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Ancient Games and Toys

I hope the link continues to work because it leads one to a site on ancient board games and toys.

http://games.yahoo.com/photos/the-world-s-oldest-toys-1364590047-slideshow/world-s-oldest-toys-photo–1211118283.html

If you are interested in researching ancient toys and games here is a place to start;

http://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=AmgxjcP1.ubDpk9XcaCw5qSevZx4?fr=yfp-t-622-s&toggle=1&cop=mss&ei=UTF-8&p=ancient%20toys%20and%20games

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

No Historical Foundation

Can be found to support the Homosexual community’s (HC) demand for entry into the institution of Marriage. In this article I will post the laws of some of the more ancient societies that have existed to show that same-sex marriage did not enjoy any acceptance in those nations.

There will be a link then a quote and you can click on the link to read the context surrounding those quoted words. Then a brief comment about the tricks the HC and its supporters use to justify their demand

http://www.hyperhistory.net/apwh/essays/comp/cw03hammurabijustinlaw.htm

“Marriage, or matrimony, is a binding together of a man and a woman to live in an indivisible union…Each set of laws also prohibited a man from having more than one wife at a time…

http://gluedideas.com/Encyclopedia-Britannica-Volume-2-Annu-Baltic/The-Assyrian-Laws.html

A betrothal ceremony was the preliminary of marriage; in this the man anointed the woman, offered her various gifts, and in particular paid a bride-price to the woman,

http://www.sarissa.org/sumer/sumer_s.php

A typical Sumerian family consisted of a husband, wife, and children. Marriage was usually an arranged event between family elders. The tenants of the marriage were contained in a sealed tablet. The guidelines detailed the process for the marriage and the divorce. Monogamy was the norm, though concubines were tolerated.

http://www.aztec-history.com/aztec-crime-and-punishment.html

Regarding marriage, a man could have as many concubines as he wished, but only descendants of his original wife could inherit his estate.  Divorce was allowed in certain situations, but the woman would get half of the couple’s assets, and was free to re marry.

http://chinese-culture-symbols.com/marriage-china/#more-235

Marriage in China was traditionally based on polygamy, assuming you had enough money and means to look after more than one wife that is. The more wives you had, the wealthier you must be, so the more ‘face’ you had in Chinese culture. This is, of course, going back around sixty years plus. But it was still a major part of Chinese culture for thousands of years.

http://artandpopularculture.com/History_of_marriage

Men usually married when they were in their 20s or 30s and expected their wives to be in their early teens. It has been suggested that these ages made sense for the Greek because men were generally done with military service by age 30, and marrying a young girl ensured her virginity…There were several types of marriages in Roman society. The traditional (“conventional”) form called conventio in manum required a ceremony with witnesses and was also dissolved with a ceremony. In this type of marriage, a woman lost her family rights of inheritance of her old family and gained them with her new one. She now was subject to the authority of her husband. There was the free marriage known as sine manu. In this arrangement, the wife remained a member of her original family; she stayed under the authority of her father, kept her family rights of inheritance with her old family and did not gain any with the new family. A law in the Theodosian Code (C. Th. 9.7.3) issued in 342 CE prohibited same-sex marriage,

Now it needs to be understood that homosexuality has been a part of life from very early times but that existence of perversion does not grant it legitimate standing nor does it make that preference good or not sin. it also needs to be understood that ancient homosexuals probably lived together, considered themselves ‘married’ even though it was not accepted or allowed legally and spiritually.

This reality does not , again, make same-sex marriage okay nor does it provide a historical foundation for the modern HC to draw upon to support their demand. The modern HC will distort history to make it look like they have a historical foundation and an ancient acceptance of their preference and demand but they are merely lying to gain something today–that something is money.

http://artandpopularculture.com/History_of_marriage

Various types of same-sex unions have existed, ranging from informal, unsanctioned relationships to highly ritualized unions. It is believed that same-sex marriage was a socially recognized institution at times in Ancient Greece and Rome, some regions of China, such as Fujian, and at certain times in ancient European history. A law in the Theodosian Code (C. Th. 9.7.3) issued in AD 342 prohibited same-sex marriage in ancient Rome, but the exact intent of the law and its relation to social practice is unclear, as only a few examples of same-sex marriage in that culture exist.

It should be noted also that ‘acceptance’ may not mean legal approval or religious acceptance but that, like today, the ancient HC rode popular support to gain some sort of status it was not entitled to. Or only a few extant writers accepted their alternative lifestyle and we do not have the writings of those who opposed it to counter what we do have and keep the issue in perspective.

