Dinosaurs and the Bible

Hello dear ones, I hope this post finds you all doing well! Today’s episode is going to be a lot different than the previous ones. For starters, this one is just me, no co-host or guest to interview. I’m not sure how I stayed on track but if you want the blooper reel you’ll see that, well, it was a painful process. This time I decided to go with a topic that I absolutely love, which you’ll all know and remember if you’ve followed this blog for a long time. Dinosaurs! Ok, I went a lot further than just dinosaurs. But I mean, that’s the start of the conversation. I got into fossils, evolution, creation, apologetics, and presuppositionalism as well. It’s packed full of information, so the timeline below includes a large amount of references, articles, and resources.

Job 40:15-17

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Job 41:1-2

TS – 00:10:00 – Carl Sagon’s book on dragon legends 

Article referencing Sagan’s book and detailing this issue: https://www.icr.org/article/dinosaurs-dragon-legends

Articles regarding men and dinosaurs: https://www.icr.org/men-dinosaurs/

https://www.icr.org/article/sea-dragons

https://biblicalbeginningsblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/15/back-to-fossils-travels/

TS – 00:10:45 – Laws of Informationhttps://creation.com/laws-of-information-1

https://creation.com/laws-of-information-2

TS – 00:13:30 – Dragon Legends: Articles explaining these legends…

https://www.icr.org/article/dinosaurs-dragon-legends

TS – 00:17:30 – Circular reasoning in dating dinosaurs. Articles explaining the errors here, and a reference for the charts used in this portion of today’s episode: 

https://biblicalbeginningsblog.wordpress.com/?p=1921

https://biblicalbeginningsblog.wordpress.com/2017/08/04/layers-of-rock/

https://answersingenesis.org/geology/rock-layers/sifting-through-layers-meaning/

https://answersingenesis.org/geology/geologic-time-scale/unlocking-the-geologic-record/

Article explaining how fossils can form quickly: https://answersingenesis.org/fossils/how-are-fossils-formed/experiment-fast-formed-fossils/

TS – 00:25:00 – Fossils found with tissue still intact. Articles explaining soft tissue fossils, as well as fossils with tissue still intact in further detail: 

https://biblicalbeginningsblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/14/soft-tissue-fossils/

https://biblicalbeginningsblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/21/fossil-friday-soft-tissues-and-more/

https://answersingenesis.org/fossils/how-are-fossils-formed/soft-tissue-fossilization/

https://answersingenesis.org/fossils/3-soft-tissue-in-fossils/

TS – 00:28:30 – Human footprints alongside dinosaur footprints. Articles regarding the dinosaur tracts: https://answersingenesis.org/dinosaurs/footprints/human-and-dinosaur-footprints-in-turkmenistan/

https://creation.com/human-and-dinosaur-fossil-footprints

https://answersingenesis.org/dinosaurs/humans/why-dont-we-find-human-dinosaur-fossils-together/

TS – 00:42:45 – Carbon dating. Articles explaining the issues with current dating methods:

https://biblicalbeginningsblog.wordpress.com/2017/08/11/carbon-14-dating/

https://www.icr.org/article/myths-regarding-radiocarbon-dating

https://answersingenesis.org/geology/carbon-14/doesnt-carbon-14-dating-disprove-the-bible/

https://answersingenesis.org/extinct-animals/ice-age/young-earth-evolutionism/

TS – 00:45:00 – Apologetics and Presuppositionalism. How to Answer the Fool: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQKjUzotw_Y

Astrophysicist Dr. Jason Lisle’s Ultimate Proof of Creation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-j9-cyRbFcs

My Book Review of The Ultimate Proof of Creation: https://biblicalbeginningsblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/13/a-book-review-of-the-ultimate-proof-of-creation/

LivingWaters Evolution Vs. God: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0u3-2CGOMQ&t=1317s

Why Does it Matter? https://biblicalbeginningsblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/05/why-does-it-matter-evolutionism-vs-creationism/

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Through the Narrow – Theistic Evolution: Those Who Support it and their Effect on the Church

How does a person who sits in a Christian church come to the realization one day, there is no God? The hardened hearts and blind eyes of unbelievers.

