Monday, May 23, 2016

The Chicago Statement, ICBI, Walter Bradley & Henry Morris (Pt. 2)

The inerrancy movement led to the Chicago Statement generated by the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy (ICBI).  To get the background read Part 1.

Walter Bradley, former Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M, wrote a very influential paper “The Trustworthiness of Scripture in Areas Relating to Natural Science” which abandons Creation In Six Days (CISD), Young Earth Science (YES) and the Global Flood.  Unfortunately, Bradley claimed in another work (Three Views on Creation and Evolution) that bacteria death is a problem for traditional creation.  Not so, as Andrew Kulikovsky explains:

However, this is a straw-man argument. To be frank, it is common courtesy to learn what people actually teach before criticizing them (but to be fair, the choice of creationist spokesmen might not have given him the chance, at least as far as the book was concerned). The major creationist organizations like Answers in Genesis and the Institute for Creation Research have never taught that plants, microbes or individual cells didn’t die before the Fall, but only nephesh (soul) creatures.

Our review of Three Views on Creation and Evolution can be found here.
The companion book to the Chicago Statement on Hermeneutics was Hermeneutics, Inerrancy, and the Bible (1984).  In that book, Bruce Waltke states, "... many Evangelicals err egregiously against the text [Gen. 1:1 - 2:3] by reading it as a scientific treatise. ... it is not history in the proper sense of that term because no man was present to record the events at the time of creation." [1]  This is not a real stumbling block for Orthodox Protestants who take Genesis as Historical Narrative (OPGHN, "opgane").  God was present and active during Creation Week.  The Lord communicated with Adam in the cool of the evening (Gen. 3:8). [2]  Furthermore, it's very reasonable that Adam himself wrote the early part of Genesis with Moses as editor.  In 2001 Waltke said this,

The days of creation may also pose difficulties for a strict historical account.  Contemporary scientists almost unanimously discount the possibility of creation in one week, and we cannot summarily discount the evidence of the earth sciences.
Now we can clearly see that the Slippery Slope Syndrome is real.  Bruce Waltke (formerly at Reformed Theological Seminary - Orlando) now favors theistic evolution and warned evangelicals that rejecting evolution earns the label “cult.”

Once believers see that the Deluge really happened, a young earth is obviously the best option.  Consider these timely words from Henry Morris:

... the whole geological-age system is based squarely on the philosophy of uniformitarianism ... the actual data of the geologic column can be explained at least as well in terms of recent catastrophism ... [3]
Morris also points out that widely accepted dating methods deserve closer scrutiny:

... the few physical processes that seem to point to an old earth (e.g. uranium decay) in terms of the uniformitarian assumptions on which they are based will show that these assumptions are not only unproved but are also untestable and unreasonable.  All the real history we have (that is, written human records) goes back only a few thousand years. [4]

YES - Young Earth Science is a great book that defends a youthful planet from History and Science.  This work documents numerous natural processes that indicate a young earth.

A Biblical WorldView requires us to take a strong stand on Genesis because Jesus did as well (Mk. 10:6, Mk. 13:19, Lk. 11:50,51).  Genesis and true Geology do not contradict! 

Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints. ... It was also about these men that Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord came with many thousands of His holy ones" ... In the last time there will be mockers ... But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit ... And have mercy on some, who are doubting ... (Jude vv. 3, 14, 18, 20, 22)
If you have not read The Genesis Flood by John Whitcomb and Henry Morris, I highly recommend it!


Notes:
1) Hermeneutics, Inerrancy, and the Bible ed. by Earl Radmacher and Robert Preus (Zondervan, Grand Rapids, MI, 1984), p. 108.
2) Bing Crosby even sang a song about it, "Shore! said the dinosaur."
3) Radmacher and Preus, p. 345.
4) Ibid., p. 346, emphasis in original.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Edith Schaeffer, Communism and Obama

Ideas have consequences.  Darwin had a big impact on Karl Marx's philosophy.  Evolution leads to depression.  Is Das Kapital good for humanity?  We think not.

On a recent trip to Argentina, President Obama said this,

... there's been a sharp division between left and right, between capitalist and communist or socialist.  ... you're some crazy communist that's going to take away everybody's property.  ... you should be practical and just choose from what works.

