METHANE MAKES A GOOD MEAL?
One of my first articles for the Hampshire Review Newspaper dealt with a recent discovery in the very bottoms of the oceans. Our planet contains levels of methane and ammonia, both of which are very harmful to all living things. Animals, ocean creatures and mankind would simply die if we had too much it. At high levels this would also prevent photosynthesis in plants, trees and other living things. Our planet would become sterile.
A recent discovery sent chills down the spines of scientists; methane was entering the Earth daily from space. A few studies later revealed that it was entering at levels that should have killed all life way back when…but it hasn’t. They were perplexed. This remained a mystery to science until the discovery of billions of tiny methane eating microbes on the bottom of the ocean floors. They were discovered living at depths that would easily crush a submarine and can kill all other types of sea creatures. The Biochemists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute noted that “Atmospheric scientists have suggested that methane levels in the atmosphere may have been 1,000 times higher than they are today…” without these tiny microbes eating all that extra methane. It’s estimated they eat roughly 300 million tons of methane per year! That is a lot of methane! They not only eat the methane, but like plants absorb carbon dioxide, readmitting it back as much needed oxygen, these microbes readmit digested methane back into the ocean as much needed oxygen: just enough to help keep the sea creatures alive. I find this amazing. I also see it as part of a master design by a Designer.
In that article, I pointed out that these microbes had to have been alive and actively eating methane before any type of so-called evolutionary processes of life could have ever begun. How’s that possible if Evolution is a viable option as to where life came from? How could there be a living thing (methane-eating microbes) if life evolved from that first non-living thing that came to life…and how could that first living thing survive without there being methane-eating microbes? The concentrations of methane would have been astronomical. No life could have survived…even in plant form. Now, that’s something to think about, isn’t it?
I never considered outer space when I wrote that article. Considering that methane enters our atmosphere from space daily, in large amounts, I realized that this had to be going on in other parts of the universe, too. Science has been hopeful of finding life on other planets. How can they have that hope if there are no methane-eating microbes on other planets, I wondered? Doesn’t there have to be living methane-eating microbes for life to have a chance at survival? This discovery of methane entering planets from space, and the need for microbes to eat them, is contradictive to the Theory of Evolution that says life can evolve when only water is present. It also indicated to me that life must have come from a source other than an evolutionary process; a Creator.
This prompted me to research space methane. In that study, I also found that many scientists agree that Earth is exceptionally rare when it comes to the capability of having life. You don’t hear that in a classroom. Once again, if the methane-eating microbes had to have been here before life began as a blob of non-living material coming to life (as evolutionists say happened) then how could that blob have survived without the methane-eating microbes (which is a life form) first being here? Where did these methane eating microbes come from, if not from the Creator? This suggests that all things were created by a Designer/Creator and not by some evolutionary process. I find myself in the situation of being encouraged in my belief that “In the beginning, God created…” everything. Many believe life can be found on other planets but this life would have to be capable of surviving in a methane atmosphere. However, science cannot see how that to be possible. Neither can I. My bet is on a Creator for life on this planet.
“KING DAVID NEVER EXISTED”, OOPS
In 1992 a worldwide group, called Minimalists, was formed. It consisted of professors, educators, atheists, scientists and others. One of their first orders of business was to state that King David of the Bible never existed, since there was no evidence for him. Immediately after they declared this, an archaeological discovery was made…and another…and another…and another. The Minimalists were partly formed to minimize the Bible. People in the Bible were said to be fictional, places never existed, and events never took place, according to them. King David was their first target. Less than two years later, in 1994, archaeologists discovered an ancient basalt rock carving called the ‘Tel Dan Stele’. It’s an important discovery for Bible believers because it mentions the “House of David”…that would be King David. During the 8th and 9th century B.C., there was conflict between the Israelites and the kingdom of Aram-Damascus. The Tel Dan Stele was a victory stone placed at the entrance gate to the Israelite city of Dan by a conquering enemy king. That area is called Tel Dan, today. The stone states two kings of Israel from the “House of David” had been defeated there. The Bible mentions this feud in 1st Kings 15:20. According to 2nd Kings 13:25 there were two kings over Israel at that time. To have two kings ruling over a kingdom is unusual enough, but to have it confirmed by an enemy is amazing. Both kings were from the “House of David”…or the lineage of David: Jehoram king of Israel and Ahaziah king of Judah. The Bible mentions they were defeated in the battle of Dan by king Hazael of Aram-Damascus, as found in 2nd Kings 8:7-28, 9:24-29 and 2nd Chronicles 22:5. The stone validates the Bible and the Bible validates the stone. This proved David was real and the Minimalists were wrong.
