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Questioning God

Have you ever experienced a time when your life was so messed up you wanted to ask God what was going on?  Job did.

Today also my complaint is bitter; my hand is heavy on account of my groaning.  Oh, that I knew where I might find him, hat I might come even to his seat!  I would lay my case before him and fill my mouth with arguments. (Job 23:2-4)

If you read Job 1-4 it is easy to see why he felt that way.  He feared and obeyed God and God had blessed him with great wealth and with ten children.  For a long time he had lived a prosperous and happy life, and then suddenly everything began to go wrong. Read the rest of this entry

Diversity of creation

Humans are created in the image of God.

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

So God created man in his own image,
    in the image of God he created him;
    male and female he created them.

Genesis 1:26-27

In spite of this fact no two humans are exactly alike.  Even identical twins, who have the same DNA, have different fingerprints.  Each of us is a unique individual, not exactly like any other person.

The diversity of God’s creation isn’t limited to people.  You have probably heard that no two snowflakes are exactly alike.  Since the vast majority of snowflakes have never been examined how can we know whether this is true?  Here is an article from the website of the California Institute of Technology that shows that this belief is probably correct.

Is it really true that no two snowflakes are alike?

Here is the conclusion of the article.

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Two views on the age of the earth

How old is the earth?  If you asked most scientists they would tell you it is 4.5 billion years old.  If you asked a Christian who believes the creation account in Genesis is literally true he would tell you it is only a few thousand years old.  Those who believe the earth is old claim that their view is supported by scientific evidence and that young earth creationists reject science.  Our rejection of the belief that the earth is billions of years old isn’t based on science but on history.  The Bible reveals that earth was created by God and later there was a worldwide flood which created the majority of the fossils that we find today.  In a previous post I showed some of the scientific evidence which supports this belief.

The missing navels

From what I have written so far it appears that all Christians believe the earth is young while others believe it is old.  Most of you are aware that this isn’t the case.  There are Christians who believe the Bible and yet at the same time believe the earth is old and for a long time I was one of them.  I have been a Christian for almost 60 years and for the first 50 of those years I believed the earth was billions of years old.  I reconciled these beliefs by believing in the Gap Theory.  Here is an article that explains what the gap theory is and why it is unbiblical. Read the rest of this entry

Creation Manifesto

I believe that God created the earth in six literal days, just as the first chapter of Genesis says.  The scientific “evidence” that supposedly contradicts the Bible’s account is based on the belief that all the natural processes we see today have always been going on and there has never been any divine intervention in the operation of the universe.  This belief is such a pervasive part of our culture that even Christians have accepted it and have tried to interpret the first part of Genesis to accommodate it.  I have written several posts in support of the biblical view and the Recommended Sites page has links to sites that support it.

I have recently learned of a blog called apolojedi.com.  It contains a post called Creation Manifesto which I consider to be one of the most complete summaries of the biblical and scientific arguments in favor of the Bible’s creation account.  The main part is made up of links to others posts on the blog.  My previous post contains a link to the manifesto but I think the subject is important enough to merit a post of its own. Read the rest of this entry

Exodus 20:11

The first chapter of Genesis tells us that God made the earth is six days.  Here is what he did on the fourth day.

And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so.
Genesis 1:14-15

It would appear that he created the rest of the universe at this time.  The problem with this belief is that many of the stars are so far away that it takes millions of years for the light from them to reach the earth.  Young earth creationists have come up with several explanations for this problem.  You can read some of them here: Does Distant Starlight Prove the Universe Is Old?

I believe there is a different explanation.  The Bible says that God placed lights in the sky; it doesn’t say he created the bodies that produced those lights at that time.  I have written a post in which I explain the reasons I believe this: Young earth, old universe . Read the rest of this entry

Three creation accounts

Many critics of the Bible claim that it begins with two contradictory creation accounts.  They say that chapter 1 describes a six day creation in which plants and animals are created before humans and chapter 2 describes the creation of plants and animals after the first human was created.

Actually the first two chapters of the Bible contain three creation accounts and if you study them carefully you will find there are no contradictions between them.  Read the rest of this entry

The heavens declare the glory of God

Romans 1:20 says that God has revealed himself through the things he has made. The more we know about the creation the more we know about God. Psalm 95:4 says,

In his hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are his also.

If the author of the psalm had known as much about the universe as we do he might have said,

In his hand are the smallest subatomic particles;
the most distant galaxies of the universe are his also.

Pluto’s atmosphere

The planet (or ex-planet) Pluto is believed to be about 4.5 billion years old.  We have recently learned a lot more about Pluto as a result of the New Horizons mission.

New Horizons has discovered a region of cold, dense ionized gas tens of thousands of miles beyond Pluto — the planet’s atmosphere being stripped away by the solar wind and lost to space. Beginning an hour and half after closest approach, the Solar Wind Around Pluto (SWAP) instrument observed a cavity in the solar wind — the outflow of electrically charged particles from the Sun — between 48,000 miles (77,000 km) and 68,000 miles (109,000 km) downstream of Pluto. SWAP data revealed this cavity to be populated with nitrogen ions forming a “plasma tail” of undetermined structure and length extending behind the planet.

http://www.nasa.gov/nh/pluto-wags-its-tail

One thing we have discovered is that Pluto’s atmosphere is being stripped away from it.  If this process had been going on for billions of years how likely is it that Pluto would still have any atmosphere left?  This is evidence that Pluto and the rest of the solar system are much younger that is generally believed.

