VIDEO When Believers Prefer Spiritual Fantasy to Biblical Truth

Earlier this year, I spent a considerable amount of time with my team producing a video titled, “The Real Truth About the Paleo Hebrew Script.” The video, using lots of illustrations and quotes, makes one simple point: The ancient Hebrew script (called Paleo Hebrew) which was used in writing the earliest books of the Bible is simply an alphabet and has no pictographic meaning.

That was it.

Yet the reaction to this video from critics – and I mean professing Bible-believers – has been almost hysterical. They are wedded to the notion that the letters of the Hebrew Bible still retain a pictographic meaning, hence allowing them to read all kinds of extravagant (and totally unwarranted) meanings into the biblical text.

From a scholarly viewpoint, our video says absolutely nothing controversial or debatable. Any linguist familiar with the material knows that by the time a written language develops into an alphabet, it is no longer pictographical. In other words, the letters no longer stand for pictures. They only stand for sounds. Simple.

We all know that the ancient Hebrew script (which was most likely borrowed from the ancient Phoenicians), derived its initial forms from pictures. So, for example, the letter Beth (pronounced beyt), which represents the sound b, came from a picture looking like a house. But as a letter, it no represents a “house” but rather a sound.

Again, it’s that simple.

That’s why written scripts using pictographs (like the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs or classical Chinese) require thousands of symbols. After all, if you want to convey the idea that a man walked into town to buy a chicken to cook for his family, you need pictures for each of these concepts: Man; walk; town; buy; chicken; cook; family. (For an example of Egyptian pictographs, see here.)

The genius of the alphabet was to isolate the most basic sounds used in a language (normally, between 20-30) and to find single symbols (the letters of the alphabet) to convey these sounds.

Interestingly, the ancient Greeks also borrowed the ancient Phoenician alphabet, which was subsequently borrowed by the Romans, ultimately used in our English alphabet. So, the ancient Phoenician-Hebrew letter “Beth” is actually our English letter B, and its rounded form resembles its ancient form depicting a house.

But, just as the ancient Hebrew letter Beth stood for b rather than “house,” it’s the same with our English letter B. It doesn’t mean “house”; it means the sound b.

The reality is that the words of the Bible, as written, are filled with spiritual treasures and glorious mysteries, enough to keep us learning and thinking and wondering and worshiping for our entire lifetimes (and beyond).

But this is not enough for those who hold to secret pictographic meanings. Each letter, they believe, also stands for a picture, and so, beneath the plain sense of the Hebrew text, there is an alleged hidden meaning, based on just 22 (!) pictures (equaling the number of Hebrew letters), which then can be interpreted in various mystical ways.

Talk about reading whatever you want into the Bible. Talk about the sky is the limit.

What kind of responses have we received to this video (which, again, from a scholarly viewpoint that absolutely nothing debatable)?

Here’s a sampling of the negative responses:

“Dr. Brown is an Obnoxious idiot!”

“Duuude, u are keeping people in the old wine according to the fleshy keeping of the carnal torah.”

“You’re one crazy man. You’re the new Joseph Smith of this era. All of your understanding comes from the dunkeld [???] gate.”

“What I am seeing is you are making language dry and dead. You may have a degree but just because someone has a degree doesn’t mean they know it all.”

“i could tell he was lying in the first 10 seconds.”

“Watch out people’s he’s being used by gadreel [???] to try to get us to drop the truth. I call fake on this man.”

“Everything he explained here were not from his understanding. They were all hearsay and someone else understanding. no truth from him at all.” (This was obviously a response to me quoting other scholars to support the facts.)

“The only one that is bogus is you. :)”

“You’re a gentile. How would I know what you’re saying is true?” (So, I’m a Gentile now, too!)

“Another paid liar.”

“Your opinion is genocide to people.”

“YaHuWaH [a mistaken version of God’s name] obviously confounds the wise with the simple things of the Earth.”

“Wow….jealousy needs to be addressed! Repent frim your pride.”

“You should really think about making some more apologies sir….to Yahweh first for bashing on something He absolutely ordained. You obviously have no idea what you are talking about and you say in your own words that YOU want to EXPLAIN your own views as truth.”

“Well, all I can say is that crap do comes [sic] out of the mouth of those who have degrees too.”

And on and on it goes.

Of course, we know that, eventually, truth always triumphs and error is exposed (see 2 Corinthians 13:8). But it’s a bit frustrating (and painful) to see so many people preferring fantasy to facts and made-up meanings to Bible basics.

Unfortunately, there will always be an audience for deception. For my part, I’ll continue to sound the alarm.

By  Dr. Michael Brown

Adam and Eve: Genetic Science Confirms Bible Again

The Bible and its account of origins is treated with utter contempt by cultural elites, those who look down their long noses at the rubes and hayseeds (like me) who place great confidence in the Book.

