Brian Snider has published a video presentation “Debunking Steven Anderson” in two parts.
See also What About Steven Anderson? a free eBook available for viewing and download.
(Friday Church News Notes, April 5, 2019, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
1 Corinthians 14:33a
“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace… “
Erwin Schrödinger had a cat. Or perhaps he didn’t. At any rate, we don’t know whether it is alive or dead. Or still in the box. Confused?
Let me explain. Physicist Erwin Schrödinger devised a thought experiment in order to try to explain quantum theory. He imagined putting a cat in a box. There is a radioactive atom in the box which may, or may not, decay. If it does decay, it will release an alpha particle, which will hit a sensitive mechanism, able to release a hammer. The hammer will hit a vial of poisonous gas, killing the cat. The radioactive atom’s decay is a quantum event, so, whether the cat lives or dies, is also now a quantum event. If we have not opened the box, we do not know if the cat is alive or dead. In fact, before decay, a radioactive atom is assumed, by quantum theory, to exist in all possible states. Therefore, the cat is both alive and dead. Of course, once the box is opened, there is no doubt because we can see whether the cat is dead or alive.
The purpose of Schrödinger’s thought experiment was to criticize the whole concept of Quantum Theory. Surely, it was not possible for something to be and not to be at the same time. This simplistic version of Quantum Theory suggests a universe which is not understandable. No wonder that early scientists based their discoveries on the solid truth of God’s word.
Since Israel’s return to the land at the turn of the 20th century, a slew of artifacts have been unearthed that support the biblical record. The latest, announced this week, is a seal impression (bulla) that reads “Belonging to Nathan-Melech, servant of the king” (“2,600 Year Old Seal Discovered in City of David,” Jerusalem Post, Apr. 1, 2019). This name is mentioned in 2 Kings 23:11 in connection with King Josiah’s revival. “And he took away the horses that the kings of Judah had given to the sun, at the entering in of the house of the LORD, by the chamber of Nathanmelech the chamberlain, which was in the suburbs, and burned the chariots of the sun with fire.” We aren’t told specifically that Nathanmelech was complicit with the worship of the sun, but it seems probable since he apparently had allowed this idolatry to be carried out by his own chamber. The Greeks and Romans worshipped the sun god Helios, whose chariot was supposedly drawn by four horses. This image has been found on the mosaic floors of two ancient synagogues in Israel (Tiberias and Zippori). “Jarchi says, that those who adored the sun had horses, which they mounted every morning, to go out to meet him at his rising. The kings of Judah had imitated these idolatrous customs, and kept the horses of the sun even at the entrance of the temple of the Lord! (Treasury of Scripture Knowledge). The prophet Jeremiah, whose ministry began in the days of Josiah, would have been a witness to these things (Jer. 1:3). The Nathanmelech seal impression, which is dated to the 7th century BC, was found on the western slope of the City of David south of the Temple Mount in a building that shows evidence of having been destroyed by the Babylonians in the 6th century. Thus it is exactly the right time and place for a direct connection with the individual named in Scripture. The seal joins others that have been discovered in the area of David’s palace bearing the names of people mentioned in the books of Jeremiah, Kings, and Chronicles who lived or worked in the palace just before it was burned by Nebuchadnezzar. These include Jehucal the son of Shelemiah (Jer. 37:3), Gedaliah, son of Pashur (Jer. 38:1), Gemariah the son of Shaphan (Jer. 36:10), and Azariah the son of Hilkiah (1 Ch. 9:11). Some of these are in the Israel Museum. (For more on this see, “Great Archaeological Discoveries in Israel,” www.wayoflife.org.)
(Friday Church News Notes, April 5, 2019, www.wayoflife.org, email@example.com, 866-295-4143)
“And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so."
Douglas Adams, in his comic masterpiece The Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy, has one talk radio presenter enthusiastically stating, “We’ll be saying a big hello to all intelligent lifeforms everywhere and to everyone else out there, the secret is to bang the rocks together, guys.”
The joke is that the use of stone tools was supposedly one stage on the evolutionary progress of human beings. We remember movies from our youth – now criticized even by evolutionists – showing Neanderthal-type people who could only say “Ug!”, but who could make and use axe heads and arrow heads made of flint.
