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     It is sad to say that we must turn to the writings of mere men to validate the greatest book ever, namely the Bible. It is sad, because both inside and outside of religious circles of thought and reason, there is skepticism that can hardly be said to be based on honest, unbiased examination.   Yet, you would think that on this subject, the body of evidence that purports to reveal all the secrets of life and death, there would exist a willingness and desire to know the truth on the part of all men. Who can understand the basest of motives that must be seated in the minds of those who want to deny such truths to all men, including themselves? 

    Never-the-less, the website that explains what should be considered as evidence above the need for human verification is found at y-jesus.com   Read it.  Although it is not greater than your own ability to extract from scripture the real account of our God, Jesus Christ.  It does present a very accurate picture of an honest, secular argument.


The Ken Ham/Bill Nye Debate      The media got it wrong again.  According to them it was the Bill Nye show, instead of the Bill Nye, Ken Ham debate.  Ken Ham did a fairly decent job of holding his own in the debate. Nye made some arguments that sounded compelling but the Bible already answered; like his argument concerning kangaroos.  He asked why there were no kangaroo bones found between the Middle East and Australia.  The Bible makes it clear that there was once a single land mass.  Of course, if Mr. Nye was Bible literate, he would know that. 

    The biggest problem Ken had, was in trying to defend the 6000 year age of the earth.  The Bible does not teach that the earth is 6000 years old.  The creation account is not meant to present all of the facts concerning the way God created the earth, nor is it a chronology of those events.  Take for example, the span of time between verses one and two.  Verse one says "In the beginning god created the heavens and the earth."  Verse two says "The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters." It is apparent that verse one describes a creation of the earth which included waters and some sort of form for the earth.  There is no mention of how long the earth and its waters, were in existence before God began creating light  and separating light from darkness.  In a real sense, time did not exist until it was identified as consisting of a morning and an evening in verse five.

Let me try to explain this a little better.

There are two different Hebrew words used in the creation and one phrase "Let there be" used in the creation.The word "bara" in verse one means create. I understand that to mean in this context, "to make something from nothing". The phrase " in verse 3 "Let there be" in Hebrew is "haya"  meaning to become or to accomplish. So I understand that God is is saying in verse one that he created from nothing all the materials for the heavens and the earth, because verse two says the earth was without form and void. (Time did not exist at that point.) Verse 3 says he used the materials he created to give form and substance to the heavens and the earth.  He describes this by saying He accomplished the making of light (What an understatement!) All of natural law would begin at that time...AlI matter took form. The earth and moon in there rotation and orbits, as well as the sun, all the planets and the other stars...all of God's lights were switched on and time began with the creation of light. So there is a distinction between verse one (an earth without form and void) and the things accomplished in verse 3. (An earth, moon, stars, planets, all those things implied with the creation of light; things governed by natural law) 

In verse 7 He uses the Hebrew word "asah"  which means to become but is translated "made" the firmament.

It is a fact that God did create natural law that governs the universe. To speculate when and how He did it is "speculation" but within the expectation of anyone examining Biblical evidence. We are told that "evidence of things not seen" is part of what supports our faith (Heb. 11:1).  Paul told us in Romans 1:20  ..."the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse" It is clear from that statement that God expects us to examine the evidence. The world functions as it does and is predictable enough to send a man to the moon because of God's natural law. When He created it we are not told, but that it is what maintains all physical activity is without question. Maybe it makes people uncomfortable to try explaining to our own satisfaction how He could have accomplished what He did but certain things are necessarily (for brevity) left out of the creation account and to some extent we "should" try to fill in the gaps. I can think of several examples about how we almost routinely do that...For example, God said he created us in His own image. We imply, though it is not stated, that God was referring to His spiritual image and that is a reasonable assumption. We are not told where Cain got his wife, so it is reasonable to conclude that other children were born to Adam and Eve (perhaps while in the garden). No record of that is provided, but it is a necessary conclusion. We are not told how long they were in the garden, but Adam and Eve's  age made possible several generations of children from which Cain's wife could have been taken. My point is that since it is certain that God did create natural law and we don't know when from the record, it is reasonable to assume it occurred at the origin of light (Gen. 1:3).  Nobody doubts that the creation was six 24 hour days. That is clear. Since the world was not created as we see it now in verse 1 (Verse 2 says it was without form), it is reasonable to assume it was fully formed when light and natural laws were put in place. ( I see that was most likely in verse 3). A careful reading of the Genesis account reveals the record is not sequential and there is some repetition.  The same is true in the chronologies. There are gaps. All children were not recorded. So it is clear the chronologies were not intended to date the earth. Neither is the creation account useful for that purpose. 

