“The new Netflix adaptation of the 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables has been revised to include multiple homosexual characters, according to the series creator, Moira Walley-Beckett. In the Northwood Entertainment-produced series, ‘Anne with an E,’ the beloved character Great Aunt Josephine Barry is the first of many LGBT characters in the series. … Aunt Jo revealed in Season 1 that she was grieving over the loss of a character known as Aunt Gertrude, Josephine's partner. IndieWire reports their relationship is what's called a ‘Boston marriage,’ when two women live together without being supported financially by a man. The term didn’t exist during the time period of the show. ‘And so we touch on that in Season 1, and in Season 2 we get to expand upon it in a way that allows her to provide a forum of acceptance,’ Walley-Beckett continued. That ‘forum of acceptance’ is known as a ‘queer soirée.’ In Season 2, Aunt Jo holds her first queer soirée since the passing of her partner. … IndieWire goes on to say that one of the artists attending the soirée is the show’s creation of the real-life pianist and composer, Cécile Chaminade. The media outlet reports the show also features two homosexual male characters. One is Anne’s good friend, ‘Cole.’ And it doesn’t end there. IndieWire goes on to report that the series creator also pictured the children’s teacher, Mr. Phillips, as gay. A contributing writer for Movieguide, The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment, spoke out against all the prominent homosexual story lines depicted in ‘Anne With an E.’ ‘The creators of the series have carefully manipulated the classic story with an agenda that fits their worldview,’ wrote Tess Farrand. ‘ANNE WITH AN E’s attempt to also push LGBT in programming that would normally attract more faith-based audiences is utterly unnecessary. Moreover, focusing attention on the sexuality subplot of the series detracts from the moral redemptive nature of the story. Obviously, the minds behind the series are jumping onto the ideological bandwagon that already has concerned parents even more worried. The discussion of gender and sexuality are in fact discussed ad nauseam. People in 2018 don’t need or want to see political/social debates take place on ‘family’ TV shows; they see enough of it on social media or see it on the 5 ‘o clock news. Rather, we should be turning to the ultimate resource for clarification on these pressing topics: the Bible.’”
“Netflix Twists,” CBN News, Jul. 21, 2018
“While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”
When scientific ideas seem to disagree with the Bible, Christians should hold firm. The Bible is God’s word, and oftentimes changes in those scientific ideas create renewed alignment with the Bible.
One such idea that I read recently concerned the regulation of temperatures on the Earth. Many scientists are concerned about so-called climate change and the problems that they believe are caused by the atmosphere’s carbon dioxide concentration. Ignoring for the moment the fact that many of us consider the atmosphere’s CO2 concentration to be insignificant, one team of researchers has suggested that atmospheric CO2 concentrations vary with rates of erosion.
Rocks containing calcium silicate can be chemically weathered by rainwater, but only if that water contains increased levels of dissolved carbon dioxide. Therefore, an increase in this sort of weathering will, it is supposed, lead to a decrease in atmospheric concentration. Increased temperature often causes the increased precipitation required for increased weathering. So, in summary, increased global temperature leads to increased chemical weathering, which leads to decreased atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide, which, because it is a greenhouse gas, leads to cooler global temperatures. To summarize our summary: increased global temperatures cause global temperatures to decrease, by this weathering effect. It is supposed that the converse is also true, so the Earth has a thermostat.
Genesis speaks of climate regulation thus: “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” (Genesis 8:22)
The DNA copying and reading process has complex editing ability. Dr. Jonathan Sarfati writes, "The copying is far more precise than pure chemistry could manage--only about 1 mistake in 10 billion letters, because there is editing (proof-reading and error-checking) machinery, again encoded in the DNA. But how would the information for editing machinery be transmitted accurately before this machinery was in place? Lest it be argued that the accuracy could be achieved stepwise through selection, note that a high degree of accuracy is needed to prevent error catastrophe--the accumulation of ‘noise’ in the form of junk proteins. Again there is a vicious circle, a ‘Catch-22’ (more irreducible complexity)" (By Design, p. 163). Chemical pathways and barriers are also necessary for life. Walt Brown, Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from MIT, observes: "Living cells contain thousands of different chemicals, some acidic, others basic. Many chemicals would react with others were it not for an intricate system of chemical barriers and buffers. If living things evolved, these barriers and buffers must also have evolved--but at just the right time to prevent harmful chemical reactions. How could such precise, seemingly coordinated, virtually miraculous events have happened for each of millions of species?" (In the Beginning, p. 15). These are just a few of the terribly complex features of the living cell which point directly to an Almighty God.
