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We Interrupt…

our regularly scheduled archaeology series to make a comment or to on the Heritage Christian School controversy.

You have probably read the articles or heard about t on the news but here are two links to two stories on the issue:

http://www.christianpost.com/news/christian-school-says-student-is-barred-from-graduation-for-immoral-sex-not-pregnancy-184894/

http://www.christianpost.com/news/pro-lifers-slam-christian-school-for-banning-pregnant-student-from-graduation-184536/

It is also difficult to judge these disciplinary actions as so much information is left out of the news stories. People who jump on the different bandwagons attacking either party do so without knowing all the details.  Another factor is that those criticizing either party think their ideas on what scripture says is more important than those involved in the situation and they think their ideas are more important than God’s actual meaning of the bible verses they quote. This creates a bigger problem for both the school and the student involved in the mess. (And for the families involved as well.)

One thing that is demonstrated by those who take the student’s side is that they think that walking across the stage at graduation is more important than the rules that were broken.  They also think that act is more important than the student learning to keep her word. Whether you think Heritage’s punishment was over the top or not, there are more important issues here than a student walking cross a stage and one is, why should sin and rule breaking be rewarded?

The other problem that comes into play here is that this controversy is built on the fact that so many people who are not involved with Heritage or any students at the school are disagreeing with the way Heritage handles its own rules and discipline. To them we say– MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS!! Your disagreeing has no role in this problem and only muddies the water ruining the chance for true justice to take place. People are too quick these days,with the advent of the internet, to voice their opinions on matters that do not concern them. We have yet to find a scripture verse teaching followers of Christ to do that.

These nosy people forget that the love they want the school to show this student is telling them to give that same love to the school they disagree with. Hypocrisy never won any argument nor showed Christ’s love. If you want the school to change then practice your beliefs correctly and make sure they are in line with God and his intent for his word.Your interpretation does not matter. You got to have followed the HS to the truth , accepted it and implemented it in your life before you can speak one word.

In Korea, we used to tell those native English speakers who whined and complained about the Korea educational system to go out start their own school, make their own rules, recruit their own students and s on then implement their ideas to show that they are actually better than the Korean way.  No one ever took us up on that suggestion. We also make the same suggestion to those sticking their nose in where it doesn’t belong in this situation. Go start your own Christian school, recruit your own students, make your own rules and show that your ideas are better than Heritage’s. If you don’t do that then SHUT UP.

You, not Heritage, are the ones not showing true Christianity especially by putting your nose where it doesn’t belong. Grace, love and Christianity do not reward sin or wrongdoing nor do they place walking across a stage in a more important role than repenting of one’s sin, realizing that they were wrong and that breaking their word is an important matter. She signed a statement and knew what she was signing, she has no excuse here and nor do those busybodies who think they know more than God and try to tell Heritage what to do. Heritage has the right and freedom to act as they think they should and they have committed no crime here– so back off. Your opinion is not greater than theirs.

If you want to see Christian based actions then apply it to your lives first. Remove your beams before trying to remove the splinters in Heritage’s vision.

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Archaeology And…The Exodus

We have discussed the limitations of archaeology in previous installments but those limitations really rear their head when anyone discusses the Exodus.  Part of the limitations is found in identification of remains. If the archaeologist doesn’t accept the biblical account or they do not read the details of the account thoroughly then they will identify any remains they find erroneously (for the most part) Because the Israelites were slaves, it must be realized that they had NO material culture to leave behind in Egypt to identify their presence and what era they resided in that country.

If you come across a building or tomb, everything about it is Egyptian so how will you identify the Israeli people? Then for the Exodus itself, most of the events were supernatural and everyone knows that the supernatural cannot be examined by science. But that isn’t the vital aspect that shows that archaeology can’t be an authority on biblical events.  The Bible is quite clear that the Hebrews were given Egyptian artifacts, precious metals and clothes and so on. Just about everything they had were Egyptian. Even if they designed their own clothes, how would we know? They would be found in Egyptian territory and mistaken for Egyptian creativity and material culture.

