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.

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Twisted Tuesday – Just Another Deity

Beloved brethren, this Twisted Tuesday might be better known as twisting history rather then twisting scripture. Although the idea I want to address here is a clear attack on God’s sovereign Word, it’s definitely refuted by historical facts as well as Biblical truth and good old fashion logic. We’ll take it in three parts.

There is this idea, usually proliferated within the atheistic community, that Jesus Christ was just another deity of legend. That his virgin birth was just like other legends, where virgins give birth to gods. Many will even claim that Jesus never lived, that he’s a myth. They’ll list all the legends and false gods with stories that are similar to Christ’s. Ordinarily these lists are filled with factual errors, and I know there are scholars out there who have done a tremendous job detailing those. I’m just going to write a basic overview to encourage you, beloved, in case you come across this attack.

Let’s deal with the Biblical truth first, as everything else makes more since when looked at through the lens of truth. Most of you know I am a young earth creationist, which means I believe in a literal 6 day creation somewhere from 6 thousand to 10 thousand years ago. I take what the Bible says very seriously, and believe when God says there was a morning and an evening on day one that He means just that. We don’t suggest that Israelites walked around Jericho for thousands of years, we know the word day means day. Those are the same Hebrew words, which means to twist Genesis to mean large periods of time, we would have to twist a lot of other portions of Gods Word just to be consistent. That’s a different Twisted Tuesday, sorry friends, all that is to say that I believe ‘In the beginning’ was the actual beginning.

Why is that important? In the garden, when Adam and Eve fell, God laid out His plan for a virgin birth. When God said ‘her seed’ He was letting them know He wouldn’t be a man born with an earthly father. This means that from the very start of humanity stories of a virgin birth would have been told, passed down, and yes eventually made their way into varies cultures after Babel.

Historically, the idea that Jesus was just a legend is laughable. There’s more evidence for Christ living than the Caesar who ruled while Christ died on the cross for our sins. The fact that Jesus of Nazareth really lived the life the Bible depicts is verified by all respected secular historians. I think this twist in history was really just a lie started and spread by folks who hate God, and don’t want to do their research. They want Christ to not exist, they see the light He brought into the world, but love the darkness more.

The last thing I want to say is that logic can really clear many twists up, whether they be in scripture or in history. Logically, the first lesson the first parents on earth would have taught their kiddos is that they were disobedient and all mankind fell. They would have told their children of Gods plan, of the seed of the woman that will bruise the head of the serpent. They would have told their kids and so forth and so on. We can follow the line of the Godly men and women who kept the truth, and we can see historically the ones who took that truth and twisted.

The most important thing, dear ones, for you to take from this post is that the issue for the nonbelievers is not whether or not Christ lived. It’s not whether or not Christ was the only virgin birth ‘legend’. The issue is that they love their sin, and they don’t want to be accountable to God. It’s so easy to get caught up in endless arguments with atheists about these types of things, I know, it happens to me all the time, but it’s important that we bring it back to the Gospel. If we can remember what it was like before we were saved by the grace of God, we might be able to look at the lost as they truly are, blind. I pray for you all, I hope that you will all be encouraged and emboldened today to share the Gospel with the lost. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

The Heavens Declare – Everything Else

Well, friends, this brings us to the end of our series through the solar system. If I haven’t mentioned often enough throughout this series, Spike Psarries and Dr. Jason Lisle lectures on astronomy have been where much of the material we’ve covered has come from. I’m going to do this post differently than the last posts in the series. Rather than give you information, refutation, then my opinion of Gods purpose, I’m just going to give you all some quick facts to summarize and finish up our series.


Objects past Neptune, like poor Pluto, are referred to as TNO’s, or Trans Neptunian Objects. These objects have evidence of volcanic activity which is hard to account for. They’re too small and too far out from the Sun to maintain energy output for billions or even millions of years.


Comets have a lifespan, each time they pass the Sun they lose a little more material. Some comets run into planets, like the one I spoke briefly about in our talk on Jupiter. Due to this, secular scientists needed to find a way to renew comets in our Solar System so they could hold on to their deep time beliefs. How would they explain comets still existing after billions of years? The secular scientists created the fictitious Oort Cloud and the Kiper belt to explain how comets could continue to be seen when they last, at best, a couple thousand years. The problem with both the Oort Cloud and the Kiper belt is that they’ve been proven impossible over the last decade. I could do several posts on just this subject, but I’ll leave it to you, beloved, to look more into this if you find it interesting.

