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). 
You'll be amazed at the fascinating facts from history, geology and biology that point to a youthful planet in the blockbusting work YES - Young Earth Science.

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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).