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Progressive Creationism (questions)

Questions for the Progressive Creationist

Hello, SJ

In response to your article: https://christian-apologist.com/2018/11/10/genesis-and-jesus-genealogies-support-an-old-earth-creation/  … when you have the time and motivation, please respond to the following.

Thanks much.

Rick Holtsclaw

You said:

“YECs believe that the six days of creation were 24-hour days, particularly since they note the inclusion of evening and morning on each of the creation days. Evenings and mornings require sunrises and sunsets, yet the sun did not appear until day four.”

  1. Does Nome, Alaska experience an evening and a morning in Winter when there is no Sun?

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You said:

“Based on these passages and in conjunction with scientific discoveries concerning the creation of the universe and of the earth, I agree with Biblical interpretations that support an old earth and suggest that yom in the first chapter of Genesis is a longer period of time.”

  1. Is it not true that every time the word “yom” is accompanied by a number or the phrase “evening and morning” throughout the Old Testament (as in Genesis 1), it consistently means an ordinary day i.e. a literal 24-yr period of Time?
  2. If God did not Create in a literal 6-day time-frame and rest on the 7th-day, where did mankind receive the 7-day week and where did the concept of the Sabbath, a “day” of rest, find its origin?

Exodus 20:11 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and made it holy. (Not them ‘plural’ but “it”)

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If the fossil record is millions or billions of years old as in the Progressive Creationist perspective, what is the resultant of Original Sin? In other words, if billions of animals suffered and died before Adam’s rebellion, why did they die, how did they die, if The Curse had not manifest until subsequent the creation of Adam on Day-6?

Moses writes in the Genesis, Chapter 1…

31 God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. 

  1. Apparently, all that had been created up to that point was “very good”…there was no curse, no death resulting from sin…so why does the geological record reflect billions of fossils that died and some in suffering and horror if death and suffering and the curse did not manifest until subsequent Adam’s rebellion?

In Romans 8, Paul writes…

19 For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, [i]in hope 21 that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.

Moses writes in the Genesis, Chapter 3…

17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it’;

Cursed is the ground because of you;
In [f]toil you will eat of it
All the days of your life.
18 “Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you;
And you will eat the [g]plants of the field;
19 By the sweat of your face
You will eat bread,
Till you return to the ground,
Because from it you were taken;
For you are dust,
And to dust you shall return.”

  1. So we see a curse on the Earth “subsequent” to Adam’s rebellion…and prior to this we see our Creator exclaiming everything to be “good.” Again, how does the Progressive Creationist reconcile the death evidenced in the fossil record occurring “before” the curse?
  2. If there is to be a restoration of all things in God’s Kingdom exactly as they were before “The Fall” and “The Curse” (very good)….is God suggesting that death’s sting and creation’s curse will remain seeing that the Progressive Creationist perspective and the fossil record assumes billions of lives lost and death and suffering reigning throughout the World before “The Curse” … millions or billions of years of death and suffering before Adam’s rebellion?

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In conclusion, you said…

“In conclusion, the Bible provides us with evidence that the six days of creation were not literal 24-hour days and that Jesus’ genealogies were abbreviated to exclude unimportant names. Readers can take comfort that the Bible supports scientific findings in cosmology and geology. Science is not the enemy of Christianity. In contrast, science gives us evidence in its support!”

  1. Even if Luke’s genealogy was missing a person or two or three or four, the 4-k year estimate from Adam to the Christ (YEC) would only be several hundred-years off or maybe even a thousand or two, but NOT many thousands or millions of years; therefore, how do account for this “gap” theology?
  2. You mention cosmology and geology…do you believe in Theistic Evolution/abiogenesis and/or macroevolution?
  3. Do you hold to the Framework Hypothesis? Cosmic Evolution?

Thank you for your time,

Rick Holtsclaw

Excellent article discussing the Six-days of Creation and variant perspectives:

What Is R.C. Sproul’s Position on Creation?

https://www.ligonier.org/blog/what-rc-sprouls-position-creation/

 

Revisionist Gay Theology

Male and female, together, are the fullest picture of the image of God in creation. That’s why they need each other. Adam wasn’t complete without Eve. In everyday terms, this means that only the difference and the complementary interplay of male and female uniquely reflect the image and likeness of the persons of the Trinity in creation. As a result, sexual love between married man and woman is a life-giving act of mutual giving and receiving that mirrors the Trinity like nothing else on earth.
– Glenn Stanton, director of global family formation studies at Focus on the Family
The Christian idea of marriage is based on Christ’s words that a man and wife are to be regarded as a single organism—for that is what the words “one flesh” would be in modern English. And the Christians believe that when He said this He was not expressing a sentiment but stating a fact—just as one is stating a fact when one says that a lock and its key are one mechanism, or that a violin and a bow are one musical instrument. The inventor of the human machine was telling us that its two halves, the male and the female, were made to be combined together in pairs, not simply on a sexual level, but totally combined.
– C.S. Lewis
Because this relationship is so central to creation and humanity, God’s heart for marriage is woven throughout the Old and New Testaments. Marriage is the most important picture in Scripture of our own relationship with God. God is portrayed as a husband, and His wife is the nation of Israel. She is unfaithful, but still His own, and He lovingly pursues her. And the Church is the Bride of Christ, who sacrificed himself for her. 
– Focus on The Family – What does the Bible say about Homosexuality

Revisionist Gay Theology – A Christian Response

The Genesis Account of Male and Female

Genesis 2:20-24
The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
Revisionist Argument:
The Genesis account does not forbid homosexuality; it simply does not refer to it.
Christian Response:
While it is true this passage does not forbid homosexual relations, it does provide the model, the standard, for human sexuality. The male-female marriage union, introduced in Genesis, is the only type of sexual behavior consistently praised in both Old and New Testaments. Moses, Jesus and Paul each point to Genesis as the primary text for understanding God’s design in creation.
We must look at all forms of sexual expression through the lens of marriage and the male/female complementarity of God’s design in Genesis. Dr. Robert Gagnon, one of the world’s foremost scholars on homosexuality, writes about how God brings forth the woman from the man, creating a longing within them to reunite through marriage and sexual intercourse. “The woman is not just ‘like himself’ but ‘from himself’ and thereby a complementary fit to himself. She is a complementary sexual ‘other.’”
Gagnon explains how this teaching from Genesis permeates Scripture. All through the Bible, men and women are presented as biologically complementary for the purposes of sexual activity and reproduction. This complementarity is “clear and convincing proof of God’s will for sexual unions.” Echoing Paul in the book of Romans, he continues by saying that even those who don’t believe the Bible should be able to figure out God’s design because of the physical structure of created humanity.

The Destruction of Sodom

Genesis 19:4-9
[T]he men of the city, the men of Sodom, both young and old, all the people to the last man, surrounded the house. And they called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us, that we may know them.” Lot went out to the men at the entrance, shut the door after him, and said, “I beg you, my brothers, do not act so
wickedly. Behold, I have two daughters who have not known any man. Let me bring them out to you, and do to them as you please. Only do nothing to these men, for they have come under the shelter of my roof.” But they said, “Stand back!” And they said, “This fellow came to sojourn, and he has become the judge! Now we will deal worse with you than with them.” Then they pressed hard against the man Lot, and drew near to break the door down.
Revisionist Argument #1:
Sodom was destroyed because of the inhospitality of its citizens, not because of homosexuality.
Christian Response:
The argument makes no sense in light of Lot’s words and actions. His first response, “Don’t do this wicked thing,” could hardly apply to a simple request to “get to know” his guests. The second thing Lot does is especially telling: He answered the demands of the men of the city by offering his two virgin daughters—another senseless gesture if the men wanted only a social knowledge of his guests. Surely the people of the town were acquainted with Lot’s daughters, and Lot’s response makes clear that he and the townsmen are talking about sexual activity.
Revisionist Argument #2:
Sodom was destroyed for attempted rape, not homosexuality.
Christian Response:
The argument is partially true; the men of Sodom certainly were proposing rape. But for such an event to include “all the men from every part of the city of Sodom—both young and old,” homosexuality must have been commonly practiced.
Professor Thomas Schmidt, in his book, Straight and Narrow? Compassion and Clarity in the Homosexuality Debate , cites evidence in early literature connecting Sodom with more general homosexual practices. The literature says the people of Sodom were “sexually promiscuous” and “departed from the order of nature.” Here “the order of nature” is a reference to male-female complementarity.
Revisionist Argument #3:
The real sins of Sodom, according to Ezekiel 16:49, were “pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy.” These have nothing to do with homosexuality.
Christian Response:
Again, the argument is partially true. When Sodom was destroyed, homosexuality was one aspect of its wickedness. But Ezekiel also says of the city: “They were haughty and did an abomination before me” (16:50). When we read 2 Peter 2:6-7 and Jude 7, we learn that this “abomination” included sexual immorality and homosexual conduct.

