VIDEO My Search For Messiah

Sept 2011

Dr. Michael Rydelnik recounts his own personal journey of discovery. Little did he know that his efforts to find evidence to dissuade his mother from her faith in Jesus, would in fact lead him to the Jewish Messiah

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The “Go” of Reconciliation

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If you . . . remember that your brother has something against you . . . —Matthew 5:23

This verse says, “If you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you . . . .” It is not saying, “If you search and find something because of your unbalanced sensitivity,” but, “If you . . . remember . . . .” In other words, if something is brought to your conscious mind by the Spirit of God— “First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift” (Matthew 5:24). Never object to the intense sensitivity of the Spirit of God in you when He is instructing you down to the smallest detail.

“First be reconciled to your brother . . . .” Our Lord’s directive is simple— “First be reconciled . . . .” He says, in effect, “Go back the way you came— the way indicated to you by the conviction given to you at the altar; have an attitude in your mind and soul toward the person who has something against you that makes reconciliation as natural as breathing.” Jesus does not mention the other person— He says for you to go. It is not a matter of your rights. The true mark of the saint is that he can waive his own rights and obey the Lord Jesus.

“. . . and then come and offer your gift.” The process of reconciliation is clearly marked. First we have the heroic spirit of self-sacrifice, then the sudden restraint by the sensitivity of the Holy Spirit, and then we are stopped at the point of our conviction. This is followed by obedience to the Word of God, which builds an attitude or state of mind that places no blame on the one with whom you have been in the wrong. And finally there is the glad, simple, unhindered offering of your gift to God.

DNA Proof That Neandertals Are Just Humans

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The study of ancient DNA (aDNA) is currently all the rage in the field of genomics, with more and more researchers jumping into the fray. Despite the fact that many problems still plague the field, several new research papers are claiming that scientists can now detect and study Neandertal genome sequence in modern human DNA databases using only electronic tools.1,2

The consensus among secular researchers in the field of human origins is that Neandertals represent an ancient group of humans who—despite a few early controversies to the contrary—are now believed to have widely interbred with other humans across Europe and parts of Asia. The acceptance of this idea is what led several different research groups to develop electronic methodologies that would allegedly ferret out the many different introgressed Neandertal DNA regions in modern human genomes.

In two recent studies, both research groups took slightly different approaches. One group used a two-stage strategy. In the first step they attempted to map out the areas of the human genome sensitive to variation among different modern global people groups. They then compared those regions to the Neandertal reference genome and determined whether any matches occurred more significantly than by chance alone. In their conclusion, they state that “35-70% of the Neandertal genome persists in the DNA of present-day humans.”1

The second group combined three different sources of genetic variation to identify patterns of alleged Neandertal ancestry. Like the previous study, they also utilized Neandertal DNA genomic sequence as a reference. If all three sources of variability came back positive and also matched Neandertal, then the segment was demarcated as being Neandertal in origin. As in the other study, they did this for the many modern human genome variants represented across the globe. This group was less committal about the extent of the Neandertal genome persisting in modern humans but did say that “we identify multiple Neanderthal-derived alleles that confer risk for disease, suggesting that Neanderthal alleles continue to shape human biology.”2

Although these studies demonstrate the widespread mixture of Neandertal DNA at varying levels among modern humans, there are several problems with these studies. The first is that our knowledge of the Neandertal genome is based on only a few individuals—only one of which has a complete and well-developed genomic sequence.3 How can you use the DNA sequence of just one or a few individuals to make such broad-ranging statistical assertions about the modern genomes of humans across the globe? The second problem is that the researchers had to use multiple statistical models and then apply a “majority rule” approach to deciding which outcome was valid and which wasn’t. Clearly, there were many cases where the decision of the DNA segment could have gone either way—essentially meaning that it is all human DNA anyway.

From a creationist perspective, these studies really add very little to the already clear genetic evidence showing that the Neandertals are nothing but another variant in the human lineage derived from the eight individuals who survived the global Flood as recorded in the book of Genesis. Because the remains of these archaic humans are found in burial sites in caves rather than in flood sediments, we can therefore infer that their age is no more than about 4,000 years—not the 40,000-plus years typically given by evolutionists.

by Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D.

References

1.Vernot, B. and J. M. Akey. Resurrecting Surviving Neandertal Lineages from Modern Human Genomes. Science Express. Published on sciencemag.org January 29, 2014.
2.Sankararaman, S. et al. The genomic landscape of Neanderthal ancestry in present-day humans. Nature. Published on nature.com January 29, 2014.
3.Prüfer, K. et al. 2014. The complete genome sequence of a Neanderthal from the Altai Mountains. Nature. 505 (7481): 43-49.

* Dr. Tomkins is Research Associate at the Institute for Creation Research and received his Ph.D. in genetics from Clemson University.

Sing and Give Thanks

“Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.” (Psalm 30:4)

When we do remember God’s holiness, and then remember how the mighty seraphim in the heavenly temple are continually crying out “Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts” (Isaiah 6:3), and then further remember the prophet’s prayer acknowledging to God that: “Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity” (Habakkuk 1:13), and then still further remember that, as Paul said: “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing” (Romans 7:18), we can only marvel at the infinite mercy and grace of God. He has not only forgiven our sins, saved our souls, and promised us eternal life, but “daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation” (Psalm 68:19). What can we do except to perpetually “sing unto the LORD, . . . and give thanks,” as David exhorts us in our text for today.

But how can this be? A God who is too pure and holy even to “look on iniquity,” yet promises unworthy creatures such as us that “goodness and mercy shall follow [us] all the days of [our lives]: and [we] will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever” (Psalm 23:6). How can that be?

This could not be, of course, were it not for the incredible love of God in Christ, who “hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18). “The chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5). “While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

Therefore: “Be ye thankful. . . . singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him” (Colossians 3:15-17). HMM

Even to your old age, I am He, I will bear, carry, and will deliver you

Even to your old age, I am He; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you; I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.—Isaiah 46:4.

The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels; the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place.—
Psalm 68:17.

I HAVE not a shadow of doubt that if all our eyes could be opened to day, we should see our homes, and our places of business, and the streets we traverse, filled with the “chariots of God.” There is no need for any one of us to walk for lack of chariots. That cross inmate of your household, who has hitherto made life a burden to you, and who has been the Juggernaut car to crush your soul into the dust, may henceforth be a glorious chariot to carry you to the heights of heavenly patience and long-suffering. That misunderstanding, that mortification, that unkindness, that disappointment, that loss, that defeat,—all these are chariots waiting to carry you to the very heights of victory you have so longed to reach. Mount into them, then, with thankful hearts, and lose sight of all second causes in the shining of His love who will carry you in His arms safely and triumphantly over it all. HANNAH WHITALL SMITH.

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Psalm 19:1

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. — He left not himself without witness. —Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.

When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; what is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead. — They that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

Romans 1:20. Acts. 14:17. Psalm 19:2,3. Psalm 8:3,4. 1 Corinthians 15:41,42. Daniel 12:3

They shall put my name upon the children of Israel and I will bless them

They shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them. Numbers 6:27

O LORD our God, other lords beside thee have had dominion over us: but by thee only will we make mention of thy name. — We are thine: thou never barest rule over them; they were not called by thy name.

All people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the LORD; and they shall be afraid of thee. —The LORD will not forsake his people for his great name’s sake: because it hath pleased the LORD to make you his people.

O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name. — Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name’s sake. Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is their God? — The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

Isaiah 26:13. Isaiah 63:19. Deuteronomy 28:10. 1 Samuel 12:22. Daniel 9:19. Psalm 79:9,10. Proverbs 18:10.