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Archaeology And…Eden

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mid-Vacation Comments

We need to take a break from taking a break so here are a few comments on different things happening in the world today

#1. The Indestructable Jew by Max L. Dimont

When someone sets out to write a history of a nation, it is best if they would stick to the actual history. The author above tries to write a history of the Jewish people but right at the beginning he throws in evolutionary timetables. These timetables are not part of Jewish history and they do not belong in the book. Their inclusion only means that we are told that the author is biased and not writing honestly or objectively.

It destroys the content and purpose of the book and this includes when the author says Abraham started the Jewish faith and introduced monotheism to the world. it is not even close to truth as the presence of Melchizedek tells us that monotheism existed prior to Abraham. We have come to the conclusion that most secular scholars, archaeologists and other writers cannot truthfully represent Jewish and Christian history let alone the details of their beliefs. Whenever we pick up a book on jewish and Christian themes written by an unbeliever, we find the same thing, no objectivity, no honesty, misrepresentation of the facts and a clear misunderstanding of religious writings.

#2. Patterns Of Evidence

They are at it again, producing another film on biblical history

Scholars have different ideas of whether Moses existed, and even among those that think he did… where the biblical events actually took place. I just returned from a trip to Jordan where we filmed some reenactments for our new film series. I’m eager to share more with you.

We have begun work now to produce a series of one-hour episodes that investigate the route of the Exodus journey, including the sea crossing and the encounter with God at Mount Sinai. It will explore questions such as why is the Exodus important, are miracles possible, what are the different views on the Exodus route, and is there a pattern of evidence for these events that matches the Bible’s account?

This is taken from their newsletter and while we enjoyed their last film we wonder why the producers feel the need to rehash old ground concerning the Exodus? There has been no real new evidence discovered that justifies the retracing the steps of other scholars who have covered this area of study for decades now. If the producers are not going to stick to the restrictions presented in the Bible or the time scale, which was one of the mistakes made by Bob Cornuke and others have made, then nothing new is going to be learned and this venture simply becomes an excuse to make money.

Sometimes religious people are in too much of a hurry to provide evidence for their faith and they label items as proof when there is no possible way to tie those items to the biblical record. Then when they use unbelieving scholars to help make their case we wonder how much of God is in the works? With that said, we are interested in seeing the final product.

#3. http://www.christianpost.com/news/professors-leave-franklin-graham-christian-college-alma-mater-covenant-opposing-gay-marriage-182221/

Sorry but we cannot agree with the actions of those, or if there are any, professors who want to force Christian colleges to teach and accept sinful activities. Their agenda is misguided and based upon the misunderstanding of a few verses while ignoring many other ones which help clarify what Jesus taught.Love does not include sin in the church and we are not loving our fellow believer as ourselves when we open the church or institutional doors and allow sin into the congregation’s midst.

#4. http://www.christianpost.com/news/christian-university-students-demand-school-reject-biblical-views-sex-gender-identity-182081/

This is more of the same. You can say it is UnChristlike but then those making that declaration probably do not know Christ and use restricted verses to make their case. They look at, Jesus was a friend to sinners and ate with them,and draw their conclusions yet fail to see that Jesus NEVER accepted their sins nor included them in the church.

Since God did not make any alterations to the institution of marriage, man has no right to edited it and include those alternatives God has left out.People seem to forget that it was God who created marriage not man and it is up to man to obey God’s limits and rules not erase them so one can do what they want.Then fighting transgenderism is not wrong. it is helping those who are deceived, misguided and misinformed to find the truth that there was no mistake made at birth.

There was no conspiracy between the doctors and parents to alter a baby’s birth gender so the feelings one has that they belong to a different gender are ideas coming from evil to destroy the person, not help them be who they are to be.When people leave the truth out of these issues that is when they become confused and let evil have its way.

#5. http://www.christianpost.com/news/bible-answer-man-fires-back-bill-nye-punish-parents-having-extra-kids-182011/

Who died and left Bill Nye and other scientists in charge of families and parents? Sorry but Mr. Nye has gone too far in his agenda to force his views on others. He forgets that everyone has the right to freely choose how many children they will have. Science and Mr. Nye were not given that responsibility. Science and scientists are not the final authority on any topic nor are they the go to people when others have questions, especially when it comes to family size.

Some people,like Mr. Nye, need to learn to mind their own business and remove the beams from their own eyes before laying down rules for others.

 

Believers & Churches Are TOO Immature

This is the conclusion we have come to over the years. As we leave for our vacation, it seems that topics keep coming to mind so we will post this little tidbit to close things out.

They are more bent on being part of a fad or some other distorted behavior than they are in getting things right. One fad that comes to mind and annoys us greatly is the badly used term ‘gifted’. It is not correct English and it is just annoying whenever we hear it. Another pet peeve that sends us a clue is the use of drums and worship teams in every service. While the Bible does not disallow their use, we have a problem when women are leading men and when the leaders are having their own private worship on stage and everyone else does not know what to do. There is no leading to worship or guiding the people just a person closing their eyes on stage and spiritually whacking off, for a lack of a better term.

