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What happened to the dinosaurs?

There is no doubt that these magnificent creatures existed. We have the fossils to prove that they once lived, and we have the man-made cave drawings and a plethora of art work showing dinosaurs existing alongside humans. Evolution holds that dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago, give or take, while those who hold to the Biblical account of creation and a young earth believe that they died out gradually after Noah’s flood. There is even evidence that they exist today! (Who knows what is living at the bottom of the ocean or in the middle of a unexplored rain forest?) Just because they are said to be extinct doesn’t mean they are extinct. The coelacanth fish was said to die out 65+ million years ago, but instead it was found swimming in the ocean in the 1930s. And it looked the same as its fossil ancestor!

When you read in the news about a dinosaur being found that supposedly died out 65+ million years ago, what you are reading is based on the evolutionary assumption. It’s not like each fossil bone has a birth date on it! Instead, the fossil is dated according to the sedimentary rock layer it is found in. And the sedimentary rock layers are dated according to the fossils they are found in. And we can date the fossils according to the rocks… If you are reading this, your head should be spinning, because you’ve just encountered circular reasoning: “This is that, because that is this.” The assumption is that the rock layers were formed slowly over millions of years, and the animals that are buried inside these layers progress from least evolved (marine life) to the most evolved (advanced land animals and people).

In reality, a fossil has to be formed rapidly. When an animal dies, its body doesn’t last long because it erodes away and is eaten by scavengers. A fossil on the other hand is formed very rapidly. A fossil, in general, is an animal that was buried by a whole lot of sediment. Over the course of a few years, the bones of the animal are transformed into rock. Something had to happen in history to cause billions of animals to be buried and turned to stone before they were eaten by scavengers (Noah’s flood, perhaps?). The idea of a world-wide flood is laughable in the eyes of science.

Why don’t we find the word “dinosaur” in the Bible? This can be explained using the same reason we don’t find Facebook in the Bible…the word wasn’t invented yet! The KJV of the Bible was published in 1611, but the word “dinosaur” wasn’t created until 1841, 230 years later. What we do find in the Bible is the word dragon, and when you read about dragons in their context, they easily fit the characteristics of dinosaurs. There are several verses in the Old Testament that refer to dinosaurs, now that we look at it from this perspective. For example, we have fiery, flying serpents; dragons in the waters; and sea monsters. I recommend that you read Job 40 and 41. Your notes at the bottom of the page will most likely say the creatures are an elephant or alligator, but does the description really match up with those animals?

Dinosaurs may have been hunted to extinction or died from lack of food supply. There are other theories as well, but we know that the massive grave yards of dinosaur bones had to be formed rapidly, and the best explanation for this is a worldwide flood.

For more information, check out the dinosaur videos in the free downloads section of this website.

A response to the thinking atheist.

RTG is sharing this recent blog from Eric Hovind of Creation Science Evangelism.  It has some interesting points.  The full article along with an accompanying video can be found at this link.

The “Thinking” Atheist

Eric Hovind January 3rd, 2012

I was asked to listen to a YouTube video of podcast #12 from TheThinkingAtheist channel, where the show is devoted to asking atheists this question, “Are atheists wasting their time debating the existence of God?” I couldn’t help but respond to that question.

In short the answer is, YES.

Think about it: For an atheist to be consistent with the very idea of atheism means that debating is absurd. The whole concept of debate assumes someone is right and someone else is wrong; so right away you are assuming a standard by which this truth can be measured, i.e., absolute truth. However, the atheist will deny absolute truth from the onset. To be a true atheist, you must eventually deny all knowledge.

The concept of atheism eliminates the very need for debate. If the atheist’s worldview is correct, then we are nothing but the result of accidental chemical processes and our thoughts are merely chemical reactions that take place in our brain. Therefore, nothing you ever do, or say, or even believe, matters. In the end, we all go back to “star dust.” So, why argue? Why waste your time talking to someone about the truth or falsehood of something when it doesn’t matter in the end?

