The strange times we live in

As we look at the news, we understand that we live in strange times.  It is a time in which leaders are deposed and wars and coups abound.  Nations are restless, people riot, things happen at alarming speed, et cetera.

We want to concentrate on one strange aspect of our times.

It concerns a certain book, called the Bible.  That book tells us there is an Almighty God.

  • Yet the world says that God is a myth (think Richard Dawkins).
  • They tell us the Bible is ‘a product of man, not of God’ (think Dan Brown and The DaVinci Code).
  • They tell us the writers of the Bible were backwoodsmen who were uneducated and unscientific (think Richard Dawkins again and many of God’s enemies).
  • They tell us the Bible is just another book among the religions of the world.  Therefore it is of no consequence.  We can all do without that Cosmic Tyrant, God (think atheists and other haters of the Bible).

Yet, and here is the anomaly.

  • The very first verse in the Bible, Genesis 1:1, says, ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.’  Now, if the Bible is just a book, and God a myth who only gives Christians a crutch, why did a ‘cottage industry’ of magnificent size spring up around this verse?
  • This ‘cottage industry’s’ sole intent and purpose is to disprove that verse.  It is the ‘evolution industry’ with its massive investment in writers, researchers, laboratories, news media, science journals, education laws, and many others.
  • Most people are aware of this massive effort to undo the first verse of the Bible.

The question we want to answer is, what is behind it all?

Who is desperate enough to convince people that:

They are just evolved apes that developed from an unknown ape-like ancestor?

  • They have to accept that there is no life after death.  They should not even question it.  Their genes are those of an evolved animal, so when they die that is also the end of them.
  • They don’t have a free will to make the choice the Bible presents.  Yet free will is permissible when they decide where to work, what clothes to wear, food to eat, or whatever.

Genesis 1:1 is even offensive in the theological world, the Church.

  • Many, many followers of Jesus side with the world and claim that Genesis 1 is nonsense.  There is no way that God created in six days.  It happened by chance over billions of years.
  • The question is why would Christians deny this clear demonstration of God’s omnipotence and wisdom?

Why is Genesis 1:1 so important that there is so much effort to disprove it? 

  • It is the best proof that there is a ruler over the world who hates God.  He is called the deceiver, ‘The great dragon was hurled down – that ancient serpent [Genesis 3:1] called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray.  He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.’ 1
  • Here on earth, the devil and his angels oppose God’s plan.  Ephesians 6:12 says, ‘For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, agains the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.’ 

If God was not powerful enough to create the first universe in 6 days,

  • There can be no new heavens and earth, ‘But in keeping with His promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.’ 2
  • There is no hope that Revelation 21-22 can be true.  Then the Bible’s message of eternal bliss and happiness in God’s presence, is ‘a pie in the sky.’
  • There can be no big bang to end this present creation and usher in the new heaven and earth, as described in 2 Peter 3:10, ‘But the day of the Lord will come like a thief.  The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.’
  • There can be no cosmic catastrophes, as in Revelation 8:6-13.  Hail and fire mixed with blood will be hurled on earth, a huge blazing mountain will be thrown into the sea, a blazing star will fall on a third of the rivers and springs of water and a third of the sun, moon and stars will be darkened.

Conclusion

The ruler of this world, the devil, knows God’s power and plans for an eternal Kingdom very well.  He lost his opportunity to be part of it.  So he wants as many people as possible to follow his disastrous way.  To achieve that he attacks the central core of Scripture – God’s omnipotence to create the foundation of what will eventually be the new heavens and earth.

References

  1. Revelation 12:9
  2. 2 Peter 3:13

God and women’s rights

Many people have written books and articles that accuse God that He does not care about women.  They contend that Scripture suppresses them and regards them as inferior, et cetera, et cetera.  The problem with those people is usually a lack of Bible knowledge.  Scripture says, ‘…pay attention to what I [God] say; listen closely to my words…’ 1  That means,

  • You have to read the Bible very carefully, otherwise you might jump to your own conclusions and not discern God’s character.
  • God is only revealed in the 66 books of the Holy Bible.  Information from outside the Bible is just that, information or personal opinions that often don’t accord with what Scripture reveals about God’s character.
  • Let us look at what an easily missed Old Testament portion teaches about God’s attitude towards women.

God’s attitude towards women

  • There are many ‘Christians’ who claim that they are ‘New Testament’ Christians.  For them, the Old Testament is of no use at all.  Where they get that idea, nobody knows.
  • Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith was an Old Testament scholar.  He, the omniscient Son of God, quoted from the Old Testament because it was relevant to what He taught (of course the New Testament was not yet written).
  • The Holy Spirit never threw the Old Testament into the dustbin.  It is part of God’s revelation to us.  So, what does the Old Testament teach about women’s ‘rights?’

