“Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments.”
Genes carry the biological information to make specific living things. Evolution says that simpler living things evolved first, and more complex life evolved later. This would lead us to believe that more complex living things would have developed more genes. The creation approach suggests that each creature was designed with the genetic material necessary for its survival in its intended environment. As a result, the genetic complexity of living things would be related to the way it lives, not to its place in a supposed evolutionary hierarchy.
Evolutionary scientists today are puzzled with the publication of the completed genome of the common fruit fly. The fruit fly has a nervous system, complex body plan and even an immune system and is the first animal to have its genome mapped. The puzzle arises with the discovery that the fruit fly has between 13,000 and 14,000 genes. The lowly roundworm, said by evolution to be among the first land creatures, should be genetically simple-yet, it has over 18,000 genes. The genetic differences between the worm and the fly speak of design. The sightless worm relies on smell to make its living, so it has about 1,000 genes involved in its olfactory system. The sighted fly relies much less on smell and has less than 100 genes for detecting scents.
This simply illustrates that truly scientific findings will never contradict the Bible by supporting evolution.
After a transgender “woman,” won a world-championship cycling race for women, the third-place winner, a real woman, complained that it isn’t fair. The forum was the 2018 Masters Track Cycling World Championship in Los Angeles, and the event was the women’s 35-39 bracket. The winner, Rachel McKinnon, “identifies” as a woman but is a biological male (“Biological Male Wins World Championship Event,” Daily Signal, Oct. 14, 2018). Third place winner, Jennifer Wagner, tweeted, “It’s definitely NOT fair” (her emphasis). Four days later, Wagner apologized to McKinnon, saying “I apologize for not properly congratulating you on race day. I hope you accept it a few days later.” But far from accepting the apology, McKinnon wrote, “This is why the apology is not accepted: she still thinks what she said.” So McKinnon doesn’t merely want the “right” to be whatever sex he wants to be, he wants to control the thinking of those who disagree with him. Seeking to end all debate on the subject, he labels all critics of his lifestyle “transphobic bigots.” This is the fruit of the unisex movement of the 1960s, and it is absolute confusion. Intimately associated with unisexuality are feminism and gay rights. This generation can rail against “nature” and do its best to change it, but it won’t work. God’s Word is true, even if the whole world disbelieves it. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” (Genesis 1:27). That is both the first word on the subject, and the final word.
(Friday Church News Notes, October 26, 2018, www.wayoflife.org, email@example.com, 866-295-4143)
“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.”
One of the most important reasons given by biblical creationists, such as myself, as to why we accept the creation week as six literal days of creation, is that the word yom – Hebrew for day – always means a regular 24-hour day when accompanied by a number. But there are some who raise an objection to this, stating that the word day is accompanied by a number in Hosea 6, but refers to an inexact period of time.
The verse in question is Hosea 6:2. “After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.” The argument is put that this phrase is not exact because we do not know whether it refers to two days or three.
This is an unusual construction in Hebrew, but it occurs elsewhere. For example, in Proverbs 6:16-17, we are told: “These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him.”
In English, we similarly use exact numbers to mean something inexact. We might have referred to two or three days, six or seven things, and so on. Clearly, “six or seven” means more than “two or three”. Although these phrases are inexact in total, they only make sense because the portion referring to the day or the object must be exact. Two days is exact, three days is exact, two or three days inexact. So the rule that a day is always a 24-hour day when accompanied by a number still holds, and the creation week must be six literal days.
