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303 OUR YOUNG UNIVERSE

 

303 OUR YOUNG UNIVERSE

This radio spot is entitled Our Young Universe. About 75 years ago, scientists began believing all celestial bodies in the universe were created around 3-5 billion years ago, including Earth. This belief was based on evolutionary theories of old ages for everything. However, when those who believe this set about proving how old the universe was, they ran into trouble. Let’s examine a few problems that have arisen from secular research. 1) The Earth’s gravity is diminishing at a measurable rate. Gravity is controlled by powerful electrical charges that create currents, much like electrical currents, that drive our magnetic field, which is the source of our gravity. Like a car battery, these electrical currents diminish over time. Our gravity is dying and will eventually disappear. However, to say the Earth is billions years old cannot be possible. At the known rate of loss, Earth’s magnetic shield should have died out long, long ago. This puzzles many evolutionists as to why we still have a magnetic field. We shouldn’t if billions of years old. They are confused because the earth appears  to be just thousands of years old. 2) the rate of decay of our Sun is measurable. At the known rate of reduction of the sun, it shouldn’t still be burning even if just a million years old. 3) The Moon is moving away from earth at a measurable rate, and the moon controls our tides. Once the moon is far enough away, the oceans will stagnate due to no oceanic movement due to loss of the gravitational pull of the moon; all marine life will die. Estimates are that the moon would have been so close to earth less than 100,000 years ago that all land should have been wiped away by the enormous tides that would have taken place. 4) Every planet is showing signs of losing gravitational pull. It is measurable and shows that all gravity would have dissipated by now if they were as old as just one million years. The better estimates are that they are only about 6-8000 years old. Four planets expend more energy than they receive from the Sun. They should already be cold, dead planets. The fact they’re still expelling energy dates them as being thousands of years old. 5) Comets were believed to be leftovers from the explosion of the Big Bang roughly 5 billion years ago. However, scientists have discovered that each time a comet passes by the Sun, a percentage of its icy tail vaporizes. This can only mean that comets have to be relatively young, not billions of years old; otherwise they would no longer exist. 6) The beautiful rings around Saturn are being bombarded by space particles, which will eventually turn them black. The fact they are still very clean and colorful can only be because they are relatively young; many now believe this can only mean Saturn is also just thousands of years old. These are just a few of the things secular researchers are discovering about space and our celestial bodies. This information comes from NASA, the European Space Agency, and laboratories around the world. There are far too many unexplainable things pointing to our Universe being very young. Yet, this information remains a mystery to some because these same scientists have been raised on evolutionary concepts of really old ages to the universe, earth, life and more. It’s been ingrained in them to a point they can only confess confusion over the information their own labs are discovering. The problem is do they retain belief in their faith based Evolution or accept that God as the Creator; something abhorrent to many. This is why some believe aliens brought life to earth. This still doesn’t deal with the fact that celestial bodies are sending back information proving they are relatively young. Religions are based on faith. So is Evolution. It cannot be proven; thus one needs to accept it solely on faith, while ignoring evidence to the contrary. Since our government has passed separation of church and state laws, shouldn’t Evolution, as a faith based religious church be banned in schools? This is an interesting legal concept that we should examine. After all, Evolution is only a theorized historical proposition for how old things are. It adds nothing to any real science field other than tacking on ages to rocks, dinosaurs, and the like. It only deals with age. Look for us at evidenceforthehope.org or Evidence for the Hope Ministries. have a nice day.

302 HOW DID ALIENS SEED LIFE ON EARTH

 

