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Issues of the Day

#1. https://www.mail.com/int/news/world/5388504-lgbt-outrage-trump-ban-transgender-military-servic.html#.1272-stage-set2-6

Leaders of major advocacy groups depicted Trump’s Twitter pronouncement as an appeal to the portion of his conservative base that opposes the recent civil-rights gains by the LGBT community. “His administration will stop at nothing to implement its anti-LGBTQ ideology within our government — even if it means denying some of our bravest Americans the right to serve and protect our nation,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, president of the LGBT-rights group GLAAD.

The only thing stopping LGBTQ community members from serving in the military are their own demands and desire to force their preferences upon others. There are many believers serving in the military who accept the rules and adjust their behavior according. They do not usually make outrageous demands nor force other servicemen to adhere to their rules or even accept them s they are. They simply obey the rules set out by the military. This is the major problem with the LGBTQ community. They cannot accept the rules demanding that everyone one bow to their perversion or else.

The LGBTQ community is not going to make friends under their current modus operandi. In fact they should expect a backlash as their chosen preference is not accepted as good, normal, etc. by a vast majority of the people. We agree with Trump’s decision here as it is high time the LGBTQ community be told ‘no’ and it is about time they realize that they are not normal, but sinful and violating God’s rules.

#2. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ken-ham-sells-ark-encounter-land-to-himself-for-10_us_596e9e95e4b05561da5a5ba9

Creationist Ken Ham, the notorious owner of The Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum, has once again found a new way to swindle the good people of Kentucky out of their money.

Knowing HuffPost’s great dislike for and bias against Christians so here is another link to the same story

http://www.christianpost.com/news/kentucky-suspends-ark-encounter-18-million-tax-break-deal-192930/

While there is a lot we agree with that Ken Ham does and says there are a lot of public statements and actions we do not agree with and this is one of them. There is nothing wrong with a church or Christian theme park in investing in the community they reside. They should be setting the example how to be involved correctly with the community they are trying to reach not setting the example of how to screw the community out of much-needed revenue. The latter sets up stumbling blocks to Jesus while the former would knock those stumbling blocks down before they got started. The church is to reach the community not to make it more difficult to reach that objective. Paying property tax is not a big deal if the church or theme parks etc., are assessed correctly.

We disagree with Ham’s move here and feel that he is taking advantage of the community’s good graces. His actions are not Christian and we could point to the lack of biblical instruction that says avoid paying taxes to bolster our argument but  Ham and others already know that those do not exist. Being Christian does not mean escaping one civil responsibilities even when they are a church or christian organization

#3. http://www.morethancake.org/archives/29412

Does history prove science and Christianity are incompatible?

We have written long on this in other articles so we won’t delve into a long discussion here. Suffice it to say that the only way for science and Christianity to be compatible is for the former to repent of its sins and get to the truth. Since most of the scientific world does not believe God nor in God it is not God who is in error and lacking the truth. You can’t have the truth if you kick the only one who possesses it out the door and ban him from entry.

#4. http://www.ministrymatters.com/all/entry/8304/is-the-bible-fake-news

The point here is actually not that God has changed or that there really was a flood or that we have to figure out how Noah’s family repopulated the world without committing incest. The compilers of Genesis included the flood story to change our minds about God.

What is fake about the Bible are all those people who forget when different rules were implemented.Incest was not banned by God till long after the flood. What is also not fake news are the different historical accounts starting with creation, moving on to the flood, then Sodom and Gomorrah and so on. You cannot have fake news if you are holy

#5. http://www.christianpost.com/news/christians-wont-be-punished-as-long-as-they-do-what-we-say-rolling-stone-reporter-responds-lgbt-193200/

Kroll’s attitude seems to be, “if those conservative Christians just become like those liberal Christians, they have nothing to worry about; so what’s the problem?”

In other words “do as i say or else’. It seems absolute power has corrupted this guy absolutely, absolute power over his money that is.  He needs prayer.  But this is the way it is with the LGBTQ community. They have spent decades whining and complaining about abuse, intolerance, hate crimes and many more negative things BUT when they get an opportunity to be different, to set the example of how they want to be treated, they opt to do to others as has been done to them. They will abuse others, they will be intolerant, they will commit hate crimes and on it goes.

The LGBTQ has no sympathy nor argument because they cannot do unto others as they would like to be treated. You cannot win friends and influence people when you are sinning to achieve your demands. Nor can you expect people to accept you when you act like the bully or be hypocritical. We all know that this guy attacks Christians but he does not attack any other religious group who defy his agenda. His actions and words undermine everything he says and does and makes him a laughing-stock. So he has money, whoopee, all he demonstrates is hatred, intolerance, and acts like a bully. He is just one more rich guy in a long line of rich guys who do the exact same thing for their individual agendas. He isn’t new, unique or even smart.

When will the LGBTQ community grow up and realize that there are more people in the world than them, all of who have rights and freedoms along with free choice to exercise those rights and freedoms as they see fit.

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Exactly What Is Accreditation and How is it Different from Certification? by Dr. Dennis Frey

Accreditation is essentially a statement of approval.  In the United States, if it is to be meaningful, it must come from an independent association having attained its own approval from the United States Department of Education (USDE).  In the U.S., the government (USDE) does not accredit schools.  However, the USDE is in the business of approving the associations which do accredit schools (for the purpose of serving as gate keepers for Title IV Funding).  You must understand this if you are to properly understand accreditation. Title IV Funding is the nearly 60 billion dollar congressionally approved annual money stream that flows from taxpayers to educational institutions that are accredited by an agency approved by USDE.  The reason that USDE approves accrediting agencies is to assure quality control over the flow of Title IV Funds.  The greater part of accreditation requirements is geared toward satisfying the USDE mandated standards that are specifically designed to safeguard the huge taxpayer investment in higher education.

Accrediting associations in the U.S. are not required to seek USDE recognition, but without it, the value of such accreditation may be questionable, and schools they accredit are not eligible to receive Title IV Funds.  That is why schools promoting accreditation from sources not approved by the USDE are considered “unaccredited.”  BEWARE: There are dozens of so-called accrediting agencies (some with very official sounding names), that are nothing more than a fraud designed to deceive.

EXCEPTION: Accrediting agencies (just like schools), must first operate according to accepted practices and attract a sufficient number of clients before they can petition the USDE for possible acceptance.  Unrecognized agencies that are in a petitioning status with USDE, and are operating openly within the general parameters set forth by USDE (though still not considered recognized), ought to be considered valid, but their members’ schools are still not qualified for Title IV Funds.

The following quote is taken from the web site of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).  “There are accrediting organizations that may not be recognized but are not accreditation mills. For example, the accreditor may be seeking recognition, but the process is not complete. Or the accreditor does not meet the requirements of CHEA or USDE for reasons that do not relate to quality.”

Certification is also essentially a statement of approval, but significantly different from accreditation in several important ways.  Most importantly, certification is not tied to Title IV Funding.  Only USDE recognized accreditation qualifies institutions to receive such funding.  Certification is not generally recognized as being equivalent to accreditation since certification criteria is not geared toward satisfying the requirements for Title IV Funding.  Therefore, certifying agencies are not as well known, and their value not as readily appreciated.

Legitimate certification is similar to legitimate accreditation in that it also involves voluntary peer review through private agencies accountable to their constituents and the public at large, but not to the federal government since Title IV Funding is not involved.  Much of the misunderstanding that arises between the two is due to the lack of consumer awareness, and the generally held belief that accreditation is the only standard for academic legitimacy.  This is one reason why accreditation mills thrive while certification mills generally are not popular targets for scam artists.

Furthermore, certification is a term more often associated with professions, products, and processes.  For example, there are “Certified Financial Planners”, “USDA Certified Agricultural Products”, and “Procedures Certified” by certain medical associations.  Of course, the term “accredited” is also used in many of these situations.  This is because the two terms often serve as synonyms.  However, when it comes to higher education, accreditation is tied to Title IV Funding and certification is not.  Schools may be accredited but not certified, certified and not accredited or both or neither.  The important thing is that the school not misrepresent itself.

Exactly What is an Accredited Degree?

This may come as a shock, but in point-of-fact, there is no such thing as an accredited degree.  Only schools or programs within schools are accredited.  Period!  Look carefully at any degree earned from an accredited school, and you will not find one word that even suggests that it is an “accredited” degree.

If it does, you may be certain that the degree is bogus.  That’s because degrees are not accredited.  You can earn a degree from an accredited school or program within a school, but you cannot earn an accredited degree from that same school.  It may seem like only a matter of semantics, but it much more.  You can earn a degree from either an accredited or unaccredited school, but the degree you earn is neither accredited nor unaccredited.

Here is an example (admittedly extreme, but it makes the point):  Sam Smith graduated from MYU before it was accredited.  His degree is from an unaccredited school.  Sam’s son (Sam Jr.) graduated from MYU after it received accreditation.  Sam Jr. earned a degree from an accredited school.  Sam’s grandson graduated from MYU during the time that it lost its accreditation.  Sam III earned a degree from an unaccredited school.

Sam’s great grandson earned his degree from MYU after it regained its accreditation.  Sam IV earned a degree from an accredited school.  Now let’s look back, the fact that MYU was accredited when Sam Jr. attended, was of no consequence to Sam.  His degree was still earned at an unaccredited school.

Why?  Because there is no such thing as “grandfathering” when it comes to accreditation.  The same is true for Sam Jr. at the time MYU lost its accreditation.  Sam Jr. still earned a degree from an accredited school.  Why?  Because even though a school may lose its accreditation (it happens), there is no reverse of grandfathering.  The school will always be considered accredited at the time that it held accreditation, and unaccredited at the time it did not hold accreditation.  The bottom line, there is no such thing as an accredited degree.  One either earns a degree from an accredited or unaccredited school.  All accredited schools in the U.S. were at one time, unaccredited, and all accredited schools are subject to the loss of accreditation (it does happen).

Are Schools Required to Obtain Recognized Accreditation?

No.  For the most part, accreditation in the U.S. is strictly voluntary.  Many states require, or provide for, a kind of “state approval.”  However, this is not the same as accreditation.  There are many schools in the U.S. that operate as top-quality institutions with high academic standards and yet have elected to not seek accreditation.

The following quote is taken from the web site of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).  There are institutions that may not be accredited but are not degree mills. For example, the institution may be seeking accreditation, but the process is not complete. Or a legitimate institution may choose not to be accredited for reasons that do not relate to quality.

The following quote from the United States Department of Education makes the point. “It should be noted that some institutions have chosen not to participate in the federal student aid program and therefore do not have to be approved by an accrediting agency recognized by the Department. While these institutions do not appear on the Department’s list, they may be legitimate schools. Stroup encouraged consumers and employers to use the list as an initial source of information and to investigate further whenever an institution does not appear on the list.”  (February 1, 2005)

The former executive director of the Association for Biblical Higher Education (an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education), as quoted in that agency’s September 2005 quarterly publication stated that “There are hundreds of Bible Colleges and Seminaries in the United States and Canada that are offering good solid theological training, yet they are not accredited.  This would be the case with our Affiliate institutions that take advantage of the programs and services that we offer.”