“The Alabama Supreme Court has ruled that an unborn baby is a ‘person’ under the law, and, consequently, the death of that person can be punished with execution. Further, in a special concurrence, Justice Tom Parker called on the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that created a ‘right’ to abortion. ‘I write specially to expound upon the principles presented in the main opinion and to note the continued legal anomaly and logical fallacy that is Roe v. Wade,’ he said. ‘I urge the United States Supreme Court to overrule this increasingly isolated exception to the rights of unborn children.’ Parker affirmed the Alabama court’s rationale that ‘unborn children are persons entitled to the full and equal protection of the law.’ He asserted Roe v. Wade is ‘without historical or constitutional support, carved out an exception to the rights of unborn children and prohibited states from recognizing an unborn child’s inalienable right to life when that right conflicts with a woman’s ‘right’ to abortion.’ ‘This judicially created exception of Roe is an aberration to the natural law and common law of the states,’ Parker said. In August, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down an Alabama law banning the gruesome, second-trimester abortion procedure in which limbs are removed from a baby’s body in the womb. At the time, Chief Judge Ed Carnes lamented in his opinion that he was bound by U.S. Supreme Court precedent to rule against the state, writing that ‘dismemberment’ is the best description of the procedure, which clinically is known as dilation and extraction. ‘In our judicial system, there is only one Supreme Court, and we are not it,’ he wrote, calling the high court’s history of abortion rulings an ‘aberration’ of constitutional law. ‘There is a growing chorus of voices urging the Supreme Court to overrule its abortion decisions,’ said Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver. ‘The Supreme Court has created a constitutional aberration and caused incalculable harm by its abortion decisions. We applaud Justice Tom Parker in calling on the Supreme Court to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision and once again protect precious children, women, and families. Abortion is simply a euphemism created by activists to soften what it really is: the murder of innocent unborn children. “We must stop this human genocide. We must demand that the Supreme Court undo the horrendous ruling and make the womb a safe place again in America. As we hear about the horrible descriptions of the dismemberment of Jamal Ahmad Khashoggi, every breathing person naturally shudders. Yet, every day in America, helpless, preborn children are dismembered while they are still alive. We too must shudder at this horrible act and stop it.’”
“State Supreme Court: Roe v. Wade ‘patently illogical,’” WorldNetDaily, Oct. 19, 2018
“And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.”
We take the sky for granted. It is just there. Yet, whether it is covered with cloud, or clear, we do not consider the fact that, during the daytime, all of the sky is somewhat light. In particular, on a clear day, the sky appears blue. The blueness itself is remarkable, given that the sun is yellow, but why is the sky any color at all?
Having seen photographs from the Moon, taken by the Apollo Astronauts, we know that even when the sun is out, the rest of the sky is black. Sunlight comes from the Sun, so the blueness of the sky on Earth must be because of light coming from elsewhere.
Of course, all the light is from the Sun originally. But that light has been scattered. So there is scattered light coming at us from many different directions when we look at the sky. The reason for this scattering of light is a phenomenon known as Raleigh scattering – named for British physicist Lord Raleigh.
Sunlight is scattered by molecules and particles in the atmosphere. It turns out that the mix of molecules and particles that we have in Earth’s atmosphere scatters light more strongly at shorter wavelengths than at longer wavelengths. Of the colors of visible light, blue has a shorter wavelength than red. So it appears to us that blue light is coming to us from all directions of the sky because that light has been scattered.
When we learn the mechanism for something, it should not spoil our wonder at it but should cause us all the more to praise our Creator.