302 HOW DID ALIENS SEED LIFE ON EARTH

This article is entitled “How did aliens seed life on Earth”? I don’t believe in aliens, if you’re wondering. I was at the veteran’s hospital in Martinsburg having my eyes checked. There was a long wait due to several employees being out sick. The waiting room was nearly full, and I engaged in conversation as I normally do. This is a chance to share my faith with fellow veterans. When the man sitting across from me found out I was a minister, he loudly proclaimed he was an atheist. I told him that I also had once been an atheist but found a cure for that. He quickly strong-armed my testimony and hurriedly started giving his opinions. Eyes around the room turned our way when he boasted, “I don’t believe God created the universe and life”. “So, you believe the Big Bang created the universe and that Evolution is the source of life”, I asked. “I believe in the Big Bang, but I also believe aliens seeded life on Earth, not evolution. This is not an uncommon belief thanks to the alien shows on T.V.  The Big Bang theory states that earth was hurled across space from the initial blast of that monstrous explosion which theorists say created all heavenly bodies.  When earth supposedly arrived here it had no life, being nothing more than a huge mass of molten lava with no water.  The earth then cooled for  four or five billions of years, leaving only a rocky surface. “So, aliens seeded all living things”, I asked. “Tell me how they did it”. He knew people were watching and he was thrilled to have an audience. “They planted seeds for everything”, he answered. Unfortunately, at that moment, my name was called to see the doctor.  I’m sure he gave the other patients an earful. “Planted it in what” should have been my next question. I know he’d have said soil. However, soil is derived from dying plants, vegetation, animals, humans, and trees decomposing over millennia. Aliens couldn’t have seeded the plants, vegetation, and trees because there’d have been no soil for them to plant seeds in, according to the Big Bang model.  Soil would have taken millions of years of decomposition of vegetation to create the very soil needed to plant seeds. The Big Bang model of Earth states there’d have been no soil nor water. How could their seeds have lived without either soil or water? This is also a problem for evolutionists; if the first living cell came from a non-living chemical blob, how did that cell get food if all vegetation and trees evolved slowly, over millions of years, from that first cell? There would have been no source of nutrients for it. Unfortunately, many folks don’t think the way I do. He also believed these aliens created all creatures, including the monkeys which evolved into humans. How did these creatures survive until those hypothetical seeds created the vegetation needed to feed them? What did the animals drink if there was no water? See any problems for the alien seeding theory? Many of the people who heard us speak were still in the waiting room when I reappeared. My atheist counterpart was gone. I mentioned the problems with his theory to an interested gentleman who approached me before leaving. I spoke loudly enough to be heard by others. God provided a way for me to re-approach this subject to that audience. There are many today, who believe God was not the creator of either the universe or life. This idea of aliens bringing life to earth takes the place of a Creator God for those who do not believe in God. NASA has done multiple studies about what it would take for an alien to travel to earth. There are no signs of alien activity in our Galaxy, so aliens would have to come from the next galaxy which is 2,300,000 light years away. They’d have to travel thousands of times the speed of light to get here. The speed of light is 160,000 miles per second. There are 31,536,000 seconds in a year. To travel one year at the speed of light would mean we would have to multiply 31,536,000 seconds by 160,000 miles. A monstrous number miles for just for one year. We then need to multiply that vast number of miles by 2,300,000 light years to the next galaxy, saying the aliens didn’t come further. NASA has determined that it would take the power of 146 million atomic bombs to get a spacecraft up to the speed of light. See any problems? Look for us at evidenceforthehope.org or Evidence for the Hope Ministries. Have a nice day.

117 DID JESUS MAKE MISTAKES

 

117 DID JESUS MAKE MISTAKES

It may surprise some to learn that not all “Christians” believe Jesus was without error.  There are those who believe that Christianity is based solely on a man…not God. Take professor Kenton Sparks, professor of Biblical studies at North Carolina University, and contributor to the BioLogus group for example.  BioLogus is, supposedly, a Christian organization dedicated to proving evolution is where all life came from…and not from a Creator.  Dr. Sparks says this about Jesus; “If Jesus as a finite human being erred from time to time, there is no reason at all to suppose that Moses, Paul, John wrote Scripture without error”.  How would you like your child to attend his Biblical classes? The question becomes why would he even call himself a Christian if he does not believe Jesus is the Christ? I notice that right after attacking Jesus being perfect in all ways, he first attacks Moses. This is interesting in that Jesus tells us if we can’t believe the writings of Moses, then we won’t believe Jesus’s words either (John 5;46-47).  I’d have to ask Dr. Sparks which Scriptures are in error and how does he know that.  Of course, he would have to speculate as to the answer; not being able to prove any were erroneous at all.  Yet, thousands have listened to his teachings. Dr. Sparks would have problems with the story of David and Goliath being nothing more than allegory (almost all of it has now been found in archaeological digs), Jesus doing miracles (like raising Lazarus from the dead or turning water into wine; both now proven by archaeological finds). I think Jesus would ask him what he asked his apostles; “Who do ye say the Son of man is?”. Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God”. This is the very statement that the Christian church is built upon, Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. Jesus warned us that in the last days, teachers and prophets would arise that would be wolves in sheep’s clothing.  He warned that doctrines would be taught that “tickled the ear” but were not of Him.  He warned that many would attempt to take away the Glory of God and replace it with man-made teachings. He told us to run from these things and have nothing to do with them, that they’d lead to eternal destruction. I wonder how these warnings of Jesus are received by people who don’t even believe Jesus is the Christ, the very son of God?  There are plenty of ministers in the pulpits that deny the deity of Jesus. These teach that he was ordained of God to bring a message, as an ordinary man, but that message needs to be taken with a grain of salt. I’ve bumped into these ministers from time to time. I’m devastated that they even have a pulpit. Do they simply shrug His words off as being just one more mistake made by Jesus in his Gospel?  I shudder to think of the eternity they’ll face. What could one possibly argue before God in the Judgement to defend themselves? Dr. Sparks is teaching young people. The Bible tells us that if you lead one young person astray it would be better to have a millstone tied around your neck and be thrown in the sea rather than face Him in the judgement. Ouch. I seriously doubt if their names are in the book of life. We are also warned that teachers will have the greater condemnation. However, he’s not alone in his beliefs.  It seems the church is coming under constant pressure to change what we believe, and have believed, since Jesus walked among us. We are asked to replace the Word of God with the word of man.  Sadly, many are being led astray by a wave of man’s own opinions, as foretold by Jesus.  He warned that in the last days many, even the very elect, would be led astray…if possible. I urge people to hold fast to the things of God, believe the Bible to be his Word, and that Jesus is the very Son of God who came and died for our sins.  I’ve spent a lifetime investigating evidences to support the Bible being correct, Jesus being the Son of God, scientific discoveries supporting the Bible, and over 6,500 archaeological finds proving the people, places and events in the Bible as forensic type evidence.  I see these evidences coming at such a fast pace now that I’m amazed.  I shouldn’t be.  The Bible says that in the last days the knowledge of the glory of God will cover the Earth as the waters cover the seas. That’s happening. Don’t you find it astonishing it’s happening in our lifetimes? God wants to save as many as He can first.