Regardless, as we see by the above links, marriage was between a man and a woman.

http://marriage.laws.com/gay/same-sex/history-same-sex-marriage

In fact, Chinese and European history are full of examples of ceremonies that recognized same-sex marriages. In addition, Roman culture is full of examples of same-sex marriage. For instance, Emperor Nero was married to one of his male slaves in a public ceremony. There are many further examples of ancient same-sex marriage.

In my investigation I found no such acceptance nor law legalizing such unions. Though same-sex unions may have existed it doesn’t mean they were legal, accepted or supported by the majority of the people. In the case of Nero, there is no real proof that the supposed marriages to young boys were legitimate or a sign of acceptance of same-sex marriages. From what I can tell, they were mere stage performances and not real marriages.

Though the lack of information surrounding these events leave the door open for the HC to distort what took place and make it seem like Nero supported and legalized same-sex marriage. I found no article that showed Nero changed the marital laws of the time and just because an Emperor ‘married’ a same-sex person doesn’t mean it was accepted. The Emperor got to do what he wanted regardless of the laws of the time.

In other words, using Nero or other Roman Emperors as a historical base to support the modern HC demands is far-fetched and a distortion of what really took place.

http://cerasius.com/wiki/Same-sex_marriage#Ancient

In the southern Chinese province of Fujian, through the Ming dynasty period, females would bind themselves in contracts to younger females in elaborate ceremonies.[64] Males also entered similar arrangements. This type of arrangement was also similar in ancient European history.[65]

An example of egalitarian male domestic partnership from the early Zhou Dynasty period of China is recorded in the story of Pan Zhang & Wang Zhongxian. While the relationship was clearly approved by the wider community, and was compared to heterosexual marriage, it did not involve a religious ceremony binding the couple

It would be a distortion to say that such contracts strictly or generally involved romantic feelings or a desire to have sex with a same-sexed partner. The same procedure could be applied to the practice of apprenticeship and have nothing to do with sexual preference.

The above quote is far too general and lacks too much information to be successfully used as evidence to support same-sex unions in the ancient world. You will notice that these few links speaking about same-sex marriage lack any reference to any laws of the time. Without quoting those laws, there is no case for the HC supporters that same-sex marriages were accepted or legal in those time periods.

The same-sex marriage advocates are taking a very broad approach to the information and distort it to make it look like their demands and desires are normal. They are mistaken.

http://www.randomhistory.com/history-of-gay-marriage.html

Evidence exists that same-sex marriages were tolerated in parts of Mesopotamia and ancient Egypt. Artifacts from Egypt, for example, show that same-sex relationships not only existed, but the discovery of a pharaonic tomb for such a couple shows their union was recognized by the kingdom.

This last link does what others have done before them and that is distort ancient art and other pieces of information into saying what they want them to say. In this case, that website is using the tomb already discussed in another article on this website and their distortion demonstrates how far the same-sex marriage advocates will go, and how desperate they are, in trying to legitimize their support of sin.

That website just follows what many of the HC do and that is declare anyone gay who demonstrates the least bit of affection towards another person of the same sex. Such attitudes are a nuisance and shows the depravity of the HC members, not the reality of what is taking place.

The main considerations in same-sex relationships in early history were often love, beauty, and excellence of character rather than gender (Ibid)

This is what many same-sex marriage advocates love to do. They want to put the focus on something that has nothing to do with the real issue. They want people to focus on how same-sex partners ‘love’ each other and that a committed couple is ‘beautiful’ regardless of gender.

The problem is, they are trying to cover up the reality. Homosexuality is sin and wrong. They use the idea of ‘love’ to make same-sex unions okay and avoid the stigma that comes with homosexual unions. No matter what they do, using the idea of ‘being love’ or ‘being committed’ to each other is wrong for it only is meant to distract from how wrong same-sex relationships are and how sinful they are.

Using ‘love’ doesn’t change the fact that same-sex marriage is wrong and that homosexuality is an abomination to God. People love to steal, to lie, or commit other crimes but that emotion does not make stealing, lying, or other crimes the right thing to do. Nor doe it make them legal.

In the beginning God founded heterosexual marriage as the way to go. Here are some passages that show this to be true:

27 So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.

28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. (Genesis 1 NIV)

and

23 The man said,

“This is now bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called ‘woman,’
for she was taken out of man.”

