a decaying understanding of Scripture and one’s place with God and fellow man.

MY PARENTS NEVER MADE ME GO – Our national trend has done its work.  We’ve told God to get out of our schools, courts, and society.  We now have generations of people who know nothing of God or the Bible.  They have no idea how to lead their children spiritually and practically.

Without God’s loving instructions, they are leaderless, not knowing how to live with other people and deal with important moral problems.

At the root of these and other reasons to quit church is not knowing Biblical truth.  There’s plenty of blame to go around, plenty of excuses.  As I see it, there are two fundamental reasons.

First, people don’t know the Bible.  They don’t know what it really tells us, because they listen indiscriminately to other people telling them about the Bible.  Those other people are usually very wrong!  Everyone needs to read the Bible for themselves and know their Bibles much better!  They need guided study to understand how it all fits together.

Second, society is the only one doing the talking.  The church is to blame for diluting its own message of salvation.  It stands silently before the onslaught of attacks, because it has either started going along with incorrect teaching or is simply incapable of answering falsehoods.

Read your Bible.  Get to know it again.  Start with Genesis 1 and learn the history of man’s relationship with God.  Find the “arc” of history from Creation to now.  Join a Bible study group.  If you don’t feel comfortable with going to worship services, just find a church that offers Bible study classes Sunday mornings or during the week.  Read on your own and supplement that with group study.

As for science, I strongly recommend visiting Ken Ham’s Creation Museum Bookstore for solid, Bible based books on Creation, Genesis, and how science actually supports the biblical account.  His Answers book is a great start for understanding the science of Creation.

While I’m at it, I also recommend The Exodus Case, a startling analysis of existing archeological and scientific evidence to support the accounts of the book of Exodus precisely as recorded in the Bible!

I have no connection to any of these sites and books.  I’m just sharing information on great resources to begin understanding the Bible!  I hope you look into them and make use of them!

A Church Rejects the Bible

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.    2 Timothy 3:16–17

Pastor Josh Scott of a progressive church in Nashville, TN has come out in saying that the Bible is not the inerrant Word of God.  He says that “Saying that the Bible is inerrant and infallible, it absolves us of our responsibility to do what our ancestors did, which is to wrestle.”

This statement simply demonstrates a lack of understanding and recognition of world history.  He thinks that we should wrestle with issues and conflicts as our ancestors did!  Here’s the rub – our ancestors have committed atrocities since the beginning.  Cain wrestled with his relationship with God instead of simply accepting Him and that relationship.  The result was the first murder in human history; Cain killed his brother Able out of spite.

The Children of Israel wrestled in the same way after receiving God’s promise of prosperity, protection, and a “land flowing with milk and honey.”  Somehow, they couldn’t see their way to accepting such a benevolent relationship and suffered the consequences for hundreds of years!

Dachau

Let’s fast forward to the last hundred years, most notable World Wars one and two.  Mankind wrestled with politics, us vs. them, racial prejudice and hatred.  That wrestling produce millions of lives lost and millions more irreparably ruined.  That wrestling produced the Holocaust.

And Scott thinks this wrestling is good??

Scott also complains about the “divinely sanctioned” genocides recorded in the Bible.  It is true that those things happened, but to say they happened and ignore the entire situations is intellectually dishonest at the worst, ignorant at best.

The two such instances I can recall outright are first, Israel’s dealings with the Amalekites.  Second, we have the genocides recorded as Israel displaced the indigent peoples of the Land of Canaan.

The Amalekites.  This from Deuteronomy 25:17-19.

 “Remember what Amalek did to you on the way as you were coming out of Egypt, 18 how he met you on the way and attacked your rear ranks, all the stragglers at your rear, when you were tired and weary; and he did not fear God. 19 Therefore it shall be, when the Lord your God has given you rest from your enemies all around, in the land which the Lord your God is giving you to possess as an inheritance, that you will blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. You shall not forget.

This refers back to Exodus 17:8-14

Now Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim. And Moses said to Joshua, “Choose us some men and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand.” 10 So Joshua did as Moses said to him, and fought with Amalek. And Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11 And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. 12 But Moses’ hands became [e]heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. 13 So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.

14 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this for a memorial in the book and recount it in the hearing of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.”

This was an unprovoked attack by the Amalekites as the Israelites were making their way under God’s direction to Mt. Sinai.  God told Moses to record this incident and promised to blot them out.  Exodus recorded the first first part of the story, and Deuteronomy records the final execution.

By the way, another of Scott’s problems with the Bible is that he sees it more as a library collection of unrelated works, whereas it is actually one document, consistently recorded over centuries.

Then we have the multiple genocides of the occupants of Canaan.  But let’s get some context from Numbers 13.

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel; from each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every one a leader among them.”

Bringing back a sample of fruit…

26 Now they departed and came back to Moses and Aaron and all the congregation of the children of Israel in the Wilderness of Paran, at Kadesh; they brought back word to them and to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land. 27 Then they told him and said: “We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. 28 Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover, we saw the descendants of Anak there… 33 There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”

Giants?  Where did they come from?  Let’s go back to Genesis 6:

Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose.