111 AMAZING ARCHAEOLOGICAL FINDS FOR THE BIBLE

 

116 AMAZING ARCHAEOLOGICAL FINDS FOR THE BIBLE

In 1993 the world had no evidence that King David ever lived.  Many suggested that, if he was real, he’d have been nothing more than a local tribal chieftain. This was taught in schools of higher learning helping to destroy the faith of millions of students, one archaeological find after another has now proven nearly every event of David’s life, and have silenced even the hardest skeptic.  David was real, was a king, killed Goliath (recently proven a giant), lived during the tenth century B.C., ruled over a united monarchy, became a king after Saul, and many other important things.  All of this has been proven in the last twenty years!  This makes the skeptics look a bit foolish.  These discoveries can be seen on-line, as proven by archaeologists or historical records.  For example: could Goliath have actually been a giant nine feet tall?  Two archaeological discoveries say YES.  The Egyptian Anastasi Papyrus describes Egyptians fighting giants (Sashu Warriors from Canaan) in a mountain pass.  The papyrus describes these “giants” as being from seven foot eight inches to about nine foot six inches tall, according to Egyptian measurements.  Some immediately argued the measurement used to determine these tall heights were wrong.  However, ancient Egyptian measurements are not contested in other discoveries by these same skeptics.  Unfortunately for them, these skeptics were proven wrong by a second discovery in ‘pictorial form’ (the Rameses II wall relief)!   The Rameses II wall relief shows two towering giants (Sashu Warriors from near Gath) being beaten by Egyptian soldiers.  The two Sashu giants are at least eighteen inches taller than the tallest Egyptian.  These giants came from the area of where Goliath was from; the Philistine town of Gath in Canaan.  Gath was recently discovered, too.  Skeptics once said it was fictional…as was Goliath.  In that town, archaeologists discovered pottery in one of the houses inscribed with the name Goliath. The town had been destroyed by Israelites and its destruction was dated back to the time David slew Goliath and overran Gath. That’s a big oopsies for skeptics.  In 2015, archaeologists discovered King David’s second palace in the valley of Elah, the same place where David slew Goliath; just down from the Philistine town of Gath.  Do you suppose David built that palace there to remind him of where it had all started?  You betcha.  They have been discovering a lot in that second palace.  On April 15, the Jerusalem Post paper printed an article on another recent discovery from the ‘Palace of Elah’.  They had found a very tall jug/jar inscribed with a name found in our Bible.  The name was “Esh-ba al”, who was the son of King Saul, the enemy of King David (see 1st Chronicles 8:33).  Later in the Bible, the name of Eshbaal was changed to Ishbosheth (see 2nd Samuel chapter three and four).  The reason for the change was that the name baal was a pagan god’s name.  The name was unholy to Hebrews, thus the need to change it.  The only place the name Eshbaal can be found in all of Israelite history is found in Chronicles in the Bible.  When king Saul realized that his attempts to kill David were all going to fail, and that God intended for David to become king, he petitioned David to save his posterity and not have his name erased from history, as was common for new kings. David agreed, and the fact that Saul and Eshbaal’s name is found in the palace tells us David kept his promise. Eshbaal lived in the palace and Saul’s name was honored. This find is important for several reasons: one of which is that we have writing close to the time of Moses.  In the mid 1800’s, Julius Wellhausen introduced the ‘Documentary Hypothesis’ which stated Moses could not have written the first five books of the Bible because he had no written language to do so.  This was taught in nearly every university in the world.  Wellhausen’s hypothesis has been proven wrong many times since.  Writing on Eshbaal’s jug is just one more proof there was a written language.  This discovery also confirms David, King Saul, and Eshbaal lived during the tenth century B.C., and that the Valley of Elah was an important place for David (so much so, that he built a palace over the place where he slew Goliath). Look for us at evidenceforthehope.org or Evidence for the Hope Ministries.  Have a nice day.

