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You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. — Mark 12:30

Faith in God is not just a feeling, it might start with that, but you have to use the mind that God has given you to learn from His word, to get to know Him more and to love Him with all your being.

Read entire chapter here.

The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever. — Isaiah 40:8

Everything in this world in temporal, grass withers, flowers fade, cars rust, houses crumble.  The only thing that lasts forever is the hope we have in Jesus and the eternal life we have in Him.

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So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath. — James 1:19

The fleshly body can often offend by the quick words that we speak.  Let the Spirit lead you in listening to others, then thinking first before you speak, if you should speak at all.

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The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe. — Proverbs 29:25

The fear of man is really the fear of your ego being squashed.  People are afraid of looking stupid in front of other people and try to put on a facade.  But God knows the depths of our hearts and He still loves up the same.  His love is indescribable.  We can trust in Him and feel safe in His arms.

Read entire chapter here.

Observable vs Historical Science

Fourth email reply I sent my friends after I sent them some links about dinosaur tissue finds:
Read the first, second, and third replies, these seem to get longer and longer.  Smile

I don’t know if I said it’s not logical to live life without a purpose, but I do think that’s true if we’re talking about the objective purpose (see my reply about the different purposes).  According to man, if there is nothing afterward, I’m just trying to live happy and gain as much as I can, but in the end, you don’t take any of it with you.  Even if you are rich, that doesn’t necessary make you happy; Donald Trump said on Larry King that he was not happy at all.  So, why work so hard to afford stuff that is not going to be around.  I’m not saying that you are materialistic; I’m saying that working for anything of this world is temporal, non-lasting and that is not logical.  Now, I’m not saying that we shouldn’t work; it just shouldn’t be all we do and all for the here and now.

There are a few reasons why I use passages from the Bible.

  • To explain where my ideas came from and how the Bible supports it.  (i.e. man’s sins, Christ is salvation)
  • To refute claims made about the Bible that is not true.  (i.e. Can’t test the Bible)
  • It is the most historically accurate book according to most, if not all, historians.
  • It’s a way for me to get you to read parts of the Bible.

How far back are we talking about that we need morals because there are no rules?  There have always been kings and empires.

  • Modern nations
  • Medieval kingdoms
  • Roman empire, 27 BC – 395 AD
  • Athenian empire, 336-323 BC
  • Medo-Persian empire, 900-625 BC
  • Babylonian empire, 3000-1250 BC

As far back as the 31st century BC there have been empires with its kind of government with rules and people (lords and armies) to regulate the people.  Even back in the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve had a rule.  What I am saying is that most of these rules came from some moral that is within all of us.

The rule that Adam and Eve had is to not eat of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, not the Tree of Knowledge of facts and learning.  Without, eating of that tree, people would still have been able to learn and ask questions and advance in science and technology.  In fact, if Adam had not committed that first sin, God would still be around and we would be able to just ask Him how the sun works, what is the sky blue, how many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop.  We could ask Him anything and He would tell us.

Eating from that Tree was having both the good AND the evil thoughts.  “And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.” (Genesis 2:25)  Before they ate of the tree, there were no evil thoughts in their minds.  “Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked.” (Genesis 3:7) When they ate of the Tree, the porn industry was born.  They were ashamed of their nakedness and covered it with fig leaves, since then, man wanted a peek behind those leaves.

You say that the people who do immoral things might be in paradise, but are they in their own societies?  I used those examples for a poor society because a society is made up of all the people that live in it.  Even if you don’t do any of those things, a lot of people, who make up this society, are drug addicts, sex offenders, alcoholics, or murderers.  Drug addicts steal to get more drugs, maybe even hurt someone to get their money, we have to spend tax dollars to get drugs off the street.  Sex offenders rape women and girls, hurting them and sometimes killing them.  Those women might get pregnant, their families might reject them.  They could have abortions or put them up for adoption or just leave the baby somewhere.  Gang members might kill you because you’re wearing the wrong color or you’re in their “hood”, so you’re afraid to go to certain areas of the city.  Everything affects you or someone you know in someway and in some degree.  Is it okay for others to suffer so they can be in their “paradise”?

Consequently, these rules and regulations are not good enough to keep people from acting on their selfish desires.  They do what makes them feel good even if it hurts someone else.  They can justify it by making excuses or deluding themselves in thinking it really doesn’t hurt anyone.  When enough of a group thinks it okay, they can start lobbying, and then it becomes part of the “law”.  As a result, these laws are nothing more than the popular opinion of the current “society” instead of the absolute truth and moral built into our being.