Of course, all schools in the U.S. attempting to seek recognized accreditation must first operate as an unaccredited school and provide sufficient proof of institutional credibility prior to applying.  All accredited schools in the U.S. were, at one time, unaccredited.  In fact, the common qualifying procedure for schools seeking recognized accreditation is the development of a “Self Study” through which the institution demonstrates, to the satisfaction of the accrediting agency, that it is operating in a manner sufficiently consistent with the criteria required for accreditation. On a practical level, this demonstrates that it is possible for an unaccredited school to operate at a level generally equivalent to that of an accredited school.  The very same logic can be applied to certification as well.

What Are Some Advantages of Recognized Accreditation?

Access to government sponsored or approved student loans and grants (Title IV Funds).

Easier recognition for transfer of its credits to other accredited schools.

Easier recognition of its degrees by other schools and organizations.

Greater likelihood of acceptance of its students by other schools for further study.

Greater probability of the recognition of its educational programs meeting the qualifications for some goals, requirements, and licenses.

What Are Some Disadvantages of Recognized Accreditation?

More difficult entrance requirements into its programs of study.

Program requirements which may limit certain individuals or prevent them from being accepted into its programs.

Significantly higher tuition and related costs for all programs of study.

Less accommodating schedules and course offerings.

Fewer options for the older or nontraditional student.

What Are Some Advantages of Not Having Recognized Accreditation?

Less difficult entrance requirements for desirable programs of study.

Lower tuition and related costs making it possible to graduate without debt.

More accommodating program schedules and course offerings making it possible for busy adults to study anywhere anytime.

Unaccredited schools are likely to be more innovative and liberal in the development of specialized courses, unique study concepts, the use of emerging technology, and the design of nontraditional certificate and degree programs.  In this regard they are often pioneers and early adopters.

Providing the school is properly dedicated to its mission, the student will have an opportunity to gain an education comparable to that offered at accredited schools for similar courses and programs, but at a fraction of the total cost.

What Are Some Disadvantages of Not Having Recognized Accreditation?

No access to government sponsored or approved student loans and grants (Title IV Funds).

Transfer of credits earned may be more difficult.

Acceptance of graduates by accredited schools for further study more difficult.

The recognition of educational qualifications earned for meeting some goals may be problematic.

Certain licenses and professional requirements may not permit the acceptance of degrees earned from unaccredited schools.

Does Recognized Accreditation Assure A Quality Education?

No.  Even though recognized accreditation is a very good indicator that a program meets acceptable standards, the quality of an education is still largely dependent upon the value of the course content, the background and competency of the instructor, and the willingness of the student to get the most out of the course.  It is quite possible to attend even a top-rated accredited school and obtain an inferior education.  No level of accreditation can force a professor to do her or his best, and no professor, however gifted and dedicated, can force a student to learn.  It’s always possible for a less than sincere person to beat the system.

Can A Program Without Recognized Accreditation Provide A Quality Education?

Yes!  Again, since the quality of an education is largely dependent upon the value of the course content, the background and competency of the instructor, and the willingness of the student to get the most out of the course, it is quite possible to attend a well organized unaccredited school and receive a first-class education.  In fact, there is no reason why the level of learning between an accredited and unaccredited program offering similar courses and programs should not be comparable.  The honest student truly seeking to learn, will quickly discover whether the program is meeting the need.  If the course of study is meeting the need, and the student is doing her or his best, whether the school is accredited or not may be immaterial.
Beware of those who suggest that there is “no reason to attend an unaccredited school.”  Such logic suggests that there is no need for new schools, or for the older and established schools to become accredited.  How so?  In order to become an accredited school, an unaccredited school must first demonstrate through a pattern of evidence [to the satisfaction of the accrediting agency], that it is operating in a manner sufficiently consistent with the criteria required for accreditation.  In other words, in order for any school to become accredited, there must be a sufficient period of time during which the school is unaccredited but operating as if it were accredited, before it can be accredited.  This cannot be done unless the school is enrolling and graduating students!  Furthermore, without the pressure from innovative and immerging institutions, competition would be stifled, resulting in fewer choices and even higher tuition.

Will a Degree Earned Through an Unaccredited School be Accepted and Considered Legitimate?

This depends upon what is meant by accepted and legitimate.  Here is the blunt truth.  There is a difference between a legitimate degree and a degree earned legitimately!  Depending on the law of any given state or country, even a cheap degree may be legally legitimate.  But was it legitimately earned?  A degree is legitimately earned providing the entrance requirements, course work, and completion requirements are appropriate for the degree awarded (whether it is earned through an accredited or unaccredited institution).

Will a Degree from an Unaccredited School be Accepted by My Church or Place of Employment?

While there certainly are some situations when only a degree from an accredited school can qualify one for certain positions and privileges, for the most part, you are judged and accepted on you, not the school from which you graduated.  Example: Are you already in ministry?  If so, when was the last time a member of your church asked you if you had a degree at all, much less if it was earned at an accredited college or seminary?

CAUTION!  Do not fall victim to the myth that earning a degree from an accredited school is a ticket to ministry success.  It is not.  Ministry is one of those places where what you do with what you know trumps everything else.  In fact, for those already serving in ministry, a degree from a highly credible though unaccredited school may be the most logical choice.  We ought never to forget that especially in the Christian tradition, academic freedom is considered a cornerstone of religious liberty.  Of course, so is academic responsibility!  Therefore, any program of study leading to a theological degree ought to be both Biblically sound, and academically honest.

However, if you are concerned whether your church or place of employment will accept you with a degree earned through a credible though unaccredited school, you are strongly urged to ask!  Even in the case of degrees earned from accredited schools, there may be restrictions on what kind of degree is recognized, and what kinds of schools are considered acceptable.  For example, in some cases, denominations and ministries may not accept degrees from secular schools, or schools not affiliated with the group.

Will a Degree or Credits Earned Through an Unaccredited School be Accepted  by Other Schools?

First of all, it should be understood that no school is required to accept credits ore degrees from another school (accredited or unaccredited).  However, generally speaking, degrees earned through unaccredited schools will often be recognized by other unaccredited schools providing the school meets the standards of the receiving school, and the learning discipline is relevant.  On the other hand, most accredited schools will accept only a very limited number of students from unaccredited schools.  Such acceptance, when granted, is usually based on degree or credit relevancy, the coursework and degree requirements, and the background and ability of the person applying.  The bottom line…an accredited school may accept credits and degrees from an unaccredited school, but don’t count on it!  If this is a real issue for you, ask first!

However, in the case of Master’s, because of our commitment to educational excellence, credits and degrees earned a MISD have been accepted at many regularly accredited institutions.  In addition, MISD has formal agreements with several faith-based institutions of higher learning regarding the acceptance of credits and degrees, and friendly relations with more than ninety others.  Names of these institutions are available upon request.

Why is Master’s Certified, but not Accredited?

Master’s is a relatively young institution (founded March 30, 1999), and is not financially endowed as in the case of institutions associated with denominations .  The process of seeking and obtaining legitimate accreditation is one that requires considerable institutional resources, and a sufficient number of years of successful operation in order to be adequately prepared.

Since our founding in 1999, we have pursued a policy of developing a Divinity School that operates in a manner consistent with Biblical guidelines, and have promoted and maintained appropriate academic and business standards.  Consequently, we have received a remarkable level of credibility among our ministry peers.

This affirmation of institutional integrity has attracted thousands of students from around the world.  Our alumni serve in practically every ministry calling within the denominational and independent structures of the church-at-large.  A careful examination of our Endorsements and Cooperatives bears witness to this fact.  Our goal is to remain faithful to our mission and purpose, to continue to promote appropriate academic standards, and to be vigilant in our pursuit of institutional development.

Nevertheless, we do recognize and honor the value of legitimate academic and institutional peer review.  For this reason, Master’s has achieved certification with the Council of Private Colleges of America. The mission of the CPCA is to serve private faith based educational institutions through quality standards and practices.  The purpose of the CPCA is to promote quality faith based education, and provide support services for faith based educational institutions to accomplish their individual purpose and mission.  The CPCA represents member faith based educational institutions before government or other educational agencies, and provides certification to member faith based educational institutions through quality peer review and onsite certification visits verifying CPCA standards.

In addition, understanding the value of USDE recognized accrediting agencies, Master’s has achieved affiliated status with the Association for Biblical Higher Education (a USDE recognized agency).   As such, we participates in and contribute to collegial and professional development activities of the Association.  Our affiliate status does not, however, constitute, imply or presume ABHE accredited status at present or in the future.

Does Master’s Have A Plan to Seek Recognized Accreditation?

First, let’s make something quite clear…one of the “tricks” of unscrupulous schools is to falsely hold out the promise of accreditation sometime in the near future.  No unaccredited school can promise students that it is going to be accredited (and no accredited school can promise that it will always remain accredited).  Even though Master’s is currently engaged in the process of  preparing for recognized accreditation, if we are successful, that will have no bearing on degrees earned prior to accreditation (see above).  Furthermore, the process by which recognized accreditation is achieved can take years.  If you are seriously considering Master’s, and do not need to earn a degree from an already accredited institution, then your decision should be based upon our currently achieved level of credibility.

OK, but How Can I be Sure That Master’s International School of Divinity is Really Valid and of High Quality?

Check us out for yourself. DO NOT rely on published guide books, Internet message boards, blogs or chat rooms for accurate information (this holds true for any other school you may be considering). Such places as message boards and blogs are often populated by one or more “self-proclaimed experts” whom only rarely possess any actual first-hand knowledge about the schools they suppose themselves to be competent to rate (or rant against).  These individuals seem to crave whatever attention they may get from their pontifications.

In addition, the few books and online guides that profess to give “expert” guidance, are too often out-of-date or just plain wrong, simply because it is physically impossible for these individuals to actually visit the schools they profess to know about.  Consequently, information is notoriously inaccurate, out-of-date and suffers from the fact the few if any of the schools rated have received an actual on-site visit or even been afforded the benefit of submitting a formal validation document.  Information is usually gleaned from the internet, school catalogs as well as second and third-hand sources.  One serious indication of poor research is the use of unprofessional language and the strongly worded personal opinions of the author or compiler.  While such sources may provide some useful information, caution should be exercised when accepting information as accurate.

Furthermore, be aware that some unscrupulous admissions recruiters often profess to have “inside knowledge” in order to berate competing schools as a way of convincing you to enroll at the school they represent.  The only sure way is to check it out for yourself.  In the case of Master’s, read everything on our web site, call and speak with anyone or any organization named on the web site that is of interest to you. Request an academic evaluation for yourself, and ask every question that you think is important.  Don’t settle for anything less than a satisfactory answer. After that, you will be able to make an informed decision.

IMPORTANT:  Please visit us in person if that is possible.  These days, legitimate schools are trying very hard to present themselves as best they can by having a first-rate web site (such as Master’s is trying to do).  However, easy degree mills and outright degree mills are also doing so.  That’s why a visit can be worth a thousand pictures!  Of course, you may not be able to visit, but perhaps you have a friend or a colleague from your church or business contacts who may be able to come on your behalf, if so, we would be pleased to meet with them in your place.  If none of these options are practical, you may wish to contact the Council of Private Colleges of America.  The on-site team that recommended our five-year certification will be able to answer any questions concerning the quality of Master’s.