48 UNLESS A SEED DIES IN THE EARTH

 

48 UNLESS A SEED DIES IN THE EARTH

 

In the twelfth chapter of John, ‘certain Greeks…came up to worship at the (Passover) feast’ and wanted to see Jesus. Jesus, being a Jew, was in a part of the Temple in which Greek proselytes were not allowed to enter. There was a middle wall of separation between Gentiles and Jews. To go beyond that separation wall meant instant death to the Gentile. There was even a sign to this effect, which has been discovered. This led Jesus into a discourse about “unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and die, it abides alone: but if it die, it brings forth much fruit.” Jesus was telling His disciples that Gentiles would be part of that ‘much fruit’ once He died and was placed in the earth. He explained that one tiny seed, planted, would bring forth many generations of the church, including Gentiles. His death would mean that the ‘wall of separation’ would be done away with and Gentiles could enter where He is. Science has yet to explain how the combination of a seed being planted in the earth multiplies itself. There are many mysterious elements involved in the death and resurrection of a seed. We believe only because we see it happen, but cannot explain how it happens. The elements of air, water, earthly nutrients, sunshine and the genetic codes of seeds are all understood to be needed. It is the combination of all these things, mysteriously working together, and being in existence, that adds to the mystery. Any element of air (Oxygen, nitrogen, carbon, etc.) being missing would cause the seed to simply rot and wither away. Any element within water being missing would do the same. Any element of earthly soil being missing would cause the seed to fail. If sunshine did not have all the proper elements, the seed would not give its abundance. All these things MUST work in harmony with one another in order for a seed to give forth its abundance. Evolutionists would have us believe that all of this was a simple an ‘accident of nature’. Any farmer can easily see that this goes way beyond any accident. We tend to believe what we hear. It is part of our human nature to want to believe others who appear superior in knowledge. Yet, we sometimes swallow a lie or misconception while doing this. There is no such thing as a harmless lie, especially when it deals with our eternal salvation. Jesus died and was buried for a reason; that man might become part of that great mystery of death and resurrection. If we take a grain of wheat and put it on a shelf, it will never die and resurrect back to life. There are those who would have us deny the Creator. Once we do, we place ourselves on that shelf and deny our generations of the many seeds that would have come, and the opportunity to be planted and to have life. We humans are God’s seed. We were meant to have life eternal through the death and resurrection of His son: God’s seed. Evolution cannot, and has not, ever been proven. It denies the Creator and places its advocates on a shelf apart from that Creator.  There is a group that was formed in South Korea in 1981.  It includes thousands of brilliant scientists; all with at least one PhD. Hundreds of these are currently involved in deep research in their field of science. Every one of these scientists has become a Creationist and a Christian. They are known as The Korea Association for Creation Research. They are not alone in the world. Groups like this are now springing up all across the globe. The Institute for Creation Research is another group; found in the U.S.A. and has many Christian Creationist members…all with PhD’s. People all around the world are now seeing that it took Father God…not mother nature…for all of this to come into being. The United States is one of the last strongholds teaching Evolution as a fact instead of as a theory; which is all it is. Our neighboring countries are looking at our teaching methods as being out-of-date, antiquated and behind the times due to evolutionary doctrines being introduced into school curriculums. Yet, Evolutionary teaching is so imbedded in our schools, and so protected, that no other opinions or theories are welcome much less tolerated. One can teach Creation theory without ever mentioning God or Jesus, if that is what they are worried about. It is being done in many other countries…except our own. Let me ask a simple question; what does adding an older age to any scientific discovery add to that discovery? It does not change the elements that make a rock, it does not change the bones of a dinosaur or where they were found, it does not change the fact that strata is strata, that certain animals are what they are, or any other fact found in science. Evolutionary time scales add nothing to the equation. Think on this. Look for us at Evidence for the Hope Ministries or evidenceforthehope.org. Invite your friends to read my blogs. Share what you learn with others. This is part of making disciples, as we are told to do. Have a nice day.

