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Strata Testifies of God, Mutation against Evolution

Second email reply I sent my friends after I sent them some links about dinosaur tissue finds: (read the first reply here)

Sorry it took me so long to reply, but I’m been working and reading more about creation, evolution, and fossilization.  And sorry that the reply is so long, hopefully you have time to read it all.  Smile

That’s where we disagree; I think it not logical to live a life without a purpose.  Everything has a purpose.  Cars take us places, computers automate things for us, and buildings shelter us from the elements.  Trees give out oxygen, the sun provides light and energy, oxygen keeps us alive.  What is our purpose?  To consume all of Earth’s resources and destroy the planet?

Learning more and more about the complexities of life and all the micro, macro, and cosmological systems in the Universe point to an Intelligent Designer.  Just as the Bible says, “What may be known of God is manifest in them [men], for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:19-20)

Morals are not rules.  Don’t kill someone or you’ll go to jail, that’s a rule.  Don’t kill someone because I know it is wrong, that’s a moral.  And that moral, or conscience, is how I know there is a Creator.  “For when Gentiles, who do not have the law [commandments], by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness.” (Romans 2:14-15)

You say society has formed and infrastructures exist to deal with threats, then why is our society so messed up (NAMBLA, porn industry, drugs, Hollywood)?  Because everyone is doing what makes them feel good about themselves instead of the Christ like love that Jesus demonstrated.

It is that love that is pulling me to Him, not the eternal damnation that is pushing me to God. People always see hell as some kind of threat, but it’s a warning from a loving Father.  If you ignore God and push Him out of your life, He will let you have your way in the end, He will not force you to be with Him.  And a place without God, that’s Hell.

One of the lies of the Devil is that man can build a society where they can live in peace and security.  Even the Jews, who professed to believe in God and had the Ten Commandments failed, because they are just man, who were proud and thought they knew it all.  They “followed” God, but they did not rely on God.  Even with Adam and Eve, it was perfect when they relied on God and communed with Him, but they wanted to be like God and ate of the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil.  With that, they CHOSE to disobey God and sinned, missed the mark.

As is with America now, we are pushing God out of everything, the God who has blessed this country.  If we continue to ignore Him, this country will be cursed.  God said to Abram, “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12:3)  We have been in support of Israel (the descendants of Abram) and God has blessed this country.  The day we withdraw support for Israel is the day this country will feel the curse of God.  The Christian influence is probably the only thing keeping the US in support of Israel.

I don’t claim that I know everything or that the Bible tells us everything.  In fact, I know the Bible doesn’t tell us everything, it only tells us the ways of God and how we can be saved by grace through faith in Jesus.

You’re right, a lot of people do just take what is fed to them from a book, but it’s not only the Bible, many of the “science” books dishes out evolution as a fact instead of a theory, and many people just believe what they were told from either book.

But you’re wrong when you say people can’t question the Bible, maybe in the medieval days of the old Roman Catholic Empire, not so with modern Protestant thinking.  We are told to ask questions and find what is true.  “Test all things; hold fast what is good.” (1 Thessalonians 5:21) “Jesus said to Thomas, ‘Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.'” (John 20:27)  Jesus told Thomas to test the wounds He received from the cross to know that He has risen from death.

Many people are out there looking for and finding evidence of the historical truth of the Bible.  People, places, nations, events, and prophecies have all been proven accurate.  There has not been a finding that contradicts the Bible.

There are problems in the evidence that evolutionary geologists have.  Take the rock strata for example.  There are 21 levels of rock strata and each stratum is supposedly formed over millions of years.  And it would seem logical that older stratum is below younger stratum.  Now, given there are some anomalies for earthquakes and stuff, how do whole slabs of stratum, square kilometers worth be found under another that is suppose to be older.  And you can’t find all the strata in one place anywhere in the world.  What about fossilized trees that span two different strata.  If the strata are formed millions of years apart, how does the tree fossilize half of itself in one stratum, avoid decomposition for a million years than fossilize the other half in another stratum.

The law of superposition tells us which stratum is older by their position.  The fossil record was built on fossil findings in different strata. The law of faunal succession tells us how old a stratum is by the fossils found in it.  Hmm… Which came first, the chicken or the egg?  (The chicken of course, on the fifth day. Smile )  Anyway, what about the fossils that are found in the “wrong” strata?  They are dismissed or somehow, they “reworked” themselves to lower strata; that is, they slipped, slid, or fell through the solid rock.

