The Dowd Deception

Michael Dowd and his wife Connie are evangelists that spread the basic message, Life evolved, the lie‘Thank God for evolution.’ For 12 years they have travelled North America with this message. He has written a book, ‘Thank God for Evolution.’ In it he is said to productively blend spirituality and science. According to Wikipedia the Dowd vehicle displays two fishes kissing with the labels ‘Jesus’ and ‘Darwin.’

 

Frank Wilczek, a 2004 Nobel Prize winner, commented on the book: ‘Honest students of God should welcome the revelations of science as insights, not fear them as threats. Here is a book in that spirit by a minister who takes evolution to heart, and celebrates it.’  The question is, should we welcome it?

 

Jesus said, ‘Enter through the narrow gate.’ 1 It seems as if this verse also applies to strange doctrines. We should be very careful, so it is wise to look at what Dowd teaches:

  • The first aspect is that he believes in evolution. That means he accepts that God used the billions of years of evolution to create the heavens and the earth. This is a flat out contradiction of what the Bible teaches. It declares that God created the heavens and the earth in six days.2
  • God created by words: ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…. Through Him [the Word] all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.’ 3  In Jeremiah 10:11 God says, “Tell them this; ‘These gods, who did not make the heavens and the earth, will perish from the earth and from under heaven.'”  Dowd’s god is not the Creator God that the Bible reveals.  Only the Creator God has the power to create the new heavens and earth where His followers will spend eternity, not the evolutionary god of Dowd.

 

What is the inspiration for Michael Dowd to spread his faulty message? In 2 Corinthians 11:1-14 Paul discusses false apostles, who masquerade as apostles of Christ. He refers to the devil who masquerades as an angel of light, and then he writes, ‘It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.’ 4

 

Now that sounds very harsh towards Dowd. It is very harsh, because it has to do with people’s eternal destiny. To miss it because you believed in some evolutionary god who cannot, in 100 or 500 billion years, create the new heavens and earth, will be devastating. That is why Paul was so harsh in his condemnation of false preachers, ‘Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned.’ 5

 

Jesus is the Creator of the heavens and the earth.6  He did not use evolution, since evolution is a belief system that is still devoid of facts.

 

Conclusion

Should we welcome Dowd’s preaching? No! Please cling to the King (Jesus, the Creator). That means, believe in God’s Word as it was handed down to us. Do not contaminate it by strange doctrines and ideas.

 

References

  1. Matthew 7:13
  2. Genesis 1; Exodus 20:11
  3. John 1:1-3
  4. 2 Corinthians 11:15
  5. Galatians 1:8
  6. John 1:3; Hebrews 1:2, Colossians 1:16

 

Is Kim Il-sung mentioned in the Bible?

Kim Il-sung is the deceased leader of North Korea. He ruled for 46 years (1948-1994). The Bible also describes a great leader who ruled for 43 years. He was Nebuchadnezzar, king of the Babylonian empire.

Kim Il Sung trekearth.com, Commons, Wikimedia.org
Kim Il-sung. Courtesy trekearth.com, Commons, Wikimedia.org

 

Nebuchadnezzar once had a dream. He saw a large statue. Its head was made of pure gold. The exiled Jew, Daniel, gave the king the interpretation. Daniel explained that the dream was from God and Nebuchadnezzar’ kingdom was the head of gold. God gave him the dominion, power, might and glory to rule over a very big empire.

 

Since people are not made to worship either themselves or other people, Nebuchadnezzar received the implicit message to worship God. He didn’t listen, but fell into the all too familiar trap to think that he is great. In Daniel 3 he made a statue and commanded his people to fall down and worship it when they heard the sound of horn, flute and other musical instruments.2 This is the Bible’s example of what is called a ‘personality cult.’ The leader is the beginning and end, and everyone has to worship and adore him.

 

Today the Bible is supposed to be mythological, and many people will dismiss this incident as fiction. However, in North Korea we see a new ‘Nebuchadnezzar, Kim Il- sung.  He established a similar personality cult and the people worship him.  He did not erect one statue like Nebuchadnezzar. There are over 500 statues of Kim in North Korea. One is the Immortal Statue of Kim Il-sung. His ‘religion’ is known as Juche. The North Korean government refers to him as the Great Leader and the Eternal President. His birthday is a public holiday and is called the ‘Day of the Sun.’

 

Kim Il-sung did not experience what Nebuchadnezzar did when God showed him that He (God) is the Ruler of the universe. He appoints and deposes. Nebuchadnezzar was warned in another dream what would happen to him, if he persisted in his megalomania. He did not heed God’s warning. One day “as the king was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, he said, ‘Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?’” Immediately a voice from heaven spoke to him and he was driven away from people and for seven years he lived in the wild almost like an animal (it is called lycanthropy). After that time his sanity returned and he praised the Most High.3

 

Was Kim Il-sung as lucky as Nebuchadnezzar? No, by all external accounts it does not seem so. Evidence of the cult of Kim Il-sung continues into the 21st century (even though he died in 1994). On his birthday or the anniversary of his death, the citizens of North Korea are expected to pay tribute to the departed “Great Leader” at the Yeong Saeng (“eternal life”) monuments.

 

Conclusion

The Bible is about real life. So we can expect that events recorded in the Bible will be repeated in later history. The history of Kim Il-sung closely follows that of Nebuchadnezzar.

 

References

  1. Daniel 2
  2. Daniel 3:4-6
  3. Daniel 4

Is the history of the Bible mythology?

With one stroke of a pen atheists often delete the historical background of the Bible. For example, ‘No, the bible is not the history of people who lived in Israel. It’s mythology.’

Babylonian archers in Berlin Museum
Babylonian archers in Berlin Museum

 

Does that mean the account of the Jews and their neighbours in the Bible is mythology? Are the artefacts of those civilisations in the major museums in Italy and France, the British Museum and the one in Israel, myths? Are they fabrications and legends to support God’s plan to establish an eternal Kingdom of peace?

 

For example, God called Abraham out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to live in the land Canaan. After a short sojourn in Egypt, he returned to Canaan, where the Hittites were a well known nation. Later his descendants went to live in Egypt for 400 years. After the exodus, they  conquered the land Canaan. During the time of king David the Philistines were a menace, as well as the Moabites.

The peoples of the Northern Kingdom (10 tribes of Israel) were exiled in 722 BC by the Assyrians. The Southern Kingdom (2 tribes of Israel) was exiled in three deportations, 606, 597 and 586 BC by the Babylonians. After 70 years of captivity, many went back and rebuilt the temple.

 

That was the temple that was extensively renewed by Herod the Great, who ruled over Israel by the grace of the Roman empire.  The apostle Paul benefited from the Roman empire’s excellent roads and extensive legal system.  Later the disciple John was exiled to the island Patmos by the Romans.

 

The history of the Jews, as written in the Bible, did not take place in isolation. They had interaction with other nations and the world empires of those times. The Assyrians, Babylonians, Medo-Persians, Greeks and Romans all impacted on Israel. Other individual nations like the Moabites, Philistines, and cities like Tyre and Sidon are mentioned.

 

So how do we answer the claim that the history of the Bible is myth, that its historical data was fabricated? Does it mean that there was no Roman empire, no Greek invasion led by Alexander, no Babylonian empire or whatever else? Does it mean that the descendants of Abraham, the Jews, who live in Israel at present, are mythological?

 

Should we agree that all these historical facts are nonsense, that atheists have declared them null and void, and thus it will be? Not at all. We want to know how one deletes evidence that different civilisations existed? If atheists, who believe the Bible is myth, can provide a way to ‘trash’ history, we would be glad to hear about it.