Even on their journey, the possessions the Israelites left behind were Egyptian not Israeli, even for their burial rites. The tombs would contain Egyptian artifacts clothing and possibly the burial itself was influenced by the Egyptian culture. This means that if Hebrew was written in any of the tombs, they would be received with some scepticism and possibly credited to some other Semitic speaking nation and not the passing Israelites. Because the archaeologist has no known Israeli material culture previous to their captivity to compare any discoveries with to truly identify what they have found, they will make a great many mistakes in their identification of what they found and what time period those remains belonged.

What this means to the believer is that they cannot rely upon archaeology to bring them the correct information they need to build up their faith. The field is just to limited and vulnerable to errors because there is no foolproof way to garner all the data needed to draw conclusions about the past. It doesn’t matter how many years of experience and education an archaeologist has, those facets of their expertise will not overcome these limitations nor can they correct those mistakes because so much information is lost to time.

The validity of the Bible does not rest upon what archaeology determines. Archaeology has too many vulnerabilities to trump God and the Bible.

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2017 in academics, archaeology, Bible, church, education, faith, history, leadership

 

Archaeology And… The Flood

This is a favorite topic of many believers but they re not fully aware of the problems that come when using archaeology to prove the flood took place. One of the first problems encounter is that they want to use the field of archaeology to help find the ark but that is an unrealistic objective.  One of the reasons for that is those explorers are looking for a needle in a haystack miracle. That miracle they want to have take place is for the ark to survive countless different weather and other natural events for approx. 5,000 years.

Archaeology is not in the miracle business and while God is, he didn’t promise that he would preserve the ark for modern people to use as evidence for the flood. A second problem that comes along when using archaeology to prove the flood is that even if the ark was discovered, how would anyone tie it to Noah? Noah may have built the first ark but there is nothing from  a 2nd, 3rd or even 100th from being built. In the last 10 years we have had 2 replicas built so who is to say that any number of ancient people did not do the same thing.

A third problem is that archaeology has no clue where Ararat is. It knows where the modern mountain that bears that name is but there is nothing anywhere that states that mountain is the Ararat referred to in the biblical pages. It is an assumption of the highest and misleading order. To pinpoint the real Ararat archaeology would need real specific information and none is forthcoming or hiding anywhere in the museums housing archaeological remains.Then if we do uncover some ancient mentioning of Ararat how do we verify that is the same location as the one the Bible is referring to? It could be but we have no hope of verifying it.

The the biggest problem for archaeology is that no one knows what the evidence for a global flood looks like.It was assumed that the flood layer would be uniform but that is unrealistic for no one can identify the evidence. They can draw conclusions, like the glaciers point to the fact that all the water did not disappear, or that the sunken villages and the hidden shorelines are a good clue but after 5,000 years and so on but with 5,000 years of weather, natural disasters wars, construction and so on, it is unrealistic to expect uniformity in the evidence.

These problems combine to point out the fact that archaeology is far too limited and missing far too much information to be an authority on the reality of the flood. It cannot make that determination and its members should not try. The flood involved forces that archaeology cannot study which makes that field not a good source for placing one’s faith. It is better to simply believe God instead of letting archaeology ruin your salvation and eternal home.

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2017 in academics, archaeology, Bible, church, controversial issues, education, faith, history, leadership

 

Archaeology And…Eden

Many people do not believe that the story of Eden is true. They place it firmly in the myth category because they claim there is no archaeological evidence showing that Eden actually existed. Eric Cline is one of those people and he wrote a book called From Eden To Exile and in the chapter on the Garden of Eden he states his non-acceptance for the biblical account and validity of the Garden.

He is not alone. There are far too many archaeologists, biblical scholars and others who follow his lead and rely upon archaeology to tell them what part of the past is real. This is an unrealistic approach to history and as all archaeologists will tell you, archaeology is a very limited field of research. The problem comes in, though, when archaeologists and bible scholars use the field of archaeology as an authority to support their theories. The idea of archaeology being limited doesn’t matter in this case, in their minds. Archaeology will be used as a final word on most subjects. For example– the amount of  literacy in the people of the past.

Yet when it comes to the Bible then archaeology is only used to say that the Bible is in error. When discoveries are unearthed that support the Bible and its accounts there is a loud chorus of voices declaring their dissent. For example there is a tablet in the British Museum depicting Adam and Eve in the Garden yet very few people know of this tablet or have heard of it.Another example is when Eilat Mazar uncovers 10th century Davidic and Solomonic walls. Her work is thoroughly questioned and often rejected because archaeology is not a tool to find the truth but to hide it.