In communism, private property is gone, but what does God say?
"You shall not steal." (Ex. 20:15)
"... Anyone who steals must certainly make restitution, but if they have nothing, they must be sold to pay for their theft.  If the stolen animal is found alive in their possession - whether ox or donkey or sheep - they must pay back double." (Ex. 22:3,4)
If we have no private property, how can anyone steal?
Let us consider these wise words from Edith Schaeffer:

Where did Hitler come from?  Or Lenin?  Or Mao?  Or Stalin?  Or Amin?  What about the Berlin Wall?  What about Afghanistan?
What is the cause that brings an effect into the place where it is seen, smelled, touched, heard, felt?  How do actions come?
In the mind.  Just as creativity is in the mind first, so devastating destruction is in the mind first.  Violence is in the mind first - from ideas.
Ideas come first.
Ideas matter.
Ideas give birth to action - good or bad.
Ideas give people their world view. [1]
Edith Schaeffer (d. 2013) was the wife of Francis Schaeffer (d. 1984).

Note:

1)  The Art of Life by Edith Schaeffer (Crossway Books, Westchester, IL, 1987), p. 117.

Monday, March 14, 2016

The End of Free Speech?

Stop the dialog on climate change (~global warming), just put people in jail!   Twenty climate scientists favor the use of RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) to attack climate skeptics.

These climate change activists include Paul Dirmeyer (George Mason), William Lau (Univ. of MD), Vasu Misra (Florida State), Robert Dickinson (Univ. of Texas) and Lisa Goddard (Earth Institute) among others.
We have been burning fossil fuels for hundreds of years yet global temperature clearly tracks with solar activity.
A paper that appeared in Physics Letters A in 2014 showed a clear correlation between the temperature of the Pacific ocean (blue) and solar activity (red).
RSS (Remote Sensing Systems satellite) data indicate that there has been no global warming since 1997.
A great video resource on this controversy is Global Warming - A Scientific and Biblical Exposé of Climate Change featuring Calvin Beisner (Cornwall Alliance), Jason Lisle, Michael Oard, Larry Vardiman and Jay Wile.
A great book that deals with climate change, intelligent design, the reality of the soul, the Global Flood, gay marriage and other hot worldview topics is Sacred Cows In Science: No Objectivity Allowed, edited by Norbert Smith (Ph.D. Zoology, Texas Tech).  Smith appeared in the BBC's A Smile for the Crocodile.

As long as the earth endures,
seedtime and harvest,
cold and heat,
summer and winter,
day and night
will never cease.

  - Gen. 8:22

Sunday, February 14, 2016

God's Sovereignty Implies Young Earth Science (YES)

Does the Bible speak to the age-of-the-earth issue?  YES!  "Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure’ "(Is. 46:10).  "Mortals have a limited life span. You’ve already decided how long we’ll live - you set the boundary and no one can cross it" (Job 14:5, Msg).

God’s sovereignty implies YES.  The King of the Cosmos has a plan and things happen for a purpose at a certain time!  Methuselah lived 969 years – when he died the Flood came.  Abraham predicted that the bondage of the Jews would last 400 years and must wait for the “iniquity of the Amorites [to be] complete” (Ge 15:13-16). Daniel foretold the exact time of Messiah’s coming (Dan. 9:25).  Jesus warned of the time of the Temple’s destruction (Mk 13:1-4, 30).

In his scifi Foundation series, Isaac Asimov introduces the idea of psychohistory – the future can actually be predicted far in advance based on average human tendencies.  Empires rise and they fall with interludes of low civilization, but these events happen at a certain time and for a reason.  That’s fiction, but the FACT is that given God’s original plan, it would take about four thousand years for the Savior to arrive (Gal. 4:4).

This is what the Lord says - Israel’s King and Redeemer, the Lord Almighty:
I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God.  Who then is like me? Let him proclaim it. Let him declare and lay out before me what has happened since I established my ancient people, and what is yet to come - yes, let them foretell what will come (Is. 44:6,7).


Jesus clearly taught that our planet is not billions of years old (Mk. 10:6, Mk. 13:19, Lk. 11:50,51).   Peter echoed that sentiment (Acts 3:20,21). 

