Saturday, June 27, 2015

GoodNews Osmosis

God created the universe and you.  At one time all was perfect.  When our Creator made Adam and Eve (the first married couple) there were no police, wars, deadly tsunamis, or cancer.  Sin came when they ate the forbidden fruit (Genesis 3).  We are born sinners and we all sin.  But sin has consequences.  God is love and God is just.  Rebellion must be punished.

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).*
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

We are all doomed to permanent judgment – Jesus spoke very strongly about those who rejected him:

“Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 22:13).
“Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels …These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life” (Matthew 25:41,46).

But, thank God, there is a solution!  Jesus is both God and Man.  He came to earth to rescue us from our sin problem.  He is the only way to heaven.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. … the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:1,14).
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

क्योंकि परमेश्वर ने जगत से ऐसा प्रेम रखा कि उस ने अपना एकलौता पुत्र दे दिया, ताकि जो कोई उस पर विश्वास करे, वह नाश हो, परन्तु अनन् जीवन पाए। John 3:16 (Hindi)

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me” (John 14:6).

Jesus lived a perfect life and committed no sin.  When Christ died on the cross he became our substitute and took the punishment for sin in our place. 

“All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him” (Isaiah 53:6).

Our response is faith and repentance (turn from sin).  Jesus died for sin and rose again 3 days later.  The Apostle Paul explains the gospel (GoodNews):

“Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain.  For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas [Peter], then to the twelve.  After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep [died]” (1 Corinthians 15:1-6).
“… God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent,  because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man [Jesus] whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:30,31).

Salvation is not obtained by being nice, giving to charity or going to church:

“But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, he saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration [born again] and renewing by the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:4,5).

Once we become Christians we want to live for Jesus and obey his commands:

“For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf” (2 Corinthians 5:14,15).
Some reject the Bible because they think evolution is a fact.  Check out YES – Young Earth Science which defends a young earth from history and science and deals with Darwinism.  The first 11 chapters of Genesis are true history from the Creator of the cosmos.  Believe the GoodNews about Jesus today – the only route to true hope and positive change.  For more about the GoodNews for now and forever click here.  You should think about tomorrow and your ultimate end – it will soon be here.

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*All Bible quotes are from the NASB

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Chicago Statement, ICBI, Walter Bradley & Henry Morris (Pt. 1)

Harold Lindsell (d. 1998, Ph.D., D.D.) was the editor of Christianity Today for over a decade.  His book The Battle for the Bible, which came out in 1978, rocked the evangelical world as it took a strong stance on inerrancy.  Journalist Larry Witham (Where Darwin Meets the Bible) makes a connection between the battle for the Bible and the inerrancy movement which led to the Chicago Statement generated by the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy (ICBI). [1]  Observe Article XII (Chicago Statement on Inerrancy, emphasis added):

We affirm that Scripture in its entirety is inerrant, being free from all falsehood, fraud, or deceit.  We deny that Biblical infallibility and inerrancy are limited to spiritual, religious, or redemptive themes, exclusive of assertions in the fields of history and science. We further deny that scientific hypotheses about earth history may properly be used to overturn the teaching of Scripture on creation and the flood.

One would think this was written by a traditional creationist (creation in 6 days, Global Flood, young earth).

The companion book to the Chicago Statement on Hermeneutics was Hermeneutics, Inerrancy, and the Bible.  Walter Bradley, former Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M, wrote a very influential chapter:  “The Trustworthiness of Scripture in Areas Relating to Natural Science.”  It is available online here.  We responded to this work in 2007.  This same volume has a 12 page response to Bradley by the father of modern creationism, Henry Morris (d. 2006).

Henry Morris predicted that, “… unless the ICBI can somehow become convinced of the foundational importance of strict creationism for maintaining a consistent belief in inerrancy, its efforts will likely prove of only ephemeral effectiveness.” [2]

Morris made this comment on The Chicago Statement on Biblical Hermeneutics:

The statement finally adopted by the council was so innocuous on the subject of origins that it would not even exclude evolution as an acceptable interpretation.  That was the reason I could not sign their statement on biblical hermeneutics. [3]

Morris further warned of the slippery slope syndrome:

Progressive creationism … has already, for well over a hundred years, served as the camel’s nose by which theistic evolution and eventually full-blown religious liberalism have come in and taken over … the reason why most laymen … reject the Bible is because they have been taught evolution and the great age of the earth, and they know that this presumed “fact of science” contradicts the Bible’s very first chapter. [4]
Bruce Waltke resigned from Reformed Seminary after making remarks about evolution in 2010.  Waltke makes it clear that the slippery slope is genuine:

I am not a scientist, but I have familiarized myself with attempts to harmonize Genesis 1-3 with science, and I believe that creation by the process of evolution is a tenable Biblical position, and, as represented by BioLogos, the best Christian apologetic to defend Genesis 1-3 against its critics.