Earth 2.0

NASA scientists have discovered a planet they named Kepler-452b but which is also called Earth 2.0 because it is more like earth than any other planet yet discovered.  Because of its similarity there is speculation that it might contain life similar to that found on earth.

Dr. Jeff Schweitzer wrote an article in Huffington Post called Earth 2.0: Bad News for God in which he claimed that the discovery of life on this planet would be evidence that the Bible is not true.  Here is the link:  Earth 2.0: Bad News for God .

The article shows he hasn’t read the Bible very carefully.

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Scientific evidence for creation

The Bible tells us that God created the earth in six days.  Many scientists who have studied the earth and tried to measure its age have reached the conclusion that is approximately 4.5 billion years old.  Most people accept the second view as being correct; they believe that scientists examine the evidence with an open mind and believe only those things which have been proven.

The late Carl Sagan wrote many books proving that the present state of the earth and the rest of the universe is the result of processes that took billions of years.  He helped to produce a television series called Cosmos that was broadcast in 1980 and claimed to show how the universe developed.

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The Semmelweis reflex

Imagine that you are a physician on a hospital staff and another doctor at the hospital discovers a procedure that dramatically reduces the death rate of its patients.  Wouldn’t you and the other doctors at the hospital eagerly adopt the procedure and practice it  yourselves?  The answer is so obvious to most people that it seems stupid to even ask such a question.  But a doctor name Ignaz Semmelweis did discover such a process and the other doctors rejected it.  Here is Wikipedia’s description of what happened.

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Sand in the bread

Many people believe the earth is billions of years old; the Bible tells us that God created it in six days.  Some Christians try to reconcile these two beliefs by saying that the days of creation aren’t literal days but simply long periods of time.

The word “day” can mean an indefinite time period and it is used that way in the creation account.

These are the generations
of the heavens and the earth when they were created,
in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens.
Genesis 2:4

Here the entire time of creation is called a day.  But what about the days in the first chapter?  Here is a description of the first day.

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
Genesis 1:3-5

Each day included a period of light and one of darkness and consisted of an evening and a morning.  Only a literal day consisting of the time the earth turns once on its axis has these characteristics.

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But the earth looks old!

Christians are divided between Young Earth Creationists and Old Earth Creationists.   The first group believes that the days of creation in Genesis 1 are literal days; the second believes that there is scientific evidence that the earth is billions of years old and the creation account must be interpreted to conform to this evidence.  In fact the research that leads to the belief that the earth is old fails to take into consideration the possibility of divine intervention in the running of the universe.  One of my previous posts deals with this subject:

It’s history, not science

There is scientific evidence that the earth can’t be as old as is generally believed and at the end of this post I list some sites where you can find this evidence.

Some people claim that young earth creation can’t be true because the earth looks old.  The earth does look old and there is a very good reason for that.  It is old.

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Young earth, old universe

The Bible tells us that the earth was created only a few thousand years ago.  The creation took six days.

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
Genesis 1:3-5

Each day consisted of an evening and a morning and had a period of light and one of darkness.  Those who believe the earth is old correctly point out the the word “day” can mean a long period of time but the description of the creation days makes it clear they were literal days.

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It’s history, not science

If a physician examines someone whose age he doesn’t know he can make a good estimate of his age because he understands the aging process and know long it would take his patient to reach his current physical condition.  But what would happen if he traveled back in time and examined Adam a few days after his creation and tried to guess his age?  If he didn’t know Adam had been created directly by God he would assume he had been born as a baby and grown to adulthood.  His estimate of Adam’s age would be much too high.  His error wouldn’t be the result of any incompetence on his part but it would occur because of his lack of historical knowledge of Adam’s past.

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4004 BC?

In the 17th century Archbishop James Ussher studied the chronology of the Bible and came to the conclusion that the world was created in 4004 BC and for a long time this date was widely accepted.  The date was partly based on the genealogies in chapters 5 and 11 of Genesis.  He believed that these genealogies were complete and never skipped any generations.  A study of genealogies in other parts of the Bible shows that this might not be the case.

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Genealogies

The Bible contains many genealogies.  They can be  very boring and when I read through the Bible I often skim over them without studying them in detail but they do shed light on one very controversial issue regarding the interpretation of the Bible.

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Doublethink

The word “doublethink” was first used by George Orwell in his novel 1984.  It means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.

Orwell invented the word but the practice existed long before he was born.  First Kings 18 describes the contest between Elijah and the prophets of Baal to determine who is the true God.  Here is what Elijah said to the people.

And Elijah came near to all the people and said, “How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.”
1 Kings 18:21

Some of the people practiced doublethink by worshipping both Baal and the LORD.  God condemned this practice and demanded that they choose one side or the other.

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Abiogenesis, creation, and natural selection

How did life originate?  Most people believe that it began with a process called abiogenesis,  the development of living organisms from nonliving mater.  According to this belief a very simple life form came into existence and over millions of year its descendants changed through the process of evolution to produce the large variety of life that exists today.

Not everyone believes in abiogenesis and evolution.  Some people believe the Bible’s account of how life originated; it was created by God only a few thousand years ago.

Believers in abiogenesis and creation both agree that new varieties of life are constantly being produced by a process called natural selection.  An examination of how this process works might show whether abiogenesis or creation is the most likely starting point for it.

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Born that way?

Some people are sexually attracted to members of their own sex.  There are different opinions about why this is true.  Some people believe this condition the result of their experiences but others believe it is has a genetic cause.  It is possible that different people are homosexuals for different reasons but the Bible gives us reason to believe that at least some people are gay because they were born that way. Read the rest of this entry

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