The Holiness Code

Leviticus 18:2b-3, 22; 20:13
I am the Lord your God. You shall not do as they do in the land of Egypt, where you lived, and you shall not do as they do in the land of Canaan, to which I am bringing you. You shall not walk in their statutes. … You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination [abhorrence]. If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.
Revisionist Argument #1:
The practices mentioned in these chapters of Leviticus have to do with idolatry, not homosexuality.
Christian Response:
The prohibitions against homosexuality in Leviticus 18 and 20 appear within lists of other sexual sins—adultery and incest, for example—which are forbidden in both Old and New Testaments. If the practices in Leviticus 18 and 20 are condemned only because of their association with idolatry, then it logically follows they would be permissible if they were committed apart from idolatry. That would mean incest, adultery, bestiality, and child sacrifice (all of which are listed in these chapters) are only condemned when associated with idolatry; otherwise, they are allowable. No serious reader of these passages could accept such a premise.
Revisionist Argument #2:
The Holiness Code’s injunction against homosexual acts is not an ethical but rather a ceremonial prohibition. It focuses on Jewish ritual cleanness, not Christian behavior.
Christian Response:
This argument, too, is based on a partial truth. New Testament scholar Stanley Grenz says:
This theory is a helpful reminder that the Holiness Code arose partly out of a concern for ritual purity. However, it is not completely clear that the injunctions against sex acts such as bestiality and same-sex intercourse fall in this category. … Further, by claiming that the Holiness Code prohibition of homosexual acts arises merely out of concern for ceremonial purity and not for morality, the argument assumes a disjunction between ethics and ritual uncleanness that is foreign to Leviticus. … Considerations such as these make it difficult to get around the conclusion that the Holiness Code prohibits homosexual acts in general and that it did so on the basis of concerns that were at least in part moral.
Revisionist Argument #3:
You don’t follow all of Leviticus, you eat shellfish and wear mixed threads, don’t you? Those are prohibited in the same passages as the verses on homosexuality.
Christian Response:
Of course, sexual activity is a much bigger deal than eating shrimp or wearing a polyester-cotton blend shirt. They are not equivalent. In addition, we don’t throw out other sexual ethics in Leviticus 18 and 20 such as the prohibitions against incest or adultery
Dr. Michael Brown, author and theologian, helps explain the difference between dietary laws that applied to Israel and ethical laws that apply to everyone: Within the Torah (God’s Teaching and Law), there were many laws given to Israel to keep them separate from the nations (like Leviticus 19:19). That’s why the Torah said that certain foods, like shellfish, were unclean for the Israelites but not for all people (see Deuteronomy 14:7, 19). On the other hand, there were laws given to Israel that were universal in scope, like the command not to murder.
When it comes to homosexual practice, not only is it the only sinful action singled out in Leviticus as an abomination, but it is part of a list of universal moral prohibitions, including incest and other forbidden sexual acts. We know this because the chapter states that the Lord judged the pagan nations for these very acts, and if acts were wrong for idol-worshiping pagans, they were wrong for the people of Israel (see Leviticus  18:24-30). And when we see that the prohibition against homosexual practice is reiterated in the New Testament, the case is settled for those who accept the Bible as God’s Word.

David and Johnathan

1 Samuel 19:1
And Saul spoke to Jonathan his son and to all his servants, that they
should kill David. But Jonathan, Saul’s son, delighted much in David.
2 Samuel 1:25-26
[David is lamenting the deaths of Saul and Jonathan.]
Jonathan lies slain on your high places.
I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan;
very pleasant have you been to me;
your love to me was extraordinary,
surpassing the love of women.
Revisionist Argument:
David and Jonathan were obviously homosexual lovers.
Christian Response:
Given the evidence of the biblical text, the conclusion is anything but obvious. Instead, this interpretation reflects a set of cultural assumptions—in particular, a highly sexualized interpretation of the word “love”—which is more characteristic of modern Western society than of the ancient Near East. Contrary to the implications of contemporary movie plots and song lyrics, “love” and “sex” are not mutually interchangeable terms. They certainly weren’t in biblical times, and we shouldn’t impose our worldview on ancient times.
Demonstrative, emotionally charged same-sex friendships were common in David and Jonathan’s cultural context. Theologian Stanley Grenz notes that the language of David’s lament is typical of that used in treaties. In this case, it’s as if David were describing or establishing a treaty between himself and Jonathan’s family. Grenz also notes that both David and Jonathan married women and fathered children.
The Bible does not avoid David’s sins—including pointing out his orchestration of the murder of Uriah and his adultery with Bathsheba (II Samuel 11-12). If David had sinned homosexually, certainly Scripture would have noted it, and he might have incurred the penalty for such activity.

Plural Marriage in Scripture

Revisionist Argument:
Many in the Bible, including Abraham and David, practiced polygamy. Why aren’t you open to practicing polygamy and other types of sexual relationships?
Christian Response:
The Bible is honest about sexual sin in a fallen world and describes many kinds of sexual activity, including polygamy, incest, prostitution, rape and homosexuality, all of which are rejected as God’s design. But the only kind of sexual behavior the Bible prescribes is marriage between one man and one woman.

Jesus and the Subject of Homosexuality

Revisionist Argument:
Jesus never taught against homosexuality or lesbianism. In fact, He was silent on the issue.
Christian Response #1:
As Grenz writes:
{A}rguments from silence are notoriously difficult to substantiate. We might just as easily conclude that other acts about which Jesus was silent were equally unimportant to the Master. For example, does His silence about incest mean that we are no longer bound to the Old Testament prohibitions in this area?
There is a much simpler and more obvious explanation for Jesus’ silence. It was not a controversial issue of that period. It was a settled issue in Israel that homosexual behavior was a sin, so Jesus was not asked about it.
Christian Response #2:
Jesus is the Son of God; He is the living Word, God made flesh. The revisionist argument assumes that Jesus somehow might have had a different view of homosexuality from that which was made clear to God’s people in the Old Testament. Jesus is one with the Father, and the Spirit, and the same Holy Spirit inspired all the authors of Scripture. Jesus kept and affirmed all that the Law and the Prophets taught (Matthew 5:17-19).
Christian Response #3:
Jesus said everything that needed to be said on the subject of sexual ethics when He quoted Genesis in response to the Pharisees’ question about divorce: He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Matthew 19:4-6)
In other words, Jesus explicitly endorsed the Christian sexual ethic outlined Genesis, Mark and Matthew.
As Grenz affirms:
But nowhere did [Jesus] condone genital sexual activity outside the context of a lifelong heterosexual commitment. In fact, the only option He mentioned other than marriage was celibacy (Matthew 19:11-12). Moreover, whenever Jesus engaged with questions involving human sexual conduct, he appealed to God’s intention in creation (e.g., Mark 10:11-12; Matthew 19:4-9).

Paul – Natural and Unnatural

Romans 1:18-27
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
Revisionist Argument #1:
Paul is not describing true homosexuals; rather, he is referring to heterosexuals who, as he says, “exchanged natural relations.” The real sin here is in changing what is natural to the individual.
Christian Response:
There is nothing in Paul’s wording to suggest he even recognized such a thing as a “true” homosexual versus a “false” one. The idea of gay as an identity, of someone “being gay” or “being homosexual” is a modern construct, rooted in ideology and a particular worldview. Paul simply describes homosexual behavior as against nature—unnatural.
Paul’s wording, in fact, is unusually specific. He chooses the Greek words that most emphasize biology. He is not considering any such thing as sexual orientation. He is saying that homosexuality is biologically unnatural—not just unnatural to “heterosexuals,” but unnatural to anyone. As Grenz puts it, “The verse does not
speak of natural and unnatural feelings, but natural and unnatural function.”

Paul is speaking of how we are created—male and female.

Revisionist Argument #2:
This Scripture describes people given over to idolatry, not gay Christians who worship the true God.
Christian Response:
Idolatry plays a major role in Romans 1. Paul begins his writing by describing humanity’s rebellion and decision to worship creation rather than the Creator. But Paul is also talking about sins that arise when humanity stops worshiping the true God, including the sin of homosexual sexual activity. Professor Schmidt explains:
Paul is not suggesting that a person worships an idol and decides therefore to engage in same-sex relations. Rather, he is suggesting that the general rebellion created the environment for the specific rebellion: “For this reason God gave them up to,” not “As a result of this they did.”

