Where Were You…?

This past year I have read some unbelievers posts depicting their tiredness of being asked this question when it comes to creation. I am tired of their tiredness because this is an important question to ask unbelievers when they trumpet their supposed evidenced for an alternative origin of the universe and life.

In Job 38:4 we find that God is the first one to ask this question

Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundations?’ (NIV 1984)

Another form of that question is: ‘Were you there…?’ and both questions expose the ridiculousness of the arguments made by unbelievers. Despite the arguments of the unbelieving part of society, God can look around and see who was there and who was absent at the time he created all things.

Strangely enough the unbelieving scientist were markedly absent. In fact a lot of time had to elapse before modern scientists could even arrive on the scene. What makes their arguments ridiculous is the fact that archaeologists have a very difficult time in recovering any evidence from 2,000 years ago while other scientists claim that evidence for their origin theory is in pristine condition after hundreds of million years (or hundreds of thousands of years or for billions of years).

If true, that is an extraordinary feat. Also if true, then archaeologists should find all the evidence they seek for the past 10,000 complete and untouched; which would make finding Noah’s Ark intact a very great possibility.

That’s how ridiculous secular scientists’ claims are. They are relying upon their own ideas based upon supposed evidence that has gone undetected, unmoved, unaltered,  and just laid here waiting to be discovered for thousands, millions and billions of years. That assumption alone makes their conclusions untenable.

The reality of the supposed evidence produced by secular scientists is that their arguments are more ridiculous and requires far more faith than the unbeliever claims the creationist argument is or requires. If people stopped long enough to view the whole picture instead of being blinded by the word ‘science, , they two would see the ridiculousness of the secular position.

We also need to ask why take some stranger’s word for something over the eye-witness account when the stranger was nowhere near the incident in question when it took place? This of course brings up the argument that eye-witness accounts are untrustworthy but that argument only works for events that are traumatic to the eye-witness.

It does not work for events of celebration, construction or some other non-traumatic experience. professors are great at using traumatic events in their classrooms to undermine the argument that eye-witnesses are the most reliable account we can obtain. Yet that is only a manipulation as they do not attempt the same experiment under more appealing conditions.

What also helps eye-witness accounts is that interviews are made when the eye-witness is still very upset and not thinking correctly. Sometimes, people need to be given time to calm down and space to think the event over before providing the information law enforcement officials need.

How does this apply to creation? God is the only eye-witness and he would not be influenced by any traumatic event and creation was not a traumatic event. It was a joyful, willful one which means that there was no undue influence present and to alter God’s perception of what he did.

It was a willful and enjoyable event that would leave a very clear picture of what took place. This means that there would be nothing interfering with God’s recollection of events when he revealed it all to Moses. Moses would be able to understand what God said, because God made ancient man as intelligent and understanding as modern man and there would be no need for God to lie to Moses and give him one set of details when he did something else.

That last sentence is a referral to the evolutionists’ (any variety) argument that ancient people would not be able to understand the evolutionary process. It is a dumb argument which we won’t get into right now but suffice it to say it is a weak attempt to explain the difference between the biblical account and secular science’s.

An eye-witness account, even at a traumatic event, is far more accurate than the account made by someone who studies the scene at a very long distance. The latter has to try to discover evidence for the chain of events even though that chain has links that will not survive past the moment the experience took place.

This lack of information renders useless any conclusion the long distance analyst may come to because they have no hope in discovering all the evidence they need to construct their theory. It is gone.

But that is only part of their problem. Their other major concern would be to prove that any event actually took place as they claim. With no ability for real-time observation, the long distance analyst has no clue on how the event transpired and no hope of showing that their alternative was the correct sequence.

This is what makes eye-witness accounts so valuable. they provide real-time observation on how the event actually occurred. They were there and they saw it take place. Now of course humans are fallible and make mistakes for a variety of reasons when they describe what took place BUT Moses wasn’t an eye-witness, he got his information from the eye-witness who wasn’t human, fallible or able to make mistakes.