Well, the elites better hope their snobbish peers don’t get their hands on the report about the latest in genetic science. The reason: genetic scientists are telling us now that there is powerful and virtually irrefutable scientific evidence that every human being on earth has descended from a single pair of parents. The Bible, of course, goes science one better, and even gives us the names of our original ancestors, “Adam” and “Eve.”

Note this headline from the Daily Mail, one of the UK’s largest circulation newspapers:

“All humans are descended from just TWO people…” (Emphasis theirs.) And it happened virtually yesterday in evolutionary time, somewhere around 100,000 years ago.

From the first line in the article (emphasis mine throughout): “All modern humans descended from a solitary pair.” From the second paragraph: “Scientists surveyed the genetic ‘bar codes’ of five million animals – including humans – from 100,000 different species and deduced that we sprang from a single pair of adults after a catastrophic event almost wiped out the human race.”

Now, to be sure, they are off on their timeline by about 94,000 years. They’ve got it right that there was a “catastrophic event that almost wiped out the human race,” which of course we know is actually a reference to the flood of Noah’s day, though they haven’t figured that part out yet. But give them time. They finally got to Adam and Eve, they’ll eventually come around on the rest.

Now these genetic scientists aren’t yahoos from East Pecan Community College. The report comes from “experts” at Rockefeller University and the University of Basel, Mark Stoeckle and David Thaler respectively.

Their findings are so contrary to current evolutionary thought that they found it almost impossible to believe. “This conclusion is very surprising,” said Thaler, “and I fought against it as hard as I could.”

Worse for those still stuck in the bankrupt cosmic swamp of Darwinianism, the same thing is true of animals, just exactly as the Bible says. In a statement that completely, utterly, and seismically destroys evolution, the scientists conclude that “ninety percent of all animal species alive today come from parents that all began giving birth at roughly the same time, less than 250 thousand years ago.” Well, “at roughly the same time” would be during the six days of creation, as recorded in Genesis 1.

The Daily Mail adds, this “throw[s] into doubt the patterns of human evolution.” No kidding.

This is a shocking, stupendous, mind-blowing departure from the addled thinking of today’s evolutionists, who believe the path to today’s animals began in the ancient slime and somehow all life, through infinitesimal steps, started in the primordial ooze. Nope.

Today’s animal species come from a single pair of ancestors, just like people do. “The research deduced that humans and animals sprang from [a] single pair — as did animals.”

In a commentary published by Fox News, Dr. Michael Guillen calls this “an astonishing discovery:”

“All humans alive today are the offspring of a common father and mother – an Adam and Eve – who walked the planet 100,000 to 200,000 years ago, which by evolutionary standards is like yesterday. Moreover, the same is true of nine out of every 10 animal species, meaning that nearly all of Earth’s creatures living today sprang into being recently from some seminal, Big Bang-like event.”

Hmmm. A “seminal, Big Bang-like event.” Say, perhaps, the creation of everything as recorded in Genesis 1?

Guillen draws two other evolution-shattering conclusions. First, he says, Stoeckle and Thaler’s study “does line up with the Bible…It affirms that we and our fellow creatures on Earth arose from a recent and profound creation event, orchestrated by some unknown mechanism” (God, maybe??). “Recent and profound creation event” – couldn’t have said it better myself.

Second, he adds, the DNA bar codes reveal that, ”Instead of there being a continuum of animal varieties, as one might expect from millions of years of gradual evolution, creatures fall into very distinct, widely separated populations,” exactly what the Bible says, when 11 times in Genesis 1, we are told that each created things reproduced “after its kind.”

It is impossible for there to be a conflict between good theology and good science. You can have a conflict between good theology and bad science, or bad theology and good science, but it is impossible to find a conflict between good theology and good science for the simple reason that God is the author of both.

Bottom line: once again, the best in science confirms the best in theology. Ladies and gentlemen, DO NOT DOUBT THE BOOK.

 

By Bryan Fischer

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Host of “Focal Point” on American Family Radio, 1:05 pm CT, M-F  www.afr.net

(Unless otherwise noted, the opinions expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of the American Family Association or American Family Radio.)

https://barbwire.com/adam-and-eve-genetic-science-confirms-bible-again/

Freedom From Deception

Galatians 5:1-13

Have you ever believed a lie and then later discovered the truth? If so, you know how damaging deception is. It can ruin friendships, destroy reputations, and leave a trail of painful, lingering consequences. The damage is particularly horrendous when the deception is spiritual, because it can mean the difference between going to heaven or hell.

It would be nice to think that once we’re saved, we could never again be spiritually deceived, but that’s not the case. Satan is always looking for ways to lead us astray so he can ruin our testimony and hinder our spiritual growth. That’s why it’s so important for Christians to be discerning—and this ability will be developed in us only as we grow in our knowledge of scriptural truth.

The apostle Paul wrote to the Christians in Galatia because they were quickly deserting Christ for a different gospel (Gal. 1:6-7). Someone had come into the church and distorted the gospel of grace, telling them they needed to be circumcised and obey the Law in order to be saved (Gal. 5:3-4).