Atheists will respond to this accusation in a couple of different ways. With incredibly shallow logic, the atheist may reply, “Well then, why do you argue for the existence of God?” Thinking that they’ve really pulled one over on you, but in fact, all they’ve done is commit a logical fallacy called the “Too Quote” fallacy or “You Too” fallacy.  In essence, what they are saying is, Well you argue for your view so I can argue for my view. When this response is given, you know that the atheist does not understand the argument you are putting forth. They are not giving a valid reason for why an atheist should argue in the first place. You see, since God exists, it is right for us to argue for his existence. However, if atheism is true, then arguing has no purpose.

Some atheists might respond, “I argue so that America will not be a Christian nation. The idea of a Christian nation means that we would kill homosexuals, stone our disobedient children, and all have to wear long skirts and cover our heads.”

The very idea of arguing for atheism shows that they do not really believe what they claim they are saying they believe. The premise is that atheists have no reason, no basis, and no foundation for arguing. And in response to that accusation what will they do? Argue.

Christianity versus Religion

In business, the competitors study each other in order to find out how they can improve and win the customer. In football, players use a big book of defensive and offensive plays in hopes of winning the game, and each team would love to know what the other team’s plays are in order to effectively defeat them. Part of my work in this ministry is studying the other religions and the skeptics. I’ve got to know what the enemy or “competitor” is up to.   I have visited pages like www.ex-christian.net and have read other atheist blogs. I’ve listened to the podcasts about atheism and evolution. I want to know what makes people question and leave the faith. What I have found is quite alarming.

The word “religion” probably gives you the image of a bunch of people sitting in an old church adorned with stained glass where everyone is wearing their finest clothes while they hold hymnals and stand up or sit down in unison. “Religious” people are thought of as “goody-good-goods” who do nothing wrong, are always happy, and follow a list of rules. (I’m thinking of Ned Flanders…) Generally speaking, that is what religion is—a list of rules to live by that are given to us by an authority figure who may not even live by them. The Muslims have their 5 Pillars of Faith, the Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses have several “good works” to do in order to be saved, the Catholics have Mass and good works as well. The list goes on.

One recent blog I read was about a man’s deconversion. He grew up in a Pentecostal church (no offense met at all towards that denomination). In that church, and among his different family members, this man had to live by a lot of rules. Understand that I believe in a set standard of morality, but these rules this man talks about were just unbiblical. For example, he wasn’t allowed to play cards or go to the movies. In his particular church, there was abuse of the spiritual gifts as well (that’s another topic in itself). I’ve experienced “gifts abuse” myself and is it little wonder why anyone would want to avoid religion if it’s full of stuff like that? If I went to a church and everyone was babbling away out loud, swinging from the chandelier, and trying to heal me by slapping me in the head, well I wouldn’t be going back. That stuff is strictly unbiblical.  Where is the gospel in the chaos?

Christianity is considered to be a religion, but it’s quite different from religion. Sure, there are rules, and hypocrites who break the rules, and there are people who have “holier than thou” attitudes. But this is not what Christianity is supposed to be. Christians follow Jesus and His teachings. Jesus taught love. Jesus spent time with the sinners. He cared for the sick and needy. Jesus did show judgment towards the “holy rollers” like the Pharisees. He called them “white washed sepulchers,” which basically is saying they were clean on the outside but full of dead men’s bones. There are many examples of Jesus calling these people out. But overall, Jesus was a loving and caring person, and this is what Christians are supposed to exemplify.

Jesus came to fulfill the law of the Old Testament. During OT times, the Jews had to make a sacrifice in order to atone for their sins. All Jews were sinful because no one was ever able (or will ever be able) to follow each commandment of the law. When Jesus came, there was no longer a need for the law. Nine of the Ten Commandments were reiterated in the New Testament. We do need to follow the law, but in doing so we are not saved from God’s judgment. We follow the Ten Commandments because they are rules set by God for both peaceful living and reverence to Him. They promote overall good behavior to our fellow man.