Zelophehad and his five daughters

We meet Zelophehad from the tribe of Manasseh in Numbers 27:1.  He had five daughters who were so special to God that the Old Testament mentions their names (Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah and Tirzah) four times in Numbers 26:33; 27:1; 36:11; Joshua 17:3.  1 Chronicles 7:15 also mentions them.

They had an interesting history.

  • Their father, Zelophehad, died without sons.1  According to the law at that time, daughters could not inherit land.  As members of the tribe of Manasseh, they refused to be deprived of their right to an inheritance.
  • They approached the entrance to the Tent of Meeting and stood before Moses, Eleazar the priest, the leaders and the whole assembly. 2  There they stated that their father died because of sin and had no sons.
  • They thought it unfair that their father’s portion of the promised land should be lost, since they could not inherit land.  Their plea for justice was, ‘Give us property among our father’s relatives.’ 3

Moses discussed the issue with God.

God’s answer was fair and without favoritism, ‘What Zelophehad’s daughters are saying is right.  You must certainly give them property as an inheritance among their father’s relatives and give their father’s inheritance over to them.’ 4  Scripture is clear, ‘This is to be a legal requirement for the Israelites, as the Lord commanded Moses.’ 5

Five daughters who insisted on their rights

When it was time for the allotment of the different tribes, the five daughters went to Eleazar the priest, Joshua and the leaders, and said, ‘The Lord commanded Moses to give us an inheritance among our brothers.’ 6  Joshua obeyed, ‘Manasseh’s share consisted of ten tracts of land besides Gilead and Bashan east of the Jordan, because the daughters of the tribe of Manasseh received an inheritance among the sons….’ 7

The lesson?

  • The lesson of Zelophehad’s daughters carries through to the New Testament.  In God’s Kingdom men are not superior to women, ‘There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.’ 8
  • Peter also writes, inspired by the Holy Spirit, ‘Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.’ 9

Conclusion

Godly women need never fear that they will ‘inherit an inferior portion’ to men on the new heavens and earth.  Our wonderful Lord will see to it.

References

  1. Proverbs 4:20
  2. Numbers 27:1
  3. Numbers 27:2
  4. Numbers 27:4
  5. Numbers 27:5
  6. Numbers 27:11; Numbers 36:1-11
  7. Joshua 17:4
  8. Joshua 17:6
  9. Galatians 3:28
  10. 1 Peter 3:7

Why spend billions to search for aliens?

According to a Newsbeat article from BBC, the $100 million project to search for aliens is yet to find anything. 1  It is a ten year project.  According to the article, Professor Stephen Hawking said, ‘Somewhere in the cosmos, perhaps, intelligent life may be watching these lights of ours.’

Can aliens exist?

The Bible explains that all life was created.  According to Colossians 1:16 Jesus is the Creator, ‘For by Him all things were created; things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him.’  The passage mentions ‘Him’ [Jesus] three times to clearly establish Him as the Creator.

#  Jesus did create invisible beings.

We know there are angels.  They are normally invisible, but many people in the Bible saw them and they played an important role in the history of Israel.  Some of them rebelled against God and they are the devil and his demonic kingdom. 2  Aliens are not regarded as angels.  Till now they are just science fiction characters.  So Jesus did not create aliens.

#  The Bible does not mention aliens.

If aliens are real, why does the Holy Spirit, who knows all God’s doings, not mention them in Scripture?  As proved by all the searches, aliens do not exist.  They only exist in the minds of people who desperately want them to be real.  The idea comes from the ruler of this world, the devil who controls the whole world. 3  He tries to convince people that there are aliens.  Then the Bible is not true, God is not the Creator, and Jesus’ work on the cross was unnecessary.

#  Why waste billions searching for aliens?

The devil inspires the unbelieving world to spend billions on the search for aliens.  The reason is, that as long as people hope there might be aliens, special creation is a myth.  The search is for advanced aliens who seeded life on earth, and there could be many planets where life might have evolved.  Therefore there is no reason to take note of the Bible and prepare for eternal life.

Conclusion

The devil dearly loves his agenda of aliens.  Unfortunately it will cause people who believe his lies, to miss God’s eternal Kingdom.

References

  1. http:www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/39665928/a-100m-project-to-search-for-aliens-is-yet-to-find-anything, 2017/06/11
  2. Revelation 12:9
  3. 1 John 5:19b