This is why we can trust the Bible. It is a revelation by the one person who was there at all of the events recorded and who is not influenced by traumatic events, is not human and he also does not make mistakes.

Thus the question, ‘where were you…’ is a vital question posed by the believer for it puts the alternative arguments in perspective and allows the believers to see where the fallible humans error in their theories. Modern dating techniques, modern scientific equipment and other modern scientific tools are all included in this exposure for they are constructed by long distance analysts influenced by their lack of belief in the biblical eye-witness and are very limited in their ability to gather all the data needed to reconstruct past events.

Just because the unbeliever is tired of the question doesn’t mean that the believer stops asking it. They just need to learn follow-up questions to help guide them to the truth and see the lies of the alternatives.

2013 in review–Thank You

A Word of Thanks for all those who took the time to read this blog this past year. I appreciate it.

I removed the link to the detailed report as that is not as important as the message this site is bringing. I simply put this here to say thank you to the readers

 

 

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,100 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

 

Ancient Mariners

As we have seen, the flat earth thought did not originate from the common people, as they had the ancient sailors to set them straight, but rather that thinking came from the secular scientist who should have known better.

Many archaeologists and scholars have long derided the idea that ancient sailors traveled more than a few miles from the Mediterranean shores.  Given the amount of evidence that is being compiled this idea can barely stand up any more.

What will follow here, in a few sentences, is a look at two modern attempts demonstrating the  credibility of the idea that ancient sailors and people traveled the oceans long before medieval explorers took the risk.

There are two things to remember before we look at those examples. First, there were not two creations. In the beginning God did not make ancient man unintelligent, lacking curiosity, and ability then turn around and recreate modern man with a different set of abilities and more intelligence than their ancient counterparts.

Ancient man was as intelligent and possessed the same abilities as modern man. We see this, not only in the ancient remains we come across but also in Genesis 4 as it describes the descendents of Cain.

20 Adah gave birth to Jabal; he was the father of those who dwell in tents and have livestock. 21 His brother’s name was Jubal; he was the father of all those who play the lyre and pipe. 22 As for Zillah, she also gave birth to Tubal-cain, the forger of all implements of bronze and iron; and the sister of Tubal-cain was Naamah. (NASB)

Ranching, music and metalworking originated in the pre-flood world letting us know that ancient man had knowledge and intelligence. Then we see the knowledge of shipbuilding in Noah and his sons (Gen. 6 & 7) which means that the ancient world post-flood would have been taught all those skills long before modern man came into existence.

Second, our evidence for ancient shipping does not come from a horde of manuscripts describing how the ancient civilizations built their ships nor does it come from many examples of surviving boats in which we can examine thoroughly.

Our knowledge of ancient shipping comes from the few shipwrecks we are fortunate enough to discover and examine. In other words, we do not know the extent of ancient shipping, we only get small glimpses and that is not enough to say that the ancients did not brave the watery unknown.

Also, we have to keep in mind that ancient shipping took place 2-5,000 years ago and it would be unrealistic to think that we would be able to discover a host of ships and manuscripts detailing what the ancients did on the water. For the Romans we only have 1 or 2 ships that made it to South America, apart from the evidence of those voyages we have no idea how many Romans sailed to North or South America and made it back safely or how many died trying.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1038045/posts

Amongst my most notable discover[ies] was that of a 2nd century BC Roman shipwreck in the Bay of Guanabara, near Rio de Janeiro. This is a discovery that has received little to no examination, much less validation, from the realm of mainstream archaeology, no doubt in part because Marx is not a Ph.D. archaeologist. Scouring the web for more information about this finding, I did find a reference to the discovery in an article from Dr. Elizabeth Lyding Will, an expert on Roman amphoras (clay vessels used to store and ship goods during the Roman era). Dr. Will apparently has a piece of an amphora recovered from Marx’s Brazil discovery. Of it, she says:

Now let’s turn to the modern examples demonstrating ancient shipping.