Because the Jews forsook their God, He removed His protective hand on them.  As a result, the nation Israel and city of Jerusalem were destroyed in 70AD by the Romans.  The Jewish people were dispersed to other nations.  God did not complete destroy them because they are His chosen people.  In 1948, in fulfillment of end times prophesy, Israel is again a country, and then in 1967, the Jews regained Jerusalem.  God kept their bloodlines and nationality pure so that the Hebrew people will again have their own nation where Jesus will rule after His second coming.  Every other group of people in history who have lost their home land has lost their nationality within 5 generations.  The Jewish people were without a home land for almost 2000 years, which alone is good evidence of God.

After a little search, it looks like Jewish politicians, investors, and other prominent Jewish people starting coming back into the world scene around the same time they started to migrate back to Jerusalem in the 1800s.  Leading up to the reestablishment of the nation if Israel.

On a side note, another fulfilled prophesy is that in the end times, Jerusalem will be filled with people “of every nation and of every tongue”.  Go to Jerusalem now, and there are hundreds of different languages spoken with people from hundreds of different countries.

One thing that I want to mention is that most people think, “Evolution is a science, Creation is a religion,” and just blow Creation off as faith only.  In my opinion, evolution is as much a religion and faith based as Creation and Creation is as much of a science as evolution.  Science, in its purest, most basic form has to be testable by repeatable observations (dropping a ball and measuring the time it takes to hit the floor).  The theory of evolution and the theory of Creation are attempts to explain the origin of life.  They are both of historical science, trying to explain what had happened with what we have today and with what we can observe today (the ball is on the floor, did someone push it or did it just roll off the table). [1]

Natural selection is a science and decidedly not random.  It has been observed over and over again.  Based on what is present in a population, the best at a certain function or the best at reproducing itself is going to, in the long run, have the greatest number in that population.  But natural selection is not all there is to evolution as you have stated; it requires the random generation of advantageous mutations.  That is exactly what the equation was trying to show; the chance of all the mutations happening that lead from amino acids to proteins to reproducing cells to multi-cell organisms to invertebrates to vertebrates to amphibians to mammals to bipedal to humans with a brain that has “ten thousand distinct varieties of neurons, trillions of supportive cells, a few more trillion synaptic connections.” [2] How many random mutations will that take?  Even if a million mutations happened per second I don’t think there has been enough time for humans to have evolved.  And since the mutations are random, those million might not even have the advantageous mutation.

What you describe with your lab-mate is a wonderful example of natural selection, but like you said, “…by random chance, it is next to impossible to pull out the completely new RNA molecule.” That is exactly what evolution wants you to believe, that by random chance, we evolved from single cell organisms to a human with 6×10^13 cells. [3] How much faith does that take?

We see that mutations do happen and some of them are advantageous, but we have yet to observe mutations that add genetic code or genetic material.  In your lab-mate’s experiment, he is mutating RNA strands to find the ones that folds and cuts itself the best, but he started with a piece of RNA that already cuts itself, none of the mutations added that function, it was there to begin with.  With all the mutations, he created a different variation of the same kind of RNA.  Again, that is natural selection, not evolution.

So, back to using current observable evidences to explain origin, this experiment supports Creation more than it does evolution.  Evolution requires that mutations increase in genetic makeup or complexity and through natural selection come out with a new kind of organism.  This is not supported by that experiment, instead, we see organisms reproducing according to its kind, and exactly what the Bible says will happen.  With the kind of mutations that we can observe currently along with natural selection, we arrive at what we have now, different variations of the same kind of organisms.  Furthermore, we see that most mutations happening today are disadvantageous, increasing the odds of having that one advantageous mutation that much more.

Another neutral piece of scientific evidence is the second law of thermodynamics; it states that in a closed system, the total entropy tends to increase over time or that order will tend to become disorder. Evolution dictates that simple organisms increase in complexity over a long period of time.  Let’s take the simplest known organism with a DNA sequence of 480 genes [4] as the starting point; we are to believe that enough directed energy entered the Earth to evolve it into a human with a DNA sequence estimated at 20,000 to 25,000 genes.  And that one cell can be ordered into multiple cells per organism.  But the opposite is true and is observed, cells deteriorate and eventually is unable to reproduce and dies.

There are two alternatives for the origin of life; it was created or it was not, they are mutually exclusive and they exhaust all other possible options.  Evolution is not supported by observations of current processes and therefore, not a good explanation of how life began.  However, these same observations fit the model of how life would be as described by Scripture, leading to the conclusion that life was created.  It could have been created by pink unicorns or purple monkeys, but there is no documentation out there to support it, on the other hand, the best selling book ever since it was in publication says the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob did.