Paul: The Rejection of the Same-sex Acts

1 Corinthians 6:9-10
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
1 Timothy 1:9-10
Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully, understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine. …
Revisionist Argument:
Arsenokoite, the word used for homosexuality by Paul in his letters to the Corinthians and to Timothy, is apparently a word he coined. It never appeared in Greek literature before he used it in these Scriptures. At that time there were other words for “homosexual.” Had he meant to refer to homosexuality, he would have used one of the words already in existence. Most likely, he was referring to male prostitution, which was common at the time.
Christian Response:
Whether Paul coined the term arsenokoite or not, there can be no doubt about its meaning. It is simply a literal translation of the Hebrew phrase mishkav zakur, “lying with a male,” which is “… the usual way of referring to homosexual intercourse in early rabbinic literature.” As such, it clearly refers back to the prescriptions of the Holiness Code, especially Leviticus 20:13 which, in the Greek Septuagint version reads, “…hos an koimethe meta aresnos koiten gynaikos.”
As Dr. Grenz concludes:
We must remind ourselves that Paul’s list in the Corinthian epistle occurs in the wider context of matters related to proper sexual conduct and the believing community (1 Corinthians 5-8). As his subsequent discussion indicates, Paul was convinced that the only proper context for sexual intercourse was heterosexual marriage. The apostle apparently did not see any reason to elaborate further why homosexual behavior violated this basic view.
Interestingly, this term arsenokoite or “men-who-bed-men” is close to the term used by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “men who have sex with men” or MSM. Like Paul, the CDC places the emphasis on the behavior, rather than on identity or attractions. And the good news, stated clearly in the letter to Corinth, is that people come out of homosexuality—they are washed, made holy and their sin is paid for by the work of Jesus on the cross. From the early Church until today, people have left homosexual behavior.
In his book, Is God anti-gay?,
Sam Allberry explains how Paul’s list of sins should bring us to acknowledge our deep need for a savior: These forms of behavior characterize those who are not “just” and for whom the law was given, in order to bring conviction of sin and the need for mercy. All these practices contradict “sound doctrine” and the gospel. They do not conform to the life Christians are now to lead. They go against the grain of the new identity we have in Christ.

New International Version (Errors)

The New International Version (NIV) translation of the Holy Bible is apparently compiled and edited by a group of theological liberals who seek to tickle the ears of heretics and atheists seeing that the translation takes liberty with the Hebrew and the Greek and says something that the Scriptures simply do NOT say (2 Timothy 4:3-4).

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,  and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. (2 Timothy 4:3-4 NASB)

Psalm 119:152

The Atheists say…

psalm 119 152

The NIV incorrectly translates “commands” which should be “testimonies.”

“Of old I have known from Your testimonies
That You have founded them forever.” (Psalm 119:152 NASB)

“Concerning Your testimonies,
I have known of old that You have founded them forever.” (Psalm 119:152 NKJV)

“Long have I known from your testimonies
    that you have founded them forever.” (Psalm 119:152 ESV)

“Long ago I learned from your statutes
    that you established them to last forever.” (Psalm 119:152 NIV)

See Hebrew translation of Psalm 119:152 at https://biblehub.com/text/psalms/119-152.htm

“concerning your testimonies” = Heb: mê-‘ê-ḏō-ṯe-ḵā; Strongs #5713 [e] > your testimonies (occurrences 1 of 1)

What are the “testimonies” of our LORD referenced by Psalm 119:152?

Let us mark this eternal basis of “the testimonies of God.” The whole plan of redemption was emphatically “founded for ever”: the Saviour was “foreordained before the foundation of the world.” The people of God were “chosen in Christ before the world began.” The great Author “declares the end from the beginning,” and thus clears his dispensations from any charge of mutability or contingency. Every event in the church is fixed, permitted, and provided for — not in the passing moment of time; but in the counsels of eternity. When, therefore, the testimonies set forth God’s faithful engagements with his people of old, the recollection that they are “founded for ever” gives us a present and unchangeable interest in them. And when we see that they are grounded upon the oath and promise of God — the two “immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie” — we may truly “have strong consolation” in venturing every hope for eternity upon this rock; nor need we be dismayed to see all our earthly dependencies — “the world, and the lust, and the fashion of it — passing away” before us. – -Charles Bridges. See: https://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/treasury-of-david/psalms-119-152.html

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Numbers 5:11-31 (Test for Unfaithful Wife)

Numbers 5 is far too often used by pro-choice advocates in their efforts to prove the Bible supports abortion. The atheist/pro-abortion advocate will cite Numbers 5 in the NIV which incorrectly translates the Hebrew.

Numbers 5:21, 22, 27, 28 (NIV)

21 here the priest is to put the woman under this curse—“may the Lord cause you to become a curse[d] among your people when he makes your womb miscarry and your abdomen swell. 22 May this water that brings a curse enter your body so that your abdomen swells or your womb miscarries.” “‘Then the woman is to say, “Amen. So be it.”

27 If she has made herself impure and been unfaithful to her husband, this will be the result: When she is made to drink the water that brings a curse and causes bitter suffering, it will enter her, her abdomen will swell and her womb will miscarry, and she will become a curse. 28 If, however, the woman has not made herself impure, but is clean, she will be cleared of guilt and will be able to have children.

Numbers 5:21, 22, 27, 28 (NASB)

21 (then the priest shall have the woman swear with the oath of the curse, and the priest shall say to the woman), “the Lord make you a curse and an oath among your people by the Lord’s making your thigh [m]waste away and your abdomen swell; 22 and this water that brings a curse shall go into your [n]stomach, and make your abdomen swell and your thigh [o]waste away.” And the woman shall say, “Amen. Amen.”

27 When he has made her drink the water, then it shall come about, if she has defiled herself and has been unfaithful to her husband, that the water which brings a curse will go into her [r]and cause bitterness, and her abdomen will swell and her thigh will [s]waste away, and the woman will become a curse among her people. 28 But if the woman has not defiled herself and is clean, she will then be free and conceive [t]children.

Note: In the Hebrew, this test does NOT involve a child, a pregnant woman, but is simply a test of faithfulness/unfaithfulness. If the Woman is guilty, her uterus will be made sterile. If the Woman is not guilty of adultery, she will be able to bear children…there is no mention of a miscarriage or abortion in the Hebrew…it’s simply the difference between sterility and fertility, but no child is mentioned in the text other than in v. 28 stating that the innocent Wife would be able to bear children.

v. 21 in Hebrew: https://biblehub.com/text/numbers/5-21.htm

v. 22 in Hebrew: https://biblehub.com/text/numbers/5-22.htm

v. 27 in Hebrew: https://biblehub.com/text/numbers/5-27.htm

Note: The NIV is the ONLY version that uses “miscarriage” in v. 21 and 22, see: https://christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/17009/does-numbers-511-22-describe-sanctioned-abortion

The Hebrew for miscarriage is Strongs #5309 (miscarriage or abortion) but v. 21-22 and 27 use Strongs #5307 (to fall, lie).  There is no mention of “miscarry” or a child in the Hebrew relevant to Numbers 5:21-22, 27.

“Got Questions” agrees that Numbers 5 is not discussing an abortion and notes that the NIV mistakenly translates “miscarriage.” See: https://www.gotquestions.org/Numbers-abortion.html

Evolution – A Religion from Hell

“Richard Dawkins not only regards Darwinism as compatible with atheism, but that atheism is a logical outcome of evolutionary belief. He has long promoted atheism both individually and as part of atheistic organizations.”

See: (The Greatest Hoax on Earth?) https://creation.com/the-greatest-hoax-on-earth/introduction.php

Why do People Believe in Evolution?

  • It is all that they have been taught and exposed to, they believe the evidence supports evolution.
  • They do not want to be lumped with people who do not believe in evolution and are often considered to be less intelligent or “backward.”
  • Evolution has the stamp of approval from real scientists, and evolutionary history allows people to reject the idea of God and legitimize their own immorality.
  • Evaluating the presuppositions behind belief in evolution makes for a much more productive discussion. Two intelligent people can arrive at different conclusions using the same evidence; therefore, their starting assumptions is the most important issue in discussing historical science.

The Disastrous Results of Darwin’s Evolutionary Theory

  • Michael Denton (Denton, Evolution: A Theory in Crisis) suggests that the chief impact of Darwin’s ideas was to make atheism possible and respectable in light of the evidence for a Designer.
  • Darwin’s ideas fostered an environment where God was no longer needed—nature was all that was necessary.
  • Darwin’s ideas ushered in a pagan era that is now reaching a critical point.
  • The idea that the appearance of design suggests a designer became an invalid argument in the eyes of evolutionists.

Note: Darwin developed his ideas over many years after his journey aboard the Beagle. The idea of natural selection was recognized by creationists before Darwin used it to remove the glory from God. https://answersingenesis.org/natural-selection/speciation/speciation-yes-evolution-no/

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Mutations: evolution’s engine becomes evolution’s end!

Excerpt: Mutations are not uniquely biological events that provide an engine of natural variation for natural selection to work upon and produce all the variety of life. Mutation is the purely physical result of the all-pervading mechanical damage that accompanies all molecular machinery. As a consequence, all multicellular life on earth is undergoing inexorable genome decay because the deleterious mutation rates are so high, the effects of the individual mutations are so small, there are no compensatory beneficial mutations and natural selection is ineffective in removing the damage.

See: https://creation.com/mutations-are-evolutions-end

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That Quote about the Missing Transitional Fossils

Excerpt: Being a world-renowned fossil expert, Patterson’s frank admissions were embarrassing to adherents of the ‘religion of evolution’—including himself, it would appear. But there were even more devastating revelations to come from Dr. Patterson.

During a public lecture presented at New York City’s American Museum of Natural History on 5 November 1981, he dropped a bombshell among his peers that evening, who became very angry and emotional. Here are some extracts from what he said:

‘ … I’m speaking on two subjects, evolutionism and creationism, and I believe it’s true to say that I know nothing whatever about either … One of the reasons I started taking this anti-evolutionary view, well, let’s call it non-evolutionary, was last year I had a sudden realization.

