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 Explanation of how Genesis is not an allegory or fable, but based on solid evidence.

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 THE SCIENTIFIC BASIS FOR THE BIBLE (part 1)

By Mario Seiglie, July 25, 2009

 

Look around you at the youth here – 2/3 will be gone by the time they are adults.

So begins the book by Ken Ham, Already Gone. Interviewed 1000 in 20’s

After surveying more than 1,000 twenty-somethings on multiple occasions, Ham and American Research Group founder Britt Beemer found that those who had regularly attended Sunday school classes while growing up were more likely to question the authority of Scripture. These 20- to 29-year-olds were also more likely to leave the church, defend the legality of same-sex marriage and abortion, and defend premarital sex.

"This is a brutal wake-up call for the church, showing how our programs and our approaches to Christian education are failing dismally," Ham writes in his latest book, Already Gone: Why Your Kids Will Quit Church and What You Can Do to Stop It. Though his book includes both reasons for and remedies to what Ham describes as the "Sunday school syndrome," he says one of the biggest factors is a disconnect that church leaders and parents have helped create in children's understanding of the creation account.

According to the apologist, the church began planting seeds of doubt in the last century among younger generations by turning the Genesis creation account into a figurative story that rendered scientific facts a non-issue—while the gospel accounts of Jesus' resurrection were held up as verifiable proof of the Bible's inerrancy. This inconsistency, says Ham, created a deep questioning that was furthered by an increasingly secular school system that held everything up to the plumb line of science.

"What you see in the Bible is that when there is compromise in one generation, and it's not dealt with, you usually notice it to a greater extent in the next generation," Ham told worldnetdaily.com. "Because of the way in which they've been educated, [today's teens now believe] that what they are taught in school is reality, but the church teaches stories and morality and relationship. Bible teaching is not real in the sense of real history."

We are not immune. 

Disconnect – I know – it happened to me – evolutionist and Catholic – but 17, discovered God’s true church. Realized part of worldly, man-made church – not teaching complete biblical truths – just a fatal mixture. 

Instead of going from church to world, I went from worldly church to true church. Why the difference?

2 Thessalonians 2:8-12 2 Thessalonians 2:8-12 [8] And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: [9] Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, [10] And with all delusion of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. [11] And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: [12] That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
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Love of the truth

Biblical truth – but leads to physical truths as well – Copernicus, Newton, Galileo, etc. 

Linus Pauling: Science is the search for truth, the effort to understand our world. 

Noting to apologize over – brief series – science, history, archaeology.

Mr. HWA – stripped of preconceived notions – unlearn man-made teachings, let Bible speak for itself. Not read into the Bible, but read from the Bible out. 

Creation or evolution – Darwin’s birthday, coincidentally, 150 years Origin of Species

Only two feasible explanations 

Problem – why kids leaving – most Christian churches in two wrong camps:

1. Majority – Catholics, mainline Protestants – Genesis 1-11 Allegories, not historical, believe evolution is true, but God-guided—Pope – apes evolved, finally given a soul. 

2. Recent-creationists – lump all within 7-10,000 yrs. – the 40 tests astronomy, physics – expansion rates, echo, geology, radiometric dating, ice, corals, fossil layers, etc.  Believe trilobites, dinosaurs and Adam all created within a week some 7,000 years. 250,000 fossils – 15 major layers – layer cake – no fossils of dinosaurs and man, or mammals. Plant life as well. 

3. Third camp – ancient earth creationists – two groups – day/age, literal day/destruction.

Study evolution – takes more faith than to believe in a Creator. 

4 unanswered questions:

1. Where is the evidence from non-life to life? Greatest step of all. 

Features: living things possess DNA; metabolic system, reproduce, growth, stimulus-response; goal-directed interaction w/environment. 

2. Solve chicken or egg dilemma. DNA & Protein – 

3. DNA info. 250,000 miles. Circumference of earth 25,000 miles. Pinhead – 500 times. 5,000 times around earth. Pile of books.

4. Evolution – two mechanisms – mutations & N.S. – where all species in process mutation?

 

I don’t have enough faith to believe in evolution.

 

Ancient earth

Mr. Hwa

Job 38

Gen. 3

Revelation 12:9 Revelation 12:9And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
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2 P. 2:1-4 Angels that sinned

Genesis 1:1-2 Genesis 1:1-2 [1] In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. [2] And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved on the face of the waters.
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Original, destruction 

Ps. 104 renewal of earth

 

From original creation & earth to destruction – geologic strata

Don’t know details: 15 layers – 6 paleozoic, 3 mesozoic, 6 Cenozoic 

Established 200 years ago – Cambrian-Permian; Triassic-Cretaceous; Paleocene-Recent. 

 

One possible explanation: God is the educator par excellence; 

1 Corinthians 2:9 1 Corinthians 2:9But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him.
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; Is. 55:8 ant to man; man to God

Hebrews 1:13-14 Hebrews 1:13-14 [13] But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool? [14] Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?
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1 Peter 1:10 1 Peter 1:10Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come to you:
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Educator – angels present – Earth – water – first – Cambrian explosion

32 of 33 body forms – refrigerators, vacuum, air conditioner, car, submarine, airplane. 

Trilobites, etc. Filled oceans – then wiped out whiteboard 

Progressively adding more advanced species – eliminating, making space.

End of Cretaceous – curtain comes down – end of 500 species of dinosaurs

Beginning of environment like our world – angiosperms, mammals. 

Imagine living in Jurassic Park?

We progress to previous hominids. Destruction. 

6,000 years ago – man created – mammal world we see. Brief period from pyramids to moon. 

Far more satisfying than evolution. God that has a plan in place. 

Romans 1:20-32 Romans 1:20-32 [20] For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: [21] Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. [22] Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, [23] And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beasts, and creeping things. [24] Why God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves: [25] Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. [26] For this cause God gave them up to vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: [27] And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. [28] And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; [29] Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, [30] Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, [31] Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: [32] Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
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Lucretius, etc. modern Lucretius. 

Already Gone -- lesson

Next time – go to Job. Marvel of the physical world and beyond.

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