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Archive for September, 2007

A Line in the Sand

Posted by Vogeler on September 22, 2007

There are things that bug me.

I know, I know, it’s hard to believe it of such a nice, calm, warm, and fuzzy kind of guy (note I’m being facetious here).

Anyway, there are indeed many things that bug me. That drive me nuts. That make me want to slam my head in a car door. Like those obnoxious, shouting car-dealership commercials. Yeah, I’m gonna buy a car from those jerks (note that I work for a dealership that occasionally runs those ads, but sadly, no one listens to my voice of reason).

A really big thing that bugs me is when people that are otherwise great people, true believers, get Genesis wrong. There is a current fashion in many evangelical and other circles to treat the book of Genesis as a myth, or allegory instead of fact. This bugs me, and I’ll tell you why (overjoyed, aren’t you?!).

When a person begins to treat Genesis as less than historical (although poetical) fact, there is usually one reason for it: he or she is unable to reconcile the Biblical account of Creation with the science that he or she was taught for 12 years in the public (and sadly, sometimes the private) school system. But what people don’t understand is that secular science is not the end-all and be-all of scientific research and discovery. There is another voice, the voice of the Creation Scientist. Creations Scientists believe that the Biblical account of the Creation of our world is true, literal, and backed up by the evidence.

Many people, both Christians and non-Christians, believe that Creations Scientists aren’t real scientists; that they’re simply deluded religious fanatics with degrees from Bob’s Bible College that ignore all of the evidence for macro-evolution, old-Earth theories, and the like.

This is simply false.

Many of the best minds in science, well-known and highly awarded scientists in the world today are Creation Scientists. They hold doctorate degrees from prestigious universities, and they work at prestigious scientific labs. They use the exact same evidence that the evolutionists do. The only difference is how the worldview held by the scientist dictates the interpretation of the evidence.

A careful examination of the evidence leads to the obvious conclusion that most, if not all, secular theories on Creation are patently false, and serve only as feeble attempts to deny the existence of God. The scientific evidence, available to all who wish to examine it, clearly supports the Biblical account.

Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourself.

  • The Institute For Creation Research has articles and many resources, including an accredited Graduate School.
  • Answers in Genesis is a great resource aimed more to non-experts, although still excellent. Has many resources for children, too, and a museum.
  • Creationism.org is a good general site, with tons of links and information (also has links to evolution-based sites for comparison research). Some of the articles are very technical and scholarly, but overall very accessible.

These sites cover such issues as the dinosaurs, Noah’s Ark, continental drift and plate tectonics, Homo Sapiens vs. Homo Erectus Neanderthalis, etc. Check it out.

Now, an explanation of the title of this post: a Christian who denies the accuracy, inerrancy, and literal nature of the book of Genesis and the account of Creation is on a very slippery slope. If a person begins to question (under the influence of secular sources, no less!!) the Word’s account of the beginning of all things, what’s next? The truth of Christ’s death and resurrection? The truth of His return? His expiation of our sin? Where do you draw the line?

The answer to that question is simple: draw a line in the sand, with belief in the accuracy, inspiration, and inerrancy of the Bible one side, and secular theories on the other.

On which side will you be?

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A Poignant Article

Posted by Vogeler on September 21, 2007

Click here for some interesting research on homosexual therapy, from Christianity Today.

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An Easy Good Deed

Posted by Vogeler on September 13, 2007

Click here to donate a free mammogram to a needy woman.  Doesn’t cost you a thing.

Thanks to Mark in Scotland for the heads up on his blog!

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What’s Yours??

Posted by Vogeler on September 7, 2007

This semester (my final one!  Hooray!) I am taking a course entitled “Environmental Sociology”.  The environment, and how humans interact with it, has long been one of my pet subjects.  I am learning how we can live in more harmony with nature, and I believe that Christians have a responsibility to do so (Genesis 2:15).

Anyway, my instructor, Thomas Overton, mentioned a carbon footprint calculator on the website for the Nature Conservancy.   I plugged in my information, and was gratified that my score, 64 tons of C02 per year is less than the national average of 80.  However, I really NEED to find ways to lower it!

I encourage you to check your own carbon footprint, and post the results here.  The only way we are going to change things is by learning how to do it!

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Spillover

Posted by Vogeler on September 5, 2007

An interesting debate is taking place on the blog “Random Thoughts” by Jeremiah Otis. Its about the tithe, and whether it is a Biblical standard for Christians today. You can read about it by clicking here.

My question to you, Dear Readers, is this: Do you tithe, and why or why not?

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The Importance of Christian Education

Posted by Vogeler on September 1, 2007

As many of you know, I started my final semester for my bachelor’s degree at the end of August. I attend a secular, state-sponsored university. This leads to problems.

In my courses of study (History, Religion, Philosophy, Psychology, Anthropology, etc.) I am constantly bombarded by secular views of science, history, humanity, biology, etc., even by professed Christians.

I have great respect for many of my instructors, compounding the difficulty.

All of this strikes a severe blow at the root of my faith, even to the point of beginning to undermine it.

Thank God for the dedicated men and women who publish materials dedicated to a sincere, factual, reasonable, scientific defense of God’s Holy Word! The material offered by these people (which is readily available on the web) helps to both increase and shore up my faith.

My three personal favorites are:

Answers In Genesis

The Institute For Creation Research

Creationism.org

Ensuring that our children are properly educated about the facts of our world and how they line up with God’s Word is vital. Begin to undermine their faith in the scientific and historical accuracy of God’s Word, and they will soon begin to doubt its authority in their lives.

Please, become familiar with these sites. Direct your children, friends, and congregations to them. Spend time with them. Discuss what they have learned. If you are able, financially support them.

Most of us grew up with a skewed idea of how the world works. Our children are still receiving that same skewed message. Its up to us to ensure that they know the Truth.

And parents, don’t expect your local church to do it.  That’s your job.

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