So when the New Scientist magazine opines in a heading that, “Some monkeys in Panama may have just stumbled into the Stone Age”, it makes us sit up and notice. It turns out that there are capuchins in Panama which open nuts and shellfish, using stones. Yet, other neighboring populations of the same species do not use such tools. The article is implying that these monkeys could be entering a stone age, which would, presumably, allow them to evolve into more intelligent forms. “Perhaps it takes a single hyper-intelligent individual to make the leap and begin using stone tools”, suggests the article’s author.
Yet, it is not only primates who use tools. Some sea otters use stones, while some crows can even manufacture simple tools from sticks or even wire. But at no time do these animals evolve into something new. God has created abilities to adapt and develop, but this is not evolution.
Christ’s quick coming is repeated three times in the last chapter of Revelation (Re. 22:10, 12, 20), and once in Revelation 3:11. Twice in Revelation we are told that these things will “shortly come to pass” (Re. 1:1; 20:7). And twice we are told that “the time is at hand” (Re. 1:3; Re. 22:10). The eight-fold repetition is divine emphasis. Christ is coming! Christ is coming! The words “quickly” and “shortly” and “at hand” emphasize the imminency of Christ’s coming. It is an emphasis on the importance of ever watching. The Bible is saying, “Wake up! Be ready! Look up!” This is a major theme of the New Testament from Matthew to Revelation. It must be a major theme in every believer’s life, and it must be a major theme of every church. It must be a major theme of preaching. Any preaching ministry that lacks the theme of the imminent coming of Christ is not a biblical ministry. The fading away of imminent Second Coming preaching is evidence of a slide toward apostasy.
(Friday Church News Notes, March 29, 2019, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
“China’s mass surveillance operation has a new target: distracted high school students. In March, Hangzhou Number 11 High School in east China installed a ‘smart classroom behavior management system’ (or ‘smart eye’) in one of its classrooms. The smart eye uses facial recognition technology to monitor students, and by this summer, administrators plan to install the Big Brother-esque system in every classroom. Here’s how it works. Every 30 seconds, three cameras installed in the front of the room scan each student’s face to determine their expression: surprised, sad, antipathy, angry, happy, afraid, or neutral. The cameras also record each student’s actions throughout the class, noting whether they are reading, listening, writing, standing up, raising hands, or leaning on the desk. Smart eye then notifies the teacher in real-time if it notices that a student appears distracted. The teacher can also view a report at the end of the class that provides an average of each student’s expressions.”
“Not Paying Attention in Class?” Futurism.com, May 17, 2018
“An Iranian man applying for asylum to the U.K. had his application denied because he converted from Islam to Christianity. According to a report from The Times, U.K. immigration officials wrote back to the man after he sent in his applications, explaining why they were discriminating against him. Immigration officials cited biblical passages from the books of Revelation and Leviticus. The Times reports: Immigration officials wrote to the man citing violent passages from the Bible to prove their point. They said that the Book of Revelation was ‘filled with imagery of revenge, destruction, death and violence.’ According to the report, the immigration officials were condemned by the Church of England for their ‘lack of religious literacy.’ Iran is one of the most hostile countries in the world toward Christians. Last year, Iran arrested more than 100 Christians shortly before Christmas as the faithful were celebrating the birth of Jesus. Iran has also made a point to target pro-Israel Christians. In 2017, four Iranian Christians were arrested and sentenced to ten years in prison for ‘promoting Zionist Christianity.’ Arrests for vague crimes such as ‘blasphemy’ are also frequently used by the theocratic state to target Christians” (“Iranian Convert Refused,” The Daily Caller, Mar. 21, 2019).
In conclusion, John Zmirak made the following comments about this report: “Whoever made the decision to send back that helpless, harmless Iranian Christian to a regime that executes apostates from Islam? He did it out of malice, and spite. He did it to make a political point. To mock the legitimate worries of Westerners at the influx of Islamists. I’m sure when he signed the order, he snickered to himself all the way home. He’s lucky there was no jihadist on his tram” (“Iranian Christian Barred,” The Stream, Mar. 22, 2019).
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”
An excellent article in the New Scientist magazine aims to explain the concept of entropy. The article starts with the quote: “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.” Of course, the phrase is not a biblical phrase. It is from the Funeral Service contained in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. The concept certainly is biblical, however. It reminds us that God made man from dust, and Job talks about returning one day to dust and ashes.
The New Scientist article asks us to imagine a video of an explosion. A solid object disintegrates before our eyes, while dust and pieces of the object are thrown outwards. Then the magazine asks us to imagine that the film is played backwards. The dust and pieces fly inward until we obtain a solid-looking, ordered object. We instinctively know that the first video is possible, but the latter is impossible. The dust is thrown out by energy, which has come from the chemical explosive. No energy has been destroyed, but Humpty Dumpty still can’t be put back together. This is because, although no energy is destroyed, some of it is now unusable. This energy has, for all intents and purposes, been lost. Probably, some of the dust is slightly warm, but such low-temperature heat is really wasted energy.