24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh. (Genesis 2)

In the NT Jesus reaffirmed what God has done in the OT:

“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’[a]and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’[b]? (Matthew 19 NIV)

Thus what we have then is there is no historical or scriptural foundation for same-sex marriage. The true believer in Christ cannot support such action nor legitimize the sin. No matter how the HC dresses their preference up it is still sin and wrong.

It doesn’t matter if the two same-sex partners ‘are in love’ or ‘committed’ to each other. Those actions do not change the status of what God has called sin and an abomination. I leave you with a passage from 1 Corinthians, which lays out the eternal destination of those who practice homosexuality:

Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men[a]10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. (chapter 6 NIV)

of course the NASB puts it a little more bluntly so that there is no confusion that lesbians are not included in this judgment:

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor [f]effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God

Homosexuality is wrong, so is same-sex marriage and making the latter legal doesn’t change God’s rules or judgment.

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

The Bible Series

It is being defended by Mark Goodacre over at his website http://ntweblog.blogspot.kr/ and you can scroll down to the various posts he has made on this series but to be honest, I cannot see how any one can be proud of this production.

I watched the first 2 episodes and was not happy with what I saw but thought I would give it another chance  so I tried to watch episode 3 concerning the Israelite attack on Jericho but i couldn’t even watch it to the defeat of that city.

It was that bad. Suffice it to say this show is not about the Bible as it is written but about the producers idea of the Bible and their attempts to change the stories to fit modern cultural sensibilities. The accents of the actors aside, the whole series does not follow God’s word for the most part and makes so many changes that only the most biblical illiterate would find anything of value in the series.

If you have seen the whole series, then you should get a medal for bravery.  It is sad to see people who call themselves Christian altering the text to meet secular people’s ideas. Christians should not be consulting those who do not believe God when they are working on presenting God’s word. They should be following the leading of the Holy Spirit so that the truth will be told the correct way and finding the godly men who can guide the producers through the story telling process.

The producers of this series say they consulted 40 scholars, sadly, most of those people were not Christian thus we have the terrible product on t.v. right now. But just when you think things can’t get worse, the producers have released a book. Here is one link to a website that took the time to discuss this release:

http://scotteriology.wordpress.com/2013/03/28/the-bible-movie-is-now-a-book/

Inside that post are links to other comments about the book. keep in mind, the new book is being billed as a novel which tells us that it has little to do with the Bible and a lot to do with the imagination of the authors.

To tell you the truth, we do not need a novel about the Bible. We simply need the Bible itself. God will help us frame what we know about the Bible when we relate its contents to the unbelieving world but He will not change His word to do so. We do not need television programs or movies like this series as they do not present God or his word correctly.

Read the Bible for yourselves and watch the series and ask God to help you see the difference so you know what not to do when talking to unbelievers about Jesus. Angels do not say help me to humans, nor do they bleed. That is told you so you have a place to start when looking at the differences.

Oh, and Noah would not be telling the creation story on the ark, His sons were 100 years old, approx., and would have heard the story long before they entered the boat. Also, the ark would not be leaking as God gave Noah instructions on how to seal it and the Bible tells us Noah did as God commanded.

So you see, the producers embellished or read into the text their own ideas and not God’s but read for yourselves so you can see first-hand what God did and what humans have done to what God said.

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2013 in General Life, theology

 

Live As Jesus Lived

This article is going to look at one specific verse I used in the previous post and provide some  insight to what that verse means. From 1 John 2

But if anyone obeys his word, love for God[a] is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.

What does that verse really mean? Does it mean that everyone must be single? or that they must enter the full-time ministry? Of course not. What it means is that our lives must contain those elements that Jesus followed. Here is a brief list and you can see them exampled by reading the Gospels and other parts of the NT describing Jesus’ life.

We see in Jesus’ life the following things:

1. He honored his father and mother

2. He obeyed God’s word

3. He obeyed God’s will and did not stray into following his own desires.

4. He was honest and did not lie

5. He did not make excuses for his actions

6. He treated others better than himself

7. He was merciful, kind and just

8. He taught sound doctrine & the truth

9. He was not hypocritical

10 He  met the needs of others

11 He went to God with his troubles

12 He used discernment, wisdom and understanding

13 He used real information not pat answers in responding to tests and questions

14 He did not change his message or the style of it to meet cultural practices or if someone didn’t like what he said.

15 He used faith

16 He did not change God’s word to accept secular ideas

17 He did not adopt secular ideas

18 He did not judge or condemn

19 He rewarded faith

20 He allowed freedom of choice

This short list gives you an idea on how to live like Jesus lived. if you are having trouble discerning God’s will, this link should help you

http://www.dakotascba.com/Knowing-God%27s-Will.php

As you read about Jesus’ life you will find the scripture that supports this list, there will be times where I won’t do your work for you as you need to go through the Gospels and sharpen your observation skills.

