This post is the start of something I hope to have put together by each weekend. I read the news a lot and often run into news items of interest. I hope you find it useful. Have a great weekend!
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On February 4 of this year, Ken Ham the founder of the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky and Bill Nye,”The Science Guy” held a debate in which they debated the validity or non validity of Creation as an explanation of the universe.
Ken Ham Says Creationism Will Outlive Bill Nye After Nye Claims Creationists Are ‘Going Out of Business’
Creation Museum President and CEO Ken Ham has responded to claims by Bill Nye “The Science Guy” that creationism will “go out of business” in the next 20 years by stating that it will outlive Nye and others like him.
“Will biblical creation be dead in 20 years? Will secularists be successful in stamping out the message of the true history of the world and replacing it with atheism? In a word — no. Biblical creation is going to outlive Bill Nye and others like him,” Ham wrote on his Answers in Genesis blog. Read the rest of the article here.
It was quite interesting to say the least. If you are interested in watching it, you can go here.
From the Opinion pages on Christianpost.com. Did you really think I’d let a whole article go by and not talk about salvation?
Why Every Christian Can Affirm Eternal Security
Some churches teach that a believer can lose his salvation, while other churches teach that such a thing is impossible. So who is correct?
The overwhelming weight of biblical material on this subject reveals that anyone who is spiritually reborn is thereby eternally secure in Christ. In other words, a believer does not have to be worried about “losing his salvation.” Read the rest of the article here.
If you think maybe the government is too involved with local affairs, especially in Education, this was a good article. Even supporters of the program think the Federal Government should back off. Have you seen the size of school lunches lately?
Common Core Supporter: Federal Gov’t Should Have Never Been Involved
WASHINGTON – An advocate of the Common Core, who had influence in the development and state adoptions of the set of state standards in 2009, said that most supporters of Common Core today would agree that the standards would be better off if the federal government had never gotten involved in incentivizing states to adopt them. Read the rest of the article here.
Great article on the Pastors in Idaho who are in such hot water for taking a stand on Biblical values.
Why Are These Pastors Being Threatened With Fines of $1,000 Per Day?
Meet Donald and Evelyn Knapp.
Both in their late 60s, the Knapps have owned and operated the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho since 1989. In that time, they’ve performed more than 34,000 weddings. The chapel is conveniently located across from the Kootenai County Clerk’s office, which issues marriage licenses. Read the rest of the article here.
If you’ve just read the article on the Knapp’s you have to wonder if we are headed to the same place.
Iranian Pastor Sentenced to Six Years in Prison for Spreading Christianity
TEHRAN, Iran – An Iranian pastor has been sentenced to six years in prison for spreading Christianity in the nation, an act that is believed to be seen by the government as a threat to the Iranian regime. Read the rest of the article here.
It’s hard to for Christians to be considered credible when some act so stupid!
Televangelist Accused of Pushing Abortion Admits to Encouraging, Inspecting Men’s Vasectomies
AKRON, Ohio – A controversial ‘pastor’ and televangelist, who has been accused by former members of counseling women to obtain abortions, has admitted to urging male members to have vasectomies and then inspecting their private parts after the surgery. Read the rest of the article here.
Okay readers, that is it for this week. I just stole the idea for this from another blogger earlier today and didn’t have much time to prepare! Thanks to the Isaiah 53:5 Project for the inspiration. By the way, there are some great articles on that blog.
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Before I begin this post, I should probably make a few things quite clear. I am not a scientist, or a philosopher or a theologian. I have a pretty basic understanding of those things, but do not practice any of them as a livelihood. So, if you are expecting deep discourse on any of them, move along because that is not what you are getting here.
I ran across the article below while reading the news yesterday, and it just really struck me. What this scientist admitted was the thing that any honest scientist must admit: Evolution cannot account for or explain the origins of life. Read the article, then we will have a brief discussion later.
HOUSTON – A prominent chemist who was recognized this year as one of the 50 most influential scientists in the world says most scientists do not understand how evolution could explain the existence of life.
via Renowned Chemist Says Evolutionists Do Not Understand the Origin of Life | Christian News Network.