#1. http://www.kon-tiki.no/E-Heyerdahl.php

I came across Mr. Heyerdahl’s ocean voyages via his book Aku-Aku in which he says:

And there, on the coral reef in the Tuamotu group, we had landed with the Kon-Tiki raft, and learned that even the salt sea has its unceasing treadmill, the route from South America out to those distant islands. However lonely the islands were, they all lay within the natural range of the Inca Indians’ old balsa rafts. (pg. 10)

The whole voyage is documented in Mr. Heyerdahl’s book ‘The Kon-Tiki Expedition’. But this isn’t the only voyage that Mr. Heyerdahl duplicated. The  link above records the different sea adventures Mr. Heyerdahl undertook using ancient craft. You will need to scroll down to see them all.

During the expedition to Easter Island in 1955-1956, Heyerdahl became interested in reed boats and their seagoing properties. The archaeologists’ excavations had uncovered pictures of large reed boats with masts and sails engraved in the buried statues and painted on flagstones in prehistoric houses. It soon became clear to Heyerdahl that not only balsa wood rafts, but also reed boats, with pre-Incan sailors could have carried the earliest South Americans out over the open Pacific Ocean. (The Ra Expedition)

In 1947 the balsa wood raft Kon-Tiki was launched. It was named after a legendary seafaring sun-king common to both the old Inca kingdom and the islands of Polynesia. The raft hoisted sail outside the port of Callào in Peru with 6 men onboard. With Thor were 4 other Norwegians, Herman Watzinger, Knut Haugland, Torstein Raaby and Erik Hesselberg, and a Swede, Bengt Danielsson. (The Kon-Tiki expedition)

#2. http://www.phoenicia.org.uk/

This is just the first website mentioning the modern demonstration of an ancient Phoenician ship.

In 2008 – 2010 Phoenicia successfully recreated the first circumnavigation of Africa, believed to have been accomplished by Phoenician mariners in circa 600BC. This website is the historical record of the expedition and those who took part in it.

http://pioneerexpeditions.com/phoenicians/

This is the second website on this ship which looks to explore the idea that the Phoenicians beat Columbus to America by over 2000 years

Three years after building the replica Phoenician ship “Phoenicia” and circumnavigating Africa a new expedition is being planned. This time to sail Phoenicia from the Mediterranean to the Americas to illustrate that the Phoenicians (as the greatest ancient seafarers) had the capabilities and skills to cross the Atlantic two thousand years before Columbus. Crossing the Atlantic is an ambitious challenge as the Atlantic winds and storms are powerful and unforgiving for any sailor. However, it is a quest that demands to be attempted in order to answer one of history’s most important questions: who were the first sailors to discover the Americas?

It is very possible that the ancients traveled further than most modern scholars give them credit. I am inclined to think that sea travel was a regular occurrence and not some rare feat by a few daring souls.

The ancient Minoans were well-known sailors who traveled far and wide, from Egypt to Britain and if they made it to Britain it is highly possible that they went a lot further

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/secrets/features/sinking-atlantis/the-fall-of-the-minoans/61/

The Minoans were excellent ship builders and sailors, and their maritime empire was so vast, it rivaled that of the ancient Egyptians.

Since we know that metalwork had very ancient origins, Genesis 4, it is no stretch of the imagination that shipbuilders had the material to make their ships  sturdy enough to meet the challenges of long ocean voyages. I doubt that they were limited to the small vessels Mr. Heyerdahl replicated. I am sure each civilization had a variety of styles and sizes to meet the different needs a civilization has.

The only problem is we will probably never know because time has removed almost  all evidence of ancient shipping. We just have to remember that God made ancient man the same as modern man and they had abilities that helped them accomplish great things and that would include ocean exploration.

