Monday, September 26, 2011

The Days of Lamech

Have you ever been to the "Old World"? You know, Italy or Egypt or someplace with significant amounts history? Do you remember that tingling feeling of excitement that you got as you gazed at the creative works of Michelangelo or the Pharaohs? Has your breath been taken away as you walk along the ramparts of a thousand year old Scottish castle or the miles of the Great Wall in China?

That's the feeling I got when I was reading Jon Saboe's latest work, The Days of Lamech. We've heard bits and pieces about the heroes of old, but Saboe weaves a stimulating tale that is both biblically plausible and captivating to read.

Ever wonder who the Nephilim were or what part they had to play in history? What might the pre-flood world have been like? Is the biblical account of a global flood scientifically accurate or even possible? All of these questions have answers, and Saboe composes this novel filled with documentary-level credibility enveloped in an action-driven storyline so that the reader never realizes they are learning while reading.

The ending is outstanding, so don't let the 500 pages intimidate you into submission!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Global Flood

The earth experienced the most terrible act of God/catastrophe of all time about 4500 years ago when waters from the deep burst forth and there was rain for 40 straight days. The upheaval of the continental plates, volcanoes, tsunamis, and earthquakes destroyed all pre-flood civilizations and killed everyone that did not listen to the warnings of God through Noah.

The evidence of this year long tragedy is all around us.

In the next year or two, there will be a major motion picture of the events that led up to the flood and the flood itself. Check out the production company's website here for more information.

2 Peter 2:5
And God did not spare the ancient world—except for Noah and the seven others in his family. Noah warned the world of God's righteous judgment. So God protected Noah when he destroyed the world of ungodly people with a vast flood.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Tragedy of Casey Anthony

Has anyone heard this story in the news about Casey Anthony? Apparently, a young mother decided to kill her two year old girl, Caylee, in the name of convenience. America is horrified, and rightly so.

This terrible tragedy unmasks the way that people can de-humanize someone else in order to treat them immorally. This was done in the 17th and 18th centuries to Africans to legitimize slavery. Even now, people tend to treat people of other races as somehow inferior. Sadly, the practice of dehumanizing people continues without shame to unborn babies worldwide.

Caylee was two years old, and America is horrified that a mother could suffocate her little girl. What if Caylee has been only one year old? Would it still have been such an awful atrocity? What about 1 month old? Of course, it would be considered a crime at the highest level!!!

But if Caylee were still growing safely in her mother's womb, and the infanticide practitioner forcefully invades her natural incubator to end her life, then half of America applauds Casey's "constitutional right" to murder her own child.

Sadly, God's Word has been largely disregarded in our culture starting with Genesis, which is mocked more heartily than most any other written document. But in Genesis 1:27, we find the foundation for how we should treat others: "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." People are not animals that can be discarded in the name of convenience. We have been created in the very image of God, and he sent His only son to pay the ultimate price in order that our relationship with God could be restored. John 3:16 tells us plainly, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Enemy Within, Part 2

In today's Christian culture, things labelled as Christian are allowed almost complete free-reign within the walls of Christendom. Christian music, Christian singles websites...attach Christ to it or stick a Christian fish on it, and Shah-bang! It's acceptable to the millions of people, who identify themselves as Christians...with hardly a challenge. In an effort to engage the Christian culture through printed media, the periodical, Christianity Today writes articles about religion and other contemporary issues.

In The Enemy Within, Part 1, an analogy was crafted using Homer's epic poem, The Illiad. The Greeks brought down the mighty city of Troy without massive siege-works or modern explosives. Instead, they used Guile, Deception, and Temptation.

Today's modern Trojans, the protestant Christian church, has been fighting off attacks for centuries. A new tactic emerged in the 1800's to replace God's involvement in Creation through a "scientific" cause...evolution. And until recently, this tactic was wielded only at the hands of atheists. Although the mighty Trojan wall, God's Word, has repelled the direct attack in a head-on fashion from the interior of protestant Christendom, the plot of evolution has recently been courted by those claiming to be have the interests of Christianity at heart.

Christianity Today's article, The Search For the Historical Adam, is a prime example of the Trojan Horse at the gates. As soon as the solid wall of God's Word can be marginalized through the deception of evolution, the final destruction on the effectiveness of the church can begin from within.