Canada has become the second country to fully legalize recreational marijuana, after Uruguay. In Newfoundland, Canada’s easternmost province, marijuana shops opened at midnight on October 17 to serve queues of customers. Like the legalization of “same-sex marriage,” the legalization of marijuana is a reflection of a dramatic change in the moral and spiritual condition of a nation. Since 2012, ten states in the United States have legalized recreational marijuana and others have decriminalized the possession of small amounts of the drug. Proponents of recreational marijuana use typically ignore proven dangers such as addiction, psychosis, marijuana as a gate-way drug, long-term effects on learning, cognition, and personality, “amotivational syndrome” (lethargy and loss of interest in achievement), bronchitis and respiratory infections, and increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Earlier this year it was announced that a major new scientific study by Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, found that marijuana use is independently associated with a 26 percent increased risk of stroke and a 10 percent increase in heart failure (“Pot Smoking,” Newsmax, Mar. 16, 2018). Since the legalization of marijuana in Colorado in 2012, the number of drivers who tested positive for marijuana use jumped 145 percent (‘Traffic fatalities linked to marijuana,’ Denver Post, Aug. 25, 2017). Teen drug use in Colorado is the highest in the nation. Fatal, drug-related automobile accidents have skyrocketed (“The sad anniversary of Big Commercial Pot in Colorado,’ The Gazette, Nov. 21, 2017). We are convinced that the legalization of recreational marijuana is a foolish experiment that will have serious repercussions. The fact that marijuana use in modern culture can be traced to the lascivious world of jazz, blues, and rock & roll is warning enough for those who have ears to hear. I know this all too well, having been a drug user before I was saved, beginning with my time in Vietnam in the Army in 1970-71. After I was discharged, I was immersed in the hippy drug culture, joining many of my generation on the Beatles’ very stupid Magical Mystery Tour. Alcohol is a powerful drug, but marijuana changed my thinking more than alcohol. It is a psychoactive drug with hallucinogenic properties. It is not an innocent thing. It can mess with the depths of a man’s soul. Not everyone has bad experiences with the drug, but a lot do. It affects people differently, but depression, intense anxiety, and paranoia are common side effects, and acute psychosis is not infrequent. It was definitely a “gateway” drug for me and for a lot of my friends. And the marijuana of today is vastly more powerful than the marijuana of the 1960s and 1970s, typically containing 15-20% THC (the psychoactive ingredient), and going as high as 37%, compared to 3 and 4 percent in the past. In 2013, the American Medical Association recommended against legalization, warning that “cannabis is a dangerous drug and as such is a public health concern. Heavy cannabis use in adolescence causes persistent impairments in neuro-cognitive performance and IQ, and use is associated with increased rates of anxiety, mood, and psychotic-thought disorders” (Ruth Marcus, “The perils of legalized pot,” The Washington Post, Jan. 2, 2014). Sir Robin Murray, a psychiatrist at King’s College in London, says, “Even I, 20 years ago, used to tell patients that cannabis is safe. It’s only after you see all the patients that go psychotic that you realize—it’s not so safe” (cited from Linda Nathan, The Cross and the Marijuana Leaf, available from LighthouseTrails.com). The rush to legalize marijuana is driven by the lascivious pop culture, the entertainment industry, an educational system devoted to moral relativism, a society that celebrates unrestrained self-expression, and the gross lack of wisdom typically reflected in mainstream media reporting. God’s command that His people be “sober” is repeated 12 times in the New Testament Epistles. It means to be in control of one’s mind and spirit so that nothing but God is in charge. “Sober” is the opposite of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs or anything else. One can be drunk on music, fashion, video games, professional sports, or anything that has captured the heart. “Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober” (1 Thessalonians 5:6). “But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer” (1 Peter 4:7). “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). Because of the speed with which so many fundamental Baptist churches are spiraling toward a contemporary stance that is accompanied by a “don’t judge, let people live as they please” philosophy, I predict that it won’t be long before some accept the use of alcohol and marijuana.
(Friday Church News Notes, October 26, 2018, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
“These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,”
Genesis appears to have been compiled, or edited, by Moses – under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit – from inspired documents or family records attributed to various patriarchs in Genesis. For example, in Genesis 5:1, we read the beginning of the section ascribed to Adam, which continues until Genesis 6:8. Jonathan Sarfati has suggested that these account introductions could justifiably be read as “What followed from Adam”, etc.
The first time the phrase, referring to “generations”, appears is in Genesis 2:4.
These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.
Unlike the other toledots, this one does not name a person as being responsible for it. But it is giving an account of what followed from the creation of the heavens and the earth. There are those who think that Genesis 2 gives a different creation account from that in Genesis 1. It does not. What we do see, however, from Genesis 2:4 onwards, is the creation from the perspective of the people living in it – the Garden in which God placed them, the temptation and their sin, and the subsequent multiplication of sin in chapter 4.
Genesis 1, on the other hand, is not part of a toledot. That is because it follows from nothing. It is God’s record, given directly to us, of creation from nothing, and therefore following from nothing other than the creative mind of God.