Let’s move on to the stars and galaxies.

There’s a major problem with our Sun, and all the stars in the universe. Like the gas planets in our Solar System, the stars shouldn’t exist.


Several theories have been postulated over how stars could form, unfortunately for the secular astrophysicists they all require stars to exist already. That seems strange doesn’t it, like the chicken and the egg debate, only galactic. You see, when we hear that nebulas are ‘star nurseries’ what is often not mentioned is that nebulas are formed from exploding stars. If stars are needed to create stars, what created stars? Another important thing to mention is that star formation from nebulas is impossible. Gravity is a weaker force than gas pressure, which forces the gas molecules in the nebulas to move apart.


How do astronomers solve this problem? Dark matter and dark energy are the fictitious, invisible, and untraceable, solutions to the problem. You have to have faith, brethren, in this unobservable and unprovable theory, for the secular models to work. This idea is referred to, by secular scientists, as the tooth fairy.


None of the information I’ve provided over the last couple months is going to convince an atheist to suddenly hate their sin and love God. Only the Holy Spirit can change a heart of stone. The purpose here is two-fold, firstly to encourage the body of Christ in the reliability of God’s Word, and secondly to tear down every high and lofty idea that sets itself up against the truth. This really all boils down to whether or not God is sovereign. If He is, and He sovereignly inspired His Word then we can trust what it says from Genesis to Revelation. If He is able to create, and uphold, the universe, then He is able to accurately inspire His people to write the truth. If you believe God is all powerful, how could you come to the conclusion that He allowed the story of creation to be written inaccurately? That is an illogical conclusion.

Beloved, you can trust God’s Word so be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved.

The Heavens Declare – Neptune


I’m so excited, beloved, to be near the end of the the Solar System series with you. Not because it’s ending, but because I saved the best for last! You’ll have to wait until next Monday for that though, today we’re going to discuss Neptune, the last planet in our Solar System sense Pluto was ‘pluto’d’.


Neptune is the last gas planet, and the furthest out from the Sun, so far out that it takes the Suns light four hours to reach it. It takes it 164.8 years to orbit once around the Sun. It’s called the sister planet of Uranus as it’s similar in size and matter. The main difference is the weather patterns on Neptune, which feature some of the highest winds in the Solar System, reaching 1,300 mph. That explains the giant dark spot seen on Neptune, which is often compared to the great red storm on Jupiter.


How does Neptune refute evolution? Neptune, like other gas giants, puts out more energy then it receives, twice as much. Neptune has a magnetic field, which is tilted like Uranus’, nether of which can be explained by secular models. In fact Neptune, like Uranus, can not exist according to the secular models. They’re too big to have formed so far from the Sun. Since 1972 astronomers have known that their models can not create a scenario that explains Neptune or Uranus. Rather then scratch the models, they have scratched their head, and continued teaching that they’ve got it all figured out. 


Beloved brethren, I know how Uranus and Neptune could be created so far from the Sun, the sovereign God created and upholds all things. Why would God create Neptune, a planet that’s not even viewable with the naked eye? I believe that Neptune was created for such a time as these, when men wise in their own conceit would claim to know how to world formed. No matter how they work it, they can not make their models fit Gods brilliance. 

One last thing, if you happened on this post and have been led to believe that ‘science’ has disproven God and the Bible I encourage you to read back through this series and see how very incorrect that is. Evolution is not science, it’s natural history filled with assumptions and guesswork. We can, and should, take God at His Word friends. And as always, beloved, be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved.

The Heavens Declare – Uranus

Today, in continuing with our series through the Solar System, we’re going to discuss the odd ball in the neighborhood. Every family has one, and our Solar System is no different. Uranus is that crazy aunt who always does the exact opposite as everyone else in the family. When no one was looking, she slipped you chocolate before the turkey was done on Thanksgiving. We’re going to discuss what makes Uranus so strange, how it disputes evolutionism, and what God’s purpose was for creating it.


Unlike the other planets, Uranus has its poles on the side, not the north and south because it leans so far. Due to this tilt, Uranus is the only planet that doesn’t orbit the Sun like a spinning top, instead, it rolls around the Sun like a ball. It’s this tilt that makes Uranus such an odd ball, but there are other anomalies as well. All the other gas giants give out more energy than they take in, but not Uranus. It also has almost a perfect orbit around the Sun, and is the closest planet we have to taking a completely circular trip, taking a whopping 84 years. It has over two dozen moons, which all orbit around its equator, making their rotation just as strange as the planet itself.