There are guardians on this wall. Those, who feel it is their duty to preserve God's Word with valiant efforts. Answers In Genesis, Creation Ministry International, the Institute For Creation Research, and a hundred others are fighting the likes of Francis Collins and Reasons to Believe, who choose to rationalize the Bible by claiming it to be mythology. It is truly beyond the pale to hear these modern Greek warriors in their veil of scientific credentialism, their Trojan Horse, wield the enemy's weapon, evolution, as if it were something that the church should embrace. And why did Christianity Today fail to interview even one of the guardians in their "unbiased" article? Only those within the Trojan Horse were interviewed for their contribution to the battle.

Scanning the websites of the guardians, it is easy to see that there is plenty of scientific evidence and scriptural evidence to deflect the flaming arrows of the enemy. But we on the inside of the walls must not yield to the pressure of desiring cultural acceptance, and we must continue to trust God's Word as true.

Let's not end this prolonged war the way the Trojans did by opening the gates willingly to the enemy. We must recognize the attack for what it is and stand firm on God's Word.

The Enemy Within, Part 1

Do you remember the epic journey of Odysseus, Achilles, and Agamemnon in their quest to "rescue" Helen from the clutches of the Trojans? Since the Greeks won the war, they got to portray the Trojans as the villains, but what if a Trojan history book had survived. Could it be that Paris rescued Helen from an abusive marriage to Menelaus? What might have changed in the perspective of the story in how we remember this ten year war today?

And do you remember how the Greeks were finally able to defeat the Trojans after failing for TEN years? The Trojan Horse. The Greeks constructed a massive hollow horse and hid a dozen warriors inside. They left the "gift" at the gate of Troy and pretended to sail away. Once the Trojans let the horse through the gates of their protective wall and celebrated the departure of the Greeks, their fate was sealed. The Greek warriors inside the horse opened the gates of Troy to allow the Greek army inside, and sleeping Troy was destroyed.

The wall that protected Troy for a decade was impotent to stop the attack from within. Once the Greeks deceptively eluded the walls with the gift horse, the destruction of Troy was imminent.

Today, the idea of a Trojan horse is synonymous with inviting something that looks attractive into a vulnerable interior to its ultimate doom.

The Word of God has stood as an impenetrable wall around Christendom since Guttenburg first printed the Bible on his printing press. Once people could read the Bible for themselves, heresies in the church were slowly discarded and evangelism has been able to grow. The bride of Christ has been under constant attack from many angles, but God's Word has repelled the attacks.

But in the last 150 years, a cleverly devised and insidious plot has surfaced to attack faith in God as Creator.

Part 2 of The Enemy Within.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Didn't John Lennon Say "There's No Heaven?"

So the foremost most popular cosmologist of the 21st century now agrees with the a 60's rocker who might or might not have developed his lyrics during drug-induced stupors.

In 1971 Lennon sang:

Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try

In 2011 Stephen Hawking wrote:

There is no heaven or afterlife
It would be difficult to determine the motivation for John Lennon other than to say he was a leader in the religious counter-rEvolutionary movement in the 1960s.

Since Hawking is a famous scientist, he would presumably have some evidence to back up his claim, or has he simply crossed the wall of separation between church and science without a hall pass? Speaking of presumptions, Hawking is on dangerous ground to have so definitively dismissed Heaven, when in his own field of research, he is still searching vainly for 96% of the universe.

Jesus promised: "I go to prepare a place for you...that where I am, there you may be also." - John 14:2,3. It's also better to earn Heavenly currency than to focus on building up earthly wealth:

"Don't store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there your heart will also be." - Matthew 6:19-21

Drug-enhanced rockers and wayward cosmologists may say there's no Heaven, but don't bet your eternal life on the absence of Heaven...or Hell.

Monday, May 16, 2011

The gap between hero and villain is apparently the width of fur

It was a cloudless and carefree Sunday afternoon. The spring sun shone down with just enough glow to warm the breeze to a pleasant caress. My wife enjoyed her Mother's Day by slipping away to her peaceful bedroom for a delightful afternoon nap. I lounged in the living room with some relaxing reading. My drowsy reading was interrupted by the ear-splitting scream of my nine year old from the backyard. In seconds, I was streaking through the yard with adrenaline driving my legs toward his desperate cries. He was yelling and kicking at our friendly, family Labradoodle, who was stalking around the dogwood tree.