There are several points that can be made concerning the fact that the Bible does not give us a chronology of mankind.  For example, we are not told how long Adam and Eve were in the garden.  We are not told how long it was before Cain and Abel made their sacrifices that are recorded, and Cain's was found wanting.  We are not told where Cain's wife came from but it is obvious that she was his sister, so other children were born to Adam and Eve that are not recorded.  There are many such gaps in the creation record.  The conclusion is that the creation account is a synopsis, not intended to reveal all the details of the beginning. The Bible does not tell us how old the earth is; so Mr. Ham was making an argument from scripture that the Bible does not make. 

   In so much of the debate Mr. Ham was on the defensive over this matter.  Another mistake Mr. Ham made, was a failure to make a very powerful argument that the scriptures make In Romans one, vs. 19 and 20.  Here and in Psalms and in Job, the case for the complexity of God's creation is clearly made.  In other words, what we see in this world cannot be explained without a creator.  Dead matter cannot give rise to life.  Chance events cannot give rise to complex life.  Intelligent design is obvious in every part of the world.  The science of mathematics proves this without a doubt.  Design demands a designer.  The world is full of creation scientists but as Ken said, many of them do not speak out about their faith because they may be ostracized from the scientific community.  Their publications are not taken seriously or are purposely shelved because of prejudice.  Much of the scientific community zealously protects its faith in evolution. The famous chemist, Justis Von Liebig observed this about human propensity..."Whatever doesn't fit into the given circle of thinking doesn't exist". 
  An example of two such men, who changed their minds, is related below: 

"Today, Professor Sir Fred Hoyle, an agnostic of Christian background, and Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe, an atheistic Buddhist, are changed men. They are both believers" [But not true Christian believers, so far as I know]. 

"'It is quite a shock,' says Wickramasinghe, Sri Lankan born Professor of Applied Mathematics and Astronomy at University College, Cardiff. ‘From my earliest training as a scientist, I was very strongly brainwashed to believe that science cannot be consistent with any kind of deliberate creation. That notion has to be very painfully shed. I am quite uncomfortable in the situation, the state of mind I now find myself in. But there is no logical way out of it.'


Mathematical Proof Positive That


Evolution cannot explain our existence...  


 

"What convinced both men were calculations they each did independently into the mathematical chances of life starting spontaneously. When each had finished, they looked at the answer almost in disbelief. Each found that the odds against the spark of life igniting accidentally on Earth were staggering - in mathematical jargon ‘10 to the power of 40,000. If you write down the figure ‘1' and add 40,000 noughts after it, you have the figure." A figure with fifteen zeros is usually considered to be very large. 


NASA scientists believe that the smallest number of parts possible in an organism, considered to be living, is 400, which must be in the correct order; assuming just having these parts in the correct order constitutes life.  But of course, it does not!  If it were that simple, we could create life ourselves, but we cannot even create a living one celled organism!   Well, for the sake of argument, lets give them the benefit of the doubt. 

Of course NASA is interested in this, because they are always interested in finding life outside of "terra firma". This number is probably very much underestimated, but let's cut the number in half, so that we have just 200. Even with this very small number of parts, it would take a staggering 788,657,867,364,791x10^360 seconds (After the number 1 in 791, we must add 360 zeros) to try all of the possible combinations. We will round the above number down to 788x10^372 seconds. 

The symbol ^ = exponential, 10^3 = 10x10x10 = 1,000 and 10^4 = 10x10x10x10 = 10,000. It saves writing a lot of zeros. 

How many combinations can we get through in the time the universe has been in existence?

Evolutionists put the age of the universe at around 30 billion years. That is 9.46x10^17 seconds. We will round that number up to 10^18 seconds. In 30 billion years, we will get through 10^18 combinations of letters at the rate of one new combination per second. But we need to go through 788x10^372 combinations. So let's speed things up a bit. 

There are 10^80 electrons in the universe - larger than the number of atoms. By way of illustration, we will use this number as the maximum number of parts to work with. Now let's divide all of the electrons in the universe into groups of 200. This will give us 5x10^77 groups to work with. This means we can get through all of the possible combinations 5x10^77 times faster. However, even with this unrealistic situation, we can only get through 10^18 x 5x10^77 = 5x10^95 combinations. Well short of the number we need to get through.

So let's speed things up further. We will increase the speed of change throughout the whole universe from one trial per second, to one billion per second. Also, we will increase our time limit from 30 billion years, to 300 billion years. 