A quick review of the Big Ten will show that we are allowed to play cards and we are allowed to go to the movies. The commandments say nothing about when to sit and stand, what to wear, or what songs to sing. Because of grace (see my much earlier post about grace and mercy), we are free in Christ. Granted, there are several things that we know not to do. We are to avoid adultery, we are to avoid gambling because it leads to greed and lust for money, we are to avoid pornography for multiple reasons, we are to avoid movies that promote the occult, lust, adultery, and other immoralities. Do we do this because we are goody good good? No, we do this because we want to be like Christ. He saved us from eternal punishment so we should in turn exemplify Him.  This is not a religion.  It’s a way of life, and standard by which we live.

Do Christians fail at this? Yes, a lot. But when we fail, there are two options: continue with the sin or acknowledge that we have sinned and ask for forgiveness. A Christian who continues in sin needs to be helped and/or rebuked. I’ll admit that there are a lot of bad Christians out there, and some of them I wonder if they are even in the faith or just going through the motions. Some of the big names I see on television are teaching heresy, and people are buying into.  That too is another topic for another time.

Christianity should be about loving others and showing compassion to the less fortunate because this is what Jesus did. It’s not about our clothes, the hymnals, or avoiding card games. We are saved not because of what we do but rather what has already been done for us, when Jesus paid the ultimate price on the cross. He fulfilled the penalty for us breaking the commandments, because none of us could do it ourselves.  Christianity is definitely not about judging others or being holier than thou.  Jesus rebuked people like that during his time on earth.  Christians should be humble as well.

I want to leave with this thought: Do not base your opinion of or belief in of God on His followers—they all (including myself) fall short of being like God. Instead base your opinion on his loving nature and awesome plans for those who accept Him.  Let’s focus on the freedom that is in Christ.  We are free to worship with loud music or Gregorian chant.  We are allowed to wear jeans or an evening gown.  We are allowed to play cards or build a house out of them.  Let’s stop the bickering over these non-essentials and unbiblical rules and go spread the gospel of Freedom!

Jesus revealed through Prophecy

This is an article from www.allaboutgod.com and I think it is worth posting on here.  This article shows some of the many prophecies that were fulfilled by Jesus.  Everything you read below is taken from the Old Testament.  It’s awesome that we can learn about Jesus’ life story before he became God in the flesh!  Enjoy!

The Messiah preexists time (Gen. 1:1). He is the eternal Redeemer that will come to earth to reconcile mankind with God (Job 19:25-26). Although Satan will try to attack Him, the Messiah will have ultimate victory (Gen. 3:15). One day He will rule over everything and all nations will bow down to Him (Is 45:23, Ps 22). 

The Messiah will descend from Shem (Gen 9 – 10), Abraham (Gen 22:18), Isaac (Gen 26:4), Jacob (Gen 28:14), Judah (Gen 49:10), Jesse (Is 11:1–5) and David (2 Sam 7:11–16). He will be born in the city of Bethlehem in the county of Ephrathah (Mic 5:2) when a bright star appears (Num 24:17). It will be a miraculous, virgin birth (Is 7:14). 

The Messiah will be unique, having preexisted His birth (Mic 5:2). He will perform many miracles: calming the sea (Ps 107:29), causing the blind to see, the deaf to hear, the lame to walk, and the mute to talk (Is 35:4–6). He will be referred to in many ways, including: God With Us (Is 7:14), Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Princ e of Peace (Is 9:6). He will be a great teacher and will use parables (Ps 78:2). 

But the Messiah will come to save mankind (Is 53:3-9). He will become man’s sin offering (Is 53:3-9) and present Himself to Jerusalem as both the anointed King (Zech 9:9) and the Passover Lamb (Is 53:3-9). This will occur 173,880 days after the decree by Artaxerxes to rebuild both Jerusalem and the temple (Dan 9:20-27). So, in early April, 33 AD, the Messiah will present Himself to a rejoicing Jerusalem riding on a donkey (Zech 9:9). But then He will suffer greatly (Is 53:3-9). Many will reject Him, including His friends (Is 53:3-9). He will be betrayed by a friend (Ps 41:9) for 30 pieces of silver (Zech 11:12,13). Later, that money will be thrown on the floor of the temple (Zech 11:12,13) and w ill eventually go to a potter (Zech 11:12,13). At His trial He will not defend Himself. He will say nothing (Is 53:3-9) except as required by law. Israel will reject Him (Is 8:14). 