‘… One morning I woke up … and it struck me that I had been working on this stuff [evolution] for twenty years, and there was not one thing I knew about it.’ He added:

‘That was quite a shock that one could be misled for so long … I’ve tried putting a simple question to various people and groups of people: “Can you tell me anything you know about evolution, any one thing that you think is true?” I tried that question on the geology staff in the Field Museum of Natural History, and the only answer I got was silence. I tried it on the members of the Evolutionary Morphology Seminar in the University of Chicago … and all I got there was silence for a long time, and then eventually one person said: “Yes, I do know one thing. It ought not to be taught in high school.”

Dr. Colin Patterson, (1933 – 1988) former senior paleontologist (fossil expert) at the prestigious British Museum of Natural History.

See: https://creation.com/that-quote-about-the-missing-transitional-fossils

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Evolution is NOT Science

Also see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RLcfwAYCjQ

Religion: A cause, principle, or system of belief held to with ardor and faith (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/religion) “ardor” – enthusiasm or passion, fervor, zeal, vehemence, intensity, verve, fire, emotion.

Faith: Firm belief in something for which there is no proof.  (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/faith)

Science: Systematic knowledge of the physical or material world gained through observation and experimentation. (http://dictionaryreference.com/browse/science)

Note: Evolution is not a science because Evolution has never been observed or nor has experimentation of evolution taken place; however, evolution does fit nicely into the definition of religion. Evolution is a system of beliefs for which there is no proof.

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Evolution – Which one?

Which “Evolution” are you discussing…there are six-meanings to the word, evolution.

  1. Cosmic Evolution: The origin of time, space and matter, i.e. Big Bang. “Nothing exploded and created everything.”
  2. Chemical Evolution: The origin of higher elements from hydrogen. According to the Big Bang Theory, the Big Bang created hydrogen and some helium but the question remains, how did the other 105 elements evolve? Did uranium evolve from hydrogen? Evolutionists say “yes” because of fusion in the stars but you cannot fuse past iron…also you have a “chicken and the egg” problem because you must have stars to make the elements and the elements to make the stars; therefore, which one came first?
  3. Stellar and Planetary Evolution: Origin of stars and planets. No one has ever seen a star form. “The silent embarrassment of modern astrophysics is that we do not know how even a single one of these stars managed to form.” (Martin Harwit, Science, vol. 231, 7 March 1986, p. 1201-1202)  A scientist might see a spot in the sky and claim they observed a star form but what they’re actually witnessing is a scenario where a dust cloud has moved from in-front of a star…the star was present the whole time. We do see stars explode forming a Nova or a Super Nova…this is observed about every 30-years…yet we’ve never seen a star actually form. It has been estimated that there are enough stars for every person on Earth to own 11-trillion of them…yet we do not know their origin…these are only the stars we know about but it’s possible there could many more. Also see Harvard/NASA’s explanation for origin: https://www.cfa.harvard.edu/seuforum/bb_whycare.htm
  4. Organic Evolution: Origin of life. According to Evolution, life must find its genesis in non-life yet no one has a clue relevant to how this is possible. Scientists have attempted to create life in the laboratory but they failed and even if science could create life in a controlled environment, this would only prove that Intelligence is required to create life…this would not prove evolution.
  5. Macro-Evolution: Changing from one KIND into another KIND. Note: A dog and a wolf are the same “KIND” but different species – but Darwin, in his book, The Origin of the Species, changed the classification from “KIND” to “species.” All we have ever observed is what evolutionists themselves call “subspeciation” (variation within a kind), never “transspeciation” (change from one kind to others)
  6. Micro-Evolution: Variations within KINDS…only this one has been observed. Micro-Evolution or variation within a KIND results from adaptation, breeding. Speciation yes! – Evolution no! (https://answersingenesis.org/natural-selection/speciation/speciation-yes-evolution-no/) Again: All we have ever observed is what evolutionists themselves call “subspeciation” (variation within a kind), never “transspeciation” (change from one kind to others)

Note that the first FIVE kinds of evolution are RELIGIOUS – NON-SCIENCE and are religious views for we have never observed any of them. Both Creationism and Evolution are religious by definition…one must choose to “believe.”

Evolution requires great faith in that which has never been observed:

  • Life coming from non-life
  • Matter creating itself
  • Animals producing different KINDS of animals
  • NONE of these things has ever been observed; therefore, Evolution is a religion consisting of faith/belief not a science.

Darwin’s Use of KIND

Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species, P.F. Collier & Sons, 1909

See: http://www.creationliberty.com/articles/kind.php

Though the typical evolutionist insists that a “kind” is not a scientific classification, even Charles Darwin himself used the term “kind” in its proper context.

[p.34] — “… the greyhound, bloodhound, terrier, spaniel, and bulldog, which we all know propagate their kind truly,”

[p.94] — “… would have the best chance of surviving and of procreating their kind?”

[p.116] — “… they will have a better chance of surviving and propagating their kind;”

[p.154] — “In treatises on many kinds of cultivated plants, certain varieties are said to withstand certain climates better than others;”

[p.290] — “… from being sterile, they cannot propagate their kind.”

[p.339] — “… some of the higher animals, which propagate their kind much more slowly…”

[p.356] — “Yet these birds… they exist in infinite numbers and of many kinds.”

[p.522] — “Some of the many kinds of animals which live on the beach…”

Evolutionary Terms Defined

https://answersingenesis.org/natural-selection/natural-selection-vs-evolution/

Natural Selection: the process by which individuals possessing a set of traits that confer a survival advantage in a given environment tend to leave more offspring on average that survive to reproduce in the next generation.

  • Natural selection is an observable process that falls into the category of operational science.
  • We have observed mosquitoes, birds, and many microorganisms undergoing change in relatively short periods of time. (all within their KIND)
  • New species have been observed to arise.
  • Biblical creationists agree with evolutionists on most of the ideas associated with natural selection, except the idea that natural selection leads to molecules-to-man evolution.

Speciation: the process of change in a population that produces distinct populations which rarely naturally interbreed due to geographic isolation or other factors.

  • Speciation is observable and fits into the category of operational science. Speciation has never been observed to turn one kind of animal into another.

Adaptation: a physical trait or behavior due to inherited characteristics that gives an organism the ability to survive in a given environment.

  • Evolutionary biologists assume, based on geologic interpretations, that there have been billions of years for this process to occur. But if long ages did not exist, the hypothesis cannot be true.
  • The other requirement, a mechanism for change, is also assumed to exist—even though it has never been observed.

Example: To produce the new bones in the fins (for a fish to walk on land) requires an elaborate orchestration of biologic processes. The bones don’t just have to be present; they must develop at the right time in the embryo, have their shape and size predetermined by the DNA sequence, be attached to the correct tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels, attach to the bones of the pectoral girdle, and so on. The amount of information required for this seemingly simple transformation cannot be provided by a process that generally deletes information from the genome.

Evolution: all life on earth has come about through descent with modification from a single common ancestor (a hypothetical, primitive, single-celled organism).

  • “Is evolution a valid scientific idea since it cannot be observed in experiments and repeated to show that the conclusions are valid?”
  • The fact that evolutionary processes, on the scale of millions of years, cannot be observed, tested, repeated, or falsified places them in the category of historical science.

Operational Science v. Historical Science

Operational Science can be defined as any science that sets out to describe how something works. It uses the traditional tools of observation and experimentation. Examples of this sort of science would include physics and chemistry.

Historical Science can be defined as any science that attempts to piece together past events in order to explain those events. Examples of Historical Sciences would include Archaeology and Police Forensics.

A key difference between these two types of science is that theories in operational sciences can usually be thoroughly tested in order to prove whether or not the theory is true. In contrast, in historical science, theories generally cannot be tested and always have some level of assumptions and doubts.

All theories about the formation and creation of the universe, the world, life, and man fall into the category of historical science. The events are all past events that are not observable. See: https://www.truthortradition.com/articles/a-critical-distinction-operational-science-vs-historical-science

A Major Problem for Evolution

  • A major problem for evolution is the huge increase in information content of organisms through time.
  • The problem is that through the imagined history of life on earth, the information content of the genomes of organisms must have increased dramatically.
  • Beginning with the most primitive form of life, we have a relatively simple genome compared to the genomes that we see today. Mutations are said to provide the fuel for the evolutionary engine. Virtually all observed mutations result in a loss in the information content of a genome.

What is a genome?

A genome is an organism’s complete set of DNA, including all of its genes. Each genome contains all of the information needed to build and maintain that organism. In humans, a copy of the entire genome—more than 3 billion DNA base pairs—is contained in all cells that have a nucleus. https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/primer/hgp/genome

 

Example: There would need to be some way to consistently add information to the genome to arrive at palm trees and people from a simple single-celled organism—the hypothetical common ancestor of all life on earth. Evolutionists have failed to answer the question, “Where did all the new information come from since mutations are known to reduce information?” You cannot expect evolution, which requires a net gain in information over millions of years, to occur as a result of mutation and natural selection. Natural selection, evolution’s supposed mechanism, causes a loss of information and can only act on traits that are already present!