Theistic Evolution

Those Who Support it and their Effect on the Church

By Gina Cook

Psalm 14:1 “The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds;
There is no one who does good.”

How does a person who sits in a Christian church come to the realization one day, there is no God?

The hardened hearts and blind eyes of unbelievers.

Of course the main reason anyone does not believe in their Creator, Christ the Lord, is because of their hardened heart and that they were not a believer to begin with.  They are dead in and blind to their own sin.  They have not been given new eyes, a new heart; new life in Christ.  They are not born again.  

They could have been given the Gospel over and over and have still rejected it.  They could have sat under solid preaching for years yet did not heed to it.  Yet, there is a certain kind of pastor/church leadership who encourage atheism indirectly and may not even realize it. 

The weak and undiscerning pastors and those wolves in sheep clothing they keep inviting in.

I’ve heard many well-meaning pastors say we can’t know for sure what the Bible means on critical verses, verses that have been clear to Christians for millennia. For example, the creation account.  They have little discernment, little concern for handling all of God’s Word rightly and little to no backbone when the world continues to mock the one true interpretation of Scripture.  So these pastors often push controversial verses aside and focus on “primary issues”.

When you take God away from anything He actually tells us in His Word, you provide a breeding ground for doubt about God and about everything He says in His Word. That’s a scary place to be.  As Satan said in the garden, “Did God ACTUALLY say?” (Genesis 3:1)  It sews doubt and takes a person away from the surety and safety of God’s Word. 

These weak pastors often give the floor to false teachers who are professing Christians and influential in their ministries, who teach us to give ear to the world’s definitions of origins, stop taking the Genesis creation account literally, have an open mind and be reputable to the world, and tell yourself and others that we can’t know for sure what God means when He describes creation.  They support Intelligent Design but not the Word of God.  I hear many ask, as long as we believe in Intelligent Design, we are ok as Christians, right? Evolution can still be somehow woven into God’s design, right?  After all, taking the Genesis creation account literally is a secondary issue.  Wrong, wrong, wrong!

What good is it if they believe in an intelligent designer only to dismiss what the true Designer has said about the designing process; about how He created His creation; about anything He has to say? 

Theistic evolution, defined as the belief that God used the process of evolution to create all living things, is infiltrating the church and devastating it.

John MacArthur put it well when he said, “Is there a more deadly, a more devastating, a more destructive, a more ungodly act than to openly and purposely and publicly denounce the veracity of the Bible? Is there a worse crime? Is not that the crime of all crimes? Because if you can’t believe what the Bible says, all is lost. And if you think because you have a Ph.D. in microbiology that you are the judge of all the earth and you have a right to edit what God has revealed by His Holy Spirit, then we’d better run over to wherever you are and bow down, because we need to worship you since you’ve got it right and the writers of the Scriptures, though inspired by the Holy Spirit, didn’t get it right. I mean, there is no more serious crime than that. That is the ultimate crime, is to attack the veracity of Holy Scripture at any point.

(Taken from : https://www.gty.org/library/sermons-library/GTY136)

MacArthur explained further why this is a primary issue, “If Adam was not the literal ancestor of the entire human race, then the Bible’s explanation of how sin entered the world makes no sense. Moreover, if we didn’t fall in Adam, we cannot be redeemed in Christ, because Christ’s position as the Head of the redeemed race exactly parallels Adam’s position as the head of the fallen race: “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:22). “Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous” (Romans 5:18-19) “And so it is written, ‘The first man Adam became a living being.’ The last Adam became a life-giving spirit” (1 Corinthians 15:45; cf. 1 Timothy 2:13-14; Jude 14).” (taken from https://www.gty.org/library/blog/B150217 )

These dangerous teachers embrace scientism, not solid biblical teaching.  They focus on Intelligent Design but there is no reverence for the Lord and His Word as the final authority.  They want to marry evolution/science/philosophy together with Christianity as if they have unveiled some sort of marvelous gift for the Church.   To them, scientific findings and man’s wisdom revise the way we should interpret the Bible.  That’s no marvelous gift to us, that is only damnable and dangerous.