Ten Commandments for  Degree Mills

1.  Thou shalt seduce them with ridiculously low tuition.

2.  Thou shalt boast of being accredited by a worthless agency.

3.  Thou shalt offer as many different degree titles as possible.

4.  Thou shalt give life-experience credit for everything.

5.  Thou shalt not require too much work for anything.

6.  Thou shalt not refuse anyone entrance into any program.

7.  Impress them with your “accredited” faculty, they won’t know that there is no such thing.

8.  Always appeal to their vanity by offering them what they “deserve.”

9.  Provide high quality printed degrees and transcripts to deflect questions about the  low quality of the program.

10. Encourage skeptics to visit your web site, discourage them from visiting your office.

 

Interesting Biblical Facts

50 of 101 scientific facts 

1. – The earth free-floats in space (Job 26:7), affected only by gravity. While other sources declared the earth sat on the back of an elephant or turtle, or was held up by Atlas, the Bible alone states what we now know to be true – “He hangs the earth on nothing.”

2. – Creation is made of particles, indiscernible to our eyes (Hebrews 11:3). Not until the 19th century was it discovered that all visible matter consists of invisible elements.

3. – The Bible specifies the perfect dimensions for a stable water vessel (Genesis 6:15). Ship builders today are well aware that the ideal dimension for ship stability is a length six times that of the width. Keep in mind, God told Noah the ideal dimensions for the ark 4,500 years ago.

4. – When dealing with disease, clothes and body should be washed under running water (Leviticus 15:13). For centuries people naively washed in standing water. Today we recognize the need to wash away germs with fresh water.

5. – Sanitation industry birthed (Deuteronomy 23:12-13). Some 3,500 years ago God commanded His people to have a place outside the camp where they could relieve themselves. They were to each carry a shovel so that they could dig a hole (latrine) and cover their waste. Up until World War I, more soldiers died from disease than war because they did not isolate human waste.

6. – Oceans contain springs (Job 38:16). The ocean is very deep. Almost all the ocean floor is in total darkness and the pressure there is enormous. It would have been impossible for Job to have explored the “springs of the sea.” Until recently, it was thought that oceans were fed only by rivers and rain. Yet in the 1970s, with the help of deep diving research submarines that were constructed to withstand 6,000 pounds-per-square-inch pressure, oceanographers discovered springs on the ocean floors!

7. – There are mountains on the bottom of the ocean floor (Jonah 2:5-6). Only in the last century have we discovered that there are towering mountains and deep trenches in the depths of the sea.

8. – Joy and gladness understood (Acts 14:17). Evolution cannot explain emotions. Matter and energy do not feel. Scripture explains that God places gladness in our hearts (Psalm 4:7), and ultimate joy is found only in our Creator’s presence – “in Your presence is fullness of joy” (Psalm 16:11).

9. – Blood is the source of life and health (Leviticus 17:1114). Up until 120 years ago, sick people were “bled” and many died as a result (e.g. George Washington). Today we know that healthy blood is necessary to bring life-giving nutrients to every cell in the body. God declared that “the life of the flesh is in the blood” long before science understood its function.

10. – The Bible states that God created life according to kinds (Genesis 1:24). The fact that God distinguishes kinds, agrees with what scientists observe – namely that there are horizontal genetic boundaries beyond which life cannot vary. Life produces after its own kind. Dogs produce dogs, cats produce cats, roses produce roses. Never have we witnessed one kind changing into another kind as evolution supposes. There are truly natural limits to biological change.

11. – Noble behavior understood (John 15:13Romans 5:7-8). The Bible and history reveal that countless people have endangered or even sacrificed their lives for another. This reality is completely at odds with Darwin’s theory of the survival of the fittest.

12. – Chicken or egg dilemma solved (Genesis 1:20-22). Which came first, the chicken or the egg? This question has plagued philosophers for centuries. The Bible states that God created birds with the ability to reproduce after their kind. Therefore the chicken was created first with the ability to make eggs! Yet, evolution has no solution for this dilemma.

13. – Which came first, proteins or DNA (Revelation 4:11)? For evolutionists, the chicken or egg dilemma goes even deeper. Chickens consist of proteins. The code for each protein is contained in the DNA/RNA system. However, proteins are required in order to manufacture DNA. So which came first: proteins or DNA? The ONLY explanation is that they were created together.

14. – Our bodies are made from the dust of the ground (Genesis 2:73:19). Scientists have discovered that the human body is comprised of some 28 base and trace elements – all of which are found in the earth.

15. – The First Law of Thermodynamics established (Genesis 2:1-2). The First Law states that the total quantity of energy and matter in the universe is a constant. One form of energy or matter may be converted into another, but the total quantity always remains the same. Therefore the creation is finished, exactly as God said way back in Genesis.

16. – The first three verses of Genesis accurately express all known aspects of the creation (Genesis 1:1-3). Science expresses the universe in terms of: time, space, matter, and energy. In Genesis chapter one we read: “In the beginning (time) God created the heavens (space) and the earth (matter)…Then God said, “Let there be light (energy).” No other creation account agrees with the observable evidence.

17. – The universe had a beginning (Genesis 1:1Hebrews 1:10-12). Starting with the studies of Albert Einstein in the early 1900s and continuing today, science has confirmed the biblical view that the universe had a beginning. When the Bible was written most people believed the universe was eternal. Science has proven them wrong, but the Bible correct.

18. – The earth is a sphere (Isaiah 40:22). At a time when many thought the earth was flat, the Bible told us that the earth is spherical.

19. – Scripture assumes a revolving (spherical) earth (Luke 17:34-36). Jesus said that at His return some would be asleep at night while others would be working at day time activities in the field. This is a clear indication of a revolving earth, with day and night occurring simultaneously.

20. – Origin of the rainbow explained (Genesis 9:13-16). Prior to the Flood there was a different environment on the earth (Genesis 2:5-6). After the Flood, God set His rainbow “in the cloud” as a sign that He would never again judge the earth by water. Meteorologists now understand that a rainbow is formed when the sun shines through water droplets – which act as a prism – separating white light into its color spectrum.

21. – Light can be divided (Job 38:24). Sir Isaac Newton studied light and discovered that white light is made of seven colors, which can be “parted” and then recombined. Science confirmed this four centuries ago – God declared this four millennia ago!

22. – Ocean currents anticipated (Psalm 8:8). Three thousand years ago the Bible described the “paths of the seas.” In the 19th century Matthew Maury – the father of oceanography – after reading Psalm 8, researched and discovered ocean currents that follow specific paths through the seas! Utilizing Maury’s data, marine navigators have since reduced by many days the time required to traverse the seas.

23. – Sexual promiscuity is dangerous to your health (1 Corinthians 6:18Romans 1:27). The Bible warns that “he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body,” and that those who commit homosexual sin would “receive in themselves” the penalty of their error. Much data now confirms that any sexual relationship outside of holy matrimony is unsafe.

24. – Reproduction explained (Genesis 1:27-282:24Mark 10:6-8). While evolution has no mechanism to explain how male and female reproductive organs evolved at the same time, the Bible says that from the beginning God made them male and female in order to propagate the human race and animal kinds.

25. – Incalculable number of stars (Jeremiah 33:22). At a time when less than 5,000 stars were visible to the human eye, God stated that the stars of heaven were innumerable. Not until the 17th century did Galileo glimpse the immensity of our universe with his new telescope. Today, astronomers estimate that there are ten thousand billion trillion stars – that’s a 1 followed by 25 zeros! Yet, as the Bible states, scientists admit this number may be woefully inadequate.

26. – The number of stars, though vast, are finite (Isaiah 40:26). Although man is unable to calculate the exact number of stars, we now know their number is finite. Of course God knew this all along – “He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name” (Psalm 147:4). What an awesome God!

27. – The Bible compares the number of stars with the number of grains of sand on the seashore (Genesis 22:17Hebrews 11:12). Amazingly, gross estimates of the number of sand grains are comparable to the estimated number of stars in the universe.

28. – Rejecting the Creator results in moral depravity (Romans 1:20-32). The Bible warns that when mankind rejects the overwhelming evidence for a Creator, lawlessness will result. Since the theory of evolution has swept the globe, abortion, pornography, genocide, etc., have all risen sharply.

29. – The fact that God once flooded the earth (the Noahic Flood) would be denied (2 Peter 3:5-6). There is a mass of fossil evidence to prove this fact, yet it is flatly ignored by most of the scientific world because it was God’s judgment on man’s wickedness.

30. – Vast fossil deposits anticipated (Genesis 7). When plants and animals die they decompose rapidly. Yet billions of life forms around the globe have been preserved as fossils. Geologists now know that fossils only form if there is rapid deposition of life buried away from scavengers and bacteria. This agrees exactly with what the Bible says occurred during the global Flood.

31. – The continents were created as one large land mass (Genesis 1:9-10). Many geologists agree there is strong evidence that the earth was originally one super continent – just as the Bible said way back in Genesis.

32. – Continental drift inferred (Genesis 7:11). Today the study of the ocean floor indicates that the landmasses have been ripped apart. Scripture states that during the global Flood the “fountains of the great deep were broken up.” This cataclysmic event apparently resulted in the continental plates breaking and shifting.

33. – Ice Age inferred (Job 38:29-30). Prior to the global Flood the earth was apparently subtropical. However shortly after the Flood, the Bible mentions ice often – “By the breath of God ice is given, and the broad waters are frozen” (Job 37:10). Evidently the Ice Age occurred in the centuries following the Flood.

34. – Life begins at fertilization (Jeremiah 1:5). God declares that He knew us before we were born. The biblical penalty for murdering an unborn child was death (Exodus 21:22-23). Today, it is an irrefutable biological fact that the fertilized egg is truly an entire human being. Nothing will be added to the first cell except nutrition and oxygen.

35. – God fashions and knits us together in the womb (Job 10:8-1231:15). Science was ignorant concerning embryonic development until recently. Yet many centuries ago, the Bible accurately described God making us an “intricate unity” in the womb.

36. – DNA anticipated (Psalm 139:13-16). During the 1950s, Watson and Crick discovered the genetic blueprint for life. Three thousand years ago the Bible seems to reference this written digital code in Psalm 139 – “Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect [unformed]; and in Thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.”

37. – God has created all mankind from one blood (Acts 17:26; Genesis 5). Today researchers have discovered that we have all descended from one gene pool. For example, a 1995 study of a section of Y chromosomes from 38 men from different ethnic groups around the world was consistent with the biblical teaching that we all come from one man (Adam)

38. – Origin of the major language groups explained (Genesis 11). After the rebellion at Babel, God scattered the people by confounding the one language into many languages. Evolution teaches that we all evolved from a common ancestor, yet offers no mechanism to explain the origin of the thousands of diverse languages in existence today.

39. – Origin of the different “races” explained (Genesis 11). As Noah’s descendants migrated around the world after Babel, each language group developed distinct features based on environment and genetic variation. Those with a genetic makeup suitable to their new environment survived to reproduce. Over time, certain traits (such as dark skin color for those closer to the equator) dominated. Genesis alone offers a reasonable answer to the origin of the races and languages.