He may not have been married but he did not outlaw married life but he does expect us to treat our spouses in the correct biblical manner. Not everyone is called to full-time ministry but there are areas of life that need dedicated believers to plant seeds. After all, an evangelist cannot harvest if no seeds have been planted.

Workers are needed at all levels of God’s kingdom and one is not more important than another. People cannot water the seed if the planter fails to do their job and again, the harvester cannot harvest if either of those two stumble in their work.

Then if there is no harvest then teachers and preachers cannot teach and help young believers to grow and mature in Christ. It is all connected in God’s kingdom and Paul illustrates this with his teaching on the body of Christ.

Jesus was the light to the world bringing hope and salvation and he has told us that we are the light as well. If we live as Jesus lived, then that light will shine for all to see but if we do not, and allow the life of Christ to be darkened by compromise and acceptance of false teachings then the world loses out on seeing the right way to go.

2 important things that Jesus did. First, even though he was the light and bringing the good news of salvation he still allowed the people the freedom to choose what they will follow. He did not force his ways upon anyone nor legislated them via governmental laws.

Second, when he saw the people hungry he stopped preaching. He did not make salvation a requirement for having their needs met. As you read the gospels you will notice that Jesus did not force salvation upon people before he healed, fed, or met other needs. His  requirement was faith and even the secular Roman soldiers had that.

He did not require faith for feeding people but saw that their hunger would interfere with their hearing of his words so he stopped and fed them. He knew a decision under duress was not a real decision.

Go through the gospels and see for yourself and then make the correct changes with thehelp of the Holy Spirit.

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

We Have God

A couple of points will be discussed in this article. The first comes from a reply to my Same Sex Marriage Revisited article of February 24th

5) The homosexuals ALSO have God. The same God that created you also created me, for his purpose. Weird to see a “religious” complaint about something God put in place in the first place!

This comment shows that the speaker knows nothing about God or the Bible. John wrote in his first epistle these words:

We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God[a] is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.(1 John 2 NIV)

We know that the members of the homosexual community do not live as Jesus did. It is without question that they do not for they pursue their lusts and selfish desires not the kingdom of God.

We know that Jesus taught that marriage was between a man and a woman;

“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’[a]and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’[b]? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” (Mat. 19 NIV)

If the homosexual lives like Jesus did, they would not be trying to change the definition of marriage nor pursuing the right to marry their same sexed partner.  We know that the heterosexual union was established in the beginning when God said:

27 So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.

28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. (Genesis 1 NIV)

We know that the homosexual community cannot fulfill this command but God also said:

24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh. (Gen. 2 NIV)

We have God establishing heterosexual marriage in the Garden of Eden, so no matter how you slice it, the homosexual does not have the right to the institution of marriage except through willful disobedience to God and the act of living contrary to how Jesus lived.

This means that the homosexual does not have God nor knows him for the Bible tells us

14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 15 What harmony is there between Christ and Belial[a]? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?

God is righteous and holy so how could those who practice sin and remain unrepentant have fellowship with God? God also says

We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, 10 for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine 11 that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me. (1 Tim. 1 NIV)

Without a shadow of a doubt we know that the homosexual doe snot have God with them or in them.

As for the other parts of that initial quote, God created humans but humans choose to become homosexual. Yes, before they were homosexual God had a purpose for them but  instead of following and obeying God, they pursued their own desires thus

24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another (Romans 1 NIV)

This is the reality that the homosexual community does not consider. Though many try to change their ways they do not realize that they have been given over to their lusts and it is possible that they can’t change. The time to deny homosexuality is when they are exploring it when they are younger before they decide that they are homosexual.