The global catastrophic flood of Noah’s day can explain all this.  Fossils require quick and tremendous pressure to be formed.  It usually requires water which carries sediments with it to cover the carcass.  The great flood would certainly explain all the different fossils in the different strata and the different strata in different places, not to mention how they find whale fossils near the tops of mountains.

Speaking of evolution, here’s an article that explains how it is near impossible using simple math.  http://www.answersingenesis.org/creation/v4/i2/chance.asp

And here’s one from an evolutionist trying to explain away the chance factor of mutations using a lot of words and scientific terms.  http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/chance/chance.html

Here’s another evolutionary article, it does take chance into account.  It even states that most mutations are disadvantageous, which just makes good mutations that much less probable.  http://www.meta-library.net/evolution/chance-body.html

So I trust in the Bible and have faith in God and His promises.  Just as I have faith that I wouldn’t float into space because I trust in the law of gravity, it’s hasn’t failed yet.  And I have faith that you guys will help me when I’m in need because I know and trust you.

Yes, it is true that religion is the source a lot of conflicts, but religion is a man made concept, it is not what God created or intended.  Religion is believing what “they” believe is right, and not believing what God, the Creator of Heaven and Earth, says is right.  If all the people in religion listened to God’s Word, we wouldn’t have all these wars and suffering.

Examples of religious wars:

  • The Christian Crusades – the Pope using the Name of Christ, raised armies to gain money and power for the Catholic Church.  That’s not what Christianity teaches.
  • 9/11 and all the suicide bombers – Islamic fundamentalists killing infidels for Allah, the Quran teaches that is a sure way of getting to heaven where they will have seven virgins.  That’s definitely not Christian, especially since Allah is the moon god.
  • Hitler – using God’s name again, saying that the Jews rejected God, so they have to be rejected and purged as well.

Wars that have nothing to do with religion:

  • Emperor Nero’s persecution of Christians – blaming Christians for the fire that burnt Rome, the fire that he started
  • The opium war – fighting for… opium
  • The American Revolution
  • The slaughter of Native Americans
  • The Civil War
  • The war on drugs.

This article explains it pretty well.  Take a look at footnote #7 too. http://www.everystudent.com/wires/justwar.html

Jesus was lead to the cross and died for our sins, He sacrificed Himself for us, He didn’t go to war and destroy all the non-believers.

Thanks for the kind words, and I didn’t mean to say that I was a bad person or to imply non-believers are bad people; many “believers” are still “bad” people.  And that’s the thing, who or what are we comparing ourselves to?  Compared to a murderer or a rapist, I’m an angel.  Compared to someone who shows mercy and forgives another for being too loud, I’m like a demon.  It is just another of the Devil’s lies, he makes us think that we’re good the way we are, that there’s no need to change.  I used to think that I was a good person, that I was good enough to make it to heaven, but I was wrong, I have not lived up to the image that God created us in.

I’m not saying that I’m perfect now, because I’m not, and I can never be perfect, Jesus is the only one who is and always will be perfect.  Compared to Jesus, we’re all sinners, we’ve all missed the mark.  It’s a hard thing to acknowledge, nobody likes to be wrong or to feel bad, but God forgives us by His grace with His love and mercy.

You said that you will keep an open mind and keep searching.  I just want to make sure that you are taking into consideration both sides of the argument.  If you never read what someone on the opposing side wrote, then you would never know what other points are out there and if they are valid or not, you would only get biased information that supports what you believe in.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

Using Science to Find God

Here is the first in a series of email replies I sent my friends after I sent them some links about dinosaur tissue finds:

I know how science works.  I also know the difference between conjectures, hypothesis, and theories and the how you get from one to the other.  I also learned from the same school as you that it takes a lot of different kinds of repeatable tests to prove a theory and only one repeatable contradictory test to disprove one.  Now, I’m not saying that the soft tissue issue is the one contradictory evidence against evolution or the old age of Earth.  I included non-creationist article of the same find and other related articles in my email in hopes of understanding soft tissue decay and fossilization.

I only sited the articles to say that people have an accepted view of something that they believe.  When new data and new information come up that might be contradictory, they wave it off as something that must fit into their belief instead of stepping back to take a look at it and how it relates.  Scientists are not the only ones I’m talking about, creationists do they same thing, as you have pointed out.