40. – God has given us the leaves of the trees as medicine (Ezekiel 47:12Revelation 22:2). Ancient cultures utilized many herbal remedies. Today, modern medicine has rediscovered what the Bible has said all along – there are healing compounds found in plants.

41. – Healthy dietary laws (Leviticus 11:9-12). Scripture states that we should avoid those sea creatures which do not have fins or scales. We now know that bottom-feeders (those with no scales or fins) tend to consume waste and are likely to carry disease.

42. – The Bible warns against eating birds of prey (Leviticus 11:13-19). Scientists now recognize that those birds which eat carrion (putrefying flesh), often spread disease.

43. – Avoid swine (Deuteronomy 14:8). Not so long ago, science learned that eating undercooked pork causes an infection of parasites called trichinosis. Now consider this: the Bible forbid the eating of swine more than 3,000 years before we learned how to cook pork safely.

44. – Radical environmentalism foreseen (Romans 1:25). Two thousand years ago, God’s Word stated that many would worship and serve creation rather than the Creator. Today, nature is revered as “Mother” and naturalism is enshrined.

45. – Black holes and dark matter anticipated (Matthew 25:30Jude 1:13Isaiah 50:3). Cosmologists now speculate that over 98% of the known universe is comprised of dark matter, with dark energy and black holes. A black hole’s gravitational field is so strong that nothing, not even light, escapes. Beyond the expanding universe there is no measured radiation and therefore only outer darkness exists. These theories paint a seemingly accurate description of what the Bible calls “outer darkness” or “the blackness of darkness forever.”

46. – The Second Law of Thermodynamics (Entropy) explained (Psalm 102:25-26). This law states that everything in the universe is running down, deteriorating, constantly becoming less and less orderly. Entropy (disorder) entered when mankind rebelled against God – resulting in the curse (Genesis 3:17Romans 8:20-22). Historically most people believed the universe was unchangeable. Yet modern science verifies that the universe is “grow(ing) old like a garment” (Hebrews 1:11). Evolution directly contradicts this law.

47. – Cain’s wife discovered (Genesis 5:4). Skeptics point out that Cain had no one to marry – therefore the Bible must be false. However, the Bible states plainly that Adam and Eve had other sons and daughters. Cain married his sister.

48. – Incest laws established (Leviticus 18:6). To marry near of kin in the ancient world was common. Yet, beginning about 1500 B.C., God forbid this practice. The reason is simple – the genetic mutations (resulting from the curse) had a cumulative effect. Though Cain could safely marry his sister because the genetic pool was still relatively pure at that time, by Moses’ day the genetic errors had swelled. Today, geneticists confirm that the risk of passing on a genetic abnormality to your child is much greater if you marry a close relative because relatives are more likely to carry the same defective gene. If they procreate, their offspring are more apt to have this defect expressed.

49. – Genetic mixing of different seeds forbidden (Leviticus 19:19Deuteronomy 22:9). The Bible warns against mixing seeds – as this will result in an inferior or dangerous crop. There is now growing evidence that unnatural, genetically engineered crops may be harmful.

50. – Hydrological cycle described (Ecclesiastes 1:7Jeremiah 10:13Amos 9:6). Four thousand years ago the Bible declared that God “draws up drops of water, which distill as rain from the mist, which the clouds drop down and pour abundantly on man” (Job 36:27-28). The ancients observed mighty rivers flowing into the ocean, but they could not conceive why the sea level never rose. Though they observed rainfall, they had only quaint theories as to its origin. Meteorologists now understand that the hydrological cycle consists of evaporation, atmospheric transportation, distillation, and precipitation.
 

Other Books To Read

1. Much To Talk About Vol. 1
2. Much To Talk About Vol. 2
2. Archaeology and the Unwary Believer
 
 

Recommended Reading

Just some books that should be on anyone’s reading list

1. The Battle of Beginnings — Dr. Del Ratzsch

2. Unearthing Atlantis — Dr. Charles Pellegrino

3. Return to Sodom & Gomorrah —Same

4. On the reliability of the Old Testament — K.A. Kitchen

5. The Bible in Its World —Same

6. Old Testament Times — Dr. R.K. Harrison

7. New Testament Times —Dr. Merril C. Tenney

8. Archaeology & the New Testament — DR. John McRay

9. A History of Christianity, 2 Vols. —Dr. Kenneth Scott Latourette

10. Ancient Egypt & the O.T. —Dr. John Currid

11. Israel in Egypt — Dr. James Hoffmeier

12. The Riddles of the Exodus — James Long

13. The Flood — Dr.Rehwinkel

14. Path of the Pole — Dr. Charles Hapgood

15. Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings — Same

16. Is the Bible True — Jeffery Sheler

17. Lost Discoveries —Dick Teresi

18. In the Beginning— Alister McGrath

19. Fabricating Jesus— Dr. Craig Evans

20. Early Christian Doctrines—J.N.D. Kelly
21. The Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang
22. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
23. The Long Death by Ralph K. Andrist
24. Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose
25. Bible History by Alfred Edersheim
26. The Death of Common Sense by Philip K. Howard
27. The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchestor
28. A History of the American People by Paul Johnson
29. A History of the Arab Peoples by Albert Hourani
30. The Kingdom of the Cults by Walter Martin
31. The Final Theory by Mark McCutcheon
32. Unwrapping the Pharaohs by Ashton & Down
33. The Road to Ubar by Nicholas Clapp
34. The Destruction of Atlantis by Frank Joseph
35. The History of Christianity, 2 vols. by Justo Gonzalez
36. Manners and Customs of the Bible by Packer & Tenney

37. The Historical Jesus by Gary R. Habermas

38. The Concise History of Free Masonry by Robert Freke Gould

39. Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader by Bradley K. Martin

40. The Aquariums of Pyongyang by Kang Chol-Hwan & Pierre Rigoulot

41. The End of Reason by Ravi Zacharias

42. The Lost Books of the Bible (everyone should read this for themselves and see why they were never included in the biblical canon)

43. The Land of the Bible by Yohanan Aharoni

44. Archaeology of the Land of the Bible by Amihai Mazar

45. The New Testament Documents by F. F. Bruce

46. Israel & the Nations by F. F. Bruce

47. Israelite Religions by Richard S. Hess

48. The Catholic Church, (a short history) by Hans Kung

49. Knowing and Doing the Will of God by J. I. packer

50. The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel

51. Civilization Before Greece & Rome by H.W.F. Saggs

52. Ninevah and Its Remains by Austen Henry Layard

53. The Discoveries by Alan Lightman

54. Mesopotamia and the Bible edited by Mark W. Chavalas & K. Lawson Younger Jr.

55. Daily Life in Ancient Mesopotamia by Karen Rhea Nejat

56. The City of David by Raymond Weill & L.H. Vincent

57. The Ancient Near East vols. 1 & 2 ed. by James B. Pritchard

58. Old Testament Parallels by Victor H. Matthews & Don C. Benjamin

59. Libraries in the Ancient World by Lionel Casson

60. Africa & the Bible by Edwin M. Yamauchi

61. The Portable Seminary  Gen. Editor David Horton

62. Christian Counseling By Dr. Gary Collins

63. The Dawkins Delusion By Alistar & Joanna McGrath

64. The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Bible By Robert J. Hutchinson

65. What Are the Dead Sea Scrolls & Why Do They Matter by David Noel Freedman

66. The Search for the 12 Apostles By William Steuart McBirnie

67. The First Human by Ann Gibbons

68. Biblical Creationism By Henry Morris

69. The Long War against God By Hemry Morris

70. Kingdom Coming By Michelle Goldberg

71. The Truth About Mohammad by Robert Spencer

72. Learning Theology with the Church Fathers by Christopher A. Hall

73. Giving the Sense edited by Drs. Howard Jr. & Grisanti

74. The Old Testament Documents by Walter Kaiser

75. Civilizations of the Near East (4 vols) Edited by Jack M. Sasson

76.  Biblical Authority by Draper & Keathley

77. God Has Spoken by J.I. Packer

78. 100 Reasons to Trust the Old Testament by Murray D. Hiebert

79. Eusebius: the church history trans. & comm. by Paul L. Maier

80. Searching for the Original Bible by Dr. Randall Price
81. A Century of Biblical Archaeology by P.R.S. Moorey
82. Persia and the Bible by Edwin Yamauchi
83. The Archaeology of Jersualem by W. Harold Mare
84. Science & Secrets or Early medicine by Jorgen Thorwald
85. Underworld by Graham Hancock (for evidence only)
86. Heaven’s Mirror by Graham Hancock (for evidence only)
87. Big Bang by Simon Singh (for a history of astronomy only)
88. The Biblical Period from Abraham to Ezra by W. F. Albright
89. The Archaeology of Palestine by W. F. Albright
90. History, Archaeology & Christian Humanism by W.F. Albright
91.The Bible & Modern Scholarship by Sir Frederic Kenyon
92. Our Bible & the Ancient Manuscripts by Sir Frederic Kenyon
93. Biblical Archaeology by G. Ernest Wright
94. Fresh Light from the Ancient Monuments by A.H. Sayce
95. The Ancent Egyptians: Their life and Customs by Sir J. Gardner Wilkinson
 

Some Points to Ponder 2

1. Genome by Matt Ridley (book) pg. 21-2

“The three letter words of the genetic code are the same in every creature…The genetic code, bar a few tiny local aberrations, mostly for unexplained reasons in the ciliate protozoa, is the same in every creature. We all use exactly the same language.”

Evolutionists use this and other similarities between humans and animals to claim that all species evolved from a common ancestor. The shared genes and other organs is their evidence for this supposed process. But the err greatly because they do not take into account one major factor.

Humans and animals, with a few exceptions, must share the same environment. They have to breathe the same air, drink the same water and eat basically the same type of foods. If animals and humans were completely different, to satisfy the evolutionist demand for the theory of evolution to be untrue, then they would not be able to survive in the present natural environment, either the human or the animal world would die out.

Since evolutionists have no idea what the original conditions were when their claimed origin of life took place, it would be pretty impossible for life forms as we know them today to come into existence. Something would have to prepare the life forms for the then and current atmosphere and dietary needs.

God did that when He thought of creating everything. He put 1 atmosphere, the same one as today, in place then designed both the animal world and his two human beings to fit that environment. He made sure that they would survive without the process of adaptation.

Yes animals and humans have a lot of similar genetic structures but that is so they can survive in a common environment and such design does not provide evidence for the evolutionary theory but God’s wisdom.

2. Ibid. pg. 10

“Human beings accumulate about one hundred mutations per generation, which may not seem much given that there are more than a million codons in the human genome, but in the wrong place even a single one can be fatal.”

This quote illustrates the weakness of the evolutionary theory. As evolutionists have explained over the years the theory has no origin for these limitations found in life. Where did this boundary come from and why would the process of evolution allow it to be part of its work?

Evolutionists claim that the process of evolution is a non-thinking, non-feeling, non-knowing, non-intelligent entity which somehow brings change to life forms, who possess the very qualities it does not.

