How many Great, Great, Grandparents do you have?

Generations

Generations (Photo credit: Mr. Jay Yohe)

Scientists have known for some time now (much to their astonishment) that all people everywhere can be traced back to just a handful of people. Although they would like to have people evolving away from apes several million years ago, the farthest they can push back a single common ancestor for all guys (Y chromosome) is 140,000 years!

BTW artifacts show modern people go much “earlier in time” than even a million years ago. We have fossilized footprints and signs of hunting that date to well over a million years. Do you think they are relying on a bunch of assumptions to get their dates? To keep their brains from frying between these two ideas, they say these first people were not “anatomically modern.” I think they’re just disguising some major problems!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe genetics that guys carry are remarkably similar across the world. As for ladies, we have… WAIT! let’s see if you can guess how many direct lines back to Eve:

And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood. Genesis 7:7 

What do we have here?

  • One dad passed on his genes to all three sons: check!
  • How many wives that didn’t have to be sisters? Three! Researchers call them Halotype M, N, and R. I’d probably call them SW, HW and JW (can you guess why?) 😀

It’s funny how Evolutionists refuse to let the Bible be true. They badly want us to come from anywhere except near the mountains of Ararat. The Americas and Australia are out as a first region (everyone knows those people migrated not too long ago), while Eurasia is too close to the Bible, which leaves Africa as their only option. So, where do they put “mitochondrial eve”? Ethiopia, or some other favored spot in the north. That’s about as close to Ararat as you can get without admitting the truth.

OK, now we get to our title topic. The Bible says there were 10 generations from Adam to Noah during the 1,600 or so years before the Flood. Then it starts focusing in on Jacob’s family pretty quickly. Genesis 11 tells us that from Noah to Abraham was another 10 generations. At least for one man, we know exactly how many great grandfathers he had:

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So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations. Matthew 1:17

14×3=42 plus 20 back to Adam = 62 generations from the dawn of time to Jesus. That’s cool!

What about you and me? Well, we have to do a lot more guessing, but it’s not actually too hard. We can be pretty sure that the generations would have been about the same up to the time of Abraham and history tells us that was “early 2nd millennium BC” (amazingly, they are probably right on that!). That gives us about 3,800 years between his time and right now.

Figuring out how far apart an average parent is from their average child isn’t as easy as you might think. One thing you will notice looking at Jesus’ ancestry is that a bunch of his grandpas were really old when they had their son who joined them on that line. Even Evolutionists are realizing this is a bigger issue than they would have liked. It looks like a reasonable gap would be even bigger than the 20-25 years I’ve always heard!

So, lest try something easy, how ’bout 30 years per generation?

3,800 divided by 30 = 126 2/3 generations

That means the average person on earth today would have 146 or 147 great grandpas between them and Adam! Even with only 20 years per generation you get exactly 200 grandpas back to Noah.

Awesome!

Know therefore that the LORD your God, he is God, the faithful God, which keeps covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations; Deuteronomy 7:9 

(of course, this is just dad’s, dad’s, dad… there would be a lot more people listed if we include moms and dads, but the generation count is accurate)

For more see these great articles:

Creation Ministries International: Adam, Eve and Noah vs Modern Genetics

Institute for Creation Research: Human Mutation Clock Confirms Creation

s8nt.com: A Simple Experiment Which Should Refute Creationism? 

Lacy Ferns

God is mean, Part 3: Favoritism

Cain And Abel

At harvest time, Cain brought a gift to the LORD. He brought some of the food that he grew from the ground, but Abel brought some animals from his flock. He chose some of his best sheep and brought the best parts from them.

The LORD accepted Abel and his gift. But he did not accept Cain and his offering. Cain was sad because of this, and he became very angry. The LORD asked Cain, “Why are you angry? Why does your face look sad? You know that if you do what is right, I will accept you. But if you don’t, sin is ready to attack you. That sin will want to control you, but you must control it.”  Genesis 4:3-7 Easy-to-read Version

Part 1 and Part 2

There is one last area of God’s character that people will use to prove that God is mean: He likes some people and not others.

Like every other main thing we can learn about God in the Bible, this idea comes up early in Genesis.  The very first boys ever born got different reactions from God.  The question is, why did God like one and not the other?  Was it something that Cain and Abel couldn’t change?

I’ve already written on the reason God liked having a sheep sacrificed better than farm goods.  The story tells us that God promised Cain that He would accept him if he did what was right.  Cain wasn’t doomed to be hated by God for no reason; he was given a choice.  He could turn to follow God and worship Him in the way God wanted, or he would end up obeying sin.

We know which choice Cain made and the sad fate his family suffered for it. 🙁

Here are some more people God chose as favorites:

Noe (Noah)

But Noah pleased the LORD. This is the history of Noah’s family. He was a good man all his life, and he always followed God. Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.  When God looked at the earth, he saw that people had ruined it. Violence was everywhere, and it had ruined their life on earth.  So God said to Noah, “Everyone has filled the earth with anger and violence. So I will destroy all living things. I will remove them from the earth. Use cypress wood and build a boat for yourself. Make rooms in the boat and cover it with tar inside and out.  Genesis 6:8,14 EtrV

Like yesterday’s post, this won’t be used by those who hate God because they won’t admit this event is true.   But, did God choose Noah for no good reason?  The Bible doesn’t say that!

This next one is the one they really hate (maybe because this is what Satan really hates):

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 And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do; seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?
For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.  Genesis 18:17-19 KJV

This shows the full meaning of the Scriptures that say, “Abraham believed God, and because of this faith he was accepted as one who is right with God.” Abraham was called “God’s friend.”  James 2:23 EtrV

Their thinking is that God, in order to be the kind of god they will worship, must be “fair” to everyone.  he/she/it must treat all people the same.  I suppose they want the government and schools and jobs to do the same thing.  We have had some governments that claimed to do that: they were called Communists.

The God Who Is doesn’t do things that way.  He likes people who love, honor and obey Him.  He is displeased with people who follow their own way and ignore Him.

Praise the Lord, He also did something far greater to show some people special favor:

Yes, God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him would not be lost but have eternal life.  John 3:16 EtrV

Notice that there is still a precondition for God to give you eternal life: you have to believe Jesus or you’re sunk.

So, what do we do with  verses like this one:

Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.  Romans 9:18 KJV

This is a great verse because it shows things from God’s perspective rather than ours.  Everyone of us is doomed by our own sin, it is God’s mercy that spares any of us.  If we desire God’s mercy and are willing to submit to His will, He will accept us.  If God “hardens” our hearts, we won’t want His mercy and will refuse His will.

Uncomfortable, but simple stuff, isn’t it!

But the Scripture imprisoned everything under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.  Galatians 3:22 ESV

Don’t judge me, your servant.
    No one alive could be judged innocent by your standards.  Psalm 143:2 EtrV

Lacy Ferns

Isaiah 41 on Origins

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Photo of the Book of Isaiah page of the Bible (cropped version) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yesterday was the first time I didn’t put up a post with great links to check out, so today is going to be the first Sunday post!  I’ll have to do links later, this Bible study was time consuming (and fun!).

We were so busy that I didn’t even get my Bible reading done until just before bedtime last night, but it was so amazing I want to share some with you.

In this passage God wasn’t addressing Evolutionist people in Isaiah’s day, but idols. However, the same principles apply since idolatry often has elements of Evolution in it.  Continue reading