Understanding Evolution

James McGrath has a cute graph on his website depicting the supposed problem creationists have with the evolutionary theory. You can see it here, it is the giant red ball

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/2013/12/five-awful-reasons-to-teach-creationism-in-schools.html

The accusation made by evolutionists towards those who reject their theory is a common one and it is their go to defense when they are stymied by real arguments which expose their theory as unworkable.

The problem for the evolutionist is that the Christian does understand evolution and they understand it quite thoroughly. Evolution is a lie and it is wrong. The can dress it up however they like– Theistic Evolution, Progressive Creation, Evolution or whatever they like,— it will not change the fact that the alternative to Genesis 1 is wrong.

It also doesn’t matter what ‘science’ they throw behind it, their supposed evidence is just window dressing to make their ugly lie look pretty. But it is all show as I will explain. If you look above the graph, you will see 5 points that McGrath addresses and it will be point number 5 that will be addressed here.

5) Evolution is bad science: See the first point. Wellman just adds more false claims to the ones he offered in his first point, because he doesn’t actually have a fifth point.

That last phrase is a really bad rebuttal because in reality evolution is not scientific at all. It doesn’t matter which scientist he points to because none of them have done one scientific experiment replicating one historical claimed point of evolution.

When I say the words ‘historical claimed’ I am talking about the history of the actual process of evolution evolutionists have said has taken place to develop life forms. Modern scientific experiments do not even come close to what evolutionists have said. Modern evolutionary scientists have taken fully developed life forms and added fully developed chemicals and other ingredients to the former and have said a few magic words then declared that evolution was true.

BUT that isn’t how evolution took place and not ONE scientific experiment has been able to replicate one instance of how the process of evolution supposedly did its work. Let’s start with the easiest one. There is no randomness in evolutionary science. All experiments are well thought out by outside intelligence forces or beings, using specific materials and placed together in an orderly and pre-determined fashion.

The presence of beings who have thoughts, intelligence, presuppositions, direction, emotions, knowledge etc. immediately disqualifies these experiments as evolutionary or evidence. The process of evolution is thought to be unknowing, unthinking, unintelligent, lacking direction, emotions, morals and so on which contradicts what is taking place in the science laboratory today.

Then, we are told by evolutionists that the environmental conditions present while evolution did its major life development is much different from it is today. Well evolutionary scientists have no idea what those conditions were, how much they have changed during the development process and cannot replicate any of them for their modern experiments.

No original or continuing original environmental conditions means that evolutionists are not conducting their scientific experiments in the evolutionary fashion. They are cheating.

Next, we are told that previous life forms transitioned over time. Well there have been hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of scientific evolutionary experiments conducted over the past 150 years or so YET not one has replicated one of those historical claimed transitions.

The evolutionist may say that they do not have previous life forms to work with but they do not know what those previous life forms were or even looked like. They take a few fossils and say ‘here is one’ but they do not know what those life forms evolved into. They do not know which of those fossils is a common ancestor of which modern animal or animals.

There is no historical track record to see the full development in action, the evolutionist only has a few fossils from one time period to work with. But there is more.

The evolutionist also has no idea which one-celled life form was the original ancestor of all  living things nor do they know how the original transitions took place, which genes or DNA did the trick and on it goes. Thus they cannot do one scientific evolutionary experiment–they do not have the right materials to work with to provide the evidence they need.

Now many evolutionists claim that they have proven evolution true by using the fruit fly and different genetic materials as operators of change to show that evolution is true. What they really have done is demonstrated a chemical reaction nothing more.

Their fruit fly work and other supposedly scientific evolutionary experiments have done nothing to provide evidence for the validity of evolution. The evolutionist has worked with nothing evolutionary nor in the right order to make their point.

So as it stands, it is the Christian creationist who does understand evolution after all and it is the evolutionist who does not understand their own theory or how to produce evidence for their ideology.

There is nothing scientific that supports the evolutionary theory and the theory of evolution remains a lie and untrue having no evidence to support it.

