Does modern ‘science’ erode your faith?

According to polls the Christian faith has lost ground in the Western World. 1, 2  Let us look at the BioLogos Foundation as one reason for the erosion of biblical faith.  The purpose of BioLogos is, ‘to invite the church and the world to see the harmony between science and biblical faith as we present an evolutionary understanding of God’s creation. 3     

#  Genesis 1 is the proof that God is real.

Genesis 1 is the most fundamental and important doctrine in Scripture.  God created in six days and therefore He is all-powerful and will establish His Kingdom on earth.  Without Genesis 1 the whole Bible tumbles like a house of cards.

#  Biblical faith stands on the foundation of Genesis 1. 

Darrel Falk says, ‘It is a travesty that young people who begin the journey of following Jesus are told that they have to believe something which a little science education makes clear cannot possibly be the case.’ The science he refers to is definitely not operational science.  What happens is that people realize that if Genesis 1 is about an evolved creation, there is no reason to believe there is a God.  They just discard their faith in God.

#  To change Genesis 1 requires major changes in Scripture. 

BioLogos has to adapt the Bible to fit evolution.  The inevitable conclusion is, ‘At the end of the day, the theological modifications required by the acceptance of evolution are vast and utterly disastrous for biblical Christianity.’ 5   Scripture is composed of 66 interlocking ‘pieces.’  If you change one you have to change all the others.  That erodes faith eventually.

#  Evolution does not stand on a scientific foundation.

Science is an investigation into the workings of nature and is based on testable, observable, repeatable experiments.  Logic tells us that evolution, an idea of where life came from, cannot be tested repeatedly, neither observed, nor measured.  Creation is a past event, not open to scientific investigation.  It is a lie that science proved evolution true.

#  Science leads to technological advances.

Scientific innovations (TV, cellphones, electricity, et cetera) are based on laws of nature discovered by scientific investigations.

  • To prove that the idea of evolution is useless for that, do a search on the most well known evolutionist, Richard Dawkins.
  • Skip past all his accomplishments, the books he wrote to trash the Bible and promote evolution, and see if he has any scientific patents to his name?  Has he formulated any significant laws of nature and patented innovations based on them?  After all, he calls himself a scientist.  We could not find any evidence of his prowess as a scientist.
  • With all his active ‘research’ into evolution, he should have earned at least one or two Nobel prizes.  None are mentioned. 6

Conclusion

BioLogos is part of the propaganda machine to destroy people’s faith in the Bible.  ‘Normal’ thinking people realize that if evolution is true, God is not.  This is a massive modern lie: ‘Science has proved evolution.’   

References

  1. Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post, More Americans now believe Bible is a book of fables, not literal Word of God: Gallup. May 16, 2017
  2. Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post, Dramatic Fall of Christianity in UK continues: 26 Christians abandon faith for every new convert. May 15, 2017.
  3. Wikipedia, BioLogos FoundationJohn UpChurch, The Danger of BioLogos, Answers in Genesis, October 1, 2011.
  4. John UpChurch, The Danger of BioLogos, Answers in Genesis, October 1, 2011
  5. Al Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, ibid.
  6. Richard Dawkins, Wikipedia.

David, failure or man after God’s own heart

It is never too late! Don’t let people tag you. Allow God the last word over your life.

Sometimes we put a tag on a person.  For example we talk about one of Jesus’ disciples as ‘doubting Thomas’ because he doubted Jesus’ resurrection.1  Yet we forget that he was also brave and committed to His Master.  When the chief priests wanted to kill Jesus, on the occasion of going to raise Lazarus, Thomas said to the other disciples, ‘Let us also go, that we may die with Him.’ 2  Why is he not recommended for his fearlessness?

#  We often treat King David the same way and give him a tag.

People remember him as an adulterer and murderer in the case of Bathsheba.  Turmoil in the family was a problem for David: one of his sons raped a sister and was killed by a brother.  That brother later tried to push his father from the throne and make himself king, but was killed.  Another son also tried to elevate himself to kingship and was killed.  Shouldn’t David be tagged ‘Failure?’

#  Did the omniscient God tag David ‘Failure?’

  • No!  The New Testament reports, “He [God] testified concerning him, ‘I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.'” 3
  • Look at what David did after all his mishaps (he confessed his sins 4).  He turned his attention to that which God held dear in His heart: His Temple.  That is where God would live in the midst of His people.
  • David, not allowed by God to build the temple, said, ‘My son Solomon is young and inexperienced, and the house to be built for the Lord should be of great magnificence and fame and splendor in the sight of all the nations.  Therefore I will make preparations for it.’ 5

#  David’s exhaustive preparations

  • He brought the ark to Jerusalem. 6
  • He organized the Levites, priests, singers and gatekeepers. 7
  • He got the plans for the temple from the Holy Spirit. 8
  • He gathered immense amounts of gold, silver and bronze and got the leaders to contribute. 9

#  What is the moral of the story?

God was very pleased with David’s life work, done near the end of his career.  So when we think we blew it, God says it is not over yet.  If we confess our sins, God will reveal the next stage of His plan for each of us individually.  That might result in God giving us the wonderful tag, ‘A man (or woman) after my own heart who did what I wanted him or her to do.’

Conclusion

It is never too late!  Don’t let people tag you.  Allow God the last word over your life.

References

  1. John 20:24-29
  2. John 11:16
  3. Acts 13:22
  4. Psalm 32:1-5; Psalm 51
  5. 1 Chronicles 22:5
  6. 1 Chronicles 15-16
  7. 1Chronicles 23,24,25,26
  8. 1Chronicles 28
  9. 1 Chronicles 29

Does the Bible mention aliens?

So, no, we don’t think for one moment that there is strange life or aliens on earth-like planets out there!

Did you get the impression that we believe aliens exist, after our previous blog (Do you know why they don’t find aliens?)?  Sorry that we used the wrong choice of words.  We meant it as a type of joke.  The truth is that after billions of dollars for research for nearly 50 years there is still no proof that aliens exist.

#  God clearly tells us in Scripture what does exist.

  • ‘God saw all that He had made, and it was very good….’ 1 
  • ‘Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.  By the seventh day God had finished the work He had been doing; so on the seventh day He rested from all His work.’ 2

#  If Genesis doesn’t mention the creation of angels, why will it mention the creation of aliens?

  • The logical reason why Genesis1 doesn’t mention the creation of angels is that God is gracious enough to first tell us that He created the natural world around us.  He mentions the things we cannot see later.
  • There are many references in Scripture about angels, their work and even the rebellion in their ranks.  Angels play an important role in God’s Kingdom.
  • Contrary to that, Scripture is silent about aliens.  It does not even hint that they exist.   Scripture never mentions them because there are no aliens.

God is very clear that the earth is the centre of His attention.

  • This is the planet where He will eventually settle to live eternally among His people.  ‘And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them.  They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God.’ 3
  • It cannot be much clearer.  Look at the repetition, ‘dwelling of God with men,’ ‘He will live with them,’ ‘They will be His people,’ ‘God Himself will be with them and be their God.’

#  People and angels serve God.

Later on John wanted to worship one of the angels, but the angel told him, ‘Do not do it! I am a fellow-servant with you and with your brothers the prophets and of all who keep the words of this book.  Worship God!’ 4  There is not a word about aliens who are part of God’s worship team or who keep the words of Scripture.

Conclusion

So, no, we don’t think for one moment that there is strange life or aliens on earth-like planets out there!

References

  1. Genesis 1:31
  2. Genesis 2:1-2
  3. Revelation 21:3
  4. Revelation 22:9