In one of the most brilliantly and perceptively developed themes in his book Evolution: A Theory in Crisis, Denton shows how leaders in the science of classification, after a century of trying vainly to accommodate evolution, are returning to, and fleshing out, the creationist typological concepts of the pre-Darwinian era. Indeed, the study of biological classification was founded by Karl von Linné (Carolus Linnaeus) on the basis of his conscious and explicit biblical belief that living things were created to multiply after kind, and that these created kinds could be rationally grouped in a hierarchical pattern reflecting themes and variations in the Creator’s mind. If evolution were true, says Denton, classification of living things ought to reflect a sequential pattern, like the classification of wind speeds, with arbitrary divisions along a continuum (e.g., the classification of hurricanes into categories 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 along a wind speed gradient). In sharp contrast, living things fit into distinctly bounded hierarchical categories, with each member “equi-representative” of the group, and “equidistant” from members of other defined groups.

“Actually,” concluded Gould, “the existence of distinct species was quite consistent with creationist tenets of a pre-Darwinian era” (emphasis added). I would simply like to add that the evidence is also quite consistent with the creationist tenets of the present post-neo-Darwinian era. In Darwin’s time, as well as the present, “creation” seems to be the more logical inference from our observations.

The collapse of neo-Darwinism has sparked interest in creation among secular intellectuals, leading to the influential movement now called “Intelligent Design” or ID. ID spokesmen present evidence for intelligent design without tying it to the Bible or any other overtly religious position. ID gained worldwide notoriety with Darwin on Trial in which a prestigious law professor from the University of California at Berkeley, Phillip Johnson,3 demonstrated that Darwinian evolution was based on so many errors in logic and violations of the rules of evidence that it represented little more than a thinly veiled apologetic for philosophic naturalism. Books and visuals by Jonathan Wells show that popular Icons of Evolution4 still used in textbooks, museum displays, and television programs were discredited scientifically years ago.

It’s no wonder that in recent times evolutionists have left the defense of evolution largely to lawyers, judges, politicians, educators, the media, and the clergy, NOT to scientists. Even secular and agnostic scientists are becoming creationists!

See: https://answersingenesis.org/natural-selection/speciation/speciation-yes-evolution-no/)

Example of Natural Selection and Speciation

Using the dog kind as an example, we can see the amazing variety that was programmed into the DNA from creation. Using basic genetic principles and operational science, we can understand how the great diversity seen in the dogs of the present world could have come from one pair of dogs on Noah’s Ark.

  • Using the genes A, B, and C as examples of recessive/dominant traits in dogs, if an AaBbCc male were to mate with an AaBbCc female, there are 27 different combinations (AABBCC … aabbcc) possible in the offspring.
  • If these three genes coded for fur characteristics, we would get dogs with many types of fur—from long and thick to short and thin.
  • As these dogs migrated around the globe after the Flood, they encountered different climates. Those that were better suited to the environment of the cold North survived and passed on the genes for long, thick fur. The opposite was true in the warmer climates.
  • Natural selection is a key component of the explanation of events following the Flood that led to the world we now see.
  • This type of speciation has been observed to happen very rapidly and involves mixing and expression of the preexisting genetic variability.
  • Not only does natural selection select from already existing information, it causes a loss of information since unfavorable genes are removed from the population.
  • Mutations are not able to add new information to the genome.
  • Not a single mutation has been observed to cause an increase in the amount of information in a genome.
  • The differences in groups of similar organisms that are isolated from one another may eventually become great enough so that the populations no longer interbreed in the wild. This is how new species have formed since the Flood and why the straw man argument set up at the beginning is a false representation of creationist interpretations.
  • All we have ever observed is what evolutionists themselves call “subspeciation” (variation within kind), never “transspeciation” (change from one kind to others)

No matter how hard evolutionists try, they cannot explain where the new information that is necessary to turn a reptile into a bird comes from.

  • The typical neo-Darwinian mechanism of mutation, chance, and time cannot generate new information.
  • The failure of evolutionary models to explain how a single cell could have evolved more complex information by additive mutations challenges the entire concept.

If we start from the Bible, we begin with the idea of specially created organisms possessing large amounts of genetic variability.

  • These original kinds have undergone mutations—which cause a loss of information—and have been changed into new species by natural selection. In this biblical framework, the history of life makes sense.

Micro and Macro Evolution – Explanation and a problem for Evolutionists

Evolution has also taken on two different meanings that are not equal.

Microevolution

  • Accepted by evolutionists and creationists alike as good observational science. This type of evolution allows change within groups but not between groups.

Macroevolution

  • Involves the idea that all organisms on earth share a common ancestor by descent with modification.

Typically, textbooks show that new species can form—evolution has occurred—so they argue that it is obvious that evolution, in the molecules-to-man sense, must have occurred.

  • The problem is that just because natural selection and speciation have occurred (and there is strong evidence to support such claims) the claim that all life has evolved from a common ancestor is based on many assumptions that cannot be ultimately proven.

Evolution and Origin – assumptions and problems arise

When we deal with the issue of origins, we must realize that:

  • No people were there to observe and record the events.
  • When scientists discuss the origins of the universe, the earth, or life on earth, we must realize that the discussion is based on assumptions. These fallible assumptions make the conclusions of the discussion less valid than if the discussion were based on actual observation.
  • Almost all biology books and textbooks written in the last two-generations have been written as if these presuppositions were true.
  • Proponents of the evolutionary worldview expect everyone to accept evolution as fact. This is a difficult case to make when the how, why, when, and where of evolutionary history are sharply contested or unknown by the scientists who insist evolution is a fact.

Evolutionists often claim that creation is not scientific because of the unprovable assumptions that it is based on.

  • The fact that evolution is based on its own set of unprovable, untestable, and unfalsifiable assumptions is recognized by many in the scientific community.

Within the scientific literature, the mathematical and chemical impossibilities of the origin of the universe and life on earth are recognized. Many notable scientists, including Sir Fred Hoyle and Sir Francis Crick, have gone so far as to suggest that life originated on other planets or was brought to earth by an intelligent being. These ideas are no less testable than special creation but avoid invoking God as our Creator.

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Creationists Point to Huge Holes in Evolution “Theory”

See: https://creationtoday.org/creationist-challenge/

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Does Richard Lenski “Escherichia coli experiment” prove Evolution? No!

Evolution’s Top Example Topples

Excerpt: “This is evolution by degradation. All of the functional parts of the system were already in place before random mutation began to degrade them. Thus it is of no help to Darwinists, who require a mechanism that will construct new, functional systems.”
See: Behe, M. A Blind Man Carrying a Legless Man Can Safely Cross the Street: Experimentally Confirming the Limits to Darwinian Evolution. Evolution News. Posted on evolutionnews.org January 11, 2012, accessed August 13, 2015.

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Do new functions arise by gene duplication? No…

Excerpt: “However, biologists are now becoming more and more convinced theoretically and empirically that most duplicated gene copies undergo degenerative, rather than constructive, mutations, ending up in nonfunctionalization.”

Evolution by gene duplication predicts a proportional increase in genome size with organism complexity but this is contradicted by the evidence. It is not genome size but intergenic regulatory sequences and gene regulation hierarchies that determine complexity. Gene regulation networks are irreducibly complex and constitute an insurmountable barrier for the theory.”

See: https://creation.com/do-new-functions-arise-by-gene-duplication

Does gene duplication provide the engine for evolution?

Excerpt: “Proponents of the gene-duplication hypothesis of evolution argue that a mutation can cause the duplication of a gene that allows one copy of the gene to mutate and evolve to perform a novel function, while allowing the other copy of the gene to continue to perform the original gene’s function. Gene duplication is now widely believed by Darwinists to be the main source of all new genes. A review of the evidence shows that there are numerous problems and contradictions in this theory and the empirical evidence indicates that gene duplication has a role in variation within kinds but not in evolution. Darwinists therefore have nothing more to go on than to depend heavily upon extrapolations from gene similarities—a circular argument founded upon the assumption of evolution, and yet another example of evolutionary story telling.”

“Darwinists promote gene duplication as an important means of evolution, not because of the evidence, but because they see no other viable mechanism to produce the required large number of new functional genes to turn a microbe into a microbiologist. In other words, evolution by gene-duplication is yet another example of just-so story-telling.”

See: https://creation.com/does-gene-duplication-provide-the-engine-for-evolution

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Does homology provide evidence of evolutionary naturalism?

Excerpt: “Homology involves the theory that macroevolutionary relationships can be proven by the similarity in the anatomy and physiology of different animals. Since Darwin, homology has been cited in textbooks as a major proof for evolution. A review of the literature on homology indicates that the theory does not provide evidence for evolutionary naturalism, and that the common examples of homology can be better explained by Creation. Furthermore, increased knowledge about the genetic and molecular basis of life has revealed many major exceptions and contradictions to the theory which, as a result, have largely negated homology as a proof of evolution.”