I want to briefly introduce some of the men that are famous for championing these beliefs and are sadly embraced by many professing Christians today:

Francis Collins: A well-known geneticist who claims to be Christian and is founder of the organization Biologos (one that is designed to unite Christians and science together -trying to make evolution look scientific and biblical), makes great strides in convincing “Christians” that evolution is true.  He believes in theistic evolution.  In an interview he stated: “…in some faith traditions, evolution seems to be a threat to the idea that God did it. I don’t actually see it as a threat at all; I see this as answering the question of how God did it. But certainly, some conservative Christian churches have had trouble embracing that conclusion, as it does seem to contradict a number of their views about how humanity came to be. Thus, people who have natural skepticism about the overall process, who have not had a decent science education to teach them why evolution actually makes sense and who have heard in Sunday school or from the pulpit that this theory is actually a threat to their faith, have a very hard time accepting, even after 150 years, that evolution is true.” (https://www.pewforum.org/2008/04/17/the-evidence-for-belief-an-interview-with-francis-collins/ )

Tim Keller: Keller is a well known (retired) pastor, theologian, and apologist. He believes in theistic evolution.  Cameron Buettel writes: “Tim Keller, while remaining ambiguous as to his own views, is a willing spokesman for BioLogos. On their website, Keller professes his openness to Derek Kidner’s theory that God forming man from the dust of the ground could be a description of evolution:

“The intelligent beings of a remote past, whose bodily and cultural remains give them the clear status of ‘modern man’ to the anthropologist, may yet have been decisively below the plane of life which was established in the creation of Adam… Nothing requires that the creature into which God breathed human life should not have been of a species prepared in every way for humanity.”

So in this model there was a place in the evolution of human beings when God took one out of the population of tool-makers and endowed him with ‘the image of God.’ This would have lifted him up to a whole new ‘plane of life.’  (quotes taken from:https://www.gty.org/library/blog/B150217 )

He famously has said, “Belief in evolution can be compatible with a belief in an historical fall and a literal Adam and Eve. There are many unanswered questions around this issue and so Christians who believe God used evolution must be open to one another’s views.”

John Walton:  Dr. Walton is a professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College in Illinois and is a member of the Biologos Advisory Council, believing in theistic evolution. He teaches that Genesis is not literal.  He says, “Genesis is better understood as narrative rather than as a record of historical events.” ( quote taken fromhttps://isgenesishistory.com/gnostic-world-of-john-walton/ )

N.T. Wright: A bishop of Durham, Church of England and a widely quoted scholar by Christians all over the world, also believed in theistic evolution, believing we came from hominids.   He says, “Genesis one, two, and three is wonderful picture language, but I do think there was a primal pair in a world of emerging hominids, that’s the way I read that. … the way that I see it is that God called one pair of hominids and said “OK, this place is a bit chaotic, you and I together, we’re going to have a project. We’re going to plant this garden and we’re going to go out from here and this is how it’s going to be.”  (quote taken from https://www.gty.org/library/blog/B150217 ).  N.T. Wright is also a proud supporter of Biologos.  No surprise.

Bruce Waltke:  A Hebrew, Old Testament Scholar who believes in theistic evolution believes all Christians need to embrace evolution to be relevant- “I think that if the data is overwhelming in favor, in favor of evolution, to deny that reality will make us a cult, some odd group that’s not really interacting with the real world. . . . And to deny the reality would be to deny the truth of God in the world and would be to deny truth. So I think it would be our spiritual death if we stopped loving God with all of our minds and thinking about it, I think it’s our spiritual death. It’s also our spiritual death in witness to the world that we’re not credible, that we are bigoted, we have a blind faith and this is what we’re accused of.”  (quote taken from https://www.gty.org/library/blog/B150217 )

These are just a few of several known “Christian” leaders who believe and teach theistic evolution and to question parts of Scripture.

Again, weak pastors who are not discerning and protecting their church properly are supporting these men and their ideologies, whether intentionally or not.  They allow tweaking of God’s Word however they see fit.  They improperly categorize “primary” and “secondary” teachings to boot. 

It must be said over and over that this is no secondary issue. 

Pastors who teach that what God says about creation is only secondary and that we are to give ear to what scientists say, so as not to be ignorant or closed-minded, or that it’s ok to listen to the teachers who believe in theistic evolution because they have the “primary” issues right, is one of the reasons the youth begin to doubt all of God’s Word and give more ear to the persuasiveness of the world.  It wreaks havoc on souls.

