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Did You Know (13)?

DID YOU KNOW (13)

…That the theory of evolution is a lie?

If evolution, and not the Bible is the truth, there are many implications for the human race and many unanswered questions. I cannot raise them all here and I cannot raise them in sequence but let’s get going.

  1. Why is there death in the world? From where did death come?

Without the record in the book of Genesis, of man’s fall from fellowship with his Creator to estrangement and separation ending in physical death, we have no way of knowing why everything on earth is subject to death and decay.

  1. Why do humans have a free will and are responsible for their behaviour when the apes from which we are supposed to have evolved are not morally responsible?

We do law enforcers not arrest and try animals that prey on other animals and yet people are held accountable for killing people but not for killing animals. How did this transition happen if man evolved from apes?

  1. Why is the human race inherently selfish and greedy?

If humans became better than apes through evolution, why did they not become better than animals morally? We do not condemn animals when they behave in what we consider to be selfish or cruel ways because they function by instinct. Why do people not function by instinct alone?

  1. From where does our conscience come? Why do we feel guilty when we have done wrong according to our conscience?

Without the Biblical explanation for the origin and nature of man – that God created man in His own image, to resemble Him and to have fellowship with Him, we have no authoritative way of knowing who we really are and what is right and wrong. God wrote His law on our hearts whether we like it or not. Our conscience alerts us when we transgress God’s standards of right and wrong.

  1. Why do people feel empty and restless until they have reconnected with God through His Son and realise that He is both their Creator and Father?
  2. Tied to the above question is the next: why are we here and where are we going?

Life has no meaning, no anchor, and no hope until we understand that we were created by God, that He gives meaning to our lives, that He made us to have fellowship with Him, and that our destiny is to be with Him forever. Death is not the end but the beginning and completion of our journey. Until we reconnect with God, we are lost and we will never find the way to the Father without Jesus.

What are the implications of believing in evolution and denying the existence of a Creator?

  1. We make God and the Bible out to be liars.
  2. If the Bible is wrong about God being the Creator of the universe, then it must be wrong about everything else He said and did.
  3. If there is no God, no Bible, and no truth, then we have no hope.
  4. If there is no God, there can be no moral absolutes. Everyone is free to make his own rules and do as he pleases. There can be no justice because justice is based on what is universally accepted objective standards.
  5. Without objective standards, there can be no such thing as a crime if everyone is free to make his own rules.
  6. We have no reason to complain if people behave worse than animals, since they evolved from animals, and if the world is in chaos because there is no one to fix it.
  7. Evolution disproves itself because evolution claims that everything is evolving upwards when our observation tells us that the world is running down. If everything is evolving into something better, why does every living thing eventually die? Why do our gardens, left to themselves, become overrun with weeds?

And we can go on. Belief in evolution rather than in a Designer and Creator raises more questions than answers.

There is only one solution to the chaotic mess we have made of the world over the last few thousand years – Jesus.

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come (2 Cor. 5:17).

He dealt with sin on the cross, unmasked the devil for the liar he is and promised to make everything new.

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them. They will be His people and God Himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain for the old order of things has passed away (Rev. 21:1-4).

Scripture is taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Have you read my first book, Learning to be a Son – The Way to the Father’s Heart (Copyright © 2015, Partridge Publishing)? You’ll love it!

ISBN: Softcover – 978-1-4828-0512-3,                                                                              eBook 978-4828-0511-6

Available on www.amazon.com in paperback, e-book or Kindle version, on www.takealot.com  or order directly from the publisher at www.partridgepublishing.com.

Do you like this post? Then buy your own copy of my book, Learning to be a Disciple, which is also available from www.amazon.com or www.takealot.com in South Africa. You can also order a copy directly from the publisher at www.partridgepublishing.com

My latest book, The Heartbeat of Holiness, is now available on www.amazon.com or www.takealot.com or from me at luella@efc.org.za at R130,00 including p and p.

 

 

Did You Know (12)

DID YOU KNOW (12)

…That the theory of evolution is one of the biggest lies the devil has ever perpetrated on the human race?

Now that will get some of your heckles up!

The theory of evolution fits perfectly into Satan’s modus operandi to drive a wedge between God and His children by creating suspicion and destroying trust. Satan’s success story began in the Garden of Eden when he persuaded Adam and Eve to mistrust God by defaming God’s character, and they believed Him. His accusation that God’s word was not to be trusted was actually an exposure of his own false nature. (Strange, isn’t it that the accusations we level at others are often a revelation of our own hearts)!