See: https://creation.com/does-homology-provide-evidence-of-evolutionary-naturalism

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Common Ancestor and Genetic Similarity

Excerpt: “Moreover, if the thesis of common ancestry were correct, we are not talking about there being a few transitional forms like Archaeopteryx. Rather, as Michael Denton says in his book, there should be literally millions and millions of these transitional forms in the fossil record. Think, for example, of all of the intermediate forms that would have to exist in order for a bat and a whale to have descended from a common ancestor. And yet, they are not there. Moreover, a bat and a whale are actually rather closely related on the evolutionary tree of life in that bats and whales are both mammals. They are both vertebrates. Think how many transitional forms would have to exist for a bat and a sponge to be descended from the same ancestor. So this problem can’t just be dismissed by saying we haven’t dug deep enough. The transitional forms haven’t been found because they don’t seem to be there. This absence would be consistent with versions of the thesis of common ancestry that appeal to leaps in the evolutionary development so you wouldn’t find the transitional forms but it would tell against versions that are gradualist in their development.

So it seems to me that the data concerning common ancestry are mixed. I think the genetic evidence does lend support to the thesis of common ancestry but the fossil evidence tends to go against it. So our final verdict will attempt to ask how we can put this evidence together in such a way as to best explain the evidence.”

See: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/podcasts/defenders-podcast-series-2/s2-creation-and-evolution/creation-and-evolution-part-18/

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Does the DNA similarity between chimps and humans prove a common ancestry?

Excerpt: The DNA similarity data does NOT quite mean what the evolutionary popularizers claim!

See: https://christiananswers.net/q-aig/aig-c018.html

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Radiometric Dating – a Worldview is at Play

The way it really is: little-known facts about radiometric dating

See: https://creation.com/the-way-it-really-is-little-known-facts-about-radiometric-dating

Radiometric Dating — Is It Accurate?

See: https://creationtoday.org/radiometric-dating-is-it-accurate/

More Bad News for Radiometric Dating

Excerpt: I really feel “bullish” about the creationist model now. Evolution has always been in trouble. I now have a good explanation for where the flood water came from and where it went, based on water trapped inside the crust (however the planet formed or was created). And now radiometric dating has had its foundation removed from under it. I suspect that a number of geologists now realize the implications of what they know about the lead and uranium content of subducted oceanic plate versus crustal material and the mechanics of magma solidification. What it means is that radiometric dates have no necessary relation to true ages! (For this I’m mainly concerned with the geologic column of Cambrian and above.) At least, there are so many variables to consider that the relationship between radiometric ages and true ages is too complicated to disentangle at present, isochrons or no isochrons.

See: http://www.cs.unc.edu/~plaisted/ce/dating2.html

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Related Article: Progressivism – Party of Deception and Death: https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2018/01/26/progressivism-satans-party-of-death/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who is Allah?

It is imperative that one understands the manifestation of the cosmic-Spiritual struggle between Lucifer and Yeshua and how said struggle has manifest in Time.

The following information regarding the Truth about Allah is copied from my article: “In the Beginning, God….Why?” https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2017/09/27/in-the-beginning-god-why/

1) Ishmael is the illegitimate son of Abraham and Hagar who was born not by the will of God but by the impatience and disobedience of Abraham and Sarah.

2) Ishmael is the genealogical genesis of Islam and he is not the son of promise but ONLY through Isaac who is the “son of promise” (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob “Israel”) did our LORD bring forth Messiah-Yeshua who died to redeem mankind unto Himself and forgive sin for all that trust in Him as Savior-God and grant them the privilege of eternal life.

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3) Allah, the god of Islam, is not Creator but created…Allah is Lucifer-Satan.

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4) Muhammad is Allah’s false prophet who plagiarized the Jewish Torah to construct the Quran.

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5) The current struggle between Islam v. Israel/the Jew/the Christian is the Spiritual struggle initiated by Lucifer’s rebellion in Eternity that has been translated to Earth/Time to be dealt with by our Creator apart from His Eternal Kingdom. The severity and destructiveness of sin mandated the removal of this struggle from the Kingdom.

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6) Islam will ultimately be the “spark” that ignites the coming Apocalypse that will be initiated in the City of Jerusalem…the coming Nuclear War that will engulf all of the Nations that come against our LORD’s chosen people, the Jew.

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Finally, all available evidence in Scripture leads to the conclusion that had Lucifer not rebelled, there would be absolutely no reason for the creation of Time, the Universe, Earth, Mankind or Hell.  This LIFE constrained by Time is nothing more than preparation for Eternity. Every man, woman, child has been provided a unique opportunity to take part in God’s Plan of redemption where our Creator is currently seeking those who will be faithful to serve Him throughout Eternity. The Key to finding life and purpose in Time and in Eternity is Jesus Christ and trusting in Jesus as your personal Savior and LORD…there is no other way for mankind to find righteousness (a right standing) before God the Father and there is no other way to find life in Eternity without Jesus Christ as your Mediator for sin.

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What can a man give in exchange for his soul? .

Rickey D. Holtsclaw

Also see…

In the Beginning God – Why? https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2017/09/27/in-the-beginning-god-why/

Atheist Demands: Prove Your God Exists: https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2018/03/16/atheist-prove-your-god-exists/

 

Atheist Demands: Prove your God Exists!

Pondering…

Why is there “something” as opposed to “nothing?” If not God then Who, What, Where, When, Why and How? Where did the matter that forms our Universe find its origin?

Has mankind been placed within this Time-Space continuum and abandoned without an explanation relevant to causation, purpose, destiny?

Is it logical, rational to believe that the complexity of all that exists in Time is simply a mystery and unknowable – nothing more than a culmination of Time+Chance? If so, where did Time receive its definition and linear progression and when did Time become time…was there “something” before Time?

Is the epitome of our existence summed-up in three-score-and-ten and nothing more than the pursuit of pleasing our flesh in futility only to experience death in utter futility…is this the reasoning and purpose of this life constrained so stringently by Time?

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Premise

1) The Creator of LIFE – the Universe has identified Himself in Holy Scripture as Jesus Christ-Yeshua.

2) Preliminary evidence for the existence of our Creator is readily available in “what has been made” – created; therefore, mankind is “without excuse” if one chooses to reject this evidence; supplemental evidence relevant to our Creator is clearly articulated within Holy Scripture.

3) The preliminary evidence for the existence of our Creator is more than adequate for mankind to initiate a diligent inquiry of the LORD by faith and it is only through fervently and faithfully seeking the Truth of God through study of His Word and through Prayer that overwhelming and irrefutable evidence is provided by the Holy Spirit of God; this, subsequent to acknowledging Jesus Christ as LORD-God and honestly believing that Jesus Christ died for the sins of mankind and was resurrected for the justification of mankind by grace (unmerited favor) through faith (believing that God is and that He will do exactly as He has promised).

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Introduction

Engaging in Theological debate with Atheists is an eye-opening experience and a gut-wrenching endeavor knowing that vast numbers of American youth, as well as men and women around the World, will ultimately die in their sin and die a second death in Hell for having rejected the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ – Yeshua.

Jesus said…

Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins. John 8:24 (NASB)

He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him. John 3:36 (NASB)

The Debate

The chronology of a Christian – Atheistic debate generally follows the following protocol:

  1. Why do you believe the Bible is true?
  2. Once this is explained, the Atheist moves on to a list of various Scriptures that they believe brings reproach upon the God of the Bible – generally quoting from the Levitical Law relevant to slavery, rape, homosexuality or quotes from the Historical Books impugning the truth of the Exodus, the “atrocities” of the Hebrew-Pagan wars or the Genesis account of Creation, order of Creation and their perceived “hilarity” of the Noahic Flood.
  3. Once these “contradictions” and accusations are successfully rebutted, the Atheist then attacks the veracity and truth of Scripture by insisting that certain Books of the Bible are forgeries – especially the Pauline Epistles (dealing with homosexuality), that the Bible is replete with “contradictions” while the “oldest Bible,” the Codex Sinaiticus and Codex Vaticanus, are riddled with errors and are the work of unscrupulous scribes.
  4. Once these arguments are rebutted I generally end with the explanation that the same Creator-God who ignited the Sun, hung the Moon, created and sustains Life, this same Creator is infinitely capable of providing His creation with the exact words He desires they have. This inevitably motivates the now angry and resentful Atheist to decry my rebuttal with personal attacks relevant to my sanity, my naivete, my lack of knowledge relevant to science-evolution, my obvious lack of education and a failure to read other books than the fairy-tale Bible…on and on it goes…far too often intermingled with vulgarity, obscenity, even MEME’s of semen laden nuns and Bible, MEME’s mocking Jesus Christ…photo’s and words I will not attach here…but…it is generally about this time in the debate that the Atheist makes their final stand…the encore of their foolishness, rebuttal and rebellion with the iconic demand i.e. PROVE IT!!!  “PROVE the Bible is true, PROVE your God exists!!!”  “You can’t use the Bible as proof…your arguments are ‘circular’ – that’s a ‘strawman fallacy’ – YOU’RE WRONG…YOU’RE A LIAR”…on and on and on goes the rhetorical atheistic rebuttal.

