VIDEO Four Observations Evolution Can’t Explain

Almost everyone knows someone who believes in evolution. This matters because evolution contradicts Genesis, and the gospel rests upon Genesis. For example, Genesis teaches that God made Adam and Eve, but evolution teaches that nature somehow made us from ape-like creatures. The Bible teaches that Jesus is the last Adam—the first Adam brought death, but the last Adam brings life for those who trust Him.1

This matters because evolution contradicts Genesis, and the gospel rests upon Genesis.

How can Christians converse with those who hold evolution’s radically different ideas? The following challenges might help remove evolution-based objections to the gospel.2

1. No Evolution Today

Why don’t we observe creatures evolving into different creatures? Instead, each kind stays true to form. Every supposed example of evolution, like finch beaks changing shape or bacteria eating nylon, merely represents a trait shift. And often those shifts reverse. A beak might get thicker, but later generations can grow thin beaks again. Basic body plans stay stable. If creation is correct, then we would expect stable kinds with trait shifts that help creatures adjust to an ever-changing earth.

2. No Evolution Yesterday

Why don’t most fossils show transitions between kinds? Fossils instead fit within specific kinds. Some evolutionists consider Archaeopteryx a transition between reptiles and birds, but others call it an extinct bird—it had flight feathers and a bird body.3 Transitions between reptile and bird should show a gradual shift of the center of gravity away from the hips (theropods) toward the forward-positioned knees of birds. Evolution is supposed to happen very slowly, so most of these fossils should show a body balance somewhere between the two forms. But instead of something in between, we find either a theropod or a bird body balance. The same absence of transitions goes for clam and crab, ape and human, etc.

3. Beauty

Why do humans perceive beauty and ugliness? Evolution is supposed to proceed purely by the death of individuals that cannot compete. What role does beauty play in competition? Some birds have bright feathers and others drab ones, but both types survive just fine. For that matter, in what way does our ability to recognize beauty help us survive? It doesn’t. Animals from crayfish to cormorants thrive without a sense of beauty. But people seem obsessed with beauty. We buy lotions, luxury cars, and works of art that don’t help with survival. Where did this sense come from if not from God, who “has made everything beautiful in its time”?4

4. Morals

How does evolution’s struggle for survival explain our sense of right and wrong? Its defenders suggest that ancient, evolving humans invented morals that somehow helped them survive. We supposedly inherited those morals. However, humans do not inherit the mental inventions of their forebears. Also, if unconnected people groups invented right and wrong, then why did they choose essentially the same rules? Husbands in every culture despise other men who harm their wives. Nobody feels happy when punished for helping others. Instead of evolution, these reactions “show the work of the law written on their hearts.”5

We don’t see big-picture evolution in operation today.

We don’t see big-picture evolution in operation today. Both living and extinct animals and plants should show distinct created kinds—and they do.6 God’s universe should show both beauty we can appreciate from a once “very good” creation7 and ugliness from the sin curse8—and it does. Human hearts harbor a knowledge of right and wrong since they were made in God’s image.9 The Bible, not evolution, explains these four observations.

References

  1. 1 Corinthians 15:45.
  2. 2 Corinthians 5:11.
  3. Thomas, B. Archaeopteryx Fossil Shows ‘Striking’ Tissue Preservation. Creation Science Update. Posted on ICR.org May 19, 2010, accessed September 4, 2018.
  4. Ecclesiastes 3:11.
  5. Romans 2:15.
  6. Genesis 7:14.
  7. Genesis 1:31.
  8. Genesis 3.
  9. Colossians 3:10.

* Mr. Thomas is Science Writer at the Institute for Creation Research and earned his M.S. in biotechnology from Stephen F. Austin State University.

Cite this article: Brian Thomas, M.S. 2018. Four Observations Evolution Can’t ExplainActs & Facts. 47 (12).

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He Was Innocent, But He Took My Blame!


John 8:44    2 Corinthians 5:16-21

You’re driving down a busy highway at night. The traffic is dense — you’re tired — work’s been unusually hectic. Suddenly your car lists to one side.  – Oh no! A flat tire!

You stop and find the spare.  Half an hour later after changing the flat, you’re back in the driver’s seat.
    – “All that waste of time! I hope my friends are still waiting for me!”

Now that you’re back on the road, you think of the fun you’ll have this weekend.                         .   – You deserve time off! — you’ll enjoy this break to the fullest. You smile.

Suddenly, a huge dark truck begins tailgating you!  Your first thought is “Idiot!”                                       .   – You accelerate — to your horror, the menacing truck matches your speed.

You read about a mad killer somewhere on this highway killing people with a kitchen knife.                              .   – What if he’s in the truck behind you?

You slow down, hoping it’s just a coincidence the truck’s keeping up with you.                           .   – Hopefully he’ll pass and leave you alone. – He doesn’t!