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Recommended Books for 2016

The Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible (2K+ pp.) is edited by Michael Barrett, Joel  Beeke and Gerald Bilkes.  This Bible takes a positive stand for Biblical creation.  Beeke is the author of What Did the Reformers Believe About the Age of the Earth?
YES - Young Earth Science provides the case for a young earth from history, philosophy, geology and biology.  This fully documented work contains over 450 footnotes and more than 130 charts, graphs and illustrations.  Although some parts are more technical, this book is for all readers with a general science background.
A number of bold authors (many with Ph.D.'s) wrote Sacred Cows in Science which deals with a number of worldview issues:  climate change, animal rights, extreme environmentalism, intelligent design, man-dino coexistence and the reality of the soul among other relevant topics.  One chapter is "Global Catastrophe and the Historicity of Noah."  Dennis Jernigan, who has recorded with Natalie Grant, Twila Paris, Ron Kenoly and Rebecca St. James, writes the chapter "No One is Born Gay."
Here we find a complete topical treatment of Proverbs and James. Smith and Hall categorize all of the proverbs and all the verses from the book of James.  If you are looking for a guided tour through the divine wisdom of Proverbs and James, you will find this volume most helpful.
Do you have a mental block for Math?  This book is for you!  Do you want to become an engineer?  You need this book.  This 190 page powerhouse has 39 chapters and includes such mind-expanding topics as limits, differentiation, chain rule, Mean Value Theorem, integration, Arc Length, Surfaces of Revolution, L’Hopital’s Rule, Hyperbolic Functions and integration by parts.
This answers the BIG question that Ben Stein focused on in his film Expelled.   Who is the Intelligent Designer?  Is it an alien as Richard Dawkins proposed?  Here is a compilation of scripture demonstrating that God is the Creator and Sustainer of the cosmos.  There are also verses on the implications of creation.  Can Intelligent Design and Darwin work together?  The meme "ID is creationism" is also dealt with.  Can anyone name the Intelligent Designer?  Anyone?  Anyone?
The Tower of Babel: The Cultural History of Our Ancestors by Bodie Hodge is a detailed study of how the major nations arose.  Hodge deals with the origin of the world's 7K languages.  He also handles the decrease in longevity in post-Flood times and the origin of writing.  Hodge challenges the view that Rapid Plate Movements (RPM's) occurred during the time of Peleg (Gen. 10:25).

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Audacity and Hope

Ray Comfort has a new film => Audacity.  According to Living Waters, "this film delivers an unexpected, eye-opening look at the controversial topic of homosexuality."  Ray's testimony was touched on in a prior blog.

This film has action, cool drama, and Todd Friel (Wretched Radio) has a small part.  This movie has comedians and lots of laughs, but also gets very serious.  If you are struggling with same-sex attraction, there is hope for you (1 Cor. 6:9-11).  The Lord Jesus Christ can save and transform anyone (Jn. 4).

Some doubt the historical reality of Adam and Eve.  Others question the purpose of Adam and Eve:

Husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies.  He who loves his own wife loves himself; for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, because we are members of His body.  "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh." [Gen. 2:24]  This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church. (Eph. 5:28-32).

If you have seen the movie, let us know what you think ...

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Many deny Christianity because of evolution.  This bold and fresh new book, YES - Young Earth Science packs a major punch against Darwinism (see ch. 3):

Monday, December 7, 2015

Age of the Earth Poll (C-Fund)

There's a great crowd funding effort for a national survey on the age of the Earth.  Please support this worthy project.  Get more info here.

How old is the Earth?
A) 4,000 years
B) 6,000 years
C) 8,000 years
D) 10,000 years
E) more than 10,000 years

Most surveys do not focus on the age of the earth to this detail.  It is often assumed that an anti-evolution belief is linked to Young Earth Science (YES), but this is not the case.  Just consider the Intelligent Design (ID) movement.  William Dembski has accepted a Global Flood; however, to the best of our knowledge he has not adopted YES yet.  Phillip Johnson, the father of ID, is also sympathetic to YES.  ID as a movement has not rejected Old Earth Fallacies (OEF's). [1]  They should read the Wikipedia page defending a young planet from history and science.  Or better yet, get the book on Young Earth Science (YES):

Note:
1) Darwin's Doubt by Stephen Meyer (HarperCollins, NYC, 2014), p. 72.