The Messiah will be taken to a mountaintop identified to Abraham as “the Lord will provide” (Gen 22). There He will be crucified with His hands and feet pierced (Ps 22). His enemies will encircle Him (Ps 22), mocking Him, and will cast lots for His clothing (Ps 22). He will call to God, asking why He was “forsaken” (Ps 22). He will be given gall and wine (Ps 69:20-22). He will die with thieves (Is 53:3-9). But, unlike the thieves, none of His bones will be broken (Ps 22). His heart will fail (Ps 22), as indicated by blood and water spilling out (Ps 22) when He is pierced with a sp ear (Zech 12:10). He will be buried in a rich man’s grave (Is 53:3-9). In three days, He will rise from the dead (Ps 22).

www.allaboutgod.com

Atheist Evangelicals

Let me start by saying that I don’t believe in elves, fairies, unicorns or Santa Claus (St. Nickolas was a real historical figure, but the fairy tale person that comes once a year on a sled is not real).  That is all—I don’t believe it, so I have no reason to continue discussing them.  I do not focus on what I don’t believe in. I instead spend my time focusing and further understanding what I do believe in.  Don’t we all do that? 

Before I go any further on this topic, let me define some terms.  As said in an earlier post, atheism is defined by the absence of a belief in God.  Some atheists will say that there is no God, as though they have searched all of creation to verify He isn’t there (what evidence are they looking for?  What in the natural would affirm the supernatural?)  Others say they “lack a belief” in God.  By that definition, my cats lack belief in God.  Lacking a belief at least keeps the door open so that an atheist could eventually believe in God, but if someone continually rejects God, He will give them over to their unbelief and they will be blinded (Romans 1).  It is God who grants us the ability to believe in Him (Phil 1:29).  How He chooses to grant belief to some and not others is not fully understood. Christians are not an elite group of select individuals.  It’s not a club.  It is actually quite humbling that God in all His glory and holiness would reach down to save one of His creations, despite how sinful we are. 

Now back to the topic: Why is it that atheists pursue those that believe in God?  Atheists don’t believe in God, so why do they care about the topic?  In their minds, he doesn’t exist, so why think anymore about it? Move along.  Nothing to see here.  Atheists don’t investigate the non-existence of unicorns and elves, etc. as mentioned above do they? 

But with God, it is common knowledge that He does exist (Rom 1:19).  The law of God is written on everyone’s hearts (Rom. 2:15).  We all have an inherent knowledge of right and wrong. Technically, there is no such thing as an atheist—all people believe in God (granted there are many false religions that worship different gods that are nothing like the Christian God, but that is for another article).   However, people suppress the knowledge of God and He gives them over to their rejection (Rom 1:26, 28).  In other words, the atheist tells God that he doesn’t believe in Him, so God blinds them to His existence.  Now they cannot even see the evidence for him, and they are not indwelt with the Holy Spirit and cannot even understand the things of God. 

Atheists have become evangelical in their belief, er…non-belief.  They have their mind made up that God doesn’t exist (or do they?) and peruse various media regarding the existence of God.  A multitude of books, websites, YouTube videos, etc. have been created to prove the non-existence of God.  I’ve made a website, videos, and published a book, and these were not easy tasks.  It’s very time consuming and exhausting.  But my website and book are about what I believe in, not what I don’t believe in.