This passage really expresses how I feel about my search for the truth.

The divinely inspired word of God is infallible. Likewise, the divinely created creation is an “infallible” testimony of God’s work, Romans 1:19-20. Both are true representations of the Divine. While both these revelations are infallible, both require human understanding to have any meaning to us. This is where the real problem lies. Both our understanding of the scriptures and our understanding of the creation are fallible. Both change. Historically, I believe it is a fair representation that religious men have just as poor a track record for properly understanding scripture, as any review of the history of science could provide. This is certainly evidenced by the modern diversity of Christian religions. Such misunderstanding of scripture is illustrated over and over throughout the pages of the Bible itself. In the Old Testament the Israelites did not understand their own religion. In the New Testament the Pharisees did not understand the basics of love and justice. Indeed, Jesus’ own disciples did not understand the most fundamental aspects of His kingdom. Religious people get religion wrong just as readily as scientists get their science wrong. Let’s not get into a rock throwing contest as to which discipline is better at making and maintaining unfounded dogma. The truth is that both scientists and believers have to change our views to accommodate our growth in understanding of the infallible word of God and improved knowledge of the unchangeable testimony of His creation. To be able to change when shown wrong is sign of wisdom, not weakness.

Hill Roberts – http://lordibelieve.org/Days.htm

If you are anything like I was, I want you to always be searching and seeking instead of just believing in what we grew up with.  I always just relied on what I “knew” as fact and readily dismissed any opposing view.  I have come to be a little more diligent in trying to find what really is out there, why we are here, and what the truth is.

I am not blindly following some guy’s teaching.  I am searching for why we exist.  Why are we here if there is nothing beyond?  If we all came from one cell and a bunch of random mutation, just some intelligent animals, and there is nothing after death, then what are we doing?  Trying to make a better life?  Why don’t I just go out and do what I want, live the way I want to, instead of sitting here working for someone else?  I can lie, steal, cheat and do what I want.  But what about morals?  Where did my morals come from?  The law?  No, man created rules and regulations.  Then who?  Animals don’t have morals.  If there is nothing after I die, no repercussions, why not do what I want since I won’t have to answer to anything or anybody afterwards.  There has to be something more out there.

I am using the intelligence and the logical mind that God has given me to find facts and evidences that will help me to think through it and to decide.  For me the evidence is pointing towards God and His unfailing Word.

Secular historians and archeological finds all support the Bible.  There is no evidence out there that can prove even one verse of the Bible to be false.  In fact, your links led me to more sites and more information that defined and solidify my faith.

One of the greatest evidence is my life.  After accepting Jesus into my heart, I have become a new person.  You all know what I was like before I was born again, now, I’m living in Christ, living for God.

I probably quoted this before, but… “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”  Matthew 7:7

Start searching, don’t be complacent in your life or your beliefs, God will open doors and lead you to the truth.

Hell – Why is it taught in the Bible?

Hell is not a threat, it really depend on how you look at it.  To me, it’s more of a warning.  He knows what is good for us and what is bad for us, so He is letting us know that the way of man leads to death.  But if we just listen to Him and His warnings, and trust in Him, we can have life.

We are not going to know everything; His knowledge is infinitely larger than ours.  Just like a parent is way more knowledgeable than his 5 year old.

If the 5 year old is playing with matches near some gasoline, the dad is going to tell him, “Don’t play with the matches or you’re going die.”  The kid could take that as a threat, rebel against his dad and keep on doing what he’s doing.  Or he could listen to his dad, heed his warning and not get burned.

So God is warning us, if we keep doing what we’re doing, we will have eternal death.  But if we choose to listen to Him and trust in His knowledge, we could have eternal life.

God is perfect and holy and righteous.  He can’t be righteous and dwell with unrighteousness.  That is why and how hell is created; it is a place where His presence is absent.  Take a guy who murders, rapes, and steals just because he wants to.  We wouldn’t want to live in the same house or even the same town as him, so we send him off to prison where my loved ones and I won’t be.

But hell came into existence for the fallen angels, not for man.  He loves us all immensely and He doesn’t want any of us to perish.  That’s why He has done everything He can, short accepting the sinful and forcing them to be with Him, to save us and to be in communion with us.