A pathetic ball of fur and blood clawed frantically for the safety of the tree. As the lame squirrel futilely drug itself towards the trunk with just it's front paws, Mark's moist little eyes bored into me with passion, and he pleaded fervently, "HELP IT, DADDY! HELP IT!!!" We were quickly met at the tree by my pre-teen daughter, who echoed Mark's request for me to help the dying rodent. After snatching away a few timid hands reaching out to "help" the wounded animal, I marched the whole curious band up to the house, to chain up the canine and talk to the children.

Knowing the poor squirrel needed to be put out of its misery, I tried to calmly explain the situation to my compassionate children, who were still clamoring for me to "DO SOMETHING! HELP IT!" I should have taken it as a compliment as their usual adolescent interpretation of my skills is somewhere between a bag of lawn clippings and a lab rat, and now they expect me to be able to mend a broken hip, deep lacerations, possibly a broken back, and a small case of indigestion…at least the poor thing looked like it had indigestion.

Their sympathetic cries turned to horror and disdain as I explained my plan that they stay in the house while I "snuffed out its candle". "TAKE IT TO THE VET, DADDY!" urged Mark. "The vet wouldn't fix a squirrel, buddy…I'm sorry; and I don't want to spend $500 on an animal that will die from his injuries or starvation." Since my sister is an animal rehabilitator, Jessica petitioned "CAN WE TAKE IT TO AUNT DJ's HOUSE?"  "I'm sorry, Sweetie; she would just feed it to her owl." I replied. Crossed arms and laser eyes burned into my back, as I left the children in the game room to take on the grim task ahead of me.

After retrieving my shovel from the shed, I looked back to the house to make sure that the kids were still inside. Unfortunately, their view of the impending macabre task was completely unobstructed, so I marched resolutely back down to the dogwood tree only to find the crippled rodent had intrepidly climbed 12 feet up into the tree.

He was looking down on me, chittering painfully and shivering uncontrollably. Now, my fear was that he would climb out to the edge of the branch and die…only to fall into the brambles in my neighbor's yard and stink for a month where he could not be disposed of.

So, now the kids got to watch their big, strong daddy swing the shovel of death at the defenseless creature in an attempt to knock it from the tree of refuge down to the killing grounds. And what should enter my ears from the house, but the banging of four little protesting fists on the windows of the game room. Only three or four swings later, I hear, "MOMMY!!!! STOP DADDY!!!!!! HE"S KILLING AN INNOCENT ANIMAL!!!! STOP HIM! STOP HIM!!!"

Now down on the ground, the poor guy tried vainly to dislodge the makeshift guillotine with his front paws, and I'm feeling lower than the one-armed Luke, beaten and hopeless, when Darth Vader revealed his surprising parentage.

About six hours later, I'm retelling the sad tale to my friend, Troy, and he has his own story to tell. His startled daughter calls him from the driveway to report a 5 foot snake is between her and the house. So, the valiant hero, Troy, runs from the house with yard tools and heroically cuts down the wicked serpent to the wild cheers of his thankful family, who had all came outside to watch his heroism!

The gap between hero and villain is apparently the width of fur.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Terrible Tsunami Tragedy

The destructive force of water is enormous! We've just recently witnessed how a single earthquake and the subsequent tsunami brought devastation to the people of Japan.

Imagine what three or five or ten simultaneous tsunamis would be like. Genesis 7:11 says that the fountains of the great deep burst forth, which would have cracked the earth's crust like an eggshell. The continental plates would be moving, sliding, and colliding…earthquakes and erupting volcanos like the world has never since seen. This would have caused simultaneous tsunamis all over the earth. Not to mention the forty days of torrential rain to which the Bible refers.