47 THE DEATH OF THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION

 

48 UNLESS A SEED DIES IN THE EARTH

 

In the twelfth chapter of John, ‘certain Greeks…came up to worship at the (Passover) feast’ and wanted to see Jesus. Jesus, being a Jew, was in a part of the Temple in which Greek proselytes were not allowed to enter. There was a middle wall of separation between Gentiles and Jews. To go beyond that separation wall meant instant death to the Gentile. There was even a sign to this effect, which has been discovered. This led Jesus into a discourse about “unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and die, it abides alone: but if it die, it brings forth much fruit.” Jesus was telling His disciples that Gentiles would be part of that ‘much fruit’ once He died and was placed in the earth. He explained that one tiny seed, planted, would bring forth many generations of the church, including Gentiles. His death would mean that the ‘wall of separation’ would be done away with and Gentiles could enter where He is. Science has yet to explain how the combination of a seed being planted in the earth multiplies itself. There are many mysterious elements involved in the death and resurrection of a seed. We believe only because we see it happen, but cannot explain how it happens. The elements of air, water, earthly nutrients, sunshine and the genetic codes of seeds are all understood to be needed. It is the combination of all these things, mysteriously working together, and being in existence, that adds to the mystery. Any element of air (Oxygen, nitrogen, carbon, etc.) being missing would cause the seed to simply rot and wither away. Any element within water being missing would do the same. Any element of earthly soil being missing would cause the seed to fail. If sunshine did not have all the proper elements, the seed would not give its abundance. All these things MUST work in harmony with one another in order for a seed to give forth its abundance. Evolutionists would have us believe that all of this was a simple an ‘accident of nature’. Any farmer can easily see that this goes way beyond any accident. We tend to believe what we hear. It is part of our human nature to want to believe others who appear superior in knowledge. Yet, we sometimes swallow a lie or misconception while doing this. There is no such thing as a harmless lie, especially when it deals with our eternal salvation. Jesus died and was buried for a reason; that man might become part of that great mystery of death and resurrection. If we take a grain of wheat and put it on a shelf, it will never die and resurrect back to life. There are those who would have us deny the Creator. Once we do, we place ourselves on that shelf and deny our generations of the many seeds that would have come, and the opportunity to be planted and to have life. We humans are God’s seed. We were meant to have life eternal through the death and resurrection of His son: God’s seed. Evolution cannot, and has not, ever been proven. It denies the Creator and places its advocates on a shelf apart from that Creator.  There is a group that was formed in South Korea in 1981.  It includes thousands of brilliant scientists; all with at least one PhD. Hundreds of these are currently involved in deep research in their field of science. Every one of these scientists has become a Creationist and a Christian. They are known as The Korea Association for Creation Research. They are not alone in the world. Groups like this are now springing up all across the globe. The Institute for Creation Research is another group; found in the U.S.A. and has many Christian Creationist members…all with PhD’s. People all around the world are now seeing that it took Father God…not mother nature…for all of this to come into being. The United States is one of the last strongholds teaching Evolution as a fact instead of as a theory; which is all it is. Our neighboring countries are looking at our teaching methods as being out-of-date, antiquated and behind the times due to evolutionary doctrines being introduced into school curriculums. Yet, Evolutionary teaching is so imbedded in our schools, and so protected, that no other opinions or theories are welcome much less tolerated. One can teach Creation theory without ever mentioning God or Jesus, if that is what they are worried about. It is being done in many other countries…except our own. Let me ask a simple question; what does adding an older age to any scientific discovery add to that discovery? It does not change the elements that make a rock, it does not change the bones of a dinosaur or where they were found, it does not change the fact that strata is strata, that certain animals are what they are, or any other fact found in science. Evolutionary time scales add nothing to the equation. Think on this. Look for us at Evidence for the Hope Ministries or evidenceforthehope.org. Invite your friends to read my blogs. Share what you learn with others. This is part of making disciples, as we are told to do. Have a nice day.