Why believe Jesus is God and that He died for us on the cross?  Let say that 5 year old kept playing with the matches and dropped one on a puddle of gasoline.  The dad loves his child and doesn’t want him to be hurt, so he throws himself between his boy and the fire, taking the punishment of the fire.

Here’s the analogy quoted from an issue of Solid Ground that explained it for me and was my turning point from Atheist to Christian.

You see, there are actually three passions in “The Passion of the Christ.” The passionate intensity of God’s anger at us for our sins collides with the passionate intensity of God’s love for us, causing the passionate intensity of the agony of the cross to be shouldered by God Himself in human form.

The story is told of a king who, having discovered a theft in the royal treasury, decrees that the criminal be publicly flogged for this affront to the crown. When soldiers haul the thief before the king as he sits in his judgment seat, there in chains stands the frail form of the king’s own mother.

Without flinching, he orders the old woman to be bound to the whipping post in front of him. When she is secured, he stands up, lays down his imperial scepter, sets aside his jeweled crown, removes his royal robes, and enfolds the tiny old woman with his own body. Baring his back to the whip, he orders that the punishment commence. Every blow meant for the criminal lands with full force upon the bare back of the king until the last lash falls.

Solid Ground, March/April 2004 by Gregory Koukl, Stand to Reason

He has done everything for us so that we can be with Him and He can be with us.  Even in the Tribulation, He will save lots of people who repent and trust in Jesus.  He’s going to send the Two Witnesses, 144,000 Jews, and angels who will proclaim God’s love and Jesus the Savior.  Every opportunity is given, the only people going to hell are the ones who, in the face of all this evidence, choose to rebel against Him and choose to live the life the way they want to, which leads to death.

God is not going to force His Son and His love on us, that would essentially be rape.  Take, for example, the one you love, you want him or her to love you in return.  You are going to try your hardest to convince her of your love so that she will choose to love you back.  If you bound and gagged her and took her to your house then forced her to stay with you and to love you, that would be meaningless, she might as well be a robot.  But if she chose to love you, how wonderful is that feeling!

That’s why God created us, He wants to share His love with us and to have us love Him in return.

God made us in His image, which includes morals, free will, intelligence, faith, and love.  All of these gifts which He has given us are blessings.  We can use our gifts to pick apart His Word or to study it as Truth.  We can believe the lies and almost truths of the devil or we can trust in the Word of God, the Work of Jesus, and the Power of the Holy Spirit.  It’s our choice.

Believing in Jesus as the Son of God, who died for me to wash away my sins and was resurrected to give me eternal life in Him, and allowing Him to come into my heart and allowing the Holy Spirit to come into my life has completely changed the way I look at this life, the world, and His Word.

So, we can rely on ourselves, our intelligence, and our own efforts and reject Him or we can rely on Him to study His Word, to find out more about Him, to get to know Him personally and trust in Him.

Grace be with you.

Asking for Forgiveness

Here’s my take on it.

“He saved us” (Titus 3:5) and “forgiven us all trespasses” (Colossians 2:13).  It is in the past tense, Jesus said, “It is finished!” (John 19:30), so it is done and over unless you want to call Him a liar.  So, not only are past sins forgiven, present and future sin as well, we don’t have to do anything else, any more work, and He doesn’t have to die again for us to be really saved.  We can’t do anything anyway, because it is “not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us.” (Titus 3:5)

Why then does the Lord’s prayer do we ask for forgiveness of our debts?  I think it’s not what you should pray and ask for, it a reminder.  First, we are to pray “in this manner” (Matthew 6:9), not pray this exactly, so they’re things we should have in mind when we’re praying.

  • “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.” (Matthew 6:9) He is our maker, the creator of heaven and earth, blessed is His name.
  • “Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10)  We are looking forward to His second coming and always to watch for Him.  We are to decrease and He increase, His will be done, not ours.
  • “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” (Matthew 6:12)  We are to forgive others who have hurt or offended us, because He has forgiven us and He has forgiven them.
  • “And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.  For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.” (Matthew 6:13)  We can not fight evil or our fleshly temptations on our own, we need to ask Him to do it in us and for us.  He is the everlasting almighty God.

To expand on the forgiveness part, He is not saying we have to ask for forgiveness every time we pray.  He is also not saying that we have to forgive others in order for us to be forgiven.  He is saying that we have been forgiven and He has forgiven our debtors, so we should forgive them as well, lest we put ourselves above Jesus.