Instead he slows and flashes his lights at you — he thrusts his arm out the window gesturing towards you.

“What’s he want?”  You’re frightened now! — Nothing like this has ever happened to you before.

You get an idea.                                                                                                                                .   – Cops often work this highway. If you drive over the speed limit, you’ll be stopped and saved                .     from that maniac.

You punch it to 80 miles per hour                                                                                                                       .   – The truck’s matching your speed!

You’re terrified and push your accelerator to the floor.                                                                      .    –  You didn’t know your car could go 120 miles an hour!

You check your mirror — that truck’s matching your speed. He’s unshakable!

A half hour and this high speed chase is still going on!                                                                                  .   – Wouldn’t you know there are no cops anywhere!  Your exit is still 3 miles away.

You’ve got to keep on racing — at the very last moment you’ll turn into your exit.

You hope the truck doesn’t have time to follow you.                                                                                      .   – It’s a good plan. The only plan that hopefully will deliver you from your aggressor.

You succeed in taking the exit — you’re rejoicing!  You’ve finally shook off that truck, then you notice those same lights are still following you.                                                                                                 .   – Your blood turns icy. “What now?”

Your gas tank’s almost empty – there’s nowhere to go except to the mansion where your friends are waiting.

You hope John has his shotgun with him. He seldom leaves it behind — he’s an avid hunter.

No matter where you turn, the truck stays right with you.

Finally you’re at the mansion — John’s waiting for you.                                                                               .   – You leap from your car and shout “Get your shotgun!”

John sees the truck.                                                                                                                      .   – He runs into the house and grabs his gun.                                                                                        .   – Hope’s finally in sight!

John points his gun at the driver of that dark, menacing truck, and orders him out.                                 .   – The poor guy comes out of his truck shaking.

What would you be thinking about this driver at this time?                                                                      .   – Would you welcome him with open arms? Or want to strangle him?
– The shaking man yells, “It’s not me! It’s not me! It’s him!”

Confused you and John look at each other. “Who?”

“There’s a man in the back of your car. I saw him slip into your car while you were changing your tire. He had a kitchen knife in his right hand. I followed you to warn you about him!”
Is he telling the truth?

Slowly all 3 of you approach your car.                                                                                                       .   – John opens the back door, his shotgun ready.                                                                           .      – Sure enough, a man’s crouching behind your seat, a kitchen knife in his hand.

Imagine your feeling when you realize the one you accused had nothing but purest intentions.          He wanted to save you from certain death.                                                                                                        .   – He’s not the one who deserves judgment. He’s your hero, your savior!

What a picture of how people respond to Jesus!

Most people run from the One who can provide the safety they need and harbor the very murderer bent on destroying them.

Jesus has done and is doing everything He can to save you from sin and Hell (the 2nd Death) while you run from Him afraid He’ll ask you to give up too much of the world to serve Him.

Christ’s doing everything He can to get your attention before it’s too late, but you’re not pulling over.

At the same time, Satan, the thief and murderer,” who you should fear is invading your homes and families – planning your destruction. – John 8:44-45 –“For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.
45 So when I tell the truth, you just naturally don’t believe me!”

2 Corinthians 5:16-21 So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now!
17  This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
18  And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him.
19  For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation.
20  So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!”
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For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.

Jesus chose to leave Heaven and come to earth on purpose.                                                                                          .   – You and I didn’t choose whether or not we’d be born – we were just born.                                                        .     – We didn’t choose our parents or where we’d be born.                                                                           .      – I didn’t choose to be William Walter Woods from Walla Walla, Washington.                                         .        – I was born in Walla Walla to be near my mother.

On the contrary, Jesus chose to be born in Bethlehem.                                                                                 .   – He chose His mother to be the Virgin Mary — His step-dad to be Joseph.                                                       .      – He chose to be a Jew and to be born in a stable.

He left Heaven to live a perfect life without sin and take your punishment for your sins.                             .   – Romans 6:23 — For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

Jesus is the Eternal Son of God: of one substance with the Father, co-equal, co-eternal, co-existent with the Father, became a human being in every way, except for sin.                                .   – He was a man of suffering, of pain, of anxiety, of temptation – who was crucified and died     .     for your sins.

2 Corinthians 5:21 makes clear Christ “had no sin.”  For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.

He didn’t inherit the guilt of original sin. He lived a sinless and pure life from His conception      until His death.                                                                                                                                               .     – He didn’t allow the evil that surrounds all of us to enter into His deeds or His heart.

No matter what temptation, how hard the struggle or how great the fear, Jesus never sinned!                                                                                                                                                       .   – He remained perfect! — 2 Corinthians 5:21 He “has no sin”.