115 SCIENCE AND HONESTY

 

115 SCIENCE AND HONESTY

When I was in school, I sincerely believed scientific reports without question.  True science should be a reflection of true honesty.  So, how honest has science become over the ensuing years?  Honesty in science is only as good as the science, though.  It is possible to theorize something, report it in science journals (believing it to be true), and then discover that the theory was wrong.  This is an example of an honest mistake.  True honesty comes into play when one sets the record right.  Once something is discovered to be untrue, it should be reported as such and the old belief discarded. In a research project at Michigan State University, it was found that this may be harder than one may think.  So, what’s so hard about correcting our mistakes and accepting the truth?   Michigan University’s research showed that the vast majority of people experience a psychological phenomenon, known as “Backfire”, when exposed to the truth over what they previously had believed.  When people are exposed to what is thought to be true, but is later discovered not to be true, they have a tendency to ignore the truth and hold onto what they first believed, even knowing that their prior belief is not true.  Once they hold onto the untruth for a period of time, they simply forget the truth and accept a lie.  Other research projects have shown that, once we accept a lie and keep repeating it, the lie becomes real to us.  In other words, we no longer can discern the truth.  Scary, huh!?  Scientists and educators are no exception to experiencing “Backfire”.  They, too, are human.   I’ve yet to meet a superhuman.  We all make mistakes.  What’s important is what we do once we discover the mistake. So, are you wondering what I’m going on about, yet?  As someone who observes scientific theories and discoveries, I see a bit more than the average person.  I see theories fail and discoveries turn out not to be what was once believed.  Science should be above “Backfire” at this point.  What I’m seeing is that it has not been.  For example:  when Mary Schweitzer of North Carolina University accidentally opened the can of worms by discovering red blood cells in a supposedly 75-million-year old Tyrannosaurus Rex, she also accidentally created a whole new field of science:  molecular paleontology.  This field of science should have been around for over a century.  A prejudiced belief in the Theory of Evolution caused scientists to overlook that there just might be soft tissue in dinosaur bones.  Since soft tissue does not last more than thousands of years, they never even looked for it.  Why do I say it was a “can or worms”?  Because it caused other scientists to start checking for things that should not still exist in dinosaur bones, such as DNA, collagen, red blood cells, and hosts of other soft tissue items.  The can of worms came about when scientists realized this meant dinosaur fossils could not be tens of millions, but rather just thousands, of years old.  This, of course, flew against everything taught by the Theory of Evolution; that dinosaurs evolved over many millions of years.  Ooops.  So, did we see a rush to correct what was once believed about the age of dinosaurs?  No.  Our science experts seem to be experiencing “Backfire”.  Why?  Because it doesn’t correspond with their ‘belief’ in the Theory of Evolution.  Wouldn’t just a little truth be nice at this point?  Mary made her discovery over ten years ago and little has been done about it.  This wouldn’t be a problem except that nearly every involved research lab, in the world, is discovering dinosaurs are not many millions of years old.  Every project done (hundreds if not thousands) have all come up with the same results; dinosaurs were on this earth just thousands of years ago…and not before.  Could the fear be that not only would the Theory of Evolution be dealt a death blow, but that the Bible would be vindicated in saying that the Earth is just thousands of years old? I’ve been urged by more than a few to drop the idea of a young Earth.  I can’t…if it’s the truth.  I don’t want to be accused of “Backfire”.  Perhaps the others need to realize they might be experiencing “Backfire”. Look for us at evidenceforthehope.org or Evidence for the Hope Ministries. Have a nice day.

114 HOW OLD ARE DIAMONDS ANYWAY

 

114 HOW OLD ARE DIAMONDS, ANYWAY?

I decided to eat lunch and watch a little television.   I turned on the History Channel and began watching a special on how diamonds are formed.  I’m always interested in science. The commentator began explaining that diamonds formed in the Earth about a “billion years ago” and went on to explain that carbon is placed under tremendous heat and pressure over billions of years to make a diamond.  I turned the program off after waiting for disclaimers as to the “billions of years” debate going on within scientific and geologic circles.  None were forthcoming.  The ‘Journal of Nature’, a highly evolutionary slanted journal, printed an article on this debate.  I give them credit for this.  They stated that no one is really quite sure how long it takes to make a diamond.  The Journal of Nature said that it is believed, by some, that it takes four things to make a diamond; 1) Carbon dioxide must be quickly buried to a level of 100 miles below the Earth.  This would make sense since carbon enters our atmosphere daily by cosmic ray activity from the Sun after mixing with nitrogen in our atmosphere.  The carbon is above the Earth in the beginning.  Somehow, that carbon product must then be injected 100 miles below the surface of the Earth.   The reason for this is that it has to be pressurized, as we will see in #3.  Some of the debate evolves around just how the carbon got 100 miles deep in the Earth in the first place.  2)  The carbon must then be subjected to a heat source of around 2,200 degrees.  3) The carbon then has to be pressurized to about 725,000 pounds per square inch.  That’s a lot of pressure.  For example, humans are subjected to 14.7 pounds per square inch by our atmosphere.  A diamond forming must be put under roughly 50,000 times more pressure than a human: some believe.  4) Once formed, the diamond must then be quickly brought to the surface of the Earth for cooling.   The Journal of Nature then went on to state that there is absolutely no proof for how long it really takes for a diamond to form.  Once again, I give them credit for this.