There is evidence of the Nephilim North America too!

And the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.

A great evil occurred here.  The fallen angels, Satan’s cohorts, came to earth and took women, having sex with them.  This produced what many refer to as the Nephilim.  They are the bastard children of those beings who revolted against God, their Creator.  The Flood wiped out all mankind, but the Nephilim were produced again after The Flood.  The Book of Enoch goes into great detail about the Fallen Watchers and their doings with women.

The giants of Canaan were their descendants.  Of course, they needed to be wiped out!  God had done that once with The Flood but promised to never send another such flood.  The Israelites were to be His means of ridding the earth of this evil.

See?  The Bible is consistent book to book.  Genocides occurred, but they were the result of the evil of those who were wiped out.

One more of Scott’s arguments is that people have used the Bible as the justification for slavery, white supremacy, and more.  This is such an inane argument…I can only characterize it as sheer stupidity.  Scott is blaming the Source for others’ misuse of it.  What if you wrote something, and someone else misused your words to promote evil?  Should your writings be blamed and discredited?  Nuff said.

The Bible; consistent and inerrant.  Read it.  Learn it.  Study it.  Otherwise, you might find yourself ignorantly committing the same heresies as Scott.

Another Arab Spring?

Behold, you are with child, and you shall bear a son.  You shall call his name Ishmael, because the Lord has heard your affliction.  12 He shall be a wild man; His hand shall be against every man, and every man’s hand against him.  And he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.”    Genesis 16:11-12

The Real Truth Magazine published an article earlier this month about the 2011 Arab Spring Uprising.  The question being asked in this 10-year retrospective is whether we are due for another Arab Spring.

It started in December of 2010 when a fruit seller was severely abused by the police.  He couldn’t take the oppression anymore and set himself on fire outside a government office.

Arab oppression is so harsh that this one man and his suicide motivated tens of millions of Arabs across northern Africa and the Middle East to protest in their capitols.  Hosni Mubarak was ousted.  Muammar Gaddafi fled for his life, was tracked down, and killed by opposition forces.  Others suffered similar loss of power if not life.

What has the net effect been?  Not much.  Worse, if anything.  Those who filled the power vacuum of those displaced have cracked down as hard or harder to prevent more uprisings.  From the article:

“One of the lessons of the Arab Spring, unfortunately, is that repression works, that the wall of fear can be rebuilt,” Shadi Hamid, a Brookings Institution Senior Fellow, told NBC News.  Egypt’s political outcome portrays that lesson.

Many look at the Arab world and wonder what the answer is.  The heralded Camp David Accord designed to bring peace to the Middle East under President Carter was a noble effort that has joined other such efforts on the garbage heap of history.

Unfortunately, there is no answer.  The Arabs will never get along with themselves or Israel.  Ever.  How can we know this?  God told Hagar and us as much in Genesis 16.

Hagar was the handmaid of Abraham’s wife, Sarai.  Sarai had been promised that she would give birth in her old age to a son who would become a great nation.  Impatient that nothing was happening, she told Abraham to get Hagar pregnant, and that child would be the heir.  Sarai later decided it was a bad idea and tried to get rid of the pregnant Hagar, who fled.

While in the wilderness, God told her what we read in the verses above; call him Ishmael, and life will be rough for him and his.  The conflict between him and his half-brother – and legitimate heir – Isaac.

That’s how it’s been up to the present day.

However, there is hope.  Being Arab does not mean one is doomed.  Anyone who accepts Jesus as Savior will escape that prophecy and will join all believers in eternal life.

See my article We ARE Living in Biblical Times from last September.  The last part of the article deals with how Jesus is appearing to Arabs who are seeking and bring them into His fold.  I’m talking about today!  This is happening currently!  Jesus’ love knows no bounds!

As a group of nations, Arabs will fulfill their destiny.  But, as with us all, we can individually come to Jesus and be saved regardless of nationality, personal history…anything!

For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.    I Timothy 2:3-5

Darwin Can’t Explain the Origin of Species

Creation MuseumKen Ham of the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter recently published an article about a Yale professor writing that Darwin got it wrong so far as evolution goes.

Ham writes that David Gelernter, a highly credentialed professor of computer science at Yale, concludes that “…his readings and discussions of Darwinian evolution and its competing theories, namely intelligent design, have convinced him Darwin had it wrong.” He calls it a “beautiful idea” that has been disproven by science.”

What’s interesting is that Gelernter is not a Christian, nor does he subscribe to creationism. Here’s what he has learned:

You take your life in your hands to challenge [evolution] intellectually. They will destroy you if you challenge it. . . What I have seen in their behavior intellectually and at colleges across the West is nothing approaching free speech on this topic. It’s a bitter, fundamental, angry, outraged rejection [of intelligent design], which comes nowhere near scientific or intellectual discussion. I’ve seen that happen again and again. . . I am attacking their religion and I don’t blame them for being all head up, it is a big issue for them.