When archaeologists and bible scholars go looking for the Garden of Eden they do so with a very stilted view-point and they do not always use the correct data. They toss out the flood and expect to find the garden untouched or evidence for the garden somewhere in the Middle East. I say somewhere because no one knows where Eden actually was and if it was a pre-flood state or a post-flood one.

Without knowing where to look it is impossible to search in the right locale.Unless some excavator is very lucky and they unearth evidence for Eden, archaeology cannot help find this location.  Another problem is the tossing out of vital and truthful information. Since most archaeologists and bible scholars do not accept the flood account, just like Eden, they are hurting their cause.  You cannot toss out real data and expect to have a successful search.

The Bible tells us that all living things were destroyed in the flood and since the Garden contained living things, it too was destroyed. We do not know what would have been left behind and what would have been destroyed. Given that satellite photos show long-lost rivers we can say that the rivers of Eden were long gone as well. The evidence we need to identify the Garden is lost to the flood and time.

We wouldn’t even know to which depth we would have to dig in order to get to the layer that held the remains of the Garden of Eden. Too much information is missing or tossed out by professionals.If archaeology is going to be a valuable research tool then it cannot afford to be subject to the whims and disbelief of those who use it professionally.

For believers, they cannot afford to be bullied by those who misuse the field of archaeology for their own purposes. Nor can they be swayed by the arguments based in archaeology. They must go with God for he knows the whole story. Archaeology is used too often by unbelievers to ruin the faith of those who say they follow God. Believers need to be more informed and not be so hasty to take the words f fallible humans over the Most High God. Archaeology is not an authority nor the last word n the past, nor are archaeologists

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2017 in academics, archaeology, Bible, church, comparative religions, education, faith, history, leadership, science, theology

 

Archaeology Gone Wrong

While not a part of our series, this story demonstrates how bad archaeology can be:

http://www.christianpost.com/news/evidence-bible-tower-of-babel-discovered-183038/

While we do not dispute the image or the authenticity of the tablet it is the conclusions that get us riled up

The Schøyen Collection says on its website that the ziggurat in Babylon was originally built around the time of Hammurabi 1792–1750 B.C. “The restoration and enlargement began under Nabopolassar, and was finished after 43 years of work under Nebuchadnezzar II, 604-562 B.C.”

This is completely wrong and very misleading as is the following two quotes:

It goes on to explain the text mentioning Nebuchadnezzar mobilizing workforces from all over the then known world to complete the Tower of Babel, people speaking a confusion of all the known languages at the time, raises a question

and

“Neither the Babylonian gods nor Yahweh needed to come down from Heaven to interfere and cause language confusion. And most importantly, the Jews taken into captivity in 586 B.C. after destruction of Jerusalem were there in Babylon and observed the building of the Tower and the confusion. So, when the Genesis text was composed by the Jews during the Babylonian exile and after return to their homeland in 539 B.C., this down to Earth chaotic building story had to be put in a theological context, and hence the present text in Genesis 11:1–9. Also note the link to Acts 2 where the Holy Spirit reverses the language confusion and makes everyone understand each other.”

Archaeology can be a good tool but in the hands of those who do not believe God nor have the spirit of truth helping them it is a destructive tool. It distorts history, falsely accuses the Bible of being wrong and rewrites the past misleading. Honesty is often absent from the excavations and archaeological theories and conclusions which is one reason why believers need to be wary when  archaeological ‘experts’ speak

 
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Posted by on May 13, 2017 in academics, archaeology, Bible, faith, history, leadership

 

Archaeology and…

Introduction

This is going to be a new series for this website. We are only publishing the introduction today and do not know how frequently we will place the following parts up on the board. It will be a 5 part series dealing with different biblical topics and how archaeology treats them The first part will b on the garden of Eden, the second on the flood, the third n the Exodus and with Patterns of Evidence people working on a new 1 hour series on the Exodus and Moses this should be a timely piece.

Then we are going to talk about Jonah for the fourth installment and finally we will look at the Bethlehem star. Although that subject is more for astronomy the same type of thinking applies.