The influence of “education” and “science” and professing Christian experts, get to the weak-kneed and unconfident pastors and teachers who start out by merely accommodating these theories and eventually, if God doesn’t intervene in their heart, into an increasing abandonment of holding fast to God’s Word entirely.  It’s a very slippery slope.  Once you begin to care about what the world says and allow the world to interpret Scripture, you have begun a journey that takes you further and further away from the safe parameters God gives us in Scripture.  And if you question any verse in the Bible as being literal and factual, then you must logically question all of it.  And that is what many end up doing and therefore walk away from the Church altogether, confused and wrecked.

“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Other great links to check out:

https://www.gty.org/library/sermons-library/90-359/the-theology-of-creation

https://www.gty.org/library/articles/A188/is-evolution-compatible-with-christianity

https://answersingenesis.org/creationism/in-schools/what-motivates-christians-to-accept-evolution/

Throwback Thursday – Molecular Machines

Back in March of 2018 I did a six part series on the molecular machines we find in our bodies. I was reminded of this series during a recording for Monday’s podcast episode so I thought it would be a fun throwback so that you’re all prepared for me to totally geek out next week.


Well beloved brethren there seems to be no end to the amazing molecular machines within our bodies. We could continue this series for a year or more! Instead, I’m going to wrap this up with a recap on everything we’ve learned. Before I do that, I want to thank you all who prayed with me for my husband and the family who lost their baby. What a gift God has given to have an entire body of believers to go to for advice, encouragement, and prayer!

So in case you missed them here is a list of all the tiny robots working so hard to keep up alive.

Molecular Machines – ATP the energy for all cells, without which we would die, ATP is an amazing molecular machine in every single cell in our bodies.

Molecular Machines – Helicase a necessary machine for DNA replication, the Helicase is just as important as the ATP, and also resides in every cell.

Molecular Machines – Dynein the gear shifting motor, which helps move proteins and other needed nutrients and information, is one hard working machine.

Molecular Machines – Flagellum one of the worlds most known molecular machine, which propels things backward or forward, made of intricately designed pieces.

Molecular Machines – Myosins is a molecular machine that helps with muscle flexing, making in important for movement.

Molecular Machines – Clathrin the three legged protein that gathers together to build a basket like shape which moves information or nutrients inside or outside every cell, which is especially important in brain cells.

I hope this recap blesses you, if anyone missed a post. Stay tuned for the new series next Monday focusing on bringing God glory through creation science. Until tomorrow, dear ones, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Throwback Thursday: Intelligent Design – The Miracle of Life Part X

As you probably recall, a human beings body is designed to attack anything foreign, life viruses, but did you know the woman’s body naturally produces a way to prevent those same processes from destroying the life growing inside her? How about the tiny pieces that all have to come together perfectly, at just the right time, to make that little image bearer’s heart beat, lungs not drowned in fluid, brain synapsis fire? I covered all of these miraculous events in this ten part series…

Hello, dear ones, today’s throwback Thursday was one of my favorite series to write! Way back in December of 2017 I began The Miracle of Life series. This is a particularly fun throwback as many are suggesting a baby boom might be on the horizon. As you probably recall, a human beings body is designed to attack anything foreign, like viruses, but did you know the woman’s body naturally produces a way to prevent those same processes from destroying the life growing inside her? How about the tiny pieces that all have to come together perfectly, at just the right time, to make that little image bearer’s heart beat, lungs not drowned in fluid, brain synapsis fire? I covered all of these miraculous events in this ten part series, links to each individual article can be found at the end. Now, in our new shop, we are also able to create maternity shirts! Isn’t that neat? Great time for a baby boom, and a throwback Thursday.


Intelligent Design – The Miracle of Life Part X

Beloved brethren we are going to wrap this miracle up in a swaddling blanket and end this series. Pregnancy is actually a ten month affair, however only 5% of moms carry their blessings all the way to their due date. For me, in particular, Kayliegh was born several weeks early due to complications in my pregnancy. I just want to give some last minute thoughts on how miraculous child bearing is, and leave you with a little more awe and wonder at the sovereign God we serve.