With the theory of evolution too many questions arise that are left unanswered or are given such weak responses that the solutions are laughable. In the evolutionary world, there should be no such limitations, no such thing as disease or death for the theory doesn’t make room for it nor provide any answers to their origin.

God, in the Bible, does provide answers to the existence of all these things. We know why there are limitations in the gene structure—it shuts the door on alternative ideas like evolution. We know why there are weaknesses in the genetic code and why death and disease are in existence but the secular man does not want to think about those answers because it means they have to deal with God, His Son and their eternal destination.

Nothing the evolutionist comes up with to explain what we find in life or how it got here makes any sense, for there is no reason for any of it to exist in the evolutionary world. Their ‘answers’ only brings more confusion, mystery and questions not clarity or satisfaction. The more science investigates the more we can see that evolution does not work nor does it exist {and the same goes for natural selection}.

3. The First Human by Ann Gibbons (book) pg. 144

“Three months later, on Sept. 22, 1994, the cover of Nature featured the baby molar set in the jaw like a diamond mounted in a setting from which a few other gems had fallen out—and held up like a prices ring between a man’s thumb and two fingers. The red headline underneath said simply, Earliest Hominids.”

This quote is just one example of the many instances where anthropologists construct a whole species out of a lone tooth, a lone toe bone, or a lone knuckle. Rarely do they have more to work with when they do their work.

This is the problem with the secular science world, they raise Cain when the believe uses faith to believe about the flood (and we have much more evidence to work with than anthropologists do) yet they use faith with no evidence when it benefits their work.

The theory of evolution is a theory of speculation not evidence, it is a theory of assumption not fact and it is a theory of desperation not security. They build mountains out of molehills and cannot provide any evidence to support their ideas. They have to use millions and billions of years to avoid the embarrassment of failing to produce real evidence to back their claims.

Pg. 234 backs me up as it says there: “For now, they will have to stick to the teeth and jaw fragments for direct comparisons between these early hominids…if we had skeletons…” The evolutionist has nothing.

4. Ibid. pg. 194-5

“He was walking along an ancient streambed when he saw something sticking out of the red dirt on the ground at his feet. He looked closer and saw teeth…he saw a bony ball sticking out of the red dirt. It was the head of a left thigh bone…he also drew a sketch of the site in his journal, noting that the fossils came from a layer of sediment that was at the base of the Lukeino formation, below a layer of basalt dated to 5.65 million years by Hill’s team. Therefore, about 6 million years, he noted.”

This is one of the problems with anthropology. They think that a fossil on the surface of the earth actually dates back 6 million years and they had to do no work. Meanwhile 100 miles down the road an archaeological team, digging in the same dirt, has to dig 30-100 ft. into the depth of the earth just to go back a few thousand years.

Yes the anthropologist claims that the grounds shift pushing up ancient rock to the surface but the problem with that is, in all the archaeological digs in the world over the past 200 or so years has never come up with any evidence for that claim. The archaeologists must have been lucky and missed those spots even though their digs can cover acres of ground.

The other problem here in those quoted words is that the anthropologist assumes that what he finds comes from the same species of animal or from the same human. The construct these discoveries based upon their own ideas and have nothing to verify their results or claims that it is a new species or even human.

These are all conclusions based upon a modern man’s biased perspective who immediately claims the discovery for evolution without being able to verify anything about the fragments found or how they really go together. Nor can they proof that evolution was responsible.

5. The Beginning of All Things by Hans Kung (book) pg. 137

“We still do not know for certain how life first arose from the inanimate. We do not know for certain what precise events introduced biogenesis. But we do know one thing: however this transition to life is explained in detail, it rests on biochemical regularities…’

This is secular science being honest. It doesn’t know much about the past. In fact, science and scientists cannot prove what you had to eat for breakfast last week let alone what activities filled your day. It can surmise, speculate, assume but it cannot prove the past. It is too limited which disqualifies secular science from being an authority or final determiner.

We do know how life arose and it was not from the inanimate. It was from God’s will and power. We do know the precise events which introduced biogenesis and they are revealed to us in Genesis 1 and 2. We do not need men and women working thousands of years removed from the event to tell us how things went in the beginning, we have the only eye-witness telling us how they exactly went.

Science can be useful to Christians, if they let it and they do it the right way. It is not a tool to talk about origins for that is something outside the scope of that field. It is a tool to discover what God has done when He created everything and to see how things went wrong when Adam sinned.

We can use science to figure out the causes of disease and discover their cure. We can use science to see how plants and trees work, how our bodies operate and on it goes but at no time does this ability promote science to the final authority of life. It is too fallible and corrupt to be anything more than what it is—a simple tool to investigate things on earth, in the sea and in space.

Secular science is operated by men and women who are deceived, fallible, and easily influenced as their desires and agendas are not the same as God’s. If there is a conflict between science and the Bible, then it is science that is wrong. The same for archaeology; when it disagrees with the Bible then the archaeology made the error.

The other sciences, like astronomy, physics and so on, all fall into the same category. They are not supreme beings but imperfect tools run by imperfect and unredeemed people.

6. Tell el-Hamman run by Dr. Steven Collins (dig site)

 http://tallelhammam.com/

“As is now widely accepted, Tall el-Hammam remains a logical candidate for biblical Sodom based on a detailed analysis of the relevant biblical and historical materials regarding the chronology and location of the city”

Why is an archaeological dig and website placed among these books and articles Simply because it demonstrates that Christians or those who claim to be one do go wrong and go against the Bible.

For about 10 seasons now Dr. Collins has been trumpeting the Tell el-Hamman site as Sodom even though everything he finds contradicts the Bible when it talks about Sodom and Gomorrah. The archaeologist in charge continues to find artifact after artifact through archaeological era after archaeological era which should have been a clue that he is digging in the wrong place for the city of Sodom (which has been found in a more desolate area, one that reflects the Biblical teachings on the city).

But he doesn’t care and he doesn’t care that he is leading other believers and non-believers down the wrong path. That is a dangerous thing to do and no matter how much one informs him of his error, he continues in his arrogance, re-interpreting the Biblical passages to fit his desires.

The Christian has to be careful and they need to make sure they are right before announcing to the world they have something no one else has found for their testimony, their reputation is on the line and bad errors can raise stumbling blocks to Christ amongst the unbelieving world. It happens with the Noah’s ark debacle continuously.

If the Christian realizes he or she has made a mistake they should be humble about it and correct it; not continue to follow the wrong path, mistaking the correction as ‘persecution’. The wrong kind of pride cannot enter into the Christian’s process for that will leave a bigger more devastating mark on others than if the Christian humbly admits a mistake and changes his tune.

Also, the believer needs to be aware of the fact that if their work contradicts the Bible, then it is not the Bible that is in error and they need to find out where their mistakes lie. Believers follow God and His word, not change it to fit their own desires. The world is watching and if the Christian doesn’t believe or follow God and His word, how can they expect the non-believer to do so?

7. The Search for Noah’s Flood By Ronald S. Hendel; Editor, H. S. (2004; 2004). BR 19:03. Biblical Archaeology Society.

“Biblical scholars will tell you that the Flood Story in Genesis 6–9 (actually stories in the plural, since there are two versions woven together in these chapters) derives most directly not from an actual event, but from earlier stories. The earlier stories are from ancient Mesopotamia, best known from the Gilgamesh Epic (Standard Babylonian version, c. 1100 B.C.E.) and the Atrahasis Epic (Old Babylonian, c. 1700 B.C.E.).”

Christians really need to be wary when scholars, archaeologists and others accuse the Biblical authors of copying other nations. Such accusations do not have any evidence to give them credence and all these unbelieving academics have are discoveries of documents written prior to the compilation of the Bible.

We need to remember that the Bible is a work done over time and that it speaks of events that took place long before Babylonia, Sumer and Akkadia were even in existence. That means that even though there are myths recovered from the earth and are older than the Bible it doesn’t mean it they were first written.

The Bible traces the timeline quite thoroughly and it shows that there has been a continuous line of God’s people who knew of these events long before the secular civilizations did. Since Noah and his sons re-started the world’s population they told all their descendants what they experienced and as these descendants drifted from God, their re-telling of the story was altered and changed to reflect their growing unbelief

Noah lived 350 years after the flood and Shem lived 500 years thus the original account was told for a long time after the event. If academics believe in oral tradition as they claim then the Biblical account preceded the secular written accounts by a very long time. Who knows, maybe Noah, or his family actually wrote down what they went through and the secular versions were copies of those writings.

Either way, the Biblical authors did not have to copy the secular world because they possibly had Noah’s accounts to use and they had God who was there to help them get it right. Oldest discovered does not mean original all the time.

8. Enigmatic Bible Passages: The Plain Meaning of Genesis 1:1–3 by Harry M. Orlinsky

Editor, G. E. W. (1983; 2003). Biblical Archaeologist: Volume 46. American Schools of Oriental Research.

“There is no doubt that a desire for fidelity to the Word of God is commendable. It is something that a great number of people, notably translators of the Bible, have shared through the ages. It should be pointed out, however, that although the translations of many of the passages on which scientific creationists particularly base their views may be literal, they are not necessarily accurate portrayals of the meaning of the original language”

This passage portrays the problem found in biblical work today as well as in centuries past. Everyone who learns a biblical language thinks they know what the correct word God wanted to use in certain passages. It is not uncommon to hear pastors and academics say ‘the Hebrew says…’ or ‘the Greek says…’ when they are explaining the meaning of a particular passage of the Bible.

What needs to be remembered is that God has not called anyone to change is word and make Him say something He did not. People who learn the biblical languages need to remember that they still need the Holy Spirit to direct them to the correct meaning and that they cannot change what a translation says simply because they disagree with a passage or they think they found a better meaning.

God has promised to preserve His word till the end and those believers who learn the biblical languages need to fall into step with God and make sure they are following His leading to ensure His promise is kept. The world has too many false translations and too many over-eager bible students who want to input their own fallible ideas into a text.

The Bible warns of false teachers who come and will preach their false gospel and one of the ways to lure unwary believers away is to change the word of God to support their ideas. The Jehovah Witnesses do it, the man who wrote The Message did it, Hugh Ross does it and so many others try to do it so they can justify their alternative beliefs

When one learns a biblical language they are given a responsibility to ferret out those false teachers and their deceptive practices and inform the believer of the correct way the Bible should read. They are NOT to impose their own ideas or change God’s word to fit culture or modern times.

The Christian world does not follow the secular one, It leads the way to God’s kingdom even if it means being literal and archaic.

9. Bricks Without Straw? By Charles F. Nims {Wright, G. E. (2001, c1950). Vol. 13 numbers 1-4: Biblical Archaeologist  : Volume 13 1-4. Biblical Archaeologist volume 13 numbers 1-4. (electronic ed.). Philadelphia: American Schools of Oriental Research}

“The evidence of both ancient and modern methods in the manufacture of mud brick in Egypt indicates that while brick are occasionally made without straw, this practice is far from common.”

Does archaeology prove the Bible true? The answer is ‘it depends’. It depends upon what is being discovered and how the Bible talks about it. In this case, where the Bible speaks of the harsh punishment of making bricks without straw put upon the Israelites by the Pharaoh of that time, the account is verified that bricks were and could be made without straw.