1 Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, 2 to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men. 3 For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. 8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men. (Titus 3)

We have to “affirm constantly” (Titus 3:8) that the Lord by His mercy and His grace has saved us and forgiven us and through Him, by His grace, we should forgive others.

Missionaries

What is a missionary?

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”  (Mark 16:15)

Jesus commanded His disciples to go and tell the whole world of the great news of His resurrection, that is why christians go to remote parts of the world to spread the word.  Some of us do not feel called to go to other countries, fortunately, there a need for mission work wherever you are, in your very home town.  For me, I am hoping this blog will serve that purpose in the cyber world.

Some people ask, “Why do you christians always try to convert people to your religion?”  That’s because we know the Bible to be true and the words and instructions contained in it are the words of God.  The Bible teaches that we are all sinners in need of a Savior and from my own past experiences and “conversion,” I whole heartily believe that.  And because of that truth and of the consequences of unbelief, I try to tell all the people I know about Jesus and of all the reasons why I believe in the inerrancy of the Bible.

For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”  How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed?  And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard?  And how shall they hear without a preacher?  And how shall they preach unless they are sent?  (Romans 10:13-15a)

Every person is given the choice to call upon the name of Jesus and to turn from their sin but someone needs to go and preach the gospel.  Of course, this is not the only way that God can work, He is Omnipotent and can work in miraculous ways, but it gives Him great joy to see His children work for Him.

To read more about the reliability of the Bible, visit Answers in Genesis.

The heavens declare the glory of God!

Psalm 19

1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
2 Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge.
3 There is no speech nor language
Where their voice is not heard.
4 Their line has gone out through all the earth,
And their words to the end of the world.

In the beginning God Created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1) He created it marvelously, the universe is enormously large with trillions and trillions of stars in it. What is even more marvelous is He created the earth with an atmosphere where we can see through to all these stars, just as Psalm 19 declares.

One of these awesome heavenly body is the nucleus of the Whirlpool Galaxy (M51), not only is it beautiful to look at, it declares the Christian Gospel. It shows us the Great News that Jesus died on the cross and washed us clean of our sins. We just have to believe in Him and what He did for us and we can have eternal life with Him.

M51 Whirlpool Galaxy


Born Again

Why do I call myself a born again Christian? Because my new life in Christ is completely different from how I used to live. Before I accepted Jesus in my life, I used to live just for myself and my wants. I drove a red Mustang Cobra convertible as a status symbol, I would go to Las Vegas and spend hundreds on gambling, drinking, and strip clubs. You know, the things that are addictive, sinful, and immoral, the things that satisfy you in the moment but then makes you feel horrible the next days/weeks/months.

One thing I am definitely glad I’m rid of was my road rage. If someone tailgated me, I would slow down, then if they try to pass, I’d speed up, just to mess with them for tailgating. Then if someone didn’t move out of my way, well, I would tailgate them to show them they are going too slow.  Pretty hypocritical. Not to mention all the cursing and raging if the other people on the road were not driving the way I want them to drive.

There are many other things that I would rather forget but they are in my past and fortunately, with the grace that Christ has shown me, I can be confident that I have been forgiven. His death on the cross is the payment He made for my debt of sin to God, and He has paid it in full.

Jesus rose from death and in Him, I have been born again. He has given me a new life, my old self is dead. He has changed me, I don’t even want to do any of the things I used to crave. Now, with the help of the Holy Spirit, I live for Christ and showing His love to the people He created.

One event that showed me I have been changed was when I had a large amount of money stolen by two guys through deceptive and fraudulent means. I won’t go into the details, but if something like that happened to my old self, you’d bet I curse them to hell then I’d try to find them so I can beat them to a pulp. Instead, with my new life in Christ, I forgave them in my heart and I prayed for them to know Jesus and to accept Him into their lives.

That is the greatest thing I can do for anyone, to pray for them to know Christ. Then they would know the grace and peace that I have in Him.

Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.” But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:39-43)

We are all criminals, guilty of sin, of not meeting the standards and the laws of God. I used to be like the first criminal, blaspheming God and doing as I pleased. Now, I understand why Jesus died for me on the cross and just as the second criminal has been forgiven, I have been forgiven and I can be with God forever in Heaven.

On which side of Jesus do you want to be?