Waltke wrote a chapter in Hermeneutics, Inerrancy, and the Bible and according to Norman Geisler, “all the writers are in agreement with the ICBI stand on inerrancy.” [5]

Affirm the truth of Genesis 1-11 and fight Old Earth Fallacies (OEF’s).  Consider the analogy of Daniel's diet (Dan. 1:8-20).  He and his comrades were tested for ten days by eating vegetables.  He refused to compromise – we too should dare to be a Daniel!  Also notice that it was 10 days, not 10M years.  Ancient veggies don’t taste good.  Biblical authority starts with a conservative Biblical hermeneutic applied to Genesis.  Biblical inerrancy matters.

… the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God.  What if some were unfaithful?  Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God?  By no means!  Let God be true though every one were a liar .. (Rom. 3:3,4, ESV)

A new book defends a young earth from Philosophy, Geology, History and Biology.  A shortcut to the site is  TotalYouth.us  >> “for TOTAL truth, support earth’s YOUTH.”


Notes:
1) Where Darwin Meets the Bible by Larry Witham (Oxford Univ. Press, NYC, 2002), p. 51.
2) quoted in Already Compromised by Ken Ham and Greg Hall (Master Books, Green Forest, AR, 2011), p. 29.
3) Ibid.
4) Hermeneutics, Inerrancy, and the Bible ed. by Earl Radmacher and Robert Preus (Zondervan, Grand Rapids, MI, 1984), pp. 346, 347.
5) Ibid., p. ix.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Happy in the Lord











It might seem crazy what I’m gonna say
Sunshine’s God’s gift – it ain’t fake
He made the heavens way up in space
The Lord gave you air, now and every day

Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel that Jesus’ love is the proof
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know the Gospel is the truth

Sometime bad news hits our back
Hold to the Unchanging Hand – that’s a fact
I should probably warn you of the Devil’s line
Skip the brights - don’t waste your time

Bring me down?
Can't nothing bring me down
My God is too high and mighty
  - 4L Williams

Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation …
O kingdoms of the earth, sing to God; sing praises to the Lord …
Awesome is God from his sanctuary; the God of Israel
- he is the one who gives power and strength to his people.
Blessed be God! (Ps. 68:19,32,35, ESV).

Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation …
Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.
The troubles of my heart are enlarged; bring me out of my distresses.
Consider my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins (Ps. 25:4,5,16-18, ESV).

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises!
Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody!
With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord!
Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who dwell in it!
Let the rivers clap their hands; let the hills sing for joy together before the Lord,
For he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity (Ps. 98:4-9, ESV).

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

OC Weekly, Bill Morgan and BIAS

In 2012, Adam O’Neal wrote a significant article on creationist Bill Morgan in the OC Weekly (Orange County, CA).  He starts off speaking of Francisco Ayala (biologist, UC – Irvine, former Dominican priest) who admitted:

Randomly induced mutations are usually deleterious.  In a precisely organized and coupled system like the genome of an organism, a random change will most frequently decrease, rather than increase, the orderliness or useful information of the system. [1]
That is, mutations reduce information, yet evolution in the sense of Bacteria-to-BigBangTheory (the TV show) requires an increase in info.

Ayala stated elsewhere, “From today’s perspective, [Theodosius] Dobzhansky appears as perhaps the most eminent evolutionist of the twentieth century.” [2]  So, let’s hear what Dobzhansky said about one of Darwin’s critics,

The book of Pierre P. Grassé [The Evolution of Living Organisms] … is a frontal attack on all kinds of ‘Darwinism.’  His purpose is to ‘destroy the myth of evolution as a simple, understood and explained phenomenon,’ and to show that evolution is a mystery about which little is, and perhaps can be, known.  Now, one can disagree with Grassé but not ignore him.  He is the most distinguished of French zoologists, the editor of the 28 volumes of ‘Traité de Zoologie,’ author of numerous original investigations, and ex-president of The Academie des Sciences.  His knowledge of the living world is encyclopedic. [3]
The Evolution of Living Organisms is an older work; nevertheless, Grassé’s critique of Darwin has not been refuted.

O’Neal brings up polling data.  A recent AP-GfK poll showed that a full 36% of Americans (18 years old & up) are “not too (or not at all) confident” that the Earth is 4.5B years old.  If evolutionary evidence is so convincing, why is this number so large?  O’Neal was kind enough to plug Bill Morgan’s website FishDontWalk.com where you can find a Neato-Esposito comic.  Morgan appeared on George Noory’s Coast-to-Coast AM in 2007.