He reflects the perfect image of God — Hebrews 1:3 — The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.                                                                           .   – Jesus is the radiance of God’s glory and Being …

Paul said in Romans 3:23 — “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.”                                                                                                      .  – “we” are the sinners.

Not just the drunkard, the addict, the liar, the thief, the blasphemer, the idolater or                       .     murderer.  We’re all sinners!

Who’s a sinner? Everyone who’s broken a single commandment of God!                                              .   – Everyone who fails to love God with all his heart and his neighbor as himself.                                          .      – You and me – we’re the sinners!

“I’ve lived a good and decent life and my good deeds outweigh my bad deeds!”

Isaiah 64:6-“We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags. Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall, and our sins sweep us away like the wind.”

.   – You can’t live good enough to make it to Heaven!  – Ephesians 2:8-9 — “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.”

Because it was impossible we escape Hell, Jesus stepped into history and provided the sacrifice needed to save us. – Hebrews 9:22 — “In fact, according to the law of Moses, nearly everything was purified with blood. For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.”

Two thieves spotted what looked like a sweet deal.

They found an unguarded 2007 Volkswagen cargo van with a moveable platform and crane.                    .   – It looked like easy pickings — the driver was asleep — the van was unguarded.

They overpowered the driver, tied him up, dropped him in a vacant parking lot, and drove away.

They drove about 24 miles and decided to investigate the van’s cargo. What can it hurt? They made a score, and needed to see their loot.

Soon they unloaded the containers, broke them open, scattered the contents, and found nothing of interest.
– They found nothing of interest, but that doesn’t mean they found nothing.

The crooks opened containers of radioactive cobalt-60 pellets taken from hospitals in Tijuana and headed for a nuclear holding plant outside of Mexico City.                                                                                                                                                       .   – There’s one other thing those crooks found in those pellets – DEATH!

Those cobalt-60 pellets were small, but deadly. They carried enough radioactive punch to kill anyone who came into close contact with them.

Death would come in 2 or 3 days.                                                                                                            .     – The crooks didn’t know, but opening those containers made them walking dead men.

Their story isn’t much different than Adam and Eve who thought the forbidden fruit wasn’t such a bad thing …                                                                                                                                      .   – or David who believed a little look at Bathsheba couldn’t hurt …                                                                .   – or Achan who thought a few bars of silver and gold taken from Jericho wouldn’t cause any                 .      problem                                                                                                                                                      .      or … the rest of us.

Because of sin, we were all walking dead.                                                                                                .   – Big sins, little sins, every sin separated us from God and condemned us.

This is why human’s walking dead need a Savior.

We’re better off than the thieves who stole the cobalt-60.                                                                             .   – There was no cure for them, but Jesus has provided the antidote for our lost condition.

Jesus is the Judge we’ll someday face.                                                                                          .   – We know we’re guilty and we know the penalty.

God’s Law demands we be punished (sentenced to Eternal Death, separation from God in Hell).                    .   – Jesus has assumed the punishment for our sins – GRACE! (UNMERITED FAVOR!)

Through His life, by His suffering, death, and glorious resurrection from the dead, Jesus has become our Heaven-sent Savior, Who can cleanse sinners of all that’s contaminated and condemned us.

He’s promised riches beyond our wildest dreams — forgiveness, Heaven, Joint-heirs with Him!

We have to decide to accept His Pardon and gifts He wants to bestow on us.                                 .   – We must accept His Identity by Identifying with Him!                                                                                    .   – With Holy Spirit-given faith we’re no longer walking dead, we’re eternally saved souls.

THE OLD ACCOUNT WAS SETTLED LONG AGO!

Easter is not about bunnies and chocolate eggs!  Easter is HIS RESURRECTION DAY!  AND BECAUSE HE LIVES I CAN FACE TOMORROW!

Today, I want to gather with God’s saints and remember what Jesus has done for us and that He is soon coming to get us and take us to His Place where we’ll live with Him for Eternity.

Jesus tasted death, the grave and the consequences of sin in Hell for 3 days for you and me!

He didn’t stay in the grave!  HE AROSE AND THAT’S WHAT WE ARE CELEBRATING TODAY!

HE LIVES!  HE LIVES!  CHRIST JESUS LIVES TODAY!

 

by Bill Woods

God’s Faithfulness

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

Ever since the heavenly Father created time, everything has been in flux—everything, that is, except God Himself. The environment changes with the seasons, and in a similar way, our life also goes through seasons. Some are filled with joy, while others are characterized by difficulty. But the Lord is faithful, and we can always take comfort in knowing this.

Faithfulness is one of God’s unchanging attributes. It means that He always does exactly what He says He will do and acts in accordance with His nature. He can never deny Himself, so when He promises to “sanctify you entirely” (1 Thessalonians 5:23), you can count on Him to make you more like Christ—even using the painful seasons of life to do so.