Seeing the Non-existent: Evolution’s Myths and Hoaxes, David Cloud, copyright 2011,
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Psalm 115:4, 6
“Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not:”
Did you know that most animals and humans have two noses? Most animals and humans have two very separate systems for detecting scents that work very differently from one another. These two sensory systems even detect very different types of scents.
We are all familiar with the smell of dinner cooking. However, scientists are making some surprising discoveries about our other system for detecting scents. This second system uses an organ called the vomeronasal organ, or VNO, in the nose. Rather than smelling dinner, the VNO detects pheromones. Among animals, pheromones are important for mating behavior. Mouse studies show that the VNO is wired into the brain with its own set of neurons. The research shows that mouse VNO neurons are up to 10,000 times more sensitive to pheromones than nasal neurons are to other scents. This amazing sensitivity rivals that of insects’ abilities to detect pheromones. While your nose uses many receptors to detect scents, your VNO apparently works quite differently.
The ability to detect scents is amazing enough and could hardly have developed by evolution. That we have two very different systems that fulfill very different purposes is a tribute to God’s creativity and shows that evolutionary thinking is nothing but a modern idol.
The Israeli technology firm Flytrex, which is using drones to deliver sushi, hamburgers and beer to hungry Icelanders, said it is expanding its supply routes in the capital Reykjavik to a total of 13, from one. This will allow the Tel Aviv-based startup to service almost half of the Icelandic city with its autonomous on-demand urban drone delivery service, the firm said on Tuesday. The delivery will continue to be in partnership with Aha.is, Iceland’s largest on-demand supplier of restaurant food, with which the Israeli startup launched its first delivery route. The upgraded service will also include an advanced ‘InAir’ wire-drop system that will safely lower packages directly to consumers’ backyards, beginning with a limited number of addresses and expanding pending approval by property owners. Each unmanned aerial vehicle is approved to fly up to 700 meters off its path to make backyard deliveries in select, approved neighborhoods, the statement said, and Flytrex aims to extend home deliveries to every resident in Reykjavik in the coming months.
“Israel’s Flytrex,” The Times of Israel, Aug. 7, 2018
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them..“
Do men and women differ from each other because God gave them different natures or because their environment caused them to be men or women? In short, is it our nature (our genes) or our nurture (our environment) that determines whether we become men or women?
Perhaps a pair of Canadian twin boys can answer the question. When they were a few months old, their parents decided to have them circumcised. After the doctor made a tragic error with one of the boys, the distraught parents did not know what to do. Not long after that, they saw a program on television about the effects of nature and nurture. During the course of the program, a doctor claimed that a surgically altered boy who was raised as a girl would grow into a woman. The parents contacted him. He assured the parents that he could help them raise their son as a healthy, happy girl. However, as the years went by, their new “daughter” grew to behave more like a boy than a girl. Finally, as a young adult he reclaimed his identity as a male. Today he is married and the step father of three children. His experience has led him to call the idea that it is the way children are raised that determines whether they become men or women, “Plainly ignorant.” The doctor who encouraged his parents to raise him as a girl has since been removed from his gender studies clinic.
We are made male or female by God, Who gives each of us the unique characteristics we need for our unique roles as parents. No amount of denial of this truth can change the truth of what God creates.
If you were at Jamestown—the tiny English settlement on the banks of the James River in Virginia—399 years ago this week, you probably would have been aware that something unusual was happening. Over in the rough-hewn, thatch-roofed church building, 22 duly elected settlers, six councilors, and their newly arrived governor, all white males, were braving the intense summer heat to attend the first meeting of the "general Assemblie." A new English charter a year earlier had authorized formation of this first representative assembly in the dozen-year-old colony, and the new governor, Sir George Yeardley, had seen to the charter’s implementation. It was the beginning of representative democracy in America, the forerunner of our Congress, state legislatures, and other representative bodies. Planted in Virginia a year before the Mayflower arrived from England, representative government would take root firmly, blossom in 13 largely self-governing colonies, and after independence grow into the great tree of American liberty, inspiring similar plantings in much of the world. Next year will mark the 400th anniversary of this hugely important, if rudimentary and tragedy-laced, beginning. It will present an opportunity to reflect on how far representative democracy has come and how far it still has to go.
“Representative Government,” Fox News, Aug. 7, 2018
“And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.”
The Bible teaches that until several centuries after the Flood all people on Earth spoke the same language. The fact that many supposedly unrelated languages have similar sounding words with the same or similar meanings supports this teaching. Some language researchers say that this is simply due to chance. Now some language researchers say that they have developed another line of research that supports the belief that all humans once spoke the same language.