Spiritually mature churches would take the time to teach their people how to do worship and services correctly, leaning not to their own understanding but bringing to the people what God wants them to know and how to apply that knowledge correctly. Worship, like church, is not a game and people in the church rarely understand what they are doing or why they are doing it.

We wonder if it is too late for the church in general to grow up and be real believers, someone God would be proud of to have as his child or better yet, be able to use for greater spiritual duties and objectives. Far too many believers do not want to grow up spiritually and that leaves God with a problem as evil has millions of people who are adults and who make mincemeat out of unprepared spiritually unfit believers. How can God win when believers refuse to learn, grow up spiritually and prepare for real spiritual duty?

When the church remains immature children it is no wonder God is not making an impact in this world. The people he has chosen to use are not doing their part and are getting defeated too easily by well prepared forces of evil. God doesn’t want us to pass the buck back to him when we face a spiritual problem or crisis, he wants us to learn how to handle them correctly so that we can grow spiritually.

We are letting God down, he is not letting us down.Churches need to grow up and mature if they want to make a dent in evil’s strongholds.

 

Believers 10

What was different she (Dorothy Chappell) explained is the broader context. We teach science from within a Christian worldview starting with the assumption that all truth is God’s truth. We believe there is a biblical truth- what we call special revelation– and there is natural truth or general revelation. Generally there is no conflict between the two. We do believe that God created the universe and that Adam and Eve  were the first humans, Chappell said, but we are agnostic as to how God did it– pg. 153

We will dissect this quote using specific terms

#1. Christian World View— not sure what hat is but if it does not contain the truth then it is not Christian. A believer cannot compromise their beliefs and once a person accepts alternative information, especially from secular sources, then they no longer have a Christian world view. They have a compromised view of the world.A Christian world view has to line up with the Bible or it is not of God.

#2. All Truth— It would be nice to know how she defines that category as scientific truth may not be truth at all. The same goes for natural truth.Processes may be considered natural truth but they are not true at all. The truth is found in the Bible not in nature for the Bible explains much of hat we see in nature. For example some people call homosexuality natural because individual animals are observed engaging in homosexual behavior. Their observation is false because those acts are the result of the corruption that entered the world at Adam’s sin. Nature does not provide us with much truth, it provides us with more evidence proving the Bible true.

#3. Special Revelation— We know people like to label the Bible as special revelation but it is simply God revealing to us what was done in the past, our instructions from him how to live correctly and what God did in human history. The Bible provides us with the truth while human historical works rarely do. The latter are influenced by so many mitigating factors that one would be hard pressed to find the truth within their pages.

The same for science.If science disagrees with the Bible, it is not scientific truth or new revelation. It just means that the science is wrong and he scientists have made the error.Evolution has never existed so it cannot be part of God’s truth.

#4. Agnostic About How God Did It— No Believer should be taking this point of view. One, it demonstrates an acceptance of lies from secular science, and two, God already told us how he did it. We re not in the dark about his methodology.  Any acceptance of alternative ideas as to how God created everything means there is a compromise and people claiming to be Christian do not believe God and his words. This is not acceptable especially when you area church or Christian academic institution. Christians are to believe and proclaim what God said and what he said he did regardless of the opposition from the unchurched and unbelieving world.

Christians cannot afford to compromise for once they do they are advertising that they do not believe God anymore. You cannot have an impact on this world if you do not believe God.

 

{****This ends our Believers series}

 

Secular Scientists Are Not Open-minded

http://www.christianpost.com/news/when-science-is-drowned-in-dogma-179215/

Well because, as National Geographic concludes without a hint of irony, “scientists are first and foremost human beings [who’re] loathe to change their theories or their minds because of mere data.”

In fact, many critics of the great Washington flood carried their doubts to their graves, and it took decades for this plain fact to gain widespread acceptance in the scientific community.

The article is a good read.

 

Pastors 5

One last post in this series. It is important for pastors to become educated and follow the Holy Spirit to the truth. In the case of the theory of evolution, pastors and many Christians can become confused because of the scientific hypothesis, conjecture, assumptions being tossed around by scientists and evolutionists.

Pastors need to be able to lead their people through the land mines of secular lies and get their people to the right information so that they and their people do not stumble and get led astray by the double talk given by evolutionists. For example, evolutionists cite the similarities between genetic codes as evidence for an evolutionary development.

What the evolutionist does not admit to, acknowledge or even factor in when they say they have proof for their non-existent theory is the fact that most animals and humans live in the exact same environment and have the exact same needs. This means that both humans and animals will share many genetic and bodily functions and this shared trait is not evidence for evolution but the wisdom of God as he designed both humans and most animals to live together within the same environment.

It would be ridiculous to have a diversity of bodily functions and other organs when animals and humans live together.  It is the evolutionist that is deceived not the Christian thus the pastor cannot lean upon the words of unbelievers to help them understand our origins or the Bible. God knew what he did, and evil is leading many people astray because pastors re not correctly informed. We rely upon God not science for our information concerning our origins  and other details.