We will have other series following this one and their regularity will depend upon our schedule. One key thing about archaeology and by extension science is that if the archaeology or science takes you away from the Bible or says that the Bible is wrong then there is something wrong with the archaeology or the science.

Neither field knows more than God and neither field is omniscient. Jesus said in John 5:46-7 that if you do not believe Moses how will you believe his words? Accepting and believing Genesis is important to one’s salvation. We cannot afford to dismiss its information.

 
 

Mid-Vacation Comments- 2

We are taking a break…really but we still see the newspapers and the website pages and responses do come to mind which we would rather post than postpone till we come back.

#1.Words We Now Hate-

These are words that are over-used and misused by the western public and by church people. Two new words added to our list are ‘gifted’ used by church people too often and ‘shaming’ used by almost every western journalist known to mankind. the term ‘shaming’ is tag-teamed with many other words like ‘body’, ‘fat’, and many others including now ‘lunch’

https://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylc=X3oDMTFiN25laTRvBF9TAzIwMjM1MzgwNzUEaXRjAzEEc2VjA3NyY2hfcWEEc2xrA3NyY2h3ZWI-?p=lunch+shaming&fr=yfp-t&fp=1&toggle=1&cop=mss&ei=UTF-8

We do not know why so many people feel the need to be lazy when it comes to their English use but it gets annoying after a while.  Surely people can use better terms to describe what is taking place and in the case of ‘lunch shaming’ how about simply saying that the educators are wrong, mishandled the situation, bullies or some other descriptive term that fits the situation and accurately describes what is really going on.

As for the word ‘gifted’ why can’t church people simply say ‘some one gave us a trip? Or someone gave us some money? How hard is it to speak English well? Fads destroy a language and communication and people should not fall into the trap of taking the easy way for the easy way may lead to more problems instead of away from them. Clear communication is important especially in the church.

#2. Hair Today

http://www.christianpost.com/news/hillsongs-taya-smith-shaves-her-hair-off-christian-leaders-and-fans-react-182493/

You may ask ‘aren’t there more important issues to discuss than someone’s hair length?’  Yes and no. Disobedience in the small things of life are still disobedience and letting those go means we may be encouraging people to disobey in the larger aspects of life. Obedience is important in all areas of life. We are not sure how many times we have heard people say that white lies are okay but in reality and biblically, they are not. They are still lies and sin.

The Bible talks, in the OT, about women not having hair like a man’s and men not having hair like a woman’s. That verse still applies to today. men and women are to have different hair styles and while many people will disagree with us on this, God’s rules are not meant to be broken. There are exceptions of course but people should stop thinking they are free to do what they want once they become a Christian or a church leader. They are not given total freedom but have God’s rules to learn and obey.

When we enter God’s kingdom, we now have God’s rules to obey not the world’s or our own for we do not serve the world or ourselves anymore, we serve God. and his rules are important to our eternal destination. Even the cutting of one’s hair. You may find this nitpicky but we are set apart from the world and we need to start acting like it.

#3. The Bible Doesn’t Teach This-

http://www.christianpost.com/news/anne-graham-lotz-confesses-12-national-sins-of-america-at-national-day-of-prayer-observance-182617/

If we look at the example given us in the book of Jonah, all people from the king on down to the lowest person had to individually repent. Representatives were not used. Then we must ask, why does Mrs. Lotz think she can ask forgiveness for sins committed by others? What Mrs. Lotz does not understand is that the people she is confessing for are still practicing those sins and nothing has been done to relieve America of the problems it faces.

People need to make their own calling and election sure, they cannot do that for anyone else and they cannot confess the sins of others. Christianity is not a cult. We do not baptize for the dead, we do not pray for the dead and we cannot ask forgiveness for anyone else’s sins but our own. Each person must repent of their own sins and ask for forgiveness from God. Christians need to get biblical teaching correct and apply it correctly to their lives or they are just wasting everybody’s time.

Jesus did not waste everyone’s time with ‘looking like a Savior’ and Christians need to stop ‘looking like a Christian’ and start being like Christ.

P.S. National Days of Prayer are not taught in the Bible also.

 
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Posted by on May 8, 2017 in academics, Bible, church, comparative religions, controversial issues, faith, leadership, theology

 
 
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