Is there a slant in Major Media – YES!  This article by O’Neal verifies that fact.  Emmy Award winner Bernie Goldberg was at CBS for almost 30 years and wrote Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News.  A revised edition came out just last year.

“He who states his case first seems right, until his rival comes and cross-examines him” (Pr. 18:17, Amp.).
Be sure to tell your friends about the cool new book showing that Philosophy, Geology, Biology and History favor Young_Earth_Science (YES).  There is a shortcut to the site >> TotalYouth.us >> “For TOTAL Truth, support Earth’s YOUTH.”


Notes:
1) Ayala, Francisco J., “Genotype, Environment and Population Numbers,” Science, vol. 162 (December 27, 1968), p. 1456.
2) Ayala, Francisco J., “Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution, Theodosius Dobzhansky: 1900-1975,” Journal of Heredity, vol. 68, (January/February 1977), p. 6.
3) Dobzhansky, Theodosius, “Darwinian or ‘Oriented’ Evolution?” Evolution, vol. 29 (June 1975), p. 376, emphasis added.


p.s.:  I was a journalist for a year before I attended the University of Oklahoma.  I had the privilege to interview Maya Angelou.  I have a great respect for O’Neal’s profession and overall, he did an excellent job considering the WorldView that he wrote from.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Tall Oak Tree – Adam & Eve

“Tall Oak Tree” by Dorsey Burnette (d. 1979) hit #23 on the charts in 1960.

There was a tall oak tree
That loved a babbling brook
And the babbling brook
Loved the mountain high

And the mountain high
Loved the sky above
The Creator looked down
And saw everything was
Love, love, love

Then he took a bone
And a piece of mud
He made a man and a woman
To be flesh and blood

And then along came the Devil
Up out of the ground
He tempted woman and
That spread sin all around
All around, all around

If she'd left that apple
On the apple tree
There'd be no tears and sorrow
We'd live eternally …
Here is a version by Johnny Rivers.  Glen Campbell also sang this song.

Friday, January 9, 2015

UNBROKEN – The Rest of the Story

Louis Silvie "Louie" Zamperini (1917- 2014) was an Olympic distance runner and suffered greatly during WWII.  He was tortured horribly in Japanese prison camps and was very bitter after the war.

Zamperini had nightmares about strangling his persecutors and this led to a serious drinking problem.  His wife went to the famous Billy Graham Los Angeles crusade and was converted.  Zamperini heard the Gospel at the Graham meeting and placed his faith in Christ.  As a Christian he forgave his enemies and the nightmares ended!


Zamperini visited many of the guards from his POW days to let them know that he had forgiven them.  In 1950 he visited the Sugamo Prison in Tokyo and embraced those who knew him and so expressed his forgiveness personally.  Some of the former guards got saved‼

His latest book, Don't Give Up, Don't Give In: Lessons from an Extraordinary Life, was published just a few months ago.

Billy Graham’s organization has an excellent piece on Zamperini.  Here are some videos from CBN.  Here are a few more vids.  Now you know the truth about UNBROKEN and The Rest of the Story (Thx Paul Harvey‼).


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Intelligent Design (ID) implies Young Earth Science (YES)

Harvard grad Phillip E. Johnson was the law clerk for Chief Justice Earl Warren and taught law for 30 years at UC Berkeley.  Johnson is most known for being the father of Intelligent Design (ID).  Access Research Network (ARN) was Phillip Johnson’s recommended site: [1]
The new Executive Director for ARN is Art Battson (as of 1-1-15).  Dennis Wagner was the prior leader.  Amazingly, Battson’s views support the stability of Essential Types of Life (ETL’s).
A snazzy new book YES – Young Earth Science has a whole chapter on the stasis of ETL’s.  Essentialism has a long history - Aristotle easily observed that wolves reproduce wolves and rabbits make more rabbits.  Given eon’s a sheep will never turn into a shepherd

Even is Darwin’s day all scientists were not convinced.  Sir Charles Wyville Thomson (FRS, d. 1882), chief scientist on the Challenger expedition which revolutionized oceanography, rejected the “theory which refers the evolution of species to extreme variation guided only by natural selection.” [2]

YES – Young Earth Science shows that stasis of ETL’s, Catastrophism and a Young Earth are connected.  Thus, Intelligent Design implies Young Earth Science (YES).  There are numerous data which favors YES.  Phillip Johnson is clearly YES friendly.


Notes:
1)  Defeating Darwinism by Opening Minds by Phillip Johnson (IVP, Downers Grove, IL, 1997), p. 11.
2)  quoted in “Counting Sheep Since Jacob’s Day” by Brian Thomas, Acts & Facts, Feb. 2014, p. 15.