However, God didn’t stop there. Excavating on the sight of a 4th century Christian church on a mountain above Jerusalem, workers discovered the ’Madaba Map‘. It consisted of over two million mosaic tiles and described all of first century Jerusalem and the surrounding area for a hundred miles…including the tower of…King David. It was so G.P.S. correct that archaeologists had a heyday finding new discoveries from it: finds like the old King David Road, the place John baptized Jesus, where Philip had been taken up to go meet the Ethiopian Eunuch, Lot’s cave, the city of Zoar (as mentioned in the story of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 14), and hundreds of other important Biblical spots: many of which were said to have never existed by professors over the last hundred years. God didn’t stop there. Another ancient mosaic floor was discovered in an old synagogue in Gaza depicting King David playing his harp while the lions were being soothed. He’s wearing his crown and the name David in Hebrew is written above his head.
I think God was having fun at this point because the biggest find of all was yet to come. Archaeologist Eliat Mazar discovered King David’s palace just outside Jerusalem…exactly where the Bible described it to be. Archaeologists had refused looking for the palace there because they didn’t believe the Bible to be right. Eliat Mazar believed her Bible and found it. Archaeologists then discovered King David’s “water shaft” that had been mentioned in 2nd Samuel 5:6-8 and 1st Chronicles 11:6. It turned out to be at the end of a tunnel that David used to surprise the Jebusites when he attacked what was to become Jerusalem. Wow! God was proving that David was real! All these discoveries came immediately after the Minimalists stated David never existed. What’s going on!? Why did God do that? The Bible tells us that David was a man after God’s own heart. Also, Jesus was from the lineage of King David. Convince people David never existed and the following would have been perceived: 1) The Bible would have been thought wrong, 2) Jesus couldn’t be a descendant, 3) Jesus couldn’t have been the Messiah, 4) Christianity would have been based on a lie, 5) His apostles were all wrong, too, 6) There’s no salvation for mankind. Prove David was real and you prove all the above. Looks like Romans 1:22 was proven again by the non-believers.
Note to my readers; When I first wrote this for the newspaper, I had no idea that several major discoveries were coming. In 2015, archaeologists discovered Goliath’s hometown of Gath (mentioned in our Bible as being destroyed by the Israelites, after chasing the Philistines all the way to Gath. Inside one of the homes, they discovered pottery with Goliath’s name on it (see ‘goliath’s name on potter on the internet). I also had no idea of the Egyptian Anastasi Papyrus from 3,000 years ago; describing a battle with Sashu warriors from Canaan, who were nine feet tall. This was in a mountain pass. Gath is in a mountain pass in Canaan. Also, the Egyptian wall relief of Rameses II was found; showing these Sashu warriors in stone. They are nine feet tall. Goliath was said to be nine feet tall. The Bible describes King David’s palace in Israel as being circular with two gates; “Ah Sharim” in Hebrew. It was found in the Valley or Elah in 2016. It is circular with two gates. The palace was built on a mountain overlooking the Valley of Elah…where David slew Goliath. Isn’t God good? I have a DVD coming on a presentation of this at Victory Assembly of God. I’ll post it when it is finished.
WAS DARWIN SUPER-EDUCATED?
Every school-kid in this nation has heard the name Charles Darwin, the man attributed with the Theory of Evolution. We constantly hear about Evolution on television, radio shows, newspapers, magazines, and school books. Most believe Darwin must have had an awful lot of formal education for proposing evolution as a theory. Would it surprise you to learn that he didn’t have? He had no formal training in anthropology, geology, botany, zoology or any other natural science course. Darwin started out to become a doctor but soon quit. He then studied to become a minister…but also quit. By sheer luck, he was offered passage onboard the ship H.M.S. Beagle. The Beagle’s job was to study the ocean and how it affected navigation. Captain Fitzroy wanted a geologist to come along to study geologic formations but found no one interested. As a last resort, he opted to take a self-taught naturalist by the name of Charles Darwin. Darwin attributes any formal training in natural history ( the study of things in nature) to what he taught himself while aboard the Beagle. Bet you didn’t know that. The only real instruction that he had was two volumes of a book called “Principles of Geology”, written by Charles Lyell. It was these books that affected Darwin so much. Surely, Charles Lyell must have been super-educated, right? Wrong. Lyell had been trained as a lawyer and had degrees needed for that field. He was a self taught geologist. These are the two men responsible for the Theory of Evolution.
