Friday, May 25, 2012
"Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. (Isaiah 5:20 NIV) Before I became a Follower of Jesus I was a rebellious teenager. I rebelled against my family , my school authorities and eventually the community authority ( police ). Even though I thought I was a good person who could get into heaven because of my core beliefs ( which I never lived) the real truth was I had been deceived to believe a lie as though it were the truth. In the 70's right was right and wrong was wrong. When it came to sexual behavior it was right to wait until marriage to have sex, but it was acceptable among many to cheat and enjoy the pleasures in advance. If a guy could have sex with a girl it was bragging rights even though it was wrong. In those days men who lusted after men and women who lusted after women was rare and considered sick. The culture of the day also totally shunned homosexual behavior. During my growing up years most of my peers lived with their actual mom & dad as well. I cannot even recall any of my friends not living with their actual biological parents. A divorced family was rare. Now some 40 years later what was rare is common and what was common is rare. My children's peers rarely live with both of their original parents. So many children & youth I've come to know in the last decade live within multiple the structure of fractured family circles. When I was in school, holding hands publicly was a sign of affection and now I'm told that teachers often allow students in school to publicly kiss and that includes those of the same sex. What was defined as sexual perversion is now considered a sexual choice. Corporations even support sexually perverted organized groups with thousands of dollars ( Starbucks & Target are examples) and the top authority of our land ( the President of the United States ) has publicly declared that sexual choice is not only acceptable but can be and should be embraced as normal behavior with a marriage license to endorse it as official. Now the righteous who live by the standards of God & His WoArethaare mocked and considered prejudice if they object to immoral behavior. Sins that become legal are still sins regardless. Just because it is legal to buy and consume alcohol does not make getting drunk less sinful. Just because more people are getting divorced does not make divorce less sinful. Just because it's legal to buy drugs prescribed by doctors does not mean being influenced by other narcotics is acceptable. Just because it's legal to kill babies before they are born does not make murder any less a sinful crime before the eyes of God. Just because actively sinning people say they are followers of Christ does not mean they are following Christ. In the final days only what God says is true even if it means every man is a liar. These are becoming ever increasingly difficult times for those who still believe the truth when the majority strive to paint it differently. Even if religious leaders declare that sin is not sin beware because sin is still sin. Just by calling what is wrong right does not make it so. Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. (Romans 12:9 NIV) May God be glorified in the lives of the righteous regardless of the price to be paid and scorn of the wicked. Hold fast to the truth-" Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord." (Hebrews 12:14 )
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
For several years I have read, studied and pondered how anyone who truly believed in Jesus Christ could also believe in evolution. The words of Christ and the pro-ported theory of evolution require faith. If someone puts faith in both the claims of Christ and the scientific theory of evolution then they run into immediate contradictions and conflicts throughout the pages of Scripture. So how can someone who has repented of their sins as well accept the theory of evolution? The words of Christ and the theory of evolution are direct contradictions. So let's examine the claims of Jesus Christ and his affirmative support of the claims of Scriptures and the writings of Moses as it relates to man and creation.
2 . The Scriptures tell us over and over that man was created and did not evolve from some other form- "So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27)
“It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law,” Jesus replied. “But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one. (Mark 10:5-8)
Genesis tells us man and women were created on day 6 and then in the New Testament Jesus verified the same thing. He also gives us information on the purpose and identity of man within day six of Creation. " The two shall become one and produce after their own kind. "God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground. ” (Genesis 1:28) The union of man and women is to be one flesh working together for the purpose of God to reflect the unity of God and man in fellowship. God created us and in turn we are to be united in marriage and in and through our marriage union be fruitful.
3. Evolution is built upon millions of years of death, yet death is noted in the scriptures as entering into the physical realm since man (and in particular Adam and Eve the first human couple) sinned. This alone should stop someone in their evolutionary tracks as it contradicts multiple scriptural verses about death entering the world through the spiritual disobedient act called sin. Evolution was spun together out of a need to understand what was not easily understandable by reason and logic. I have read several books and many posts on the Biologos website and all I can deduct is confusion and conflicting claims. If you start with evolution you end up twisting the scriptures and doubting the full revelation of God's Word. I truly believe that those who walk with Christ and as well embrace theistic evolution or any theory of evolution do so because of the reputation and reasoning of the minds of men. This first sentence alone on Biologos is insane: "We at BioLogos believe that God used the process of evolution to create all the life on earth today.' These men can believe what they want about God, but God never said, claimed or implied evolution as a method of creating. The Bible declares an instant majestic creation that no man will likely ever understand. We can accept scientific discoveries without accepting it's theories.
4. Creation itself is always referred to as a 6 day 24 hour literal process. Then on the next day ( day 7) God and man had a sabbath rest. This alone proves that the previous 6 days were not eons and millions of years because Jesus referred to the sabbath "day" as being made for the benefit of man and fellowship with God.
( For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: “And on the seventh day God rested from all his work.” (Hebrews 4:4 )
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For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of rest, holy to the Lord. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day must be put to death. (Exodus 31:15 )
4. Marriage - before man sinned he was married and united by God and for the purpose of being fruitful and to have a companion and helper for life. This declared truth acknowledges a moral law long before the commandments and before death entered the world through sin.
I find it interesting that in the same day that we see creation being undermined by evolutionist we have an increase among many in our day who are trying to do away the biblical revelation of marriage or many are redefining the perimeters of marriage when God had already declared what the purpose and intent and boundaries of a man and woman's relationship is to be.
I believe we are soon approaching the very last days that even the very elect are being deceived to accept and believe a false faith system of values from evolution to the acceptance of a perverse sodomy relationships. Many of those who now profess evolution also among those who accept homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle or moral condition.The Bible contradicts both these theories. To believe evolution is to believe is a well fabricated lie. If you are a professing Christian who accepts evolution then you obviously only accept parts of the Saviors teachings.
Even our Vice President of the United States recently acknowledged that homosexuality is a morally acceptable way of life. Just because this man with all his years of leadership and authority acknowledges a lie as acceptable does not make it truth. Likewise, just because well learned scientist and influential men have declared evolution as truth does not make it true if it conflicts with God's Word and the very words of the Savior Himself.
May God restore the truth of His Word back to the Church regardless of what man says or declares. "What if some did not have faith? Will their lack of faith nullify God’s faithfulness? 4 Not at all! Let God be true, and every man a liar". Romans 3:3-4 If you have accepted evolution as a true doctrine I want to encourage you to repent of this false teaching as truth and embrace the Truth of God's Word before the enemy eats away more of God's truth from your life.