In the last weeks of pregnancy the baby prepares for birth, sitting lower and sometimes head down. The bones in the babies head are not hardened like other bones in their body, they remain flexible for birth. At this point the antibodies from the mother are flowing heavily into the placenta, a process that once again involves miraculous acts done by tiny cells and protein machinery. One of the most amazing transformations take place in the babies body after it takes its first breath. The umbilical cord no longer works once the placenta has detached during the birth, which leads the heart to make some massive changes. For the first time, the babies heart and bypass arteries will begin pumping the blood to the lungs to be oxygenated. Once again, this rapid difference finds its cue from detailed instructions wound up in the tiniest book ever written, the DNA.

From conception to birth the DNA instruction manual is read, duplicated, and obeyed by the complex molecular structures within the human cells. How complicated is the miracle of life? Irreducibly so. Dear friends I can think of no greater example to give for the trials of this life than child bearing. I’ve never been the same, since I gave birth. It’s said the be the closest thing to death that you can do, and survive. The fruit of that trial, however, is priceless. Would I do it again? A million times if it meant I could have Kayliegh. It’s so worth it. Many of the trials we face on earth will be difficult, and yet the fruit is always so sweet on the other end.

I pray this series has been a blessing to you, brethren, and has allowed you to glimpse the greatness of the God who created us. He upholds all things in His capable, mighty hands. He is worthy of all honor, and praise, and glory! To the nonbelievers who are reading this, know with certainty that the day will come when the God who upholds this earth will judge it. We have all broken Gods Law, and as a just judge He will hold us accountable. The Bible says none are good, no not one. Our righteousness is as filthy rags to this holy, holy, holy God. It doesn’t matter how many days you go without murdering someone, the day you do it you will be a murder. You can’t go before an earthly judge and say ‘yeah I killed someone, but only once and all the other days I was a good person.’ It doesn’t work like that, you broke the law. If we, being sinners, know what justice ought to be, how much more so a righteous and just God?

Friend, I say this because I love you and I do not want you to be lost, you’ve sinned against an infinite God and on judgement day He will have no choice but to condemn you as guilty. God, in His mercy, sent His only begotten Son to have the cup of wrath, the very wrath that we stored up with our sinful desires, poured out on Himself. Christ took our punishment, He died in our place, so that we might be forgiven. He that knew no sin became sin so that wretched sinners could take on His righteousness. Repent of your sins, cry out to God for forgiveness, flee from the wrath to come. To my beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Intelligent Design – The Miracle of Life Part I

Intelligent Design – The Miracle of Life Part II

Intelligent Design – Miracle of Life Part III

Intelligent Design – The Miracle of Life Part IV

Intelligent Design – Miracle of Life Part V

Intelligent Design – The Miracle of Life Part VI

Intelligent Design – The Miracle of Life Part VII

Intelligent Design – The Miracle of Life Part VIII

Intelligent Design – The Miracle of Life Part IX

Throwback Thursday – Twelve Part Series on Dynamics

Ordinarily, dear ones, I would be telling you about today’s episode on the podcast. Unfortunately, I have yet again hit a snag in the download portion of our recording. I’m currently working with tech folks to see if they can resolve the issue. Please pray for me, friends, as I trudge through the ever mystifying realm of…technology. *gulp* Instead, today I’ll be posting a throwback.

Way back in November of 2018 I finished a twelve part series on the three types of dynamics; thermodynamics, aerodynamics, and hydrodynamics. It was fun to study these in light of Gods sovereignty over creation, and to reach Kayliegh as we went along. You can see the original post here. Below is just the ending post, but it’s equipped with links to all the parts in the series. I hope it’s as fun for you to read as it was for me to write!