How accurate and forthcoming was Charles Lyell? I’ll let you decide. Lyell visited Niagara Falls and studied the geology of that area. He looked at the erosion from the falls to where it first began downriver and estimated that the falls had to be 30,000 years old; figuring that the falls eroded one foot per year. The people of that area, whose ancestors had been there for centuries, argued that the falls eroded at least three feet per year. He ignored them completely and wrote what he wanted it to be in his findings. Three feet per year would have made the falls about the same age as the Bible time-line of roughly 8-10,000 years old. He didn’t believe in the Bible so he ignored them. This is Darwin’s inspiration? Today, of course, we know that Niagara Falls erodes at a little more than three feet per year and Lyell was completely wrong.
Darwin was completely convinced that the fossil record would one day prove him right. He felt that fossils would be found of animals turning (transitioning) from one type of animal to another. He believed that all things had one common ancestor. This includes trees, man, dogs, whales, birds, flowers, bugs, and everything else. No provable transitional fossils have ever been discovered. We often hear about Darwin’s finches that he saw on the Galapagos Islands and how this made him realize that evolution was a reality. Did you know that Darwin didn’t write about those finches at all? Darwin’s finches were attributed to him around the 1940’s by a couple who wrote about them and attributed the work to Darwin. Darwin never noticed different finches on different islands. He never wrote about them in his book ‘The Origin of Species’ at all. He actually originally noted that he had been ‘confused’ by them. Darwin saw the finches and that’s about it. He never speculated about their beaks being different. I remember my teachers telling me how these finches were such an inspiration to Darwin and proved evolution. Things aren’t always what they seem when people aren’t responsible to God, are they?
I don’t fault a man who is self-trained. Abraham Lincoln was a self-taught man and I deeply respect and honor him, but Abraham Lincoln wasn’t trying to do away with God as the Creator.
Our country has wholly bought into the Theory of Evolution as proven. It is the only theory on origins taught in our schools. Evolutionists have dominant control and are keeping any other origin theory out of the schools. How’d they get control, one might ask? Christian educators in the eighteenth century decided to be tolerant and allow them a little room to teach their side. It wasn’t long before the Evolutionists kicked the Creationists out. We are now suffering greatly from that mistake.
DID GOD USE EVOLUTION AS HIS TOOL FOR CREATION?
In my ministry, I run into many Christians who desperately want to correlate the Bible with evolutionary theory. This is an attempt to account for the Earth supposedly being five billion years old versus the Bible saying it is relatively new and created in six literal days. If you’re a Christian and say you believe in evolution but also believe the Bible, consider this; Whereas Evolution teaches the Sun and stars were Earth’s first light, Genesis 1 tells us that there was light before the Sun was created. Again, Evolution teaches that marine organisms came first, but Genesis 1 says that land plants came first. Evolution states that land mammals came before whales, Genesis 1 clearly says that whales came before land mammals. Evolution says that reptiles came before birds, but Genesis 1 tells us that birds came before reptiles. Evolution points to billions of years of disease and death before man originated, but Genesis 1says there was no death nor disease before man sinned. Evolution teaches that the Earth was first molten material, but Genesis 1 says it was first water and God called the dry land out of the water. I could point out many more discrepancies, but I think you get the picture. How can a Christian believe in both…if both so ardently contradict each other?
Jesus clearly tells us in John 5:46-47 “For had you believed Moses, you would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if you believe not his writings, how shall you believe my words?” Do you see the problem here? Jesus believed all of Moses writings, including Genesis. (And yes, I am well aware of Julius Wellhausen’s ‘Documentary Hypothesis’, which has since been proven wrong in many ways including the discovery of the Ebla Tablets; proving there was a written language during the time of Moses).
If you don’t believe the words of Moses in Genesis, you can’t believe in the words of Jesus, according to Jesus. Jesus had full confidence in Genesis as written by Moses. So did His Apostles, as seen in the Bible. None of them, nor Jesus, ever pointed out anything but a literal six-day Creation period. If Creation took billions of years, I’d assume that the Son of God would have pointed that very important fact out, especially since the Bible book of John points out that Jesus, Himself, made all things during Creation.