What evidence of this uber-catastrophe can be seen today? Surely, something so devastating would be etched all over the Earth.
    •    Billions of dead things, buried as fossils in sedimentary rock
    •    Pancake-flat layers of rock with little or no erosion between layers
    •    Sorted layers rather than mixed
    •    Poly-strata fossils
    •    Fossils at every elevation of mountains

Sadly, the destruction of the ante-diluvian world was caused by a preponderance of sin and mankind's failure to honor and thank God as he deserved. God still hates sin today, so let's recommit to purging sin from our lives and honoring God with our whole lives.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Can Pro-lifers celebrate the assassination of Osama?

Despite my strong affiliation with the Pro-Life movement on philosophical/ethical/moral grounds, my initial reaction to the death of the infamous terrorist, Osama Bin Ladin, was "Awesome! I'm glad he's dead!" I even went so far as to say, "I wish he had not gotten a Muslim-compliant burial…he should have been buried with bacon."

But a friend of mine brought up a good point about whether we should celebrate his death. Yes, he was notorious. Yes, he was responsible for the deaths of thousands of Americans.

However, he died without recognizing his need for the saving grace of Jesus. While Americans have been cheering for his death, he is bound to an eternity in hell.

I purposefully titled this blog entry provocatively to see how people would respond. I still think Osama got his earthly justice, but I want to express my own revelation that Christians living in the United States should not be more closely tied to American nationalism than we are to the Great Commission.

Tell me what you think.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Why Is There Pain And Death?

As someone who believes the Bible to be the best history book in...well history (including the Genesis account of creation), my standard response to the question: "Why is there pain and death?" has been "It's because Adam (and subsequently everyone else) sinned."

There are ample Biblical passages to support this, and all of Christian doctrine rests on the idea that there was no death, pain, and suffering before sin entered into the world (Genesis 1:31, Genesis 3:17-19, Romans 8:20-23, Romans 5:12-21, Romans 6:23...)

I've been told by some compromising Christians that death is not really a bad thing, and that it is just a natural part of life. Scripture obviously refutes this idea in I Corinthians 15:12-28 and Romans 6:23.

But after reading Matthew 13:24-30, I think (in addition to the fact that mankind brought sin,pain, death into the world) another reason why we face pain and persecution is that we have an enemy that hates us.

Here is another story Jesus told: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a farmer who planted good seed in his field. But that night as the workers slept, his enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat, then slipped away. When the crop began to grow and produce grain, the weeds also grew. “The farmer’s workers went to him and said, ‘Sir, the field where you planted that good seed is full of weeds! Where did they come from?’ “‘An enemy has done this!’ the farmer exclaimed.
The enemy of God hates Christians as well as the Creator, and as long as we are still awaiting our adoption as sons (Romans 8), we will be subject to Satan's attacks. Although unwanted and hurtful, God can use Satan's painful attacks to galvanize our faith.

So, when you feel pain and weariness, take heart that you are growing (James 1:2-4) and that followers of Christ will be ultimately victorious!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Old Earth or Young?

If you've read very many articles on my blog, you'll know that I have a strong opinion that God created the Earth just as He said He did in Genesis. Some who feel it is better to compromise with the current scientism paradigm (that the Earth is billions of years old, which would include for the compromisers that there was death, bloodshed, and suffering before Adam sinned) try to re-interpret God's scripture to cram these billions of years into it with some interesting mental gymnastics.

From time to time, I read blog posts at other sites, and I ran across this one, which is a fascinating topic.

I ended up debating one of the compromising well-meaning old earthers, and one of the questions that I seemed not to have an answer for at the time was "Does the Genesis account really say that there were no other people created OUTSIDE the garden with which the family of Adam and Eve could have intermarried?"

I pointed out that the New Testament points out that sin came from Adam, and the penalty for sin is death, but they came back with "Well, that's just death for people...not animals or pre-humans."

I pointed out that Adam named his wife Eve because she would become the mother of all living (Gen 3:20), but they came back saying that living meant only spiritually alive...having God's image.

So it wasn't until I came across this article from CMI that I realize this good rebuttal to their claims.

Genesis 2:18-20 answers the question that God said man should not be alone, and He would create a suitable helper for him. And God brought all the beasts of the field, and no suitable helper for Adam was found.

There could not have been pre-humans that evolved from less-evolved creatures according to scripture. All of the Bible stands together to show that God's word is true, and as we look around to see the world around us, there is no need to compromise this position to appease the scientoids and their billions of years.