Jesus’ accurately diagnosed the devil as a liar and the father of lies. He is the source of every lie that has even been told. According to Jesus, lies are his mother tongue (John 8:44).

He has two effective ways of turning people against God.

  1. He lies about God to us. He discredits God by casting doubt on His character and His word. Either God does not exist and any idea of God is just a figment of human imaginations, or God is not to be trusted.

“Look at the mess the world is in and God does nothing about it. Why does He not protect little children from suffering; why does He allow criminals to get away with their crimes; why didn’t He heal my mother, father, brother or sister when I prayed? Why did He let my child die?” The list goes on and on.

The conclusion we come to is that God is not to be trusted, Why should we believe the Bible? We might as well throw the idea of God out of the window and believe the scientists who tell us that the universe just “happened”.

  1. He lies to us about ourselves. Since God doesn’t exist, we might as well live as we like because there are no moral absolutes. He degrades human beings by luring them into sin and then accusing them of being worthless by drowning them in guilt and shame.

One thing God-haters and God-blamers are ignorant of, forget, or choose to ignore is that we made the mess in the world. He never withdrew the freedom of choice from the first pair, and He still honours that freedom, even if we make the wrong choices. When a young girl sleeps around and faces an unwanted pregnancy, she cannot hold God responsible for what she did. It was her choice and she must accept the consequences, not blame God for letting it happen!

Despite our erroneous conclusion that there is no God or, if there is, He doesn’t care about us, we cannot stop the consequences or silence our conscience when we have transgressed His law which He has written on our hearts. Of course, we instinctively know when we have done wrong. From where does that come?

Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law, They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them (Rom. 2:14-15).

David wrote a psalm from his observation of the natural world. Instead of concluding that everything just happened by chance, he penned these words:

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than God (Elohim in Hebrew) and crowned them with glory and honour. You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: all flocks and herds and the animals of the wild, the birds in the sky and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the sea (Psa. 8:3-8)

Evolutionists insist that human beings evolved upwards from animals; in other words, humans are just a little higher than animals. The Bible declares that God made us a little lower than Himself. We become what we choose to believe.

Now David did not say that God created little gods. What he did say perfectly harmonises with the Genesis account of creation. God designed and fashioned man from the elements of the earth and blew His own breath into his nostrils. Hidden in the original Hebrew account of creation is His reason for creating the human race. God made mankind to resemble Himself so that He could have fellowship with people and so that they would manage the earth and its creatures for Him.

Within the circle of the love of Father, Son and Holy Spirit for each other, God intended that we live and share in that love and work as a team with God to care for the earth. What a destiny!

“Oh,” but you might say, “of course, you will defend the Bible if you believe it is true.” I would respond by saying, “Bring me the proof, not the theory, that everything just happened by chance, and I will believe you.”

Is it possible that, without intelligence and design, the entire universe functions as a unit by chance; that animals, birds, reptiles and insects just happen to be perfectly suited for their habitat and diet? How can a creature evolve into something else by choice? What if one individual in a species decided this and another that?

What do you make of this verse?

Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life (Matt. 6:25).

How do they survive in the interim when their bodies are evolving? How can cells function perfectly if even an element is missing or “changing”?

Has any human made something without a pattern or design? What if aircraft engineers decided to put a mass of aircraft components together randomly without a design? Will it fly? Would a book be readable if the author strung together all the words in the dictionary without a plot and without constructing grammatically correct sentences?

As ludicrous as this all sounds, is there any logical reason for thinking people to believe that, at some point in the past (billions of years ago, and who created time?), a burst of energy (from where did the energy come?) produced a fully functional universe.

The implications of accepting this unproven theory of evolution as fact are huge. We’ll chat about it tomorrow.

Scripture is taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Have you read my first book, Learning to be a Son – The Way to the Father’s Heart (Copyright © 2015, Partridge Publishing)? You’ll love it!

ISBN: Softcover – 978-1-4828-0512-3,                                                                              eBook 978-4828-0511-6

Available on www.amazon.com in paperback, e-book or Kindle version, on www.takealot.com  or order directly from the publisher at www.partridgepublishing.com.