Language researchers have spent years listening to babies in many different language groups babble. Babies younger than four months make a variety of sounds as they learn to use their voice. Speaking is a highly complex activity, requiring the coordination of 70 different muscles as well as several different body parts. By seven to ten months of age babies typically begin making sounds that alternate vowels and consonants. Researchers found that there are three distinct patterns of alternating sounds that are universal among babies in English-speaking households. Then they found that these three patterns are also common among infants from a wide range of language groups around the world. Researchers comparing infants from varying language groups then identified a fourth pattern among all groups. These findings have been interpreted as independent evidence that all people once spoke one language.
We accept what the Bible says by faith, not because it has been proven. But when Scripture’s truths are supported by science the Bible’s integrity is upheld before skeptics.
This is the era of the never-ending push for Christian unity. It is evident everywhere: in the World Council of Churches, in national councils, in global and national and regional “evangelical” organizations, in city clergy associations. Unity is promoted by para-church organizations and is a major focus of evangelistic crusades. Unity is pushed by the Roman Catholic Church, by Protestants, by Pentecostals, by Charismatics, and by most Baptists. It is a major theme of contemporary worship music. It is the focus of global missions organizations. It is a principle held by most Bible colleges and seminaries. Separation has become a foreign concept to the vast, vast majority of professing Christians. Division is instinctively despised. Preachers who cause disunity by doctrinal dogmatism are considered enemies of Jesus Christ, who allegedly prayed for ecumenical unity in John 17. The latest ecumenical thrust, as if another were needed, is the formation of the Congress of Christian Leaders (CCL), a new “interdenominational body that will seek to foster unity.” Founded by “evangelical leaders” Samuel Rodriguez and Johnnie Moore, the inaugural board includes megachurch pastors Greg Laurie, Jack Graham, and Jentezen Franklin (“Greg Laurie, Jack Graham among Global Pastors Named to Board,” Christian Post, Aug. 5, 2018). The 16 leaders on the board “have collective influence exceeding many millions of Christians on six continents.” The founders state that a “key defining factor” of the CCL is that it “will not be exclusively for evangelicals.” Regardless of its popularity, ecumenical unity is contrary to the teaching of God’s Word, which forbids the unity of truth and error, light and darkness. God’s Word warns loudly and plainly of false gospels, false christs, and false spirits. It warns of end-time apostasy and spiritual deception. The unity of all denominations is heresy. It is disobedience to God and will produce a one-world “church” of the Antichrist. Those leading the unity are the blind leading the blind. It is impossible to obey the Bible and pursue Christian unity today. A clear choice must be made. Obedience to the Bible’s command to earnestly contend for the faith once delivered to the saints single-handedly destroys every type of interdenominational unity. One cannot pursue ecumenical unity while fighting enthusiastically for doctrinal purity. “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 3).
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2 Chronicles 12:2-3
“And it came to pass, that in the fifth year of King Rehoboam Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem … and the people without number that came with him … and the Ethiopians.”
While most people know that several ancient cultures built pyramids, which culture built the most? Most people would answer “Egypt”, but they would be wrong. However, they did inspire the culture that built the most pyramids.
At its height, the Egyptian empire included many cultures, reaching into the Near East as well as into Africa. Nubia, just to the south of Egypt, was a proud member of the Egyptian empire and adopted many Egyptian customs. Sometimes referred to as Ethiopians in some Bible translations, they became so much a part of the Egyptian empire that they even provided troops to the Egyptian army, according to the Bible. Nubia is also called “Cush” in the Bible. Among the Egyptian customs they adopted was burying their kings in pyramids. After mummification, dead royalty were placed in their tombs, which were decorated and filled with supplies thought to be needed in the next life. The base of these pyramids also included a chapel for those who wished to continue to worship the dead king. While none of their pyramids was as large as the great Egyptian pyramids, over the centuries they built 223 pyramids, far more than are found in Egypt!
The Bible’s mention of these people serving in the Egyptian army rings true to history. The Nubians were proud members of the Egyptian empire and continued to enjoy an alliance with Egypt long after the empire ended.
I feel sorry for Richard Dawkins. He is whistling in the dark. His conscience tells him there is a God. Creation tells him there is a God. And the Bible tells him there is a God. But he has willfully shut his eyes to the light and hardened his heart against the Creator. Now he has painted himself into a corner before the whole world. God loves him and would save him, but he must come on God’s terms, which is repentance and faith in Christ’s cross, and it is all too likely that he will continue to harden his neck until it is too late. This happened to his friend and co-conspirator in “the new atheism,” Christopher Hitchens. Dawkins has called God a “capriciously malevolent bully,” but in truth God is the most compassionate Person in existence, the source of all true love. God is love. At great cost God provided salvation for rebels. The Son of God suffered and died for rebels. I am thankful for the day when I came to my senses and humbled myself before this God and repented of my wicked sins against Him and put my faith 100% in Jesus as the Son of God and the Saviour of the world. “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18).