One can’t truly believe in both the Bible and Evolution, no matter how hard we try. It comes down to what we choose to believe. Joshua 24:15 tells us “Choose ye this day whom you will serve…but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.“ Part of the reason for these newspaper articles is to point out some of the differences between what the Bible teaches and what Evolution teaches.
There’s one more scripture that I think is worth examining. Matthew 8:21-23 says, “Not everyone that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: But he that does the will of my Father which is in Heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity.” Who are these who Jesus denies entrance to heaven to? They are people who fully expected to enter into the kingdom of God…but won’t. All that they’ve done for the Lord comes to nothing in the end. Why? Though professing to be believers, they were in reality workers of iniquity. This is a frightening thought. That’s why one must study to learn the truth. This includes learning how to prove one thing or another in the Bible as being correct and learning how to wean out that which has been taught as true…but in reality is not.
IS THE STORY OF DAVID AND GOLIATH REAL?
The Bible tells how a young Israelite boy named David slew a Philistine giant named Goliath. Goliath was supposed to have been about nine feet tall and his armor and sword were so heavy that the average person couldn’t even carry it. David was tiny in contrast and only faced the giant with a few flat river stones and a slingshot. Many ridicule the idea of using a slingshot in battle. These do not know their history. There were army units from many countries that only had one weapon going into battle…the slingshot. These men were so proficient with striking down an enemy with a rock from a slingshot that they were greatly feared by opposing armies. The velocity in which the rock could strike an opponent was equal to the damage done by a bullet today and was more accurate than arrows from a bow.
Throughout the Bible, the Philistines and the Israelites were dire enemies. The word Philistine is pronounced Palestine, today. The countries of the Philistines and the Israelites had not existed for more than two thousand years until the beginning of the 1900’s; when the British brought Palestine back into existence. In 1948 the land of Israel also came back into existence. This lines up completely with what the Bible said would happen in the last days just before the return of Jesus. What other country can you name that died out 2,000 years ago and has come back? The answer is none.
It was taught in universities and colleges all across the world that David either never existed or was never a king (since disproved) and that the battle between David and Goliath never happened. One of the reasons given is that Goliath was supposed to have been from a place called Gath. Gath is mentioned in many books of the Bible in many places. This was all ignored by non-believers. Their mindset was…and still is…that nothing in the Bible is valid and is passed on to students. Any student standing up for the Bible being correct is immediately ridiculed and ostracized. Standard beliefs of the non-believing professors were that David, Goliath and Gath, never existed. Much has been found in the last 30 years or so to prove David did exist as the king over the united monarchy of Israel and Judah, including his palace remains having been recently discovered in Jerusalem. A few years ago, the Philistine town of Gath was also discovered and determined to have been abandoned just about the same time that the Bible said David slew Goliath and overran Gath. Just a coincidence? No way! In one of the houses in Gath there were found objects bearing the owner’s name. That name is Goliath and can be seen on line. See ‘Goliath’s name on pottery‘.
I have studied Biblical Archaeology and Creation science for the last 35 years and have actually watched as thousands of discoveries have proven one thing or another about the accuracy of the Bible text or discovered reasons to believe that God created all things about 8,000 years ago. Think of that! In my lifetime! You’d think this would grab the attention of those who attack the accuracy of the Bible, causing them to at least do a little investigation. Wouldn’t that be the scholarly thing to do? 2Peter 3:3-5 says that in the last days scoffers will come and be willingly ignorant of the truth. This is not the best scenario for an educated person. Many are so convinced that the Bible is inaccurate that they refuse to study anything about it. These new discoveries should prompt them to at least give it a second glance.
When I turned from atheism to Christianity, I studied what many call ‘cult religions’. I was looking for the truth. This was done so that I could wisely choose what was of God over those religions that were not. I didn’t want to become one of those spoken of in Matthew 8:21-23 which says, “Not everyone that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: But he that does the will of my Father which is in Heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in they name have cast out devils? And in they name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity.“ this means that there are those who will choose unwisely due to a lack of knowledge. I spent thousands of hours in study and chose the God of the Bible and His Son Jesus and am now a minister is His service. My fear, in my younger Christian walk of eventually finding something to destroy my faith, has never happened. On the contrary, the evidence for the things of God is more than overwhelming and easily provable…if one does the investigation.