It has been said “The Gospel of Jesus Christ is to be proclaimed, not debated.” Though I agree wholeheartedly with this proclamation, I also believe that in these last days God’s Truth should be shouted-out into the darkness even if the pearls of LIFE are trampled underfoot by those wandering the road to perdition…perhaps one will take heed and a seed will fall upon fertile ground.

Jesus said…

Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.  Matthew 7:6 (NASB)

A Line in the Sand

Debate after debate after debate…the Atheist ultimately demands PROOF that our Creator exists and insists that the Creator, this so called “Jesus,” can NEVER be proven with “EVIDENCE” – “EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE” that aligns with the Scientific Model; after all, “science” is the new god of the “enlightened Progressive,” Atheist-Humanist-Secularist-Satanist-Moral Relativist-Darwinist and nothing can be true unless it conforms to the will of the “science god.”

Herein lies the line-in-the-sand between Heaven and Hell, Life and Death, Eternity and Time, Spiritual and Carnal, Understanding and Deception, Truth and Lies.  What has our Lord told us about His reality, His dominion, Power and Strength and why does the proclamation of the Gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ invoke such animus from the Atheist and their godless Ilk? What differentiates those who “believe” that Jesus is Lord from those who reject Jesus Christ and fight against His realty with such fervency and hatred? Is there a “secret” to knowing God and His will for our life?

Spiritual v. Carnal (The Scientific Method-Empiricism)

The first obstacle to providing “proof” of our Creator’s existence to the Atheist is the conundrum existing between the Carnal World of Time and the Spiritual World of Eternity. Debate after debate, the angry Atheist demands empirical evidence substantiating our Creator’s existence, empirical evidence that Jesus Christ is God Almighty. Though nature itself testifies of our Creator and His power and dominion, that which is seen in the Cosmos and in life is insufficient evidence for the Atheist and they demand evidence that can be tested via their god, the Scientific Method.

Jesus said,

“That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. “Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ “The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Nicodemus said to Him, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and do not understand these things? “Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know and testify of what we have seen, and you do not accept our testimony. “If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?”  John 3:6-12 (NASB)

The Scientific Model is wholly constrained by the limitations of Time and man’s limited cognitive ability.  Evidence of our Creator, other than that which is seen in Nature and articulated within the Holy Scriptures, is Spiritual and does not conform to the limitations of the Scientific Model-empiricism for the finite/carnal will never define the Infinite God who is Spirit.

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Jesus said,

“God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”  John 4:24 (NASB)

This is the very reason mankind’s greatest minds, our most prominent astrophysicists will never explain or define origin because the constituent elements forming our Universe emanate from the “unseen” Spiritual World and mankind, limited cognitively by Time and sin (The Fall), cannot apprehend that which is infinite i.e. having no genesis and no finality.

Consider the following…

produced for NASA by the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics…

“The ultimate mystery is inspiring new ideas and new experiments.

No one knows how the first space, time, and matter arose. And scientists are grappling with even deeper questions. If there was nothing to begin with, then where did the laws of nature come from? How did the universe “know” how to proceed? And why do the laws of nature produce a universe that is so hospitable to life? As difficult as these questions are, scientists are attempting to address them with bold new ideas – and new experiments to test those ideas.”

https://www.cfa.harvard.edu/seuforum/bb_whycare.htm

Now, consider the testimony of the Holy Spirit regarding Jesus Christ-Yeshua who is God-Creator-Savior-LORD…The Living Word of God…

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Jesus - In the beginning was the Word John 1

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The Atheist and “Proof”

Though the following statement will initially sound defeatist in nature,  understand that I do not believe it is possible to provide irrefutable “proof” of our Lord’s existence to the Atheist. Even the most knowledgeable and astute Christian apologist will struggle in futility when attempting to convince an Atheist of God’s existence. Why? The Apostle Paul, narrating under inspiration of the Holy Spirit, initiates reasoning for my argument in his profound letter to the Church at Rome…

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.  Romans 1:18-23 (NASB)

Paul, by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, tell us that mankind intuitively knows that our Creator exists and evidence for this is provided by nature i.e. “by what has as been made.” Paul also tells us that the “evidence” for our Creator’s existence is so profound and irrefutable that anyone who rejects said evidence will be “without excuse” at their Eternal Judgment before Jesus Christ – The Great White Throne Judgment.

It is also very interesting to note that Paul does not end there but continues with an explanation relevant to the resultant of ignoring the irrefutable evidence of our Creator’s existence and dominion…

Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.  Romans 1:24-27 (NASB)

As Paul explains, there is an undeniable resultant for rejecting the evidence of our Creator’s existence and dominion e.g. a pursuit of aberrant, self-destructive behavior that wars against one’s own body; a compromise with the debased-nature of mankind and an obsession with the gratification of the flesh-sensuality i.e. aberrant lust.

Paul continues in the chronology of a falling away from, a rejection of the Truth of our Creator’s existence…

And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.  Romans 1:28-32 (NASB)

Paul explains that as the unbeliever, the Atheist, continues in their rejection of Truth, our Lord ultimately permits them to internalize a debased or “depraved mind” manifesting in self-destructive and socially destructive behaviors while endeavoring to find justification and rationalization for their antisocial conduct within the group dynamic.

So what is the relevance of these most profound words shared in Paul’s Epistle to the Church at Rome? We see that the Atheist’s rejection of evidence relevant to our Creator’s existence initiates a progressive falling-away from Truth and Knowledge of God’s will, God’s plan, God’s redemption. This explains why so few older, elderly individuals seek the will of God and never find salvation in Jesus Christ; obviously, the continued rejection of Messiah ultimately culminates in a hardened heart, a soul that no longer hears the call of the Holy Spirit, a “depraved mind” that seeks the deception of this World and its god, Satan.

Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 (NASB)

Why is the Atheist encumbered with eyes that do not see and ears that do not hear?

With these Scriptures in mind, we begin the journey to explain why the hearing of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is most often insufficient to convince the Atheist of their need for forgiveness of sin or even the truth that sin exists. I am amazed to hear the Atheistic rebuttal exclaiming that they don’t believe in Satan, Sin or Jesus Christ; therefore, they are not sinners. The KEY to understanding why “evidence” alone will never be sufficient for the Atheist to come to a knowledge of the Truth is articulated in the following Scriptures…keep in mind the previous chronology of falling-away and the “depraved mind” that manifests subsequent to the rejection of Nature as evidence of God’s existence…

And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world [Satan] has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 (NASB) Note: [Satan] added by me for clarification. 

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.  But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one. For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he will instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.  1 Corinthians 2:12-16

In these Scriptures we see that as a result of the “depraved mind,” the Gospel is actually “veiled” and that the “natural man” (those who actively reject or simply don’t know of Jesus Christ) are unable to “accept the things of the Spirit” – Why? Because “they are spiritually appraised.”  In other words, to understand God’s will, His plans, purposes, destiny, one must posses the indwelling Holy Spirit which is the Gift of God to all who place their faith, their trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and seek to live a life in obedience to His Word and His will.

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory.  In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.  Ephesians 1:7-14 (NASB)

Jesus said…

But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. John 16:13 (NASB)

Subsequent to reading the Scriptures presented thus far, one might rightly ask the question…“How can anyone actually be saved seeing that the Holy Spirit is necessary in order for knowledge and wisdom concerning our Lord to manifest?”  In asking this question we discover the answer relevant to why the Atheist will never be convinced of our Creator’s existence regardless of the amount or veracity of evidence or Scripture presented in an argument. Consider the following words of Jesus Christ…

And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, that you send him to my father’s house— for I have five brothers—in order that he may warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ But Abraham *said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ But he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent!’ But he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.’” Luke 16:27-31 (NASB)

A very powerful statement from Jesus Christ relevant to the power and persuasion of sin having manifest in a debased, “depraved mind” that will not believe…‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.’”

So then, how does the Atheist find life, spiritual truth and salvation when their mind is entrapped by their sin, their lust, their deception and their father, Satan?

Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and have come from God, for I have not even come on My own initiative, but He sent Me. Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My word. You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me. Which one of you convicts Me of sin? If I speak truth, why do you not believe Me? He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God.” John 8:42-47 (NASB)

Jesus teaches us that the unbeliever does not hear or comprehend the Word of God because they, the Atheist, “are not of God.

Therefore, it is Scriptural-Doctrinal truth that the Atheist will not be persuaded by our words of Truth but ONLY by humbling themselves and seeking that Truth in faith. Our God, Jesus Christ, is a Gentleman in His attributes and He will never force Himself upon anyone in an attempt to coerce them to believe. Yes, the Lord via the Holy Spirit does call, does woo, but never coerces anyone’s love or affection. Why? From before Time and Creation, our Lord has desired “RELATIONSHIP” with His created beings; therefore, our Creator infused volition (the ability to chose) in every man, woman and child…this volition is necessary in order that relationship manifest in truth and honesty; otherwise, relationship becomes robotic-forced-coerced and thus not authentic or genuine.