Tolerance

It is a word that is tossed around a lot these days and usually by those who want to practice alternatives to what is traditionally accepted as and is really normal.  Yet over the years I have found that those who demand tolerance from the normal people are the least tolerant of all.

Here are some definitions of the different variations of the word ‘tolerance’ and they come from an old dictionary. I like using old dictionaries because they usually are very accurate in their definitions of words. I find that today, there has been so much distortion of vocabulary definitions that it is hard to get back to the basics and see what words really mean.

 TOL´ERANCE, n. [L. tolerantia, from tolero, to bear.]
The power or capacity of enduring; or the act of enduring.
Diogenes one frosty morning came to the market place shaking, to show his tolerance.      Bacon.
[Little used. But intolerance is in common use.]
TOL´ERANT, a. Enduring; indulgent; favoring toleration.
TOL´ERATE, v. t. [Fr. tolerer; L. tolero, from tollo, to lift; Ch. דול to lift or raise. Class Dl. No. 3, and see No. 6. 7. 18. 20. 28. 32.]
 To suffer to be or to be done without prohibition or hinderance; to allow or permit negatively, by not preventing; not to restrain; as, to tolerate opinions or practices. The protestant religion is tolerated in France, and the Roman Catholic in Great Britain.
Crying should not be tolerated in children.      Locke.
The law of love tolerates no vice, and patronizes every virtue.      G. Spring.
TOL´ERATED, pp. Suffered; allowed; not prohibited or restrained.
TOL´ERATING, ppr. Enduring; suffering to be or to be done; allowing; not restraining.
TOLERA´TION, n. [L. toleratio.] The act of tolerating; the allowance of that which is not wholly approved; appropriately, the allowance of religious opinions and modes of worship in a state, when contrary to or different from those of the established church or belief. Toleration implies a right in the sovereign to control men in their opinions and worship, or it implies the actual exercise of power in such control. Where no power exists or none is assumed to establish a creed and a mode of worship, there can be no toleration, in the strict sense of the word, for one religious denomination has as good a right as another to the free enjoyment of its creed and worship.

Webster, N. (2006). Noah Webster’s first edition of An American dictionary of the English language. Anaheim, CA: Foundation for American Christian Education.

Now I have put key words or phrases in bold print to highlight the important parts of the definitions but feel free to read them all.

At present there are two very vocal groups, there maybe more but I am focusing on two as an example, who demand tolerance from Christians and others yet they are the least tolerant when it comes to criticism of their ideologies or preferences.  There is an old saying that goes– ‘They that cry the loudest are guiltiest most of all’– and this would apply to these two groups.

The first group is, of course, the homosexual community (HC). In their inability to take ‘no’ for an answer they have somehow acquired the mantle of the medieval inquisitors and have mounted their version of the inquisition.

If a group of people vote ‘no’ to their proposals, the HC goes and finds a homosexual judge to overturn the democratic process and institute their demand by decree. If a member of the HC is turned down by a business because the proprietors of the business disagree with their lifestyle then the members of the HC raise a big stink and get the government or private lawyers to legally bully the business owner into submission.

The amount of intolerance shown by the HC goes far beyond those two examples.

http://tv.yahoo.com/news/duck-dynasty-reversal-glaad-tells-e-not-put-143129050.html

http://www.thewrap.com/jesse-jackson-calls-duck-dynasty-dad-offensive-rosa-parks-bus-driver/

http://www.upi.com/Entertainment_News/TV/2013/12/18/GLAAD-denounces-Duck-Dynasty-star-for-remarks-about-gays/UPI-40111387390590/

Gay-rights advocates called Robertson’s remarks “vile.”

A spokesman for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Wilson Cruz, said in a statement Robertson “and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil’s lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe. He clearly knows nothing about gay people or the majority of Louisianans — and Americans — who support legal recognition for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples.”

“Phil’s decision to push vile and extreme stereotypes is a stain on A&E and his sponsors who now need to re-examine their ties to someone with such public disdain for LGBT people and families,” Cruz said.

