Darwin, The Human Race, and Creation with Dr. Nathaniel Jeanson from Answers in Genesis

Recently Doreen Virtue and I had the absolute honor and privilege to interview Answers in Genesis’ Dr. Nathaniel Jeanson, author of Replacing Darwin.

Hello dear ones, I hope this finds you all doing well! Recently Doreen Virtue and I had the absolute honor and privilege to interview Answers in Genesis’ Dr. Nathaniel Jeanson, author of Replacing Darwin. We talked about his book, his work with the human race, genetics, and so much more! I want to thank Answers in Genesis for lending us one of their scientists, Dr. Jeanson for giving us so much of his time, and Doreen for co-hosting with me!

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Below is a timestamped outline in case you’d like to skip around, as well as some links and resources. Don’t forget to watch until the end to catch the fun bloopers! Also, if you didn’t get a chance to see last weeks MEGA list, I’m going to link to it here. Great news, y’all, Tulips & Honey Hub is now officially available on Amazon’s new Podcasting app! You can, of course, listen across all major podcasting platforms such as PodbeaniTunesSpotifyGoogle PlayiHeart RadioStitcher, and in video form on YouTube. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

TS 00:00:25 – Our episode with Phil Johnson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVBEDJM1s9c&t=1013s

TS 00:04:20 – The statistics for belief in Evolution vs Creation

TS 00:08:20 – How do your peers react to your Christianity?

TS 00:10:55 – Are they suppressing the truth or do they truly believe in Evolution?

TS 00:14:50 – How should we prepare children for university?

Answer’s in Genesis courses: https://answersingenesis.org/education/online-courses/

TS 00:22:15 – Why did you decide to become a scientist?

TS 00:27:25 – Upcoming book?

TS 00:30:00 – How can we discuss the new research on race with grace?

TS 00:35:30 – What about Mitochondrial Eve?

TS 00:39:00 – Where are the genetic mutations heading?

TS 00:45:00 – How have you seen God’s signature in cellular biology

TS 00:49:10 – Does atheism exist? 

TS 00:52:00 – How can we be praying for you and your team?

You can find Dr. Jeanson’s book here: https://answersingenesis.org/store/product/replacing-darwin/?sku=10-2-494&

To watch his 25 part series on the human race: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1v9pqs4w1mwrGlCET76Rs99Fx0EfJXE4

For more information about Dr. Jeanson and his work with Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/bios/nathaniel-jeanson/

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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/

Monday Creation Science – Humanities Family Tree: The Myths

Hello and happy Monday, dear ones! I hope this post finds you all doing well. As you know, we’re started a new series on the ancestry of mankind last Monday. Today we’re going to take down some of the myths that surround fossilized remains of ancient chimps and humans. Next week, Lord willing, we’ll go through what’s been found about those fossils considered to be the oldest in our family tree. After that we’ll follow the ages assumed by secular scientists until we come to modern man.

The first myth I’d like to address is the idea that human DNA only has a 1% difference from chimp DNA. This is one of those myths, like dating which we’ll talk about next, that everyone in the scientific community understands is incorrect but allows it anyway. This myth started in the 70’s before we had DNA sequencing, but has been so successful in perpetuating evolutionary story telling that its still quoted by ‘reputable’ scientific journals. In all actually geneticists have never started from ground zero with chimp DNA, preferring instead to line up sequences of human DNA and working from there. Why? Well because we came from a common ancestor of course! No need to put the foot work in when we can just make assumptions instead. Even with the clearly bias beginning stages of the chimp sequence, there’s somewhere between 20% to 30% difference in human to chimp comparisons. The only way you can get closer to a 1% difference is by tossing out all the DNA except that which codes for protein.

Let’s talk about the dating method, and the myth of their accuracy. When you research the ‘evolution’ of man you see a lot of dates and time frames which suggest hundreds of thousands, if not millions of years. For the more honest publications they usually add words like ‘possibly’ or ‘might have’, ‘probably did’ and ‘most likely’. Everyone else just lists millions of years as if it were fact and moves on. There is something to this myth that geologists have known for a very long time, it’s not scientifically proven. Most of the time fossils are dated by the rock layers they’re found in, while the rock layers are being dated based on the fossils found in them. Carbon dating is another method, but it has a half life of a little over 5,000 years, which means it’s useless in the dating of anything suggested to be older than 40,000 years. Radioactive, or radiometric, dating starts with several assumptions, beginning with there being no contamination in the fossil itself. Another assumption is continuity, that the rate of decay has remained the same, which simply can’t be the case when radio-halos are considered. What scientists know is that no singular date prior to written history is fact, but rather a great deal of assumptions.

Another myth that seems to be pervasive in today’s educational system is that there is agreement within the scientific community about the ‘evolution’ of man. With each new discovery of human fossils the ‘story’ of man changes, and an ever increasing amount of disagreement follows. Many scientists now believe that, rather than there being a multitude of varying species of pre-man ancestors, they were really just one species found in different areas. See here.

Another myth that shows the lengths to which secularists are willing to go to push evolution is the sculptures. All throughout the world in museums, and photographed in every science book created, are images of mans ancestors. They are often depicted standing upright, slowly losing hair over time. It’s comical, honestly, when you research and find that they’ve put these images together with very few fragments of skeletons. Often times it’s clear that the fossils were knuckle walkers, yet they’ll still be shown standing upright in the evolution. Many of these have been found fossilized together, rather than evolving into one another as is commonly suggested. This is artistic license in a field that should never delve into story telling.

The last myth I want to discuss is that the evolution of man from a common chimp ancestor is a scientific fact. It’s simply not. For something to be considered scientifically accurate it must first be questioned, tested, measured, and the conclusions must be observable and repeatable. While this can be said for many aspects of evolution, it’s particularly clear in the case of mans ancestry. This is because, while we have fossils, we have nothing that can be tested, observed, or repeated. We see a great deal of variation in the skeletons of dogs today, imagine finding a fossilized chihuahua and Great Dane. Would anyone assume, without modern observations of dog breeds, that those two skeletons were the same species? That alone should cause skepticism when we find fossils, they don’t come with instruction manuals or information booklets.

What I’m suggesting in this installment of our series through Humanities Family Tree is that there is far more assumptions, opinions, and story telling being published as fact than should ever be acceptable to honest scientist. I hope this series blessing you, friends, and if you missed the introduction you can find it here. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Greg Bahnsen Explains Evolution

In this video, beloved, brother Greg Bahnsen (who has gone home to the Celestial City) gives the best explanation for the origins of evolution . I pray it will be as much of a blessing to you as it was to me. As always, dear brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.