The Bible didn’t float down from Heaven (anyone who believes that is probably a bit crazy).  It was penned by 40 different people over a 1500 year span, three continents, and in three languages, yet it has the same consistent message. [5] The Bible was written by God and “holy men of God spoke [wrote] as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Peter 1:21)

So why do I believe the Bible is the Word of God?  It is the best selling, most quoted, most published, most circulated, most translated, and most influential book in the history of mankind.  No, that doesn’t make the Bible true but there are many more reasons.

  1. Fulfilled prophecy:
    1. There are 26 other religious books that people of faith believe are divinely inspired but not even one of them contain any specific, fulfilled prophecies.  On the other hand, the Bible is filled with hundreds of specific, detailed prophecies that were written hundreds of years before their fulfillment.
    2. 27% of the Bible (more than 1 in 4 verses) contains what was predictive prophecy at the time that it was originally written.
    3. About the Messiah, the Old Testament foretold many very specific details:
      1. That He would be of the seed of Abraham (Gen. 12:1-3, 22:18)
      2. That He is from the tribe of Judah (Gen 49:10)
      3. That He will be one of David’s descendants (2 Samuel 7:12)
      4. The city He would be born in (Micah 5:2)
      5. That He’d come while the temple was still standing (Malachi 3:1)
      6. That He would perform miracles (Isaiah 35:5-6)
      7. That He would be rejected by His own people (Psalm 118:22)
      8. The precise time in history when He would die (Daniel 9:24-26)
      9. How He would die (Psalm 22:16-18, Isaiah 53, Zech. 12:10)
      10. That He would rise from the dead (Psalm 16:10)
    4. Tons of other prophecies about the nation of Israel and her neighbors
    5. Prophecies that are being fulfilled everyday, some by you guys as you write your rebuttal. (2 Peter 3:3)
    6. “…I am God, and there is none like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done…” (Isaiah 46:9-10)
  2. Archaeological verification:
    1. For the past 150 years, archaeologists have verified the detailed records in the Bible of events, customs, persons, cities, nations, and geographical locations.
    2. There have been more than 25,000 discoveries within the region know as “The Bible Lands” that have confirmed the truthfulness of the Bible.
    3. Pontius Pilate – critics were skeptical of his existence since there is little mention of him outside of the bible.  In June of 1961, a team of Italian archaeologists discovered a large limestone rock with the Latin inscription: “Pontius Pilate, Prefect of Judea, has presented the Tiberium to the Caesareans.”
    4. Caiaphas – the Jewish high priest at the time of Jesus’ crucifixion, in 1990 the Caiaphas family tomb was accidentally discovered by workers building a water park just south of Jerusalem.  Inside, archaeologists found 12 ossuaries and one of them had the inscription, “Joseph son of Caiaphas”, the full name of the high priest.
    5. King David – another stone found in Northern Israel with an inscription that referred to the House of David.  This stone has been dated to the 9th century B.C.
    6. These artifacts are displayed at the Israel Museum.
  3. The Bible’s internal consistency:
    1. From the book of Genesis to the book of Revelation, the Bible is absolutely consistent.
    2. It is not just one book with one or two writers where it might be easy to have a consistent thought.  The Bible is a compilation of 39 books in the OT and 27 books in the NT.
    3. It’s penned by 40 different people with different educational and cultural backgrounds.
    4. It was written over 1500 years, some 60+ generations.
    5. It was written on three continents: Asia, Europe and Africa.
    6. It was written in three languages: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek.
    7. Even against all this, when we look at the Bible as a whole, it is a consistent, harmonious, and perfectly unified account of how God is seeking to reconcile sinful mankind back to Himself through the person of His Son, Jesus Christ.
  4. External verification:
    1. There are dozens of writings outside of the Bible that verify the historical accuracy of the many names of people, places, and events mentioned in the Bible.
  5. The Bible’s scientific accuracy and insights:
    1. The Bible was completed about 2,000 years ago, yet in it talks of the sun’s travel on its circuit through space.  “Its rising is from one end of heaven, and its circuit to the other end.” (Psalm 19:6)
    2. When the rest of the world thought the earth was flat, Isaiah declared that the world was round.  “It is He who sits above the circle of the earth…” (Isaiah 40:22) 2,000 years after that, people still thought Columbus was going to sail off the edge of the planet.
    3. People thought the number of stars were countable until the invention of the telescope. Hipparchus said there were exactly 1,026 stars, Ptolemy, 1056 stars, and Johannes Kepler counted 1,006.  When Galileo looked through his telescope, he found a whole lot more.  Way before that, the Bible said, “The host of heaven cannot be numbered, nor the sand of the sea measured.” (Jeremiah 33:22)
    4. God, who created the universe and knows everything about it, superintended the writing of the Bible to make sure everything in it is what He wanted to be in it.  The Bible points directly to God.
  6. The manuscript evidence:
    1. There are over 24,000 partial and complete ancient handwritten manuscript copies of the New Testament and tens of thousands of Old Testament manuscripts that have survived dating back as early as the third century BC.
    2. Over 86,000 quotes of the New Testament by early Church fathers that can reconstruct over 99.86% of the New Testament (all but 11 verses).
    3. Taking a look at these side by side with what we have now, you have proof that the Bible has not been changed over the ages.  “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.” (Isaiah 40:8)
  7. The willingness of Jesus’ disciples to suffer:
    1. All but one disciple were tortured and killed for preaching the Gospel.  John, who died of old age, died in exile after being unsuccessfully boiled in oil; John, the apostle of love, endured all things with the help of the Holy Spirit.  The others were stoned, crucified, sawed in half, and beheaded, among other things.
    2. People may be willing to die for something they know is true, but nobody is willing to die for something they know is a lie or thinks that it may not be true.