These are but a few more examples of the intolerance shown by the HC as they deny their sinful status and the reality that their sexual preference is abnormal.

The second example I will use to demonstrate the lack of tolerance among those who demand tolerance from others comes from the evolutionary group. These people refuse to allow alternatives to their ‘theory’ in the science classroom and will do almost anything to keep the monopoly they have acquired over the previous few decades.

I am banned from many pro-evolutionary websites because I do not agree with their ideas and post the truth–God created in 6 24 hour days. That is what I believe and that is the truth yet evolutionists refuse to be tolerant and allow dissenting thought to grace their presence and websites.

One example of this is James McGrath. He is a progressive creationist who regularly bashes creationists. He routinely places numerous anti YEC posts on his website yet if you disagree with him, this is the message you are eventually given:

You do not have permission to post on this thread

This intolerance is not limited to just his website. The same intolerance extends to others besides me and many people have lost their careers and jobs when they dare to oppose evolutionary thinking. The documentary Expelled is one media presentation that documents this intolerant behavior of evolutionists.

The book ‘Slaughter of the Dissidents’ by Dr. Jerry Bergman is another.  We do not have to look very far to see the intolerance of the evolutionist. If evolution were really true and if they were really tolerant , then the evolutionist, any variety, would have no problem in having competing ideas taught in the science classroom.

It would be no problem for the evolutionist to show where the alternatives to evolution fail. But they aren’t and they can’t. Their theory is so false that the evolutionist must get a monopoly upon the science classroom in order to teach their lies to children In this post

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/2013/12/five-awful-reasons-to-teach-creationism-in-schools.html

McGrath says this:

It does cover Wellman’s freedom to blog falsehood, and even parents’ freedom to indoctrinate their children with the same lies, but thankfully we put additional safeguards in place in the interest of providing children with teaching that bears some semblance of truth.

The only people lying to children , and to students, are the evolutionists. They are not presenting one shred of truth to anyone, let alone children. If the evolutionist was tolerant then the children, and students, would be able to receive the truth honestly and be allowed to make up their own minds.

As it stands, the intolerance of the evolutionist requires that they brainwash the unwary and vulnerable. They have no alternative but to do those things because their ideology is wrong and a great lie.

NOW what does Jesus have to say about this topic?

33 But whoever [a]denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.

34 “Do not think that I came to [b]bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; (MT. 10 NASB)

The word ‘peace’ here is not talking referring to the ‘peace that passes all understanding’ that comes with believing in Jesus. it is talking about the ‘peace’ that means there is no physical conflict.

What that passage is telling us is that there is not going to be any real tolerance in the world. Why? Because those who reject the truth of the Bible do not want the truth to be seen or taught. They do not want to be reminded that they are sinful, wrong and practicing evil.

The HC tries hard to be taken as ‘normal’, ‘natural’ and okay but no matter how hard they try, their preference will always be sin, wrong, unnatural and abnormal. Doesn’t matter how many judges, politicians, corporations side with them, their status in God’s eyes remains unchanged and his opinion is the only one that matters.

The same for the evolutionist. It doesn’t matter how many judges, politicians, teachers and educational institutions agree with their ideology, their theory remains false and a lie and those people are false teachers. Again it is God’s opinion alone that matters here.

The Bible also tells us:

12 Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. 13 But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. (2 Tim. 3 NASB but read the whole chapter for context)

Persecution is not tolerance. It is hypocrisy as those who want alternatives to the Bible demand one thing but refuse to give the same in return.  The believer needs to stand on the word of God and preach the truth whether they receive tolerance or not.

We do not change the message because sinners demand it nor do we tolerate sin because they want to disobey God. If there is no sin, then there is no need of repentance and no reason for Jesus to die on the cross.

But there is sin and there is a need for repentance thus the believer must find and preach the truth without compromise. The truth is found in the Bible not the alternatives.