Hello dear ones! This is it, the final post on our series through dynamics. If you missed any of the previous posts I’ll link to them all at the end. I mentioned at the beginning of thermodynamics that many in both the secular side and the creationist side were applying the second law incorrectly. As an explanation for that I’ve got this phenomenal episode of Creation Magazine Live. If you love Answers News you’ll appreciate this show as well.

https://creation.com/m/world-winding-down-an-interview-with-dr-carl-wieland-creation-magazine-live-3-20

Obviously when it comes to the application of thermodynamics there’s no limit. It’s an essential foundation for understanding how God designed this world to work. It also impacts the first two fields of study we discussed, hydrodynamics and aerodynamics. The men who first discovered these principles, now laws of science, did not create them but merely put names and equations to them. Beloved, God created all things, though sin cursed and groaning, our world runs in an orderly fashion. I hope this series has helped in seeing the intelligently designed universe, while giving glory to the one who created it. As always, dear ones, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Dynamic Series – First Post

Dynamic Series – Second Post

Dynamic Series – Third Post

Dynamic Series – Fourth Post

Dynamic Series – Fifth Post

Dynamic Series – Sixth Post

Dynamic Series – Seventh Post

Dynamic Series – Eighth Post

Dynamic Series – Ninth Post

Dynamic Series – Tenth Post

Dynamic Series – Eleventh Post

Friday’s MEGA List – Recommendations, Reviews, Suggestions: November 15th, 2019

Dear ones, welcome back to another MEGA list. There are only 6 Friday’s left in 2019, not including today. That’s almost impossible to believe, as another year comes to a close. Coming up on Tulips & Honey on Monday we will be addressing how, when, and why to rebuke one another as well as how we ought to be treating one another on social media. I know we’ve dealt with this already, however it’s come up yet again, only in a different way. On Thursday we’ll be dropping an absolutely fascinating interview with Professor Nancy Pearcey. That lady is truly one of the most interesting individuals we’ve had the pleasure of talking with. In fact, we talked for four hours! Don’t worry, we won’t be releasing a four hour long episode, the magic of the edit button!

Recommendations

I’ve recommended Librovox before, it’s a free website that offers audiobooks from the public domain. I recently learned that you can also listen to their audiobooks on iTunes! Isn’t that neat? Here’s a link to one that I’ll be listening to soon, Contra Gentes by Athanasius. They’ve also got the Institutes there, as well as a multitude of Charles Spurgeon works! Becca, my super sweet co-host, wanted to recommend this Spurgeon devotional, and this Primer her and her husband use as a family devotional.

Reviews

Today I’d like to review Ray Comforts newest movie Why Did the Dinosaurs Disappear. It follows the same pattern of his other movies, explaining a scientific, or moral, fact while sharing the Gospel with those he is speaking to. You know, beloved, that I have a love for dinosaur fossils. I was sad to leave our previous assignment where there was a fossil dealer who brought in new items weekly. I’m not sure is Bismarck has anything like that. For decades now the secular world has used dinosaurs as an excuse not to believe in the Biblical timeline. So far in this millennium we’ve found nothing but evidence refuting the evolutionary timeline within the fossil record. This movie is appropriate for all ages, and very fascinating.

Suggestions

My suggestion to you all, dear friends, is that you be uncommonly kind to your brothers and sisters-in-Christ this weekend. They will know us by our love, so give preference to one another, putting the other ahead of yourself. Do not esteem yourself above others, but rather, forgetting yourself, love each other with the love we have been given by the Father. In this way, we fulfill the law. I say this from a point of deep concern, what image are we showing our friends and family when we ignore this command? I also say this from a point of humility, as much reminding myself as I am admonishing you. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

AfterThought Episode 13 – Interview with Dr. Jason Lisle: The Ultimate Proof of Creation

I had the absolute honor to speak to one of my favorite scientists, and hero’s in the faith, astrophysicists and apologist Dr. Jason Lisle regarding his book The Ultimate Proof of Creation. Dr. Lisle’s book is available on Amazon here. During our interview, Dr. Lisle also discussed his next book, an upcoming project on Flat Earthism, and answers a question for Kayleigh. I hope that this interview helps create an interest in apologetics and science.

You can find AfterThought at Podbean, iTunes, and all other major carriers by following this link. That link will also connect you with all my social media accounts. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Friday Mega List: Recommendations, Suggestions, Reviews – August 9th, 2019

I hope this post finds you all doing well! As you’ve probably noticed, friends, there’s a need for restructuring at Biblicalbeginnings. With the new podcast, AfterThought, most often Monday’s and Thursday’s post will be a summery of whatever episode will drop that day. This means Creation Science Monday and Book or Movie Review Thursday need somewhere else to live. Enter the Friday Mega List! Each Friday, Lord willing, I will post a list of reviews, or recommendations, along side some fascinating articles or blogs. They’ll mostly be in regards to Creation Science or they’ll be some sort of book and movie discussion, adding other topics if they’re something that might edify. I’ll also give you a rundown of what you can expect from AfterThought for the next week. I hope you’ll all enjoy my new schedule of posting! Let’s get into it…