Are atheists questioning their non-faith?  Do they doubt their non-belief?  Are they worried that some two billion confessing Christians might be right?  Why would an atheist care so much as to do research on their non-god belief and let other people know about it?  Why would they want to look up texts from a book that they don’t believe in [i.e., the Bible] and use it to fortify their non-belief?  Why would they care at all what other people think or believe it?  How would it affect the atheist at all if someone else believes in God? 

If the atheist believes in the evolution theory, then he/she has no reason based on their worldview to care about someone else.  Every thought in their brain is the product of chemical reactions.  One person’s chemical reaction is different from another person’s chemical reaction, therefore we have subjective truth and subjective morality.  What is true and right for one is not true and right for the other, and that is okay.  If someone’s chemicals make them believe in a Sky Daddy, as the atheists call God, then why is it wrong?  Is there something wrong with that person’s chemicals? Should we ostracize people for being different?  They can’t help it—they were born that way.  Whatever happened to tolerance?  Or does tolerance only apply when we agree with each other, in which case tolerance would be the wrong word to use.  With evolution theory, everyone is just an advanced animal.  The goal is to survive and spread your genes.  Steal, kill, and destroy if necessary.  Do what thou wilt, as Aleister Crowley said.  Aleister kept that philosophy, but now he has nothing good to show for it.

As a Christian, I do believe in God and the Bible, and I know that those who don’t believe in God, repent of their sins, and accept forgiveness, will face an eternal torment in hell.  Hell is a reality that I wouldn’t want even the worst person in the world to face.  I have a reason to defend the Bible and I have a reason to witness to others.  Atheists have no reason to defend their non-belief. 

A Simple Truth

Regarding the Creation/Evolution debate: The argument is not about the evidence, it is about the interpretation of the evidence. When this concept can be understood by both parties, a simple truth is revealed: The argument is about the origin of the evidences. Are the evidences the product of natural selection and random mutation without any intelligent force behind it, or was the evidence a product of an Intelligent Creator? The arguments for evidences will be fruitless and time consuming because both evolutionists and creationists have an answer to explain the evidences. Instead, arguments for God or non-god get to the heart of the matter.

The Theory of Evolution and Atheism are too separate concepts, but often times an atheist is also a believer in the evolutionary theory, which states we all have a common ancestor and humans are advanced animals. Humans have no purpose in life except to survive and they have no destiny when life is over. As an animal, we can do whatever we want or need to do in order to survive. Animals are selfish by nature, and evolution requires that behavior.If there is a God, then we will one day be held accountable for our actions and therefore have a reason to do what is right. An offense to a Holy God requires and infinite punishment. God has revealed Himself through his creation (Romans 1) and through his Word. Rejection of God’s Word will lead to rejection of Him. Rejection of God will lead to an eternal punishment. God is loving, but he is also just. Otherwise, all of the Adolph Hitlers and Osama bin Ladens of the world would be in Heaven and not have to be accountable for their actions on earth. If that were true, we could all do whatever we wanted to and forget about being responsible. It’s not like that though. Eternity is a long time to think about where you went wrong.

What is Mercy and Grace?

You hear it talked about in Christian circles…”God’s mercy and grace…”  It sounds good and churchy.  But what does it really mean?

Let’s get to the true meaning of these important terms.  Suppose you are a shopaholic.  You have five credit cards and they are all maxed out to a total of $100,000.  You will never be able to pay that debt—ever.  Now imagine some stranger comes to you and recognizes your debt, and he gives you $100,000 to pay for that debt.  This is mercy—a pardon/forgiveness.  Now imagine that not only does this person pay off your debt, he gives you $1,000,000 for no reason.  This is grace—something we don’t deserve. 

In theology, we all have a debt to pay that we can never pay off.  That debt is sin.  When you read the word “sin,” think of the word “offense” because that is truly what it is—an offense against God.  Those words are interchangeable.

In Old Testament times, a priest had to sacrifice an animal to pay for the sins of the people.  What this amounts to is that whoever brought the animal to be sacrificed on behalf of their family had to lose something.  Animals were an important commodity to the family.  And they couldn’t offer up just any goat or sheep.  It had to be a flawless animal without defects.  Compared to today, it would be like us having to pay a portion of our paycheck each year to atone for our sins.

