Noah’s Flood Series – Part V

Let’s continue our Monday series through the flood of Noah, beloved brethren. Part IV was about the rock layers, this time we’re going to discuss my favorite creation science subject; fossils! We’ve talked a lot on previous Monday posts about fossils, creatures that shouldn’t be fossilized, DNA and proteins found in fossils, fossils frozen in the middle of given birth or having lunch, but today I want to look at this from a different angle.

This whole series has been about the inerrancy of Gods Word. We’ve looked at all the areas with which Genesis is attacked accept the fossils, which we’ll tackle today. How would considering fossils to be millions of years old affect the sufficiency of Scripture? What we see in these fossils, the mass majority of which are marine life, death and disease. Scientists have found tumors and varies other sicknesses in these bones. In the beginning, dear friends, the Lord saw everything He created and said it was very good. Death and sickness did not begin until after the fall.

Here’s where the disconnect comes in, beloved. If you try to fit the Bible into secular scientists philosophical beliefs on origins, you have to deny Genesis. Either God created man with the land animals during creation week, or Jesus Christ was not the Messiah. Whew, that’s a leap huh? Let me explain. Jesus quotes Genesis, He speaks specifically about Adam and Eves creation at the very beginning. If dinosaurs evolved first and millions of years of death and disease later man evolved then there was no literal Adam and Eve. If Jesus Christ was there when the Earth began, like the Bible claims He was, then He would have been knowingly lying. If He was lying about Genesis then He was not the perfect, blameless, sacrifice upon whose righteousness we rely. But wait, it gets worse dear ones.

If Adam and Eve never lived, they never fell, and mankind does not need to be saved. The Bible tells us plainly that through Adam death came to all, but through Christ the resurrection of the dead. For in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. It was in the Garden of Eden that the very first Gospel message was preached, the seed of the woman was promised! These two concepts flow seamlessly throughout the Word of God. If you take away one, denying the sufficiency of Scripture, then you negate the need for the other. Do you see, brothers and sisters, how serious the issue of fossils is? Our weapons of warfare are not carnal, we war nor against flesh and blood. Our warfare is in the tearing down of every falsehood that sets itself up against the Truth.

Please don’t misunderstand me, friends, I love all the evidence. It’s such a blessing to believers to hear about soft tissue found in the fossils, or the marine life on the tippy top of the highest mountains. I think we should learn, enjoy, and praise God for all those truths. However, we can not turn this subject into an argument over evidences. It’s far more serious than that, this is the very attack at the forefront of the inerrancy debate. God is the only authority on this Earth who was actually there at the beginning, the Holy Spirit divinely inspired the writing of Gods Word, it is inerrant. So, dear ones, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

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Noah’s Flood Series – Part II

Today, beloved brethren, I want to address some misconceptions about Noah’s Flood. In this series we will get into fossils, rock layers, and flood legends, but first let’s lay down a strong foundation. As believers we take God at His Word, but as we see every Tuesday we’re really good at confusing, twisting, and using His Word out of context. This happens with Genesis a lot, and if you think this is an inconsequential matter think again. I’ve seen atheist groups training one another on how to trip up young Christians, like our youth, and these are some of the ways they do it.

They start with the two by two misunderstanding. Yes the animals entered the Ark in pairs, a male with its mate, that’s Biblical. But the idea that all animals came in one pair is not. One pair of the unclean, seven pairs of the clean, and seven pairs of each bird. That may seem like a silly thing for an unbeliever to jump on, but they’re well trained to take it from there. What else do you not know about the Bible? How can you trust a book you don’t know? They use these little bits to appear as though they know the Bible better than the Christian, making themselves an ‘authority’.

Another misconception is that one days worth of rain won’t be able to flood the entire earth. Yes, the same people who ridicule you for not knowing the Bible well enough will turn around and be wildly incorrect in regards to the historical narrative in the Bible. Most of the people you come across are just repeating arguments they’ve heard before, not ones they’ve actually researched. However, if your youth group, or children, do not know the Bible themselves they will be unaware that this is incorrect. It rained for 40 days and 40 nights, along with the fountains of the deep opening up. If the ocean beds were level the water would flood the land nearly two miles high, so there’s plenty of water for the flood to have happened.