How does Uranus create problems for the secular models of the Solar Systems creations? To start with, Uranus has a magnetic field. It’s strength was predicted two years before it was discovered, not by a secular model, (those were all way off) but by a bible believing physicist, Dr. Russel Humphreys.  Dr. Humphreys used the logic he found in the Bible to make his predictions, which shuts down any evolutionist who claims creation scientists do not make predictions. As I mentioned before it does not give out energy like the other gas giants, which is strange as they were all supposedly created at the same time out of the same material. Another way Uranus refuted evolutionary models is with its tilt, which can not be explained even by asteroids hitting it and turning it over. There are no models which can correctly explain Uranus’ strange behavior.  Uranus has the strangest moon in the Solar System as well, Miranda. It is a small moon, in fact, it is too small for the evolutionary models to suggest that it was hit by five separate asteroids. Most secularists admit that the problem with Uranus is it’s moons, Miranda included, as all the models used to explain why it is tilted, are disrupted by the orbits of its moons.


What was God’s point in creating Uranus? To show His creative genuis, and to throw a giant wrench in the evolutionary cogs. Uranus is a beautiful example of God’s sovereignty over all the universe. Beloved, God knows the end from the beginning, and He inspired men to write down the creation of the universe accurately. You can trust God’s

Word, so be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved.

 

The Heavens Declare – Mars

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Mars is the next planet in our series through the solar system.


Mars is the fourth planet, and the last terrestrial planet we’ll be talking about. It’s nearly half the size of Earth, with a similar rotation time of 24 and a half hour days. The year on Mars is almost twice as long as Earths. Its atmosphere is so thin that liquid water would evaporate immediately, although it does have frozen carbon dioxide. This is because the planet rarely gets above freezing. Mars has two moons, the outer moon Deimos is just under 10 miles wide, and the inner moon Phobos is just about 10 miles wide.


What problems does Mars pose for evolutionism? Honestly, in the case of Mars, it seems as though evolutionists have created problems for themselves. There is evidence for possible water on Mars at some point, such as a canyon much bigger than the Grand Canyon. There’s also what appears to be dried up river beds. The problem comes in when they begin to discuss the possibility of a global flood on Mars. Yes, that’s right, global flood. On a planet where water is currently not possible in liquid form evolutionists declare a Genesis like deluge. Here on Earth, however, where there’s enough water in the oceans to cover a flattened surface with over a mile deep of water, they mock anyone who believes in a global flood. I can’t understand this one, friends. Mars has a very thin atmosphere of carbon dioxide, a slight magnetosphere, and dormant volcanoes. Far from being the old, cold, dead planet, it should have been, Mars continues to fascinate the imaginations of all who research it.


What was Gods plan for Mars, and its two moons? I believe that here, between Mars and Earth, we see a contrast. God spent far longer creating Earth, making it inhabitable for life. When we look at Mars we certainly see Gods creativity, we also see how special Earth is.


Next week we’ll move on to the gas giants, and that’s when things get really interesting! I hope you’ll continue to be edified by this series, and have your confidence in Gods Word renewed. As always, beloved, be good Bereans and study to show yourself approved.

Saturday Worksheets

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When I started this blog I went through a series of the reasons we homeschool which you can see herehere, and here. One of the things I’ve had to supplement at home has been scripture copying and Biblical science. There are few resources out there for homeschooling creationists, but very few are free.

So, every Saturday as often as I can, I’m going to post worksheets I’ve created using worksheet designers. If there’s anything specific that you’d like to see put into a worksheet please feel free to mention it in the comments section.

These worksheets will be great for Sunday school, homeschoolers, or parents that are hoping to bring a greater understanding to their children. I’m working on the science worksheets, they might take me a couple more weeks. However, below are some copy-work worksheets making their way through Genesis free to download.

Genesis1 1-2

Genesis1 3-5

Genesis1 6-8

Genesis 1 9-13

Genesis 1 14-19

Genesis 1 20-23

Genesis 1 24-25

The one thing I hope you will all notice is that God has gone to great lengths to show explicit days, an evening and a morning day 1, this type of Hebrew phrasing is there to give a clear picture of 24 hour days. Anyone who seeks to had years to these days is not just taking God’s Word out of context, but is adding to it so it says something it does not say. That is very serious, we need to be careful not to tamper with God’s Word, in any circumstance, much less just to match secular opinions.

I’ll post the rest of Genesis chapter 1 and hopefully some science worksheets next Saturday. Until then, friends, be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved.