Dec 142014
 

Today’s Post is an article written by Henry Morris III, CEO of Institute for Creation Research, regarding our responsibility in studying the Scriptures in order to ascertain the truth of man’s teachings.

EVIDENCE for CREATION

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Three Creation Witnesses

“Previously… we suggested that the text of Scripture is more to be trusted than the theology of those who study the text. Even though many godly scholars have made a genuine effort to understand and apply the words of God, it is ultimately the responsibility of every Christian to search the Scriptures daily (Acts 17:11) to verify the teachings of men against the words of God’s inspired writings.

Debates among biblically-committed theologians and among godly pastors rarely center on salvation issues, the deity of Jesus Christ–or even over the inspiration of Scripture. Usually these arguments are about “bigger” pictures, such as eschatology and ecclesiology. And, yes, the meaning of the creation account is becoming one of the more heated debates among evangelicals. (Emphasis added)

Various hybrid theories about creation thrive among evangelicals. The gap theory popularized in the early 1900s is still embraced by some. Several iterations of the day-age theory are more common, with progressive creation widely held among academics. Then there are the so-called “naïve literalists” (who accept the words of Genesis at face value and as actual history).

What evidence exists besides the biblical text?

Although the Bible is clear that without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6), there is ample evidence that the Creator exists.

The universe itself (Romans 1:20) identifies His eternal power and triune nature. Creation becomes the universal “speech” and “language” of God to man about Himself (Psalm 19:1-3). The triune Godhead is certainly in view; and not only the Trinity, but the “nature” of that Godhead.

Human existence itself (Acts 17:28-29) demonstrates the eternal presence of the Creator God. This would include the innate knowledge present in all humanity, but especially the powerful evidence of the “new” creation in believers (2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 4:24).

The incarnation of the Lord Jesus, the “Word made flesh” (John 1:14; Philippians 2:5-9), incorporates the fullness of God (Colossians 2:9). Christ’s life and ministry are vivid evidence of His omnipotence–especially the seven great miracles of creation recorded in the Gospel of John.

Thus, we have a threefold historical witness:

  • The universe–the “things that are made”
  • Humanity–and the new birth
  • Jesus Christ–His life, word, and ministry

These revealed witnesses are progressively more clearly and accurately understood. The universe is designed to “speak” and “show” invisible things, but these must by their vastness be both difficult and mysterious to discern. The new creation of the salvation event is certainly more visible–since the lifestyle and character of each individual should reflect a more visible righteousness. Those who are born again (John 3:3) are the “epistle of Christ” (2 Corinthians 3:3), God’s “workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works” (Ephesians 2:10).

The ultimate Truth, however, is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself (John 14:6) and His Word that He has given us (John 17:17). Jesus insisted that the miracles that He did while He was here on earth were enough proof–even if we have a hard time believing what He has said (John 10:38).

We may have difficulty seeing the invisible eternal power and Godhead from the evidence written into the very fabric of the universe, and we may see contradictions in the lives and testimonies of those who claim to participate in the “divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4). It is even possible to deny the reality of the historical record and witnesses of Christ’s miracles. But the written record, the words of God, they shall not pass away (Matthew 24:35) and those words have “eternal life” (John 6:68).

If we are unable to trust the words of God, then we are surely doomed to wander in the ignorance of unbelief, “ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (2 Timothy 3:7).”

* Dr. Morris is Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Creation Research.

Morris III, H. 2009. Three Creation Witnesses. Acts & Facts. 38 (8): 22.

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Dec 132014
 

 

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Front Page Mag: “The significance of Bill Clinton was not in his affairs, but in his cynicism. He got away with lying by dismissing the idea that anyone should have ever expected the truth from him. Obama expanded on his work by eliminating the base truth underneath the lies.

The device of the unreliable narrator puts truth out of reach. It says that there is no such thing as truth, only various perspectives on an event.”

Opinion: This is a topic that grabbed my attention during the Clinton years. My boys were in their early teens and I was faced with the difficult task of explaining why everyone was calling the President of the United States a liar.

I was a Christian in-name-only at the time, but knew that something very wrong and dangerous was going on. I watched then-President Clinton claim that he ‘did not have sex with that woman’ … Ms. Lewinsky, knowing that he was lying, but not realizing until much later that what he did would become the standard for our future presidents and leaders.

Then came ‘Bush lied and people died’. By that time I was a Christian and believed that George Bush was one also, and dismissed the claims by secular liberals that he had lied. I began to see how the mainstream press was able to manipulate the public into believing or not believing pretty much anything.

Fast forward to President Obama and the now infamous ‘If you like your doctor’ whopper. Lying is more sophisticated than ever, with underlying deception and misinformation straight from the ‘father of lies’ (John 8:44), as Jesus referred to Satan. By contrast, Jesus declared Himself to be the Truth (John 14:6).

Two verses in Thessalonians 2:11-12 used to baffle me And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

I wondered back then why God would send strong delusion to anyone. I was not seeing the keyword in verse 12. It is because they had pleasure in unrighteousness.

I get it now.

 

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Dec 102014
 

PCUSAFront Page Mag: “Despite Hezbollah’s involvement in international terrorism and its designation as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) by the United States, the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) has had extensive contacts with the organization according to a federal complaint filed by the legal advocacy group, Shurat HaDin, Israel Law center.

The 38-page complaint filed with the Internal Revenue Service alleges that PCUSA has engaged in “a range of activities prohibited under U.S. tax law” which are wholly inconsistent with PCUSA’s stated aims when it filed for tax exempt status in 1964.”

Opinion: According to replacement theology, when the Jews rejected Christ at His first Advent, that ended His special relationship with them. They assert that the promises and covenants between God and Israel were subsequently transferred to the Church.

Replacement theology became the position of the Church during the time of Augustine (A.D. 354-430), who popularized it in his book “The City of God”. Previously, Augustine had claimed that he was a Chiliast, one who believed in the literal thousand-year reign of Christ on the earth, the basic view of Premillennialism today.

Having come to the conclusion that this view was “inferior” and “carnal,” he adopted the position that the reign of Christ should be much more “spiritual” and it would occur during this present Church Age.

Therefore, the view of the Church was that the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in AD 70 was brought about divinely, that God had ordained the end of unbelieving Jewish Israel. The prophecies of condemnation and judgment, however, still remain for national Israel and the Jewish people, only the promises and covenants are the Church’s.

That is why so many mainstream churches find no spiritual conflict in supporting Israel’s enemies. To them, it is a purely secular conflict with no more spiritual context than the conflict between North and South Korea.

Replacement Theology may be either Amillennial or Postmillennial. It is currently the most popular in Catholic teaching as well as the World Council of Churches, the Presbyterian Church USA, the Methodist Church, the Lutheran Church (ELCA), the Anglican Church and the United Church of Christ.

References (Omega letter Jan. 2006/Bible Prophecy 101/Jewish Voice magazine 2012)

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Dec 062014
 
NFL Player Mentions Jesus on CNN, They 'Lose' His Signal

CNN News: “Cable news is broadcasted 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, from multiple locations across the globe. I would estimate over 50 interviews from various locales are conducted on any given day over each cable network (i.e. Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC). When NFL player Benjamin Watson was on CNN talking about his popular Facebook post regarding his reaction

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Dec 042014
 
Stephen Hawking warns artificial intelligence could end mankind

BBC News: “Prof Stephen Hawking, one of Britain’s pre-eminent scientists, has said that efforts to create thinking machines pose a threat to our very existence. He told the BBC: “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.” His warning came in response to a question about a revamp of

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