The Bible is accurate in recording the history of Israel and her neighboring nations as well as describing earthly things like water and wind currents, the procreation of life after its kind, the existence of the person Jesus of Nazareth, and many fulfilled Old and New Testament prophecies.  Because of these things, I believe in the trustworthiness of the Bible and from these, I believe the other things in the Bible are just as trustworthy.

You can not just be told about the Bible and understand it, you have to read it for yourself.  His Word never returns void.

Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.

Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.

Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.

Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the LORD thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee.

Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.

Isaiah 55, KJV

I am sorry if I have offended you or have implied you didn’t have an open mind, I wasn’t trying to say that at all.  I was just saying that we have to search for the truth, it’s not going to just fall into our laps.

I’m also sorry if you feel you are wasting your time replying to my emails, but I think this is important.  It will change your life and afterlife.

Lastly, why didn’t God strike you down with a bolt of lighting?

  • God doesn’t just do anything we tell or ask Him to do.
  • Everything He puts in our lives or allows to happen in our lives is ultimately for our benefit.
  • God loves you.  He does not want to kill you or send you to hell.
  • If you died now and went to hell then Jesus died for you in vain.
  • Jesus’ death on the cross washed away our sins, that is our pardon from God.  If he destroyed you now, you won’t have a chance to accept it.

Sites that have good articles, videos, and lectures:

Search through them to find some articles compelling evidence and for reasons to believe.

[1] The Nature of Science and of Theories on Origins, http://www.icr.org/index.php?module=articles&action=view&ID=391

[2] The Amazing Brain, http://www.brainsource.com/amazing%20brain.htm

[3] Information Processing in Human Body, http://vadim.www.media.mit.edu/MAS862/Project.html

[4] Prokaryota: Machina ex Deus, http://origins.swau.edu/papers/complexity/prokaryote/

[5] The Trustworthiness of the Bible, http://www.alwaysbeready.com/

Purposed in My Heart

“But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself”  Daniel 1:8

“Dare to be a Daniel.”  That was the main theme while my pastor was teaching through the book of Daniel.  It’s because Daniel purposed in his heart to not defile himself and to devote his life to the living God.  He was a man filled with the Spirit and did amazing things, he was blessed with wisdom and insight and was greatly used by God.  Daniel’s life was a witness for the Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar, who by the end of his reign glorifies God.

And at the end of the time[a] I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me; and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever:

For His dominion is an everlasting dominion,
And His kingdom is from generation to generation.
All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing;
He does according to His will in the army of heaven
And among the inhabitants of the earth.
No one can restrain His hand
Or say to Him, “What have You done?”

At the same time my reason returned to me, and for the glory of my kingdom, my honor and splendor returned to me. My counselors and nobles resorted to me, I was restored to my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added to me.

Daniel 4:34-36

By changing that one person, who is very influential, Daniel was used to changed many people’s hearts.

Through the power of Jesus, I will purpose in my heart to not defile myself with my fleshly desires and to serve Him with all my strength.  I have to ask to be filled with His Spirit daily and to pray continuously for His power to accomplish this.  To have Christ increase while I decrease, that is how I will be able to live a life that pleases God and to glorify His Name.