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"The haters of the LORD should have submitted themselves unto him: but their time should have endured for ever."
The animal we feature on today’s Creation Moments is so new to science it hasn’t even been classified according to genus as this is written. Yet the mimic octopus is the talk of the scientific world.
Found in the Indo‑Pacific area, the mimic octopus has proportionately longer arms than other octopuses. The mimic octopus also has a very narrow waist that aids in its disguises. When approached, one mimic octopus mimicked a flounder, flattening its body and pointing its legs in one direction. Then it began to swim with undulating motion over the bottom, just as a flounder would. Mimic octopuses have also been seen to mimic starfish, jellyfish, giant crabs, lionfish, seahorses, anemones, stingrays and other creatures. One researcher was studying what he was convinced was a new species of mantis shrimp. It turned out to be a mimic octopus. If the possible threat is not fooled, a mimic octopus will morph through a variety of animals. Octopuses are generally seen as intelligent animals. However, the ability of the mimic octopus to mimic both the form and behavior of a range of animals puzzles scientists.
According to evolutionary theory, such high intelligence evolves only in social animals, and mimic octopuses are solitary creatures. So where did such intelligence come from? We can easily explain that its intelligent Creator gave it the intelligence it needed to fool predators for its own survival.
Richard Dawkins, one of the leaders of the “new atheist” movement, is targeting teens and children with atheist propaganda. Dawkins, author of The God Delusion, said the book for teens will be titled Outgrowing God, while the one for children is yet to be named. The man is on a ridiculous rampage against the Creator, while admitting that he has no clue how life began. In an interview with Ben Stein that was published in the documentary Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, Dawkins said that life might have been “seeded on to this planet” by aliens. This is not science; it is science fiction; it is “Never-Never land.” The glorious gospel according to Richard Dawkins is that man is the product of blind chance, he has no ultimate purpose, he is bound by no absolute laws, and when he is dead he is dead. In Dawkins’ sad world, man is alone in a meaningless, dying universe; alone, without help and without hope. The gospel according to Richard Dawkins is a recipe for despair and suicide, and if it were true, the very act of writing and publishing books would be a meaningless exercise. If what Dawkins believes is true, nothing in life means anything, ultimately, and it does not matter what one believes. He has no dogmatic basis for saying that anything is true or that anything is wrong. As a mere animal, his opinion is no more significant than that of a worm. But Richard Dawkins is wrong. He is willfully blind. There is overwhelming evidence of an Almighty, all-wise Creator, and overwhelming evidence that the Bible is God’s compassionate revelation to man. Bible-believing homes and churches need to wake up and prepare their children to face the fierce skepticism of this age. I personally know of a pastor’s son who professed atheism by reading the deceitful musings of the “new atheists” online. The Bible twice says, “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God...” (Psalm 14:1; 53:1). (We recommend An Unshakeable Faith: A Christian Apologetics Course and The Mobile Phone and the Christian Home and Church: A Youth Discipleship Course, both of which are available from www.wayoflife.org.)
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“Education is, therefore, a fearful gift, bringing tremendous accountability; it should lead to humility, thanksgiving, activity, and devotion. When these are wanting, a godless prostitution of the powers is the result … The Christian scholar should pray with every breath, that he be not high-minded, but fear. In proportion as he rises in attainment, he should sink in veneration, and dissolve in love; striving to increase his simple devotions as he increases his mental discoveries”
(J.W. Alexander,Thoughts on Preaching, 1864, p 85).
“Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done; and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order…”
Often the most productive science is done when scientists, as one founder of modern science put it, “Think God’s thoughts after Him.” For example, while antibiotics have saved millions of lives, they have proven to be only a temporary solution. In addition, there are some bacterial infections that move too fast for antibiotics to be effective.
Vibrio vulnificus is one such bacterium. It is typically found in oysters. The bacterium has little effect on healthy people, but those whom it infects are most likely to be dead within 24 hours. How do we combat such a fast-working deadly bacterium by thinking God’s thoughts after Him? By finding something that is even faster at infecting the bacterium and killing it. That’s exactly what medical researchers have done. They have found a virus that infects the bacteria, rapidly reproducing inside the bacterium until it causes the bacterium to burst. Once the bacteria are all dead, the virus can no longer reproduce. Researchers infected eight mice with Vibrio vulnificus. If they had not at the same time infected the mice with the virus, all would have been dead within 18 hours. As a result, five of the mice never became ill. This approach is also being successfully used to treat bacteria that cause skin infections.
The successes that come from thinking God’s thoughts after Him demonstrate that God is the Author of science and all that it studies.