Gelernter correctly concludes that Darwin does a great job of explaining how many species have adapted to their environment, but he does not explain how ne species come to be. He challenges Darwin’s theory to explain the Cambrian Explosion.

According to geology and evolution scientists, the Cambrian Period of the geologic record shows a lot of new species that merely drop in with no record of a previous version that they came from. That goes against evolution.

Ark EncounterThe Bible, of course, explains what we see; the geologic layers were laid down in order during the various stages of Noah’s Flood. The Cambrian layer shows what happened toward the start of the Flood; many non-aquatic animals drowned and were buried quickly. Gelernter’s logic, though, pokes a huge hole in Darwin’s theory within the framework of current established science.

As stated above, Gelernter is not a creationist and not even close to buying intelligent design, writing, “the world a mess, its suffering far outweighs its goodness.” His observation is a good starting place in evaluating intelligent design vs. creationism.

Genesis explains how everything came to be. It also tells us the events that brought sin into the world, making it such a mess! Finally, the Bible also explains how there will be a happy ending to all of the trials we now endure.

Read Ken Ham’s article for yourself and Gelernter’s article, Giving Up on Darwin also.

I have several other articles dealing with evolution and geology:

Evolution and the Geologic Record

Giants, Old Testament Slaughter, Greek Gods, Bigfoot, and Technology – Part 1

The Tower of Babel

Babel“Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”    Genesis 11:4

So the Flood ended, and Mr. & Mrs. Noah, his sons, and their wives started the human race anew. There were some pronouncements and events after that bear noting.

Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. I have given you all things, even as the green herbs. 4 But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. Genesis 9:3-4

Although God clothed Adam and Eve with animal skins, this seems to be the first time that God specifies that animals are allowed for food. That’s particularly interesting in light of all of the dietary restrictions God gave the Israelites at Mt. Sinai and later lifted in a vision to Peter. The latter was, arguably about Peter accepting an imminent mission to a Gentile, but we’ll leave that for someone else to argue.

Interestingly, God places a firm prohibition against consuming blood. Blood is life and not to be desecrated as food. This fit in with 23 Minutes in Hell by Bill Weise. He wrote that God gave him a taste of hell and that he didn’t bleed despite being cut by demons. I think that’s an interesting detail that lends some credibility along with other details. It also echoes the horrible thirst related by the rich man who spurned poor Lazarus and begged Moses for just a drop of water.

RainbowGod also presented His rainbow in the sky as a mark of His promise to never again destroy the world with a Flood. It has NOTHING to do with the LGBT agenda! It’s arguably blasphemous to misappropriate something claimed by God for His purpose and assign it a different meaning…especially to symbolize something He prohibited.

Noah had planted a vineyard after the Flood, made wine, and got himself pretty drunk, collapsing into his tent naked. His son, Canaan, ventured in for a peak, and told his brothers, who backed into the tent with a covering for their father. Noah, angry that Canaan spied on him in a vulnerable state, cursed him. Canaan is the namesake for the Land of Canaan that the Israelites conquered centuries later.

Nimrod was the great grandson of Noah who founded Babel amongst other cities.

He was a mighty hunter before the Lord; therefore it is said, “Like Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord.” 10 And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.   Genesis 10:9-10

Everyone alive at that time spoke one language and had one culture. That makes sense since they all traced to Noah and his sons. It was an exercise in ego to establish their own greatness, to go up to visit God, to show Him they could get there with a tower high enough all on their own.

God recognized their purpose and what gave them the ability to do something so huge; one language and one culture. He confused their language from one to many and the people dispersed.

This isn’t just another fascinating Bible story that explains the diversity of languages on earth. There’s a lesson to be learned. Mankind thinks that if we can just all come together as one, there will be peace and harmony. The history of Babel shows this is not the case.

United NationsModern proof of this is the possibly well-intentioned United Nations which is as riddled with corruption as one might get. There are indications around us that a ruling elite want a push to a one world government. Listen to old speeches by President GHW Bush, Reagan, and Obama. There are references to a “New World Order.” Google Bush’s “1000 Points of Light” speech. It was considered visionary and hopeful, but read or listen to it carefully for what he’s really saying.

Such a thing will only breed corruption and evil. It will make populations much easier to control, to take advantage of and even cull back like so many deer. Those who propose to rule will only conceive of evil as “absolute corrupts absolutely.”

You might recall from the recent Book of Enoch series that fallen Watchers taught mankind all sorts of technology and secrets from how to kill, perform abortions, and even music to other technology of metal-working and more.

While I love music and have thought I’d miss it if taken away, isn’t it a distraction from being entirely focused on God and the relationship He yearns to have with us? Wouldn’t those of Babel found themselves much closer to God if not for the technology they learned and trying to do it all themselves?

Such are the lessons we can learn from…The Tower of Babel!