April 25, 2014
The movie “Noah” (2014) was foundationally sound in terms of presenting God’s holiness and man’s sinfulness. However, many serious distortions were evident as it wove together the director’s view of creation, the fall, the curse, and the flood.
One of these distortions was found in the statement “In the beginning was nothing.” While this may appear to be correct, it actually represents a subtle change from the truth of what Genesis 1:1 really says – “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”
Evolutionary/humanist thinking believes that the universe has always been here or that it created itself out of nothing through what are called quantum fluctuations. The laws of thermodynamics demonstrate that a universe that is running down cannot have existed forever; and simple logic dictates that something cannot create itself.
The opening verse of Scripture tells us plainly that God was here in the beginning, thus implying He created time. And through creating the heaven and the earth, He has brought forth into existence both space and matter.
Those who believe Genesis 1:1 as it is written will have no trouble embracing the rest of God’s Word!
June 12, 2014
A worldview can be defined as “the overall perspective from which one sees and interprets the world; a collection of beliefs about life and the universe held by an individual or a group.”
Therefore, a worldview is a belief system that is fueled by faith in someone or something.
The answers to life’s basic questions – Who am I? Why am I here? What happens to me when I die? How and when did life start? – should ideally be answered by one’s worldview.
All worldviews fit essentially within two categories: biblical and evolutionary. The former embraces the supernatural, while the latter looks to the naturalistic.
The three monotheistic religions of the world – Christianity, Judaism, and Islam – are (or were) creationist at their core. Hence they are supernaturalistic, while all other religions are naturalistic. But Christianity stands alone, for in embracing relationship it provides satisfying and fulfilling answers to life’s questions.
Several more definitions include:
Naturalism – the view of the world that takes account only of natural elements and forces, excluding the supernatural or spiritual; the belief that all phenomena are covered by laws of science.
Evolutionism – the naturalistic philosophy of life and meaning that regards human beings as the highest achievement of billions of years of evolutionary development by natural processes.
Theism – the belief in the existence of a god or gods, especially belief in a personal God as creator and ruler of the world. Theism assumes that Someone outside of nature (natural forces and laws) has “caused to be” the things that now exist. Biblical theism is creationist. Other religions are generally theistic yet not necessarily creationist.
Creationism – the belief in the literal interpretation of the account of the creation of the universe and of all living things related in the Bible. Creationism assumes that all the basic systems in nature were created supernaturally by an omnipotent, omniscient, transcendent God. Man was created as steward over that creation and is ultimately responsible to the Creator.
November 29, 2014
An easy method for recalling what God created on which day is to think of it according to the following pattern:
Day 1 – light shone upon the earth and into heaven (space).
Day 2 – the waters above were separated from waters beneath by an atmosphere.
Day 3 – dry land was formed with plants, trees, and all vegetation appearing fully mature.
–> The key here is to connect Days 1 & 4, Days 2 & 5, and Days 3 & 6.
Day 4 – space was filled with the stars (including the sun), the planets, and their moons.
Day 5 – the air was populated with birds, and the seas with aquatic life.
Day 6 – the land was populated with animals and man, the latter being created in God’s image.
Very clearly this order of events completely contradicts evolutionary thinking, and can be possible only by believing that each day is represented by one rotation of the earth upon its axis, and not millions or billions of years.
Then on Day 7 the LORD rested.
Exodus 20:8-11 makes it abundantly clear that the week was created for man and patterned by God for us during His creation labours. The length of a week is nowhere connected with any astronomical signs or seasons, unlike the day, month, and year which are respectively based upon the earth’s rotation, the moon’s orbit around the earth, and the earth’s journey around the sun.