300 billion years 10^19 seconds

Trials per second 10^9

Electrons /200 5x10^77 groups of 200

Total trials 5x10^105

Even when we work at the staggering rate of one billion trials per second throughout the whole universe for a period of 300 billion years, we can only achieve 5x10^105 combinations. That is well short of the 788x10372 combinations needed to be sure that we can arrive at the correct combination to start our very simple form of life. In fact, impossibly simple at just 200 pieces.

Chance and time are the two arguments for the evolutionary explanation of origins of life. Both of these are snuffed out with this simple illustration.

   I know Mr. Ham is aware of this very conclusive argument against evolution.  It is amazing to me that he did not present it.  

   Mr. Nye was arrogant and condescending to Mr. Ham.  The gist of his entire arguments was that if you do not believe in the general evolution theory of origins, you cannot possibly progress in science and technology.  He credited all the technological progress that has ever been made to evolutionary scientists.  He appealed to his audience to continue funding only those who believe as he does, that science cannot progress without evolution.  I could never have maintained my composure through that debate, but Mr. Ham remained cool and quite composed throughout.   

                                                                Roger Cole


   The first verse of the Bible is full of implied science. For example, "In the beginning"  describes a condition in which time could potentially originate. Yet we know that in the absence of time, matter cannot exist, nor can time begin itself. The arrangement that God set in order is that time is relevant to distance between all sub atomic particles and their electrical charge. Another way to put it is to say that all matter, whether it appears to us as solid, liquid or gas is full of space. We are of the understanding that even the most dense matter, such as a metal table, is full of space, because all matter, on a molecular level consists of protons, neutrons and electrons. The distance between these particles is governed by an electromagnetic field that determines how closely packed is each atom of a substance. There is what might be termed "flux" (movement) between the protons and electrons, which means time is involved, since we normally recognize a passage of time for any thing in existence that moves from one point to another. Quantum theory is the theory used to reach an understanding of atomic behavior, but we must understand that all we believe about the nature of this behavior is theoretical. Physicists busy themselves naming and describing and measuring each component, but none have ever supplied a unified law of physics that adequately explains all aspects of molecular behavior. What is well known of the structure and behavior of atoms is that some form of movement is present and thus time is involved in it's existence. So, it makes perfect sense that the first three words in Genesis offer a point of origin, but not until we provide the unifier, (God) can anything tangible even exist. Then the next word "created" verifies a creator (a force if you must have a generic term) is necessary for both the beginning of time and the creation (heavens and earth). With the creation of time and space, (including matter) God had to also provide an entire system of natural law to govern them. 

It doesn't do any good to talk about any of the elements in the periodic table without laws that make possible their existence. Those who attempt to explain the origin of the universe with the "BIG BANG" always begin with a primordial soup of elements that have somehow created themselves and the extremely complex set of natural laws that govern them...you know, the ones we can't adequately explain.  These are the same people that cannot figure out or explain in reasonable scientific terms the first three words of the Bible. 

Many of the deniers of a creator God refuse to recognize the existence of a spiritual world. The evidence of an existence beyond the physical realm can easily be demonstrated. "Thought" for example is not physical, yet no one would bother to deny it's existence. If you ask one of the defenders of vertical evolution about love, he will not deny that he loves his mother or his daughter, but he can't prove it by his standard of proof.

Some, who should know better, credit extraterrestrials for many of the physically unexplainable events they see evidence of, but fail to recognize that all such explanations only complicate the question of origins. A supernatural explanation (God) is not only reasonable but demanded by the evidence. 


Roger Cole welcomes you to our community!

    I have relatives and friends that might benefit from frank discussion of some of life's perplexing problems and, of course. anyone who is willing to spend a little time considering another perspective could benefit by reading this page.  I hope you will join our community.  My input is going to be biblical but I am not a preacher.  I am a teacher and nothing more.  I will try to make these classes as relevant as possible to important issues of the day.  You decide for yourself if they are useful. 

   The first subject I would like to talk about is pain and suffering.   

Let's take a look at pain.  What would the world be like without pain?  Pretty good, huh?  No, it would not.  A fellow once gave me an example of a world without pain.  He said, "Suppose a man were walking down the street and someone came up behind him and stabbed him in the back.  If pain did not exist, he would continue walking, not knowing he had been stabbed, until he bled out and died on the street."  Though pain is not pleasant, it is necessary.  What about emotional pain?  I think you know the answer to that one.  A world without emotional pain would be completely worthless.  Suppose a child lost his parents in an auto accident and when he was told, his reaction was to keep on playing as if nothing happened?  Ridiculous, right. You get the point.  God made the world with all that is required to make it functional.  Free will is another example.