Science has long kicked the God of truth out of its laboratories and invited the father of lies in, We do not trust what secular scientists claim or declare, especially when their words go against God and his word. The church is not against science but the lies that are produced by secular science.

 

3 Words

–Racism, sexism & change. When it comes to the first two words, racism and sexism, Christians cannot jump on one or the other side of the argument.They must jump to God’s side and brig the truth to the issue. They must cast light on the problem showing the rest of the world what is really at the heart of the issue.

#1. Racism—  the believer must point out, and accept, the fact that there are not different races in the world. There is only one and no matter what color of skin everyone is a member of that one race.That race of humans all came from Adam and Eve.  No matter what scientists say about Cro-magnon man, Neanderthals and any other proto-human, those creatures did not exist and are distortions of ancient skeletal remains. Darwin got it wrong as do all evolutionists.

#2. sexism-– There are no winners in this issue. If a person favors men then they are accused of being sexist towards women. Both sexism and racism are terms thrown about loosely in attempts to bully those who disagree with those who misapply such terms. But the argument of sexism cuts both ways. Once you favor women over men then you are being sexist towards men. As we said, you cannot win in this issue if you play the sexist card.

The truth of this issue can be seen in the qualifications of both genders but men are biblically charged with taking care of their families. The verse ‘if a man doe snot provide for his family he is worse than an infidel’ (paraphrase) plays a role in this charge to the male gender. of course there are other verses like, ‘if a man shall not work neither shall he eat’. Women d not receive such divine instructions for they are not the head of the family. They are men’s helpmeets, fulfilling roles and duties to aid the man not replace him.

Being a helpmeet does not mean a woman cannot work. it just means that they are not the primary employable person of the family unit. If a company hires a man over a woman, they are not being sexist but helping the man fulfill his biblical responsibilities. The secular world does not want God’s ways in either the race or sexist issues thus they distort both in order to achieve their own selfish adjectives. They need true Christians to provide not only the light but wise counsel as well as knowledgeable insight to guide the unbeliever,and the believer, in what s the right thing to do

#3. Change— This word is often used by evolutionists to describe their false theory of life development. They claim that change is evolution. But there is a danger that comes with being so ambiguous. By using such a broad term the evolutionist has effectively removed the standard of right and wrong from all scientific work. This move also undermines ethical standards as well as the application of the term implies that all change is good.

The true believer knows that idea is not so and they also know that such terminology indicates that any change in life forms is okay and nothing is found to be in error.No one can be corrected for their work because there is no standard of the right and wrong way of doing things. Change has taken place thus it must be studied and accepted. Nothing is wrong and nothing has to be corrected.

Change is declared as an evolutionary advance but with no standard measurement guiding the experiments or the scientists, how can they determine if that change was the correct one and in line with evolutionary thought? How does the scientist know he is on the right track with nothing to guide him or her?

What the ambiguous application of the word ‘change’ does is leave the theory of evolution flexible enough so that it can be altered at an evolutionist’s convenience when part of their theory is shown to be unworkable. We have had evolutionists tell us that the theory of evolution is not the same as the one Darwin imagined when he constructed his version of the theory. if this is so, how can anyone trust what any evolutionary scientist declares? He is not working within the framework of Darwin’s theory but some altered version that has no standard telling the modern evolutionist if they got it correct or not.

Each evolutionist is working with their own version of the theory of evolution not a truth. That means that any modern idea of evolution is purely subjective and has no hope of being verified at any time.They can’t be because there is no model of how evolution works to guide the evolutionist. There is no standard of right and wrong either informing the evolutionist when they have made an error in their calculations or thinking. anything and everything becomes ‘evidence’ for the theory but all that means is that evolutionists will distort ‘change’ in a move of desperation as they try to support their fictional ideas on life development.

Predictions cannot do it as those are not 100% accurate and are a tool of pseudo-science not real science.Predictions do not come with a standard of right and wrong informing the evolutionist that they are mistaken, all they have is a failed experiment for it did not produce the predicted result. This failure does not motivate the evolutionist to throw out their theory; instead they just keep making predictions, like they are doing a multiple choice quiz and keep picking a letter till they get the question right. Predictions do nothing but reinforce wrong ideas.

Change is not a good determiner when trying to figure out a theory that has no hope of being verified. All change does is lead people down the wrong paths to look in the wrong places for the wrong answers. Change is not evolutionary. All change tells us is that something is not the same and that alteration may not be correct.Life forms are placed in grave danger because evolutionist misunderstand them and misapply their results.

Change is not always good nor is it scientific. It could mean that someone violated the process and committed a great wrong. We need the standard of right and wrong to guide us to the right answers not so someone can ‘do science’. Right and wrong provide us great help in determining if we are on the right track and evolution i snot the right track for there is nothing that verifies it, no matter how loud the evolutionist howls.

 
 
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