 Does it prove that the Israelites made those exact bricks? NO. There is no possible way for anyone to learn who made those bricks without straw. We content ourselves with the fact that the Bible did not mistakenly refer to a procedure that was impossible to accomplish and was true in its account. The Israelites were punished and the punishment was real and accurately recorded for the world to read about.

What is an example of archaeology proving the Bible true? We can look to the scripture Ecc. 1:9 where it says ‘Nothing is new under the sun.” Archaeology shows the truthfulness of that verse all the time. The modern world thinks it has something the ancients haven’t but when one studies the past they see that the ideas of modern inventions were present in the past.

One example—flight. They may not have been able to build airplanes but the idea of flight was present in ancient Greece and other societies. Leonardo Da Vinci is known for his drawings of a helicopter.

Another example would be sewage systems. Waste has been an issue since the beginning and it had to be disposed of to maintain the health of the ancient societies . We read how the Minoans had a sewer system as did the Romans and many other ancient civilizations as well.

The Greeks had a computer, though it was not like today’s models, they still had the idea. Archaeology is full of proof that the Bible is true and in ways does prove it so. We can look at the Patriarchs and see that their names were in use at the exact time Abraham, Isaac and Jacob lived which again verifies the accuracy of the Biblical record.

Does it mean that those people we read about in ancient manuscripts were the Patriarchs? Not necessarily and a strong doubtful but we take strength in knowing that the Bible recorded their names correctly giving us the reassurance that God did not lie, did not make a mistake and did not lead one astray.

For further reading:

http://www.romanancienthistory.com/ancient-roman-sewage-system.html

 

Some Points to Ponder

This section’s purpose is to highlight certain statements scholars and archaeologists say and respond in an annotated manner. These comments will come from different sources which will be listed so the reader can seek out the full work and read the context from which the quotes were taken.
Unlike the Food for Thought section, these response will be very directed and to the point without any excess verbiage. There will be no ‘filler’ comments to waste time or misdirect the reader’s attention and concentration.

1. The Garden of Eden by Dr. Eric Cline  http://www.bibleinterp.com/articles/eden357918.shtml

“Many scholars would agree that it is only when we get into periods marked by the invention of writing (that is, after 3000 b.c.) that we have any hope of corroborating the biblical accounts. This means that the stories presented in the first chapters of Genesis may be more difficult to corroborate than stories that appear later in Genesis and certainly much harder to corroborate than stories that appear in the other books of the Hebrew Bible”

Finding the location of the Garden of Eden will be an impossibility but because the secular academic world refuses to accept Noah’s global flood they keep trying. In Gen. 6:13 God tells Noah that He is going to destroy both the living things and the earth. This would include the Garden of Eden and the 4 rivers that flowed out from it.

We know that God did that because of the recent publication of research which has discovered many cities and monuments buried beneath the seas. Not only were the cities destroyed but the geography was changed as well via the upheavel that came with the flood. It is a pointless search to try and locate pre-flood locations because nothing was left to attest to their existence, including the Garden of Eden, save for the Bible. Thus it requires faith to accept their creation and most academics do not want faith they want sources and evidence.

2. Forget about Noah’s Ark; There Was No Worldwide Flood by Dr. Robert Cargill http://www.bibleinterp.com/articles/flood357903.shtml

“The worldwide flood described in Genesis 6-9 is not historical, but rather a combination of at least two flood stories, both of which descended from earlier Mesopotamian flood narratives”

Yet he was not there to see what really took place. This is the problem with most academics, they refuse to believe something because it doesn’t involve science. Well science is not the field that God said to use when it came to His word. He said ‘use faith’ because He knew that the travel through human time would destroy much evidence for the flood.

These same academics who dismiss the historicity of Noah’s flood do so even though much evidence has been uncovered to show that there was. (See Noah’s flood section) We do not need the ark to confirm the biblical record and the author of that quote has no evidence that the biblical authors copied from other sources. Instead, those flood myths from secular societies were copied down because the very real and biblical flood was still impressed upon their memory. We even have record of ancient post-flood people settling on high ground because of flood fears. It was historical and real.

3. Ibid

“In order to even entertain the possibility of a worldwide flood, one has to bypass all laws of physics, exit the realm of science, and enter into the realm of the miraculous”

Academics fear the miraculous because their test tubes and artifacts cannot follow. They are comfortable with the realm of science because it means that they are in charge not God and they get to say what did or did not happen. They like control thus they dismiss anything that removes that authority and control from their grasp.

Secular science is designed to follow the wrong path which goes in the wrong direction to the wrong answers because they do not want God part of the picture. If they include God then they have to include the book of Revelation which tells of their eternal destination and they do not want to think about the coming judgment.

The flood does not bypass the laws of physics and it was not a scientific event, it was a judgment with a big lesson for all and the secular academic world doesn’t like not being the final authority, they want to be the supreme being but they can’t so they omit the supernatural at every opportunity but like the elephant in the room, the supernatural always has a presence to remind them that they are not in charge and in need of a Saviour.

4. The Genesis Factor: Myths & realities ed. By Ron Bagalke Jr. (a book, no link) pg. 228

“So young earth creationism is not a comfortable position to hold, especially for scientists or ambitious students and it would be tempting either to give it up…or else just to say it really does not matter how or when God created…as long as we believe that He is our Creator…But it does matter.”

One of the things that bothers me about evangelicals and conservatives is that they automatically take the immediate opposite side of an argument simply because the non-believer or liberal takes the other side. Sometimes the secular or cult world has some of the truth if they didn’t they would not be able to deceive others into following their teachings.

This is one of those cases where the YEC takes a position when it is not totally correct. A believer should be a Biblicist not an ideologist and side with the Bible. Does it matter how the earth and universe was created—yes, simply because God told us how He did it. Does it matter when He created everything? NO, simply because God did not tell us when He created.

Two things: A. The Bible simply says in Gen. 1:1 “IN the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Basically by stating it that way God is telling us that fighting over the age of the universe is a distraction from the important details of creation. Those details are  God created and He did it in 6 24 hour days.

B. The heavens and earth were created BEFORE human time (Gen. 1:3)was making it very impossible to put a date upon the initial creative act. What God has hidden no man can find out and that is done for a reason so believers , and the rest, will focus on God and His who He is.

Does this mean that Christians can believe the old earth creation theories? Of course not for the details of creation came after human time was put into place. The order found in Genesis one has a purpose and there is no room for evolution, progressive creationism nor theistic evolution.

Those who advocate those three aspects of origins do so because they have rejected God’s word and sought their own solutions. They have made a choice to put science over God and that is where they go wrong. The believer puts God over science because God was there and science was not.

5. Ibid. contribution by T. Mortenson pg. 45

“The other closely related lesson was that the Church will make big mistakes if it tries to tell scientists what to believe about the world.”

This is included because it deals with heliocentric ideas and sadly because of the misguided early Roman catholic leaders the atheist has had much material in criticizing and condemning the Church .

These problems arise in the modern church as well as church history simply because misguided people failed to learn from the Holy Spirit what the Bible really teaches. The Bible never taught that the sun revolved around the earth, just like it doesn’t teach that the world is flat (4 corners of the globe).

People who were church leaders simply did not follow the Holy Spirit to the truth and made big fools of themselves because their misguided thinking led them in the wrong direction. They have and are causing a lot of problems for the Church today because the simply do not research with the aid of the Holy Spirit. Also, they want their church ideology not the truth.

The Church can tell scientists what to believe about the earth and if the scientist is honest he will see that their observations will back up those words. But the church has to be honest with itself first and get on the same page as God’s word and see what it really teaches.

6. Did God Have a Wife by Dr. Wm. Dever (a book) pgs. ix & 83.

“This is a book that, although it hopes to be true to the facts we know, does not attempt objectivity; for that is impossible and perhaps even undesirable…And not since the death of 19th century positivism have any respectable historians been naïve enough to think that they could be entirely objective.”

The secular academic world calls for objectivity all the time. When debating against the believer they claim that the latter’s words are not valid because they do not have any objectivity. They also claim that good science is done objectively. Both are logical fallacies because objectivity, not only shown by Dr. Dever’s words above but also God when He says there are only 2 sides to the issue, cannot be obtained.

Even the secular scientist has his own agenda and influences that taint his or her research or experiments. For the secular scientist comes from the unbelieving part of the world and that state of unbelief reflects greatly in their work and how the make the rules to follow for their work.

Secular science is designed to look for natural answers and that construction immediately tells the believer that no objectivity is involved in their pursuit of answers. (Though they now claim that science is not about answers; which brings to the believers mind the question—then what good is secular science?)

Without objectivity or answers all the secular scientist is doing is practicing brainwashing and censorship. The answers are there but because they do not want God or the supernatural as part of the equation they suppress both to derive the result they want, rendering their work tainted and ruined because they cannot follow their own rules.

The quoted words above undermined because of the double standard employed by the unbelieving academic world (and other unbelievers). On page 71 of the same book we find these words of Dr. Dever’s: “The perspective of all the biblical writers is a factor that limits their usefulness in another regard. It is no exaggeration to say that all the biblical literature…constitutes what is essentially propaganda. The writers make no pretense to objectivity.”

Thus we see that the secularist refuses to live by the rules they place upon the Bible and its writers. Christians do not follow secular rules, they follow God’s thus we do not have to be objective but preach and teach the truth regardless of the complaints of the secularist.

7. Two Burials of Jesus of Nazareth and The Talpiot Yeshua Tomb by Dr. James Tabor

http://sbl-site.org/publications/article.aspx?articleId=651

“One must assume that the corpse was taken and reburied, perhaps as soon as the Sabbath was over just after sundown Saturday night”

The very problem with those words and the idea of the disciples re-burying Jesus’ body is found in Mat. 27:62-66. The passage talks about the guard that was placed on the tomb to ensure that the disciples did not spirit the body away. The passage states that it was the next day the chief priests and Pharisees approached Pilate concerning Jesus’ words about rising again on the third day.

They got the guard and secured the tomb thinking they stopped the disciples from stealing the body on the third day and proclaiming Jesus’s words true and that he kept His prophecy.

The guards only had to remain until the fourth day to make sure Jesus lied and his disciples thwarted. BUT in Mat. 28:2-4 we read that the guards were eye-witnesses to the resurrection and could not stop Jesus’ rising. They also reported everything that took place (v. 12) to the chief priests, which gives us the record that Jesus’ enemies knew the truth and could not refute it later when Jesus was seen by many witnesses.

There was no possible way for the disciples to have removed the body and because of the soldiers and other eye-witnesses to the resurrection there are NO 1st century works that refute its historicity or provides evidence to counter the gospels. The enemies of Jesus knew it took place and was real. They could not deny it but once the last eye-witnesses were dead, then we have the rise in attacks on the historical resurrection.

8. Regarding Magness and Talpiot by Kevin Kilty & Mark Elliott http://www.bibleinterp.com/articles/kil368009.shtml

“All the Gospels agree that Jesus’ body is missing from the initial burial tomb. The tomb is empty in all the Gospel versions. And there is no record of anyone witnessing the resurrection. We have no records from the first century that indicate whether Jesus’ final burial tomb is known or unknown.”

