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Genesis 1:6-8

6 Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” 7 Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. 8 And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day.

Firmament dividing waters from waters

On the second day, God separated the waters upon the earth and created the atmosphere and the ozone. There is still no land, so it’s just one big ocean covering the entire globe. It’s interesting to note that there is enough water, even after separating some into the atmosphere, to cover the whole earth. This means that the flood in Noah’s time can and did cover all the land.

But why does it have to be on another day that God does this one thing. Does it take Him a whole day just to do separate some water? Of course not, we are told that He said and it was so. He is an infinite God, with infinite power, He doesn’t even need to say it really, just think it and it’s done.

So, then why did He choose to create everything in six days? We find the answer in Exodus when God spoke the Ten Commandments to the people of Israel, “For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.” Exodus 20:11. God set a pattern for us to follow during the creation week. He did work on the first six days and rested on the seventh day, this seven day pattern is still in existence today, actually, most of us only work five days and rest for 2 days, but it is still the same seven day week.

It is also interesting that He didn’t work the whole 24 hours, He didn’t even work during the whole daylight time, He only spoke and the atmosphere is created, that probably took like 10 seconds at most. Again, this is just the pattern, it doesn’t mean we can just speak and have things done or only work 10 seconds a day, but I do think that we are not suppose to work all day every day, we need to take time to rest even on the work days. And definitely rest on one of the days of the week.

Read more on the creation days and why God took six days to create everything here.

Jesus is the Creator

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.