As carbon enters all living things, it immediately begins to decrease after each thing dies.  The thing can be a plant, tree, animal, human or other.  The problem here is that there are absolutes in science; things that we know will always be the same.  How long it takes for carbon to eventually be gone from the thing it entered is one of those absolutes.  Carbon only lasts roughly 11,000 years before it is all gone, though traces remain. This creates a problem and is one of the reasons for the debate in scientific circles over how long it actually takes for a diamond to form.  Saying it took billions of years to create a diamond really doesn’t make much since if the carbon only exists about 11,000 years.  How can a diamond take that amount of time to form if the thing that it forms from only lasts 11,000 years?  See the debate?  The biggest problem for those who believe diamonds formed billions of years ago is that carbon can still be found inside of diamonds.  How’s that possible if carbon is all gone in less than 11,000 years?  Good question. Yet, our History Channel special spoke with great authority on the subject of how long it takes to form a diamond.  According to them, it takes at least a billion years.  Of course, this goes hand in hand with believing that the Earth is billions of years old, according to an evolutionist.  But…what if it is not true?  What if the Bible is right and the Earth is only thousands of years old?  The carbon disappearing in a relatively short time should be the death blow to believing diamonds formed over billions of years. Why hold onto a belief that cannot be proven…even by science itself?  Many cling to these type of things because they desperately want to prove Evolution Theory as being the answer as to how life came about on this planet.  Some need to prove, albeit by debatable proclamations, that the Earth is billions of years old.  I find this frustrating.  Is the honest way to go about science?  I suggest that we let the truth set us free.  Look for us at evidenceforthehope.org or Evidence for the Hope Ministries. Have a nice day.

113 RISEN INDEED

 

113 “RISEN INDEED”?

Another Easter has passed and Christians have celebrated the resurrection of Jesus from the grave.  Did you know that Christianity is the only religion that says their founder, Jesus, was God?  The resurrection is the main evidence of this.  Until recently, the only evidence that we had for the things written about the crucifixion and resurrection came from the Bible. That’s no longer true, thanks to geologists, archaeologists and NASA. The Bible has been attacked constantly since the 1700’s. Antagonists lead eighty percent of Christian college and university students from the faith. I lost my faith in college and became an atheist. My journey back began when I started researching the various finds in archaeology, historical records and science. I found the evidence for the Bible, being provable, simply overwhelming. Some liberal scholars have a hard time accepting the Bible as being historically correct. They ignore their own tests for determining historical accuracy when it comes to the Bible, though. A scholarly approach to determining historical accuracy comes in various forms, using what is called ‘historiography’. This is the “narrative presentation of history based on a critical examination, evaluation, and selection of material from primary and secondary sources and subject to scholarly criteria”. Primary material is first-hand accounts from the period of the subject being studied. This includes eyewitness accounts and secondary accounts from those who got the information from trustworthy primary sources, having been verified by others. ‘Historiography’ has three tests: “multiple attestation, dissimilarity in details, and coherence”.  Multiple attestation is when there are two or more sources agreeing on a subject.  Two or three witnesses or validations are good evidence in a court. Matthew, Mark and Luke agree on the death and resurrection of Jesus. That’s three witnesses. We have double agreement in Matthew and Luke, Matthew and Mark, and Mark and Luke on other parts of the story of the death and resurrection.  Until recently, most records of the Gospels came from later periods. That’s no longer true. Papyrus fragments of the Gospels have been found and dated to when the Apostles were still living, such as the very recent Mark Gospel found in an ancient Egyptian death mask.  It’s dated to when Mark was still alive.  Look up “Mark gospel/Egyptian death mask”. This is a blow to the atheistic ‘JESUS SEMINAR’ which says Mark was written from an earlier (hypothetical) gospel and all other gospels were copied from it. Oopsies. The Jesus Seminar also would not accept John’s gospel as valid, claiming it simply myth or legend. This is because John’s gospel adds much more than the others to the story of the death and resurrection. To ignore John is to ignore the other gospels as valid. This doesn’t make sense when the others pass the historiography test of multiplicity. Dissimilarity: When there are variations in what is recorded, it shows there’s no complicity to make the thing agree together. Variations in stories can actually be a witness to what really happened. A court accepts variations if they generally tell the same tale. We find that in the gospel records. Coherence: This is when multiple attestation and dissimilarity agree to a point that a conclusion can be drawn to validate the story or report. We have that in the gospels, too. NASA recently found, extrapolating back 2,000 years, that there was a blood moon on the night Jesus was killed, adding to the darkness record. Blood moons have occurred on nearly every special event in the history of the Jews. Look up ‘blood moons of the Jews’. Archaeologists have discovered ancient papyrus gospels dating to when our Apostles were living. Lastly, geologists working in the Dead Sea found ‘varves’ which showed there was an earthquake at the time of Jesus’ death. Some scholars suggested Matthew lied about there being an earthquake.  I’ve recently sent my first book off for publishing. It’s endorsed by Jose Sorzano, former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. We met due to my newspaper articles. Would you consider helping me raise the $4,500 to get it published? Go to Evidence for the Hope Ministries and hit ‘donate’. Thanks. Have a nice day.