The second point to be addressed is found in a Yahoo article on the Supreme Court and gay marriage. the title of the piece is “Supreme Court Justice Says Gay Marriage Newer Than Cell Phones and the Internet. We Say, Huh?” and the link to it is:

http://shine.yahoo.com/love-sex/supreme-court-justice-says-gay-marriage-newer-than-cell-phones-and-the-internet–we-say–huh–193909273.html?bcmt=1364354295535-56d8cc13-5ef2-4289-b795-e78e0d647598_00006s000000000000000000000000-e74d4154-6652-47ee-92aa-5d646c364b6b&bcmt_s=u#mediacommentsugc_container

The part I want to address comes at the end of the article and it reads:

2400 B.C.: Evidence of the first gay couple, in ancient Egypt, was unearthed when two male royal manicurists named Niankhkhnum and Khnumhotep were found buried together in a shared tomb similar to the way married couples were often buried.

This is a complete distortion and misrepresentation of archaeology and actual history. The true version is found at this link:

http://www.touregypt.net/featurestories/niankhnumt.htm

and the true story is:

This tomb, which is popularly know as the “Tomb of the Hairdressers” but also as “The Tomb of Two Brothers”, has been the subject of some debate. Throughout the tomb, the two men appear together and sometimes in intimate embraces. According to Zahi Hawass, and therefore the official explanation, they were brothers and probably twins, though there is really little evidence for the latter. However, others have speculated as to their relationship, even suggesting that they may have been gay companions, though this hardly seems likely given the depictions of their wives and family within the tomb.

The homosexual community likes to distort intimacy and bestow upon images their own ideas instead of looking for the truth. Yes men can hug each other but that doesn’t mean they are gay; not every intimate expression between same-sex people indicates that they are homosexual.

But we won’t hear the truth from those who do not want it but are looking for justification for their abnormal and anti-biblical ways. They will alter history to make it seem like their preference or alternative is normal in order to bolster their own arguments of the same nature.

Homosexuality has never been normal nor has it been accepted or blessed by God. This is the cold hard truth of the matter. No matter how hard the homosexual community dresses up their preference or make their lifestyle seem normal, it will always be a perversion and a sin.

God is not with the homosexual and believers should not be supporting their demand for same-sex marriage nor should they call that lifestyle good. it isn’t good and it isn’t of God. We do treat the homosexual as we would like to be treated but that does not mean we legitimize their sin and make it acceptable.

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Pray

It seems to be Robert Cargill week here at this website as he is providing some great material to respond to. Here is his latest outburst

http://robertcargill.com/2013/03/26/i-am-on-record-in-support-of-marriage-equality-for-all-americans/

Come on folks. It’s time to stand up and be heard on this issue. Marriage equality for same-sex couples is now before the Supreme Court.

Stand up and be counted

The best response I can give is to tell you to follow the biblical directions on prayer and pray that God will intercede and stop the Justices from approving same-sex marriage.

Time for the believers to take action and do it God’s way.  We do not change the rules simply because some people do not like them.  God does not change his rules because a small group of people reject them and refuse to follow what he has said.

Nor should any earthly government.  Homosexuality does not provide for marriage or having children and we should not allow this catering to those who want to practice sin.

hold the coats of those who would openly discriminate against the civil (not religious, civil) rights of other Americans

Denying the homosexual community the right to marry a same-sex partner is not denying anyone of civil rights. It is simply standing up for what is right. Nor is it discriminating against anyone. The homosexual preference transcends nationalities and color of skin (can’t say race because there is only 1) thus it is not a minority category and discrimination doesn’t apply because the right to marry an opposite sex mate is still available to the homosexual community.

It is not the straight world’s fault that the homosexual rejects this right and access.  Again, we do not change the rules because some spoiled and selfish people stamp their feet in protest and hold their breaths till they turn blue.

We do not support sin and homosexuality is sin and that preference is nothing to be proud of.  What a legacy. championing something that brings destruction and contributes nothing to society.

I may sound harsh here but that is where the rubber meets the road. There is no way to nice this up because we are talking about calling sin good and allowing it to publically marry and the Bible teaches that is the wrong thing to do.

Believers are called to spiritual warfare and this is one issue that demonstrates what spiritual warfare is all about–the destruction of society and people. So fight spiritually, petition God to act.

To achieve their goals the homosexual community do not need to be married nor do they need to change the rules of marriage, it just takes a little work on the laws and policies of corporations and businesses but the homosexual community is greedy and they want it all.

So pray earnestly, honestly and do not get duped by the argument concerning ‘civil rights’ for that is merely a smoke screen.