You know how God hates sin.  After all, He made the world without sin.  He gave Adam and Eve only a few simple instructions and forbid them to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  That instruction was necessary to establish "free will".  Sure, God could have made them as much less than "in the image of God",  which would have made them without all the self-forming aspects of humanity...more like mere puppets.  Such beings could never experience love, because hate wouldn't exist.  They could never have joy or happiness, because sorrow and sadness would have no place in that world.  Satan would not have been included in such a creation.  So what's wrong with that?  Temptation to do evil would not exist.  Sounds pretty good, Huh?  No... none of the things would exist that make us triumph, accomplish, share, give, aid others. know friendship or gratitude and on and on could go this list.  Good can only come if evil is in the world. These are forces that exist because they have to.  So ask, we must...are we at the mercy of these forces?  The answer is no.  We must, however, interact with worldly forces in a way that is not of this world..  If one tries to act as though there is nothing we can do to positively change things...what ever happens will happen; then yes, we are doomed to make disastrous mistakes and be completely at the mercy of circumstance.  That need not be the case.  We are all created in the image of God.  He created us with Godlike powers to shape our world.  That means we are created in His spiritual image, for God is spirit.  He transcends all space and time and he is not bound by either.  So how is it we are made in His image?  There is one God, who is composed of three parts; the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  He made us similarly, three part beings; body, soul and spirit.  We don't know a great deal about either.  That is, we don't fully understand how God can be both one and three, but neither do we understand our own three part makeup (body, soul and spirit).  Some would even deny we are three part beings,  saying we are simply an accidental assemblage of known chemical elements.  Yet, science has yet to be able to create the simplest of living one-celled animals.  Our spiritual existence is well established or there would be no place for our intelligence to reside, much less our personality, creativity, desires to love, worship, feelings of guilt or other emotions such as admiration for beauty, art or craftsmanship, talents naturally acquired or learned, hate, envy, frustration...all of these are spiritual.  As stated, God made the world to have a certain functionality beyond what we often refer to as nature, which is really the natural law that God created to govern the universe. He created time and space and has limited both.  I say limited to describe what is known by science as increasing entropy.  That is, all matter is becoming less and less organized.  It is deteriorating. Like a great watch, it is winding down. Aging is part of that process.  As iron turns to rust, rocks become soil, mountains become hills, all is worn down and will eventually cease to be recognizable, if God does not stop it before it goes that far.  He says He will stop it...so says 2nd Peter 3:7-11. 

   Having said all that, we need to recognize and accept that we are all sojourners in this world.  Our citizenship is in heaven. We are not intended to live forever in this world. God created the world as a temporary home.  He never told us why He created this world, only that he did.  It is my opinion that this world is our proving grounds (that judgement being from the totality of His word.)  It seems God does not want to share eternity with those who refuse to acknowledge Him as the ruler of the universe.  He certainly has the right, even by human standards, to destroy those who deny His existence.  Think about it; if you build something and it doesn't come out right, don't you have the right to destroy it and start over.  Of course, you do. 

   One thing we should recognize about the world. It presents itself to us in the best light and because we want to see it that way, it beckons to us. It makes us mindful of the way courtship works.  The guy is kind, polite, respectful and courteous when dating someone he might consider marrying.  The gal puts on her makeup and clothes she thinks enhances her figure, fixes her hair and is on her best behavior.  They both prepare an elaborate illusion to entice their would-be partner.  The world does the same thing in our minds.  The way the girl looks in the morning, just rolling out of bed, is quite different then it was when she was all dolled up. The guy coming home from work in nasty clothes, stinky and all tired out does not present the same rosy picture as the guy ringing the doorbell to pick up his date. The world says "come on", let's go out and party, but the day after is always full of regrets and the consequences, whether you remember them or not, may haunt you for the rest of your life... It is also like the drug commercials you see on TV.  The pleasant background music and happy smiling faces of the people in the commercial, supposedly benefiting from the advertised drug, coupled with the natural tendency to trust doctors, makes you ignore the side effects as they are listed, which are often more heinous then the symptoms they are supposed to relieve. 

The effect the drug advertiser wants to achieve is accomplished by painting the image in your mind of a nice, comfortable life without the aches and pains of your present existence.  

   The world also teaches that having many worldly goods will make us happy.  The fact that death takes away all your earthly treasures and gives them to someone else, is ignored.  Then what good are your toys and keepsakes?  If they keep you from your eternal reward, they have actually become your enemy.  Like the flower that blooms for awhile; it soon will dry up and blow away in the wind. Like all physical possessions, and life itself, it is only temporary.  The love of money and all "things" does not produce peace or happiness.  As Jesus said to "lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven" and you shall have rewards far surpassing the passing pleasures of worldly goods.

