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136 OPEN WIDE PLEASE

                                                                136 OPEN WIDE, PLEASE

One hears “open wide, please” at the dentist office, but who knew that the plaque scraped off our teeth contains a treasure trove of information?  The largest DNA laboratory in the world doing research on ancient bones is at the University of Oklahoma.  One of their recent discoveries is making us smile.  They are examining plaque on teeth of individuals who died hundreds to thousands of years ago.  Mankind contains about two pounds of bacteria in our bodies, and some of this is found in our mouths.  Plaque has been found to be a preserver of all kinds of things that we have going on in our bodies during our lifetime.  Researchers can even trace how we gained or lost health benefits due to changes in our lifestyles, what we eat, where we work, and much more.  Plaque bacteria is a treasure trove of DNA, containing nearly three and a half million genes compared to our bodies measly 22,000 genes. 

So, what’s the big deal about plaque?  Our mouth contains more bacteria than there are trees and vegetation in a rainforest.  As our teeth develop plaque, we preserve some of this bacteria, along with genetic portions of what we have been eating all these years.  By examining this, geneticists hope to see how we developed things like diabetes, heart problems, and much more.  This will hopefully lead to a cure for all of those things by giving us programs on what to eat or not, how to work safely in dangerous places, where to live, and much more depending on our specific genetics.  Bacteria was once thought to be harmful.  However, science has found that specific bacteria are very beneficial to man.   Researchers examining the teeth of ancient individuals discovered pathogens that are related to heart disease, meningitis, pneumonia, and more.  They hope to use this information to cure these things.

One of the things they have discovered is microbial antibodies that our bodies produce naturally.  People many years ago seem to have had resistance to disease hundreds of years before antibiotics were necessary.  With further research, scientists hope to possibly eliminate the need for drugs.  This whole research project shows me that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made’ as the Bible says.  I can’t imagine how all of this came about by so-called evolutionary accidents causing us to change over millions of years.  How did our bodies know to design antibodies or bacteria strains to form inside of us to keep us healthy?  I must ask evolutionists this; since we needed these things to exist.  How’d we survive before we got them?  Trillions of bodily accidents are needed, if one believes all things came to us slowly over billions of years, that are beneficial.   How is that possible?  Our bodies are in a symbiotic relationship with the bacteria living inside of us.  It needs us and we need it in order to survive. When did this relationship begin, if evolution is correct? The bigger questions for Darwinian evolutionists are how and why did it begin.  The idea that we had natural antibodies that kept us healthy falls right in line with what’s being discovered in DNA research; that we had no sign of mutations in the genes in the beginning of humankind. I imagine that the Garden of Eden had health benefits we can only imagine. Of course, those of us who hold fast to the things of God will one day have the same. I have to fall back on the Bible as my source of knowledge on this; ‘In the beginning, God created man and woman’ and we were “perfect in our generations”.  We were not monkeys, fish, or anything else to begin with.  I have long believed that the study of DNA would ultimately give us plenty of proof for man being created in the beginning by God.  It looks like it’s happening.  Look for us at evidenceforthehope.org.