Do you like this post? Then buy your own copy of my book, Learning to be a Disciple, which is also available from www.amazon.com or www.takealot.com in South Africa. You can also order a copy directly from the publisher at www.partridgepublishing.com

My latest book, The Heartbeat of Holiness, is now available on www.amazon.com or www.takealot.com or from me at luella@efc.org.za at R130,00 including p and p.

 

Did You Know (11)?

DID YOU KNOW (11)

…That the world is an orphanage?

How do we know that the world is an orphanage? Jesus spoke about it on the eve of His death. His disciples were distressed because He kept telling them that He was going away. After three years with Him, they could not imagine what life would be without Him. They had imagined that He would be with them for a very long time. After all, were they not His disciples? They had committed their lives to Him, not just a few years.

He assured them that, in spite of His imminent departure, He would return. How could that be?

I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you (John 14:18).

These words assume that they were already orphans, or perhaps that they felt like orphans.

It was never God’s intention for the human race to be fatherless. He created Adam and Eve to be His children, the beginning of an eternal family of all their offspring in an intimate relationship with them as their heavenly Father.

However, something went terribly wrong. Adam was influenced by Satan posing as a serpent to believe that God was someone less than a perfect Father. He tricked him into thinking that God’s instruction not to break ties with Him by disobeying His one single prohibition was a less-than-loving way of cheating him of something important in his life. The moment Adam doubted the character of God as perfect love, he was on the road to betrayal. Instead of holding fast to what he already knew about his Creator, he swallowed the lie and broke ties with the source of his life.

That one act of foolishness cost him and the human race that would come from him, the only way he would ever know his true identity and the security of trust and fellowship with his Father. From that moment, Adam and Eve were fatherless, orphans and alone, left to make their way through life without the comfort of their Father’s strength, wisdom and protection.

Why would the devil target and destroy the relationship of the Father and His children? He knows that fatherless children have no identity and no security in life and are open to fear which they will do anything to suppress. Without the love and protection of a father, children do anything just to survive. They have no one to model and teach them the real values or life. They live by their wits, without boundaries and eventually without a conscience.

The world is indeed an orphanage. The sexual revolution has deceived people into believing that sexual pleasure is an end in itself and does no psychological damage when it is misused. There are millions of “orphans” without a father figure in their lives living with single mothers who can never replace the role of a father in their lives.

The gay agenda targets legitimate relationships between husbands and wives in a monogamous union.  So-called “free sex” and the “condomising” of the world as a solution to infection, has left a trail of death and destruction through AIDS and STDs. Paedophiles have destroyed the lives of thousands, if not millions of children by destroying their innocence and robbing them of a healthy relationship with a father figure, to say nothing of the murders which accompany sexual predators.

Rape is a world-wide phenomenon – sexual violence against women as a vent for male anger. What about prostitution and all the evils associated with so called “sex workers”?

All these evils are directed towards one thing – the distortion of the father image so that people, both adults and children have no idea what a real father looks like. The world is an angry place, and Satan makes sure that the anger is directed at fathers who have failed to fulfil their role in the family as protectors and providers and families that are the victims of father’s failure.

One of Jesus’ primary purposes was to reveal the true nature of the Father, to wipe the face of our fathers off the face of God so that we can know Him through Jesus.

In response to Philip’s request, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us,” Jesus responded, “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:8-9a).

He came to reconcile us to the Father and to take us to the Father so that we can once again be a part of His forever family. Without that connection with the Father, we will always be orphans, nameless, homeless and without security for the present and the future.

No, we are no longer orphans because Jesus has restored us to the Father and to His family.

Scripture is taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Have you read my first book, Learning to be a Son – The Way to the Father’s Heart (Copyright © 2015, Partridge Publishing)? You’ll love it!

ISBN: Softcover – 978-1-4828-0512-3,                                                                              eBook 978-4828-0511-6

Available on www.amazon.com in paperback, e-book or Kindle version, on www.takealot.com  or order directly from the publisher at www.partridgepublishing.com.

Do you like this post? Then buy your own copy of my book, Learning to be a Disciple, which is also available from www.amazon.com or www.takealot.com in South Africa. You can also order a copy directly from the publisher at www.partridgepublishing.com

My latest book, The Heartbeat of Holiness, is now available on www.amazon.com or www.takealot.com or from me at luella@efc.org.za at R130,00 including p and p.