God’s unchanging nature and faithfulness are the foundation of our hope. Because He won’t change His mind about our salvation, we have the assurance of eternal security. Since He is the sovereign Ruler of the universe, we never have to fear that our world is out of His control. His plans were formed long ago with perfect faithfulness (Isa. 25:1), and no one can frustrate them or turn back His hand (Isa. 14:27).

Because God is faithful, we can have peace of mind in any circumstance—even in the face of death. Although we will change with time and the seasons of life will come and go, our faithful God is always the same. Since we belong to Him through Christ, He will never forget, neglect, or abandon us. He has promised to preserve us “complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23), and He will do it.

Be Not a Fruitless Trees

“Woe unto them! . . . trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots.” (Jude 1:11-12)

Many illustrations in Scripture compare the responsibility of trees to bear fruit and the responsibility of Christians to produce righteousness. The reason for the frequent comparisons is that “a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit” (Luke 6:43). It is easy to tell what kind a tree is because “every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes” (Luke 6:44).

Jude is making the point, however, that there are “trees” planted amidst the orchard of God’s Kingdom churches that have withering “fruit” or have already been rooted up as worthless, fruitless, and twice-dead. These trees have absolutely no place among the healthy trees. At best they scar and mar the beauty of the orchard, and at worst they spread their decay and rot throughout it.

Another very important point is that trees that have withered or cannot produce good fruit are not salvageable. All of nature demonstrates and reinforces the eternal principle that “every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit” (Matthew 7:17). Such dead, fruitless trees are to be “hewn down, and cast into the fire” (Matthew 3:10).

The common thread in all of these several pictures by Jude is the damage that can be done by ungodly “tares” among the wheat (Matthew 13:24-30), fig trees that should be providing nourishment but do not (Luke 13:6-9), and plants that are choked by “cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches” (Mark 4:19). All of these can spread the “leaven” through the whole “lump” and undermine the work of God (Galatians 5:9). HMM III

A Must, Pray Till You Pray

Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving.

—Colossians 4:2

Dr. Moody Stuart, a great praying man of a past generation, once drew up a set of rules to guide him in his prayers. Among these rules is this one: “Pray till you pray.”…

The habit of breaking off our prayers before we have truly prayed is as common as it is unfortunate. Often the last ten minutes may mean more to us than the first half hour, because we must spend a long time getting into the proper mood to pray effectively. We may need to struggle with our thoughts to draw them in from where they have been scattered through the multitude of distractions that result from the task of living in a disordered world….

If when we come to prayer our hearts feel dull and unspiritual, we should not try to argue ourselves out of it. Rather, we should admit it frankly and pray our way through. Some Christians smile at the thought of “praying through,” but something of the same idea is found in the writings of practically every great praying saint from Daniel to the present day. We cannot afford to stop praying till we have actually prayed.   TWP069-070

Oh Lord, what an important and needed challenge! Help me to wait and “pray through.” Amen.

 

Full of power by the Spirit of the Lord

Truly I am full of power by the Spirit of the Lord.—Micah 3:8.

You, who are kept by the power of God through, faith unto salvation.—1 Peter 1:4, 5.

 

Thou must not look so much at the evil that is nigh, but rather at that which stands ready to pity and help,—and which hath pitied and helped thy distressed soul, and will pity and help it again. Why is there a mercy seat, but for the sinner to look towards in time of need? Be patient till the Lord’s tender mercy and love visit thee again; and then, look up to Him against this and such like snares, which would come between thee and the appearance of the Lord’s love; that thou mayest feel more of His abidings with thee, and of the sweet effects thereof, For, these things are not to destroy thee, but to teach thee wisdom; which the Lord is able, through many exercises and sore trials, to bestow upon thee; that thy heart may be rid of all that burdeneth, and filled with all it rightly desires after, in the proper season and goodness of the Lord; to whose wise ordering and tender mercy I commit thee.

Isaac Penington.

 

What to Really Leave Children

“The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.” Prov. 20:7

Anxiety about our family is natural, but we shall be wise if we turn it into care about our own character. If we walk before the Lord in integrity, we shall do more to bless our descendants than if we bequeathed them large estates. A father’s holy life is a rich legacy for his sons.

The upright man leaves his heirs his example, and this in itself will be a mine of true wealth. How many men may trace their success in life to the example of their parents!

He leaves them also his repute. Men think all the better of us as the sons of a man who could be trusted, the successors of a tradesman of excellent repute. Oh, that all young men were anxious to keep up the family name!

Above all, he leaves his children his prayers and the blessing of a prayer-hearing God, and these make our offspring to be favored among the sons of men. God will save them even after we are dead. Oh, that they might be saved at once!

Our integrity may be God’s means of saving our sons and daughters. If they see the truth of our religion proved by our lives, it may be that they will believe in Jesus for themselves. Lord, fulfill this word to my household!

 

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