The bolded words highlight the position of many secular scholars. They do not accept the Bible as a historical document nor a valid source for biblical matters or the history of Israel.

They are wrong of course as the Bible is an ancient document, written from as early as the 14th century BC approx. to 100 AD (from Moses to the Apostle John). The secular world would not take the same stance with the History of Thucydides or Herodotus as: “The History of Thucydides (c. 460-400 BC) is known to us from eight mss., the earliest belonging to c. AD 900, and a few papyrus scraps belong to about the early christian era. The same is true of the History of Herodotus (c. 488-428 BC). Yet NO classical scholar would listen to an argument that the authenticity of Herodotus or Thucydides is in doubt because the earliest mss. of their works which are of any use to us are over 1,300 years LATER than the originals.” (Capitalization mine) {taken from The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable by F.F. Bruce pg. 11}

The double standard doesn’t just apply to objectivity by in authenticity as well. There is no reason to doubt that the Bible is not a historical work or ancient document. It is the bias of the unbelieving world which seeks to have it removed from contention and influence on their work regarding Israel’s history and Jesus’ life.

The believer knows that God does not lie which means we can trust all the words of the Bible and its recording of history.

9. The Distortion of Archaeology and What We Can Do About It: A Brief Note on Progress Made and Yet To Be Made by Dr. Eric Cline http://www.bibleinterp.com/articles/duke_357921.shtml

“We find similar situations every year in archaeology, for the junk science which is practiced by many pseudo-archaeologists and amateur enthusiasts (against which I have railed elsewhere) not only cannot withstand serious scrutiny, but in many cases the “results” themselves are not really results in the first place. However, when gratuitous claims of amazing finds, especially concerning Noah’s Ark, the Ark of the Covenant, and Sodom and Gomorrah, are first made, they are featured prominently in the media, but subsequent rebuttals are given little or no attention”

Dr. Cline has turned himself into a real whiner and doesn’t understand real life. He doesn’t get the fact that this is not a perfect world and that there are people out there trying to draw attention to themselves in many different ways. He also does not get the fact that there will always be abusers of research fields and religions. The sin nature leads people to many weird and horrific acts and archaeology will never be immune to such people.

The Bible tells us that false teachers will abound but Dr. Cline seems to have skipped that part as he takes to ranting against those he has no control over. He reminds me of a jealous elitist who wants to censor who gets to do what job and how they do it. Since the majority of 20th century discoveries has come from non-professionals it is easy to see why Dr. Cline is so upset. He is not making any profound discoveries and the fame given to amateurs escapes him.

Those amateurs also demonstrates that the professional cannot be everywhere at once thus the field of archaeology is too immense for them. They need help but instead of welcoming and instructing those amateurs, Dr. Cline acts like a spoiled baby stamping his feet whenever things do not go his way. He is like the boy who wants to take his ball and go home when others do not want to play by his rules.

Archaeology is not owned by anyone thus those who wish to participate in the field can do so, no matter how Dr Cline and others feel about it. They do not get to say who can do what as they do not have the authority nor ownership of any research field in existence.

He follows up those quoted words above with the following: “As many already know, I had reached the breaking point after doing research for my book From Eden to Exile: Unraveling Mysteries of the Bible and becoming incensed at the amount of misinformation that was being published by amateur enthusiasts and pseudo-archaeologists on the Internet and elsewhere.”

If you have read his book you will note that he is one of those who spreads misinformation on the internet and elsewhere. He follows the idea that if their isn’t real evidence for a location or event then it did not happen or exist and that is wrong. K. A. Kitchen stated an oft quoted comment: “The absence of evidence is not evidence for absence.” In other words, just because there is no physical evidence for something doesn’t mean it did not exist or take place.

God said to use faith not physical evidence for one’s belief, Dr. Cline doesn’t follow that instruction and leads people to the wrong information and conclusions. God knows that is followers need their faith supported thus He provides bits and pieces of physical evidence to do just that. We cannot expect more because then God would destroy what He says pleases Him. Too much physical evidence would destroy faith and that will never take place because faith is always part of the equation when it comes to the Bible and its content.

People like Dr. Cline should just shut up and concentrate on their work for they do not have the right to limit what others do in their lives. He really complains about himself when he rants against amateurs and pseudo-archaeologists. The true christian will have the Holy Spirit guiding them so they can work around those who give false reports and they will be able to find & print the truth even though people like Dr. Cline will get angry and call them names.

Dr. Cline is an exclusionist. Only those he approves of get to play in the sandbox and that is wrong. He is lazy also as he does not want the truth nor wants to search it out. The Christian cannot be so slothful for too much is at risk.

10. The Moses Myth, Beyond Biblical History by Brian Britt http://www.bibleinterp.com/articles/Britt-Moses_Myth.shtml

“The Moses myth is so widespread that writing about him entails writing about culture. Recent books on the Moses myth include Dale Allison’s The New Moses: A Matthean Typology (Fortress, 1993), an excellent study of Moses in the Gospel of Matthew; Jan Assmann’s brilliant Moses the Egyptian (Harvard University Press, 1997); and Melanie Wright’s study of popular culture, Moses in America (Oxford University Press, 2003). All of these studies go beyond the obvious point that each generation makes Moses in its own image by exploring how and why these images are made.”

Jesus said in John 5:46-7 that believing Moses was vital in believing His words and this is so true. Those people who dismiss what Moses wrote in the Pentateuch also dismiss much of the New Testament as well because the NT is built upon the Old and removing the words from the Old removes many teachings in the New. Jesus and the disciples taught that creation and the flood were real just as Moses wrote. The same for Sodom and Gomorrah, Abraham, David and the list goes on.

If you cannot believe what Moses wrote how can you bring yourself to believe what The Gospels and other NT books say? This is where so many progressive creationists and theistic evolutionists trip themselves up. They say that their acceptance of Genesis 1 and other OT scriptures is not germane to their salvation but in reality it is. If they cannot believe the things they did not see or have evidence to in the past (creation, flood etc.) then how can they accept and believe those things that they have no evidence for in the future (salvation, heaven, eternity).

Believing what Moses wrote is essential for one’s salvation and it is essential for one’s impact for God.

11.. Shattering the Myth of Race by Dr. Dave Unander (book) pg. 50

“If races were the result of humans developing as several distinct species, one would expect different sets of DNA mutations within each race, just as species such as chimpanzees and gorillas differ, even though they may share many DNA similarities because they are primates.”

Genetic research has provided the world with lots of information and if the true believer stops listening to the secular world on DNA and other genes, microbes, etc., then they would see lots of evidence for the support of the Bible.

One such piece of evidence is the fact that there are not 3-4 different races in the world today as Darwin claimed. There is only 1—the human race. The Bible made this very clear long before genetic research was even thought of when it said ‘all men are descended from Adam’ and that ‘Eve was the mother of all humans’.

There is no scientific proof that supports Darwin or his evolutionary followers contention that 4 separate species of humans arose. The odds of just 1 happening by random chance are too astronomical but 4-that puts it deeper into the realm of utter impossibility.

For further reading look at the following links:

1. “Race is a social concept, not a scientific one,” said Dr. J. Craig Venter, head of the Celera Genomics Corp. in Rockville, Md.” {http://www.augsburg.edu/education/edc210/race-myth.html}

2. “According to Craig Venter who led the private sector assault on the human genome, ‘The Human Genome Project shows there is no such thing as race” {http://www.kenanmalik.com/lectures/race_cheltenham.html}

3. “It’s an old-fashioned, even Victorian, sentiment. Who speaks of “racial stocks” anymore? After all, to do so would be to speak of something that many scientists and scholars say does not exist.”  {http://raceandgenomics.ssrc.org/Leroi/}

4. “The billions of pieces of human genetic code sequenced thus far are most notable for what they do not appear to contain—a genetic test to tell one race of people from another. All scientific finds point to the conclusion that race doesn’t exist” {http://www.africanbynature.com/newsletters/raceissocial.html}

12. Six Easy Pieces by Dr. Richard Feynman (book) pgs. 92 & 108

“The problem was, what makes the planets go around?…No machinery has ever been invented that explains gravity without also predicting some other phenomenon that does not exist.”

Gravity exposes the weakness and limitation of secular science. It cannot figure everything out nor explain all that we see or know exists in the world and universe today. Sometimes the believer is left with ‘God did it’ which isn’t an escape from the problem but the realization and acknowledgement that God has not revealed everything to man and there are some things out of his reach.

Gravity has been one of those things. It is difficult for man to grasp how gravity works, where its source of energy is, how it can both repel and attract at the same time , while letting some objects escape its grasp as it holds onto others.

God has left some evidence to His power, His existence, and His intelligence for all to see but those pieces of evidence do not always come in the forms we expect or want.

13. The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Bible by Robert j. Hutchinson (book) pgs.157,158 & 162

“The truth is that the savage cruelty of slavery has existed on a massive scale all over the world for most of human history—and still exists today in parts of the Islamic world and Asia—and yet it was first officially banned, by force of law, only in Christian Europe. No culture on earth questioned the morality of slavery until Christians did the questioning…The Hebrew word commonly translated as slave, eved…, comes from the root word avad, which means to work. Some Jewish translations of the Hebrew Bible, therefore, prefer the term ‘bondservant’ or ‘bondsman’ because as we shall see, a Hebrew eved was not really a slave in the modern understanding of the term.”

The whole chapter on this issue is quite well written and very informative. The true believer needs to look to the Holy Spirit to come to the intent of what God is saying in His word. One cannot leave it up to the unbeliever to ferret out the correct usage and definition of the word ‘slave’ because they do not care to find the truth.

They like to find nuggets in the Bible that justifies their unbelief thus they will stop at the surface use of the word, use the definition and usage they want to fit their purpose, or they just refuse to hear an explanation because such will allow them to excuse their choice and allow them to continue living their sinful lives.

It is up to the believer to seek the truth of the hard words in the Bible so they will not be caught or embarrassed when in discussion with the secular world with the wrong meaning of the word ‘slave’. This book is a good place to start in learning the true biblical meaning of the English word ‘slave’ and how it is used in the Bible. One example:

“Although today virtually unknown, these Christian writers in the early 19th century produced literally dozens of scholarly works proving that the Bible as a whole, far from tolerating chattel slavery, in fact denounced it.”

Research is needed by the Christian and Church leader, but it has to be honest, seeking the truth and following the Holy Spirit.

14. Scholars on the Record by Hershal Shanks (book) pg.12ff.

“First, I lost my fundamentalist faith because of my scholarship.”

This book talks with 4 scholars and how archaeology and academics changed their faith and theirs is not the only stories, many good believers go to post-secondary, graduate and post-graduate schools and run into something that makes them doubt, eventually steering them away from their beliefs.

The solution to this issue is quite simple—they took their eye off Jesus and put them on the world and its unbelief. They stopped listening to God’s word where it says in Ps. 1 “walk not in the counsel of the ungodly” and 2 Tim. 3 where Paul warns believers about ‘evil men deceiving and being deceived.’ (2 Tim. 3: 1-17).