Although this may not be the issue today, the belief that any kind of good work or performance can earn God’s acceptance is still being falsely promoted in certain Christian circles. At the other extreme are those who say it doesn’t matter what we believe or do because everyone is going to heaven. They wrongly conclude that a loving God would never punish anyone.

Jesus clearly warned that deception would increase as time progressed (Matt. 24:4-5). Now is the time to study God’s Word, because knowing truth is our only protection against being led astray by misinformation.

Peace of the God of Peace

“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7) 

For generations, most of the world’s people have longed for peace, but the world continues to be at war. Evolutionists attribute this to ages of violent evolutionary struggle; the Bible attributes it to sin!

But it is wonderfully possible to have real personal peace even in a world at war. This is what the Bible calls “the peace of God,” and it surpasses all human understanding because it is provided by the God of peace, for the writer continues, “The God of peace shall be with you” (v. 9).

The God of peace! There are some wonderful promises associated with this beautiful name of our Lord. For example: “The God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly” (Romans 16:20). Also: “The very God of peace sanctify you wholly” (1 Thessalonians 5:23).

The provision of God’s perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3) is specifically invoked in 2 Thessalonians 3:16: “Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means.” Perhaps the greatest promise of all is implied in the concluding prayer of the book of Hebrews: “Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ” (Hebrews 13:20-21).

There is only one other reference to the peace of God: “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful” (Colossians 3:15). The peace of God, from the God of peace, can rule in our hearts if we let it rule in our hearts. Then, as promised in our text, it will also keep our hearts! HMM

Stablish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh

James 5

James 5:1

The ungodly rich live only for this world as brutes do, and therefore the time shall come, when, like whipped or wounded beasts, they will howl in dismay. Those who by oppression cause the poor to weep shall themselves weep eternally.

James 5:2, 3

Goods ill gotten and greedily hoarded have heaven’s curse upon them. Such treasure is only accumulated wrath. Who would wish to increase a heap which shall cause his own flesh to burn?

James 5:4

Covetousness is capable of any and every meanness, and will enrich itself even from the earnings of the poor. The Lord of Hosts is the Guardian of the needy, and he will avenge their wrongs.

James 5:5-8

The great ones who wickedly persecute the righteous will soon be reckoned with, and the poor despised child of God shall speedily have his reward.

James 5:9

Wrongs will so soon be righted that we may well bear with them a little longer.

James 5:12

Our word is our bond; and anything beyond it is forbidden. Let us shun swearing of all kinds.

James 5:13-15

Use the means and pray. Medicine and supplication should go together. We send for the doctor and his draughts, why not send for the elders and their prayers?

James 5:16-18

This is not confession to a priest, but mutual acknowledgment of any wrong done to each other.

James 5:16-18

There are saints on earth whose prayers are equally prevalent. Why should we not be like them?

 

Behold the throne of grace!

The promise calls me near,

There Jesus shows a smiling face,

And waits to answer prayer.

 

My soul, ask what thou wilt,

Thou canst not be too bold;

Since his own blood for thee he spilt,

What else can he withhold?

 

Thine image, Lord, bestow,

Thy presence and thy love;

I ask to serve thee here below,

And reign with thee above.

 

Life Flows Only from God

God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. (Genesis 1:31)

Without doubt, we have suffered the loss of many spiritual treasures because we have let slip the simple truth that the miracle of the perpetuation of life is in God!

Be assured that God did not create life and toss it from Him like some petulant artist disappointed with his work. All life is in Him and out of Him, flowing from Him and returning to Him again, a moving indivisible sea of which He is the fountainhead.

That eternal life which was with the Father is now the possession of believing men and women, and that life is not God’s gift only—but His very Self! The regeneration of a believing soul is but a recapitulation of all His work done from the moment of creation.

So, redemption is not a strange work which God for a moment turned aside to do: rather it is His same work performed in a new field, the field of human catastrophe!

 

Our Holiest Example

“I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.” Ps. 16:8

This is the way to live. With God always before us, we shall have the noblest companionship, the holiest example, the sweetest consolation, and the mightiest influence. This must be a resolute act of the mind. “I have set,” and it must be maintained as a set and settled thing. Always to have an eye to the Lord’s eye, and an ear for the Lord’s voice — this is the right state for the godly man. His God is near him, filling the horizon of his vision, leading the way of his life, and furnishing the theme of his meditation. What vanities we should avoid, what sins we should overcome, what virtues we should exhibit, what joys we should experience if we did indeed set the Lord always before us! Why not?

This is the way to be safe. The Lord being ever in our minds, we come to feel safety and certainty because of His being so near. He is at our right hand to guide and aid us; and hence we are not moved by fear, nor force, nor fraud, nor fickleness. When God stands at a man’s right hand, that man is himself sure to stand. Come on, then, ye foemen of the truth! Rush against me like a furious tempest, if ye will. God upholds me. God abides with me. Whom shall I fear?