The universe is like that. It is running down. In no way could a universe have started by itself, with the dust gathering up into molecular order.
The following is excerpted from “Can you go to jail for ‘misgendering’?” Spectator, Mar. 19, 2019: “Another woman in Britain is facing a police investigation—and potentially, a jail sentence—because she wrote things online about sex, gender and a person who changed gender. So far, so familiar, but this tale has a significant feature. The woman is a journalist. A British police force is investigating a journalist over words that she published. Caroline Farrow, 44, is the subject of an investigation by Surrey Police over tweets she sent referring to the adult child of Susie Green, head of Mermaids, a charity concerned with transgender children. Farrow says the investigation arises because she ‘misgendered’ the child, who was born male but now identifies as female. Farrow is a columnist and occasional TV commentator. She writes and speaks from a Catholic perspective about a number of issues including education, family policy, euthanasia and gender. Farrow told me that on Monday this week an officer from a police station in Guildford had contacted her to tell her she was to be interviewed under caution in relation to tweets she sent last year some time after September, when she appeared on ITV’s Good Morning Britain with Susie Green of Mermaids, a charity. Farrow said: ‘I am being interviewed under caution for misgendering Susie Green’s daughter. It’s all rather Orwellian and rather scary.’ Susie Green said, ‘At four years old, my child told me that God had made a mistake, and that he should have been a girl.’”
[Concluding comment from Friday News Notes editor: Susie Green’s son, Jack, underwent sex change surgery in Thailand at age 16 and he and his mom insist that the boy is now a girl named Jackie, and it is Susie’s position that anyone calling her “daughter” a “son,” or “her” a “him,” they are “misgendering” and should be punished.]
(Friday Church News Notes, March 29, 2019, www.wayoflife.org, email@example.com, 866-295-4143)
“And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.”
The Encyclopaedia Britannica describes feathers as “the component structure of the outer covering and flight surfaces of all modern birds”, and goes on to say: “Unique to birds, feathers apparently evolved from the scales of birds’ reptilian ancestors”.
Yet, Wikipedia does not believe feathers are unique to birds because they state in many articles that most, if not all, dinosaurs also had feathers, stating dogmatically: “Several non-avian dinosaurs had feathers on their limbs that would not have functioned for flight”. Even the Britannica article goes on to show a picture of a feathered dinosaur.
Perhaps it is easier for evolutionists to believe that dinosaurs evolved into birds if dinosaurs also had feathers. But this merely moves, rather than solves, the problem that evolutionists have in trying to establish how feathers evolved in the first place. Britannica and Wikipedia both suggest that feathers evolved from reptilian scales; yet, Wikipedia reminds us that feathers “are considered the most complex integumentary structures found in vertebrates”.
The barbs on feathers have to fit exactly into the barbules – which would be a remarkable coincidence for a chance random process. Moreover, scales, being simple structures, would have to divide over generations, in many various ways, to produce feathers. The minimum estimate is for eight evolutionary steps, none of which have been found in real life. The point must be understood – it is not that feathers are too complicated to evolve, but rather that the complexity of alleged intermediate forms is impossible to replicate without design.
“The US Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from a Christian bed and breakfast owner who was ordered by a lower court to serve a lesbian couple despite it being a violation of her religious beliefs. The Supreme Court rejected the appeal Monday, thus upholding the lower court’s ruling in favor of the lesbian couple. Now, litigation will continue to determine what penalty the Christian business owner must face. Phyllis Young, the owner of Aloha Bed & Breakfast in Honolulu, Hawaii, refused to rent a room in her home to Diane Cervili and Taeko Bufford in 2007 due to her religious beliefs about marriage. Cervili and Bufford sued Young over her actions and accused her of discriminating against them because of their sexuality. Alliance Defending Freedom represented Young and argued that because she ‘only rented 1-3 rooms in her personal home she did not fall under the Hawaii public accommodations law that makes sexual-orientation discrimination unlawful.’ The conservative law firm also pointed out that the Constitution protects Young's right to not promote behavior that violates her faith or associate with people unwilling to respect her convictions. However, a state court found Young in violation of Hawaii's Civil Rights Commissions' public accommodation law. The law applies to hospitality, entertainment, and transportation services. The law makes it ‘illegal to deny a person access to or to treat them unequally in a place of public accommodation’ because of a person’s ‘religion,’ ‘sexual orientation,’ and ‘gender identity or expression.’”