Archaeology, physics, or science in general are very limited fields which are not immune to the sin and corruption that entered the world at Adam’s sin and do not have the Holy Spirit guiding them ( not all but a majority).

The rules of these fields were mostly laid by secularists who do not want the Bible true and have no interest in proving it so which means that the believe needs to stop listening to these men who have rejected Christ and His ways. They will not be led to the Jesus by the scholarship of these men and women.

If the believer doesn’t want to lose their faith then they must work at keeping their eyes on Jesus and listening to what He said and the biblical authors wrote. Archaeology does not dig up all the facts, it does not find every mss. Or explanation for artifacts discovered and the gaps are filled by the conjecture and assumptions of these scientific men and women thus these men and women cannot pass judgment on the biblical record.

They were also not present when the biblical events took place and do not have all the evidence on hand to make any sort of conclusion either way. Listen to God and the Bible stop listening to secular academics because they are not experts and have other ulterior motives. As Dr. Donald Wiseman once said, “No fact of archaeology so far discovered contradicts the biblical record.” Indeed not, what tries to contradicts the biblical record are the assumptions, conjectures and speculations made by unbelieving academics. Such activities are always proved wrong. Keep your eyes on Christ.

15. Dealing With Dawkins by John Banchard (book) pg. 14

“as Dawkins puts it, “We are all descended from what might have been something like bacteria.” He is so sure of this that he adds, “It is absolutely safe to say that if you meet somebody who claims not to believe in evolution, that person is ignorant, stupid or insane.””

This is what happens when those with no real moral guideline to follow, do not like what others freely choose and believe. The christian needs to remember that they, like the atheist, has the right of free choice and it doesn’t matter what Dawkins or anyone else says or thinks they get to believe as they wish.

The Bible tells us that Jesus told the disciples that ‘the secular world hates them because they hate Him.” And that is correct. The believer needs to prepare themselves to face , counter and endure this hatred and not cave to its barbed attacks.

Jesus also said, “pick up your cross and follow me.” That means that the believer is not going to have a life filled with champagne and caviar every day they are alive. It means that the Christian life will be difficult but if one relies on Jesus to help them through it, then the reward will be far greater than imagined.

The Christian should not pray to stop all persecution but that they endure. The Christian life is the hardest one of all because few want it and they see those who live it as a threat, since the believer’s faith and life brings to light the sins of the unbelieving world and they do  not like that.

Dawkins is wrong of course and he is one of those people who are a false teacher and deceived. They need prayer not retaliation.

16. Creation, Science, and Genesis? By Charles David Isbell http://www.bibleinterp.com/articles/create358023.shtml

“The past few years have seen an increase in the demands from conservative Christian groups that the teaching of the theory of evolution be banned in public schools.2 Failing to garner enough support for an outright ban, these groups have turned to the alternative of demanding that at the least “the” biblical view of creation should be taught alongside the theory of evolution”

There is a problem with pushing the pushing of teaching of creation alongside evolution in the science classroom. Creation was a one time, unrepeatable, supernatural act that we cannot test over and over. In other words, we can only test, study or experiment with the results of creation and see that everything goes according to God’s revelation in genesis 1 and other creation passages.

Many an unbeliever declares, ‘we can’t put God in a test tube.’ Of course they can’t. If they could that would mean that they were the supreme deity and they would not be in need of salvation or a Saviour. Another thing they cannot do is put the process of evolution in a test tube either.

So far, in all of the hundreds of thousands of supposed evolutionary experiments that have been conducted over the past 150-200 years, approx., not 1 real evolutionary experiment has taken place. Not one has studied or made one historical claimed evolutionary transition.

All of their experiments come from pre-existing developed genes and species then the predictions and results are credited to the theory even though not one evolutionist can prove that the process of evolution was the force responsible for those claimed changes. In fact, the evolutionist cannot even produce the original conditions that sparked life, or nurtured those supposed life-forms along nor can they produce one iota of proof that the process of natural selection or evolution actually exist.

The theory of evolution cannot be taught in the science classroom either as it is not scientific or even true.

17. Reflections on the Composition of Genesis by Bill T. Arnold http://www.bibleinterp.com/articles/genesis.shtml

“From the Enlightenment in the eighteenth century, various scholars across Europe began speculation about sources used in the composition of Genesis. This source-critical approach crystallized in the nineteenth century in the works of Karl H. Graf and Julius Wellhausen in the so-called Graf-Wellhausen synthesis of the Documentary Hypothesis.2 This hypothesis inaugurated an era of general consensus on the documents behind the Pentateuch and their transmission history, in which it was taken for granted that earlier Yahwistic (J for Jehovistic) and Elohistic (E) sources were combined as a product of the early divided monarchy of ancient Israel. This so-called JE source was combined much later with a D source, which was essentially the core of the book of Deuteronomy composed in the seventh century BCE, and finally with a priestly source (P) produced as part of the postexilic restoration. Wellhausen so persuasively made the case for this four-source theory (the now familiar “JEDP”) that the hypothesis essentially convinced most of the scholarly world by the turn of the twentieth century”

The Documentary Hypothesis has had a long and rich history since its inception back in the time of J. Welhausen but happily it should be noted that those source doucuments have never existed. In his book On The Reliability Of The Old Testament, K.A. Kitchen has this to say on pg. 492: “ Where do J,E,P,D, belong, if the old order is chimera…They only exist in the minds of their modern creators…and as printed in their published studies, as theoretical works abstracted out of the standard text of the Old Testament books that we do have. This very simple fact needs to be stressed. Our resourceful biblicists are not sitting on some secret store of papyri or parchments that contain any such works. The Dead Sea Scrolls show no sign of them whatever…”

In other words, these sources are made up because some academics cannot grasp the fact that God has several names and He chooses which one He wants to be addressed by. For example a man is writing of his and his son’s encounter with a stranger. He records the fact that the stranger introduced himself differently to him and to his son. For the former he said to the man, ‘call me William.’ And to the son he said ‘call me Mr. Smith or Uncle Billy.’

The man used different names for different people depending upon whom was going to be doing the addressing. Does this mean that the original man’s account had different sources for those words? Of course not nor does the Bible. There is and was only 1 source for God’s word and that was God. He is the creator of all things, he gets to choose by what name He will be called and it depends upon whom is going to do the addressing and how familiar they are to God.

People have different names. Athletes have nicknames as od normal people. Does the newspapers’ use of those different names mean there was more than 1 source for the article? No. A different name does not indicate a different source but it does indicate the preference of the one holding those names.

All the supposed source documents (and I hear there are more than the 5 –JEPD & Q- now)are figments of the imagination of those academics who cannot accept the simple or believe that God has more than one name.

18. Big Bang by Simon Singh (book) pg.256

“This time the points stood obediently to attention along Hubble’s line. There was no escaping the implications of the data. The universe was really expanding …In short, the slightly blueshifted galaxies could be ignored as local anomalies that did not fit Hubble’s law.

The famed Hubble’s law and theory that the universe is expanding still, 14,000,0000,000 years after the suppose initial explosion. That must have been some blast to keep objects and the universe propelled outward for that amount of time.

There are several problems with Hubble’s law and theory and the first one is: Where did all this energy come from to cause such outward expansion? Second, what is the universe expanding into (is it pushing another object or collapsing it as it moves outward? Third, Galaxies are not the universe nor its boundaries thus measuring galaxies is not measuring the universe or its supposed movement. Fourth, What about those anomalies? Why should they be ignored?

Of course for secular academics ignoring the anomalies that disprove the theory is a way of life for them. James Tabor does it with the Mathew ossuary in the Talpiot tomb so why shouldn’t Hubble and the rest do the same for galaxies?

Since no man has ever seen the boundaries of the universe nor their original location it is impossible to say that it is expanding. Tracking the galaxies and extrapolating their movements is not measuring the universe no matter how many equations and laws you come up with.

Cars and trucks move around a country all the time but that doesn’t mean that the country’s borders are expanding, it just means that they have room to roam. The same for the universe. The galaxies were given room to roam by God so that those who study the stars can see His glory, His power, His work and humble themselves.

We do not know where the outer limits are for the universe, we do not know what is is abutting, if anything, and we do not know if the galaxies all started from the same point in the universe when they were created. God probably spread them around and gave them motion so His creation would be awed and turn from evil.

The universe is not expanding but as the Bible says it was made large enough to give room for all that God wanted to include so man would see that He existed and was amazing. Sadly, men love darkness rather than light tus they ignore what He has done and give credit to something else. Not smart.

19. Ibid. Pg. 76

“However, one particular question was conspicuously ignored, because scientists agreed that it was beyond their remit, indeed, inaccessible to rational endeavor of any kind. Nobody, it seemed was keen to tackle the ultimate question of how the universe was created.”

When man rejects God and His word they create lots of useless work to waste their time, energy and resources on. God already said how the universe was created it is just that most men toss rationality out the window and pursue something else.

It is not rational to ignore the true answer just because you do not like it and it is more irrational to throw millions of dollars away pursuing a false alternative simply because the answer does not fall into the category you want.

There is a reason why it is called ‘supernatural’ because God is supernatural and the origins of all things came into being in a supernatural manner. It is up to people to choose to accept that or reject it and it is not irrational to believe in a supernatural being whose power is greater than anything else in existence. It is irrational to throw all that away and search for non-existent alternative sources.

We already know how the universe came into existence—God created it- and the book of Genesis provides the answers not only for origins of life but for civilizations, languages, geography, and much more. Why waste time and money when both of those are needed for those in trouble? Forsaking your fellow man to go on wild goose chases is not rational; it is selfish and inconsiderate among other negatives.

20 After Dolly by Ian Wilmut & Roger Highfield (book) pg. 32

I believe in the right to protest. I believe equally that right wing religious paranoia is slowing the quest for treatment and , as a result, will harm people and cause suffering. I find it a constant cause of frustration that, in all public debate, the harm that can be done to future generations by neglecting a useful technology is rarely taken into account.”

Here this scientist, and probably others, thinks that the end justifies the means. This is the problem of secular science. The adherents of it feel that moral laws and rules should not apply to science because their cause is ‘honorable’.

Science and scientists need strict moral guidelines to guide their work or we just have created monsters who do not want to know right from wrong because in today’s scientific mind, ‘all science is good science’ and that is just not right.

If there is no wrong science then how can anyone put scientists on trial for their errors and harm to society? They can’t. By letting scientists be free off all constraints then any experiment is okay because it was done for a good cause (known only to the scientist) and it is done in the name of science. Doing something in ‘the name of science’ means nothing when those experiments violate all laws, morals, right and wrong and all human decency.

People forget what the Nazis did in the name of science. Absolute power cannot be given to the field of science nor scientists for absolute power corrupts absolutely and we have seen too many examples of that already in history. Strict rules with harsh punishments enforced strictly are needed to keep the scientist from going too far. Without boundaries anarchy takes over and anything goes and that is not a safe or smart place to end up. Science can be useful in the right hands but even the correct hands can be tempted and fall to temptation. Men crave power, they do not care how they get it and they will use science because it is an easy field to corrupt.

 
 
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