135 FULL OF GRACE

                                                                         135 FULL OF GRACE

                Many years ago, we had a woman in our congregation by the name of Miss Grace Coffman.  She was like the Rock of Gibraltar when it came to her faith.  Having just turned from atheism to Christianity, I was impressed with her.   Miss Grace was kind, loving, reserved, and as strong as could be when teaching about the Lord.  My wife and I were invited to her home after church one Sunday.  My wife eagerly accepted, but I wasn’t so sure about us going to an older persons home for lunch.  She was in her eighties and we were in our late twenties.  I remember thinking that we’d have nothing in common.  God has a way of humbling some of us who ignore others because of age.  When I entered her living room, I saw a picture of her with President John F. Kennedy.  Miss Grace was busy fixing snacks.  As my wife and I moved around, examining pictures, we saw at least a dozen very famous men with Miss Grace right alongside: Henry Kissinger, Ted Kennedy, President Eisenhower, and more.   We were shocked, to say the least.  This little old lady lived in a humble home, in a tiny town in Virginia.  In the two years that we’d known her, she’d never mentioned a word about knowing these people.  When she came in with our snacks, we asked about the pictures.  She simply stated that she’d met them over the years, and left it at that.  She even had personal letters from them!  Instead, she insisted on talking about “important things”.  She asked how we were doing spiritually and if we had any questions about the Bible or the Lord that she could help us with.   We did, and she answered each.  My wife, still curious, asked what she had done for a living to have met dozens of famous people.  She said she had worked in Washington for politicians for a while, but quickly added that she had also worked as a teacher in Fort Valley, Virginia.  She went on to talk of her teacher days.  We found out later, from others, that Miss Grace had been very instrumental in political circles in Washington.  “There were no buses back in those days”, she related.  “I had to take a horse and wagon to cross the mountain from here to the tiny one-room school in Fort Valley.  One day it began to snow, and I had to keep the old wood stove going in the school for days, until we could get dug out.  I fed the kids, kept them warm, and survived the storm.  I then had to cross that snowy mountain in a horse and buggy to get home.  A car wouldn’t make it.  It took me the whole day.”  We asked if she was afraid, and what she did for days.  “I’m never afraid since I found the Lord, and I was thrilled that it had snowed because I got to read and share the Bible with my students.  Many of those kids are preachers or teachers today.”  She then went on to tell us that she was eight years old before she celebrated her first birthday.  That confused us.  She laughed and explained that she had been born on February 29, 1896.  Anyone born on February 29th will not experience another February 29th for four years, since February normally only has 28 days.  However, in Miss Grace’s case, the year 1900 had no February 29th either.  She had to wait until 1904 before she could celebrate her first birthday; she was eight at the time.  None of the hundreds of students of Miss Grace had ever been arrested, gotten divorced, or left the church.  I was humbled.  Here this woman could have bragged on and on about the people she had worked for and met in Washington, but didn’t.  Instead, she talked of her school kids, and was concerned for our spiritual welfare.  I wept at her funeral, but did as she had asked just before she had died.  I rejoiced and sang praises to the Lord that day that she was with her Lord in heaven.  She, and others like her, are the reason that I wasn’t satisfied just to know the Bible.  I so much wanted to be like her. I’ve spent forty five years researching archaeological and scientific finds proving the Bible to be true. Miss Grace is one of those mentors who encouraged my wife and me to study more than just the Bible. She wanted me to prove it so that I would never doubt it. I am fortunate to have had several people like Miss Grace in my life. She was indeed a teacher, but not just a school teacher; a teacher of Christ and His gospel. Everyone has a story and, if we listen, we could learn much and be blessed.  Look for us at evidenceforthehope.org.

134 COULD THE RED SEA HAVE PARTED

                                          COULD THE RED SEA HAVE PARTED FOR MOSES?

The Bible tells us the story of Moses and the Israelites being freed from hundreds of years of slavery in Egypt, and then being trapped at the Red Sea by Pharaohs’ army.  Miraculously, Moses held up his staff and the Red Sea parted, allowing the Israelites to cross over to the other side.  However, when Pharaoh tried to move his army across, the waters suddenly came back and drowned them.  Could an entire sea suddenly part, then return as quickly as the Bible declares?   National Geographic News ran an article written by Stephan Lovgran on July 19, 2006.  The research of that article was going to be published in the highly acclaimed Journal of Nature, a very scientific journal, the following day.  The very first sentence of Stephan’s article says, “Moses may have received geological assistance when he parted the Red Sea to let the Israelites through, according to the Bible.”  The article then goes on to describe how the European Space Agency’s Envisat radar satellite then examined the area of the Red Sea.  The Arabian tectonic plate has been known to be moving away from the African tectonic plate.  These moving land masses cause tremendous stress on the geology of the area, and partially ripped apart in 2005.  The scientists believe that molten magma is the cause of the plates moving rather than by earthquakes; so much so that Arabia and Africa have been separating from one another for many centuries.  One of these movements of land caused a tremendous tear between the plates in 2005 in the area of the Red Sea.  Nearly 2,000 football fields of lava filled a great void after African and Arabian plates moved twenty-six feet and a mile long from one another.  This is what Stephan’s proposition of Moses possibly being helped by geologic forces is all about in the beginning of his article.  If this same type void happened in the Red Sea when Moses and the Israelites had their backs to it, it would have caused the sea to part.   The waters would have stopped flowing and then travelled back up the Red Sea to fill a great void (there is some evidence of this).  The Israelites could have then crossed, leaving the army of Pharaoh behind.  Once Pharaoh moved his army into the empty sea, the waters could have filled the void and allowed tremendous amounts of rushing water to return, thereby killing all the Egyptians.  The greater miracle here is the timing of this event.  About a million Israelites were about to be slaughtered, suddenly a way was made for them to escape across the sea, and the Egyptians drowned when they entered the empty sea bed by the returning waters.  I’ve often mentioned that I have no problem with God using natural forces to accomplish His purposes and goals.  This is one of those times.  I also have no problem if it was not the way God used to get the Israelites across.  However, I have seen much in my lifetime that gives me confidence that this just might be the way that God saved the Israelites at the Red Sea.  So many things are being discovered today by science and archaeology, giving credence for each and every event written in our Bible, that I am in shock.  In just the last twenty years I’ve watched as thousands of discoveries have uncovered something proving our Bible to be right.  I have to ask…why is all of this happening now 2,000 years after Jesus died and rose to life?  What is God preparing us for?  Are we ready for whatever it is?  Have a nice day, and look for us at evidenceforthehope.org. 