For another of these misconceptions, fitting the animals on the Ark, lets go to Reasons for Hope in this instructive clip…

Dear ones, there’s only one reason why so many reject the flood of Noah, despite all the evidence I’ll be showing you over the next couple months, and that’s love of sin. The world loves the sin that holds them in chains like an alcoholic loves the drink in their hands. Evidence will not convince them to turn away from their sin, but it will equip our young people to resist the stumbling blocks placed in their way by the world. I pray this series will be a blessing to you all! As always, beloved, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Molecular Machines – Chaperonin

Beloved brethren, this particular molecular machine is very exciting! Why? Because scientists still do not understand how it works. There are still so many discoveries to be made, so many design features to unravel in Gods creation. Today we’re going to review the Chaperonin, an essential machine involved in the translation of DNA. Although no one is yet sure how, the Chaperonin is involved in accurately folding protein chains as you’ll see in the following clip…

Wonderfully, God has placed in each DNA strand the information needed for complex machines like the Chaperonin. This molecular machine uses ATP, another fascinating creation from the Creator. Without proper folding of the protein, each strand will not fit into place where it can bind to other proteins or sugars. This is why the Chaperonin is essential for life. Each unique machine involved in keeping cells alive compounds the issue of evolution at an overwhelming rate. Recall, dear friends, that according to secularists we all came from the simplest life form. Yet, even the simplest cell is more complex than any machinery mankind has concocted.

We were, as God’s Word has spoken, fearfully and wonderfully made. This, dear ones, ties into much more than just Genesis. Each baby growing in the womb has cells just as complex, full of DNA, ATP, Helicase, Flagellum, and much more. It’s a life! Praise God, the evidence for life is within the cell, at the first day of conception. Isn’t it beautiful? One more reason to stand up for the precious little lives being murdered in the thousands on a daily basis. I pray these short posts are a blessing to you all, beloved brethren, and as always be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

*if you haven’t yet seen, and shared, 180Movie I highly recommend it dear friends*

https://www.livingwaters.com/movie/180movie/

Answers News – January 22, 2018

Hello beloved! Did you know that Answers in Genesis does a live show every Monday and Thursday at 2:00pm right from the ark? Me neither! I was so excited to find this wonderful resource. I don’t know about you, but I get pretty sick of there being nothing appropriate to watch. Even when the show itself is ok, the commercials are horrific.

Enter Christian shows like Roman and Jorge, The Comfort Zone, and Answers News. I won’t be able to watch live, so I’m going to be posting the links the day after. I didn’t get this posted yesterday, so I’m posting it today. Brother Ken Ham is often on the show, however for this episode he was gone. No need to fret, everyone’s favorite molecular geneticist Dr. Georgia Purdom is filling in. She’s on the show quite a bit, to my delight, as her work in genetics has been absolutely eye opening! I hope you will all be blessed by this show, and as always be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Monday Molecular Machines – ATP

Beloved brethren, you all know how excited I get when discussing molecular mechanisms. Over the next few weeks I’m going to highlight a few of them on Mondays. These spectacular design features reveal the intelligence of our Creator in a whole new light. So, please, feast your eyes and ears on the cells energy machine, ATP…

Friends, our bodies have trillions of cells, each one with more intregal parts than an airplane. God created perfect DNA in the first man, Adam. From that perfect man God created Eve. After the fall that perfect DNA began to mutate, and follow the laws of thermodynamics. We tend to look at our sins in comparison to one another, I’m pretty bad but at least I’m not as bad as Danny Deadbeat. That’s not how God sees sin, beloved. One sin was all it took for Adam and Eve to be put out of the Garden. One sin is all we need to keep us out of Gods presence in Heaven.

Our sin is not against one another, but as David said, we have sinned against God, and God alone. On judgement day we’ll be held accountable for every sin we’ve ever committed, even our thought life. While God is a God of justice, He is also a God of lovingkindness. He entered His creation as the only one who could bare the wrath we store up. Jesus Christ became the bridge for the massive gulf between you in your sinfulness and God in His righteousness. He hung on the cross, bore our sins and judgement, and paid our sin debt, becoming the sacrificial lamb of God. Because of what He has done you and I can be saved from judgement day. Cry out to God, repent of your sins, put your faith in Christ alone, and by Gods grace alone you will be saved.

Next week we’re going to look at the Helicase, an amazing machine involved in DNA replication. As always, dear brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Back to Fossils – Travels

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Beloved, I waited (not so patiently) all weekend long to share these pictures with you! If you’ve followed my blog for a while you already know I have deep respect for science, and a genuine love for fossils. You also know we homeschool, and one of my favorite parts of homeschooling is field trips. Last week we went on a field trip to visit some fossil foot prints.

I actually have a rather extreme fear of heights. One of my goals when we began traveling was to face that fear, which I’ve attempted as often as possible. I can now stand on a chair without feeling like I’m going to faint. Baby steps right? Not this time. The drive up to see these foot prints is a one way up the mountain with absolutely no rails. We’ve traveled through mountains many times, but never like this. The idea is to get a better clue of what the gold rush was like.

Once at the spot where the dinosaur path is visible, you park a little up the road and enjoy a short hike back. Or you can hike up to the peak…which we did on trembling knees. After going up to the peak we went down to the fossils.

I don’t care for peaks, hikes, or railless roads up mountains, and the only nature I like to admire is from the comfort of my air conditioned room looking out a window. In other words I’m not an outdoorsy kind of person. Along with an intense fear of heights, is a sincere disgust for bugs. I would brave all that for fossils!