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2013 in General Life

 

Where Are You …

When it comes to evolution. Robert Cargill has posted a graph of different religious beliefs and their acceptance of evolution. The graph may include religious groups but it leaves out one important one–Christian.

If you say you believe God, Jesus and the Bible then you cannot accept or believe that evolution is correct. You would be misrepresenting what God said he did and you would not be telling the truth if you accept and proclaim the evolutionary theory over Genesis 1.

I have asked this question over and over to many of those who do accept evolution as a fact and not one of them can provide an answer to it. Where in the Bible do both God and Jesus give permission to take science over their word?  There is not one instance where this takes place and no permission is granted to do that.

Both God and Jesus say to use faith and to believe their word. Science is not to be used in determining our origins. In regards to that article over at Cargill’s site, there are some problems to address.

1. This allows you to put into perspective your view on the scientific fact of human evolution

This is manipulation at its best. It is stating that science has determined the evolutionary theory to be true. Science has done no such thing. It has been unbelievers who use assumption, conjecture and so on to persuade the world that science thinks evolution is a fact but they have never shown it to be in existence or responsible for developement of life.

This is why myself and others have divided the scientific world into two categories. One is science which is done God’s way and the other is called secular science which is done the unbelieving way.

The labels are needed to warn people about the source of the information they are receiving and allow them to respond in the correct christian manner. Real science shows that the Bible is true and accurate while secular science has rejected the truth and spending its time trying to fill the void left by that rejection with unverifiable alternatives.

The believer is not to follow or listen to the unbelieving world for as 2 Timothy 3 states, ‘they are being deceived’.  Secular science has not shown the evolutionary theory to be fact, they fail continuously because origins did not take place as they claim.

You cannot verify or call something a fact that never took place.

2. The chart is powerful because it allows US citizens to see where they are on the relative scale of beliefs

No, it is not powerful for we do not change the truth because of people’s beliefs. The truth remains the same no matter how few people accept it.The graph is informative tas we see how many people are wrong and how far astray from the truth they have gone.

3. The far right category doesn’t surprise me: these three religious groups have led the way in denying science outright for some time now

No, true christians do not deny science. We deny the lies brought forth by secular science and those scientists who do not believe God. That includes those who claim to be Christian yet reject God’s word for evolutionary thinking.

Genesis 2:1 states very clearly that when God finished his creative act, ‘the universe and earth were complete’ thus no form of evolution, either macro or micro, exist or has existed. This goes for the false idea of natural selection as well.

Breeding, deformities, and other processes one sees in life are merely the result of God’s creative act interacting with different genetic material while under the influence of sin and corruption that came at Adam’s sin. They are not signs or evidence of micro-evolution in action.

God wanted his creation to reproduce itself thus he put that ability in the genetic codes of all living things. He designed reproduction to work in the way we observe it taking place. Just because the system is not perfect is not God’s fault for he made it perfect. Humans messed it up when they sinned.

4. where things lean more conservative and people are less educated than the national average

That is just an insult to those who believe God and his word. Very intelligent people accept creation over scientific thinking because they know it is the truth and evolution is false.

It is also an exposing of Cargill’s superiority complex as he thinks those who believe evolution are smarter and more educated than anyone else. That is contrary to biblical teaching as the Bible tells us that ‘the fool has said in his heart there is no God’ and that ‘God’s foolishness is wiser than the wisest human’.

Believing God and his word is the intelligent and smart thing to do no matter how much of an education one has.

5. (and to whom they are intellectually closest on the issue of evolution)

Salvation is not about being intellectual or whom you are ‘most intellectually close to’. It is about believing the truth and rejecting the lies. Just because a majority of religious beliefs and people accept evolution doesn’t make it the truth. Just because a majority of scientists believe and accept evolution doesn’t make it the truth.

The truth is the truth no matter if no one accepts or believes it or not. The truth does not depend upon the majority vote or support. It is there simply waiting to be accepted and will continue to be there until the end of time. In the end, the truth will remain while the lies and those who follow them will be removed from God’s and believer’s presence forever.

True believers do not care about being ‘intellectually close’ to others, they care that they have the truth and accept and believe that. Christians do not need to fall for the ‘guilt trip’ or the educated ploy or even the other manipulations the devil uses via the secular world to get Christians to disbelieve God and reject his word.

It doesn’t matter who accepts and believes the evolutionary theory, they are the ones being foolish and wrong. We do not take science over God’s word and instructions, but obey and use faith for it is what God thinks that matters.

 
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