Christof Koch, chief scientist and president of the Allen Institute for Brian Science, says, “The brain is by far the most complex piece of highly excitable matter in the known universe by any measure. We don’t even understand the brain of a worm” (The New York Times, Oct. 15, 2018, p. A3). The information in the brain equals that contained in 20 million separate books (George Cahill, Science Digest, Vol. 89, issue 3, 1981, p. 105). It has about 200 billion nerve cells with hundreds of trillions of connections called synapses. Each synapse functions like a microprocessor “with both memory-storage and information-processing elements” (Cornelius Hunter, “More Switches Than the Internet,” Darwin’s God, Nov. 17, 2010). One synapse may contain 1,000 switches. In the cerebral cortex alone there are 125 trillion synapses, which is about how many stars would fill 1,500 Milky Way galaxies. “The brain’s total number of connections rivals the stars of the universe in number, yet the connections follow an orderly plan” (Alan Gillen, Body by Design, p. 87). There are 100 billion glia cells which provide the biological “batteries” for brain activity (The Revelation of God and Nature). The brain receives signals from 137 million light receptors in the eyes, 100,000 hearing receptors in the ears, 10,000 taste buds, 5-6 million odor detecting cells, 30,000 heat sensors on the skin, 250,000 cold sensors, and 500,000 touch sensors (adapted from Bert Thompson, The Revelation of God and Nature). The hearing receptors alone send up to 25,000 auditory signals per second to the brain, which interprets them as voices, thunder, music, or a million other sounds (Jackson, The Human Body). The brain receives 20% of all of the blood pumped from the heart. The brain produces over 50 different complex drugs needed to control our body, emotions, and thoughts. For example, endorphin, the brain’s pain-killer, is three times more potent than morphine (A Closer Look at the Evidence).
(Friday Church News Notes, October 19, 2018, www.wayoflife.org email@example.com, 866-295-4143)
“This is the book of the generations of Adam.”
One of the problems that some people have with the book of Genesis is its authorship. The fact that Genesis is ascribed to Moses is well known. Nor is this merely tradition. Jesus, Himself, referred to the first five books of the Bible as being written by Moses. Yet, all the events contained in Genesis pre-date Moses – in some cases, by over a thousand years.
Many explanations have been given to reconcile this problem. Some have suggested that the entire book could have been given to Moses by revelation, directly from God. Now, God is Sovereign and could certainly have given Genesis by this method. However, most scholars prefer the idea that Genesis is structured into units, called toledots, and that Moses was able to edit these into the finished inspired document.
The Hebrew word toledot is found in phrases such as Genesis 5:1. “This is the book of the generations of Adam”, where the word “generations” is used to translate the Hebrew toledot. This phrase is used to separate what are probably the original family documents. It is likely that the phrase introduces the section compiled by the named person, though I should mention that some think the phrase actually concludes, or signs off, the section compiled by the named individual. Personally, I think the idea of the toledot as a heading is more likely, particularly when one looks at the toledot of Ishmael in Genesis 25. Either way, this toledot model neatly explains how Genesis can be at once inspired, contemporary, and part of the books of Moses.
Duckduckgo.com is a good alternative to Google, and duckduckgo doesn’t track you and isn’t designed to take control of your life. The following is excerpted from “Google Admits They’re Moving towards Censorship,” Breitbart.com, Oct. 12, 2018: “In an interview with One America News Network host Jack Posobiec, Breitbart News Senior Tech reporter Allum Bokhari discussed the recent exclusive Breitbart leak of an 85-page internal Google document which states that the idea of free speech is a ‘utopian dream’ that is no longer possible, and outlines the growing crackdown of speech on social media. ‘Google said the document is just research and it doesn’t reflect company policy,’ said Bokhari. ‘That doesn’t make sense to me as an explanation because the briefing is a description of company policy, it says this is where things are going, this is the direction of travel, this is where things are moving, this is where we need to move if we want to accomplish certain things. The three top things that the briefing reveals, one: they admit they are shifting towards censorship and Silicon Valley as a whole is shifting towards censorship. Two: they admit that they, Twitter and Facebook now control the majority of online conversation and three: they make the business case for censorship. They say you need to censor in order to protect advertisers from controversy and you need to censor in order to maintain global expansion.’”
(Friday Church News Notes, October 19, 2018, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)