112 DID JESUS LIE ABOUT PREACHING IN GALILEE?

 

112 DID JESUS LIE ABOUT PREACHING IN GALILEE?

A few liberal professors have been quick to point out that although our Bible says Jesus “proclaimed the good news…throughout all Galilee”, archaeology has never found any synagogue in any part of Galilee where Jesus could have preached.   Not one town or city ever had a synagogue in Galilee, they said.  This meant, some taught, that the New Testament writers simply lied about Jesus preaching in synagogues in Galilee, since synagogues didn’t start springing up in that area until hundreds of years after Jesus lived.  The liberals went on to teach that those towns or cities closest to the Temple in Jerusalem would have had no need for a synagogue, since the people were in walking distance of Herod’s temple.  Galilee was, thus, within walking distance and had no need for a synagogue.  Millions of students in colleges and universities heard this, and other things like it for centuries, causing 80% of all Christian students to lose their faith in schools of higher learning (a statistic confirmed by Focus on The Family, the Assemblies of God, and others).  However, it looks like those professors were wrong, again, and the Bible has been proven right again thanks to archaeology.  This has been happening a lot in the last twenty years.  I wish the Christian church would start teaching students about these things before sending them off to college or a university.  I stand amazed at the amount of discoveries taking place in archaeology that are making past professors look like the “fools” spoken of in Romans 1:22.   Sadly, it comes too late to save the souls of millions of past students…or church kids who aren’t taught this.  A first century synagogue has just been discovered in Magdala (Galilee).  This is the very town where one of Jesus’ most ardent supporters came from; Mary Magdalene.  This is the woman whom Jesus cast demons out of.  We find her mentioned many times in the New Testament.  The Israeli Antiquity Authority was doing a dig in Magdala and discovered a wall that eventually turned out to be an elaborate synagogue.  There is an amazing story about this discovery in the Jan/Feb issue of Smithsonian Magazine.  A carved stone pedestal was found, thought to be used to rest Torah scrolls upon.  On one side is a carved image of the menorah (candelabra) used in the main temple in Jerusalem.  This menorah could only be accessed by priests, as it sat behind the golden doors to the Holy Place.  The rest of the pictorials on the chest-like Torah Scroll rest are in the same order, as you walked around it, as was found when first entering the Temple in Jerusalem and walking further into the holiest parts.  One can see the Table of Showbread where 12 loaves of bread sat, indicating each tribe of Israel, a rosette standing between two palm tree columns (which is indicative of the veil between the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies, and would have been the same curtain or veil that tore when Jesus was crucified).  This was followed by column arches, oil lamps, altars and other items used in the holiest parts of the temple.  On the last part of the chest-like pedestal was the lower half of chariot wheels (indicating the rising of the Chariot of God) that was said to be coming from the Holy of Holies…a place only accessed by the High Priest.  The Magdala synagogue seated about 200 and was very beautiful and exquisitely made.  It had a beautiful mosaic floor, frescoes in pleasing reds, yellows and blue, chambers for the reading of the Torah, private studies, storage for the scrolls, and a bowl used for cleaning one’s hands before entering.  Smithsonian Magazine said, “The stone is already seen as one of the most important discoveries in biblical archaeology in decades”.  In the last fifteen years, I can’t number the times I have heard ‘the most important find for the Bible has been discovered. We need to start paying attention. God is up to something and one should be a part of it. No other item like it has ever been found in any other synagogue. This is absolute proof that Jesus would have had a synagogue to preach in at Magdala and the surrounding Galilee area.  Once again, it verifies our Bible in contrast to what the liberals taught as being fictional.  If you’d like me to speak to your church or group or have me teach, contact me. Look for us at evidenceforthehope.org. or Evidence for the Hope Ministries. Have a nice day.