First, what’s coming up on AfterThought? Monday, Lord willing, I’ll drop the interview I did with pastor and author Ray Rhodes. You’ll remember, beloved, that I adored his book Susie: The Life and Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon. He was kind enough to come on the program and discuss the book and the Spurgeons. Today, Moody has the book 50% off in case you haven’t gotten this book yet here’s a great deal on it! On Thursday I’ll drop the interview with Pastor and blogger from Veritas Domain Pastor Jimmy. He was so kind as to come on the program not once, but twice, as the first episode failed to download. He discussed missions, the persecution brothers and sisters face in other countries, and how we can further bless both missionaries and pastors families.

On to the recommendations and reviews. I strongly recommend Cave to the Cross podcast for anyone who loves books! Each episode two brothers in Christ review a chapter in a book until they get through the entire book. It’s like being in a book club! I also recommend Eric Hovind’s new movie Scarred Earth. Patterned after Ray Comforts movies, Eric traveled to the Grand Canyon and asked tourists how they thought it was made. He then gave them three simple pieces of evidence that showed it must have been a massive flood that caused so much erosion. At this point, he segue’s into the Gospel, asking why they thought God would flood the whole earth. It’s worth the watch just for the magnificent video of the canyon itself, not to mention the fascinating scientific explanations, but to throw a Biblical Gospel presentation on top of that? Hard to believe it’s free, but it is.

Creation Science articles, these two are so great I want to read and reread them! First up, mammals with dinosaurs. If you’ve followed my blog from the beginning you know that I love dinosaurs. There’s a local fossil dealer, he gets new stuff in all the time, so obviously you know what I asked my hubby for this year for both my birthday and Mother’s Day. There was only one thing that was going to beat last years wireless iron (because that was the COOLEST gift he’d ever found me!) and that was dinosaur fossils. Up until recently, despite routinely finding dinosaur foot prints next to mammal prints, the scientific community as a whole considered it impossible for mammals and dinosaurs to have existed together. The article is linked above and here is the AiG Answers News discussing it as well.

The second article is not as much fun, but much more serious. A Yale professor recently wrote an article, and did an interview, about Darwinian Evolutions impossibility. It seemed to me that he was more concerned with truth than his own popularity and career. Something I’ve been saying since The Big Bang came crashing down was that the theory of Evolution would not be far behind. Those abandoning the theory will not immediately bow the knee to Christ, as you see in the article linked above. They’ll find their way to catastrophism and agnosticism, unless God has mercy and gives them grace. Please pray for this professor and those that he has reached. It is good news that there are so many recognizing the utter ridiculousness of evolutionism, however do not let that stop you from sharing the Gospel just as passionately as you did before. The issue was never Evolution, it was always a love of sin.

My suggestion for this Friday is that you spend more time this weekend in prayer and study than on social media. Just a suggestion, dear ones, as the fellowship we have online is sweet! It is often the very thing that encourages me most. But there can also be a lot of stress, accusations, gossip, and slander on social media. Exercise caution, and as always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Monday Creation Science – Macro vs Micro

Hello, dear friends, I hope this post finds you all doing well. Today I want to clarify something that is essential to the debate on Creation verses Evolution. The difference between macro and micro evolution. I think we’ve probably touched on this in previous posts but I wanted to highlight the issue, and work through why the disctinction is so imperative. It’s actually the logical fallacy of equivocation that many in the secular world commit when they use the term evolution in both the macro and micro sense without differenciating between the two.

As believers we need to recognize this, as it takes what appears to be a solid conclusion on the unbelievers part, and shows where it no longer follows. We also need to be the loudest voice for reason, as Christians who follow the God who created a logical, orderly, universe, we ought to mantain a logical course of dialogue. This is relatively difficult when addressing the worldview thats largely given up logic, and reason, prefering post modernisms war against absolutes. However, this is all the more reason to cling to logic when reasoning with the lost, as we are a pecular people, set apart. We do not conform ourselves to this world, and should not give up reasonable argumentation simply because many do not like it.