   Many people deny God's existence by simply ignoring Him.  They say, if He exists, He has not given us any guidance and left us free to live as we please and... they say that without any evidence whatsoever.  Further, they so haphazardly assert their right to judge right from wrong.  On what basis, they will not say.  Some deny that God exists, even in the face of mountains of evidence from all disciplines of life...logic, science, philosophy and history, both secular and biblical.  God says they have sunk to be the product of their own futile speculations, even though what is known about God is evident within them and clearly seen, being understood through what has been made. (Romans 1:18-21)

   So, some might ask, why does God allow suffering to exist?  That is a many faceted question and has a many faceted answer.  First, consider the cause of the suffering; is it God or Satan?  Is it disease, is it accidental injury or is it self-inflicted.  Many diseases are lifestyle related... a natural consequence of alcoholism, for example, is a number of illnesses that are caused by the consumption of alcohol.  Heart disease, cancer, diabetes and a host of other chronic diseases are contributed to, if not directly caused by an unrestricted diet, lack of exercise and a sedentary lifestyle. Drugs, both legal and illegal are responsible for much suffering. Very few diseases are the result of taking care of one's health.  Just like God should not be held responsible for serious injury inflicted by jumping off a cliff, neither should one blame God for personal negligence.  OK,  so maybe that is not what you are considering; just keep in mind people often irrationally blame God for something that was none of God's doing.  You say , well, isn't God ultimately responsible for all His creation?  Yes and no.  Yes, God made everything, but He left room for personal responsibility.  God made natural law that governs both the universe and circumstance.  God described the laws of cause and effect with these words..."as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he" and "whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap";  "For they sow the wind and they reap the whirlwind". (Hosea 8:7)  One thing that stands out when you read Job is that Satan was responsible for the calamities that struck Job and his household.  Speaking of household, part of the sorrow and suffering people experience is often inflicted on them by others and at times, those of one's own household.  In a world peopled by beings of every stripe, good, bad and everything in between, some suffering is going to be the result of the actions of others. Think about the child of a broken home.  Will the child suffer?...undoubtedly.  Whose fault is it?  As has been said, good men will suffer as a result of the actions of others.  That may not be the way we would like, but that is the way God designed the world and it is the best way to handle the full spectrum of good versus evil; without a doubt. 

   Having said all that, what has God given to mankind to help  cope with all the evil of the world?...A great deal.

*First He has given us freedom of choice. We are free to choose the good things.  Some people don't do that, for a whole host of different reasons, but if that is their choice, they can't hardly complain that God caused the bad things that happen.

*Second, we have the godlike ability to shape our lives, as I said, for better or worse..  Of course, we must consider the consequences and most consequences are predictable.

*Third, God has given us a pattern for success... (The Bible) a guidebook and standard of God's authority.

(2nd Peter 1:3, 2nd Tim. 3:16-17)   

*Fourth; God has given us the gospel.  It is God's power to save.  (Rom. 1:16)

*Fifth; God has given prayer to those who are saved.

*Sixth;  God has given Christians strength, even in suffering.

*Seventh; God has given the gift of eternal life to those who obey Him.

*Eighth;  God gives us knowledge.  Christians have the opportunity to know the truth about all of life's most perplexing problems, by reading, understanding and acting on that knowledge.  Only true Christianity provides a correct world view, a correct perspective of right and wrong and what matters are of utmost importance.

*Ninth:  God gives us peace.  Though Jesus said He did not come to bring peace, knowing men would reject Him, often dividing families.  His gracious offer of eternal life, if we submit to His will, brings a peace that surpasses understanding.

*Tenth;  God gives us a family far surpassing our earthly relationships.  He gives us the church family, brothers and sisters all over the world; a Father who loves us and made us heirs to the Kingdom with his only son, Jesus Christ.

This list could go on and on, but hopefully, it can be seen, that much is given.

Another topic I would like to discuss is "fidelity".  The meaning of "fidelity" has a narrow range of meaningful synonyms...faithful, loyal,devoted, having an allegiance to another and so does it imply a sworn allegiance, but more than that, when the object of that allegiance is God.  Revelation (21:2-9) depicts the church as the bride of Christ and James (4:4) points out the adultery that occurs when believers are enticed away by the world.  Physical adultery is specifically condemned and the unrepentant partakers of it will not inherit a home in heaven. This is plainly taught in numerous scriptures, but somehow the betrayal that takes place when one is enticed by worldly pleasures is not regarded as seriously. 

Fidelity continued...

 

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