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Creationism is too important to be dismissed by Christians

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Creationism is too important to be dismissed by Christians

Fighting to help people find the truth about this world and the next is hard enough when the enemy consists of atheists and believers in false religions. It is much harder when the debate stretches to other Christians who have established a belief system that runs contrary to the teachings of the Bible.

Intellectual believers today often try to reconcile faith with a persistent pull from science. This is completely unnecessary, of course, as true scientific understanding conforms nicely with the literal understanding of the Word of God, but there will always be those who want to make concepts such as evolution fit like a puzzle piece in life. One cannot believe in the theoretical science of evolution and still be a true believer in Jesus Christ.

This is the problem with a HuffPo story from a few years ago titled, “Christians, Can We Drop This ‘Creationism’ Thing Already?

Author David Michael McFarlane has a strong hold on his perspective that Creationism is divisive, that it hurts the cause more than it helps, and that there are more important things to worry about than whether we were created in six days or if it was something that happened over time. He is correct in many parts of the story such as stating that “God beyond the comprehension of the human mind,” but unfortunately the majority of his views are not consistent with what the Bible actually teaches.

We have everything we need to know within the words of the Bible. They do more than tell the story of a people and their Messiah. They give us the foundation of beliefs that, once followed and believed from front to back, lay out a proper framework through which we can live our lives. We are flawed and incapable of obeying all that we should, but that’s the very reason that God sent Jesus to die on the cross in the first place. We are perpetually embraced within sin and no measure of effort on our part can completely cleanse us of this. It’s a part of us now. It has been since the first bite Adam and Eve each took of the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. We messed up and we are unable to recover on our own.

Creationism is not just an opinion that one can agree with or disagree with and still do the right things in this world. Evolution is a path that pulls most away from the truth. McFarlane may very well be a true Christian, an honest believer in Yeshua as our Lord and Savior, but others out there are unable to get around the devious tenets of evolutionary theory and still see the truth that Jesus Christ is the only way through which to come to the Father. It is irresponsible of him as a Christian to try to fight against the steady push of Creationism back into the collective conscience. For many, it is the key to their path towards being a true believer.

Some are able to believe in evolution and still believe in Jesus Christ. We are not capable of knowing the correct answers to all of the various questions that we run into along our path and true belief in the Messiah does not require those correct answers. However, some need to have the correct answer in order to walk down the right path. It’s for this reason that McFarlane is taking the wrong stance on the wrong topic. It’s for this reason that McFarlane is hurting those who may be on the verge of salvation.

Creationism versus evolution is not a life or death question, but the answer to it may lead people towards or away from the light. It’s a fight that must continue and should not be “dropped” as some Christians hope.

 


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  1. Herman Cummings

    March 4, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    All of current Creationism is false, and misrepresents the Genesis text. You only get the truth when you realize that the order of the seven days follow the template of the seven feasts given to Israel by Yehovah.

    Herman Cummings
    ephraim7@aol.com

  2. Paul Price

    March 5, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    While I appreciate the sentiment of this article, you have gone way too far (unless I misunderstood) with this statement: “One cannot believe in the theoretical science of evolution and still be a true believer in Jesus Christ.”

    I also struggle to reconcile this statement with your other statement “Creationism versus evolution is not a life or death question…” If you cannot believe in evolution and still be a true believer in Christ, then that would mean it IS a (spiritual) life or death question! But I don’t agree: I think we have to say that theistic evolutionists or ‘evolutionary creationists’ are seriously misguided, but we cannot claim to judge their personal salvation.

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Speculation about ancient human skull in Israel points to unscientific method of modern science

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What does an ancient human skull found in a cave in Israel tell us about the past? It all depends on which perspective you take and whether you want to follow sound scientific practices or manipulated conclusions from circular reasoning.

Modern science can give us a tremendous view of the past. With nearly every discovery, we can see God’s work at play in molding the planets and the stars, the oceans and the lands, the people and the other wonderful creatures. Unfortunately, scientists often distort the findings to fit in with their secular worldview. A clear case of this comes to us from a study published four years ago in the scientific journal, Nature, titled Levantine cranium from Manot Cave (Israel) foreshadows the first European modern humans, that is still being erroneously taught today.

First, watch the way that it is being reported. Then, let’s discuss the conclusions.

This is an important discovery, one that clearly points to a Biblical worldview of the roots of man from the garden of Eden working its way from what is now Africa into what is now the Middle East. It jibes with the story of the great flood, stories from the life of Adam through Joshua, and a centralized end point of ancient man in the region along the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa up through modern day Turkey.

Of course, that’s not what the scientists doing the research concluded.

“The is the first evidence that shows that, indeed, there was a large wave of African migrants coming out of East Africa and inhabiting the Eastern Mediterranean region,” said Israel Hershkovitz of Tel Aviv University.