This animal sacrifice covered the sins of the people for a limited amount of time.  When Jesus came, he offered himself up as a human sacrifice.  Jesus, like the animals without defects, was perfect.  God allowed for the sacrifice.  He lost his Son, just like the family in OT times lost a portion of their wealth.  Jesus is fully human but also fully God and therefore had no sin in his life.  This perfect, human sacrifice atoned for all of the sins of the people then and now.  God’s loss was done for our gain!

Jesus’ death was an act of mercy.  It pardoned the sins of all mankind, which is something none of us would ever be able to do.  How could anyone other than Jesus repay the offense made to an Infinitely Holy God?  Without this ultimate sacrifice, we were all destined for hell, because an offense against God has to be paid for.  Jesus paid for our offense.  He took our place.  This is mercy.  Mercy allowed us a ticket out of hell. 

Grace comes in the form of eternal life in Heaven with our Savior.  We don’t deserve Heaven, but God in his unfailing love has given us Heaven.  We as sinful humans don’t deserve the mercy, and definitely don’t deserve the grace, but God loves us this much. 

The sacrifice of His son is something that a parent can easily relate to.  Parents are typically very protective of their children and would never want anything to happen to them.  For the parents, imagine the sorrow you would have to go through by sacrificing your own child for someone who rebelled against you.  You would have to watch this beating and murder take place.  This is what God had to do for all of us so we could be saved from eternal torment.  He saw His son Jesus endure the mockery, punishment, beatings, and brutal crucifixion for you and me!  For those who don’t have children, think about something you cherish, such as a pet.  Imagine seeing your dog or cat going through a brutal beating all for the sake of people who offended you. 

What God has done for us is True Love.  God is Love.  God loves us so much that he created a way for us to be redeemed instead of having eternal punishment in hell!  And to think, so many billions of people reject this sacrifice.  They reject the One who offers the only hope.  Thank God for the Mercy he gave us—the ticket out of hell—and thank God for the Grace we don’t deserve—the gift of eternal life with Him!

How Long were the Days of Genesis?

This question can be answered by going back to the original language that Genesis was written in: Hebrew. The Hebrew word for “day” in Genesis Chapter 1 is “yom” (Strong’s #3117). We know that in English, day can have multiple meanings even in the same sentence. For example “Back in my father’s day, it took 12 days to cross the country in a day.” Each “day” means a different time frame that we can understand from the context. So let’s apply that to Genesis using the Strong’s concordance. When “yom” is used in Genesis to describe each day, it is used along with the phrase “evening and morning” along with an ordinal number (1, 2, 3, etc.).  Adding these three qualifiers to the word “yom” insists that it means a literal, 24-hour day.   This is what we find in Genesis chapter 1. So we can conclude that God created the world and everything in it in six 24 hours days, and rested on the seventh. God could have done it in six minutes, six years, or in one second, but what we have written is six literal days.

The word “yom” is used 2301 times in the Old Testament.  Outside of Genesis, “yom” is used with an ordinal number 410 times.  The phrase “evening and morning” is used with “yom” 38 times.  “Yom” plus either “evening” or “morning” is used 23 times.  “Yom” plus the word “night” is used 52 times.  Every time “yom” is used as mentioned above, it always implies a literal, 24-hour day.

Why is it that Genesis is questioned so much about the length of a day?  Why not question how long Jonah was in the great fish?  Was he in there for 3 days or 3 thousand years?  How many days did Joshua march around Jericho?  Seven days or seven thousand years? It doesn’t make sense any other way.  Some in the church try to interpret the “day” as a long period of time, and by doing so allowing time for evolution to take place and thus agree with secular science that claims the world is billions of years old. This simply cannot be done when you apply the word to the context. Context is very important when interpreting Scripture, a child’s book, or the newspaper.

Take this time to thank God for clearly telling us in His Word how this world and everything in it came to be. It all starts with Genesis.