Let’s define some terms, brothers and sisters. Let’s start with something that’s been wrongly labeled micro evolution. This is the small changes that take place within a species. In other words, it’s speciation, or natural selection if you’d like. Largely speaking, these changes cause species to become more specialized. What’s literally happening is information is being lost in the genome. This does not happen due to some magical process of the DNA molding itself through the environment outside. It happens because those who are not fit for the climate die out, those who are fit remain. Take dogs for example. A family of dogs find themselves in a very cold climate. The ones with long fur are going to survive, and mate, while the ones with shorter fur will die. As long furred dogs breed they pass on their dominant DNA coded fur, any puppies born with shorter fur won’t survive. After a few generations of long furred pups, only the dominate traits of long fur pass through the genome. This new breed of dog is now specialized, it no longer contains the coding for short or medium hair. If you remove it from cold weather and stick it in a humid, hot climate they will not survive. They have not evolved, they have lost information, thus they have devolved. While speciation is usually a plus for the winner of natural selection, secularists like to ignore the two predominant factors here: many short furred pups died, and information was lost not gained.

Not let’s define macro evolution, which is actually what the theory of evolution refers to. Some will say that speciation, or micro, leads to macro evolution after millions of years of selection. An obvious problem with this is that specialization of a species can not add new information. It will not create a female and male reproductive system, for example, so that a simple organism magically becomes complex enough to reproduce. Wouldn’t it be a shame if that poor simple organism evolved the female stuff but not the male stuff for another hundred thousand years? The female would die without passing on her genetically unique coding. The full meaning of macro evolution is that there was nothing, nothing exploded, and then chaos, where nothing organized itself by smashing into itself. Eventually nothing became the needed elements of life, which pooled together and evolved into a simple cell organism. That simple cell evolved and evolved until it became all the plants, and animals, on Earth. The short meaning of macro evolution is when one species evolved into a completely separate species, which has not and can not be observed scientifically.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5K-Q6mbEMYc&t=1507s

If you ask a secularist how we all got here and they say evolution, they’re referring to macro. If you ask for evidence they’ll immediately switch to micro, or speciation, mentioned bird beaks and bacteria. It’s not the same thing, which is why micro has other terminology and macro does not. However, without any ability to gather evidence for evolution, secularists use speciation instead. Wait long enough on the comment stream here and someone will come along to tell me all about how these separate terms mean the same thing, or that one is evidence for the other. Logical, reasonable human beings can see the difference and recognize the issues it causes. Unfortunately, when someone is directly attacking the very thing you’ve bet your eternity on, you’ve only got two choices. Either you can defend your blind faith in macro evolution, or you can honestly admit there are wholes in your worldview. That is a difficult place to find yourself.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=aQKjUzotw_Y&t=1239s

These distinctions are important, they change the nature of the debate. We can not, ever, forget though, that we’re not trying to win a debate, we’re trying to win the lost to Christ. You can, and I have, show the lost secularist worshiping at the alter of Darwin how flawed this worldview is. All the evidence in the world will not change their position. Only God can take a heart of stone and replace it with one of flesh. Pray for the lost you encounter, reason with them in love and compassion. Do not give up Scripture, logic, or kindness, when doing so. Hold fast to truth, refute falsehood, and do so recognizing that the lost doesn’t love their evolution, they love their sin. Evolution allows them to suppress the truth in unrighteousness. I hope this explanation was helpful to you, beloved friends, I added a few videos I thought would expound upon the topic throughout this article. As always, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6RBz-zAWoKk&t=4s

Monday Creation Science – Book Review From Tom and Pastor Jim

Below is a link to Pastor Jim at VeritasDomain’s book reviews of the Answers in Genesis Answers Kids books. These reviews are very helpful, and exciting! While on the topic of creation science and books I also shared Tom from exCatholic4Christ’s review of Darwin Devolves by Michael Behe. This review was so entertaining, and helpful!

Answers Book for Kids Volume 1

Answers Book for Kids Volume 2

Answers Book for Kids Volume 3

Answers Book for Kids Volume 4

Answers Book for Kids Volume 5

Darwin Devolves: The New Science About DNA That Challenges Evolution