Relationship = Knowledge-Assurance-Faith

As we observed in Romans 1, our Lord has provided sufficient evidence for mankind to take the initiative and diligently seek our Creator through study of His Word and through prayer. Before anyone can begin to discover the Truths of God, His will and His plan, they must first step-out in faith and acknowledge that Jesus Christ is God to the glory of the Heavenly Father…one must believe that Jesus is God and that He died to provide a pardon for the sins of mankind.

Why is this profession of faith in Jesus Christ necessary in order to initiate the acquisition of spiritual knowledge?

Our Creator is a Warrior God and He does NOT reveal the secrets of the Kingdom to His Enemies, but when one diligently seeks Him and desires to know Him and expresses this desire through loyalty and fervency in seeking Spiritual Truth and Wisdom…our Lord is faithful to reciprocate and provide this knowledge as we humble ourselves and are obedient to His will. This process is incremental and manifests over time; therefore, as we continue to seek knowledge, more knowledge is revealed…much like peeling away the layers of an onion…it is through faithfulness, obedience, prayer and diligence that we mature, that we grow in the knowledge of our Lord and accompanying this knowledge there is increasing assurance, faith, joy and contentment – this ever deepening and most coveted relationship is ONLY possible by the indwelling Holy Spirit of Truth.

And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. Hebrews 11:6 (NASB)

Jesus said…

But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33 (NASB)

Conclusion

So then, when the Atheist demands “evidence” of our Lord’s existence and dominion over their lives, always be faithful to tell them of God’s plan and purposes in Jesus Christ but know that until the Atheist is willing to humble themself and “first” accept the evidence presented by nature that our Creator does exist and possesses dominion…until the Atheist is willing to diligently seek the Lord with an open and honest heart, our Creator will remain an enigma, a mystery and as a result of their obsessive-compulsive infatuation with lust and sensuality, the Atheist will often times rebut your proselytizing efforts with obscenity, vulgarity, hatred and accusations of bigotry, sexism and homophobia.

Jesus said…

Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.  Matthew 5:11-13 (NASB)

 If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you. John 15:18-19 (NASB)

Finally…

It is Truth that you and I have been chosen by our Creator, Jesus Christ-Yeshua, to participate in an almost unfathomable cosmic struggle between Good v. Evil…a struggle that manifest in Eternity before the creation of Time, before the creation  of the Universe, before the creation of mankind. You and I have been placed here and constrained by Time for ONE specific purpose, TO PREPARE FOR ETERNITY!

Our Creator is presently using the deception and evil intent of His Enemy, Lucifer-Satan, to separate the Wheat from Chaff, the Sheep from Goats, the Faithful from the Unfaithful-Atheist. Our LORD is presently seeking those men and women who will be faithful to serve Him now and in Eternity.  This life in Time is essentially a spiritual “boot camp” where our Creator is preparing and shaping those who are destined for Eternity, those who are willing to serve the Living God in His coming Kingdom.

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The Atheist that rejects Jesus Christ-Yeshua as LORD-God will not see life in God’s Kingdom but will die a death of finality in the Lake of Fire/Hell subsequent to having been adjudicated “guilty” for unforgiven sin resulting from their rejection of God’s Gift of Salvation offered freely by Messiah.  Remember this, Hell was created specifically for Lucifer-Satan, his minions, the False Prophet-the Beast, but mankind enters the Portal of Hell by first climbing directly over the Cross of Jesus Christ…mankind “chooses” death in Hell by rejecting the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who shed His innocent blood for the forgiveness of sin.

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A Plea in Love

I strongly urge every Atheist to set-aside (for one-hour or so) everything they may have heard from men with an agenda about the Holy Bible or our Creator and sit quietly in a room alone and carefully-diligently-fervently read through the Gospel of John in the New Testament. Set-aside all doubts, fears, hostility and humble yourself by asking our Creator to enlighten your mind through the Holy Spirit so that you might see the Truth of God, His plan and purposes for you as you read this Gospel that emphasizes the Deity of Jesus Christ-Yeshua.

The Exclusivity of Prayer

It is important to explain to the Atheist that as a result of their rejection of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior they are an enemy of the Living God and while living in disobedience to the will of God for their life their prayers are hindered, their prayers are impotent and will remain so unless they are first offering a petition of repentance and salvation – in other words – our Lord does NOT hear the prayers of the wicked, the unrepentant, unless said prayer is one seeking forgiveness of sin and acknowledgment of Jesus Christ as Lord.

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God Bless and MARANATHA!

Rickey D. Holtsclaw

Also see…

In the Beginning God…Why?: https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2017/09/27/in-the-beginning-god-why/

Who is Allah? https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2018/06/17/who-is-allah/

Progressivism – Satan’s Party of Death: https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2018/01/26/progressivism-satans-party-of-death/

President Trump – A Warning-A Prophecy-A Plea: https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2017/09/08/president-trump-a-warning-a-prophecy-a-plea/

Atheism – The Crippled Mind: https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2018/01/13/atheism-the-crippled-mind/

Atheist Ask the Most Difficult Question (Gospel of Jesus Christ – explained): https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2018/01/15/atheist-asks-the-most-difficult-question/

Reading the Bible – Overwhelming? Not Really: https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2018/02/12/reading-the-bible-overwhelming-not-really/

 

 

 

 

 

Reading the Bible – Overwhelming? Not Really…

As one who loves and adores the Lord Jesus Christ-Yeshua, I understand how anyone can feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of words contained in the Canon Bible, 66-Books written over some 1500-yrs. by some 40-authors. Where an overwhelming number of new readers of the Bible make their first mistake is purchasing a difficult-to-read version of the English Bible translations.

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The 1611 “Authorized Version” of the Kings James Bible (KJV) is absolutely beautiful in its construction and easily memorized, but it is NOT the “best selection” for a beginner. The KJV uses archaic terminology that restricts or prevents clear understanding. I highly recommend the new student of the Bible purchase a New American Standard Bible (NASB) or the New King James Bible (NKJV).

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Personally, I have found the Hebrew-Greek Study Bible in NASB to be my best resource for study and understanding God’s Word using the original languages for clarification of difficult passages. The Hebrew-Greek NASB uses Strong’s number locators for very important words that references to the Strong’s Hebrew-Greek Dictionary thereby permitting the reader to actually see what that particular word looks like and its original meaning…this is Eternally relevant. You will discover that an overwhelming number of supposed “contradictions” or claimed “errors” are explained by studying in “context” and understanding key words in the original text from extant manuscripts.

The next big error the new Bible student makes is attempting to read through the Bible beginning in Genesis through Revelation. Don’t do this…you will inevitably become bogged-down in the Levitical Law and Numbers and History…these are incredibly important but best studied once the student is grounded in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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I always recommend new students of God’s Word begin reading, with fervency, the “Gospel of John.” Why? John’s Gospel introduces Messiah-Jesus Christ as our Creator and step-by-step defines and articulates our Lord’s Deity.

Once the student completes a thorough study of John’s Gospel I recommend reading and studying very intently Paul’s letter the Church at Rome – “Romans.” Roman’s introduces and explains the foundation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and in my personal opinion, one of the most powerful chapters in the Bible is Romans 1:18–32.

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Once the student completes Roman’s, I suggest turning to The Book of Beginnings, Genesis, and enter into the genesis of Time/Creation/Life and Redemption. Read a Book in the Old Testament then read a Book in the New Testament…intersperse and you won’t get bogged down and lose motivation to continue…

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Now, for the most important aspect of understanding the Bible. If you have not entered into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ…UNDERSTAND THIS: you do NOT possess the power and knowledge available through the Holy Spirit for the Holy Spirit is only given to those who are Children of God through faith-repentance and obedience to Jesus Christ. It is NOT possible to fully understand the deeper truths of God’s Word void the guidance and tutelage of the Holy Spirit.

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Also, I highly recommend before opening the Bible for study, that the student seeking knowledge, wisdom, understanding, humble themselves and pray fervently to the Lord that their mind and heart be enlivened and open to hear what our Creator is articulating through the pages of Scripture. Again, it is NOT possible to understand the Bible’s Eternal message void the Holy Spirit’s assistance. The Word of God is “Spiritual” and emanates from the unseen-spiritual World; therefore, the deeper truths of God’s Kingdom can only be internalized through spiritual understanding…not of this Earth or in the realm of time.

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Finally, if anyone is interested in a simplified explanation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I have provided same void any input from denominational-sect-cult influence…simply the pure, unadulterated Gospel of Jesus Christ here: Atheist asks “The Most Difficult Question”

I envy the new student of the Holy Bible for if you approach God’s Word with a diligent and seeking heart, you will find every answer to every question mankind has ever asked…the Holy Bible is the most unique Book ever provided mankind and the Holy Bible truly is God’s “owners manual” to His Creation…you are in for the ride of your life and you will find the Greatest Love known to mankind…the Love of our God, Jesus Christ!

To God be the Glory,

Rickey D. Holtsclaw

Also see:

Atheist Asks the Most Difficult Question (the Gospel of Jesus Christ Explained) https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2018/01/15/atheist-asks-the-most-difficult-question/