One of the biggest problems with modern science is that our society blindly accepts their conclusions. They know, right?

Proper scientific method that we all learn in high school tells us the conclusions of the research are completely unscientific. We know a few things that are truly observable:

  • Humans very likely started in Africa and Neanderthals were in the Middle East.
  • Humans and Neanderthals interbred to form the basis for Europeans. Today, everyone other than purely African people have at least a little Neanderthal DNA.
  • A human skull fragment was found in Israel.

Given this information, it is obtuse to draw the conclusion that this represents a large wave of African migrants inhabiting the Eastern Mediterranean region. One skull fragment does not tell us that there was a large migration. One skull fragment does not tell us that it was a migration at all. Modern science must establish hypotheses based upon observable facts, but it almost always extrapolates too much.

This wouldn’t be a bad thing if it extrapolated based upon the Bible. We are told the general story of everything that happened from creation through the rise of the Greeks within the Old Testament. Every scientific and archaeological discovery in the region supports this general story, but a culture that utilizes far more distant time frames to explain the discoveries has generated the faulty conclusions that scientists present to us today.

The evidence tells two different stories depending on the observer’s worldview. It’s unfortunate that most have pushed aside the obvious and verifiable conclusions in order to perpetuate the paradigm of secularism.

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Seriously, ‘eat mor chikin’ at Chick-fil-A

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A month doesn’t pass without some organization protesting Chick-fil-A to exclude them from participating in some program or even open restaurants in certain locations. This month’s version of Chick-fil-A hate was the last straw for Senator Ted Cruz (and me) as San Antonio’s city council has voted to prevent the fast food chain from operating at the airport.

Let’s call this what it is. Any individual, organization, or company that supports a Biblical worldview or donates to Judeo-Christian causes are considered to be anti-LGBTQ. The only ones who are not labeled as such are those who go out of their way to embrace the LGBTQ community and who promote such things as gay marriage. Faith-based institutions that prioritize modern day’s version of “tolerance” over the Bible’s teachings are often considered to be A-OK to the leaders of the LGBTQ community (as compared to the actual members of the community, most of whom are not involved in pushing the leadership’s agenda beyond believing marriage is not only between a man and a woman).

Chick-fil-A has done nothing to attack the LGBTQ community. They’ve always been stalwart defenders of equal rights and do not deserve the type of treatment they get from people like the six who voted against them in San Antonio’s city council. Yes, they donate to Christian causes. Yes, they let their employees off on Sunday except in those rare circumstances when they’re presence on Sunday is a blessing. Yes, ownership expresses a Biblical worldview. But such things shouldn’t earn them a place on the blacklist.

Nevertheless, they are, and it’s time for patriotic Americans to commit to a sustained campaign in support of this company which has become a symbol as a primary victim of the left’s contempt and discrimination.

Starting tomorrow (can’t start today since it’s Sunday), it’s time to eat out at Chick-fil-A whenever it makes sense. But don’t just do it once. Make it a regular thing. Thinking of other fast food joints for lunch? Whenever possible, don’t. We need to let them and everyone else know that if the left is going to continue to denigrate and block Chick-fil-A, that we’re going to counter their maneuvers by supporting them with our business.

It can’t stop there. We also need to let those who act against Chick-fil-A know, such as those discriminating against religious freedom at the San Antonio city council, that it’s unacceptable. Notice that I’m referring specifically to those who act against Chick-fil-A and not average citizens who protest Chick-fil-A. Protests are protected by the 1st Amendment, so anything beyond respectful discourse should be avoided with the people who have a conscientious difference of opinion. But those who act against Chick-fil-A, especially if they’re part of the government, must be dealt with at the ballot box. A strongly worded letter wouldn’t hurt, either.

Chick-fil-A doesn’t need our help. They’re doing just fine. But that doesn’t mean we can’t expand our support for them anyway. The best way to show or deny support is with our business. Give it to them. Withhold it from those who oppose American freedom.

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Did Jesus die exactly 1000 years after King David died?

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History doesn’t tell us exactly when Yeshua was born. Luke tells us that He was about 30 years old when He began His ministry and we know it lasted approximately three and a half years.

And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli, – Luke 3:23 (KJV)

We know that King David died in 970 AD. The math might start sounding pretty cool at this point, but I’ll elaborate.

Scholars put Yeshua’s birth to likely fall in the 6-4 BC range. Experts place the range of His death (and resurrection) between 30-33 AD as a result of the data that they’ve worked out.

If He did die in 30 AD, that would mean that he died exactly 1000 years after his human ancestor King David.

Some will point out that the calendars were changed, going from 364 to 360 up to 365 at different points within this time range across the various regions, but using the accepted calendars, we can claim that it’s possible for it to be a 1000 year gap. Knowing the amazing order and precision with which our Father has established His creation, it wouldn’t shock me to find out some day that it was precisely 1000 years all the way down to the second.

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