“Christian B&B Owner Forced to Serve Gay Couples,” CBNNews.com, Mar. 19, 2019
“Doth the hawk fly by thy wisdom, and stretch her wings toward the south? Doth the eagle mount up at thy command, and make her nest on high?”
I remember buying a foot pump to inflate the tires on my first car. My choice was between two pumps. On the cheaper model, the foot operated a piston entering a cylinder in which the air would be compressed and forced through a tube into the tire. When the foot was lifted, valves prevented air getting back into the cylinder from the tire, and, instead, dragged air in from the outside. Each depression of the foot repeated this operation. In a sense, the lungs of mammals and reptiles would resemble two such pumps side by side.
The second model featured two pistons and cylinders angled in opposite directions. Pressing with the foot began the first stage of tire compression as before, but on releasing the foot, the second cylinder pushed air into the tire while the first refilled with external air. The next foot depression allowed cylinder 2 to refill while cylinder 1 pumped. Thus, there was air pumped into the tire on both depression and release of the foot. The two cylinders worked in tandem, in opposite directions. This second continuous pump is like the two lungs in a bird.
Even some well-known evolutionary scientists have pointed out how impossible it would be for one mechanism to evolve into the other because the transitional form would not be able to process air for breathing at all, and would suffocate. So bird lungs could not have evolved from dinosaurs, but, instead, are designed by God for exactly their purpose.
“On March 13, House and Senate Democrats introduced H.R. 5, the Equality Act, a proposal to expand protections in the 1964 Civil Rights Act to people based on their sex, sexual preference or gender identity. The sponsor of the bill, Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), who is openly gay, said conservatives would ‘use fear’ to stop the legislation and asserted, ‘we cannot allow claims of religious freedom to be used to discriminate against an LGBT individual.’ At a Capitol Hill press conference alongside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Cicilline said, ‘We know that in the weeks ahead conservatives will do everything they can to kill this bill and block progress once again.’ The bill states that it is designed ‘to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation, and for other purposes.’ Democrats previously introduced the legislation in 2015 and 2017, with the initiative dying in committee both times.”
“Rep. Cicilline,” CNSNews.com, Mar. 15, 2019
“For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.”
I understand the excitement that evolutionists feel when they consider the subject of exoplanets.
Exoplanets are planets orbiting stars other than our sun. It should be emphasized that we do not have direct observations of such planets. They are detected by noticing changes in brightness and movement of stars and assuming that these changes are caused by planets orbiting in front of the star. Sophisticated computer simulations based on such data can reveal a lot of further information.
Let us grant, for the moment, that such estimates and inferences of data are correct. Let us suppose that an exoplanet is found which is the same size and mass as the Earth. Let us further suppose that there is liquid water on the planet. We will also concede that the planet could have an axial tilt and period of rotation similar to that of Earth, allowing for Earth-style days and for regular seasons. Such a prospect excites evolutionists because, they would say, if life evolved on Earth in those conditions, it could just as easily evolve elsewhere.
This is a leap too far. Life did not evolve on Earth. Inorganic molecules cannot spontaneously get together and produce a living cell. DNA does not assemble itself and cause its own information at random. It is precisely because this did not happen here that it could not have happened on an exoplanet, no matter how Earth-like it is meant to be. Life is granted by God alone.
It is the latest in a long line of evidence that marijuana is not an innocent relaxation drug. “Smoking high-potency cannabis, used daily, has been linked to diagnosis of conditions like schizophrenia, paranoia and other psychosis disorders, new findings say. About 50 percent of new cases of psychosis disorders diagnosed in Amsterdam were linked to use of high-potency cannabis, according to a study published Tuesday in The Lancet. Additionally, 30 percent of new psychosis cases diagnosed in London were also associated with high strains of the drug. Overall, daily cannabis users were three times more likely to suffer a psychotic episode than those who never used the drug. That risk increased to five times for high-potency users. ‘As the legal status of cannabis changes in many countries and states, and as we consider the medicinal properties of some types of cannabis, it is of vital public health importance to consider the potential adverse effects that are associated with daily cannabis use, especially high potency varieties,’ said Marta Di Forti, researcher at King’s College London.”
“High potency marijuana,” UPI, Mar. 20, 2019