“The old Wellhausen-type view is ruled out by the horde of contrary facts unearthed since 1878 and 1886. We have here [in Scripture] the Canaan of the early second millennium and not of the Hebrew monarchy period, in any wise. The oft-stated claim of a ‘consensus’ that the patriarchs never existed is itself a case of self-delusion on the data presented here, and (if one may be forgiven for saying so) in fact, a ‘con-nonsense-us’!”
(K.A. Kitchen, On the Reliability of the Old Testament, Eerdmans, 2003, p. 372; Kitchen is Brunner Professor Emeritus of Egyptology at the University of Liverpool)
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Jazz Festival has New Orleans dancing.
“Of fowls after their kind, of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.”
Can you picture Noah trying to get some of those giant dinosaurs on the ark to save them from the Flood? There’s no denying that dinosaurs really lived. The land dinosaurs were likely created on the sixth day with the other great land creatures, while the marine dinosaurs were created on the fifth day with the other denizens of the deep. So what happened to them? Today there seem to be more theories about why dinosaurs disappeared than there were dinosaurs to disappear.
One of the most popular theories is that a huge rock from space, perhaps miles across, struck the Earth. The fires, earthquakes and storms that followed so polluted the atmosphere that plants and then dinosaurs died. Evidence for this theory is lacking; every dinosaur bone found today is in rock that bears evidence of having been buried rapidly by a great amount of water. That sounds like a Flood to creation scientists.
The dinosaurs are acknowledged to be a type of reptile and are known to have laid eggs. Many hundreds of fossilized dinosaur eggs have been found. All this means that even the largest of the dinosaurs began life as little fellows. Noah would have had no problem looking after them on the ark – they were likely no larger than the family dog. And how did the dinosaurs become extinct? Probably the same way the Dodo and the carrier pigeon became extinct – at the hand of humans.
Because the world’s climate after the Flood was cooler and wetter, dinosaurs who survived the Flood did not prosper, and most – if not all – of them have become extinct. Dinosaurs are yet another witness to the incredible wisdom, power and diversity of God’s wonderful creativity.
Illustration: Many dinosaurs – such as the Eoraptor – were no larger than a dog. Courtesy of Dropzink. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license.
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“The American Physical Society (APS) has signaled a dramatic turnabout in its position on ‘climate change’ by appointing three notorious climate skeptics to its panel on public affairs (POPA). They are: Professor Richard Lindzen, formerly Alfred P Sloan Professor of Meteorology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a highly regarded physicist who once described climate change alarmism on The Larry King Show as ‘mainly just like little kids locking themselves in dark closets to see how much they can scare each other and themselves.’ John Christy, Professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, who has written: ‘I’m sure the majority (but not all) of my IPCC colleagues cringe when I say this, but I see neither the developing catastrophe nor the smoking gun proving that human activity is to blame for most of the warming we see.’ Judith Curry, Chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Tech, a former Warmist (and still a self-described ‘luke warmer’) who has infuriated many of her more extremist colleagues by defending skeptics and by testifying to the US House Subcommittee on the Environment that the uncertainties in forecasting climate science are much greater than the alarmists will admit. As Anthony Watts has noted, this is news guaranteed to make a Warmist’s head explode. The reason it’s so significant is that it comes only three years after one of the APS's most distinguished members--Professor Hal Lewis--resigned in disgust at its endorsement of what he called ‘the global warming scam.’ ... [In his resignation letter, Lewis identified money as the root of the ‘Global Warming Consensus,’ saying,] ‘There are indeed trillions of dollars involved, to say nothing of the fame and glory (and frequent trips to exotic islands) that go with being a member of the club.’ [He described] global warming as ‘the greatest and most successful pseudo-scientific fraud I have seen in my long life as a physicist.’”
(“American Physical Society Sees the Light,” Breitbart.com, Mar. 20, 2014)
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President Obama completes his visit to Asia;
NYC bans e-cigarettes.
“…and the scripture cannot be broken;”
As we read Genesis 2, we might get the idea that humans were created before the animals and even before plants. Since this would seem to be a clear contradiction of Genesis chapter 1, some have said that the creation account does not intend to offer literal history. Is this really the case?
The reason for these apparent differences becomes a little more clear to us when we realize that in some languages there is no apparent contradiction. That tells us that the reason for these apparent contradictions has something to do with how English works, not with what the original says.
That is indeed the case. Our English language has time built into our verbs. Past, present and future – we all learned these in school. But Hebrew verbs – the language in which these verses were originally written – do not have time built into them. So this problem always shows up when we try to express these thoughts in a language that has time in its verbs. Genesis 1 is very careful to express time relationships; each day is numbered. Genesis 2 is interested only in focusing on the details of the human story. The other details, covered in sequence in Genesis 1, are mentioned only as they serve to add to the story of humanity.
So there is no contradiction between Genesis 1 and Genesis 2. It only appears so in English because we have no such thing as a verb that does not express time. God’s Word stands as completely trustworthy!
Notes: Niessen, R., B. Northrup, and D. Watson. 1988. Genesis Stands. Minneapolis, MN: Bible Science Association, Inc.
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Israelis stand in remembrance of the holocaust;
George Clooney is reported to be engaged.
In a sign both of the Me Generation and the feminization, unisex-ation of society, there is a huge boom in men getting plastic surgery. The American Society of Plastic Aesthetic Surgery says the number of male surgeries increased more than 106% since 1997 (“Here’s Why There’s a Huge Boom,” Business Insider, Mar. 3, 2014). Douglas Steinbrech, a New York City-based plastic surgeon, lists three reasons why men use his services: to enhance one’s appearance, to enhance one’s career, and to regain a more youthful appearance. The most popular procedures are liposuction, rhinoplasty (nose job), eyelid surgery, gynescomastia (removal of breast tissue), and ear shaping.
(Friday Church News Notes, April 25, 2014, www.wayoflife.org firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
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Pro-Russians takeover Ukrainian TV station;
Two new Popes enter sainthood.