133 SO HOW OLD IS LIFE

                                                                133 SO, HOW OLD IS LIFE?

It’s fascinating to read about scientific discoveries.  They so often prove the Theory of Evolution to be an extremely flawed theory.  Another discovery is now showing that.  Australian scientists working in Greenland discovered fossilized colonies of microbes called ‘Stromatolites’.  The receding ice revealed these hidden fossils, and the scientists were stunned when they discovered how far back these particular stromatolites supposedly dated to; 3.7 billion years ago!!  They immediately published their findings in the journal ‘Nature’.  Scientists around the world were shocked, greatly troubled, and confused.  Why?  The answer is that nothing should have been living way back then.  There are multiple problems with this discovery.  First, stromatolites only grow in shallow water.  The Earth is said to be about four billion years old according to evolutionists.  This puts these colonies of microbes living at the same time the earth was supposedly forming from molten lava.  Two; there was no water on earth according to the Big Bang theorists, when earth was forming.  Three; these were not microbes that were just starting their evolutionary journey; they were already fully formed.  This means that they would had to have been here before the earth formed; an impossibility. How could fully formed stromatolites have lived?  Four; the earth was thought to be all molten lava for billions of years until it cooled.  Life was thought and taught to have not formed until much later; after the earth cooled and comets supposedly brought our water here.  Five; these ‘billions of years old’ fossils look exactly like the same stromatolites found today.  How could that be if evolution is true?  They should have evolved from something far different over eons of time.  This bewildering anomaly of things looking exactly as their so-called fossilized ancestors is now being found in thousands of other living things, too.  Something that only grows in water couldn’t have survived living in a lava world say the scientists.  This is just one more nail in the coffin of the Theory of Evolution.  Notice it is still just a theory. I have an answer to all of these puzzling discoveries taking place in science today; earth is not billions of years old.  God made it just as the Bible says; about six to eight thousand years ago. Their radiological dating systems of fossils and rocks are based upon the so-called “known” age of the earth.  What if their “known” age of the earth is wrong?  After all, If I had to choose between man’s guess and God’s guess, my money would be on God.  Radiological dating is a man-made system and has been found to be wrong in countless situations.  Newly formed lava rock, days old,  has been dated at millions of years. To be an evolutionist one has to first believe in the Big Bang Theory creating the universe sixteen billion years ago.  The Big Bang dictates that something the size of a ‘pinhead’ exploded, and all of the universe came spilling out. W now know there are millions of galaxies.  Is this reasonable?  It says that earth was first a ball of lava with no water.  When enough water was recently discovered deep in the earth (enough to cover the highest mountains), scientists began to wonder if the Big Bang could be wrong.  No water was supposed to be here when earth was formed.  However, the Bible tells us the earth was separated from the waters when God made it; meaning there would have been a lot of water.  Also, the Bible tells us that the waters of the great deep broke up during the flood of Noah and then returned deep into the earth. Scientists just found that water.  Yes, science discoveries can be very enlightening; proving our Bible to be right. Stromatolites are a classic example. Look for my book to come out at the end of April, according to my publisher. It is called “LEARNING THE ABC’S, ARCHAEOLOGY, THE BIBLE AND CREATION”.