The danger of Biologos

The apostle Paul warned us, ‘Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which He bought with His own blood. I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise Biologosand distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them.’ 1

Do we have evidence that it happens today? Yes.  Biologos is an organisation that invites the Church to see the harmony between science and biblical faith through an evolutionary understanding of God’s creation. Why is it wrong?

Creation in six days by an omnipotent God can never be reconciled to what Biologos erroneously calls ‘science,’ meaning ‘evolution.’  Either God/Jesus is the Creator, or not.2  If all of nature evolved, then obviously God is not omnipotent; then He has no authority to call people to prepare for eternal life through obedience to Him. Not only that, if God is not the Creator, who will prepare the new heavens and earth, and the New Jerusalem? Who will resurrect the saints?

Jesus warns, ‘If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in His Father’s glory with the holy angels.’ 3 People who change God’s Word, sin. The Holy Spirit never gave man the right to change the inspired Bible.

God gave man the science mandate in Genesis 1:28, ‘Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.’  Man can investigate how nature functions. Based on that, he can develop technological applications. However, God never told man to investigate nature’s origins. The reason is very simple: God created it and the information is in the Bible.

To replace creation by God with evolution, means man has given himself the right to decide that the Bible is wrong. That is rebellion against God. Man has no interests in the origin of the world besides what the Bible reveals, namely that God created it. There is nothing else to say about it. Evolution, as taught by Biologos, even contradicts the words of Jesus, ‘…at the beginning the Creator made them male and female.…’ 4  

What is the agenda of Biologos? It is to distort the truth and eventually confuse and destroy people’s faith in the Bible. The reason is that any person who believes that Scripture is wrong about the origin of the universe and life on earth, can have no assurance that the rest of the Bible is true. Why would one part be wrong and other parts true? Who knows which parts are true, if Genesis 1 is not? If the Holy Spirit was wrong about Genesis 1, what about salvation and that Jesus is the Son of God?

The moral of the story? Watch out for savage wolves that are dressed like sheep. They destroy, and their destruction is eternal. Rather believe the Bible, because there is enough scientific evidence about the miracle of creation. We don’t have to be ashamed of the Gospel.

References

  1. Acts 19:28-30
  2. Genesis 1:1, John 1:3
  3. Mark 8:38
  4. Matthew 19:4

 

Will the Holy Spirit be in heaven?

An interesting question is, where will the Holy Spirit be when God’s eternal, visible Kingdom is Holy Spirit foreverfinally established on earth? God’s headquarters will be the new Jerusalem that will come down out of heaven. We read,

  • ‘Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city.’
  • ‘…The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and His servants will serve Him. They will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads.’ 2

God will sit on His throne with Jesus at His right hand. We can assume that God will be visible, since we will see His face. Jesus will be in His resurrected, eternal body, and we will be like Him,

‘But we know that when He appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.’ 3  So we will have eternal, resurrected bodies like Jesus.

Yet there is no mention about the Holy Spirit. In the two chapters about the new heavens and earth, Revelation 21-22, all we read about the Holy Spirit is, “The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come.’ Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.” 4

In John 7:37-39 we read, “On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in  a loud voice, ‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.’ By this He meant the Holy Spirit, whom those who believed Him were later to receive….”

We, as believers, receive the Holy Spirit according to John 7. Look at the close analogy it has with Revelation 22:17 that we quoted above, “The [Holy] Spirit and the Bride [believers} say, ‘Come!’” We thus conclude that the Holy Spirit will still be in the Bride, the individual members of the body of Christ.  How can we be sure that this is a reasonable interpretation? Remember the three functions of the Trinity? God is the Father. The Son, Jesus, is the Bridegroom. The Holy Spirit rebirths the spirit of a believer and fills him with power so that he can obey the Bible (like a mother who births, feeds, cares, comforts and helps her child).

Conclusion

If our sins are forgiven so that we are holy in God’s sight, we can be filled with the Holy Spirit in the here and now, and that is very important: ‘if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.’ 5 So if we have the Holy Spirit here, we will have the Holy Spirit there. That is another confirmation of the Concrete Principle. What we are here (the now), we will be there (the eternal). If we were cleansed from our sins and became holy here, we will be in the presence of the holy God there. If we were filled with the Holy Spirit here, we will have the Spirit there.

References

  1. Revelation 22:1-2
  2. Revelation 22:3-4
  3. 1 John 3:2
  4. Revelation 22:17
  5. Romans 8:9b
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