Living a Purpose Filled Life

Third email reply I sent my friends after I sent them some links about dinosaur tissue finds: (read the first& second replies)

My belief in God is not temporary in the least; Jesus has a death grip on my heart, His death on the cross.  Hinduism, belief in Brahman, the unchangeable god that is everything and everything is him, including us.  Our life is one of karma, and we are reincarnated over and over again until we are enlightened (changed) to the reality that we are one with Brahman.  Once we are “enlightened,” we become part of or absorbed into Brahman.  There’s Brahman changing again and we lose our identity as we become one with him.  “Resistance is futile.”  No, I don’t think so.  God, the God of Israel, created all things and is not part of all things.  He created us to know Him personally, through our sin nature, we are separated from Him, but He provided a way, the only way.  Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)

Why the Christian Bible and not the Hindu Vedas or Bhagavad-Gita?  The Bible not only claims to be the Word of God, it proves itself by fulfilled prophecy, archaeological verification, scientific insights and accuracy, internal consistency, manuscript evidence, and more.  Evidence for Jesus’ existence and resurrection is also overwhelmingly strong.

Example:  Before Isaac Newton, Hindus believed that the earth rested on the back of an elephant that stood on the back of a turtle that was swimming in a great endless see.  But Job 26:7 states “He [God] stretches out the north over empty space; He hangs the earth on nothing.”

My life is improved, but that’s the thing, I’m not focusing on improving myself.  I’m focusing on my relationship with Jesus, pleasing and glorifying God, He is improving me, my life, and my eternal future.

A rock is used to hold the loose dirt together; it is also used as a stable foundation on which to build on.  “He is the Rock” (Deuteronomy 32:4) Jesus is the Rock that we can build our faith on.  I would rather live in a shack built on a rock than a mansion built on the sand.

Poop is used as fertilizer to give nutrients to plants.

Let me define “purpose” further.  What I meant is there is an objective purpose to everything as opposed to subjective purpose.  Purpose is objective when the designer of an object had a purpose in mind for it when he designed it.  A person using that object for whatever purpose they choose is subjective.

Example:  A hammer, the maker of a hammer made it to pound nails into something.  Using it to hit a nail is objective.  Using that hammer as paperweight is a subjective purpose.

God, the Creator, the Designer, had an objective purpose for our life: to get to know Him, to be in a personal relationship with Him, and to trust in Him.  Anything else and you are living for your own subjective purpose.  “I will be fulfilled and happy once I get out of school.  I will be fulfilled when I get a job, when I get a car, a girlfriend, a wife, a house, a bigger house, a better car, an even bigger house…”  It doesn’t end; you can never be fulfilled in life unless you are filled with the Holy Spirit.

The Bible does tell me to die.  “Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.'” (Matthew 16:24)  We are to die to ourselves, meaning, admit that we are sinners and repent of (change) our ways.  Once we die to ourselves and believe on Jesus Christ, we will have abundant life for eternity.  There’s a saying, “Born once, die twice; Born twice, die once.”  If you are only born once (natural birth), then you will die physically and die eternity.  If you are born twice (natural and spiritual birth), then you will only die physically, as your soul will live eternally with God.  By the way, in Heaven, you don’t just float around on clouds playing the harp like a lot of people believe; you will get a new glorified, immortal body and live on a New Earth and you will get to see the face of God.

The Bible WAS given to give us hope.  The Old Testament tells us of our righteous God, a God that wants to be in our lives, but people pushed Him out and worshiped other gods.  The New Testament tells us of the blessed hope of salvation through Jesus Christ.  We can’t do anything to cleanse ourselves of our sin, only God Himself can reconcile us back to Him.

Adonis, the god of nature; Aphrodite, the goddess of love; Nike, goddess of victory; Eros, the god of love and sexual desire; Pluto, god of wealth; Panacea, goddess of health; yes, everyone prays to a god, but which one, the mythical Greek gods who were born (created) and dies, or the one true God who have always been and will always be.

Just as the Hindu god Brahman is a lie of the devil, so are the gods in Greek mythology.  He is trying to deceive people into thinking there are more than one way to live, more than one way to be with God.  He wants nothing more than for everyone to be suffering with him in hell.

God loves us so much that He provided an easy way for us to get to know Him and to be with Him forever.  Jesus said, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.” (John 7:37)  We just have to believe in Jesus Christ and we will be filled with life and purpose.