Just for the sake of argument, to cut out all the clutter in the middle, I will remove some issues from the board. Understand from the start that not only do I believe the literal account of creation found in Genesis, but I lean strongly towards being a young earth creationist. If you asked me how long it took for all of this to come about, I would answer “Six days.” If you asked me how long it has all been around, I would answer “Probably around 10,000 years.” Don’t get hung up on that and start calling me a cretin, moron and uneducated hillbilly, because none of those beliefs have a thing to do with the issue at hand today which is the origin of life. Besides, I’m fairly certain I am none of those things.
So, for the sake of this point, I will temporarily suspend my personal thoughts so that we can get to the real issue. Perhaps the world is billions of years old. Perhaps it all sprang from nothingness those billions of years ago in what is referred to as “The Big Bang.” Perhaps some combination of amino acids randomly produced a rudimentary life form which then, through billions of years of random mutation became the planet Earth as we know it today. Perhaps the concept of God is just something we all made up thousands of years ago before we had science to teach us the truth. Perhaps in today’s enlightened world only the before mentioned cretins, morons and uneducated hillbillys hang on to the concept of a Creator of the Universe. Perhaps, perhaps and perhaps.
Even if all of those things are true, there is still one glaring issue facing evolutionists; it is the elephant in the room for them. WHERE DID IT ALL COME FROM??? Any honest scientist, if pressed, would have to simply say he or she actually has no real idea where it all came from. The linked article describes how the subject of the article, Dr. James Tour, questioned his colleagues and ultimately they all had the same answer, “We do not know.”
One commonly used argument for the existence of God is called the Cosmological Argument. In this argument it is argued that God is the First Cause, or the Uncaused cause. It is a very compelling and logical argument. Since I would probably never do it justice, read the article below.
The law of science known as the Law of Causality, or Law of Cause and Effect, says that every material effect must have an adequate antecedent or simultaneous cause (Miller, 2011). The Universe is a material effect that demands an adequate Cause, and atheism cannot provide one. The truth is, God exists. Often the atheist or skeptic, attempting to distract from and side-step the truth of this law without responding to it, retorts, “But if everything had to have a beginning, why does the same concept not apply to God? God needs a cause, too! Who caused God?”
Read the full article here
The Law of Causality and the Uncaused Cause
by Jeff Miller, Ph.D.
Evolutionists obviously don’t want to accept the idea of an uncaused cause, because the uncomfortable reality of that conclusion is that the uncaused cause is a Creator God. Their problem is, no science whatsoever can even begin to explain how it all started. One can accept every single other evolutionary supposition, all the way back to the Big Bang, and still be left with that same nagging question: WHAT STARTED IT ALL??
There are literally dozens of theories about how it all started, but not a single one has been proven or even substantiated in a major way. One interesting one was put forth by Stephen Hawking the noted British Physicist. It is a theory called panspermia, which postulates that life originated elsewhere in the universe and was seeded to Earth via asteroids. Let’s pretend that is true for a moment; we still have the issue of where THAT life came from.
Needless to say, none of these theories can be proven. To their credit, they can’t really be disproved either. It’s simply not possible to prove or disprove a theory based on suppositions which have no observations or history about them. For the most part, any and all theories concerning the origin of life are just ideas or concepts, created in the mind of the person who originated it. They are accepted, in totality, by faith on the part of anyone who believes them. Did I just say faith?
And that word represents the very accusation which is hurled at Christians regarding our belief in a Creator God. We are told it is not valid, because it is based on faith. Isn’t that interesting? The Evolutionary model as a whole, is largely a faith based movement. Since evolution of animals from one kind to another has never been observed, documented or found in the fossil record all of the gaps are filled in by….faith. All current and past scientific theories on the origin of life are based on….faith.
If one were to query 100 scientist and ask them how life came to be, one would probably get a dozen different answers; the scientific community has no consensus whatsoever about this matter. If one asked 100 Bible believing Christians the same question, 100 times out of 100 the answer would be: Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning, God created the Heaven and the Earth.”
There has been no attempt in this article to discuss and proofs or evidences for the existence of God; that was not the point of it. Although it is fodder for future articles for sure. The only point was to illustrate that science simply does not provide an answer about origins. The only available answers are, “We don’t know,” or else some theory with no substantiation at all.
Christianity, on the other hand, does provide an answer. First, there was God, eternally existent. Then He created all of this. Sure, belief requires faith. But there is also evidence. Creation itself is the evidence. If you saw a building, you would say a builder built it. If you saw a painting, you would say a painter painted it. How, then, could we look at a creation and not say a Creator created it?
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