Besides being a fascinating look into the past, fossils are one of the best evidences for a world wide catastrophe. Take these fossil foot prints, for instance, it takes specific conditions to fossilize footprints. When you or I walk along a muddy road we might leave tracks, but they won’t fossilize unless they’re buried rapidly. The idea that these prints were made and thousands of years passed before they were covered is complete nonsense. Erosion would have destroyed them long before sediment could incase them.

One dinosaur track would hardly be evidence for a world wide flood, however these tracks are found all over the globe. As I took this tremendous opportunity to go through several lessons with Kayliegh, we also talked about the implications of Noah’s Flood. We often, in Sunday School, show pictures of a little bath toy boat with giraffes sticking their heads out to depict Noah and the Ark. This is essentially the same thing as beginning Genesis with ‘once upon a time’. Noah’s ark was massive, having enough space to fit well over a hundred thousand animals, although the estimate for the ‘kinds’ Noah would have had is around 16,000.

For a better explanation by a much more intelligent brother in Christ, I give you Founder and President of Reasons for Hope, Carl Kerby…

Beloved friends, the reason the world wants to ignore the flood is the clear evidence of God’s sovereignty that lies within it. Peter warned us that there would come a time when people would deny the flood, and we’ve seen that over the past hundred and fifty years. Dear ones, as in the days of Noah, when the door was shut all hope of escaping the wrath of God was lost to humanity, so will the day of judgement be. While we have the light, the hope of the world, the only path to salvation, Christ Jesus, let us share that hope with the lost. Salvation is of the Lord, we can not save anyone, but we can tell others to flee the wrath to come, and pray God opens their hearts and minds. What do we need to do then? Pray, study, and share the Good News! And as always, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Twisted Scripture- Just a Nice Guy

We hear this a lot, don’t we beloved? Jesus wasn’t the Son of God, He was just a prophet, or worse, just a ‘nice guy’. Very few people can ignore the massive historical evidence for Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. With all this evidence what is the sinful mind to do? The light has entered the world, but men loved the darkness.

Enter the ‘nice guy’ delusion, which allows the lost to accept Christ’s life without having to accept Christ’s truth. Delusion might sound like a strong word for this twist in scripture, but let’s look at this viewpoint logically. If Jesus of Nazareth was not who He claimed to be how could anyone say He was a ‘nice guy’ or even just a prophet? You’d really have to twist the entirety of the New Testament along with the many prophetic verses in the Old Testament to manage this falsehood.

If anyone else made the claims that Christ made we would think they were insane. When Jesus made the claim to be the Son of God there were prophecies fulfilled and signs preformed to vindicate the message. Then, as a stamp of approval, God raised Him from the grave for the justification of the saints.

There are many twists of scripture, and generally I think the subtle ones are more dangerous, however this massive reworking of Biblical truth is prevalent in today’s western culture. It’s difficult, to be sure, to see our savior belittled in such a fashion. Man is forever lifting themselves up to be like God, and bringing God down to be like them. The truth could not be further from this twist.

Was Jesus just a prophet? Just a ‘ nice guy’? No. He was God’s only begotten Son, both man and God, who left His heavenly glory to enter His creation, saving all who believe on Him. I often wonder why God would want to redeem such a people as us. However, before salvation came, before I saw my righteousness as filthy rags, before repentance, I felt like God saved because we deserved it. How foolish is the heart of man, it’s the most wicked of all his members!

Liberal theology has spread this ‘nice guy’ nonsense like a cancer from church to church. The secularists might enjoy joining in, but this twist of scripture was born in the ‘church’. Any denial of Gods Word makes the entirety of it errant. When you start with the belief that some of the Bible can not be believed it’s easy to eventually make your way to believing non of it. Which is what we see here, with the idea that Christ didn’t come as the sacrificial Lamb to redeem His chosen people from every tribe, tongue, and nation.

This is why I frequently refute evolution, beloved brethren. When you’re theology begins with Genesis being errant story telling, Adam and Eve being fictional characters, the rest of the Bible falls at the wayside. Why? If Adam never fell, mankind has no need for a savior. Christ Jesus was prophesied that day in the Garden as the seed of the woman. He was prophesied in hundreds of other ways all throughout the Old Testament. If the Jesus Christ you profess as your Lord and Savior is just a prophet or a ‘nice guy’ then you will die in your sins and rightfully be deemed guilty on judgement day. There is only one way to the Father, and that is through the Son.

Beloved brethren, we must be aware that within our midst are sheep and goats, wheat and tares, converts and false converts. We’ve all met them, some say they believe is Jesus but just not that He lived a perfect life. They believe in Jesus, just not that He was born of a virgin. They believe in Jesus, just not the Jesus of the Bible. Lovingly correct them when you are able, pray for them ceaselessly, because for those who believe they are already saved yet remain lost in their sin, salvation does not seem needful. I should know, I speak from experience, it took over a decade for me to see my need! That I saw was only by the grace of God! As always, dear friends, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.